Friday, November 30, 2012

Blog Tour: The Sun Dwellers by David Estes

Hi all!

Who is ready for some Dwllers Series explosion? Show of hands now. *looks around* Ah ok, well even if you're not here it is! :D


The Moon Dwellers Synopsis:
In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms. 

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents' crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.
CHECK OUT MY REVIEW 

The Star Dwellers Synopsis:
After rescuing her father and younger sister, Adele is forced to leave her family and Tristan behind to find her mother in the cruel and dangerous realm of the star dwellers.

Amidst blossoming feelings for Adele, Tristan must cast his feelings aside and let her find her own way amongst the star dwellers, while he accompanies Adele's father to meet with the leaders of the moon dwellers and decide the fate of the Tri-Realms.


Will Adele be able to rescue her mother and make it back to the Moon Realm before the President and the sun dweller soldiers destroy her family?


Can Tristan convince the moon dweller puppets of the error of their ways?


Was Adele's lost kiss with Tristan her one and only chance at love?


In her world there's only one rule: Someone must die.



The Sun Dwellers Release Date: Nov 30th 2012
The Sun Dwellers Synopsis:
With those she's closest to dying around her, Adele embarks on a secret mission to the Sun Realm to assassinate the President. Along the way she'll uncover secrets about her relationship with Tristan that she might not be ready to face.
Tristan has a secret, too, one that's been eating him up inside ever since he met Adele. Will he reveal all, and risk the loss of friendship and love at a time when he needs it the most?
At the same time, Adele's mother, General Rose, must lead her soldiers into battle to face the sun dweller army in the hopes of holding them off until Adele can complete her mission. Can she outlast the strength of
President Nailin's elite fighting force?
There's only one truth in their world: someone must die. 

 My Thoughts on The Sun Dwellers: 
Estes, has seriously become a favorite lately! I mean the awesomeness keeps coming and coming!
The Sun Dwellers like the first two in the series had my jaw on the floor the whole time! I kept thinking "there is going to be one little part that I will see coming, that will be predictable" but no! There is a scene halfway through the book that probably made me look like this dude --> for a good five minutes! I just could not believe it...but at the same time it made so much sense. I think it's probably because I was just so wrapped up in the story that I was just so blindsided! *sighs* Ahh I love when that happens :D It's always a sign of a REALLY good book.
There is one character in this book (although he was introduced in book  that I enjoyed getting to know. Trevor. Yep. Trevor. HILARIOUS!The kind of hilarious that you don't know whether to laugh or punch them in the face for saying what they did, but this is a character that you'll want to get to know. He kind of reminds of me of Jace from Cassandra Clare's, The Mortal Instruments series. Yep!

Now the ending. You must prepare yourself for that because it may shock, amaze, and astound you to tears! Don't believe me? Oh you will pretty soon!

I loved everything about this book. READ THESE BOOKS! If you haven't already of course. You are truly missing out on a unique series! Ok enough gushing I have good new for you! From the awesome author himself :
 "For today, November 30th ONLY, all three ebooks in the series (The Moon Dwellers, The Star Dwellers, and The Sun Dwellers) are ONLY $0.99 EACH! 
So if you haven't read any of the books in the series, now is your chance to get them all for what one of them normally costs. Please please please grab your copy by midnight (US EST) on November 30th so you don't miss out before the price goes back up on December 1st!
Here are the Kindle and Nook links to the whole series:
Kindle | Nook " Yeah I'd act very fast on this deal! 

I've rated The Sun Dwellers: (5/5 birds)
Bonus Material
Includes a bonus Dwellers Short Story (Anna's Story) and a sneak peek at David Estes's follow up YA Dystopian
Series, Fire Country!
Early praise for The Sun Dwellers
"This finale exceeded all of my expectations. The action, the intrigue, and the relationships were taken to a new level. Fantastic finish to the series, and definitely the best of the three."
Kerri Hughes ~Goodreads
"There are some very surprising twists and turns. And the ending is awesome! I can’t wait to read what David writes next! "Lolita ~ Goodreads
This was a great ending to the series! So much action and emotions packed into this story. 

The pacing was great and we get a lot of big secrets to come out and finally tie everything together. 

