Archives for February 2013

GIVEAWAY!! Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop

I am so excited to be a part of this year’s Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Jinky Is Reading! This hop is a giveaway of something that a reader, blogger, or an author may enjoy. As I am a reader and a blogger, I would enjoy a Barnes & Noble gift card as well as a gift card to Starbucks because what is better than a good book and cup of coffee (or tea)! 

So, that is what I am giving away…a $15 gift card to Barnes & Noble and a $5 gift card to Starbucks!

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Be sure to visit the stops on the Hop!

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

The Legend of Mickey Tussler by Frank Nappi

The Legend of Mickey Tussler
written by Frank Nappi          
published by Sky Pony Press

find it here: Barnes & NobleAmazoniBooksGoodreads


Why did I pick this book: I had participated in the blog tour hosted by Tribute Books in January of this year. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)


Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book. I read it every free chance I had. It was endearing, sweet, and totally engrossing.

The scene was set beautifully by Mr. Nappi. I was there…I could smell the dirt of the infield. I could smell the grass of the outfield. I could smell the summer breeze. I could see the crowd and the players. I was there. It was a reading experience that I rarely have, but Mr. Nappi put me in the game. 

Mickey is such an amazing individual as is Arthur Murphy for taking a chance on such an exceptional person. I loved Mickey. But I think I loved Arthur more. He took a big chance and I admire him for that. Arthur also helped Mickey’s mother, Molly, come out of her shell and begin to rediscover herself despite her overbearing husband, Clarence.

My other favorite character was Boxcar. He was like the big brother/father-figure on the team. He was there for his fellow Brewers. Boxcar cared and kept everyone in line. The way he accepted Mickey and helped him was wonderful. PeeWee was another teammate that accepted Mickey completely and watched out for him. 

All of the characters that Mr. Nappi wrote were fantastic. You really got to know each of them. You rooted for some, you were happy with others, and there were a few you just could not get behind.

Bottom line: I loved this book.

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to anyone…especially baseball fans and those who love the feel good books about people dealing with or overcoming adversity.

Will I read it again: I just might.


About the book: In the late 1940s, the minor league Milwaukee Brewers are foundering yet again and manager Arthur Murphy is desperate. When he sees seventeen-year old Mickey Tussler throwing apples into a barrel, he knows he has found the next pitching phenom. But not everyone is so hopeful. Mickey’s autism—a disorder still not truly understood even today—has alienated the boy from the world, and he is berated by other players and fans. Mickey faces immense trials in the harsh and competitive world of baseball while coping with the challenges inherent to his disorder. An honest and knowledgeable book about overcoming adversity, and the basis for the television movie A Mile in His Shoes, Mickey’s powerful story shows that with support and determination anyone can be triumphant, even when the odds are stacked against him.


Read an excerpt from Chapter 1 here.

About the author: Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes From The Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA’s silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story “A Mile in His Shoes” starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story, and is presently at work on a third installment of the unique series. Frank lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.

Find Mr. Nappi here: webblogFacebookTwitterGoodreads

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

Blog Tour – Spotlight: Against My Will by Benjamin Berkley

Against My Will
written by Benjamin Berkley        
published by Frederick Fell Publishers, Inc.

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

About the book: Against My Will is the life changing novel about Danielle, a victim of marital abuse, who finds the strength to leave her husband and pursue a career in law.

Danielle Landau knows she should feel lucky, but she can’t feel anything but dread. Not only did she pass the New York Bar, but she married the man her father says is just right for her and lives in a fashionable new loft in Queens. But the man who seems like the perfect catch is a perfect nightmare at home. Jacob tries to control her career, her daily routine, and even what she eats. He ignores her desires and belittles her every chance he gets. Soon, Danielle doesn’t recognize her husband or herself, and she struggles to find a way out.
Danielle tries to talk to her father but he dismisses her marital problems.  But she can confide in her Nana Rose, a Holocaust survivor who lost her entire family at the hands of the Nazis. Rose helped raise Danielle and her brother when their mother died when Danielle was only three.  Having faced death, Rose is Danielle’s source of security.  But while Danielle holds on to the fragile belief that her father’s prince charming will change, she is raped by her husband on the night of their one year wedding anniversary.
Now, Danielle has to escape.  And with the help of her beloved Nana, Danielle moves across the country and starts to rebuild her life. But will she be able to escape her past? And when one of her clients finds herself in the same terrible situation, will Danielle have the strength to help her?

