Friday, July 3, 2015

Blades of Magic by Terah Edun Audio Book

Blades of Magic: Crown Service, Book 1 | [Terah Edun]Book Summary

Blades of Magic by Terah Edun is a rich epic fantasy perfect for fans of The Girl of Fire and Thorns and Mistborn.
It is not a peaceful time in the Algardis Empire. War is raging between the mages and seventeen-year-old Sara Fairchild will be right in the middle of it. She just doesn't know it yet.
Sara is the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander, executed for desertion. Sara is also the best duelist and hand-to-hand combatant in Sandrin. She lives quietly with her family's shame but when challenged about her family's honor, her opponent inevitably loses. On the night she finds out her father's true last actions, she takes the Mercenary Guilds' vows to serve in the emperor's army. Using her quick wits and fierce fighting skills, she earns a spot in the first division. There she discovers secrets the mages on both sides would prefer stay hidden. Dark enemies hunt her and soon it's not just Sara questioning the motivation behind this war.
While fighting mages, blackmailing merchants and discovering new friends, Sara comes across something she's never had before - passion. The question is - can she fight for her empress against a mage who might unwittingly claim her heart?
This is year one of the Initiate Wars. Sara is hoping it doesn't become the year she dies. On the night she finds out her father's true last actions, she takes the Mercenary Guilds' vows to serve in the emperor's army. Using her quick wits and fierce fighting skills, she earns a spot in the first division. There she discovers secrets the mages on both sides would prefer stay hidden. Dark enemies hunt her and soon it's not just Sara questioning the motivation behind this war.

My Thoughts:
I completely enjoyed this story.  Sara is absolutely sure of herself, and doesn't understand just how important she is.  Her combat skills and control are amazing.  While she lives with the knowledge of her father's, she is still devoted to him.  As her life twists out of her control, she comes more into herself than she's ever been before.  From what she discovers, she questions motives and has to find her answers.
Honestly, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book when I heard the first few sentences.  Still, it picked up quickly and I really enjoyed it.  Sara was by far my favorite character.  It was great to watch her grow and change.  I loved how devoted she was to her father, no matter what.  Ezekiel was probably my second favorite.  Their friendship blossoming was great to watch.  There is always something going on to pull you along through the story at a wonderful pace.  The narrator does a great job giving the characters a voice!
This is a 4/5 all the way.  I look forward to the next in this series.
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Interview of Author Dennis Meredith


Displaying Small The Cerulean's Secret cover.jpgDisplaying MeredithAuthorimagecloseup.jpgAW: Tell us about yourself…
I’m a science writer who’s worked at research universities including Caltech, MIT, Cornell, Duke, and the University of Wisconsin. I’ve written nonfiction books about the importance of fathering (Father Power, 1975), the search for the Loch Ness monster (Search at Loch Ness, 1977), and how scientists can communicate their work (Explaining Research, 2010). I’m now writing speculative fiction novels, including The Rainbow Virus, Wormholes, Solomon’s Freedom, and my latest, The Cerulean's Secret.

AW: What genera do you write and why?
I write what I call speculative fiction, but what has also been called science thrillers. That is, my novels draw on real science, both current and future, to tell stories that make people think about the impact of science and technology.

AW: Tell us about your book….
The Cerulean's Secret is set in the year 2050, when a very lucrative industry has developed to create and sell exotic genetically engineered pets—including crosses like cogs, dats, snurtles, alliphants, hamakeets, and feather boas. Its ultra-rich clients, however, clamor for the really spectacular specimens—dragons, unicorns. . . and now the Cerulean. The stunning cat had promised to bring billions of dollars from a corporation, private collector or exhibitor.

