Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bookworm News / Wattpad Wednesdays: Reborn Chapter 9


BOOKS READ

The Rifters by M. Pax
The Challenge by Cas Peace
Cataloging and Classification for Library Technicians by Mary L. Kao, MLS, PhD
Even in Death by Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie

BOOKS REVIEWED

The Rifters by M. Pax
Moving to Settler, Oregon may be more than Darlin Dae "Daelin" Long bargained for in M. Pax's The Rifters. This short novel hooked me from the first chapter. The action moved fast paced, and the mysteries never ceased. Daelin was easily one of my favorite characters with her quirky expressions, such as "in all the dictionaries," to the fact she was taking the town's library job. As a librarian, I have a soft spot for them in books. Earl was rough around the edges, and his enigmatic ways kept me a tiny bit distanced from him. The town of Settler is unlike any town I've encountered, and I loved the world Pax has created. Part-fantasy, part-science fiction, part-steampunk yet completely enthralling, The Rifters by M. Pax is the start of a great new series.

The Challenge by Cas Peace
Sullyan's and her friends' battles are just beginning in Cas Peace's The Challenge. I fell in love with the world Peace created in the first trilogy Artesans of Albia. From the magic systems to the different realms, I enjoyed understanding more about the world created. The book started out strong for me, but then again, Taran is one of my favorite characters and the reason I fell in love with the very first Artesans of Albia book. He's honorable, caring, and has so much room to grow. Yet as I read, the pace slowed to a trickle and Sullyan started getting on my nerves. I almost gave up reading, but I'm glad I pressed through because the pace picked up and roared full-steam until the end. I still want to throttle certain men in the book for their idiotic behaviors, though, and perhaps do worse to the main loathsome villains. The Challenge by Cas Peace is the start of what looks like an intense new trilogy.

Cataloging and Classification for Library Technicians by Mary L. Kao
I read Mary L. Kao's Cataloging and Classification for Library Technicians to learn more about cataloging.  Although a good basis for library terms, I found the writing to be dry, boring, and a tad overwritten and repetitive. The book has some history of cataloging and talks about the basics of what every book needs to be cataloged, but I wish it had more about MARC records and LCC numbers. Even though this book came out in 2001, I was surprised it didn't focus more on computer-based cataloging as opposed to card cataloging and the like. Cataloging and Classification for Library Technicians by Mary L. Kao is a good start for a librarian learning cataloging, but perhaps something more current would be more useful.

Even in Death by Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie
Death is not the ending in Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie's Even in Death. I enjoyed every single story in this collection. The voice pulled me in, although a couple stories I had to read slower to figure out which character was which. Some stories brought tears to my eyes. Some made me laugh. Some were fraught with tension and left me guessing what would happen until the very end. This collection was a great mix of contemporary, paranormal, and horror stories. Death may be a central theme to Even in Death by Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie, but hope and life find their way through times of death in these stories.

COVER REVEAL


It's here: MOSAICS, book 2 in the Track Presius mystery series is finally here! And to celebrate I'm giving away a signed copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card, just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Aaaand three Kindle copies of the book for the next three winners.

 So, what are you waiting for? Enter the giveaway, then go grab your copy, grab one for your mom, sister, dad, spouse, and nephew, and go read. Just leave the lights on. You never know. ;-)

 MOSAICS is book 2 in the Track Presius mystery series, a hard-boiled detective thriller with a genetic twist. CHIMERAS, book 1 in the series, is a 2014 Readers' Favorite Book Award finalist.

MOSAICS (Track Presius #2)
Dubbed the Byzantine Strangler because of the mysterious mosaic tiles he leaves at the crime scene, a new serial killer is stalking the streets of Los Angeles. Racing to decipher the code encrypted in the tiles before the killer strikes again, Detective Track Presius faces a new challenge: the "awakened" genes that make his vision and olfactory sense so sharp are now taking a toll on his life. When a new set of tiles appears in his own backyard, Track makes a chilling realization: those very same genes that are threatening his life are drawing the Byzantine Strangler closer and closer. The line between hunter and hunted has suddenly blurred. Will Track be the next piece of the mosaic puzzle?

