Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace by Becky Monoson #review

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If there’s one thing that Bridgette Reynolds has learned recently, it’s that the perfect shoes, the perfect hair, and the perfect dress do not make for the perfect proposal. In fact, sometimes they make for the not-so-perfect breakup. Now, Bridgette must do everything in her power to win Adam back. She knows they are meant to be. And nothing will stand in her way—not her friends, not her grandmother, not even the fact that Adam is now engaged to Serene after a whirlwind romance. Focused on her plan to win Adam back, Bridgette isn’t expecting Ian—her college best friend, her love, her big regret—to come back into her life. They sink back into their comfortable friendship as if no time has passed at all, making Bridgette start to question her feelings for Adam. But Ian has a few secrets of his own . . . secrets that could shatter their friendship once and for all. Bridgette has to make some major decisions—should she speak now? Or forever hold her peace?

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Let me start with saying that Becky Monson is a new author to me - and I had never read anything that she has written until now!!! AND - I can guarantee that I will be looking for more of her books to read!!!

I love love love that way the story starts and progresses. The way that Becky pulls you in with the beginning of the book was amazing. Had me wondering exactly what was going to happy and who was going to stop who's wedding??? I loved how she flipped back to college years in some chapters - to bring you totally up to speed with things that had happened in the past for Bridgette and Ian.

I don't write spoilers - so I do NOT want to tell you what happens in the book, BUT - I will warn you - that once you start reading this book, you will find it had to put the book down until you read the final page!!! YES - it is that GOOD!!!! I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

 

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Becky Author PictureBy day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.  

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Dark Pursuit by Jennifer Chase

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From the International Award Winning EMILY STONE THRILLER SERIES: Vigilante detective Emily Stone has covertly hunted down killers and closed more serial cases than most seasoned homicide cops combined. Her exceptional profiling skills and forensic techniques, along with deductive crime scene investigations, have made her a compelling force that cannot be beat. She has reached her ultimate breaking point and now must face her toughest opponent yet – her biggest fears. With preciseness, the Tick-Tock Killer has taken his next child victim and promised to dump the body precisely four days later, mocking police and the community. Stone struggles to balance her inner demons and ghosts from the past, against the wits of a brutal and cunning serial killer in an all-out battle of psychological warfare. Can Stone save the next child in time? Dark Pursuit is an action-packed cat and mouse game that will take you to dark places rarely explored.

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  Headshot_JChase About the author: Jennifer Chase is an award-winning author and consulting criminologist. She has authored five crime fiction novels, including the award-winning Emily Stone thriller series along with a screenwriting workbook. Jennifer holds a Bachelor degree in police forensics and a Master's degree in criminology. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists. Twitter: https://twitter.com/JChaseNovelist Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Jennifer-Chase/208188122534165 Blog/Website: http://authorjenniferchase.com/

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Andromedans by Elizabeth Lang #BookReview

Andromedan Tour Banner Andromedans_BookCover (624 x 920) Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find out who you really are. After being kidnapped by a bounty hunter and getting mixed up with a band of rebels, Adrian and Kali are finally together. They find a quiet corner of the galaxy to live in peace and...who are we kidding... Just when they think it's safe, the unthinkable happens. Adrian, a man who prides himself on the perfect mind, loses everything, forcing Kali to revisit what she is willing to do in order to save him, and this time the stakes are even higher. Not only does Adrian's life hang in the balance but the survival of two galaxies. Just who are these Andromedans and why are they willing to go to such lengths to destroy us? What do they want with Adrian? And who is crazy enough to go to the Andromedan galaxy to rescue him?

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If you are looking for a unique scifi series, The Empire Series is a great one. The Andromedans is book 3. New characters are introduced and the action gets a little quicker. The main characters seemed a lot more developed and connected in book 3. I enjoyed this book a little more than the first two. The parallel stories going on in both galaxies are fun to read and intriguing. I definitely will be reading the next book. I am really curious to see how this story will progress. 

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IMG_0858-0.JPGAbout the author: Elizabeth Lang is first and foremost, a geek with the obligatory love of science fiction and fantasy. She spent most of her life in the computer industry designing computer systems for world domination the mundane industry of life insurance, which is surprisingly, not as exciting as it sounds. Now she creates enchanted worlds of magic, explores the human condition in the light of future technology and civilizations, and dreams about world domination. Or at least, some of her characters do. Her first book, The Empire was fortunate enough to be a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and she has never looked back.   Author Social Media Webpage: www.elizabeth-lang.com Facebook: Elizabeth Lang Twitter: @Elizabeth_Lang Pinterest: Elizabeth Lang  

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Empire and The Rebels by Elizabeth Lang #authorPost

