Archives for September 2014

Blog Tour: Neurotica by Eliza Gordon (spotlight, giveaway)

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Neurotica CoverNeurotica
written by Eliza Gordon
published by West 26th Street Press, LLC

 

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

 

About the book – from Goodreads: If you find yourself talking to Jayne Dandy, keep the conversation on Star Wars and rubber ducks—best not to mention men, dating, or S-E-X. Because Jayne is fine with the way things are: writer of obituaries and garage sale ads by day, secret scribe of adventures in distant galaxies by night. But her crippling fear of intimacy has made her the butt of jokes since forever, and hiding behind her laptop isn’t going to get her lightsaber lit.

After her therapist recommends that she write erotica as a form of exposure therapy, Jayne joins forces with pen and paper to combat the demons that won’t let her kiss and tell. Unexpectedly downsized at work, she adopts a pseudonym and secretly self-publishes one of her naughty books to make ends meet. When her adorable, long-time friend Luke, co-owner of the popular Portland food truck Luke Piewalker’s, hears she’s been demoted, he insists on hiring her to sling éclairs and turnovers at his side. Her secret must be kept, but sparks ignite between them, sending Jayne and her X-Wing into a tailspin that will either make her face down her neuroses or trigger a meltdown of Death Star proportions.

 

Eliza GordonAbout the author: A purveyor of fictions, Eliza Gordon has excellent taste in books, shoes, movies, and friends, and questionable sanity in the realm of love. Best leave that one alone.

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

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Boost It Tuesday! – September 30, 2014

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance, Candace’s Book Blog, and Gin’s Book Notes for Boost It Tuesday.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

As an added bonus, Candace, Ginny, and I will be hosting a giveaway each week just to say thanks for the boost!

 

For this week’s giveaway, head over to the Every Free Chance Facebook page and answer the question in the Boost It post!

 

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!


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Belinda’s Review: Peril in the Park by Barbara Venkataraman

Peril in the ParkPeril in the Park: A Jamie Quinn Mystery
written by Barbara Venkataraman
published by Barbara Venkataraman

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I liked it . . . but I didn’t love it.

It’s really too bad because I loved Venkataraman’s previous two books in the series. If I had to guess, I’d say this book went to publishing before it was ready. All the necessary ingredients are in the mix, but it just needed to bake a little longer.

The first twenty percent of the book summarized her two previous books in this series. I didn’t see where it was relevant to the current book. So, for me, it got off to a slow start.

After that, the story picked up at a nice pace. I found it really hard to really get into the book although the storyline itself was solid. I think it had to to with the old writing adage that it’s always better to show a story than to tell a story. Venkataraman spent too much time telling us about the events, robbing us of the opportunity to experience it ourselves.

I’m still a fan of Barbara Venkataraman. She still writes delightfully humorous, fun summer reads. For me, this story missed the mark, but it won’t stop me from looking forward to her next book.

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Would I recommend it: Yes.  It’s a weak recommendation, but it’s still better than anything on TV.

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About the book – from Goodreads: Jamie Quinn is an attorney, whose boyfriend Kip Simons, has just been appointed Director of the Broward City Parks. This park system is huge and someone, unknown, has been vandalizing various of the parks. Jamie and Kip cannot find the culprit and Jamie is threatened by an email from ICU@gmail stating that she is going to get hurt if she cannot convince Kip to leave the parks as they are. This frightens Jamie and she asks her P.I. friend Duke Broussard to find ICU before someone gets hurt or murdered. The mystery throws in all sorts of characters, some of whom contribute to the plot and some of whom just hang in there.

This is a simple story, entertaining in its way through simple dialogues and actions, reads quickly and the reader doesn’t have to strain self to keep up. 

 

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The Sunday Post – September 28, 2014

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

 

I can’t believe it is the end of September already. Where has the time gone? I hope everyone has had a great month! I’m looking forward to October. We will be celebrating our third blogoversary, so be on the lookout for that! We will also be announcing our new EFC Short Story Contest.

