Sunday, June 22, 2014

'Wicked Deceptions' by Johnna B

Demented: adjective

The paranoia of a demented old man: mad, insane, deranged, psychotic, out of one's mind, crazed, lunatic, unbalanced, unhinged, disturbed, non compos mentis; informal crazy, mental, psycho, off one's rocker, nutty, around the bend, raving mad, batty, cuckoo.

Courtnie Randolph: noun

*See above definition

Damn. Why are all the crazy sex fiend women crazy? Because normal girls don’t make you cry in bad, that’s why. Courtnie is a woman who has the skills, the means, and the ability to make anyone, man or woman; lose their mind in the bedroom. One sip of her and you will forget everyone and everyTHING! Yeah… her stuff is that yummy.

But yummy comes at a price. Courtnie will stamp your passport to sexual heaven, but the return trip goes through hell. As you read this short-story you’ll see why I call this woman ‘demented.’ Sexually, normal woman only give you the sex need to be OK. Complacent. Semi-happy.

Crazy woman give you the sex your body wants! Craves. Desires. Longs for.

Over the years Courtnie has amassed more than a few lovers to feed her need. They all enjoy her until they realize she’s a few plastic bracelets short of a grab bag. But Courtnie can’t just let them go. If you taste her then she feels you’ve become a part of her DNA and that you’re a part of her forever. You can try and leave if you want… but results aren’t pretty.

Adonis Edwards is married to a woman who accuses him of having an affair AND not giving him any. Idiot. Especially since his name is also his description.

Enter Courtnie. And yes, that is a double entendre. She gives him what his wife won’t and gives it to him GOOD. But while Adonis thinks that this one-night stand is just a quick jump-off, bat-ass crazy Courtnie plays the role of penguin and wants to mate for life.

Adonis finds out the hard way (another double entendre, but you’ll have to read this book to figure it out) that there is no leaving this nut. This short-story is very sexual throughout and very sadistic in parts. That curling iron scene is still playing in my head. Not to mention the scenes where you find out just how bloody mental this woman truly is.

There were a few areas of non-consistency that were a bit distracting and annoying but all in all I had a fun time reading. I think you will as well. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Urban Armor Gear case - iPhone 5/5s

Let me say right off the bat that I’m a diehard Otterbox fan. Have been since the iPhone 4. Now that doesn’t mean that I haven’t had problems with them, but I’ve tested a LOT of cases over the years and Otterbox, even with it’s issues, has outshone them all.

So when Urban Armor Gear sent me an eMail asking if I would review one of their cases I almost passed. I reviewed a case a few weeks back and I try to space them out. But then I went to UAG’s website and immediately changed my mind because of one thing: the case looked bomb!

I’m usually not a sucker for how a case looks, “can it protect?” is the more immediate question. But after reading on the site about it and looking at a few YouTube videos I decided to give it a shot.

When I got this case I immediately opened it and put it on. What I didn’t expect was how SNUG this case is. Holy cow! But that’s a good holy cow. It took a little effort to get my iPhone out of the case so be warned clean your phone and make sure she’s nice and pristine BEFORE dressing her with this case. It’s not a big hassle and ultimately you want a snug fit just have a little patience before putting it on. Patience has never been my strong suit.

This case does come with a screen protector that you put on yourself. I tried for a minute and then quit. It’s very thin and I guess the protection it serves is for scratches and nothing else. Also, once you put it on you have to do that pressing/iron out thing to get rid of the air bubbles. No thanks.

Unfortunately, screen protection is an area where most iPhone case makers fail. The screen protector is either too loose and creates a small air bubble, there is no screen protector at all, or it has a screen protector and you get that oily looking thing. Because the accompanying scree protector wasn’t one that I liked, I took the chance to use this case without it. I usually shun cases that do not have a screen cover because my luck is such that if I did drop my iPhone it would be at the perfect angle where it was land on the screen and “poof.”

So far though I feel pretty safe with this case. And I think the reason is, I’m getting a decent amount of protection plus I LOVE have access to every port and button without having to move a rubber covering. Everything has a trade off and I think that just may be mine.

-       - Very snug fitting.
-     -   Access to every button and port without having to open/close rubber flaps.
-     -   Looks very nice on your iPhone.
-      -  Smooth fit that makes going in and out of your pocket a breeze.
-      -  Does not add much bulk to the iPhone.

-      -  Screen protector is weak and flimsy.
-      -  The “lip” around the front of the iPhone is very thin and doesn’t look to be very promising if you drop your iPhone on it’s face.

Final say:
After almost a week with this case I would have to say that I’m pleased with it. In a perfect world I’d want a more sturdy screen cover and a bigger lip for better screen protection. I did find myself being a little more careful (not much though) with this case than my Otterbox because of the reasons I mentioned earlier. But I did find myself loving the convenience of having access to all the ports.