CHIMERAS (Track Presius #1)
Haunted by the girl he couldn't save in his youth, and the murder he committed to avenge her, Detective Track Presius has a unique gift: the vision and sense of smell of a predator. When a series of apparently unrelated murders reel him into the depths of genetic research, Track feels more than a call to duty. Children are dying -- children who, like himself, could have been healthy, and yet something, at some point, went terribly wrong. For Track, saving the innocent becomes a quest for redemption. The only way he can come to terms with his dark past is to understand his true nature.

BIO: E.E. Giorgi is a scientist, a writer, and a photographer. She spends her days analyzing genetic data, her evenings chasing sunsets, and her nights pretending she's somebody else. On her blog, E.E. discusses science for the inquiring mind, especially the kind that sparks fantastic premises and engaging stories.


PROMO

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…  

When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice.  But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms. 

But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma's family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?  

Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him.  And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier's apprentice…

To Purchase: Amazon

Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has penned over ten books for children and adults in genres ranging from picture books to nonfiction to paranormal fantasy novels. She’s had over 300 articles, short stories, interviews and reviews published in magazines such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal and Bloomsbury Review, among others. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, she now resides in Brussels, Belgium.



BOOKS RELEASED
Torn by Laney McMann
Mad Dog Justice by Mark Rubinstein
Who R U Really? by Margo Kelly
Secrets of Honor by Carol Kilgore
Death Knocks by Jay Noel and Miranda Hardy
Private Internship by Kitsy Clare
Second Death by Gwen Gardner
Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman
Party Games by R.L. Stine
Feuds by Avery Hastings
Confessions from a Coffee Shop by T.B. Markinson
Something About Love by Elana Johnson
First Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn
The Trouble With Flirting by Rachel Morgan
Phobic by Cortney Pearson
The Test of Time by Nicole Zoltack
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Get Even by Gretchen McNeil
Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
The Girl from Nowhere by Christopher Finch
Kodiak Sky by Stephen Frey
Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither


As it's the third Wednesday of the month, it's time for another chapter of Reborn to be up on Wattpad. You can start at the beginning here or click here to read Chapter Nine.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Chat: My Summer Trip to Settler, the setting of M. Pax's The Rifters



I don't go on many trips, but when the opportunity came to visit Settler, Oregon, I knew I had to visit. The plan was to spend the weekend at Leeds Motel, but the owner had recently died, so the motel was up for sale. Instead we ended up at Blackes Ranch Resort and Spa.


Boy, you should see the Oregon Trail shows! It puts playing the Oregon Trail game to shame. And you don't have to worry about losing part of your party either. Or do you? Settler is one mysterious place. The locals have been talking about strange happenings. People disappearing. Dying. But you don't have to worry about those things at Blackes Ranch Resort and Spa. The resort is top-notched.

With so much to do at Blackes, I didn't see much else in Settler. The stargazing stole my breath. I'd never seen so many stars out before. It was like those nature scenes on the TV show Survivor where you see millions of stars.

But my favorite part about my trip was the fossil digging. I found no T-Rexes, but I did take home a thunder egg.


The Gold Rush trickles to a fool’s quest and a string of stagecoach heists. In 1888, Earl Blacke decides to make a new start and become a better man. He escapes into the mountains, heading north. In the wilds of Oregon, a rift inside an ancient volcano opens and sends him into the future, into the present day. It also shaves forty years off his age, forty years to live over again and atone for what he’s done.

Starting over is hard to do. In current day New York, Daelin Long’s dream job at a publishing house goes the way of the dinosaurs her sister chases. With no money and nowhere else to go, Daelin accepts the librarian position in her sister’s dinky town in the middle of Oregon. Nestled inside ancient volcanic peaks, the town of Settler holds onto many secrets. Residents roam the streets with weirdly fashioned devices, and odd lights pulse in the night skies. People whisper of a phantom outlaw and start dying, murdered and missing their heads. On top of it all, Daelin’s sister is missing, and Daelin doesn’t know who to trust.

Earl knows more than he’s saying. He shares a notorious history with the phantom, one he’ll see remains buried. Keeping Daelin’s sister’s secrets is his only chance at redemption, and the only way to keep this world safe.

The Rifters is available for free. The second book in the series, The Initiate, will be available October 20, 2014. It’s up for preorder for a special price at iTunes, Amazon, and Nook. Check HERE for links. Giveaways and events are ongoing through October 31, 2014. Check HERE for details.


M. Pax is author of the space adventure series The Backworlds, plus other novels and short stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons  to her, and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers as a star guide, has a cat with a crush on Mr. Spock, and is slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. Learn more at mpaxauthor.com.

