Saturday, 31 August 2013

The Prayer Box - Lisa Wingate

Genre; adult
Release date;August 2013
Synopsis
When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola's rambling Victorian house.Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola's youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper--the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi

Review
This was beautifully written from the beginning, with characters that capture your heart and wonderful words. The story follows Tandi and the hardships she has faced, and when we join her she is on the run from what we can assume was a volatile relationship and has found herself in probably not the best situation. We learn through the novel of love, prayers and just kindness. We learn about Iola and her life and likewise some of the harder times she faced with a few wise words thrown in. I loved this book, i wasn't expecting too, but i found that it really appealed to me. I am not a praying lady, but i felt like it wasn't forced upon me in this book either, it was just there. I would highly recommend this .

Rating; 9/10

Friday, 30 August 2013

How Long You Should Wait To Have Sex - Monique Sorgen

Synopsis
 Samantha Harper has just turned 30 and she is ready to meet the man of her dreams, so she does. Samantha pretty much always accomplishes what she sets out to do. There's only one problem, after she has sex with him on the first night they meet, he never calls her. Not used to failure, Samantha is furious at herself! She wishes she could just take it back. She wishes she had never had sex with him!... And to her surprise, her wish comes true. She gets not one, but several more chances to go back in time and figure out just how long she has to wait to have sex, in order to get her dream guy to fall for her. Determined not to mess this up, Samantha finally gets her answer to the age old dilemma of How Long You Should Wait to Have Sex.

About the Author:

Monique Sorgen was born and raised in San Francisco, spending summers and winter holidays in Paris, with her mom's side of the family. Sorgen is half-French. She wrote her first chapter of a book in 5th Grade, based on the adventures, drama, and goings-on of her classmates at her French-American grade school. She sent her writings to Judy Blume, and in return became the proud recipient of a printed form letter and autographed picture, thanking her for being a fan.

Sorgen moved to Los Angeles, shortly before her 18th birthday, to attend UCLA's school of Theater, Film, and Television, where she studied directing for theater and film. Her directing pursuits lead her to writing screenplays, that she hoped to direct. Her screenplays lead to jobs writing for television, and later lead to jobs writing movies which have yet to be made. Her desire to share her stories without having to wait for a studio's "green light" lead her to writing novels. The use of the plural in the word "novels" is slightly exaggerated, since this is her first one. Or maybe it's premonitory, since she plans to write more.

Her debut novel, "How Long You Should Wait to Have Sex", is based on Sorgen's true mind-wonderings about how great it would be to get a do-over when a seemingly perfect guy disappears after sex.

She is currently hosting a community conversation about How Long You Should Wait to Have Sex on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/HowLongYouShouldWaitToHaveSex

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Hate List - Jennifer Brown

Genre; Ya
Release Date;Sept 09
Synopsis 
Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life

Review
This sort of thing usually fascinates me, so that alone was reason to read this, i picked this up on a whim and got stuck in. I found it interesting, and when reading it i couldnt put it down, the problem was i found myself not wanting to read it. Overall though, i love the characters, Val had me rooting for her, through frustration and care, i genuinely felt attached to her as a character. She was well written and this made the story feel real in its nature. I would definitely recommend this!

Rating; 7/10

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

All Our Yesterdays - Cristin Terrill

Synopsis
“You have to kill him.”
Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell
next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.
Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time
machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in
her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present-imprisoned and
tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.
Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A
gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America's most famous families, James finally
seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’ life crumbles apart,
and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect
James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive
it. At least not as the girl she once was.

Q&A WITH “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”
AUTHOR CRISTIN TERRILL

The title for All Our Yesterdays comes from Shakespeare. Why did you choose it?
I was at a total loss for a title as my agent and I were preparing to submit the book to publishers.
I have a masters in Shakespeare Studies, so I often turn to Shakespeare when I get stuck, because you
might as well steal from the best. “All our yesterdays” is a phrase from Macbeth’s famous Act 5, scene 5 soliloquy, which is about the ruthlessness of time.
The character Marina has low self-esteem and tends to be very critical of herself. Why did you
shape her this way?

Because at sixteen, I was very self-critical. It wasn’t until I was older that I was able to see how
hard I was on myself. The relationship between Em and Marina is the heart of the book for me, and I
was inspired to write it after looking at pictures of myself when I was young and realizing that I was somuch cooler/smarter/prettier than I thought back then, when I was convinced I was a total loser. I thinkthat’s a pretty common experience, especially for women, who are encouraged to have low self-esteem by a lot of toxic societal messages that are trying to sell us something. My hope is that self-critical  readers will notice how hard Marina is on herself and perhaps realize that a lot of their unkind thoughts towards themselves are just as baseless.
How does Em differ?
Em can see how valuable Marina is and can appreciate the things about her that Marina can’t
appreciate about herself. But Em is only nineteen and is still struggling to learn to appreciate those
same attributes in herself the way she does in her young self.
The girls have different names. When writing the book, were you at first hoping people wouldn’t
find out they were the same person until reading further into the story?

