Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh – New Release

Dragon of the Stars

Dragon of the Stars

Great news! Today is the new release of Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh. This science fiction space opera follows the military adventure of Lt. Commander Aden Pendar and his quest to find the legendary starship, the Dragon. You can get your copy of the Dragon of the Stars now available in ebook and paperback.

About Dragon of the Stars

The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter. But when the Alliance declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray and told he won’t make captain. One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?

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About Alex J. Cavanaugh

Alex J. CavanaughAlex J. Cavanaugh works in web design and graphics. He’s experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is Ninja Captain Alex and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and website.

Be sure to check out Alex’s websites at: Alex’s Blog | Insecure Writers Support Group | What Are The Kargrandes?

The Monk Who Cast a Spell by Sharon Bradshaw – New Release

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I am happy to announce that Sharon Bradshaw’s debut novel The Monk who Cast a Spell releases today in paperback and ebook. The novel is published by Motivational Press. It is a historical fiction enveloped in mystery and romance in the 8th century. It is sure to be a compelling read. Enjoy.

The Monk Who Cast a Spell

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Book Blurb

Durstan, a 17 year old 8th century Monk at the Monastery on Iona, falls in love with Ailan; becomes involved with Beth when he thinks he has lost her, and is injured then in a Viking raid. He doubts his Christian belief because of the magic of the old Gods whom people still worship in 794AD; the violence of the Vikings and the sexual awakening he experiences with Ailan at Beltane. The Abbot, Druid, Monks and Durstan’s family are important to the story, as is the magic in the firelight, wildness of nature and seasons on Iona and Mull in the Hebrides, warmth of spring in April/May and snow at Yule, the blizzards and white sky.

Author Bio

Sharon Bradshaw

Sharon was born in London, has an LLB Law Degree and practised as a Solicitor until 2012 when she became Manager of her Son’s business.

She ran a writing competition in 2011 and published an Anthology of selected entries, raising funds to buy bread for children in Tanzania.

Sharon has a passion for history. She has had poetry published and writes the Hope and Dreams Blog. She wants to raise awareness of basic human rights, including a child’s entitlement to education and love.

She discovered a young man sitting on a low stone wall gazing out to sea. Durstan, “The Monk who cast a Spell”, was on Iona in 794AD waiting for the Vikings to arrive. His story explores Celtic spirituality, the early Christian Church and traditional belief in the Old Gods. An inspirational tale of finding and losing love, how lives are incomplete without kindness and compassion, it considers the necessity of religion and the importance of change.

Sharon lives near Warwick in the UK with her family. “The Monk who cast a Spell” is her first novel and she is writing the sequel.

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The Watcher’s Daughter by C.J. Flynn – New Release

The Watcher's Daughter

The Watcher's Daughter

Author C.J. Flynn’s debut novel The Watcher’s Daughter is now available. If you’re a fan of paranormal fantasy, you’ll certainly want to check out this first book in The Mythos of Cimme series.

About The Watcher’s Daughter

It’s not everyday that your grandfather tries to strangle you with his own bare hands.

When Allie Stuart leaves the nursing home, she’s beginning to feel like the fates are piling on a bit too much. Her grandfather has lost his mind, a long-time relationship is failing fast, and migraines are starting to do strange things to her vision.

Facing a forced sabbatical from her research job, she sets out to shake things up with an expose of strange conspiracy theories. Her work catches the attention of Nathan Carter, someone who likes to debate weird supernatural events and who believes that everything from aliens to the undead walk among us. She never anticipates that agreeing to meet him and his merry band of paranoid conspiracy theorists will set her on a path to discovering the truth behind what she has long thought are far-fetched modern myths.

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About C.J. Flynn

CJ Flynn is an author, farmer, and mother. She has been writing for most of her life, and has used her skills professionally in writing technical documentation, online articles, and marketing. Her first love has always been fiction.

After moving back to begin a small family farm in her home state of Ohio, CJ left behind the technical and marketing writing to focus solely on her fiction. The Mythos of Cimme series is her first published fiction work.

To get updates on C.J.’s upcoming books, be sure to follow her: Website | Twitter | Facebook

All the Wild Places by Harlow Fallon – New Release

All the Wild Places

All the Wild Places

A new dark fantasy All the Wild Places by Harlow Fallon has just released and is now available for the Amazon Kindle. Delve into a tale of extraordinary adventure and myth with the first book in The Elmwyn Journey.

