Friday, May 31, 2013

0 Q&A with Esther Wheelmaker


1. Describe your book in three words.
Superheores, zombies, voodoo.

2. What exactly is 'zombiepunk'?
Fun story. I needed a series name and the main paranormal creature is a zombie. So I put up a post on FB. Got a few different responses, but because this is a Steampunk book one author friend recommended “zombiepunk”. It was love at first sight. ::wink::

3. How many books do you have planned for this series?
At least four since it’s not a trilogy. I’m waiting to see where the characters take me and what they have planned. Book two is under way so I know there is at least that!

4. Which character did you have the most fun writing? why?
I would have to say Emily was lots of fun. She is quick witted and doesn’t seem to care how nasty the comment is as long as she protects her best friend Lucy. She is loyal and it comes across well in the writing.

5. I have a irrational fear of zombies. What advice could you give me on how to survive a zombie Apocalypse?
Use the double tap and start your cardio training now! Lmao.

6. Who would you want to be on your zombie survival team?
V is for Villains (the band that stars in the book), Carlos Santiago, Aeron and Lucy.

7.What is the best book you've read so far this year?
The Art of War For Writers. I love this book! I am always re-reading it.

8. What author would you love to meet in person?
Tamora Pierce. She is the one who inspired me to start writing books and I can never say enough thank you’s for that.

9. What is your favorite summer activity?
Writing. ::blush:: what should I say? LoL. The beach is great tho. I love traveling during the summer.

10. What do you do when you're not writing?
I try to sew and make my own costumes, exercise, play with the kids (dog and cat), hang out with friends, day trips, movies, circus exercising, think up new ways to do hands on research, symphony, museums, read…all the normal stuff everyone does.

Gravely Inanimated is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. To find out more about the author visit http://www.zombiepunkseries.com/

Thursday, May 30, 2013

0 Keeper of the Wolves is out now, and we're celebrating with a giveaway!

 

“I had been away from the fall of moonlight and the glow of the stars so long I forgot how real I felt beneath their quiet contemplation.”

Victus, a wolf forced to change to the form of a man in the moonlight, lost everything the night he was captured. Caged and beaten, he quickly learned the darkest depths of the human soul. But when blue eyes and a soft smile threatened to steal his heart along with freeing him, he was torn between two worlds.

Victus has to decide if he can trust his fierce instincts to protect the girl, or if he should run away with the wolf pack whose loyalty kept him alive. When a terror appears that threatens to destroy them all, Victus’ decision may be the only thing that can protect those he cares about.

A true love story, Keeper of the Wolves takes love and sacrifice to a new level. Victus faces the ultimate truth: in finding love, one must truly be prepared to put everything on the line in order to not lose it again.

Social Media Links:
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Barnes&Noble for ebook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/cheree-alsop?store=allproducts&keyword=cheree+alsop 
Smashwords for all ebook formats: http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=cheree+alsop 


*Giveaway*
Cheree Alsop is giving away 3 e-books of her latest novel Keeper of Wolves. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Giveaway is open to all! Good luck!

0 Calling all audiobook lovers: Find out how to get audiobooks for FREE all summer long!


Sync and AudioFile Magazine have the greatest summer program of all time! You can download two audiobooks for FREE every week all summer long. They've partnered with a bunch of publishers in order to spread the love of audiobooks. I've participated in this event for the past two years and have listened to and enjoyed many books. Here's the list of books you can download this summer:


