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Here is an excerpt from Eve Lopez’ Novel, Sex, Drugs and Psychiatric Wards. This is reprinted with permission from the author. Enjoy, and make sure to read all the way to the bottom!
From the Chapter “It’s a Question of Ethics”
One night, I went to one of the bars that Joy and I frequented. I sat alone at a table next to two guys and before long, they’d invited me to join them.
We drank beers and I asked them what they were studying.
One of them said, “Well, I’m done with the studying part. I’m teaching now. My friend just came up from San Francisco to visit for the weekend.”
“You’re a teacher?” I said. I was surprised. “Do you teach at the high school or something?”
“No, I’m a professor at the university,” he said.
“What? Creekview State?”
He looked amused. “Yes. I’m a philosophy professor.”
“I didn’t know professors came to this bar,” I said. “I’ve never seen any here before.”
“Well, there are definitely unspoken ‘rules’ about where we’re supposed to go,” he said.
He was kind of cute. He had bright eyes, a nice smile, a short beard.
I asked him where he lived, and was surprised when he told me he lived in one of the student areas off-campus.
“I only live here during the week,” he explained. “On the weekends, I usually go to my place in San Francisco.”
“It’s kind of a long drive,” I said.
“It’s worth it,” he told me. “Just to … you know.”
“Yeah. I know,” I said.
At closing time, he asked if I wanted to come and see his place.
He lived in typical student housing – two rooms in a split-up Victorian.
He came over to me and kissed me, and I kissed him back. Robotically. Just going through the motions.
After we had sex, he said, “You know this is just a fling, right?”
I couldn’t see his face in the dark. And I was glad he couldn’t see mine.
“Sure,” I said.
“And, you know, this isn’t really the type of thing we should … talk about,” he said.
“What do you mean? Who cares? You’re not my professor.”
“Yes, but we’re expected to hold certain standards. I mean, I teach an ethics class. It’s a question of ethics.”
I got up from the bed, and started pulling on my clothes.
“A question of ethics,” I repeated.
And then I started to laugh.
I couldn’t help it.
I laughed as I put on my shoes, and laughed as I walked out of his apartment, and I was still laughing as I walked down the street on my way home, except by the time I got to my apartment, I was crying.
You know this is just a fling, right?
It’s a question of ethics.
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BOOK OVERVIEW TAKEN FROM THE AUTHOR’S WEBSITE
Caught in a violent and abusive relationship, Serenity thinks there is no escape. Then she meets a stranger, Sebastian, who shows her the possibility of a different future.
Only Sebastian has a dark secret; he is a vampire.
As Serenity’s life takes a terrifying turn, she finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed; one of murder, love, and immortality. She is forced to confront her own weaknesses to save both her own life and that of the vampire she has come to love. But in the end all that matters is; can she find the strength to be Alone?
Marissa Farrar is a multi-published author in both horror and paranormal romance. She was born in Devon, England, loves to travel and has lived in both Australia and Spain. She now resides outside of London with her husband and two children. She has a degree in Zoology, but her true love has always been writing. Marissa’s debut novel, Alone, is a dark twist on the traditional vampire-romance and was published by Vamplit Publishing in 2009. Her short stories have been accepted for a number of anthologies including, Their Dark Masters, Red Skies Press, Masters of Horror: Damned If You Don’t, Triskaideka Books; and 2013: The Aftermath, Pill Hill Press.If you want to know more about Marissa, then please visit her website.
I sat down to read this book, needing a change of pace, something to read just for fun, and that is exactly what I got. I got a novel that I was not able to put down, that was thoroughly enjoyable, and that I loved every minute of reading. I found the characters believable, the storyline enjoyable, and really just could not walk away from this one.
I was lent this ebook via a NookFriend, and am so glad that I found it. I had not heard of the author before picking this one up, and somehow cannot imagine how I did not know about this particular series.
I found myself sucked into the book, feeling as though I was a part of the story. I could feel the cold touch when Sebastian reached out to Serenity when she was running wild through the streets. I could feel the terror in her heart when she saw what she had done to her husband, and the exhilaration of finally being free of his controlling hand.
