Thursday, August 25, 2016

Defragmenting Daniel by Jason Werbeloff - Book Blast:and Giveaway





Defragmenting Daniel: The Organ Scrubber
by Jason Werbeloff


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GENRE: Sci-fi Thriller


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BLURB:




7 stolen organs.
1 vengeful victim.
A gruesome sci-fi thriller.
Organ scrubbing was a bloody job, but somebody had to do it. Daniel, an orphan from the Gutter, was put to work scrubbing kidneys at aged twelve. The job had its perks: a warm bed, Law and Order reruns, and an all-you-can-eat Mopane worm buffet.
Until the Orphanage stole Daniel’s parts, and sold them on the organ market.
Now Daniel has grown up, and yearns to become whole again. The cybernetic organ replacements just aren’t the same – he needs his parts back. But the new owners of his organs won’t give them up. Not without a fight.
Just how far will Daniel go to regain his missing pieces? And how much more of himself will he lose along the way?
Defragmenting Daniel is a cyberpunk crime thriller that will unnerve you. Every part of you.
“A work of great imagination. Powerful and gripping.”
“A stark and moving experience.”
ReadersFavorite.com, 5 Star Review


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EXCERPT


“You feel that, son?”


“No siw,” Daniel mouthed. His tongue was numb. Had been numb since they’d replaced it with the generic a year ago, but it felt more swollen than usual. Clumsy against his palate.


“That’s good. Try to relax.” The surgeon’s voice was deep and quick. Like a scythe. “Music, nurse.”


With Daniel’s head turned the way it was, he looked directly into the surgeon’s crotch. He tried to turn away, but his head had been immobilized.


A beat Daniel remembered from somewhere rolled through the operating theatre. The bass vibrated along the legs of the steel table, up, into the brace that pierced his skull, down, through its metallic fingers, and into his brain. It tickled.


The surgeon shifted. A nurse’s masked face replaced the crotch. “Don’t move.” Only her eyes showed above the mask. The doctors and nurses all looked the same with their masks on. How do they tell one another apart?


A grainy woman’s voice hissed through the beat.


We had you cleaned


We had you eat


The high-pitched whine of a bone saw echoed in Daniel’s skull. “We’ll have you open in no time,” said the surgeon.


Daniel felt pressure against his temple, above his right ear. The whine of the blade morphed to a lower, choppy grind.


We had you bathed


We had your feet


Yes, he remembered the song now. It was all the rage in the cafeteria on Friday nights, when they cleared the chairs to make room for an ad hoc dance floor.


“How the kids?”


“Good, thanks doctor. Jordan’s starting school next week.”


“Already?”


Daniel tried to swallow, but lying on his back with his head fixed at this angle, most of the saliva dribbled onto the operating table.


We ate your lungs


We heart your beat


The bone saw slowed to a toothy stop.


There was a hollow metal twang, as something red dropped into a metal bowl on the edge of Daniel’s vision.


“You doing okay there, boy?”


“Yeth, ma’am.”


The surgeon bent down. Peered into Daniel’s eyes.


“We’re in. Won’t be too much longer now.”



AUTHOR Bio and Links:




Human. Male. From an obscure planet in the Milky Way Galaxy. Sci-fi novelist with a PhD in philosophy. Likes chocolates, Labradors, and zombies (not necessarily in that order). Werbeloff spends his days constructing thought experiments, while trying to muster enough guilt to go to the gym.


He's written two novels, Hedon and The Solace Pill, and the short story anthology, Obsidian Worlds. His books will make your brain hurt. And you'll come back for more.


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Purchase link for Defragmenting Daniel: The Organ Scrubber - The book will be free on Amazon for 4 days, August 24 – 27 2016.




The Organ Scrubber is the first fragment of the Defragmenting Daniel trilogy:
Fragment 1 – The Organ Scrubber
Fragment 2 – The Face in a Jar
Fragment 3 – The Boy Without a Heart


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Look Back Wednesday - The Ultimatum by Susan Kearney

LOOK BACK WEDNESDAY IS A NEW FEATURE HERE ON THE BLOG.  THERE ARE SO MANY REALLY GOOD BOOKS I HAVE REVIEWED ON GOODREADS I DECEIDED TO HIGHLIGHT SOME FROM THE PAST.  RIGHT NOW I AM FEATURING BOOKS ON MY SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE SHELF.  EACH REVIEW IS A DIRECT POST FROM MY GOODREADS REVIEW.



The Ultimatum (Rystani #3)The Ultimatum by Susan Kearney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Ultimatium is book three in the Rystani series but it works very well as a stand alone. Some of the characters from the previous two books are mentioned but are not really a part of this story.

