Cover Characteristics: Gargoyles

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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 week’s 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: Gargoyles


Upcoming Themes:

6th March – Hand(s)

13th March – Doorknob(s)

Then: Kissing

Review: Dog Goner

Title: Dog Goner
Author: Cynthia Port
Release Date: April 2013
Length: 248 pages
Series?: Kibble Talk #2
Genre: Middle Grades

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

Secrets will be revealed! Fondest wishes will be fulfilled! Permacrud will be . . . what the heck is permacrud, anyway? Find out in Dog Gone Dinky, the second book in the hilarious Kibble Talk series. Tawny and Jenny, along with their dogs Dinky and Gunner, have set themselves on a mission – or really, three missions. But there’s someone else with a fondest wish, and they’ll do anything to get it. Can Dinky save the day before he becomes a dog goner? Dog Gone Dinky is a fast moving and funny fiction story perfect for readers aged 7 to 12 or as a read-a-loud.


***** Review *****

The Skinny

Tawny is at it again! In the second installment, her parents are now hot on the adoption trail. Tawny’s friend Jenny has now been welcomed into the Kibble Talker fold and she is hot on the trail to discovering how to become one. Jenny wants to find a victim to experiment on, but Tawny is terrified that someone will use their powers for evil. In the meantime, Jenny is stuck doing portraits for Sandra and her dog Buster while her brother suddenly turns into an interrupting cow during each session. Renselear Higginbotham, a shop owner at the mall, tries everything possible to get Jenny to draw his portrait. He is slimy and creepy and weird and not very nice, and the girls cannot seem to escape him. There is definitely something he wants from them, and he will stop at nothing to get it. Tawny and Jenny are the key.

The Players

  • Tawny – a typical twelve-year-old with a secret
  • Dinky – Tawny’s Great Dawn who thinks he is a lap dog
  • Jenny – Tawny’s very outspoken best friend; she is also an excellent artist
  • Gunner – Tawny’s DIRTY dog whose only wish is to be clean
  • Fitz – a strange classmate of Tawny’s and Jenny’s that they sort of befriend
  • Zach – Jenny’s older brother who is always interrupting her portraits
  • Sandy – a beautiful girl Zach is in love with; her family owns a pet salon and school
  • Buster – Sandy’s old dog who is overly pampered
  • Renselear Higginbotham – a strange and creepy man who owns a cats and dogs figurines shop in the mall; he wants something from Tawny and Jenny

The Quote

 Dinky had pointed this out to me when I couldn’t understand why my parents thought I didn’t want a sibling. He said we humans don’t ask the important things right out. We ask things sideways instead and then look for clues.

The Highs and Lows

  • + Jenny. She is brutally honest and upfront, and I appreciated that in a character so young. She does not stand for anyone to bully her or treat her as inferior. There were many times Jenny spoke up when Tawny remained silent. She also does a lot of the talking when they get into “situations.”
  • + Dinky. He cracks me up. Although he seemed more tame in this installment, there were still plenty of times when Dinky’s sarcasm came right on out. He was definitely some comedic relief. He is also very wise and sees more about his loved ones than he lets on.
  • + Fitz. Fitz is a weird and strange kid that most people at school try to ignore. He is obsessed with the hobo lifestyle and living light. Then he switches gears with his bragging rights about being wealthy, rolling into school in a Hummer. His other vehicle is a yatch. Besides the whole hobo/rich thing, Fitz is a pretty quiet kid that flies under the radar.
  • Higginbottom. He was the perfect type of villain. He was slimy and creepy and nauseous. Of course I didn’t like him, but he played his role well. He was also very evil. At one point (and then onward) I would even say he was cruel. Utterly cruel.

The Take-Away

This is a crazy train! Kibble-eating kids, dialectical dogs, harping hobos, adoptions, creepy creepers, death wishes, and kidnapping. There is so much going on that it hits the high notes.

Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip? 

Borrow it! It’s well worth the read and is entertaining and enjoyable.

Sunday Post ~ The Week of Crazy

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.

Life is kind of crappy right around now. We have a million things going on at school and things just keep piling on. It’s a bit of a nightmare. Ironically, I’m ready for STAAR because it signifies the true downward slope and drop-off of the year.

On the birthday front, I’d just like to say that my “friends” are Debbie downer party pooper peanut butts.  Only one showed up for my birthday outing – and she drove 2 hours to be there. The man was really disappointed – and to be honest, bored – with the outcome. I know it also bothered him because he pushed for me to “do” something for my birthday…and that happened. Some other weird things happened this week, and I’ll leave it at this: I know there is somewhere else I belong. I just don’t know what or where yet.

