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Are we killing Imagination?

  What makes a person have a vivid — writable — imagination?  It seems to me that most authors are generally over thirty years old (Please, don’t send me emails with copies of your birth certificates, or call Donald Trump! If you are published and younger awesome for you! But this is a generalization for the intent of this discussion)  Back when we were kids, we were sent outside to play, not told to “Go watch T.V and leave me alone”  Or  “here is the latest and greatest gadget, go play with it”.  Now don’t get me wrong, technology is wicked.  It’s necessary.  I enjoy it.  But what kind of harm is it going to cause in the long run?  Are kids going to want to be authors when they grow up?  Are they encouraged to use their imaginations, think outside the box, and create?

Using myself as an example, I find I lack some imagination.  That is not to say that I don’t have any at all, I do, I do.  I just know my limits.  I am not on par with the creative awesomeness of authors like J.R Tolkien, J.D Robb,  George R.R Martin, or Fab duo Ilona Andrews.  (Yes, Ilona and Gordon, I put your world building up there with the masters, swallow it down; I’m not crazy)  Back to my point.  Crap, where was I going with this.  See?  THIS is my problem.,  Over the years I have developed this IHKs.  Never heard of IHKs?  It stands for “I have kids”. (and as a point here, this whole post those acronyms were IKD… Which I could have sworn stood for I have kids, but yea um no.)  Don’t believe kids deplete your brain mojo? Ask any parent of a child under ten.  I have four of the little brain suckers, and let me tell you, I’m lucky if I can form a coherent sentence.  I should probably have someone look over this post before hitting publish– it makes sense to me, but could sound like gibberish to everyone else out there in blog land.

Off topic again.  So, my point was about imagination, but I needed a reference point to start my musings.  Today’s kids.  Are we killing their imaginations?  As parents of the digital age, and mindless entertainment (“Reality T.V anyone? I swear just thinking the word “reality TV” causes me to lose a few coveted brain cells).  By allowing our youths to watch countless hours of TV, Movies and playing video games that don’t require them to think for themselves, are we demolishing the future of our great inventive authors?  By telling them what to think, what to do, how to do it, and when to do it, are we creating robots?  (Please, let’s not turn this into a parent against parent battle, I have no desire to hash parenting with anyone)

My Kids watch T.V.  More than I would like them too.  But they also have such cool imaginations and play neat games with each other, and have no idea what an IPOD is, or Nintendo Or *gasp* WII.  They think “WE” as in our family, not “WII” who are you blasting now, and how many have you killed in such and such a game.  I’m sure their school friends will educate them in all they are lacking, but I hope not.  I want to tell you a funny story about my eldest.  She wants to be a horse.  She runs around all day galloping (Much like in Stephenie Plum novels, it’s almost funny) She neigh’s and whines.  Ties everything she can possibly get her hands on into reigns {For real, I should take pictures, she took ALL of our shoelaces, and now we have NONE!)  So anyways, back to the story, last year we had a dog, his name was Sampson.  Cutest Wheaton Terrier.  We used to tie him out a few times a day for a little bit (again, keep the mean mail to yourself, I had 4 under 6–one a newborn, plus the dog was still a dam puppy) SO… I went out to check on my eldest who was playing in the driveway and she had taken a rope out of the garage and tied it around her waist.  Tied herself to a pole.  And was running around the pole in circles barking mad at the bicyclists riding down the road.  Yup.  She was.  Cutest little blonde girl, barking at the bikes.  I can’t wait to tell her future boyfriends about it.  When I asked her what she was doing, she replied with  “Seeing what it’s like to be a dog mom!”  Can’t argue with that now can I?

My middle daughter loves to make up songs.  She’s five.  They mostly include how she loves her youngest brother (about to turn one year old) and doesn’t care much for her three-year old brother.  She also loves unicorns.  She has a barn with a whole herd of them. They live in the forest, and she takes them grain and water, and rides out in the middle of the night with them. Sometimes they fly.  They also sparkle.  No, she has never seen twilight.

