Showing posts from October, 2010

Solid by Shelly Workinger

Title: Solid
Author: Shelly Workinger
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: July 9, 2010
Paperback, 230 pages
ISBN: 1-453-62482-1

Eighteen years ago, a rogue Army doctor secretly experimented with a chromosomal drug on unknowing pregnant women. When he was killed not long after the children were born, any knowledge and evidence seemed to die with him - except for the living, breathing, human products of his work. Almost two decades later, the newly self-proclaimed "open-book" military unearths the truth about the experiment, bringing Clio Kaid and the other affected teens to a state-of-the-art, isolated campus where they soon discover that C9x did indeed alter their chromosomes, its mutations presenting as super-human abilities. The military kids, who come from across the nation and all walks of life, come into their own as lighter-than-air 'athletes'; 'indies' as solid as stone walls; teens who can make themselves invisible and others who can blind with their b…

Lure by Deborah Kerbel

Title: Lure Author: Deborah Kerbel Publisher: Dundurn Press Publication Date: Sept. 20, 2010 paperback, 198 pages ISBN: 978-1-55488-754-5
Absolutely nothing is going right for Max Green. His parents have just uprooted their family from Vancouver to the bleak suburbs of Toronto, he has no friends, and everybody at his new high school is ignoring him. To make matters worse, he's in love with an older girl who's completely out of his league. When Max discovers a local library rumored to be haunted by ghosts, he's immediately drawn to it. With the help of some cryptic messages, he begins to piece together the identity of the teenage ghost and the mysterious chain of events that have connected its spirit to the building for over a century. But just who was John, anyway? Why has he chosen to contact Max? And what does an old fishing lure have to do with solving the mystery?
I liked this book. It's told from two points of view, Max and John. Max lives in present time and John lived  …

Bleak House read a long (10)

This is my last post for the Bleak House read a long. That's right, I have finished the book. This last section was chapters 60-67. These chapters were a bit sad, but not like last weeks. Esther is ill at the beginning of ch. 60, after the tragic death of her mother. She soon recovers and is once again the dependable Dame Durden.  Mrs. Woodcourt comes to stay with them while she recovers. She is thrown into the company of Mr. Woodcourt (her crush) a lot.  Mr. Woodcourt proposes to Esther, but of course she declines because of her engagement with Mr. Jarndcye. I felt sorry for Esther here. She did the right thing, but I so badly wanted her to have her hearts desire. Mr. Woodcourt still is looking after Richard. Poor Richard. He is so tormented by this case that it is literally killing him. Ada is as sweet as ever toward Richard. She hopes that her pregnancy will induce Richard to forget about this suit and focus on their future. One of the biggest surprises of all was when Mr. Jarn…

Interview with Jennifer DeLucy

Yesterday, I reviewed her book Seers of Light. It's the first book in the Light Series. Her new book Whisper of Light comes out today! I am thrilled to have her on my blog today answering some questions. Jennifer DeLucy is not only extremely talented, she is also super nice and really funny. Here's a little background information on Jennifer DeLucy:

I was born in Northern Pennsylvania, where I developed an obsession with all things literary and musical thanks to the influence of an extremely creative family. Before moving to the Midwest to study English in 2002, I trained in vocal performance and had my first taste of literary work as an editor for a local social organization. Today, I work for the University of Missouri and as an author and Developmental Editor for Omnific Publishing.

1. Part of the book takes place in Scranton, PA. What made you choose Scranton as a back drop?
Scranton was my home town!  I lived there for the first twenty years of my life before I moved to th…

Seers of Light by Jennifer DeLucy

Title: Seers of Light Author: Jennifer DeLucy Publisher: Omnific Publishing Publication Date: February 16, 2010 paperback, 396 pages ISBN: 978-1-936305-03-2
Lillian Hunt has never truly lived. Always sensing more to the world than is easily perceived, she fears that her instincts are stubborn flights of fancy, or worse, mental instability. But some things—disappearing strangers, tangible dreams, and visits from malevolent creatures—cannot be ignored. Before it's too late, Lillian is ripped from the only existence she’s ever known and thrust into a reality that she always suspected, but could scarcely believe. She must learn the truth about who she is, the powerful beings that wish to destroy her, and the two men who would die to protect her.

I have to give the cover to this book some love! I really like it. It looks ominous and mysterious. I couldn't wait to dive into this book. I first discovered this book on Good reads and after reading the summary I put this book on my TBR list. W…

Sunday Confessions Oct.24, 2010

Another weeks gone by and so it's time again for Sunday Confessions. This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate. 
I've Got Chills and They're Multiplying 
This weeks Sunday Confessions is on things that give me the Heebie Jeebies . Many of the things that give me goose bumps and chills are more prevalent during Halloween. It seems everywhere I go I cannot escape seeing them displayed as decorations. So without further ado, I will acquaint you with three things that creep me out.

