Gratitude Giveaway

November 15th, 2014

gratitude giveaway**Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Must be over the age of 13 to enter.**

November is the host month to Thanksgiving, a day we set aside to show our gratitude.  Well, in the book blogger world, November 15-30th is a time we set aside to say THANK YOU to all of our wonderful readers and supporters!  As a special thank you, one lucky reader will receive a copy of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and a special holiday bookmark.  They will also get to choose a friend or loved one to also receive a special holiday bookmark.

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Thank you for your continued support!

Cici

Luck On The Line

November 11th, 2014
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ABOUT THE BOOK
 
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On The Verge #1
Author: Zoraida Cordova
Release Date: Nov 11th 2014
Publisher: Diversion Books
Genre: New Adult
 

To turn her life around, she’ll have to stand the heat. To fulfill his dreams, he’ll have to get Lucky.Despite her name, Lucky Pierce has always felt a little cursed. Refusing to settle for less or settle down, she changes jobs as often as she changes boyfriends. When her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something, Lucky agrees to help her launch Boston’s next hot restaurant, The Star. Even if it means working with the infuriating, egotistical, and undeniably sexy head chef.

James loves being known as Boston’s hottest bad boy in the kitchen, but if he wants to build a reputation as a serious chef, he has to make this restaurant work and keep his scandalous past out of the headlines. Getting involved with his boss’s spoiled, sharp-tongued daughter is definitely not on the menu.

As the launch of The Star looms and the tension and chemistry heat up in the kitchen, they’re going to need more than a little luck to keep everything from boiling over.


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About The Author

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Zoraida Córdova was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, NY. She studied English Lit at Hunter College, and The University of Montana before finding a home for herself in the (kinda) glittering world of New York City’s nightlife. She prefers her whiskey neat, her bacon crispy, and her men with a side of chivalry. She is the author of The Vicious Deep Trilogy.

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1 “Lick the Cook” mug

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The Girl Who Came Back To Life

November 10th, 2014

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About the Book:

“When you die, your spirit wakes in the north, in the City of the Dead. There, you wander the cold until one of your living loved ones finds you, says “Goodbye,” and Sends you to the next world.

After her parents die, 12-year-old Sophie refuses to release their spirits. Instead, she resolves to travel to the City of the Dead to bring her mother and father’s spirits back home with her.

Taking the long pilgrimage north with her gruff & distant grandmother—by train, by foot, by boat; over ruined mountains and plains and oceans—Sophie struggles to return what death stole from her. Yet the journey offers her many hard, unexpected lessons—what to hold on to, when to let go, and who she must truly bring back to life.”

About the Author:

CraigStaufenberg_AuthorImageCraig Staufenberg is a writer and filmmaker living in NYC.

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A Post From Craig Staufenberg:

I followed a simple process to develop the characters for The Girl Who Came Back to Life—I just started writing the book, and the characters came along with it. I didn’t use any formal templates or breakdowns of what a character should be. I just started writing the book, and as I did the characters revealed themselves to me. Sometimes a character reveal that showed up later in the book meant going back and making adjustments to how they play earlier in the book, but for the most part the characters came to me whole clothe as I put pen to paper.

What can account for this?

No clue! Psychologically oriented people will say it’s a subconscious thing. Mystical folks us will say the characters are real in some alternate world and I channeled them onto the page. There are a hundred other theories out there attempting to explain where fictional characters come from, and each of these theories has one thing in common— I don’t give a damn about any of them.

Really. Playing with theories offers a superficial level of fun and a false sense of control, neither of which holds much interest to me. And I’m even less concerned with knowing which theory is “right”. I don’t care where the characters come from. I only care that I can find them.

If you’re a writer looking for tips on character development, or a reader who connected with the book and now desires insight into the creative experience, I understand if this isn’t comforting news. I can shed a little more light on my process. But I can’t promise deeper clarity.

Cool? Cool.

So here’s what I did. I had this idea for a story kicking around for a while. (I can hear the subconscious theorists cheering now! Calm yourselves.)

So the story was one I felt in me for a long time. Less than a decade, but not that much less. Over the years I tried to write it, and draw it, and otherwise breathe it into the world, but what came out never felt right and complete. So after taking a year off from making anything, I decided it was time to finally tell this story. I went to a coffee shop and wrote, every day, for about a week. And after about a week I had the story in front of me, and it was much different than the story I thought it would be.

