Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cover Reveal: Sacrifice by Jennifer Quintenz

Book Description:
For fans of Braedyn Murphy, the wait is almost over. “Sacrifice,” the third book in the Daughters of Lilith series, will be released on January 31, 2014. "Sacrifice" (Daughters of Lilith: Book 3) Just when Braedyn Murphy thought she understood the danger descending on Puerto Escondido, a new threat arrives. A cult devoted to Lilith has taken up residence in the little town, and when Cassie gets tangled up its intrigue, Braedyn realizes she might have to chose between protecting her friends and stopping Lilith from reclaiming this earth. With her duties to the Guard wearing on her, Braedyn turns to Lucas for solace. Together they wonder if now is the time to claim their one night together—knowing that one night is all they may ever have. Darker forces have their own plans for Braedyn and the Guard. Braedyn knew this fight could be brutal—but how much can one girl be asked to sacrifice in order to save the world? Check out the previous books in the series:  

Praise for "Thrall" (Daughters of Lilith: Book 1)

"Before you even start this review, put down anything you are doing and go read Thrall. It's AMAZING! BREATHTAKING! Engaging and smart, Thrall leaves you speechless!" - Savannah, Books With Bite

"The writing style is so smooth, yet gripping. Add some good characters, well-paced story and you have something that I like. No, not like. Love... No surprise that “Thrall” gets full five stars and the highest recommendations I can give." - Linda, The Fantasy Librarian

"How do I even begin to put all the crazy, gushy, ramblings in my brain about this book onto paper?!? Where to even begin?....This book is a MUST read!" - Hooked In A Book review on Amazon  

Praise for “Incubus” (Daughters of Lilith: Book 2)

"If you like gutsy fantasy of the urban variety this should definitely be on your 'must read' list. Don't let the YA label put you off either, like all the best YA fiction, this can be enjoyed by adults as well. I give it an unreserved 5 stars." - Tahlia, Awesome Indies, http:// awesomeindies.net/2013/10/01/ hard-book-put-review-incubus- jennifer-quintenz/

"This is one of those books that I have been looking forward to since June of last year... I loved this book and I'm so happy I finally got to read it. I recommend the entire series for the fully developed characters, the impressive mythology, and the fight scenes. I am dreading waiting for the next book." - David, David-Reviews.com

"Great reading. LOVE IT. Jennifer Quintenz is a special writer who can be very riveting... Spent several sleepless nights in a crazy rush to see how it ends. Can't wait for the next books." - Terri, review on Amazon About the author: Jennifer Quintenz is an award-winning film and television writer, author, and graphic novelist. She has written for Twentieth Television, Intrepid Pictures, and Archaia Studios Press. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

Find Jennifer:

                                                              Jenn on Goodreads
Monday, January 20, 2014

When things get in the way of blogging...

So you might have noticed that I've been a little absent from the blog lately. I promise it's not intentional or anything. I just haven't felt like blogging or reading. I've still been listening to audiobooks but I haven't been actually reading books. I do have several books I have read and need to review but haven't gotten into it yet. I guess I'm going through a blogging slump or maybe I've just gotten lazy. I promise I will write reviews for the books that I have read. Two are really good! (Split Second and Code Name Verity)

But if I'm honest with myself, I do have an idea as to why I haven't been reading as much. It's these things called DVR and Netflix. Yes, these two things may be the downfall of my blogging and reading adventures. The fact that I have two devices that will allow me to watch a show I want to watch at any time is very detrimental to my reading. It's easier for me to just sit down, turn the tv on, and binge watch some episodes of Robin Hood or Merlin than it is to sit down and read. Plus, it helps that Robin Hood and Merlin are completely addicting!

The point is that I'm sorry for my absence and will try to do better. Now, excuse me while I do write a couple of blog posts!

