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Ethos, Pathos, and Logos

You might be wondering what kind of title that is for a Blog. Is it going to be a lesson in argumentative strategies both written and oral? No. It is my platform on which I can discuss the issues that plague my heart. It will be the platform from which I discuss news articles, peer reviewed journal articles, and both fiction and non-fiction books. It will be a way for me to process, vent, discuss, evaluate, and even change positions on any given issue. You see, I need to be pro-active less I run myself crazy with fear and worry. And heaven forbid I should become jaded or pessimistic. I need to ponder information, discuss solutions, and sometimes just vent. You may not agree with everything that I write, and that’s totally fine. But I do make one promise to myself, and likewise to you. Everything I write will be supported with information that you can research for yourself. I encourage you to always do your own research. Don’t let anyone, even me, tell you what to believe. Take the nuggets that I offer and do your own investigative work before making a determination and taking a stand for or against any issue, situation, or policy.

Back to the title, Ethos, Logos, and Pathos, just to help you understand from where I am coming. Ethos is the process of determining whether or not you do, and to what extent, trust the author. In this case, that would be me. It relates to ethics. The question exploring ethos is your examining whether or not I can be trusted to deliver truthful information. I don’t think that will be an issue as I have already promised to provide you with the sources, via Works Cited entry(ies), that I use to form my stance. Logos is based on logic. The question exploring logic is whether or not I am making logical conclusion based upon the information acquired. Pathos has to do with emotional appeal. Some of the topics discussed will be quite emotional, as I do not feel the need to discuss something that does not impact me emotionally, either personally or through empathy or sympathy. However, my stances are not based on pathos. As mentioned before, I will be using ethos and logos (data, stats, and qualified sources) to support my stands. Now, if you do not agree with me or you feel that there is relevant data that I may not have encountered that should be considered in my stance, I invite you to share links to books and peer reviewed journal articles with me. Your opinion without date that I can research on my own will not persuade me. I am a researcher by nature. Provide me with information, and I will gladly read it. So, ready or not… Here we go.

Awakened (Vampire Awakenings) by Brenda K. Davies – Book Review


Genre: Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 1479370118


Number of Pages: 387

Book Description: Traumatized by her past, and struggling to move on from it, Sera has spent the past three years of college hiding herself from the world and content to stay that way. A chance encounter with Liam shatters her sheltered world, leaving her stunned and shaken by the strange feelings and emotions he arises in her, feelings she never thought she would experience and that frighten her in their intensity. Harboring a dark and deadly secret of his own, Liam knows that he should stay away from Sera; that he will only bring her more hurt, but he is irresistibly drawn to her and unable to deny himself the pleasure that only she can bring to him. But when their pasts collide with their present, and Liam’s true nature is revealed, will their love for each other be enough, or will they be torn apart forever?


“Who’s that?”

Mike lifted his head from the keg to blink at him in surprise. “Where?” he inquired as he thrust another beer into Liam’s hand.

“The girl with Michelle, who is she?”

Mike’s gaze followed his. He chuckled under his breath as he smiled softly. “That, my firned, is Serendipity, or sera. Forget it you’ll never get close to her.”

Liam raised an inquiring eyebrow as he took a sip of beer. “Really?”

“Yep. No one ever has.”

He shot Mike a questioning look. “No one?” he asked in surprise. The girl was beautiful; he highly doubted that she had any problem attracting men. Even now, there were a bunch of guys hovering around her like moths to a flame.

Mike turned to him, his soft blue eyes intense as he nodded. “As far as I know she’s never dated anyone on campus, and I’ve never seen her with a guy.”

“But she comes to Frat parties?”

“She comes with her roommate, and she leaves with her roommate, or by herself.”

“Is she a lesbian?” He certainly hoped not, but it was a possibility.

“Never heard or saw anything like that either. Leave her be Liam.”

His brow furrowed as he turned to stare at Mike in disbelief. “Why, because she turned you down?” he quipped.

Mike lifted a blond eyebrow and shook his head. “I’ve never tried.”

Liam started to laugh as he shook his head. “Yea right. I know you there’s no way that you wouldn’t try with someone like her!”

Mike shook his head and bent to refill his cup. “Seriously, I haven’t.”

Liam stared at him in astonishment. He knew Mike as well as he knew himself, and he knew he had every intention of trying with her. He didn’t believe Mike for one moment. Mike seized his cup and bent to refill it. “Why not?”

Mike shrugged as he shoved the cup back into Liam’s hand. “I don’t know. I mean she’s hot, don’t get me wrong, but…”

“But what?”

He shrugged again as he ran a hand through his disheveled hair. “I don’t know. We had Trig together last year, she helped me out a lot. I couldn’t have passed the class without her, you know how I am with math, but there’s something about her…” his voice trailed off as he frowned thoughtfully.

Liam sensed that there was more, that Mike had used his amazing powers of deduction on the girl, and hadn’t liked what he’d discovered. “What about her?” Liam prodded.

Mike’s frown deepened as he turned troubled eyes to Liam. “Honestly, it’s almost as if she’s scared of something.”

Book Review: 5/5

I love the third party omniscience POV of this novel. It allows the reader to get firmly entrenched into the minds of the characters as they take shape and interact with one another. I love Liam as the alpha vampire male who’s saving Serendipity, the human damsel in distress.

Sometimes I am disappointed with free books because they are short and are over far too quickly. Not so with Awakened. With 387 pages, it’s a nice long ride with plenty of twist and turns.

A great read. I’m looking forward to the second book in the series, Destined (Vampire Awakenings)

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