Book Review: Saving Babe Ruth by Tom Swyers

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Author: Tom Swyers
Genre: Literary Fiction / Thriller / Sports
Purchase: Amazon

Based on a true story, Saving Babe Ruth is an award-winning novel about a family headed by David Thompson, a burned-out lawyer and Civil War buff. When he learns that the town’s youth baseball league is going to fold, David’s love for the sport and for his son, Christy, inspire him to try to save it for the boys in town. David puts his fading career on hold as he struggles to resurrect this dream while at the same time trying to salvage his marriage to his wife, Annie.

Though Christy and Annie want to see him save the league, David finds himself in way over his head; the more he passionately tries to save it, the more he ends up hurting Christy and Annie. It’s a catch-22 that leaves his family wounded and David lost, wedged between his desire to revive the league so he can live with himself, and the desire to heal his family so they can live with him.

When David starts to keep secrets from Annie to satisfy these desires, he weaves a web of deceit that further fractures the family. At the same time, the town wrestles to keep its own secrets under wraps while it almost bursts with people leading double lives. They want David and the league to fail, and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want, even if they have to go through Christy and Annie to get it.

With the help of Johnny McFadden–a newfound friend who’s addicted to baseball–David concocts a plan to defend the league and his family. The pair will have to navigate through a maze of backroom politics, corruption, scandal and crime that extends to the professional sports world. David will have to call upon all of his legal and survival skills to try and turn things around.

Saving Babe Ruth is also the inspiring story about a baseball team full of teenage outcasts struggling to believe in themselves. When the time is right, they’ll face the prospect of having to fight crazy with crazy to save baseball for themselves, their town and beyond.

The novel reveals the underbelly of youth sports that’s hurting communities nationwide today, but readers and reviewers say you don’t have to be a fan of baseball or sports to enjoy the story. Its themes, including one of community responsibility, are beginning to resonate. The story is so powerful that one of the nation’s leading professional sports agents has threatened a lawsuit over the book. The novel has even caused one town to come to a standstill to hold an emergency board meeting over it. Watch this trailer video to learn more about how Saving Babe Ruth came to life.

New York Times bestselling author Margot Livesey says Swyers “has created a man for all seasons” in David Thompson and calls Saving Babe Ruth “an absorbing and compulsively readable novel.”

Saving Babe Ruth is the winner of a number of accolades including the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Book Award for “Best First Book: Fiction.”

If you like fast-paced and humor-laced stories, don’t miss this family’s fight to stay together as it confronts a youth sports underworld loaded with captivating characters.

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In Saving Babe Ruth, David Thompson is a lawyer who tries to save the local Babe Ruth baseball program, partially because his son, Christy, plays in the team. Thompson believes the kids sohould play for the sake of the game, and to have fun, but promoters are trying to professionalize the boy’s baseball league and the parents only care about winning so that their kids can get scholarships and the likes. Thompson wants to have people play the game for the game’s sake, not for additional benefits.

The struggle is so tough it even ends up dividing Thompson’s family, and before long, he has to come up with a plan to make this right, he has to decide what he cares about the most, and how far he’s willing to go to achieve his goals. Thompson is very realistic, so much so that I could imagine him living down the street. He’s also pretty average. Despite being a lawyer, he’s quite low key, average, normal, just another neighbor who blends in everywhere. The other characters, including the villain, are all three-dimensional and realistic too, but Thompson wins the bet for most relatable character.

The book is grounded in realism, and the struggles many sports club face nowadays. Despite that, the book is far from being predictable – instead, it kept on surprising me, especially when I least expected it.

Book Review: Nightlife: Night Terrors by Matthew Quinn Martin

nightlife-night-terrors-9781476746906_lgTitle: Nightlife: Night Terrors
Author: Matthew Quinn Martin
Genre: Horror
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

“Doesn’t get any darker than this; you can actually feel the blood spatter…” –Hugo & Nebula winner James Patrick Kelly

Enter the world of Nightlife, where the streets crawl with unimaginable demons, and a monster can lurk behind every friendly face…

Matthew Quinn Martin first terrified horror fans with Nightlife, the captivating story of two unlikely monster hunters determined to save the city of New Harbor from the Night Angels—bloodthirsty creatures that feed on the forgotten. Jack Jackson and Beth Becker are among the few who can see these creatures for what they really are, but as they hunt the creatures, a mysterious organization known only as The Division is hunting them.

