Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bookworms News / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award


Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
Of Blood and Sorrow by Christine Rains


Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
Everything David thought he knew about Epics is not even the half of it in Brandon Sanderson's Firefight. David is a strong, intelligent, and sometimes rash character. He has a tendency to get into trouble and find a way out. I love how he thinks for himself and doesn't go along with the Reckoners' plans. The book is fast paced. I didn't want to put it down and had to find out what would happen next. The revelations about Epics sometimes made me gasp, and I'm looking forward to learning more about the world David lives in. Firefight by Brandon Sanders is an epic sequel to Steelheart. Can 2016 hurry up already so I can read Calamity (book three)?

Of Blood and Sorrow by Christine Rains
Letting a vampire loose on the city may be one of the best and worst things demon Erin Driscol has done in Christine Rains' Of Blood and Sorrow. One of the things I love the most about this book is Erin, a Phage demon. Her insecurities make her relatable, and her growth throughout the story made me root for her. Quite the handsome hero, Nicolas is quite a match for Erin. He breaks the vampire mold. The Putzkammers are the family anyone would be lucky to have, and I loved the mysterious of the characters Abdiel and the Lady. The story is fast paced, action packed, and quite emotional. Erin could've supped on my own sorrow over some things that happened in the story. Rains makes vampires and demons feel new again. I enjoyed delving into the world she created again and again. If you're looking for something unique amongst vampires and demons, then look no further and read Of Blood and Sorrow by Christine Rains.


A monster hunts us. After hibernating for a decade, it’s ravenous. We long to stop this nightmare, but the end of the road is far. There is no waking up once a legend sets its sights on you.

Disappearances every ten or so years make little impact on the small town of New Haven, Virginia. Hikers get lost. Hunters lose the trail. Even when a body is discovered, the inhabitants’ memories last about as long as the newspaper articles.

No one connects the cases. No one notices the disappearances go back beyond Civil War times. No one believes a legendary monster roams the forests in Southwestern Virginia.

I don’t either until the truck breaks down on an old mountain trail. Cell phones won’t work in this neck of the woods. It’s amazing how much a person can see by starlight alone. So what if we can’t feel our fingers or toes as we hike toward the main road. How many more miles left to go?


Hear that noise?

Amygdala Design created this pre-designed cover that I thought was perfect for Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection. I'm looking forward to seeing the print version too as soon as I have that information available to give to Ida.

A legend awakens...
April 2015
Paranormal Horror/Thriller
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Polar Day by Julie Flanders
Don’t Forget to Breathe by Cathrina Constantine
Defying Reason by Elizabeth Seckman
Saltwater Cowboys by Dayle Furlong
The Wonders by Paddy O’Reilly
The Death of the Detective by Mark Smith
Blanche Among the Talented Tenth by Barbara Neely
Heart Collector by Jacques Vandroux
Everything Burns by Vincent Zandri
Finding Sheba by H.B. Moore
Almost Dead by T.R. Ragan
Follow the Leader by Mel Sherratt
The Venus Trap by Louise Voss
Shady Cross by James Hankins
Monday’s Lie by Jamie Mason
The Glittering World by Robert Levy
Tiva Boon: Heir of Abennelp by Jenn Nixon
Wide-Open World by John Marshall
It's What I Do by Lynsey Addario
The Great Time Lock Disaster by C. Lee McKenzie
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen
The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

By the way, this is my 1000 post!

Tyrean Martinson awarded me with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I consider her a dear writer/blogger friend. She always has a way of making me feel special. She's the author of the Champion Trilogy, which you should check out if you haven't already.

The rules for accepting this award are as follows:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
2. Display the award logo.
3. Nominate at least 15 other blogs (more or less) and provide a link where they may be found.
4. Then, go to their blogs, leave a comment to let them know they have been nominated, and where to find the information they need to accept (rules).
5. Mention three things that inspired you the most during the past few weeks.

