Tuesday, January 31, 2012

15 Teaser Tuesday January 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
I have two books to tease you with this week. The first is In the Lion's Den by Michael Flynn. It's a space opera which is a newer genre for me.

"He had great fun, the scarred man did. Opening my locks, Poisoning my food. Throwing metal slugs at my head. Planning my ambush and death. What more fun may a man have and live afterward?" ~pg. 57~

It's more than a few sentences but I thought I needed to include the whole thing. The second  book is Hollowland by Amanda Hocking. This book will probably take me awhile to get through mostly because there are zombies in this novel and zombies scare the #% #$% out of me but I've heard great things about this series so I'm going to give it a go.

"This is the way the world ends-not with a bank or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door." ~first sentence in the book~ This is one of the best opening lines to a book that I've read. 

These are my teasers this week, what's yours? 

1 Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace

Title: Descended by Blood (Vampire Born #1)
Author: Angeline Kace
Publisher: Accendo Press LLC
Publication Date: August 22, 2011
Genre: Paranormal

Brooke Keller is a high school junior who has never spent much time living in one place. She is finally in a town long enough to almost snag the boy of her dreams, until her life is threatened after killing a fanged man in his attempt to kidnap her. Brooke begins a dangerous journey in an effort to find out who is after her and how to stop them. In a world with powerful and prejudiced vampires, Brooke must tap into the side of her that she never knew existed at the risk of losing her life in order to save it.

My thoughts:
Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace is the first book in the Vampire Born series. The main character Brooke Keller has moved around most of her life. She lives with her mom who is very protective over her. She finally has a best friend, Kaitlynn and a hot boyfriend, Jaren. Things are going very well for Brooke until she notices that she's being followed and possibly stalked by a creepy stranger. When the creeper tries to kidnap Brooke in front of Jaren a mystery reveals itself. Brooke exhibits special powers that she can't explain. Frightened and worried Brooke goes on the run with Jared and Kaitlynn only to find that whoever is after her is not far behind.
Descended by Blood has an very interesting, action packed plot.  This story line includes a love triangle between Jaren, Brooke, Mirko who is the guy sent to protect her. The author has set up a great back story to the history of vamps as well. I also like the depth Kace gives her characters. It really helped to understand the characters and their actions better. One thing that bothers me in books is instant love. I felt that Brooke and Jarens relationship was a bit rushed. Kace explains in her novel that vampires form attachments very quickly so I could understand why it happened so quickly but it still doesn't work for me. Mirko and Brooke's relationship is more my speed. Mirko is immediately attracted to Brooke but there are no instant confessions of love. 
Another thing I really like in this book is the characters reactions to their situations. It's good and refreshing to see characters not always have such a positive view and to be so accepting of life changing events. To me that seems like a normal reaction. For instance Brooke is mad at her mother for the secrets she kept from her her whole life. I like that some characters can go with the flow but it's also nice to see characters having trouble dealing with situations.
Overall this is a good book to read. It's very fast paced and exciting. I definitely want to continue reading this series especially since it ended with a cliff hanger. The next book, Enemy Within, comes out this year. 
My rating:
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Monday, January 30, 2012

2 John Barlow Guest Post and Giveaway!

Last year I discovered that my uncle John had been an international arms dealer. He was found dead on a flight from Amsterdam in ’84, his throat cut. The police had been waiting for him at Heathrow, in connection with the theft of munitions from the British army. No one in the family had ever told me this. Never.
Many rumours surrounded his death. His wife claimed that he’d been involved in some sort of under-cover work, and elsewhere a security report suggested that he had been supplying Irish terrorist groups. But he was dead, and these links were never proved, although the stolen munitions were indeed found at his premises.

It’s not such a great thing to find out that there was a criminal in your family. However, as a novelist what interested me about this case was that his activities were never mentioned in the family. He was an official, registered arms dealer by trade, but even that was never mentioned. He had two young children and lived in a nice suburb of Leeds, in the north of England. He had, to any observer, a normal life. Yet he was not an ordinary man. He was a criminal.

