Loving her Scars by B.M. Griffin


Loving Her Scars

By: B.M. Griffin
Genres: Werewolves
Published on: May 20, 2017
Loving her Scars by B.M. Griffin

Shayla's scars run deeper than those on her body. Being beaten by a man you loved can do that to you. Shayla barely survived her first love, Eric. He left her broken and scarred in more ways than one.

Her best friend Adam is the only man she has been able to trust since. Friends since childhood, Adam has been in love with Shayla for as long as he can remember. He couldn’t save her from Eric, but he is determined never to fail her again. There’s just one little thing she doesn’t know—Adam is a werewolf.

Shayla gets sucked into a world of werewolves and finds herself opening up to Adam’s love, but there is one alpha wolf who threatens to take it all away. If they are going to survive they’ll need to come together to fight for each other and their pack. Can Shayla find the strength to leave her past behind and fight for the future she wants, or will she hide and lose herself to the pain all over again?

 
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Excerpt

 

Adam bent his legs as he got ready to attack, but before he could make the leap to take Mike out Shayla’s voice brought everything to a stand still. “Adam, please don’t do this.”

Her voice was so quiet a normal person wouldn’t have been able to hear what she said, but Adam wolf ears could pick up on people whispering a hundred feet away. He turned to face Shayla and Jorden finally let her go so she could approach Adam. Adam concentrated on calming himself down and drew his flames back into himself. There was no way he’d risk allowing Shayla too close to him while he was in that state, not when a simple touch could turn the strongest of werewolves to ash.

Shayla moved closer to him once his fur was back to normal. Mike hadn’t moved back in their direction but Adam continued to make sure he watched him in his peripheral view. She reached out with a shaky hand and ran her fingers through the fur on the top of his head. “I don’t want you to hurt your friends or you pack over me, Adam. I understand sometimes you have to hurt others to protect yourself, but I don’t want you to feel like you have to hurt those close to you.”

Adam shifted back into his human self and pulled her close. He kissed her on the top of her head and let his cheek rest on her head for a second. Pulling back just far enough he could see her face, Adam placed his fingers under her chin and lifted her face so she was looking in his eyes. “Shay, I thought you understood. No one is more important to me than you. I love you, I always have. I will never stand by and let someone hurt you. We both know I stood aside in the past because you asked me to, and we both know how that turned out. That will never happen again.”

Shayla had tears in her eyes as she stared back at him and she tilted her head up to give him a quick kiss.

 

About B.M. Griffin

Bonnie Griffin, known as Author B.M. Griffin, lives in the small town of Richlands, North Carolina with her husband and two daughters. She has been successful in the business world, obtaining her Business Management Associate’s Degree from Miller-Motte College, and becoming a highly successful Branch Manager in the financial industry. Now Bonnie is pursuing her Master's degree in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University as she works on making her dream of being a writer a reality; a dream she has desired since she was only ten years old.

Bonnie grew up in a broken home where reading became an outlet and a sanctuary. It was this sanctuary that led to her desire to create fantasies for others to enjoy in the hopes of creating worlds that readers could use for their own escapes just as she had growing up.

Bonnie has an avid imagination and loves creating new worlds, creatures, species, and bringing them together through action and most of all, love. Her first novel, "Loving Her Scars", is a Paranormal Romance that is sure to capture readers' hearts and pull them into a wonderful world full of fantasy.

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Onyx Webb 9 by Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton


Onyx Webb Book 9

By: Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 218
Series: Onyx Webb #9
Published on: April 2017
Onyx Webb 9 by Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton

Book Nine is the most cataclysmic book in the series yet and what we have been building to for so long. The web is almost entirely formed now. But questions remain: what happens to everyone now that it is?

Onyx Webb is a complex multi-genre mash-up that combines elements of supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more. The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times.

In Book Nine: The Mulvaney's host the Solstice Eclipse Ball for the Restoring Savannah Foundation and Gerylyn's prediction comes to pass. Stan Lee gets his revenge and Juniper battles a dark evil at the mansion. Onyx Webb spends her days at the lighthouse alone again without Noah Ashley but Noah may have other plans.

Also by this author: Onyx Webb: Episodes 1, 2 & 3, Onyx Webb, Onyx Webb 3: Episodes 7, 8, 9
 
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I can truly and honestly say book 9 in the Onyx Webb series is my absolute favorite of all the books at this point. I’ve loved the other books tremendously, but book 9 blows them all out of the water, in my opinion.

 

Onyx Webb 9 has quite a bit more action than the other books. It takes place the evening of the Eclipse, which according to Gerylyn, is also the night the spirits will try to come through from the other side. If the spirits get through, in order for them to survive, they will need to partake in the same feeding habits of the other characters we know to be ghosts.

 

Declan is still holding on for dear life, but you can tell he’s fading. Stan Lee is still pretending to be a functioning member of society. Mika is still a thieving, broke skank. Koda is being put to the test as the planner for the Restoring Savannah Foundation party.