Happy Reading Everyone!!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Big Numbers Blog Tour: Author Interview & Giveaway

Laugh at divorced dad Austin Carr, a funny, oversexed scamp who’ll do anything to get his kids back. Think Bugs Bunny with guns and a penis.
Divorced dad Austin Carr wakes up every day in a beat-up camper, parked on someone else’s private property. Why? Because his alimony and child support payments were established by New Jersey’s family court system when his income was double, and for the last two years he has failed to earn the legally mandated monthly nut. He’s had his savings drained, his Maxima repossessed, his salary attached, and his visiting rights suspended. He bought the twelve-year-old Chevy pick-up with the rusty camper for $800 last month because another landlord tossed his butt in the street. Will stretching the rules, his own morals, and the boundaries of common sense raise the cash needed to get his kids back? Or will his big mouth and bad behavior set him up for a nasty double-cross? See if Austin can redeem himself and win back his children.
You can purchase Big Numbers at the following here:

Praise for Big Numbers:
“Darkly comic, with an engaging protagonist.”
– T.J. MacGregor, Edgar Winner, Author of The Tango Key Mysteries
“Big Numbers is a gritty, sexy, violent, and funny book.”
– Liz Clifford at Reviewed by Liz
“Wonderful characters…well-written, entertaining…a good read.”
Connie Anderson for Armchair Interviews
“Indiana Jones has his whip and Luke Skywalker has his light saber, but for Austin Carr, his full-boat grin is the weapon of choice.”
Melissa for Lou Reads
“Jack Getze started his career as a newspaper reporter. As a result, BIG NUMBERS is lean and mean, with not a word wasted. A truly fun, genuinely funny read.”
Lisa Guidarini for Bluestalking Reader

Former Los Angeles Times reporter Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony-nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet’s oldest websites for noir, crime, and horror short stories. His screwball mysteries, BIG NUMBERS and BIG MONEY, are being reissued in 2013 by Down and Out Books, with the new BIG MOJO set for 2014. His short stories have appeared in Passages, A Twist of Noir, and Beat to a Pulp. Getze is an Active Member of Mystery Writers of America’s New York Chapter.
What was the transition between Los Angeles Times reporter to fiction writer like?

Nasty, ugly, brutal and pretty much a decades long war. I did not understand fiction and didn’t take a class or read a book about it for way too long. They told me I was a good writer at the paper, so I figured all I would need is a good story. Wrong! Fiction is much different – the characters tell their story and the author – the writer – must STAY OUT of it. I wrote seven novels before I found an agent and she sold BIG NUMBERS. I could have reduced that time by half if I had studied the craft of fiction earlier and harder.

- Everyone has that one book that changed their life, what book or books would that be for you?  

 Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I was twenty years old when I read the novel and – like the lead character – was very confused about my life. Then I read about Holden Caulfield –  the way he looked at the world – and I realized I wasn’t alone. A whole bunch of young people had no clue what to do with their lives either. It was okay. I stopped worrying so much about how strange I felt and got on with my life. 

- Tell me a little bit about where the character Austin Carr came from, and where your inspiration for the Austin Carr Series came from.

Oh, you got me with this one. Austin Carr is the devil on my shoulder, that steady voice telling me to take risks, flirt with the stranger, have another cocktail. Not really my BAD side, but the kind of voice you don’t want to listen to regularly. I would get in serious trouble – like Austin does. But truthfully, I had to listen to him when I moved from southern California to New Jersey. For one thing, the east coast public was much tougher than I'd been used to -- confrontational compared to Los Angeles. In addition, people usually had been agreeable to speaking with a reporter, but bond sales was different. Hang-ups were ten times more common than hello. Initially, I had no clue how these hardboiled Jersey guys talked strangers into buying tax-free bonds over the telephone. I grew into the chop-busting personality of Jersey a little bit, and the change inspired my book. Like myself, my character moved west to east and misses California.

- What could we expect to find you doing in your spare time?

Reading, gardening and cooking Mexican food. In the summer I love the beach. I can lie in the sun and go swimming darn near all day long. I’m also a pretty good golfer and still play with my sons.

- The best writing advice you ever received was: 

Learn to take criticism well – it’s the only way to get better beside just writing more. When people are discussing your writing, try to be detached; just listen, writing down key words that will remind you of what the people said. Do not judge if the criticism is good or bad while your manuscripts are being chopped up. (Not easy, but don’t do it). Wait a few days or even a week and then go over those notes and consider what everyone said. Change what makes sense to you. It’s YOUR STORY and no one knows what works best but you. But if three people tell you the point of view changes were confusing, LISTEN to them! All of us beginners want to write for ourselves. Learn to write for the reader. 

-  You're stranded on a deserted island and you can only have one person, and any one item of your choice with you. What and who do you choose and why?

