Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review: The Star by Clemy Warner-Thompson

Reminder of the book's overview...




Abbii had been afraid of the dark for four long years. She hated the eerie silence that filled the night.


She would often try to forget by closing her eyes at night, but she would always be met by dreams of Shadows that would attack her, dragging her into the Darkness. Most nights, she would simply lie there with her bedding wrapped tightly around her, staring at the light coming in through her window, hoping that she would drift off into a dreamless sleep.


Ever since that day four years ago, the dark had frightened her; she had thought it would be a curse throughout the whole of her life, but something changed when she met him.


The dark seemed to lose its power and the moon’s light brightened.

Her dreams didn't stop; nightmares still stole her sleep, but there was always a figure of Light that would save her and allow her to wake.

He said the same thing every night in her dreams. Keep fighting, Abbii.

She thought that he was part of her imagination, someone that she had created to save her, until she met him and was drawn into his bright hazel eyes.

His name was Nate.

I asked Clemy what inspires her writing.  I thought all of you might be interested in how writers come up with the books that we love so much.  Here is what she said:


What inspires me as a writer?

It’s difficult to say what specifically inspires me to write. My family and the few close friends that are in my life have always pushed me to keep going. I always wanted to follow in my brother’s footsteps, as he had written his first book by the age of 16, but now that I’m older and I've grown past wanting to ‘beat’ him, I find that I write because I want to.

Every morning, writing has become a part of my routine. If I’m not writing, I’m reading through my notes or editing what I wrote the day before. Its part of me now, makes me who I am. My characters always reflect on their behavior and the way that they are- I suppose you could say that they all have a part of me in them.


Without my imagination, I wouldn't have reached this far. I owe it my gratitude.

Author Bio:


I was born in England in the West Midlands in 1991 where I am still currently living, growing up alongside one younger and three older brothers.



Books and writing was an interest that I began to develop from the first years of secondary school, and on my thirteenth birthday, I began to plan and design the idea to write a fantasy novel. I finished secondary school with high GCSE’s and then went on into further education to study English and all aspects of art and design. After six years of writing, planning and overall editing of the book, it was successfully completed, containing over 82,000 words, and self published in the first week of 2011.


With high expectations in myself, I immediately began to write a second novel in the series, while keeping my art and design a part of the process. The achievement of completing the first novel ‘Purest Light,’ allowed the ideas of the second to flow much easier and it was completed by early 2012. As I was writing the third and final book, New Beginnings, at the same time, the series was finished by its publication in 2013.

Writing is now a part of my everyday and I have started on my newest project, The Star, which is also planned to be the first of three. Only time will tell.


Links:
Twitter: @clemychum


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My thoughts on THE STAR...
I found The Star to be pleasantly unpredictable.  Clemy Warner-Thompson had some wonderful twists in the plot that pulled you along and shocked you as you read.  I love Clemy's fresh style of writing and Wonderful characters that are amazingly easy to connect with!  Not only that, but my daughter took if from me when she say the beautiful cover art and hasn't given it back to me yet!  She is torn between Nate and Max. :D





Cover Reveal!! Ascending the Veil by Vanessa Kimball

Author: Venessa Kimball
Title: Ascending the Veil
Genre: Mature Young Adult

Book Blurb:
In Surfacing the Rim: Piercing the Fold, Book 2, an intersection between our galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy has been spurred at the hands of an enemy fellowship. With orders from its leader, Sondian guardian and Sam Crest opens a wormhole that traces through a black hole through the Andromeda galaxy and into another universe beyond ours.

What Jesca and the other Dobrian guardians do not realize is that the wormhole has pierced a barrier, a veil, that has successfully kept the beings of that universe from invading our world. Beings that have been considered mythical and fantastical since the beginning of time. Beings that symbolize the purest of evil and the purest of good. Beings that have been the product of the “illusions in reality” Jesca and the rest of the guardians have been tracking, dodging, and protecting humanity from for the past year.

To worsen the situation, Sam Crest attempts to take Jesca with him into the wormhole, but two of the most important men in Jesca’s life, Ezra Kahn and Nate Sera keep her from succumbing to it by sacrificing themselves. Their sacrifice protects her physically, but not mentally. Jesca is left broken in the arms of a man that she is beginning to fall for, Xander Crest; adopted son of Sam Crest.

Though Ezra’s and Nate’s sacrifice was noble, it was not enough to stop the global invasion and apocalyptical evolution the enemy fellowship intends to draw to our world. The fate of our world is bleak unless Jesca and the her fellowship of guardians can find a way for the human race to adapt, evolve, and survive amidst the invasion, as well as bring Nate and Ezra back from beyond the veil.

