Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Book Review: Blood and Snow by RaShelle Workman

"Lips red as rubies, hair dark as night. Drink your true love's blood, become the Vampire, Snow White."


Snow white lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her dad, stepmother, and her cat, Gatsby. Her entire life she's been teased for her fairy tale name, and the fact that her seven best friends happen to be guys whose names begin with the same letters as the seven dwarves.

Blood and Snow starts with the instantaneous lure with charmingly dynamic characters. The story is fun, smart, and romantic. Just the way I like it. I enjoyed Workman's writing style and our heroine's bestfriend-voice feel. Great job! There are certain parts that felt a bit inconsistent to me: the house next door to Snow is a mansion on a huge piece of land while hers is small--unless they're out in the country, but I didn't get that feel; her parents are away at St. Barts while their home has mismatched furniture as if they live on a low income. Being a novellette, there are a few elements (hottie Chace for example) that were covered only once, but since it's part of an ongoing series, I have that to look forward to hook me further. Kudos to the author!

I'm excited to read more of the Blood and Snow series!

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Trouble in Paradise

I had posted a review for Kevin McGill's amazing book a week ago and was surprised by the backstage hits it got. Here I haven't been blogging, and you have been showing love for me? I find that extremely humbling...

Let me share with you some crazy things that have been going on.

First, I've lost sight of why I started to blog. It became a task as I scrambled my brain, trying to think of things I think you'd like to see. I started comparing myself to the great Elana Johnson and how full of useful writerly and authorly info is always packed on there. I tried to keep up with her by posting like stuff, but it soon wore me. How destructive is it for me to compare myself?

I've taken workshops on how to be an effective writer and how to make my blog appealing to readers. I soon felt inadequate and unworthy (yes, silly to say, but true) to continue posting at all.

Guess what? I was trying way too hard and becoming something I was not.

Being a published author has done some crazy things to my brain. I no longer think of my blog as my personal backyard, but as a place I must appear gracious, graceful, and polite but also as a pubic relations representing yours truly. I've most certainly lost sight of myself here on the web. These wild ideas have taken me far offshore from where I want to be. My lack of confidence has created a huge mental block that tells me "I can't." I literally feel blinded from being able to function as I once had before I was published, and it always leaves me feel for wanting and always lacking.

I want to have fun and make it simple, heart-felt, and helpful. Where have I gone wrong?

I just wanted to share my thoughts with you. I'm gathering my broken courage streamed across the web so that I may return with confidence in my ability to blog without losing myself in the fluff of author politics (oh boy, what was I thinking!?!)

How do you go about reinventing yourself if you ever have? Please share with me your thoughts so that I can know where I can begin...

Monday, June 18, 2012

Altercation YA Thriller by Tamara Hart Heiner

  My review for Book 1, Perilous:
As a huge fan of YA, but having never read a thriller, I was excited when the author asked me to review her book. I read the synopsis and thought, hmm, I've watched detective shows, I think this one will be just as good. Even better . . . 
Guess what?
I’ve never read a book that had my adrenaline pumping so hard and for so long! She succeeded in appealing to my reader’s eyes for a whole new genre world.
Young and carefree and daring, four teenaged girls accidentally witness a robbery while waiting for their ride home at the mall.
Detective Carl Hamilton is devastated when he finds a girl’s body. Now, where are the other three?

Author Tamara Hart Heiner couldn't let it end like that, she continues with Book 2, Altercation:

Amazon blurb:
The FBI promises Jacinta Rivera and her friends that they are safe. Jaci wants desperately to believe them but weeks of hiding from their kidnapper, alias "The Hand", have left her wary. Hidden from the public eye in an FBI safe house, Jaci must reconcile both her father's mysterious disappearance and the murder of her best friend. A betrayal lands Jaci back in the grasp of The Hand, shattering her ability to trust, and leaving her to wonder if she will ever piece together her broken life.

The sequel, Altercation, became just as dangerously scary as its counterpart, Perilous. With the criminals at large, I can't blame our heroine, Jacinta, from holding onto her fear as she struggles to trust the FBI--or anyone for that matter. There are so many twists and turns, I didn't see things come up that had me wonder what would happen next and how the girls would squeeze out of certain conundrums. It ended nicely, I'd love to see how Heiner plans to continue Jaci's journey to healing from such a tragedy!

Guess what? Tamara Hart Heiner is holding a contest!
Every day she will select a single person from a Blog Tour Participant's blog comments on the day of posting. 

The winner (chosen at random) will either get an ecopy of Perilous or Altercation. There must be at least 10 comments under the post in order to generate enough numbers for winning!

Wait! There's more:
Leaving a comment will enter you in her prize drawings (listed below). For every task completed you will earn an entry point:

+1 for every comment
+1 if you follow Heiner's blog
+1 for ever Tweet or Facebook mention of this tour. NOTE: You can either add every point you've done and send it to the author, or include her twitter name (@tamaraheiner) and/or Facebook (Tamara Hart Heiner) so she could tally it up for you!

Please be sure to leave a COMMENT in order to enter to win!

3rd prize: 50-page critique of your project of your a writer -OR- a $5 Amazon Gift Card
2nd prize: lot of five YA books
1st prize: $20 Amazon gift card

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Wheeee! Good luck!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Book Review: Nikolas and Company, The Merman and the Moon Forgotten by Kevin McGill

Nothing is what it seems. Merpeople riding carriages and waltzing about on land with automaton legs, cities crying out to their stewards of impending dangers while a dangerous virus hits the countryside where the ill are sent to places for organ harvesting. This is the world where 14 year-old Nick lives and all he wants to do is go back to the moon.

I have to admit, before I could snuggle up under my blankies with this fantastical book, my son beat me to it. He read it in a single day and raved. I had to see what was up.

Kevin McGill has a refreshingly fresh perspective in world-building and I enjoyed the depths he took his character development as well. I enjoyed the jaunty dialogue the characters shared as well as the dark villains that had hunted poor Nick.

This is a quick read that had me wanting more.
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