But somebody steals the cat, and swept up in the mystery is na├»ve young Timothy Boatright, a wanna-be writer who's driving a cab in New York. He inadvertently picks up the thief and the nabbed Cerulean. The cops suspect him of complicity in the crime, and to prove his innocence and save the cat, he tracks it down and steals it back. He realizes that the Cerulean was stolen and marked for death because its genes hold some explosive mystery he must solve to survive. He must also save his friends held for ransom—the middle-aged, cat-loving former spy Callie Lawrence and her headstrong daughter Lulu, with whom Tim has fallen madly in love.

AW: What was your inspiration for this book?
The Cerulean's Secret, had its origins thirty years ago, when an oddball question popped into my head: What if there were a blue cat? I suspect that notion arose because, at the time, as head of the Caltech news bureau, I was witnessing the beginning of the genomic engineering revolution. Caltech biologists were building the first “gene machines” to sequence and construct DNA and protein molecules. I believed that these machines would ultimately spawn an extraordinary technology for manipulating life. As the technology evolved, so did the story of my imaginary blue cat. I began crafting the novel some two decades ago, as genomic science fiction became science fact. And as I wrote it over the years, many of the devices I envisioned for 2050—from robot snakes, to virtual-reality glasses, to quantum computers—began showing up as real-life technology. And, although I wanted to tell an exciting story, I also wanted to explore the critical moral and ethical issues raised by our growing ability to genetically engineer life.

AW: Do you have a favorite character and why that one?
I really like them all, but differently, just like you like all your friends for their different qualities. In The Cerulean's Secret, I like Tim Boatright for his unerring optimism and determination; Lulu Lawrence for her wit and feistiness; and Callie Lawrence for her loyalty to her friends and loved ones, and utter courage.

AW: What project(s) are you currently working on?
My next novel is The Happy Chip [www.TheHappyChip.com], about a company called NeoHappy, Inc., which markets a sophisticated nanoelectronic chip that, when implanted, enables people to monitor the hormones that measure their own happiness with the people and products in their lives. At first, millions of people find the Happy Chip a pathway to more pleasurable choices. But the company begins to disseminate control chips that manipulate people’s emotions, and can even assassinate them by remote control.

The protagonist is science writer Andy Davis, who is hired to co-author the biography of the company’s genius founder, Marty Fallon. What starts out as a dream assignment for him transforms into a nightmare that threatens to subjugate not just Andy and his family, but the world.

AW: Do you have any interesting writing quirks you want to tell us about?
I guess my most unusual writing "quirk"is where I write. My wife and I live in a log cabin deep in the North Carolina mountains, a mile from the nearest neighbor. We live in the middle of nature, encountering deer, raccoons, hummingbirds, and even an occasional bear. It’s a great place to write, without the intrusion of the distractions of civilization.

AW: Do you have any advice for writers out there?
Write for the love of writing. And keep writing and trying to improve your writing, no matter what. And play the long game. That is, don’t assume that your first book will make your reputation, or even the fifth. You might have to write a dozen books to establish your brand, and even then you might not make it big. But if you write books that you are proud of, and that your readers enjoy—no matter how small the audience—you’ve fulfilled yourself as a writer. Finally, explore both traditional and self-publishing, and learn marketing skills. You’ll need them regardless of how your works are produced.
AW: Where can we find you? (facebook, twitter, blog, website, etc)

AW: And of course we have to know, where can we find your book?
Website: www.DennisMeredith.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DennisMeredithAuthor
The Cerulean's Secret: www.CeruleansSecret.com

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Arrow's Hell by Cantal Fernando

Arrow's Hell (Wind Dragons MC, #2)Book Description:

Being the younger sister of a Wind Dragons MC member isn’t as great as you’d think it would be.
I can’t escape the details of my brother’s exploits.
No one tells me anything. 
Men who know who I am tend to stay away from me.
And worst of all:
The members of the MC are off-limits.
When Arrow catches my eye, I make it my mission to make him happy again. 
When I fall head over heels in love with him, I just hope he will be there to catch me.
And that my brother doesn’t kill him.