I picked the names “Em” and “Marina” because “Em” doesn’t immediately look or sound like a
nickname for “Marina.” I knew many readers would assume from the beginning that they were the
same person, but I wanted there to at least be some doubt in their minds until I revealed it.
What was it like finding out that the screen rights for your first published novel had been
purchased?

Utterly surreal. It still hasn’t really sunk in over a year later. When my film rights agent called
to say that Gold Circle was buying the option, my reaction was, “okay.” It takes me a long time to
process major emotion, so I usually default to extreme calmness. I think he was disappointed that I
didn’t seem more excited and asked if I was all right. My agent jumped in and said, “She’s great! This is just how she reacts to things!” Which she learned first-hand, when my reaction to the informationthat we were going to auction with eight different publishing houses was also, “okay.” If I seem cool, it’s just because I’m freaking out so much that my brain has pretty much shut down.
If you could handpick the actors to play Em and Marina in the film adaptation of “All our
Yesterdays,” who would you choose?

This is a tough question. I worked in the theatre for many years and in casting specifically for
some of that time, so I have a lot of respect and affection for actors, and I know how hard it can be to
find the right actor even amongst lots of great ones. I feel like dream casts are often based primarily on who looks the part, but I’m much more interested in what an actor brings to a role that I never saw
there myself, and the person who brings a character to life the most is often not who you’d expect (like Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, which is a piece of casting that was initially surprising but turned out beautifully). So to give a total non-answer answer, I would want whichever actors bring the most life and authenticity to the characters, regardless of any other factors like appearance or name recognition.
The book explores a quite controversial subject of justifying harm for the good of many. What
would you do if you were in Em’s shoes?

I have no idea what I would do! The question of whether it’s okay to harm a few for the good of
the many was a question I wanted to play with largely because I don’t have a position or an agenda I
wanted to get across. If I were Em, I might just take up Finn’s offer to drive down to Florida and spend the rest of my time sitting on the beach, because I’m not sure I could handle the stress as well as she does!
Reviewers rave that the book is “time travel done right.” What’s the key to a good time travel
book?

I don’t think there is one, because there are so many different ways to do time travel. You could
plop someone a hundred years in the future and do a fish-out-of-water story or send them back in time as a twist on historical fiction. Personally, my favorite is the really twisty, emotional, complicated kind of time travel I’ve written, where a character is traveling into and affecting their own timeline. But it’s hard, and there are so many days when I have to put my head down on my desk to try to figure out just what the heck is going on and how make all the threads match up. As long as I don’t write myself into a massive plot hole, which I’ve done many times, then hopefully I’m doing it right!
If you could go back in time to one event or day in particular, which would you choose?
Wow, that’s hard. One thing I’d love is to go back to the 1600s and see one of the original
performances of Hamlet or Twelfth Night.
You host creative writing workshops for young kids and teens. What tips can you give to aspiring writers?
Read a lot, write at least a little every day, and figure out what’s unique about your voice. If you
can do that, pretty much everything else will fall into place.
You’re already at work on a sequel. Is there any insight you can give to fans?
Em and Finn were wrong.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Girl on tour - Release Day

Girl on Tour, the highly anticipated sequel to Girl with Guitar, is AVAILABLE NOW!


at the following retailers:


Synopsis:

An up and comer trying to make a name for herself...

KYLIE never expected to be stuck on a tour bus with a pampered princess and her boyfriend’s ex.

A troubled artist struggling to hold onto his career...

TRACE thought he was finally getting to do things his way. Until the label added co-headliner Gretchen Gibson, the only person in country music with more issues than him, to his No Apologies tour.

Surrounded by tabloid rumors and people they can't trust, Kylie and Trace need each other more than ever. But the choices they make will change everything.