Ascending the Veil: Piercing the Fold, Book 3 takes you beyond our world and universe and back through the eyes of the characters in this series. Tragedies and blessings involving Jesca, Ezra, Nate, and Xander will be revealed, our favorite guardians of the Dobrian and Sondian fellowships will forge their paths in this universe and in another for the salvation of our world and each other, and heart-wrenching events will unfold when Jesca ascends the veil.

Author's Note:
The Piercing the Fold series is intended for Mature Young Adult and Adult readers due to the the paranormal and unorthodox scientific concepts addressed throughout. This series contains a rich mixture of the paranormal, science fiction, romance, adventure, and suspense.

Book Links:
Piercing the Fold, Book  One

Surfacing the Rim, Book Two

Author Bio:

Venessa Kimball is currently writing the third book in her Mature Young Adult/New Adult Paranormal Science Fiction series, Piercing the Fold. Book 1 was released July 2, 2012. Book 2, Surfacing the Rim, released March 14, 2013. Ascending the Veil: Book 3 will release Mid-September 2013. And the final book in the Piercing the Fold series, Book 4 (Title TBD) will release Early 2014.

As for the future, Venessa has two projects unrelated to the Piercing the Fold series in the works. Both projects will highlight Venessa's versatility as a writer with her branching out from the Paranormal/Science Fiction genre of her current series. When Venessa is not writing, she is keeping active with her husband and three children, chaueffering said children to extracurricular activities, indulging in her love for running 5ks, and devouring the latest great reads.

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Kilingiri by Janna Gray -- Guest Post!




Book Title:  Kilingiri
Author:  Janna Gray
Release Date:  May 21st 2013
Genre:  Romance, Women’s Fiction, Romantic Saga, Saga
Publisher:  GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by:  As You Wish Tours


Research before writing a Novel


I have either lived in or spent a considerable time visiting all Kilingiri’s exotic locations so I was fortunate to have my memory, photograph albums and diaries to turn to when writing the book. But having said that, memory can be fickle and clouded by personal experiences and opinions so I had to do a considerable amount of research via books and the net or by talking to people to ensure I’d got my facts right.

There is nothing more annoying than reading a book which contains inaccurate information about locations, eras or historical events. To create a comprehensive background to a novel, to make it ‘real’, the writer must include details that make up the characters’ lives – what they wore, what they ate, their speech patterns, what influenced their thoughts, the music they listened to, their beliefs and customs. In addition, the use of foreign words within the novel has to be correct too because the chances are that at least one of your readers knows or happens to know someone who speaks the language you’ve mentioned!

At the start of Kilingiri, Nina is pregnant and unmarried and has been sent away to live in Kashmir until her father, a diplomat, can cobble together a story that will account for the presence of a grandchild without a father. This information conveys to the reader that the novel is set in an era when illegitimacy wasn’t the norm or certainly not accepted in a particular stratum of society, or it could be the story of a woman from a much stricter culture in the 1990s or the 21st century. Then descriptions of Nina’s clothes, the way she speaks, the music she listens to and actual ‘real time’ events combine to offer the reader a wealth of clues as to the timeframe in which the story takes place.
The characters’ reactions to particular events and experiences have to be realistic too. Very few people spring back from traumatic incidents in five minutes, but equally people react differently to harrowing experiences, some taking the blows in their stride, others going to pieces. In Kilingiri Nina’s reaction to the death of her child is perhaps not how most people would respond but knowing her backstory enables the reader to understand and perhaps even sympathise, and Josh would have been considered decidedly odd had he not got drunk, tried it on with girls and played heavy metal music loud during his teenage years. Without this input, Nina and Josh would be stereotypes, devoid of individuality and quite frankly boring!

However, although research is essential for novels that are rooted in planet earth time, it is important not to get bogged down in massive amounts of technical detail at the expense of the writer’s personal observations about the characters’ personas. Research when done properly adds depth and detail to a story but the  ‘voice’ – the combination of the writer’s use of punctuation, syntax, dialogue and so forth gives the written piece its style and flair and its unique quality.  My sons refused to read the love scenes in Kilingiri – they claim they can hear me speaking the words and, poor souls, actually doing what I’m describing, and that in their opinions is way too much information!



BLURB

1968, Srinagar, Kashmir and Nina is devastated by the death of her new-born baby girl.
Sister Angela and Father Michael at the mission hospital step in to nurse Nina back to health
but when the friendship between Nina and Father Michael turns to love, Michael makes a
decision which will resonate through the years.

