Archives for July 2012

The Faustian Host (Apocalypse Signs #1) by Dave Becker


The Faustian Host (Apocalypse Signs #1)
written by Dave Becker          
published by Dave Becker 

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: The author requested that I review his book and I readily agreed. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.) 


Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. Although I found a few parts kind of slow, The Faustian Host kept me interested and hooked until the very end. In fact, the last quarter of the book had me glued to my Kindle until I finished the last sentence!

The cast of characters was great. Tony, Jubie, Erika, Jenna, Katie, and Dan were unlikely friends, very different from one another, but they all worked together in this book. Tony was a great lead character. Considering his background and the loss of his family, you wanted him to be happy and succeed at Kalos. But his first few days/weeks at Kalos did not go well for the new kid in town. I felt bad for him but I was glad when he met Jubie and Erika. They were good matches for Tony. 

The teachers were also different from one another yet also worked well together. You could tell that Carver was protecting – or hiding – something. And Hammon was a great friend of Tony…always behind him, even when everything seemed stacked against him. All of them – students and teachers – seemed to fit together at Kalos. And, man, would I have liked a school like Kalos…so different and challenging. 

One major event in this book – when Tony was taken in by his guardians – seemed very quick and unquestioned to me. These two people just showed up out of nowhere at his grandmother’s funeral, told him they were his guardians, and off he goes with them…no questions, no explanation, nothing. I expected the guardians to be part of the Legion or something equally bad. Thankfully, it all worked out but it was just so strange how the situation was brought up and resolved so fast. That was a bit unbelievable to me. 

Another thing that struck me during the ending of this book was that I kept thinking of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It wasn’t like Harry Potter, it didn’t resemble or rip off Harry Potter, but there was something that brought that book to my mind. I can’t explain it, it didn’t upset me, it was a good thing. 

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. I would recommend it to adults who enjoy middle grade fiction and to younger young adults. This will be another book that I give to my sons to read when they are older.

Will I read it again: I don’t think I will…but I may when it is time for my boys to read it. I will be interested in reading book 2 in the Apocalypse Signs series.

About the book – from Goodreads: Plymouth Rock is bleeding. Day has turned to night. Hundred-pound hailstones level buildings. The small town of Clement seems cursed, and the residents know who’s to blame: the new kid, Tony Marino.

After losing his family and his home, 14-year-old Tony is forced to move from Florida to Massachusetts to attend Kalos Academy, an unconventional school for gifted children. Strange things begin to happen the day he arrives, and soon stories of plagues, monsters, and mystical objects surround him. Refusing to believe superstitions, Tony struggles to explain the occurrences logically, until he comes face to face with a satanic cult determined to bring about the end of the world.


Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Claus: Legend of the Fat Man by Tony Bertauski

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written by Tony Bertauski
published by Tony Bertauski

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: The author contacted me to do a test/proof read of his book. I had previously read and reviewed another of this author’s books, The Annihilation of Foreverland. I was happy to accept his request (I received a copy of this book for test/proof read purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It is quite different but an interesting read nonetheless. It was fun and hard to put down.

Claus: Legend of the Fat Man gives you a very different telling of how Santa Claus came to be. Who would have thought that Claus and Jack (Frost) were twin brothers? Who would have thought that Jack had some serious issues? Who would have thought that the elven people were so technologically advanced? Tony Bertauski, that’s who. How his mind came up with this is beyond me! But I am sure glad he did.

Don’t worry…this is not a “Christmas book” that can only be enjoyed at Christmas time. This book can be enjoyed at anytime of the year. Although this book is set during the 1800s, the language, actions, and technology is not that of the 1800s. It is a very modern society that is the focus of this story.

And this unique book answers the age-old question: How does Santa Claus make all of those toy deliveries to all the good boys and girls in one night?everyfree4
Would I recommend it: If you like science fiction, then, yes, I would recommend this book to you. I would also recommend this book to anyone who likes unique, quirky, strange reads that keep you entertained and interested until the last page.

Will I read it again: I just may read this book again…but that time will be for pure enjoyment, not proofreading!

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About the book – from Goodreads: Some legends are forged in fire. Others are born in snow.

In the early 1800s, Nicholas, Jessica and Jon Santa attempt the first human trek to the North Pole and stumble upon an ancient race of people left over from the Ice Age. They are short, fat and hairy. They slide across the ice on scaly soles and carve their homes in the ice that floats on the Arctic Ocean.

