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[Book Review] Travels With Penny by David Morrison

Travels With Penny: True Travel Tales of a Gay Guy and His Mom

David Alan Morrison

What rating would you give it?
4 of 5 Stars

Is there anything special going on for this book right now? 

Yup! There’s a virtual blog tour and giveaway going on right now. It’s ending on the 1st though, so enter while you still can!!

Also, I created an 8tracks playlist for the book from the author’s selection of roadtrip and character related songs. Go check it out here

Give us a summary.

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Two things flashed through my mind when I opened the door to the sex shop to find my mother standing in front of the display case talking to a tall salesman wearing a leather harness, jock strap and a dog collar. The first was, “Oh, crap!” The second was, “I hate it when Dad’s right.”

Thus begins David Alan Morrison’s hilarious memoir about the evolution of a family. Following the sudden death of his right-wing, conservative father, a middle-aged, liberal gay guy struggles with the idea of his own mortality by reminiscing about the quirky travel experiences he shared with his gregarious mother. Told through a combination of journal entries, random thoughts and interviews, TRAVELS WITH PENNY takes us on an adventure both funny and touching as David tries to make sense of seemingly random vacations that, somehow, weaved a new relationship with his estranged parents. As he and Penny travel through an Amsterdam hash bar, a New York gay theatre and the most conservative states in the USA, they learn that the events of their stormy past does not mean they must face the future in a broken relationship. They learn love trumps traditional notions of “family,” despite the pain of change and a society filled with anti-LGBT bias.

What did you think when you first started the book?

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PFFFFFTTTTTT this book is hilarious. Good gods man! If you have a mother, then you will understand this poor guy’s plight. xDDDDD The whole sex shop scene was probably the best thing ever. That and his mom being an evil lady and tattling on him to his father. xD I could just hear them all so clearly in my mind. I just know, this is going to be an awesome read.

Final Thoughts?

It was great. Just like I thought it would be! I don’t think I could have asked for better. I typically don’t read nor particularly like memoirs (even fictional ones), but this? This was perfection! It was told like any great story would be, except you realize… “Wait. Wait this ACTUALLY HAPPENED. That makes it 10,000x better. XD” You sympathize with the characters, see yourself in some of the crazy happenings that befall this adventurous duo (and friends, as they’re often accompanied by a colorful entourage as well), and even find yourself equally embarrassed, mortified, or spleen-splitting laughin’-your-ass-off from the things that come out of people’s mouths. (I know I certainly did! It will never ceased to amaze me…)

A truly insightful piece, riddled with laughter and good times. Anyone who has a parent can sympathize even if they have never been in the situations depicted in this memoir. A great read! Don’t miss out on it! You’ll be rolling in laughter for days.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

There’s lots of innuendo in this book, but it’s not raunchy or anything. It’s comedy, so there are moments of clean comedy and moments of not-so-clean comedy. You decide. I

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! A whole bunch. xD

Would you recommend this book?

Yes, it is so quotable and funny and—

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Booktrope
Publication Date: April 2015
Format: eBook, RvC
Pages: 139
Genre & Themes: Parents, Travel, Children,
Dealing With Loss, Coming Together, Grief,
Acceptance, LGBT (mostly gay) themes, Humor,
Comedy, Real Life, Memoir
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by Good Tales Book Tours (GTBT)
Challenge:  2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (67),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 LGBT Reading Challenge, Read A Million Pages,
105 Reading Challenge2015 New To You

Blog Tour + Penny’s Roadtrip Playlist & GIVEAWAYS! — Travels With Penny by David Alan Morrison [April 20 – May 1, 2015]

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Hullo again, everyone! It’s that time again~ 

“Travels with Penny: True Travel Tales of a Gay Guy and His Mom” Virtual Book Tour is coming to an end, and it’s time for me to put in my two cents on this phenomenal memoir.

As usual, check out the book deets, as well as the author’s travel playlist for Penny!  Then scroll down for the rafflecopter giveaway and a chance to win a Signed Paperback of Travels With Penny, $10 Starbuck’s Gift Card, and a Surprise “Seattle Themed” Prize!

Final note, my review of the book will be available here!

 


 

Travels CoverTitle: Travels with Penny
Author:
David Alan Morrison
Publication Date:
April 2015
Publisher: Booktrope

Two things flashed through my mind when I opened the door to the sex shop to find my mother standing in front of the display case talking to a tall salesman wearing a leather harness, jock strap and a dog collar. The first was, “Oh, crap.” The second was, “I hate when Dad’s right.”

Following the sudden death of his father, a single, middle-aged gay guy struggles with his own mortality be reminiscing about the travels with his gregarious mother. It is a look at the transformation of the baffling, complex relationship between children and their parents.

