#WordlessWednesday – The Top of the World – #PikesPeak

Some lovely pictures from Cynthia Morgan.



Nothing more spectacular than looking DOWN onto clouds from 14000 feet up on Pikes Peak 🙂



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Mer-Charmer (World of Aluvia Book 2)


In Mer-Charmer, Phoebe Quinn is still recovering from the aftermath of her captivity in Elder Bentwood’s dungeon.  She finds comfort in the ocean and discovers she has a connection with the merfolk, specifically her mer friends Tristan and Mira.  Phoebe loves spending time with Tristan and Mira, and they have quite a few adventures.  Together, they protect the merfolk from an ancient enemy, the evil being Baleros.

The second book in World of Aluvia series is engaging.  Phoebe is a likeable character, and the author does a good job with the topics of oppression, discrimination, coming of age and overcoming one’s fears for the greater good.  I like the interaction between Phoebe and the supporting characters, Tristan, Mira and her sister Sierra.  The descriptions of the coast and ocean are well-done, and the idea of the merfolk being an ancient civilization is intriguing.  I initially didn’t care much for the adult characters, but I could understand where they were coming from as the story progressed.  They had been through rough times and had trust issues.  Phoebe helps the merfolk in the end.

I would recommend Mer-Charmer, especially if you like stories that involve the ocean and mermaids, and I want to read the third book in the series, Dragon Redeemer, as soon as I can.


Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein


In Dean Koontz’ Frankenstein, detectives Carson O’Connor and Michael Maddison investigate a series of murders that involve victims who are missing body parts.   Their search for a serial killer leads them to a madman plotting to replace the human race with creatures that exist only to serve and obey him.

I like different takes or interpretations of old stories, and the plot is rather creepy but interesting.  The story is set in New Orleans in modern times.  However, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, written in the 1800s, is important to the story and is referred to quite often.  Dean Koontz is a good writer.  He works with the concept of someone being so arrogant as to want to replace human beings with their own creation well; I could picture this happening.  I like the interaction between O’Connor and Maddison, and Deucalion is an interesting character who is struggling to overcome his dark past.

Frankenstein is a worthwhile read for people who enjoy the horror, crime or suspense genres.  This is the first of a five-part series, and I want to read the rest of the series when I can.