Monthly Archives: May 2012

Reading Hydra? *snort* I wish!

Look out, children, I am in another one of my weird moods. So, I’m cruising along, reading my book, and I think … I’m so slow, there’s got to be a faster way to read.

Do you know the legend of the Hydra?

Try not to notice how naked he is, that’s not the point.

Every time Heracles whacked off the head of a Hydra, two grew in it’s place. I’d like to order eight to ten heads please. Temporarily, that is, to help me deal with my ever growing to-be read list. Do you have one of those? The list, silly, not the ten heads.

Or what if you were like Neo, from the Matrix, and you could just download books into your brain from a connection at the base of your neck?

… There is no spoon … 

Never mind. Neo’s busy right now.

I guess my point was my list is on Good Reads keeps getting longer and stands at a whopping three hundred and thirty two books. Wanna see? http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5334731?shelf=to-read

Ambitious no? Well, all these amazing and talented authors just keep tempting me with too many awesome reading choices. It’s all their fault! Uh … okay no, but I digress. If I owned ten seperate heads, I know I could finally make a dent in my book pile that has grown the length of my arm.  Sigh. What’s a reader to do?

The main books I want to sink my YA Hydra teeth in right now are here:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11735983-insurgent

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13111733-sempre

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13557662-insanity

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8755776-city-of-lost-souls

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12578077-obsidian

Of course, that doesn’t even cover the YA that aren’t out yet, like these:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13432653-want

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12971616-the-rise-of-nine

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13538816-stormdancer

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13348320-after-dark

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13160619-seraphina

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9239571-enshadowed

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13504857-reaper

Or the ADULT books like:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13057705-the-p-u-r-e

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13454731-blue-moon

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13247721-surrender

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13161249-oracle

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13423867-call-of-the-sea

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11273366-the-glass-man

Tip of the reading iceberg, people. My cats, Hugo and Loofah, have informed me my ten heads sound like a great play toy I would supply them with from the pet store. That just sounds painful. And my Matrix idea makes me a TSTL (too stupid to live) canidate, so I guess I’ll quit wishing and get back to reading my book the old fasioned way. A nice breeze is waiting on my porch swing. With my 32 oz southern tea in hand, I’ll head out there soon. Birds are singing and the smell of fresh cut summer grass is in the air. Maybe slow is not such a bad way to read after all.

How about you? Do you have a favorite place to sit and read? What about your reading list, manageable or scary? Let me know!

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Do you want to touch him?

How badly do you want to see this movie?

Admit it, how many of you are going just to see Mr. Awesome?

Click here for trailer … http://www.snowwhiteandthehuntsman.com/

Isn’t she B.A.? I swear she is the coolest looking evil queen, like, ever!

And here is our not-so-damsel-in-distress. I have a feeling she’s not taking any crap from that queen!

Snow White and the Huntsman Soundtrack will feature Florence + the Machine. What could be better?

I know I’m getting my ticket. My girls and I are, how do I put this nicely, intense movie goers. We load up and tons and tons of junk food so we’re all hopped up on Milkduds, popcorn, gummy worms, Reese’s cups and nachos. Then we go to the midnight show—to ensure there are no little babies who will cry or talking toddlers to distract us. What? I’m a mom, too. Don’t judge me. I warned you we were crazy sick intense. We get there early so we can sit 3/4 up in the stadium theater seats, smack dab in the middle, because there are no better seats. Anyone texting or talking after the movie starts gets a Milkdud to the back the head and a stern glare.

Do you have any movie traditions, preferences, pet peeves, or okay, fetishes in your movie going? Let me know.

Yeah, the more I write, the more I’m considering my need counseling. Anyway, I can’t wait to go, can you? And if I see you there, sit next to me, share my nachos and … shhh.


Cover reveal: Make Believe

Oooh so exciting!

Make Believe

by J.A. Belfield, Jennifer M. Eaton, J. Keller Ford, Terri Rochenski, Kelly Said, Lynda R. Young

Release Date: December 3, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance

Description

Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.
With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death. After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

Birthright by Lynda R. Young Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible. She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she’s never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her. Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Petrified by Kelly Said A mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow.  Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people but with an inability to do either. The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra—a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired. The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong. Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.

♦ For more information on the book and its fine authors look here:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13640234-make-believe

http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/17

http://www.jabelfield.com/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832197.Jennifer_M_Eaton

http://jennykellerford.wordpress.com

http://www.terrirochenski.weebly.com

http://lyndaryoung.blogspot.com/

http://www.kellysaid.com


When I say we…

I mean me, well, but not really.  Meet my crew…

Hugo (Hurley) was named after the LOST character. He’s a 25 pound, eleven-year-old Maine Coon rescue. He pretends to be a high brow book snob, but I totally see him reading over my shoulder at my cheesy, mushy, paranormal YA romance reads. He’s not fooling anybody.

