Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold (Anthology)

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Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold
Authors: Brinda Berry, Cate Dean, Jayne A. Knolls, Karen Y. Bynum, Laura Diamond, Theresa DaLayne
Publication date: March 2014
Genres: Young Adult

A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid… but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn’t believe in Native American magic–until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do it for him.

A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness.

THE BARRICADES: When a human girl risks everything to save the life of an Eternal prince, will their feelings for each other change the world they know, or tear it apart?

The focus is romance in the six short stories in this anthology. With a combination of realizing your dreams and learning who you really are. The loss or gaining of love playing a part in the characters learning more about who they are and what they want.

As the summary of each stories details they all involve a supernatural element. Even though there were a few characters that I did not like, I was able to leave each story with something to think about. My favorite story was The Maker. Very entertaining and although I wouldn't do it exactly the same way, definitely something that I have wanted to do at times.

They were very fast and fun reads, dealing with heartache and new found love a lot of bad decisions and soul searching.


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

#Giveaway Audio Review-The Fairies of Turtle Creek by Jill K. Sayre

The Fairies of Turtle Creek

Magical realism for readers age 9 and up. Fantasy and history all mixed together, with a cross-generational relationship between an eccentric grandmother and a skeptical granddaughter.)
 Thirteen-year-old Claire has deep concerns about her brother who is away fighting in the Iraq war. When her quirky and estranged grandmother comes to live with her distressed family, Claire is cynical. It's through Grandma Faye's stories of being a thirteen year old in Dallas, Texas in the 1920's that opens Claire's heart to love and belief in other things you can only see with your heart.

I found this story to be beautiful and a very pleasant listen.  A young girl is visited by a grandmother who she hardly knows. Only having few and strange memories of visiting her. Before her grandmother arrives Claire begins to notice small incidents and she is not exactly ecstatic to have to spend time with her weird relative. 

As she begins to spend time with her grandmother and learn more about who she is and her belief in fairies, the magical world begins to slowly show itself to Claire and brings her closer to her grandmother than she ever thought she could be. 

It is a very cute story about a girl and her grandmother finding a connection to each other. The blossoming of a young girl's mind as the opens up to different ideas and worlds. 

I really enjoyed the story, watching Claire become more aware of the magical world around her and find a connection to her grandmother was endearing. I recommend it to young and old, looking for  a cute fairy-tale. The narrator Sarah Chevalier does a great job of giving a voice to Claire and has a very soothing and beautiful voice.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Kat Green-Strings Character Inverview

Bio –

Kat Green was born Nov 1979 into a military family, and moved around a lot during her childhood. This shaped her into the person she is today. At ease with meeting new people and adapting to new surroundings. Her family roots are from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Kat now lives with her husband and son on the south coast of England, Portsmouth. She doesn't pretend to be the best, and is still growing as a writer and having fun along the way. She loves books and has a busy imagination. Her love for music plays a big part in her first novel, Strings, and she can be found mainly at gigs around the UK. In 2010 she lost her mother to blood cancer and it was time to put her words on a page and stop worrying about what people might say, 'Life is too short and precious to waste' is her motto. Writing is her passion and her escape. If you like what she does, she says 'Thank you!' For those who don't, she says 'Thanks for giving her a chance.'

The rise of the Black Eagles was meteoric, from band practice in the garage to global stars almost overnight. 

And Melissa Webb, the beautiful girlfriend of the front man, appeared to have it all. 

But when Luke Black disappears without a trace and Melissa wakes up in a hospital bed after a savage attack, her perfect world is shattered and their lives are plunged into a potentially deadly crisis. 

Where is Luke, and can he be found before it is too late? 