Because chasing your dreams and following your heart don’t always lead you to the same place…


Excerpt:

He pulled out her chair and she sat, watching his every move as he made his way to his own seat. “I hope this is okay. This is the most private table they have.”
“It’s perfect.” She tried to breathe normally and ignore the strange feeling in her stomach. Trace grinned, revealing the boyish dimples that framed his perfect mouth.
“They have the best steak here. Seriously. You better order one for yourself because you’re not getting any of mine.”
At that, she laughed and her nerves eased up a bit. “Oh, I bet you’d give me a bite if I asked nicely.”
He eyed her from over the top of his menu. “Do you ask for things nicely? I don’t think I’ve ever seen you do that before.”
With her stomach clenching from the heat in his stare, Kylie put her menu aside. “Maybe you’ve never had anything I wanted badly enough to ask nicely for.” He raised a brow and opened his mouth to respond. But at that same moment, a waitress appeared and asked for their drink order. Kylie didn’t miss how flustered the girl became when she got an eyeful of Trace. It would’ve been irritating, but really, with the way he looked tonight, Kylie couldn’t blame her. She was still trying to get a handle on her own self.
When the waitress left, Trace leaned across the table. “Actually, I take that back. I’ve heard you ask nicely a time or two. Matter of fact, it bordered on begging. I think it went something like, ‘Oh God, yes, please. Trace, please.’”
Heat crawled over her skin at his imitation of her. Barely keeping the grin of embarrassment from her face, she shook her head. “You’re not right. What kind of thing is that to say to a girl on a first date?” He grinned back, the promise of something dark gleaming in his eyes.
“Considering this date is going to end with that dress on my bedroom floor and your legs wrapped around my neck, I think it’s a perfectly acceptable thing to say.” Good Lord. What was she going to do with this man? Oh yeah. Exactly what he’d just described.

Giveaway: 

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About the Author


Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the author of several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. She is currently working on Girl in Love, the third and final book in the Kylie Ryans series. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com. 

You can also find her on: Twitter | Facebook | GoodReads

Teaser Tuesday


 
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers


"You've been the light of my whole damn life, the only thing in the world that shines. My sun, my moon. Every time i looked at a compass, i saw you there - true north"


Should some secrets remain buried?

Dusty has always been a hothead, far more impulsive than her twin, Nick, the calm, cool and collected one of the pair. But Nick is dead, found murdered in their local cemetery, and Dusty simply can’t rest until she finds out who–or what–has killed her brother.

Sure the local authorities aren’t being straight with her–or anyone else–about what’s been going on in their little upper Michigan town, Dusty delays going off to college for a semester, defying her father and stepmother and taking a job in the local bar to start doing some digging.

Her focus soon fixes on Shane, her brother’s best friend and the town bad boy. The tension and rivalry between Dusty and Shane has always been palpable and sparks fly as the two collide. Dusty finds herself sinking in deeper with Shane and the mystery of what happened to her brother–and a lengthening list of victims–grows even stranger.

When everything comes to a head, Dusty focuses on one thing: What happened the night her brother was killed in the cemetery? She’s sure Shane is keeping a secret and she’s determined to find out what it is, one way or another.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Lisa Wingate Tour

