Saturday, October 31, 2015

Nightscape:Cynopolis Horror and Supernatural Thriller!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

To celebrate, I've brought you a creepy new release and a snippet from the book!



SYNOPSIS


Detroit’s eastside has seen its share of horrors. Once-proud factories gutted for scrap. Whole neighborhoods burned out and boarded up. Nature drained of color. But nothing like this: a thought-virus that turns the city’s dogs feral and its underclass into jackal-headed beasts.


The city erupts in chaos and nightmare violence. Communication in or out is impossible. The skies fill with lethal drone copters and airships bristling with heavy-duty cannon. Abandoned to their separate fates among hordes of monsters, the few surviving humans must find a way to elude the military blockade preventing their escape or to defeat the virus at its source—before government forces sacrifice them all.


Breakneck action, rogue science and deft portraiture combine for a grand and gripping tale of urban terror.





PURCHASE





Nightscape: Cynopolis EXCERPT



David W. Edwards



By the time they approached the old Packard Automotive Plant, Von thought they’d lost the creature. There’d been too many vague glimpses on darkened streets and abrupt reversals of direction. Every shadow had become a living thing, every distant movement a sign. It was as if the creature existed only in hints and patches.

“There we go!” Teyo called out. “The trees!” His inner coil tightened. This was the kind of excitement he’d been craving. 

Von spun the SUV onto Medbury Street. He spied what could have been the creature’s humped back in the shadow-flicker of sickly gum and ash trees. Un-fucking-believable.

“That’s it,” Deliza said from the backseat, a cell phone to her ear. She kept her voice low in case an emergency dispatcher came on the line. She’d been on hold for over five minutes. Not unusual in a city where the average police response time was almost an hour.

Von slowed the vehicle, positioning its headlights for maximum coverage. Nothing stirred the sultry air. Not a murmur sounded. The foliage was like a mess of Rorschach-blots. Von tensed for the creature to burst from its hide in a killing rage. Seconds stretched into ages. He couldn’t think of anything that wasn’t right there. The fitful beating in his chest was everything.




THE AUTHOR


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David W. Edwards is the writer, director and producer of the feature film Nightscape and author of the novels Nightscape: The Dreams of Devils and Nightscape: Cynopolis. He attended the University of Southern California's prestigious screenwriting program and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English Literature while working for a variety of Hollywood production companies. He's the founder and former CEO of a successful high-tech market research firm, and a former two-term state representative. He currently lives in Hillsboro, Oregon with his family.



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Friday, October 30, 2015

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Review of AFTER YOU by JoJo Moyes

So, I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of AFTER YOU and finally got a chance to finish it!! I was so excited for this because because I absolutely loved ME BEFORE YOU. Well, maybe love isn't the right word as the book left me heartbroken, but it was fantastic. Soooo...here we go. my review...


SYNOPSIS

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

PURCHASE

ON AMAZON 






MY REVIEW

First, if you haven't read ME BEFORE YOU , what are you waiting for?? If you have and you're wondering about AFTER YOU, here are my thoughts.

I really enjoyed this book. I didn't fly through it quite as quickly as the first book and the plot didn't grasp me quite so hard, but it was really wonderful in its own right. For me, and for most readers, I think this book will be closure. If you were left forlorn and saddened by what happened in the first book, AFTER YOU gives the readers a chance to come to terms with what happened to Lou and the aftermath of Will's choice. This book was very much about love, loss, and the grief that follows you when you lose someone you love. It's about overcoming that grief, putting one foot in front of the other, and finding a way to go on. If you're looking to see how Lou's life turned out post-Will, how she was able to move on, I definitely recommend this read.

