A Farewell

Well, this is what you are thinking. I’m leaving the blogging world. The fact is I have been thinking about leaving for awhile. I started blogging because I needed a stress relief from the university. And a way to justify all the books that I was reading that were not school related. Blogging was a way to do this. It serve me well for two years.

But all good things come to an end. And blogging is not releasing the stress. Instead it’s adding more stress so it is time to find  new method.

I had fun blogging, meeting new people and it was a learning experience.

To all my readers, thank you so much for sticking with me.

To all the authors, thank you for providing great reading material.

To the giveaway winners, you know who you are and hope you enjoy the books.

Thanks for making Books For The Insomniac a great blog.

Guest Post: Lisa Darling on Paranormal Romance


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I like to welcome Lisa Darling to Books For The Insomniac. She is a paranormal writer and author of Heart of War. I’m really glad to have here since she is the first guest post author.

Why I Write Paranormal Romance
by Lisa Beth Darling

I’m often asked why I like Greek Mythology, how I learned about it, and why I write ‘paranormal’ stories. The short answer is: I’m pagan. The longer answer is more complex.

Let me back up half a second here, although I’m a huge fan of horror movies (especially 80s B-Grade horror movies!) I don’t write about vampires or werewolves or zombies or ghosts. All right, all right, I once wrote a werewolf story entitled “The Limikkin” but it’s not your average werewolf tale. It harkens back to those old movies more than it does forward to something like, well, “Twilight”.

No, for the most part I write about Gods—mainly Olympian and Celtic Gods, as with my latest novel The Heart of War. Even when I’m not doing a story about them, whatever story I’m working on has a magickal element in there: an immortal who doesn’t know why, a modern ‘witch’ whose being persecuted, or fortuitous dreams that suddenly come to life.

I’m a very spiritual person, not religious per say, mind you, but spiritual nonetheless. Once upon a time, I was Catholic and Baptist (at the same time!) but I left those paths long ago in search of something different. Something I could relate to.

I’ve always believed in my heart that Magick and the Divine are all around us and walk with us in our everyday lives rather than Sitting On High in some type of Judgment. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in All Paths to God but that one’s just not my gig anymore. I’m just your average garden variety pagan who believes that the Gods are interested in me, will listen and communicate freely with me, (anyone for that matter) just so long as I invite Them to do so and open the door for Them.

As a writer and a spiritual person, I know that The Muse is always with me; he (yes, he I know most Classical Muses are female but mine is undeniably male) is always looking over my shoulder, always whispering in my ear–plots, twists, narrative, dialogue. More than that, he is my constant companion-or The Big Guy as I’ve come to call him. He’s always there giving direction on everything, not just stories. He’s my friend, my guide, my imaginary lover, and my protector. His name is Ares and we’ve been together going on 20 years. Let me tell you, it took a long time to come to grips with the fact that my God and my Muse do double-duty. Even when I’m not writing, especially when I’m blue, I can feel Him standing behind me. Laugh if you want, but every now and then, I can even feel His touch. It is very comforting to know that I am never alone. My Grandpa was right about that, he always said that one was never alone because ‘God’ was always there with you.

I don’t understand writers and other creative types who outright refuse to even consider the existence of the Muse. Those who insist they sweat for every single word, brush stroke, song lyric…whatever…all on their own. Those who don’t believe that they are inspired by anything other than themselves. Not only do I not understand them, most of the time I find their work sucks or isn’t as good as it could be if they got in touch with the Magickal Aspects around them, even just a little bit.

Strangely enough, The Big Guy loves to communicate with me most freely when I’m in the bath. A good hot bath, lots of scented salts, candles, incense, and he’s talking a blue streak. If not in my head then through the songs on the radio. Yes, I know how that sounds, you don’t have to tell me. Come the next day when we sit down to write, we just wander down our merry little path without thought or hesitation or even caring just where we’re going and how we’re getting there. I call that being in The Zone and it’s the most indescribably additive intoxicating freeing thing I’ve ever found (and I’ve tried a lot of illicit things; I am human after all). It all just flows from the Cosmos straight to my fingers without any interruption from my brain. Ahhhh….bliss.

