Best Reads of 2014...

(Links to my reviews)
Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell #1) by: R.L. Mathewson
Lick (Stage Dive, #1) by: Kylie Scott

Link to 2013 favorite Reads

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Book Reviews
One of my greatest joys is the time I spend reading. And I could go into all the reasons I love to read but in the end the only thing you need to know is I LOVE to read.
And with that in mind I love to let people know about what I am reading and if it is worth their time or not.
Please take a look at my reviews and know that reviews are subject to the reviewer. So take them or leave them here they are.
Great book, loved it. Would highly recommend it.
Good book.
This was a good book. I didn't have anything glaringly bad with it, nor did I see anything that really stood out. I liked it.
I didn't really enjoy it.
Bad, wouldn't recommend this book.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

WOOOO Life is busy

You ever have that feeling life is chewing you up and spitting you out?


  July has been a slightly overwhelming month. And honestly I have to admi
  But it is times like these that I have to remind myself that I am not an author/blogger/book reviewer/vlogger for the money. I do what I do for the love of the industry. Being able to promote other writers in their journey is exciting and fun. It's not about my personal success but the success of the entire field of reading/writing. And have now stepped back from some of the book tours that I am so well known for, I have decided to consentrate on my book reviews. Blogging and Vlogging about those, plus my wonderful and exciting book club It's A Book Thing. And last but not least I will be seriously consentrating on finishing book 3 which has been haunting me since early this year. So although I say I am stepping down from several things it doesn't mean I am going to actually slow down...
   However, that being said I can honestly say that I am glad to be getting some down time and am thrilled to be going to the Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas NV presented by Jimmy Thomas, the first week of August. It's a thrill to know that for several days I will be doing just writting and reading stuff. Something my family would find horrible boring but for me its paramount to Christmas Morning. And there will be so many great authors there. Along with an amazing book fair on Saturday. I'll for sure be doing one or two posts directly from the conference. If you are going let me know I would love to met up with people who love books as much as I do.
  So what to expect from me in the next month, the August Newsletter will be out next week. My June book read wrap-up video will also be filmed and available the first week of August. And a couple of blogs and Vlogs to be filmed from the Romance Novel Convention plus I am sure there will be a book haul involved.
   On a side note, I will also be starting and working on a new blog/vlog called: Beauty/Heathly/Fitness and Novices' Bumbling Attempt at a healthy and postive physical lifestyle...wow that was a mouth full. But check that blog out for tips/tricks/horrible failures/humor/and hopefully inspiration.
  WOW is that enough info? I hope so because I am out... make sure you subscribe to my newsletter to get information that you might have missed throughout the month. Plus check out my YouTube Channel I typically post two to three videos a week about writing/reading/book reviews.

t a couple of times I felt so overwhelmed I really didn't want to get out of bed. But I forced myself to do just that and moved with the punches. So many book reviews and guest hosting spots on the blog this month. I have been so busy promoting everyone else that I haven't promoted myself at all. And this shows in my sales.... boohoo.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

COVER REVEAL Heavenly Hunted by: Aria Williams

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Heavenly Hunted

by: Aria Williams


Title:  Heavenly Hunted
Author:  Aria Williams
Series:  Heavenly Hell Series (#2)
Genre: YA/Paranormal/Angels
Publisher:  Self Published
Release Date To Be Announced


Book Synopsis
  There is a new threat in town named Bernie who is has one thing on her mind, killing Indiana. Bernie has very special skills, she stalks her prey while keeping hidden in shadows, isolates her victim’s attacking them when least expected and can get into any house at any time with the occupants unaware.
  Indiana feels that no one on this earth poses a risk to herself and continues to her involvement help victims of abuse.
  Until Nate put his foot down and demands for her to stop, he feels her safety is more important.
  With both Connor and Nate putting their differences aside to protect Indy, will she get through this new threat or will she unintentionally put one her friends lives at risk to satisfy her own selfish needs. Or will love prevail and save the day?


