Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Author Spotlight #2- Ralph Krugler

                                                           Tales From The Conch RepublicAhoy me hearties , (I love that saying lol) . Come travel and sail the world of books with me as I Interview Pirate Adventure author Ralph Krugler . He is the author of the Book "Tales from Conch Republic". See Below Interview for a review :)

Website Address :

http://www.conchrepublictales.com/Site/Home.html

Interview Questions:

1) Tell us about your book Tales From the Conch Republic?


It’s a saucy little tale of murder and intrigue. Love and lust. A coming of age tale for the new millennia… well actually it’s not. What it is though is a tale of two very opposite groups of people coming together to complete a mission.
The spirit of a slain Royal Navy captain who is seeking both revenge and eternal rest approaches a lone pirate captain. The navy men were slain by a group of pirates in an attack. However it could have been avoided if it weren’t for his cowardly rival in the navy who spied the entire mess, allowing it to happen. When the fight was nearly over, the rival captain brought in his men to finish off the pirates making them look like heroes. The betrayal meant that neither he nor his slain men could find their eternal rest. The only way for this to happen was for a pirate to do in his rival the same way that he was done in. For the pirates service, he would be rewarded with the fastest ship in the navy; a former pirate ship herself.
However, nothing is as easy as it sounds. Not only does he have to find his old crew, battle harsh weather and horrible ships; but he also has to convince the surviving members of the RN who were there that day to join him. Not to mention an annoying governor’s son who keeps popping up and getting in the way.
It’s a tale of team building sprinkled with action/adventure, comedic mishaps and historically factual superstitions.

2) Are you a fan of the Pirates/Adventure Genre and if so what are some of the books that you have enjoyed in this genre besides your own lol?

Not really. Most of the pirate related things I read are non-fiction.

3) What gives you the innovation to write a particular genre?

It’s always been a matter of whatever comes to mind at that moment. I know a lot of people just like to go with one particular thing, but my mind wanders too much to do that. For example when I first started writing this, there weren’t supposed to be any ghosts in it. I just happened to have the TV on in the background and I remember something about ghosts being mentioned. I thought that might be a good direction to go in and that’s how that wrinkle came into the story.

4) It was originally suppose to be a comic book, how did you manage into turning it into a chapter book ?

After a lot of cussing and frustration over illustrators suddenly bailing on me, I decided to stop trying to rely on someone else. So I took what I had written and decided to verbalize what I envisioned the pictures would have expressed. It actually was fairly simple because it was like working off of an outline for the first chapter. Then I re-read what I had written, hated most of it and wiped that out. The biggest thing I tried to do was to go over the text a few times and add more description. Since there were no visual pictures, I wanted to paint more of a verbal picture for people who may never have been to places like I wanted them to imagine.

5) Did you experience writers block? If so, what did you do to get rid of it?

Sure did. I turned off the laptop and didn’t open the program for weeks on end. Being my first actual book, I didn’t have any timetables. No expectations. A lot of people told me that they were also writing a book. In fact most of them had been writing it off and on for years. 98% of them told me that I’d probably do the same and never see it through. I always thought, “Hey, thanks for the inspiration.” Then one day I thought, “OK. If you’re going to do this, do it.” After I decided to give myself a deadline, I never had another block.

6) What are you working on now?

Two things. First is a movie script about my days in minor league ice hockey. Second is the follow up to Tales From The Conch Republic.

7) What is your favourite scene in your book?

That’s not an easy one. I’m just such a fantastic writer that it’s extremely difficult to pick out just one… yeah right. Since this is in print and you can’t see the sarcasm dripping off my face I’d better let you know that was just a joke. Favorite scene… maybe the first and second exchanges between the pirate captain and the governor’s son Bart. It’s highly influenced by Monty Python and I envisioned John Cleese as the pirate captain as that came out.

8) Had you previously written anything?

Nothing that was ever published. I have written things off and on for years. In fact, when email was just starting to become popular, I started writing a column and would send it out to my friends. I guess you could call it the predecessor to the blog. It was great because I could write about anything and everything that I wanted. Basically it was just an attempt to take the mundane and make it funny. Now everyone does it and have somehow made the mundane ever more mundane.

9) Were there any scenes that were cut in the editing process you wish had made it into the book?

