Book Review: The Emperor’s New Clothes by Aldous Mercer

RR1ATitle: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Author: Aldous Mercer

Genre: Science Fiction, M/M Romance

Age Group: Adult (18+)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon, Smashwords

Imperial Agent Royce Ree needs to pull off the biggest heist the Universe has ever seen, or it’s bye-bye cushy government job, hello cleaning toilets in a dive-bar on Baga-V.

To succeed, he will need help from the last person he’d ever ask: his ex.

The Emperor’s New Clothes is amazing. It’s so hilarious, imaginative, and refreshingly original that I couldn’t put it down once I started reading. The main character, Royce Ree, has a sense of humor that completely matches my own.

Here’s an example from one of the first pages.

“Retrieval of what, agent?” asked the Spymaster, finally.

“Their impeccable sense of style, sir.”

“And yet…and yet what you actually brought me was their Royal Princess, intent upon marrying the Emperor.”

Royce didn’t dare shift his gaze from that perfectly neutral wall to look at the other occupant of the room.

“You also,” continued the Spymaster, “brought me half of Baldasshi’s parliament, six hundred Nova class battleships, and a menagerie of wild animals.”

“Psychic wild animals, sir,” ventured Royce.

Don’t tell me you can read that without even a hint of a smile, because I certainly can’t. Anyway, the book is filled with humoristic quirks like that, so I had a smile plastered on my face for most of my time reading. It’s also a very fast read. It was 328 pages in my .epub reader, but it went very fast. Now, back to the story.

Royce Ree is an imperial agent, who has a mission he can’t fail. Unfortunately, right at the start of it, he bumps into Les, the man he was once married to, and the last person he wanted to see. What happens next is of course, an argument, in the ventilation ducts of all places. They’re forced to work together, which means arguing more than cooperating for most of the time.

There were some minor flaws. The first was the ominipresent narrator. The book is told mostly from Royce’s POV, but every so often, the narrator jumps into Les’ mind, giving us his thoughts. Now, the omnipresent narrator (or whatever you want to call it, that’s the term my English teacher used in high school) isn’t always bad, but it’s not necessary here, and is actually a little confusing, because it doesn’t happen very often, almost like it happens without the author noticing.

Secondly, there are some typos. For example, on page 14 of my copy, right after the small introduction, there’s a sentence telling us where the characters are at (each chapter starts this way, which I don’t think is necessary either, it’s quite obvious where they are. It should only happen if we change perspective to other characters, not stick with the same ones) saying “Ventination Duct, Institute of Research and Development, Baldessh”. Which should actually be “Ventilation Duct”. Now, it’s no biggie, but the error glared at me from my screen because the words are bold and caps.

Anyway, those tiny annoyances didn’t really ruin anything. The plot was great, the characters were intriguing – I kind of want to invite Royce to every party I’m going to throw for the rest of my life, because he’s plain awesome – and the humor added an extra dimension to the story. The author is definitely very talented, and he’s crafted an imaginative, entertaining world, which I long to revisit. Please write more, and please hold on to that sense of humor.


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Book Review: Garrett’s Mulligan by Grant Reed

garrettsmulliganfrontTitle: Garrett’s Mulligan

Author: Grant Reed

Genre: Fantasy / Mystery / Humor

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

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

At thirty-one Garrett Willigins has finally earned his private investigator’s badge. Unfortunately, the bills haven’t stopped coming and building a solid reputation won’t happen overnight. Forced to take employment wherever they can, Garrett and his miniature dragon partner Merle, must dirty their hands any way possible to make a buck. Shoveling manure, chasing cats, and dock duty seem to be the order of the day.

Working off back rent for a notorious gangster isn’t the safest of jobs on a good day, but when the other workers start turning up dead, Garrett finds himself elbow deep in a mystery that could spell a quick end to his short P.I. career.