May 30 – June 5, 2013
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, read by Rebecca Gibel (AudioGO)
The Tempest by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)
June 6 – June 12, 2013
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, read by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Audio)
June 13 – June 19, 2013
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton (Scholastic Audiobooks)
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, read by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books)
June 20 – June 26, 2013
Once by Morris Gleitzman, read by Morris Gleitzman (Bolinda Audio)
Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr., read by Dion Graham (christianaudio)
June 27 – July 3, 2013
Rotters by Daniel Kraus, read by Kirby Heyborne (Listening Library)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, read by Jim Weiss (Listening Library)
July 4 – July 10, 2013
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, read by Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio)
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)
July 11 – July 17, 2013
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, read by Peter Altschuler (HarperAudio)
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, read by Simon Vance (Tantor Audio)
July 18 – July 24, 2013
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, read by Erin Moon (Recorded Books)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)
July 25 – July 31, 2013
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, read by Charlie McWade (Scholastic Audiobooks)
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, read by Steve West (Blackstone Audio)
Aug 1 – Aug 7, 2013
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane, read by Dan Weyman (Macmillan Audio)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Ralph Cosham (Blackstone Audio)
Aug 8 – Aug 14, 2013
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, read by Katherine Kellgren (Brilliance Audio)
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, read by Miriam Margolyes (Bolinda Audio)
Aug 15 – Aug 21, 2013
Sold by Patricia McCormick, read by Justine Eyre (Tantor Audio)
Let Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie, read by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audio)
These titles are only available to download during the specific dates listed. After you download it, it's yours to listen to anytime you want. The files are mp3 so you can listen to them on practically any device. Also it uses overdrive so if you already have it, you're all set. If not, you can download it for free as well. Here's the link: http://www.audiobooksync.com/free-sync-downloads/ 
Happy listening! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

0 #SeductionVirtualTour Guest Post by M.J. Rose












“If mankind is to advance there must be installed permanently at the head of its columns proud instances of courage. Acts of daring light the pages of history and the soul of man. The sunrise is an act of daring. To venture, to defy, to persevere, to be true to one's self, to grapple with destiny, to dismay calamity by not being afraid of it, to challenge now unrighteous powers and now victory run wild, to stand fast and hold firm - these are the Guest Posts that the peoples need, the spark that electrifies them.” 

Excerpt from SEDUCTION - From Chapter 2
Jac had read what Jung wrote about our shadow selves being the negative, unresolved aspects of personality. The part of the psyche we must confront and come to terms with if we ever hope to become whole. Jac knew she hadn't yet confronted all her shadows. And that one day she’d need to.

Publication Date:  May 7, 2013
Atria Books
Hardcover; 384p
ISBN-10: 1451621507

SYNOPSIS: From the author of The Book of Lost Fragrances comes a haunting novel about a grieving woman who discovers the lost journal of novelist Victor Hugo, awakening a mystery that spans centuries.

In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, Hugo began participating in hundreds of séances to reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with the likes of Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even the Devil himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been published. Or so it was believed.

Recovering from her own losses, mythologist Jac L’Etoile arrives on the Isle of Jersey—where Hugo conducted the séances—hoping to uncover a secret about the island’s Celtic roots. But the man who’s invited her there, a troubled soul named Theo Gaspard, has hopes she’ll help him discover something quite different—Hugo’s lost conversations with someone called the Shadow of the Sepulcher.

What follows is an intricately plotted and atmospheric tale of suspense with a spellbinding ghost story at its heart, by one of America’s most gifted and imaginative novelists.

About the Author


M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of eleven novels and two non-fiction books on marketing. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many magazines and reviews including Oprah Magazine. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio.
  Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s i
n advertising, has a commercial in the Mus
 
eum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors -Authorbuzz.com.  The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Renincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members 
of Internation
al Thriller Writers and runs the blog- Buzz, Balls & Hype.  She is also the co-founder ofPeroozal.com and BookTrib.com.

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

For more information on M.J. Rose and her novels, please visit her WEBSITE. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.



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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

0 Something Wicked This Way Comes Review: Seduction by M.J. Rose

Title: Seduction: The Reincarnationist #5)
Author: M.J. Rose
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: May 7, 2013
Paperback arc, 370 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4516-2150-1
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery
Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours





Goodreads Summary:
In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, Hugo began participating in hundreds of séances to reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with the likes of Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even the Devil himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been published. Or so it was believed.

Recovering from her own losses, mythologist Jac L’Etoile arrives on the Isle of Jersey—where Hugo conducted the séances—hoping to uncover a secret about the island’s Celtic roots. But the man who’s invited her there, a troubled soul named Theo Gaspard, has hopes she’ll help him discover something quite different—Hugo’s lost conversations with someone called the Shadow of the Sepulcher.

