Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nnewts: Escape from the Lizzarks



A little hero faces big challenges in the first book of this totally unique fantasy-adventure series.

The first book in the Nnewts series follows the story of Herk, a lovable Nnewt who longs for stronger legs, something his mother and father wish they could give him. When his quaint village is attacked by the reptile Lizzarks, he's forced to flee his home and leave behind the only life he's ever known. Now, all alone and on the run, Herk navigates a dangerous world filled with strange …






My Review

This is a fun, quick, entertaining book. I love the graphics and the story. Herk is the perfect hero. I was cheering for him the whole time. The author did a good job of not getting too wordy with the story. What I mean by this is that he did not use a lot of big words or too much description, which for the age range he was going for the attention span of these younger readers is still short so less is more in this case. Plus the author knows how to write for this age group as the Lizzarks are scary and mean but not too scary to give children nightmares. Again Herk is cool. I can't want to continue this journey with him and see what happens next.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Aoléon: The Martian Girl






In Levasseur’s debut middle-grade sci-fi novel, a friendly extraterrestrial girl whisks a Nebraska farm boy away for a wild adventure of Martian intrigue, rebellion and invasion.- Kirkus Review

Book Details:

Book Title: Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga - Part 1: First Contact, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur
Category:  Middle-Grade, 73 pages
Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy
​, Action Adventure​

Publisher: Aoléon Press
Release date: January 31, 2015
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.

Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.

Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).

And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.

Never...until now!

This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.

If only he can survive.


My Review

Gilbert Sullivan has been having dreams lately of aliens. His mom says it is him playing too many video games. Gilbert awakes him his latest nightmare. He hears a noise and goes to look out of his telescope. He originally thought it was a shooting star but then realizes that it is a space ship. It has landed in the corn field. Gilbert rushes out and bumps into someone. A girl. Her name is Aoleon. She is from Mars.

I absolutely loved the graphics in this book. They were not your usual graphics. They were just like out of a video game. They were eye catching, vivid and colorful and just popped off the pages. All the time while I was reading this book on my computer. Then there was the story itself. Gilbert and Aoleon are great together. I was a little jealous of all of the cool fun that Gilbert was having with Aoleon in her space ship traveling all over the world. There was plently of action to keep this story moving along at a good pace. Also, I like that the author did not use a lot of big words. For the younger readers it would be hard to pronounce the words and understand what they mean. Even though the author did put a glossary at the back of the book with the definitions. This is book one. There are five books in this series. So now is a good time to start this series. Plus check out the Itunes album to this book.

 

Meet the Author:



Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoléon: The Martian Girl 


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Resurrection of Tess Blessing

About the book: After she’s diagnosed with breast cancer, forty-nine-year old Tess sets forth on a mission to complete her TO-DO List before, what she’s sure is, her impending death. She needs to make peace with her estranged sister, Birdie, scatter her mother’s long-kept ashes, rescue her daughter, Haddie, from the grip of an eating disorder, guide her teenage son, Henry, through a bumpy adolescence, and reignite the spark in her almost thirty-year marriage to her husband, Will. 
 
Tess is aided on her quest by narrator, Grace, who lends the story its most brilliant elements: subtle magical realism and deep psychological complexity. Is Grace an “imaginary friend,” guardian angel, or a part of Tess that knows better than she?


My Review

I really loved this author's book Whistling in the Dark. So I was excited to read her newest book. I really struggled with this book. This saddened me. I could not relate to the characters. I have read other books where the characters are dealing with personal issues and connected with them on an emotional level that drew me in and wanted to continue their journey through the highs and lows. This did not happen for me. I kept reading hoping this would change for me as again I loved the other book I read by this author. Although I did like the narrator, Grace. She did try her hardest to pull me into Tess's world. I finally had to put this book down after only a third of the way in.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tombquest: Book of the Dead



From the team that brought you The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals comes a brand new epic Egyptian adventure!

Nothing can save Alex Sennefer's life. That's what all the doctors say, but his mother knows it's not true. She knows that the Lost Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead can crack open a door to the afterlife and pull her son back from the brink. But when she uses the spells, five evil ancients--the Death Walkers--are also brought back to life.

An ancient evil has been unleashed. Mummies are awakening. New York is overrun with scorpions. And worst of all for Alex, his mom and the Lost Spells have both disappeared. He and his best friend, Ren, will do anything to find his mom and save the world . . . even if that means going head-to-head with a Death Walker who has been plotting his revenge for 3,000 years.