It is 1981 and in Kinsale, Ireland, Nina, devoted to her son Joshua, lives a loveless existence,
but a chance encounter changes everything. Michael is back in her life, he leaves the
priesthood and happiness is within their grasp.

But when past and present collide, their whole world is turned upside down.

Only by facing the consequences of what has gone before, can Nina and Michael embrace
the future.

Janna Gray guides us masterfully through this poignant story of love, loss, betrayal and
hope.




AUTHOR BIO
Janna Gray grew up in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and was educated at boarding schools in
Kodaikanal, South India and Derbyshire, England. She trained to be a teacher in London
where she met and married her husband Simon. His job took them to Singapore, Hong Kong
and Thailand where she raised two sons, worked at British and International schools and
wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.

Currently living in the UAE, Janna was the Senior Mistress (a title which caused much
merriment among her colleagues!) and Head of Pastoral Care at Repton School before
trading her marking pens and report cards for the world of writing novels. She enjoys
travelling and sailing and had a love-hate relationship with exercise until she discovered
the joy of Zumba where the trainers turn a blind eye to her inability to remember dance
sequences. She sings in the shower and with choirs, has an allergy to golf and recently
discovered the allure of oils and acrylics – a delightfully messy way to express her inner
artist.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

KC Sprayberry's Cover Reveal!!!

Author: Kc Sprayberry
Title: Canoples Investigations Tackle Space Pirates

Genre: Young Adult (aimed at reluctant male readers)
Sorry I'm late folks... I had a power issue this morning and got up late.  :/ But isn't this amazing??!! :D

Book Blurb:
BD Bradford resides on Canoples Station in 2364. He's on his last break before graduating high school. The biggest worry on his mind is scoring enough creds to buy the latest vid-game, and making up with his girlfriend, if she'll stop glaring at him. An announcement at breakfast hatches an idea in his ever-active brain – space pirates might be in the vicinity. Visions of creds tumbling around him after he captures the miscreants war with thoughts of what he did to torque off his girlfriend. He catches a glimpse of the villains outside the promenade's viewport, but he beats feet to safety upon hearing one of his sworn enemies having a drama moment.

 







Author Bio:
Kc Sprayberry started writing young, with a diary followed by an interest in English. Her
first experience with publication came when she placed third in a Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now a teen getting ready to enter his senior year of high school.

Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories, and her Young Adult novel Softly Say Goodbye, released in 2012.


Buy links for Softly Say Goodbye:
Kindle

Authors Links:
Amazon





Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cover Reveal | Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden

Book Title: Wicked Hunger
Series: SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes
Author: DelSheree Gladden
Release Date: July 9th
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Length: 95,000 words/240 pages
Publisher: GMTA Publishing LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours


SYNOPSIS

Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious.

Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she listens. She becomes determined to expose Ivy’s secrets. Vanessa tries to warn her brother, but Zander is too enamored with Ivy to pay attention to her conspiracy theories.

One of them is right about Ivy … but if they lose control of their hunger, it won’t matter who is right and who is wrong. One little slip, and they’ll all be dead.

BLURB

Vanessa and Zander Roth have spent their lives battling an uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering that will either gain them limitless power or lead them to their deaths.


AUTHOR BIO
DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually teaching yoga, coaching gymnastics, reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, and The Destroyer Trilogy. DelSheree's newest series, The SomeOne Wicked This Way Come series, follows Vanessa and Zander Roth, siblings with an uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering that will either gain them limitless power or lead them to their deaths.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Review -- Rewrite Redemption

Rewrite Redemption
by J.H. Walker
Released: January  25, 2013

Young Adult Paranormal

Tour Dates ~ 
June 7, 2013 through June 23, 2013


Rewrite Redemption is a YA romance with paranormal/sci-fi elements.
She’s sixteen. He’s seventeen. They don’t know each other…at least not yet.


She has a secret and her whole life revolves around keeping it. Every few months and with little warning, she simply disappears, pulled into the past for hours or even days. She’s terrified it will happen in front of someone, changing her life forever. So far, the only witnesses have been her parents, and that didn't end well. She has no control over it and no idea why it happens to her.


She wants answers.


He has answers—at least he understands what’s going on. He has a secret, too. He’s part of an organization that goes back in time to rewrite reality. But he also has a problem. He broke the organization’s number-one rule by altering his own timeline. As punishment, he’s been blocked from time travel, which is most unfortunate. Because the changes he made to his timeline, accidentally resulted in disaster for his family. A disaster he’s now prevented from repairing. No one can travel beneath the organization’s radar except a Shadow. But they’re rare, so rare he’s never even met one.


Then he moves to her town.