As we follow Danielle on her journey of terror and recovery, we see her story intersect with the diary entries of her Nana as a young girl held captive in a concentration camp.  The entries begin with Rose waking up in a hospital after the liberation of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp.    Graphically she recounts the train ride to the camp and the emotional separation of her from her family upon arrival.    And the full weight of the family’s secrets becomes clear. This is a story of survival, self-discovery, justice, and ultimately, it’s about love. 

About the author: Against My Will is Benjamin Berkley’s fifth book and debut novel.  He is also the author of four self-help books: My Wishes, Your Plan for Organizing Your Family’s Needs (Sourcebooks, June, 2006), The Complete Executor’s Guide (Sourcebooks, June 2007), Winning Your Social Security Disability Case (Sourcebooks, February, 2008), and Before You Say I Do Again, A Buyer’s Beware Guide to Remarriage (Frederick Fell Publishers, September, 2009).

And though writing is his passion, for over 34 years he has conducted a busy law practice in which he has seen many interesting clients come through his door.  One in particular, an older woman with white hair, the kindest smile, and an amazing story became the inspiration for one of his characters for Against My Will.  Berkley lives in southern California with his wife Phyllis and their cat Riley.   He has two grown children and is always bragging about his most beautiful grandson and granddaughter.
Find Mr. Berkley here: webFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads
Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

GIVEAWAY!!

As you can see, I have had my blog redesigned!!! 

I love it! Lori at Imagination Designs did a fantastic job. 

And to celebrate, I’m giving away a $25 gift card to either Barnes & Noble or Amazon…you get to pick!

Thank you for your continued support of Every Free Chance Book Reviews.


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

Blog Tour: Focus (The Crescent Chronicles #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Focus

Focus (The Crescent Chronicles #2)
written by Alyssa Rose Ivy
published by Alyssa Rose Ivy

find it here: Barnes & NobleAmazoniBooksGoodreads

Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by AToMR Tours(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.) Read my review for Flight and enter the tour giveaway – here.

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had…it was hard to put down.

This was a great second book in a series! I enjoyed Focus more than I enjoyed Flight, the first book in The Crescent Chronicles series. I thought Focus was better…more developed, I cared more about the characters and what was happening. Focus is exciting, has a lot of action, and a great love story.

Allie was better in this book. She didn’t annoy me quite as much as she did in Flight. Allie is still strong and handling the knowledge of who, and what, Levi is and about the world she lives in. Levi is still cocky but slightly more endearing in this book. I like him a little bit more. He truly loves Allie, that is evident, and he is trying to make it up to her…tricking her into becoming his mate. (Which is still pretty unforgivable.)

I think Hailey is sweet. I really like her. She is a wonderful friend, and protector, to Allie. And Allie really sticks up for Hailey and her brother, Owen, in front of the king. I also thought Jared was much more likable in Focus. We learn more about him and his family – especially his brother. You can’t help but like him more and more as this story progresses. He really is a good guy.

The end…REALLY?!?!?!?!? Why? How can a book end like that? What a cliffhanger! I was looking for the next page. I kept trying to turn the page on my Kindle…but there was no page to turn to. I CANNOT WAIT TO READ FOUND! I have to know what happens next.

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Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book, especially if you read the first book, Flight.

Will I read it again: I will not read this book again but I will most definitely read Found, book #3 of The Crescent Chronicles series.

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About the book: Freshman year of college is hard even when you’re not tied to the future king of a supernatural society.

Allie dives into college head first with Hailey as her roommate and the city of New Orleans as her backyard. As things within The Society heat up, Allie realizes that whether she’s with Levi or not, she’s in far too deep to turn back.

