Demonic Wildlife

demonic wildlife

3.5 out of 5 Stars

A sometimes hilarious, sometimes disturbing compilation of “Campfire stories” involving animals in some capacity and, for the most point.. VERY WELL DONE!

The disappointing story in the mix was the 2nd short story in the compilation “Ninji by Richard A Wentworth” I’m sorry to say that this one was hard to follow with a lot of sentences that didn’t really seem to finish but just….. continuing on with a completely different thought like the train was de-railed. There were also many re-occurring spelling errors (THREW instead of THROUGH, THOUGH instead of THOUGHT, RIDDING instead of RIDING, etc.) and broken sentences like

You’re on your sailboat! But…how in the world? And were under sail power, too?”

That actually had me highlighting and making notes that just said “???”

But, onwards and upwards! Since it is  a group of short stories by different authors I’m not going to take up all of your time giving you a synopsis of each one (and potentially ruining the magic of the journey) instead I will do my favourite thing by giving you some of my favourite quotes from some of the stories to, hopefully, suck you all in!

 The Spider Laughs   by Linda Hill 

“Its deep, throaty, rumbling laugh similar to the way villains laugh just before they blow up orphanages or embezzle money from the elderly, only the spider laughs quieter.”

Nor am I afraid that it will jump onto my face and suck out all of the juice from my eyeballs leaving them to rattle in my head like shrivelled, dried apricots, because I know this particular spider is not of the eyeball-sucking variety. (Those spiders live in your couch. Not my couch. Your couch.)”

The Legend of the Chucacabra by Jeremy Rodden

“Now afore you all go off on that famous coyote and roadrunner situation, let me stop you . We live in a world of fact, even in the Tooniverse. Some of you may come from some pretty fantastical sections of Toonopolis.” He pointed to me and said, “Yuki there comes from a really wacky part without a lot of grounding in reality.” I wasn’t sure to take offense or to agree with him. Sure, Animetown seemed perfectly normal if it was all you ever knew, but having travelled to other sections of the Tooniverse, I knew it was pretty far on the absurd end of the spectrum at times. Even so, I felt I should defend my home section so I stuck out my tongue and took my right index finger to my lower right eyelid and pulled it down. “Don’t you akanbe me, son,” the cowboy said immediately.”

This is where the creature earned its nickname: Chucacabra. It derived its name from the Chupacabra, a legend of Latin America in the Real World, but you know, with poop inside of it.”

CATagories for 500 by Clint Doyle

A dark bolt tore out of the kitchen scrabbling across the floor and under the curtain. What the hell made cats do that anyway? At least it had stopped shredding the chair next to his bed.”

He sauntered up to his Human charge. This was not his first. In fact, this was his 7th. Two more to go and he could take his place as an Oracle in the collective consciousness. Cats held the memories not only of their past lives, but the collected wisdom of their whole species.”

He rushed the box in a mad dash to catch whatever had invaded his territory. The box rocked, scooted back several feet from the force of his charge. In the Spirit realm though, Warwick shot his claws into the darkness snaring the intruder.”

Adam, Eve, and Mr. Bubbles by Christina Bergling

“Come on, Adam. You’re Adam . She was Eve. You have a snake. That kind of blatant symbolism just cannot be allowed in the real world.” “So, did you lead her into temptation, Mr. Bubbles? Did you tempt her with the apple and then she cheated on me?” “Don’t be stupid, Adam. I’m just a snake.” “A snake who is talking to me.” “That is talking to you, Adam. You can’t say who; I’m clearly not a person.”  “But you are clearly an asshole.”

Demonic Wildlife: A Fantastical Funny Adventure is Best Served With

A Black Cat

In honour of my favourite short story in this mix (can I have CATagories for 500, Alex??) I had to make a black cat.

 black cat.jpg


  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 3 oz lemon lime soda
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • ½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Lime twist for garnish


  1. Fill a shaker halfway with ice
  2. Add curacao, vodka and lime juice.
  3. Shake until mixed well.
  4. Add soda and stir.
  5. Pour cranberry juice into a tall glass.
  6. Over the back of a spoon, gently strain the mixed ingredients over the cranberry juice, being careful not to completely mix the two for presentation.
  7. Serve with a cocktail stirrer and a lime twist for garnish.
  8. CHEERS!


black cat.jpg

Happy National ‘Fresh Squeezed Juice’ Day!!

