Friday, February 21, 2014

I'm on the praise page of The Stolen Child by Markelle Grabo!!!





I am honored and so excited to share some news with you all! 

 I was asked to have part of my review of the second book, The Spell Master, included on the praises page (back cover of book) for the third book, The Stolen Child, in the Journey into the Realm series.  Markelle was also gracious enough to send me a copy and include some swag!  

If you have started reading any of the books you need to.  This is one of my favorite series! 

Thank you so much Markelle, you rock!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blog Tour: All Of Us Were Sophie by Resa Nelson Guest Post



What “All Of Us Were Sophie” is Really About
By Resa Nelson

My newest novel, All Of Us Were Sophie, it is inspired by something my father always told me: the most difficult person to get to know is yourself.  He said this all his life, but I remember it making a big impression on me when I was a little girl.  It seemed like such a strange idea, but I know what he meant.  It’s easy to know your own intentions, but it’s hard to know how other people see you, how you appear to the rest of the world.  In addition, sometimes the things you assume about yourself – the things you think you know to be true –turn out not to be true at all.

Also, when I was a little girl, my father discovered the “7 Up” movie series, which were aired on PBS.  These are documentaries about the class system in England and begins with a group of seven-year-old children.  Every seven years a new movie is made about the same group of people to see how they progress in life.  The movies are named “7 Up,” “14 Up,” “21 Up,” and so on to indicate the age of the people at the time the movie was made.  When we watched “7 Up”, my father became excited.  He explained that he could see how each child’s personality and beliefs were already so fixed in place that he easily could imagine what they’d be like as adults.  Throughout my father’s life, we shared a love of the 7 Up movies.

These are the things that shaped the theme of All Of Us Were Sophie, a murder mystery with a science fiction idea.  Like many people, I wish I had two or three of me to make it easier to manage my life.  I talked to a friend who’s a scientist and was surprised when he told me how he thinks people really could be duplicated today.  (Not cloning, which boils down to creating an infant who has your genes.  Duplication means making precise copies of yourself exactly the way you are at this moment, including your memories and life experience.  Kind of like making a living, breathing photocopy of yourself.)
My novel begins with Sophie, who knows someone is trying to kill her.  She and her husband have created a machine that duplicates sophisticated and expensive machinery.  She thinks his duplicating machine will work on people.  However, the duplication process destroys the original.  Sophie knows if she duplicates herself, she’ll die but the copies she creates will live.  She takes the leap of faith and creates three duplicates of herself, leaving behind clues about who she thinks is trying to kill her.

When the Sophies are together, they have the unique opportunity to see for themselves how Sophie appears to others just by observing each other.  But the story also unravels an incident from Sophie’s past and reveals how each duplicate’s memory and perception of that incident and who she really is turns out to be false.

Like my father always said, the most difficult person to get to know is yourself.


Synopsis for All Of Us Were Sophie
What if the only way you could save your own life was to kill yourself?
Someone is trying to kill Sophie Rippetoe, and she has no place to hide.  But Sophie has a unique option.  Her husband designed and built a duplicator machine to make exact copies of complicated and sophisticated machine parts.  She knows how the duplicator works. 
Will it work for people?  No one knows.
There’s just one problem:  the duplication process destroys the original.  The only thing Sophie knows for sure is that trying to make copies of herself will end up killing her.
Sophie isn’t sure who’s trying to kill her or why – but she has her suspicions and has gathered some evidence.  Before she takes the leap of faith to use the duplicator on herself, she creates a trail of clues, hopeful that at least one of the Sophies she creates will figure it out in time to save herself.

 And now about Resa



 
 Resa Nelson’s first novel, The Dragonslayer’s Sword, was nominated for the Nebula Award and was also a Finalist for the EPPIE Award. This medieval fantasy novel is based on a short story first published in the premiere issue of Science Fiction Age magazine and ranked 2nd in that magazine's first Readers Top Ten Poll. The Dragonslayer's Sword is Book 1 in her 4-book Dragonslayer series, which also includes The Iron Maiden (Book 2), The Stone of Darkness (Book 3), and The Dragon’s Egg (Book 4).

Resa's standalone novel, Our Lady of the Absolute, is a fantasy/mystery/thriller about a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt. Midwest Book Review gave this book a 5-star review, calling it "a riveting fantasy, very highly recommended."
She has been selling fiction professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop.  Resa was also the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years and was a contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Resa lives in Massachusetts.  Visit her website at http://www.resanelson.com and follow her on Twitter @ResaNelson.


Resa Nelson’s links:
Resa’s website:  http://www.resanelson.com                                                                       
GoodReads giveaway (10 signed copies, U.S. only):  https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/77022-all-of-us-were-sophie
Twitter:  @ResaNelson
Ebook ($4.99) and trade paperback ($12.95) are available directly from Mundania Press at:   http://mundania.com/book.php?title=All of Us Were Sophie
(get a 10% discount at checkout with the coupon code MP10)
Paperbacks and ebooks are available also from Amazon, and Barnes&Noble:

 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Review: Crows Trees by Claire Favell

Crow Trees 

Book: Crows Trees
Author: Claire Favell
Publisher: Claire Favell
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Hope should have looked before she stepped out into the road. That one small mistake is about to change her life forever.

When Hope wakes up in hospital after an accident, she has no recollection of what happened to her. Having visions of a strange man, and unable to shake off the disturbing feelings and dreams that she is experiencing, she decides to re-trace the journey she took that evening, hoping to regain her memory. Discovering the house Crow Trees and its strange inhabitants, inadvertently forces her into a danger that she could never have imagined. An attempt to kill her is thwarted by Fen, the man she has vague memories of, a man that holds all the answers to what happened to her that week. After meeting him and his family, Hope begins to uncover secrets about their lives that will change her beliefs in what is normal forever, and explain how the house received its name. Hope realises she has two options; follow her head or her heart. Trusting in one will enable her to go back to her old safe life, trusting in the other will take her on an unimaginable life-threatening journey and encompass her in a love that she cannot resist.

My Review:
Crows trees is one of those books that you just want to keep reading. It started off a little slow for me but that only lasted for the first couple of chapters. Then it picks up and is really good.

Hope is a human who one night is hit by a car and wakes up in the hospital not able to quite remember what happened. She keeps having visions of a strange man. So when she gets released she decides to retrace her steps the night of the accident. That only leads her to nearly being killed by a crazy vampire Sebastian. He doesn't stop trying to kill Hope after the first failed attempt .

I love when she finally meets the man from her visions, Fen. He is a vampire also who does not disappoint in any way. As the story goes on we learn that there is more to Fen than what we first thought. Fen and Hope have an instant connection. The romantic tension between the two is unmistakable but at the same time it's a clean romance. Then there is Fen's sister, Tatiana. She has a love/hate relationship with everyone it seems. She uses her healing power when Hope gets hurt. Oh and I cannot forget about Fen's brother, Aubin. He is another gorgeous vampire and really nice guy. I almost forgot to mention Hope's roommate, Sadie. I didn't really care for her though.

I really enjoyed the story with all the action and romance. We learn a little bit about Fen's background but I would like to know more. The ending of the book is really good. I am hoping that there is going to be a sequel because I want to read more from these characters. This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays

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:
 


Crow TreesBefore his arms could tighten on my shoulder an unexpected strong gust of wind pulled him back.  I struggled not to laugh as he started flapping his arms around wildly in panic and fought to steady himself.

15% on Kindle ~ Crows Trees by Claire Favell