Friday, October 31, 2014

Party Games by R.L. Stine

Author: R. L. Stine
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Date of publication: September 2014

Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear's birthday party at his family's estate on mysterious Fear Island. But Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. Brendan has a lot of party games planned. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party—the game of murder. As the guests start dying one by one, Rachel realizes to her horror that she and the other teenagers are trapped on the tiny island with someone who may want to kill them all. How to escape this deadly game? Rachel doesn't know whom she can trust. She should have realized that nothing is as it seems… on Fear Island.

After not loving (OK hating) Red Rain, I was a bit leery about reading Mr. Stine's latest in the Fear Street series. I am glad to say that Party Games was the complete opposite of Red Rain.  With this latest book, the author is back to his old writing self that we have all come to know and love with his Goosebumps and Fear Street Series.

I actually enjoyed Party Games.  For a YA horror, it had just the right amount of suspense and surprise moments to keep the reader on their toes.  I thought the characters were interesting and relevant.  I loved the creepy island and house setting.  The story did remind me a lot of the plot from "April Fool's Day" (The 80s version), at least in the beginning.  But, there are a few twists that took the story in a whole different direction.  I think this is a perfect Halloween read for the YA crowd!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Married One Night by Amber Leigh Williams

Author: Amber Leigh Williams
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: October 2014

What happened in Vegas…followed her home! 

Olivia Lewis is not the marrying type. So when a wild weekend in Vegas leaves her with a surprise husband, she's happy to sign anything to erase her mistake—even if that mistake is handsome, charming and comes with an English accent. Fortunately, her groom has other plans. 

Bestselling author Gerald Leighton knows he can make his new bride fall in love with him—he just needs time. In exchange for a quickie divorce, Olivia grudgingly gives him a few weeks to attempt to woo her. And whether Olivia likes it or not, Gerald plans on using every second to win her heart!

Are you in the mood for a sweet romance?  Give Married One Night a try. I really enjoyed this super cute story about two people who find love in a one night stand.  Olivia and Gerald meet in Las Vegas and end up married in a drunken haze. They part ways, but Gerald can't forget his bride.  He has three weeks to convince her that they have something worth fighting for.  

I loved watching Gerald set about wooing Olivia.  To her dismay, he manages to win the hearts of her friends and family.  She just needs to let go of her fear of love in order to give them a chance.  Even though I knew I would get a HEA.  I was rooting for them the whole way. There are some other characters that round out the story nicely. With a little research, I found that some of them are featured in previous books.  I definitely want to seek them out.  The book is a pretty quick read and one I definitely recommend!

About the Author

Amber Leigh Williams lives on the Gulf Coast. A southern girl at heart, she loves beach days, the smell of real books, relaxing at her family’s lakehouse, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and their sweet, blue-eyed boy. When she’s not running after her young son and three, large dogs, she can usually be found reading a good romance or cooking up a new dish in her kitchen. She is represented by Joyce Holland of the D4EO Literary Agency.

Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Married One Night.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Barter by Siobhan Adcock

by:  Siobhan Adcock
published by:  Dutton Adult
publish date:  September 4, 2014

The Barter is a ghost story and a love story, a riveting emotional tale that also explores motherhood and work and feminism. Set in Texas, in present day, and at the turn of the twentieth century, the novel follows two young mothers at the turning point of their lives.

Bridget has given up her career as an attorney to raise her daughter, joining a cadre of stay-at-home mothers seeking fulfillment in a quiet suburb. But for Bridget, some crucial part of the exchange is absent: Something she loves and needs. And now a terrifying presence has entered her home; only nobody but Bridget can feel it.

On a farm in 1902, a young city bride takes a farmer husband. The marriage bed will become both crucible and anvil as Rebecca first allows, then negates, the powerful erotic connection between them. She turns her back on John to give all her love to their child. Much will occur in this cold house, none of it good.

