Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pick Your Status

Can you imagine surviving an apocalyptic event or being born into the aftermath of an apocalyptic event? We've seen some creative movies and displays of different ELE (extinction level event) but to actually be a part of the AFTER. What a crazy thought...

Now imagine in this lawless, ruthless after-society, a new chance at civility is presented to you. You can live within the boundaries of a safer place, but you must choose to be Registered or Unregistered. Whichever status you choose, you must work to make your way. There are pros and cons to each. You can find out more at Cathrina Constantine's blog where she's hosting a Pick Your Status post.

Please visit her blog to make your status known. While there, you can make sure to enter the giveaway. Take a piece of beautiful day with you :-)

credit to Thinkstock.com... And yes, I wish I were here lol!!!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Re-reading

I don't do a whole lot of re-reading myself. There's so much reading and writing I want to get done that returning to a single book or a set of books doesn't cross my mind. The Chronicles of Narnia (the whole set) would be the exception.

Now, my daughter, aptly nicknamed Chipmunk though she's grown and her face has slimmed, is stuck in a circle of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I can't get her to another book, or set of books, no matter how hard I try. Pretty soon, she's sure to have each book memorized, word-for-word. I try not to complain since she IS reading, but I would love for her to expand her reading choices.

I mention all this because I'm interested in what folks find themselves re-reading. What brings you back to a certain book?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

What Others Are Saying About BEACON

It's almost surreal to think that we've reached the end of Beacon's review tour. What better way to bring things to a close than to have two book bloggers share their thoughts when it came to their reading experience.

Here's a snippet of the review from Cafinated Reads:
"Each page turn was something new for me. I was hooked from page 1 and by the last page, it was 2am! I had no idea I had stayed up that late reading. It was an incredible ride of twists, ups and downs, ins and outs. Following Macie in her story was like I was right there beside her. Watching as the story unfolds, learning of the disastrous Tsunamis, the secrets and deceit that follow in The Colony."

Natural Bri had this to say about Beacon:
"From the beginning, I found this book to be engaging and completely consuming. I struggled to put it down and often found myself staying up way to late to read just one more chapter. I highly recommend reading this book if you are a fan of fantasy, paranormal or dystopian reads, as I can imagine you’ll like it just as much as I did!"

Please make sure to stop by these book bloggers' sites because you'll get to read their entire review and enter the giveaway before time runs out.

Have you read Beacon? If so, please consider leaving a book review at an e-retailer like Amazon, B&N or Evernight Teen/Beacon.

When you go to visit the book bloggers' sites, be sure to tell'em "Howdy" and feel free to share a piece of the sweets:
Chocolate brownies via Thinkstock.cm



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

One Word Wednesday

So, it's been a while since we've had this here. I am so ready for a bit of a break from thinking deep (or thinking at all for a little bit lol!)

What one word does this pic bring to mind for you. My word: *Familiar*

Okay, so who's been spying on me napping between pages lol!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Christine Rains - Writer: Beacon Goddess Fish Tour & Giveaway - Writing Romance

Christine Rains - Writer: Beacon Goddess Fish Tour & Giveaway - Writing Roma...: I am excited to welcome the lovely and talented Angela Brown to my blog today.



The Beacon book blog tour makes a stop today at Christine Rains blog to...



***Talk about sex, baby!***



Sex in a young adult book? How gritty? How real? I share a few thoughts at Christine Rains​'s blog today as part of Beacon's (published by Evernight Teen​) continued book blog tour, organized by the awesome Goddess Fish Promotions​.



Please stop by to enter the ongoing giveaway (and tell a friend so they can do the same) and share your thoughts in the comments.



Along this tour, I've shared virtual treats to send you on to the next stop on the tour, but today is a virtual food for thought...




Monday, March 23, 2015

Nick's Cover Reveal

Hello my Publishness peeps! I am here today to share in the great stuff of writing and reveals.

Nick Wilford is here to let the world know about A Change of Mind and Other Stories. Now, for the cover reveal in three...



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Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Contemporary speculative fiction
Cover Design: Rebekah Romani
Release Date: May 25th 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.

But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.

The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him.

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.

Bio

Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working, he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. You can find him hanging out on his blog or on Goodreads or Twitter.

Preorder Links: Amazon US, Amazon UK
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Of Blood and Sorrow by Christine Rains

Let's just start with this title. Seriously, it's a hook on it's own. And the cover pretty much sold me on the awesomesauce that I could look forward to.