An Excerpt from The Rifters:
Earl’s vigil ended. His girl came home. It had to be her. He stood, ready to run down into the clearing and embrace her, but the angle of the head gave him pause. Silhouetted by the blue energy, the arrival had a long beak. Yes, a beak. Definitely not Charming.

“No.” Earl slumped to the ground and scrambled behind a boulder. Once concealed from the visitor below, he raised his binoculars.

The figure came into focus illuminated by the moon and the rift. It wore a mask with goggles over its beak. Green mist poured out of it in a breathing rhythm, and it had the tail of an eel. The thing stood like a human with two arms and two legs in the usual places. It set down a gyroscope, a metal orb of rings, some full rings, some partial, before the gateway. The gyroscope spun, siphoning energy from the pillars, energy reaching for a crystal in its center. It spun faster, faster, faster until the crystal began to glow. A disturbing shade of green.

The beaked thing from the rift shrieked, which came out as a bubbly burp, an odd sound to go with an odd sight. It kept burping, stopping periodically to sniff at the wind. It continued with its strange behavior until the moon started to set, which deepened the shadows of night, stretching them to distorted patches.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#IWSG: Handwriting Vs Typing / Wattpad Wednesdays / Preorder Twisted Earths

It's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group meeting. IWSG was created by the awesome ninja captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and you can find the other members of the group here.

I used to not get why writers would want to write by hand. Why do double the work, so to speak, when it has to be typed up anyway? But after the ransonware incident of June 2014, I've been a bit leery of typing on the computer. I decided to try handwriting my outlines and first drafts, and so far I'm enjoying it, although there are pros and cons of everything out there.

Pros for handwriting:

  • I don't have to worry about losing the document.
  • I'm less likely to take Internet breaks when writing.
  • I write for longer periods because the words flow better.
Cons for handwriting:

  • I have to eventually type up everything I've handwritten.
  • My spelling abilities go downhill while handwriting.
  • I've discovered my writing is very sparse in descriptions when I write by hand.
For now, I plan to continue handwriting first drafts and outlines.

Have you changed how you write before?

And since it is the first Wednesday, I have another chapter of Reborn up on Wattpad. You can start for the beginning here or click here to read Part II's quote and then move on to Chapter Eight.

Preorder Twisted Earths and get your choice of an Untethered Realms' authored book for free with proof of purchase. For proof of purchase, you can do a screenshot of where you ordered the book. Send this screenshot along with which book you'd like for free (click here for our book list) to untetheredrealms@gmail.com. Preorder at Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, Nook, and Google Play!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Writing Update: September Goals / Cover Reveal of Kitsy Clare's Private Internship

Happy Wednesday!

Although the month started our rocky, I have made some progress in my goals and I've decided to take my own advice of one day at a time a step further to one thing at a time. So I'm working on what needs to be finished first or what I hope to get accomplished first. I finally finished my outline for Reforged, which I have to say will be awesome if I can do the story justice, I wrote a new contemporary fantasy short story titled "Paper Lanterns," and I've been proofreading Twisted Earths, the upcoming Untethered Realms anthology. Twisted Earths will be up for pre-order soon with an official release date of October 14th.

Here are my goals for September:
  • Finish editing and proofreading People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors. Once this is completed, I can contact my cover artist to finalize the print cover, so I can obtain my print proof, do my print proof proofread, and publish this 80,000-word short story collection.
  • Write in Remarked. Since I'll mainly be working on People of Foxwick during the work week, I plan to take weekends to work on Remarked.
What are your September goals?

2014 Stats
38,382 + 1900 Words Written
1875 Pages Edited
*Stats taken from 1/1/2014-8/26/2014


I loved reading Kitsy Clare's Model Position, and I'm excited to reveal the cover of her newest Art of Love novel, Private Internship.

