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Truth be told, this series has been sitting in my TBR pile for quite some time now. Not because I wasn't looking forward to reading it but because as a review our TBR stacks are always a mile high.
I decided to pick this out of the pile and was totally pleased with the series. So pleased in fact, that I read through the series in 3 days.
I really enjoy zombie books....or differently biotic.....if you like that term better. If you enjoy a good non-scary zombie book that takes a look at it from the zombie perspective then this is a series to try out.
I have my own favorite characters and there is someone for EVERYONE in this series so go ahead and see who YOU like the best.
Find out more about the series here: Generation Dead
**Review copies are my own.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I'll be honest and say that I'm not familiar with the author BUT I will now be keeping my out for her.
I found the story to be original and entertaining. I also thought that it was refreshing to be reading something different. I read A LOT so it's hard to find something that doesn't seem repititious. This was a good little break from vampires and werewolves. (Though I still love them dearly LOL!)
I'd say to check this one out whenever it is released. I know I'll be wanting to read more from this author.
About The Book:
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.
**Review copy: Amazon Vine program All opinions are my own. I did not recieve any monetary compensation for this post.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Book two was equally wonderful and enjoyable. I like how Amber manages to mix it up with "old" vampires and "new" vampires. Her stories are always interesting and exciting.
The characters are also great and they have something for everybody. I really really enjoyed this one and can't wait for the next one!
About The Book:
Kaden has made a promise to the Iustitia. In exchange for helping the vampire hunters rid Rome of their supernatural infestation, he will never be hunted by the church-assuming he makes it out of the country alive. With a master vampire who is letting the city be terrorized, Kaden must uncover his true motives before it is too late.
Something dangerous is closing in on Kaden, and he cannot afford to be weak. Inside Vatican City, the vampires are more vulnerable than they have ever been. But with his independence on the line, Kaden is breaking every rule in the book, putting everyone's lives at risk. Worse yet, he is feeling things again-things he has not felt in centuries. He must find a way to completely sever his ties with the past. Unfortunately, in a city that is supposed to be off limits to all vampires, Kaden finds more than he bargained for-and loses even more.
The Well of Truth tells a haunting tale in which a hardened vampire will realize that some secrets are better left in the dark.
**Review copy provided by author. All opinions are my own. I received NO monetary compensation for this post.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
If you didn't like the style of the first then you won't like this one. I personally enjoy the changing of POV from one character to the next.
This one deals with some heavy subject matter so be prepared. If you've read After by Amy Efaw then you might like this one. The subject matter is comparable.
Find out more on Goodreads.
*Review copy provided by Amazon Vine program
Monday, June 13, 2011
E.J. has a wonderful writing style that I love....her sense of humor really shines through in her stories and no matter how "ghostly" they are you can always get a good chuckle.
While it is YA I think this one is good for anyone from the younger YA readers to the older YA readers. If you haven't checked her out yet then you are really missing out. E.J. is absolutely one of my favorite indie authors!
Find out more about the book on Goodreads.
Friday, May 27, 2011
You know I have been busy when I haven't read the newest Black Dagger Brotherhood book yet....I'll be starting on that one today.
So what have all of you been up to? What are you reading and have you read anything really great lately that I need to check out?
Thursday, May 12, 2011
As usual Allen delievered for me. I find all her stories 'magical' and The Peach Keeper was no exception. I found the characters to be endearing as always and the storyline to be wonderful.
I was sucked into this story from page one and of course read through it quickly. I felt many emotion throughout the story and connected with these characters through ther regret, hope, and longing. I also laughed along at times and it left me with a smile.
If you're an Allen fan I think you'll be equally happy with this one!"
Monday, May 2, 2011
Shannon: Do you have any food?
Alice: If I did I wouldn’t give it to you. So anyway, I appreciated it when our humans—
Shannon: Do you have any food?
Alice: I already said I didn’t.
Shannon: No, you just said you wouldn’t give me any.
Alice: Right, so it doesn’t matter. So, when our humans started paying attention to—
Shannon: I smell pork chops. Do you have any?
