Circus of Books

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            This week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the documentary film, Circus of Books. This movie was released in 2019 and has a running time of 1 hour & 32 minutes. This film is rated TV-MA for the following reasons: moderate sex & nudity; mild profanity; mild alcohol/drugs/smoking. Starring in this film is Karen Mason, Barry Mason, and Rachel Mason. The following plot overview is provided from IMDB: In 1976, Karen and Barry Mason had fallen on hard times and were looking for a way to support their young family when they answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times. Larry Flint was seeking distributors for Hustler Magazine. What was expected to be a brief sideline led to their becoming fully immersed in the LGBT community as they took over a local store, Circus of Books. A decade later, they had become the biggest distributors of gay porn in the US. The film focuses on the double life they led, trying to maintain the balance of being parents at a time when LGBT culture was not yet accepted. Their many challenges included facing jail time for a federal obscenity prosecution and enabling their store to be a place of refuge at the height of the AIDs crisis. Circus of Books offers a rare glimpse into an untold chapter of queer history, and it is told through the lens of the owners’ own daughter, Rachel Mason, an artist, filmmaker, and musician.

            This documentary hit me with so many emotions. I loved seeing how inclusive they were when it was not the thing to do. It broke my heart to hear about how they lost so many people they cared about to the AIDS crisis. I felt for them as parents as they had to confront their personal convictions when a family member no longer fits the mold society/religion has said they must fit. This is a great film that shines the spotlight on LGBTQIA+ history. I think this film is a great one to watch for different reasons and will mean something different to each viewer.

            I give this film 4 out of 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the comedy series, Norsemen. Next week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the action thriller film, Extraction. Until then keep seizing the cinema.

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True Crime Story Time Podcast

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            This week for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the true crime podcast, True Crime Story Time. This podcast debuted in October 2017 and stopped updating as of November 2019. There were 29 episodes available at the time of writing on Apple Podcasts. The following description is provided from the Apple Podcast page: True Crime Story Time Podcast, bringing you all things true crime. Because every story has a message…

            I enjoyed this podcast when I originally started binge listening to it. Once I was currently and it was still updating at the time, I was a little frustrated with not knowing when the next episode was going to come out as it had become erratic. I say give it a whirl if your looking for something you can consume and not return to since it seems to be a defunct podcast.

            I give this podcast 3 out of 5 stars.

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Heaven by V.C. Andrews

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            This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the gothic horror novel, Heaven by V.C. Andrews. This book was originally published in October 1985 by Simon & Schuster with a page count of 440 pages. This is the first novel in the Casteel series. The audiobook is 14 hours & 20 minutes and read by Candace Thaxton. The following overview is provided from Barnes & Noble: Of all the folks on the mountain, the Casteel children are the lowest. Even the families that buy them think so. Heaven Leigh Casteel may be the prettiest, smartest girl in the backwoods, but her cruel father and stepmother work her like a mule. For the sake of her brother Tom and the other little ones, Heaven clings to the hope that someday she can show the world that they are worthy of love and respect. But when the children’s stepmother can’t take it anymore and abandons the family, Heaven’s father hatches a scheme that will alter her young life forever. Being sold to a strange couple is just the beginning; ripping away the thin veneer of civilization and learning the adult secrets of the world around her means Heaven must abandon someone, too—the child she was, to become the woman her mother never had the chance to be.

            This book has some intrigue that makes me want to read the next in the series. However, it is not to the same caliber as Flowers in the Attic. Flowers in the Attic caught my attention quickly and made me want to uncover everyone’s secrets. Heaven is a long book laying the groundwork for the rest of the series. But it lacks in making me want to devour all the novels rapidly. I could easily toss this series aside if I found another series that caught my attention faster.

SPOILER WARNING – DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT PLOT SPOILERS.

