Thursday, October 31, 2013

0 The Northern Frights Giveaway

In The Northern Frights, the third book in the spooky Scary School series, Charles “New Kid” Nukid and his friends, including Lattie, a girl ninja, must fight an epic battle with an ice dragon to save their school. But first they must survive going to Scream Academy as exchange students. And that may be hard, because the Academy has an abominable snowman for a principal, a Headless Horseman as one of the teachers, and the students are yetis, trolls, and ogres!

Will Charles survive to make an ancient prophecy come to pass and save everyone? The illustrated Scary School trilogy by Derek the Ghost, with its mix of humor, scares, and adventure, is a perfect pick for middle-grade readers of the Wayside School series and the Zach Files books.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

0 Giveaway: When Death Loved An Angel by Cheree Alsop

Death loved his existence. He charmed women, completed his list, and was content until the day he tried to kill Gregan Parker and came face to face with Gregan’s guardian angel. She fought for the man’s life, challenging Death the way no angel ever had. In the face of her defiance, he felt his heart do something it hadn’t for centuries; it beat. Death found himself falling for the angel, but she already loved Gregan, a man who had never seen her.

Watching Nyra love a man who didn’t know of her existence could terminate Death’s heart when it had just begun to beat, but taking away the one thing she cared about would destroy any chance he had with her. Could Death truly put himself last and risk letting his love slip through his fingers, or would he figure out a way to save both his heart and the angel who stole it?

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0 Champion by Marie Lu Giveaway

The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion? 

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion

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0 Review: Bespelling Jane Austen

Title: Bespelling Jane Austen
Authors:  Mary Balogh, Colleen Gleason , Susan Krinard, Janet Mullany
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Published: October 1, 2011
ISBN13: 9781459213906
Genre: paranormal
Source: Library

Goodreads Summary:
Jane Everett and Captain Robert Mitford realize they are reincarnated soul mates; Caroline Merrill suspects Mr. Blanchard of being a vampire; Elizabeth Bennet encounters Charles Bingley and vampires; and Emma Woodhouse runs a dating service for the supernatural.

My thoughts:
Bespelling Jane Austen is a collection of four paranormal stories that are inspired by some of Austen's classic books. The first story, Almost Persuaded, is written by Mary Balogh. As you might have guessed from the title it is based off of Persuasion. Persuasion is my favorite book by Jane Austen so I was anxious to see what Balogh had in store for the readers. Her two main characters are Jane Everett and Captain Robert Midford. Midford has just returned from the war after he had been wounded. From the first moment these two characters are introduced to each other, they have a spark, only it's much more than a spark. It's as if they are two halves of the same soul. Once they start remembering their past lives together it opens the door to a mysterious past with dreadful circumstances. They have to uncover the truth before it tears them apart. Although this story is based on Persuasion, it's totally it's own story. There's a hint of Austen in there, but it stands on its own. Balogh uses similar characters as in Persuasion, but I think that's were the similarities end. I liked this story very much. I think it might be my favorite in the whole book. I liked the love story and the mystery. 
The second story in this book is Northanger Castle by Colleen Gleason. And of course by the name you've figured out this story is based off of Northanger Abbey. This story has the same gothic feel as its namesake. There are many similarities in this story to the original. The characters, the setting, the atmosphere. They all ring true. The exception in this novel is the main characters, Caroline Merrill and Mr. Blanchard. Caroline is just as naive as Catherine, but a little more fearless. Mr. Blanchard is dark and mysterious. And oh yeah, Caroline thinks he's a vampire. In fact she's certain of it, but can she find out the truth before it's too late? This was an okay story. I like the real gothic feel to it, but it was a bit too predictable for me.
The third story in this novel is Blood and Prejudice by Susan Krinard, and it's based off of Pride and Prejudice. While the first two stories take place in regency times, Blood and Prejudice is a modern day adaptation. The same beloved characters are back, but with a paranormal twist. There are vampires afoot. And Elizabeth is smack dab in the middle of the fray. Can she escape their clutches before it's too late? Can Mr. Darcy save her from himself? I liked this story. I wasn't sure how'd I feel about a modern-day retelling, but it worked well. I loved how the author reworked the original story line to fit into this paranormal one. I think Mr. Darcy makes a wonderful brooding vampire! He can bite me anytime!
The last story in this book is Little To Hex Her by Janet Mullany, and it's based off of Emma. Like Blood and Prejudice, this story also is a modern-day adaptation. The main character, Emma, runs a dating service for the supernatural. What a perfect fit! Emma has big problems. Not only is she meddling where she shouldn't, someone has put a hex on her. If she doesn't figure it out in time, she could end up losing everything. Luckily she has her friend Harriet and Knightley. I love that Mullany incorporated almost all of the characters from Emma in this book. They have so much personality it would have been a shame had she not found room for them in this book. This book is a charming take on Emma. It was a very entertaining read.
Overall I liked this book. I think some of the Jane Austen purists would roll their eyes at the thought of reading it, but I thought all the authors did a great job. I love that the stories are all paranormal too. It's an interesting take on these classic characters. This is a quick, relaxing read. Great for a vacation or a weekend. 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

