30 June 2012

Review: Vida Nocturna by Mark Diehl

Title: Vida Nocturna
Author: Mark Diehl
Pub. Date: May 12, 2011
Acquired: NetGalley
Find "Vida Nocturna":
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Only the need will last forever.

Sara has always escaped her real-world fears by reading fantasy and horror stories. Now, as a social-phobic college freshman, she enters a dark world where horror is not supernatural and fantasy is a trap.

Evil is contagious.

Victims become predators, and every predator was once just like Sara. Imagining she'd be different was her first step toward them. Now, draped in the decadent 80s subculture, she's rendered helpless by powers she never imagined.

29 June 2012

Review: Birthright: A Nobleman Novel by Ronda L. Caudill

Title: Birthright: A Nobleman Novel
Author: Ronda L. Caudill
Pub. Date: Jan. 2012
Acquired: From author, for honest review.
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Nila Jones has been dreaming about a young nobleman from the past; little did she know that he would become a significant part of her present. In this story of young love and fantasy there are horrible details of a past life that Nila discovers. These details will determine whether Nila and her young nobleman will live happily ever after.

28 June 2012

Captivated Reading's 100 Follower Giveaway!!!!

I don't think I really thought I'd get to 100 followers this soon! I've only been doing this for about 5 months, now. I want to thank each and every one of my follwers. You guys rock! As a thank you, I'm doing a 100 Follower Giveaway. I wish you all luck!!!

Four winners will be chosen.
The first winner gets their choice of which 'Prize Option' they would like, then the second winner chooses from what's left, then the third, and so on...
(For int'l details, please see contest "Terms and Conditions" on Rafflecopter form.)
There are several ways to enter, but being that it's a "Follower Giveaway", you MUST be a follower to participate.
Contest begins 6/29/12 at 12:01am EST, and ends 7/29/12 at 12:01 EST.
Thanks, and good luck!

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Cover Reveal & Blog Hop: Keystone by Misty Provencher

I am BEYOND thrilled to be a part of author, Misty Provencher's blog tour, featuring Keystone. Keystone is the follow-up to Ms. Provencher's, fantasic debut, Cornerstone. On this tour many different bloggers are bringing you the first chapter to Keystone. Here, you'll find pages 6-8.
Check out my review of Cornerstone here.

If you missed the first 5 pages, I've listed the links here:
~Kick-off of blog tour.
~Pages 1-2 at Candace's Book Blog and Buried in Books.
~Pages 3-5 at Globug & Hootie Need a Book and Kat Ellis writes....
~Find the links for the rest of chapter one, here.

Chapter 1 – KEYSTONE- Pages 6-8

WARNING: This is an excerpt from Keystone, the second book in the Cornerstone Series. This excerpt will definitely contain spoilers for the first book. Please feel welcome to try out the first five chapters of Cornerstone at: http://mistypro.blogspot.com/p/cornerstone-chapter-one.html

This excerpt is part of a Blog Hop. In order to read the entire first chapter, please visit all the awesome Blog Hop stops listed here: http://mistypro.blogspot.com/ to find the other pages!

Instead, she pats my arm – which I see, but don’t feel – and says, "You're doing fine."

Then she disappears and I can't turn my head to see where she went. One more blink and my eyes are stuck wide open. I try to force the lids shut, but those stop working too. I feel my eyeballs drying out like a couple of hard boiled eggs on black top.

Screaming would be awesome, but my tongue’s limp. I gurgle under the spit that wells behind my tonsils and the stone broils up in my palm again.

Mrs. Reese is back, hovering over my head.

"Okay, Nalena," she says cheerfully. "Here we go. Just exhale if it hurts and that will relieve it."

I exhale like a race horse, pulling in another breath and blowing it out hard again. Mrs. Reese crinkles up her brow.

"It's that bad?" she asks. My vocal cords suddenly let loose and I scream so loud that my lungs ripple. My eyelids finally slam shut.

A whirling blast of razor blades explodes up my arm. I want to pry the stone out of my palm, but I can't move and I can’t let go. Mrs. Reese tells me to breathe, but it's impossible to do. The razors tumble through me. I feel their sharp edges shaving my nerves loose from my muscles. Tears drizzle down my cheeks. I scream again with my eyes clamped shut.

"She's coming, Nali," Mrs. Reese’s voice trembles in between my screams. "Just hang on, honey. I swear, she's coming."

I can't even ask who. I can't make my tongue move. I'm dying in pieces.

One more desperate scream unravels out of my stomach like rope. It’s not long enough to reach my throat, but it's enough. My field blows out all around me, knocking me out of my own skin. I stand beside my body, watching Mrs. Reese as she leans over it. Her own mouth is trembling as she tells me to hang on, to breathe, to wait...and then one of her tears slips off her cheek and lands on my lip. I watch the teardrop disappear into my mouth and as if someone tripped a switch on the entire universe, everything starts closing up inside a drawstring bag. Mrs. Reese and the room and my body on the bed...all of it disappears into the closing hole, leaving me in the dark. What's left is only whatever I am, without my body.