We encourage free thinking.  We ask them questions and see what they come up with for answers.  We want them to think and question, be able to process information and circumstances. I’m afraid for the youth. Today I was at a birthday party and there were a few girls there who were maybe around eight to ten.  They sat down, didn’t play and were just texting. Texting! When did being a kid become so wrong? Who told these kids to grow up so freaking fast?  When trying to engage them in conversation, I got “why are you interrupting me, you crazy old person”  looks (because every thirty year old mom looks old to the under fifteen crowd LOL)  SO I started thinking about it, and started wondering, and decided to blog about it and see what others thought.  Don’t be afraid, let your opinion be known.  I value opinions and love debate.  Trust me when I say that I am so far from a perfect parent.  I do and say things that once they leave my mouth I cringe and wonder what on earth has gotten into me.  I blame lack of sleep.  and IHK.

Are we killing imagination?  How can we foster it?  Is it something that we are born with? Or something we can learn?  Is it nurtured or ingrained?  What do you think?

Does this post make sense?


Hey I won an award!

Alyssa over at Hesperia Loves Books sent me a stylish Blogger award!  GO ME!!!  I feel like I have no identity.  I am constantly changing my site to suite my mood.  I think I like this current theme however, and maybe it will stick around for a while.  I’m supposed to tell you seven things about myself.  So… let’s get it on!

1)  I have FOUR children aged (almost 7) and younger.  To be exact they are currently, six, five, three and nearly one.  My life is crazy.  The kids keep me on my toes, pull my hair out, and make me laugh on a constant basis.  I have been married just about Nine years to the most awesome Husband, who forgives me when I purchase to many books, ignore him in order to read said books, and when I buy wraps (AKA baby carriers)

2)  I started reading again in November 2008, right after my beloved Gramma passed away from Cancer/Leukemia after a brief and intense battle.  She was one of my favorite people in the whole world, and she died so young at just 70.  I needed a way to cope, and reading was it.

3)  I have strong opinions about books.  Sometimes I review too emotionally, rather than subjectively.  I’m working on that.

4)  We are minimalists.  I hate clutter and having too many “things”.  Things could be furniture, toys, clothes, kitchen cabinetry, but NEVER books 😛 Oh, and I really, really hate cleaning the house.  Like seriously.  And what is the point anyways, right after I sweep or Vacuum someone drops something all over the floor <epic sigh>

5)  My mom and my Auntie are my best friends.  My Mom was my Matron of Honor at my wedding.  My Auntie is the best secret keeper in the world, and I can tell her anything without her judging me.

6)  I like other peoples dogs, but don’t ever want one.

7)  I also suffer from OCD (thanks Alyssa for that name!) , and cannot read a book out of order.  I have to read a series from first book, to last book in sequence.  No matter what!

Off to scour the book blogs for nominees!

“Waiting On” Wednesday: Taken by Fire

“Waiting On” Wednesday (W.O.W)  is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My Pick this week is:

Taken by Fire, by Sydney Croft (AKA Larissa Ione and Stephenie Tyler)

Taken by Fire is book #6 in the ACRO series, and I can’t wait!!  For more info on the series go to Sydney’s Website.

The books should most definitely be read in order– in my humble opinion.  There are story lines in each book that are leading up to this final battle between ACRO and their Enemy Agents ITOR.

It promises to be a hot showdown.  There are resolutions I am hoping for between Agents CREED and ANNIKA, also with DEVLIN and GABE.  (Was it Gabe or Gage?  I think it’s Gabe, it’s been a year since I read the last novel Tempting the Fire

You can read an excerpt for Taken by Fire by clicking the link.


From the publisher:  Date of Release June 28th, 2011



A product of genetic manipulation, Melanie Milan shares a body with her malevolent sister Phoebe. A sleek, blonde predator with a heart of pure darkness, Phoebe puts their body through the wicked underbelly of sex for thrills—when she’s not igniting her pyrokinetic skills for an evil organization bent on taking over the world. Melanie rarely gets out to play—much less fall in love. But that changes when rival ACRO agent Stryker Wills shows up, with a mission to take out the woman who torched his partner.

An operative with rare abilities, Stryker soon realizes that the woman he’s about to kill isn’t the murderous fire starter he’s hunting. But he does want her. Melanie, with the power to ice anything in her path, is heating things up in ways that are setting his blood on fire. As long as Melanie stays in control, she is his best ally to bring down her sister and stop hellish havoc from being unleashed. Walking a tightrope of longing and hate, Stryker and Melanie begin to understand that true power lies in sweet surrender to each other, to the fire between them, to the erotic adventure that’s joined their hearts and abilities to become their salvation—and perhaps the world’s.