0 Review: The Ghost Prison

Title: The Ghost Prison
Author: Joseph Delaney
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: October 1, 2013
Ebook, ARC
ISBN: 978-1-4022-9318-4
Genre: Mystery
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:
This is the entrance to the Witch Well and behind that door you’d face your worst nightmare. Don’t ever go through there.'

Night falls, the portcullis rises in the moonlight, and young Billy starts his first night as a prison guard. But this is no ordinary prison. There are haunted cells that can’t be used, whispers and cries in the night... and the dreaded Witch Well. Billy is warned to stay away from the prisoner down in the Witch Well. But who could it be? What prisoner could be so frightening? Billy is about to find out...

My thoughts:
Billy Calder is just but fifteen years old. He's about to start his first day at his new job. A night guard at the prison. This isn't just any prison. Rumor has it it's full of ghost. His superior officer told him that he got the night watch because he was specifically requested by one of the ghosts. And they don't ask why, they just do what the ghosts want. The ghosts that live in this prison aren't like Casper. They are much darker and sinister. The guards have tales that would chill you to the bone.

Billy isn't scared though. Although he is cautious. When the guard tells him never to enter the locked door that leads to the Witch Well, Billy takes him seriously. However one night leaves him no choice but to enter. That night changes Billy's life forever.

This is a good story, although a little dark for younger children. The age recommendation is 12 and up. I think that would be a good assessment. This is a short ghost story at about 112 pages. It's not too short, but I would have liked it to be a little longer. This book is also illustrated by Scott M. Fisher. He does a great job with creating a spooky ambiance. This book will probably become a classic tale to read while sitting around the camp fire. Delaney does a fantastic job with the story line, especially the descriptions. I think this would be a great spooky story for kids that like a good scare.

My rating:

Monday, October 28, 2013

8 Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Giveaway

I'm re-posting my review of Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout to help celebrate the release of Sentinel. You can follow the Sentinel tour by clicking here. This review originally ran in October 2011.

Title: Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
paperback, 281 pages (arc)
ISBN: 978-0-9831572-0-5
Genre: YA

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

A few months ago I read Daimon, The Prequel to Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I was so absolutely fascinated by the world the author created that I could hardly wait to dive into Half-Blood. This book was certainly worth the wait. I read this book as though it were food and I haven't had anything to eat in a week. 
Half-Blood is based on Greek mythology which I'm a huge fan of. The characters of this book are basically divided into three categories. The Pure-Bloods, The Half-Bloods and the Daimons. The Pure-Bloods are treated like royalty. The Half-Bloods are either trained to be sentinels to protect the Pures or they are forced into servitude and become mindless drones.  Daimons are a vampire like creature that drink the Aather that runs through the blood of  the Hematoi. The divisions in class make up an interesting and diverse story line as you can imagine the conflicts that arise. 

