Thursday, December 27, 2012

A New Year

Well a New Year is upon us.  I am excited for change.  I want change in many areas of my life. 
One would be health.  Two would be to lose weight, which comes with health.  Three, well I am setting a goal for reading and reviewing and of course blogging.

 My love for reading and reviewing has escalated beyond my wildest imagination.  I knew I loved to read, but starting my book page was on a whim.  I went from starting a book page called "50 Shades of Books" to "NarlyNut's Book Lovers."  It just seemed more like me.  I wanted all of me involved and I do believe the name speaks volumes. 

I am going to set a goal for reading.  Not sure how many I will set for one year, but it will be my biggest ever.
Reviewing?  I am just going to go with it and review for authors that ask for a review.  It never gets old helping an amazing author out.

The last six months I have gotten the hang of my book page.  Pretty easy.   Reviewing I am loving it and pretty much go with what I feel about the book.  I am enjoying the books, the reading and the reviewing process.  It just brings me joy to no end. 

On to the blogging part of it all.  Well I am not so good at staying on top of it on a daily basis.  I also tend to stress my self out wondering if I will bore you guys to death. LOL.  Seems rational in a Narly kind of way.
I have come to realize that is o k.   This is a time for me to learn about blogging and to learn about myself, so I am hoping that the 23 of you that I am taking on the beginning of this journey hang in there with me.  That is all I ask. 
With all of this said....lets make a change individually and together.

Here is to 2013 and change....;)


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Love's True Second Chance

Love's True Second Chance
Jeff Dawson
What ever happened to your first love?  How did their lives turn out?  Do they ever think about the wonderful times we spent together?  Those care-free days when the only thing that really mattered was walking hand in hand on long walks or hanging out with friends at the arcade.  Do they remember the first date and the first kiss?  Do they still remember us and what would happen if we w ever saw each other again?  Would the old feelings of the past be reignited, or would it be a simple hello, how have you been and we part paths again?
I always wondered how her life had turned out.  Through the years a business card would be left in a mailbox with no return call, letter or email.  I guess the memories would be just that, memories.  But in December of 2008, it was worth one more shot.  One more attempt to make contact with the one girl whose memory remained strong.  The one girl, who no matter how far I traveled or how hard I tried to suppress the memories of the past, they were always lying under the surface waiting to reawaken.  One more time, one more attempt, just one more try, and if nothing happens, let her memories fade, never to surface again.
It has been two weeks since the card was dropped off.  Well, I gave it my best shot.  I tried one more time and since there has been no contact, her memory is starting to fade.  I take our prom picture out of my wallet and place it in a small box with all of the remaining reminders of our love from so long ago.  The phone rings.  Must be someone with more bad news about why they can't deliver the materials ordered.  "This is Jeff"(what do you want!),  "This is Debbie."  My response was cold and quick, "And?"   A very long pause, ""  I slowly remove both feet from my mouth.  It is her!  The long lost connection has been made.  Now what?
Join us for the most intense seven month "true love" one could ever have dreamed.  Travel back to high school when life was so easy, so care-free and the word worry didn't exist.  The chance meetings at college that at times were better forgotten.  To present day when we are both trying to figure out if the feelings from the past should remain in the past or is there still something there; unfinished business.  There is plenty of time to figure it all out, or is there?

~My Review~
This book is based upon Jeff's real life story of himself and his one true love, Debbie.
Debbie is dating Jeff's friend Clay while Jeff is dating Betsy.  The connection with Jeff and Betsy just isn't there and Clay and Debbie's courtship fades when Clay's new car puts Debbie in the back seat, so to speak.Debbie is very interested in Jeff, but Jeff tends to not see this so clearly at first.  Jeff realizes Debbie is into him and they begin dating.
It is a fun, beautiful, every chance spent together kind of courtship.  They can't seem to get enough of each other.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.  Jeff heads to college after graduation.  Jeff and Debbie try to make it work, but it proves to be too much for Debbie.  They part ways and life goes on for them.  They both marry and have children of their own.  Little do they know, each marriage has come to an end.
Every ten years Jeff would drop off a business card in Debbie's parents mailbox hoping to reconnect with Debbie.
One day in mid December Jeff receives a call at work.  It is Debbie.........
Book lovers~I refuse to spoil the rest of this beautiful love story.  It is a riveting, delicate lamentable ride.
Jeff takes us on his journey of reuniting with his "One True Love."  He takes us to a place of the joys of love.  He teaches us that the little things should not be taken for granted.
While reading this I knew there were moments to where I would be left in tears, there were also moments that Jeff made me laugh.  Jeff has a truly humorous side that you can't help but love.  Jeff is quite the character.  Very fun and a wonderful man to have on your side.  
There are parts of this story that make you laugh, make you cry, and leave you breathless......
This is a must read book lovers and I give it 5 NarlyNut stars!        

