Friday, June 29, 2012

Cover reveal: Transcend by Christine Fonseca + Giveaway!



 Now I know you guys have been anxious to see the cover to Christine Fonseca's Transcend. Well I have the cover for you, my lovely readers! Today we're celebrating the reveal of Christine Fonseca's Transcend hitting shelves on September 18, 2012. First here's a little blurb about the story:

All seventeen-year-old composer Ien Montgomery desires is an escape from his family's rigid expectations for his life; someone to inspire his music. When he meets a beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, his life music takes on new life. With her, he imagines a future outside of his parents’ control. That is, until a horrible accident tears them apart. Sent to die in a sanatorium, Ien’s obsession for Kiera grows unbearable. Tortured by thoughts he can’t escape and the truth of his monstrous disfigurement, he flees, desperate to exact revenge on the people that ruined his life – his parents. But, vengeance is empty. Betrayed by those closest to him, Ien discovers that the price for his happiness may be his sanity.


So do you want to see the cover?
I'm thinking you might not.
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As part of the celebration, Christine is asking everyone to tweet, participate in the blogfest and share your own secrets, or otherwise spread the word. Here are a couple of tweets linking to her post that you can use to help spread the word:

  • Celebrate @chrstinef 's cover reveal for TRANSCEND with a special giveaway #YALitChat #Books #YAbookchat #Teen http://tinyurl.com/7c48jeu
  • Love, Vengeance, Madness - what will you reveal? @chrstinef 's cover reveal and giveaway for TRANSCEND. #YALit #Bookshttp://tinyurl.com/7c48jeu


Plus there is a fabulous giveaway that you DONT want to miss! Christine is giving away some epic things, including an annotated unbound galley of Transcend, filled with her notes! 




Check out the other Masquerade Blogfest peeps and see what secrets they are revealing!


Now it's your turn...what secrets will you share?


:D  

Thursday, June 28, 2012

YANR Blog Stop: Interview for In the Shadow of Vesuvius


Author Liz Carmichael has stopped by today for an interview for the In the Shadow of Vesuvius Blog Tour.
Read on to see the Q&A.


Welcome Liz, to booksbooks&morebooks! I am very happy to have you here to answer some of my questions.
Please describe yourself in 5 words.
Writer, artist, reader, animal lover



What inspired 'In the shadow of Vesuvius'?
When reading that a young slave girl, holding a child wearing a gold chain, was discovered during the uncovering of Herculaneum, I had to give them life.



Tea or Coffee?
Oh, coffee always.

Finish the sentence: When I grow I want to be a writer......



Favorite cartoon growing up? The Road Runner.



What would be the little piece of advice that you give aspiring authors that you wish you had when you were just starting out?
If you get any harsh criticisms – and we all get them – remember it’s only an opinion. It’s not about you as a person.



Convince the readers reading this to read your book in one sentence.
It’s a good fast story with some history, adventure, and a little romance.



What attracted you to create a story based on what happened in Pompei?
Reading about the young slave found during the dig at Herculaneum saddened me and I just had to write about her and the child in her arms.



What is your favorite book of all time?
Lord of the Rings



Who is your favourite character from your books? Is there a character in your books you think the readers will hate?
Mira is my favourite character, and is in two – perhaps three – books.
I think readers will hate Dominus Octavius; I did while writing him.



Are there any authors who have influenced you? If yes, who and how?
Probably the following two: Dorothy Dunnett for her characterization and attention to detail of the period in which their stories are set (she often put in some small detail that brought added depth).



What's the one thing that you can't live without?
Books: I can’t get to sleep without something good to read in bed.



What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I can be found reading, painting, or walking my daughter’s sweet-natured dog.



Any other book(s) in the works? Upcoming projects?
I have just completed the prequel to In the Shadow of Vesuvius. It’s the story of how Mira became a slave, and is suitable for younger readers. It will be followed, possibly, by her life before the eruption of Vesuvius.
Then I will get back to The Portal a YA paranormal that was interrupted some months ago.



Any last words for your readers?
Yes, thank you, Martha. First I wish to thank you for being a host in this book tour, and for asking such interesting questions.
To your readers: It would be great to hear what you think of In the Shadow of Vesuvius, or anything else you wish to share with me.

