Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cousins and Robbers, Tales of Black Jack Jetty by Michael A Carestio

Book Description

The Great Recession is punishing families across the land: lost jobs, lost dreams, lost hope. Tough times bring out the best, and worst in people. The sleepy South Jersey shore towns are being hit by a crime wave, a band of robbers boldly breaking into homes right in the middle of a summer day. The Cousins of Black Jack Jetty devise a plan to protect home and family. That plan will drag them into the mean streets of the meanest neighborhoods in Atlantic City. That’s where the tale twists and turns like a treacherous rip tide. Lucky will tell you the rest. Cousins & Robbers is the second in the Tales of Black Jack Jetty series. The South Jersey shore is once again the setting, a mindset that the author knows well.




When the kids try to find out who the robbers are, they zoom in on 2 suspects hiding behind a lawn care business. As they try to find clues to tie the suspects to the robberies, they get in trouble themselves and rely on their friend to get them help.
The story includes pictures that take you on a vacation separately from the actual storyline. The adults play a huge role in the story as well. It's a fast and short read that tackles the subject of some dark characters that parents could use as a good discussion topic book as well.
A lot of the narration is done by a Seagull and between the kids finding the the answers getting in trouble themselves we get some thoughts from the seagull and his opinions of the world around him and the kids adventures.
With an interesting twist of a seagull telling the story, Cousins and Robbers is an adventure story for younger/middle grade readers.

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3rd prize: $10 Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Cousins and Robbers

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About Michael Carestio:

Michael Carestio is Philadelphia born and bred. He spends his summers with friends and famly ‘down the shore’ in Margate, NJ. A graduate of Bishop Neumann High School and Temple University, he is an advertising copywriter, currently with the renowned Will Eye Hospital. His granddaughter, Riley, is the model for the leader of the crime-fighting cousins.



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Monday, July 21, 2014

Inits release by K.C. Sprayberry

 



High school means a whole new world. Yet, for Alex Starkey, pimples, discovering one of his buds is a real girl now, and an older brother using him as his favorite tackle dummy are tiny problems. What gets Alex's temper simmering are his inits. Surviving his freshman year without diving into deep trouble seems impossible.

 




Bio:
KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now preparing to enter college.

Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has three books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, Where U @, The Wrong One, Pony Dreams, Evil Eyes, and Starlight.

Note from the Author
This is a story that was with me for a long time, a story begging to be told more and more each day. Many, many people have been bullied. Most of us survived and went on to have useful lives, but we will always remember those who pushed us around, physically and mentally.

We stood up and walked away. The bruises weren’t always visible, but they were and are there. We remain quiet when harsh words are spoken … walk away when others begin conversations that make us feel uncomfortable. One and all, we dream of the day when bullying will stop.
Some of us are around to share our stories. Others could no longer handle what was said or done to them. How do you stop a bully? Words? Actions? Treat them as they do you? There is no perfect solution, yet we can never stop standing up against these people.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Indigo Instinct (The Indigo Trilogy Book Two) by Jacinda Buchmann



             They thought they were safe.
Identical twins, Tyler and Toby, escaped the clutches of a covert government agency determined to exploit their extrasensory powers. Before they regained their freedom, they acquired proof of the agency's existence, proof that was guaranteed to secure immunity not only for themselves but for their friends as well.
             They took more than they bargained for.
When the brothers learn that they have unfinished business with the agency, they find themselves reunited with Indigo Children, Liliana, Grace, Eddie, and Rebecka and once again on the run.
            They must rely on their instincts.
While Grace and Eddie discover that love isn't always easy, Sarah's life is thrown into turmoil, and her guilty conscience leads to fear and distrust of her own heart.
Intuition doesn't lie.
           There are new players in the game and it isn't easy to know who to trust.
Sometimes the right path isn't always the easiest.
          Is there a way to give the agency what they want and still retain their freedom? 
Find out in Indigo Instinct, Book Two of The Indigo Trilogy. 

