"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." Sir Richard Steele

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Closing Blog

I am no longer accepting review requests. My blog is closed except for reviews that were previously done. This way review links that are connected to the blog will remain visible. Thank you for all of your support over the last several years.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Review of Purgatory Reign

Purgatory Reign
LM Preston
Phenomenal One Press 2012
ISBN 9780985025137

   Peter Saints does not have a lot going for him. His parents are killed in front of him and then a young girl dies in his arms. He has lived for years with Pastor Finn in an orphanage of sorts.   He has visions and dreams that scare him to death. Peter is unsure as to their cause; but Pastor Finn is well aware of what is happening and  makes him go on the run to help save his life. 
   In his travels, he meets up with Angel and Kyle, and his life is never the same. In an attempt to unravel the mystery of what is happening, a great evil that the heavens attempted to hide has been unleashed. Will Peter be able to save the world from the terrible horrors that await or will it be too late?
   This is an awesome young adult read that will surely please those who are into the fantasy with a touch of paranormal, horror, and mystery. The story is well written and flows smoothly from the beginning to the conclusion. I was not ready for it to end, but realized that this was just the beginning and will be anxiously awaiting the next one. Peter is my favorite character and he keeps the story moving. I have some misgivings about Angel, but will hold for further consideration. Kyle fits right in and compliments Peter nicely. 
   I have read several of this author's books and have to say this is my favorite one thus far. She has a way with words and draws you into the story line from the beginning. Her characters are real and personable with all the flaws that go along with being human. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story. It is a fast read and will keep your interest. 
   I was provided a copy from the publisher for reviewing purposes.

I give Purgatory Reign 5 out of 5 stars 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Blog Tour Stop for GPS With Benefits

I am pleased to announce the release of GPS With Benefits by Vanessa Morgan for kindle on November 1, 2012. This is a funny short film script about a GPS with a mind of "her" own. The film based on the script will be shot in 2013.

   This is a short funny read about a man who is buying a new car and a GPS comes along for the ride, so to speak. It is impossible to go into anything specific because this is not a book read but a script for a film. In addition, it is short and is over as quick as it starts. That is not to say it is not worthwhile. This is an extremely quirky and funny read that had me laughing out loud. I suspect that the film will be priceless. Despite the shortness of the work, there is no doubt what is going on and just picturing it in my mind had me rolling on the floor. Quite different then Vanessa's other works, but imaginative all the same. I dare say there are some screen writers out there who could take some lessons from her. Considering some of the films being shot all in the name of entertainment, it would be a blessing to actually want to see one that is being produced. 

I give GPS With Benefits 5 out of 5 stars

Monday, October 29, 2012

Review of Vampire by Amy Mah

Since the author of this unusual and humorous book is herself unusual and a bit off the charts, I am doing something a little different with this review. Of course, I mean that in the most loving way. You don't doubt me, do you, Mistress Amelia? I think it is necessary to give a brief account of how our Amy sees herself and her writing. This is borrowed from Amy's blog with some minor editing on my part. Clears throat! 

The author, Amelia Mah, is a 20 something snarky, sarcastic and cynical author who has a very popular blog of how she sees the world from the point of view of a modern teenage vampire. Following the success of her first book, "FANGS RULE A Girls Guide to being a Vampire," she has now expanded the idea of life as a teenage vampire into a full novel. Amelia has given her avatar her own name so you can see the world first hand from a very bored teenage vampire that has been forced to remain a teenager for far too long. She may have very good teeth and the ability to hang from ceilings but life is far from easy.

Below you will find the full color illustrated version of Vampire by Amy Mah. The edition that I read was the first printing and was not illustrated. Since I love the new version, I have decided to share that with you. 

Amy Mah
Reardon Publishing
ISBN 9781874192619

   This is not your typical vampire story where vampires are jumping in bed with humans or are entangled with werewolves for one reason or another. This is the story of a teenage vampire who is just trying to survive in her day to day existence. It is humorous and will make you laugh out loud when  Amy is just being her own unique self. She has a way with words that is like no other. This book gives us insight as to how how Amy meets her boyfriend Max and becomes best friends with his sister Ice, who were introduced in her first book. Amy is so outrageous that you can't help fall in love with her. I'm sure she would have something to say about that... No matter! The book is a delight and if you are into the strange and unusual, you must get your copy and see for yourself. You better get a copy unless you want to hear from the author. She has her own version of bending you to her will. In all seriousness, get your copy, it is a great book.
    Disclosure: I received a copy from the publisher for reviewing purposes.

I give Vampire 5 out of 5 stars   

www.fangsrule.com/buy.htm and can be found on the amazon US and UK sites.

No Holly for Christmas Book Blast and Giveaway

It is my pleasure to take part in the book blast and giveaway for No Holly for Christmas. Below you will find a review of the book and details on how to enter the giveaway. Good luck to all and enjoy!

