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Saturday, June 30

Promo Spot - Solstice by Donna Burgess





Blurb:  

On the eve of winter Solstice, a massive flash envelopes the Earth and then there is nothing. The sun no longer shines and civilization is plunged into unending darkness. Those exposed to the mysterious flash have changed—they have become bloodthirsty, cunning, and determined to devour anyone who is not infected. They are Ragers.

In Sweden, a group of uneasy travelers hears a broken broadcast. There is hope. Something called Sanctuary waits, but it is thousands of miles away, somewhere on the shores of the British Isles.

Meanwhile, in a London supermarket, a high school English teacher from the States finds himself stranded along with a handful of students on a senior trip. Outside, hoards of hungry Ragers await, ready to tear them limb from limb. Their only hope is to find Sanctuary.

Solstice is a tale of hope, terror, survival, and finding love at the end of the World.

Friday, June 29

Promo Spot - Saint Sanguinus by Julia Phillips Smith




Saint Sanguinus
by Julia Phillips Smith

Book blurb: 

An elite brotherhood stands between humans and vampires, preventing one side from annihilating the other. Who are called to this service? 

Only those warriors who curse God with their dying breath. Welsh warrior Peredur falls to a spear before he can claim Tanwen for his bride. Raging on the battlefield, Peredur utters the curse that seals his fate and leads him to another life. Using the power of a saint whose bone makes up an amulet, Peredur takes on the trials to become a true member of the brethren. Yet his need for the chieftain’s daughter Tanwen still burns. 

The Internet is Back, Mirror, Mirror, More Books, & Hops

As of Tuesday afternoon, I am officially back online as it took two technicians, in two trucks, to fix my internet connection. Thankfully, I had several posts already scheduled for this week.

I watched Mirror, Mirror earlier today, and I have mixed feelings about the movie. Considering the millions put into the movie, I was disappointed that the studio couldn't afford to shoot the forest scenes in an actual forest and not a sound stage. The movie is more Mel Brooks satire than it is Grimm. 

Many books in the mail this week: Inescapable by Nancy Mehl; Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan by Melanie Dobson; Cancer on the Brain by Jay Lefevers; The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart; Yahoo Income by Dana E.Blazis and Sharon L. Cohen; Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare by Sands Hetherington; Children of Angels by Katheryn Dahlstorm; Giants in the Land by Clark Rich Burbidge; Tea Party Culture War by Stephen Johnston; Mindful of Him by Hollis Hughes; and The Search by Shelley Shepard Gray. The latter is the only one I actually ordered, the rest are from publishers or authors. As you can see I have lots of reading to do in July! When I read and review The Pigeon Pie Mystery, there will be a giveaway!

The Friday 56 - Pigeon Pie Mystery



Rules:
Grab a book, any book. 
Turn to page 56. 
Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. 
Post it. 
Add your (url) post below in the Linky at http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/.

Thursday, June 28

Guest Post with Linda Wood Rondeau





PTSD and the Christian 

In my thirty-year career in human services, I often counseled people experiencing PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). These issues are explored in my writings. The Other Side of Darkness is more than a romantic suspense. It is the story of believers who struggle to overcome significant past pain interfering with a full and satisfying spiritual life in the present.

Samantha Knowles is a victim of child abuse. She has trouble sleeping and is an overachiever. She strives to find purpose in her pain through her career as a Special Victims Prosecutor. However, she fails to recognize how she uses her position to exact revenge rather than the positive change she desires. In order to move from darkness to light, Sam must confront her post traumatic stress. Only when she surrenders her past to God is she able, with His help, to move from darkness to Light.

Review - Hope Springs

HOPE SPRINGS
Written by: KIM CASH TATE
Published by: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-59554-997-6
Pages: 328
Pub Date: June 12, 2012


Becca Anderson has the chance to boost her career when she is invited to be the newest speaker at the Christian Women’s Conference. Her father-in-law suddenly dies, leaving her future in jeopardy as her husband feels he needs to pastor his father’s church in the small town of Hope Springs, NC.

