Friday, 30 September 2011

Mist by Kathryn James

ISBN: 9781444903065
Publisher: Hodder
Pages: 336


A sweet sixteen party, and 13 year old Nell is trying to keep her sister, spoilt birthday-girl Gwen, out of trouble. No chance. Trouble finds Gwen and drags her through the mist. Only Nell guesses who’s behind the kidnap - the boy she hoped was her friend, the cute but mysterious Evan River.
All those fairy stories Nell’s grandmother told her about girls being stolen by fairy folk are true.



I really enjoyed reading Mist by Kathryn James, it was well written and well thought out, and as I result I flew through it! I loved reading the folklore excerpts and quotes at the start of each chapter! I would have loved to have had more excerpts and quotes, as in my opinion it added to the feel of the story. My favourite characters were Nell and Star. Nell, probably because she was the main character and because she was different from everyone else. And Star because despite being Elven she backed up Nell, a human, and stuck up for what she believed in. I really liked the cover as well, it suited the story within.


Available at Amazon.co.uk.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

October Giveaway!


Below are the books I have so far in my October Blog Giveaway.




"They said it was no big deal. The thing inside of me was just a blob of nothing, just some tissue." She paused and drew imaginary circles on her sheet with her index finger.
Sixteen-year-old Maya Rockwell thought she'd take care of it, quietly and efficiently. But everything shattered in one terrifying moment, and Maya can no longer pretend to be ignorant.  Will Maya make the right decision for herself and her unborn child? Revelations of her friend's world of abuse, death, and disaster point Maya into a taking a stand. Will Maya brave the heat of negative publicity and see justice served?





Fourteen-year-old Cassidy Jones wakes up the morning after a minor accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist to discover that her body has undergone some bizarre physical changes. Her senses, strength, and speed have been radically enhanced.
After exploring her newfound abilities, Cassidy learns that the geneticist, Professor Serena Phillips, is missing and that foul play is suspected. Terrified that her physical changes and Professor Phillips' disappearance are somehow connected, Cassidy decides to keep her strange transformation a secret. That is, until she meets the professor's brilliant and mysterious fifteen-year-old son, Emery. An unlikely duo, they set out to find Emery's mother, who is key in explaining Cassidy's newly acquired superpowers.
Their lives are put at risk when they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous, action-packed adventure. Soon they are forced to confront a maniacal villain willing to do anything - including murder - to reach his own ambitious goals.



It was happening again. The dreams. The nightmares. It was something seventeen year-old Elizabeth "Lizzy" Hayes thought she'd outgrown; dreams that would come true; detailed premonitions of how people would die. This time she dreams about her boyfriend, Michael Young, and soon discovers that he's been found... dead.
Michael hasn't crossed over because he was murdered, and now his murderer is coming for Lizzy. His spirit won't rest until she is safe, and as a newbie spirit, the easiest way for him to make contact is through Lizzy's dreams. When she dreams, it's as if he hasn't died.
Lizzy must learn to pull on her inner strength to survive horrifying events. Meanwhile, in the spirit world, Michael learns everything he can about his supernatural gifts to help. But will it be enough to save her?



Trey's wife, his wife's shrink and his attorney are shot dead as his ex-girlfriend Robin Ironside disappears from the ICU. The four of them knew about Ionshaker - a cutting edge nuclear arming and disarming software.
In the meantime, Brett – the lead FBI detective pursuing Trey - the sole murder suspect for the murders, gets framed for two new murders as soon as he learns about Al Fakir - a suspected Al Qaeda off shoot that has stolen Ionshaker, and he’s forced to become a fugitive like Brett.
No one knows what Al Fakir intends to use Ionshaker for, but creators of the software say, the country that possesses Ionshaker will have a global control over anything nuclear, from nuclear warheads to civilian nuclear-powered plants, at the click of a button and the fear is, Al Fakir might just use Ionshaker to attack a hostile country and start a nuclear war, or worst yet, use it to detonate American nuclear warheads on American soil. And as if that’s not all, reliable intel indicates that Ionshaker has been to Germany, then Russia with China also showing interest, its bidding price being trillions of dollars.
Now, the president needs Trey (an ex CIA) and Brett (an ex FBI) to steal Ionshaker back from Al Fakir before they sell or duplicate it. Their mission is called IONSHAKER and its top secret, its urgent, its war against Al Fakir, simply put - its mission impossible.



