Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Cover Reveal - Angel After Dark


Angel After Dark, by bestselling author, Kahlen Aymes, will be released on January 16th and pre-order is available now. (Links below) The books IS NOT paranormal and there is no cheating.

Blurb:

Dr. Angeline Hemming is a beautiful, sassy, no-nonsense type of girl who has risen from a difficult past to become one of Chicago’s most successful and respected criminal profilers. In exchange for free commercials to promote her favorite charitable causes, Angel answers calls and gives relationship advice on a Friday night radio program.
Alexander Avery is a gorgeous and successful corporate genius who doesn’t believe in love. When his girlfriend of convenience calls into Angel’s program, he is furious with the show’s host who doles out (what he considers) blind advice, without knowing all the facts… and he decides to give her a piece of his mind, and his side of the story!
When Angel informs Alex he’s the one in need of a much-deserved lesson, all hell breaks loose as these two type-A personalities battle it out for control over minds and hearts, and yes, in bed. Not only are they fighting each other at every turn, but they are also struggling to uphold the convictions they each live by.
It’s unclear who is stronger, but both must discover that to get what they desperately want, they may have to give a little… or a lot.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Short Stories, Novel Ideas

Would you enjoy a shorter read that still feels like a novel?


Amazon Publishing announced last week the launch of StoryFront, a new imprint offering high-quality short fiction across genres from debut and best-selling authors.



Visit the StoryFront landing page on Amazon to see all the titles featured and categorized by genre. 

Here are a few of the offerings to get you started:

Literature
Mystery
Romance
Thriller
SciFi


       

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

RECLAIM MY HEART by DONNA FASANO

Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties to her past and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined.

Forced to return to the Delaware Indian community where Lucas was raised, Tyne and Lucas are tempted by the heated passion that consumed them as teens. Tyne rediscovers all the reasons she found this man irresistible, but there are scandalous secrets waiting to be revealed, disgraceful choices made in the past that cannot be denied. Love is a powerful force that could heal them both—if the truth doesn't rip them apart.


What others are saying about Donna's books:
"...complex, funny, and realistic..." ~Wilmington News Journal


"Excellent!" ~Bookreview.com


"Could not help myself from reading excerpts to my husband and friends. This book is well written, the characters are real, everyday folks. It is very easy to identify with them. Donna Fasano is a talented author." ~Elizabeth M. Caldwell on Amazon

"...a fast paced riotous look at family life today. Donna Fasano is right on target!" ~Donna Zapf, SingleTitles.com


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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Donna Fasano is a three time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, and a Golden Heart finalist. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 10 List, the Nook Top 10 List, and the iBooks Top 10 List.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Top 10 Indie Reads 2013

     

Guest Post by Leah


10. Crimson by Nickie Asher
This is a very fast paced book! I caught myself holding my breath more than once. The main characters were well developed. Some of the secondary characters were a bit of a mystery. The pace of the book was just amazing! I liked the story and watching as the main character grew and learned not only about his new life but about himself as well. The love scenes were hot and the violence was hardcore. I don't know if this book is going to be part of a series or not, but if it is I will happily get the next book and continue on with these characters


9. Expiez (Redeem Your Blood Lust) by C. D. Hussey
I am loving this human vampire series! This installment was a bit short but packed with action that seemed nonstop! The characters are well developed. The story line seems to go from book to book very smoothly. There was one part of the book that seemed anticlimactic... but it was something that had to be done. I look forward to more in this series!


8. Vanilla On Top (A Walk On The Wild Side book 1) 
by C.J. Ellisson
Just finished Vanilla on Top. I thought the characters were very believable and real. I enjoyed watching them grow. The story moved along very well. I thought all in all it was very well conceived and written. I have to agree with some of the other reviews and say that compared to 50 Shades I liked Vanilla on Top better. The characters had more dimension to them and their reactions to problems were less juvenile. I liked getting both sides in one book as well.
Congrats C.J. on a wonderful book!

