Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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:
Wildflower, The Wildflower Series Book One
His green eyes pierced through me as his dimpled and gleaming, white grin took my breath away.  OK, stupid, it's time to say something.

5% on Kindle ~ Wildflower (Wildflower #1) by Amy Maurer Jones

Monday, July 30, 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: The Zombie Playground (Grisly High #2) by Brian Rowe

The Zombie Playground (Grisly High, # 2)

This week I'm reading: Wildflower (Wildflower #1) by Amy Maurer Jones

Wildflower, The Wildflower Series Book One

Next I'm going to read: Mercenary (Little Death Bringer #1) by Catherine Banks

Mercenary (Little Death Bringer, #1)

What are you reading?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Emotobooks Guest Post

Emotobooks Guest Post

Emotobooks: The Fusion of WrittenFiction and Expressionistic Art
Ron Gavalik

Thank you to Jamie of the Fantasy Book Chick Blog for allowing me to guest post.

As a writer and publisher, it’s alwaysbeen a goal to bridge the gap between the cerebral gratifications of well-plotted fiction writing and the visual stimulation of illustrative art. The one day I had a mini-epiphany. Insert expressive, emotionally representative imagery in written stories, during moments of emotional consequence. By delivering a visual of what a character feels, the reader becomes more intensely immersed in the story.

Emotobooks are written fiction stories, not comics or graphic novels. The few emotional abstract images woven in the stories are the dream-like visuals each of us experience in the middle of the night.

The term Emotobook is a portmanteau word I conjured as a memorable label for the very first fiction medium for smartphones and tablets. For the first time, readers can now see actual representation of character emotions right on the page for a fun, interactive experience.

Stories are published as EmotoSerials or EmotoSingles. EmotoSerials are monthly-released, continuing stories, much like TV dramas or miniseries that continue until their climactic ends. EmotoSingles are individual experiences.

I launched Grit City Publications in July of 2011, with the first Emotobook series titled Grit City, a seven-part story about Dillon Galway, an idealistic freelance journalist, who scrapes outa living reporting on corruption. Since then, we’ve grown the EmotobooksCatalog into an array of fun genre fiction titles in Sci-Fi,Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, and Horror.

Each Emotobook title consists of three creators: the author, editor, and illustrator. It’s our philosophy that three contributors on each Emotobook delivers a richer, more flavorful story. The creators even offer Autograph Cards and suggest mood settings, such as food,drink, and music. This way our fans can achieve a full-bodied experience.

Emotobooks accommodate a new audience, who desire a fast “full story experience” on smartphones, iPods, computers, or tablet readers in about 30 to 60 minutes. They can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.

Our editors are currently seeking the best genre fiction for the Emotobooks transformation. It’s required that fiction writers read our submission guidelines and the free handbook, How to Create Emotobooks, before submitting. Our publishing model is unique and we require long-term participation from authors for everyone’s success.

Now that you’ve been introduced to the Emotobooks Revolution, I hope you’ll join our Readers Cult and begin collecting the coolest titles. We even offer free Autograph Cards to our fans. What it really comes down to is we write, edit, and illustrate the best modern fiction for our fans. Without you, we wouldn’t be here. Thank you.

RonGavalik’s Bio:

Bornand raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ron Gavalik is a seasoned freelance journalist and fiction author of the successful Grit City thriller series. As Publisher for Grit City Publications, he oversees the Emotobooks Revolution. Ron holds an M.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and a B.S. in Marketing Communications from Point Park University. When not writing, you can find him in the outdoors of SouthwesternPennsylvania on his trail bike, hiking, or fishing.

Thanks for providing me and all my fellow readers a great new website to check out!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Curated Fantasy Books Website

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to let you know about this new website that was brought to my attention.  It's called Curated Fantasy Books.  If you're looking for your next great fantasy read, look no further.  From epic to urban to historical fantasy, they have you covered on all fantasy books!  I know I love when friends suggest a good book to me.  I love reading fantasy books, urban is my favorite.  :)  Their website is really cool and I'm going to check it out when I need a fantasy book suggestion.  Stop by and see what you find!

