Out of Wack…

Usually my life is one where I have some semblance of normalcy. I work Wednesday through Saturday, I rest Sunday or Monday, and do errands and bookish things on Tuesdays. This was a pretty good system until our lives were flipped upside down.

From cancer to new life my world has been rocked in multiple ways since last year. Unfortunately, this has left you guys in the lurch for a while. I am truly sorry for that.

It pains me to look back on my beautiful writing days and see the fun blog posts I’ve done and then watch how they’ve petered out. My reading has even been fairly nonexistent. The Rememberance post I took on as a way to bring myself back to my passions.

As I look to the future of this blog I am going to have to become more disciplined. While my life has changed drastically, and is still in transition, I must now create a new normal. Soon we will be welcoming a new baby in our midsts and that will change everything again until we find our groove.

So, don’t give up on me just yet! I still love to bring you reviews and topical posts for your entertainment! I truly miss my books and hope to have more reviews out to you within the next few weeks. I also want to help you to further your writing skills and knowledge. It makes me learn more as well.

I have every intent to bring us back to new post Mondays and keeping you up to date on all things nerdy wormy. Keep your eyes open for those new posts! Have a good one!



By Lisa Wiedmeier

First of all I must state the following:
I received this book as an Advanced Reader in exchange for an honest review.
Can I just say how incredibly excited I am to finally be able to say that?!

After feeling drawn to a man she doesn’t know, or so she believes, Cheyenne has been taken in by him and his family. Colt, meanwhile, is struggling with having his wife back while she doesn’t know him. Kitty is missing her dad who now seems to have some light in his eyes. Who is this new friend of his? What happened to her memory? When will she get to meet her?

Many questions have to be answered. As Cheyenne grows closer and closer to her estranged family she begins to have flashes of things that were once familiar. Memories of the past begin to surface with a vengeance. Painful nightmares and visions take hold when the past begins to surface.

While Cheyenne learns once again who she is, Sheana learns more about those around her. She begins to absorb the decisions she will have to make in her future. Will Beau or Dev be the one she choses? Why does she have to follow what her mother choose not to? She’s read the journals.

Though big things are occurring for everyone in the family, a bigger concern is brewing. Marcus is still a out there and sure to be plotting revenge. With glimmers of light playing around the O’Shea estate something seems to be starting.

You can’t miss another beautiful work from Lisa Wiedmeier. She envelopes you in her world yet again, putting more than just Cheyenne’s visions before you. She pulls at your heart strings and then gives them a good battering before returning you to reality. You can’t help but love each and every character she puts before you. Every person takes more and more of a place in your heart.

Make time to spend in the forests again!

Quote for this week is….


Thank you for your time.

In other news: Remembrance by Lisa Wiedmeier is set to be released this winter.
She is also offering the chance to be a “Super fan”. Which means you get early access to her books in exchange for feedback/reviews. ( Not to mention bragging rights. 🙂 )

Also, I’ve been trying to slow my life down to get some reading done. I may soon be able to upload some more reviews. I am reading a couple of really interesting books, I just haven’t been able to sit down and focus. ( At least on things not baby related.)

Once again I apologize for the delay. It’s been one of those hectic seasons unfortunately. Fun but hectic.

I hope you’ve all had an awesome year so far!
Have a good one!


In the wee hours of the morning out doggies had to go out. This is completely normal for us. What is not normal was the cat which got caught in the trap we set up outside. Seeing as she stayed gone for a week I thought I’d share how we finally got her to give in and come home.

Our cat is an indoor only cat. Meaning she’s never been outside to learn how to cat. So when she took off Monday night we panicked.

First: buy a humane trap. One big enough for a raccoon.

Second: put kitty’s food bowl inside. But don’t just tempt them with cat food/treats. Even catnip is not enough. No you’ve really got to stink it up. We’re talking about sardines. Stinky, potent fish.

Third: place their litter box outside beside the trap. It smells like home!

Finally: place a blanket gently over the set cage. One with your scent on it works best.

Time will tell when your beloved kitty will return. It took us a week to get the combo just right. The hardest advice for us to accept was that no matter how much she loves us, when they are scared they won’t reply. It would attract predators. We even sat out waiting and saw her, she saw us…then she ran away again. She was terrified!

But patience pays off, and they will eventually come home. But do tag and chip them just in case.

Good luck!

Another Share…

So today I have a little gift for you. It’s a site that is my new best friend, especially when you need that one book in your collection. ( Because I don’t just read books, I collect them.)

