Thursday, March 24, 2016

Blue Reviews Breaking Her by RK Lilley (Book 2)

Blue Reviews Breaking Her by RK Lilley 
Release Date March 29, 2016

I have been looking forward to this book for months and let me tell you, I was a bit concerned with the possibility of it being a let down just like so many other "Book 2's" have done to me in the past.  
Now come on, y'all know what I'm talking about. Don't even try to act like you don't.

To me, Breaking Him (Book 1) was absolutely superb. The writing excelled with every paragraph and I literally devoured that book like I had been starving for days and then dropped off at a buffet.  That's a very hard thing to try to top with a Book 2.  
Very, very hard indeed.  
I wasn't really sure if it was even possible to even come close to what she did with the first book and yes, I can hear someone in the distance screaming at me "oh ye of little faith", when it comes to this author.  
But that's just how phenomenal Breaking Him was to me.
How could she ever surpass Breaking Him?

But you know what?  
She did it.  
She absolutely did it. 
RK Lilley pulled off what so many other authors struggle to get right, and that is to outdo Book 1.
She freaking did it!!!

I have tears in my eyes as I type this from having flashes of scenes running across my mind.
RK Lilley put me right there in those scenes.  
I felt ALL OF IT.  
All of the pain.  
All of the terror and fury.  
The emotions raced through me so strongly that my hands were shaking.  
Beads of sweat started to gather on my body.  
My heart raced, ached and hurt.  
My eyes bugged wide and even dried up because of my lack of blinking.      
I hadn't even realized that I was holding my breath until I started gasping for air.
I ugly cried and this does not happen for me often at all.

The author NAILED IT with this duet of books!!
These books will be proudly displayed on my top bookshelf of my all time favorite books ever.


Purchase Book 1 Link


Monday, March 14, 2016

If I Sold My Car This Would Be My Ad

I washed my car today and during that time I started to consider what my ad would be like if I were to offer it for sale and this is what I came up with.

2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder For Sale or Trade

I really have loved owning this car.  Especially the fact that it will only allow for myself and my purse to ride in it.  Mother's of 4 sons will most likely understand the need to be alone when running into town for an errand and having a car like this makes it easy to say, "Sorry son, no room for you!" as you speed away alone with your favorite 80's music playing and not some stupid eardrum shattering nonsense being played on some hip radio station that your teenagers insist upon listening to.

I have also loved the attention that it draws where ever I go.  The honks, the waves, the constant inquiries about it.  It has made me feel that I made a very good choice in selecting this car.  

If you are wanting some attention then this is the car for you.

If you want to piss off your kids then this is absolutely car for you because they despise it when a parent drives the coolest looking car to pick them up in because then everyone notices that their mom has blue hair and it only adds to their embarrassment. 
Parent WIN.

If you want an investment car, this is the car for you.  

I once had the chance to speak to a Toyota executive and I mentioned that I owned this car, and he looked me square in the eye with all seriousness and said, "Do not ever sell that car.  It will be very valuable one day.  Do not ever sell that car."

If you want a car with some quirky "previous owner history" that you can brag to your friends about, then this is the car for you.  

Being the owner of this car and working for years as a valet supervisor at the big airport in Houston, I have come into contact with some recognizable characters, and the future owner of may find it interesting that I've driven cars of people where my ass and DNA have intermingled with the likes of JJ Watt (where I have driven his Ford F250, Lexus and after encouraging him to drive some Audi's, he came back months later driving a new Audi A7 and told me that I was absolutely right about getting an Audi) Dusty Gibbons of ZZ Top, EL James (I have never driven any of her cars but I've sat in her lap in my pajamas so that deserves to be mentioned), Connor Barwin, Charles James II, and countless others.

Also for the future owner of this car, you might like to know that a book was written with JJ Watt as the inspiration to the lead male hero and my story happens to be included in said book.  The book is called "Fumbled" by TK Rapp, where I parked JJ Watt's Lexus and he had happened to have left his lip balm in the exposed center console.  Sadly, no, I did not actually take the chapstick as told in the story.  The actual story is that I opened the lip balm, saw his lip lines, and held up my phone to take a selfie as I pretended to lick it, but then I freaked myself out by knowing just how creepy I was actually being and I recapped it and placed it back where I found it.  Still to this day, I regret that my morals decided to show up.  Yes, it was a weak moment and I will live with that regret for the rest of my life. 

