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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Nobody Has To Know
















Nobody Has To Know, Frank Nappi's dark and daring new thriller, tells the story of Cameron Baldridge, a popular high school teacher whose relationship with one of his students leads him down an unfortunate and self-destructive path. Stalked through text-messages, Baldridge fights for his life against a terrifying extortion plot and the forces that threaten to expose him. NHTK is a sobering look into a world of secrets, lies, and shocking revelations, and will leave the reader wondering many things, including whether or not you can ever really know the person you love.


Book Endorsement:
"A haunting, briskly-paced page turner that explores the darkest recesses of the human psyche while propelling the reader through an intricate series of hair-raising twists and turns. Nobody Has to Know is a masterfully written tale that is expertly told. Frank Nappi knows how to entertain the reader from start to finish." 
-- #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Nelson DeMille


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~~Kj's Review~~
Cameron Baldridge is living a secret life, getting involved with a student, while pretending to live a normal life. Things escalate out of control and he is lost to even himself, all because nobody has to know….but somebody does. The torment that ensues takes Cameron down a road no one should ever travel, and leaves him fighting for his very life.
  While this story is beautifully written, and suspense filled with lots of twists and turns, the subject matter is too dark for me. I in no way blame this issue on Mr. Nappi, his story is masterfully written, it is totally my personal feelings. I wish Mr. Nappi all the best, and thank him for giving me his book to read and review. I give this book 3.5 stars.


Meet The Author

Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes From The Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA's silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story "A Mile in His Shoes" starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story and the just released thriller, NOBODY HAS TO KNOW, which received an endorsement from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille. Frank is presently at work on a third installment of his Mickey Tussler series and his next thriller. He lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.

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Evanescent



Title: Evanescent A Broken Novel Book two 
Author: Carlyle Labuschagne
Genre: Dystopian. Science- Fiction. YA
Release Date: November 2013
Publishers: Sensational Publications
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BLURB
Her fall has just begun. Only his touch can save her from the shift that could destroy it all.

Within my blood runs a thing our kind calls the Shadowing Disease. It shadows over, and bends everything to its will. When the first blood- shift came, it tore through flesh and blood, threatening to bend me, break bone, shatter my mind and entrap my heart with its honeyed, seductive poison. It came with vicious intent, moving my thoughts and altering me forever. The shift has caused a rift within me. No one was safe when it entrapped me in its claws of foul lust. But I have the only antidote against the evil that becomes me – his touch alone has the power to release the spurs of sweet darkness that clung on for dear life. I knew what I had to do; the desperation pulled my mind with the deep determination of a hungry predator. But by the time the revelation raised me from the dark dungeon of my bounds – it might have been too late.


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Teaser
A body is fragile; it breaks, it tears, and it bleeds; it is also tangible and real, beautiful and rare.
A soul is an ever-fighting, ever-growing entity. It has a mind of its own.
But, a mind is a curse; it can corrupt, be corrupted, think too much, or not enough.
When body meets soul, it’s perfect. It knows the truth, but it cannot live without a mind.
The mind activates the power from the soul to the body.
The balance is never perfect. This is the curse of being broken.
“I was on a lit path, a raging firestorm for him – all of him. My body ached for it. I had found the antidote to my disease, and in those forced images of false memories, I found my salvation, a cure from myself…”

Meet The Author

Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African debut author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her first young adult dystopian novel "The Broken Destiny". She is not only an author, but works as a sales rep and marketing manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at College SA.

Carlyle, loves to swim, fights for the trees, and is a food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle also writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive – Help Build A Library inAfrica Project.

“My goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another.”

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Island



Book Info-
Title-The Island
By- Jen Minkman
Publication Date-June 1, 2013
*Novella* (80 pages)
Genre- YA Dystopian


Blurb-
‘I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.


Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.


If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall.
Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says.
I have never seen one.’


Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?

Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Benjamin McTish and The Door through the Grandfather Tree


Book Info-

Title- Benjamin McTish and the Door Through the Grandfather Tree

Series- Book  #1
By- June M. Pace
Genre-  YA/Fantasy


Blurb-
It’s Harry Potter meets the Celestine Prophecy in this magical and thrilling ride! The McTish Series is an explosive adventure through a dimensional Gateway into another world, a world of beauty and magic, Coranim...a land of insight, thought and possibilities, that sits beneath the enchanted Gilley Forest.


There is local legend in the small town of Grandlochcheshire that has been passed down for a 100 years about the mysterious disappearance of the Chickering family, that trails on the coat tails of the equally shocking  abduction of the Skeffington Union Rails heirs, Connor and Shelbe. The circumstances that follow this notorious tale enter into the modern world of Benjamin and his two best mates.  


One day Benjamin watches from behind the Rhododendron as a mysterious little woman steps out of a taxi in front of the cream colored house with the forest green trim next door and in one synchronistic moment their eyes lock and a series of visual snippets of unfamiliar events unfold in his mind’s vision. His razor sharp sixth sense allows him the freedom to explore the extrasensory messages coming at him in a frenzied speed, like a derailed freight train.
And when Benjamin finds a peculiar old relic of a key in his grandmother’s garden shed, he could never know his world was about to change forever.


Annabel and Mathilda, two sisters who have moved to Grandlochcheshire from America, have become more than mere friends to Benjamin, they have all become the three Muskydeers (Mathilda’s mispronounced version of Musketeers, which was a huge laugh and of course it stuck), as they are plunged head first into this curious journey.  


In the Gilley Forest they discover that the path they have chosen is inundated with many obstacles as well as intrigue.  Alliances are made with the Forest clan of Gnomes known as the Set, and with the aid of the Vila sisters, Sethina and Morel, as well as some surprising and unexpected allegiances, the three friends take on the test that is the Grandfather Tree.  They must stay on the pre ordained Path of prophecy, portended by the ancient seer Pajah Set, whose ancestry comes from the home of the oldest living beings on the planet, the Elves of the Darmon    However, this is no easy task for the Muskydeers as they have the foulest of sorcery hunting their every move, the powerful dark beauty known to all as Tar Vigorn.


This ruthless Queen is not without humor however, and loves a good game of cat and mouse, as long as she’s the cat. With her biting sense of sarcasm and calculated taunting, she knows just how to unnerve the young Benjamin. Her phantom army known as the Blunt are searching for a way into the Grand Tree and will stop at nothing to infiltrate the pristine world beneath his giant roots.


Once in Coranim the children make the acquaintance of the greatest Medicine Elder alive, Esmerelda Fet.  A most powerful Light Sorceress with a brazen in your face attitude and a thick Irish brogue, who guides the trio on their Path of destiny.  “All tings be possible ya wee chil’ren, if’en ya put yer mind to it!  Thar be nothin ya can’t accomplish.  Ya just need ta be placin all yer carage inta tha middle of yer core whar yer Spirit shines...an ya can do anythin! Ha!”


Filled with many wonders, and home to the Fet clan of Gnomes, Coranim is a magical world of art, sound, thought, invention and discovery....and home to the World Library of Identity, with none other than Dunston Tibbitts at the helm.  
Every being on the planet has a book dedicated to the entirety of their lives.  Dunston reports to Benjamin, “according to what I see here now, this very minute, whatever it is that you are seeking will show itself today and change your Path immediately.  It will put you into a whole new dynamic as they say.”


What could alter the overpowering trajectory Benjamin has followed to Coranim?  How will it change his life?
Find out as our three heroes delve into the mystic, as well as their own inner character, as you watch from the edge of your seat.


Book Two, Benjamin Mctish and the Wizards of Coranim, coming 2013

Surrender


Title: Surrender
Series: The Ferryman + The Flame #1
By: Rhiannon Paille
Published: October 2nd, 2012 by Createspace
Genre-New Adult Fantasy/Romance


How far would you go to save everything you ever loved?


Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn't listen, and because of what she is-- a Flame-- one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.


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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Book Soundtrack for Thundering Luv

I was just sitting around thinking about L.M. Preston's book Thundering Luv and what I might use for a soundtrack for it. Would I want Tiny Bubbles background music, Beach Boys...the possibilities are kind of awesome. As luck has it I have the author's vision of a soundtrack and will post it below.


Here is the written list of the videos, I had to fudge on a couple as they didn't exist as the author specified.

1. Almost Paradise – Roger Williams
2. Almost Paradise (Love Theme from Footloose) – Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
3. Aloha Oe – George Greeley
4. An American Dream – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
5. Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins
6. Back To The Island – Leon Russell
7. Bali Ha’i – Jo Stafford
8. Banana Boat Song (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte
9. Beyond The Blue Horizon – Lou Christie
10. Beyond The Reef – Andy Williams
11. Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin
12. Blue Hawaii – Elvis Presley
13. Caribbean – Mitchell Torok
14. Caribbean Queen – Billy Ocean
15. Christmas Island – Jimmy Buffett
16. Coconut – Harry Nilsson
17. Cool Change – Little River Band
18. Cool Night – Paul Davis
19. Ebb Tide – Frank Chacksfield
20. Enchanted Island – The Four Lads
21. Escape (The Pina Coloda Song) – Rupert Holmes
22. Gidget Goes Hawaiian – Duane Eddy
23. Harbor Lights – Sammy Kaye
24. Hawaii – The Beach Boys


So...what did you think? The possibilities are endless, and your list could be as eclectic as you want or even one band themed because there is so much out there!! So go get Thundering Luv by L.M. Preston and decide what you would like!!



Friday, July 26, 2013

Thundering Luv


Thundering Luv 
Luv Series Book #2 
By L.M. Preston
Expected Publication Date: June 1, 2013 
Published By: Phenomenal One Press

Book Blurb: 
Jewel has always been able to get the guy she wanted. The starting jock on the football team, the team captain on the basketball team, and the lead swimmer on the swim team. Problem is, she didn't find them the least bit exciting. Was she cold or a she-wolf for guys? Colin thought so, and he'd do anything to bring her down a peg or two. When these two collide on the sandy beach during their mixed up summer vacation, sparks fly, making this a summer neither will forget.

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~~Kj's Review~~
 This was a very nice little story about a girl named Jewel, who appears to be the “it” girl, breaking up with yet another jock boyfriend. Colin knows of Jewel as she dated his cousin and dumped him, again appearances are deceiving on all fronts. Their story goes on through their teenage angst in a quest to be together.
 As a romance goes this was a good one, enjoyable to read, and sweet without being cloying. L.M. Preston has written a very nice summer romance and kept it very realistic, which I enjoyed; too many romances wander into that territory of being completely unrealistic. It brought back memories of my own angst filled teenage years. I would like to thank L.M. Preston for giving me her book to read and review!! I give this book 4 stars. 

Meet The Author

LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X - Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.  

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Empyreal Illusions

Title: Empyreal Illusions: Book One of The Inferno Unleashed 
Author: Jake Bonsignore
Genre: YA Fantasy / Thriller
Book Design: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography

Synopsis

Fourteen-year-old Breena Taljain’s dreary existence in the slums of Purgaire comes to a sudden end when a chance encounter with a criminal mastermind known as the Patriarch goes horridly wrong. His assault on her for refusing to pay for her mother’s addiction leaves her comatose and teetering on the edge of life and death.

Galbrecht Atalir is a washed-up doctor struggling to overcome his inner demons through alcohol and aggression. He never quite recovered from the unsolved murder of his family seven years prior. When he discovers Breena as his newest patient, he knows at once that the Patriarch is the one who eluded him for almost a decade.

The medicine Galbrecht gives Breena draws her into a heavenly paradise. When it ebbs away, though, the recurring trauma plunges her into treacherous hinterlands. There, Breena must learn to find power in courage, hope, and love to overcome fiends of hatred bent on permanently ending her existence.

