Powerless (Steel Demons MC Book 2)

The Collapse took my rights away.
But it’s my heart that will leave me truly powerless. 

Somehow, I’m still alive.
So are the gruff, dangerous men I’ve found myself strangely at home with. The Steel Demons escaped execution only to find they’ve been betrayed by one of their own. Once an unbreakable brotherhood, tension and distrust grows between them.

Meanwhile I’m stuck between a rock and Reaper’s hard place.

I should have known better than to fall for the green-eyed, rough-handed president. I knew a man like him would only hurt me. When he drops hints about sharing me with his two best friends, that says enough about what he thinks I am–an object to be passed around, just like every other woman after the Collapse.

The only question is, can I find the power to walk away?

Rachel
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Steel Demons MC
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2019
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Powerless pulled a number of emotions from me, it was sort of like a fast motorcycle ride through a winding canyon. There's a lot of steam in this installment (which Ms. Ash always does well), some mystery over a betrayer within the MC, all the complexity of figuring out where Mari stands with Reaper but also Jandro and Gunner, and then Shadow...oh Shadow, who I want to wrap up in a giant blanket hug and keep him safe and warm forever (which he'd hate).
I was so wrapped up in the plot of Powerless and the flow of tension and events. The ending is not a cliffhanger per se, however there's a big information reveal from a character that made me almost gasp.
I loved this second book in the Steel Demons MC series and I'm really excited to see where things go from here and how Ms. Ash continues to develop these characters. This series has been refreshing and different and I definitely recommend!
Ashley R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend (cue annoying squee sounds and gushing review)
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2019
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Omg! Omg! Omg! The awesomeness continues. There are definitely still rollercoaster emotion moments, but the number of wow, holy crap, wtf, and hell yes moments sucked me and in kept me reading. I feel like I should insert sound effects here also to emphasize how much I liked the second book in this series. ::squee:: ::clapping hands:: ::jumping up and down in excitement::

Mari has a lot of pondering to do about the men around her and what she wants for her future (and from them). Sheol has started to feel like home, but life is always uncertain in this crazy messed up world she lives in, and even her strong-willed and powerful MC she’s found herself tied to is not without enemies. Threats abound from without - and possibly from within.

There were a few characters and scenarios I was especially curious about after reading the first novel. Some of those were fleshed out more, some still dangle hints and possibilities, and some new curiosities have arisen with book two.

Oh... And just wait until you get to the Epilogue...
FANCHON
4.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the first book
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2021
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This book was a definite improvement over the first one. A little Sons of Anarchy, a little handmaid’s tale, with a little side of magic thrown in there. And a dash of hotness. This was a quick enjoyable read, and has me looking forward to the next book. Mari was far more likeable in this book, although while they’re fleeing on motorcycles during an ambush in which they are actively being shot at, she still cried out “I need to help the wounded!” Like she actually expected Jandro to stop the motorcycle and let her off to start tending to the casualties? Literally while they are being shot at? It was a strange juxtaposition, as later she seemed intelligent and levelheaded while taking care of all of their wounded back at their compound. And again while educating everyone on preventative health and the services she could provide. Strange. But she’s definitely coming across the stronger in this book.

I love how you can actually see the differences in all the male characters. Sometimes in RH books, The character development isn’t really there and they are all interchangeable. That is definitely not the case here. It’s brilliant. They all have distinct personalities, and I feel emotionally invested in each of them. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it develops in the coming books.

Overall a fun intriguing read, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.

Small Space Decorating – Outside

Previously I’ve shown you how you can decorate your small home with simple things such as changing your dining table centerpieces. It can make a big difference in how your house/apartment looks.

But what about the outside of your home? I live in a single wide trailer in Florida so I have a small amount of space. It still takes some planning to change the looks outside.

Decorating your mailbox is one easy improvement you can make. The covers are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. If your mailbox is metal, there are magnets on the edge of the cover that hold it in place. If it’s plastic, there are small holes punched along the edge that you can use zip ties to secure it with.

As veterans, we always have an American flag out, but on the other side is a different story. Here I use large garden flags. I tend to change these with the seasons!

I have a number of the smaller flags that I use. Here are the three that I have out right now. The one on the left is positioned so that when I am backing in, I can use it as a guide for how far over I should be. If I’m doing it right, that flag will be just to the right of my car fender.

You can only go so far with flower pots so try adding colorful solar lights to add interest to your space.

Don’t forget the special appeal of garden statues! These come in all sizes and can also be changed to reflect the seasons.

That’s all I have for you now. Stick around to see what else I can find to decorate my space!

Fixing the Bike Trail

Back on September 14, a “Road Closed” sign showed up at the trail crossing by my house. Looking down the trail, I saw a group of pylons blocking off part of bridge. Being the good nosey neighbor that I am, I walked down to see what was going on. Here’s what I saw….

A chunk of the trail had fallen through. Why?
It seems that the rocks and whatever that was surrounding the drain pipe had finally washed out.

So, they brought in the big front end loaders. Now remember, this trail is just barely wide enough for a pickup truck to go down. So getting all the equipment in place was not exactly easy.

They placed a proper storm drain pipe made of concrete under the surface. You can just see it in the photo. Then they built the sides out of concrete.

Those spillways were something that had been needed for a while. Finally after 2 months of work, it was finished.

Hopefully those big rocks will help keep the weeds away!

Is it time to check yourself? Revisited

A few years ago, there was a saying “You need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.” Usually said between frenemies, it was a not so subtle way to warn someone that they needed to be very careful what they said next. I’m not talking about that kind of checking however.

It’s been a year since the Pandemic shut the world down. In those first few months, country after country slammed their borders closed and instituted almost draconian measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. People all over the world shuddered at the incredible numbers of cases and deaths that were attributed to the virus.

