Friday, October 31, 2014

COVER REVEAL: THE LAST STORED by Sonia Poynter

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The Last Stored by Sonia Poynter
Surge, Anaiah Press


Blurb:

After the sudden death of her parents, making it through the day is a struggle for Amber Megan Peel. In the midst of her grief, an exquisite bird perches on her garden fence and shows her visions of a vivid landscape and a dark lord slouching upon a throne. She thinks the visions are tied to her sorrow. But when a boy flies through her kitchen window to tell her she’s the Last Stored, she wonders if she’s just lost her mind.

Cree of Din is tasked with one job: Bring Amber home. For seven years, Cree has trained as her protector and it is the ultimate responsibility. Failure means Amber’s certain death, and that’s not an option for Cree – especially since he’s falling in love with her.

The Returning has begun. Now all Amber and Cree have to do is enter Tali, a world of unimaginable splendor and equally unimaginable horror, and defeat Lorthis. If they can’t, not only will Tali plunge into darkness, but so will Earth.

Release Date:
January 6, 2015



Book Links:
Anaiah Press: www.anaiahpress.com



Author Bio:

Sonia Poynter is a homeschooling teacher, an active youth volunteer, and a writer.  She grew up traipsing through the thick woods of Kentucky often getting lost in the magic of the forest. The woods inspired her heart and her father and mother, a Kentucky Colonel, cultivated her love for storytelling. For Sonia every day is an adventure, providing her with an endless parade of eccentric characters and vivid worlds. Currently, she lives in the sleepy community of Pittsboro, Indiana, with the love of her life and God has blessed them both with three amazing kids.





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MMW October 2014: THE SLOW REGARD OF SILENT THINGS by Patrick Rothfuss

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Monthly Most Wanted

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THE SLOW REGARD OF SILENT THINGS (A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella)
by Patrick Rothfuss

Goodreads Blurb
Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.

Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows...

In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

Books in the Kingkiller Chronicle:
-The Name of the Wind
-The Wise Man’s Fear

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WWW Wednesday 10-29-14

WWW Wednesday

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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?

I’m reading two books. Primarily, I’m reading The Terror of the Southlands (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, #2) by Caroline Carlson. This is an adorable middle grade historical fantasy series about a high society girl turned pirate. I loved book one, and I’m loving book 2 so far.

I’m also reading The Shadow Prince by Stacey O’Neale, which I picked up because it’s free on Amazon. I’m only a few chapters in, but so far it’s okay.

-What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles, #7) by Kevin Hearne, which was awesome. I also finished Death Perception by Lee Allen Howard, which I really enjoyed despite it having a horror feel and me being a wimp.

I also read Stray by Elissa Sussman, which had an awesome concept but not-so-great execution. I loved the world and the magic and the various components pulled from different classic fairytales. I was really into it until the halfway mark when plot strands started appearing and then disappearing. So much was started and never finished. Now, I know it’s a trilogy, but it seemed to take the no-information-will-be-revealed-at-all-in-the-hopes-that-you’ll-get-hooked-for-book-2 approach, and that makes me sad because if I knew a bit more about everything, I’d be more excited for the sequel. Right now, I don’t know.

I also read Mary Mary Quite Contrary (Grimm Diaries Prequels, #5) by Cameron Jace. That was pretty good.

-What do you think you’ll read next?

Definitely The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss. A friend of mine went to the release party for it yesterday (of which I am extremely jealous), and I’m ready for some hardcore fantasy.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

NECROMANCER by Graeme Ing

NECROMANCER
by Graeme Ing

A primeval fiend is loose in the ancient metropolis of Malkandrah, intent on burning it to a wasteland. The city's leaders stand idly by and the sorcerers that once protected the people are long gone.

Maldren, a young necromancer, is the only person brave enough to stand against the creature. Instead of help from the Masters of his Guild, he is given a new apprentice. Why now, and why a girl? As they unravel the clues to defeating the fiend, they discover a secret society holding the future of the city in its grip. After betrayals and attempts on his life, Maldren has reason to suspect everyone he thought a friend, even the girl.