I hope that we see our favorite characters all come together to kick some major ass and take down the evil villains at ITOR Group

Die Cliffhanger Die!

There seems to be a new trend amongst authors lately, and it’s causing quite an uproar.  Cliffhangers.  Otherwise known as:

I’ve ranted at a few of my favorite authors who use this plot device in their novels, and I can’t help but wonder, why would they do it?  Are they pressured by the publishers?  Agents?  It sure as shit isn’t the fans who are pressuring them to end their novel on a precarious problem or difficult dilemma, or sometimes the death of a main character–after finally almost getting to see him and the girl we all want him to be with get it on, get shot!  Shot! End Scene.  Shot.  End Scene.  Yes, it really happened like that.

In this day and age of series novels, versus stand alone novels, is this what we are coming towards more often?  Is this the industries way of trying to “keep it fresh”, or “keep it interesting” or “keep the fans guessing?”  Because to me, that’s a load of bull.  If I am reading a novel in a series, it’s because I want to.  So, after buying book four of planned seven book series, why would it be necessary to end on a cliffhanger?  The conspiracy theorist in me can’t help but wonder if the publishers weren’t all that impressed with the novel itself, and felt maybe fans would start giving up on the series, so they forced the author to end on such a convoluted cliff.  But no. They wouldn’t do that.  Would they?  What do you think?

I’ve racked my brain over and over, which admittedly, my brain is often mushy from sleep deprivation, but so far, I’ve not come up with any reason why cliffhangers are a good thing.  I guess I can see a little bit.  They force readers to talk, speculate and over analyze everything said in the novels.  Karen Marie Moning, has been dubbed by me as the Cliffhanger Queen.  After reading her third novel in the Fever Series “Faefever”, fans of Mac were left wondering how she faired after she was raped.  By three or four different fae.  That’s where our illustrious author left us.  Wondering about rape.  Seriously.  After waiting a year for her fourth novel “Dreamfever”, I figured it couldn’t get any worse.  Boy was I wrong.  “Dreamfever” ended on a death.  And to add insult to our injury, the death actually took place on a cliff.  Yep, you read that right.  She killed a character, on a cliff, then ended her novel.  THEN we had to wait 18 months for the next novel.

I kid you not.

Now it seems to be a growing trend, and I don’t know how, as readers, we can stop the madness!  It’s insanity!  I hate cliffhangers.  It doesn’t make me want to hurry up and wait for the next novel.  It makes me angry.  I feel cheated.  I feel used.  I feel like hurling the book into a fiery pit, roasting it, then spreading the ashes far and wide.  It does NOT make me want to wait in line on release day at midnight.  Often times lately when books end on a cliffhanger of epic proportions, I find myself lacking the energy to even get mad.  Am I just accepting this crap as par for the reading course now?  Am I becoming cattle to the publishing world?  Being lead to slaughter?  God I hope not.

I don’t know where to get answers to these questions.  It almost seems taboo to ask those in the know.  I bet they wouldn’t even tell us anyways.  Trade secrets and all that jazz.

I never thought that I would ask these questions.  Honestly.  If I were writing a novel, there is no way you could get me to end on a cliff.  I don’t believe in torture.  And that’s what it boils down to in my most humble opinion.  Torture.  Do you want to burn your toast?  Do you like soggy bread?  Are you a masochist?  I often want to ask authors if they were reading a series novel, and it ended on a mammoth cliffhanger, how would they feel?  Do you think they would be honest? Or just laugh that villainous laugh and dodge the question and say something like “Can’t wait to read the next novel!”

I implore you up and coming novelists, please, for the love of books, don’t get bullied into ending novels on cliffs.  It’s hazardous to my reading health, and my overall state of mind.  If you write a good novel filled with intrigue, strong characters, good world building and some romance (either implied, or down right dirty)  I will come. (hee, hee)

I’m not going to call out any authors by name now.  I’m just posing the questions.  Do you have any answers?  Thoughts?  Do you like cliffhangers?  Do you think they are a necessary evil, or should we revolt against them?

Open discussion!

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The Hard Bitten Chloe Neill, and Sookie Stackhouse

Hey All,  So, Tuesday the 3rd was a big release day, I’m a bit behind.  Sorry about that.  The new Sookie Stackhouse book came out (Charlaine Harris) and Hard Bitten came out (Chloe Neill).  I own both.  I haven’t started either yet, which if you knew me at all, is odd.  I’m generally chomping at the bit and crack open new releases at daybreak on release day, but I’m hesitant with these two.