It’s not always that way; he’s a rather cantankerous fellow. Very opinionated and strong willed just as you’d probably imagine him to be. We argue quite a bit over things sometimes and we like to play games such as ‘I Got You Last’ and ‘Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better’. Sometimes we piss each other off. Sometimes we make each other laugh. We cajole each other. We nudge each other. We spur each other forward in a lot of ways. We come up with bonzer twists and stories together. In that respect, my relationship with The Divine (God, Ares, The Supreme Masculine Aspect of the Universe…whatever name you want to give it, it’s all the same in the end) is probably not like most other people’s as they consider Him this huge untouchable thing that cannot be laughed at or joked with in any manner. Those are only Human restrictions put on the Divine. ‘God’ has a fantastic sense of humor–just look around you–you’ll see it every day in the most fascinating of ways. As far as I can see ‘God’ loves to laugh at me, at you, and even at Himself. Further, I think, at least in my particular situation ‘God’ also likes sex. Oh, He adores it! Let’s face it, if He didn’t like it, He wouldn’t have made it so much fun to begin with!

That’s why I write paranormal stories because The Gods ARE Alive and Magick IS Afoot.


Well, this was certainly an interesting post. I’m very thankful to Lisa Darling  for writing it and letting us into her creative space. As I read this post the first time, I was really intrigued by how her paganism influences her writing. Most authors shy away from admitting the religious influences that are intertwined with their writing.

If you feel like reading Lisa Darling’s latest novel, Heart of War, here is the blurb and the links to find it.  Amazon, Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Romance Ebooks, Ibooks, and these are the places to find Lisa at  Facebook, Blog, and Goodreads.

Inside the Heart of every Warrior breathes the Soul of a Hero–even within The Heart of War.

Meet Ares God of War, the greatest Warrior the world has ever known. He’s moody, grumpy, dominant, ravenously sexual, and above all, built like a Greek God.

Suspected of killing his Daughter in-Law, Psyche, and long in exile from Olympus, the solitude of Ares’ secluded Greek Isle is interrupted when Magdalena MacLeod a plucky little Fey washes up on his shore after believing she’s been shipwrecked. It’s not mere fate that has brought the unlikely couple together yet it may be what tears them apart.

Branded with a golden chastity belt bearing the mark of Cernunnos, Celtic God of the Forest and Death, Alena has been on the run from her husband the Great Horned God for 200 years.

When the Olympians discover her presence on Ares’ island, they send Apollo to the island while Ares is away with orders to bring her to Olympus. With nowhere to run and strikes a bargain with the God of War–her virginity for his protection.

Ares sees a sweeter deal; her in his bed and himself back in his rightful place on Olympus among the Gods. If it means turning Alena over to Zeus afterward, well that’s of no consequence to him…is it?

After Alena proves herself to the God of War in battle and in his bed, the Ares must choose between his Divinely Dysfunctional Family, his pride, and Alena.

Get lost in this sweeping dark saga of lust, rage, revenge, and redemption. Battle Ancient Gods while falling in love with Ares God of War and Alena MacLeod. They share a love that will rock the world from the heights of Olympus to the Celtic moors.

Once Upon A Read-A-Thon : Day 1


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First off, I  just want to thank everyone who participated in the Freedom Giveaway Hop. I’m glad that most people really like the Pretty Little Liars series on ABC Family. I love it, too. It’s so entertaining. I’m glad that I picked a book that the lucky winner will enjoy.

I have to admit I sorta forgot I was participating in a read-a-thon. Luckily, I wrote it down in my phone calendar and a reminder popped up this morning. This is my first time participating in such an event so I’m looking forward to it.  For this three-day event, I’m going to move away from the young adult section and paranormal themes. I’m going to be reading some adult books. The first on the list is Mystic River by Dennis Lehane, follow by The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.  For now, those two books are the only ones on the list. Depending on how my reading goes, I’ll add more.


