Sunday Post ~ Epi Pens and Inconsiderateness

0abf9b9e-b7ac-4d59-b451-7eb7c64ea1b9_zps47hi5hueThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

First, before I forget. Again. I have started a blog that is more personal to pursue some of my writing dreams. I am slow getting it off the ground, but you might find some interesting things over there at Sassy Sissy Bear.

I was very surprised this week when I went into the pharmacy to pick up my monthly prescription that is fully covered by my insurance and the cashier said, “That’ll be $249.” I flipped my shit right then and there, because it’s been that kind of week. THEN she said, “Well, you do have an EPI Pen.” WHAT? I have an EPI Pen script without any diagnosis? I wasn’t too pleased with the allergist. I was called three days later.

CONFIRMED: I am highly allergic to avocado, as I have said since the first time I came into skin contact in high school. Based on the reaction then, I will go into anaphylactic shock if I ingest it. I am also highly allergic to cedar, and was told to come in throughout the year if I needed a shot because I will need it.  I also asked my mom if she’d ever seen me eat an orange as a child since the allergist was stunned when I told her I never had. My mom confirmed that I never ate an orange as a kid…because I’m allergic! There were a whole bunch of other things in the food panel, and I go back to the allergist on my birthday in February to have the environmental panel skin test done.

This week was full of inconsiderateness from others. I don’t know why in this day and age I am astounded by it as most people live the ME, ME, ME life. First, exes. Mine refused to respond all month about his final payment to clear our debt, so I paid it out of his account. The following morning I received a demanding text for his engagement ring back. Thursday I set up a date and time to meet. Saturday afternoon he finally responded that he wanted to exchange that day since he was busy on Sunday. UH, NO. I was in the middle of grading events for UIL and did not have it with me. He wanted to hang out and watch the football game, but that’s not my problem. If he cannot make arrangements then he can do without. It’s obviously not that important to him. I was inconvenienced for four years of my life – what should have been the best 4 years of my 20s. I’m not interested in hearing his moaning about being inconvenienced for one afternoon.

The man’s ex received the letter from the attorney. Instead of contacting him within five days, she left the vehicle in dispute at their work with an unattended firearm inside and one of the keys that could be accessed by anyone. She also had a shitty letter typed up and signed that threatened to pursue legal action with her attorney. If you had an attorney, he would have contacted the attorney who sent the letter. It wouldn’t have been sent on cheap copy paper with fragmented, incomplete sentences and punctuation and spelling errors. No attorney would put their name on that. In the letter that she signed, she stupidly admitted to committing two crimes as well as a plethora of threats and some things that call her mental capacity into question. I began going through all of the text messages between them over the last two years for any information that the man could use to present to his attorney. In 583 pages of text messages, I found several that will stand up in court if she continues to believe in this delusional world she has built for herself.

On Thursday my students took their unit test. I verify their name is on their test booklet and they have bubbled all answers on their scantron, so they must turn them into me and wait for confirmation. There were a lot of administrative things going on Thursday, so at times I would be responding to an email or sorting other documents and my kids were shoving their tests at me! Or, they would ask what to do with them. WAIT. WAIT A GODDAMN COTTON-PICKIN’ MINUTE. Lord have mercy. As the day went on, I became furious about this.

Yearbook is also driving me nutso. Not one single page is completed still. I now must submit the final to our principal on March 1, so my deadline has been cut by three weeks. Things are going to kick into overdrive this week. I am holding a mandatory meeting, as MANY of my staff have not been showing up. There will be attendance taken at each meeting. I am letting them know that their productivity and attendance will determine who is selected next year for yearbook staff and allowed into the exclusive yearbook class. I am done with the horseplay.

One of my Oral Reading girls placed at UIL, which was a hot fucking mess. The whole thing should have been disputed as they had parents judging events, not the appropriate number of judges for events, etc. It was a sideshow for sure, and I believe I am accepting the torch to be my school’s UIL Coordinator next school year. In two years my school will host the competition.

 ~ Last Week  on G1000W ~


~ This Week on G1000W ~

  • Monday
    • Cover Characteristic ~ Skylines
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ Historical Settings I Love
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday
    • Review + Giveaway ~ Not Always Happenstance
  • Friday
    • Blast + Giveaway ~ Sexual Confessional


~ New Arrivals to Land of 1000 Wonders ~

~ Around Town in the Spotlight ~


 ~ Open Giveaways ~

 Broken Things to Mend | In Time for You | Level Up

The Sound of the Stones | This Little President | Dream of Me | Feast of Fates 

Thoughts on Thursday: My Reading Past


My Reading Past

I started reading at a young age. My mother has always been a reader, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Being in education, we say that a lot.

