About Courtney

I teach Special Education and have three demented dogs. Between my students all day and my dogs all night my stress relief is reading. It is the only thing that keeps me from going crazy. Or should I say from going crazier? I read anything but I prefer fantasy, sci-fi and steampunk. I also love urban fantasy and historical romances. If it has dragons and magic, vampires and werewolves, crazy machines and corsets or aliens and spaceships then I’m happy. Mix in a Scotland laird or two every once in a while and I’m ecstatic!

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Escapists Uncensored: the Perfect Gift for a Reader

17 December 2014 Courtney 0

Here’s the deal, gift cards can be the easy way to finish your Christmas shopping. Don’t know a person well? Gift card. Don’t know what a person likes? Gift card. Completely clueless as to what they want/need? Gift card. And honestly there’s nothing wrong with that. It is kind of […]

Escapists Uncensored: Scribd…is it worth it?

19 November 2014 Courtney 1

I’m sure many of you have heard about websites and companies that claim to be the Netflix of games, magazines, etc. Well, now there’s one for books. Well ok, there’s a few but the one I wanted to check out was Scribd. At Scribd you pay $8.99 a month to gain an all […]

Charming by Krystal Wade

31 October 2014 Courtney 1

I don’t normally read, or enjoy, young adult novels but I’ll make an exception for any kind of fairy tale retelling. I’m glad I gave Charming by Krystal Wade a chance. Charming starts off fast and never slows down. The characters are engaging and the story is appealing. And no, Charming is not your […]


Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

3 October 2014 Courtney 0

I am a great fan of Nora Roberts, and some of her books can be a miss for me, but I’m very happy to report that Shadow Spell was a hit! I had already fallen in love with the characters thanks to Dark Witch(the first of the Cousin’s O’Dwyer series) but Shadow Spell helped […]

Escapists Uncensored: Good Omens Radio Play

1 October 2014 Courtney 0

Did you hear the news!? Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens is going to be adapted into a radio play by BBC Radio 4. Words cannot describe how excited I am over this. Good Omens is one of my favorite books of all time. I’ve read Good Omens I don’t know how many times […]


Heavy Metal Heart by Nico Rosso

29 August 2014 Courtney 0

A tale of two star crossed lovers who both want a break from their normal lives. One a woman who has a fairly normal, yet monotonous life. The other is a rock star who just happens to be a satyr. Heavy Metal Heart by Nico Rosso (the first in his […]

Fated by Rebecca Zanetti

4 July 2014 Courtney 0

I try not to judge a book by its cover…but the blurb? That’s fair game. While the blurb caught my attention I’m sad to say Fated by Rebecca Zanetti was a DNF for me; but probably not for the reason you’re thinking. Zanetti’s world was very compelling and her characters managed to catch […]

Escapists Uncensored: Serials – They’re Back!

21 May 2014 Courtney 0

Serial novels have been around for a very long time. It used to be because books were rare and expensive things, so to increase their audience base, publishers’ used to publish books one chapter or section at a time. But the serial novel really took off during the Victorian era, […]

Escapists Uncensored: My Encounter with a Book Snob

9 April 2014 Courtney 5

So it finally happened. After 7 years of going to the Barnes & Noble located in my hometown I ran into a book snob. I’m sure I’ve run into book snobs before but if so they were quiet about it. I imagine they expressed their disdain in my reading choices […]