The elven are adapted to life in the extreme cold.

They are as wise as they are ancient. Their scientific advancements have yielded great inventions — time-stopping devices and gravitational spheres that build living snowmen and genetically-modified reindeer that leap great distances. They’ve even unlocked the secrets to aging. For 40,000 years, they have lived in peace.

Until now.

An elven known as The Cold One has divided his people. He’s tired of their seclusion and wants to conquer the world. Only one elven stands between The Cold One and total chaos. He’s white-bearded and red-coated. The Santa family will help him stop The Cold One.

They will come to the aid of a legendary elven known as… Claus.

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GIVEAWAY!!! Guest Post by Tracie Banister – author of In Need of Therapy

I am pleased to welcome Tracie Banister, author of In Need of Therapy, to Every Free Chance Book Reviews today. She has written this terrific guest post about setting the scenes for her book. And she is giving away an eBook of In Need of Therapy!!! 

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF SETTING

Guest Post by Tracie Banister

As a reader, I love to be transported by a novel.  If it’s to a place that I’ve actually visited, I have fun recognizing the sights, sounds, and people in the story.  If it’s to a place that I’m not familiar with, I get to imagine what it’s like to be there thanks to the description and details provided by the author.  Infusing a book with local color can bring it to life, which is why picking a setting for my novels is one of the first things I do when I sit down to plan out a story.
For my new Chick Lit novel, In Need of Therapy, I started out with the idea of writing a humorous, romantic story about a female psychologist who was just beginning her career.  My heroine was going to be well-educated and sophisticated, so I needed her to live and work in a big city.  I didn’t see her residing in any of the southern metropolises (too slow-paced and genteel for this particular story’s purposes), nor did I see her battling taxi cabs and street vendors on the way to work every morning in Manhattan.  Boston, San Francisco, Chicago . . . none of those great cities seemed right either.  Then, it hit me . . . Miami!
I’d actually spent some time in the South Beach section of Miami a few months earlier and I’d been struck by how vibrant, exciting, and full of character that part of town was.  The streets running parallel to the beach were lined with pastel-hued, Art Deco buildings that housed all types of businesses, including boutiques, art galleries, hotels, night clubs, and a slew of restaurants offering different exotic cuisines that could be eaten while sitting outside in the glorious sunshine.  It was the ideal spot for my heroine to ply her trade!  She could have an office in one of the Mediterranean Revival-style buildings on 11th Street, walk a few blocks to the beach and watch the waves roll in on her lunch break, and talk shop with a colleague over triple-decker burgers at Big Pink’s, a popular local eatery.
Once I’d decided to set In Need of Therapy in Miami, it seemed completely natural for me to make my heroine a Latina (a nod to the large Cuban community in South Florida.)  And now that I had my beachfront setting, I could populate the book with characters who were swimsuit designers, lifeguards, tapas restaurant owners, and attorneys specializing in estate law (there are a lot of rich, elderly people in Miami!)  Finding the perfect setting brought the whole book together for me and now I can’t imagine it ever having taken place anywhere else!
Many thanks to Chrissy for letting me drop by Every Free Chance today!  I enjoyed talking about the importance of setting with all of you!  If you can’t make it to Miami yourself this summer, I invite you to grab yourself a Mojito and pick up a copy of my romance and comedy-filled novel, In Need of Therapy.
 
Tracie BanisterAbout the author: An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara.  Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play that she penned (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she, also, starred in and tried to direct the production.)  Her dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills.  Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years.  When it ended, Tracie decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time.  Her debut novel, the Hollywood-themed Blame It on the Fame, was released in January, 2012.  And she’s following that up with the fun summer read, In Need of Therapy.
Find Tracie here: Twitter, Facebook, blog

INOTFinalCoverArtSMAbout the book: Lending a sympathetic ear and dispensing sage words of advice is all part of the job for psychologist Pilar Alvarez, and she’s everything a good therapist should be:  warm, compassionate, supportive.  She listens, she cares, and she has all the answers, but how’s the woman everyone turns to in their hour of need supposed to cope when her own life starts to fall apart?

