Archives for October 2012

Blog Tour – Spotlight: The Chupacabra by Stephen Randel

The Chupacabra: A Borderline Crazy Tale of Coyotes, Cash & Cartels

written by Stephen Randel          
published by Knuckleball Press

find it here: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book: He is called El Barquero. He makes his trade along the border, smuggling guns and killing without remorse. As he faces his one last mission, his perfect plan is unwittingly foiled by Avery, a paranoid loner obsessed with global conspiracy theories who spends most of his time crafting absurd and threatening letters to anyone who offends him. That means pretty much everyone. 

What unfolds is a laugh out loud dark comedy of madcap adventure stretching from Austin to the West Texas border featuring a lunatic band of civilian border militia, a group of bingo-crazed elderly ladies (one packing a pistol nearly as long as her arm), a murderous and double-crossing cartel boss, a burned-out hippy, and a crotchety retired doctor and his pugnacious French bulldog. Read it to believe it. 

About the author: Stephen Randel, CFA, was born in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University. Steve now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and their two rescue dogs.


Find Mr. Randel here: web, Goodreads



Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!
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GIVEAWAY!! Spotlight: Fashioning a Romance by Libby Mercer with a guest post by the author

Fashioning a Romance 
written by Libby Mercer          
published by Musa Publishing

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: Dedicated American fashion girl, Caitlyn Taylor, can’t stand players, and has successfully dodged them like enemy fire all her life. And then she meets fun-loving British CEO, John Harrington. Not only is he her boss’s brother, he’s the charismatic kind of womanizer that nightmares are made of. Worse still: he’s exactly Caitlyn’s type. As if his being the Superman of sex appeal isn’t enough, he’s also got that quirky something-something that she adores. Not that she’s even considering falling prey to his methods. No way.

John can’t fathom how Caitlyn can be impervious to his charms, given the extraordinary chemistry between them. The more she resists, the more determined he is to break down the walls she’s built up to keep him out. Forced to get creative, he orchestrates a “surprise” weekend in Paris for the two of them. Game on!

Every Free Chance is pleased to welcome Libby Mercer, author of Fashioning a Romance, to the blog today! She has written the following guest post and included the blurb for her upcoming release, Unmasking Maya.


In life, as well as in fiction, the items we choose to clothe ourselves in sends a message to the world. An individual’s ensemble makes a fashion statement, if you will.

Caitlyn, the heroine of my debut novel, Fashioning a Romance, ponders this very concept when she’s shopping for a dress to wear for a night out with John – the guy who she’s determined not to fall for. Here’s an excerpt:

“The Dress was designed for the hour-glassy figure; the bodice was structured, the waist nipped in, and the skirt molded itself beautifully to Caitlyn’s hips. The mossy green fabric was sand-brushed silk: a fabulous silk with a suede-like texture, and it was cut on the bias, allowing for plenty of movement.

The neckline was the only thing that gave her a moment’s pause. Not exactly the kind of dress she’d wear to hang out with her grandma, it was pretty low-cut and offered a fairly impressive display of cleavage. Normally Caitlyn didn’t mind showing off her assets, but she was worried about the message she’d be sending John by wearing this particular dress. And she, no doubt, would be sending a message – Caitlyn’s “Fashion as Communication” senior dissertation had been a labor of love, the highlights of which were melded into her mind.

Hm. By wearing The Dress, would she be conveying to John that she was interested? But what was the alternative? Show up in some shapeless number like she’d just stepped off the bus from Frumpsville?

Oh, who cared about the message to John? Caitlyn was too in love with The Dress to possibly resist buying it. Anyway, she could always wear her cardigan too. Course that would kind of spoil the effect; it would be like eating caviar with a plastic spoon. Oh, whatever.”

I just love writing about fashion. And I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to do it for a living. Before I became an author, I spent several years as a freelance fashion journalist, working for a variety of trade and online publications. Granted, most of the work involved plodding around massive trade shows and conducting interviews with designers over the phone, but I did attend the runway shows in New York a few times, and once the London ones. How exciting it was to write the descriptions of the fresh, exciting new fashions I’d seen!