About All the Wild Places

Twenty-four-year-old Sulee Walsh is no stranger to the peculiar and bizarre. She’s lived an isolated life as the only child of an eccentric mother and a father who’s been in mental institutions for the past ten years.

On a chilly October day, two men walk into her life and upend it, lending a whole new meaning to the word “bizarre”. According to them, her father is not from Earth. He comes from Elmwyn, a mirror world in another dimension. On Elmwyn he was an important man, the Weaver, a master of magic, known as the Charism. They want him to come home.

Before she can take it all in, Sulee is drawn into an extraordinary adventure in a world where magic is taken for granted, where mythical beings are part of everyday life, and where she is expected to fill the shoes of the greatest Weaver who ever lived.

But first she must defeat the dark Wraithknot and destroy the net of horror he’s cast upon innocent lives. And he has entirely different plans in store for her.

Content Advisory: This book is intended for mature audiences and contains violence, sexual activity and disturbing imagery.

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About Harlow Fallon

Harlow C. Fallon grew up in a home where reading was always encouraged. With an artist father and a librarian mother, her love for literature and art blossomed and flourished. She cut her teeth on the complex fantasy worlds of The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan, and later fed her imagination a steady diet of Edgar Allen Poe, John Wyndham, Ray Bradbury and Frank Herbert. Today, her imagination continues to thrive, which she channels into her own writing, fueled by the curiosities of the world and the mysteries of the universe. Science fiction and fantasy are her genres of choice.

She and her husband have five grown children and have made Michigan their home for the past sixteen years.

Be sure to follow Harlow on her: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Interview With Author Bonnie R. Paulson

Today I have an interview with author Bonnie R. Paulson about her life, love of writing, and the new release of her suspense novel Dictating Death.

Hi, Bonnie! We’re happy to have you here, so please tell us a little about yourself.

Thank you so much for having me! I’m a married mom with 6 beautiful children – 5 boys and 1 girl. It’s all about survival and I live it – not just survival regarding the “end of the world as we know it” but surviving everyday calamities and incidents that try to steal my sanity. Reading, dirt biking, and cooking are ways I spend time with my family.

How long have you been writing, and what inspired you to become an author?

I think like all writers, it’s something I’ve been doing my whole life. But the real question is, how long have I been writing and sharing it with the world? Because that is exactly 8 and a half years. I love it. Writing is my one way to connect with what’s in my head. If not, well, let’s just say there’s a definite chance for sanity questions…

My inspiration was a weird one. A lady I didn’t know approached me after Anatomy and Physiology class one day and asked if I would like to be in her critique group. She made it sound like I just HAD to write with her. So I started. I can’t stop. I’m frigging addicted.

What can you tell us about your latest book Dictating Death?

It’s twisted and dark and crazy but a must read for anyone looking for that deeper read. Two women in one body with drastically different goals – if one succeeds another man dies, if the other wins, they die.

What was your inspiration for the book?

I used to be a transcriptionist and one of the doctors I typed for had a very schmexy voice and I was so tired at the time (I had just had a baby {#4 in fact}) and I thought, wouldn’t that be crazy if a transcriptionist stalked her doctors? And it took over from there.

What’s your favorite scene from Dictating Death?

Ooooooh, hehehe. I would have to say the scene where Maria and Samantha realize their true feelings for each other. This is a jacked up scene – it’s not sexual in nature, at least for one of them, but it’s also a point where I realized that each of us has a little bit more than just one person inside. There’s the part of each of us that wants to be good but can’t look away when the bad part of us wants to do something for complete gratification. Yeah… that scene was a blast.

Who’s your favorite character?

Maria. I think she’s more screwed up than she realizes, but she hides it beneath her gruffness and grit. Never a bad thing, right?

How would you describe Samantha and Maria’s relationship with Dr. Luke?

Well, Samantha wants him in carnal and emotional ways and Maria wants to kill him. It really isn’t more complex than that.

Is there any message you would like readers to take away from Dictating Death?

Dark and twisted can be satisfying. And also that it takes all kinds of people to turn this world, which kind are you? Maria? Or Samantha? Or Rebecca?

Do you have any plans for your next project?

Oh yes, I have 10 more books releasing in the next 12 months. My March 27, 2015 release is Resisting Redemption (Book #3 of the Redemption series) and then May 8, 2015 release is Broken Choices, a standalone about more heartache and survival. I do love me some survival! 😉

Thank you so much for having me! This was a blast. You have such great questions. I appreciate this. A question for your readers – do you prefer your darker side or your lighter side?

