Dan Alexander, Pitcher – Bottom of the Ninth Series

Fed up with cheating women, Dan Alexander, star pitcher for the New York Nighthawks, grew restless. Searching for something more than a bar babe, he zeroed in on a girl in the stands. He never expected to see a beautiful chick pushing frankfurters. But the hot dog girl looked as smokin’ as the food she was selling. Holly Merrill found a place to hide in plain sight, as a vendor at Nighthawks’ stadium. Keeping her secret safe and simply happy to stay alive, she never considered finding love an option. After all, a bad girl doesn’t deserve a decent guy, does she? Coming off his best season ever, Dan went into the playoffs, hell bent on winning the pennant and playing in the World Series. But could he maintain his focus on the field, where everything was going right, when off the field everything was falling apart?

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Review Stats

Amazon: 4.8 Stars!

Goodreads: 4.6 stars!

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About The Author

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I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember. When other kids wanted to be doctors, teachers or firemen, I wanted to be a writer.
As soon as I could read, I began devouring books. I’d read anything I could get my hands on, but Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Nancy Drew mysteries were early favorites.
In school, term papers were my favorite homework. While others bemoaned the amount of work involved, I jumped in, burying myself in research and writing the document with care.
Still fiction was my first love. After college and a degree in English, I fell into the world of advertising. After many years in corporate America, I went my own way. Working and raising two kids took all my energy and creativity. But when the youngest went off to school, all the story ideas in my head came to life. Mac Caldwell and Callie Richards landed in my head and refused to leave. So I told their story. What started as one book has become six. Now I greet my characters every morning at six and jump back into their story, enjoying every minute. I’m blessed to be able to work at something I love and share my space with my husband as well as my beloved pug, Homer. More than 26 books later, I’m still up at the crack of dawn, crafting the tales of the people who live in my head.

Want to know more? Check out her website! 

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Book Review “Dan Alexander, Pitcher – Bottom of the Ninth” Jean C. Joachim

Fed up with cheating women, Dan Alexander, star pitcher for the New York Nighthawks, grew restless. Searching for something more than a bar babe, he zeroed in on a girl in the stands. He never expected to see a beautiful chick pushing frankfurters. But the hot dog girl looked as smokin’ as the food she was selling. Holly Merrill found a place to hide in plain sight, as a vendor at Nighthawks’ stadium. Keeping her secret safe and simply happy to stay alive, she never considered finding love an option. After all, a bad girl doesn’t deserve a decent guy, does she? Coming off his best season ever, Dan went into the playoffs, hell bent on winning the pennant and playing in the World Series. But could he maintain his focus on the field, where everything was going right, when off the field everything was falling apart?

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The first thing I want to say to anyone thinking about not reading this book due to its Baseball theme is….DON’T PASS THIS BOOK UP! It is fantastic! You don’t need to be into Baseball to enjoy the story. I am far from a Baseball fan and I couldn’t put this book down. Both Holly and Dan are compelling characters that will drive a spike into you with their authenticity. 

One of my most favorite aspects of this story is how different Dan and Holly became who they are. Two completely different upbringings and yet Joachim expertly brings them together in such a believable way that I won’t be surprised if ballparks across America find themselves over-run with “hot dog girl” applications. There is even a review on Amazon from someone who is a hot dog vendor! 

The story isn’t all romance. Joachim weaves a thrilling thread with Holly and her ties to a sketchy ex-boyfriend. Right from the first page, the hazardous and perilous life of Holly draws you in to her desperation and regret. While reading, I was constantly concerned for her safety. This book kept me on my toes in more than one way. 

Beginning with the introduction of Dan, I felt an immediate kinship with him. Coming from a small town myself, his charm and authenticity  really made me want better for him. While successful and incredibly talented, I loved how Joachim made him imperfectly real. He’s not the best there ever was. He’s not a Baseball prodigy. He’s a guy who is improving in many areas of his life. He’s like a regular guy who is growing and learning with each new experience life throws at him. He’s a guy you would be hard pressed not to like.