Though one thing stayed consistent, through every iteration, hanging on from the moment the very first inkling of the story crept up inside me—and that’s the tone. It’s emotional core. A feeling of loss. I started writing the book with this feeling of loss, but it soon became a feeling of loss and love. Writing the story I learned there’s no difference between the two. They are twin sides of the same coin. You can’t have one without the other.

So when I sat down to write, I sank into my heart. I had some tea and listened to some music and let myself feel as much love and loss as I could. When I hit a point of depth and alignment with those feelings I started to write. And when I wrote, I wrote about Sophie.

Why Sophie? It’s a simple equation. I started with a feeling. Then I found a character who embodied that feeling perfectly. This young girl Sophie loses her parents and refuses to let their spirits go. Her entire journey is the journey from loss to love. (Or from love to loss, depending on how you look at it.)

She was a natural fit. The hero of a story is the person who best embodies it. Who drives the feeling forward. And along the way, the other characters that hero meets are the people that best embody the journey’s current step. For this book, that meant Sophie had to form relationships with people who had been through roughly what she had been through, and who could thus help her take the next step forward. Sometimes physically. Always emotionally.

So if you want a recipe for a story’s characters, there you have it. The hero embodies the full story. The side characters embody their own corners of it. Simple.

It does get a bit more complicated when your story has more than one hero, as my book does. I know, I know… I just told you Sophie is the hero. And she is. But those who read the book closely will see that Sophie’s grandmother is also the hero of the story. Sure— we follow Sophie. But if you don’t let yourself be too distracted by my almost single-minded focus on her journey you’ll notice that her grandmother goes on a quest of her own. One as mythic and transformative as her own.

Just as love and loss are two sides of the same feeling, Sophie and her grandmother are two sides of the same hero. Sophie could never have made the journey without her grandmother, and her grandmother could never have made her own journey without Sophie. Physically and emotionally. And at the end, they both wind up changed from their journey together.

Note: I’m not talking about the rigid “Hero’s Journey” theory here. I’m not offering a templatized way of thinking about how characters come to be. Just offering some loose guidance related to what worked for me here:

  1. Find a feeling. One or two words. This is what your story is about.
  2. Your main character embodies that feeling, and her journey is an exploration and transformation of that feeling.
  3. Your side characters do the same thing and embody their own corner of the story. They’ve probably been through the larger story before so they can provide some insight on how your main character could step forward.
  4. Two heroes is fine, but remember—they’re two sides of the same coin, as they’re both embodying the same feeling that the story is about, just in their own unique ways.
  5. At the end, your hero is different than when she started. A good rule of thumb—take where she starts, think up its opposite, and you’ve found where she is at the end.

Simple, but effective, and loose enough you can follow them and still feel your heart. And your character’s heart. Which, hopefully, beat about the same.

Thank you Craig!  I love to hear about the development of characters!  I hope you enjoyed it as well!

My Thoughts:

Original, enjoyable, unique, creative, and quick read.  During my reading, my mind often wandered off to thoughts of those I have lost.   What would I do?  Do I worry about where they are?  Or should I worry more about where I am?  What can I learn through this ‘journey’?  So much to ponder!  I really think that after reading Craig’s post for Cici’s Theories, I have a new appreciation for Sophie.

Great read!  Thank you for stopping by Cici’s Theories and thank you for including me on the tour!

 

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Hunting Desire

October 31st, 2014

Paranormal Romance
Date Published: October 23, 2014
Gavin Kincaid and the other Guardians have protected the Shattered City for centuries. But now he faces the one threat even his werewolf strength can’t overcome alone: demons are attacking the city from within. His superior calls in elite Hell Hunter Nerine. 


Gavin doesn’t want outside help. But to his shock, he discovers he wants the beautiful tracker like no other woman he’s ever met.

Nerine carries a secret that might just kill her. To protect it, she keeps everyone at arm’s length, but her desire for Gavin may make that impossible.

Together, they fight the demons determined to destroy the Shattered City and seize the powerful, mysterious artifacts it holds, until a hidden enemy strikes. Now Nerine must face the demons within her to save Gavin, the city…and the world.

