Book Review: Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash

monsterlandTitle: Monsterland
Author: Michael Phillip Cash
Genre: Horror / Action
Age Group: Young Adult and Up
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville. Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

Monsterland is a theme park filled with monsters – any monster lover’s dream come through. Zombies, vampires, werewolves, you name it, and the park has them. Wyatt Baldwin, high school student, movie buff and monster fan never expected to get invited to the grand opening of Monsterland. But then luck (or destiny, depending on how you look at it) intervenes and they get to visit Monsterland on the grand opening. What could possibly go wrong?

Monsterland focuses on monsters and families, and it basically reads like Jurassic Park, but with monsters. Of course you know something will go wrong the moment Wyatt steps through those doors, but still, it’s an engaging, surprising read. Wyatt and his brother have a new stepdad, so the family dynamics are slightly troublesome. They’re trying to make it work, which is admirable. The family dynamics play an important part of the book, and help sketch the personality of our main character.

The book is filled with adventure, fast-paced escapes, and great writing. A perfect read for horror fans – I didn’t find it that scary, but it was very entertaining nonetheless.

Release Blitz Rourke

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About the Book

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Author: Marie Johnston

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Left an orphan, Grace Otto was a vampire child adopted by humans and raised in a secluded but loving environment. When she stumbles across their murders, she comes face to face with Rourke, the male who’s haunted her nightmares…because she remembers him from her birth family’s killings years ago. It’s not long before she realizes the mysterious male is not the one responsible for her parents’ demise, but their pasts are irrevocably linked, and she’ll need to leave the human world behind to find out how.
Around Grace, Rourke dares to think of a better future, one that can overwrite his traumatic history. Until she commits an act of betrayal that threatens him and their entire species. To save Grace, Rourke will need to hunt down the demons of their past.

Author Bio

img_4815Marie Johnston lives in the upper-Midwest with her husband, four kids, and an old cat. Deciding to trade in her lab coat for a laptop, she’s writing down all the tales she’s been making up in her head for years. An avid reader of paranormal romance, these are the stories hanging out and waiting to be told, between the demands of work, home, and the endless chauffeuring that comes with children.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Sailweaver’s Son

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for MG/YA fantasy “The Sailweaver’s Son”. The tour runs from September 29 to October 29.

Tour Schedule

September 29th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

September 29th: Guest Post @ SolaFide Publishing Blog

September 30th: Book Excerpt @ Jessica and Gracie’s Tree

October 2nd: Book Excerpt @ The Bookworm Lodge

October 5th: Book Excerpt @ Ms. J Mentions

October 7th: Book Review @ Adventures Through Wonderland

October 11th: Book Excerpt @ Books, Dreams, Life

October 14th: Book Excerpt @ Just Books

October 15th: Book Review @ Pop’s Blog

October 19th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

October 21st: Book Excerpt @ Paige Turner Reads

October 23rd : Character Interview @ The Book Daily

October 25th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

October 27th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 29th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

About the Book

front coverTitle: The Sailweaver’s Son

Author: Jeff Minerd

Genre: MG/YA Fantasy

The Sailweaver’s Son combines traditional fantasy with a dash of steampunk and takes young readers to a unique world—Etherium. A world where mountains rise like islands above a sea of clouds and adventurers travel the sky in sail-driven airships.

When fifteen year-old Tak rescues the survivor of an airship destroyed by one of the giant flammable gas bubbles mysteriously appearing in the sky of Etherium, the authorities react like a flock of startled grekks.

Admiral Scud accuses Tak of sabotage and treason. Tak’s father grounds him for reckless airmanship. Rumors spread that the bubbles are weapons devised by the Gublins, a race of loathsome but ingenious underground creatures. The King’s advisors call for war, hoping to win much-needed Gublin coal.

To clear his name, solve the mystery, and prevent a misguided war, Tak must do what anyone knows is suicide—visit the Gublins and find out what they’re up to. When the wizard’s adopted daughter, an oddly beautiful and irksomely intelligent girl from the Eastern kingdoms, asks Tak to help her do just that, he can’t say no.

The adventure will take Tak from the deepest underground caves to a desperate battle on Etherium’s highest mountaintop. It will force him to face his worst fears, and to grow up faster than he expected.

