Blind Passion, by Bonnie Dee

27 Apr

Blind PassionIt had been a while since I had read one of Ms Dee’s stories, even though I have liked all the ones I’ve read. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I was looking for something else on amazon and realized that this novel was free (still is, as of this writing).

I read the blurb and one clicked–not realizing this is yet another New Adult novel, with alternating first person points of view.

I have mentioned a few times that I’m absolutely not a fan of this particular subgenre of romance, so I was not very enthused as I started to read, but it is Ms Dee, and I really like her work, so I continued reading…and then looked up, a hundred pages later.

So here you have my review.

Blind Passion, by Bonnie Dee

This category length novel is the first story in the Wyatt Brothers quartet. A sweet romance, though with a bit more explicit language, it’s set in Chicago, and the protagonists are both in their early twenties.

Leah, our leading lady, has lost her sight to a head injury sustained in a car crash, and is still struggling to adapt to her new reality as someone with a pretty major disability. J.D. has recently been discharged from the Army, after first being captured by the Taliban and then rescued by fellow soldiers–some of which died during the operation. He suffers from PTSD, which he combats by taking prescription medication while mostly eschewing the benefits of actual therapy.

Here’s the blurb from the author’s website:
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How adult conversations ease concerns.

23 Apr

A while back (perhaps two months ago?) there was a conversation on twitter about how difficult, if not impossible, it is to find people of color in stock photography.

This is by no means a novel concern.

Long before that conversation–almost a year ago, in fact–Courtney Milan had posted about the issue on her blog. So it’s not surprising that when she learned about Elise MarionĀ setting up a Kickstarter campaign that would showcase the beauty of diversity–of all kinds–Ms Milan would tweet the link.

Considering the size of Ms Milan’s fandom and the number of re-tweets that link got, I wasn’t surprised to see that the project was fully funded within a day. In fact, as of this writing, Mosaic Stock Photos had raised $1,500 over the original amount sought.

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The Equalizer (sort of a movie review)

18 Apr

I am old enough that I watched Edward Woodward as the original Equalizer in the tv show as it aired on CBS.

As someone who is very rarely happy with remakes, I wasn’t too enthused with the idea of a movie. Particularly when these days, all movies seem to be attempts at starting franchises, but in this case, also because my nostalgia made me remember the series as being really good.

Then, of course, I saw this:

 

And all bets were off.

I am an unabashed Denzel Washington fan.

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Why the fuck do people do this?

16 Apr

Part of my current job involves processing literally hundreds of pieces of mail every week–anywhere from three to four hundred, occasionally more.

This activity can be quite funny–some of the name/address combinations are laughing out loud worthy, for example. Some of the things enclosed are mind blogging and baffling and hilarious to the nth degree.

And some of them make me wonder which universe the sender lives in.

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