Friday, August 31, 2012

#OBSummer Guest Post by John Mellor


The End of The World is Now
by John Mellow

It is an evocative phrase - ‘The End of The World’ - and it has been predicted a few times during my life; on the face of it, unsuccessfully. This gives some hope for disbelieving the current prognosis for December 21st 2012, based on some Mayan calendar that apparently finishes on that day. My last English calendar finished on December 31st 2011, so there is also comfort there. However ...

Those who tout these EOTW scenarios are mocked for making unwarranted assumptions; and the rational cynics laugh. But the cynics themselves make an assumption too: that if the world did end, we would notice it. Pardon?

Well, do we notice when Autumn ends? Or childhood? Neither of these ever ends; they both just gradually change into something else. And perhaps this is what really happens when the much prophesied ‘end of the world’ comes. Rather than a catastrophic event destroying all life on the planet, perhaps the state in which we exist simply metamorphoses, like a pupa turning into a butterfly. The pupa ends, but the life within it does not.

Bob Frissell1 calls this metamorphosis: an ascent of the human race from the third dimension of consciousness into the fourth, after which “A particular aspect of Planet Earth, this third-dimensional aspect that we call our daily lives, will not be intact much longer”; which could certainly be construed as ‘an end’.

Frissell supports this assertion with some strange stuff about beings from the 13th dimension, grey aliens, cosmic eggs of life and so on, and it is easy to mock. But consider this simple statement from a Nobel Prize winner, the physicist Werner Heisenberg: “Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.” If we accept that, then all things are possible; including that this ‘higher level of consciousness’ does not actually involve strange aliens at all, or even religious beings sat on clouds with harps, but is being prepared, by us, right now on the planet as we speak. I refer, of course, to the internet.2 3

There is a fascinating paradox here: for all that the digital age seems to be encouraging materialism in the form of endless gadgetry, it is not difficult to foresee an internet that we can connect to without having to carry any shiny black iProducts at all - we will simply tap directly into it using a small wifi implant in our brains and access this gigantic, world-wide gestalt brain as easily as we do our own. We will no longer need material contrivances in order to view pictures and videos, read texts, listen to speeches, travel to distant lands and confer with distant people, any more than we now need them to view things in our own brains. There will be no effective difference between any physical experience on the planet and a real-time immersive 3D video of it streaming direct from the global brain into our own.

The whole planet will effectively become a sentient being, with each one of us an integral part of it, just as each cell in our bodies is an integral part of us. And that must surely rank as ‘rising to a higher level of consciousness’ by any definition. So perhaps ‘The End of the World” truly is now.

1 in his riveting book Nothing in this Book is True, But it’s Exactly How things Are

2 http://positivefuturist.com/archive/285.html
3 http://www.cs4fn.org/alife/cyborg.html


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#OBSummer Guest Post by Karen Wojcik Berner


A World Without Books
by Karen Wojcik Berner

If you haven’t read for awhile, do any of you get antsy or a little jittery or feel like your world is out of whack? Me, too.

Starting with “Bread and Jam for Frances,” my favorite in the John Mills Elementary School Library at age six, books have played a major role in my life.

I used to sit sideways on my rocking chair, legs draped over the right arm, reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, warm breezes flowing through the open windows. When my mother nagged me to get out and enjoy the beautiful summer day, I merely moved to the front stoop of our apartment building, book in hand, so I wouldn’t miss any of Laura’s pioneer adventures.

Then came the horror phase with the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire,” “The Amityville Horror,” and anything by Stephen King, junior high and all of its uncertainty played out in their darkness.

Sophomore year in high school, our assignment was to choose one author, read three of his or her novels, and write about a particular theme throughout the work. Very few females were on the list, but one caught my eye —Jane Austen and the synopsis of “Pride and Prejudice.” I ran up to claim this Jane before anyone else and quickly got to reading. I fell in love with Regency England that day, a love I am reminded of every time I open one of her novels.

