Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from : Dictionary of Unusual & Complicated Words

Opacification- made opaque.

Ablutophobia- fear of washing or bathing.

Ailurophile- a love of cats, a cat fancier.

Michael J. Bowler - And The Children Shall Lead - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

The campaign to save California’s children was only the beginning. Now King Arthur and his Round Table of teenaged knights set their sights on fixing something even bigger – the entire country. How? By targeting America’s most sacred document – The Constitution.

Native American teens Kai and Dakota, despite harboring secrets of their own, join the team, and swear undying loyalty to Lance. They carry the hope of their people that the crusade will better the lives of Indian children, who are the most neglected by government. This new campaign will take the young people to The White House, the halls of Congress, and beyond in their quest to change the prevailing opinion that children are property, rather than human beings in their own right.

But an unseen nemesis stalks Lance and Arthur, and ratchets up the attacks on New Camelot, promising to kill them and destroy all that the king has put in place. Lance, Ricky, Kai, and Dakota become the enemy’s favorite targets, and barely escape with their lives on more than one occasion. Who is this mysterious stalker, and what is the motive for these attacks? Lance has no idea, especially since he’s never intentionally hurt anyone.

“You were right, little boy, death is coming for you, but slowly, and only after it takes out the people you love.” That chilling promise haunts Lance, but also strengthens his determination to protect the people he loves at all costs. Or die trying.

The Knight Cycle Continues…

My Review

In this the fourth book of King Arthur's modern-day campaign, Lance and his band of teenage knights take on an even bigger crusade, hoping to amend the Constitution with a Children's Bill of Rights.

But they face a continuing threat—the stalker who wants to attack the foundations of Camelot by murdering them one by one, saving Lance for last. The tension is heightened as the knights are placed in mortal danger, time and time again from their home base in California all the way to Washington, D.C.

But Lance will do anything to protect the ones he loves, even to the point of dying for them…again. He shows so much loyalty throughout, doing everything in his power to keep them safe.

And they don't let the threat stop them from living their lives. They forge on, trying to keep things as normal as possible. I know a favorite scene of mine was the much anticipated nuptials between King Arthur and Jenny. Young readers will love how One Direction shows up to entertain the guests as the surprise wedding band. It's a nice light-hearted moment where everyone gets to dress up and have fun.

And I was also excited to meet the two new Native American knights, Dakota and Kai, and how their relationship compared and contrasted to that of Lance and Ricky. It was nice to get two different perspectives of how teenage boys handle being in a same sex relationship in America today. Their characters really added to the journey that Michael J. Bowler is taking us on, both in terms of excitement and emotion.

I cannot wait to read the final book in the series and see how it all plays out.


And The Children Shall Lead can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Prices/Formats: $4.99 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Pages: 302
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Release: September 25, 2014
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 9780990306368
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About the Author

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of seven novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), and The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place, There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, and Once Upon A Time In America.

His horror screenplay, “Healer,” was a Semi-Finalist, and his urban fantasy script, “Like A Hero,” was a Finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.

He grew up in San Rafael, California, and majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to eight different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state.

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He is currently at work on a horror/suspense novel based on his screenplay, “Healer.”

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the book:   Deadly Odds   by Allen Wyler

pg. 6

  A car engine grew more distant, blocks away. A dog barked somewhere on the next block.Graveyard stillness settled over the alley.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Received one new book in my mailbox.

His Name Was Ben   by  Paulette Mahurin   Courtesy of the author.

Hearing the words "it's cancer" threw Sara Phillips' life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything-his name was Ben.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DJ Wilson - Ride to Restoration - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

In this second book, D learns that paying it forward is not without costs, toss in Candi Parker, the girl of D’s dreams gone rogue, along with vivacious Victoria Lawson, attorney at law, who willingly steps in to fill Candi’s thong, and D’s hilarious misadventures continue across Canada. Reality sets in and the bullets begin to fly just two days after he returns to the states.

D sends Victoria away to keep her out of harm’s way, before tackling his real life demons, aka A.J. Standford, the Ponzi scheming banker who has a bounty on D’s head, and Candi’s extended family, the Gambinos, who will profit from his demise.

The romantic side of the story poses multiple questions: Will D settle for Victoria after being royally screwed by Candi or will his feelings for Candi propel him back into her life and the crime family’s ongoing chaos? Will Candi take back her sleazy ex-husband Joseph or will she somehow manage to break with her powerful family and come crawling back to D’s loving arms?