            The moment I knew I wanted to read more was when Heaven’s dad visited Kitty in the hospital and left a note for her. I get that in the time-period that this story was set, it was not unheard for extremely people to sell their children to give them a better life. I want to know what about this new wife of his made him want to get the family back together. I need to know more about his motivations for his actions. I have so many questions that revolve around him. I did not care about Heaven’s new family because I knew it was not going to be an amazing experience (I’m a bit jaded by my own adoption experience). I cannot fathom selling my children and then leaving a note for them later that they can come home because my new wife insists on it. I mean back when I was adopted, your only option was closed. That meant that when you gave your child over you never would see them again. Well, unless the child grew up and was clever or paid for a private investigate to track down their birth-family. I could not imagine being raised with my siblings for X amount of years, being placed with a new family, the X amount of time later my biological parent comes back and says let’s be a family again. Talk about a fucked-up situation.

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            I have mixed feelings about recommending this book. For me, I would have to read the rest of the series to determine if the first novel is worth the payout. Like the Dollanganger series had one book in it that I did not like, but other than that loved the series. I will have to wait until the next novel to let you know if I recommend this one.

            I give this novel 3 out of 5 stars.

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Original Scene #21

            This week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am presenting an original piece. I hope you enjoy this piece of original work which can be found below. Tomorrow for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the gothic horror novel, Heaven by V.C. Andrews. Next week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am continuing the Personal History series. Until then keep creating whatever your passion is; Nerd out!

The Main Character Witnesses a Crime

            I never thought that I would witness a crime at our Christmas in July community concert. Wyatt had been rolling a cart of French Horns to the stage when we heard Nora scream. Nora had been inflating some of the stage decorations when two masked figures attacked her and took off with two of the inflatables. Who would want a lion and a maple leaf inflatable? It was the strangest crime I could think of for our small town. Nora stood up after being knock to the ground, inspecting her paisley dress.

            “Nora, are you all right?” Wyatt to go her before I could.

            “Yes, I believe so. They startled me more than anything. I don’t think they really wanted to hurt me. Did you see how they hesitated before shoving me to the ground?” Nora looked around as if trying to spot the thieves. “It’s like they faded away…”

            “Faded?” I was confused by her comment.

            “I was watching where they were going as they ran off and it was like they faded into nothingness. They just disappeared.”

            “Could you describe anything about the one that shoved you?” Wyatt was ready to take notes on his phone.

            “Yeah he had almond colored eyes, and it felt like he had a pipe or something in his one sleeve.” Nora closed her eyes trying to remember more.

            “Any thing else?”

            “I’m not sure. It all happened so fast. Dark clothing, possibly black cargo pants and a black turtleneck.”

            “Let’s get you over to the paramedics and let them look your over to be sure. Then one of us can take you home.” I helped Nora up.

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Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich Ep1

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            This week for the True Crime Wednesday feature, I am recapping the first episode in the Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich series on Netflix. I will recap all the information from the episode first followed by my opinion at the very end. TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING: This documentary discusses sexual abuse of minors, while I don’t go into graphic detail here, it is still mentioned in this article.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich Ep1 – Hunting Grounds

January 25, 2012

            The episode opens with a deposition video from the date listed above. Very quickly Epstein invokes his Fifth Amendment right when asked about his guilt around crimes which he had been convicted.

New York City

            We first meet Vicky Ward who is an investigative journalist. Ward did a piece for Vanity Fair in 2003 on Epstein. At that time, Epstein was seen as a Gatsby-like person of mystery in New York. The story was supposed to a society piece, but Ward uncovered red flags almost immediately. One of Ward’s sources had let her know that she knew someone who had an unpleasant experience with Epstein. The source also mentioned that Epstein had abused the woman’s younger sister as well. The source believed that the women would talk with Ward about their experiences.

            Next, we meet Maria Farmer, a victim of Epstein’s. She explains that she met Epstein when she was in art school. There had been an art show at the end of the year for graduates, Maria states that she was pressured by Eileen Guggenheim, who was Dean of Students at the time, to sell her paintings at a discounted price to Epstein and his girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell. A couple month later, Epstein contacted Maria and offered her a job. She was going to be managing the coming and going of people, decorators, and visitors. One day while Maria was working Epstein proceeded to question her about siblings. Epstein had taken interest in learning about Maria’s younger sister Annie.

