Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I don't make resolutions - I set goals. #amwriting #amreading #newyear

I never make New Year's resolutions. Oh I used to - the same ones everyone else did. Lose weight, exercise more, eat better, change my life in this way or that way. But resolutions always fall by the wayside by the end of the first week of January, don't they? Or by the end of January at the latest.

Nope - no more resolutions for me. Instead, I now set goals.

What is the difference between a resolution and a goal, you ask?  

Well a resolution is just that. It's like a little promise you make to yourself. And you break it. And you hate yourself for it.

But a goal - well a goal is a horse of a different color.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Peggy Sue Got Married & Back to the Future all rolled into one! Living Backwards by Tracy Sweeney @pink_flask #amreading #bookreview

I received this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

Living backwards is the story of a 29 year old woman who somehow manages to time travel back to three weeks before her high school graduation. 

As most of you know I am not really a fan of romance books, unless there is some other primary element. In this case, the time travel aspect - which just happens to be one of my favorite plot devises - was what drew me to this book. 

As the title of this post states - it is pretty much a combination of Peggy Sue Got Married and Back to the Future - both movies are actually even referenced in the book, as is The Butterfly Effect - only this story has been updated for present day to include references to Facebook, and of course has different characters and situations. 

The key question of time travel remains - if you can change your past how will it effect your future. What will be the ripple effect?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Interview with Marsha Cornelius and excerpt of Losing it All. #amreading @marshacornelius




A couple of years ago author Marsha Cornelius asked me to read her debut novel, H10N1. I did and I loved it. You can read that review here

Marsha is back with a new novel, Losing It All, and she has graciously consented to allow me to interview her and share an excerpt with all of us. 

Hi Marsha - it's great to see you again. Tell me - Your latest book, Losing It All, is about homeless people. How did you research the topic?


Well, I didn’t live in a car for 6 months, if that’s what you’re wondering. But over the years, I’ve had my share of interaction with the homeless. I’m not a believer in giving cash, but I’ve left bags of clothing in the park instead of the Salvation Army. I’ve bought homeless people food.


I also volunteered at a soup kitchen, and I visited the women’s shelter in Atlanta. A lot of what I saw appears in the book.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Steampunk? Or fantasy? The Boxcar Baby by J.L. Mulvihill #amreading #review

I don't have a whole lot of experience with the Steampunk genre in general so this was a little bit different for me.

J.L. Mulvihill  does a good job of building a world - an alternate history of the USA in which workhouses are the norm and there is a heavy Big Brother type government. The poor are oppressed, valueless and forced into servitude.

AB'Gale, or Abby is a sixteen year old young woman who has lived a sheltered and priviledged life up until the point that her father vanishes. With the family farm in jeopardy she has no choice but to go searching for him.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

My top 5 books of 2013 #amreading

Now that the year is winding down to a close, I'd thought I'd do a post listing my favorite books I've read in 2013. Each book will be hyperlinked to my review of it, so if you want to know more all it will take is a little click of  your mouse.

There have been many great reads this year and I've enjoyed them so much. I don't feel like I can give them order of enjoyment, so I'm going to list my top five books in no specific order.

  1. Running by Rhiannon Douglas - a fabulous debut by a great new fantasy author.
  2. Thumb by John Guy Collick - another great fantasy novel.
  3. Jackrabbit Junction Jitters by Ann Charles - Ann is the queen of humorous, quirky romances.
  4. The White Thread by K.B. Hoyle - actually the entire Gateway Chronicles series. Best YA fantasy series I've read in a long time.
  5. Divergent by Veronica Roth - and again, actually the entire Divergent trilogy. This is more YA fantasy - this time of the post-apocalyptic variety. I know many don't agree with me on the two later books, but I loved them.
I am a harsh critic at times and it is difficult to get a 5 star review from me. These are the only books I've rated five stars this year. There were quite a few more that got 4 star reviews though.

What were your favorite books this year?

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Beacon Party Wrap-up - Winners announced! #amreading

I want to thank all the fabulous bloggers who participated in The Beacon Launch Tour, which has now officially come to a close.

If you didn't get a chance to check out their reviews/interviews/guest posts be sure to do so. Just click on the links in The Beacon Launch Tour post. And now for what you've all been waiting for...