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Top Reads of 2014

Well, 2014 was an interesting year. In-between traveling and everyday things, I actually found the time to read. I read in quick spurts mostly and a lot of my books were comic but, hey, reading is reading. So, here is my year in review of my top reads of 2014.

1. The Walking Dead

by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, et al.

Comic | Horror

I’ve really grown to love The Walking Dead. After reading through Issues #1-99, I’ve come to realize that no character is safe in this story. Each of the characters are fascinating and even the zombies are cool. At first read, I thought this series would be a rehashing of the old zombie tropes but it actually spins a fresh view on a zombie apocalypse with a storyline that’s totally addicting.

Now that 2015 is underway, I’ve read past Issue #100. And I haven’t been more devastated by the death of a fictional character in any series. Ever. But I won’t get into that. The series is still on-going and my reviews are on the way.

2. Saga

by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

Comic | Science Fiction, Fantasy

Wow, just wow. Saga is a series intended for a mature audience, so I’m warning you beforehand. Seriously. There’s sex, space drugs, a forest that grows rocket ships, a cat that can detect if anyone is lying, a broken robot prince, and the most adorable wartime love child. Yes, this is Saga, which happens to be one of my favorite on-going series.

Writer Brian K. Vaughan and illustrator Fiona Staples have crafted a comic that’s visually stunning, funny, and romantic in a sci-fi, fantasy quirky sort of way. So far I’ve read Issues #1-24 and can’t wait for #25.

3. Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley

Novel | Classic, Horror

I have to admit that Frankenstein was easily my favorite book of the year. And I don’t know why I had put off reading it for so long. After seeing so many films of the classic monster, I just wasn’t too hopeful I’d like the book. Apart from the film Young Frankenstein (a hilarious movie), I wasn’t a real fan of the whole thing. But my goodness. I was so wrong. So very, very wrong.

This book is almost a life changer for me. Honestly. We’ve all read them, books that change our outlook on life even if that change is small. Well, Mary Shelley’s is that kind of masterpiece. It made me pity the monster and sympathize with Frankenstein. All of the movies over the years do not do this book any justice. I simply loved the book.

4. True Grit

by Charles Portis

Audiobook | Classic, Western

Talk about top notch narration. True Grit is probably one of the best audiobooks I’ll ever listen to. Ever. I loved the audiobook version from Recorded Books with Donna Tartt as the narrator. And I wasn’t a big fan of westerns before but True Grit completely changed my mind. Read my review for the full details.

5. Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

Novel | Classic, Science Fiction

Seeing as I already reviewed this, I’ll recap. I enjoyed reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This science fiction classic offers a thought-provoking study of human character. Its vivid detail, strong and almost poetic prose, and futuristic yet all too relevant theme tells a story of society’s ignorance and one man’s willingness to learn. You can read my full review here.

6. Tollesbury Time Forever

by Stuart Ayris

Novel | Psychological Fiction

Tollesbury Time Forever is unlike any book I’ve ever read and it’s for this story’s oddness and the author’s perspective into mental illness that I fell in love with this book. Or mostly the book’s main character. This is a lovely, strange tale that is somehow both disturbing and moving. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to review it yet but it’s on my list.

Full Reading List

Overall, 2014 was a great year of reading for me. If you’re curious to see all of the 137 books I read last year, you can find my full list on Goodreads.

Interview With Author Pauline Creeden

Great news! I have an interview with author Pauline Creeden about her newest release a young adult, steampunk fantasy titled The Chronicles of Steele: Raven.

1. Hi Pauline, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hi Lanise! Thanks for having me on your blog. I’ve been a horse trainer for almost 20 years—that’s my day job. My husband and I homeschool our 14-year-old son (mostly with our college text books now) and I blog and write in the rest of my spare time…since I tend not to sleep much 🙂

2. What inspired you to be a writer?

Like most writers, I was a reader first. I consumed books like most kids my age watched television. So when I was very young, I decided I wanted to be a writer. My parents even got me a toy typewriter for Christmas. But because I have ADD, I have a hard time finishing projects that I start, so I didn’t complete a novel until my first attempt at NaNoWriMo back in 2011.

3. Tell us a little about The Chronicles of Steele: Raven, and what inspired you to write the story?

My father and I were fans of the TV show, Xena Warrior Princess, and later Alias. I’ve always wanted to have a kick-butt ninja-type woman as a lead character someday, so when this story started coming together in my head in a steampunk-universe, I jumped on it. This has to be one of the most fun novels to write!

