Friday, August 31, 2012

0 Feature: The True Detective


The True Detective: A Literary Classic
Disguised as a Classic Mystery Thriller
Theodore Weesner Pens Page-Turner with Literary Depth

Literary fiction author Theodore Weesner is back, following up his acclaimed “modern American classic” (The Car Thief) with a thrilling page-turner of a mystery, The True Detective.  Described as “a compulsively readable thriller” by the Chicago Tribune, The True Detective delivers a plot that reads like a suspense script, but in depth of insight, uniquely rises to the level of great literature.

In the spirit of Truman Capote’s, In Cold Blood, Weesner takes the reader deep into the conflicting desires and motivations of a broken family, a sexually confused perpetrator, and a complex investigating detective to create a sensational, powerful and heartbreakingly realistic literary thriller.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In the sleepy confines of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Gil Dulac, a small town investigator, broods over a deteriorating city he’s grown to adopt as his own;  a once proud city that’s been infested with a sexual pathology that—in its breadth of depravity—is breaking out like a pandemic. Increasingly feeling as if he’s a walking anachronism, Dulac wonders if it all passed him by, until a twelve-year-old boy is abducted; the crime sending the tight-knit community into a tailspin. Now, as the clock winds down to a horrifying conclusion, Dulac must use his wits and his experience to somehow find the boy alive.
Weesner’s critically acclaimed literary style shines with The True Detective, as unflinching insight and master storytelling combine seamlessly to create a lightning quick suspense drama that rises to the level of great American literature.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 Theodore Weesner, born in Flint, Michigan, is aptly described as a “Writers’ Writer” by the larger literary community.  His short works have been published in the New Yorker, Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, Atlantic Monthly and Best American Short Stories.  His novels, including The True Detective, Winning the City and Harbor Light, have been published to great critical acclaim in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Magazine and The Los Angeles Times to name a few.

Weesner is currently writing his memoir, two new novels, and an adaptation of his widely praised novel—retitled Winning the City Redux—also to be published by Astor + Blue Editions.  He lives and works in Portsmouth, NH.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

2 Linda Lael Miller Guest Post and Give@way



Big Sky Mountain excerpt:
The next hour was taken up with getting ready, coming and going, table-setting and a lot of companionable, lighthearted chatter. Slade returned from the barn as he’d promised and, after washing up in a downstairs bathroom, made the whole crew promise not to pester Hutch with questions about the interrupted wedding.
As if, Kendra thought. She probably wouldn’t say more than a few polite words to the man. If she spoke to him at all.
She felt strong, confident, ready for anything.
Until he actually walked into the ranch house kitchen, that is.
Seeing her, he tightened his jaw and shot an accusatory glance in his half-brother’s direction.
“Didn’t I mention that Kendra’s here?” Slade asked, breaking the brief, pulsing silence. There was a smile in his voice, though his blue eyes conveyed nothing but innocent concern.

Would you ever revisit some of the other genres you have written (paranormal, thriller, contemporary, historical)?
 I would definitely revisit those other genres—on one condition.  I would have to have a really, REALLY good idea.  I still write historicals—my Christmas books, “A Lawman’s Christmas”, “A McKettrick Christmas”, etc., are always set in the late 19th or early 20th century.  Time travel has always intrigued me, and I’m asked virtually every day when and if there will be a new Mojo book.  The answer: Yes.  Eventually.  I enjoy reading short stories and novellas by my favorite authors as ebooks, and I’m considering doing more vampire and Mojo stories in that format, though right now, I’m truthfully too busy with current projects.  Also, it’s important to mention that I LOVE writing about sexy contemporary cowboys and their smart, spirited women.



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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

2 Review: Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

Title: Dreaming Anastasia
Author: Joy Preble
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: September 1, 2009
paperback, 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-1817-0
Genre: Young Adult
Souce: Own



Summary:
In modern-day Chicago, Anne doesn't know much about Russian history. She is more concerned about getting into a good college--until the dreams start. She is somewhere else. She is someone else. And she is sharing a small room with a very old woman. The vivid dreams startle her, but not until a handsome stranger offers to explain them does she realize her life is going to change forever. She is the only one who can save Anastasia. But, Anastasia is having her own dreams...

My thoughts:
Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble is the first book in the Dreaming Anastasia series. The book takes place in modern day, but has some interesting historical elements woven into it. Anna Michaelson is an average girl who just happens to dream of Anastasia Romanov. She doesn't just dream about her, she dreams she is her. Anna's life gets turned upside down when a boy named Ethan shows up and changes her life forever.
Joy Preble did a great job mixing history and folklore and turning it into a fascinating read. The characters are great. Anna and Ethan have great chemistry. Tess, Anna's best friend, is a true friend in every sense of the word. Anna has to search inside herself to discover the truth and unravel the mystery of Anastasia while trying to escape two different nemesis. The girl has her hands full.
Overall this is a good book. I like the modern-day twist on historical facts blended with Russian folklore. It also has action, adventure, mystery, and romance. Dreaming Anastasia was predictable at times, but still very enjoyable.
My rating:





Tuesday, August 28, 2012

2 Review: Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens

Title: Grace Doll
Author: Jennifer Laurens
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Published: August 20, 2012
ebook
ISBN: 978-1-933963-10-5
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: Author



Summary:
Grace Doll had everything a girl could want: Fame. Fortune. Beauty.
Everything except, of course, her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace--one that's purported to make beauty immortal--she stages her own death to escape him.
With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She's forever flawless, forever young and forever pursued by her past.
But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she'd left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she's known... and embracing the role she was born to play

My thoughts:
Everything I've read by Jennifer Laurens I have really liked. Grace Doll is no exception. From the first page I was sucked into the story. Grace Doll is a young starlet back when Hollywood was more glamorous. She's married to successful movie producer, Rufus Solomon. Rufus is controlling, manipulative, and abusive to Grace. Grace longs for a way to escape her nightmare of a life. When the opportunity presents itself, she takes it. She manages to live in peace for years, but that ends the day that her long-time friend's son shows up at her door. It's the day she'd been dreading and waiting for. Brenden has the secret that his father has kept safe, and now Grace must decide how she's going to use it.
The book has some cringe-worthy scenes in it. Rufus is evil. I can't think of any other way to describe him. I kept thinking 'I hope he gets his comeuppance, and I hope it hurts!' Evil Rufus will not stop at nothing to get Grace back. I truly felt sorry for Grace. She is kind, gentle, and clever. She desperately wants to start a new life away from Rufus. Brenden is angry with his father, Jonathan. His whole life his dad has been absent from his life. Brenden doesn't like Grace for the simple fact that she took his father away from him. However getting to know Grace helps him understand his father in a way that he didn't before. Jennifer Laurens has this brilliant way of writing characters that stir up emotions. Good and bad.
The story line is good. It deals with obsession, love, and forgiveness. Grace Doll is definitely an unputdownable type of book. I couldn't rest until I knew how it was going to end. Once again Jennifer Laurens has blown me away with this latest book. This is a book and an author that I would strongly recommend.
My rating:

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Monday, August 27, 2012

0 Jaye Frances Guest Post and Give@way


Thank you, Marcie, for having me back on To Read or Not To Read with my new sci-fi fantasy, The Beach.