This is a manual transmission or "stick shift" as some of us geriatrics would call it.  Chances of it getting stolen are pretty slim since nowadays the art of driving a stick shift has been lost to society and I believe that this alone is just more reason why people have become so incredibly stupid because no one loved them enough to teach them how to drive a stick.  
So parents, teach your kids and grandkids how to drive a stick and maybe help save them from the newest strain of "stupidity" going around. Thank you.  
God Bless America.

The car's top needs to be replaced.  I haven't done it because well, in my old age I have chosen to enjoy the cold A/C rather than worry about the top going down.  Also, I'm more mindful of sun damage on my face so using the top has not been been a priority for me the last couple of years.  Pitty, I know.  But I take pride in knowing that I appear much younger than most people my age and I just don't enjoy sweating.  Or being outside.  The only UV rays I care to be exposed to these days come from a computer or phone screen thank you very much.  Plus the heat causes my blue hair dye to drip down my face and that's never a good look for anyone.  

If you are a sun lover and don't mind scalp burns, then this is the car for you but you will need to buy a new top for it.  
Don't worry, Amazon has them because Amazon has everything.  
God bless America.

The A/C is nice and cold and the brakes have been replaced.  
The radio does not work because it needs an antennae but the CD player works and so does the tape player.  I'll even let you have my Night Ranger cassette tape to test it out.  
And if it doesn't work, so what.  
Who uses cassette tapes anymore anyways?  

I average about 30-33 miles per gallon which is sweet.

Normal and abnormal scratches along with normal road rash on the paint.  The abnormal scratch is from when our son lost his ever loving mind and ran scissors down the side of the driver's side door.  No really, he did lose his mind and we had to admit him into a psychiatric hospital after that.  Anyway, that's an entirely different subject and moving right along.

I have always managed to get all of my groceries in the car somehow, but it takes some creativity and you do end up looking like a Clampett from the Beverly Hillbillies, but that was the price I was willing to pay to have this fun little car.  

Regular oil changes and maintenance have been kept up on.

Reasons I am considering selling my baby are;
  • I need a "not so recognizable car" to drive since I now have be concerned for my well being after filing a police report against a former coworker.  So I need to be less "noticed" now days.
  • I also miss having a trunk and having people riding with me.

Reasonable cash offers will be considered.  Especially if it's from a wealthy person and they spend $10k like I spend $10 at the Dollar Store.  
Bring. It.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Blue Reviews "Undo Me" by M. Robinson

UNDO ME by M. Robinson is the third in her highly successful "Good O'le Boys Series.

Dylan and Aubrey's story is like nothing that I've ever experienced before.  Some of M. Robinson's best writing, if not her very best writing are within these pages, and I don't say that lightly.
Her writing truly shined in some of the most gripping and heart wrenching scenes that I've ever read.

Fans of M. Robinson will not be disappointed and will once again be left with the need for whiskey shots and time away from work to recover from the hell and back story of Dylan and Aubrey.

Once I got to about 48% into the story, there was no way I could put it down again until I finished it completely.   There were some huge twists and gasp worthy moments in this story and I have to say BRAVO to M. Robinson for those "well I freaking didn't see that coming" moments.

*And readers be warned; there are scenes that could be triggers for some who have survived domestic abuse or who have been sexually assaulted.

The HEA in Undo Me didn't come easily, but it does come with a very, very high price for both Dylan and Aubrey.

But for me as a reader, the price was totally worth it!!

Get your copy now!!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Friends with a Murder

Friends with a Murderer

Pay no mind to the fat girl in the middle.  That's another story all on its own.

The blonde on the left is Deedra Grubbs and her husband's name is Bobbie.  They attended my church and small bible study group that was held in our Associate Pastor's home each week.

I hit it off with Deedra right away because of her dry southern sense of humor.  We started spending more and more time together.  I fell in love with their 2 young daughters, and even threw a little birthday party for their turning 5yr old because they didn't have any money to do anything for her.  So I bought her a birthday cake, some princess dress up clothes and a doll.  Her little face was priceless when she saw that it was all for her.

I helped Bobbie get a job at the warehouse that I worked at.  Soon after, there was a break in where the computer, cash and tools were stolen. 

No one ever suspected Bobbie and Deedra.  Not until years later.  Then it all made sense. 

But the Monday after the weekend break in, I remember Bobbie stomping around acting all mad about it as it if were his things that were stolen.  Him finding where "they got in at", offering to weld up the area to make sure it never happens again, blah blah blah. 

Again, at no time did anyone suspect him and Deedra at all.