In the novella Hazardous Material, we get a glimpse of The Division’s origins and aims, when a young man stumbles onto a long-abandoned video arcade—which three decades ago was the site of the largest mass shooting in New York history—and unwittingly uncovers a relic of unimaginable power and mind-altering terror.

And in the never-before-released As the Worm Turns, Jack and Beth are back, along with their faithful dog, Blood. For months they’ve been keeping just one step ahead of The Division, whose enigmatic leader has been pursuing them with the single-minded obsession to capture them by any means necessary. But as Jack and Beth continue their quest to rid the world of the creatures once and for all they find themselves facing off against something even more terrifying than the Night Angels––something that could hold the key to humanity’s salvation…or its doom.

Three amazing horror stories in one chilling bundle…the only thing you won’t fear is the price!

This collection includes three books: Nightlife, Hazardous Material and As The Worm Turns. Each book is a stand-alone but together they form an interesting and enjoyable horror collection.

In Nightlife, Beth is a bartender at a local nightclub who has some boyfriend issues – he wants her to drop her job and move in with him. But Beth has little time to think about her relationship when her best friend disappears and strange things turn up in her basement. Then she encounters Jack Jackson, a vampire hunter, and finds out she has a vampire problem (called Night Angels) on her hands. These vampires are scary and deadly, and rather than drink blood, they feed on lifeforce.

It’s an interesting book, and I really liked Beth. She was a strong character. The vampires (Night Angels) are a good addition too, and although not really creeping me out, I did have some chills while reading this.

Hazardous Material focuses on Jarrod Foster, who discovered an old video game arcade and starts playing one of the games, Polybius, with disastrous consequences. This is a prequel novella to Nightlife, and as such it’s rather short, but it does a good job of setting the scene, introducing us to the characters, and wrapping up the story.

And then there is As The Worm Turns, the sequel to Nightlife. Jack and Beth leave town to start over, but unfortunately the horrors they once faced seem to have followed them to their new town.

I loved how the focus was on the horror and not on romance or the like. The action, despite the story involving paranormal creatures, seemed very realistic. The writing is solid, the characters develop and grow throughout each book, and every once of these books managed to give me the chills at least once or twice. If you like supernatural horror, I recommend you check out this series.

Feature and Follow Friday (16)

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison can Read. Each week, they ask bloggers a question they respond to in their Feature and Follow post.

I would like to be followed through Bloglovin‘.

This week’s question:

Share a random quote from a book you’re reading.

Quote: Married life wasn’t what I’d expected. Don’t get me wrong: I had no regrets about the woman I’d married. In fact, I loved her more than I’d ever imagined it was possible to love a person. The reality we lived in, though? Well, let’s just say I’d never really imagined anything like that either.

~ p. 1 from The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Book Review: Madison’s Song by Christine Amsden

MadisonsSong_medTitle: Madison’s Song

Author: Christine Amsden

Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Her voice is enchanting; his soul is black…

Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison’s nightmares are not.

Despite her fears, when Madison’s brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.

Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton’s home only to discover that he’s vanished. Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she’s not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott’s are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.

*Stand-alone companion to the Cassie Scot series

Madison’s Song is a stand-alone companion book to the Cassie Scot series, apparently a series about paranormal detective Cassie Scot. I’ve never read the series before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Madison’s Song, but overall, the book was a fun surprise.

When Madison’s brother is bitten by a werewolf, she can only turn to one man for help. But this man, Scott Lee, scares her. He appears in her worst nightmares…yet at the same time, the thought of him thrillers her too, for reasons she can’t explain. But when she summons the courage to ask Scott for help, they discover her brother has vanished. And now it’s up to Scott and Madison to find her brother and save him from demons that are all too real.