I’d been thinking about writing a crime novel for some time. I had an idea for a plot involving counterfeit money, but it wasn’t coming together. When I learned about my uncle, it got me thinking about families and what happens when there’s a criminal in them. In crime fiction the criminals are often nasty, violent thugs, or devious criminal masterminds. We tend to think about crime like that, all black and white. But in my own family, this wasn’t the case. I wanted to take a closer look at the human angle of criminal families.

In Hope Road, the main character is the son of a career criminal. He’s called John Ray and he grew up surrounded by crime, but had decided to go ‘straight’. As the book opens he is running a successful automobile business, and as if to complete the legitimate, law-abiding nature of his life, his girlfriend is a young police detective. But then he becomes involved in a murder investigation, and things begin to unravel.

I love crime novels. I love following the clues, weighing up the evidence as the truth behind the crime is slowly revealed to us. But that idea about families kept coming back to me. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that what I wanted to write was a novel about deception. Personally, I’ve never been involved in crime, but I think it’s fair to say that at the heart of all crime is the need to conceal it. Crime is shameful, transgressive, morally repellent. I wanted to put a character in the position of having to deal with these feelings from the inside.

Most people reading this blog will be good, up-standing members of the community. But are there situations in which you might turn to crime? And if so, how would that make you feel? What about those around you, the people you love, and who love you? Extreme circumstances effect people in strange ways, and the great thing about being a novelist is that you can explore these effects in depth. I know what it’s like to have secrets in the family, secrets that nobody wants to talk about. With this book, I have tried to talk about them.

Hope Road is a novel about a criminal family. It asks why our relationship to crime is so complex, why we are repelled but sometimes also drawn to crime. Have you ever thought about a crime and how you might carry it out? What about if you had the opportunity? What if you had no choice? Who knows. But what is clear is that crime affects people and their relationships, be they family, lovers, friends... Crime forces us to deceive those who love us the most. And that’s what Hope Road is about.

 About the author:
John Barlow was born in Leeds, England in 1967. He studied English Literature at Cambridge University and worked as a university teacher before becoming a full-time writer in 2004. In the US his fiction has been published by HarperCollins and his non-fiction by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His work has been translated into six languages.

The first five people to email (click here) John will receive an ebook of Hope Road in the format of their choice. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. 



Sunday, January 29, 2012

0 Two new romances coming your way plus a free excerpt!

First up is a FREE Excerpt from Emily March's Angel’s Rest (released - 2/15/11)- http://www.randomhouse.com/book/196347/angels-rest-by-emily-march, the first in her Eternity Springs series: Gabriel Callahan has lost everything that mattered. All he wants is solitude on an isolated mountain estate. Instead, he gets a neighbor. Vibrant, no-nonsense Nic Sullivan is Eternity Springs’ veterinarian, and she has an uncanny plan to lure this talented architect back to the world of the living. First with a dog, next with a renovation project, and, finally, with a night of passion that ends with a surprise. Now a man still raw from tragedy must face the biggest struggle of his heart. Can he forgive himself and believe in the power of second chances? Dare he trust in the promise of a future and a brand-new family here in Eternity Springs?
Angel's Rest by Emily March (Excerpt)

Next – is something brand new – RIDE WITH ME by Ruthie Knox, (2/13/12) just $2.99 - http://www.randomhouse.com/book/218035/ride-with-me-by-ruthie-knoxa standalone by a new Loveswept debut author: When Lexie Marshall places an ad for a cycling companion, she hopes to find someone friendly and fun to cross the TransAmerica Trail with. Instead, she gets Tom Geiger—a loner whose bad attitude threatens to spoil the adventure she’s spent years planning. Roped into the cycling equivalent of a blind date by his sister, Tom doesn’t want to ride with a chatty, go-by-the-map kind of woman. Even Tom’s stubborn determination to keep Lexie at a distance can’t stop him from wanting more. But when the tour ends, where will they go next? RIDE WITH ME by Ruthie Knox, A Loveswept eOriginal Excerpt

Saturday, January 28, 2012

1 What's Your Status? January 28, 2012

What's Your Status?

Zakiya from Butterfly Feet Walking on Life has a fantastic meme. In this meme you post your status of the books your reading this week, books you finished this week, books you're going to read next, and books you plan on buying this week. You can also post what reviews and memes you participated in for the week. 