 

I know there is only one book left in the series. I am absolutely DYING to find out what happens next. However, I’m almost afraid to read the next book because then I know the story is over. The Onyx Webb series is one that you wish could go on forever, but also want to see how it ends. If you haven’t started this series, it’s not too late to start.

 

 

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About Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz are professional speakers and authors of the #1 Amazon Sales Best Selling book, Go for No!® Go for No! has been among the top 20 Best Selling Sales Books on Amazon for over three years. They have also written several other business fables. Onyx Webb is their first fictional book series.

As Andrea likes to joke, “We decided to begin small so this series will just have 27 episodes, 10 total books.” Adds Richard, “Like any great series we wanted to create a world – and for us – a “web” of characters that people will get to become a part of and that is going to take many books.”

Richard and Andrea are married and yes they do spend each and every day working together. They live in Central Florida with their cat, Courage.

When they are not writing, they are traveling and speaking and also love reading, going to the movies, and working out so they can enjoy a great meal and a glass of red wine, guilt free.

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Luckson: A Dream Walker Novel by Daniel Nanto


Luckson: A Dream Walker Novel

By: Daniel Nanto
Genres: Apocalypse
Pages: 318
Series: Dreamwalkers #1
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published on: April 4th 2016
Luckson: A Dream Walker Novel by Daniel Nanto

As far as LuckSon is aware, he is the last man alive in the year 2050. A terrible man-made plague called the Dark Death has killed everyone or turned them into Slow Muties: menacing zombie like monsters determined to kill any survivors of the pandemic who are left whole. He has spent the past five years on his own trying to survive with little hope that things would improve. That is, until now. While hiding in a small house in a town outside of what used to be Nashville, Tennessee, he encounters a young woman in his dreams. They soon discover that she lives forty years earlier in the Pre-Pandemic world, sharing a house with an older gun-toting, Bible thumping, American Indian woman named Mrs. Whitting. Using a magical Native American artifact known as a Dream Walker as well as LuckSon's knowledge and research of what happens in the future, the three of them embark on a seemingly impossible journey to try and stop the Dark Death from destroying all of Humanity. Their journey will take them through nightmares and time as they try to track down the source of the Dark Death and prevent the pandemic. Fighting slow muties, other villains, and time itself, they hope to change the future and save the world of men from utter destruction.

I received this book for free from Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Luckson is the last man alive following some form of apocalyptic event.  It talks about it, but this is something that you need to read for yourself.

 

So he is the last living person on earth, but he has the ability to dream walk.  This means that he can go into someone else’s dream and speak with them.  In this book it is a young woman who lived in the house that Luckson sought out for safety one evening.  She is just a young woman who lives in a house with an older woman.  Although she doesn’t know it, she will play a vital role in the apocalyptic event.

 

This book is odd, not bad at all, but odd.  You have dystopian elements, you have dream walking events, and you have end of the world events.  Oh and let’s not forget that you have time travel involved.  The one thing it does have that I don’t like is the length.  It could have honestly been half the length and still as good.  In fact it could have been even shorter likely and still have the same impact.  It isn’t that I don’t like long books, I just finished a rather long 400 page book.  However, when it feels like a book was the length it is because someone told the author “you should have X words” and like many authors they were like “okay”.

 

Overall good book, and you should read it, but there may be times that you skim, and you know what?  That is okay.

 

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About Daniel Nanto

Daniel Nanto is the author of a new series called the Dream Walker Novels. He was born in Murray, Utah, and has lived in several different states over his forty some odd years, including Utah, Colorado, Maryland, Tennessee, and Quebec. He spent his teenage years driving like a crazy fiend on the back streets of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and doing his best to kill himself out of sheer stupidity. Fortunately, he survived those years.

He now works at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as the Director of Application Development and Integration for their non-clinical applications. In his free time, he enjoys teaching religious classes to high school and college age students, and reading urban fiction.

Daniel is married to an amazing woman and has four beautiful children. His latest hobby is writing novels. LuckSon II - The Nightmare, is the next book in the dream walker series, with many more hopefully to come in the future.

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Blink 182 Concert recap

Matt Skiba, Me, Travis Barker, Natalie, Mark Hoppus.

 

For those of you wondering how things went for the Blink 182 concert my daughter and I attended Thursday, it was, in a word, AMAZING. My 16 year old, Natalie loves Mark Hoppus. She is a bass player herself and can appreciate his badassery.

I actually forked over the extra money for the VIP experience and it was worth every penny. We got to go to the sound check, which I had totally forgotten was included. That was really fun. Travis Barker let a kid from the audience play his drums and the kid was killing it. I talked to his mom after and she said he started lessons when he was 2 so I think I’ll be looking for a drum set and lessons for my 2 year old son in the next couple weeks. Travis’s kids were running around and his daughter seems like a really sweet kid. She reminds me a lot of my 9 year old.

