Monday, August 4, 2014

Operation Zulu Redemption: Collateral Damage

Part I of this new serial has the women of Zulu team in hiding. But hiding doesn't set well with them, especially when those they love are in danger. The women are determined to find out exactly what happened in Misrata 5 years before. Who is their enemy and why are they being silenced one by one?

Yes, I am hooked! I went and bought the next episode in the Zulu Redemption series today so I can find out what happens next. If you like edge of your seat excitement and action then this is definitely a serial for you! I'm behind by a couple of weeks, but here is the release date schedule:

Overkill: Available Now
Collateral Damage: Available Now
Out of Nowhere: Available Now
Hazardous Duty: Available Now
Act of Treason: August 8, 2014

Each episode is $3.99 for Amazon Kindle. Overkill is available for FREE. It is a 70-something page teaser introducing the characters. By the time you have all 4 books and the teaser you will have the equivalent of 2 full-length novels. Not a bad deal!

I'm a definite fan of kick-butt female characters and am enjoying getting to know the women of Operation Zulu Redemption. Each woman brings different abilities and characteristics to the team and I am looking forward to seeing how everything turns out.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way by Stan and Jan Berenstain

How could you not give a Berenstain Bears book a 5-heart rating? I have loved these books since both of our girls were little. I think I've collected the majority of them. This I Can Read! book has 3 stories in one nicely bound hardback book.

Faith Gets Us Through finds the Bear Scouts exploring a cave. Of course with Papa Bear along there are always a few mishaps.

Have No Fear, God is Near tells about Sister Bear being afraid of shadows

Piggy Bank Blessings has Brother and Sister learning the value of saving money for a special occasion.

All three books have faith lessons that the Bears learn along the way as well as being an easy read for those first-time readers. All three of my grandchildren are now enjoying The Berenstain Bear collection and were thrilled when I sat down to read them this new addition. If you've never read a Berenstain Bear book I highly recommend them as they are all filled with important life lessons.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for my copy for review. All opinions are my own.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Feral by Holly Schindler

 About the Book:

Claire Cain has just survived a brutal trauma. Her father decides to take a sabbatical from his job and move he and Claire to a new city for a while. Claire is only there a couple of days when she finds the dead body of one of the local girls that has been missing for over a week.  

The town of Peculiar seems to be overrun by stray cats. Serena, the dead girl, used to feed them. Especially a calico she named Sweet Pea. It isn’t long before Claire sees that Serena has taken over Sweet Pea’s body and is calling to Claire to find out what really happened to her. At least at first that is what Claire believes, but soon things change and it seems that Serena may have other more sinister ideas for Claire. 

My Thoughts:

This was such a creepy story! Sometimes I found myself thinking, whoa, this is way over the top for me! But I kept on reading because the more I read the more I wanted to find out what happened to Serena. I thought it was interesting how the reader is able to see through Serena’s eyes and read her thoughts after she is dead and being hidden away. The shroud of fog that would come over Claire whenever Sweet Pea/Serena came into the picture lent an air of creepiness to the story as well. Towards the ending of the book I got an idea of where the story was going, but was quite surprised by the “who done it.”  This is a young adult book so if you like that genre along with mysteries and ghosts, then I think you will enjoy this story.


There is some offensive language and violence in this book that may offend some readers. 

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book for the purpose of this review. This is my honest review.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Operation Zulu Redemption: Overkill (Season 1 Teaser) by Ronie Kendig


In Overkill we meet the women of the first all female Special Ops team. They have all assumed new identities and are in hiding, they are also all in danger. Their is an enemy that wants them all dead and will stop at nothing to see the job finished.

My Thoughts:

Wow! Overkill starts out exciting and doesn't let up in this short teaser(70-something pages) beginning to a new serial. Operation Zulu will be a 5-part serial with a new episode coming out each Friday. Seriously from the very opening pages I was hooked and am thankful I have the next episode ready to read on my Kindle already. I am looking forward to finding out the back story for each character(at least I hope we find out more back story!), what happened that sent them all into hiding? And who has exposed them all to their enemy, as well as who exactly is their enemy. The fast pace kept me turning the pages and finishing this teaser in short order. The suspense didn't allow me to put the book down until the end and will have me ready for each new episode as they come out.

Schedule of Episodes:

Overkill: Available Now
Collateral Damage: Available Now
Out of Nowhere: July 25, 2014
Hazardous Duty: August 1, 2014
Act of Treason: August 8, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fill In The Blanks

 (Aren't these flowers so pretty? They were a centerpiece on a table at a wedding we went to over the weekend. The mother of the bride was kind enough to send two of the arrangements home with us. The other one is just like it)

Amber over at Seasons of Humility posted this game reminiscent of the Mad Libs we used to do as kids  and I thought it would be fun to try my hand at it. I'm having a hard time getting through any books lately because I am concentrating on crocheting things for Christmas. Not much reading is getting done. So here is some filler fun today!

I'm using the titles of books I have read so far this year(which is what Amber used as well) to fill in the blanks. You can find all of the books on my 2014 Reading Log.

In school I was: Undetected (yep, I pretty much flew under the radar)

People Might be Surprised I'm:World of Trouble

I will never be: Feral

My fantasy job is: United We Spy (seriously wouldn't that be fun? To be a spy...)

At the end of a long day I need: Life Support (tee hee, that made me laugh)

I hate it when: Silenced

Wish I had: Mom's Night Out

My family reunions are: A Deadly Business  (yup, family gatherings can be a bit interesting for us)
At a party you'd find me with: The One (which would be my husband)

I've never been to: The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky

A happy day includes: Love's Promises

Motto I live by: Full Steam Ahead

On my bucket list: Find Momo

In my next life I want to be: Avra's God (not really, but it was one of the only titles that would fit in there! LOL!)


Any of these titles familiar to you? How would you fill in the blanks?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Find: A Short Story by C.A. Glatkowski

THE FIND takes place in the early 1900's. Joel is punished for a prank he played on his sister. His punishment is to shovel manure until he reaches the top of the corn silo. The time spent shoveling causes him to regret his actions. When his father makes an amazing discovery buried in their corn field Joel is beyond excited. The find could change their lives forever.

I really enjoyed THE FIND. I liked Joel's character. The reader gets to see him change from a childish prankster to a repentant young man willing to own up to his mistakes and take responsibility for his actions.  A pleasant short story.


C. A. Glatkowski born in Tennessee and used to dig in the red clay of Sevierville for arrowheads and old glass bottles when as a kid, but never found a dinosaur.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Feral by Holly Schindler: Sneak Peek Reading

Come back July 29, 2014 for my review of FERAL! In the meantime enjoy this sneak peek reading!