Saturday, June 29, 2013

Book Birthday Bash with Presents: MOON DWELLERS by David Estes



Today, The Moon Dwellers by David Estes turns 1 year old! It was 1 year ago today (June 30th) that David Estes first published the first book in his first ever YA dystopian series, The Dwellers Saga, and changed his life forever. Since then, The Moon Dwellers has outsold and drawn more hype than any other of his 13 published books, and has risen to the top 10 of many YA dystopian lists on Listopia, finding a place amongst bestselling books such as The Hunger Games, Delirium and Divergent. The birth of The Moon Dwellers also changed David’s life forever. As he’s gone from struggling Indie author to fulltime writer, he’s watched in amazement as his Goodreads fan group has swelled from 300 members to over 1,300. Since writing The Moon Dwellers, David has gone on to write and publish two sequels, The Star Dwellers and The Sun Dwellers, as well as three books in a sister series, The Country Saga (Fire Country, Ice Country, and Water & Storm Country). He plans to release the 7th and final book, The Earth Dwellers, in the combined series on September 5th later this year.

So what did David Estes want to do to celebrate The Moon Dwellers book birthday? His answer: “Give away as many free ebooks of The Moon Dwellers as possible!” So if you’re like so many others who are obsessed with YA dystopian novels like The Hunger Games, Delirium, and Divergent, and haven’t yet read the growing phenomenon that is The Moon Dwellers, now’s your chance to do so FOR FREE.

You can grab your free ebook of The Moon Dwellers from Smashwords.com using the coupon code below. And please feel free to share with your family and friends and pets, the more ebooks are given away the happier David will be. The only thing David asks for in return is that if you enjoy the read and continue on with the series, to please leave a positive review on Amazon.com for each of his books that you read.



Where you can find The Moon Dwellers: SMASHWORDS

Coupon Code: AQ92E

Please note, this code expires on July 31, 2013



And for those of you planning on reading The Dwellers and/or The Country Saga, here’s a special note from the author, David Estes:

The Earth Dwellers will cap off an eighteen month journey that has taken me from unknown Indie author to still-mostly-unknown fulltime Indie author. The change is a subtle one for most people, but for me it’s a dream come true. To the hundreds (and now maybe even thousands!) of readers who have come along for the ride with me, either by reading the Dwellers Saga, the Country Saga, or both, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

Now down to business. There may be some of you who have only read the three books in the Country Saga or only the three books in the Dwellers Saga, and are now thinking you’ll read The Earth Dwellers, which is supposedly the 4th book in BOTH the Country Saga and the Dwellers Saga. Well, that’s awesome! However, I must highly recommend that before reading The Earth Dwellers that you read the three books in BOTH series. Trust me, doing so will greatly enhance your experience, as The Earth Dwellers will be taking significant characters from both series and crashing them together (yes, like a water country wave) into an action-packed tale of struggle and loss and hope and friendship…and maybe a little love, too.

Anyway, that’s my advice, it’s up to you what to do with it. In any case, thanks for being a part of my own adventure, I’m a better person for having written stories for you!

Recommended Reading prior to The Earth Dwellers 



Other YA Books by David Estes!

The Evolution Trilogy:

Children’s Books by David Estes

The Nikki Powergloves Adventures:
Nikki Powergloves vs. the Power Outlaws (Coming soon!)


David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife and soul mate, Adele, who he’s now been happily married to for more than two years. 

A reader all his life, David began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and has completed 13 novels, 11 of which have been published. In June of 2012, David became a fulltime writer and is now travelling the world with his wife while he writes books, and she writes and takes photographs.

David gleans inspiration from all sorts of crazy places, like watching random people do entertaining things, dreams (which he jots copious notes about immediately after waking up), and even from thin air sometimes! Recently he’s been inspired by some of his favorite authors, like Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and Maggie Stiefvater.

David’s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, an obsessive Goodreads group member, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table. He loves responding to e-mails, Facebook messages, Tweets, blog comments, and Goodreads comments from his readers, all of whom he considers to be his friends.

