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Editing mode initiated.

Every time I disappear from the interwebs, it’s because of one of three things:

1. Work

2. Writing

Or in this case,

3. Editing

The last one is always the worst. I can’t read anything with joy because I’m too busy scrutinizing word choices, spellings, punctuations. Which is why I have no new reviews as of now. I’m afraid my brain will find errors instead of enjoyment…I couldn’t even read the documents at a work meeting the other day. I found typos, a missing comma or three, an incorrect word usage…wanted to change the vocabulary…

(This gif is multipurpose after all.)

The upside to this mode? Well, my novel Human Touch has been trimmed some. Once upon a time, it hovered around 175,000 words. Yeah. You got it. I did manage to get it down to 135,000-ish. But in Editing Mode...It’s now a more perfect, tolerable 122,000. And that’s with taking out some parts I didn’t want to remove. *heavy sigh* Editing Mode is also helpful in starting the edits on Wide Awake, the next book in the Human Touch series…The goal is to move onto a second/third draft in completion soon. Sorta hoping this lasts until book three is second draft complete, but I would love to get back to reading books… We’ll see how long Editing Mode will be engaged.

What I need to do is a BIO of sorts for #PitchWars. (#pitmad is today!) I need to get some older book reviews tackled. Need to stop being such a fangirl and skipping writing just to see Chris Evans as Cap on the big screen before it officially ends. (Thank you, Marvel10 for this gift!) And enjoy the Peggy and Steve thing… the Bucky and Steve thing…

There’s one remaining. It’s nine months away and approaching fast.

Check-in officially completed as planned. Now I need to shower and head into work for a meeting that I’m leading. Hopefully, it’ll be done in time for me to enjoy more Editing Mode on Wide Awake before the chaos of the evening erupts.

And to those of you who have entered #PitchWars, good luck….

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Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel UniverseThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe by Ryan North
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oh, Squirrel Girl…

This was a fun jaunt into the world of the squirrel and how a superhero can beat up the Marvel Universe without too much violence. (Violence doesn’t bother me, but for the sake of the review, I thought I should mention it.)

I love that Squirrel Girl is an outside of the box superhero. Her, Peggy Carter, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool…I’d say they have their own thing without being a typical comic type story. These are the comics I like to read more than Captain America, or Iron Man with the typical comic fare. Squirrel Girl didn’t disappoint.

So then why the three stars?

I thought there would be more humor. There were a few moments of needing to laugh out loud, but I went into the story with the idea in my head that I’d be laughing more than not. (Again, Deadpool was ringing in the background on that idea. That’s a self-imposed idea I went into the story with.) I think I just wanted to laugh…because Squirrel Girl feels like she’d be snarky and funny. I didn’t think that she may be more serious like Ms. Marvel.

Also, the story felt squished in parts. I mean, I understand that comics are limited by numbers of panels and pages. (page limits are the worst, honestly.) But as Squirrel Girl went through her beating up of the Marvel ‘Verse, it was panel after panel of having a number and the superhero with the image of Squirrel Girl the victor. I’d like to know how it went down.

The art was fun and colorful. A lot of pinks and cuteness with all the squirrels. It was something different than say Spider-man and I enjoyed the balance of comic book and cuteness. I liked the diverse cast of crazies…I mean…characters. I liked the start, liked the end. The middle is where it muddled for me.

Still, though, I’d recommend this. For a unique girl hero, also because it was enjoyable–art and story. There are definitely mentionable parts that stick in my mind, but I do try my dernedest to do these spoiler free…so I’m zippering my mouth here.

THREE SOLID STARS!

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Review: Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken

Dirty Exes (Liars, Inc., #1)Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FOUR AND A HALF STARS!

Jessie? Colin? Jessie? Colin? Just pick one of them already!

That’s me screaming at the book starting about halfway through.

Blaire is a PI. She detectives for a living. Her business? Finding out if a spouse is cheating, getting the proof if true, and trying to make life right for so many.

