Book Review: A Girl’s Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister

A Girl's Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones, #1)
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A Girl’s Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb: On a visit to the Czech Republic, Joy Randall (a skeptic of all things paranormal), is suddenly thrown into the dark, dangerous world where vampires known as Dark Ones stalk the night. Armed with nothing more than a wicked sense of humor and a bag of rune stones, Joy does her best to untangle the threads involving a serial killer, vampires (both real and pretend), and the handsome, mysterious man who may or may not be what he appears



My Review: 

This is the first novel I read by by Katie MacAlister. Although I do have the following one in this series, somewhere on my Kindle, I have not yet got round to read it. But I intend to.

So – Christian and Roxy, Joy and Raphael became real enough to permeate my world. I though about them from when I put the book down to when I picked it back up (or rather my kindle ;D). I found myself caring about what happened on each page. These characters were both real and fantastic at the same time. A clever mix and a wining formula.

There were a few plot hole – my pet peeve – regarding the love triangle which transpires. I don’t want to spoil it though, so see what you think for yourself about that.

Also, unlike some, I enjoyed the two heroines and their repartee and look forward to reading about them in the next installment. I share their humour somewhat and that’s good to find in any book. I found myself giggling along with them in parts.

I also found the love interest a turn on, as were their romantic scenes. They were refreshingly none-sickly-sweet. They therefore seemed much more believable, which in turn, got me that bit more involved in their story. I HATE mushy romance, which is unfortunately prevalent in paranormal romance these days. It’s so cheesy and corny it sickens rather than seduces. This wasn’t like that. Phew!

This novel was not only a good read, it had humour, mystery, menace and moreover, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable love story.

In closing, I will definitely be reading the continuation Sex and the Single Vampire, and I do recommend this book for a fun, absorbing and titillating romp, and for a smooth gush of lurrve!

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Monday Madness Linky: What is Biofeedback and Neurofeedback?

Well, as you all know I’m coming off my meds for bipolar disorder, slowly but surely and have substituted them with 1000mg omega 3. So far so good. Check last weeks post for the last update. I’m still on 100mg Seroqual however, and the less Seroqual in my system, the more I’ll begin to fear my moods. For this reason, I’m always on the look out for alternative treatments. I saw this, and wondered what it was all about. 

What is Biofeedback and Neurofeedback?

This first video shows samples from the NeXus-10 and NeXus-32 instruments and physiological signals like EEG (brain function) but also ECG, HRV, EMG, BVP and more…

See how it shows up PTSD

What I wanted to know –  Is Neurofeedback a good alternative treatment of Bipolar Disorder?

All interesting, but all were trying to sell something too. Have you heard of this alternative treatment? Any remarks either positive or negative. Love to read them. 

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A Fresh New Linky


Amendments are as follows:

Note:  The Monday Madness Button on the left side column – (with an amended bit at the bottom which says ‘Link Store‘). Click that button and you’ll be taken to the page where you can still find all the previous links available. I couldn’t face dumping them. ;D

You can post Every DAY or Every WEEK

Those links will be shown here Every MONDAY


I still hope you will post each week (or as much as you like throughout the month) – Not just once then don’t come back (some thought it was just once before, so I’m making it clear this time) 
Confused? Comment below or email me at shahwharton@gmail.com).

Fresh LINKY on the last Monday of EVERY month!

Link up your research, your experiences, your know-how, 
your creations, your requests for understanding – 
I want this to be a safe and nurturing environment for those 
involved with/dealing with all mental health issues.

This weeks Featured Links are …. 



1) Humour and Mental Illness:  We all need a little humour served up with our mental illness. Take a look at Natasha’s post, here.

2) What Haunts You? From Lilu at Diamonds in the Glass. This is a fabulous post and one I think quite a few – including me – can relate to. You put it all so well. Beautifully in parts. And it speaks volumes!


Link up and share with this wonderfully flourishing community. 😀
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You can see a mini-bio plus some short stories and poems written about my experiences with various issues, including bipolar disorder on my Just Me  page. 




What is your experience? What is your illness? Do you have something specific to share today – or do you simply want to have a rant and have someone read about it? 

We can support and learn from each other.