What follows is an intricately plotted and atmospheric tale of suspense with a spellbinding ghost story at its heart, by one of America’s most gifted and imaginative novelists.

My thoughts:
I first came across M.J. Rose last year when I read The Book of Lost Fragrances, which is the fourth book in the Reincarnationist series. I loved that even though I hadn't read the previous books, I could jump into this series without being completely lost in the story line.  Although reading the previous books does have an advantage. After enjoying The Book of Lost Fragrances, I was excited to continue with this series by reading Seduction.
Seduction takes place in several time periods with characters that intersect into each others lives. Rose also includes the Jungian's theory and reincarnation to add to this mix of historical fiction and mystery. I also love that she involves the French novelist--Victor Hugo. Based on actual events that surrounded Hugo in his life, Rose pumps up the supernatural volume. Hugo lost his daughter in a tragic boating accident. He exiles himself to the Island of Jersey in 1855. Desperate and grief stricken, Hugo turns to seances to try to re-connect with his darling daughter. Instead he connects with something dark and sinister. 
Jac L’Etoile has probably one of the coolest jobs ever! She's a mythologist who travels looking to discover ancient secrets. She's also the heir to a a perfume dynasty. Jac has an extraordinary talent for mixing perfumes but denies that side of her because of her tragic childhood. Jac travels to the Island of Jersey as a favor to a childhood friend. Once there,  Jac begins to unravel an unsolved mystery as well as unearth secrets that were thought lost forever.
Seduction has plot lines that mingle together over the course of this story. You have Jac in present day, Jac's childhood, Victor Hugo, and Owain and Gwenore. Rose writes in such a way that this isn't confusing at all. It's easy to keep the story straight. I also love the way Rose intertwines facts with fiction. So much so at times it was hard to know the difference between fact and fiction. This is an intriguing story that will grab you. I love the characters in this series. They are flawed and damaged, but completely relateable. Jac is surrounded daily by 'supernatural' events, but she's still a skeptic.  I love this aspect of her personality. It holds true for so many people. Out of the two books I've read by M.J. Rose, this is my favorite. This book encompasses mystery, romance, paranormal, intrigue, and more.  The only thing holding me back is on the cover of the book, Seduction is called 'A Novel of Suspense' and while I do think this is a really good novel, I didn't think it was very suspenseful. When I think of suspense, I think along the lines of a Hitchcock film. The type that has you on the edge of your seat screaming at the character in the book or biting your fingernails off. Other than that this is a great book to read.  I hope the author has more books in store for this series. I'd love to read more about these characters. 


My rating:

Other books in this series:
The Reincarnationist
The Memorist
The Hypnotist
Seduction


Monday, May 27, 2013

0 Q&A with Beth Hoffman and Giveaway


  
1.) After the success of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, how did you come up with the idea for LOOKING FOR ME?

When I finished touring with CeeCee, I had no idea what I would write. The characters had become so real to me that I felt guilty abandoning them to craft a different story. I especially had a hard time not continuing on with Oletta. For several months I shut down all thoughts about writing.

One day I sat at my desk and began going through stacks of old photographs. The more I sorted, the more I thought about my family and my childhood on the farm—how simple and uncomplicated life was, how much I missed the big old barn and the woodlands that backed up to the fields. I stared out the window and spent a good deal of time reliving those days, and while I was caught up in the nostalgia, something flashed in my periphery. I turned to see a red-tailed hawk land on a tree branch. I watched the morning light glaze across his pale chest, and how, just before he settled, he spread his rusty-red tail feathers to reveal the full spectrum of his regalia. I got a bit teary at the beauty of him, and then …WHAM! I had the beginning of my story.

2.) You always write so beautifully about your novels’ settings, making the reader feel like they’re being transported to another place. With LOOKING FOR ME, did you decide on the location of the novel—Charleston—first, or did that come later? Did you spend a lot of time there?

