Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Spies VS Monsters by Aaron C Richards

SYNOPSIS: What can humans do in a secret world where they are sorely overpowered and outmatched? How do they stand up against the things that bump in the night? The answer is simple: they cheat. And in a world of shadows where might makes right, humans must rely on their ingenuity to survive.

The hero, humanity’s champion for light and order, is dead. The Supernatural and Paranormal Defense Organization, an international covert ops agency assembled to fight against the powers of darkness, just lost their field commander against the forces of Satan. Now, their former Special Projects Director, the angelic Jayda Marie Lafayette, must spearhead the search for the hero’s killer: his brother, a newly turned and blood-thirsty vampire named Frederico. And if she doesn’t get to him first, the Devil will turn him into a weapon capable of single-handedly destroying the human world.

Why Spies Vs. Monsters?
By Aaron C. Richards

            The idea for my own book series came to me as these things usually do: through the observation of various works of other authors. It usually happens that while I’m looking at the work of some publicized creator, whether reading or watching, a question occurs to me. I take my viewing very seriously…perhaps overly so. I understand that there are movies that the viewer isn’t mean to over-analyze, but I can’t help myself. That tendency has only increased as I’ve gotten more serious about my own writing. And when you find a number of films or books approaching the same idea from the same direction and having the same problems, you find yourself a niche to fill. That’s where Spies Vs. Monsters came in.
            There are a number of popular series out there about secret government agencies that fight monsters. The idea in itself is nothing new. But one thing that I noticed, whether they be fighting super villains, monsters, demons, or something else, the agency in question tends to have a corresponding monster of their own that does the fighting for them. They recruit similarly powered individuals to make a stand, instead of humans. It makes sense, from a brute force standpoint. If you’re not physically strong enough to take on your enemy, recruit someone who is. But the idea never sat well with me.
            I never liked the idea of a “neighborhood watch” agency. The agency that presses the panic button and then waits for the real heroes to show up has always struck me as very nearly useless. As if the heroes wouldn’t notice the enormous car-throwing bully wreaking havoc in their cities. At best, the secret agents are there to escort the good monster or superhero, and they are likely to die as nothing more than glorified luggage-handlers. The mundane everymen are swept aside in favor of the far more interesting lantern-jawed supermen. They’re discouraged, even chastised, for trying to fight outside their league. Nothing for us normal folks to do when Superman shows up except pull up a chair and watch the freaks do battle. Nevermind the fact that now there are now two enormous car-throwing brutes rampaging around the city instead of just one, and they’ve found a reason to fight each other. The possibility of collateral damage is completely ignored, in favor of watching the awesome grudge match.
            The idea for my own book came to me when I considered what would happen in my hometown if a hostile alien shoved his way amongst us with plans to conquer the world. If Superman showed up to defend my tiny little town and told us to stand back, he’s got this, the people here would be outraged. And every one would show up to do something, even if there was nothing they could do. Because the bottom line is this: if something is that important to you, you find a way to fight back, even if the best you can do is spit on the tyrant‘s shoes as they walk by. And Spies vs. Monsters is exactly that: humans doing the best they can to find a way to fight back.
            Super powerful characters are often interesting, but only if there is a reason for them to be there. There are also characters like Batman, Iron Man, and the men from Independence Day, that had no superpowers. They just did whatever they could with what they had. Spies Vs. Monsters is a story about humans, for humans, by a human. And if the monsters have anything to say about that, they should know: humans fight dirty.

Title: Spies Vs. Monsters         
Author: Aaron C. Richards

Genre: Horror/Paranormal/Supernatural
Length: 328 pages
Release Date: October 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0692278383


When I was in 3rd grade, the other kids were trying to decide whether to be actors, racecar drivers, or astronauts. I decided that I wanted to be an author. My answer to the age-old question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" was always the same. I wanted to write books. When I wasn't trying my hand at writing, I was watching movies. I was always trying to satisfy that primal urge: storytelling. Almost 15 years later, I decided to try to sit down and write a full-length novel for myself, just like all of the people that I idolized. Spies vs. Monsters is the culmination of a childhood's worth of dreaming.

Now, at 25, I live in my own dream world that is conveniently packaged in one bedroom of the house that I share with my sister.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Panopticon: A Novel by Jenni Fagan

Named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists
Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car. She is headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can't remember what’s happened, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and Anais is covered in blood. Raised in foster care from birth and moved through twenty-three placements before she even turned seven, Anais has been let down by just about every adult she has ever met. Now a counterculture outlaw, she knows that she can only rely on herself. And yet despite the parade of horrors visited upon her early life, she greets the world with the witty, fierce insight of a survivor.

Anais finds a sense of belonging among the residents of the Panopticon—they form intense bonds, and she soon becomes part of an ad-hoc family. Together, they struggle against the adults that keep them confined. But when she looks up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais realizes her fate: She is an anonymous part of an experiment, and she always was. Now it seems that the experiment is closing in.

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I knew going into this story that it was going to be very raw and harsh. It is definitely a book that left me with the feeling of being smacked in the face and punched in the stomach.