Review: WONDERSTRUCK by various authors


by Rebecca Gober, Jon Messenger, Maren Dille, Jennifer Bull, Radeyah H. Ali, Gabrielle Arrowsmith, Beau Barnett, Liana Chau, MeMe Collier, Leah D.W., Julie Gilbert, Dominique Goodall, Brenna Harden, Sandra Havriluk, Sacha Hope,Erin Liles, B.T. Lyons, Julie Marcinik, Mia Marin,Miranda Maurin, Veronica Morfi, Ifeoma Ofuani, Paula Phillips, Jocelyn Sanchez, Clemy W. Thompson, Dana Wright, R.H.Ali, Lisa Goldman, Katie Ellis, and Cindy Saunders


When you look at a picture, what do you see? We gave authors around the world the challenge to write a story based on a set of five images. More than thirty authors rose to that challenge and created an amazing young adult anthology of drabbles, short stories, novelettes and novellas for you to enjoy. Flip the pages and prepare to be Wonderstruck!

Dive into a world where wind is a power that feeds the flames and love makes everything more complicated. A life where a scorned bride can cause a great deal of trouble and a place where silence as you will find out has a lot to say. Find yourself in a future where a powerful enemy can only be stopped by the most dangerous weapon of all: the truth. All of this and more lies within these very pages... Are you ready?

Wonderstruck is Clean Teen Publishing's first breakthrough Young Adult anthology. All stories within this book have fallen within our YA rating scale, however, not all stories have young adult characters. You will find a great deal of entertainment within Wonderstruck that is appropriate for readers of all ages. To view more information on our official content rating system please visit: www.cleanteenpublishing.com.

Here are the photos the authors used to create their whimsical stories.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these! As I'm a wanna-be-writer, I soooooo wish I had been able to participate in this project.  These are just amazing!!! 





And my favorite.....



Genre: Various, various and various!  Mostly some form of speculative fiction, all YA or YAish
Publisher Type:  Small Print
My Rating:  *  *  *  *
Purchase Link:  Amazon  
Add this gem to your Goodreads TBR:  Click Here ;)

My Review:
There is such an amazing variety to this anthology.  Firstly, it's HUGE!!!, even containing three full novellas!  There are stories I loved and ones I didn't.  A few stories were choppy or had plot holes.  Quite a few had less than happy endings (which I totally don't go for, but that doesn't really mean those stories are bad).  Then there are stories that had me hopping up and down hugging my Kindle for the love of them.  There are stories with dynamic characters and interesting worlds with hold-your-breath suspense and mystery.  Some of the stories are extremely sweet and brought tears to my eyes.  Wonderstruck is overflowing with creativity and mischief and is a fantabulously wonderful read!!!

As there are so many stories in this wonderful anthology, I wrote my thoughts down of each individual story in purple under the title.


Winning Authors:
Clean Teen Publishing choose a winner for each story style in this anthology.  You will see these in orange.  I decided to share my picks for winners, too.  You'll find those in purple.

Winning Novella-
Jon Messenger ~ Wind Warrior

B.T. Lyons ~ Heartkeeper --- TOP WINNER in my book!  LOVED THIS!!!

Winning Novelette-
Maren Dille ~ Pastiche

Erin Liles ~ Outside the Walls

Winning Short Story-
Kati Ellis ~ The Silent Man

MeMe Collier ~ The Fairy Jar

Winning Drabble-  
I had to look up what a Drabble is ... it's an extremely short work of fiction, 100 words exactly, testing the authors ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space (per Wikipedia).
Jennifer Bull ~ A Lady's Revenge
Julie Gilbert ~ Keio and the Farsight Fire


Wonderstruck Authors (By Last Name):

Radeyah H. Ali
Drabble~ Magically Fitted
I'm really intrigued by this drabble.  I'd love to read more!

Gabrielle Arrowsmith
Drabble~ Joah and the Beacon of Light
This is a great little adventure story.  I'm really digging these drabbles!

Beau Barnett
Short Story~ Into Eternity
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!!  This was so incredible for such a short ...well... short story.  It made me cry, but happy tears.

Jennifer Bull
Short Story~ A Wizard's World

This was fun and whimsical; such a sweet story!
Drabble~ Life in a Jar
This was just too cute!!!  Loved it!
Drabble~ Round and Round I Go
**Shiver** .... crazy scary ... how'd that happen in 100 words?!?
Drabble~ A Lady's Revenge
I really enjoyed this one!  It's the first drabble I ever read and it was such a fun tibit!!!
Drabble~ Once In a Blue Moon

This made me smile.