There’s nothing I enjoy more than meeting new people. Sometimes it happens while I’m waiting in the checkout line at the supermarket. Other times I find a friendly face—and a willing ear–at the gym. I’ve even started up a conversation with the people at the next table while having dinner at my favorite restaurant. Depending on the circumstances and the situation, the subject can vary from the superficial to the serious. During these impromptu exchanges, the question is often asked, “What do you do for a living?” My answer usually spurs another in the form of a challenge. “What would you write about me?”

I suppose it’s a common fantasy, wanting to cast ourselves in the imaginary role of hero or heroine. And why not?  I do it all the time, often jumping headlong into the lives of my characters, vicariously enjoying a rush of joy and passion one moment, then resigning myself to wallow in the self-pity of disappointment in the next.

So how do I answer them? I try to encourage a bit of introspection by asking who they would like to trade places with, or if that stumps them, what’s the first thing they would want to change about their lives. After they’ve had a moment to think about it, I follow up with, “Based on what you would have to give up, is it a change you could live with?”

In The Beach, the main character, Alan, has a similar encounter with a stranger—a man who unexpectedly shows up in his kitchen. While Alan engages him in conversation, he doesn’t realize his uninvited guest is about to unleash his own set of interesting and somewhat bizarre dialogue.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Is there someone you’d like me to call?” Alan asked. “Maybe someone who usually gives you medication?” Alan’s initial frustration had turned into curiosity. And while he was still apprehensive about finding an intruder in his home, he no longer felt threatened. He was even deriving an odd sense of amusement from this eccentric’s outlandish ramblings. He wondered—even wanted to hear—what the guy was going to say next.

“Perhaps I can offer a few suggestions,” Efil said. “Let’s begin with a review of the standard offerings. First, there is power. Always a winner, very popular. Next on the short list is money and all that it can buy. And then that old favorite—especially with the Greeks—love. Many of your historians believe the Greek concepts of love and life to be virtually inseparable. Frankly, it’s my personal preference, but I don’t push it as much as I used to, especially after that incident with Job and his daughters, right after his wife became a saltlick for the camels. So there you have it—power, wealth, and love. Any of those sound appealing?”

The story was familiar, producing a flood of memories from Alan’s childhood. This guy wants me to think he’s some kind of genie, like the one from Aladdin’s lamp. He’s obviously gone to a lot of effort with the scripted dialogue and the sleight of hand. And he’s never broken character. Not once. Got to give him credit for that.

Alan decided to play along and get the charade over with. The gag would surely end as soon as the would-be actor had granted him three wishes. “Okay, I get it. You’re the genie and I’m the master—like in that story about Aladdin and the magic lamp. And now I have three wishes coming, right?”

Efil cocked his head to the side. “I’m not acquainted with this Aladdin fellow, but if it helps you to evaluate the possibilities of our new relationship, then by all means use it to your advantage. I encourage you to call upon all your memories, all your skills in our . . . negotiations.” Efil waited for the echo to stop, the sudden look of delight confirming his pleasure in listening to his own disembodied voice.

“I don’t understand. You saying I got wishes or not?”

“You have one negotiation.” The word was still reverberating as he continued. “And with it, an outcome, a result. Perhaps even a consequence. If it makes it easier to consider our exchange as the fulfillment of a lifelong desire, then I encourage you to do so.”

It wasn’t the kind of rhetoric Alan had expected to hear. But if it would move this windbag out of his house without having to complete a police report, he’d go along with it—at least for a few minutes. “Okay, I got one wish coming. You ready?”

Efil’s wide grin remained unchanged. “I am most certainly ready. However, you my friend, are not. We cannot begin until I am confident you are prepared to bargain in earnest—choosing your prize wisely, agreeing with the price, and approving the final terms of payment.”

Alan could feel the prickly sensation of static electricity, the very air in his kitchen seeming to pulse with energy. Efil’s body began to rise and in seconds he was hovering several inches off the floor.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

Alan loves the beach. More than a weekend respite, it is his home, his refuge, his sanctuary. And for most of the year, he strolls the sand in blissful solitude, letting nature—and no one else—touch him. But spring has given way to summer, and soon, the annual invasion of vacationers and tourists will subdivide the beach with blankets, umbrellas, and chairs, depriving Alan of his privacy and seclusion—the fundamental touchstones of his life.

Resigned to endure another seasonal onslaught of beach-goers, Alan believes there is nothing he can do but prepare for the worst.

But fate has other plans.

Delivered to him on the crest of a rogue wave, the strange object appears to have no purpose, no practical use—until Alan accidentally discovers what waits inside. Now he must attempt to unravel an ageless mystery, unaware that the final outcome will change his life, and the beach, forever.

In the companion novella Short Time, you’ll meet a respectable but bored middle-class executive, who exchanges his future for six months of excess and extravagance, only to find out the price he must pay for his hedonistic indulgence is beyond anything he could have imagined.

Author Bio:  Jaye Frances is the author of The Kure, a paranormal-occult romance novel, The Possibilities of Amy, a coming-of-age romance, The Cruise-All That Glitters, a humorous adult satire about looking for love at sea, and The Beach, a sci-fi fantasy about a man who is given the opportunity to receive his ultimate wish and lives to regret it. She is also a featured columnist for the NUSA SUN magazine. Born in the Midwest, Jaye readily admits that her life’s destination has been the result of an open mind and a curiosity about all things irreverent. When she’s not consumed by her writing, Jaye enjoys cooking, traveling to all places tropical and “beachy” and taking pictures—lots of pictures—many of which find their way to her website. Jaye lives on the central gulf coast of Florida, sharing her home with one husband, six computers, four cameras, and several hundred pairs of shoes. For more information, visit Jaye’s website at www.jayefrances.com, or Jaye’s Blog at http://blog.jayefrances.com

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5232105.Jaye_Frances
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15824616-the-beach

My Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/jayefrancesauthor

The Beach is available now in kindle eBook on Amazon
at a special Introductory Release Price of $0.99 Until September 15, 2012

Amazon link for The Beach:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Beach-ebook/dp/B008X76CD6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344891688&sr=8-1&keywords=the+beach+by+jaye+frances#_

Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/author/www.jayefrances.com


Giveaway
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

2 Review: Imperative: A Tale of Pride and Prejudice by Linda Wells

Title: Imperative: A Tale of Pride and Prejudice Volume 1
Author: Linda Wells
Published: 2012
ebook, 791 pages
ISBN-13: 9781468058208
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Author

Summary (from Amazon):
Fitzwilliam Darcy is a man with a great many secrets to keep, one involves his sister, and the other involves his heart. The problem is, he cannot just keep the secrets. They demand attention, and action, and in hopeless times, a good man does not always think things through, even when he is desperately trying to do the right thing for the two most important women in his life. In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy arrived in Ramsgate before his sister could leave with George Wickham. Things are not so easily remedied in this two-volume variation. This story contains scenes of a mature nature between a happily married couple.

