Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WWW Wednesday 9-3-2014

WWW Wednesday

Hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

-What are you currently reading?

As of the time I scheduled this post, I’m on vacation and between books. So I’m not currently reading anything (to my knowledge). Gotta love the obscurities of human space/time continuum knowledge.

-What did you recently finish reading?

In this order:

Geek Wisdom by N. K. Jemisin—it was very wise, and I truthfully learned a few things about myself while reading it.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin—I actually started this last summer and had a really tough time getting into it. So I refreshed myself with the first half and finished it. I still had a tough time, but I was able to finish and enjoy it.

A Wonderlandiful World by Shannon Hale—Adorable, though I did miss Raven and Apple’s POVs. That said, Maddie is always a joy, and Lizzie and Cedar were great. Looking forward to the next Ever After High book in January.

Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau—I made a vow at the beginning of August—no starting a new series until I finished Skullduggery Pleasant (I’m still waiting for the last book….oiwehgoiwegoiewoinwebgweng…). But I’ve had this book on my to-read shelf for a while, and it’s the first in a mystery series, which means the books are stand-alone, which means I wouldn’t go nuts if I stopped mid-series. Right? Right. Combine that with my choir nerd tendencies, and I started Murder for Choir on Saturday. Then I finished Murder for Choir on Saturday. And then...

End Me a Tenor by Joelle Charbonneau—I read the second book because, after all, they are still stand-alones within a series, and I still don’t have the last Skullduggery Pleasant book (oiebgwengoiwebgrnbiejgoiwebfwenfoiwefoiwbgnwfe), and I’m still a choir nerd.

-What do you think you’ll read next?

If The Dying of the Light has arrived when I get back from vacation on Friday, that. If it hasn’t (eoibglwengioewnenfieofuiewnoiejioenlksnfefnowjef), I’ll read the next choir nerd book—A Chorus Lineup.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Brief Administrative Announcement

Hello, readers,

I hope this announcement finds you well and ready for fall. Farewell, summer, you will be missed.

I only have a couple of quick things, and then I will release you to the rest of your day. First, I will be away today through Friday. Thus, responses to publicity inquiries may be delayed.

Second, I am expanding my involvement in the reading community. I’ve started selling books (and some other stuff). Check here for everything I currently have up for grabs, and spread the word if you wish. 

All right, that’s all. Happy Tuesday and September.

Mary

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Monday, September 1, 2014

SILENT PARTNER by Stan Schatt


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Stan will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Silent Partner is a paranormal mystery, a police procedure novel with a female detective that will remind you of Harry Bosch, a ghost story that suggests what lies beyond death, and a comic look at a tabloid where the “truth” is whatever sells.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“Duh. Of course I am, but I’m also the one who tripped you. Give me some credit for that. I think it’s like a hundred years of bad karma if you let the person you’re protecting get killed.”

“You’re protecting me? How come you didn’t keep me from being shot?”

“Give me a break. I told you that I’m new to this. The bullet only nicked your butt; so don’t make a federal case out of it. If I hadn’t tripped you, you’d be paralyzed. You should be grateful to me.”

Josh felt a cold shiver run up his spine.

“Then you’re dead?”

“We don’t refer to it that way. We like to say that we’ve moved to another plane.”

“How come I can see you?”

Andy smiled thinly.

“You Harrells have a gift. Everyone has a guardian angel, but only certain people can see us. It’s easier in a way for us if you can’t see us.”

“You’ll keep anything bad from happening to me?”

“There’s such a thing as free will, my dear. I can only help you so much.

If it’s your time, then it’s lights out. Now that you’re thirty, things are going to get a lot harder.”

“What do you mean?”

Josh had a sinking feeling in his stomach, and it wasn’t the alcohol.

“A lot of things are going to change for you now. As I said, you Harrells are gifted, although some of your relatives thought of it as a curse.”

“I don’t believe this. You mean my father really did see someone? He wasn’t crazy?”

“Of course he saw someone. I hope you don’t throw your full glass of whiskey at me the way he threw his at his guardian.”

“How could you possibly know that?”

“You’re asking too many questions. Just take my word that everything’s relative, including time.”

“What do you want?”

About the Author:
Stan Schatt grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and now resides in Carlsbad, California. He has written thirty-five books on a wide variety of subjects ranging from fiction to technology. He is co-author of Journey to a Different Dimension, an Amazon bestseller. He also authored Egypt Rising, a YA novel focusing on a teen’s experience in Egypt at the time of the Egyptian revolution of 2011. This novel contains paranormal elements including a secret buried under the Sphinx. The paranormal mystery Silent Partner is Schatt’s latest novel.

He has led several careers including futurist and executive for many of the world’s leading technology market research firms, police department administrator, autopsy assistant, software trainer, Telecommunications Department Chairman, and English professor. He taught at Tokyo University as a Fulbright exchange professor. His non-fiction includes books on such diverse topics as strategies for changing careers for a green industry job, studies of Michael Connelly and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., network and data communications technology, telecommunications, computer programming.