Since a good part of the secondary characters are single….I’m looking forward to future books exploring their lives and future (possible) loves!

I loved everything about this story. It’s sweet but tense. Thrilling and comforting. The best of both worlds. I highly recommend it.

5 stars!

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The Technical Data:

Title: Dan Alexander, Pitcher | Series: Bottom of the Ninth  |  Author(s): Jean C. Joachim  |Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform  / Publication Date: 9-21-2016 |Pages: 240 (Print) | ISBN: 978-1539025665  |Genre(s): Romance / Sports |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 2-17-2017 |Source: Copy from author.

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Life In This Moment

I hope this post finds you in a much better state of mind than I am today. Yesterday, very unexpectedly, my landlord decided to call and rip my world out from under me. After previously discussing an extension of my lease they decided that due to the “economic climate” their words….not mine, they were not going to extend my lease after-all and have instead put the house up for sale and think they already have a buyer. 

Since I was expecting to stay here for at least another year, I had not been looking for another home to lease. In the area I live, rent houses go fast so one must jump on the good ones basically the minute they pop up. 

I know what you’re going to say…..why not just buy a house? Good question. We were actually looking at a few homes to buy but were having a hard time finding what we wanted and now it looks like we have no choice but to rent. At least for a bit longer.

I guess what makes me the maddest about this whole thing is the flippant manner in which my landlord informed me. Like it’s no big deal. Like 30 days is plenty of time to come up with more then $3,000 for deposits and moving fees. I mean, who doesn’t have 3k just lying around….right? 

I’ve been in a frenzy ever since. I’m starting to feel like the better part of humanity really has lost their ability to be at the very least considerate.

If you’re looking for me…..I’ll be glued to Zillow trying not to end up homeless.

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“The Bloodless – Awakening” Book Review

The year is 2100-something, Daniel Justice is just another geneticist working for GoD Laboratories, a big box, publicly traded biotechnology company. Then one day he proved that resurrecting the dead was not only possible, but economically viable. Back in the old days, this would have been a massive ethics debate, but in a world where religion is all but extinct, the conversation is a whole lot different.

Once someone is resurrected they are welcomed back into society with open arms, right? Wrong. They are shunned and treated like third class citizens. Abuse will only be tolerated for so long and when their patience is up, the resurrected population rises up and rebels against the very people who created them.

His coworkers are either dead or have vanished without a trace, but by a combination of luck and his own determination to live, Daniel escapes a similar fate. With the military already embroiled in an all-out war with Russia, it’s up to him and a small group of mercenaries to fight back against what is turning into a quiet genocide. Their survival depends on fending off overwhelming numbers of enemies that only desire death and destruction. Or does it?

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“The Bloodless” begins by dropping you right into the action. Right from the start your blood is pumping and your heart racing. Within the first few pages the characters quickly start to flesh out and the group dynamic forms quickly. It’s rare when I feel an immediate connection with any character, let alone an entire group of them. For someone who is fairly new to the novel game, Gibson does a good job building that bridge between reader and novel. That certainly isn’t easy but it appears that Gibson has a natural talent for it. If only he would of continued with that skill throughout the entire book. Instead, he does well in the beginning and misses lots of further opportunities to build later on.

“The Bloodless” initially comes across as another zombie story and that’s really too bad because while having zombie like attributes, the creatures that Gibson has created aren’t exactly zombies. For those of you who are heartily sick of the same zombie story being told over and over, let me quell your worries. “The Bloodless” is very unique and not at all a retelling.

The one area that I would like to see Gibson put some work into is transitions. When a new task is set before the team the writing is abrupt and I think Gibson is losing out on opportunities to world build and deepen his story line. This applies to the loss of characters too. There is a sense of sadness and loss but those feeling are only portrayed at face value. I would like to see Gibson take these events and use them to round out his characters. He is doing well on most all other avenues to build his characters but this one. Unfortunately, this is doing its fair share of damage and in doing so is keeping this book from being great. Without these corrections the book is still entertaining and I would label it “good”. However, without revision this book isn’t one that would stick with me for long. It lacks the depth.