In response to Ib Blogging Mini-Challenge:
1. What is your favorite type of myth?
I have to say it is Greek/Roman mythology. They are basically the same myths except the Romans changed the names of the Greek gods and kept the same storyline. It’s fun to read them because I’m always interchanging them in my head. It’s Hera and Juno. Ares and Mars.

2. What is your favorite book with some mythology?
I really can’t recall a favorite book with mythology involved, probably because at the moment, I can only recall the myths. So, how about I mentioned the last book that I read that has some mythology in it. It would be Werewolf Descent by Elizabeth J. Kolodziej. It has the Goddess Circe and Aphrodite.

With that being done, I’ll post updates on this post later on in the day. Wish me luck.


July Update



I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July and enjoyed the fireworks. I know I sure did. I have fantastic news and some bad news.

The fantastic news is that my sister gave birth to a healthy baby boy. I’m an aunt! Whoo! Everyone is really excited to have both of them home. He makes the funniest faces. Lol.

The bad news is that I’m going to be taking this week for off. Just to be of help to my sister and enjoy my time with them. Plus, having a new baby in the family means having to show off the baby. Relatives coming over to see the baby. So I’m just taking this week off to settle down into a new lifestyle.

So, those are my news that are going to affect my blog. On the bright side,  I’m going to be reviewing In My Dreams by Cameo Renae as part of The In My Dreams Experience Tour and I’m having Lisa Darling, author of Heart of War, do a guest post on paranormal romance. It’s going to be first one here.

Before I forget, because I’m taking the week off. I will pick the winner of the Freedom Giveaway by Friday and post it along with My Birthday Giveaway winner. Winners will be posted sometimes later this week. I’m so sorry about that. There is a cute, little, adorable, fluffy baby that has captivated my attention. I appreciate everyone being so patient with me waiting for the winner announcement and book reviews.

See you guys soon!


Freedom Hop Giveaway


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My Happy Birthday day to me is officially over. I will be announcing the winner this Sunday so stay tuned for that. In case you missed it, I’m participating in The Freedom Hop Giveaway, hosted by I Am Reader, Not A Writer and Simply Stacie. For this giveaway, I’m going to be giving away…

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepherd. It’s the first book in the series.

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Happy Hunting everyone!! Now head onto the other blogs for more books to win.

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Fanfiction: Off-Track Couples


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I have not been doing much reading on Fanfiction so I decided to post the most obscure or crack couple that I actually like. I love pairings that most people cannot see together such as the couples in the stories I listed. But also OrihimeXUrahara from Bleach, HermioneXDraco from Harry Potter, HarryXLuna from Harry Potter (forget Ginny), SakunoXTezuka from The Prince of Tennis, Risa HawkeyeX Jean Havoc from Fullmetal Alchemist  and so on. I love random couples and these are some of the couples that do not have enough stories that are complete (or that I like) to warrant their own posts.

Gone by Hotarukun
Viral and Yoko from Gurren Laggan. Yeah, they are a crack couple and I would love to read more stories about them. Viral is drunk when he visits Yoko. One-shot. Rated T

Viral and Yoko by Spooky Sensei

Eyes by Artemis Bloodshadow
Risa and Satoshi from DN Angel.  Actually, this is not a crack couple but it has Risa with Krad which is the crack couple. A Two-shot. Rated T.

Bullet With Butterfly Wings by fuzzibunniez
Byakuya and Orihime from Bleach. I really like this couple and this is one of the few multiple chapters stories that is fully completed. Be forewarned that it is AU (alternate universe) and is rated M for violence and sex scenes.
Byakuya is a vampire hunter that falls in love in Orihime and by doing so, discovers dark secrets his coven has been keeping.

Byakuya & Orihime by Amalie San

Touched By An Alien Review


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Touched By An Alien by Gini Koch. Kitty Katt has just discovered her world is infiltrated by aliens who are keen on protecting humans from evil aliens, superbeings. Having killed one superbeing, she begins a descend into this new world where the alien men are good-looking and the alien women are geniuses by nature. If only superbeings weren’t intend on killing her.