Dear Reader,
This is how The Prayer Box came to be: by accident, if you believe in accidents. I glanced
across the room one day, saw the small prayer box that had been given to me as a gift, and a story
began to spin through my mind. What if that box contained many prayers accumulated over time?
What if there were dozens of boxes? What if they contained the prayers of a lifetime?
What could more fully tell the truth about a person than words written to God in solitude?
Of course, Iola would say those random questions that popped into my mind—and The
Prayer Box story itself—weren’t accidents at all. She would say it was divine providence. Something
that was meant to be.
I believe divine providence has brought this story into your hands, as well. I hope you
enjoyed the journey through Iola’s prayer boxes as much as I did. If the journey is still ahead of
you, I hope that it takes you to far-off places . . . and into inner spaces, as well. More than that, I
hope it will inspire you to think about keeping a prayer box of your own and maybe giving one to
somebody else.
The little prayer box that was given to me was by no means unique. I’d heard of prayer
boxes, and I knew what they were for. They’re either keeping places for favorite Scriptures, or
they’re similar to a prayer journal, only more flexible. Any scrap of paper will do, anywhere, any
time of the day or night. The important part, in a world of fractured thoughts, hurried moments,
and scattershot prayers, is to take the time to think through, to write down, to clarify in your own
mind the things you’re asking for, the things you’re grateful for, the things you’re troubled about,
the hopes you’ve been nurturing.
And then?
Put them in the box and . . .
Let. Them. Go.
That’s what trust is. It’s letting go of the worry. It’s the way of peace and also the way of
God. It’s such a hard road to travel for people like me, who worry. When I’m writing a story, I
control the whole universe. In life . . . not so much. Actually, not at all. Things happen that I
hadn’t anticipated and wouldn’t choose and can’t change. That’s the tough part.
Closing the lid on a prayer box is symbolic of so many things. When we give a prayer over
to God, it’s supposed to be in God’s hands after that. I think that’s what Sister Marguerite was
trying to teach Iola when she gave her that very first prayer box. Life is, so often, beyond our
control, just as it was for that little ten-year-old girl, far from home. I like to imagine that Sister
Marguerite decorated that box herself, prepared it with young Iola in mind, don’t you?
After studying more about prayer boxes and using them myself, I’m surprised we don’t do
this more often. Prayer boxes have a long-standing tradition, both among early Christians and
among Jewish families. Jews and early Christians often wore small leather or carved bone boxes on
the body. These phylacteries or tefillin were a means of keeping Scripture close to the wearer.
Large boxes, called mezuzah cases are still affixed to the doorposts of Jewish homes today.
It’s a beautiful tradition, when you think about it, to surround our coming in and going
out with a brush with God. It’s also a reminder, as family members pass by, to pray and to trust
that our prayers are being heard. That’s one of my favorite reasons for keeping a prayer box inside
the home, as well, or for giving one as a gift. When you see the box, you’re reminded that things
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are supposed to go in it. In other words, the prayer box isn’t meant to gather dust; it’s meant to
inspire a habit. That’s the real idea behind making a prayer box attractive—and the reason I think
Iola must have decorated so many of hers. I imagined that, as each year came, she prepared a box
that represented her life at the time, and then she kept the box out where she would see it and be
reminded that her Father was waiting to hear from her.
I wonder if Iola ever gave prayer boxes as gifts, just as that first box was given to her. Maybe
that’s what she did with some of those many glass boxes she purchased from Sandy’s Seashell
Shop. Do you think so? What better way to bind a family, help a friend struggle through an illness,
see a just-married couple start off right, celebrate a tiny new life just born, send a graduate off into
the world, than to give a prayer box and an explanation of what it’s for? The box can be something
you buy premade or something you decorate yourself. If you’re hand-decorating it, why not
personalize it with photos or favorite Scriptures?
Are you inspired to consider spreading the tradition of prayer boxing yet? I hope so. I could
go on and on with ideas and stories here, but that’s another book in itself. If you’d like to learn
more about how to use prayer boxes in your church, your study group, your family, your ministry,
your community, or as gifts, drop by www.LisaWingate.com for more information about prayer
boxes, some examples, sample notes to include with prayer box gifts, and ideas for making, using,
and giving them.
My wish for you is that, in this age-old tradition, you and others will find what Tandi
found when she entered Iola’s blue room in her dream. May the glorious light fill you and shine
upon you and draw you ever closer.
We all know who waits inside the light.

Check this out; http://www.southernbelleviewdaily.com/making-using-and-sharing-prayer-boxes/
 Want to make and share your own Prayer Box? Lisa, did a fab post over on this site detailing all the info for you all...

Synopsis
When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the
struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task
of cleaning out Iola’s rambling Victorian house.
Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding
place within Iola’s walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully
decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. Hidden in
the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper—the hopes and wishes, fears
and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an
extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson
that could change everything for Tandi.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

ARC Time


 
 
As an avid reader, i feel very privileged to be regarded by authors as a reader who can give an honest opinion and often help spread the word of indie authors, i have found some fab authors from reading ARCS, as a "professional" reader for netgalley, I only request books I believe suit me. I get plenty of emails from authors asking for reviews and if they suit me of course i agree.
 
So lately, i have hit a reading slump, i just cannot be bothered to read, and with ARCS stacking up, i thought Id put this post out there, so im getting back into reading.
 
 
I am commiting myself to my arc stash, I have plenty to stick into it, and after seeing Read, Rinse, Repeats ARC august, I know its my turn.
 
I want to say, I appreciate all the authors who regard me enough as a voice to share there books, I apoligise in the delay, I hope I am forgiven and i am looking forward to getting into some fab books by fab authors!
 


Thursday, 22 August 2013

Tampa - Alissa Nutting

Genre; Adult
Release Date; August 2013
Synopsis
Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She is attractive. She drives a red Corvette. Her husband, Ford, is rich, square-jawed and devoted to her. But Celeste has a secret. She has a singular sexual obsession - fourteen-year-old boys. It is a craving she pursues with sociopathic meticulousness and forethought.


Within weeks of her first term at a new school, Celeste has lured the charmingly modest Jack Patrick into her web - car rides after dark, rendezvous at Jack's house while his single father works the late shift, and body-slamming encounters in Celeste's empty classroom between periods. It is bliss.


Celeste must constantly confront the forces threatening their affair - the perpetual risk of exposure, Jack's father's own attraction to her, and the ticking clock as Jack leaves innocent boyhood behind. But the insatiable Celeste is remorseless. She deceives everyone, is close to no one and cares little for anything but her pleasure.

