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A truly breathtaking experience!

There are so many things I could comment on, innumerable focuses I could craft this review around. I could tell you about the richness of the world building, with the structure and equal struggles of society at large. I could tell you about the littlest details that make this book special, that bring you into the minds of Reina and Kaito. I could even lament the poetic flow of Britini’s writing, how it’s almost as though the words are being whispered and sung into your very psyche, to hold you and haunt you long after you’ve completed the book. 

I could even tell you how I only put this book down because I needed to sleep, only to pick it up again at my next opportunity. But in truth, what held me so captivated was the warmth and depth of her characters. Reina and Kaito comes through in such a way that you forget you’re reading. You forget that these people are fictional characters living in a world of one woman’s amazing creation. 

One thing I truly love is how the ending of this book leads you into the beginning of the next. It sets up the conflict and premise for the next installment in the series. I am not a fan of books that wrap themselves up in neat little bows at the end to be read independently of the series at large. I want a series that leads me from one story to the next, that builds upon the past and gives you a tease into the future, and this book does that perfectly. 

This book was, hands down, a perfect 5-star experience. I know that I will read this book again and again. 

If you love Mary Fan, Megan Blackwood, A.D. Winter, or Jessica Feyden, you will love this book!!

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Speaking Out Against Racist Memes

Originally posted to Facebook by: Catherine Herbert

Link to post: https://www.facebook.com/1095355294/posts/10221711480191673/?d=n

One of my social worker friends posted this response to this meme and I think it’s important to pass it along:

This is what I get paid to do and yes, some days I end up pinned to the wall by my neck, pulled to the ground by my pony tail, threatened with a shiv, or take a rock to the back… but you know who is alive at the end of the day? Everyone. Because we have trauma informed care, safe utilization of psychiatric restraint techniques which prohibits ALL horizontal (or “side lying”) restraint, padded blocking shields to allow someone to work out their energy in a safe way or to get staff close enough to remove the pipe in this case, and when necessary physician/psychiatry ordered and medically supervised use of medication for deescalation, which is also then taken to a review board post use. All incidents which require ANY form of restraint are reviewed, any video is analyzed and from which we learn, grow and retrain staff as necessary.

This “psycho” probably needs a shower, a snack and then a nap or maybe someone to talk to about whatever triggered this episode. Possibly a full review of his medication and it’s efficacy.

Or maybe he was a black kid with autism in Austin, TX who’s group home didn’t pick up his meds and give them to him for a week so he was having a meltdown, going door to door trying to find someone to help him and he gets shot to death by an armed homeowner. #jaredjames #blm #blackautisticlivesmatter

Fuck who ever made this meme and fuck you if you think it’s funny. Mental health isn’t a fucking joke asshole.

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The Confederacy Never Went away, it was just dressed up in frills and lace to hide in plain sight.

Full credit goes to author/blogger/historian Jared Yates Sexton. You can find him on Twitter @JYSexton

His book, that discusses all of this further in detail will be released 20 September, 2020 and is available for pre-order. You can find it here.

Thanks also goes to my friend, Amanda Reynolds, for sharing this thread with me.

A perfect follow up to the first!

First off, to anyone looking for a book that is all sewed up at the end with a bow on top and doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page, one that doesn’t make you both rejoice and scream at a cliffhanger, just go find some dime store romance and leave the rest of us alone. Now, for those of you who are looking for a book that is so immersive in the writing, characters, world-building, and storyline that you forget you’re reading a book, and instead feel like you’ve fallen into the world on the page, come closer and keep on reading.

I know that this trilogy is marked as a bully romance, but I wouldn’t describe it as such. It’s honestly more of a story of deep friendship, a loss of self (on Kaito’s end), and a slow redemption as two young adults—one idealistic (Reina) and one searching for purpose (Kaito), fight on opposite sides for the same outcome. When the world was upside down, they fought heaven and hell just to save each other.

In this second installment, Brittni brings us all back in to the story just a few days after the battle that ended the first book. Her voice shines through in every word, the emotions and action drawing you in deeper like a moth to a flame. And without making it obvious at all, she effortlessly weaves suspense thriller into this urban fantasy, with the ease and delicacy that I find in JD Robb’s ‘In Death’ series, or A.D. Winter’s ‘Ivy Cross and the Monarch of Darkness’.

The war that is to come, the sacrifice of one life for another with the fear and equal hope that the other understands reminds me of Mary Fan’s ‘A Girl Called Firedragon’. The intrigue and duplicity combined with the burning undercurrent of agape love for friends and the deep protective love and loyalty between our stars…This book has it all and it only gets better from here.

Brother’s Best Friend by Amy Sanderlin


If you love L.A. Pepper, Elizabeth Stevens, River Alder, or Katie Knight, you will love this book!

Hidden among the titles in my Kindle Unlimited library, I came across this sweet sexy read.