I write about places I love, places to which I feel a deep connection. I wanted would write about a farm family, and when the character of Teddi took form and she fell in love with the process of antique restoration, I knew Charleston was where she would ultimately end up. I’ve spent a great deal of time in Charleston and feel incredibly comfortable there. In many ways it’s like a second home to me. Plus, with Charleston’s history of antiques shops and gorgeous architecture, it was the ideal juxtaposition to Teddi’s life on the farm.

3.) You write very personally about the novel’s other main setting, the Overman farm in Kentucky. Being a Kentuckian yourself, do you have a strong connection to Red River Gorge?

The Overman farm comes from my roots and my heart. Nothing makes me happier or causes a flood of memories like setting my feet on farmland. I chose the location of Red River Gorge as the backdrop to the farm for many reasons—its mystery and power are palpable, and it’s so stunning that no matter how many times I’m there, I’m always awestruck. Known for its incredible rock formations, dense forests, waterfalls and wildlife, Red River Gorge was the perfect place for the character of Josh to be swept into the romance of the wild. Paleo-Indians thrived there, and it holds a treasure trove of petroglyphs. Every time I ride the gondola up to Natural Bridge and stand on that massive, nine hundred ton sandstone bridge, I feel connected to something far beyond my comprehension. Over 70 million years of changing weather has sculpted Red River Gorge into a place as magical as it is eerie.

4.) LOOKING FOR ME touches on the power of objects—through them we remember our past and face our future—what are some objects that have held meaning for you in your own life? Do you think it’s important to hold onto the things of our past?

By nature I’m a neat-nut and about as opposite to a hoarder as anyone could be, so I’m not inclined to keep things unless they truly have strong meaning to me. I do think it’s wise to keep things that hold memories like family heirlooms, books, photographs and letters, but there’s a fine line between keeping what is precious or sentimental, and overloading my basement and attic with stuff.

5.) The characters in LOOKING FOR ME seem as real as neighbors that live next door—what do you draw on when writing characters? How much do you borrow from real life? Do you model your characters on people you know?

The characters in my novels arrive in my imagination fully realized. Not only do I see them and hear them, but I also get a strong sense of their spirit. While a few characters might have small similarities to people I’ve known, the majority of them have come to me as the story unfolds. More often than not, I meet them just as my readers meet them. It’s a fascinating process.

6.) Birds and feathers play an important role in this story—where did your interest in birds come from, and what do they symbolize in your work?

Nature, animals and birds have enthralled me for all my life. My parents and grandparents had a deep respect for nature and all her creatures, and from a very early age I was taught to be gentle and kind. One of my first memories is of standing in the vegetable garden with my grandma and having her show me how to gently lift a toad and move him out of the way of the strawberry wagon. By the time I was five, I could name nearly every bird that visited our farm, not only by sight, but also by their songs. I viewed birds as beautiful messengers, and as a teen, I loved reading Native American folklore, which is rich with stories about birds and their spirits.

7.) This is your second novel—what advice do you have for writers and novelists just starting out? How did you find your own voice as a novelist?

Captivating storytelling is a gift—good writing is an art. By understanding how to combine those elements, a writer can save themselves from a whole lot of headaches. There are many books that can help a writer hone their talent, but voice comes from a deep place and cannot be discovered without having an inner ear. I say inner ear because writers must hear their voice come alive and rise from the page, and it must always ring true. Being a good listener helps a writer find his/her voice. By tuning our inner ear to catch voice inflections, mood, and the many subtleties of dialect, our own writing voice is strengthened. I believe the best way for a writer to know if they’ve found their unique voice is for them read aloud something they’ve written. Voice is a complex thing to achieve, but once a writer hears it, they’ll know that they’ve just captured the most illusive butterfly of all.

About the book: A Southern novel of family and antiques from the bestselling author of the beloved Saving CeeCee Honeycutt 

Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel,Looking for Me.