My Thoughts on the Book

You know how you read a really great line in a book and say, "Wow! That would make a great poster."  Well, I have found such lines in this book.  It is quotable!  Not only are the characters lovable in their own inner turmoil, but they have wonderful connections between them all -- the ones you love and the ones you love to hate!

Many books have "love at first sight" within them... but in Rewrite Redemption it is more like "love at first word."  I had a horrible time putting it down and cursed the battery in my Nook for dying on me every night.  I even tried to reach the power cord so I could continue reading!  

J. H. Walker has been able to bring her "rather unconventional" life into her characters that prove that she remembers the struggles of teens everywhere.  With easy indicators of a shift in POV, Mrs. Walker pulls you past the everyday lives of these young people and into who they truly are.  I applaud Mrs. Walker for her talent and look forward to reading more of her work!  This is without a doubt a book that everyone should add to their libraries. (Which you can do at the links below -- hint, hint ~wink~)

And DON'T forget the Rafflecoptor below!!!!
Book Links

Author Bio-
My life has been rather unconventional. Born insanely curious into an authoritarian, religious family, I know what it’s like to not fit in. My teen years were a struggle, and I remember them in all their intensity. That’s why I like writing for young adults.


I grew up in Central America, surrounded by jungle, and was never too far from the ocean. I observed other cultures, including an indigenous tribe that, at the time, had seen little of the modern world. While there, I slept in a hammock in a bamboo hut, dressed in tribal clothing, and helped bring three babies into the world in at the tender age of fourteen. I survived a hurricane aboard an ocean liner, canoeing through alligator infested waters, P.E., my brother’s pet tarantulas, sky diving, parasailing over the Pacific shoreline, rock climbing, a ropes course blindfolded, and walking barefoot across hot coals. I’m not done having experiences.


I attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, but was so obsessed in my quest to understand human behavior; I left midstream to travel the country and study with people doing groundbreaking work in the field. I’m certified in Ericksonian Hypnosis, am a Master of Neuro-linguistic Programming and have worked with world-class athletes, including members of the U.S. Ski Team. I’ve completed advanced studies with some of the most brilliant minds of my time in the field of NLP and am a perpetual student of sociology and human behavior.


I live with my photographer husband in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. I’m surrounded by trees. And I will always remain insanely curious.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Listening to my own advice...


Somehow, I find it much easier to step back and give good advice in general, but I realize how difficult it is for the follow-through.  I need to do more work for myself.  I need to promote my own site and reclaim it for me.  (Not saying I'm going to stop letting my contributors post)  I simply mean that I need to step up and take responsibility for my own ventures.

I must make the time to sit down and write up some posts that I can pre-schedule for my blogs.  The rambling voices in my head are still there.  It seems that I've just allowed so many other things drown them out.  That isn't good.

I started this blog because I want to promote reading and writing on ALL levels, but I've slacked off on the consistency of my own writing.  I write for others, but not myself.  Writing is MY passion.  It must be allowed freedom or it will run away.

So, THANK YOU going out to all of you that follow my blogs, THANK YOU to those of you keeping me going both online and off... I hope you know who you all are. (LOVE YA'LL)

It is a constant battle that I have not given up on!

 I have my goals and will continue to fight for them.  Sometimes I just need a bit of a smack to remember where I put them and how to get there.  Thankfully, I have wonderful family members and friends that tolerate, encourage and catch me when I need it.





THANK YOU!!!



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cover Reveal | The Swan Bonnet by Katherine L. Holmes

Book Title: The Swan Bonnet
Author: Katherine L. Holmes
Release Date: July 16, 2013
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Presented by: As You Wish Tours


BRIEF SYNOPSIS 

Unbeknown to Dawn, her grandfather has shot an old swan out of mercy. In their coastal Alaskan town, her father buys the swan pelt, preventing her Uncle Alex, a fur trader, from selling it for export. Dawn’s father surprises her part-Aleut mother with a hat she helped to make and also with an idea to catch poachers. Shooting swans has become illegal but Alaska is a territory and Prohibition occupies the Sheriff. Dawn and her mother become involved with the suspicious effects of the swan bonnet besides its haunting effect. Because Dawn’s grandparents see the swans first, Dawn agrees to secretly watch the migration with the deputy sheriff’s son. But after she and her mother encounter women from a ship and find out about a hunting party, they ride to the inlet. There are townspeople roving the shore too but who is the vigilante and who is the poacher?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
Katherine L. Holmes’ first published book was The House in Windward Leaves, an MG fantasy which became an E-book Finalist in the 2013 New Generation Indie Book Awards and a Juvenile Fiction Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards. Also, she won Prize Americana for her short story collection, Curiosity Killed the Sphinx and Other Stories, published by Hollywood Books International. In April 2013, The Wide Awake Loons was released by Silver Knight Publishing. The Swan Bonnet, a historical novel, will be published in July, 2013, by GMTA Publishing. Katherine has worked with used and rare books in the last years. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Release Event | Phantom Dreams by T.K. Harris