AlexandriaNicole ~Goodreads
“This series is nothing short of amazing. It's given us more than the moon and the stars, now we the brilliance of the sun.”
Terri ~ My Book Boyfriend 
Early praise for the author
“David created a world I was excited to learn about and characters I cared about. I'll remember this story for a very long time!”
Alexandria Nicole ~Goodreads
“Estes delivers a winner with confident writing that truly draws you into the story. “
Think ~ Goodreads
“The author, David Estes, has forged his name into writers to be watched and read.”
Marni ~Goodreads
“David is such a fantastic author and he really knows how to pull at the heartstrings.”
Kay ~K-Books
About the author
David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010. He´s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table 
The Dwellers Saga books are now available everywhere ebooks are sold or in print via Amazon.com. Also, David pledged when he started writing to always respond to his readers, and he loves getting comments and questions, so please contact him using one of his favorite social networking sites below.  As always, happy reading!!
You can follow David at:
-Martha

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Soul Screamers 1-3 by Rachel Vincent

Hello my lovelies!

This is going to be another of my Short, Sweet & to the Point Reviews.
My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2)My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, #3)

All I'm going to say about these series so far is that if you have not read them (by which I'm thinking you might be living under another book) then run to your local bookstore or your local library and GET THEM!
These books have it all! Romance, adventure, paranormal creatures (although most of them are pretty normal...ok ish.), and so much more! Kaylee is a character that most of us can relate to.
So what are you waiting for? GO! GO! GO!
But be careful to wear earplugs! You'll need them ;P

-Martha

Monday, November 26, 2012

Alison Davis Cover Reviews

Welcome! Welcome everyone!
Today I have something special for you. Today's post is all about Author, Alison Davis and her two books, Whispers on the Wind and now Hanging From the Family Tree: Tobias’ Story (#2)!
We're going to take some time to talk about the covers. I'm not gonna lie and say I never judge a book by it's cover because usually if I see an interesting cover, it makes me curious to see what it's about. I love to look at the covers and there are so many interesting ones out there.





Lets start with Ari's Story shall we. 
I love this cover. Everything about it. There are some covers that don't even match a tiny with the story, which absolutely frustrates me. Those covers with the ball gowned model. Yeah. Those. WHERE THE HECK ARE THEY GOING IN THE BALL GOWN??!! I love the romanticism that the wax seal brings when I see it. I think it matches so well with Ari's story.

Lets move on to Tobias' Story Cover. Before you see it though here is a little info you can get to know Tobias a little bit.
Title: Hanging From the Family Tree: Tobias' Story (#2)
Author: Alison Davis 
Synopsis:
Hanging from the Family Tree: Tobias’ Story, is a Young Adult fiction novel, based in a fictional English coastal town.

Hidden letters from 1812, the British Regency, tell the story of Alexander Ventus, member of a very rich and influential local family. Besotted with a local women, Elizabeth, who is deemed beneath him, he is forced into a marriage with another woman. Distraught she throws herself from a cliff. Followed years later by Alexander, burdened by his guilt.

Alexander Ventus is Tobias’ great, great, grandfather, and there is an alarming likeness to their lives.  Tobias’ Story tells of his struggle to find his place in his family and to discover what it truly means to be a Ventus.
Excerpt: 
I’d found the letters just when I needed them, but when I least expected them. The scrawled words that changed everything. The faded ink which pushed me closer to the edge. The echoes and ghosts of the past which haunted my summer, my home and my mind. Then I found her. My Her. And the past began to replay itself. In life you get one chance to write your story, it’s not always perfect and it doesn’t always have a happy ending. This is mine...
Tobias’ Story
The Seed.
I sat staring at the dark polished wood of the desk in front of me, the virgin white paper with small black printed letters, which both promised me hope and sealed my fate, now crumpled and torn. I reached out to smooth it flat.
Dear Mr Ventus,
We are writing to inform you that your application has been accepted...
That was all that was left on the torn scrap my father had ripped from my hand. His thundering voice echoed over and over through my head. He was angry a lot of the time, indignant, pompous, and bitter. Charles Henry Ventus the Second. Six foot of broad shouldered, smouldering resentment. His hair was greying and thinning. He hardly resembled the strapping, muscular young man from all the portraits, and photographs- he even smiled in those. A facial expression that had scarce graced his face in around thirty years, or these halls in thirteen. Not since when aged eight, my father had told me off for running around the halls, and laughing too loudly outside his study. He had roared at me so loudly and scared me so much that I had cried myself to sleep for two weeks, and tiptoed everywhere for at least two months.
Business was everything to him, the paperwork on my desk was testament to that. He had given me the written specifications for part of a holiday complex he wanted to open. He wanted to draw young tourists in, for surf, for group holidays. The surfing tourist industry near here was fairly big, but there was nowhere for nights out, no trendy night scene. Not that one would do well here, the town was traditional, community based. If father ever went into town he would know that. Instead he just sat up here in his house, his castle, behind a desk, on a phone or out in a plane, a helicopter, meetings after meetings. His schedule was his bible.