THE CONTEST WINNERS ARE

Grand prize of $25 Amazon Gift Card AND 
signed paperback copies of The Beacon & Lifeboat: 

Karen P.A.


2nd prize winners of signed paperback copies of 
The Beacon & Lifeboat:

Erin T.
Joey R.


3rd prize winners of an ebook copy of The Beacon are:

Kriss M.
Christy C.
Mike M.
Sherry F.
Peggyanne A.

A HUGE thank you to all who entered.

If you didn't win, better luck next time - but you can still get The Beacon for only 99 cents for your Kindle or Kindle app on Amazon.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Beacon official launch day party and Amazon GC Giveaway!!! #thebeacon #launch #giveaway


It's finally here - the day I  - and I hope YOU - have been waiting for:

 The official launch of my novella, The Beacon!


The Beacon is available NOW on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats (including a Large Print version)! Click here to get your copy. It's only 99 cents and would make a great Christmas present!

To celebrate I am having a little party right here and a few of my friends will be helping with the celebration over the next two weeks. They will be sharing their reviews of The Beacon, an interview with me, and a few Guest Posts I've written. So check back here and I'll give you links in the comments on where to find them.

And what does every party need? Prizes!

You can enter here - and on the blogs for each of my participating friends - to win some great stuff!  

This is an international giveaway.
  • Grand prize is a $25 (USD) Amazon Gift Card PLUS a signed copy of both The Beacon AND Lifeboat!
  • Second prize is a signed copy of both The Beacon and Lifeboat!
  • And five third prize winners will win an ebook version of The Beacon in the format of their choice! (Prize will be distributed as a Smashwords coupon code.)


And OH! I almost forgot to tell you! 

To celebrate the launch of The Beacon
from December 1st through the 3rd (Pacific Time) you can pick up the Kindle version of Lifeboat for just $.99 (USD).
  
Regular price is $2.99 so get it now! (Be sure to verify price shows as $.99 before you click "buy".) Just click here to get your copy now.



So join the party

Get your copies of 
and 
ebooks now and enter to win! 

Stop #2 on The Beacon's launch tour is now live. Stop by Jess' blog to read her review and enter to win. Click here to get there

Tour stop #3 is now live and is a special treat served up by the Cabin Goddess herself. Come visit the cabin in the woods with me and see what the Cabin Goddess has to say about The Beacon! And of course you can still sign up to win those awesome prizes. Just click here. http://www.cabingoddess.com/blog/2013/12/01/beacon-abhpshepherd-needs-psy-review-cabin-goddess-style/#comment-8381
Stop #4 on The Beacon launch tour is now live! Come by and tell Amy at Lady Reader's Bookstuff, and me, how YOU determine what is real. Don't forget you can tweet daily for extra entries. http://ladysbookstuff.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/tour-beacon-what-is-real-by-ab-shepherd.html#.UpyG3SfcBRw
 
Stop #5 is now LIVE. Come visit Donna, Girl Who Reads, to see what she thinks of The Beacon. And don't forget to enter to win. http://www.girl-who-reads.com/2013/12/review-beacon-by-ab-shepherd.html?showComment=1386111386770#c8028409679267707523
Stop #6 is now LIVE. Want to know what inpired The Beacon? Stop by Girl Who Reads again. She's got the in. And don't forget to tweet daily for extra chances to win! http://www.girl-who-reads.com/2013/12/ab-shepherd-my-inspiration-for-beacon.html
Stop #7 is something you haven't yet seen on the tour - an EXCERPT from The Beacon. You know you want to read it. And don't forget - even if you've already enter to win you can tweet daily for more chances! http://alisondeluca.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/the-beacon-by-p-shepherd-giveaway.html 
Stop #8 is a little bit different - at this stop I pose a moral dilemma - Would you kill someone? Come on over to Rachel's blog, read my post and tell me what YOU would do. http://racheltsoumbakos.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/guest-post-giveaway-the-beacon-by-a-b-shepherd/ 
Stop #9 is now LIVE - it's another awesome review. Stop by and see what Lynn thinks of The Beacon! http://lynnareynolds.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/the-beacon-by-a-b-shepherd/ 
Stop #10 is an author interview hosted by Amanda at My Other Book Blog. She asks some interesting questions. Come see how I answer them. http://www.myotherbookblog.com/2013/12/author-interview-and-giveaway-ab.html
Stop #11 on the tour is now LIVE folks. Only one more to go. Karen Pokras Toz - an acclaimed author in her own right - has reviewed The Beacon on this stop. Be sure to take a look. And don't forget to enter to wiin. Only a few more days. http://kptoz.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/author-spotlight-ab-shepherd.html
 
Folks I have to apologize. Stop #12 - the last stop on The Beacon launch tour - has been cancelled. The tour host has been unwell and is unable to complete her post. I hope she feels better soon.

