July 31, 2018

ISAN – International Sensory Assassin Network


ISAN - International Sensory Assassin Network by Mary Ting


Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum, Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

Praise for ISAN:

"Captivating from the very beginning … this thrilling dystopian drama has a splash of romance and tons of action." ~ School Library Journal

"Addictive and impossible to put it down!" ~Addison Moore, NYT Bestselling Author


“With Helix, your senses become heightened. You’ll experience an increase in ability—especially the five senses. Images will be sharper, colors brighter, and you’ll see farther. You’ll be stronger. Your reflexes will be faster, and you’ll be able to hear from longer distances. However, your senses will tame a speaking voice not to boom in your ear. The reason why it doesn’t sound like I’m yelling at you.”
“Incredible.” The word barely left my mouth.
“Some lucky ones have more. We call that extrasensory perception. Based on the blood test, I think you might be one of the lucky ones.”
Something flashed. I caught it with my right hand, then another projectile with my left. Again, my reflexes had taken over and when I looked down, I’d caught two golf balls. I gawked, trembling. The hair on my arms rose.
“Like I said, fast reflexes.” His lips spread in satisfaction.
I clenched my jaw and stiffened. “You could’ve hurt me.”
“No, Ava. Helix doesn’t wear off quickly. I’d never hurt you. I bet you feel pretty powerful right now. Pretty special. What if you can do something good with that? What do you say?”
“Are there side effects?”
I rolled the golf balls over my fingertips. I imagined the balls colliding with my face. The thrill of what I had done—there was no denying it made me feel amazing.
Russ slowly curled his lips to a grin. “I like the way you think. It’s been thoroughly tested and we’ve seen no side effects in all the years of the program. We give you just enough to do a job, and then it’s out of your system.”
I nodded.
“So … Will you be joining ISAN today?”
I shivered, not just from the cool draft from the vent, but the thought of being an assassin, even if my victims were criminals. Could I really do it? Trained or no. My mother’s last words echoed in my mind. When life shoves you down, you get right back up. Be strong. Be brave, Ava. Be someone important.
Oh, Mom, what do I do? I feel so alone and I’m so scared.
My chest caved in. I wanted to burst into a sob, but I slammed it back down. As tears pooled, thoughts of my mother twisted the dagger in my heart. My heart leaked, bleeding from the mountainous pain of missing her, needing her guidance.
I wouldn’t be in juvie, desperate to get out and resort to being an assassin if she were alive. Having no choice, I succumbed to the reality of my life and the cards I had been dealt. I pushed back my shoulders and held up my chin. Boring my eyes into his, I gave him an answer that would change my life forever.
I will be brave, Mother. I will become someone important.


Author Mary Ting

International Bestselling/Award Winning Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. She also toured with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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July 30, 2018

Music in Sign Language

This week’s theme for #MusicMovesMe has been selected by our guest conductor, Michele from Musings & Merriments.

This week’s assignment was to select 2 songs in sign language, and then 2 of the same without.  You know me, I’m a bit of a rule breaker.  Today, I’m presenting to you 4 songs in sign language.

Daily Giggles 7/30

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July 27, 2018

Giggles & Feels 7/27/18

Giggles and Feels for Friday, July 27


Blair: A Highlander Romance Book Review

I was asked to read and review this book by the author.  I had never heard of her before, but her bio had me intrigued. 

The author is Barbara Bard.  The name alone fascinates me. Lots of B’s and A’s and R’s in consecutive order.  Her bio on Amazon reads as follows:

July 26, 2018

Giggles & Feels 7/26/18

Giggles and Feels for Thursday, July 26


July 24, 2018

Giggles & Feels 7/25/18

Here are today's Giggles and Feels  😃


Paperless Post Review

I was recently contacted and requested to review Paperless Post.

I had never heard of the company, so being curious in nature, I set off to explore their website.

I think I now know where all the time went last week, as I managed to spend most of my time checking out every nook and cranny the site has to offer.

Giggles & Feels 7/24/18

The following FaceBook pages are now being served by Jingle Jangle Jungle:
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Time To Increase The Meds
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July 23, 2018

All the Feels and Giggles for 7/23

I've got all the Giggles and Feels for you today! In today's post we have a message of building others up, and a few grins to keep you smiling all day long.

July 22, 2018

Dog v Cat Round One Tournament Results

Can you believe it’s Monday already? Where does the time go?

