Showing posts from November, 2012

Feel Real Fantasy Blog Tour

Today’s stop on the Feel Real Fantasy blog tour celebrating the completion of the Rys Rising series by Tracy Falbe presents an excerpt from the third novel New Religion: Rys Rising Book III.

In this scene Cruce Chenomet has just suffered a humiliating political loss when he tried unsuccessfully to take charge of the militia during the crisis of an invasion. The new Militia Master comes to confront him…

Tucking his helmet under his arm, Cruce went downstairs. His back was straight again. His self pity was on a shelf, but it was not only ambition that braced him in this dark time. He was needed, genuinely needed. The invaders were said to have gone north, and the people living in that region needed defense.
Through the window he saw a cadre of Kahtepian militiamen. Cruce frowned, suspicious of their errand.
He opened his front door and saw Leifer mounting the steps, alone. His honor guard remained in the saddle.
Cruce crossed his arms and greeted his new master with a disgruntled frown.

Cover Reveal: The Summer I Became A Nerd

About the book: On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.
Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

Add it to your Goodreads shelf -…

Review: Click: An Online Love Story by Lisa Becker

Title: Click: An Online Love Story
Author: Lisa Becker
Published: March 29, 2011
Genre: ContempoarayRomance
Source: Author

Goodreads Summary:
Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine of Click: An Online Love Story, reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly-judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with "My buddies and I were out drinking one night," to the egotistical "B" celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers will root for Renee to &qu…

Q&A with E.M. Tippets + Give@way

1. Please tell us about Castles in the Sand?
Madison Lukas has never been loved, not even by her own mother, so she doesn't know how to love herself. When her long lost older brother finds her, she doesn't understand why he's so bossy. He wants her to have better friends and ditch her boyfriend. Only after several trials does she figure out that her big brother believes she deserves better, and once she raises her standards, she's amazed to learn that he's right.

2. Was Madison Lukas a hard character to write?why?
Yes, she was very hard for the first half of the book because she is very passive. She doesn't act much, so it was a challenge to move the story along without any help from her. She becomes more active in the last half.

3. What do you hope to say to people with your writing?
I just want to entertain, really. Statements are for essays, reports, and articles. I tell stories.

4. What else are you working on?
Right now I'm writing the sequel to Castles o…

Guest Post: How Big Are Your Cohones?

How Big Are Your Cohones? by: Dodge Winston
A bold question for a bold, brave new world. But really, how big are your cohones? What would you be willing to do to set things right? And how big of a problem would it have to be for you to stick your neck out on the line… or even your cohones?!
There’s a lot of issues out there in this divided country. There are arguments over everything from race, sexual identity, God, and how much we should pay in taxes. It’s no wonder that we are in debt. Shopping seems to be the only thing we do well today. Oh… actually we scuffle the hardest on Black Friday so I guess we can’t claim the shopping title either.
The point is that our spine, our neck, our courage… our cohones are being sacrificed under the suffocating blanket of division and too many issues. That, my fellow reader, is where Drake Eldorado steps in.
I wrote the Drake Eldorado books to address an issue in a fictional, horrific way. The issue is globalization and what that may entail when c…

Guest Post: Always Steal From The Best

Always Steal From the Best Lev AC Rosen
It’s a question I get a lot, although the phrasing ranges from the polite “what inspired you to write a steampunk novel based on both Wilde and Shakespeare?” to the probably more honest “what the hell made you think you could pull that off?”  I’ll admit, it seems a little insane.  Two plays from completely different eras used to inspire a novel which, while historical, is also complete techno-fantasy.

The short answer I give, no matter how the question is asked, is “I figured if I was going to steal, it should be from the best.”  This answer is good for cocktail parties (or signings, which would very often include cocktail parties), but probably needs to be unpacked a little for this post. (And, just to be clear, this isn’t a mash-up; there are a few quotes, but 99% of the writing is my own).

I have a few things I feel comfortable with in my writing: I think I can create a good cast and setting, and my language is usually pretty strong, but when…

Audio Book Review: Rise of the Guardians

Title: Rise of the Guardians Movie Novelization
Author: Stacia Deutsch
Read by Keith Nobbs
Published: Oct. 2, 2012
Published by: Simon and Schuster Audio
Length: Approx. 2 hours
Genre: childrens, fantasy
ISBN: 978-1-4423-5950-5
Source: Publisher

Goodreads summary:
Join forces with the Guardians to defeat Pitch in this retelling of the animated feature Rise of the Guardians.When Pitch, the boogeyman, decides that children should believe in him and not the Guardians, he adds a little fear to their dreams, turning them into nightmares. If children around the world are afraid, there will be no more room for hope. The Guardians must band together to stop him. But in order to do so they need a little help from an unlikely source: Jack Frost. Jack loves to have fun, but he’s not usually one for heroics. Will Jack find the hero within him before Pitch can carry out his master plan?