Widowed Janelle Evans has lost her faith and is somewhat dreading going back to Hope Springs for a family reunion as this is the first without her late husband. Soon after arriving, she is reintroduced to the Sanders clan and learns that her grandmother is sick, resulting in her deciding to stay longer than she had planned.

Janelle’s Cousin Stephanie Landon is married to a doctor in St. Louis, and comes to the family reunion too. She also decides to stay a bit longer and help Janelle care for their grandmother.

Review - Five Mile South of Peculiar

FIVE MILES SOUTH OF PECULIAR
Written by: ANGELA HUNT
Published by: HOWARD BOOKS
ISBN: 978-1-4391-8204-8
Pages: 374
Pub Date: 2012


 On the morning of July 3, 1968, Charles Caldwell died. His estate, known as Sycamores, would become the property of Jackson County, Florida on July 3, 2018. Charles was a smart man, sheltering his land from any taxes, and setting up for any Caldwell descendant living on the property to receive a monthly income.

    Now this takes us to the present day where the widow Darlene Caldwell Young has spent most of her life taking care of the Sycamores in the small town of Peculiar. Her kids are now adults living in other states, and now it is just her and her younger unmarried sister, Magnolia or as everyone calls her, Nolia. Darlene’s fiftieth birthday is coming up and her boyfriend Henry, who is also the town’s mayor and owner of the local Piggly Wiggly, is planning a huge celebration.

    Meanwhile in New York, Carlene Caldwell, whom recently had throat surgery, is dealing with the thought that she might never be able to sing on stage again. Her agent recommends her to start acting in movies, which means moving to California. That’s when she gets a letter from Henry informing her that Peculiar is celebrating her twin's birthday, the sister she has been estranged from. She decides maybe returning to Sycamore is what she needed.

Wednesday, June 27

Guest Post with author Ann Montclair


When Life Imitates Art

by Ann Montclair

 

I plot. I imagine character first then I write a loose outline detailing the high and low points for my novel-in-progress. I’m not a pantser (a writer who just starts writing)—I create an outline and then allow my characters to fill in the details.

I was deep into drafting One Wet Summer, when I was called home to California to help my mom care for her mom—my grandma Martinez. She was entering home hospice, and it was time to say farewell.

The call came on the very same day I began writing the chapter where Maura Fields, my heroine in One Wet Summer, is called home to attend to her own grandmother. I remember seeing MOM appear on the screen of my phone and feeling irritated at being interrupted while creating a crucial scene. I answered, heard the news, and a chill traversed my body.

Tuesday, June 26

Guest Post with author Michael A. Rothman



As I’ve mentioned in some previous blog posts, the rule of thumb for most fiction today is that your young protagonist(s) must have a hectic home life. Assume they are either an orphan, have family issues of all varieties, or are otherwise stressed by their day-to-day situation.

My books are written in opposition to such norms, and headline protagonists which are likable, fallible, but otherwise should be very relatable. Everyone knows a brother who is a pain in the butt who you would protect with your own life, or an over-protective mother, etc. I aim to prove that the action and strife need not come from the family, but through the situations and adventures they are put through.

Monday, June 25

Great Finds Issue #110


Here are my recent thrift store finds!

Paperbacks:

The Musketeer's Apprentice
by Sarah D"Almeida

The Devil's Teardrop
by Jeffery Deaver

Sunday, June 24

The Autobiography of Alexis Carver & Giveaway


I guess I should just start by introducing myself. My name is Alexis Carver,  I am a 17 year-old girl and currently go to ‘Molerie High’ with my best friend Edmund, there I met a great group of people who are now my closest friends. 

