Posted: April 19, 2015 in books

dark house

What’s your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.

By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.

Having been a fan of Laurie Faria Stolarz Touch series I thought I’d give this one a try. As a fan of horror I was a little disappointed by the lack of it in this book. It started out with promise but sadly I found the action scenes too short and quite rushed especially at the end of the book. Told from each characters perspective we learn a little about each of them and their purpose in the story line but I personally felt that I needed more information. Having said that it did hold my interest and I know there is a sequel due to be released on July 21st since it had been left on a cliffhanger but I still feel she should have slowed the pace and given us a little more action. I fully intend to read the next installment to find out what happens. An enjoyable read although a little lacking in action which is why I’m giving it a four star rating.

Are you a good judge of character?

Posted: April 18, 2015 in books


I think we all like to think we are. Generally i’m usually right about a person. If I meet someone and hold a strong dislike to them I’ve found more often than not that they are either liars or users. Of course this only applies to actually meeting a person. I feel there’s no way you can judge a character from online conversations. They could be lying their arses off painting a wonderful picture of themselves and how would you know? I’ll leave those character judges to the likes of TV shows such as Catfish :) But usually you can judge a person within a few hours of meeting them. I watch how they react to the surroundings or their facial expressions during conversations. Kids are almost always a good icebreaker and also a test of patience to the person meeting them. If they leap up cursing and getting angry then you can rest assure they are not very nice people to surround yourself with, well in my book anyway :)


I would like to learn carpentry. It’s an odd thing for a woman to want to do but it’s something I’ve always been keen to learn. I love DIY although not power tools i’ll leave those for the men :) My dad is a good carpenter and he builds cabinets, wardrobes etc and they are so much stronger than what you buy in the stores. You can design them especially for your needs and to the size you want. My dad has and will make me what I want but i’d like to be able to do it myself. Maybe one day i’ll be able to pick up the skill :)

What building do you hate the most?

Posted: April 16, 2015 in books

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This could be somewhere like a church, maybe because the chill and silence makes you uneasy. Or even a museum where the wax figures freak you out or possibly a restaurant after a bad case of food poisoning. For me it is a pub. I detest the places! Nothing but trouble comes out of those places. There always seem to be arguments or fights breaking out over the stupidest things. Football matches are a typical reason for this. Everyone gathers to watch them and drink far too much. Most will disagree with me but there’s no denying at least one problem occurs in them every night. If i’m honest i would rather go through root canal than spend half an hour in a pub! How about you? What building do you hate?

Flying the nest

Posted: April 15, 2015 in books

nest 2Can you recall the day you flew the nest? Breaking out on your own no longer under the protective wing of your parents. It’s been many years for me and my memories are vague but I do recall that I was determined to make it. I was young and pregnant with my first child and it was hard going through temporary housing and being in a strange place with heaps of responsibilities that i’d never had before. My parents were there if I needed them and I knew that. You come to realize just what your parents had gone through and the struggle it is to make ends meet. You find yourself feeling guilty for your teenage antics (well I did anyway) All those times you treated the house like a hotel coming and going as you pleased leaving your room in a mess and a sink full of dirty dishes. The little things you took for granted become clear to you and you appreciate all that they have done for you through the years. It’s a strange feeling and I can only hope my children feel the same when they come to fly the nest.

What sort of reader are you?

Posted: April 14, 2015 in books


Are you the type that only gives a book a few chapters before you give up on it altogether or do you persist to the end even though you would rather watch paint dry? What about series? Have you read the first book and thought meh and given up on the series or continued with dedication to the end hoping they improve? Obviously if a book isn’t that interesting it’s hard to continue reading it but then some books are slow starters and you may find that the story improves and you could have missed out on a fantastic book. The same can apply to series. I’ve followed many series and found some books are brilliant while others are just okay but all are crucial to the story line. So what type of reader are you? A devourer or a selective one :)


Posted: April 13, 2015 in books


Another sketch for you this time in colour :)