Monday, September 26, 2011

The Awakening by: L.J. Smith Review

Title:  The Awakening
Author: L.J. Smith
Pages: 272
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: The Vampire Diaries Bk 1

Description:

A deadly love triangle Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any guy she wants.


Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena . . . for her own good. 


Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. 


Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers . . . who will she choose?

My Review: 

I enjoyed this book reading about the relationship between Elena and Stefan and Damon.  Unlike the tv show which I am a fan of Tyler, in the book not so much he really plays the bratty card well.  I liked how Damon kept the mysteriousness of himself.  Definitely a great teenage read!




Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's Monday what are you reading? #17



It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Finished This Week:
Ding Dong The Diva's Dead by: Cat Cat Melodia
Nephilim by: Mary Ann Loesch

Currently Reading:
Fatal Affair by: Marie Force
The Initiation by: L.J. Smith

Interviews on this blog:

Up Next to Read: 
Well you'll have to stop by and see what I read next, would take the magic out of it if I told you ;)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Taking Control by: Kim Mullican Review

Title: Taking Control
Author: Kim Mullican
Publisher: Smashwords
Pages: 204

Description:

Kat Trueblood, genetically engineered medium and former CIA Agent, thought she had escaped the danger and drama of her previous life. She has a stable job as a paralegal, is dating her first girlfriend, and has plenty of time to spend with her best friend and guardian – a ghost named Grant.

In denial about missing the action of her former life, Kat’s thrust head first back into it when the Russian mafia – the same guys who raped and tortured her for two weeks during active duty – targets her and her family. The CIA forces her to choose between working with the FBI to catch a serial killer who is slaughtering area drag queens or leaving her family at risk.

Distracted by discovering Grant is in love with her and her girlfriend ending up on the suspect list, Kate finds herself as the hunted instead of the hunter. Captured by the killer, she must face her inner demons in order to survive and end the serial killer’s mayhem.

My Review:


What a great book we follow the story of a beaten down ex-CIA operative who's seen better days. In order to protect her family she must team up with the FBI in hopes of catching someone killing drag queens.  Kat and her ghost Grant are up to their eyes in drag queens trying to figure out how they are being kidnapped and killed.  Let alone Kat is trying to come to terms with a bad situation that happened 2 years ago in Russia.  


Kat also discovers who ghost is in love with her, and unsure how to process this she continues with her mission.  Definitely a great new book and author I will be definitely looking into for any future books.


She writes  a great mystery, with characters that give a good laugh.  I also enjoyed the sibling banter between Kat and her sister.  They have a relationship I think many would envy being close and similar in alot of ways.




Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Inteview with Author Kimberly Mullican

Author of Taking Control Kimberly Mullican let's us learn about her and her new book.

Tell me about yourself.
I was born in raised in Northwest Indiana where I remain today, though I’ve resided in other areas for brief periods of time.   I am a wife, mother of 2, step-mom to 2 and slave to 2 dogs and 2 cats.  I have a serious addiction to good coffee and vodka tonic.  I also have a talking problem, which is why I chose the day job is in sales.  I love people, I always have – especially the weird ones.

Give a brief verbal description of your book.
TAKING CONTROL is about a woman who has left the CIA after spending a few weeks being tortured in captivity.  She has a whole heap of internal struggles including toying with her bi-sexuality.  She doesn’t want to admit to herself that she misses the action of her former life.   Though she doesn’t get much of a choice when trouble comes looking for her.  She winds up freelancing for the FBI to capture a serial killer who is targeting area drag queens.  To top it all off, she is a medium and her ghostly companion Grant is madly in love with her.

Why did you write this book?
Because it was stuck in my head and I had to get it out.  I love writing and it seemed to be the only logical thing to do.  Kat, my female MC, was taunting me.  She is one tough bitch, so I put her ass on paper!  I have been writing for a long time and after scrapping my last project (due to serious over writing) I decided this one was a must-do.  Seriously, the MC was in my head all day every day.  She was all I could think about.

Do you want to use your book to further your career?  
Well, I would love to sell enough books so that I could quit the day job and write full time.  So yes, publishing my novel was a step in the right direction.

