Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I freakin hate bullies. being a chubster growing up, I was the victim of teasing. Or I was until I literally punched out the neighborhood bully. she was taunting me and I guess I just snapped and walked back to her and asked her what her deal was. she scratched my face so I just rared back and decked her. one shot and down she went. the neighborhood kids rejoiced and I wasn't victimized anymore. ever since then I have felt a duty to protect those who needed it. kind of like a superhero.
to make a long rant short... always beware of bullying. teach your kids about the dangers of it. help a person you suspect is a victim of it. bullies suck big time.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
I've also been involved in some mental housekeeping. for good or for bad it was a necessity. and once again I was able to see the yin and the yang of life. I love when that happens. even when it is painful or not what I want. but I survived and here I am. all those people in my past who told me that I would not die were right. I actually was honest and forthright about sharing something and my world didn't end. and in fact my world became a more certain place because I finally saw that I wouldn't shrivel up and die by doing so. you're probably saying WTF is she rambling about but I'll just say never fear being honest. you won't die if you don't hear what you want. in fact you will walk away a stronger and richer person. like I did.
anyway, sorry for the absence. I'll be back. and I'll be better than ever.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Modern day vampire hunters wage a brutal battle against the undead in the nation's capital.
As former Boston cops, Drake Matthews and Alison Monroe thought they had experienced it all... until they found themselves tracking down a serial killer who turned out to be one of the undead. Stopping him cost them their careers and almost their lives.
Thanks to an influential and anonymous benefactor, Drake and Alison find a new job ridding the streets of Washington D.C. of the vampiric threat terrorizing the nation's capital.
Only this time, Drake and Alison are not facing a single vampire but an entire nest led by Ion Zielenska, one of history's most evil and twisted masters. As the vampires indiscriminately prey on humans, seeing them as nothing more than food to satiate their hunger, they create a wave of violence that threatens to engulf the city.
Orchestrating the carnage is Antoinette Varela, the mistress of the nest, whose vendetta against the hunters is personal.
I truly enjoyed this book. I thought I wouldn't be as taken with it as I was because it mainly focuses on the hunters but I was. Each of the hunter characters was well constructed and 3 dimensional and I found myself drawn into each of their personal stories. Especially protagonist Drake Mathews and Alison Monroe. I cared about them and felt like I knew them. The vampires, who the author portrays as evil, ugly creatures, were still fascinating. They were even more attractive because this type of portrayal is not very common in novels right now.They are more in tune with what world folklore states they are. Baker skillfully weaves historical facts and information into an intriguing version of the battle against vampires and their quest to dominate humanity.
The narrative of the novel was well paced. While detailed, I never felt bogged down. The author also builds a setting so vivid that I felt like I was there. Especially the final scene, which I won't give away.
Like I said before I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I can't wait to read the sequel, which according to the publisher's website, comes out on August 20th. I understand that there is going be a third in this series but I'm unsure of the release date.
You can find The Vampire Hunters Book I by Scott M. Baker on shadowfirepress.com
disclaimer type stuff- this was an unsolicited review. I bought the book on my own to review it.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I know they are tons of work but I think a puppy is just what I need to make me happy. give me some direction and something to focus on. and when they grow up they are even more awesome!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
it sucks that sometimes you have to be hit over the head to make a decision and see things in a more lucid manner. but sometimes it does. and this time I think it will stick.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I plan on faxing my contract back to the publisher and overcome the torpor I've been feeling re: my writing. if that doesn't work, my friend cori and me are buying this beautiful 1790s house and living a rocking life being wild bohemians. we're going to keep bees, raise sheep, have a massive heirloom garden and make raspberry preserves. right near the craggy NE coastline. AWESOME.