Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Coven: Uninvited:

Hi everyone! Just wanted to let people know my book, The Coven: Uninvited, is available for FREE at smashwords.com! It's a teen paranormal/fantasy, and please anyone who reads don't forget to leave an honest review! Here's a blurb and a link:

There were twelve founding families in all. Six of them left. Six of them stayed.

Caley Leora is a witch. Has been her whole life. Sometimes, she regrets living on Wes Melas, an island where everyone knows who she is, and what she is. But for the most part, even with the demon's and the spirits, she likes her life, especially since she's just recently been appointed head of her coven. Suddenly, though, her world's flipped upside down with the arrival of six new families, or old families, and they have a coven as well. And they are not alone. Now, Caley's got to struggle between her attractions to Shia, this new coven's leader, and Bane who everyone tells her is evil. Not only that, but there's a killer on the island, hell bent on taking over.

Can Caley and the others put aside their differences, and their families pasts, in order to save their home, and possibly the world? Separate, they aren't nearly strong enough, but together, they can form the most powerful sect of witches on the planet. They can form The Coven.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

C.E Wilson: Author Interview/Giveaway

Hi everyone (hope you're all being safe with the storm out there)! This week we have author C.E Wilson! Her book is titled Oath of Servitude, and we are the Window Seat are really exciting to read this. Below is a short blurb, the interview, and then lastly the giveaway. :) Make sure you join so you have a chance to win a copy of this book yourself!

Blurb:

This is the story of Teague and Cailin, two teenagers who have been brought together by fate. Teague, a human, struggles to come to terms with the consequences of a recent accident that has destroyed the happy life that he had once enjoyed. Cailin, a pixi, is trying to stay true to herself while fighting against forces beyond her control that have exiled her from her home into this strange world of humans. She fears the darkness. He cannot escape it. But when the two of them are thrown together, they begin to discover the light inside of themselves

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1.)    How did you come up with the idea for this story?

Oath of Servitude was born when I first saw an amazing picture on DeviantArt by an artist called Blacklight29.  Here is a link:  http://fav.me/d3j4yh7.  When I saw this picture I suddenly thought up an opening scene and pictured a character who I wanted to be the focus of the story.  I wanted a character who used to have it all but was now left with nothing and was adjusting to the changes.  This picture started everything in my mind and it is what I hope readers will picture after reading the first chapter of Oath of Servitude.

2.)    Was there one particular scene you enjoyed writing more than the rest? Why?

My favorite scene to write was the one where Cailin first ‘shows’ Teague that she is a pixi.  Cailin and Teague have been living in the same house for a while now, but Teague still doesn’t know who (or what) she truly is.  When she finally decides to tell Teague what she is, it was a fun scene because there was such an awkwardness and tenseness during the situation.  Not only is Cailin not a human, but Teague cannot see, so it only makes things more complicated and strange.  I wanted to make sure that I captured the confusion that Teague must have felt along with Cailin’s nervousness.  I hope I did the scene justice.  J

3.)    If you could pick one character from your book to be a friend/or enemy or yours in real life, who would it be? Why?

I would love to have Owen as a friend because he seems to have a good grasp of what is going on in this world created in The Punishment Sequence.  There are so many questions in the story that I wish I could walk up to him and ask “how is this going to happen?”  Haha, I suppose that it’s cheating to say that I would use him to help me with the flow of the story.

4.)    What's your writing process like? Do you tend to take lots of notes, or just go with the flow?

I wish that I took more notes because it would probably help me keep organized when I’m writing.  I usually sit down at the computer and just kinda go and see where the story takes me.  It doesn’t always work, but that’s what first and second…and third drafts are for.

5.)    How often would you guess you write a week?

I try to get in about three or four good days of writing a week.  When I really get in a groove I can go about five days a week, but I really try not to write on the weekends.  Weekends (to me) are a time to spend time with my husband and have movie nights and hang out with my pug. 

6.)    How long have you known that writing is what you wanted to do?

I kind of always hoped that I could be a writer/author one day but I think that I only began to consider it an achievable dream about a year or so ago when I first started to post my stories on DeviantArt.  I didn’t know that other people outside of my family would enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoyed writing them and it was a surprise.  DeviantArt gave me the confidence to try out writing as a career and not just as a hobby.

7.)    Is there anything else you would like us to know about your book, or in general that we haven't asked?

Self-publishing takes a lot of time and energy.  So I hope that readers out there are willing to give my first book Oath of Servitude a fair chance!  :-D

Oath of Servitude is available on Amazon and Smashwords for only 99 cents.
You can also find me on Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/CEWilson

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Awaken (Daughters of the Sea, #2( by Kristen Day

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…

After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape.