Not really. Most of the time I cut things because they were just awful. When I wasn’t under my deadline and would put it away for weeks at a time, then I’d go back to it, read it and think, “Seriously? You wrote this? What the hell were you thinking?” Then I’d delete what I didn’t like and moved on. The hardest part was the final editing process. I could still be doing it. I would go over and over changing things and never being satisfied. There again just came a moment when I thought if I don’t stop now, I’ll never stop.

10) If you could be a pirate, who would you be and what would your ship be called ?

If I were to choose one from history, I’d probably go with Henry Morgan because he was so successful. My ship… I have to think about that one.


11) How did you get into writing? Did you always want to become a writer?

I’ve always enjoyed writing. More so than reading. It was never a career path that I dreamt of. Most people have creative outlets, mine is I just like telling stories and hoping to make people laugh. I know that I shouldn’t be saying this, but I never like the “stuffy” writers/ editors who keep limits on you. “You can’t write dialog in slang! You can’t wander off here or there! Your main character must have an epiphany or come to some sort of moral crossroads or it isn’t fine literature!” That kind of garbage. I’m sure that has never helped my compositions in any competitions I have entered them in.

12) If you were stranded on a desert island, what are three material things you couldn't be without?

A fishing pole, a good knife and a guitar
13) What are you reading now?

A classic work of literature, “How to communicate with your dog.” I have an Akita that we rescued who has come a long way into becoming the perfect dog. I just want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to help her.

14) Which author has inspired you most and why?

Probably not the answer that you’d expect. It may also put some people off, but I don’t care. Jimmy Buffett is my favorite. When I read his books, articles, etc it always makes me feel like I’m sitting right there with him and he’s telling the story to just me. That’s what I hope to do. He has quoted Mark Twain’s “Write what you know,” as his most inspirational message. That works for me.

15) What advice would you give aspiring authors?

I’m not sure, being that I’m still one myself. If anything, I’d like to give credit to whoever has said this before, but sadly I’m not sure who said it. Write what you like. Don’t worry about being accepted by everyone. The right people will find it and “get it.” That’s whom you want to write for anyway.

16) As a Quotes Person I always like to ask To finish off, do you have a quote or poem that has stuck with you over the years and what is the story behind it?

I could think of a million Jimmy Buffett quotes from his songs over the years. But let’s go with one from the late, great Chicago Bear, Walter Payton. His autobiography is called “Never Die Easy,” taken from an answer he gave shortly before his untimely death to cancer. He was a true fighter and worked hard for what he wanted to do. So you can take dying very literal, but I take it to mean more. It could be failure, giving up, or simply not trying. You might not succeed in everything you try, but why not give it your best shot and make it as difficult as possible to fail. That’s stuck with me and helped me seek different ways to accomplish different things that I’ve wanted to do.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Ahoy Me Hearties ......... :)

                                                             Tales From The Conch RepublicDo you enjoy movies like The Pirates of The Caribbean Trilogy soon to be Quartet , Castaway and the Island? How about books like Davy Jones , Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe ?.
If Pirates be thy thing for you , then readers ahoy and pay the attention to thy review.

Review: Tales from The Conch Republic - Ralph Krugler - 2009

Ahoy me hearties , come gather round for a tale that will set your ships a' sail and enchant you on a journey through swashbuckling and wavy oceans.
Originally set out to become a comic book , Ralph Krugler has converted his ocean tales into a collection of short stories broken up into Parts.
Not normally the thing I am into , but as I started reading it I was able to imagine the scenery and then along came Captain Daniel Payton. He wakes up on a mysterious island with no recollection of his past , sound familiar -this is a storyline that has been used a million times but somehow still manages to work wonders if used correctly as Ralph Krugler has.
It turns out that our Captain Daniel Payton whose been called more than Captain - names which include ...pirate extraordinaire, vagabond, scoundrel, friend of wenches just to name a few has awoken on the island of Port Elizabeth.
Here he befriends the governor's son Bartholomew and sets out on his journey to regain his life back. The story gets very exciting when he meets a ghost in the form of Jonathon whom was a Navy Captain, In order to accomplish Jonathon's mission he makes a pact with the Pirate Peyton. The deal that was struck: Peyton would get vengeance on the Admiral and in return he would get to keep the cursed ship called the Scavenger.The story continues with Peyton rounding up a crew and then setting out on their mission , Can a Pirate change his ways and help build a crew or has Jonathon chosen someone unreliable and with their own agenda up their sleeve?
With a lively cast of characters, and detailed descriptions of the lands in which they travel, it is not hard to envision yourself as a member of this hearty crew and you can sit back and if you want more effect try reading on a hammock and imagine yourself sailing the seven seas -who knows you might spot the famous Sinbad or Jack Sparrow :)