Seventeen-year old Tommy Connell knows he's in trouble when he goes winter camping with his friend Vince Nguyen without telling his folks. But when they're caught in a sudden blizzard, and the man they rescue from freezing to death turns out to be an escaped convict, Tommy's troubles are only beginning. Now Tommy and Vince must not only survive the blizzard, but also find a way to keep Quinn - who'll stop at nothing to stay out of prison - from killing them.



A baby girl was found in a basket on Squire Carrington's doorstep. She was raised and sent to work as a servant girl for The Countess of Holmeshire. The widowed and unconventional Countess chose Miss Emma Carrington as a companion and sent her off for finishing with the goal of dragging her along into genteel Victorian society. What sort of reception would she have at tea and dinners? The young Earl of Holmeshire was engaged by arrangement to a lovely London lady, but their relationship was difficult. Could they work it out? Even the tribulations and banned romances of the servants downstairs play into the story as we follow Emma from a stone fortress to a Victorian village and then into fabulous London mansions. Great surprises unfold at a Midsummer Night's Dream Ball which help to solve mysteries that have gradually developed. You are invited to predict the great revelation of the last few pages!



How many lives do you have to live to realize that love is stronger than time and death?
Orphaned at the age of five, Angelia (Lia) Lafosse was left with questions about whom and what she truly was. One thing was clear. Lia was different. Some might even say cursed.
With the help of her best friend, Ryan Woodruff, she begins to unlock the secrets of her families past and discover answers that prove more startling than she ever imagined. Not only was she a werewolf, but a reincarnation of the immortal werewolf, a werewolf with immense powers beyond any of her kind. A werewolf that if discovered by the Lobison’s to have returned, can jeopardize both Lia and those she love.
As destiny finds her love does too…and they couldn’t be more different. Torn between Lyle Ulric, the charming werewolf whose bloodline is as ancient and powerful as her own. And Adam Ambrose, the mysterious and alluring vampire who’s determined not to allow fate or anyone tear their love apart again.
Lia has to make a choice… Destiny or Love…Run or Fight…Live or Die


A dark power described in Genesis revisits the small mountain town of Taylor Crossing. After witnessing an evil presence in New York City, Rory Callahan comes out West in search of answers, and finds a town succumbing to supernatural forces. Now, an evil prophesy may be fulfilled by the Nephilim.



Bound by the blood contract his human mother signed four centuries ago, half-demon, David Sadler, must obey his demonic Master's order to capture fifteen-year-old Jessica Hanks. But as he learns more about her, he realizes she may be the key to freedom from his dark enslavement.
The only obstacle-Jessica's distractingly beautiful Guardian, Rebeka Abbott. He must not give in to their steamy chemistry, or he will lose his humanity. But fresh off a quarter millennia of sensory deprivation as punishment for not retrieving his last target, he may not be able to resist temptation long enough to save what's left of his human soul.



Pepper Bibeau’s insurance investigations for a Wisconsin-based company sometimes involve a murder, but she never thought she would cause one. Days before the 1968 Democratic Convention, Pepper arrives in Chicago to settle questionable medical claims from an elusive doctor. Her assignment also includes a background check on a life insurance beneficiary who admits to stabbing his wife. When a close friend is killed, and Pepper is hospitalized after an unprovoked attack, a homicide detective decides someone wants to put a stop to her investigations. For her safety, he suggests she return to Wisconsin, but Pepper is determined to learn why her insurance investigation has stirred up a tragic chain of events. What she discovers are the devastating consequences of one person’s greed that she must expose before someone stops her, permanently.