His last hope lies in an alliance with a depraved and murderous ghost, but how can he trust it? Its sinister past is intertwined in the lives of everyone he holds dear.

Can only evil defeat evil?

EXCERPT

Sinister

She glanced at me then the ground below, but only clung tighter. A man appeared at the window, his teeth bared. Four scratches on his cheek oozed red. White drool speckled his trimmed beard. He clawed at her. She scrunched her eyes shut and wailed.

With a crack, the casement tore free, and she plummeted into my arms. We tumbled to the ground and the smoke surrounded us like a pack of wild animals.

I rolled to my feet, helped her up, and dragged her down the street, holding my breath as long as I could. She coughed and choked, resisting my pull. Murder flared in her eyes. I slapped her.

“Trust me. Hold your breath and stay with me.” I yanked her forward.

I shouldn’t have spoken. Smoke surged down my throat and I gagged.

Rage ignited inside me. I wanted to tear out her rabid eyes. My arm squeezed hers until she cried out, and I knew that I could break it with a twist, could snap her entire frail body. My gaze fixed on her pale, sweat-soaked throat. It invited me to choke the life from her, watch her struggle and finally go limp. My pulse quickened. Anger flooded my veins. Then my hands were around her throat, squeezing, crushing. She coughed and drooled thick, white saliva. Her blue eyes locked with mine but she put up no resistance. A smile twitched on her lips as my thumbs dug deeper. Ah, the sweet moment of superiority. How would it feel to kill? Delicious. It washed the tight pain from my head.

Something flickered deep within me. This was wrong.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH GRAEME
-What made you want to write?

I’ve had an overactive imagination since before I became a teenager. I was raised on books, especially sci-fi and fantasy, and my parents took my sister and I on exotic holidays to all sorts of countries. That’s a lot of mental stimulus for a kid. I shudder to think how much of my life I have spent daydreaming in lands of make-believe. Ironically, I became an engineer, seemingly at odds with my creative side, but I’ve never lost my sense of wonder and nerdness. Growing up, I devoured every unique world that I visited in the books I read. I wanted to create my own. I drew maps, created complex histories of mythical kingdoms, fought battles and rescued princesses. Frankly, it astonishes me that I waited until my forties to start writing seriously. Now that I have, I intend to spend the rest of my life creating characters having bizarre and romantic adventures in peculiar worlds. I hope others will gain the same sense of wonder and fun from reading my stories as I did from the classic fantasy I grew up with.

-What draws you to fantasy and sci-fi?

I do read in every genre, yes even romance, but fantasy and sci-fi is my passion. The freedom to create an entire world, its creatures, cultures and history from scratch is exhilarating. I have written contemporary but feel hemmed in by the real world. My spy thrillers would likely involve James Bond pitting himself against dragons and alien starships, and I’m pretty sure the franchise wouldn’t allow that. :) I have hundreds of new worlds swimming in my head, and hope I can get as many down on “paper” as possible. I enjoy playing what-if and make-believe, but I also love to populate my creations with characters whose problems and dilemmas mirror our world. Personal decisions and conflicts drive every story, no matter the genre.

-Name a fun fact you learned researching this project.

There are 206 bones in the human skeleton. Who knew? There’s a scene in Necromancer where Maldren is digging up a skeleton from a shallow grave. It sounds gruesome, but what he does with it is actually one of the lighter moments of the book and I had fun writing it.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

Oh boy. Probably Phyxia from Necromancer. We know so little about her. She’s immortal, some kind of oracle and drop-dead gorgeous in an elfin way. In the book, Maldren finds her comforting yet enigmatic, never saying exactly what she means, and I can understand why he often gets frustrated by her cryptic answers. She claims to have lived for all the ages of the world, so think of the tales she could tell. As the author, I do of course know her soft spots and favorite foods, so I’m pretty sure I could learn her secrets. She’s a special character to me and she will return in later books.

-For aspiring writers, any tips?