Say Hello to The Nightman with T.L Mitchell

Dark of kNight (kNight Series, Book 1)                  The NightMan                 Fall of kNight (kNight Series Book 2)   
Did you happen to catch a read or sneak peek review at T.L Mitchell's wonderful series "Dark of kNight" Book #1 ? If so stay tuned as Book #2 "Fall of kNight" is due to be released very shortly.
But to keep readers alert and entertained in between books I bring you a review of T.L Mitchell's Short Story Novella "The Nightman".

Review : The Nightman - T. L Mitchell - 2010

Coming in at only 60 pages , TL Mitchell has written a superb novella that covers all the basis of a paranormal and supernatural romance that we need in one helping.
The Nightman covers a variety of characters from Lycans , Vampires , Mortals and Curses and the occasional hint of Magic.
Dorian, Vampire and Master yearns for his chance at devouring Cailin , the latest daughter in a generation that one hundred years ago -Dorian spared their lives against a raging team of Vikings "think Eric in True Blood" in return for the firstborn daughter in each generation. As each day passes , Dorian yearns for nothing more but the taste of Cailin's sweet blood.
Cailin , the daughter of the cursed generation whom have owed their lives for hundreds of years to Dorian and he in return as gotten a payment of each daughter in their bloodline. Cailin though her father came prepared and concocted a potion and cross embedded with her blood and Wolves Bane "think Vampire Diaries with Stefan and Damon" which protects her from Dorian. In order to free herself and break the curse , the vial can only be broken by somebody whom Cailin truly loves with all her heart.
Meet the Nightman , his family also owe themselves to Dorian and as we bear witness , nobody gets a free ride with Dorian, each of the Nightman's must serve one season as Dorian's slave or Odd Job Person. The Nightman protects and watches , though his heart longs for a life of love, passion and family. Only when he can find that one , can his spell be also broken and he will get the strength to defeat Dorian.
As the new moon flares up in the sky , so does the course of The Nightman , Cailin and Dorian's lives . Will The Nightman and Cailin realise that in order to break free it is them that are supposed to live happily ever after or will Dorian get their first and in rage kill both The Nightman and Cailin ending both their bloodlines for eternity.

As the Paranormal Romance Guild states and I agree completely "The Nightman is a charming, romantic and utterly sensual story of love, lust and danger and deserves a 5 star rating :)"

For more information head to http://www.knightromancepublishing.com/

As a bit on the side , Author TL Mitchell is a woman of many talents as she has started up her own Book Publishing Company.

About Us :
kNight Romance Publishing is a new publisher of ebooks and trade paperback novels. We are also the publishers of the online paranormal romance magazine kNight Series Online Magazine.

KRP opened its book publishing doors as of 7/01/2010. The new venture into the book publishing industry will be met with the same strict regards we have taken with our magazine. It is our sincere hopes to produce quality and entertaining romances for all readers.
kNight Romance Publishing is a royalty paying publisher. We PUBLISH, PROMOTE and PAY our Authors. We have an excellent editor and cover artist who help give our books a polished and professional look and read. kRP IS NOT A VANITY PUBLISHER.
kNight  Romance Publishing does not offer royalty advances at this time. Authors retain their rights to the work submitted, giving us the exclusive right to publish the works.
A new experience for authors with kNight Romance Publishing. KRP spends time with their authors and provides support and direction to help ensure success.
Quality not Quantity- is part of kNight Romance Publishing's goals. KRP may only publish a few books a year, because we concentrate on the quality of the book and not the number of books published. All manuscripts are treated with the same standards, extensive two part reviewing of submissions, rewriting with the author if necessary, professional editing and polishing are just a few of the first steps we take to produce a professional quality read.
kNight Romance Publishing seeks talented authors, whether published or first time.
If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to kNight Romance Publishing please review our submission guidelines first.

