Donna Reads: Sin & Chocolate (Demigod of San Francisco #1) by K. F. Breene


Alexis is magical, but she thinks her magical skill is nothing special. She lives in the area between magical and non-magical people, and she’s raising two teenagers she’s taken in. She can see dead people, and she helps them cross over when they are stuck between worlds. She attracts the attention of the demigod, Kieran, and he asks for her help with his recently deceased mother who is one of the souls who is stuck. 

This one was just okay for me. The story wasn’t particularly interesting. Alexis was not likable, and sadly she did not grow on me over the course of the book. She was sarcastic and rude, and although the hero repeatedly expressed interest in her, she wanted no part of him. There was little to no romance here. They kissed a few times. There was no heat, no banter, and no charming back and forth. It was just boring to me. 

The best parts were when Alexis spoke to ghosts. I had to backtrack several times, though, and re-read because it wasn’t always obvious to me that people she saw or spoke to were deceased. There was no indication that they were dead until I realized no one else was interacting with them. This brings up another peeve – the writing style. It wasn’t always clear. 

Had I known this book wasn’t really a stand alone, complete story, I probably wouldn’t have read it. It seemed to ramble and not really get anywhere. I’m not sure I’m going to bother with the second book as I think the author intends to drag this on and on. 

This Week in Photos


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Tree up on Sunday
Stockings ready for Santa
The cats love the tree
Even old lady cats get excited
My awesome Christmas present from my boss
Overwhelmed, amazed and so happy
His favorite spot
Yes, I bought a bass, too


For some reason I was never as close to my father as I was to my mother. Perhaps there was distance because we were too much alike. 

I inherited his impatience, his quick trigger, and his nerves. We took long car trips every summer, usually camping. He drove, and Mom was the navigator. Unfortunately Mom never shared any of the routes with him, and he never once looked at the map. It made for some truly awful trips with him getting more and more stressed out about how far he had to drive. “We’re never gonna get there!” His meltdowns spoiled everyone else’s trip, but maybe that was Mom’s fault. If she had been more forthcoming with details, maybe he would have been more relaxed. 

I must have gotten some of his outgoing personality because although I’m shy by nature, I can push myself past my natural reserve when I need to. I also inherited his rounded body shape and high blood pressure, genetic and not just a result of the quick trigger. I also followed the good examples he set of loyalty and faithfulness.

He was a good man, devoted to my mother. She was his world. I’ve often said it was a good thing that he died first because he would have been lost had she gone first. He didn’t know how to cook, and he panicked when she left the room. “Where’s your mother?”

He has been gone longer than I had him in my life. I was twenty-eight when he died, and he’s been gone for thirty-one years. I wish I had known him better and known him longer. 

I was often short-tempered with him. He’d snap, and I’d snap back. I probably should have had my head handed to me dozens  of times, but he never lit into me. I remember being spanked a grand total of once. 

He was a good Dad. I remember him running along beside my bike, teaching me to ride without training wheels for the first time. I have vague memories of being carried into the house half asleep as a child when I’d fallen asleep at the drive-in movie theatre. He always did a silly voice for my cousin and me when we’d ask him to read the words on an old billboard advertisement for a motel we passed on the long car trip to the Thousand Islands. He’d read, “Downtown Watertown on Washington Street” in a stuffy, posh-sounding, deep voice, and we’d laugh like idiots every single time. It never got old. 

In his later years, he had a stroke and had lingering weakness on his left side.  When he got tired, his leg would shake. Once he was trying to rotate the tires on his old Oldsmobile and I remember seeing him shaking as he struggled with it. Without being asked, I joined him and said, “Show me.” That was how I learned how to change my own tires, a skill I’ve since used several times. 

Dad worked hard. He had a bad back, and he even went in to work when his back was out, and in his job he stood all day long. He never called in sick. His job wasn’t glamorous. In fact, his job is what killed him far too young, at 68. He was a printing pressman, back in the days when letterpress was the process in use. He would set huge beds of movable metal type, and he’d run the press. He came home smelling of ink and paper, one reason why I have always been addicted to the smell of new books or magazines. Back in his day, the huge presses and type were cleaned every night with strong chemicals. No gloves, masks or protective gear were worn. Those chemicals were all carcinogens, and my Dad would die from leukemia six months after being diagnosed. He survived the stroke to be taken out by blood cancer. 

NOT my Dad – image of a letterpress

One of my biggest regrets was that he never met my husband or my sons. Dad always wanted grandchildren. My boys are both big train fans. So was Dad. He would’ve loved sharing that with them. 

His dying was the reason I got serious about dating. He was gone so quickly and unexpectedly it made me realize I was 28 years old and still living with my parents. I was independent, I paid my own bills, had my own car, and I’d been working for nine years. I realized I had no way of knowing how long I’d have my mother. If she died suddenly, too, I’d be all alone. That was when I joined a dating agency (fail), and then answered ads in the newspaper and met my hubby. 

So in a roundabout way, although Dad never met Eric, he brought me to him. Thanks, Dad. 

It’s Back



I went back to work a week ago Thursday, and I got through my two days of work last week. The weekend went okay. By Monday my stomach was starting to act up again. By Tuesday I was in tears at work with stomach cramps. I called the doctor to see what I should do. They wanted all my tests repeated. 

I left work early Tuesday and went for bloodwork. Wednesday I dropped off another sample. Thursday the results were in, and the c. diff test came back as positive again.  I was off of the vancomycin for only eight days. I’m back on it now through the end of January (seven weeks). They are using a tapered approach, and I will stop taking it gradually. 

I was told I could go to work with this, but I have to maintain good hand hygiene (washing thoroughly with soap and water), and I must bleach the toilet at work if I use it that way. Fun times. I got up on Friday to go to work and was so sick with belly pain I could barely stand up straight. Needless to say, I called in sick. 

Friends and family who have had this tell me to be patient. It takes time to get well again. I’m sick of feeling poorly, and I’d really like to get back to living my life again and not have a bad bacterial infection run my life for me. I haven’t even decorated for Christmas yet. 

Maybe Santa can bring me wellness this year.