My thoughts:
If you've watched television at all in the past month, chances are you have heard about the mo…

Cover Reveal: Shadow of Time

Paperback, 400 pages Expected publication: January 1st 2013  ISBN 1480242233 (ISBN13: 9781480242234)

Goodreads Summary:

All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.

Giveaway: Scarlet Woods by Brooke Passmore

Thanks to Brooke Passmore I have FOUR e- opies of Scarlet Woods to giveaway to my readers. The ecopies are available in epub. and .mobi formats, so it will work for both Kindle and Nook. This giveaway is open internationally. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Good luck!

 Past, future, and love all exist in the door through time.

Modern and independent seventeen year old Morgan Westbrook thought she had seen all there was to her home town of Scarlet, Georgia, but one day while walking in the woods behind her house she discovers a mysterious door masked behind the trees. After admiring the door’s timeless beauty she walks through its entrance to venture into more woods, but what she doesn’t know is that the door is a gateway through time that takes her back to the year 1863 during the days of the Civil War in Scarlet.

Without knowing that she had traveled back in time, she stumbles upon Danny Carson, an attractive young man who is appalled to see that Morgan is wearing skimpy …

Review: Big Frog

Title: Big Frog
Author: Rob Badcock
Publisher: Book Guild Publishing
Published: June 30, 2011
paperback, 345
ISBN: 978-1-84624-832-0
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia

The environment has gone crazy and most of the human race has escaped to a new planet billions of miles away.  The ones who have stayed live in vast domed cities that tower above the ruins of the old ones.  Outside the citidomes lie the dangers of a treacherous rain forest, giant elephants, and ruthless bounty hunters.
Rib Miskitoe, at fourteen, had run away from Milton Keyes Citidome where he was a student of Nanazoomology.  He now works on a lottery till.  One day he tells an old woman her lottery ticket was not a winner, but, in fact, it was.  He takes the $250 million winning ticket, gets it cashed, (with the help of his friend Kaddie) and becomes a fugitive on the run with a price on his head.
With the money in hand and a set of instructions that baffle him, the adventure begins.

My thoughts:

Rib, although gullibl…

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving  I wish you all a joyous and wonderful Thanksgiving.

All Eyes On Jeremiah

In The Care and Feeding of a Villain, I spent some time talking about the Angeu, a personification of Death that plays a major role in KING OF THE DEAD, the second book in the Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, coming in hardcover from Tor Books on Nov 27th.  Today I’d like to spend some time talking about the Angeu’s nemesis, the hero (or anti-hero is it were) of our story, Jeremiah Hunt himself.
Urban fantasy is rife with strong female characters who kick ass and take names, from Lilith Saintcrow’s Jill Kismet to Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock, from Jennifer Estep’s Gin Blanco to Kelly Gay’s Charlie Madigan.  They are powerful role-models and intriguing characters, the kind of people it would be interesting to hang out with for an evening.
But when I sat down to write what would eventually become the Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle, I deliberately wanted to stay away from that archetype.  I wanted a male rather than a female one.    A darker, perhaps even tragic figure, who isn’t…

Review: Darwin, Singer

Title: Darwin, Singer
Author: Nadria Tucker
Publisher: Sixteenth Avenue Books
Published: March 28, 2012
Paperback, 196 pages
ISBN: 978-0-984-9013-1-9
Genre: Dystopia
Source: Author

Goodreads Summary:

Darwin is a singer, and music is illegal. Real music, anyway.
The Wagner Initiative bans the practice of all non-educational forms of art. Darwin has worked for these jerks her whole life, singing about crosswalk safety and body odor, living with the WI's strict code of morality (no art for art's sake, no flashy clothes, and no massive rainbow-colored sock collections like the one hidden in Darwin's closet).
When she finds out the WI may have had a hand in her father's death, Darwin starts asking questions. She explores the Private Library's dusty basement archives. She discovers rock and roll. She meets Brax, a handsome (if you like the rebellious type) double agent whose recurring disappearances give no clue whether his loyalty lies with the state or the resistance.…

Review: The Hidden Blessing by Melissa Buell

Title: The Hidden Blessing (Tales of Gymandrol #2)
Author: Melissa Buell
Publisher: The Little Things Publishing Company
Published: November 2012
ebook, arc
Genre: Young Adult, Fairy Tales
Source: Author

Goodreads Summary:

How do you test for happily ever after?
Nine years ago, Emma became orphaned as a result of the Zynachnean-Mittra War. Although her memories are gone and she has no idea who she is or where she came from, she’s kindly adopted by a fairy and raised in the small village of Weymouth.
Now eighteen, Emma has come to love the life she’s made with her fairy mother. But tragedy strikes Emma’s home just as Prince Will and his sister, Princess Allessia, travel incognito through Weymouth on their way to Mittra. Allessia offers to hire Emma as her lady’s maid, despite Will’s reluctance.
Can Emma discover the truth about her past and attempt to plan her future while navigating the stormy waters of courtly intrigue?

