Wednesday, July 31, 2013

$25 Amazon GC up for grabs with Magic Bound by V. J. Devereaux Cover Reveal!

Magic Bound - Book 2

Magic Bound by V.J. Devereaux (Valerie Douglas)
Homicide Detectives Rafaela Stratford and Sasha Gutierrez (Blood Bound) find themselves investigating a series of murders that seem to have been committed by paranormals. As a werewolf himself, Sasha knows that neither his people nor vampires were the killers, despite the evidence. Desperate for clues they turn to Rhian Lewis, the proprietor of an occult bookstore...and a witch. What she finds turns them all into targets..
Magic Bound is the second in THE BOUND SERIES, an erotic m/f/m paranormal read. In honor of the cover reveal the author is offering Blood Bound for 99¢ for the weekend!
She is also offering up a $25 Amazon Gift Card for one lucky winner! Who knows, you could win and get even more of Valeries amazing reads!
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Add Magic Bound to your Goodreads list by clicking here.

About the author:
Valerie Douglas is the multi-published author of novels of fantasy, mystery, suspense and romance, among them, The Coming Storm series, Heart of the Gods, Song of the Fairy Queen, The Last Resort, Two Up and Dirty Politics

Under her pen name of V. J. Devereaux she's also the author of several well-reviewed erotic romances - Cherry's Jubilee, Special Delivery and Demon's Kiss. Valerie lives in the beautiful heartland of Ohio with her beloved husband, two dogs, three cats, and an African clawed frog named Hopper.

V.J. Devereaux on Goodreads

Monday, July 29, 2013

Chick lit with a message - Salvation Jane by Ann Massey #bookreview

Hi Abites - today on the blog I am pleased to share my review of Salvation Jane by Ann Massey - it is chick lit with a message.

My review:
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I gratefully accepted because I enjoyed the author's two previous books,The Biocide Conspiracy and The White Amah.
Jane Patterson is a typical Australian city girl, who has just broken up with her philandering boyfriend when she inherits a hotel from her recently deceased uncle on the other side of the country. She moves to collect her inheritance believing she is going to build a new, more prosperous life for herself as a business owner.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Video #bookreview of Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French

Hello Abites! (What is an Abite? Explanation in video.) This video book review is an experiment. 

This took a lot of time and effort to put together - easily eight times as long as it takes to put a normal book review together - so you're going to have to LOVE it for me to want to continue doing this kind of thing. I considered doing a transcript as well, to correct the few spoken mistakes I made, but I've decided not to this time. I think the visual elements correct them adequately. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

11/22/63 by Stephen King #bookreview

Book blurb:
If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you? Would the consequences be what you hoped?

Jake Epping 35 teaches high school English in Lisbon Falls, Maine, and cries reading the brain-damaged janitor's story of childhood Halloween massacre by their drunken father. On his deathbed, pal Al divulges a secret portal to 1958 in his diner back pantry, and enlists Jake to prevent the 11/22/1963 Dallas assassination of American President John F. Kennedy. Under the alias George Amberson, our hero joins the cigarette-hazed full-flavored world of Elvis rock n roll, Negro discrimination, and freeway gas guzzlers without seat belts. Will Jake lurk in impoverished immigrant slums beside troubled loner Lee Harvey Oswald, or share small-town friendliness with beautiful high school librarian Sadie Dunhill, the love of his life?

Monday, July 22, 2013

I can hear you breathing (and $10 Amazon gift card giveaway)

Is this thing on?

I know you are out there. I can hear you breathing. My hit counter shows it. You ARE reading this blog, but you won't talk to me. Why? Do I not ask the questions you feel like answering? Should I be asking something else? Are you too busy? Are your typing fingers broken?

I'm looking for a bit of feedback here. I want to make your reading experience the best it can be. Sure, I write this blog for me, but I write it for you too. So just for answering a few questions - you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card and/or an ebook copy of Lifeboat.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Review of The Other Side: Melinda's Story by Starr Gardinier Reina

Book Blurb:
Melinda James’ father is dead. But he tries to warn her from the ‘Other Side’ that the killers from the past want something only Melinda can give them. And they are beginning to get far too close for comfort. Can dead people protect the living? And if they can, will it be enough? And does this ‘Other Side’ really exist or is this all in Melinda’s mind?

