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Love and Lists by Tara Sivec - Book Review

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Book Review ****snowflakes
Love and Lists by Tara Sivec – Chocoholics Series
This novel is the first I’ve read by Tara. After reading the rave reviews for her books, especially the Chocolate Lovers series, I had to check this new series out.
Tara’s snappy writing style did not disappoint me. If anything, I had a hard time keeping up with the vigor of all the characters. It felt like when I watched the Terminator and I was Sarah Connor- always on the run. Not the horror part, mind you, but, the high impact energy level.  Tara did a very good job keeping the reader engaged in the story.
Sometimes I got confused because the reading pace was very quick. I found myself reading faster to keep up with the one-liner dialogue, as if I was hearing their conversations/arguments/sarcasm in my head. It did encourage imagery of a boisterous family. So, by the end, I decided I liked the pace. (But, I have to wonder how many people- friends, families, etc, share this type of dialogue all the time.)…

Tuesday Tales in a Library (a writers home away from home)

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Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to Tuesday Tales. I introduce you to a new WIP I have going under my sweet pseudonym Allee Mae. It's the 3rd in my YA paranormal romance series the Critter Getters. This book is entitled Finding Love in a Black Lagoon. Our prompt today is a picture.  This lovely picture invokes cozy images cuddled up with quiet hardback friends that always took me away from reality. Much like these two want to be taken away from their realities.


“Wait, Owen, there’s something I do want to tell you.” Pearl ran up to meet Owen and tugged on the arm of his shirt. “Will you please stop?”
Years of pent up emotions bubbled closer to the surface than they had before. He never had anyone other than Caleb and Morgan he could really talk to about his mom’s incarceration. Of course, everyone in town knew what happened and every so often he would catch the sideways glance of pity and horror. His steel trap mind began pushing the brain vault shut, not really listening to Pearl. “…

Friday Flash Fiction and a Lover's Embrace

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TGIF Fellow Fathomers and welcome to the weekend. I hope you are staying warm where you are.

It's been a challenging week for me as a writer. No time to really just sit down and let my fingers do the walking across the keys. But, maybe this picture will inspire words of interest.

What story do they have to tell? Well, here is my interpretation in just 100 words, no more, no less for this Flash Fiction Friday piece:


“I don’t know, Cara. I’m not sure what to make of Psyche’s proposal. It could contain black magic or  mysticism far worse.” Teresa reached down to kiss me. “Fifty years seems like an eternity today, but, I can only imagine how fast it would go. Would I never touch you again after that?”
I kissed Teresa as she softly pushed me backward onto the bed.  “But, can you imagine having fifty years together, every day? I could wake up to you for hundreds of days, thousands of hours.” Tears pooled and fell down my face.  “It’s a dream come true.”
Now that you've read my 100, p…

Jasinda Wilder - Forever and Always - Book Review

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Forever and Always



**** Snowflakes
by Jasinda Wilder – Book One in the Ever Trilogy
Forever and Alwaysintroduces us to Ever and Cade and their unique story. They meet at an art camp and through their very short time together, develop an obvious bond. Jasinda does a good job demonstrating how love at first sight can actually happen. These two awkward teenagers have more in common than most. Ever and Cade both discover their artistic expression is a welcome release from their stressful lives- they both draw and paint with impeccable accuracy. The connection is incredible.
However, in a unique turn, these two characters fall in love over the course of becoming pen pals. They live too far away from each other to form an in-person relationship. They write with brutal honesty the personal struggles and desires they share. Ms. Wilder fully develops characters from start to finish; even the secondary characters receive their descriptive due.   The book also explicitly describes intimacy and love…

Tuesday Tales and Fresh Meat

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Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to Tuesday Tales. I introduce you to a new WIP I have going under my sweet pseudonym Allee Mae. It's the 3rd in my YA paranormal romance series the Critter Getters. This book is entitled Finding Love in a Black Lagoon. In honor of hungry tummies everywhere,  our word prompt today is "meat". (Or, maybe we're talking quality top choice sexiness.)

Without further ado...please see my snippet with "meat" as the prompt word.


“I’m sorry, Pearl, I’m not trying to ruin our picnic. I’m asking questions, that’s all. I’m trying to understand you.” Owen reached up and lightly gripped her hand.
Pearl shook him off and walked toward a tree stump, then quickly sat down on it. “I don’t care if you believe me or not. I didn’t ask for any of this and I’d much rather be alone than try to continually explain myself.” Pearl sighed and picked at the strings from her cutoff shorts.  “Owen, there are times in my life when I feel ashamed, but, most of …

Saturday Sippers - Is That Champagne or Sparkling Wine?