Both Caitlyn and Maya, the heroine of my upcoming novel, Unmasking Maya, previously worked in the design departments of big name fashion designers. Caitlyn, as we learn early on, lost her job thanks to the rotten economy and later found work as the personal dressmaker for a London semi-socialite. Maya’s termination happened as a result of a scandal! I don’t want to give anything away here, so that’s all I will say on the matter. When the story begins, she’s working on building a new career as a fine artist. Her medium is cloth on canvas. Basically what she does is uses fabrics, beads, sequins and whatnot to create abstract images you can hang on your wall. I had so much fun describing her artwork!

Here’s the blurb from Unmasking Maya, scheduled to be released on December 15th:

Defamed, disgraced and displaced…

Fresh from a career-killing scandal, New York fashion girl, Maya Kirkwood, arrives in San Francisco to reinvent herself as a fine artist. She’s offered the opportunity to create an installation at the Silicon Valley headquarters of a hot new tech company. Fabulous, right?

Not so much.

She can’t stand Derek Whitley – wunderkind software genius and CEO of the company. Hot as he may be on the outside, inside the man is a cold, unemotional, robotic type. Way too left-brained for her right-brained self.

As Maya and Derek get to know each other, however, their facades begin to crack. She catches her first glimpse of the man behind the superhuman tech prodigy, and he starts to see her as the woman she used to be. But is this a good thing? Once that last secret is revealed, will it bring them closer together or will it tear them apart?

I hope you enjoyed reading my musings about fashion and fiction. Thank you so much, Chrissy, for having me here today!!

About the author: Born and raised in the Midwest, Libby Mercer’s adventurous spirit kicked in after graduating from high school, and she’s since lived in Boston, NYC and London. San Francisco is the city that she currently calls home. For several years, Libby worked in fashion – first as a journalist and then as a shopkeeper. She also dabbled in design for a while. Even through the crazy fashion years, Libby never let go of her dream of being a published author, and has since developed her signature writing style, crafting quirky chick lit/romance hybrids. Fashioning a Romance was her first published novel, and Unmasking Maya will be her second. Libby has a third novel, The Karmic Connection, scheduled for release in 2013.


Find Ms. Mercer here: blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

And now for the GIVEAWAY!! Ms. Mercer is offering an eBook copy of Fashioning a Romance to one lucky winner!! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win. 



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Review: Night of the Purple Moon (The Toucan Trilogy #1) by Scott Cramer (interview)

night of the purple moonNight of the Purple Moon (The Toucan Trilogy #1)
written by Scott Cramer
published by Train Renoir Publishing

find it here: (affiliate links) CURRENTLY FREE! Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Book Depository, Smashwords, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: The author, Scott Cramer, asked 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 enjoy this book. I read every free chance I had and I could not put this book down. I finished it in a bit over a day…it would have been less than a day if not for other obligations that did not permit reading.

Night of the Purple Moon was sad and heartbreaking yet endearing and had me cheering for the kids to survive. I couldn’t imagine a world where all of the children are left to fend for themselves. It was so encouraging to see the children of Castine Island band together to make their new situation work especially when there were other children in the country that were only out to save themselves and did not care about each other.

These children took care of the babies and toddlers, they learned to farm for food, they had to bury the dead. Through it all, they did what they had to do in order to survive. I felt so bad for the kids.

The main characters, Abby and Jordan, were so brave and strong willed. They really stepped up. I felt bad for Mandy in the end. Her decision broke my heart, as it did hers. All of the characters were so well-written and the reader connects with them.

I want to say so much more about this book and these characters but I don’t want to give anything away and spoil it for all of you. I was disappointed when I hit the end of the book because I wasn’t ready for it to end! I was so happy when I found out this was only the first book of a trilogy!

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Would I recommend it: Simply put: Get the book and read it. It was a great read that I could not put down.

Will I read it again: I probably will not but it all depends on when the second book comes out. However, I will be anxiously awaiting book #2 in The Toucan Trilogy – Colony East!!!

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About the book – from Goodreads: The epidemic strikes only those who have passed through puberty.

Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple. For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon.

But nobody has predicted the lightning-fast epidemic that sweeps across the planet on the night of the purple moon. The comet brings space dust with it that contains germs that attack human hormones. Older teens and adults die within hours of exposure.

On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her — adolescence.