While working hard to make a success of her recently-opened practice in trendy South Beach, Pilar must also find time to cater to the demands of her boisterous Cuban family, which includes younger sister Izzy, an unemployed, navel-pierced wild child who can’t stay out of trouble, and their mother, a beauty queen turned drama queen who’s equally obsessed with her fading looks and getting Pilar married before it’s “too late.”  Although she’d like to oblige her mother and make a permanent love connection, Pilar’s romantic prospects look grim.  Her cheating ex, who swears that he’s reformed, is stalking her.  A hunky, but strictly off-limits, patient with bad-boy appeal and intimacy issues is making passes.  And the sexy shrink in the suite across the hall has a gold band on his left ring finger.
When a series of personal and professional disasters lead Pilar into the arms of one of her unsuitable suitors, she’s left shaken, confused, and full of self-doubt.  With time running out, she must make sense of her feelings and learn to trust herself again so that she can save her business, her family, and most importantly, her heart. 

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads

And now for the awesome GIVEAWAY from Ms. Banister!!! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win an eBook of In Need of Therapy!

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The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch by Ashland Menshouse

The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch
written by Ashland Menshouse         
published by Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: The author, Ashland Menshouse, requested that I review his book. I gladly accepted his request. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)


Did I enjoy this book: I did not enjoy this book. At first I thought the writing was beautiful because of the thorough descriptions. Then, the thoroughness did not end and quickly became too much. I found myself skimming paragraphs and pages because there was too much embellishment and detail. The end seemed to wrap up so quickly, that I almost missed it. 

Here’s the thing…this book has a lot of potential. The plot is interesting, intriguing, and could have a reader hooked. But the endless descriptions of things that do not pertain to the underlying plot drag this book along as well as the reader. 

There were five main characters in this book – Aubrey, Buzz, Rodriqa, Jordana, and Magnos. All of these characters are very different yet work together so well. Most of them have their own side story that was a part of the overall story. There was Aubrey and Hovis Trottle (the ghost); Jordana and the Tsul-Kalu (bigfoot); Rodriqa and the dam (the location of the main,sought-after object) and Magnos and Mrs. Thistlewood (the bad guy). Buzz was a sidekick throughout all of these stories. To me, each of these stories could have been their own separate book. They were each interesting and attention-getting in their own way. I realize that all of the stories led up to the end, but each story could have been condensed and the overall book could have focused on just one or two main characters. 

Would I recommend it: No, I wouldn’t. It was just too much. I found myself getting lost and confused…not something I would recommend for a middle grade audience. I want kids to read, and read alot, but if a story isn’t focused, they will lose interest. 

Will I read it again: No, I will not…unless, my kids want to read it when they get older, then I may have to reread it. We shall see. 

About the book – from Goodreads: Do you believe? Can a ghost haunt more than your home? Can a Sasquatch track more than footprints?

Aubrey Taylor’s quaint and cozy life in the subdued, Appalachian town of Lake Julian had never been exceptional. Shouldered by his lifelong friends, Buzz Reiselstein and Rodriqa Auerbach, he quietly endured the puerile punishments of a persistent pack of pesky bullies that included the most-feared kid in school, Magnos Strumgarten, and his own obnoxiously, well-accomplished brother, Gaetan. Comfortable in his humdrum niche of the absolutely average, Aubrey never pushed back.
Until…fate dug a little too deep…and the unseen darkness of unspoken places rattled his mediocrity.
When spurious specters and elusive mountain men battle for a tomb of Watchers, buried in ages past, only those who choose to look beyond the surface feel the grip of the ancients’ revenge. Unusual disappearances, a colorful cadre of insightful townsfolk and a whirlwind of blunders and mishaps exposes the struggling forces that transform Aubrey and his friends into more than spectators amidst the oldest war of all.
Prepare yourself to see the unseen as you’ve never seen it before.


Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Blog Tour – Spotlight: The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All by John Morris

The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All
written by John Morris
published by Publish Green

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads

About the book: Morgan thought he had it made.  He owned a cozy if dilapidated house in Aspen’s otherwise-fashionable West End, had lots of friends, a great business, threw the best parties in town.


Then his beautiful-but-aloof neighbor Risa sued him for a million bucks– for killing her dog.  (Seriously.  And he hadn’t even been there.)  She was asking the judge to throw him out of town, too.  (It’s a local tradition.)

For Morgan, the money didn’t matter.  He didn’t have a nickel to his name.  But he couldn’t imagine not living in Aspen.

His only hope: to win a 2-million dollar golf tournament (held on the sly at the local links) and pay Risa off.

Either that or discover her deep, dark secret and blackmail her.

Until his best friend/lawyer suggested Option #3: “Why don’t you just get her to fall in love with you?”