The book touches on the epidemic that is spousal abuse and domestic violence in a tasteful way, and in the subtext of this novel, brings it to the forefront and makes you aware that it is more common than one might have originally thought.
Overall, I think this is a must read for any paranormal romance fan. There were a few scenes that I would have to say are not appropriate for younger readers, but they were minimal and I did not feel that they detracted from the story in any way. I give this a 4.5 star rating!
**DISCLAIMER** I acquired this book of my own accord and was not compensated in any way to review it. The opinions herein are my own.
When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan—but he was ready.
In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.”
Fearless is the story of Adam Brown, a man of extremes, whose courage and determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses and persevered to reach the top tier of the US military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam’s final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.
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For those of you who may have been living under a rock and missed it, I started a book blog about a month ago now. In that time, I have posted 17 reviews, author interviews, giveaways, and et cetera. I have at least 4 posts pending and ready to go for this week already, without my having to do much in the way of effort to get them done, as they are author interviews, guest posts, book trailers, and the like. Oh, and of course, you can check out the book blog here.
Today, I am reading a book just for the sake of reading it, and I am quite enjoying it. Of course, it is about vampires. There is a big surprise, right? I do tend to be drawn to the fantasy titles these days. I just finished an awesome Mystery/Detective novel, and the review for that can…
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Title: The Corruptible
Author: Mark Mynhier
How much money would it take for you to betray the truth?Ex-homicide detective Ray Quinn never had glamorous thoughts of the life of a private investigator—but being cornered in a bathroom stall by the enraged philandering husband of a client? That’s something he could live without. Retired from homicide and living with a painful disability, Ray’s options are limited. Stick to the job, keep impetuous sidekick Crevis alive, and spend quiet evenings with trusted pal Jim Beam, that’s about the best he can hope for.
As a new client emerges, Ray finds himself in an impossibly large boardroom holding a check with enough zeros to finally lift him from his financial pit. The job seems easy enough: find Logan Ramsey, an ex-cop turned security officer who’s taken off with sensitive corporate information. But few things are easy in Ray’s world, regardless of the amount of zeros in the check.
In what should be an open-and-shut case, Ray stumbles across Logan Ramsey in a seedy motel room. Only Ray wasn’t the first to find him. Now Logan’s dead, the client’s information is nowhere to be found, and Ray’s employer is less than forthcoming with the details. Suddenly the line between the good guys and bad guys isn’t so clear. With a foot in both worlds and an illuminating look at an unhappy ending that could well be his own, which will Ray choose?
Many of you who have read my reviews before may note that this novel is very different than the genre of the other books I have reviewed up to this point. But I do absolutely enjoy a good mystery/detective novel when one comes along.
First off, let me start by saying that Orlando, Florida is less than an hour away from where I currently live, and I thought it was really cool that I recognized some of the street names and places that were mentioned in the book. That made it easier for me to connect with the story on an even more personal level, because it was close to home, so to speak.
This is the first book I have read by Mr. Mynheir, and you can be sure that it will not be the last. The characters and storyline were realistic and believable, which can be difficult for a writer to accomplish sometimes. You can clearly tell from the writing that the author had been a police officer for some time, and that colored the writing in a very positive way.
I really liked the fact that, without having read the first book in this series, The Night Watchman, I was able to jump right into this one and not feel like I had missed anything. In fact, I only learned this was part of a series when I reached the end of the book! To me, that is the sign of an excellent writer. I felt as though I was experiencing everything with the characters and seeing what they were seeing. This is something that I strive to accomplish in my own writing, so to me, this is huge.
I kind of laughed at myself a little bit, because as I was reading, when they got to the medical examiner’s office, I almost expected him to be talking to Dr. G from the show on Discovery Health.
Overall, I found the story enjoyable and easy to read. I really was not able to find much of anything negative to say. If I had to pinpoint a negative, I would say that maybe the chapters should not have been broken up into such tiny bits. Every time the scenery changed, the author changed chapters. Some view this as a good thing and some will not.
Overall, I give this book a 4.5 star rating, and thoroughly enjoyed reading it and am very glad that I took a chance on it. I hope you will feel the same way.
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**DISCLAIMER** I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not compensated in any way or swayed in any manner to provide a positive review, and the opinions expressed above are my own.