Liana Chau
Drabble~ Ahead and Beyond

This has a lot of great mystery.  Color me curious. :) 

MeMe Collier
Short Story~ The Fairy Jar

Wowie-wow-wow!!!  This was a fantabulous, amazing, just wonderful story .... I'm struggling to express how much I LOVE this story!!!!  The depth of the characters, the trickle of whimsy, the beautiful truth discovered in the end ... it all adds up to a story that will stick with me for years!!!

Leah D.W.
Short Story~ Watery Grave
To be fair, I'm not a horror fan, but I just didn't feel this story.  I felt it was a bit disjointed.

Maren Dille
Novella~ Pastiche

A psychological thriller, for sure.  This was interesting and complex, unique and dark.  The pacing is extremely slow, by design, no doubt.  I can't decide if I liked it or not ... maybe just because it isn't really my preferred genre.

Kati Ellis
Short Story~ The Silent Man
This was sweet, but a bit slow for me.  I enjoyed the creativity that went into this "slice of life" piece.  The dialogue of the 5 year old character did bother me a bit.  She spoke too much like an adult.  I think an 8 or 9 year old might "play" at adult speech like this, but not a 5 year old.

Julie Gilbert
Drabble~ Keio and the Farsight Fire

Oooooo!  This one's really exciting and it leaves you wondering.  I WANT MORE!

Lisa Goldman
Short Story~ Oafish Me

This is a sweet tale; I really felt for the main character and would love to read more about her.  I feel conflicted about the ending, though it's a happy ending, which I love.  Just not sure I like the mc's end choice.

Dominique Goodall
Drabble~ Fairy Capture

Sweet and simple.... very nicely done :)

Brenna Harden
Short Story~ A Warriors Journey

I didn't feel there was enough to this story.  I was interested, but wished there was more development.

Sandra Havriluk
Drabble~ Jedidiah

Chill bump inducing, but sad, too.

Sacha Hope - In the book, the author is listed as Guilana Speranza
Novelette~ Glass Heart 

This was a very well written (no plot holes!) and interesting story.  The characters were developed nicely for a novelette and the story kept me engaged throughout.  It was really sad and the end was dark. 

Erin Liles
Novelette ~ Outside the Walls

This was an absolutely wonderful dystopian!  I really this enjoyed the well-formed, suspenseful story and especially appreciated the uplifting conclusion.

B.T. Lyons
Novella~ Heartkeeper 

Holy Cow!!!!  By far, my favorite story in the anthology!  This was soooooo amazing.  It was creative (what a great take on our future); it was suspenseful (kept having to remind myself to breathe); I immediately connected with the main character and fell in love with the rest quickly; I was deeply invested in both the characters and the story line.  Superb!!!
Short Story~ Peace
Steampunk! Woo hoo!  I truly adored this story!  Soooo much fun!!!

Julie Marcinik
Short Story~ The Executioner 

This was interesting and the story flowed well.  I had a few unanswered questions which concerned me ... where were the children raised before deemed royalty or outcast?  How did Tristian and Michael have such a deep friendship but Michael's fiancee (the mc) didn't know Tristian?  Also, I'm a bit fanatical about stories having happy endings and this one ended sadly.  It was a good ending, but I didn't like it.  So overall, mixed feelings about this one.

Mia Marin
Drabble~ A Note To My Traveler

This is smirk inducing.  Very enjoyable.
Drabble~ A Dear Dalliance

Too cool!  I really like this.

Miranda Maurin
Short Story~ The Dance of Time

This story was told in very much the tradition of the old-style fairy tales, you know, the ones that don't often end happily ever after.  I enjoyed the voice of the story, but I'm a happily ever after gal.

Jon Messenger
Novella~ Wind Warrior

I enjoyed the premise of this novella.  I felt like the characters and the idea behind the wind warriors needed more development, but I had fun reading it.  I believe this story is being published on it's own, but has been expanded and enhanced.  I will definitely read it!

Veronica Morfi
Drabble~ Shine

Cute and sweet!

Ifeoma Ofuani
Drabble~ He Would Be Great

Sad, but sweet.

Paula Phillips
Short Story~ Skye in High School Wonderland
So this one read like chapter one of a novel.  It was a bit choppy, but the story held promise, but then I turned the page and that's all there was.  I'm left wondering what happened next.

