Five Characters I Love to Hate

[Possible spoilers]

Last time, I wrote Five Characters I Love. This time, I will change it up and tell you the Characters I Love to Hate.

Before I get into my list, I thought I would give you an insight on why I picked them. I have a hard time with people who manipulate children into thinking they’re in control when in reality, they’re just doing what the person wants them to do. Nothing seems to get my dander up more than people taking advantage of the vulnerable.

So keeping that in mind, let’s get on with the blog.

Endless Change – Dakota

I loathe this woman because of the way she controls Parker. She leads him into a sense of the false security; Parker has no idea he is about to get his life turned upside down. She tugs and tugs until she pulls him in. You will despise her by the end of the book. I have a hard time finding even one trait in her that I admire.


By-Pass, Breaking the Pattern #3 – Katya

Another quality I loathe is child abandonment. There is nothing I hate than a mother who is too busy with her own life to show some compassion to her child.

Meet Katya. The only thing she cares for is herself. And keeping her daughter Xenia under her control. She has her own idea of how her children should behave, and if they step out of that little world, she squashes them like a bug. You continue to worry about Xenia’s welfare because Katya sure doesn’t. Reading this book makes me very grateful for the mother I have!

Deviation, Breaking the Pattern #1 – Henry

I almost get mad at Pamela herself for this character. Henry is a real piece of work as he cares for Bobby, yet has no compassion for his victims. He puts you through the wringer worrying about Sandy’s welfare. Can you imagine having someone like Henry close to you? How safe are you with this kind of person in the world?


Proxy Medical Kidnap files #3 – Leva

The mother from heck. Leva’s son Seth is constantly in the hospital. I mean — 48 times! It makes you really feel sorry for Leva. What is wrong with 14-year-old Seth? There is no way that she could be the reason he has been there 48 times. Can someone really be that sick? I could not put this book down.


Making Her Mark – Preston

Preston rejects her baby simply because it is not perfect. How could anyone do that to their own child? What exactly goes through a person’s mind in making such a despicable moral choice? This is the kind of person who needs to be stopped! A heart-warming book that will pull you in and never let you go.

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Excerpt from Hide Your Fear

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I’m in the middle of an intriguing mystery/thriller right now. Hide Your Fear by Kevin O’Brien. I have an idea of how all of the clues fit together and who the culprit is, but I’m not quite sure yet! It’s not quite your usual serial killer thriller.

“I’ve got a ride,” Aaron said, sitting down on a bench to put on his sneakers. “My aunt lives close by, and she’s picking me up.” That was a lie. To get to the meet, Aaron had ridden his bike to the downtown stop in Mount Vernon and loaded it on the rack at the front of the public bus. Then after thirty minutes, he got off in Everett and furiously pedaled to the high school.

Kevin O’Brien, Hide Your Fear

A home provides more than comfort and shelter. It stores memories . . . and hides secrets. Divorcée Caitlin Stoller and her children recently moved into a charming old Tudor-style house in the coastal town of Echo, Washington. The place was a bargain, but as weeks pass, Caitlin starts receiving messages—first friendly, then unsettling, hinting at the property’s dark past . . .

Caitlin’s teenage daughter, Lindsay, isn’t fitting in at school. To make matters worse, there are stories about local high school students who’ve disappeared without a trace—all star athletes, like Lindsay. Then there are the rumors that their new home is cursed. Caitlin doesn’t want to believe the whispers, but something strange is going on. Personal items go missing, and there are too many accidents . . .

The Watcher knows how to get inside the Stollers’ home—and inside their heads. The rumors are true . . . but the full horror is even worse. There’s no escaping the nightmare that started here long ago, and no place to hide from a killer who knows exactly how this story will end…


Randy’s five favourite characters

Here is another blog by my hubby, Randy!

P.D. Workman has written many books, and each time I think she can’t surprise me, she does. The characters she has brought to life stir emotions in me that I didn’t know I had.

Pam has the incredible talent of bringing her characters to life. She reels us in because they are believable. She has me forgetting that the book is fiction. As an author, she has the uncanny ability to scare you with a story because it could easily be true. Trust me; I watch her at times doing so much research; she catches me once in a while staring at her with admiration. I admire her ability to write. She is a very talented author who is only going to get better.

So, it is very hard for me to pick out my top five characters from Pam’s books. There is a huge assortment of characters to chose from. But I will take a shot at this. Here goes.

Abe – Looking Over Your Shoulder

The reason I love Abe is he reminds me of myself. When I was growing up, I often thought people were out to get me and often questioned their motives for being nice. Abe is a believable person with the real personality. I love the way Pam portrayed him. She is dead on with his character.