The Barter was kind of strange story.  Firstly, I didn't really understand how "The Barter" really figured in to the story.  Maybe I was missing something about that.  I think that whole part of the story could have been left out and it would have been totally fine.  Secondly, it seemed like it was less of a ghost story and more of a work on feminism than anything else.  That was fine, it was actually pretty interesting, but I think it would have been more interesting to angle it that way than trying to work the barter issue.

Initially I thought I was going to like the Rebecca side of the story better because I was irritated with the kind of lifestyle that Bridget was leading.  However, in the end, I kinda ended up siding with Bridget because I felt bad for her.  She seemed trapped in her stay at home mom life and couldn't find away out without admitting defeat.  

I would recommend this book to mothers in particular because I think it has some important messages in it about how we can't do it all.  It's ok to pick work over staying at home, it doesn't make you a failure as a mother.  While, The Barter might not have been one of my favorites, I did find it interesting and it made me think and that's always a good thing.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How to Bake a Man by Jessica Barksdale Inclán

Author:  Jessica Barksdale Inclán
Publisher: Ghostwood Books
Date of publication: October 2014

When 27-year-old Becca Muchmore drops out of grad school, all she has left to fall back on is her baking. Ignoring her mother’s usual barrage of disapproval and disappointment, she decides to start a small business hand-delivering her wares. A friend introduces her to an office of hungry lawyers, who agree to give her a try. Her lizard-booted neighbor Sal is happy to help out when he can, and almost before she knows it, Becca’s Best is up and running. 

Before she can settle into a routine, things get complicated. The office ogress could easily be Becca’s sister and has absolutely no patience with cookies or other frivolities. Even worse, her boyfriend is the man of Becca’s dreams – kind, funny, successful, and brain-meltingly gorgeous. As the dark undercurrents threaten to pull her down, Becca swiftly finds herself neck-deep in office politics, clandestine romance, and flour. Saving her business (and finding true love) is going to take everything she’s got, and more.

How to Bake a Man is another book that I have read lately that while I liked the overall story, I didn't love it.  It was overall a cute story about a woman who starts a baking business and finds love in the one place she didn't suspect.  The story has the feel of a rom-com movie. 

It also has some fun characters.I loved Sal and his "takes" on life.  They were clever and amusing. They were also a way to subtly convey messages to those he told them to.  I also enjoyed the little bits of baking wisdom that were included at the beginning of each chapter.  I found those to be entertaining and a nice addition to the story.  I was also very hungry while reading this and with all of the baked goods described, I swear I gained 5 pounds by osmosis!

What I didn't care for was Becca and her journey to finding love.  I didn't see the insta-love feeling between her and Jeff.  They weren't together enough for me to really feel the attraction.  I have always said that I can't like a character that I don't respect.  I lost respect for Becca about halfway through the book. First she looks down on Jennifer for cheating on Jeff, but then soon after she almost has sex with Jeff while he is still with Jennifer.  That was kind of a WTF moment for me and took the book down a few levels. I know a lot of readers can over look that, but I just can't.

I think fans of foodie books will like this story.  Just make sure to eat a full meal before you read it or you might find yourself at your local bakery trying to satisfy that craving for a brownie or scone!

About the author:

JESSICA BARKSDALE INCLAN is the author of twelve traditionally published novels, including the best-selling Her Daughter’s EyesThe Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. She has also published several ebooks and a women’s studies textbook, Diverse Voices of Women. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Czech.
Inclán teaches composition, creative writing, mythology, and women’s literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and online novel writing courses for UCLA Extension.

Find out more about Jessica at her website,

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Jessica Barksdale Inclán’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, October 13th:  A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, October 14th:  girlichef
Wednesday, October 15th:  Nightly Reading
Thursday, October 16th: Bookchickdi
Monday, October 20th:  Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, October 21st:  Giraffe Days
Wednesday, October 22nd:  WV Stitcher
Thursday, October 23rd:  Leigh Kramer
Monday, October 27th:  Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, October 28th:  From the TBR Pile
Monday, November 3rd:  Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, November 4th:  Kahakai Kitchen
Friday, November 7th:  Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Date TBD:  Book Marks the Spot

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blog Tour: The Unforgivable Fix by T. E. Woods

Author: T. E. Woods
Publisher: Random House Alibi
Date of publication: October 2014

The killer won’t come for you, you fool. He’ll come for me.