Jocelyn Sanchez
Novella~ A World Unlike Mine

This was a good solid story with less than perfect execution.  My big question: if regular humans can't see these supernatural folk, how did Tasha's mom meet and fall in love with that supernatural fellow?  With some more fleshing out of the story, reorganization of the choppy bits, this could really be an awesome read.
Drabble~ Night

The imagry in this one is so incredible!!! Just wow!
Drabble~ Darkness and Light

Very wise words here ... beautiful!

Cindy Saunders

Short Story~ Nirvana
Man, I'm loving these short stories!  This one was so beautiful!  Yup, I cried.  **Happy Sigh**

Clemy W. Thompson
Drabble~ The Truth

Not sure I understood this one.

Dana Wright
Drabble~ Fairy Lights

I loved the mischief of this one.  It wasn't so much a complete story as a start of one; one I'd like to read.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Switch by Janelle Stalder

So I'm especially excited to share this cover reveal with you today!
It's a new series from Janelle Stalder, author of the fatabulous Eden Series.
There's two more books in this series, too ........ be on the look out for these upcoming reviews!

So let's get right to it, shall we??? **big grin**



Eeeeek!  Awesome, huh?!?!
Okay, onto the dets........

Switch (New World Series, #1)

All’s fair in love and war.

Two thirds of the world's population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war. Everyone does what they must to survive. When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?


*This book is for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language.

Genre: Dystopian
Release Date: August 27th!!!
  
Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait to read this one!!!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Blog Tour with Giveaway: REMEMBER ME by Amaleen Ison


I love being a part of blog tours!!!  They're just such fun!
It's especially wonderful when the book is sooooo freakin' AWESOME!!!
I've even included an excerpt just in case you won't take my word for it ... tee hee hee!
AND there's a giveaway involved which makes it all the more special! Woot woot!!!




Sera isn’t living. She’s existing—barely. Bedbound by illness, she has no memory of life before the freezing barn she now calls home. A mournful song haunts her dreams and hints at a past not completely buried—one she’s desperate to uncover. Yet Father’s whirlwind visits to draw blood and administer medication don’t provide answers. He only confirms the one thing she already knows; she’s dying.

A lonely death without ever knowing her past seems inevitable until a sudden, mystifying return to health coincides with the arrival of a boy in the opposite out-building. The inextricable pull to the stranger, and the broken memories that storm her mind when he’s near, warn of a history quite different to any she could have imagined. If she’s to uncover the truth she craves, she’ll have to decide whether knowledge of the past is worth forfeiting her second chance at life.


Genre:  YA Fantasy Novella
Publisher Type:  Small Print/Indie
My Rating: *  *  *  *  *

My Review:
I picked up Remember Me and stayed glued to my Kindle for the entire ride.  It's such an engaging story, I just couldn't put it down!!!  Ison's writing is smooth and her descriptive style really places the reader right in the story, experiencing it all.  But it's the mystery and the characters that truly drive this story ... oh! such an amazing tale!!!  Conflicted characters, mysterious motives, and some seriously awesome plot twists fill the pages of this novella.  There's some bitter sweetness and the ending will definitely cause you tears, but it's soooo worth it!  Wow!!!  Just an amazing job by Amaleen Ison!

Cover Art:
I absolutely love this cover. I said as much when I did the cover reveal, and now that I've read the book, I love it even more!!!


Excerpt:
Father snatches the cover away and yanks my bare arm straight. Angry-looking bruises and red track marks riddle my paper-thin skin from wrist to elbow crease. He flicks a spidery-looking vein. “Dammit. Next.” My sluggish movements prove too slow for his liking, and he grabs my other arm. “We’ll give this one a try.”

I turn to Noah. Although younger than Father and not yet graying, his straggly black beard and tired-looking eyes make him appear older. He wears a worried expression and avoids my gaze. Perhaps he pities me, or my condition embarrasses him. Probably both.

The fog of medication descends in my mind and sends its glacial water surging through my veins. The barn wobbles, and my head lolls back on the pillow, giving me a view of the rafters. When it comes, the prick of the needle doesn’t hurt. Only the beautiful, melancholy song that plays constantly in my mind accompanies the odd sense of draining life.

