Monday, July 30, 2012

Review of The Sun Zebra by Rolondo Garcia






About this book:

 The four Nell stories that marveled readers at Scribd.com are put together here for the first time in this collection, which also includes an all-new story, "Birdman and the Fairy Tale."


My Review:

This collection of four stories are written from a father's perspective about his imaginative daughter, Nell.  I found each story to be delightful and well-written!   Each story was different and offered a unique perspective from a child's view and how she saw the world.  I looked forward to each new story and I was not disappointed!  These stories captivated my heart and my attention.  It was a refreshing read for me and when I was finished I felt satisfied and happy!  Mr. Garcia has a jewel on his hands and I am glad that I had the opportunity to view the world, for a small amount of time, through Nell's eyes.  I will be on the look-out for my own sun zebra!  Five stars!


You can pick up this book on Amazon.


Happy Reading!!!




I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.
Source:  Author

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Guest Post by Frankie Rose, Sovereign Hope Book Trailer and Operation: Find Daniel


Sovereign Hope Book trailer and Operation: Find Daniel

Sovereign Hope came out just over two weeks ago and I’m still reeling! All of the support sent to me via email, in person and online has been mind boggling, so a huge thank to you all!

I’ve been rushed off my feet with the release, but now that things are calming down slightly, I wanted to share the new book trailer for those who haven’t had chance to check it out yet. I made the first trailer back in May, and it was so much fun I really had to force myself to concentrate on my writing and not on making videos all day!

I hope you guys like it :D



I’ve always loved book trailers; I know that some of them are questionable to say the least, but the good ones are so worth the all the bad ones. If anybody has seen an awesome trailer recently, please post and tell us about it!

As part of Sovereign Hope’s release, myself and a crack team of Daniel lovers are on the hunt to discover the person who will grace the cover of Eternal Hope, the second installment to The Hope Series. If, after reading Sovereign Hope, anyone has a blinding flash of inspiration and instantly knows the perfect guy for the gig, please, let me know!!! You can check out the already amazing suggestions on my website, by hitting the button below!!








Friday, July 27, 2012

Elizabeth Isaacs, Author of The Kailmeyra Series, is hosting a giveaway!!!




So all of you know how much I LOVE The Kailmeyra Series by Elizabeth Isaacs!  Right now if you like her author page on Facebook you will be entered to win a signed paperback copy of both of her books!  Don't miss this awesome opportunity!  I am hoping that I will win...what about you?  Here is the link, just click, sign in and hit "like" on her page, it's simple!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeth-Isaacs-author/107839445917029

Good Luck and Happy Reading!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Sound of Love by Jewel Adams




About this Novelette:

 On the afternoon of her father's burial, nineteen-year-old Talisa Tova is expelled from her home by her stepmother. With secret preparations made ahead of time by her father and the emotional support of her stepbrother, Talisa moves on and shapes a life for herself. But her bruised heart is trapped in self-preservation mode, and though she still dreams of one day opening it to someone, her partial deafness convinces her to accept a life without love.
All of this changes when free-spirited Dylan Thomas enters her life.

Dylan Thomas owns the heart of a poet, a trait inherited from his parents, both of whom idolize the works of Dylan Thomas, Lord Byron and Yeats. Having gone through a nasty divorce two years ago, Dylan thought his heart would be closed forever. But that was before his friend introduced him to his sister. The moment Dylan meets Talisa, she claims his heart and his life is changed forever.
Talisa and Dylan still carry hurts that cut deep. Will love give them the strength to heal each other?



My Review:

I happen to LOVE fairytale re-tellings!   This is a re-telling of Cinderella and I thought it was a beautiful story!  Talisa is a likeable character with a unique set of circumstances.  Dylan is a sweet man who thinks Talisa may be the one to heal his heart.  Can true love really be found so quickly?  Will Talisa and Dylan trust each other enough to find out?  Jewel Adams can always be counted on for a wonderful sweet romance full of emotion!  I love her novelettes and this one did not disappoint!  If you are looking for a quick read that still has substance to the story, this book is for you!  Five stars for The Sound of Love!

