Friday, March 30, 2012

Review: Night School: Vampire Hunter Bk. 1 Angel by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan


Book: Night School: Vampire Hunter Bk.1 Angel
Author: Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Publisher: Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Author (e-arc review copy)

Summary from Goodreads:
Dasheen Bellamy has lost everything. Now with just her brother, they enter Ame Academy. Soon her only family is threatened... That's unacceptable... Dasheen enters Night School...where the monsters play....
Angel is born...
She is a Vampire Hunter and also...
Angel is like any other kid...except the monsters are afraid of her...


My Review:
 Angel (Dasheen Bellamy) and her younger brother enroll at a new school, Ame Academy after their parents mysteriously disappear. Angel starts having these visions of seeing this little girl with worms coming out of her, yeah I was grossed out by this. She also is dreaming of a boy who she seems somehow connected to but doesn't know how or if she'll meet him. At the same time she's trying to watch over her younger brother.

They both start in day school (daywalkers) but her brother ends up in night school. Angel finds this strange and goes to see the hunky principal to get her schedule changed to night classes too. After some thought she is assigned to night school but has to start seeing the new counselor who turns out to be not so human either. She finds way more than she bargained for in night school. One of the girls she meets tells her that the weirdos come out after dark. Angel meets some interesting characters and some she would rather kick butt with.

I really liked the world building and the characters. With this being a novella we didn't get in depth with much but the author has it built up to become an awesome series. I also found it interesting and fun how much of the story is told through Angel's blogging. Night School has vampires, dhampirs, jinn (genies), slayers and day walkers. There are gorgeous guys too, which I loved. My only complaint was I didn't want it to end. I can't wait for this story to continue, I LOVED it!


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

In My Mailbox




In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren

This week I downloaded for free on Amazon:
The Initiate (Cloud Prophet Trilogy 0.5) by Megg Jensen (e-book)
Valefar, Volume 1: A Demon Kissed Novella by H.M. Ward (e-book)

This week I received for review: 
Night School:Vampire Hunter,Bk.1(Angel) by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan (ARC e-book)

This week I bought: (Donation book sale at library)
The Forest in the Hallway by Gordon Smith (Hardback)
The Named (The Guardians of Time Trilogy #1) by Marianne Curley (Hardback)
Anatopsis by Chris Abouzeid (Hardback)
Haunted Waters by Mary Pope Osborne (Hardback)
Temping Fate by Esther Friesner (Hardback)
Lock and Key by Sarah Dressen (Hardback)
Basilisk by N.M. Browne (Hardback)
Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice (Paperback)
Pandora (New Tales of the Vampires #1) by Anne Rice (Paperback)
Angel of Desire by JoAnn Ross (Paperback)
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl #3) by Eoin Colfer (Paperback)
Wild Roses by Deb Caletti (Paperback)
My Soul To Save (Soul Screamers #2) by Rachel Vincent (Paperback)

What did you get this week?




Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

"Someday you will understand.  Whether or not today is that day, I cannot remain here to argue with you when there will be no compromise.  My decision stands, as does Henry's. Come, Ava." 



~ 52% on Kindle The Goddess Hunt (Goddess Test #1.5) by Aimee Carter



*I know this is more than two sentences but I thought it was better to put more this time.  :)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

In My Mailbox





In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren

This week I received for review/gift:
Paradox: The Angels Are Here (Paradox, #1) (e-book) by Patti Roberts
Paradox: Progeny Of Innocence (Paradox, #2) (e-book) by Patti Roberts

This week I won (I think):
Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters #1) (ARC paperback) by Jessica Shivington

*Embrace was delivered to me via Fed Ex.  I was like so excited to get this but cannot think where it came from other than the publisher.  I think I won it, but I sign up for so many contests that I can't remember.  LOL  I also had to post those pictures so you could see the beautiful cover outside and inside.

