#BookSpotlight: Rarity from the Hollow






Title: Rarity
Series: N/A
Author: Robert Eggleton
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing
Published: 8th Nov 2015


Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage -- an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It's up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn't mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. A Children’s Story. For Adults.


Excerpt from Chapter 13, “Mom I’d Like to Introduce You to My Fiancé”

Scene Prologue: At this point in the story, Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, is twelve years old. An android named DotCom (his name is a recurring pun throughout the novel) installed a port in her upper spine and has directly downloaded data into her brain for the last several years. His ship is hidden in a cave in the Woods behind the family’s house in the hollow. DotCom was sent to Earth to train and recruit Lacy Dawn to save the universe from an imminent threat, but was recalled due to slow performance. In this scene, DotCom has returned to Earth and Jenny, the mother, meets him for the first time. 



…..…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn's name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.

I hear her voice. Why won't she answer me?

“Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods.

Nobody responded. The trees weren't supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child. Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree.

I will always love you guys.

Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.

Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front.

Jenny looked to the left of the path.

There ain't no cave Roundabend, but there it is.

She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face. Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn't exit and into a blue light that did.

“All right, you mother f**ker!”

“Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you're supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story)."

DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner. Jenny covered

Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.

"Grrrrr," emanated from Jenny. It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn's dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house. It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate. No one moved. The spaceship’s door slid shut.

“Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.”

“You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight
off Lacy Dawn.

Stay between them.

“Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I'm old enough -- like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend -- what you call it -- my fiancé.”

“You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce.

“MOM! Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.”

Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.

He ain't got no private parts, not even a little bump.

“DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancé, DotCom.”
Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.

“Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.”

I will need much more training if I'm ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.

“Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”

Jenny's left eye twitched.

DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…

…(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There're a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain't complained since the shots started -- not even with an upset stomach.”

"He's a doctor?" Jenny asked.

“What's your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know. You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that's different -- even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.”

“Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said.

“So?”

Mommy's right. Maybe I need a different argument.

A fast clicking sound, a blur of motion, and a familiar smell assaulted them.

"What's that?" Jenny asked.

She moved to protect her daughter from whatever threat loomed. Brownie, who had been granted 27 / 7 access to the ship, bounded over the orange recliner, knocked DotCom to the floor, licked DotCom’s face, and rubbed his head on Jenny’s leg. He then jumped onto the recliner and lay down. His tail wagged throughout. Jenny sat down on the recliner beside Brownie and looked at Lacy Dawn.

“But, you were crying when I first came in. That thing was hurting you.” Jenny shook her finger at DotCom to emphasize a different argument against him.

“Mommy, I'm so happy that I couldn’t help but cry. My man just came home from an out-of-state job. I didn't talk to him for a whole year. Before he left, he told me that he wasn’t even sure if he'd be able to come home. I still don’t know what happened while he was gone. We ain't had no chance to talk. All I know is that he's home and I'm sooooo happy.”

“Your man came home from an out-of-state job?” Jenny patted Brownie on his head, some more and some more….

It's unusual for a man to promise to come back home and ever be seen again. Brownie likes him and that's a good sign. Maybe she's right about him helping Dwayne. Something sure did and it wasn’t me. It is a nice living room. They've been together for a while and I ain't seen a mark on her. That's unusual too. He ain't got no private parts and that's another good thing. Hell, if I get in the middle, she’d just run off with him anyway. I'd better play it smart. I don't want to lose my baby.

“What about his stupid name?” Jenny asked.

“I’ve got a stupid name, too. All the kids at school call me hick because my last name is Hickman.”

“My name was given to me by my manager a very long time ago. It represents a respected tradition -- the persistent marketing of that which is not necessarily the most needed. I spam…,” DotCom said.
They both glared at him.

"Dwayne is sure to be home. I don’t want him to worry. Let’s go,” Jenny said.

“Okay, Mommy.”

“I love you, DotCom,” Lacy Dawn stepped out the ship’s door, which had slid open. Brownie and Jenny were right behind her.

“I love you too,” DotCom said.