4. What is your favorite scene from the book?

The climax of the book is my favorite scene. I was going for a zombie apocalypse vibe, but with automatons…

5. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Raven, of course – I want to be her when I grow up 🙂

6. What are your favorite book genres to write and read?

I love dark fantasy—so almost everything I write incorporates elements of horror, suspense, and fantasy in them.

7. While writing your book, what was the hardest issue you came across?

It’s always defeating my ADD. The most difficult thing is to stay focused on one project at a time, because about six or seven stories are occupying my brain all at once.

8. What was your best moment or experience during your writing process?

I love when I go back through and edit my draft and I’m enamored with what I wrote. When I have moments where I can’t believe I wrote it at all. It’s moments where I hate what I wrote that I can’t stand.

9. What message would you like readers to take from reading your book?

Being feminine isn’t about clothes, make up, or even being weak, and being a strong woman doesn’t mean you need to reject love, either.

10. Are you working on anything new now, and what will your next project be?

Currently I’m working on “Salt” a mermaid novella for the Falling In Deep collection that the Blazing Indie Collective is working on. You can find out more about Falling In Deep at our Facebook page.

Thanks for the wonderful interview, Pauline!

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Into the Realm: The Chronicles of Carter Blake by R.W. Foster – Book Spotlight

Into the Realm: The Chronicles of Carter Blake by R.W. Foster
Into the Realm: The Chronicles of Carter Blake

If you’re a fan of fantasy, check out Into the Realm: The Chronicles of Carter Blake (Book 1) by R.W. Foster.

About the Book

Fourteen year-old college student, Carter Blake, aspires to become a Nobel Prize winning physicist until the night the villain from his favorite tabletop role playing game shows up in person and turns his life upside down. Drawn into the setting of BattleHammer, he begins a journey of self-discovery and learns his destiny is much different than he expected.

Carter faces many challenges in the realm of BattleHammer. First, he’s blinded while watching an angel fight an eldritch abomination. Then his new friend, a warrior princess, is abducted, so he sets out with a half-dragon warrior and a half-elf mage to rescue the princess. After regaining his sight, Carter discovers he has the ability to peer a few seconds into the future.

Some claim he is a Walker of Worlds, a man with immense powers. Is he? More important, can he end a war caused by his own avatar from BattleHammer?

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About the Author

R.W. Foster

I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. I’ve spent some of my life living other places, yet I always seem to come back here. I’ve been writing off and on since I was six. Into the Realm: The Chronicles of Carter Blake is my first published novel.

To connect with me, you can send me a friend request on Facebook, stal – err, follow me on Twitter, check out my ramblings, and writings on my blog, and check out my Works In Progress over on Wattpad.

You can follow R.W. Foster on his: Website | Twitter | Goodreads.

Top Reads of 2013

I know we’re already entering spring and I’m a bit late on a year end round up, but I thought I’d share my top reads of 2013. My favorites range from literary to science fiction titles. While none of these books are perfect, I enjoyed reading them.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Genre: Literary

Description

The story of a man coming to terms with the mutable past, Julian Barnes’s new novel is laced with his trademark precision, dexterity and insight. It is the work of one of the world’s most distinguished writers.

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they navigated the girl drought of gawky adolescence together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they swore to stay friends forever. Until Adrian’s life took a turn into tragedy, and all of them, especially Tony, moved on and did their best to forget.

Now Tony is in middle age. He’s had a career and a marriage, a calm divorce. He gets along nicely, he thinks, with his one child, a daughter, and even with his ex-wife. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove. The unexpected bequest conveyed by that letter leads Tony on a dogged search through a past suddenly turned murky. And how do you carry on, contentedly, when events conspire to upset all your vaunted truths?

My Impression

This story was awesome. Really. It was so good I thought I’d try another of Barnes’ books.

England, England by Julian Barnes

Genre: Literary

Description

Imagine an England where all the pubs are quaint, where the Windsors behave themselves (mostly), where the cliffs of Dover are actually white, and where Robin Hood and his merry men really are merry. This is precisely what visionary tycoon, Sir Jack Pitman, seeks to accomplish on the Isle of Wight, a “destination” where tourists can find replicas of Big Ben (half size), Princess Di’s grave, and even Harrod’s (conveniently located inside the tower of London).

Martha Cochrane, hired as one of Sir Jack’s resident “no-people,” ably assists him in realizing his dream. But when this land of make-believe gradually gets horribly and hilariously out of hand, Martha develops her own vision of the perfect England. Julian Barnes delights us with a novel that is at once a philosophical inquiry, a burst of mischief, and a moving elegy about authenticity and nationality.