About Of Blood and Sorrow
Erin Driscol works the perfect job consoling fellow demons by feeding off their grief at Putzkammer & Sons Funeral Home.

When fledgling vampire Nicolas Reese comes to Erin for help, she learns the truth behind the legends and hides him from his sire and the vampire hunters who seek him. But when the Putzkammers begin to die one by one, Erin is caught between her act of kindness and the need to save her adopted family. Only by facing her own personal demons can she stop the slaughter and still rescue Nicolas from his dark fate.

Buy links:


About the author, who also happens to be a fantastic Untethered Realms peep!
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She's married to her best friend and fellow geek living in south-central Indiana. They have one son who is too smart for his parents' own good and loves to pretend he's Batman. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not reading or writing, she's going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has several short stories and novellas published. Of Blood and Sorrow series is her first urban fantasy novel.

Please visit her website and blog.

You can also find Christine on
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads

Uh, cha! I got my copy and I look forward to digging in for the read! What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Rethinking "Luck of the Irish"

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today is another stop on Beacon's virtual book tour. Please make sure to share a "Howdy" over at The Reading Addict. And if you haven't entered the giveaway yet, be sure to get on board. After all, you'll never know if you can win if you don't enter.

Now, about the post title...

I feel rather humbled right now. I hadn't considered any of the history behind St. Patrick's Day. Like many, I accepted it as a day set aside to celebrate the good someone brought about. But I've learned a little more that gives me a little more appreciation for things. Check out this article on The Seven Biggest Myths of St. Patrick's Day. This item was rather, um..., well, what can I say?

"Luck of the Irish" Refers to the Abundance of Good Fortune Long Enjoyed by the Irish
Really? What sort of luck is it that brings about 1,000 years of invasion, colonization, exploitation, starvation and mass emigration? In truth, this term has a happier, if not altogether positive, American origin. During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth. For example, James Fair, James Flood, William O'Brien and John Mackay were collectively known as the"Silver Kings" after they hit the famed Comstock Lode. Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression"luck of the Irish." Of course, it carried with it a certain tone of derision, as if to say, only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed.

Were you already aware of some of the history behind this fair holiday? Any thoughts?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Finding Thor by Kai Strand

I had a chance to read and review a really great novel titled Finding Thor by the clever and always awesome Kai Strand (click HERE to learn more about Kai and her available titles).

Here's what the story is about:
Tragedy has left Cara Cassidy broken and the only thing keeping her from giving in completely is her guilt. Until Nik Rock.

Nik stirs up feelings in degrees she has never experienced, and causes her to do things that most assuredly give him the wrong impression – like kiss him before their first date. Somehow, he breaks down the walls around her emotions until she has no choice but to forgive herself and feel again.

But a mysterious, troubled past follows Nik, and Cara may prove to be his weakest link.

When a royal princess shows up looking for Nik, and an international gang arrives looking for missing jewels, Cara lands in mortal danger. Will she be able to save herself? What will happen to her newly repaired psyche if she loses Nik?

Romance, mystery, and high stakes – just another day in high school.

My thoughts:
*Finding Thor is a heartfelt romance with elements of action and suspense woven through the pages.

The sparks that fly between Cara and Nik sizzle off the pages. I was captivated by Nik's veil of stoicism and Cara's personal battle dealing with a bucketload of emotional damage already festering in her life. The two combine to make for one rollercoaster ride of romance. As if that isn't enough, there are secrets threatening to tear them apart and it's their very lives at stake when all hell runs wild.

If you're looking for cute and cuddly, this may not be the story for you. Cara and Nik go through some things. But if you can appreciate a romance that grips you by the collar and doesn't let you go until the end, then you'll enjoy Strand's Finding Thor.*

So, anybody up for a dose of intrigue, romance and drama? Here are the links to get your copy -
Amazon
B&N

Have you read Finding Thor? If so, what are your thoughts? Perhaps interested?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Unabridged Andra: REVIEW: Beacon Blog Tour (+$75 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Unabridged Andra: REVIEW: Beacon Blog Tour (+$75 Amazon GC Giveaway!...:

Title: Beacon

Author: Angela Brown

Series: Ripped Ties #1

Pages: 222

Date Published: November 20th 2014

Publisher: Evernight Teen



The reviews for BEACON have been great, but it's so wonderful having people really GET the story. Please check out this review. Make sure to enter the giveaway and say howdy when you stop by :-)



Oh, and enjoy some chocolate cake and fruit. Twice the yum!




