Category: Drama

The Shoes Come First by Janet Leigh

Posted October 23, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Drama, Read-a-thon, Review, Romance, Series, Time Travel / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Shoes Come First by Janet LeighThe Shoes Come First by Janet Leigh
Series: Jennifer Cloud #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on February 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 296
Format: ebook
Source: Author
five-stars

In Sunnyside, Texas, Jennifer Cloud is an assistant purchasing manager for an upscale shoe store. But after her boss is arrested, she's forced to find work elsewhere and ends up in her brother's chiropractic office, where she discovers a hidden passion for helping others.
However, when she receives an unexpected birthday gift from her aunt that transports her back in time to 1568 Scotland, she meets a dashing Scottish outlaw who introduces her to a world of time-traveling keys. But on a return trip to the past, Jennifer's key is stolen by a villainous band of time travelers who will stop at nothing to collect all of the keys for themselves. When Jennifer attempts to retrieve the key and sees her cousin kidnapped, she enlists a dysfunctional cast of characters-including a few interested suitors-to help her find the key and rescue her cousin.
Inspired by the works of Janet Evanovich and Beth Ciotta and carefully researched, The Shoes Come First is a lighthearted, historical fantasy filled with time travel, suspense, and romance that's sure to please.

My take on this book:              The Shoes Come First by Janet Leigh was a very good book and definitely one that I will keep reading the series. The characters were all very different but also worked very well together in this book. I know normally I don’t like historic books but this one is definitely one of my favorite time travel books. It’s different from Mr. Heldt’s books and it’s very interesting to read.

This book is the first book in a series and we are just getting introduced to this world and the characters. That I have a feeling we will meet more interesting characters in the future books especially since these characters felt so strongly about Jennifer Cloud being there. There isn’t much to really say about this book without spoiling it but I have to say that Ms. Leigh definitely has me hooked on this series.

I am giving this book a five-star review since it’s that good and I will recommend this book to everyone, especially those who liek time travel. Since that is what got me hooked first thing.

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** The Shoes Come First **

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five-stars

About Janet Leigh

Taken from her website:

Janet Leigh was born in Garland, Texas and has remained a faithful Texas native her entire life. She was educated in Mesquite, Texas and has lived in many of the suburbs that surround the Dallas area.

Janet enrolled at Texas A & M University with a major in health sciences. She has always been intrigued by the human body and helping sick people get well. After seeing a chiropractor for an aggravating shoulder injury she quickly changed her major to Chiropractic. She stated, “I had been suffering for years with a shoulder injury from my competitive swimming days. One adjustment and my shoulder has never popped again. That’s the kind of Doctor I want to be.” Janet continued her undergraduate work at Texas Women’s University and completed her studies with a Bachelors of Psychology. Three years later Janet graduated from Parker College of Chiropractic with a Doctorate in Chiropractic and Anatomy.

After practicing chiropractic for twenty years, Janet decided to take a dive into writing her first novel. She has always admired writers that could make her laugh while weaving a magnificent story. Janet was working full time during the day and taking writing classes on the internet at night. “Not the fastest way to learn, but I had some great teachers and mentors,” she says now.

Today, Janet is a practicing Chiropractor and Acupuncturist. She has three kids, a mean cat and a dog that has allergies. After working all day and chauffeuring kids around at night she likes to relax with a funny romance or mystery novel. Her favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Janet Evanovich, Leigh Michaels, John Grisham and for that time when she needs a good cry, Nicholas Sparks.

Janet works part time with her chiropractor husband and writes at every opportunity. She hopes her readers enjoy her first book, The Shoes Come First: A Jennifer Cloud Novel. The first book in what Janet hopes to be a funny and engaging series.


Follow the Dotted Line by Nancy Hersage

Posted October 2, 2017 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Drama, Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Read-a-thon, Review, Series / 0 Comments

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Follow the Dotted Line by Nancy HersageFollow the Dotted Line by Nancy Hersage
on January 26, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 326
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
five-stars

Andrea Bravos is dazed and amazed when a Styrofoam burger box with her ex's ashes arrives in the mail. Her adventure to find out what happened will upset officials of several small countries, insult the founders of three major religions, give her four adult children acid reflux, and lead her to assault with a deadly golf club.

In the process, she will joyfully drag along her soft-spoken but fearsome accountant, while trying to fend off her mooch of a nephew. It’s a convoluted and quixotic caper, but it all comes together in the end—even the avocados, World War II spy, IRS agent, palm reader, and deadly spider.

Move over Marple and Plum, here comes Andy!

My take on this book:              Follow the Dotted Line by Nancy Hersage was a really great book to read. Some parts I didn’t expect at all but they were pretty funny.

The main character is Andrea Bravos who is a screenwriter in California that isn’t selling a lot of her scripts. The story starts with her oldest son receiving the ashes of his deceased father in a burger take-out box from his newest stepmom that could be his sister. Andy has decided that she wants to find out with what happened to her ex-husband. Andy, herself, is a very interesting person. She is one of the baby boomers, loves her job as a screenwriter and doesn’t want to have to retire yet, loves her kids, and is trying to help her sister with her nephew. Andy is almost always getting into trouble or doing something that she shouldn’t be doing while trying to figure out what happened to her ex-husband.

Harley Davidson is living with Andy and he has been helping her with trying to find Mark, Andy’s ex-husband, well trying to find out with what happened to him. Harley Davidson has gone through a lot of different transitions, in the book, since arriving in Southern California to live with his aunt Andy.  Though he didn’t stay to help her toward the end of the book because of his latest transition.

Lorna helped Andy by spying on Andy’s old cabin in Big Bear. She has helped Andy a lot with different things throughout the book that only she could help her with. Basically, Lorna is Andy’s accountant, friend, and therapist at some points in the book which is a good thing since Andy needs one.