Read the book, then continue the adventure online! Build an Egyptian tomb of your own, hide treasure and protect it with traps, then challenge your friends to play through!



My Review

This book had hints of the Mummy but for the younger generation. I know my nephews will have a good time reading this book. Alex and Ren are relatable characters. Even for a girl Ren is cool. I point this out because I myself had no issues with her but boys being boys who are still at the stage of girls are gross, will like her too. They will not find this a girl book but a cool book about Ancient Egypt, fighting the undead, good action, and a fast read. Another thing that I liked about this book is that the author did not use a lot of huge words that are not easy to pronounce or ones that I would have to look up in a dictionary This is important when writing for this age group that you don't talk down to the readers but you also make it in easy and understandable language. There are five books in this series total. This one starts out the series nicely and the next one is sure to delight and have tons more action. Also, you can go online at www.scholastic.com/tombquest and play a game that goes along with this series but building your our tomb and traps.

Monday, December 8, 2014

I, James Blog Tour + Giveaway

James Crofter was ripped from his family at age 11.
Within a year the prince was a pauper in a foreign land.
Is nature stronger than nurture? And even if it is, can James find the happiness he so richly desires?  

Book Excerpt:
It required two days of marching to get to what I’d learned was a plantation, which was in the middle of nowhere.  When we finally arrived at our destination, I considered how memorable my last 16 months had been since I was removed from a prince’s life.  Yes, they were memorable.  And even though I had a pouch full of coins hidden inside my drawers, I was now a slave on a plantation in Africa.
PUYB Meet the Author



Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He’s traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

Mike won first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction and first place blue ribbon for the 2013 Dante Rosetti Award in the YA category for I, Walter.
His latest book is the historical fiction/romance, I, James.
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Michael Farnsworth
Oct 8 1636
Dear Diary,
         I have to say that this day was a complete surprise.   Many years ago, nearly thirty now, a young man was brought to my attention.   His name was Walter Crofter, and the man who brought him to me was Bart Stuart, the King’s cousin.
         Walter was a new seaman, and I accepted him as a young banker.   And then, several years later,  I helped him set up banking for his company.   And then, I watched his marriage to the Spanish princess Maria.
         And then nothing.
         For twenty-five years, nothing.  Sure, the company is still doing business, and growing.  But, I haven’t seen Walter.  He’s sent people with letters of introduction, and they’ve done the Company’s work.   But Walter has been busy in Spain, and I’ve not seen him in such a long time.
         Until this morning. 
         This man walks into my bank, and he looks just like the Walter Crofter that I once knew.   Except, he is so much younger.   He looked like Walter the last time I saw him.   And he introduces himself as James Crofter. 
         I had to talk to him, but the more I talked, the more I recognized that he was James, the son of Walter.  And I knew right then, that he would be good for business, just like his father.
         I listened to him.  And I recognized that he needed a little help.  I knew that I could bring closed family accounts to help his situation.
         And then he shocked me again.  We talked about banking.  And I found that his ideas were truly remarkable, and they were ones that I’d been toying with for years.   In my early years, I apprenticed with double entry accounting.   And I’ve regularly wondered about the easier ways to transport money, even if it’s just for the parliament. 
         And now, for the first time in years, I’m excited about banking again. 
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    This giveaway begins November 3 and ends January 30.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Death Logs In with Mr. Simon and Giveaway

Book Details:
Book Title: Death Logs In by E.J. Simon
Category: Adult fiction, 348 pages
Genre: Technological Crime Thriller
Publisher: Simon/Zef Publishing
Published: Oct 15, 2014
Content Rating: PG-13
 
Where to buy the book:

Barnes and Noble


About the book:

Death Logs In is E.J. Simon’s new novel, the eagerly awaited follow-up to his bestselling debut,
Death Never Sleeps which rose to #2 on the Amazon Kindle list
 
Death Logs In will once again feature E.J. Simon’s unforgettable protagonists, Michael Nicholas and his now virtual brother, Alex. It is a brilliant and compelling thriller. E.J. Simon’s talent for storytelling, infused with intrigue, globetrotting, and humor is, again, on full display in this new book.
Simon’s technology consultant and editor, Dan White said, “The only A.I. protagonist in crime thrillers is back, and nothing is ever as it first appears in an E.J. Simon novel.” This book’s narrative takes place over a summer period, and from the first page, E.J’s readers will feel the tension of this captivating story of family, crime, and technology. Readers will follow Michael and Alex Nicholas as they navigate a new landscape of corporate greed, underworld drama, and advances in artificial intelligence. Death Logs In is full of the nerve wracking turns he is known for.”

