Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves, November 22, 2014


Books Stacked on My Shelves

I received just a few books this week. 
I won Unidentified Funny Objects 3 from Gina Koch.

I purchased The Magic Wakes by Charity Bradford.  She is a local author who writes Science Fiction Romance. I met here at a Christmas Bazaar then went online to Amazon and purchased the book.  


In addition I purchased two Harlequin books.  Deliverance at Cardwell Ranch (Cardwell Cousins series) by B.J. Daniels.  I love her Harlequin Intrigue series and make it a point to read them as soon as they come out. 

I also got The Maverick's Thanksgiving Baby (Montana Mavericks - Twenty Years In the Saddle) by Brenda Harlan.   There have been books by different authors published all year making the anniversary of the series.






Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 Autumn Collection Romance Anthology Book Blast and Give Away



2014 Autumn Collection
by Markee Anderson, Stephanie Burkhart, Gerald Costlow, Cecilia Corona, Nan O'Berry, and Vincent Nutt,

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 The authors are awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

BLURB:


Six complete sweet to sensual romances from six multi-talented authors in settings that are sure to keep you spellbound with tales about young magic, charming reunions, and new beginnings. Enjoy the darker side where witches cast spells, vampires exist, and zombies walk the earth. There's a story for everyone.

Man of Her Dreams by Gerald Costlow

Anise and Charlene are living the busy lives of young Goth women trying to juggle college and jobs and – in their case – training as apprentice Sherritt witches under the tutelage of Anise's mother, Annabel.

Then over Thanksgiving break, the girls encounter a young man named Donnie who claims to be running from a demon – a demon sent by the Devil himself. They might have dismissed the man as deluded, but Anise recognizes him from her dreams. He is the perfect lover she's been dreaming of night after night.

Now the witches are involved in a deadly game of hide-and-seek, discovering they have only days to figure out how to help Donnie. Are even the famous Sherritt witches up to the challenge? Third in the Modern Day Sherritt series.

Under the Harvest Moon by Markee Anderson

Victoria Sommerfield is the maid of honor at her neighbor's wedding, the day after the Harvest Festival. She's also very fond of Kirby, her best friend from high school, who's also in the bridal party. Victoria's forced to make a few decisions thanks to a crime in town. At least Kirby can save the day, for now. But can she take the next step with him?

Day of the Dead ~ (Dia de los Muertos) by Cecilia Corona

The Day of the Dead takes on a new meaning, when the dead don't stay dead. Dr. Valentina Bellmonte, a cancer survivor, is the new coroner at Hope Memorial. Her faith is put to the test when a body arrives at the morgue drained of blood and the man responsible for the crime is sporting fangs. Could vampires be real?

Her good friend, Dr. Xander Carlisle seems to know the truth, but he's unwilling to confide in her. He has a secret of his own and it's not just how he feels about her, but something else entirely, something he's forbidden to reveal.

Apple of His Eye by Nan O'Berry

Callie Dalton's truck runs out of gas on the road to her family's fruit stand. When a forestry agent Marshall Albright comes to her rescue, little does she know that he is the grandson of her grandfather's worst enemy, Brice Huntington. It seems the Dalton's and Huntington's have been waging a feud for the past twenty-nine years, ever since Laura Huntington left Stephen Dalton at the altar.

Falling in love was the easy part; the hard part is going to be keeping their grandparents from confronting one another. Can their love bring these two warring factions together?

Alive by Vincent Nutt

A mutated form of Cholera infects the world, creating zeeks, zombielike creatures in every respect. The group I'm with has traveled far. We've all lost those we've held dear along the way, but when life is unpredictable, anything can happen... This Thanksgiving brings new friends into our lives, and a fresh look at what tomorrow may bring.

Young Witchcraft by Stephanie Burkhart

Rachel's secret would have Cotton Mather rolling over in his grave. She's been raised from an early age to use magic for good, despite her temptation to cast a spell against Phil the bully who can't stop teasing her.

