Monday, September 27, 2010

Promo Monday

For today's Promo Monday, I would like to promote the anthology All About Eve edited by Carol Hightshoe and published by WolfSinger Publications as well as promote Michael Crichton's Pirate Latitudes.

Title: All About Eve
Editor: Carol Hightshoe
Publisher: WolfSinger Publications (April 2010)
To purchase on Amazon as Trade Paperback, click here.

Book Blurb:  Eve - the first woman - some call her Pandora. Both the Christian and ancient Greek myths make her the reason man was plagued with the ills of the world. Whether in convincing Adam to taste of the fruit of the forbidden tree of knowledge or in giving in to her curiosity and opening a forbidden box and releasing all the evils into the world. Well, it's time she had a chance to tell her story...

My story in this anthology is "Hell Hath No Fury" on page 115. Here is the blurb for my story:
The lovely earth goddess Anesidora fell in love and married the titan god Prometheus. When she realizes that his love for her is overshadowed by his love for the hairless apes, she knows she has to do something. The goddess speaks to Zeus about how Prometheus stole the sacred fire from Mount Olympus and gave it to the humans. Zeus not only plans to punish Prometheus, but he also punishes Anesidora. The goddess is now the mortal Pandora. Can this woman scorned regain her immortality or will she open the jar and curse Prometheus and mankind forever?         

This book was my first book contributor's copy and the first time I had my story in a printed book. It will always remain special to me



Author: Michael Crichton
Publisher: Harper (November 24, 2009)

Set in the Caribbean in 1665, Michael Crichton's Pirate Latitudes begins in Jamaica. Rumors of treasure swirl around Port Royal like a whirlwind. The infamous galleon El Trinidad is in port at at the impenetrable Spanish stronghold, Matanceros. Captain Charles Hunter is given papers by the Governor of Jamaica to search for logs, although their real search is to capture El Trinidad for the glory of King Charles II and the British Crown. Hunter gathers his ragtag crew of ruthless privateers, don't dare call them pirates, and they set sail. Facing krakens, the Spanish villain Cazella, and a hurricane, the crew doesn't know if they'll ever escape with the treasure and come out of it alive.

Michael Crichton's Pirate Latitudes is a fast paced, action packed, swashbuckling adventure that is along the lines of Pirates of the Caribbean and Stevenson's Treasure Island. Despite enjoying the novel, I felt like it was lacking from Crichton's other works, such as Jurassic Park and Timeline. The novel had all the things you want in a pirate novel, though, including enough historical facts to make it feel authentic. Yet, it is clear to me that this novel was a first draft, discovered after the great Mr. Crichton had already passed on. Pirate Latitudes does not have the depth and complexity of Crichton's other novels. Overall, Pirate Latitudes is worth reading, and I, for one, miss Michael Crichton, especially since he is my favorite author. 
I still miss Mr. Crichton and the fact there will be no more books by this wonderful and talented author. If you haven't read any of his books, I encourage you to do so. They are filled with memorable characters, action, and so much information. His research skills were impeccable. 


Tessa Quin said...

Pirate Latitudes sounds very promising! You'd think I'd be cooped up all day reading historicals, (with my love for anything pre-1920's) but I haven't read a single one in the past year.

So this probably isn't classified as a historical, but still. The fact that this one takes place in 1665 makes this all the more interesting.

Cherie Reich said...

It's a great book. Perhaps it wasn't up to his previous standards, but he died before he could edit it or anything like that. And, I would consider it historical. I know Michael Crichton does his research, so you can bet the majority of things in it are historical for the time period, even if he may take some liberties.

Tessa Quin said...

Hey Cherie, did you know about Hannah's Horror contest? I blogged about it on my contest/giveaways page:

Sounds like something right up your alley ;)

Cherie Reich said...

Ack! I completely missed that post about Hannah's Horror Contest. Thanks so much for telling me. I'll have to enter!