Detective Mort Grant of the Seattle PD has finally decided to sell. The home where he and his late wife raised two kids feels too large and too full of old memories. His son is married and raising a family of his own, and despite desperate efforts to find her, Mort has lost touch with his wayward daughter. That is, until the day she walks back into her childhood home and begs for his help.

For the last four years, Allie Grant has been the lover—and confidante, confessor, and counselor—of one of the world’s most powerful and deadly men. But a sudden, rash move has put Allie in the crosshairs of a ruthless Russian crime lord. Mort knows of only one place where Allie will be safe: with The Fixer.

As a hired desperado, The Fixer has killed twenty-three people—and Mort was complicit in her escape from the law. She has built an impregnable house, stocked it with state-of-the-art gear, armed it to the teeth, and locked herself away from the world. But even The Fixer may not be able to get justice for Allie when real evil comes knocking.

This is the third book in the "Fixer" series.  I really enjoy the first one, The Fixer.  I didn't have the chance to read the second book, Red Hot Fix, but I never felt like I was missing anything while reading The Unforgivable Fix.   There are two cases going on at the same time in this book.  One involving Lydia and her therapy practice and the other involving Mort's daughter Allie who is on the run from the drug world.

As far as story-lines go, I liked one involving Lydia's practice more.  I kind of wish the book was more about that whole scenario. Without giving too much away, I thought it was the more interesting of the two. The wrap up included a twist I didn't expect.  I also  had more sympathy for Lydia's patients and their families that I did for Mort's daughter Allie.  I don't have much sympathy in general for anyone who purposefully put themselves into a situation like hers.  I was a bit disappointed that Mort was so naive about his own daughter.  

So, in the end, it was a pretty good addition to the series.  I didn't love it as much as the first, but I still found it a good and quick read.  I will have to go back and try Red Hot Fix before the next book comes out.

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About the author:

T. E. Woods is as eager as her fans to return to the thrilling world of the Justice series. She’s busy writing the next installment and is developing a new series set in Madison, Wisconsin.

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T. E. Woods TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, October 6th:  A Fantastical Librarian
Monday, October 6th:  Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, October 6th:  Kritter’s Ramblings – Red Hot Fix
Tuesday, October 7th:  Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Tuesday, October 7th:  Kritter’s Ramblings
Monday, October 13th:  Patricia’s Wisdom – Red Hot Fix
Thursday, October 16th:  FictionZeal
Friday, October 17th:  Mystery Playground - “Drinks with Reads” guest post
Monday, October 20th:  She Treads Softly
Tuesday, October 21st:  Kahakai Kitchen
Monday, October 27th:  From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, October 29th:  Bibliotica
Thursday, October 30th:  Mockingbird  Hill Cottage – Red Hot Fix and The Unforgivable Fix
TBD: My Shelf Confessions – Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon Giveaway

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stay with Me by J. Lynn

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J. Lynn
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication; September 2014

At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she'd left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.

Stay With Me is the third book in the "Wait for Me" series. I really enjoyed the first two books, so I was hoping this one would be just as good.  While I liked Calla's story, I didn't really love it.  I was a little underwhelmed.  Calla finds out that her deadbeat, drug addict mother stole all of her school money and fraudulently rang up a ton of credit card debit in Calla's name.  She decides to head home to see if she can get some of that money back.  Once there she meets Jax who seems to be running her mother's bar. That attraction is intense from the start.