About the author: Aria Williams


My name is Aria Williams, and I am a new author who loves to write Young adult and paranormal novels. I live on nine acres of beautiful pasture land in the central west of NSW. I work full time as a nurse, this is where I get a lot of my inspiration from. For me I find my inspiration in the form of many vices either good or bad. I write from the heart and use my novels to express myself. My first novel was born from my feelings of helplessness in a world where even the innocent die and many people are left wondering why. It felt right to create a character that could heal any physical illness with some minor consequences. My second novel Heavenly hell is from my personal experiences involving harassment, and the dominating role in which people in positions of authority take and use to their own selfish advancements. When I am not writing or working, I like to play with my dogs and have fun with my friends.



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Friday, July 19, 2013

Today I am hosting Dawn Jayne author of a new adult paranormal novel Uprising.

Guest Hosting Dawn Jayne author of Uprising

Title: Uprising
Author: Dawn Jayne
Series: Fires of Providence
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Time and Tide Publishing
Release Date: Nov 27 2012
Editions Available In: Ebook & Print

 

Synopsis:

   Heralds are the most powerful of all angels, secretive and feared, created for a single purpose. Only those most courageous and worthy earn a place within the elite choir, and only by breaking ancient oaths held sacred can the honor be stripped. It's a punishment that hasn't been imposed in over two-thousand years, until a single reckless act sets off a firestorm, threatening to consume all creation.
   Rise Hawke never suspected she'd been marked to play a role in the deadly events unfolding in the spiritual realm. Independent and resistant to authority, she isn't thrilled when she meets Dominik, an angel with new wings, an old grudge, and a mysterious agenda he's determined to impose.
   Vowing to uncover the secrets kept from her, Rise soon learns that knowing what you are isn't nearly as dangerous as discovering why. Hunted by those who want to destroy her, and controlled by those who would see her fulfill her purpose, she is forced into a brutal battle set in motion long before she was ever born. It soon becomes clear that what one angel will risk to earn the title of Herald, is matched only by what another will do to keep it.

Excerpt

What are you?” she demanded. “What do you want?”
   Tyre considered the questions. There was no reason he had to lie to her at this point, and he’d grown tired of the charade anyway. He cocked an eyebrow. “I’m the angel who’s going to save your soul. Again.”
   “You’re insane,” Katie whispered and started rummaging through the glove box, her hands shaking as she dumped paperwork and other items all over. Tyre guessed she was looking for something to use as a weapon, so he allowed her to continue; it would earn him a few moments of quiet and nothing in the car could harm him.
   He hit the accelerator and tested the steering capabilities. It was almost time for the big finish, and he wanted no mistakes. Tyre started weaving from one lane to another, relishing the adrenaline rush. He laughed until a pair of taillights came up fast on the right. “There might be witnesses.” He turned to Katie. “This could be a problem. Try to act natural, will you?”
   “Witnesses?” Katie repeated, looking back and forth between Tyre and the road. The broken yellow lines whipped by so fast they appeared almost solid. She started to cry, but then she, too, spotted the other vehicle. She seized the manual handle controlling the windows and cranked as fast as she could, calling out for assistance.
   “Brilliant.” He cast a sideways look to the girl. “Well, there’s no way to avoid them now, is there?” He reached over and grabbed her hand. “Wave. Be polite.” He waggled her wrist, making her hand dance. “Say farewell.”

About Dawn Jayne

   Dawn Jayne is an Urban and Paranormal Fantasy author from Indianapolis, Indiana USA.
   Dawn was an avid reader from a young age, and her desire to write took hold soon thereafter. She loaded up on creative writing classes in school, and posted short stories online to hone her skills - and to make certain she had the thick skin necessary to survive the world of publication!
   Uprising is Dawn's first novel, but one that has been in her head for most of her life in one form or another. No matter what job she held - from being a Marine to a mother to a veterinary receptionist - she was always hearing voices and spinning tales in her head. Uprising is a blend of fantasy, spirituality, ancient arts and astrology, all woven together while keeping a foundation in the real world.
   Her manuscript was accepted by Time and Tide Publishing in 2012, the first in what will be a three book series. She hopes her story will be a positive contribution to the wonderful Urban Fantasy genre, and wants nothing more than her words to bring enjoyment to readers.
   Dawn lives with her family on the Southside of Indianapolis.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

How Rebecca Graf finds time to write...work...be a mother...wife....read...run a business....I'm tired just writing that title...


