Blog Tour Book Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

About American Gods

• Paperback: 576 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; The Tenth Anniversary Edition, with TV Tie-in jacket art (March 28, 2017)

Now a STARZ® Original Series produced by FremantleMedia North America starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Pablo Schreiber | Premiering Sunday, April 30, at 9pm EST

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies . . . and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.

PLUS… don’t miss American Gods: The Official Coloring Book, featuring illustrations by Yvonne Gilbert, Craig Phillips, and Jon Proctor. Indulge your inner artist and revel in the stunning imagery of the gods and people, places and artifacts of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

Purchase Links for the TV Tie-in Paperback

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Happy Monday everyone! Welcome to my stop in the blog tour for American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through TLC book tours in exchange for my honest review of it.

Truthfully I have had American Gods on my TBR list for so long so I was really excited at the possibility of reviewing the anniversary edition. This is only the third Neil Gaiman book that I have read but I admit that I had pretty high expectations for it because I loved the other two.

I find it difficult to summarize this book in my own words because it’s super unique and I think it’s one that you have to go into without knowing anything about it. It’s been so long since I saw the synopsis myself so I felt like I was going into my reading experience of it pretty blind as well. There are different layers to this book, there is the surface story which is awesome but that serves as an allegory and is a really wonderful blend of genres.

I always go into a Neil Gaiman book assuming that I am going to be falling into a story that is super unique and a little odd but in the best way possible. I think that accurately describes this book for me. I was completely enthralled from the first page throughout. I have heard that this book is very divisive and Neil also mentions this in the introduction to the book, you either love it or you hate it, you get it or you don’t. On that spectrum I definitely fell into the category of loving it. After reading this book and being completely pulled in by it I have come to the conclusion that there is just something about Neil Gaimans writing that jives with me, I think it’s gorgeous and masterful and I love the way he can craft a narrative that is so different and wonderful. It’s the perfect balance of show and tell where most books are either one or the other.
I’ve never read anything like this and I think I said the same thing about Neverwhere. I would love to just live in his mind for a day. This story was intricate, fun, dangerous, odd and just a really fantastic read, I’d count this book among y favorite reads. I loved it, 5 out of 5 stars for me. I cannot wait to begin the TV show which I will be doing within the next few days.

Also I must thank the publisher and TLC Book Tours for also sending me a copy of the American Gods coloring book. I adore it, it’s beautiful and I am so appreciative of it. Here are a few pics of it. I’m having a great time coloring it, I haven’t finished one yet because of my colors are running out but the pictures are gorgeous and just everything.


What about you, have you read American Gods? Did you love it, yay or nay? Are you going to check out the TV show? I am hearing great things about it so far and I’m super stoked to see what I think!

Anyway, thanks for stopping in and I hope everyone has a great reading week!

Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

About Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

Find out more about Neil at his website, find all his books at his online bookstore, and follow him on InstagramFacebooktumblr, Twitter, and his blog.

April 2017 Book Haul

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April is almost over!!!! In celebration I thought I would do a book haul! It has been a LONG time since I have done a book haul on my blog or really anything outside of a blog tour book review so I wanted to go ahead and switch it up a bit. It’s definitely something I want to challenge myself to do every month now  that grad school is winding down and we are in our last few weeks of it which means *no more thesis writing* or rather, no more being behind in my thesis writing. So this haul will hopefully be the beginning of a monthly haul post for this blog and I don’t know, I just generally want to post a lot more! So brace yourself kids, you might be seeing a lot more of me. 🙂

So for the month of April I went a little crazy. Last year I put myself in a book buying ban for the latter part of the year so I guess I’m making up for lost time. It’s a combination of some really awesome books coming out and just some really really good book sales that I find super hard to resist. Without further ado, here is my April 2017 book haul.

I love a good cover and all of these are serious eye candy. Which is your favorite of these? Mine is Dark Matter. Love the contrasting colors and it just looks like a dark, gritty read. Hopefully will be getting to that one soon, I’ve heard it’s an awesome Sci-Fi read.

Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller
Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno
The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeton
American Gods (TV tie-in edition) by Neil Gaiman
By Your Side by Kasie West
The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Geekerella by Ashey Poston
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Scwab
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Whew! I’m pretty excited about all of these but I will probably end up getting to Queens of Geek and Geekerella pretty fast as I have a feeling those will be super fast, super cute reads. I’m really in the mood for that right now. I am also getting to The Color of Our Sky and American Gods in May as those are ARCs that were given to me by the publisher through TLC book tours for blog tour reviews. All in all, April was an awesome book buying month. I don’t feel guilty at all.

Bought: 14
Received from publishers: 2

What about you? Did you buy any books this month that you have been looking forward to or have you received any ARCS from publishers that you are dying to read? Have you read any of these and think I should bump any of them up to my TBR for May? Let me know!