Monday, November 26, 2012

Review of Treachery at Martinique Isle

Treachery at Martinique Isle
Rachel Cherie


In the mid 1600's, when King Charles I reigned England and pirates controlled the seas, twins separated at birth are reunited under dire circumstances in the sleepy town of Port de Couler de Bateaux, Port of Sinking Ships.  Jacqueline and Alexandria settle into the Midway Zebra inn with their new surrogate parents, innkeepers Jemima and Fred Bumbleridge.  Eight years later, the inn burns to the ground taking beloved Bumbleridges with it.  The twins are abandoned once more, but their guardians have left something to remember them by.  Two small bags of gold, two cloaks, two flintlocks, and two gold lockets.  A riddle is inscribed on each locket, finishing not only a tale of piracy but also opening a door to the girls' mysterious past.  Partnered with a thier, a butler, and a wannabe Viking, the two sail across the ocan in search of the answers.  Together the twins discover that not everyone is who the seem, and sometimes things take a turn for the worse especially when there is Treachery at Maritinque Isle.
My Review

Alexandria (Alex) and Jacqueline (Jacq) are twins.  They find this out after both of them have to say goodbye to the ones that love them.  Captain Taylor didn't want to leave Jacq, but has no choice. Madam Thorpe is sick and dies at the Midway Zebra inn leaving Alex alone.  Jacq and Alex are then put in the care of Fred and Jemima Bumbleridge owners of the inn.
The girls grow up at the inn until one day a fire breaks out.  The girls frantically look for Fred and Jemima.  They refuse to leave.   The girls are shocked and sad at this.  Then they see it and cannot believe their eyes.  A pirate yelling Black Fred and Gold Gem.  This scares the girls and they run for they're lives.
They then find Miata the town thief.  Alex and Jacq tell him what has happened and he offers to help them.
The girls were given matching gold lockets by Fred and Jemima. Inside each bag they find a compass, money, a letter, a gun, gun powder and bullets.  Among a few other items.  After exploring the contents of the bags the girls discover there are riddles inscribed on each locket.   They then realize they are on a hunt for a treasure.   Little do Alex and Jacq know on this big adventure they will discover enemies, find love and unravel the mystery before them.  Secrets will be revealed and family members united.

I have to say I was highly entertained by this fun and easy read.  I would recommend this book to book lovers of all ages. I give this book a 4 star rating.:)

Monday, November 12, 2012


I have to say that I have been a YA reader for many years.  I have never strayed and I never will.  Yes there are the obvious ones, but there are so many to discover.  There is something so entertaining and enthralling about these reads.  I remember thinking to myself quite a few years ago how funny it was that I was so in love with the "Harry Potter books."  Or as time would go by, "The twilight series."  The of course "The Hunger Games."  I couldn't help myself.  I was intrigued and before I knew it one of the biggest 30 year old fans. lol
Now at 38 years old, I still can't get enough.  If I hear of a YA about to be released or one I haven't heard of...I am on it.
These authors have to be some of the best writers around.  Not only do they suck us into their books, they make us want more!

S.L. Dearing

"The Gathering"
S.L. Dearing
 Lia Fail means the great stone of destiny.
Just a tad bit of history for you before I give you my review.  To me this was an important thing to know.

S.L. Dearing has brought so many elements to this story line.  It is everything I love rolled into one.
Romance~Villains~Mythical Creatures~and of course Love.
In a post apocalyptic world this medieval fantasy brings other families together from different villages. This is known as "The Gathering."
Alia Stark is a headstrong queen of Lia Fail. She has 11 kids.  In this book you get to know them one by one.  They will captivate your heart.  You will take the journey along with them and their mother. Love will be found among many and villains are exposed.
Little do they know there is an evil force that desperately wants something from Alia.  A gift that Alia doesn't even know she has hidden within her.
Alia will discover the goddess that is waiting to be unleashed.