Minutes, hours, days later—I can’t tell—Father holds up a full vial of blood to a shaft of sunlight streaming through the hole in the roof. “Thank you, my angel.” He kisses my forehead and squeezes my hand at the same time. I smile at the show of relief in his eyes, before my heavy lids close.

“She’s sleeping,” he says.

Footsteps draw near.

“She looks worse.” The disembodied comment comes from somewhere near the foot of the bed.

Father grunts.

“Her blood isn’t working anymore.” Noah’s voice sounds tight.

Silence.

“We ought to let her die peacefully.”

Yes, they ought to let me die peacefully.

“No!” Father’s breath comes in heavy gusts. “I won’t give up on her. We’ll capture the other one.”

“We’ll be damned.”

“Too late.” A loud clunk and something metallic skitters across the floor. “We’re already damned.”


Purchase Links:
Pick up a copy RIGHT now, because I know you're dying to do so!!!!  Find Remember Me at Bono Books, Amazon, & Amazon UK.  Don't forget to add Remember Me to your Goodreads TBR!

Giveaway Time:
Yay!!! Celebrate good times, come on! (you know, you're singing along now, too).  Here's an awesome chance to win some goodies!!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Cover Reveal: CHARMED by Cambria Hebert

So you all know how much I ADORE Cambria Hebert, right?!?
Well, here is the cover of her newest, soon-to-be-released treasure!
It's the second novel in the Death Escorts Series, 
but you totally DO NOT need to read these in order.

Charmed-by Cambria Hebert ebooksm
  Charmed-wrap     

Total wow, huh?!?  YUMMY!!!!



 You DO NOT have to read Recalled (Death Escorts #1) to understand Charmed

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance 
This book is recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual content and language.

Publisher Type: Self-Published/Indie

Cover Designer: Regina Wamba

Format: Available in Print and Ebook

Release Date: July 22, 2013

Blurb:
Life or Death? Not many people would choose death. But what if death chooses you? What if death doesn’t mean the end of your life, but the beginning? For a Death Escort, death is life. Death is your paycheck. Death is your job. And Charming is the best Escort the Grim Reaper has ever had. But when you piss off the Reaper, being the best doesn’t matter. So Charming is assigned a Target who is practically impossible to kill. He knows the Reaper hopes he fails—that he’s counting on it. So Charming vows to prove him wrong. He vows to make the kill. But someone else vows to get in his way. Someone with a big mouth, a sugar habit, and blond hair. Someone who makes his heart start beating again. And so Charming is left holding more than one person’s fate in the palm of his hand. He thought the choice would be easy, that there really wasn’t a question at all. He was wrong. Life or Death?


Book Trailer:


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Book Spotlight: END OF ATHENS by Anthony Karakai


I'm super excited today to share with you
The End of Athens!!!
I'm dying to read this intriguing dystopian novel; the premise is so unique!
I've got an excerpt AND a guest post for you today.  
Let me know what you think of this novel that's definitely on my TBR.


In the year 2091, humans have lost the ability to dream. After decades of financial and social depression, dreams and aspirations have become a recessive gene—an impossibility of the modern mind.

Greece is one of the worst social and economic disaster zones, and all hope of a better future has been lost. One young man, Nikos, discovers that he is not like everybody else—there is something different about him.

Believing that he may be going crazy, he soon discovers that he is the only person in Greece who has inherited the ability to dream. Time is running out as the government continues its tirade of corruption and suppression against the people, and Nikos must find a way to teach others how to dream so that once more society can free itself from the shackles of mental slavery

So now I know you've got to be as intrigued as myself.  Here's an excerpt to tantalize you all the more.........

I looked into the face of death, and took his mask off. What was it that I was seeing? Stringent blue lights, creeping black shadows, and an entity as tall as myself. This wasn’t evil personified, this thing, this man, this sometimes boy, had a message. He mirrored my actions as I leant against the dark bluestone walls, in what would’ve been an alley if it were not for the enclosed, claustrophobic cube. His face was bare underneath the flowing black hood. We stared at each other, somewhat intently but more so with recognition. As he raised his right hand up towards my face, I found mine momentarily doing the same. Just as we were about to touch, as our hands were to feel the complexity of warm life and cold death, did this mirage disappear.

I find myself instantly in my bedroom, tired but awake, starting another day off the back of what I suspect is the beginning of the end.