            Annie was 16 years old and a junior in high school when she first met Epstein through her sister. Epstein wanted to pay for Annie to go to Thailand and Vietnam to add to her resume for college. He made it seem like the more competitive schools would find it appealing to have on her application. However, because the international trip was set for July, Epstein suggested that Annie come out to his New Mexico property.

Zorro Ranch – Stanley, New Mexico

Annie’s mother believed that the purpose of the New Mexico trip was to meet some of the other students who would also be going on similar trips. When Annie arrived in New Mexico it became clear that she was the only guest on the property. Annie was showed around the property and Maxwell had asked her if she had ever had a professional massage. Maxwell made it out like Annie was lucky to be there and get her first massage. Maxwell began the massage on Annie like a normal massage, however, once she turned on to her back that changed. Maxwell exposed Annie’s chest and massaged in an inappropriate manner. Annie could feel Epstein watching her. Annie described the scariest thing that happened during that trip was Epstein came into her room, climbed into her bed to cuddle, and began touching her. At some point, Annie made an excuse to use the bathroom to escape Epstein. Annie did not disclose her experience at the ranch to anyone, she remained focused on the international summer trip.

New Albany, Ohio – 1996

            While Annie was on her international trip, Epstein had called Maria asking her to do an artist-in-residency in Ohio. Maria resided in a 26,000sqft home that happened to be behind Les Wexner’s home. Maria had asked Epstein who Wexner was, Epstein told her that Wexner was a client of his, as well as, a good friend. Maria explains her process for painting is to start with photographs and paint from there. The theme of her paintings during her time in Ohio were about puberty. The paintings were done in a non-sexual voyeuristic view into private moments. Maria had used her sisters for models for the pictures she had taken to paint from. Epstein and Maxwell came to visit one day, and that evening Maxwell had gone to Maria and said that Epstein wanted his feet rubbed. Maria didn’t want to seem ungrateful but felt the request was inappropriate. Epstein prompted Maria to sit next to him after she had rubbed his feet some. Maxwell sat down on the other side of Maria. They both began to touch Maria, who describes how she would escape her body during the experience. That night Maria had barricaded her bedroom door with a piece of furniture.

            Epstein and Maxwell left the next morning. Maria noticed that three of her photographs had been stolen. Maria then call Annie and confront her about her experience with Epstein. The only thing Annie would tell her was that, there were things that had happened that made her uncomfortable, but she wasn’t ready to talk about it. Both Annie and Maria were upset that Epstein had taken the photographs as well their experiences. Epstein contacted Maria the next day, acting like everything was fine and everyone had had a good time. Maria made clear to him that she had not had the same feelings around their encounter, Epstein’s reaction was to question how much money she wanted to stay quiet. Maria did not respond and hung up on Epstein. Maria tried to report Epstein to the NYPD when she returned to the city, but they stated that it was out of their jurisdiction. Maria then called the FBI, laying everything out specifically reporting Epstein and Maxwell. After Maria got off the phone with the FBI, she felt like the agent believed her, and something was going to be done. However, she never heard from the agent again.

New York City – 2003

            Maria and Annie were reluctant to speak on record with Ward. But they made the decision as a family to speak out about their experiences. Vanity Fair went to Epstein to fact check the story that Ward had brought to them and Epstein’s response were that the women were infatuated with him. Epstein made calls to Ward, making veiled threats, trying to get her to stop digging for her story. Ward was getting spooked by some of the things that Epstein would say, so she couldn’t imagine how terrified his victims felt. Ward remembers the Editor-In-Chief of Vanity Fair at the time, Graydon Carter, saying to her that he believed Epstein that the girls were a sore point. Annie felt like this was more proof of how powerful Epstein was. Ward believes that Epstein is the ultimate story of the abuse of power and money.

