Sunday, August 31, 2008
I hope everyone comes back again for my next contest. Details will be September 7th for an autographed ARC of Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash.
Thirty years have passed and everyone has forgotten. A stranger by the name of Mark Albright shows up in town. He starts asking questions about Gaylene and her son, Nicky James. The sheriff gets suspicious and checks into Mark. What the sheriff finds out about Mr. Albright will leave him speechless. So people don’t appreciate Mr. Albright coming into town asking his questions and opening wounds again. In fact you could say some people will go to the extremes to keep their secrets from being uncovered.
First off I have to comment and say that I thought Shoot the Moon was a pretty fine book. The characters heard my interest through out the book. One thing I thought that helped was the letters written back in the seventies that were put in almost every chapter at the end of the chapters. To me, what the letters did was to help build up the suspense or the story a little bit at a time. Shoot the Moon had me captivated to keep me reading till the very end. I can’t think of a single thing I would change about the book. If you have never read a book by Billie Letts then I feel sorry for you as you don’t know what you are missing. So if you don’t want to be left behind, pick up a Billie Letts’ book today.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Susannah is hoping that the second times the charm. In ten days, Susannah is getting married again. Before that can happen, Susannah’s soon to be ex-husband comes back into the picture. Ryan Sanderson is the Denver Maverick’s star quarterback. He is ready to make some changes in his life and that includes starting with his wife, Susannah. Ryan tells Susannah that if she agrees to spend the remaining ten days with him….uninterrupted then he will allow the divorce to go through. As much as Susannah and her fiancé, Henry does not like the idea, Susannah agrees. Besides it’s only ten days with her soon to be ex-husband. What’s the worse that can happen?
For me the characters in Line of Scrimmage, both Susannah and Ryan are what made the book so enjoyable for me. The chemistry they shared between them as well as the personalities about them was great. Ryan is every woman’s fantasy...a hot, sexy, macho football player. I have not read many sports romance books, in fact I can count how many I have read on one hand but after reading Marie Force’s Line of Scrimmage; I just might have to read more. Ms. Force is a new author for me and such a delight. She has created the winning goal with Line of Scrimmage. I will be reading more books from this author.
For more information on this author go to www.mariesullivanforce.com
Friday, August 29, 2008
I have read good things about this book, so when Ms. Blevins offered to send six copies out to readers on LibraryThing I jumped at the chance. So glad I did.
Years ago when Hannah Cameron’s husband, Alan came back from the war wounded he wasn’t alone. Alan was accompanied by a little girl named Maggie. Maggie was no ordinary girl. She was the only lone survivor of her town’s massacre. Now the years have past and Maggie is all grown up and Hannah and Alan are gone. The townsfolk have a name for Maggie; they call her “Dark Maggie”. At first when people started calling her that it was because she had dark hair but now the name has a whole new meaning... it’s because the townsfolk believe that Maggie is cursed and possess the dark eye.
One day an outsider plays a visit to town. He offers Maggie a chance to make her own way in the land of freedom, known as America. Maggie agrees and sets sail for America. Once there, Maggie is bought by a man named Seth Martin. This is when the adventure really starts for Maggie. Maggie is ready to experience all that American has to offer, including a handsome man named Tom Roberts.
What a bunch of interesting and intriguing characters, Ms. Blevins introduces first time readers to in her book Midwife of the Blue Ridge. I would categorize Midwife of the Blue Ridge as an Early American, Romance novel. Instantly I feel in love with this book as well as the story it told. Which is surprising to me as I enjoy reading historical novels but most have been more along the lines of Scottish, English, French, Ireland novels…notice a pattern here, not to say that there is anything wrong with these types of books; it’s just that I can’t remember many Early American books where I have enjoyed reading them so much as I did Ms. Blevins. Midwife of the Blue Ridge is Ms. Blevins first novel but I am sure we will hear from her again soon.
Check out Ms. Blevin's website http://www.christineblevins.com/
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I felt bad for Justin having to live with Carrie but at the same time I was impressed with him. Justin tried everything he could to make Carrie feel his love for her but in a respected way. Carrie really wasn’t all that bad. I could understand where Carrie was coming from as I would have felt defensive about the whole situation as well. Even though the circumstances between Carrie and Justin were sad, it was funny to read how these two coped with each other. The things they would say or do at times would make me laugh and smile. After reading An Unlikely Place to Love and now The Cold Wife; Mrs. Nordin is two for two in my book of great reads as well as a wonderful author. So if you are looking for a new author to try then give Ruth Nordin’s books a chance.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The year is 1390 in Scotland.
It is time to crown the new king of Scots. Amalie Murray was just going about her business when she overhears some men plotting to over throw the new king. Someone is very desperate to rule, Scotland and he will do anything to gain control even if it means taking anyone who stands in his way down. When Sir Garth Napier catches Amalie eavesdropping at the door, he briskly takes Amalie away. Garth demands to know what Amalie was doing spying. Amalie tells Garth that she was not spying but instead had heard some voices plotting and stopped to listen because one of the voices sounded familiar. Know that Amalie could be in trouble that would require his protection; Garth decides to keep a close eye on Amalie. Fortunately for Garth it won’t be hard as he is captivated by the lovely Amalie.