*The Paradox series, I signed up for a contest and then Patti just sent me the e-books in case I didn't win.  That's how cool she is! 

What did you get this week?




Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

"Yeah, they want to send me away to a rehab or some government facility, so they would monitor me."
"That's insane!" I yelled.

~ pg. 74  The Beginning (LS #1) by Kelvin O' Ralph              

Monday, March 19, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Welcome to It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading?  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! 

Last week I read

Imagine knowing your whole life what fate has in store for you.
Now, imagine that one wayward Amulet could change the course of your fate in a
single afternoon . . .

Nari has always known that she is going to be the next Queen of Fate. But, she never could have foreseen that her wayward Amulet would lead her into the human world. There, she finds the forbidden love of a human. This starts her down a path leading to broken Mortal and Immortal laws, and betrayal. What's revealed along the way are history's secrets, and the existence of the Immortal world. Now, with worlds colliding, Nari must decide whether to follow her fate . . . or her heart. Thus, creating her own destiny.

When Nari is imprisoned following a betrayal by another Immortal who wants her for himself. It is Kellen Marlett, Nari's human love, that must dash through time with humor and bravery to find, reunite, and return with the Ancient Book of Druids to help her. On his journey, myth and reality collide for Kellen. He discovers who actually built some of mankind's most mysterious structures, and the truth of who Nari really is. With these discoveries, he realizes that myths may be more accurate than the history books.

Will the ancient forces they must fight allow their love to survive?

This week I'm reading

  A handshake between strangers has never held so much promise for discovery.

When Stephen Wilson meets Lisa Morgan at his new school in Sloutenville, it is the simple act of extending his hand in greeting that flips both of their worlds upside-down. With the gesture, both discover that in some way they are connected, and that they share the ability to manipulate the elements, fire and water. Though their abilities vary, they share the gift of telepathy allowing them to communicate without words, which creates a bond between them stronger than either had expected.

As the two begin to spend more and more time together, David, Lisa's ex becomes wild with jealousy, and launches multiple attacks on Lisa. In the fight against the dangers that await them around every corner, Stephen and Lisa soon discover that they are up against much greater odds than they had originally known, and that their struggles are far from over.

Next I'm going to read

 A vacation in Greece sounds like the perfect way for Kate Winters to spend her first sabbatical away from the Underworld...until she gets caught up in an immortal feud going back millennia. Castor and Pollux have been on the run from Zeus and Hades's wrath for centuries, hiding from the gods who hunt them. The last person they trust is Kate, the new Queen of the Underworld. Nevertheless, she is determined to help their cause. But when it comes to dealing with immortals, Kate still has a lot to learn....

What are you reading?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Author Interview: Kimberly Kinrade

Please welcome Kimberly Kinrade to Fantasy Book Chick

Tell us a little about yourself…
I was born with ink in my veins and magic in my heart. I sold my first story when I was 10 and ran out of teeth to sell to the Tooth Fairy. I like apple sandwiches and like the idea of long walks at the beach but don't actually like the sand and sticky water. I still believe in magic worlds and someday I hope to find one of my very own, until then, I write about them.

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
Play with my kids, have quiet time with my soul mate, day dream, listen to music and read.

When did you begin writing?
As a child, where other kids saw shapes in the clouds, I saw words. I started writing as soon as I could hold a pencil. 

Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?
Sometimes. I started out a journalist, which is the best training in the world for writers. I learned to write fast, on deadline and anywhere at anytime. I once wrote the lede to a story due that night while driving home from the concert I was reviewing. I wrote it on my hand in pen while stopped at red lights. So I have no ritual to writing other than getting out my laptop and doing it. (Or my notebook, or napkins, or... body parts when all else fails.)  

What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?
It seems I am always reading a book by Patti Larsen whenever I am asked this question. lol She is one of my favorite authors. Her books are full of magic, romance, adventure and brilliant writing and storytelling, and she writes so darn fast that I literally am always reading one of her new books. Being her friend means I get to be one of the first to read them! :) I strongly recommend checking out "Family Magic", the first of one of my favorite series. 

