Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Author Interview with Dale Day!

Dale was wonderful enough to answer a few questions for me! Love picking authors brains!

1.  Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I've read books as long as I can remember. I've wanted to tell stories since I was in Kindergarten. Some of them got me into trouble.

2. What inspired the idea for The Sailor and The Carpenter?
There were a number of things but the most important was realizing how the history of Father Serra and the missions had been skewed toward Politically Correct.
3. What types of book are your favorite to read?
I read everything but romances.
4. Was there any author or person who inspired you to write?

The list is endless. Forester. Jean Aul. Isaac Asimov. Winston Churchill.
5. Advise for aspiring authors?

If you want to be a published author, you must realize it is work! Hard, often boring work. You must establish the same kind of rules for yourself as if it was another job. And research! Your readers will believe you if they see you've done your homework.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Review of The Sailor and the Carpenter by Dale Day

Timothy Beadle's father indentures him to a ship's captain and he is soon in Mid-Atlantic on his way to the far north-western shores of The New World. Padding the deck and climbing the rigging is exhilarating to the young English farm boy. The captain is a fair, God-fearing man who ensures Timothy also learns reading, writing and arithmetic. Strange islands and naked savages fill Timothy with curiosity and wonder. Fate has more changes in store for Timothy. As the ship sails home with holds full of rich furs, a cyclone hits and Timothy ends up on the shores of Spanish California. Rescued by a young Indian boy, Jaime, and treated by the village medicine woman, Timothy is taken before grey robed priests, who offer him sanctuary when a local official tries to imprison him as a pirate. Jaime had dreamed of Timothy's arrival months before. Both sense the blood bond that ties them together and they unite in an effort, led by Father Junipero Serra, to expand the catholic faith and Spain's control of the Californias.

My Review:

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

First off I love how this book was written. The voice of the characters the reader follows just brings them to life. I was captivated into this story from the very beginning.  I liked how the story went from Timothy's point of view to Father Serra. Eventually their stories intertwine and that was fun to read. 

I really enjoyed Timothy's chapters because it was so interesting learning about him being on the ship. I have little sailing experience myself so I found all of it captivating. Readers who enjoy adventure should get this book. The characters are well developed and the plot is interesting enough to keep the story moving forward. 

This book also has a lot of historical appeal. I love reading books set in the past and this book would be great for readers who enjoy that as well. 

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Trailer Reveal of MELT by Selene Castrovilla

I'm thrilled to reveal Selene Castrovilla's MELT Book Trailer Contest winning video by Jacqueline Xerri. Check out the book and trailer below, and let us know what you think in the comments. Then be sure to enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter!
MELT by Selene Castrovilla

MELT by Selene Castrovilla | Last Syllable Books | November 6, 2014
Melt is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family's secret – about to be unleashed.Told in dual first person, Joey's words are scattered on the page - reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason - until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

Melt is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

Add MELT to your Goodreads TBR!

Trailer for MELT

Created by Jacqueline Xerri

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About Selene Castrovilla

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Selene CastrovillaSelene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was released in April. She is also a contributing author to UncommonYA. Selene holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons. Visit her website for book excerpts and more information!


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Release of The Girl He Knows by Kristi Rose!

Happy Book Birthday to Kristi Rose's THE GIRL HE KNOWS! Many thanks to all of the wonderful readers and bloggers that are participating in the Release Day Launch today. Check out the book's details and teaser, and be sure to enter the giveaway below!

The Girl He Needs by Kristi Rose

THE GIRL HE KNOWS by Kristi Rose
Lyrical Press | August 18, 2014

Waking up naked next to a good looking man is not a bad way to start the day. Especially since Paisley missed all those opportunities in college, when she was too busy supporting her no good, thankfully now, ex-husband. The problem? This hottie is Hank, her best friend’s older brother, a guy she’s known her entire life.

Stopping after one night is the right thing to do. Being with him clearly breaks the best friend code, and from his career as a Naval officer to his Boy Scout reputation, everything about him screams monogamy and commitment. Two things Paisley has had enough of.