Lacy Dawn and Jenny held hands and walked down the path toward home. The trees didn’t smile -- at least not so Jenny would notice. On the other hand, no living thing obstructed, intruded, or interfered with the rite.
Jenny sang to the Woods, “My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up. My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up….”



Excerpts of Two Book Reviews – Gold Medal Awards


“…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.”



“…Full of cranky characters and crazy situations, Rarity From the Hollow sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved… Robert Eggleton is a brilliant writer whose work is better read on several levels. I appreciated this story on all of them.” 


 
Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines. Author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment.

 
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#BookReview: Wrong by Jana Aston




Receiving books free in exchange of reviews will never sway the outcome of my reviews. All my reviews are own my personal thoughts and opinions whether they for review or bought. While I may feel a certain way, others may feel differently. So sit back and relax and check out my thoughts on this book. Don't forget to share your thoughts (no spoilers) on the books or reviews on this blog in comments.

Title: Wrong (Wrong #1)
Format: Kindle eBook
Pages: 286
Published: 7th Oct 2015
Publisher: Rutherford Press
Source: Bought
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Shelfability:  Acquire

I have a history of picking the wrong guy. Gay? Player? Momma’s boy? Check, check and check.


Now I can’t stop fantasizing about one of the customers at the coffee shop I work at between classes. It’s just a harmless crush, right? It’s not like I ever see this guy outside of the coffee shop. It’s not like I’m going to see him while attempting to get birth control at the student clinic. While wearing a paper gown. While sitting on an exam table. Because he’s the doctor. Shoot. Me.



But what if, for once, the man I’ve had the dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies about turned out to be everything but wrong?


I have been recommended this book twice by the same person. Yip, twice!! Kayleigh from over at K-Books highly recommended this to me because I was needing a light read that I could just get lost in. And It was just the ticket!! After reading two "intense" reads I was looking something that would be fun and easy and Wrong was certainly those things.

Sophie is a Twenty One year old at college. Every Tuesday her crush buys a coffee from where she works. She can't stop fantasizing about Luke. He is older, sexy and perfect for crushing on. She'd never dream it would be anything more. Until one day she is at the student clinic to get birth control. And in walks the doctor. Who just happens to be her crush, Luke. Awkward!!!

Wrong is freaking hilarious. I don't just mean funny like you laugh in your head. Or you have a little giggle. I am talking, full blown laugh out loud, snort like a pig and choke on your tea funny. I have never in my life laughed so hard at a book before. I have found other books funny but this one is just down right hysterical. Between the situations Sophie gets into and the one liners from her friend Evelyn I was completely buckled.

Sophie is a good girl. Not completely innocent but a good girl. She is a really likable character. I think she is easy to relate to because who hasn't had a crush on a customer in work. Especially one that comes in all the time. Orders the same thing each time. I know I have. (Large Mocha Guy for me lol). Her crush on Luke is totally understandable. He is HOT. And Older! I personally think he did come across a bit stalkerish. However, he is a very likable. And together? OH MY. HOT HOT HOT. The chemistry they have is sizzling and sexy. They just can't take their hands off each other.

I will admit Sophie and Luke aren't my favourite characters in the story. It's Evelyn. That girl and her one liners are just so bloody funny. Yeah she comes across a bit aggressive and like a stalker (just read it the book lol) but the things she hits out with and nothing short of amazing!!! Can't wait to read her story.


Wrong is the type of story you can just get lost in. You forget everything around you and just enjoy the story. It's fast passed and has a nice easy flow to it. Some story that involve sex can seem like the authors just throw it in to fill space but in this case it all works. And its HOT!!! The plot it's a slightly unbelievable and there are certain parts of storyline reminded me of a little of a watered down Fifty Shades. However, over all it was fantastic read that kept me reading until wee hours. 

NO SPOILERS but to those who have read the book? That ending? Who hasn't done that right? 

 
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#PersonalPost: #ShoePorn


I thought we would have a wee break from book blogging and do a little personal blog post. I will try and do these more often not promising, you all know I suck at sticking to schedules lol.  Today's post as you can tell from the header is…………SHOES!!!!!!