I adored Amalie. She was friendly but also had a strong will about her. Sir Garth Napier is very handsome, warm, and all-around great guy. The story within Border Lass was a great one. It had deceit, adventure as well as romance. Amanda Scott talks about her love for Scottish history and it shows in this book. Ms. Scott really did her research. As I was reading Border Lass I could instantly picture myself there with Amalie and Garth. Amanda Scott is true royalty when it comes to fourteenth century Scottish historical romance novels. So the next time I am in the mood to read a really wonderful Scottish novel I know I won’t have to look any farther then Amanda Scott.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
FBI agent, Vincent Valtrez has been called back home to Tennessee. There has been what the local psychic believes to be a string of murders. Vincent has strived to make sure he never had to set foot in Black Forest. Legend has it that evil lives in Black Forest and everyone who has ever went into the forest was never seen or heard from again, that is except for Vincent.
Many years ago something happened to Vincent in the forest and her survived barely. Now not only does he have to deal with going back home but he also has to work side by side with the one woman who makes his heart race as well as makes Vincent want to act like a bad, bad boy. So just who is this woman that has Vincent all twisted up in knots? Her name is Clarissa King. She claims that she can communicate with the dead. Clarissa and Vincent team up to bring down the killer. Unfortunately they will have their hands full as this killer really is evil.
Vincent and Clarissa were great characters. They had good depth as well as personality to them. Plus it didn’t hurt any the hot steamy chemistry they shared together. Once I started reading Insatiable Desire, I found I couldn’t put it down. I was sad when it ended. I have to say that I have read a few of Rita Herron’s book and enjoyed them a lot but Insatiable Desire is my first paranormal romance novel I have read by her. After reading this book I have to say I like this new, darker, and edgier side of Ms. Herron. Insatiable Desire is a wonderful kickoff to what I know will be a successful new series; The Demonborn by Ms. Herron.
Purchase the book here http://www.hachettebookgroupusa.com/books_9780446199476.htm
To learn more about this new series from Rita Herron go here http://www.thedemonborn.com/index.html
Monday, August 25, 2008
I was delighted when Mr. Henkin emailed me to ask if I would be interested in reading his book, Matrimony. You can imagine my bigger surprise when the book arrived and it was autographed. Thank you Mr. Henkin.
Matrimony is also a New York Times Notable Book of the year. I will be hosting a contest the end of September for an autographed copy of Matrimony. So come back again to win.
Now my review
Julian Wainwright comes from a very wealthy and privileged family. Julian wants to branch out from his family and make a name for himself. So Julian heads off to Graymont College. Julian hopes to become a famous writer. Once at Graymont College, Julian meets and becomes friends with Carter Heinz, a fellow student. Unfortunately their friendship is a rocky one. Carter grew up with his mother having to save every penny they received. Carter’s mother even used to buy Carter reversible clothing to save money. Carter resents Julian for being better off then him. To make matters worse, Julian and Carter both fall for the same girl…Mia; a nice girl who comes from a Jewish family. Julian ends up meeting Mia first. Julian end Mia end up falling for each other.
Mia and Julian start dating. Everything is going well between them till Mia finds out her mother has breast cancer. Luckily Julian is there to lend a supporting shoulder to Mia while she and her family go through these trying times. Years later when Mia and Julian attend their school reunion; Julian reconnects with Carter. Carter ended up working for an internet company and became a millionaire. Carter also reveals a secret to Julian, with will change things for both of them.
I did like the story that Matrimony told about family, friendship, and love and lost. I have to say that I liked Julian and Mia better then Carter. For me I felt more connected with Julian and Mia’s characters and their story then I did Carter’s. I felt like Carter had more of a secondary part in this book. I know that the story was really more Mia and Julian’s but I just wished I could have associated more with Carter as well. Other then this fact, I still enjoyed reading Matrimony. Mr. Henkin has a very descriptive as well as easy-flowing writing style. That is why I found myself having no problems reading this Matrimony from start to finish. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Henkin.
Visit Mr. Henkin's website here http://www.joshuahenkin.com
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Sunday, August 24, 2008
Ok so for those of you who are regulars of my blog, you know that I like to introduce readers to new authors. Well this time is no different.
I thought Arlene was a fun character. She reminded me of Nancy Drew. In the way where Nancy was always finding herself in the middle a situation but in a fun and charming way; Arlene brings the same flair just without any sidekicks. Sheriff Carter is such a nice, charming, and caring man. No matter how much Arlene gets on his nerves, he’s always looking out for her well-being. No Regrets is a great first novel for June Phyllis Baker. Ms. Baker also writings that she loves British comedy and hopes to mix that with a story set in England during the 1950s. All I have to say to this is that I hope Ms. Baker does it sooner rather then later as that will be one good book. So if you are looking for a new author to try out then pick up No Regrets. Just like the title you won’t have any regrets.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Well based on Random.org Stephanie is the Winner. Congrats Stephanie. I emailed you for your information.
To everyone else I am sorry you didn't win this time but come back as I will be holding more contests in the coming weeks.
Vampire’s Heart by Kristina Lloyd
For many centuries, one woman has haunted Billy Dresner III’s dreams. Her name is Selin. She was a vampire. Billy loved her and would never harm Selin intentionally. Selin is dead; killed by Billy’s own hands. Billy now has a second chance at redemption. Selin has been reborn in the form of a human named Esther. Esther and her team of explorers are out in the Arctic. This happens to be the same place Billy makes his home. A lot of things can go bump in the night in a place where the sun rarely shines.