Garrett’s Mulligan is an oddball of a book. I went in, not thinking I’d really like it, but then, by some stroke of luck and a great amount of talent on the author’s side, I ended up enjoying the book after all. Garrett Willigins, our main character, has finally managed to become a private investigator. Unfortunately building a solid reputation and actually getting some clients, isn’t something that’ll happen overnight. So Garrett and his miniature dragon partner Merle, head out to do some odd jobs to rank in some cash. They end up working for a notorious gangster, which puts them right in the middle of a P.I. investigation. The other workers start turning up dead, and Garrett and Merle must do whatever they can to solve the mystery before they’re next.

Garrett was an enjoyable, likeable character. He had a great sense of humor, and Merle took care of a good deal of comic relief as well. There were some instances that things seemed to happen almost coincidental, like the two of them ending up working for a notorious gangster, but I could live with that. The plot had a great mix of humor, mystery and fantasy.

I wish the cover would look nicer though, so more people would pick it up. This cover many not be too appealing, but the book has a rich plot, splendid characters and an unique storyline. The writing was fairly decent as well, although I felt another round of proofreading wouldn’t hurt.

All in all, if you like a mix of dragons, humans, ogres, gangsters, and a murder mystery, Garrett’s Mulligan would be an excellent reading choice.

Release Day Party There Goes The Groom


We’re celebrating the release day for contemporary romance comedy “There Goes The Groom” by Jana Richards. The author is giving away an Amazon Gift Certificate to one lucky winner! Scroll down to find out how to participate.

About There Goes The Groom

theregoe_epubEight years ago Tony left Olivia at the altar. He was sure she didn’t really want to marry him. Now he’s back, and they’re forced to work together.

Coming home isn’t easy for Tony, because his father wanted him to work at a trade instead of going off to college. Their relationship is still unsteady. Even before Tony’s return, Olivia began questioning the depth of her love for her fiancé, a man she chose because he was safe and reliable. Yet the last thing she wants is a loveless, faithless marriage like the one her parents suffered through.

When Tony, who never stopped loving her, insists her fiancé is the wrong man for her, Olivia sets out to prove him wrong. But the sexual chemistry between them is still strong, and so are her feelings for him. Even so, how can she break her engagement, hurt her fiancé as she was once hurt? And how can she trust Tony not to abandon her as he did before?

If anyone does the jilting this time, she will.

Author Bio

Jana Richards pictureJana Richards has tried her hand at many writing projects over the years, from magazine articles and short stories to full-length paranormal suspense and romantic comedy.  She loves to create characters with a sense of humor, but also a serious side.  She believes there’s nothing more interesting then peeling back the layers of a character to see what makes them tick.

When not writing up a storm, working at her day job as an Office Administrator, or dealing with ever present mountains of laundry, Jana can be found on the local golf course pursuing her newest hobby.

Jana lives in Western Canada with her husband Warren, and a highly spoiled Pug/Terrier cross named Lou. You can reach her through her website at

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Jean-Guy made an elegant little bow. Tony eyed him suspiciously, wondering if he was flirting with Liv.

The handyman reached for Liv’s hand. “Bien sûr, mademoiselle. I am here to serve you.”

Damn it, he was flirting with Liv!

“That’s fine, Jean-Guy. We won’t need to bother you further. If you leave the traps with us, I’ll make sure the mice are taken care of.”  He stepped between the French Lothario handyman and Liv. Jean-Guy raised his eyebrows.

“Of course, Monsieur. While Mademoiselle Taylor’s fiancé is away, her friends need to…look after her.”

Tony stood firm. “Yes, they do. I wouldn’t like to see anyone take advantage of her.”
“No, of course not. Monsieur Stuart would not like that,” he said, with a knowing grin.

Tony curled his lips in the semblance of a smile. “We’ll take it from here, Jean-Guy. Thanks for the loan of the traps.”

“Wait a minute,” Liv said, looking from one to the other. “Jean-Guy—”

He made a little bow. “You are very welcome, Monsieur. Good luck, Mademoiselle.” He slipped out the door.

Liv folded her arms across her chest. “What the hell were you thinking? Jean-Guy is the maintenance man. He’s paid to look after disasters like this. I can’t bear to deal with mice.” She shuddered.

“You won’t have to. I’ll look after everything.”

“You never asked me if I wanted you to look after anything. You just pushed your way in.”