Review
If i am honest, i saw this article and i had to read the book, anything claiming to be so shocking and sickening in a book, i am intrigued. I was so dissapointed, the concept is a clever one, something a little bit different, but as the story took place, i found it dull, lacking and just no were near as shocking as it was claimed to be. Maybe thats just me, i just found it moved too quickly, with a pace that seemed unnatural , and overall - unenjoyable. I hate to negatively review a book, but this just didnt work for me, shame as it had potential to shock to the core.

Rating; 4/10

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Author interview #3 - Francis Franklin

 1. Why do you write?
 I have so many ideas bouncing around inside my head - obscure passions, spiritual philosophies, erotic fantasies - but it's so difficult to talk to people face-to-face about stuff like this. Mostly they find it boring and weird. But take it all and craft it carefully into a story... well, they're much more likely to read it. I love writing. It lets me express parts of myself that otherwise would stay locked inside me. On my blog I have a strange blend of vampire fiction and erotic poetry, the unifying theme being a love of women.
2. What inspired you?
 I fell in love with a girl at school. It was unrequited. My life revolved around her. I wrote poetry. Simple, daft, romantic. After that, there were bits and pieces, and one day... it turned serious. I have always been a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy, and vampires too. In 1998 I was researching another of my great passions: Iphigenia, daughter of Agamemnon, who was sacrificed to Artemis so that the Greeks could sail to Troy. I had this desire to write her story - and maybe one day I will. Somehow Greek mythology fused with my love of fantasy to create my epic fantasy novel Kings of Infinite Space. It took me three years to write, and when I finished, in 2000, everyone was reading Harry Potter and talking about Lord of the Rings, and I didn't know how to go about publishing it. I dare say I gave up too easily. It sat on the shelf for ten years, and then I self-published it through KDP. 3. Your favourite thing you have written - book/scene/blog post? Last year I wrote Suzie and the Monsters. I set out to write a vampire novel that was as believable as possible. Suzie has lived as a twentyish-year-old girl for nearly five hundred years, and it hasn't been an easy existence. She is both cruel and compassionate, both abuser and victim, both monstrous and heroic. She loves dancing, music, books and sex. A huge amount of research went into writing the novel. It may be an erotic vampire novel, but at its heart is a feminist rage. 
4. A bit about yourself
 I love reading (mostly SFF), I love music (mostly classical), I love films, I do most of my plotting in my head while swimming or driving, I studied mathematical physics at university and now teach mechanical engineering, I love computer programming, I love chocolate, I love coffee,...
 Bio   
Francis Franklin lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with his beautiful wife and daughter. He loves reading, many genres but mostly sci-fi and fantasy, and is occasionally compelled to write. He is interested in unusual human nature, such as non-binary gender and sexuality, or the interplay of dark and light in the transformation of human to vampire. 
Blog, websites, social media, etc. http://alinameridon.wordpress.com/ http://www.facebook.com/AlinaMeridon http://amazon.com/author/alinameridon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Francis-Franklin/e/B005SBTJNK/ 
 Excerpt
 Suzie, our narrator, is sitting in a wine bar with her new girlfriend. Cleo, who has just learned that Suzie's a vampire, demands, 'Tell me what happened to your husband.' 'It was 1575, the same year that Anna Bijns died. I would have liked to meet her. She wrote a remarkable poem that I didn't read until many years later. "Unyoked is best! Happy the woman without a man." For Anna, chastity and childlessness were sacrifices worth making to be free of a man's rule. Her words are full of the same rage that I felt in those days, that I still feel.' Abruptly my rage is transformed into grief for all the suffering of women down the ages, not just the cruelty that I myself have witnessed, and I hold my face in my hands for a few minutes until the knots in my chest unravel and the tears stop flowing. Cleo is looking at me anxiously, and I give her an apologetic smile. 'You know the story of Sweeney Todd?' I say when I can trust myself to speak. 'Sure. Was he real?' 'Not as far as I know. But the idea of cutting people up for meat is an old one. In Venice even today there is a vaporetto stop called Riva di Biasio, named for Biagio Cargnio. In his restaurant he sold a special meat stew, and one day, in 1520, a customer discovered a child's finger bone. Supposedly he'd been catching and killing children for twenty years. Sentenced to death, he was tortured, beheaded publicly, and his body cut into four parts. They were still talking about it fifty years later. This, I thought, would be a suitable end for my beloved.'

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

COVER REVEAL - Surrender To Love!

