Labor Day Weekend

It’s taken me almost two months to get this ride posted… better late than never!

We had a nice relaxing Labor Day weekend and enjoyed a ride in Wyoming. While Riley and Austin were out shopping with grandma and the fur babies were enjoying running the acres with grandpa, Bryan and I took a 260 mile ride.

Our destination was Saratoga (WY) for lunch at Snowy Mountain Brewery. From Laramie we took Snowy Range Road (Hwy 130), which was designated the Second National Forest Scenic Byway in the United States, beginning in 1920, it took 6 years to complete and was called the "Great Skyroad". The Snowy Range Scenic Byway drives through the heart of the Medicine Bow National Forest and is sprinkled with crystal blue lakes and jagged gray granite peaks, Medicine Bow Peak (12, 013 ft) is the highest point in the Medicine Bow Forest and is immediately adjacent to the Byway. From Snowy Range Road's highest point (10,847 ft) pass is Libby Flats, there you'll have a stunning view of surrounding peaks and on a clear day a view of Colorado ranges to the south.

As we were leaving the summit of Snowy Range my camera battery died, unfortunately I didn’t get any more pictures. I would have loved to get pictures of inside the Snowy Mountain Pub and of our passing through Woods Landing (Jelm, WY) … it was just beautiful there.

It was a wonderful ride despite the windy conditions and my allergies were absolutely horrible for most of the trip. Hopefully I can make it back to Snowy Range next summer when a beautiful array of wildflowers can be seen from early June through July. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Taken going west on WY 210 (Happy Jack Rd) - Cheyenne, WY

Built in 1872 the Wyoming Territorial Prison, Laramie
Wyoming Territorial Prison

Centennial, WY on Snowy Range Road (Hwy 130)

Summit (10,847 ft)

Libby Flats

10th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Ride

Recently, Mountain Shadow Riders held our 10th annual Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Ride and once again it was a huge success with a great turnout. We had 412 registered participants, over 160 Sponsors, a packed house at the DAV Hall, over $5,000 in prizes given away and a free meal for everyone present. We raised a total of $14,000… Colorado bikers are the best! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Colorado Springs Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and The Breast Cancer Network of Strength Rocky Mountain Region.

It was a fantastic day filled with a lot of laughs and smiles. Thanks to the MSR gals and guys for working to make this year’s ride a huge success and a huge thank you to all our sponsors. If you would like to see more pictures from the ride, you can find them HERE in my Flickr album.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

MSR Group Photo

Knife Music: A Novel by David Carnoy

Knife Music: A Novel
by David Carnoy
(Kindle Edition)

Shortly before hanging herself from a shower head, 16-year-old Kristen Kroiter wrote in her diary about having sex with 43-year-old Ted Cogan, a senior trauma surgeon reputed to be a playboy. The doctor treated her in the hospital after she drove her father's Volkswagen Jetta over a curb and struck a telephone pole a few months earlier. Arrested for contributing to Kristen's death, then suspended from his job, Cogan begins playing gumshoe to clear his name. He eventually tracks many of the case's weak underpinnings to a fraternity at nearby Stanford University.

Knife Music is a good, interesting mystery and for the most part held my interest.  The pace slowed at times with the descriptive details being too excessive and I didn’t particularly care for the multiple transitions from the past to the present.  The author does a great job of creating characters you like and in this case dislike, most of the characters in this book are vividly drawn and easy to believe.  The ending came out of nowhere, not anything that I expected… a shocker.

Deed to Death by D.B Henson

Deed to Death
by D.B Henson
(Kindle Edition)

Real estate agent Toni Matthew's problems begin when her fiancé, Scott, is murdered. Having to bury the man she loves on the very day they planned to be married is almost more than Toni can take. Dealing with her loss becomes even harder when Scott's estranged brother, Brian, contests the will, threatening to take away her home.

After learning Brian is in deep financial trouble, Toni suspects he may be the one who killed Scott. Determined to find the truth and frustrated with the police, she begins her own investigation. Toni soon realizes she didn't know her fiancé quite as well as she had thought. Scott had been keeping secrets, secrets that make Toni the killer's next target.

Wow, what a great read!  Deed to Death is an engaging mystery with more than a few people with motive to kill Scott.  The author did a great job of creating a story line that kept me reading when I should have been doing other things.  Toni’s investigation to solve the mystery of Scott’s death is well told and the day to day details are just right without being overwhelming.   Throughout the book there were so many clever red herrings that it made it impossible for me to preconceive how the book was going to end, but everything tied together neatly at the end.  I will be very interested to read what this author writes next.

Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner

Live to Tell
by Lisa Gardner
(Hardcover, pages 388)

At the heart of Gardner's outstanding fourth novel featuring Boston PD detective Warren are some very sick kids, notably Lucy, a nine-year-old feral girl who self-mutilates when any attention is given to her, and Evan, an eight-year-old boy who during fits threatens to kill his mother. D.D gets involved after two grisly family annihilations lead to the locked-down pediatric psych ward in Cambridge that specializes in Lucy's and Evan's types of hard case. When a child is too sick and the parent can no longer handle care, the child ends up in the acute care facility under the tutelage of pediatric psych nurse Danielle, the lone survivor of her own family bloodbath. Coincidence? That's for D.D. to figure out--in the midst of a budding romance with police academy professor Alex Wilson and infuriating encounters with Andrew Lightfoot, resident "woo-woo expert" (that's cop talk for psychic), who works in tandem with the hospital. Plenty of red herrings keep readers guessing, but Gardner always plays fair in this tight and consistently engaging page-turner.