Billy is the most dangerous type of vampire. A vampire who is obsessed with a woman and knows no boundaries. Esther seemed feeble to me. I was surprised by this fact as I felt someone who was suppose to be Billy’s greatest love reborn would have been stronger. The dreams Esther had about her and Billy were enough to make the ice melt even in the Arctic! I will read another one of Kristina Lloyd’s books.
Buddies Don’t Bite by Portia Da Costa
Zachary Trevelyan and Teresa Johnson are housemates. They feel an instant connection to each other. Teresa and Zachary won’t act on their feelings. The reason for this is that Zachary is a vampire and he’s hiding this fact from Teresa. Teresa asks Zachary to be her date for a friend’s wedding. He agrees to go with her. What happens next will test both of their resistance to each other and their hearts.
The chemistry Teresa and Zachary shared between each other was a good one. As always Ms. Da Costa knows just how to crank up the heat. Buddies Don’t Bite was a cute, short story. It is good to see that even with the short stories; Portia Da Costa never loses her stream. I just wished it could have lasted longer. Other that this fact, Portia Da Costa is still one of my favorite erotic authors.
Under Her Skin by Mathilde Madden
Merle Cobalt’s father is dying. He has been poisoned. The only person who can save him is Darius Cole. A rebel vampire who is known to use his mind control powers to get people to do what he wants. Darius has an antidote but he will give it to Merle on one condition. Merle has to come live with Darius for twenty-five days. That’s it. After twenty-five days have passed then Merle is free to go with the antidote.
Though Darius is the vampire in this story, I fear for him, and rightfully so. There is nothing scarier then a women’s scorn. Darius may think he has the upper hand being a vampire but Merle can be just as resourceful when it comes to getting what she wants. The sexual tension involving Darius and Merle is pretty steamy. Nothing makes two people want each other more then sharing a love-hate relationship. Under Her Skin is the first story I have read by Mathilde Madden. I thought it was alright. I felt the ending was weak but that won’t stop me from trying another one of Mathilde Madden’s books.
Friday, August 22, 2008
I have been eyeing this author's books for a while but just haven't got around to reading one of them. Well thanks to J. Kaye I was able to. Thanks J. Kaye.
One of the most unbelievable things has happened. Twelve year old, Daniel Linwood has returned home. So your probably saying so what’s the big deal about that? Well the big deal is that five years ago Daniel Linwood vanished. The police, his family and the community searched but never found a single trace of what happened to young Daniel. Now here he is, standing on his parents door step without a single scratch on him as if he never was gone.
Henry Parker is a reporter with the New York Gazette. Henry’s boss gives him the assignment of interviewing the Linwood family reunion story. While interviewing Daniel, Henry learns
someone or something more sinister is behind a whole string of children disappearing just the same way as Daniel did. Henry could have just stumbled on one of the biggest stories of his career. There is just one problem… Henry needs help. Henry knows just who to turn to be will she lend a hand to Henry or will Henry be on his own this time?
Henry Parker is a fine character. He’s one of those reporters where they will do anything to bring the readers the best stories around even the gritty and grimiest ones that other reporters might not tough. The Stolen is the first book I have read by Jason Pinter featuring Henry Parker. I have wanting to check out a Pinter book for a while. Well after finishing The Stolen I have to say that I was not disappointed. I am glad to say that I have now read a Jason Pinter book and enjoyed it. While not a new author, Mr. Pinter is one of the greatest new author’s to come my way. The Stolen is Mr. Pinter’s third book featuring Henry Parker. You can be assured I will be checking all Mr. Pinter’s other books featuring Henry Parker.
Mr. Pinter's website http://www.jasonpinter.com/
Purchase the book here http://www.eharlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=17506&cid=701
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Cassie Maddox is no longer with the Murder Squad. Cassie receives a phone call from her boyfriend, Sam to come down to Glenskehy to view a body. She can’t help but wonder what’s so important about the victim that Sam would call her? Once Cassie arrives in Glenskehy to her surprise and amazement the female victim looks exactly like Cassie. In fact the victim could very well pass as Cassie’s twin. But that’s not the most shocking thing. The id found on the victim says her name was Alexandra “Lexie” J. Madison. Cassie knows that name all too well. Years ago when Cassie worked undercover, she went by the name of Lexie Madison. Now Cassie is living the life of Lexie again. Someone she never thought she would ever have to be again.
I was glad to see that Tana French’s second book The Likeness featured Cassie Maddox this time. Readers got introduced to Cassie in Ms. French’s first novel In the Woods. I thought that Cassie was a very strong character and am pleased to get to know her more. Just like In the Woods, Tana’s writing style never faltered with The Likeness. If anything it got better. With two great books under her belt, Ms. French can be considered a knockout author to watch out for. I can’t wait to see what Tana delivers to her readers next. I hope Tana French’s next book brings back Ryan and Cassie.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
That was twenty years ago. Now Rob is a detective. Rob and his partner, Cassie Maddox’s next case will test both of their wits. A murder victim’s body discovered in the same woods as him and his friends used to play in so many years ago. This case might be what Rob needs to make him finally remember what happened that fatal day. But maybe some things should be forgotten forever.
