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Friday, November 30

Guest Post with Author Michael Loyd Gray


What or whom inspired you to become a writer?

I’m not sure exactly when I decided to become a writer. Even though I began reading and enjoying reading at a very young age, I didn’t think at the time about writing. I even flunked out of college the first time. Too much beer, too many parties. But a few years after that I went back and finished and became a newspaper journalist – a professional writer getting paid to do it. It wasn’t until a few years before I went to graduate school that I started writing short stories. Now I have written eight novels and three have been published, but the first one was written just five years ago. Eight in five years—not bad. That’s the power of motivation and commitment. That’s how novels get written. You write on one every day and you never give up. You adopt Tom Petty’s lyrics as a mantra — “You can stand me up at the gates of hell but I won’t back down.”

Interview with Chloe Carpenter from I Kissed a Dog by Carol Van Atta


1. Chloe, when people read about you in I Kissed a Dog, they seem to either adore you or hate you. How do you feel about that?

(soft laugh) I can’t say I’m surprised. I can be a bit of a brat, and my sarcasm hasn’t won me any awards. I think it was the way I was brought up. I was rushed off to a child psychologist simply for having strong feelings. I love my mom, my stepdad, too. They’re just so anti-emotion. I’m not sure how else to describe them. They weren’t sure how to handle me and my moodiness. Even as an adult, I’m sure my mood swings and strong opinions can be annoying, but let’s face it; I’ve been through a lot. I came out of my coma with more than the ability to chat with animals, as if that wasn’t enough; I was impacted in too many ways to possibly share. And to put it bluntly, I’m not here to win a popularity contest, most days I’m just trying to survive and stay out of trouble. I’m sorry if you find me offensive, bitchy, or annoying; I’m really not trying to be any of those things on purpose. Bottom line, though, knowing that Zane sees me as a “good woman” is what really matters. I’ll never forget the first time he called me that. (deep sigh) His love makes me a better person everyday we’re together. So there’s still hope the haters will grow to like me too. (more soft laughter)

2. Your feelings about Zane were pretty mixed up throughout your story, tell us about that, if you don’t mind … 

I really was confused, wasn’t I? My first major relationship ended so badly that I was terrified to get involved with another man, especially one who seemed so perfect. Zane is beyond gorgeous, he’s thoughtful, kind, charismatic, and he makes me feel like a princess. I guess I simply couldn’t believe he was for real. And if he was the real deal, why in the world would he want a mixed up, emotional woman like me? I guess my self esteem was suffering more than I care to admit. Then came the secrets. Big wolfy secrets. As a multi-cultural woman, I’m all for interracial relationships … but inter-species? I’ve definitely overcome that little concern. I love my werewolf. Now, anyway. I think at first I was confused because everything happened so fast. I’ve never been a big believer in love at first site, but when I saw Zane behind the wheel of that vintage Corvette, something clicked. And no matter how hard I tried to turn it off, the light (love) just kept shining brighter. Corny? Yes. But true. And the danger we faced together only served to strengthen our bond. 

3. What about Valamir, the master vampire? 

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Thursday, November 29

The Friday 56 - Not Quite Dating



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/.

My Book Crush is ...


Question of the Week: Activity! Who is your to-die-for book crush? What do you think they look like? Add an image to make us all happy.

Fun Christmas Game for Everyone


I was always excited about the holidays when I was a kid and it wasn't because of the presents. I always looked forward to my class's annual Christmas party that was hosted by the room mothers/fathers. There would be a Christmas movie, cookies with sprinkles, soda, a gift bag (mostly candy), a gift exchange, and games. To be honest, the games were boring and normally the same every year. It would have been nice if there were better games to play.

Recently I got a chance to review 60 Christmas printable games and activities from Python Printable Games. The game pack retails at $19.95, which isn't bad as it is about 33 cents per game. All games are sent via email links and are in PDF format. That means you can print the games anywhere you want and make as many copies as needed. There are no time limits or hidden charges.

