About Us

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Hi, I’m Melanie. I live in Central Florida with my husband, 2 daughters, a son and a ninja cat named Jinx. I grew up in Jacksonville, NC as a Marine Corps brat. I’ve always lived in a coastal state except for the 6 months I lived in Kentucky. I love the beach and just doing things outside. My idea of a great day is sitting on the beach with my feet in the sand and a book in my hand. My husband used to tease me that I was the only person he had ever met that could fish and read at the same time. I have been in love with books and reading for as long as I can remember. I will read anything I can. I prefer paranormal, but have been known to read everything from normal fiction, to shampoo bottles. When I read, to me, it’s like watching a movie in my head. It has always been my escape from the real world. Like so many others, as a child, I got in trouble for sneaking books into bed and being caught reading after bedtime.


I decided to start writing reviews when I realized that I have read so many good books, and have had so much to say about them, but no one to talk to with about what I’ve read.


I really love helping readers find their new favorite author or favorite book. 


You may notice that there are no (ok maybe a few) negative reviews on my blog. This is because I choose to keep this site for the positive side of the book world. I will only be posting about books I enjoyed reading, so that you can find and enjoy them as well. This does NOT mean that I don’t write negative reviews. It just means that I don’t post them here. You can find all of my reviews on my Amazon and  Goodreads pages.


Life is too short to read books you aren’t enjoying. As a mom of 3, I really really don’t have time to read books I don’t like. I choose my books very carefully and if I’m less than halfway through a book and not enjoying it, I won’t torture myself trying to finish it. I just don’t have time for that. I refuse to spend hours reading a book that I’m not feeling and I generally won’t write a review for a book I didn’t finish. I don’t think it’s fair to the readers or the authors because I have no idea what happens in those pages I didn’t read. For all I know something amazing happened. 


I prefer to read Horror, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance (if it’s light on the romance, I’m not into the lovey dovey stuff, I would rather read about someone getting their face ripped off than about someone falling in love), Urban Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction.



My Minions


My oldest brat, Natalie.

My middle brat, Cora



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I want to let everyone know that I currently have 10 books on my TBR and I am reading 2 books currently as of 9/30/2017.  I usually read two to three at a time, obviously you can tell I am reading more than that right now.  Spices it up for me :).   Because I read science fiction it does take a little longer to get through books being they are three times what others are.  I am still accepting review requests, but please note 1 of 2 things.    If you want to see what I am currently reading you can check out my Goodreads page.  I am trying to be better on putting reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.



Figured it was probably time to introduce myself.  My name is Andi and I am the other half of Fang Freakin Tastic.   I live in The Dalles, Oregon which is a pretty small town on the Columbia River.  I am from an even smaller town of Crescent which is in central Oregon and about the size of a match box.   After finishing High School I went to college at Pacific University were I met my wonderful sisters at Theta Nu Alpha.  After switching from a Bio/Chem Pre Med course to a History/Sociology double major I graduated and took off for the big town of Crescent.  I had been accepted to two Graduate schools but I didn’t have the resources to pull of Hawaii at that time so I went home, worked, and gained some much needed peace of mind.  Low and Behold I met my husband who was stationed in Hawaii about half way through my year of inner monologue.   We met, we fell in love, we got engaged, he deployed, I went to school, he came back, and we got married.  After some moving around we felt like The Dalles could be home and that is where we are at.    Oh and I have a minion, a very cute minion, imagery to come.



I am your run of the mill military historian that has way to much free time on her hands so I write, read, volunteer, blog, cross stitch, watch tv.  The list could go on forever.  My dad introduced me to Tom Clancy, Stephan King, Dean Knootz, and Michael Crichton by the time I was 12.  I read science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, murder mystery, Forensic Pathology, fictional history, non-fictional history, erotica, horror, and I am sure I am missing something.  If it reads good I will read it.  If it reads bad, no matter the genre I will not read it.



I have 4000 books at my parents house safely stored.  Here I just had to make a new bookcase because my other two were full.  So I created a 8 shelf bookcase to get 5 total shelves out of it.   Yes I made the bookcase, and I swore that I had a picture of it, but I can’t find it.




Here is the love of my life driving a Ferrari.  No blogging did not buy this, it was one of those test track days.



And my minion who looks a lot like her dad.  She is adorable and I love her.  You can also see my two dog minions, they are Boxers and Ony and Jade :).  I also have two cat minions, and three snake minions.




19 Responses to About Us

  1. Mary Lowery says:

    Thank you

  2. Lindsey L. says:

    Your blog is awesome, keep up the great work!

  3. Melanie, I just want to thank you for hosting me today. I love your website. Very cool. S. B. Alexander

  4. Michelle Lewis says:

    I just love your Blog!

  5. Melanie,

    Thank you so much for featuring my guest blog today! I love your website and will be a frequent visitor.

    –Maureen Willett

    • Melanie says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by! It was a pleasure hosting you, and please let me know if there is anything I can do for you in the future!

  6. Hi Melanie,
    I want to commend you on an outstanding blog. I am very impressed by the layout and content. It is evident that you have put a lot of work into it. Thank you again for all you do, and keep up the great work!

    -Elite E. Pierre

  7. Hi Melanie,

    I wanted to stop by to thank you for taking the time to read and review, Choosing Evil! I truly appreciate your feedback 🙂

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and a Happy New Year!

    Kristina Rienzi

  8. Hello Melanie,
    I am an Indie author and found this site today through She Writes. I have five e-novels, listed on all the usual online sites, and would like to know how to proceed with requesting you to review them. One definitely fits your preference of horror/paranormal, the others are historical and mainstream.
    Must I register somewhere first? Thank you for a response.

  9. Ann Snizek says:

    Great site! I’m so glad I’m doing my challenge and went to find new blogs! I’m going to have you mentioned and linked in my post tomorrow! Keep up the great work!

  10. Johan says:

    Hi Melanie

    I just stumbled onto your website after reading your review of ‘Vampire Owner’s Manual’ by Tim Forder. I was looking at this book because I have written something similar (hopefully without typos and repetition) and was wondering if you would consider reviewing it.

    My book is a lighthearted take on vampires from the vampire slayer’s perspective. It is entitled, “Self Defense Against Vampires” and is available on Amazon and iTunes.

    I hope you don’t mind my approaching you in this way, my apologies if I have gone about this the wrong way.

  11. I’ve just recently discovered your blog and really like what I’ve seen so far. I’ve always enjoyed vampire fiction and I’m working my way through all the stories that predate Dracula. After that, I’m going to move on to some indie / self-published vampire fiction and I expect your blog will be a great help in deciding what to read first. Thanks!

  12. Debra Jess says:

    Hi Melanie,

    It was lovely meeting you at Book Obsessed Babes this past weekend. I’m so glad to have met someone who enjoys spec fic, sfr, and urban fantasy like I do. I hope see you at future events.

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