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3) Take and display the button anywhere on your blog with pride! We are not ashamed of our mental health issues – ARE WE
4) Enjoy the posts of all hoppers and please be kind by leaving a comment for each other.
5) Please don’t link up if you don’t have a mental health related blog or post. No coupons/give-aways/type posts please. I will remove it. 
6) Last but not least: To help build and nurture this communitySHARE/TWEET/Face Book/Advertise this linky. The more you do so, the bigger and more helpful/useful/enjoyable the community will become.





So what’s been happening in your week? How are you? 
Do you have something for us to share? 
Please let me know your thoughts. 



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A Poem: Obsessive Love

Obsessive Love
A Poem: Obsessive Love
Edward and Bella
Eyes of brocade reach out –

cannonades of fury –
like confetti –
rain down: a conflicting fire –
or tangible beauty – a cantabile call 
to control and console the senses.
Master of ego –
ruler of mental illusion –
compulsion,
drugless drug, hallucination,
chemicular distortion – 
hormonal discrepancy.
Consort – 
Ruler –
Devil and God.
Schemer against sanity
ephemeral, fractious,
over indulged.

Evil lows follow
outrageous elevation
         the nature of obsession.
One after another, we fall
genuflect at its feet.
A temporary insanity.


Truth be told
‘such sweet sorrow’
is all that will follow 
should it sustain.

A Poem: Obsessive Love

Do you remember your first love?
OR was it another love… one you knew was somehow toxic, but you just couldn’t give it up.
Remember how utterly overwhelmed you were? Thinking only of them 24/7, feeling sick and dizzy at the mention of their name. On the verge of killing and kissing them intermittently with each row/make-up session, which seemed like the end of the world and the beginning of a life in Heaven,
 all at once.
No? Was that just me?

😀

Hope you enjoyed this. Do let me know!

A Poem: Obsessive Love

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Book Review: Voice in the Distance by Tabitha Suzuma PLUS Blog Award!

Dawn-Zhang from Letters To Princess awarded this lovely blog award to me and I’m chuffed to pieces! Thanks sweetie!!

Heres what I have to do!
iDig Your Blog Award Regulations
1 ) Gratefully accept this award.
2 ) Link the wonderful person you received it from.
3 ) Post 3 interesting facts about yourself.
4 ) Pass this award around to, at-least, 5 blogs you dig.
5 ) Notify them.

 

1) Check
2) Check
3) That’ll be a struggle ;D
i) I’m plagued by a runny nose, 24/7. Argh! Nothing to do with an infection or virus, just an over-sensitive nose. That’s so typical of me!
ii) I love horror books and movies, even though they give me nightmares ;D
iii) I am presently in  UK visiting my yummy family! Hurrah!

4) The exciting part!
i)   Erin O’riordan@Pagan Spirits
ii)  Gabrielle Bisset@ A Writers Blog
iii) The Possy @ The Blog Entourage
iv) Tami Jackson @ The Vampire Review
v)  Heather @ One Toe in the Water
vi) Fenny @ Crazy Rambler
5) Notify them- Feel like Santa ;D  Check. ;D

A Voice in the Distance (Definitions)

A Voice in the Distance by Tabitha Suzuma

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

BLURB From GOOD READS: In his final year at the Royal College of Music, star pianist Flynn Laukonen has the world at his feet. He has moved in with his girlfriend Jennah and is already getting concert bookings for what promises to be a glittering career. Yet he knows he is skating on thin ice – only two small pills a day keep him from plunging back into the whirlpool of manic depression that once threatened to destroy him. Unexpectedly his friends seem to be getting annoyed with him for no apparent reason, he needs less and less sleep, he is filled with unbridled energy.

Events begin to spiral out of control and Flynn suddenly finds himself in hospital, heavily sedated, carnage left behind him. The medication isn’t working any more, the dose needs to be increased, and depression strikes again, this time with horrific consequences. His freedom is snatched away and the medicine’s side-effects threaten to jeopardize his chances in one of the biggest piano competitions of his life. It seems like he has to make a choice between the medication and his career. But in all this he has forgotten the one person he would give his life for, and Flynn suddenly finds himself facing the biggest sacrifice of all. Told in alternating chapters from both Flynn and Jennah’s points of view, this is the breathtaking, poignant sequel to A Note of Madness.

