Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Quick Note

Hello everyone. Sorry I have been MIA. With the move and the Internet not cooperating, I have not been posting as much as I would like to.

I just wanted to take a few minutes and do a quick feature on a book that I have heard so much about. I have started reading it myself so look for a review in the next week or so.

Now on to the blurb....


Song of Eidolons Book Blog Tour



Delaney Lortal is a unique breed of girl. She is well spoken, extremely well read, and highly ambitious for love, but it is not those qualities that make her so unique. It's not even because in twenty-two years of life, she has never set foot outside of her grandfather's house. What makes her so unique is the truth behind a mysterious secret that has made her the target of a clandestine Order called the Orisanima. As wondrous as it is heartbreaking, Song of Eidolons follows Delaney's journey of enlightenment as she struggles to peel back the layers of deceit to discover the amazing truth about her origins.

Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction that spans the genre from horror and alternate history to epic fantasy. A prolific writer, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, novellas, and even playwriting. She has had nine books published in three years, including "Song of Eidolons", "The Sky: The World" and the first three installments in her "Tales of Dominhydor" series.



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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Young Adult Wednesday

So I decided a would do a weekly feature of YA novels on Wednesdays. Last week I took a look at Kelley Armstrongs The Darkest Powers. This week I read Lauren Kate's Fallen series.

Fallen - There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at Sword & Cross boarding school in Savannah. He's the one bright spot in place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are screwups, and security cameras watch every move. Except Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce-he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.

Torment - Hell on earth. That's what it's like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts-immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students:  Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn't told her everything. He's hiding something-something dangerous. What if Daniel's version of the past isn't actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

Passion - Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart:  Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn't need to be that way... Luce is certain that something-or someone-in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime...going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel...and finally unlock the key to making their love last. Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames...forever.

This is a wonder series about love that lasts throughout time. In Fallen, Luce has landed at Sword & Cross, a school for trouble youths. She is drawn to two boys, one good one evil. Daniel tries his hardest to rebuff her, but ultimately he can't change fate. Cam is doing his best to lure her away from Daniel, but he can't change fate either.

In Torment things are different in this lifetime. Luce didn't burst into flames with the realization of who and what Daniel is. A truce is struck between Daniel and Cam, they must protect Luce at all costs. Luce is taken to Shoreline, a very pretty school in California. Here Luce meets more angles and the Nephilim. Shelby and Miles are two Nephilim that Luce befriends are pulled into helping Luce figure out why she is different and has power over the Shadows. The only thing that got under my skin about this story was Daniel not telling Luce what she needed to know. If he had just explained a few things then she wouldn't have kept getting into trouble or getting the people around her hurt. So frustrating!

In Passion Luce is trying to learn about her past lives from the only way she can, traveling to them. This is cool. I love time travel and this is a neat way to do it. Luce learns some pretty interesting things about herself and her love for Daniel. She gains a new traveling companion, Bill, who you can't quiet tell what is motives are.

Lauren Kate out does herself with each new book. Rapture is the final book in the series and will be released Spring of 2012. I am really looking forward to how everything ends. Will Daniel and Luce be able to stay together? Will Satan achieve his goal? The wait is going to be agony! Aren't these covers just breath taking?

Fallen (Fallen, #1)Torment (Fallen, #2)
Passion (Fallen, #3)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong

The Summoning - Chloe Saunders used to have a pretty normal life. But that changed on the day she met her first ghost. Locked up in Lyle House, a group home for troubled teens, she finds out that there's more to the home's teen residents than meets the eye. Will Chloe be able to uncover the dangerous secrets of Lyle House...or will its skeletons come back to haunt her?

The story is told from Chloe's point of view, so as the reader you get to go on the same self discovery journy that she does. When Chloe is sent to Lyle House she meets a wonderful band of misfits, each with their own unique story and troubles. Derek, the over protective dark and misterious boy, along with his brother Simon, the cute artists everyone should fall in love with, are the only ones with a clue as to what is going on. Then there is Rae, the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Tori, the daughter of one of the Lyle House administrators, and Liz, the girl who is afraid she has a poltergist. Put them all together and you have the cast of a wonderful and amazing story.