How Rebecca finds the time to write...

  That is a question I get a lot. The more people get to know me, the more they seem to ask that question. I don’t know if I have an answer. It just happens.
  I don’t have a 9-5 job so that helps. I work from home as a freelance writer and online business owner. I have three kids ages 16, 14, and 11 who have me running quite a bit. I run five online sites with two of them as full businesses. Oh, and currently I am going back to school to get my history and English degree. So, how do
  I find the time to write?
  I make it happen.
  I am a big list person. I have to or I’d forget over half of what I have to get done. I list out first all the areas of my life and then put at least five things down under each that need to get done. Then I pull the most important one and start working on it. Between every couple of tasks, I stop and write at least a hundred words on a story. It could be any story. I’m currently working on twelve at one time. The one I write on depends on my goals. I have goals for each story, and I focus on it until I meet the goal and then move on to another story.
  It has to be something you make time for. There are days I don’t get to do more than write for pay or blog posts, but they are few and far between. My muse won’t let me ignore it. She’ll pester me and pester me until I get the writing done.
  Though now that I think about it, school is about over. I don’t know what I’ll do then. I might have to escape to the library or the local coffee shop to find the time to write. Because family won’t let you.



Publication Date: April 2013
Publisher: Silver Tongue Press
Genre: Paranormal/Suspense

The story continues from its start in Deep Connections. Brenna has given her heart to Slaton, but Creeper just won't die. Death cannot stop him from possessing the one to fulfill the prophesy. Now Brenna and Slaton have to fight not only for their own lives but for all those they love. As they do, they discover who Creeper really is and why he wants Brenna so badly. Be prepared for more mystery, suspense, and sweet love.
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About the author: Rebecca Graf
 Rebecca Graf spent over twenty years in the accounting field with no way to release her creative juices. To do so in accounting, could get you life. So she began writing online. From there, she ventured into fiction. Dark Connections is her fifth published book with many more in the works. Rebecca is the mother of three children and lives with them and her husband of twenty years in Wisconsin.


You can find her at:
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How author Jeanie Grey gets inspired to write.

I’ve been asked to write about what inspires me to be a writer. This is a great, complex question, and the answer has several layers. Hopefully I’ll be able to touch on some of those layers with something approaching coherence.
Layer 1: I like stories. I’ve liked to read ever since...well, ever since I learned to read! Stories are freaking magical. On the one hand they provide a means of escape. Escape from the mundane, from our problems, from our own busy-dizzy minds. On the other hand they provide the opportunity for us to connect. Connect with each other (readers with authors, readers with other readers); connect with characters who introduce us to new ways of thinking and being; connect us with real issues that we face, but in such a way as to allow us to look at them a bit differently, to get a different perspective; connect us with our own emotions and values. Escape and connect at the same time. Like I said: freaking magical.
Layer 2: Using my imagination feels good and reveals more of myself to me. I love some of the wacky stuff that comes out of my fingers when I’ve been able to let go and let my imagination take over. Hah! It’s such a wonderful discovery! And afterwards, when I go back to read it again, I learn new things about myself. For example, after I wrote the first draft of “Crouch” (published on thedarkerhalf.com in April) I realized that it’s a story that tells my emotional truth about being in an emotionally abusive relationship in a way that’s compassionate to both people – the abuser and the abused. I’m still unraveling what the Lilly Frank trilogy is teaching me, but my kundalini energy starts flowing when I’m working on it or even just thinking about it, so I know something important is happening for me there.
Layer 3: Meaningful contribution. I remember a conversation I had with a classmate in college. We were talking about what we planned to do after college. She said she wanted to be a lawyer. I replied that I wanted to be a writer because I wanted to effect real change in the world. Yes, it was a bit rude. What I meant is that laws change only after people’s thinking has changed, and people’s thinking can change as a result of what they read. Therefore I write because I want to have a hand in creating the vision for our future, and I want to help explore ways of making that vision reality.
So...yeah. There you have it. My top three reasons for wanting to be a writer. :) I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on this. Why do you read? Why do you write?
Thanks again, and I hope you enjoy Awakening 2!