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This is really a 4.5! But I rounded up due to the fact there was still way more good to this then there was bad. :) I loved it, just like I loved the first one. The story was still strong, and there was still a lot of mythology. The idea of Tydes and Sirens and Sons etc is great. It's a lot more unique then most of what's out there, and I'm so glad that I was able to read this book and the first one. Day creates a great, vivid world where I'm forced to just lose myself and let the characters take me where they will. Which is probably why I had a few issues with this one that weren't in the first. For one, Stasia's character. She was waaaaay less independent in this book. Why? I don't mean in the sense that she had to always have her friends around or what not, because honestly that wasn't the case. In fact, there were a few times where she withheld information from them for a while and I was just kind of like, why aren't you saying anything? That's what her friends are there for, after all. Really the dependant issues were on Finn. Suddenly, it was like she couldn't go anywhere or do anything herself without having Finn there. Huh? What happened to this immensely strong girl I fell in love with? Stasia's past has a lot of horrible stuff in it, and because of that this character was so incredible strong, but in this book she cried almost every five seconds, even when the issue wasn't really cry worthy. She should be used to holding in her tears by now, at least enough that she isn't spilling them every other page. That was seriously what I loved most about her in the first book. Don't get me wrong, Stasia could still kick some major butt, however she was almost completely reliant on Finn for the first half of the book. He told her what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. Then she did it. I understand he knows more about this stuff then she does and he needs to teach it to her, ok cool, but when it came down to the important stuff she almost never asked questions. Yes, the mystery surrounding Finn is important to the central plot line, and it helps to keep the reader guessing about him, yet at the same time after everything Stasia's already been though I would think she'd have been instincts then all that. I mean, it's very clear that he's hiding something. At least if she'd acted like she was more aware of that and pressed him more about it, that would be one thing. But she didn't. I trust him too, but come on. There's a point where she gets angry at him after over hearing Nadia and Priscilla talking about something Finn isn't tell her. She doesn't really have a right to be that angry though. Considering she almost never bothers asking him questions, she has no right to be pissed she's not getting answers. She was this strong independent character who was suddenly very much dependent on her boyfriend. He instructs Carmen to give her swimming lessons. Stasia doesn't needs swimming lessons. For one, she can breathe underwater, Carmen can not. For two, we've seen how well she can swim. There really wasn't a point to that being in there, and we never actually even see it happening. That's one skill she didn't need help from Finn with and somehow he managed to point out she did anyway... :/ In another part she actually tells Finn she's not used to burdening anyone with her problems. Umm...then what have you been doing this entire time? Right. And towards the end, she finds out yet another thing Finn did behind her back (moonstone anyone?) yet doesn't get the least bit upset about it. I'm sorry, but personally I wouldn't be too pleased finding out that despite all of the times I've trusted and confided in him, he didn't do the same. Yes, she needed to find the stone on her own. Could he have told her he planted it afterwards? Yup! But he didn't. Too much mystery isn't a good thing. It feels too much like lying or withholding to me. One last scene that really bothered me, when her adoptive family showed up. It was way too short, and far too underdeveloped. There wasn't really even a purpose to it. It just sort of happened, like there was fear we might somehow forget who those unimportant characters were or something. We didn't. At least, I didn't. I still very much remembered her horrible "sister" who basically made her life crap and her social life non-existent. Which is why I wanted something to happen. Like, Finn and the guys could have shown up and she could have seen them and been jealous, or at least realized Stasia wasn't a loser and was actually doing much better without her. It's petty, sure, but that's Stasia's teenage right. Why not let her have it? Just for there to be some little bop over the head that Stasia has a pretty good life and is popular with out her. Ok, now that I've totally ranted out the bad (sorry that was soooo long) like I mentioned earlier there's still soooo much good. I still love Finn, don't get me wrong. I do. He's strong willed, intelligent, and really is in love with Stasia. And once in the underworld, the good old Stasia I know and love from book one comes back full force. She's quick witted, take charge, and looks out for her friends. She's strong and brave, and even though Finn isn't there to save her she manages just fine without him. I love everything that happens down there, it's very well thought out and has tons of details. I could really picture that metallic glint to everything. At first Carmen's odd behavior threw me, because she's usually the tough one, but then I realized that's probably why she was the one to crack. It made sense, and in the end was completely believable. The very very end was great. Nice twist to leave the reader wanting for more, and seriously, do I want more. I actually think I might go insane waiting for the next book to come out. That one major issue I had aside I still loved Awaken! I would without a doubt recommend people read this, it's worth purchasing and reading a few times. I know before the next one comes out I'll probably reread these. Kristen Day is a great writer who really knows how to yank you into the worlds she's created. I still totally wish Carmen, Phoebe, and Willow were my best friends. And I'm still way in love with Finn. Sigh.