My thoughts:
Imperative by Linda Wells in the first volume in a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Brace yourself. This volume is over 700 pages. If big books intimidate you, don't worry. The author does an excellent job in making the pages fly by. It honestly did not feel like I was reading a 791 page book.
In this story, Well shakes things up a bit, by changing some major elements in the story. One of the hardest things in reading a variation of Pride and Prejudice is that I come to it with preconceived notions of the characters. Mr. Bennett has always been a favorite character of mine. In Imperative, the author made him selfish and foolish. It took me a great many pages to let go of my previous notions, and embrace this new Mr. Bennett. Once I did that, I enjoyed the story so much more.
There are a great many differences in this book when compared to the original P&P. For starters, the original characters such as Mr. Bennett, take on new characteristics. They are the same, yet different. Mr. Darcy is the same prideful man, but at times he's a bit arrogant and others he has a much softer side. I like that the author gave the characters more dimensions than the original story provided. Wells also introduces us to some new characters that definitely add much to this story.
The story is also very different than the original P&P. In this book, Darcy did not arrive in time to save his sister from Wickham.. In order to save Georgina's reputation, Darcy compromises Elizabeth (with a chaste kiss), and they are forced to marry. Darcy and Elizabeth must learn not only to live together, but to trust each other. Elizabeth is thrown into the role of Mrs. Darcy, and has to learn to navigate it among all the social sharks of society. As always, I love reading the journey of Darcy and Elizabeth falling in love, and the bumpy road getting there. There are some steamy romance scenes in this book as well. However this is just the beginning. Imperative is a book full of intrigues. There are several story lines going on at the same time. This may sound confusing, but it's not. It makes for an interesting story.
Overall, if you're a Jane Austen junkie like me, you'll like this book. It's a well-written new twist on Pride and Prejudice. Now I'm off to dive into the second volume of Imperative. Can't wait to see where this one leads!
My rating:




Saturday, August 25, 2012

0 Q&A with Brian Libby





1.  Andiriel is a strong female lead. Is she based on or influenced by someone from your life?
 No. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is coincidental.

2.  Are any of your characters based on real people?
When I started writing the series I knew only two characters: Andiriel and Sandi. The rest appeared as I wrote, and sometimes surprised me as their personalities developed. When writing the Imperial diplomat, Lord Vardistana, I have in mind such figures as Otto von Bismarck, Cavour, Metternich, and Talleyrand. Otherwise the series is not a roman à clef.

3.  How has your history background helped in your writing, specifically in the Mercenaries series?
I could not write the series were I not a historian (with a concentration in European military and diplomatic history). The New Empire is organized somewhat like the Holy Roman Empire;
I believe that diplomacy is handled more authentically than in many novels; military operations involve realistically small forces, logistics is as important as fighting, and engagements are usually described from the ‘operational’ level—i.e. the viewpoint of a major unit commander. Without historical knowledge I would not feel competent to write of such things.

4.  You had originally listed Mercenaries as a trilogy but I saw on your blog you are publishing a fourth book, The Free Lands. What made you want to continue the story?
Actually I always intended a series of five or six books. But the first three volumes constitute a whole—there is a plot arc (which readers may not notice at first since there are no prophecies to be fulfilled or MacGuffins to find, but trust me, keep reading and you’ll see…) which reaches a definite conclusion at the end of Resolution. (Hence one reason for that title.)
The fourth volume is a stand-alone, set in a province remote from the areas seen in the first three, involving new characters (165, according to my list) but with some folks from the trilogy showing up. I know that many readers are wary of ‘series’ that never seem to get written, so I think it wise to call the first three a trilogy since it does not leave readers hanging. I foresee the fifth and sixth volumes, if they are written, as a duology (or is that a biology?).

5.  What are some positives and negatives of being a self-published author?
The negatives, which far outweigh the positives, include:
a. Suspicion by potential readers that the book is badly-written, unworthy of attention; b. No editorial assistance; c. Author pays for publication instead of getting an advance; d. No publisher -supplied marketing; e. Great difficulty in getting any reviews or other publicity; f. Bookstores do not carry your books (except perhaps for local stores; I lost over $300 when the one here folded and never paid me for copies sold).
But there are some small advantages: a. The cover and title are what you want; b. No potential fights with editors; c. Speed—you do not wait two years for the book to appear; d. Author receives more money for each copy sold than with a trade-published book.
For a humorous look at the positives, read Counting My Blessings on my blog (April 23, 2012).

6.  Why do you write?
The basic reason is well summed up by the title of my second volume (Gold and Glory). Also, I love the English language and enjoy trying to use it well, frustrating and humbling as that can be. Beyond that, I could quote Tolkien (“The prime motive was the desire of a tale-teller to try his hand at a really long story that would hold the attention of readers, amuse them, delight them, and at times maybe excite them or deeply move them”), and Handel, who, when a grandee described Messiah as “a noble entertainment,” replied “My lord, I should be sorry if I only entertained them. I wished to make them better.”

7. Are you an Elvis or Beatles man? 
No. I am a Handel – Mozart – Verdi – Wagner (etc.) man. I also have a great interest in military marches and German folk songs, especially Soldaten- and Landsknechtslieder (“mercenary songs”—the tunes to several of which I use for the songs in my books).

8.  What do you like to do for fun?
Well… um… writing is fun; so is reading, and classical music. I enjoy movies, especially older ones, occasional computer games, and cigars.

9.  What are you reading right now?
The biography of a great man:  Mahler (by Michael Kennedy  ISBN 0-02-871367-2)

10.  What the the most interesting thing on your desk?
The manuscript of The Free Lands, all 3 inches (675 pages) of it, which I am slowly editing.
The second most interesting thing on my desk is my motto: “Taking life seriously is the first step to unhappiness.” I hope readers will take a look at my blog—your questions were serious, so likewise my answers, but fiction I write with a lighter touch.
http://andiriel.blogspot.com  

Friday, August 24, 2012

0 Audio Book Review: Between You and Me

Title: Between You and Me
Author: Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
Read by: Susan Bennett
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
Published: June 12, 2012
Length: 9.5 hours
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Publisher

Summary (From Goodreads):
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have proven again and again that they are masters at exploring the subtle nuances of family relationships—as they intersect with the most current trends in the culture at large.     In Between You and Me, twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade has built a life for herself in New York City, far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. But when she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey since they were separated as kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has become one of Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrities and carrion for the paparazzi.  But the joy at their reunion is overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her controlling parents. As Kelsey grasps desperately at a “real” life, Logan risks everything to try and give her cousin the one thing she has never known—happiness. As Kelsey unravels in the most horribly public way Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between saving her cousin and saving herself.