First let me remind you of the book titled Siren by Tricia Rayburn. A great story, fun to read while laying out on a beach or elsewhere. Remember how I couldn’t find the sequel? The bane of my existence? Well this gem of a site did me a few favors.

Thrift books is a used book site where you can find even the most uncommon books. It lists their condition and a low price. Shipping is very affordable and purchasing is easy!

Check it out next time you’re in a pinch! Also, don’t tell your parents or significant other that I’m the one who told you. I’m not responsible for the depletion of your bank account on novels. 😉

Have a good one!

No, I didn’t get kidnapped…

Ah, it has been a while.

Unfortunately I’ve had a few things pop up that I hadn’t expected. One being that we’ve managed to further the species. Yup, baby one is loading. 🙂 Secondly, we’ve had a death in the family. And third I haven’t read anything!!!

The last is driving me nuts!!! I can’t find anything interesting enough to keep my now hormonal brain interested. Ugh, the struggle is real.

I have managed to acquire Funimation on my Roku. ( If you don’t know what that is then go educate yourself. I can wait…)
Welcome back!
Like I was saying I’ve now got anime and I’m loving it! A few recommendations:
For funny/action –

Assassination Classroom: An octopus is going to destroy the world….but not before he teaches middle school!
For simple/fantasy –

Snow White with the Red Hair: Shirayuki was told she would become the prince’s concubine. But after fleeing to the neighboring country she may have found where she belongs. This show is just pretty. The animation reminds me of all the Miyazaki movies.

Neither of these are your fan service types. So they’re not full of sex or gross themes. They’re cute and funny! ( And yes I’ve mentioned AC before. But hey, it’s still awesome!)

Well, that’s all I have for now! Have a good one!


Music is an amazing thing. There is something for everyone. It crosses languages, nationalities, and stigmas. Music touches every soul and seemingly heals wounds. It fuels your inner fire and can sooth your burns.

Today let’s talk about music!

So, every day you could ask me at any given moment what song is playing in my head and I could tell you. The songs range from rock to country to pop. Sometimes it’s even some stupid song… anyone remember the “Hamster Dance”? What’s my point? Music comes in many forms. So do stories.

Yup, I went there. Music is an amazing way to seek inspiration for your writing. I’m a big believer in reading outside of your comfort zone to grasp a wider view of the world. To deepen your characters and add variety to your amazing writing. But… I don’t always have time to read a new novel. I do, however have time to jam to a new song.

Music draws up visual images. (No, I don’t mean music videos.) When was the last time you sat down and listened to music and let your mind visualize whatever the song brought up? Maybe you’re a rockstar on stage, maybe it’s a ship on the seas, maybe you’re arguing with the world. There are many fun moments songs bring to mind.

Can’t break that genre bump? Try this. Here’s a playlist I had fun jamming to.
The Corrs – When the Stars Go Blue
Flo Rida – Apple Bottom Jeans
Skillet – Monster
Paramore – Grow Up (Or any other song they have…)
Halestorm –  Here’s to us
The Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl
Zetta Bytes – When the Rain Falls
Saliva – Ladies and Gentlemen
Tool – Lateralus

I know! It’s a mash up playlist. But I look for songs that have a visual feel. Whether it is in a club, in your mind, in a circus, or just something that draws a very good picture. Your novel should reach out in a way that causes your readers to “feel” an emotion. Paint with music.

Don’t use the lyrics as your story. One thing that gripes me is when someone writes a song in their story. Every person who reads that passage will create their own tune to it. But I digress…. Instead take the mental image from what you’ve heard and re-write it for your needs. Listening to your playlists while you write can bring about ideas for story conflict.

Take, for instance, the song ‘Here’s to Us’:
“Here’s to all that we kissed
And all that we missed
To the biggest mistakes that we just wouldn’t trade
To us breaking up
Without us breaking down
To whatever’s come our way”

Now what would make someone say those words? What mistakes? What have they conquered through fire?

Or take ‘Monster’:
“The secret side of me, I never let you see
I keep it caged but I can’t control it
So stay away from me, the beast is ugly
I feel the rage and I just can’t hold it

It’s scratching on the walls, in the closet, in the halls
It comes awake and I can’t control it
Hiding under the bed, in my body, in my head
Why won’t somebody come and save me from this, make this end?”

I LOVE this song! It makes you feel a thrill that this person is about to explode in to Mr. Hyde or the Hulk! What are they hiding? What does it look like? It says “It’s scratching on the walls”. Can you see those rugged, rough claw marks? The tears in wall paper and holes in wooden doors. Could this be fodder for your scary story? Or could you add it to a character who is lacking something?