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Where did you come up with the idea for Night of the Purple Moon, which is now book one of The Toucan Trilogy? In Cynthia Voigt’s Homecoming, the book opens with three kids sitting in a car in the parking lot of a shopping mall after their mother has just wandered off. She never comes back and they set out on a journey to find a long, lost aunt. That is a dire situation.
In thinking about my story, originally titled ‘Book for Toucan’, I wanted to raise the stakes. I asked the questions, “What if all parents disappeared? Older brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles and grandparents, too.” Convinced that such a scenario would be one of the most frightening things ever, I then started thinking, How could it happen in a way that falls within the literary realm of believability?
With this as my high level plot, I then had a chance to create some characters that would face impossible odds. To let them struggle and either fail or succeed is usually what makes a good story.
In one sentence, why should we read your book? It is a story with some very dark moments that is also about hope and faith and never giving up.
Any hints on book #2? Here’s a hint:
What is your favorite genre to read? Who are some of your favorite authors?I am a slow reader. I am in awe of book bloggers and voracious readers who read many books.
I am also proud to say that I have read many genres, including Russian novels. On my own I read Homer’s The Illiad and The Odyssey. I went through a science fiction phase, a murder mystery phase, a biography and autobiography phase, a history phase, a Cormac McCarthy phase, a Henry Miller phase, a beat generation phase, an Ernest Hemingway phase, and a phase of big fat thrillers. My favorite authors tend to be the ones who write simple sentences.
I see from your website, http://nanonoodle.com/, that you have had many diverse jobs over the years including dishwasher, offshore drilling rig roustabout, and paperboy. Which of these was the most interesting and why? My job as dishwasher was not the most exciting but I left the position as a legend. Here’s how…
I worked as a dishwasher on Cape Cod. It was the first time ever I was a dishwasher and my coworkers joked that I was “slower than death chained to a stump.” The dishwasher is always the last one out and I was tired of getting home at 2:30 a.m. Home was a peaceful cottage in the woods where I slept on the floor next to the fireplace, kept warm by a DuraFlame log. The restaurant closed at midnight on Saturday and every Saturday, without fail, “The Cape Cod Cowboy”, a singing troubadour who played at a local bar, and his entire posse of band members and groupies would show up for eggs, bacon, the works at 11:55 p.m. They were a hungry, good-natured bunch and they never cleared out until at least 2 a.m.
One Saturday evening the cook got sick and went home. I had some experience as a short-order chef and I stepped up to the grille and rustled up the grub for the Cowboy and his posse. Instantly I became a folk hero to management.
If I ever feared (or hoped) they would let me go, that was no longer a possibility after I saved the day. Several weeks later I gave them my notice, going out, as they say, on top.
Why did you become a writer? To become rich and famous. But a better question would be, “Once you learned that the probability of wealth and fame would be extremely small, why did you keep writing?”
Lots of reasons that I’m aware of, and probably a few subliminal ones.
There is nothing better than being able to connect with readers around the country and world. NOPM has middle-grade kids as the principal characters, but people of all ages seem to like the book.
There are also the brief moments of joy when you enter the writing zone and things flow effortlessly. It’s a lot like surfing, or at least the way that I surf. There is a lot of hard work paddling out and wiping out and missing waves, and getting held under and dealing with the fear of waves outside my comfort zone, but when there is a glassy groundswell and you catch one just right and carve down the face of a wave, it’s very sweet. Same for entering the writing zone.
What are three things you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your book that you can’t find on the internet? (Or that you would really have to do some searching to find.) I never went to my high school prom; I couldn’t find anyone to go with me.
I have a fear of heights, but I wrote a magazine feature story on sky scraper window washers in Boston, and I joined the guys and went down the side of a 40-story skyscraper like a spider. Just typing this is giving me butterflies. Would I do it again? Yeah, probably…
My wife, an artist and fifth grade science teacher, is the brains of our operation. You’d probably actually find this fact on the Internet.
Thank you so much, Scott! I really enjoyed this interview!
Find Mr. Cramer here: blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

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Spotlight: Bohemia by Veronika Carnaby with an interview with the author

 Bohemia
written by Veronika Carnaby          
published by Veronika Carnaby via CreateSpace

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads


About the book: In her debut novel, Veronika Carnaby picks up where the Beat Generation left off. Set in 1960, Bohemia chronicles a group of twenty-somethings who defy the “ideals” of a mid-twentieth century society to seek creative fulfillment. In the process, they spotlight the creative path that artists of all mediums tread, all the while depicting the challenges faced by youth in the decade that changed the world.