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Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to the feature here in The Locker called Saturday Sippers. This year I focus on some of my favorite adult beverages. Most will contain alcohol, but, some will not. Today, in honor of Valentine's Day, I will discuss the difference between champagne and sparkling wine. Wine.About.Com gives us a rundown: The Champagne we know and love comes exclusively from the Champagne region of France, and claims the honor of being the most famous of the sparkling wines. Technically, it is the only sparkling wine that may be referred to as "Champagne." Bubbly from all other regions in the world are simply referred to as "sparkling wine". 

Ah ha, so, not every bubbly is champagne. 

Basically it's a category, or a name, simply dependent upon the region in which it's produced. 

There are as many sparkling wines as there are flavors of soda pop, therefore it would be almost impossible to narrow down all my favorites. But, I still have a preference …

Thespian Wench Thursday and NEW release with Em Petrova!

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Ahoy Fellow Fathomers and welcome to The Locker...last week I posted a review of Em Petrova's hot short story, Double Dippin'. This week, she has graciously agreed to join me as she takes over The Locker. Please welcome Em as she introduces her to her latest release!

Somethin’ Dirty By Em Petrova
Something old, new, borrowed and blue…and somethin’ dirty!
When the idea for Somethin’ Dirty crash-landed in my lap, I immediately heard my sexy, mature hero drawling these words. Griffin is a cowboy who is old enough to know what he wants—and that is Nola.
Nola’s youth presents a lot of problems for the couple, though. She wants a career in Nashville and wants out of their small town to fight for her dream. Trouble is, she’s intrigued by the cowboy single dad with a sick mother. Nola feels compelled to help him get his life in order, beginning by taking a job as his nanny.
Read on for a hot excerpt of Somethin’ Dirty, available Feb 11 from Samhain.
She’s headed for the big time…unless her …

Tuesday Tales and Do You Have the Heart?

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Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to Tuesday Tales. I introduce you to a new WIP I have going under my sweet pseudonym Allee Mae. It's the 3rd in my YA paranormal romance series the Critter Getters. This book is entitled Finding Love in a Black Lagoon. In honor of the upcoming Valentine's Day, our word prompt today is "heart" and I wonder if there has ever been a time that we've had a more popular word to write to.

Without further ado...please see my snippet with "heart" as the prompt word.

Owen leaned back slightly and scowled. “You aren’t as dang tough as you pretend. And, even if you were…well.” Owen held up his hand and rubbed his thumb and pointer finger together.
Pearl narrowed her eyes and jammed her lips together. She sat for several seconds dying to ask, but remained torn between fake detachment and genuine curiosity.  The truth finally killed the cat. “What the hell is that supposed to be?”
“Oh, you don’t know? It’s the world’s smallest violin …

Review Review Review Novella by Em Petrova

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Ahoy Fellow Fathomers and it’s review time in the The Locker again. So, I got my feet wet with ménage when I wrote my newest release, Sexy Bea Spelling.














I don’t know about you, but, I will admit the thought of two gals and one guy is scintillating to me. I’ll leave it up to you, dear reader, to wonder if I’ve done it or not…

Anyway, I digress. This post is all about Em Petrova and her short piece, Double Dippin’.
We have the usual set up scene, an office and a buxom administrative assistant just setting herself up for a good time by being in the right place at the right time. Bosses who are secret lovers, but, who can’t seem to get enough of fantasizing about their come hither aide with the quivering thighs. Yea, that’s what this adds up to.
If you want a quick read for satisfying steam, give Double Dippin’ a whirl. It opened my mind up to possibilities and released some inhibitions…even if they were all in my imagination.
I give Double Dippin’ 4 snowflakes. 
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Tuesday Tales Traipsing Through a Field

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Ahoy Fellow Fathomers! Welcome to Tuesday Tales. I introduce you to a new WIP I have going under my sweet pseudonym Allee Mae. It's the 3rd in my YA paranormal romance series the Critter Getters. This book is entitled Finding Love in a Black Lagoon. Our word prompt today is "field" and I have plenty I can say with this particular prompt.

Without further ado...please see my snippet with "field" as the prompt word.

Owen’s voice became uncharacteristically gruff. “I said I would be okay, I’m a grown man. Dammit, you aren’t my mother.”
Caleb stomped off. “Sure, you’re okay, don’t come griping to me when you get cancer or some radioactive sickness.” He yelled ahead to the girls. “Owen’s gonna stay here in the weeds and get ticks. He said never mind about him.”
The breeze settled through the brush and dipped low, providing relief from the heavy air. Pearl smiled at Owen and offered him a bottle of water. “Thirsty? Looks like you guys have been hiking for most of th…