What is your professional background?
I am one of those people that change careers often.  I’ve worked for the Department of Defense, been a legal secretary, sold a plethora of goods and now I sell cars.  So yeah, I’ve been all over the place.  The only consistent thing about me is that I’ve always written.

What do you like the best about your book?
I love my MC.  She’s has real moxie and she’s a hot mess.  At the same time, she is calculated and controlled.  Grant, her guardian ghost acts like a juvenile delinquent and will stop at nothing to make her laugh.  I enjoyed writing the scenes with Grant.  The drag queens in my book also make me smile.  I had to interview a drag queen, because I didn’t want to misrepresent the queens in any way.  Can you imagine having a bunch of pissed off drag queens?  That could get ugly.

What do you hope readers will take away from “ Taking Control”?
Nothing, I hope the readers are the ones who get something from it.  The book has given me everything I ever wanted.  My characters even helped me through some of my own garbage.  (Don’t  gasp, you have garbage too.)  Kat’s a real survivor who inevitably figures out how to find peace.  I think we can all use a little of that.

What kinds of books have inspired you over the years?
Oddly enough, THE CELESTINE PROPHECY came to me at a special time.  It’s a very dry read and it’s no wonder the guy started off selling his books out of his trunk.  But there’s something special about that book, if you can get through it.  But to be honest, books don’t inspire me as much as the authors do.  They are my real inspiration.  I’ve worked closely with a few since starting this novel and they are the most supportive bunch I’ve ever met in my life.  No other place do I see competition viewing each other as allies.  We are a weird bunch, but that is something I appreciate.

What appeals to you most about books?
I love a book that can just suck me in and transport me smack dab in the middle of the story.  I think that’s what readers love the most – the escape.  I enjoy reading eBooks, but I still love old-school hard copies.  Sitting on the beach, burning my booty because I can’t put the book down, now that is appreciation for writing.

Do you have any children of your own? What do you like to read with them?
My kids are now old enough to read to themselves but Dr. Seuss was a hit in my house.  He’s an evil genius in my book.  And for those who don’t know – he also wrote adult poetry as well.  Google “The Perfect High” by Shell Silverstein.  Evil Genius I tell you!

Brief Bio
Kimberly Mullican lives in Indiana with her family.  When she isn’t taking in massive amounts of coffee, maintaining a hectic work schedule or blogging, she is working like a mad scientist at her laptop on her next novel.  TAKING CONTROL is her breakout novel.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

It's Monday what are you reading? #16



It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Finished Reading:

Currently Reading: 
Ding-Dong The Diva's Dead
Nephilim
Book of Shadows
Secret Circle: The Initiative 

Come back next week to see what I've read!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blogging Buddies



The person I'm highlighting for Blogging Buddies, is Reading with Tequila.  I love reading her blog and her reviews I think she does a great job.  Definitely one I would recommend checking out.

Reading with Tequila Link



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Four To Score by: Janet Evanovich Review

Title: Four to Score
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pages: 313
Series: Stephanie Plum

Description:

Janet Evanovich, bestselling author of One for the Money, Two for the Dough, and Three to Get Deadly, scores big with Four to Score, her most thrilling Stephanie Plum adventure yet. Working for her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, Stephanie is hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine Nowicki, whose crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion. Someone is terrifying Maxine's friends, and those who have seen her are turning up dead. Also on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt, Stephanie's archenemy and rival bounty hunter. Stephanie's attitude never wavers - even when aided by Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe bounty hunter Lula, and transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet - and even when Stephanie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from threatening messages to firebombs. All of this pales in comparison, though, with an even greater danger Stephanie faces, when, homeless and broke, she and her hamster Rex move in with vice cop Joe Morelli.


My Review: 
As with all Stephanie Plum books this one is full of adventure, humor and sticky situations.  Stephanie has her car burned, her apartment blown up all by a crazy gay person attacking her thinking she is stealing their boyfriend.  Meanwhile things heat up between her and Vice Cop Joe Morelli, which causes the assumption that they are settling down much to Stephanie and Joe's assurance that nothing is going on.  Stephanie, Lulu and Transvestite Sally are hot to find the FTA Maxine Nowicki who would be better off in jail than on the loose.  A great read as always!