The ending could also use a bit more work. This is another opportunity that Gibson should of used to deepen the readers knowledge of the world as well as give a bit more perspective into the whys of the worlds current standing. It appears that the main character is deep in the dark on most of the whys and his lack of perspective in some circumstances is a bit of a stretch. 

On the bright side, Gibson sneaks in a clever bit of foreshadowing. Those of us who picked up on it are looking forward to seeing it pan out.

4 star

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The Technical Data:

Title: The Bloodless – Awakening | Series: The Bloodless  |  Author(s): Andrew Gibson  |Publisher: Amazon Digital Services  / Publication Date: 9-2-2015 |Pages: 230 (Print) | ISBN: B014VDN1PC |Genre(s): Science Fiction|Language: English |Rating: 4 out of 5 |  Date Read: 1-20-2017 |Source: Copy from author.

To Be Read List!

How goes it my book besties? Here’s a sneak peak into what I’ll be reading this week! I’ve received some e-mails from a few antsy authors wanting to know what’s next in my queue so I’m going to bring back the weekly TBR post. Just a reminder, I review books for free and am also the mother of two very small children…. so it may take a while to get a review out. However, as you may already know…when I do review a book I take care to explain any issues I have with the book as well as heap on praise when a book blows me off my feet! I love reviewing books and I hope that by doing so I am connecting readers with awesome stories! Click on the covers to get more information about each book! If you have read any of the books on my list hit me up in the comments and let me know what you thought of it! No spoilers though! Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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BOTBC #5 Who Won? Aerisia or Novus?

AlliesOpinions is pleased to announce that Aerisia – Land Beyond The Sunset has won cover battle #5! In a virtual KO, Aerisia came away with every single vote in it’s favor. That’s a first for BOTBC! Thank you to everyone who participated! 

Sarah Ashwood’s reward for kicking major cover butt is a free BOOK SPOTLIGHT!

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Aerisia – Land Beyond The Sunset was reviewed by AlliesOpinions in 2015. Can’t wait on the spotlight to learn more? Check out our review and get a copy for yourself! Aerisia LBTS is the first book in “The Sunset Lands Beyond” series and is one of our favorites!

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Congratulations to Sarah Ashwood!

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Book Review “Brain Rules for Baby” John Medina

What’s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child’s brain? What’s the best way to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know.

In his New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina showed us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control.

Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child’s brain develops – and what you can do to optimize it.

You will view your children—and how to raise them—in a whole new light. You’ll learn:

Where nature ends and nurture begins
Why men should do more household chores
What you do when emotions run hot affects how
your baby turns out, because babies need to feel safe
above all
TV is harmful for children under 2
Your child’s ability to relate to others predicts her
future math performance
Smart and happy are inseparable. Pursuing your child’s
intellectual success at the expense of his happiness
achieves neither
Praising effort is better than praising intelligence
The best predictor of academic performance is not
IQ. It’s self-control
What you do right now—before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and through the first five years—will affect your children for the rest of their lives. Brain Rules for Baby is an indispensable guide.

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When I was pregnant with my first child I worried about everything. Me and every pregnant woman ever. I wish I would of have this book! Almost every question I had as a soon to be mom is answered! Best part about this book is that if, like me, you don’t find it while pregnant, the information has a wide age range. I learned a lot and will be implementing new approaches to my parenting.  My husband learned a ton too! This is a must have for both Mom & Dad!

The book is split into chapters and answers some of the most pressing issues parents face. Medina cites his methods with solid research and when the science is a bit lacking he is upfront and explains why he included that bit of information. So much of this book is backed up by research that your reading list will grow longer as you work your way through the book.

I found a lot of other good reading from this book and I, for one, am thankful that Medina so meticulously cited everything. With the absolutely insane amount of parenting books on the market, Medina’s book stands as a shining example to other authors. If you’re going to give advice….have the proof to back it up. Don’t contribute to the noise.