 

 


Top 11 Roadtrip Music
“A Playlist For Penny”

I asked Dave for some roadtrip songs that either fit the characters or would be (annoyingly or enthusiastically) sung by the cast and/or played on the radio, someone’s phone, or mp3 player throughout the book. I couldn’t be more pleased with what he came up with XD

A PLAYLIST FOR PENNY | [listen here|

i. dizzy – scooter lee | ii. pretty woman – elvis presley | iii. boy named sue – johnny cash | iv. it’s raining men – the weather girls | v. on the road again – willie nelson | vi. monster mash – halloween | vii. copacabana – barry manilow | viii. weekend in new england – barry manilow | ix. boogie woogie bugle boy of company b – the andrews sisters | x. bad – michael jackson | xi. ring of fire – johnny cash 

  1. Dizzy – this was the song playing for the line dancers the first time I took Penny to a Contra Dance
  2. Pretty Woman – this was Dad’s song to Penny.  He would play it on their anniversary, birthdays and special occasions.
  3. Boy Named Sue – this was one of mom’s favorites.  I remember her singing it – LOUDLY – and off key whenever we went on a road trip
  4. It’s Raining Men – mostly because Penny and I would listen to it and laugh like little kids.  It always struck her as hysterical
  5. On The Road Again. For most of my childhood, whenever the family got in the car to go somewhere, mom and dad would spend the first few miles singing this song. Whether the radio was on or not.  EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.
  6. Monster Mash.  No reason, other than I love this freakin’ song.
  7. Copacabana.  The first concert I ever went to was Barry Manilow.  For weeks afterward, this was Penny’s favorite song.  I never got tired of listening to it.
  8. Weekend In New England.  After living in Bangor, Maine for two years, whenever I hear this song I think of chilly summer nights watching waves crash on the sand.  Can’t get enough of it.
  9. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Of Company B.  One of my all time “Feel good” songs.  For some reason, Mom knows all the words. I have no explanation for that one.
  10. Bad.  Whenever Mom and I are together and this song comes on the radio, we both die of laughter remembering how Michael Jackson was trying to butch it up.  Never gets old
  11. Ring of Fire. Have no idea why.  We both like it.

 


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Author Bio:
Dave Morrison (CI & CT, NIC-A, SC:L, NAD-5). Dave received his A.A. in ASL/ENG Interpreting from L.A. Pierce College in 1989. In 2000, he obtained his M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Kentucky. He has interpreted in a variety of venues, from the courtroom to funerals to underwater conservation forums. As an actor, he has been seen on stage, TV and film. He is currently an adjunct instructor of Drama at Skagit Valley College and works with local theatres as a director, actor and instructor.
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The Book of Tea 100

LUPICIA || The Book of Tea 100

Another set is here.

Best of both worlds, dontcha think? 😉

COVER REVEAL! “A Neophyte’s Tale” welcomes us into the world of Abbey Thorne…

Welcome one, welcome all!

I hope you find this title by CK Dawn as interesting as I do! I have the great privilege of revealing to the world the brand new book cover~

If you’d like to add this to your wishlist or watchlist, check out GoodReads for more information.

But for now, here’s the blurb:


Author: CK Dawn
Title: A Neophyte’s Tale
Series: An Abbey Thorne Short Story
Publication Date: May 2015

Abbey Thorne hears voices. Well, one voice repeating one word, over and over again. Soft and sweet with the promise of power, it calls to her. The twelve-year-old has no idea that the tender little word is actually a catalyst that serves to reveal a world hidden to most humans. Abbey has yet to discover that following the word’s call to its origin will change the course of her life forever.

Abbey and her mother don’t have much, and depending on the day, sometimes they don’t even have a roof over their heads. She wants more out of life than just wondering where her next meal will come from. So she shouldn’t be wasting her time daydreaming about going on a selfish quest… or should she? Does she have the strength to leave behind what little she has? Will she have the courage to break through the illusions surrounding her and lift the cloak of shadows?


Author PicAuthor Bio:

Coffee lover, gamer girl, Sci-fi enthusiast, and overall crafty individual, CK Dawn graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Architecture (I know, right?). Loving to be creative but feeling stifled by invoices, custom orders, and curtain patterns, she decided instead to follow her favorite philosophy: if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life. So, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… she finally decided to pick one of the stories that had been bouncing around in her head and boom, Cloak of Shadows came to life.

CK lives with the love of her life John, his cat Scout, her cat Hagrid, their mutually adopted and socialized feral kitten Pepper (yes, cats have favorite humans. It’s a thing), and their dog Diesel (aka Methane– Please, don’t make her explain).

She credits her mother for the strong independent woman she is, her father for her inner peace and beautiful outlook on life, and the summers of sweaty, manual labor on her grandparents’ farm for her strong work ethic.