Loofah Sponge (yes, his full name is Loofah Sponge, it’s on his chart at the vet’s) is a two-year-old, blue point exotic shorthair rescue. He’s a complete romantic (who I’ve seen cry on occasion at the end of a good book) and loves a fast paced urban fastasy or dystopian.

These are my friends. They help me write by keeping me company, providing important inspiration and much needed breaks when my head is about to explode from editing, block or too many ideas at once. Do you have a writing/reading buddy? Who or what is your muse? Do you believe in them? I love my pets and am passionate about animals. Are you? Tell me about them, and what they mean to you. I’d love to hear! 🙂

Next time you can meet my dog Scout and my horse Tucker, but that’s for another day …


Cover Re-Reveal Darkness & Light

A Holloway Pack Story
by J.A. Belfield

Release Date: July 1, 2011
ebook Re-Release Date: June 1, 2012 (with bonus scene content!)

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Paranormal RomanceRomanceUrban FantasyWerewolf
Back of the Book

Jem Stonehouse, a housewife with a neurotic husband bent on keeping her in line, dreams about werewolves in, what she believes, is a bid to escape boredom.

Sean Holloway is a werewolf, living a charade within the human race, whose mind drifts to a bond he shares with a woman he hasn’t met — at least, not in this lifetime.

Apart, the two are safe but live unfulfilled lives.

Together, they’ll become prey to rival packs just as they have been for hundreds of years.

When their worlds collide, and not for the first time, instinct takes over. Dreams become reality. Futures are uncertain. To keep history from repeating itself, Sean must teach Jem about his heritage, convince her of her role, and win her love.

Can Jem accept her destiny before it’s too late, or is her inner wolf buried too deep to save her future with Sean?

Bonus!
The re-release of the Darkness & Light ebook will include three bonus scenes from Sean Holloway’s perspective.
Double Bonus!
For the month of June (June 1 – 30, 2012), Darkness & Light will be on sale for just $.99 USD.

URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/1

Other Books in this series include:
Instinct (#0)
Eternal (#0.5)
Blue Moon (#2)


Tidal Whispers Winner

Hi everybody!

Join with me to give a big shout out to our winner J. Keller Ford, winner of the advanced reader copy of Tidal Whispers. Yea!


Win an ARC of the upcoming anthology, Tidal Whispers

Tidal Whispers

by Jocelyn Adams, Claire Gillian, Julie Reece, Kelly Said

Release Date: June  4, 2012

Target Reader: Adult

Description

Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece After a terrible accident, Tessa returns to her family beach house to heal. She doesn’t expect to see her first summer crush from seven years before. Cameron, though, reappears and ignites a relationship that’s far more intense than ever before. The only problem? Summer is once again coming to an end, and this time, Tessa will have to decide whether to choose life with Cameron or to never see him again.
The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian Under Poseidon’s rule, Circe is the most destructive siren in the Pacific ocean, her songs luring ships and their crew to their watery graves. Not Otis, the best halibut fisherman in the Alaskan waters. His ship, the Calypso, has avoided disaster each time Circe set her sights on him.
Given one last chance to deliver Otis to Davy Jones’ locker, Circe takes to land to waylay the handsome captain. Instead, it may be Otis himself who hooks the Siren.
Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said Should Miki choose to wed the local wealthy boy she doesn’t love, her stomach will stop grumbling. Her soul, however, will suffocate. With one last opportunity before she must concede, she sneaks off for a final dive to her hidden crate at the bottom of the seabed. What waits for her is more than a captured lobster. It’s a treasure she cannot claim without great sacrifice or true love.
The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams Nixie, a water sprite, lives a solitary existence as she struggles to understand the strange world beyond her waters.  When she meets one of the pink ones, a curious boy named Wyatt, their friendship blooms into a love that can exist only upon the sands that divide his solid ground from her underwater paradise. Some love, though, once born, cannot be undone, even in the face of death.

Need More? No worries, look here:  Excerpt

Publisher :  http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/blog/  

Purty aint it? Here’s more info from Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13410587-tidal-whispers

Playing is easy! Just leave a comment telling us about your favorite tropical vacation. Why you love the ocean, or the lake, or the pool… lifeguards on the beach in shortie shorts…blow up floatie toys. Heck anything water related will get you in…

Contest for reader/reviewers will run from 5/7 to 5/12 with the winner chosen at random on 5/13.  • Leave me your email address along with your entry so I can contact the lucky winner!•

J Taylor will send out the ARC  in ebook format. Thanks for entering and good luck!

♦ For more chances to win,  visit the other (very cool) contributors blogs here:

http://clairegillian.com/

http://kellysaid.com/

http://www.joceadams.com