Is this a thing?!?! WHY YES IT IS!! The best part is that it comes first, so I’m putting this post out today to get you all set for NATIONAL FRESH SQUEEZED JUICE WEEK JANUARAY 17-23!!!

So, I couldn’t seem to find ANYWHERE the reasoning behind this weird and wonderful Holiday observance… so, I’m making up my own logical reason.

I’m sure that we all had a long, stressful, probably not quite healthy, Holiday season. So, now it the Day (or, if you would like to wait) The week, to replenish our bodies with those sorely lacking vitamins!

I know, that here, there were A LOT of different colds and flu’s going around (I luckily avoided pretty much all of them, YAY ME! My man on the other hand got both Strep Throat and Tonsillitis!)

ren and stimpy

So, let’s all grab our juicers and get ourselves some much needed energy!!


Let’s Make some Juice!




  • 3 Carrots
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Cucumber
  • Feel Free to add some apple Juice from Concentrate to thin it out a little


  1. Cut up your ingredients to juicer size to fit. (MAKE SURE YOU PEEL CITRUS FRUITS. THE RIND WILL MAKE YOUR JUICE BITTER)
  2. Throw it all in
  3. CHEERS!!

*Please plan ahead and buy whatever fruit is on sale in your area. This can quickly become the most expensive juice you have ever ingested if you do not plan ahead!* 

I know you’re all saying BUT, WAIT NICOLE! NO BOOZE?!?!?! Feel free to add any booze you like to spike up your fresh juice! This was my morning before heading off to work…so, booze was off the table! But, indulge, enjoy and CHEERS!!

On Her Majesty’s Supernatural Secret Service

the rook

4 out of 5 Stars

“Dear You,

The body you are wearing used to be mine. The scar on the inner left thigh is there because I fell out of a tree and impaled my leg at the age of nine. The filling in the far left tooth on the top is a result of my avoiding the dentist for four years. But you probably care little about this body’s past. After all, I’m writing this letter for you to read in the future. Perhaps you are wondering why anyone would do such a thing. The answer is both simple and complicated. The simple answer is because I knew it would be necessary. 

The complicated answer could take a little more time.”

Imagine waking up, in the rain, surrounded by bodies, with no idea who you were. That is what happened to Myfawny (rhymes with Tiffany) Thomas. She has no prior knowledge to her life except from letters that her past self (if it IS her past self!) has written.

“Your main concern will be to master the running and politics of the domestic Checquy forces. You’ll be meeting with and coordinating the teams of Pawns who work in the country and assigning them to various tasks. You will also oversee the management of the Rooney, working closely with Gestalt. 

Oh, that’s going to be fun, Myfawny thought. 

And you meet regularly with the other members of the Court to coordinate the Checquy’s movements. It’s all fairly self-explanatory, really. 

Oh, well thanks an awful lot, Thomas, Myfawny thought bitterly. It sounds like I’m the Defense Minister of Ghosts and Goblins, but as long as the job is ‘all fairly self-explanatory,’ I’ve no doubt it will be fine. The country might be overrun by brownies and talking trees, but what the hell-there’s always Australia! 

Worst yet, there is a betrayer in her midst at the Checquy Group where she works. A Secret Service group of “talented” individuals who come in handy in certain delicate situations.

“So, I supposed you’re wondering all about the Checquy Group. Oh, and please note that it is pronounced Sheck-Eh. French influences, I think. Or possibly warped by generations of employees mispronouncing it.” 

“The Checquy Group is composed of hundreds of individuals. Some are loke me-they possess powers beyond the normal population. The non-powered members are simply the cream of their respective occupational crops.”

