No Safewords 2

No Safewords 2

I’ve been a fan of Laura Antoniou for years, so I was interested in reading this second collection of other authors’ writings set in the Marketplace that she edited. I’ve read the first five of The Marketplace books, so it was fun reading this collection of writings, for sure. This is certainly a big departure from my usual non-fiction reads, being fiction and BDSM erotica, but I do like to shake things up now and then with something very different. This certainly fit the bill and should please anyone familiar with this type of writing. It’s meant for adults only though because of the content. I needed a change of pace from all of the true crime I read, and this was a nice distraction. My thanks for the electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, Editor Laura Antoniou, and the publisher for my fair review.

Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books, LLC
Published: Dec 28th, 2018

RATING: 4/5 Stars

The Author Laura Antoniou is the author of the well known Marketplace series of erotic novels. The Marketplace series describes “an elite and secretive world organization, dedicated to the auctioning and overseeing of the world’s finest lifestyle slaves… a world so vivid in sequel after sequel, it takes on a reality of its own, one that’s visually hard to let go of once the reader has put down the book.” (Libido Magazine). Book Six, “The Inheritor,” was just published in February 2015. She has also published a series of short stories based in the Marketplace, entitled “Scenes From The Marketplace,” and edited a fan fiction collection, entitled “No Safewords.”

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My 2018 Wrap Up

Total Books Read = 171

             My #1 book

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The Inheritance: Poisoned Fruit of JFK’s Assassination

The rest in no particular order – all 5 Star reads

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The Kill Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit’s Most Notorious Serial Killer

Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar

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WRECKING CREW: Demolishing The Case Against Steven Avery

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

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Bruce Lee: A Life

Robin

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No Ordinary Pilot: One Young Man’s Extraordinary Exploits in WWII

Choosing Light: When an Earthquake Buried Me and My Family for 5 Days, I Learned to Fully Live

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

I, a Squealer: The Inside Account of the “Pied Piper of Tucson” Murders

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Into the Storm: Two Ships, a Deadly Hurricane, and an Epic Battle for Survival

Carmine the Snake: Carmine Persico and His Murderous Mafia Family

In Pieces

In Pieces           

I found this to be a very engaging and poignant memoir by one of my favorite actresses. I thought it was beautifully and intelligently expressed and really enjoyed listening to her reading of the audiobook. This was the 2nd night in a row I’d be staying up to listen to another book, and I’m sure I nodded off in a couple of places being so tired. So I plan to listen to it again to find any parts I may have missed.

I’ve always been aware that she is brave, but I’m really blown away by her ability to share the painful things she went through. Many of us can relate to growing up in a dysfunctional family and having self-esteem issues that she shares. Obviously, it goes beyond that for her, and she strives to rise above. She talked about her closely intertwined relationship with her mother, who often watched her children while she was working. Sally had even asked her mother to haunt her when she was dying. I liked getting her side of things on the relationship between her and Burt Reynolds (who passed away this year) having read a couple of his books and one by his first wife Judy Carne. I think anyone who likes Sally would really enjoy this book, an excellent biography.

Sally Field – Author and Narrator

Publisher: Hachette Audio 10 hrs. 41 mins.
Published: Sept 18th, 2018

RATED: 5/5 Stars

The Author–  Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award-winning actor who has portrayed dozens of iconic roles on both the large and small screens. In 2012, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2015 she was honored by President Obama with the National Medal of Arts. She has served on the Board of Directors of Vital Voices since 2002 and also served on the Board of The Sundance Institute from 1994 to 2010. She has three sons and five grandchildren.

Don’t Stop Believin’

Don’t Stop Believin’: The Man, the Band, and the Song that Inspired Generations

I’ve been very lucky with running into good music memoirs this year and this is another one I enjoyed, this time by Jonathan Cain. Who doesn’t (or didn’t) love the songs of the group Journey? Well at least if you are in my age group or grew up on their music. Here is a chance to learn about how lots of their music was written. Cain is responsible for many of my favorite hits, and I loved hearing about what was behind the writing of them. Also how he ended up in the band after working so long and hard to get a real start in something good after endlessly paying his dues it seemed. If you’re looking for a groupie groping tell-all, this isn’t it. It is, however a fascinating look at the music world and what can sometimes go on between band members that can fracture bands and long-term friendships that can be unseen from the outside. Things sometimes just don’t make any sense to anyone but the one member who remains obstinate and won’t be persuaded to play.Journey

Publisher:  Zondervan – 303 pages
Published: May 1st, 2018

RATING: 4/5 Stars

The Author Jonathan Cain is a musician best known as the keyboardist and lyricist for the world-renowned band Journey, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His acclaimed worship album, What God Wants to Hear, is filled with personal songs about his faith journey. Jonathan and his wife, Pastor Paula White, live in Apopka, Florida.

How to Be Loved

How to be Loved: A Memoir of Lifesaving Friendship

A rather uniquely written memoir about a woman who has a difficult time letting people get close. She finds herself an addicted alcoholic from trying to chill out and fit in, then later has to go to groups to get free of it. But it’s at the groups that she makes her first real friends of her life, Allison is the main one, and she’s much older. As time goes by, and they talk a bit and she gets to know Allison, she feels herself opening just a bit to the idea of letting her in. They get along so well, and they are so good for each other, it’s not long before she feels herself opening more.

Then Allison shares with Eva that she’s ill with cancer, that it’s come back again and it’s likely terminal this time; she just wanted her to know since they have become close. They rely on each other. Eva for Allison’s mature advice, helping her stay sober and teaching her about friendship. Allison for Eva’s help when she was having bad days from chemo or radiation treatments and needed Eva’s assistance. This is a good book about friendship and learning how to ask for help and accept it. Sometimes that’s the hardest part of all, just admitting you need someone’s help. I was glad I read it. My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Eva Hagberg Fisher, and the publisher for my fair review.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – 240 pages
Publication: Feb 5th, 2019

Rated: 4/5 Stars

The Author– Eva Hagberg Fisher’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Tin House, Wallpaper*, Wired, Guernica, and Dwell, among other places. She lives in California and New York City.