Mar 29, 2014

Final Scream

Final ScreamFinal Scream by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Angie Buchanan finds herself pregnant with her brother's child she schemes to seduce local bad boy Brig McKenzie so she can blame him for the pregnancy and cry rape. But someone is watching Angie and knows her secret and plots to remove Angie from Derek's life. Angie dies in a blazing inferno and Brig is blamed for the fire. Cassidy Buchanan helps Brig escape from the authorities.

Seventeen years later Cassidy Buchanan is married to Brig's brother Chase when another deadly inferno engulfs Chase and a mysterious stranger in the flames. The John Doe dies and Cassidy brings "Chase" home to recuperate. She discovers that her Father Rex had an affair with Sunny McKenzie and that the retarded boy Willie her Father has employed for years is actually his bastard son Buddy McKenzie. The John Doe is revealed to be an Alaskan billionaire who turns out to be Brig after further investigation. "Chase" claims that Brig came back to clear his name and reunite with Cassidy. After making love to "Chase" she realizes that Chase was actually the John Doe. Upset at the idea of sleeping with her dead husbands brother she flees the house just as the killer strikes again.

Buddy risk his life to get Brig to safety, the killer is captured after her deadly inferno catches Derek in the flames instead of Brig and Cassidy and she confesses.



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Mar 25, 2014

First Love

First LoveFirst Love by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heartbreaking..........

Axi and Robinson have a secret, and the secret prompts Axi the Good Girl (GG) to plan a road trip with Robinson. Axi's plan to take the bus goes awry when Robinson (aka Scalawag) steals a Harley. They bounce from one cross country adventure to another until Robinson winds up in the hospital.

Then Axi finds the courage to tell him how she feels about him and Robinson takes her home to meet his parents. GG's final present to her Scalawag is to tell their story.

"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to someone else."



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Mar 24, 2014

Out for Blood

Out for Blood (House of Comarré, #4)Out for Blood by Kristen Painter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As usual it's all about what Chrysabelle wants with no regarded for the consequences to those around her. She wakes up after being killed by the Aurelian (Nadira) and she doesn't want to talk about it so she sends Mal off. Then she goes to make up with him but he isn't there and big surprise Daciana has escaped and taken Damian back with her. So now of course Chrysabelle has to rescue him because she has been told by Creek he is her brother.

Creek was possessed by Yahla and convinces the Mayor (Lola) to put a curfew on othernaturals. Ticked off because Preacher and Mal refused to turn her she readily agrees.

Fi is steamed because Doc is married to Heaven, and takes off. Doc goes looking for her despite the curfew and is arrested. Mal takes Doc's place in chains at the town square. He is suppose to be released before sunrise but Lola infuriated by Dominic's visit and refusal to turn her instructs them to keep Mal until after the sun comes up and he turns to ash. In a desperate attempt to save Mal, Chrysabelle insist he drink from her veins. As the sun rises Mal disappears into a wisp of smoke. Heartbroken Chrysabelle returns to her home where her friends attempt to console her. When Mal shows up (smoke is how he scatters) Chrysabelle only lets a chosen few in on the fact he is alive believing that will give them an advantage when they go to rescue Damian and kidnap Lilith.

Fi confronts Heaven and Heaven challenges her. Doc's two advisers help train Fi for the fight, but Fi is no match for Heaven. Surprisingly Heaven collapses and Fi is pronounced the winner. Doc learns afterwards that someone put silver in the arena sand (which is lethal to shape shifters). He keeps the knowledge from Fi. He also learns that more then likely his ability to burst into flames has worn off and stops taking K.

Chrysabelle, Mal, Dominic and Katsumi go to rescue Damian and kidnap Lilith. Dominic and Katsumi get Damian out without a hitch, but the kidnapping of Lilith goes awry and the Castus Sanguis takes Lilith. Mal and Chrysabelle barely escape. Mal ask Chrysabelle to marry him and she says yes.

Chrysabelle insist on meeting with the Fae (Raptor) who can tell her about the "Ring of Sorrows" and agrees to pay his price. She discovers that every time she comes back to life a soul trapped in Mal's head is used to pay the price. The Raptor takes Mal's love for Chrysabelle away and he now just views her as a source of food. Chrysabelle realizes she is pregnant with Mal's baby.

Creek realizes Yahla possessed him and with the help of Annika (his new section chief Yahla killed Argent) he turns her to stone.



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Mar 21, 2014

Merry Christmas Alex Cross

Merry Christmas, Alex CrossMerry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Predictable.

Alex is called to a hostage situation Christmas Eve. A former lawyer unable to live with his guilt over the verdicts he won for his clients, and blaming his ex-wife and their children's materialism for the choices he made takes them and her new husband hostage. Alex puts himself in danger in order to rescue the family.

