Some ramblings, another ARC book, another review…

A huge thank you to those bloggers out there who so kindly posted hints for obtaining ARC (advance reader copies )books. One site has been particularly generous about releasing books to me, and I’m enjoying the opportunity to provide feedback for those who may (someday, perhaps) find my blog.

As far as blogging goes, I still have much to learn. I’m a fairly introverted person, so it’s hard for me to put myself out there, so to speak. I don’t want to even post this for friends to read. I’d prefer that people just don’t know who I am in ‘real life’. How absurd is that?? My real life is (thankfully) pretty boring, my posts are relatively boring (although I’m hoping as I write more, my creativity will flow a bit more), I don’t plan to write anything to ever deliberately anger people, although I’m sure at some point in my life I will…it’s just not me to put myself out there like that. Maybe I fear that my writing isn’t good enough – maybe I fear that topics I choose may become too inflammatory for some – I really don’t know… Or maybe I’m just weird…yeah, that MUST be it!! Haha!

Yes, I’ve posted quite a bit these last few days. Honestly, it’s only because I’ve had a few days off from work. I had planned to travel out of state to visit my parents and a close friend, but the weather all up and down the Eastern Seaboard precluded that! So, after today, these crazy posts and book reviews will subside for a bit.

There’s so much I need to be doing, but I’m having a hard time getting motivated in this New Year of ours. I suffered the loss of a very cherished dog recently (45 days today, but really, who’s counting…) and I think that has caused the little spiral down and struggle that I’m having getting back out of a hole, so to speak. I did go and adopt a new dog from the local animal shelter very quickly thereafter, not out of disrespect for my Sophie, but just because I couldn’t stand the quiet. You know, the collar jangling when she walked around the house or ate her meals, the head always bumping my arms or hands, wanting to be loved. She’s a sweet little girl who was terrified of everything (which was why I chose her) and she’s really coming out of her shell, but Soph’s loss has just been so damn hard for me. I have a collage of pictures of her just above the desk I sit at to type…and my vision is blurred at the moment. We had such great times, my Sophie and I… But SOMETHING compelled me to visit the shelter that day – I’d like to think Sophie was guiding me to a pup in desperate need of rescuing. ♥

Anyway, enough of that maudlin stuff. I really need to get motivated and get some stuff done – like grocery shopping, laundry, dishes, you know… So off I go to try and get all of that accomplished. Perhaps I’ll be back to ramble later…never know!!

Anyway, because reading is my escape from reality, I’ve done a ton of that these past few days, so here’s yet another review for you…


The Last Thing She Ever Did – Gregg Olsen

What would you do?

That was the thought that was running through my head for virtually the entirety of this novel. Liz and Owen live an idyllic life in Bend, OR with close neighbors David & Carole. Owens business is thriving, Liz is on the verge of recognizing her dream of becoming an attorney, and they are on the cusp of having everything their hearts desire when, in an instant, an unforeseeable event occurs, which will alter their lives forever.

As Liz – running late in a panic to re-take her law boards – climbs into her vehicle, she begins to back out of her garage, and encounters a nightmare she never could have conceived. Fueled by desperation, she makes a decision in a split second that will alter all their lives forever. As tensions mount, and questions are asked, lie upon lie is told to protect decisions made, and we are helpless to watch (read) as two families disintegrate under the pressure of the event, giving us a glimpse into the hidden depths of each individual and their defects, all while time passes, questions remain, new questions arise, and the story rushes to a conclusion you may (or may not!) have predicted…

As psychological thrillers go, this one is another masterpiece by author Gregg Olsen, and is well worth the read!

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Hi there! I am Mel and I love to read!! My favorite genres are typically mystery/thriller, adventure/suspense and occasionally chick lit/romance stories (when the mystery/thrillers get to be too much, which isn't too often!) I have just started to write reviews for Amazon, Goodreads and this blog, although I am a novice to blogging, so THIS is a work in progress - as you can see the reviews are numerous and the true blogs are few - I'll hopefully be improving on that as time goes on!! I'm looking to network, give some newer authors some exposure and to perhaps explore myself a bit in this whole process!! I am a critical care turned CDI nurse, recently transplanted to coastal Florida, from New England. (Would love to assist with medical/hospital verbiage/scenes for authors!) I love a great cup (or pot) of coffee, day trips, visiting state parks and other nature made places, and exploring/photographing wildlife. And birds...I am a HUGE bird/nature nerd!! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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