I grew up having parents who loved each other more than anything and such love was so inspiring that I decided to make a list of what my perfect guy would be like, my friend Cameron even joined in. The problem though, with parents who love each other that much, is that they no longer have room to love someone else. Namely, me. They were born travelers and having to settle down when I was born had put a cramp on their style. Once they realized they could leave me behind at the age of nine for just one trip, they took the opportunity. I’d stay at Cameron’s place until they came back. However, there was always another trip, and once they realized they could work as freelance journalists their trips kept increasing to the extent that I rarely got to see them, once or twice a year if I was lucky. Of course all my birthdays were forgotten though I did get the occasional postcard and phone call. Though at some point they decided to settle down again, just not in the same country – or even continent – they found an ‘amazing’ house in Tuscany and decided to live there, never even bothering to invite me for a holiday.

Saturday, June 23

Book Spotlight and Giveaway - In All Things: Giving Thanks When Hope Seems Lost





In All Things: Giving Thanks When Hope Seems Lost
by Laura Smith

One moment in HEAVEN
A life time of THANKSGIVING
An encounter for HEALING

About the Book:

Experience an incredible journey that will make you laugh out loud and cry tears of joy and sorrow. Learn how one miraculous encounter with God created an unshakeable faith that would later give Laura Smith the strength to face the near death of her oldest daughter.





Internet Problems, Holmes, Ghost Rider, Books, and Hops

Wow, I'm so glad that I had several posts already scheduled this week, since I have had very little internet connection this week. It was slow to begin with, then after a thunderstorm my router was ruined. By then the internet was complete out, after calling the automative phone service with a computer saying that they were aware of the internet problem in my area and they were working on it. At first it sounded like my problems were fixed, but the workers at the cable center in town didn't have a clue that there was a problem. They are suppose to come in next week to see what is wrong, but the internet seems to be on right now, maybe the problem is fixed.

Last night I viewed the Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows DVD. I only saw the first movie once as I found it confusing and just plain boring. The sequel once again has the fast-talking dialogue, which is hard to understand with Robert Downey Jr.'s fake English accent. Thanks to the Moriarty plot I enjoyed the sequel better than the first, despite Rachel McAdams only having a cameo.

I also saw, which very few people actually did in theaters, the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance DVD with Nicolas Cage. I only saw the first movie once all the way through, but I have caught parts of it over the years on FX. I am unfamiliar with the comic book origin, but I thought the first movie was alright, but forgettable. The sequel seems to be heavily edited, probably to receive a PG-13 rating. The movie's plot is about the devil possessing the body of his son. The Ghost Rider makes a deal to save the boy in exchange for his curse being lifted. The plot is much darker than the first with little humor involved this time. The action scenes are great, but just like the first, it is forgettable.

The Friday 56 - Five Miles South of Peculiar



Rules:
Grab a book, any book. 
Turn to page 56. 
Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. 
Post it. 
Add your (url) post below in the Linky at http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/.

Friday, June 22

Guest Post with author Sadie Hart

 
Where did you get the idea for Shifter Town Enforcement and the Hounds?

Shifter Town Enforcement actually came to me on a bit of a whim. I’d wanted to do a story about a Irish wolfhound shape-shifter having to hunt a werewolf for awhile, but a solid idea had yet to come to me so it was just sitting on the backburner. When I started Hounded I really thought it was going to be a novella and I could use it to wrap up some ideas I hadn’t been able to shake. I figured I could do lion-shifters and a Rhodesian ridgeback hunting them. After all, ridgebacks had been bred to hunt lions, the idea still worked.

Then Lennox walked on stage and she was a Hound for Shifter Town Enforcement and I was going what?? This isn’t in my outline. But I was utterly fascinated and she wouldn’t take no for an answer, so I decided to let her run with it and see. I guess it should be obvious, but I’ve never been really good at following an outline. So I tossed what I thought would happen out the window and decided to see where the next few scenes took me.

Promo Spot & Giveaway - The Big Game


Big Game
Book Three The VV Inn Series
by C.J. Ellisson


In this much-anticipated third installment of the V V Inn series, our sexy couple journeys to Argentina, bringing half their seethe along for the ride.