Monday, September 12, 2011

Left Neglected by: Lisa Genova Review

Title: Left Neglected
Author: Lisa Genova
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 324

Description:

Sarah Nickerson, like any other working mom, is busy trying to have it all. One morning while racing to work and distracted by her cell phone, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In that blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her over-scheduled life come to a screeching halt. After a brain injury steals her awareness of everything on her left side, Sarah must retrain her mind to perceive the world as a whole. In so doing, she also learns how to pay attention to the people and parts of her life that matter most.

In this powerful and poignant New York Times bestseller, Lisa Genova explores what can happen when we are forced to change our perception of everything around us. Left Neglected is an unforgettable story about finding abundance in the most difficult of circumstances, learning to pay attention to the details, and nourishing what truly matters.

My Review:


This book was incredible, most books that are read and reviewed are mystery, paranormal and don't deal must with what could happen to someone.  In this book we follow the lives of Bob and Sarah Nickerson who are so busy working, commuting, raising their kids and rushing through the days, they miss out on the small things with their kids.  


Charlie their  son is dealing with school issues due to ADHD not being diagnosed. Sarah finds herself in a horrible car accident which has left her loosing touch with her left side also known as Left Neglected.  


Sarah's mother returns to her daughter to right wrongs that were done when Sarah was a child after a traumatic family accident.  She shows up  when Sarah needs her most, even when Sarah tries to show her away time and again.


A good part of this book was the realization from Sarah that she couldn't do everything anymore.  That she needed to trust and ask for help.  That through everyone in her family, they helped her in different ways.  Her husband was uber supportive of her issues and needing help, her mother gave her courage and reassurance that she was doing good.  


In the end the relationship between mother and daughter repaired, and a new course was laid out for Sarah, Bob and their family.  


I loved this story so much, I couldn't put it down.  It gripped me and held my attention and probably will long after I've posted my review.  To have an author grip you this way and make you look at your own life and wonder if we are moving to fast and missing the small things in life.  What a great story to read and definitely worth checking out.  I would recommend adding this to your bookcase if you haven't already.




It's Monday what are you reading? #15


It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Finished Reading:

Currently Reading:
Four to Score by: Janet Evanovich

Up Next:
Come and find out what I'm gonna read next.



Guest Post: Heather Frost



Title: Paranormal Fascination
           
Seers is my first published work, and it is also my first exploration into the very popular genre of paranormal. I've always loved a good story that contained magical qualities, which is why I've always been partial to the fantasy genre as both a writer and a reader. But there is something very unique about the paranormal field that makes for an exceptional read. For me, I think it's the balance between reality and the supernatural. These two elements combine in such a way that the reader is left to enjoy a story that keeps the playground of the ordinary, with an edge of the unearthly. A good paranormal read is one that creates a believable setting with phenomenal circumstances thrown into the mix. In short, the paranormal genre serves to create a world much like our own, but infinitely more captivating.
           
Before Seers was fully conceived I knew I wanted to write a paranormal story. It was a new genre to me, but I was confident that I could produce something befitting the category. On a practical level, I knew that paranormal books are easier to sell than the brand of fantasy I usually dabbled in. But what really guided my decision to plunge into the paranormal was my fascination with stories that ring true despite the fantastical qualities that adorn them.
           
A great example of this idea is the wonderful Harry Potter Series, by gifted author J.K. Rowling. I still remember how disappointed I was when my letter to Hogwarts failed to arrive on my eleventh birthday. It was such a real world to me that I started packing my bags a week before my birthday, despite the magical qualities that abound in Harry's world. To me, Hogwarts was as real as London. Magic was made real, because the setting was so believable to me. As a result, I saw evidence of Harry's world everywhere.
           
The paranormal genre does the same thing. The reader is presented with a very real setting, where the characters come to face the supernatural; which may include vampires, werewolves, physics, angels, demons, ghosts, or even Seers. This allows the reader to fantasize about their own, often mundane, life, and believe that there is more out there—whether it be good or evil. And when a story becomes more comparable to the life of the reader, the book can become a more powerful force to the reader. The supernatural isn't tangible, but reality is. Because of this, readers are able to more completely become absorbed in the story they love, because the basic elements are real.
           