One thing I truly appreciate about Amy’s writing is how she tells the story. Where most authors would make this sex for the sake of sex, Amy hasn’t. The characters are vibrant and real. The relationship between Jessie and each person is unique and heartfelt. There’s history here, among everyone. Just little things that are woven in here and there about each of them and where they’ve gone in life before coming together, here at home, for the summer.

The first encounter happens by a spark that fanned into a wildfire, it was as passionate as it was unexpected, and as all-consuming as it was short-lived. But it’s the consequences of that encounter that give our leading lady pause.

Jessie truly loves her brother, hating how her love life has affected him, and the relationship he once had with a once-best friend, in the past. She doesn’t want to risk his pain again for the sake of her pleasure, and that is a surprising depth to find in a book of this quick-hit genre. I’m truly impressed by this author’s ability to sculpt this story so smoothly and richly.

There are author names we all know in the romance world—Dorothy Garlock, JoAnna Lindsey, DiAnna Steele. I’ve read multiple titles from each of them, novels well into the 90K+ word length, and I can tell you this: The way Amy weaves this story and brings the characters and conflict to life, bringing it from a low whisper to a rich roar before it decrescendos into the final notes, puts them to shame.

I honestly don’t think any of those authors has been able to capture the emotion and range quite like Amy has. This is a short story that is on par with L.A. Pepper.

The Truth Hurts, Wear a Helmet

This was a post from my good friend Ryan S. He posted this originally on Fb in regards to someone who was being belligerent about confederate statues being removed. I copied his post below.

Ten Things to Consider About Statues and Flags from the Confederacy:

– 1 – The Civil War was 100% over slavery. When Lincoln won the election of 1860 with ~39%. Lincoln ran with the intention to prevent the use of slaves in new expansions to the West. South Carolina seceded on 20 Dec 1860. Other states shortly followed and the Confederate States of America were formed

– 2 – The Constitution of the Confederate States of America states in Article 1; Sec. 9. (4) No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.

(Other than it’s laws concerning slavery, it’s pretty much the Constitution of the United States of America.)

– 3 – Alexander Stephens, the Vice President of the Confederate States of America stated in his Cornerstone Speech on 21 March 1861 to explain why they left the Union, “Our new government is founded exactly upon the opposite idea; it’s foundations are laid, it’s corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition.”

– 4 – The Civil War began on 12 April 1861 when Confederate soldiers bombarded a Union outpost in South Carolina (Fort Sumter). It was a literal ambush.

– 5 – On 21 April 1861 publication was made that the secession of the Southern states was a direct act of treason. .

– 6 – The modern day Confederate Flag was adopted as such in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement. It’s actually the Battle Flag of Virginia and the 2nd Confederate Navy Jack. It is a small portion of the 2nd and 3rd versions of the Confederate Flag (upper left corner only). The reason for a different battle flag than the actual flag is because it kept getting confused for surrendering, so Union soldiers stopped reacting to white flags being raised to surrender. This 2nd flag became known as the “unstained banner”. Later this was resolved further by adding a “red bar” to the right of the flag (adopted from the flag of France). This third flag became known as the “blood-stained banner”.

– 7 – The majority of Confederate statues throughout the nation were erected during the Civil Rights Movement era. I wonder why that was…

– 8 – We have entire museums dedicated to each and every single one of the battles of the Civil War. We have plaques on buildings that were built by slaves. We have the Lincoln Memorial for fuck’s sake. Why do we need statues to traitors and racists? We don’t. We need them for patriots and heroes. We need them for breakthroughs and advancements.

– 9 – Here are the things Robert E. Lee said in regards to statues:

a – in regards to a statue of himself at the University of Virginia) “As regards the erection of such a monument as is contemplated, my conviction is, that however grateful it would be to the feelings of the South, the attempt in the present condition of the country would have the effect of retarding, instead of accelerating its accomplishment, and of continuing, if not adding to, the difficulties under which the Southern people labour,”

b – in regards to a statue of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson) “I do not think it feasible at this time,”

c – in regards to a ceremony for a statue to be erected in the North) “My engagements will not permit me to be present, and I believe if there I could not add anything material to the information existing on the subject. I think it well, moreover, not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered.”

d – in regards to Lee believing that the South needed to forgive and forget and get on with the business of being Americans: after being shown a memento of the war) “Cut it down and forget it.”

– 10 – The designer of the 2nd Confederate flag known as the Stainless Banner is a point of contention. Some books accredit it to William Miles, William Thompson, or P.G.T. Beauregard. One things remains clear: William Tappan Thompson posted an editorial in The Savannah Morning News championing the Stainless Banner design with the words stating, “As a people we are fighting to maintain the Heaven-ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race; a white flag would thus be emblematical of our cause.” He would later always refer to the Stainless Banner as “The White Man’s Flag”.

This originated as a response to someone being ugly towards someone’s post. That post pertained to Civil War statues. I in turn responded in regards to Civil War. I wrote much of this from memory, and I’m sure there are typos. Feel free to chime in.