Find Stan on the web:

-The publisher’s website
-author website
-Twitter @stanschatt

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Friday, August 29, 2014

MMW August 2014 - THE DYING OF THE LIGHT by Derek Landy

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Monthly Most Wanted

What book have you waited forever for? What was your most-anticipated release this month? Post it on your blog and then link it up here. Give fellow readers a way to find awesome new releases!

THE DYING OF THE LIGHT (Skullduggery Pleasant, #9)
by Derek Landy

Goodreads Blurb
The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties. Following the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant must use any and all means to track down and stop Darquesse before she turns the world into a charred, lifeless cinder.

And so he draws together a team of soldiers, monster hunters, killers, criminals… and Valkyrie’s own murderous reflection.

The war may be over, but the final battle is about to begin. And not everyone gets out of here alive…

Other books in the Skullduggery Pleasant series:
-Scepter of the Ancients
-Playing with Fire
-The Faceless Ones
-Dark Days
-Mortal Coil
-Deathbringer
-Kingdom of the Wicked
-Last Stand of Dead Men

What’s your most-anticipated release for August? Snag the MMW button for your post and drop the link below or leave a comment!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WWW Wednesday 8-27-14

WWW Wednesday

Hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

-What are you currently reading?

Geek Wisdom by N. k. Jemisin et Al. I stumbled across this and thought “I need to read this.” So I’m reading it, and it’s as awesome as I anticipated.

-What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund. It was a great little story with some awesome characters.

I also read Dewitched: The Untold Story of the Evil Queen by E. L. Sarnoff. This was a really cool book. The evil queen from Snow White (Jane) goes to rehab because she’s addicted to evil. She meets up with a bunch of other fairytale characters, works through her issues, and eventually gets placed in a sort of field placement to help her kick evil for good. Jane’s voice is funny. The story is funny, and it’s a great story about changing one’s life.

Lastly, I tackled Avalon High by Meg Cabot, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I saw the live-action Disney movie back in 2011, and I expected the book to be the same. Spoiler alert, it isn’t, but I enjoyed the book anyway.

-What do you think you’ll read next?

A Wonderlandiful World, book 3 in Shannon Hale’s Ever After High series, came out yesterday. The Dying of the Light (Skullduggery Pleasant, #9) by Derek Landy comes out tomorrow. I’ve preordered Landy’s and am waiting. The nanosecond it’s in my hand, it will be read. I may read Hale’s before, or I may read it after. Either way, it will get read.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

HIGH TIDE BIKINI by Lyla Dune

HIGH TIDE BIKINI (Pleasure Island, #3)
by Lyla Dune

Hot and Hilarious with Heart!

Primary love story:
Dirk Davis is no knight in shining armor, more like gigilo in board shorts. Why twenty-five year old virgin Kendal Duvall has chosen to have a fling with him leaves him baffled. She’s the epitome of the wholesome girl-next-door. He is definitely attracted to her, but fears she’s luring him into a boyfriend trap. He’s never had a serious girlfriend, because he’s made taking care of his ailing father a priority, one that sometimes hinders his social life and stunts his ambitions.

Kendal Duvall has struggled to break free from her controlling mother and move past some dark memories. Now that she’s finally moved out on her, she’s ready to explore uncharted territory, bedroom territory. Who better to be her guide than the local playboy who is known for being both discreet and good in bed?

Secondary love story: At age sixteen, Spencer Harris was paralyzed from the waist down after a head-on collision with a drunk driver. Ten years later, Spencer tries to come to terms with her desire to have the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of and the reality of what that happily ever after may look like in her current condition. She has so much love to give but doesn’t want to put limitations or burdens on others.

Earl Washington is a ball of insecurities after spending some time in jail and being labeled a bad egg. He’s ready to take charge of his life and pursue his dreams, but he longs for the love of a good woman. Spencer is the woman he wants, but will she want him when she finds out his deepest secrets?

High Tide Bikini is the third book in the Pleasure Island series. It takes place on an island that is home to some zany characters, an ostrich farm, and a senior citizen nudist colony. If you like romance with plenty of sizzle and giggle, you’ll love this series.

EXCERPT
Atop his favorite ostrich, Robirrrda, Dirk rode up to Bare Point, the local senior citizen nudist colony.

Brock Knight and Trent McAllister were running after the rogue ostrich named Spike and having no luck at all. No wonder Carl called him. Those guys didn’t know how to handle these birds. But they sure turned all the old ladies into screaming fans.

He ought to be used to seeing these old people naked, but he still found himself gawking. It was like Madame Tussaud’s wax museum rejects got over-heated and melted. It creeped him out, but he couldn’t help but stare.

Spike trotted around the tents on the beach. Louise jiggle-jogged toward the bird, reaching out as if she was going to catch it with her bare hands. Crazy lady. Brock must not have seen her, because he ran right into her and knocked the woman flat on her back. His muscular Mr. Universe body landed right on top of her, nose to nose. She wrapped her tanned, leathery arms and beefy legs around Brock and gave him a big smooch. Gross. Ha. Dirk wouldn’t be surprised if Brock swam back across the pond to Wales in horror after that one.

