Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Friday, October 3, 2014

The 20th Anniversary of Xena: Warrior Princess – From Ancient Scrolls to E-Books from CBB Promotions

 

 


Good morning, everyone, Paul here today with a really neat post. Do you remember Xena: Warrior Princess? Well I do and when I saw that one of the writers, RS Mellette was publishing a book I had to get on board. Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand is an upper middle grade book, although Mr. Mellette prefers to say it is a book for everyone, and I love this style of book. As many of you know, I believe a good middle grade book is indeed a joy for everyone. I for one am excited about this book, but for now, let's see what Mr. Mellette has to say.

The 20th Anniversary of Xena: Warrior Princess – From Ancient Scrolls to E-Books.

By RS Mellette aka Xenastaff


Next year is the 20th anniversary of the first airing of the TV show Xena: Warrior Princess, but for me the anniversary is now. I was the writer's assistant from 1994 to 1997. Besides doing normal office work, I monitored the net forum as Xenastaff, wrote any dialogue that needed to be added after an episode was cut together, and wrote The Xena Scrolls for Universal's website. When an episode based on the online characters aired in 1997, it became the first intellectual property to move from the web to television.


Now, 20 years later, I'm about to publish a novel as an e-book. Oh how far we've come. I remember a Xena fan posting on the forum that he discovered the show online when he did a search for "Amazon." I thought, that makes sense. I mean, Xena isn't technically an Amazon, but what else should turn up when you search on that? Someone then explained to me that there was a new online bookstore called Amazon.com. That was 1995.

You would think the anniversary would make me feel old, but that happened the first time I heard a co-worker say, "I loved Xena when I was a kid." Instead, I'm looking back on Xena, and forward to the release of my novel, Billy Bobble Makes A Magic Wand. It might shock some in the literary world, but I learned a lot about being a novelist from my work as an apprentice writer on a TV show.


One of those things was how to write a story for all ages. Xena was "syndicated for broadcast." Syndicated meaning it was sold directly to independent TV stations and Broadcast meaning it had to adhere to FCC rules (unlike subscription channels: HBO, Showtime, etc.).

Independent stations could play Xena any time they saw fit. In some cities it screened at midnight for adults. Other cities showed it on Saturday afternoons for kids. That's a wide age range, and believe it or not, the show's numbers were even across the board. We had as many men & women between 18 and 49 as we did girls & boys between 12 and 17 and 55 & over.

In the publishing world, the insistence to declare what age range a book is targeted to clashes with what I learned on Xena. Every time I hear someone say their book is "Middle Grade" or "Young Adult" all I think is, Why have you cut out the majority of the people on the planet?

Billy Bobble Makes A Magic Wand is a book for the whole family – which is probably why it's being published independently. The majors love to find a book "with crossover potential," but at the same time, don't want to hear that your book isn't targeted for a certain age range. They seem to think that crossover potential is rare, but anyone who knows their literary or theatre history – or who has worked in Broadcast TV – can tell you how to create a crossover work. Stick to these three rules:

1) Include characters of various ages, or follow the life of one character from young to old


2) Keep sex to what one may see in public and language to what your mother would approve of


3) Target age ranges in beats within the story, not for the whole piece.
 
Independence was one of the things we all loved on Xena: Warrior Princess. In addition to being syndicated for Broadcast, the series was what the industry called "first run syndication," meaning it never ran on a major network. For a brief time in the 1990's to early 2000's, Xena, Hercules, Baywatch, and many other shows were possible because the business model worked. There were enough independent TV stations to buy shows that had never been on the big three networks. The shows sold for more money than it cost to make them. They were as good as anything on the Big 3 (or 4) networks but without the hassles that came with network standards and practices (aka sensors) or network executives. If the creative team liked the script, and it was affordable, then that's the script that was shot. It was a fun way to work.


In publishing today there is a similar paradigm. E-books and Print On Demand (POD) have made it possible to bypass the Big Six publishers without sacrificing quality. As long as the independent publishing house keeps its standards high, and doesn't become a self-publishing hack, they can provide books of the same quality as the old-fashioned publishers and still make a profit for both themselves and the authors.