My thoughts:
The Hidden Blessing is the second book in the Tale…

Excerpt from Thrones of Deisre

Book summary:
In Thrones of Desire erotic story-spinner Mitzi Szereto has created a place where lust and legend abound, where adventure, passion and danger entwine. Think mystical lands and creatures, kings and queens, knights and renegades, heroes and villains, warlords, maidens, and princesses. Think battles and danger, honor and dishonor, good and evil. Most of all, think hearts filled with passion and secret desire. This is a place where romantic chivalry is alive and well, but so too is romantic wickedness. In these lush and timeless landscapes, the battle for flesh can be as important as the battle for power. Intrigue, sorcery, revenge, lawlessness, dark secrets and mysterious elixirs, even entanglements with supernatural beings — everything is possible in these magical mythical landscapes. Inspired by the HBO television series Game of Thrones, these imaginative, steamy tales transport the reader to fantastical realms.


Q&A with Debra Martin

1. Tell us about your latest book, The Silver Cross.
“The Silver Cross” is the story of Boston cop, Lacey Gardner. Lacey followed in her father’s footsteps and became a cop, but a horrifying attack against her younger sister changed everything for her. When she is offered a position with the secret Fringe Division, she jumps at the chance and finally learns the truth--the beast that attacked her sister was actually a vampire. Now Lacey has dedicated her life to eradicating the beasts from the city of the Boston. She’s hardened herself against any distraction, but that all changes when she meets sexy bartender Damon Harte. The sparks fly between them, but Damon harbors a devastating secret, one that could tear the lovers apart.

2. What are some of the challenges you face when co-writing?
There are many, but the main challenge my brother and I face is distance. I live on the East Coast and Dave lives on the West Coast. However, with the modern technology of instant messenging, video conf…

The Passing Bells Read-Along

As a huge fan of Downton Abbey I couldn't resist signing up for the read-along. It's been some time since I've participated in a read-along, so I'm really excited. If you want to join in click here.

Review: Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss

Review: Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris
Author: Marissa Moss
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Published: Sept. 4, 2012
ebook, arc
ISBN13: 9781402266065
Genre: Middle grade, time travel
Source: Publisher, Netgalley

Goodreads Summary:
Mira is shocked when she receives a postcard from her missing mother from Paris. Her father decides it's time for a trip to France to search for her. While visiting Notre Dame, Mira touches a gargoyle and is whirled into the past. There she meets the famous painter Degas and catches a brief, shocking glimpse of her mother. Mira begins to suspect that her mom didn't run out on them but is a prisoner of the past. Can one family on an incredible worldwide adventure stop a plot in time?

My thoughts:
Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris by Marissa Moss is an interesting story about a family struggling to make sense of their missing mother. Mira is understandably upset at her mother for leaving the family without a word. When a postcard shows up out of the…

Marissa Moss Guest Post and Give@way

Around the World I've lived in Paris and Rome, each a wonderful experience.  Living in a foreign city broadens your sense of who you are and how you want to live in ways that are delightfully unpredictable.  In both cities, I explored the cultural riches in a way you can't during a brief visit, but more than that, I learned the rhythm of a different lifestyle.  There's no such thing as rushing in Rome, no sense of urgency – or, frustratingly – of efficiency.  You learn the Italian shrug of acceptance.
Travel in general demands that kind of flexibility.  Planes are delayed.  Connections are missed.  A drive into the Amazon jungle that was supposed to take five hours ends up taking ten because roads have been washed out.  But being open to what happens during travel mishaps means you end up having tea with Bedouins in Petra or are invited into a house-raising for a newly married couple in Vietnam.  I love the expected parts of travel, the amazing sites, the great art, but I a…

Top Ten Stupid Mistakes Villains Make; Guest Post and Giveaway

Top Ten Stupid Mistakes Villains Make: Kate dissects and lists the mindless mistakes that Pemberly Brown’s secret societies make while attempting to sneak around the campus.
Kate Lowry here from THE LIES THAT BIND. Today, I want to share with you my top ten list of stupid mistakes villains make.

10. Leave doors/windows/cars/lockers OPEN. Villains are busy people. Or perhaps they were raised in a barn. Either way, if the door’s open, I’m going in. Don’t mind if I do…

9. Loud talkers. Villains missed the day of preschool when the teachers reviewed inside voices. Plus, voices carry in those tunnels. I don’t even have to put my ear to the hatch!