Dinosaurs, abduction, and a hidden civilization were never part of Casey Smith’s vacation plans. That is, until a freak storm tossed her and two best friends, Mike and Jack, out to sea. When they wash up on what they presume to be a mysterious tropical island...they soon discover that being lost...is the least of their troubles. In a jungle that teems with impossible creatures, UFOs, and a hidden civilization, the three friends need to team up to fight danger...without letting their emotions tear them apart. Can they find a way to survive the harsh jungle...and its deadly inhabitants?


Winners!

Kelly Hitchcock has won Wasteland by Lynn Rush

 
Darlene has won Snowburn by Joel Arnold & Twenty Weeks by Melisa M. Hamling

 
Calli has won The Companion Of Lady Holmeshire by Debra Brown & Agartha's Castaway by Chrissy Peebles

Amanda Marie has won Nephilim Genesis Of Evil by Renee Pawlish

Raven has won Snow Burn by Joel Arnold

 
Kim Cuasay has won Agartha's Castaway by Chrissy Peebles & Cassidy Jones And The Secret Formula by Elise Stokes

 
Jastine Breathe Pacurib has won Agartha's Castaway by Chrissy Peebles & Ionshaker by Felix Timothy

Denise Z has won The Companion Of Lady Holmeshire by Debra Brown

Chandra H has won In My Dreams by Cameo Renae

Tiffany H has won For Every Action There Are Consequences by Gail M. Baugniet & Snowburn by Joel Arnold

The Obscured Vixen has won Rising Moon by Nilsa Rodriguez

Ana has won Twenty Weeks by Melisa M. Hamling & Agartha's Castaway by Chrissy Peebles

Ifrah Kamil has won Agartha's Castaway by Chrissy Peebles

Ana Tomova has won Ionshaker by Felix Timothy

Rea has won Cassidy Jones And The Secret Formula by Elise Stokes

JeanzBookReadNReview will be sending emails to the Winners and sending the winners email addresses to the relevant authors!
If an email address is invalid, unless the winner contacts either myself or JeanzBookReadNReview within 48 hours their prize will be reallocated to another entrant.

Author Interview: Kevin Ranson

Kevin Ranson has written The Spooky Chronicles.


1. What is your name and where do you call home?
My name is Kevin A. Ranson, and I currently reside in the Houston, Texas area.



2. Do you have a pen name?
For reviews on my film website, MovieCrypt.com, I go by Grim D. Reaper. For books, it's just me.



3. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
It's called The Spooky Chronicles: The Terminal People, about a dead boy dealing with still growing up.



4. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
This is the second book in The Spooky Chronicles series. The first arc is planned for six books, although I'm doing a one-shot crossover story between the first couple books for a charity anthology. I'm currently working on the third book in the series, Schoolhouse Number Five.



5. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?
I've been writing film reviews for almost fifteen years (honing my written "voice"), plus my girlfriend got into self-publishing herself and encouraged me to do it. I've seen a lot of scary movies, and the ones featuring young adults rarely seem to show much of the their point of view. One exception is Harry Potter, which I've always felt is a lot more YA horror than people want to admit.



6. Do you gift books to readers for book reviews?
I do.



7. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book?
I'm pretty handy with the graphic arts and am self-taught, so I created it myself based on a key location in the story from photographs I've taken. Most of the current cover was from a picture taken in Savannah, Georgia's Bonaventure Cemetery. Beautiful statuary there.



8. How did you come up with the title for your book?
Having designed many websites professionally, I was fascinated by the discovery that I could find no other series called The Spooky Chronicles and that the website domain had never been purchased. The current book title, The Terminal People, has a couple of meanings.



9. Is there anything you would change about your book? And why?
I'm very happy with the current revision and delayed my original release date by a month to make sure of it.