                                       Character Interview: Luke Black –
Q1: How old were you when you started playing guitar?
LB: I was 12.  My mum gave me Chloe, my acoustic guitar on my twelve birthday.
Q2: What started your song writing?
LB: Losing my best friend at age 7 in a house fire. I wrote my first song Pink Ribbons for Chloe, who was also the reason I named my guitar. Her death impacted on me that much. I was 7 years old and it was the only way I could move on and accept it. But, without letting her go completely.
Q3: If Chloe was still alive, do you think she would be your girlfriend?
LB: I often ask myself that. I don’t know if she would have been in my life romantically but she would be my best friend. That I am very sure of. A part of me thinks she was removed to allow me to meet Melissa. She is my little Angel who I believe has always been with me. I’ve never forgotten her.
Q4: If you were not in a band or doing anything music related. What job would you be doing?
LB: I would still be working in a petrol station. Dying of boredom. I try not to think about it. I’m doing the only thing I want to do and have any skill in.
Q5: What was it like to go from playing to 20 people in a pub to what you’re doing now?
LB: Mind blowing, insane and I am still in shock. Everyone dreams of it but not everyone gets it. I am so thankful for every fan we have.
Q6: What song is your favorite to perform?
LB: Ooooh that’s easy ‘Weekend High’ I wrote that when I was twenty after a really bad relationship. It wasn’t really a relationship but at the time I didn’t see it,  it was just convenience and there was no love there. Also, the fans go nuts to it.
Q7: Which gig has been your favorite so far?
LB: Now, that is harder to answer because every gig is amazing for all kinds of reasons. I don’t think it would be fair to choose one. That is like saying to one set of fans ‘Oh you were great’ and make other fans feel like you are dissing them. But, for sentimental reasons our third gig at Ruby’s back home will always be special. I meet my Liss there and it was what changed everything for me, and us as a band.
Q8: It’s a Saturday night and you’re not on tour. What would you be doing? 
LB: I don’t see Liss much so we would either be catching up at home. (Luke winks and laughs) or we would be out with everyone getting drunk.
Q9: Who is your best friend?
LB: My band are my best mates but the ultimate title goes to Dale. He’s always there for me even when I’m a pain in the arse, we’ve know each other since we were 10.
Q10: What would you like to say to your fans about the gossip that surrounds you?
LB: That most of it is complete and utter rubbish. If you haven’t heard it from me the chances are it isn’t true. And, Just to clarify the latest story. The band are not splitting up. My girlfriend isn’t sleeping with my drummer, doesn’t have a drink problem and isn’t pregnant.
Q11: You have 48 hours to live. What would you do?
LB: I would put on the biggest show and say goodbye to my fans before spending whatever time I have left with the people I love. Hopefully write a song that will go down in history so I live on forever.

Character Bio: Luke Black –
CAREER: Front man for The Black Eagles.
Full name: Luke Black
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Birthday: Sept 7th 1991
Nationality: English
Religion: Music
City or town of birth: Portsmouth UK
Currently lives: London
Relationship Status: Taken

Height: Short but has presence bigger than Goliath
Hair color: Jet Black
Hairstyle: Short with a lightening strike fringe
Eye color: Sapphire Blue
Tattoos: Eagles on Left side and both arms
Piercings: None
Preferred style of clothing: Jeans and Hoody
Frequently worn jewellery: Leather wristband given to him by his Girlfriend

Smoker? Too much
Drinker? Too much
Any physical ailments/illnesses/disabilities: Travel sickness

Personality: Perfectionist, Loving but fierce if messed with.
Likes: Guitars, Eagles and his girlfriend
Dislikes: Vanity and Liars
Fears/phobias: Losing his arms so he can’t play guitar
Favorite color: Black
Hobbies: Music, Music and Music

Talents/skills: Guitarist, Lyricist, Singer and Leader.
Ability to drive a car? Yes

Favorite food(s): Homemade
Favorite drink(s): Beer, Whiskey and Coffee
Disliked food: Nothing, eats anything.
Disliked drinks: Water

Describe the character’s house/home: Top floor Apartment in London
Significant/special belongings: Chloe, his acoustic Guitar
Parents names: Debbie and Stuart Black
Siblings? Only Child
Other Important Relatives: Ray his manager is like a tour dad to him.
Partner/Spouse: Melissa Webb (Girlfriend. Soul mate)
Best Friend: Dale Baxter (Band member)
Other Important Friends: Toby Maxwell and Tom Lawton (Band members

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“I started reading this book yesterday morning and I could not put it down, it was that good.  ” - Stacie review on Amazon
“Looking forward to another book about the The Black Eagles and the Eagle girls.  ” - Teresa Jensen review on Amazon
“So well written! I couldn't put it down! I can't wait for the sequel!! ” - Kate Youngreview on Amazon
“I could not put this book down.” - Rubina Guerrero review on Amazon
“It is quite a gripping story.” - Paula Esteban review on Amazon
I’m in love with Kat Greens writing skills. She knows how to show emotions and action and writes a good balance between it.” - Annika review on Goodreads
“…have a story with heart stopping moments, twists and turns that will keep you hooked to the end.
Can't wait for the next book.” - Emmie Kates on Goodreads


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Slither of Hope (Angel Sight #2) by Lisa M. Basso

Rayna struggles to piece her life back together, but hiding in plain sight from the police, the SS Crazy, and the Fallen isn't a foolproof plan—something Kade, the World's Worst Roommate, reminds her of everyday. The late nights of failing to teach Ray how to protect herself against the Fallen are getting to Kade, changing him in ways he doesn't like, and after a family emergency sends Ray back into Cam’s arms, Kade decides he's had enough. News of Rayna's resurfacing brings both angels and the Fallen to San Francisco by the dozens, all eyes scouring the city for the girl with the gray wings. Rayna will need both Kade and Cam's help to ensure her family's safety, navigate the new dangers and enemies springing up all over the city, and manage the surprises that arise with her new set of wings

The second book in the Angel Sight series really starts off with a bang and keeps running. Constant pacing of movement and action sequences. Rayna has a lot of things she is trying to figure out things with friends, family and enemies. She never gets any time to herself, even when she has to go shopping, there's still her friends and love life to worry about. 

