Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Employees Appreciate Small Gestures

Today my boss gave me a wall calendar. I was surprised and pleased. It's a relatively small thing for him. He probably paid $7 for it and wrote it off as a business expense but it put a smile on my face. Here's why.

Every year a vendor comes in and gives us all desk blotter/desktop calendars--the huge ones that you put under your keyboard and write on. I never take one because I don't like having it across my desk. I always wait until a week or so into the new year and buy myself a wall calendar off the discount rack. This year the boss went out and bought desktop calendars for the employees that usually get one. He also brought me a wall calendar. One I had not asked for nor mentioned. When he handed it to me, he said, "Here I got this because I know you prefer the wall ones." As simple as that and as cheap as that and I felt appreciated and acknowledged. Small gestures matter.

P.S. My boss has since come back and taken the calendar back stating he needs it for the break room. And yes, I'm probably unreasonably annoyed by that. Small things matter.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Fat Girl Finishing School

Fat Girl Finishing SchoolFat Girl Finishing School by Rachel Wiley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn't like all of the poems in this collection. For example, the Bette Midler one went completely over my head. So why 5 stars? Because I did like several, and loved several, and found many notable lines, and in a collection of poems, finding multiple you love gets 5 stars.
"My excuse is pumpkin ice cream and three seasons of Luther on Netflix."
"I wanted to love you like a landmark
Now you just be some Fotomart."
The beginning of, "Blood Tongue".
Lot's of great lines in "Wife Material".
An interesting introduction to a lifestyle very different from my own.
I got a chance to free this free through Netgalley's ebook program.

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Review of Ghost Moon by Kathryn Knight

Ghost MoonGhost Moon by Kathryn Knight
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A nice little paranormal mystery romance set in a small town in Cape Cod. I enjoyed the story, the mystery of who the ghost was was well done. My only complaint would be I would have liked Jesse and Lark's story to be a little more fleshed out; book seemed a little short. I guess that means I liked them.
I would recommend for fans of paranormal romances.
I received a free copy of the ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Health Issues And Getting Back To Work

Prior to this, my last post was May 2018. It's odd to think it's been almost two years. Odd but accurate. You see in June 2018 I had surgery to remove a tumor from my left lung. They removed 40% of the lower lobe of my left lung to get at the tumor and remove it.
I didn't start feeling at all like myself until at least February 2019.
I've basically been reconstructing my life ever since.
It's surprising how life alteringly exhausting it is to remove a piece of yourself.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Book Review: Song Of Blood And Stone, Earthsinger Chronicles Book One

Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles, #1)Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable read.
This book is a fantasy novel with warring countries trying to break through/defend a magical barrier between the lands. It has basic technology like electricity and radios which is unusual in books that seem more high fantasy. Unusual in a good way as I enjoyed the update.
This is the story of Jack and Jasminda trying to save their world from a vicious magical All Father who drains people's magic to add to his own. It has fights, a romance subplot, sibling rivalry, bad soldiers, good soldiers, confused Sisters, and a magical Queen stuck in a sleep spell.
I would recommend this book. I've already recommended it to someone.
I received a digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. It has an expiration date so I consider it no different than if I had borrowed it from the library.
A good book, the start of a new series--I believe book 2 comes out this fall--that would be a good addition to any fantasy, urban or paranormal fantasy collection.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Free E-Book All Amazon Sites 8/23/17 to 8/25/17

My paranormal fantasy book, Ghost Of A Chance, is free on all Amazon sites today 8/23/17 through 8/25/17.

Honestly I had forgotten I even had free days coming up, I scheduled them so long ago. I should probably pay more attention.

But anyway, want a free paranormal fantasy or urban fantasy read with no cliffhangers? Here you go:  (USA) (UK)

It is book one of a trilogy but can be read as a standalone novel.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Book Review: Urban Enemies (multi story collection)

Urban Enemies by Joseph NassiseI received this book from Net Galley for free in exchange for my honest review.
An interesting collection of stories from the point of view of the villains.
I'm a long time fan of Jim Butcher so I had already read "Even Hand"; the Marcone point of view story. Marcone is a great villain because he's a very nuanced one. He has his own code of conduct that he doesn't break. A good story for fans. I do wish they had made it clear it was a previously published story.
I'm also a long time fan of the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. The IDC story wasn't a crucial one but does tie into the greater universe. He has Loki going to meet with Lucifer to ask for assistance with Ragnorak. It was entertaining but I don't feel I would have missed anything in the universe by not reading it.
My favorite story in this collection was Sixty Six Seconds by Craig Schaeffer. I was very pleased with the amount of character and world that was in such a short story. I would read him again.
Over all some interesting introductions to many different worlds and authors that is worth checking out if you like short stories or trying out lots of different authors and worlds.