“Yeah, I guess I did.”

“Did it ever occur to you that maybe I don’t want you to look after me?  Maybe I don’t want you around at all.”

Tony’s temper flared. “Maybe if your fiancé was around I wouldn’t have to. It was obvious to me that Jean-Guy was flirting with you. What do you know about him anyway?”

Liv rolled her eyes. “Jean-Guy? Don’t be ridiculous.”

“Don’t be so bloody naïve!” Now he was really angry. “I can’t believe your fiancé would leave you at the mercy of men like him. What’s this I hear about Stuart staying in Moncton?”

Liv turned and walked into the living room. “He has an amazing job opportunity there. Besides, his father still isn’t well.”

Tony followed her. “Is this what you want, Liv? A long distance relationship with you and your husband thousands of miles apart?”

“Lots of couples do it,” she said, not looking at him.

He tipped up her chin, forcing her to look at him. “But is that what you want?”

For a second Tony saw a glimpse of vulnerability on her face which she quickly masked with a show of steely determination.

“I don’t have to defend my relationship with Stuart to you or anyone else. It’s none of your business.”

Tony dropped his hand from her chin. She was right. Her relationship with Stuart was none of his business. He should keep his nose out of it, no matter how big a mistake he thought she was making.


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Starter Day Party New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer

We’re happy to host the starter day party today for travel/humor book New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer.

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Feb 3rd: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

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Feb 5th: Book Review @  The Victorian Vanity

Feb 6th: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

Feb 7th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

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About New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer


Title: New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer

Authors: John and Annette Gisby

Genre: Humor / Travel

What should you do if your spouse becomes addicted to the Lord of the Rings movies and swoons at the very mention of Orlando Bloom’s name? (Thud. Quick, fetch the smelling salts.)

How about taking the advice of a strange apparition that reveals itself in a dream? An apparition that looks remarkably like the director of the movies, Peter Jackson, but not quite remarkably enough to prompt legal action.

An apparition that recommends touring New Zealand in an effort to prove that its sheep pastures aren’t really filled by frolicking Hobbits. Just sheep and the occasional zorbing local.

This is the hilarious tale of such a tour, featuring snow capped mountains and turquoise lakes, flightless birds and flying cattle, bungy jumping grannies and the carrot mafia, strange yellow eyes peering up from a road map and hotel receptionists always desperate to know win you are living.

Author Bio

john_annette_hobbitonAnnette Gisby

Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. She writes in multiple genres and styles, anything from romance to thriller or erotica to horror, even both at the same time. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre and travelling the world despite getting travel sick on most forms of transport., even a bicycle. Sometimes you might find her playing Dragon Quest or The Sims computer games or watching Japanese Anime. She lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls, cuddly toys and enough books to fill a library. It’s diminishing gradually since the advent of ebooks, but still has a long way to go.

John Gisby

John Gisby is one of those rare English writers who doesn’t live in Surrey. He lives in Hampshire, next door, but with your help in recommending this book to all your friends he may be able to afford Surrey one day. His wife and leading lady is Annette, who is the author of several novels and short stories, also contributing to the Surrey fund. When John is not writing he enjoys travel, with an ambition to visit a different country for every year of his life, buying enough music to challenge the memory of his iPod and trying to play the guitar. Anyone who listens to these attempts agrees that it is very trying. His day job is science, often working for the mining industry, so more dwarf than hobbit really. Don’t tell the elves. By the way, Hampshire is much nicer than Surrey anyway.


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Book Review: Blood and Thunder (The Grimm Chronicles #5) by Ken Brosky and Isabella Fontaine

BnT(1)Title: Blood and Thunder (The Grimm Chronicles #5)

Author: Ken Brosky and Isabella Fontaine

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairytales

Age Group: MG/YA

Rating: 4 stars

Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Upon making a surprising discovery in a Corrupted’s lair, Alice finds herself torn between her responsibilities as the hero and her desire to live a normal life. She’s been granted a unique opportunity to leave the entire world of the hero behind. But before she can make her ultimate choice, her nightmares return …

A ship is coming. And aboard that ship is one of the most terrifying Corrupted creatures Alice has faced yet. In order to face her foe, Alice will have to do without the help of her scorned friend, Br’er Rabbit.