Joe thinks Rachel is cool, especially when she weaves her healing magic spells on him, but he's got his own problems. It's not easy keeping Rachel safe from Phil's constant threats.

When Phil poisons Rachel, can love and a little young witchcraft bring Rachel and Joe together or has years of Phil's bullying ruined their relationship for good?

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Excerpt:

from "Man of Her Dreams:"

"Oh, good grief," said a woman's voice from nowhere. "The old 'naked in public' dream. You sure this is him? This is the man in my dreams? Where's the wild mare he rides across the moor, and the kilt, and the windswept hair, and the—all right, so he's got the washboard abs, and the...the rest of the package. But still..."

"The spell doesn't lie, Sis," responded another woman's voice from nowhere. "This is the man of your dreams. Anyway, a kilt? I think it's time you got rid of that Braveheart poster. The symbolism of his dream is obvious, according to your Psych 101 textbook I doubt you ever read—about as obvious as your man riding a wild mare. Does your kilted dream lover whip the mare into a lathered frenzy?"

"He d-doesn't...you've got a dirty mind. So what's this guy's problem? A fear of being locked out of motel rooms?"

The second voice sighed. "He's unhappy with his life and searching for something better. Being naked means he's broke, so don't count on lavish gifts or expensive honeymoons from this guy. How many of the good catches had insomnia, for the spell to settle on this loser?"

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Markee Anderson makes her home in northeast Wisconsin, surrounded by Packer fans, snow, and cheese. Along with her husband, they have three adult children and two Boston terrier babies. She writes under different pen names, all at: www.sweettalebooks.com

Come visit her at: http://markeeanderson.com

Stephanie Burkhart was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. After graduating from Central High, she joined the U.S. Army. She spent eleven years in the military, seven stationed in Germany. She left the Army in 1997 and settled in California. Stephanie has been married for over twenty years and has two boys, Andrew and Joseph. She now works for LAPD as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher.

Come visit her at: http://www.stephanieburkhart.com

Gerald Costlow lives in Michigan and has published several novels and numerous short stories and novellas over the years. He's currently publishing a romantic-supernatural series with Publishing by Rebecca Vickery.

Cecilia Corona is a massage therapist by day and enjoys the adventures of writing by night. When she's not sitting at her computer plotting her next tale, she's enjoying the Southern California weather. She loves movies, animals of all kinds, especially her three dogs, and she's a big fan of mermaids. When she was young and saw the movie Splash for the first time, she believed sprinkling salt in the bathtub would magically allow her to grow a tail. She was sadly disappointed when the experiment didn't work. If she can't be a mermaid, then maybe she'll just have to write about them.

Please visit Cecilia's website at: http://authorceciliacorona.blogspot.com


Nan O'Berry lives on a small farm in western tidewater with her family and pets including a Black Angus cow named Esmeralda. A graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in education, she taught elementary school for several years before turning her attention to writing romance. She loves hearing from readers.

Please feel free to contact her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-OBerry-Romance- Author/161753103856411

When Vincent Nutt isn't fighting off zeeks, he's going to school and working toward his BA in Video Game Design.

You can find Vincent online at: http://vincentnutt.blogspot.com/

BUY LINKS:

Amazon

Smashwords

Smashwords Publisher Page









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Book Beginnings and The Friday 56, November 21,2014


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.

The Beginning:

Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight Mountains of the Despair in the Far Reaches of the Steppes of the Outerplains - or just Elina for those who are lazy - carefully made her way up the mountain toward her destiny.

The Friday 56:

Their mother shifted to human and, with arms wide open, walked toward them.

"Clothes!" their father barked.

Rhiannon stopped,... "These tedious humans with their insecurities. Who has time for all this?"