The types of games and activities included are:

Wednesday, November 28

Review - Walking on Water When You Feel Like You're Drowning

Walking on Water When You Feel Like You're Drowning
By Tommy Nelson and Steve Leavitt
Publisher: Tyndale House Books
Release Date: October 18, 2012
ISBN: 978-1589977228
ASIN: B008VTTYA4
Pages: 176

Review: 

I received Walking on Water When You Feel Like You're Drowning back in October courtesy of Tyndale House Books in exchange for my review. I meant to review the book earlier in the month, but I got swamped with other things and the book got shoved aside until I started reading it a few nights ago. The book covers anxiety & depression, which are something I have dealt with for most of my life and the reason why I wanted to review it in the first place.

Unlike the majority of anxiety/depression books that are written by doctors, Walking on Water is written by two men who have both experienced anxiety and depression. Tommy Nelson has been the senior pastor at the Denton Bible Church for past thrifty-five years and Steve Leavitt is a Christian Biblical counselor in New Braunfels, Texas. Together they have co-written Walking on Water which details their struggles with depression and how a biblical approach can help you crawl your way out of depression.

Anxiety and Depression can occur to anybody at anytime. Sometimes it is triggered from a life changing event, like being bullied or abused, or the death of a loved one. Other times stress can cause anxiety that leads to depression.

Tuesday, November 27

Review & Giveaway - The Odd Life of Timothy Green Blu-ray + DVD Combo

The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Director: Peter Hedges
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams
Studio: Disney
Release Date: December 4, 2012
ASIN: B005LAIIL2
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 2 
Running Time: 105 minutes
Rated: PG

Review:

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is making its way onto DVD and Blu-ray on December 4th just in time for Christmas. I recall seeing a few advertisements for it when it was released to theaters, but I never got a chance to see it until I watched it on DVD last night. Disney was nice enough to send me an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

At first I thought The Odd Life of Timothy Green was based on a book, but I was mistaken as it was based on the concept by Ahmet Zappa. It was written and directed by Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape).

Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner star as Jim and Cindy Green, a couple living in the small drought-stricken town of Stanleyville, North Carolina. Jim spends his days working at the town's historic pencil factory while Cindy works at the local museum. The couple desperately wants to have children, but they find out they cannot conceive a child.

Heartbroken, they write down their dream child's characteristics onto pieces of paper, put the pieces into a wooden box and buried it in their garden.

Monday, November 26

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    Review - Resurrect

    Resurrect
    By David E. Stevens
    Publisher: Monarch Books
    Pub. Date:October 2, 2012
    ISBN: 978-0857212498
    ASIN: B008M4ISD2
    Pages: 384
    Buy Link: http://ow.ly/faaOD
    Blog Tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/DStevens

    Review:  

    Resurrect has been sitting on my desk for a few months, as I received a free copy from Litfuse Publicity Group and Monarch Books in exchange for an honest review, and I recently got around to reading it. The book is written by Commander David E. Stevens, a navy fighter pilot, and by the fighter jet on the book cover, I thought Resurrect might be a war novel, but I was completely wrong. I don't want to give away too many spoilers, so I'll leave the synopsis short.

    Navy Commander Josh Logan is the main character in Resurrect and he is testing out a new fighter jet. After a malfunction, Logan quickly avoids crashing into civilians' homes, but ejects from the jet a few moments too late.

    Sunday, November 25

    CD Review - Kelly Clarkson: Greatest Hits - Chapter One

    Greatest Hits - Chapter One
    By Kelly Clarkson
    Label: RCA
    Release Date: November 19, 2012
    ASIN: B009LXEBD4


    I wasn't even aware that Kelly had a new CD out until I stumbled upon it tonight at my local Walmart at their Black Friday (well, Thursday night) sale. I've been a fan of her music since she one the first season of American Idol. All of her best songs are here including my favorites, Behind These Hazel Eyes, Already Gone, Breakaway, and Don't You Want to Stay.