Barely home and recovered from that intense situation Alex is called to help with the capture of terrorist Hala (from Kill Alex Cross). Once captured the torture of her children has her revealing part of the plot to release a deadly gas inside the United States. Alex and Sampson's brilliant detective work have them confronting the remaing terrorist on their own.

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Mar 18, 2014

The Companions

The Companions (The Sundering, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #24)The Companions by R.A. Salvatore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was a little slow at times.

This book takes place at the same time as The Last Threshold. Bruenor, Catti-Brie, Regis and Wulfgar are offered a chance to be reborn by Miielikki and reunited with Drizzt at Kelvin's Cairn after 21 years.

Catti-Brie (Ruqiah) is born into a Desai family who go to great lengths to protect her from the Shadovar. She is eventually captured and tutored by Lady Avelyere. When Lady Avelyere uses magic to discover Catti-Brie's secret Catti-Brie flees. She winds up with the Harpells for a time living as Delly Curtie. She eventually makes her way to Icewind Dale and is reunited with Regis.

Regis' (aka Spider) "Mother" dies in childbirth and his "Father" is a drunkard, who uses Regis' ability to dive to amass money selling oysters. Regis' abilities garner Grandfather Pericolo Topolino's (Grandfather of Assassins), attention. Grandfather trains Regis as a chemist, thief and diplomat and Regis has a romantic relationship with Donnola Pericolo. Grandfather Topolino's obsession with lich Ebonsoul's shipwreck leads to his death and forces Regis to flee the lich who is pursing him. He meets up with Catti-Brie in Icewind Dale.

Bruenor is born as Reginald Roundshield in Citadel Felbarr. Feeling that he has betrayed his beliefs he spends his childhood sullen and angry at Moradin and the other Gods. His fighting abilities are well above those of the other children his age and he is eventually sent to train with older children who he easily defeats. His disrespect toward his "Mother" and blasphemy of Moradin has King Emerus Warcrown placing him with the city guards. When they are on a scouting mission they are attacked by Orcs and Bruenor's bravery saves everyone. Presented with a medal and a wish Bruenor ask to go to Mithral Hall where Bruenor comes to believe that he made the wrong choice signing the Treaty of Garumn's Gorge with King Obould Many-arrows. Bruenor gets it into his head that he has been brought back to right this wrong by Moradin and that he should break his oath to Miielikki, he heads to Gauntlgrym to get his armor and plans to return as KING. At Gauntlgrym he is attacked by vampire drow and would have been killed except vampire Thibbledorf Pwent saves him. Pwent reminds him of loyalty, friendship, and honor and Bruenor realizes he needs to honor his oath to Miielikki, he is then allowed to sit on the throne. He gets to Icewind Dale in time to see and overhear Effron, Afafrenfere, and Ambergris who are looking for Drizzt. Bruenor decides not to approach them when he sees Guenhwyvar and Drizzt's tracks. He follows them and arrives just in time to see Drizzt collapsing into Catti-Brie's arms. Miielikki heals Drizzt and the friends reunite and to their surprise Wulfgar who Regis, Catti-Brie and Bruenor believed refused Miielikki's gift joins them.

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Mar 13, 2014

Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, MirrorMirror, Mirror by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A collection of modern day fairy tales. Taken in Death is part of the collection.

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Taken in Death

Taken in Death (in Death, #37.5)Taken in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When twins Henry and Gala are kidnapped by the wicked witch after she kills their nanny, Henry knows he has to help the good witch (Eve Dallas) find them. He uses his toy to contact her and Eve works her magic to bring the twins home to their parents.

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Mar 9, 2014

The Affair

The Affair (Jack Reacher, #16)The Affair by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This should actually be the first book in the series. I really wish authors wouldn't write books out of order.

Reacher is still in the Military and he is ordered by Garber to go undercover to Charter Crossing, Mississippi where three women have been murdered. His opposite Munro will be on the military base (Kelham) but both have orders to protect the military's reputation.

The sheriff ex-Marine (MP) Elizabeth Deveraux immediately realizes that Reacher is working undercover. Once she establishes she can trust him they start working together and get romantically involved.

Munro shuts the base down, but denies that a quarantine squad is surrounding the base after a journalist from Oxford is killed in the vicinity of Kelham. When Bruce (the teenage brother of one of the black victims) is killed Reacher goes after the squad and discovers that the killers are self appointed soldiers known as the Tennessee Free Citizens, he takes out the killer and sends the others packing.