1. Spiders. I hate them. I know they have their purpose here on earth but I wish they would fulfill that purpose far away from me!

2. Zombies. I really really don't like zombies. They are a big creep factor for me. I have seen a few zombie flicks that weren't so scary, b…

In the Arms of Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

Title: In the Arms of Mr. Darcy
Author: Sharon Lathan
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
paperback, 369 pages
ISBN: 1402236999(ISBN13: 9781402236990)

This lushly romantic and historically fascinating story is filled with lavish details of Regency customs and social events including Elizabeth's presentation to the Prince Regent, Georgiana's debut at the exclusive Almack's Assembly, and the Darcys' travels through the dramatic Peak District of Derbyshire. Romance finds nearly everyone as confirmed bachelor Richard Fitzwilliam sets his sights on the seemingly unattainable Lady Fotherby, Georgiana Darcy learns to flirt, the very serious Kitty Bennet develops her first crush, and Caroline Bingley meets her match. Through it all, Elizabeth and Darcy are kept busy helping friends and family navigate true love's inevitably rocky course.

Sharon Lathan has written several books that continue one of the most romantic and beloved stories of all time, Pride and …

Jennifer Laurens Interview and Giveaway

This is my first interview ever and I am so excited to have Jennifer Laurens here today. Not only is she an amazing writer she is also a wonderful person. If you haven't had the chance to read Heavenly, I strongly recommend that you do. However, Jennifer has given me a signed copy of Heavenly and some swag to give away to one lucky winner. This is a book that I highly recommend to everyone! You can find my review for heavenly if you scroll down a bit to the next post. 

I've written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.

They say "write what you know" and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we've been married 25 years. Our lives, thou…

Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens

Title: Heavenly
Author: Jennifer Laurens
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Publication Date:  June 2009
paperback, 280 pages
ISBN: 978-1-933963-80-8

I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoë's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoë lost in her broken life. Zoë escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoë's autistic sister. After Zoë is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever.

This was a hard review for me to write because I absolutely loved this book. I want to tell you everything I love about this book but I don't want to spoil it for you. I want you to ex…

Bleak House read a long (9)

I can't believe it's almost over! This weeks chapters are Ch. 54-59. Mr. Bucket informs Sir Dedlock about the situations between Lady Dedlock and Mr. Tulkinghorn. Mr. Bucket also arrests Hortense for the murderer of Mr. Tulkinghorn. This does not surprise me in the least. She has been a crazy character from the beginning.  Lady Dedlock realizes that her secret in no longer a secret. She leaves a note for Sir. Dedlock and leaves with nothing. I felt sorry for her. I know she did not wish to bring disgrace on the Dedlock family but surely Sir Dedlock would have taken pity on her. He loved her so. The only other reason I can think is that she was torn up over the years of harboring secrets that she couldn't think straight. Sir Dedlock enlists the aid of Mr. Bucket to find his Lady. Mr. Bucket asks for Esther help in uncovering her mother. They search the streets for two days and nights until they find Lady Dedlock dead. I think these chapters were the most depressing of the …

The Fifth Beatle Guest Post by Author Scott Nicholson + Kindle Giveaway

The Fifth Beatle By Scott Nicholson
On the way to my international-bestselling writing career, I did a warm-up act as the most famous international rock star the world has never known.

Yep, I did the guitar thing.

I was a late bloomer, not picking up an instrument until my freshman year of college, when I hung around with a few people who played and suddenly realized that rock stars got chicks. Well, it wasn’t just rock stars, it was dudes with guitars. Any guitar would do. I signed up for a classical guitar class but dropped out after one session when the instructor gave me 20 pages of sheet music to memorize in a week, not realizing I couldn’t read music.

So I cashed in my financial-aid check and got an electric guitar, finding it much easier to get stoned, crank up the volume knob to “11,” and let distortion ripple throughout the universe. Plus you could put words to rock music.

My first band was “Bad Acid,” a dorm-room improv act that luckily never had…

Sunday Confessions Oct. 19, 2010 The scariest movie I have ever watched

Hello everyone, it's time again for my weekly meme, Sunday Confessions.  I started this a few months ago as a way to share more about myself while learning more about you.  Sunday Confession is all in good fun. Sometimes it's about books, sometimes it's not. So please join in the conversation. Feel free to post this on your blog, just leave me a link in the comments so I can visit your blog as well.