As I make myself to work, I think constantly about these apparitional mirages and what it is I’m experiencing. I have no idea, I think I’m going crazy, and I wonder if I should tell somebody. This type of behaviour isn’t normal, as far as normalcy is concerned. I pay the young girl for my coffee- a long black, and saunter towards the entry of building Zero before walking the staircase. The staircase is long, it’s difficult to walk but I do this each morning under the misguided assumption that it will somehow keep me fit. As far as I know, since a desk job was invented the human body periled into a frivolous state of sugar, fat and general regression to what it was designed for in all those history books. We live longer, but for what, I’m not so sure.
After completing the ceremonious “hellos” and “good mornings”, I sit down in what can only be described as a pod and turn on the computer. The year is 2091, and I reside in Athens- the birthplace of democracy, the cradle of free thought and the place on Earth where the potential for civilisation to be civil all began. My name is Nikos, and I am 27 years old.

Wanna purchase your copy???  You can find it on Amazon.  And don't forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR!!!

So let's meet the author........

Anthony Michael Karakai was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is a dual citizen of Hungary. Holding an International Business degree, he is also a qualified percussionist and music producer, having studied music extensively since the age of seven. Working in journalism, his work has been published in various magazines and websites. With an insatiable appetite for travel and an eagerness to explore off the beaten path, Karakai travels at every opportunity- his travels and ongoing commitment to exploring the world are what inspires him to write.

Find more about our author on his website, Facebook and Twitter.

Here's a guest post from our author..........

Top Ten Favorite Books
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho:
This book changed my life, as I’m sure it has many others around the world. Its simplicity is powerful, the story courageous. The Alchemist should be compulsory reading for all school students. Magical realism is a brilliant genre that does not receive enough recognition nor input from authors; this novel is the reason I write in this genre, and seek to bring hope and inspiration to my readers. My brother gave me this book.

The Beach by Alex Garland:
If you haven’t read this book I implore you to. The backpacking adventure is now legendary on both beaten and unbeaten paths around the world- if you have a son or daughter about to graduate, give them The Beach as a present, and encourage them to get out and see the world. I found this at a second-hand bookstore in Airlie Beach, Australia.

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta:
A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005, the travel memoir and social analysis of Mumbai’s underworld is breathtaking. It stands out above most other travel memoirs, for unless you have lived it, you truly wouldn’t understand this type of travel. I bought this in Milan, Italy.

The Zahir by Paulo Coelho:
The Zahir is a work about the power of love, and its absolution as we journey through life. This book is food for the soul, and will bring contentment to even the most hectic of minds. I bought this in Santorini, Greece.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami:
Murakami is a writer’s writer. His style, approach and ability to tell meaningful stories with surrealism is masterful. This is just one of many books by the Japanese author which should be read by every aspiring writer. I was given this as a present by my brother.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:
A timeless classic. A philosophical tale about life in the disguise of a children’s book. I picked this book up originally as I was once called ‘The Little Prince’ on my travels. I only discovered five years later that it was in reference to this fable. 

Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution by Victor Sebestyen:
For anybody who has grown up in a culture they haven’t identified with, and wanted to trace their roots to help discover who they are, I highly recommend this book. For me, it showed what life was like for my parents and grandparents in beautiful Hungary at the time- atrocity, murder, corruption and cruelty. I bought this at the House of Terror, in Budapest, Hungary. 

The Quiet American by Graham Greene:
I studied this book in high school. The Quiet American is a great book which can teach the world many lessons about the wars we find ourselves in- war with other countries, and war with ourselves. 

Dracula by Bram Stoker:
An absolute masterpiece, what more can I say? The fact that mainstream media has portrayed Dracula as a bloodsucking vampire who terrifies people is a grave injustice. This book really deserves more than that. The depth in the story, the descriptive nature of the text and the rich territory it unfolds in deserves the highest praise.

The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara:
This travel memoir truly is exceptional, despite what you think of the man. Is Guevara a murderer or a liberator? An angel or a savage? Before he became a revolutionary, he embarked on a travel adventure with his best friend- this is his story. The reason this book is so well received is because it resonates deeply with those who travel for the first time- the things we see, the people we encounter- it all makes up an experience which helps shape our view of the world. Ultimately, this shows Guevara in a non-mythical light that any young man or woman can relate to- somebody who so, so desperately wanted to change the world. For those who do not like Guevara, you should give this a read as you will find it particularly interesting. You will see a young, bright physician with the whole world before him.