AlyssaAbout the author: Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Find Ms. Ivy here: webFacebookTwitterGoodreads

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

GIVEAWAY!! Blog Tour: The Crescent Chronicles by Alyssa Rose Ivy

FlightFlight (The Crescent Chronicles #1)
written by Alyssa Rose Ivy
published by Alyssa Rose Ivy

find it here: Barnes & NobleAmazoniBooksGoodreads

Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by AToMR Tours(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It took longer than I expected to read but I did read it every free chance I had.

This was an interesting story. We meet Allie while she is in New Orleans working at her father’s hotel. The first day she arrives, she meets Levi. We can all guess what happens.

I liked Allie’s character for the most part. She was strong and didn’t really put up with lines and other crap from guys. She could hold her own. Allie’s sarcasm, wit, and character really struck me. She was a good character. Did she act like a typical teen girl sometimes? Yes, but that was okay.

Levi was awfully sure of himself. He was very presumptuous and arrogant. Levi rubbed me the wrong way throughout this book. However, that was his character and it worked. He and his crew were a typical “frat boy”-type group but with a much more interesting background.

There was romance, action, and the inevitable cocky-guy screw up. Throw in the fact that Levi is a Pteron, and part of the supernatural society that Allie did not know existed, and you have a good read. I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in The Crescent Chronicles series, Focus.

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Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It was a good, paranormal YA read.

Will I read it again: I will not.

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About the book: Sometimes you just have to take flight.

A summer in New Orleans is exactly what Allie needs before starting college. Accepting her dad’s invitation to work at his hotel offers an escape from her ex-boyfriend and the chance to spend the summer with her best friend. Meeting a guy is the last thing on her mind—until she sees Levi.

Unable to resist the infuriating yet alluring Levi, Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

Focus

Focus (The Crescent Chronicles #2)
written by Alyssa Rose Ivy
published by Alyssa Rose Ivy

find it here: Barnes & NobleAmazoniBooksGoodreads

Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by AToMR Tours(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

I am almost finished reading this book. I am enjoying it and I can’t wait to see how it ends! I will be posting my review soon…be on the look out for it!

About the book: Freshman year of college is hard even when you’re not tied to the future king of a supernatural society.

Allie dives into college head first with Hailey as her roommate and the city of New Orleans as her backyard. As things within The Society heat up, Allie realizes that whether she’s with Levi or not, she’s in far too deep to turn back.

About the author: Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Find Ms. Ivy here: webFacebookTwitterGoodreads

 

And now for the GIVEAWAY!! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win (1) print copy of FLIGHT and FOCUS set – US/Canada Only and (10) eBooks of FOCUS – International.

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

GIVEAWAY!! Book Blast: Baked Alaska by Josi S. Kilpack


Baked Alaska 
written by Josi S. Kilpack

find it here: Barnes & Noble, AmazonDeseret Book, Goodreads

About the book: An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie Hoffmillers latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughters upcoming wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie has suspicions about the voyage ahead and the relationship between her normally easygoing son and a mysterious female passenger he obviously knows but refuses to discuss. When the woman is discovered unconscious during the second night at sea, Sadies apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has developed an extreme dislike for secrets and it would seem her son is keeping one from her. *Includes eight new mouthwatering recipes, tested and approved by the official bakers of Sadies Virtual Test Kitchen.

Praise for Baked Alaska

Josi Kilpack has done it again. You would think that all these events that occur in Sadie’s life wouldn’t be natural, but Josi Kilpack has a way of making you believe that it just “happens” and it is normal. I have grown to love Sadie’s character, even if she is a busybody, you can’t help but cheer for her as she attempts to solve a mystery or crime. One of my favorite series. 🙂
~Goodreads Reviewer Lacey McNeill






About the author: Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating to read until she was thirteen and her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began her first novel in 1998 and hasn’t stopped since. Her seventh novel, Sheep’s Clothing, won the 2007 Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense, and Lemon Tart, her ninth novel, was a 2009 Whitney Award Finalist. Josi was the Best in State winner in literature for 2012 and currently has two books (Banana Split and Tres Leches Cupcakes) as finalists in the 2012 Whitney awards.

Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her family.