10. Do you have a book trailer? And what are your thoughts on book trailers?
The series trailer is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjXRVIHdR... I love book trailers, but I think many are too much like movie trailers. In a movie trailer, you expect to see scenes in the movie exactly as they appear in the trailer (and are disappointed when they aren’t). So much of what happens in a book is in the imagination, so the less you show, the better. A book trailer, like a book cover, should *feel* like what the book is about, more like those teaser movie trailers that appear before any footage is actually shot.



11. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?
I like them all. I intend to translate each of my stories into all of these mediums as I am able to. If you don’t give consumers what they want in the form they want it, someone else will.



12. Are you a self-published / Indie author?
Self. Been doing it myself for a while. It helps that I've worked in marketing, communication, web site design, graphic art, and copy-writing in my day jobs.



13. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it?
Several, and more than I can name here.



14. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?
I'm currently re-reading Grimmie, by local author Linda S. Cowden. I've volunteered to help her create a book trailer out of a key scene.



15. Do you have any advice for other writers? And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?
It's okay to edit your own book, but always, always, always have someone else look it over as well. Also, find that special person (that I call a "no" person) who will not only read your work but will tell you the truth about what they think no matter how good or bad. Above all, listen to them; even if you don't think they're right, take their advice as an opportunity to improve your writing.



16. Where can your readers follow you? 

Blog: http://thinkingskull.com 



Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ThinkingSkullCre...



Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/56587...



Twitter: http://twitter.com/kevinaranson 



Other: http://moviecrypt.com 


Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/K...



Other: http://spookychronicles.com 




Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!

Author Interview: Mary C. Findley

Mary C. Findley has written Hope And The Knight Of The Black Lion.


1. What is your name and where do you call home?
Mary C. Findley. I ride with my husband in a tractor trailer throughout the 48 states full-time.

2. Do you have a pen name?
No.

3. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
My YA book is Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion. Medieval England, mysterious Crusaders, arranged marriage, family loss, love versus temptation, prodigal son.

4. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
I am thinking of a book involving one of the characters in this book, a half-Arab orphan stranded in Egypt by the death of his Crusader father.

5. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?
Originally I wanted to be an artist exclusively, but my drawings were always of characters with stories. By Junior High I had a writing teacher who convinced me I had to write the stories of these people I drew.

6. Do you gift books to readers for book reviews?
I will give a pdf copy to any reader who promises to give me a review in return.

7. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book?
I designed the covers for all our books. I use Photo Impact, which has wonderful faux-3D effects, textures and "possibilities." I created a version of the book in the style of a medieval illuminated manuscript, and used the same "template" for the cover. By the way, the image of the knight on the cover is from a WWII era picture of my father.

8. How did you come up with the title for your book?
It names the two main characters in the book, plus the concept of Hope is a play on words throughout the book because of Hope's name.

9. Is there anything you would change about your book? And why? 
Though I don't think it is a perfect book, it has been "in the process" for close to 20 years. I hope (no pun intended) it is as good as I can make it.

10. Do you have a book trailer? And what are your thoughts on book trailers?
My husband and I have done video work for many years, and we have made teasers for all our books. I think video trailers and teasers can be very enticing. Have seen some great ones. We have our teasers on Goodreads, Amazon at my Author Central page, and on YouTube.

11. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?
Our books are exclusively e-format. It is so much less expensive to produce, so we can offer great savings to readers. Our Kindle can hold hundreds of books. We love ebooks. I enjoy paperbacks and audiobooks. Reference books or possibly young children's picture books are the only ones I can see still being needed in hardcover.

12. Are you a self-published / Indie author?
Self-published from start to finish! I do all the formatting, layout, covers, proofing and editing. I have been n advertising proofreader, a textbook editor, and videomaker, so I think God prepared me to be able to do the "whole package."

13. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it?
Pride and Prejudice, don't know how many times. Tale of Two Cities, also many times. I love Dickens and Austen.

14. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?
Pride and Prejudice, the Autobiograhpy of Theodore Roosevelt, and Puck of Pook's Hill, by Rudyard Kipling, all e-books on Kindle.

15. Do you have any advice for other writers? And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?
Don't think your readers don't care about proofing and editing. Wrong isn't edgy. It's just wrong. Also, educate yourself about printing and publishing, all formats, and definitely self-publish. You have total control of your message. Get the Smashwords style guide when you get to the point of formatting your e-book. It's free, and you must have it.

16. Where can your readers follow you?








My Google Plus page:   https://plus.google.com/?hl=en



Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!

Monday, 26 September 2011

Fracture by Megan Miranda


ISBN9780802723093
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 262


A lot can happen in eleven minutes.
By the time seventeen year old Delaney Maxwell is pulled out of the icy waters of a frozen lake, her heart has stopped beating. She is in a coma and officially dead. But Delaney pulls through. How? Doctors are mystified. Outwardly she has completely recovered. But Delaney knows something is very wrong. Pulled by sensations she can't control, she finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her brain predicting death or causing it?
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who lost his whole family in a car accident and emerged from a coma with the same powers as Delaney. At last she's found a kindred spirit who'll understand what she's going through. But Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature - or something much more frightening? 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading my ARC copy of Fracture by Megan Miranda (supplied by Bloomsbury for me to read and review). It was beautifully written from start to finish, and as a result I flew through it! My favourite characters were Delaney and Decker. Delaney because of her determination during her coma and her sarcasm & wit throughout the book. And Decker because of his kind, caring nature  and his heroic attempts to save Delaney both from the Lake (and later on from herself). Although I absolutely love the cover of my ARC copy of Fracture (pictured below), I think that the cover at the top of this post (which will be the official cover) suits the story inside better. Also I love the beautiful teaser on the cover, "A lot can happen in eleven minutes" which is seamlessly reiterated throughout the book.


Available at Amazon.co.uk.

Author Interview: Paul Oliver Westmoreland

Paul Oliver Westmoreland has written Cardsharp.


1. What is your name and where do you call home?
My name is Paul Oliver Westmoreland and I my home is in North London. 

2. Do you have a pen name?
POW, which comes from my initials. 


3. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
My book is called Cardsharp. It’s an action-adventure novel set in the murky art smuggling underworld. 

4. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
YES! Right now I'm writing book two called Double Dealer and it follows on from Cardsharp. 

5. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?
I've been writing for about 10 years, but Cardsharp is the first novel I've put online. I started reading quite late, but I enjoyed it so much I started having ideas myself and they grew into stories and I went from there. 

6. Do you gift books to readers for book reviews?
Yes, I'm after all the reviews I can get and so far everyone who's written back to me loved the story. I'll happily send a free copy to anyone who would kindly write me a review. Just get in touch. 

7. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book?
I designed it myself and it was a lot of fun. I love old James Bond movie posters with loads of stuff bursting out of them, and I wanted my cover to show everything going on in it. It was great fun too. 


8. How did you come up with the title for your book?
Cardsharp comes from a painting by Caravaggio that features in my book, and starts Vincent, my main character on his adventure. The book also recounts the life of Caravaggio through the adventure, and the title relates to a final twist at the end, so it was relevant and I thought it sounded cool. 

9. Is there anything you would change about your book? And why?
No, I'm very happy with it. If there was something to change, I'd amend it and put out the new version. 

10. Do you have a book trailer? And what are your thoughts on book trailers?
I don't have one, but I've thought about it. They get a very mixed reaction from readers, though. Good reviews still seem to persuade most people to try a book. 

11. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?
You can get an ebook of cardsharp, but I’ve not got into them yet. The iPad does offer a wealth of mixed media and interactive options for books that could interest a lot of non-readers, so they could be great. Personally I like paperbacks, but that's what I'm used to. 


12. Are you a self-published / Indie author?
Yes. I used to have an agent who represented me on another project, but she retired, so I struck out on my own. 

13. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it?
I often re-read books I like, it’s essential for a young writer. I also re-read Tuesdays with Morrie, every few years because it somehow gives me new perspectives on life as I get older. It's amazing and weird. 

14. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?
I'm reading a research novel called Art Crime. It's a true story and fascinating. 

15. Do you have any advice for other writers? And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?
Enjoy it and learn from rejection. All feedback should help you, and you only get it by writing and putting it out there. 


16. Where can your readers follow you? 


Blog: www.powbooks.com 


Facebook page: POW Books 


Goodreads author page: POW 


Amazon: Cardsharp: A Vincent Ward Adventure 


Other: Cardsharp is also available on Lulu.com 





Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Author Interview: Halli Lilburn

Halli Lilburn has written Shifters.



1. What is your name and where do you call home? 
Halli Dee Lilburn and home is on a homestead in the middle of nowhere, Canada.

2. Do you have a pen name? 
Not for this upcoming YA novel, but I use one for my poetry because it’s a whole different genre.

3. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
SHIFTERS: Reality shifting could destroy Lina’s life, or it could aid her and in overthrowing a government conspiracy to create a superior race.

4. Do you have plans for a new book? 
Oh so many plans!  I’m working on poetry, a YA science fiction and a midgrade book.  But not all at the same time.

5. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?   
I’ve been writing since the beginning, but for some reason I didn’t see it as a career choice at first.  When all my kids went into public school my day opened up for me I kind of exploded with all the ideas that were brewing in my head.  Even though I’m a late bloomer, I don’t think it would have worked any other way.  Having children came first.

6. Do you gift books to readers for book reviews? 
Yes.

7. Is there anything you would change about your book? And why?
No.  no regrets.  Once it’s in print worrying is a waste of time.  I’m too busy for that.

8. Do you have a book trailer? And what are your thoughts on book trailers?
In the process.  I think they can be cute if done right.

9. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?
I love a good hard back.  I want to feel it.  None of this fake digital stuff for me.  Call me old-fashion and fanatical but when the book becomes a lost art, don’t complain when all the computers in the world crash and civilization has lost a valuable piece of history.
I do love a good audio book while on a road trip.


10. Are you a self-published / Indie author? 
My publishing company is very tiny so I would consider it indie.  I thought about self publishing, but it’s not right for me.


11. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format? 
Honestly, I’m reading SHAKESPEARE UNDEAD by Lori Handeland in paperback.  Not a typical one for me, but I did love PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES so I thought I’d give this one a try.  It’s not bad. 

12. Do you have any advice for other writers? And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing? 
Write it down.  Write it down again.  Every manuscript needs fixing.  Then turn off your artist self and turn on your marketing self or you’ll never get published or sell a single copy.  When you’re sick of doing that, hunkerdown and write something else.  The best encouragement I’ve received has been from NaNaWriMo.com

13. Where can your readers follow you?


Your facebook page?  http://www.facebook.com/hlilburn

Your Goodreads author page? http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4878963

Your Twitter details? @hallilburn


Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

ISBN: 9780061962745
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Pages: 323


Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.
Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from. 



When I first read the blurb of Bumped, I was eager to get my hands on a copy there and then to read and review! I really enjoyed reading the first few chapters where all the characters were introduced. But after the initial introductions it got a bit slow as nothing seemed to be happening. From it's blurb Bumped seemed to lean more towards it being a dystopian book than a general YA or sci-fi romance book, which wasn't the case. From the very start it is quite obvious that Zen has a soft spot for Melody. Unfortunately for Zen, Melody is oblivious to Zen's feelings towards her and is more concerned with her contract. The reason Zen is my favourite character is that throughout everything he is there for Melody, even when her foster parents aren't there for her. What attracted me to Bumped in the first place was it's simplistic but eye-catching cover, and I was glad it did! Although I was a bit disappointed as it wasn't what I thought it was, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bumped and can't wait to read the second book Thumped!


