Sunday, June 30, 2013

Book review: A Wrinkle in Time by Margaret L'Engle

Book blurb:
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract".

Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What inspires you? What has it led you to create?

Dingley Dell, South Australia
Are you an artist? A crafter? A writer? Where do you find inspiration? What has your inspiration led you to create?

If you have read my About Me page, you know that in addition to being a writer/blogger, I am also a novice fiber crafter. When it comes to inspiration for both writing and crafting I find it everywhere.

My husband and I live about thirty minutes from the Southern Ocean and we like to travel down there often just to sit seaside and watch the waves and the ships. That is inspiration in itself for me and I just find it incredibly relaxing and restorative. But on the way down we pass a turn off to a place called Dingley Dell. I just love the sound of those two words together - Dingley Dell. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Book review: Thumb by John Guy Collick

Book Blurb:
The universe is empty. The stars are dead. The worlds are no more. The last humans struggle to create a god to save them from the utter end. In the shadow of this colossus Max Ocel rescues a beautiful stranger from the clutches of an insane giant, and sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to wipe out mankind itself. Invincible battleships bear down on the ancient city of Metacarpi. Assassins stalk the stone tower of his childhood. Alien creatures gather in the darkness. Max faces the realization that he must sacrifice everything he holds dear to save humanity. Thumb - the first volume in The Book of the Colossus, a gripping fast-paced science fantasy series of incredible imagination.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lifeboat print cover reveal!

I am so excited. Lifeboat is one step closer to being available in paperback! Today I am revealing to you my gorgeous print cover prepared by Anastasia Creatives. Paperback is coming soon. Don't you just love this?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Controversial question and book review - Daimones by Massimo Marino

Book Blurb:
Dan and his family awake one day in a world where everyone is dead but no evidence points to a cause. Initial searches for survivors yield nothing and, in panic, the family turns their house into a stronghold.

Eventually, they find Laura, a survivor who manages to win their hearts...and leads Dan to temptation. Laura reveals her panicking encounter with strange entities which Dan recognizes in his childhood hallucinations.

He forces himself to find and confront them: An older power controls the fate of men. A few selected will face the ultimate quest: a painful genetic transformation and work toward the rebirth of a new human race, or oblivion and death in isolation.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Book review & Prize Pack Giveaway: Ravenous by Heidi Loney!

Today, Heidi Loney is offering a fabulous giveaway along with my review of her YA novel, Ravenous! The prize pack includes a paperback copy of Ravenous, an orange nylon tote with black straps and embroidered with the Ravenous logo, and the nail polish is from Avon.  The bag is very roomy: enough room for a towel, sunscreen, flip flops, a bottle of water and of course a great book!

Heidi has generously offered to ship this fabulous prize pack anywhere in the world so this is an international giveaway! Just enter the rafflecopter for your chance to win this fun prize pack.*

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The shame game - can I get a little respect?

Robert Kroese - Doesn't play well with others.
*Correction - the title of his book is Schrodinger's Gat. I was so annoyed I didn't bother to read the title properly. Please forgive me.

If you know me at all, you will know that I don't like online drama and 99.9% of the time I try to be kind in my dealings with others. (That .1% - well no one is perfect.) I feel there is far too much meanness in the world as it is.

Just this one time, I am going to shame someone right here on my blog. Not to be mean, but because I feel demeaned and devalued by his treatment of me, as a blogger and as a person.

I recently received a review request from an author. It was a generic form letter in which he did not bother to insert my name in the greeting and did not follow the directions of my review policy. They are pretty straightforward after all.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Ever wonder what my life is really like?

I had a talk with my good friend Donna - you may know her as Girl Who Reads - recently about this very thing.

If you click here you can learn all about the world I live in. Let me know what you think of it.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

What goes great with a Fresh Pot of Tea? Lifeboat!

Hello beautiful readers - My friend Alison DeLuca has kindly shared an excerpt of Lifeboat on her blog Fresh Pot of Tea. There is so much more to this book than aliens and UFOs.

Stop by and have a read, will you? Just click right here.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Book Review: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Book Blurb:
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Author vs. Blogger - A Balance of Power

I've been a book blogger for nearly two years now and I've really enjoyed it. I love being asked to read a new novel, even when I sometimes have to decline. On those rare occasions when I'm asked to read something that rocks my universe there is no better feeling. It is out of this world.

As a book blogger, fairly early on I set up a clear and detailed review policy to help me weed out requests from people who wouldn't take the time to work with me in an efficient manner.

Now that I am an author, I'm looking at this from a whole new perspective. I can look at my blogger review policy and say - hey I did something really good here!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Armchair BEA: Children's Books and YA

My children are all grown up now and have been for quite some time. I have no grandchildren yet. Reading was not a big part of my life as a child, until I became prepubescent and started reading my mom's books so I don't have a lot of sentimental attachment to books from my childhood.

I do, however, have great sentimental attachment to books I read to my own children in their early years. My daughter had about three favorite books. Two were by Dr. Seuss. As a youngster who struggled to learn to read due to hearing difficulties, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut helped build her confidence. As for the Sleep Book, this bedtime favorite never failed to make ME yawn.