Rob’s character has a mysterious aire about him. He is calm, cool, quiet and a deep thinker but on the other hand he can also lose his temper real fast if provoked. With Cassie you know where you stand. Her attitude is….she does not like you and it will stay that way till you show her otherwise. I found though that Rob and Cassie balanced each other out pretty well. The story started out very strong and ended that way. It had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. In the Woods is Tana French’s first novel. After reading In the Woods, Tana French has made me a fan.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Delaney Moore is a beautiful, smart woman. If you asked Delaney if she is happy, she would tell you she was. That is till her love, her husband Ryan told her one day, after eight and a half years together that he wanted a divorce. Ryan was tall, dark and had a great smile. He was in the Navy but after he got, Delaney and Ryan married. Now Delaney tried to find love again. What Delaney discovers instead are a multitude of loves in the form of the following: A one-night stand, a married man, the rebound guy, and she even tries gasp…..Online dating!
You have got to read Meeting Delaney. It is a feel good laugh a minute book. Author, Jackie Mahaney takes readers into the heart-ache and funny trials and tribulations of getting back into the dating game after suddenly finding yourself single once more. Jackie Mahaney writes dating and relationship articles. Though I have not read any of them I am sure they are insightful as well as useful. Just like Chapter Seventeen of Meeting Delaney. Chapter Seventeen is all about the 10 ways to turn your man right off and send him running into the arms of the other woman in addition to the 10 ways to know if your date is a loser. When I was reading the things that made the list, I was laughing so hard.
I will share a few like:
You wear Granny Panties. Unless you are 70 years or older, don’t go near these bloomers with a ten foot pole.
You come to bed wearing flannel pj’s or an oversize tee-shirts or God forbid…a tent moo moo. You are asking for trouble! Throw them away and buy something feminine.
Losers have No plan of action when they take you out on a date. They wait for you to decide what to do.
Losers get your phone number just so they can drunk-dial you for bootie calls.
These were just a few of the ones I really liked. If you want to find out what else make it on the list then you have to check out Meet Delaney.
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Monday, August 18, 2008
Mara Foster grew up in a house divided. Her parents divorced. Mara lived with her mother till she couldn’t abide by the rules anymore and her mom sent her to live with her dad. Mara loves both her parents very much. It’s stressful when at sixteen years old you find yourself always cleaning up after your father; who spend more time in jail, because he was drunk then at work. So what do you do when all your mom does is yell at your dad, your father can’t take care of you and your best friend and you can’t relate anymore. You hook up with a thirty four year old struggling artist. When Mara first saw Caleb White’s art work, she was memorized. This was when Mara really understood what her passion was….becoming a famous artist. Now as an adult Mara is dealing with her fears and anxieties of if she will ever be loved. Plus will Mara ever achieve that lustrous career she’s always dreamed of?
I found Mara to have a sad life and to be somewhat neurotic. When Mara would have a breakdown she would hide herself away from the rest of the world till she was ready to face everything and everyone face on again. But at the same time I also believed this helped give Mara’s paintings more depth and meaning. Falling Under is Danielle Younge-Ullman first novel. Danielle Younge-Ullman definitely did not hold back. She came out swinging to produce a wonderful and amazing book in Falling Under. I can’t believe Falling Under is Danielle Younge-Ullman first book. It seems like she has been writing for years. I can’t wait to see what Danielle Younge-Ullman comes out with next as I imagine it will be just as good as Falling Under.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
First off let me start be thanking you for doing this interview. I promise I will be easy on you as FarWorld: Water Keep is your first YA book. Hehe
Easy? Does that mean no algebra questions?
Have you always been into fantasy books?
I’ve always been a fantasy reader and lover, but this is my first foray into writing them.
If you could meet anyone died or alive, who would it be and why?
Well I think it would be pretty yucky to meet someone dead. And they’d probably be ticked off at getting pulled out of their graves. I’d love to pick the brains of someone like JK Rowling though, or Stephen King. I’d love to talk writing with them. I know he’s dead, but how cool would it be to discuss writing with Tolkien?
Do you find that your taste in books and movies differ? If yes why.
Definitely. It’s easy to cheat in a movie. Throw in a lot of special effects or action and you can keep the audience interested. I know that’s a generalization, but film is a visual medium and it’s easy to hook the eye. Books are brain food. Your audience is generally more discerning I think. They’re harder to fool. I’m not patient with a movie that doesn’t pull me in because you need to get things moving in a two hour event. I’ll typically give an author a little more leeway.
Ok now onto Round 2. Where the stakes are high and there's no room for losers! Just Kidding.
Win or go home, huh? Okay, fire away.
What made you decide to write YA books?
I didn’t choose to write fantasy. It chose me. I started writing this book at 2:00 AM one morning to exorcize a story that wouldn’t leave my head. I knew for a fact that I could not write fantasy, and yet I kept seeing these characters and hearing their dialog. I figured if I rolled out of bed and proved to myself that I couldn’t write it, the story would go away. That has actually worked for other projects in the past. But this time I found myself still writing five hours and five thousand words later. So I went with it.
What did you do when you first heard that your Farworld books would be published and made into a series?
It’s kind of a funny story. I was actually at lunch with the publisher. Lisa and Chris were talking about Disneyland , families, etc. Then they got to the book, and they were talking about what they liked, what edits they’d like to see, school presentations. Finally I was like, “I have to know. Are you going to publish it?” And they were so surprised. They had no idea I was in agony. My wife was actually waiting down in the lobby of the building. So as soon as I could get away, I ran down to tell her. We were so pumped!
