Happy Endings can’t always solve everything

Okay so you may have noticed things have slowed down here. You may have noticed my absence from facebook and some other social media. Now before I get into the reasons why I want you to know how much I love book community- the indie one specifically. The past two years have been a whirlwind of ups and downs and this community has held me up when I was completely down. I have met some of the most amazing people that I am now lucky to call my friends.

Sometimes however somethings just get in the way. Somethings that are completely out of your hands and can not be controlled. One of those things for me is the dreaded D word. The word that not many people enjoy uttering because of the social stigma society places on certain words.

The D word I am talking about is Depression. Now I can use pretty metaphors to explain the hold that depression has on most people but I won’t do that. I won’t lie and say that all days are horrible either. Depression plan ol sucks the life and motivation out of you. It causes you to know that things need to be done but simply not have the energy nor the drive to make these things happen,

There are days when I have so much on my plate and can’t bring myself to even get out of bed. Taking a shower is a struggle let alone doing the things I love like reading, baking and blogging. I basically become the zombie of a once silly, fun-loving bookworm who is honestly just going through the motions of everyday life trying to survive.

Some days I don’t feel quite so weighed down and the monster that is depression even allows me happiness and laughter. Those are the best days- like today I have been able to wash two loads of laundry, finish reading a book as well as even remember to eat breakfast all before noon. Noon is normally about the time I get out of bed simply out of having to in order to get to work. So on days like today I get as much crammed in before my energy eludes me again and the want to do things goes away.

What society doesn’t tell you is depression doesn’t go away sometimes yeah it takes a small vacation that can last for years but sometimes it attacks you when you least expect it and latches on.

So know that I am not lazy, or that I do not love this blog and what I do but am simply having a rough patch. That I am battling the monster, the d word and some days I have enough spoons to feed a village and some days I barely have a spoon to feed myself. I am trying but your continued support and my ever growing TBR are really helping this bookworm survive!

Sincerely,

A bookworm trying to find her way

Crystal

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Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker by D.E. Haggerty Review

Title- Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker

Author- D.E. Haggerty

Genre- Cozy Mystery/ RomCom

Purchase Link- Amazon

A mystery with a heap of laughs, a generous portion of romance, and just a smidgeon of suspense.

Callie’s life is rather awesome. She owns a successful bakery and teaches German literature at the local university. There’s just one tiny problem. She has no self-confidence when it comes to her body. And then there’s the little matter of her being accused of murdering her pole dancing instructor. There’s no way Callie’s going to risk losing her teaching position and thus she embarks, with her best baker bud Anna, on a journey to discover the real killer. Between stripper auditions and a detective who insists Callie is the woman of his dreams, it’s a roller coaster adventure. Cupcakes not included.

Callie Muller loves her life- She as not one but two dream jobs- she teaches at the local university and she owns her very own bakery Callie’s Cakes. She has everything she tinks she needs.That is until one of her regulars a local Detective by the name of Ben finally talks her into going out with him.

Callie’s past relationships have given her a low self esteem and given her a complex about her curvy body. When her assistant Annie talks her into a pole dancing class Callie is hesitant but seriously what could go wrong beside landing on her face?

When her instructor is murdered and the cause of death is death by cupcake Callie becomes the number one suspect and could lose everything is the true killer isn’t found. The Detective in charge of her case is adamant that Cassie has done it so she has no choice but to solve the murder herself.

The Sweet-

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? No one that is who and if you don’t loe cupcakes we can;t be friends cause honestly I don;t need that kind of negativity in my life…. Just kidding! Seriously though this book was everything I was craving! Not only are the characters full of snark  and sarcasm which is everything for me but they are hilarious and realistic. Callie herself as a chip one her shoulder but I loved watching the relationship that blooms between her and Ben fill that chip.

Callie is smart and independant which I really enjoyed. Not only does she own her own business but she has a PHd! I wish more female characters were made to be intelligent and not made out to be klutz or ditsy.

The mystery aspect of the book was brilliant in my opinion and wasn’t predictable which can easily happen in the genre. The author is able to build the story with perfectly timed twist and turns and funny when needed.