C.M. Dahl

C.M. Dahl has been writing romances since she was eight years old and wrote the story of forbidden love between a stuffed crocodile and a plastic doll in pink magic marker. The crocodile helped the doll cross a dangerous puddle in the backyard and earned the doll’s respect. They fell in love after fighting off a legion of green army men.


Her storytelling and her writing tools have grown more sophisticated over the years, but her love for romance has only deepened. She loves writing strong, capable men and women, who have a burning hot attraction between them, learn to respect each other, and fall in love, all while fighting evil and saving the world, of course!

Currently, C.M. writes paranormal romances in the Shattered City series, including Hunting Desire (October 2014), Demon’s Dance (November 2014), and Ian & Lilith’s story (December 2014). Visit C.M. at her website,www.cmdahl.com, and sign-up for her mailing list to be the first to hear about her new releases here: www.cmdahl.com/mailing-list-sign-up/.

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An Interview With Dawn Dalton

October 28th, 2014

I’d like to give a warm welcome to Dawn Dalton!  I am so glad she was able to stop in and let us get to know her a little better.

I snagged this photo from her website and just thought it was awesome!  I hope you all enjoy getting to know a little bit more about Dawn and take some time to enjoy her writing!

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Q:  Why did you begin writing?  

My “how I started writing” story is borderline cliché—, as a kid, I stayed up late reading (everything I could get my hands on) every night, and then started making up stories in my head before jotting them down in notebook after notebook after notebook. My parents still tease me about my notebook obsession. Then, in Grade 5, an exceptional teacher pulled me aside and gave my parents the “she’s got talent” spiel, and even paid for some out-of-school creative writing courses. Now when I write, I think of that teacher, and am grateful she steered me toward what truly is the best career in the world.

Q:  What process do you use when beginning a book?  (Storyboard, just sit and write, outline, etc)

I would have answered this question so differently even just a couple of years ago because I used to be a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of writer. This led to dozens of three-chapter manuscripts — as in, I’d get to about the third chapter and get stuck, or realize the idea wasn’t that great. Now, I like a rough outline that at least tells me WHERE the story should go, and some of the key checkpoints. If I invest the time to outline, chances are, the story has legs. I still prefer to flush out the characters as I go, and allow them to guide me — to a point. I’m slowly learning to reign them in a bit.

Q:  What inspired your paranormal novel?

I’ve always been a fan of paranormal fiction, but before Judith Graves and I wrote KILLER’S INSTINCT, we’d brainstormed a whole series of non-fiction monster-hunting survival guides for the young adult market. The characters, and a plot, evolved from there. Even though I love the survival guides concept, I really enjoyed writing about these characters and being able to infuse some of the paranormal lore throughout the story.

Q:  Have you had a real life spooky experience?

I wish I could say yes. But aside from my well-known fear of spiders, and a few pranks my friends have pulled on me, I haven’t been genuinely spooked. It takes a lot to scare me. However, my husband and I have a lot of fun at Halloween, where we create a very spooky graveyard in our front yard for the trick-or-treaters. My husband even made a coffin he hides in to scare the older kids. Plus, we always put on a Halloween feast for family and friends, complete with ghoulish appetizers and treats. THIS truly is the most spooktacular time of the year!

Q:  Is there a character that you’ve created that you have a special bond with or that you can really relate to?

I love creating characters and find I bond with all of them on some level. I think to spend as much time with them as you do when writing a book, you have to love pieces of them—even the bad guys. Each character has a bit of me in them—a shared hobby, a character trait, etc. The protagonists often have traits I WISH I had. In KILLER’S INSTINCT, for instance, I love Hope’s courage. She’s pretty kick-ass.

Q:  If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

Thinking about writing. Wishing I was writing. I go through spurts where I don’t write for a few days, and by the end of the week, my husband is locking me in the office and ordering me to write…something. I’m not “me” when I’m not writing — I become irritable and almost depressed. But it’s tough making a living writing fiction, and so I’ve always had back-up plans (thanks, Mom!) that include elements of writing. I’m a Journalist, Editor, and a Communications / Public Relations professional. Because these are still creative pursuits (to some extent), this is where you’d most likely find me.