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Patti Larsen, obviously. Dmytry Karpov, author of "Dark Edge." He will also have some awesome epic fantasy novels coming out over the next few years. Neil Gaiman. C.S. Lewis. Emlyn Chand with her "Farsighted" series. Andy Gavin (check out "The Darkening Dream" for some riveting dark fantasy.) L.M. Stull with "A Thirty-Something GIrl." There are just so many great authors out there, but those are a few I adore.

What other projects are you working on or having coming out next?
The rest of the Forbidden series is in production as we speak. "Forbidden Fire" should be out by mid to late March. Also, I just launched a children's illustrated chapter book series called The Three Lost Kids. "Lexie World" is available on Kindle, also look for "Bella World" and "Maddie World" for epic adventures, magic and important life lessons for kids 4 to 9.

Then I'll be finishing up "The Reluctant Familiar", the first in an MG/YA series I've got planned, and "Death by Destiny", the first of a fantasy trilogy. It's going to be an exciting year!

Why did you choose to write this genre?
I didn't so much choose it as it chose me. Anytime I try to write, it ends up having paranormal or magic elements in it. It's how I think, what I dream about and what stories my muse gives me to obsess over. 

If  you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?
I would love to be able to tell if people are lying. I'm not sure I would want the power to read minds, that could get quite exhausting after awhile, but truth telling would be very helpful, especially when buying a used car. (I have cosmic bad luck in buying used cars.)

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book…
If you enjoy a fast paced paranormal thriller with romance and intrigue, this is the story for you. 


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Thank you Kimberly for taking the time to do this interview!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

In My Mailbox



In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren

This week I won:
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (hardback - signed) won @ Page Turners Blog
*Also got some swag*


This week I downloaded for free:
Survival (Book 1 of The Guardians of Vesturon) by A.M. Hargrove (e-book) free download
Resurrection (Book 2 of The Guardians of Vesturon) by A.M. Hargrove (e-book) free download

This week I received for review from NetGalley:
Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter (ARC e-book)

What did you get this week?

Monday, March 12, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Welcome to It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading?  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! 

Last week I read

 Before Lucas turned eighteen, he had four goals:
Finish his novel
Publish his novel
Sell his novel and,
Get the girl of his dreams

It sounded pretty easy at the time

Now the girl is leaving
His book hasn't reached the desk of a publisher
and he has the gift of time travelling, which affects his social life.

Will Lucas use his gift to create his dream life, or will he watch his dreams fade?


This week I'm reading

 Imagine knowing your whole life what fate has in store for you.
Now, imagine that one wayward Amulet could change the course of your fate in a
single afternoon . . .

Nari has always known that she is going to be the next Queen of Fate. But, she never could have foreseen that her wayward Amulet would lead her into the human world. There, she finds the forbidden love of a human. This starts her down a path leading to broken Mortal and Immortal laws, and betrayal. What's revealed along the way are history's secrets, and the existence of the Immortal world. Now, with worlds colliding, Nari must decide whether to follow her fate . . . or her heart. Thus, creating her own destiny.

When Nari is imprisoned following a betrayal by another Immortal who wants her for himself. It is Kellen Marlett, Nari's human love, that must dash through time with humor and bravery to find, reunite, and return with the Ancient Book of Druids to help her. On his journey, myth and reality collide for Kellen. He discovers who actually built some of mankind's most mysterious structures, and the truth of who Nari really is. With these discoveries, he realizes that myths may be more accurate than the history books.

Will the ancient forces they must fight allow their love to survive?


Next I'm going to read

 A handshake between strangers has never held so much promise for discovery.

