Is Anybody out There?

Posted: June 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hi,  if its been a while….. which it has…. I will start with an introduction…..

 

My name is Shell.  Short for Shelley, if needed, but since everyone spells it without the required extra e in my name I shortened it a while back.  Still I answer to both.  I am a work at home mom { yes I work as an independent Ambassador for the best health and beauty line out there as well as a full time job for the best Hotel chain in the business } and a fibromyalgia warrior and a breast cancer fighter.  There are a few other things in the health category but we can just start today with the basics.  I was a voracious reader a while back.  I reviewed for a company called Bitten by Books.  I thought I found the greatest friends and a fantastic way to read and not have it cost me an arm and a leg since when I started I was basically bed ridden after two back to back accidents.  In any case I busted my ass for them including up to the day before they told me that I had violated their codes by having my own blog.  Sorry not sorry.  I bent over backwards and did up to 350 reviews for them in one calendar year while I was with them and because a few authors wanted to expand who was blogging and posting about their books and sent me my own copies for review they sent me packing.  Which is fine I was ready to move on.  You would think that maybe just maybe that a friend would have been able to help me out and give me a chance to defend myself but those kind of people are getting fewer and farther between these days.  Which was once again brought to my attention because of another pair of catty bitches.  { I know I know…. bitches are dogs but I am not going there….. enough to say if you find the person who has your back make sure you keep him or her close and don’t let them hit you like I was yesterday }  That….. is another story.

So as to why I am posting again.  I am going to reprise my writing and hopefully reviewing careers….. however brief they happened to be in the past.  All this while I am off from my job as an online reservation specialist to have cancer treatment.  The docs are all in unison with their stories when they tell me that I am lucky.  It was a malignant tumor but they caught it super early and I will only require radiation for 5 weeks now that the surgery has healed.  So lets hope.  In any case, expect brief reviews or in the least a synopsis of what books I read recently as well as some healthy tips I will be sorting through while sitting in a hotel for a month with just my weekends home with family.

Everyone says stay strong.  And they love my attitude towards it staying positive but to be honest it is one of the hardest things I struggle with. Very few people know my real story.  What makes me who I am today and what battles I am fighting that day, because lets face it with brutal honesty here….  I am struggling.  Bad.  With both the emotional baggage of my life and of my hopes for a better future.  I might put it all out there but for now it will be in bits and pieces and quite frankly a lot of myself is in the books I am writing.

I AM WRITING.   Well not quite yet but I have a lot of spoons in use trying to get ready for the treatments which includes searching out my old manuscripts and starts and poetry and a couple of editing suggestions that I kept after I shelved my writing because I didn’t fight for myself when I should have.  I might always argue according to some people but I never fight for myself.  That ends now.  I am fighting.  I am not giving up.

So please feel free to leave positive comments and ideas.  I am not going to change everything but I am going to change as much as I can.  Thank you for listening.  I am going back to a great cowboy novella I am beta reading for the beautiful Stephanie Rowe.  I will leave a few notes and the link for the pre order asap……

Send love not hate.

Shell

Simon Says: Tips for the Intrepid Time Traveler by Rysa Walker

5 Hockeystyxxx

Simon Says

Rysa Walker has become a must read for me. A very good friend kept urging me that I was missing something before I picked up Time Bound and he was right. The characters that Ms. Walker develops are very believable and have very captivating personalities that make you love or hate them. Simon Rand, affectionately known as Rat Bastard, is one you hate. Even after this glimpse into the inner mind of this character I really have no real affection for him. He is, a bastard in more than one definition of the word. Simon is a time traveler thanks to his wizardry with the Chronos key and in my opinion, with his personality being a mixture of idiot savant with a touch of evil, he grows up fast and hard and doesn’t have any qualms about who’s rules he breaks. Even the master mind behind the Cyrists, Saul, who plans every move he makes like a chess game he always wins is a little more likable than Simon.

