Starter Day Party Intimate Strangers Book Tour

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Today I’m hosting the starter day party for the Intimate Strangers Book Tour hosted by Enchanted Book Promotions. Intimate Strangers is a contemporary romance novel by author Anne M. Strick.

Tour Schedule

September 30th: Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading

October 2nd: Book Excerpt
@ Bookaholic Ramblings

October 4th: Book Review and Giveaway
@ Snifferwalk

October 6th: Book Excerpt
@ Forever Book Lover

October 8th: Book Review and Giveaway
@ I Heart Reading

October 10th: Author Interview
@ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

October 12th: Book Excerpt
@ The Book Daily

October 14th: Book Review and Giveaway
@ The Single Librarian

October 16th: Guest Post
@ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 18th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway
@ Sik Book Reviews

October 20th: Book Excerpt
@ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

October 22nd: Review and Interview
@ Literature Labyrinth

October 23rd: Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway
@ Fighting Monkey Press

October 25th: Book Review
@ Forever Book Lover

October 26th: Author Interview
@ Bookaholic Ramblingq

October 28th: Book Review
@ Bookaholic 29

October 29th: Book Review
@ I’m an Eclectic Reader

Intimate Strangers

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Title: Intimate Strangers
Author: Anne M. Strick
Genre: Contemporary Romance

This wonderful book is the first to focus on one aspect of man’s inhumanity to child that has crossed my path many times: that confusing world of adoptions. Anne M. Strick artfully sets up parallel adoption scenarios that immerse the readers in the very heart of the characters – birth parents, adoptive parents, and most importantly, the hearts of children themselves. With this book, she gives us the impetus to legally, practically and morally move to fulfill for our children the promise of the Pledge of Allegiance – “With Liberty and Justice for All!” Heart-catching, suspense, hot tears and hot sex.

Author Bio

Anne M.Strick has spent over twenty years in the movie industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as a Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch, Sting and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others. She has published theater reviews, articles in Parents Magazine , Frontier and The Nation, and six books: two novels, two self-help books, one memoir (a best-seller in Italy); and a non-fiction, scholarly critique of our adversary trial system. (”remarkable”) . Born in Philadelphia, and educated at Bennington College and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles.

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Book Review: Deliver Us by Santino Reynolds and Giveaway

deliveruscoverTitle: Deliver Us
Author: Santino Reynolds
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Senzuri Books
Publication Date: October 2012
Author Website | Goodreads
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions.

“I caused this, because I’m too afraid of…him.”

“I caused this, because I sat back and let life pass me by.”

“I caused this, because I let my anger and beliefs get the best of me.”

Three strangers share with you, the events that took place ten months ago that changed their lives forever.

Javier escapes his abusive relationship with Rick. But can he trust his traveling companion as they head to Arkansas for safety?

Ryan dreams of the world outside of Arkansas; his only way out is college. Meanwhile, Ryan’s friend returns for the summer with a shocking gift. Can Ryan stop dreaming and focus on the nightmare brewing around him?

Shawn is a family man whose hate becomes all too consuming. He pays the price for his hatred, but how much will revenge cost him?

Listen to three stories unfold and collide as Javier, Ryan, and Shawn share their thoughts, a twist you’ll never forget, and their fate.

Deliver Us is Santino Reynold’s debut novel. Fall seems like the perfect season for suspense novels, and Deliver Us is a great addition to the genre. It’s a quick read, but an intriguing one, as it combines three different storylines into a novel of despair, honesty, cruelty and love.

We start with hearing the start of the story from three different individuals. Ryan lives in Arkansas and works in the repair shop of his best friend’s brother, Jake. Ryan mainly works there to save money for college, where he wants to join his best friend Tom next year. Ryan may be ambitious when it comes to going to college, his ambitions toward the rest of his life, and the other departments like friendship and love, are low. He hasn’t heard from Tom in about a year, but he’s still eager to hear from him regardless. When Jake tells him Tom will come home, they both decide to hold a party for Tom at his Mom’s trailer. For some reason, they even invite prostitues. I had no idea it was still in fashion to invite prostitues to these kind of small, private events, but heck, what do I know.