My favorite section of the book is “Smart Baby: Seeds”. Medina breaks down each point in an easy to understand format but goes into great detail. This book really is the holy grail.  

Medina includes interesting anecdotes throughout the story that are sometimes funny but always thought provoking. I really loved how Medina gave us the history of the IQ test! I had no idea!

In conclusion, I strongly recommend this book to parents. Medina has written a solid “manual” for not messing up your kid.

Thanks friend!

5 stars!

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Title: Brain Rules for Baby | Series: N/A  |  Author(s): John Medina  |Publisher: Pear Press  / Publication Date: 4-22-2014 |Pages: 336 (Print) | ISBN: 978-0983263388 |Genre(s): Parenting / Non Fiction|Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 1-08-2017 |Source: Copy from library.

Book Review “The 5th Wave” Rick Yancy

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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Funny story, I’ve had this book on my shelf for awhile. I passed over it time and time again while choosing my next book to read. I had no idea what I was missing! I also had no idea there was a movie. Goes to show how much I pay attention. 

I made the mistake of beginning this book later in the day so I ended up binge reading it and stayed up literally all night. This wasn’t the best plan since I am the mother of two small children. Lots of coffee was drank the next day. I finished it about an hour after my husband left for work that next morning and as much as I should regret staying up all night…..I don’t. Yancey’s writing sucked me in and didn’t let go. I was jonesing so hard for the next book that the minute my husband got home from work I raced to the bookstore. I’m 100% sure that’s the only time I’ve gone more than 5 over the speed limit in probably 3 years.

I liked how real Cassi came across. She wasn’t just scared. She was angry and sad and terrified and brave.

She represents humanity. We never have just one emotion. All of our emotions are a jumbled mess and the complex decisions we make aren’t always based on emotion or logic. Sometimes they are a mix of both.  Her name….it’s fitting really. Cassiopeia. She’s a child of the stars while being entirely human.

The bravery Cassi shows comes across as a bit insane at times and very paranoid at others. I can’t brag enough on Yancey.

Cassi feels like a scarily real person in a terrifyingly real scenario. 

There are so many elements to this story and I think that is why it drills into the imagination so easily. It’s scary and brutal. It’s tender and loving. It’s suspenseful and chill inducing. It’s life.

The teddy bear was a nice touch too. 

I don’t want to say much else for fear of giving anything about the book away. Just know that it is absolutely worth the money and be sure to schedule enough time to read it in one sitting.

5 stars.

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Title: The 5th Wave | Series: The 5th Wave  |  Author(s): Rick Yancey  |Publisher: Speak  / Publication Date: 2-10-2015 |Pages: 512 (Print) | ISBN: 978-0142425831 |Genre(s): Science Fiction / Action / Romance / Suspense / Horror / Dystopian |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 1-06-2017 |Source: Copy from personal collection.

Battle Of The Book Cover #5

Hello everyone! Welcome to AlliesOpinions

BATTLE OF THE BOOK COVER! 

How does it work? Well, I will put two different covers of the same book or different books and you must judge which book you would most likely pick up based ONLY on the cover!  Don’t forget to explain your choice.

The winner gets a free book spotlight! If shopping small is on your list of must haves…..look no further and buy Indie! Self-published means that your dollars go to the author and not some gigantic publishing company!

Put your vote in the comments!

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psst….click on the covers to learn more about the book!

May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Book Review Schedule

Hi bookland! How goes it? I’ve recently had a few authors inquire when their books were up for review. Here’s a list of the next 5 books that you can expect to see reviews for. If your book isn’t on this list, keep your eyes peeled. I’ll get to it. This list is not a “To Be Read” list. I’ve already read these books. I don’t always have time to write a review the second I finish reading. This is why I keep notes about each book I read and often will write up parts of the review while I’m reading. Enjoy!

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What have you been reading?