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  The Empire All Adrian Stannis wanted was a quiet corner of the galaxy where he could work on his beloved scientific experiments, but unfortunately, he was born into a world at war, where his people are struggling for survival against a vastly superior alien invasion force and he is a genius who was trained for the very thing he hates, the creation of deadly weapons. Not to mention, he appears to have been genetically mated to a telepath by his government and he doesn’t find her…uninteresting. In fact, she appears quite intelligent. So what will happen to this solitary man when his peace is shattered in every way possible and there is nowhere left to run? Buy on Amazon | Kobo | B&N | Smashwords








The Rebels  Adrian, Kali and Adrian’s personal assistant, Bryce are finally free of the oppressive Empire. They hide on a planet called, Orasis, a tech-4 world on the Outer Rim whose only usefulness is a low-grade source of Tri-Iridium ore. Not the kind of place to find the most advanced weapons scientist in the galaxy. Things go well, relatively, and Adrian and Kali finally have time to develop the relationship they didn’t think possible. Adrian and Bryce even start up their own fix-it business. Then a stranger arrives on the planet. Buy on Amazon | Kobo | B&N | Smashwords










The Rise of SFR


My first love has always been science fiction and fantasy, though why those two are always lumped together like conjoined twins, always amazes me. Sure they're about flights of imagination, one into the past and one into the future, but beyond that, they couldn't be more different. Oh well. Perhaps musings for another post.


Today's blog is about SFR,  Science Fiction Romance. For those who have never heard the term, that's all right. I never did either, until after I wrote The Empire.


I never envisioned The Empire as a romance, even though the two central characters are involved in a relationship that is key to the story, but the story isn't about their romance. Very much like Matrix where Neo's main motivation is his love for Trinity. So, it was quite a surprise the first time I was told that my book might be science fiction romance.


First, I had no idea there was such a sub-category. And second, it is NOT a romance. I don't read romance.


I entered The Empire in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and as a lark, submitted it for both the science fiction and romance categories, perhaps to prove to myself that it wasn't a romance.


You probably know where this is going. The Empire didn't win in the science fiction category, but it was a finalist in the romance category.


That was when I began to taking SFR more seriously. That's where this blog comes in.


What is SFR? Is is good? Is it bad? Is it 'real' science fiction? Are you going to get girl cooties from reading it? Those are questions that are bandied around these days.


In the past, science fiction was more often the bastion of men, venerable writers like Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury and the like, people who peer into the looking glass and bring us back a glimpse of the future. I loved them. I grew up with them. They defined geek.


Their audience was primarily adolescent males. So, it wasn't surprising that science fiction was about the science, and character development was skimpy.


That is one of the controversies today between the purists to whom science fiction is primarily about the science and not about the characters or relationships, or icky stuff like male-female dynamics-- unless it's about men and female cyborgs.


One of the first science fiction novels that most people, myself included, seem to remember with romantic elements are the Pern series by Anne McCaffrey and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


On the Mirriam-Webster website, science fiction is defined as “fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component.”


'Soft' science fiction deals with the human dynamic in a science fiction setting, meaning character development is the primary, though not necessarily the only focus.


Science Fiction Romance falls under this umbrella. As greater numbers of female authors enter the sci-fi genre, these kinds of stories have increased, becoming their own legitimate sub-categories, to the horror of traditional purists who claim that these are just regular stories with a sci-fi backdrop, not real sci-fi.


While that is true in some cases, I respectfully disagree. Many of these stories take aspects of our current society and imagine their natural, or unnatural progression into the future.


The future isn't just about science and technology. It's about politics, social engineering, human dynamics, and even romance. How will all of these things look like in the future? Perhaps these aren't science fiction stories, but future fiction stories and SFR is one aspect of it?


Then, of course, we have sci-fi with romantic elements, romance stories with sci-fi elements, and science fiction with romance as the central theme.


Why the distinction? Because SFR seems to be a bastard child of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) too. According to their definition, romance stories must have a central romance and fall within HEA (“Happily Ever After”). So some stories slip through the cracks and are slapped with an anemic 'sci-fi with romance elements' label. These sub-genres are here to stay and as they develop and move into the mainstream, perhaps they will be recognized as science fiction, period. Or maybe they will become Future Fiction, a glimpse into the development or devolving of human society.



Thank you for letting me guest on your blog. It's been fun.


About the author: Elizabeth Lang is first and foremost, a geek with the obligatory love of science fiction and fantasy. She spent most of her life in the computer industry designing computer systems for world domination the mundane industry of life insurance, which is surprisingly, not as exciting as it sounds. Now she creates enchanted worlds of magic, explores the human condition in the light of future technology and civilizations, and dreams about world domination. Or at least, some of her characters do. Her first book, The Empire was fortunate enough to be a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and she has never looked back.   Author Social Media Webpage: www.elizabeth-lang.com Facebook: Elizabeth Lang Twitter: @Elizabeth_Lang Pinterest: Elizabeth Lang

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

White Night by Kathi Haacke Morehead #Excerpt

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White Night BookCover croppedJoanna Anderson Campbell lived the perfect life ... loving daughter and sister, loyal friend, faithful wife, and devoted mother. She was happy and content. What more could she have asked for? Life could not have been better. At least ... that's what she believed. Until she died. Can death teach the most valuable lessons about life? Jo Campbell is about to find out.