About Liz


Although born in Scotland and spent time in other countries, Liz is now happily settled in Melbourne, Australia.
She is an editor as well as a writer and avid reader - especially historical fiction - who loves researching, though she can get so caught up in research she forgets about the story she's researching for.
Liz also draws and paints for relaxation, and will do illustrations for her books whenever possible. She walks her daughter's dog because both need the exercise.
She has a Dip. Art(Professional Writing and Editing), and taught writing and editing for two years until the need to concentrate fully on her own writing took over again.
Her favourite authors, in no particular order, are: Sue Monk Kidd, Sara Donati, Geraldine Brooks, Vanora Bennett, Sarah Dunant, Cormac McCarthy, Markus Suzak, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Robert Harris. For Crime: Michael Connelly, Minette Walters, Jeffrey Deaver, and Dean Koontz for his crime with humour. Newest favourite authors are Anne Obrien and Pauline Gedge - writers of historical fiction, of course.
The book trailer for In the Shadow of Vesuvius was made by Chuck Pride of "American Pride Productions"


In the Shadow of VesuviusWant more info on this book? 
Here is the Goodreads Synopsis: 
This is a tense story of a young slave girl trying to escape the coming devastation of Herculaneum during the 79.CE Vesuvius eruption. It’s well-paced, with great characterization and believable situations. It’s well-researched with a lot of elements of the time period which gives the reader an authentic picture of the era. Mira knows what's coming and her goal is to save her young charge, Remy. The whole book takes place in less than twenty four hours and keeps the action flowing from the first page.


If you're looking for a good fast read with some history and adventure, I highly recommend this book. Although a YA book, it's appropriate for all ages from Middle Grade to Adult. It has something for everyone.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pledged by Gwennyth White Giveaway

Pledged
As many of you already know from my previous post, Pledged is soon be to launched. 
So in their honor #SethandErin have agreed to gift 5 ebook copies of their book! They want people to know how it all began in the Soul Wars Saga. 
All you have to do is enter in the rafflecopter below. Easy right? I thought so too! :D
You can read the synopsis to Pledged HERE.








-Martha

The White Oak (Imperfect Darkness #1) by Kim White

The White Oak (Imperfect Darkness, #1)Title: The White Oak (Imperfect Darkness #1)
Author: Kim White
Published: Published April 9th 2012 by Story Machine Studio
Format: ebook, 200 pages
Source: Story Machine Studio, Netgalley
Author: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
Buy: B&N | Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis: 
In The White Oak, the first book in the Imperfect Darkness series, Cora Alexander is pulled through a sinkhole and enters the underworld still alive. Her living presence threatens the tyrannical rule of Minos and the Infernal Judges who have hijacked the afterlife and rebuilt it, trapping human souls in a mechanical, computer-controlled city that lies at the core of the earth. To survive, Cora must rely on her untrustworthy guide, Minotaur, an artificial intelligence. She is helped by a mysterious voice, and by Sybil, underworld librarian and author of each person’s book of life. When Cora’s own book is destroyed, Sybil gives her a golden pen and sends her into the City to begin writing her own destiny. Along the way, she reunites with the ghost of her dead brother, Lucas, a genius programmer who alone is capable of finding the chink in Minos armor. This fast-paced adventure begins, and ends, in the middle of the action; introducing the characters, themes, and mysteries that find their resolution later in the series.

My Thoughts:
I have never in my life read a book quite like this. And I've read many a books in my lifetime. Greek mythology meets Modern day technology to create an incredible journey!

The White Oak delivered a unique telling of mythical creatures, Greek mythology, mixed in with technology, family, death, and so much more. From the beginning this book had me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what else would happen to Cora. The judges especially had been thoroughly spooked (read it to find out why).

Cora goes through so many unique adventures that I'm pretty sure many of us would never even dream of. All the creatures she meets, the souls she comes across and the places she goes to left me speechless. Cora is confused, tired, and all she really wants to do is back home with her brother unfortunately there are things she must do first before any of these things can be considered. I don't think any of us would have fared as well as she did were we in her shoes.

The book an eerie quality that I just loved which also added suspense to Cora's journey throughout the Underworld. Adding a little bit of Lucas' POV as well as Minos' gave a little extra umph to the story. Through these two we learn who the nemesis is and even a hint as to why they want Cora so badly.

Not only was I never bored but I never felt that there was anything lacking in the plot, or the characters or the way it flowed. I literally have no complaints about this book (weird). Read this book! Most of you will end up with this face --> O.o I know I did!

I've rated The White Oak: (5/5)

-Martha 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pledged Synopsis & Author Bio

Me? Excited to be part of the Pledged Book Launch and Tour? Psh heck yes! Seth and Erin are two characters I immediately want to know more about. 

So here is a little taste for you, my lovely birds, so that you can hop on the excited train with me!