Alice: You already asked me twice.
Shannon: I asked if you had food. Not pork chops.
Alice: Pork chops are food.
Shannon: I like to wear them as jewelry.
Alice: No, you eat them.Shannon: Mouth jewelry.
Alice: We are here to tell people what it was like to work as consultants on a book. So pay attention to the people who will be reading this.
Alice: As I was saying—
Shannon: Do you have any food?
Alice: I already told you
Shannon: I was talking to the people
Shannon: What? You said to talk to them.
Alice: You’re supposed to tell people what it was like to help our humans write a book from a dog’s point of view, not extort food from them.
Shannon: Hey, I hadn’t thought of that. Extortion. Sounds threatening.
Alice: Yeah? Well it won’t work from you.
Shannon: That’s just because of your mismatched teeth.
Alice: Don’t make fun of my teeth. I’m very sensitive about my underbite. My first owners didn’t have money for orthodontia.
Shannon: You said I’m the cute one.
Shannon: I’m cute.
Alice:Yes. Cute and annoying.
Shannon: I’m cute because I have good teeth.
Alice: Sigh. Maybe we should get back to pork chops.
Shannon: Where? Where are the pork chops?
Alice: In this interview. And the book. (Holds up Toto’s Tale) Toto has a fixation with pork chops. That was my idea.
Shannon: (Grabs the book and rifles through the pages) No fair! I’ve sniffed through every page of the book and haven’t found a single chop.
Alice: Hmm. I wonder what inspired me?
Shannon: Did Toto find any pork chops in the book?
Alice: You don’t know? Didn’t you read the book?
Shannon: I’m waiting for the movie.
Alice: Well I’m not going to tell. I would hate to spoil the suspense for readers.
Shannon: I’ll bet he did find the pork chops. He found them and ate all of them and that’s why I couldn’t find any in the book.
Alice: You really don’t understand the concept of a book, do you?
Shannon: No, I don’t. I don’t understand why our owners like them so much. They taste terrible. Just like paper. The rabbit likes them, though.
Alice: Maybe they should have interviewed her for this article. They’re not learning much from us. Well thanks for talking to the canine consultants for Toto’s Tale. I’m going to go find Shannon a snack before she eats me.
Shannon: Or Toto.
Alice: It’s a good thing the book wasn’t “Shannon’s Tale.” It would be very short.
Shannon: Are you making fun of my tail?
Shannon: What do words taste like?
Alice: Quick, readers—get out now while you still ca—
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Lou started a blog for Max (her snowshoe point mix) to help her finish his book. Soon enough, Max's voice took over the blog. So, this post is from Max as it's only fitting that he post about pet blogging from his point of view.
Max here... I'm so glad to have this opportunity to talk to you about my experiences of pet blogging. I never dreamed I would have my own blog as a forum - especially after crossing the Rainbow Bridge. In a nutshell, here's how it all started:
You see, Lou Belcher is my food human. (As a point of reference, let me explain that I call her HH. That's short for Her Highness -- it's a term of endearment and it has stuck.)
HH started me on my path to becoming a pet blogger. I didn't have a clue what the blogosphere was about, but I soon found out when HH put up the blog and called it
http://www.MaxTheQuiltCat.com. Before the blog, my mission was to sit on as many quilts as possible. Now, that is still a priority, but I have much loftier goals too.
The blog started because of the book (The Zen of Max). Before I crossed the Rainbow Bridge at the age of 18 1/2, HH started to write a book about me. When I died, she put it aside. She missed me so much, she just couldn't write about me anymore.
Almost two years later, she decided that she needed to finish it. To help her get over the block of writing about me, she decided to give me a blog. It worked... not only did she finish the book, but the blog thrives. (And....shhhhhhh.... I'll tell you a secret. HH doesn't like hearing it, but my blog receives more comments and attention than hers... hee hee... and I have over 2,000 followers on Twittter... just saying, with all modesty of course, that there's something happening here.)
