Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Knockoff

An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app.

When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine. Eve, fresh out of Harvard Business School, has fired “the gray hairs,” put the managing editor in a supply closet, stopped using the landlines, and hired a bevy of manicured and questionably attired underlings who text and tweet their way through meetings. Imogen, darling of the fashion world, may have Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg on speed dial, but she can’t tell Facebook from Foursquare and once got her iPhone stuck in Japanese for two days. Under Eve’s reign, Glossy is rapidly becoming a digital sweatshop—hackathons rage all night, girls who sleep get fired, and “fun” means mandatory, company-wide coordinated dances to Beyoncé. Wildly out of her depth, Imogen faces a choice—pack up her Smythson notebooks and quit, or channel her inner geek and take on Eve to save both the magazine and her career. A glittering, uproarious, sharply drawn story filled with thinly veiled fashion personalities, The Knockoff is an insider’s look at the ever-changing world of fashion and a fabulous romp for our Internet-addicted age.


Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by Doubleday



My Review

I would not call myself a fashionista. Yet I wanted to check this book out because it did talk about laughs. I am always on the look out for a good book that will make me laugh. There were moments that I did find myself smiling from the antics or conversations that took place in this book. Once I picked up this book I was blazing through it reading it. I was more than half way when I put it down.

However I am closer to Eve's age but I really related to Imogen. I am on social media but not a junkie or would I call myself a expert either. I have twitter and facebook accounts. I don't really get twitter and it is only really used when I post a review about a book via goodreads. I briefly tried Pinterest for like 3 seconds. Also, I don't own a cell phone. So I was truly behind Imogen. Plus, I thought Eve was a bitch. She should have been more gracious towards Imogen as she was the one that helped her. The nice gal does finish first.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Scent of the Soul Spotlight + Giveaway

01_Scent of the Soul_CoverPublication Date: February 11, 2015 Soul Mate

Publishing eBook; 288p Genre: Historical Romance Add to GR Button

READ AN EXCERPT.

In twelfth century Scotland, it took a half-Gael with a Viking name to restore the clans to their rightful lands. Once an exile, Somerled the Mighty now dominates the west. He’s making alliances, expanding his territory, and proposing marriage to the Manx princess. It’s a bad time to fall for Breagha, a torc-wearing slave with a supernatural sense of smell. Somerled resists the intense attraction to a woman who offers no political gain, and he won’t have a mistress making demands on him while he’s negotiating a marriage his people need. Besides, Breagha belongs to a rival king, one whose fresh alliance Somerled can’t afford to lose. It’s when Breagha vanishes that Somerled realizes just how much he needs her. He abandons his marriage plans to search for her, unprepared for the evil lurking in the shadowy recesses of Ireland—a lustful demon who will stop at nothing to keep Breagha for himself.

Buy the eBook

Watch the Book Trailer


Buy the eBook

Amazon

About the AuthorJulie_007

Something magical happened in the musty basement of Julie Doherty’s local courthouse. She went there intending to research her ancestry, not lose herself in a wealth of stories, but the ghosts of yesteryear drew her into the past and would not let her go. The trail left by her ancestors in those yellowing documents led her from rural Pennsylvania to the Celtic countries, where her love of all things Irish/Scottish blossomed into outright passion.

She became particularly interested in Somerled, self-styled “King of Argyll” and progenitor of the Lords of the Isles. In 1164, he led a fleet of 164 galleys up the River Clyde in an all-or-nothing attempt to overthrow the Scottish crown. What would lead a man of his advanced years to do such a thing?

Of course, history records he did so because the king demanded forfeiture of his lands. But the writer in Julie wondered …what if he did it for the love of a woman?

Those early thoughts led to SCENT OF THE SOUL, Julie’s first novel, available now on Amazon.
Readers will notice a common theme throughout Julie’s books: star-crossed lovers. This is something she knows a bit about, since during one of her trips to Ireland, she fell in love with an Irishman. The ensuing immigration battle took four long years to win. With only fleeting visits, Skype chats, and emails to sustain her love, Julie poured her heartache into her writing, where it nourished the emotional depth of her characters.

Julie is a member of Pennwriters, Romance Writers of America, Central PA Romance Writers, The Longship Company, Perry County Council of the Arts, and Clan Donald USA. When not writing, she enjoys antiquing, shooting longbow, traveling, and cooking over an open fire at her cabin. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, who sounds a lot like her characters.

For more information please visit Julie Doherty’s Website and Blog. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Scent of the Soul Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 23
Review & Giveaway at Unshelfish
Spotlight at Literary Chanteuse
Tuesday, March 24
Review at The Mad Reviewer
Excerpt & Giveaway at Sexy Siren Book Blog
Spotlight at I Heart Reading
Wednesday, March 25
Spotlight at Genre Queen
Thursday, March 26
Interview at Mythical Books
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews
Friday, March 27
Spotlight & Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Monday, March 30
Spotlight & Giveaway at Cheryl's Book Book
Thursday, April 2
Spotlight & Giveaway at Griperang's Bookmarks
Sunday, April 5
Review at Carole's Ramblings
Monday, April 6
Review at Book Nerd
Wednesday, April 8
Review at The Lit Bitch
Interview at Sizzling Hot Books
Spotlight at Layered Pages
Thursday, April 9
Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt
Friday, April 10
Spotlight at Romance Book Junkies
Wednesday, April 15
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Thursday, April 16
Review at Dreams Come True Through Reading
Friday, April 17
Review at The True Book Addict
Spotlight & Giveaway at Boom Baby Reviews
 
 photo 59c82a3a-ad24-4098-81a3-68e5daf8cb67.png



I have one eBook, open to US residents only. Leave a comment on this post with your email address. Winner picked April 5th.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Battle Bugs The Lizard War

Never leave a bug behind-- collect all the Battle Bugs books!