I found FarWorld: Water Keep to be kind of like Harry Potter but without all different wizards and school learning. You jump right into the story right away....feet first. I like that. How did you come up with this series?
Well, like Harry Potter, there is a lot more to Farworld than you see in the first book. But you have to jump in with both feet or people will never make it that far. The idea for the series actually came to me over the course of several years.
Your character Marcus has some pretty good powers. So if Harry Potter was to battle Marcus who do you think would win?
Well HP came back from the dead, so that’s a pretty good trick. But I think Marcus is braver. It would be a fun battle. Definitely steel cage death match material.
Which one of your characters would you want to have dinner with?
Master Therapass. He knows so much.
Who have you been compared to?
Well obviously there is the whole Tom Cruz look-alike aspect, and most people think I have the brains or Einstein. But I think I am most often compared to Kermit the Frog. Might be the fly-eating thing.
What can readers expect from the second book?
If book 2 doesn’t absolutely blow you away, you should not read fantasy. It is just that cool!
Guess what. We are done. That wasn't so hard was it? I want to thank you again for spending time with me to do this interview.
Did I pass? Did I pass? Thank you! It was a lot of fun!
Mr. Savage's website
You can purchase the book soon here http://www.shadowmountain.com/products/one/87
Here's how to enter to win. Contest is open to US and Canada residents only.
Leave a comment on either my review post or this interview post. If you leave comments on both posts then you are entered twice.
If you blog about this contest and leave your blog link where you did so then you are entered again.
I will pick a winner August 31st. Good Luck everyone.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
One day a lawyer comes to the place where Marcus lives. He tells the man in charge that he has come on the behalf of Marcus’ parents and they want him back. The lawyer says though that he needs proof that Marcus really is the boy he is looking for. The boy he is interested in has a mark on his shoulder. Marcus can sense that the man is not really who he says he is and tries to escape. Unfortunately the man captures Marcus. The lawyer is actually an evil summoner known as Bonesplinter. He wants to kill him Marcus. Before Bonesplinter can do so Marcus ended up in Farworld.
There Marcus meets Kyja, her friend, a skyte named Riph Raph and Master Therapass, a master wizard. Master Therapass tells Kyja and Marcus to run for their lives from the Dark Circle. The Dark Circle is a group of summoners. Master Therapass tells Kyja and Marcus that he will catch up with them once he has taken care of some things. Kyja and Marcus end up experiencing all kinds of strange and unusual people and places in Farworld. To find out what types of things or if Kyja and Marcus survive you will just have to read Farworld: Water Keep for yourself.
I have not read a lot of young adult books. I do have to tell you though when I read the summary for FarWorld: Water Keep I thought I will give this book a chance. So glad I did. FarWorld: Water Keep was a good quality book, even if it is classified as a young adult book. The characters in this story were fun and had good personalities. Also I found the storyline to move at an easy pace. The only problem I had was just when the story was getting to the best part the book ended. So all I have to say is book two can’t come out fast enough. For anyone who enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books, and then you will probably like J. Scott Savage’s Far World: Water Keep series. Mr. Savage is going to make a great name for himself with readers of all ages.
Mr. Savage's website
Friday, August 15, 2008
Isha is a very caring and strong woman. She tries to instill in her daughters that they always can be strong through any type of adversity. The Forbidden Daughter portrays a beautiful and sad story. Shobhan gives readers an amazing journey of one woman's sacrifice for her children but as well as the terrible acts that are still taking place today where in some countries where bearing a male heir is so important. The Forbidden Daughter is the first book I have read by Shobhan Bantwal and I just feel in love with it. I am so glad I discovered this wonderful writer and author. You can bet I will be reading more from Shobhan Bantwal.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Here's the idea (you can copy this paragraph to use in your post):
I am going to list three categories of books. 3 MUST Read Books, 3 Keep Your Eyes on These, and 3 Look For These Soon. Keeping with the theme, I am going to tag at least 3 bloggers. They should put these same lists on their blog but SUBTRACT one book from each list and ADD one of their own. Then they should tag at least 3 more bloggers. It will be fun to see how the lists change as it goes around the blogosphere. Please come back to this post and leave a comment so I can see how the lists are changing as they go around the blogosphere. Since this is Book Buzz...please keep your lists to titles released in 2007-2009.
Mine are in Red
3 MUST Read Books:
Blackout by Lisa Unger
Skin Deep by Gary Braver
The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen
3 Keep Your Eyes on These:
Testimony by Anita Shreve
Contagious by Scott Sigler
Names my Sisters Call Me by Megan Crane
3 Look For These Soon:
Fade by Lisa McMann
The Darker Side by Cody McFadyen
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Becky at http://nomoregrumpybookseller.blogspot.com/
Linda at http://lindasreadingblog.blogspot.com/
Special Agent Smoky Barrett is once again needed for what mightbecome her toughest match yet. The police have a situation. Sixteen-year old, Sarah Kingsley has a gun to her head. She tells the police that she will shoot unless she talks to Smoky. Smoky listens to what Sarah has to say. Sarah tells Smoky that a man known as "The Stranger" has been following her all her life. He has killed everyone dear to Sarah.