At school, a miraculous recovery by the star of the baseball team prompts more questions, all of them bringing Alice back to that fateful encounter at the orphanage of doom. To make matters worse, a school bully has taken his terrorizing too far, a friend is in trouble, and the mysterious ship in Alice’s nightmare holds a terrible secret …

Blood and Thunder is the fifth installment in The Grimm Chronicles by authors Ken Brosky and Isabella Fontaine. I didn’t read the previous parts – although I fully intend to, after reading this one – and I had a bit of a tough time understanding the story because of that. But here’s what I gathered.

Hundreds of years ago, the Grimm brothers unleashed fairytale characters upon the world. For a while, everything went great, until the characters began to get Corrupted. Since they didn’t belong in our world, they slowly turned evil, and by then, the brothers Grimm couldn’t destroy them anymore. It was time for a hero to come and save the day. Every generation, a hero would be chosen to fight against the Corrupted. And this generation, the hero title belongs to Alice, a teenage girl who has more than enough on her mind already.

Sounds awesome so far, right? I mean, with that in mind, I can’t help but wanting to read the book. Isn’t that one of the best plots you’ve ever come across?

In Blood and Thunder, Alice is already full-on fighting the Corrupted, but this time around, she gets the chance to say goodbye to her status of hero and go back to being a regular school girl. Since she dropped off the social ladder from popular to zero, it’s a tough choice to make. There are some very typical high-school dynamics in this book that promptly made me feel like I was back in high school myself. While Alice tumbles down the social ladder, her best friend is busy on her rise to the top, distancing them, and making them question their own friendship.

What I liked the most about Alice is her intelligence. She’s clever enough to find her way out of tough situations by using her brain, and that’s something I greatly admire in a protagonist. No over the top powers, but a good brain and a fiesty, sassy personality. I also loved the appearance of the other fairytale characters. This installment focuses a lot on Moby Dick, which isn’t necessarily my favorite story ever. I only read it once, and was glad when I was done. But here, the events take a new, much more interesting twist, and instead of annoying, I found the references to Moby Dick hilarious and I kept trying to figure them out.

The read was short, but hilarious. I laughed out loud sometimes. The fairytale characters are dark – well, since they’re Corrupted, that makes sense – and I enjoyed this ‘dark’ interpretations, that probably resembles the original fairytales a lot more, and not the fluff versions we’ve been telling children for years. And I like that, I like that they’re dark, but that there is still room for some jokes and hilarity in the book.

This was certainly a thrilling read, and I’m looking forward to diving into the other books in the series once I have a bit more spare time on my hands. Highly recommended to everyone who enjoys fairytale adaptations, interesting heroines, and references to other books.

Release Day Party Sunstruck


Today I’m hosting a release day party for Sunstruck, a parody/satire by author Mayra Calvani.

About Sunstruck

Sunstruck_medA fun, quirky, beach summer read by Twilight Times Books!

Daniella is an architecture student living with her narcissistic artist boyfriend in San Juan. Abandoned by her father at an early age, Daniella always falls for the ‘wrong’ type of man. Her most enduring male relationship so far has been with her cat.

Several strange mysteries are threaded through Daniella’s everyday life: her ex-husband, Ismael, has just opened an outlandish hotel for animal lovers that has her distraught; Ismael’s wife, a rich woman Daniella fondly refers to as ‘Lady Dracula’, has some gruesome ways to keep her skin looking young; Daniella’s mother is founding a revolutionary, feminist society called The Praying Mantises; the island’s national forest is being depleted of hallucinogenic mushrooms; meanwhile, young girls are disappearing and there’s a nut loose dressed as Zorro slashing the rear ends of women who wear miniskirts.

Oppressed by all these eccentric characters, Daniella feels herself falling into an abyss. Then something terrible happens, making Daniella wake from her stupor and take charge of her life.

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Review Snippets

“Dark and quirky humor coupled with quixotic characters adds to the surprising mix found in Sunstruck… I’ve never read a book remotely like it. Everything from the humorously weird to the acutely macabre can be found between these covers, and then some.” –Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book Review.