As you can probably guess, Scott is a werewolf, and about as alpha as they can get. Madison is a music teacher, and she’s quite timid, especially at first. She did grow and became stronger throughout the book. The two of them make an interesting pair, especially with Madison being afraid of him at the start of the book.

Some of the topics are a bit darker, but overall, I enjoyed this book. It was filled with action, suspense and romance, and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing.

 

Waiting on Wednesday (34)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are eagerley anticipating. These can be debut novels, sequels, eBooks,…as long as they aren’t released yet.

Click HERE to view all my ‘Waiting on Wednesday‘ posts.

I’m waiting for…

Title: The Dead House
Author: Dawn Kurtagich
Genre: Young Adult, Horror

Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.

 
This book sounds AMAZING. I  want to read it so bad!

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Reawakening

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for YA Fantasy “Reawakening (The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 3)”. The tour runs from August 24 to September 24. I’ll review the book on September 20. Stay tuned for the review, and in the mean time, visit the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

August 24th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

August 24th: Promo Post @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

August 26th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

August 28th: Author Interview and Book Excerpt @ Teatime and Books

August 28th: Promo and Giveaway @ Tome Tender

August 30th: Book Excerpt @ The Single Librarian

September 1st: Promo Post @ Indy Book Fairy

September 3rd: Book Excerpt @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

September 4th: Author Interview @ Women of Badassery

September 6th: Book Review @ PRATR

September 8th: Author Interview @ Bedazzled Reading

September 10th: Book Excerpt @ Live, Laugh & Love Books

September 12th: Book Excerpt @ Bookworm for Kids

September 13th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions

September 16th: Book Review @ Books, Books & More Books

September 18th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Literary Musings

September 20th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

September 22nd: Promo Post @ Books on Fire

September 24th: Author Interview and Book Excerpt @ SolaFide Publishing Blog

About the Book

Reawakening ebook CoverTitle: Reawakening (The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 3)

Author: Marc Johnson

Genre: YA Fantasy

To undo a mistake made a thousand years in the past, the wizard Hellsfire used his magic to bring down the Great Barrier that once divided the northern and southern lands. In doing so, he nearly brought war to his own homeland, and he afflicted the love of his life, Princess Krystal of Alexandria, with a potent and deadly curse.

Since then, Hellsfire has been working in Tyree with its Elemental Council, to rebuild its war-torn land and find a way to break Krystal’s curse. Now Krystal’s time is running out. As the princess fights for her life, Hellsfire learns that the wizard responsible for the curse—his old enemy Premier—is heading to the Burning Sands to steal the mysterious Jewel of Dakara.

If Hellsfire can capture Premier and learn the secret of the curse, he can save Krystal. But the Jewel of Dakara holds its own deadly secrets, and the hunt will take Hellsfire farther than he ever imagined, and cost him more than he bargained for.

The past is never gone nor buried…

 

Author Bio

Marc - PicardMarc Johnson has moved a lot since his parents divorced when he was two. He also can’t answer a straight question and has developed a taste for sarcastic wit over the years. Probably also for the same reason.

He hasn’t won any awards, but he does have a deep knowledge of Transformers, Star Trek, and The Twilight Zone–his top three geeky loves. He writes because he loves stories and hopes to one day have written something successful as a movie, TV show, comic, book, magazine, and play.

Marc Johnson also loves to game, whether it be video, card, or board. He loves to test his mind in the challenges they bring…until the zombie, alien, or robot apocalypse comes.

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/marcjohnson

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Hellsfire

Website: http://www.marcanthonyjohnson.com

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Surrender to the Chase

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I’m hosting the starter day party for the book tour for paranormal romance “Surrender to the Chase”. The tour runs from August 24 to August 31.

