Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Warrior's Witch Blog Tour - Guest Post with Author Stacey Kennedy



It’s that time again! A new release is out and I’m here to share it with you all. I suppose I should introduce my writing style for those who haven’t read one of my books yet. My writing tends to be very fast paced—filled with lots of action, a fun mystery, emotion, and of course, steamy bits. So, why do I write this way?

Well, it’s quite simple—it’s how I like to read. I’m not a big fan of draggy parts in novels. For me, I love when the story keeps moving and I can’t seem to catch my breathe. If I hit a part where it stalls—I’ll admit it—I tend to do the dreaded skip over. Needless to say, my muse doesn’t comprehend the meaning of slow, and she never for a moment lets the characters relax.

So, if you’re like me and enjoy a story that keeps you on your edge of seat, makes your cheeks flush from the sexy stuff, and even makes you laugh now and again—A Warrior’s Witch might be your cup of tea.

To celebrate this release I’m giving away reader’s choice from my backlist. Leave a comment with your email address to be entered, and don’t forget to stop by my website (http://www.staceykennedy.com) to choose which book you’d like if you won. Good luck, and thanks to Books By A Mother’s Touch for having me by.


Decades old guilt collide with a murder, igniting a battle in a warrior’s soul to choose between love and duty…
Murder has brought Talon, Master of Guardians, as well as Zia, his witch and Master of Witches, to Chicago. The manner of death appears to be a suicide, but Talon is far from ready to close the case. To avenge the Guardian linked to his past, he agrees to take on the assignment, and find her killer.
As they dive deeper into the investigation, they find themselves entering a world where BDSM is the norm. A lifestyle that Zia is uncomfortable with and, rattled by this new development, she is more than ready to return to the Otherworld. But their investigation quickly takes an unexpected twist when they discover that they’re not only hunting a killer but also someone who is controlling supernaturals in Chicago.
Their mission not only brings danger, but also forces Talon to deal with decades old guilt that corrodes his soul. Every event that unfolds only deepens his fight and pushes him to face an ultimate choice—what is more important—his duty to the Otherworld or the witch he holds closest to his heart?



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Stacey Kennedy is an avid lover of the paranormal romance, urban fantasy and erotic romance genres. If she isn’t plugging away at her next novel, tending to her two little ones, she’s got her nose deep in a good book. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband. Be sure to drop her a line at www.staceykennedy.com, she loves to hear from her readers.

Teaser Tuesday #4 by addictedToV





Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!









Shadowland (The Mediator #1) by Meg Cabot





My Teaser:




"it is not pleasant. You go down to the deli to get a soda -- oops, dead guy on the corner. Somebody shot him. And if you could just make sure the cops get the guy who did it, he can finally rest in peace. And all you wanted was a soda."





[A Week Long Guest Post] Fantasy Book Genre by Kris Summers



Welcome to the Third Day of A Week Long Guest Post!

We have here Kris Summers of Imaginary Reads talking about Fantasy Book Genre.
The floor is yours!



Hi, everyone! I’m Kris from Imaginary Reads. We were asked to talk about book genres that we love. To tell the truth, when asked what genre I liked, paranormal and dystopian reads were the first to come to mind. However, after thinking a little, I realized that my love for these two genres stems from my first genre love: Fantasy.

I’ve been reading fantasy books ever since I was old enough to choose books off the library shelves. From dragons to faeries to humanoid races, I’d read anything that took place in a different world. I even imagined my stuffed animals into a magical animal kingdom rather than play with the Barbies and plastic dolls that my relatives wouldn’t stop giving me.

There’s a saying that we all want what we can’t have. Well, I’ve always yearned for magic and adventure. As it isn’t possible to run into a powerful wizard like Howl and take off on a magical adventure, travel between worlds, or walk into Narnia by crawling into your wardrobe, I’ve settled for imagining myself into the different worlds that authors create.

What I love most about the fantasy genre is that it allows for so much author creativity in world building. You never know what to expect next because there is no set guideline. Unlike paranormal and dystopian authors, fantasy authors don’t need to consider our world when writing (unless they’re researching for their worlds). Paranormal authors must set limits for their characters and consider how humans would react to certain powers and situations; dystopian authors need to think about how the world could end up as it is in their works.

For fantasy authors, they can create whole new worlds with their own culture, politics, geography, etc. They can envision new creatures and create territories for them. They can take you to another dimension. In short, the possibilities are limitless.