With all of this going on, there’s bound to be hell to pay sooner rather than later. Like momma always said, “When you play with fire, you’re gonna get burned.”

My Review

This is the second book in D's adventures as he travels across Canada with a new companion, his sassy lawyer, Victoria. This Harley riding heartthrob is still on the run trying to escape the Ponzi scheming crook who put a bounty on his head from behind bars for stealing his stockpile of diamonds.

D's erotic journey continues as he tries to forget Candi, his chaps wearing companion in the last book. He thinks that she betrayed him by going back to her ex-husband and reestablishing contact with her Mafia connected family. Little does he know, she did it to save his life, sacrificing their love in order to keep him alive.

But when he finds out, will he stay with Victoria or go back to Candi?

D is definitely an interesting character, one who mixes romance with intrigue, along with a whole lot of heart. He's the kind of guy who can't resist helping those who are down on their luck and that makes him someone you can't help rooting for.

If you like motorcycle adventures, hot love triangles and steamy sex scenes, then this one's for you.


Ride to Restoration can be purchased at:
Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Google Play

Prices/Formats: $4.99 ebook, $11.95 paperback
Pages: 318
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release: July 16, 2014
Publisher: Riscatto Publishing
ISBN: 9781604148022
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About the Author

Raised in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, I graduated from Cumberland University, located in a small town you've never heard just inside Kentucky quite a few years ago. At the present, we're living beside beautiful Dale Hollow Lake.

Blessed to travel, blessed with health, blessed with second chances, too numerous to list here.

As a blogger, featured on many sites, including the Huffington Post, I have been humbled beyond measure, more times than not, by all that life has thrown our way.

Successful, that's me, catastrophic failure, that's me too. We've been there, done that and have the life changing scars to prove it.

Our writings reflect life through the throes of heartache and loss, as well as through the joys redemption brings.

"Life is not waiting for the Storms to Pass, It's Learning to Dance in the Rain."

Links to connect with DJ:
Web Site
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

                                                 My Words are taken from Hard Words

1. Regnant- reigning; ruling, dominant.

2. Williwaw- a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes.

3. Tatterdemalion- a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger, which I am currently still reading.

pg. 199
I felt my ignorance like a bad meal in the stomach. For the first time in my life, it seemed that knowledge, which had always been my privileged coinage, was failing me.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new arrivals last week, I am currently reading A Burnable Book By Bruce Holsinger.

What new titles did you receive?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are from A Burnable Book By Bruce Holsinger, which I am now reading.
This takes place in Medieval London.

Tortious- Means constituting a wrongful act.

Pursuivants- are junoir officers of arms that are attatched to official heraldic authorities.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from the book:

A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger

pg. 52

    He wiped his high forehead, exposed by the tight-fitting coif worn by his order. A capped stick bore a part of his fragile weight.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Trust In Me by Sophie McKenzie Review-Post

Trust In Me  by Sophie McKenzie         Review-Post

   Livy cannot believe her best friend Julia has been lying to her. When she discovers her body when she stops over for her weekly visit, things just don't add up. She begins to investigate futher finding things out even about her own husband.
    This fast- paced thriller with twists that leave you wanting to keep turning the pages . The thought that you couldn't trust the people close to you, leaves you with a fearful feeling. The danger involved as she gets closer to the truth, keeps you at the edge of your seat.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received one new book in my mailbox:  Dead End Deal  by Allen Wyler  courtesy o Astor Blue Editions.

Finished reading: Trust In me by  Sophie McKenzie

Started reading:  A Burnable Book  by  Bruce Holister

What did you receive?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My wondrous words are from Trust In Me by  Sophie McKenzie.

Coruscating- flashing;sparkling, brilliant or striking in content or style.

Hasslblad- is a camera which is a product of a Swedish manufacturer.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday My teaser today comes from the book: Trust In Me By Sophie McKenzie Pg. 196 I sink into my chair, hurt to the core. Why is he being so vicious? Was I really so out of order to ask him about something that mystifies me as much as him?Surely his reaction is overkill?

Richard H. Hardy - The Infinity Program - Guest Post & Giveaway

About the Book

Jon Graeme and Harry Sale are unlikely friends. Harry is a world-class programmer, but his abrasive personality alienates co-workers. In contrast, Jon is a handsome and easy-going technical writer, the low man on the IT totem pole.