Junior year and advanced English’s class discussion of “Moby-Dick” opened my eyes to the possibilities of majoring in literature and writing, amazed that there were college departments in which all they did was read and analyze great works of literature. What bliss! I eventually joined them, majoring in English and communications.

Since I had been writing alongside reading these wonderful works for all of these years, I guess the natural next step was writing my own book, though my novelist days would come many years after college graduation due to a large impediment called “the real world,” in which I was required to make money so I could move out of my parents’ home. Through editing two magazines, a wedding, freelance writing, and the birth of our two boys, I kept reading.

Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of Her Own” saved my sanity when I was struggling to write that first novel while staying at home with my two young children. I took over an extra room in our house and claimed it as my office, despite my family’s protestations to use it otherwise. “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,” Woolf advised.

Books are like old friends, stories we have shared that have become a part of our society’s collective thought.

Imagine a world without books? I cannot.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

#OBSummer Guest Post by Anna Kyss


Thoughts on Tradition?
by Anna Kyss


Two months new to the published world, I am still rather shy about blogging. I asked my favorite villain, Lord Killian, if he would feel comfortable tackling this post. The question presented to him was: What are your thoughts on tradition?

Tradition… perdition! Did those blasted village Fae send this question my way? The problem with tradition is that people become so focused on recreating old rituals and practices, they never look to the new. I pity those who remain within Solas, for they are on the road to extinction. In the last hundred years, only one set of twins has been born. Not a single birthing has occurred in the last twenty years. All the while, the Fae grow more and more ill, poisoned by the inescapable pollution of our modern world. The sad truth is—we are a dying species. 

You call me a villain, but I view myself as a visionary. I was brave enough to break through the binds of tradition, for our archaic ceremonies did nothing but hold us back. Does a true leader watch their people—their entire species—perish? Absolutely not! It is time to break the habits of old. Why sit and pray to Anya when she has done nothing to help us? 

The very first time I met Charles, I knew he was a fellow man of science, interested in moving the world forward, rather than holding people back with beliefs that accomplished nothing. Do you know he was also ridiculed for his work? The good people of England ostracized Mr. Darwin, not wanting to be tarnished by association. 

Similarly, the “Fae of Light,” as they call themselves, separate themselves from me. But mark my word, the day will come when they thank me for having had the foresight to save our people. Yes, some humans must die in the process, but will they really be missed? After all, humans breed like the rabbits I remember from the English countryside. There are millions of them, perhaps even billions by now. I lose track with each new decade. 

Please raise a cup and join me in a toast. Trust me, it is a delicious vintage:
In the struggle for survival,
The fittest win out at the expense of their rivals,
Because they succeed in adapting themselves to their environment.


Author’s note: While Lord Killian freely flings these ideas around, I would like to give acknowledgement and thanks to Charles Darwin for his… um… toast, and inspiring theories.

 
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#OBSummer Guest Post by Terri Giuliano Long


Better to Have Loved & Lost?
by Terri Giuliano Long
(in the voices of Will & Zoe Tyler) 

“Do you remember the night we met?” Zoe asked.

Amazing, really: after eighteen years of marriage, she still found him achingly sexy. Crow’s feet creased the corners of his intelligent blue eyes and fine lines etched his cheekbones, giving his boyish features a look of intensity and purpose. Zoe had recognized those qualities from the start, but it was only now, as he was aging, they showed on his face. It was this, and it was him.
Will reached across the table and squeezed her hand. “Of course.”

They’d reserved a corner table at their favorite spot, a homey Italian restaurant in Westford, run by a husband and wife, recent immigrants from the south of Italy. A candle burned in a Chianti bottle at the center of the table and an Italian aria played softly in the background.

It was a rare night out, their daughters visiting friends for the evening. They’d been working 60-hour weeks, Will on a project in California, Zoe seeing clients at Cortland Child Services and taking over completely at home. Her husband had traveled throughout his career. It was different now, with two teenagers, sixteen-year-old Leah, their eldest, giving them trouble.

“I was afraid you’d tell me to get lost,” she said. “My friends were so awful.”