Smoky is ready to bring down "The Stranger" no matter what it takes. Smoky guarantees she will come on top. Is Sarah just a pawn in "The Stranger's" sick game or is Sarah on the side of evil?
The Face of Death is the second book that features Smoky Barrett. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were great and they had wonderful dimensions, which is hard to find in books. Smoky Barrett can take on the worse of the serial killers. In fact they should be afraid of Smoky. Not to say Shadow Man wasn't good too but I have to say I liked The Face of Death a little more. I think the reason was because I had got to know Smoky and was rooting for her to come on top again. Plus the ending was a huge surprise! I love when the endings are not what I expected. I can't wait to read The Darker Side, which I know will be just as good as Mr. McFadyen's other two books.
I hope you found my review insightful and will check out Mr. McFadyen's books. In fact to help get one lucky reader started I will give away a copy of The Face of Death.
All you have to do is comment by August 22nd. Please leave me an email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. Good Luck
Thank you Dorothy with Pump Up your book Promotion for letting me help host.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
James LaChance has got to be one of the most good looking chefs around. He can cook both in and out of the kitchen. Then there is Amy, who doesn't need her gypsy powers to tempt and tease James. Plus some of the quirky things she does made me laugh. James and Amy make the best couple. I mean come on didn't you ever wonder where all the great chefs came up with their dishes. Diana Holquist whipped up a tasty, mouth-watering treat with Hungry for More. Hungry for More left me wanting seconds as well as thirds. I can't wait to see what else Diana Holquist comes up with next.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Jack may have came from the wrong side of the tracks but his street smarts are just what he needs to rescue Alli. Alli showed that she was brave and just because she is the president's daughter, she did not act spoiled. The fact that Alli was just a normal girl helped me like her as a character and hope that Jack saved her. The storyline for First Daughter has enough plotting and scheming to make both democrats and republicans happy. No really though the plot for this book keep me on my toes. Once I started reading First Daughter I couldn't stop. After reading this book I may try reading one of the Bourne books written by Mr. Van Lustbader.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Pan Yuliang has lived and taken care of her uncle, ever since her mother died when she was young. At fourteen years Pan Yuliang was sold to The Hall of Eternal Splendour to become a prostitute. Her uncle did it to play off some loans he had accrued for his habit of opium. After two years of working at The Halls of Eternal Splendour, Pan Yuliang was saved. A young man by the name of Pan Zanhua, who is an inspector. He is so fascinated by Pan that he offers to take her away from Eternal Splendour and make her his wife. For once Pan Yuliang sees Shanghai through a different light. Pan Zanhua recognizes Pan Yuliang interest and talent for painting. He encourages her to become a professional painter but is Pan Yuliang to free spirited for the school and will they even accept a woman.
The Painter from Shanghai is based on true events of Pan Yuliang life. I have to admit that I had never heard of Pan Yuliang. After reading The Painter from Shanghai, I found Pan Yuliang to be a very remarkable woman. She could find beauty in everything around her. This included even during the two years Yuliang was at The Halls of Eternal Splendour. Pan Zanhua was a good husband to Yuliang. He helped Pan Yuliang pursue her dreams no matter what people thought. For this fact Pan Yuliang was able to stand up for what she wanted to paint and not just what sold. I feel Jennifer Cody Epstein did Pan Yuliang justice in this creative masterpiece of a book titled The Painter from Shanghai.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
There's a killer on the loose in Boston!
This killer leaves his victims breathless. The victims are strangled with a black stocking. The latest victim to fall prey is none other then Terry Farina. Terry was a professional fitness trainer during the day and part -time stripper by night. Now it's Detective Steve Markarian's job to find the killer before it's too late. When starts investigating why Terry Farina was killed, Steve uncovers the disturbing and twisted mind of a psychopathic killer. But the more Steve digs, he realizes that the killer just may be closer then he thinks. In fact the killer's next victim is none other then Steve's wife Dana. The problem is Steve still has no clue who the killer's true identity really is. Can Steve solve the mystery before Dana's put to rest forever?
First off let me start by saying when I saw that Skin Deep by Gary Braver was coming out, I was so excited. This is one author that anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers will enjoy. I read Elixir by Mr. Braver a couple of years ago and was captivated by it. So much that I can remember it still. The plot in Skin Deep is dark as well as a heart-pounding thrill ride. From the moment I picked up this book I found myself immersed in it. I couldn't stop reading it. In fact I finished this book in two days. I felt that the killer's character has some great depth to it. Detective Steve also has a good range of emotion to him. Skin Deep is everything I thought it would be and more. Gary Braver's books are a must read! So go out and pick yourself up a copy today of Skin Deep. You won't regret it. In fact you will be asking yourself "Why didn't I read one sooner".
Here is Mr. Braver's website
Purchase the book here http://us.macmillan.com/Retailer.aspx?isbn=9780765309754
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Many years ago Abel Keogh's wife, Krista took her life as well as the life of their daughter's Hope. Abel was only twenty-six years old when this sad situation took place. While everyone around Abel was trying to figure out why Krista did it, Abel was grieving his wife and precious daughter. Three months later Abel discovered he didn't want to he alone anymore. He was ready to start dating again. Abel had reservations as it seemed too soon. Abel went out on a few dates with a couple different women but no one he was really interested in. Then one day that all changed. Abel was at church the first time he set eyes on Julianna Taylor. She was so beautiful and she was a marathon runner. Abel asked Julianna out on a date. They got along right away but how would Julianna feel when she discovered how Krista died? Fortunately for Abel, Julianna had no problems with it. The more time Julianna and Abel spent with each other the more Abel realized how much he loved Julianna. Abel had found happiness again.