Credit: austin.culturemap

Have you been outside today? Oh, I’m allergic to you! After meeting with the allergist, she confirmed I am allergic to essentially every grass, weed, and tree in Central Texas. No joke. I’m on an antihistamine, Flonase, and Singulair. After much discussion with the man, and the fact that the last time he seeded his backyard it was with one of the grasses I am most reactive to, I will be getting allergy shots. After my deductible, it’s about $100 to mix the serum and about $8 per shot, so it’s not going to break the bank.

Thursday I spent the afternoon and evening freezing into one solid walking ice cube while photographing the track meet. I also stole blankets from my 8th grader babies – my first group of students. I was there so long I killed 5 cameras, so we should have plenty of photos for the yearbook!

In December I said I was going to get back to my writing…and it is now basically March and there has been zilch movement on the front. I have found another way to keep my writing more together than saving files on my computer, so hopefully this crazy train gets off the ground soon.

No more putting off my TBR Jar!

A photo posted by Charlie Anderson (@sissybearla) on Feb 27, 2016 at 6:14pm PST



 ~ Last Week  on G1000W ~

~ This Week on G1000W ~

  • Monday
    • Cover Characteristic ~ Gargoyles
    • Review ~ Dog Goner
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ If You’re in the Mood for Comedy
    • Blast + Giveaway ~ If We Were a Movie
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
    • February Chit Chat
    • Blast + Giveaway ~ Feline Valentine
  • Thursday
    • ?
  • Friday

~ New Arrivals to Land of 1000 Wonders ~

Maybe an ebook or three.

~ Around Town in the Spotlight ~

 ~ Open Giveaways ~

Not Always HappenstanceWhispers of the Serpent | Darkness Eternal

Blast + Giveaway: Darkness Eternal


His efforts exposes shocking secrets that threaten their future…


Publication Date: March 1, 2015
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian, LGBT
Series: Refuge, Inc. #5

As above, so below, except when referring to the underground Refuge Inc. compound.

A century after an asteroid impact and merely fifteen years after a second collision that turned the world into a noxious wasteland, Cadet Connor Nichols and other Refuge facility residents are making the most of their spherical underground utopia they call home.

But when a breach threatens to poison the occupants with toxic air, Connor is forced to make life-altering decisions in an attempt to save lives and his only home. With help from best friend and training partner, Vince Moore, he’s reminded that good leadership requires responsibility.

His struggle intensifies as everything he knows about the facility, the leaders, and himself becomes twisted, distorted, and turned into the unimaginable when his efforts exposes shocking secrets that threaten their future.

*A standalone in the Refuge Inc. series



The author of several books of fiction and fiction with spice, Leslie Lee Sanders resides in Queen Creek, Arizona, with her husband, three daughters, and a wild beast she calls her imagination. After writing erotic romance, mostly in the gay and ménage categories, she’s recently plunged into writing deep, dark, sci-fi with her LGBT post-apocalyptic and dystopian series, Refuge Inc.


Feature Follow Friday ~ February 26, 2016

Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The goal of Feature & Follow is to meet new bloggers, make friends, and gain readers.

Letter to My Favorite Author

Dear L.A.,

I have fallen in love with Jacky Faber and her adventuring life. I don’t know how this idea came to you, but you took it and ran with it. Bloody Jack is one of my top two favorite series.

Jacky is such an interesting mix of a character. She’s hard and scrappy, but she has this incredible heart. Sometimes that heart gets her in trouble, but she always somehow makes it out of even the worst of scrapes. I think Jackie’s character helped me overcome a lot of my own personal scrapes…or maybe I just ignored them and got lost in the books.

I’m a middle school language arts teacher now, and when my kids ask for book recommendations, yours is always one that I give.

I have loved the journey you created for Jacky and for me, and I was heartbroken when I heard of your passing. I thought it was flying in style and so fitting that Jackie was the one to make the announcement.

Happy sails and good tides.


Who are the top three authors you’d write to? 

Thoughts on Thursday: Archiving Interviews & Guest Posts



Do You Archive Interviews & Guest Posts?


Recently I’ve been wondering if that tab up top titled GUESTS is even necessary. It is a collection of the author interviews and guest posts that there have been over the years on the blog.

I have manually entered and updated this list as the years have gone on, and I’m afraid I have missed a few here and there since there was a long stretch that I ignored this little corner of the blog.

My dilemma is this: do I even need this? Do you guys have a tab for your guests on the blog?