But if you’re asking for dream jobs…

  1. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to be an astronaut.
  2. I wish I could be a painter / illustrator. I am in awe of those who can draw.
  3. Take me to a race track and teach me how to race cars!
  4. And, if I could be a professional reader of books I enjoy, I’d be in heaven.

Q:  Aside from writing, what other talents or special gifts do you have?

I don’t think anyone would consider them special gifts or talents, but I do enjoy crafting, cooking, gardening, and driving sports cars.

Q:  Which characters are the most fun to create, good or evil?

There are definitely merits to both, but I LOVE the challenge of creating evil characters with redeeming qualities. It’s a fine balance.

Q:  If you could be any character from a book, who would you choose?

Alice, from Alice in Wonderland. What an adventure she went on! That story is one of the reasons I wanted to be a writer, and to this day, my mom still calls me “Alice” (her little dreamer).

Q:  What would you like to write next?

I’m working on an Alice-inspired short story for a new anthology LEAP is publishing next year. Given how much ALICE IN WONDERLAND has impacted my career, I’d be overjoyed if my story was selected for the anthology.

I’m also under contract with Teen Pulse, a Simon & Schuster imprint, for two contemporary YA novels. My first, ANNE & HENRY, the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn re-told as a high school romance, debuts Fall 2015 under the pen name Dawn Ius. I’m working on final revisions to that, and have outlined the second book, which is a high-octane YA thriller pitched as a cross between THE HEIST SOCIETY and the movie Gone in 60 Seconds. I’m so stoked to get writing!

I also write scripts, adult thriller, and educational graphic novels for the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. So far, I’ve written eight books, and I am contracted for at least two more. There never seems to be a shortage of IDEAS…only time.

I’m still working on my website, but you can currently keep in contact with me via these social media platforms:

DAWN DALTON

Twitter: @dawn_dalton

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dawnmdalton

Blog: dawnmdalton@blogspot.com

DAWN IUS

Twitter: @dawnmius

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authordawnius

Blog: dawn-ius@blogspot.com

DAWN DALTON

Dawn Dalton wrote her first book at the age of eight when she discovered writing about monsters was way less scary than looking for the beasties under her bed. Since then, she’s still leery of things that go bump in the night, but she’d like to think her storytelling skills have improved. After earning a degree in journalism, Dawn ventured into corporate communications, marketing, and public relations. She is the co-editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal.

But her heart belongs to fiction.

Though she’ll always be a BC girl, Dawn now lives in Edmonton, AB with her husband, teenage stepdaughter, and three bullmastiff hounds. You know, just skulking around.

killer's instinctKILLER’S INSTINCT

Where there is NO life – there’s Hope…

Hope has always been a bit of a freak. But when her mother crawls from her grave and her undead corpse goes MIA, Hope’s last thread of normal snaps with a vengeance.

Enrolling in a militia-style school for monster hunters seems her best bet for tracking down Mommy-dearest and putting what’s left of her mother to rest. But the stakes are raised when she’s partnered with three unique male recruits – each with their own personal demons to slay if they want to survive basic training.

But does Hope have a true killer’s instinct? If she finds her mother, will she have the guts to do what must be done to save her soul? In a place like Le Manoir, all bets are off.

Killer’s Instinct

Dawn Dalton & Judith Graves

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ISBN: 1-61603-024-0

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Anthology edited by Kat O’Shea

Contributing authors include: Maria V. Snyder, Candace Havens, Shannon Delany, Jill Williamson, Linda Joy Singleton, Heather Kenealy, Judith Graves, Kitty Keswick, Dawn Dalton, Carmen Tudor, John W. Otte, Halli Dee Lilburn, and Mark Finnemore

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Thank you Dawn for taking the time to stop by and thank you fans!  Y’all rock!

Cici ♥

 

The Castle Blues

October 21st, 2014

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THE CASTLE BLUES QUAKE by Linda Covella

Children’s, Young Adult – Sci Fi / Fantasy

Tour Dates: October 14 – October 24, 2014

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12-year-old Pepper Connelly leaves her best friend, Chrissie, behind when her family moves from New York City to Santa Cruz, CA. Pepper discovers a boy, Corey, hiding in her backyard shed. Unknown to Pepper, Corey is a ghost trying to contact his grandfather, Boppie, before he crosses over. He tells Pepper he must locate Boppie before Social Services finds him. Pepper agrees to help.