    As a bonus there are three new songs, Catch My Breath, Don't Rush, and People Like Us. Her holiday song I'll be home for Christmas is also the CD. Overall, I really enjoyed listening to the CD and I recommend it to others.

    The Songs Are:

    Saturday, November 24

    CD Review - Music From Another Dimension!

    Music from Another Dimension!
    By Aerosmith
    Label: Columbia
    Release Date: November 6, 2012
    ASIN: B0085RQLXK

    Review:

    I saw Music From Another Dimension at Walmart a few weeks ago, but I it didn't pick it up until today during the Black Friday sales for five dollars. The retro B-movie album cover is cool, but covers can be misleading. I made the mistake of reading several bad reviews, so my expectations were low. It seems that fans think the band will crank out hit after hit, but you have to realize that it has been eleven years since their last release. During that amount of time people can change and so can their style of music.

    Friday, November 23

    A Very Merry Golden Records Christmas Review & Giveaway

    A Very Merry Golden Records Christmas
    Label: Verse Music Group
    Audio CD Release Date: October 16, 2012
    ASIN: B008ZD4U32
    Running Time: 43:43
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    Review: 

    Do you remember your parents or grandparents playing those vinyl records? Then you probably remember the Golden Records for children, containing classic stories and songs for young ones and old ones young at heart.

    Golden Records have been making a comeback this year by releasing old and new records onto CDs and MP3 for a whole new generation of fans to enjoy. They were nice enough to let me listen to A Very Merry Golden Records Christmas, which is part of their Celebrity Series, free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

    With Christmas just only a few weeks ago, there is nothing better to get your family in the holiday spirits than listening to wonderful Christmas music. A Very Merry Golden Records Christmas brings back twenty timeless classics, blending in new celebrity voices with the original music and sound effects. Some of the voice talents are Ed Asner, Didi Conn, Cheryl Hines, Wallace Shawn and Dermot Mulroney. 

    The Tracks List Includes:

    1. Merry, Merry, Merry, Christmas (Didi Conn and The Golden Orchestra) 
    2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (John O Hurley)  
    3. Jingle Bells (Malin Akerman) 

    Thursday, November 22

    I'm Thankful For.....






    The meme is hosted by Parajunkee's View & Alison Can Read.

    This week's feature bloggers are: Bewitched Bookworms & My 5 Monkeys.

    Question of the Week: What blog are you thankful for?

    A Nifty Gift Idea - Custom Posters

    The holiday shopping season has begun. If you are like me, I try to avoid shopping in the crowded stores by buying gifts online. Typically, I have most of my of my shopping done a month before Christmas Day, but there are usually a couple of people that are hard to buy for. So I have to think outside of my comfort zone and find a unique gift.

    Everyone loves photos, right? A unique Christmas gift idea I came up with, is a custom poster. What do I mean by a [custom poster]?

    You can take any family portrait, a pet's picture, a school photo, a vacation photo, etc., and have it blown up to 18 x 24 or a 24 x 36 for custom poster printing. This will make a thoughtful gift, perhaps more than an ordinary gift card.

    Wednesday, November 21

    DVD Review & Giveaway - Call the Midwife Season One

    Call The Midwife: Season One
    Starring: Jessica Raine, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt, Miranda Hart, and featuring Vanessa Redgrave
    Studio: BBC Warner
    ASIN: B0093I913W
    ASIN: B0093I5QG8 (Blu-ray)
    Release Date: November 6, 2012
    Running Time: 360 minutes 
    Not Rated

    Just in the time for the holidays is the release of the new hit series that aired on BBC in the UK and on PBS in the United States. I recall reading an article in the TV Guide a few months about the show, but I had forgotten it was being aired. Luckily, I got an opportunity to receive a free copy of Season One in exchange of an honest review courtesy of BBC Worldwide Americas.