I loved that Jojo Moyes didn't sugarcoat this book. Parts of it were depressing--I'm not going to lie--but I actually liked that because anything other than the truth of the pain Will put his family through would have been a farce, a stretch of the truth (to say the least) and it would've dulled the power the first book held. In AFTER YOU, Lou is struggling to move on. She's depressed, lost, and angry. As she should be. Will's family is also irreparably damaged by Will's suicide and I thought the lives Moyes depicted, the way they were coping was extremely realistic. I was glad that she showed this dark side of the aftermath of Will's choices. Because no matter whether you think what Will did was justified or not, it was still selfish. It was still a choice that would undoubtedly leave the ones who loved him reeling after. And this is what Moyes portrayed.

In this book, there are some surprises. If you don't want to hear about it, stop reading here.

It turns out Will has a daughter to an old flame from college (his player days, pre-wheelchair). This daughter is so lost. She;s stuck with a selfish, self-absorbed mother who doesn't care about her and so when she discovers the identity of her father and that he's no longer alive, she seeks Lou out. Lou, struggling with her own life and identity feels a sort of obligation to help her and goes on to unite the girl with the other side of her family (Will's parents) and helps to turn her life around and show her the love that she so desperately sought.

All the while, Lou meets someone--a man, whom she's drawn to. She's afraid to fall for him and feel anything real because she's afraid of getting hurt again, but eventually, she allows herself to fall. She sees there's really no other choice if she ever wants to move on with her life. I was so happy to see her finally happy at the end. And the fact that Moyes took use through the journey of her struggle, made it that much more real and joyful when she did.

All in all, I rate this book 5 stars. I continue to love Moyes' writing, her characters, and the truths in her words.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Excerpt of YA Fantasy Sci Fi series Earthman Jack vs. The Secret Army & Giveaway



About the Book


After his heroic battle against the Deathlords on the Ghost Planet, Jack Finnegan is looking forward to arriving at Omnicron Prime, the capitol planet of the Galactic Regalus Empire -the largest and most advanced civilization in the universe.


Things are looking bright for Jack. He has his unconventional group of friends, his mystical spaceship, and the girl of his dreams -Princess Anna. Not to mention a secret mission that could save Earth and everyone he cares about.


But things get complicated when he arrives at Omnicron. Not only is Jack uncomfortable being thrust into the spotlight for his courageous actions to save the universe, but he soon finds life in the Empire isn't everything he'd dreamed it would be.


His friends abandon him to pursue their own interests. Greedy and cunning politicians conspire to steal his spaceship. Even his relationship with Anna is strained now that she's gone from being "the girl next door" to the most powerful woman in the universe.

But beneath all that lies a new and terrifying threat from the Deathlords. A threat that grows in secret, slowly spreading throughout the Regalus Empire like a plague, and it threatens to destroy from within the only thing powerful enough to stop the Deathlords and their malicious rampage throughout the galaxy -the Empire itself.


Worst of all -Jack is the only one who knows about this new threat, and no one will believe his warnings.


Suddenly, the Empire is no longer safe for Jack and his friends. Even the people they've come to rely on the most can no longer be trusted. As those he's sworn to protect turn against him, how can Jack hope to save the day?


Fighting the Deathlords was one thing. Fighting the "good guys" is quite another. Will Jack be able to find the strength to be the hero the universe needs?

Or will he finally be defeated by this Secret Army?





PURCHASE


AMAZON





Excerpt 2 – from Chapter 2


Anna bit her lip nervously.  Something she always did that was so cute, it practically made Jack’s heart melt.  “I don’t know how to say this,” Anna said.  “I’ve been trying to figure out a way to bring it up, but… it never seemed like the right time.”

“Hey, whatever it is, you can tell me,” said Jack.  “No time like the present!”

Anna sighed.  “Look, Jack…” she said.  “You’re a great guy…”

Uh-oh, thought Jack, as alarm bells suddenly started ringing in his ears.

“You’re smart, and funny… and I have the best time hanging out with you…”

What is this?  What’s happening right now???

“…and you’ve done so much for me that I could never repay.  You’ll always have a special place in my heart…”

Holy crap – she’s not… is she?  She is, isn’t she???