In her world, as portals open and close, Melinda must find a way to understand that the voices speaking are sending dire warnings. She is out of time. They are here, desperate to take what they feel is theirs and they will stop at nothing to get it.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Love, Loss and Reflection

Like Cassie in Lifeboat, I have experienced great loss in my life. In my case, I haven't lost a husband and/or child, but I've lost too many and I've loved them all.

Six years ago my brother died. He was only 47 years old. He was older than I by a mere 14 months. He was ill, and we knew that, with a disease that usually takes years between diagnosis and death. It is the same disease that killed my mother two years later, and now threatens the life of my sister.

But in the case of my brother, he went from diagnosis to death in a much shorter time than usual. 

He was hospitalized with an exacerbation of the disease and we all expected he'd be treated and come home again soon, because that is typical of this disease. But we were soon told his disease had progressed and it was time for hospice. He was pretty doped up at this point due to the pain and we had to get them to ease  up on the drugs so we could discuss his options with him. 

His first grandchild was on the way and he was really looking forward to that. But he never got the chance to see her gorgeous face or the faces of the three more beautiful grandchildren that have come since.

One of the last truly coherent things he said to us was, "I guess I thought I had more time."  Two days later he was gone.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Final Winter: An Apacolyptic Horror Novel by Iain Rob Wright

Book Blurb:
On the night where it begins snowing in every country of the world, a group of ordinary people gather at an old English pub. At first they assume the weather is just a random occurrence, but as the night goes on, and weird things happen, they start to realize something far more sinister is occurring.

And that someone amongst them may be the cause of it all.

By the end of the night, not everyone will make it, and those that do may wish they hadn’t.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Devoted book tour - Guest post & Giveaway by Kathryn Palillo!

As part of her tour for her new book Devoted, Kathryn Polillo, author of The Watcher's Trilogy, stops by today to share her top six reasons we love YA fiction.  

Check them out, then take a peek below and enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win! 

Top Six Reasons we love YA Fiction.  
by Kathryn Palillo
Because 5 just isn’t enough  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Do extra-terrestrial beings truly exist? This ignorant person's opinion.

In my novel, Lifeboat, Cass is rescued by an Alien spaceship when the Earth experiences a series of natural disasters that make it no longer inhabitable.

When Dan Thompson so graciously hosted me on his blog a few weeks ago he asked me - do aliens really exist?

I told him this (Yes, I am quoting myself - how tacky is that?):

"I will say that I am 99.9% sure aliens exist – in some form. The Universe is far too big and we are far too small to rule that out. Whether they exist in a form we would recognize, or whether they might have the technology to visit our world I can’t say. I am far too ignorant. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Curse of Ancient Shadows by Rod Tyson

Book Blurb:
Curse of Ancient Shadows. Part 1 of the 'Ancient Shadows' series.
A fanatical evil has lain in wait for six hundred years.

Cat Celeste has no idea of the dark events surrounding her family’s ancient history. Her mum and dad tried to protect her by moving to London shortly after she was born. Thirteen years later, the family curse has followed them, and her parents have disappeared in strange circumstances.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

#Bookreview Zero Hour by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown

Book Blurb:
Zero Hour (Numa Files #11)
It is called zero point energy, and it really exists—a state of energy contained in all matter everywhere, and thus all but unlimited. Nobody has ever found a way to tap into it, however—until one scientist discovers a way.

Or at least he thinks he has. The problem is, his machines also cause great earthquakes, even fissures in tectonic plates. One machine is buried deep underground; the other is submerged in a vast ocean trench. If Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala and the rest of the NUMA team aren’t able to find and destroy them, and soon, the world will be on the threshold of a new era of earth tremors and unchecked volcanism.

Now, that can’t be good.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Confession - I watch Ancient Aliens on The History Channel

So I mentioned in a previous post that I've recently discovered the History Channel TV show Ancient Aliens.

In that post I spoke about the Serpent Mound in Ohio which I find intriguing, because similarly to the Nasca lines in Peru it is best seen from space and we can only speculate on its true purpose. 

Last night I watched an episode where the Ancient Alien Theorists posited that the ancient myths and legends of creatures like the Leviathan and Chimera and many more human/animal hybrids of legend were actually real creatures that were created by aliens experimenting with human DNA.