Stepping into the person she was, apparently a boring stepped on pencil pusher, doesn’t seem plausible anymore,

“Myfawny grimly contemplated the content of the residences’s wardrobe. Did Thomas wear nothing but black and gray? She asked herself. I mean, there are thirty good-quality suits here, and not a single one with any personality. No skirts cut above the knee, no blouse that isn’t white. 

The new Myfawny steps up to take charge of situations and her own new-found (to her new self) powers of controlling people’s bodies and minds. Taking on Evil Fungi, Grafters and even Dragons.

This was a great read and I can’t wait to continue the series! It took a little while for me to get into, but with thrill around every corner at whether someone will figure out that Myfawny is not herself, or who she can trust, it quickly sucked me in. It was like James Bond meets X-Men (o.k, maybe less James Bond and more Johnny English since she doesn’t QUITE know what she’s doing some of the time)

“” Charming, ” she said, and noticed Shanty looking at her strangely. “Well aside from the massive blanket of fungus covering everything. But if you look beyond that, it’s really not in bad taste.” Shanty carried on staring at her. “Oh, shut up. Do you see any signs of the Barghests?” 

“No,” Shanty said in a stage whisper. She was holding her large pistol in her hand and looking very tense. “What is wrong with you?” Myfawny whispered back. “You look like you expect someone to grab your ass.” 

“I’d be okay with that, as long as it was a personal,” whispered Shantay. “It’s when it’s the decor reaching out to cop a feel that I get nervous.””

All in all a highly recommended read for all of you sucked into the “Super Hero” fad going on in full force out there!

The Rook is Best Served With 

Mind Eraser

mind eraser


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 4 ounces soda water (or enough to top off an old fashioned glass)
  • lime wedge for garnish


  1. Fill an old fashioned glass with ice.
  2. Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur over the ice.
  3. Fill with soda water.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve with a straw

*The soda is open for interpretation. I like plain soda water, but I have seen this drink served with lemon-lime soda and ginger ale before as well. So pick whatever you think best!!


An Elevator Ride Straight to Hell

elevator quest

4 out of 5 Stars

I’d like to thank Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for an Advanced Read Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t think we’re in the office building anymore, Arnold!

What can I say about this book except, Wow…. just Wow.

An elevator full of people who work together in an office building plummet and find themselves? Where? Is this Hell? Some kind of Game? A part of the building we’ve never seen? They all must work together to fight and escape or die trying.

“Is this hell? Maybe, but who knows for sure? What I do know is that there is a path ahead of us. We can choose to take that path and see where it leads,” Arnold motioned towards the patch, “or we can sit here and die.” Moving back to pick up the crest on the ground before picking it up and tossing it to Jiro, who caught it and slid it into his pocket. “I, for one, refuse to die here.”

They each come across a weapon that calls out to them: the rogue, the black mage, the healer, the monk, the berserker, etc. taking on RPG (role playing game) roles like they are within a live game (with deadly consequences) and acquiring skills they didn’t know that they had. Working through the levels they must defeat the monsters and bosses they meet in this hellish place in which they find themselves.

I had a love hate relationship with this book. While it was an amazing story, it was a little confusing having about 14 characters from the beginning all doing things at once. It was a long time before you really got to know any of the characters with any real depth as well because there were just too many of them. The fight scenes seemed jumbled because there was just too much going on at once to follow everything, and there were SO MANY fight scenes that the book almost became exhausting, BUT WHAT A RIDE!

I will warn you readers now… don’t become too attached to any characters! You may have a rude awakening if you do! This story is definitely for those who can handle things like “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” There are many twists and turns and it’s definitely not a “And they all lived happily ever after” sort of novel. Which, I actually loved! It is a great thrilling read, I highly recommend it. I would have given it 5 stars if it was just a little better organised and edited!

Released on Feb 6 2018 it’s something everyone should be putting on their TBR list!!

Elevator Quest is Best Served With

Health and Mana Potion Shots

health and mana potions

Ok, So maybe it’s a vodka cranberry and a hypnotiq martini… But, It definitely cures what ails me!!