If each of these items is categorized by either the “author guest post” or “author interview” categories, what is the point of having them in a tab up top? I’m wanting to clean that space up a little and make it more functional for myself as well as users.

What do you guys think?


Do you archive interviews and guest posts?

If so, how do you make this archive work for you?

Do I need to keep this tab up top?

Thoughts on Thursday: Book Bae/Friend

Book Bae or Friend

Who is your book boyfriend or girlfriend or best friend? What qualities does this character have that makes him/her the best?

This topic seems so familiar! I talked exclusively about book boyfriends last September, but I’d like to chew on the other part of that: the best friend part. I also talked about my favorite fictional friendships last November, but who really would be my book-based best friend?

We all know my book bae is Jamie Fraser. I mean, the man is embodies so many characteristics that it’s hard to say no. Except when he’s spitting mad and ready with that belt. Then plead and cry and snivel and say no as much as possible to change his mind!

As far as the best friend I would pick from a book…is impossible. So I’ve selected a few characters and the elements about their personality and their relationships with others that I admire and would want in return from them for my friendship.

Pudge and the Colonel – Looking for Alaska by John Green

Pudge and the Colonel are very different, but they go together like PB&J. Pudge is the more thoughtful friend who wonders about deep subjects, always planning before he takes a leap. The Colonel, on the other hand, usually leaps before he looks, but he’s got your back like nobody’s business. They are those summer camp friends you meet and become instant friends with for life.

Hermione – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling 

Hermione is an asset anyway you want to look at it. She is extremely loyal, knowledgeable, and dedicated. If you are in a bind, she will find a solution. She’ll also punch somebody in the face unexpectedly if she’s pushed far enough.

Jacky – Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

Oh, Jacky Faber. Of course, that’s not really her actual name. She was originally known as Mary Faber, but life circumstances changed all that. Jacky is a guttersnipe orphan who winds up as the most notorious pirate to ever thwart the British Navy. She is salacious, kind-hearted, a romantic but also a blustering realist, a pessimist yet an optimistic, and a damn good shot to have on your side. She would die for you if you are her friend.

Tessa – Level Up by Kathy Yardley

Tessa is so socially awkward, a painful introvert. However, when she sets her mind to something she will stop at nothing to accomplish it – even at her own cost. She also has moxie! She can stand up for her friends better than she can herself, and you don’t want to be caught in the cross-hairs!


Who is your book bae?

Who is your book best friend? What qualities make them your BFF?

Top Ten Tuesday: Expanding My Horizons

Top Ten Tuesday

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.

Expanding My Horizons

In the last year(ish) I’ve read several books that are outside of my reading norm, and here they are!




Book Blast + Giveaway: Whispers of the Serpent


No rest for the Wiccan…


Publication Date: June 2015
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Series: Zoe Delante Crime Series #2

No rest for the Wiccan.

One year has passed since Zoë Delante’s last big case, and everyone’s favorite Wiccan has managed to carve a normal-ish life for herself and her boyfriends, Jacob and Daniel. Then she gets the call that someone has discarded dead babies like empty soda cans off I-295 in the Baltimore/D.C. area, leaving strange scales all over the crime scenes. Another serial killer?

Zoë dives into the case when her one-year-old niece comes up missing, and she discovers that the guy running the Church of Holy Light knows magick and lies about it. Is he the one behind the mind control? Did he send the guys to drop magick all over her sister’s house?

And what the hell is up with her magick?

The visions are getting stronger, and weirder, and Zoë can’t remember the last time she slept. No matter. She has bad guys to catch and innocents to save. She’ll sleep when she’s dead….

…Or when the killer is.



Born in 1975, I’m the product of star-crossed lovers who took separate paths shortly after my arrival. Now a three-time mother, twice married woman, and eclectic person, I reside in the sunny biosphere that is Sierra Vista, Arizona, with my wonderful partner in crime, Peter, and three brilliant geeklings: Michael, Cami and Desmond. Oh, and a mop… er… Shih Tzu named Sir Lancelot the Brave.

Writing came to me naturally, and the dark clouds of childhood and adolescent angst gave birth to a myriad of story threads that reflected my inner struggle to find a place in this world. I haven’t quite discovered it yet, but I’ve fallen in love with the journey and all the stories unfolding in front of me. I’m a lover of many genres and a writer of a small handful, and rather content with that lot.




Cover Characteristics: Framed Photos

Cover Characteristics2

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: Framed Photos

This week I’m keeping it simple. These are all books I have read within the last two years.



Upcoming Themes:

28th February – Gargoyle(s)

6th March – Hand(s)

13th March – Doorknob(s)

Then: kissing