Every Free Chance Book Reviews is pleased to welcome author, Veronika Carnaby, to the blog today! She has answered some questions for all of you. 


Why did you write Bohemia? Expression. Writing a book is a great way to relay your thoughts or a message out to the world through a universal story like Bohemia. In this case, I set the plot in 1960 since it was both a pivotal in time in history and in own life. I respected all the cultural progress that was made during that era and wanted to showcase that. I also drew inspiration from some of my own experiences to help convey a budding artist’s journey, which I feel that many can relate to. And what better timeframe to set those formative years than in the seminal decade of the 1960s?

What kind of research did you have to do while writing your book? Other than some date and name-checking, I didn’t need to do much research since many of the attitudes and events referenced throughout the story are ultimately ingrained in my mind. Things like JFK’s campaign, the rise of The Twist fad, racial tensions, and teased hair are well-known because they’re historic markers that have left an imprint on our culture.

How long did it take you to write Bohemia? What was the writing process like? Not counting the several false-starts I encountered in the beginning, the entire process took about 3.5 months. Everyone I’ve told so far have gasped at how quick of a time that is, and that’s true. It is spontaneous, but that was the point. I didn’t want to spend a year to two years mulling over my first instincts. I guess a little bit of Jack Kerouac’s philosophy rubbed off on me, in that respect.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. If you dare to experience life through the unrestrained eyes of artistic, rebellious youth, go ahead and pick up Bohemia.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? Yes ma’am, there are. The wheels are always turning in my head. I’ve already started writing my next book, but I’m keeping mum about it for now. My goals are always to reach readers with a fascinating and meaningful work.

What has been your greatest achievement as a writer? This is an answer that will constantly change with the development of my career. For now, it’s the simple feat of publication. I love to write and to have others read it and hopefully, feel inspired.

Who has been your biggest inspiration? At the moment and in terms of literary inspiration, Jack Kerouac. He’s a risk-taker and I like that. We could all use a little more risk when writing, especially today. I’ve also been greatly inspired by songwriters, particularly by McCartney, Lennon, and Dylan. Some might be surprised to find out just how similar the two mediums are. I’ve learned a lot from them.

What is your favorite genre to read? Who are some of your favorite authors? My interests are as varied as they get. Lewis Carroll, his absurdity is genius. So is James Joyce’s. I lean toward the classics and books that transport me to the past. Gatsby, Huckleberry Finn, books of that sort.

In your opinion, what is one book everyone should read? On the Road. Everyone needs to experience the freedom that the book offers. They may or may not enjoy it, but one thing’s for sure: it will set you free.



About the author: American author and poet, Veronika Carnaby, possesses a vintage charm that transcends well into her written works. Recognized for her Beat-style prose, her pieces have garnered international recognition after appearing in such publications and functions as The Ed Sullivan Show blog, SESAC Magazine, SXSW, Dan’s Papers Literary Journal, and the SESAC New York Music Awards, among others. Whether penning poems, short stories, or novels, Carnaby infuses her writing with a poignancy and passion for 20th century culture.

Find Ms. Carnaby here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Goodreads

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

GIVEAWAY!! Blog Tour: Matt Archer: Monster Hunter by Kendra C. Highley (review)

matt archer coverMatt Archer: Monster Hunter 
written by Kendra C. Highley
published by CreateSpace

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads, iBooks

Why did I pick this book: I am a stop on Ms. Highley’s blog tour hosted by YA Bound. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I loved this book. I read every free chance I had and could not put my Nook down until I finished it. The first 30 pages had me wondering if this book was too geared towards the younger crowd of boys, the last half had me convinced that it would appeal to everyone. All I could say when I finished was “wow” and “holy crap”!

This book had enough action to keep me completely engrossed. There were parts where my adrenaline was pumping, where I laughed out loud, where I got excited and frightened and exhausted. Matt Archer: Monster Hunter is a well-written book that puts you in the action.