Three things that have inspired me recently:
1. The new cover art for the second edition of Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection. A lot of people may say you should leave a published book alone, but I'm so pleased that I am doing another content edit and such and republishing it with a new title and new cover. I feel like I'm finally doing this collection the justice it deserved, and the cover art inspires me to keep working.

2. This being my 1000th post. When I started blogging in May 2009, I never really thought I would reach ten posts, much less than one thousand.

3. I know it's probably cheesy, but all of you inspire me. Your posts, your comments, your encouragement throughout the years. If I hadn't met so many great friends through the blogging and writing communities, then I doubt I would still be here. My blog is my one comfortable spot on the web, and that's because of you.

As for nominations, I really, really hate to nominate people. I don't want anyone to feel left out. It's like having to choose between chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake, and donuts. Don't make me choose. If you want the award, consider yourself nominated.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on a thousand posts!
And the cover art for your new book is outstanding. Lots of atmosphere.

Crystal Collier said...

Whew! 1000 posts? I've been on the blogosphere a year longer than you, and I'm only in the 500 range. Way to go.

Christine Rains said...

You and I have our 1000th posts right near one another! :) Congratulations on that and the award! Thank you so much for the fantastic review of OBaS. I can't wait to share it with the world. I'm still loving your new cover.

Unknown said...

Wow, Christine's book sounds awesome. I love stories that "suck" you in from beginning to end... literally for this one!
Cherie, your cover is gorgeous. Looking forward to reading your work again.
And congrats on the award! You inspire all of us too=)

Shelley Sly said...

Congrats on 1,000 posts and on the award! It's funny to think back to when a blog first began, and how we had no idea we'd blog for this long.

Great cover, by the way!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on 1000 posts. And I need to read Steelheart. Thanks for reminding me.

Sarah Foster said...

Congrats on the 1000 posts and the award! The cover looks great.

M Pax said...

Woot for 1000 posts! I need to check out a Sanderson book.

Chrys Fey said...

1,000 posts? I am bowing down to you, Cherie! ;) I love the cover for your book and how the girl's hair and face blend in with the trees.

Anonymous said...

That is an awesome cover and looks like it fits beautifully. =)

Nas said...

Congratulations! This sounds awesome news!

widdershins said...

1000 posts! Way cool! :D

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Cherie! Congrats on 1,000 posts!!!

dolorah said...

Christine's book sounds good. I like vampires and demons.

Heather R. Holden said...

Great reviews! I'm very excited for Of Blood and Sorrow... :)

Also, what an eerie-yet-stunning cover for the Once Upon a Nightmare collection! The horror fan in me won't be able to resist this. And wow, 1000 posts already?! That's such a milestone! Congrats all-around! :D

Margo Kelly said...

I love the cover! YAY! Congrats. :)

DMS said...

Congrats on the award! Loved hearing about the things that inspire you. 1000 posts! WOW! :) I always love stopping by your blog.

Cathy Keaton said...

That cover! It's gorgeous, and congrats on your blog award. Very cool! :D

Anonymous said...

I love your cover! I'm off to add your book on Goodreads. I need to catch up with Christine and her new releases.

Sherry Ellis said...

Nice review of Christine's book!

alexia said...

Congrats on the award and 1,000 posts!! Impressive.

Anonymous said...

1,000 posts? WOW. Here's to a thousand more, Cherie. And fabulous new cover art -- very eye-catching.

Romance Reader said...

Nice review of Christine's book! And I love your cover!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Wow! That's a wonderful cover! I can definitely see why you chose it. Good luck with your release!

cleemckenzie said...

That cover was shiver-producing! I'll bet the book is a gripper, too! And look at all those books out in February.

Kelly Steel said...

Wonderful cover, love it!

Cindy said...

Those sound like good reasons to be inspired. Love the cover!

Unknown said...

congratulations, that's an absolutely fantastic cover, love it !