Teddi Overman found her life’s passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side of the road in rural Kentucky. She learns to turn other people’s castoffs into beautifully restored antiques, and eventually finds a way to open her own shop in Charleston. There, Teddi builds a life for herself as unexpected and quirky as the customers who visit her shop.  Though Teddi is surrounded by remarkable friends and finds love in the most surprising way, nothing can alleviate the haunting uncertainty she’s felt in the years since her brother Josh’s mysterious disappearance. When signs emerge that Josh might still be alive, Teddi is drawn home to Kentucky.  It’s a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family—and to find herself at last.  But first she must decide what to let go of and what to keep.

Looking for Me brilliantly melds together themes of family, hope, loss, and a mature once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. The result is a tremendously moving story that is destined to make bestselling author Beth Hoffman a novelist to whom readers will return again and again as they have with Adriana Trigiani, Fannie Flagg, and Joshilyn Jackson


Thanks to Viking/Penguin I have 3 books to giveaway to my lucky readers. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Giveaway is open to US only. 


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Sunday, May 26, 2013

1 Age of Desire Giveaway




Now in paperback, a sparkling glimpse into the life of Edith Wharton and the scandalous love affair that threatened her closest friendship, THE AGE OF DESIRE: A Novel (Penguin; On-sale: 5/28/13; $16.00; 978-0-14-312328-6), by Jennie Fields, brings to life one of literature’s most beloved writers, whose own story was as complex and nuanced as that of any of the heroines she created.
Extraordinary coincidences, such as the sudden discovery of more than 100 letters from Edith to Anna, Edith’s governess turned literary secretary and confessor, make Jennie Fields’ own story of writing this novel remarkable. In THE AGE OF DESIRE, Fields seamlessly weaves these letters and other diary entries throughout a narrative that alternates between the points of view of both women, taking the reader on a vivid journey through Wharton’s exhilarating world.

To help celebrate the release of THE AGE OF DESIRE in paperback, Penguin is giving away two copies of this book to two of my lucky readers. To enter you must be at least 13 years old. This giveaway is open to US residents only. Good luck! 
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Friday, May 24, 2013

0 Sound Bites: A Rock & Roll Love Story Guest Post and Giveaway



Sound Bites is a musically inspired love story, and my overall intention of the book was to highlight the bond that music forms between people.  As an avid creative arts lover, I’ve always felt that music was something that connects people, which was the primary concept I wanted to emphasize.
Sound Bites focuses on Renee Evans, a twenty-five year old music journalist, and Dylan Cavallari, an aspiring musician. Renee has just moved back to her hometown of Boston after walking in on her best friend, Justine Sterling, and her boyfriend, David Whitman, in bed together.  Soon after she arrives home, she meets her new neighbor Dylan, who lives in the apartment upstairs. Although the two get off to a rough start, their mutual love of music eventually forms a bond between them, thus leading to a romantic affair.
In the end, Renee and Justine reconcile their friendship, but because the story mainly centers on Renee and Dylan’s relationship, readers never get a chance to see what really transpired between Justine and David.
In the sequel, Love Bites (to be released fall of 2013!), we get a chance to reflect on Justine and David’s past and watch their story unfold, as well as see what happens with Renee and Dylan’s future.
Here is a short except from Love Bites – Coming soon!