The protagonist of the book is Tilda Trivette Kornacky. She was introduced in the beginning by a note that accompanied the ashes of Andy’s deceased ex-husband. Tilda is a pretty weird character who isn’t nice as some people thought she. I don’t really want to say too much about her without spoiling the story but wow was it interesting.

Follow the Dotted Line by Nancy Hersage is a good book that kept me guessing and I definitely didn’t see the ending coming at all. Mrs. Hersage is a wonderful writer even if there were some wording issues, it didn’t affect my reading. I’m giving this book a five-star review, especially since it was a bit crazy in some parts which made me like it more.

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** Follow the Dotted Line **

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About Nancy Hersage

Five-time national award-winning playwright and screenwriter Nancy Hersage lives in Los Angeles, traveling frequently to Edinburgh, Scotland and Boise, Idaho. She has written screenplays for NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS and treatments for Spelling and Cruise Wagner. Her plays have been produced on three continents and by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her novel, Tribunal, about sex trafficking, is available from Online Originals in London at OnlineOrginals.com. Her new musical, Out!, written with Molly Hersage, is available from the Dramatic Publishing Company at Dramatic Publishing.com.

Her drama, Beloved Friend, about the struggle for independence in Zimbabwe, was the winner of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Conference. Her satirical musicals have taken on a whole herd of sacred cows, ranging from heathcare and Big Oil to contemporary religion and venture capitalism.


Shadowhunters Season 2 Review

Posted October 2, 2017 by karenbaron in Action, Adventure, Book to Series, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Mortal Instruments, Review, Series, T.V. Series / 0 Comments

Shadowhunters Season 2 ReviewThe Shadowhunters T.V. Series Season 2 Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: T.V. Series
five-stars

 

My take on Season 2 of The Shadowhunters:

I’m trying something different with doing my review for this series. Instead of doing separate posts for the different episode’s I’m going to do a whole review of the whole season.  There were somethings that I liked about the season and somethings that I didn’t like about the season as well. One thing that I was on the fence about and a side notes about the season as well. I can’t wait for the show to come back on April 3rd of next year.

Scenes I liked:

  • The first scene that I liked was Clary and Jace sparring so that she could use her rune to show Inquisitor Herondale that she was able to accomplish that. Even though that didn’t end up happening but it was still cool to see.
  • In the season finale, it was pretty cool to see with how Clary figured out who Jonathon was impersonating.
  • Another scene that I liked was when Mia invited herself to go to Simon’s house with him for a Jewish holiday since he was scared to go and not really knowing how to deal with being a vampire around his family.
  • Raphael and Isabel’s budding relationship that was shown throughout the entire season even if it was kind of brought on by her addiction to vampire venom that started it. I thought it is pretty cool to see how the two of them are also still liking each other despite that little problem. Especially after the council meeting with the leaders of the warlock, faeries, vampires, werewolves, and shadowhunters ended and the two of them had their little talk and it makes me glad that she is liking Raphael.
  • The last scene I liked was the fact that Max is still alive despite what Jonathon did to him. It was cute since I was always dreading that moment of when Max was going to die and I like the fact that he didn’t since he is a very bright young boy with so much potential.

 

Scenes that I disliked:

  • The first scene that I disliked was when Victor Aldertree, the head of the New York Institute (at the time) gave Isabel the vampire venom and she got addicted to it. I know that this is counteracting with what I said in my likes about liking the budding relationship between Isabel and Raphael.
  • Luke getting a new partner on the force and she is being very nosy about Luke’s life away from the force makes me not really like her since it shouldn’t matter what he does away from the force to her.
  • Another scene that I disliked was the fact that Jocelyn died since that was very sad and made me feel very bad for Luke. Jocelyn and Luke looked really cute together and I miss that.
  • All of the scenes with the faerie queen since I don’t really like the faerie queen especially after she made a game out of Clary’s love life before allowing Clary, Jace, and Simon could leave her realm.
  • The last scene that I disliked was when Valentine killed Jace after he and Clary got to the lake. It was a very sad moment and I couldn’t help but think that he was lying when he told Clary that he didn’t want to kill Jace but knowing that if he didn’t that the two of them would stop him from contacting with the angel.

On the fence:

Both my mom and I are on the fence about Inquisitor Herondale. Mostly because before she knew who Jace actually was she didn’t treat him fairly and made him basically do grunt work. After she found out that he wasn’t Valentine’s son but her grandson it all changed for her and she was being nice to him. She made Jace the head of the New York Institute, because she all of a sudden thought he could make the right choices in her place. She trusts a Herondale more than a Lightwood. Also she knows who Jace is, everything that he is doing, and the others that she didn’t like before. She is praising their work and is happy with everything that they are doing. Seems to me that she is a bit two-faced and hypocrital from the she first time she showed up to the last episode of the season.

Shadowhunter Stars are the best:

Both my mom and I also liked the little commercial about the Shadowhunters explaining Stitching. It was really cute and awesome. Especially since it was mostly Katherine McNamara and Alberto Rosende explaining it with Emeraude Toubia just looking at them like they had lost it, while they are explaining about stictching and not even butting in. Another thing that my mom would like to be pointed out that she didn’t like was the way that Jace’s hair was slowly darkening from being blond to dirty blond and she would like it if it stayed blond.

Remember that these are just my opinions and no matter what I love the Shadowhunters series, book T.V. and movie.

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Her Fiery Viking by AJ Tipton

Her Fiery Viking by AJ Tipton

My take on this book:                          Wow. Her Fiery Viking by A.J. Tipton is such a good read. It was a short read and I listened to it on Audible while doing my chores. The book was definitely different than what I thought it was going to be. Besides that, this book was a good […]