In trying to sell my first book I went through the majors. My agent gave notes – which were good, but intended to please editors. Some editors gave notes that were just bad. We passed on those. Some editors gave notes that were okay, but intended to please acquisitions. It's a frustrating process. Not a bad one, mind you. The Big Six publishers are great and completely necessary, but not a lot of fun.


With Billy Bobble, I'm having a blast! Matt Sinclair is both my editor and the publisher for Elephant Bookshelf Press. He and I are in complete agreement about the style and tone of the book, so his notes make the story better, period. If he and I like it, it's in. If we don't, it's out, period. There is no, "I like it the way it is, but…"


It is a fun way to work.


I had a hand in choosing Kirbi Fagan to design the cover. She friended me on Facebook and the three of us have exchanged a few ideas. Her early drafts have been fantastic! Unlike a major publishing house, I've been kept in the loop on each draft. I can't wait to see to see the final product.


It is a fun way to work.


I think fans of Xena will agree that the whole production team put the fun on the screen. I hope readers of Billy Bobble will feel the same way about what we have done with the page.


It's a fun way to read.


About the Author:  
 Robert Mellette has written, directed, designed and acted in theatre, film, television, and publishing for over 30 years. His credits in various jobs include XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS, BLUE CRUSH, and his own JACKS OR BETTER, which won Dances With Films Best Screenplay award in 2000. He has been working with the festival ever since.


Robert's novel, Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand, is due out in December 2014 from Elephant's Bookshelf Press. For novelists, Robert blogs for From The Write Angle. For filmmakers, he writes for Dances With Films.


Upcoming events: In the real world, Robert will appear at the 2014 Conjecture Con in San Diego Oct. 10-12.


Online, there will be a cover reveal for Billy Bobble Makes A Magic Wand in October. If you would like to be a part of that, please contact Candace Robinson. If you would like to interview Robert please contact him at mellette@earthlink.net.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

IWSG: Countdown to Launch

Countdown to Launch

3—2—1—Blastoff!
Wait! You need a pre-flight checklist. We’re counting down—months in advance if possible.  :-O

But not here. Please read my Insecure Writers Support Group contribution on my new Wordpress blog at sherahart.net.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Blade Singer Book Review & Giveaway

Hi, everyone, it's Sher today with a book review for the Blade Singer Blog Tour. The premise sounded fun, and it was. Although I didn't expect a bad boy protagonist, the authors did a great job turning him around.  I'm getting ahead of myself. So read on and see for yourself why I gave Blade Singer 5 stars.


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Blade Singer Wall PaperBlade Singer

by Aaron de Orive & Martha Wells


202 pages


Manuel "Manny" Boreaux, a troubled adolescent from Texas, is magically transported into the body of a goblin pickpocket in an alternate world inhabited by faerie creatures. Manny must quickly adapt to the danger all around him and try to find a way to get back home, a feat complicated by the pickpocket's association with a notorious gang of thieves. But when Manny uncovers a plot to assassinate a young king, he must enlist the aid of an elf cavalier and a cat burglar to thwart a Sidhe witch's scheme to ignite a civil war between humans and the Fae.



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Blade SingerBlade Singer by Aaron de Orive

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blade singer surprised me in a good way for a book starring a boy who made so many bad choices at the beginning. Flying home on a plane, I chose to read instead of watching Malificent. Even though Manny had lost his parents and had a bully pushing him towards the dark side, I was starting to regret not watching the movie until magic transported Manny to another world. I was hooked soon after he landed in the body of a goblin boy who had made even more bad decisions. It didn’t take long for Manny to regret his own bad choices when he had to deal with the results of the goblin’s.

The timing of Manny’s transport wasn’t coincidence. In a hotbed of human and faerie conflicts, the Chevaliers (think Musketeers) were fighting a losing battle against a powerful witch gang leader set on overthrowing the crown (not a spoiler because it’s in the blurb). Manny met Seely and Unseely: magical folk who can change from one to the other depending on behavior, not always by choice because of deprivation and human prejudice. Oberon, Mab, and even Merlin figured in the history, and the plot had plenty of twists. I loved how the authors connected Manny’s longing for his dead mother and father with characters he met in the other world. They also did a good job with the good guy/bad guy character mix; some on both sides didn’t fit the mold.

