Thursday, August 21, 2014

I was let down - Altered by Dianne Lynn Gardner #bookreview #amreading

This book has quite a few 5 star reviews, giving me high expectations. Maybe too high. 

The premise is interesting. A young adolescent girl and her family caught up in a world where food has been genetically altered (Monsanto anyone?) so that crops no longer produce seed meaning only this new regime can produce crops AND a new military regime that has taken control of the USA essentially making everyone a working prisoner, or locking them up to die. 

A bit grim for a YA novel perhaps. 

I really had high hopes for this, especially because the author touches on the Hopi legends of The Ant People.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Nazca Lines and an apology #nazca #aliens

Hey gang, Abie here. I knew it had been awhile since I posted here, but I didn't realize it had been quite so long. I apologize for neglecting you - still. As you know, I lost my sister quite suddenly to cancer in June, and I'm sad to report that in mid July my mother-in-law also suddenly died. While she was elderly, this was still an unexpected blow. I am still reeling from the loss of both these beautiful women in my life and I am completely off my game.

While I am not quite all the way back to myself yet, I do not want to lose touch with all of you so I am going to try desperately not to let it go so long between posts again.

And in the meantime, I will change the subject to one you might find a bit more interesting.

I'm guessing most of you have heard of the Nazca Lines - right? Those huge ground drawings of animals and shapes hundreds of years old in Peru that were thought to be visible only from the sky. 

Well I only just heard that following recent storms more drawings were found. Did you know this? Want to learn more? Here is a link to an article about the recent discovery.

More Nazca Lines Revealed After Peruvian Sandstorms

What do you think? Were they made by or for aliens? Or did they have another purpose? Please share your thoughts in the comments.



Monday, June 30, 2014

Sneak peek at 3B - the new book coming soon by A.B. Shepherd! #sneakpeek #excerpt #amreading

“Our new place has a dishwasher, doesn’t it?” Kelly asked.

“Yup,” Trevelyn responded distractedly. They’d been packing all morning and there was still so much to do. “Is this any good?” She held up a pair of headphones. 

“Nah, only one side works. You can toss ‘em,” Kelly answered. Trevelyn dropped them in the brimming waste basket.

“Well this box is full.” Trevelyn’s mom groaned as she stood, stretching. “Don’t get old girls. It ain’t pretty.” Evelyn chuckled twisting the stiffness out of her back. “I’ll lug it on down to the car.”

“Okay mom. When you come back would you start on the bookcase?” 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Are humans merely alien slaves? Reader by Erec Stebbins #amreading #bookreview

I was given a copy of this ebook by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Ambra Dawn is abducted as a child from her home by the Men in Black. Her parents are murdered and she is taken for "treatment" of the brain tumor that is stealing her sight to a government-run institution. It is there that she finds out the truth. She is merely a pawn in a much larger garme.

Instead of removing her brain tumor, the scientists instead extend her skull encouraging it to grow! The poor child's eyesight is a small price to pay in the eyes of her captors, for you see that tumor provides her sixth sense. One they want her to develop so she will be of use to the alien race that has REALLY been running our planet for centuries. Ambra Dawn's life becomes one of torture, neglect and degradation, until the day they disover her real value.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Beacon is FREE through June 19th. #free #kindle

Folks I apologize - still struggling a bit. Hopefully I will be back with you soon. 

In the meantime, enjoy The Beacon - FREE now through Thursday, June 19th. 

This read is on me. If you enjoy it, I'd be grateful if you'd take that extra step and leave a review. 

If you are outside the USA you may need to temporarily change your location with Amazon to USA for the price to show as free.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ancient civilization on Antarctica? 9th Cycle Antarctica by JC Ryan #amreading #bookreview

A couple of days ago I reviewed the first book in this series - The Tenth Cycle. You can read that review here.

 The big problem I had with that book was the over-the-top romance between Daniel and Sarah - the two lead characters. I am happy to report that there was no such problem for me with this book.

First, Daniel and Sarah are secondary characters in this book, which focuses on Daniel's younger brother  JR - a veteran suffering from PTSD - and entire cast of new characters setting out to explore the possibility of a past civilization on Antarctica.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Great Pyramid mystery solved! The Tenth Cycle by JC Ryan #amreading #bookreview

I picked this one up on the recommendation of a Facebook friend.  I'm always on the look-out for great books written by Australian authors.

When I read the blurb I thought it was right up my alley - a thriller, conspiracy theories, and the Great Pyramid! What's not to love? Well I loved it and I hated it. I'll start with the bad, but do keep reading for the good.

So let me tell you what I didn't love. First of all, I hate, hate, HATE this cover. The author would have done much better with just the pyramid and leaving off the smarmy looking couple.