My favorite fantasy authors and books:

Tamora Pierce: After picking up a copy of Alanna: The First Adventure in the public library, I fell in love with her writing. Her books are very clean reads and centered on strong female leads (with the exception of Briar from the Circle books—he’s a guy).


Brian Jacques: This guy is a genius. I freaking LOVE the Redwall books. Martin the Warrior is one of my literary crushes. Don’t laugh because he’s a mouse. He’s hot and utterly adorable. You know it.



Philip Pullman: I love His Dark Materials trilogy, especially the talking animals. Do you know how many times I’ve wished that I can talk to animals? There’s not a lot of romance, especially in the first two books, but the little romance that you see is so sweet and cute!


Diana Wynne Jones: I fell in love with Sophie and Howl after watching Miyazaki Hayao’s film adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle. Imagine my excitement when I found a copy of the book at my public library! The best part is that the movie and book are so different. I love each of them in their own special ways.



C.S. Lewis: How could I leave out Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia? I had to beg my parents to let my grandparents buy me a boxed set of the books out of a Scholastic book order when I was a little girl. I still own the books to this day, albeit a little worn out but very readable.

Christopher Paolini: Eragon is a must-read!! A MUST READ!!! I am so excited that Inheritance is finally coming out. If you haven’t read a series, now is a good time to start because the fourth book is hitting stores this coming November. I myself must reread this series as I’ve forgotten many important details.

Other great readsThe Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Stardust by Neil Gaiman....


What can you say about Fantasy books? are you a fan of this genre?
A big THANKS to Kris Summers for participating on this feature *waves*
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

[A Week Long Guest Post] Dystopian Book Genre by Schuyler Esperanza



Welcome to the Second Day of A Week Long Guest Post!

We have here Schuyler Esperanza of Dystopian Divas is talking about Dystopian Book Genre.
The floor is yours!

Young Adult Dystopian Books: Why We’re Hungry for More Hunger Games


Why read dystopian, when the works often feature intense human misery? Why are there suddenly so many young adult books in the genre; what do kids today know about suffering and deprivation? Diva Schuyler from Dystopian Divas writes about why she loves dystopian lit, particularly for teens.

It's been interesting to watch the rise of dystopian tales (as well as post-apocalyptic reads) in the young adult market. I believe tragedies such as 9/11, Columbine, and the like here in America, and the current struggles for freedom in places like Libya, have wriggled their way into our unconscious minds; so that while we go about enjoying our freedom we are aware, too, of how life as we know it can end, brutally swift. Also, awareness of more personal tragedies such as bullying, child abuse, and homelessness is high, and sadly these issues are not abating. Today's teens deal with a world where these problems are nearly inescapable. It's either in their face due to internet/media exposure, or an undercurrent in their daily lives, or it IS daily life. Kids just know. Young adult literature reflects this knowing.

As an adult who faced childhood trauma, I read tales like Divergent by Veronica Roth to cheer on characters who either know, or come to know, life's big and small tragedies, and then fight. Some of these characters face actual combat, like in Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games or Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy, or a more subtle war, as in Ally Condie'sMatched or Angie Smibert's Memento Nora. But always, they battle. And in every one of these stories, they find friends who fight alongside them. In dystopian tales, the main characters fight hard, and they love hard.

We suffer, celebrate, and love with them.

Maybe the question is not, "Why read dystopian?", but "Why is today's society such a perfect market for these stories?"


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Dystopian Divas Recommends: 
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness 


The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first book in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy. It follows Todd, a boy about to become a man in Prentisstown, the scariest town you’ll ever hear of. And you’ll definitely “hear” Prentisstown—because people (and animals, too) are infected with a sickness that makes their every thought audible. Can secrets hide in such a place? Todd finds out in this scary, innovative, and supremely beautiful story.

Schuyler Esperanza (Diva Schuyler) is blog manager for Dystopian Divas, which celebrates dystopian books and books with dystopian elements. Dystopian Divas is currently taking guest post submissions for reviews, essays, fan art, and related features. Check out the blog at http://dystopiandivas.blogspot.com, and follow Diva Schuyler on Twitter: @ReadersInk.

What can you say about Dystopian books? are you a fan of this genre?
A big THANKS to Schuyler Esperanza for participating on this feature *waves*

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Monday, June 13, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #4 by Era Penera


It's Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.