Love Bites (Book 2 in the Sound Bites Series) - Excerpt

When I awoke in the morning, it took me a minute to realize where I was. White walls… navy bedspread… not much evidence otherwise. Then I looked over and saw David’s sleeping face, buried in a navy and white striped pillow.
It all came back to me in one giant wave. The whiskey. David telling me he loved me. His hands on me. Carrying me to the bedroom.
Oh God.
I was going to be sick.
I crept quietly out of bed, bolted to the bathroom, and threw up. I knew the whiskey was only partially to blame. The disgust I had for myself was far more nauseating.
How could I have done this? To Renee of all people? She was the last person in the world I’d ever want to hurt, and I’d committed the ultimate betrayal, all because I just wanted someone to love me.
Sadly, I did have someone who loved me. But apparently, she wasn’t enough.
I thought back to all the times Renee had come to my defense. When my mom found a joint in my backpack and she took the rap for it. Letting me borrow money she didn’t have for things I didn’t need. Helping me with my UCLA application so we could move away together. She had always been the first person to come to my rescue.
I leaned over and threw up again.
Luckily, David’s bathroom was stocked with Listerine, so I managed to pull myself together into a presentable human being again. I pulled my disheveled hair back into a ponytail and stood up to face myself in the mirror.
To anyone else, I looked like an attractive, petite brunette with wide blue eyes, a button nose, and a girl next door smile.
To me, I looked like a girl who was so busy wallowing in self-pity that she betrayed everyone who loved her because she didn’t love herself. I had done the unthinkable, all because I thought if some guy loved me, then I was worthy.
Pathetic.
I crept back into David’s bed, trying my hardest not to wake him. Half of me wanted to slip my clothes on, sneak out the front door, and pretend this never happened, but I knew we had to talk.
David stirred beside me, and his eyes fluttered open. I waited for his reaction to mirror mine, but all he did was smile and wrap his arms around me in a half-hug.
“Good morning beautiful,” he mumbled, burying his head in my neck.
When I didn’t respond, he looked up at me with sleepy eyes. Although he looked adorable with his messy bed hair, all my feelings for him seemed to have temporarily subsided. I just stared at him, panic stricken, unable to speak.
“Oh no,” he said, sensing my nerves. “Don’t look at me like that.”
I lay back on the bed and rested my head on the pillow, turning my head to face him. “David, I… we…” I sighed. “We should never have…”
“Listen,” he interjected, propping his head on his elbow. “I know what you’re thinking, and I know how you’re probably feeling right now. But I need you to know that I meant everything I said last night.”
And there it was, my biggest fear, staring me right in the face. Instead of David agreeing that it was all a mistake and suggesting we never mention it again, it was even worse.
David was in love me, too.
I didn’t know what to say. No matter which direction I took, I couldn’t win.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to respond.
I heard her before I saw her. It happened so fast I didn’t have time to react. The sound of doors closing. Footsteps in the hall. The look on my beautiful best friend’s face when she came face to face with her boyfriend and best friend. In bed. Together.
And for as long as I live, I’ll never be able to erase that image from my mind.


For more information about the books and the author, check out these sites:

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Rachel Burke is giving away 2 e-copies of Sound Bites to 2 lucky readers. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Giveaway is open to all. 


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

2 Victoria and the Rogue by Meg Cabot audio book review

Title: Victoria and the Rogue
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: December 28, 2004
Length: 3 hours, 20 minutes
ISBN: 1-4000-9156-X
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Library




Summary:
Victoria;
Growing up in far-off India, wealthy young heiress Lady Victoria Arbuthnot was accustomed to handling her own affairs -- not to mention everyone else's. But in her sixteenth year, Vicky is unceremoniously shipped off to London to find a husband. With her usual aplomb, however, Lady Victoria gets herself engaged to the perfect English gentleman, even before setting foot on British soil.
The Rogue;
Hugo Rothschild, ninth earl of Malfrey, is everything a girl could want in a future husband: he is handsome and worldly, if not rich. Lady Victoria has everything just as she'd like it. That is, if raffish young ship captain Jacob Carstairs would leave well enough alone.
Jacob's meddling is nothing short of exasperating, and Victoria is mystified by his persistence. But when it becomes clear that young Lord Malfrey just might not be all that he's professed to be, Victoria is forced to admit, for the first time in her life, that she is wrong. Not only about her fiance, but about the reason behind the handsome ship captain's interference.



Victoria and the Rogue is read by Serena Gordon. Serena is a actress who has portrayed a variety of characters over the years. She did a wonderful job narrating this book. Serena highlights each character's emotions through her skilled voice. She made this book very enjoyable to listen.