Ingredients for Health Potion

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • Top with Cranberry Juice


  1. in a highball glass (or a potion bottle) pour in vodka and grand marnier (I like the Grand Marnier for a little twist!) and top with cranberry juice!

Ingredients for Mana Potion

  • 2oz Hypnotiq Liqueur
  • 2oz Vodka


  1. Fill a shaker with ice
  2. Pour in vodka and Hypnotiq
  3. shake for about 20 seconds until cold
  4. Pour into martini glass (or potion bottle)

It’s definitely Magic!! CHEERS!!




Spaceballs Meets Futurama With a Pinch of Hitchhiker’s Guide!

starship grifters

5 out of 5 stars

A story of the mis-adventures of Rex Nihilo and his robot companion Sasha narrated by Sasha.

This was SUCH a funny book! One of the best sci-fi books I’ve read for a long time. Narrated by Sasha, who is a robot that is programmed never to lie it is even more funny because her honesty gets Rex in some sticky situations.

Rex Nihilo is an immoral, gambling idiot who thinks he is the most amazing person ever. Every time he opened his mouth all I could hear in my head was Zapp Brannigan from Futurama. He always thinks he’s right and knows the best way to do things, while in the background he has his robot Sasha (his Kif Kroker) as his voice of reason, trying to guide him down a better path to not getting himself killed.

“I inquired about Rex’s plans once we got there. As usual, this was a mistake. Rex had no plans.

“You realize that you’re not going to be able to keep up this ruse.” I said, “A simple I.D check will reveal that you are not Gavin Larvaton. What do you think these rebels will do to you then?”

“You know what your problem is Sasha” Rex said, “you always want to have every little detail worked out in advance.”You’ve got to leave some room for improvisation.”

“My concern sir, is that you’ve given such a wide berth to improvisation that you’ve left no room for planning.”

“You wound me, Sasha.” Rex sniffed. “I’ll have you know that while you’ve been fiddling with dials and whatnot, I’ve worked out the broad outlines of a plan:

Step 1. Scam as much money out of  Princess whats-her-name and this Frenti group as humanly possible.

Step 2. Wreak vengeance on Gavin Larvaton by spreading the rumour that he’s aiding the Rebellion.

Step 3. Take a much needed vacation. Possibly in the Regulian sector.

Steps 1 and 2 won’t necessarily occur in that order by the way. Come to think of it, I might bump up step 3 a couple of notches. Yes, a vacation might be just what we need.

Sasha, plot out a course to the Regulian sector!”

“You forget, sir, that we have no money and, in fact are in hock to the tune of 1.6 billion credits. Also, on board, we have a partisan of the Rebellion.”

“Blast it Sasha! Alright, we’ll do it your way. Let’s hope this princess is obscenely wealthy, and stupid, and gorgeous. In that order.”

The best are the S’Postles (or Space Apostles) which are apparently the Jehova’s Witnesses of space who will seek you out and convert you to the worship of the “Secrets of Space”

“You just won’t believe how hugely, vastly, mind-bogglingly big it is!”

This quote from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that they threw into the story made me laugh out loud, and the absurd places where the S’Postles show up was great!

I HIGHLY recommend this book to any lovers of “Spaceballs: The Movie”, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, “Futurama”, or to anyone who just wants a good laugh.

Starship Grifters is Best Served With

A Rex Nihilo

As told in the story Sasha had put things online to lead people astray when trying to track down Rex Nihilo. He’s a “master hydroponic gardener from Kraan”, “the inventor of the super-sonic can opener”, “OR A DRINK MADE FROM REGULIAN VODKA, PARSNIPS AND TOMATO JUICE”

Ok. So, I couldn’t get the Regulian vodka at such short notice. Lol! So, I had to settle for just plain Vodka.

rex nihlio

Since Sasha isn’t big on the exact details of the drink I had to trial and error my own amounts!