When Stephen Wilson meets Lisa Morgan at his new school in Sloutenville, it is the simple act of extending his hand in greeting that flips both of their worlds upside-down. With the gesture, both discover that in some way they are connected, and that they share the ability to manipulate the elements, fire and water. Though their abilities vary, they share the gift of telepathy allowing them to communicate without words, which creates a bond between them stronger than either had expected.

As the two begin to spend more and more time together, David, Lisa's ex becomes wild with jealousy, and launches multiple attacks on Lisa. In the fight against the dangers that await them around every corner, Stephen and Lisa soon discover that they are up against much greater odds than they had originally known, and that their struggles are far from over.

What are you reading?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Review: Fast Forward Into The Future by Kelvin O'Ralph

Book: Fast Forward Into The Future
Author: Kelvin O'Ralph
Publisher: Kelvin O'Ralph
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Author

Summary from Goodreads:
Before Lucas turned eighteen, he had four goals:
Finish his novel
Publish his novel
Sell his novel and,
Get the girl of his dreams

It sounded pretty easy at the time

Now the girl is leaving
His book hasn't reached the desk of a publisher
and he has the gift of time travelling, which affects his social life.

Will Lucas use his gift to create his dream life, or will he watch his dreams fade?


My Review:
Fast Forward into the future is about a guy named Lucas who dreams of getting his first book published and finding the perfect girl to marry. His family and friends are skeptical about Lucas's book getting published. Lucas himself doesn't quite believe that he will accomplish his dream either. What he sees when he travels into the future sometimes is not exactly how it will turn out.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this. I knew there was some time travel and romance but it's not the usual genre that I read. The beginning started off slow but then picked up and by the ending I was hooked. I liked the characters and the book overall. I would have liked to seen more about the characters backgrounds and just more development overall. The storyline and plot are good and well written. To me it just seemed like Lucas would like a girl and then switch so fast that we didn't get to know anything about her. The last half of the book has some twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I liked that we got to see his life 10 years later and how everything really turned out.

You get good characters, romance, time travel and some humor. I am giving this a 3 stars with parts of it 3.5 stars. Overall it's a quick, enjoyable read. This e-book was given to me as a review copy. This did not affect my review in any way.


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Thursday, March 8, 2012

In My Mailbox



In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren

This week I won from Paranormal Wastelands
Ryder by Greta Maloney (e-book)

This week I received for review per my request:
We Shall Rise (Misfits of The Lore #2) by J.E. Hopkins (e-book)
LoN Minis: The d'Vile (Legend of a Ninja) by Jarius Raphel (e-book)
Legend of a Ninja 2: Rise of the Shadowsalve by Jarius Raphel (e-book)

This week I purchased:
Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano
Silence (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2) by Kiersten White
Passion (Fallen #3) by Lauren Kate
Fallen In Love (Fallen #3.5) by Lauren Kate

What did you get this week?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Author Interview: Mary Parker

Please welcome Mary Parker to Fantasy Book Chick

Tell us a little about yourself…

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?

Mary Parker - I love to read, though I don't have as much time to read as I would like. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I'm lucky enough, or maybe a little cursed, to live close to my friends. Lucky - because it’s nice to be so near people I love, and a little cursed because it’s really easy to distract myself by just skipping down to my friend’s house instead of doing work.


When did you begin writing?

Mary Parker - I've been writing ever since I learned to write, even if it was poorly spelled comic books about myself and my sister. I started doing more serious writing in my early teens. I would devour books faster than I could get them to read, so I started writing the type of book that I enjoyed most.

Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?
Mary Parker - I listen to music, or sometimes I'll have the tv on as background noise. I drink either Red Bull or espresso when writing.

What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?
Mary Parker - I just finished "Mockingjay" and I'm currently reading a collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Mary Parker - Ray Bradbury, George R. R. Martin, J. K. Rowling

What other projects are you working on or having coming out next?

Mary Parker - Currently I'm more involved with editing stuff I’ve already written than working on original writing. Editing is a never-ending process.

Why did you choose to write this genre?