7. Redemption (Darkness Falls #2) by Ivory Quinn
I was ready this time for an emotional ride, but what I wasn't prepared for was the range of emotions! I love the way Ivory tells a story. The characters are so believable and so lovable I start to miss them even before I come to the end of the book. I hope Ivory continues to write books about these characters and their lives... as well as finding out how Noelle adjusts. Honestly I will read anything she writes at this point after only reading 2 of her books I am a fan of her writing and will continue to read as long as she continues to write.

6. If I Were You (Inside Out #1) 
by Lisa Renee Jones 
Amazing book! I was pulled in from the first page and did not want to let go after the last. I love the characters and felt connected to them. The story was very well told. It is one of those endings I am not usually a fan of... but somehow did not mind at the end of this book. I can not wait to read the next book in the series and then to find other gems written by Lisa Renee Jones! I am hooked!


5. Tristan's Lyceum Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans # 3) 
by Kym Grosso
I love this series!
Tristan's Lyceum Wolves moves at such a fast pace I found myself scooted to the edge of my chair holding my breath more than once. I loved getting to know Tristan better and all the new characters we are introduced to in this book. There is tons of action, lots of steamy hot sex and some very sweet love. There is humor and drama (yes I did cry) and an asshat of a bad guy. She adds something new to the genre and makes it all hers.
I am so in love with the people and the world Kym has created I hope it continues on for a very long time.
I highly recommend this book, as I have all the books in her series, you wont regret one moment spent with this series.

4. Moonlight (Order of The Black Swan #4) by Victoria Danann
Black Swan Saga just keeps getting better and better when you think she can't possibly top her last book she shows you just how wrong you were.
There is a lot going on in this book! As characters continue to grow and stories continue to expand and lives interweave and get so much richer you feel like such a part of the story you can not help but get emotional. When little Helm makes faces I grin. When husband and wife realize just how deep their love for one another is I cry happy tears. When someone does something unexpected I gasp. When I am reading one of Victoria's books I know I can count on being emotionally immersed in her amazing multi-dimensional world. I also know she will surprise me at least once and will leave me panting and waiting for her next book. I don't know where she will take me next but you better believe I will be waiting in line ticket in hand ready for the next adventure!


3. Obsession (Darkness Falls #1) 
by Ivory Quinn
I made the mistake of thinking this book was going to be another 50 shades... Thankfully I could not have been more wrong. This book goes way beyond 50. I felt so much while reading this book. I would catch myself smiling when there was playful banter to being so angry I had to put my Kindle down and walk away a couple times to hoping love would be enough to "fix" this man to damn near sobbing. I read this book in one day and was up til 2 am because I could not rest until I knew what happened.
Spectacular character development made these characters come alive. And as much as I want to jump on the alt ending bandwagon... I just can't. It was a shattering ending but I would not change one word of it... you can't be as damaged as Gabriel was and be made whole by the power of love... it just doesn't always work out and sometimes I think we have to remember that.
I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series.
Ivory Quinn has a new fan. I will buy her books as long as she continues writing them.

2.Logan's Acadian Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans #4) 
by Kym Grosso
This series just gets better and better. The characters are amazing they were so easy to connect to! I loved Wynter's spunk, courage and tenacity. I loved Logan as Alpha and his struggle with accepting his new role and his own feelings. I love Dimitri too and his use of humor and his good-natured ribbing of his alpha.
The story line was solid and had me guessing right up til the end about who the bad guys were! I went through everything with the characters! I ached for them, I rooted for them, my breath got taken away, I laughed I cried... and whoa! The sex scenes were Hot hot hot!!!
I am so hooked on Kym Grosso's books I can't wait to see where this series goes but wherever it goes I am happily along for the ride