As a primary student, I liked adventure. I consumed everything I could get my hands on. I loved being part of the Highlights club. I would save them up all year long to read and work on during the summer, when I didn’t have access to any books. (I don’t think we had a public library then.)

In elementary school I switched gears a little. As an advanced reader, I was reading middle school level books. That was also when I got into a big nonfiction phase. Apparently I was obsessed with Susan B. Anthony.

Middle school seems to have come and gone. I read a smattering of things, and those years seemed to all blur together. I remember being big on mythology for a while. The one thing I remember with clarity was the red dot books. These were books with “mature” content that we at 6th grade were much too young to read. The minute we walked through the doors for 8th grade, we made a beeline for Detour for Emma. This was a book that was whispered about at the lunch table and in the girls bathrooms. At the time it was so controversial and taboo for us to even think about. Now, it’s almost a norm.

During this period I started secretly reading my mother’s romance books. I would stay up until all hours of the night – ahem, when my mother would come home at 1 or 2 AM from work – and quickly shove the book under my mattress and pretend to be asleep. I found I was growing bored with the selections at school and I didn’t get to go to the public library very often.

High school was a smorgasbord of reading. I read all kinds of things from romance (which I was highly embarrassed for anyone to see me check out), to high seas adventures (Bloody Jack, you have captured my heart), to realistic fiction.


How would you describe your reading past?

When did your reading interests change during your school years?

Do you have any books you’d highly recommend from your reading past?

WWW Wednesdays (January 27)


This is a weekly meme hosted hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.

What are you currently reading? 

Not-Always-Happenstance I also started reading my first February review book, Not Always Happenstance. This is the second book in the Matchmaker series.


I’m still working on Jeff Anderson’s Zach Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth.

I love that he is a Central Texan and he writes about our area. His commentary about middle school life is spot-on.

 What did you just finish reading?

FeastofFates_CORRECT_cover_final-188x300I finally finished this epic of a fantasy! I was sweating bullets trying to get it done for the tour. This was only my second book coming out of my slump, so I don’t know if that means I’m really out of my slump.

Feast of Fates reviewed last Friday on the blog. There are several very good reviews up on Goodreads already for this debut author!

 What do you think you’ll read next?

I moved Dog Goner to the backburner as I finish up Zack Delacruz and Not Always Happenstance. I’ll be starting on Scott Cramer’s The Toucan Trilogy next. The other four are the next ones in my carousel.

 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Get Me Feeling Nostalgic


Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Books That Get Me Feeling Nostalgic 

These are two of my top nostalgic books. I could add several more, but the post would be forever long.

Looking for Alaska ~ John Green

I understand there are many people who have read more recent reads of John Green’s and have burned out, and that there are others who do not appreciate this book due to the topic. This book means the world to me, and every time I think about it or look at it, I am reminded of the vibrant life of my cousin. Alaska is so like my cousin Ricky, who would be 31 this June. Like Alaska, he had inner demons that plagued him that he could not share or work through. The vision he had of his life and his future were exactly like Alaska’s: bleak.

I read Looking for Alaska in my adolescent literature class, which was a requirement for my degree plan to teach middle school language arts. At first I wasn’t very excited about this book, and somewhere along the way I fell in love with Pudge, the Colonel, Takumi and Alaska. I was blown by the sheer dedication Pudge had for Alaska.

This is the only John Green book I have read, and I am so grateful John Green wrote it. I am thankful my professor required this in our reading selection. Six months after I read this book, we lost my cousin Ricky. I would never have read this book after losing Ricky. Never.

It’s been almost five years and I still remember that day with crystal clarity. There is no amount of love or emotion that time can erase, and that is the love that Pudge has for Alaska.


The Snitch, Houdini, and Me: Humorous Tales of Death-Defying Childhood Misadventure ~ Johnny Virgil

Johnny Virgil is hilarious. Absolutely hilarious. I wish I lived on their street as a kid. I might have been a selective friend and kept my distance for the love of life, but I still wish I had lived on their street because they are awesome.