Never leave a bug behind!

Bug Island is under attack! The lizard army is invading and the Battle Bugs are losing. Their only hope against the intruders is a strange creature they’ve never seen before-- a human being named Max. Max doesn’t know how he ended up on Bug Island--but he does know the Battle Bugs need his help!


Paperback, 128 pages Expected publication: May 26th 2015 by Scholastic Paperbacks



My Review


This is a book that boys and girls who love bugs will enjoy reading. Bug Island is full of surprises. I like that the bugs featured in this book are not scary, creepy ones but cool, fun ones. Max is a good hero. Also he is relatable. Someone that the young readers will connect with and cheer for. The illustrations in this book are great. They add to the story and help make the world of Bug Island come alive. I was so into this book that even though it was short, it was still a fast read. I read it in one quick sitting. I started out reading this book because I wanted to check it out for my nephews but now even I can't wait to read the next books in this series and revisit Bug Island.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Countess Captive and Giveaway





Publication Date: February 14, 2015
Scarlet Primrose Press
Formats: eBook; Paperback
Pages: 232
Series: Book Two, Fairytale Keeper Series
Genre: Young Adult/Historical/Fairytale Retelling
Add to GR Button

During March of 1248, Adelaide Schumacher-affectionately called Snow White-has lost so much: her mother, her possessions, and now her home.

Adelaide hates abandoning her home city, her family’s legacy, and her first love‒Ivo. More than anything, she hates her father growing closer to her mother’s cousin‒Galadriel. Adelaide plots to end their tryst before her fate is sealed, and she never sets foot in Cologne again.

But good and pious can only get Galadriel so far. Never again will she be destitute. Never again will she be known by the cruel moniker‒Cinderella. Never again will someone take what is rightfully hers. No matter what it takes.

The Countess’ Captive is the much anticipated follow-up to The Fairytale Keeper and is book two in The Fairytale Keeper series. The novel combines Grimm’s fairytale characters with real historical settings and events to create a tale that leaves the reader wondering where fact ends and fiction begins.


My Review

I thought this was a nice follow up book from the first, The Fairytale Keeper. I like this series. The way the author has approached this series is creative. In this book, Adelaide has really grown up and matured. She is a strong woman. I thought the way she handled Galadriel was great. I myself was not that fond of Galadriel. Although she was also another strong, intelligent woman. Galadriel and Adelaide were eventually matched in wits. Which they were the only ones that I found held the story together. This time Adelaide's father turned me off with his attitude. For me this time, I read the book and liked it but I was not in love with it like I was the first one. Yet, as I said before this series is different and I do want to read the next book.

Excerpt

Galadriel invites Adelaide to go visit the market in Oppenheim with her and Addie’s father, Ansel. It’s clear by Galadriel’s attire that she intends to play the role of Ansel’s wife. Addie sees this as yet another way Galadriel is trying to usurp her mother’s place.

"Adelaide…" Galadriel calls. I rise and throw open the door. "Oh, there you are."

"Where else would I be?" The dig in my question fades as I look her up and down. She’s traded her velvet for home–spun cloth, her golden hair for an opaque shroud. "Why are you dressed like a peasant’s widow?"

The welcoming warmth on her face quickly cools. "I was wondering if you’d like to see Oppenheim with us."

Us. Now they are an us? My flickering annoyance ignites, kindling rage. No, I should like to shout. No, I don’t care to see Oppenheim with you, you usurping traitor. I’ll never play daughter to you.

She knows this. She knows I haven’t the patience to bite my tongue. Surely she’d quite like me to go along with them and say something unpleasant, to put myself one step closer to a convent.

If only I could bite my tongue. I swallow hard.

Truly, I should go. Who else shall keep them from enjoying the day too much, from forming warm, bonding memories? Only I can do this, even in silence. I serve as a reminder of the life Father thinks he’s lost, though it isn’t utterly lost. He has abandoned it.

I resign with a sigh. I haven’t the will to stay silent.

Excerpt 8

Intro: Galadriel gives Adelaide advice so she can return to her father’s good graces, but Addie questions Galadriel’s motives. The two argue and Galadriel, realizing that Addie will never waver, threatens her.

"Tonight you shall join us for supper and be a cheerful, obedient daughter," Galadriel says. "Do that, and perhaps he’ll forget about the convent."

Her advice takes me aback. "Why are you helping me?"

She laughs. "It’s not out of any fondness for you." Her face saddens for a moment but quickly hardens. "I know you hate me…"

"You bedded my father a week after my mother’s death. You were her cousin!"

"It was not planned, you know." She looks away. "We had so much drink. I doubt we even knew…"

"Doubt you even knew what? What you were doing, or who you were with?" I give a short, wry laugh. "Well, I do not doubt that he hadn’t any idea of that either."

