Game On!! Geek Pop! Tabletopics

So, this one isn’t REALLY a game… But, I had to include it anyways because it had me laughing, for sure!!

So, apparently all of us Geeks have a stigma for being socially awkward.. I know. WHAT?? ME? SOCIALLY AWKWARD?! Well, Geek Pop! Has come to the rescue to save the day! With Tabletopics you are offered cards with different discussion topics so we will never again have those awkward pauses, or feel the need to fill the void with something in appropriate!

I mean, here are some of the (all SO VERY suitable) suggestions for topics!

I’d like to get some answers to these, so please, join the discussion in the comments section and let’s see if these really work! Ha ha!

1. Kaiju or Aliens?

2. Have you ever had a crush on an Alien?

3. Which Wizard in fiction is the most powerful? (thankfully they had that “in fiction”! Now I don’t have to tell you which is more powerful IN REALITY!! 😂😉)

4. Would you visit Jurassic Park?

5. Which celebrity have you gotten an autograph from?

6. Have you memorized any quotes from fantasy books?

7. What would you keep on your utility belt?

8. What Superhero power would you most like to have?

Because all of these topics will make us super cool, and FAR LESS AWKWARD!! 😂😂 And these are just a few of the amazing gems they have in there!

Please, let’s see if these work! Feel free to answer 1 or all of the questions above… But, let’s keep this civil. I mean, in the Geek Realm, some of these questions could start Wars!!

(I’ll also have to remember to but these out for my next Award Nomination or Ya Post!!…. Watch out to whoever I Nominate!! Ha ha!!)


Blog Tour- Tracing Shadows


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Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours for making me the last stop on this fabulous tour!!

Pub. Date: April 8, 2018

Publisher: Alex Lidell

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 312 Find it: Amazon, Goodreads


To protect the throne, seventeen-year-old spy Kali must play a male guardsman trainee by day and royal lady by night.

Orphaned and trained on a spymaster’s remote estate, Kali is a scout who works alone in the shadows. But when a terror group threatens the Dansil throne, the king forces Kali to accept a mission at the palace or forfeit her sister’s life.

Suddenly thrust into the light, Kali must infiltrate high society as the royal Lady Lianna while penetrating the servant ranks as Kal, a male guardsman trainee. It doesn’t help that Trace, the harsh and enigmatic captain of the king’s guard, is soon assigned as both Lady Lianna’s palace escort and Kal’s commanding officer.

As Kali edges closer to the truth behind the violent group’s identity, she uncovers dangerous secrets that could bring her mission to a brutal end. A scout’s job is to observe and report, never to engage . . . but if it means saving her sister and kingdom, Kali may have no choice.

TRACING SHADOWS, by Amazon bestselling author Alex Lidell, is the first novel in the Scout series. Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, and Sarah J. Maas


I should leave. Now.

Instead, I pick up a jagged stone and press myself against the wall. My heart pounds in my ears, sweat forming on my temples despite the chill wind. If Lord Gapral finds out . . . Swallowing, I lean around the corner and skip the stone along the side of the barn closest to Mustache’s men.

The men startle. Move toward the sound. I sprint in the opposite direction, banging my fist against the barn wall. “Loose horse! Wake up in there! Loose horse!”

Curses and agitated neighs sound from inside. A moment later, the barn’s back wall vibrates from the impact of kicking hooves. Good enough. Changing direction midstride, I sprint for the tree line.

“There he is,” a voice calls behind me.

My legs burn as I press into a faster run. The thud of pursuing boots echoes through my bones, but I’m smaller than the men. Faster. My breaths come in short, rapid bursts. Two dozen yards will see me into the blind blackness of the forest. They have to. One dozen.

A hand slams the back of my tunic, shoving me to the ground.

I twist as I fall, landing on my back. The impact takes my breath, but my legs are up and ready to kick. Burying my boots in my attacker’s hips, I lift the man into the air. The momentum of his weight rolls us, and with the next heartbeat I’m the one on top, straddling the man’s chest. I slam my fist down on his jaw and scramble away.