I firmly believe that there is something you can gain from every book you read. But I also believe that the best books are the ones grounded in truth. They are the ones you can't put down. They are the ones you keep on dreaming about, long after the last page was turned. They are the ones that become a part of you, because they take on a life of their own. The paranormal genre seems like the perfect recipe for an irresistible read.

Seers by: Heather Frost Review

Title: Seers
Author: Heather Frost
Publisher: Bonneville Books
Format: Ebook (NetGalley Arc)
Pages: 330

Description:
For Kate Bennet, surviving the car wreck that killed her parents means big changes and even bigger problems. As she begins to see auras and invisible people, Kate must learn to trust Patrick O'Donnell, a handsome Guardian, or risk her life being overrun with Demons. She soon realizes that both she and her heart are in big-time trouble.

My Review: 
This story follows Kate Bennet who has suffered a terrible loss of her parents in a horrible car accident.  Her and her sisters live in their house with their grandparents.  Kate since the accident has been seeing auras, the ones she can't see are the ones that concern her.  Patrick O'Donnell is a new kid in school she can't make heads or tails of.   

Kate learns she is a Seer, and that her grandfather was one as well.  That Guardians get sent to Seers to help guide them and work with them.  Kate also has to deal with her failing relationship with Aaron.  Ever since the accident their relationship has been falling apart.

What a great book and story.  Definitely a great start for new author Heather Frost.  She has a great detail to teenage issues, and angst.  I could not put this book down had me hooked line and sinker.  What a great job!



Sunday, September 11, 2011

Three To Get Deadly by: Janet Evanovich Review

Title: Three to Get Deadly
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pages: 321
Series: Stephanie Plum

Description:

A "saintly" old candy-store owner is on the lam-and bounty hunter extraordinaire Stephanie Plum is on the case. As the body count rises, Stephanie finds herself dealing with dead drug dealers and slippery fugitives on the chase of her life. And with the help of eccentric friends and family, Steph must see to it that this case doesn't end up being her last...

My Review:
As with any Stephanie Plum book this one is full of humor, and mystery. Stephanie is on her biggest case yet local favorite Moe who owns the local candy store is FTA, and it's up to Stephanie to find him. As Stephanie tries to find him against the angst of neighbors who love Moe the candy store owner, the bodies begin to pile up. For a while I thought Moe was behind the murders but was surprised with the ending. What a great book!




Never Forget Never Surrender

For those who lost their lives and we will never forget what happened that horrible day!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sticks and Stones by: K.J. Larsen Review

Title: Sticks and Stones: A Kat DeLuca Mystery
Author: K. J. Larsen
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Pages: 250
Series: Kat DeLuca
Source: NetGalley

Description:

What does a woman do when she discovers her husband is an incurable cheater? If she’s Cat DeLuca she launches the Pants On Fire Detective Agency. Now Cat does what two years of unholy matrimony taught her. She catches cheaters.When a client (Cleo Jones) shoots her cheating husband’s bum full of buckshot, he disappears, taking her money, dog, and sister with him. Private Investigator Cat DeLuca promises to return the dog and money if her client stops shooting at Walter. Cleo agrees. The detective finds the dog and a mysterious bag chuck-full of cash. And then she finds Walter. His very dead body is still warm.



The case is a slam dunk for the cops who arrest Cleo for the murder of her husband. She had motive and opportunity and a dozen witnesses heard her scream bloody murder. One made a video.

Cat DeLuca is determined to prove her client’s innocence and it’s not an easy sell. Walter was an unsavory character with enemies. To find his killer, Cat will have to sift through the ones who didn’t pull the trigger. Her investigation leads to four players with secrets: a childhood friend, a gambler, a construction tycoon, and a legendary Chicago designer. When forensic evidence suggests the detective knows more about the murder than she’s telling, Cat faces the certain loss of her agency.