Synopsis

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PLEDGED by Gwynneth White

Everyone has a soul mate. But what do you do when your soul mate would rather give his soul to the demons than be with you?

Seventeen-year-old Erin has a problem. Seth has been hers forever, but now an ancient promise is tearing him away. And Reuel, the demon to whom the promise was made, will stop at nothing to force Seth to forsake Erin and to worship him.

How can Erin win against a pledge so binding that it has damned countless others to the same fate she and Seth will face if Reuel wins – an eternity alone?

The answer lies in the past. To find it, Erin and Seth must risk all, travelling back in time to a dangerous world where love is forbidden, and life – and death – hang on a promise.

Follow Erin and Seth as they travel to ancient Shenaya to break the pledge that has plagued their families for millennia. Caught in a war between the Angelic Guardians and the Gefallen, the disembodied dead, they must fight to keep their souls in tact and their love untainted.

Sounds incredible doesn't it!? I'm psyched to read this and see how Seth and Erin's relationship endures all this craziness! No worries though! Pledged comes out in September 1st so hurry and add it to your TBR LIST.



Gwynneth White

I have spent my entire life living in a parallel universe of make-believe characters, only coming back to reality for long enough to check that no one burnt the house down in my absence. A few years ago I decided to commit some of those ‘friends’ and their stories to paper. The Soul Wars Saga is the result of those efforts. Before that I co-authored two non-fiction travel books – The Complete Guide to 4x4 Trails and The Ultimate 4x4 Guide. Both books became instant best-sellers in South Africa where I live. And before that even, I studied a degree in African History and Politics at the University of Stellenbosch. When I’m not writing, I am a wife to Andrew and a mom to Stephanie, Erin, and Kate, our teenage daughters. My family and I live in a small town outside Cape Town with two dogs, a cat, a horse, and some neglected fish. Now that you know a little about me, I would love to get to know you. Please befriend me at:



Keep an eye out for more from Pledged because trust me you don't want to miss it!

-Martha

Monday, June 25, 2012

Alicia Rivoli Interview & Giveaway.

If you've been keeping up with my recent review you'll see that I reviewed Mere Enchantment by Alicia Rivoli and LOVED IT! Which is why I am interviewing her today. 

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Welcome Alicia to booksbooks&morebooks! 
Thank you, I appreciate the opportunity.
Alicia Rivoli
I know some authors have dreams of scenes from their books. Is that what happened with you and Mere Enchantment? 
Actually it was more of a day/night dream, the story came while having a sleepless night and seemed so realistic.  I decided as I was picturing the story in my mind that I would try and write it all down and see where it took me.  Eighteen months later, I was still not done, and Mere Enchantment became a series.



If you were one of the creatures you mention in the book which would you be?
There are different features about each creature that I would love to have, but a mermaid would have to be my top pick. Being able to breath underwater, and see everything the ocean offered would be amazing.



I felt like this story was an oral story told from a grandparent or parent. Did you mean to make it sound this way or did it just come out that way?
Actually when I was writing the story, I had a small child.  Each time I would write, I would do it like I was telling the story to him.  I have always loved to tell stories, so I'm happy that I succeeded in what I was trying to accomplish.



Best ocean, lake, pool for a mermaid to live?
I would have to say the ocean.  Mermaids are private creatures and thrive off of beauty.  With a lake or pool, they would only have a limited amount of space to move, and the beautiful coral and colorful fish wouldn't be there.




Which character did you connect to the most and why?
I bonded with Chloe the most out of all my characters.  While writing from her POV I was always amazed at how well she resembled so many girls I knew growing up, and many that I currently know.



Personally I would love to live in Rill. Where would you live and why?
Although I love Rill, the whole idea of the architecture was something I enjoyed writing, I would choose the city of Mere. When I was a little girl I always wanted the fancy castle, the big silky gowns, and tiaras, and everything else that comes with the traditional castle.  I've always loved the open courtyards full of flowers, and well kept landscaping, the stables in the distance with beautiful horses, just waiting to be saddled. It would be a dream come true.  



What is the hardest part of being a writer? The actual writing, the getting your book published, or the reviews?
All of the above!  Each of these has its own hardships, but with determination, and understanding I was able to succeed in my dream.



Are you currently working on anything? If so can you share a morsel?
I am working on the 2nd book in The Enchantment Series, hopefully to be available to the public by the end of the year. I would be happy to share a little bit. The following paragraph is taken from Book 2.