Trent stopped and put his hands on his knees. His shoulders heaving. Was he okay? He straightened and held his stomach, laughing so hard he seemed to be having trouble breathing. Yeah. He was fine.

Dirk adjusted himself in his saddle, readied his lasso, and whispered to Robirrrda. “Ready, girl?”

Robirrrda made a clucking noise and scratched the ground.

He gave her hind end a light heel kick and off they went, full speed ahead. Everyone turned and cheered when he came charging up the dune on his two-legged, avian steed, lasso circling above his head like Roy Rogers.

Weaving around lounge chairs, and coolers, knocking over three umbrellas, and demolishing a sandcastle—the chase was on.

When Henry, a chubby old man with bigger boobs than his wife’s, tripped while trying to get out of Dirk’s way, Robirrrda flapped her wings and was airborne, briefly. She changed directions with her long neck outstretched horizontally, parallel with the ground. Dirk was jostled side to side, as her claws scratched up clumps of sand and sent the globs flying behind them.

Spike slowed down to a trot when he reached the fence, searching for a way around it.

Dirk tossed his lasso and hooked Spike on the first try. “I got you, you rascal.”

Cheers and whistles sounded behind him. He got off Robirrrda’s back and walked over to Spike and petted his neck. “Why you got to always cause trouble, huh?”

The bird looked at him, then rubbed his head on Dirk’s shoulder. “Crazy bird. I’m not mad at you. I reckon if I was trapped behind a wire fence all the time, I’d try to make a break for it every chance I got too. Freedom’s important to a guy.”

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~Add it on Goodreads.

ABOUT LYLA

Lyla Dune has taught music for eighteen years, played saxophone and clarinet in numerous orchestras and ensembles, taught piano, written songs, and repaired more musical instruments than she can recall. Yes, in case you’re wondering, you can fix the rotary valve on a student’s French horn with a paper clip and a rubber band three minutes before the kid’s horn solo at Lincoln Center.

How did Lyla become a writer? A few years ago, she stumbled across a poetry forum online and dabbled in poetry for kicks. She became a word junkie. She’s published poetry, flash fiction, and short stories in many different genres.

She lives on the coast of North Carolina with her husband, Gary, and her cat, Miura. One day, she’d like to have a pet ostrich. She’d name it Robirrrda, after the ostrich in Low Tide Bikini.

Visit Lyla’s website. Connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest, and follow her on Twitter @Lyladune.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

SILVER WOLF CLAN by Tera Shanley

SILVER WOLF CLAN
by Tera Shanley

What happens when monsters turn out to be real? One summer night while camping in the woods, Morgan Carter finds out in a big way. A tall mysterious stranger, Greyson Crawford, risks his life to try and save her sister from the vicious wolf attacking their camp. When he’s bitten and disappears into the night, Morgan can only assume the worst.

Greyson shows up a year later, and he’s a different animal altogether. His eye color shifts constantly and the rumble in his throat sounds more animal than human. She hasn’t any idea where he’s been all this time, but a good guess as to what he’s become.

Grey is determined not to let the darkness of his new existence affect Morgan and the little girl in her care. He hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Morgan but knows he should stay away and let her live a normal life. That’s easier said than done, though. A new danger pulls him from the shadows to keep her safe, and he’s no wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Can she accept what lurks just below his surface? More importantly, can she survive him?

EXCERPT
Grey’s arms and legs were on fire, burning from his very veins, blistering every nerve ending on the way out. Why was the pain tearing through his chest? He tried to hail the woman but nothing came out except a quiet groan. Was he dying? He arched his neck toward her sister. Her body was so mangled it was all but unrecognizable as human. The girl’s eyes were open, fixed, staring back at him. She was dead. Would he die, too? What was that thing? That monster?

Maybe this was all a dream. Maybe he still slept, back in his campsite a quarter of a mile away. He’d been sleeping there only a few minutes ago. Maybe he was just having a vivid night terror and he’d wake at any moment to the relief that this wasn’t real. The girl slid over to him, but he was already panting in pain. Fire in his blood burned him up.

Her mouth moved, but he couldn’t hear anything over the roaring in his ears. Like helicopter blades, the sound drowned out everything. Her lips were full, and when his vision blurred, he tried to focus on her face. She was beautiful. Tiny. Delicate like a hummingbird. Even through spilling tears, the moss green color of her eyes was clear and compelling.

Her voice overcame the screeching in his ears. “What’s your name?”

“Greyson,” he rasped. “Greyson Crawford.” Someone should know who he was. Notify Dad what had happened there in the woods of Enchanted Rock. “What’s yours?” It was getting so hard to breathe. He had to know. He’d leave the world on her name.

“Morgan. My name’s Morgan.”

~Buy SILVER WOLF CLAN:

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-Kobo

ABOUT TERA

Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic Western Romance, to Apocalyptic (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love. A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new story or devouring a good book. Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging, friend hugging, and the great outdoors. For more information about Tera and her work, visit www.terashanley.com.

Find Tera online:

-website-blog
-Facebook
-Twitter @terashanley
-Goodreads

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