News, Reviews and Giveaways for the week of June 29, 2015.

Good Morning!

It looks to be another great week on all of the review sites. Everyone is pretty excited about the SCOTUS ruling on Friday and Prism Book Alliance dedicated their Sunday Spotlight to this historical event.  (See link below)

I also want to share a link to a very sweet short story that was written by C.S. Poe in honor of the SCOTUS ruling. (Loved it!  Click link below)

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There are also interviews, blog tours, reviews and of course giveaways.  All of the sites have something fun and exciting to share. Be sure to check them out!

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 Please be sure to read Prism Book Alliances SCOTUS Sunday Spotlight

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Happy Reading

Melyna

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Fried Rice, the Rhys Ford way.

I adore Rhys Ford.  Her books are fabulous, she is always posting awesome food pics, reviews,blog tours and lovely artistic photos of men and she is one of the sweetest people I know.  When I saw a post for her fried rice recipe, I thought I would try it. Some day.  It requires patience and no stirring (which I tend to want to do).  Tonight I decided to take the plunge.  I had the basic ingredients, plus I decided to add with shrimp, pineapple, mushrooms and carrots.  I seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic and cooked it in coconut oil.

It turned out fantastic.  We had five people over for dinner and there are no leftovers. None. Pouts.

But now I have earned my Rhys Ford Fried Rice Master badge.  So I know I can make more.  See:

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To try the recipe click here: Rhys Fords Fried Rice

Here are some photos I snapped while cooking.  Food photography on the fly is not something I have tried before.  lol

Starting the Fried Rice.

 

After adding the beaten eggs

After adding the beaten eggs

 

Ingredients to add

Ingredients to add after the waiting….

Finished product

Finished product

While you are there getting the recipe, look around, check out her books.  I am currently listening to Black Dog Blues, narrated by Greg Tremblay.  It is fantastic.

Happy Reading and cooking,

Melyna

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Yes!!!

Finally!

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From the opinion of the court…

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies
the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice,
and family. In forming a marital union, two people become
something greater than once they were. As some of
the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage
embodies a love that may endure even past death. It
would misunderstand these men and women to say they
disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do
respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its
fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned
to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s
oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the
eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth
Circuit is reversed.
It is so ordered. “

 

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Good Morning!

I woke up way too early this morning. The sun had yet to peak over the horizon and I was in dire need of caffeine. Still there were things that needed done.  As I went about taking care of the pets and plants, I decided to take my camera along.   I went looking for spiders, but oddly, none were to be found.  Trouble followed me.  The cat. That is her name.  She always follows me when I am out for a walk.   <3

Trouble

Wishing you a lovely day,

Melyna

News, Reviews and Giveaways for the week of June 21, 2015.

Good Evening!

It looks to be another great week on all of the review sites.  I spotted some fun interviews, blog tours, many reviews and of course giveaways. All of the sites have something fun and exciting to share.

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Be sure to check out the  many special features on Prism Book Alliance: Sunday Spotlight, Outside The Margins, Retro reads and more!

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Melyna

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Mocker of Ravens SPECTR 2, Book 1 – By Jordan L Hawk. —– The Boys are Back!

June 16, 2015,  Mocker of Ravens – SPECTR 2 book 1 by Jordan L Hawk was released.  I was so excited when I found out the author was bringing back John, Caleb and Gray from the first series.  When I found an ARC in my email I was ecstatic!  I devoured the book and then read it again.  I did not write an early review and now I am glad.  The audiobook was released the same day!  I immediately bought it and I spent the day happily listening to the story narrated by Brad Langer.  He also narrates the Complete First Series and it is wonderful.

Mocker of Ravens by Jordan L HawkAuthor: Jordan L Hawk
Publisher: Widdershins Press LLC (June 16, 2015)
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Blurb:
Caleb has spent the last six months adjusting to life possessed by the vampire spirit Gray. Unfortunately, after the events of Fort Sumter, the other agents of SPECTR view him more as a ticking time bomb than a co-worker.

The one bright spot is Caleb and Gray’s boyfriend, federal exorcist John Starkweather. But John has problems of his own. A supernatural killer is on the loose in Charleston, stealing the hearts of its victims to extend its own unnatural life.

With the help of a rookie agent, John, Caleb, and Gray must find the killer before it strikes again…or before they become the demon’s next victims.

Novella: 31,610 words
Genre: gay paranormal romance
~ SPECTR: The Complete First Series on sale now ~

Review:

I was incredibly happy to hear that Jordan L Hawk was bringing back John, Caleb and Gray. I loved the first series. Her take on  paranormal beings is refreshing and creative, her characters well developed and the way she is able to weave her stories together has kept me on the edge of my seat many times.  Mystery, action and romance, sprinkled with humor.