Find Ms. Kilpack here: WebsiteTwitter, Goodreads


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And now for the Book Blast Giveaway! Enter to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash!
(Ends March 17, 2013)
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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

Blog Tour – Spotlight: Cologne: A Novel by Sarah Pleydell with an interview

Cologne: A Novel
written by Sarah Pleydell         
published by Fuze Publishing, LLC

find it here: Amazon (paperback, Kindle), Fuze (paperback, ebook), Goodreads

About the book – from Fuze Publishing: London, 1960: Renate von Hasselmann, a nineteen-year-old German au pair, arrives at Victoria Station prepared to meet her new charges, Caroline and Maggie Whitaker. Yet she is ill-prepared for their parents: the mother, Helen, knows more about Nazi Germany than Renate does, and the father, Jack, disarms Renate with his quicksilver charm. 

In Sarah Pleydell’s debut novel, childhood and history collide, blurring the distinctions between victim and victor, ruin and redemption. With delicate humor, Pleydell presents a portrait of a family on the cusp of great social change, while reminding us that the traumas of war revisit the children of the peace.

Every Free Chance Book Reviews is pleased to welcome Sarah Pleydell, author of Cologne: A Novel, to the blog today. She is touring the blogosphere with Tribute Books and has answered some questions for all of you.

How did you come up with the title? I chose the title, Cologne, because of its ambiguity. It represents the city where Renate von Hasselmann grew up, and that Helen visited as a young girl just Renate’s age; it also suggests the lingering scent of these duplicate experiences, (Helen’s and Renate’s) and how their essence—their joy and their pain — is passed down to the children of the next generation to pervade their childhoods too. Caroline and Maggie Whitaker, Helen’s children, know their mother’s war stories and play “war games”; thus, they experience her trauma second hand. Their father, Jack Whitaker, also wears cologne as does his chauffeur, Mario. Their charm also “scents” the book with an odor that lingers, half sweet, half sour.
  
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I want my readers to intuit how the unclaimed traumas of war are passed down to the children of the peace. Helen, Jack, and Renate suffered the consequences of World War II first hand, but they have not had the time nor the occasion to process them. Their unexamined, unresolved  pain, therefore, invades the childhood of Caroline and Maggie. The two girls experience their domestic lives as though they were at war themselves. The political becomes personal, and the unexamined after effects of war come home.
How much of the book is realistic? The novel is written in figurative and lyrical language, which could be interpreted as un-, even sur-, realistic. However, the experience it conveys is all too real for so many children, then and now. Emotional and physical child abuse is still epidemic the world over. Maggie is both neglected and tormented by her father, for whom “one girl was enough, like too much of a good Stilton”. Caroline is abused by her father, who in his drunken condition mistakes her for his wife.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book? I might try and develop the character and context of Renate’s character even further than I did under my editor, Molly Tinsley’s, expert tutelage. I think there may be more to know about the von Hasselmann family. I also wrote a chapter about Caroline taking her incapacitated father to a distant Scottish monastery hoping to heal both herself and him.  After I decided to end the novel with his death, this chapter was no longer relevant. However, I would love it to have a life somewhere, as it is quite a tender interlude.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? Writing about child sexual abuse is very costly to an author, especially one who has lived through it herself. I decided to write it through the point of view of a child, as a fragmented, discontinuous experience and not as a literal and linear one. Some readers, therefore, miss it altogether. This was a risk, as it may have seemed I was avoiding the subject, and I wrestled with that. But for a child this kind of violation and betrayal breaks the world apart; it is, therefore, too broken an event to register as a complete narrative. It is rather a hideous hodgepodge of sensory horror that does not add up: moreover, putting it all together would be more knowledge than most children could tolerate.
  