This was my first reading into the aliens fantasy genre. It certainly does not disappoint. Actually, it does a little but just a little because it falls into some clichés that I personally have a distain for but are not bad in general.

I thought it was interesting that the aliens who came to to Earth were religiously persecuted and exiled from their home planet, Alpha Centurion. It’s a great way to humanize the aliens (although part of me, sees it a little bit as a cult).  I know it’s not or at least Koch tells me it’s not by which religion she draws similarities from. That’s a real good way to implement religion.

Of course, this being a fantasy series, all the men are gorgeous and so are the women.  Jeff Martini being Kitty’s love interest; he is a fun guy to read, an empath, and he has great bantering skills. He keeps the conversation at a flirtatious level most of the time. Christopher is his best friend and also has an interest in Kitty (which is ridiculous because he never showed an interest in her other than hating her and being rude to her). I guess we are led to believe in that mentality that “boys hurt the ones they love the most” which is true for boys in elementary but Christopher is  an “adult male” and he is acting like a school boy. Really?  The romance was quirky fun between Kitty and Jeff that I did not understand why Koch would force Christopher to have an interest in Kitty. It probably would have been better if Christopher and Kitty had continue to have angry bantering or just remained as frenimies. That would have been fun.

The disappointing part is over. In the final battle, all the decisions were left to Kitty who really has no experience in fighting aliens yet all of her decisions make sense. It’s an ear alien, so blast loud music. A slug alien…dump salt water on it. Her lack of experience is probably why she was the best person to lead the team. She went basic and simple which is great because so far the book has had complex backgrounds and storylines. It was refreshing to see.

I really like the women were super smart and liked smart men (because I love nerds). Claudia and Lorraine were fun to read and proved to the men that women could be on the field  even if the men disagree with that idea.  Kitty is a strong women who demanded answers from the AC men and got them. She may have been sexually submissive but that’s a different ballpark that I don’t deal with. The good thing is that sex scenes did not dominate the book.

Overall, good story line, strong female characters, really fun bantering between Kitty and most of the characters and some good surprises in store.

Worth Reading

Worth Reading

4 Fleur de lis
35th book in the 100+ Reading Challenge

Werewolf Descent Review


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+Received by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you

Werewolf Descent is the second book in The Last Witch Series by Elizabeth J. Kolodziej. Faith and Trent are finally moving in together when they are interrupted by Morgan, Master of Vampires. A psychic vampire is coming to town and she fears he has an interest in Faith. To make matters worse, Zou Tai drags Faith and Trent into the helping him solve the strange deaths being experienced by werewolves. With all this commotions going on, Faith ad Trent will have to put their relationship to the test.


I thought this was a great continuation of the first book. It expanded the world Kolodziej created by giving more background of the werewolves and on the vampires. I was glad to see the new characters especially Lilith and Vincent (And I cannot help but to picture John Travolta from Pulp Fiction).

I’m on the fence about Vincent as a love interest for Faith because of the other character’s perspective of him. His personality does not match the the fear (maybe hatred) he elicits in others. Yes, he is a psychic vampire and the only one of his kind but he does not seem to be a threat (other than to Faith because both of their auras are “sensitive” to each other). Plus, I just cannot get a stable vibe from him. I cannot pigeonholed him into a “category” of the type of man that he is. I am curious as to what type of background Kolodziej created for him that will explained the overall reaction to Vincent. Is the fear cause by an act Vincent did in his past? Is the fear cause because no one bothers to understands him? Or is the fear cause because he is the only one of kind? Maybe it is not fear but I feel there might be a deeper explanation as to why there is a strong negative reaction to him.

I usually criticize authors who rely on sex scenes and I usually don’t discuss sex scenes but I’m doing a turn here. The first sex scene (out of 4) in this book was way more explicit than in the first book, Vampyre Kisses. I feel this is actually an improvement in Kolodziej’s writing because she is not as timid in describing sex and feels more comfortable in writing about it. The good thing is that in later sex scenes that explicitness decreases but not the intensity.