Hope you enjoyed today's post!  Leave a comment and tell me what you think.  

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cover Reveal: DARKEST DAY by Emi Gayle

I'm super excited about this book!!!
The 19th Year series is such an amazing series!  One of my very, very favorites!!!!
I even got to read this super early ... see my review here.
But when I did the review I didn't have the cover or even the official blurb.
And now I do!  YAY!!!!
Ta da!  Here it is!!!!!



Release Date: January 6, 2014

Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

Blurb:

Mac Thorne’s time as a Changeling is coming to an end.

It may have taken eighteen years, but Mac did finally manage to do what the Council wanted: she chose a teacher and renounced the in-between. 

There’s just one last step. She must say goodbye to her human. Forever.

After being challenged in every way possible, Mac leaves what she thought would be the easiest task for the last possible moment. As midnight on July fourth draws near, though, she hasn’t found a way to give up Winn Thomas.

Nor does she want to.

With time running out, Mac stands at a literal crossroads.

Choose Winn, and she’ll be stripped of the only family she’s ever known—vampires, dragons, and her favorite demon. Even her own mother. Accept her position on the Council and rule as an equal to her twelve peers, and she’ll forget Winn ever existed.

Independence and freedom have never before been so limiting.

In this final chapter of the 19th Year Trilogy, it’s time for Mac to decide.

Responsibility? Or Love?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

FREE Book Spotlight: NEVER TOO FAR by Thomas Christopher



FROM JUNE 13th to 15th find this amazing book FREE on Amazon!

NEVER TOO FAR 
by Thomas Christopher


Release Date: May 10, 2012 
Genre: Science Fiction/ Adventure/ Dystopian 
Formats: Kindle, Paperback 



Book Synopsis

A harrowing story of love and survival. In a future of scarce resources, where the possession of gas and diesel is punishable by death, a teenage boy and a pregnant girl must save their impoverished family. They risk their lives on a terrifying journey to sell stolen fuel on the black market.





** No sex, very little bad language, some violent scenes**

Excerpt:

Mary surprised Joe by knocking his arms away. She was stronger than she looked. Then she swept her legs off the bed and sprang to her feet. She took two steps and turned to face him as if to prove there was nothing wrong with her. But there was definitely something wrong. She wavered a moment. Her already white face turned ghostly. Her eyelids trembled. She seemed to realize she was becoming faint, and what that meant.
“I’m fine,” she said. “You don’t have to go.”
Joe got ready to catch her in case she fell, but somehow she held herself steady.
“It’s okay,” Joe said. “Just sit down. I will go find some food.”
Joe inched toward her. He was afraid to grab her again because she might try to wrench free once more and really fall. When she coughed, her little shoulders jerked and her round stomach jumped. Her head was drooped low and her hair hung down so he couldn’t see her face at all.
“Come on, lay down,” Joe said.
She didn’t move. Joe stepped toward her, but before he could put his arms around her, she tilted forward and rested the crown of her head against his chest. He slid his arms along the sides of her hard belly and around her waist. Then he shifted her toward the bed again. She moved like a bundle of empty sacks in his arms. He set her gently on the bed before he bent down to lift her feet onto the sheets.
After he sat in the chair, Mary asked him, “What if you don’t come back?”
“That’s not going to happen,” Joe said.
“How do you know?”
“I just know. You have to trust me.”

The Author

Thomas Christopher grew up in Iowa. He received his MFA from Western Michigan University. His short stories have appeared in The Louisville Review, The MacGuffin, Redivider, and Cooweescoowee. He was also awarded an Irving S. Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant and was a finalist for the Matthew Clark Prize in Fiction. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and son.

Learn more about him here: http://thomaschristopher.weebly.com/

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Upcoming Release Spotlight: WINTER FIRE by Lizzy Ford




Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date:  June 21, 2013

With a Dark witching seeking revenge against him, Beck, the eighteen-year-old Master of Light, must find a way to protect those he loves, the witchlings – and his heart. His duty is further complicated by Morgan, a beautiful Fire witching with a secret that threatens to destroy the progress he’s made protecting the Light.









The Witchling Series:
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