Monday, December 11, 2017

You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine by Kimberly Love




You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine
by Kimberly Love

I asked Kimberly where she went to find inspiration.  Be sure to read her answer below.
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GENRE:   Non-Fiction/Memoir

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BLURB:

There's an evil queen, a demented father, some amateur boxing and a trailer park story. Even a silver fox makes an appearance. Why wouldn't that entice you?

If you are looking for something different from the rest of the books out there, something that might make you question your sanity then you will love this book.


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EXCERPTS 

Mom? Are you reading this? Maybe you should have a drink first. Can we get a rum and coke over here? She’s gonna need it...

A lot of people have asked me throughout this process, why I would want to write this book. There are a few reasons why I decided to completely expose myself for the world to see, but certainly one particular moment comes to mind. During a heated argument with my ex-husband, post-divorce, he blurted out that he thought I was incapable of loving another human being. It’s one of those things you hear that is so shocking to you that the argument just ceases. I was speechless, I didn’t know what to say. Normally I would have chalked it up to the fact that he was in fact a disgruntled ex because it wouldn’t be the first time we got down and dirty in an argument, but this time I didn’t. I never forgot that comment, mainly because I wondered for years if it was true. There was just something about the way he said it that made me wonder if I was really that irrevocably screwed up. So, I decided to delve into my past, for my sake as well as my daughters, to find out why I walked out on a relationship that everyone thought was perfect.

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The Perfect Places That I Find Inspiration

Inspiration is a funny thing and sometimes the places where you find inspiration are unusual as well. I do a lot of writing at home so it’s probably the last place that I find inspiration but there are times where even home will spark something inside. If I were to pick four places that I could visit to find some inspiration, they would be:

My Daughter’s Room

This is probably the only place in my home where inspiration lies. I spend so much time writing, editing and researching at home that I have to leave it sometimes or I will go crazy. However, there are times if I’m having a hard day that I can walk into my daughter room crawl into bed with her and read a book and that’s inspiring. Currently, we are reading Charlie and the Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl and there is nothing like stepping into a world where there are vermicious Knids chasing Mr. Wonka to inspire me to create my own unusual worlds.

Paris
I have always dreamed of traveling to Paris and writing my next novel in a café in the city. Paris to me is a romantic dream and I would love to create something magical there.

The Beach

Basically, anywhere that there is sand and water, I would be in heaven. There is just something about being by the water that I find very inspiring and my creative juices just flow so easily there. I think there is a part of me that becomes very in tuned with myself when I’m by the water so it’s only natural that I would find creativity there.

A Champagne Bar

No, seriously, you have to try it out. Go to a champagne bar, saddle up to the bar, order some champagne and then just sit there and watch. People watching is one of my favorite things to do and after one night of drinking champagne and feeling glamorous you will have so much to write about.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kimberly spend her days writing about serial killers and playing on her blog while trying not to get sucked in by her Facebook notifications or get into the whiskey decanter (just kidding...kinda). Check out her blog www.kimmilove.com
Book Description:
WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK AWESOME?
There's an evil queen, a demented father, some amateur boxing and a trailer park story. Even a silver fox makes an appearance. Why wouldn't that entice you?
If you are looking for something different from the rest of the books out there, something that might make you question your sanity then you will love this book.
Seriously! The comedic and sassy perspective will make you see things differently, and you may even find yourself laughing out loud. It's a good story and one that I truly believe needs to be told. Period.
It’s dark, raw and takes you to a door that keeps all my innermost secrets. I hope that the book makes you laugh, makes you cry, and inspires you to be the best version of yourself.
Website/Blog: www.kimmilove.com
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Kimberly Love will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour!

November 20Edgar's Books
November 21Rogue's Angels 
November 22Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
November 22Sharing Links and Wisdom
November 24This and That Book Blog
November 27It's Raining Books
November 28The Avid Reader
November 29Mello and June, It's a Book Thang! 
November 30BooksChatter
December 1Fabulous and Brunette
December 4Books Direct - review
December 5Readeropolis
December 6Deal Sharing Aunt
December 7Independent Authors
December 8The Reading Addict
December 11Mixed Book Bag
December 12Books, Dreams,Life
December 13Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
December 14T's Stuff
December 15Straight From the Library

Friday, December 8, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 165 - Not HIs Vampire by Annie Nicholas, A Cowboy's Heart by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Not His Vampire (Not This, #3)Not His Vampire by Annie Nicholas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Things that you think cannot exist do and Trixie Russell has just found out that vampires do exist. Soon after she is in an accident about to die when Victor Petrov, an ancient vampire, changes her. Victor has problems and now Trixie is added to the mix. This starts a fun romp as Victor tries to provide the guidance that Trixie needs to adjust to her new status. I loved how Victor is trying very hard to be a good sire to Trixie and how Trixie seems to bring the best out in Victor. Then those nasty werewolves interfere. That leads to tension and danger for both Victor and Trixie. A fun romp in this interesting world where the Not This series takes place.


