The Angry Crayon – 10 years

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Don’t see a lot of new posts up in here anymore, but that’s ok. I bought this domain the summer of 2003, and set up the board that fall for personal screen manipulations and commissioned artwork that I never paid taxes on. Shhh. It wasn’t that much, so it doesn’t count. It officially opened January 2004 as Everquest’s Solusek Ro’s Hate board. Then after a month, and my bandwidth buckled, it became an art board.

It’s evolved over time, and I’ve enjoyed the changes, the people coming through, the art that was created, as well as the literature part of it. The Mafia games, www.sanguineaffliction.com was created from members of this board – and is still going strong, if only with staff – and eventually everyone kind of wandered away. Sometimes familiar, old faces come back, say hi, then disappear again. I’m sure people are surprised that TAC is even still here, since a lot of us came from other boards that have since died.

We’re coming up on 10 years next month and it feels kind of strange, exciting, yet sad. I’ll never let this domain go, and this message board will, god willing, always be here in some form. So if you came by and saw this post, know I’m happy you wandered back, and still think back to the good times when the board flourished. Oh, one last thing.

Yeah, fuck you, Norrath Studios. I win.

Mystral Murders (Julie O’Hara Mystery Series)

I love mysteries. They’re a fun bit of brain fluff that I take great joy in trying to be clever enough to solve the crime. The only thing I could love more is reading a well written murder mystery. The worst – being let down by an  otherwise unsolvable mystery poorly written with unnecessary back story on characters that have nothing to do with the actual murderer.

 

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This is a short read (took me about 4 hours one evening) that starts off interesting, and then loses its way as the author weaves an unnecessarily complicated story about a murder of an internationally known travel agent on a luxury cruise. You’re introduced to the cast of characters including the suspects and the heroine. Julie O’Hara reads body language, and with her investigator boyfriend Joe Garrett, become embroiled in the death of the flirty, married, cheating Adrianne.

Once the murder happens, you are introduced to all the suspects and their POV, and curiously enough, the ghost of the murdered victim. I’ll be very honest with you – it was a story full of background information on suspects that, although have believable motives, was nothing more than explanations of their jobs, circumstances, and relationship they had with the victim. Never at any point does any of this information actually have to do with the murder. In fact, the murderer is only revealed after being introduced ONCE, halfway through the book, and his motive was ridiculous. It was as if the author lost her way and decided to throw in some red herring type of character to take the blame. It was disappointing, disjointed, and a huge let down of an ending.

Sadly I am not interested in reading any other Julie O’Hara mysteries, considering she didn’t do much but have sex with her alcoholic boyfriend and make detailed observations of the suspects. The victim’s ghostly narrative was completely unnecessary and, at best, throws the story off with her whimsical and uncharacteristic musings that had nothing to do with the victim’s personality when they were alive.

2 stars because I finished it.

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Review: Blood Memory Beneath The Surface

Posted on November 3, 2013 by KittyKelly

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Blood Memory Beneath The Surface by Rosalind Hartmann

5 out of 5 Licks

The night began with such promise.

Following Vivienne Sena and Simon Huntington’s return from the deep cold tundra of Siberia, the Greater Pack and vampire clans celebrate the coming of the New Year.

Things have changed for Simon and Vivienne, now platonic friends, despite Simon’s wishful thinking. Together they embark on another adventure involving one Kyle Evans, human.

The Hammerthynn and Jameson packs are rocked to the core with death and destruction as an unseen adversary lays siege on the families.

Revelations, explosions, a new year, and more questions than answers – Book 2: Beneath the Surface starts with both feet running and ends with a truly, unbelievable and disastrous celebration.

As many of you may know from my review of book one of this series that I wasn’t a happy camper at the beginning but my feelings changed and I ended up enjoying the rest of the book. As I previously stated book one was like an episode of 24 well, my friends book two is way, way, way better than any episode of 24 and more like an installment of Underworld (best reference to what I think is one of the best paranormal action movies around that could have expressed the awesomeness of this book was) therefore being colossally more epic and I loved every minute of  it from page one to the very end. No more confusion between flashbacks and real time. No more frustration or suicidal tendencies for my precious Nook. Hallelujah!!!

Anywho, so much happens in these chapters with this amazing set of characters that I was so engrossed in the book that I couldn’t put it down. The story this time around was fast-paced, well written, driven by realistic emotions and packed full with unexpected twists and turns as the pages keep whirling by. I found myself laughing at times and crying at others. The level of emotions this characters experience together as well as alone is very enthralling. A well blend of angst that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading.

As far as this group of misfits goes … I don’t think I could possible love these characters more than I already do after finishing this book. Simon and Viv have such a precious and yet precarious relationship that the time they spent together in Siberia caused a connective bond to form between them that was rather unexpected but very helpful when it comes to some of the more difficult situations they find themselves caught in. And of course we can’t forget the wickedly delectable Brig who just oozes sexual finesse whenever he walks into a room. His relationship with Viv is on the edge of exposure to the rest of the pack because Brig is so protective of her that he is causing scenes that he doesn’t realize he’s bringing attention to because of his problems with trusting Simon. But out of all of them the one character that surprised me to most and caused me to change my feelings regarding his nature was … Iov. So much happens to him that my heart broke and his hurt made me want to give him the hug he so desperately needed.