Anais is a young orphaned teen, always looking for her next high to forget the life she is living. One of these times she is in the wrong place at the wrong time, even worse she can't remember what happened. Taken into custody and placed in the Ponopticon Anais is on the borderline of life in and out of jail. In a place where the people find her a menace to society and herself.

There is so much sex, anger, swearing and drugs in this story it really was an eye opening story. Anais had to grow up fast, mostly on the streets and the drugs helped her forget. Now that she is facing charges and knowing deep down she couldn't have done anything. She must face her life head on.

The Panopticon is somewhere she can go while under investigation. She makes close friends, and lovers within it's walls. There is still no hiding from the drugs, or the anger but she is challenged daily to not hide from herself.

I am very glad I received a copy of this book for review, it was out of my comfort zone and I almost gave up on it, but this story is truly worth the emotions I felt. It was a bit of Trainspotting with a hard punch of coming of age reality.

I personally would not recommend this book for ages under 16. I sure didn't like Anais very much, but her story is very powerful and taught me something about life, reality and love.

I received a free copy for review from Blogging for  Books.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Anti-Bullying Week 2014 My Review of Veil of Anonymity by Lauriane Povey

Veil of Anonymity

Marcus James is dead.
He never wanted to hurt anybody. He never planned for this to happen. He never wanted Marcus dead. It just … happened … went too far. He couldn’t stop himself. So absorbed in his own dysfunctional world, selfishly concerned his own needs, he kept himself in denial about what, in truth, he was actually inflicting upon Marcus. He was a bully. He can see that now. But now is too late. Now he’s a killer.

Using anonymous texts and threats the bully destroyed Marcus, reveling in the devastation that unfolded. Yet still, he was capable of deluding himself into believing he was doing no wrong; after all, he’d never even spoken to Marcus. It was simply a game to him. Little did he know, the consequence of losing was certain death, but winning held an even less desirable fate. Because, once caught up in the evil grip of cyber bullying there is no referee, no-one in control, not when the attacker is anonymous and hiding within, and behind, the virtual maze that is the cyber world.

What caught me off guard about this story is that it is told from the bully's perspective and it walks you through what he is thinking and the actions he takes. It seems that even the smallest of things set him off. We learn little to nothing about Marcus, his family or friends. This story focuses on the bully and his actions.

I realized when I finished the book how powerful the message is. Although I have to admit it's when the bully steps into physical actions and not so much "cyber" actions that really got to me. The emotions that come through the writing are very raw. At times making me upset and disgusted as to why he could not walk away. He simmers and obsesses with his own life and emotions of the moment that you can feel his anger.

I have never read a story about an internet troll that knows exactly what he is doing, and enjoying it. The fact that it made me angry and increasingly so after the bully gets further and further obsessed with terrorizing Marcus, his family and friends shows that the author is a talent with characterization.  I recommend because of it's raw realness and emotions.   4 stars

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mirror X Teaser

Mirror X by Karri

November 17 – 21,
Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into
the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns
that 600 years prior to her arrival, the earth was struck by a plague, killing
over half of the world’s population. Naïve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for
home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century
government, is comforted by Michael Bennett, the 20-year old lead geneticist at
the hospital where she was revived.

But why is Cassie in genetics’ hospital in the first place, and why do several
of the people around her seem so familiar, including Travel Carson, the hot and
edgy boy she is fated to meet? Soon she discovers there is a sinister answer to
all of her questions – and that they want something from Cassie that only she
can give.
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Growing up in San
Diego, California, Karri Thompson spent much of her years at the beach, reading
novels, tanning, and listening to music. At SDSU, she earned a BA in English,
MA in education, and her teaching credential. As a wife, mother, and
high-school English teacher, she began writing novels, giving all of the
compelling plots and unique characters in her head a home. Victorian literature
rocks her socks, and when she’s not writing, jogging, going to concerts, or
watching her son play football, she’s reading Dickens.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Adult book blast-Second Position by Melody Grace


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Dancing with the perfect partner is like the most exquisite climax of your life.

Can you feel it? The way our bodies rock together. My hands pinning you down, my mouth sliding over your hot, damp skin. Each hard thrust driving deep to that place you never dreamed possible. Every breathless cry hurtling you closer to the edge.

Beyond words. Beyond thought. Beyond reason.


I’d all but given up on perfection like that. Until I met her. Annalise.

Her body is pure motion; her spirit, a caged bird just waiting to be set free.

I will claim her. I will possess her.

I will teach her the most erotic dance of all.

*Part two of the sexy, seductive romance serial*

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A man dances the same way he fucks. His stamina, his rhythm, the slow grind of his hips. Some people are born to it, others learn through years of careful study.

And dancers? We do it best of all.

The moment I saw her, I knew. Her innocence is intoxicating. My lust is fierce. Primal. To watch her dance is to know the torment of true temptation.

She will be mine.




About Melody Grace 

melody grace
Melody Grace is the New York Times bestselling author of the Beachwood Bay series. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach lover, after spending her life with her nose in a book, she decided it was time she wrote one herself. She loves steamy romance novels, happily-ever-afters, and lusting after fictional menfolk. She is author of USA Today & international bestselling Beachwood Bay series.