Matt Archer is your ordinary ninth grader…not big, not athletic, kind of quiet. But his life sure changes after a camping trip with his uncle. He is a character you want to succeed. You want Matt to get the girl of his dreams. You want him to take out the bullies that have bothered him for most of his school years. You want him to be a monster hunter. You want him to be safe and remain a kid in some respects. I think everyone would root for this kid…no one reading Matt Archer: Monster Hunter would want this kid to fail.

The remaining cast of characters fill out this book quite nicely. Mike is Matt’s uncle and helps show Matt the ropes of monster hunting. Mamie is Matt’s overprotective, older sister who proves to be quite an asset. Brent is Matt’s older brother. The two do not seem to have much in common but they are brothers and there for each other. Will is Matt’s best friend and fierce ally. He is indispensable to Matt and his hunting missions.

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Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. I can’t wait for my kids to be old enough to read it.

Will I read it again: I probably won’t read this book again but I will definitely read the next book in this series, Matt Archer: Monster Summer, which is a short story. I hope there are  more books about Matt Archer.  

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About the book – from Goodreads: Fourteen-year-old Matt Archer spends his days studying Algebra, hanging out with his best friend and crushing on the Goddess of Greenhill High, Ella Mitchell. To be honest, he thinks his life is pretty lame until he discovers something terrifying on a weekend camping trip at the local state park.

Monsters are real. And living in his backyard.

But that’s not the half of it. After Matt is forced to kill a strange creature to save his uncle, he finds out that the weird knife he took from his uncle’s bag has a secret, one that will change Matt’s life. The knife was designed with one purpose: to hunt monsters. And it’s chosen Matt as its wielder.

Now Matt’s part of a world he didn’t know existed, working with a covert military unit dedicated to eliminating walking nightmares. Faced with a prophecy about a looming dark war, Matt soon realizes his upcoming Algebra test is the least of his worries.
His new double life leaves Matt wondering which is tougher: hunting monsters or asking Ella Mitchell for a date?

Kendra C. HeighleyAbout the author: Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.

Find Ms. Highley here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads



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Grand prize is a Nook Simple Touch and a $25 B&N card plus a paperback copy of Matt Archer: Monster Hunter. (US only)
 (3) 1st place winners get a $10 Amazon Card plus a paperback copy of Matt Archer: Monster Hunter. (Open Internationally)

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GIVEAWAY!! Book Blast: The Waiting Booth by Brinda Berry


The Waiting Booth 
written by Brinda Berry
published by Etopia Press

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads

About the book: A missing boy, government agents, an interdimensional portal… Mia has one goal for her senior year at Whispering Woods High-find her missing older brother. But when her science project reveals a portal into another dimension, she learns that travelers are moving in and out of her woods in the most alarming way and government agents Regulus and Arizona are policing their immigration. Mia’s drawn to the mysterious, aloof Regulus, but it’s no time for a crush. She needs to find out what they know about her brother, while the agents fight to save the world from viral contamination. But when Regulus reveals that he knows Mia’s secrets, she begins to wonder if there’s more going on than she thought…and if she was wrong to trust him…

Praise for The Waiting Booth

“The book kept me on the edge of my seat with its perfect balance of teenaged angst, interdimensional portals, and a fractured family.”
~ Author Christine Ashworth

“The description was so good I could easily see things as they happened…like a movie playing in my mind as I read. I just love Regulus. He’s my kind of hero for sure.”
~ Author Lynn Rush

About the author: Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She has a BSE in English and French and a MEd in Learning Systems Technology. She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality. She doesn’t mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she’s not working the day job or writing a novel, she’s guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.

Find Ms. Berry here: Website, Blog, Facebook, TwitterGoodreads, Youtube, Google+



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Chrissy’s Review: In Need of Therapy by Tracie Banister

INOTFinalCoverArtSMIn Need of Therapy
written by Tracie Banister
published by Tracie Banister

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: I was contacted by the author about reviewing her book. I happily accepted the request! (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.) 

Ms. Banister visited the blog in July and wrote a wonderful guest post about picking the setting for a book. You can find it here.

Did I enjoy this book: I really did enjoy In Need of Therapy. I loved it and I read it every free chance I had. In fact, I finished it in less than a day. This book reminded me as to why I love chick lit.