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learned that any novel, whatever its theme,  must have a strong and galvanizing narrative drive. If it does not grip the reader as a story it does not matter how beautifully it is written or how well crafted the characters are. This was the aspect of the novel I had to work the hardest on. Next time it will come first!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I had an inspiring English teacher in my high school, who encouraged creative writing and especially mine. The book is dedicated to her and to my other teachers. She instilled a confidence in my unique voice and vision, which has never faltered.  I owe her so very much even though she could be a fierce critic with high high standards. But that is a good thing too!
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Toni Morrison is my gold standard. Her prose is above reproach, but more than that she runs full force into the open arms of the thorniest, most challenging subject matters. Belovedand The Bluest Eye are my favorites, the former about slavery and the latter about sexual abuse. I was also thoroughly engaged by her most recent book, Home,which sets indentured servitude and slavery side by side. She does not flinch and that courage is what has inspired me to dig deep and to be brave.
  
Tell us your latest news. I am thrilled that FUZE has published my book, and I am working hard on my next one titled Deep in the Heart, which is set on the Texas-Mexico border. It takes on big subjects too, but I will keep them a secret for now.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Take your time with this book. It is short so there is no rush to the end. There are hidden meanings behind every phrase, sometimes every word. I have placed them there like clues in a treasure hunt. With months and months of premeditation, believe me. They are yours to discover.

About the author: A graduate of Oxford and London Universities, Sarah Pleydell is an award-winning writer, performer and playwright who teaches English and writing at the University of Maryland. For the past twenty years, she has been a master teaching artist and arts integration specialist, working with institutions that include The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Luce Institute. In 2000, she won the American Association for Theatre Educators’ award for best book of the year with co-author Victoria Brown. Most recently she wrote the script and played the role of Isadora in Revolutionary: The Life and Times of Isadora Duncan with Word Dance Theater.

Based on her childhood in London, Cologne has been twenty years in the making. It has benefited from fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and input many generous and gifted writers.

Find Ms. Pleydell here: Facebook, Goodreads

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

GIVEAWAY!! Blog Tour: Broken Wings (Angel Eyes #2) by Shannon Dittemore

Welcome to my stop on the Broken Wings blog tour hosted by YA Bound.

Click here to see the full blog tour schedule!


broken wingsBroken Wings
written by Shannon Dittemore
published by Thomas Nelson Fiction

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

Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by YA Bound(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it almost every free chance I had. But, like the first book – Angel Eyes – some parts were slow.

We pick up a few months after Angel Eyes ends. Jake and Brielle are still together. They are close but Jake is hiding something big from Brielle. This is starting to put a wall between the two. Brielle’s father isn’t liking the relationship at all. He plays a bigger role in this book, but not in a good way. I feel bad for Brielle’s father in a way, but not always. He’s dealing with a lot and the secret he kept for so many years has finally come to light.

I really like Brielle’s friend, Kaylee. She is a genuine person who wants to help others. She may not be a “church-goer” but she has a good heart. She is also very understanding and accepting of all the things that Brielle is going through and the things that Brielle is reluctant to share with Kaylee. Kaylee accepts that she doesn’t quite understand the power of prayer and Christianity as a whole but she’s willing to hear about it and begin to accept it for herself.

There was not as much grab-your-attention action in this book. The action that was in the book occurred mainly at the end. I found myself confused at times while reading this book because we find out a lot of information that I’m assuming lays the groundwork for the final book, Dark Halo. At other times, I wanted to be there with Brielle. I wanted to hear the Sabres’ songs. I wanted to see the Celestial light. I wanted to fly with Helene. I wanted to see what worship looked like.

I agree with author Robert G. Pielke, who said in his guest post for the blog yesterday, that “a trilogy is kind of like a self-contained play with a beginning, a middle, and an end.” Broken Wings is a definite “middle” and I can’t wait to find out what happens in the “end,” Dark Halo. August can’t get here soon enough!

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Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. Definitely read Angel Eyes first.

Will I read it again: I will not but I will definitely read book 3, Dark Halo.

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About the book – from Goodreads: Giant angels with metal wings and visible song. A blind demon restored from the pit of darkness. And a girl who has never felt more broken.