Mary Parker - I write what I love, and I love fantasy, especially fantasy that tends to be a little dark or creepy.

If  you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?

Mary Parker - I would want to be a shape shifter. I would want to be able to fly, or swim deep in the ocean, or run faster than I ever could on my own.

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book…
Mary Parker – I think "The Awakening of Leeowyn Blake" is a unique book, both in writing format (jumping between point-of-views), and in the plot in general. I think it is intriguing and entertaining, and has believable characters that are easy to connect with. It has magic without being a Harry Potter rip-off, and supernatural elements without being Twilight, yet I have fans from both crowds tell me they enjoy it. It takes you for a ride.


Summary from Goodreads:
I'm a normal teenager. I have a normal teenage life with normal teenage problems. The summer is my heaven. I live with my mom during the summer months. We stay in her tiny condo in Jacksonville, Florida. My parents split up when I was little. I'm not sure why. My mom never talks about it. Whatever it was, it was bad enough to make my mom pack me up in the middle of the night when I was four years old and run to my Gran's condo. My mom got the condo after Gran died. From that time on all I had known my entire life was beach life. Until four years ago. Until my uncle found me.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

 
 "Yes, they are.  I just remembered something." he interjected with a smile.
The thought of seeing Naomi again sent chills down his spine.

Fast Forward: Into The Future by Kelvin O'Ralph
33% on Kindle.

Review: LoN Minis: The Taken by Jarius Raphel

Book: LoN Minis: The Taken
Author: Jarius Raphel
Publisher: Jarius Raphel
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Review Copy 

Summary from Goodreads:
Ninjas just want to have fun. Sent on a simple mission to get rid of vampires, the Taken lose control of the night. Something they are not used to. It's one wild ride when you are with the girls of the Taken.

LoN Minis are a deeper insight into the ninja clans that are involved in the Legend of a Ninja series.


My Review: 
LoN Minis: The Taken is a short story that is part of the Legend of a Ninja series. I have previously read one of the other short stories in this series and have liked both of them. This one had ninjas, vampires and elves.

Two teenage ninja girls from The Taken clan just want to have fun. One night they get called upon to take care of some vampires. It's a quick short story with lots of action and some romance. There are a couple girl-girl kissing scenes. I love the characters in this series, they are fun and friendly while at the same time kick butt. I don't want to say anymore of what happens and give the plot away so you need to read it yourself.

I love how the author puts ninja's and vampires together in the same book and it works. I will definitely continue with this series, I'm hooked. If you have or have not read a book with ninja's I suggest you read this series.

This e-book was given to me as a review copy. This did not affect my review in any way.


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Buy the book: Amazon  Smashwords  
 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Review: Lover's Betrayal: Misfits of the Lore Series by J.E. Hopkins

Book: Lover's Betrayal: Misfits of the Lore Series
Author: J.E. Hopkins
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Adult
Source: Review Copy (Paperback - Signed & e-book)

Summary from Goodreads:
A Vampire Out to Clear Her Son's Name.
A Former Lover Bent on Revenge.
But Neither is Prepared for What Happens Next...
Vampire couple Olivia and Lucian were forced to separate nearly two centuries ago, but now a series of murders has brought them back together. Their task? To investigate who's responsible for the grisly killings. And the prime suspect is none other than Olivia's son, Kaden.
For Olivia, the reunion brings back all the pain of their shattered love-a love she abandoned to marry another. The decision held fateful consequences for herself and her troubled, warring sons. But her new mission also offers a chance at redemption as she risks everything to prove Kaden's innocence-and put back together a fractured family before it's too late.
Through it all, Olivia faces the seemingly unyielding hate of Lucian, a powerful leader of the Council, the enforcers of all immortals. He's determined to seek vengeance on Olivia and her son-but can his hatred withstand the love his heart can't deny?
The first book of the Misfits of the Lore series, Lover's Betrayal challenges everything you thought you knew about vampires and the paranormal. Savvy, sexy, and full of surprises, Lover's Betrayal will keep you guessing right up until the finale.