When Alison emailed me the the cover I immediately loved it as I did the other. I have a such a curiosity that when I cannot see the models eyes. 
The only thing that absolutely bugs me...well that I don't know all of Tobias' story. I know what I know from Ari's but with a character such as Tobias...well one as curious as I, always wants to know their past.
It seems as though he's almost whispering in her ear. A bit romantic.
Ah I have no complaints about these two amazing covers! None! That's weird because there is always one thing that bugs me but nope.



Overall, they are both beautifully done. Couldn't have done it better myself.
About the Author:
Alison has been writing from an early age, stories, poems, novels, prose. After a 3 year sabbatical from writing she returned to her passion to write Whispers on the Wind: Ari's story.
Her first novel, Whispers on the Wind: Ari's Story, was published in August 2012 on Lulu.com. Hanging from the Family Tree: Tobias' Story, a companion/sequel to Whispers on the Wind, is to be published in November 2012

Cover Art- Copyright © 2012 Christopher Vincent

-Martha

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori

Title: Ouran High School Host Club
Author: Bisco Hatori 

Published: July 2005 VIZ Media LLC
Genre: Shoujo manga, romance, comedy
Reviewer: Hannah

Summary:

Freshman student Haruhi Fujioka is attending the incredibly prestigious rich kid school Ouran High Academy as a scholarship student. This, of course, makes her stand out as the only "commoner" amongst the children of wealthy and successful business men and women.

However, due to an unfortunate accident, she owes over 8 million yen ($80,000) to the school's Host Club, a group of good-looking men whose mission is to entertain the young women of the school. To pay back her debt, she must pose as a boy and participate in the club as a member. 

Review:

Yay, a second manga review! *audience applauses* If you're a regular manga-reader, chances are you've read Ouran at some point. It is one of the greatest mangas of all time (the top best-selling manga in America is Fruits Basket--maybe I'll review it sometime in the near or distant future). And it is rightfully so; Ouran High School Host Club...is...amazing.....no, wait, that deserves Caps Lock: IT IS AMAZING.

I first saw the 26-episode anime run, and I absolutely loved it. Since it was so spectacular, I decided to read the manga. I had it set in my mind that there was no way anything in the world ever could possible top the EPIC GREATNESS of the Ouran anime. I was wrong. The manga is just as good, if not, better. It was genuinely funny, and I found myself loving all of the characters. The main character, Haruhi, is a unique heroine: she isn't ditzy or a "damsel in distress," she isn't trailing along behind some sexy love interest, wide-eyed and drooling; in fact, she's just the opposite: she's completely clueless to anything pertaining to romance, she's thinks things through logically, she's got great deduction skills, so she isn't stupid. She's just so awesome.

And then there's Tamaki, who's my personal favorite. He's the head of the Host Club (we'll get to what they actually do later), and he's known as the "Prince," by some of his customers. He's...hmm...hard to describe. He's egotistical, in a way, but not really. No, that doesn't make sense. Gahh, I don't know how to describe his character. He flaunts his awesomeness around, he's constantly dropping lines on all the girls he sees, but he's not a player. I believe that he genuinely thinks all girls are beautiful. He cares about people, he's easily suckered into helping people (even if they are using him), and he's incredibly sweet and good-hearted. He's my favorite manga character of all time, Bisco Hatori just did an amazing job developing him. 

One thing I loved was that he's Haruhi's love interest........kinda....maybe.....no, not really, haha. See, he absolutely adores Haruhi, and gets insanely jealous whenever she's hanging around with another guy. But he's so dang clueless, he thinks his feelings for her are "fatherly." Haha, never heard of that in a love story, have you? And it's not like Haruhi can snap him out of it, because, like I said, she's clueless about things like that as well. There's no such thing as "romantic Haruhi." In fact, that phrase is just so implausible, it sickens me...

Before we go on with the characters, let me define what the "Host Club" is, exactly. Basically, it's a group of six extremely good-looking men (and Haruhi, disguised as a boy), each aged somewhere between 14 and 17, who set up events, parties, etc, to entertain the girls of the school. And they just hang out with them, really. Or rather, they hang out with each other, looking smoking hot, while the girls squeal in ecstacy while watching. If it's just a "regular" Host Club day, then they're usually sitting around, drinking tea in the Host Club's room, and chatting and whatnot. Although sometimes they have themes (like an Egyptian palace, or a tropical paradise, etc), where they'll decorate the place with tons of expensive decorations (they're rich, remember?) and get all fancied up in costumes. You know, the whole shebang. Actually, I wonder when they have the time to do schoolwork and attend their classes...? Hmm...