The end of the first series of SPECTR left me hopeful that things would be better for my guys . They are now working together at SPECTR but have a new boss. This guy makes one wish to have Kaniyar back and she scared Caleb.  People still fear Gray, maybe even more so, since the events in the last book in the first series,  Summoner of Storms . It is a struggle for Caleb and therefore Gray, but they keep trying because they have John. (Click the link for my review of Summoner of Storms as well as a summary of the First SPECTR series)

Gray has such a lovely innocence, he is still baffled by what he sees as mortal nonsense and his honesty is endearing. He is powerful, an apex predator among the NHE yet, gentle and caring and trying to navigate the complexities of inhabiting a living body, and the emotions and feelings he experiences through Caleb and being in love.

The introduction of their new partner, Zahira is great. She is a perfect fit for the team.  She is fresh out of the academy, top in her class, strong, intelligent and fascinated with Gray. (I had to laugh at her first meeting with John, Caleb and Gray.)

The story is fast paced and action packed with a creepy new NHE ( Non-Human Entity) for the guys to defeat. It also has the humor and romance that I look forward to in Ms Hawks books, plus I think she may have been dropping hints for things to come in this one. So exciting!

Having read the first series, I have the background on the characters and the evolution of the storyline. I think you could possibly read this without having read the first series but I recommend reading the first series – first.  It will be so much better and well worth the time.

If you are an audiobook lover, listen to SPECTR: the Complete First Series.  Brad Langer narrates it and does a fine job.

Highly recommended!

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Bountiful harvest from a small garden.

I have a small container garden this year.  It is necessary until I get some raised beds built.  Out soil is very rocky and the actual soil shallow.

Container garden

Container garden

 

Green cherry tomatoes

Green cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes

Sungold Cherry Tomatoes.  These are so sweet!

Sungold Cherry Tomatoes. These are so sweet!

 

Pickling cucumber

Pickling cucumber

Jalapeno peppers

Jalapeno peppers

Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers

Broken pottery herb garden. Topis chives and trailing rosemary (this did not do well and I transplanted it to another area) English Thyme and peppermint

Broken pottery herb garden. on top is chives and trailing rosemary (Not visible, this did not do well and I transplanted it to another area) English Thyme and peppermint

Garden Harvest

Garden Harvest

Last but not least, I planted a purple heirloom tomato.  I bought a small plant from a local school that was having a spring sale from their green house projects.  They were not sure of the variety.  After  researching heirloom tomatoes, I think this is a Black Krim tomato.

Black Krim purple heirloom tomato just beginning to ripen

Black Krim purple heirloom tomato just beginning to ripen

It needed less rain and more sun than we have had recently. Unfortunately the insects found it when we had so much rain. I managed to get a couple of tomatoes that were good. The texture is good and the flavor is slightly tangy but not overly acidic. Here is what I picked this morning.

Black Krim heirloom tomato.

Black Krim heirloom tomato.

Audiobook – Life After Joe by Harper fox

Life After joe by Harper FoxTitle: Life After Joe
Author: Harper Fox
narrator: Sean Crisden
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 3 hours and 18 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Carina Press
Audible.com Release Date: November 9, 2010

Blurb:

It’s not the breaking up that kills you, it’s the aftermath.

Ever since his longtime lover decided he’d seen the “heterosexual light”, Matt’s life has been in a nosedive. Six months of too many missed shifts at the hospital, too much booze, too many men. Matt knows he’s on the verge of losing everything, but he’s finding it hard to care.

Then Matt meets Aaron. He’s gorgeous, intelligent, and apparently not interested in being picked up. Still, even after seeing Matt at his worst, he doesn’t turn away. Aaron’s kindness and respect have Matt almost believing he’s worth it – and that there could be life after Joe. But his new found happiness is threatened when Matt begins to suspect Aaron is hiding something – or someone….

4,5 stars Review: I had only read holiday themed stories from this author until a friend strongly encouraged me to listen to this one. She said the story is wonderful and the narration is by Sean Crisden (Who I Love!- great narrator)

I had errands to run and was able to listen while traveling. I found myself lingering in the parking lot and taking the longer routes just to continue listening to the story. Then once I returned home, I donned headphones and tuned out everything but listening to this lovely story. (well, as much as possible) :-)

First – the story – this is a beautiful story centering on Matt and Aaron.  When we meet Matt he is a mess.  His ex, Joe, who he has been friends with since childhood then lovers, has dumped him for a woman.  Matt is in a downward spiral and on a path to self-destruction.  Enter Aaron.  Matt first meets Aaron in a bar.  He has his sights set on making Aaron a conquest but Aaron gently rebuffs him as he has done with all the other men.  Yet when Matt makes some really bad drunken decisions,Aaron is there to rescue him.  Even though the story is told from Matt’s POV, we still get a good feel for Aaron and the secondary characters.  That said, since it is from Matt’s point of view, Aaron remains a bit of a mystery until late in the book.  This works well because as Matt and therefore myself as the reader, discover more about Aaron, it made me love his character even more.
The author weaves this story so beautifully, intertwining the past and the present, love, loss, and insecurities, new beginnings, hope and healing.

Second – Sean Crisden. His voice for these characters is perfect. He brings them to life and the accents take the reader to the locale of the characters. I am continually impressed with his narrations.

Recommended.

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