About the author – John Morris:

John Morris lives in Aspen, Colorado, with his loving wife and two wonderful children.  Having worked many of the same cowboy / construction / bartender / ski-patrol jobs as his fictional counterpart Morgan, he can vouch for how easy it is for a good-looking guy to get in trouble there.

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Please enjoy this excerpt from The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All


Chapter One

Morgan Somerville lived in the sole surviving do-it-yourself duplex in Aspen’s otherwise fashionable West End. Slapped together in the 50’s by a Swiss ski instructor with a free summer and a very casual approach to theft, the forget-about-plumb brown shoebox had tall doors, short doors, big windows, little windows, sagging 2nd-floor decks, no shutters, walls that weren’t quite vertical and a roof that was flat only in the sense that the ocean is flat. Most folks assumed it was the 20 coats of shellac that kept the whole thing from collapsing, but it also served as a humble reminder of the stove-in-from-a-helluva-lot-

of-snow sort of place Aspen once was.

“The Quiet Years,” those times were called. Post-1893, when the price of silver plummeted and the population shrank to 800, when there was one schoolhouse, two trains a week, people made their own clothes, their own whiskey, and all the old trucks sat rusting in the weeds.

This was followed by the boom years, or “Aspen as we know it.” Post World War II, when the young men of the 10th Mountain Division came back, when skiing was born, nightclubs were built, a bunch of pretty girls showed up, and life became about as much fun as you could have at 8,000 feet.

The only real concern– after the skiing and the parties and the girls– was finding a place to live. Because no matter how
much fishing and climbing you did, no matter how good you were on skis or on horseback and no matter how many famous writers and movie stars you knew, eventually you had to put a roof over your head. And even in the summer, a teepee up Hunter Creek wasn’t gonna cut it with the girl of your dreams.

Whom you’d probably met the night before at the Tippler or the ’Horn or the ’Onion.

The old mining town would never have enough places to live. The Roaring Fork hemmed it in on the east and the north, Castle Creek ran down the west side, and Ajax climbed straight up from Durant Street to the south, so town was never gonna get any bigger than 10 blocks by 20.

And most everything was one-room miner’s shacks or simple two-story houses. Only the Wheeler Opera House and the Hotel Jerome stood three stories high, and if you’d suggested putting up anything taller, you’d have gotten run out of town. The only things in Aspen that grew over 30 feet high were chairlifts and trees.

So when Morgan showed up, many years ago now, his first order of business had been to put a roof over his head. And little did he know that his first-ever flophouse would wind up being “home” for literally decades to come. Because almost on Day One he happened upon…

Chalet Sepp. Not that it was called that. It was too much of a dump even then to merit a name. But that’s what it was: a listing, two- story slab of wood owned and operated by a crotchety old goat named Sepp. Whom nobody in town could stand.

Morgan found an ad on the community bulletin board, wandered over to Sepp’s stunningly stark tenement house and signed on to inhabit the smaller (darker) half with two other young guys who needed a place to crash. Even if the place might burst into flames any day (or night), or maybe just fall over.

And not surprisingly, by the following spring it was Chalet Sepp that was still standing and the two roommates who were gone. One of them couldn’t hack the long winter, the other went back to law school. So Morgan found himself all alone. He figured he’d have to move out, but Sepp told him not to bother, not to even recruit new roomies. Things were better with only the two of them, Sepp seemed to think, and he didn’t really need the rent money. He just wanted to have someone around who was nice to him.

Which Morgan was.

Which was way more than you could say for anyone else in town. Most folks, actually, pretty much hated Sepp Wegner. “Crusty old shit” sounds quaint, but in a small town, when people hate you, they just hate you.

So Morgan stayed on. Kept paying his modest share of the rent, kept being nice to Sepp. Listened to the old guy’s stories, helped him out with repairs, walked Sepp home from the Elks Club when he’d had too much to drink. Watched TV with him, talked about skiing, heard about all the famous European downhills Sepp had raced in, and made sure Sepp got invited to all the backyard parties Morgan started hosting as a way to get known around town. Chalet Sepp may have been the ugliest house in the West End, but it also had the biggest back yard.

So the years rolled by with Morgan and Sepp living side-by- side lives. Summers and winters came and went, pretty girls came and went, most of the miners’ shacks in the West End got torn down, replaced by designer second homes, but Chalet Sepp– somehow– endured.