Alexandra and her mother have been on the run from the Covenant for three years when they finally get caught by the Daimons. Alex escapes but just barely. She gets rescued by three Sentinels, one of which she's always had a crush on. They take her back to the Covenant where she either has to prove that she belongs or be forced into servitude. Alexandra receives help from Aiden, a Pure-Blood and also her long time crush. 
Alexandra is a spunky, sassy, cheeky character. She likes to bend the rules but she's also very brave. She's mourning the loss of her mother while trying to get back on the Dean's good side. Aiden is a Sentinel who agrees to help Alexandra catch up on the training she missed while she's away. He's had a bit of a tragic life so far but not only is he extremely focused he's also devastatingly handsome and also a Pure-Blood. That means a relationship between the two of them is forbidden. Which that in itself amps up the hot factor quite a bit.I must admit the scenes between them are very meltworthy.  

I love the story line in this book. It moves flawlessly. It has humor, drama, action and romance. This story was so good that I burnt dinner while trying to read at the same time. There are some elements of this story that reminded me of other books that I've read in the past. However this series is a must read.  Daimon is really good, Half-Blood is fantastic, now I can't wait to read Pure.

My rating:

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*I was provided this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my opinion. 

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Author bio:

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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Friday, October 25, 2013

0 Review: Lady in Red

Title: Lady In Red (Mad Passions #2)
Author: Maire Claremont
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Published: October 1, 2013
Ebook, ARC
ISBN-13: 9781101609347
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:
The Victorian era was full of majestic beauty and scandalous secrets—a time when corsets were the least of a woman’s restrictions, and men could kill or be killed in the name of honor…

Lady Mary Darrel should be the envy of London. Instead, all society believes her dead. For Mary holds a secret so dangerous, her father chose to keep her locked away…and have a grave made for her near her mother’s. Driven to the edge of desperation, Mary manages to escape the asylum, only to find that her fate yet again rests in the hands of a man…

Edward Barrons, Duke of Fairleigh, longs for some way to escape the torment of his father’s crimes. In Mary’s warrior spirit and haunted gaze—which so mirrors his own—he finally sees his path to redemption. He will stop at nothing to keep her safe, even as she seeks revenge. But will the passion they discover in each other be enough to save them from their demons?

My thoughts:
*This book contains some material that might be disturbing to some*

Lady in Red by Marie Clarmont tells the story of a courageous woman in the Victorian era who escaped her brutal captors and dared for not only a better life but also revenge. Mary was put into an insane asylum after her mother dies by her father. He claims it's because he's afraid she'll turn out like her 'whore' mother. While at the asylum, Mary endures terrible cruelty and sexual assault. She escapes with one thought--revenge.

Mary goes to the one person she can trust, her mother's dear friend. However she can't stay with her for long. So she arranges for Mary to stay with the Duke of Fairleigh, Edward Barrons. In exchange for his protection, she'll become his mistress.

From the moment that Edward meets Mary, he's drown to her. He can't get her out of his mind. He knows she's been through something terrible. He also knows who she really is--the daughter of a duke. But he vows to keep her safe no matter what. And in saving her, he might save himself. 

This book can act like a standalone for those who have not read the first book in the series. I suspect some of the  characters from this book make an appearance in that book as well. However, there's nothing that will confuse as to the story line. I did like this story line as well as Mary. Mary undergoes some heinous events. So much so, she'll probably be scarred for life if she were an actual person. However I did appreciate that Claremont didn't give the heroine a quick recovery. Mary was damaged physically and mentally and those wounds take longer to heal. In this story, Mary struggles with her past, trust, and dealing with the future. She finds comfort in learning how to defend herself. It empowers her, and with it, she's able to battle some of her demons. She comes to care for Edward, but she's still standoffish. I like that there were walls that she had to break down to deal with her past. I wouldn't have liked this book any other way. 

Edward was a different story. Overall I liked his character, but I thought he was a little too broodish for me. He had demons in his past that haunted him, and felt responsible for things that were out of his control. His situation was understandable, but he blamed himself for other's mistakes. He's a charming character with a big, gentle heart. Also he's very stubborn. Together they make a great pair. They help each other learn to live again. Overall this is a good book. As I pointed out it does deal with sensitive issues, so this book won't be for everybody. 