He grinned. “It crossed my mind.”

They’d met in the spring of ’88 at a gig in the Bay Area. He’d dropped out of school to follow his dream of becoming a folk singer. That night, his connection with the audience was intense. He’d felt invincible.
Midway through his second set, four coeds strolled in, jabbering, took a table at the back of the bar. For twenty minutes, he’d tolerated the distraction, and then he’d done something he’d never considered doing before—put down his guitar. “Thanks,” he’d said to the stunned audience. He unhooked his mike. “You’ve been great.”

She’d gone looking for him to apologize. “Why did you? Talk to me?” she asked. The server arrived just then, a tall, lean boy dressed in black, his dark hair tied in a ponytail. She leaned back, giving him room to set the steaming plate of gnocchi in front of her. “I always wondered.”

He tasted a bite of lasagna. “Delicious. Try?” He turned his plate and pushed it closer to her. “How could I turn you away? You were beautiful.” He met her eyes. “I wanted to marry you. You still are. Beautiful.”
She felt her color rise. After all these years, he still made her heart beat. “I don’t feel so beautiful.”
“Well, you are.”
Smiling, she tipped her wine glass—salute. “Glad you think so.”
Like any couple, they’d had their challenges over the years. The last few months had been rough, harder than anything they’d gone through in the past. It had taken its toll. She felt old.
“It’s been tough,” he said. “I wish there wasn’t so much baggage.”
“Yeah, well.”
Every couple has baggage. More than theirs? Less? Her thoughts changed from day to day, depending upon her mood, what and how much she chose to dredge up. He’d had an affair once, years ago. She’d forgiven him and they’d gotten through it. The physical distance was difficult now; the lack of companionship, the emotional distance had created a wall—he was gone when she needed him most, and she was too anxious, too spent, to offer him any support.
“I mean it, Zoe. I love you.”
“I love you too,” she said quietly. Inexplicably, no matter how high that wall, she honestly did.
“Would you do it again?” He leaned toward her, setting a warm hand on her arm. “Marry me?”

She shrugged, laughing, embarrassed. “Sure.”
He raised his brows. “Took you a minute.” God, he looked earnest.
“I meant it,” she said. “I would.”
“Really? Even though—“

“Yes.”

Despite the heartache, the pain, whatever joy or trouble the future might bring, she loved him, and, yes, she would marry him again—in a heartbeat. Some days, logically, it made no sense—their abiding loyalty (in light of their problems), their stubborn commitment to the marriage. On good days, though, they laughed and had fun. He made her feel young and gorgeous and special. On those days, the world felt too small to hold all her love for him and their kids.

Whoever said there was any logic to love? The heart, she thought, makes its own crazy sense.

About Will & Zoe Tyler - Zoe Tyler holds a master’s degree in social work and is employed by Cortland Child Services. She is founder and executive director of “Success Skills for Women on the Move,” a motivational workshop for women seeking life changes. Will sells projects for North American Construction, the largest commercial contractor on the East Coast. Project oversight requires frequent travel throughout the U.S. They live in Cortland, Massachusetts, with their daughters, Justine, 12, and Leah, 16.

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#OBSummer Guest Post by Gean Penny


Writing to me is...

Whether I am writing a part in a novel that includes a similar event from my life or past, or whether I am writing about places I have or have not visited, it is a part of living my life. Places I have been are preserved through writing, and those I want to visit are researched and dreamt about. If I could not express myself through writing, I do not know what I would be doing. I cannot imagine ever doing anything else. Writing is also my job. Teaching writing is different from actually writing, but it still involves writing. I would not have an income without writing. Would I be poverty-stricken as in my youth, or homeless like so many today? Perhaps, I would.

Writing is a way for me to preserve and share the places and feelings I have, the memories I have, with a world of people who may want, or need, to read about them. I have always been somewhat introverted, and with writing, I can express myself to others. I consider myself successful at writing when the thoughts and emotions I convey have the same affect on the reader that they had on me while I wrote. Writing is my main form of communication. Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Texting, they all involve writing. I would lose contact with many of my family, friends, and acquaintances without writing.