Sugar’s not so sweet and secrets can be deadly … especially with matters of the heart

"Beautiful. Amazing. A fantastic read that left me wanting more." -XoXo Book Blog

"A juicy read full of passion and magnetic chemistry that will have you hooked from beginning to end." -From the Purple Matter Book Blog

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bookworm News / Wattpad Wednesdays: Reborn Chapter 7


BOOKS READ

Batman Eternal #1 by Scott Snyder and James T. Tynion IV
A Fatal Frame of Mind by William Rabkin
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson

BOOKS REVIEWED

Batman Eternal #1 by Scott Snyder and James T. Tynion IV
Scott Snyder and James T. Tynion IV's Batman Eternal #1 is a brand new story featuring Batman and Gotham City. I don't read many comic books, but Batman has always been my favorite hero, so I jumped at the change to read the first comic in this new series. The storyline hooked me immediately. A new detective is coming to town. Gordon is in trouble, and Batman might not be able to stop the new villains on the streets of Gotham. My only complaint is I wanted more and am looking forward to getting Volume One when it's out. If you're a Batman fan, then you won't want to miss this new comic book series Batman Eternal by Scott Snyder and others.

A Fatal Frame of Mind by William Rabkin
Our favorite "psychic" Shawn Spencer and his partner Gus find their new case not quite so picture perfect in William Rabkin's A Fatal Frame of Mind. Although probably the best written of the first four Psych books, this novel took a bit longer to get into the case. I enjoyed having more Lassiter in this book than the previous ones. Shawn and Gus are written just like they are on the show, which is a plus. The exploits are a bit zany, and I enjoyed the theories on conspiracy theorists. If you're a fan of the show, then you won't want to miss William Rabkin's A Fatal Frame of Mind.

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Ceony Twill may have wanted to bespell metal, but working with paper magic changes her world in Charlie N. Holmberg's The Paper Magician. The mysterious and handsome Magician Thane intrigued me. I enjoyed Ceony's character as well. She's a bit awkward at times but quite brilliant. I absolutely want a paper dog too. Having enjoyed working with origami, I loved how Holmberg uses paper magic. I wish I could've seen more of the world Holmberg has created and hope she'll explore it more in the next books of the series. My only complaint is the pace was a little too slow at times, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg intrigues with its unique magic and will bespell your heart.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
David has waited ten years to get his revenge on the Epic Steelheart, but will his plan work in Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart? This novel reminded me--in a good way--a lot of Sanderson's Mistborn series: an evil lord ruling and a group set out to destroy him. I enjoyed the futuristic setting of Chicago, or Newcago in the book. Epics seem like the the ultimate villains, and yet my opinion of them changed throughout the progression of the story. David craves revenge; it's his obsession, but I loved his growth and how he realizes what is more important. Each of the Reckoners was unique and their own person. I love working out the theories and plans as the novel goes along. Nothing is quite what it seems in Sanderson's work. He always makes me think, and I love that about his novels. If you want a different take on supervillains--or superheroes, depending how you look at them--I highly recommend Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.

Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson
The Reckoners may have claimed Newcago, but can they keep the city in Brandon Sanderson's Mitosis? David and his friends are doing their best for Newcago in this short story, but a new Epic has arrived and wants to know what really happened to Steelheart. I enjoyed this short story a lot. We get a bit more background about David and learn something that may be useful against Epics in the future. If you enjoyed Steelheart, then I highly recommend whetting your appetite with Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson while we wait for Firefight to come out.

PROMO

What a powerful cover for C. Lee McKenzie's newest novel!
Double Negative by C. Lee McKenzie
Sixteen-year-old Hutch McQueen is a smart kid who can barely read. He makes one bad choice after another, trying to find a way to escape his rotten life at home and at school. Each time he gets into more trouble.
Young Adult Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Available: July 25 from EvernightTeen  

COVER REVEAL


Twisted Earths is a collection of tales from Untethered Realms, a group of speculative fiction authors. The stories are as varied and rich as the types of soil on this and other planets—sandy loam, clay, knotted with roots and vines, dreaded paths through unexplored planets, and in enchanted forests, lit by candlelight and two moons.

M. Pax, author of the series, The Backworlds and The Rifters spins a tale called Patchworker 2.0. Specialists with digital interfaces are the only ones who can distinguish between biological energy and mechanical pulses, and “patch” AIs, which hold the world together. Patchworker Evalyn Shore meets up with an AI with deadly intent.

Cherie Reich, known for her epic fantasy series The Fate Challenges and The Foxwick Chronicles, presents Lady Death. Umbria, a beautiful and powerful swordsmith, is given an impossible task by her brother Leon when he asks, “You are the assassin. Are you scared to destroy Death when you are up to your elbows in it?”