Brielle sees the world as it really is: a place where the Celestial exists side by side with human reality. But in the aftermath of a supernatural showdown, her life begins to crumble. Her boyfriend, Jake, is keeping something from her—something important. Her overprotective father has started drinking again. He’s dating a much younger woman who makes Brielle’s skin crawl, and he’s downright hostile toward Jake. Haunting nightmares keep Brielle from sleeping, and flashes of Celestial vision keep her off kilter.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s been targeted. The Prince of Darkness himself has heard of the boy with healing in his hands and of the girl who sees through the Terrestrial Veil. When he plucks the blind demon, Damien, from the fiery chasm and sends him back to Earth with new eyes, the stage is set for a cataclysmic battle of good versus evil.

Then Brielle unearths the truth about her mother’s death and she must question everything she ever thought was true.

Brielle has no choice. She knows evil forces are converging and will soon rain their terror down upon the town of Stratus. She must master the weapons she’s been given. She must fight.

But can she fly with broken wings?

angel eyesAngel Eyes (Angel Eyes Trilogy #1)
written by Shannon Dittemore
published by Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
See my review here.

About the book – from Goodreads: Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

shannon dittemoreAbout the author: Shannon Dittemore has an overactive imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine the two is responsible for a stint at Portland Bible College, performances with local theater companies, and a focus on youth and young adult ministry. The daughter of one preacher and the wife of another, she spends her days imagining things unseen and chasing her two children around their home in Northern California. Angel Eyes is her first novel.

Find Ms. Dittemore here: WebsiteTwitterGoodreadsFacebookPinterest

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

GIVEAWAY!! Blog Tour – Spotlight: A New Birth of Freedom: The Translator by Robert G. Pielke with a guest post


A New Birth of Freedom: The Translator
written by Robert G. Pielke         
published by Whiskey Creek Press LLC


find it here: Barnes & Noble, AmazonGoodreads



About the book: Noam Chomsky argues that communication with aliens would be impossible. Stephen Hawking argues that it would be extremely unwise even to try. What if it were absolutely necessary to do so? This question arises with extreme urgency at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, in this time-travel, alternate-history trilogy, A New Birth of Freedom.




Every Free Chance Book Reviews is pleased to welcome Robert G. Pielke, author of the A New Birth of Freedom series, to the blog today. He is touring the blogosphere with Tribute Books and has prepared the following guest post and answered some questions for all of you.

I asked Mr. Pielke the following questions: 
What is your process for writing a series of books? 
Is it difficult to write them as a series as well as stand alone books? 
Here is his response:


An interesting question! I’ve recently been discussing this with some of my readers, and opinions are sharply divided. Some of them feel strongly that each book of a trilogy should be able to stand alone. My reply has been to suggest that this may be true of a series – and I’m one of those who buys this idea for a series, but not for a trilogy. By definition, almost, a series is unending and theoretically, at least, a reader should be able to “enter” the series at any point. Each element of the series, therefore, has to contain within it, a beginning, middle, and end. A series, might eventually come to an end, but not necessarily, and even if an author does bring it to a close, “a close” is not the same as “a conclusion.”