In Need of Therapy is a great story concept with a wonderful cast of characters. We have a professional woman, Pilar, who doesn’t need a man to be happy. Sure, Pilar is lonely but having a man won’t define her. She can figure things out for other people but not herself. She is constantly stuck in the middle of family disputes. Her mom is a trip. I didn’t read much about her dad. He struck me as the quiet (outnumbered by 3 daughters and his wife) type. Ford is a great guy. Victor is an ass and Mitch is just awesome.

In Need of Therapy is a funny book. I laughed out loud in quite a few places. When I finished this book, I had that happy, giddy feeling that wouldn’t leave me. I had a smile on my face. I could say so many good things about this book but I don’t want to spoil anything.  It was so worth the read.

everyfree5Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It is a great chick lit read!!!

Will I read it again: I will read this book again…probably not every year but every few years I will read this book.

chrissysigAbout the book – from Goodreads: 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.efchappy

GIVEAWAY!! Book Blast: The Emerald Talisman by Brenda Pandos


The Emerald Talisman 
Audio Book by Brenda Pandos  
Read by Mary Morgan

find it here: 
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About the book: You can run from your destiny, but you can’t hide.

If for no other reason than to help endure the hormonal rush of high school, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would trade her ability to feel her fellow students’ emotions in a heartbeat, especially half the boys in class.

When the beguiling Nicholas uses his superhuman strength to rescue Julia from the edge of a cliff before she’s devoured by a bloodthirsty stalker, Julia is suddenly thrust into an underground world where people and animals are often one and the same. Fellow high school students disappear and only Julia and Nicholas know the truth. While Nicholas, a vampire hunter, is out stopping the ever-growing coven, an old friend entices Julia to join him on the dark side and a psychic tells Julia she alone is the key to stopping the madness, problem is it’ll require Nicholas’ life. 

About the author: Brenda Pandos lives in California with her husband and two boys. She attempts to balance her busy life filled with writing, being a mother and wife, and spending time with friends and family. Working formerly as an I.T. Administrator, she never believed her imagination would be put to good use. After her son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder her life completely changed. Writing paranormal romance became something she could do at home while tending to the new needs of her family, household, and herself.

Three years later, Brenda now has five books published, The Talisman Trilogy: The Emerald Talisman, The Sapphire Talisman, and The Onyx Talisman, and Mer Tales: Everblueand Evergreen. She is currently working on the third book of Mer Tales, Everlost, coming February 2013.


Find Ms. Pandos here: WebsiteBlogGoodreadsTwitterFacebook 


Audio Book Tour 

Readers are invited to participate in The Emerald Talisman blog tour from 10/26-11/23 hosted by Confessions of a Bookaholic. There will be giveaways, interviews and a scavenger hunt! 


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GIVEAWAY!! Blog Tour: Mary Indiana by Anneke Campbell

Mary Indiana

written by Anneke Campbell          
published by booksbnimble.com

find it here: Amazon, Goodreads


Why did I pick this book: I am a stop on the blog tour hosted by CLP Blog Tours. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)


Did I enjoy this book: This is a cute story with a happy ending. At first, I was unsure about whether or not I was going to like this book. I didn’t know if it was going to be over-the-top religious or the complete opposite, over-the-top anti-religion. Thankfully, Mary Indiana is neither. This book had some funny moments, some scratch your head moments, some moments of disbelief but overall, I enjoyed Mary Indiana.

Our leading lady – Mary – is a young girl who is pregnant but a virgin. Soon she finds herself seen as a healer, as a blasphemer, as a sign from heaven above, as a medical marvel, and as an alien experimentation. As the synopsis states, it is amazing how one event can be transformed into so many different meanings for so many different people. And how the internet can spread “news” faster than ever before. 

There are a lot of characters in this book, most of which are easy enough to keep track of. Besides Mary, the main characters are Violet, Joe, Ted, and Dr. Bob. Violet, though does not seem to want children or need a man in her life, becomes a good friend to Mary and there for her throughout her stay in Bellingham. Joe is a postal deliveryman who happens to pick up Mary when he finds her dirty and injured along the side of the road. He takes to her and she to him. He wants to protect her. Ted comes into the story later and, although his motives are not completely selfless, he does his best to help Mary. And Dr. Bob thinks he has found a new scientific breakthrough and wants Mary to go along with his tests so he can be famous. I didn’t really like Dr. Bob in the beginning. But in the end, I did like Dr. Bob. There are also a host of secondary and tertiary characters that help this story along and make it what it is. 