My Impression

Honestly, this one was a bit of a let down. It’s nowhere near the superb level of The Sense of an Ending. I really liked the sections of the book that were dedicated to Martha’s story. It’s the other parts that were a drag. Sir Jack, especially, ruined most of the book for me. And Martha’s boy-toy Paul, who I originally routed for, became one of my least liked characters by the end of the book. This novel only makes my best reads list because Martha was amazing.

Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet #1) by Orson Scott Card

Genre: Science Fiction

Description

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

My Impression

What can I say? It’s Ender’s Game. A classic. I liked it for reasons I’ll be discussing in a future review. I also disliked Ender because his personality became so cold and robotic as he grew older. I pitied him less. When he was a six-year-old kid crying himself to sleep at night, I was all teary-eyed after reading those chapters. But once Ender hit his teens, I kept wishing he’d rebel. And he sort of did… but even still, his emotions were so robotic. Besides my tiff with Ender’s personality, I found the overall storyline interesting and enjoyed the plot twist at the end.

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

Genre: Science Fiction

Description

A peerless American storyteller, Ray Bradbury brings wonders alive. The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury—eighteen startling visions of humankind’s destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin. In this phantasmagoric sideshow, living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Provocative and powerful, Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth—as exhilarating as interplanetary travel, as maddening as a walk in a million-year rain, and as comforting as simple, familiar rituals on the last night of the world.

My Impression

I totally loved this collection of short stories! My favorites were The Veldt, Kaleidoscope, The Rocket Man, The City, and The Illustrated Man. Who wouldn’t love to have living tattoos?

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Genre: Horror

Description

The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes…and the stuff of nightmare.

Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and memory as has Ray Bradbury’s unparalleled literary classic Something Wicked This Way Comes. For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin.

My Impression

This book completely terrified me when I was a child. Mostly because I read this story when I was eight-years-old, and the Dust Witch really freaked me out. But I figured I’d finally grow a spine and try reading this book again. I actually enjoyed it. Even though the Dust Witch still pretty much freaked me out.

Practice Cake (Life in Saltwater City #1) by Dalya Moon

Genre: Young Adult, Romantic Comedy

Description

There’s one thing Maddie finds more tempting than red velvet cake: her coworker, Drew. All it takes is one of his sly winks or a playful hip-check by the cooler, and she’s incinerating the cookies. Her boyfriend would not approve.

When a reality TV crew descends upon the bakery, her simple summer job gets even more complicated. Maddie could become the Bakery Network’s next breakout star, if she can handle the heat of being cast as a show villain. Drew has an alternate idea: run away from everything, with him and his sexy tousled hair. She decides to take the leap, but when she finds out Drew’s been hiding a shocking secret, Maddie looks down at her packed suitcase and takes a moment to think. Should she fly off to Australia with a guy she hardly knows, or should she pick up her suitcase and hit him with it?

My Impression

It’s a sweet and funny YA romance, and I enjoyed Maddie’s wackiness, her strange friends, and oddball co-workers.

Smart Mouth Waitress (Life in Saltwater City #2) by Dalya Moon

Genre: Young Adult, Romantic Comedy

Description

Perry makes a strong first impression, from her white-girl dreadlocks to her uncensored opinions. When she combs out her dreads on a whim, she catches the eye of a cute guy who’s a regular at The Whistle, the diner where she works as a waitress. He mistakes Perry for someone completely different: the girl of his dreams. Perry tries to become that girl. But it’s so hard to be normal. And eyebrow piercings are so cute.

With her mother down in LA recording her comeback album, Perry’s in charge of the family household, and things are going to change. She starts with paint colors and moves on to doling out retributive punishments for her fifteen-year-old brother.

What Perry really wants, though, is her first boyfriend. She’s eighteen, and it’s about time! Boyfriend candidates include: the cute but quiet restaurant regular, the all-too-willing coworker, or the outgoing artist who’s eager to whip off his clothes and model. One of these guys loves Perry exactly how she is, but how can she tell which one?

My Impression

This was even better than Dalya Moon’s first Life in Saltwater City novel. Perry is a sassy white-girl with dreadlocks. Gotta love that. And her love interests are adorable.

Deadly Offerings (Deadly Trilogy #1) by Alexa Grace

Genre: Romance, Suspense

Description

Anne Mason thinks she’ll be safe living in the Midwest building a wind farm. She may be dead wrong. Someone is dumping bodies in her corn field and telling Anne they are gifts—for her!

