Ordinary Girlz will be celebrating our one year anniversary June 20th. To celebrate and say thank you for coming by and hanging out with us we are going to hold a contest and give away a bunch of books, we have been working hard and have some amazing authors that want to help us celebrate. More details of the exact prize content and contest rules coming up in the next few days. Thank you for reading with us :)
Blood Drama by Christopher Meeks. Everyone has a bad day. Graduate student Ian Nash has lost his girlfriend in addition to being dropped from a Ph.D. program in theatre at a Southern California university. When he stops at a local coffee shop in the lobby of a bank to apply for a job, the proverbial organic matter hits the fan. A gang of four robs the bank, and things get bloody. Ian is taken hostage by the robbers when the police show up. Now he has to save his life. FBI Special Agent Aleece Medina’s analysis of the bloody bank heist drives her into the pursuit of a robbery gang headed by two women. She doesn’t anticipate how this robbery will pit her against both the bandits and the male higher-ups in the FBI while the media heats up during a giant manhunt. The robbers are about to kill Ian, and all he has at hand is his knowledge of the stage.
Okay i’m in two minds for this review while I enjoyed the fast pace of this book, you literally just jump right into the action in this book and you keep on going. There is a ton of action and the story flows well. I enjoyed the authors writing style, it had a nice flow, I liked the characters they were flawed and believable, frustrating at times. I don’t necessarily think that a person could interfere/help so much on an ongoing investigation without getting arrested for hiddering an ongoing investagation. Ian makes some very poor, arrogant self indulgent decisions that cost them a lot in the long run. I’m not sure how that would play on someones mind. I liked the phycology of the story, I like knowing what motivates people, what makes them tick. I don’t really believe Ian’s revelations about his life so far could be resolved so quickly with an AA approach he sets out to right some of the wrongs he has comitted by making ammens with his family and ex girlfriend. But than again he is a man of action act first deal with reprocussions later. Someone wrote that this could be turned into a series and until I had read that I hadn’t considered that but the way the story ended left it open to that possibility . Great job.
I gave this a 3.5 star rating
I was gifted a review copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review as part of the authors virtual book tour. This book will be available for purchase in June 2013
Once again we have been invited to join in a Virtual Authors Book Tour. We are excited to be apart of the Gaijun Cowgirl Tour, we will also be hosting a contest for the opportunity of one lucky reader to win a copy of the book Gaijin Cowgirl by Jame DiBiasio ( check out the contest page ). The Tour stops here at ordinary girlz on June 4, 2013. Follow along on the tour by stopping by the different blog/websites along the route and read the different author interviews, Guest Posts, contest, and reviews.
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DWED Blog June 7 Review
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Books & Tales June 13 Interview
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Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell & Carole Rae's Random Ramblings June 17
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My Cozy Corner June 19 Guest Post & Giveaway
Indie Writer's Review June 20 Review
Indie Writer's Review June 20 Guest Post
Romance & Inspirations June 21 Review
Romance & Inspirations June 25 Interview
Book Lover's Library June 24 Review
Book Lover's Library June 24 Interview
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Outlander is a romance novel set in Scotland 1945. Claire and her husband Frank are finally able to spend some quality time together after a long separation due to the war. Frank is a university professor, totally immersed in a genealogical pursuit of his family tree, while Claire, a nurse content to keep busy finding rare and local herbs found in the countryside. One such day after an outing to a local stone circle Claire finds herself transported back in time. Still in Scotland, Claire finds herself in the middle of a Highland Clan raid against the English.
Claire finds herself in a host of adventure from the moment she appears in an 18th century Scotland. Captured by the English, then by the Scottish clans, Claire finds her skills as a nurse make her a valuable commodity and can help keep her somewhat safe, while she plots to get herself back to the stone circle and home to her husband Frank.
At the mercy of the medieval times and stuck in an era from which she does not belong, Claire finds herself being tried as witch, and being married off to a clansman she doesn’t even know let alone love.
This book is a romance novel with one adventure after another. Though this book appears to be about time travel, it does not focus on the time travel issue as much as the people and the place Claire is transported to. I must add that this is not a harlequin romance novel; there is enough adventure and intrigue to keep even the skeptics reading.
I am not usually a lover of romance novels; this first book of the series is a 5 star rating. I couldn’t wait to start the next book in the series.
Beautiful Disaster by best selling author Jamie McGuire.
Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
This first book is told through Abby’s perspective. What I really like about this novel was the fact that I didn’t have to sit and read a chapter or two of back story, The reader is just pulled right into the story right from the get go. Its fast paced passionate, dysfunctional, and down right volatile at times. I have to be honest I wasn’t really a big Abby fan I kinda thought she was a bit of a bitch and the way intentionally or not the head games were played drove me crazy I wanted to jump into the pages and ring her neck. I couldn’t help but route for them though. They are both broken and damaged people who seem to bring out the best and worst of each other. While some of the personality traits of some of the characters were down right alarming the author Jamie McGuire brought up some great points of the social stigma associated with casual sex and how perception is everything.
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire.
Can you love someone too much?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.
In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.
I love when you get to flip perspectives and see the story from another point of view, and that’s exactly what you are getting here, Walking Disaster isn’t a sequel but a companion book as it is the events of Beautiful Disaster just seen through Travis’s eyes. You get a tiny bit of back ground at the beginning of this book and you get to see the event that shaped Travis into the man he became. From the minute he meets Abby he is intrigued by the girl he can tell there is something special about her and that she isn’t as squeaky clean as she wants everyone to believe, and he likes that. I felt sorry for Travis in this book, as you watch him struggle through all the emotions he is feeling, he is an angry passionate man that feels everything so magnified that its frightening for the people around him, I wasn’t sure if that was because he never allowed himself to feel that way about anyone outside of his own family or if it was just the depths of his feelings for Abby either way they come together as a perfect storm they love hard, they fight hard, they all but destroy everything and everyone in the process. I also like that the author gave us a little taste at the end a few years down the road a little extra that wasn’t in Beautiful Disaster. All in all I spent a little over 3 days reading both books and I enjoyed every minute of it.
I gave this both of these books a 4 out of 5 star rating
If you would like to purchase a copy of Beautiful Disaster or Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire you can purchase them at any major retailer online or in store.
Reviewers : Kathy & Di
Kathy :I love to read. I learned to read at a really early age and was never without something to read growing up. Reading is a cheap easy vacation, when you can become so engrossed in what you are reading that you can see, smell, hear and taste everything in your minds eye. I'm just a ordinary girl living life one page at a time.