Title: Awakening 2
Author: Jeanie Grey
Series: Lilly Frank (Novella)
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 1 2013

Awakening (Book 2 in the Lily Frank Series)

Synopsis
 The second book in The Lilly Frank series joins Torren and Lilly in northern Italy, where Torren tries to help Lilly adjust to her sensitive new vampire body and win her love before she discovers the real reason behind his interest in her. A newly made vampire requires a certain amount of time to get used to her new body and heightened senses. But Torren's worried that if Lilly doesn't hurry up, she'll be dead before she ever gets the chance to adjust to life as a vampire. Word among vampires is that someone's hunting their kind, and it's not a quick death if you're caught. This killer likes to torture the victims first, and all signs indicate that he or she is circling ever-closer to Torren and Lilly. Torren needs Lilly to stop fighting him and start trusting him. Maybe he shouldn't have deceived her...



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About the author: Jeanie Grey  
   Jeanie Grey is a feminist reader and writer of romance and erotica who lives in Portland, Oregon. Her short stories have been published on deadlyeverafter.com and thedarkerhalf.com. To date, over 1200 copies of her first novella, Awakening (2012), have been downloaded. Awakening 2, the second book in the Lilly Frank series, joins Lilly and Torren in northern Italy, where Torren attempts to win Lilly's love before she finds out the truth about his interest in her. The final installment in the Lilly Frank series, Awakening 3, is slated to be released in 2014.



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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Fantasy of Meeting Deadlines with guest blogger Mona Darling author of Glitter

The Fantasy of Meeting Deadlines with guest blogger Mona Darling author of Glitter

  As I'm guest blogging for Where Fantasy Meets Reality, I would like to talk about my fantasy of meeting deadlines. I've always been the kind of person who waits until the last minute, then works all night to meet a deadline. Now that I have a four year old, this is not always possible and has recently lead to a rash of apologies on my part.

  Enter, life hacking. My iPhone is now the boss of me. Since technology is generally the reason I'm overwhelmed, over extended and stressed, I've decided to start using it to help manage my time and projects. These are my top three favorite life hacks at the moment.

  Evernote (https://evernote.com). I'm not sure how I survived without this before. I had tinkered with it, but recently have started to delve into the possibilities. I now have a running todo list on there, as well as a list of writing topics. Any time I get a minute, I can log in with my phone, iPad or computer and easily add notes that are instantly synced. Having everything in one place has saved me hours of time looking for things I need. I even have separate lists for movies, books and web sites that I want to check out so when I do get a moment to myself, I don't have to spend the entire time looking for those things, only to realize once I find it, that I no longer have time to read/watch or explore it.

  Evernote (https://evernote.com). I'm not sure how I survived without this before. I had tinkered with it, but recently have started to delve into the possibilities. I now have a running todo list on there, as well as a list of writing topics. Any time I get a minute, I can log in with my phone, iPad or computer and easily add notes that are instantly synced. Having everything in one place has saved me hours of time looking for things I need. I even have separate lists for movies, books and web sites that I want to check out so when I do get a moment to myself, I don't have to spend the entire time looking for those things, only to realize once I find it, that I no longer have time to read/watch or explore it.

  IFTTT (https://ifttt.com) This is a must. Any web app can be hooked up to any other web app. The possibilities are endless. IFTTT automatically saves all of my instagrams to Dropbox. Every time I find a news story/recipe/project that I want to check out later - I email it to Evernote and tag it so that it goes in the proper folder. I set up craigslist/etsy/ebay searches that notify you when things I'm looking for are listed. These are examples that are super easy to do without IFFT, but if I use IFTTT you're less likely to accidentally waste and entire evening on Etsy/Craigslist/Pinterest. Or is that just me?

