Jessica Sims

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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

I just finished Jessica Sims’ novel, Between a Vamp and a Hard Place.  It’s rare that I read a stand-alone novel and it was a lark. (I usually read series to know that there are other books out there for me and so I can hang out with beloved characters a bit longer, but I digress). This is an adorable book, and I spent several enjoyable hours with Lindsey, her best friend, Gemma, and their hibernating vampire, Rand. A good time was had by all. Lindsey and Gemma are antique dealers of the penny-ante variety, hoping to do great things with an old, antique-filled apartment in Venice. The apartment is their ship that has come in, although there are some tidal waves to navigate along the way, or we wouldn’t have a novel. Among the challenges faced by our plucky heroines is a secret room, an old coffin, and a… READ MORE

Mighty Multicultural

Mighty Multicultural

I just finished the latest installment of Jessica Sims’ Midnight Liaisons series, Alpha Ever After. Very enjoyable. The plot revolves around Savannah, a were-cougar, and Connor, a werewolf. She’s pregnant with his twins (long story), but she is resistant to the idea of a marriage and happily-ever-after with him. Once he gets with the partnership over dictatorship program, however, the violins start to play for our cat and dog shifters. And therein lies the rub; maybe Ghostbusters got it right— dogs and cats living together may signal the apocalypse. Or, such cohabitation may provide a lesson in learning to adjust to individual and group differences so that all might benefit.  When I was growing up, my mother told me that marriage was hard and that differences in race, religion, culture, economic and intellectual status just make it harder. She told me I’d be well served to find someone whose roots… READ MORE

Worth Fighting For

Worth Fighting For

I just finished Jill Myles’ Mirrorlight, a short story about time travel and uncontrollable lust. Gotta love it. And I love Ms. Myles, aka Jessica Sims, aka Jessica Clare. Talented lady and clearly a little schizophrenic. But I like that in an author. Never gets stale or boring when you get to read completely different kinds of stories with different characters. And sometimes I really like a good short story. Not too much commitment involved and anthologies are a wonderful way to meet and audition new authors. Or spend time with those I know I already enjoy. Like Ms. Clare/Sims/Myles. But, this is not the subject at hand. I know, you are shocked. Today I’m pondering a question raised by Ms. Myles’ story, namely, what do we care enough to fight for? As always, I will speak for myself and hope that you all will tell me how you feel… READ MORE

Taming Our Inner Ugly

Taming Our Inner Ugly

I just finished Jessica Sims’ (aka Jessica Clare) latest Midnight Liaisons novel, Wanted: Wild Things (I wonder: is there someone whose job it is to sit in a room and think up silly book titles?  Must be). I really enjoy the books in this series–light, funny, and quick to read, they feel like a frothy confection one might consume at the end of a heavy meal. But underneath Ms. Clare’s meringue peaks are some fairly deep themes, if one cares to look for them. Kind of like the prize at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box. In this latest offering, about a faery Changling and her primordial lover (as in large hairy male who shape shifts into a saber tooth cat), Clare explores the concept of self-hatred and its effect on relationships and the psyche. As always in the world of fantasy, the circumstances can be manipulated to amplify whichever… READ MORE

Me and Mick

Me and Mick

Have you ever had the experience of grief over one specific person or event and it triggers a veritable parade of sad things to think about? You know what I mean–you can be upset about a recent death (or a break-up, even) and that leads to playing “Paint It Black” on endless repeat and then you start thinking about every single sad thing that’s ever happened to you, including the ending of The Fault in Our Stars (or if you are older Brian’s Song or Love Story). And you end up crying with your face all puffy and red (unless you are a pretty crier, in which case I don’t like you). And if you are able to really work yourself into an epic cry, you can get to the “sobbing so hard it’s difficult to catch your breath” phase, and then you have truly arrived at cathartic misery. Until… READ MORE

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