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Excerpt: Chapter 3: Choices

My soul? You can’t be my soul. I am my soul. I am me, there is no “us” in soul. If I am doomed to spend eternity with you, the least you can do is come up with something more clever than that. I am already me. You have to choose another character. While imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, you can’t have what is mine.
Even I hear the whiny petulance in my voice. I’m slightly embarrassed; but, why?
I hear a deep sigh. “I could say the same to you, you know. But you don’t know. And you won’t know until you understand two things: I am your soul, the spark that kept you going through everything, and … this is not my first rodeo. Considering your current choices, I’d say you need to shut up and listen.”
Okay. Assuming I do. Assuming I want to. Don’t take this personally Ms. “Soul,” but honestly you are not what I might have expected a soul to be. I thought perhaps angelic … wise … kind. I thought a bit more polished, a bit more empathetic. Maybe even wings and a harp. I find you somewhat arrogant and pedestrian.
“Challenged are you? Girlfriend, I have news for you. I am all of that and more. I am every thought you have ever had. I am every emotion you have ever felt. If you see me as arrogant, consider the source. In fact, that’s exactly what you are going to have to do if you want to escape this inertia as you’ve said, and we don’t have a lot of time. That’s my deal. Take it or leave it. I won’t make this offer again.”
Well, at least you are a distraction. Though not a very pleasant one, I might add.
“Don’t flatter yourself. Spending time with you is equally as entertaining for me, Cupcake.”
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  About the author: Kathi Haacke Morehead makes her fiction debut with WHITE NIGHT. She is the author of HEART BLEED: Letting go and stanching the flow, and THE BEST FROM THE CHEAP SEATS. She has also written numerous articles for Mind Body Green, and Boomeon. She also blogs daily at A View From the Cheap Seats Today. Kathi lives in Brunswick with her husband Dave and their four finicky felines. Her motto is "love and laugh!"        

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Falling Star Book Blast

FallingStarEbookFallingStarBannerDrew DiPalma feels like he's living a lie. He's had it with his Hollywood persona, the high-maintenance women, and his sleazy agent. To escape the madness, he flees to a tourist town he'd often visited as a child. He never expected to find love on that little island. Then he stumbles upon Lainey alone on the swing set of a deserted beach. After a dozen internet dating disasters, Lainey Riccardo has given up on romance--until she meets a West Coast hunk who has no trouble winning her heart. But Lainey only knows him as Drew, not the Oscar-nominated actor who's constantly scandalized in the tabloids. When she learns the truth, will the small town Jersey girl be able to accept Drew's fast-paced life? Or will the truth drive her away forever?

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laura delucaLaura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player, and Demon.
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Quiver of the Pure Heart Book Blast

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Quiver book cover - ebookGranddaughter of a loving, but roguish businessman, Blis Dumas can’t escape a legacy of lies. The time is 1989. The place is San Francisco, where painful stories of gentrification, eviction and relocation still echo within its limits. Clinging desperately to the Victorian home she inherited, she is confronted by a stranger that brings her a life filled with revenge, corruption, and murder. In an unparalleled twist of fate, she discovers that her predicament may have roots buried much closer to home. Blis’ world starts to crumble as she fights the Bureau to save the home she adores; fights the temptation of an incorrigible former lover; and fights the peril threatening the tender passion of a new and budding romance. QUIVER OF THE PURE HEART will appeal to readers that appreciate a social setting that illuminates the universal themes of desire, forgiveness, revenge, and letting go. San Francisco is one of the loves of Blis’ life, and like any love relationship, it is where her emotions will be tested, where romance will live and die, and where people are not always as they seem. Burnita Bluitt offers a spirited and passionate story of love and corruption in the city by the bay.

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Burz1-237x300Born in Mississippi, but raised in San Francisco. As a child I once lived in an Italianate Victorian similar to the one I’ve written about, only it was solid white. I used to like to sit in the bay window trying to hold the newspaper to look at the pictures. Through writing the book I’ve reignited my passion for San Francisco’s rich architecture. Don’t be surprised if you’re the owner of one of these beauties and you see me snapping a picture of your house. Here’s a little bit more about me than you ever wanted to know: I’m a Virgo, favorite color is yellow, love the ocean, adore cats but allergic, if I had been born a boy I’d be Byron Shay instead of Burnita Rene, biggest vice is See’s Candies, won writing scholarships to San Francisco Writer's Conference - 2013 and VONA - 2012, Ben & Jerry are my two favorite guys, degree in history, taught myself to knit, can’t sew, love exercising to audiobooks, delight in gardening and encouraging young things to grow, childhood book I enjoyed most was “Where the Wild Things Are,” can’t believe I don’t have a favorite author, and no kids, so can’t come up with any excuses to put off writing.

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