You can pick this book up at Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Liebster Blog Award





I read through some of my blog comments and noticed that I had been tagged for the Liebster Blog award.  I was so excited, this is my first blog award!  The Liebster Blog award changes and participation is completely voluntary.  The blogs that are tagged answer around 10 questions from the tagger and then they tag other blogs for the award.  It is a lot of fun and here are the questions that I was asked!



Questions from Brandi's Book Musings

1. What is your favorite book of all time?

This one is a tough one for me!  When I was a child it was The Little Princess.  Now I would have to say The Tiger Curse Series by Colleen Houck is my favorite, specifically the first book, Tiger's Curse.


2. Favorite book to movie adaptation?

I think they did an excellent job on The Hunger Games.  

3. Have you ever started or completed writing a book?

I started one my senior year of high school because my AP English teacher made us!  I have not written or attempted one since.  I prefer to write poetry actually :^)

4. If you could date any book character who would it be and why?

Well since I am married I would say no one, lol!

5. Favorite book love triangle?

I actually hate love triangles, even though some of my favorite books have them!  If I had to pick it would be Edward, Jacob and Bella.  I choose them because I like how it all turned out!

6. What is your must have pizza topping?

Mushrooms, yummy!

7. Summer or Winter?

Winter!  I love to wear warm clothes and snuggle under a blanket with a good book!

8. Who is your favorite Disney princess and why?

I am a Disney fanatic!  My favorite princess of all-time is Cinderella!  I love the story of how she had a good attitude in the face of adversity and won the prince in the end!  

9. YA romance or Adult romance books?

YA romance, I don't like to read about any private details in the bedroom.

10. How many books were in your biggest book buying binge?

I couldn't say for sure....if I had to guess, it would be ten.


I would like to thank Brandi's Book Musings for tagging me for this award!  Here are the blogs that I tagged:

Tifferz Book Review

and
Jewel's World

Here are my questions for them:

1.  How many books do you read in a week?

2.   What is your favorite genre?

3.  Physical book or ebook?

4.  Kindle or Nook?

5.  Paperback or hardback?

6.  The one book you would recommend to anyone.

7.  When do you read?

8.   Do you prefer stand alone books or series?

9.  What is your favorite Disney movie of all-time?

10.  Do you loan your books?

Thank you and remember that your participation is completely voluntary!

Happy Reading everyone!!!


Another free novelette today, only, July 24th!



About the novelette:

This is a novelette extracted from the full-length work, El Rey: A Novel of Renaissance Iberia - Complete. It is approximately 13,000 words.

In 15th century Iberia, war and plague abounded and everyday life was a precarious existence. Even nobles who enjoyed a privileged living could suffer a reversal of fortunes overnight. Joanna’s Story is the heroic and heartbreaking tale of one woman’s devastation and the fight to recover her faith.


You can pick this up at Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author

Monday, July 23, 2012

Free Novelette Today, Monday July 23rd on Kindle!

About the novelette:


This is a novelette extracted from the full-length work, El Rey: A Novel of Renaissance Iberia - Complete. It is approximately 9500 words.

The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela has held enormous significance to Christians throughout history, never more so than during the Late Middle Ages. Penitents traveled there to atone for their sins and receive absolution. Paulina’s Story is the tale of one woman who made the journey seeking answers and found comfort for her battered spirit from an unexpected source.


You can pick this up here via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Say What You Need to Say By Jewel Adams



About the novelette:

 Free-spirited Capri Harris has always embraced life to the fullest, but a major health trial brings unexpected changes and her outlook shifts, leaving her with doubts of her worth to any man.

Like the force of a hurricane, Jagger Colby enters Capri's life, weakening her resolve and shaking the walls of self-preservation she has tried so hard to build around her heart.