Looking Over Your Shoulder

Nadie – Questing for a Dream

Nadie is a typical teenager who thinks she knows everything. After facing a tragedy, she goes out to confront the world. She faces her demons to find meaning in her life. As a parent, you want to choke her, then hug her for dear life. She is a lovable hateable (I know it has to be a word) character. She is a believable character who will tug at your heartstrings.

Questing for a Dream

Gabriel – Mito, Medical Kidnap Files

Gabriel is man’s man. He is there for the people who can’t speak. His determination to fight for those who can’t speak. He trusts no one; he has the determination I wish I had. In a way, he represents the rebel in all of us. I find myself pulling for him throughout all the series.


Bobby – By-Pass, Breaking the Pattern Series

Bobby is a teenager who pretty much lost in the system. Has never found a place where he has fit in. He still has that will to be happy. To find his niche somewhere, anywhere he can be happy. Against all the odds, he still finds enough love in his heart to trust one more time. You will find yourself pulling hoping maybe this time he will find the right home.


Kelli – Making Her Mark

A compelling teenager who is not completely satisfied with who she is. Somehow, she feels her mother is hiding something. She has never been one to settle. She will not rest until she finds the truth. You will love her desire to be loved. You will be heartbroken for how hard it is for her to find. A real life character who everyone can relate to.

Making Her Mark


Excerpt from Refugee

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

This is an amazing book. Award-winning Alan Gratz brings us Refugee, three intertwining stories of refugees from each of Nazi Germany, Cuba, and Syria. Gratz takes you into the lives of these three children, their families, and the heartbreak they go through in trying to reach freedom. Gripping, heartfelt, and engaging, put this one on your TBR list.

“Don’t be so quick to grow up, boy” the Brownshirt told Josef. “We’ll come for you soon enough.”

Alan Gratz, Refugee

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world…

ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America…

MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe…

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers — from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.



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Excerpt from Grave Peril

Did you pick up a copy of She Wore Mourning? If so, I hope you are enjoying it! Let me know what you think.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I just finished Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, Book 3) by Jim Butcher. A very fun read about a smart aleck Wizard fighting evil forces trying to take over the city. Something is stirring up trouble, and he needs to figure out what it is before it destroys him and his friends.

The sign on the door reads, simply, Harry Dresden, Wizard. Just inside the door is a table, covered with pamphlets with titles like: Magic and You, and Why Witches Don’t Sink Any Faster Than Anyone Else—a Wizard’s Perspective. I wrote most of them. I think it’s important for we practitioners of the Art to keep up a good public image. Anything to avoid another Inquisition.

Jim Butcher, Grave Peril

Harry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory, when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book.

But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble—and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone—or something—is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself…


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Private Investigator Zachary Goldman’s life isn’t all roses, but he tries to put his own shattered life behind him to investigate the death of five-year-old Declan Bond.

Declan’s death has been ruled an accident, but his grandmother thinks there is more to it. She fears Declan’s mother will not be able to find peace until Zachary can give them an answer once and for all. But as Zachary digs into the circumstances surrounding Declan’s death, he finds that all is not as it seems, and somebody doesn’t want him to find the truth.

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Hunting Delilah, by Anne Baines

Delilah makes her own way in a crooked world.

Desperate for money after a heist goes south, Delilah breaks into a rich man’s home. But instead of cash and jewels, she discovers a severed head and a serial killer. When the killer threatens her chronically-ill daughter and her childhood sweetheart, Delilah must turn the hunter into the hunted in a dangerous game only one of them will survive.

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Young Camille’s dreams are shattered when she’s rejected by the ruthless and abusive Alpha of the Shadow Pack. Her only chance at survival is to arrive in Paris and pray that what her brother told her about the angels is true.

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Always Watching, by Lynette Eason

When Wade’s bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. Olivia’s skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade’s stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him. Olivia has the feeling that she’s next on the list. And to complicate things even further, she realizes that her heart may be in as much danger as her client.

City of Skies, by Farah Cook

When Nora is forced by the harsh and cruel Sovereign Republic to become a raider, her quest is to avoid getting killed when searching for the ancient Viking artifacts in the Forbidden Areas where she hopes to find her missing father. While training at the raider academy Nora meets Frederick – a fine member of the Republic who wants only to find the artifacts. But when he discovers the mystical map tattooed on her back – which is connected to the artifacts he keeps her secret safe and offers to help find her father. But can she trust him?

Rogue Wave, by Christopher Cartwright

The offer – $20 billion split between four leading scientists on alternative energies to purchase and then squash their research lines, which include the recent discovery of a powerful new energy source capable of replacing mankind’s reliance on fossil fuels.

There’s no doubt their discovery is worth ten times that much. But will any one of them live if they refuse?

Hungry, by Raven Oak

Your cat pukes, then cries. Is it just a hairball or is something really wrong?

A mad dash to the vet leads to a cat who meows when touched, but how is a veterinarian to know what’s wrong? Is it a blockage or just a terrified kitty? Even with training, sometimes even the experts don’t know. Or do they?