I’ve been reading and hearing outrage on behalf of Merit, and fans are baring pitchforks at Ms. Neill.  That alone bodes ill.  The last book Twice Bitten had me so freaking mad at Ethan Sullivan.  To hear it told, this one is way worse.  Oh Joy.  I guess the good news is that it’s not as bad a cliffhanger as Karen Moning’s “Dreamfever”, but could be on par with the cliffhanger of “Changes” By Jim Butcher.  Greeeeat.

I own these two books, and haven’t even started them.  The last Charlaine Harris book Dead in the Family  was such a huge disappointment.  Having said that, the reviews thus far for Dead Reckoning have been slightly better, but I can’t help but feel that Ms. Harris is being influenced by the rabid fan base of True Blood picketing for Bill and Sookie.  Can I just say that If Bill and Sookie end up together, I will be right pissed, and will never read another Harris novel again!  For reals, I won’t.  I swear it!

I should really just crack them open and begin reading, despite reservations to do so.  I really hate cliffhangers, as you can tell if you read any of my reviews that end in cliffhangers.  I don’t understand why authors and publishers are so gung ho about them.  Do they sit around the tables and brainstorm ways to torture their bread and butter?  If I’ve purchased book two, three, four or twenty, then I am OBVIOUSLY invested in the darn series you are writing/publishing, therefore you can almost guarantee that I will buy the next one, so why torture me?  Is your life that boring you feel the need to torture others for an entire year?  UGH!.

Ok Off to read, reviews to follow, look forward to rants and swears, I have a feeling they are coming.

My remote has puke in it. um Ewww.

If you’ve read my ABOUT ME page, then you know I have four kids.  My eldest will be seven in July, my youngest is 10 months old and my middle two are five and three. We’ve been battling this awful stomach virus this week.  It started with my youngest on Monday night.  He vomited for three days straight.  It’s gross.  I hate throw up.  My two girls (7,5) were supposed to go with my husband this weekend to the Catskills of NY for camping, fishing and fun.  They’ve been looking forward to it for a month.  This morning?  My five year old wakes up at four AM vomiting with slight fever.  Joyous.  So, my husband said he would take our son instead, OK cool beans  (he’sThree).

At  8:30a, our son starts vomiting.  YAY how luck am I!  We all had the rotavirus in March, it was dreadful.  I’m panicking now, because Oh great, here we go again!  But thankfully, it hasn’t hit ME completely yet, because you all know, mom’s aren’t ALLOWED to get sick.  No sir.  Anyways, So James (that’s the ball and chain) took the one non-sick child to New York.  Leaving me with the pukey ones.  Isn’t that so nice of him?  I hope he has a good time.  A soon as my youngest is weaned, I am sooooo outta here for an overnight somewhere by myself with a warm pool, hot tub bath, and a massage person.  Along with a king size bed, room service and NO PHONE.  Where I will sleep like the dead, and wake up blissfully refreshed after seven years of sleep deprivation.  Well, better make my stay at least a few days, so I can re-coup some of those much needed ZZZZ’s.

Other news in case you are interested:

My Aunt got married this past weekend.  It was fun.  We had to take the baby, not as fun.  Have you tried dancing while holding a baby? It’s not easy.  Plus, I wore my Dansko Mary Jane shoes.  They look awesome.  But they have non-skid soles, so um, dancing was tough.  I kept stopping instead of twirling.  I have pictures though.

See the shoes? Red, sparkly shoes?  Yup, they are made for professional nurses, so they rock the comfort, but I felt like a basketball player with the sounds I was making.

Pay no attention to the weird angles of this photo.  My face looks like I’m still nine months pregnant.  Look at the cute baby!  Babies are cute!  This was us slow dancing 🙂  Awwww

  The little one who would not be left behind.  Not for nothing.  He’s lucky he’s cute and only small for a short time.  Otherwise. See ya later hotstuff!

There you have it. The reasons for my absence lately.  I have still been reading books.  I should just make a list of the books I’ve read the last two weeks.  I didn’t review a lot of them.  Just read them, some were re-reads.  Ok anyways. I have to go clean the couch now.  I think I might just get a new one instead.  Take that James.