Her slap falls hard on my cheek. She draws back, and for a heartbeat, she eyes the hand that slapped me with shock. One of my hands darts to my smarted cheek, the other curls into a fist as we stand in heated silence. Her countess mask returns as quickly as it had faltered.

"What’s done is done, Adelaide, and I cannot undo it." Her voice is distant, almost sad. "I have tried to be kind to you. I came all the way back to Cologne to save you. I saved Gregor from you. I gave you a home when you had none, and I give you one still." A shadow darkens her fair face. "But if you want me to be a villain like the ones from your Mama’s tales, I will gladly rise to your expectations."

She comes close. Her voice lowers to a whisper. "You think me a fool, but you have no idea what you are up against with me. I know why you ran from the carriage. You had to warn your little peasant boy. Is there someone else besides us who knows he burned Cologne’s cathedral to the ground?"

Her words knock the air from my chest. "Ivo would never do such a thing," I lie.

She laughs. "Oh, if Konrad ever got his hands on you again! Your face paints quite the picture, you know. Are you always so easily read or only when it has to do with the peasant boy?"

"You don’t know what you’re talking about."

"Oh, but I do." Her voice is ice. "That night, I sat staring out the window as your Father slept off his drunken stupor. I had nothing else to do. And then I saw him. Your Ivo, he ran right below my window, panicked and covered in soot.

"So back to why I am helping you. I love your father, and he loves you. I know the pain of losing a child, and I wish to keep him from that. If you summon him this morning, it shall upset him. Seeing the welt on your head shall remind him of yesterday. Besides that, it is obvious you are well enough to join us. He will suspect you’re causing trouble again, and that may seal his decision to send you away. It would break his heart to do that, and his heart hasn’t yet mended from its last wound.

"I have offered you kindness, and you won’t take it." The soft, feminine angles of her features sharpen. "Now I offer you a warning. Keep up with your defiance against your father, and he will send you away, but if you defy me in the walls of my home, I swear I will write a letter to Konrad, telling him you confessed to me a horrific secret about how your Ivo burned the great cathedral of Cologne."

"You’re wrong," I say, withholding welling tears.

"And so what if I am? I am a countess, and he is a nobody. Who would Konrad believe?" She whirls around, heading down the hall, and adds without turning: "I think I shall have the letter written and kept in a safe place with a trusted person, just in case anything should happen to me."


About the Author



Andrea Cefalo is an award-winning author and blogger on Medieval Europe. The next three novels in The Fairytale Keeper series will debut in 2015 and 2016. She resides in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and their two border collies. For more information please visit Andrea Cefalo’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.




The Countess’ Captive Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, March 23
Review at Library Educated
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, March 24
Guest Post at What Is That Book About
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Wednesday, March 25
Review at Back Porchervations
Spotlight at Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Thursday, March 26
Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook
Friday, March 27
Review at Bibliotica
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Saturday, March 28
Spotlight at Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers
Tuesday, March 31
Review at Bookish
Wednesday, April 1
Review at Shelf Full of Books
Thursday, April 2
Guest Post at The Lit Bitch
Friday, April 3
Spotlight at Caroline Wilson Writes
Monday, April 6
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Tuesday, April 7
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Friday, April 10
Review at Boom Baby Reviews
Monday, April 13
Review at Brooke Blogs
Tuesday, April 14
Review at A Leisure Moment
Wednesday, April 15
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book
Thursday, April 16
Spotlight at Books and Benches
Friday, April 17
Review at A Book Drunkard

The Countess' Captive

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Silence is bone-chilling creepy and scary!


A terror-filled story of one family and their friends, as they struggle to survive in a world overrun by ravenous creatures that hunt purely by sound...

My Review

Ok, so if you are a fan of horror books then you have to check this book out. The Silence is bone-chilling creepy and scary! In a great way. Right from the moment I opened this book I was glued to it. At first I thought this book was going to have the feel of The Descent. The movie about six female friends who go caving and encounter evil creatures. Which this book did have a little bit of this aspect with the creatures but I also pictured this book as being a silent movie. What with Ally being deaf. This twist with making Ally deaf fit in with the story nicely. Actually the idea of taking this book and turning it into a silent movie on the big screen would be cool. This book also had elements of Resident Evil. So if these references don't get you hyped to read this book than I don't know what would, except maybe for the fact that if you can't handle gore then you may not want to read this book. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Worthy Brown's Daughter. Instantly, I was spellbound by this book





Known for his critically acclaimed contemporary thrillers, New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin explores intriguing new territory in Worthy Brown's Daughter, a compelling historical drama, set in nineteenth-century Oregon, that combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twists.

One of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon, recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown, a newly freed slave, rescue his fifteen year old daughter, Roxanne, from their former master, a powerful Portland lawyer. Worthy's lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy's arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangman.

At the same time, hanging judge Jed Tyler, a powerful politician with a barren personal life, becomes infatuated with a beautiful gold-digger who is scheming to murder Benjamin Gillette, Oregon's wealthiest businessman. When Gillette appears to die from natural causes, Sharon Hill produces a forged contract of marriage and Tyler must decide if he will sacrifice his reputation to defend that of the woman who inspired his irrational obsession.

At Worthy's trial, Matthew saves Worthy by producing a stunning courtroom surprise and his attempt to stop the deadly fortune hunter ends in a violent climax.


Read my review here

The Stranger is a must, sit on the edge of your seat read!