In writing, CK has truly found her bliss. Stay tuned, because there will be a lot more to come in her Netherwalker series. Seriously, things have only just begun.

Author Links:

Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon

Favourite Quotes: “Happiness is…”

Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.
Orhan Pamuk (From Snow)

 

 

 

 

[ Jaay note: uughhhh, good gods yes. This is a truth I wholeheartedly believe in. ]

Blog Updates & a little music to get your Monday going~ [Reckless Beat & SOTD] Lorde – Tennis Court

RECKLESS BEATS is a musical feature where I incorporate a little music into this bookish blog.

Hey y’all! So last week… Friday morning/Late Thursday night, I think it was?? I did a couple updates on the blog. Nothing too major. Just got rid of a few things, updated and cleaned up others. Got a whole brand new “About Me” page with all my pertinents and such on it. Plus the regular About page has been updated and cut down some, and all the Features are gathered in one place with explanations for your reading convenience. 🙂 I’ve also added my latest book reviews to the By Rating and By Title archives, so now they, too, are basically all up-to-date. (Thank the heavens!)

Be sure to check out the new pages and tell me whatcha think!

All that aside, figured I’d share my song of the day with you before this day’s up. (Really exhausted after the weekend I had @___@;; ) Honestly, I think it’s quite appropriate after coming back from a harrowing weekend of best friend bridal duties. Even though it was quite an unconventional gathering (supposed “gender restrictions” were not followed at this event), it was still less than ideal for me and my fellow mates. Far too much ideal chit-chat and marriage talk for my taste. Truthfully… I hate it all with the passion of thousand burning, blistering suns — but… as I’ve been sayin’ to everyone: “A best friend’s gotta do what a best friend’s gotta do, so suck it up and deal!

Lorde get me. You can tell it from her lyrics. She gets the idiocy of idle talk and the mundane nature of human beings. She also gets how little I fuckin’ care.

Here’s Tennis Court by Lorde! The very first song I ever heard by this disarmingly talented lady. ❤

 

LYRICS:

Don’t you think that it’s boring how people talk
Making smart with their words again, well I’m bored
Because I’m doing this for the thrill of it, killin’ it
Never not chasing a million things I want
And I am only as young as the minute is full of it
Getting pumped up from the little bright things I bought
But I know they’ll never own me (Yeah)

Baby be the class clown
I’ll be the beauty queen in tears
It’s a new art form showing people how little we care (Yeah)
We’re so happy, even when we’re smilin’ out of fear
Let’s go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (Yeah)

Pretty soon I’ll be getting on my first plane
I’ll see the veins of my city like they do in space
But my head’s filling up with the wicked games, up in flames
How can I fuck with the fun again, when I’m known
And my boys trip me up with their heads again, loving them
Everything’s cool when we’re all in line, for the throne
But I know it’s not forever (Yeah)

Baby be the class clown
I’ll be the beauty queen in tears
It’s a new art form showing people how little we care (Yeah)
We’re so happy, even when we’re smilin’ out of fear
Let’s go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (Yeah)

It looked alright in the pictures (Yeah)

Getting caught soft with the triple is it
I fall apart, with all my heart
And you can watch from your window
And you can watch from your window

Baby be the class clown
I’ll be the beauty queen in tears
It’s a new art form showing people how little we care (Yeah)
We’re so happy, even when we’re smilin’ out of fear
Let’s go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (Yeah)

And talk it up like yeah (Yeah)
And talk it up like yeah (Yeah)
Let’s go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (Yeah)
And talk it up like yeah (Yeah)
And talk it up like yeah (Yeah)
Let’s go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah (Yeah)

[WTRO2] Gives Light (Gives Light, #1) by Rose Christo

WTRO2 is short for Want To Read Or Own, a feature I host here on Reckless Indulgence, where I showcase a book that has captured my interest recently. If I can swing it and get myself a copy, the book will again be featured among an upcoming book haul post.

Annnnd, for books that are part of a series, see SIWTGI.


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Pub Date   July 10, 2012
Genres     QUILTBAG / LGBTQUIA, M/M Romance, Contemporary,
YA, Disability, Family, Fiction
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Description

“Skylar is my name, tragically.”

Sixteen-year-old Skylar is witty, empathetic, sensitive–and mute. Skylar hasn’t uttered a single word since his mother died eleven years ago, a senseless tragedy he’s grateful he doesn’t have to talk about.

When Skylar’s father mysteriously vanishes one summer afternoon, Skylar is placed in the temporary custody of his only remaining relative, an estranged grandmother living on an Indian reservation in the middle of arid Arizona.

Adapting to a brand new culture is the least of Skylar’s qualms. Because Skylar’s mother did not die a peaceful death. Skylar’s mother was murdered eleven years ago on the Nettlebush Reserve. And her murderer left behind a son.

And he is like nothing Skylar has ever known.