I say I was a little underwhelmed because while I liked Jax, Calla drove me crazy.  Her martyr complex just got too much for me at times. She made some incredibly stupid decisions that resulted in a few TSTL moments.  At times I couldn't understand what Jax saw in her.  I also had a huge problem with Calla not wanting to press charges against her mother for fraud.  Working at a bar over the summer is not to going to remotely come close  to paying off a hundred grand in debt.  But proving credit card fraud will help.  Especially after what her mother did to her in the end.  

What I did like about the story was Jax.  He was such a nice guy and I think ultimately good for Calla.  Once she got over herself and realized she could  rely on someone else, I felt like their relationship was more solid.  I loved how he kept wanting to help her experience things one her list of things she had never done.    

I am looking forward to Roxy and Reece's story in Fall with Me next year.  Those two really intrigue me!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Young World by Chris Weitz

by:  Chris Weitz
published by:  Little Brown Books for Young Readers
publish date:  July 29, 2014

After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

The Young World is probably one of my favorite YA Post-Apocalyptic books I've read in a long time.  That's weirdly specific but there is a ton of YA Post-Ap out there, and I've read a lot of it.

There are a few things that I liked about this book that I thought kind of set it apart.  First, it takes place about 10 years out from the plague that wiped out all the adults and babies.  So while the survivors were young when it happened, they're all now old enough to remember what they lost.  Secondly, I liked how the tribes were formed.  It seemed to me a likely way that kids would congregate.  Lastly, this book was kind of dark and a lot grittier than I had expected and I appreciated that.  It made it seem a lot more realistic.

This is a series and I'm definitely curious to see where it's going to go.  The ending was such a cliffhanger.  Even now thinking back on it, I have so many questions about this book and none of them really make any sense or could be answered now knowing how the book ended.  So, I will have to read the next book in the series.  Looks like that book is coming out in July 2015.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Author Interview: To Love a King by Shona Husk

Today we are lucky enough to have author Shona Husk for an interview.  She is promoting her latest book in the Court of Annwyn series, To Love a King.

Publisher: Soucerbooks Casablanca
Date of publication: October 2014

He’s Trying to Reclaim His Past
To keep the balance between good and evil at the court of Annwyn, Prince Felan ap Gwyn has two weeks to marry and take the crown. But he wants more than just power—he wants love; a love he once had but was too stubborn to hold on to.

She’s Struggling to Face the Future
It took years for Jacqueline Ara to put her life back together after Felan abandoned her. She’s moved on, even if her heart still burns for him. But with war in Annwyn looming and death bleeding into the mortal world, Felan and Jacquie will need to heal old wounds and rekindle the passion that once welled between them…or face losing everything.

Kari& Autumn: What inspired you to become a writer?

Shona: I wrote as a child, but it wasn’t until I was on maternity leave that I started writing as an adult. I also discovered romance novels about the same time and I knew that was what I wanted to write. I love creating new worlds and putting my characters through hell as it makes the happily ever after that much sweeter.

Kari& Autumn: Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?

Shona: Ideas are everywhere. I think lots of little things pull together to make an idea so by the time it snowballs into what I recognize as a story idea it’s been rolling around my mind for ages. I read a lot and widely, from current affairs (which is where the plagues came from in To Love a King) to mythology, to nonfiction, biographies as well as all kinds of fiction. The more I put into my mind the more there is for my subconscious to draw on. It does make it tough to pin point where exactly an idea came from.

Kari& Autumn: What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?

Shona: I’m working on a few more Annwyn books. The Darkling Lord (Court of Annwyn #4) will be out in March next year and two more will follow. I also have a contemporary series starting next year which is super exciting. You can keep up to date with my new releases through my newsletter:

Kari& Autumn: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

Shona: My first literary crush was Rhodry from Daggerspell by Katherine Kerr. He was a hot half-elf who was also a mercenary. He was ever so dashing and over the course of 15 books got into all kinds of trouble.

Kari& Autumn: Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Shona: A cat. No matter the size they are slinky when they move. They snooze a lot and eat whatever they want. They also look good in spots and stripes.