The #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense delivers a shocking thriller that proves that a well-placed lie can help build a comfortable life—and a secret has the same explosive power to destroy it.

Harlan Coben’s seven consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers feature unrivaled depths of emotion combined with cutting-edge suspense plots that keep millions of readers turning pages deep into the night. In The Stranger, married parents Adam and Hannah confront the shocking secret on which their marriage is built—leaving Adam wondering whether he ever truly knew Hannah at all.


My Review

It has been a long time since I have read a book by this author. For the most part I enjoyed all of the books that I have read by this author. So when I saw Mr. Coben's latest book, I thought now is a good time to revisit this author and his work. OMG. I read this book in a few short hours.

The idea of a stranger coming into someone's life and telling them something about their significant other's dark secret. That is scary. I felt for Adam and what he went through when he learned his wife's secret. This is why I was invested in the story. The whole time I kept read this book I was trying to piece it together. To figure out what the stranger's motives were. I could not solve it until the reveal. Which by the way the ending was a high note. I can not wait to read the next book. The Stranger is a must, sit on the edge of your seat read!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Dawn of Destiny Blog Tour + Giveaway




Book Description:Some men go to war for the glory. Some men go to war to escape. For Scott Remington, war is entirely different. It is a belief. It is a calling. It is a destiny. Leaving everything behind—his fiancée, his future, his life—he embarks on a mission of faith into a battle he can barely understand. This is his story. This is his war. This is only the beginning.



Audiobook Description:

The Dawn of Destiny audiobook project is a full adaptation of the first book in the Epic series. It's not your typical “audiobook,” even though technically that's what it is. When people hear “audiobook,” there’s a certain type of thing that usually comes to mind. Most likely it’s the thought of someone reading a book to them, occasionally with music playing in the background. This isn't that.

What you’re going to hear in this project, is more of an audio “experience,” the audio equivalent of a summer blockbuster movie. Over thirty voice actors played a role in this. This is ear-splitting sound effects, bombastic music, and characters shouting back and forth in the middle of a war zone. This is unlike anything you've ever heard.


Where to buy the book:


My Review

Scott Remington aka Remy left school to enroll to Eden in the military. AS Scott felt a calling to go to Eden. Scott leaves everything including the love of his life, Nicole. Remy and the rest of his platoon will try their hardest to fight and protect Earth.

 

I opted for the audio version of this book. So glad I did as listening to this book is like being in a theater. It is very theatric with the music, action, and great sound effects. It was like I was transported into either a Broadway show or movie theater. I know it might sound odd to say Broadway but it was the music and sound effects. I could picture a chorus of musicians playing instruments specifically for this book. At times I would find myself closing my eyes to just listen to this book. This way I could just enjoy the audio version more and see this book playing out in my head.

 

Per Mr. Stephen's website it explained this book as follows:

 

"audio "experience," is the audio equivalent of a summer blockbuster movie. Over thirty voice actors played a role in this. This is ear-splitting sound effects, bombastic music, and characters shouting back and forth in the middle of a war zone. This is unlike anything you’ve ever heard."

Well Mr. Stephen is right. This was not just an "audiobook" but an experience. I have not enjoyed such an experience listening to an audiobook in a long time. I would love to see this book on the big screen in the movie theater but I also am fearfull that if this book was made into a movie it would not do it justice. I really hope that the next book can be produced in such the same way as this book. A not to be missed experience!


Author's Bio:




Born and raised in Cajun country, Lee Stephen spent his childhood paddling pirogues through the marshes of South Louisiana. When he wasn't catching bullfrogs or playing with alligators in the bathtub (both true), he was escaping to the world of the imagination, creating worlds in his mind filled with strange creatures and epic journeys. This hasn't stopped.

Now a resident of Luling, Louisiana, Lee spends time every day delving into the world of Epic, the science-fiction series that has come to define him as a writer and producer. Alongside his wife, Lindsey, their son, Levi, and their dog, Jake, Lee has made it a mission to create a series that is unique in its genre—one unafraid to address the human condition while staying grounded in elements of faith.

In addition to writing, Lee works full-time for the Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness. He has also spent time as a church deacon, guitar hobbyist, and New Orleans Saints season ticket holder. He is a graduate of Louisiana College in Pineville.
Connect with Lee:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook


  1. Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
I grew up on science-fiction; my dad made sure I was well-versed in Star Trek while I was a kid. As far as the military aspect of things, I would attribute a lot of that to X-Com, a video game classic that came out in the mid-90s. Then there were other huge influences, such as the original Alien and Black Hawk Down.
  1. Which was the hardest character to write? The easiest?
This might sound like an odd answer, but none of the characters were particularly challenging to write. With enough empathy, every character becomes real, and real is easy to capture because it’s what flows naturally. From a technical standpoint, characters with unique dialects require the most thought, such as Becan McCrae (Ireland) and Nathan Clarke (Britain). But I wouldn’t call them hard to write conceptually.
  1. What's your favorite channel on television?
I'm going to have to be honest and say the Food Network! My wife and I love shows like Cutthroat Kitchen and Chopped. We live in Louisiana, so food is a big part of life!