Here's a description from their website:

Here at CuratedFantasyBooks.com, we suggest only the best fantasy books, selected by a human curator, and organized by specific fantasy category.  Unlike many sites on the web, we can't be gamed and we can't be bought.  Imangine enterting the world's best fantasy bookstore, with table after table filled with great suggestions.  Find the books that you will really love reading.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

In my mailbox

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

This week I purchased:

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1) by Eoin Colfer (paperback)

The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles #1) by Joan Aiken (paperback)

The Stowaway (Roswell High #6) by Melinda Metz (paperback)

Fire (Losing Christina #3) by Caroline B. Cooney (paperback)

Shadowmaker by Joan Lowery Nixon (paperback)

This week I received a bookmark:

Peace of Mind by Linda Lamberson bookmark - Received from Winger Marketing

What did you get this week?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

In my mailbox

Mercenary (Little Death Bringer, #1)
What Kills Me
Dark Beauty (Seeker, #0.5)

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

This week I received for review:
The Zombie Playground (Grisly High #2) by Brian Rowe (e-book)
Mercenary (Little Death Bringer #1) by Catherine Banks (e-book)

Books I won:
Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey  (ARC paperback)
What Kills Me by Wynne Channing  (e-book )

Books I purchased:
Remember Me (Remember Me #1) by Christopher Pike  (paperback purchased -3 books in one)
The Return (Remember Me #2) by Christopher Pike
The Last Story (Remember Me #3) by Christopher Pike

I downloaded free on Amazon:
Dark Beauty (Seeker #0.5) by Taryn Browning  (e-book)

What did you get this week?

Friday, July 6, 2012

In My Mailbox

Whispering Hills (Whispering Hills, #1)

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

This is what I got over the past couple weeks:
Whispering Hills (Whispering Hills #1) by Taryn Browning (e-book free download on Amazon)
Min Book marks (Michelle Cornwell-Jordan)
What did you get this week?
It's been a busy summer so far with my ebay store, family, church and just everything going on.  I haven't been getting much reading done either.  Hope you all are enjoying your summer!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Author Interview & Giveaway: Laxmi Hariharan

Please welcome Laxmi Hariharan to Fantasy Book Chick

Today I am hosting Laxmi Hariharan in celebration of her new release The Destiny of Shaitan. Check out the author interview below and make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win either a $15 Amazon Gift Card or Autographed Paperback of The Destiny of Shaitan.


Tell us a little about yourself...
I am a new age migrant, who found her voice. I am a writer, technophile & dare I say, a futurist, with a penchant for chai and growing eye-catching flowers. Wanderlust drove me out of my home country India to travel across Asia, and I lived in Singapore and Hong Kong before coming home to London. I am inspired by Indian mythology; I draw from the stories my grandmother narrated to me as a child. It is in acknowledging my roots that I found my voice.

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
When not writing I love walking in the woods with my soul-mate and indulging my inner geek.

When did you begin writing?
I was five years old, when I wrote my first poem. Right then, I realised I was born to be a writer. It took another nine years, three countries, four homes, many jobs and a strange near death experience which pushed me over the edge to get my voice out there. It was almost as if I first had to resolve my own issues before I could solve my characters’ conflicts; and then suddenly I was there. It was time to release Shaitan to the swells of Amazon, to be read by humans and kindred half lives. It had to be now, for there is no tomorrow.

Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?
This probably sounds insane, but I do my best writing very early in the morning. A perfect day is for me is to be up at dawn or earlier: 4 am in the morning seems to work best, and then write till noon, breaking for many, many cups of sweetened Indian chai flavoured with Indian spices. Music is a must too. I listen to a great music station called ethno techno an online music station that plays a great selection of electronica, trip-hop, drum & bass presented by DJ dimmsummer who has just brought out his first compilation on High Chai recordings label.

