Aug 31

Promotional Tour: Dark Promise AND Mesmerized by Julia Crane and Talia Jagar Sponsored by AToMR Blog Tours PLUS GIVEAWAY!

Title: Dark Promise
Author: Julia Crane & Talia Jager
Release date: July 28, 2012
Age Group/Genre: YA fantasy/paranormal

*This is a mature YA. Due to sexual content and some language it is not recommended for younger teens.

Book Description for DARK PROMISE:

Rylie has it all – great friends, dream boy, loving family. But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, her perfect little world shatters. A stranger claiming to be her real mother appears with a secret: Rylie is a faery whose powers will be unleashed on her birthday. Captured and forced into a new life, Rylie struggles to keep everything she loves and discovers a terrifying truth: some promises cannot be broken.

Aug 29

August Children’s Book Spotlight: The Idea Tree by Mary Fam:

August Children’s Book Spotlight:  The Idea Tree by Mary Fam:The Idea Tree by Mary E. Fam
Published by Mary Fam/ on August 20th 2012

This is the fantastical tale of the origin of "Fall" (Autumn) as the product of a single idea. The story resonates messages of confidence, courage, anti-bullying concepts and the encouragement to go forward with a "good idea". Vivid images and dazzling colours merge these ideas together and deliver an important and lasting culmination – Don't be afraid to be different or to change! Know that the most significant changes can happen with just one “good idea".

Aug 27

Can I Really Pen the Next Great American Novel? We shall see.

I originally posted this on my personal blog, but felt that it had a place here also. See below. Originally posted by me at my personal blog
So, for those of you who know me, you know I have always been a writer. I may not have ever been a very good one, but I was always found with pen in hand at any given time, always carried a notebook around, and if I was not writing, my nose was in someone else’s book. It is just such a huge part of who I am that it never seemed strange or unusual. People would often ask me what was wrong if I didn’t have some form of the written word in my hand.

Aug 27

Just Another Rabid Reader Reviews Flaming Harry Sweeney by Rob MacCavett

Just Another Rabid Reader Reviews Flaming Harry Sweeney by Rob MacCavettFlaming Harry Sweeney by Rob MacCavett
Published by Whooping Crane Press on February 29th 2012

Flaming Harry Sweeney chronicles the capers and misadventures of hard drinking, cigar smoking, womanizing pyromaniac and Cubs fan Harry Sweeney, as seen through the watchful eyes of the story's young heroine, Kitty Kagan. Kitty and her father figure, Max Schluter, stumble upon Harry at a desperate time in their lives and by necessity latch onto his flamboyant coattails-even as Harry himself, despite Kitty's and Max's best guiding efforts, seems ready to crash at every turn. The story's events especially focus on Flaming Harry's post-World War II whacky brainchild, the Ladies Professional Bowling League, with an unexpected detour into the mysteries of why the Chicago Cubs are lovable losers. Famous and infamous figures crowd this comedic farce, giving it an over-the-top, carnival atmosphere with lessons learned along the way.
Flaming Harry Sweeney spans the fascinating Big Band era, fledgling television, growing popularity of bowling, emerging women's rights, the world of sideshows, sainthood, and includes a knuckle-rapping nun, reformed Nazi on the run, communist screen writer, carnival worker seeking respectability, a concert pianist, professional wrestler, criminally insane genius brothers, and a chewing gum mogul-to name but a few characters disgracing these pages!

Aug 26

Book Review: House of Balestrom by William Butler

Book Review: House of Balestrom by William ButlerThe House of Balestrom by William Butler
Published by Createspace on August 31st 2011

A tragic death. Two who marries for love...the other marries into THE HOUSE OF BALESTROM. When Susan's husband, Victor Balestrom, dies in a mysterious and tragic accident, Susan is suspected of murdering him. With the Balestrom family, manipulated by Camille Balestrom, pointing fingers. Susan calls on her sister, Sara and her husband David to come to the private island owned by the Balestrom family to be by her side during this tragic moment in her life. But Sara and David's visit become twisted and manipulated by someone in the family, who not only want Susan to pay for her crimes, but want revenge as well. Will Sara discover who is behind everything before it is too late? Who is the mysterious man roaming the island grounds--the man who terrorizes Sara at every turn? Secrets are abound and will be revealed all the way to its tragic end.

Aug 26

Cruising for Giveaways with Charisma Media

Welcome to Cruising for Giveaways Hop! This hop is brought to you by Charisma Media!

Cruising for Giveaways

Aug 24

A Brief Note of Apology

I wanted to sit down and very quickly write a brief note of apology to both my readers and those who have requested reviews. I allowed life to get in my way this summer, and I have now worked out a slightly better method for tracking review requests and blog tours, physically writing down what I am supposed to post when, et cetera, as this seems to work better for my addled brain.

Aug 22

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway of Fractured Light by Rachel McLellan

Blog Tour:  Review and Giveaway of Fractured Light by Rachel McLellan

Aug 21

REVIEW: Alibi’s Ghosts, The Larger-Than-Life Small World of a Medium’s Daughter

REVIEW:  Alibi’s Ghosts, The Larger-Than-Life Small World of a Medium’s DaughterAlibi's Ghosts, The Larger-Than-Life Small World of a Medium's Daughter by L.S. Hullinger
Published by L.S. Hullinger on June 7th 2012

Alexandra 'Alibi' Vernon is the eleven-year-old daughter of a psychic medium whose behavior is repeatedly influenced by kids from the Other Side. From building sub sandwiches in her sleep to sneaking into a stranger's attic, Alibi has her innocence challenged on a regular basis. Since her mother is fairly new at medium work, she only schedules two readings a week. However, this particular week, she accidentally schedules five readings, five days in a row. During this time, each child from the Other Side has a mysterious clue for Alibi to unravel, and she begins to notice each clue is connected in some way with the other readings. With a bit of ghostly charade playing, lots of trouble dodging, and the help of her deceased relatives: Grandpa Edgar and Cousin Kyle, along with her living but scaredy-cat best friend, Daisy, Alibi is able to solve the mystery and help all five grieving parents simultaneously.