Author Bio

Jeff 2Jeff Minerd thought he stopped writing fiction a long time ago until the story for The Sailweaver’s Son came to him not in a dream but after a dream. He is grateful for that, and for the opportunity to explore the world of Etherium and entertain others with what he finds there.

Jeff has a son, Noah, who is also a writer and avid reader. Jeff hopes to one day place in the top ten—or maybe even top five—of Noah’s favorite authors. But the competition is pretty stiff.

In a previous lifetime, Jeff published short fiction in literary journals including The North American Review. One of his stories won the F. Scott Fitzgerald competition, judged by former NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse.

More recently, Jeff has worked as a science and medical writer for publications and organizations including the National Institutes of Health, MedPage Today, The Futurist magazine, and the Scientist magazine.

Jeff lives in Rochester, NY.

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Book Review The Color of Love

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Author: Ty Mitchell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Daisy, a struggling artist working as a bartender in Los Angeles, wants to use Mike’s connections in the art world.

Mike, not accustomed to rejection, wants to use Daisy to prove to his friends that he is man enough for the ultimate conquest.

So when Mike cozies up to Daisy, she doesn’t reject his advances. But both are surprised when ulterior motives fall by the wayside, and they find themselves entangled in feelings they never expected. Daisy must decide where her heart is leading her—and if she wants to follow.

In The Color of Love, Daisy is a struggling artist working as a bartender. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her work noticed, and cozying up to Mike, an agent with strong connections in the art work, seems like the perfect plan of action. Mike too has ulterior motives when he tries to seduce Daisy – but neither of them expected to feel something real.

Daisy and Mike are both realistic characters, but I found it easiest to connect to Daisy. I know how tough it is for artists to find the right connections and get their work noticed.

I’m glad the characters grew and changed a lot throughout the book. They needed some growing up, and some maturing, especially when it comes to romance and love. The plot was engaging, and the writing style was fluent and fast-paced.

Book Trailer Blitz The Sailweaver’s Son

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About the Book

front coverTitle: The Sailweaver’s Son

Author: Jeff Minerd

Genre: MG/YA Fantasy

The Sailweaver’s Son combines traditional fantasy with a dash of steampunk and takes young readers to a unique world—Etherium. A world where mountains rise like islands above a sea of clouds and adventurers travel the sky in sail-driven airships.

When fifteen year-old Tak rescues the survivor of an airship destroyed by one of the giant flammable gas bubbles mysteriously appearing in the sky of Etherium, the authorities react like a flock of startled grekks.

Admiral Scud accuses Tak of sabotage and treason. Tak’s father grounds him for reckless airmanship. Rumors spread that the bubbles are weapons devised by the Gublins, a race of loathsome but ingenious underground creatures. The King’s advisors call for war, hoping to win much-needed Gublin coal.

To clear his name, solve the mystery, and prevent a misguided war, Tak must do what anyone knows is suicide—visit the Gublins and find out what they’re up to. When the wizard’s adopted daughter, an oddly beautiful and irksomely intelligent girl from the Eastern kingdoms, asks Tak to help her do just that, he can’t say no.

The adventure will take Tak from the deepest underground caves to a desperate battle on Etherium’s highest mountaintop. It will force him to face his worst fears, and to grow up faster than he expected.

Author Bio

Jeff 2Jeff Minerd thought he stopped writing fiction a long time ago until the story for The Sailweaver’s Son came to him not in a dream but after a dream. He is grateful for that, and for the opportunity to explore the world of Etherium and entertain others with what he finds there.

Jeff has a son, Noah, who is also a writer and avid reader. Jeff hopes to one day place in the top ten—or maybe even top five—of Noah’s favorite authors. But the competition is pretty stiff.

In a previous lifetime, Jeff published short fiction in literary journals including The North American Review. One of his stories won the F. Scott Fitzgerald competition, judged by former NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse.

More recently, Jeff has worked as a science and medical writer for publications and organizations including the National Institutes of Health, MedPage Today, The Futurist magazine, and the Scientist magazine.

Jeff lives in Rochester, NY.