Johnny, his younger brothers (The Snitch and Houdini) and his friend Markie (The Slug) come to life in this incredibly funny collection of memoirs. I reviewed this book summer of 2013 in my first year of blogging.

The stories and shenannigans that Virgil details remind me oh so much of my cousins Ricky and Mikey as kids, and all the hell they put me and my cousin Crissy through. Oh, those china berry trees…how they got us in so much trouble! Reading this brought back so many wonderful – and scary – memories of my own childhood.

Even as a girl, I can relate to and appreciate this wonderful collection of life stories from a time of the past when it was “Go out and play and don’t come home until it’s dark.”

Blast + Giveaway: How to Marry Your Wife


Will the treacherous journey split them asunder forever?


Genre: Medieval Romance
Publication Date: November 18, 2015
What foul devilry is this? They told her he was dead. After six long years without a word, her knight falls onto his knees and sings poetry. Then he denies their son? Heed this well. She’s no longer an innocent who’ll giggle and tarry on his every word. The sharp edge of her tongue and knife is the only welcome he’ll get. She’ll not marry him. The pain would be too much to bear should he ever leave again.
Her attitude is beyond understanding. What voice did he have? The king commanded and he obeyed. Regardless of her hatred, the Templar knight weds. This time she will travel with him and he will win back her favor. It’s a long road from London to Hadrian’s Wall. Evil deeds weave a plot laced with castles, kidnappings, and missives. Will the treacherous journey split them asunder forever? Mayhap only in heaven will he rekindle the passion they once shared.

One thick lock of bronze hair escaped the mass tied to her head. The length twisted past a full breast, beyond her navel, and just above a thatch of curly hair. There, he’d almost known her. Would she take him back? She’d haunted every one of his dreams, followed him like a wraith from London, to France, to Italy, the Holy Lands, and by God, back again. She would marry him. He’d insist. He cleared his throat and stepped out into the open on the lowest tier of bricks.

Eyes wide, her mouth dropped open, and she screeched. One arm covered both breasts and the other hand went low. “Thomas? Is that you? Haunt me not. Be gone. Damn you.”

He put melody to one of the hundreds of poems he’d composed as his lower appendage swelled for her. “Merry, Merry. So very ever fair-ye.”

“Good heavenly Father above. Now it sings?” She picked up a scrubbing brush lying beside a pile of her clothing. Fire from the hearth reflected red into her stunned eyes. Water sloshed over the edge of the highest pools onto the surface of the one below it. The lower edge of the middle bath did the same in perfect counterpoint.

He took a deep breath, jumped up three stairs, and opened his arms wide. “Nay a ghost, love. I’ve come back for you.”

A small nugget of soap whizzed by and would’ve grazed a cheek had he not stepped aside. She dropped to her knees with what he thought was a prayer, jostled in her belongings, and rose with the vicious edge of a dagger. She hissed and jabbed in his direction. “Nay. Be gone ghost. You can’t be Thomas. They said you were dead.”

“They? Who are they, dearest? There’s only I, your love. I’ve returned.” Three steps more brought him within an arm’s length. He reached forward with palms up.

With her un-daggered hand, she finger-poked him and her gray eyes went wider still. She paled when she hit solid mail under his tunic and for a moment their eyes locked like years ago and he was all but undone.

I love Yoga, Zumba, and DIY house projects. My latest fun toy is a tile cutter. Wheee. What else can I tile?
I grew up in New England, in Vermont and have always enjoyed making up stories. When I was a kid, nothing was sacred. Crayons would fight other crayons for placement in the box. Street lamps, when they lost their bulbs, would cry. Needless to say, I still have an active imagination.
I love traveling. I’m one of those people that all other travelers hate. I lay back, when the plane takes off, and awake when the plane touches down.
I have two grown daughters, one lives in Brooklyn and one in Rome. My husband  loves to edit my work, and my two cats jump on my keyboard when I’m not watching. Blame them if you see typos.
Cheers and thanks for reading.

Cover Characteristics: Pianos


This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

Today’s Cover Characteristic: Pianos

This is my first post for Cover Characteristics, and it took me a while finding covers with pianos. These were the top nine I found, and I really like the first two and the last two.