Room for Two was a very touching and heart-felt book. I found Abel to be sincere, open and honest. This is part of why Room for Two is a good book. It was sad when Abel lost his wife, Krista and daughter Hope but I smiled when he feel in love with Julianna. I imagine it must have been hard for Abel to want to share a part of his life with readers. All I can say is thank you for putting out Room for Two. I don't know what else to say other then Room for Two deserves all the praises it has received.
First off let me start by saying I appreciate you doing this interview.
Thanks for taking the time to interview me.
Explain what a day in the life of an author is like? How long does it take from start to finish to complete a book?
It varies by project. It took two years to turn Room for Two into a publishable manuscript. I was working mostly at night after my wife had gone to bed and some weekends. The subject matter was also so intense and emotional that I sometimes took breaks of several weeks before I could revisit the manuscript.
Last month finished the first draft of my first novel. That took me three months to write – again writing at night and on weekends.
Being an author involves sitting in front of a computer and writing for hours on end. Most people would find it boring. The real reward comes when you have a real book to hold in your hands and can talk to readers and others about it.
I read that you are also a political columnist. How if any is that different from writing a book.
I find it easier but not as rewarding. I’m usually on deadline when I write them so I have to write a 500-700 word essay in the space of a few hours. I find writing books more rewarding because they have a longer shelf life. Most political columns are interesting for about 1-2 days after they’re written while a good book can be in circulation for decades or more than a century.
You have some wonderful poems on your website. Have you always had a passion for poetry? How long have you written it?
I wrote a lot of poetry in college and received a lot of awards and recognition for my efforts. Writing fiction and non-fiction was something I wasn’t as good at. However in the decade since I’ve graduated, that’s flipped. I don’t have a good reason as to why other than I have more time to write now.
It must have been hard when your wife took her life. What type of advice can you give someone who might be experiencing the same thing?
The suicide of a loved one isn’t easy to deal with and it doesn’t help that most people have no idea what to say or how to comfort you. Take it one day at a time and slowly rebuild your life. Don’t EVER let that person’s tragic choice stop you from living.
What’s something about you that we’d be surprised to learn?
I hosted a radio talk show for about eight months. I loved that job and would like to get back into that line of work at some point.
If you were not a writer what would you be?
It’s hard to imagine not writing for a living. However, if that wasn’t an option, I’d like to own a publishing company and search for talented writers and help them achieve their writing goals. I also wouldn’t mind teaching writing and literature courses at the college level.
Can you share any exciting career news?
I should have a publishable manuscript for my next book by summer’s end. Hopefully a publishing contract will follow.
What is on your bookshelf?
A little bit of everything. I don’t read one specific genre. The best way to see what’s there is to check out my reading shelf at GoodReads.com. http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/975265?shelf=%23ALL%23
I have hundreds of books on my shelves and am hoping to have them all added by the end of the year.
To check out more about this author go to
You can also read a sample of this book here http://www.abelkeogh.com/room-for-two/chapter1.php and check Mr. Keogh's site on locations to purchase this book.
Friday, August 8, 2008
When I first read the summary for this book, I will admit I wasn't sure if I wanted to read The Owl and The Hawk. After I read that the author John Errett is co-founder of United Intelligence, INC (UNITEL) and vice president of strategic services fr Conair Corporations, I thought ok now a guy like this writing a book on terrorism and how 9/11 could have been prevented that has my interest. Ok while I have to say I did put this book done a lot, whenever I came back to it I did find it very intriguing and upset with the way people are treated in Afghanistan by leaders like Al Qaeda and his followers. The OWL and THE Hawk was a good book. At the end of the book it talks about a plan called the Privilege of Passage Plan which if it was to be put into place could help prevent another 9/11 attack. To read more about this plan and how one Americans actions changed thing then check out The Owl and The Hawk by John Errett.
Check out more information about the book here
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Ok I have said it once but I will say it again. H-O-T!! If your going to fall for a man other then your boyfriend, he better be really good. Belinda sure made certain that was the case with Andre. Count Andre is one very talented and masterful man. He is an artist when it comes to a woman's body. Andre knows every line and curve of a woman and he makes sure not to miss a single detail. I started reading Gothic Blue late at night and if it wasn't for a small detail of going to bed and having to get up to go to work the next day, I would have stayed up all night long to finish reading this book. I just can't get enough of Portia Da Costa. Let me tell you I am so glad I discovered her. Portia's books are like diamonds where everything else around them turn to dust. So what are you waiting for? Go out and pick yourself up a copy of Gothic Blue along with the sequel Gothic Heat.
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Sunday, August 3, 2008
Ok, So I know I am suppose to feature all my new finds on Friday Finds but really when you think about it. It's now really a new find as I first heard about this author and book from J. Kaye. LOL. Actually J. Kaye was nice enough to pass my information along to Mrs. Nowell Butler . So you can imagine my surprise when Joylene emailed me asking if I wanted to review her book Dead Witness.