My Review:

I so wanted to love this. Suffering bipolar disorder myself (along with family members), anything which lifts the lid on the real experience is all good in my eyes. The trouble wasn’t with the story, although because I couldn’t finish this book I don’t know how it all panned out, rather with the writing style, which was jarring to say the least. In particular, the series of unending short sentences in place of exposition.

Egs (semi quoted): I woke up. I opened my eyes. I looked around. I smelt school dinners and bleach. He had tears in his eyes. I felt sore. It went on and on like this. Bleh. Come on – Purrrlease!

It was agonizing. So much so that I stopped reading, and started reading Jinn Nation instead. This was also a freebie for my kindle ;D (Click link for your copy)

The dialogue bits were fine and I felt the story might have been reasonably good. But I couldn’t get past her writing style.

Needless to say, I don’t recommend it. But take a look for yourself. If you don’t mind the style, you might enjoy the story.


Have you read this book – did you enjoy it?

Monday Madness Mental Health Linky: 1)Meds Withdrawal update 2)Book Review 3)Meet My Family!

Happy Monday to all the mental health bloggers out there. I hope we see your around to help stock-pile some great posts in our fresh new linky this week!





Withdrawal Update: I’m going to discuss my experience so far of weaning off my medication. 


Well, I’m down to 100ml Seroqual now. ;D And apart from a few things, I’m still feeling pretty well.

Physical Issues:
Fatigue, bad headaches, mild insomnia, hunger, nausea, aching muscles, lethargy.

Psychological Issues:
My imagination continues to waking up, which is really great. Concentration is intermittently difficult, and intermittently stronger. The worse thing affecting moods is lethargy, unwavering fatigue and persistent bad headaches. Sleeplessness is a pain too. However, overall, my moods are steady and stable, which is the main thing. I’ve noticed pre-menstrual weeping is slightly more possible over the past few months too, but thats an extension of me coming to the fore. I’m a soppy sod sometimes ;D

Still taking 1000mg omega 3 daily too. I’ve no idea if it’s working or not, other than my withdrawal is going so much better than I expected.
I’m due to go to UK 23rd August for a few weeks, when I’ll be telling the first medical professional what I’m doing. My GP will no doubt flip! I hope its a locum. They don’t give a damn and just follow instructions: “Give me my drugs in 50mg tablets instead of 200ml please doc.” – A pause ensues, where he looks at me intently, deciding whether it’s worth further investigation, then – “Okay – No problem, Mrs Wharton.” ;D


A book review – ish: (proper review 24th August here)

I attempted to read Tabitha Suzuma’s A Voice in the Distance and well, I got several chapters in before I decided I just couldn’t go on. Apart from the dialogue, and the pacing and even the plot (in so far as I read) – which were all okay, the exposition in between the dialogue was appalling. It was basically a series of statements, like: I opened my eyes. I saw a nurse. I saw a table with a plant on it. I looked around. I smelt school meals and bleach…….  Bleh!

I couldn’t go on reading that for another minute. Such a shame. I really wanted to like it and plug it for her – but its a tiny two 2/5 I’m afraid. 🙁

Have you read it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love someone to counteract my negativity with some great alternative views of this book.

AND LINK UP! ;D 



Meet the Family! 

Well, as I just mentioned, I’ll be away for a while. I have scheduled the hops/linky to go up, so please do continue to support them by linking up and visiting each other. That would be fabulous. I will pop in as and when possible – although I’m really looking forward to seeing my family and their kids and my sisters new dog. They’ve also both totally redecorated their homes so that’ll be fun to check out. And the usual, “Shah, please cut my hair, oh and while your at it, my sons, my husbands and my BFF’s.” Bless!

And I’ll get to see my cute ‘little’ bro, who’s actually well over 6 ft.  


Okay, I’m getting all excited to see them all now, so here’s a few pics of some of them, 
from the last few visits! 
Meet My Family!

Monday Madness: Week 1 PLUS Poetry, the Creative Process and Mental Illness and Guest Post: Silent Ones
My sister, Laura and her cute as they come son, Jordan. In the pub!

Monday Madness: Week 1 PLUS Poetry, the Creative Process and Mental Illness and Guest Post: Silent Ones
My sister, Emily’s so very pretty daughter, Jayden. 

Monday Madness: Week 1 PLUS Poetry, the Creative Process and Mental Illness and Guest Post: Silent Ones
Emily’s eldest. Her gorgeous son, Kayden.
Face-painting frenzy!