So, the blog started about two years ago, and I do love writing it. At first, I was all paws and was a little stiff. But now, I look forward everyday to posting what's new in the cat world and commenting on the blogs of others.
I bet you're wondering how a cat can have so much to say. Well, I blog about all sorts of things. I've even written a short mystery novel on line (with me as the hero of the story, of course). I blog about Knuckles and Bugsy (those are my two nephews HH just rescued from the SPCA) and I throw in the occasional book review or product reviewB (about cat and dog products). And, once a week, I put up the picture of one of the pets from the SPCA of North Brevard who needs a forever home. We all need to do as much as possible to find homes for those who don't have them. That's for sure.
I must admit that when I started blogging, I didn't think it would grow into all of this. But HH and I have found it wonderful to have a platform to bring the fun of pets to the public as well as to bring the need of pets to the readers. Now, I'm just leading my life in cyberspace and loving it.
Thanks for listening to me... Let me leave you with one of my favorite Lessons Learned from The Zen of Max... It's about sticking to your guns... you may quote me.
"If you want to be carried, someone will eventually carry you. You just have to be willing to be left behind a few times until they realize that you mean business - you will not walk on a leash."That's my post and my story.... Have a super day everybody... Max loves ya!
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Joining us today is Heather Wardell who writes women's fiction and she is going to be talking to us about reoccuring characters in stories. Do you (the reader) like it? Or would you rather new characters every time.
Stay tuned to the end so you can find out more about the giveaway!
Three of my five novels feature recurring characters. A hot restaurant owner named Kegan shares male lead duties in the first one (my free download "Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo"), makes a guest appearance in "Go Small or Go Home", and takes on the lead role in my newest book, "Stir Until Thoroughly Confused". In addition, several characters from the first and second books reappear in the third, some as brief guest appearances and some as fairly major characters.
I didn't intend to do this, since I don't particularly want to write a series. Nothing against them, but I've always enjoyed finding and exploring new main characters too much to want to rehash what I've done before. But as I wrote the first draft of "Go Small or Go Home", Kegan just showed up and seemed to fit. I liked how his presence added to the book, so since then I've watched for opportunities to bring in my past characters.
So far the readers who've commented on this seem to like it, but I still see both advantages and disadvantages. Let's look at a few of each and then I'll tell you what I plan to do in the future.
1. Readers can find out what their past favorite characters are up to. This is obvious, but that doesn't make it any less true. If you've read and enjoyed a novel, you've invested something of yourself in the characters and their stories. It's only natural to want to see what they're doing after the book is over. If they made a career change, do they regret it? If they fell in love, is that still working for them? Seeing them again in a future book lets you find out.
2. The world of the book can seem more real. We do often re-encounter people we've known before, so I think it can feel natural and normal to have book characters re-appear. Forrest Williams, the hockey star male lead of "Go Small or Go Home", is friends with Kegan through Kegan's brother who also plays hockey, so when I began Kegan's book it made sense to me that he would be there. Knowing that the other characters continue to live their lives makes the world seem richer.
3. Readers (and authors!) can see characters in a different light. I loved bringing Forrest back in "Stir Until Thoroughly Confused". I loved him in "his" book, and it was so much fun to see him through a new main character's eyes. Readers have mentioned they liked that too.
1. What if you hated Kegan? Now he's back again, and then AGAIN? If he did nothing for you the first time, you're unlikely to want to read my third book that's all about him.
2. Continuity becomes an issue. Keeping track of how long it's been between books in the "book world" can be difficult, and I don't want readers hung up on wondering if I've done that timeline correctly. I know sometimes when I'm reading I find myself thinking, "This doesn't seem to fit with when the author says it happened," and I would rather not make my readers think the same thing. Kegan is founding a restaurant in my first book, which Forrest and his leading lady Tess visit in the second. I had to make sure that when Tess says, "It's only been open three months" that was reasonable given the month it opened and the month she was there. (I know the vast majority of readers won't notice this, but I will and it'll bother me unless I do it right!)