1.Gathering Storm (Order of The Black Swan #5) 
by Victoria Danann
You don't read Victoria's books, you experience them. The tapestry that Victoria has woven with these stories and people is so stunningly brilliant and at the same time rich with deep undertones that you can not help but fall in love.
Victoria's books get under your skin. They work their way into your heart and you fall in love...
in love with these honorable Knights and Ladies...
in love with the depth of love that is shared between husbands and wives...
in love with their too adorable babies...
in love with young men training and learning about honor...
in love with people who don't know the meaning of the word...
The honor of these Knights, and Knights in training, is astounding. I finished this book through a haze of tears that I was constantly batting away so I could continue reading about some of my most favorite characters... no people, to call them characters cheapens the experience.
Then before you know it they get into your head and make you think...
This book has me thinking about honor and what it means to me and what I have passed on to my own sons... I believe if my sons were transported to this dimension they would be right at home with the Black Swans (especially my second son). And this is another reason I love these books, when I have read the last page I am no where near done...

Now I am going to go blow my nose and dry my eyes and meditate some more on honor and bravery and love.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Top Ten All-Time Favorite Series

Guest post by Jaime 

  

1. Earth's Children's series by Jean Auel - My best friend in college introduced me to this series, and it remains today as my favorite ever. It takes place in prehistoric times, when both humans and neanderthals roam the Earth. The first book in the series tells the coming of age story of Ayla, a 5 year old girl who has lost her family in an earthquake, and is adopted by a clan of "Others." The series progresses as she grows up and meets other people of her kind.


   2. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. - My niece introduced me to this series and I fell in love with it from the first book. Never in my life have I zipped through a series so fast. (They were all out by the time I read them.) They made me remember what first love feels like and are one of my go-to series when nothing else is capturing my attention.



3. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - I read this series as it was released and re-read the whole series last year. Such magic and wonder!



4. Gabriel's Inferno series by Sylvain Reynard - Romance series. The first book in this series was one of the most romantic books I've ever read. It has next to no sex in it, yet was one of the most erotic things I've ever read. This author has a serious talent with words, and can make the most everyday things sound sexy.




5. Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R, Ward. - Seriously hot  series about alpha male vampires and the women they love. There are currently 11 books in the series and it's not over yet!


6. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - Gritty look at a futuristic world which pits children against children for the amusement of the leaders and to keep the society in check.



7. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon - I'm going to include this in my list even though I'm only on the 4th novel in series. Woman in the 20th century accidentally time travels to 18th century Scotland and meets Jamie Fraser, her soon to be lover/best friend/husband/thorn in her side. These novels are so huge and packed with details that I feel like I've visited Scotland 100 times.





  8. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson - This series begins with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Full of suspense and mystery. You'll find yourself holding your breath to find out what happens next.




9. The Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly - I'm currently half way through this series. Police series that starts with the Black Echo - highly entertaining whodunits that will keep you guessing until the very end.



10. The Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown - Mystery series full of symbolism and plot twists you won't see coming.



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Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Best of 2013 …. So far….



Guest Post by Laurie:
My Top 10 Reads


Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Loved Gone Girl and while this one isn’t quite as good, it was well worth reading. It’s the story of the brutal murder of a family. One little girl survives and testifies against her brother. Years later, she is convinced to revisit the crime to determine if he was truly guilty. Typical Flynn, so many twists and turns you never quite see it coming.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I loved everything about this one. It’s a beautiful story about survival and finding love. I loved the meaning of the flowers and just the beautiful way it is written. This is my most often recommended book this year.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. I love all of her books and this one is really great. Many years ago, Laurel witnesses her mother commit a terrible crime during a family picnic. Morton takes you back in time to understand the events . Lots of plot twists in this one too.

One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf – This is the story of a school shooting told from many different perspectives – the students, the parents, the police, the teachers. It hits very close to home in the wake of Newton but was very well written and worth reading.

The Hate List by Jennifer Brown. Valerie and Nick have been bullied and belittled by their classmates. Valerie starts a hate list – a list of everyone she feels has wronged her in some way… from her parents, to teachers to fellow students. One day, Nick goes a little crazy and opens fire in the school cafeteria, Valerie is implicated in the shooting when police realize all the victims were on The Hate List. This is a story of healing and redemption.