Release Date is November 12, 2013

Blurb:
After finding herself out of luck and out of love, Patricia Jacobs has written off the male species. No one but her father has ever given her the love and devotion she knows she deserves, and she’s sick and tired of it. Until she collides, literally, with a man whose devastating smile and seductive charm that should be considered illegal, destroys her plans. He’s everything she’s ever dreamed of in a man: handsome, intelligent, successful, they share a love of cars and best of all; he looks at her like she’s his light in the dark. What more could a girl ask for?

Jonathon Bradford, destroyed by a past that has haunted his every waking moment for the last five years, isn’t looking for a serious relationship, until he meets Patricia. Sweet, saucy and as hot as the summer is long, Jon can’t deny the draw he has toward her. For the first time, he has hope. Determined to shake the ghosts of his past, Jon focuses on forging a future with Patti, but he’s always been a master at standing in his own way.

When Jon’s past refuses to be forgotten, will Patti be able to live with the truth about the man who’s stolen her heart?


Author Bio:
J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of erotic tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.

Brandi Salazar lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream to become an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.

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As he stared at her profile, taking in the gentle slope of her nose, the roundness of her cheeks, the curve of her lips as they turned up at the corners, and how they shifted with each new expression, he realized with sudden clarity that his fear had nothing to do with the cars or the speed. It had everything to do with the damage he’d sustained to his mind and soul that night.
He’d made himself into a victim, that’s what everyone told him, but he was only now realizing it. He’d set aside everything that had ever held his interest. He’d cleaved away the one thing he’d ever truly been passionate about like a rotten limb. The severance had left a hollow place inside of him where the painful memories echoed like hungry ghosts.

No more.


Watching Patti now, her passion bleeding through in her every move and shout of joy, Jon knew the only way to enjoy life was by living it.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Friday Catch Up

Hi all, so below is a catch up video - but it feels a while since i have actually written a post here, i have been so busy with work and life but luckily prep had taken place here and well - posts were still here. So, on the book front - i am currently reading Marshmellows for breakfast by Dorothy Koomson, which is so far, so good. I am also reading Hate List - after seeing it recently in someones haul (i apologise, as i cannot for the life of me remember who!) So, im hoping to have some reviews done in the next few days, as well - i miss them!
 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

There Be Dragons - Peter Hallett Featured.


Peter Hallett originates from Haydock, England. He has written scripts for independent movies and worked for a leading genre publication.

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Predator meets Platoon in this action packed novel that moves at a breakneck pace. 

Edge of your seat suspense and gut wrenching horror combine to leave you breathless ... and begging for more.

Vietnam 1968: Lieutenant Ethan Jacobs took command of his platoon. 

He had to fight for the respect of his men. He had to fight for his family’s honor. He had to fight for his country. He had to fight the NVA, Vietcong and the Russians. He had to fight the dragons … and for his life.

If you are easily disturbed, prone to nightmares or have a weak stomach then prepare yourself for the worst case scenario. 

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THERE BE DRAGONS - AUTHOR INTERVIEW

What was your inspiration for this book?

I have an unhealthy interest in cryptozoology and have studied it extensively, for my own amusement, for years. Not to the extent of going in the field, or though that would be cool, I do fancy myself as an Indiana Jones type, but via books and documentaries. You know, the non-dangerous way. 

For those of you who don’t know what cryptozoology is, it’s the study of hidden animals, perhaps the most famous one being the Loch Ness Monster. 

For years I’ve wanted to write a novel featuring some of what I’d learned from my studying. I wasn’t sure how to do it though. Maybe an adventure book, horror, or just pure action. In the end I went somewhere in the middle of all three. I also didn’t know what animal to pick, as there are many to choose from. 

I settled on dragons because they are something that most people, learned or otherwise, consider to be mythical, but yet there is strong evidence to point to their existence. Some of which is mentioned in There Be Dragons, although not too much. I didn’t want to bog the story down with information and conjecture. 

This gave me a chance to indulge in another area of interest of mine, conspiracy theories. So you get a sprinkle of that in the novel too. 

Why did you decide to combine dragons and the Vietnam War?

I’ve always loved books/movies that combine genres. When I was studying at college I wrote ten thousand words of a zombie novel, which was also crossed with another genre. That section became the opening of There Be Dragons. It was extensively changed, but it was a good place to start. 

Are you really interested in history, specifically the Vietnam War?

History was always one of my favorite subjects at school. I think that came from watching all the old epic historical movies with my mum as a child. I’m not sure why but the Vietnam War has always interested me. 

Some people collect pictures or sculptures of dragons, while others really like to read about them. Are dragons a hobby of yours in some way?

Not really. I’m not even much of a fan of fantasy books. Dragons have always been around me though, as I’ve studied martial arts since the age of ten or eleven, but it wasn’t until I got into cryptozoology that they really started to interest me. 