I first juiced my own parsnips!

parsnip juice

Just to give you an idea of how many parsnips to get, this is the juice from 4. It gave me 5 oz of juice, but you really only require 3 oz (5 was a little sweet and not a lot of flavour)


  • 2 oz Vodka (Regulian if you have it!)
  • 3 oz Parsnip Juice
  • Top with Tomato Juice (I cheated a little here after some testing and used V8 to add a little extra nutrition and flavour, if you do go with Original and NOT low sodium. It needs the salt)
  • Added Salt and Pepper (I used Celery Salt… because..LOVE!)


  1. Add Ice in Glass if you want some
  2. Add Vodka
  3. Then Parsnip Juice
  4. Top with Tomato Juice, Salt and Pepper

rex nihilo 1


It tastes better than it looks AND it’s good for you!! ….minus the vodka I suppose….






Let’s get THEATRICAL With Fire!


4 out of 5 Stars

What would you do if you lost everything? I you were at the end of your rope and the bottom of your bottle. That is what happened to Broadway actor Rudy Burns. One night, everything was taken from him. His only option? To become someone else entirely. To REALLY put his acting skills to the test and become a professional boxer because,

“If you want to get rich, sell to the rich. If you want to get FILTHY rich, sell to the dirt poor!”

world champion

I absolutely love the old 20s looking graphic style. Set in the prohibition era it was a great story of love, loss and a man trying to get his life back after it is brutally taken away from him at the top of his game. I highly recommend this and can’t wait for further instalments to see Rudy’s (or the Count’s) life come together.. or come apart.

Theatrics is Best Served With

A Flaming Asshole

Pardon my language! Lol! But, I couldn’t help myself! With the story being called “Theatrics” I felt that I needed a THEATRICAL drink! What is more theatrical than LIGHTING THINGS ON FIRE?! And with Rudy’s new vicious persona  I thought what better drink than a good ole flaming asshole?!


Now, with the legalities out of the way… HERE WE GO!

flaming asshole



  • 1/2 oz grenadine syrup
  • 1/2 oz green creme de menthe (if you want to change things up, I accidentally used
  • melon liquer and it was delicious! Lol!)
  • 1/2 oz creme de banane
  • 1/2 oz high alcohol rum (minimum 40%)


Layer in this order: grenadine, creme de menthe, banana liqueur, white rum. (Layered over the back of a spoon lightly dipped in the previous layer) Ignite rum before serving. (May take a little while as the alcohol has to heat to a certain temp before igniting)




Food For Thought…Spaghetti Recipe

Here is my recipe from yesterday’s National Spaghetti Day dish!

Feel free to used pre-made pasta if you’re short on time, but I LOVE fresh pasta!


  • 600g of 00 Flour
  • 6 Eggs
  • Salt (for water)


  1. pour flour into a mixing bowl
  2. Create a divot in the flour and crack your eggs into it
  3. push the flour into the eggs a bit at a time
  4. Knead until it takes on a silky sheen
  5. Wrap with plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge for at least 30 mins
  6. Get a pot of salted water boiling
  7. Roll out with either a rolling pin or a pasta roller (I have an attachment for my mixer which is so great!)
  8. When at desired thickness either slice evenly with a sharp knife, or throw on the pasta slicer attachment and throw it through!
  9. Throw pasta in boiling water for about 5 mins or to desired state of al dente

Spring Peas and Bacon Pasta


  • Pasta
  • 4 slices Bacon
  • 1 cup of Peas (Fresh or Frozen) If frozen run them under some cold water 1st and strain them to try to get some water out)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1tsp herbs de provence (or you can just throw in a little thyme, rosemary, basil, savory, fennel
  • cracked black pepper to taste


  1. In a frying pan, fry up the bacon
  2. You can pour out some of the fat after if you want… I leave it in because FAT IS FLAVOUR!) add minced garlic and fry until softened
  3. Add peas until heated through
  4. Add olive oil, herbs and red pepper flakes and throw pasta on top
  5. Add cracked black pepper to taste
  6. Toss to coat and warm
  7. Feel free to top with parmesan cheese
  8. ENJOY!!