About the author:

Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance. 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pre-Publication Teaser Tour: What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte

We are excited to be taking part in the pre-publication tour to promote Marie Harte's upcoming book, What to Do with a Bad Boy, Book 4 in the McCauley Brothers series.  Over the next two weeks, a different blog will be releasing a new excerpt every day.  We have the 4th one for you below! ( The full list of stops can also be found below) 

What to Do with a Bad Boy
Author: Marie Harte
Pubdate: November 4th, 2014
ISBN: 9781402287435
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Every time Delilah Webster runs into Mike McCauley, he practically bites her head off. The rough-and-tumble contractor clearly has baggage. Del has her own emotional scars and knows she’s better off keeping her distance, but Mike’s temptation in jeans and a T-shirt and she’s always been good with her hands…

There’s something about the strong-willed mechanic that sets Mike’s motor running—and scares the hell out of him. Mike has loved and lost and will never hurt like that again, even if that means walking away from a woman who makes him feel alive for the first time in years.

When a simple kiss turns hot and heavy, Mike discovers he can’t stay away, no matter how certain he is they’re destined to crash and burn…

An Excerpt

She didn’t like him towering over her desk. Over her. She rose to her feet and wondered if standing on her chair to gain a height advantage would seem too juvenile. “Well what? J.T. and I met Vanessa and Cam for a game of bowling. Colin was there. We might have let a few words slip, but it was an accident.” Through the door, a loud curse sounded. “I work in a garage. We’re not having a tea party, McCauley. Grow a set of stones and deal.”
He took a step closer, and she had a hard time looking away from his eyes. Man, she’d never seen a blue so…blue. “My name is Mike.”
“Mike.” She licked her lips, not liking the sudden dryness. To her consternation, his gaze fixed on her mouth. “So, uh, get over it.”
“Right.” Mike took a deep breath, then let it out and stepped back. “Quit cursing around my kid.”
“I’ll try.” For once he hadn’t ordered her to stop seeing Colin. “I don’t know when I’ll be seeing him again, so it probably doesn’t matter.”
Mike shrugged. “Abby’s putting together a celebration party Wednesday night, for her new book deal, I think. She’ll probably invite you.”
Actually, Abby had sent the invitation via email that morning. “Oh. You’re going?”
“Yeah.” That handsome smile he so seldom wore appeared, showing a dimple in his left cheek. “But I know how I scare you, so I don’t figure I’ll see you Wednesday night. Don’t worry, I’ll tell Colin you were busy.”
“Scare me? You?” She huffed. “In your dreams, Mike.” She moved around the desk to poke him in his rock-solid chest. “I’ll be there Wednesday. Try not to be more of an ass than you can help. I mean, your kid will be there. Don’t want to show Colin what you’re really made of.”
He leaned down, so that his nose was all but touching hers. “Sweetheart, you couldn’t handle what I’m really made of.”

Make sure to check out Book Hounds tomorrow for the next installment!

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About the author:

Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a  happily ever after. Visit and fall in love.

Throwback Thursday: The Man From Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller

Author: Linda Lael Miller
First published in 2006 by  Harlequin

When trouble strikes in Haven, Arizona, Ranger Sam O'Ballivan is determined to sort it out. Badge and gun hidden, he arrives posing as the new schoolteacher, and discovers his first task: bringing the ranchers' children under control. So he starts with a call on Maddie Chancelor, the local postmistress and older sister of a boy in need of discipline.

But far from the spinster Sam expects, Maddie turns out to be a graceful woman whose prim and proper demeanor is belied by the fire in her eyes. Working undercover to capture rustlers and train robbers has always kept Sam isolated and his heart firmly in check until now. But something about the spirited postmistress tempts him to start down a path he swore he'd never travel….