Backstory: Everything is presented as part of the current story and explains the tension between the characters and the reason for the mission the characters undertake. While this is part of a series there was never a time when I felt that I did not have the background I needed to understand the world.

Characters: Susan Kearney knows how to create interesting and unusual main female characters. Alara’s is unique because during certain times she has to have sex to regenerate or she dies. At times that overshadows how intelligent she is. Xander is the alpha male who brings her on his ship without knowing about the need Endekian women have. Both are strong intelligent people who have to work out their problems in order to sued in their quest. There are some very well developed secondary characters who add interest to the story. Then there are the Perceptive Ones who show up in small segments scattered between the chapters. T

Plot: It is fairly standard. There is a virus that will kill everyone unless a cure is found. There is a time limit that adds to the tension. Secondary is the attraction between Alara and Xandar.

Writing: The writing moves the characters and the plot along in an interesting manner. The dialog was crisp, the action fit the plot and the characters moved in the manner that fit their development. A very well done book.

I liked the story. I am looking forward to reading next book in the series, The Quest. If you like SFR this is a good choice for you.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Unchained Melody by Cynthia Roberts - Book Blast and Giveaway


Unchained Melody
by Cynthia Roberts

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years.

Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to happily ever after.

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Excerpt

“Nice to meet you, Mr. Templeton. I’ve been trying to get to Sugar Run for the past two years, but …” she paused. “I just don’t know how to say no to my boss.”  

He chuckled and pointed her way.

“Well, good for you. All work and no play … well, you know the rest.” He interjected.

Then she thought. I’ll be damned. She knew that name. Everyone knew the Templeton name. She was rather titillated by his attention. The Templeton’s, were quite known in the Northeast. Not only was Sugar Run a rather luxurious five-star resort, but his family had acquired over fifty acres of prime lakefront property and started developing it into one of the most eloquent gated communities that would offer luxurious 2-3-bedroom town homes, a 9-hole golf course, and private country club.
The cleft in his chin was more prominent when he smiled and it pleased her to know she was the cause of the sparkle in his eyes.

“And, please, call me Gavin.”

Her voice shook a little. “Pamela Landers … my name, that is and, thank you for sharing your table.”

The waitress arrived, took both of their orders, and refilled their coffee cups.

“So, tell me Pamela, what line of work occupies your every waking moment?”

“Law,” she answered. “My niche is wrongful death.”

The look that registered on his face made her wonder, if the legal field was something he found distasteful. She did not know why, but she wanted his approval. His opinion of her somehow mattered.

“Do you ski, Gavin?”

“Not an Olympic hopeful mind you, but I manage to make it to the bottom without breaking my neck.”

Pamela giggled.

His cell phone went off and he excused himself, as he rose and moved from the table. He was only gone for a matter of moments. When he returned to the table and rejoined her, he asked the waitress to bring him the check right away.

Pamela tried to hide her disappointment.

“Pressing business?” She asked, trying to keep the disappointment from her voice.

Gavin’s was evident as he sighed heavily. “I’m afraid so. There’s something I must attend to in Ashbury that needs my attention.” He rose and handed the waitress two twenty-dollar bills and told her to keep the change.

Pamela shook her head and raised her hand to argue but, he waved it off.

“Please, it was my pleasure to meet you.” His smile was warm and genuine. “Perhaps, you’ll join me for a cocktail this evening. I’ll send a note to your room.”

Pamela returned his smile. “Um, that would be nice,” she waved her finger at him, “but, the drinks are on me or, it’s a no.”

Gavin reached for her hand, and drew it to his lips, and stroked it tenderly with his thumb. “How can I refuse? Until later this evening then.” He bowed slightly and turned to exit.

Pamela was exuberant as she watched him leave, appreciating how well the jeans he was wearing fit around a rather nice tight ass and well-muscled thighs. Pamela relaxed and played back their meeting in her mind. Talk about fate … it was all rather unexpected and the immediate attraction she felt for him was even more surprising. She looked down at the thick, crisp waffles on her plate and began devouring them with a hunger that was as strong as her desire to meet up with the dashing and charming owner of Sugar Run.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn't until much later in life I actually took up the pen to write my first historical romance, Wind Warrior. I really don't fit into one specific niche. Once a story starts to flow, it's only then I know what genre/sub-genre it will fit under.

I have only one regret, and that is not getting to this point in my career much sooner, rather than later. Life has a way of setting up road blocks, which for me, was supposed to work out that way. Because of those detours, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer, allowing me to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel.
It is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in knowing, "Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities."