Another man grabs me from behind, his arms wrapping around my torso.

I stomp my heel onto his foot and twist free.

Something slams into my ribs. A fist or a boot. Maybe an elbow.

I move through the shock, loosening the throwing blades strapped to my forearms. Someone grabs my arms and wrenches them behind my back. My shoulders scream. I do too. Until a blow to the gut cuts my air.

“What are you doing here, boy?” Mustache demands.

“Nothing, sir,” I gasp, my voice catching. “A jest. I’m sorry. I’ll . . . I’ll settle the horses back for you. It was a stupid jest to wake up the hostlers. Lazy, drunken buggers. Just a bit of amusement.” The pressure on my shoulders tightens and I scream again. The Viva Sylthia aren’t buying my lie.

My Thoughts:

4 out of 5 Stars

So, I will be honest. I actually requested this book based solely on the fact that the main character’s name was Kali, which used to be a nickname of mine. Lol! I’M SO GLAD THAT I DID! This book was very enjoyable. I loved Kali, she was strong and independent. I loved Trace, who is reliable and hiding a personal depth, and I love Luca, who is just plain loveable! I’m really looking forward to more from these character! If you enjoy well written fantasy with a little splash of war and romance, this book is a must have! It’s an easy read with vibrant characterization and the beginnings of a great world!

tracing shadows alex lidell

Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life

long love for YA fantasy books. Alex is represented by Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary. She lives in Washington, DC. Join Alex’s newsletter for news, bonus content and sneak peeks:

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive an eBook set of Alex’s TIDES SERIES & an eBook of TRACING SHADOWS, INTERNATIONAL

Tour Schedule:

I’m the last stop on this tour, but if you’d like to look back at what others have thought about this book than feel free!!!

Week One:

4/9/2018- A Backwards Story– Review

4/9/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Excerpt

4/10/2018- Zach’s YA Reviews– Review

4/10/2018- Reese’s Reviews– Review

4/11/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

4/11/2018- History from a Woman’s Perspective– Review

4/12/2018- Myth and Magic Book Club– Review

4/12/2018- BookHounds YA– Excerpt

4/13/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

4/13/2018- Paulette’s Papers– Excerpt

Week Two:

4/16/2018- Read. Eat. Love.– Review

4/16/2018- Zooloo Book Blog– Excerpt

4/17/2018- Lauren is Reading– Review

4/17/2018- Book Briefs– Review

4/18/2018- The Underground– Excerpt

4/18/2018- Don’t Judge, Read– Review

4/19/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

4/19/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

4/20/2018- The BookWorm Drinketh- Review

4/20/2018- TwoChicks on Books– Excerpt

Tracing Shadows is Best Served with A

Cold in the Shadows





  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce
  • honey syrup (1:1 ratio of honey to water)
  • 1/2 ounce St. George Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces IPA
  • Garnish: orange and lime slices


  1. Combine all ingredients except for the IPA in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Whip shake (shake just a few times) and add the beer to the tin.
  3. Fill a highball glass with crushed ice.
  4. Strain the drink into the glass.
  5. Garnish with a lime slice.
  6. CHEERS!!

Interview with James J. Cudney IV, Author of Father Figure @jamescudney4 — Books, Reviews, et al by Shalini/ HAPPY NATIONAL AMARETTO DAY!!

So, two people I love to chat with had a conversation of their own posted today!! James J. Cudney from This is my Truth Now who has just released his new book Father Figure and Shalini from Book Reviews, Et Al by Shalini. 

Please go check it out!! 

I was also asked by Shalini what cocktail would go best with this interview, so before heading over there I’d first like to say HAPPY NATIONAL AMARETTO DAY!!!  Which ties in PERFECTLY with my drink!!

This interview is Best Served with 

A Panty Dropper Martini!!