My rating:

Other books in the series:
The Dark Lady

Thursday, October 24, 2013

0 Review: It's Halloween. I'm Turning Green

Title: It's Halloween. I'm Turning Green (My Weird School Special)
Author: Dan Gutman
Pictures by: Jim Paillot
Published: Harper
Published: July 23, 2013
Paperback, 144 pages
ISBN 978-0-06-220679-4
Genre: Middle Grade
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
In this Weird School Special, It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green!,  A.J. and the gang from the My Weird School series are ready for one of their favorite holidays!
It’s Halloween, and you know what that means! Candy! Costumes! More candy! What would happen if a kid ate a million hundred pounds of chocolate in one night? One thing’s for sure—when A.J. and his friends from Ella Mentry School go trick-or-treating, it will be a Halloween to remember.

My thoughts:
Halloween is probably one of the top two holidays for kids. What's not to love about getting dressed up and getting candy--lots and lots of candy.

Well the kids at Weird School are not exception. A.J. can't wait till he can stuff himself full of candy. A.J. and his friends gather to go trick-or-treating, and they're serious. With a very-calculated plan for getting the most candy. However there are some things they have to be on the lookout for. Like the Halloween Monster that terrorizes the neighborhood. But A.J. and his friends are not scared at all! However of course something weird is going to happen. What else would you expect?

This is a cute and entertaining book for middle grade readers. In fact, they'd probably enjoy the whole series. Gutman is a whiz about sneaking in interesting facts and expanding vocabulary words in the story without the kids realizing they're learning something new. This book especially fits this time of year. As a bonus, there are a bunch of extra games, quizzes, and puzzles at the end of the book. Fun to be had all around!

My rating:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

0 Shadow Born Guest Post and Giveaway

Everyone tells me I’m a writer, but I still maintain that I am more of a story teller of sorts than anything. My main reason for this is that I have no trouble putting words down on a page, but I am horrible at both spelling and grammar. Fortunately spellcheck has taken much of the frustration out of one of those two quirks of mine.
My main focus in any story or novel I write is getting to know my characters. I want to understand them, feel their pain or frustration, and really get a sense of who they are. Usually their backgrounds start light on detail, but begin to unfold just as rapidly as the stories and worlds they are written in. One detail gets added on top of another and suddenly that dark haired boy with sad eyes on page one is no longer as he seems, he has a secret that keeps him in the shadows, and that secret could cost him his life. See how that happened there? In an instant, an idea or personality is born, and it just keeps expanding. That is what I love about writing. There are no limits, the world is your own and for a moment everything is possible. Your characters can end up being movie stars, or they can be hotdog vendors, and in the process the movie star might not even end up being the important one in the plot.
I have been writing long before I ever put pencil to paper or fingers to keyboard. A prime example is my novel, Shadow Born. I came up with the basic premise about a boy with a gift that no one understood in middle school. I wrote other things over the years, but the idea stuck with me and took hold. It wasn’t easy getting Raffin’s story right, there were a lot of bumps along the way. Over the years he had various names, physical traits, magic powers, and different girls in his life - but the core idea remained unchanged with the revisions and rewrites made. It is a story of hope in dark times, of loss, and longing to be loved and belong - no matter what.
I hope readers enjoy Shadow Born as much as I have writing it and its series.
Thank you for having me and Shadow Born on your blog. It’s been a lot of fun.

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1 large black star covered round tote bag 
1 pair star and silver colored sunglasses 
1 silver color star bracelet
1 pair crystal-like star earrings
1 crystal-like star necklace
1 bottle of glitter nail polish
3 Shadow Born bookmarks

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1 silver color star bracelet
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1 pair crystal-like star earrings
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Shadow Born
Eighteen-year-old Raffin has been in hiding on Earth since before he was born, but he’s more comfortable in the shadows anyway. He’s part of one of the most hated races in the universe. It’s a secret he’s forced to keep from everyone he meets. 
On his first day at a new high school, Arianna Val crashes into his world, literally. One tumble on the track field and suddenly she’s acting like they’re best friends. Worse, Raffin doesn’t mind her invading his shadows — and that’s before he realizes she knows his secret. But, she’s not quite human, herself and her very life force is what Raffin needs to survive. 
Can he trust her to keep his secret? Can he trust himself with Ari when his body yearns to drain her soul? Assailed by memories of death and destruction that aren’t his own, Raffin has to come to terms with the truth. He is shadow born.
Author Bio
Author Nicole Camp has written three books to be published by Entranced Publishing. 
Her first book, "Shadow Born" will release Oct. 14th, 2013; followed by "Shadow Throne" and the first book in a separate series "The Lady of Ispa : Magic & Meru" sometime in 2014.

