Archives for July 2012

Acid Indigestion Eyes by Wayne Lockwood

Acid Indigestion Eyes
written by Wayne Lockwood          
published by Codorus Press


Why did I pick this book: I heard through a friend that Mr. Lockwood was seeking out reviewers for his book, Acid Indigestion Eyes. I contacted him and he agreed to my reviewing his book. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)



Did I enjoy this book: I really did. I laughed out loud at parts, I nodded my head in agreement in parts, I shook my head in other parts. It was a fun read that I read every free chance I had. 


There were great flashbacks and memories in each essay, some more than others. These references also brought back my own memories from this era. In “We’re All Wasted,” Mr. Lockwood refers to the purple mimeo paper…I remember getting those warm copies, touching them to your face, and taking a good whiff of them. One of my favorite quotes, that made me chuckle was – “Let the volume of silence slide all the way to 11.” (Some of you will get the reference, some of you may not. It made me laugh!) 


Some of my other favorite essays from this collection of 65 were: “The Hatchet Man” – This was a great short on urban legends, I just had to laugh when I read it. “42” –  I agree with most of the songs on this list. “Nothing Personal” – This was another one that made me chuckle out loud. “Mother’s Day” – This was a sad, yet very sweet story. 


Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book…especially if you are a member of Generation X. It is a great “this was your life” type of book.


Will I read it again: I doubt it…but I may pick it up and read a few of the columns now and then. 


About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: This is a collection of 65 essays (columns of Mr. Lockwood’s). They cover a range of topics that members of Generation X can relate to.  


Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Chrissy’s Review: The Arrivals by Meg Mitchell Moore

The Arrivals
written by Meg Mitchell Moore
published by Little, Brown & Company

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Book Depository, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: I won this book from the ladies at Chick Lit Is Not Dead. I could not wait to read it!

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. While it was on my currently reading list for awhile, once I got into the book, I could not put it down. I read it every free chance I had and finished it in about a day. It was great chick lit!

Out of the three siblings, I didn’t like Lillian at all. I can understand that she was hurt and betrayed but she didn’t have to take it out on everyone. She didn’t even tell her parents why she and her children basically moved in with her. Then she felt put out when other issues hit her siblings. UGH! That bugged me.

Rachel was a good character. I wanted her to succeed. I wanted her to find her path and something true for her. Stephen and Jane were great characters as well. They made a fantastic couple and embodied current family planning dynamics.

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Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It was a great read and I think it would be a great summer, beach read.

Will I read it again: I’m not sure. It isn’t a book that I will read every year but I may read it again in a few years.

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About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Ginny and William are empty-nesters until their oldest daughter, Lillian, shows up at their hose with her children and no explanation for the unexpected visit. Next, their son Stephen and his pregnant wife, Jane, come for an impromptu visit for the weekend. However, this visit gets extended for an indefinite period of time because of a complication that landed Jane on bedrest. Finally, Ginny and William’s youngest daughter, Rachel, appears at their door with her own issues.

How will everyone get along together back in their childhood home? Will the parents ever get their empty nest back?

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Ryann in the Sky by Jammie Kern – with a Guest Post from the author

Ryann in the Sky
written by Jammie Kern          
published by Buzz Books USA


Why did I pick this book: I was asked to review this book by the author’s publicist and I happily accepted the request. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)



Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this short story. It was a quick, easy read that I finished in about an hour. (The book is only about 20 pages.)


This was an interesting story and a neat way to read the mythology story. I felt bad for Ryann, especially when the whole captain incident went down. I cared about this character, even in the short time I knew her. 


Would I recommend it: I would. It is quick and interesting.


Will I read it again: I will not but I do want to read more stories in this Mythology High series.


About the book – from the publisher: In Jammie Kern’s well-written debut, she serves up Orion as Ryann, a six-foot volleyball player headed to the state championship. The grieving captain, who lost her dad the year before, has an unexpected foe, someone she thought was her best friend. With scholarships on the line, Ryann must come to terms with what it means to be a champion – and a friend – inside and out. Does she have what it takes? Or will her friend be her downfall? 

And now I would like to welcome author, Jammie Kern, to Every Free Chance Book Reviews!!! She has written the following Guest Post for all of you!

Volleyball anyone? by Jammie Kern


Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I’m the least athletically inclined person in the world.  I’ve played some softball, maybe a handful of volleyball games.  (It must be the team sport aspect I didn’t like because I could kick some 3rdgrade boo-tay when I played dodge ball.  I was a sneaky little introvert.)  So how does a non-sporty writer, who’s best memory of a volleyball game includes a high speed ball to the face, choose and successfully employ a sport into a story?


In “Ryann in the Sky,” I needed volleyball more than it ever needed me.  So I did some research.  This competitive atmosphere was perfect for setting up Ryann’s character which mirrors the Greek mythological giant Orion, but it also provided a fun opportunity to sprinkle in some other details of the myth…


For example, when Ryann makes a dig for the ball and lands on her left hip, she’s left with a nasty bruise the color of a “feisty blue catfish.”  And later, as she tumbles into the sidelines, she ends up with a very red, skinned up shoulder.  These two injuries, while common in the game of volleyball, are representative of the blue supergiant star Rigel and the red supergiant star Betelgeuse that help make up the constellation of Orion.  When we imagine Ryann serving the ball or spiking at the net, she’s taking on the same pose as Orion as he battles the Taurus.


Now doesn’t that all make me sound like I know my volleyball, my mythology and my astronomy?  This is what I love about writing.  I’m a “jack of all trades, master of none” kind of girl.  Research is where it’s at.  Specifically, on Youtube.   