 

Matt Skiba during sound check

Mark Hoppus during sound check

 

 

After the sound check, we did the meet and greet and got our picture taken. I was a nervous wreck and true to my dork nature, instead of saying something cool when I met them, I told Travis about having posted my review of his book Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums. He seemed genuinely appreciative that someone read it lol.

 

Natalie and I ended up right up front during the show. We saw them back in August when they came to Tampa, and this show was just as good. We chatted with the security guard guys while we waited for the show to start and they were all really nice. One even brought me a bottle of water lol.

 

During the encore, Travis Barker’s son played a set as well as the kid who played during the sound check. That kid is going places. He looked to be in about 7th or 8th grade and was pretty cool. He wasn’t one of those asshole kids you meet lol.

 

At the end of the show, Natalie actually got one of Matt Skiba’s guitar picks. I thought that was pretty cool. Matt was really cool by the way. He was a lot friendlier than I expected. I actually didn’t know what to expect, but I guess I mistakenly assumed he would be somewhat dickish lol. His pants he wore during the show totally made me think of Beetlejuice though.

Matt’s Beetlejuice pants

Overall, we had an amazing night my daughter and I will never forget. She’s 16 so I don’t know how many more opportunities like this I will have with her, so I’m glad I took advantage of it now while I still can.

 

 

I’d include some of the videos I took, buuuuuut after all this time, I still have no idea how to upload them, so if some do appear, it’s all thanks to Andi’s more advanced abilities.

 

This is the confetti I ended up with in my car. It was all nicely contained in one area until my husband decided to drive with all of the windows down specifically to make more of a mess for me to clean up. Thanks, dick.

The aftermath in my car

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Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums by Travis Barker and Gavin Edwards

Today is a special day for me and my 16-year-old daughter, Natalie. For the 2nd time in less than a year we are seeing the band Blink-182. It’s extra exciting because we have VIP tickets this time! So we will be having our pictures taken with them. As long as I don’t look like a troll or like someone farted, I’ll post the pics asap.

A few months ago, I read the drummer, Travis Barker’s book. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but you will see below my feelings. If you aren’t a fan, you may not know, but Barker is the drummer for the band. He’s A-FREAKING-MAZING. He is a hell of a businessman and family man. He also survived a friggin plane crash! Not just some little run off the end of the runway, but a legit crash that caused some serious damage both mentally and physically.

 

I know this isn’t my typical review genre, and many of you probably don’t even like their music, but that’s ok. They are one of my 3 all time favorite bands (next to The Beastie Boys and the Beatles).


Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums

By: Travis Barker, Gavin Edwards
Genres: other
Pages: 437
Publisher: William Morrow
Published on: October 20, 2015
Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums by Travis Barker and Gavin Edwards

Travis Barker’s soul-baring memoir chronicles the highlights and lowlights of the renowned drummer’s art and his life, including the harrowing plane crash that nearly killed him and his traumatic road to recovery—a fascinating never-before-told-in-full story of personal reinvention grounded in musical salvation and fatherhood.

After breaking out as the acclaimed drummer of the multiplatinum punk band Blink-182, everything changed for Travis Barker. But the dark side of rock stardom took its toll: his marriage, chronicled for an MTV reality show, fell apart. Constant touring concealed a serious drug addiction. A reckoning did not truly come until he was forced to face mortality: His life nearly ended in a horrifying plane crash, and then his close friend, collaborator, and fellow crash survivor DJ AM died of an overdose.

In this blunt, driving memoir, Barker ruminates on rock stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption, sharing stories shaped by decades’ worth of hard-earned insights. His pulsating memoir is as energetic as his acclaimed beats. It brings to a close the first chapters of a well-lived life, inspiring readers to follow the rhythms of their own hearts and find meaning in their lives.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
 
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I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book. It was interesting for the most part, and I learned a lot about Travis Barker, but the writing itself isn’t great.

 

I feel like Barker’s ghostwriter, or editor or whoever was helping him with this book did him a huge disservice. I understand that they were trying to keep it in Barker’s own words type of thing, but spoken word verses written word doesn’t always come out well. It can make the author/speaker look much less intelligent than they really are, and that is quite unfair to Barker. It made a good portion of the book somewhat difficult to get through.

 

I liked learning about his relationship with his mom, and the other major events that have occurred over time. It showed me that Barker seems to have a VERY strong work ethic and a deep sense of family after reading about how he feels about his kids. You can tell how much he loves his kids and that’s a really good thing.

 

There are times where I wasn’t sure if he was bragging about his sexual conquests or just included them bc they are part of who he is as a person. I suppose our relationships, be they romantic or friendly, can help shape who we are as a person, but I really felt the story wouldn’t have suffered without the little tidbits about his sex life.

 

Overall, if you can get past the writing and choppiness of it, this is a decent book overall. It’s not going to win any awards or anything, but it’s informative and personal in a way that shows you a bit more of who Travis Barker is when he’s not on stage.

 

 

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