The Summoning

The Awakening - If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have descried me as an average teenage girl-someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment-not only can I see ghosts, but I ws genetically altered by a sinister orgaization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever. Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends-a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch-and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

In the first book Derek, Simon, Chloe, and Rae manage to escape, but it isn't long before Chloe and Rae are back in the hands of the Edison Group. It isn't long before Chloe escapes yet again, only this time to be accompanied by Tori. After they meet up with Derek and Simon they embark on a journey to find Derek and Simon's dad. All kinds of hijinks ensue. This second books takes you on an amazing ride, trying to deal with all their powers emerging. How will the series conclude?

The Awakening

The Reckoning - My name is Chloe Saunders. I'm fifteen, and I would love to be normal. But normal is one thing I'm not. For one thing, I'm having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother-who just happens to be a sorcerer-but, between you and me, I'm leaning toward the werewolf. Not normal. My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us-permanently. Definitely not normal. And finally, I'm a genetically altered necromancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying. As far away from normal as it gets.

This book concludes the story of Chloe and her marry band of misfits. I won't go too much into it because I don't want to give anything away. Let me just say that if you haven't picked these books up yet, there is no hope for you. Kelley Armstrong is a masterful story teller.

 The Reckoning

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mystical Paranormal Fair this Weekend

Ghost Chasers Int'l Inc.
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We are so grateful for your support and efforts to help us promote this colossal event in September 23 -25, 2011.
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Patti invites you to check out the Ghost Hunter Shop. Located at 835 Porter Place, Lexington, KY 40508. Come buy and meet Patti while you shop for all your ghost hunting needs.
You can also go online if you don't live close enough to visit the shop.

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Mystical Paranormal Fair Sat & Sun
August 13 - 14, 2011
10 am - 5 pm
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United Rescue of KY
or a bag of pet food will be appreciated.
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Special Guest
Bertena Varney
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Author of
"Lure of the Vampire"
Book Signing, August 13, 14, 10 am - 5 pm
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Come and meet our Masters
Michele Catinna - Reflexology
Larry Crockett - Shamanic Journey
Valerie Drake - Clairvoyant Reader & Spiritual Healer
Kathy Glover - Aura Photography
Serena Gordon - Psychic/Medium
Sue Lane - Reiki Master
Mary Lee Little - Psychic
Latifa Meena - Animal Psychic/Healer
Julia Rey - Life Path Tarot Reading
Cynthia Spicer - Energy Channel/Meditation
Patti Starr - Certified Ghost Hunter
Bertena Varney - Scraying/Vampire Tarot
Vickie Young - Soul Therapy
Stop by and visit all our unique vendors:
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Friday, August 5, 2011

The Hunt Book Blog Tour

Synopsis of The Hunt
A ragged band of vampires are cutting a bloody band of destruction from Alaska to Washington State! As frost turns the leaves gold and paints the high mountain treetops silver,  hundreds of hunters arrive in Swan Valley for their annual deer hunt. What they don't know is an outcast band of vampires have arrived as well.

Raphael Goldhawk, king of the high vampire council, has decreed the taking of human life unlawful. Raul Stannard, an ancient enemy of the half-human king, is determined to overthrow the council, even if it means the exposure and eventual annihilation of the vampire race.

Four people, a Ferry County forest ranger (Roger Atley), an Indian spirit-walker (Harley Truefeather), and a young married couple (Brian and Holly Jensen), are about to be caught up in an ancient power struggle, and in a love affair as old as time itself.

This novel combines ancient history with modern times, in an epic show-down between good and evil, love and hate. Grab your camping gear and hold on tight! It's time for The Hunt!