Last week at EFC:

This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it! This is our first Sunday Post. We hope you enjoy it.
  • Monday: Belinda reviews Peril in the Park by Barbara Venkataraman.
  • Tuesday: It’s Boost It Tuesday! Stop by, link up your Facebook page, and let’s give everyone a boost! We will also be hosting a stop on the Neurotica blog tour.
  • Wednesday: We will be spotlighting How To Un-Marry a Millionaire and announcing our new EFC Short Story Contest.
  • Thursday: Another blog tour stop for Blade Singer.
  • Friday: Chrissy will be reviewing the sequel to Thirty-Three Going On… Spinster. 
  • Saturday: I’m not sure yet what will be posted on this Saturday! I guess you will just have to visit the blog to find out.

Be sure to check out all of our current giveaways!

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Melissa’s Review: Salted by Aaron Galvin

Salted
written by Aaron Galvin
published by Createspace

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

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
TRIGGER ALERT:  Homophobic hate speech, racist hate speech.

I have some advice for Mr. Galvin:

1. DO NOT, even if you’re writing a “bad guy,” use the ugly, hateful words you’ve chosen to describe homosexuals, people with disabilities, or those of ethnic origins other than your character’s.  ESPECIALLY don’t do this if you’re marketing your book towards a Young Adult audience. I don’t care if the person saying these things is a villain.  Adults must lead by example, and the fact that anyone, fictional or otherwise, is still using these words (no matter what our intention) means they WILL be passed down to the next generation.  So. Very. Not. Cool.

2.  If you can’t write accents well, DON’T WRITE THEM (and similarly, if you’re going to quote Miranda rights, make sure you do so accurately).  Seriously.  I spent so much time trying to decipher how I was supposed to be pronouncing dialects that I couldn’t pay attention to the story, which leads me to . . .

3.  Wow.  Half-human/half-sea creatures going to the zoo.  With high school kids.  Props for originality, Mr. Galvin, but I’ll admit I found it a little less believable than I think you were intending.

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Would I recommend it: No, not a bit. The hate speech alone should keep you (and your kids) away.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Life isn’t better under the sea. Lenny Dolan is all too familiar with this reality. A Selkie slave in the realm beneath the waves, he has no choice when charged with leading a crew ashore to capture an elusive runaway. If unsuccessful, the loved ones kept behind will pay for his failure with their lives. But when their target leads Lenny and his crew to deeper, darker secrets, the Selkies are faced with a moral dilemma. Secure their own freedom at the expense of others, or return empty-handed to face the grisly consequences? How Lenny and his crew answer the question will teach them the harshest truth of all. Only through the loss of innocence does one become Salted.

 

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Melissa’s Review: Clay by Tony Bertauski

CLayClay (Halfskin #2)
written by Tony Bertauski
published by DeadPixel Publications

find it here: (affiliate links) AmazonBook Depository, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book:
Not really, no.

I agreed to read the book because I thought the concept was cool, but I found Bertauski’s writing (and the book’s style overall) to be choppy and confusing.  It was tough to keep up with the story when the point of view changed so rapidly between characters.  I felt like I never had the chance to really get involved in any one story line, which made it difficult to anchor myself in the story.  A few longer chapters, perhaps, or maybe two or three chapters with the same point of view back-to-back would help.

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Would I recommend it: Nope.  Like I said – it’s a cool story concept, but the writing leaves too much to be desired.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Jamie wants to be a halfskin.

Her life has become dull and pointless. If she had more biomites, the synthetic stems cells that promise hope and healing, she could take control of her life. But Jamie’s body is already 49.9% biomites. The rest is clay—her God-given organic cells. Anymore biomites and she becomes a halfskin. And halfskins are shutdown.

But there is a way.

Black market biomites, called nixes, can’t be detected by the government. She’d have to sacrifice her clay, but nixes can make her halfskin without anyone knowing. But first, she has to find them.

Nix Richards can help. He’s the first halfskin to escape the government and Jamie has something he wants. He’ll need her to help him find a fabricator to build a human body. He’ll betray anyone to get it, even those closest to him.

This psychological thriller will keep them second-guessing every move while they elude Marcus Anderson and the governing agency that seeks to rid the world of biomites. But in the end, they’ll all discover just how deep the betrayal goes.