What's the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
God, so many funny things have happened to me! I once met Scott Fujita, a former New Orleans Saints linebacker, at the Saints facility in Metairie. Being adopted by Japanese parents, I assumed he could speak Japanese, so I rattled off a sentence to him. He actually stopped in his tracks and gave me the blankest, most confused stare I've ever seen. He said, What?” I said it again, exceedingly timidly, only to have to tell him afterward that it was Japanese. Come to find out…yeah…he didn’t speak Japanese. AWKWARD.

  1. If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?
That what you see is what you get. People wear so many masks today. Just be you, and be kind. I’m walking proof that those two things alone can take you far.


 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Harvest Man will either keep you up with lack of sleep or give you nightmares!



Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad—and Jack the Ripper—return, in the extraordinary new historical thriller from the author of the acclaimed national bestseller The Yard.

In The Devil’s Workshop, London discovered that Jack the Ripper was back, sending the city—and Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad—into chaos. But now it is even worse. Not only is the Ripper still at large, but so is another killer just as bad.

For Inspector Walter Day, it has been a difficult time. His wife has given birth to twins, his hostile in-laws have come to stay, and a leg injury has kept him at his desk. But when the Harvest Man begins killing, carving people’s faces off their skulls, the Yard knows they need Day in the field.

Not so Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith. Rash actions have cost him his job, but that doesn’t stop his obsessive hunt for the Ripper. When the mutilated bodies of prostitutes start turning up again, Hammersmith enlists the help of a criminal network to stop Saucy Jack, his methods carrying him further and further from the ideals of the Yard, so far in fact that he may never be able to find his way back.

Of course, the Ripper’s been playing a game with him—with Walter Day, as well. He is pushing both of them to their limits, and what happens when they get there . . . no one can say.
       
 
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
 
 
 

My Review
I have not read anything by this author. Now that I have read this book I will be adding this author to my list of authors to watch. Everything was right about this book... from the storyline, to the characters, tone of the story, and the beginning and ending of the book.

The Harvest Man is one creepy, sinister man. I would never want to meet him as his victims do not fare well. They end up with new facial makeovers. Inspector Day is a complex character. I like this about him. He was human and not perfect yet he is committed to his job and does a really good job of figuring out all of the pieces of the puzzle to get the whole picture. The Harvest Man will either keep you up with lack of sleep or give you nightmares!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Ghosts of Petroglyph Canyon



School is out for the summer and Pablo Perez, his sister, Pia, and their cousin, Kiki Flores, visit the Bar-7 ranch in New Mexico. The young Missourians have come to help their Uncle Antonio with the annual cattle roundup. 

 Uncle Antonio introduces his nephew and nieces to hundreds of primitive petroglyphs that have been chiseled into the walls of a nearby canyon—Petroglyph Canyon. The primitive rock drawings are part of Uncle Antonio’s sprawling cattle ranch. Sadly, looters are routinely excavating the ancient drawings with high-tech rock saws. Uncle Antonio believes the looters are selling the glyphs.
Pablo, Pia, and Kiki are determined to put a stop to the looting, and that’s when the adventure begins.




My Review

This is the second younger reader book from Mr. Cloud. His first book was The Boy Called Duct Tape. That is when I first got to know Pablo, Pia, and Kiki. Since then I wanted to read the next book from this author. Mr. Cloud is not a one trick pony. Pablo, Pia and Kiki make a great team. They have each others backs and are pretty tough for youngsters. 

For example when faced with some tough guys, these three stood their ground and even tried to stop them before the authorities did. What I also liked about this book is the petroglyphs and the landscape of New Mexico. It was like I was there and could feel the heat from the desert and see the petroglyphs. Young readers will be interested in the petroglyphs. This is good as they are an important part of history. I can not wait to read the next book from Mr. Cloud.  

Don't Stay Up Late with R. L. Stine

The second new book in the re-launch of R.L. Stine's Fear Street series, which sold 80 million copies around the world, making it one of the bestselling young adult series of all time.

R.L. Stine's hugely successful young adult horror series Fear Street is back after almost 2 decades. Fear Street is a worldwide phenomenon and helped to kick off the young adult craze which is still going strong today. In the second new book in this series, Don't Stay Up Late, Stine explores the unbridled terror of a damaged young lady sent on a doomed babysitting job.

Ever since a car accident killed her father and put Lisa and her mother into the hospital, Lisa can't think straight. She's plagued by nightmares and hallucinations that force her to relive the accident over and over again in vivid detail. When Lisa finds out that a neighbor is looking for a babysitter for her young son, she takes the job immediately, eager to keep busy and shake these disturbing images from her head.
But what promised to be an easy gig turns terrifying when Lisa begins to question exactly who — or what — she is babysitting.

R.L. Stine makes his triumphant return to Shadyside in the new Fear Street book Don't Stay Up Late.





My Review

I was so over the top excited to check out this relaunch of the Fear Street series. I can remember reading these books when I was younger. Actually I read all of Mr. Stine's series and watched the television series as well. The best part about these books were the "campy" feel of the stories. Some were scary.

What I felt like I was missing with this book was the "campy" feel. Also there was nothing really scary about this book. While the monster in this story was not something I would want to meet late at night by myself. There was no real connection to what the monster was to the story as a whole at first, so thus the monster was not scary. Also, I had no close connection with Lisa or any of the other characters in this book. The ending was alright. However because I grew up reading books by Mr. Stine. I will probably check out another book in this series to see if the books do get better to what I remember. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

After the RED Rain

A postapocalyptic novel with a cinematic twist from New York Times bestseller Barry Lyga, actor Peter Facinelli, and producer Robert DeFranco.