No Holly For Christmas

No Holly for Christmas
Julie N. Ford
Whiskey Creek Press 2011
ISBN 9781603139328

   Brian McAlister is on a special assignment for the DA's office. He is not happy to be there; but the special assignment is because his father has turned ill and he is stepping in for him. Brian has been unable to move on with his life because he was jilted twice by a long time girlfriend. He has remained in love with her despite the fact she is married and has children. Best of all, she is married to a district court judge who despises Brian.
   Holly Cananaugh-Winter is an ex-socialite who was left practically penniless following the death of her husband. She has been keeping a secret since his death and is determined to keep it that way. She is raising her two daughters alone when she first encounters Brian. There is a definite physical attraction that neither one can deny.
   This is a wonderful story of suspense, healing, giving and love that you won't want to miss. It would make a wonderful addition to your Christmas reading collection. The storyline flows smoothly and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Brian is a bit of a womanizer and has major commitment issues because of being jilted by his former lover. Even though he has an attraction for Holly, he does not want to admit it might be love. Holly is a piece of work. For most of the story, she has the feel sorry for me attitude. She considers herself almost destitute because she has to shop at a lower end company like Walmart for groceries instead of paying twice as much at a high dollar store. She no longer has a home in the country club area; but has a comfortable home to live in. She is actually ashamed of this fact. There are several woman who have befriended her and they are probably the only true friends she has ever had. She is extremely materialistic and you want to smack her. By the end of the story, she is turning her life around and she is becoming likable.
   Brian and Holly become closer as the story progresses because an assassin is out to kill Holly. He has been hired by a powerful man, who like so many, has his eye on wealth and position. Will Brian be able to keep Holly and her children safe? Will the holidays be a season of joy and happiness or will the past prevent them both from going after what is important?
   I wish to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving the book to review.

I give No Holly for Christmas 5 out of 5 stars

Giveaway details:

Enter to win a $25.00 gift card from Barnes & Noble when you purchase the .99 ebook and/or hard copy from Barnes & Noble or Amazon. Just email your conformation number to us at Steph&Jules bloggers@vbooktours.com by November 1st.

Two additional ways to win:

Enter to win a free hard copy and/or ebook (your choice) of No Holly for Christmas when you do one and/or both of the following between Tuesday, October 29th and Thursday, November 1st:

Like Julie N. Ford on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/JulieNFord.Author?ref=hl
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Monday, October 1, 2012

Cover Reveal for Purgatory Reign by LM Preston

It is my pleasure to be part of the cover reveal for LM Preston's new book, Purgatory Reign. Below you will see a picture of the cover along with pre-order info and the book trailer.

Purgatory Reign by LM Preston
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Action Adventure

Cover: Attached. Full Cover and Front Cover

Book Trailer Linkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atvKA9E4bPI&feature=youtu.be

Read samplehttp://www.freado.com/book/13273/purgatory-reign

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Release Dates:
eBook (March 2013)
Print (May 2013)

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Purgatory-Reign-Series/dp/0985025131/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344012202&sr=8-1&keywords=purgatory+reign+by+lm+preston

Barnes & Noble: coming soon

Indie Bound: coming soon

Books A Million: coming soon

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Pack Retribution Blog Tour

The Pack
Retribution Book 2
LM Preston
Phenomenal One Press 2012
ISBN 9780985025106

   Someone is out to hurt Shamira and those she loves. She is not about to take this lying down. In order to find who is after her and her family, she must give up the one she loves and who has found a way into her heart, Valens. He refuses to give up easily and neither will the rest of her friends. They are all  determined to join forces with her  and determine who is out to destroy her and those she loves just because she helped to save the children on Mars.
   This is the second book in the Pack series and is full of adventure, action, and killing. This is a wonderful story set in the future where Mars is inhabited and the computer age is something that many just dream about. Shamira is the leader of her group in training and is in love with a young man in her group named Valens. She has trust issues that stem from many years when she was blind. Even though Valens has told her repeatedly of his feelings for her, she has difficulty in allowing herself to get too close. Will she be able to open herself to trust and depend on others or will it cause her downfall? Throughout most of the story, Shamira is her own worst enemy and continually blames herself for everything that happens. She is also a bit explosive and does things without thinking of the consequences. Despite all of this, her friends are always there for her. Her love for her family can never be called into question. She will fight for them even to her own death if necessary. Valens is a really cool guy who is totally devoted to her and loves her despite her shortcomings. The story line is well executed and flows nicely from the first book in the series. 
   If you like YA reads or are just into action packed stories with lots of adventure, I highly recommend this book. You won't be disappointed. 
   Disclosure: I was provided a copy for reading and reviewing purposes.

I give The Pack Retribution 5 out of 5 stars 

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