Food For Thought…Happy National Spaghetti Day!!

Well, I’ve been thinking of other things to post about to rest my tired liver every once in a while…. Although, I could very well mix things up with a drink and food pairing, or a food and book pairing… Let’s get crazy! So, It’s National Spaghetti Day and originally I was thinking of featuring an asian pasta since spaghetti was said to originate with rice noodles in Asia. But, time got away from me, so I would up with some homemade fresh noodles tossed in some olive oil infused with garlic, red pepper flakes, herbs de provence, salt and pepper with bacon, peas and tomato.


Recipe to follow…. Right now, I’M GOING TO EAT!

But I Digress… A Book Bloggers Dilemma

Well, I’ve had my blog going for a little over a month and I figured that, now that I’m settled and have some constant veteran readers I could reach out for some advice.

begging chibi moon

I said from the beginning that I am very honest my reviews (as you’ve seen already from some of my 2 star reviews) I’m not one to sugar coat although, I do feel guilty about it because I understand that there is a real, hardworking person with feelings behind that badly written or edited piece of writing. Thus leading to my dilemma. I love to reach out to the Authors I chosen to review (when I can) before putting a review up, letting them know what I do (maybe not all authors wish their writing to be paired with alcohol… BUT, WHY WOULDN’T THEY??), just in case they would like to post the review to their own websites and social media and also to find out if there is any information they want my readers to have to learn about them easier. Worst case I like to tag them in after the fact just so they know it’s out there.

What do I do about my bad reviews though? I feel it’s bad form to inform someone of a 1 or 2 star review. Or tag them in as if to say *THIS IS THE PERSON WHO WROTE THE BOOK I THOUGHT WAS TERRIBLE!* I don’t want to be rude, but I still want to be truthful. I also think that some writers may appreciate the feedback for the future (although, from past experience I KNOW that is not always the case)

Before I started my blog I was helping a young author edit and proofread her book and when I gave her my notes and even though I was going to give her story 3 stars she told me I didn’t “understand” her writing and that she preferred me not to review. Fair Enough. Some people just think that their writing is perfect and you can’t say anything to change that.

So, to anyone who can give ME some pointers (as I am willing to learn and grow and take criticisms) this goes out to writers and readers alike out there! Do I keep my mouth shut and just print the review without saying or tagging? Do I follow the age old adage of “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”? (although, I try to put a redeeming factor in all of my reviews. 2 stars should have had SOMETHING good about it) Or do I just keep doing my thing and tagging and contacting even if it may be bad news?

Please, if you have any tips or feedback on this (or really anything about my blog in general) feel free to comment below! I look forward to your responses!

4 Kids Walk Into a Bank…

4 kids

5 out of 5 Stars!!

I loved this graphic novel!! 4 nerdy, misfit, Dungeons and Dragons playing kids (Paige,Stretch, Berger and Walter) get sucked in to a plot to rob a bank to save Paiges’ father from doing it. It’s illustrations and dialogue are written almost like an 80’s friend flick (like Sandlot or Goonies)

4 kids berger stakeout

And because of their wild imaginations and constant gaming they are always imagining things in gaming, pop culture terms.


This graphic novel was hilarious, dramatic and a read I would recommend to anyone! ESPECIALLY lovers of those old 80s movies and heist movies! It definitely did not go the route that I thought it would and I was very impressed with how authentic and interesting it was. It’s hard to say more than that about something that was 210 pages. So, all I will say is READ IT! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!

4 Kids Walk Into a Bar is Best Served With

A Bank Robber

bank robber

This is a rough shot. It is not for the feint of heart for sure. It will ROB you of you logic, your money and your dignity…. I kid. But, it will be a lot of alcohol!


  • ½ oz Creme di Casis
  • ½ oz Brandy
  • ½ oz Dry Gin
  • 1/3 oz Rum
  • 1/3 oz Vodka


  1. Mix in order listed as best you can trying to layer the vodka on top
  2. CHEERS!!