Now, our third character, Kyoya, is the calm, cool, and collected type. He smart, and he manages the Host Club's earnings and finances. He sees everything as a gain-and-loss opportunity, and if the benefit doesn't outweigh the disadvantages, he won't go through with it. It's actually scary how....systematic and seemingly emotionless he is. To be honest, my initial impression of him was that he was a sociopath. Everything he does is to gain something; not to be nice, not to help other people; but to gain something. At least, that's what we're led to believe. He does have a few moments that make me think he's trying to hide that fact THAT HE'S A HUMAN BEING (*gasp!* The revelations are astonishing....what will be next? That there actually ISN'T any truth in advertising? Global warming is real? That that extra slice of pumpkin pie I had on Thanksgiving was probably a bad idea? Answer: yes). Let me just clarify here: I don't believe he is a sociopath. I think he's overcompensating for his family issues. Now that that's out of the way...

The cutest member of the Host Club is Hunny. From his behavior, look, height, tendencies, etc, you'd peg him as age 6. But, believe it or not, he's really the oldest. He's 17 (I know, I was stunned when I found out). But he doesn't let his age stop him from being who he is! He loves cake and bunnies and all things cute and adorable. Which is strange, because he's also a master of martial arts. He trained Japanese police, for crying out loud. Ahhh, our diverse little Hunny:) But know what's better than Hunny?

Hunny PLUS Mori. They are the same age, and they go together perfectly. Actually, Tamaki and Kyoya have it figured out: alone, Mori is scary and mean-looking. But with Hunny at his side (or on his shoulders, either works), he is instantly transformed into a lovable, adorable, swoon-worthy hottie. And they know what appeals to horomonal teenage girls, don't they? Mori is an enigmatic character, because he rarely talks. Strangely though, it doesn't make him menacing or evil or anything. He's just....Mori.    

Stick with me, we've got just two more characters to cover. Next up is: Hikaru and Kaoru!! I group them together because they are twins. And their roles as Host Club members somewhat....intertwined, I guess you could say. See, everyone in the Host Club has a certain type: Haruhi is the natural type, Tamaki is the princely type, Kyoya is the cool type, Mori is the strong, silent type, and Hunny is the cutesy little boy type (he's sometimes called the "Boy Lolita" type, hehe:D). Hikaru and Kaoru? Well....their type is the "forbidden, brotherly love" type. And this is where you scrunch up your nose and go, "Ewwwww....." Don't worry, they aren't actually gay, it's just an act (apparently the female customers find it attractive....? I don't know. Don't ask me. I was born as a girl, but without the same mentality). Hikaru and Kaoru are pretty mischievious, and before the Host Club was formed, they were closed to outsiders and only had each other. 

All of these characters have stereotypical manga personalities. The nerd, the silent guy, the troublemakers, the egotistical "player," the cutie, yadda yadda yadda. But, Bisco Hatori, daaaaaangggg.....she has done SUCH a good job here. She's taken dozens of manga stereotypes, flipped them on their head, mocked them, and transformed them into something great. Hatori.....I love you......
....IWOULDEATABABYDUCKIFYOUASKEDMETO...just kidding:P I love duckies....

This manga is mostly comedic, and looking at it that way, it is effing hilarious. I have read the first 8 volumes so far, and every single one has, on several different occassions, made me laugh audibly, into the air, out loud, it was so funny. And the humor is intelligent and witty and....mannn.....I am SO looking forward to the next 10 volumes. 

Looking at it as a drama, it is still an excellent achievement. Each episode isn't just pointless happenings. As every story unfolds, we learn more about our beloved characters, how they came to be the way they are, their past experiences. Very, very, VERY rarely do I ever fall in love with a book's characters. In fact, this is probably the only time where I've come to love the characters so much. I would DIE if something bad ever happened to them (they're fictional, but still AWESOME, okay?).  

Just.....read it, okay? Read the manga, watch the anime, even if it's not the kind of stuff you're into, you will LOVE it, I guarantee. And if not, well, then: I give you full permission to curse and slander my name until the day you die. Deal?  -Hannah

I've rated Ouran High School Host Club:

          -(5/5)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Book Trailer | Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE!