A Cowboy's Heart (McGavin Brothers Book 4)A Cowboy's Heart by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The latest McGavin Brothers is about to bite the dust. After being left at the alter Bryce McGavin gave up his music. That is about to change. Nicole Williams comes to his bar with her fiancee and ends hes engagement while there. Seems she loves to play and sing and asks to perform two nights a week. Both are recovering from past relationships. Neither think they are ready for a new romance but music brings the two together and romance blooms. I loved how the two supported each other. That support helped replace old tapes that were holding both back from doing what they loved. Great story and a change to visit with the couples from the previous three stories.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Man and Horse by John Egenes - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway





Man & Horse: The Long Ride Across America
by John Egenes

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GENRE:   Memoir

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BLURB:

In 1974 a disenfranchised young man from a broken home set out to do the impossible. With a hundred dollars in his pocket, a beat up cavalry saddle, and a faraway look in his eye, John Egenes saddled his horse Gizmo and started down the trail on an adventure across the North American continent. Their seven month journey took them across 11 states from California to Virginia, ocean to ocean.. As they left the pressing confinement of the city behind them, the pair experienced the isolation and loneliness of the southwestern deserts, the vastness of the prairie, and the great landscapes that make up America. Across hundreds of miles of empty land they slept with coyotes and wild horses under the stars, and in urban areas they camped alone in graveyards and abandoned shacks. Along the way John and Gizmo were transformed from inexperienced horse and rider to veterans of the trail. With his young horse as his spiritual guide John slowly began to comprehend his own place in the world and to find peace within himself. Full of heart and humor, Egenes serves up a tale that's as big as the America he witnessed, an America that no longer exists. It was a journey that could only have been experienced step by step, mile by mile, from the view between a horse's ears.


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EXCERPT

The young horse stands in the pale light of a gibbous moon, his hindquarters positioned so they block the cold northwest wind. Spring has remained cool and dry here in the high desert of the southwest, and the nightly winds have steadily robbed the place of its water. A heavy toll has been taken this year on the plants and animals who live here, and the horse can sense the corpse of one of his kind close by, though the man who travels with him is unaware of it.

The moon is bright, but not quite bright enough, and the man labors to read a beat-up paperback novel. He wishes the moon was full, and as it moves lower across the sky, the man finally gives up his struggle and stuffs the book into his saddlebags. He gets to his feet, walks over to the horse, and scratches the animal's ears, one by one. The horse enjoys this. The man says goodnight and retires to his sleeping bag, leaving the horse to gaze at the night sky.

Coyotes bark their high, shrill cries as the moon begins to set behind the mountains to the west. Finally, the horse turns into the wind and walks the short distance to where the man is sleeping. The horse allows his legs to buckle and slowly settles to the ground next to the man. He tucks his legs beneath him and closes his eyes to dream the dreams that horses dream.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

John Egenes has been a musician, a saddlemaker, a dog catcher, and a hobo, among other things. He only learns by making mistakes and he views his life through a windshield full of squashed bugs. He makes his home in New Zealand.


Online Sites for “Man & Horse”

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Book Depository:

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John Egenes Blog: http://www.johnegenes.com/wp

John & Gizmo Blog: http://www.johnandgizmo.com/wp




Twitter: @jegenes

The book will be on sale for only $0.99.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

John Egenes will be awarding 4 digital copies of the book to 4 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.


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Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour:


November 27This and That Book Blog
November 28Sea's Nod
November 29Rogue's Angels 
November 30Books, Dreams,Life
December 1Sharing Links and Wisdom
December 4Regan Black
December 5Queen of All She Reads
December 6Straight From the Library
December 7Mixed Book Bag
December 8Jennifer Macaire, Tell me a Story

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 164 - The Bad Boy Cowboy by Kate Pearce, The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, Holiday Wishes by Jill Shelves

The Bad Boy Cowboy (Morgan Ranch #4)The Bad Boy Cowboy by Kate Pearce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

HW is the last Morgan brother to come home. His past is still haunting him. I liked how he finally gave up information that left him feeling free. Samantha Kelly is a new character to the series. She has injuries from her time in Afghanistan and is still recovering from a romance gone wrong in the past. The two are like oil and water. Pearce does a great job with the dialog between the two. There were some very serious issues that the characters were dealing with but there was a very good balance between humor and serious. I was laughing through much of the book. A nice addition to the series.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library, #1)The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked the world building, back story and character development in The Invisible Library. What I did not like was the person reading the book on Audible. Her voice reminded me of fingernails on a chalkboard and took some getting used to. Irene and Kai are sent to get a book from a different reality. Nothing goes as planned. There is plenty of action, tension, twists and turns and betrayal. It is a wonder that all ends fairly well and Irene get something that sets up the next books in the series.


Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay, #4.5)Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sean O'Riley and Lotti Hartford have a history. Ten years have passed since they parted and now their roles are reversed. A nice Christmas story featuring the tension between Sean and Lotti. This time it is Sean who wants happily ever after and Lotti who does not trust Sean to deliver. A great setting and characters. The plot is familiar but enjoyable. If you are looking for a nice Christmas romance this one might be for you.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Evolved by Archer Miller - Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway


Evolved
by Archer Miller

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GENRE: Science Fiction

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BLURB:

Humanity has spread to the far reaches of space with The Golden Door, a planetary colonization monopoly, selling off every desirable and not so desirable planet to desperate settlers.