Book Title: Phantom Dreams
Author: T.K. Harris
Release Date: June 7th
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Length: 81,956 words, 273 pages
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Cover Design by: Benjamin Poelman and Tipping Point

BLURB 

FBI Special Agent Jack Matthews finds himself on yet another serial killer case, having barely recovered from the last disastrous hunt. Still stiff from a gun shot wound in his leg, under investigation for a botched job, and having lost his fiancĂ©e when she walked out on him, Jack is beginning to wonder if it isn’t time to move on to something new. But, for Jack, these cases are personal and he can’t say no. 

Marketing specialist Kathy Gilliam leads a fairly boring life. If she’s not working or caring for her ailing father, then she is doing whatever it takes to avoid going anywhere near crowds of people. Her few distractions include her friend Margo Longfellow, occasional hiking trips, and her increasingly alarming dreams of women dying.

As her nightmares cause her to begin to doubt her sanity, the media releases news of the “Coast-to-Coast Killer” and Kathy discovers her dreams may be related. In a moment of panic, Kathy does something that places her on the FBI’s “persons of interest” list. Suddenly, her life is set on a collision course with Jack who must decide if Kathy is the killer or destined to become a victim.


EXCERPT

Sweat poured down his face, plastering his dark brown hair to his head before quickly cooling in the chill evening air. FBI Special Agent Jack Matthews turned the corner heading for home, thoughts of what could be his next case pounding in time to the rhythm of his feet. Five women stabbed and left to die, all within a four or five year period, spanning four states. They had stumbled across the homicides while working on another case, but were still trying to determine if the deaths were connected. If they were, they would be adding another serial killer to their case load.

His stride faltered as an old wound in his upper right thigh tightened, a departing gift from the last killer he had dealt with. That monster had killed eight women before Jack and another agent had cornered him. But they hadn't seen the gun, their eyes having been focused on the terrified woman the killer held, a knife pressing against her neck.

Jack could still see the trickle of scarlet glistening in the fluorescent light where the killer's knife had grazed her. It was an image forever frozen in his mind, the last thing he saw before a wave of fire ripped through his leg. His partner took a round in the chest before Jack was able to fire, but it had been too late.

The street lamps illuminated the white clouds of his breath as Jack stepped it up, arms and legs pumping faster, trying to forget her face. Her name had been Elizabeth Brue.

Too late, too late.

The rhythm beat itself into his brain as he gritted his teeth and ran faster. With the report of his Glock-22 still echoing in the air, Jack had watched her body sliding toward the floor, her throat slit. Ten seconds spread into a lifetime as he watched Elizabeth's eyes glaze over, her fear and accusation forever frozen in Death's immortal hold.

He and his partner had received commendations for their bravery. But all he could remember was Elizabeth's funeral and the wail of her two-month-old son cutting through the still morning air.

And now it looked as if he would once again be chasing a monster.

AUTHOR BIO 
T.K. Harris was born in California and lived a gypsy sort of life traveling the world as a military brat. She has been writing since she was a child and as had several short stories published by various magazines, including one in Woman's World. She currently lives and works in Colorado as a Senior Solutions Architect and IT Instructor and has recently had her first novel, Phantom Dreams, published. She is looking forward to her next two books, already outlined and partially written. You can find out more at: http://www.tkharrisonline.com

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Release - Blood of the Sire by Andrea L. Staum

 
Title:  Blood of the Sire Book 1 of Dragonchild Lore
Author:  Andrea L. Staum
Release Date: June 11th
Genre:  Fantasy
Length:  300 pages

 

When raiders come to the shores of Kalahtaya, Kitra, the village outcast, is sent to find allies by the village's Elemental Guardians. Along the way she uncovers the villages long forgotten past, as well as, learning how misguided her own memories have become.

The first book of lore reveals the birth of the Dragonchild and her tie to the Guardians of Kalahtaya.



About the Author - Andrea L. Staum is a 2012 NaNoWriMo winner with Blood of the Sire, her first published novel. By day she works in a motorcycle dealership and by night she spends way too much time on her laptop. Andrea lives in south-central Wisconsin with her husband, two cats, and two ornery rabbits.




Check out the Full Cover!  It's lovely!