My thoughts on audio:
Between You and Me is read by Susan Bennett. Bennett did a great job reading the multiple characters in this book. She seemed to really have a feel for how the characters should sound. I enjoyed listening.

My thoughts on the book:
Pick any young celebrity, such as Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, or Paris Hilton and insert them as the main character, Kelsey Wade. Listening to this book was like listening to an E! True Hollywood Story. I would say for the most part, the authors were heavily influenced by Britney Spears during her train-wreck years. Logan Wade is the cousin of the famous singer, Kelsey Wade. They've lost touch over the years. However when Logan gets the call to come and visit her cousin, she does. Things happen and she becomes the personal assistant to Kelsey. The events that surround Kelsey are a circle of chaos. There are times that I felt sorry for her, but there were also times I wanted to scream 'you're an idiot'.
Logan is shocked at how everyone pretty much caters to Kelsey. In all sense, she is kept like a child; not really being able to do things for her self. Logan has to deal with Kelsey as she makes mistake after mistake, and falling deeper and deeper into trouble. Logan has struggles as well in dealing with a past, she can't quite remember. Her family is torn apart and she doesn't understand why.
The characters is this book are good, but sometimes very annoying. At times I wanted to slap them. Practically all of them. However the authors gave a pretty accurate portrayal of some of the celebrities out there today. The plot was like watching the slow downward spiral of a pop-star portrayed on any entertainment show or site. Overall the book is enjoyable, but I wasn't overly impressed with it. The ending was abrupt as well. I had hoped for more resolution.
My rating:






Thursday, August 23, 2012

4 Review: The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields

Title: The Age of Desire
Author: Jennie Fields
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Published: August 2, 2012
paperback, arc, 352 pages
ISBN: 978-0-670-02368-4
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher



Summary:
When at the age of forty-five, Edith falls passionately in love with a dashing younger journalist, Morton Fullerton, and is at last opened to the world of the sensual, it threatens everything certain in her life but especially her abiding friendship with Anna. As Edith’s marriage crumbles and Anna’s disapproval threatens to shatter their lifelong bond, the women must face the fragility at the heart of all friendships.

My thoughts:
Edith Wharton is known for her classic books such as The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence. She lived in the Gilded Age where money and public status went hand in hand. Jennie Fields takes us back to that day and age through the eyes of Edith Wharton and her long time companion, Anna Bahlmann.  The book covers the middle of Edith's life, her torrid affair with Morton Fullerton, and her lasting friendship with Anna. Though this book is fiction, it's based on actual events in Wharton's life.
I have read a few of Wharton's work, but I knew little about her personal life. This book really opened the door to explore the author behind her books. Wharton became almost like a character in one of her novels. She found, for the first time, the pain and angst of being in love. However the friendship she has with Anna outshines everything else in this book. Anna had been with her almost her entire life. She served as Edith's governess, secretary, and confidant. From loneliness to heartbreak, the two woman  relied on each other almost implicitly.
This book is a definite To Read. Jennie Fields did a superb job in writing this book. I felt as though I were transported back in time to witness the life of Edith Wharton and Anna Bahlmann.

My rating:


Wednesday, August 22, 2012


No Vampires or Werewolves Allowed

The moment I started writing my Urban Fantasy novel Mad Moral I made the decision not to include any vampires or werewolves. I know vampires and werewolves play huge roles in many Urban Fantasy novels and many other genres and that’s the main reason I didn’t want to include them in Mad Moral.

I’m a big fan of vampires and werewolves, but I didn’t want to travel down a road that had been explored so many times. I decided to give a new set of beings time to shine in more humanizing roles, horror movie characters.

I’m aware the word “horror” instantly causes many to lose interest. My novel isn’t a horror, just inspired by the many elements and characters of horror movies.

 Imagine as I did, horror movie villain Michael Myers dropping his children off at his parents’ house for the weekend and heading out on his first date post-divorce. After a disaster date, to blow off some steam he decides to head to the nearest college campus and slash some sorority girls. He spends the morning after sipping a cup of coffee as he watches the tragedy coverage unfold on the morning news.

That visual sparked my series about a mad world where others like the horror movie villain mentioned are your friends, neighbors and lovers.

My first main character I created was a young adult named Ford Fischer. He’s a slasher, unemployed and does his best to live a straight and narrow lifestyle. I was raised by a single mother and I consider my sister my best friend, so I had to have strong female presences in my story. Ford’s mothers play huge roles and both are bystanders or victims in this mad world I created.

 Another main character is an exorcist named Sidnee Vincent whose romantic life is constantly sabotaged by pesky demons. I’m sure we all have a bit of evil in us all and she just happens to have the ability to communicate with it. My final character I included was a dreamer named Milo Amos. His identity is questioned the most by readers who haven’t started the series yet. His character enters dark nightmares every time he sleeps and must fight for his survival or risk death not only in his fantasy existence, but reality.

This novel faced the toughest set of critics yet, teenage girls. I posted it on website mostly used by those in that age range. It sometime took a lot of convincing and me constantly explaining it wasn’t entirely about blood, gore and things that go bump-in-the-night. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from these young readers who instantly started to root for my characters to overcome the madness in their lives. I encourage putting all pre-judgments aside and giving my novel, Mad Moral, the opportunity to entertain you.
Book Description
A young slasher, Ford, has struggled to fight the madness lurking in the shadowed recesses of his mind. The constant torment consumes him and threatens to topple what's left of his stability. He realizes he must find a release or his torment will lead to his utter destruction.

A stranger stalks the streets of Ford's world looking for those like him, slashers, as desired victims. Ford's life at risk, he seeks out the blade-friendly stalker throughout a coastal town with the morally conflicted mindset "slash or be slashed."

Mad Moral is the world of Ford Fischer, where in murderous stuffed animals, gigantic creepy crawlers, and much more madness are common place. Fischer, coupled with a romantically conflicted exorcist and a dreamer who redefines night terrors, leads us through a twisted world that can be best defined as one of a kind.

Mad Moral Excerpt
Chapter 4 - Comedian: Ford made his way down a narrow hallway decorated with plaques awarded to the community center, turning into the second door on the left. Inside waited familiar faces, a few socializing, few occupying themselves with their cell phones, and a pair at the snack table.

Ford approached the low-cut, dark haired girl at the table. “Hello Lu.”

The narrowed eyed Lu faced him. “Luke brought his famous pizza bites.”

