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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

Room for Improvement
Stacey Ballis
Progress: 100 %
Silver Shadows
Richelle Mead
Victory of Eagles (Temeraire Series #5)
Naomi Novik
Dragon Actually
G.A. Aiken
Progress: 1 %
An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1)
Dakota Cassidy
Progress: 56 %




Favorite Book Quotes

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


Reading progress update: 19%.

Room for Improvement - Stacey Ballis

I feel this:


Reading progress update: 5%.

Room for Improvement - Stacey Ballis

The 5 Most WTF Room Makeovers Hildi Santo-Tomas Did On "Trading Spaces"

Current book reading has a synopsis making me flash back on these.

Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/the-5-most-wtf-room-makeovers-hildi-santo-tomas-did-on-tradi?utm_term=.dczB8LGLA#.esPRBGzGQ

That Changing Rooms teapot episide that a book synopsis made me flashback to,

Source: http://youtu.be/Opb8iaslEjE

Reading progress update: 1%.

Room for Improvement - Stacey Ballis

Opens with a walk of shame.


This is a random library find, chick lit drama, that sounds like a funny spoof of reality tv and fit my booklikes-opoly roll.


I miss BBC's Changing Rooms and the original seasons of TLC's Trading Spaces.  


Having flashbacks to two outrageous to me episodes --



the Changing Rooms one where the designer made swinging, open shelves suspended from rope fastened only at ceiling but not secured to floor to hold homeiwner's prized rare teapot collection (teapots crashed of course) and several Hildi ones like the family who had several cats where she glued dark brown felt to the dining room walks (however would you avoid that attracting cat fur much less ever clean it?).

Freebie that was recommended

Graveyard Shift  - Angela Roquet

Just downloaded this first book (with more of series already published) based on a friend's recommendation.  Currently free for kindle.


Sounds like I'll like the main character if the story isn't too much like too many other UF/PNR books.


Synopsis reads:

"The Inferno has Evolved… Lana Harvey is a reaper, and a lousy one at that.


She resides in Limbo City, the modern capital of the collective afterlives, where she likes to stick it to the man (the legendary Grim Reaper himself) by harvesting the bare minimum of souls required of her. She’d much rather be hanging out with Gabriel, her favorite archangel, at Purgatory Lounge.


But when a shocking promotion falls in her lap, Lana learns something that could unravel the very fabric of Eternity. If the job isn’t completed, there could be some real hell to pay."


Reading for Booklikes-opoly #5

Room for Improvement - Stacey Ballis

Well, the first three in series were free ... just downloaded, I am weak

Hidden (Dragonlands #1) - Megg Jensen Hunted (Dragonlands Book 2) - Megg Jensen Retribution - Megg Jensen

Okay, I had a wild hair and looked at freebies again.  After resolving not to unless going to immediately read after a "look inside" or a friend strongly recommended one after reading.  


In in my defense, series has several books already available, so while some beginning ones were free on Amazon I downloaded.


Truthfully, I might not have looked twice at them based on that first cover with half a girl's face (I have decided I really have bad experiences with the half a girl's face covers for self/indie published works).  Booklikes daily deals showed book 2 with dragons which had me click to read synopsis.

Freebies in booklikes Daily Deals

Just a reminder in case helps anyone browsing for booklikes-opoly!

Source: http://booklikes.com/dailydeals/free

Roll 5 for Booklikes-opoly

"The Perfect Neighbors" Short Story

Good morning, everyone!

My new short story, "The Perfect Neighbors" is now available over at Flash Fiction Magazine.

A darkly humorous tale about the horrors of new neighbors.



And don't forget to follow me on Facebook for updates on new stories and crafting shenanigans!




Reblogged from FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt

Hear ye, Hear ye: Booklikes-opoly Rules Change!

I've entertained a request from a player to reconsider the "odd days are roll days" rule, and I think that JL makes a good point. The purpose of the rule is to slow down speed readers from rolling every day. However, if it takes a slower reader 3 days to finish a book, they aren't able to roll until day 4, which sort of defeats the purpose of the rule.


In light of this, I am making a rules change as follows:


Players can roll no more frequently than every other day.


Example: player rolls on Monday, but doesn't finish her book until Thursday - player can roll on Thursday, because Tuesday and Wednesday are non-roll days for the individual player. If player finishes her book on Friday, she still can't roll until Saturday, because Friday is a non-roll day for the player.

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader

Reading progress update: 5%.

It's Raining Men - Jennifer Stevenson

And, I'm out.  I can see the potential to be humorous and to get to some interesting worldbuilding, but DNF.


Not in the mood for switching POVs to endlessly admire each other's features and internally vocalize how turned on the other makes them.


I probably shouldn't even have tried this one tonight coming off a 5-star read.  Surely the whole book couldn't be full of what was annoying me.


[Just watch, tomorrow's booklikes-opoly dice roll will suit this perfectly.]

Free Short Story: "A Burden Shared" by Jo Walton


 Her booklikes likes author page is here.


 Tooth and Claw - Jo Walton  The King's Peace by Walton, Jo (2000) Hardcover - Jo Walton  Among Others - Jo Walton  


(Found thanks to recent TOR.com newsletter.)

Source: http://www.tor.com/2017/04/19/a-burden-shared

Supernatural Collective Nouns

Source: http://wondermark.com/566

The Wheel of Time TV Series Moving Forward at Sony Pictures Television with Showrunner Rafe Judkins

Found in recent TOR.com newsletter.


Source: http://www.tor.com/2017/04/20/the-wheel-of-time-tv-serie-sony-pictures-rafe-judkins