Thursday, December 11, 2014

Professor Birdsong's 365 Weird Criminal Law Stories by Leonard Birdsong - Review

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Professor Birdsong’s Weird 365: Weird Criminal Law Stories for Every day of the Year This
time the professor uses his expertise and experience in criminal law to bring forth his “365,” weird criminal law stories for each day of the year. This is his funniest volume of criminal law stories mostly from around the States to date. This book covers more than a lot of silly and unlawful conduct one could imagine. Full of his witty “Birdsong” commentary and observations the book is sure to deliver some great laughs. There’s a story about the 54-year-old man who attempts to perform an exorcism on his 80-year-old girlfriend to get the devil out of her; a story about a Czech man who uses a chain saw to slice his way back into a restaurant after closing time; a story of an alleged child pornographer caught downloading child porn on his phone while being question at police headquarters; a story about a Tennessee man who had a stroke who thought he was dying confessed to a 1977 murder – he didn’t die and now is facing a murder charge; a “drunken dummy” or two; and a wide variety of just plain, stupid criminals that make this anthology worth reading.

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Professor Birdsong received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Howard University. He teaches law in Orlando, Florida. After graduation from law school he worked four years at the law firm of Baker Hostetler. He then entered into a varied and distinguished career in government service. He served as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department with various postings in Nigeria, Germany and the Bahamas. Professor Birdsong later served as a federal prosecutor. After leaving government service, and before he began teaching, Professor Birdsong was in private law practice in Washington, D.C. Twitter | Website | Email

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To Love a Cyborg by Katy Walters - Review

To love a cyborg2Genetics, Corruption, Romance, and passion. To Love a Cyborg is an action filled Blockbuster; a chilling book that will set the pulses racing. This author’s work has reached the top 100 in her genre. approx. 300 pages It is 2065, No-one knows the true identity of Detective Chief Superintendent Ben Tobin or where he came from. His world turns into a nightmare with a spate of shocking homicides and abductions. Never encountering such evil before, Ben suspects they are ritual killings carried out by more than one killer. Determined to solve the sinister notes left with the bodies, he turns to American psychologist Lucy Roberts. She informs him genetic research could be involved. Working together they begin a passionate affair that turns into a nightmare. Can Lucy resolve her fears? Can she accept Ben? The clock is ticking, as the crimes take them across the world, and out to the Asteroid Belt. As Ben races to save the victims, Lucy disappears. Fast paced and gritty, this is an electrifying read. A dark thriller that will take you into the night. Sensual Level : Hot, Sexy and sensual for the mature reader.

My Thoughts: To Love a Cyborg is a wild ride. Katy Walters mixed mythology, mystery, horror, science fiction, and romance to make something unexpected. I felt like I was sucked into the book. The romance is not overdone, but it pulls the book and the characters along nicely.

The book is from several points of view, which really rounded things out. I typically go for first person one or two points of views, but the multiple third person point of views in this book was great. I enjoyed the different personalities of the characters and their relationships.

To Love a Cyborg was a fast but in depth read. I think anyone who enjoys a good thriller would like to read it.


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katy My main loves are writing, painting and singing. I began work as a PA but to my joy was spotted by an agent in London and had an exciting career as a singer, meeting and singing with some wonderful people. Singing meant a lot of travelling both in the UK and abroad. At one time, I toured Germany and Turkey singing for the American troops, which was a fantastic experience. But then, my husband and I wanted a family, so I said good-bye to the singing career, although I did the occasional gig. Having children is such a precious time, and I would say to anyone, treasure it, it goes so quickly and before you know it, you’re waving them off to Uni or pursuing their own dreams and their own homes. I have always had a deep interest in psychology for various reasons, and especially the area of neurosis arising from abuse. Later, I was to study how we could use our body, mind and spirit to relieve pain and overcome some life-threatening diseases. One important thing here is, I always told my patients to continue with medical treatment along with the complementary and spiritual methods, for I believe medical research and medication is also a gift from God, Spirit or the Universe, as each of us wishes to name it. I have loved writing from a child and during the years of study, research and treating some wonderful people, whom I called my friends, I would write at night, mainly short stories, and reams of poetry. I wanted to learn how to write self-help books for my clients, so I took creative writing courses at university, which led to writing a novel. So self-help novels turned to fiction but even so, I hope the novels help the reader through their own challenges, as the characters experience love, loss, passion, jealousy, illness, joy and conflict, even the threat of death.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Damsel Not by Kristina Circelli - Review

Damsel NotIn the days of old, one knight fought to save the maiden he loved – a battle that ended in a bloody promise for the future.

In the days of the 21st Century, Izz doesn’t believe in prophecies. A recent widow, she struggles to find the passion that once fueled her life – a passion that is reignited the day a knight in disguise cuts into her life in a flash of swordplay and seductive grins.

Izz doesn’t want to love him. The guilt of moving on nearly crushes her, yet she finds herself unable to resist the touch, the feel, the scent of the man who leaves her breathless with just one look. But each day Izz finds herself drawn to Cade, the more danger she finds herself in, for someone believes Izz to be at the center of an ages-old prophecy – and will do anything to stop it.

When threatening messages turn even more dangerous, Izz must rediscover a part of herself she’s never known before and fight to save her knight in shining armor. With only a sword passed down throughout the generations to guide her, Izz must prove to her adversary that unlike maidens of old, she will never be a damsel in distress.
Kristina Circelli's first contemp romance with a slight touch of fantasy, for readers 18+

My Thoughts: Damsel Not was an exciting read. I was pulled in by Izz's story right away. Her heartbreak and struggle as she tries to live after her husband's death captured my attention. I wanted so badly for her to find a way out of it all. One of the bests parts of this book for me was her transitions through the grief and the guilt until she could find the person she wanted to be again.

Of course there is a dark and daring knight to try to capture Izz's heart. Cade is sweet and perfect. He can hold his own in a sword fight and then turn around and sweep a lady right off her feet. He's definitely swoon worthy. Izz's funny and diverse friends round out the story well. They help Izz find her way by being pushy, funny, and loving. If all that isn't enough, add in beach scenes and more daring knights, a prophecy that could change their lives, and a danger Izz didn't see coming.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance. Especially if you like a little mystery. Or knights and damsels. I loved every moment of it, even when I was biting my nails over the outcome.


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kristina-2Night owl, Dorito lover, and quiet eccentric - Kristina Circelli is the author of several fiction novels, including The Helping Hands series, The Whisper Legacy, The Never, and The Sour Orange Derby. Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, features Beyond the Western Sun. This book is what all fantasy adventures must strive to be: a complex, intricate examination of human emotion set within the context of worlds known only in our imagination. Melding fantasy and legend in an epic quest, this series signals the arrival of Kristina Circelli as a master storyteller and an important voice in Native American literature. A descendent of the Cherokee nation and niece of a Cherokee elder, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida, where she teaches creative writing. She also heads Red Road Editing, a full-service editing company for independent authors and commercial clients. She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Seth, and cats, Lord Finnegin the Fierce and Mr. Malachi the Mighty.

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