It didn’t matter that I was stuck on a plane. I read in one sitting because the pacing kept me turning pages right up until the last one. (spoiler warning) However, once the goblin boy started giving advice, I kept wondering why he wasn’t upset about Manny taking over his body. And when it became evident the goblin used Manny’s body during that time, I wondered how the goblin’s mind could be two places at once. And if the goblin was aware of what Manny was doing, why didn’t the reverse hold true? Those are the only problems besides comma splices. I doubt most tweens will notice either. They will notice lots of action, a satisfying character arc, and puzzles to solve. For adults, I give 4 stars. However, I try to rate books according to the target audience, so I’m giving 5. Assuming the authors address the logic flaws before the next book, I’ll be waiting for the coin toss. I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Authors:


A graduate of the University of Texas' film program, Aaron de Orive began his professional writing career in the video game industry, serving as a lead or senior writer on Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, Tabula Rasa, Anarchy Online, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. He is also the creator of the fantasy role-playing game SHARD: World of the False Dawn. Blade Singer is his first novel. Aaron lives in Austin with his wife, daughter, and two very spoiled terriers.


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Martha Wells is the author of a number of fantasy novels, including The Cloud Roads, The Siren Depths, The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. Her YA fantasy, Emilie and the Hollow World, was published by Angry Robot/Strange Chemistry in April 2013, and the sequel, Emilie and the Sky World, was released in March 2014. Two collections of Books of the Raksura novellas will be published in September 2014 and Fall 2015. She has had short stories in Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Stargate Magazine, and Lightspeed Magazine, and in the anthologies Elemental, The Year's Best Fantasy #7, Tales of the Emerald Serpent and The Other Half of the Sky. She has essays in the nonfiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, and Chicks Unravel Time. She has also written media-tie-in novels, Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement, and a Star Wars novel, Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

The Sending - Blog Tour and Review

Hey everyone, Angie here. I just read a great book called The Sending. Its a dystopian with a bit of romance. I am posting a bit late today, because of the new baby! He was born a little over a week ago and time gets away from you when you have a newborn. I hope no-one was inconvenienced by the delay. Anyway, read on for a review and giveaway.


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The SendingThe Sending


 A city's peace is shattered when two university students go missing, and only Daneel and his friends know the shocking truth of what happened. Finding themselves under attack, Daneel leads them in a race to escape the mounting violence. Mara is willing to kill for the beliefs of the faction that raised her. But as she seeks out her mark, using a rare, mystical form of travel known as the Sending, Mara discovers a powerful connection that challenges the truth of everything she’s been taught. While Daneel fights to protect those he cares for, Mara must choose whether to cling to the ideology of her home—or open her scarred heart to a searing attraction and the promise of a new life.













Praise for The Sending

The Sending reads like a dystopian Romeo and Juliet where strong, full characters from very different places inevitably collide with passion and conflict. Salguero fills a fresh, vibrant world with a nerve-tingling fast plot. Prepare to be immersed. ~Tamara Ward, author of Hidden Betrayal The Sending is a thrilling, fast-paced, science fiction-romance that's impossible to put down. Edge-of-your-seat action scenes, and a romantic attraction so intense that it will make you want to turn down the air conditioning, The Sending is a great read that left me hungry for more. I loved this book! ~Sterling R. Walker, author of The Orphan Ship


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JandyAuthor Jandy Salguero

Growing up in southern Louisiana, Jandy Salguero's life was full of friendly smiles, good food and tall tales. She holds a BA in French from Brigham Young University, where she met her husband in the midst of the great Rocky Mountains. She now resides in a small town outside of Raleigh, NC. Her days are full of grade-school antics and underfoot toddler toys-- courtesy of her two handsome boys. She is currently working on Book 2 in the Senitha's Light series, due out in early 2015.  









