Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tour Spotlight!!  Whisper, by Heather Hildenbrand (Mark My Words Book Publicity)



Welcome to this stop in the  
Whisper Blog Tour,
brought to you by
Mark My Words Publicity!!





Kindle Edition
August 12, 2014

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22797518-whisper






Paperback Edition
April 19, 2012


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13665230-whisper?ac=1







Book Synopsis

The Cherokee believe that when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned, love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms.

Now, after five months at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Point, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic stares or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuffed not with identification but with poetry illustrating the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I will not leave this boy’s side.

Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet… 




Book Excerpt

The gold dress was both beautiful and evil all at once.

I stood in front of the mirror for twenty minutes, frowning until my face hurt and contemplating how Erin would react if I showed up to my party wearing jeans and a sweatshirt instead.

My reflection reminded me of the vision, and even though Dylan said it wasn't this exact dress, it felt close enough -- the shimmery, silky material that felt like water in my hands, the way it pooled at my feet even with my strappy heels. It was as if the dress itself held the ability to make that vision a reality simply by wearing it. But I had nothing else.

I told myself it was my own fears reflecting back. Fancy fabric couldn't manifest a destiny any more than a person could fight it. But, although the sun still blazed with late afternoon heat, the day felt ominous. Or maybe it was me.

Taregan hadn't made a play -- hell, he hadn't made a peep -- since our parking lot encounter. That'd been days ago. I wanted to find out whether his blood ritual had worked, but Dylan refused to contact him. For any reason. Every time I brought it up, his fury worked its way into his tense jaw and then his pursed lips, and I gave up. The warrior wouldn't budge.

Time, on the other hand, only moved forward. And now we were here, my birthday.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #111: The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss



This is a weekly event hosted by
It showcases future releases which
we book bloggers
are eagerly anticipating!!




Here's my choice for this week!



 The Slow Regard of Silent Things
(The Kingkiller Chronicles, #2.5)
Hardcover, 176 pages
DAW Hardcvoer
October 28, 2014
Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21535271-the-slow-regard-of-silent-things?ac=1




Book Synopsis

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.
Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows....
In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.




Why I'm waiting on this one!

I've heard so many great things about
this series, that now I want to
start reading it!!
 I'm a longtime fantasy fan, so
this is right up my alley.
I'm going to put this one on
my TBR list, and add the rest of the
books as well!

  


What do you think of my choice
this week?
Be sure to leave a link to
your post along with your comment,
so I can come over to
check it out!!




Saturday, August 16, 2014

Shelf Candy Saturday (Giveaway!!) #124: Earth & Sky, by Megan Crewe
 


Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!!


This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful book covers!
It also provides information,
if available, on their very talented creators!

For more information
about Shelf Candy Saturday,
just click HERE.



Here's my choice for this week!



Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky, #1)
Trade Paperback, 306 pages
Skyscape
October 28, 2014
Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction,
Young Adult Fiction


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21888233-earth-sky






Why do I love this cover?

When I first saw this image, I knew I had to feature it!  The color combination is a stunning and very effective one -- light blue with purple. There's also a lovely strip of rippling, aqua-colored water at the bottom of the cover. 

The bold, simple design consists of one main circle that overlaps many pulsating, concentric circles radiating over the city. The top circle shows a partial view of planet Earth as seen from outer space. It hangs in the sky as if it were an alien planet, looming over the silhouetted, sinister-looking dark city below. In the sky, the concentric circles form a pattern of either radiation or  waves of radio signals. The theme is obviously one of alien communication, and/or intervention in human affairs, which is indeed what the plot is all about.

The title is a stroke of genius! The letters are very boldly placed in the middle of the image, and I like the fact that lower-case letters are mixed with capital letters in the word "earth", which emphasizes that word.

This is a very bold, graphic image that is entirely compelling! It's simple, yet very effective, and it draws the eye in, even creating a hypnotic fascination in the viewer.

When I started my Google search for the cover artist, I came across a website, YA Books Central, where I found a cover reveal post for this book. The author, Megan Crewe, states that the cover was created by the staff at Skyscape. By the way, the name "Skyscape" is a perfect one for the publisher of this novel!  