My Thoughts:
Good continuation of this series! Arrow is living in his own misery and is ok with that.  He deserves that after all doesn't he?  Then, he gets a glimpse of light in the midst of his darkness...Anna.  He knows he has to keep his hands off her.  After all, she is his brother's little sister.  The fact that she has decided to focus her attention on him and slowly draw him out doesn't mean he can have her.  Still, he can't keep his mind off of her.
I was excited to get to read Arrow's story.  I hated how he was left in the end of the first book, but it fit in great.  I liked Anna's attitude toward the whole thing.  She wanted it all and wouldn't settle for less.  She and her brother getting to know each other again is a great way for her and Arrow to get together.  I loved seeing all the characters from the first book and can't wait to read more about them in the next one!
4/5 for me.  I like this 'family' and am looking forward to reading more about them.

Thank yo to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Dragon's Lair by Chantal Fernando

Dragon's Lair (Wind Dragons MC, #1)Book Description:

The first in a new sexy romance series from bestselling author Chantal Fernando about the bad boys of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club and the women who fall in love with them.

When I found my boyfriend cheating on me, I did something stupid. 

Or should I say, someone? 

Because of that mistake, I’m now stuck in a world I don’t belong in. 

I’m a law student. They’re criminals. He’s the vice president of a motorcycle club. I’m a good girl with a strict upbringing. He’s my ex-boyfriend’s brother. 

And I’m screwed

My Thoughts:
This was a new kind of story for me.  Faye's life isn't turning out how she had planned.  She planned to marry her boyfriend, finish law school, then start a family.  Instead, she found her boyfriend cheating, slept with her high school crush and is pregnant with her crush's baby.  Dex grew up and found his own family.  Would one night with his fairy give him the final members he has been missing?I really liked Faye.  She is a strong woman who had a plan, but had to change that plan when life changed for her.  Dex is a strong man, but I had issues with the way he and the other members of his motorcycle gang treated the women.  They were objects to be used for sex and that was all.  I did like the story and I liked how Faye didn't change who she was.  She stayed strong but did adapt to fit into the situation she was brought into.
This was a 3/5 for me.  I enjoyed most of it but did have issues with the way the women were treated.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Interview of Author Jeffrey Collyer

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My parents are English (though my Dad grew up in Hong Kong); I was born in Australia where I spent my early years; I then spent time living in the US and Chile, though I now live in England. Does that make me a citizen of the world, or just confused? Probably the latter.

My home in the rolling hills of northern England is filled with the sounds of four children. We also have two cats, who spend much of their time trying to lie on my laptop while I work, sample my food when I’m not looking, and trip me down the stairs. Somehow, they’re still worth it. My wife is a saint.

Oh, and I write.

AW: What genre do you write and why?

I mostly write fantasy, though I dabble in other areas too. In addition to my author website, I have a religious blog. And on my to-do list is turning a diary my grandfather secretly kept while a Prisoner of War in WW2 into a historical novel.

AW: Tell us about your book….

Dreams and Shadows is a YA Fantasy, and the first book in a new series, the Aylosian Chronicles. It revolves around a young man who is pulled from modern England into a world of magic. He goes from being a nobody to all of a sudden everyone trying to kill him, and his emotional journey matches his physical one as he travels the new land of Aylosia, and begins to discover who he is. It may sound familiar, but I think the way I’ve approached it is new.

There are a lot of symbols and metaphors in it, but I think they’re well enough hidden so that if someone just wants to read a story they can do so. 

I hate cliff-hangers, so despite this being a first book in a series, there isn’t one; although there are still questions at the end which the reader knows are still to be answered.

AW: What was your inspiration for this book?

It all began with a thought about a young man sitting alone in a run-down flat. What was his background? Who was he really, and how would he discover his identity? That quickly moved to a scene in the shopping precinct where we sees a woman and time slows down. Everything else came from that.