“Highly entertaining!”—Romance Junkies.

“Calvani has taken human nature and put it under a microscope–a warped and slightly cracked microscope. Proving once again that she is a master storyteller in multiple genres, “Sunstruck” by Mayra Calvani is both witty and brilliant.” — The Book Connection

“Mayra Calvani is a master of wit. The descriptions contain just the right telling detail, as when she describes Daniella’s red hair as the color you’d get if you mixed brandy, carrots, and raspberries in a blender. Calvani makes the absurd seem reasonable. I found myself nodding at death from hiccups, coffee enemas, and drugged cats. The writing is exquisite, and the narrative strangely compelling. Do yourself a favor and snap this one up.”—Margaret Fieland, reviewer

“Sunstruck is like a nutty Whodunit with a little twist. Who really is in the Zorro costume? With all the crazy characters I caught myself pointing fingers again and again. A great read that will make you forget where you are, while you giggle yourself to complete oblivion from all the silliness.” –Autumn Blues Reviews

“This book was so crazy it was fantastic. Talk about a nutty twisty book this is it and all in good fun.” –Babs Book Bistro

“…[A] funny satire that reaches into the realms of paranormal and horror as well as mystery and women’s issues.” — Anne K. Edwards, mystery author

“Salvador Dali meets Terry Gilliam…Monty Python’s Flying Circus would be proud.” — The Blue Iris Journal

About the Author

Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has penned over ten books for children and adults in genres ranging from picture books to satire to paranormal fantasy novels. She’s had over 300 articles,
short stories, interviews and reviews published in magazines such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal and Bloomsbury Review, among others. She has lived in America, Asia, the Middle East, and now lives in Brussels, Belgium.

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Book Review Witch Weigh and Giveaway

16124062Title: Witch Weigh
Author: Caroline Mickelson
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Novella
Publisher: Bon Accord Press
Publication Date: April 24th 2012
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Review copy provided by author in exchange for honest review.

Tessa Von Hellengaard is a real witch. Magical spells aside, she’s snarky and selfish, and the other witches in her silent spell coven are fed up with her. Their plan to reform Tessa involves taking away her magic, saddling her with one hundred extra pounds and sending her to a weight loss spa. For good measure they call in Liam Kennedy, a charming and sexy fairy godfather, to teach her some manners. Desperate to regain her magic and determined to shed the weight, Tessa soon realizes that protecting her heart from Liam will prove to be her greatest challenge.

Witch Weigh is a paranormal romance novella with as main character a stuck-up, bratty witch who can’t stay out of trouble. Contessa, or Tessa as people call her, has gone a step too far this time. As a way of punishment, she’s assigned a Fairy Godfather whose job it is to teach her right and wrong, compassion and friendship, and help her get rid of the anger she’s felt all these years.

Liam, Tessa’s Fairy Godfather, immediately feels attracted to the young witch. Although his methods may be a bit unconventional – like turning her familiar Jinx into a dog rather than a feline, or making her gain hundred pounds and more and joining “Fat Camp” to lose weight, he has Tessa’s best interests at heart, and that’s what counts. My only pet peeve was that, while the pace is slow, taking its time, at moments, it seems to rush over other spots. The romance between Liam and Tessa happened fairly quickly, and they felt attracted almost immediately. I’m not generally a fan of quick crushes, but in this case, it works. I liked both characters, their personalities fit well together and they made a great match.

Caroline Mickelson has created a rich fantasy world, in which witches, fairy godmothers and godfathers, leprachauns and werewolves all live together. We don’t see a lot of this world, except mentions of the Upper Hallows Council (which is, by the way, an awesome name) and other small mentions. I would’ve liked to see more of this world, the council, the other witches, etcetera. I felt like there was too much content to fit properly into a novella, and I wouldn’t have minded if this was a full-length novel. But it is what it is, and it works quite well for a novella. Like I said, a tad bit more worldbuilding and a bit more info here and there – like sometimes there were unclear jumps in time that left me confused – and I would’ve liked it even more.