No one is like Daemon Black.


When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn't fooling around. Doubting him isn't something I’ll do again, and now that we've made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.



But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. 

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.
Find Jennifer on: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website | Blog



-Martha

Sunday, November 18, 2012

RABT Blog Tour | Feels like the First Time by Shawn Inmon

Title: Feels Like the First Time
Author: Shawn Inmon

Format: Paperback, 218 pages
Published: September 5th 2012 by Pertime Publishing (first published September 4th 2012)


Goodreads Synopsis:
 September, 1975: Shawn meets Dawn, his one true love, when she moves into the vacant house next door. Many people spend their life searching in vain for happiness, but he was lucky; finding it at the age of fifteen.

February 1979: Forbidden to see each other and feeling he is harming her by being in her life, he walks away from the love of his life, apparently forever.

December, 2006: After decades of sadness and mourning the girl that got away, he has a chance meeting with her that might change his life forever… again. Can the sweet bond of first love not only survive, but flourish?

Feels Like the First Time lets you share in the magic of young love in small town America in the 1970s. No matter how much the world changes, some things – timeless music, high school dances, making out in the backseat of a Chevy Vega, and of course true love – will always remain the same.
Excerpt:
“That’s it then,” I said softly, almost to myself. There was nothing left to say. My composure was completely gone. Hot tears ran down my face, but I didn’t care. This was the moment I had done everything to both cause and avoid. It was possible I might see Dawn again at some future date, but I would never see this Dawn. She was so lovely it broke my heart to look at her. I went to her and put my hands on her shoulders. I looked deeply into her eyes. I didn’t ask her to wait for me. I was trying to set her free. “When we can see each other again, if you still love me, I’ll be there for you. I promise I’ll love you just the same.” She nodded. Her tears streamed down her face and she looked away. I walked out of her house, across the familiar yard and into the rest of my life.
Guest Post:
Every Life is a Story
I met Dawn, the love of my life, when she moved into the house next door the year I turned fifteen. She was three years behind me in school, so it took some time to realize that I loved her. For us, friendship came first. We spent hundreds of hours, sitting in the grass between our two houses, laughing, teasing and supporting each other through the trials of being teenagers in small-town America in the 1970s. By the end of my junior year in high school, I knew I loved her, but it took until mid-way through my senior year before I let her in on the secret.

One short year later, we had made a lifetime commitment to each other, but had also been banned from seeing each other by her parents. I said good-bye to Dawn, I thought forever, on  Valentine’s Day 1979. Although I never stopped loving her, I didn’t see her again until December 1 st, 2006. When I did run into her again, completely by accident, it shook my world to its foundations. After these events transpired, I began to realize that it was a story, and I wrote my book Feels Like the First Time. Now, after writing and publishing my own story, I have talked to dozens of people who said they related to our story of first love and lost love. Through these conversations, I have realized that every life is a story. Some are romances, some are action-adventure stories, and at least a few are comedies, but every life has a story arc.

With the changes in publishing over the last decade, telling that story has never been easier. When I first started writing Feels Like the First Time in 2006, I was intent on going to traditional publishing route – looking for an agent and trying to “sell” my story to a publishing house. By the time I finished it, I decided not to send out even a single query letter. The idea of being my own publisher had become too appealing to think of turning my own life story over to a stranger. It was a steep learning curve for me, but I enjoyed every step in learning about editing, proofreading, cover design and interior book layout. It’s possible to do these things yourself, or you can hire professionals to do it for you. Before you get to that step though, you’ve got to write. And then write some more, and still more. Because I was an inexperienced writer, I wrote over two dozen drafts of Feels Like the First Time before I was ready to hire an editor to look at it.

I also recommend a thick skin. When I turned in the first draft of my story, it was over 100,000 words. When I hit “publish” five months later, it was 66,000 words. And that was after I’d already done dozens of revision on my own. Through the editing process, I kept a single mantra in the forefront of my brain: Whatever makes the book better. When you’re writing about your own life, it’s tough, but it’s good to get as much ego out of the way as you can.

Until you’ve done it the first time, the idea of sitting down and writing a book can be intimidating. That’s why I don’t recommend that. Instead, try just recreating various memories from your life, and telling them as stories. Write about your first kiss, or your first car, or when you lost someone close to you. Eventually, you may see a pattern emerging in those stories and a book might be in there, begging to be let out. Feels Like the First Time started as a series of emails between my oldest sister and I. It wasn’t until we had been exchanging those emails for two years that either of us realized it was a book.