What I Finished


The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1) by Kady Cross


The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Series, #2) by Julia Quinn

What I'm Reading



An Offer From A Gentleman (Bridgerton Series, #3) by Julia Quinn

Synopsis from Goodreads

Julia Quinn is sure to charm readers with her Regency-era Cinderella story, An Offer From a Gentleman. The Bridgerton family is wealthy, well born, and universally admired. And with six of the eight Bridgerton children already mingling with society, it's no wonder they're mentioned so frequently in the most popular (and accurate) source of social news,Lady Whistledown's Society Papers. But not even the mysterious Lady Whistledown can identify the masked maiden who completely captivated the Bridgerton second son, Benedict, at his mother's masquerade ball -- a silver-clad beauty who vanished on the stroke of midnight. It was a magical night for Sophie Beckett, orphaned, illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Penwood. Attending the ball was a beautiful dream, sharing the evening with Benedict Bridgerton was the stuff of fantasy -- and returning home to her role as unpaid servant to her father's cruel widow and stepdaughters was a nightmare. Then she lost even the small security of that position, and things went from bad to worse. By the time Sophie met Benedict again, she was in truly desperate straits. He made her feel precious, even in rags, but Sophie had grave reservations about accepting.


To Read Next

Hmmm... what do you think? [=

[A Week Long Guest Post] SciFi Book Genre by Carlyle Labuschagne

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Today is the start of A Week Long Guest Post and now we have Carlyle Labuschagne talking about SciFi book genre. The floor is yours!


Science Fiction: To boldly go where no man nor woman has gone before

There is so much I can say about Sci-fi, let’s keep it light and fun.

 Sci-fi is said to be the literature of change. When cultures undergo changes due to scientific advances, technologies, developments and expects to evolve further.
Science fiction offers readers alternate realities, tacking us into the vast reaches of outer space, action packed adventures, time travel, faster- than- light travel. Put everything aside you know about time, history and distance, this is Sci-fi,

Mostly science fiction is considered to be a genre that explores the “what if’s”. Constantly seeking philosophical and technological possibilities. Science fiction creates any reality you want.
Intellectual content.
Superhuman, cyborg’s, Robots, androids, love and sex.
There is no limit to what possibilities lie out there, what our imaginations can project. Therefore science fiction is one of the few genres that are capable of exploring the macro history of our species, and or placing our history and even our daily lives, in a cosmic context. If memory serves me correct sci-fi was one of the first popular genres in films and novels.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in 1818 has been called the first science fiction novel.

Sometimes I think the word fiction can  almost be made redundant when it comes to this genre, if we take a look back in to the history of the first science fiction films, and books we will find that what was presented then has come to pass now. Technology like Wi-Fi, genetic alteration, cloning (up for debate) computers has come a far way indeed.

Why read sci-fi? Well the possibilities in science fiction are endless, life on other planets, strange beings, mutation, and technology that could be genetically encoding. Not to mention technology that we currently are studying. The constant search for life on other planets. The constant search for cheap and ready available energy. The harvesting of asteroids. It is said that an asteroid the size of a one mile radios has enough resources in metals to cover three earths. Sci-fi has always been known for great romance, passion and sex.

The first books like star trek, thought us of warp-speed, fazer guns and wormholes. I think the genre in those years where more suited for the male audience. These days we have the pleasure of enjoying sci-fi and romance. We are now moving onto a female generation that is smart and sophisticated.  Woman are constantly craving novels that stimulate their intelligence, emotionally and mentally, taking you into other worlds to escape the pressures of our own. Sci-fi will take you to places you would never want to come back from.

The world of sci-fi holds almost a truth in fiction, no matter what planet, what extraordinary technology if we are reading and writing about it, it is happening in the near future.

RECOMMEND READS:

MATCHED BY ALLY CONDIE

On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life. Except he’s not. In Cassias society, Officials decide who people love. How many children they have. Where they work. When they die. But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own. And that’s when her whole world begins to unravel . . .