Use music for your benefit. It is an extremely valuable resource!

Side note: Am I the only one who has ever lost a playlist when switching devices? Then you have to try to remember which ones you lost, where to find the ones it took you years to track down to begin with, and what version you originally had. Ugh…. First world problems.

Have a good one!

Off Topic…

Today I wanted to post on a little something fun! This is a topic I know you haven’t read on my blog site yet and figured, what the hey! Today’s topic…Corsets!

For many, many centuries corsets have been around. Often we like to claim that corsetry began in the 1800’s but the real truth is that they’ve been around for much longer than that. Women have been trying to restrain, support, and enhance their bodies for years. In early Rome we can find metal halters, in Greece we find belted dresses, and later in the medieval ages we begin to truly notice corsets.

The original corsets were designed to bind the breasts. It allowed for a modest look and they were made stiff by glue. Through the years their appearance has changed drastically. The medieval style was quite conical. Unlike the sweetheart, push-up effect we seek out today, these were designed to restrain and not exaggerate. In those days such things would have been quite the outrage! Some such designs we could refer to as ‘stays’.

As the years pressed on history would see the Edwardian corset begin to alter in form to a more hourglass shape. It fitted to the woman’s curvy body and soon became the “ideal” shape for a lady. Dresses were made to accentuate such shape and the corset added to the style. Though, they were no longer accepted as outer garments. The dress was the main display complementing the lady’s figure.


The popularity of such garments became standard among women. Lower-class women would tie themselves in while the upper-class would have maids cinch them in. The Victorian era made corsets all the rage where even queens would demand the women have a specific waist size throughout the kingdom.

It remained so until the early 1900’s. In 1914 women’s fashion took a major hit. With World War I the military needed metal, and where do you find metal? In corsets! So the binding garments were exchanged for lesser garments. The women also began to work so they needed to be able to MOVE. Something they couldn’t do as well in a corset. il_214x170.874736571_ygdj

Subsequently, bras became vastly popular!

Since then it would seem culture is beginning to change once again. Where corsets had been less popular, mainly existing as lingerie, they seem to be making a comeback. While some women have kept up with the restraint, many women had turned their noses up over such a thing. Today we see more and more ladies venturing back out to find a corset. Having been raised in modern day they are no longer worried with clothing “ideals”. Not wearing white after labor day used to seem a fashion faux pas, today such rules have faded. In some areas more than others, and for those desiring corsets it was just the push we needed!

Today’s corsets come in a variety of colors and styles; everything from the costume corset to the waist training style – there’s something for everyone. whether you want to stealthily wear one under a blouse or dress, or you want to let it’s amazing design capture the eye of onlookers, the choice is yours!

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Lastly, a word of caution. Corsets are amazing and bring with them a long and assorted history. and while that’s wonderful, I also want to advise doing your research prior to purchasing a corset for any reason. If you just want to dress up for a cosplay go a little cheaper, for a romantic evening maybe something a little less fancy, but if you’re in it for the long haul then pay close attention to where you are buying from. Corsets can be made cheaply, and by that I mean they have little to no structure or support. A good quality corset will have steel spiral supports and plenty of flexibility. Poorly made ones contain plastic or other such boning that can easily warp and cause the wearer discomfort. Good corsets should NEVER hurt . If so you need to remove the garment . Corsets, like the ones I’ve found from Orchard Corset are sturdy, fashionable, and most of all COMFORTABLE! With proper wear they conform to your body, not the other way around. Also, a custom made corset may be a bit more pricy but you don’t want to mess up your beautiful body!

I LOVE the crazy things and can do most any daily activity in them. Even running! They have been great for back support and proper posture. I encourage anyone curious to try one out and see how you fare. So long as you find a reputable source, a corset can be an excellent investment!

Have a good one!

A Thing Called Love…

Ahh…. So we meet again. This time we are discussing one of the most wonderful, delightful, painful, terrifying, and difficult to write emotions; love. Fortunately, we have a few tips to look at when deciding how to employ the aspect of love when writing. Some of which are the differences between telling and showing, the many emotions love brings out, and how to express things in a novel correctly.

Showing vs. Telling:

How many times have we read a love story or watched one on television? It is the common theme in nearly every story told. Even action movies are usually trying to keep the lady alive. The leading man wants to win the girl. Every princess wants a prince. Every loner wants a fellow hermit. None of these things are wrong so long as they are displayed properly and in the right time.