In the meantime please do enjoy the previous 11 stops on the tour, AND don't forget - there is one day left to get your entries in. If you missed any of the stops you can find them all listed above.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  







Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas? Bah humbug. #bahhumbug #hatechristmas

I have a true love/hate relationship with the Christmas season. First, I fully admit that I am an agnostic, although I grew up in a Christian church, and family, and have fond memories of Christian traditions regarding the Christmas season - especially the singing of Carols. I spent many years trying to find my faith, and it is just non-existent. I find more reasons to disbelieve than to believe. 

But this post isn't about my religion. It is about the Christmas season. The Christmas season celebrated by those of us who don't put the Christ in Christmas, but still see at as the season of giving. (PLEASE - don't try to convert me or bash me because I'm a non-believer.)

So, although I am an agnostic, I still celebrate the season -as much as I can tolerate anyway. I still (usually) put up a tree and a few decorations. I still give gifts to people I love. I still try to enjoy this season of giving and make effort to do nice things for strangers. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Hopping on my soapbox - Mandela vs. Walker Death Shaming. #amangry #stupidpeople

I was saddened to wake up to the news yesterday that Nelson Mandela had passed away at the age of 95. He was a man who instigated great change in this world and the world was a much better place for his presence in it for 95 years.

Facebook is a wonderful place at times. People can come together and share their sorrow over such a loss to the world.

As the day went on I saw so many memes in tribute to this great man. My feed became a wall of those expressing their thanks and their sorrow.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman #bookreview #amreading

If you have ever read my review policy you might have noted that I typically don't review short stories. I've made an exception here for a couple of reasons. Well, all right. Maybe for one specific reason. My dear friend, Kriss - The Cabin Goddess, recently reviewed my new novella, The Beacon. She had a powerful reaction to it. If you missed that you can read about it here.

When she and I were discussing how she felt about The Beacon she told me that it put her in mind of this story, which she also had had a powerful reaction to. Since I had never read it I wanted to, to compare notes so to speak and to see how I felt about it.

As I was reading it today, I could have sworn I was actually reading someone's journal - which is exactly what the author had intended. At least up until the very end. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sharing the linguistc love of commas and a giveaway! by Chryse Wymer #giveaway #editing #amwriting

Well kiddies, I have a real treat for you today. Editor Chryse Wymer is sharing with all of us her love of commas - AND a giveaway of not one, but THREE Amazon gift cards

I'll admit, this is one area I struggle with. So let's see if we can learn something from Chryse. 

Welcome Chryse!

Thank you, A.B. Shepherd, for allowing me to stop on your blog and share the love—the linguistic love, that is. I am especially grateful because I know your blog is aimed at readers, and what I have to say is aimed at writers.

I am a copy editor and proofreader. Yes, indie authors, I’m looking at you in particular. But I am here to help. I'm visiting blogs to share what I know about grammar, usage, and great writing. I’ll even raffle off a few Amazon gift cards to get you started on filling up those bookshelves with the basic tools of the trade: grammar, usage and style books; thesauri; and dictionaries. Words are a writer’s most important tools, after all.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013 is coming to a close. Are you a winner? #amwriting #nanowrimo

There are only a few days left before NaNoWriMo 2013 comes to a close. Did you win? If you haven't yet, are you on target to win?

I do hope so.

For me, this year has been good and bad. I started out strong writing my sequel to Lifeboat, but got sidetracked preparing for the launch of The Beacon (just 3 more days!). It has been much more work than I anticipated and although I am usually pretty good a multi-tasking I really haven't been this month.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Once Upon a Zombie Apocalypse by Jennifer Malone Wright #bookreview #zombieapocalypse #amreading

Don't ask me why I picked up this book. Although I've read zombie books before it is not my favorite genre. I think I snagged it because it is short - only 50 pages according to Amazon - and I was looking for a quick read. Plus I saw that the main characters were two authors who had been attending an author conference when the zombies appeared. Kind of intriguing, don't you think? At least from an author's view.