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In honour of Jay’s “debriefing” and amaretto day, I thought it was a very fitting cocktail! (It would have been up earlier… but, I needed pina colada mix and it was 9am… Lol!! I’m nothing if not dedicated!!

I got the idea for this one from Bar Notes unfortunately, their “Preparation” section was empty!! …so, I had to wing it! (Looks pretty though, if I do say so myself!!!!) I also had to take a little poetic license with some of the ingredients as I can’t get some of them here… and it was 9am…


  • 2 oz Pina Colada mix
  • 1 oz Vanilla Vodka (I had to use marshmallow vodka as it was the closest I had to vanilla in my liquor room!!)
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • 1oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/5 oz Lime juice

Directions (my made up directions, at least!!)

  1. Fill shaker with ice
  2. Add Pina Colada mix, Vodka and Lime Juice
  3. Shake until cold and slightly frothy
  4. Drain into glass
  5. Slowly add Amaretto pouring over the back of a spoon to layer on top
  6. Slowly add Pineapple Juice the same way
  7. Stir before drinking!


Hey guys! Grab a drink and some munchies. This is gonna be one heck of a ride!! Outrageous flirting all from my side, funny answers from his side, and few occasional quips!! Join us!! This was supposed to be a short interview, till it became super long like an essay, and now it is transformed […]

via Interview with James J. Cudney IV, Author of Father Figure @jamescudney4 — Books, Reviews, et al by Shalini

Blog Tour- Anna Undreaming



Thank you to Rockstar Tours for letting me host a stop on this tour!!

Pub. Date: March 20, 2018

Publisher: Owl Hollow Press

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 368

Find it: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads


Anna is a student surviving the city, and she lives by a simple credo, “Never play their game; their game is always rigged.” For every man she has ever known, it’s a saying that has served her well.

That all changes on the night of “The Big Storm,” when Anna is slipped a date rape drug. Though she saves herself and her best friend, Anna is lost to the dark heart of the city and finds herself hunted by The Night Collectors. Unsure if these monsters are real or hallucinations, Anna nonetheless fights them as best she can. The battle attracts a stranger—Teej—who saves her using powers she cannot understand. He explains that she is an Undreamer and possesses the same powers, and in the future, he will not be the one to save her. She will save him.

But Anna is not yet ready to join Teej and stand against The Dreamers. She has difficult decisions of her own to make. Decisions she has always run from. She still has her partner’s suicide letter. It remains unopened. She still wears his ring, though she can’t seem to remember his face.

Anna learns of The Dreamers – artists so preeminent in their respective fields that they can paint, dance, sew or sing new realities – and as she travels through their creations, she learns that there’s as much beauty in the world as there is horror. With a complex conspiracy at work within the community of Dreamers that threatens to undermine reality itself, Anna will have to look deep within herself, and eventually have to face the horrors of her own past, to save her old world as well as her new one.

Anna Undreaming is a dark urban fantasy, and the first book in the The Metiks Fade trilogy.


Her old world was gone. The trees and the parked cars and the houses and the street. Gone. In their place a green sky stretched over those familiar, endless purple sands. Surreal light shone into Anna’s kitchen—light from a different sun in a different sky. She was in his world now.

And he was there.

Hunched on a purple dune loomed a large, wretched creature with black, empty pits where his eyes should have been. His dark outline stood out on the bright landscape, and a body was at his feet. A girl with long hair that covered her face. Her blood was smeared around his mouth, on his hands, around his feet and all over the body. Splashed on the sand like it had been poured from a bucket. So much blood.

Standing scarecrow still with a dimwitted smile on his clown face, his mouth curled at the corners into a rictus grin. Long, blackened teeth contrasted with his bone-white flesh. His head tilted loosely to one side and his eyes tracked her as she moved. The wind blew through him while the swirling sands swept past but didn’t touch him.

She heard a voice from the living room. It was muffled, but it sounded like a hundred children speaking all at once, all saying the same thing:

“I smell the fear,

Your hope is gone,

No friends left,

You are but one.”

