The Hypocrisy of the British Royal Family

This is a departure from what I write about but I had to get my thoughts down before they are scrambled.

I was always a little into the Royal family but never anything very big. Liked to see the weddings and when babies were born I was interested. But in 2016 when the possibility of an American joining the family became real I became much more interested. I had always been into Prince Harry because he appeared to be a real guy not your paper cut out Prince.

Earlier this month that American and her Prince were hounded out of his country by a racist, sexist and xenophobic media, which surprisingly included not only tabloids but their so called main stream media as well. They also seem to have been treated the same way by his family who worked behind the scenes to break his marriage or get them out. How could so many who claimed to love this man turn around and try to end his happiness?

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex requested that he be allowed to continue his royal duties part time and stop receiving the subsidy that all royals receive from a tax payer fund. They denied his request and essentially told him he had to give up supporting the Queen or keep doing things their way, including putting their lives and reputations into the hands of a media that has done nothing but vilify and hound them for 3 years. He refused to continue being the whipping boy for a media who has so much power they dictate terms to the Royal family, government and the country.

What makes them hypocrites is the fact that when Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge got married he was not only allowed to play at being a regular working guy, he was allowed to be a part time working royal and apparently collect tax payer money at the same time. He and his new wife did not become full time working royals until his little brother found someone to marry. This means that for 6 (six) years he was allowed to represent the Queen and country on an as needed basis. Why? And why was it denied to that little brother?Was it the fact that he was to popular or is it that Game of Thrones is not just a fiction but the way these people think.

This “family” is anything but since they are more than willing to throw their own out when the media or the public as told by the media tell them what to do. How can anyone live a life that’s about nothing more than making headlines for a country that treats you like nothing more than a side show.

Rant over and while the writing may not be eloquent, it is heart felt.

Abducted


Abducted
(Alien Mate Index #1)
by Evangeline Anderson

This was a fantastic start to a new series which is going to take you on a journey with new alien life that is closely related to our own. I have been reading this author since I found Claimed for free on Amazon and as I branch out to other works find that she can do no wrong for me. I love her vision of the alien hunks who have a soft spot for earth women and the worlds that she has populated our galaxy with. The best part is that it is not set in some distant future but is still within a time frame that is more or less contemporary.

Sarden de’Lagorn has come to the newly opened station circling Earth looking to find a female for trade. The Commercians have recently started cataloging the women available on the planet for their Alien Mate Index and he is the first customer. Zoe is having a very bad day, her crazy boss has thrown a stapler at her head and she is in the women’s room talking to her best friends on the phone when her life takes a turn she could not see coming.

Zoe finds herself naked and looking up at a man/male who looks a lot like the devil and being told that she has been bought and will never see Earth again. This does not sit well with her and she starts to plot her escape as soon as the shock wears off.

The story is told from multiple points of view which means you get a full view of everything that happens. There are some great pop culture references regarding movies and TV series. The characters have complex personalities which helps to draw you in. The new aliens are different from a lot that have been seen in the past. The world’s visited are familiar and yet still alien in how things are done and the ways that it looks.

If you liked the Brides of the Kindred then I do believe that this will be to your liking. If you have never read the Kindred than you cannot go wrong with trying out this series, it will make you want more. I highly recommend this series!

** Listened to the audible book this second time and enjoyed it but there were a few things that made it kind of annoying for me. This is read by Mackenzie Cartwright who I thought did a wonderful job of bringing both the male and female characters to life when she read specifically from Zoe’s viewpoint and William Martin who I found to be not so animated or diverse in his voicing of Sarden’s sections because he came off as reading in a monotone. Still think it is definitely worth taking time out for.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“And the ‘lock’ they put around your planet is what I believe you Earthlings refer to as an ‘ozone layer,’” said the proper butler voice, which seemed to be coming from the golden dragonfly. “Now that much of it has been removed and your planet has begun to heat, outside investors are free to harvest Earth’s females. Females such as yourself, who are most valuable because they have not bred with any of the other peoples of the known universe. This is why we dub you ‘Pure Ones’—because you have only the pure blood of the Ancient Ones running through your veins.”

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Penned Con 2018

It’s that time of year when we get excited about meeting this year’s authors in person. All of us on the Penned Con staff are super book fans so we like to fan girl/fan boy with the best of them. And with 180 in attendance in 2017 we are beyond giddy!

Each year we like to give a special dose of love back to our attending authors by hosting our 4th annual awards ceremony. The initial round of nominations are done by the authors. From those, the top 5 authors are presented to the voting public for consideration. Today…the voting begins!

Help us decide which of our 2017 authors are the best of the best.  Cast your vote and make it count. You only get one!

Then join us Saturday, Sept 30th at our Casino Night awards party to see who will win.

Cast your vote HERE!

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No review- End of April 2017

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Assassin’s Lament gets 3 of 5 stars. This moved a little slow for me and so I had a hard time getting into it. I do love the author however because he writes with passion.