What I like about this series is the concept. The series is written by two authors who are collaborating on these "episodes" as they are calling them. The first two novellas in the series are written from the two perspectives of the main characters - Jade and Kaylee. Following that, I've read that the episodes are no longer written from separate perspectives.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway by Kate Welshman! #guestpost #giveaway #anaisbutt #amreading

A short time ago I reviewed Anais Butt and the Hairy-Handed Gent here on the blog. I enjoyed it. You can catch up with that review here.

Today, I am honored to have the author of Anais Butt - Kate Welshman - right here guest posting on the blog. 

Welcome Kate! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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Crazy for YA: Why do adults read young adult fiction? 

by Kate Welshman, author of ‘Anais Butt and the Hairy-Handed Gent’ 

I know why I write YA fiction. No, it’s not because I’m regressing or trying to prolong my adolescence by focusing on teenagers. I wouldn’t want to go back to being a teenager if I could. It was hard. And I don’t think many adult YA readers would turn back the clock either. So why read a book that’s written for and about teenagers? 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Disagree with me, but don't tell me I'm wrong. #bookreviews #amreading

I review books on this blog, and when I do that I also post my reviews on Goodreads and an Amazon because posted reviews are helpful to authors (especially independent authors) even if you don't like their work.

So recently I posted a review here - and on Amazon - and my review clearly stated that my opinion was the opposite of many of the others I had seen to date. In fact, the book in question had over 2500 reviews already on Amazon and most of them don't like the book. I liked it.

Now I'm all for discussing different view points on books - even with strangers - and I often do with my friends. Some books they love and I don't. Some books I love and they don't. Some books we all love or hate. I think (barring really poor writing skills) much of how we feel about a book depends on our life's experiences and where we are in our own lives at the time we read the book.

What happened when I posted my review on Amazon though, was something different altogether. I found it really odd that right after I posted my review - again on a book that already had over 2500 other reviews - I was almost immediately notified that someone had commented on my review. I'm a curious person so I checked it out. In retrospect I get the feeling this person may have been waiting for positive reviews to go up so they could pounce on them.

The commenter basically wrote three paragraphs explaining why my review was WRONG. Not saying she/he disagreed with me - which I would have been fine with - but actually telling me I was wrong in how I felt about this book and trying to convince me to change my mind.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Have you heard of the Kindle Matchbook Program? #amreading #kindlematchbook #kindle


No? This is a great program for readers who buy books from Amazon.

Here's what it is. Authors and/or publishers whose books are available as both print books and ebooks can enroll in this program offered by Amazon. If they opt in and you purchase the print version of a book you get the Kindle version either free or at a significant discount (price to be set by the author/publisher).

This is a great deal for people who love print books, but also enjoy the convenience of reading on a Kindle device. 

So next time you are looking to purchase a book through Amazon - take a look to see if it is enrolled in the Matchbook program. You could just have your cake and eat it too.

By the way - Lifeboat is enrolled with the Kindle price set to free if you buy the print version - and The Beacon will be too. :)

What do you think? Would you use the Kindle Matchbook program?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Much Anticipated Review of Allegiant by Veronica Roth #bookreview #amreading #allegiant

I have waited a long time for Allegiant to be released on October 22nd of this year. I read both Divergent and Insurgent in this series in January of 2013 (you can read my review for Divergent here - I opted not to review Insurgent on the blog) and was, as is usual for me, frustrated that the third and final book in the series wasn't due to be released for some time. A reader's hell, right?

While I did pick this book up soon after its release, I didn't pick it up on the first day. I waited about a week. I lurk on a few message boards now and again, and during the week that I waited to get my hot little hands on Allegiant I happened to come across some posts regarding the book from other readers who showed even less patience than I. I read those posts even though they clearly stated they contained spoilers.