About the Author

Linell Jeppsen is a retired grocery store checker and high school custodian. She has been writing her entire life, but was recently chosen by Phyllis Scott Publishing for her novel, The Hunt.
She had previously won third place in a science fiction short story contest for The Gag Gift which is featured in Mixed Blessing and other Short Stories and The Last Astronaut.
She is now hard at work on her second novel titled Story Time. It is a science-fiction, post-apocalyptic novel, which is due to be released this fall.
For more information about Linell and her work please visit

·         www.linelljeppsen.com

·         www.amazon.com 

·         www.facebook.com

·         www.goodreads.com


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bloggers and reviewers will be posting press releases, interviews, and reviews on the book release day- July 5th. Please join us to learn about My Fearful Symmetry.

My Fearful Symmetry, Book Three of the Immortyl Revolution, the third novel of the urban fantasy vampire series written by Denise Verrico. Set in 2001, India, Verrico's story introduces a new vampire hero, Cedric MacKinnon, a temple dancer in service to the Goddess Kali, who learns his beauty and speed render him a lethal weapon. As in the previous novels, My Fearful Symmetry maintains a science fiction twist on the genre, action-packed thrills and a touch of romance. This installment follows up her debut novel, Cara Mia, which introduces the characters and world of Immortyl Revolution and its sequel, Twilight of the Gods.


Here is the list of prizes Denise Verrico will be giving away on Blitz Day.
2 My Fearful Symmmetry Book Cover t-shirts
2 Signed MFS posters
An Immortyl Revolution Mousepad
2 Immortyl Revolution key chains
2 ebooks of Twilight of the Gods

For this drawing,she would like them to leave a comment at each stop that day, ending up on my own blog (where they can enter another drawing. See note below.) All winners will be announced on July 8th for the blitz drawing to give them an extra day to enter.

The merchandise drawing is for US only, but the ebooks are for anywhere.
Top prize bundle would be: 1 ebook, poster,t-shirt, key chain and the mousepad.
One1 t-shirt, one poster, one key chain and one ebook will be awarded as separate prizes.

In addition, I've extended the drawing on my blog for a signed print copy of My Fearful Symmetry- All they have to do to enter for this is to comment on my blog on any post from June 1-June 5th. This one is open to all countries. I'll announce the winner fro this one on the sixth.

After you visit the book blogs on the Facebook event page - http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=155673224503249 - comment and say Hi

Then visit Denise Verrico's blog- http://immortylrevolution.blog spot.com/2011/07/july-5th-book -blitz-day-for-my-fearful.html

Don't forget to comment and say hi below.. then go to Denise's blog. IF you share this via Facebook and Twitter.. it may help your chances:)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Fangs Rule A Girl's Guide to being a Vampire by Amy Mah (Vampire)

Summary of the book:

The book:  FANGS RULE a girl's guide to being a vampire ….  is a young Adult book for anyone between Puberty and Senility as it takes a close up look at life as a female teenage vampire in easy to follow A to Z advice for the reader.

Giving helpful advice such as how to explain to your Mom that as a teenage blood curdling denizen of the night you would like to paint your cave bedroom black without having a shouting match over why you don’t like the way she painted the stalagmites bright pink to go with the large stuffed pink bats hanging from the ceiling.

Everything is explained from how to polish your fangs to fashion tips and ways of climbing across a ceiling wearing a nightdress without showing your underwear.

Fangs Rule is a must for every teenage vampire and from these pages you will see why Amy says “Vampires Don’t Sparkle! …. They Bite!
Below is an Excerpt from the Book

BOYFRIENDS (also see DATING)
Boyfriends are boys that are not friends. Handsome, charming, caring, strong, sweet, cute, hot, fit... Er ………… the difference is obvious. If not then you are still too young for a boyfriend and should stick with your stuffed bats.
Meeting the boyfriend's parents for the first time is a problem, like what to wear and how to act. It's best to have some simple rules to follow.