With justice burning in his heart, Galbrecht begins a race against time to seek out the Patriarch in the underworld before Breena loses her struggle against the ever-darkening terrors of her mind….














Purchase Links: Amazon US}{Amazon UK

~~Amy's Review~~

Jake did a wonderful job in writing this book.

Not only is the cover beautiful and draws you in, but the writing his a work of art as well.

Some of his mythological creatures I can imagine seeing if they were real, as they were so magical and majestical sounding.

This world of fantasy sounded heavenly and could entice anyone to enter the boundaries only to get a peek into the magical world created.

II felt for Breena and everything she had to go through, and then was excited for her that she got to experience the wonderful world beyond. I was also happy that she finally had someone come around after her horrible experience and want to help her, even if the reasons were partly because of his past. I am also excited that Breena got 1 thing she had dreamed about. She is such a courageous and strong character that I fell in love with her right away.

Thank you for the opportunity to read a wonderful fantasy book.

~~Kj's Review~~
 This book has got to be one of the most wonderfully written books I have read this year, I am totally in love with this story. There was never a moment I wasn’t right in the story and seeing first-hand what was happening. The complete genius of following Breena from her impoverished life, to the beauty of the paradise she finds after being beaten so severely; to the parallel of the doctor racing to save her life and his own as well. I am not even going to try and explain, reading this story needs to be savored. I highly recommend this book to everyone, it is an awesome book, and with more to come I can only imagine the delights that are in store for us. I want to thank Mr. Bonsignore for giving me this book to read and review, it is without a doubt on the top of my favorites list. I have rated this book at 5 stars.

Meet The Author 



Jake Bonsignore is the author of Descendant of Strife, Empyreal Illusions, and Awakening the Fire. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with magna cum laude honors. Outside of his literary pursuits, he enjoys playing sports and is a fitness enthusiast. He is currently working on his next novel.



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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Defiance


Book Blurb: 
Shiovra has been named High Priestess of the village Tara, but she quickly finds herself hunted by the Milidh, a clan born of war and vengeance. With the safety of Tara at stake, it is decided that she is to seek aid from her betrothed, one she considers the enemy.

At her side is Odhrán, a Milidh warrior sworn to protect her and determined to gain her trust. But their journey is fraught with peril and Shiovra learns that darkness lurks in the hearts of her own kin.

Steeped in ancient Irish myth, this tale is spun of love, war, and DEFIANCE.


Buy Link: Amazon

~~Kj's Review~~
 When I started reading this book I wasn’t at all sure about it; I got a bit lost so I had to go back and start over to get my roots. I am very glad I did as this was a good story of a priestess, and the people in her life. It was absolutely fascinating to travel with Shiovra, and the men and women in her life. The details to this story are phenomenal and makes the story worth following.
 To read this book is to go in time and live the life of a priestess protecting her home against all different forms of attack, from spells, to creepy creatures, to men with swords. I gained a great respect for the author while reading this, it was beautifully written. I would very much like to read the next to see where the author takes this epic story. Thanks to Melissa Sasina for giving me this book so I could read and review it!

Meet The Author

Born in 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio, she has always been an avid lover of fantasy. In her youth she would write short stories and add artwork to them. While in high school, Melissa decided to change her career path from graphic art to writing, though she still enjoys drawing up a random picture or two, usually of her characters. During her younger school years, she won a Young Authors Honorable Mention for a short story she had written. Melissa has also won a few Visual Arts awards during her school years and upon graduation from High School,she was given a President's award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
The first book she began to write seriously for publication was The Priestess. Completed in 2008, the book was separated into a trilogy and published in 2010. It is currently undergoing reediting and will be re-released as both the individual books and as a one book collection, The Priestess: A Complete Collection.
Her current book series is The Chronicles of Midgard, which will be a five book collection once completed.

Melissa still lives in Ohio with her husband and son. Random character artwork can be found on her facebook author page as well as www.shiovra.deviantart.com

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