Nicole is an ice cream lover, who lives in Arizona with her family and two pets. She is always working on her next writing project. When not writing, she likes to explore the world through photography, snapping pictures of her surroundings.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

0 Review: The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark

Title: The Angel Stone (The Fairwick Trilogy #3)
Author: Juliet Dark
Published by: Ballantine Books
Published: September 3, 2013
Paperback, 303 pages
ISBN: 978-0-345-53339-5
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Own

Goodreads Summary:
For Callie McFay, a half-witch/half-fey professor of folklore and Gothic literature, the fight to save the enchanted town of Fairwick, New York, is far from over. After a hostile takeover by the Grove—a sinister group of witches and their cohorts—many of the local fey have been banished or killed, including Callie’s one true love. And in place of the spirit of tolerance and harmony, the new administration at Fairwick College has fostered an air of danger and distrust. 

With her unique magical abilities, Callie is the only one who can rescue her friends from exile and restore order to the school—a task that requires her to find the Angel Stone, a legendary talisman of immense power. Propelled on an extraordinary quest back to seventeenth-century Scotland, Callie risks her life to obtain the stone. Yet when she encounters a sexy incarnation of her lost love, she finds the greater risk is to her heart. As the fate of Fairwick hangs in the balance, Callie must make a wrenching choice: reclaim a chance for eternal passion or save everything she holds dear.

My thoughts:
The Angel Stone is the third book in The Fairwick Trilogy. I've had the misfortune of not reading the first two books. The author does a great job of not making you feel lost in the middle of the story, but she did make me feel as though I missed quite a good story in the first two book. So I'll definitely go back at some point to read them.

This is my first experience with this author and this trilogy. I have to say I'm impressed. I love the world that Dark has created. It's full of every magical being you can think of. In this book, Callie McFay, who is half-witch-half-fey, must find the Angel Stone to try and stop the Grove from taking over everything. To find the stone, she has to create a door, go back through time, rescue her (maybe) love and all before the Grove destroy her town. Doesn't that sound exhausting?

I like Callie's character a lot. She's still trying to find her footing in everything. Trying to deal with the loss of her love, while trying to be there for her students. She also has a great support system through her friends and family. Without them, she probably wouldn't have made it thus far. The story line has action and adventure and romance. It kept me turning pages even when I was too tired. I wanted to find out how her journey ended. Though you can read this book as a standalone, you'll probably want to start from the beginning. Just so you don't miss out on Callie's journey.

My rating:

Other books in this trilogy:
The Demon Lover
The Water Witch

Monday, October 21, 2013

2 Q&A with Andrew Joyce

What made you decide to continue the adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer?

I had written two books previously, a historical novel (164,000 words), and a book of short stories (185,000 words). When I was trying to find and agent for either one of them, I was repeatedly told that they were two long for a first time author. After a year of trying, I got mad and said, “I can write 80,000 words if that is what you guys want.”

I had just finished reading HUCKLEBERRY FINN, so I sat down at the computer and banged out REDEMPTION in two months. It only took that long because I was still writing short stories and my computer died. It took me two weeks to get it fixed. I was angry! The story is, that within a month of finishing, I had one of the biggest agencies in the country in love with the book.

In Redemption, Huck and Tom are all grown up. How have their lives changed since they were kids?

When they were kids Tom was more in charge of things. But now Huck leads. They understand now that the world is a bigger place then they ever imagined when they were kids. They’ve met many different kinds of people and they now know that a man (or woman) is not to be judged by the color of his skin. I think that is the most important change about them.

What do you think is so appealing about Tom and Huck?

I did not make them appealing, Sam Clemens did. My Huck and Tom are completely different. Because adults are different then the children they once were. Huck and Tom grow up fast in my novel.