It's been more than a few weeks since I participated in WYS. I've not done a lot of reading since Christmas though. The last two weeks I didn't feel like doing a lot of anything but I'm slowly getting my groove back so I actually have a status to share.
Last week I finished:

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Lothaire by Kresley Cole
This book helped get me
out of my reading slump.

Currently I'm reading:

A Discovery of Witches
by Deborah Harkness

Hollowland by
Amanda Hocking

In the Lion's Mouth
by Michael Flynn
Next in my TBR pile:
(In no particular order)

 Flawless (The Christies) by Carrie Lofty
Graveminder by Melissa Marr
Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey
The Birth of Jaiden by Jennifer Malone Wright

Current Giveaways:

The Golden Hour ends January 31, 2012
The Awakening ends February 1, 2012
Tempest by Julie Cross ends February 3, 2012

This is not a giveaway but if you're interested in reading Hollowland it's a free ebook right now on Amazon. Click here to download your copy.

Upcoming events:

That's my status for this week, what's yours? 


Friday, January 27, 2012

2 Happy Birthday Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll is the pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson who was born on January 27, 1832. He is most famous for his novel, Alice in Wonderland published in 1865.

Here are some fun facts about Lewis Carroll:

  • Lewis Carroll was not only an author but also a mathematician, photographer, logician, and  angelican deacon.
  • He was an inventor. 
  • Carroll suffered from migraines and seizures 
  • Published the drama, Euclid and His Modern Rivals, in 1879, but it was never performed as a play in his lifetime. 
  • The manuscript of Alice's Adventures given to Alice Liddell (who inspired the book) as a Christmas gift in 1864.
  • Alice in Wonderland was published in 1865 and has never gone out of print. 
Famous quotes by Lewis Carroll
  • "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there"
  • “But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. 
    Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad." 
    How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice. 
    You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here.” (Alice in Wonderland)
  • “Do you know, I always thought unicorns were fabulous monsters, too? I never saw one alive before!"
    Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you.” (Alice in Wonderland)
  • "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

Thursday, January 26, 2012

9 The Woman in Black

Have you seen the trailer for The Woman in Black? Every time I watch it I get chills. The dolls in it give me the creeps. The Woman is black is based on the book with the same title by Susan Hill . I've not read the book yet but I do have it on my shelf. I think I'll have to read it with all the lights on. I do want to see the movie though.

Are you going to see the movie? Have you read the book?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

4 Review: Archon: The Books of Raziel by Sabrina Benulis

Title: Archon: The Books of Raziel
Author: Sabrina Benulis
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: December 27, 2011
Hardcover, 385 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-206940-5
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy

Angela Mathers is plagued by visions of angels, supernatural creatures who haunt her thoughts by day and seduce her dreams by night. Newly released from a mental institution where she was locked away for two years, she hopes that her time at the Vatican’s university, the West Wood Academy, will give her a chance at a normal life. Unlike ordinary humans, Angela is a blood head — a freak, a monster, the possible fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy of overwhelming death and destruction. Only in Luz, the Vatican’s wondrous enclave, are blood heads accepted and encouraged to discover what kind of powers or special abilities they might possess. 

My thoughts:
Archon by Sabrina Benulis  is one of those books that I have mixed feelings about. There are definitely a few pros and cons that make it hard to judge this book. Once again it's part of a series so maybe the next book will clarify things. One thing I really did like was the setting. The weather is bleak most of the time and the university is filled with old, rustic buildings that really add a gothic feel to this book. This really helps set the mood for the story. 
Angela Mathers is the main character in this book. She's what's known as a blood-head, which is basically some one with red hair. What's significant about this is that there was a prophesy that may or may not be really bad. So the Vatican brings the blood-heads to West Wood University to keep their eyes on them. Angela has a special gift. She dreams of angels and paints their pictures. Her dreams are almost like memories. Angela though is desperate to end her life. She's tried countless times to commit suicide only to fail over and over again. At one point in the story she asks a new acquaintance to kill her. This part of the story was a bit much. I knew going into this book that it would be dark but reading about Angela's repeated suicide attempts was a bit depressing. 
Another thing that was a bit confusing was there was no clear protagonist/antagonist. I watched a movie a few years ago where every character in that movie seemed corrupted. Even the 'good guys', I felt the same way about this book. Not that the good guys have to be knights in shinning armor but the angels and demons seemed to be on the same side, morally speaking.  I didn't really didn't connect with any of the characters. There was nothing really likable about most of them.  Although two of the characters in the end did have a redeeming moment for me and I felt sympathy for a character for the first time in the novel. 
The story line was okay. There were parts that I had to go back and re-read to try and clear up some confusion. However most of it was straightforward and easy to understand. This is a very dark, violent and detailed story. I like the intricate details the author put into Archon. This really helped me like the story more. As I said in the beginning, this might be a book you won't fully appreciate until you read the entire series. 
My rating:
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Monday, January 23, 2012

