Friday, December 19, 2014

My Realization - Kindle vs. Print Books #kindle #printbooks

I have over 50 unread print books laying around my house, as well as a fair number of print books that I have already read at least once. Well okay. Not exactly laying, but stacked neatly on bookshelves. But that is beside the point. I generally read on my Kindle and when my husband asks about all the print books, especially as I obtain more, I tell him I'm saving them for the zombie apocalypse when we no longer have electricity. 

Sounds like a plan, right? Of course that means I will have to read in daylight or by candlelight, or even by torch until the batteries run out, but whatever.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dream Travelling! Awoken by Sarah Noffke #bookreview #dreamtravelling

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

So my last review was the first book in a series and I complained, again, about being dropped in mid-air. 

Well this book is also the first book in a series, but here's the difference. This author did it right!

She did leave some unresolved things that I want answers to, but there was a resolved plot line in this book! It makes such a difference when authors leave you satisfied, yet still wanting more and Sarah Noffke did just that with Awoken.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dropped in Mid Air! True Calling by Siobhan Davis #bookreview #series


I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'd been in a reading slump for awhile, and when Netgalley offered me this book I thought it sounded pretty good. I'd been looking for a great post-apocalyptic sci-fi read. At the time I hadn't realized that it was the first book in a series, rather than a stand alone. You all know how I feel about series - I love them if done right. This one was pretty good right up until the end, where the author cut it off at what I felt was a crucial point leaving me screaming in frustration, as happens so often with series anymore. Yes, I know you want us to get the second book, but for crying out loud don't drop us in mid-air!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It really was "No Place for a Woman" by Mayse Young, Gabrielle Dalton #Aussiehistory #bookreview

I promised you new reviews, right? Here's the first of several coming up. 

So you know about my Fibre Craft group. My friend Brian from the group loaned me this book and told me I needed to read it. (He has also loaned me the entire Cosmos DVD series - what a great friend!)

Brian used to live in the Northern Territory for awhile. In fact, the local aboriginals called him "Old Brian of the White Mob" which he assures me is a name that denotes their respect of him. No, that's not sarcasm.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

I Haven't Forgotten You #bloggingneglect

I've been neglecting you again, haven't I? Not deliberately, I swear. I spent the month of November attempting to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge. I did not win this year, but I do have a good start on a book that is a bit different for me. I think. I won't tell you much about it for now though. 

And yes, that does mean I now have THREE books in progress. *sigh* I know, I know. I need to get at least ONE completed for you folks soon. I'm working on it, I promise.

I've been busy in other areas as well. I've been reading, and you'll see some reviews coming out of that soon here on the blog.

I even finished my Christmas shopping early, which takes much of the stress of the Christmas season - NOT one of my favorite times of the year - off my shoulders.

Lap blanket I crocheted

And I've continued with my weekly Fibre Craft group, where I've crocheted a lap blanket for a local nursing home resident (a stranger to me) as a Christmas present. I like the bright colors. They remind me of spring.

I also accomplished something that makes me very happy.



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Debut Aussie author Julia Masters and A Soft Rope #amreading #bookreview

This is an odd one kids. So, if you've read my bio you know I'm a novice fibre crafter. What you probably don't know is that I belong to a local Spinners (yes, as in the spinning wheels like Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on) and Fibre Crafters Guild and I attend meetings there once a week to get a my allotted dose of socialization, and to learn skills so that someday I will graduate from a novice to an accomplished crafter.

So one day a few weeks ago, one of my fellow members of the Guild told me her Yoga instructer had also written a book (because the group knows about my writing) - a mystery - and was selling copies of it only in hardcopy to her friends and family.

You may, nor may not, know that Ilike to support local talent in many forms, so I gave her the purchase price and asked if she would obtain a copy for me, and she did.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Perfect ending! The Bone Whistle (The Gateway Chronicles #6) by K.B. Hoyle #amreading #gatewaychronicles

This is the sixth and final book in The Gateway Chronicles series and it doesn't disappoint. We've followed Darcy and the gang for several years now and each year is so worth it.

This year Darcy and her family have moved to Tennessee following the loss of her dad's business and when it comes time to go back to summer camp her parents don't want her to go. She manages to get there just in time to get through the Gateway but her friends had given up on her arrival so she goes in alone and somehow suffers a bout of amnesia surrounding her entry into Alithea. As time goes by she has flashes of memory as she and the gang continue their battle with Tselloch and his evil plans for gaining control of all three worlds.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I have a love-hate relationship with Author @kbhoyle_author #amreading #review

Because I am an avid fan/blogger of K.B. Hoyle's Gateway Chronicles series, her publisher offered me an advanced review copy of K.B.'s newest book, Breeder.

I loved the Gateway Chronicles series geared toward Young Adults (There are six books in that series and I have read/reviewed them all. You can find the first review here.) and was intrigued by K.B.'s first foray into a New Adult dystopian world, especially because dystopian has been my flavor of the month for quite some time now, so I immediately said yes.

Breeder is the story of a woman called B-Seventeen, a superior genetic specimen chosen for the coveted Breeding Program of the UWO - Unified World Order over 100 years after the world has been devastated by three great tragedies, including a famine, a plague, and invasion by hostile aliens.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Flash Fiction: Tick by A.B. Shepherd #flashfiction #amwriting

Swimming with dolphins! A tick off the bucket list. She'd dreamed of swimming with dolphins for as long as she could remember. Probably since she first watched old reruns of Flipper as a kid. Finally her dream was coming true.

She suited up in her wetsuit. It was the first time she'd worn one and it felt a bit strange, the way it hugged her skin. Her mind wandered into daydreams as the Dolphin Expert gave instructions and she had to pull it back hard. Anticipation made her flesh tingle and her steps bounce.