Any takers on this one? Who else thinks this sounds like a keeper?

The entire series sounds incredible, to be completely honest with you. You can find all the books here. There’s seven of them so far. Anyone read this series yet? Is it worth getting into?

[Book Review] Guild of Immortal Women by David Alan Morrison & H. L. Melvin

Guild of Immortal Women

David Alan Morrison & H. L. Melvin

What rating would you give it?
DNL (and as such, won’t rate)

Is anything special going on for this book right now?

Well, there was

book tour and book giveaway was going on until the 24th of the month here.

Thoughts and review of the book?

Eh. It was okay, I guess. I got through it, though I kinda wish I had just stopped after the first 10 chapters. I can’t say it was the greatest thing I’ve ever read, because it certainly wasn’t. I was hoping for something more along the lines of Gaiman humor since I’ve been hearing all these ravings about how funny and unpredictable it was, but instead it sort of fell short for me.

The premise seems sound, but it just didn’t jive with me. I don’t even think it has anything to do with the writing itself, because that was decent enough, but the story just wasn’t as engaging as I’d hoped.

Granted, I’m pretty picky about the books I read, because I just don’t like getting stuck with something mediocre. This book sort of falls into that category. I don’t know if it’s simply because it didn’t have enough tension and drive to make it interesting, or simply because there was no real hook within its pages to keep my interest. All I do know is that I won’t be reading it again.

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Also because it was so short, there really wasn’t as much world-building and character development as I would have liked. I think if there had been more of what I liked to read about in this supposed “fantasy-mystery” I would have been more engaged in the story.

Furthermore, it was a bit too fast-paced right out the gate, with that first chapter not so much drawing me into the story, as thrusting me out of it. I felt as though I was sort of dangling from the get-go, without any real substance to hold onto story-wise, and that feeling just didn’t really change as I continued along. When it comes to fantasy (I don’t know so much about mystery), you need to be able to enjoy it, really let it drag out so you can find yourself in a believable state of mind to let things happen. Instead of the slow and steady build-up, we were thrust right into a barely believable scenario that had me scratching my head right more times than not. I wanted substance and depth and WORLD-BUILDING FOR GOODNESS SAKES! Sweet, sweet deliciousness. What I got instead was barely palatable, which was disappointing to say the least.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Nothing in particular. Beware of some overall weirdness.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

I wasn’t reading it for that purpose, but… I’d be lying if I said it didn’t. xD

Would you recommend this book?

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Eh… I generally only recommend books I truly fall in love with. I didn’t LOVE this book, nor did I fall in love with it. But I didn’t hate it either. It was just “okay” for me. I guess I’d recommend it to someone who wants a quick mystery/fantasy to read

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Book Publisher’s Network
Publication Date: October 2014
Format: ebook
Pages: 199
Genre / Themes: Contemporary Fiction,
Independent Women, Adventure, Time Travel,
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by Good Tales Book Tours for an
honest review
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (49),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
The Eclectic Reader (#3 PI Crime)

[WTRO2] Skin (The Ark Triology, #1)

WTRO2 is short for Want To Read Or Own, a feature I host here on Reckless Indulgence, where I showcase a book that has captured my interest recently. If I can swing it and get myself a copy, the book will again be featured among an upcoming book haul post.

Annnnd, for books that are part of a series, see SIWTGI.


Pub Date   October 14, 2012
Genres     QUILTBAG / LGBTQUIA, M/M Romance, Contemporary,
YA, Sociology (Abuse), Paranormal, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Magic, Urban Fantasy
Shapeshifters
Goodreads Link-up


Description

Unbeknownst to most of human kind, Chimera Enterprises has resurrected a shape-shifting alien race that sank with the lost continent of Lemuria eons ago: the werekin, beings born with both a human and an animal skin, able to shift between the two at will. Seventeen-year-old Seth Michael Sullivan, a werejaguar, has grown up in the Underground, hiding from the hunters that capture and enslave werekin for Chimera Enterprises. After witnessing the murder of his guardian Naomi, Seth arrives in Fairfax, Indiana, on a snowy New Year’s Eve, a rare breed on the run. As he reconnects with the mother and sister who know nothing of his true identity, Seth discovers he is a key piece in Chimera’s plot to conquer humankind by securing the power of the werekin Totems – and uncovers a secret in his own past that could decide the fate of his kindred.

Top-secret scientific experiments, ancient alien technology, a powerful shadow organization inside the United States military – Seth soon finds himself at the center of a brewing interspecies war. Can he trust his own flesh and blood? Will he choose to stand with humankind or with his werekin kindred – especially when the best part of being human may be Marshall Townsend, the boy next door?


…WOAH.

I think I need a moment. Yes… definitely, I need a moment.

*this sounds too good to be true asdfghjklkjhgfds*