Panther Creek Revisit

Today, Greg and I revisited on of our favorite hiking trails, Panther Creek Falls. Panther Creek is a 7 miles, in and out trail. I would rate this trail as difficult as the last 1/4 mile can be dangerous if you’re not careful (rock cliffs and steep steps mixed with a very narrow trail). We first hiked Panther Creek back in March. It was a lot colder back then. This time, Greg and I waded into the water and welcomed its coolness with open arms.

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Dangerous Women: A Review

dangerous womenDangerous Women is a tome. No really; I don’t recommend buying the physical copy because it is heavy, cumbersome, and just plain big. Because of this, it isn’t easily read. IT took me six weeks to from start to finish because I couldn’t just tote this book with me. I only read it for a few minutes each night in bed.

So I recommend getting Dangerous Women in a digital format.

Dangerous Women is actually an anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. It contains twenty-one stories from some of today’s biggest writers including Jim Butcher, Sherilynn Kenyon, Brandon Sanderson, Megan Abbott, Diana Gabaldon, and even Martin himself. Honestly, I wanted this tome to read Martin’s and Butcher’s stories specifically, and that’s how anthologies work. You throw one or two (or 10+) big names in there to draw the masses, and then along the way, readers are able to discover works from new, perhaps lesser-known authors. One of my favorite stories in this book is “Caretakers” by Pat Cadigan – an author I have never read before. It’s about a pair of sisters who discover that something suspect is going down at their mother’s nursing home, and set about to investigate it.

One negative thing about anthologies, though, is that they are typically a mixed bag. I loved some of the stories, I skipped over two of the stories because I just couldn’t read them past the first 2 pages, and then there are some I slogged though, and those I thought were okay, but didn’t leave much of an impression.  This aspect of anthologies makes them difficult to review and makes it difficult to ever give them better than a 3 or 4 star review.

So over all, Dangerous Women is worth a read, but not worth the back pain.

3/5 Stars


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July Reads 2014

Woohoo! I got this post in before another month ticked over. I didn’t read a lot in July–only four books. But they were all excellent, not even a single 4-star among them. I have fallen a bit behind on maintaining my goal of reading 100 books this year, but I can easily make that up.

5-Star

  • Hunted by Kevin Hearne
  • Shattered by Kevin Hearne
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling*
  • Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

*Will be reviewed as a series when finish rereading them

Servants of the Storm: A Review

servantsA tempest brews in Savannah…

Servants of the Storm is the new young adult novel from authoress Delilah S. Dawson. Though it’s classified as YA, it’s a creepy, Southern gothic tale that will delight even the non-young adults among us.

Dovey is traumatized after she witnesses her best friend, Carly, get killed during Hurricane Josephine. Fast forward one highly medicated year later, and Dovey thinks she sees Carly in a local cafe. When she goes off her pills and starts investigating more thoroughly, Dovey is pulled into a world of mind-control, demons, shadows, and albino alligators.

Dark and creepy, this novel has just enough humor in it to help occasionally break the tension and allow the reader to take a much needed breath. The psychological side of this thriller is well-played and after the book was over, I wanted more. A exhilarating read that will leave some people quivering under the covers, this tale is perfectly set in the mood of autumn–as hurricane season gives way to Halloween.

5/5 Stars

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A New Chapter

The past couple days have been a crazy emotional roller coaster. After seven years, I’m leaving my job at the University Press of North Georgia and starting a completely new adventure with a new company. My years as an editor have been wonderful. The press gave me so much experience and many opportunities, but it’s time to move on.

Last night, I was asked if I was interested in applying for this new position. I submitted my resume at 7am this morning and got called into an interview at 11am. I was offered the job and promptly accepted it. I am not a rash person. This decision has been both frightening and exhilarating, but ultimately, I know I’ve made the right choice.

Though I’m leaving the publishing world in this new career path, my love of books and writing has not waned in the least bit. I’ll still be posting my book reviews here, I’ll still be writing, and I will still be an active committee member of the Dahlonega Literary Festival.

Stop

Deep Breath

Okay

Let’s begin

 

I also dyed my hair recently. SO MANY CHANGES! UGH!Maybe I’m going through a third-life crisis or something…

Book Giveaway!

QSAs some of you may know, I am the Trade Editor at the University Press of North Georgia. Two of the books I’ve worked on are set to be released on September 2, 2014 — The Quiet Soldier: Phuong’s Story by Creina Mansfield and Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene, 4th ed. by Quentin Falk. The Quiet Soldier is a novel that retells Graham Greene’s classic The Quiet American (my favorite Greene novel)from the perspective of Phuong, a minor character who plays girlfriend to the two leads in the original novel. Travels in Greeneland explores the movies that were made from Graham Greene’s stories and all the movies that he had a part in writing the screenplays for.

TiGBoth of these books are great for fans of Graham Greene, and they’re releasing just in time for Greene’s centennial birthday, but you can enter for a chance to win both titles early! There’s giveaways going on on Goodreads, and you can enter for a chance to win both books. The contest is open to the U.S, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.

Enter to Win The Quiet Soldier by Creina Mansfield

Enter to Win Travels in Greeneland by Quentin Falk