Words For Wednesday-Crime Edition

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Defense Wound:

An injury received by the victim of an attack while trying to defend against the assailant. These are often found on the hands and forearms, because the victim has raised them to protect the head and face. Defensive wounds may also be present on the feet and legs if a victim attempts to defend themselves while lying down and kicking out at the assailant.

The appearance and nature of the wound varies with the type of weapon used and may present as a laceration, abrasion, contusion or bone fracture. Severe laceration of the surface of the hand or partial amputation of fingers may result from the victim grasping the blade of a weapon during an attack. In forensic pathology the presence of defense wounds is indicative of homicide and also proves that the victim was conscious and resisted during the attack. Defense wounds may be active or passive. A victim of a knife attack, for example, would receive active defense wounds from grasping at the knife’s blade, and passive defense wounds on the back of the hand if it was raised up to protect the face.

Wrong Number, Right Woman

‘Wrong Number, Right Woman’ is Jae’s best book since ‘Backwards To Oregon’, and that’s saying a lot of an author who has written over 24 books!
This is a heart-warming, feel-good, soul-soothing novel about two women that seem to be complete opposites. I don’t read a lot of romance, but I’d read anything by Jae.

The characters that populate this novel have misgivings and insecurities, just like the rest of us. Denny is painfully shy, Salem has put her life on hold for her daughter, Eliza is flailing her way through first dates…all of which demonstrates Jae’s skill at making her characters relatable.
We are drawn along as Denny and Eliza connect over a misdirected text, as they forge a friendship, as Denny’s walls slowly erode, and the whole time, we cannot help but fall in love with the raw emotions of each of them.

Trust underlies the entire story, and family. And the trust we each search for from the families of our blood, and our choices. In this chaotic and frightening times, we need a literary balm that we can lose ourselves in. ‘Wrong Number, Right Woman’ is that balm for our souls.
If you’re looking for a WLW novel that will leave you with a warm glow when you read the last page, this is the book for you.

Get your copy straight from the publisher today!

Forensic Friday

The first criminal fingerprint identification was made in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1892 by Inspector Eduardo Alvarez.

Fingerprints are still evaluated based on the same descriptions of arches, loops and whorls written by Sir Francis Galton in the late 19th century. Who was Galton, you ask? Charles Darwin’s cousin, and a man who attempted to tie personal and intellectual characteristics to physical traits and heredity. He chronicled his experiments in an 1892 book called Finger Prints. While Galton was ultimately disappointed in his experiments, his technique for examining and classifying the whorls, arches and loops of the human fingerprint caught on with Scotland Yard, who then trained other police departments in the collection and classification of fingerprints.

We all know that fingerprints are formed in the womb. The ridges, whorls and loops that make up our individual prints are formed by genetic factors provided by DNA as well as environmental ones; bone growth, pressure within the womb and contact with amniotic fluid. The patterns on our fingers, palms and feet are formed by our fifth month of development, and do not change barring mutilation by disease, acid or fire.

An interesting side-note to this is John Dillinger, who tried to change his face and fingerprints with acid. After he died, experts were still able to identify him through a few remaining ridge patterns.

Because of the unique circumstances in every pregnancy, and through the contribution of DNA, identical twins can have similar prints, but they’ll never have identical ones. Our fingerprints are completely our own.

Think about that the next time you push open a door by putting your hand on the glass!

Presidential

A WLW book with a female President? Hell yeah!

I was sucked in by the cover, straightaway. You know that advice we hear all the time, “don’t judge a book by its cover?” Pfft! You know we all do it! I admit, I do it too, and I did it this time. Lola Keeley and Ylva had me at the cover.

I was amused by Emily right off. She’s a spitfire with morals and a sense of righteousness a mile wide.
She is definitely someone I want on my side, never mind that she’s fighting for the environment. When she calls out POTUS for being a coward on environmental issues, President Calvin is intrigued by her. They have chemistry from the start, and they share some snappy moments, let me tell you!
The entire time I was reading this book (and it only took me two “sittings” to do so, thanks to being able to read while I cook), I kept thinking that it was like a literary soup made up of three different influences. 1 part “West Wing“, 1 part ‘Madame President‘ by Blaine Cooper & T. Novan, and 1 part something else I could not quite put my finger on.
I didn’t care. I ADORED this story. (Yes, those caps are intentional)

All of the characters lived and breathed, and damn did they drink a lot of wine! There was only one walk-on character I wish we’d seen more of, and that was President Calvin’s mother. There was angst and grief and hope and joy, pine trees and a teenager. There was patriotism and conniving and treachery and obviously political maneuvering that I wish we’d seen a little more of.