1.      Don't talk about boys you have bitten or have bitten you          in the past.

2.      Don't tell risky stories like the first time you came on heat and what you tried to do with the head of the council     until guards pulled you off him and forced you to give back his pants. 
3.      Don't offer to raise your dress to show them your family brand at the dinner table. 
4.      Don't comment on the food, ever. Even if it is still alive and you have to catch it before it runs off, if you have to say anything just point out how you enjoy frisky fresh food.  
5.      Lastly, no matter how weird, strange, odd, peculiar and down right creepy his parents are or act, try very hard     not to point his out to him.  
Reasons:
A:     Strangely he has somehow failed to notice. 
B:      Or, he has noticed and is praying hard that you haven't. 
C:      Remember what your own are like. 
CLAW MAINTENANCE
Yes, I know our claws are naturally sharp but we should still use a block of wood as a scratching post so as to keep our fingers strong. I keep a few blocks of wood under the bed so that I can (as my Aunt calls it) "play the piano" while watching TV wildlife films. Some people say it's not ladylike to do this but my Aunt informs me that it is perfectly normal for a girl to play with herself in this way. But I do wish my Aunt would word it differently.     


Amy Mah can be found at http://amymahvampire.blogspot.com/ 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SHOWCASE!

Great legends tell of the pairing of souls. 
Two that would come together in an eternal bond yielding great power. 
Forever marked with a destiny waiting to unfold
The wielders of light in darkness' final hour


Demonic forces threaten to tip the balance of power for all worlds. Xan, King of the Cats, is one of many called in by the Templar organization to eliminate the source of the trouble brewing in North America. Arriving in New York Xan, a powerhouse of seduction, meets Katherine and begins to wonder whether he has met his soul mate or fallen into a trap. The war with the underworld comes topside and Xan is in the midst of fighting an unfamiliar battle - rejection. Can Katherine accept their differences?



Bitten Twice is an author who primarily writes in the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres.

She recently released the first in the Macedo Ink vampire series in October of 2010 and can be found on

the web at
http://www.bitten2ice.com.

Bitten Twice currently lives in Hollywood, FL with her family. Courageously in love with one man and two

children, they all take care of the family’s two dogs. Bitten is a lifetime member of the Florida Writer’s

Association and an associate member of International Thriller Writers.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Announcing the Bloodline's Book Release Party

From May 16th thru May 19th, Elizabeth Loraine, the author of the Royal Blood Chronicles will be making a whirlwind tour through virtual land and stopping at as many websites as she can from May 16th thru the 18th all leading up to her BLOODLINES BOOK RELEASE PARTY on May 19th on Savannah Chase's blog, www.savannahchase.com.
Her book the Bloodlines will then be available for purchase ... on her Amazon.com page here and through Barnes and Noble eBook. The exact link will be released on May 19th on Savannah's website.

Followers of the blog have several chances to win one of several copies of Bloodlines eBooks as well as a $50 Amazon.com gift card. All you have to do is comment on EACH blog for a chance to enter your name into the drawing then you must comment on Savannah Chase's blog on the 19th. Remember that you can enter to win as many times as you want just by visiting all the blogs and commenting BUT you have to visit Savannah's on the 19th and comment in order to be eligible. Elizabeth will be visiting each blog throughout the week to speak with fans and followers.

Book Five Bloodline is the continuing story. Katrina finds herself once again fighting the enemy on two continents. The Sanctuaries are in turmoil and are questioning the Protectors loyalty and every time there are small victories it seems a new enemy arises. Katrina and the Five are drawn back to Europe to help Damien and Cain, but can they really trust either of them? And is there something that will finally make Katrina chose between the two loves of her life once and for all?

For more information visit - http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=111309622287998

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review: Clockwork Angel

I really enjoyed the Mortel Instruments series, so it was natural for me to pick up Clockwork Angel.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of the Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks, and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, who are members of a secret organization called the Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by-and torn between- two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and wolatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's lenth...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

There are some really good fight scenes, and the mystery of who is behind everything made this story a real page turner. The people and places were so well written that I felt like I was right there with them.