A loud scream echoed from the truck.  Chloe tried to see through the darkness toward the sound, searching for whatever would be coming.  The wind picked up, swirling the dust around their feet and into their eyes.  Jason pulled his sword from the sheath gripping the hilt tightly.  Another scream echoed across the land, as Iraad growled again. 
 (Book 2 of The Enchantment Series)



Share 5 random things about yourself.
*I am terrified of spiders, to the point where it's ridiculous.
*I grew up on a farm, riding horses and driving tractors is what I did every summer.
*There were 17 Seniors in my High School graduating class.
*I am a former Rodeo Queen.
*Pizza Hut is one of my favorite places to eat.



Fill in the blanks: When I was little I wanted to be a National Geographic Photographer.



Let's pretend: You're stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere. Who or what do you wish you had with you?
Without a doubt I would want to have my husband.  He is my Prince, my Knight in shining armor, and I can't imagine my life without him.



Favorite place to read?
I have a large overstuffed recliner that I love to curl up in with a warm blanket and a good book. It's peaceful, and makes me happy.



Music on or off while reading? What about while writing?
It has to be quiet when I read and write.  I like to be able to imagine what I'm doing, and if there is a distraction, it becomes difficult for me.  Although, I have been so caught up in a story that it really didn't matter what was going on around me, I couldn't get my nose out of the book.



Who has been the one person who encouraged you?
There have been several people who have encouraged me to keep writing.  My husband, and my sister have been my biggest fans, and without them, I'm not sure my book would have ever been finished.



Anything you'd like to say to your readers and future fans?
Thank you!  Without readers, there is no story to tell.  It's because of "fans" that writers do what they do.  We all want to tell our story, and have people enjoy it. Also keep watching my Author Page for upcoming works. I may have a few little sneak peaks for Book 2 in The Enchantment Series very soon.


Thank you Alicia for being here today and answering some questions!.

Now that's not all my birds! Oh no! Alicia is generously donating 2 copies of Mere Enchantment for Nook or Kindle!
Mere Enchantment

WWReadAThon!


Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon

WWReadathon is over!

I had no goal set for myself really. I just wanted to see how many books (if any) I could finish for this readathon. 
I'm happy to say that I read/finished/started three books! :D

Finished:
Mere Enchantment by Alicia Rivoli
Keep an eye out for and Interview and maybe even a Giveaway ;)
Mere Enchantment
My review can be found HERE

&

Writings from the Heart Stories and Poem from Around the World Compiled by Beth Ann Masarik.
Beautiful book! 
Read it!
Writings from the Heart: Stories and Poetry From Around the World (Volume 1)
My review and blog stop can be found HERE

Read:
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Haven't written the review but keep an eye out for it.
Is it just me or does this chick look like Angelina Jolie??
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Started: 
The White Oak by Kim White
I am about 30% into this book and it's getting really good!
The White Oak (Imperfect Darkness, #1)


I think it was a very productive half weekish for me. 
If you didn't participate this time around I hope that you will next time because it's fun and you can check some books off you're list.

Til next time my birds!
-Martha 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Cover Reveal: Determinant (Book 3 The Guardians of Vesturon) By A. M. Hargrove

Bonjour!


Today I have for you a brand spanking new that has not been seen my mortal eyes ladies and gentlemen! So step right up and see the beautiful new cover for the third installment of The Guardians of Vesturon!

But first here is some info on it...


Synopsis of Determinant
January St. Davis, on her own since the age of sixteen and struggling to stay in college, thinks she’s scored in a major way when she lands a paid summer internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.  One evening, after working an especially long shift, a chance encounter with a group of mysterious men alters the course of her life.

Rykerian Yarrister, a Guardian of Vesturon with unearthly powers and impossibly gorgeous looks, finds himself at odds over the human female he recently saved from certain death.  When it seems he is on the verge of winning her over, she is ripped from his hands by a strange and powerful being, threatening to destroy her if his demands are not met.

Do Rykerian and the Guardians have the ability to meet this fierce barbarian’s ultimatums, or will January suffer a horrid demise?