Everyone has a story to tell, and it’s never been easier to share your story with the rest of the world.
Isn't this the cutest thing EVER!?!

Author Bio
Shawn Inmon is originally from Mossyrock Washington, where his first book Feels Like the First Time is set. He has been a real estate broker in Enumclaw Washington for the last twenty years. Prior to that, he worked as a short-order cook, travelling T-shirt salesman, radio DJ, Cutco Cutlery sales rep, department store buyer, video store manager, crab fisherman, Kirby vacuum cleaner salesman, business consultant and public speaker. He is married to his high school sweetheart Dawn and has five daughters, five grandchildren and two chocolate labs named Hershey and Sadie. Shawn Inmon is a husband and father, as well as a writer, Real Estate Broker, and member of KISS II, The Original KISS Tribute band. If you’d like to know what happened after he ran into Dawn in 2006, the answers are all in Feels Like the First Time, available in both Kindle and paperback on Amazon.

CONTACT : Website | Facebook
Purchase Links : Amazon
*GIVEAWAY: For a $25 Amazon Gift Card*

Friday, November 16, 2012

Cover Reveal | Aversion by Kenechi Udogu

Bonjour!

Well hello there my lovely. Nice of you to drop in and pay me a little visit. Want to know what I have for you today? Well I'll tell ya. I have a spectacular new Cover Reveal. What makes it so spectacular you ask? Well you will certainly see in a moment.

Aversion (Book One of The Mentalist Series)A YA paranormal romance novella by Kenechi Udogu

Blurb:
For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tanner doesn't seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?
I like it! It's simple and it makes you question what the orb is for and what it does. It's mysterious and alluring in a curious way. Are you following my line of crazy? 
What do you think? Do you like it? Does it attract your attention?
Mini excerpt: 
My name is Gemma Green and I am an Averter. You’re probably wondering what that means and why it is important for me to state that I am one. On the surface there is not much difference between me and most other fifteen year old girls, except for the fact that I have the ability to alter people’s minds and stop them from carrying out actions that will unhinge their predestined life paths. I know it sounds impossible but trust me, it’s true. Only another Averter will be able to tell what I am from sight. Well, not really sight. We have the ability to sense things that others overlook. For example, I always know when I’m being lied to. I can’t tell what the exact lie is but I get a knot in my stomach every time I hear one; the bigger the lie, the tighter the knot. It’s clearly not the most enjoyable ability for anyone to have but the older we get, the easier it becomes to tune the feelings out. You eventually get to a point where the only person’s emotions you can tune into is the person you are assigned to. But I’ll get to that later. 
Expected release date: December 3rd 2012
Author Links: 
-Martha

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cover Reveal | Furthermore: An Anthology

Hiya all! *waves*

Well my blog seems to be kidnapped by authors a lot lately! Hah! 
Today BooksBooks&MoreBooks gets taken over by the authors of Furthermore: An Anthology authors. Let's see what they have to say, huh.

It's Cover Reveal week! Thanks to the talent of so many wonderful authors, our anthology is nearly complete and will be released on December 11th. But today, we are excited to share the cover with you and won't make you wait any longer!
A first date, a lottery, treachery and deceit. Sometimes fate has other plans. Sometimes there’s more to tell.
In Furthermore: An Anthology, eighteen original stories take you on a journey through worlds here and beyond. From the depths of the earth to the embrace of the sea, your favorite series continue. Prequels, alternative views, and new scenes give readers a chance to experience more than originally told.
Including stories from Rebekah Campbell, Amber Garr, David Estes, Leigh Michael, Karen Amanda Hooper, Stephanie Judice, and Mayandree Michael. And most importantly, in honor of those who lost the battle and those who continue to fight, all proceeds from this anthology will be donated to cancer research and support.
SURPRISE VISITOR -Emily has never been a fan of surprises but Eric has something up his sleeve to change her mind. (The Darkness Through The Light Series)

GETTING TO KNOW THE HEAVIES - The two Sullivan bodyguards are still human beings underneath it all. And everyone has a weakness. (The Darkness Through The Light Series)

PEOPLE CHANGE - When Eric asks his dad a question about his mother, it’s time to go back to where it all began and then went so badly wrong. (The Darkness Through The Light Series)

COLD FEET - Kain witnesses Eviana’s deceit on their wedding day and is forced to deal with the consequences of her behavior. (The Syrenka Series)

RIFT - Daniel encourages the group to make a detour to the Grand Canyon, as the distance between the friends begins to rival the great ravine. (The Syrenka Series)