From Light My Fire by G.A. Aiken. I requested the book from Netgalley because I love dragons. What I failed to notice was that it was #7 in a series so right now I am totally lost. I loved the beginning and all of chapter one but when chapter 2 and 3 came they left Elina and featured characters from previous books so I am lost.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Murder of Adam and Eve by William Dietrich

 Time Travel

From Goodreads:  

In this fast-paced and though-provoking thriller, two teens time-travel to prehistoric Africa to judge whether to save our ancestors: the genetic "Adam" and "Eve" whose descendants will go on to populate the world. When 16-year-old Nick Brynner explores an old fort on a forbidden island for a school history project, he stumbles onto a time wormhole. What follows is a mysteriously deserted village with a prowling sentry that looks like a gargoyle, and narrow escape with the help of fellow teen Eleanor Terrell. The two are hurtled into a grim series of challenges by an alien race called the Xu, which are considering a Reset of human history because of our poor planetary stewardship. If Adam and Eve are murdered, will another couple, or another species, do better? Nick and Ellie are ruthlessly deposited onto the African savanna of fifty thousand years ago, and the hunt is on. The Murder of Adam and Eve is a coming of age story, a love story, a war story, and an environmental fable with a deliberately provocative ending, inspired by such books as "Walkabout," "Ishmael," "Lord of the Flies," and the author's own "Getting Back."

The Murder of Adam and Eve is fast-paced and thought-provoking as the blurb states.  While I was reading The Murder of Adam and Eve I was just enjoying the story. Watching Nick  and Eleanor learn how to live and survive in prehistoric Africa kept my reading to see what would happen next.  The thought-provoking came after I had finished the book and moved on.  Dietrich very cleverly worked a lot about humans and how they have treated the planet into a well-constructed and entertaining story.

It was after I finished that I realized that the story was causing me to think.  Were we better off as we are today or would we be better off still being hunter/gatherers.  What kind of trade offs have we made and do we need to change how we live today.  Just a spoiler – that is what Nick had to decide as he thought about everything we have accomplished versus changing the past to change humans.

The Murder of Adam and Eve is a Young Adult book but don’t let that stop you from picking it up.  If you are part of a book club this would be a very good choice to generate a lot of discussion.

Burrows published The Murder ofAdam and Eve by William Dietrich in 2014.


I received an ARC of The Murder of Adam and Eve from Netgally in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Heart of Steel by Elizabeth Einspanier - Cover Reveal and Giveaway


Welcome to the cover reveal of HEART OF STEEL by Elizabeth Einspanier, a Science Fiction Romance available February 17, 2015. Elizabeth is giving away a $20 gift certificate to Steampunk Emporium. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

When reclusive cyborg Alistair Mechanus meets his captive, ER doctor Julia Parker, it is love at first sight--for him. While he eagerly drops his plans for World Conquest to woo her, ten years of solitude have left his social skills badly rusted. When his misguided act of kindness spirals out of control, however, Julia is forced to trust the mad genius with her life, and she discovers the vulnerable side under his armored plating. She has the skills he needs to unlock his forgotten past, but learning who he used to be may come at the cost of his remaining sanity.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Julia stopped in the doorway, pulling her hand out of Mechanus’. He turned to see what the matter was, and saw that she was looking past him, openmouthed, at the collection of plants on display. Mechanus followed her gaze in momentary confusion; he’d seen the flowers a thousand times before, and could easily look up the scientific name of every single specimen here and in the other two dozen greenhouses he had. He had detailed files about each specimen, after all.

It occurred to him that he ought to say something.

“This is...” he began. No. Not quite right. He cleared his throat. “Welcome to Greenhouse Fourteen.” There. Much better.

“I’m just... surprised you have something like this here,” Julia said. “I mean, everything else has been so...” She fell silent.

“So...?” Mechanus prompted.

“Industrialized.”

“Well, food has to come from somewhere,” he pointed out. You can only do so much by replicating proteins and complex sugars, and my chimeras don’t seem to like the nutrient slurries at all. I grow fruits and vegetables in greenhouses like this one, as well as grains and medicinal plants that I’ve gathered from all over the world.” He took her hand and led her on into the greenhouse. “For example, did you know that there are over 200 species of plant that have the potential to cure cancer?”