Ford scanned the room again. “Shit, which one is Luke again?”

Lu laughed. “He’s the youngest slasher here.” She nodded toward a corner. “That’s him.”

Ford met eyes one the young, dark haired slasher and smiled at him.

Luke nervously returned the gesture and looked away.

“I wish I had his smarts to attend these meetings when I was his age,” Ford said.

“Me too,” She stuffed her mouth with more food “But we‘re here now.”

Ford browsed the room for the group’s leader. “Where’s Miriam?”

Lu shrugged. “She’s not here.” She stuffed a few mini-candy bars into her jeans pockets.

“How long has everybody been waiting?”

“Half an hour.” Lu glanced at a wall clock near the entry door. “A few left. I’m about to leave myself.”

“It’s not like Miriam to miss a meeting.”

“Maybe she’s tired of the bullshit,” Lu scanned the crowd. “We all come here, sit around and lie about how we haven’t slashed in years or how we fight our will to harm others. This is all an act. I slashed a young couple three weeks ago. Be honest Ford, you’re only here to rid yourself of the guilt. Who did you slash?”

“Nobody,” He quickly answered, hoping to create false surety.

“You’re lying, but it’s common in this room.”

“If this place is such a waste, why are you here?”

“The free food and the cute guy,” She softly nudged him. “I’m talking about you.”

“Thanks for the compliment.”

“But now it’s mainly the food since we’ve already done the dirty.”

Ford tasted one of the pizza bites and spit it out. “It tastes like beef jerky.”

Lu ate a few more. “I fucking love beef jerky.”

“How about we go check on Miriam? She would do the same.”

“Because she’s a lonely old woman.”

“Yes, but she lives close by anyways,” Ford dug his keys from his pocket. “I’ll drive.”

“I suppose it’ll be more entertaining than sitting home alone petting my kitty.”

“I thought you were allergic to cats?”

She winked. “I am, now let’s go.”

As he followed her, he realized what ‘kitty’ she was referring to. He played with it once, nearly a year ago. Since that moment, they remained distant friends. It was odd dating somebody who possibly had the urge to stab you in your sleep. He loaded her pink and silver bicycle into his back seat and they drove to Miriam’s house.

The woman lived in a small trailer park that was a short drive from the downtown area. Many nights Ford skipped meetings only to receive a phone call from Miriam questioning his whereabouts. She was a kind woman even though it was rumored she slaughtered an entire sorority house back in the seventies. They arrived at the woman’s trailer, the front yard decorated with gnomes dressed as businessmen and women. The streetlights weren’t operational, the neighborhood nearly ghost town like.

Ford and Lu exited the car and headed up to her front door. He raised his clenched fist to knock only for Lu to notice the trailer door was half-ajar. It creaked as she pushed it open, Ford stepping in first. The front yard theme continued inside. No matter where they looked, a gnome was visible. There were photos, miniature figures, dishware, and plush gnomes on her couch. Ford resisted greeting them, not accustomed to silent stuffed animals.

Lu passed the kitchen area and headed to the bedroom door knocking. “Miriam, you here?”

Ford stood close behind Lu. “You missed the meeting, Miriam. Are you okay?”

Lu grabbed the door handle, sliding it sideways into the wall. Miriam’s body lay sprawled out on her bloodstained mattress, multiple stab wounds in the woman’s chest. The average person would have reacted wildly to the scene in the bedroom. Her withering face was pale, her light blue eyes opened. Ford and Lu found themselves admiring the murder scene first, mourning the loss of their group leader second.

Lu shut the door. “The slasher has been slashed.”

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

1 Q&A with Steven Manchester




1. How did you come up with the idea for Twelve Months?
I had just finished a novel, entitled, The Rockin’ Chair (out in 2013) and was happy to take some time off. Two days later, I was in the shower when it hit me! I need to write this book.

2. Tell us a little bit about the main character, Don DiMarco?
Don DiMarco is an ordinary man faced with extraordinary circumstances—having to face his death long before he thought he would have to. He is madly in love with his wife, adores his daughter and spoils his two grandchildren. Don is a good man; the salt of the earth, and must find the courage to truly live.

3. What is your favorite scene in Twelve Months and why?
I have two (sorry): My One of my favorite scenes is when Don makes dinner for his wife—and fails. There’s a lot of lead-up to this and—within his actions—he proves the incredible love that he feels for her. The second scene is actually a chapter that takes place in Martha’s Vineyard. If you read the book, you’ll see what I mean.

4. Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are some of the things listed?
- Write a best-seller
- Travel abroad
- Meet my grandchildren

5. What do you hope to say to people with your writing?
I’ve always believed that good writers make people think, while great writers make their readers feel something. I’ve decided to go for the heart. I hope that my readers can feel the impact that I intended.

6. What sort of Starbucks coffee would Don order?
Large decaf—extra, extra (like I said, he’s an ordinary Joe)

7. Have you ever read or seen yourself as a character in one of your novels?
Yes—there’s a variation of myself or folks that I love in many of my characters. It’s best to write about what you know, as well as who you know. Thinking about certain people evokes emotion; using that emotion to bring a character to life is essential in successfully pulling it off for the reader.

8. Where is your favorite place to write?
Oddly enough, my dining room at night (no distractions).

9. What's on your bedside table?
My nemesis—the alarm clock, a half empty bottle of Coke Zero, two manuscripts that I promised to finish weeks ago and a copy of Garth Stein’s novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain

10. What is the last book you've read?
It was a re-read, and my all-time favorite—To Kill A Monckingbird


Twelve Months can be purchased:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=steven+manchester+twelve+months
website: http://www.stevenmanchester.com/12months/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorStevenManchester

Monday, August 20, 2012

0 The Brown House Book Tour: Guest Post and Give@way


My name is Christy Sloat and I am the author of the newly published, The Brown House. The Brown House follows my character Brylee Branson as she moves from California to New Jersey. Her and her family move into a creepy old house that everyone in the town claims is haunted. For this guest post today I have decided to interview Brylee and ask her all about her experiences in the house.


Christy: Hello Brylee. Tell me a little bit about yourself.

Brylee: Well I am 16 and I hate interviews. They make me seriously nervous.
Christy: That is completely understandable. I was shy at 16 too. Just tell me what you like to do in your spare time.
Brylee: I like to draw. I like to look at my boyfriend Ephraim and capture his face in detail on paper. I also like hanging with my best friend Lynley.

Christy: What was your first impression of New Jersey when you first arrived here?

Brylee: I thought the people talked very weird. But all in all it was pretty. We moved here in the Fall so I enjoyed seeing the trees change.

Christy: Now that your established here in New Jersey what is the best part about it?

Brylee: The beach is pretty cool. I also like to go down to the lake with my boyfriend and draw. He is a photographer so he takes photo’s and I draw.

