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Hello! I hope this day finds you well. It is gorgeous here in Joshua Tree.

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5-Star Book Reviews – “Explosion: Part 3 of the Colliding Worlds Trilogy” by Berinn Rae


Explosion: Part 3 of the Colliding Worlds Trilogy by Berinn Rae is a satisfying conclusion to the Colliding Worlds trilogy. The author brought together her third couple, Jax and Talla, for another human-alien romance. The romance in the story is secondary to the action and technology elements, which were exciting. I read in a question and answer the author participated in that she was more comfortable with the action and sci-fi elements than she was with the romance. Still, I love my romance, and I was not left wanting.

Love doesn’t come easily to any of the characters in the trilogy, which makes sense considering that earth is dealing with not only proof that there is life on other planets, but that two of those races are on earth. One of those races is “good,” and wants to protect earth. The other is “bad” and has come to earth to take over because they failed taking over the good alien’s planet. The author brought all the stories to a believable conclusion that allowed even more growth for the characters.

I enjoyed every page of this book and I look forward to seeing more of what the author holds in her imagination.

I do think this book can stand alone, but like many other trilogies, you get a lot more from the story if you read them all, in order.

As always, thank you for reading.


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5-Star Book Review – “Implosion” by Berinn Rae

Implosion: Part 2 of the Colliding Worlds Trilogy, is the best alien romance I’ve read so far. As you might imagine, these aliens aren’t of the scary looking variety.

Nalea, the female half of the couple, is a strong feminine character who is completely comfortable in her action role as part of Sienna’s trinity (from Collision: Part 1 of the Colliding Worlds Trilogy). Roden, her mate, also holds a high military rank with his people and the role fits him well. There is a lot more to both characters than you see in the first book, where both characters debuted. Theirs is an interracial romantic love because Nalea is Sephian and Roden is Draeken, and yet they are both transplants because they are on earth. Maybe you can already see why the book was so enjoyable based on the challenges I mentioned. There are many more that I didn’t mention because I wouldn’t want to take away from your enjoyment of the story.

The highlights of Implosion are intrigue, interesting alien characteristics, interesting alien technology, and the romance between Nalea and Roden.

I loved their story, and went on the read the final book in the trilogy which featured a different couple. That review is coming in the future.

Do you need to read all the books for them to make sense? Perhaps not, but you will get a lot more out of the stories if you read them all, and in order.

When you’re in the mood for a Sci-Fi romance, give Implosion a try. I think you’ll like it.

As always, thanks for reading.


What Lucy Thinks About Haus of Pizza (Palm Desert, CA)

What Lucy Thinks About

What Lucy Thinks About Haus of Pizza (Palm Desert, CA)
By Lucy Shannon*

This post is dedicated to my lovely blogger friend Sherri, because she is lucky enough to live closer to Haus of Pizza than I am.

I’ll start with my rating, because there isn’t any point in having you wait for it. I give Haus of Pizza 5 out of 5 stars. They have definitely earned it.

Picture this: you walk into a pizza restaurant when it’s a blazing 120 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and you are met by a nice cool dining room that smells like heaven. See? Good stuff, from the minute you walk through the door.

I’ve been frequenting Haus of Pizza for years now, which means their quality is consistent. That’s another tough one to pull off. Suppliers change, staff changes, and so on, but the quality doesn’t.

Before I give you the mouth-watering details of what makes Haus of Pizza amazing, let me tell you how to find them:

Phone number: (760) 340-9040.
Their address is 72-795 Hwy. 111, in the city of Palm Desert.
Website is: http://hausofpizza.net/
Hours: 11 am to 9 pm, Monday through Saturday and 5 pm to 9 pm on Sundays.

Now, let me ask you, do you expect their pizza to be the best item on the menu? I didn’t when I first started eating there, but now I know that they named their restaurant exactly the right way. Their pizza is among the best I have ever tasted. The crust is an amazing sourdough. The sauce is perfectly seasoned and proportioned. Best of all, their cheese is excellent! The cheese is the right thickness, the right texture, and the flavor is incredible.

All of their toppings are top-notch. I can say this because I’ve eaten all of them over the years. The meatballs, pepperoni, and sausages are particularly good. I’ve eaten the vegetarian pizza when I was in the mood for it, too. I was not disappointed with the mushroom, olive, onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes they topped it with.

Don’t be afraid to order a small. The pizza is filling.

But what if you’re not in the mood for pizza? I know that happens, at least for some people. We all know someone who can live on pizza, don’t we? Well, the rest of us are well taken care of if we order the hot sandwiches, a pasta dinner, or even a side order.