I have to admit I was not expecting the ending. It was a great twist. While it’s great, I feel it gives away the plot for the third book which is not going to be published until next year. It’s bittersweet because I’m suspecting at least five plot events happening in the third book, Witch Devotions and I know they are going to happen because this book alludes to them. How they will occur, I have no idea but they will happen.

Overall, I like the book, the introduction of the psychic vampire Vincent and the background of the werewolves. I did not like Faith’s use “sloppy frog” in regards to Vincent (seems out of character for her plus he is a hottie…I think) but the writing was tighter, more focused.  I still got confused by the changes in POV on occasion. Kept forgetting in whose heads I was in.  In general, I did enjoy the book and I will be picking up the third book when it comes out.

Worth Reading

Worth Reading

4 Fluer de lis
34th book in the 100+ Reading Challenge
Book can be purchase at Amazon, B & N, or Smashwords.

A Quick Bite Review


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A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands is the first book in her Argeneau Series. Lissianna has a problem. She is a vampire that is afraid of blood. To help her, her mother kidnaps Dr. Greg to help cure her but sparks start to fly. Now the doctor just has to help her to keep his life and try not to fall for her.


I found out that this particular series is written out of order which I find extremely weird. Imagine reading one book where a particular couple is married and the next book published has that same couple barely meeting each other. That is just confusing and I’m not sure if this is an issue with this series but just knowing this makes me weary of going ahead and reading this series.

I actually did not like this book very much. There is something disturbing that I find in the vampires calling “sweet tooth” people who have undiagnosed diabetes.  There is also way too many characters that are young and always with Lissianna. That would not be a problem if they were different from each other.  Unfortunately, they just blur together and formed one cousin except Thomas who I remembered because of his Spider-Man pajamas. Plus, I have issues with the way Lissianna was portrayed. She was created as a character who’s only flaw is that she is afraid of blood. All the cousins said she was so nice and lovely but I never saw that. We were told who she was instead of being shown who she was. And I am not even going into the villain of this book.

One aspect that I’m having a love and hate relationship is the world-building of it. Lissianna explained that vampires are actually products of nanotechnology from Atlantis that constantly create new cells. Vampirism is explained biologically and I like the explanation. My issue comes in that it’s too much information, too fast. My brain is overloaded with new reasons for the existence of vampires. I love learning the new vampire worlds authors create but its too much at once.

I think that one of the reasons I will continue to read this series (besides most reviewers on Amazon saying the second book is way better than this one) is Lucius. I love his name and he has a great personality. He steals the scenes he was in. And I swear it’s not because I keep seeing Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter (although that may have a part.) Lol. Yes, I really like his character though because he appears to be those cold-standing guys that have inner turmoil. I love stoic guys and he looks like one.

3 Fleur de lis-Good but lacks spice

3 Fleur de lis
33rd book in the 100+ Reading Challenge

Birthday Giveaway


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My birthday is right in the middle of blog tours and so close to my brother’s birthday that we celebrate together. And I’m turning 20 so is there a better reason to not have a giveaway? And I’m not having a blogeversary, that’s another reason.

The Giveaway is a paperback copy of Whip It by Shauna Cross , an e-book copy of the Werewolf Descent by Elizabeth J. Kolodziej and a surprise book that will be chosen by my brother. (PS. WD is for the Kindle only or Kindle Apps).  I will be reviewing Werewolf Descent on June 28, the day after my birthday.

To Enter: Just fill out this form (please tell me if it’s not working) and that’s it
It runs from June 24 until June 30 at 11:59 PM.
( On July 1, the Freedom Hop Giveaway starts)

Extra Entries can be earned by:
+ By commenting on any book reviews (each comment counts as 1)
+Following this blog through e-mail (+3)


+Open to anyone 13 and older
+Open International
+Don’t have to be a follower but it is appreciated

Happy Hunting!