5 Tempest by Julie Cross Give@way

Thanks to Zeitghost Media and St. Martin's Press I have a copy of Tempest by Julie Cross to giveaway to a lucky reader!

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps– it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future. Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

All you need to do to enter is:
  1. Read my giveaway policy
  2. You must be at least 13 years old
  3. Giveaway is for US/Canada addresses only
  4. Giveaway ends February 3, 2012
  5. Please fill out the form below. Click here if you have trouble viewing the form.

2 Review: Unleashed by Nancy Holder

Title: Unleashed (Wolf Springs Chronicles #1)
Author: Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: Nov. 22, 2011
Genre: Paranormal 
Source: Library

Katelyn McBride’s life changed in an instant when her mother died. Uprooted from her California home, Katelyn was shipped to the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, to her only living relative, her grandfather. And now she has to start over in Wolf Springs, a tiny village in the Ozark Mountains. Like any small town, Wolf Springs has secrets. But the secrets hidden here are more sinister than Katelyn could ever imagine. It’s a town with a history that reaches back centuries, spans continents, and conceals terrifying truths. And Katelyn McBride is about to change everything. 
Broken families, ageless grudges, forced alliances, and love that blooms in the darkest night—welcome to Wolf Springs.

My thoughts:
Unleashed  by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie is the first book in the Wolf Springs Chronicles. This is a paranormal story but honestly most of it felt contemporary because of the main character's emotional journey from losing her mother and reconnecting with her grandfather . The story starts off with the tragic death of Katelyn McBride's mother. She is then forced to move in with her estranged grandfather. Katelyn goes from living in California to Wolf Springs, Arkansas. You can guess from the town's name what supernatural creature is in this book. There is the werewolf aspect but there is also a mythical creature called  Hellhound that supposedly dwells in the forest. 
I really liked the Ozark Mountains as the setting for this novel. It provides some history and mystery and is almost like another character in this book. The town is full of superstitions and legends. Katelyn and her grandfather live out in a cabin in the woods. This adds an eerie isolated feeling to this novel. The cabin is very rustic without many of the accommodations that most of us are used to. This adds to the feeling of isolation and vulnerability throughout the novel.  
On Katelyn's first day in Wolf Springs, she meets Trick, a friend of her grandpa and her ride to school. He's sort of exotic and mysterious but also really sweet. Through her new secretive BFF, Cordelia, she also meets Justin. He is hot and has a dangerous vibe about him. Katelyn is almost like a cat in heat around him.  She seems to act not on her own whim but of some internal force, that she doesn't understand, driving her. She seems torn in two directions, thus the love triangle begins. However the phrase "It's complicated" doesn't seem to cover what's going on with them. Katelyn is an okay character. I got frustrated with her at times because she seems so inconstant with her emotions and actions. There's a lot of mystery surrounding the characters. The author(s) only reveal a little information at a time. Which left me frustrated but also wanting more.
The story line is good. It's predictable at times but entertaining none the less. 
There are some aspects of this book that I really liked but for the most part nothing really stood out for me. I did enjoy this book but it left me with some unanswered questions. I think this is a good first book to this series but I hope the next book will flush out the story more. The ending to this book left me hanging and I really want to find out what happens next. I will continue with the series not only for that but because I think this series has good promise to turn into something really good. 