            *A disclaimer is presented on screen stating as follows:

Former Vanity Fair Editor-In-Chief Graydon Carter released the following statement: “Ms. Ward’s reporting on this aspect of her story came in as we were going to press and simply did not meet our legal threshold.”*

Palm Beach, Florida – 2003

            Epstein purchased his Palm Beach mansion in 1990, and he was considered new money in the area. Palm Beach is described as a place where if you have enough money you can buy your way into society. Michael Reiter, Former Police Chief of the Palm Beach Police Department, discusses how they had received reports from some of Epstein’s neighbors that there was a large number of young women coming and going from his home. They had sent some officers to stop and interview the women as they left. The three or four that were stopped all were adults and explained that they did office work for Epstein. Due to their age there did not seem the need to continue with further police involvement.

            In 2005, a concern parent called the police station and reported their concerns about Epstein to an officer. They asked the parent to bring the child in for a formal interview with a detective. The first victim to come forward was 14 years old at the time. From the descriptions the victim provided they were able to determine that Epstein was the suspect. The case was assigned to the special investigations unit because of the nature of the case and who Epstein was. The lead investigator, who has since passed, began contacting other victims and listening to their stories. Each victim had nearly the identical story, they thought that they would give him a massage in exchange for a small amount of money. The police were worried about ongoing victimizing, so they start surveillance right away. As they spoke to each victim, the victim would tell them about others and those others would tell them about others.

            Michelle Licata, survivor, met Epstein in December 2004. A girl in Michelle’s one class passed her a note asking if she wanted to make some extra money massaging old guys. It seemed weird to Michelle was she agreed. Michelle was 16 years old at the time. Michelle rode with her friend for the 45-minute drive to Epstein residence. Her friend explained that if anyone asked to say that she was 18 years old. Epstein had instructed Michelle to start with his feet and legs, he would talk to her about her appearance. The compliments he gave her, were things she never associated with herself. Epstein suggested that Michelle undress, so she would be in her underwear. Michelle was frightened about what would happen if she tried to run. Epstein would please himself as he touched Michelle. Once he was done, Epstein gave Michelle $200 and said he would like to see her again.

West Palm Beach, Florida

            Many of the girls that were victims were brought from across the bridge from the mainland. That area is West Palm Beach which is a completely different world compared to Palm Beach. Shawna Rivera, survivor, had a rough childhood before she was introduced to Epstein. Her mother was heavily into drugs most of Shawna’s life, her father when to prison when she was three and did not get out until she was 10. On Shawna’s 12th birthday, her dad and his girlfriend beat the girlfriend’s 8-year-old son to death in front of her. Shawna ran away from home at that point until her grandmother was able to get custody.

Florida – 2002

            Shawna was 14 years old when a friend of hers brought her over to Epstein’s for the first time. Shawna’s friend takes her inside to the “massage” room, once Epstein came in and laid down, the friend informed Shawna that they had to take off their clothes. At some point the friend says that she is leaving, and Shawna is left in the room alone with Epstein. Epstein asked Shawna how old she was, which her response was 15 even though she was 14. Epstein instructed Shawna to pinch his nipples as she massaged his chest. Once he finished, he pointed to where the money was, and Shawna left. Shawna is not sure how long between her first visit and the phone call telling her they were sending a cab to take her to Epstein’s. Shawna would be victimized by Epstein for the next three or four years.

            The first step for a sexual predator in the grooming process is to identify vulnerable victims.  Someone who is financially disadvantage or that already have some sexual trauma in their past. Sexual predators have an eye for picking out someone who is in need of something, and they exploit that need. So, when you look at the dynamic of a teenage girl with a brilliant, narcissistic billionaire, their adolescent brain was not equipped to understand or react to what was happening.

Palm Beach, Florida – 2005

            The police were frustrated because while some of the people wanted to cooperate, the majority of the victims were too scared to prosecute Epstein. Police decided to talk to some of Epstein’s employees for information. Since the case was an uphill battle and the employees did not want to cooperate, the police went through Epstein’s trash. They were able to recover one victim’s report cards and a receipt that he had a messenger deliver flowers to a girl at her school. Haley Robson, survivor, met Epstein when she was 16 years old. Haley had been raped the summer before meeting Epstein. When Epstein attempted to touch Haley below the below, she declined and told him that it was not going to happen. Epstein told her that if she brought any friends, he would give her $200. This was tempting to her because it could be her ticket out of her situation. Haley would recruit friends and bring them to Epstein’s house. She would bring them to the room and then walk out. Sometimes she would hang out by the pool, when Epstein was finished with her friend he would come out to where Haley was and pay her. Sometimes they would exchange some small talk. When Haley was interviewed by police, they made her feel like she was guilty of being Epstein’s right-hand man.