But Capri knows that once Jagger discovers the truth about her, he will walk away and never look back.

When words mean everything,

say what you need to say.



My Review:

This novelette by Jewel Adams is a wonderful and heart-warming read!  I was drawn into Capri's story right from the first page.  My heart hurt for her when she found out she would never be able to bear her own children.   Capri's story is full of emotion, heart-wrenching loss, and trying to find the strength and courage to learn to love!  Will Capri risk her heart and will someone love her as she is?  Find out and take a journey with Capri!  Five stars for an excellent read!


You can pick up this novelette at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author
I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.



Thursday, July 19, 2012

Frost (Frost #1) by Kate Avery Ellison







About the book:

In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.

She saves his life.

Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.

But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.

Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?



My Review:

This book has been on my Want-To-Read List for awhile, so I was very excited to have the opportunity to read and review this book!  Frost is a dystopian, fantasy, romance novel.  I loved every minute of it!  Kate Avery Ellison has a way of writing a book that draws you in from the first page and holds your attention through to the end of the book.  I felt like reading Frost was effortless and went by very quickly!  I loved Lia and her strength and love of her family.  She had courage and bravery to face frightening situations so she could protect and care for her family.  She began to evolve in her opinions and emotions as the book progressed and I liked this, as most humans change due to time and circumstances.  The description of the Frost was perfect, at times I almost felt cold while I was reading!  The ending is open for another book and I look forward to reading it!  Frost is a four and a half star book for me!  



You can pick up this book at amazon or barnes and noble.

Happy Reading!!!

I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.
Source:  Author






 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Burn Mark by Laura Powell


About this book:


Glory is from a family of witches and lives beyond the law. She is desperate to develop her powers and become a witch herself. Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition—the witches’ mortal enemy—and his privileged life is very different to the forbidden world that he lives alongside.

And then on the same day, it hits them both. Glory and Lucas develop the Fae—the mark of the witch. In one fell stroke, their lives are inextricably bound together, whether they like it or not . . .



My Review:

My first impressions of Burn Mark were a bit disturbing.  I wasn't a fan of the descriptions of witches being burned alive at the stake.  However, I am very sensitive to these types of descriptions, so for others, this may not be an issue. Also, once I got through the couple of descriptions there were not any more, so I was fine. I really liked the characters of Glory and Lucas.  They were from two completely differently lifestyles and two different family types.  Lucas was from twelve generations of Inquisitors (people who work for the government finding witches who have committed crimes), and Glory was from a long line of Fae, or witches.  The society they lived in tried to juggle with how accepting they were of witches.  Witches had to be registered and "bridled" with iron to stop them from using their powers.  Otherwise they had to be working in a type of government position that allowed them to use their powers, while under supervision.  


The general idea of the book, that Lucas, who is the son of a high Inquisitor, becomes a witch is an interesting one.  How will he reconcile his life now, when all he has ever planned was to follow in his father's footsteps?  And how will his father and family deal with this dilemma?  How does Glory fit into it?  The book is an enjoyable read, but felt a bit long at times.   I was not a fan of the ending, I felt like it was too abrupt and open-ended.  Overall a nice read,  I give Burn Mark three and a half stars out of five.  ( This book  contains some cussing)
 
You can pick this book up via amazon and Barnes and Noble.


Happy Reading!!!


I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.
Source:  Publisher for review

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Winners of the Summer Reads Giveaway Hop!

And the lucky winners of M.L. Woolley's novel, Chosen:  Dark Passage are:

GFC follower shari.e

GFC follower lewter11

GFC follower tifferz19

Congratulations!!!  The winners have been notified! 

Happy Reading!!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Intangible by J. Meyers!!! Pick up your copy today, for some fun Friday the 13th reading!