The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppal. This is the story of the wives behind the men who had the Right Stuff. It’s a fascinating read and all true. I learned a lot and, as a military wife, could relate to so much of what the astronaut wives went through. A great read.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Aliens invade and almost wipe out the human species. The survival of humanity depends on finding a military genius capable of defeating the “buggers”. Enter Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battleschool. Here he trains with others like himself, competing in a series of contests until he realizes that maybe it’s more than just a game.

The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorrant. The true story of the dogs terrorized and trained to fight by Michael Vick’s “bad newz” dog fighting. It’s the story of a monster, but it is also the story of what love can do and how it heals.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover - Sky meets bad boy Holder under strange circumstances. From the beginning there is an attraction between them. They grow closer and closer until they realize that there is a horrible secret between them. Will their love be able to conquer their past?


The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene. The Fault in our Stars made my laugh, cry, hope, despair and everything in between. It's a story about love and it's a story about death but most of all, it's a celebration of life. This book reminded me of how temporal our lives truly are and to appreciate every day and every person I love now, today because you just never know when the story will drop off mid sentence.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Top 10 List - Guest Post by Amy



Breathe Me - Alexia Purdy

A beautiful book! Its a story about falling in love, losing love and realizing you should have never let go and finding each other again! I couldn't put this book down! Have the tissues handy because
your going to need them!



Freedom Road by T.M. Souders

This book is Amazing!!!! A story of strength and courage to do what you need to reach your dreams when things seem so hopeless. this book has some of the most amazing character's you'll ever find!



The Boots My Mother Gave Me - Brooklyn James


Love This Book!!!!
The Boots My Mother Gave Me explores the dynamics of abuse and dysfunction, the courage to overcome, the strength in sisterhood, and the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mothers and daughters.



What I Didn't Say - Keary Taylor


An emotional story that will have you in tears but it's a must read! It has amazing characters and a strong foundation. It's beautifully written and has perfect flow from start to finish! When a tragedy
strikes one of the characters he soon takes for granted all the things he never got to say to the girl he loves she is there for him through his recovery and teaches him to overcome and how to communicate again just in a different way!

Ten Tiny Breaths - K.A. Tucker                     



I fell in love with this book. It's an emotional story and one that left an impact on me! It teaches us that it's not so much about the breaths your taking or how many but that you take them.. When things feel like their out of control you have to remind yourself to take "ten tiny breaths" because it's going to be okay! it's a beautifully written book.



Death's Awakening - Sarra Cannon

An Epic read!!! I love the supernatural world the author created in this book it has a nice blend of characters and a story that is beyond anything you've ever read before!

The Hunger Games

Really Cool Book!!! Action and adrenaline from start to finish! I don't know if I could face and go through what Katniss and the other tributes did.

Twilight

I fell in love with this story right from the start I was in deep! I love the mystery it presents from the very beginning and the message it holds that even though we're dealt a certain hand it doesn't
mean we have to live that way we can choose to overcome it and be something better! I love the relationship the character's have with each other..the glory of first love and the friendships that
are formed!




I love this book and everything it offers! It's a beautiful story of one person standing up and bringing people together to do the right thing in not so great times!




AWESOME book! I had so much fun reading this one! The story is captivating and the characters kick butt!!





Thursday, June 6, 2013

Top 10 List - Guest Post by Louise

My top 10 Reads for 2012 

by QBR fan Louise 

I keep a reading record and have done since 1998. Some might think that's a little sad, but it's just an old school version of Good Reads really, and it's fascinating seeing what I don't remember even exists, let alone enjoyed 15 years ago. Here are my top ten reads from last year. 



BODY SURFING - Anita Shreve

Loved this women's lit offering. Chilled out vibe yet still a drama - perhaps being set on the coast helped!

ANY HUMAN HEART - William Boyd

I could not put this book down!!! Fantastic portrayal of a very interesting man's life. 

ELLIS ISLAND - Kate Kerrigan

This is a another great example of contemporary women's literature. I can't wait to read the sequel later this year. 

REBECCA - Daphne Du Maurier

One of my favourite books of all time - very unexpectedly!