“But for now, I really think it would be best…”

Don’t say it!  Don’t say it!!!  DON’T SAY IT!!!!!!!

“…if we could just be friends?”

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

In Jack’s head, Anna had just reached into his chest and laughed maniacally as she ripped his heart out, threw it on the floor, and then excitedly stomped on it with her foot.  Then a diseased dog had run up and eaten the smooshed heart.  Then it had pooped it out and eaten it again.  Then that dog had been eaten by an evil radioactive dinosaur.  Then that dinosaur had blown up, splattering bits of Jack’s smooshed poop-heart into oblivion.  When the smoke in his head cleared, Jack noticed he’d been quiet for longer than was comfortable, and Anna was staring at him nervously.

“Um… Jack?” she asked.  “Is that okay with you?”

“Yeah… y’know… that’s cool,” stammered Jack.  “We can totally be friends.  I mean, we’re already friends, right?  So… no big deal!”

This is such a big deal… grumbled Jack in his head.


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Matthew Kadish is an independent author and world-recognized evil genius. When he isn't writing or being evil, he enjoys relaxing at the beach and videos of puppies. Much like Scottish cuisine, most of his literary works have been based on dares. He currently lives in Las Vegas and always bets on black, because Westley Snipes has yet to steer him wrong in life. He is the most talented author ever. His mother tells him so every day.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

I Wish Book Blast & Giveaway!

I wish  I Wish by Elizabeth Langston

What Lacey needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie with rules. Lacey Linden is hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. While her high school classmates see a girl with a ready smile and good grades, Lacey spends her evenings seeking ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find it is inhabited by a gorgeous "genie." He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there's a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible. Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling the boring wishes of conventional teens, he is one assignment away from promotion to a challenging new role with more daring cases. Yet his month with Lacey is everything that he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the most difficult task of all might be saying goodbye.




Praise for I Wish From School Library Journal (I Wish #1)

Langston wisely limits the power of wishes, so there can be no easy fixes to complex problems. [The story] is all the better for it, putting the focus on the compelling and sympathetic characters. … the denouement offers enough twists and unresolved questions to have readers wishing the next book was already available. From K-books blog: I Wish is a fantastic storyline, with a dash of romance that is perfect for any YA fan. I can't recommend it enough. From Reese’s Reviews blog: This is definitely one of the most beautiful and amazingly written books I’ve ever read. Elizabeth Langston has written a fantastic story that drew me in from the first page.     Wishing for You by Elizabeth Langston She’s a girl who can’t remember. He’s the guy she can’t forget… It’s her final semester of high school, and Kimberley Rey is curious to discover what will come next. She needs to pick a college, but her memory disability complicates the choice. Will her struggles to remember make it impossible to leave home? Help arrives through an unexpected and supernatural gift. Grant is a “genie” with rules. He can give her thirty wishes (one per day for a month) as long as the tasks are humanly possible. Kimberley knows just what to ask for--lessons in how to live on her own. But her wishes change when a friend receives a devastating diagnosis. As she joins forces with Grant to help her friend, Kimberley learns that the ability to live in the moment--to forget--may be more valuable than she ever knew.