And just show you how much I like all of you guys, here is an  Excerpt of Determinant:

I was lost in the events of the day and the amount of work I had and I was still nursing my wounded ego as I headed out of the lab.  As I made my way down the corridor, I noticed six men advancing toward me.
It wasn’t their actions I noticed so much or even the way they walked.  And though it was an oddity for them to even be here at all, it was their attire that captured my attention.  They were dressed identically, in an extreme fashion, much like members of a gang or secret society.  Large and muscular, they wore black vests and their bare arms were almost completely tattooed with tribal symbols of a sort.  Metal bands criss-crossed their chests and their legs were tightly encased in leather.  Knee high boots and black gloves finished off their ensembles.
As I neared them I felt my flesh tingle and the hairs on the back of my neck come to attention.  Gooseflesh erupted and alarms started clanging in my head.  I sucked in my breath and as I did, my eyes connected with the apparent leader.  I say this because he was in the front of the formation as they plodded along.
Time stood still as our eyes connected.  His were an uncanny shade, lavender with hints of indigo and specks of silver.  It was a hue I was unfamiliar with but they were intriguing and fascinating.  The alarms were still ringing in my ears and the air felt electrically charged around us.
“Halt!”
I turned into stone.  I couldn’t move a muscle.  He cocked his head as his eyes bore into mine.
“Breathe!”
I distinctly heard his command in my mind and I was helpless to disobey him.  I felt myself take a deep cleansing breath.  I questioned him with my eyes.  He flicked his head toward his men and they stepped back several feet.
“Who are you? Why are you here?”
I was confused by the demanding questions swirling in my brain but felt compelled to answer him.  I had never used mind reading to communicate, but I was sure he would hear my answer.
“I’m January St. Davis.  I’m here working on an internship for college credit.”
“You are human?” he asked with incredulity.
I wasn’t sure what he meant by that.  Why would he want to know if I was human?  What a ridiculous question!



Are you ready to gaze upon the new cover that is Determinant?


I don't think you are..


Ok, ok, you are.




How amazing is that!?
The eyes on this girl!
I love the days and night of the castle and sky.


What do ya'll think of the cover? 


Title: Determinant (Book 3 The Guardians of Vesturon)
Author: A. M. Hargrove
Series : The Guardians of Vesturon
Genre : Young Adult Paranormal Romance (with a sci-fi element)
Heat : Hot


A.M. Hargrove
A little about A.M. Hargrove

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life.  So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase.  Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had ├╝ber quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head.  Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window.   She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.

A.M.’s Boss:  Hello.
A.M:  Hey Boss, I'm calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate.
A.M.’s Boss:  Why ever would I want to do that?
A.M.:  Because I quit!

A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.

A.M.:  Hey hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks?
A.M.’s Hubs:  Sure...having some car trouble?
A.M.:  Not at all.  I don't have a car to have trouble with because I just quit my job.
A.M.’s Hubs:  WHAT?!
A.M.:  It's time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist.

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published ebooks.  Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love.  Survival and Resurrection are her first and second full length novels, and Beginnings is her prequel novella to the series.  Determinant, her third in the series will be released 6/30/12.
(It didn’t really happen like that, but you get the idea!)

Book Links
The Guardians of Vesturon is available from the following retailers:

Where You Can Find A.M. Hargrove
Website: htttp://www.amhargrove.com
Facebook:  http//:www.facebook.com/guardiansofvesturon



-martha

Friday, June 22, 2012

Mere Enchantment by Alicia Rivoli

Mere EnchantmentTitle: Mere Enchantment
Author: Alicia Rivoli
Format: Paperback, 1st Paperback Edition, 392 pages
Source: Author
Published: April 12th 2012 by Createspace
Author: Website | Goodreads
Buy: Amazon | B&N

Goodreads Synopsis:
A World Like No Other…

When a newly formed group of friends finds themselves fighting for survival, little did they know that was just the beginning.

When Chloe, Megan, Jason and Zach are forced to take cover in a nearby cave from a violent storm they find their new friend Preston there as well. Zach guides the group through the cave but as they go deeper strange things begin to happen and they find themselves separated in a magical kingdom surrounded by unusual people and wizards. Things get even more dangerous as they travel the kingdom in search of the city of Mere and each other.

As their journey unfolds, Preston discovers that the bedtime stories he was told as a child are true and that his rightful place in time must be realized. The kingdom itself has gone under attack as Jacan, a traitor to the crown, forces his armies through the magical borders.

Looking back Preston should have recognized that it was all real. He should have seen the signs. But how could he have known? After all, Jacan was just a villain in a story that took place in a far off mystical land. How could he have imagined that the stories that his father told him as a child were true?

How could any of them have known that their destinies were already written, and that to discover who they really are would take courage that they never realized they had?

My Thoughts on Mere Enchantment:
Thank you Alicia for giving me the opportunity to read your book.