DISCOVERY - Leila’s first encounter with her psychic mentor is nothing short of memorable. (The Leila Marx Novels)

HUMAN RESOURCES – Blake finds a new job while Mac finds a friend who reminds him of home. (The Leila Marx Novels)

THE RUNAWAY- TAWNI’S STORY - After learning of her parents’ treachery, Tawni leaves home seeking to make amends for their transgressions. (The Dwellers Saga)

THE LIFE LOTTERY- A STORY FROM YEAR ZERO - With the survival of the human race on the brink, there’s only one way to decide who will be saved in the underground caves: The Lottery. (The Dwellers Saga)

FATE: Experience Annabelle’s struggle to fulfill the ABA Prophecy in a new light through the parting words of Adrian, Aurelia, Blake, and Lady Katherine. (Annabelle’s Story)

The Sound of Love - Glimpse into one of Nathaniel’s previous lives and see how his soul mate reacts when tragedy strikes. (The Kindrily Series)

MUIRNE’S MELODY--To escape her master’s vile desires, Muirne flees into the snow-swept night, finding a green-eyed stranger and a mystical destiny. (Saga of the Setti Series)

JEREMY’S HEART: Calm, cool, and complete scoundrel, Jeremy realizes the loss he’s suffered means nothing compared to true love. (Saga of the Setti Series)

FALL FROM GRACE: Warped by centuries of darkness, the creature Sveigja plots to capture Clara as his queen. (Saga of the Setti Series)

Plus two original stories by Mayandree Michel.
We would like to extend a HUGE thanks to Claudia at PhatPuppyArt for donating the artwork and to Alexandra Shostak for donating her time for the cover design. You ladies are amazing and we are all so grateful for your contribution!

If you are interested in promoting the release or reviewing an ARC, please visit HERE to sign up.


To find out more about the authors and their stories, please check out THIS POST.

You can't miss out on this! Join us in helping as well as enjoying these great snippets!
-Martha


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Q&A by Vikas Swarup

Title: Q&AAuthor: Vikas Swarup

Published: January 2000
Genre: Crime Drama, Romance, Mystery, "Coming of Age"
Reviewer: Hannah

Summary:

For reasons unknown, 18-year-old Ram wants to go on the game show Who Wants to Be a Billionaire? Being a lowly tea server, no one ever expected him to answer all thirteen questions correctly. In fact, the producers and host of the show are so outraged and baffled, that they attempt to torture him into revealing his cheats and secrets.

But Ram never cheated. Not once. He knew the answers, and we discover through stories of his past how he does, and his reason for going on the show in the first place.

Review:

Okay, a show of hands: How many of you have seen Slumdog Millionaire? Yes? No? Well, it was originally--*gasp!*---a book. As most films these days are. I saw Slumdog Millionaire before I read the book, and I really liked it. I found Latika to be a crappy love interest; she was ditzy and unlikable, and WHY JAMAL WHY would you go through so much trouble for such a boring girl? Dksejgjhsdfbosjhgonsogsgbsdgnjh!!! *head-desking the laptop*

BUT, other than that, it was an excellent film. And when I discovered that my library had a copy of the book, I was like, "Ooh! Ooh! Dibs! MINE!!!" *hisssss* After all, aren't books always better than their cinematic counterparts? The Hunger Games, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Blindness, Speak, Hatchet, Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, to name a few. But alas: this books-to-movies rule does not apply here. If you loved Slumdog Millionaire, DO NOT READ Q&A. Yes, it's about a kid going on a game show, and yes, it's about him recounting his life's story. But that's where the similarties come to an abrupt, screeching halt.

The book Q&A is nothing like the movie, so don't go headfirst into reading it (waitwaitwait....headfirst? What other way would a person go, Hannah? Butt first? You moron....) expecting it to be. Like I did...*sigh*....

So the book begins exactly like the movie did, with Ram/Jamal (pick whichever name you like) getting tortured by TV producers.This goes on for quite a while until, magically, a lawyer randomly appears and says that she is defending Ram. So she takes him to her place, where he is ever grateful for rescuing him. But of course, just before torture began, he had been on a game show where he answered 13 questions perfectly and won one billion rupees, which is more than 18 million US dollars (so sayeth the online exchange rate converter). Yay Ram!.....right?

No. The TV producers don't believe he played fairly, so thus commences the torture. Anyway, now that he is in the care of his awesometacular lawyer, he has to explain in explicit detail how he knows the answers to every question, and then we see his life story unravel right before our very eyes.

