Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Forget Me Not because Here Are Freebies!

Do you love flash fiction? I totally do. So much so that when I was invited to contribute to a FREE READS flash fiction blog, there was only one answer. 

Duh!!!

So let me introduce you to the brand new...


There are some TRULY fabulous authors from all genres contributing to this blog, and you're missing out if you don't stop in. This month has been all about goals, and February is all about--you guessed it--LOVE. 

Titles from this month:

May the Smarter Villain Win (Kai Strand)
Number One (Meradeth Houston)
Step It Up (Meg Gray)
Goals Gone Asunder (Joan C. Curtis)
Miracles (Dianne Hartsock)
Goals (Mary Waibel)
Foreign Exchange (Eric Price) 
AND 
The Call (BY ME!!!)

THE CALL: A social outcast. A window to other dimensions. A summon of fate.

There's also a facebook page if you want to follow us and get updates.

Have you read any of these fabulous authors?



Now let's give away some reading joy!

Last week Cheyanne Young shared POWDERED with us, along with two lies and one truth. Those who guessed the truth correctly were entered into a random drawing for the chance to win a paperback and swag pack 

Cheyanne's game: 


1. One time Cheyanne won a $10,000 lottery scratch off ticket and promptly went on a shopping spree, charging it to her credit card. Then, she lost the ticket (and has never found it).

2. She has 50% of the kidneys that a normal person has but she makes up for it by being at least 13% cooler than the average person.

3. She and her best friend once randomly accepted a dinner invitation from a guy they didn't know at a superhero convention. He ended up being the planner of the entire event and they got to spend the entire night with three of the visiting actors who were all in the Harry Potter movies.

And the lie is:

#1. Cheyanne did not experience the UBER tragedy of losing her winning lottery ticket...although that makes for a pretty fun story, eh?

Way to guess everyone who got it right! And the winner is:

...DRUM ROLL...


Congrats Medeia! 

And now to today's feature...

Anamae is drawn into a world which shatters everything she knew to be true.

Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They're not just jewelry, they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. 

Triggering the jewelry's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device - and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One. 

She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends' lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.

Get your copy HERE.

AND for a short time only, the book is on sale for $0.99!


Stacey Nash writes adventure filled stories for Young Adults in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. She loves to read and write books that have a lot of adventure, a good dose of danger, a smattering of romance, and KISSING! Hailing from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, she loves nothing more than immersing herself in the beauty and culture of the local area. 

Author of the Collective Series; FORGET ME NOT and REMEMBER ME.

Although Stacey can't eat cheese due to allergies (I know, crocodile tears!), you will find her eating crackers and baby tomatoes as other people would eat cheese, sitting on the back porch watching the sun set.
Stacey gave me two truths and one lie to test your "lie detector" skills. Those who figure out the lie will go into my magic hat for the chance to win an eBook of FORGET ME NOT!!!

You have until Tuesday, January 27 at 1 p.m. EDT to guess. Be sure to come back for the answer on January 28.

TRUTH OR LIE

1. Stacey is somehow linked with identical twins. There's always been at least one set playing a major role in her life at any given time.

2. She was once stark naked in the DMV.

3. She has more ribs than most people, and that's what makes her a mutant (or if you prefer, meta-human). It's not her super power though. That's being able to hear her name whispered from across a crowded room.
So which is the lie? Are you a flash fiction lover? Have you read any of the LQR authors? Did you check out my SUPER AWESOME dimension travel story? (And if not, what's wrong with you? Get steppin', eh?)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Best Books of 2014

Have you ever made a reading goal?

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I went several years with young kids where I was lucky to read more than 5 books in a year, but after going back to school, my reading speed jumped. Rather than taking 3 days to finish a novel, it only took 4 to 8 hours--AND I remembered that I LOVED reading. I used to stockpile books for the summer and read for days! (Because who wouldn't do that, given the option?)

So that was it. I was going to read what I wanted, whenever I could.

The next year I burned through 30 books, and I felt great. The year after that it was more like 40, and I was super proud of myself. Then I made it through a whopping 50, and I thought, I can do better than that.

So I set a goal for 100 books. (Yes, two a week.)