    The series was created and written by Heidi Thomas (also created Upstairs Downstairs) and is based on the memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth. Set in the poverty-stricken East London in the 1950s, the series centers around a young Jenny Lee (played by Jessica Raine), who believes she is going to be working at a small hospital called Nonnatus House, but to her surprise, it is actually a convent. She quickly befriends the other nurses, Trixie and Cynthia, the handyman Fred, and the Sisters, Julienne, Evangelina, Bernadette and Monica Joan. Jenny is there mainly as a midwife, but she has other duties to attend to as well. Just like the other midwives, Jenny must ride a bicycle to visit her patients.

    Tuesday, November 20

    Review - The Breath of Dawn

    The Breath of Dawn
    By Kristen Heitzmann
    Publisher: Bethany House
    Pub. Date: November 1, 2012
    ISBN: 978-0764210426
    ASIN: B008B9HQL8
    Pages: 448
    Buy Link: http://amzn.to/VkkqTX
    Blog Tour Link: http://litfusegroup.com/campaigns/breathofdawn

    Review:

    The Breath of Dawn is book three of the series that started with A Rush of Wings and Still of the Night. I have only read A Rush of Wings, in which I wasn't the biggest fan of at the time. I hesitated before I signed up to review the third book from Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

    Even though I hadn't read second book, I still figured out who was who and what was what. In the third entry, Morgan Spencer had a wonderful family and a successful business, but every thing changed the moment his wife died, leaving him as a widowed father to a two-year-old daughter, Livie. His daughter is his entire life, until fate changes things once again for him.

    Review - No Safe Harbor

    No Safe Harbor
    by Elizabeth Ludwig
    Publisher: Bethany House
    ISBN: 978-0764210396
    Pub. Date: October 1, 2012
    Pages: 336
    Buy Links: http://ow.ly/eh4Xf
    Blog Tour Link: http://litfusegroup.com/author/ELudwig

    Review:

    Set in the year 1897, Cara Hamilton thought that her twin brother, Eoghan, was deceased until she gets an unexpected letter from him, in which he urges her to come find him and warns her to trust no one. She boards the ship called the Servia and travels across the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland to America.

    When Cara arrives in New York, she meets a stranger named Rourke Walsh. She takes refuge at a boardinghouse where she befriends most of the women whom are living there, all except Deirdre. Why would a woman that hardly knew her, hate her so much? There has to be here than meets the eye about this woman. Cara is determined to learn more about Deirdre, especially when she catches Deirdre prying in her room.

    Monday, November 19

    Cover Reveal - Rebel Bride

    From the author of Undercover Rebel comes . . .

    Eileen Sewell sparks plenty of gossip by spiteful matrons and their horse-faced daughters that she’d find herself alone due to her picky ways. Of course, she didn’t believe them. Then again, she also didn’t expect to be a mail order bride either. It wasn’t easy snagging a husband who hadn’t heard about her willful nature. Eileen finally gave up hope of finding love, and decided to settle for whatever she’d find out west. If that wasn’t lowering enough, she’d just witnessed the first train robbery. Unfortunately, the outlaws saw her too. Enter Marshal Colt Sheppard, who excels at extracting information from reticent witnesses. His crooked smile and broad shoulders won’t charm her. She’d played this game before, only she never had a worthy adversary. Talk about bad timing.

    From Rebel Bride  
    “What has your pretty little brow all furrowed up like that?” he asked with a touch of laughter in his voice.


    “Well-I-well…” This was her favorite type of man, one who would flatter her with words of her beauty. Without thinking, she fell into her normal flirtatious attitude, batting her eyes coquettishly. This should be easy.
    “Maybe you’re deciding which lies will work on me best. Is that it?” He put one hand on a seat and leaned forward, closing the distance separating them.
    He called her a liar. “How dare you!” She hissed the words, pulled her back ramrod straight, and narrowed her eyes. She learned how to project indignant from the best, her mother. Never mind the fact she’d been contemplating which lie to use on him.

    CD Review - Colbie Caillat: Christmas in the Sand

    Christmas in the Sand
    Artist: Colbie Caillat
    Label: Universal Republic
    Release Date: October 22, 2012
    ASIN: B0094GW8PG

    I wasn't even aware that Colbie Caillat had a Christmas album out until I stumbled upon it at my local Walmart today for ten dollars. Colbie has bubbly music that can cheer me up on a bad day, so I had to buy it.