“I was talking about the flowers, but cancer cures are impressive, too.”

Idiot. Of course the flowers. Women liked flowers. “If you enjoy them,” he said, recovering with what he deemed sufficient grace, “I could give you one of my greenhouses. They’re self-maintaining, each with their own crew of maintenance drones who will ensure that they will remain healthy and green for the foreseeable future.”

About the Author:
Elizabeth Einspanier is the self-published author of the Weird Western novella Sheep’s Clothing and the upcoming sci-fi romance novel Heart of Steel. Her short stories have been published in Down in the Dirt and Dark Fire Fiction. She is a member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild and an associate member of the Horror Writers of America. She lives in St. Louis, but frequently spends extended periods in worlds of her own creation.

Website: http://elizabetheinspanier.com
Blog: http://calliopeskiss.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeekGirlWriter
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ElizabethEinspanier/
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/elizabetheinspanier

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Musing Monday's - November 17, 2014



TC is in the sun musing about the chipmunk she sees out the window.
Hopefully that is all she does.  So far this month she has presented me
 with two chipmunks - one alive and one dead but both in my bedroom.
Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week.Musing Mondays is sponsored by Should Be Reading.
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to talk about 
something else.  



I just finished reading The Kraken King, Iron Seas Book #4, by
Meljean Brook.  What I purchased was the Kindle ebook for 7.99.  I have followed this series from book #1 and really enjoyed each book. What made The Kraken King a little different was how it was first published.  It came out as an 8 part Kindle serial with each part priced at $1.99.  I saw and resisted.  Now all eight parts have been released as a print book for $12.50 or a Kindle Edition for $7.99. Doing the math if I had purchased this in the serial form I would have paid 8 x $1.99 or $15.99 and I think I might have been very angry when it came out for $7.99.


I think this is an example of an author or a publisher being very unfair to readers.  Nowhere was it ever stated that the serial would be published in book form.  What do you think?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stacking The Shelves - November 15, 2014


Books Stacked on My Shelves

I only received one book this week.  The Duke's Defiant Wallflower (The Dukes of War #1) by Erica Ridley is a review book from Netgalley.  I got an email offer for the book because I reviewed The Viscount's Christmas Tempatation (click on the title to see the review), a novell that is a prequel to the series.  I liked the novella so wanted to try the first book in the series.  

Kris Longknife: Tenacious (Kris Longknife #12) by Mike Shepherd

Science Fiction/Space Opera

From Goodreads:

There’s no rest for a Longknife—even if you’re a newlywed. Vice Admiral Kris Longknife’s honeymoon gets cancelled when she hears that the space raider’s home world may have been discovered. Finding where the raiders came from could be the key to saving humanity. If only uncovering their secrets was that easy…

As Kris returns home, she ends up tangling with a mutinous crew determined to take off on their own. The dissident group leads Kris straight into a new mess—a system filled with strange, deadly enemies poised to wipe another sentient civilization out of existence. Kris and her squadron are ready to prevent total annihilation, but the mutineers have other plans.

Once again Shepherd has put Kris in more than one dangerous situation.  You would think this would get old but each time there is a new twist and Kris and crew have to find a way to keep everyone alive and ready for the next challenge.

I love the characters in the Longknife series.  Nelly the computer keeps everyone in line even as she develops a more human personality.  Kris and Jack are very much newlyweds.  Their sex life is portrayed the old fashion way.  You know it is going to happen and then you know it has happened but you don’t have to witness the event.  Thank you Mike Shepherd.  There is a new alien race and this is one I really love.  They are descended from felines and women rule the world.  For cat lovers like me they are a big hit.

Some things are solved; some things are still hanging so there will be more of Kris and her crew.  According to the note at the end of the book Kris Longknife: Relentless is already being written.

I love the series the next book will go on pre-0rder as have all the rest.


ACE published Kris Longknife:Tenacious by Mike Shepherd in 2014.