Christy: Tell me about how you met your boyfriend.

Brylee: I met him through Lynley. He is her older brother. I thought he was the cutest boy I have ever met.

Christy: You live in the brown house. Is it haunted like everyone says?

Brylee: Um. I can’t really say. People should really read the book if they want to know that or not.

Christy: Anything at all?

Brylee: Okay fine. I can say that everyone in town says it’s haunted. My best friend won’t even come over without being scared. I have had some experiences in the house. But that’s all I can say.

Christy: Okay fair enough. How do you like being a character in a book?

Brylee: It’s cool I guess. You brought me to life so I guess I should thank you for that.

Christy: [laughs] Your most welcome. If you could tell the readers anything about the book to make them read it what would you say?

Brylee: I promise that the book is full of suspense, romance, adventure and it has a really cool outlook on the old house. It involves a bunch of cool characters, mostly me. [Giggles] But Ephraim and Lynley have good stories themselves. The stories about the original home owners, the Brown’s are one I will never forget. I would just tell them that you did an awesome job writing it.

Christy: Well thank you Brylee. I their anything you want to ask me?

Brylee: Sure what made you come up with all of us characters? The house especially.

Christy: My husband grew up in your house. After years of hearing him talk about the haunted happenings I decided to make a story out of it. I came up with all of you guys and I loved your character the best. I feel like you are wise beyond your years. You also deal with the strange things that occur with bravery. I think your a lot like  my niece Tayler.

Brylee: Wow I didn’t know your husband lived here. That’s pretty cool.

Christy: Yes it is. I want to thank you for this interview. Any last words?

Brylee: Keep us around please. I hope you continue writing about us.

Christy: I promise I will. The next book will come out next summer.

Well that’s is it. Thanks readers for meeting Brylee Branson. She is lovely. If you want to learn more about Brylee, Ephraim and Lynley read ‘The Brown House’.

Book Blurb:
Some secrets should never be revealed…
Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn’t miserable enough, they’ve moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins to see and hear things that can’t be explained…

Brylee has no choice but to seek the help of new friends to unlock the secrets of this place she now calls home. But some secrets should never be revealed. Can the teens find a way to release the spirits imprisoned within the walls? Or will the curse claim them, too?

Author Bio:
Author Bio-Christy Sloat is a Southern California native who now lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. She believes that reading is a passion and it should be embraced. If she is not reading or writing she is cooking or spending quality time with her children.She believes in past lives and love that can last lifetimes. She is huge Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling fan. Some of her favorite vacation spots are Maine, Massachusetts and California.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

1 Review: Thriller 3 Love is Murder

Title: Thriller 3: Love is Murder
Author: Various
Publisher: Mira
Published: May 29, 2012
ebook, arc
ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-1344-1
Genre: Suspense, Romance
Source: NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):
Prepare for heart-racing suspense in this original collection by thirty of the hottest bestselling authors and new voices writing romance suspense today.

My thoughts:
Love is Murder is a collection of romantic suspense short stories. It contains a variety of authors including, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Heather Graham, Andrea Kane, Allison Brennan, and the list goes on and on. The stories in this book are all short, thrilling tales set in the suspenseful situations. They range from police investigations to stories with a paranormal twists. I like the variety that this book offers. Every story is different. I think any reader could find something that they'd like in this book. I also discovered some 'new to me' authors in this book as well. The only thing I don't like about short stories is they leave me wanting more. If you like romantic suspense then you'll love this book.

My rating:


Saturday, August 18, 2012

0 New Book Alert: Thief Prince by Cheree Alsop


Blurb:
When her brother’s sickness forces Kit to accept the title of heir to her kingdom’s crown, she is outcast by the others and treated as inferior; but when she is forced along with the other heirs on a dangerous journey, her differences turn into strengths that may save their lives. Kit is tested both mentally and physically as she faces odds both on the battlefield and within the royal social circles. She soon realizes that her greatest challenge may be to return home with her heart in one piece.

Thief Prince is a story of courage in the face of fear, and of love despite overwhelming odds. Whether you are looking for an adventure or the chance to see kingdoms beyond your world, Thief Prince is the story to sweep you away. Check out Cheree Alsop's website | blog | Goodreads

The Thief Prince is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble



4 Give@way: Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck


“She remembered when Hemingway had planted a banyan at his house and told her its parasitic roots were like human desire. At the time she’d thought it romantic. She hadn’t understood his warning.”

In Depression-era Key West, Mariella Bennet, the daughter of an American fisherman and a Cuban woman, knows hunger. Her struggle to support her family following her father’s death leads her to a bar and bordello, where she bets on a risky boxing match...and attracts the interest of two men: world-famous writer, Ernest Hemingway, and Gavin Murray, one of the WWI veterans who are laboring to build the Overseas Highway.

When Mariella is hired as a maid by Hemingway’s second wife, Pauline, she enters a rarified world of lavish, celebrity-filled dinner parties and elaborate off-island excursions. As she becomes caught up in the tensions and excesses of the Hemingway household, the attentions of the larger-than-life writer become a dangerous temptation...even as the reliable Gavin Murray draws her back to what matters most. Will she cross an invisible line with the volatile Hemingway, or find a way to claim her own dreams? As a massive hurricane bears down on Key West, Mariella faces some harsh truths...and the possibility of losing everything she loves.

Thanks to Berkley/NAL I have one copy of Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck to giveaway. This giveaway is open to US/Canada residents only. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Please fill out the form below.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

0 Give@way: The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo


The Talk-Funny Girl: A Novel by Roland Merullo
A beautifully written coming-of-age story that is a testament to one young woman's courage and the healing force of love. Marjorie is raised by parents so intentionally isolated from normal human society that they develop their own dialect, a kind of mountain hybrid of English that displays both their ignorance of and disdain for the wider world. As the nearby factory town sinks deeper into economic ruin, Marjorie is rescued from her own private hell in unique fashion: she is hired by a man, himself a victim of abuse, who is building what he calls "a cathedral," right in the center of town. Day by day, Marjorie's skills as a stoneworker increase, and so does her discomfort with the bitter rules of her family life. Slowly, she discovers what is lovable within herself, and this new confidence enables her to break free, start a family of her own, and try to fully heal her wounds without passing the pain on to her own children.
“In the searing tradition of Bastard out of Carolina and Ellen Foster… Merullo not only displays an inventive use of language in creating the Richards’ strange dialect but also delivers a triumphant story of one lonely girl’s resilience.”--Booklist

“Captivating...[Merullo] is adept at creating suspense, planting credible red herrings, and finally spilling the truth at just the right moment...in a breathless, stunning climax that feels both surprising and inevitable." - Boston Globe

Thanks to Broadway Paperbacks I have one copy to giveaway to US readers. You must be 13 years old to enter. Please fill out the form below.