My rating:
I'm going to give this book 3.5 Willies
Check out these sites to find out more about the author:
Nancy Holder
Debbie Viguie

Sunday, January 22, 2012

5 J.J. Bidell Guest Post and Giveaway

I am very happy about sharing some information about me in a guest post. My real name is Elke Becker and I am a German author living in Spain, so my English is far away from being perfect. So please bear with me ;-)

After travelling around the world at last I settled down in Spain, to be exact on Mallorca, a beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea. I never felt like home in Germany and for that reason I looked for my place in the world.

I lived alone in Venezuela where I started studying Spanish. Nobody over there spoke English nor German. So I felt very lonely there the first time. For that reason I started writing and never could stop again. The stories of too many funny adventures, curious situations, different customs and very nice people from all over the world has to been told. As it was in a time where not every home had an internet connection nether skype or other systems offered their service, I had to connect with family and friends going in an internet café. So I started writing what happened to me during my stay like a diary. I saved it on a floppy disk and walked to the closest internet café for sending it to my family.
At this time I was far away from writing novels but I never stopped writing for myself. The first three “novels” are still “sleeping” in a file on my computer. They are nice to read … but without a real story or plot … I showed it only to my sister and to a friend – they loved the stories and I know they will love everything I write because they love me. So I took courses in creative and screenplay writing, bought books like “How to write a damn good novel” and some other books about writing – and I wrote a lot. Short stories, longer ones and scripts for short movies.
After another year I tried to start my next novel. I plotted with the “snowflake method”, wrote a crime story – inspired by a true story – and found a publisher in Germany. So things started slowly.
I had a lot of fun during the screenplay writing course painting the storyboard of my script for a short movie and helped a lot in dialogue seeing the written words becoming alive by actors. I will never forget the feeling I had seeing it on the screen. If you wish to have a look – it is subtitled and free:  http://vimeo.com/groups/germanshortfilms/videos/14587417

Well, my nieces are not interested in crime stories not even in mine. Kids are cruel and honest and I love this. But they asked me why I am not writing something for them like an urban fantasy story without werewolves and vampires and I promised them to consider it.
As I travelled to Mexico before I remembered a legend of jaguar people in the Maya era and I started thinking: What will happen, when a young woman in present time will be transformed into a panther in a foreign country living there by her own? What if she fell in love and this love will be in danger? Slowly the plot grew up. I travelled to Maine for finding the right place for the US setting and after a year the first part of novel has been done. I wrote this story under the name J. J. Bidell. (The name comes from my nieces Jessica and Janine and the maiden name of my beloved mother Bidell)
My nieces love the story and other readers in Germany like the story too. So I asked a professional translator in Washington to translate the first part for English readers. Some people asked me, why English spoken people should read a novel of an unknown German author and I was not able to answer. But I don't know the answer to why German readers are reading the stories of authors from other countries … maybe it is only while the story sounds interesting? I will see if they like the story.  Time will tell.
In the meanwhile I am working in the second part which will be finished in December this year (German Edition) and I love how the characters challenge me while trying to live their own live in the story. And the story I have in mind for them.
My only intention is to entertain the reader for some hours. Nothing more, nothing less. If I achieve this I am very happy and if not I'll try to achieve this next time as far as I gain it.

J. J. Bidell grew up in the country-bred of Southern Germany with an older sister and a younger brother. Since she was 18 years old she travelled every year like a backpacker thru the North and South America as she never felt comfortable in her native country. She considers herself like a cosmopolitan with German roots.  After living in Venezuela and in the Dominican Republic she moved to Spain. Since 2005 she lives on Mallorca with her older sister and her fifteen year old black cat, which is more than happy that she never has to set paw in another airplane again.

Under the name Elke Becker she published several short stories with Amnesty International, in anthologies and a novel with Schenk Publishing House. Her script of a short movie “Marie´s voice” has been running in several international film festivals like in the UK and Colombia.

Where to meet:
Twitter: @JJBidell
Link to the novel: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005IHDW82


Naomi Roberts finally receives a scholarship for a semester abroad in Maine. When Naomi’s grandmother suddenly claims that Naomi will soon be transformed into a panther, like her great grandmother Romina, Naomi believes it is a final and desperate attempt to keep her from departing to the USA.