      The second book in the trilogy does require the Indigo Incite to be read first. It starts right where the last one left off. In the first book we were introduced to the different characters and, their connections and how they end up together as one group. In the second book the main focus is getting to know the characters better, their powers and special relationships that form. There is a lot more of romantic aspects to the story and action placed throughout.
       There are a handful of different characters who have come together because of their similar connection as Indigo Children. They begin to form closer relationships as they separate into romantic relationships as well as diverge into different adventures as they try to find out the answers and identify the use of information they have obtained on a USB drive.
        It's the characters that really drive the storyline and keep you reading. They became like friends to me and I really did care what was happening to them. I thought there was going to be more chaos regarding the plot of the trilogy and the group they were being chased by. The writing was more focused the main points of movement and the relationships. A lot more romance and heartache with an ending that hints at what maybe happening next.
        I recommend the series to those who enjoy books that have a variety of different characters that are followed. They all as a group have one main focus to gain safety, but the breaking off of groups takes us into different directions and relationships that make it a much more complex story than a normal survival story. All of these characters have special powers and they use and develop them as the story continues. I enjoyed the humor and the sweetness to the budding romances I found myself smiling throughout the majority of the story. 
 



Jacinda Buchmann lives in Arizona with her husband and three children. She graduated from Carroll College, in Helena, Montana, with a B.A. in elementary education and later received a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University, in school counseling. After spending several years as a teacher and later a school counselor, she now spends her time writing, any free chance she can get, that is, when she’s not spending time with her family or creating a new concoction in the kitchen.
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July 14: Ky Grabowski - (Excerpt)
July 15: Book Junky Girls - (Review, Excerpt)
July 16: I'm a Book Shark - (Excerpt)
July 16: Page Princess - (Review, Excerpt)
July 17: All Things in the Cloud Sweet - (Review)
July 18: A Dream Within a Dream - (Review, Excerpt)
July 19: Book Lover's Life - (Excerpt)
July 20: Cubicle Blindness - (Review)
July 21: The Book Beacon - (Review, Excerpt)
July 22: Regina Morris - (Excerpt)
July 23: I Feel the Need, The Need to Read - (Review, Excerpt)
July 24: Ana Loves - (Review)
July 25: Old Victorian Quill - (Review)
July 25: Hanging on Every Word - (Review)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Winter Angel Blitz

 

Winter Angel
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: YA Romance
Release date: 25th June 2014
Length: Novella

Blurb:
She was on holiday. He was tricked into returning.
Neither of them wanted to be there, but neither could avoid it.

Amy wants to be back under the sun in Portugal. However, when her suggestion is overruled in favour of a skiing holiday, even she can't turn it down. What she couldn't have predicted is that the holiday could make her break the one, and only, rule she has: not to get into a serious relationship again.

When Amy first sees Luke, she knows something is wrong. He's struggling to cope with everything and her need to help people makes him the perfect distraction from the cold. He hasn't been to the Alps in five years and he swore to never ski again. But as his defences are broken by Amy's persistence, the winter paradise begins to reawaken his desires.

However, with constant flashbacks triggering his anxiety, he's torn, battling conflicting emotions as he becomes increasingly captivated by Amy. She has a rule though. She didn't go on holiday to fall for someone and the last thing she needs is to ignore her own advice. Whether or not she can move past her insecurities will depend on whether Luke can face his biggest fear.

Winter Angel is a standalone, young adult romance novella, but is the second book in the Seasons of Change series.