How cliché is it to have two lovers verbally pour their hearts out while the world is crashing down around them? We’ve seen it a million times. As women we often crave a good cry every now and then. While that’s alright it’s difficult to not write about love in that same manner. Cliché after cliché, goop after goop. Unless you’re writing a romance or a literary classic let’s try writing a different way.

When you tell about someone loving another it can get a bit droll. “My heart burns with the heat of a thousand suns for you”, “I cannot live without you or I’ll die”. These phrases are TELLING the audience exactly what’s going on. Here’s why that’s boring; when you read the words you don’t FEEL the emotion behind them. You are just told that these to characters love each other.

However, when we SHOW two people’s affection for one another we FEEL it as if we are there. I’m not saying write trashy novels by any means. What I am saying is that we need to write in all of the little things that make love exciting and special.

Let’s look at the novel Divergent by Veronica Wroth for a moment. In her novel she does an excellent job of putting on display the little things. Things where we aren’t really sure, though we may hope, if they mean something more.

After being the first to jump it reads:

Four sets his hand on my back and says “Welcome to Dauntless””

When they begin learning to fight it reads:

Four wanders through the crowd of initiates, watching us as we go through the movements again. When he stops in front of me, my insides twist like someone’s stirring them with a fork.” -Stop here. Examine. Why do her insides twist? Is she nervous because she’s a new initiate and completely inept? Let’s continue the same passage:

He stares at me, his eyes following my body from my head to my feet, not lingering anywhere-a practical, scientific gaze.

“You don’t have much muscle,” he says, “which means you’re better off using your knees and elbows. You can put more power behind them.”

Suddenly he presses a hand to mu stomach. His fingers are so long that, though the heel of his hand touches one side of my ribcage, his fingertips still touch the other side. My heart pounds so hard my chest hurts, and I stare at him, wide-eyed.

“Never forget to keep tension here,” He says in a quiet voice.”

Stop here. Examine. Veronica is SHOWING the beginnings of something. Until now we don’t really know much about their eventual affection. These are the starting signs. Likewise her story hinges on this relationship. This is why it is so important to SHOW rather than TELL.

The Many Emotions of Love:

When you watch any romantic movie how many emotions do you see? Love comes in many different forms; be it love for a child, a family member, or a significant other. Life is about the relationships we cultivate with one another. With those relationships comes a variety of emotional experiences. Think about this, the birth of a child. It is exciting, horrifying, gross, and traumatic. Each of these emotions come out of, ideally, love. The parents are thrilled to announce it. Mom is frightened beyond all belief and why? Because she loves so much she doesn’t want the world, or even herself, to harm this tiny being.

Another. You’re in a relationship with someone then they break your priceless family heirloom. You are angry and hurt. Why? Because you loved the one who gave it and the one who broke it. It is possible to love and hurt at the same time.

In Romeo and Juliet Romeo kills Tybalt. This puts Juliet in a difficult spot. She is recently married and her now husband has murdered her cousin. There is pain, anger, confusion, and sorrow. Why? Because she is in love with someone her family despises, and he killed someone she cared about.


When people are in love they may torment one another. Whether it is like Heathcliff and Catherine in Wuthering Heights who ultimately drive one another mad, or like Nanami and Tomoe in Kamisama Kiss who, though they confess their love, Tomoe still feeds her her least favorite food. Why? Because they are still uncomfortable and undecided on aspects of their blooming relationship. They go back and forth poking one another for the heck of it, just to watch the other squirm. Yet, they feel bad when they realize they’ve gone too far. When they realize they injured the other person emotionally.

Expressions of Affection:

When we feel things for someone we tend to find any excuse to be around them, touch them, get that person’s attention. We dress a certain way, we talk a certain way, we shower (ideally), all to obtain that person’s affection. Think about it, how do relationships start? Some people tease one another, others may be overly sweet to each other. It can even be nauseating. They throw themselves at one another. I remember in high school rounding the corner every day and finding the same couples making out in between classes. Gross!

Also, we find people buying things for the ones they love. Flowers, chocolate, video games, books, jewelry, cars, perfumes…etc. People love one another in many expressive ways. How many times have we seen the JumboTron air a proposal? How many times have we read about someone going up in a helicopter to show a love message written in the crops? Or what about…Well you get the idea.

Love is a complicated emotion. Love is a deep emotion. Everyone’s relationships are different, yet the ebb and flow of life keeps them changing and evolving. And that is exactly why love is so difficult to write, but if we aren’t afraid to jump in it can be rewarding!

Have a good one!