The next person we meet is Shawn. He’s old-fashioned, religious and devoted to his soon-to-be family with his pregnant girlfriend, Diane. He works in a diner along with his little brother. I had trouble grasping Shawn’s personality. It seems like he’s a bit all over the place – not in a good way, but it’s interesting to read how the author portrayed this. There’s nothing wrong with the characterization – I think the author wanted Shawn’s personality to be like that on purpose. He’s a confusing character, with a lot of conflicting emotions. I didn’t like him from the start, because I had a faint sense of what was going to happen. I also didn’t like how he was so stuck in his own world to fail to notice the evolving world around him. Unfortunately, lots of people are like that.

Then there’s Javier. He’s from Spanish descent, and stuck in an abusive relationship with a man he’s been dating since senior year of high school. When Javier tries to escape from Rick’s clutches along with his best friend Claire, they end up in the middle of nowhere after Claire managed to trash their car. The nearest repair shop happens to be the one where Jake and Ryan work, and that’s when the character’s storylines become combined.

There were a lot of things I liked about this book, and some things I wasn’t so fond of. I didn’t understand the purpose of the prostitues in neither of the chapters they were introduced with, and honestly I thought they didn’t make me like the characters more or less either. For Tom’s party in the beginning, it would’ve made more sense to me had they just went to the strip club than invite the prostitues to their own home, seeing as how the Mom was there as well. I don’t know, I just thought it was awkward. What I wasn’t so fond of either, was the way gay relationships were treated at times. Being gay plays a large part in the book, but when gay characters suddenly start acting straight, you’ve lost me. I’ve met several gay people in my life, and none of them magically started acting straight simply because they were kissed by someone of the other sex, or something along those lines. I’m not saying it would never happen, but here, it happened a bit too conveniently for my liking.

What I did enjoy, was the three storylines ending up together in one big climax. I also liked how the author touched upon the subject of being gay, and how it’s still a taboo in a lot of communities, even anno 2012. Personally, I think that’s a shame. Gay people are people. We shouldn’t threat them any differently. I have friends who are gay, and quite frankly, I don’t care one bit about whether they’re gay or straight. It’s a shame some people still can’t get over ancient prejudices, like some of the characters in this book. Another element I enjoyed was the characterization. Even though it wasn’t made clear at the beginning of each chapter (which, admittingly, would’ve been easier) I could figure out who was doing the talking simply by how things were said. The main characters were well-developed, dimensional characters, and very different from each other.

I have to admit I liked Claire the most. There was something about her, her innocence and courage, her never-failing strength, that made me like her instantly. The character I disliked the most was Shawn. I didn’t understand his viewpoints, and didn’t want to either.

Deliver Us is a strong novel. It combines intriguing characters with a suspenseful plot. The pace is never too fast or too slow. This book makes for a great read during those stormy October nights, when you’re in the mood for a lot of suspense and a story that keeps you guessing until the end.

Giveaway

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Starter Day Party "Your Magnetic Mind" Book Tour

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Today we’re hosting the starter day party for “Your Magnetic Mind”!

Tour Schedule

September 26th: Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading

September 28th: Book Excerpt Post
@ Forever Book Lover

September 30th: Author Interview
@ Majanka’s Blog

October 1st: Release Day Party

October 2nd: Book Excerpt Post
@ Bookaholic Ramblings

October 4th: Guest Post and Review
@ Blooding Reviews

October 6th: Author Interview
@ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

October 8th: Book Excerpt Post
@ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 10th: Book Review and Giveaway
@ I Heart Reading

October 12th: Guest Post
@ The Single Librarian

October 14th: Author Interview
@ Forever Book Lover

October 16th: Book Review and Giveaway
@ Cassiy Crimson’s Blog

October 18th: Guest Post
@ Bookaholic Ramblings

October 20th: Book Excerpt Post
@ The Book Daily

October 22nd: Guest Post and Giveaway
@ Sik Book Reviews

October 24th: Review
@ Sik Book Reviews

October 26th: Book Review and Giveaway
@ Bookaholic Ramblings

Book Cover and Synopsis

16041220Title: Your Magnetic Mind
Author: Aan D. Frazier
Genre: Non-Fiction

Have you heard about the Law of Attraction but aren’t sure how it works?
Would you like to be more committed and effective in reaching your goals?
Does visualization interest you but you don’t know how to practice it?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you. In Your Magnetic Mind, author Aan D. Frazier explores goal setting, visualization, and Law of Attraction, explaining them in a way only a schoolteacher can: simply.