8. Lose their cool around girls. I’m not proud of it, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do and sometimes that means showing a little skin. I’ve gotten entire secret maps of Pemberly Brown by merely unbuttoning one button.

7. Carry baggage. Student files are fascinating. And often thick. My best friend works in the office. What d…

Gabriele Wills Guest Post and Give@way

Why I Chose to Write About This Era :  by Gabriele Wills
“We danced on the edge of an abyss,” the Countess of Fingall said in 1911. Even the privileged realized that radical change was in the air. But no one could have foreseen that this generation would soon be challenged by the most tumultuous time in modern history.

Already women were stepping out of breath-snatching corsets and stultifying drawing rooms. Some demanded the vote; a few braved ridicule and contempt to invade the realm of men at medical and law schools. Restless fellows wanted to conquer the skies and drive ever-faster automobiles. Domestics began to seek independence from a life of servitude. Science and technology were electrifying the world even as their hubris led to the tragedy of the “unsinkable” Titanic.

The Summer Before the Storm begins in 1914 by immersing readers in the genteel Age of Elegance - the glittering balls and courtly romances played out in the seductive lake district of Muskoka in the Canadian w…

Review: The Summer Before the Storm by Gabriele Wills

Title: The Summer Before the Storm
Author: Gabriele Wills
Publisher: Mindshadows
Published: 2006
paperback, 551 pages
ISBN: 0-9732780-2-1
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Premier Virtual Author Book Tours

Goodreads Summary:
Muskoka, 1914. It's the Age of Elegance in the summer playground of the affluent and powerful. Amid the pristine, island-dotted lakes, the granite cliffs, and pine-scented forests of the Canadian wilderness, the young and carefree amuse themselves with glittering balls, lavish picnics, and friendly competitions. But this summer promises to be different when the charming, ambitious, and destitute son of a disowned heir joins his wealthy family at their cottage on Wyndwood Island.

My thoughts:
When I first came across The Summer Before the Storm it was said that if you like Downton Abbey you should try this book. I'm a huge fan of the show so I thought I would give this book a go. This novel is set in a group of islands in Canada. I've only been to Cana…

Review: Hope Road by John Barlow

Title: Hope Road (LS9 #1)
Author: John Barlow
Published: December 13, 2011
Genre: Crime
Source: Author

Goodreads Summary:
John Ray, son of crime boss Antonio 'Tony' Ray, is the straight one of the family. With a successful business and a lifestyle to match, he wants nothing to do with his father's criminal world. But what does that world want with him?

My thoughts:
John Ray, the youngest son of Crime Boss Antonio Ray, is the "straight one" of the family.  He has taken over the family business, Tony Ray's Motors, a car showroom on the back streets of Leeds.
Life seems good for John Ray.  He has won the "Auto Trader Used Car Dealership of the Year" Yorkshire Region award.  He has a beautiful girlfriend, Denise Danson, who is a Detective Constable at West Yorkshire Police, CID Division.
When a body of a young woman is found in the trunk of a Ford Mondeo belonging to John, with $40,000 in counterfeit monies and his business card,…

Samantha Durante's HUGE November Giveaway

Samantha Durante, author of Stitch, is having a HUGE November giveaway! Here's what she's giving away:

1 $50 Amazon Giftcard (hopefully that will put a dent in your holiday shopping…)
5 $5 Amazon Giftcards ($5 can buy quite a few e-books or streaming videos!)
5 (that’s right, 5!) SIGNED Print Copies of Stitch (limited to US only for postage purposes, sorry!)
And 10 Ebook Copies of Stitch (format of the winner’s choice, of course)

You can also check out my interview with Samantha Durante here.

Enter the Giveaway HERE!!!

Review: Hocus Pocus Hotel by Michael Dahl

Title: Hocus Pocus Hotel
Author: Michael Dahl
Publisher: Capstone
Published: August 1, 2012
Hardcover, 216 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4342-4253-2
Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
Ever since it was built by the great magician Abracadabra, the hotel Tyler Yu lives in has had its share of mysterious events. Ghosts wandering the halls, a magician who vanishes into thin air – Ty can’t figure these things out on his own. But Charlie Hitchcock, with his photographic memory, might just be the partner the school bully needs. Together, they’ll solve magical mysteries beyond your wildest imagination.

My thoughts:
The Hocus Pocus Hotel by Michael Dahl is a great book for young readers. The main character's name is Charlie Hitchcock. He has a photographic memory and a knack for solving mysteries. Tyler Yu is the school tough guy that everyone wants to steer clear of. Charlie is thrown for a loop when he receives a message from Tyler asking to meet him by Abracadabra. T…