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Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea, #1) by Kristen Day

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago.

Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendants of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesied to be a part of. The fate of all the descendants will forever depend upon it.

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Can I just say wow? 'Nough said. Ok, well, more can clearly be said, but it's basically all good. I can't even begin to tell you all how much I LOVED this book. I do mean LOVE. I can't remember the last time I thoroughly enjoyed a book this much! It was inspiring, attention getting, and had romance, mythological creatures, adventure, suspense, and paranormal aspects. I loved the main character. She had depth. Yes, here's a girl who's being thrust into a life she never knew she had, but the way she reacts to it is totally believable. I was completely glued to my seat the entire time. Anywhere I went I had my iPhone posed out in front of me so I could read as I walked, or sat, or ate...or pretty much did anything. At one point my friends had to steal away my phone! Not only is the main character likable, but her friends are as well. Carmen, Phoebe, and Willow seem awesome. I really wish they were real and could be my besties. They each had their own distinct personality, which helped a lot in the believable category. When you're telling a story about creatures with magical abilities, it's important to have every other aspect seem as plausible to the reader as possible. I completely bought into all of their relationship. And Finn. Again. Wow. I think I'm seriously in love, guys. Really this time. I'm positive. No, really! (I sort of pictured him as Tyler Lockwood from the Vampire Diaries tv show, just, you know, with blue eyes). He was mysterious, yet straight forward, honest yet...not so honest. Seriously, dude. Just tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. He's clearly hiding something and if I were Stasia I'd be pressing a little more to find out what that is exactly. I get that she's got a lot of stuff on her plate, and she's trusting his boundaries and what not, but if I'd lived the same horrible childhood she had...I'm not entirely sure I'd be able to do the same. But what I really liked about their relationship was how quippy they were, and how despite the fact that Finn clearly knew a lot more about her and her abilities, she didn't always immediately turn to him. Stasia still tried to do things on her own, like when she found out about Kira after the dance. She didn't immediately call Finn's cell being like, "I know I just saw you, but you need to come help me!" Nope. Instead she and her friends set off together to do it. The idea to rely on him for it barely even crossed her mind. I like that a lot. She's a strong character. I'd pretty much recommend this book to everyone! If you're into mythology, this is for you. Romance? Totally your kind of story. Adventure? Yup, has that too. Read it. Really, you should. ;)

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Only In Her Dreams (The Oneiroi Book #1) by Christina McKnight

Review by Jacey.

Blurb:

When Lucessa Sarcona awakes from a recurring dream, she has no idea her life is about to be turned upside down. A stranger, familiar to her dreams, shows up in the flesh, and Lucessa knows she’s either crazy or experiencing something not of this world.

A war ensues between three demigod brothers. One, trained to rule Erebos, is violently replaced. One forced to return to his homeland and lead the dream-gods of the Oneiroi. And one is charged with the impossible task of protecting Lucessa. How is she linked to the Oneiroi? Why do two brothers seek to keep her hidden and protected? And how does another plan to use her against the two demigods who love her?

Will Lucessa’s dream man have the courage to claim her as his own or will he bow to the command of another, forsaking the one he loves?

Only in Her Dreams is a modern spin on a Greek legend--the new direction of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, moving from angels, demons, vampires, and witches and toward the realm of demigods.

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I'm a Sherrilyn Kenyon fan, so the idea of Oneiroi really caught my eye with this book. After reading it, however, I do have mixed feelings. That central theme of two people coming together and beating the odds because their soul mates wasn't really as strong here as in many of Kenyon's books. I just wish there was more romance between Lucessa and Maxim. I also wish his phrasing was a little less stilted. I get that he's ancient and lives in another realm, but if he's been visiting her, and others, dreams then he should know how they speak. It's hard to really connect with him because in the beginning whenever he spoke it just seemed too forced. I do really like Lucessa's character, but even she did things sometimes that just didn't seem smart to me. If she knew someone had broken into her house before Maxim, why didn't she call the cops? (I apologize if she did and I just can't remember that part). The flow of this was also strange for me. Sometimes the story moved really quickly and I couldn't wait to go on, and then others it seemed to just drown on. I did love the idea though, and the mythology that the author used. I thought the POV switch worked well, and definitely helped me see the story from different perspectives and angles I wouldn't have been able to otherwise. All in all, I would read the next book.


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Vered Ehsani: Author Interview/Giveaway!