Upcoming Themes: 31st January – Skyline(s)

And Then: Statue(s), Cemeteries/Tombstone(s), Framed picture(s)/photo(s), Gargoyle(s), hand(s), doorknob(s)

Sunday Post ~ Diatomaceous Earth and UIL

0abf9b9e-b7ac-4d59-b451-7eb7c64ea1b9_zps47hi5hueThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

Well, the fleas are back. And this time we have two houses and yards to treat. Joy! This time I know exactly what to do and I decked out our yards and homes with diatomaceous earth and we started Baby on a Dawn/apple cider vinegar bath regimen. However, this was Richard’s first bath with Baby. I warned him that she is a jumper. It was a rough start, but after a while he got her to calm down. He is planning on taking her on a “spa” date at Petsmart. I am not supporting a bunch of free-loading fleas!

Yesterday was our area’s UIL competition. I had 6th graders competing in Oral Reading and Maps, Charts and Graphs. I am so proud of them! They did great!

On the other end of the spectrum, I am dragging ass with reading. I know I’m still in a slump, but I also am busy all day and am exhausted when I get home. I feel like I have made only 1% progress for COYER and my NetGalley challenge…and then I was notified I have been auto-approved for another publisher. I have got to get this under control!

Where do you guys find any little time to read during your day? I need to use every spare moment I have during the week so I can enjoy my weekends because Richard is now off on weekends for the next month. 🙂

 ~ Last Week  on G1000W ~


~ This Week on G1000W ~


  • Monday
    • Cover Characteristic ~ Pianos
    • Blast + Giveaway ~ How to Marry Your Wife
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday
    • Thoughts on Thursdays ~


~ New Arrivals to Land of 1000 Wonders ~

I was good this week. I didn’t get anything!


~ Around Town in the Spotlight ~


 ~ Open Giveaways ~

 Broken Things to Mend | In Time for You | Level Up

The Sound of the Stones | This Little President 

Review + Giveaway: Feast of Fates

Welcome to my tour stop for Feast of Fates by Christian A. Brown. This is a new adult epic dark fantasy. The tour runs January 11-22 with reviews only. Books are available in ebook formats worldwide for reviewers.

Title: Feast of Fates
Author: Christian A. Brown
Publisher: Forsythia Press
Release Date: December 2014
Length: 523 pages
Series?: Four Feasts Till Darkness #1
Genre: Epic Dark Fantasy

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

Morigan lives a quiet life as the handmaiden to a fatherly old sorcerer named Thackery. But when she crosses paths with Caenith, a not wholly mortal man, her world changes forever. Their meeting sparks long buried magical powers deep within Morigan. As she attempts to understand her newfound abilities, unbidden visions begin to plague her–visions that show a devastating madness descending on one of the Immortal Kings who rules the land.
With Morigan growing more powerful each day, the leaders of the realm soon realize that this young woman could hold the key to their destruction. Suddenly, Morigan finds herself beset by enemies, and she must master her mysterious gifts if she is to survive.

***** Review *****

The Skinny

There are a tremendous number of characters in this book, perhaps the most characters of all the books I have read. This is an epic fantasy that follows Morigan, a handmaiden. One day while searching for a particular shop owner, she meets her soulmate. Caenith is not quiet the man most would think. He is only half man, and his other half allows him magical powers that have allowed him to live for centuries.

While two immortal kings – brothers, no less – are at odds due to an unknown evil force that has taken hold. The two worlds they inhabit and lead, Eod and Zioch, are on the precipice of a brutal war.

In Menos, the character Mouse is drawn into the fates and prophecies when she is deemed to have very clear destiny. She is saved by the one man who could ruin her.

The Quote

As she went, she basked in the beauty of Alabion; her eyes drawn to dewy leaves glittering as if scattered with diamonds, her ears to the music that echoed through the pines, her nose to the earthy pungency of the mulch beneath her toes.

The Highs and Lows

This is most definitely an adult book. It contains very mature content. This book might contain triggers for some people. 