Submissions and Guidelines:
Submission Guidelines kNight Romance Publishing is currently accepting submissions for the following:

*Paranormal Romance - Vampire Romance or Shape shifter Romance
*Young Adult Romance - Paranormal Romance
*Science Fiction
*Fantasy
*Horror
*And the Nocturnal Seduction Line
All stories may contain mild to hot sex scenes between two consenting adults. If you have any questions contact us and we will be glad to explain.
We will not accept pornography, rape, bestiality or pedophilia.
Authors interested in submission may send us a 1 page query letter, state which category you are submitting to, a back cover preview of the work, and a two to three page complete synopsis.
kNight Romance Publishing looks for talented authors. You do not need an agent to submit to us. We are small publishing company. kRP is a royalty paying publisher.
You will be notified via email of our decision. Selected queries will proceed to the next level per our instructions. Please follow our instructions. DO NOT SEND full manuscripts unless requested.
*Short Stories: 15,000 to 23,999 words
*Novella : 24,000 to 39,999 words
*Novel : 40,000 to 100,000 + words
*UNDER 15,000 - Free Reads

Royalties
Royalties are paid 1 (one) month after the end month in each quarter. (i.e March is the end of the 1st quarter, authors will receive statements & checks in April). Royalties are figured on the net proceeds received from each sale and are paid at 10% for paperbacks and 30% Ebooks, which are clearly outlined in the publishing contract.

Instructions for query:
1. Provide a complete story synopsis. NO CLIFF Hangers.
2. Attach the first 3 chapters of your edited and polished manuscript.
3. Attach a marketing plan with your query.
4. Include all contact information include email address
Please note: If we do not accept your work, the information you sent us WILL NOT be returned to you. The information you provided to us, will not be kept by us- it will be shredded. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks time for evaluation. You will be contacted via email with our decision.
You may query us by email
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The Devil's Arithmetic - A Holocaust Novel

The Devil's Arithmetic      The Devil's Arithmetic (Puffin Modern Classics)    The Devil's Arithmetic   
As each year passes , we are brought more novels of the dreadful events of what happened during the Holocaust with in the last year "The Boy in the Striped PJ's" book by John Boyne and the DVD , Annexed by Sharon Dogar which features the side of Anne Frank's story from the POV of Peter - who was part of the family that stayed hidden with the Frank's and Anne's apparent boyfriend.
Today's book is actually a reprint of her original book published in 1988 " The Devil's Arithmetic" by Jane Yolen.

Review : The Devil's Arithmetic - Jane Yolen - Orig. 1988 , Reprinted 2001.

The Devil's Arithmetic starts with a lovely modern day Passover meal where teenager Hannah couldn't think of anything more boring , however she is about to receive the shock of her life when she is magically transported back to the Holocaust and finds herself a prisoner in the Concentration Camps. Hannah with what little knowledge she can recall from her History classes and family tales , tries to warn those of the horrors and danger that is going to come their way , though it's a preposterous tale to believe that she is from the future and no-one believes a word she says. As History starts to take it's course , Hannah meets and makes some new friends whom we later discover are her relatives as children. When Hannah is transported back to modern-day , she is reunited with her Auntie whom was one of her friends in the war camp and after the journey, she starts to learn and appreciate the Jewish Passover and tales of Holocaust in a different light.
The Devil's Arithmetic is a story of courage , love, relationships and friendships that weave in and out to prepare a novel that is not only heartwarming but sobering at the same time.
The Devil's Arithmetic was also made into a film starring a young Kirsten Dunst as Hannah and also starred Paul Bettany from A Knight's Tale and Wimbledon and Mimi Rogers.



    

Sunday, August 29, 2010

OMG I Can't Wait : Monster High by Lisi Harrison

I've noticed that there are so many awesome books being released , that I have decided to start a new feature called OMG I Can't Wait. It's where I will do a sneak preview into a new release book , that I am literally dying to read literary .( pun intended)




Sypnosis
From Lisi Harrison, the New York Times bestselling author of The Clique and Alphas, comes a new series with a fresh twist on high school, romance, and the "horrors" of trying to fit in.

The monster community has kept a low profile at the local high school, but when two new girls enroll, the town will never be the same. Created just fifteen days ago, Frankie Stein is psyched to trade her father's formaldehyde-smelling basement lab for parties and prom.
But with a student body totally freaked out by rumors of monsters stalking the halls, Frankie learns that high school can be rough for a chic freak like her. She thinks she finds a friend in fellow new student Melody Carver-but can a "normie" be trusted with her big secret?