Til the day arrived when Sepp himself stopped enduring. Lung cancer, they said, maybe the only thing that could’ve killed him. Face it: When you’ve got an asbestos-removal business and smoke 2 packs a day, something’s gotta give.

And after the surprisingly well-attended funeral, Morgan was equally surprised to get a phone call from a lawyer informing him that he– Morgan Somerville– was the sole beneficiary of Sepp Wegner’s estate. Because there was no long-abandoned wife, no long-neglected kids, no brother back in St. Anton. There was nobody.

There was also (of course) no secret stock portfolio, no unspoiled spread up in the Yukon, no 20-dollar bills tacked inside the walls. Just… Chalet Sepp.

And the estate taxes. The property taxes. The water bill, the electric, the trash. Various liquor-store bills, the inevitable IOU’s that old farts in small towns never forget (or forgive). But at least there was no spoiled-brat nephew popping up out of nowhere wanting to bulldoze the place. Kick Morgan out, build a trophy home, take the money and skip back to Florida.

There was nobody, so Morgan got the house. He got the house, both sides of it, so he could do whatever he wanted with it, short of spending money on it. Because he didn’t have any.

But he could do whatever he wanted. He could throw old mattresses out the back door, leave the Christmas lights up all year long, crank up his garage band every night of the week.

Most importantly, he wouldn’t have to move out. Wouldn’t have to pack up all the furniture, athletic gear, musical instruments, car parts, tools, the wine collection and the trampoline, and find another place to live. (And you don’t just find another apartment in Aspen. It’s never that easy, even if you’re rich. Getting thrown out of your home in Aspen is basically the end of everything.)

And moving downvalley wasn’t an option. If you’re an Aspenite, you live in Aspen. You don’t live in Basalt, you don’t live in Carbondale. It’s not about being snotty. It’s just that Aspenites live in Aspen, and if you’re not gonna live in Aspen, you may as well move to Alaska.

So by inheriting the place, he wouldn’t have to move out or move to the Klondike. The only thing he couldn’t do was make Chalet Sepp livable. As in: Renovate it, re-build it, re-furbish it. Maybe put up some shutters, re-do the decks. Rent out Sepp’s half. Be a landlord. (Which might be asking for trouble, he knew.)

In the end he borrowed some money from the bank, upgraded Sepp’s side enough to fool an unsuspecting out-of-town buyer, and turned it over to a friend in real-estate to sell.

Which the friend did. In no time. This being Aspen.

Morgan unloaded Sepp’s side of the building almost overnight and pocketed a fair amount of change in the process. Which meant he should’ve been able to rest easy. He should’ve been able to coast.

The one major worry for any working-stiff Aspenite, securing a long-term place to live, had been for him forever resolved. He had cash in his pocket. He had his health, his business, a respected place in society, his fair share of friends. Everything should’ve been great.

In fact, if you’d seen Morgan shortly after he’d sealed the deal, after he’d signed the contract and handed over the keys and cashed the check, you’d have seen a guy who thought he was on top of the world. Who thought the toughest question he was ever gonna face was…

The Sun Zebra by Rolando Garcia


The Sun Zebra
written by Rolando Garcia          
published by Rolando Garcia

find it here: Amazon, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: The author, Rolando Garcia, contacted me about reviewing his book. I happily accepted. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)


Did I enjoy this book: I really did enjoy this collection of short stories. It was a quick read…I finished it in about an hour or two. 

The stories were short but very sweet. The stories found in The Sun Zebra would make any parent smile while they are reading them…or even cry or laugh out loud. 

My favorite story in this collection was “The Sun Zebra.” It reminded me that we should cherish every moment we have with our children. We should listen to them – even if we think they are being ridiculous – because they will teach us something invaluable. 

Would I recommend it: I would…especially if you are a parent.

Will I read it again: I will read it again…probably as my kids are growing up.

About the book – from Goodreads: This book is best described as a children’s book for grownups. Its aim is to encourage us to discover (or rediscover) the amazing things that children and their magical carefree world can teach us, even as we try to teach them about the harsh realities of our own. The book is a collection of five stories that follow the “adventures in living” of an unusual little girl called Nell, her mother Rhonda, and Nell’s father who is the narrator of the stories. 

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Cover Reveal: Shift (Firstborn Trilogy #2) by Raine Thomas

Here is the beautiful new cover for Shift (Firstborn Trilogy #2) by Raine Thomas set to be released on August 24, 2012!!!