    Colbie sings several classic holiday songs, such as Sliver Bells, Santa Baby, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and Winter Wonderland. There are duets with Brad Paisley, Gavin Degraw, Justin Young, and Jason Reeves. There are four new songs that are catchy, Christmas in the Sand, Every Day is Christmas, Mistletoe and Happy Christmas.

    Sunday, November 18

    A Pantser Climbs the Outline Mountain By Charlotte Henley Babb


    Maven and I have been together for nearly 20 years, and much of her story has not been told. I have many folders of outtakes, random scenes, and character notes. But the time has come, now that I am looking at retirement in 4 or 5 years, to get this stuff organized and written.

    I’m learning to outline. Outlining “ain’t no crystal stair” as Langston Hughes wrote, but I’ve got my rope, and my pitons, my hammer and just in case, a vial of fairy dust and a magic wand in my climbing boots. I'm facing a sheer cliff of unknown story, with only a promise of what lies beyond.

    My pitons are those 3x5 cards I have hated since that disaster of my first research paper in eleventh grade—I think it was about Odgen Nash. But I have a secret weapon: Larry Brook’s story architecture (http://www.storyfix.com). I can write down my random notes and thoughts on my cards and then organize them as I figure out the plot points and pinch points. I’ve tried spreadsheets (Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method and Ywriter) and various other tools, but the paper cards lend themselves to being carried in my purse and then typed into Scrivener, and from there, turning into scenes.

    What started out as the beginning of my debut novel will now likely be the beginning of book four, which has no working title as yet. Stuff happens after the end of Through the Veil, and I’m still working out when it happens and to whom. But forcing myself to make an outline for book two, working title That Darn Maven, has allowed me to get some parameters established and make some rules to corral if not herd these cat-like story bits. Another working title is After Midnight, where I’ll be exploring some of Fiona’s point of view instead of always following Maven.

    Review - Almost Amish

    Almost Amish
    By Kathryn Cushman
    Publisher: Bethany House
    Pub. Date: July 1, 2012
    ISBN: 978-0764208263
    ASIN: B0073UN96W
    Page: 336 

    Review: 

    Julie Charlton is a wonderful wife and mother, but something is missing from her life. What she needs is some excitement and adventure. Luckily, her sister-in-law, Susan, got picked to be on an upcoming reality series and she gets to bring someone with her. That person happens to be Julie. And they also get to bring their families with them.

    What is the reality series about? Well, the participants leave their modern lifestyle and move to the Amish country, where they have to live simple. That means no technology of any kind, except for the cameras that are filming their every move.

    Saturday, November 17

    A Male's Perspective of the Twilight Saga

    My original intent was to write separate reviews on the first four Twilight movies, but why waste my time when I could write one post about the most overrated film franchise of all time.

    I recall reading the first book by Stephenie Meyer when it was originally released. I read it and thought it was average at best. I tossed the book into the closet and never thought about it again until I saw the first film advertise. Probably like most readers, I bought the other books in the attempt to eventually read them, but I have never opened any of them to page one yet.

    One of my hobbies is collecting DVDs (in which I have way too many of) and of course I bought Twilight when it was released. I recognized Kristen Stewart from the Cold Creek Manor and The Messengers, but I never heard of the majority of the cast, except for Peter Facinelli and Elizabeth Reaser. I had forgotten most of the book's plot, so the movie was basically new to me. For the most part the movie was mediocre at best. Similar to what I did to the book, I tossed the DVD onto a shelf and forgot about it until I saw the advertisements for New Moon a year later.

    In New Moon, the Cullens have very little screen time, giving Taylor Lautner a bigger role and a new haircut. I like the werewolf mythology, but the movie has Bella pining for Edward for entire the entire 130 minutes. What was up with the time? It would have been slightly better if it was under 90 minutes, because nothing happens!

