I accidentally found a sample chapter of this book by Linda Welch on the Internet. Just a couple of paragraphs in, I was so hooked, I picked up my Kindle and downloaded it. Yeah, it’s that good.
The protagonist, Tiff, is a character who is easy to relate to. She has a job that doesn’t allow her to be herself. She has roommates who complicate her life. She has bad taste in men. But her job is pretending to be a psychic because she can see and hear the spirits of those who have died violently. Her roommates happen to be dead. And her taste in men? Well, you’d better read that for yourself.
This is a fun paranormal mystery that really keeps the suspense level high; I had no clue where the story was going. Besides being well plotted, the dialog in this book is delightful and feels very real. My only complaint is that the book was too short! I sat down to read and was done before I knew it. My only consolation is that this is the first in a new series. The first chapter from the sequel, The Demon Hunters, is at the end of this book and looks just as interesting. I am certainly looking forward to following this series.
You can learn more about the author, Linda Welch, on her blog where she post updates on the Whisperings series. You can also follow her updates on Twitter. There is also a fan page on Facebook for Whisperings here.
This week, I finally got around to listening to Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream CD. In spite of all the hype, the CD was unbelievably disappointing.
Let’s face it: we’ve all seen the Youtube video and heard that incredible voice. It is very apparent that Susan Boyle is a very powerful singer who can really belt out a tune. Unfortunately, that Susan Boyle was utterly sabotaged by the producers and music arrangers on this album. Poor song choices, bad direction, tepid arrangements, and bad production techniques are just a few of the problems that really helped to ruin this recording. Add to that the fact that Susan’s vocals were so undermixed on the CD, you had to actually strain to hear the lyrics.
Susan Boyle is a talented lady and deserved a recording that would give her a real chance at the success her voice and her talent deserves. It is just a shame that she didn’t get that.
I love recipes that you can easily make in the crockpot. While I frequently use the crockpot to make dinner, I often forget how versatile it is for cooking deserts. This recipe for crockpot rice pudding is not only simple and easy to make, but tastes fantastic! For a special treat, try it served warm with a scoop of homestyle vanilla ice cream. Yummy!
There’s a really good reason I don’t watch the local news. Tonight, one of the Chicago TV news stations led off with a story about an off-duty police officer shooting some one’s dog. As a animal lover and pet owner, I find these stories absolutely terrifying. As someone who lost a beloved dog over this last year to cancer, I find a story like this especially heartbreaking. It is hard enough to lose a pet, let alone lose one to this kind of sudden violence.
Unfortunately, this is a story that I am hearing all too frequently. To see just how prevalent this, try looking on the Internet. A search on Google for “police shooting dogs” yields approximately 517,000 results. Many of these dogs are shot and killed right in front of their owners. In fact, not too long ago, police officers shot an owners’ dog right in front of them in the city where I live. The police officer in that case was cleared, as is usually the case in most of these dog shootings. It seems that “preventing injury” and an officer feeling “in danger” are the excuses for both killing the animals and ruling the shootings “justifiable.”
In tonight’s incident, the officer evidently claims that she had no choice as the dog attacked while she was walking her dog and she felt “in danger.” Unbelievably, after killing the dog, the officer then ticketed the owner for not having a dog license! The Chicago Police are supposedly investigating, so it will be interesting to see the outcome. Unfortunately, I can already guess what that outcome will be.