The Man From Stone Creek was a bit underwhelming.  I liked the overall storyline.  Sam is undercover as a school teacher while he tracks down a group of bandits.  Maddie runs the local mercantile and takes care of her brother.  The attraction is there, but Sam is promised to another woman  

The problem i had with the story was the lack of heat between Maddie and Sam. They don't even kiss until almost the very end of the book.  When they do finally kiss, they jump right into bed together.  I just wasn't feeling the love between the two of them.  I also felt like it was a bit too long.  I definitely could have been shorter.    I wouldn't say skip it, but just don't expect too much.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blog Tour: The Summer of Long Knives by Jim Snowden

Author: Jim Snowden
Publisher: Book Tree Tropes
Date of publication: Septmeber 2013

In the summer of 1936, the racial and political climate in Munich are growing tense, and Kommisar Rolf Wundt and his wife Klara are increasingly desperate to leave Nazi Germany while they still can. But when a member of the League of German Girls is found brutally murdered and posed in the yard of a dilapidated farmhouse, Rolf’s supervisor declares that they can’t leave until he’s solved the case. Rolf’s investigation leads him from the depths of the underground Communist movement to the heights of Germany’s elite Nazi society, exposing the cracks in Germany’s so-called unified society as well as the unspoken tensions in Rolf’s complicated marriage. Ultimately, long-buried secrets and overwhelming evidence are laid bare, but how can Rolf bring the killer to justice in a country devoid of justice? And how can he protect himself, his wife, and his former lover from the barbarism of a corrupt and power-hungry government?

I am always sad when a book ends up being a DNF one for me.  I always go into a new story with enthusiasm and every intention of finishing.  But, I have also come to learn that I sometimes have to just give up on a book.  It doesn't always mean it's badly written. It is usually because to story doesn't fit me.  I found that with The Summer of Long Knives.  I just really couldn't get into the story.  

I kept having the feeling that I was missing something like an earlier book.  I had a hard time orienting myself to the story.  I also think that I really don't know enough about the political climate of that time in history to really get a grasp of what was going on within the main characters. I felt like there wasn't enough of a set-up in the beginning to help me with this.  I have read a couple of reviews that stated that the book didn't have a 1930s Germany feel to it and I have to agree.  I felt like the language was very American and contemporary.  
Having said all of that, I have seen a lot of great reviews for the book.  I encourage you to try it and see if you like it for yourself.  It just wasn't a book for me.

About the author:

Bellevue author Jim Snowden has published short stories in Pulphouse, Mind In MotionThe Seattle ReviewThe King’s Englishand MAKE.His novellaEscape Velocities, was named a 2004 notable story by the editors of StorySouth. Jim received his MFA from the University of Washington in 2004, where he won the David Guterson award for his work on his debut novel,Dismantle the Sun. He also runs a small press, MMIP Books, which published its first short story collection, Coming Unglued: Six Stories About Things Falling Apart, in May of 2011. Its second collection, Blood Promises, And Other Commitments was released in April of 2013.

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Jim Snowden’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, September 15th: Nightly Reading
Wednesday, September 17th: The Year in Books
Thursday, September 18th: Maurice on Books
Tuesday, September 23rd: Words by Webb
Thursday, September 25th: 5 Minutes for Books
Friday, September 26th: Mystery Playground – Drinks with Reads guest post
Monday, September 29th: JulzReads
Wednesday, October 1st: Back Porchervations
Monday, October 6th: Diary of an Eccentric
Wednesday, October 8th: Books and Movies – spotlight/giveaway
Thursday, October 9th: Sarah’s Book Shelves
Monday, October 13th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, October 16th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Monday, October 20th: Omnimystery News – author guest post
Wednesday, October 22nd: From the TBR Pile
Monday, November 3rd:  Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

by:  Trent Reedy
published by:  Arthur A. Levine Books
publish date:  January 28, 2014

Danny Wright never thought he'd be the man to bring down the United States of America. In fact, he enlisted in the National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the Idaho governor's orders to police a protest in Boise, it seems like a routine crowd-control mission ... but then Danny's gun misfires, spooking the other soldiers and the already fractious crowd, and by the time the smoke clears, twelve people are dead.