Meet The Students


The School Song



Website:

www.monsterhigh.com

Summer of Love : A Time-Travel Romance

Summer of Love, A Time Travel

Readers around : If you have been following our Summer of Love excerpts for the past couple of months then I have a treat for you as I give readers another excerpt into Lisa Mason's Book "Summer of Love - A Time travel Romance Novel"

August 28, 1967Chocolate George’s Wake
16 Penny Lane



Twilight casts a chill and an ominous feeling.
“Chi, I’ve got to find Penny Lane,” Susan says. “She was my best friend.” She turns up the block before he can protest. She’s avoided this street for two months.

“A fine novel packed with vivid detail, colorful characters, and genuine insight.”
Washington Post Book World

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BAST BOOKS



“Remarkable. . . .the intellect on display within these psychedelically packaged pages is clear-sighted, witty, and wise.” Locus

A harrowing coming of age. A friendship ending in tragedy. A love spanning five centuries. A terrifying far future. And a gritty portrayal of a unique time in American history affecting (for better or for worse) our society to this day.

“A priority purchase.” Library Journal

Copyright © 2010 by Lisa Mason.
Cover art and drawings © copyright 2010 by Tom Robinson.
All rights reserved.

“Captures the moment perfectly and offers a tantalizing glimpse of its wonderful and terrible consequences.”
San Francisco Chronicle



Worldwide link:
http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Love-Time-Travel-ebook/dp/B003OIBGLC



UK link:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Love-Time-Travel/dp/B003OIBGLC



“Mason has an astonishing gift. Her chief characters almost walk off the page. And the story is as significant as anyone could wish. This book will surely be on the prize ballots.” Analog



The Occult Files of Albert Taylor - Derek Muk

The Occult Files of Albert Taylor: A Collection of Mysterious Cases from the World of the Supernatural

Are you a fan of the Occult , love watching all those horror shows and TV Shows in the tradition of Ghost Whisperer , Supernatural, Medium , Hex, X-Files , The Mentalist and The Gates ? .
If so, then put down whatever you are doing as today's book is right up your alley.

Review : The Occult Files of Albert Taylor - Derek Muk - 2009

Every Hunter needs to have his own casebook and files as we all learnt from watching the Winchester Boys on Supernatural , something that details their sightings , events and cases they solve.
Meet Albert Taylor , he is an Anthropology Professor at the local university who has an odd but intriguing job on the side. He investigates Supernatural cases that involve a series of odd creatures from Ghosts, Cults , Jack the Ripper and more.

The Occult files of Albert Taylor is a collection of 11 Case Files of jobs that he has done . Some of the stories are the kind of supernatural events that you expect from Case #1 : Asylum - A story about a haunted mental institution , the ghost - a patient who went on a hacking killing spree. This plot line is a tale that has been used numerous of times and contains many different versions , others are more interesting with Case Study #2 Competition - A Hawaiian Vampire .

Each Case file is 15-20 pages long and are written as a collection of Short Stories. At first I wondered how The Occult Files of Albert Taylor was going to be different than anything I have read before , but he has impressed me by keeping each case exciting and in parts a tad gruesome and enjoyable as each case involves a Skeptic and fellow group members of Albert Taylor's Paranormal Activity Group.

The Occult Files of Albert Taylor is a must-read for all those who love to sit awake at night and scare themselves with tales of ghost stories and horror. This is not a book for those with weak hearts , afraid of the dark, cover their hands when something scary is on TV and regularly check under their beds and wardrobes for boogey monsters and yes Case Study #7 involves "The Boogeyman" who has a liking for Asians.

This book was provided for Review by Derek Muk and Dark Recesses Magazine , in which I am a Slush Slasher for.

http://www.darkrecesses.com  - Your One-Stop Literary Horror Magazine .



In My Mailbox - Week Ending 29th August


This Week For Review :

From Ford Street Publishing:

From Author Justin R. Smith

From Author Jennifer Allis Provost:


From Penguin NZ

* The Eternal Ones - Kirsten Miller
*Shade - Jeri Smith Ready
*The Chronicles of Vladmir Tod (Book #1) - Heather Brewer
*The Other Countess - Eve Edwards
*I am Number Four - Pittacus Lore

From Hatchette Publishers:
* Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich
*Kiss Heaven Goodbye - Tasmina Perry
*The Black Prism - Brent Weeks
*Glee - The Beginning .