Each new world comes with new challenges, and to meet that challenge the children are evolving.

When Pieter, and other gifted children like him, become the target of government research they must fight not only for their lives but the future of their kind.

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NOTE: The book is on sale for $0.99.

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EXCERPT

Pieter’s eyes opened, but it was an exercise in futility. There was nothing but darkness for him to see. He knew he was awake because of the lancing pain running down his back and across his chest; the cover on his head was stifling and smelled of sweat and blood. He was upright in some sort of chair but he was unable to move. The back of the chair was straight and hard, and he was bound to it with his arms pinned behind his back. He struggled to breathe. His chest was stretched as his shoulders pressed into the chair behind him. A cry of pain rose in his throat, but he clamped his mouth tight to hold it prisoner.

As he gasped for air and strained to ease the pain in his chest and back, a voice from beyond the pain alerted him to another presence.

“Suka is awake.”

“Good. I want this suka blyad to remember this.”

With no way of knowing or seeing its approach a hand struck his face, slamming the back of his head against the hard chair. He could stop the scream, but not the tears that rained from his eyes.

“Little boy want to play,” the voice taunted him.

Something hard crashed into his stomach, forcing the air from his lungs. He tried to breathe, but was unable. What do they want from me?

A second fist slammed into the side of his face, whipping his head to the right.

“Don’t kill him,” the first voice warned.

“I won’t. But he’ll wish I had.”

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I asked Archer how do you do your world building?  Here is his answer.

I begin any project like this with research. I like to keep my science fiction rooted in actual science as much as possible. My worlds happen to be actual worlds in space as opposed to alternate versions of Earth.
I started with a study on exoplanets. What's actually out there; like Kepler-16 which is actually mentioned in my book. The major location I made up is called Valhalla. It was named for a character who made the ultimate sacrifice. I created a world far out from galactic center and in the calm zone between the spiral arms. I wanted to make a place that had near Earth gravity, a similar length year and similar length day. Water is a must for life so Valhalla is water rich as well. It's the life forms that stir my imagination. I was determined to create animals that evolved to fill specific habitats.
There are avians who evolved with crystals instead of feathers. They have four wings similar to dragonflies. Another interesting creature are the ursines. They are similar to our bears but bigger. They are adapted for living and hunting on open grasslands. They have striped camouflage as well as long hair on their backs that mimic the look and motion of tall grass. I created a tree living cat that is adapted to arboreal life with adaptive coloration and an extra set of limbs.

The secret to creation is to study how it happened here and apply it there. Change to environment and you change the rules. A cold iron core gives a planet much higher gravity. Make your world colder, warmer, wetter, dryer and then let the creation begin.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Archer Miller emerged from the East Texas hill country and set his sights on finding the life of which few of his contemporaries dreamed. In 1974, he migrated to Boulder, Colorado to enroll at the Naropa Institute – now known as the Naropa University, a tiny Liberal Arts college founded by the renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and lineage holder, the Ven. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-1987). Rinpoche was enormously influential in spreading the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to the West.

Archer earned a degree in herbs and creative writing. He was a four-year Letterman on the Varsity Competitive Meditation Team.

After graduating in 1978, he took a year off to hike the Jack Kerouac literary trail. He became a top freelance gun-for-hire with dozens of ad agencies across the south and southwest. As a way to deal with the proliferation of Disco, he took up Zen Archery.


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Archer Miller will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 163 - The Core by Peter V Brett, Rogue by Anna Hackett, Bittersweet Christmas by Nina Croft

The Core (The Demon Cycle, #5)The Core by Peter V. Brett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A long last the last book in The Demon Cycle. At 28 hours long (an audio book) I got to see all of the characters from the previous 4 books. All were fighting the demons in what looked to be the final battle and things did not look good. At the same time Arlen and Jardir were working their way to the Core. This was a epic book with danger, tension, and fighting. It was good to see the end of the story but I have to admit I did not really like what happened to some of the characters. Not all had a happy ending.


Rogue (Galactic Gladiators, #8)Rogue by Anna Hackett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This is two separate novellas featuring side characters from previous books. Ryan Nagano is a computer genius and she loves giving Zhim, a native information whiz, a hard time. When they have to work together sparks fly as they rescue another Earth woman. Neve Haynes is looking for her sister and has to work with Corsair a man of the desert as they face danger trying to get a map they need to find the hidden arena where her sister is held. While they find the map the rescue has not happened as the story ends Both couples find their HEA but there are still women who need to be rescued so there are more stories in this series left to be told.

Bittersweet ChristmasBittersweet Christmas by Nina Croft
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Winter is such a great character. Daughter of Father Christmas (boy is he a surprise) and a pixie she is a little impulsive. When she sets out to accomplish a task she has no boundaries. Ryan on the other hand is the opposite. He is very closed off and thinks that if he stays away from getting close to anyone he will keep them from harm. It was really fun to watch these two as they both have to work together. A really fun story with great characters, a interesting plot, and a tension filled romance.

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