Angela Brown is the author of the paranormal Shadow Jumpers and NEO Chronicles series. In her story, In The Know, Jacob, a loyal family man is struggling to stay out of debt when he’s hired to report on big plans for a future Detroit. He’s given a mysterious manila envelope with instructions to “open it alone” or pay the price. With switchback twists you won’t see coming, a debt of a much steeper cost is what he just might end up paying for his involvement.

Catherine Stine, author of the futuristic thrillers, Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire, offers The Day of The Flying Dogs, a sinister tale of brilliant, troubled NYC high-school student, Theo. He experiences a day at Coney Island that includes drugs, delusions, a lonely capybara, Nathan’s hotdogs and a mind-bending lesson in our very twisted universe.

Christine Rains, known best for her paranormal series The Thirteenth Floor, gives us The Ole Saint, a story at once sweet, horrific and heartrending. Ezra longs to fit in and have boys stop calling him witch and freak, yet his unique supernatural skill sets him apart, and the last gift from The Ole Saint cinches the deal.

Graeme Ing, known for his young adult fantasy, Ocean of Dust presents The Malachite Mine, a gripping, scream-inducing ride. Whatever was Mary thinking when she accepted her husband’s gift of a most terrifying twenty-first birthday celebration in an abandoned Russian mine?

River Fairchild, author of her Jewels of Chandra series, presents A Grand Purpose. Rosaya and her cousin, Drianna are soon to be married off, but Rosaya is unhappy with her assigned match. She’s much more intoxicated by the older Firrandor, a wizard she hardly knows. When Rosaya is accused of killing an oracle boy, all bets are off, not only for her love, but her freedom.

Gwen Gardner, who pens the cozy paranormal mystery series, Indigo Eady, adds to her collection with Ghostly Guardian. Indigo and her rib-tickling ghost-busters must travel to a dangerous pirate-laden past in order to unearth a curmudgeonly eighteenth century spirit that is plaguing the Blind Badger Pub.

Misha Gerrick, whose War of Six Crowns series is forthcoming, gives us a story called Red Earth and White Light. Emily, a young ghost bride has long haunted a house. She longs to cross over into the afterlife, but she’s trapped in memories of lilies and betrayal.

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BOOKS RELEASED

Minstrel’s Serenade by Aubrie Dionne
The Real Thing by Cassie Mae
Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb
Don’t Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz
The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier
Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn
Bagman by William Lashner
Shadow Warrior by Jay Noel
Induction Day by PK Hrezo
One Kick by Chelsea Cain
Necromancer by Graeme Ing
The Lost Island by Douglas Preston
Tabula Rasa by Ruth Downie
The Aftermath by Jen Alexander
The Rifters by M. Pax

It's time to put up another chapter of Reborn on Wattpad. You can click here to start at the beginning or click here for Chapter Seven.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Book Chat: Snapshots by Patricia Lynne


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89b7292a-d6ba-4528-a1e9-04a0147b5b6c.jpgIt's said the eyes are the windows to the soul, but that's a lie. They are snapshots of a time yet to come–the future of the person to which they belong.


Cyclop Blaine stands out in a crowd with his pale skin and mismatched eyes, but it’s his ability to see the future that really sets him apart. The unusual gift makes him an invaluable asset to Tyler, his adoptive father and leader of the Victory Street Gang. It also means Cyclop must hide what he can do from others. Once, a man he knew only as Master controlled him, using him for experiments. Cyclop has no desire to return to that life.


But he may have no choice. A man claiming ownership over him haunts his dreams and waking moments, leaving him no choice but to go back to the past he thought he had escaped. Cyclop must face this man, along with his past, if he wants to reveal his own future.


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Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. But some stories are meant to be told and this one chose her. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

#IWSG: One Day at a Time / Wattpad Wednesdays: Reborn Chapter Six

It's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group meeting. IWSG was created by the awesome ninja captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and you can find out the other members of the group here.

You know what they say about those best-laid plans...

Yeah, my August goals have pretty much been put on hold to some extent. I'm probably three weeks behind now because I got sick almost two weeks ago and am still not 100% better. Life's funny like that.

So my advice today is to take one day at a time. Each word, each sentence edited, means one step closer to "The End." As long as we keep working, the work will be finished, even if it takes longer than we'd hoped.

[And I apologize in advance for being slow to commenting back. I'm on vacation until Monday from the day job, and the Internet at home isn't the best.]


As it is the first Wednesday of the month, it's time for another chapter of Reborn to be up on Wattpad. You can start from the beginning here or click here to read Chapter Six.