I must say I’m conflicted. I’m a writer and a voracious reader but this type of genre is really not my thing. That being said, the storyline was interesting. The author did a great job of engaging the reader and for a romance she certainly applied her skill set there.
To me the love scenes bordered on erotica which isn’t something I enjoy, I prefer for the suggestion of sex to be there but there’s no need to get so graphic; that’s my personal perspective and not something I would nail a writer for. I knew I was reading a romance novel so that’s something you expect these days.
I picked up this book because it was ranked so highly on Amazon. Every now and then, I choose books from the top list to see what’s selling and even though this is currently in vogue it’s not something I would generally read.
Would I recommend this book? Um…not for my readers who generally are a more serious bunch. If you love romance novels, like say, Fifty Shades of Grey, you’ll enjoy Pretend You’re Mine. I will try to stick with the genres I know and love. 🙂
I love reading about our nation’s history, but I’ve never considered how the United States Navy was formed. Not until I read Not Self But Country by David C. Perry, which is a fictional version of those early days of the Revolution, did I realize what a monumental feat it was.
Author David Perry expertly composes the daily lives of those who helped form the first US Navy. You feel the salt spray on your lips and relive the struggle of enemy capture after a harrowing sea battle. His writing is superb and the picture he paints for the reader makes this book an enjoyable and informative read. What’s more, is that Not Self But Country is the beginning of a series. Not only has Perry offered us the first, but he also has the second novel published as well, titled The Crucible of Tradition.
Both books are currently only .99 on Amazon! To read more about this author and his other works you can visit his website at Leadership, Legends and Lore.
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That’s right! I’m happy to announce that The Malefic Nation has just been released in audio form.
This concluded Graham’s Resolution for now. It was an amazing adventure and I hope to return to Graham’s world someday.
What the World Dreads Most Happened and now Graham’s group has found a way to fight back, but is it too late? And are their methods going too far in the name of humanity? Read the conclusion of the best selling series… Graham’s Resolution, top 100 Best seller in Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic fiction novels: A TEOTWAWKI, Prepper, medical thriller, fiction favorite, where surviving a terrorist weaponized pandemic means becoming less human and vengeance is a fight for absolute survival.
As a post-apocalyptic writer, I read an abundance of survival fiction. Like many like-minded readers, post-apocalyptic has become known as the modern day westerns like The Virginian by Owen Wister.
I read across many genres, but mostly modern bestsellers. It’s refreshing to delve into the older classics and rediscover something I’ve missed in the past. That’s the case with The Virginian. A friend recommended the piece to me and I loved the lengthy novel.
Owen Wister aptly captured the old west and traditions of the early 1900’s. It’s amazing to see the differences between human nature of those that lived then and even more surprising to notice the similarities today. Women are still doing their best to prove they’re more than just wives. Men are perhaps less hardened than they were in those days.
And yet, the criminal aspect of human nature certainly exists in the same form only this author caught even the minute malicious tendencies of manipulation between his pages. The subtleties of attitude which can change a man and wreak havoc on society then is also performed so today, but with social media tools, they exist even greater. For there are Trampasses in abundance today.
So after I finished the novel, I discovered that not only is there a film made, there are many. The first one was made in 1929, and so far the latest one was completed in 2014. I intend to start with the earliest and watch my way through; I expect the earlier films will be of the best quality and stick closest to the storyline.
So if you need a break from your current reading genre and want something different to help cleanse your palette, I’d suggest The Virginian. It’s a classic that appeals today as much as it did over a hundred years ago.
After reading the much-anticipated One Year After by William R. Forstchen, I’ve become jaded against sequels.
I didn’t expect the wild twists and turns Forstchen paved for the reader and yet there I was in the midst of it all. The government, I mean assumed government because it’s only a claim, has taken over the United States. This new faction goes about helping it’s citizens in the oddest of ways.
Our protagonist recalls his training and steps up to the plate once again, even in his broaching golden years, though he complains about the efforts.
Overall, One Year After was beautifully written. Forstchen is a great writer and there isn’t anything to complain about. The action is there to get your heart rate up and there’s enough character development to keep you interested in the individual plights. It was a great read. If I’m sounding a little unenthused, it’s only because it wasn’t as great as the first. We all know that happens. I mean, One Second After was a tough act to follow and well even though I thoroughly enjoyed One Year After and the furthering of the storyline, I kinda, sorta hope there won’t be a third in the series. Some books need to stand on their own because they were so great to begin with; stringing out a second lesser sibling, takes away from the golden child’s spotlight.
This is just my opinion. Do I recommend you read it? Yes, please do! Let me know your thoughts too.
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Should you go and see The Martian the movie? Pay the $11 per person just to sit in a germ infested theatre next to a bird flu carrier just to see the movie before it’s available on Amazon Prime Instant Video or Netflix?
Um… Yeah! It’s that good. And even though there are a few differences in the ending and they left out a few little bits of humor, it’s still very good and you should totally pop for the exorbitant fee and buy the popcorn because when is there going to be another movie that I recommend you see before waiting for the cheaper less germy version? Like never! I’m a huge proponent of homemade popcorn and the comfy couch version.
Though there are a few changes in the storyline, it’s extremely entertaining and well done.
Hurray for Andy Weir and Ridley Scott!
I do however, hope you’ll read the book before you see the movie. If you haven’t done so, you’ll still enjoy the movie immensely but you won’t be able to detect how great or how funny the Mars inhabitant is.
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It’s been a year of new things for me. I never thought I’d write a zombie story. I never thought I’d write a complete series and I never thought I’d find my name on a skull.
There are plenty of months in the year for more firsts but today I get to share this one with you. After writing a mini zombie story in the anthology, Bite-Sized Offerings, for charity the organizers also set up a t-shirt with all the authors who participated in the project with Grunt Style. The proceeds from this will also go to the medical and travel expenses for a little girl with down syndrome who needs heart surgery soon.
It’s a worthy project and you can see my name right above the right eye of the skull not far from my buddy author W. J. Lundy. So if you’re in need of a t-shirt or even a hoodie like the one above and would like to have some of your favorite authors names within the skull motif, go ahead and click the link to Grunt Style and purchase one or three.
It’s all for a good and worthy cause and these days, we depend on one another for the best of deeds.