Having arrived in Maine, Naomi enjoys her student life with new friends and her first love, Roman. Even though she feels magically drawn to a mysterious clearing in the woods, believes she is being watched and begins to sleepwalk, she does not remember the prophecy of her grandmother. Until her very first transformation. And - Naomi is not alone, which not only exposes her to mortal danger, but also Roman.

J.J. Bidell aka Elke Becker has offered to give away 3 e-copies of her novel to three lucky To Read or Not To Read readers. This giveaway is open internationally. All you need to do to enter is:
  • Read my giveaway policy
  • You must be at least 13 years old to enter
  • You Must fill out the form below
  • Giveaway ends February 1, 2012
  • Click here if you can't view the form.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

4 The Golden Hour Give@way

In this stunning debut set in the summer of 1944 in 
Tuscany, Giovanna Bellini, the daughter of a wealthy 
aristocrat and vineyard owner, has just turned 
seventeen and is on the cusp of adulthood. War bears 
down on her peaceful little village after the Italians 
sign a separate peace with the Allies—transforming 
the Germans into an occupying army. 

But when her brother joins the Resistance, he asks 
Giovanna to hide a badly wounded fighter who is 
Jewish. As she nurses him back to health, she falls 
helplessly in love with the brave and humble Marco, 
who comes from as ancient and noble an Italian 
family as she does. They pledge their love, and then 
must fight a real battle against the Nazis who become 
more desperate and cruel as the Allies close in on 

Thanks to Penguin, I have one paperback copy to giveaway. This giveaway is for US addresses only. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Please read my giveaway policy before entering. Giveaway ends January 31, 2012. Click here if you have trouble viewing the form.

Friday, January 20, 2012

0 Review: 33 Days by Bill See

Title: 33 Days
Author: Bill See
Publisher: Lulu
Publication Date: April 7, 2011
paperback, 276 pages
ISBN: 9780557758814
Genre: Memoir 

For 33 days in the summer of 1987, Divine Weeks toured in a beat up old Ford Econoline van, sleeping on strangers’ floors, never sure they’d make enough gas money to get them to the next town. This deeply personal, coming of age, on the road memoir follows critically acclaimed 80s indie alt rock band Divine Weeks’ first tour. Liberated from alcoholic upbringings and rigid cultural constraints, all they have is their music and each other’s friendship. The road is filled with yuppies, brothels, riots, sleeping on floors, spiked drinks, DJs with no pants, and battles with racism. They set out on the road to discovery to drink in all they could and maybe sell a few records. They grew up instead.

Steve's thoughts:
“Touring in a van. Sleeping on floors. Chasing a dream.” This is the tagline of this book and it sums it up very well. Divine Weeks is an “indie” band from the late ‘80’s L.A music scene, during the height of the DIY movement. What that meant is that the band does all their bookings, most of their own promotion. No tours sponsored by Pepsi or anybody else, just go out there and play your you-know-what’s off. Bill See is the band’s front man and the story is told from a collection of writings from his journal of their first tour in summer 1987. Through See’s conversational writing style you really get to know the main characters. You see a lot of the emotions that accompany 33 days cooped up together in a van. These guys were all looking for their way out and they felt that their best bet was music. They had to take their chance and go all out on this tour that took them from L.A., through Canada and the mid-west, to Texas then back to L.A. all in 33 days. While on the road they faced many obstacles like no or little advanced publicity, bad pay, car trouble, racism and much, much more. This is a coming of age story with the heart of determination and perseverance to live in the moment. I graduated high school in 1986 so I loved the references to bands that I could relate to also (Jane's Addiction, Dream Syndicate, Flaming Lips and many more). I really liked this book, it flowed easily and was a good read. If you are a fan of music this is a fascinating look at what it was like in the DIY generation of musicians.  

For a little listen at Divine Weeks music click here for Bitterness posted by Bill See.

Steve's rating:

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*A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

5 Winners

I have a few winners to announce today. I know it's taken longer than usual but I want to thank everyone for their patience. I picked the winners using random.org. 

The winner of the Young Adult Faeries & Fantasy Giveaway Hop

The winners of Queen Hereafter 
Kelsey O. and Ingrid Stukey

Congrats to all the winners. I'll be contacting the winners by email. Please make sure to check you spam. You have 48 hours to claim your prize or I'll pick another winner.


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