I am not a suck up!, authors Ilona Andrews

But today, I want to talk about one of my favorite author duo’s.  Ilona Andrews.  A husband and wife writing team of Urban Fantasy, which I think is just all kinds of awesome.  I would love if my husband shared my love of books and wanted to write with me, but alas, twas not meant to be.

There could be minor spoilers, but I tried to keep it spoiler free!

So, onto the goods.  Well, first I should point out that I don’t personally know Ilona and Gordon, aside from being a blog stalker obsessed fan reader {OK facebook stalker, twitterpatted, and goodreads too!}, and loyal book buyer {audio, ebook and paperback}.

I read the first Kate Daniels book, then immediately drove all the way to Barnes and Noble with the kids (I think I had two at the time and was pregnant with my third) and bought the next ones.  It was love at first read.  The unique writing voice, the protagonist, the world building, the characters–it hooked me and hasn’t let go since.

Laugh along with me here: Kate to Curran

“How much are you lifting?”
“Seven hundred.”
Alrighty then. I will just stand over here, out of your way, and hope you don’t remember to kick my ass.
He grinned. “Wanna spot me?”
“No thanks. How about I just scream verbal encouragements at you?” I took a deep breath and barked, “No pain, no gain! That pain is just weakness leaving your body! Come on! Push! Push! Make that weight your bitch!”

Part of what I think makes the series so awesome, is the world building.  It’s very complex, fresh, and totally interesting.  It’s not a cliche, or half-assed world.  It’s fully fleshed and thought out.  It’s also pretty dark.  I like dark books.  But they make me laugh too. Kate makes me laugh.  I love her inner wittyness.

She is snark personified.

“I gave him my best cryptic smile. He did not fall down to his feet, kiss my shoes, and promise me the world. I must be getting rusty.”

I love that she doesn’t always think before she speaks, because sometimes I have that problem too, and part of creating lead characters is making them relateable on some level to the reader.  You need to be able to identify with the characters you read about in order to stay involved in the story, and care what happens to them.  I care about Kate.  Sometimes I will tell my husband about a scene I read; he just rolls his eyes at me along with the look of “why are you telling me this, don’t you know these aren’t real people?”   To which I reply, “they are real to me!” and storm off, usually laughing.  He just doesn’t get it.  That’s OK.  Not everyone is a reader or enjoys reading, but personally if I didn’t have a book with me wherever I go, I tend to get panicky  My kindle, Nook or a paperback can be found on me somewhere at all times.  You just never know when you will get the chance to read a few more pages!

Good authors will do that to you.  Force you to tote that book around with you, just so you can sneak time to read a bit more.  While sitting at the doctors office, while making supper (Kindle comes in handy here :lol:) while waiting at a red light {don’t go calling the cops on me, it’s only if I’m at a pivotal point, or a dire moment!  As a side note, I never read while actually driving.  THAT would be dangerous.  But I have incurred a few horn honks because I missed the light turning green. Woops!

Moving on.  Before I find myself on the verge of a D.S.S call.  Plotting.  I enjoy the plots of the Kate Daniels series.  I love that I don’t know who the Villain is.  Book one, Magic Bites I had no idea who the bad person was.  Then I laughed when it was revealed.  In a good way.  The second novel, Magic Burns I was completely intrigued in the Mythos Ilona and Gordon brought to the table.  The third book, Magic Strikes is what cemented Ilona Andrews awesomeness in my brain permanently.  Magic Strikes is such an amazing book.  I laughed more in that book than I had in a long time.  The telephone conversation alone keeps me in giggles whenever I think about it.  The climax was fan-freaking-tastic.  The bloody battle in the arena was just ROCK ON!!  Magic Bleeds was an emotional book for me, and for Kate.  I was lucky to win an Advanced Reader Copy from the contest on their blog, and I was simply blown away and humbled by it.  The villain in Magic Bleeds was wicked.  The conversation between the Villain and Kate at the table in her apartments was just… there are no words for the coolness of it.  The battle in that book was just off the hook.  Don’t even get me started on the ending.  Her and Curran at the end.  I was glued to my seat, riveted reading the words on the page as fast as I could so I would know how they fared.  It was fantastic stuff.

Magic Bleeds: 

“Ready to put your claws where your mouth is, or are you going to cringe behind the big boys and yip all day?”
His eyes flared yellow “Is that a challenge?”
“Yes it is.”

I simply cannot wait for Magic Slays, which should hit stores at the end of May.