I look in every direction and finally spot a tiny speck of light. I go toward it. The pin point sparkles and widens and with every step closer to it, the pain I’d just felt seems less and less.

Nalena! My mother’s stern voice comes from behind me. It’s the same tone she used once when I’d crossed the street without looking both ways. Get back from there! Right now!

Mom? I'm suddenly pushed back inside my protective bubble, but not in my skin, so the darkness and pain are both gone. My mom is so close that I could touch her, or, at least, try to touch the weak image of her that shivers in front of me like bad TV reception. It doesn't matter. She's here.

It’s not time for you to leave yet, she says. I disconnected you from your nervous system, so the new system can re-grow without so much pain. You’ll be okay.

I don’t care about being okay. I care that she’s here with me.

Stay, I tell her. Or let me come with you.

It was time for me to go, but it’s not time for you to come, she says with a sad smile. But I need to tell you what's coming next and I can't manifest here much longer, so listen carefully, alright?

A burst of panic jumps through me. No, let me come with you! Help me die! I don't want you to leave me again!

Listen to me. Her voice is sharp now. Your nerves are re-growing. When all of your senses kick back in, your nerves are going to be hypersensitive at first. Her instructions start scrambling. You will…The vision…If it gets to be... I want you...breathe in, hum out. She flickers.

What are you talking about? I ask. I try to imagine all the little threads of my nerves, lying down inside me like flattened wheat fields and then Lazarus-ing back up.

But she's gone and my field disappears.

I'm hurled back into my skin.

And I scream. And scream. And scream again.

I don’t think I could stop even if my mom used her worst voice ever, now.


“"You scared me there for a minute, but you made it," Mrs. Reese whispers, but it sounds like she’s blasting every syllable through a megaphone. If she doesn’t explode my eardrums, then it will be the light that gets me. Even with my eyes closed, I swear the sun must be three inches from my nose.

27 June 2012

Waiting On Wednesday[11]: Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Tiger's Destiny
Author: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Splinter
Publication Date: Sept. 4, 2012
With three of the goddess Durga's quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger's curse. But the trio's greatest challenge awaits them: A life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga's final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Adaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.

It's a race against time--and the evil sorcerer Lokesh--in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume of the bestselling Tiger's Curse series, which pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty, and finally reveals the tiger's' true destiny once and for all.

25 June 2012

Review: The Tube Riders by Chris Ward

Title: The Tube Riders
Author: Chris Ward
Publisher: Createspace
Pub. Date: March 19, 2012
Acquired: From author, for honest review.
Purchase "The Tube Riders":
Amazon / Chris Ward

Beneath the dark streets of London they played a dangerous game with trains. Now it is their only chance for survival...

Mega Britain in 2075 is a dangerous place. A man known as the Governor rules the country with an iron hand, but within the towering perimeter walls of London Greater Urban Area anarchy spreads unchecked through the streets.

In the abandoned London Underground station of St. Cannerwells, a group of misfits calling themselves the Tube Riders seek to forget the chaos by playing a dangerous game with trains. Marta is their leader, a girl haunted by her brother’s disappearance. Of the others, Paul lives only to protect his little brother Owen, while Simon is trying to hold on to his relationship with Jess, daughter of a government official. Guarding them all is Switch, a man with a flickering eye and a faster knife, who cares only about preserving the legacy of the Tube Riders. Together, they are family.

Everything changes the day they are attacked by a rival gang. While escaping, they witness an event that could bring war down on Mega Britain. Suddenly they are fleeing for their lives, pursued not only by their rivals, but by the brutal Department of Civil Affairs, government killing machines known as Huntsmen, and finally by the inhuman Governor himself.

24 June 2012

What a Month!

Nothing illustrates, more appropriately, than this picture what this month of blogging has been like for me. Blogging is one of my most favorite things to do. It relaxes me, it keeps me sane. But, this month my kids have been a little more difficult. Between a five-year-old who just started flag football (that will now take up three nights a week), two two-year-olds who are very needy, and an even NEEDIER nine-month-old (that is now crawling all over the place), life seems to be speeding by.

I'm just letting you all know that I'm still here, even if I've missed a few weekly posts and haven't been reading NEARLY as much!

The other thing I wanted to address is that I seem to have made an extremely common (according to more experienced bloggers) rookie mistake by committing to too many reviews at one time.

Right now, there are an EXTREME amount of books that I need to review. And, sadly, some that I didn't review as soon as I promised. BUT, if you are an author and I promised to review your book, know that I WILL. I have my list of books (in the order they were received) and I will, undoubtedly, get to each and every one of them. You'll notice that I'm STILL not taking any more requests--and haven't since a couple of months ago. I haven't even read a book of MY choice in over a month. I keep winning them. I keep looking through my Kindle library seeing them there. But, I haven't touched one. And I PROMISE I won't until I've fulfilled my commitment.

So, here's to a better July. And I'm going to go read now. :)