Imagine your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, and taking them to bed or putting them on your knee to tell them a story. An enchanting story about mermaids and mermen, magic, lakes, caves, kings and queens, smart large red birds and many other fantastic creatures. Imagine telling them a story about all these things and more. Now how would said child react? Big round eyes? Begging you to tell them more? All of the above? That is what I saw everytime I picked up this book to read some more. Although I personally never had these types of stories growing up it certainly took me back to those story time days as a young girl.

Mere Enchantment sounded like a parent reading a bedtime to their kid(s) or a grandparent or aunt or uncle telling their nieces and/or nephews a story. I was reading this book at a friends house one night and when I fell asleep I dreamt of Chloe, Megan and the others. It was like I was there as an observer watching them go through these adventures. It was simply fantastic. The teens all start out young but quickly find out that they are all a little bit older then they'd thought and had been led to believe.

There were a few things I didn't like. Preston falling in love with Chloe so fast. I mean two days? I might have said that they felt like they knew each other from a past life or something so that it didn't seem so rushed. The fact that they all seemed to all accept so easily that they were from a a different world when they never seemed to have felt different before was a bit weird for me. Also there were a lot of different POV's. It wasn't too annoying because it was very easy to tell who was speaking so that made it tons easier and a bit more entertaining.

Overall I would recommend this book to parents, grandparents, and whoever reads to kids in general to pick up this book and read to their kids because I'm fairly certain these kids WILL have big round eyes simply from imagining all the adventures Preston, Jason, Megan, Chloe, and Zach go through.


I've rated Mere Enchantment:(4/5)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Lack of stuff....

Greetings :D

I've recently noticed that I've been participating in a whole lot of blog tours and have not been posting Reviews as I used. Which obviously means that I have not been reading as much as I have. Which roughly translated has meant that I've been a in a funk. Why? Too many things going on in my life (some of which will have to be put on the back-burner for now) for which I will have to prioritize

Mere EnchantmentEither way I'm back and I am currently half-way through Mere Enchantment by Alicia Rivoli (liking it so far). I hope to be at least 3/4 done by today and have posted my review by tomorrow night. 

The White Oak (Imperfect Darkness, #1)After Mere Enchantment, I will be starting on The White Oak by Kim White.

So be ready for all new Reviews, Giveaways, and other random posts on my other pages. I'm actually very excited for July and not at the same time. 

One thing I'm going to go out and do? Go to Family Dollar and buy myself another kiddie pool to fill up and lay in while I read (the last one I had I gave to my puppy who bit it to death...RIP kiddie pool. you served me well.) 

Interview with Jason Author of Fix by Force

 Hey!


Today's Author Interview, I am very happy to share with you, my lovely birds, because this author has become one of my favorites. He is the Author of Fix by Force, which trust me, is a book you definitely want to read!


I read & reviewed Fix by Force and you can read that review HERE.





Fix by ForceTitle: Fix by Force
Author: Jason Warne
Publisher: Westbow Press
Published: March 28th 2012
Format: Kindle & Paperback
Source: Author
Author: Twitter | Goodreads | Website
Buy: Amazon | B&N 
Goodreads Synopsis:
Spencer doesn’t have a choice.

He can't choose to be different than what he is—the son of the town's worst enemy, the weakling who can't stand up for himself, the loser without friends.

He can't change the way things are.

Or maybe he can.

Immediate confidence.

Rapid change.

Instant hope.

These are the things Spencer believes he needs to fix his life, and that is what the steroids promise—a quick fix.

But promises can be broken and shortcuts are often treacherous, and Spencer must decide if those risks are worth the perceived rewards—if “artificial” hope is strong enough for him to be fixed, by force.

Be welcome Jason to booksbooks&morebooks. I am very ecstatic to have you here asnwering some questions. So let's get started shall we...


Can you tell us where did the inspiration come from to write 'Fix by Force'?
Jason WarneThe initial inspiration for writing Fix by Force came years ago while I was working at a reform school. I began writing this story as a kind of lesson plan specifically for those students, since, before this story, when I suggested we read together in class, I was often met by either refusal to participate or resounding complaining. I realized that their complaints were completely merited—nothing we had on our shelves was really all that relevant to the lives they knew. Nothing fit into their reality—and the saturation of speculative fiction, while entertaining, was just not often “right” for them. So I started to write Fix by Force, and after getting eight or nine chapters into the story before changing jobs, decided to finish it as a novel, drawing from many of my own experiences to strengthen the story. 