Have you heard of a little website called everything5pound.com? Right, if you haven't you NEEEEEEEEEEED to get your butts over there. Everything is (yip you guessed it) £5!!! No joke!! No really I am not messing with you. £5 per item apart from the stuff in their "Designer Tab". I have been using this site for years. Mainly for shoes. So you can guess my excitement when they had a sale on!!! A section with shoes for £1.99!!!! I may have went a little crazy but ah well. 7 pairs for £14 can't really complain!!!!

Please say hello my new lovers!! 


Aren't they just gorgeous?!?!? I may have been stalking my postman for days!!!!!! But can you f*cking blame me?? Look at these bad boys!!
 
I so could have bought more but I couldn't fit it into my already tiny budget, I just made it with these ones. Now I am not going to lie I can't freaking walk in them. These will be my "sit down and get someone else to go the bar all night" shoes. Well, apart from the boots. Those are so comfy. So let me introduce you to each of my new lovers because I know you want too.


These babies are black with a fake snakeskin look. 5inch heel and 1.5inch platform. These are just very glam rocker. Very me!! They are a little tight around the toes but thankfully that buckle at the toes actually moves so I can loosen them a little so my toes can move LOL.








Do I even need to say why? They are pink and they sparkle!!!!! Glitter!! You can't go wrong. The heel is 5.5inches and again 1.5inch platform. These seriously hurt my toes so I may need to break them in. I am tempted to order the green in these aswell but try the next size up. Because why the hell not right??






Speaking of green shoes……I needed a pair of green heels because I love green. What Slytherin girl doesn't?? These are actually super cute on. They are quite roomy so I can move my toes in them. Always a bonus. Again a big heel at 5inches and a 2inch platform. I need the height ok!! LOL




 

Black, spikes and a pink sole! Do I need to explain it anymore?? I am in love with these ones. I just had to have them. Feeding my inner rock chick with these. With a 5.5inch heel and 1inch platform and covered in gold stud so don't mess with me when I am wearing them that's all I am saying. HAHAHA. Only Joking.





I loved these so much that I bought two pairs in two different colours. Black and Khaki, although they are more brown to me. LOL. I can actually walk in these!! Flats!!! I love a good biker boot. They are super comfy and keep my feet dry against the crap Scottish rain. I have already wore the black ones. Couldn't resist!!! I wasn't sure about the chain on them at first but I do love them. I am tempted to order another pair and taking the chain off and adding some lace to it as someone in the reviews on the site has done. I think that would make them look a little more girly for when I want a girly day but still want to wear biker boots. Lol.



And last but not least. Let me introduce you to my favourite pair. My number one lover!!!  Ladies and Gentlemen please give a warm welcome to……..

Or As I call them…

My CARRIE BRADSHAWS.


I seen these and I just knew I needed. I didn't want them I NEEDED them. They have a very Carrie Bradshaw feel to me. And she is just an icon!!! I love Sex and the City and that woman loves her shoes and these ones just SCREAM "Carrie would love these" They are glittery. They are cute AF and they most importantly don't pinch my feet!!! I can't believe they only cost me £1.99!!! I shall just drool over them while typing up this post. Because with another pair that are 5inchs and a 1.5inch platform I will struggle to walk in them. These ones I almost don't want to wear because they are so stunning. 

Well……now that you have meet my newbies to my new addiction of shoes. I shall leave you to drool over them yourselves while I sit in complete shoe heaven.



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#BookReview: The Party by Robyn Harding


Receiving books free in exchange of reviews will never sway the outcome of my reviews. All my reviews are own my personal thoughts and opinions. While I may feel a certain way, others may feel differently. So sit back and relax and check out my thoughts on this book. Don't forget to share your thoughts (no spoilers) on the books or reviews on this blog in comments.


Title: The Party
Format: e-Arc
Pages: 352
Published: 6th June 2017
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Source: Edelweiss
Genre: Adult/YA, Suspense, Drama
Shelfability:  Acquire

About The Book
One invitation. A lifetime of regrets.