This was an audiobook that I got from the SYNC program that does every summer.  If you haven't signed up for that, I'd say go for it!  You get the option of downloading 2 YA audiobooks every week during the summer, one classic book and one new book.  

Divided We Fall was really great book.  It turned out to be a lot better than I was expecting!  Danny signs up for the National Guard out of honor to his father and help out at home.  He gets involved in Idaho trying to stand against the will of the President.  His National Guard unit is called in to protect the downtown area during protests when Danny's weapon accidentally discharges.  That incident starts a war between Idaho and the government of the United States.  

Trent Reedy did a good job covering a lot of the arguments that I kept coming up with.  So hats off to him.  Again this is the start of a series, but this is one that I'll probably keep up with.  I'm interested to see what happens.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour: A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka

Author: Madhulika Sikka
Publisher: Crown
Date of publication:  February 2014

From NPR News executive editor comes an indispensable and approachable guide to life during, and after, breast cancer.

The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman.  Madhulika Sikka’s A Breast Cancer Alphabet offers a new way to live with and plan past the hardest diagnosis that most women will ever receive: a personal, practical, and deeply informative look at the road from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

What Madhulika Sikka didn’t foresee when initially diagnosed, and what this book brings to life so vividly, are the unexpected and minute challenges that make navigating the world of breast cancer all the trickier.  A Breast Cancer Alphabet is an inspired reaction to what started as a personal predicament.

This A-Z guide to living with breast cancer goes where so many fear to tread: sex (S is for Sex – really?), sentimentality (J is for Journey – it’s a cliché we need to dispense with), hair (H is for Hair – yes, you can make a federal case of it) and work (Q is for Quitting – there’ll be days when you feel like it).  She draws an easy-to-follow, and quite memorable, map of her travels from breast cancer neophyte to seasoned veteran.

As a prominent news executive, Madhulika had access to the most cutting edge data on the disease’s reach and impact.  At the same time, she craved the community of frank talk and personal insight that we rely on in life’s toughest moments.  This wonderfully inventive book navigates the world of science and story, bringing readers into Madhulika’s mind and experience in a way that demystifies breast cancer and offers new hope for those living with it.

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I was happy to join this tour to promote A Breast Cancer Alphabet. Breast cancer is a disease that affects a woman's life in ways that she cannot imagine. While I didn't read the book cover to cover, I found the parts I did read to be informative as well as comforting.  I think one of the best ways to survive an illness is by drawing from the wisdom of one who has been on the same path.  I would have no problem passing this book onto a loved one who may find herself on this path.  

About the author:

MADHULIKA SIKKA is a veteran broadcast journalist with decades of experience. Among other media outlets, she has worked at NPR News and ABC News.

Visit Madhulika’s website for more information.

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Madhulika Sikka’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Wednesday, October 1st: The Reading Date 
Thursday, October 2nd: Peeking Between the Pages
Friday, October 3rd: Guiltless Reading spotlight/excerpt
Monday, October 6th: WV Stitcher
Tuesday, October 7th: Lisa’s Yarns
Wednesday, October 8th: Life is Story
Friday, October 10th: Bibliotica
Monday, October 13th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, October 14th: Nightly Reading
Monday, October 20th: Lesa’s Book Critiques
Monday, October 20th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, October 20th: Laura’s Book List – giveaway
Tuesday, October 21st: Sincerely Stacie
Tuesday, October 21st: My Shelf Confessions
Thursday, October 23rd: Luxury Reading
Monday, October 27th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Blog Tour: Review & Interview: Fallen by Leslie Tentler

Please welcome author Leslie Tentler.  She is promoting her latest book, Fallen.  Enjoy her interview after my thoughts on the book.

Publisher: Left Field Press
Date of publication: October 2014

Amid a sultry Atlanta summer, someone is targeting police…

The investigation becomes personal for APD Detective Ryan Winter when a colleague and friend is shot dead, the second victim in just weeks. But even as he finds himself being drawn into the tense hunt for a serial cop killer, he is forced to re-examine his own shattering personal tragedy.