If you’re a fan of paranormal romance, don’t miss out on Witch Weigh. It offers an intriguing fantasy world, a sassy and feisty main character and a gorgeous love interest. It’s a quick, but enjoyable read.


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Starter Day Party Maven Fairy Godmother


I’m hosting the starter day party for Maven Fairy Godmother by Charlotte Babb.

Tour Schedule

August 1st: Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading

August 3rd: Review and Giveaway
@ Ramblings of a Bookaholic

August 5rd: Guest Post
@ All Sorts of Books

August 7th: Author Interview
@ Suzanne van Rooyen’s Blog

August 9th: Guest Post
@ Marsha A. Moore’s Blog

August 10th: Review
@ All Sorts of Books

August 12th: Author Interview
@ Mommy Reads Too Much

August 14th: Book Excerpt
@ Literature Labyrinth

August 18th: Review
@ Books, books and more books

August 21st: Review and Excerpt
@ Whoopeeyoo

August 22nd: Review and Guest Post
@ The Solitary Bookworm

August 24th: Review and Book Excerpt
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August 27th: Book Excerpt Post
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Maven-cover-200x300Title: Maven Fairy Godmother: Through The Veil
Author: Charlotte Henley Babbs
Genre: Humorous Women’s Fiction

Broke, busted and despairing over the mess her life has turned out to be, middle-aged Maven Morrigan is offered a job as a fairy godmother, a one-time-only last chance to make something of herself and make the world a better place.

Not knowing who to trust: her boss, her slithery familiar, or her own Bump of Direction, she has to find her personal power by relying on herself, her real world failures, and her sense of the absurd, to survive in this imaginary garden with real trolls in it so that her clients get their happily ever after.

Author Bio

Charlotte Babb began writing when she could hold a piece of chalk and scribble her name–although she sometimes mistook “Chocolate” for “Charlotte” on the sign at the drug store ice cream counter.

When her third-grade teacher allowed her access to the fiction room at the school library, Charlotte discovered Louisa Alcott and Robert Heinlein, an odd marriage of the minds. These two authors have had the most influence on her desire to share her point of view with the world and to explore how the world might be made better.

In the meantime, Charlotte has fallen prey to steampunk and the gears are turning…corset, bustle and magic, oh my! She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a technical writer, gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl Friday, and telephone psychic.

She has studied the folk stories of many cultures and wonders what happened to ours. Where the stories are for people over 20 who have survived marriage, divorce, child-rearing, education, bankruptcy, and widowhood? Here.

Charlotte loves Fractured Fairy Tales and writes them for your enjoyment.

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Starter Day Party Witch Weigh


Today, I’m hosting a starter day party for Witch Weigh, a paranormal romance novella by Caroline Mickelson.

Tour Schedule

August 1st: Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading

August 2nd: Review and Book Excerpt
@ Nothing Better Than a Book

August 4th: Review
@ Whoopeeyoo

August 6th: Review and Giveaway
@ I Heart Reading

August 8th: Review and Book Excerpt
@The Solitary Bookworm

August 9th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway
@ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

August 14th: Review
@ Head Stuck in a Book

August 15th: Interview, Excerpt and Giveaway
@ Ali’s Bookshelf Reviews

Book Information

16124062Title: Witch Weigh
Author: Caroline Mickelson
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Novella

Tessa Von Hellengaard is a real witch. Magical spells aside, she’s snarky and selfish, and the other witches in her silent spell coven are fed up with her. Their plan to reform Tessa involves taking away her magic, saddling her with one hundred extra pounds and sending her to a weight loss spa. For good measure they call in Liam Kennedy, a charming and sexy fairy godfather, to teach her some manners. Desperate to regain her magic and determined to shed the weight, Tessa soon realizes that protecting her heart from Liam will prove to be her greatest challenge.

Author Bio

Caroline Mickelson loves her family and loves to write. She also loves a good adventure, among her favorites thus far were attending graduate school in a Scottish castle, riding a camel around the Pyramids in Giza, and taking a best-in-a-lifetime road trip to Graceland. Caroline lives in the American southwest with her husband and their four children, affectionately known as The Miracles.