Death Never Sleeps, published on August 15, 2013, achieved a #2 position on Amazon Kindle and entered numerous bestseller lists in the U.S. and abroad. Initially self-published, Simon/Zef began publishing Death Never Sleeps after it moved over 80,000 copies within the first year.


My Review

Death Logs In is the second book to Death Never Sleeps. While I liked the first book I really enjoyed reading this one. The first one took me a little while to get into it. Due to some of the set up of the storyline. It was not the case with this one. I was already familiar with Alex and Michael's story. So I was able to just jump right in and sit back and read this book. I like how this story took me all over the world. The stakes were definitely higher in this book. Michael has grown stronger since the first book. He and Alex make a good team.  The way that they communicated was a smart way and very believable. I could see this actually becoming a reality if it has not already (Who knows). This is a very quick read with all of the action and traveling all over the world happening. If you like Tech thriller stories or have never read them then you need to check out Death Never Sleeps and Death Logs In.



Author's Bio:



E.J. Simon was the CEO of GMAC Global Relocation Services (a division of GM) and the Managing Director of Douglas Elliman, the largest real estate company in NY.

He is a consultant to many leading private equity firms and has held senior level positions at prominent financial services companies.

He is a world traveler, food enthusiast and lives in Connecticut. Death Never Sleeps is his first novel. His second novel, Death Logs In, will be available in October 2014.

Connect with him:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

Q&A with E.J Simon:

Why did you decide to self-publish?
I have never queried my finished manuscripts to agents or publishers. Each agent has their particular requirements: one page, the first three pages, the first ten pages, a synopsis, a synopsis and the first three chapters, a cover letter with a short description, hard copy only, online only, bio, no bio, everything in an email, everything in separate attachments. Then, some have on their websites - don’t call them or try to follow up; some even say, that they’ll likely not respond, “If enough time goes by and you don’t hear anything, assume we’re not interested.” That’s a great business model.
Would you ever consider traditional publishing?
Well, from my previous reply, I understand that they’re probably besieged with queries and manuscripts - 99% of which will go nowhere - but that doesn’t mean I have to deal in that environment. Nevertheless, agents are, still today, the gatekeepers for the major publishers. So despite what I’ve said, above, I’ll keep my options for the future open.
If you could be a ghostwriter for any famous author, who would you pick?

I don’t know about being a ghostwriter. I’m not sure I’d want to do that – but I’d love to co-author with James Patterson.
What’s one of your favorite quotes?
 
It’s from the film, The Life of Emille Zola: Paul Cezanne upon leaving Paris to settle in the south of France is asked by his old friend, Zola, “Will you write?” Cezanne answers, “No, but I will remember.”




 
 
 



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Book Information

Book: Barefoot in Pearls
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Release Date: January 30, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance



Summary


As her two best friends settle into their happily ever afters, destination wedding designer Arielle Chandler is beginning to wonder if the promise of “The One” – one true love, meant only for her – is merely folklore passed down from her Native American grandmother. But when a mysterious man nearly mows her down on a hill overlooking Barefoot Bay, the legend of destined love suddenly feels very real. That is, until Ari learns of Luke McBain’s plans to demolish a piece of land she believes is sacred.

Luke isn’t proud of the fact that he spent ten years as a mercenary warrior, fighting battles for another country. With those dark days behind him, he’s focused on creating a new life instead of destroying others, so he’s moved to Barefoot Bay to launch a contracting business and build a house for an old friend. But when an enigmatic dark-eyed beauty steals his attention and stops his progress with her announcement that he is about to flatten a native burial ground, Luke has a new battle to fight.

While their immediate and potent attraction grows complicated, Luke and Ari discover the hills of Barefoot Bay could be hiding something far different – and even more valuable – than ancient art or graves. They are determined to discover the truth, but that will come at a cost. Will they risk their chance at once-in-a-lifetime love to uncover secrets that could change the landscape of Barefoot Bay forever?