Monday Madness: Week 1 PLUS Poetry, the Creative Process and Mental Illness and Guest Post: Silent Ones
Laura’s son, Jordan again, being dead cute as always! Blowing raspberries!

Monday Madness: Week 1 PLUS Poetry, the Creative Process and Mental Illness and Guest Post: Silent Ones
This is Jordan again in mummy’s glasses. 
I took this and its one of my all time favourite pics!

Monday Madness: Week 1 PLUS Poetry, the Creative Process and Mental Illness and Guest Post: Silent Ones
Brother Brian’s daughter, my niece, Bonnie (although she’s like a sister really) with her gorgeous 
Son, Carter. Named after her dad’s (and mine and hers until she marries next year) surname. 

Monday Madness: Week 1 PLUS Poetry, the Creative Process and Mental Illness and Guest Post: Silent Ones
Laura, Bonnie, Me, Emily, and Mom’s in pink in the middle.

Monday Madness: Week 1 PLUS Poetry, the Creative Process and Mental Illness and Guest Post: Silent Ones
Me and My ‘little’ bro, Sam. I LOVE Cuddles!

Monday Madness: Week 1 PLUS Poetry, the Creative Process and Mental Illness and Guest Post: Silent Ones
My sister Emily and Me in a beer garden, hiccup!

Monday Madness: Week 1 PLUS Poetry, the Creative Process and Mental Illness and Guest Post: Silent Ones
These are my yummy in-laws: Carolyn, Alan, Steve, Emily, Hubs and Me, and Jack. 
And yes, we’re in a pub again! ;D 

Monday Madness: Week 1 PLUS Poetry, the Creative Process and Mental Illness and Guest Post: Silent Ones
My ‘little’ bro Sam with our – err – Dads, grand-daughter’s son, Carter. 
Modern family’s aye? But they’re both so cute!
Ah – Can’t wait now… sigh!
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Now for The Linky


Amendments are as follows:

Note:  The Monday Madness Button on the left side column – (with an amended bit at the bottom which says ‘Link Store’). Click that button and you’ll be taken to the page where you can still find all the previous links available. I couldn’t face dumping them. ;D

You can post Every DAY or Every WEEK

Those links will be shown here Every MONDAY


I still hope you will post each week (or as much as you like throughout the month) – Not just once then don’t come back (some thought it was just once before, so I’m making it clear this time) 

Confused? Comment below or email me at shahwharton@gmail.com).

Fresh LINKY on the last Monday of EVERY month!

Link up your research, your experiences, your know-how, 
your creations, your requests for understanding – 
I want this to be a safe and nurturing environment for those 
involved with/dealing with all mental health issues.

This weeks Featured Links are …. 

1) Stability Defined: Go read Madeline’s great defining article of this subjective term at The Charming Mad Hatter.
2) Why Do The Innocent Feel Ashamed? Read this brave and inspirational post, from a woman whose blog fights the silence wrapped around abuse, at I Am One. 
Link up and share with this wonderfully flourishing community. 😀
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Monday Madness
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You can see a mini-bio plus some short stories and poems written about my experiences with various issues, including bipolar disorder on my Just Me  page. 

What is your experience? What is your illness? Do you have something specific to share today – or do you simply want to have a rant and have someone read about it? 
We can support and learn from each other.


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These rules apply here:

1) Link up EACH WEEK HERE. New linky the last Monday of EVERY MONTH. Two posts per week are featured in between each new linky

2) This is not a rule, but a request – Follow me (pweaze). I’ll follow you back because I want to build our mental health community. And do follow others. Let me have you details if you want a follow back. 

3) Take and display the button anywhere on your blog with pride! We are not ashamed of our mental health issues – ARE WE

4) Enjoy the posts of all hoppers and please be kind by leaving a comment for each other.

5) Please don’t link up if you don’t have a mental health related blog or post. No coupons/give-aways/type posts please. I will remove it. 

6) Last but not least: To help build and nurture this communitySHARE/TWEET/Face Book/Advertise this linky. The more you do so, the bigger and more helpful/useful/enjoyable the community will become.



So what’s been happening in your week? How are you? 
Do you have something for us to share? 
Please let me know your thoughts. 

Monday Madness: Week 1 PLUS Poetry, the Creative Process and Mental Illness and Guest Post: Silent Ones

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