When Hank presents a “no strings attached” offer, it’s too good to be true. She can enjoy him while still embracing being single. But, poor choices force her to confront old fears of love and loss, and Paisley has to decide if Hank is worth the risk. The alternative is never experiencing the real deal. Or far worse, settling for less


Excerpt from THE GIRL HE KNOWS

“Whisper,” I say. “I don’t care what you think. I don’t want them to know. I don’t want Gigi to know. I don’t want anyone to know.” Just saying it makes my stomach clench with apprehension.
“I don’t see the big deal.”
I sit up, rest on my elbow, and face him. “Of course you don’t. Let me tell you how it will go down if anyone finds out about last night.”
“This should be good,” he mumbles.
I continue, “I’ve been divorced a year now. Everyone wants to set me up because they think I need to be getting serious again. If our family gets wind of this...they’ll go nuts.” I shake my head. My mother would put an announcement in the social page of the paper, the engagement section, not five minutes after gaining this knowledge.
“I’m not so sure they’ll react like you think.” He’s a guy so he doesn’t understand the way a mother’s mind works, or his sister’s for that matter.
“You tell no one.” I point to emphasize my words.
“How do you figure you’re getting out of here if not through the front door? Dad and I are headed to the[…]”

Kristi Rose 

About the Author

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Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. She’s lived by an active volcano, almost fallen off a mountain, and was married in Arkansas by a J.O.P in flip flops named Earl. Today, as a proud military wife and mother of two, she’s been lucky enough to travel the world. No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wondering what’s their story? That’s what Kristi likes to write about: everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey getting there. Kristi is a member of RWA. You can follow Kristi at, like her Facebook page: Kristi Rose, or send her a tweet @krosewrites. The Girl He Knows is her debut novel.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Long and Short of writing a Review

I've been doing book reviews on this blog for quite a while now. I really enjoy it and still find it hard to believe that authors seek me out to have me review their books! I've noticed some things though and want to see what others think.

I tend to write short reviews. Three paragraphs seems to be the norm. When I write my review I don't want to talk about what happens in the book; to me that is not the purpose of the review. My review isn't a book report. I simply just want to let readers know if this book was worth reading or not, what made it worth reading and why. Was the plot developed enough? Did it keep me interested the whole time? Was the dialog believable? Was the story unique? These are the things I try to answer in my reviews. Short and to the point I guess.

So, I'm curious, do you read book reviews? Do you like longer, in-depth reviews or more short and sweet ones? Obviously we know I like short ones, but I want to know what others think. Which type of review helps you decide if you want to read the book?

Cover Reveal of Perception

The world will never look the same…

There comes a defining moment in every young person's life that irrevocably shifts their point of view.  For a new teacher who still compares herself to her students, it’s a missing girl and a false accusation that could cost her more than her career.  For a young man who settles into a rut that not even his broken marriage can pull him out of, it’s a drifter’s gun to his head.  For an idealistic college student, it’s her parents’ divorce pulling back the curtain on who they really are, shattering everything she thought she knew about love.  And for a recovering addict who's not ready to change, it might just be an unhappy ending to her illicit affair.

In Perception, discover five captivating stories that explore what it means to be a new adult.

Perception, a New Adult anthology is coming 9/10/14 

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Scott Davis, author of Outlaw, on Twitter
Mary Laufer, author of Missing, on Facebook
Linda Davis, author of My Boyfriend is a Senator, on Elephantine’s author list
Heather Hildenbrand, author of The Talisman, on Facebook

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Book Review of The Rise of the Phoenix by Massimo Marino

In a dark future, a first contact and an alien colonization changes forever the destiny of the race of man. Aliens have regenerated a new, transgenic species of humans called the Selected.

The first contact with the aliens led to the apocalypse--Daimones Trilogy Vol.1--and then put the seeds for a galactic upheaval, space wars againts aliens, and galactic empires struggles. The last humans--the 'spared ones'--have all died but Hope, the second of Dan Amenta's human daughters, though she's living her last days, too.

Dan has seen Earth become a different world as the new civilization rises. A new neurological drug, Fusion, is heavily produced on Eridu and has created the path for a rapid evolution of the new humans, richness and good fortune.

The past events--Daimones Trilogy Vol.2--revealed the crucial role the humans have in the galaxy organization...and made them aware of their strength. Once Hope leaves this life, a moral obligation suddenly is no more. Things can change, and they must.

A new order and a new course will put in place the events the Moirai have sewn and destined to rip apart the foundations of the galaxy. "Even with the best of intentions, cruelty is just around the corner."

My Review

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

What a great way to end this trilogy! This book kept me on the edge of my seat just like the first book did. When a series can do that, from start to finish you know it's worth reading. I love how the plot developed in this book and how Dan has grown as a character. 

This book is a science fictions lovers dream. I could totally see this series being a hit if it was a tv show or movie. There is a depth to this story that you don't always find in science fiction, and when you do it tends to only be in the classics. 

The new human race really comes into it's own in this book and that is what I enjoyed the most. I liked seeing how our race would evolve in a world such as Marino has created. If you care for science fiction at all this has to be on your to-read list! 

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