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Update to Review Policy

I have been getting a lot of emails lately from people who want me to review their works. This is great, I really want to help promote other writers’ books. But I’m busy with school and work and my own writing. I have one simple request:

Sell your book to me. Tell me why I should read your book. Have I read a book similar to yours? With similar themes and characters? Draw on that.

Say something like this: “I saw you enjoyed Book by Author. If you liked that book, you’ll like mine too.” And then tell me all about it.

I just don’t have time to respond to everyone who just sends me a generic email, because I don’t have time to read every book set in front of me. If you want me to read and review your work, tell me why I should.

Please please please, this will make my life so much easier. Thank you.

September 26, 2012 Posted by | Blog Tour, Promoting, Reading, Writing | Leave a comment

Two Moons of Sera Tour Stop

From the author’s website:

In a world where water and earth teem with life, Serafay is an anomaly. The result of genetic experiments on her mother’s water-borne line Serafay will have to face the very people responsible to discover who she really is.  But is she the only one?

Pavarti K Tyler’s novel Two Moons of Sera is a Fantasy/Romance and will be released in a serial format beginning this fall.

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Watch the gorgeous trailer:

My Review:

This is a great start to a series, and I am definitely intrigued. Personally, I can’t wait for the next part of the story. I’m really interested in finding out more about Tor’s past, especially, but also more about Sera, too. I feel like there is more to her story than what is in this part. I can’t even begin to ask all the questions I have. I must force myself to be patient. But with such a great cliff-hanger ending, who couldn’t be anxious for more? That said, my only complaint is that this is a series of novellas and not one book. I need to know!

Rating: 4/5

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For more about 2MOS, including a soundtrack compiled by the author and a fun quiz to see what personality you are (I got Erdlander), visit Parvarti K. Tyler’s site.

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November 3, 2011 Posted by | Blog Tour | Leave a comment

The Chosen – Blog Tour Review

Once again I have a stop for the BLB Book Tours!

Title: The Chosen

Author: Sheenah Freitas

Published: November 2010, Lulu

Source: author

Goodreads Description: Kaia’s entire life has erupted in flames after an assassin appears and burns her village down. She’s rescued by a god from another planet who requests her help because she’s the descendant of their last savior. Together with Reeze — the only other survivor from her village and her appointed guardian — they set off on a quest to find the treasures of the gods in hopes of preventing a dire prophesy. Kaia and Reeze quickly meet the Tueors, a group of people many thought extinct, who are searching specifically for Kaia. Their intention: to protect the truth. As Kaia discovers more about the truth and her family’s past, she also learns of the Tueors’ bloody secret. Will Kaia be the savior the gods have been waiting for? Or will she let the prophesy come true?

My Thoughts: The characters were great. I loved them.

The plot was also very interesting. I really liked the concept of Earth’s twin planet, and the multiple gods and goddesses. I liked that these gods were color-coded almost, and each had a specific priest serving him. I will say, however, that the plot is a bit abrupt and hard to grasp at first. Suddenly Kaia and the boy she just met are whisked away by priestesses and given a task that has something to do with Kaia’s grandmother. It’s not very clear at first what is going on. I got the sense that the characters were just accepting it, too.

The writing style turned me off a bit. It’s not bad, though there are some awkward sentences and word uses. I didn’t notice any obvious spelling mistakes either. It was just something about the way the story of written that just made it difficult for me to keep reading. I think there are some things that need to be worked on before the rest of the series is published.

All-in-all, it wasn’t a bad book. There was a lot of adventure and fantasy, and some great characters.

Rating: 3/5

August 14, 2011 Posted by | Blog Tour, Reading | Leave a comment

Falling Hard by J.K. Coi – Promo

Falling Hard by J.K. CoiFalling Hard

by J.K. Coi

July 18, 2011 from Carina Press

Available today! Get your copy now from Carina Press!