Final Thought …

In the end, the four pull together with the help of the other trusting pipers to overcome such disastrous and devastating events that leave special lives loss and many on the precipice of shock and surprise.

I personally can’t wait for the next installment to be available so I can catch up with this group once again. Although at this present time the details of that are inconclusive but I for one sure hope it’s not too long of a wait period.

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Can’t say how great it is to get a great review. I am thrilled. Thrilledbeans. Beanfully thrilled! Thank you again, Smutty Kitty =)

 

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Review: Blood Memory

Posted on November 2, 2013 by KittyKelly

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Blood Memory by Rosalind Hartmann

3.75 out of 5 Licks

Two rival species come together to search for answers to the Blood Memory that has been passed down to all Hammerthynn and Jameson werewolves, the Alpha’s Pipers. Vampires Simon Huntington and his partner Ellis Duban are the subject of this memory of intense betrayal and deception, yet no one has any recollection of what they did – not the werewolves or the vampires.

Vivienne Sena is part of the Alpha’s core of Pipers led by her mate, and secret lover, Commander Brig Jameson. Taking up an offer from Simon to delve deeper into the blood memory, they travel to Ireland to speak to her adoptive father, Elder of the Hammerthynns, Vigo Hammerthynn, who is also the father of the pack’s Beta, Iov Hammerthynn, cousin to Brig.

With only a name, Vivienne and Simon leave for Siberia as the Piper compound in Ireland is besieged by unknown assailants and wiped out. Proof of an inner conspiracy is revealed and the race to capture Vivienne, now being blamed for the attack, begins with her lover leading the pack.

This book is like an episode of 24 … you know where Jack Bower is seem with a building blowing up behind him or a bullet about to hit him and then like magic the bullet slows down and gets sucked backwards in rewind mood were it flashes back to 24 hours earlier. Well that is how Blood Memory starts off except instead of an FBI agent or whatever the hell Keifer Sutherland played in that show you have 2 wolves, a vampire and an avalanche only you don’t know who the avalanche started or why they are on the run and BAM 3 days earlier.

I tell you getting to that avalanche scene seemed to take forever … so forever I wanted to throw my precious Nook across the room or at someone’s head.

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That’s how frustrated I was getting with this story. Not only where the 3 days going by at a snail’s pace but there were moments were I wasn’t sure if I was reading a flashback or if it was in real time. It confused me there for a bit and I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to finish reading the book … which is epic because giving up in the middle of a book is just not my thing.

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Luckily around chapter 10 or maybe 11 (I think) the plot really shines becoming more fast paced and very interesting material starts to unravel drawing me more into the story.

The main characters are very fascinating and have a lot of different attributes that make them likable and unique. The interaction between Simon and Viv was on point when it came to their amusing tease-worthy banter and sexual attraction even though the odds were working against them from the very beginning therefore they make a very well – matched team. Simon, Viv and Brig all possess a depth of appeal that the more I read about them and what was being revealed the more I found myself wanting certain outcomes to transpire.

Final Thought …

This was the first book I’ve read by this author and even though I was having some issues in the beginning I’m glad I finished reading Blood Memory because Ms. Hartmann brings a new-fangled (pun intended) approach to the vast paranormal world of vampires and werewolves that I found to be innovative and extraordinarily refreshing. So now I’m off to start the sequel to Blood Memory … Beneath the Surface.

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I’m glad the reviewer stayed with it and finished the book. I know that’s hard for me to do when I do my own reviews. I appreciate her honesty and helpful feedback, plus her review was written hilariously. Much love and thank you! =)

 

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RIP Tom Clancy 1947 – 2013 Writer’s Digest 2001 Interview

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“I just keep it simple: Tell the damn story.”

 

I’ve had friends suggest writing courses, expensive programs, and usually from people who haven’t written anything similar to what I try to write, but that’s cool – everyone wants to be helpful. I’ve finished two books, start to finish, with just microsoft word and probably 30% hearing loss due to how loud I listen to my music when I write, but I think Clancy’s advice to keep it simple and just write the story is the best one I’ve read. Found a Writer’s Digest article featuring Tom Clancy that they reposted. I’m reposting it here.

 

A legendary storyteller is lost.

 

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Blood Memory: Vignettes

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If you’ve read Blood Memory: Book 1 and Book 2, you know who Brig and Vivienne are. Bound together by their scents, they are soul mates from two very different worlds. Both werewolves, Brig is the Commander of the Alpha Pipers, direct descendant of the Jameson family, and enigmatic best friend of the new Alpha Hammerthynn. Vivienne Sena is the adopted daughter of Vigo Hammerthynn and was raised as an Outcast – the nomadic, cast out pack of wolves who followed the false Alpha generations ago. They are secret lovers when you meet them in Book 1 – but ever wonder just how they met?

 

Coming soon – a short love story. The who, why, how, and when of Brig and Vivienne.