Hope you guys had a great month. I’m looking forward to what May brings us! I’ll have a April Wrap up/May TBR post up by Monday and probably a review this weekend of the book I am currently reading!

Happy Reading everyone!

Book Review: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

product_thumbnailRarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing
Page count: 284 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: 2nd edition published September 30, 2016
Rating – 4 stars

Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. The second edition is scheduled for release in October 2016.

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”—Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.” –  Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

. “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” — Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” —Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” — The Baryon Review

Good afternoon everyone! Today I am bringing you a review of a book that I received from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Once I read the synopsis for Rarity from the Hollow, I was immediately intrigued. It sounded like nothing I had ever read before and I was definitely right about that.

Rarity from the Hollow is a science fiction story told mostly from the perspective of young Lacey Dawn, although we do get glimpses into the psyche of the other character’s in this story like her mom, dad, Tom and Dot Com. They live in the Hollow which seemed like a low income/low education area, also the kind of area where one grow up and no one really expects anyone to leave. But Lacey Dawn is altogether different than really anyone else on earth and has been evolving across time so that she can save the galaxy. I liked the idea of this little girl from the Hollow, who has been through some shit, ending up being everyone’s last hope for salvation.

This book wasn’t ever boring or predictable, it went places that I would never have seen it go. It got weird and quirky towards the middle/end of the book. I definitely loved the science fiction feel of this book but it was a different science fiction than what I am normally used to. I’m still really new to the genre so when I read science fiction I’m expecting something really technical and super spacey like The Martian but this book is really quirky. Some have classed it in the same sub genre as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which I have not read (it’s on my to do list) but from what I know about that book it totally makes sense.

It is pitched as a children’s story for adults, mainly because the perspective is that of a young child and it is at times fantastical. I totally agree with that categorization. It’s definitely not for everyone and it is pointed out on Goodreads that the easily offended may not necessarily get it. I agree with that as well. There are alot of sexual references in this book and I did find it odd when the other character’s confided sexual things to a child, even if this child is supposed to be leagues ahead of her age mentally. I think that was hard for me to get around. The book does deal with alot of tough issues like child abuse, substance abuse and PTSD, all hard to read about but very present in our society so it’s important to recognize that these things are very real and this book reflects that.

This book was a heavy read for me (although I did also find humor in the book as well) not only because of the tough subjects it deals with but also because the story as a whole took some time to let me go. A day after I finished it, I’m still thinking about it and the topics it brought up in my mind. I also found the science fiction elements of it fascinating like trips to Shptiludrp, which I thought was a clever name for the planet. I have also never been so fascinated and grossed out at the same time (when I was reading the part with the roaches). I’m giving this book a four star review, it was super interesting and altogether different and unexpected. Fans of quirky science fiction with some social commentary may enjoy this book.

If you would like to purchase a copy you can do so at one of the follow links:

The paperback edition can be purchased at : http://www.lulu.com/shop/robert-eggleton/rarity-from-the-hollow/paperback/product-22910478.html

http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rarity-From-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton/dp/1907133062
http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow

 

51d35vxrmal-_ux250_About the Author

Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997. Today, he is a recently retired psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.  http://www.childhswv.org/

Graphic Novel Review: Bitch Planet #1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma (Artist), and Robert Wilson(Artist)

25074849Title: Bitch Planet #1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma (Artist), and Robert Wilson(Artist)
Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction, Feminist Literature
Length: 136 pages
Format: Graphic Novel
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Rating – 5/5!

“…one of the most unique and subversive artifacts of pop culture in recent memory.” – Salon.com

“Seldom do comics burst onto the scene and shatter our worldview by being entirely poignant, raw, and captivating – but then, most comics aren’t Bitch Panet.” – Entertainment Weekly

Eisner Award-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel) and Valentine De Landro (X-Factor) team up to bring you the premiere volume of Bitch Planet, a deliciously vicious riff on women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation. In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman’s failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?

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I picked up Bitch Planet #1 under the recommendation of a fellow participator in the Panels Read Harder challenge. This particular graphic novel satisfies the “Read a feminist comic” challenge requirement.

Bitch Planet #1 collects issues 1-5. It is about women. All types of women who don’t fit into this idea that the men on earth classify as the ideal woman. These women are thought of as bad, difficult, as subversive and they have a need of being taught a lesson or being punished so they are reported for various infractions like obesity or being a bad mother and they are shipped off to live on what is commonly known as Bitch Planet.

I am SO glad that I read this. I absolutely loved it and am now OBSESSED. There are a lot of things that I loved about it. I loved some of the characters and their strength in the face of things and experiences that have been designed to “teach them a lesson” or make them weak. I loved the old school style advertisements at the end of every issue. A lot of them made me chuckle and some definitely poke fun at ridiculous ideals prevalent in not only the society in this graphic novel but ideals that are existent in our society’s culture as well like the obsession with fad diets and plastic surgery.