His voice reverberated like a chorus of nightmares. She looked back into the living room and noticed it echoed through the phone that hung off the hook. It had answered itself, and now Mott spoke through it to her. She turned back to the window, and he was gone. The girl and the blood remained.

Get close to him. Pretend to be afraid. Never play their game.

My Thoughts

Wow. The beginning of this book literally had me putting it down because it creeped me out and I had to sleep! (And I’m the horror Queen!) The “Night Collectors” had me chilled and creeped for sure! I loved the concept of this book and a world where there are pockets of space that we don’t know about and could never see without being “Behind the veil”! This was definitely a well written YA fantasy with wonderful world building.

My one complaint would be too much explanation about some things (the Metiks, Doxa, different types of hazes, etc.) and too little explanation about other things… why is this all happening to begin with?

But, even though some of the story seemed a little disjointed in coming together it was still an amazing story! Read it so I can have a conversation about it!!

About Thomas:

anna undreaming author

Hi there! My name is Thomas Welsh and my first novel ANNA UNDREAMING is a dark urban fantasy story that was released in March 2018. It is the first entry in the METIKS FADE trilogy. You can buy it here.

I am 37 years old and live in Scotland, and I started writing fiction early last year. I was the winner of the Elbow Room fiction prize for my short story “And Then I was Floating” and I’ve also been published in a few other short story collections, including 404 Ink and Leicester Writes. I received an honourable mention in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction award and my story Suicide Vending Machine will soon be featured on the Pseudopod Podcast.

I have been published in You Died – a book about Dark Souls – and I also write about games, music and film. You can find my work on Kotaku, Unwinnable Magazine and GlitchFreeGame. For my games writing, I was inducted into the fellowship of BAFTA.

I love Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Roger Zelazny and dark fantasy stories where women save themselves!

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads

Giveaway Details:

1 winners will receive a finished copy of ANNA UNDREAMING, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/16/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

4/17/2018- Mama Reads Blog– Review

4/18/2018- Books A-Brewin’– Excerpt

4/19/2018- The BookWorm Drinketh– Review

4/20/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

Week Two:

4/23/2018- A Backwards Story– Review

4/24/2018- Paulette’s Papers– Excerpt

4/25/2018- Sweet Southern Home– Review

4/26/2018- Book Lady’s Reviews– Review

4/27/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

Anna Undreaming is Best Served with a

Purple Haze


  • 1 part Raspberry Liqueur (I used Raspberry Sour Puss but you can use Chambord or something else as well)
  • 1 part Black Sambuca


  1. Put in shot glass
  2. CHEERS!!


K-Pop Book Tag

I was nominated for this wonderful Tag by Chizurue at “Of Midnight Ravings” go check it out!! 💖💖 I was so excited about this tag!! K-POP?! YES PLEASE!!


  • Credit the creator of this tag, The Book Prophet, and link back to her original post.
  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Answer all the questions to the best of your ability.
  • Tag as many people as you like.
  • Have fun!

BTS – A Book Everyone Knows About

Now… Did you actually expect me to do a tag WITHOUT mentioning Pride & Prejudice?? Maybe one day. But, that day is not today my friends!!

EXO – Favourite Companion Novel

Now, if you haven’t read Piers Anthony’s “Incarnations of Immortality” series, do yourselves a favour… READ IT!! World building at its finest. The way these books tie in with one another is AMAZING!! This one is based on the incarnation of time and how he lives backwards from all of us. Wow, is this book ever amazing!!

NU’EST – Name A Book/ Series/ Trilogy That Doesn’t Get The Attention You Think It Deserves

I have to go with one of my FAVOURITE books of all time that I feel like no one has ever heard of!!

I read this book when it was released and I was young and started calling myself Shade (one of the characters) I found a copy probably almost a decade after that and Re-read it. It was STILL FANTASTIC!! Even though it was released back in 1997 it only has 15 ratings on Goodreads… So, definitely under appreciated!!