My Review:
Lover's Betrayal is the first book in the Misfits of the Lore Series. This book had so much to offer and I loved every bit of it. I don't read many adult books but this is one that I really enjoyed and want to continue with the series.

Olivia gets a phone that her oldest son Kaden is being accused of murdering women. At the same time Olivia has been taking this drug that slowly kills vampires, while making her weaker everyday. Olivia along with her best friend Corrine make the trip to New York where her younger son Julian lives. Olivia does not believe that Kaden killed those women. They all get their plans together to start investing and to find the real killer. Just before they set out, two members of the council show up to arrest Kaden. The council leader being none other than Olivia's long time love and mate Lucian.

Lucian wants nothing to do with Olivia because he thinks she left him for Daughton, he deceased husband and father to her sons. Emotions run high when these two get together. Olivia is afraid to reveal the real story of why she married Daughton. At the same time she can't keep her feelings for Lucian a secret. Lucian tries to fight his feeling for her but eventually gives into them.

This book had it all, danger, betrayal, mystery, romance, action and some humor thrown in. I love reading vampire stories and this one was fantastic. The author added some other types of paranormal beings into the story. The plot and the characters were well written. There are so many twists and turns that it just made the story better and better as it went along. There are some adult scenes that I felt were touching on erotica. This happens only a few times and is not the focus of the story. I am looking forward to read the next book. I'm recommending this one to adults who loves paranormal romance and vampires.

This book was given to me as a review copy. This did not affect my review in any way.

Find the author: Website  Goodreads

Buy the book: Amazon  Book Depository  

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?





Welcome to It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading?  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! 

Last week I read:

A Vampire Out to Clear Her Son's Name.

A Former Lover Bent on Revenge.

But Neither is Prepared for What Happens Next...

Vampire couple Olivia and Lucian were forced to separate nearly two centuries ago, but now a series of murders has brought them back together. Their task? To investigate who's responsible for the grisly killings. And the prime suspect is none other than Olivia's son, Kaden.

For Olivia, the reunion brings back all the pain of their shattered love—a love she abandoned to marry another. The decision held fateful consequences for herself and her troubled, warring sons. But her new mission also offers a chance at redemption as she risks everything to prove Kaden's innocence—and put back together a fractured family before it's too late.

Through it all, Olivia faces the seemingly unyielding hate of Lucian, a powerful leader of the Council, the enforcers of all immortals. He's determined to seek vengeance on Olivia and her son—but can his hatred withstand the love his heart can't deny?

This week I'm reading:

Before Lucas turned eighteen, he had four goals:
Finish his novel
Publish his novel
Sell his novel and,
Get the girl of his dreams

It sounded pretty easy at the time

Now the girl is leaving
His book hasn't reached the desk of a publisher
and he has the gift of time travelling, which affects his social life.

Will Lucas use his gift to create his dream life, or will he watch his dreams fade?

I'm not sure what I'm going to read next. 

 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Blind Sight Tour: Author Interview

Please welcome Elizabeth and Ermisenda
 to Fantasy Book Chick.



They are the authors of Blind Sight Through The Eyes of Aniela Dawson and
 Blind Sight Through The Eyes of Leocardo Reyes.


Tell us a little about yourself…
Eliabeth: I’m 23, will be 24 by the tour and the US President and CFO president of Ermilia, LLC.  I wrote my first mini-series when my second grade teacher told me I wasn’t old enough to write chapter books and I’ve been a rebel ever since.  One of my dreams has always been to own a castle; I’ve always had a fascination with everything Medieval and never really grew up.

Ermisenda: I’ll be breaking away from teenagehood this year as I turn 20. I’m the AU president and CEO of Ermilia, LLC. My parents moved from Spain, their land of birth, and had me and my sisters in Australia, I love both countries deeply. I’m infatuated with language, story-telling and fantastical worlds. A silly dream of mine is if I ever become a millionaire I’ll build a great, vintage library in my home and fill it with both old and new books in multiple languages just like the movies.