  • List of Characters. There were PAGES upon PAGES of characters with short and lengthy descriptions. It was daunting. I felt I was already losing ground with the plot before I ever got to page one.
  • Prologue. The prologue was confusing to read. I didn’t see right away how it connected to the first chapter. I had to read several chapters before it started sinking in and I could see some of the connections.
  • The writing. From the very beginning there is a beautiful style of prose that is so sensory and profound. It is elegant and smooth, free-flowing. I found myself highlighting so many quotations to potentially use in my review to illustrate the artistry of the craft.
  • Morigan. She is an ethereal being with marked looks. It is what craws Caenith to her. However, she soon finds herself suffering from “the bees” as she calls them, that are relentless in inundating her mind with everything happening in the city.
  • Caenith. He has a heartbreaking story, and he is more than a man. He has lived far longer than humans. I found him so interesting.
  • Plot. The plot is very intricate and complex. Combined with the beauty of Brown’s writing style

The Take-Away

The writing. It is long and eloquent and poised. Although it slows down the plot at times because you just want to get on with it and see what will happen, I couldn’t help but admire the writing style.

Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip? 

If you’re a die-hard epic fantasy fan, definitely buy this one. If you are interested, I’d recommend borrowing.


***** About the Author *****

Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Feast of Fates, Christian A. Brown received a Kirkus star in 2014 for the first novel in his genre-changing Four Feasts Till Darkness series. He has appeared on Newstalk 1010, AM640, Daytime Rogers, and Get Bold Today with LeGrande Green. He actively writes a blog about his mother’s journey with cancer and on gender issues in the media. A lover of the weird and wonderful, Brown considers himself an eccentric with a talent for cat-whispering.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


***** Giveaway *****

$50 Amazon gift card
Three (3) additional winners get a digital copy of Feast of Fates
Open Worldwide
Ends Jan. 27, 2016
Prizing is provided by the author, hosts are not responsible. Must be 13 or older to enter and have parental permission if under 17. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.

Click here to enter the giveaway!

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

Blast + Giveaway: Dream Of Me

Glory St. Pierre never thought so many lies could hold so much truth, especially when her entire life has been one of those lies. Now that she knows who she really is, she must find a way to come to terms with it before the Djinn sorcerer Rasputin and his steel army descend down upon the human and Djinn realms, wielding magic so dark even her own Djinn lover, Irving, is wary of it.

Their only hope to save the realms are a couple of hunters and the Lords of the Djinn Order, four powerful Djinn who have remained elusive for centuries. Armed with her only granted wish, a fabulous airship, and the Djinn she loves by her side, Glory will embark on a quest to find the four lords and enlist their help. But there is a reason the lords have been in hiding, and once this tiny band of adventurers awakens them from their slumber, they will set off a chain of events that has been in the making since the beginning of time.

There is no turning back now.

Series: The Djinn Order, Act Two
Publication Date:January 19, 2016
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy/Romance

I sighed in defeated, rose and flung the rest of my clothes over a chair before climbing  back into bed. Irving watched my every movement and then when I was settled, he slid under the covers with me and tangled our legs together as he pulled my body against his.

“Are we still angry with each other?” he asked.

“I was never angry with you.” Irving made a face. “Okay, maybe I was. But I’m not now. Hell, I let you bang me in public today! I think we’re good.”

Irving laughed. “Your exaggerations of life are always so entertaining, my love.”

“I try.”

“But I want you to know that I am not angry with you either. I really do understand why you feel the way that you feel and I accept it. I could parade you around in front of my kind and try to solicit their love for you, but it would be false. And in the end, you would hate me, you would hate who you are, and I do not want that for you. So if for now is all we have, then I will treasure every moment until the day we are no more.”

I didn’t want to cheapen his words by adding any of my pointless ones to what he said. So we just lay in silence for a while and let the gentle sway of the airship lull us.

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A. Star is a fan of dirty passion. She loves to read it, and she damn sure loves to write it. She is the author of the Mythos: Gods & Lovers series and the Djinn Order series. She is a night-owl and a coffee junkie, and the only sneaker she would be caught dead wearing are Converses.

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Famous Last Words #1

Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words is a new monthly feature here in Land of 1000 Wonders. I wanted to find a new way to share some fabulous quotations from reads old and new. The inspiration for this feature came from the character Pudge in John Green’s Looking for Alaska.


Light Fantastique 1


Marie St. Jean is a young actress famous for her role as Fantastique. She is known across Paris as Fantastique, a role she reprised for years in the Théâtre Bohème, owned by her mother, Madame Lucille St. Jean.

Upon her return to France, Marie has returned to the stage. She is an extremely gifted actress. When she takes on a new role she does it so well that it frightens her.

Marie and Lucille appear in the second installment in the Aether Psychics series, Light Fantastique. You can read my review here.