Favorites: Hot meatball and cheese. The bread is crusty, the meatballs melt in your mouth and burst with flavor, their great sauce is poured on, and their fabulous cheese…it’s tough to order anything else.
Joelle’s Delight is my personal favorite. It’s named for the founder’s granddaughter, who is one of the duo who make the Palm Desert location as good as it is. When she was a little girl, she asked for the combination of eggplant, meatballs, and cheese served hot on crusty bread. I’m so glad they listened.

Outstanding Side Orders

When the food is this good, you look for ways to make the most out of each visit. For me, that meant ordering side orders so I could sample more of the menu. Remember, I needed to tear myself away from the pizza and Joelle’s Delight. Try ordering the ravioli (which comes with beef or cheese, so be sure to tell them which one you want) with garlic bread and a small order of pizza bread, and 2 meatballs or sausages as a sampler menu. You will not leave hungry.

All the Pasta Dinners You Could Ask For

Dinner comes with soup or salad, and garlic bread. Be sure to tell them you want marinara sauce if you don’t want meat in your sauce. You can’t choose wrong, but I will tell you that the ravioli, manicotti, and panzerotti are worth a special trip all by themselves. If you haven’t heard of panzerotti, it is described on their menu as pizza dough filled with seasoned meats and cheese deep fried, and covered with meat sauce. They only serve this one on Wednesday or Thursday, so plan accordingly.

Haus of pizza serves a dessert, but try as I might, I have not ever had room after dinner to try the cheesecake.

Haus of Pizza serves all the usual beverages, along with beer, and wine.

I hope you enjoyed your virtual trip through Haus of Pizza. I’d love to hear what you think of it if you’ve been there.

*Lucy Shannon is a character in my Natural Gifts series of uplifting paranormal romances.  You meet her in The Dreaming (Natural Gifts Book 1).  She is a restaurant critic with a column and the main character’s best friend.  Lucy Shannon will be falling in love this September in her own book, Desert Sunrise (Natural Gifts Book 2).  Haus of Pizza is a real restaurant and if you’re in the area, you must give it a try.

As always, thank you for reading.


5-Star Review: “The Enclave” by H.M. Clarke




I’ve just finished reading my second book by H.M. Clarke and her range is pretty stunning. I read The Kalarthri first, book 1 of The Way to Freedom series, which was a fantasy suitable for any age. The Enclave is every bit as intriguing and imaginative, but worlds apart. To begin with, I would recommend this for an older audience because of the mild violence and the more sophisticated storyline.

The Enclave is a Sci-Fi space adventure with lots of action and intrigue. The main characters are all very well written and likable, which adds so many dimensions for me. Commander Katherine Kirk is one of those awesome kick-ass heroines you love to read about. She also shows a vulnerability at times that makes her even more worthy of the title of heroine. She has not had an easy time, and she’s not looking for one. What she wants is to make the world a safer place.

If you’ve read Christine Feehan’s GhostWalker series, you will be familiar with some of the scientific experimentation going on in one of the enclaves Katherine works so diligently to defend.

So now, I’m waiting patiently for another book from this series.

Please join me on Goodreads to discuss “The Enclave” if you read it or have read it.

As always, thank you for reading.


5-Star Book Review: The Kalarthri by H.M. Clarke


I’ve been particularly pleased to read two wonderful, suitable for all ages, fantasy books in a row. Both are by new-to-me authors. Both are the first in their series. Both feature 10-year-old main characters. Honest, I didn’t plan this. It’s a case of the Universe delivering to me what I like to ask for from a book – good times.

“The Kalarthri” (The Way to Freedom, Book 1), as I mentioned above, is a fantasy about a young girl, Kalena, who is born into a feudal society where she, as second born, is automatically a servant. Neither I, nor Kalena, had any idea of what the future held for her. I braced myself in case I was in for a long, sad tale full of abuse and violence. H.M. Clarke instead delivered a tale that was sugar and spice, where the spice was a welcome accent. The story is highly imaginative, flows well, and kept me interested from beginning to end.

An imaginative tale where Kalena grows in many ways, I highly recommend this book for a parent-child read. You know, where you, and your child, read the same book at the same time, so you can talk about it? Or how about for a family read where you take turns reading aloud?

I invite you to join my discussion for “The Kalarthri” on Goodreads. One of the best parts of reading good books, is reading good books and sharing them with one another.

As always, thanks for reading.