 

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Thoughtful Thursday – Book Trailers – September 25, 2014

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Reading Is Fun Again created Thoughtful Thursday. Each week, she posts a new bookish thought that she discusses.

Everyone is welcome to join. 

 

September 25: Do book trailers get you excited about upcoming books?

 

I’ve got a two-year-old.  I have about as much time to watch book trailers as I do to use the bathroom by myself (that is to say, no time at all).  I’ve got this group of friends, though, who pities me enough to text/e-mail/phone me with important tidbits of info, like, “MELISS!  The new Patrick Rothfuss book is out!”  and, “Oh, honey. The last Harry Potter book came out like, ten years ago.  You should really read it.  Daniel Radcliff is like, forty now.”

So . . . I think discovering a book trailer all by my onesies (before any of my glorious, wonderful, perfectly awesome friends beat me to it) would actually be more exciting than the trailer itself.  Sorry, guys-who-write-book-trailers.

(hashtag I’msolame hashtag Iusedtobecool hashtag mytoddlerismylife)

 

 

Be sure to check out the other posts on this topic at Reading Is Fun Again.

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Blog Tour: The Undertaking of Tess Blessing by Lesley Kagan (spotlight)

The Undertaking of Tess BlessingThe Undertaking of Tess Blessing
written by Lesley Kagan
published by SparkPress

find it here: (affiliate links) AmazonGoodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: During the summer of 1959, ten-year-old Theresa “Tessie” Finley has her work cut out for her. Not only is she attempting to come to grips with the devastating loss and guilt she feels after she witnessed her father’s drowning, but her kid sister, Birdie, refuses to believe that their beloved Daddy is really gone. Tessie needs to make sure that she does before their Mom gets wind of how much “weirder” her sister’s getting. Stronger, and more down to Earth than ethereal Birdie, she’s always watched over her sister, so it’s only natural for her to come up with a plan that she jots down on one of her never-ending TO-DO LISTS. If Tessie can’t achieve her goals, she’s desperately worried that the beautiful, but self-occupied Louise, might send emotionally fragile Birdie to the county insane asylum.

Her daddy always told her, “A Finley never throws in the towel,” so more than anything Tess wants to make him proud, but despite her resourcefulness and grit, she’s smart enough to know that the odds are stacked against her and her time is running out.

Heartbreaking, funny, nostalgic, and spiritually uplifting, you’ll cheer the Finley sisters on from the first page to the last of this charming novella that sets the stage for the upcoming novel, The Resurrection of Tess Blessing.

 

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Review: Wings of Lomay by Devri Walls (Melissa’s review)

LomayWings of Lomay (Solus #4)
written by Devri Walls
published by Stonehouse Ink

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

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: There were too many battle scenes and not enough character development scenes.  Add to that the fact that it really irks me when authors kill off the third member of a love triangle just to make things end nicely (don’t worry, I wont’ spoil it for you), and you’ll see that although I enjoyed the first three books, this one gets significantly fewer stars. Wings 1: Read my Wings of Arian review here. Wings 2: Read my Wings of Tavea review here.  Wings 3: Read my Wings of Nestor review here. everyfree2.5 Would I recommend it:  If you’re itching to know how Kiora’s story ends, go for it.  But if you tend to skim through battle scenes like I do, you’d be further along to read a summary and move on.

melissasig About the book – from Goodreads: In defense of the small remaining group of rebels, Kiora has to cross lines she never thought she would, making her redefine not only herself, but what’s right and wrong. Outnumbered and out of time, Kiora turns to the only two groups that could help; the Shifters and the Dragons. But will either of them come to their aid?

As they prepare for a war against the evil army, Kiora must lead the rebels and find the strength within herself to defeat Jasmine.

Kiora’s the Solace. She’s their only hope.

 

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Boost It Tuesday!

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance, Candace’s Book Blog, and Gin’s Book Notes for Boost It Tuesday.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

As an added bonus, Candace, Ginny, and I will be hosting a giveaway each week just to say thanks for the boost!

 

For this week’s giveaway, head over to the Gin’s Book Notes Facebook page and answer the question in the Boost It post!

 

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!


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