AW: Do you have a favorite character and why that one?
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My favourite character is one who is introduced fairly late in the book, called Jixi. He isn’t human and is the embodiment of appearances being deceiving. He looks fierce, but is a gentle soul. I’ve grown to really love his race as the story has developed into book 2 (for which I’m about half-way through the first draft).

There is another character who will become incredibly important in the second book of the series, but she gets only a passing mention in Dreams and Shadows. Her importance was unexpected for me, so I’m looking forward to seeing her develop.

AW: Did you find anything particularly difficult in writing this book?

As I say, there are a lot of symbols and metaphors in Dreams and Shadows, and trying to ensure the various messages I wanted to convey were both present, but subtle, was a real challenge – as well as keeping them consistent throughout. It’s been incredibly satisfying to get to the end and get really positive feedback, though.

AW: What project(s) are you currently working on?
My main project at the moment is book 2 in the Aylosian Chronicles, provisionally titled Woven Peril. The title will make perfect sense if you’ve read Dreams and Shadows!

But I also occasionally post a short story on my web-site. One of these is also from the world of Aylosia. There is a second from Aylosia, too, but I haven't posted it yet, because it contains spoilers for book 2.

AW: Do you have any interesting writing quirks you want to tell us about?

It’s not a quirk, as such, but I’m interested in how different authors approach their writing in terms of how structured it is. For me, I have a clear idea of how the story will end, and important waypoints along the way, but I don’t start out knowing how I’m going to get from A to B. That makes it something of a voyage of discovery for me.

AW: Is there a standout phrase or section of the book that you’re particularly proud of?

I’ve written what you would call ‘Wisdom Literature’ at the beginning of each chapter, and I’m really proud of most of them. A lot of other people have commented on them, too, which is pleasing.

Outside of the wisdom literature, if I had to pick a single paragraph that I was most pleased with, I think it would be this from the first chapter:

‘As he looked to the sides of the path again, he saw the trees were nearly lost in the fog – only the ends of their now desolate branches visible, pointing like skeletal fingers directly towards him. It was if they were accusing him of their barrenness. If he hadn’t come here, they silently shouted, they would still be in spring’s bloom. The fog would not have come and they would be basking in glory.

And I guess if I were to pick a single sentence that summed up the book it would be this one:

‘At times in our lives we are all forced to risk much if we are to be true to that which we hold dear."

AW: Where can we find you? 

My author website is www.jeffreycollyer.com
Twitter: @JeffreyCollyer

My religious blog is: www.allthingswitness.wordpress.com

AW: And of course we have to know, where can we find your book? 

Dreams and Shadows is available in paperback and ebook from Amazon stores internationally. The US link is http://www.amzn.com/B00WWWYN16

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shock Me Re-issue Blitz: Book Spotlight & Excerpt with Rafflecopter Giveaway!

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A promising gymnast, Donna Young is a shy, quiet nobody from the wrong side of town. The only exciting thing in life is her secret friendship with Ryan, her childhood crush. But after the accident—one that should have killed her—she discovers she has impossible powers! Why now, at sixteen, can she transform into something shocking and inhuman? Donna doesn’t know how to use her new abilities or who she can trust, but unveiling this mystery might lead to conclusions about Ryan that are deadly.

Rich kid, Ryan Applegate is the most popular guy in town. He has a face that should be on a poster in every girl’s bedroom and dates the hottest chick in school. But ever since the big explosion at the town’s power plant, Ryan has been keeping secrets of his own that if revealed could force him to choose between his family and the girl he's forbidden to love.

As their electrifying puzzle unfolds, so unfolds a town where friends become enemies, and enemies become unrecognizable and intertwined. Tortured heroes just might be the bad guys, and Donna discovers that her and Ryan’s secrets are powerful enough to destroy everyone... including themselves.