ASTRO – A Book That Gave You A Happy Feeling While Reading

We’ll, I have to go with my guilty pleasure here…. Any Pride & Prejudice fan fiction gives me such a happy feeling!! I’m such a sad person… Lol!

MONSTA X – A Book Containing A Diverse Cast Of Characters

This whole series has a very diverse and eclectic group of characters from all planets and walks of life. Lol! They are also hilarious!

A.C.E – A Favourite Recent Release

I’ve got to go with a recent review of mine. It was released a couple of months ago and really blew me away!! If you missed my review, please check it out here! Is was amazing!! (the book… Not my review. I’m not full of myself!! Lol!)

BLACKPINK – A Book That Sticks Out From The Rest Of Its Genre

Whether you’re going with the sci-fi or comedy genre, this is a book that will forever stand out for me!! Nothing can ever beat some good ole Douglas Adams!! 💖💖

SEVENTEEN – A Book With Multiple POVs

An enjoyable read told in an epistolary fashion through logs, reports, emails, etc. From the multiple POVs of the members of the secret group D. O. D. O (Department of Diachronastic Operations)

BIGBANG – A Modern Classic

We’ll, this is completely wishful thinking on my part. Lol! But, I really enjoyed this book. I always expect to go into these super hyped books a d HATE them. This one had me pleasantly surprised!! I HOPE that is becomes a modern classic!

SISTAR – A Series You Wish Never Ended

Well, since I ALREADY plugged Piers Anthony’s “Incarnations of Immortality” I won’t repeat myself! But, that WOULD have been my answer!! So…

I know I’m probably forgetting some pinacle series from my childhood and I’ll look at my books when I get home and think… Why didn’t I say THAT?! But, I’m out right now doing this on my phone, and I can only pick from what Goodreads can help my old senile mind remember!! Lol! But, these were fantastic, light hearted books that I loved and I was disappointed when I ran out if them being only 3 books and an exclusive audio book long.

RAIN – Favourite Standalone

Refer back to ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and ‘Living Real’!!

And I will Tag a couple of people!

Mel my new K-pop pal!

Shalini my partner in crime!

Irina my booze soul sister!

Venessa who still owes me some cookies and Shepherd’s Pie! (I’m STILL WAITING!) 😂😂

The Haunted Vagina

WTF Rating- 5

Writing Rating- 3

Overall Rating- 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Yes. Yes you read that title right. Welcome back to my foray in the world of Bizarro Literature. I’ve given you all quite a break since my review way back when with “Shatnerquake”. I wanted to reel you all in before I started to get REAL wacky! Lol! So, I will start with a warning… Those who are easily offended or grossed out, those who don’t like very graphically inappropriate scenes… THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU!! But, if you want a good laugh, a VERY interesting concept and you don’t need things to be incredibly logical… Or at all logical.. WELCOME!


It’s difficult to love a woman whose vagina is a gateway to the world of the dead.

Steve is madly in love with his eccentric girlfriend, Stacy. Unfortunately, their sex life has been suffering as of late, because Steve is worried about the odd noises that have been coming from Stacy’s pubic region. She says that her vagina is haunted. She doesn’t think it’s that big of a deal. Steve, on the other hand, completely disagrees.

When a living corpse climbs out of her during an awkward night of sex, Stacy learns that her vagina is actually a doorway to another world. She persuades Steve to climb inside of her to explore this strange new place. But once inside, Steve finds it difficult to return… especially once he meets an oddly attractive woman named Fig, who lives within the lonely haunted world between Stacy’s legs.

Again. Yes. You read that right. This is a book about a woman who has a gateway to another world in her vagina, and she would like her boyfriend to climb up there and explore in for her. This is NOT a euphemism! I mean she wants him to unclothe, lube up, and crawl in there to find out what is haunting her womb. Didn’t I warn you that if you’re easily grossed out you may not want to read this?? How many ladies out there are crossing their legs right at this moment?? 😉

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“Where the heck are those noises coming from?” I asked Stacy one evening. She blinked herself awake. “Huh?”

