What Are You Reading This Weekend?


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Today there will be a bit of a change from the usual Friday mini art show. September 23rd happens to be my birthday. So, I am featuring my favorite time of year – which also happens to highlight my favorite color.






The gorgeous sunflower photo was taken by my sister-in-law, Donna Moreland, and posted here with her permission.  The rest of the photos are mine.

I have the day off from work.  So Friday starts with a strong cup of my morning tea and some reading.  Then some relaxing.  Probably some cat petting.  Maybe dinner out with my sweetheart.  And later, there is sure to be dark chocolate, whiskey and probably some more reading.


This weekend I am reading the latest in the Interstellar Rescue Series from my friend Donna S. Frelick. Fools Rush In will release on October 18. It is available for pre-order now. In the meantime, if you are new to the series, you can catch up with books 1 and 2 in the SciFi Romance series.

What are you reading this weekend?

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Bryce by Jessica E. Subject – Book Review


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Reviewed by Riley

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About Bryce

A dedicated Defender…

Bryce fell in love once, but after Lalia was ripped away from him, he locked his heart from feeling anything for anyone else. Instead, he devotes his life to the Galactic Alliance, killing every bloodthirsty Erebus he comes across.

A shunned princess…

Lalia Comosova fell in love with the wrong man. When her parents learned of her transgressions, they sent her to Earth to hide her error in judgment from the rest of the kingdom.

A second chance?

When these lovers are reunited after many years apart, they have a chance to find happiness together. But fate steps in and threatens to rip them apart as it did years ago.


Review of Bryce

This is a novella – so not long. Like many novellas I read, it comes with the usual complaint – too short. In this case, more background story on the hero, heroine and other characters is what I felt I needed to really appreciate the story. Basically, I needed more of what motivates these characters.

Without that detail though, Bryce is a short feel good adventure and romance. Despite the fact that there are icky monsters. Make that gross, horrible monsters. The presence of the Erebus on Earth is what brings Bryce to this world to protect the inhabitants from those creatures. Lalia just happens to be living on Earth, and apparently, attracting Erebus. After thwarting the Erebus attack, Bryce recognizes the lost princess of Hemera and his former lover. Princess Lalia ends up bound for her former home on a ship with her daughter and the man she thought she would never see again, Bryce.

The exiled princess is unsure of her position on her home world and now she has a daughter to worry about. The daughter, who’s father was killed by the Erebus back on Earth, is headed for a completely foreign world and she too, is wondering what awaits her. Her presence in the story add a nice level of complexity to an otherwise straightforward story.

Bryce is the strong Defender of the Galactic Alliance, faithful and bound to follow orders, to do his duty. How can the princess and her defender possibly find a life together? The story is one of regrets for lost love and hope for a better future.

Do you want to see fated lovers overcome banishment, duty and icky monsters to enjoy a HEA in a short SciFi Romance. Then might I suggest Bryce?



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The Pickpocket by Celine Jeanjean – Book Review


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Reviewed by Riley

thepickpocket-full-originAbout The Pickpocket

Rory is a seven-year-old starveling, carving out a survival for herself down on the docks of Damsport. When Daria, an older girl and talented pickpocket, suggests they team up to con Damsians out of their purses, Rory accepts at once.

But Rory’s friendship with Daria turns out to be much more than a partnership of convenience, transforming her into the confident urchin we met in The Bloodless Assassin, and teaching her the dangers of letting someone get too close.

To get the most out of this novella, the author recommends that you first read The Bloodless Assassin.


Review of The Pickpocket

The Pickpocket is a prequel novella to The Viper and the Urchin steampunk adventure series.  I suspect it is best enjoyed after you have one or both novels in the series.

When I read the Bloodless Assassin, I fell in love with the Rory. Her determination to live life to the fullest, despite her urchin lifestyle, has left her with good friends and bitter disappointments. Yet she never gives up on life. In The Black Orchid, as Rory matures, she never allows herself to forget her roots.

The Pickpocket, examines some of those roots. Even as a very young starving child, Rory’s relentless spirit is ever present. And that spirit leads her to people and situations that will further shape her life. Rory makes the acquaintance of characters that The Viper and the Urchin series readers will recognize. And likely smile over.  Oh Radish! 

In The Pickpocket, Rory meets Daria who becomes Rory’s very first friend and mentor. And for a while, Daria also becomes Rory’s raison d’être, while they become thick as thieves – literally. Tragedy will strike though. In Rory’s life it seems inevitable. But it is the way Rory deals with that tragedy that brings both tears and hope to this reader.

I love this series!  I was drawn to it because of the steampunk elements.  The Pickpocket is really low tech, so don’t look for steampunk.  But the other reason I love the series is the great characters and for someone that thinks Rory is one of the best characters in fictiondom, reading The Pickpocket made my day!

Fans of The Viper and the Urchin series should definitely read The Pickpocket. Rory will reach out and touch your heart. If you are new to the series, this short story is the brief introduction to the Urchin you will cry with, cheer for and sigh over when the end of the story comes all too soon.



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