On the ruined planet Earth, where 50 billion people are confined to megacities and resources are scarce, Deedra has been handed a bleak and mundane existence by the Magistrate she works so hard for. But one day she comes across a beautiful boy named Rose struggling to cross the river--a boy with a secretive past and special abilities, who is somehow able to find comfort and life from their dying planet.

But just as the two form a bond, it is quickly torn apart after the Magistrate's son is murdered and Rose becomes the prime suspect. Little do Deedra and Rose know how much their relationship will affect the fate of everyone who lives on the planet.
  




My Review

I was not fazed by the fact that this book had actor, Peter Facinelli's name connected to it. I was more interested in the postapocalyptic aspect of this book. The pre and post genre is still hot and picking up steam in the book world and I am thrilled about this fact.

So anyways back to the book. The world that Deedra and Rose resided in was very vivid and believable. I could picture that this is what the world would look like if it was destroyed. Deedra is a strong, independent female heroine. Than there is Rose. While his name may indicate a feminine flower Rose is anything but feminine. He was very complex and intriguing. The way that he spoke and interacted made me really connect with him. Rose and Deedra reminded me of another couple that I liked from author Isaac Marion's book, Warm Bodies. If you have read Warm Bodies then you will get what I mean. While this is not a zombie book, the way that Rose came into his own skin and the emotions that he felt was like the same way as "R" in Warm Bodies. The ending was a good one.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Where They Found Her




From the author of the New York Times bestseller and 2014 Edgar and Anthony nominee Reconstructing Amelia comes another harrowing, gripping novel that marries psychological suspense with an emotionally powerful story about a community struggling with the consequences of a devastating discovery

At the end of a long winter, in bucolic Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town’s prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is, or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.

When freelance journalist, and recent Ridgedale transplant, Molly Anderson is unexpectedly called upon to cover the story for the Ridegdale Reader, it’s a risk, given the severe depression that followed the loss of her own baby. But the bigger threat comes when Molly unearths some of Ridgedale’s darkest secrets, including a string of unreported sexual assaults that goes back twenty years.

Meanwhile, Sandy, a high school dropout, searches for her volatile and now missing mother, and PTA president Barbara struggles to help her young son, who’s suddenly having disturbing outbursts.

Told from the perspectives of Molly, Barbara, and Sandy, Kimberly McCreight’s taut and profoundly moving novel unwinds the tangled truth about the baby’s death revealing that these three women have far more in common than they realized. And that their lives are more intertwined with what happened to the baby than they ever could have imagined.





My Review

This is the first book I have read by this author. Now that I know what Mrs. McCreight is capable of, I will be checking out her first book, Reconstructing Amelia.

Right from the beginning, I was hooked. The story started out strong and just kept getting stronger and stayed that way until the end. Which is one of the best ending I have read in a while for this type of mystery/suspense novel. So happy about this.

I did like that this story was told from three points of views of Molly, Sandy, and Barbara. Although, the strongest voice for me was Molly's. She drew me in. Her story was sad but compelling that just made me root for her. As the story progressed I could see how all of the pieces and the lives of the three women connected. If you are looking for a fresh new voice in the book world to read then you have to check out this book and author, Kimberly McCreight.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

THE GREAT LEADER & THE FIGHTER PILOT






ABOUT THE GREAT LEADER AND THE FIGHTER PILOT:
As Kim Il-Sung ascended from Soviet puppet to godlike ruler and plunged his country into war against the United States, No Kum Sok noisily pretended to love his Great Leader. An elite fighter pilot and graduate of the North Korean Naval Academy, he escaped at the age of twenty-one by flying his MiG-15 out of North Korea and landed in Seoul on September 21, 1953, delivering the plane to the Americans, not knowing they were offering a $100,000 bounty for the warplane (the equivalent of nearly one million dollars today).  The theft—just weeks after the Korean War ended—electrified the world and incited Kim’s bloody vengeance.
 
Harden also sheds light on a seldom-discussed historical fact: during the Korean War, the United States brutally carpet-bombed North Korea, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and giving the Kim dynasty the fact-based narrative it uses to this day to inspire hatred of the United States. This narrative, in the Kim family’s telling, also justifies North Korea’s isolation, poverty and its need for endless spending on military hardware.
 
Using new government documents found in Chinese and Russian archives about the role of Mao and Stalin in Kim’s shadowy rise, as well as No Kum Sok’s never-before-released U.S. government intelligence files, Harden gives us a heart-pounding escape adventure and an entirely new way to understand the world’s longest-lasting totalitarian state.



 
 My Review

I absolutely fell in love with Mr. Harden's novel, Escape From Camp 14. It was a riveting read. I could not stop reading the book. So you could say I was excited and intrigued to read Mr. Harden's next novel. Why this book was not a one seat read like the prior novel, it was still a very great read. I like reading military books. Yet it seems that most of my reading is during the WWII time period. I am not that familiar with the Korean War. So this book was a good eye opener to this particular war.

As a Korean myself, I am so glad that I was born in South Korea and not North Korea. If I had been born in North Korea I now that I may not ever be here today. It is scary as I was reading this book just how under the radar Kim passed. Due to his young age. Even Stalin thought he was the puppet master. He was wrong. Kim was a ruthless leader, who only cared about himself.