He also discovers that the white victim Janice Chapman (Audrey Shaw) was living in Charter Crossing under an assumed name and that she had an affair with Senator Riley before disappearing to Charter Crossing. All three victims dated Captain Reed Riley (Senator Riley's son) and broke up with him shortly before their deaths. The two black victims were pregnant at the time they were killed. Reacher goes to Washington D.C. to confront Colonel John James Frazer Senate Liaison about the cover up and Frazer meets with an unfortunate accident.

Reacher is confronted with evidence indicating that Elizabeth Deveraux is the killer, but suspecting her file has been tampered with he ask his friends for help clearing her name. Once he gets confirmation that the real killer is Reed Riley, Reacher orchestrates a solution to protect the army while seeing that the Riley's get the punishment they deserve.

Advised that he is on the army's shit list he makes plans to leave the army.

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Mar 8, 2014

Religious freedom isn’t a license to discriminate



Religious freedom isn’t a license to discriminate and no state laws promoting discrimination on any grounds should be advanced.  

Shouldn’t we have more pressing issues to worry about like unemployment, lack of health insurance for many citizens of our State, and our State’s constant ranking last in education? Sadly our State lawmakers backed by the Tea Party would rather advance “religious laws” infringing on others rights and promoting discrimination then actually work on the problems our State faces. 

Contrary to what Miller and those like her believe, Science has shown that sexual preferences have a biological basis and are indeed an immutable characteristic like skin color. DNA studies have identified the general location of at least one "gay gene." there is also evidence that the brains of homosexuals may be different from those of heterosexual men and women.

As for Miller’s assertion that religious freedom bills aren’t about bigotry but merely to prevent bakers from having to bake “homosexual wedding cakes”, I would like to know since the Bible plainly states DIVORCE is wrong, why all these Christian bakers who are outraged at the idea of having to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding have never shown any OUTRAGE over having to bake "wedding cakes" for second, third etc. Marriages? And why these Christian Bakers aren't up in arms about baking baby shower cakes for unwed Mothers?

Mar 5, 2014

Scotch Eggs



8 ounces extra lean ground turkey
2 medium size green onions finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 hard cooked large eggs, shells removed
1/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

In a medium size bowl mix the ground turkey, green onions, rosemary and salt. Shape into 4 patties, each about 4 inches in diameter. Wrap a meat patty around each egg, completely encasing the egg. Place eggs on a plate. Cover and refrigerated for 2 to 4 hours

Preheat oven to 400 F. Roll eggs in bread crumbs until coated. Arrange eggs in a lightly greased shallow baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

May serve with dipping sauce of your choice.

Mar 4, 2014

Alex Cross Run

Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross, #20)Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fast paced with lots of action. Alex is tasked with discovering the identities of three killers and the "PG Woman Killer" aka Rusty has targeted Alex and his family for reprisal.

Dr. Creem and his sidekick Joshua Bergman facing jail time for making pornography decide to make the time they are out on bail count while they relive their college days.

Meanwhile a reporter with a hard on for Alex Cross shoots Alex up with drugs and accuses him of attacking him for no reason while high. Alex winds up temporarily suspended from the force and his foster daughter Ava is removed from his home. When Ava goes missing he finds out to late that Rusty and Ron Guidice are one and the same. Ava's death devastates Alex and his family.



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Mar 2, 2014

The Hobbit

The Hobbit (Graphic Novel)The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gandalf arranges for Bilbo to accompany Thorin and his band when they go to reclaim their home under the Mountain. After many adventures they reach Thorin's home. Bilbo steals some of the treasure from Smaug and Smaug flies to Lake-Town (Esgaroth) in a rage and destroys it. The old thrush that overheard Bilbo telling the dwarves of Smaug's weak spot, tells Bard about it and he kills Smaug with a well placed arrow.

Angered by the destruction of their homes the men of Lake-Town join with the Woodland Elves and march on the Mountain. The thrush finds a raven to communicate with the dwarves and warns them of the men's coming. Thorin sends ravens to Dain seeking help from his kin. The Elvenking and Bard demand part of the treasure from Thorin, he refuses and they lay siege to the Mountain. In an attempt to broker a peaceful settlement Bilbo takes the Arkenstone of Thrain to Bard. Thorin is angered by what he views as Bilbo's betrayal and throws him out of the Mountain.

Dain arriving earlier then expected confronts the Elvenking and Bard's troops when Gandalf warns them that a Goblin army is fast approaching. The dwarves, men and elves join together to fight the goblins. When it looks as if they are fixing to loose Thorin and his men come out of the Mountain to lend aid, but they too are fixing to be overrun when The Eagles and Beorn come to their aid. Thorin is grievously wounded in the battle but makes up with Bilbo before he dies.

Bilbo returns home to find that he has been declared dead and has to untangle some legal knots in order to regain his home and possessions.

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