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Book Review: Perpetuating The Species by Spencer Phelps

15704144Title: Perpetuating The Species
Author: Spencer Phelps
Genre: Humor, Fiction
Publisher: Book Baby
Publication Date: July 1st 2012
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On one hand, Mike Lynch hates kids. He can’t stand how they scream all the time, poop themselves, everything. That probably comes from his father reminding Mike throughout his childhood that he was never wanted. On the other hand, that ice of indifference surrounding Mike’s biological clock starts to thaw after his girlfriend gives birth to someone else’s child.
Mike believes everything has a reason for existing, including our naughty bits. He now has a desperate urge to fulfill his basic human duty by using those bits to procreate. He just doesn’t want to deal with the aftermath. To get around this self-imposed dilemma, Mike takes a three-day weekend trip to Indiana, finds some women who are also looking to get laid, and tries to get them pregnant. He justifies his actions by assuming the people he encounters are going to get pregnant during one-night stands anyway. At least with his being the sperm donor, their child will be born to serve a greater purpose: Mike’s.
When he returns to Indiana a year later to see if the scheme was a success, confronting the results of his actions elicits more emotions than he knew he had. Now Mike has no idea how he’ll react when he discovers his child.

Perpetuating The Species is a humorous fiction novel that talks about a journey of self-discovery. At the start of the novel, we meet our main character, Mike. Working at a tourist agency in Marion, Ohio, Mike has a pretty normal life except for one thing – his girlfriend, Sarah, is pregnant. Mike isn’t prepared to become a Dad at all. In fact, he’s confident he’d be the worst Dad ever, following his own father’s example. But still, he loves Sarah, so he wants to give this kid thing a try. Until the baby is born and it turns out Mike isn’t the Dad at all.

Wallowing over the break-up, Mike feels depressed, until his best buddy Ben comes up with a “genius” idea. What about they go on a weekend trip, and Mike tries to impregnate three women during the weekend? Instead of seeing why this is the more horrible idea ever, Mike goes along with it. The two men end up driving all the way to Marion, Indiana where over the course of a weekend, Mike sleeps with three women – beautiful Phoebe, depressed gothic girl Dana and middle-aged Trisha who lives in a trailer park. Will the experience change Mike’s view on life, or will he still be as adversed toward children as he was at the beginning?

Perpetuating The Species is a well-written, humorous account of a man scared to become a father, and terrified of being as bad at it as his own father was. The writing is fluent, and the pace is high and consistent. Most of this novel is written from Mike’s POV, and the only problem with that was…I really didn’t like Mike. Not only is he an egotistical, superficial human being who goes on the most idiotic quest I’ve ever heard of to try and do – what exactly? Procreate? Create life? Become a Dad? Figure out if he’s Dad material after all? From an outsider’s point of view, it just looks like he wants to hurt people. Alright, maybe not intentionally, but as soon as you sit down to think about it, you realize almost instantly that nothing good can come from Ben and Mike’s quest. Also, the way Mike describes women is sometimes, well, sexist. He dotes on Phoebe because she’s beautiful, but then can’t wait to get away from Dana because she’s not.

Now, I really don’t like Mike, but I doubt it was the author’s intention to make us like his main character, especially at the beginning. That’s why the main purpose of this book is Mike’s road to self-discovery, filled with some humor and hilarious situations along the way. I definitely applaud the author for taking a chance and making his character not instantly likeable. That takes a lot of courage, and it makes it that much harder to get your audience to continue reading. I had to read this from start to end though, so that definitely wasn’t a problem.

Along the way, I began to warm up to Mike. Some men will probably recognize themselves or part of themselves in Mike. I do think this book is aimed primarily at men, and since I’m a woman, I often had more trouble with understanding Mike’s sense of humor (which is often mildly degrading toward women). I loved one particular scene with Mike and Dana, when he finally shows us a bit of another side to him, a warmer, heartier side. I was a bit dissapointed to see that side disappear that quickly, but was glad when it resurfaced.

Perpetuating The Species combines humor and an interesting story, with intriguing characters, and makes for an entertaining read.