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Make Way For Daniel X .....

                                                        Daniel X: Demons and DruidsAre you a fan of James Patterson's books ? How about his series for Teens and preferably his Daniel X Series? If so , then today's book review is right up your alley with Book #3 in the Daniel X Series.

Review : Daniel X : Demons and Druids - James Patterson and Adam Sadler - 2010

Once again, we are reunited with Daniel X : Alien Hunter and his group of friends whom he can conjure up. This time , Daniel X is headed to London , the home of Big Ben to find Number #3 on his list - The Beta. However , of course each journey for Daniel X never goes smoothly and his trip to London is anything but peachy as before reaching his mission , Daniel X must conquer and kill several aliens that get in his way starting with Number #43- It is in fighting this Alien , Daniel X reveals one of his developing powers - the power to freeze time ( a bit like Hiro in Heroes) , soon after that he is encountered by a petrol guzzling alien whose favourite drink is Castrol and he is followed home by what look like Vampires whom suck the cerebral juice from their victim's brains. When the Beta strikes a school , Daniel X must attend a training boot-camp with his ghost of a father and learn the ropes and skills necessary to taking Beta Down.  In the process , Daniel X must learn to get past his fear of Fire as that is Beta's strong suit.

On My Wishlist #3

This Week's Top #3 on my Wishlist are as follows :
Title : Darkness Becomes Her
Author: Kelly Keaton
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Supernatural YA
Release Date : Feb 22nd 2011
Sypnosis :
Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.

Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.
She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.
Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.


                                                   Title: Crave
                                                   Author: Melinda Metz and Laura J Burns
                                                   Genre: Fantasy
                                                   Release Date:  September 21st 2010


                                                                    
                                                                             Title: When Rose Wakes
                                                                           Author: Christopher Golden
                                                                            Genre: Paranormal Romance YA
                                                                     Release Date: September 28th 2010


Sypnosis :

Her terrifying dreams are nothing compared to the all-too-real nightmare that awaits. . . .Ever since sixteen-year-old Rose DuBois woke up from months in a coma with absolutely no memories, she’s had to start from scratch. She knows she loves her two aunts who take care of her, and that they all used to live in France, but everything else from her life before is a blank.Rose tries to push through the memory gaps and start her new life, attending high school and living in Boston with her aunts, who have seriously old world ideas. Especially when it comes to boys. But despite their seemingly irrational fears and odd superstitions, they insist Rose not worry about the eerie dreams she’s having, vivid nightmares that she comes to realize are strangely like the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. The evil witch, the friendly fairies, a curse that puts an entire town to sleep—Rose relives the frightening story every night. And when a mysterious raven-haired woman starts following her, Rose begins to wonder if she is the dormant princess. And now that she’s awake, she’s in terrible, terrible danger. . . .

Author Spotlight # T'one Brown

Today Readers , I have featured in one of my first Author Spotlight's T'one Brown. I first met T'one through her networking page on facebook "Writers, Author's, Poets Networking Group - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kennesaw-GA/Writers-Authors-Poets-Networking-Group/254333082523
This group provides contacts in the writing world , allows discussions, postings of reviews and writings , writing opportunities and last but not least a solid group of friends.
T'one also compiles for the group a newsletter which is circulated to over 5000 people ( what a lot of readership , a bonus for those who want to join). The newsletter like the Facebook group is titled WAPNG which is the Writers, Authors, Poet Networking Group.

Not only has T'one dedicated herself to the WAPNG Page , she also has her own website

T'one continues to always suprise as she has also written four books , In the next part of this post I am going to give you a quick insight to the writings of T'one Brown.






40 Plus and living it up

After 40 life changes for you. You begin to realize you can hold your own and you don't need permission to do so. Turning 40 is a milestone that only you can experience. There are hard times because of bad choices and decisions. Sometimes life throws you curve balls. You know the unexpected events in life. In this book I share uneventful stories and amazing eventful stories of triumph. Sorry to say just because you are older doesn't necessary mean its easy street. That’s far from the truth and there are rock bottoms, despair, and banging the head against the wall. Some peoples 40's are fantastic and some over 40's feel it’s dreadful. I share my experience but I will share experiences of both men and women who share what turning 40 meant to them. I hope you enjoy the stories they will make you laugh, cry, and experience some joy


Bullies Exposed : Stop The Madness.