For those of you who haven't had the opportunity to read Intangible by J. Meyers, then today is your day!  I think Friday the 13th is a great day to sit down and read a great book!  It can be a lucky-read-as-long-as-you-want-to day!  So why not try Intangible?  I personally LOVED this book!  You can check out my review here.

I am trying to help J. get the word out about her awesome book!  So head over to amazon or Barnes and Noble to pick up your Kindle or Nook copy today!  Please do it today, I am in a contest to see if I can get 10 people to buy her book today only!  I promise you will love this book if you like fantasy, paranormal, YA, and action!  Thank you so much and Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Free Clean Romace Novella on Kindle!!!



About this novella:


This is a sweet romance novella.

Nicholas Wiseman, son and soldier, has a plan for his life...until tragedy strikes.

Ellie Pickett, daughter and college graduate, has a goal...yet returns home.

Sadness, brought about by the loss of someone precious, causes both Nicholas and Ellie to place future plans on hold. Priorities change as they come to know one another and expose their vulnerabilities.
 
 
This novella sounds great, pick it up while it's free!!!  I love free books!
 
Happy Reading!!!
 
 
Source for photo and blurb:  Amazon
 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer Reads Giveaway Hop






I would like to thank I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Rex Robot Reviews for hosting this awesome giveaway hop!  Up for grabs are THREE paperback copies of Chosen: Dark Passage by M. L. Woolley!  Thank you Ms. Woolley for the generous donation!  If you have not read this book, it is an awesome read!  It is a paranormal romance story!  You can check out my review of it here.


Ms. Woolley had a new cover commissioned for her book.  The book you will receive has the original cover (above) but if you purchase the book now, it will have this new cover (below).



So on to the giveaway!  To enter is simple!  1) Become a follower of my blog through GFC, old and new followers are welcome!  This is mandatory to enter!  2)  Leave me a comment with you GFC name and an email address where I can contact you if you win.  Three lucky winners will be chosen and emailed when the hop is over.  *** If you do not respond to my email with your physical address for shipping within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.*** THIS IS OPEN TO U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY!!!  Sorry, the cost of shipping is too great for international!  Thank you for stopping by and happy hopping to these other blogs for more great giveaways! 


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cover Reveal for ReAwakened and Giveaway by Ada Adams!






I am so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for ReAwakened!  Thank you Ada, for this opportunity! Without further ado, the cover for ReAwakened, by Ada Adams!




ReAwakened is the sequel to ReVamped!  If you haven't read the first book yet, do not be dismayed, you still can!  You can read my review and find links to purchase ReVamped here.  It is an awesome book and a must for your summer reading list!  I am very excited for the release of ReAwakened!  It is set to be released
Fall of 2012!

You can join Ada Adams for a live Tweet-chat, today, July 5th, at 5 pm EST.  You can join her at #ReVampedChat on twitter!  This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about the author, her series of books, and what inspires her, so be sure you don't miss it!

For more information on this great series and author you can check out these helpful sites:



ReVamped website: http://www.revampedbook.com/

ReVamped Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/revampedbook


Ada Adam's Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Ada_Adams



Cover Designer: Juliana Kolesova @ www.julianakolesova.com
GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!
YOU NOW HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A SIGNED ARC COPY OF REAWAKENED!!!

Thank you for stopping by!  If you leave a comment with your email address, you will be entered for a chance to win a signed ARC copy of ReAwakened, so please, tell me what you think of this great series!  I hope your day is great and Happy Reading!!!



Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Transcendence by C.J. Omololu



About the book:

When a visit to the Tower of London triggers an overwhelmingly real vision of a beheading that occurred centuries before, Cole Ryan fears she is losing her mind. A mysterious boy, Griffon Hall, comes to her aid, but the intensity of their immediate connection seems to open the floodgate of memories even wider.
As their feelings grow, Griffon reveals their common bond as members of the Akhet—an elite group of people who can remember past lives and use their collected wisdom for the good of the world. But not all Akhet are altruistic, and a rogue is after Cole to avenge their shared past. Now in extreme danger, Cole must piece together clues from many lifetimes. What she finds could ruin her chance at a future with Griffon, but risking his love may be the only way to save them both.
Full of danger, romance, and intrigue, Transcendence breathes new life into a perpetually fascinating question: What would you do with another life to live?



