The Friday 56

Friday 56Rules:

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
Find a sentence (or few) that grabs you.
Post it. (Try to avoid spoilers)
Add your (url) post below in comments. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 

I’m part of the way through reading Never Say Spy by Diane Henders. It’s an interesting read, with a bit of mystery, sassy characters and good pace.

 

FRIDAY 56:

Daisy Duke meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

BOOK BEGINNINGS:

French-kissing the hot guy in my fantasy seemed like a good idea at the time.
I could have really enjoyed it, too, if my head didn’t hurt so damn much. When I touched the sore spot, my fingertips showed a little smear of blood, but I puzzled over that for less than a second before I returned my attention to the much more interesting subject at hand.

 

L.A. Miles
Goodreads page
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon

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Sunday Sounds

 Sunday Sounds is a weekly music blog hosted here at Lassie Memo.

The purpose of Sunday Sounds is to share and discover upcoming artists and musical styles which may not otherwise be discovered. Think of it as free advertising for musicians and composers through social sharing. Anyone can join in – the more the merrier. Please do remember to link to your blog so that others can see what you share.

What to Do:

  • Go to Soundcloud.com and click on the explore button.
  • Choose a genre from the links at the left hand side and find a piece of music you really like.
  • Share it. (Simple as that)
  • Post the link to your blog post in the comments below

Having discovered the EpicMusicVN feed on Soundcloud, today my Sunday Sound is Asylum by Christopher Kus with the amazing vocals by Monika Emat. It’s from the album Pulsar and has a really modern style to it. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I do.

 

L.A. Miles
My Soundcloud
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon

The Friday 56

Friday 56Rules:

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
Find a sentence (or few) that grabs you.
Post it. (Try to avoid spoilers)
Add your (url) post below in comments. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 

Currently I am reading a sci-fi romance cross-over by Ruby Lionsdrake. I’ve read somewhere that this is the author Lindsay Buroker under another name. Mercenary Instinct is the first book in The Mandrake Company series.

The story is interesting, the characters believable and the world well thought out. One thing I especially like is the wonderful camaraderie between members of the Mandrake crew, making their interactions much more realistic. I also like that each character has a sense of individual personality.

My only critical comment about this book is that a character called Striker is referred to as Strider instead on a few occasions. It caused me some confusion and I had to re-read the sections before I realised it was a mistake and not some suddenly introduced character.

 

Mercenary Instinct by Ruby Lionsdrake

FRIDAY 56:

Sure, they might have been protecting their investment, but the result was that Ankari and the others weren’t being mauled by horny brutes who couldn’t even keep their hands to themselves in the pouring rain in the middle of a predator-filled jungle.

BOOK BEGINNINGS:

Ankari Markovich dangled from a rope, making faces as she chiseled fossilized gunk from the walls of a twenty-thousand-year-old latrine shaft.

 

L.A. Miles
Goodreads page
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon

Sunday Sounds

 Sunday Sounds is a weekly music blog hosted here at Lassie Memo.

The purpose of Sunday Sounds is to share and discover upcoming artists and musical styles which may not otherwise be discovered. Think of it as free advertising for musicians and composers through social sharing. Anyone can join in – the more the merrier. Please do remember to link to your blog so that others can see what you share.

What to Do:

  • Go to Soundcloud.com and click on the explore button.
  • Choose a genre from the links at the left hand side and find a piece of music you really like.
  • Share it. (Simple as that)
  • Post the link to your blog post in the comments below

I randomly came across this magical piece of music the other day, which is a collaboration between Julie Elven and Ivan Torrent. The composing talents of Ivan merge with the ethereal vocals of Julie to create a truly sublime piece of music. I hope you agree.

 

L.A. Miles
My Soundcloud
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon

The Friday 56

Friday 56Rules:

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
Find a sentence (or few) that grabs you.
Post it. (Try to avoid spoilers)
Add your (url) post below in comments. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 

Last week my 56 was from Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt, but this week’s excerpt is from the second book in the same series. Starcrossed follows on directly from the plot of the first book and introduces some new characters.

I did enjoy the read, but I did feel the first book was much more enjoyable. Also, the ultimatum Marsha gives near the end of the book was something I’d been thinking “why doesn’t she do this?” since about half-way through.

 

FRIDAY 56:

Sean got out of the car and I followed. He turned toward my house, like he was planning to walk to the door with me, but I shook my head.

BOOK BEGINNINGS:

“Here, boy, hang this up.” Allister Adair tosses his cashmere coat at me and continues talking on his cell while my parents just stand politely by.

 

L.A. Miles
Goodreads page
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon

Sunday Sounds

 Sunday Sounds is a weekly music blog hosted here at Lassie Memo.

The purpose of Sunday Sounds is to share and discover upcoming artists and musical styles which may not otherwise be discovered. Think of it as free advertising for musicians and composers through social sharing. Anyone can join in – the more the merrier. Please do remember to link to your blog so that others can see what you share.

What to Do:

  • Go to Soundcloud.com and click on the explore button.
  • Choose a genre from the links at the left hand side and find a piece of music you really like.
  • Share it. (Simple as that)
  • Post the link to your blog post in the comments below

Since yesterday was Valentine’s Day, I’ve decided to post one of my favourite romantically inclined pieces of music. I Love You Forever by Two Steps From Hell holds so many emotions that I find synonymous with a deep and irrevocable love and is also a completely touching and beautiful piece of music. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I do!

And since Valentine’s Day has just passed, I’m going to share one of the songs which was in the running for our First Dance choice at our wedding. Salvation by Gabrielle Aplin is a truly powerful song and I am a big fan of her voice, which has such purity that it is perfect for a song like this.

 

L.A. Miles
My Soundcloud
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon

The Friday 56

Friday 56Rules:

Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
Find a sentence (or few) that grabs you.
Post it. (Try to avoid spoilers)
Add your (url) post below in comments. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

 

This week my 56 is from the book I am currently reading. Starstruck by Brenda Hiatt is an interesting blend of YA romance and sci-fi. It kinda works, but the first quarter of the book is extremely different to the rest of it. There are some niggles (like the over-use of the word “gorgeous”) but it is fairly enjoyable so far. I have to say, the main character gets a bit on my nerves every now and then, but that’s probably the “I’m a socially awkward nobody” attitude she has. Other than this, the characters are quite relatable.

 

FRIDAY 56:

In a couple of months the corn would all be stubble, the harvest complete, but for now, this spot was as secluded as the heart of a forest.

BOOK BEGINNINGS:

I boarded the bus on the first day of school with a weird sense of anticipation. Even after nine years as the class dork, I couldn’t quite squelch a fizzy little hope that this year would be different.

 

L.A. Miles
Goodreads page
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon