Archives for April 2013

Book Blast: The Big Debate by Carolyn Twede Frank (spotlight, giveaway)

 

The Big Debate (Literary Loom #1)
written by Carolyn Twede Frank
published by AugustCorp Press

find it here: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book: 
A bizarre corpse . . .
A strange girl . . .
A creepy teacher . . .
A cool invention . . .
Combine these with an old school and a new student anxious to fit in—and the adventure begins.
Fifteen-year-old Josh’s big mouth gets him in trouble at first. But after walking in the shoes of great men of history in the Literary Loom, he uses that mouth to bring down the bad guy and ultimately solve the mystery behind the murder—and the strange girl.

 

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About the author: Carolyn Twede Frank has always liked to create. There were always gardens full of beautiful plants in her life, plenty of frilly, homemade dresses for her daughters—and don’t leave out the puppets. Ever since third grade, Carolyn also liked to write. She is the author of Promises, a teen historical fiction novel, and the author/illustrator of two children’s picture books. Carolyn lives in Utah with her husband and teenage daughter, where she runs her puppet-related business in between family time and writing time.

Find Ms. Frank here: WebsiteTwitter, Goodreads

 

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Cover Reveal: Love in Darkness by E.M. Tippetts

I am so excited to be a part of the cover reveal for E.M. Tippett’s new book in the Shattered Castles series, Love in Darkness. I read the first book in this series, Castles on the Sand, and I really enjoyed it. (See my review here.) I can’t wait to read Love in Darkness!

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Title: Love in Darkness

Author: E.M. Tippetts

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult

Cover Designer: Okay Creations

Expected release date: May 21, 2013

Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

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Alex had everything when he was with Madison. But the darkness within him wouldn’t go away. After two years apart, he returns to Pelican Bluffs and to the girl he never wanted to leave.

Madison wants to give their love another chance, but Alex can’t fight fate. He is what he is. Ruined. Crazy like his mother. And Madison deserves so much more. When his secrets spill out into their small town, Alex has a choice to make. Hide away in the darkness forever, or let love in.

 

 

About the Author: Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance under the name E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy under the name Emily Mah. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in London with her family. Before she was a published author, she was an attorney who specialized in real estate, contracts, and estate planning, especially literary estate planning.

Find Ms. Tippetts here: E.M. TippettsTwitterFacebook

 

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Blog Tour: Residue by Laury Falter (review, giveaway)

residue CoverResidue (Residue Series #1)
written by Laury Falter
published by Laury Falter

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

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: This book was alright.

The beginning was rather slow. The middle got a bit more interesting. But it took half of the book before we found out the significance of the title, Residue. The end wasn’t bad. The last 40% of this book moved a bit more than the beginning.

I liked Jocelyn. She was strong, stubborn, and she was not a pushover. I really liked the fact that she didn’t just accept everything about her new life, her new world. It took quite a while for her to come to terms with it. That was refreshing. She is a thinker, an analyzer, a questioner.

Jameson was wonderful. I really enjoyed him. He was caring, thoughtful, and he could see beyond stereotypes and misperceptions. He was not one to just accept that someone can be judged by their last name alone. Jameson seemed much older than he was. He was more mature and more conscientious.

The teen Weatherford’s and the Caldwell’s were a trip. They provided great protection and love for their respective family members. They were there for their families. And they were ready to hex the other should the need arise.

There were a lot of parallels/similarities between Residue and at least three other popular YA books. Those three books are Harry PotterTwilight, and Romeo & JulietI could sit here and site all of the comparisons, but I will not. If you want to know my thoughts on that, we can discuss in the comments. Here is the reason why I’m not going to go into it here: It didn’t turn me off from reading this book. The comparisons were there but they didn’t make me want to walk away. The book had enough to keep me interested by its own right.

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Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book if you like middle grade/YA paranormal books.

Will I read it again: I will not.

About the book – from Goodreads: When Jocelyn Weatherford is whisked away from a preparatory academy in upstate New York to live with her extended family in New Orleans, she is unprepared to encounter the dangers awaiting her. Yet even as she is thrust into an unfamiliar world of witches and voodoo magic, the greatest threat of all may be the boy she has fallen for.

While handsome and charming, he is also a Caldwell… a member of the family the Weatherford’s have been feuding with for centuries. As their forbidden love grows it becomes the volatile spark that forever changes their world and everyone in it.
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About the author: Laury Falter is the author of the bestselling Guardian Trilogy. She writes young adult paranormal romances and urban fantasy when she’s not taking her stray dogs for a walk or enjoying a date night with her husband.

Laury has released two series, the Guardian Trilogy and the Residue Series (a spinoff of the Guardian Trilogy books), and is currently releasing her third series, the Apocalypse Chronicles.

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

 

 

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Book Blitz: Solitary Desire by Kim Defforge (excerpt)

Solitary Desire Book CoverSolitary Desire
written by Kim Defforge
published by Kim Defforge

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

 

About the book : A story of a woman in love with all things French, who accomplishes her dreams through hard work and determination – driven by the overwhelming desire to be who and where she was meant to be. Conveying amusing candor, Defforge takes us along on her journey as she narrates the life events that weave an emotional tapestry, from adolescent imagination to adult life situations. A true story of twists and turns and the author’s courage to follow it. Inspirational and engaging – the perfect read for those who wish to pursue their own life dreams.

Please enjoy this excerpt from Solitary Desire by Kim Defforge.

“An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. May you be open to each thread that comes into your life – the golden ones and the coarse ones – and may you weave them into a brilliant and beautiful life.”
(Chinese proverb)

The usual rite of passage, testing one’s wings so to speak, generally happens as a 20-something. So, why was I doing it as a 40-something? It’s okay, I told myself, ‘pas de problème’. I am an independent, competent, and mature adult. (Aren’t I?)

 

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About the author: Born in the U.S. and now, an expat living on the French Riviera. As a former French teacher, and lifelong Francophile, I currently enjoy writing: books, and sharing news, information, and amusing stories on my blog, “24/7 in France.”

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

 

 

 

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Blog Tour: Rock Harbor: Search and Rescue by Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll (spotlight, guest post, giveaway)

Welcome to my stop for Rock Harbor: Search and Rescue blog tour hosted by YA Bound

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rock harborRock Harbor: Search and Rescue
written by Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll
published by Thomas Nelson

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

About the book – from Goodreads: In “Rock Harbor Search and Rescue,” a middle grade fiction novel based on Colleen Coble’s bestselling Rock Harbor series for adults, kids will enjoy the mixture of pets, adventure, suspense, and a mystery.

Emily O’Reilly is obsessed with all things Search and Rescue. She volunteers with the team and goes on rescue missions with her stepmom. She is even selling homemade jewelry to save up for her own Search andRescue puppy. But when an expensive necklace is stolen from a renowned jewelry artist at Rock Harbor’s fall festival andEmily is accused of the crime, it looks like she’ll never get her puppy and be able to join the Rock Harbor Search and Rescueteam.

Emily isn’t willing to give up on herSearch and Rescue dreams that easily, andshe sets out to find the real culprit and to restore her reputation. With a few suspects in mind, Emily is determined to uncover the truth, but she isn’t prepared for the secrets she and the Search and Rescuedogs sniff out in the process. This exciting mystery is filled with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seatsand have them pining after a Search andRescue puppy of their own!

 Every Free Chance Book Reviews is pleased to welcome Emily O’Reilly, the main character in Rock Harbor, to the blog today. She wanted to share a few things about herself with all of you.

10 Things You Need to Know About Me
by Emily O’Reilly

  1. I’m 5’8” and taller than all my friends—I hate it!
  2. Do you know what it’s like to have to live with curly hair? Most of the time I pull it up in a ponytail. Sometimes I’d just like to cut it all off.
  3. I’ll tell you a secret—I really love my little brother even though he can be a big pest. He has diabetes though and I try to look out for him.
  4. My favorite color is Army green. I think it looks good on me, but my stepmom rolls her eyes when I ask for one more article of clothing in that color.
  5. I like history. I know, I know, no one likes history. But I think it’s pretty cool to imagine what it might have been like to have lived during the turn of the century.
  6. The one thing I wish I could change about myself is caring too much about what other people think of me. I get embarrassed and my face gets red. I hate that!
  7. I’ve got the boringest eyes in the world—plain old brown. I wish my eyes were green like Bree’s. Or even blue. Anything but brown!
  8. My dad owns a hardware store, and when my mom left us, I took over cooking and cleaning. Even though it was hard learning to do all that stuff, I think it was good for me. Some of my friends don’t even know how to use the washer! Can you imagine being 14 and not knowing how to wash your clothes? Ew!
  9. Timmy and I were lost in the woods when I was 8. That was the scariest thing ever. If you want to read about it, it’s in Without a Trace.
  10. Olivia is my best friend, and I have to help her in Lost and Found.

About the authors: Carol Award winner Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for ACFW. Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year. To learn more about this author of deep South mysteries of suspense to inspire your heart.

Find Ms.Coble here: web, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

Find Ms. Caroll here: web, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

 

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Blog Tour: Date Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #3) by Jillian Dodd (review, giveaway)

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written by Jillian Dodd          
published by Bandit Publishing

find Date Me here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads

find Kiss Me here: Barnes & NobleAmazoniBooksGoodreads

find Stalk Me here: Barnes & NobleAmazon, iBooksGoodreads


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. I read it every free chance I had and I have to say that I enjoyed it better than Stalk Me and Kiss Me. Date Me is, in my opinion, the best of the three books so far. I’m hooked on The Keatyn Chronicles. At first, I didn’t like it that much. It was alright but nothing to write home about. Now, I’m hooked. 

I enjoyed Date Me more because it seemed like Keatyn was evolving a bit more. I understand that all of these books happen within days of each other but there is a change occurring in her. I like her much better in this environment as opposed to her LA/Hollywood environment. Does she still make dumb mistakes? Yes. Is this one a bit more realistic than the previous two? Maybe. Do I care at this point? No. This story, as I said, has me hooked. Ms. Dodd has made me care about Keatyn and her friends.

I love Keatyn’s new friends. I even like her acquaintances better in this story as opposed to those in Stalk Me. My favorites are Riley and Dallas. They are the best! They are funny, loyal, endearing. They are wonderful additions to Keatyn’s story and true friends for her. There are other friends – Katie, Anne, Whitney, Peyton – who have changed for me throughout this book. (I would say more, but I don’t want to spoil  anything. You will understand when you read Date Me.) Aiden v. Dawson. I don’t know that I have a pick through most of this book. They each have great qualities and give something different to the story. I have a pick at the end…but I’m not going to tell you. Again, I don’t want to spoil it.

And speaking of ends, Why, Ms. Dodd? Why? That’s all I have to say. Please, Ms. Dodd, please tell me I don’t have to wait too long before Love Me is released. I must know what happens next. I must.

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Would I recommend it: I would recommend it, especially if you have read Stalk Me and Kiss Me

Will I read it again: I will not but I can’t wait for Love Me, book 4 in The Keatyn Chronicles series.

About the book: I’m not scripting my life anymore.
I’m living it.
I’m done with the God of all Hotties.
I’m going to give my heart to the boy who I think deserves it.
The boy whose kisses are hotter than molten lava.
The boy who offered me the key to his heart.
The boy who asked me to Homecoming in a big, sexy way.
 
There are so many things to look forward to.
Parties at the Cave. Homecoming festivities. Drama Tryouts. Shopping trips to NY.
But things aren’t always as perfect as they seem.
I find out that my best friend has been keeping a secret from me.
Not that I can blame him.
I have secrets too.
But, for now, I’m going to pretend I’m just a normal girl.
I’m going to pretend he’s not still out there.
I’m going to pretend he’s not getting desperate.
I’m going to pretend I’ll never see him again.
But, I will.
And this time, I might not get away.

Jillian DoddAbout the author: Jillian Dodd grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She has drank from a keg in a cornfield, attended the University of Nebraska, got to pass her candle, and did have a boy ask her to marry him in a bar. She met her own prince in college, and they have two amazing children, a Maltese named Sugar Bear, and two Labrador puppies named Camber Lacy and Cali Lucy.

She is the author of the That Boy trilogy and The Keatyn Chronicles series.

Find Ms. Dodd here: webPinterestFacebookTwitterGoodreads

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Book Blast: Captive Spirits by M.A. Adair (spotlight, giveaway)

 

Captive Spirits

written by M.A. Adair

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About the book: Aztar is a planet where no one remembers a time of peace. Fear of those who wield a mystical cruelty holds people as CAPTIVE SPIRITS. All that remains is the waning belief in a savior who will someday come to restore peace to a blood soaked land. Zmeria, an ancient text recovered, brings a Prophecy to life. The leaders of each Region come together with a plan to reunite Aztar’s divided people and make way for their savior. They arm themselves with the recently discovered revelation of peace long past. A dream is born and legends revived as Aztar’s people determine to fight the evil and Reclaim Aztar. The Evil’s grasp is strong on the CAPTIVE SPIRITS of Aztar. Leaders know this battle to free the will and spirit of the people will not be easily won. They decree a King must be chosen. One man of the entire world stands out from the rest. Si, the firstborn son of the house of Volcum, is well known for valor and victories in battle. A kingdom must be established. As the center of his kingdom, Si Volcum decreed an ancient, long deserted castle far to the north that contained the lost records of Aztar’s forgotten glory. He accepted his chosen bride, Alexis, unseen from a house as old as his own. Si ruled and the land prospered for fifteen years while evil silently waited. The King did not know when evil struck it would be personally against him or that the price would be so high. The people of Aztar chose well in their King. Si will not hesitate. The King will pay the price. From his love and chosen path, the Saga of Aztar begins with the legend of her first King, Si Volcum. “Reclaim Aztar,” will be their battle cry.


About the author: Mary A. Adair is an Amazon best selling author of Native American Romance. Captive Spirits is her first Young Adult Fantasy. It is the beginning to a Young Adult Fantasy series that can also be enjoyed by all adults. Mary’s other works include Passion’s Vision and Passion’s Price, both are Best Selling Native American Romances. Mary did extensive research on several Native American tribes in the time period of her books. One of her many sources for learning about the rich Native American culture of that time period was a book written in the mid. 1700s by one of her husband’s ancestors, James Adair. Passion’s Vision is a story filled with romance, excitement and danger. This story features James Fitzgerald, an agent in the court of King George II and New Moon, sister to Chief Dancing Cloud. Passion’s Price is a poignant love story with a twist of humor. It is a next generation story filled with adventure and determination as well as self-realization and of course Romance. Passion’s Price continues with James’s and New Moon’s daughter, Golden Dawn.

Find Ms. Adair here: FacebookBlogWebsiteTwitter

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Spotlight: The Freedman and the Pharoah’s Staff by Lane Heymont (spotlight, guest post)

the freedman and the pharoah's staffThe Freedman and the Pharoah’s Staff
written by Lane Heymont
published by Sunbury Press

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: Jeb, a former slave, rescues his brother-in-law Crispus from the Ku Klux Klan, pulling him into a world of Creole Voodoo, hatred, time travel, and redemption. The two brothers-in-law set out to stop Verdiss and his Klan followers from using the Pharaoh’s Staff, a magical artifact from ancient Egypt. Soon, Jeb and Crispus learn Verdiss’ diabolical plan and discover that he is working for an even more evil force. In the end Jeb and Crispus must stop the eradication of an entire people and each must find redemption for his own past sins.

 

Every Free Chance Book Reviews is pleased to welcome Lane Heymont, author of The Freedman and the Pharoah’s Staff, to the blog today. He has prepared the following guest post for all of you.

I’d like to start by thanking Chrissy for letting me come on and ramble about my new book The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff.

Writing The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff was a trial of passion.  I was inspired by Frederick Douglass’s first biography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which I studied in an African-American literature class during undergrad.

I said it was a trial, and it was, because at the time I began writing the novel I was still in college full-time and working full-time. It was as impossible as you probably think it was. Between a relationship, school, and work, I wrote infrequently.  Sometimes, I thought I would never finish, that I was chasing a pipe dream.  The only thing that kept me dedicated to The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff was my passion for the story. The necessity for research in order to make this historical fantasy as real as the genre would permit only made my writing more infrequent.  Research, research, research, write.  School, work, life, write.  Research, research, research, write.  You get the idea.

Since I didn’t live on campus I usually had a couple of hours to kill in between classes each day.  So, I frequented the school library like an addict.  The same table, laptop open, and half a dozen books sprawled out before me.  There were a lot of irritated glances from people who needed seats, but in order to finish writing The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff I needed to be selfish.

By the time I graduated college with a BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration on literature and double minors in psychology and business I was half way done with my book.  Something clicked in me, this unexplainable force demanded I finish the novel, so I sat my rear end in a chair for about two months and finished The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff.

I’ve heard a number of literary agents say, “Don’t brag it to you years to write your book. It’s not a good sign.” Usually, I agree, but with “life happening” it took me about four years to finish The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff, and I’m proud of those four years.  The process may have taken much less time if that creature called Research wasn’t so obnoxiously, though rightly, possessive.

After finishing my grand, full-scale adventure into prose, I felt the need for a “break”, perhaps not an actual break.  I began writing short stories again as I so often did as a child. However, having just finished writing a novel, I found myself having to shift gears. It goes without saying, but short stories are quite different than novels. There’s less time to indulge in character and plot development.

I think of writing novels and writing short stories as two separate skills.  A novel is the beginning of a character’s destiny—the moment at which his or her life shall never be the same, for better or worse.  We are along for the ride of a lifetime, and can explore every facet of our characters, whereas in a short story we are only afforded a brief snippet of a character’s life.  Instead of being able to focus on a number of characters, exploring their inner thoughts and feelings, we only see (and it’s best this way) the world through the eyes of one character.  It boils down to the amount of “time” or pages available to paint a world.

Take for example my short story The Lost Continent, which was recommended for a Bram Stoker Award.  I wrote it in one sitting. A few hours and I produced a disturbing horror story that was bought by the first publisher queried.  Granted it’s the only short story I’ve written in a single session, they usually take me a few days or a week at most, but you get the idea.  Short stories simply have their own nuance as opposed to novels.

When I graduated college I had no idea how I was going to utilize my minors in psychology and business. I wasn’t a businessman and dreaded being one, and there isn’t much a minor in psychology can afford you career-wise.  Yet, both helped my writing immensely.

Even fictional characters need to function in realistic manners. My education in psychology bypassed that silly literary notion that our characters have to make sense. Real people don’t make sense, so why should our imaginary people?

Carl Jung said that a person is comprised of opposites.  So, when a beta reader commented on the “absurdity” of the antagonist Verdiss’s story arc, I didn’t pay much attention, because psychologically, and in our world, it works.

However, characters that don’t make sense must make sense. I suggest all writers delve into theories of psychology, especially Jung and his Red Book.

I was surprised to find how much a minor in business helped my writing.  Understanding the intricacies of economic theories provided a more realistic window into the Reconstruction-era economy in The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff. The 1870’s were a time plagued by political and pecuniary upheaval with sharecroppers, carpetbaggers, and rich Southerners now reduced to poverty. It was another strike of realism that contributed to many of the Klansmen’s motivation, and the world’s overall nuance.

In the end, never underestimate the power of anything worth knowing.

 

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About the author: Lane Heymont is the author of The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff, a time travel adventure set in post Civil War Louisiana. Born in Pennsylvania, he earned a BA in Liberal Arts with a focus on literature and history. He also holds a double minor in psychology and business. Currently pursing a Masters in Creative Writing at Harvard University, he has had several short stories published, one of which was recommended for a 2012 Bram Stoker Award.
Find Mr. Heymont here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads

 

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

Blog Tour: Domination (C.H.A.O.S. #3) by Jon S. Lewis (spotlight, guest post)

Welcome to my stop for The Game blog tour hosted by YA Bound

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dominationDomination (C.H.A.O.S. #3)
written by Jon S. Lewis         
published by Thomas Nelson Publishers

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

About the book – from Goodreads: THEIR GOAL IS SIMPLE: TOTAL DOMINATION.

With six arms and jaws that can snap a man in two, the warmongering race of aliens known as the Thule has conquered every planet they’ve attacked.
And now their invasion of Earth has begun.

Humanity’s only hope springs from a mysterious Thule legend about a Betrayer, who they believe will rise up and destroy their people. The American government tried to manufacture their own Betrayer by injecting children with Thule blood but time after time the experiment failed . . . until Colt McAlister.

A decade later, Colt is a 16-year-old cadet at the CHAOS Military Academy where he’s training to defend mankind. But he’s afraid that the alien blood may be turning him into a Thule—and he’s beginning to suspect that fulfilling his role as the Betrayer may cost him everything.

Experience a cosmic battle filled with high-tech gear, gateways to other planets, and ultimate stakes. Not everyone will survive. But heroes will rise up and step into their destiny in this earth-shaking conclusion to the C.H.A.O.S trilogy.

 

 

 Every Free Chance Book Reviews is pleased to welcome Jon S. Lewis, author of the C.H.A.O.S. series, to the blog today. He is on tour with YA Bound and has prepared the following guest post for all of you.

Why Music is Critical to My Writing Process

Music is a critical part of my writing process for two very important reasons:

1)      The right playlist draws out emotions that help me set the tone for a scene

2)      Songs trigger memories that are so real it’s as though I’ve traveled back in time

How Music Draws Out Emotion

You’re in a car with your friends flying down the highway. It’s been a long day and you just want to go home and veg out, but suddenly your favorite song plays through the speakers. Your eyes light up, you reach over and crank up the volume and it only takes a few notes before all of you are singing at the top of your lungs.

See what I mean? Music can change your mood in a split second. But conflict is the fuel of good storytelling, which means creating a playlist of the songs that put a smile on my face isn’t going to take me very far. There are times I need to take my emotions to a dark and frightening place. Or a place of sadness and despair. Anger. Frustration. Elation. Relief. And I use songs as the prompts to take me there.

How Music Triggers Memories

I might not be a teen any longer, but anytime I need to I can travel back in time to remember how nervous I was to ask someone to the prom, or the despair I felt when my girlfriend broke up with me because I moved to a different state. I can trigger memories of long bus trips after a basketball game, the last day of school or waterskiing with my friends all summer long.

Every time I hear “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2 I get taken back to the tiny of town of Waconia, Minnesota. My buddy got a convertible Mustang for his birthday and we loved driving through the winding country roads despite having nowhere in particular to go. The top would be down and we’d turn the radio turned all the way up. I can smell the fresh cut hay, remember the looks on the girls faces as we drove by, and I can still remember the exact hue of the sun as it set in the horizon.

Domination started out in a place of abject despair, so the playlist consisted of soundtracks from movies like Shutter Island and Children of Men. To trigger fear, I’d listen to the disturbing soundtrack from 28 Days Later. When I wrote the cadets training to fly using jetpacks and hoverboards, I’d listen to the soundtrack from Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. But when I wanted to remember the strange but invigorating feeling of having a crush on a girl, I listened to songs like “Always Something There To Remind Me,” by Naked Eyes, “In Your Eyes,” by Peter Gabriel and “Don’t You Forget About Me,” by Simple Minds.

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Book Blast: Moonlit by Jadie Jones (giveaway)

 

Moonlit

written by Jadie Jones

published by WiDo Publishing

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About the book: Eighteen-year-old Tanzy Hightower knows horses, has grown up with them on Wildwood Farm. She also knows not to venture beyond the trees that line the pasture. Things happen out there that can’t be explained. Or undone. Worse, no one but she and the horses can see what lurks in the shadows of the woods. When a moonlit ride turns into a terrifying chase, Tanzy is left to question everything, from the freak accident that killed her father to the very blood in her veins. Broken and confused, she turns to Lucas, a scarred, beautiful stranger, and to Vanessa, a charming new friend who has everything Tanzy doesn’t. But why do they seem to know more about her than she knows herself?

    Praise for Moonlit

“Virginia’s trees look like they’re burning. Most of them blaze crimson or gold, but some still have a chokehold on their green. I wish they’d give it up already. Leaves are more beautiful when they’re dying.” And so Moonlit begins. From here the story rolls from one twist to another with many vivid characters whose motives are hard to predict. I found myself being suspicious of everyone, wanting to tell Tanzy to be very careful. The deeper I fell into the plot, the more questions kept rising to the surface. But not to worry, all of my questions were answered. Appropriate for all ages, if you love paranormal fantasy mixed with suspense, mystery and other-worldly romance, you’ll love this novel! ~Author Julie Ford

Prologue 

The first anniversary of my father’s death was even harder on my mother. Back then, I thought she was haunted most by what she didn’t know. I refused to blame her when she raged above me on our staircase that night, drunk and sad and angry. When she made me promise I’d never ride again. When she hurled a half-full bottle of vodka at my face and it exploded on the wooden stairs at my feet. I hadn’t tried to get out of the way. She had just missed. I wanted to tell her that knowledge was no solace, that what you know can burn inside you until there’s nothing left but guilt and ash. I also wanted to protect her from losing the only piece of him she had left. So I didn’t say a word.

About the author: Georgia native Jadie Jones first began working for a horse farm at twelve years old, her love of horses matched only by her love of books. She went on to acquire a B.A. in equine business management, and worked for competitive horse farms along the east coast. The need to write followed wherever she went. She currently coaches a hunt seat equitation team that competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, and lives with her family in the foothills of north Georgia. When she’s not working on the next installment of the Moonlit series, she is either in the saddle or exploring the great outdoors with her daughter. Moonlit is her first book.

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