Author: Alexandra

Fabulous Friday Fun

What? No post today? Where the hell is that woman, I came here expecting a droll, witty post, a review, or a rant about middle-aged white dudes who can’t write female characters worth diddly-squat, not a blank page … Eh, okay, so I’m not out to lunch today… but I am at the hockey. The PeeWee Hockey to be exact. Yes, shocking isn’t it, Alexandra watches hockey. Not only that, Alexandra loves PeeWee hockey and isn’t above talking about herself in the third person when telling you. So, as you can see, nothing much happening here. I’ll be back Monday with another review, or even photos of kids playing hockey, centre ice, here in Québec City. Till then … Have a great weekend everyone!

Happy Book Blogger Valentine’s Day

What better way to share the love on this Valentine’s Day than to talk about some of my favourite book bloggers and the diversity of genres they read and review. Covering literature, contemporary, and CanLit are: BOOK JOTTER — Paula covers all sorts of news, reviews and books for readers who are passionate about their literature. And her Sunday Roundups are a must just for the link-fest she puts together. She also has a number of interesting features like ‘SHELFIES’, covers some of the UK’s more interesting book festivals, and participates in the Wales Readathon. CONSUMED BY INK — Naomi is a Canadian with an eye for CanLit and will tell you everything you need to know about authors from her part of the world, in Nova Scotia, and on the literary scene, in general, across Canada. She highlights a great deal of diversity and offers up thorough reviews with plenty of insight, quotes, and commentary that make for an interesting read. I’ve learnt a great deal from her blog, and really enjoy her insight. …

WWW Wednesday

Today I thought I’d take part in WWW Wednesday, which is a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and share with you: What did you recently finish reading? What are you currently reading? What do you think you will read next? What I just finished reading: If you are regular, you will know I just finished reading the drugs cartel shoot-them-up, TEXAS SICARIO by Harry Hunsicker, which turned out to be a novel left over from another era. This kind of ‘noir’ might have seemed exciting back in the day with screaming femme fatals, but by today’s standards, left a lot to be desired. What I’m reading now: I started reading BLACKLIGHT BLUE by Peter May last night and, while the story telling is much better than Texas Sicario, I’m beginning to think old white dudes in their mid to late fifties have got a problem writing female characters. As Peter May spends an inordinate amount of page space describing how ample a woman’s breasts are, among other sexist bullsh*t. I’m half …

Book Review: TEXAS SICARIO

DETAILS Title: TEXAS SICARIO [Arlo Baines #2] Author: Harry Hunsicker Publisher: Thomas & Mercer ISBN: 9781503905412 Genre: Crime Fiction BACK COVER BLURB Still mourning the murders of his wife and children, former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines now works security at a bazaar in Dallas. Grief-stricken, he’s invested his heart and hope in the welfare of Miguel—a street kid who’s become his surrogate son. But the wounds of a brutal past are hard to heal, especially when a new case threatens to rip them open all over again. Approached by a colleague now working for the DEA to investigate the seemingly random murders of prominent Latino businessmen, Arlo works to expose the common link: an ultra-violent drug cartel pushing into northern Texas. As the vicious power struggle between the gangs turns the streets of Dallas into a war zone, Arlo’s investigation threatens everything he loves. When grief, anger, and secrets stretch the bonds of loyalty to their breaking point, Arlo can trust no one—but must risk everything to protect what remains. WHAT I THOUGHT TEXAS SICARIO …