Tour Schedule

August 24th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

August 24th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

August 26th: Promo Post @ Teatime and Books

August 27th: Book Excerpt @ Paranormal Romance…And Beyond

August 28th: Book Review and Author Interview @ Diane’s Book Blog

August 30th: Promo Post @ Bleeding Heart Book Blog

August 31st: Book Review @ Books, Books & More Books

About the Book

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Author: Amanda J. Greene

Genre: Paranormal Romance

A year after the tragic death of his close friend and fellow assassin, Ethan Halstead is ready to take up his sniper rifle once more. But his first assignment is nothing he ever expected. Ethan must hunt and retrieve a beautiful, spirited, alluring werewolf.

Knowing no other way to escape an arranged marriage, Fraya flees from her pack. As she contemplates slipping across the border and heading to South America, she is captured by a dangerously seductive vampire who plans on escorting her back to her family. Even as Fraya vows to make Ethan’s mission as difficult as possible, she can’t resist the riotous desire he sparks within her.

But Ethan isn’t the only predator that peruses Fraya. A powerful rival pack’s alpha wants to make her his mate. Will Ethan be able to keep Fraya safe and return her to her pack? Or will he surrender to temptation and claim Fraya as his own?

Author Bio

2015-03-20 16.35.57Amanda J. Greene is a paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the role of a university student who also works full time. She lives in Southern California with her very supportive husband and their two dogs, a sweet cocker spaniel and a rambunctious blackmouth cur mix. Doing all the above and being a military wife is not easy, but rewarding! Of course, she accomplishes everything with a strong cup of coffee in her hand.

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Cover Reveal Party Inconceivable

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About the Book

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Title: Inconceivable

Author: Cherrie Mack

Genre: Romance / Fantasy

When Prince Charming comes looking for the woman who stole his heart at a Manhattan shoe store, he instead finds her stepsister, Allie. Allie doesn’t leave the best impression with the handsome Zach Brady, who quickly dismisses her as the maid. But an unusual fairy godmother with bulging biceps, long hair, and a cool demeanor has plans for her. Can Allie keep herself from falling for the wrong man and convince him to help her snag Zach? This duo quickly learns that sometimes if the shoe fits, the pair could be all wrong.

Author Bio

Cherrie Mack is a multi-published romance author who grew up in Flushing Queens NY, the youngest child of six. The city’s diversity gave her a great appreciation for many different cultures and lifestyles. After love finally claimed the girl from the city and dragged her to the suburban madness of Long Island, she settled into a quiet life with her new husband. Two children and one mini-van later, the family found themselves moving towards the sunny skies of Florida where they currently reside.

Cherrie is happiest sitting behind a keyboard doing the one thing she loves most—writing. However, when she isn’t writing, she is struggling to man her website, promote her books, keep up with social media and run a household. She loves to hang out with her 12 and 10 year old kids and spend time with her smart, sexy, fun loving husband. She struggles to master the art of meditation but with so many people living inside her head, demanding a story of their own, the task is daunting. She takes time to relax by playing with her best friends–Bailey and Simba.

Cherrie continues to flourish, writing contemporary erotic romance, romantic comedy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance and her latest venture into sci-fi. Her ability to cross genre’s fuels her imagination and gives her the desire to continue to push her boundaries and branch out as a writer. Although she hasn’t settled into any given sub-genre, she is confident her ability will lead her down the right path.

A member of Romance Writers of America, Cherrie is slowly spreading her wings as a romance author. Look for her books at all digital bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, ITunes, Nook, Kobo and many more.

Links

Blog: http://cherriemack.wordpress.com

Website: http://www.cherriemack.com

Author facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CherrieMack

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CherrieMack

Google email: mackcherrie@gmail.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.cherriemack.com

Book Review: The Age of Amy: Behind the Fun Zone by Bruce Edwards

behind_the_fun_zone_coverTitle: The Age of Amy: Behind the Fun Zone
Author: Bruce Edwards
Genre: YA Fiction
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Are you a Jimmiehead, or are you still using one of those old-fashioned smartphones?