About the book – from Goodreads
Having the ability to shapeshift, Sophia is familiar with change. But even she feels the rising tension in her homeland.

A shadowy male and deadly beast reside in their midst. The births of the newest Kynzesti loom. Hostile Mercesti continue to hunt for the Elder Scroll, and a traumatized female is too afraid to use her abilities to stop them.

Topping off Sophia’s stress is Quincy, the male she’s convinced can’t stand her. She rues the loss of their friendship, but can’t figure out how to move past it. She’ll soon learn, however, that mending that rift bears more significance than she ever imagined.

The search for the Elder Scroll takes on unexpected urgency, and Sophia finds herself in a race across the mainland. To stop the Mercesti led by Eirik, she and her companions must get past their differences and unite against them. If they don’t, Eirik will acquire the immense power he seeks, and two of the beings Sophia loves most will die.


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Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Take a Bow
written by Elizabeth Eulberg          
published by Scholastic, Inc. 

Why did I pick this book: I’ve read other book by this author – Prom and Prejudice, The Lonely Hearts Club – and really enjoyed them. I couldn’t wait to read this book. 


Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book. It was lots of fun and a quick read. I read it every free chance I had and finished it in a day.

When I first started Take a Bow, I was worried that having four narrators would make the story difficult to follow. However, each narrator had such a distinct voice that is was not difficult to follow along. The four narrators are Emme, Sophie, Carter, and Ethan – all freshman at the performing arts school. Each of these four characters were so well written that you wanted to care about them (or not care, as the situation warranted).

Emme was by far my favorite character. To me, she grew the most through her 4 years at the school and she turned into such a great young lady. I loved her from the very beginning of the book and rooted for her until the very end. On the other hand, Sophie was my least favorite character. She was a user and only out for herself. She was one of those people that as long as things benefit her, that is all that matters. I was happy with her ending. I wasn’t sure about Carter and Ethan in the beginning but I grew to really like each of them in their own way by the end of the book.

I would really love a sequel to Take a Bow. I want to know what happens to each of these four characters – and some of the secondary characters – when they pursue life after high school. Even a book about their 15 year class reunion or a senior showcase at some point down the road would be awesome! What do you say, Ms. Eulberg???

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It was another great, clean YA read that was fun and quick. 

Will I read it again: I may someday in the distant future but it isn’t a read every year type of book for me. 

About the book – from the publisher: Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts school, getting ready for their Senior Showcase recital, where the pressure is on to appeal to colleges, dance academies, and professionals in show business. For Sophie, a singer, it’s been great to be friends with Emme, who composes songs for her, and to date Carter, soap opera heartthrob who gets plenty of press coverage. Emme and Ethan have been in a band together through all four years of school, but wonder if they could be more than just friends and bandmates. Carter has been acting since he was a baby, and isn’t sure how to admit that he’d rather paint than perform. The Senior Showcase is going to make or break each of the four, in a funny, touching, spectacular finale that only Elizabeth Eulberg could perform.

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Guest Post by Leslie Langtry – author of ‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy


Every Free Chance Book Reviews would like to welcome author, Leslie Langtry, to the blog today! She has provided you with a wonderful guest post about how she came up with the titles to her books. Also, be sure to check out ‘Scuse While I Kill This Guy, for free at Amazon and Smashwords. It is also available for Nook at Barnes & Noble.

About the book — from Goodreads
YOU CAN’T PICK YOUR FAMILY… 

Death by Chocolate is her favorite dessert. And those knitting needles aren’t just for craft projects. To most people, Gin Bombay is an ordinary single mom. Then again, they don’t know she’s from a family of top secret assassins. Somewhere between leading a Girl Scout troop for her kindergartner–would nooses count for a knot badge?–and keeping their puppy from destroying the furniture, Gin now has to take out a new target. 

BUT YOU CAN PICK THEM OFF
Except this target has an incredibly hot Australian bodyguard who knows just how to make her weak in the knees. But with a mole threatening to expose everything, Gin doesn’t have much time to let her hormones do the happy dance. She’s got to find the leak and clear her assignment…or she’ll end up next on the Bombay family hit list.

THE STORY BEHIND MY TITLES


I know, I have some strange titles; SCUSE ME WHILE I KILL THIS GUY, GUNS WILL KEEP US TOGETHER, STAND BY YOUR HITMAN, I SHOT YOU BABE, and PARADISE BY THE RIFLE SIGHTS.  When I sold my first book, ‘Scuse Me, my title was originally DEATH IN THE FAMILY.  My editor told me it was too dark.  I reminded her that it’s a book about a soccer mom/assassin.  And she reminded me that it was a dark comedy, and therefore needed a funny name.  That made sense.