Writing is also a way for me to remember those of my family who have passed away. In The Lonely Chair The Story, every name is one from my family who has left this world. The picture of the mother inspired from memories of my sister. Butchy was an uncle's nickname, James my grandfather. Writing is a catalyst for change, growth and healing in my life. During every major event of my life, writing comforted me, and those around me, through poetry and prose.

Sometimes I think about no longer having my right mind, or not having the use of my hands or eyes, and the first thing I think is how would I write? I do not think about how it would affect my life otherwise; I think about how it would affect my ability to write. How would I get the ideas in my brain out for others to read? I can only hope that if I ever do lose my mental faculties, I get lost there with my characters, some of them, anyway, and continue to live the lives that I imagine, the lives I write.

Writing is my life. I hope I never have to live without it.

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[Review] My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris + Giveaway


My Super Sixteenth Century
by Rachel Harris
Series: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1
Published: September 11th 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: Publicist
Format: PDF
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / Time Travel
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On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?
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My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is beyond words amazing! If you like Historical Fiction, a Time Traveling Chick with a Hot Boy included, this book is definitely FOR YOU

How can I even describe the fleeting feeling after reading this wonderfully written novel? I don’t even know if I can do justice to this review. I just love it and I think you’ll love it too. 

If you've read most of the time traveling books out there today, I think it’s safe to say that this one is different. I had a great time reading about Cat’s adventure to Italy, mainly because I connect with her. I can feel her emotions flow throughout the pages. Rachel Harris did an awesome job in character building. I commend her for writing such a fun filled character such as Cat. I also commend her for the stupendous depiction of Florence, Italy. While reading it it feels like I've been transported into a whole new place. 

The romantic feel got the most out of me. I’m a sucker for a great love story and this book has it. First time they met, Cat told to herself that she won’t fall for the alluring charms of Lorenzo. But in the end she got head over heels for him. Cat and Lorenzo’s relationship was not the typical insta-love, what I like most about it is that it was slow. Though even Cat denies the fact the she’s not falling for Lorenzo she do the opposite around him. 

The conflict was vague but it was dragged along with the story that I kept reading and reading until I got to know the real concept behind the traveling. At first I felt that she got casted away for nothing but just to flirt with this guy and be betrothed to this guy but when the lessons finally came to realization, I believe it was all worth it. 

Towards the ending, I was glad that everything turns out to be OK for her. But the realization of missing Lorenzo got the best out of her. The ending is just a big SHOCKER for me. I was just at awe… like literally at awe with the ending that I’m reeling for the next book! If in case Rachel is reading this I need the book NOW! 

Overall My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is an adorable tale of love, experience and lessons. There are some instances that you’ll find yourself relating to Cat and her experiences. She has a wonderful tale to tell you about her experience on Italy so don’t you dare miss reading this book! 

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Something tells me they won’t appreciate Lady Gaga, and My Chemical Romance could potentially get me thrown outside the city gates.
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I got this book from the publicist in participation of the blog tour it has no way affected my review of the book.

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As a teen, Rache threw raging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels. As an adult, she read and wrote obsessively, rehash said embarrassing fodder, and dreamt up characters who become her imaginary friends. When she's not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find Rachel homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate. MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is her first novel. She did have her own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn’t televised.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

#OBSummer Guest Post by Jennifer James


Writing for Publication: Harder Than It Looks
by Jennifer James

When I began the query process, I fully expected to receive hundreds of rejections. I never actually expected to receive any acceptances. There is the self-publishing route, but when I finished my first novel; my website was only a month old. I had no contacts, I’m terrible at Google search, and finding blog topics was a mystery.

So, I went the traditional route, figuring that if I got a good publisher, they could help me not make a fool out of myself on the web.

The rejections came, followed by acceptances. A month after that first contract offer, I got my first editing letter. It was long. Detailed. And to be used in conjunction with the comments left all over my manuscript in red bubbles. A daunting task lay ahead of me. That first sale, LOVE KINECTION went through four rounds of edits, and along the way I learned that writing for my blog or even a college paper is nothing like writing for publication.