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
We’re both huge dorks who love computer games, most recently Portal (yes, we’re a little behind the times).  

Eliabeth: I learned everything I know about social media from working at Novel Publicity where I still work when I’m not writing or helping Ermisenda build our author platform.  I’ve also started a great new job at CardLab as a marketing associate.  It’s a good thing I like to be busy!

Ermisenda: Definitely gaming. I can’t get enough of it, especially with friends. I love to do graphic design, whether it’s for fun or for work. I really enjoy driving as well; I find it incredibly peaceful and it provides the perfect moment to contemplate over life or a new story.

When did you begin writing? 
Ermisenda: My true writing fever began when I wrote Harry Potter fanfiction at age 12 and I finished my first crime novel at age 15. I remember, obscurely now, writing a story when I was less than 10 where I had allocated characters different colors. When the characters entered the scene and spoke or executed an action the sentence would be colored appropriately to differentiate the sentences. The story was horrid but the manuscript was a beautiful rainbow of colors.  It was only time until I wrote a full length multi-perspective novel with my amazing co-author Eliabeth.

Eliabeth: I remember writing stories as early as kindergarten, but never as anything more than a hobby.  Afraid of the starving artist lifestyle, I went to college and majored in International Business and Japanese.  It was not until I met Ermisenda that the dream of being a writer came to fruition.
We’ve been writing together for three years now, first on a role play site, and then on the Blind Sight series.  It’s amazing to think we’ve accomplished everything over messenger and Skype!
 

Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?
Because of the time zone difference between the US and Australia, caffeine is a must.  We’ve been good about working with each other’s schedules so that neither of us is the only one up at strange hours.

Eliabeth: I do enjoy having something in the background, but usually it’s a TV show I’ve watched before.  Something I can glance at when I need a break but won’t get sucked into.

Ermisenda: I don’t drink coffee while writing because I dislike the taste. You can find me savoring a box of chocolates though! Sometimes I listen to music but it can be distracting.  I usually listen to music before writing and try and absorb the passion and beauty of the song to channel into the novel. I do this with movies too. They are both a great source of inspiration. 

What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next? 
Ermisenda: I recently read The Hunger Games series and Mystic River by Dennis Lehane. I plan to get through the City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

Eliabeth: Most recently, I finished Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade, and I’m in the middle of The Thank You Economy by Gary Vannerchuck and trying to reread One for the Money by Janet Evanovich before I go see the movie. 

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Eliabeth: I have so many! But the most influential on my writing have been J. K. Rowling for her ability to put seemingly random details in the first book that show up in the seventh, Mercedes Lackey for introducing me to the concept of empathy as a gift, and Piers Anthony and Robert Asprin for including how magic works in their worlds instead of just having it exist.

Ermisenda: I can’t really pinpoint favourite authors. I admire all of them, some more than others of course. I admire J. K. Rowling enormously for providing me such a fantastic series to grow up to. Those books not only provided me hours of entertainment but really pushed me to write because I wanted more, so I wrote fanfiction. 

What other projects are you working on or having coming out next? 
On our blog we host a weekly creative writing event called “Picture it & Write.”  We’ve got a very exciting twist this year that involves many of the contributors.  We’re also in the process of writing book 2.  For anyone who hasn’t figured it out yet, the last chapter of book 1 is written in the perspective of the characters for book 2, so Eliabeth’s volume will be written from Nate’s POV and Ermisenda from Tatiana’s. 

Why did you choose to write this genre?
Ermisenda: I find the opportunities endless, especially for creating the world itself. Even though every genre should encourage your creativity to run wild,  I feel like fantasy has always encouraged me to do it the most.

Eliabeth: I’ve always loved fantasy because I can write my own rules.