So, I sat down and made a list.  I made a list of 60 or so titles and sent them to her.  SCUSE ME was number 57.  I’d run out of ideas around #30 and turned to a glass of wine (or three) for inspiration.  Needless to say, I was a bit loopy, and as a joke, wrote SCUSE ME WHILE I KILL THIS GUY.

I love stories of how people mangle song lyrics – mainly because I mangle song lyrics.  Usually, I find out I’m wrong by singing the wrong lyrics loudly – so that my husband can correct me.  For years, I thought the song, ALONE AGAIN, NATURALLY was ALONE AGAIN, ANGELINE.  I even named a cat after that song.  For years I thought the lyrics, “cuz it’s summer, summer time is here. Cuz it’s summer, my time of year,” was “God bless Lola, Lola’s time is here…”  You get my drift.

So, I came up with a mangled Jimi Hendrix lyric.

My editor loved it.  After picking my chin up off the floor, I decided she was right.  It was a month before the realization set in that I’d have to name EVERY BOOK IN THE SERIES THAT WAY.

Fortunately, I mangle a LOT of song lyrics, which is how I came up with the rest of them.  And people seem to love my titles – much to my surprise.  At my first, ever books signing, a woman got down on her knees and praised me as the “God of Titles,” which was cool and a little bit weird.

I’m now working on a collection of short stories featuring my family of assassins throughout history.  The title?  SNUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON.  Apparently, I can keep this going for quite a while…
 

Leslie Langtry  



Praise for ‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy


“Irreverent, witty and fun…a wild, adventurous ride!”
-Katie MacAlister, New York Times Bestselling Author

“With an irreverent, tell-it-like-it-is, suburban-mom-assassin narrator, Leslie Langtry’s ‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy delivers wild and wicked fun.”
-Julie Kenner, USA Today Bestselling Author

“Darkly funny and wildly over the top, this mystery answers the burning question, ‘Do assassin skills and Girl Scout merit badges mix…’ one truly original and wacky novel!”
-Romantic Times BOOKreviews

“Those who like dark humor will enjoy a look into the deadliest female assassin and PTA mom’s life.”
-Parkersburg News

“The fast-paced romantic suspense chick lit thriller is over the top, but fans will want to follow suit as Leslie Langtry provides a satirical family drama.”
-Midwest Book Review

“Mixing a deadly sense of humor and plenty of sexy sizzle, Leslie Langtry creates a brilliantly original, laughter-rich mix of contemporary romance and suspense in ‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy”
-Chicago Tribune

“The beleaguered soccer mom assassin concept is a winner, and Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details.”
-Publisher’s Weekly



About the author – Leslie Langtry: Leslie Langtry grew up in the small town of DeWitt, Iowa, where her teachers wrote, “Leslie spends too much time day dreaming in class,” on her report cards and kids wrote, “You are funny and really weird,” in her yearbooks.  For some idiotic reason, Leslie didn’t fulfill her dream of becoming a published author until much later.  Instead she lived and worked in Lynchburg, Virginia; Springfield, Illinois; Clinton, Iowa; and Rock Island, Illinois.  Now she lives in the Quad Cities with her husband – Tom, kids – Margaret and Jack, a Pug, a Basset Hound and two cats.  She divides her time between writing, her most excellent critique group and her perfectly behaved Girl Scout troop.  Leslie is currently working on her next book.  For more information, check out www.leslielangtry.com

COMING SOON: Don’t Panic by Lindsay Paige

Every Free Chance is happy to announce that author, Lindsay Paige, is releasing a new book called Don’t Panic on October 8, 2012. Lindsay Paige (read my interview of her here) is the author of the Bold As Love series – Sweetness, I’m Yours, and Whatever It Takes.


About Don’t Panic: Samantha Branson is having severe anxiety attacks. Her heart beats unusually fast, her breath quickens and her hands sweat. Every detail screams in the head that she is the center of unwanted attention. Everyone can hear her thoughts, her heart and her breathing. The silence of the classroom is so loud that focus is impossible.

After an attack lands her in the wrong bathroom, Sam meets Eli who offers to provide help. Faced with the return of her possessive ex-boyfriend and the blossoming of a new romance, Sam must find the strength inside herself to face her anxieties head on.