HUNGER GAMES - Suzanne Collins

This was my first teen dystopian novel. Fantastic - I saw the (true to the book) film just 15 hours after devouring the first in the series. 

DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER - Jeff Lindsay

The novels one of my favourite TV shows is based on. An inspired Christmas gift from a family member. 

THE BOOK THIEF - Markus Zusak

A book you need strong arms to read it with, but worth every page turn. Incredible depiction of Nazi Germany through the eyes of Death. 

BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP - SJ Watson

This book had me gripped; a real 'partner ignoringly' good book. Not bad for a first novel!

LIFE OF PI - Yann Markel

I'd been meaning to read this for years and I wasn't disappointed. There's more to it than you might think!

BREATHLESS - Dean Koontz

I'm trying to get into more suspense and thriller books, and this was an excellent one to start with. Easy read, but it kept me turning pages. 

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Reclaim My Heart - New Release


RECLAIM MY HEART by Donna Fasano

Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties to her past and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined.
Forced to return to the Delaware Indian community where Lucas was raised, Tyne and Lucas are tempted by the heated passion that consumed them as teens. Tyne rediscovers all the reasons she found this man irresistible, but there are scandalous secrets waiting to be revealed, disgraceful choices made in the past that cannot be denied. Love is a powerful force that could heal them both—if the truth doesn't rip them apart.

What others are saying about Donna's books:

"...complex, funny, and realistic..." ~Wilmington News Journal
"Excellent!" ~Bookreview.com
"Could not help myself from reading excerpts to my husband and friends. This book is well written, the characters are real, everyday folks. It is very easy to identify with them. Donna Fasano is a talented author." ~Elizabeth M. Caldwell on Amazon
"...a fast paced riotous look at family life today. Donna Fasano is right on target!" ~Donna Zapf, SingleTitles.com

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About Donna Fasano:
Donna Fasano is a three time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, and a Golden Heart finalist. Her books have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide and have been published in nearly two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #17.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

NEW RELEASE BOOK BLITZ: JUMPER (Time Travelers) by Jeff LaFerney

Title: Jumper (Time Travelers)
Author: Jeff LaFerney
Publisher: Tower Publications
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Genres: NA, Action/Adventure
SUMMARY
After spending three years in jail and others completely alone, twenty-four-year-old Cole Flint discovers an amazing ability—he can time-travel and teleport. He’s a jumper. So what should the motorcycle-riding, cage-fighting tough guy do? He should protect an innocent eighteen-year-old girl who happens to be in possession of the Staff of Moses. Following the direction of a trio of angels who are determined to shake things up in the Middle East, Cole pairs up with Hannah Carpenter and her pet grizzly while he also tries to change his past and learn the mystery of his birth. Curiously, the King of Jordan knows all about Hannah, and he’s determined to gain possession of the staff. He’ll do anything to possess its power, but is it possible that he’s no more than a pawn, manipulated in time along with Cole and Hannah? Jumper is a mysterious roller coaster of action and a time-traveling adventure that will keep readers guessing right to the very last page.
  
PURCHASE LINKS
Amazon     *     Barnes & Noble
  
ABOUT the AUTHOR
Jeff is currently an 8th grade English teacher for Davison Community Schools. He coached for 25 years. In the past three years, he stopped coaching and has published three mystery/suspense novels. Loving the Rain, Skeleton Key, and Bulletproof are three stand-alone novels featuring Clay and Tanner Thomas. A fourth novel, a time-traveler action/adventure called Jumper was published on April 30, 2013. Jeff loves sports, reading, writing, and spending time with his awesome family.