Monday, March 9, 2015

TheWriteGame: Some Good News, Hat's Off Corner with Angela Brown...

TheWriteGame: Some Good News, Hat's Off Corner with Angela Brown...: Some Good News Yes, there is some. It doesn't hit the headlines all the time, but it exists...



Along with a little good news sharing, Macie Breen, the female main character from my YA urban fantasy dystopian, BEACON, makes a stop at fellow Evernight Teen​ author C. Lee McKenzie's blog. It's supposed to be an interview with Edward Cullen but... well, check it out and you'll see what I mean.



Oh, and don't forget to enter the giveaway :-)



And enjoy your fill of mixed berries to gear up for the week ahead. All those antioxidants will do you good!




Wednesday, March 4, 2015

IWSG - Here, There Be Words

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Alex's awesome co-hosts for the March 4 posting of the IWSG will be Chemist Ken,Suzanne Sapseed, and Shannon Lawrence!

So, what could I mean about here, there be words...
Well, as some of you are aware, I've had to do some serious readjusting of my writing and life goals. For some time now, I was hoping, praying, wishing, and dreaming that my writing goals and life goals would align like the planets so that I could accomplish my life goal of establishing financial security through my writing taking an uptick in sales.

This hasn't happned.
In fact, it may be possible that the opposite is happening. I don't know. And although I DO care, I have priorities to address and have accepted that a far more vigorous exercise in non-futility would have to take place, hence, why there are characters and words and stories and new ideas crashing about in my head... with no place to land at this time since I'm in need of a real second job, temporary, thankfully, with a real minimum wage pay to supplement my current income. This has meant a bit of sleep deprivation and writing deprivation but...

Here, there be words.
This is not a pause by desire. It is a pause out of necessity. Getting ahead of the curve ball is so much better than having it cold-cock you on the side of the head blind-side syle. The characters have acknowledged my brief need to change things up and have stayed. I think Chaos the pearl dragon might actually be crocheting a scarf for me in the corner. His dragon rider is busy working through his talent. 

The task at hand is not as I planned, but being an author is etched into my DNA. So, here there be words, and when the chance comes... there will be more stories.

Hare are things in your neck of the woods?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Yeah Books!: Author Interview: Beacon

Yeah Books!: Author Interview: Beacon: Tsunamis reduced the USA into a shell of itself, called The Fold. Surviving humans and vampires joined forces to form The Colony...



So you aren't lonely going over to visit, here's a friend to enjoy the "read" with you :-)




Monday, March 2, 2015

Evergreen in Action - Yes, You May Be Prejudiced if...

...you ever held or do hold a preconceived idea or notion, typically about something you haven't actually experienced for yourself.

Scenario: You walk into a restaurant. At the first table you see someone that is somewhat obese. You guess their weight at around 300 pounds, and they're munching down on this:
They may have a large drink with it to wash it all down.

Be honest: A) Did you think that maybe that person should have chosen something different because they're fat already OR B) did you think that maybe what they had was what you might consider getting, no thoughts whatsoever about their size?

If you thought A, guess what, you aren't alone and you aren't a bad person for it.

Having some misconceptions is a sad but true part of being a human being. We're social creatures and learn that way as well. If you never knew or interacted with a black person growing up in your town, and the only exposure you've had to any black person at all is from watching the NFL, NBA, rap songs, rap videos, or some "reality TV show" including blacks in the cast, what kind of view can you be expected to have?

Personal example: As a kid, my mom watched the show Dallas all the time. And sometimes, I watched it with her. There was lots of money, ranches, cowboy hats, and cowboy boots. I hadn't visited Dallas and had my naieve preconceived ideas that every person in Dallas had the same thing.
A conversation with my mom helped me adjust my perspective, and also understand why JR looked just like the guy from I Dream of Jeannie lol!

That is a minor example but it shows that misconceptions and/or preconceptions can form various ways and at an early age. Having them isn't so much the issue...

It's what you choose to do/don't do about the misconception and your interactions with others that makes the difference.

When you walk in that restaurant and see that overweight person eating a hefty meal, it may not be a good idea to walk over and tell them they should eat better. Why? Because the person could have just lost 50 pounds and this is their celebration meal, or perhaps it is their cheat day for their new eating lifestyle.

The woman that sits down at a table near you wearing a light-thread material over her head isn't automatically a terrorist Muslim. She could be wearing something over her head to help shield against the sun.

We may learn prejudices, but do they have to remain? What are some ways to possibly unlearn a preconception?

~Start the conversation.~