Sharing a love of nature, the men set out together, planning to go their separate ways--Jon on a hike and Harry, fly fishing. Three days later, Jon arrives at the rendezvous point, but his friend is nowhere in sight. When Jon finds Harry unconscious on the floor of a cave, Harry claims to have been lying there the entire time. But he is neither cold nor hungry. What Jon doesn't know is that Harry fell into an underground cavern, where he came into contact with an alien quantum computer.

Back at work, Harry jettisons his regular tasks and concentrates exclusively on inventing new operating language to access the alien system. In the process he crashes his office's Super Computer and is fired. Jon convinces the company to give Harry a second chance, arguing that the system he has invented will make them millions.

Jon has no idea what havoc Harry is about to unleash.

Guest Post

Why would a female reader want to read your book?

Make your case.

The first Science Fiction novel, Frankenstein, was written by Mary Shelley. It was speculative fiction at its best, full of insights into the issues of the day. I tried to follow in her tradition when I wrote The Infinity Program. Science and technology have their place, but what’s most important is the story itself. I believe the story that unfolds in The Infinity Program will appeal to men and women alike.

In the 1950s and 1960s many gifted and exceptional women, such as James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Bradley Sheldon), Ursula Le Guin, and Johanna Ross, opened up Science Fiction for everyone. Since that time, more and more women have been reading Science Fiction. I hope some of those readers will find their way to The Infinity Program. I think they will relate to one of the fundamental themes of the book: the pressing need for transformation and change in our society. So far, the response from women has been positive. In fact, all the four and five stars reviews for The Infinity Program have been written by women.

The Infinity Program addresses some of the important issues that women face today when they work in the field of IT. Many older companies are predominantly male and have vertical power structures. When they are run by backward looking chauvinists, ignorant attitudes can infect a company. I based some of the events in The Infinity Program on horror stories told to me by women who had worked at major software companies in Boston and New York. I tried to weave these stories into the narrative of The Infinity Program.

A novel stands and falls on the strength of its story. A good story will appeal to all ages and genders. The story is the most important part of The Infinity Program. If you like a story that moves along like a roller coaster, I hope you’ll take a look at The Infinity Program.


The Infinity Program can be purchased at:
Barnes and Noble

Prices/Formats: $5.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Pages: 250
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Release: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603819336
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About the Author

Richard H. Hardy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, during a week of relentless bombing raids just before the close of World War II. The day he was born an incendiary bomb fell on the church across the street from where he lived, so he is fond of saying that he entered the world with a big adrenaline rush.

His family later moved to England and then on to America.

After college Richard bounced through a series of temporary jobs as he traveled around the country, wanting nothing more than to write fiction. A job driving a library van allowed him free time to write several short stories and work on a novel.

He and his wife moved to New Hampshire, where he took an entry level job at a software company. He was soon promoted to the technical writing department and ended up producing over 500,000 words of online documentation. After a few years he was promoted to the programming department and ended up as the Senior EDI Programmer, creating EDI maps and writing UNIX scripts and troubleshooting on AIX systems throughout the U.S. and Canada.

After he retired, he started writing fiction again. The Infinity Program is his first published novel.

Links to connect with Richard:
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday I didn't receive any new books last week, How about you? Reading: Trust In Me by Sophie McKenzie An intense, taut tale that preys on one of our deepest fears: that we might not be able to trust those closest to us.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Land Of Dreams by Kate Kerrigan Review-Post

Land Of Dreams by  Kate Kerrigan    Review-Post

   The final book in the trilogy of Ellie Hogan, an Irish immigrant,begins in the 1940's. She is removed from her quiet life on Fire Island, N.Y. to Los Angeles, California, while her son Leo is pursuing an acting career.
    Widowed twice she aims to be a good stepmother to her two sons since she has no children of her own. She does her best to protect them from the dangers of their new life in Los Angeles.
     It's an interesting story of how Ellie gives of herself to others in need and in turn becomes a strong force in her own life. It is a well written story.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from the book I am currently reading:  Land Of Dreams  by Kate Kerrigan

1. Pied-a'-terre- is a small living unit usually located in a large city some distance away from an individual's private residence.

2. Eschewed- having nothing to do with , steer clear of.

3. Predilections- a preference or special liking for something.