Vivian and Rafe venture into the Seat of Darkness, the Tribunal’s base, to uncover who’s plotting them against and why. From a cold, windy island off the southern Argentine coast, to the decadence of Buenos Aires, the group has plenty to keep their attention—seductive twins, deadly games, and a bunch of bloodsucking fiends who hate our much-loved, despotic innkeeper enough to see her dead.

Asa and Jon stay in Alaska, to manage the famous inn as it opens doors to a new type of guest. Visiting werewolves go on their first exploration of the property, looking for big game—hormones run high and shots ring out across the tundra. Soon, the hunters become the hunted and the peaceful getaway resembles a battleground.

How many will survive the next five days and will they ever be the same again?

Warning: This book contains very explicit sex scenes and is not intended for readers under 18.

Review - Angel Eyes



ANGEL EYES
Written by: SHANNON DITTEMORE
Published by: THOMAS NELSON
ISBN: 978-14016-8635-2
Pages: 328
Pub Date: 2012


    In this YA paranormal Christian thriller, teenager Brielle is dealing with the death of her best friend. She leaves the big city life and returns to the small town life in Stratus, Oregon to live with her father. Stricken with grief and guilt, she starts anew at the Stratus High School, hoping that her emotional pain will go away.

    She is befriended by Jake, a new student that sits next to her during calculus class, and the two of them have an instant chemistry. Whenever a situation occurs, mysteriously Jake is there to help her as he has supernatural powers. Brielle has special gifts of her own as she can cross into another realm, which is normally seen by angels and demons.

Thursday, June 21

ARC Review - The Reckoning by Alma Katsu

The Reckoning
AUTHOR: Alma Katsu
PUBLISHED BY: Gallery Books
ISBN: 9781451681536
RELEASED DATE: June 2012
PAGES: 348


    In book two of the Taker Trilogy, the immortal Lanore, aka Lanny as he friends call her, is wanted for murder in the United States for the unknown man (her love, Jonathan St. Andrew) that was found in the small town of St. Andrew, Maine. She barely escaped with the help of her now lover Dr. Luke Findley, who has left his children and his life for her.

    They reside in London, where Lanny has decided to giveaway all of the wonderful treasures she has collected, some stolen, over the years. After the death of Jonathan, she wanted to start anew by uncluttering her life. With Luke’s help, she has boxed up the treasures and donated them to different museums around the world. Lanny was looking forward to having a life with Luke, but then she gets a strange feeling that her taker Adair has been awaken from his confinement, the very one that she personally put him in, and she knows that nothing will ever be the same.

Review - Survivors by Z.A. Recht

SURVIVORS
Written by: Z.A. RECHT with Thom Brannan
Published by: GALLERY BOOKS & PERMUTED PRESS
ISBN: 978-1-4516-28882-1
Pages: 312
Pub Date: June 2012


    The Morningstar Strain outbreak first occurred in Africa, in which US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases expert Anna DeMilio begged the government to strictly isolate the infected, but instead they tried to isolate the continent resulting in the virus going worldwide, turning billions into zombies.

    With Agent Mason at her side, Anna is escorted by General Sherman and his men to a top secret, hi-tech bio-hazard lab in Omaha, Nebraska, so Anna can work on a cure for the virus. Meanwhile, the Chairman orders Agent Sawyer and his rogue Reunited States of America army to track down Anna and bring her to him as he believes she already has an antidote. They are to capture her at any cost. Another small army led by General Shannon is looking for Anna too, as one of the soldiers may be immune to the zombie virus.

Wednesday, June 20

Review - Google Income


GOOGLE INCOME: How Anyone of Any Age, Location, and/or Background Can Build A Highly Profitable Online Business With Google
Written by: BRUCE C. BROWN
Published by: ATLANTIC PUBLISHING GROUP, INC.
ISBN: 978-1-60138-300-6
Pages: 504
Pub Date: 2009


    GOOGLE INCOME: How Anyone of Any Age, Location, and/or Background Can Build a Highly Profitable Online Business With Google is written with the purpose of educating businesses, authors, or bloggers with ways to use the internet for marketing for brand/product. Millions of people use the internet everyday, which can be potential customers/clients for you. The first step is performing a market analysis, increasing your public profile, and establishing the best marketing strategies.