If you're among those who have found themselves a bit confused about how bullies are identified, the Bullies Exposed "Stop! The Madness" is what you need to read. It is gone on far too long ignored because of an individual fear of confrontation, and discrimination due to the actions of a bully.

This book takes you beyond the negative experience of a bully
It helps you recognize one, it also helps you recognize yourself as the bully.
It helps you begin to make that change to find your own self-respect with out the need to belittle another or be belittled.
Its time rather it's you that's being the bully, or you up against the wall with one. Go beyond your self imposed limitations by breaking the loose of inhabitations. Identify the major enemies of your hidden abilities because as an adult that bully still has a hold on you. Protect and cultivate your life from bullies you can begin to live again.
Bullies have a way of stopping us dead in our steps even when the bullying is over and in the past. Let us learn to live for today and no longer allow the haunting of a past bully or present bullies keep you from your divine destiny in life.


My Momma :
My Momma which was a personal written book of poems about the love I fell for my mother.





Shared Gratitude :
Shared Gratitude, A Way of Living is the first book I published and it was such a surprise its success has been so amazing. My book was written with people in mind who have seek to discover how to experience sharing gratitude as a way of living.


Gratitude has been around for decades some apply it in their everyday lives, some are missing its astounding results of developing positive relationships, self-validation, and validating they're surrounding environment. When we share our self in gratitude we not only change our personal life we also impart in others. My hope is you my readers will see better ways of having gratitude towards yourself, your life, as well as, for what's already present in your life.

Shared Gratitude, A Way of Living contains wonderful stories, expressing of gratitude. Making connections with people encountered in your everyday life and pearls of wisdom that can completely change your life. The purpose for Shared Gratitude, A Way of Living is to lead you on a path that you no longer live your life by default but on purpose.
 
 

An "Unholy Embrace" with Neil Benson

Unholy Embrace
Are you loving the whole mortal/vampire love storyline ? Edward and Bella in Twilight , Elena and Stefan / Damon in Vampire Diaries , Dylan and Claire in The Gates (though Claire is now turned) , Alexander/ Jagger and Raven in Vampire Kisses and Dimitri and Rose in Vampire Academy or Hugo and Elizabeth in The Point and who can forget our Sookie Stackhouse and Eric/Bill.
With Vampire Novels now on the rise for the last two years , reading an article -the world of Vampires has hit the money-making world of $7 Billion Dollars in Books, Movies, TV and Merchandise.
Today's Review is that whole mortal/vampire love affair but in today's book it contains the twist of the female being the Vampire and the mortal being the male.

Review : Unholy Embrace - Neil Benson -2010

A popular storyline lately has been the tale of the mortal/vampire love story and the majority of them have ended up writing the male as a Vampire and the female as the lovestruck mortal. One thing that I really liked in Neil Benson's book is that he decided to use gender reversed roles and make the male the lovestruck mortal and the female the Vampire. Having it this way, was a nice change for once.
The story starts when Frank and Nessa are out on a date and are attacked by Werewolves, the attack causes Nessa to extract her fangs and go all- vampirey , something that Frank hasn't really experienced before. From then on , we are transported back to the beginning -where they first met and how their relationship started and of course how they reached the point in the story.
What follows is Nessa explaining and opening her 400yr old heart to Frank and telling her story on how she became a Vampire starting in Hungary all the way to her travels via Vienna and Paris to the Present time in New York.
We read as the Werewolves attacks are just the beginning as Nessa has been on the run nearly 400 years and has been tracked by Narice - the vampire lover of the Vampire who turned Nessa and in return Nessa Killed out of vengeance.
When Frank realises the consequences and danger of being with Nessa , can he stand strong and embrace the unholiness of being with a Vampire or will he take the white feather coward option out and leave Nessa to follow a path of a normal life ?
An excellent story that shows readers in a paranormal and supernatural way that no matter what happens and how terrifying obstacles can be - love between not only mortals but mortals and supernaturals can stick together and overcome anything.