Review

Though it took me a while to get into the writing style, I really ended up liking The Sending. I'll tell you why. I have been reading a lot of Orson Scott Card books recently and he very much does not give scenery details, which I like. He gives a lot of details about feelings and philosophy rather than about the scenery. When I started this book I was reminded what it is like to read about scenery. My mind does not enjoy trying to paint that picture. I know some people love it. Anyway, after I grew accustomed to the change, I really started to enjoy the pace and style of the book. The book started off great with a fast-paced action scene. I only feel like there were a lot of characters introduced very quickly and I got lost. It wasn't a huge deal and what mattered most was that I got drawn into the story quickly. I love that the book is written in 3rd person, it makes it much easier to understand the different characters. I also love the pace at which the full extent of the world we are in is revealed. The author gives you just enough to keep you interested and intrigued as you read. I also loved the science fiction aspects of the futuristic world. 

Overall, I just thought the book was written very well. It was very entertaining and the characters were interesting as well as the relationships. I thought Daneel and Mara's characters were so different—It was interesting to see their connection and relationship. There isn't much more I have to say, except, you should read this book. It was awesome.

5 out of 5 stars


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The Sending Blog Tour & Giveaway

Hi, everyone, it's Sher here with a short note. Angie's internet may be down in Germany, or she may be too busy with her new baby. Until she can post her book review, I posted an excerpt of The Sending by Jandy Salguero for the blog tour.

Please click here to read the post and enter the giveaway.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Press Play Book Trailer Release Hosted by Me, My Shelf and I


Hey there, everyone! It's Paul here today, and I'm sorry for the late post, but time got the best of me. I couldn't pass up participating in this book blast as bullying is a big-time issue. I think any book that shines the spot light on this horrible activity needs to be promoted. Also, I think the book looks really good. How about that cool cover, huh? I hope you pick up the book and enjoy it. I plan to read it once I get a few minutes of spare time. Head on down below the announcement to view the awesome trailer!
 
 
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Author: Eric Devine
Release Date: October 28th
Publisher: Running Press Books For Kids
Young Adult

SYNOPSIS: Greg Dunsmore, a.k.a. Dun the Ton, is focused on one thing: making a documentary that will guarantee his admission into the film school of his choice. Every day, Greg films his intense weight-loss focused workouts as well as the nonstop bullying that comes from his classmates. But when he captures footage of violent, extreme hazing by his high school’s championship-winning lacrosse team in the presence of his principal, Greg’s field of view is in for a readjustment.

Greg knows there is a story to be told, but it is not clear exactly what. And his attempts to find out the truth only create more obstacles, not to mention physical harm upon himself. Yet if Greg wants to make his exposé his ticket out of town rather than a veritable death sentence, he will have to learn to play the game and find a team to help him.
Combine the underbelly of Friday Night Lights with the unflinching honesty of Walter Dean Myers, and you will find yourself with Eric Devine’s novel of debatable truths, consequences, and realities.
 

 

 

 


 



Monday, September 22, 2014

Knight of Light by Deirdra Eden Blog Tour & Giveaway

Hi, all, it's Sher today with a blog tour post for Deirdra Eden including a giveaway. The book alone isn't why I was so excited to receive the announcement. If you check on my right sidebar, you'll see my first blog award, the only one I chose to keep. It was made by Deirdra Eden Coppell, and when I found out this tour was for the same person, I wanted to jump for joy. So today I'm spreading the happiness. Please read on and join me.

The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light



In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, demons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.
  The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Traditional Apocrypha, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Kabbalah. “The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.

 

Endorsement quotes:

"KNIGHT OF LIGHT grabs hold from page one and never lets go." 
-Elena Johnson, Author of POSSESSION (Simon & Schuster, June 2011)
"Action, adventure, and a touch of romance-KNIGHT OF LIGHT has it all."
-Angela Morrison, MFA, Author of SING ME TO SLEEP (Penguin/Razorbill, March 2010)
"Deirdra creates a believable fantasy world that is not only magical, but gritty and dark. KNIGHT OF LIGHT is an exciting read that's tough to put down!" -Jeff Blackmer, Author of HIGHLAND KING

 

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Now that you've read what some other people thought of Knight of Light, it's time for my review.