This book is a definite must read!  I can't say that enough. I was on my toes until the very end.  Turning page after page with the anticipation of what would happen next. I was rooting for the characters in this book and for they're fight and will to survive.
The last few chapters literally gave me chills.
I was beyond saddened that it came to and end.
Then I brought myself back to reality and realized that S.L. Dearing is working on book 2.
I cannot wait for it and you will feel the same way.      

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My Temporary Life


Heroes are not born. They're made.

Malcolm Stewart's strength was forged during harsh childhood days~ugly days when he faced down schoolyard bullies and endured the neglect of a promiscuous mother. It is a strength that he ha
s wielded to defend himself and his friends.

Yet those years and traumas have taken their toll. Somewhere along the way, Malcolm Stewart lost his love of life.

That changes the day when beautiful, tempestuous Heather enters his world. He feels the stirrings of something long dormant. And when he learns of Heather's own abusive childhood~and the daughter that she was forced to leave behind~Malcolm knows one thing:

He mush help Heather get her little girl back.

~My Review~
If your looking for a great read with high energy, bravery and courage, then this book is for you.

Martin Crosbie takes us on a journey through Malcolm Stewart's life.
Readers get to know Malcolm as a young boy to whom of which is bullied along with his good friend, Hardly. These chapters in the book are sad and keep you turning the pages for more.

Malcolm's mom is not the mom Malcolm deserves at all!!
She is very selfish and worried about her own happiness.

Malcolm's dad is a wonderful man. He wants only the best for his future.
After Malcolm is not longer aloud in the school he was attending, his dad sends him back to Canada to live with Malcolm's mom's ex boyfriend, George.
You will get to know the most amazing characters that love Malcolm and help him throughout his life.

Malcolm meets Heather Postman. Little does he know there are secrets she is keeping from him.
Heather tells Malcolm she has a daughter that she desperately needs to find. She doesn't give Malcolm much to go on, but he trusts her and loves her and will help her in any way he can.
This leads to to the craziest ride of Malcolm's life and he will do anything to help Heather find Emily.

Martin Crosbie throws us into a world of adventure.
The abuse, the roller coaster of a ride that Malcolm is hurtled into blindsides him with a fury.

In my opinion Malcolm is a a strong willed, capable force to be reckoned with.
This book leave you with an overwhelming feeling of what Malcolm is, and that my friends.........IS A HERO!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


I am still here.  Not on my blog much due to the fact that I am still trying to work out the kinks on blogger.  I love this blog, just still trying to learn it.  
I am busy reading as usual and will have another review up again by the end of the week.:)

Monday, October 1, 2012


~NarlyNut's Limelight Author of the week~

J.L. McCoy resides in the beautifully weird city of Austin, Texas with her opinionated Pekiweenie Isabel and handsome husband Kenny. She has always been a passionate reader and enjoys watching mov
ies, traveling, listening to heavy metal/classic rock/80's music, getting mani/pedis with her girls, and singing karaoke. She loves body art and is hopelessly addicted to Sonic's ice and Route 44 un-sweet raspberry iced tea.

If you would like more information about her or her upcoming books, please visit her at the following sites:


Wednesday, September 26, 2012


~Author Limelight next week
October 1st~7th

J.L. McCoy will be featured on my facebook page and here on my blog.
I will also be having a few giveaways, my personal review of her book, "Blood of the Son" and a bio on her.
Hope to see you here or!

Saturday, September 22, 2012


It is amazing to me that I am even trying this thing called a blog.  No digs intended.  I am loving it.
Just amazes me how one minute I am making a facebook page about books and the next I am making a blog and doing book reviews.
Finally doing something I really, really enjoy! 
Meeting new people, making new friends, reading and reviewing books for authors.  My dream job, although it is just my dream hobby.
The perks make it all worth it.  The people make it unbelievably magical.~
I love this little world of mine and I enjoy getting up every morning to come and greet and meet and be here for YOU!
I will learn, blog to my hearts desire.  Enjoy my facebook page and the fans that support me everyday.
I am living a in a magical world of books and loving every second of it.