My Review:

I had the opportunity to read this book as an e-ARC.  There were a lot of things that I liked about Transcendence.  I really liked the main characters Cole (Nicole) and Griffon; they weren't your typical boy and girl and neither was their relationship.  There was enough mystery surrounding Griffon to keep things interesting and Cole was pretty down-to-earth for a cello prodigy.  I loved how the book kept me wanting to read more!  If a book can capture my interest right away, that is always a huge plus!  I also enjoyed how things began to connect towards the end of the story.  There are a couple of things to be aware of if you are a parent of a teenager reading this book.  There is a scene where the main characters who are high school students, drink alcohol like it is no big deal.  This book also contains profanity.   Overall, this is a good read and held my interest all the way through.  It is the first in a series and has an interesting idea about reincarnation.  I will definitely be reading the next book!  I give Transcendence three and a half stars out of five.



You can pick up the book on amazon here.


You can pick up the book on barnes and noble here.




To find out more about the author, C.J. Omololu, you can check out her website here.


Happy Reading!!!


I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.
Source:  Publisher



Sunday, July 1, 2012

Released Today, Sovereign Hope by Frances Rose!!!



Sovereign Hope is an awesome read, and has just been released today, July 1st!  Be one of the first to read it!

About the book:

Everyone has a soul

Some are just worth more than others

Farley Hope was seventeen when her mother disappeared. In the last six months not much has changed, except that her eighteenth birthday came and went and still no sign of Moira. Her life is just as complicated as it always was. Since her father died in a car crash before she was even born, she’s officially parentless, and to top it all off she’s still suffering from the hallucinations. Mind-splitting, vivid hallucinations- the kind prone to induce night terrors and leave you whimpering under your covers like a baby.

The last thing on her mind is boys. Farley is on break from St. Judes’ when she meets Daniel. It’s not some casual run in at a party, or even a blind date with friends, though. Daniel is the guy following her in his 1970′s Dodge Charger; the guy standing at her window in the LA lunch hour traffic, trying to persuade her to leave everything behind and follow him. And he's hot as all hell.

The moment Farley lays eyes on Daniel, everything changes. He is cold and withdrawn, but there are cracks in his harsh veneer- cracks that betray the secrets he is trying so hard to hide. Farley is drawn into a world that will shake apart everything she thought she ever knew. There are truths out there that she must learn: that a person’s soul is their only real currency, and there are people who would do anything to take hers; that loving someone can hurt so much more than hating them; but, most importantly, when your future is predestined, there is little you can do to change it.

Farley Hope is prophesied.

Her coming has been awaited for hundreds of years.

She is destined to end the tyranny of the Soul Reavers.

To do so she must die.



My Review:

Sovereign Hope grabbed my attention from page one!  I really couldn't stop reading it or thinking about it!    Frances Rose has created a unique world for her characters and it was a nice change.  Everything about this book is so different and unpredictable, it was a breath of literary fresh air!   The characters were realistic, interesting and well-developed.  Farley and Daniel were stellar main characters and they were so interesting to read about!  Sovereign Hope is compelling, full of action, intrigue, and some romance too!   A great new YA Fantasy novel, this is a must for your summer to-read list! Five stars for a wonderful read, I look forward to reading more from Frances Rose!






You can pick this book up at amazon or barnes and noble.


Happy Reading!!!


Be a part of the campaign to find the perfect model to pose as Daniel for the second book, Eternal Hope!  Be a part of this amazing campaign to help create the cover for book two!






Source:  Author for review
I received this book for free.  This is my honest review.