Showing posts from April, 2013

The Fragile Things

Two girls on the road to self-destruction. A village upon the brink of collapse. A past which refuses to die.
The beginning of an epic four-part horror serial.
At seventeen-years-old, Jennifer should have the world at her feet. Instead, she’s an ex-heroin addict living in a council estate with Tony, her boyfriend and former dealer. Shunned by her family and friends, she dreams of something greater than she’s been given.
Beautiful and strange, Ebony has moved in across the street. She’s just lost the one person in her lonely existence to cancer. She’s also a centuries-old vampire, struggling to cope with murderous outbursts and the desire to be something more.
When these two lost souls meet, an unusual friendship begins.
But with the news of Morris, Tony’s sadistic best friend and drug-dealing partner, being released from prison, Jennifer knows it’s only a matter of time before his path of vengeance leads to her and Ebony, too.
With a cast of memorable characters, a village full of secrets,…

Q&A with Emily Craven

1. Please tell our readers about your novel, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain, Photographer Extraordinaire.

The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain’ is a comedy told through Facebook status updates, comments, private messages and notes. In this first book
Madeline has just achieved her dream, acceptance into world famous photographer, Jason I’Anson’s, exclusive college in New York. Like many people of her generation who travel overseas, she turns to Facebook as a medium to pass on news and keep in touch with her family and friends. But her move from the sleepy Australian town of Adelaide to New York City doesn’t exactly turn out as she expected. There is no denying Madeline is a Chaos Magnet. From her first meeting with her chain smoking, club crazy house mate and his superhero Mexican Chameleon, Duncan (who can move from one side of the room to the other in a blink of eye), she knew she was in for an interesting time. Add an umbrella rigged by her brother to yell abuse at surrou…

Review: The Black Mile

Title:The Black Mile Author:  Mark Dawson Publisher: Black Dog Publishing Published: March 18, 2012 Ebook ASIN: B007M9UM14 Genre: Mystery/Crime Source: Author

Goodreads Summary: London, 1940: the beginning of the Blitz, an era defined in blacks and greys. Prostitution. Police corruption. Gangland intrigue. Henry Irving is a disgraced hack on a Fleet Street scandal rag. Detective sergeant Charlie Strange is a fresh face in the Met, hunting corrupt coppers but blinkered by ambition. Detective inspector Frank Murphy mourns his dead daughter with booze and gambling. When a serial killer preys on Soho prostitutes, the three men are caught in a spiral, a nightmare that tests loyalty and courage, offers no mercy, allows for no survivors.
My thoughts:
The place, London.  The year, 1940.  Air raid sirens and German bombs blast through skies for fifty-seven straight  nights.  Houses, businesses, and street are blown completely off the maps. Sinister doings from the darkness of the black-outs claim his vi…

My Fantasy Faves

My Fantasy Faves I have been reading a lot of fantasy books lately and thought it would be fun to pick out some of my favorite characters and let you know why they are my favorite. Please feel free to agree or disagree, tell me your faves and why or just leave me a comment in general. Without further adieu, here are some of my fantasy faves (books and movies). Now these may contain some spoilers for those who haven’t read the books discussed here. Best animal or magical creature: Smaug (The Hobbit) Smaug is everything you expect from a dragon. He is evil and greedy. He is fierce and protective of his hoard. He is the epitome of what dragons were to become in fantasy. Aslan (The Chronicles of Narnia)  “Who's Aslan? Why, don't you know? He's the King—the King of the whole wood, and the Son of the great Emperor-beyond-the-Sea. He's wild, you know. If there's anyone who can appear before him without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most or else just silly…

Review: Ravenwild

Title: Ravenwild Author: Peter J. Plasse Publisher: Lightening Source Inc. Published: March 12, 2011 Paperback, 496 pages ISBN: 978-0-9833400-1-0 Genre: Fantasy Source: Author

Goodreads Summary:  Returning home from another grueling shift of E.R. work, Dr. Blake Lee Strong comes across a downed motorcyclist and stops to help, but little does he know that his world and that of his family will soon be turned upside down. Duped into being transported to another planet called Inam'Ra, Dr. Strong and his family are thrust into a medieval world populated by Trolls, Gnomes, Elves, Dwarves, Humans and other alien beings. An epic odyssey begins as the Strong family fights for not only their own survival, but also for the continued existence of the citizens of Ravenwild.
My Thoughts: Ravenwild is a kind of fish-out-of-water type story in which a family from our world is transported across dimensions to the planet Inam’Ra.  It is similar to our Medieval ages, except it is also populated with …