When we read a book we really enjoy (strictly as a reader, with the writer hat off), we zip through it effortlessly, engrossed in the prose. But if you break it down as a writer, you begin to see the effort and hard work that went into those sentences and paragraphs. The variance of verbs, the lack of adverbs, making sure that a certain word isn’t used too close to its match in a previous paragraph mean months of hard work went into the construction of the story.

When you’re knee deep in a book you've been staring at for months, polishing and perfecting, and then are expected to go through it again…and again… and again…it becomes a slice of Hell.

Fatigue creeps in, disgust with your lack of ability, disbelief that an editor ever wanted the manuscript in the first place, hatred of comment bubbles overwhelms. The track changes lines overwhelm the saved black text and you feel like you’re trying to read some new language invented by a sadist.

I want my stories to be the best that they can, the most polished and beautiful work I’m capable of producing. What an eye-opener to realize that while the writing was good, it needed hours more work to make it ready for readers. Cleaning up and varying sentences to improve their readability is difficult and acid reflux inducing.

It is true that the easiest to read books, the ones we devour in hours, are the ones that had the most work, the hardest slash and rewrite of them all.

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#OBSummer Guest Post by P.G. Forte


Sense of Place
by P.G. Forte

It seems like I’ve been in love with California for most of my life. Something about the sun-drenched mystique of it appealed to me from a very young age. It’s not perfect, of course. No place is. But that’s one of the nice things about writing fiction. It gives you the opportunity to improve on reality and create a world that’s better than real life.

I’d been living in California for about thirteen years when I first got the idea Pfor the Oberon series. Northern California, Southern California, Central Coast—I’d lived in and loved them all; and so I had a very clear idea about what kind of atmosphere I wanted for Oberon. 

I wanted it to have the laid-back, beachy feel of the South combined with the new age inventiveness of the North tempered by the slightly-buzzed, wine country charm of the Central Coast. I wanted to give it cool foggy mornings, warm sunny days and bright starry nights. I wanted rolling hills and winding roads all leading to a quaint little village perched atop sheer, coastal cliffs. And above all else I wanted it to have a hint of magic—or maybe more than a hint.

See, I knew the town itself would play a very important part in the series, and that was never just because of its physical location. There’s a paranormal component to the series that needed to be made manifest in the town of Oberon as well.

I did have a bit of an advantage going in. After all, the west has always had certain, rather specific, mystic properties in most mythic traditions—going all the way back to the ancient Egyptians who placed the “land of the dead” on the western banks of the Nile. In Celtic mythology, Tír na nÓg, the ‘land of the young’ was said to be located on a series of islands in the western sea. So by simply locating Oberon on the West Coast, I figured I was already ahead of the game, already tapping into the Collective Unconscious.

I didn’t just leave it at that, however. I also added in elements of Earth Magic and drew from a wide range of spiritual traditions, both old and new, to create a location that was steeped in mysticism. Not that everyone in Oberon believes in that kind of nonsense. Yes, I populated the town with witches and wizards, empaths and channels, psychics, and shamans, even a ghost or three; but there are also quite a few “normal” folks thrown into the mix, as well as a healthy group of skeptics. The town needs them. They provide grounding.

The Oberon I ended up creating is a very special place. It’s reminiscent of many of the towns I’ve lived in or visited, but it’s also taken on a life of its own. Every now and then I’ll pass a place in real life that reminds me so strongly of some feature that exists in Oberon that I’ll be amazed by the resemblance. Until I remember why it seems so familiar. That’s usually because it’s a place I’d borrowed and improved on for my own vision of the perfect, quintessential California town. Somehow, my make-believe version has become so real to me that it often seems like life is imitating art, rather than the other way around. I guess that’s the real magic of fiction.