But after it happened, Deedra wouldn't let me in her home when I went to check on her, probably because of the new computer they had obtained, which was my work computer.

Soon after that, Deedra just snapped, said that "her rainbow didn't include my color" and "I just wanted her for her money".

None of it made sense.  It was literally mind boggling.  But speaking to other people in the church, it was believed that they were getting involved in drugs again and were doing and saying strange things to them too.

So they disappeared from our lives.

Then one day a few years ago, they were all over the news.  A manhunt was underway for them, there was live coverage, their pictures were everywhere.

They severely beat a woman that Deedra was cleaning a house for and robbed her.  They shot 3 people and one cleaning lady at a motel was killed.

They are both serving life sentences for Capital Murder.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Confessions of a Pen Addict

Confessions of a Pen Addict

We could have $60 in our bank account and I will have no problem spending $50 on pens at Office Max, even though I already have a million pens that are my favorite and won't use because they are my favorite, so I need to buy more pens to use, but then I find out that they are my new favorites, so I won't use them either because they are my new favorites, and I go to my old favorites to use, then I remember that those are my favorites too, so I just end up not using any of them and stealing a pen out of someone's car instead.

Hello, my name is Barbara and I'm mentally ill.

*Ahem, this is only my drawer pens.   I have gallon zip lock bags full of pens too. 
And swag bags full of pens from author signings.
And pens in unopened packages.
And don't get me started on mechanical pencils.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nine Minutes and Out of Time by Beth Flynn

Reviewed by Blue's Book Reviews

Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn has been on my very long list of books to read for what feels like forever.  I was making a drive up to Dallas for an author event and wanted to find a book to listen to for the drive there and back to keep me company.  After looking through all of my options, I zeroed in on Nine Minutes and pulled the trigger.  

First of all, I'm normally not a big MC fan nor am I a fan of reading/listening to anything written in 3rd person.

Here's the BUT...but this writing and narration was absolutely suburb!!   This story kept me on the edge of my seat and left me constantly guessing at the who's, the what's, the where's and the DAFUQ just happened moments.  I never even noticed the 3rd person view and that right there for me is so very huge.

While reading Out of Time, I have gone without washing my hair for 3 days.  I also may have fibbed and told my husband that I was running a fever so that I could stay in bed and continue reading without fear of him being angry with me for spending 3 days wearing the same pajamas, hair a mess, unshaved legs and underarms while looking  more and more like a homeless bag lady with each passing day.

All because of these characters.
They consumed me.
They haunted my sleep.
They kept me from basic physical hygiene.
I'm sure that I've damaged my bladder from holding it for far too long because making the choice between getting up to pee over putting down my Kindle for 3 minutes was a no brainer as I chose to hold it a little bit longer.

Grizz.  Kit.  Grunt.  Blue.  Moe.  And wait for it...Jodie Marie.

Yes, you heard me right.  Jodie Marie and I are in a book together! Never-mind that I'm playing a bad-ass biker dude named, Blue, and now that you know that I'm really a bad-ass biker dude named, Blue, just be sure to not tell my husband.  
And then there's Jodie Marie, the foul mouthed Brit with bright blue eyes and blonde hair who shows up in the end of Out of Time causing me to squeal out loud!

Nine Minutes and Out of Time took over my life and rendered me completely useless to my family.  The headache that came upon me once I finished Out of Time was the hangover headache that I get when I finish any phenomenal book/series.  That sweet agony that we all seek when reading a book, that coveted book hangover that leaves us feeling lost, dazed, euphoric and sad, all at the same time.  
I'm going to need lots of aspirin.  Lots of reassurances that life will go one.  Lots of confirmations that I'm not the only one who felt this way when finishing these books.  

And finally, I'm going to add this series to my,"Blue's Freaking Favorite Books of All Time in the History of Ever List"!!!

Blue's Book Reviews gives 
Nine Minutes and Out of Time by Beth Flynn

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Blue's Best of 2015

Here's my Blue's Best of 2015 list.  These books consumed me in one way or another.  They woke me up in the middle of the night from either dreaming about the story or characters or I just had to get up and read one more chapter.  During times where I was forced to "adult", these books were still on my mind and they would find their way into my conversations with other people who may have thought I had finally lost what was left of my mind from my passionate ramblings about these books and authors.  

Books like these are why I read and they are what keep me reading.  These books are the needles in the haystack that I am always searching for.  These listed books are the holy grail of reads for me this year and are all Blue Kitty Certified!!!!
What's on your list?  Which books kept you from "adulting" this year?