Now, I'm not going to post any spoilers here, but I will tell you that the majority of readers on that message board were quite disappointed with Allegiant. They didn't like where Veronica Roth took the story. People were killed that the readers felt should not have been. They felt Veronica Roth had completely changed the character of Four/Tobias. And generally, they were just dissatisfied.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Exclusive cover reveal! The Beacon by A.B. Shepherd #amwriting #amreading #coverreveal #mondayblogs

If you've been reading the blog here you will already know my novella, The Beacon is due for release on December 1st. I will be have a launch party to celebrate so keep your eyes open for it.

In the meantime, this fantastic psychological thriller needed a fantastic cover and I want to share that with each of you here exclusively.




I think it is gorgeous and I am so excited with each day that gets closer to the launch of The Beacon. How about you? Do you like the cover? Are you as excited as I am?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Protagonist with no name? What?!?! #amwriting #amreading #experimenting

I've tried to something a bit experimental with my soon-to-be released novella, The Beacon

I've written it without ever naming the protagonist. 

I wanted to see if I could do it in such a way that it wouldn't be missed. If I could successfully write a story in which we never learn the name of the protagonist but it still works, you know?

I think I have achieved that, and from the reports coming in from those who have read the novella to date it appears I have been successful. 

This may have been done by other authors before, but I've never read a book written in this way. Have you?

So what I want to know from you is - what do you think about this idea?

Does it turn you on?

Does it turn you off?

Are you indifferent to it?

Will it make you want to read The Beacon to see if you think I pulled it off?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

YA Urban Fantasy Free November 6th! Essenced (The Division Chronicles: Book One) by Connie L. Smith #amreading #free

Hi Abites - Connie L. Smith is stopping by today to offer us an excerpt of her YA/Urban Fantasy novel (with Paranormal Romance elements). 

It is slated to be FREE on Amazon today - November 6th - so pick up your copy at by clicking here. (Be sure to check that Amazon has it marked as free before you click buy.)


Book Blurb:
Years ago, demons were forced out of the earth’s realm by a band of supernatural fighters, banished from the place and its people in the aftermath of a horrific war. It should’ve ended there – would’ve – if not for the final demon’s claw snagging on the open portal. What felt like victory became only a reprieve, the winning warriors understanding that the tear would spread, and the demons eventually would escape exile. It was only a matter of time, and a need for future defense – a question of genetics and essences, magic and power.

Now, centuries later, a new army must bind together – one of teenagers with inhuman potentials and abilities…

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Cover reveal - It's a Shame by C.E. Hansen! #amreading #coverreveal



Title: IT’S A SHAME (Blood and Tears, #2)

Author: C.E. Hansen

Expected Release Date: November 11, 2013 
Genre: Contemp | Suspense | Romance


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rowena's Revenge Book Blast & Giveaway!!! #bookblast #amreading #giveaway




Title: ROWENA'S REVENGE (The Broadus Supernatural Society Series, #5)
Author: Theresa Marguerite Hewitt
Genre: Fiction | YA | Paranormal
Expected Release Date: 10/31/13
Rowena's life has never been easy. 
Being part Were and part Fae fire-starter she has learned to live a solitary life, depending only on her own instincts until one mistake throws her into danger. Now being chased by a psychopathic Warlock who is bound and determined to "own" her, Rowena must rely on her newly found mates and family. But is she ready to trust? Or will her damaged heart plunge her into darkness?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Comfy Cozy! The Big 5-0 (Mattie Mason Mystery Series) by Peggy Browning #amreading #bookreview

Peggy Browning, author of The Big 5-0 (Mattie Mason Mystery Series), is also a blogger. Her blog,  Fifty Odd - Viewing Life After 50 Through Rose-Colored Bifocals is awesome and I've been a fan of her blog for some time now.
She does a feature on her blog of women writers over the age of 50. I'm actually going to be featured on November 10th and am very excited about that.

I recently picked up The Big 5-0 eager to read about a heroine who is actually about my age - something you don't find too often in fiction.

First, this is a cozy mystery. A lovely, gentle mystery for the most part. Almost too cozy for me at first, and I nearly gave up on it in spite of the humor and great characters that Peggy had developed. When I got about 75% of the way through though, I really connected with Mattie and had to finish. I'm not sure why it took me so long. I think I'm just really cynical or something.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

NaNo is calling my name. Is it calling you too? #amwriting #nanowrimo

NaNoWriMo
(courtesy NaNoWriMo.org)
If you have been following my journey you will already know that I've been a blogger for a few years now. 