To quote Dr. Susan Jeffers: “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” Along the way you will be plagued by nagging doubts, fear of failure, hatred of your own work, worry about what others will think and a plethora of other neuroses. This is normal. Accept that and keep writing. Write as often as you can. Write for yourself. Write what you enjoy. Edit, revise, and hone your craft. Ignore the naysayers or bad reviews. Keep writing. Most success is perseverance - staying the course. Good luck! Now write your heart out.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

A year ago I would have said romance since expectations are extremely high and few men can pull it off. Now I’m in the middle of writing a romantic adventure trilogy. Go figure! No one said I make it easy on myself. I like to think I could make a good attempt at any genre - people and relationships are universal to any setting, so is drama and tension. I’d just have to keep out the dragons and Orcs! I’d have to say that a military or legal thriller is very unlikely for me. I know next to nothing about those fields and don’t relish the extensive research I’d need to undertake to make my book believable. I’d best stick to spec-fic I think, and that’s a very broad genre.

ABOUT GRAEME

Graeme Ing engineers original fantasy worlds, both YA and adult, but hang around, and you’ll likely read tales of romance, sci-fi, paranormal, cyberpunk, steampunk or any blend of the above.

Born in England in 1965, Graeme moved to San Diego, California in 1996 and lives there still. His career as a software engineer and development manager spans 30 years, mostly in the computer games industry. He is also an armchair mountaineer, astronomer, mapmaker, pilot and general geek. He and his wife, Tamara, share their house with more cats than he can count.

Find Graeme online:

-website
-blog
-Facebook
-Twitter @GraemeIng
-Google+
-Goodreads
-Amazon

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Friday, October 24, 2014

CITY OF WHORES by Mark B. Perry



Synopsis
New Year's Eve, 1951. Hollywood, California. As Tinseltown rings in the twilight of its Golden Age, a young man arrives from Texas hell-bent on exploiting his brooding good-looks in exchange for a shot at stardom--only to become dangerously entangled in the lives of one of the most powerful couples in show business. As his dream devolves into a lurid nightmare, he must choose between fortune and fame or sanity and survival in this City of Whores.
"Subtly powerful…a Truman Capote-like piece…deeply affecting and tinged with pathos…" - Kirkus Reviews
"…displays an excellent sense of plot and pacing…the historical settings sparkle…" - Foreword Reviews (To be published September 1, 2014)
Where to purchase City of Whores

The Author

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Mark B. Perry was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and earned his BA in broadcast journalism from the University of Georgia. An aspiring writer and filmmaker, he moved to Los Angeles in 1986 and worked as an office temp until he wrote a script on spec for the top-ten show The Wonder Years. Not only did this writing sample lead to a freelance assignment and a staff position on the series, it was also
purchased and produced as the opening episode of the 1989-1990 season, entitled "Summer Song." Its premiere was the number three show for that week in the Nielsen Ratings, outranked only by the venerable Roseanne and The Cosby Show.


After three years and eighteen episodes of The Wonder Years, Mark went on to write and produce such diverse television series as Northern Exposure, Picket Fences, Moon Over Miami, Law & Order, Party of Five, Push, Time of Your Life, Pasadena, First Years, That Was Then, One Tree Hill, Windfall, and What About Brian. After helping successfully launch the second season of ABC's Brothers & Sisters in 2007, Mark was then a co-executive producer on CBS's Ghost Whisperer. Finally, in 2011, Mark began two gloriously venomous seasons on the ABC hit Revenge before resigning to complete his debut novel, City of Whores.

As a producer on the first season on David E. Kelley's Picket Fences, Mark and the other producers received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Dramatic Series (1993). For his episode of Party of Five entitled "Falsies," he was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Achievement in Dramatic Writing (1997). And for his writing and producing services on that same series, he shared a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama (1996). 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NEXT EXIT DEAD AHEAD by CW Browning

NEXT EXIT DEAD AHEAD
by CW Browning

Alina Maschik expected to have a few quiet days alone in New Jersey.

She should have known better.