Valerie McCormick had won a Mother’s Day contest for two fun filed days in Seattle. If she had known that winning would have her running for her life then she probably won’t have gone. Valerie went down to the docks to take some pictures when she witnesses the murder of two men. Valerie discovers that the two men were undercover FBI agents who were working a case to bring down of Latin’s most famous drug lord’s Miguel DeOlmos. Now DeOlmos is after Valerie and her family but the FBI is going to try their hardest to protect Valerie. DeOlmos tracks Valerie down and almost succeeds in killing her. Now Valerie knows that she will have to take matters into her own hands. It’s a battle of wits in addition to who has time in their favor.
I found it amazing just to what extremes a mother will go to protect her family. Valerie’s character is a very strong woman with a fierce personality. The story line was a very exciting one with all the action and adventure. It seemed like though that Valerie was better equipped to take on Miguel DeOlmos then the FBI were. This is why I think I found Dead Witness so good was because I wanted to see what Valerie would do next. I was pleasantly surprised to find I couldn’t put Dead Witness down. Dead Witness can by classified as a great read. This is all due to the author Joylene Nowell Butler. Keep up the good job.
Information about Joylene.
Joylene Nowell Butler, Métis Canadian, has been writing for 25 years. A retired emergency response member, Joylene belongs to DeadlyProse, an elite online writer’s group. In the past she has belonged to such prestigious online workshops as Novelpro and Novels-L, and has critiqued such prize-winning novels as The Race by David Shields, Deadly Enterprise by Christopher Hoare, The Jesus Thief by JR Lankford, and Throwaway Piece by Jo Ann Hernandez. Joylene was also the primary critique consultant on the soon to be released The Scrimshaw by Ric Wasley. Joylene lives with her husband, their 4 cats and 1 dog on Cluculz Lake in central B.C. and is currently working on her 6th novel. In her spare time, she teaches Tai Chi.
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Fiction / Suspense/ Thriller/ General
Publication Date: Jul-2008
Size: 6 x 9
Author: Joylene Nowell Butler
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Saturday, August 2, 2008
Here is my review.
The Romans have destroyed Britannia and are moving fast to take down Queen Boudica and her band of followers. Sulwen, a druidess who barely survived the attack on Britannia knows what the Romans are capable of but she will do everything in her powers to stop the Romans once and for all. With the help of a shape-shifter, named Arch Druid Rhys; Sulwen and Rhys will be in for the battle of their lives. But what Sulwen didn’t expect was for Rhys to stir up feels inside herself for him. As Rhys, Sulwen and Queen Boudica’s two daughters travel to Eryri, they will have to tread carefully as the Romans are approaching quickly. There in Eryri, Rhys can rally up an army to fight the Romans but will he get there in time or will it be too late for Britannia and its people?
Druid Quest by Cornelia Amiri is the first book I have read by this author. After reading Druid Quest I find myself saying why I haven’t read any of this author’s books before. Well you don’t have to worry as I will be checking out Ms. Amiri’s other books. I thought that the storyline moved very effortless and was easy to follow along with what was happening. Also enjoyed the characters in Druid Quest. Sulwen is a very strong, driven druidess, which I think is a good thing and something that Sulwen has to be in order to fight the Romans. Rhys has this quality about him that you find yourself drawn to him but you don’t really know why till after you get to know him better. So as far as fantasy books with a Celtic twist go I recommend reading Druid Quest as you will find yourself falling in love with Cornelia Amiri and her books.
To learn more about Ms. Amiri's books go to her website
Friday, August 1, 2008
I found this author on Amazon. What a great book. I love reading westerns.
Kate Tanner goes into hiding after she witnesses her parents’ murder. The people responsible for killing Kate’s parents want to silence her. So in order for Kate to survive she comes up with a plan to pass herself off as a man. Kate finds herself on Chad Walker’s farm in North Dakota as Chad’s new farm hand. Kate is now known as Billy Ingram. Kate thinks she has found the perfect place to hide. Chad can’t figure it out but there seems to be something odd about Billy. Ever since Chad’s wife, Georgia passed away he has had nothing but problems with Georgia’s family. Georgia’s brothers like Billy a lot in fact they want to hook Billy up with their other sister Lacy. Kate though has her heart set on Chad instead. As time goes by, Kate is finding it harder and harder to play Billy, especially when Kate’s secret is almost revealed. Plus Kate’s parents’ killers are drawing near. Will Kate be able to defend herself or will she have to tell Chad her secret?
Kate Tanner as Billy Ingram was so much fun to read about. She got to experience what guys really do and talk about when it’s just them. It was funny when Kate as Billy had to find a way to get Lacy uninterested in her. Chad Walker is tall, dark, and handsome. What woman could go wrong wanting to get with Chad? You couldn’t unless you are Kate and you are suppose to be a guy. Boy some ladies have all the rotten luck. When I first discovered Ruth Nordin and her books, I was like this is someone whose books I bet I would enjoy a lot. Well I can tell you I was right! An Unlikely Place for Love: The Disguises of Kate Tanner was so enjoyable. The thing that struck me the most about this book was the cover with those big blue piercing eyes. Ok, so to recap an eye catching book cover as well as a pleasurable read. You can’t go wrong with An Unlikely Place for Love: The Disguises of Kate Tanner by Ruth Nordin.
My favorite activity is writing. I read romance, suspense, fantasy, and young adult literature. My favorite genre is romance. I rarely watch TV since it takes away from my reading and writing time.