3. It can feel forced. I have a cameo appearance in my current book, which is still in first draft, and I'm not at all sure I like it. It has the feel, at the moment, of a joke that's all set-up and no punchline. I like what happens during the appearance but I'm not positive the same people will still be there by the time the book is done. I definitely don't want to get into a "I have to bring someone back for every book" mindset, since sometimes it won't work.
4. Deciding how much backstory to give is a challenge. If a reader's read all of my books, they just need a refresher about the person's history. If they haven't, they probably still only need that same refresher, since the book isn't really about that person. For example, in "Go Small or Go Home", my main character's sister is an alcoholic. That sister appears in "Stir Until Thoroughly Confused" but I don't touch on her addiction. Why? Because in the scenes where she appears, it's not relevant, and the main character of that book would never know. I wanted to mention it, though, because it's part of her story. And that's the danger: that the author gives more backstory than is needed and the reader, whether new to the stories or not, gets bogged down in irrelevant information.
So, given the pros and cons, what will I do in the future? I'll continue bringing characters back into my books when it feels right and natural. I think that the depth and entertainment value it can add to a story is worth the careful attention needed to make sure it's done right.
What do you think? Do you like recurring characters? I'd love to know why, especially if you don't. :)
Heather Wardell writes women's fiction with depth, humor, and heart. She has five novels available now, one for free download and the rest for $0.99 each. You can read excerpts at http://www.heatherwardell.com/
Now For The Giveaway!
Heather is offering one print copy and three ebooks!
To enter please leave a comment on Heather's question: What do you think? Do you like recurring characters? I'd love to know why, especially if you don't. :)
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Monday, March 14, 2011
As part of Theresa Meyers Bewitching Book Tour we'll feature her The Truth About Vampires AND offering an awesome giveaway for a signed copy of the book!
(From Amazon)All her life, Seattle reporter Kristin Reed sought her breakout story. She never thought she'd find it in the crimson lair of a real-life creature of the night. Kristin never believed vampires existed—until with dark brooding eyes and a decadent chocolate scent, Dmitri Dionotte called out to her….
Dmitri and his clan's true nature was cloaked in secrecy until a warring vampire order threatened their existence. Kristin was just the woman he needed. She couldn't resist their story…or Dmitri. Her blood pulsed hot and furious when he touched her, and with his kiss, all logic fled. But each night she spent with her vampire lover brought her closer to death and destruction. A death not even an immortal could triumph over.
About The Author:
The progeny of a slightly mad (NASA) scientist and a tea-drinking bibliophile who turned the family dining room into a library, Theresa Meyers learned early the value of a questioning mind, books and a good china teapot. She started her first novel in high school, eventually enrolling in a Writer's Digest course and putting the book under the bed, writing as a freelancer for newspapers and national magazines.
It wasn't until she joined Romance Writers of America in 1993, that she seriously began to pursue a career in fiction. In 2005 she was selected as one of eleven finalists for the American Title II contest, the American Idol of books. She has since sold several novels and novellas. She writes paranormal and historical romance, Steampunk, Young Adult books and some Middle Grade fiction.
Theresa firmly believes in love and first sight. Afterall, she's married to the first man she ever went on a real date with (to their high school prom), who she knew was hero material when he suffered through having to let her parents drive, and her little brother sit between them in the backseat of the car (which is a whole other story. They've been married over 20 years.
They currently live in a Victorian house on a mini farm in the Pacific Northwest with their children, four cats, an old chestnut Arabian gelding, an energetic mini-Aussie shepherd, several rabbits, a dozen chickens and an out-of-control herb garden. When she isn't writing, reading, watching movies (her favories include Stardust, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Lost Boys and too many others and the television series Supernatural) she's usually having tea with her friends, volunteering at the school or outside enjoying the flowers. If you're curious to know more, you can always find her website online, or visit with her on Twitter and FaceBook.
Theresa is offereing one signed copy to one lucky US winner! To enter please leave a comment with a way to contact you!