AUTHOR LINKS
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Friday, April 19, 2013

The Best of Us Guest Review


The Best of Us By Sarah Pekkanen -   

Guest Review by Marla

Publish Date: April 9, 2013

First, THANK YOU Atria books for providing me with an ARC of The Best of Us!
Pekkanen is one of my favorite authors for a reason. She is magnificent at writing women – all women (and that is not to say she only writes women – all of her characters are multi-layered and complex). No matter the age, status, or circumstance, she writes strong women characters and The Best of Us is no exception. Pekkanen has provided another set of women that we can all relate to in some way. Their stories are real and will touch close to home for many readers. You will find authenticity in her characters and her story.
Pauline, Tina, Allie, and Savannah are similar in age, but that’s where the similarities end. From a stay-at-home mom of four to a childless, real estate agent going through a tumultuous divorce, these women create a dynamic that will have readers chuckling, shaking their heads, and maybe even saying, “AMEN sister” (or maybe that’s just me)!
The corresponding male characters (all husbands to the women) are equally well-developed. Readers will experience some of the same emotional moments about them. From a cheating narcissist to a nerdy millionaire, the guys build their own dynamic that readers will delight in.
Now, onto the story, Pekkanen is a genius. Which of us hasn’t, at some point, thought about an all-expenses paid trip to some reclusive, tropical island? No kids, no laundry, no dishes, no work, no bedtime or waking time. Instead, margaritas, snorkeling, sleeping late, sunshine, reading, and a full week of alone time with your spouse. Pekkanen gives readers a chance to live that out, at least in imagination, through this amazing story. The bonds, friendships, and secrets build up and tear down throughout so it never becomes just a simple, one-layered frolic at the beach. This story offers much more. As a storm approaches the island and threatens the end of this wonderful vacation, several storms brew inside the house that none of the couples were expecting.
The Best of Us is a great story, from a wonderful author and readers will enjoy the ride experienced from this quick and well-written read.
--Side note: can anyone look at a Pekkanen cover and NOT fall in love? I don’t think any of her books have had a cover that didn’t instantly make me want to read the book. They are all so…well, just perfect!

Okay – ready to pick up your own copy? Here you go:
Rainy Day Books
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*I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and views are my own. I do not receive compensation for my reviews.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

This Book Changed My Life - Guest Post by Shebat

“Dream Dancer” by Janet Morris


Life does not always have a great reputation for dealing a fair hand. Without going into details, suffice it to say that despair grasped me within its claws when I was fifteen years old. There seemed only one way to escape it, or so it seemed to me at that time. It was in desperation that I took measures that would have led to a final act... and then I read “Dream Dancer”, the first book in the trilogy written by the incredible and indomitable Janet Morris.

“Dream Dancer” is a compelling story of a young girl's life and her reach for love and survival despite almost insurmountable odds. “Dream Dancer” is rich in back story, whether it be political or personal, and rich in character. It is science fiction and it is fantasy but more than this, it is a veritable tapestry of word craft taken to an exalted height.
As I read and reread the three books in the series, with it came another story, one whispered into my ear, “Write,” it said, “and it will save you.” This began a quest to not only save myself but to write beyond my dark poetry, to learn by example and to grow in the doing of same. In homage of this, I took the name of the protagonist in “Dream Dancer” as part of my nom de plume within that same year. I have used it to sign my work ever since.
I have been fortunate to have met the legendary Janet Morris, to speak with her and be encouraged by her to continue my journey. I will always be grateful that talent such as hers exists in this world. It has made me love a world that could have such words in it.

My awe of this writer and her work, in particular, “The Dream Dancer” trilogy is made up of many parts. The respect that any lover of fiction can feel toward someone as talented as Janet Morris, a thanks to the heavens that she set these words to page and, that these words, somehow found their way to me.

“Dream Dancer” is not a young adult series, it is an adult story with a young heroine. She eventually comes to discover an inner peace within herself while finding her own place in the confusing world around her. I still have the three books, worn, tattered and taped together in a place of honor on my bookshelf. I reread them from time to time, not only in remembrance of the despair this series helped me to transcend but also as a reminder of how far I have come since then. As a writer, I can only hope that my words will touch someone as deeply.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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  35. Author Lia Fairchild
  36. Fade Into Fantasy
  37. Pieces of Whimsy
  38. Author Rachael Renee Anderson
  39. Feed Your Reader
  40. Lovely Reads

Giveaway Details
1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7" HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International). Ends 4/30/13

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 participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Prize value $199 US.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

MARCH MAYHEM - $0.99 Sale!