Jacey recently reviewed this book, Dragon's Mind, and gave it four stars! :) Now here's your chance to get to know a little more about the author, as well as win a copy yourself! Not only is Vered Ehsani offering up three e-copies for the giveaway, but also one paperback copy (sorry but only within the US on this last one)!!! So, read ahead for the interview, as well as join the giveaway below! For those of you who have yet to read Jacey's review, scroll down. Just in case though, here's another look at the blurb:

Ten years ago, a human brain was created and installed into the control centre of the manmade Sana Island. To most people, it is known as MindOp, a non-living entity operating in the background of their lives. Only a girl named Myth knows better: his name is Dragon and he is very much alive. And after ten bodiless years, Dragon has a dream that will change everything and will put his mind and Myth’s life in mortal danger. There are powerful forces that don’t want the truth revealed and they’re coming for Dragon. But where do you run to when you’re already everywhere?

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1. Where did your idea for writing Dragon's Mind come from?
Daydreaming, as usual. I do that a lot! I'm intrigued about what makes a person 'real' and 'human', so this story explores that interest, but in a light and adventure-filled way. 

2. Did you model either Dragon or Myth off of real people?
Myth definitely has a bit of me - I can be snarky and sharp tongued, but I'm really a softie inside. 

3.  Who was the most fun character to write and why?
Actually, this whole book was fun to write. I loved Blade, who doesn't feature heavily in the first book, but he's just got such attitude. I enjoyed trying to imagine Dragon's perspective (ie observing reality without a physical means to engage with it). 

4. What would you like for people to take away from your book?
First off, this is a fun read. But there is the question behind it all, about the real essence of a human being and what that means. 

5. How long have you wanted to be an author?
I've been an author since I was seven. By 'author', I mean someone who is compelled to write. I've always been writing something. 

6. Has there ever been anyone who inspired you to be a write?
An English high school teacher suggested I take writing more seriously, since she felt I had some talent. Amazing the impact of a teacher! 

7. Can you tell us a little about your future projects, such as your upcoming sequel to Dragon's Mind? 
I'm just finishing that up (Dragon's War) and it will be out end of November. It picks up where Dragon's Mind left off, and finishes the story of how Myth and Dragon race against the clock to avert a war.  

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Go-To Guy by Karl Fields

Reviewed by Tempest.

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“Hey,” she called. “Are you ready for me?”
Again, my nerves got the better of me. The truth was, I had no idea whether I was ready for a girl like her. I’d never met one.

Carthage, Texas, known for quilting festivals and country music. It isn’t the middle of nowhere, but sixteen-year-old Eric Myers swears he can see it from there. As he readies for his senior year, Eric’s only thought is landing the basketball scholarship that will take somewhere far from the oil fields, where many before him have traded their dreams for a paycheck.

A series of earthquakes has livened up a dull, hot summer, but when Eric stops to help a stranded motorist the real excitement begins. His small hometown is about to host some far-off visitors with bad intentions, just as Eric learns it’s his destiny to stop them.

The Go-To Guy is a fun, fast-paced novella that checks in at just over 100 pages.


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When I'm really pressed for time I try to find something small to read, but we all know how hard it is to find something that's short but also good. Let me recommend, The Go-To Guy. Karl Fields does a great job creating a world in "just over 100 pages". It was believable, and interesting. The characters all had distinct personalities, which really helped to draw me in. The main character, Eric, is slightly sarcastic and quirky, an interesting combination in a protagonist. I'm really really really (I can't stress that enough) picky about alien stories. I love them when they're good, haaaate them when they're less then that. Even an 'ok' alien story wouldn't interest me. There's just a really fine line when it comes to creatures from another world. Too many steps over it and you cross into The Land of the Lost, where all of the monsters and effects are very obviously fake. While the Land of the Lost is supposed to be like this, few books are, and Fields does a great job of avoiding falling down the rabbit hole of doom. I totally believe in his alien's, and what they're capable of. There's just enough superpowers/weirdness for me to buy into it, without there being an over kill. Too much makes any story feel forced, like the author is just twisting things that otherwise don't fit in the story to make it work. The details were vivid, and the characters were engaging. I would read more by this author without a doubt. Sorry for the short review guys, but I really couldn't find anything about this I didn't like so.... :)


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Monday, October 15, 2012

Susie M. Hanley: Guest Post/Interview/Giveaway

In a world not unlike ours, Muses and their Guardians have walked alongside humankind since the beginning of time. From birth Muses assume they are just like everyone else. Not until their twenty-fifth birthdays do they discover their talents have a special purpose, and that Guardians, with their superhuman abilities, will help them in that purpose whether they want that help or not.

