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Review of Me and My Ghoulfriends by Rose Pressey

I was a little apprehensive when I downloaded this book to find it has 629 pages. Shades of “Twilight” drivel danced in my head and I was afraid I might have just wasted my money, but I gave it a shot. I’ll always give a new book a shot. New-to-me authors get 15 pages to capture my attention. Life is too short (especially at my age) for drivel. I was pleasantly surprised with this one! I read it in one afternoon/evening.

The story is different enough to avoid the “not another…’ feeling. The characters are fun and engaging. I did feel a bit of repetition and a couple times found myself stating out loud “Alright, I get it, he’s a hottie! Can we move on please” That’s why I only gave this one 3 stars. A little tighter on the editing and it would have easily gotten 4. I very rarely give 5!

This one may be a hit or miss for some, but if you are a fan of this genre, give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed and will probably read more from this author.

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Just the fix I needed…Julie Kenner SCORES!

The Demon You Know is a short story within the world of demon hunting soccer mom Kate Connor and her daughter Allie. If you haven’t read this series, think if Buffy had kids and lived in suburbia and you get an idea of Kate’s world.

If you want to start at the beginning of this series, CARPE DEMON is your go-to spot. WONDERFUL read!! If you like a little demon butt kicking mixed in with your murder mystery, then how can you go wrong with a book that gives you just that? Julie Kenner delivers a series that will both thrill and delight any lover of paranormal mysteries. Her characters are engaging and leap off the page, some to greet you, others to disturb you, but they become very ‘real’ and in a hurry. Not every author can pull that one off as completely as Ms Kenner, so when I find that, I will definitely give those kudos out.


This story was far too short for me. I love the series so much I don’t think I can ever get enough of it. But just like the books, the story is masterfully crafted and a whirlwind of action from the beginning to the end.

Julie Kenner earns those 5 stars–again. Trust me, if you are a fan of this genre and have not read anything by Julie Kenner, then you are missing the boat!

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Starting a new habit

I have only been able to keep one New Year’s resolution.  Five years ago I resolved to never make another New Year’s resolution–so far, so good!  Anything I resolved to do on Jan 1st was forgotten or tossed away by Jan 7th, so I decided to save myself the time and aggravation associated with the process.

That said, I have decided to begin a new habit this year. Still not calling it a resolution, but more of a choice to change something in my life that can only make my life better.  I decided to be conscious of the positive and not so aware of the negatives around me.

Negativity causes stress, and no one needs to be reminded of all the problems associated with stress.  Negativity is easy to find, especially if we go out there looking for it.  If I spent more time looking for the positives in a situation, maybe I’ll end up missing some of the negatives and that would not be a bad thing, would it?

So, my new habit begins today.  It’s a beautiful day in NC. The chilly air is a reminder of the warmth of home and family.  It is good to be alive.  So far–so good.


Until next time,


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Don’t ya just LOVE a little mystery?

I do! For me there is nothing better than sliding into my favorite fuzzy socks, sliding into my cozy chair and opening the cover of a mystery novel.  I love to lose myself in a well-told story, but I’m a bit picky on the genre.  My favorite books are chalked full of murder, mayhem and if there’s a little romance and a lot of giggles tossed in the mix, I’m all the happier.

Some of my favorite authors are:

Margaret Maron–her Deborah Knott series should be a must-read for every fan of the genre!

Carolyn Hart–Yankee Doodle Dead is a how-to for writing a wonderful cozy mystery.

Sylvia Dickey Smith–Sidra  Smart is a girl after my own heart!

Austin Camacho–Hannibal Jones needs his own weekly tv show–but only if Austin gets control. Wonderful books with a kick-butt hero who has a heart and it doesn’t hurt that I have Shemar Moore pictured in my head each time I read one of this books. 😀

Marta Stephens–Sam Harper is another character who deserves his own tv show!

Some others that I love to read are:

Mignon Ballard, Patricia Sprinkle, Cathy Pickens, Tess Gerritson, Julie Kenner (Demon hunting soccer mom? What can be better than that?) Casey Daniels, and so many more.
Say you haven’t heard some of these names before? Head over to your favorite book seller and pick up a few titles.  If you love mysteries, cozies especially, then you won’t be disappointed! 😀


I plan to use this blog to post my reviews of the books I read, pass along ideas, information, and advice when the notion strikes and just put what’s on my mind out there for anyone who may care to read it.

Hope you will come back soon.  You just never know what I’ll be saying.