Visit her at: www.jkcoi.com

“Totally different and totally enthralling…Fantastically good book…” Wendy, You Gotta Read Reviews

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After a life filled with tragedy, rocker Gabriel Gunn thinks he’s finally getting the better of his personal demons. Then he’s attacked after a concert—and rescued by a warrior goddess brandishing a sword and white wings. As hard as it is to believe in an angelic bodyguard, Gabriel must face an even more impossible truth: he carries the devil’s soul within him.

Amelia has been watching over Gabriel for years, using her angelic powers to prevent Lucifer’s return. Now she must also protect him from warring angel factions with their own agendas. Amelia would do anything to avert another angelic war, even sacrifice her own emotions to avoid temptation. Yet with Gabriel she feels things she no longer wants to deny, and pleasure she never imagined.

But the closer Gabriel and Amelia get, the stronger Lucifer becomes. Will Amelia be forced to kill the man she’s come to love to stop the war she’s always feared?

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Available today! Get your copy now from Carina Press!


About the Author:

 

J.K. Coi is a multi-published, award winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She makes her home in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and son and a feisty black cat who is the uncontested head of the household. While she spends her days immersed in the litigious world of insurance law, she is very happy to spend her nights writing dark and sexy characters who leap off the page and into readers’ hearts.

 

Website:www.jkcoi.com

Blog:www.jkcoi.blogspot.com

Twitter:www.twitter.com/jkcoi

Facebook:www.facebook.com/JKCoiAuthor

July 18, 2011 Posted by | Blog Tour | Leave a comment

Interview with Amanda Havard

Today, I am happy to say, I am interviewing Amanda Havard, author of The Survivors as part of the BLB blog tour. I’m very excited about this, so let’s get crackin’!

How did you get started with your writing career?

I’ve been writing forever. Truly. I’ve been telling stories since before I could write those stories down. But into my adult life, my steps into a writing career were atypical. A few years before I wrote Survivors, I was lucky enough to be heavily mentored by a fantastic retired editor on an earlier project, and so when I wrote The Survivors, I showed it to her immediately, and we began the steps to getting it published. But it became clear that I would need a progressive publisher who would understand my vision of transmedia elements of the story—like the original music, interactive online elements, and so on—and so I was thrilled to make a partnership with tech-inspired Chafie Press to get The Survivors Series out to the world.

What inspired you to write “The Survivors?”

I knew I wanted to write a YA series because the characters I created in my head were always in a place of coming of age. Even in this series, where so many of the characters are nearly 150 years old (or older!), they are very much still in a place of figuring out their lives, figuring out their place in the world. I was heavily inspired by series I was reading at the time, and I knew that if I ventured into supernatural storytelling, I wanted to root it in history and mythology. That said, I began by picking a real event in history that had both supernatural undertones and many unanswered questions surrounding it. Naturally, the Salem Witch Trials were a perfect fit.

Who is your personal favorite character in the book?

I’m going to cheat and give two. Sadie is my favorite in that the whole world happens through her, and my experience of creating the story, characters, and world of Survivors filters through her. I am deeply connected to her, and I feel what she feels, know what she knows. It’s a deep connection, and I could never pick anyone “over” her.

That said, I love writing about Mark Winter. He has an unsuspecting complexity to him, in the first and future books, that really interests me. Plus, he’s all the fun in the world. I specifically love writing as him on Twitter.

What are your writing habits? (When, where, how, for how long do you write?)

It varies. While editing and researching, I’m all over the place. I do what the process calls for. While I’m actually writing the book though? I write mostly in my house, either at my desk or in my “writing studio,” for any number of hours of the day. When I wrote book one in The Survivors Series, I wrote it in 27 days, and I pretty much didn’t sleep. For me, writing can replace sleeping, eating, socializing…practically breathing. Very often I’ll go for hours and hours, and when I look up, it’s 2 a.m., and I’ll go for a drive out to the rural areas outside of Nashville, listen to the music that is so instrumental in my process, get my head clear, come home and write through the dawn. It’s fair to say that my process is highly immersive. It consumes me.