Weddings by Bella ...... Book #3

It Had to Be You (Weddings by Bella, Book 3)
Want more of Weddings ? Are you feeling in a Romantic mood with Spring looming forth ? Today's review is the third book in the "Weddings by Bella" series by authoress Janice Thompson.

Review : It Had to be You - Janice Thompson - 2010

In the final book of the Weddings by Bella series , we witness several weddings taking place and engagements galore. The third book focuses on the marriage of Laz and Rosa who finally after many years of debate and stubbornness over who was better Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra have put their views aside and are ready to commit to one another. Bella and her family couldn't be more over the moon , however this wouldn't be a Weddings By Bella book if trouble didn't arise in more than one way. With Bella trying to organise two weddings - her Auntie Rosa's and her own , she really needs an extra pair of hands but when her best friend disappears Bella is left to try and organise everything in time for the perfect day. When Laz's best man former Mobster Sal Lucci turns up , will he tear the happy couple apart as he rips into Laz putting his two cents where it doesn't belong? . Will Bella be able to do a Wedding Planner and pull off not only one perfect wedding but two ?. It Had to be You is the perfect finish to a wonderful series that lovers of movies like 27 Dresses and The Wedding Planner will enjoy. Of course , we can all sit back and imagine what happens when you put a room full of Italians together with half-a dozen Texans - It Had to Be You will have you laughing and crying and once finished craving Pizza with Pepperoni and humming Swing Music.



Friday, August 27, 2010

Book Blogger Hop

Hey Readers, as you are aware I have just joined in recently the Book Blogger Hop. You also might have noticed that this week's reviews are at a bare minimum. This was because I had to go to Wellington and attend a funeral as one of my relatives died recently of Cancer.

Every week , we answer a question :)

This Week's Question is
Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?


The Last Letter from Your LoverThis is actually an interesting question as I noticed so many book review sites use ratings. Myself personally I don't believe in ratings though I have used them when writing for other sites. On my own site though I do not use a rating system .
My view is that if you are going to waste time reading a book and then rate it only a 1-2 stars then really what was the point . For me , if I read a book and enjoy it -then a review will be published on it. If for some reason that book was amazing or better than anything I have read before and since I read 40-50 books a month on average "I read heaps" , then in the review I will rave about it. For Instance - one of the best books I read and reviewed recently was "The Last Letter From Your Lover" by Jojo Moyes , it was such an amazing read. Have a look at that review and compare to others.

                                                        Question For Readers :

                                                   1) Do you prefer Ratings ?
                          2) What is one of the best books you have read so far ?

Not Everyone is Exactly Faithful @ Faithful Place

                                                             Faithful Place: A Novel

When it comes to reading Murder Mysteries , I tend to try and steer clear of the majority of UK Writers as I find their writings too detailed or they tend to drag on and on and on......... . However , every now and again an UK Author pops up and I love their books to bits.
Author's like Shelia Quigley , Kevin Lewis, Ken Bruen, Martina Cole , Jessie Keane, Mark Billingham, James Scott Bell, James Lee and Alafair Burke etc ( Their are many more but these are just to name a few).
Today's book review is from another of my favourite UK authors - Tana French.

Review : Faithful Place - Tana French - August 2010

In life many of us reach an age or a point , where we know who we are and it defines us and in that moment it sets our lives on a course . Whether it be a job, a place, a decision and that moment can come out of tragedy, sickness , necessity etc.
For Frank Mackey , his defining moment in life , the one where he had the epiphany of what he was going to do with his life and become happened at age 19.
At 19 , Frank's world consisted of his girlfriend Rosie "the love of his life" Daly. They had planned to escape from their houses and family at Faithful Place and jump the Ferry and start a new life in England.
For Frank , Rosie never showed and from that day on he left and never returned to Faithful Place . He stuck his life in motion and became an Undercover Cop.
Now Twenty Years later, he has cut all ties with his family , divorced and has a daughter.  He has never looked back on his path until his sister calls to say that Rosie's suitcase has been found hidden in their rendezvous spot of No #16 Faithful Place.
We read as Frank is thrown back into his past and we read as he will go to any lengths to discover what happened that night twenty years ago even if it means betraying those who are family .
As usual Tana French has written another fast-paced , Irish Mystery that will leave you wondering how it happened till the very last chapters.
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