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Excerpt

White. Gazing out of the small, circular window, it
was the only colour he could see surrounding him. The bursts of light—which had
broken through the heavy, grey clouds—were reflected back as the ground grew
closer with each passing second. Not too long ago he had been blissfully
unaware of the location his sister was dragging him to for a holiday. A bubble
of excitement had surrounded him throughout the early morning as he got up, and
stayed with him through travelling to the airport and catching the flight. However,
it had burst as soon as the icy tips of the mountains appeared and the plane
began its descent. Until that moment, he had hoped his guesses had been wrong.
His sister had carefully planned
the trip, making sure to hide all clues as to where they were heading, and as
she glanced across at him, it seemed as if she had been successful. Luke’s
knuckles were white on the arm rests. He had claimed both of them, gripping
them so hard they looked like they would snap under the force, or at least be
moulded to the shape of his hands when he removed them.
Ellie watched as he took in a
shaky breath, but she heard no exhale.
“Luke?”
The silence that filled the space
around them was icier than the Alps they had just flown over. Her brother’s
gaze remained fixed on the window, watching as the ground, and his fate, drew
ever closer. Deep, ragged breaths steamed up the window, which was almost
touching his nose. Desperately, he tried to control the tremors shaking his
body, and his pounding heart, from the fear that washed over him in waves.
“Luke, please, say something.”
Worry had crept into Ellie’s tone. She had thought her idea would do him good,
that forcing him to face everything would turn him back into his old self.
Ellie missed the brother she had grown up with and wanted him back. However,
seeing his eyes wide with fear, his jaw clenched in anger, and his arms tense
with both, suddenly she wasn’t so sure about her plan.
“You promised, Ellie. You swore
you wouldn’t pressure me, and I trusted you with that. You know how I feel
about this.” His voice was sharp and curt as he spoke through clenched teeth,
trying to keep a hold on his emotions.
The urge to flee surged within
him. He wanted to go home, to get off the plane and board the next flight
straight back to England, but he couldn’t. Not only was the plane still minutes
from landing—trapping him in the confines of economy class, which felt even
smaller as realisation forced him to understand Ellie’s plans—but he also
refused to waste more money on the pointless trip Ellie had conned him into
taking. If he was going to use the money he had earned from before everything
changed, it would be on his own terms.
“You’ll enjoy it when you’re
there,” Ellie stated, brushing off his comments like they meant nothing to her.
“That’s easy for you to say. You
don’t have to live with, or through, what I have.” Luke was trying hard to
control his voice. Had they been in private, he would have already been
shouting. The cramped environment meant that Ellie was getting off lightly, but
he swore that when they reached their chalet, he would not hold back. She had
no right to interfere with his life.
“Never tell me I didn’t live
through it, Luke. I was there when it happened, in the hospital, and when you
got home. I was there through it all. It may not have been me, but it wasn’t
like it had no effect on my life,” Ellie hissed. It was the only way she could
convey her anger without disturbing other passengers.
“Why though, Ellie? Why is this
such a big deal to you?” Luke’s eyes were full of sorrow as he turned to face
his sister for the first time, begging to understand her reasoning for putting
him through something she knew would hurt him.

About the Author

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two
cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything paranormal
and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of
the morning.


With three poems published before the age of
sixteen, Mia moved on to short stories but finding she had too much to tell
with too little space, Mia progressed to novels. She started her first series (The Wanderer Trilogy) at the age of
fourteen and since then hasn’t stopped writing. Elemental Killers is her second series and with an ever growing
list of ideas, Mia is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination
generates them.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Name a character!?


How would you like to have a chance for a character YOU named be in a popular new series soon to be published by Dark Feed Press with GMTA Publishing? 


Sounds like a dream come true, right? 


Well here is your chance, read below to find out how you can be a part of this amazing new series soon to be released! 

Like the Dark Moon Series Facebook Page and tell us the story behind why you are choosing that name you're submitting.  

On August 12th, 2014 we will choose a winner at random and the name you've chosen will appear in our next book "Dark Harvest."

  RULES: The name can not be a celebrity name or contain curse words.  We retain the right to use the character as it pertains to the story. This means they could have a short run (two book minimum) or a long story arc. Who knows how that character will develop. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Awakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen


If only a pile of wayward curls and the inability to stay on her feet were seventeen year-old Foster Kelly’s most pressing concerns. Unfortunately, stubborn hair and clumsiness is just the tip of it. It was only a mistake, but when at the age of five Foster is told “You don’t belong here” the result is one broken heart. These four carelessly spoken words have shaped and shadowed Foster, and now—a senior at Shorecliffs High School—she seeks the wallflower’s existence, denying herself the most casual of friendships, much too afraid that someone will see what Foster believes is certain: she does not belong anywhere – or with anyone. This reality would continue to suit her just fine, however . . .

Love has a long-standing history of undoing broken hearts.

Like a comet, an unexpected arrival knocks Foster out of the crowded, starry sky, sending her directly into the limelight. Exposed and afraid, she will attempt to regain anonymity; but it isn’t so easy now that someone is watching. He pursues this shy enigma, confronting Foster’s deepest fears head-on, and in the process falls wholly and completely in love with her. But there is something he is not saying; a secret capable of certain ruin. There are two probable outcomes: either he will break her heart once and for all, or he will heal it.

In the end, though, it is Foster who must decide if she is worth mending.