    In chapter three, you’ll learn about how to generate website traffic and income by using successful search engines, meta tag definitions, title tags, description tags, search engine registration, and site maps. You’ll learn the importance of what the inbound and outbound links on your site has on your Google rank. The author brushes you up on pay-per-click advertising, aka Adwords, and how you can benefit from a Google Adwords Campaign.

Review - THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ADWORDS

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ADWORDS
Written by: LARISA LAMBERT
Published by: ATLANTIC PUBLISHING GROUP, INC.
ISBN: 978-1601383181
Pages: 288
Pub Date: 2011

    Whether you are a small or lager business owner, a writer, or even a blogger, Google Adwords is an easy and smart way to take your business into a whole new direction. I have seen the Adwords information on blogger, but I never actually knew what exactly it was about until I read The Complete Guide to Adwords that I received courtesy of Atlantic Publishing.

    Author Larisa Lambert consults on advertising, marketing, publishing, and other business endeavors, and has helped businesses grow by using Google Adwords. For any successful business, getting the word out about your company takes time and with the world-wide-net, you can successfully market your business.

Guest Post with author Patricia Yager Delagrange





My five favorite scenes in Moon Over Alcatraz.

#1.
Weston opened the front door of our house on Lauren Drive just a few blocks away from the hospital and I stepped through the threshold. Every chair, each pillow in the front room looked as if it had been reupholstered in drab, lifeless material. Walls, knickknacks, rugs took on an alien quality. I was seeing them for the first time with a new pair of eyes, filtered through a veil of tragedy and disappointment.

(Brandy has just returned from the hospital - without their baby. Her grief is so evident here. She feels like a totally different person. Her world has tilted precariously and nothing will ever look the same to her again. She’s not sure how she will be able to go on, after looking forward to having her first child.)

#2.
Weston nodded at the man standing next to Mr. Peralta and our baby was slowly lowered into the gaping maw. She reached the bottom, and a bird landed on the rich brown dirt piled next to the grave. It pecked around, chirping a little song then flew off - as if saying goodbye. My heart squeezed inside my chest.

(Brandy and Weston are so devastated over the death of their child, they don’t want to share their grief with anyone. Neither of them can imagine greeting people, hearing their well-meant words of comfort. They turn away from any solace they might have found from those who know and love them. They’re completely alone in their grief.)

Tuesday, June 19

Guest Post with author Ray Gorham



A New Author Looks at Reviews

Being a first time author, I’ve come to realize how important reviews are in so many ways for a writer. Prior to publishing, I would read through the message boards that Amazon provides for the writers who publish there. A lot of the stuff was on the technical elements of writing, but I was surprised by how many threads were posted by writers who were either celebrating a new review, or trying to solicit a fellow writer to provide them with a review.

“Don’t be so needy,” I would think. Then I published, and waited for the reviews to come pouring in. Didn’t happen. My first customers were friends and family, so after a few days I sent an email out saying it would be helpful to see a review (how long can it take you to read my book was, I think, the underlying message). Nothing. “I must stink as a writer,” I thought, “or everyone would post a review.” Then it happened. A friend posted a review. It was short and sweet, but 5 stars, and said good things about the book. Maybe I do have value as a writer.

Over the next weeks and months that one review has grown into a wonderful library of customer feedback. I’ve been blessed with some very kind readers who have encouraged me to continue on with this new endeavor, and I’m extremely grateful to them. As the process has unfolded, I’ve learned a lot about the value of reviews.