If  you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why? 
Ermisenda: To have any supernatural talent I think I would chose telekenisis. It is just so badass. The most convenient choice would be teleportation so I could meet up with Eliabeth and my family across the globe.

Eliabeth: That would be awesome Ermi, you can totally crash in my new apartment.  My first instinct is to pick telekenisis, but having the ability to pass through solid objects would really help my fear of falling.  I also LOVE water, so being able to breathe underwater would be amazing too…

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book… 
Urban fantasy fans will enjoy it because of the genre, but it’s also designed to emphasize “there are two sides to every story.”  We think teachers, parents, and teens will all enjoy seeing how different the same story is when told through the eyes of different characters.

What’s it like writing with a partner?
Ermisenda: Brilliant! Sometimes there is friction because we have two conflicting opinions but that forces us to make the most informed, sensible and logical decision. I wouldn’t trade Eliabeth for anything, except maybe a box of chocolates.

Eliabeth: A box of chocolates?  That’s all I’m worth?  :P  I’ll buy you a box of chocolates!  In all seriousness though, writing with a partner is incredible.  Ermisenda makes my writing better, helps flesh out plots and picks up the work load when it gets overwhelming.  I couldn’t do it by myself and I couldn’t do it with anyone else.

Jamie, thank you so much for having us on your blog and taking the time to interview us.

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Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson (Blind Sight #1 Aniela)  

A blind girl drawing is abnormal even on the magical island of Edaion where leaves brush themselves into piles in the middle of the night. As an immigrant, Leocardo is not biased by accepted rules of magic and determines that Odette’s drawings are premonitions. Aniela grew up with magic and knows premonitions are impossible. She determines Odette is a medium channeling voiceless spirits.

In this volume: While Aniela tries to escape a lifestyle where obligations take priority over friendships, she befriends Odette, a blind girl with the ability to draw. Almost immediately, concerns and questions arise as Aniela suspects that Odette’s gift is far stronger than any seen before. In the middle of family turmoil and a complicated romantic relationship with Odette’s brother, Aniela faces the realization that helping her comatose friend means disobeying her mother, something she has never done before. 



Blind Sight Through the Eyes of  Leocardo Reyes (Blind Sight #1 Leocardo)

A blind girl drawing is abnormal even on the magical island of Edaion where leaves brush themselves into piles in the middle of the night. As an immigrant, Leocardo is not biased by accepted rules of magic and determines that Odette’s drawings are premonitions. Aniela grew up with magic and knows premonitions are impossible. She determines Odette is a medium channeling voiceless spirits.

In this volume: Snatched out of their life in Spain, Leocardo and his blind sister Odette find themselves on an island with no recollection of the trip. After foiled attempts to escape, Odette’s strange behavior gets worse. Even after learning the island has bestowed magic upon them both, Leocardo faces the possibility his sister is having a mental break down. Just as he thinks he is settled in, job and romantic life stable, Odette disappears.

Friday, March 2, 2012

In My Mailbox & I Was Quoted

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted
 by Kristy @ The Story Siren

This week I received from authora for blog tour:
Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson (Blind Sight #1 Aniela) by Elizabeth Hawthorne (e-book)
Blind Sight Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes (Blind Sight #1 Leocardo) by Ermisenda Alvarez (e-book)
This week I purchased:
The Goddess Hunt (Goddess Test 1.5) by Aimee Carter (e-book)
This week I downloaded for free:
Book of Faeyore (Bitter Frost #0.5 Frost Series) by Kailin Gow (e-book)

*Exciting news*
I am quoted on Book of Faeyore (Bitter Frost #0.5 Frost Series) Amazon Page (3rd one down under Editorial Reviews).  Kailin Gow told me yesterday on Facebook so I looked and was really excited!  I don't know how the quotes get chosen to be on there but happy anyways.  :)
Here's the link to see it.  You can also still download Book of Faeyore for free on Amazon!