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New Year, New Blog!

I’ve had a bit of radio silence – ever since the BS situation with that stalker: Kathleen Hale.

I lost the desire to review. I was more than just pissed by Kathleen Hale’s invasive actions – I felt powerless in relation to my reading. WTF is that about?? How can I spend googobs of money, time and energy on a fucking HOBBY that then allows for someone to stalk me(or anyone) over their fucking butthurt??!

I don’t know – I guess it’s the entitlement generation mixing with us people who had to grow the fuck up to function as adults?

After spending quite a bit of time just taking care of me, I decided to start reviewing again.

I decided to take my power back – the decision not to review wasn’t originally mine, it was a knee-jerk reaction when faced with assholery in the first degree.

I own my domain – no need for me to worry about censors – and had my site designed by Silvia at Darkest Sins. 😀

I’m feeling better and ready to review!

I hope you all enjoy my new site, I know I will!

MrsJoseph
bookslifewine.com
bookslifewine@outlook.com

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Mastered Anthology Review: Working Out by Marie Harte (DNF)

Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual Surrender

An ex-Marine with a kink for dominance, Mac is Maggie’s boss. But Maggie doesn’t seem to realize he’s in charge…until he shows her that Sir is more than a title. It’s a lifestyle that could suit them both. That’s if Maggie sticks around long enough to wear his collar.

 
 
I started reading Mastered: 10 Tales of Sensual Surrender to help break up the other two anthologies I’m reading right now. Yeah, I’m neck deep in anthologies. O_O

Working Out is the first book I decided to read in this anthology…simply because I split the book up and it was the first one I chose.

Everything was fine for the first 20+ pages…and then I got to a kicker: the hero, Mac, really likes the heroine, Maggie, but she won’t give him the time of day. So he begs her best friend (who is dating his best friend) to help him out. Guess how she does this? She lets the jackass into Maggie’s apartment without her knowledge…to allow him to be there when Maggie gets home from work. WHAT IN THE FUCK?? What kind of friend would do shit like that??! The following few pages has him wandering around Maggie’s house and poking in her fridge. Not gonna lie…that turned me off big time. My immediate reaction to this was to DNF the rest of the book.
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The Great Database of Female Fantasy Authors!

OMG. THIS. THIS is what I have ALWAYS WANTED.

In all of it’s glory, a list of all the Female Fantasy Authors. Squeeee!

The Waking Den

Sometimes you happen across something that seems so utterly simple, so utterly necessary, that you can’t help but wonder how it has gone this long without being developed previously. In this case, it’s literary, and as both a writer and reader I’m very much appreciative of it.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1A7YX3bmjdKoiwLnXuqxO8NNZwIKUjqzg2GH9AdZ__xU/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true

Familiar with r/fantasy? No? Well, let’s say it can be confusing and muddled at times–such horded forums have that tendency. Yet from the mass, one can sometimes pluck gems. The gem in question is a MASSIVE SPREADSHEET…which, alright, Excel and Google Docs might not be the most exciting thing in the world to you, but this is a spreadsheet of ALL THE FEMALE FANTASY AUTHORS. Such shininess has no price tag, particularly because those authors are broken down into the specifics of…

  1. Sub-genre
  2. Strong Female Characters
  3. Similarity to other authors
  4. And even their presence on some of the hefty listings out there.

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Suicide Prevention Contacts

Just as an FYI

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255
https://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Spanish – 1-888-628-9454

The CALM Center (Youth Ages 10-17, Available 24/7, 365 Including Holidays)
918-394-CALM – 918-384-2256

COPES Team (Mobile Counselors – Tulsa County)
918-744-4800

Mental Health Association Oklahoma Referral Line
918-585-1213 and 405-943-3700

211 / Helpline
211 – If you’re calling from a cell, call 918-836-4357

CTL (Crisis Text Line) Hotline Toll-free texting service. CTL is available nationwide and 24/7
Text “CTL” to 741741.

Hopeline:
(800)442-4673 (1-800-442-HOPE)

(877)838-2838 (1-877-Vet2Vet) Veterans peer support line

(800)784-2432 (1-800-SUICIDA) Spanish speaking suicide hotline

(877)968-8454 (1-877-YOUTHLINE) teen to teen peer counseling hotline

(800)472-3457 (1-800-GRADHLP) Grad student hotline

(800)773-6667 (1-800-PPD-MOMS) Post partum depression hotline

For a list of hotlines outside the US go here:
http://www.befrienders.org

For email support 24 x 7:
jo@samaritans.org
It may take a few hours or more to generate a response

For online chat support:
(none of these are 24 x7 but will tell you if online counselors are available)

http://www.IMALIVE.org
The first online network with 100% of its volunteers trained and certified in crisis intervention.

http://www.7cupsoftea.com
7 Cups of Tea is an on-demand emotional health and well-being service. Anyone who wants to talk about whatever is on their mind can quickly reach out to a trained, compassionate listener through this network.

http://www.crisischat.org

REBLOG: Heartbleed: What it is and how to be safer (GenXpose)

There’s a nasty little bug out there dubbed Heartbleed.

Yes, it is a thing and it could impact you. In fact, it’s estimated that over two-thirds of the web has already been affected in some way.

So, what is Heartbleed?

Essentially, it allows third parties to see your information by eavesdropping on websites and accounts.

Please read the rest of the post at Genxposé here.

And don’t forget to be safe, y’all.

Debate with the Squirrels: Sexism in Fantasy

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Strap on your armor and sharpen your swords, it’s Controversial Topic Time!

Sexism in Fantasy

Oh yeah, we’re going there. I’m going to break this out into two posts. Today, let’s talk about cultural sexism in traditional fantasy and tomorrow we’ll talk modern fantasy.

Since I’m torn on the debate, you get to listen to me argue with myself.

The Epic Battle Between Feminist Kira (FK) and Devil’s Advocate Squirrel (DAS) Commences!

FK: I think it’s a problem that so many fantasy books are set in societies based on the cultural norms of Medieval Europe. Aren’t we just reinforcing the ideals of patriarchal societies and exclusionary gender roles where men rule and fight and women have polite tea parties and wear fancy dresses?

DAS: That’s ridiculous. Traditional fantasy also makes heavy use of kings and queens as rulers, but no one accuses the authors of being supportive of hereditary monarchies…

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