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#OBSummer Book Spotlight - A World Apart


A World Apart
by David M. Brown

Demetrius makes his first mistake when he lets his best friend Halcyon marry Eleyna, the love of his life, without saying a word. On the day of the wedding, he walks away from the Elencheran town of Dove's Meadow and joins the army.

He makes his second mistake when the pirate Black Iris tricks him into letting dozens of men, women and children die in a fire. Demetrius is imprisoned in grief and disgrace.

But he can atone. The Black Iris is dead. The Ivory Rose has risen to the top of the pirates and is leading brutal raids on the coast. If Demetrius can capture and kill her, he'll win his pardon.

And then Demetrius discovers the Ivory Rose is Eleyna. He must decide which will be his third mistake: losing his last chance at a pardon or destroying the one woman he's ever loved.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

#OBSummer Guest Post by Acamea Deadwilder


Writing to me is...

Writing to me is therapy. I have never been the best at verbally expressing my emotions or making myself vulnerable. I have frequently kept things bottled up inside, even to my own detriment. So, imagine the relief I felt the first time I put my most guarded feelings into words. I never knew how badly I needed an outlet for expression, until I used writing to express myself.

In crafting my memoir: Life, Love, and Lack Thereof, I laughed, I cried, I became angry and there was no one there to judge me or define the validity of my feelings. So, I could say whatever I wanted to say. I could be completely honest with no reservations about how the listener may respond. I knew that my words would be read eventually, but during the writing phase this was not an issue. It was just me and the computer. Once done, I felt completely free; as if years of weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

It is not in just writing about my own life that the art frees me. If I feel strongly about an issue or simply wish to add my opinion on a subject, I write. For a person that hates to be misunderstood, I find that this is the best way to ensure that your thoughts are expressed clearly.

How often do we engage in a discussion or disagreement, and afterwards, think of a million things we wish we would have said? Or kick ourselves for saying the “wrong thing.” In the heat of an exchange it is very easy to say things that we don’t mean or poorly express what we do mean. Writing out our thoughts helps eliminate this. We can sit down, ponder over what we have said, alter and change it as much as we’d like. Whereas, once a word has been spoken it is gone and can never be taken back.

Aside from the self-expressive aspect, what I love most about writing is the way that it can touch you. Even in reading, I can appreciate a well-written, brilliant assembly of words; but what I enjoy above all are those works which move me. I like to feel the words and the conviction behind them. Because writing to me, is ultimately a place where I can lay my burdens down.

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Genre - Memoir 
Rating - PG13

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#OBSummer Book Spotlight - Ten Thousand New Year's Eves


Ten Thousand New Year's Eves
by Dawn DeAnn Wilson

From award-winning North Carolina writer Dawn DeAnna Wilson (author of "Leaving the Comfort Cafe") comes this novel of tangled lives desperately searching for a new beginning.

Mallory has a neurological condition which causes her to see certain letters in different colors and taste certain flavors whenever she hears sound. The condition is synesthesia, and researchers believe it may be caused by overlapping brain neurons...but try explaining that to her well-meaning but clueless friend Rochelle, who seems to be more concerned with rescuing animals.

Rochelle takes Mallory to New York City for New Year's Eve to help Mallory forget about the man she has a crush on, and en route to city, their paths intersect other pilgrims seeking a new beginning. All of these characters are connected, yet very few realize the closeness and intensity with which their paths cross---sometimes with disastrous results.

The novel takes the reader from North Carolina to Atlanta to New York City, illustrating that all things are bound together in a web of life---all things connect. What we do to the web, we do to ourselves

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Genre - Contemporary / Literary Fiction 
Rating - PG

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[Cover Reveal] Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland


Vengeance Bound
by Justina Ireland
Expected Publication: January 15th 2013

Synopsis
The Goddess Test meets Dexter in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge…no matter how far it takes her.

Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work?

As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.

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Pushing the Limits Read-Along Week 5


This fabulous event is hosted by Candace Book Blog, Me @ Dazzling ReadsThe Page Turners, Mary @ The Book Swarm and The Bewitched Bookworms.