Your descriptions are very vivid and really bring the book to life. Did writing the torture scenes ever make you cringe or make you sick to your stomach?

The slime pit did a little. The others, I was fine with. 

Horror, suspense and visceral experiences are hard to gage when writing. I have no idea if they’ll be in the book and to what extent, since I can’t stand removed from the work as a first time reader would. I of course try my best to write in a way that facilitates the possibility they will be there, but it’s from reader reaction that I find out if I’ve been successful. 

How long did it take you to complete this book?

There Be Dragons took about a year. One or two months of research, three months of writing, four months of forgetting about it and the rest editing it. I doubt anything else I write will take so long, but this was my baby, plus a massive learning experience. 

Which character was your favorite? Was there a character you just didn’t like?

I kinda don’t want to say. I’ve tried to make all the characters have qualities readers will love and hate. I think that’s all part of creating complexity in their natures, although Dragon Master is just a full on over the top genre villain. I had fun writing him. 

How did you choose the names for your characters?

Sometimes I look around my office and see if anything inspires me. I’ve taken surnames from the most random of objects. 

I called a character in a screenplay I wrote, Harvey Candy Cavendish. I got the Cavendish part from a jar of candy I had on my desk. And of course the Candy part from what was in the jar. 

Other times I choose names that mean something to me but most people will never know which ones they are. 

Do you plan out the entire book before writing it? Or do you just sit down and write?

My rule is to let the shit hit the fan first and then panic about how the characters can dodge it. So with that said, I never plan a book. 

I have key scenes I want to write; sometimes the places in the story where I want them to be, but I let it all happen naturally. So those key scenes, and the places I’ve marked for them, constantly change. 

I’m continuously surprised by what happens in the story and by what my characters say. I don’t know which characters will survive, what trouble they’ll get into and how they’ll get out of said trouble. It helps to keep me interested throughout the creative process. 

I don’t know if I tap into a higher source or something mystical like that, but it seems to work. I just sit at a keyboard and try to capture my dreams as they unfold.

Which scene was your favorite? Which scene was the most difficult for you to write?

I think my favorite scene is the first battle. It had to be long, epic and intense. The novel had been building awhile up until that point, so I didn’t want to disappoint with just a little affray. I wanted carnage. I wanted horror. 

It wouldn’t have done the people who served in the war, the people who died in the war, any justice if I sugarcoated it. Even though the dragons are perhaps the biggest horror element of the story I wanted the combat to be just as scary. 

I also really like the scene in the line drawn between the middle and the bottom of the top of what is known and what is not. 

The most difficult to write was the scene when the soldiers are on their mission at the POW camp. The section in which they are creeping around in silence has to be the most edited section of the whole book. I got many a headache from that.

How long did it take you to decide on a title for your book? Were there many other possible titles you had picked out?

It didn’t take me long at all. I knew the title as soon as I started writing it. I love those old maps that have a section marked: THERE BE DRAGONS.

How much research, if any, did you have to do for this book? 

Heaps of it. I wanted to set the book firmly in reality, even though it deals with some pretty unreal things. To do that, I had to read a bunch, ‘bunch’ probably doesn’t do it justice, about the Vietnam War. I already knew quite a bit about the conflict, but it wasn’t enough for what I wanted to achieve. 

Do you have a set time to write each day? Or do you wait to be inspired?

For There Be Dragons I started writing at, about 12pm and just kept going until I finished a scene or section. 

When did you first have a desire to write? How did this desire manifest itself?

It started when I was about eleven. I read a few movie tie-in books by Steve Perry set in the Aliens universe and they gave me the want to write. 

I’d rush home from school, get my pad and pen out, I didn’t have a computer or typewriter, and I’d write stories based on my favorite movies. I guess it was fan fiction. 

I managed to get a few things published while still in high school, then I went to study film and my writing started to focus mainly on scripts, until I went to another college to study creative writing.

There I tried my hand at everything and ended up with a job writing for a movie magazine reviewing genre titles. I also got to pitch an idea to the BBC, which didn’t go well, but it was a fun learning experience.

Some of my scripts were turned into indie movies, some of which I directed myself. I started to become very dispassionate about making movies though. I was working with limited budgets, which in turn limited my imagination. That’s what led me back to novels. My budget is limitless now. 

Since we’re talking about movies I might as well tell you my favorite: Big Trouble In Little China. 

Do you ever become bored with what you are writing? If you do, how do you get past that point?

I wouldn’t say I become bored, but I’m not a fan of research. 

I seem to hit a barrier when I get to thirty thousand words. So I take a few days off, clear my head and then I can push through it.

What is your favorite genre in which to write?