Teaser Excerpt

He wasn’t handsome, not in any conventional way. Just rough and dark with heavy whiskers over a jaw that looked like it might have met a few fists in its day. His nose was a little off center and maybe broken once or twice. His chest and shoulders dwarfed her, with no tattoos, no chest hair, just tanned, sweaty skin covering rolling, ripped muscles.

“Really sorry,” he said again. But he didn’t sound sorry, or look it, either. He scanned her face and made no effort to unlock his grip on her wrist.

She should yank free. She should step away. She should stop staring.  She should...breathe.

But right that minute, bathed in sunlight and pinned by a green-gold gaze the color of oxidized copper, Ari Chandler couldn’t do any of those things. Because her whole body was kind of tingling and buzzing and sparking, like she’d just stuck her entire arm in an electrical socket. 

“You sure you’re okay?” he asked. “’Cause you look like I rung your bell.”

He rang something. There was no other explanation for how lightheaded she suddenly felt.

“I...I’m...I think...” Words failed her. No chance of a coherent sentence.

His brows pulled into a frown as he gently turned her arm and placed a thumb over her pulse, which hit warp speed. 


“Whoa. Your heart’s racing more than mine.” He started to lower her back to the ground. “Sit down. I have some water in my truck. Let me get it.”

“No, no, I’m fine.” But Ari let him guide her down, sitting as he crouched in front of her. “Who runs with their eyes closed?”

“I was trained that way.”

“For what? Suicide missions?”

“Something like that.” His voice, low and charged with mystery, sent another cascade of chills down her spine, a shocking feeling that had no place dancing over her in this heat and humidity.

“Really, what are you doing here?” she asked. “Not very many people on Mimosa Key even know how about this place.” Only dirt roads led to this acreage, which was marked at the perimeter as “Private Property.”
He glanced around. “I’m checking it out.”

“With your eyes closed?”

He almost smiled, just enough to show a hint of dimples and straight white teeth. Just enough to take the edge off his face and turn it into something arresting. She needed to look away, but all she could do was blink at the white lights flashing behind her eyes.

Had she hit her head or...or...oh, no. No.

“No,” she murmured. “No, this isn’t…you can’t be...no.” This wasn’t possible.

“No…what?” he asked, leaning in to get closer to her. “I can’t check the place out? I have the owner’s permission. Do you?”

But it was possible. He could be...  No, that was her imagination, not the universe answering her plea. Right? “No,” she managed to say.

For one long, suspended second, the world around her crystallized, making her hyperaware of every color, scent, and sound. Everything was magnified. Like the slow roll of a bead of sweat trickling over a scar on his temple. And the flecks of color that somehow mixed to make his eyes a haunting blend of emerald and topaz. Even the timbre of his voice, baritone and sweet, and the rhythmic sound of his breaths as the run caught up with him. He smelled like sunshine and the sea, and his hand, still wrapped around her wrist, was like a hot brand of man against her skin.

Everything about him was…right.

“Miss?” 

She tried to nod at him, letting the very real possibility of what was happening sink in. 


“Hey.” He snapped his fingers in front of her face, making her jump. “Do you know your name?” he asked sharply. 

“Arielle Chandler.”

“Place of birth?”

“Sacramento, California.”

“Husband’s name?”

“I don’t have one.”

His eyes flickered. “Phone number?”

She paused, but not because she couldn’t remember it. But because his smile went from almost to full force, and the impact actually hurt.

She could practically hear Grandma Good Bear on her deathbed describing exactly these feelings.

“No way!” She shook her head, still not believing it.

“Hey, it was worth a try.” Still smiling, he leaned back on his haunches.  “Since you’re coherent enough to turn me down, I guess you’re okay, Arielle Chandler. In fact, you’re…” He let his gaze drop over her.  “You’re fine.”


And every cell in her body just went numb.

Author Biography

 
 
Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than thirty novels of romance and suspense. She is the author of the Barefoot Bay contemporary series as well as two very popular suspense series, the Bullet Catchers and the Guardian Angelinos.

A six-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for the best in romantic fiction, Roxanne's books have also been awarded the National Readers Choice Award for best romantic suspense three times, as well as the Daphne du Maurier award, the Booksellers Best Award, the Award of Excellence, the Maggie, the Holt Medallion and many more. Roxanne's books have been published in dozens of countries and are routinely featured as selections in the Doubleday and Rhapsody book clubs.
 




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