First and foremost, reviews give great encouragement to the author, especially self-published writers. I don’t know that JK Rowling obsesses over reviews, but from my experience and based on message board posts, I promise that self-published writers do. Reviews give legitimacy to a book. Sales of my book started at a trickle (to be polite), but once there were a dozen or so reviews, sales started to pick up. Reviews inform potential readers about the book. When authors submit their work to Amazon, we are limited to how much we can blurb about it (both by Amazon and good taste). A good review can give prospective readers information an author can’t.

Review - Lucy Come Home

Lucy Come Home
AUTHOR: Dave and Neta Jackson
PUBLISHED BY: Castle Rock Creative
ISBN: 978-0-9820544-3-7
RELEASED DATE: June 13, 2012
PAGES: 424



    Lucy Come Home is book one in A Yada Yada Journey of Hope series which is a spin-off of the authors Dave and Neta Jackson’s Yada Yada House of Hope series. This is my first read from the authors, but from my understanding there are a few recurring characters from their other books in this one including Lucy.

    Living on the streets of Chicago is the soon to be an eighty-year-old Lucy Tuckers, who is known to some as the crotchety old bag lady. Everyone may just see a homeless woman, but Lucy has a reason for being where she is and her tale begins to unravel as her life unexpectedly collides with a young woman and her aging mother.

    The novel flips back and forth from the present day to the 1940’s, where we get an understanding of why Lucy is the way she is, where she left home as a teenager, to later becoming a widow, to eventually living on the streets.

Monday, June 18

Guest Post with author D.D. Roy

 

Writing What Thrills You 

By D.D. Roy, author of Jinnie Wishmaker 

Jinnie Wishmaker almost didn't get written at all. In November 2007, I was preparing to write a completely different book for grown ups for National Novel Writing Month.

But just three days into the writing challenge, I found I hated the book. It was sad and dark. I remember sitting with my kids to watch the movie Meet the Robinsons. At the end of that movie I knew I wanted to write something amazing and magical with the craziest happy ending EVER.

Since my favorite writer of magical things as a kid was Roald Dahl, I quickly read my favorites, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. Matilda especially intrigued me. I wondered what would happen if you granted someone a power that someone else tried to take away?

And so the book began. If you've read those books or seen Meet the Robinsons, you'll recognize one thing that I did just like them. All the kids in the book are practical and smart and, well, they act normal.

Sunday, June 17

Review - Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter


Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
AUTHOR: Seth Grahame-Smith
PUBLISHED BY: Hachette Book Group
ISBN: 978-0-446-56308-6
RELEASED DATE: 2010
PAGES: 340

    After his mother’s death, an eleven-year-old Abraham Lincoln is told the truth about vampires from his father. His grandfather, who was also called Abraham Lincoln, was killed by a vampire. To make matters worse, he learns that because his father could not pay a debt, his mother was given a high dose of vampire blood, resulting in her death. From that day forward Abraham vowed to kill every last bloodsucker that came into his path.

    At the age of seventeen, he befriends a vampire Henry Sturges, who informs him that there are good vampires and then there are evil ones. Henry sees potential in the young Abe and spends the summer training him to become a vampire hunter, especially on how to use an axe.

    For the next several years they worked as a team, with Henry providing Abe with vampire names and addresses, and Abe killed them one by one. Abe learns that vampires own slaves and  they use them not as workers, but as meals. He is horrified of this and realizes that there is only one way to get rid of vampires - starve them by ending slavery.

Review - Severed

SEVERED
Authors: Scott Snyder & Scott Tuft
Art & Covers: Attila Futaki 
Publisher: IMAGE COMICS
ISBN: 9781607065296 
Pub Date: April 24, 2012
Pages: 192


     In this disturbing adult horror graphic novel, Jack Garron receives a letter that a stranger left in his grandson’s hands that shock him to his core. He starts to remember what happened to him when he was a kid.