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0 John Major Guest Post

To join or not to join a writers group.


Joe woke up and thought, hey it’s Wednesday. No, stroke that out, you were told last week you can’t start like that. Try again!

Joe’s weary, bleary, bloodshot eyes, staring back at him from the bathroom mirror, told of another gin sodden evening with him falling asleep on the couch yet again, snoring and dribbling, while his wife, Susan, crept off to her lonely bed!

And there lay the problem, had it really happened?

John Henry (aka johnmajorspain@gmail.com) was part of The Torrevieja Writers’ Circle which meets every Wednesday morning in the Olympic Restaurant, Mil Palmeras, just South of Torrevieja in Spain. That information is included in case an editor somewhere sees this, spots the raw talent, and wishes to commission a full length feature film or, better still, just send money, by way of appreciation.

Members of the circle are encouraged to read out pieces they have written and are rewarded by the critical acclaim and constructive comments of their colleagues, or sometimes get torn to pieces. In fact some of the members can be quite cruel.

John had been reading out a series of short articles, known in the group as “The Joe Stories,” which he’d written based on things that had either happened to him or someone he knew and were completely true, other things that were nearly true but substantially enhanced and some pieces of pure fiction. But he’d noticed that some members of the group were looking at him in a slightly odd way. How much was story and how much was him? He was sure that’s what they were asking. Fact and fiction were becoming blurred and after reading one particular piece he distinctly heard a lady turn to the woman beside her and say, “I honestly don’t know why his wife is still with him!”

At the coffee break they’d say things like, “Excuse me John, I’ve just remembered I have to go to the toilet urgently,” and disappear in the opposite direction to the toilet, or “Excuse me John, I see Nik (our head honcho) is free and I’ve something really important I must ask him,” and then they wouldn’t go near Nik, just go and fetch their drink.

He longed to get a chance to set the story straight.

To let them know whether or not he’d ever really punched his boss on the nose.

Had he ever been up for drunk driving or lost his licence or been fired.

Had he ever closed Dublin Airport because of a bomb scare, and been strip searched. But the image of that tall Garda officer, with the blond hair and blue eyes, and that green latex rubber glove came to his mind more regularly than he would have liked.

And he’d never made Susan stand on that roundabout. (Delete for non-Spanish readers who wouldn’t understand the link between ladies of the night and roundabouts.)

So this week he had decided he would definitely not read out the pedophile story.

No. This week he was going to keep his mouth shut.

He wasn’t going to give them a chance to batter him over his inconsistent points of view, his willy nilly use of tenses, his factual impossibilities or his incorrect use of the comma. This week they could take their comma and stick it.

Next week he’d tell ‘em but this week, no, Mum’s the word, though they’d criticize him for the cliché.

He’d keep quiet and, come the coffee break, he’d have his drink, keep his head down, and they could all go to hell. They wouldn’t get him this week.

The author eventually returned to Ireland, the ‘Joe’ stories were put together, accepted by Old Line Publishing in Maryland USA and published as “A Recipe for Disaster’ by John Henry. The book is a mixture of fact, embroidered fact and pure fiction  and I challenge anyone to figure out which parts are which.  

A Recipe For Disaster is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Read Chapter one of A Recipe For Disaster below:
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

0 Review: Born to Blood by Melanie Nowak

Title: Born To Blood: Almost Human, The Second Trilogy
Author: Melanie Nowak
Publisher: Wood Witch Dame Publications
Published: May 30, 2010
paperback, 376 pages
ISBN: 9780982410233
Genre: paranormal
Source: Author

Summary (from Goodreads):

Alyson used to think vampires were almost human; until she became one. Lovingly turned by her boyfriend Mattie, Allie has come to possess powers previously unknown among vampire kind. Now they seek the help of the elder vampire Cain, to discover not only what she is capable of, but why.
Still healing from heartbreak over Cain, Felicity looked forward to a nice, human relationship, but dating the son of a vampire hunter, and having a psychic bond with one of his prey makes life far from normal. How can she discover the truths of love when forced to live with so many secrets?
Someone has contrived a diabolical plan to control destiny, and blood may not only be the catalyst for change, but also the master of manipulation behind it. Is rebirth as a vampire always at the discretion of an undead sire, or sometimes is one simply born to blood?

Spoiler Alert: This book is part of a series. If you've not read the first trilogy then this review will contain spoilers. 
My thoughts:
Born to Blood is the first book in the second Almost Human trilogy by Melanie Nowak. The first three books in the series are really good, and I was excited to see what direction Nowak would take these characters. In the first trilogy we learn about Mattie, but he's a minor character. In Born to Blood  we finally get to know him. At the end of Evolving Ecstasy, Allie is turned into a vampire by Mattie. This book is their story. It picks up before Allie's change and follows the weeks after. Allie is one who marches to the beat of her own drum. As a vampire she isn't much different. However there is something unusual about her. They go to Cain to seek his guidance. Cain is depressed since leaving Felicity. Thinking he did the right thing, he tries to move on. Allie and Mattie's dilemma is the perfect distraction. However things are more complicated than they first appeared, and they're forced to seek help from a dangerous vampire.
The first book in this second trilogy sets up what looks to be a promising story throughout this trilogy. Born to Blood introduces some new mysterious characters as well as brings back the old ones. The world that Nowak creates is exciting. There is so much going on all the time. If you're a fan of this series, you don't want to miss out on this next trilogy of Almost Human. If you've not read it yet, then what are you waiting for. The next book in this series is Descendant of Darkness. I can't wait to see where Nowak takes these characters!
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

3 Paranormal Romances Featuring Aliens: Guest Post and Give@way by Milda Harris


Paranormal Romances Featuring Aliens 

Paranormal romances usually make you think of vampires, werewolves, and ghosts, but aliens don't usually come to mind. Still, there are some pretty great paranormal romances involving aliens from YA books to more adult fiction.

The Host by Stephanie Meyer - This one is probably one of the most popular alien paranormal romances right now, coming right after Meyer's super successful Twilight series and it's meant for adults.  I've only just started reading it and it's really fascinating since the main character is basically two characters in one body. I can't wait to check out the movie and see how they do it! In the meantime, here's the premise: The earth has been taken over by aliens who use humans as hosts. In the case of The Wanderer, though, her host's mind, Melanie, refuses to let The Wanderer completely take over. Instead, Melanie fills The Wanderer's mind with memories of her love, Jared...

Roswell High Series by Melinda Metz starting with The Outsider (#1) - I was a super fan of the TV series of the same name, but the books started it all! Set in Roswell, New Mexico (of course), one day high schooler Liz is shot in the stomach and a classmate of hers named Max, heals her. Aliens, romance, and suspense ensue. It's great!