Perhaps action. I have a huge love for 80’s and 90’s action movies. They’ve really influenced my writing. I want to give readers, who are longing for the days when action movies were good, a wild ride, just like those movies used to give me.

Horror is another favorite. It really pleases me to scare people or freak them out. Is that wrong? 

What kind of books do you like to read?

No surprises here, action and horror. 

My favorite book of all time: The Beach. 

How do you manage to balance your time between family, friends, and writing?

It’s pretty easy. I have weekends off and stop writing before the evening. It doesn’t affect my productivity and I get time to relax. 

If you could spend one hour with just one person, dead or alive, whom would you choose? Why?

I think I’d choose a family member, my nan (grandmother). So I could show her There Be Dragons and say, “Look. I told you I’d do it one day.”

Do you have any advice for writers who are striving to be published?

Write and write, then write some more. Be hard on yourself and strive for perfection. You’ll never reach it but it will keep you writing.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Faith Sullivan - Unexpected

Genre; New Adult/Romance
Release Date; 2013
Synopsis
September 11, 2001.

A day that forever changes the destiny of college overachiever, Michelle Rhodes.

Shattered, confused and alone, no one understands the trauma consuming her until she meets Connor Donnelly.

A native New Yorker, he believes he can aid in getting her life back on track. But what if he's even more broken inside?

Offering her a chance at a fresh start, Connor convinces Michelle to move in with him. Hiring her to waitress at his bar, their mutual attraction only complicates matters.

As more details surrounding Connor's past emerge, Michelle uncovers the full magnitude of the loss he's trying to hide. Refusing to let her feelings for him hinder his recovery, she makes a decision that winds up hurting them both.

By sacrificing her heart, Michelle thinks she is helping Connor come to terms with his grief. Little does she know, Connor is gambling everything for the sake of having a future with her.

What happens is truly unexpected

Review
I loved this! It had enough emotion and drama to keep me hooked, without been too heavy. We follow the story primarly of Michelle and the effect of 9/11 on her, bring in a beautiful bar owner who faces his own issues and what do we have? A whole lot of well written tension. I have previously read Faiths books, and i did enjoy them, but this is the best of the bunch(So far!) I would really recommend this is as a summer read, something to shift emotions but keep you page turning till the end. 

Rating; 8/10

Monday, 12 August 2013

The Summer I Became a Nerd - Leah Rae Miller

Genre; Y/A
Release Date; May 2013
Synopsis 
On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever

Review
This was okay, i enjoyed it don't get me wrong but i just wasnt overwhelmed. I loved the concept, and as a part time geek myself, i enjoyed plenty of the references but overall it felt lack lustre. Maybe this is because its YA, and YA is often hit and miss with me, it either works - or it doesnt. This felt a bit too young for me. The plot was good, and had some nice turns in it (although by 3/4 i had guessed them) . The writing made it easy and enjoyable to fly though, and i read it all in one afternoon.

Rating; 5/10

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Jill Sanders Blog Tour


Lasting Pride
Roberta Stanton had grown up a thief on the streets of Portland. Breaking into the old building had been easy, and she’d gotten away with it. Or so she thought. It had only cost her the lives of seven close friends. Years later now, Rob finds herself on the other side of the law.

Ric Derby owns the Blue Spot art galleries. Murder and a million dollar theft bring them together. A personal vendetta from a dark figure threatens them both. Retreating to the safety of the small town of Pride, Ric must fight to protect the only person he’s ever truly loved.

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Secret Seduction
To Katie life was simple, she wanted; a little house in upper Boston, and four kids, fathered by her best friend, who she’s been infatuated with since she was eight. After a devastating family secret is exposed, all she wants now is to escape the media hype that follows her everywhere she turns. Leaving her family, friends, and Jason behind, she travels to places she’s only read about, to find a father she’s never known.

Jason is on a mission and he’s come half-way around the world to complete it. Despite his feelings for Katie, he won’t let her resistance detour him, even if it means she’ll never trust him again. As their world spirals out of control, their relationship will be tested and changed forever. If he can only keep them alive and out of harms way, he may have a chance to make everything right.

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Tour list so far...

Http://www.1bookloversopinion.com      Giveaway, excerpt - Autust 8th or 9th
http://marilynslagel.wordpress.com          Excerpts
hello-booklover.tumblr.com Giveaways, excerpts
http://tometender.blogspot.com giveaways/reviews/excerpts
http://romancingrakes4theluvofromance.blogspot.com/ Excerpt and giveaway. - August 11th
www.abook-loversreview.com Teaser, review 
http://www.roxannesrealm.blogspot.com giveaways, interview, guest blog, spotlight
http://winfieldly.blogspot.ca/ Interview & Excerpt


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