The medical and scientific communities leaped into action and by working far beyond overtime, managed to create vaccines that are quite effective against the virus. As cases numbers declined, some countries, including the US, started to relax the restrictions. People were getting fatigued with the efforts being asked of them. They just wanted to get back to normal.

India, and Brazil are currently experiencing Coronavirus spikes. India’s numbers have reached staggering numbers and the effects are spreading to neighboring countries. The same can be said of Brazil. In the case of India, at least, the spikes are due to relaxed restrictions and new variants.

All of this brings me back to my original question, is it time to check yourself? Are you still doing all the protective and preventative measures that were first put into place a year ago? When you go shopping, do you still wear a mask? Do you make an honest attempt to maintain some distance between yourself and the person in line in front of you? Do you take the time to wipe off the hard surfaces of items you are bringing into your home?

More importantly, if you are eligible in your area, have you been vaccinated? I don’t mean just getting one shot if the brand requires 2 shots. Have you gotten both of them? While yes, just one dose of either Pfizer or Moderna is 80% effective against the virus, it also allows for more breakout cases to occur. Getting that second shot is important.

So take a minute to do a quick check. Are you still doing everything you can to keep YOUR family from being infected??

Time to Reconsider…

It’s been a few months since I first posted this and I find myself asking the same question. Is it time to check yourself? At this point in time, the Delta variant is running rampant around the world. What are you doing to keep from getting the virus?

By now, everyone over the age of 12 in the US is eligible for the vaccination. The Pfizer vaccine has full approval. Still the numbers keep rising. Just a few months ago in Florida, the positivity rate was below 5%. Now it’s back up to just under 25%. That’s unbelievable.

Saddest of all are the reports from the hospitals telling us that over 90% of new cases are in people who didn’t get vaccinated. A recent story on the internet told the tale of a young couple who put off getting their vaccinations.

They planned to get them, but just hadn’t made the time yet. They both contracted the virus. The wife was sick enough to be hospitalized, the husband had a mild case and stayed home to recover. When the wife was released from the hospital, she made her way home.

Imagine her feelings when she discovered her husband dead in the bedroom, their dogs showing signs of not having had food or water for a few days. What’s worse, her husband had already started to decompose.

I’m not trying to scare you, I’m trying to make you aware of the risks you take everyday that you put off getting vaccinated. Yes, there are a certain percentage of vaccinated people who are still getting sick, but their illness is much less severe. You aren’t just risking your own life, you are putting your family, friends and neighbors in jeopard!

Seen Along the Trail!

At least once a day, I find myself getting out on the Bike trail that runs close to my home. I’m always amazed at the variety of wildlife that I see. Here’s a collection of those photos, both old and new.

Female Mallard duck and Babies
Cooper’s Hawk
Closer shot of Cooper’s Hawk
Night Heron
Pheasant

The Sunday Post #21-30

Welcome!

Welcome to another Sunday Post. Available as a podcast, this post is a chance for me to wrap up my week. Also a chance for you, my readers, to catchup on any posts you might have missed. So enjoy!

Books Reviews From Last Week

Dragon in the Mist by Julia Mills
Small Space Decorating
Unexpectedly Mated by Milly Taiden
Twisted Fate by Melanie James
There’s Snow Escape by Milly Taiden
Bond by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly

Finally Thoughts

As COVID-19 cases are spiking again, do everything you can to be safe. The numbers here in Florida are appalling. From what I have read, over 90% are people who are unvaccinated. The ones who are vaccinated are experiencing milder symptoms.

At this point in time, anyone older than 12 years old is eligible to receive the vaccine. Please, if you haven’t already been vaccinated, take a look at your family and ask yourself if you really want to jeopardize their health?

Small Space Decorating

When I was a young girl, we lived in a 3 story house in town. My dad loved to decorate the house for Christmas as did my mom. We had lights in every window. My mom had some kind of decoration everywhere in the house that she could.

Run time forward to today. Hubby and I live in a small trailer. Neither one of us like cleaning so the size fits us just fine. However, I still like to decorate for the season. So I have had to adjust my decorating ideas to fit my space.

The Front Door

Most of us have lovely Christmas wreaths to hang of our front door. What about the other seasons?

This is a perfectly nice wreath for spring but it wasn’t quite what I wanted. So I tried making my own.

I took a basic woven wreath, covered it with ribbon. Then I used my Cricut to make the flowers to glue on. It ended up hanging on the inside of the door.

Again, I started with a basic woven wreath. Only this time I wound a pair of flower garlands around it. Simple but looks good. Something anyone can do.

The Dinner Table

Most people have something as a centerpiece and tablecloths are easy to change.

Last year my husband surprised me with a Crystal Swan and a Crystal set of candleholders. They are beautiful and so very versatile to decorate with. Both are available from Amazon.

It started with filling the swan with ornaments and using red candles at Christmas. Quick change of candle color and add flowers. At the same time I switched the table coverings. Chargers are inexpensive and another way to change the look. Chargers can also serve another purpose. If you have a messy eater, they will catch the food that otherwise would have dropped on the table. The final change is dinnerware. I actually have different sets for different seasons.

Look Around The House!

Take a look around your home. Are there any other places where a small decoration can go? I’m not talking about the massive displays of knickknacks that I remember as a child. Our one home had a build in book shelf that my mom filled with knickknacks. It was my task once a week to go through and dust all of them! In today’s fast paced world, that’s not going to happen.

However, there are other options. Take a look at these pictures. After the season, I pack them up and put them away. It keeps things around the house looking fresh.

Don’t let the fact that you don’t have as much room as others stop you from decorating and enjoying your space. It’s your home, make it reflect your family!

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