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore - John Smith is a teenage alien hiding from a group of terrifying aliens bent on destroying him and others like him.  There's action, there's romance, and there's aliens! Okay, maybe there's more action, but there is romance! Oh, and if you watch the movie, it stars the very good looking Alex Pettyfer.

Your Planet or Mine? by Susan Grant - This one just sounds like a fun romantic adventure read.  A nine year old named Jana rescues a space alien stuck in the tree outside her bedroom window and gets her first kiss. Twenty-three years later the alien returns to warn the girl he could never forget... Cute! Fun!

Red Handed (Teen Alien Huntress) by Gena Showalter - The premise: Phoenix Germaine is sent to reform school except it turns out that she's actually been recruited to the elite Alien Investigation and Removal agency and her new instructor is drop dead gorgeous guy who was there the night she got into the trouble that put her into the situation. Romance, thrills, and action make it a fun ride! Gena Showalter also has an adult alien huntress series starting with Awaken Me Darkly (Alien Huntress #1).

Obsidian (A Lux Novel) by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Katy Swartz moves to a new school her senior year, but things look up when she meets her neighbor, Daemon, at least until he starts talking. He's infuriating.  That, and it turns out he's an alien with a galaxy of enemies! I always love it when the romantic lead is infuriating - it makes the romance so much more fun!

And, of course, my book!

Doppelganger by Milda Harris  - Citrus Leahy is having a really bad day. First she's late to school. Then she runs into the girl who drives her nuts because she always calls her Orange instead of her name. To cap it all off, when Citrus finally makes it to class, she sees herself already inside. Wait. What? Citrus Leahy has a doppelganger! It's probably aliens taking over the world and her life has just turned totally upside down. Goodbye, normal. Hello, paranormal. Luckily, her crush Aedan has the exact same problem!

MILDA HARRIS has a dog named after a piece of candy (Licorice), was once hit by a tree (seriously), and wears hot pink sunglasses (why not?). She is the young adult author of Doppelganger (#1), Adventures in Funeral Crashing, Adventures of a Graveyard Girl, The New Girl Who Found A Dead Body, and Connected: A Paranormal Romance. She also works in production on television shows like Austin & Ally, Hannah Montana, and That's So Raven. Find out more about her at: www.mildaharris.com;twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mildaharris


book link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Doppelganger-The-Doppeglangers-ebook/dp/B008R0JPKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343845765&sr=8-1&keywords=doppelganger+milda+harris

Giveaway
Citrus Leahy is having a really bad day. First she's late to school. Then she runs into the girl who drives her nuts because she always calls her Orange instead of her name. To cap it all off, when Citrus finally makes it to class, she sees herself already inside. Wait. What? Citrus Leahy has a doppelganger! It's probably aliens taking over the world and her life has just turned totally upside down. Goodbye, normal. Hello, paranormal! Luckily, her crush Aedan has the exact same problem!

Milda Harris has offered 2-ecopies up for grabs to our readers. Please read the giveaway policy tab before entering. To enter you must be at least 13 years old. You must fill out the rafflecopter form below.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Has A Crush


When asked about the model for Baby Jaimie I've always replied by saying she is me when I was a child. Baby Jaimie replied to that response recently by saying, "Nuh-uh!" At first I thought she was just saying that to be abstinent, but after talking with her for a while I learned Baby Jaimie and I may look a like, but the similarities basically end there.
We both love sports, but she is more of a hands on type of a person. I prefer playing too, but I am perfectly content to watch a baseball game on television or in person. Baby Jaimie can't sit still long enough to watch one inning. She also has difficulty sitting through movies and forget about NASCAR. Baby Jaimie can't understand why anyone would watch for hours as cars go in circles. I, on the other hand, can't get enough of NASCAR. Go Kasey Kahne!
I have loved books for as long as I can remember. Before I could read by myself story time where I was read to was my favorite time of day. My favorite was the Amelia Bedelia series. There were a lot of funny pictures, as were the stories. The thing I liked most about them? I could get a whole story read to me in one sitting.
Baby Jaimie's favorite book series is Diary of a Wimpy Kid. To understand her fascination I read her favorite book in the series, School Daze. It was a great book, but far different from the books I was reading at her age, which is six. And it's not just the illustrations that are different, this book is two hundred and seventeen pages long. It's a fast read, but still, I'd never chosen a thick book by choice at that age.
Even our tastes in baked goods are different. Anyone who knows me know I love cookies. Baby Jaimie will sneak them if that's all she can get her hands on, but she prefers cake.
After my talk with Baby Jaimie I realized from now on I'm going to have to change my answer when I'm asked how I came up with the character of Baby Jaimie. The original concept was to model her after myself, but somewhere along the way she developed into her own person. Now I'm like the rest of you, I can't wait to see where she goes and what she does next. Guess we will find out together when The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Loses a Tooth comes out later this month.


Book Blurb:
From the minute she met him everyone thought Baby Jaimie's first crush was
Derek. Derek even thought so. That's why he asked her first grade teacher,
Mrs. Smith if he could come visit her. The day of the visit didn't go as
planned. While Derek was introducing himself a new student, Jack, entered
the room and stole everyone's attention. Especially Baby Jaimie's. For
that reason Derek took an instant disliking to the new kid. Baby Jaimie is
forced to choose between Derek and Jack and she doesn't know what to do.
Is there a way to combine old friends with new friends? Can't they all
just get along? Find out in The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Has
A Crush.

Author Bio:
Jaimie Hope was born November 3, 1976 in New York. It wasn't until high
school, where she joined the newspaper staff, that she decided she wanted
to be a writer. After graduation, writing was put aside for a while. The
author went to college and received an Associates degree in 1999. Then she
moved to Florida where she was an active volunteer in the local historical
society and remained active in the arts. It wasn’t until 2005 that Jaimie
wrote her first children's book, The Adventures of Baby Jaimie, published
in 2006 and Who Says You Can"t Go Home? in 2008. The Adventures of Baby
Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Goes to School in 2010. Her Autobiography, Roll With
It followed by the third volume in her children's series, The Adventures
of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Gets Stage Fright, and her first Paranormal
Romance, When You Come Back To Me Again were released in 2011. Finally,
The Adventures of Baby Jaimie: Baby Jaimie Has a Crush was released in
2012. What's next for this author? Currently, she has the fifth volume in
the Baby Jaimie series under contract and a couple novels are also in the
works.

Print Edition:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Adventures-Baby-Jaimie-Volume/dp/1475154674/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1338657858&sr=8-8

E-book Edition:
http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Baby-Jaimie-Crush-ebook/dp/B007RHFB3U/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1338657858&sr=8-5

Links:
Website: http://www.jaimiehope.com
Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jaimie-Hope/255441457835397
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/JaimieHope
Wordpress Blog: http://jaimiehope.wordpress.com/
GoodReads:  http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/8875519-jaimie-hope


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