            Girls that were recruiting for Epstein were also victims. They had been manipulated by Epstein in a special way. They were made to feel extra special and offered opportunities that would get them out of their tough situations at home. Epstein had created a pyramid scheme of a sexual nature. The police realized after a few months that this was a way of life for Epstein. Seven months into the case, the police obtained a search warrant for Epstein’s residence.

            *The following disclaimers are presented before the end of the episode:

            – Ghislaine Maxwell denies all allegations against her

– In both federal court actions, Farmer makes no mention of Guggenheim. Eileen Guggenheim categorically states she had no role whatsoever in either Farmer’s introduction to Epstein or the sale of her artwork.

– Additional statement from Graydon Carter: “During my 25 years at Vanity Fair, we were steadfast in our legal review on every story. Ms. Ward’s reporting on this aspect of her story came in as we were going to press and simply did not meet our legal threshold. Furthermore, her recounting of the facts around the Epstein article is completely inaccurate. If we had had three people on the record willing to stand up for us in court if Epstein had chosen to sue, we would have run it.”*

People Interviewed:

            These are all the people interviewed for the episode. They are listed in order of credited appearance:

  • Vicky Ward, Journalist
  • Maria Farmer, Survivor
  • Annie Farmer, Survivor
  • Carl Hiaasen, Columnist – Miami Herald
  • James Patterson, Author
  • Tim Malloy, Journalist
  • Michael Reiter, Former Police Chief – Palm Beach Police Department
  • Michelle Licata, Survivor
  • Shawna Rivera, Survivor
  • Dr. Kathryn Stamoulis, Adolescent Sexuality Psychologist
  • Haley Robson, Survivor

Epstein is a gross and disgusting individual. I have yet to learn one thing about this person that is redeeming to the monster I have heard about. Maxwell has a lot to answer for and I cannot wait to see what happens now that she has been brought in. I doubt that Maxwell will name names or admit any guilt. I hope to watch the victims face her down in a court of law and let her know that she will not break them anymore.

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Rectify

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            This week for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the drama series, Rectify. This show ran from 2013-2016. This series is rated TV-14 for the following reasons: moderate sex & nudity; moderate violence & gore; moderate profanity; moderate alcohol/drugs/smoking. Starring in this show is Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, and J. Smith-Cameron. The following plot overview is provided from IMDB: Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia’s death row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question.

            I really enjoyed this show. I feel like this show did an amazing job at showing the struggles of returning to society after being locked up at a young age for a long period of time. I think it also portrayed the struggle between fighting to prove your innocence and how a false confession creates a massive amount of issues. There were times where I felt some scenes went a little long and would have been better trimmed up a bit. It was a little slow in the beginning but once you learned you the main players are, it’s easy to become invested in the story. I kept guessing who the killer could have been as each new piece of evidence is uncovered. I love shows like this that keep me guessing. I highly recommend that everyone check this series out.

            I give this show 4 out of 5 stars.

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Sand Castle

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            This week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the dramatic war film, Sand Castle. This movie was released in 2017 and has a running time of 1 hour & 53 minutes. This film is rated TV-MA for the following reasons: moderate violence & gore; severe profanity; mild alcohol/drugs/smoking; moderate frightening & intense scenes. Starring in this film is Nicholas Hoult, Logan Marshall-Green, and Henry Cavill. The following plot overview is provided IMDB: The story follows a young soldier, and his introduction into the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Based on true events, it bears witness to the destruction, and horrors of war.