    Friday, November 16

    Promo Spot - Nights of Steel


    NIGHTS OF STEEL

    BY NICO ROSSO

    Book Tour 

    PRODUCT DETAILS
    • Book 4 of the Ether Chronicles 
    • From Avon Impulse 
    • ISBN-13: 978-0062201102

     

    BOOK DESCRIPTION 


    Nico Rosso turns up the temperature in his sexy, steampunk romance


    Enter the world of The Ether Chronicles with Nico Rosso’s latest sexy steampunk offering, Nights of Steel (Avon Impulse; on-sale 11/6/2012; e-ISBN 9780062201102; $1.99). “Wild” West takes on a whole new meaning in Rosso’s version of America: airships roam the skies, and genetically engineered Man O’ Wars wreak havoc—and that’s nothing compared to the rising tension between bounty hunters Anna Blue and Jack Hawkins. This book is all about action—of every kind—and between the cool-as-heck characters, the surreal steampunk landscape, and the electrifying chemistry between the two protagonists, Nights of Steel is a must-read for fans of romance with an action edge!

    Aaarh! Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Pirate's Party We Will Go!


    Argh, matey! Are you ready for a pirate party?

    I had emailed Oriental Trading asking them about being a giveaway sponsor, but months went by and I never heard back from them. Then, out of the blue, a big box was left at my front door last week from them. Inside the box were free samples of Oriental Trading’s best products.

    The products are:
    • 1 Red Jumbo Streamer
    • 1 Sapphire Blue Jumbo Streamer
    • 1 100FT Pirate Pennant
    • 6 dozen Pirate Tattoos
    • 1 dozen Felt Kiddie Pirate Hats
    • 1 dozen Pirate Rubber Duckys
    • 1 pkg. Royal Blue Plastic Forks (50 count)
    • 2 (8 count each) Pirate Party Invitations
    • 2 Red Plastic Tablecover (54"x108")
    • 1 dozen Pirate Sword with Eye Patch

    Australia Would Make a Good Read!


     The weekly meme is hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read.

    This week's feature bloggers are:



     
    Question of the Week: Books are turned into movies all the time! Turn it around. What movie would make a great book?

    Book Blogger Hop: Mix’n'Match Edition

    This week's guest host is Butterfly-o-Meter Books.


    Question of the week: Mix’n'Match: The bookish gods are giving you free hand, you can pick any one character (book, TV series/movie, play etc) and inject them into a different novel of your choice. Which character and series would you mix’n'matc

    The Friday 56 - Night Buddies: Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine



    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, November 15

    LYCAON PRESS Blurb Blitz




    North: The Lycans by Suzanne Fuller

    Blurb:

    Riley Olssen is a born and bred Lycan who lives in the quiet suburbs of Valdez, Alaska. Her life is simple: she goes to school, comes home, and shifts in the forest behind her home. When her father receives word that his brother has died, they must return to his home in Sweden to take care of the pack Davin left behind.

    Soon after they arrive, Riley realizes there is much more to the small town than she'd ever expected. She discovers that the Lycans are not the only creatures to hide behind a human façade. Falling in love with the wrong Lycan is only one of the problems she encounters. In one day, her life is forever changed, and she must discover her own inner strength because all signs seem to point to a war heading her way.

    Excerpt:

    Ramona Salazar watched the pathetic humans in blue close the iron shutters, wrap a steel padlock around the hooks, and sit down at their desks with their cheap coffee and tiny screens. She sneered at the way they relaxed in their seats, flirting with each other. They were guards, supposedly.

    They know nothing of the world! I could show them a thing or two about protection and loyalty.

    Third Time's the Charm by Vivi Anna


    Third Time’s the Charm

    You know what’s great about today’s publishing market? The fact that a book can get another chance to find a readership and it doesn’t have to find it within three months of it being published. This book Vanquished has already been published, twice before. The first time was by a very small epublisher back in 2004. The second time, was by a big NY publisher, Kensington Books. Problem was it didn’t sell all that well. So I was able to get my rights back to it. And now I can do it right this time. With the perfect cover and perfect pricing. I’m ecstatic to be able to get this book, one of my favorites I’ve ever written, back out to a whole slew of new readers on my terms.