Last November (2012) I happened across NaNoWriMo - the National Novel Writing Month (www.nanowrimo.org) - which occurs in November every year. 

While I have always wanted to write, and had attempted it many times over the years, I had never managed to complete anything I had started - except my blog posts. ;)

The premise of NaNoWriMo, for those of you have not heard if it before, is to write a 50k word novel in 30 days. That might sound like a lot, but it isn't nearly as much as you might think. It equates to something like 1667 words per day. Basically, a long blog post.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Do you like your authors caged?

How do you feel when your favorite author switches it up and writes in a new genre? Do you prefer them to stay in the genre cage you've put them in?

J.K. Rowling, famous for writing the Harry Potter series - the young adult fantasy series - decided not too long ago to write an adult novel - a crime novel. To do so she used a new pseudonym. Why?

"...I was concerned that under my real name I wouldn't be taken seriously as a crime writer..." she has said.

Since she was known for writing a specific genre, she honestly didn't believe she would be well received if she tried something new.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Liked but not loved - Amulet of Elusion by Katie Lynn Johnson #amreading #bookreview

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

Like the book I last blogged about, this is a YA novel. This one is a fantasy set in a period similar to the 1900s, where horses are the primary mode of transport, and technology doesn't yet exist. 

Alexa's parents and sister were killed in a fire when she was a child and she's been raised by Ivy, her (very young) guardian.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Don't let the title fool you! Anais Butt and the Hairy-Handed Gent by Kate Welshman #amreading #bookreview

You all know I am a fan of YA books, and from time to time I like to read something just a bit quirky. 

I'll admit this one intrigued me with it's title when I came across it on Netgalley.  I got a grabbed my free ARC copy from Netgalley, and...well here we are.

Don't let the title fool you - this is a YA story full of teen angst. There is no sex or pornography here.

Now here's the thing. I will fully admit that when I got to the part in the story where I figured out Shannon's deal, I was initially disappointed. That soon disappated, however. What Kate has done here is created a story that has a lot of great Aussie-ness about it, as well as some fun.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Beacon is beckoning! #amwriting

Abites, if you liked Lifeboat you just might be anxiously awaiting my next work - The Beacon.

I have exciting news.  

The Beacon is on target for release in November! 

The rough draft is complete and the editing process is begun. 

Cover is being designed as we speak.

Are you excited? Because I am! 

Don't forget you can read an excerpt here.

And keep your eyes open - cover reveal will be coming soon. :D

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Last Clinic: A Darla Cavanaugh Mystery by Gary Gusick #bookreview #amreading

I got a free ARC of this novel from NetGalley.

Darla Cavannah is a fish-out-of-water Pennsylvania detective who moved to the deep south with her husband, the former pro athlete. This book starts six months after he was killed in a car accident. 

Darla has been on leave from work until she is called in to assist in a case because she is a "hate crimes specialist" and the murder in question is of a minister who was an anti-abortion protester.

The book had it's good points and bad points for me. On the good hand there was a pretty decent mystery that mostly kept me guessing trying to figure out what was going on and there was some humor in the secondary character of Tommy - the Elvis impersonator cop.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Omega Rising by Joshua Dalzelle #bookreview #amreading

You know when you are shopping on Amazon and you see on the page "people who bought this item also bought..." and there is a list of things there? Well it just so happens that when I looked at Lifeboat's Amazon page this book was on that list. I picked it up curious to see if it was in a similar vein to Lifeboat.

Omega Rising does have some similar elements. It has a space ship, and aliens. That's pretty much where the similarities end. 

Omega Rising is the story of Jason Burke, a former military paratrooper who chooses to live in isolation following his discharge, feeling as if he no longer fits in to the world he left behind.  This is very much a "buddy" book. What I mean by that is that Mr. Isolation joins up with a bunch of misfits to become the space equivilant of the A-team.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Help me name my characters and you could win a $10 Amazon Gift Card. #amwriting #alien #giveaway

Hello Abites. I have an announcement to make. Remember when I said that Lifeboat was a one off and there would be no sequel? I meant that. I really did. For me, Lifeboat was Cassie's story and the ending was pretty final. I didn't want to write a sequel when I finished it and I wouldn't let myself see any way that I could. 