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Cover Reveal Blitz When The Jaguar Sleeps

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Title: When The Jaguar Sleeps

Author: J.A. Kalis

Genre: Adventure / Thriller

A plane crash in the Amazon jungle… 

A desperate struggle for survival …

An unexpected discovery… 

Ecuador. What was supposed to be a dream holiday turned into a nightmare for a group of foreign tourists when their plane crashed in the Amazon rain forest. Having waited in vain for a couple of days for help to arrive, the survivors of the crash decided to set off on a daring journey determined to get out of the jungle alive. But while pushing on, unaware, they entered a territory inhabited by isolated Indian tribes hostile to outsiders. A territory where probably the fabulous treasures destined for the last Inca emperor Atahualpa’s ransom, had been hidden. As it soon turned out their nightmare was just beginning. Will they ever get out of the jungle alive?

Author Bio

“Ever since a very young age I have had a passion for reading, traveling, meeting new people, learning foreign languages and experiencing new cultures. Those passions and my love of adventure inspired me to write my debut novel When The Jaguar Sleeps which I published under a pen name J.A. Kalis.
I have wanted to write a novel for as long as I could remember, but somehow I wasn’t able to get around to it.
One day an idea for a story popped into my head, where it began to linger and grow. As scenes and characters took shape in my brain, I began to write my thoughts down. A year later I completed my debut novel. From then on, I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a full-time writer.”

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Release Blitz Rogue by Tonya Coffey

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Clytie, a Valkyrie, finds herself questioning Odin’s orders when Psyche comes for a shape-shifting panther, Storm. He rescues Clytie from a giant and something inside her changes. A spark ignites, triggering an emotion Valkyries are forbidden to experience. Following her new feelings, Clytie turns her back on all she knows to be with Storm. She knows it’s only a matter of time before Odin puts a price on their heads.
Odin furious with his Valkyrie for disobeying him, and proving the Well right, accepts the War is coming and Clytie will be the goddess who dethrones him, unless her sister stops her first.
Publication date: September 27, 2016
Size: 6×9
200 pages
Trade paperback
Price: 9.99
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Book Review Destination Mexico City

3d-mexico-cityTitle: Destination Mexico City

Author: Lori Osterberg

Genre: Romance

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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

Jena Hughes has the perfect life. A highly successful career. A beautiful home. A handsome husband.

But lately, all she can do is complain. Her job keeps her on the road week after week. She never sees the inside of her house for more than a few hours at a time. And if she could just get her husband, Justin, in the same zip code for longer than a few moments…

Justin Reither is a man on a mission. With goals in mind, he’s pushed hard his entire career to make them come true. Will Jena’s questions get in his way?

A wrong turn in the airport gives Jena the opportunity to play Destination Roulette. As she leaves her cares behind for a week of reflection and discovery, will she find she’s been on the wrong path all along? The results may leave them both asking:

Is this really all there is?

A heartwarming look at chance encounters and saying yes, Lori Osterberg’s fresh, witty novel proves that some things are worth reaching for…

In Destination Mexico City, Jena Hughes has the perfect life: succesful career, beautiful home, handsome husband… except lately, she doesn’t find joy in any of it. She complains about the tiniest things, she’s unhappy about her life and job which keeps her on the road for week after week. She barely spends time with her husband.

Her husband too is a goal-getter, focused on his career, his job, and the two of them seem to be drifting apart.

Then destiny intervenes, and a wrong turn in the airport leaves Jena with the opportunity to leave her cares behind for a week, and reflect on her life, who she is, and what she wants. But in questioning that, she and Justin might start to question their relationship too…

This was a fast-paced, inspiring read about self-discovery, struggles, and love. It’s a very true to life account of how romance works, especially with people who have been together for a while.

Justin and Jena are both very intriguing characters, and their interactions were engaging. The author did a good job bringing both characters to life, and making them sound realistic.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romance novel; it offers an inspiring story and realistic characters.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Murder in the Generative Kitchen

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I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for science fiction “Murder in the Generative Kitchen”. The tour runs from September 26 to October 3. Stay tuned for my review during the tour.