Excerpt #2

Donna

She turned around, bewildered and confused. Behind her was a very tall, handsome teenager about her age or maybe a little older. He had dark hair and bright blue eyes. His skin was tanner than her own, and he was in the best shape she had ever seen anyone else in. It was as if royalty were in front of her; his skin shone so bright and perfect, and when he opened his mouth slightly, his teeth were whiter than she had ever seen. She felt herself unable to turn away, as if she were looking at the sun, and it had trapped her. He was like a giant warrior angel without wings, and her body was drawn toward him like a magnet.

It was the seventeen-year-old Ryan who stood in front of her. He was in his orange and blue jogging suit listening to his music. After a minute, his expression changed and he took off his headphones and shook them. “That sucks; I thought I just charged these,” he said, tossing them aside.

“I’m sorry.” For some reason she knew it was her fault that his MP3 player had no power.

“I’ll just buy a better one,” he said casually, taking a step closer.

She nodded, staring idiotically at his chest and then back to his handsome face. Then at his muscular arms, then back to his face again, like she was examining a fine painting that was so great you could look at it a hundred times and still be unable to appreciate it all. He smiled at her, his gaze intense and strong. Then they both took a step toward one another instinctively. His hands grazed hers lightly, and her heart began to race.

“Remember the first time?” he asked her; at once she seemed to know what he was talking about before the words left his mouth.

“Yes,” she answered him. Her face was lit with her most sensual smile. She felt so alive, like the sun was burning inside her.

He leaned forward then, making her body tremble, and kissed her lightly, his lips playfully touching hers. Then he pulled away, moving toward her right ear, just like his child self had, and whispering, “Never forget. Even if it’s all mixed up, remember,” he spoke slowly, and each word he said grew more faint.

He moved his face back to hers, drawing her in. She looked into his eyes; they were blue like the water that kept saving her. Then they were kissing again, first softly, but as she wanted more he kissed her further and more intensely. She felt his hands slip under the back of her shirt. He touched her skin, then disappeared.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard

Desperate Measures (Port Aster Secrets, #3)Book Description:
Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the medicinal plant responsible for tearing her family apart. She's certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father. Kate will risk anything to find the truth--even her budding relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But more people than she can fathom are after the plants and going it alone just might prove to be a fatal mistake.

My Thoughts:
I was so excited for this book to come out.  It is the third in the series and was just like coming back to friends.  Kate's research has finally lead her to the plant that started it all.  She and Tom realize that there are people willing to kill for the plant and Kate is determined to find the truth no matter what the cost!
I was so happy to come back and revisit Kate and Tom.  I like the way the author weaves the story where it is somewhat predictable, but just when you think you know where it is going, things change.  The romance was still there and each character seemed like they had a secret they were hiding.  Throughout the whole book, faith is interspersed and I think that was my favorite part.
Good ending to the series here!  4/5 for me!
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Until We Meet Again Cover Reveal!!

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN Summary

They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time.
Cassandra is a headstrong teenager craving drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and new stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger named Lawrence shows up on their private beach claiming it’s his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence’s life—in jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history—or risk losing Lawrence forever.

About the Author:

Biography

Renee Collins grew up on a beach in Hawaii. Sadly, she never met anyone from the past on those shores, but she did go on to get a degree in History, which is almost the same.


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Interview of Author David Neth

image1.JPGAW: Tell us about yourself…
DN: I'm about to release my first book, The Blood Moonon August 1, 2015. I'm the assistant editor at Western New York Heritage Magazine, where I write and edit stories about local history in Western New York. 

AW: What genre do you write and why?

DN: This first series (the Under the Moon series) is urban fantasy. Some of the books are YA, others are more adult fiction. I like to read all kinds of genres, so I like to write all kinds of genres. I think fantasy is my favorite, but I'll dip into other genres as well. I have a lot of plans for my publishing future.

AW: Tell us about your book….

DN: The Blood Moon is about two brothers, Josh and Chris, who are witches and basically fight evil. That's the story at its bare-bones. But there are so many intricacies in the story as well. I'm horrible at summarizing a book because I don't want to give away too much, but basically Josh and Chris find themselves with a load of threats and no one to turn to for help, so they have to figure it out on their own.