Now here’s your challenge: catch up on your mythology, then find the other allusions in my story.  Satisfy the detective in you.



About the author: Jammie Kern is the author of the young adult short story, “Ryann in the Sky,” in the Mythology High series by Buzz Books USA. The digital short is available where ebooks are sold for .99. Her next short story will release Labor Day weekend 2012.  Kern is raising daughters, raising chickens for fresh eggs, raising an organic vegetable garden in NE Oklahoma, and raising some eyebrows at www.jammiekern.com



Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

Pretty Amy
written by Lisa Burstein          
published by Entangled Publishing


Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour for this book. Ms. Burstein answered some questions for my readers. See her interview here(I was provided with an advanced copy of this book for review purposes.)



Did I enjoy this book: It was alright. I read it…but it took some “convincing” to pick up the book and keep reading it. I didn’t want to read it every free chance I had. 


Amy was a character that I really didn’t like. She had just about everything. What she did not have was a mom that cared about her as much as Amy wanted her mom to or as much as her mom should have cared. Amy had a mom who cared more about herself and her own image rather than her daughter. I would have hated to have a mom like Amy’s but I don’t think that would have made me act like Amy or have Amy’s attitude, which was lousy. Amy couldn’t see or appreciate what she did have…she only lamented about what she didn’t have. The friends she chose as her “best friends” were nothing more than users. Lila only liked her because Amy wasn’t as pretty or as popular as Lila. Cassie was the bad girl that balanced out quiet Amy and outgoing Lila. They were poor friends for Amy.


The first question I had while reading this story was why were the girls picking up their prom dates??? Shouldn’t that be the other way around? I couldn’t imagine doing that when I was in high school. I couldn’t imagine my parents allowing me to do that either. I guess I’ll chalk that up to the different generation. The second question is why didn’t ANY of the girls tell the truth??? I just don’t get it. I know they are already in trouble but it may not have been quite as bad if they had told what actually happened. I will never understand that. 


Joe was by far my favorite character. He could see Amy’s “friends” for what they were and tried to get Amy to see that. And when all hope was lost and Amy’s “friends” abandoned her, he was there waiting to help pick up the pieces. Connor was another great character. He embodied Christian love and compassion. Anyone should desire to have friends like these two guys! I wish Amy could have seen that. 


Would I recommend it: No, I wouldn’t, especially not to any teenagers that I know. I would not want them to end up acting like Amy. 


Will I read it again: No.


About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Amy is one of a trio of seemingly close friends—Lila, who is beautiful and popular, and Cassie, who is very cool and doesn’t care about what the world thinks of her. Amy feels that by being friends with these girls, she becomes cool and beautiful by association. 


Amy and her friends are ready to enjoy their prom. However, their dates stand them up and the girls decide to make the night unforgettable – despite not having their dates for the prom. The night does become unforgettable as they are arrested for drugs.


Now, Amy has to rebuild her life and reevaluate what is important to her. Her friends are now off her radar because her parents won’t allow her to see them. She has a job and a coworker who wants to help her despite her actions and attitude. 


Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Blog Tour: Knee Deep by Jolene Perry

Knee Deep
written by Jolene Perry          
published by Tribute Books


Find it here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads


Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by Tribute Books for this book. (I received a copy for review purposes.)



Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book and I read it every free chance I had. Even though I could see where the relationship was heading from the very beginning, I had to keep reading to see what would happen and how everything would play out. I could not put this book down and it has, and will stay with me.


Knee Deep was very good. I really don’t know what to say about this book except that it was exceptional. Every bit of this book felt real and genuine…not one part felt contrived or fake. Ms. Perry wrote a classic abuser and victim. I’ve seen these situations happen. I’ve represented victims of domestic violence in my former profession. There were points in time where I just wanted to scream at Ronnie to get far, far away from Shawn and to not turn back. I wanted Luke to help Ronnie but I felt for him as well. He was there…right there…and she could not see him. I could see Shawn changing…yet Ronnie couldn’t. So very real. 


This was a very powerful book, yet very subtle in its delivery. A must read for all teenage girls and boys! I hope this book reaches teens and helps them to stop this kind of behavior. I hope this helps teens to not get into situations like this because it is so easy to occur. 


Would I recommend it: I would definitely recommend this book. I especially think that young adults – both girls and boys – should read this book. There is too much violence in young couples and this book just may help some of those young women – and young men – recognize what is going on and get the help they need. Any help whether that be getting out of the relationship or getting the authorities involved. 


Will I read it again: I’m not sure. I don’t think that I will read this book again. It was a great book but not a read it more than once for me. 


About the book – from the publisher: Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He’s her soul mate. He’s more uptight every day, but it’s not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she’s adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he’ll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won’t give up on someone she’s loved for so long.

Luke is her best friend, and the guy she hangs with to watch girlie movies in her large blanketopias. He’s the guy she can confide in before she even goes to her girlfriends, and the guy who she’s playing opposite in Romeo and Juliet. Now her chest flutters every time he gets too close. This is new. Is Ronnie falling for him? Or is Juliet? The lines are getting blurry, but leaving one guy for another is not something that a girl like Ronnie does.

Shawn’s outbursts are starting to give her bruises, and Luke’s heart breaks as Ronnie remains torn. While her thoughts and feelings swirl around the lines between friendship and forever, she’s about to lose them both.


About the author – Jolene Perry: Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.


After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

She is also the author of Night Sky and The Next Door Boys.


Find Jolene Perry here: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, blog, web


Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!