I’m not that guy that has the stones to drop my phone to test out a new case so I can’t tell you how it fares with that. If I happen to drop it I will update this review with the results.

Thank you to ‘Urban Armor Gear’ for sending me this case for review.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

'The White House' by JaQuavis Coleman

If you want to grab me from the jump with your book, the best way to do that is with sex or violence. ‘The White House’ opens with both so you KNOW my nose was wide open! JaQuavis offers us a solo performance this time out and shorter one as well. What I didn’t know was that this short story is based on real life events.

What we have is a sexy maid who sees an easy way to brick up her bank account. She works for a wealthy couple and she happens upon something one day she shouldn’t have seen. As typical with hood rats, her mind starts to work to plan a way to get that loot. Couple of problems here:

  1. Bitch, did you pay attention to whom you were working for?
  2. Look at the job you have now, did you really think that someone with your brains and “talent” could pull this off?

Judging by the way this story unfolds I would have to say that neither of those questions entered her mind. Now, I’m not mad at Draya for taking advantage of a situation, just at how she did it. I know I’ve seen people on TV who find a substantial amount of money and gave it back. Every time I see something that I wanna echo Dr. Dre on the ‘Chronic’ album and go “Nigga is you crazy!?”

It’s past time for this man to make a withdrawal from the bank of life. Draya thought the same thing and made moves to change that. Stupid moves (dumb as hell moves) mind you, but moves all the same.

I also enjoyed the way JaQuavis told us just enough but didn’t give away who the second person was in the opening prologue. (You remember don’t you? That violent and sex fueled montage?) He drops hints throughout ‘The White House’ and one you think you have the right person BAM that person meets the Grim Reaper. And they do so usually missing a few gallons of blood and a limb or three.

This wasn’t a crime who-done-it but rather a clever telling of a street short story. You’d think that hearing about another street story from JaQuavis would get monotonous. You’d be wrong. Oh there’s your usual brutal violence, revenge, sex, and backstabbing no doubt, but the magic is seeing how he blends that together inside of a story that doesn’t seem recycled.

If you’re looking for a quick read that you could easily do in one sitting, give this one a shot.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

'Blood of Rome: Caratacus' by John Salter

I saw ‘Blood of Rome: Caratacus’ on Ben Kane’s FaceBook page as he was talking about his Romani Walk charity. I was in the mood for a Roman novel and I trust Ben not to recommend swill, so I decided to give it a shot. I’m glad I did.

Unlike a lot of the Roman books I read, this one is told mainly from the standpoint of the scouts. That was a unique turn. I’ve always heard from legionaries, slaves, citizens, and Generals, but rarely the scouts. Hearing about combat from their perspective gave me a different perspective.

This premise is one that we’ve all heard; Caratacus and his audacity to defy the might and power of Rome. This story is told through the eyes of Varro, Veranius, Decimus, Valerius, and Brenna, and it’s a Roman story through and through. Right down to the fighting, blood, brutality, loyalty, and a few (not enough) brown-chicken-brown-cow moments.

One of the things John Salter did well to show us how frustrating it was for Rome to keep getting bested by these “barbarians.” Hell, I could have told them not to ride through certain areas that were ripe for ambush! Rome is powerful on the field and the Britons are powerful in the trees and forest. Reading about the scouting mission from both sides that ended up with blood and torture are the stuff my dreams are made of.

I also enjoyed how John didn’t fall into the trap that so many first time writers do: he didn’t spare his main characters. From anything. Matter of fact there is one scene in here that is just… painful. But I was riveted because I just had to find out if he would go there. He did. Oh my goodness he did! I’ve always had the wish that I could go back in time, reading the adventures in this book only cemented that dream further. John paints a very vivid literature drawing and I enjoyed the trip.


This book is a five-star read but I only gave it four. Why? The editing. I really hate harping on this but new authors MUST get it together. Mistakes happen, yes. But they shouldn’t happen frequently. If I catch a mistake then something’s wrong. Also, editing mistakes will ruin the flow of a story. I found myself having to reread passages in this story trying to figure things out. And this happened more than once.

Now John did say in his ‘author’s note’ that there might be grammatical errors and mistakes, so there is that. But my thing is any mistakes need to be few and far between. Like most indie authors he still pulls down a full-time gig, and maybe that’s why I’m a bit more forgiving than I have in the past. Being an indie bookstore bloke myself, I really appreciate the indie authors because I know and understand their struggle. That being said, indie authors must be held to the same standard as major publishing house authors. I don’t see Conn Iggulden putting a disclaimer at the end of his books asking us to be forgiving for editing errors, so I don’t want to see it from John. Or any other indie author.

Will that deter me from getting his second book, ‘Blood of Rome – Retribution’? Hell no. I’m slightly anal… not stupid. I can spot talent when I come across it and John has it. I will just trust that his mistakes will go the way of Veranius’s… never mind.