    Here’s the evolution of the book initially called Hell Kat.

    ARC Review - Crossing on the Paris

    Crossing on the Paris
    By Dana Gynther
    Publisher: Gallery Books
    Pub.Date: November 13, 2012
    ISBN: 978-1451678239
    ASIN: B007EDOL9M
    Pages: 314

    Review: 

    I received an advanced copy of Crossing on the Paris a few months ago courtesy of Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. Normally I don't read many books that are set during the early twentieth century, but I was intrigued by the cover art and thought that I would at least give it a try.

    In the debut novel from author Dana Gynther, set sail aboard the ocean liner the Paris on its maiden voyage from Le Havre, France to New York during the year 1921. The plot centers around three women from different backgrounds.

    Julie Vernet has suffered many losses during her lifetime. She lost her brothers during WWI and is still grieving. She is spent all of her life in poverty in France and when she got a chance to work in the steerage class (3rd class) as a maid, she eagerly took it. Her expectations for the life aboard a liner were high, but she was in for a shock as to how the 3rd class lived. Just when she is at her lowest, she begins a romance with a handsome engineer.

    Wednesday, November 14

    Book Excerpt - Out of the Blue



    3. From Chapter 15 [Sylvia is working at the restaurant/pub/hotel and observes this scene] 

    A man in his late forties with a port-induced complexion and a baggy suit stood up and started performing a highland fling next to his seat. His right arm rose high above his head, and his left hand held his hip. He hopped in place and the more he moved, the more the others watched. Conversation slowed, and then halted as the man continued his impromptu jig and the footballers began clapping in time. The Scotsman danced over to the fireplace in short, jerky steps, his silhouette bouncing on the ceiling and walls. He started moving his way across the room, fueled by the booze and riveting music.

    Even those who straggled behind in the dining room were now in the pub and clogged the entrance between the two rooms. The Scotsman grinned as he waved a few times at his attentive audience. The clapping continued and he stripped off his suit jacket in time to the drumbeats, timely plaudits and bagpipes. He flung it over to one of the men who caught it. The Scotsman continued his dancing/march across the floor towards the fireplace. But when he reached the crackling fire he abruptly turned and started unbuckling his belt. More laughs and some cheers were heard from the intoxicated spectators. Sylvia was quiet, wondering just how far the man would go. He continued with his caper and when he reached the opposite end, near Harry's office, he opened his belt and journeyed back across the stage he'd created for himself. The buckle and its tongue jingled along with his pocket change. Quickly, he unfastened the button on his waistband, and then kept his hand on his zipper, teasing his captive onlookers.

    Tuesday, November 13

    Promo Spot - Hands On Me


    Hands On Me
    Tramp Stamp Series Book One
    Kim Carmichael
    Genre: Contemporary romance with some suspense elements.
    Publisher: Keith Publications
    ISBN: 978-1-936372-46-1
    ASIN: B0098LICZ2
    Number of pages: 17
    Word Count: 5000
    Cover Artist: Elisa Elaine Luevanos

    Book Description: Agent Gwen Fredricks is a living target. Captured after a failed mission, the code to crack a safe has literally been permanently hidden on her. To free herself, she must retrieve a final key.

    All Agent Colin Alexander has to do to avoid a desk job is get a code said to be on an enemy agent. He never dreamed it would actually be on the agent, especially Gwen.

    The simple shoot-and-swoop mission takes a turn for these two sometime-lovers and full-time rivals when they call a truce to give into their desire. Now with the promise to keep both hands on each other at all times, they share a night together. Loyalties are tested when Gwen manages to swipe the key away, and Colin discovers the code carefully embedded into Gwen's tramp stamp tattoo in a glow of UV light. When morning comes they must decide if what they feel for each other is worth betraying their agencies.