Aww, how sweet! How touching! How beautifully poetic....*sniffle sniffle*....One third of the way through, I was prepared to give the book 4 stars out of 5. Halfway through, well, about 3 stars. The story wasn't bad, but the narrative was a tad dry and uninteresting. Actually, this isn't a YA novel, it's for adults. Martha told me I could only review YA books, because, duh, it's a YA book blog. But I have a legitimate excuse for posting this review: Despite this being an adult novel, it's written in a very juvenile manner. I don't mean to say it's "dumbed down" or anything like that, but I feel like the terminology isn't quite up there with, ya know, Shakespeare. And Shakespeare is my lowest standard for everything all the time EVER. Just kidding:P You know, I think it has something to do with the fact that I was reading We Need to Talk About Kevin simultaneously with Q&A, and, well....just flip through a few pages of that, and we'll see how dumb you feel then. I mean, DAY-am, Lionel Shriver can write. I think she co-wrote the dictionary or something, cuz she know BIG WORDS. Anywho....

And then we get to page 260. Oh, page 260, how I despise thee. OK, look: I have my library copy of Q&A with me right now. I have flipped to the last page, which is page 318. Are you following me? There are only 318 pages in the entirety of this book. And Ram's love interest, Nita, doesn't get the slightest mention until freakin' page 260!! What the falafel?

And, ohmygosh, you wouldn't not BELIEVE how pathetic the romance is. It's laughable. In fact, I'm bawling with tears and laughter right now, it's so bad. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think this romance is worse than Fallen (sorry, Martha, I know you liked Fallen....). I just can't even.......WORDS, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE HAVE FAILED ME..............But not really. Time for some hate.

Okay, so, if you have seen the film, you know that at one point, Jamal/Ram was working as a fake tour guide for idiotic tourists at the Taj Mahal, to earn some extra cash. Well, he did this for some snobby rich college kids. But then, they offered him the time of his life, and Jamal, being the dumb teenager he is, said, "What the hell, why not?" So he tags along with them and ends up.......in a red light district. Yes. He gets introduced to a prostitute named Nita, has sex with her (yup. She was paid for this), and holycrapohmysweetbabypineapple it must be forever, true, undeniable, everlasting, eternal L-O-V-E............NO. No. No. No no no nononononononono NO! WHEN WILL YOU AUTHORS LEARN!?!?!! SEX and LOVE are NOT synonymous!! You can't just have two characters have sex and then BAM! Insta-love. No! As you can see, I am outraged at the moment. I need a YouTube break. Excusez-moi.....

Alright, I'm back..........And certainly not any calmer!! Gah!!! More ranting!! Okay, so beyond what I've already mentinoed, the author, Vikas Swarup, has done absolutely nothing to fill out the romance. It's like he barely even tried. We get no character development, absolutely nothing to make me like Nita. Not that you can do that much with ONLY 50 PAGES LEFT!! Hmm....I seem to be abusing Caps Lock for this review.....

For those of you wanting a less heated and more level-headed review: .......................................No, I can't. I can't do level-headed. Sorry.

In addition, I felt that there were WAY too many coinkydinks. A girl that Ram helped out when he was 12 actually turns out to be the lawyer that defends him later. The man who abused Nita (not getting into the details there) and a woman Ram used to work for is actually the host of the game show that he's on. And, just....there are way too many. There are so many details, that I can't even get into them all.

The last thing I want to address is the lack of humanity in just about every single character that Ram comes across in his life. Just about everyone is complete and total soulless scumbag. And it seems like the author unrealistically portrayed the underbelly of India. I mean, I'm not sure; for all I know, the slums of India could really be the disgusting, revolting, despair-filled and nightmarish rock bottom that Swarup makes them out to be, and the inhabitants even more so. But, ya know, maybe not. Ram comes across prostitutes, thieves, wifebeaters, kidnappers, murderers, rapists (including incestual rapists), drunks, drug addicts, gangsters, child maimers, pimps, black-soulled mothers, evil priests, and on and on and on and on....Is there not one decent person in India? Or are they all sad, pathetic excuses for human beings? That is the question....

Ahhh.....I think I've finished ranting. The bottom line: If you put aside your brain for a bit, there's a slight chance you might enjoy Q&A. Most likely not though. Actually, no. I wouldn't recommend this. Go watch Slumdog Millionaire and stay away from this. My hat's off to Simon Beaufoy, who adapted this book into the screenplay for the film. Boy, that must've been an ordeal...  -Hannah

I've rated Q&A:

 (2/5)

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