The only thing better than an author giving you exactly what you want is when what you want is also what you need. This weekend I wanted a story that would take me away from myself (being that myself was stuck in the hospital with a nasty stomach bug..and was disgusting and unhappy), I wanted a story that would stay with me after I finished reading it. I needed a story that wasn’t going to make me crazy with turmoil and angst (being that my body had enough angst of it own!!) Based on the beautiful cover and the fact that it was a debut novel, I chose to read, “Running on Empty” by L.B. Simmons. I couldn’t be happier with my choice.
You know that I am a huge fan of the Indy authors here at Lisa’s Reads, I know how hard they work to not only write their story but then publish and market it as well. It is a huge project and often times a lot of stories get lost in the shuffle. Not because the stories aren’t good/great/wonderful but because the market get saturated and stories get lost. That’s one of the reasons why I blog, to keep you informed of all the wonderful books you might miss out on if not for…well..me (Smile!!).
“Running on Empty” is a story that just needs to be read. It’s a story that grabs you by the heart from the first page and never lets it go. We are introduced to Alex, a widowed mother of three young daughters, she is flustered and tired but doing the best she can to figure out how to move on and raise her girls. Ms. Simmons brings her readers into the story during a typical morning routine that any parent has experienced some version of during their parental tenure. We are shown motherhood in all of its “glamor” which can only make you laugh if you have ever spent time around children. In fact, while there are so many amazing and wonderful things about “Running on Empty,” three of them are Alex’s daughters. They are precocious, silly, messy, mischievous, little devil-dolls and their presence is a guaranteed scene stealer. Alex’s best friend, Harlow, is the kind of friend we all wish we could have. She is loving, loyal and always there with sound advice or a swift kick in the ass (which ever is needed is what gets delivered). (more…)
I was the funny one. Yep, that was me. What am I talking about? I’m still the funny one and I love it…but when I was younger…say high school and college-aged, I didn’t want to be the funny one. I wanted to be the hot one or the popular one. I would have settled for the one who was taller than 5’1 but as we learn in pre-school…”you get what you get and you don’t get upset.” So…I was the funny one that was my “role”and I got really freaking good at it!!
We all have things that help to define us. For some, there are many things that when put together make up the person we see in the mirror each day. While for others, it is one characteristic or one incident that sits on our shoulder and literally forces us to toe the line of whatever direction we are meant to go. I, personally, don’t think there is a right/wrong school of thought. All I DO know is for me…in the years since school…I have learned that I am so much MORE than just the funny one. I have learned so much about myself (none of which I will bore you with) and while I still crack myself up daily…. there is more to me then meets the initial scan. I love that about me.
“Lisa, why the hell are you rambling on about yourself in this book review?” Ok, Ok, I’m getting there….
When I read the Chocolate Lover’s series by author Tara Sivec, I thought I had found my comedic soul-mate. Here was a writer that was literally able to crawl into my mind and read my thoughts. She then had the ability to write them even funnier than I had thought them in my head…AMAZING! I spent the summer and the fall raving about Ms. Sivec’s hysterical books. I used phrases like, “…this is the funniest book I have read in my entire life…” and “…absolutely hilarious…” Ms. Sivec is the ultimate FO (funny one). (more…)
Hello my friends and welcome to my first post of 2013. It has taken me five novels (in the past 8 days) for me to get here but I have finally found the ONE! The one story that is special enough to start “our” year properly. Let me re-state that. I have found a story so beautiful…so special…so worthy of sharing with you that it practically begged to be the first post of 2013.
You’re dying to know aren’t you? You’re so silly..just read the title of the post! I’m talking about, “The Edge of Never” by J.A. Redmerski.
In a literary world full of roller-coaster ride books sometimes it feels like authors are writing their stories just to see how much they can torment or even torture their readers. We read about love triangles, love quadrangles, abuse, cheating, drugs, alcohols, rock-stars, movie stars. And guess what? I have loved every heart breaking, soul tearing, mind-blowing, panty twisting minute of it. How could I not? Our writers have been burning up their keyboards and melting my Kindle for quite sometime.
But every so often a story comes along and it breaks the mold. It quietly steps away from the crowd and walks over to the side. It’s almost like a beautiful shy girl. She’s there among the people but not quite engaged. She is stunning to look at but her beauty runs so much deeper than her clothes, her hair, and her skin. She glows with purity, strength and light. She doesn’t need to call attention to herself but the attention WILL come to her because her inner goodness and inner beauty in almost impossible to ignore. “The Edge of Never” by J.A. Redmerski is that beautiful girl. (more…)