 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Knight of Light was an interesting combination of history and fantasy adorned with religious trappings that left me wanting more. Knowing Eden’s penchant for fairy tales, I didn’t even read the blurb before deciding to read the book. So even though the history came as a surprise, the details of the medieval period along with the characters’ behavior felt authentic, making the fantastic elements more believable. There was more than enough fantasy to hold my interest, and the main character Auriella’s plight made it easy to identify with her.
The story starts just before she is falsely accused as a witch. At first, her blossoming powers aid her escape, but they’re nothing compared to the real witch’s powers or those of mankind’s enemy, the Shadow Lords. Eden’s best strength seems to be her ability to weave fiction, fact, and religion into a coat of many colors with hidden pockets of surprises. In one pocket, Eden mixes religious symbols from the old world and new. In another, she separates mankind’s spiritual and physical aspects to invent a new mythology. Neviahan history gives Erebus and the Shadow Lords roles similar to Satan and his followers.
I liked the interplay of Auriella with her magical friends. The humor lightened and leavened the parts where Auriella was mistreated and tortured. However, the clunky writing almost made me stop reading before I got hooked on the characters: sentence after sentence with similar structure. For the sake of flow, please turn around more sentences in future books. The other thing that pulled me out of the story was Auriella often mentioning her hair and/or skin color, even in situations where survival should have been uppermost in her mind. It came across as vain in a personality that seemed otherwise self-effacing.
Everything else was in place, even the weather. Along with the vivid settings, it’s remarkable to find a debut where natural phenomena affects the characters this much. The plot includes well-developed turning points and setbacks that kept me turning pages. I also appreciated the pacing as Auriella’s character went from timid orphan to strong and confident warrior with considerable adversity barring her way.
Overall, Knight of Light is a fairytale with enough depth for all ages. Well, maybe not men who consider women inferior. No content warnings other than violence: there were only one or two kisses and no swearing. I would have no qualms handing the book to a preteen with the emotional maturity to handle deaths of loved ones and the level of violence common in medieval times. 3 stars for an engaging debut. I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
 

About the Author

 

"My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures." -Deirdra Eden    Find Deirdra Eden and The Watchers Series online on AmazonDeirdra's websiteFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad, and Pinterest. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Minutes Before Sunset Book Review

Hi, all, it's Sher here with a book review by Jenny Wirt, one of my friends from church. I'm happy we have so many book lovers in Crestview, Florida, and I'm taking full advantage of their love to reading to keep my TBR pile from crushing me. Jenny's in a book club, and I have yet to make a meeting, but I'll get there sometime. Maybe when I can walk through my house without stepping in sheet-rock dust.

Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy, #1)
Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Refreshingly lesser-known fantasy creatures called Shades hide in plain sight by posing as humans. The double story lines of their shade lives and their human lives were entertaining to follow. Just enough romance mixed with danger to make me look forward to the next book in the trilogy.

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Shannon A ThompsonBio: 
Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, including a Norwegian magazine, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy, Minutes Before Sunset, became Goodreads Book of the Month. The sequel, Seconds Before Sunrise, has released, and AEC Stellar Publishing released her latest novel, Take Me Tomorrow, on July 17, 2014. The final installment of her trilogy, Death Before Daylight, is slated for release in January of 2015.  

Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing. She also has one black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy

Fans of the first book will like the second one as well. Of course it starts out with the funny remark, “The simple act of reading this book will attract monsters to you and give them the go-ahead to attack.” Also nice to see one of the female characters, Eva, pop up at the beginning of the first chapter.

The story line picks up where the first one ended. Not only is this book action-filled, but the main character, Jack, has a few questions about his parents and struggles to get to the answers as quickly as he can. I couldn’t help but notice the inspiration that the author might have derived from Harry Potter’s story. They should make a movie about it. As the story goes on, I saw the character mature and grow, even more than in the first book. Definitely very enjoyable, well-written, and even funny at times.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A baby and a giveaway. Not the baby.