  Donna (http://don.na) This app manages my calendar and tells me when I need to leave for appointments and how long it's going to take to get there. It seems simple, but knowing she will ping me when it's time to pick my son up at school or leave for a Dr's appointment and how long its going to take to get somewhere means that I don't keep looking up at the clock and helps me get lost in my writing. I have also been using her to remind me of deadlines. I can set an appointment with myself to work on a big project every Friday, and she pops up and reminds me. That way when the big project I had six weeks to work on it due, I have actually DONE something on it. I also love that she gives me a little alert at 9pm every evening to tell me how many appointments I have the next day and when the first one starts and tells me to relax and enjoy the day when I don't have any. I think on of the reasons this app helps me so much is that if I give it all the right information, she will manage my time for me, which forces me to actually take the 30 seconds to cut and paste the address into the location when I make an appointment rather then just assuming I'll be able to find the location when I need it. She's sort of made me a calendar geek.

  I know there are other apps out there. I've known about them for ages, but just started using them. Please tell me about your favorite life hacker apps!



Glitter
by Mona Darling

About The Author:

Mona Darling aka Dead Cow Girl, spent close to twenty years as an A-list professional dominatrix before becoming a D-list mommy blogger. After spending many years traveling the world being told that she is fabulous, she now spends her days being told she doesn’t drive fast enough by her three-year-old son.
Dead Cow Girl was a nickname she received in grade school after a humiliating morning involving a mobile butcher and a school bus. She chose to use that name to reclaim the part of her that spent much of her childhood red-faced with shame, embarrassed for her unique childhood. She also likes it because it is readily available on nearly every social media platform.

She writes, sporadically, about food, sex and toddler-related mayhem at DeadCowGirl.com.


Genre: Women's Studies

Publisher: Darling Propaganda LLC
Release Date: Feb 2013

Book Description:

Glitter is about the female sexual experience, which contrary to what the media would have you believe, is not all bubble baths and chick flicks.

Women are constantly judged as slutty, or uptight, but the reality is somewhere in between those two, and sometimes, nowhere near either. We have secret shames and private desires and we all feel we are the only one.

We are good church-going girls with a fondness for the paddle, PTA moms who hire escorts, feminists who like to bottom in the bedroom, slutty virgins, bi-curious married laddies and women with a past. We are gay, straight, and undecided.

We are all over the map, and we are amazing.



Thursday, July 11, 2013

Author Christine Amsden author of Cassie Scot is visting my blog today.

Cassie Scot:
ParaNormal Detective (Book 1)



About The Author:

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children, Drake and Celeste.



Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Release Date: May 15, 2013

Book Description:

Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.








Praise for the Cassie Scot Series:

From Publisher’s Weekly:

In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. …Readers will enjoy Cassie’s fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado.”

Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say:


When sorcerers call the shots, what’s a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won’t let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!”
Sunday, July 7, 2013

LIVE INTERVIEW WITH HEATHER LYON @ 11am mst

It's a Book Thing book club is proud to present: Coffee with Christie live interview with author Heather Lyons

Video will appear at 10:45am (mst) (post all comments before--during--and after the interview on twitter with #itsabookthing)


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Don't miss my reviews:
A Matter of Heart (Fate Series #2)
A Matter of Fate (Fate Series #1) -- currently .99


You can find Heather at the following places...

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Don't miss my live interview with Heather Lyons author of A Matter of Heart on Sunday July 7th 11am

Live Interview Sunday July 7th @ 11am MST


It's A Book Thing is proud to announce Coffee with Christie interview with author Heather Lyons


Heather is currently on tour promoting the second book in the Fate series 
A Matter of Heart. 

Get all your questions and more answered plus give-a-ways on Sunday. 

A Matter of Heart

No longer in high school, Chloe Lilywhite is now living and working in Annar, the Magicals’ city-state plane of existence. Since moving, she’s joined the Council, gone on missions with the Guard, moved into her own apartment, and enrolled at the University of Annar. Plus, she’s happily engaged to be married to Jonah Whitecomb, the literal man from her dreams, not to mention her Connection. While she still struggles with aspects of her craft, Chloe feels like she’s finally coming into her own, especially after a difficult year that had her questioning nearly everything in her life.

After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about what’s she’s capable of as a Creator. And then there’s the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonah’s twin brother and Chloe’s ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.

But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.

*This is a New Adult title, suitable for readers 18+




About Heather...



Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.


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