For those who are interested, I will give the link to the post mentioned above, since Crewe is currently holding a giveaway for this novel! There will be a total of TWENTY winners -- ten from the US, and ten from Canada! Each will get a finished copy of the book!! So of course I'm entering!! I'm SO excited at the possibility of winning this beautiful book!!!!

You can access the post and the awesome giveaway HERE!!    



What do you think of my
choice this week?
Please leave me a comment
and let me know!




Friday, August 15, 2014

Tour Spotlight/Giveaway!!  A Portal In Time, by Claire Fullerton (Bewitching Book Tours)



Welcome to this stop in the exciting tour for A Portal In Time,
brought to you by 
Bewitching Book Tours!!





A Portal In Time
Claire Fullerton
Trade Paperback 198 pages
Vinspire Publishing, LLC
November 30, 2013
Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18849120-a-portal-in-time?ac=1



Book Synopsis


When we are inexplicably drawn to love and a particular place, is it coincidence, or have we loved before?

Enigmatic and spirited Anna Lucera is gifted with an uncanny sixth-sense and is intrigued by all things mystical. When her green, cat-eyes and long, black hair capture the attention of a young lawyer named Kevin Townsend, a romance ensues which leads them to the hauntingly beautiful region of California's Carmel-By-The-Sea where Anna is intuitively drawn to the Madiera Hotel. Everything about the hotel and Carmel-By-The-Sea heightens her senses and speaks to Anna as if she had been there before.

As Anna's memory unravels the puzzle, she is drawn into a past that's eerily familiar and a life she just may have lived before.



Purchase Links

Amazon US/Amazon CA
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble
The Book Depository
Kobo 
Overdrive 




 Book Excerpt



Chapter Ten

March 18, 1999, West Hollywood, California

“What’s this all about?” Lucia pulled out a chair across from her sister. They sat outside on the sidewalk in front of The King’s Head Café in West Hollywood amidst the hum of traffic and the flow of patrons looking for available seating on Beverly Boulevard. “You sounded funny on the phone.”

“I sounded funny?”

“You sounded mysterious,” Lucia clarified.

“I didn’t want to get into it on the phone. I thought I’d wait to talk to you in person.”

“All right, I’m listening,” Lucia settled back into her chair and looked at Anna expectantly.

“You’re not going to believe this, but Kevin brought up the subject of marriage the other day.”

“Why wouldn’t I believe that? It’s perfectly understandable to me, isn’t it to you?” Lucia laughed. “What did you say when he brought up the subject?”

“I skirted the issue, of course,” Anna’s tone suggested Lucia should know that.

“Wait a minute, did he just bring up the subject or did he ask you to marry him?”

“Well, it seemed to me he was testing the waters, but what he said was, ‘God help me, I’m married to a witch.’ I’m not sure I was supposed to hear it, but that’s exactly what he said,” Anna told her.

“Wait a minute, back up, I’m getting lost. Were you doing something that made him call you a witch or was he just making a general observation because he’s had enough time to realize that you are a little touched in that way?”

“In what way?” Anna sounded defensive.

“Come on, Anna, anyone who knows you knows you’re bent towards the uncanny, and I mean that with nothing but love,” Lucia tried to suppress a smile. “You’re the same way that Mom was—obviously these things run in families.”

Anna felt the immediate tug of her heartstrings at the mention of their mother, who had died of Leukemia two and a half years earlier. Her illness had been a harrowing experience to both her and Lucia, absolutely draining them emotionally for the two years prior to her death. Her slow decline compounded the loss of their father when they were only teenagers and now that both parents were gone, Anna and Lucia only had each other. Anna conjured the memory of their mother’s face, her tall elegance and demure ways and recalled that she, too, had an intuitive ability that everyone who knew her remarked upon.

“I don’t know that I’m anywhere near the way Mom was,” Anna leaned back. “Do you remember how she always knew what we were up to when we were little? There was no point in ever trying to fool her about anything because she always knew the truth.”

“Of course, you’ve always been a terrible liar. Everything you’re thinking is always written on your face. You were the one who always gave us away to Mom, not me,” Lucia reminded.

“That’s not entirely true,” Anna volleyed, “I remember the time you tried to sneak out the upstairs window at night and found Mom sitting on the garden bench under the tree you used because she’d picked up on what you were thinking practically before you even decided to do it. She could just tell by looking at you!”