Hi, everyone, it's Sher here with a new baby announcement in behalf of Angie Bodine. In case you didn't already know, she's a friend I met at church right after the Air Force sent her and her baby son to Florida with her husband for his military training. When she found out I'm an editor, she introduced herself as an editing student, so I invited her to be one of my blog partners and one of my editing team. She graduated while she was in Florida. Woot! I was sorry the Air Force sent her husband to Germany last year. Of course she and her son went too. Although I miss her, she's still able to edit and do book reviews whenever she has internet.

That enough for the old news. Let's get to the new stuff. Yesterday, September 11, Angie had another son. I can't think of a better way to make that sad day into one of joy and happiness. Can you?

Oh, yes, I almost forgot to say Angie won't be posting for a while. She's got a 7 lbs 7 oz, 19 1/2 inch long bundle of joy to take care of. 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Sending - $50 Book Blast Giveaway

Angie here with a $50 book blast giveaway. Check out a little about the book and then enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post. At the end of the month I'll be participating in the blog tour as well and posting a review about the book, so keep your eyes peeled!


The SendingThe Sending:
A city's peace is shattered when two university students go missing, and only Daneel and his friends know the shocking truth of what happened. Finding themselves under attack, Daneel leads them in a race to escape the mounting violence. Mara is willing to kill for the beliefs of the faction that raised her. But as she seeks out her mark, using a rare, mystical form of travel known as the Sending, Mara discovers a powerful connection that challenges the truth of everything she’s been taught. While Daneel fights to protect those he cares for, Mara must choose whether to cling to the ideology of her home—or open her scarred heart to a searing attraction and the promise of a new life.  

 

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Praise for The Sending:
The Sending reads like a dystopian Romeo and Juliet where strong, full characters from very different places inevitably collide with passion and conflict. Salguero fills a fresh, vibrant world with a nerve-tingling fast plot. Prepare to be immersed. ~Tamara Ward, author of Hidden Betrayal The Sending is a thrilling, fast-paced, science fiction-romance that's impossible to put down. Edge-of-your-seat action scenes, and a romantic attraction so intense that it will make you want to turn down the air conditioning, The Sending is a great read that left me hungry for more. I loved this book! ~Sterling R. Walker, author of The Orphan Ship





Excerpt:
As one of the hawks flew across the tiny plane of space framed by her window, Mara closed her eyes. She envisioned herself there, experiencing the grace and the power of their movements. She imagined the control of that journey and thought that one day she might have that type of power over her own fate. Mara felt a kinship with the graceful hunter. It knew the thrill of conquest coupled with the need for survival: opposite sides of the same implacable coin. The compound had taught Mara to use that need to a greater advantage than she had before. Her chest tightened. Before? No, there was no before. Everything was after. After her home had been raided, after her family had been killed, after she had been forced to fend for herself. She’d had only the passive help of a few others who had suffered the same fate, who had used her as much as she had been forced to use them. She was a young six years when she lost her family. The memories of their life together had quickly begun to fade into the cruel background of her new life, into an icy, nearly paralyzing bath of hunger and fear. The fear had covered everything. It had even blanketed the things that had seemed gentle and innocent to her before, so that nothing was safe. For a long time, the fear had ruled her with a cold, hard hand.




Jandy Author Jandy Salguero Growing up in southern Louisiana, Jandy Salguero's life was full of friendly smiles, good food and tall tales. She holds a BA in French from Brigham Young University, where she met her husband in the midst of the great Rocky Mountains. She now resides in a small town outside of Raleigh, NC. Her days are full of grade-school antics and underfoot toddler toys-- courtesy of her two handsome boys. She is currently working on Book 2 in the Senitha's Light series, due out in early 2015.  













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Monday, September 8, 2014

Jack Templar Monster Hunter Book Review

Vincent Noot here with a review of Jack Templar, Monster Hunter. It's book one is a series of middle grade fantasies written for reluctant readers by Jeff Gunhus.  

I love the beginning of the book. It starts with a “warning” that there are “bloodthirsty creatures that are ready to kill,” and that they are real. And I was actually smiling when I read, “You think I’m kidding, don’t you? I can almost see you smirking as you read this. But this isn’t a joke.” Awesome! Haha! And then it gives a second warning that starts with, “Looks like you were brave enough (or stupid enough) to ignore my first warning.” The first pages feel like a determined warrior picks up his sword in defense of a better world. Listen to some epic theme music or some “Two Steps from Hell” tracks and you’ll feel like a hero yourself.