Excerpt from Wishing For You

Wishing for You NewThere was a pounding on the bedroom door. My eyes fluttered open to find sunlight streaming into the attic. Lacey groaned. "What is it, Henry?" The door creaked and then banged against the wall. "Did Kimberley sleep over?" "Does it look like she's in this room?" "Yes." "Then she did sleep over." "Cool." Lacey's younger brother ran over to my side of the bed and plopped cross-legged on the floor. "Do you want breakfast?" I turned my head toward him, trying to focus. "Yes, I do." "Mom is making pancakes. Do you like them?" "Yes, I do." "Bacon?" "One of my favorites." I could smell it in the air. "Good. It's one of mine too. Will you be ready to eat soon?" I clapped a hand over my mouth to keep from snorting. Lacey had the most adorable little brother ever. "Is your mom making you wait until we come down?" "Yes, she is." "Give us ten minutes to get dressed." "Ten? That sounds like a lot." "Seven, then," I said in a firm voice. He rose and ran from the room. Beside me, Lacey laughed. "You handled that very well." "How do you keep from laughing every time you talk to him?" "Practice." We were ready in six minutes and were about to head down the stairs when Lacey caught my arm. "Do you know where Sean went for Christmas?" "I don't think so." I grabbed my phone and opened my notes. "What made you think of that?" "It's been puzzling me. Mrs. Tucker and Sara kept their consignment shop open until Christmas Eve. Did his father go with him?" "Yes." Lacey was right. It had felt strange when Sean mentioned it. But if I'd asked other questions, he hadn't answered because my notes only had the one detail. "Maybe he was visiting colleges." "Someone like Sean would already have that decision made. Has he said where he's applying?" I shook my head helplessly. It seemed like the kind of information a friend should know, but nothing was emerging from the recesses of my brain. "Hey, guys," Henry called up the stairs. "It's been seven minutes."

Lacey called back, "On our way, little man."

We smiled at each other. There were pancakes waiting. We'd have to solve the Sean puzzle later.


ElizabethAuthor Elizabeth Langston 

Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two college-age daughters and one old husband. When she's not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch shows on dance or Sherlock Holmes, and dream about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.










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Friday, October 16, 2015

Review of NA Romance CLEAR by Jessica Park

Okay, I know, I know. I've been seriously slacking lately. Well, I plan to make up for that. I have tons of farmhouse reno pics, reviews, and more, but life has been so chaotic that finding time to post has been  difficult. Anyway, I have a couple reviews lined up for the next couple of days. It actually saddens me a bit to bring you this one because it's an author I love, but here we go...


SYNOPSIS

Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone. 

When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads for coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets. 

Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy. 

When the line between life and death blurs. 

When an end is just a beginning. 

When lust and rage rule. 

Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist. 

Welcome to death tripping. 



MY REVIEW

When I mentioned above that it saddened me to bring you this review, that's because I love Jessica Park! I think she's a fabulous author and seems to be a cool and very candid person--social media tells me so :). I loved her other books. LOVED them. But this one was... well, horrible.

Ugh.

I know, I know! It almost kills me to say it but I can't help it. I've debated about the star rating on this, as well, and I just can't get past how awful I thought this book was, so for the first time ever, and to a beloved author, I am giving it 2 stars. I've debated because I have loved her other books so much, but that's not really fair, as each book should be judged on its own merits.

So, here's why I thought it was so terrible...

This book is about Stella who basically had an emotionally abusive mother who treated her horribly. When her father and sister get in a car accident, he vanishes after Stella overheard a cryptic convo with her sister and him. He leaves their family and her sister seems to spiral into some sort of addiction. Eventually, Stella leaves this horrid, depressing life--where she's constantly trying to please her mother and failing--to seek out a boy she met the night of her father;s accident that she can't seem to forget. This is Sam.

She remembers the small, coastal town he said he was from and the hotel his parents owned, and goes there looking to rebuild her life. She finds Sam, who seems to be depressed and going through something of his own, but she begins to turn him back around. 

The book was great until this point. pretty intriguing and I liked the connection between them. But that's where the good parts ended. And this was maybe a quarter of the way through. It turns out that Sam is a death tripper. (Weird) Basically, he can't actually die, but continues to kill himself. Trying to die (for example slitting your throat, stabbing yourself in the heart, overdosing) is sort of an addiction. It gives you a high during and after and puts you in sort of this euphoric, sometimes sexual, state.

To make a long story short, Sam's friend comes along. He's a real jerk, and ends up tripping/killing Stella, which means she's now a death tripper. A bunch of other disturbing and weird crap happens. End of story.

Because there was not much I did like, and what I did, I already mentioned above, and because I already feel like I've rambled, let me explain what was so awful about this book.