No was a courageous man. I can not imagine the extreme pressure he went through living under Kim's rule while trying to find a better life outside of North Korea.

What I like the most about Mr. Harden's writing is that he gives you all of the facts and holds nothing back. So you get a history lesson with some very intriguing people that have a story to tell.
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
BLAINE HARDEN is the author of Africa: Dispatches from a Fragile ContinentA River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia; and Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the WestAfrica won a PEN American Center citation for first book of nonfiction. Escape from Camp 14 was both a New York Times and an international bestseller published in twenty-seven languages. Harden formerly served as The Washington Post’s bureau chief in East Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. He lives in Seattle.

 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Vostok, Chatting with author, Steve Alten + Giveaway




My Review

This is my first introduction to author, Steve Alten. While this book does feature characters from his prior novel, The Loch, you don't have to have read The Loch to read this book.

When the first discovery was found with the preserved beasts I was interested and the story lit up the light in my head. Yet, when Zach, Ming, and Ben plunged into the depths of Lake Vostok and encountered all that the lake had to offer, I was hooked and could not stop reading. It was like I was with the crew as they were experiencing every thing for the first time. I could picture the creatures as if they really could exist. Although, I had no problems imaging them, I did appreciate Mr. Alten adding illustrations of the creatures.

As I was reading the book, I never really thought about the rhyme or reason for the whole story. So when it was revealed, at first I was not sure if I liked this angle but the more I thought about it, the more I got it and liked it. It was like a "Ah Ha" moment. It totally made sense for the story. I plan to go back and read the prior novels by Mr. Alten.

Warning: Don't read this book at night or you will find yourself up until the early hours of the morning making yourself go back to sleep!


Where to buy the book:




What advice would you give budding writers?

Don’t write about what you know, write about things you like to read and do the research.


If you could put yourself as a character in your book, who would you be?

No one. I put my characters through confrontations with 70-foot Great Whites, Loch Ness monster, miocene sperm whales, ETs, demons….


Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

Writers Block is when your brain needs info. Fuel it with research.
 

What is writing schedule?

I take my son to school, then start in about ten am and finish around 6PM. I used to write at night until 2am, but my wife works now and I must get up early to take my son to school.

 
The scariest moment in your life?

On Feb. 17, 2012 I went to the emergency room with severe stomach pains. They did a CAT scan, found a perforation in my colon leaking waste into my body and rushed me into emergency surgery. I woke up with a colostomy bag ad spent 7 days in the hospital. Three months later I had another operation to reverse (thankfully) the bag. If I had waited another day I would have died.



Author's Bio:

Steve Alten is the New York Times and International bestselling author of fourteen novels, including the MEG series about Carcharodon Megalodon, the 70-foot, 100,000 pound prehistoric cousin of the Great White shark and Domain trilogy, a series about the Mayan Calendar’s 2012 doomsday prophecy. His work has been published in over 30 countries and is being used in thousands of middle and high school curriculum as part of Adopt-An-Author, a free teen reading program, which he founded with teachers back in 1999.
Connect with Steve:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Come check out London Bound





Amy Daws

London Bound (London Lovers #3)

Cover Reveal Date: March 16, 2015
Release Date: May 14, 2015

Blurb:

***After falling in love with "us" in the first two installments of the London Lovers Series, now...it's Leslie's turn in this spicy series stand alone.***

When Leslie Lincoln, a spunky, red-headed American, suffers an awkward moment with an arousingly-sexy British man—she thinks her life can't get any more pathetic. 

She's done with men. 
She doesn't need them. 
She especially doesn't need their muscular thighs. 
No siree, she's going to forget all about the brooding, complicated, and seductive "Theo" who captivated her on the dance floor of a London nightclub. 

Keep telling yourself that, Lez..... 

Immersing herself into a new type of romantic cleanse, Leslie thinks she'll never lay eyes on Theo again. But somehow, he's managed to bulldoze his way back in—her cheetah-print onesie pajamas be damned. 

He wants more. 
She wants to run. 
But he can’t seem to let her go.

Both of them have a past—and neither want to share. 

How can love possibly survive in darkness?






Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24703334-london-bound

About Author



Amy Daws is a goof of epic proportions. She enjoys making dumb videos and laughing at herself...a lot. It gets awkward. She thinks she should have tried her hand at improv theater but figured she'd learn how life looks behind the lens of a camera first. 

She also thinks talking about herself in the third person isn't awkward at all. 

Amy lives in South Dakota with her husband, Kevin, and their miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy’s first book, Chasing Hope, and her passion for writing. 

Amy's contemporary romance books are a part of the The London Lovers Series and currently have two installments out with more to come. Her writing style is emotional and self-deprecating with awkward humor sprinkled in. Basically, if she makes you cry happy and sad tears...she's achieved her goal. Extra points if you have to blow your nose. 

Amy's inspiration for writing is and always will be her six precious angel babies and her daughter, Lorelei. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their little miracle.

Website: http://amydawsauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amydawsauthor

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/amydawsauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8193655.Amy_Daws


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Twelve Thousand Mornings is a nice read.