Schedule:
July 24 - Intro Post for the Read-A-Long - Linky for Participation!
July 31 - Bewitched Bookworms Pages 7-84 ends with a Noah Chapter - +Pushing the Limits Giveaway here at Dazzling Reads! =D
Aug 7th - The Page Turners Pages 85 - 162 - ends with a Noah Chapter
Aug 14th - Candace Book Blog Pages 163 - 239 - ends with a Noah Chapter
Aug 21th - Dazzling Reads Pages 240 - 316 - ends with a Echo chapter
Aug 28th - The Book Swarm Pages 317 - 392

And now onto the Questions for the first week:

1. By finally returning to her art, Echo is working through her issues and taking control of her life. While she’s not ever going to return to her previous “normal”, she uses her art as a way to work her way to a place where she’s more comfortable with herself. How do you deal with the issues and stresses of your life? 
I deal with my issues through reading and venting on twitter. It helps that you have books to entertain you. As much as I love doing other things reading is a blissful moment you can’t deny that takes away whatever that’s stressing you. Twitter on the other hand is just like a best friend who listens to you. I use it mainly to rant so I suggest you don’t follow me :P

2. Once Noah gives his brothers and their soon-to-be adoptive parents a happy ending, he decides to get his own by winning Echo back. Why does he think stealing her file is the best way to do it? Any other (better) suggestions for the poor boy?
After that poignant happy ending I can never wish anything more for Noah, he got what he always wanted. He thinks that stealing Echo’s file will find her closure, to know what happened that night and move on with life. If I was to suggest him how to win Echo back, I’d tell him the same thing. She wanted to know what happened that night and she deserves the truth as well.

3. Echo finally uncovers the terrible truth of what her mother did to her. Now that we know the truth, do you think Echo’s father did the right thing by covering up the incident and keeping it from her? How do you think he should have handled it? 
As I always say a mistake can never go well with another mistake. But I think he just want the best for Echo even if he has to cover up the things that really happened. If I was in his situation I don’t think covering up the truth will do anything good. But it seems bad at the moment to tell her what really happened. I would have found the right time to tell Echo the truth, maybe when she was in the therapy session.

4. Mrs. Collins plays an integral role in helping Echo and Noah find a new normal and happiness in their lives. Tell us about someone in your life who helped you, someone who changed your life, was there for you, or offered help/comfort when you most needed it (or when you didn’t know you needed it).

I would have to say my friends. I always cherish my friends because they give me strength, without them I don’t think I can ever live. But I have to give it to Joy @ Joyousreads. She’s a wonderful person, inside and out. She understands and genuinely cares for the people she loves and I love her for that. 

5. Another major truth is revealed when Echo’s father finally opens up to his daughter and tells her about her mother and how his relationship with Ashley evolved. Knowing this, how do you feel about Ashley now? And what did you think when you learned the name of the baby? 
I admire the story but it’s wrong, I wish that he didn’t use the condition of Echo’s mother to get another wife. Not that he did, or did he? Still the same since it was done when her mother was totally screwing up. I don’t dislike Ashely that much but the name was quite surprising.

6. Echo and Noah ride off into the sunset together. *happy sigh* If you had the chance, who would you ride off with and where would you go? 
I would go ride off with Jace Wayland *I’m not even kidding* but he’s with Clary! I’d ride off with Vincent but he’s with Kate! I’d ride off with Four but he’s with Tris! I’d ride off with Ettiene but he’s with Anna! *long list* Okay but seriously I’d ride off with Christian Grey! Laters baby! LMAO!

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Monday, August 27, 2012

#OBSummer Book Spotlight - Bobby Jay: Stick and Stack Are Alive!



Bobby Jay: Sticks and Stack Are Alive
by Gean Penny

A dirty, rotten, thief drawer is on the loose at school and that kid is getting Bobby Jay in trouble! Is Bobby Jay the real artist, or is somebody trying to send him to Kid Jail again? He can't figure out what's happening! He thinks maybe... Stick and Stack are Alive!


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Genre - Children's Humor Book (G) 

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