What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?
I just read Queer by William. S. Burroughs, standing in a bookstore! I am working my way through the Eve Dallas series by J.D.Robb who is one of my favourite romance authors, and have also started reading Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith. I like reading a few books in parallel.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
I have a lot of respect for Sergei Lukyanenko, a well-known Russian science fiction writer and author of Day Watch & Night Watch. Did you know that Russia is the only country in the world to celebrate Cosmonautics Day, on April 12, in memory of the first manned space flight made by the 27-year-old Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. It is a national holiday in Russia. How cool is that? My other all time inspiration is the Fire & Ice series by G. R.R Martin, especially his Dance with Dragons. G.R.R weaves his words into a tapestry full of surprises. And he does not hesitate to kill off his characters and produce new ones. He is a bold brave writer, and I hope to be him when I grow up :) The Hunger Games trilogy also has a special place in my heart for like its author Suzanne Collins I too write in the present tense and want my female characters to be strong & feisty.

What other projects are you working on or have coming out next?
The Destiny of Shaitan is my debut novel and I am very grateful to everyone who gave me the confidence to get my voice out there. This is also the first book in Chronicle of the Three. In Indian mythology, the concept of Three is known as the Trimurti made up of Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the maintainer, and Shiva, the destroyer and is only a functional force when working in harmony. Similarly, this series is a chronicle about the life, loves & adventures of the three main characters, Tiina, Yudi and Rai, each of them displaying the attributes of their archetypes. The Destiny of Shaitan featured Tiina and Yudi. The next novel in the series is more about Tiina and Rai, and what they find out about themselves on their Return to Seven Islands, which is #2 Chronicle of the Three.

Why did you choose to write this genre?
I think the genre chose me, because here I can make the rules of my own world as I go along. I have always remained a rebel at heart, a free-spirit and this genre seems to give me the freedom I crave for in real life.

If you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?
I’d love to predict the future (control freak that I am!) A question which has haunted me since forever is what I term as ‘opportunity cost.’ At every point in life we face choices, and I always wonder what my life would have been like if I had made a different choice. I know, it’s a philosophical question, but one I’d love to find the answer to. So if I could tell the future then I would know the consequences of my actions and make a more informed decision about my own life choices!

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book...
On one level the novel is about these three young people who are off having crazy adventures, meeting these strange goddesses and guardians, chasing the bad guy and having a great time. On the other, it will take you on a journey inwards to find out more about yourself and what you want in life. So read the book when you are ready to face your own questions, for it will hold up a mirror to your true self.

About Laxmi Hariharan:
 I am a writer, technophile & dare I say, a futurist, with a penchant for chai and growing eye-catching flowers. Wanderlust drove me out of my home country India and I travelled across Asia, living in Singapore and Hong Kong before coming home to London. I am inspired by Indian mythology; I draw strength from the stories my grandmother narrated to me as a child. It is in acknowledging my roots that I found my voice. When not writing I love walking in the woods with my soulmate, and indulging my inner geek. I would love to connect with you on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or my website.

Make sure you enter for your chance to win!
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 I just posted it on here for them.)

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"The Destiny of Shaitan is mind blowing, dark, humorous, and clever. It took me on a powerful journey inwards, which was a surprise as I'm not generally drawn to scifi or fantasy." - Sonia Ducie Dip.CSN.AIN, Numerologist, Author 11 Numerology books.

"The low-key humour that runs like an under-current through this delightful, gripping adventure had me chuckling from page one" - Pippa Merivale, Author, Rescued by Angels

“A truly refreshing approach because it is inspired by Indian mythology, direct references to which are few in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. That aside, Shaitan is a ripping yarn and a gripping read and a must have for every fan of the genre. Besides, it's bound to win more fans from across genres too. The character of Rai in particular is the most fascinating, but that's not to take away from the other players in the narrative especially Yudi and Tiina and of course the titular evil Shaitan himself, who makes Darth Vader look like a kindergarten wimp.” - Amazon Review by Moviescriptwriter