Sweet sixteen. It's a coming of age, a milestone, a rite of passage. Of course Jeff and Kim Sanders will throw a party for their daughter, Hannah. She's a good kid with good grades and nice friends. And it isn't going to be a big, indulgent affair. Just four girls coming over for pizza and cake, movies and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?



But things do go wrong, horrifically wrong. After a tragic accident, Jeff and Kim's flawless life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb begins to unravel. The injured girl's mother, Lisa, files a lawsuit that turns friends into enemies, reveals dark secrets in the Sanders' marriage, and exposes the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah. Lisa's determination to make the Sanders pay stems from a fierce love for her only child and Lisa's own dark and damaged past.



In The Party, Christos Tsiolkas's The Slap meets Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies, taking us behind the façade of the perfect family, exploring the secrets, betrayals, and moral lapses the neighbors don't see.

The Party uncovers the lies and duplicities that children and parents tell each other. And tell themselves.

The Party by Robyn Harding was like nothing I have ever read before. It's crossover between Adult fiction and Young Adult told from the point views of adults and teenagers. The story was compelling and full of suspense. However, the ending has really thrown me on how I feel about the book as a whole.

Hannah Sanders is excited for her Sweet Sixteen. Her parents have allowed her to have a sleepover with friends. What could go wrong? What starts out as a fun slumber party for teenage girls, end up in a tragic accident that leave everyone's life in shatters. Secrets are exposed. Friendships are tested and the darkness in individuals are brought to the surface to really see who people truly are.

I am really struggling to put into words exactly how I am feeling about this one. It was a captivating read. It such an easy read and the author's writing style is addictive. I really like the fact it focused on both teen and adult POVs to really tell the story. I think if it was in 1st person it wouldn't have made the same impact. She really manages to make you feel for the characters. Good and bad feelings. You feel sorry for most of the characters though because even under their facade you can tell they are hurting. And when secrets are uncovered their life's are torn apart for better and worse.

The Party was so different and not much usual type of novel to read. I have been in a weird reading slump so the fact that I managed to read this one is miracle. It kept me gripped and needing more. Even though by the end I wanted to through my kindle at the wall because I was so frustrated with how the book ended. It has left so many unanswered questions that I swear if there isn't a follow up I may actually cry because Robyn? Yeah don't leave me hanging like this. I need to know what happens next for Hannah, Ronni and Lauren? (I hated that little b*tch) I need answers. Please don't let this be a standalone novel. 



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#CoverReveal: My Best Friend's Fiance






Title: My Best Friend's Fiance
Author: Keren Hughes
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Published: 30th May 2017
Goodreads: Add to Shelf

About The Book:
The heart wants what it wants right? But what if it wants something it can never have?

I’m in love, and it should feel amazing...except, it doesn’t. The problem is, the guy I’m in love with happens to be my best friend’s fiancé.

It’s wrong on so many levels. If there was any way I could stop my growing feelings toward the one man who’s completely off limits, I would…but I can’t.

It’s insane, a disaster waiting to happen. The only thing that could make this entire situation worse is if the feeling was mutual—which it isn’t...is it?








About The Author:
Keren lives in the UK and is an avid bookworm. She fondly remembers the days where she would lie in her bedroom away from distraction and get lost in the world of make believe. Her first real memory of reading something she fell in love with was The Hobbit. In her teenage years, she became addicted to Point Horror books like RL Stine's The Boyfriend, but she also enjoyed light Summer reads like What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next. Over the years she has come to realise that she is a bit of an OCD freak about books. They have to be in perfect condition without the slightest bit of damage. She has been a book reviewer for the last few years and a book hoarder for a LOT longer. You can NEVER have too many books! Her shelves are bulging and overflowing but she always wants "just one more book". Keren had her first book published by Limitless Publishing in November 2013. It's a YA Paranormal Romance novel called Stolen. Her second book was published with LP in May 2014. This time, an NA Contemporary Romance called Nothing Like The First Time. She couldn't have been more surprised when NLTFT appeared on the Amazon Best Seller list. That was a dream come true. Keren is currently working on more NA Contemporary Romances for you to fall in love with. Keren loves hearing from her readers.


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