  1. The plot was pretty terrible after the first third of the book. It seemed very pointless and all over the place and slow.
  2. The whole sexual euphoria and high of killing yourself is really disturbing. I don't think authors should be censored, nor should books be, because otherwise we wouldn't have some amazing literature, and what's the point in writing if we can't say what we truly need to? BUT in genre fiction, I think we need to keep in mind our audience and what messages we are sending by what we are writing. Though the author had every right to write a novel about death tripping, the book is new adult, which means that some young adults will be reading it. Teenagers. We already have problems with some teens playing very disturbing dangerous games like The Choking Game. (If you don't know what this is, just Google it.) This book really reminded me of that and sends a very dangerous message, and a disturbing one, at that, in a world where our youth is already desensitized enough.
  3. I don't care for ANY books that make light of suicide. I know this sort of goes along with the above, and technically, the characters didn't actually die each time they killed themselves, but still. It still FELT that way. And what's important about a book is how it makes you feel.
  4. I just didn't sympathize with or connect to the characters. They were whiny and annoying most of the time.
  5. There was very little point. It was just them killing themselves over and over, then having sex.
  6. The writing was weak.
  7. Watermelon. If you've read it, enough said. If not, here's a brief explanation. So, after they "death trip" and "surge" going on this crazy high and have all this sexual drive after they come back, the discovered that watermelon is sort of an anecdote. It helps suppress this.  Um.... Really? o_0  Just typing that out sounded completely absurd. It's like the author sat there thinking.... Okay, I need an anecdote because they can't be all tripping once they bring a three year old boy back from the dead (Oh, I didn't mention that part? Yeah, it happened!) so what can I use? Penicillin? Nope. Too obvious. A cold shower? No. Too human. Ummmm...Hmmmm...I know! Watermelon!
Okay, I'm done now. I feel kind of bad. I do really love her other books. AND I do plan on reading her future works, as long as they are not all like this one! If after reading all of this, you'd still like to purchase this novel. Here ya go:



Stay tuned! My upcoming reviews will be.... After You by Jojo Moyes (another fav author! Eep!) and The Nightingale by Krisitn Hannah

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Review of Sweet Romance, Head Over Heals for the Boss

SYNOPSIS

Isabelle Cooper's in big, big trouble. Her flower shop? Well, it was just bought by the man she’s had a crush on forever. Her new boss, Devon Donovan, is a tall glass of melt-in-your-mouth hotness. The problem? Devon is definitely not interested in love. No ifs, ands, or buds about it. 

Devon knows Isabelle has been crushing on him since college, but buying her business shouldn’t be a problem. Not only is she his employee, but as the eldest Donovan brother, he’s too busy protecting the family fortune for romance. But tomboy “Izzy” is all grown up now. And he’s finding it impossible to resist her, no matter how hard he tries...


MY REVIEW


Head Over Heels for the Boss was a great romance. It reminded me of once superstar romance authors Nora Roberts and Jude Deveraux in their earlier works. The book starts out immediately grabbing your attention by throwing you into the crux of Izzy's problem, which is that her parents have sold the family flower shop to her lifetime crush, the handsome and wealthy Devon.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the steady pace and the fact that the author did a really good job maintaining the conflict in the story throughout. Due to his abusive upbringing by his father and the poor example that was set for him about relationships and marriage, he has major committment issues and so when he and Izzy vocalize their attraction for each other, he seems to think they can keep things casual while working together. Wrong. It turns out Izzy is just the person he's needed most of his adult life to make him relax, stop working so much, and learn to enjoy life and love again.

While the book didn't leave me breathless or frantic to find reading time, it was a solid romance that I totally enjoyed. Entertaining and sweet, I think most fans of contemporary romance will love it. It's also nice for those who don't want books with a lot of sex, as the actual love-making portions of the scenes were cut short and glossed over.

4 of 5 stars!


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