Lots of dialogue, which makes it easy to read. The scenes go really fast, so I kept reading. It didn’t bore me out at all. The depth of the characters could have been a little better. Most times when I read about or watch movies about action and romance, I like it when there is some psychology involved, like inner struggles of the hero or the things the couple says or does and how they interpret them.

This book had some references to the main character’s relationship with Cindy, but it could have been more in my opinion. So he accidentally sees her in her underwear, but then they never talk much about it, or their hopes and dreams and differences. However, since, it’s more of adventure book, it seems like the writer didn’t want to get to caught up in some teenage romance. And the easy dialogue, the fast pace of events (in contrary to some dull endless descriptions they sometimes put in books), and the feeling of heroism make this a book a fantastic one.

Friday, September 5, 2014

From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson - Review

Book Review - From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson


From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson by Nikki Bennett

About the Book

Title: From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson
Author: Nikki Bennett
Publication Date: June 26, 2014
Publisher: Firedrake Books, LLC
Pages: 116
Recommended Ages: 7 to 12
Summary: Every house has a history. This House has a mystery.
When the orphaned Munson kids move with their aunt to The House, Mindy Munson discovers strange creatures living there already. Ghosts. Dragons. Leprechauns. And a scary Thing lurking in the basement.
Mindy’s older sister Susie is determined to find out where these creatures came from and why they’re living in the Munson’s house. With the help of the next-door neighbors and an old lady named Mrs. Wemberley, Susie, Mindy and their brothers unravel The House’s amazing secrets. And along the way, they discover some incredible secrets about themselves.

Nikki Bennett

About the Author: Nikki Bennett

Nikki Bennett is an author and world traveler currently living in Japan. She loves traveling, and incorporates all the culture and folklore she can from the countries she visits into her stories.
Nikki has two books out right now. Her first book, FOUR FIENDS is a MG fantasy adventure and her book, MUKADE ISLAND is a YA adventure/fantasy (think Lord of the Flies meets LOST, it it was set on a different world!)



Book Review:

This book is a just awesome. I really did love every minute of it. It is, not only a cute story, but has such cute hidden messages. I bet if I were to read it a second time, I would notice even more than I did the first time and still enjoy the book just as much as I did the first time reading through. 

5 out of 5 stars

First of all, the book is written in a first person perspective, which is not usually my favorite, but the author does it so well. My problem with first person books is that the thoughts and feelings of the "teller" often get in the way of the thoughts and feelings of the other characters of the book. This author did a great job of explaining from the "teller's" perspective without letting her person get in the way of the rest of the story. I thought she did a great job. 

Aside from that, the story is just precious. Let's remember for a minute for whom this book is intended, children ages 7-12. I am 25 and my children are not yet old enough to speak, so I read the book to myself. The book was written well enough that I was actually entertained by it. Not because it was a cutesy story, but because I was anticipating the ending and wondering what would become of the characters. I wanted to know how things were going to turn out. Each character had issues that they were dealing with and each one resolved their issues during the book somehow and I cheered for them when that happened. I think children's books should always be written just as well as adult books. Often, people think that it's ok to skimp on character development or story imagination when writing a children's book. This was not one of those cases AT ALL. I really loved the book, and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone. Even those without children. I think children will enjoy this book a lot because it doesn't feel like its been watered down before being given to them. 

One thing that was very impressive to me was how well I got to know a character in the book that doesn't speak until the last few chapters. Even with her lack of speech you get to know so much about her and her difficulties and strengths as a person. That is true for all the characters, speaking or not. 

Ok, last of all, I loved the book and would read it again, and I highly recommend that you check it out.  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

IWSG: What do you see?

Hi fellow readers and writers. Please go straight to sherahart.net to read today's IWSG post. My blog is going to move there soon. It's Wordpress, and I hope you'll subscribe via email. But mostly, I want you to see my new logo and tell me what you think.