What do you think Mark Twain would think about Redemption

I think Sam stood over my shoulder as I wrote. I think he was the instrument. It’s something he wanted said. When I finished writing, I barely remembered what I wrote. However, of course, after seven months of editing, I know most of it by heart now.

Have you ever considered growing a big, bushy mustache like Mark Twain?

I have a mustache, just not as bushy. But I’m working on it.

Please, tell me a little bit about your canine companion Danny. Is he supportive of your writing?

Danny writes his own blog. He has almost forty stories to his credit. So no, he is not supportive; we fight for the computer all the time. (I included one of his stories below.)

What book (other than yours) would you like to write about?

That is a hard question to answer. May I get back to you on that?

If this book were made into a movie, who would you want to play Huck and Finn?

It’s funny you should ask that. My agent is negotiating with a producer to make it into a movie. But to answer your question: Matthew McConaughey as Huck and Leonardo DiCaprio as Tom. (In my book, Huck is the leader.)

Halloween is just around the corner. Have you ever had a 'paranormal' experience?

Yes. But it will take a little telling. (If you don’t have the space, you can edit this answer) Here goes: Many years ago, I was hitchhiking through Kansas and was let out in the middle of nowhere. There was nothing but prairie before me. I was 21 and healthy. I shrugged and started walking. It was the first thing in the morning. I was well rested and had just eaten breakfast. Within a few minutes, I stared to slow down. With every step, I found it harder to raise my foot for the next step. Within minutes, I could no longer move. I had no energy, none whatsoever. It was only with the greatest willpower that I did not collapse.

But within seconds, a car stopped and through the opened window the man offered me a ride. I somehow got the door opened and fell into the car. As we left that spot, my energy came back. With every inch we traveled I came back to normal. Then I forgot about the whole thing until 22 years later. That’s when I had the dream.

I was standing behind a covered wagon. I was dying. My family, at the front of the wagon, was already dead. We had been stranded on the prairie, why or how I don’t know. But we were dying of starvation. When you have no food, you have no energy. It was 1848. And in the dream, I came to realize that the place that I died in 1848 was the exact same spot where I lost all my energy in 1968 and could not move an inch. A true story. There are energy vortexes that do not dissipate.

What are you working on next?

Editing my two previous books because now I hope to sell them. The one thing that REDEMPTION has taught me. You can never edit enough. Oh, and I will be helping Danny get his book out there … THE DANNY CHRONICLES: Stories from Danny the Dog’s Blog.

Thank you very much for the invitation to talk,

Andrew Joyce

As promised here is one of Danny’s blogs.

Hello all you dog lovers out there. It's me again, Danny the Dog. Today I want to tell you about Heather, she's my girlfriend. She lives on a sailboat a couple of slips down from my boat. Well, Andrew’s boat and mine. You remember him, he my hapless human.
First of all, I bet you all think Heather is a dog. Well she's not, she a human. I know, no one is perfect, except maybe me. But human or not, I think Heather is cool. We first met a few months ago when she brought her sailboat to the marina for repairs.
The first time I saw Heather, I was outside on the dock catching a few rays. I like to soak up a little sun in the wintertime, when it’s cool, to lighten my fur. I think it makes me look more attractive. Anyway, she came off her boat and scratched me behind the ear. It was love at first scratch.
I’m sure she feels the same way about me because she is always giving me “cookies” as she calls them. They’re really just dog biscuits, but what the hell. A few years ago, Andrew brought some home and I wouldn’t eat one of them. He eventually ended up throwing them out. But somehow, from Heather’s hand they are oh so sweet. She also gave me a water bowl.
Nowadays when I take Andrew for a walk, I run right up to Heather’s boat with my tail a waggin’ and I won’t move until she comes out and pats me on the head. Andrew doesn’t like the delay to his walk, but he’s well trained and he stands there until I’m ready to go.
But I’m sad as I write these words. You see Heather is leaving me. Her boat is repaired and she will be setting sail for the Islands in about a week. I would like to go with her, and she has offered to take me, but I can’t leave Andrew. He would be lost without me. He can’t even find his shoes in the morning without my help. And who would write his books for him? No. I can’t go away with Heather. I will miss her. And out of memory of her, I swear I will never eat another dog biscuit once she is gone.

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