The Disrespectful Interviewer

Title: The Disrespectful Interviewer
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Publisher: Hat City Press
Published: March 22, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction, humor
Source: Author

Amazon Summary:
Just what the title promises! Thirteen disrespectful interviews with authors, including: Chris Cleave, Jon Clinch, Tish Cohen, Joseph Finder, Kristy Kiernan, A.S. King, J.A. Konrath, Greg Logsted, Lisa McMann, Lynn Price, Lev Raphael, Adriana Trigiana...and Lauren Baratz-Logsted - discover new favorites and see some of your favorite authors, like you've never seen them before!

My thoughts:
I live in agony of interviews. I am thrilled to interview the authors that I do, but I also dread it. Why? Because trying to come up with questions that the author hasn't been asked at least a thousand times already is tough. There are times when I've tried to be more laid back with the interviewee and have fallen flat on my face. Why did I tell you all this? So that you can understand my appreciat…

The 5th Wave is coming...and it’s almost here!

The First Wave

The Second Wave

The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. The 5th Wave is available for pre-order now!

Rick Yancey, the author of The 5th Wave, is also getting ready to go on tour!

Tuesday, May 7th7:00 PM Books and …

Q&A with Lauren Baratz-Logsted

1.So, how do you pronounce your last name? 
Baratz is like the Barrett in Elizabeth Barrett Browning if it were plural. Logsted is how it looks except everyone always wants to shove an 'a' in there to make it Logstead.

2. In college you worked as a doughnut salesperson. Do you have a favorite kind of doughnut?
Chocolate cream.

3. Before writing full time you worked many jobs. Which was your least favorite?
Honestly, none. Independent bookseller, PW reviewer, freelance editor, sort-of librarian, window washer - each somehow contributed toward making me the writer I am today (such as that is!).

4. In your newest book, Little Women & Me, Emily want's to 're-write' Little Women. Have you ever wanted to do this with a particular book (other than Little Women)?
There are characters I've been so in love with on the page - Gatsby, or Phineas from A Separate Peace - that I sometimes wished I could jump in the pages and save them. That said, I wouldn't change a thin…

It's the end of the world as we know it!

It's the end of the world as we know it! Well, maybe not the END of the world, but it's the end of an era. So, as you may or may not know, Google Reader will cease to exist this summer. I'm a huge fan of GR and am very sorry to see it go. I really like being able to go to one place to read blogs that I subscribe to. Because of that I've been looking around for alternatives ways that I can subscribe to the blogs I love as well as ways you can subscribe to this blog. I've joined  bloglovin'. It's very similar to Google Reader, and I like that. And most of all, it's easy to use. 

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mmm . . . cupcakes

Title: Winner Bakes All (The Cupcake Club) Author: Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Published: March 1, 2013 Ebook, ARC ISBN 13: 9781402264559 Genre: Middle-Grade, Contemporary Source: NetGalley Suggested Reading Age: 9+
Meet Sadie.
When she's not mixing it up on the basketball court, she's mixing the perfect batter with her friends in the cupcake club. Sadie's definitely no stranger to competition, but the oven mitts are off when the club is chosen to appear on Battle of the Bakers, the ultimate cupcake competition on TV.
But the real battle happens off camera when the club's baking business starts losing money.
With the clock ticking and the cameras rolling, will the club and their cupcakes rise to the occasion?
My Thoughts: Mother-daughter writing team, Sheryl and Carrie Berk, are bringing us another adventure for the girls in The Cupcake Club. Winner Bakes All is the next book in this delightful series. Sadie's world is rattled after hearing her…

Treasure Chest Giveaway Hop

Treasure Chest
Giveaway HOP

April 19-22, 2013
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It's been quite some time since we've participated in a HOP on To Read or Not To Read, and I'm very excited to participate in this one. I'm giving away a copy of Silver: Return To Treasure Island by Andrew Motion. It's a perfect fit for this hop's theme. I had the great pleasure of reading this book last year, and I think it's one that people will really enjoy. 
It's almost forty years after the events of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island:  Jim Hawkins now runs an inn called the Hispaniola on the English coast with his son, Jim, and Long John Silver has returned to England to live in obscurity with his daughter, Natty. Their lives are quiet and unremarkable; their adventures have seemingly ended.
      But for Jim and Natty, the adventure is just beginning. One night, Natty approaches young Jim with a proposition: return to Treasure Island and find the remaining…