Shelby has worked hard to make a life for herself. Her parents died when she was young, and her husband left her with two kids. When her ex-husband comes back to town, he has more to say than just ?I?m sorry?: he's a Guardian, and his new assignment is her. She is a Muse now, one coming into her own no matter how hard she fights it, and trouble stalks her wherever she goes. Her ex-husband can't keep up and, with their history, she doesn't want him to. To complicate matters, there?s another Guardian around when she needs help, and they are falling for each other. He has a dark past that?s trying to reclaim him, and Shelby is in the way. But she has to accept her Museness and figure out fast what being a Muse really means if she is to keep herself and her children alive.

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Author Susie M. Hanley talkes about the new urban fantasy world she created in her debut novel MUSE:

Building a new world


When I finally decided I was ready to begin writing my own urban fantasy series I knew I wanted to write something new, something no one had ever written before. However, I also knew that it needed to be something people had some knowledge of. It was important to me that it also be somewhat light. There are plenty of dark stories out there, in every genre, and I wanted mine to be just as entertaining and intense, but with a ray of hope intertwined. With those goals in mind I created the urban fantasy world of Muses and Guardians. 

Muses

The idea of a Muse has always been a fascinating one to me. This idea that there could be an unseen force that influences us and our creative endeavors. Even more interesting is the idea that a person, in our lives, could be a source of inspiration. What an honor to have someone call you their Muse. So I thought: why not make a world where Muses actually exist and walk among normal people helping and inspiring them? From there I built the world of Muses, human beings with superior talent in an artistic form of some kind. These individuals are born to normal, Muse or Guardian parents, and while they exhibit their talent at a young age, they don't complete the full transition into a Muse until age 25. 

During that transition, their particular talent increases considerably and they gain new abilities. The Muses themselves are vessels that are influenced by, can harness, and direct "universal energy". In some ways they are prompted to fulfill the will of this higher power, in other ways they choose how to direct and control it. Because of this dramatic relationship, Muses are often getting into trouble or finding themselves receiving unwanted attention. This is the reason they require the protection and guidance of a Guardian. 

Guardians

These unique human beings are born only to Muse or Guardian parents and start exhibiting superhero-type powers at a young age. Around age 6 or 7 they begin attending special training camps at Guardian schools to help them understand control their abilities. At age 12 they begin attending a Guardian school full time. There they hone their skills and gain the required expertise to protect and guide Muses. When Guardians reach adulthood, they are given a choice about what they wish to do for the next few years of their life before they begin guarding a Muse. They can either choose to continue their education at a Guardian college or traditional human college, pursue a career within the Guardian Authority, such as teaching or other administrative jobs, or they can choose to assimilate back into the regular world until they reach age 25 and are assigned to a Muse. Not all Guardians choose to guard a Muse. Some keep their careers withing the Guardian Authority, others choose to pursue a mundane career in the human world. Those who choose a life outside the Authority and guarding Muses are ostracized from the Guardian community. 

Abilities 

Muses can have abilities in any creative area, including; all aspects of art, music, design, writing, and even things like athletics, speech, and many more. Guardians, similarly, have powers to help and protect Muses. Their abilities include things like healing, strength, speed, invisibility, even flight. Depending on the area of creativity a Muse has talents in, they will be matched with a Guardian who has powers to compliment those abilities. For example, a design or puzzle Muse will be matched with a Guardian who has mental abilities to help them focus their talent. An athletic Muse would be matched with a Guardian with who had healing or strength abilities. 

Bonding

Because Muses are vessels for the universe's energy, they need to have their chi or inner energy kept in balance. To facilitate this, Guardians have the ability to restore lost energy to Muses and keep it in balance for them. This sharing of energy is so important to a Muses ability to help and inspire others that when a Muse finds a Guardian they share energy and a bond forms between them. When this happens they can no longer live without one another. 


There is certainly much more to learn about this unique world of Muses, Guardians and the characters that reside within it. To learn more, please visit my website at http://www.susiemhanley.com/



An interview with author Susie M. Hanley.



1.) When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I've always loved to read and started writing short stories in elementary school, but it wasn't until I was in college that I realized I wanted to be a writer. I'd had 5 majors in 4 years and kept finding myself coming back to writing. When I was 25 I finally gave in to my desires and began writing the book that would become Muse. 

2.) Why did you choose to write the genre you did?

Urban fantasy is fantasy elements set in our world. Some call it paranormal, or magical realism. It is very versatile genre, you can have vampires, werewolves, witches, fae, Muses and everything in between  By having these elements set in our world it makes the characters in this genre easy to relate to while still transporting readers to another world. 

3.) Who was your favorite character to write, and why?

Andre, one of the Guardians in my book, was easily my favorite to write. I based certain aspects of his personality on one of my long time friends and every time I write a scene with him in it, I just imagine my friend doing the same things and it makes me smile. Andre, is also the funniest character, so that probably makes him more fun too. 