While Pepper’s communication with Chrissie dwindles, her friendship with Corey grows. She tells Corey about her passion for writing songs, and throughout the story, she composes a song about Corey. Corey teaches Pepper to play the harmonica. Soon, she’s torn between finding Boppie and knowing when she does, Corey will certainly go back on the road with his traveling-musician grandfather.

Other characters help her on her quest: new classmate Ally Cressman, who dresses in an odd-ball, non-mall style; Sawtooth Sam, the mysterious saw-playing street musician; and Madame Mchumba, who performs her psychic readings at the Boardwalk amusement park.

Earthquakes, haunted house rides, poltergeists, and crystal ball readings propel Pepper toward the shocking conclusion of her search.

You can buy THE CASTLE BLUES QUAKE at:

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A Special Post From The Author

The Kinetic Energy of Creativity

First, I want to thank the Cici’s Theories for having me on this blog and for being a part of my Castle Blues Quake blog tour. And thank you to the readers for stopping by!

Kinetic: moving, energizing, dynamic.

To be creative, you must get your mind—and sometimes your body—moving. It takes energy to create something, and often the hardest part is getting going, taking that first step. You might have to really push yourself, but you can’t move forward until you start moving. I have to do this when I write my first drafts; for me, that’s the most difficult part of writing a novel.

To be creative, you have to be energized. Be excited about your project. The more energy you put into it, the more ideas you’ll produce and the more satisfaction you’ll have. That initial energy will also compound itself—as you get more involved in your work, you’ll become more excited and more energetic.

To be creative, you must be dynamic. Being dynamic is related to energy and motion, but it’s also characterized by continuous change, activity, or progress. You have to keep moving forward, but you also have to be willing to change if something isn’t working out for you. Remember, there’s never one solution to creativity. Your first attempt isn’t always your last. If you want to be dynamic, that is, if you want to progress, you have to be open to new ideas, new methods, open to change.

How do you get moving to unleash your creativity? 

About the Author 

Linda Covell Author PicLinda Covella’s varied job experience and education (associate degrees in art, business and mechanical drafting & design, a BS degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing.

A writer for over 30 years, her first official publication was a restaurant review column in a local newspaper, and as a freelance writer, she continued to publish numerous articles in a variety of publications. But when she published articles for children’s magazines (“Games and Toys in Ancient Rome” and “Traveling the Tokaido in 17th Century Japan,” in Learning Through History magazine, and “Barry’s Very Grown Up Day” in Zootles magazine), she realized she’d found her niche: writing for children. She wants to share with kids and teens her love of books:  the worlds they open, the things they teach, the feelings they express.

Yakimali’s Gift, a historical novel for young adults published by Astraea Press, and middle grade paranormal The Castle Blues Quake published by Beau Coup Publishing are her first novels.

She’s a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

No matter what new paths she may travel down, she sees her writing as a lifelong joy and commitment.

You can find Linda at these links:

Linda’s Website     |     Facebook     |     Twitter

Goodreads     |     Pinterest

 

Excerpt

As I started to close the door, I looked down and gagged. On the doorstep lay a stiff dead rat, so big I pictured it running around the house slamming doors with its pointy nose or long tail. Its tiny black eyes stared at nothing, and its legs, stretched straight out, ended in open claws as if it had fought whoever or whatever had taken its life. The insides of my stomach were about to erupt when Dad looked over my shoulder and made me jump.

“Someone has a sick sense of humor,” he said. “The police are on their way. Now please, let’s go tell your mother and Sage everything’s okay.” He headed out of the kitchen.

Before shutting the door, I peered into the back yard. The fog had thinned a little. I could just make out the thick trunk of the tree and the swing hanging next to it. Then I froze. A face. A white face with black holes for eyes. Staring at me from behind the tree. I tried to call Dad, but my mouth and throat were dry. My voice wouldn’t work. I gripped the doorknob. Don’t run, I told myself. Don’t be afraid. Afraid, bade, fade…fade, fade, please go away whoever you are. Whatever you are. It hadn’t budged an inch. Maybe I was seeing things. Maybe it wasn’t a face. I squinted then blinked. And it was gone. Just the fog and the tree and the swing.