“I hear voices. Coming from the walls,” I said.

“Oh . . .” she said.

“I’m serious,” I said.

“That’s not coming from the walls,” she said. “It’s coming from me.” “From you?”

“From inside me,” she said, pulling off the covers and pointing at her crotch. I snorted at her.

“Listen,” she said, pulling my head into her lap and pressing my ear against her vagina.

It was like listening to the ocean in a hairy flesh seashell.

“You’re playing!” I said.

She giggled. It was all a joke.

But then I heard it . . . A voice, inside of her. I couldn’t understand the words. A woman crying, babbling in a deranged language. Then she screamed into my ear and I jumped out from between Stacy’s legs.

My girlfriend laughed at me, squinting her dark brown eyes.

“What the hell!” I screamed.

“Told you!” she said.

“What is that?”

“A ghost,” she said.


“I’m haunted,” she said, touching her vagina and smiling.

“How did a ghost get in there?”

“I don’t know,” she said. “It’s been in there for a long time now.”

I will say that Stacy is very unlikable. She is whiny and demanding and eats her food strangely, but that’s ok, because we really only need her for her vagina anyway! (wow, never going to be able to say THAT ONE ever again!)

There are definitely moments that had me laughing. Maybe all the time I’ve spent in the city had me thinking of similar things happening to me. Like the description of Donut, the angry homeless man.

“Donut happened to be the worst of them. He was a stocky black guy with a bright orange sweater who strolled around Pioneer Square. He wouldn’t ask me for change outright. First, he would ask me if I had a problem with black people. I would say no. He would then ask me for money. Then I would give it to him, as if that was proof that I truly did not have a problem with black people. He would follow me for a block and ask for a little more. I would give him whatever I had, even a dollar or two. Then he’d ask for a little more. If I ever refused him, he would call me a racist.

He’d say, “Oh, I see now, you’re a skinhead. Well, sieg heil, skinhead!” He’d continue yelling at me until I was two blocks away. “Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!”

Now, I know that I rated this a 5 on the WTF meter… But, it’s actually a well put together story for Bizarro. There have been some that I’ve read that are so nonsensical that they’re trying TOO hard to be bizarre! (those who have read bizarro before will probably understand what I mean). This story was completely bizzare while actually making a strange amount of sense and building a pretty good story! I would really recommend it to those brave enough to branch out and give bizarro a chance!

For Those Brave Enough… Click a Link Below to get a Copy for Yourself!!! SERIOUSLY!! DO IT!!




The Haunted Vagina is Best Served With

A Wet Pussy Shot

Well, you’re lucky that I’m giving you the recipe for this drink… As I don’t know what the Google God’s would send you to if you tried to look it up. So, you’re welcome. Ha ha! That is, if you were brave enough to read this review to begin with and you haven’t un-followed me by now!!


  • 1 Part Gin
  • 1 Part Vodka
  • 1 Part Peach Scnapps
  • 1 Part Coconut Rum
  • 1 Part Cranberry Juice


  1. Put all ingredients in a shaker of ice
  2. Shake to mix and chill well
  3. Pour into shot glasses
  4. CHEERS!!

Bacon Pie Release Tour Blitz!!!

I am so excited that BACON PIE by Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Authors Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo , be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


About The Book:


Author: Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo

Pub. Date: April 13, 2018

Publisher: Evernight Teen

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 314 Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Goodreads

Lia Abbie has the easy life—kicking it back with old school video games, hanging out with her best friend Barnabas, and alternating her living schedule between the apartments of her two dads and her mom.

Kiev Jimenez is a theater geek who loves him some Shakespeare and taking care of his pet armadillo. He has one set goal in life: obtaining the role of Horatio for the Hamlet school play.