4.) How do you come up with your ideas?

When writing the first book, ideas kind of came to me as I wrote. I planned scenes ahead of time and found ways to make them unique for the Muse/Guardian world. I also have a few friends and family members that I bounce ideas off of when I get stuck. 


5.) What would you like people to take away from your book? 

That is a tough question. I guess all any author can hope is that people take something away from their book, that they connect with the story on some level. I guess I hope that MUSE inspires some people to see the world in a brighter light. That maybe we are all here to help one another. 



6.) What is your writing process like?

I do my first and second level outlining on paper. Then I spend a day or so constructing the first few scenes in my mind and by the time I sit down at the computer I don't even need my notes because I know exactly what I am going to write. This process continues until I have finished the whole book. Most nights I will lay awake in bed and plan out the scenes I am going to write the next day. I actually see the characters, the setting, and the actions in my mind. If I don't like the way the scene flowed or think it wasn't intense enough, I can just start it over and add in or take out what I think it needs to be better. The editing phase of the process is much more complicated and takes a lot longer than the actual writing, but is no less important. Fine tuning the experience that the reader will have is just as important as coming up with story, building the characters, and all the other elements that make up the story. 

7.) Is there anything else you would like to add? 

I guess, just that I hope people really enjoy the story and tell their friends about it. It has been an amazing adventure and there are many more books to come in the series. I hope readers will join me for the rest of this awesome ride because there is no story without the readers. Thanks! 
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012




Dragon's Mind (Dragon and Myth #1) By Vered Ehsani

Review by Jacey.
Dragon's Mind (Dragon & Myth #1)
 

Blurb:

Ten years ago, a human brain was created and installed into the control centre of the manmade Sana Island. To most people, it is known as MindOp, a non-living entity operating in the background of their lives. Only a girl named Myth knows better: his name is Dragon and he is very much alive. And after ten bodiless years, Dragon has a dream that will change everything and will put his mind and Myth’s life in mortal danger. There are powerful forces that don’t want the truth revealed and they’re coming for Dragon. But where do you run to when you’re already everywhere?










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It’s been a while since I’ve last posted. I’m not proud of it, but I am excited to be reviewing this particular book by Vered Ehsani.  Anyway, as per usual I’ll try not to reveal too much, though I will be mentioning some of the themes that I picked up personally, but they may not be absorbed by other readers.
Let me first start off by saying that I thought this book’s content was immediately engaging and sucked me in. The dialogue was snappy, sharp, and was just awesome to jump into. The relationship between Dragon and Myth induces laughter but is also deep, and within a few pages I wanted them to fall in love and be together, even though one of them is a hologram and is physically nonexistent, with the exception of his brain floating in a tank full of ooze. Anyway, I thought the characters were amazing, and I also thought that the prevailing theme that “bad news always starts with a noise at the door” was neat as Myth and Dragon are pursued across Sanna Island. My favorite thing about this book was Vered’s discussion of what made Dragon human, and Myth’s coming-to-terms with accepting that he in fact was more than a non-living entity, and also Dragon’s discovery of his own humanity.
Additionally, what I thought was awesome in this book was also one reasons why I became slightly annoyed with it. As much as I adored the game of wits between Dragon and Myth, I eventually grew tired of Myth’s constant instigating and nagging. As endearing as their relationship was, there were several passages where I waited for Dragon’s hands to solidify and smack her. Conversations that could have had more depth in them were instead bouts of bickering. There were also several moments where clarification on certain subjects, (such as explaining OMG), were not needed whereas other places in the text, again, could have gone into more detail. Really this actually could have been longer, the climaxes delayed with more suspense or puzzling in between. All in all though, I really enjoyed this. With its killer dialogue and themes of humanity, I’d definitely be interested in reading the sequel. Worth a look and worth 4 suns.


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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Serengeti Heat (Serengeti Shifters, #1) by Vivi Andrews

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

The fur's about to fly... A Sexy Shifter story. Ava Minor is done being the good girl. As the smallest and weakest in a pride of shape-shifting lions where size and strength rule, she's never had any choice but to toe the line. Now, with sexy, nomadic alpha Landon King winning control of the pride, she grabs her one chance to let her inner feline out to play. Landon would rather focus on reforming the antiquated traditions of his new pride than taking a mate...until the rebellious Ava crosses his path. All his noble intentions go up in flames, incinerated by the heat she exudes-especially when he realizes she's in heat. Ava, knowing she isn't mate material, is determined to revel in one wild night before she's sent back to her place in the pride pecking order. Except Landon has no intention of letting his daring, seductive lioness go... Warning: This book contains sizzling heat, adult language, no-holds-barred cat fights, and hot shifter lovin' with an alpha male who takes inspired leadership all the way to the bedroom.