Tour Schedule

September 26th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

September 27th: Book Excerpt @ Books are Forever

September 29th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Just Books

October 1st: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Silver Dagger Scriptorium

October 2nd: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

October 3rd: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

About the Book

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Author: Meg Pontecorvo

Genre: Science Fiction

With the Vacation Jury Duty system, jurors can lounge on a comfortable beach while watching the trial via virtual reality. Julio is loving the beach, as well as the views of a curvy fellow juror with a rainbow-lacquered skin modification who seems to be the exact opposite of his recent ex-girlfriend back in Chicago. Because of jury sequestration rules, they can’t talk to each other at all, or else they’ll have to pay full price for this Acapulco vacation. Still, Julio is desperate to catch her attention. But while he struts and tries to catch her eye, he also becomes fascinated by the trial at hand.

 At first it seemed a foregone conclusion that the woman on trial used a high-tech generative kitchen to feed her husband a poisonous meal, but the more evidence mounts, the more Julio starts to suspect the kitchen may have made the decision on its own.

Author Bio

A writer and artist dedicated to multiple genres, Meg Pontecorvo earned an MFA in Poetry Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and is a 2010 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Meg has published a novelette, “Grounded,” in Asimov’s, and her artwork in collage and pen has been featured in experimental video performances in the Bay Area. A native of Philadelphia, she grew up in the Midwest and now shares a small apartment with her partner and cats in San Francisco, where she cooks in a tech-free kitchen.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party On The Run

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I’m hosting the starter day parties today for two book tours. The first is for literary fiction “On The Run” by Izai Amorim. This tour runs from October 1 to November 1. Stay tuned for my review on October 8!

Tour Schedule

September 26th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

September 26th: Book Excerpt @ Stormy Night Reviewing

September 28th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

September 30th: Book Excerpt @ The Bookworm Lodge

October 2nd: Character Interview @ The Book Daily

October 4th: Book Excerpt @ Maari Loves Her Indies

October 6th: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

October 8th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

October 10th: Book Excerpt @ Silver Dagger Scriptorium

October 12th: Author Interview @ Quiet Fury Books

October 13th: Book Excerpt @ Literary Musings

October 14th: Book Review @ Coco Reads

October 16th: Book Excerpt @ La Libreria di Beppe

October 17th: Book Excerpt @ The Single Librarian

October 18th: Book Review and Author Interview @ Eats Plans Reads Books

October 19th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

October 20th: Book Excerpt @ Books, Dreams, Life

October 22nd: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

October 24th: Book Excerpt @ Just Books

October 24th: Book Excerpt @ Marlow Kelly’s Blog

October 25th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

October 26th: Book Excerpt @ Books are Forever

About the Book

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Author: Izai Amorim

Genre: Literary Fiction

New York City, early 1990s: a young, rich, and well-educated Central American man on the run from the police and Colombian drug dealers. He is accused of crimes he didn’t commit. Ready to do what it takes to survive, Pablo ironically embraces the very drug trade that threatened his life in the first place. Who is he?

What is he really capable of? The question of identity is at the heart of On The Run. More than a

contemporary story of survival, it’s a journey of self-discovery.

Pablo’s voice is funny, sometimes mean and merciless. He moves with nightmarish ease from recounting his adventures to recollecting his early life. Not always politically correct, On The Run gives you an insightful, twisted, humorous, and often disturbing view of conflicting worlds and beliefs: North and Latin America; black, brown, and white; rich and poor; rational and esoteric—and shows how they mix, match, and clash.

Author Bio

“Make me think, make me laugh, make my day!”

That’s why Izai Amorim reads and writes books. He has great interest in the interplay of media, information, and politics in a globalized world and the quest for identity and borders in a worldwide cultural melting pot.

Izai was born and raised in Brazil but spent most of his adult life abroad, briefly in the USA, mostly in

Germany. He was trained as an architect and worked many years in this profession. But his real passion is story telling. At some point in his life he decided to mix storytelling with architecture, changed professions, and became a branding consultant, something that he loves and has been doing to this day.

His first novel, The Games (2013), is a humorous but dark, even mean, political thriller. This mother of all conspiracies shows how information is processed to create and spread the stories needed to establish power structures not accountable to anyone.

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My personal site: http://www.izaiamorim.com/

Book site: http://www.izaiamorim.com/ontherun.html

Book on NetGalley: https://s2.netgalley.com/catalog/book/90218