Now that some time has passed I have had an idea for a sequel. This is where you come in. I'm looking for your input in naming two of the characters in this sequel.

Character one is a half human, half grey alien hybrid that has been raised by the grey aliens. 

 
 








  
Character two is a grey alien - best friend of character one.

Gender is irrelevant. All I ask is that your suggestions are original. By submitting the names you grant me the unlimited right to use them or not, with no compensation required.  Enter them in the rafflecopter and you are eligible to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

So put on your best thinking caps and conjure up some great names for these characters. I know you will give me some fantastic suggestions. How do I know? 

Because Abites rock!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas Book Blast & Amazon GC Giveaway #giveaway #amreading

A little something different today Abites. This is a children's book written by my friend, Karen Pokras Toz.


From the Award Winning Author of Millicent Marie is Not My Name


Ballet and baking pies – these are two of twelve year old Georgie Harris’ favorite things. When her parents decide to move closer to her grandmother’s nursing home, Georgie quickly learns the bad news: dance lessons are too expensive in this new town. 


Georgie spends most of her time baking pies to bring to her grandmother at the Willow Lakes Nursing Home. There she meets Eve, who inspires Georgie with stories of having danced with a world famous Russian ballerina many years ago.


As Georgie and Eve’s friendship evolves, their tales intertwine in this feel good story showing dreams really can come true.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Pulse by HJ Daly #bookreview #bookblog #amreading

Abites, I'm really conflicted by this book. I actually nearly gave up on it at about a third of the way through, but I persevered and got all the way through. It is getting some really high praise and in some ways I can see why. My feelings about it aren't quite as favorable, however.

I loved the premise of the story. There are parallel worlds and a giant Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) has shattered the walls between the worlds - you can now travel through Marks (gateways) into the Second Realm - a magical parallel world next to ours.

But the EMP also caused an apocalypse, and our world is no longer the world it used to be. Governments have fallen, poverty is rampant, and there is no law. It's every man for himself - a prepper's dream.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Have you heard of The Valentich Disappearance? #ufo #alienabduction #amwriting

While doing research about UFOs and alien abduction reports for Lifeboat, I came across an interesting real life story I had not before heard - The Valentich Disappearance.

On October 21, 1978, 20 year old pilot Frederick Valentich disappeared off the southern coast of Australia while flying over the Bass Straight. While it is not completely unheard of for a plane to disappear in flight - most are assumed crashed and usually some sort of wreckage is found. Sometimes no wreckage is found, especially if the disappearance occurred over water.

What makes the Valentich disappearance so unusual is what happened before the plane and pilot vanished.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

K.B. Hoyle is cruel! #amreading #bookreview @kbhoyle_author #theenchanted #thescroll

 

















Ya'll know that I just finished The White Thread by K.B. Hoyle. I immediately jumped into The Enchanted which I devoured in a day and then I dove into The Scroll, which I THOUGHT was the final book in  the series. It is not. The final book will be book six which is not scheduled for release until 2014!!! 

I can't wait that long! 

K.B. Hoyle you are a cruel woman to torture me so!

I loved this series so hard. I am seriously suffering withdrawals and I am morose now. Nothing I'm looking to read next can compare. K.B. has drawn me so far into the world of Darcy and friends that I must know how this story ends and I just feel tortured with pure impatience. K.B. if you read this, please - send me anything you've written to date on book six. I don't care if it's rough and unedited. I'm in pain! Please?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Celebrating womanhood - my Mom is my hero! #celebratingwomanhood #amwriting #mondayblogs

My mom is my hero. Not that she was a saint. She was no June Cleaver. But I always knew she loved me and I knew that no matter what she did, she did the best she could with the resources and knowledge she had at that time.

So why is she my hero? So many reasons.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The White Thread by K.B. Hoyle #bookreview #amreading


Abites, some time ago I read the first two books (The Six and The Oracle) in this fabulous YA fantasy series - The Gateway Chronicles by K.B. Hoyle. I've recently gotten my hands on the last three books in the series. The White Thread is book three, and you will soon see reviews for books four and five, because they are just so darn good I can't put them down.