"...okay, have you got it? It's nothing to be nervous about. The dolphins are used to swimming with humans and they are very friendly," the Expert finished.

Friday, October 3, 2014

A dark world indeed! Irradiated by S. Elliot Brandis #amreading #dystopian

So remember when I told you I asked my Australian Writers group to pitch me their dystopian novels? Well this is another one that I purchased based on their recommendations. Irradiated is the first of a trilogy. Book two, Degenerated, is also available now, but book three is yet to come.

In the world of Irradiated, something horrible has happened. We are never told what, but most would assume a nuclear blast or some sort of nuclear fall-out because the world above ground is no longer safe for human habitation due to radiation.

Most people live underground, in tunnels. When those who are desperate enough venture forth and are exposed to radiation, the radiation causes

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mysterious Islands! The Island Builders by Steve Peek #amreading #apocalypticfiction

A friend of mine posted something about this book on Facebook (jeez, I've been talking about Facebook a lot lately), and I was so intrigued by the premise that I begged the author for a review copy, which he graciously gave me.

Get this. You wake up one morning, and all of a sudden, along every coastline in the world, there are new islands that appeared overnight. Cool idea right? What in the world is going on!?!?

I was so intrigued that I have been more excited to start this book than any I've read in a a long time. So that's what hooked me. I'm so into ideas of the unexpected and unexplained. I LOVED this concept.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Australian zombies! Metanoia by Rachel Tsoumbakos #amreading #zombies


I belong to a Facebook group for Australian authors. I like to support independent authors and although I am technically not Australian, I also like to support Australian authors. It's hard to get recognized down under, yo.

So a few weeks ago I was jonesing for something dystopian to read, and I went to my group and said, "Hey, pitch me your dystopian novels!"

Several were pitched and I did purchase a few that night. This is one of them. It is a kind of different take on the whole zombie story theme. I liked the author's creativity and how she set up her dystopian world. I liked that it was set in Australia. I liked that the main character was an assassin who had been sent to kill her ex-husband.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lifeboat by A.B. Shepherd is on sale for just $.99 for a limited time!

If you haven't gotten your hands on Lifeboat yet, now is your chance to get it at a 75% discount!

For a limited time it is only $.99 for your Kindle or Kindle app. Pick up your copy today! (Price is correct at time of post - please verify before purchase.)

Just click here to find it on Amazon.

A science fiction/suspense tale with heart. Climb aboard the Lifeboat. You will be swept away.


Cass has lost everything; her husband, her son, and her will to live. She walks in the dark when sleep eludes her. One sleepless summer night she spies a UFO and discovers a new obsession.
It gives much-needed focus to her empty life.

When natural disasters destroy the Earth, Cass and other survivors are rescued and taken to a new world where the human race can begin anew. But something is wrong here. This may not be the paradise they've been promised. Survivors are vanishing without a trace.

Can Cass unravel the riddle in time to save herself?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Where does sci-fi author Taylor Hohulin get his story ideas? #guestpost #themarian

Taylor Hohulin is a DJ at a Christian rock radio station in Dallas. He lives in Arlington with his wife, two cats, and a dog. He is the least attractive member of the household. (His words, not mine.) :)

He is also the author of the sci-fi novels Alpha (you can read my review of Alpha here) and the soon-to-be released book, The Marian.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jesse Sullivan is back with a giveaway! Dying by the Hour by @koryshrum #giveaway #amreading #bookreview


I enjoyed Dying for a Living (you can read my review for that here) so much that when Kory Shrum  asked me if I wanted an advanced review copy of its sequal - Dying by the Hour - I said, "F**K YEAH!" Literally.

Then, as most of you know, I had a couple of personal crises and I had real trouble reading for awhile. Sadly, it took me over a month to read this book and that is NOT a reflection on the book itself. I really did enjoy it. It's a great story and I am a fan.

Kory is generously giving away copies of her books and you can enter to win by following these Rafflecopter instructions!

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Jesse is still dying for a living and the Church is still set on killing off the NRDs. All of our favorite characters the first book return in this sequel - Brinkly, Lane, Gloria and last, but not least, Allie. Oh! And Winston the pug is back too.

Dying by the Hour is slightly darker than Dying for a Living. There is more danger here, and more intrigue as well. It's hard to know who to trust, but as far as stories go that is a good thing because it keeps you guessing.

My only complaint about Dying for the Hour is that I was hoping for a bit more of a show-down at the end, but maybe that will come in book three of this awesome series.

If you haven't read Dying for a Living, you should. And if you have, you definitely want to read Dying by the Hour. Kory M. Shrum is a great and very imaginative writer. I interviewed her shortly after the release of her first book, Dying for a Living. You can read that interview here.

Don't want to wait to get your hands on these books? Click here to find Dying for a Living and here to find Dying by the Hour on Amazon.

Book Blurb:
After 83 deaths, Jesse Sullivan knows how to die. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. But using her NRD to save lives is why she’s being hunted.

For Ally Gallagher, death is permanent. If she fails to protect Jesse again, there will be no third attempt. After a quiet year the signs of serious danger have returned. People connected to Jesse are disappearing. Her home is vandalized and threatening messages are turning up in the safest of places.

Then Jesse is taken and Ally has only hours to get her back. But no salvation comes without its price.


About the author:Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her partner and a ferocious guard pug. She has dabbled in everything from fortune telling to martial arts and when not reading or writing, she can be found teaching, traveling, and wearing a gi. She is author of the urban fantasy novels Dying for a Living and Dying by the Hour. She'd love to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter, or her blog: www.korymshrum.com