Live to Tell is the first book by Lisa Gardner that I’ve read, and it will not be my last.  Live to Tell is the fourth novel to feature detective D.D. Warren.  It has several simultaneous stories, told from different perspectives and in different voices, which grabs you from the beginning and keeps you until the end.  At times it’s not an easy book to read, the descriptions of the murders are vivid and what the children go through is heartbreaking.  Reading about mentally disturbed/violent children who want to kill is not an easy subject to read about, but it made me realize what parents of these children go through.

I thought I had the killer figured out early on, but I have to say I was wrong.  I liked the fact that I was left second guessing myself throughout the book.  I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries.  

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Safe Haven
By Nicholas Sparks
(Hardcover, 352 pages )

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

Safe Haven is a love story with a twist of danger and suspense.  The plot was very similar to the movie Sleeping with the Enemy.   The only thing I didn't enjoy about this book was the ending, I felt like it was unrealistic.  Although, it was not one of my favorites of his books, I did enjoy reading it.

Sleight Malice By Vicki Tyley

Sleight Malice
By Vicki Tyley

(Kindle Edition)

One cold Melbourne winter's night a suburban bungalow goes up in flames. Despite their best efforts, firefighters are unable to save the home. When a badly charred body is discovered in the remains, web designer Desley James is devastated. Her best friend, Laura Noble, had been the only one in the house that night - her partner, Ryan Moore, is away in Sydney on business. Then Desley learns the unidentified body is male. But it's not Ryan. He and Laura have disappeared…

Not realizing until it's almost too late what some people will do to cover their tracks, Desley teams up with private investigator Fergus Coleman to search for the missing couple.

Another great read by Vicki Tyley, I enjoyed her first book (Thin Blood) so much that I downloaded Sleight Malice right away and I wasn’t disappointed. Sleight Malice is a page turned that kept me captivated from beginning to end. I wouldn’t give anything away but the ending had me surprised. Now I just have to wait for Brittle Shadows to be available for download at

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
By Cassandra Clare
(Hardcover, 476 pages )

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Clockwork Angel, without a doubt, exceeded my expectations.  Clockwork Angel is the first series in the prequels to The Mortal Instruments series.  It takes place in the Shadowhunter world, but this time, instead of present day New York, the story takes place in Victorian London.  Cassandra Clare was spot on in recreating the atmosphere and feel of the time period.  She knows how to grab hold of her readers, leaving you satisfied in the end, yet driving you mad with anticipation for her next book in the series.  Fans of The Mortal Instruments will absolutely LOVE The Infernal Devices, I know I did and I would definitely recommend this book, as well as her others.

Accident & Street Glide Damage

Bryan still doesn’t remember anything about his motorcycle accident, which is probably a good thing not to remember. That day he was riding to Bishops Castle which is in San Isabel National Forest, a gorgeous ride. As he was coming home he turned off of CO165 onto CO96, he was coming out of the last curve and crossed over into the other lane and apparently hit some large boulders. The Sheriff who responded to the accident said that there were only tire marks just before impact. She suspects that something caught his eye on the side of the road and he just fixated on that object.

Bryan was calling our insurance company from his hospital bed to make arrangements as to where he wanted his motorcycle repaired. Two weeks after his accident his Street Glide was towed from Canon City to Pikes Peak Harley Davidson. We were able to stop in and take pictures and hopefully by Monday he will know the full extent of the damage.

If you like, you can view more pictures in my flickr album: Street Glide Damage.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Brittle Shadows by Vicki Tyley

Brittle Shadows by Vicki Tyley

When soon-to-be-wed Tanya Clark is confronted with her fiancé's naked corpse hanging from a wardrobe rail in the upmarket Melbourne apartment they share, her life is torn apart. Two months later, distraught and unable to cope, she drowns her sorrows in a lethal cocktail of alcohol and prescription drugs.
On the other side of Australia, a grieving Jemma Dalton struggles to come to terms with the suicide of her only sibling. Despite there being no evidence to the contrary, Jemma refuses to accept Tanya had intended to kill herself. Not her sister. Then the coroner's report reveals that at the time of her death she had been six weeks pregnant. That will, too, raises more questions than it answers. How did a young woman on a personal assistant's wage amass shares worth in excess of $1,000,000?

In a desperate bid to uncover the truth, Jemma puts her own life at risk and starts to probe the shadows of her sister's life. But shadows, like bones, grow brittle with age. The consequences can be deadly.

I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of Brittle Shadows from Vicky Tyley and I really appreciate her kindness.   I absolutely enjoyed the books that Vicky Tyley has previously written, and this one was no different.  The main character, Jemma, was very believable and likable even though she had me spinning with the many coffee, lunch and dinner dates she went on.  With each twist and turn I felt right along with Jemma while she was uncovering the truth about what really happened to her sister.  I was disappointed when I read the epilogue, only because I was hoping Jemma would end up with someone other than she did.  I look forward to reading more books from Vicky Tyley and would recommend Brittle Shadows, it’s definitely worth the read.