    Two Lost Souls Find Each Other on Christmas Eve

    A Wreath of Snow
    By Liz Curtis Higgs
    Publisher:WaterBrook Press
    Pub. Date: October 2, 2012
    ISBN: 978-1400072170
    ASIN: B007SYQ4K6
    Pages: 215

    Review: 

    Several years ago, I read Thorn in My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs, mainly because it was set in Scotland where my ancestors are from. When I saw A Wreath of Snow was up for review on Blogging for Books from WaterBrook Press, I eagerly signed it to review it in exchange for an honest review. With Christmas approaching, I was definitely in the mood for a good Christmas story.

    Set in 1894, twenty-six-year-old Margaret Campbell (or as everyone calls her, Meg) dreaded going back home to Stirling, Scotland to visit her family for the holidays. Nearly twelve years ago, her younger brother, Alan, was injured in a curling accident, crippling him for life. Over the years, her parents waited on him hand and foot, giving him anything he wanted. Alan has grown to be a bitter person with a short temper, one that Meg would like to avoid.

    Meg has a good life as a school teacher in Edinburgh and she resides in her late aunt's house, which she inherited. She is more than eager to return to her home on Christmas Eve, but Mother Nature may have other plans for her as the falling snow is delaying her train ride home. Her fate collides with a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow named Gordon Shaw.

    Monday, November 12

    Review - Courting Cate

    Courting Cate
    By Leslie Gould
    Publisher: Bethany House
    ISBN: 978-0764210310
    ASIN: B008B9HIMA
    Pub. Date: November 1, 2012
    Pages: 352
    Buy Link: http://ow.ly/eSNfb
    Blog Tour: http://litfusegroup.com/author/LGould

    Review: 

    In this Amish version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, Cate Miller is not your typical Amish woman as she would rather spend her time working side by side with her father or reading a good book than spend her time inside a house cleaning and cooking. She has scared away all of the single men in Paradise, Pennsylvania with her sharp tongue and stubborn attitude.

    Her younger sister, Betsy, is ready to start courting, but their father will not allow it. He makes a rule that Cate must begin courting first since she is the eldest daughter. This causes a big problem because Cate has no intention of ever marring. Despite the girls' objections, their father has made his decision final.

    Cate has no other choice, but to find a respectable husband, which is a little hard considering she has told off every bachelor in the county. Luckily, Pete Treger arrives in town, but just like all other bachelors, he only has eyes for the stunning Betsy. When he realizes that the other men are after Betsy too, he tries his luck with Cate.

    Saturday, November 10

    'Tis the Season to be in Style


    Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, that means it won't be long until (if you haven't already) you'll be dragging those Christmas ornaments and decorations down from the attic. Then you'll be in the department stores finishing your last minute shopping. If you are brave enough, you might even consider doing your shopping on Black Friday, which actually starts on Thanksgiving night.

    Wouldn't it be great if you had a new look for your holiday shopping?

    Santa's Shirt Shack kindly sent me a free "Dear Santa, Define Naughty" X-Large t-shirt to review. The shirt arrived in my mailbox in only a few days and it fits perfectly. I plan on wearing it on Thanksgiving night when I go to the early Black Friday sales (yes, I'm stupid enough to go).

    Friday, November 9

    Paranormal Romance, What do you think about it? By Hubert de La Bouillerie



    Paranormal Romance is an interesting mix. Love and the power of the unusual, can create fantastic situations. Love being one of the most intense and primal emotions we have, confronted with the unspeakable forces of evil will bring the best out in us.

    The fight to survive, to protect those we love in the face of insurmountable odds, against the armies of darkness is always gut wrenching and fascinating story telling.

    If an author manages to capture your imagination with images of battles, from the mind to the physical, from the surreal to the metaphysical, while sewing a tale that keeps you up at night wanting for more, it can rival any other genre.

    There is nothing more satisfying then when love has the power to conquer forces greater then ourselves, to fight the good fight regardless of the consequences and save our soul from damnation, we admire it.