 

Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead #1 gets 4 of 5 stars. I loved all the books and this gives you a chance to see behind the curtain to what was going on that we did not get to see originally.

 

Ghouls Night Out gets 4 of 5 stars. This is book two of the series and it is a nice addition but pretty much the same type of thing that happened in the first with the addition of another male. Rose Pressey writes some sweet and sentimental books with fun characters and plenty of humor.

Nothing says romance like taking your date with you to exorcise a house. Candlelit dinners, flowers, and demons…yes, going to a movie and dinner was far too normal for me. I had to be different. No wonder I hardly ever had a date. Ghouls Night Out

 

 

Ghoul Goblin

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Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin, Volume 1 (The Dresden Files Graphic Novels)

by Mark Powers, Jim Butcher (Goodreads Author), Joseph Cooper (Illustrator)
What can I say, I’m a sucker Harry. This one took him out of the city and made him have to work a little harder. It fits perfectly within the world of Harry because he is always managing to end having to save someone from something mystical. The art work is good and depicts the characters well. The dialogue is pure Dresden and keeps you wanting more.

A deputy from Boone Mill Missouri has come a long way to see Harry about some strange deaths in his town. It seems that a local family, the Talbots are cursed and keep dying in horrific ways. Because he believes that Harry is a wizard he wants him to come and help. But many in the town do not believe and would be just as happy if he would go away.

Nice diversion while we wait for next book. Anything Dresden is better than nothing Dresden. If you are a fan then you have to read it. 🙂

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whodunnit? Murder on Mystery Island

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Whodunnit? Murder on Mystery Island (Whodunnit #2)

I have always liked a good mystery and this was a very good one. I probably liked it even more because I managed to figure out who the killer was after the the second murder, though I could have easily been wrong. The set up is the same as the first book and works perfectly well even if you know how things are going to play out. The pace is fast and just right for what is going on. You get to know the characters just enough to give insight into the type of person they are, which helps you to decide who the murderer is. The murders themselves are pretty inventive and not your normal slasher type killings. The victims are likable for the most part with your usual annoying character thrown in for contrast.

Giles has decided that he would like to avoid the usual places a butler would work after his last experience being used by a killer. He cannot believe that the curse placed on him by Jacqueline Boussard could really follow him. Yes, it has happened twice but here on a tropical Island he should be safe along with the guests. Then he is told that a company has booked the Island for a retreat for their employees, but they will be bringing only 11 people and that seems strange.

Before Giles knows it he finds himself participating in a killing game once again and he helped to bring some staff with him. He knows what the stakes are and soon so do those who arrive thinking they are about to have an enjoyable vacation in paradise.

This does remind me of “Ten Little Indians” a murder mystery I have loved for years. We still have ten since the killer hides among his prey. You can get a few laughs, and try to figure out Whodunnit.

My rating: 4 of 5 killer stars

A White Cougar Christmas

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A White Cougar Christmas (Southern Shifters #3.5)

I am giving this 3.5 stars because though I liked it there still seemed to be something missing from the story. This is a short story of 19 pages but I think it could have been fleshed out more with some depth to the characters and plot line. This was a Christmas story and I really did not get the holiday vibe from it I would have liked to. The narrative is fine and flows very well. There needed to be more information on the characters so you could get to know something about who they are.

Niki Harris is a shifter, a cougar shifter and she does not want to be alone for Christmas this year. Dean is also a shifter and the owner of the bar Niki has gone in order to find someone to help her through the holiday. They come together when Niki is about to make a mistake and attack a human man who will not stop bothering her. They have an instant attraction and maybe she will have someone for more than just this year.

The sex is rather quick but expected since it is said in the beginning that it is what Niki is looking for. I would have liked to have gotten some more information on the type of cougar Niki is since it was mentioned and then quickly passed over. Hoping for more about this couple in the series. Worth a read.

“I wouldn’t do that if I were you. We don’t need that kind of trouble,” the stranger warned. Her snarl of frustration cut through the din of conversation in the bar, garnering the attention of more than a few patrons. But the warmth of the hand encircling her wrist distracted her, reminding her why she’d come this far from home in the first place. She didn’t want to spend Christmas alone this year. She raised her eyes to the newcomer to discover sex on legs standing next to her. At least six feet of broad, muscular male stood less than a foot away from her and just ripe for the picking.” Eliza Gayle  ― Eliza Gayle, A White Cougar Christmas

2016 Scarves for Troops Program

I will definitely be participating this year.

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Our Scarves for Troops Program is more popular than ever thanks to the dedicated and generous support from talented people like YOU all across the country! These made-with-love gifts are treasured by all who receive them!ScarvesforTroopsCollageIf you have knitting or crocheting skills, we invite you to join us — starting now — so we can include one of these precious gifts in each of the winter-time care packages we send!Want to get started? Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions…and Answers!

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