LINKS

The book is on sale for only $0.99 for a limited time on Smashwords.  The link to buy the book is https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/611278  

Please use Coupon Code: AN23P

Social links:


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Cynthia will be awarding the first six E-books in the Love Song Standards Series to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - August 20, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books I added to my shelves this week. They may it be physical or virtual. I include books I buy in a physical store or online, books I borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!  Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews.  Follow the link to see what others have on their shelves. 

I still have to lay off of reading so I was back at the library looking for Books on CD.  I found two.  I actually have to book for one but have not been able to start it.  The other is one I checked out but had to give-up on to rest my eyes.

Audio Books From The Library:

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris
Night Shift (Midnight, Texas, #3)

Shadow and Flame by Gail Z. Martin
Shadow and Flame (Ascendant Kingdoms, #4)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Short and Sweet Audio Book Reviews - Fair Game by Patricia Briggs, Possession by Kat Richardson, Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B. Ross

Fair Game (Alpha & Omega, #3)Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great series. I started this with book three and quickly went back and read the first two books.  Charles and Anna swiftly became two of my favorite characters. The story is good, the action exciting and there is enough tension for several more books.  Since I need to rest my eyes I picked this up in audio form and loved the story just as much as the first time.  The reader does a really good job.  Hope for more Charles and Anna Soon


Possession (Greywalker, #8)Possession by Kat Richardson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am having to rest my eyes so picked this up in an audio book. The Greywalker series is one that is best if read in order but the last one I read was #3. I did not feel the lack of any backstory or world building. It did help that I had read the first books in the series. Harper is still a great character and she is supported by a great cast of supporting characters. The story has a great plot that allows a lot of danger and suspense as the story progresses. The reader does a good job of different voices and keeping the story flow going.


Miss Julia Inherits a Mess (Miss Julia, #18)Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B. Ross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like the other books in this post I checked Miss Julia out from the library in audio book form. I read the first book in this series several years ago and was not that impressed. This time I picked for fun listening and Miss Julia filled the bill. The book is read in a southern accent and sometimes it does get old but it fits the characters and the story. Miss Julia (who is not a miss) once again finds herself with a job she does not want. It is fun to see her working toward a solution that will please everyone. If you want something lighthearted, full of fun characters and a bit of a mystery pick this one up. while it is book 18 in the series it can stand-alone.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #39, Fatal Identity by Marie Force, Starboard by Dave Bara, 1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz by Kerryn Offord and Rick Boatright

Fatal Identity (Fatal, #10)Fatal Identity by Marie Force
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been binge reading the Fatal series for the last week. Fatal Identity is the latest one in the series. Sometimes a series does not hold up over multiple books. Fatal Identity is one that does. A lot has happened to Sam and Nick in the year covered by the series. Sam is still a homicide detective but Nick is now the Vice-President. Once again Sam has a very high profile case even though she is on a four day suspension. Others in the large cast are dealing with other problems. A lot of tension, a really unusual plot and a great addition to the story.


Starbound (Lightship Chronicles #2)Starbound by Dave Bara
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Starboard is a typical middle book in a trilogy. There are multiple problems that Peter has to face. First is a unexpected attack with the loss of many of the people under Peter's command. Then he has to face changes in his family. Finally he is captured and almost executed for losing the Impulse (see book one). Each of those events are a part of the set up for the next book in the series. The Lightship Chronicles continues to be an exciting and tension filled space opera series.


1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz by Kerryn Offord and Rick Boatright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a side story in the Ring of Fire series. The main character is Phillip Theophrastus Gribbleflotz, the world's greatest alchemist. He has a history before he meets some of the up-timers who came back when Grantsville was transported to the 1630's. He has tried very hard to make a name for himself but his first big success is making baking soda and baking powder so the women of Grantsville can continue to have biscuits. From there we follow him as he becomes a household name with other products. It is a fun story for anyone to read and a must read for fans of the series. Some of the main characters have cameo roles in the story but most of the characters are new or side characters from other stories.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 - August 12, 2016

I'm linking up with Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings and Freda's Voice for Page 56. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Pick the closest book on your book stack and join the fun.

Maker Lab: Make Your Own Science ExperimentsThe Beginning:

"When my brother and I were growing up, our mom taught us how scientists answer their question. They use a process called the scientific method After this, we spent a lot of time in the kitchen doing classic experiments, just like the ones you'll find in this book."



Page 56:

Rubber Band Planets

"All these planets, the sun and lots of smaller objects such as moons are together called the solar system. You can make beautiful models of all eight planet, showing their colors and relative sized, using just rubber bands and paper."

From Maker Lab, 28 Super Cool Projects put out be the Smithsonian. I received the book from Amazon Vine. It has some really fun experiments and projects. Most if not all ingredients can be found in your home. The book says they are for the 8 to 12 year old. I am long past the age. It did not stop me from trying a few and having a really good time doing them.