Paperback, 672 pages Published June 26th 2013 by CreateSpace (first published June 22nd 2013)


There are a lot of characters in this novel. Foster, Jake and Emily,-twins and best friends Dominic- love interest, parents and side characters. When she has encounters with them it seems that each encounter is analyzed with emotions, descriptions and dialogue. It seems that nothing is flitted over, every moment taken slowly and up close. Foster is the clumsy, messy, incredibly smart but extremely self conscious lead character. Dominic the love interest that is handsome, intelligent and seems to always know what to say at the right moments. Her friends the twins add the majority of the humor to the story and Emily is a fierce and devoted friend for her. The parents, smart, have an active interest in her life and McDuck realness rich.

The author does not shy away with words and descriptions in her writing. At times getting fluffy and wordy. I literally had to keep a dictionary with me during this read to understand some of the messages. The main character is very smart, as are her parents so I do not feel that it was out of place, I seemed to be unable to mentally grasp some of it without some research myself. Besides the usage of more complex words, the author also likes to dwell on situations for several pages at a time. When first meeting Dominic, we get 5 pages of feelings and questions. When she gets in a car accident we get several pages of each and every single minute that elapses and what she is thinking beyond the very general moving of the car and heading on their way. This is what adds to the length of the book.

There are several different subjects touched upon in the storyline. Her parents love for plants and each over. Foster's love for music and singing. Foster's dedication to working with kids. Her romance with Dominic. The mean girls in school etc. And it is as if for awhile the reader really gets to live Foster's life, every aspect of what is happening.

I would recommend this story to those that have been searching for those same romantic feelings you got from reading Twilight. When it comes to the romance between Dominic and Foster it is very Edward and Bella (without the supernatural) and in fact I do wonder if the book began as a Twilight fan fiction. I highly recommend that if you decide this book sounds like something for you that you stick with it. The story really doesn't portray the meaning until the ending. It is the ending that all of your thoughts and memories of the story will be re-evaluated and make the story worth the read.

Even with the pages of descriptions and words. I liked the story, it made me think and really took myself out of my own world for awhile. 


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Between the Layers by SaraJean Panek

An Elephantine Publishing Tour
Most fifteen year old girls are trying to figure out who they are; I’m trying to stay alive long enough to figure out what.


I’ve always been on the run. From my guilt about the things I couldn’t change, and from the voice in my head that won’t let me be normal. But yesterday Tommy and I were in a car accident on the way home from school. When I woke up, Tommy was gone, and so was the world I grew up in. Now I’m running less in a metaphorical way, and more in a “pick up the pace if you don’t want to die” way. Why? Because my eyes are blue, and I’m lost in a fantasy world where that means I’m different. It means I might not be human. It means I should already be extinct, and someone called “The Regent” is determined to make me that way.


I need to find the way home, and before I do that, I need to find Tommy. He’s only in this mess because of me. I can’t do it on my own, but it’s hard to know who to trust when everyone keeps trying to kill me.

About the Author:

SaraJean Panek has loved books since before she could read. One of her earliest memories is of sitting with one of her two older brothers and following along the page as he read her “Rapunzel.” She’s been telling her own stories nearly as long.  “Between the Layers” is SaraJean's debut novel. She travels at every opportunity, but currently lives in her hometown of Virginia Beach and spends most of her free time writing, the work she loves.

To learn more, visit http://spanek88.wix.com/sarapanek
Twitter: @SaraPanek88
Review: 
Between the Layers is a cute fantasy read that is like a bit of Iron Fey series mixed with Alice in Wonderland. The story begins with Sera getting into a car accident and waking up in another land. The people there are confused by her arrival and some of her are convinced she is the lost Princess who will save them. 
In the beginning the 15 year old Sera comes off as very dramatic. She just wants to return home, really close minded to what the people are telling her about the land she is in. The fact that most of them don't believe her also makes her frustrated and overwhelmed. She does begin to make friends, animal friends as well. 
The story is a fantastical read with imaginative world building and strange creatures, both beautiful and deadly. There were parts of the story that made me laugh (The Toddlers) and made me cringe (The Honey Pot) really pulling me into the story and this other world of strangeness and danger. 
It takes a lot of coincidences and convincing that just maybe Sera is the Princess, even if she's not could they still get her help to fight?  I would recommend this book as a cute, clean read that is fun and at several times had me gasp aloud as it was unexpected and exciting. 
My favorite character was Reeky and there are a lot of different characters to fall in love with. Possibly a introduction to a love interest? Sera is put into dangerous situations more than once and she shows a lot of strength by the end of the story. I am looking forward to see what happens next!   4 Stars