FBI Agent Stephanie Walker has a problem. Whenever Alina comes into town, someone ends up dead. When the enigmatic Damon Miles follows, that count is doubled. Now, a mere week before Halloween, Stephanie's main informant has gone missing. When part of him shows up in a reputedly haunted prison, the local attraction becomes the center of a macabre and baffling spectacle. As bodies start to fill the morgue, Stephanie must trust in Alina's particular skill set to prevent further bloodshed. But that trust comes with a price, as Alina and Damon bring their own brand of trouble, uncovering a sinister web of deadly intrigue reaching far beyond the familiar South Jersey suburbs.

A prison haunted by tortured souls, a puzzling federal investigation, a rising body count, and a pair of deadly assassins...what could possibly go wrong?

EXCERPT
“You found a what?” Alina closed the refrigerator door, her phone pressed to her ear, and stared at the stainless steel in disbelief.

“A head,” Damon repeated, amusement threading his voice. “If it sounds gruesome, that's because it is.”

“First an arm, now a head,” she muttered. “I'm seriously starting to rethink Jersey.”

“An arm? What arm?” he asked sharply.

“They found an arm in the old prison in Mt. Holly this morning,” Alina explained, turning away from the fridge and carrying a bottle of water over to the bar. She perched on a bar stool and sipped the water. “It belonged to one of Stephanie's informants.”

“Where's the rest of him?”

“They don't know.” Alina set the bottle down and pursed her lips thoughtfully. “I wonder if you have his head?”

“Who was he informing on?” Damon demanded. “Was he Latin American?”

“I don't know,” Alina murmured. “His name was Frietas, so probably. Rodrigo Frietas, I believe.”

“Brazilian?”

“Got me. You'd have to ask her.” Alina's lips twitched. “But, honestly, I wouldn't suggest it. She already thinks you're trouble.”

“Me?” Damon snorted. “You're the one who gets embroiled with terrorists and psychos.”

“But you're never far behind these days,” Alina pointed out.

“Someone has to keep you in check,” Damon retorted, causing her to chuckle. “You have a knack for sniffing out trouble.”

“Well, I certainly didn't sniff out a head,” she shot back, a grin creasing her lips. “Where is it?”

“In front of my window, stuck on a pike of some kind.”

ABOUT CW

CW Browning was writing before she could spell. Making up stories in the backyard with her childhood best friend, imagination ran wild from the very beginning. When she moved to New Jersey from Kansas at the age of seven, those tales became written words as she adjusted to life on the East Coast. Her first full-length novel was printed out on a dot-matrix printer at the age of eight. Through the years, the writing continued as an enjoyable past-time while she pursued other avenues of interest, attending Rutgers University and studying History. In time, though, it became apparent where her heart truly lie. CW still makes up stories in her backyard, but now she crafts them for her readers to enjoy. She makes her home in Southern New Jersey, where she loves to grill organic steak and sip red wine on the patio.

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WWW Wednesday 10-22-14

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?

I’m currently reading two books—Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles, #7) by Kevin Hearn and Death Perception by Lee Allen Howard. This is me trying to put a dent in my actual Goodreads to-read shelf. Never mind that there are hundreds of books on that shelf. In any case, I’m liking both thus far.

-What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Aftershock (H.I.V.E. #7), which is apparently not the last in the series. K, I knew that, but I also thought Deadlock (#8) was the last and out. Turns out, it’s not out, and it may or may not be the last. It probably isn’t. There’s probably nine books, three trilogies. So I’ll be here, waiting.

I also read The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus, #5). That was a great end to an awesome series, and I’m going to miss those little demigods.

Next I tried a new author. I picked up Broken Symmetry by Dan Rix, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. It’s a ya sci-fi thriller, which is pretty cool. The science is neat. The concept is awesome. I just had a tough time connecting with the characters, who didn’t feel very consistent. All in all, though, it was a pretty good read. I’ll keep Rix on my watch list.

Finally, I read Hunted (Iron Druid Chronicles, #6). I read the first five at the beginning of 2013. Then I’m not sure what happened, but I’m back on it. Also, I <3 Oberon.

-What do you think you’ll read next?

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss comes out next week. I’ll read that as soon as I can. I’ve got some other books in the lineup, and we’ll see what I get to first.

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