Thanks!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Oh Baby! Book Blast & Giveaway

Hi, all, it's Sher today with a book blast for Oh Baby! (Diary of a Real Payne, Book 3).  This sounds like a fun series for kids ages 8-12.  Probably girls though.  I still wish I'd had at least one girl, but four boys was my limit because I ended up with osteoporosis and 5 cracked ribs from the last. Anyway, check out Oh Baby! and decide for yourself whether your children of either sex will like it.


Diary of a Real Payne Oh Baby by Annie Tipton

Title: Oh Baby! (Diary of a Real Payne, Book 3) | Author: Annie Tipton | Publication Date: September 1, 2014 | Publisher: Barbour Books | Pages: 195 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12


Summary: In this final fabulous release in the Diary of a Real Payne series you’ll find yourself ROTFL with EJ’s hilarious adventures with a new little Payne. The Payne family has just adopted a roly-poly package of pudge with bright eyes and a sparkling smile. In true sisterly fashion, EJ can’t wait to teach baby Faith how to be amazing at everything (just like her big sis!). But when EJ learns that she’s losing her role as flower girl to the adorable newcomer in an upcoming wedding, it’s almost more than she can handle. In classic EJ form, she dreams up even more fantastic adventures for herself—promising colossal fun as you become part of her daydreams in Oh Baby!


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You can purchase the first two books in the series through Amazon by clicking the book covers below.


Diary of a Real Payne Book 1 True Story by Annie TiptonChurch Camp Chaos Diary of a Real Payne by Annie Tipton



The Buzz About Books 1 & 2


Book 1: "I am 7 years old, and I loved this book because of EJ's imagination and how it focused on the real meaning of Christmas. The book made me laugh, and I especially liked the part when EJ used the shopping cart to pretend to be a race car driver. She thought her mom's scarf was a yellow flag, and she stopped just before she crashed into the display of glue bottles. I liked EJ's character, and I read the book in about 5 days. When we had "Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day" at school, I dressed up like EJ Payne. I can't wait for the second book in this series!" ~ Emily E., Amazon

Book 1: "My 9-year-old foster daughter loved the book! She related well to EJ and her spunky personality and humorous outlook on life and what it hands you. Great lessons for her to learn, as well as entertaining. She read it in a matter of days and even chose reading it over playing Nintendo, which is a huge endorsement! I also enjoyed it and found it a fun and comforting read for this 40-something adult. Great job. We're really looking forward to Book 2 of EJ's adventures at camp! Thanks, Annie!" ~ Lfierbaugh, Amazon

Book 2: "Church Camp Chaos is a delightfully funny look into the highly imaginative workings of a tween girl, EJ Payne. The book cleverly uses a combination of diary entries, narration, and hilarious passages peeking into EJ's daydreams. The story is originally clever and, at times, very poignant. I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic book and I highly recommend this series to young girls in particular between the ages of 8 and 12 who also love Clementine, Judy Moody, and Ramona Quimby." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Book 2: "Curly, my 8-year-old bookworm, loved this book. The day it arrived in the mail I let her look through it. By that evening she brought the book to me to thank me and tell me she was finished. She read the entire book in one day and I don't think she ever put it down! She enjoyed EJ's adventures and the fun times she had at church camp. She told me the book was "funny." I appreciated the way the book treated family relationships and showed a loving family who works together and endures different situations together. EJ and her brother don't always get along but their parents encourage them to be kind and EJ grows to appreciate her brother and even his slightly obnoxious attempts at humor. I enjoyed the life lessons that EJ learned about trust, faith, and friendship and am glad that I can find books for my daughter to read that are humorous and fun while still promoting good values." ~ 5 Star Review, Lextin Academy, Amazon


Annie Tipton AuthorAbout the Author


Award-winning author Annie Tipton made up her first story at the ripe old age of two when she asked her mom to write it down for her. (Hey, she was just two—she didn’t know how to make letters yet!) Since then she has read and written many words as a student, newspaper reporter, author, and editor. A native of Wooster, Ohio, Tipton received a bachelor’s degree in Communications at Milligan College in Northeast Tennessee. She currently resides in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

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