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I really like this book. It wasn't very long, which was probably the one thing I didn't like about it, but the story was good and I fell for the characters instantly. It would be better if it were longer, because some of the scenes are a little rushed for time. The more intimate moments between the two main characters however are very well written :) I wouldn't suggest reading this if you're not interested in reading sex scenes, otherwise this is deff worth your time.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

The Dark Proposal by Megan Cashman

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

If your boyfriend suddenly reveals he's a vampire, and also wants to make you one or else...what would you do?

That is the dilemma college graduate Claire McCormick faces. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Daniel Bertrand reveals he is a murderous vampire who wants her to be his companion forever. But when Claire hesitates at his proposal, her life spirals down into a nightmare. She has to choose between becoming an evil being herself or have her and her loved ones suffer. The Dark Proposal explores Claire's fears while she makes her decision. Along the way, she learns the true, sinister reason why Daniel wants her to be vampire.

WARNING: contains graphic content and strong language


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I was torn over what to give this book in terms of rating. On the one hand, there were things that I liked about it, and on the other there were things I didn't like about it. In the end, I think I'd really give it a 2.5, but seeing as how that's not an option I'll round up to 3. Claire is a freelance writer fresh out of college who ends up meeting Daniel, a professor who also happens to have freelance career. Because of this she asks him for help and the two eventually start seeing each other romantically, despite the warnings she gets from basically every where, including a coworker. I liked the idea behind this book, that a vampire would take a liking to a human and then trick her into joining him for eternity. I also liked that he wasn't all sweet or sparkly in the sunlight. Basically, Dan was an ass. A complete jerk. From the get go it was hard to see what Claire found so attractive about him (besides the physical of course). But that was one of the tough parts for me. I also hated Claire. It wasn't as deep rooted as my emotional "wish I could find a way to jump in there and stake you myself" towards Daniel, but I still didn't like her. She isn't very bright. Despite all of the efforts the author makes into hinting otherwise, I just could not buy into Claire being very intelligent. Ok, she fell for the wrong guy, that's believable, it happens to the best of us. But then she proceeds to taught him at the wrong moments, under estimate him at all moments, and basically always over looks asking questions that could be helpful. Like, for instance, do I have to kill when I drink from someone? If she'd known the answer to that from the get go it might have helped ease her mind a little, but instead she doesn't even think about it. Her mind automatically zeros in on, "I'm going to be a murderer" which kind of makes me think that some part of her finds that part of the exchange worth it. She gets pretty stuff in return right? So what's the harm, a girls gotta eat. That's how I felt about her mind set, anyway, even though she tries really hard to convince herself and the reader otherwise. When someone threatens the people I care about, especially if it's an extremely young person I care about, I don't risk their safety the same way she did. She keeps saying she loves Ava and doesn't want her hurt, yet every five minutes it's like she forgets all about that. She ends up putting people in danger and getting them hurt just because she can't come up with an intelligent idea. Yes, her situation was hopeless, there was nothing she could do to get out of it. But I realized that from chapter five or six, and I didn't have to put the innocent lives of other people on the line to do it. She got people killed for trying. They were murdered because of her, and not only does she not dwell on that for very long, the first time doesn't even cause her to hesitate doing it again. Another thing was the POV. It switched randomly and often enough that I started getting a little frustrated. There are some parts that just really don't need to be there. They don't really add very much to the story and all in all they're a hindrance because they jar the reader. I like that we know her roommates are worried for her, because that helps make the fact they're all really close believable, but I don't want to jump between four different characters heads in one scene, it's too much. There's a scene where the vampire back story is given, I won't say much about it because I don't want to give anything away, but it was very awkwardly placed in the story. I loved the idea of it, how it happened and how the vampires all began, but I didn't want to find out about it like that. The way the info was given felt like it was forced on me. Again we're in a different POV (a couple actually) and it's just off putting. It's interesting to know, and I like the concept of it, but I would have liked to find out differently. Other then those major things it was little details, like if the Brothers are big and powerful couldn't they have gotten servants to pick her up from the airport?, and grammar bothered me a lot. Sentences are missing words quite frequently so as I read I either had to fix or add them in my mind. That's nothing a little more editing won't fix however, so I wouldn't let that deter anyone from reading the story. All in all, I was able to finish it and I didn't hate it. I hope there's a second one, the way it ending sort of implies that there is, and if so I would like to read it. I hope the second one moves a little smoother then the first, but if it still has that strong back story there to hold it up then it'll be worth the time. Even though this book was frustrating at times, I like to think of it as one of those good horror films you watch where you actually don't like anyone. I was fine with either possibility happening: Daniel being defeated (he was a dick) or Claire being defeated (she was annoying). That's kind of what kept me reading, the wanting to know which of them would win out. Which is a pretty good thing, because it means I was invested in the characters despite not liking either of them. Even now I still really want to know what's going to happen to them next. Maybe the loser of this round will get a chance to redeem themselves? :)

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Spooked by Tracy Sharp

Reviewed by Tempest.