I finished with two weeks to spare, and that included reviewing most of those books. It was a fabulous year of reading, and so it's with great joy I present my 2014 favorites (SUPER favorites in italics):


Romance:
Worth the Effort: Ella's Story (Kai Strand)
Sun & Moon (Lee Strauss)
Not Until Tonight (Jessica Sankiewics)
Third Daughter (Susan Quinn)
Hurricane Crimes (Chrys Fey)





Contemporary: 
Run (Jolyn Brown)
Counting to D (Kate Scott)



Fantasy (Urban too): 
Violet Storm (Anna Soliveres)
Sleeper (S.M. Johnston)
Perception (Lee Strauss)
The Labyrinth Wall (Emilyann Girdner)
Butterman (Time) Travel (P.K. Hrezo)



Middle Grade: 
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin (Liesl Shurtliff)
The Real Boy (Anne Ursu)






Historical:
The Caged Graves (Dianne Salerni)
Becoming Lady Lockwood (Jennifer Moore)








Sci-Fi: 
Ghosts of Innocence (Ian Bott)








Horror: 
Anna Dressed in Blood & Girl of Nightmares (Kendare Blake)


You can see my full 2014 list and the reviews HERE.




Do you have a reading goal?



Now let's give away some reading joy!

Last week Kitsy Clare shared PRIVATE INTERNSHIP with us, along with two lies and one truth. Those who guessed the truth correctly were entered into a random drawing for the chance to win an eBook 

Kitsy's game: 


1. She had a lively discussion with Blues musician Buddy Guy, where he talked about getting musical inspiration from listening to rain on his tin roof.
2. She hung out with Marilyn Manson at one of his after-parties and munched on black marshmallows. 
3. She met all of the 2014 top ten Idol singers and took selfies backstage after the concert. 

And the lie is:

#2. Kitsy IS going to see Marilyn this month with her son, and she would love to meet him. He’s really a very misunderstood musician—a performance artist and NOT into Satan, just into exposing hypocrisy.

(Hanging with the American Idol champs of 2014)

Way to guess everyone who got it right! And the winner is:

...DRUM ROLL...


Congrats Theresa! 

And now to today's feature...

Maci Might's sixteenth birthday is supposed to be the day she's awarded Hero status. But thanks to a tiny anger problem and a questionable family tree, King City's elders think it's best if she doesn't join the Hero ranks. Determined to change their minds, Maci will break whatever rule it takes to prove she's Hero material. As her hair darkens and her anger grows, everyone turns against her except Evan; a childhood friend turned scientist who may be able to unlock the secrets hidden in her DNA. 

When a villain attacks King City and her dad is held prisoner, Maci discovers a truth she refuses to believe. She may not be a Hero after all—but this time the Heroes of King City need her more than she needs them. And she won't let them down. 

Powered is the first in a trilogy.

Get your copy HERE.


Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her family, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat that is plotting to take over the world, one scratched up welcome mat at a time.

She's a cubicle dweller and all around sarcastic weirdo by day. But at night, Cheyanne can be found furiously typing on her computer, probably complaining on Twitter about how she should be writing. When she’s not honing her procrastination skills, she’s writing books for teenagers. She is the author of several books for teens and recently turned her love of superheroes and writing for teens into books about teenage superheroes. POWERED is her first superhero book but it won't be her last. Because POWERED is a trilogy. Duh.

You might run across her snacking on sharp cheddar while walking the street, hanging at a convention, or while grating it over a 7 layer dip.
Cheyanne gave me two truths and one lie to test your "lie detector" skills. Those who figure out the lie will go into my magic hat for the chance to win a signed paperback of POWDERED and Powered swag!!! (****USA only****)



You have until Tuesday, January 20 at 1 p.m. EDT to guess. Be sure to come back for the answer on January 21.

TRUTH OR LIE

1. One time Cheyanne won a $10,000 lottery scratch off ticket and promptly went on a shopping spree, charging it to her credit card. Then, she lost the ticket (and has never found it).

2. She has 50% of the kidneys that a normal person has but she makes up for it by being at least 13% cooler than the average person.


3. She and her best friend once randomly accepted a dinner invitation from a guy they didn't know at a superhero convention. He ended up being the planner of the entire event and they got to spend the entire night with three of the visiting actors who were all in the Harry Potter movies.
So which is the lie? Do you have a reading goal? What were your favorite reads from 2014?