Well, one day, Jessie Beckett’s wife decides she wants her almost ex husband to stay with her. So she’s looking for evidence of Jessie cheating. More so she could blackmail him into staying rather than divorcing. What she doesn’t know is that to Jessie, Blaire is the one who got away.

So where does Colin fit into all of this? He’s Jessie’s BFF. Vanessa…or was it Victoria… I don’t know. I hated Jessie’s wife so I really didn’t bother to remember her name. Anyway, he’s her brother. And he decides, with a flop of his man-bun, that he’s going to help Blaire into Jessie’s pants. Until he decided to try to keep her for himself.

What a twisty fun ride this was!!! Not only did Jessie and Blaire have chemistry, Blaire was so determined she didn;’t know what she wanted, and Colin was fantastic at playing Devil’s adovate! I always know what to expect in a ROMCOM and even then, this one kept me on my toes.

The bonus feature for this book was that IAN HUNTER from The Matchmaker’s Playbook (series!!! WHICH I LOVED!!!) is Blaire’s brother…so that little crossed brought about a happy squeal. So there was a familiar piece to it.

Now by the end of the book, I wondered how Blaire was going to choose one man and whether she could/would/should get any proof against Jessie…whether she would ruin him or love him or the fallout of making a different choice…

I love ROMCOMS! I LOVE just about every book by Rachel Van Dyken!!! It’s not really fair, because I knew I’d probably love it from the first word. But, still, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I cannot wait for the second one in SEPTEMBER!!! (Why so long?!?!?! UGH. I little to no patience for these things. LoL!)

So yes, I rec this for anyone looking for a fast, fun romcom. I cannot rec this one enough.

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Review: Lost & Found

Lost and Found (Lost and Found, #1)Lost and Found by Nicole Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great THREE AND A HALF STARS for me.

Ahh…the story of Rowen and Jesse…and a location I didn’t like when I lived there, though now I miss so much about it (seasons, mountains, etc.), Montana.

A troubled girl is shipped off to a Montana ranch to learn about responsibility and how to not sleep around. It sounds very typical for an angsty new adult sort of tale. And maybe it is, but you know what? I love that sort of stuff. The characters are what hooked you into the story right from the moment a goth girl boot hit Montana soil from the step of a bus.

So Rowen was sent off by her mother to this ranch. Where in which she encounters Jesse Walker. And so begins a tale of romance and cheating and so many twists… Things that made my stomach drop. Things that…hit too close to home, so to speak. I kind of want to spill all this tea, but for some reason, I’m adamant about keeping the spoilers away.

So what can I say?

Rowen meets Jesse and his family. She meets a bad-boy-cowboy… Lots of drama. Angst for sure, and not the typical teen kind. And a yearning to read the other books in this series. (Yes, I know these stories are older by now, but that’s how I tend to read a tale–way later than everyone else.)

The only thing I didn’t like was what I call the “repetitive idea” of how the character thinks. But then, I’m just stupid picky like that. And don’t let that keep you from reading this tale. Especially if you’re looking for a great dramatic romance with the perfect-ish ending…Ish because it had to end…which NO!!!!! DON’T END!!!!

Yes, Read this one! Just do it and thank me later. If you like romance, that is.

FOUR STARS EARNED!!!

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Review: Michael’s Wings

  • Title: Michael’s Wings
  • By: Tiffany Reisz
  • Series: Original Sinners
  • Overall score: 5/5 stars
  • Recommended?: Major YES! Read This!

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This review is spoiler free. And it wasn’t easy because all I want to do is talk fine details about this story with my two, utmost favorite characters from The Original Sinners series. I am thrilled that Tiffany Reisz wrote more of Griff and Mick…and I definitely plan to return to their world over and over again. Just a great read and one of the best additions to the series so far!

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***Thanks to NetGalley and Tiffany Reisz for the ARC of this book!***

Okay, so when Tiffany Reisz put up on her instagram that this book was available on NetGalley, I ran-not-walked over there and picked it up. Again, the subject matter isn’t my cup of tea (or in Norwegian, en kopp te.) But, that’s not why I keep reading anything I can relating to the Original Sinners’ series. It’s the twisted story that has me grabby-hands and wide-eyed for the books.