            I have mixed emotions about this film. There was plenty of toxic military culture on display in this film. I know that this film is based off of real events, but I am over the normalizing and excusing of disgusting toxic behavior within our troops. I have never been in combat, but they captured the moment when someone changes from who they were to trauma changed individual. Its like you can see that the solider is going to PTSD after that moment and you knew that they were going to pull him from the field. That moment was so real to me and I felt so seen in that moment. I may not have PTSD from combat, but I relate to that moment when a solider is changed forever. To have that play out on the screen in a way that was so powerful for me, I was in tears. This isn’t the worst military movie that I have seen but it’s not a favorite either. The story moves along at a decent pace and the only thing that really turned me off was the toxic behavior on the screen. Feel free to check out this film.

            I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Assassinations Podcast

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            This week for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the history podcast, Assassinations. This podcast debuted in November 2018 and stopped updating in April 2020. There were 64 episodes available at the time of writing on Apple Podcasts. The following description is provided from the Apple Podcast page: One death can change the world. At least, that’s what assassins believe. Assassinations recounts history’s most dramatic deaths. Through little-known facrs, “what-ifs?” and examining assassin’s motives, we examine how one murder can alter the course of history.

            I loved this podcast. I learned a lot about peoples’ motivations that I had never heard before. I found the stories fascinating and presented in a well-organized manner. It’s always been interesting on how people think that by assassinating a person will get them what they want, when in actuality it helps move the assassinated person’s agenda more. I recommend that everyone check out this podcast. It presents important stories from history in a fact-based manner. There are lessons we can learn from these events, as many repeat themselves in current times.

            I give this podcast 4 out of 5 stars.

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Lenobia’s Vow by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

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            This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the young adult fantasy novel, Lenobia’s View by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast. This book was originally published in 2007 by St. Martin’s Press with a page count of 354 pages. This is the second House of Novella, also known as House of Night #9.5. The audiobook is 3 hours and 22 minutes in length and read by Caitlin Davies. The following overview is provided from Barnes & Noble: A great journey… A new love… A dark secret revealed. Evreux, France, 1788: Before she is Zoey’s favorite professor and the House of Night’s powerful horse mistress… Lenobia is just a normal 16-year-old girl – with enough problems to last a lifetime. As the illegitimate daughter of a powerful baron, she has never quite belonged, and instead had to watch her spoiled half-sister, Cecile, get attention wherever she goes. For once, she would like to just fit in. But when fate intervenes, Lenobia suddenly finds herself surrounded by other girls, on a ship bound for New Orleans, where they will be married off to the city’s richest Frenchmen. And they’re not alone…An evil bishop who is skilled in Dark magic makes the same journey. His appetite for lovely young women makes him dangerous – most of all Lenobia, who caught his eye back in France. So she remains hidden making secret visits to the ship’s stables, where a handsome young man and his beautiful Percheron horses soon capture her attention. Will they make it to land before the bishop discovers her true identity and a powerful evil breaks loose? And will Lenobia follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk?

            Lenobia is my favorite of the faculty members, so I was so happy to see that we would get to learn more about her with this novella. I found her history fascinating because now some of the things that were noted earlier about her make sense. This also makes me wonder what her role in the next novel is going to be. Given how the last novella played into the House of Night novel that followed it. I am scared that this novella is setting me up for heartbreak in the next main novel. I highly recommend this novella, I’m a little bias though as I do love me some Lenobia.

            I give this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

            Sunday for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the history podcast Assassinations. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the gothic horror novel, Heaven by V.C. Andrews. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!

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Personal History Part 38

            This week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am continuing the Personal History series. I hope you enjoy the latest installment which can be found below. Tomorrow for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the young adult fantasy novel, Lenobia’s Vow by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast. Next week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am presenting an original scene. Until then keep creating whatever your passion is; Nerd out!

What did you want to be/do when you grew up? Did you become it?

            I don’t know that I ever picked or stayed with one thing for a long time until I got to middle school. Some of the things I wanted to be were a teacher, police officer, firefighter, naval officer. However, the one dream I had for the longest time was to become writer. And well, I have been doing that dream for a little while now. I have two novels that I am currently in the editing stage with and a third novel that is slowly being written.

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