With true-life illustrations and plenty of examples, the book guides readers through the process of taking charge of their life by taking charge of their mind. In these pages, you will learn:

  • How to visualize effectively
  • How to delete self-sabotaging attitudes
  • Why visualizing alone won’t deliver your dream
  • Tools for successfully achieving any goal

AAN D. FRAZIER is a second-grade schoolteacher and mother of four. As such, she has lots of practice explaining complex subjects in simple terms anyone can understand. She is a contributing author to the best-selling book series Adventures in Manifesting and maintains a blog and YouTube channel on the Law of Attraction. Her enthusiasm for human beings’ magnetic mental power is based on her experience observing the Law of Attraction at work in her own life.

Book Excerpt

Hello, and welcome. Learning about the Law of Attraction has been a joyful, life-transforming experience for hundreds of thousands of people. It has broken shackles of impossibility and shone light in places where shadows once loomed. It is with this awesome knowledge and a teaching heart that I write this book, so you will not have to sort through the complicated and confusing material that has sometimes been written on the subject.

You will discover that the Law of Attraction is not something you can pocket or even extract from reading. The Law of Attraction serves as the architectural system for how our thoughts interface with our universe. You are already immersed in the law’s invisible workings. You use it daily, even if unconsciously. The Law of Gravity works whether or not we understand it. It even operates when we are unaware of it. But once we recognize and understand the law, we can use it to our advantage, adapting our movements in a way that maximizes gravity’s value. Thus were born the airplane, the skyscraper, and the smooth moves of the gymnast.

In a similar way, having a thorough awareness of the Law of Attraction inspires us to utilize it intentionally and consciously, making it work in our favor. Application of this law is a key ingredient in successfully reaching any goal. It allows us to create amazing things and fulfill our potential beyond imagination. Within the pages of this book, you will discover just how valuable the Law of Attraction is in making dreams come true, and just how powerful you truly are.

Author Bio

Aan D. Frazier is a Vietnamese American and survivor of the Vietnam War. Her blessed roots, surviving a boat ride to freedom at the age of one, have always motivated Aan to seek ways to make a difference in other people’s lives. Growing up in San Jose, California, her decision to go into teaching was an easy one, fueled by her appreciation for public education and the amazing teachers she encountered during her childhood.

Aan’s discovery of the Law of Attraction caused her to view her life in a positive new light and she started living her life as in intentional creator. This powerful knowledge has dramatically changed her perception of the world and the possibilities within it.

With the lingering words of a fifth-grade teacher who wrote in her yearbook “Please send me a copy of your first book,” combined with her Law of Attraction passion, she is now achieving a lifelong dream of becoming a published author. Aan intends for her book to inspire people of many ages across the globe.

Links

Personal Website | Blog | Pre-Order/Sales | Table of Contents + First Chapter Excerpt | Facebook | Twitter

Release Day Party Peace

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Today is the release day party for Peace, a contemporary fiction novel by author A.D. Koboah! Come celebrate with us as we’re hosting the book blurb and a giveaway!

Peace

Peace-eBook-CoverTitle: Peace
Author: A.D. Koboah
Genre: Contemporary Urban Fiction
Publisher: Twenty-Four Publishing
Publication Date: September 24th, 2012

Peace Osei is young, beautiful – and addicted to heroin; the only thing that can keep painful past memories at bay. But when a face from her past re-enters her life demanding answers to questions she is not ready to face, it threatens to send Peace swimming deeper into self-destructive waters. Having spent so long drifting away from the real world, can Peace find the strength to face the past and banish her demons?

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Author Bio

A.D. Koboah was born in London and completed an English Literature degree in 2000. Peace is her second novel. Her first novel, Dark Genesis, is a Paranormal Romance that was inspired by the concept of dehumanisation. She is currently working on a screenplay and will begin the sequel to Dark Genesis shortly.

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Starter Day Party Deliver Us

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We’re hosting the starter day party for Deliver Us today, a suspense novel written by author Santino Reynolds.