Then the hairs on the back of my neck prickled when I noticed the ropes and the seat swaying as if from a breeze.

The only thing was, the air was as still as could be. There was no breeze.

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LOOP

October 21st, 2014
About The Book
 Loop
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Loop #1
Author: Karen Akins
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
 

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.

 
 
Praise:
 
“A creative take on romance in a high-stakes, high-concept mystery that trusts its readers’ intelligence.” – Kirkus
 
“LOOP is a page-turning adventure with some brilliant and original twists to the time travel genre. I devoured the entire book in one sitting!” – Julie Cross, Author of the TEMPEST series
 
“Hilarious and suspenseful with a delicious dash of romance, LOOP is a mind-bending good time!” – Melissa Landers, Author of the ALIENATED series 
 
About The Author
Akins - Publicity Shot 1aKaren Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves lightsaber dueling with her two sons and forcing her husband to watch BBC shows with her.Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player.
 
 

 

 

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Martyr

October 14th, 2014
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SYNOPSIS:
 
MARTYR
The Hunted Book One
Author: A.R. Kahler
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Young Adult
 
Three years have passed since magic destroyed the world.
Those who remain struggle to survive the monsters roaming the streets, fighting back with steel and magic—the very weapons that birthed the Howls in the first place.
Tenn is one such Hunter, a boy with the ability to harness the elements through ancient runes. For years, the Hunters have used this magic to keep the monsters at bay, but it’s never been enough to truly win the war. Humans are losing.
When Tenn falls prey to an incubus named Tomás and his terrifying Kin, Tenn learns there’s more to this than a fight for survival. He’s a pawn in a bigger game, one with devastating consequences. If he doesn’t play his part, it could cost him his life, his lover and his world
 
My Thoughts:
Once again, I am taking myself out of my normal reading comfort and into a genre that I typically shy away from.  I have been trying to break out of my norm and appreciate books of all genres.  Not always the easiest thing to do, but sometimes it is worth it.  MARTYR was a well written story that made the task of reading outside of my comfort zone worth it.
There is a gifted way in which this story is told, it is not written by bullet points that leave you guessing what will unfold next.  It is all too often that I read a book and in my mind say, “oh, let me guess…”.  That is not going to happen with MARTYR.  There is a lot going on, a lot of discovery to be made within the words, and more yet to come.
A well written book that is sure to take you through a roller coaster of emotions, leaving you with a desire to read more.  I suggest you take some time to read MARTYR, step outside of your comfort zone, appreciate the gift of writing that Alex has, and enjoy!
 
About The Author

1521924_709307065945_1861723222_nAlex is many things, but first and foremost, he’s a Sagittarius.

Born in Iowa and educated across the States, he’s taught circus in Amsterdam and Madrid, gotten madly lost in the Scottish wilderness, received his Masters in Creative Writing from Glasgow University, and drummed with Norse shamans. Sometimes he also walks about on stilts. Or sews. Or hammers tiny pieces of metal into pretty shapes.

When he’s not writing or climbing in the rafters, he’s probably drinking coffee. And seeing as he currently resides in Seattle, there’s coffee aplenty.

Website: http://www.arkahler.com/
Twitter: @ARKahler

 
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One winner will get a signed copy of ‘Immortal Circus: Act Two’ and ‘Immortal Circus: Final Act’
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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

October 14th, 2014

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It’s that time of year again!  Thank you to Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for hosting this fun hop!  I am giving away a fall holiday package of goodies with my favorite fall scent, Harvest (Yankee Candle), some yummy treats, a custom bookmark, and a copy of a Stephen King thriller to complete the package.  Just enter via the rafflecopter link for your chance to win!

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Unstrung Cover Reveal

October 13th, 2014

Young Adult / Sci-Fi / Dystopian

Synopsis:Book One: Unstrung Series

Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don’t make a career out of stealing other people’s property without making enemies.

When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation’s hit list because they’ve accidentally stolen the wrong thing–plans for a new model of genetically-engineered super humans. Now every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them.

Lexa’s world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn claims to know who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss?

More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her?

Based on the fairy tale Pinocchio, UNSTRUNG takes you into a near future world where the lines between fake and real are blurred, all that’s pristine isn’t always innocent, and being a criminal isn’t always wrong.

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