    In 1916, Jack had recently found out that he was adopted when he received a letter from his birth father who said he was playing at the Majestic Theater in Chicago. Jack was thrilled that his father was a famous musician as Jack was very talented with a violin. One night, he says good night to his adopted mother, packs his bags along with his violin, and takes off into the night, planning on finding his father. He jumps onto a moving freight train where he is attacked by a drifter, but is luckily saved by another runaway - a girl named Sam who dresses as boy because it is safer for her to travel.

    Meanwhile in Illinois, an orphan boy’s body was found mutilated, which stuns the local police. What kind of human could do this? Or was it something else?

Saturday, June 16

Guest Post with author Viji K. Chary




More Than Action

by Viji K. Chary


When I was in middle school, I used to read the same books over and over again. Most were below my reading level. At that time, I was not interesting in reading middle-school books. I found them lacking in excitement - too many books with long descriptive passages, undecipherable characters and not enough action.

So, when my sixth grade teacher, Ms. Kahn assigned the class to write a story, the first thing I put in was action. Looking back, that was the only good writing trait in that story!

I wrote about a main character who swam a race across a lake with her friend. Soon after the race began, ‘something’ pulled on her foot. Scared, she climbed out of the lake and ran to the other side.

ARC Review - Usagi Yojimbo: Volume 26 - Traitors of the Earth

Usagi Yojimbo: Volume 26 - Traitors of  the Earth
AUTHOR: Stan Sakai
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PUB DATE: July 10, 2012
ISBN: 9781595829108


The Usagi Yojimbo comic book series was created by Stan Sakai back in 1987. I recall the rabbit samurai appearing a few times in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, so when I saw Volume 26 was available to review on NetGalley, I was eager to review it.

Set during the early 17th century in Japan, the human characters are replaced by animals. Usagi is heavily influenced by the Japanese cinema and is partially based on the famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi.

Friday, June 15

Guest Post with author Robert B. Lowe



WHAT INSPIRED THE PLOT OF PROJECT MOSES?
by Robert B. Lowe

There are a few elements to the plot. There is the grand conspiracy that the main characters discover and must reveal before the rogue agents and corporate masterminds can find and kill the heroes. And, there also is the dynamic of how everything occurs. How the pieces of the grand conspiracy come to light. And, how the main characters uncover the plot and launch their counterattack of sorts against the bad guys.

Journalism.

I’ve made a couple of career changes but my first was as a journalist out of college. I spent 12 years working on newspapers in Arizona and Florida. During most of those years, my job was to work on investigative stories. Sometimes this was based on tips that came in, information that beat reporters had turned up, or simply something in the news that just didn’t look right and deserved more scrutiny.

When it came to deciding on the main character for Project Moses, it was natural to make him – Enzo Lee – a reporter. Like a cop or a lawyer, a journalist is a handy protagonist since he or she always is looking into something new and interesting. Whether it’s a crime or just a light feature, reporters are out there gathering information and in a position to stumble upon something that can drive a mystery-thriller – horrendous crime, massive conspiracy, some truly bad guys, etc. 

Review - Skip Rock Shallows

Skip Rock Shallows
AUTHOR: Jan Watson
PUBLISHED BY: Tyndale Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-4143-3914-6
RELEASED DATE: May 18 2012
PAGES: 400

 Fresh out of medical school Lilly Gray Corbett takes an internship in the coal camp of Skip Rock, Kentucky, but not long after she arrives, the town’s doctor dies leaving her as the town’s only physician. The men in the town aren’t ready for a woman doctor and are never respectable to her, treating her as second-class. Skip Rock is a coal town so accidents and injures occur constantly, challenging Lilly everyday.

    Her finance Paul is also a doctor, but is in Boston, where she had planned to meet him after her internship is over and begin her life as a doctor’s wife. As she becomes closer to the people of Skip Rock, she debates whether or not she should leave or stay. To make matters worse is that she starts to have feelings for a coal miner named Tern Still.

Thursday, June 14

The Friday 56 - Survivors



Rules:
Grab a book, any book. 
Turn to page 56. 
Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. 
Post it. 
Add your (url) post below in the Linky at http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/.