Tour Schedule

September 20th: Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading

September 21st: Guest Post and Giveaway
@ Sik Book Reviews

September 22nd: Book Excerpt
@ Bossy Book Babes

September 24th: Author Interview
@ Frankie Blooding

September 26th: Book Excerpt
@ Fallen Angel Reviews

September 28th: Book Review and Giveaway
@ I Heart Reading

September 29th: Book Excerpt
@ Of The Underworld

September 30th: Book Excerpt
@ Mom, Dad, 2 Kids and 8 Dogs

October 1st: Guest Post and Giveaway
@ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

October 3rd: Author Interview
@ Majanka’s Blog

October 5th: Book Excerpt
@ Book Page Numbers

October 7th: Book Review and Giveaway
@ Bookaholic Ramblings

October 9th: Book Excerpt
@ Hollow Readers

October 11th: Guest Post
@ I Heart Reading

October 13th: Book Review and Giveaway
@ I’m an eclectic reader

October 15th: Guest Post
@ Crossroads Reviews

October 17th: Book Excerpt
@ Crazy Chapters

October 19th: Guest Post
@ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

About Deliver Us

deliveruscoverTitle: Deliver Us
Author: Santino Reynolds
Genre: Suspense, Thriller

“I caused this, because I’m too afraid of…him.”

“I caused this, because I sat back and let life pass me by.”

“I caused this, because I let my anger and beliefs get the best of me.”

Three strangers share with you, the events that took place ten months ago that changed their lives forever.

Javier escapes his abusive relationship with Rick. But can he trust his traveling companion as they head to Arkansas for safety?

Ryan dreams of the world outside of Arkansas; his only way out is college. Meanwhile, Ryan’s friend returns for the summer with a shocking gift. Can Ryan stop dreaming and focus on the nightmare brewing around him?

Shawn is a family man whose hate becomes all too consuming. He pays the price for his hatred, but how much will revenge cost him?

Listen to three stories unfold and collide as Javier, Ryan, and Shawn share their thoughts, a twist you’ll never forget, and their fate.

Author Bio

Finding your passion can be quite a long journey, as proved by Santino Reynolds. The Chicago-born young adult traveled over fifteen states, living in many of them. From behind a desk to behind enemy lines, Santino’s vibrant list of accolades includes: becoming the Musclemania middle-weight bodybuilding champion, becoming an Iraq war veteran, learning sign language and so much more. But none of those titles filled Santino with the passion he has for story-telling. Santino first began writing short horror stories at the age of eight. However, his first full length novel was a romance inspired by a close relative “coming out” to him. As he continued to write, romance became more of a background and his love for horror took center stage. Even though the genres may change, Santino Reynolds never will. Remnants, hints and allusions to his earlier works are always evident in his latest books. Try to find the House Of Cards reference in Deliver Us. Santino now resides in Arizona and continues to write horror novels. His lifelong dream is a collaboration with the living legend George A. Romero.

For a list of fun facts and full biography be sure to stop by his website at www.AsWriteAsReyn.com and stalk him down on his Twitter handle @AsWriteAsReyn

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Book Review: All Doors to Hollywood and How To Open Them by Anne M. Strick

12795028Title: All Doors to Hollywood and How To Open Them
Author: Anne M. Strick
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: August 20th 2011
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This book is for anyone interested in a job in films or television, and for those movie buffs who want to know backstage secrets, and how movies are really made. It is a book of interviews with those indispensable behind-the-screen people – the electricians, grips, truck drivers, scenic artists, make-up artists, graphic designers, carpenters, construction workers, seamstresses, costumers and special effects wizards – who make movie magic actually happen. This book tells what they do, how they do it, how they got their jobs and what adventures they’ve had. It is a book for all those fans who want inside stories about their favorite actors and the films they’ve made. It is a book for all those who dream of joining the Hollywood world and have the everyday skills required to work in the industry – which, surprisingly, most of us already do. In short, this is a book for everyone.

All Doors to Hollywood and How To Open Them offers a guide into the world of Hollywood. If you’ve ever wondered who works behind the scenes on a movie or TV Series, then this book is for you. If you ever wanted to work in Hollywood but just didn’t know who to contact or what kind of jobs you could work as, this book is for you as well. If you’ve never really wondered about either, but are just generally interested in Hollywood or movies, then you should give this book a try as well.

The book is build up out of several interviews with professionals in the film industry. The author herself has experience working in the film industry, and it shows. She has an unique insider’s perspective on the world behind the scenes, and her knowledge shows through the interviews. She asks the right questions, and the answers are definitely enlightening. I often wondered, while looking through movie credits, what the heck all these different people could be doing. For me, it usually was director, camera personnel, make up artists, costume and scene designers, and actors. But there’s so much more to making a movie than just those few people!

Another thing I enjoyed thoroughly about this book was it’s light-hearted approach. With that, I mean there’s no infodumping or gigantic heaps of text. The information is provided without going into way too much detail or using complicated, Hollywood-specific terms. Even a total newbie to movies – like me – could easily follow along with what was being said. I sometimes find that non-fiction books are too technical and assume an amount of knowledge beforehand, but not with this one.