Available at Amazon.co.uk.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Through My Letterbox! 23/09/11


What came through my letterbox this week:



Ashfall by Mike Mullin (Hardback & e-book)
Mike Mullin kindly sent me and my mum a hardback copy to giveaway on her blog, as well as an e-book copy for both of us to read and review!

Fracture by Megan Miranda (paperback)
Megan Miranda kindly sent me and my mum an ARC copy of her book to read and review.

Convergence (Children Of Creation, Book 1) by J. D. Watts (kindle e-book)
&
Induction (Children Of Creation, Book 2) by J. D. Watts (kindle e-book)
J. D. Watts kindly sent me and my mum a copy of each of her books listed above to read and review!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Variant by Robison Wells

ISBN: 9780062026088
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 373


Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.
He was wrong.
Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.
Where breaking the rules equals death.
But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.

I received this title from Netgalley. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully spun, dystopian tale from start to finish! The end was not at all what I  expected, to be totally honest I was a little disappointed with the ending as compared to the rest of the book the ending just didn't measure up. However, I would love to read the second book! All the characters were well written but my personal favourites were Benson Fisher, mainly because of his determined nature and wit, and Lily, because of her unforeseen strength, intelligence and cunning not only on the paintball fields but also while she was in the school itself. The cover (which I love!) depicts the book's contents perfectly, the blurred effect representing the confusion and uncertainty throughout the book.


Available at Amazon.co.uk.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Author Interview: Stacey Thompson-Geer

Stacey Thompson-Geer has written The 13th Witch, Silver Moon and Dark Magick among others.



1. What is your name and where do you call home? 
My name is Stacey Thompson-Geer. I live in Laramie, Wy at this time.

2. Do you have a pen name? 
I do have a separate pen name for some of my work, but this is my real name.

3. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say? 
The most recent work I have out is called Dark Moon Rising and it’s the second part of The 13th Witch Series. I’d say it’s surprising, different, witchy and fun.

4. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series? 
I always have plans for new books. I’m working on the last in The 13th Witch Series. It’s called Final Stand. I’m also working on a full length novel with Rose from Silver Moon.

5. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing? 
I always wanted to write. I started when I was in JR High with Horror and dark short stories. I still tend to write dark, but there might be a little more humor and possibly Romance as well.

6. Do you gift books to readers for book reviews? 
I do.

7. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book? 
I design the covers for most of my books. I take the parts of the story that seem important and try to incorperate that into my covers.

8. How did you come up with the title for your book? 
Silver Moon’s title came easily. It fit the story even though it’s about a Vampire rather than a Werewolf as most think, but there are Werewolves added in and other supernatural creatures.

9. Is there anything you would change about your book? And why? 
I think I’d like to go into the culture of the different groups a little more. I’ve been working on some novella’s that fall within the world to help with this, but I think that is where there is more questions than answers.

10. Do you have a book trailer? And what are your thoughts on book trailers? 
I do have trailers for most of my work. I like them. They give a visual to the book you are reading.

11. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks? 
I like all of the mediums. I do have a ton more E-books, but I also have paperbacks and some classic hardcovers.

12. Are you a self-published / Indie author? 
I do prefer to self publish. I like having control of my work. The downside of that is I know my books have more errors in them, but I still wouldn’t change it. I do have a few that are published with Silver Publishing and Wild Horse Press.

13. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it?
I have. If I really like the book, I will.

14. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format? 
I’m reading Darkness Decending by Devyn Quinn. I’m reading it in paperback this time.

15. Do you have any advice for other writers? And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?
I think anyone that wants to put in the work to write, should follow their dreams and write. The market is changing and there are more opportunities to do what you love. You just have to be willing to work. The best advice I’ve been given is to read as much or more than you write. This way you understand styles and you can see grammar in action.

16.   Where can your readers follow you?




Twitter: @staceytg





Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!