This graphic novel was SO good. I stayed up super late to finish it because once I started it I just couldn’t stop and I am in for the long haul on this one. I immediately went searching for volume two but it hasn’t come out yet so I am eagerly awaiting it’s release. This graphic novel has filled me with the need to read more feminist literature, that’s an area in which I am lacking but one that is so important and this just reminded me of that. I can’t wait to continue this, I loved everything about it…the tone, the characters, the overall story, and the art.

I highly recommend this!

Happy reading everyone

Graphic Novel Review: Descender Book One: Tin Stars by Jeff LeMire and Dustin Nguyen

24970339Title: Descender Book One: Tin Stars by Jeff LeMire (Writer) and Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator)
Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction
Length: 160 pages
Format: Graphic Novel
Publication Date: September 9, 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Rating – 5/5!

Ten Years after planet-sized robots called Harvesters appeared and wreaked havoc across the galaxy, a young android named TIM-21 wakes to find that all robots have been outlawed. But TIM may hold the secrets to the Harvesters in his machine DNA and he quickly becomes the most wanted robot in the universe. With bounty hunters and threats lurking at every turn TIM embarks on a mind-blowing adventure through the stars along with his robot dog, Bandit, and the lumbering mining droid, Driller.

images I have been wanting to read this graphic novel for what seems like forever! I have had it on my wish list ever since I first saw it before it was actually released. I don’t know exactly why it took me so long to finally order it and read it but I am glad that I did.  I didn’t really start exploring the science fiction genre until a few years ago when a close friend of mine gave me a copy of Ender’s Game for Christmas and ever since then I have fallen in love with the genre in pretty much all formats so naturally, a science fiction graphic novel totally appealed to me.

I can’t recall whether I have read a graphic novel with watercolor illustrations but I really enjoyed the watercolor illustrations in this one. I felt like it was really easy to understand the story due to the use of color changes from past events versus current events. I appreciated that distinction and thought it  was overall just really well done.

I feel like I hyped this one up for myself SO much. When I first read the synopsis online, I knew it was something that I might enjoy and boy, did I ever! There were parts of this graphic novel that made my heart just so sad and it was just really gripping all the way through.

I feel like the amount of hype I gave myself for this graphic novel was pretty well deserved. I ended up giving it a five star rating on Goodreads as I ended up really loving it. The story is interesting and really affected me. Throughout the story we follow Tim-21, a young robot boy who lived with a human boy and his mother as the boy’s robot companion. Although Robot’s are understood to not exist quite like humans do emotionally and mentally, Tim-21 becomes a part of the family. Something goes wrong and he awakes to find himself alone in a world that is hostile to robots, especially his particular type of robot and he just may be the key to solving the mystery of what went wrong while he was asleep.

I don’t even think that begins to sum up the plot but I didn’t want to reveal too much about it. There is alot going on below the surface and there seems to be alot of politics and interplanetary relations involved, as well as some character background that plays really vital roles in the plot and everything that has happened up to this point. It also goes deeper and brings forth the question of whether artificial life forms can have souls and dreams. Also, questions like whether they can love or feel human motions or also, what would happen to their soul when they expired. Do they even have souls? Super, super good! I cannot wait to continue this graphic novel series…I am definitely highly anticipating the second volume which is being released April 19, 2016. You better believe I have that baby on pre-order! I thought that the writing was thoughtful and engaging…I loved that each issue ended on a really great cliffhanger, especially the last one! This series is so good already but has SO much potential…I can’t wait to see what happens with the Harvesters, the resistance, Tim-21 and just literally everything and everyone that we have encountered so far. I highly recommend this to every one!

(p.s. Isn’t the cover just gorgeous?)

Happy Reading everyone!

Book Review: Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley

27249471Title: Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley
Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction
Length: 280 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher:  Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Rating – 5/5

Gabriel Schist is spending his remaining years at Bright New Day, a nursing home. He once won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. But now, he has Alzheimer’s, and his mind is slowly slipping away.

When one of the residents comes down with a horrific virus, Gabriel realizes that he is the only one who can find a cure. Encouraged by Victor, an odd stranger, he convinces the administrator to allow him to study the virus. Soon, reality begins to shift, and Gabriel’s hallucinations interfere with his work.

As the death count mounts, Gabriel is in a race against the clock and his own mind. Can he find a cure before his brain deteriorates past the point of no return?

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Happy Wednesday! I feel like I haven’t been reading as much as I wanted to in order to start the year off with a bang but quality over quantity right?!

In the spirit of reading great books, I am excited to share my review of Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley with you today! I received an ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!

