Sunday, December 28, 2014

Monster on the prowl! The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd #bookreview #horror

I was shopping for some craft books when I came across this one which was on special. It intrigued me so I picked it up in spite of the fact that horror is not typically my preferred genre. It has been one of the print books on my to-read list for quite some time.

I have to admit that I've been reading this one for about a month off and on. I've finally finished it. The author says this book was inspired by H. G. Wells's classic novel The Island of Dr. Moreau. I readily admit I've never read that one. 

The science in this book is not accurate, but is probably similar to that from Wells's novel. If you ignore that and move on to the story itselt, it is interesting. A mad scientist playing God, horrific creatures, an unknown monster on the prowl, and a love triangle/quadrangle.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Author Interview and Excerpt! The Soul Thief by Mjanka Verstraete #interview #excerpt

9781620155585_frontThe Soul Thief (The Angel of Death Series #1)

by Majanka Verstraete

Publisher: Booktrope

Published: November 11, 2014

Genre: YA, Paranormal

Book blurb:

When sixteen-year-old Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Too techy for me - The Martian by Andy Weir #bookreview #themartian

This book came highly recommended by a friend, and although I readily admit to being...shall we say, frugal?...since the recommendation was from such a trusted source I let the moths out of my wallet and paid the full Amazon asking price for this book on Kindle, even though I generally won't spend over $6 for an ebook. This one cost me $8.39 (AUD).

Now this could be the time for me to start a tangent about the cost of ebooks, especially by traditional publishers when all you get is basically a file. Yes, a lot of hard work goes into writing and publishing a book and costs should be recouped and profits made, but...As an Indie Author myself I know exactly how much it costs to produce an ebook, and I must say traditional publishers tend to overprice their ebooks, but enough about that. This is a review not a tangent.

So back to The Martian.

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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: 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Best post-apocalyptic fiction? Swan Song by Robert McCammon #bookreview #amreading

A week or so ago I went to a group of Australian authors and asked for recommendations for a really good post-apocalyptic read - preferably one written by one of them. It seems that particular group doesn't write much in the post-apocalyptic genre but two separate people in the group recommended this book - Swan Song - saying it is the best apocalyptic book they've ever read. It's a bit pricier than I usually spend for a Kindle book, but since I came so highly recommended I splurged a little and bought it anyway.

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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bit of a dud - The Man Who Ended the World by Jason Gurley #amreading #bookreview

This is an apocalyptic story - my preference lately, but instead of being strictly post-apocalyptic two thirds of this one takes place before the world ends. It's been sitting on my Kindle for over a year and I've only just gotten around to it.

I have one really huge complaint about this book. The author chose to do something quite controversial and I didn't like it at all. He wrote the entire book without using quotation marks for dialogue. Dialogue was merely embedded in with the narrative. I found that extremely distracting and I hated it.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Flash Fiction - The Umbrella by A.B. Shepherd #amwriting #flashfiction

He stood in the rain waiting for the bus, a worried frown furrowing his brow. His foot tapped impatiently and with each tap tiny droplets spewed from under his sneaker in all directions. Every few seconds he would lift his wrist to look at his watch.

The bus wasn’t due for ten more minutes, but that didn’t still his impatience as the water ran past his collar trickling icily down his back. His hair was plastered to his forehead and he hunched his shoulders against the drizzle. shoving his hands in his pants pockets, only to pull his left arm out repeatedly to check his watch again.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Roswell Incident - Alien Crash or Weather Balloon. What do you think?

As I'm sure most of you are aware, one of the biggest controversies of all time regarding UFOs is the Roswell Incident which occurred in July 1947 near Roswell, New Mexico in the USA.

Initially reported as a crashed UFO with recovered alien bodies, reports were quickly amended to discount the original story with claims that it was merely a crashed weather balloon that was part of a secret military program.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Magic! Destruction by @SharonBayliss #amreading #bookreview

I wasn't sure what to expect when Sharon Bayliss asked me to read Destruction (Book One of the December People Series). I was delightfully surprised by this book.

It's part Harry Potter for grown-ups, but a bit darker, and it has a lot more adult situations.

Bayliss builds a world of magic where there is no such thing as a school for training wizards. Wizards learn only what is passed down by their parents. There are dark wizards, and light wizards and magic is no quick fix. Every spell works in ways you cannot predict. You may get your end result, but the route to it may have unexpected and disastrous consequences. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gritty and gripping! Sand Omnibus by @HughHowey (Sand 1-5) #amreading #bookreview

If you aren't familiar with author Hugh Howey's work, you should change that. He is one of the most successful Indie authors around. Sure he may now be traditionally published, but that doesn't change the fact that his Wool series hit best seller lists long before that. 

In the Wool series Hugh's characters are trapped in a Silo in a post-apocalyptic world. In Sand he's gone in the opposite direction. It's still a post-apocalypitc world, but instead of being confined underground his characters in Sand are living thousands of feet above the old worlds that were buried under mountains of sand.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Short and oh so sweet! Dive by @koryshrum #amreading #bookreview

I don't usually read short stories because I generally find them unsatisfying - not long enough to really give me the story I'm looking for - but I made an exception in this case and here's why. 

I loved Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum (you can read that review here and you can also read an interview I did with Kory here) so much that when I heard she'd published a short story I was eager to take another little foray inside her head

Friday, April 11, 2014

Excerpt from the exciting new book Far Away in Time by Maria Savva #amreading

Maria Savva has graciously shared with us today an excerpt from her brand new book Far Away in Time. Enjoy!