Halloween is almost here. I can't believe it's only a few weeks away! It's seems like yesterday it was Oct. 1. Halloween puts me in the mood of thinking about all things scary. This weeks Sunday Confessions is about the scariest movie I have ever seen.  I must confess that I don't really like scary movies, but I have seen a few over the years. The scariest movie I have ever seen was The Shining. I watched this movie with my BFF when we were about 14 years old. It scared the *&^%$ out of us. I don't think we slept the entire night. Even now just thinking…

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Crescendo
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: October 19, 2010
ARC, 432 pages
ISBN: 9781416989431

Summary: Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away, and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home. The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death,the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her quest…

The 12th Kiss by Laura Hogg

Title: The 12th Kiss
Author: Laura Hogg
Publisher: Wings epress
Publication Date: 2007
ebook, 334 pages
ISBN-10: 1597058270
ISBN-13: 978-1597058278

An American heiress living in 19th century London can fight and uses her talent to go about in disguise as a superhero and make the streets safer. She meets and falls in love with a Viscount and they become close friends. They wander the City s most dangerous streets together, fighting crime. All the while, she has an enemy who wants her dead. The Viscount is in love with the American heiress, not knowing that she is the best friend he tells his deepest secrets to. He proposes marriage, and she turns him down because he would make her give up fighting if he discovered her true identity. They finally marry and for the sake of true love, he releases her. Their hearts are broken until they can find a way to reconcile their deeply different points of view. All ends well after a bumpy ride where true love was almost lost forever, under the wei…

Bleak House read a long (7-8)

Last week I didn't do a post for the Bleak House read a long. I got behind a little in my reading. I am caught up now, I think. I know I'm not the only one. I think some of my fellow participants have given up reading Bleak House. However I will not. I'm so close to the end, I am determined to finish it. Bleak House isn't the easiest of books to read. There are a lot of characters to keep up with and Dickens goes on countless rants. I do like the story line and Dickens uses  unusual ways to get his point across. This weeks post is on chapters 39-53.
So much is going on in these chapters I hardly know where to begin. First let me state. I don't care for Mr. Vholes. He grates on my nerves. Mr. Vholes is advising poor Richard. Richard is obsessed with the Jarndyce. He is getting ill advise from Mr. Vholes and Mr. Skimpole. In these chapters Richard has been declining both financially and physically. He even refuses to listen to Esther, whom he respects. Esther's …

Mr. Darcy's Obsession by Abigail Reynolds

Title: Mr. Darcy's Obsession
Author: Abagail Reynolds
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date:  October 1, 2010
paperback, 352 pages
ISBN: 1402240929

In thisPride and Prejudice variation, Elizabeth is called away before Darcy proposes for the first time and Darcy decides to find a more suitable wife. But when Darcy encounters Elizabeth living in London after the death of her father, he can't fight his desire to see and speak with her again...and again and again. But now that her circumstances have made her even more unsuitable, will Darcy be able to let go of all his long held pride to marry a woman who, though she is beneath his station, is the only woman capable of winning his heart?

First thing, I love the cover for this book. It reminds me so much of Jennifer Ehle, who played Elizabeth Bennett in A&E's Pride and Prejudice. A movie that I LOVE.  I also love Abagail Reynolds. She is one of my favorite authors who write Austen inspired literature.  I have r…

Demon From The Dark by Kresley Cole

Title: Demon From the Dark
Author:  Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
paperback, 430 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4391-2312-6

A dangerous demon she can't resist...
Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he's pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.
A maddening witch he aches to claim...
Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.
Trapped together in a savage prison...
For them to survive, Malkom must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When he becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

I discovered Kresley Cole almost a year ago from a recommendation from Amazon.  I ordered the first two books, A Hunger Like No Other and No Rest For the Wicked. They sat on my bookshelf for a few weeks before I finally picked up the first book and read it.  I have …

Sunday Confessions Oct.10, 2010 Do you love fall?

Hello everyone, it's time again for my weekly meme, Sunday Confessions.  I started this a few months ago as a way to share more about myself while learning more about you.  Sunday Confession is all in good fun. Sometimes it's about books, sometimes it's not. So please join in the conversation. Feel free to post this on your blog, just leave me a link in the comments so I can visit your blog as well.

Fall is here and I don't know about you, but the past few weeks I have been super busy. I feel like I'm always on the go. In addition to an already busy schedule: school starts, extra curricular activities for kids begin, birthday parties and social functions to go to, ect. ect. However despite all that, I love the fall. I love the cooler temperatures. I love snuggling under a blanket drinking a cup of coffee while reading a good book. I love the leaves changing colors and pumpkins.  Yes, pumpkins. I don't know why, but the little girl inside me always gets excited …