What was the hardest part about writing “The Survivors?”

As I would guess for many authors, the hardest part is limiting yourself to what you ought to include versus what you want to include. I feel like many of us would write 1000-page stories just so you could get to know our characters as well as we have.

What is your favorite genre of book to read? Favorite book?

I read all over the map. I had a real passion for historical fiction when I was younger, but I’ve gotten more and more into paranormal. Needless to say, books that live at the intersection of the two highly amuse me. YA makes the most sense to me, because I’m hardly more than YA myself.

That said, some of my all-time favorite books are neither historical nor paranormal—Janet Fitch (White Oleander, Paint It Black) and Curtis Sittenfeld (Prep, The Man of my Dreams, American Wife) are two of my all-time favorite authors, but my taste is diverse. I am a diehard Harry Potter fan, and I admittedly loved the addictiveness of Twilight, but at the same time I love something like A Farewell to Arms by William Faulkner. It just depends on my mood.

Two books you MUST read though: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and (when it comes out in September) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Two jarring, chilling, dark, and enthralling books that will grab you and never let go.

Got another book in the works?

Yes! THE SURVIVORS is the first book in a five-book series of the same name. I’m finishing edits on book 2, and I’ve finished my research for book 3. Can’t wait to write it!

Anything you’d like to say to aspiring writers?

Keep your eyes open. You can find inspiration everywhere—from songs and your favorite book to your history teacher’s weird anecdote from medieval Europe or your best friend’s boyfriend’s funny mannerism. Stories are everywhere. You just have to find them. And tell them.

June 21, 2011 Posted by | Author Interview, Blog Tour | Leave a comment

The Survivors Review

Goodreads Description:

In 1692, when witch trials gripped the community of Salem, Massachusetts, twenty-six children were accused as witches, exiled, and left for dead. Fourteen of them survived.

The Survivors is the first installment of the tantalizing tales of the fourteen ill-fated Survivors and their descendants, who have been content in hiding for over three centuries. Isolated on a Montana mountainside, only Sadie, the rogue daughter, dares to abandon the family’s sacred hiding place. But no matter how far Sadie runs, something always pulls her back.

On a muggy summer night in Tennessee, she witnesses a shocking scene that will change her life forever. It is the first in a sequence of events that will drag her from the human world she’s sought to belong to for over a century and send her back to her Puritanical family and into an uncertain future filled with cunning witches, mysterious nosferatu shape-shifters, dangerous eretica and vieczy vampires, millennia-old mythology, and the search for her own mortality. After all…

HOW DO YOU KILL A SURVIVOR?

The Survivors will steal your heart and invade your mind. Fall into the pages of Sadie’s life, a world so frighteningly similar to your own, you’ll find yourself wanting to go to the Montana mountains to find the Survivors for yourself.

And it is only the beginning.

My Review:

At first I wasn’t sure I’d like this book very much. Then I started reading it.

Havard had me hooked by the end of the epilogue, and I could not get enough of this book. The beginning was a little slow, but once we meet the first of the Winters, it picks up and doesn’t slow down.

I’m a sap for Everett, I admit. Of all the characters, I’d like to meet him in real life. Though, I was very angry with him for keeping his secrets from Sadie until she forced them from his family. In my opinion, it would have shown his love for her if he had just come out and told her. Then again, his character is one who needs family, and he was stuck in a rut between them and her, so I understand. Plus, it was probably better that she learn everything while Anthony was there to help her understand.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series, mainly because I want to know when Sadie becomes one of them – it has to happen for Anthony’s vision to come to pass, from what I understand. I also want to know just what Sadie actually is right now, since she doesn’t seem to fit into any of the neat supernatural-creature categories. And I want to know how they can stop the rebel Survivors from destroying the world.

Amanda Havard has definitely found herself a fan in me. I’m hooked.

Rating: 5/5

June 17, 2011 Posted by | Blog Tour, Reading | Leave a comment

   

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