This book has all the features I love in my books:  conflict, mystery, fantasy, romance, death, and even some steam punk. All in all, Clockwork Angel is a wonderful read and I highly recommend it.

In preparation for reading City of Fallen Angels - released April 5th - I am rereading City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass. Expect to see the reviews for all four next week.


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Friday, April 8, 2011

So Behind

So, I haven't been able to put up any reviews for the books that I have recently finished. I am sorry everyone, I will get back on track starting this weekend.

In other news, just purchased a ton more books. These I have read already, though, just filling out my collections.


Product DescriptionQuantityExpected Ship Date
Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 22104-11-2011
Bleach, Volume 34: King of the Kill104-11-2011
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)104-11-2011
The Order War (Recluce Series #4)104-11-2011
At All Costs (Honor Harrington Series #11)104-11-2011
Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan Series #8)104-11-2011
White Witch, Black Curse (Rachel Morgan Series #7)104-11-2011
The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (Rachel Morgan Series #2)104-11-2011
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse / Southern Vampire Series #9)104-11-2011
Flirt (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #18)104-11-2011
Skin Trade (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #17)104-11-2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Review - Mind the Gap

Always assume there's someone after you. That was the paranoid wisdom her mother had hardwired into Jasmine Towne ever since she was a little girl. Now, suddenly on her own, Jazz is going to need every skill she has ever been taught to survive enemies both seen and unseen. For her mother had given Jazz one last invaluable piece of advice, written in her own blood.   Jazz Hide Forever    All her life Jazz has known them only as the "Uncles," and her mother seemed to fear them as much as depend on them. Now these enigmatic, black-clad strangers are after Jazz for the reasons she can't fathom, and her only escape is to slip into the forgotten tunnels of London's vast underground. Here she will meet a tribe of survivors calling themselves the United Kingdom and begin an adventure that links her to the ghosts of a city long past, a father she never knew, and a destiny she fears only slightly less than the relentless killers who'd commit any crime under heaven or earth to prevent her from fulfilling it.

Mind the Gap in the first of the Hidden Cities series by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon. Let just say it is amazing. From the first page this story grips you. Jazz finds out from the very beginning with the death of her mother, that she cannot trust anyone. She takes to the Underground where she meets Harry and the United Kingdom, a group of lost kids. There is a feel of Oliver Twist to the United Kingdom.

The story continues to have twists and turns, with the introduction of new characters that must help Jazz embrace her destiny. There are heart breaking losses, but all are necessary for Jazz to reach her goal.

All in all this is a wonderful read and I can't wait to read the next in the series, The Map of Moments.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Review Whitechapel Gods

Whitechapel Gods by S. M. Peters is the first steampunk book I have read. Peters paints a world where the sun never penetrates the smog, and the villains never seem to die. There are two gods that rule the closed off world of Whitechapel, Grandfather Clock and Mama Engine. Grandfather clock is all about things working in harmony. Mama Engine is all about desires.

The main characters are trying to put the control of Whitechapel back into the hands of men, battling monsters beyond imagination. These monsters are men who have by turning to worship the two gods are transformed into part man part machines, with oil and blood in their veins. The followers of Mama Engine have furnaces burning inside, while Grandfather Clocks' have steel and steam.

There is also a strange disease that is attacking the regular masses. The disease is turning ordinary people into part machine part humans, with no cure in sight.

The uprisers have insurmountable odds to overcome before the end of the battle.

All in all Peters has written an excellent tale of man versus cult mentality, with a healthy dose of the dehumanizing effect of the Industrial Revolution.


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Thursday, March 3, 2011

World Book Day

In honor of World Book Day I have decided to share my love of books with the world. This blog is devoted to book reviews and recommendations. After I have done this for a while, I will start doing author interviews as well.

To start, I am currently reading Whitechapel Gods by S. M. Peters published by ROC. Expect a review in a couple of days.