WITHER BY LAUREN DESTEFANO

A Handmaid's Tale for a new generation! Sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery has only four years left to live when she is kidnapped by the Gatherers and forced into a polygamous marriage. Now she has one purpose: to escape, find her twin brother, and go home -- before her time runs out forever. What if you knew exactly when you would die? Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb -- males only live to age twenty-five and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape -- to find her twin brother and go home. But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant she trusts, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left




Featured series: On my whish list



Lila Black is going to Hell. Ever since the Quantum Bomb of 2015 things have been different; the dimensions have fused and suddenly our world is accessible to elves, demons, ghosts and elementals ...and their worlds are open to us. Special Agent Lila Black has been different too: tortured and magic-scarred by elves, re-built by humans into a half-robot, part-AI, nuclear-fuelled walking arsenal, and carrying the essence of a dead eleven necromancer in her chest, sometimes she has trouble figuring out who she really is. And that’s without mentioning that her boyfriends a half-elf, half-demon international rock-star. So a mission to Hell isn't exactly what she needs. The heart of art, of pleasure, sensuality and politics, Demonia is glorious and terrible. And, an assassination attempt, three marriage proposals and one ruined dress after her arrival, it seems Demonia might be more complicated than Lila thought ...Justina Robsons superb new series combines her trademark themes of the nature of identity and reality, magic and technology, with a break-neck plot, a mischievous sense of fun and a seriously sexy new heroine.

Books I have read and loved 
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE BY BETH REVIS


Amy has left the life she loves for a world 300 years away Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she's due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy's lost on board and nothing makes sense - she's never felt so alone. Yet someone is waiting for her




My favorite book for the moment

Fang by James Patterson



I was very sad once I had finished reading this one. You’re looking for a happy ending? You won’t find it here, at least not for me anyway. This book was amazing.

Maximum Ride is used to surviving - living constantly under threat from evil forces sabotaging her quest to save the world - but nothing has ever come as close to destroying her as the horrifying prophesy that Fang will be the first to die. Fang is Max's best friend, her soul mate, her partner in leadership of her flock of bird kids 

So dive full steam ahead into a world you many never return from. 
Beaming out.
Carlyle Labuschagne



What can you say about SciFi books? are you a fan of SciFi genre?
A big THANKS to Carlyle for participating on this feature *waves*

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It's Monday, What Are You Reading? #3 by addictedToV





It's Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.




What I Finished

Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens


Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella



Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg


What I'm Reading


Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder


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Synopsis:


Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
Or Else.


I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.






To Read Next

Shadowland by Meg Cabot

Everlasting by Alyson Noel

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike



What are yours? (:

[Review] The Day the Flowers Died by Ami Blackwelder


The Day the Flowers Died


by Ami Blackwelder
Publication Date: February 3, 2010
File size, 385 KB
Publisher: Eloquent Enraptures; 1 edition


The Day the Flowers Died written by Ami Blackwelder is a gently narrated historical romance novel. Set in 1930 Munich, Germany two strangers fall in love in the midst of a crumbling country. Eli Levin was raised in a strict orthodox Jewish home while Rebecca Baum grew up in an affluent Catholic family. Despite their differences, they stay true to each other and form a bond that lasts well after the war. Through-out family disapproval, social prejudice and a growing Nazi party, they struggle and overcome; but when identity becomes the difference between life and death, the two must make decisions that will change their lives forever. 

-Goodreads


My Thoughts?


It’s not all the time that a certain book can bring me to tears. Trust me; I’m somewhat a tough lady, according to myself that is. But this book made me cry for a few minutes. My eyes couldn’t hold my tears as they came flooding down my cheeks. Not that I should stop myself or anything because that would be hard.

Ami Blackwelder wrote a beautiful historical romance novel in the face of The Day the Flowers Died. It was set during the time in which Hitler, the German dictator, had risen to power. I have watched movies and read articles about the inhumane treatment of the Nazis to the Jews. And every time, every time that I see or read it, it’s like it stabs me in the heart. It still pains me that such thing happened in the history of humanity.

And then here comes this book. I felt like while reading this, I was in the 30’s at a German city called Munich. This book provided me a glimpse to this city that had drastically changed in such a short period of time. Eli, the protagonist of the story, is a Jew who was born in Germany. The way he felt about his country when Hitler had started Nazi blows, it really makes me so sad. The way this book was written was tender and slowly and heartfelt. I felt compassion and sympathy to every Jew from that time. They seemed like the unluckiest Jews ever, which is very saddening.

But who wouldn’t really be touched by this love story. I mean I couldn’t go on without spoiling but really it is touching. The last part made me feel like I was in a rollercoaster which is about to go down from the peak. I was anticipating something to happen and well something did happen and it was just really probably icing on the cake.

I think it’s really beautiful and heart touching. I’d want people to read this too.





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