I absolutely LOVE a good book!

Do any of you love to read? I read voraciously and am always looking for a new title or series to read. In the course of my searching, I have stumbled across many new authors by subscribing to free and discounted book sites, which offer up new and upcoming authors books at discounted prices. In addition, you can also find well established authors as well, such as Nora Roberts, or Lee Child, for example. My favorite sites are BookBub, Bookperk, and Bargain Booksy. I am seldom disappointed with the books I find, and often find myself then purchasing the remainder of a set or series by these new authors.

One such example is the book I am reading now, by an author I’d never heard of, Kate Flora. (I should add as a side note that I love police procedurals and mystery books, although I’m not above a good romance or feel good story from time to time either!).


I picked up this book at a discounted price (a dollar or two) and within reading the first chapter, I knew that Kate was going to have a solid place on my readers shelf (well, a collection on my e-reader, but you get the idea). The story grabs you and sucks you in. When I’m finished I will write a formal review, but needless to say, I have already purchased the other 4 book in the series. If you like Lucas Davenport, Jack Reacher, and the like, you’ll very much enjoy Joe Burgess! Now I’m headed straight back to my book! Too warm to be outside today anyway!

I’m adding this MUCH later as I somehow got away from this blogging thing, but here is a review for Kate Flora…

Led Astray – Kate Flora

I received this book (electronic version) at a discounted price from Bookbub, it sounded like my kind of story (I LOVE police procedurals) and I thought for $1.99, I would give it a try. All I can say is WOW! I was not disappointed. I believe I was barely into Chapter 2 when I immediately went to Amazon and purchased the entire series (5 books to date).
Joe Burgess is a detective sergeant in Portland, ME, with a reputation for being “Portland’s meanest cop”, who responds to a ‘shots fired’ call and finds mayhem upon his arrival. One officer is dead, and another is gravely wounded, and no one is certain why war is being waged on the police. The ensuing story is mesmerizing as Joe and his team investigate the scene and the situation. As another commanding officer goes missing, Joe and his team struggle to find him, identify and catch the perpetrator and bring peace back to Portland.
The characters are memorable, realistic, believable and very enjoyable, with each character enmeshed in their own personal problems as well. The dialogue is true to form and had me laughing out loud at times, as the exhausted investigative crew bantered amongst themselves. If you enjoy Lucas Davenport (Sandford), Alex Cross (Patterson), JP Beaumont (Jance) & Jack Reacher (Child), then you will definitely want to add Joe Burgess to your bookshelves!!

Tropical Delusions (and other random rambling…)

I’ve wanted to write for a while. My head is filled constantly with random thoughts, things that interest me, (“Oh, I should google that when I get home”) and lately, memories of my childhood, that can come out of nowhere and take my breath away.  It seems as if turning 50 last year has been a major milestone for me, mentally and emotionally. I’m finally at that point where I know that I’m not invincible any longer, and that there’s more time behind me than there is ahead of me. It’s a very sobering thought and I find myself becoming very introspective and sad at times at these realizations.

I probably should preface that by saying that I am a nurse. I see the worst case scenarios with many a patient and many an illness and I am often left to wonder what is going to happen to me as I age.  Will I even have the chance to grow ‘old’?  We, as nurses, are severely short staffed now – will there even be someone to care for me if and when I need it? And the horrors that come from the thought that one day I WILL most definitely need it. Certain patients and the things they endured in an effort to get well – they haunt me sometimes. Craziness! It can also be hard to find happiness in the ever crazy world we now live in. (Told ya, I ramble!!)

As I was strolling along the beach this AM awaiting the sunrise, these thoughts and more crowded into my head, along with random thoughts, things like “where have all the seashells gone, it seems as if there were so many when I was a kid’, ‘I really don’t want to go to work tomorrow’, ‘oh look, a new sea turtle nest’, ‘where are all of the dead jellyfish coming from’, “I really need to write a review for that book I just read’, ‘I really should just get my head in gear and start writing – or blogging – about all of this!’.  Then I wonder about the blog – will anyone read it? Am I boring? How will people find me? Do I want them to? What if they ‘figure out’ it’s me? And do I care?  Ahhh, the life of a type A , private introvert…

So without further ado, here we go! Maybe you’ll find me, maybe you wont. Maybe I’ll get bored in a week and will have wasted the $$ I spent to get this thing up and running, but maybe I wont….

OMJ – just went to post this, hit a wrong button, and thought I lost it forever. They joys of being old-er and trying to learn some new software… (sigh).

My first post (again)

Apparently I was a little ahead of myself earlier, because as I work through this site and try to figure out how to do different things, I came upon a customizable template for my “first post’, which I (thought) I had posted an hour or so ago. So, bear with me as I learn, and try to figure out how to move pictures and the like, and ask myself time and time again why it was that I decided I had to do this!!