Cat DeLuca is smart and charming. She’s an unlikely heroine and her partner, a beagle named Inga, is quite likely to eat the evidence. Sticks and Stones delivers steamy romance, intrigue and laugh out loud humor for a wickedly delicious read.


My Review:
I can't say enough about Cat DeLuca, she is funny, and smart and quick on the take.  She finds herself fighting to free her assistant Cleo who is up on murder charges for offing her sleazy ex-husband.  There are too many people who want him dead but only one who did it.  Meanwhile Cat is also trying to catch a slippery cheating husband with his pants down.  I love this series reminds me so much of Stephanie Plum.  I can't wait to see what Cat is up to next!





Friday, September 9, 2011

Liquid Smoke by: Jeff Shelby Review


Title: Liquid Smoke
Author: Jeff Shelby
Publisher: Tyrus Books
Source: FSB Media
Pages: 280

Description:
Private eye Noah Braddock has finally found peace in his once tumultuous relationship with Detective Liz Santangelo and has called a tentative truce with his alcoholic mother, Carolina.

So when lawyer Darcy Gill demands that he look into a hopeless death row case, he’s more interested in catching some waves before San Diego’s rare winter weather takes hold.  The Darcy plays her trump card: the man scheduled to die—convicted of killing two men in cold blood—is the father Noah never knew.

My Review:

This book was definitely addicting following Noah Braddock as he goes to meet a father he never knew and end up a pawn in a deadly game of bad guys doing very bad things.  Noah wants little to do with his father, but he’s been dragged in so deep because of Lawyer Darcy Gill he has no choice but continue through to the end.  And it left with a questionable ending of what happened next, and where did Noah go to?  What a thrilling ride of a book.  Definitely enjoyed it!



Thursday, September 8, 2011

Just Say The Word by: Carla Salvo Review

Title: Just Say The Word
By: Carla Salvo
Pages: 406
Publisher: Piccolina Publishing
Source: Review

Description:
Rita Napapolus' fingerprints were all over the murder weapon, beckoning authorities onto her path and into her past. They immediately hit a wall when they find no record of the petite office manager's history before she appeared in Seattle with her daughter twenty years ago.
When a million dollar bail is mysteriously posted and a hot-shot defense lawyer arrives from San Francisco, her friends want answers. So does the FBI.
Where did Rita come from? Who is watching out for her? Could she really be the killer?

Review: 
What a great story.  Rita Napapolus is a women full of great mystery, and the unknown.  How her past only dates about 10 years, prior to that she didn’t exist.  Her story is one of great tragedy.  Gina Blanco was a girl who had a loving family, and loyalty to her friends.  Watching those she loved suffer horrible fates.  She winds up accused of murder, and begins to prepare her defense, the only problem is no one else is right for the crime.  In the end what happens to Gina goes beyond anything anyone could imagine.  I couldn’t figure out if there would be a happy ending for her and was pleasantly surprised with the ending.



The Inquisitor's Apprentice by: Chris Moriarty

Title: The Inquisitor’s Apprentice
Author: Chris Moriarty
Source: Book Giveaway
Pages: 347
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books

Description off the Jacket:
Being an Inquisitor is no job for a nice Jewish boy.  But Sacha’s new talent gets him yanked out of everyday life on Hester Street and apprenticed to the Police Department’s star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf.  The Inquisitors’ mission is to stop magical crime.  And New York at the beginning of the twentieth century is a magical melting pot, where each ethnic group has it own brand of homegrown witchcraft.
Soon Sacha has teamed up with fellow apprentice Lily Astral, daughter of one of the city’s richest Wall Street Wizards—and a spoiled snob if you ask Sacha.  Their first job is to try to find out who’s trying to kill Thomas Edison.
Edison invented a machine that could unleash the worst witchhunt in American History.  Every magician in town has a motive to kill him.  But as the investigation unfolds, all the clues lead back to the Lower East Side.  And Sacha soon realizes that his own family could be accused of murder!

My Review:

This book was rich in historical locations of New York and key characters, I found myself falling deep into the story of Sacha and Lily who become apprentice’s trying to battle mysteries and magic.  It was great even the pictures in it were greatly detailed.  Definitely a great book to read.