I was going to start a new series here - a series that has been sitting in my my ‘To Do’ documents for the past 2 years.  Unfortunately, it still needs a bit of fine tuning, and it’s not ready to roll. So it goes on the back burner until I can find the time to get it to the quality that I want it to be before posting.

July 20, 2018

Daily Giggles & Feel Good 7/20/18

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Primarily time management. and it's easier for me to have everything located in one place rather than a billion other places. 

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Daily Giggles 7/19/18

Daily Feel Good 7/19/18

Today's Daily Feel Good:

Murder On The Menu: A Cozy Mystery Book Review

This is a book review that I did some time ago. You can tell it's some of my earlier work by my writing skills.

Murder on the Menu: A Cozy Mystery in the Mountains (Book 1) by Liz Turner 

July 19, 2018

Daily Giggles 7/18/18

Daily Feel Good 7/18

Daily Feel Good 7/17/18

Daily Giggles for 7/17

So I really stepped int this time!

I had this brilliant idea, and ran with it... then about 3/4 of the way in, I realized it was a lot of work trying to re-invent the wheel.

So,  please pardon the dust while I transfer a few posts that I posted on sites that should have been posted here in the first place :)

July 15, 2018

Songs with Numbers in the Title Presented by The Count

This week’s theme for #MusicMovesMe has been selected by our guest conductor, Michele from Musings & Merriments.

There really are quite a few songs out there with numbers in the title. And it’s strange, while I really never watched Sesame Street as a child, whenever I think of numbers, I think of The Count from Sesame Street.

So today, The Count is going to assist me with this post (just don’t tell the folks at Sesame Street, because I don’t have THAT kind of money!)

The Ultimate Dog v Cat Battle of the Bands Tournament, Round One

I’m really excited about the battles today! Why?  Because my good friend Michele from Angels Bark and I are collaborating on a small battle tournament.

Recently, I had a ‘Feral Cat’ Battle followed by a ‘Dog Fight’ Battle.  We’ve decided to expand on this idea.

July 10, 2018

Take A Break Wednesday!

How about another mid-week break? I had something else planned for today, but thought this would be more fun :)

There’s a trend all over Facebook lately. You may have heard of the Tide Pod Challenge, where the youth are biting into Tide Pods. I say, let the natural selection of humans begin. If you’re that dumb to participate in something like that (or even the condom snorting one) I don’t necessarily wish to share the same air as you.

July 9, 2018

The 'Other' Elvis

This week for #MusicMovesMe, we have ‘Your Choice’ - meaning there is no assigned topic or theme for the week. I have gone back and forth about what I was going to post today.  Part of me wanted to start a new series, and part of me wanted to hold off on that for a minute. Then, I caught a piece of trending news in the music world and my brain said ‘A-HA! This is it’.  Well, okay, then. It’s hotter than Satan’s Kitchen at Thanksgiving, and I don’t want to give this post much more thought.

July 3, 2018

Take a Break Wednesday!

How about a mid-week break? Sure, technically it’s a holiday in the US of A, but for the rest of you all - it’s just another Wednesday.

I thought I’d try something new here on the blog. While the blog is primarily geared toward music and artists, I thought I’d branch out a little bit.

July 1, 2018

5 Favorite Patriotic Rock Songs

For those of us participating in the #MusicMovesMe bloghop, we have a new musical conductor for the month of July.

That's right. Michele from Musings & Merriments gets the privilege of choosing our themes for the month (with the exception of the alternate weeks, which are always 'Your Choice' weeks) Welcome aboard the Goodship RocknRoll, Michele! You've selected some very interesting and challenging choices for this month.

This week is the 4th of July, a day that the United States celebrates it’s independence from England, and I thought I would do something a little bit different today to celebrate it here.

Today, I'm sharing with you my top 5 Favorite Patriotic Rock Songs.

McCartney v McCartney Battle of the Bands

Time for the next installment of Battle of the Bands!

A Big welcome to the new readers and a hearty welcome back to those of you who are not so new to this blog.

For those of you who may be interested - The battles take place twice a month. Once on the 1st, and again on the 15th. Some participants have chosen to participate only once a month - and that’s okay - we’re just happy to have you join us! Your battle can consist of covers of the same song, different songs with the same title, or even a themed type battle. Again - we’re just happy to have you join us!  Catch the link later in this post to Stephen’s blog to join in the fun - all you need to do is drop him a comment on his blog and he’ll add you to the roster of participants.