Second, the romance between Daniel and Sarah was teeth-achingly, diabetic-coma-inducing, sickeningly sweet and extremely unrealistic. Maybe I am just an old cynic, but PUH-leaze! It was written like the fantasies of a 14 year old girl.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Lifeboat by A.B. Shepherd is on sale and some very sad news. #grieving #kindlesale

Hello Abites, I've missed you.

I apologize for being AFK (away from keyboard) lately. I've been struggling with a personal crisis the past few weeks which has kept me preoccupied and the last thing on my mind has been this blog. I've neglected you and I'm sorry.

Roughly three weeks ago we discovered that my little sister (little being a relative term, she is a year younger than I) has lung cancer. She was told she would have about a year to live "with chemo". Before her chemo port could be inserted she developed pneumonia. She already had COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) prior to her cancer diagnosis.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Is this our future??? Irradiance by David Bruns #amreading #bookreview

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Irradiance is set on a planet called Sindra in a distant solar system, where the people have been genetically engineered for centuries to eliminate unwanted anomalies and enhance certain traits. Those born with unwanted traits are "recycled" at birth. Yikes!

This is a sci-fi/fantasty tale that bears some frightening similarities to some possibilities of what could happen on our own planet in the not so distant future, much like the terrifying Big Brother from Orwell's 1984 which is pretty darn close to what is happening now in our world.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Manhattan destroyed! A Gazillion Little Bits by Claudia Brevis #amreading #bookreview

A Gazillioan Little Bits is a post-apocalyptic novel set in the remnants of a destroyed Manhattan a few hundred years in our future. I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I'll admit I had a little trouble getting into this book. Partly because there are so many characters that the author focuses on and I had trouble keeping them straight at first.

Partly because of the speech cadence/syntax the author uses in this future world is different from the speech patterns I am familiar with, which meant that I had to focus more on each sentence making it a slower read for me. I mentioned this to the author herself and she told me...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Flash Fiction - One Chance by A.B. Shepherd #flashfiction

She had just one chance. If she failed...Well she couldn’t, no wouldn’t contemplate failure. Success was the only possible outcome. 

The travel through time was rougher than expected, leaving her dizzy and disoriented, but she didn’t have time to waste on recovery. She allowed herself to sit for a moment in the pitch black space, the overwhelming scent of chemical cleaning products adding to her nausea. She tucked her nose and mouth inside the fabric of her collar, breathing through it. Using it to filter the air she sucked into her lungs, fighting her body’s need to vomit.

She hoped her suit held. It allowed for a limited number of brief spurts of invisibility, vital to her mission. She would have to use them judiciously.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Exciting Excerpt from The Dragon Shield by Dianne Lynn Gardner! @DianneGardner #excerpt

Dianne Lynn Gardner has just released the second book in her Ian's Realm Saga - The Dragon Shield on May 5th. She has graciously stopped by today to share with us an excerpt from this exciting fantasy novel, and her book trailer! I'm psyched - are you? 

Book Blurb:
 "Integrity isn't something you do, it's who you are," Aren tells the confused Ian in  The Dragon Shield. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Serial killer on the loose! The Grey Matter by Billie Sue Mosiman @billiemosiman #bookreview #amreading

Billie Sue Mosiman is not only an award winning and talented writer, she is also one of my Facebook friends. When I heard she had written a new novel I was eager to read it. I picked it up as soon as it was available for Kindle. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

A treat for UFO buffs - a REAL UFO sighting! #ufo #aliens

If you've read Lifeboat, or are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I find UFOs fascinating though I have never seen one in person. I am a firm believer that we are not alone in the Universe. We may not have definitive proof yet but the odds are in our favor.

On the night of the Blood Moon, April 14th, 2014 a friend (Andrew N.) happened to be filming the Blood Moon. He didn't see it when he was filming, but afterward when reviewing the video he noticed he had captured a UFO near the surface of the moon. HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!

I am excited and privileged to share with you (with Andrew's permisssion) his video of that UFO. You are probably going to have to view this full screen on your computer to see it, but it's worth it! Or at least I think so.

It is about 10 seconds in and only visible for a few seconds on the right side of the moon near the middle.

Now my husband, the spoil sport, thinks it is just some kind of space debris - and maybe it is. But I like to think it is something more.

What do you think?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Is she crazy? - Look Behind You by Sibel Hodge

I love books that screw with the main character's head a bit. If the main character doesn't quite know what is going on neither do I and as long as it is suspenseful and interesting you've got me hooked.

This is one of those books. Chloe wakes up bound and locked in a dark underground room with no memory of how she got there and only her will to survive to get her out. When she escapes she has lost seven weeks of her memory and she has no idea who wants to hurt her or who to trust.