As the body count rises, Anne realizes a cold-blooded serial killer is patiently waiting and watching her every move. And he won’t stop until he ends her life. It is clear there are no limits to this killer’s thirst for revenge or how far he will go to get it.

Michael Brandt, the ruggedly handsome new County Prosecutor, is the last person Anne can trust, but may offer her only chance at survival from a psychopathic killer. But will she survive the passion that rages between them?

My Impression

This romantic suspense was a blast to read from start to finish. The characters were interesting, the plot was fast-paced and engaging, and the romance was darling. I can’t say this book was fantastic, but I enjoyed the read and plan to check out more books from Alexa Grace.

Well, well. This ends my round up of the best books of 2013. I may have a strange collection here but I typically read whatever catches my interest. Unfortunately, I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked to last year. I just hope to read more in 2014.

Serving Time by Nadine Ducca – Cover Reveal & Demon Master Interview

Serving Time by Nadine Ducca

Today we have a special treat. Serving Time by Nadine Ducca has a new cover for her first science fiction novel. As you can see, it’s a beautiful cover.

About the Book

Life and death have been industrialized. The Forge, the birthplace of every soul, is a rumbling factory owned by the goddess Time, managed by Lucifer, and powered by the labor of demons and imps. In this dystopian world, a renegade interplanetary pilot running from his past doesn’t stand a chance.

Handling Neptunian meth and dodging security cannons are all in a day’s work for Tristan Cross—not that he’s one to complain. Working for the smuggling company StarCorp is an improvement over what he used to do for a living.

However, when StarCorp gives Tristan a one-way ticket into the brainwashed—and disturbingly suicidal—Loyal League, he decides to run from the company and start a new life in the only safe haven he knows: Earth. With the help of his brother, Tristan embarks on the most hazardous journey of his life, one that will place him at Time’s mercy. Little does he know the demons running the universe are craving a feast, and his own soul is the next item on the menu.

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Along with her cover reveal, Nadine offered me an interview with one of her characters Robert Westbrook, Demon Master. You may remember the blog hop with Cloverpuff the dimensional hopping rabbit and press agent.

Cloverpuff interviewed a host of characters including Robert at the Devil’s Playground. Now, I get the chance to toss some questions Rob’s way and hopefully avoid any demon hoards.

Character Interview With Robert Westbrook

Today I will interview Robert Westbrook. Hello, and welcome, Robert.

Hello, Lanise. It’s a pleasure to be here, although I’m still wondering what exactly I’m here for.

Just a few questions, if you don’t mind. Who or what do you want in life more than anyone or anything else?

That’s a bit personal. Why are you asking me that? Did one of my demons set you up for this? Was it Abaddon? It was probably him. This sounds like one of his jokes. Did you know he calls me a cocky monkey? Him! Abaddon! The puffed-up lizard with halitosis—and he makes fun of me and calls me a cocky monkey.

D-demons? No. I didn’t talk to any demons. I’m just trying to do an interview!

All right. All right. But if this is all one of Abaddon’s tricks, I’m going straight to the Devil’s Playground to teach him who’s master! If my own Keeper can’t respect me, none of the other demons will.

No tricks, I promise. Now, who or what do you want in life more than anyone or anything else?

Have no doubt about it. I want my goddess. My Time. When I lost everything, I turned to her. She was there for me. She took me in, kept me by her side. I have spent over two hundred years with her, and I hope to spend so many more.

If you could kill anyone or bring anyone back from the dead, who would it be?

I got all of my enemies out of my way decades ago. It’s actually quite lonely, without anyone to hate. Maybe someone new will turn up soon…

As for bringing someone back from the dead, there is only one person I want. My wife, Amaris. She was everything to me, and she passed away so young. When I lost her, I almost lost myself. Luckily, I sought out Time, and she saved me, but it’s never been the same. I…I’d rather not talk about Amaris now.

It’s okay. I understand. How would you say life has turned out for you so far?

In one word: interesting. But how else would you expect my life to turn out? I’ve been meddling with demons ever since I was a boy. I know them better than I know myself.

Have you ever heard the curse “May you live in interesting times”? Well, if I were to tell you just how interesting these times are… It’s no wonder we’re all cursed!

Uhm, thank you Robert, for letting me interview you.

No problem. Don’t mention it. Really. Don’t. Now, if you will excuse me, I have a demon or two to whip.

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