Now, you can’t talk about Ilona and Gordon without talking about the EDGE series.  The Edge is soooooo different from the Kate Daniels series.  The voice is different.  First off, it’s third person instead of first person.  Second, the world building in the Edge series just KNOCKED MY SOCKS OFF.  I have no idea how on earth a mind comes up with some of the characters and situations that arise in this series.  There are two books out currently,  “On the Edge” and “Bayou Moon“.  For those of you not familiar, the Edge is a magical place set between the Broken and the Weird.  The broken is like how we live now in real life.  The Weird is a Magical Realm, and the Edge is in between, people who live there have some magic.  Too much to live in the Broken, but not enough to be welcomed by the Weird.   Bayou Moon was one of the most horrific books that could make you laugh.  It sounds odd, but the combo really works for me.  I can laugh while I cringe, and that is totally freaking awesomsauce writing right there!

Funny Quote from “On the Edge”  and why I love Ilona Andrews:

Rose to her brother:

“Yes, I’m too mad to punish you right now. We’ll talk about it when we get home. Go brush your teeth, comb your hair, put on dry clothes, and get the guns. We’re going to Wal-Mart”

Rose to Declan from “On the Edge”

“It’s awful to be rich and mind-boggingly handsome and have women fawn over you. My heart bleeds for you. Poor dear, how do you manage?

Bayou Moon, William to Cerise:

“William leaned forward and pointed at the river. “I don’t know why you rolled in spaghetti sauce,” he said in a confidential voice. “I don’t really care. But that water over there won’t hurt you. Try washing it off.”
She stuck her tongue out.
“Maybe after you’re clean,” he said.
Her eyes widened. She stared at him for a long moment. A little crazy spark lit up in her dark irises.
She raised her finger, licked it, and rubbed some dirt off her forehead.
Now what?
The girl showed him her stained finger and reached toward him slowly, aiming for his face.
“No,” William said. “Bad hobo.”

So, what on earth are you waiting for?  If you haven’t already picked up an Ilona Andrews book, run out and get one!  Or download one, here let me help you to the Amazon Ilona Andrews Page, or at Barnes and Noble.

So, continuing on, another facet of Ilona Andrews is their accessibility to the fans.  They have an extremely funny blog, a forum, and they answer emails!  I love that they are real people.  Sometimes I think J.D Robb/Nora Roberts is a robot (I  mean Come on!  How can you write like 10 books a year!) Gordon writes amazing little Curran tidbits and Points of View, which he doesn’t have to do, but does because the fans demand beg ask for it.

Oh.My.God! I went this whole post so far without talking about CURRAN!  How could I let that happen?  Curran is the Beast Lord, and hello?  He’s a LION! Rawr!  Ruler of thousands of Shape Shifters in the Atlanta area.  As alpha as they come, crazy to boot, and in love with Kate (Of course, the readers aren’t privy to his crazy love, except through Gordon’s Curran Point’s of view) and until Magic Strikes, he keeps his feelings mostly to himself, with subtle hints here and there.

Alpha Curran to Mercenary Kate: Magic Bites

“I turned to leave and paused before the gap in the ruined wall. “One last thing, Your Majesty. I’d like a name I can put into my report, something shorter than typing out ‘The Leader of the Southern Shapechanger Faction.’ What should I call you?”
I rolled my eyes.
He shrugged. “It’s short.”

Curran to Kate:

“I’ve had a lot of practice. The Pack contains thirty-two species in seven tribes, each with their own hang-up. Jackals and coyotes pick fights with wolves, because they have an inferiority complex and think they’ve got something to prove.
Wolves believe themselves to be superior, marry the wrong people, and then refuse to divorce them because they cling to their ‘mating for life’ idiocy.
Hyenas listen to nobody, screw everything, and break out in berserk rages at some perceived slight against one of their own.
Cats randomly refuse to follow orders to prove they can.
That’s my life. I’ve been at this for fifteen years now.
You’re easy by comparison.”

Before I wind this post down, I wanted to point out that Ilona Andrews has some Novella’s and Short story books as well.  A little bit of Sci-fi, a little bit of magic and very cool.  You can see the list here, be sure to check them out.

And just because I find this hysterical, and Ilona is so fantastically funny: Ilona made this as a parody for Magic Slays.  See what I mean?  Funny Authors!~

So, come out of lurkdom yon blog readers, and tell me why you love Ilona Andrews!

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