For two days only some very talented authors have come together to offer you great deals on ebooks for your Amazon Kindle


All of the below Kindle books have been marked down to $0.99 for March 19 and March 20.


Literature and Fiction/Romance - $0.99 each!





Mystery/Thriller - $0.99 each!





Fantasy/Paranormal - $0.99 each!




Humor - $0.99 each!





Historical Fiction - $0.99 each!





Kids - $0.99 each!


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Life of Pi - Guest Review


Life of Pi by Yann Martel - Review by Marla


Where do I begin with this one? I’ve been contemplating the book, the symbolism of the story, Martel’s writing, so on and so forth since I started the book. Here is the deal: I wanted to LOVE this book. I’ve heard numerous readers rave about the book (since finishing I’ve also found that not everyone loved it – thank goodness - I was starting to feel like a pariah). It has been touted as such a moving and inspirational tale that I was sure I would love it. Alas, it was not so. Actually, I struggled very, very hard to even complete the book. I wanted to quit, but couldn’t because surely a book with so much assumed merit would turn things around, right? Um, NO.

First, I will tell my followers that Martel can write. He creates beautiful prose and his words just melt in your mouth. What a talent for writing vivid scenes! Specifically, this writing and true talent is what kept me from making this a one-star read (YIKES)!

Second, I will tell you that the story had potential. I really think it did. I get the point the author was trying to make (you can’t miss it really). I understand all the symbolism and the spiritual paths, and I understand the underlying questions that still remain upon finishing the book.

Third, I will say, even with the talented writing and the promising story, Life of Pi never caught me. I was bored with most of the story (I hadn’t thought that was even possible when reading of a stranded, young man in a life boat). This is definitely a good example of the fact that readers need both good writing and a great, engaging story. When one side is unbalanced, or maybe completely missing, things just fall flat and that is what happened during this story for me.


Originally published on Read, Run, Ramble

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie


Guest review by QBR fan Alena
One of the things I share with my mother-in-law (other than loving her son and grandsons) is a love of reading. Many times we have bonded over book titles. So, when I felt a book underneath the wrapping paper at Christmas, I was pretty confident she would choose a winner. I was pleased to see a title, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, which I had not yet read.
Once again, my mother in law had produced a winner.
The book opens rather dramatically with 10 month-old twins suffering with pneumonia in 1925. We are immediately thrust into Hattie’s world, its joys and its tragic misfortunes. Thereafter, each chapter is told from the perspective of one of Hattie’s children, or in a couple powerful instances, Hattie’s voice about one of her children or grandchildren.
In some ways, these glimpses into each child’s stories give this book the feel of excellent short stories, but given Hattie’s reoccurring role in each narrative, Twelve Tribes holds together as a full novel. Through these interconnected pieces, we trace not just Hattie’s life, but can look at African American history, primarily urban, in the 20th century.
His pain was his most precious and secret possession, and Six held on to it as fiercely as a jewel robbed from a corpse.”
In a brave move, Ayana Mathis doesn’t provide any easy heroes in these pages. Hattie and her tribe(s) are all broken and damaged by life and the choices they make. She is far from a perfect mother and her children don’t rise from their lot miraculously. I really appreciate that she doesn’t make this story easy on us, the reader.
The thing to do was to insult her or slap her or run her out into the night. She’d left him with all their children. She was holding another man’s baby in her arms. Anyone would agree that he ought to do something terrible to her, but she had been gone fifteen hours, and in that fifteen hours his life had crumbled like a lump of dry earth.”
Even in the end, with Hattie’s granddaughter, Mathis does not provide any resolutions to the stories we’ve read. I found the book’s ending perfectly in keeping with what had come before, experiencing a sense of closure without really knowing an “ending.”
This novel put me very much in mind of Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge – interconnected stories, one strong-willed central woman around whom the novel branches out, strong sense of place, beautiful language.
Highly recommend.
*Review originally posted for Alenaslife