I decided against bringing the wife because our kids still need a little looking after now and then, and I wouldn’t want to deprive them of their mother. So I’m thinking I’d want Shania Twain on that island to sing to me, maybe a nice Martin guitar to accompany her.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (45)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the  Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions

1. Write a lot. Maybe not everyday but almost every day. I have wanted/tried to do this for a while but I just can't get into the habit of it. This year, I will. No more excuses.


2. Read more books I already own. I have way too many books that I need to read so I'm going to read a lot more of them before I buy new ones. 

3. Read more historical fiction. I haven't really read a lot of historical fiction but I think it's a genre I would actually like if I gave it a shot.

4. Listen to more audiobooks. This one will probably be the easiest. I actually listened to quite a few this year. I don't have an official count but it was quite a few. Hopefully, this year I can listen to even more. 

5. Get out of my reading slump. The second half of 2013 was a really slow reading year for me. I didn't read near as much as I would have liked. 

6. Reach my Goodreads goal. In 2012, I had a goal to read 100 books and ended up only reading 79. In 2013, I decided to take some of the pressure off and set a goal for 75 and only read 59. I'm setting the same goal as last year and hoping to make it this year.

7. Go back to school and get my Masters in English. I've been wanting to do it for a while so I think this year needs to be the year.

8. Read some classics.  I guess if I do go back to school this one will be required! :)

9. Read to my son more. My son is five and while I do read to him I don't do it near enough. This year I'm going to do it more.

10. Last but not least, have fun reading, writing and blogging!!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Review: Vicious

Title: Vicious
Author: V. E. Schwab
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Tor
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description: 

A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

I wanted to L-O-V-E this book like so many others I know. However, I simply didn't. I liked Vicious. I enjoyed reading it but love? Not quite. It's an interesting premise and as always Schwab's writing is great. Yet, I still didn't feel connected to the story quite like I would have liked to. Why? I'm not entirely sure which is why I'm having such a difficulty writing this review. 

I guess I should start off with what I liked about Vicious. Sydney was the character I most enjoyed. Sydney was a sweet and innocent girl that was thrown into a very difficult situation. I also enjoyed Mitch's character and his loyalty to Victor and how relationship developed with Sydney. As for the two main characters, Eli and Victor, I didn't really care for either which is probably one of the reasons that I didn't love this book the way I had hoped. I know that Schwab was trying to challenge hero and villian stereotypes by showing that heros aren't all good and villians aren't all bad but to many they both just came off as villians. In my opinion, Victor isn't a hero any more or less than Eli is. They both do bad things that can't be justified. 

Another problem I had with how each chapter transitioned. The story jumped from one time frame to another. It took some getting use to. I did eventually get use to it but still I felt that it did detach me from the story jumping from this time to that time to this person's past to this other person's present. It was just kind of all over the place. It was an interesting way to tell the story but it just didn't work for me.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. It was an interesting storyline. Schwab kept me intrigued with the story from beginning to end. I have heard that a sequel is possible in the future and if that develops I will definitely read it. Not my favorite book by Schwab but still a very good read! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Best of 2013 Audiobook Blog Hop

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Hey Y'all! It is time for the Best of 2013 Audiobook Blog Hop where we highlight our favorite 3 audiobooks from 2013. This hop is hosted by The Book NymphoHot Listens, and Geeky Bloggers Book Blog.  It runs from Jan 1 2014 to Jan 15 2014.
I listened to a lot of great audiobooks this year but there were three that stood out above the rest! Each of the audiobooks listed is linked to my review of the book. Be sure to check them out to see if they are something you are interested in. If one (or more) of them are be sure to enter my giveaway below! 

Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 568
Release Date: March 19, 2013 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Narrator: Daniel Sharman
Rating: 5 Cows

This was a fantastic end to a fantastic series!

Author: Kresley Cole
Pages: 320
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Narrator: Emma Galvin
Rating: 5 Cows

This series is definitely an addicting series! I can't get enough Jack, Evie, and Death!

Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Kajay Millay
Pages: 448
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne & Candace Thaxton
Rating: 5 Cows

 Seriously, one of the best books I've ever read and/or listened to.

Giveaway ends 1/15
One winner will recieve one audiobook
Audiobook must be one of the three books I have listed above or if the book is part of the series one of the previous books in the series may be chosen.
Giveaway is U.S. only

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