Pale Highway is a unique science fiction read about Gabriel Schist, a former scientist who won the Nobel Peace Prize for discovering the cure for AIDS. These days, although still brilliant, he resides in a nursing home struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia. When people start dying from a mysterious, fatal disease he finds himself in the center of the mystery surrounding it’s origins and is the only man alive with the capacity and task of finding the cure.

I felt like it took me a really long time to finish reading this book, but it wasn’t because I wasn’t into it or anything…it was actually because I didn’t want to finish it too fast. I loved this book right from the start. I thought the writing was phenomenal and the story itself was super interesting and wholly unique. It had a very Sci-Fi Mystery feel to it. I was invested in it from page one and it never lost my attention.

I thought all of the characters we encountered in the story were really interesting. I don’t feel that there was even one character who wasn’t developed thoroughly, I felt like they were all pretty complex and interesting…all impacting our protagonists journey in some important way. I loved how the narrative was told: alternating from the past to the current time period. It gave so much more dimension to Gabriel and made me feel really connected to him and the type of person that he was. This was really important in this book I think because of what he is going through struggling with coming to terms with the deterioration of his mind which must be so frustrating and I felt that frustration in the character and the helplessness. That’s totally a sign of some fantastic writing!

I absolutely loved it and enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from this author as I really loved his writing. I give this book five out of five stars. If you are a fan of Science Fiction or this book sounds interesting to you, definitely check it out. I know you won’t be disappointed!

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Pale-Highway-Nicholas-Conley-ebook/dp/B016ALW8PW/

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About the Author

61DeJkRvS4L._SX150_Nicholas Conley’s passion for storytelling began at an early age, prompted by a love of science fiction novels, comic books and horror movies. When not busy writing, Nicholas spends his time reading, traveling to new places, and indulging in a lifelong coffee habit. In order to better establish himself on the planet Earth, Nicholas has currently made his home in New Hampshire. To learn more about him, take a stroll over to http://www.NicholasConley.com.

 

 

 

 

The Betrayal of Ka (The Transprophetics #1) by Shea R. Oliver

51VUJDWxi-L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Title:  The Betrayal of Ka (The Transprophetics #1) by Shea R. Oliver
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Colorado Sky Media, LLC
Length: 292 pages
Format: Ebook(read on Microsoft Surface Kindle App)
Publication Date: September 13, 2015
Rating – 5/5 – it was awesome!!

As the spaceship secretly lands on Earth, Ka’s mission is clear: find and kill Transprophetics. His shipmates think of him as a killer. On his home planet of Koranth, he is considered a murderer. Haunted in his dreams by the boy whose life he stole, Ka struggles to define who he really is.

A girl in a temple in Thailand. A boy kidnapped in Mexico. Both can do the impossible. Both can move objects with their minds. These two Transprophetics pose grave risks to the Donovackia Corporation as it plans its invasion of Earth.

With a blade in his hand, Ka’s decision to kill, or not, will reverberate across the galaxy.

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Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Today I am excited to share with you my review of an awesome book, The Betrayal of Ka by Shea Oliver. I’d like to send a huge thank you to Shea for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

It’s hard for me to thoroughly explain this book as it has a few different arcs that tie into each other towards the end of the book. It is a science fiction novel about a young boy named Ka who gets caught up making some bad choices that ultimately result in his going to prison for murder. From there his life takes many twists and turns which take him far away from his home. While all this is happening to him his home planet is involved in space exploration and the conquering of other planets for profit and they have set their sights on earth.

That is a very very broad description of what this story is about. There is literally so much more at work in this plot that it was like candy to me. I was hooked on the story from beginning to end and when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it. It has a very interesting, complicated plot with complicated characters. It is told through multiple perspectives which I loved for this story, it felt very well rounded and the characters also felt very developed. My favorite character is Ka and I enjoyed seeing his journey from his fall to his redemption. I felt for him throughout the entire novel. This story was dark and unforgiving at times, but also hopeful and interesting. I found both the political and ethics systems in this book really interesting. I cannot wait to continue this series and will keep an eye out for book two!

Holy moly! I was not prepared for how much I was going to enjoy this book. I came to the sci fi game late in my life but have in recent years discovered that I love the genre so reading this book was such a pleasure to me and I highly recommend it to any sci fi fans. You can purchase The Betrayal of Ka on Amazon by clicking here: The Betrayal of Ka by Shea R. Oliver.

Happy Reading!

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14341487About the Author

Shea Oliver lives in Niwot, Colorado, near the base of the Rocky Mountains. He can often be found wandering through mountain forests and alpine tundra. An avid hiker and photographer, he often uses his time in the mountains to work through various characters and plots. When he is not enjoying nature, Shea is a devoted father of two teenage sons and a serial entrepreneur.