The Sour-

Ok so we all have days when we feel less than- less than perfect or even less than deserving however I wish the characer Callie’s chip was quite so large. I understand where the author was going with it however after the 13th time she thought herself fat or less than it angered me. I wish the character embraced her curviness like the bad ass sexy smart woman she is sooner rather than later in the book.

I honestly dislike when we have female characters who think the hot guy wouldn’t be interested in them because of the shape of their body or because in her eyes she is again less than.

With that being said I truly enjoyed reading this book and have already purchased the next two books in the series to read just as soon as my TBR thins out a bit (HA!) I strongly recommend this for anyone with a sweet tooth and a love of snarky cozy mysteries!

4 out of 5 cupcakes!

I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although I did manage, every once in a while, to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I decided to follow the husband to Istanbul for a few years where I managed to churn out book after book. But ten years was too many to stay away from ‘home’. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

Banshee Blues by Belinda Sheenan Review

Title- Banshee Blues

Author- Bilinda Sheenan

Purchase Link-Amazon

Genre- Urban Fantasy

I have a simple arrangement with the Faerie Court: I track down the beings they want found and in exchange for that, they let me live. But a girls gotta eat, even a banished banshee, so I do what I have to, even if that means working for humans. Rent money doesn’t grow on trees.

I have a simple arrangement with the Faerie Court: I track down the beings they want found and in exchange for that, they let me live. But a girls gotta eat, even a banished banshee, so I do what I have to, even if that means working for humans. Rent money doesn’t grow on trees.

Darcey Thorne is one of the last of her kind — a banshee, harbinger of death — but due to a past indiscretion which saw her imprison her ex-lover, she now works as a bounty hunter for the Faerie Court.

When the Court jerks her chain and tells her to hunt down MacNa, an old friend, Darcey has no choice but to obey. Considering the last time she laid eyes on her prey, he tried to kill her, Darcey decides hunting him is the perfect mix of business and pleasure.

Dealing with witch-traffickers and a sexy ex-god boss is all in a day’s work for a bounty-hunting banshee, but being shot with iron bullets and being framed for murder is above and beyond the call of duty.

If Darcey doesn’t get to the heart of the matter soon, there will be one less banshee in the world.

Darcey Thorne’s past has gotten her banished from her home and left her in servitude to the Faerie Court. It has also left her with draining powers and as one of the last of her kind there is no way for Darcy to know how long her magic will last.

Now banned from Faerie and living in the human world Darcy has no choice but to make a living for herself. After all a banshees gotta eat! To keep a roof over her head and kick ass boots on her feet she becomes a private eye. She is known for her ability to find things as well as people.

When a case that can feed her for months lands in her lap there is no way she can turn it down however the Fae Court also has a case for her that must be top priority and her enforcer sexy as sin Lunn is making sure she keeps her priorities straight- Little do they know both cases go hand in hand!

The Sweet-

First off I love all things Fae and magic and eagerly waited for this to finish downloading on to my kindle and curses my slow wifi when it wouldn’t download fast enough! I have never read a book with a banshee as a main character let alone one of the “good guys”! In that respebt I found this premise super original and creative,

Darcy herself was a well thought out character and reminds me of some pretty bad ass book girlfriends the likes of Gin Blanco,  Jill Kismet and Rachel Morgan. I quickly grew fond of her and cheered her on while reading. That is what we need more of people KICK ASS woman characters and this author did not disappoint with Darcy Thorn.

The story progressed in a smooth steady pace and the author placed the plot twist and actions scenes in all the right places giving the reader a reason to keep turning the pages. Sheenan not only does the Fae justice with this noel but brings in a very unique take on fae species.

The Sour-

I have only one complaint with this novel and that is the vagueness used when it came to Darcy’s past. I understand this is the first book and the author was setting a certain vibe but at the same it angered me how little was said about Darcy’s past and when it was brought up it was quickly swept under the rug. I want to know more about how Darcy ended up on this side of the realm and why. I want to know more about her reasons for her crimes.

That is the only reason why I couldn’t give this book a full 5 cupcakes but it does receive a very strong 4 cupcakes!

Bilinda is a writer living in the UK with a love for all things paranormal.

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