Would I recommend it: If you like chick lit and happy endings, then, yes, read this book. 

Will I read it again: I will not read this book again. 


About the book – from Goodreads: 
She’s eighteen and pregnant, but with a twist–the new kid in town’s barely been kissed! Could she really be a virgin? The town doc swears it’s true. There’s just GOTTA be an explanation.

But it’s not coming from Mary, as she’s quickly dubbed. She seems to have taken a vow of silence. So it’s up to the citizens of Bellingham to make their own miracles—or at least their own myths. The new celeb is instantly surrounded by hangers-on, miracle-seekers, paparazzi, preachers, and promoters—to hilarious effect.

But are they dealing with an angel here, or someone playing an angle? Con, in a word, or icon? And by the way, what’s up with that strange light in the sky? Could be she came off a spaceship.

Neither sacred nor profane, nor even paranormal, Campbell’s beautifully written book is at once funny and wise, a savvy story of how myths are made, how minds twist and turn around the extraordinary, how the human organism just can’t help grabbing for the supernatural, whether out of the spiritual need for a miracle or a mundane desire for cash.


About the author: Anneke Campbell was born and raised in The Netherlands and immigrated to America when she was 17. She has had a number of careers: midwife, practical nurse, masseuse, yoga teacher, college teacher of English literature and of writing. She is a scriptwriter, and a journalist and an award-winning poet. Her first novel, Mary of Bellingham, was published in 2004. She was the writer/producer of the ten-part series, ACLU Freedom Files for LINK and Court TV in 2005. Her manual for activists with Thomas Linzey, “Be The Change: How To Get What You Want in Your Community,” was published in 2009. She edited an anthology on women’s leadership, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading From The Heart, which will be published in October of 2010. She lives with her companion, director Jeremy Kagan, in Venice, California. 

Find Ms. Campbell here: Goodreads

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Chrissy’s Review: Wright for America by Robin Lamont

Wright for America
written by Robin Lamont
published by Grayling Press

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

Why did I pick this book: I was asked to review this book by the publicist. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: This book was not bad but it did take me awhile to get through. It was not a book that I had to read every free chance I had.

For me, this book was kind of confusing. There were a lot of characters to keep track of and I lost track of most of them. Some of the characters – specifically the main characters – were playing multiple roles in this plot to get Pryor Wright. It was just hard to follow sometimes. I could not keep track of the different arms dealers and buyers or their “bodyguards” and assistants.

Some parts of this book were funny and some parts were just unbelievable. Satire or not, it is a very political book with a definite slant. This did not bother me in the least…but it may bother some readers depending on their political leanings.

Maren was an interesting lead character. She played at least three different roles in this book. She was Maren, the struggling actress who happened to work undercover for a private investigative firm. She also played the part of Rita for the PI firm, trying to uncover a counterfeit designer handbag ring. And for her own personal vendetta against Pryor Wright, Maren took on the personality of Katherine Starr. I didn’t really get the need to trap or humiliate Pryor Wright. I understand her thinking behind it to an extent but even her brother – the victim in this case – didn’t really care about her going after Pryor.

Pryor Wright is the ultra-right-wing conservative radio talk show host. He talks  at an extreme level and many people think that he insights extremists to act in harmful ways. His rhetoric is out there and to the far side.

The theme throughout the book seemed to be that words have power. This is very true and that power can affect anyone no matter what side of the political coin they happen to fall.

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Would I recommend it: I don’t know if I would recommend this book. It is not a book for everyone.

Will I read it again: I will not read this book again.

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About the book – from Goodreads: Pryor Wright’s ultra-conservative radio show has millions of devout fans who are sure that the slurs and wild accusations fired at the liberal left prove him a true patriot. But when his venomous rantings catch Maren Garrity’s twin brother in the crossfire, the struggling actress pursues her own style of justice and enlists a troupe of fellow unemployed actors to teach Wright just how powerful words can be.

 

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