When a showdown between Lia and Kiev lands them in the principal’s office, they’re forced into volunteer work at the cringe-worthy Piggy Palooza Festival, or risk being suspended. Lia and Kiev aren’t thrilled about the situation, especially when it interferes with Lia’s relaxed life and Kiev’s theater role. But by working together, they may find more than just bacon—possibly a little love in the air.


The door is already wide open. Mr. Walker is missing in action, but two guys are already there—Tweedle Jerk and Tweedle Jerkier.

I’m not dealing with this crap today. I march up to Cole, who is sitting in my seat again, and watch as Kiev’s eyes seem to follow me all the way until I’m standing in between both of them.

“You need to get out of my seat,” I say to Cole. Does he have his usual basketball shirt on today? He does.

He holds up both hands like he’s trying to tame a wild boar. “Calm down. Calm down, Miss Ophelia Abbie. The bell has not announced the start of this oh-so-wonderful class.”

I give him a look of disdain. “Enough with the Ophelia stuff.”

“What’s wrong with the name Ophelia?” Kiev pipes in. “It’s like the name from Hamlet.”

“What?” I turn to Kiev, not sure what this idiot is talking about.

“You know, O-phe-li-a.” He draws the name out super slowly to get his point across.

“I don’t give a crap about Hamlet—that has nothing to do with my name,” I huff.

Tapping his fingers on the desk like he’s typing on a keyboard, Kiev stares at my face. “Are you sure your parents didn’t name you after the character?”

“Who the hell names their kid after a stupid Shakespearian play?” I’ve read two, and I hated them both.

“Plenty of people. Juliet Weaver, in our grade, was named after Romeo and Juliet.”

“Quit being pretentious.”

“Quit being a—”

I narrow my eyes at him. “A what?”

“You know what you’re being.”

“Shut up, Kiev. Oh, my parents named me after the capital of Russia, because I’m such an important person who has to answer questions for people when they don’t need help answering!” I yell.

“Um, Kiev is actually the capital of Ukraine.” He bobs his head. “You know that, right?” I hear Cole’s loud hooting to my right.

That’s it! Without thinking, I slam my fist directly into Kiev’s nose.

About Candace:


My name is Candace Robinson. I’m just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. My days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books for my blog, Literary Dust. I live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! I live with my husband and awesome daughter! You can also follow me on my review blog Literary Dust

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram | Goodreads

About Gerardo:


Gerardo’s amazing bio.

Yup. Even though I’m like one-hundred-and-fifty-nine years old, spelled all out, I love to write about contemporary teens in distress. So no magic, dragons, or unicorns.

About me

At the tender age of sixteen years old, when giant lizards ruled the world, I used to be a DJ–turntables and all.

I was born in the States, raised in Mexico, and now live in Big D.

Cloud computing is my area of expertise–just don’t ask me what cloud computing means.

I love football, the one played with the feet by footballers, La Liga from Spain being the best.

Chilaquiles is my favorite food. Yummy.

About my novels

Multi-cultural is my writing trade, in English and Español.

My writing must be emotional or else …

I believe in the Oxford comma, but the Oxford comma doesn’t believe in me.

Love first person present tense POV.

In my novels, food tends to be another protagonist.

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Neat blogger award

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Ok…. I’m SUPER BEHIND on my Awards and Tags, So this week, among doing other things, is going to be a catch up week for all of the lovely people who nominated me because…. even though I have SO MANY OTHER things to get done I can’t wait any longer to get to these awesome tags and such!!!

I was nominated for the Real Neat Blogger Award by the lovely and talented Flo over at Flowangelic  check out her AWESOME Anime, Games, Books and Movie Reviews!! Thank you for the nomination!!!

Now, to the Rules
1. Display the award logo
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog
3. Answer the questions of the one who nominated you
4. Nominate 5-10 bloggers
5. Ask them 7 questions


You are best friends with a famous character (music, movie, cartoon, book, game, you name it!) Who is it?