Michael’s Wings is a collection of short stories, featuring Griffin Fiske and Michael (from The Angel). I had only been begging for more of these two for what feels like forever. And this came along, and I am over-the-moon happy!

Michael and Griffin…those two. Plus, Griff in a kilt *drooly emoji here*…so…

Anyway, onto the review.

Michael’s Wings ~ The primary story where Michael runs off to Louisana, where King, Søren, and Nora now call home. Griffin asked Michael to marry him (*SQUEAL!*) and now Michael has a few days to ponder his answer. Does he want to marry that spoiled trust-fund-baby dom? Seeing everyone again was great. Nora is ever the same. King and Søren haven’t changed, and if they did, it was for the better… Such a sweet story. And it just made me fall back into old ways where Griff and Mick are concerned. (The thing where I hate to put them down and leave them alone for five seconds. Even snuck in the reading of a single sentence in at work once…) I’m going to leave this story now for fear that I’m going to spoil it because… It was five stars for me.

Griffin in Wonderland ~ This goes back in time to when Griffin was twenty-two and realizing he was at rock bottom. This was back when King, Søren and Nora were in NYC and the 8th Circle was in its hey day! Sort of a discovering himself, coming-of-age-tale for Griff. It was where he learned how to be who he is. So interesting to see young Griffin. Five stars.

Gauze ~ A flashback to the moment Michael slit his wrists and comparison with why he had gauze on his wrists again. The events happened during The Angel and covers some answers we didn’t have before. It was a sweet moment for one of my favorite characters in this series. Five Stars.

The Theory of the Moment ~ So…just after the events of The Angel, Griffin had a talk with Michael’s mom. Just to clear the air about why a much older man was in love with her son and where the future might take them some day. It was enjoyable and gave some insight to the always wild Griffin. Made my heart melt a little. A moment or two, it felt a little repetitive in the ideas being talked about between the two characters, but a great missing piece to the Griff-Mick puzzle. Four and a half stars.

The Couch ~ Sort of funny. Sort of Sweet. Sort of: “Oh good lord!” in a blissful way. It was cute and funny and just a moment with these two guys who are stubborn and yet so in love. *happy sigh* Five stars.

A Better Distraction ~ This one was another random moment of Griff and Mick’s life. Just a short, sweet, naughty tale that makes you love these two together even more. And also some laughs, thanks to a Titanic moment or two. Tied for ultimate fave story from this book. FIVE STARS!

Christmas in Suite 37A ~ A longer story happening between The Angel and Michael’s Wings. Michael went off to Europe to study for three months and Griffin is just trying to survive. Told in three parts. Part one, Griffin is with Nora in NOLA. He’s freaking out because Michael is gone, broke up with him…so in Griffin style, he’s freaking-the-f#@<- out. Part two, Griffin heads home to meet up with Michael who is returning to the US for the holidays. (Ask about the Søren/Griffin moment, and all I can do is laugh.) Part three, Grififn and Michael have dinner. And that’s all I can say about it without wanting to dive into SPOILER details. I will say that this answered some questions I always had and gives more insight to story one…

My only complaint about this book is that it was out-of-order, story wise. That being said, it isn’t that much of an issue. Any time I can get a Griff/Mick story, I am a happy girl. This book was pure joy from page flip one to the tear dropping from my eye at the last page flipped on my Kindle screen.

Is this review fair? I can’t say. I mean, Tiffany Reisz is not only a great person to “chat” with on Twitter and Insta, but her stories are unique and smart and funny and hella hot and…well, I find it difficult to ever want to put one down, this one being one of the most difficult ones, because I do love those characters so much. I’ve come to know and love them. And just when I thought I couldn’t see them anymore, here is this book of bliss.

I HIGHLY REC this book! I would say read The Original Sinners stories before diving in so you get a hint of who is who and why they are. And if you have already read them, do yourself a favor and read this collection of pure happiness!

Thanks again for the opportunity to read this. Anytime for you, my Queen, Tiffany Reisz!

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