Angie hesitated for a moment in front of the purple door. When she finally found the courage to reach for the knocker, the door swung open on its hinges. The interior appeared to be bathed in shadows; Angie assumed that was because her eyes had been dazzled by the sun outside and needed time to adjust.  
‘Hello,’ she called out. There was no reply. Turning back around, and seeing no one out on the street, she shrugged and went inside.  
The door slammed shut just after she entered, startling her. 
‘Don’t be alarmed, dear; that door has dodgy springs. I’ve been meaning to fix it.’ 
Mr Silverfrost? He was sitting in his brown armchair by the fireplace, as he used to do; his cat, Amber, by his feet. Angie’s mouth fell open. How? He’d hardly aged at all, and the cat looked the same. Had she somehow travelled back in time?  
‘It’s Angie, isn’t it?’ He squinted as if in thought. ‘I never forget a face. How long since you were last here? Twenty years? You like Ribena with a purple glass and a pink straw, correct?’ 
Angie could not help but giggle. Her own daughter Ruby was at the age where pink and purple were her favourite colours. ‘Um... yes, I remember. You’ve hardly changed,’ she remarked, finding her voice. 

Book blurb:: 

Our lives are a series of stories, and we are the characters with the starring roles. The memories, regrets, secrets, and struggles that fill these pages are at once unique and relatable. These stories belong to us all. 

Eight unforgettable tales reaching out to a place Far Away In Time... 

Author bio: 
Maria Savva lives and works in London. She studied Law at Middlesex University and The College of Law. She is a lawyer, although not currently practising law. She writes novels and short stories in different genres, including drama, psychological thriller, and family saga. Many of her books and stories are inspired by her years working as a lawyer, although she has not written a courtroom drama to date. She has published five novels, the most recent of which is Haunted, a crime fiction/psychological thriller. Far Away In Time is her sixth collection of short stories. You can find out more about her work at her official website: 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Snore! Review of The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison #amreading #bookreview

This was not a book I enjoyed. The biggest problem I had with it was the style in which it was written - stream of consciousness. I abhor that style of writing. I do not need to know every single thought the narrating character has. I find it exceedingly tedious and exhausting. I also find it boring. So why did I keep reading this one?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A silly bedtime story gone wrong #beingsilly #amwriting

A little while ago I was having a lovely Facebook messaging conversation with my dear friend Jessica, when all at once I realized the time. Jessica is a working woman and she has to get up early so she usually goes to bed at a reasonable hour. It was getting a bit late. We are both full grown adults but I was feeling a bit silly so I offered to tell her a bedtime story to put her to sleep. Somehow, since it was Jessica and she tends to be a little bit cheeky - which I love about her - it went a bit astray. For your amusement, this is how the conversation went.

Abie: Isn't it past your bedtime missy?

 Jess: Yes ma'am

Abie: Would you like me to tell you a story to put you to sleep?

Jess: Sure.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

10 Things that make me smile. #smile #amwriting

In honor of Lifeboat makiing it to #10 on Amazon's best seller list, I thought I'd share a list of ten things that make me smile - in no specific order. 

1. The sparkle in my daughter's eyes when she's happy.

2. Farmers that share their whimsy with passers by.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The bible and aliens = Xposure by Phillip T. Hopersberger #amreading #bookreview #aliens

I went searching through Amazon the other day looking for something that would pique my interest. I've been in a bit of a mood lately where really just nothing looks good. I've got literally over 1,000 books on my Kindle but don't want to read any of them at the moment.

I came across Xposure while perusing sci-fi books and using keywords aliens and post-apocalyptic. I read the sample on Amazon and it looked like something that would be right up my alley - a cross between "Ancient Alien" theories and conspiracy theories. It didn't hurt that the author was from Michigan.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Waxing Lyrical - a highly personal blog post #amwriting #naturesbeauty

Some of you have told me you like it when my blog posts are more personal. If you were one of those, well then this post is for you.

There is a darkness inside me. 

Not an evilness of spirit. Not a hatred or violence toward my fellow man and woman. It contains no malevolence for anyone but me. It is a dark, morose, sometimes-nearly-hopeless part of me that I am in near constant battle with. There has always been a darkness of spirit within my soul, but it has primarily lain dormant. Seven years ago now several major blows occurred to my emotional well-being within a very short time frame, beating me down to a low point - a frightening point - and I have never fully recovered. I suspect I never will. My husband is the only reason I survived that period at all.

The darkness saw it's chance and grasped a tighter hold on my soul, feeding on my weakness. It is a vile, excrutiating, pus-filled, cancerous emotional tumor, that grows year by year as life adds painful experiences and my emotional resilience continues to erode like rocks in the sea with the constant wear of water and sand. I fear one day it will completely consume me.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Guest post and Amazon GC giveaway from Nate Rocks the City author Karen Pokras Toz! #amwriting #naterocks #giveaway

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I have a very special treat for you today my lovelies! Karen Pokras Toz, award winning author of the Nate Rocks books as well as other middle grade fiction and fiction for adults, has stopped by on her tour to talk to us about the differences between writing for adults vs. writing for children and to offer a little giveaway for all you wonderful Nate fans! Hi Karen. So glad you stopped by. Give us the scoop.