Wealthy Anne Bennett is left widowed and penniless after her husband's firm is involved in financial fraud. In shock and forced to leave her home, she has few friends to turn to and few options for financial security. Estranged from her two adult daughters, she nevertheless accepts an invitation, or perhaps a challenge, to stay with her younger daughter, Sylvia, in Michigan. While helping Sylvia renovate an old house, Anne finds new friends and a new life, but with guilt, grief and the ghost of tragedy shadowing her every step, she must come to terms with her past in order to navigate her future.


My Review

I have not read the first book The World Undone, yet this book can be read as a stand alone novel. In the beginning, I was not sure about this book. Anna's sister and her family were mean. Anna's husband, Henry was a jerk. So glad that he did not last long in the story. So with most of the characters that I was introduced to early into the story being so unwelcome, I was not sure if I could stick with this book. Besides, Anna was also meek. Yet, I stuck with the book because I wanted to give it another chance hoping it would get better as it did sound good. I am happy to report that the book does get better.

For me the real story started when Anna went to see her daughter, Sylvia. While, again I did not warm up to everyone right away, I did like the dynamics of Anna and Sylvia better than Anna and her sister. Besides as the story moved along, Anna grew stronger and turned into a butterfly. I liked Anna's other daughter, Callie. The relationship involving Anna and her two daughters was real. It was not all sweet like honey. There was fighting, words said but when it was all said and done, Anna's relationship with her daughters was stronger than ever.


Purchase a copy on Amazon

Mary Driver-Thiel holds a B.A. in Fine Art and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Her short stories have been published in various literary magazines, most recently Alfie Dog (alfiedog.com), Epiphany (epiphmag.com), and Halfway Down the Stairs (halfwaydownthestairs.net). She is a member of Off Campus Writers Workshop and The Writers of Glencoe, and she is founder and facilitator of Forest Writers' Group in Lake Forest.   
The World Undone was short-listed for Chicago Writers' Association Book of the Year in 2013 and was in the top 10 for the Illinois Author Project 2013.
Her second novel, Twelve Thousand Mornings, will be released in early 2015.
 Driver-Thiel lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Jerry, and Woki, the Wonder Dog.


Friday, March 13, 2015

So many laughs for the Tapper Twins

This brand-new series by a popular screenwriter is a pitch-perfect, contemporary comedy featuring twelve-year-old fraternal twins, Claudia and Reese, who couldn't be more different...except in their determination to come out on top in a vicious prank war! But when the competition escalates into an all-out battle that's fought from the cafeteria of their New York City private school all the way to the fictional universe of an online video game, the twins have to decide if their efforts to destroy each other are worth the price.

Told as a colorful "oral history" by the twins and their friends, and including photos, screenshots, chat logs, online gaming digital art, and text messages between their clueless parents, The Tapper Twins is a hilariously authentic showcase of what it's like to be in middle school in our digitally-saturated world.



My Review

I picked up this book for my nephews because I thought they may like it. I was not familiar with the author's name until I read some of his credits as a screenwriter for films like Daddy Day Care and RV. Two of my favorite comedic films to watch. So if you are familiar with these films then you can expect that this same sense of humor would be infused in this book. Which it was. I could not stop laughing at the antics and bickering between Claudia and Reese.

At first I was not sure if I would like the interview format of this book but it worked perfectly for this story. Besides being funny it also had whimsy and sarcasm but in a good way for the younger readers to enjoy as well. I say this because readers of all ages will like this book. Me and my sister used to bicker and fight too but we had nothing on the Tapper Twins. There is so much fun to be found in this book that just like me you will find yourself lost for track of time. This was a quick read.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Like romantic suspense? Don't miss out UNTRUE COLORS



Like romantic suspense?  Don't miss out UNTRUE COLORS by @VeronicaForand on sale for $1.99 
SALE ALERT!  UNTRUE COLORS by @VeronicaForand on sale for $1.99 for a limited time
"Gripping, fast-paced, and wickedly unique." UNTRUE COLORS by @VeronicaForand on SALE for $1.99!
 
Buy Links:







http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/2015/03/like-romantic-suspense-dont-miss-out.html

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Breaking Sky

 
 
In this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled debut thriller, America's best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy

Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx," is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental "Streaker" jets at the junior Air Force Academy in the year 2048. She's tough and impulsive with lightning-fast reactions, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There's a third Streaker jet, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. Chase doesn't play well with others, but to save her country she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.
  
 
 
My Review
Chase is a fighter pilot at the United Star Academy. Her call sign is Nyx. She is one of two pilots to fly the new Streaker jets. While out flying Chase comes in contact with another Streaker, only this one is a third one. Chase is curious to find out who the third pilot is. Chase does find out who the other pilot it. His name is Tristan call sign Arrow. He is a pilot for the Royal Canadian Junior Air Force Academy.

Right from the beginning this book started out with a big bang...literally. There was a crash and then the story back tracked to the beginning which was not borning at all either. I really got into this story. The author's experience of being a military brat and love for aviation was evident in the story. This helped to make it top notch. I was so glad to see a strong female lead as a fighter pilot. It is not often that the pilots in stories are portrayed as females. Chase had the attitude of Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun. Right away I liked her. The story was so believable that I could see it being real. As an avid aviation fan, I like these types of stories. This one was right up there as being a must read. With the real life like story line, intriguing, strong-willed characters like Chase and Tristan, action, excitement, and good ending. You won't want to miss this book. It did have a feeling of Top Gun but mixed with Ender Games for the futuristic style.