In the last few pages of this book, I realized what the missing third influence was on ‘Presidential‘.
An American President“, starring Michael Douglas and Annette Benning.
This book takes that influential, entertaining and memorable movie, twists it and makes it our own.

Presidential‘ is the story I needed now. It reminds us all that there is hope. There is something better than the current administration.
We can reach higher, and until we see one of our own in the White House, we have ‘Presidential’ by Lola Keeley.

Words For Wednesday:Crime Edition

Polygraph

Also known as a lie detector test. Despite the common name, what test actually does test for is deceptive reactions to carefully phrased questions. Based on the theory that most people do not lie or deceive without some sort of physiological reaction, anxiety or nervousness. Heart rate and blood pressure are measured by a cardiograph. Perspiration is measured by the change in the electrical resistance of the skin due to the increase of electrolytes that are found in sweat,  and breathing rate is measured by a pneumograph.  

 Because these physiological signs can accompany other physical states such as illness, alcohol, drug use, or the ingestion of certain medications, polygraph exams can be inconclusive.  Baseline questions are asked during all polygraph exams in order to eliminate any existing elevated physiological signs. Polygraph examination results are not court-admissible because they are considered fundamentally unreliable by the court. Polygraphs can, however, be submitted in court if both parties agree to its validity.

Destiny’s Choice

I adored the first two books in this series, and this book, the third, just as much, if not more.

There is adventure, heart-ache, terrible choices to be made, dark magic, zombies, horses and a fierce and terrifying dragon. There is bravery, loyalty and love. There are Knights who live by a code, terror, pain, loss and a sweeping setting that came to life in my imagination so easily.
Did I mention a dragon? I love dragons.
The characters are loosely related to the characters in the first two books in this series, although not in a familial way. (Read it, you’ll see) This brings a sense of familiarity to the reader, even though this is the first time we’re meeting some of these characters. But you’ll recognize many in this book if you’ve read the first two. (And if you haven’t yet, you totally should!)

Karen Frost reasserts herself as a genius in her genre with this lesbian action-adventure tale. The cover, by Grit Richter, would make a stunning poster that I would happily display on my wall, even at my age.

If you love fantasy, you’ll love this book, but you really do need to read the first two that are equally full of adventure, magic and tough choices.

Read them all. You won’t regret it.

I was provided an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You can get your own copy of this book from Ylva Publishing

Daughter Of Fire

This is the second book in Karen Frost‘s world of gifted students at Windhall University. This one picks up right where the first one left off, so you might want to read that one first if you haven’t already.

This book is a natural growth from the first, resolving the storylines from its predecessor, but developing angst and mystery all its own. Ah, the angst of young love… The pacing of this book is faster than the first. This one builds on the foundation built in #1 (Conspiracy of The Dark), and we see the growth of Aeryn, Lyse and their friends. A secondary character takes up the mantle of his destiny as well, while others try to reshape their destinies and the Kingdom around them. The characters were all very well drawn, motivations were clear and as always, the world-building was exquisite.

There will be a book three, and I have to say, I’m glad. I was totally swept up in the world, the characters we have come to know and root for and I can’t wait to see how the war is resolved. If you enjoy well-written fantasy with a hint of darkness, danger, and dashing pacing; this book is for you. Get your copy from the publisher today!

Daughter of Fire

I cannot get this book out of my head!
I used to read more fantasy than I do nowadays, so I hesitated all of a minute when I had the chance to get this book as an ARC. (Thank you to Ylva for the opportunity)
The cover is gorgeously eye-catching, one that would make an excellent poster.

We are introduced to Aeryn’s world and interact with it, through her eyes and experiences. We feel ill when she does, writhe with the power of uncontrolled magic with her and feel her confusion and fear as her world is turned upside down. The world-building in this story is excellent. We are sucked in at once and there’s nothing to distract us from the story. In fact, I came to resent the fact that I had to cook and do dishes. Didn’t my family care I was engrossed in a phenomenal story? Ha! No…they didn’t.
Aeryn’s world is turned upside down and we are right beside her as she tries to make sense of her travelling companions that are still mysteries to her as they part company. We are as unsettled as she is, as new to everything as she is and we ARE Aeryn. Have I mentioned this book will pull you in?

The ending is a sticking point for many reviewers, but I understand why this book closed the way it did. When a manuscript is large, it’s not always easy to find a stopping point that serves both story and readers.
But this ending rocks Aeryn’s world, and ours.
It literally took my breath away. Like, I had to remind myself to breathe.
I cannot wait to see what Aeryn does with this new knowledge in the next book, which I understand will follow this one shortly.

If I have to pay for it, I gladly will.

I will read this one again and again. It’s that good. I suspect I’ll find new things to gush about on my next reading.

Get this. Prepare for an ending that is not the end while you prepare to get the next book. Because you’ll want to know what happens next.