This series is really fun. Rayna is pretty feisty and has a mouth on her. Her pregnant friend is preoccupied, but also worried about her love life, keeping Rayna on her toes. 

What I have enjoyed so far with this series is the pacing, it seems like I just started the book when it's over. It just flies by. As I am not so much into the romance aspects of stories I really enjoy the fighting and family scenes that are brought up. Especially the family because it brings in a lot of twists and uh-oh moments. 

I recommend this book to those that like Angel stories, action packed with a strong female lead. 

Krista (4 Stars)

About this author

 Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B.

She's also on twitter @LisaMBasso

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Beyond the Pale by Henry L. Herz

Beyond the Pale-Short Stories

Beyond the Pale is an anthology of fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal stories that skirt the border between our world and others. Was that my imagination, or did I hear something under my bed? What was that blurred movement in my darkened closet? There is but a thin Veil separating the real and the fantastic, and therein dwell the inhabitants of these stories.

Beyond the Pale contains eleven short stories by award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon), Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn), Heather Brewer (Vladimir Tod), Jim Butcher (Dresden Files), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Nancy Holder (Wicked), Gillian Philip (Rebel Angels), and Jane Yolen (Owl Moon).

The noun “pale” refers to a stake (as in impaling vampires) or pointed piece of wood (as in a paling fence). “Pale” came to refer to an area enclosed by a paling fence. Later, it acquired the figurative meaning of an enclosed and therefore safe domain. Conversely, "beyond the pale" means foreign, strange, or threatening. You are about to go Beyond the Pale.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 7th 2014 by Birch Tree Publishing
ISBN  0989448738 (ISBN13: 9780989448734)

The first thing that caught my attention with this book was that I recognized the majority of the authors that added a story to this collection. A couple of them it was a nice introduction and I am looking forward to picking up more of their writings. All of the stories include supernatural elements and a lot of fantasy. 

It made for great bedtime reads for me, and I enjoyed them very much. I have written down the story titles and a couple words about each.

Hooves And The Hovel of Abdel Jameela 
A young physicker is called upon to help his uncle who is a hermit. 
The Children of the Shark God by Peter S Beagle
Mirali, an only child. Hard working and caring. Unwed, gives birth to twins, to the surprise of the islanders. 

Misery by Heather Brewer
In the town of Misery gifts are received, but what if you receive nothing?

Shadow Children by Heather Brewer
The shadows want your children...but what will you get in return?

Even Hand by Jim Butcher
Johnny Marcone has a runaway in his possession. He knows the right thing to do is return her and the child, but is there something more to her presence?

Red Run by Kami Garcia
Edie wants revenge on the ghost that killed her brother

Pale Rider by Nancy Holder
Fairies and Goblins and Magic..oh my!

Frost Child by Gillian Philip
A prequel story in the Rebel Angels world

South by Gillian Philip 
A tale of parents struggling to raise their child in the Antarctic, isolation and cold climate.

A Knot of Toads by Jane Yolen
A toad harbinger, and some magic

The Adventures of Lightning Merriemouse-Jones by Nancy and Belle Holder
Medieval mice and vampire rats. 

I really enjoyed the stories in this collection.  Each story completely different from the next and very memorable. My personal favorite story was Misery by Heather Brewer, that one really caught my attention and made me think. Stories about Gods, ghosts, Magic and many more. Escaping danger and standing your ground. It is definitely something I would recommend you pick up. I found it very entertaining and really great stories. There are some very good writers here and their stories and this collection is a great one. Well Done.