Describe yourself in three words.
Writer, “wannabe author” ;)


Describe your writing style in one sentence.
It gets to the point! ;)


Was 'Fix by Force' pure fiction or is some of it from life experience?
Well I’m not sure any fiction is pure fiction, since so much of the writer usually goes into his/her characters, and I suppose Fix by Force probably does include even more of its writer than most “fictional” stories. While most of the plots concepts are purely fictional, issues with Spencer’s steroid abuse and his experiences at the reform school are strengthened by many of my own experiences, both as a teen steroid user from ages 16-18, and as a teacher at an alternative school.


'Fix by Force' has an average rating of 4.67 (on Goodreads). Why do you think readers like Spencer's story so much?
Like most writers, I’d like to think that readers have appreciated my writing style and have been entertained and possibly enlightened by the book, but based on the feedback it has received so far, I think most readers can just easily relate to the story. They empathize and sympathize with Spencer and the story’s other characters, not necessarily due to “how” the story is written, but because of “what’s” written in it. And I do very much hope that the story “matters” to readers, not just as entertainment or even because of the topics that are supposed to matter, but because it makes them think, process, and reflect about themselves and their own lives. So while the story may be commercially seen as a book about bullying, steroid use, and reform schools, I think readers have “liked” other things about it, too—topics like: choices, relationships, and sources of hope. 


Convince readers  out there who have yet to read 'Fix by Force' to read it in 140 words or less.
I must admit that the “self” story-plug is still a little uncomfortable, but I’m certain some of my readers can make the case! ;)

What I can say with confidence, is that Fix by Force is fast-paced and entertaining. I meant for this book to be honest and affecting and as “real” as possible so that it can matter to readers, especially those who seek authentic, relatable voices in literature. 



Favorite book of all time?
When I think about all of the books I've read and enjoyed, I always go back to, The Giver, by Lois Lowry when deciding on a favorite. It's always read as more meaningful and even more realistic than the majority of dystopian I've read, and I've easily been able to really get immersed into the story!


One author you would love to meet whether dead or alive?
I've always been very intrigued by the work of Edgar Allen Poe, and while I've been led to believe that he probably wouldn't be of sound or sober mind during our meeting, I'd still be interested in talking to him about his writing!


Are you currently working on anything? If so can you share a teeny tiny bit of what it's about?
I am working on a few things but not sure which I will finish first. I'm probably about 50 pages into a separate story (not a sequel) about Janelle, one of the main characters from, Fix by Force. I suppose the response I continue to receive about Spencer's story from Fix by Force may affect if and when I finish Janelle's story, but I'm also excited about a story I'm writing that is a “realistic” work speculative, superhuman-type fiction. I've always been intrigue by human potential as far as our mental and physical abilities are concerned, so I'm focusing on that, from a more realistic, scientifically-backed point of view. 


Favorite place to read?
When I lived in Michigan, I read often at the beach on Lake Michigan. There aren't many beaches to read at around Tyler, Texas, so I normally prefer to read in bed, usually for as long as I can before falling asleep with a book on my chest. ;)

Favorite food?
For some reason I'm not quite certain of, I'm hooked on sunflower seeds (in shell) and almost always have a bag in the house or car. It can be a sort-of gross habit, I know, but I've been popping them in my mouth since I was in little league! 



Who is your favorite superhero?
I've always been a fan of Spider-man. The classic “loser” turned hero theme of Peter Parker's story is intriguing to me, and Spidey thinks a lot about personal responsibility as he battles emotions that are very human—regret, anger, frustration, revenge, fear, and even hope. Like Batmen, he's very “human” in most ways, and I think that's part of his appeal to most people. 


Where & when you do you prefer to do your writing?
I recently bought a newer laptop with fast speeds and all the most current word processing programs, but whenever I feel the urge to write, I always find myself sitting in front of my decade-old desktop with the foggy screen and Windows XP! I don't know what it is about that old thing, but I always do my best writing on that computer, and it's normally done late at night—often after ten. It's just quieter then, and I feel like I'm able to really immerse myself into my writing without threat of much interruption. 


Biggest pet peeve?
One of my biggest pet peeves is actually a theme in my story—bullies! Unfortunately, bullies still exist in many surprising forms long after school and well into adulthood. And while we usually get better at dealing with bullies as we age, I still struggle to understand their motives sometimes, and even if I do actually “understand” I don't always get why they don't seem to. 