All Doors to Hollywood and How To Open Them is one of the first non-fictions books I read this year, and I definitely enjoyed it. It’s not too industry savvy, and it has a very fun, interview-like approach. If you want a book that describes all the jobs in Hollywood (or at least, a large chunk of those jobs) and that gives you insider’s tips on how to get such a job, then this book is for you. It’s not too long, and it’s a quick read. Recommended to all movie fans.

Giveaway

The author was kind enough to give away an eBook copy of All Doors to Hollywood and How To Open Them to one lucky winner on this tour stop.

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Book Review: Telesa – The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young

12964326Title: Telesa – The Covenant Keeper
Author: Lani Wendt Young
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: October 19th 2011
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Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions.

When Leila moves to her new home, all she wants is a family, a place to belong. Instead she discovers the local ancient myths of the telesa spirit women are more than just scary stories. The more she finds out about her heritage, the more sinister her new home turns out to be. Embraced by a Covenant Sisterhood of earth’s elemental guardians – what will Leila choose? Her fiery birthright as a telesa? Or will she choose the boy who offers her his heart? Daniel – stamped with the distinctive tattoo markings of a noble Pacific warrior and willing to risk everything for the chance to be with her. Can their love stand against the Covenant Keeper?
A thriller-romance with a difference. If you enjoyed Twilight, then you will be enthralled by Telesa as it blends the richness of Pacific mythology into a contemporary young adult love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.

Telesa: The Covenant Keeper is an unique book. Unique, because it doesn’t talk about vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters or mermaids. And it’s still YA Paranormal Romance. That’s enough for me to be instant-read. I’m so tired of clichés that I’d take on anything that offers an unique and original paranormal species. This book offers spirit women instead. Intrigued? Read on.

After her father’s untimely death, Leila is trying to find a place where she belongs, and finding out who she truly is. She travels to Samoa, the home land of her mother, to find out more about her heritage. She tries to start anew, with a new school, new friends and a new, hot, swoonworthy boy to drool over named Daniel. While Leila and Daniel seem like two opposite ends of a stick at first, they quickly realize that the storm brewing between them is in fact chemistry. But the longer Leila spends on the island, the more she’s troubled by secrets from the past and a fire growing inside her heart and soul. When she finds out her mother is still alive, there are questions only her mother knows the answer to. So Leila will have to find the courage to meet the mother she doesn’t know, and to deal with the new relationship slowly developing between her and Daniel.

On top of that, Leila feels a strong connection to the land – one she can’t really explain. The connection may have something to do with ancient mythology and secrets long buried in the folds of history.

I’ve never been Samoa, but the author’s descriptions are very intriguing. I would definitely like to visit there after reading this book. It’s clear from the start that the author did her research well. As I already mentioned, a major plus is the lore. It’s different in this book – unique and compelling, and very well-described. Another major plus was the main character. I think I developed some kind of girl crush on Leila. She’s amazing. She’s so…normal. She behaves in a way that’s so completely like any sane, rational human being would behave, that she had me from the start. It’s difficult to develop a character that’s just spot on, but Lani Wendt Young succeeded in this when she created Leila. She’s stubborn when needs be, emotional when expected, just the right balance of rational and emotional that I could connect with her almost right away.

Then there’s Daniel. He’s swoonworthy in more than one way. I wouldn’t mind going to school with him as well. And even if their relationship was off to a rocky start, I do like Leila and Daniel as a couple. There’s a love triangle thrown in this book as well, but it doesn’t feel redundant for once.

Telesa – The Covenant Keeper is a must-read for fans of YA Paranormal Romance. Especially because of the original paranormal element – people feeling a rare and unique connection to the earth itself – one should definitely read it. The epic couple portraying the protagonists is just a bonus.

Release Day Party Mana

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We’re celebrating the release day party for Mana, a YA Fantasy novel by author Asher Tensei today. On top of that, we’re also hosting a giveaway for 2 eBook copies of Mana!

To celebrate the release, the author is hosting a giveaway for a Kindle Fire on his blog. Go here to participate!