Victoria and the Rogue is a charming love story set in regency England. Victoria is a wealthy, know it all, raised by her uncles in India. The Uncles decide to send her to England to stay with her aunt and cousins in order to find herself a husband. Victoria is bound and determined to meddle with peoples lives. This is how she meets Hugo Rothschild. Hugo is an Earl whose family has fallen on hard times. His case draws Victoria to help him. He proposes marriage in which Victoria accepts. However the insufferable Captain Jacob Carstairs seems to always be interfering in her life since the day she met him. 
Victoria and the Rogue is an entertaining story about a girl who thinks she has her life all figured out but comes to find out she doesn't have much of a clue at all. Through several mistakes Victoria comes to know herself. This book is a light-hearted, fun read. It is predictable but it's also endearing. It's not very long and is a squeaky clean read. Anyone who likes historical fiction should check this book out.

My rating:
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

0 Q&A with Brad Cotton & Giveaway


1. Describe your book in three words.
Paper, Ink, Rectangle. If that sounds too familiar, how ‘bout: Warm, Honest, Easy.

2. You've practically destroyed your protagonist, Danny Bayle, life at the beginning of this book. What do you think Danny would say to you if he had the chance?
That’s a tough one. It’s so hard to think of a character outside of the story. I imagine anyone in that position may be asking for a break, or hoping for a turn of luck. If I were to have a conversation with him, he might ask when I lost my mind and if I had any Tic Tacs.

3. A Work in Progress is your first novel. What is the biggest challenge you came across while writing it?
Finding the time to write was the hardest part. I was holding down a full-time job so evenings and weekends were all I had to work with. I spent many a late night in winter in my garage typing away by a portable heater. I got sick. It sucked. But the book got finished. Now I write inside.

4. Danny's a writer like yourself. Is any part of this novel biographical? 
I get this one a lot. When I was younger, my girlfriend broke up with me and moved to another country, so with that story arc I can relate. Other than that, nothing from the book ever happened to me or to anyone I know. A few of the characters started out as inspiration from real people, which I think is normal, but each quickly took on a life of their own and never really mirrored anyone true.

5. In your "about the author" page your state that you don't have a cat. Why don't you like cats?
I didn’t say I don’t like cats. If I had to choose I would say I’m more of a dog person but I don’t have a dog either. I probably should have said I don’t have any pets. Great, now I’m second-guessing the whole book. Thanks a lot.

6. What are you working on next?
My next book is called Boundless. It will be released later this year. Perhaps even as early as this summer. It’s a departure from the first, in that it’s written in the third person and follows more than one main character. My wife says she likes it even better than the first. The one after Boundless is still untitled. I’m approaching the end of the first draft. Hoping to put that one out sometime early next year.

7. Is there a cat in it?
Ha! Funny enough, there is something to do with a cat in Boundless! I won’t give away much more about that, though. You’ll have to read it to find out.

8. Have you ever thought about putting your juggling talent to use by joining the circus?
If by ‘joining the circus’ you mean running away, then yes, I’ve thought about it many times.

9. Who is your all-time favorite author?
Oh man. How about… Kinky Friedman? I don’t know, he’s the first one I thought of. I admire most and wish I could write like Fitzgerald or Wodehouse, but my books tend to be fast paced, like a movie might be, so their wildly superior talent for language wouldn’t suit me as well even if I could dream of getting close.

10. If you could trade lives with a fictional character for one day, who would it be and why?
That good-looking blue chick from the X-Men movies — the one that can change her shape into any other person. One moment while I Google…
Mystique. Her name is Mystique. Doesn’t get much more fictional than that.

About the book:
Writer Danny Bayle's life is in shambles. His true love has left him and his grandfather -- the last and most important influence in his life -- has just passed away. Danny has spent the last few months languishing, unable to write a single word, but at the urging of a friend ventures out into the world in an attempt to jumpstart a new life, befriending in the process an interesting assortment of characters including an author, a musician, an artist, and an elderly retired nurse. Garnering the attention of more than one woman, Danny sees his new friends unwittingly begin to shape what could just be the story of his life. But will he ever let go of the girl that got away?

*Giveaway*
Brad Cotton has generously agreed to give away 3 e-copies of his novel, A Work in Progress. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. This giveaway is open to all. Good luck!


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