“You’re right about that,” Lucia nodded. “Mom was something else altogether, wasn’t she? I’m convinced she was clairvoyant. I think she knew how to read us both. I really do miss her every day. I think of her every time I see a sunset, every time I feel the change of seasons in the air, every time I see the full moon. She made such an event out of the little things in life, didn’t she?”

“She definitely did. She placed great importance on ceremonies and symbolism and things like that,” Anna said. “I see so many things the same way she did because she taught us how.”

“I do, too. What she did to the exact spot where Dad got in his car wreck is a perfect example.”

“Well, a lot of people do a similar thing. I see markers on the side of the road all the time. Standing crosses with bouquets of flowers under them at the scene of a fatal accident. It’s a commemoration of a particular place where something significant happened.”

“Yes, but it was so much more to Mom than that,” Lucia reminded Anna. “That’s why she buried the key where Dad got in the accident. Do you recall that night? It was only two days after Dad died, but somehow Mom managed to set aside her grief in order to take care of business. She woke us up after midnight and told us to get in the car because we were going to conduct a ceremony. “



The Book Lover's Den #2: Collins Classics




Welcome to my new Friday feature!


In each bi-weekly post, I will be 
exploring my thoughts on several 
book-related topics.  



On a visit to a Books-A-Million store last week, I came across a collection of books -- all classics -- that I had never seen before. Known as "Collins Classics", these books are published in the UK by Harper Press, which is an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. 

These mass-market paperbacks are very reasonably priced, running about $3.95 to $4.95 each, although some can be a bit more expensive. I was able to get them for $2.97 plus tax at BAM, since they were having a sale. The books are also available on Amazon, to some extent in the US and Canada, but mostly on Amazon UK, as well as The Book Depository.

Here are the two books I purchased at BAM. One of them, Jane Eyre, joins several other editions I already own, because I love this novel so much, I just need to have several beautiful editions of it!

As for The Scarlet Letter, I don't think I own any other copy of it. I read it in high school, and haven't re-read it since. Now that I have this nice new copy, I think I should delve into it again!



  
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8318303-jane-eyre






https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7885658-the-scarlet-letter




Besides having very nice covers and being very reasonably priced, these books also feature a short section on each author's life and times, as well as something I greatly appreciate: a glossary of words and phrases used at the time. This is a very nice feature indeed! As everyone who has read classics knows, they are frequently not very easy to read, precisely because language evolves over time, so that vocabulary that was readily understood when a given classic was written is much harder to decipher today. Many times, the usage given to these words today is a different one.

For instance, here are some words found in classics, together with the definitions in the glossary at the back of each book. The definitions are taken from the Collins English Dictionary.

1.) ague (NOUN) = a fever in which the patient has alternate hot and cold shivering fits

2.) amusement (NOUN) = here amusement means a strange and disturbing puzzle

3.) Bow Street runner (PHRASE) = Bow Street runners were the first British police force, set up by the author Henry Fielding in the eighteenth century

4.) colling (VERB) = 'colling' is an old word which means to embrace and kiss

5.) cynosure (NOUN) =  something that strongly attracts attention or admiration

6.) farthingale (NOUN) = a hoop worn under a skirt to extend it

7.) gainsay (VERB) = to say something isn't true or to deny it

8.) jorum (NOUN) = a large bowl

9.) own (VERB) = here it means to admit or to acknowledge

10.) paid pretty dear (PHRASE) = paid a high price or suffered quite a lot

Most of the classics known to English-speaking readers are part of the Collins Classics collection, like the works of Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edith Wharton, Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Bronte sisters. 

The collection also includes English translations of such works as Dante's Inferno, The Art of Rhetoric, by Aristotle, Madame Bovary, by Flaubert, The Iliad and The Odyssey, by Homer, Selected Poems, by Rabindranath Tagore, and Grimm's Fairy Tales.

If you have never seen these books in bookstores, they are definitely available online. If you happen to own one or more of them, I'd be interested to know where you bought it/them, how much you paid, and what you think of this collection.





Collins Classics Collection:
Books I Want to Buy Next! 