About Mana

Mana-Book-Cover-Remixed1Title: Mana
Author: Asher Tensei
Genre: YA Fantasy

Eurich is thrown into a seemingly ill-fated destiny. After learning of his legendary magic, he is convinced that he alone must stop an impending doom, but nothing is ever as it seems. His best friends Jason and Raine try their best to help him save the world, but help isn’t what he needs —he needs a way across the barrier.

Despite this fate thrust upon him, Eurich knows what is coming. The world is headed toward Chaos due to a weakening barrier between Earth and a world that has been hidden for millennia.

Our world is about to take a sharp turn for the worse. Extra moons are rising in the sky, and panic is at an all-time high. Worst of all, there are no explanations.

Saving the world begins with a choice —but is humanity worth him risking his own life?

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About The Author

Although Asher Tensei is relatively young, he has already traveled the world as he has been a military brat since the age of four. He has always wanted to share his creative writing, and it was in Germany that he realized people also really enjoyed reading his stories. Mana was composed shortly after and it instantly got the support of a small but enthused local readership. Few could believe that Asher had written a full length novel during his fifteen minute breaks while working at Burger King. He is very passionate about the fantasy genre and graciously gives thanks to the one series that made him realize that writing high concept YA fantasy was something he wanted to do–The Twilight Saga. He maintains, and frequently updates, his website.

Giveaway

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Book Review: Seven Point Eight (The First Chronicle #1) by Marie Harbon

12143316Title: Seven Point Eight (The First Chronicle #1)
Author: Marie Harbon
Genre: Science-Fiction, Thriller, Fantasy
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: April 6th 2012
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Review copy provided by the author in exchange for honest review.

Seven Point Eight: The most powerful number in the universe. The number that connects everything.A long time ago, our ancestors lived in a very different world from the one we inhabit today. We understood the language of the Earth, the stars, the sky people and we knew of the Number. This was a moment known as The First Time.But over time, we forgot all of this and the wisdom of the Number was lost too. We walked through life asleep, ignorant of the truth.Yet we retain a deep and hidden memory of everything that we ever were. There lies within us the hope that one day, we can re-connect with the language of the Earth, the stars, the sky people and the wisdom of the Number. The moment has arrived for The Second Time.It is time to wake up.
A physicist begins a quest to measure the soul but soon finds himself drawn into the world of the enigmatic Max Richardson, where research is sold to the military at the highest bid. However, he soon discovers another purpose when an extremely talented young psychic enters his life. He devises a project
and builds a team to stretch the frontiers of exploration, only to make a reality-shattering discovery…
The First Chronicle is the beginning of a 5 part epic which
follows the spiritual and emotional journey of five people; their quest to understand the universe and our place within it. Along the way, they address the fundamental questions we all seek answers to:
Why are we here?
What is the purpose of the universe?
Is there a God?
Quantum physics meets spirituality in a tale which begins in the 1940s, unfolds during the 1960s; an era of social and spiritual transformation and reaches its conclusion in the modern age.
It interweaves the human dramas of love, betrayal, bitterness and above all, courage in a world where everyone must face their own dark shadow.
Written in the style of a TV series, this is for those of you who love clever and intriguing story lines ‘Lost’ and ‘Fringe’ style.
This is a great read for fans of the paranormal, big
sweeping epics, metaphysics, science fiction, contemporary fantasy, alternate realities and new age/spirituality.
The 2nd edition is scheduled for release in February 2012, which will also make a great YA read for those who like some science with their paranormal. It’s available through all common outlets as an ebook and paperback.

It doesn’t happen often that one comes across a book as detailed and well-researched as Seven Point Eight. This book left me stunned. Dazed. The amount of new information I’d just absorbed kept throbbing in my head like a dull headache. This book offers a myriad of information, without getting too informational. It’s a brilliant mix of science-fiction, mystery, suspense, romance and fantasy. Fantasy and science collide, and it makes an intriguing mix. I can’t wait to read more from this author, and from this series.

What I thought was the best part about this book for me, was the use of science to explain fantasy. Take a step back in time, to the sixteenth century. If you told a sixteenth century villager that in a couple of hundred years, people would be flying through the skies, they’d probably cry out ‘witchcraft’ and condem you to the stakes. Now we have airplanes crossing vast distances. We have Curiosity going to Mars. What Marie Harbon describes in Seven Point Eight is still fiction, but that doesn’t mean that parts of it may not turn out to be true decades from now. It’s definitely a fascinating concept to think about. A professional scientist, Dr. Paul Eldridge, is hired by a rich entrepreneur named Max, who is using psychics from all over the world to help the English government in uncovering secrets from various other countries. Max’ influence changes Paul in a way that isn’t entirely good. He soon leaves behind his ultimate goal of finding the unknown, and turns to money, women and drugs. When he’s finally starting to find himself again, we get to meet another protagonist, Tahra, a young and gifted psychic who Max brought to their falicity to help them with their research.