An ER physician at Atlanta’s busy Mercy Hospital, Dr. Lydia Costa is no stranger to suffering. Still, the recent police slayings reopen barely healed wounds—and bring her face-to-face with her ex-husband, Ryan Winter.

As the body count rises and paranoia tightens its grip on the police force, Lydia and Ryan are pulled together by circumstances and fate…causing old passions to reignite despite their painful shared past. But as Ryan moves closer to discovering the killer’s identity, someone is watching, placing both him and Lydia in mortal danger.

My thoughts:

 I enjoyed Fallen.  While it has great suspense and a good serial killer mystery, it is also a heartbreaking story about two people who are destined for each other if only the can move beyond the hurt from their personal tragedy.  Lydia and Ryan are divorced after losing their toddler son in a freak accident.  The murder of a fellow cop brings them back together. It's clear that they still care for each other.  The loss of a child always makes for a heartbreaking story.  I was rooting for them to find their way back to each other.  

The mystery was good with an interesting twist.  Someone is targeting cops and that means a whole lot of suspects.  I was surprised at the killer in the end.  That made the book more enjoyable.  I definitely recommend Fallen.  This is the fist one I have read by the author.  I will have to check out her Chasing Evil Trilogy next!

Kari& Autumn: What inspired you to become a writer?

Leslie: My love of reading, I’m sure. I read a lot as a child – even more than I do now, because I had so much more free time – and still remember summers when my mother would keep me busy by constantly taking me to our local library to load up on books. “Living” in those fictional worlds made me want to take it a step further and start creating my own characters and stories, I think.

Kari& Autumn: Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?

Leslie: That’s a good question. I wish I knew the answer! I just get these little seeds of ideas in my head and then start working the story out on my computer screen. I daydream A LOT about my characters, and the majority of those scenes floating in my mind never make it into the actual story.

For my Chasing Evil Trilogy, all I knew in the beginning was that I wanted each book to be about a different FBI agent, facing the investigation of his life while also beginning to develop feelings for a woman ensnared in the case. My new book, Fallen, is also in that “law enforcement romantic thriller” territory. But emotionally, I wanted to give it a new twist. Instead of having two characters who meet and fall in love over the course of the story, I wanted to write about a couple who had been very much in love, then had a terrible tragedy befall them that drove them apart. Having a previously married couple trying to find their way back to one another was something I hadn’t done before. And of course, all of this is set against a pretty tense investigation my hero is handling…he’s a homicide detective with the Atlanta Police.

Kari& Autumn: What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?

Leslie: I have another novel close to completion that I’m planning to publish sometime next year. While Fallen is a standalone novel, my next book, tentatively titled Clarity Bay, might be the start of a series. It’s my first foray into something outside of law enforcement-oriented romantic thrillers. While Clarity Bay certainly has aspects of romantic suspense, it also has a Southern, small town romance vibe.

Kari& Autumn: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

Leslie:It has nothing to do with romantic suspense, of course, but I just adore Bridget Jones.

Kari& Autumn: Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Leslie: Definitely a cat. My cat, Alex, is sitting in my office right now. Cats just always seem so cool and un-needy. But being a duck, floating around on the water all day, also seems pretty great, too.

Thanks for having me!

About the author:

Leslie Tentler is best known as the author of the Chasing Evil Trilogy (MIDNIGHT CALLER, MIDNIGHT FEAR and EDGE OF MIDNIGHT). She was named as a finalist for Best First Novel at ThrillerFest 2012 for Midnight Caller, and as a finalist in the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense for Edge of Midnight. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Maggie Award of Excellence. Her newest romantic suspense novel is titled FALLEN.

Leslie is a member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, The Authors Guild and Novelists, Inc. A native of East Tennessee, she currently resides in Atlanta.

Her latest book is the romantic suspense, Fallen.

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