excerpt -Peter S. Beagle's "The Children of the Shark God".
Once there was a village on an island that belonged to the Shark God. Every man in the village was a fisherman, and the women cooked their catch and mended their nets and sails, and painted their little boats. And because that island was sacred to him, the Shark God saw to it that there were always fish to be caught, and seals as well, in the waters beyond the coral reef, and protected the village from the great gray typhoons that came every year to flood other lagoons and blow down the trees and the huts of other islands. Therefore the children of the village grew fat and strong, and the women were beautiful and strong, and the fishermen were strong and high-hearted even when they were old.
In return for his benevolence the Shark God asked little from his people: only tribute of a single goat at the turn of each year. To the accompaniment of music and prayers, and with a wreath of plaited fresh flowers around its neck, it would be tethered in the lagoon at moonrise. Morning would find it gone, flower petals floating on the water, and the Shark God never seen—never in that form, anyway.
Now the Shark God could alter his shape as he pleased, like any god, but he never showed himself on land more than once in a generation. When he did, he was most often known to appear as a handsome young man, light-footed and charming. Only one woman ever recognized the divinity hiding behind the human mask. Her name was Mirali, and this tale is what is known about her, and about her children.
Mirali’s parents were already aging when she was born, and had long since given up the hope of ever having a child—indeed, her name meant “the long-desired one.” Her father had been crippled when the mast of his boat snapped during a storm and crushed his leg, falling on him, and if it had not been for their daughter, the old couple’s lives would have been hard indeed. Mirali could not go out with the fishing fleet herself, of course—as she greatly wished to do, having loved the sea from her earliest memory—but she did every kind of work for any number of island families, whether cleaning houses, marketing, minding young children, or even assisting the midwife when a birthing was difficult or there were simply too many babies coming at the same time. She was equally known as a seamstress, and also as a cook for special feasts; nor was there anyone who could mend a pandanus-leaf thatching as quickly as she, though this is generally man’s work. No drop of rain ever penetrated any pandanus roof that came under Mirali’s hands.
Nor did she complain of her labors, for she was very proud of being able to care for her mother and father as a son would have done. Because of this, she was much admired and respected in the village, and young men came courting just as though she were a great beauty. Which she was not, being small and somewhat square-made, with straight brows—considered unlucky by most—and hips that gave no promise of a large family. But she had kind eyes, deep-set under those regrettable brows, and hair as black and thick as that of any woman on the island. Many, indeed, envied her; but of that Mirali knew nothing. She had no time for envy herself, nor for young men, either.
Now it happened that Mirali was often chosen by the village priest to sweep out the temple of the Shark God. This was not only a grand honor for a child barely turned seventeen but a serious responsibility as well, for sharks are cleanly in their habits, and to leave his spiritual dwelling disorderly would surely be to dishonor and anger the god himself. So Mirali was particularly attentive when she cleaned after the worshippers, making certain that no prayer whistle or burned stick of incense was left behind. And in this manner did the Shark God become aware of Mirali.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Utah Author (and Series) Spotlight -Richard Paul Evans

Today I wanted to post a little about one of my favorite series Michael Vey written by Richard Paul Evans, who is a Utah author. http://www.richardpaulevans.com/books  Probably known better for his book The Christmas Box, he is a New York Times bestseller and published several books and movie script writer he is a public speaker and starter of the The Christmas House Charity. He writes books for all ages.

As a fanatic reader of Young Adult fiction the first time I became aware of his writings was the Michael Vey - The Prisoner of Cell 25. I was very impressed by his characters and the maturity and determination they showed. Michael Vey is one of a group of kids who have supernatural powers.
It shows a very loving home life and care for his family and friends. A girlfriend that brings out the softer side and a hilarious friend that always added the humor.
So far in the three books of the series we get to travel half the world with the hint of getting to do more in the next books to come. It is obvious that the author is well traveled and likes to add in characters, foods and cultures from the places they go. I have to admit that I might not have loved this series so much if it weren't for the audiobooks. I was very excited to see that Kirby Heyborne narrated book 3 especially because he is one of my favorites and does an amazing job with the accents and emotions.

My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.

To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.

Michael thinks he's unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive

About this author

  (From Goodreads)
When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author. His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. He has since written eleven consecutive New York Times bestsellers. He is one the few authors in history to have hit both the fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. He has won several awards for his books including the 1998 American Mothers Book Award, two first place Storytelling World Awards, and the 2005 Romantic Times Best Women Novel of the Year Award. His books have been translated into more than 22 languages and several have been international best sellers.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

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In 2021 the world as we know it changed. The government collapsed, and the worst characteristics of human nature were shown as the world fell into ruins. Years after The Fall, the Tribes that were established are still at war. They still fight to keep what they pillaged, and most of all, they fight to keep their lies a secret. In a world filled with deception, nothing is as it seems.
I was born into this world.
Hunter Marks was molded into this world; a General— a person cold and harsh. A person meant to kill me.
We were told to just believe.
We were taught to never question.
We’re supposed to be robots, and accept our roles in this altered society.
Too bad Hunter and I don’t follow the rules.
And we’re a hell of a lot stronger than they ever thought possible.
They’ve been searching for the world’s deadliest weapon.
It’s me.
And I’m not following the leader any more.

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ExcerptI would have given him everything.
I would have melded every part of me into him.
My breath caught in my throat.
I already had.
Love hadn’t existed in this world. Only hate, deceit and lies, but by letting him in I’d let all of that crumble. By letting me in he’d done the same, and now we were engaged in an even deadlier game than before.
We weren’t enemies as we had been born to be.
We weren’t friends as we had come to be.
Then what were we? I let my hands run through my hair as I clasped my eyes shut even tighter.
We were cursed.

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Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.
Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.

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