Blurb:

Sixteen year old Lorelei has a special talent. She can steal your deepest, darkest secrets. However, using her power leaves her open to some very nasty creatures from the underworld.

But then a girl from her school disappears. Then another. And another. Lorelei might be able to discover who is abducting the girls from her town if she uses her gift . . .

Can Lorelei stop more girls from being taken? Or will using her gift attract the hell-things that are after her?

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Let me just start by saying that I would actually rate the first and second half of this book differently. For the first half, I would give it four, but for the second half...more like a 2.5. I'm going to go with a 3.5 total. Spooked started out really good. I was interested in finding out more about Lore's abilities, as well as her new friends, Kerry and Mick. All three of them seemed to have really distinct personalities, which is in my mind really important. The scene with "Irene" was funny and a little spooky, in the sense that I kept wondering if the cops were going to show as well. I liked the way that they all interacted with one another during that time. But then things started to go downhill. For one, Lore likes to make a loooot of assumptions that she then convinces herself are cold hard facts. She thinks maybe by putting up Irene she's started something bad, and then the second she finds out a girl has gone missing she's like, "Yup, I shouldn't have tried to pull that prank. That's what did it," when in all actual reality, no it's not. This happens again later when she's joined the search party. What starts out as a thought that maybe the kidnapper is actually walking among them pretending to search suddenly turns into something she "knows" to be true without any evidence to back it up. Is it a good theory? Yes, of course it is. But so is the theory that because it's been raining the past hour nonstop it'll still be doing so in another hour. Doesn't mean it's going to be true. There's know way of her knowing things for sure, but she likes to just jump to those conclusions and stick with them. This basically means she never really has to figure anything out because she just goes off of her assumptions, with the reader trailing along asking how the heck she's so sure of something? It's kind of like the writer just fed Lore the info. Not very exciting. Another thing, the idea that she can steal secrets from people is awesome. It's clever and different and I loved it. I still love the ability and what she can do with it (because of that I definitely want to know what happens next) however I'm also really disappointed in how useless it was in the story. Lore uses it and puts herself and her aunt at risk, but she never actually gets anything out of it. Heck, her "cousin" gets more info just by standing in front of photos of the missing. Every time she used her ability, she gets worthless stuff in return. In the end I don't really think getting her aunt killed (because let's face it, inadvertently that was her fault) was worth it. Everything she found out she could have done so without using her gift. And I was confused about that process. At first I thought that when she stole secrets she took all of a persons secrets, because that's what was implied. But then she doesn't end up taking the secret of the cabin from Mr. Turner. Huh? And those scenes where she jumps into people's heads and we see the secrets playing out where too much. Most of the time they weren't needed, and they just jarred me from the story. I wanted to focus on what was happening in her town, not on some random guy she was forced to read from. That part of the book, where all of a sudden the story does a complete 180 and she's been kidnapped by Lucian and is now in a house of special people was kind of just thrown in there. It didn't feel as bad as it probably was meant, it really wasn't hard at all for her to escape, and altogether I felt it was slightly pointless for me to be there watching it. That would have made a great second book, but as for being a part of the first... it felt like we were already dealing with one crisis, trying to figure out what was going on with the girls, then here's another we have to wrap our heads around. And if that's all that happens, you get kidnapped and sent to a home where escape is totally possible, then that's really not such a big thing. Bad things happened because of people there, sure, but she basically just forgives them anyway. Would I read the next one, if there is a next one? Sure. Why? Because I still do really like the idea behind it, but I probably won't be delving right in like I attempted with this one. The ending just wasn't great in my personal opinion, and Lore's personality kept flip-flopping. Why leave Mick? And why be so ok doing it? I do love Mick's character, though. I think Sharp did a great job with developing him, and even Kerry. That's why the first half was so good; I could really see these people in my mind. Then the second half a new person is being thrown my way every two seconds and I just couldn't get good enough images to hold on to who they were. I do recommend giving this book a try, if solely for the fact the first half of the book is really good. There's this one scene with her aunt in it that totally creeped me out. Very well written. I guess I just would have liked more of that, and less of the mysterious magic eight ball that somehow was her mind.


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