Jimmies are tiny microchips, that when painlessly implanted into your brain, magically transform your eyes and ears into the ultimate hands-free device. No more fumbling with fragile phones, loose earbuds, or clumsy controllers. Watch movies without looking at a screen. Take photos through your eyes. Text with your brain waves.

Everyone wants a Jimmie—except 16-year-old Amy, who detests technology in any form. But when thousands of teenage Jimmieheads mysteriously vanish, only she can save them. Immune to Jimmie’s influence, Amy embarks on a quest to find the missing teens, ultimately revealing an ominous connection to a spooky, old amusement park that’s been dark for 50 years!

After reading and review the two previous books in this series, The Age of Amy: The Thumper Amendment and The Age of Amy: Channel ’63, I was looking forward to reading The Age of Amy: Behind the Fun Zone, especially when I read the premise.

Jimmies are tiny microchips implanted in people’s brains that transform their eyes and ears into a hands-free device, allowing them to text with a brain wave, watch movies without needing a screen, and so on. What an interesting concept for a story. I’m always amazed by Bruce Edwards’ creativity and originality. Anyway, everyone seems to want a Jimmie, except for Amy. She’s always been a little different, and she doesn’t like technology at all, so a chip in her brain? No thanks. But when thousands of teenagers disappear, all of them having had one of those brain chips – the Jimmies – implanted, Amy goes on a quest to find them. This quest leads her to an abandoned amusement park, and to a mystery she can’t wait to solve.

I loved Amy. She’s a great character – interesting, resourceful, intelligent, witty, and the more I get to know her and the more I read about her adventures, the more I like her. The secondary characters were engaging too, but it’s the plot that really made me love this book. The Jimmies are awesome. I’ve never read a book with this kind of plot before. And then the abandoned amusement park. One of my dreams is to explore an abandoned amusement park one day, and when reading about Amy’s adventures there, I felt like I was right there with her.

This series continues to explore great plots, while also making sure the characters, especially Amy, evolves in every book. An excellent read that I would recommend to all YA fans, especially if you like a mystery to solve.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for The Hippity Dippity Witch

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I’m hosting the starter day party for the book tour for children’s book “The Hippity Dippity Witch” today. The tour runs from August 22 to September 22.

Tour Schedule

August 22nd: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

August 22nd: Promo Post @ Domestic Chanteuse

August 23rd: Promo Post @ Indy Book Fairy

August 25th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

August 28th: Book Spotlight @ Teatime and Books

August 30th: Book Excerpt @ Books are Forever

September 2nd: Book Review @ Books are Love

September 4th: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

September 6th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

September 8th: Book Excerpt @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

September 10th: Promo Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

September 12th: Author Interview @ BooksChatter

September 14th: Book Review @ Cajun Book Lover

September 16th: Promo Post @ The Book Daily

September 18th: Book Review @ Laura’s Interests

September 20th: Promo Post @ 365 Days of Reading

September 22nd: Book Review @ Books, Books and More Books

About the Book

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Author: Lorraine O’Byrne

Genre: Children’s Books

Eight-year-old Jenny Connolly skips school to visit her friends in an enchanted wood. When she arrives, it’s a scene of total devastation. The creatures of the wood cower in terror. There is a cruel magic at hand here. She goes by the name of Marigold Dimple, a feisty, ten-year-old witch from Elderwood. Marigold is a witch with a vengeance, determined to have her own way and create havoc wherever she goes. When Jenny and Marigold’s paths collide, nothing will ever be the same again…

Author Bio

Lorraine O’Byrne was born in county Limerick, Ireland. Following two and a half years in Dublin on a City & Guilds course in photography, she went on to teach English in Colombia then spent a further six months in France as part of her European Studies degree. Lorraine loved writing at a very young age and felt that this was where her true passion lay. She underwent an intensive creative writing course before embarking on her first novel “The Wrath of Voodoo” (adult fiction) published in 2004 but since then has turned to writing children’s books. Her love of children’s stories comes from the active imagination she had as a child, Walt Disney Movies and the animals on her farm.

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