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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.


Currently reading

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Series, #1)
Madeleine L'Engle
Honor Among Thieves
Ann Aguirre, Rachel Caine
Star Nomad
Lindsay Buroker
Leia Stone
Progress: 71 %
Bound by Faerie
John P. McKay
Pursuit of Magic
Linsey Hall
Progress: 1 %
Ghost Gifts
Laura Spinella
Shannon Mayer
Along Came Mr. Right
Gerri Russell
Tyrant's Blood
Fiona McIntosh

Favorite Book Quotes

"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold







Win one of 100 copies of Cold-Blooded - The Mattie Saunders Series Book 2

Cold-Blooded - Rod Raglin

The second book in The Mattie Saunders Series, Cold-Blooded, has just been released and you can enter to win one of 100  free E-Book editions on BookLikes until April 15, 2018.


In Book 1, The Rocker and the Bird Girl, you'll meet the heroine, Mattie Saunders, a twenty-something, slightly eccentric loner who loves birds and so far has devoted her relatively short life to the rescue, care and re-homing of exotic ones people keep as pets, like parrots.


The sanctuary her grandfather left her is out of funds and in an effort to raise some money so her birds won't be homeless yet again, she reaches out the Bodine, the lead guitarist of the bad-boy rock band Seditious. She's learned Bodine has a pet Macaw and since she assumes he's fabulously wealthy hopes he'll by sympathetic and use some of that wealth to help these precious creatures.


Telling you more would be like shooting myself in the foot since I want you to buy the book.


In Book 2, Cold Blooded, Mattie receives a call from Liz, an old friend from high school, asking if it's possible to temporarily board some reptiles at Saunders Bird Sanctuary. The Reptile Refuge where Liz volunteers has been closed be police while they investigate a suspicious death that took place on the premises.


Mattie's not concerned with the circumstances and sees it as an opportunity to reconnect with Liz as well as help some animals in distress, but she soon discovers it's not just the displaced inhabitants of The Reptile Refuge that are cold blooded.

Cold-Blooded also addresses contemporary issues including love, friendship, family, the rescue and rehabilitation of exotic pets including birds and reptiles, and the devastating impact of the opioid epidemic.


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Link to BookLikes Giveaway http://booklikes.com/giveaways


To purchase The Rocker and the Bird Girl, Book 1 in The Mattie Saunders Series as either an E-Book or Paperback go to my Amazon Author Page at




Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs



Reblogged from Rod Raglin

Reading progress: 71%.

Skyborn - Leia Stone

"I needed a hysterectomy or something.

My dragon lady parts were malfunctioning and I was stuck in heat."

Reading progress: 44%.

Skyborn - Leia Stone

He smiled and nodded. “As you wish.”


He turned to leave and I nearly melted at the fact that he’d probably unknowingly made a Princess Bride reference.

Reading progress: 38%.

Skyborn - Leia Stone

"Having a half-naked sexy dragon shifter with his arm around me … while he made plans to save his pet kitten … made my ovaries ache for his babies."

I have personally never felt anything from my ovaries.


Yes, the kitten is adorable.

Reading progress: 17%.

Skyborn - Leia Stone

Still interesting story buried between lusting paragraphs.  Kinda weird how much because it's definitely not erotica (no sex, in any degree of explicitness -- not even off page or fade to black).  I'm reading kindle edition but would estimate every page of a print edition would have at least one paragraph's worth of it.  Plus over the top stuff like:

"My eyes widened and I turned back to Nadine. “So, Logan has been keeping the entirety of humanity alive by himself?”

Fast enough read I'll finish for the group Bookshelf BINGO game.  At this point, still liking the writing and potential storyline -- but, it's more a trainwreck I'm watching for awkward attempts to yank emotions/sympathy or lusty bits.  

Reading progress: 8%.

Skyborn - Leia Stone

Okay.  Probably giving an unfair impression of the book with the quotes I'm sharing.  But, they're what I'm noticing as reading:

"Heat uncoiled deep in my belly, bringing a pressure with it that had my legs throbbing. What the hell was going on with my lady parts? This guy was bad news."

Reading progress: 6%.

Skyborn - Leia Stone

Interesting premise.  So far not reading like a bad, unedited self-published work; pretty good for a Kindle Unlimited borrow.  Not sure about the fated mate or lusting after captor bits.  Hope those don't keep being so much a part of this short-ish book because reading this for Bookshelf BINGO call of "Immortals Shelf" without a lot of appealing choices (other than re-reads).

"He looked like the spawn of a fireman, a boxer, and a professional model. Alright … not okay to be checking out my captor. Why did all of the hot ones have to be such psychopaths?"


I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong

This was readable and fascinating start to finish.  


I enjoyed but not really reviewing because not much to add to existing reviews or sure how to condense my thoughts and highlights enough to review.  A lot of material that never got too dense -- possibly because mostly new to me.

Starting this one for Bookshelf BINGO's call of "Immortals"

Skyborn - Leia Stone

Random Kindle Unlimited find (not too soon to switch if some issue or drama anyone wants to warn me about).


LOL, I lucked out because only one person had shelved it as "Immortals" and was getting frustrated not finding many of my TBR books on that shelf.


Book description has elements that should mean I'll enjoy the story.  New to me author, so who knows until I try it.

Review of "Fury's Kiss" (Dorina Basarab, #3) by Karen Chance

Fury's Kiss - Karen Chance

This reader's personal opinion, ©2018, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


I enjoy Dory.  Put off this one too long because starts with a chapter where she has memory loss (just not personally my favorite plot device).  I shouldn't have.  It gets away from that quickly and then a rousing story start to finish.


A lot of Dory in this one with lots of other characters almost in cameo positions and new ones more in the front.  So, good thing I like Dory.  More senate and fey politics, more about her other self, and absolutely more family dynamics (even some mushy moments).  Thankfully more of Louis Cesare and their relationship moves forward.  


I'm not always a fan of the romance parts of UF books, but Cesare has certainly proven himself so was routing for them.


I finished the book happy with how everything from relationships, worldbuilding, plot lines, character catch-ups, and most "mysteries" were resolved except for that opening chapter memory loss.  Oh, that was resolved -- just not done well in my opinion.  Nor badly enough to spoil the read at all -- just didn't flow that well with rest of book where I guess I was right to side eye the memory loss opening.


Will be reading more in the series.

*©2018.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on The Reading Room, Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  


Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)

Reading progress: 86%.



 Fury's Kiss - Karen Chance  Fury's Kiss - Karen Chance  

Just came through library waitlist

Year One: Chronicles of the One, Book 1 - Nora Roberts

I've been wanting to read this one.  Nora Roberts is hit or miss with me (sometimes too formulaic or predictable) but I have really enjoyed some of her more fantasy/legend based books. Even my least favorite of her books made for an enjoyable read because well-written; just sometimes disappointingly predictable.

Reading progress: 77%.


From my Bookshelf BINGO read for Free Space:

Fury's Kiss - Karen Chance  Fury's Kiss - Karen Chance  

Reading progress: 30%.



Fury's Kiss - Karen Chance  Fury's Kiss - Karen Chance  

Reading progress: 7%.

Fury's Kiss - Karen Chance

Reading progress: 5%.

Fury's Kiss - Karen Chance

Still reading for my free space stamp for Bookshelf BINGO.