What do you want teenagers to take away from 'Fix by Force'?
In trying to find out who they are and who they want to be, too often young people worry more about what they think others want them to be. To me, the steroids in the story can be seen as an interchangeable vice, given that there always seems to be “something” teenagers turn to or seek out in their efforts to “fix” who they are so they can be something else—something they may even think is better. But they are forgetting about the things that are really important—those unique qualities they posses that make them special to others—things like creativity, kindness, sense of humor or their empathy for others. I'd like it if the story can encourage young readers to reflect upon those traits and what they mean to them and to the people who care about them for exactly who they are. Also, while the story does illustrate some of the damage that outside sources can do in our development and growth as people, I do hope that young readers understand something that Spencer seems to struggle with for much of the story—they always have a choice in how they respond, and they will always own the ultimate responsibility for their decisions. 


Words you'd like to say to your readers and/or fans?
First, I'd just like to say, “thank you” for reading. I also want my readers and fans to know how grateful I am for the encouragement. I have always understood that this is “different” kind of story in many ways, that doesn't always nicely fit into a genre or field, and I am very grateful to readers for taking a chance on it, and sharing their reading experience with others. ;)

This is one of a kind that will just leave you reeling! 
Well that's all folks ;) till next time.

-Martha

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Writings from the Heart Compiled by Beth Ann Masarik

Hello All!

Today is a special post. It's a post that has touched my heart and I'm more then positive it will touch yours when you read the book as well as the guest post from Beth Ann and the review.

I gave free reign over today's post to Beth Ann so let's see what she said...

Welcome Beth Ann to booksbooks&morebooks. Needless to say that I am more then pleased to have you here with us.

Thank you for hosting me today, Martha, and hello to everyone!  I am here to tell you about an anthology that I put together for charity. This anthology is called Writings From the Heart: Stories and Poetry From Around the World.  30 authors from around the world contributed both poems and short stories to this wonderful book.  All proceeds are going to the pediatric cardiology department in the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY.  CCMC, is a part of the North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health System, which is one of the largest health systems in the world.

Today I am going to talk about why I chose to publish the anthology independently as opposed to signing with someone.

While being represented by a publisher is great, there are all kinds of things that have to be accounted for.  For example, the publisher is responsible for editing, the cover and any artwork involved, and the overall production of the book.  Now, as an indie publisher, yes, I was responsible for all of that, BUT, I took care of ALL of that stuff myself. If I had contracted a publisher to do all of that, the royalty I would have received would have been much, MUCH less than going indie.

Long story short, while going indie has been a wee bit stressful, the overall product has been very rewarding. The group of authors I have chosen have all been so patient and understanding.  Some have even offered up valuable advice, to which I am very grateful for.

I had minimal experience with indie publishing before this anthology, and I am happy to say, that I would do it all again, and WILL do it all again in the near future.  All of the late nights, and the yelling at the computer will be worth it once I see the looks on the doctors and nurses faces when they receive a check from Literary Lunes Publications for however the amount is.

The anthology is only $13.00 in paperback and $4.99 in ebook.  It can be purchased ANYWHERE on the web, including Amazon and now Barnes and Noble. I hope you will support this cause, and if you have any questions, you can contact me through Goodreads and I’ll be happy to answer any that you may have :).

Now, I’ll leave you with the trailer that I created myself. When I said I did EVERYTHING from start to finish, I meant EVERYTHING from designing the front and back cover, to formatting, to making the trailer you see here.

Thank you for stopping by, and thanks again Martha, for having me!

Lets support this more then worth cause huh guys. These kiddos are out bright future so I say we help the kiddos. :D


Title: Writings from the Heart: Stories and Poetry From Around the World (Volume 1)
Compiled by: Beth Ann Masarik
Format: Paperback, 1st edition, 318 pages
Published: June 6th 2012 by Literary Lunes Publications
Source: Beth Ann Masarik
Buy: B&N | Amazon

One of my favorite poems would definitely have to be "My Shadow" by Alan D. Harris. And here is a little taste:
"It follows me
on sunny days
but disappears
in bright hallways"
I've never been one for poetry but this poem is simply beautiful and amazing.

As for the short stories, I found a few that I really liked but one that I want to share with my lovely birds. It's called, The Princess and The Three Ugly Witches by Uzma Chaudhry. The names for witches (for which you'll have to read the book to find out) are hilarious. And they really are sisters in every way with all the bickering and laughing (or cackling in their case). I know it's a short story but I would like to know what would happen.

Now there are many storied and poems in this collection that are sad, painful, and yet many have that silver lining of hope on the horizon. They're just so full of raw emotion that you really wouldn't find when talking to the author face to face. I am definitely recommending this incredible collection to everyone. It's probably going to sound cheesy but it's a very hopeful book. Don't take my word on it, read it yourself.

I've rated this book:  (5/5)


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Luney Writers, an anthology coming in 2012
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-Martha

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