The way I see it, a trilogy is kind of like a self-contained play with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Each part is linked to the other parts, structurally. A trilogy is one, long, story, whereas a series is, well, a series of stories. Whenever an author decides to transform a trilogy into a series, the effort almost inevitably fails. Remember Frank Herbert’s Dune? That was a genuine series – six book, I believe. Each one of them works alone as a story. But then there was Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, which started off as a trilogy with a book each year – 1951, 52, and 53. But his publishers urged him to write more, and he tried to “reformat” it as a series of seven. Alas for him, the later four books just seemed out of place, and engendered far less interest.
Now there’s nothing wrong with a series, but for me, that would just tie me down and prevent me from working on other projects with relation to my trilogy, A New Birth of Wisdom. I would find a series totally unworkable for me. [My original publisher suggested a series, but after seeing what I was doing in book one and two, she thought otherwise.]
Q & A
Where did you get your inspiration for A New Birth of FreedomI take this question to pertain to the trilogy as a whole – which, after all, is a complete story in itself. There were many things that led to it, but it all came together when I realized that the underlying issue of the story was fundamental rights. What criteria should we use when deciding who has such rights. It was over this the fundamental issue that led to the Civil War and the issue that will arise in our eventual contact with extraterrestrial intelligent life. Stephen Hawking recently raised the issue again, when he counseled against having any contact with other ET species. Although my trilogy is an alternate-history and a time-travel tale, the story is driven by this concern.
Did you have to do a lot of research for A New Birth of Freedom? Absolutely! Writing successful “alternate” history stories is not possible unless they are based on meticulously presented “actual” history. Why would anyone read them if the history as we know it is mangled?
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. If you want to be entertained, surprised and forced to think, you’ll want to read this trilogy!
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? After I finish the trilogy, I’ve got two novels in the works: One is a science fantasy about discovering that there is a non-human and intelligent life form right here on earth that’s been trying to communicate with is for millennia. The other one is a traditional, contemporary novel about the relationship between Vietnam vets and former war protesters. 
I see in your biography that you are a retired professor. What did you enjoy the most about teaching? What do you not miss about teaching? I never taught…there is no such thing as “teaching” – and never has been. It’s a meaningless concept. There is only “learning” and people helping them to learn. I enjoyed fully creating my classes around this idea, and then arguing and debating the issue all throughout my career. And I don’t miss at all the rigidity and stifling atmosphere of most educational institutions. [It’s actually pretty close to some of the ideas of Plato as well as Maria Montessori.] 
What do you enjoy most about writing? That’s hard to say. But I do know that I’ve always considered writing as simple a part of who I am.
What is your favorite genre to read? I don’t have one. But I’ve always liked stories that involve a well-defined historical setting – ancient or modern or any time in between. 
Who is your favorite author? I don’t have one of these either. I like many writers and for many different reasons. For example, I like the story telling of Ambrose Bierce, the atmosphere of John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac, the grittiness of Charles Bukowski, the flavor of Bram Stoker, the portrayal of aliens in Arthur C. Clarke, the use of language by Winston Churchill and Susan Sontag, the ideas of Richard Wright and Harper Lee, and so on….. 
In your opinion, what is one book that everyone should read? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
I see that you are also a big fan of rock and roll. Who is your favorite band? “Favorite” to me means a momentary thing – it could be a long moment, of course, but it’s the product of mostly emotion. The most important and significant rock performers – for me are Elvis and The Beatles. That’s the essence of my book Rock Music in American Culture: The Sounds of Revolution.
Tell us three things about yourself that cannot be found on the internet…at least not found easily. You mean other than “sex, drugs and rock and roll”? Hahahahahaha Well, here are three, I suppose: 1) I don’t read anything when I’m in the midst of writing. 2) Ledo’s Pizza in College Park, Maryland, is the world’s best – bar none. And 3) I plan to live forever…so far, so good.




About the author: Robert Pielke, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, now lives in Claremont, California. He earned a B.A. in History at the University of Maryland, an M. Div. in Systematic Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, and a Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the Claremont Graduate School.

He taught on ground and online for countless years at George Mason University in Virginia, El Camino College in California, and online for the University of Phoenix. Now happily retired from “the job,” he is doing what he always wanted to do since he wrote his first novel at ten in elementary school. It was one paragraph, three pages long and, although he didn’t know it at the time, it was alternate history.

His academic writings have been in the area of ethics, including a boring academic treatise called Critiquing Moral Arguments, logic, and popular culture. Included in the latter is an analysis of rock music entitled You Say You Want a Revolution: Rock Music in American Culture. He has also published short stories, feature articles, film and restaurant reviews. His novels include a savagely satirical novel on America and its foibles, proclivities and propensities, Hitler the Cat Goes West, and an alternate history, science fiction novel, The Mission.

Most recently, he has updated and revised his book on rock music, which is being republished by McFarland & Co.

He swims daily, skis occasionally, cooks as an avocation, watches innumerable movies, collects rock and roll concert films, is an avid devotee of Maryland crabs and maintains a rarely visited blog filled with his social and political ravings. His favorite film is the original Hairspray; his favorite song is “A Day in the Life”; his favorite pizza is from the original Ledo Restaurant in College Park, MD; and he is a firm believer in the efficacy of “sex, drugs and rock and roll.” Somehow his family and friends put up with him.
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