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Saturday, March 12, 2011
But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Facing Fears: The Tower
by Alayna Williams
I wrote both Dark Oracle and Rogue Oracle with a deck of cards at hand – much like my heroine, Tara Sheridan, a criminal profiler who uses Tarot cards to solves crimes. Whenever I get stuck on a character or plot point, I shuffle the cards and pull out one at random. More often than not, I can find something in the symbolism of the image that captures my imagination and propels my writing forward.
When I was developing the outline for Rogue Oracle, there was one card that haunted me more than any other. One card that kept coming up whenever I shuffled the deck and spread the cards out before me: The Tower. The Tower depicts a disintegrating structure at night, struck by lightning, from which two people fall. The traditional meaning of the card has to do with old ways of life collapsing and a new order taking its place. It's about destruction, an event after which nothing is ever the same again.
There was always something about the Tower that bothered me, that frightened me on a deep, subconscious level. Something distantly familiar. I looked at its image in several other decks before I realized what it symbolized to me for this story: the disaster at Chernobyl, almost twenty-five years ago.
One of my childhood fears was Chernobyl. I was in middle school when the news reports began to filter in that something terrible had happened in Europe...that a Soviet reactor had melted down, breached containment in fire and invisible poison. The Ukraine seemed a thousand worlds away. And I was less than a bystander, an ordinary kid on an ordinary street in the U.S.
But something about the story captivated and frightened me. I remember seeing some pictures of Chernobyl on the news, of an industrial plant not quite so different than those plants that surrounded me where I grew up where my dad worked. And seeing fire. And the rumors about plumes of poison moving over Europe, unstoppably.
It made me shudder. I remember that my mother turned off the television when we were in the room.
But the story of Chernobyl - of the people who died immediately in the fire, those who died after of horrible cancers, of secrets and something invisible that could kill more effectively than an army - it seemed to seep into the minds of the adults. I remember that my class was shown a film about radiation in the school library. I don't remember what it was called, but I remember that it was pretty graphic. It talked a lot about Hiroshima. Poisoned radioactive organs in jars. A man in a perfectly pristine white T-shirt who was covered in radiation burns. Almost a supernatural horror - more terrifying than the books about the making of classic Dracula and Frankenstein movies that we were reading.
It did give me nightmares. And I think many of the other kids.
And I guess that it never did completely dislodge from my memory. The black shape of the containment structure, the Sarcophagus, reminds me so much of the shadowy tower in all its supernatural power.
And because it scared me, I knew that this was the concept to pursue. I would put my heroine on the trail of a Chernobyl survivor who was selling old nuclear secrets on the international black market. I would take her to the place that I dimly remembered from old television footage, now sharpened by research. I made Tara walk through the tall grasses and stand before the Sarcophagus. I'd let her feel the prickle of radiation on her skin, taste the metallic tang of the rain, let her see the bird's nests wedged into the splitting seams of the structure.
I made her stand in the shadow of the Tower, the closest thing I could connect to such a fearsome symbol in the real world.
And...it does still scare me.
About Rogue Oracle:
(From Author's website)
The more you know about the future, the more there may be to fear.Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around - and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn't need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way.Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards - and Tara's increasingly ominous dreams - suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationships with the mysterious order known as Delphi's Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen…
Here are the rest of the tour stops:
March 9 Guest Author at Just Viewshttp://www.justviews.net/
March 10 Interview and Giveaway Book of Secretshttp://bookofsecretsblog.com/
March 11 Interview at JoJo's Book Cornerhttp://jojosbookcorner.blogspot.com/
March 14 Review & Giveaway at Michelle's Book Bloghttp://michellesramblins.blogspot.com/
March 14—SOS Alohahttp://sosaloha.blogspot.com/
March 16 Interview at A Buckeye Girl Readshttp://lovesromances.blogspot.com/
March 17 Guest blog at Pearls Cast Before a McPighttp://mcpigpearls.blogspot.com/
March 25 Interview at Vampire Wirehttp://www.vampirewire.blogspot.com/