I’m not sure which main character I liked the most. They’re all unique and different in their own way, and each one plays an important part in the story. What I didn’t like that much is that large chunks of the story are told from secondary character’s POVs. I would’ve probably liked it better had the story stuck to its original protagonists – I’d have a better way to look into their heads then. Of all protagonists, I had most trouble with Tahra. It’s not that I didn’t like her, I just couldn’t connect with her. I found her intriguing, with her mixed heritage, her studious background and her quick wit, but I didn’t like her.

The general consensus for this book is that it’s very intellectual. I love that, but some people might not. The story unfolds over several years, and most chapters mention at least one or two historical events that took place that year. That was probably my favorite part of the entire book, besides how much I learned from it. I got to watch history unfold on those very pages, and it was a great experience. There is no real action in this book though. There’s action here and there, but most battles are fought intellectually. Like I said, it may not be for everyone, but I definitely enjoyed it.

If you want something different that deals with the clash of science-fiction and fantasy, look no further. If you want something intellectual, with vibrant, new ideas and rich, compelling protagonists, look no more. Seven Point Eight is an excellent choice. Give it a try. You may end up being as blown away as I am!

Book Review: Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar #1)

13648992Title: Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar #1)
Author: Willow Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: June 14th 2012
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The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.
Savage is a paranormal romance with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up.

After reading Savage, I needed to take some time to set my thoughts straight. This isn’t an easy book. It shows the reader a rich, compelling world with intriguing, relatable characters. It shows heartbreak and courage, pain and despair, and it takes the readers on a rollercoaster of a ride from start to finish. But it’s not something you can let go of easily – I certainly couldn’t. It took me a while to make up my mind about this book, and to decide on whether I should give it a four or five star rating.

Christian, the protagonist of the story, seemingly has it all. Blessed with photographic memory, he has little or no trouble studying. He picks up one girl after the other, but can’t form any emotional connection to them. This is due to him losing his mother, and he’s scared of losing the people he loves. Christian is an intriguing character because he doesn’t always do what the reader expects him to do. What I did find a bit offsetting, was that the story was told to us from the point of view of an older Christian. This immediately takes some of the tension away – well, he’s still alive, so nothing that bad will happen to him throughout the story. After going through a near-death experience, Christian has trouble dealing with what happened. He’s never been one to believe in the supernatural, but when confronted with something science has trouble grasping, he has no choice but to hit the books and figure out what happened to him.

Christian is intrigued up to the point of obsession with the family next door. Although they’re more than a little eccentric, he quickly grows close to one of them, Aiyana. She is mysterious and open at the same time. The book is entirely told from Christian’s POV, but at times I wished we saw more of Aiyana’s POV as well. I wanted to get to know her better, but had a feeling the author kept much about her in the dark on purpose. Maybe for a later book? I wouldn’t know, but I do know that she’s an interesting person, and not at all like other heroines in paranormal romance books. I had the feeling she was a multi-dimensional character with her own goals and motivations, although I couldn’t always understand them.

The story itself is unlike anything I expected as well. At times, I had the feeling the story was too ecclectic, running from one genre to the author. When I picked up the book, knowing it was paranormal romance, I didn’t expect to read about a guy with incredible academic achievements struggling with life in a foreign country. I thought I’d stumbled into a contemporary book instead, but nothing was less true. It’s hard to match this book into one genre. At its core, it’s paranormal romance, but the book touches upon so many subjects that it’s actually a whole lot more. The lore behind what was happening to Christian was original, well-researched and well-explained. The relationship between him and Aiyana was heartbreaking and fascinating.

You will not find the typical paranormal romance plot and/or prototypes in Savage. No damsel in distress, no charming bad boy with supernatural powers. Instead, you will find an intriguing world filled with interesting characters and a story that is both moving and fast, from start to end. As a sidenote though, this is not YA. The book isn’t suitable for anyone below sixteen years of age, mainly because of some adult relationships mentioned in the book. Older teens can read it just fine though. Recommend to everyone who’s old enough, and who enjoys paranormal romance and wants to see something different.