Living this thing called LIFE, by Dreal C

Mia Saint never thought her life would take turns that her mother has never prepared her for. Her school life was going great. Her friends was there for her whenever she needed too. Her sister was busy with her own life as a popular kid. One mistake was made that cost Mia her entire life.

Witnessing an incident that no child nor teen shall see. Being pushed from student to eye witness to victim. School life, love life, and her relationship with her sister and friends started to collide into one. Life changing decisions was made. Enemies was formed. Her life has just begun.

A Criminal Mind, by Julia Derek

Rose Nichols’s husband Mark is shot to death while walking the dog one night. When Rose learns what’s happened, she’s shocked but not sad. Mark used to beat her so much that she started drinking as a coping mechanism for their fractured marriage.

Detectives Cooper and White are put on the case. Cooper believes Rose is behind her husband’s death, while White suspects it was the privileged assistant general manager at the health club Mark managed.

Fallen Angel, by J.L. Meyers

Freedom comes at a price…

Struck from Heaven and the one he loves, Lucifer is banished to Earth to live as a mortal…but even without his wings, he’ll never be fully human. And he’ll never let go of his rage against the one who cast him out. When Lucifer discovers the power of his angelic blood, God’s precious humans in all their sins and freedom become the pawns in Lucifer’s unwavering revenge.

Once Taken, by Blake Pierce

Women are being murdered in upstate New York, their bodies found mysteriously hanging in chains. With the FBI called in, given the bizarre nature of the murders—and the lack of any clues—there is only one agent they can turn to: Special Agent Riley Paige.

Riley, reeling from her last case, is reluctant to take on a new one, since she is still convinced a former serial killer is out there, stalking her. She knows, though, that her ability to enter a serial killer’s mind and her obsessive nature is what will be needed to crack this case, and she just can’t refuse—even if it will push her over the edge.

Water, by Emory Gayle

Cora Reed is forced to face her phobia of water, coming face to face with the night her world was shattered and water filled her nightmares. But strangely, the scariest thing for her isn’t the thought of swimming, it’s Darrien. Not just because he’s determined to get her into the water, but because there is a connection to him that terrifies and excites her at the same time. But, Darrien is hiding something and Cora is determined to find out what. After watching it tear her family apart, Cora has sworn she would never fall in love. Will Darrien be the one to make her break that promise?

Loose Ends, by D.D. VanDyke

When a young girl is kidnapped, street-smart but damaged San Francisco ex-cop California “Cal” Corwin is engaged to find and rescue her before murder raises the stakes. As a straightforward case takes unexpected twists, Cal must quell a growing fear that an anguished mother may never see her child again. With a shadowy crime lord lurking behind every unexpected clue, Cal struggles to tie up loose ends before evil claims its next victim.

Raining Men and Corpses, by Anne R. Tan

When it rains, it pours … and this amateur sleuth may be in over her head.

Graduate student Raina Sun is trying to keep her head above water as the bills roll in when her dashing college adviser cons her out of several months of rent. Her quest to retrieve the money sets in motion a streak of even worse luck.

First, she stumbles on her advisor’s dead body and becomes a suspect in his murder. Next, the only man she’s ever loved reappears as the lead detective to the case. Raina’s having trouble interpreting his signals–does he want to reignite their passion, or just stay close to his prime suspect?

Dead Wrong, by Leighann Dobbs

Morgan and Fiona Blackmoore enjoy their simple life in the sleepy ocean-side town of Noquitt Maine where they offer herbal remedies and crystal healing for locals and tourists alike.

…Until Morgan is accused of killing the town shrew, Prudence Littlefield.

Suddenly the girls find themselves scrambling to find the real killer while they battle a crooked Sheriff, planted evidence, and a long list of suspects that all had a reason to want Prudence dead.

Blood Red Rose, by Ginny Clyde

The town of Ballorna and the surviving Guardians think it is a miracle to have Lenara Gerrickson back home safely after disappearing for days.

As for her, she cannot stop thinking about the mysterious hunter who saved her life in the forests of Hijkarden. Another New Moon approaches and it is time to make the monthly trip to the dark, formidable forests of Maldorfina, but her injuries barely allow her to wield a sword. Christopher, her mysterious saviour reappears to save her from certain death but this time; she does not allow him to disappear easily.

Enigma of Life, by Shandi Boyer (steamy)

Isaac Holt is the very definition of an enigma. Mysterious, dangerous, alluring and knee clankingly gorgeous. After a chance meeting, I was falling at his feet, literally. His magnetizing allure has the ability to electrify my senses with the simple touch of his fingertip. But no matter how much my body craves Isaac’s touch, I can’t have him. Morally and ethically, he is off limits. He is the enemy. My rational thinking head logically understands this, but my lust-driven heart needs a little more convincing.




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