George Sand (Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin) A French novelist who paved the way for feminism before it was even THOUGHT ABOUT!! Not that I would call myself a feminist, but a woman who has the BALLS to wear pants, smoke cigars and have steamy affairs is ok in my books! And who DOESN’T want to know how Frederic Chopin was in the sack??

You have been blessed with transfiguration! What animal can you transform into?

It would have to be a cat…. everyone says that I already AM a cat.. I just need the rest of the transformation. Also, the ability to quit my job and nap and play all day….

If there was only one season, which season would you prefer it to always be?

Fall. I love the leaves, I love the smell, I love that it’s kind of crisp so you may have to put a jacket on, but not bundle up, it gets dark a little early, but perfect time for camp fires and hot tubs…. Definitely Fall.

If you could learn 2 languages, one still used today and one dead. What would they be? (Had to steal this question it was too good).

Hmm… That would be really hard.. I’m going to say Japanese …or Korean for my live language… I can’t pick just one because it would be FABULOUS to watch mt anime and Korean drama’s and be able to leave the room for a snack or a pee and still know EXACTLY hat’s going on! (Lol! Don’t you LOVE my reasoning??) And a dead language?? Probably Ancient Egyptian or Old Norse, because… why not?? They just LOOK really cool!!

You are stuck on a deserted island, there are two boxes put you can only open one! In the first box; there is a phone with an hour worth of internet on it and a map of the island. The 2nd box; a complete survival kit. A lighter, a rope, some seeds, a sleeping bag, a knife, a fishing rod, medicin and a few rations. Which box do you choose?

The 2nd box ALL THE WAY!! I am not a technological girl…. I’m surprised I’ve made it this far, and I know what I’m doing! I would die with that phone. Give me the survival gear and I will feel more comfortable and find my way home!

You can only eat one type of cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Mexican. There are so many fresh, sweet, salty, components. I think I would be happy!

What is your opinion on a plant based diet?

Well, as I was a vegetarian for 14 years. I think I’m ok with it. I branched out because I wanted to try new and interesting things.. The first things that I tried were Alligator and Kangaroo. Lol! I don’t DO normal!!

Now for my Nominations!!

1. Kimchisama

2. Chloe at The Spooky Red Head

3. Thought For Change at The Rendezvous Club

4. Aj at A Petite Slice of Life

5. Lina at Tiny, Ugly Animal

6. Ray at Raynotbradbury

Don’t worry if you don’t have the time or inclination to answer!! And anyone else who wants to answer these CONSIDER YOURSELF NOMINATED! Because you are ALL Real Neat Bloggers!!!

My Questions

1. What are your favourite songs from your teenage years that you still rock out to when nobody else is listening?

2. What’s the worst thing you ever did as a kid — and got away with?

3.  If you had to choose between these animals for a house pet, which would you choose? An Alligator, A Giraffe and an Elephant? And why?

4. What’s the craziest thing on your bucket list?

5. What’s your best idea for a reality TV show?

6. What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?

7. What’s the best knock-knock joke you know?

Game On!! Bears vs Babies

What is this?

This is a card game
where you build monstrous bears
who eat horrible babies.

It was made by the same intelligent and attractive
people who brought you Exploding Kittens.


Well, this is a SUPER simple game!! You literally pick up cards, if it’s a BABY card then you put it in its BABY ARMY where you will eventually have to fight it, if it’s a MONSTER card then you try to play it to build your MONSTER making it as strong (and hilarious) as possible so when you decide to call a fight against the BABIES you have a chance!! So, go forth and build your “BEAR” MONSTER ARMY….

This game was SO HILARIOUS!!! It’s simple and I think that I would eventually want expansions to keep it fresh because eventually you would get all of the hilarious monster parts paired up and it would be less funny (they do say that there are expansions available) but here are just a couple of the hilarious Monsters we managed to create to fight our evil babies!!


So, if you want a hilariously dumb game that won’t be too difficult (and will probably even be BETTER) with copious amounts of drinking?? This is pretty much it!!