Book Review: To Catch a Bad Guy

To Catch a Bad Guy (Janet Maple Series Book 1) by [Astor, Marie]

2 out of 5 stars

Oh my gosh, where to begin? There was so much about this book that I didn’t care for. Too much character background that bogged down the story, not enough of a plot line to even be considered a story, and a whole bunch of boring.

Janet Maple, the main character in this books, seems like all she can do is whine. It was so irritating to keep reading. I’m not even certain why I continued to do so. Dennis Walker, a guy trying to uncover fraud, isn’t any better. He knows he’s good looking and can get girls and blah, blah, blah… Tom Wyman, the lawyer, Bostoff’s securities hires to cover their tracks, also knows this. To me Tom and Dennis are basically the same guy, only one is trying to catch bad buys and the other is a bad guy. That was the only difference in character.  Lisa Foley, supposedly Janet’s friend, is a self-centered, money grubbing lady. Jon Bostoff, is also greedy and decided to go into questionable business just so he can up his social standing. Oh and everyone seems to be on a diet and trim or fit. I felt as if the characters were really one dimensional.




Book Review: Loss of Reason

Loss Of Reason: A Thriller (State Of Reason Mystery, Book 1) by [Maxwell, Miles A.]

3 out of 5 stars

I wasn’t all the impressed with this book. I kept reading hoping it would get better. It’s supposed to be in the thriller/mystery genre and it just didn’t do it for me. The only mystery there was in this book was who launched the nuclear attack. Everything else was just kind of meh.

The writing wasn’t horrible. That was a big highlight. If the writing hadn’t been as good as it was, I probably wouldn’t have finished this book.

Anyway, the story line follows two brothers, Everon and Franklin, who are only step brothers and are connected through their sister, Cynthia. The two brothers go into New York City, where the attack happened, to look for their sister. As they do this, they end up saving some people from the subway and some people on the road trying to flee. As you continue to read, you see the situation through some random peoples’ eyes as well. For me, this part took me out of the story more than anything else.

The ending wasn’t really an ending. I know it was meant to be a cliffhanger to get you to buy the second book, but there just wasn’t any kind of ending to the book. It just ended and left me dismayed. However, since I did finish it and there was nothing wrong with the writing, I gave it 3 stars. Maybe someone who reads this genre will like it? I can’t honestly say as the book left me disappointed.

Book Review: The Life of Hon. William F. Cody Known as Buffalo Bill the Famous Hunter, Scout, and Guide

The Life of Hon. William F. Cody Known as Buffalo Bill the Famous Hunter, Scout and Guide by [Bill, Buffalo]

Reading this book was more of a refresher about Buffalo Bill’s history than anything else. Growing up in Wyoming and going through the public school system there, you learn about this man. There’s even a town, Cody, Wyoming that’s named after him. There’s a museum in that town as well named Buffalo Bill Center of the West. I’ve been there a few times. It’s a neat museum in a neat town. If you ever go to Yellowstone, I would recommend visiting this town and the museum. It’s only an hour away from Yellowstone, so you might even pass it by on your way there. If you’re interested in learning more about this town, this link will help.

I must say, however, there are things in this book I didn’t know about him. The only thing I wish is that the kindle version I read could have included the illustrations. As an author, I know it’s difficult to put illustrations in the kindle formats without the picture being weird.

I read this book to take a small break from fiction books. Sometimes it’s nice to do something different. I encourage everyone to branch out and read different genres than they are use to, and yes, even nonfiction books. It helps us grow as individuals and discover things we didn’t know we liked. It helps us learn things we never knew. For me, part of life is the continual learning.

Reading Distractions

Book Distraction

This is so true. I am usually reading 2-3 at a time, though recently I’ve kept myself down to one book at a time.  I also get distracted by the books I’m writing. This is where all the fun is. While writing a novel, I usually end up with story ideas for either future books in the series or books not even related. Since I don’t want to lose those ideas, I usually go off and start writing the scenes I’ve imagined for those stories.

Book Review: A Dream of Storms (In the Shadow of the Black Sun Book 1)

A Dream of Storms (In the Shadow of the Black Sun Book 1) by [Kenney, William]

This review is going to be a short one. I gave it 2/5 stars. I barely finished it, having to push my way through it. Admittedly, I skipped several scenes doing so. The writing was amateurish, which drove me away from the story, as well as the lack of editing. I know the books my husband and I have written are far from perfect and there are errors in them, too, but not to the extent this one had. It was most irritating trying to read it. Otherwise, I think the story would have been a great read with some elements of Lord of the Rings intertwined in it. I feel the author needs to have another go at it to polish things off for it be a good read.

Do What Comes Naturally

Writing is difficult, yes. But it shouldn’t feel like pulling teeth.

Recently we’ve both been quite busy, but I have been a little less productive. About a year ago, maybe a little more, we had an idea for an awesome book series. So, I started working on it. A little more than a year goes by and all I had was 90 pages that I was in the process of re-writing because I didn’t like it. Any time I sat down to try and work on it, I felt as though I was pulling my own teeth. I just wasn’t interested in the story that much. Not yet, anyway. I have no doubt I will pick up that story and work on it again.

Then, during the course of a Monday afternoon where I was left to do nothing more than drive somewhere and think, an idea hit me. I spent close to 5 hours talking the story to myself, changing it, fleshing out characters, designing the world and coming up with plots and relationships. By the time I’d made it home that day, I had everything I needed to begin this amazing new story and then some.

But the slight feeling of guilt was there as well. Wanting to work on my new story made me feel as though I was cheating on the story I ‘thought’ I should be working on. So, I compromised by only doing the basics. All the story, characters, the world and everything else I’d come up with for this wonderful new story was typed up into One Note so I could access it easily when I got around to writing it.

Almost a week went by. I couldn’t get the new story out of my mind. Every time I closed my eyes I could see the characters, I could see the fights, I could hear them speaking to each other. It was dominating my mind and I wanted it too!

We talked and I decided to shelf the story I’d been working on. I’ll write it eventually, but now is not the time. I started writing on the new story, which has yet to earn a name, and I haven’t been able to stop.

It’s been two weeks since I started writing and I am already 18,000 words and 45 pages into it, with no signs of stopping any time soon. My quickest first draft, from start to finish, was six months. As it stands right now, I’ll probably beat that with this story. I am that excited about it.

My point, and I guess my advice to others is to let the words flow. If something is bothering you, demanding to be written, do it! Write it! Put down what you are doing and write. If you are struggling with something and something more interesting comes along, run with it. You may be pleasantly surprised by where it takes you.