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13117563-the-woman-in-white




https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8618596-20-000-leagues-under-the-sea




https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8288370-a-tale-of-two-cities




https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11888474-romeo-and-juliet




https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13627727-a-connecticut-yankee-in-king-arthur-s-court




Online Links






 


Monday, August 11, 2014

Guest Post/Giveaway!! The Lycan Hunter, by Kelsey Jordan (Bewitching Book Tours)



Welcome to this stop in the tour for
The Lycan Hunter, sponsored by
Bewitching Book Tours!!





The Lycan Hunter
(The Gardinian World Series, #1)
Kelsey Jordan
Trade Paperback, 308 pages
Booktrope Editions
May 29, 2014
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22053393-the-lycan-hunter?ac=1
 


Book Synopsis

When Alexis James arrives at her first assignment in months, she anticipates the danger and violence rife in her calling as a Lycan Hunter. What she doesn’t expect is a handsome, blue-eyed wolf saving her life and kidnapping her. Surrounded by the enemy, Alexis must not only survive her prisoners but the bonds of a different sort that begin to form against her will.
Mikko Kyran was chosen by the gods to lead his pack, and he has made it his mission to end the eight thousand years of war plaguing his people. The Alpha never suspected that the key to the prophecy ending the Forever War would be held by a smart-mouthed, sexy Hunter determined to kill him.
Can two people from different worlds set aside everything they know about one another long enough to survive retribution from the Hunters, the pack, and the gods? Or will their differences start a war that neither can win?




Guest Post:
Character Interview with Ronan


Ronan is stretched out in the theater. The sconces along the wall are softly lit and he's scrolling through the tablet's offering of movies while the cable plays softly in the background.
He pats the seat next to him as a greeting.
Ronan: Want to watch anything in particular?
Kelsey: Not really. I'll be all about the movie and not this interview.
Ronan: Good point. So what do you want to know?
Kelsey: You appear to not take too much seriously. Why is that?
Ronan: I am more serious than I appear. I don't show it because there are enough narcissistic jerks in the world leaking seriousness all over everything. If I make people comfortable, they are more likely to listen. If I have to make my point more forcefully...well, then I do so, but it's usually violent.
Kelsey: Would you lay down your life for Kyran?
Ronan: That's not a serious question. I am his Tepinok. That's my ultimate duty. If I was unwilling to do so, I would dishonor both my position as Tepinok and the Rocky motto.
Kelsey: Lets hope it doesnt come to that. I do have a question about the Rockys.
Ronan: I won't answer any specific questions about the Rockys. You'll have to ask Mikko Wayne for that info.
I nod, but I don't see an interview with the leader of the Rockys happening in the future. If the way he treats his son is any indication, that interview would end with me shaking in a corner somewhere.
Kelsey: Do you ever take over for Kyran?
Ronan: To give him a break? Yeah, but only for a day or so. His job is stressful and there is too much damn paperwork. If I never see another spreadsheet, I'd live happily ever after.
Kelsey: For someone as powerful as you are, why havent you started your own pack?
Ronan: I don't want to. Paperwork, remember? Besides, my brother isn't a complete idiot so I like where I'm at.
Kelsey: Can you tell me some more about Marcela?
Ronan: She's my everything. I don't even remember my life before her. Scratch that. My choice in movies was better before her. She likes chick flicks.
Kelsey: What is your movie of choice at the moment?
Ronan: Unfortunately, my mate has me watching good movies, so nothing is any better than the others. If I want a bad movie, I have to go dig for movies that have better originals, like the  latest Old Boy. The Korean version is a thousand times better.
Kelsey: Would you ever consider sending any children you have  to become a Rocky?
Ronan: That's not up to me. Any kid I have has to have the mental fortitude to become a Rocky and Mikko Wayne needs to welcome them. What that entails, well, you need to ask Mikko Wayne yourself.
I nod again, knowing it would be a cold day in hell that I ask for an interview with the elusive Mikko Wayne.
Kelsey: Today, what is the worst thing you have experienced? What is the best?
Ronan: Meeting Marcie is hands down the best thing I have ever experienced. The worst? Having to be strong for Alexis after that storm of a meet up with the Hunters. That woman was broken in all the right places, but she refused to let me in. She held it together, so I had to keep it together. I was far from together.
Kelsey: If you could be any god, who would you be?
Ronan: I'll pass. I don't want to do Ky's job. What makes you think I want to rule a domain? Nah. I'll settle for a little peace and any time I have with Marcie. That's all I need.

~*~