AW: What was your inspiration for this book?

DN: I started working on The Blood Moon so long ago, I honestly don't remember the exact inspiration for it. I had just scrapped a long-winded fantasy epic and I wanted to start something new and fresh. The epic had its own world and sense of time and was too large of a project for a 12-year-old to take on and I wanted to reign in the extra fantasy elements and focus on the story and the characters while still having a distinct mythology behind it.

AW: Do you have a favorite character and why that one?

DN: In my books? Probably Chris. I hope it doesn't show too much, but I'm afraid it might. When I wrote The Blood Moon, he was the same age as I was when I was writing it, so I could relate to him more. But after doing edits on the book when I was older, I actually really liked the boys's aunt, Kathy, and the complexity of her. Part of it is probably because her complexity happened on accident and I just built off of it.

AW: Did you find anything particularly difficult in writing this book?

DN: I wrote The Blood Moon when I was 15. I'm 23 now, so I've grown quite a bit as a person and as a writer since I first wrote this book. So I think the hardest part was the editing. Trying to make sense of the tangents I went on as a kid while fixing the writing mistakes and aligning the timeline with subsequent books. This book spent a lot of time in editing.

AW: What project(s) are you currently working on?
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DN: I'm putting the final touches on the second book in the series, The Full Moon, which is actually a prequel and focuses on Kathy and everything she went through prior to the events of The Blood Moon that made her so complex in the first book. It's a more grown-up read and I was able to dive into more real-life situations while still playing in the fantasy elements of the story.

AW: Do you have any interesting writing quirks you want to tell us about?

DN: Not especially. Like I said, I've changed a lot in the 12 years I've been writing and have had to adapt to the changes in my life. So I've written in complete silence, with my family discussing their day, in a college dorm room, in a NYC apartment, back with my family, and now back to silence. So I haven't really had the luxury to develop any quirks. I need to stay flexible. 

AW: Do you have any advice for writers out there?

DN: If you enjoy writing, write. Don't let any doubts creep in that say you're not good enough or your story won't sell. Stranger things have happened. You'd be surprised what the next best thing is. (No one really knows...)

AW: Where can we find you? 


AW: And of course we have to know, where can we find your book? 

DN: My book is available for preorder at most locations, except Barnes and Noble. However, it will be available on Nook and as a paperback on August 1, 2015. Until then, preorder from the following retailers:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Seal's Promise by Sharon Hamilton Audio Book

SEAL's Promise: Bad Boys of Team 3, SEAL Brotherhood Series, Book 8 | [Sharon Hamilton]Book Description:
A SEAL's promise is not only something to live for, it is something to die for. Special Operator T.J. Talbot, raised in a string of foster homes and nearly tossed from the Brotherhood, is forced to make a deathbed promise to care for his best friend's wife and baby. At home, Shannon Moore wants nothing to do with the community or anything that reminds her of her fallen SEAL husband, until fate steps in to show her she is still connected, and needs the love of this flawed warrior who shares her grief.

My Thoughts:
Quite interesting book.  TJ and Shannon have never gotten along.  She married his best friend but has never liked TJ at all.  Frankie is the only thing the two of them have in common.  When TJ makes a promise to take care of Shannon and the unborn baby, his life changes.  Shannon and he share deep grief over the loss of Frankie and maybe they can learn to share move.
This book didn't really have a lot of surprises, just a fairly predictable story line.  I liked Shannon.  She wasn't as uptight and aloof as she presented herself to be.  TJ was a dog but also had never had the chance at a family.  He is the underdog that you root for.  Though the story was predictable, it was still entertaining. The narrator did a good job with the story, bringing the characters to life and giving them a voice.  
This was a 3/5 for me.  It is a well read book to listen to on your commute or going for a jog!

Thank you to the publisher/author for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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