In this novella, we see Simon as a kid before he truly was twisted by the fates of time and crossing times over and over again. His connection with his “friend” Kiernan is just beginning to be explored and it gives me a little bit more empathy for him…..just a little bit though. Especially when we see that his obsession and his determination to find out what truly happened cause him to set the history of a nation spiraling because he jumps before thinking it through. This along with his other experiments with the key as well as his work for the Cyrists, Brother Cyrus and Saul are only just starting though and one can hope that some way we get to see him stumble a few more times. I must strongly recommend that the reader start with Time Bound though to get the full emotion and direction of the series and the dynamic characters Ms. Walker has created. Even Simon, a character that I still haven’t much affection for is an amazing character and his story was a great read that filled in more blanks in the Chronos key world. I was given this copy for an honest review.

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Hey all.  Been away again but hoping things are on an upswing.  Actually had 3 great days in a row before waking to aching body parts but that’s life when you are living with chronic pain.  But in any case I am trying to stay positive and looking into more things to share with you!  More reviews are coming!  I have already posted my first review of Rysa Walker’s series and have now read the entire series!  They along with some other great reads are coming very soon!  As well I am working on a personal project to make my own Tardis shelving unit!  This will house my beads and my printer….and hopefully it will be bigger on the inside so I can make more room to create on the outside! lol   As well I am geeking out every month with my Nerd Block box and now my son had joined in the fun! I might even share or start putting up a contest or two in the future when things get rolling.  For now I will say goodbye….. and for those Canadian followers Happy Thanksgiving!

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I say FINALLY because I have been waiting to read this book for quite some time.  As what some might say a “recent” fan of Dr. Who and time travel interests in general this book has been twisting in my peripheral for quite some time.  (although I must say that if you really want to get into specifics time travel roms have always interested me and Gwyn Cready’s series is still one of my faves despite the connection to Pittsburgh…. hehehe….. sorry you can’t take the hockey completely out of me…. and as many know I am not a Pens fan) But wait…… I was talking about this amazing book by Rysa Walker called Timebound that I adored!  So without any more diversions here is what I thought and why I think you should all go and purchase this one immediately!!!

Timebound (the Chronos files book 1) by Rysa Walker

5 Hockeystyxxx

Kate is your typical teenager trying to deal with normal girl things.

Boys.  Best Friends.  School.  Family.

Splitting her time between divorced parents homes and trying not to chose a side between them especially when her estranged grandmother comes to her with an offer she cannot refuse, Kate has no idea who to believe. When she is attacked on her way to school by a man who steals her backpack and the bizarre book her grandmother had given her a handsome stranger helps her out; but not without giving her a warning and a kiss that brought a vision of more.  When she gets back to her grandmother and the sanctuary of her home, things gets even more twisted in her life when her very existence is threatened.  She has no choice but to believe in what her grandmother and her assistant have told her….  That she carries a gene that allows her to travel through time when she goes to her school and witnesses for herself that she does not exist in the current timeline.  Meeting a guy that not only believes her when she spills her secrets but wants to help her is her bright light through dealing with the loss of her whole life as she knew it but when she must go back in time and stop a threat to her grandmother that will bring massive changes to the world as they know it she has to go it alone.  Headed back to Chicago and the Worlds Fair of 1893, Kate encounters many obstacles as she tries to stop not only a murder but catastrophic changes in reality that will change the world forever.  All while facing the reality that if she is successful she will lose the person that helped her through the worst days of her life.

I’m stopping from giving any more “spoilers” and saying please pick this one up for yourself.  Yes it is of the Y/A genre but it doesn’t read like a lot of those in that category. It is a captivating read that has me salivating for more.  Kate’s journey through this book is never boring and it moves at a very fast pace.  The poor girl is thrown so many curves in the span this, her first story, but she bats away almost every threat with the maturity of a woman who has lived many lives.  The fact that this is in itself true set aside.  Dealing with losing everyone she loved, the suspected betrayal of those who should embrace her, and the multiple realities that have her heart split between two guys who love her and are willing to sacrifice everything to save her is a lot for anyone but Kate pulls no punches.  She keeps kicking and fighting and I can’t wait to see where the future takes her…. or shall I say the past? The second book in the series

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