Monday, December 3, 2012

From Where I Stand Blog Tour




Please welcome Robert Zimmermann as he makes a stop at Kayleigh's Spot during his From Where I Stand Blog Tour to talk about the his debut book of poetry.


From Where I Stand Blurb: From Robert Zimmermann comes From Where I Stand, an emotional debut poetry collection. Zimmermann explores strained parental relationships, loss of life, and the despair associated with grief. Alongside these darker themes, he delves into the small areas of life that often go unnoticed but become the hope we are searching for.


Here's his guest post followed by a poem out of his book and a video of him reading the poem.

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The Music of Poetry

Part of the beauty poetry has, is that it’s not only words on a page. Poetry is as much a musical experience, like the lyrics of a song, as it is a work of printed literature. This is something that took me a while to fully understand and appreciate, when I was earning my degree in creative writing.

I had been writing poems for years, and I had also been writing song lyrics on the side. I have no idea how great a benefit reading poetry (as well as prose) out loud was, until my poetry professor explained his views on the concept. I almost never recited my work before that. I never saw a point. Now, I’m in the habit of reciting ALL of my poetry in order to get the edits done right and for the poem to sound right.

This doesn’t have to be about the metre or rhyme of a poem. Those are the obvious musical aspects of a poem. My poetry rarely focuses on rhyme and if you asked me what metre they were in...I’d just laugh at you for assuming I knew that answer, haha. For me it’s all about finding words I stumble on when reading. The mind can more easily breeze by more difficult words when silently reading a line, than when the words are to be spoken.

Aside from my editing process, what is the point of reading out loud? It’s the experience. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a poem and not really cared about it. But then when I heard it read or read it out loud myself, I grew to appreciate it much more. From a reading, the audience can hear and feel the emotion from the words on a page, thrown at them. They can close their eyes and visualize the poem much better than if they needed to keep their eyes open to read it themselves.

Different readers will also give a different interpretation of the poem through varying the stresses on words or other variables that they are free to alter. Everyone reads a poem differently. Different parts will be held dear by different readers. This is also a reason why poetry is so powerful. Even the simplest poems, the ones that don’t have readers wishing the poet just said what he wanted already, have many interpretations.

In a way it’s similar to when musicians cover each other’s songs. One artist might do an almost spot-on cover, while a different artist will turn a classic rock ballad into a screamo shit-show. Different fans will like the newer version rather than the original, or vice-versa. It’s all about what’s more important to the reader/musician, and in turn the audience will enjoy it better or worse through them.

There is a music to poetry that can’t be fully appreciated until the words are taken from the page and uttered from the mouth. I know you don’t all enjoy poetry, but if you have some time and want to test your view on poetry....go find a poem and find a recording of it (it’s not always easy to find recordings, sorry). Read the poem a few times, then listen to the recording. Does it help you enjoy it more or less?

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"Behind The Mask"
Throughout high school, I would hide in books.
It was easier to lose the world around me,
and draw into myself, than it was
to face my problems.

While Hemingway was in Africa
hunting exotic beasts on his safaris,
I was looking through the page at my bedroom,
where I spent nights attempting to sleep.
In the kitchen, my parents would argue.
Hemingway’s gun would kill another animal;
shots would ring out late into the night.

I used the stories in books as a mask.
The outside world would see a reader,
while in reality,
I wasn’t reading. I was trying to live in the pages,
but the stories of my real world wouldn’t fade away.
There was too much that I kept inside,
and I didn’t know how to let anything out.

No one wanted to listen.
My growing life’s story
tormented me.
The torment pushed me deeper into hiding.
_____
When I was reading of Jim Morrison on stage,
facing the drummer instead of the crowd,
I saw myself as the Lizard King.
I was Jim. I was hiding my face from the world.

Eventually, we turned around slowly.
There was an audience eager to listen.

I withdrew my mask.
Instead of hiding behind a world of books,
I spoke out. I opened up.
I revealed myself.
My story stood naked, for all to hear.

*** 



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About the Author:

       
Robert has been writing poetry since the eleventh grade. His writing started as impulsive rambling, but soon became a passion. A few years later he attended SUNY Potsdam where he received a B.A. in Creative Writing.
His main focus is poetry, but at times you can find him dabbling in short fiction. Robert has also created the blog A Life Among The Pages, where he posts his writing as well as book reviews.

When he’s not reading or writing, Robert enjoys spending time with his dog, Deuc. Deuc ran out of the woods in August 2011 and that have been inseparable ever since.


Links:

Blog - http://alifeamongthepages.wordpress.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/miztrebor
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Robert.Zimmermann.Writer
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6435657-rob-zimmermann

PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon US - http://www.amazon.com/From-Where-I-Stand-ebook/dp/B00A5AVLO4
Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/From-Where-I-Stand-ebook/dp/B00A5AVLO4
Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/253778


GIVEAWAY!

Robert will be giving away 5 ebook copies (.mobi, .epub, or PDF) of From Where I Stand at the end of the tour. To enter, please leave a thoughtful comment on this post and be sure to leave an email to be contacted with if you’re a winner. One comment per person per post, feel free to comment on multiple posts for an extra entry for each. Winners will be gathered together from all the blog tour stops and then chosen randomly.

Giveaway ends December 9th at 12:01AM. Winners to be announced soon after they are selected.


Thanks Robert for stopping in! I hope you all enjoyed both his guest post and his poem. Head on over to his blog to check out the rest of the stops on his tour!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Prelude to Madness Tour and Giveaway

Please welcome Noree Cosper as she makes a stop at Kayleigh's Spot during her Prelude to Madness Blog Tour to talk about the upcoming release of her debut novel A Prescription for Delirium. I was lucky enough to get a chance to read an ARC copy of the book and I can tell you, you are going to wanna grab it the minute it is released! I'll have a review up on the blog next week. Don't forget to check out the giveaway at the end of the post for your chance to win a copy! Without further ado, here's Noree's guest post.


*****

In “A Prescription for Delirium” both demons and a devil are antognists. Here is the difference told by the demon killer queen herself, Gabby.


From the journals of Gabriella Di Luca (translated to English):

February, 1532
Padre Ricci suggests I study the origins of the infernal to better understand the enemies we face. He also says it may help overcome the sorrow of my loss. I will never forget, now will I ever forgive.  With the good padre’s approval I have been given access to the libraries of the Vatican. I have come across several differences between “demons” and “devils.” There seems to be a distinct difference between the two. I must research more to discover it. Once I know, I can determine which Allegra was a be more prepared when I face her again.


June 1533
I have studied the works of St. Thomas Aquinas as well as several other scholars. Though there is conjecture this what I was able to piece together:

When the Holy Lord created angels, he gave them free will, for how could a being truly love if they were forced to? Most of the Heavenly Host chose to follow, but others rebelled. Lead by Lucifer, the rebels tried to rise above the Holy Lord. The war between the angels began. The rebels lost and were thrown from Heaven, forsaken by the Holy lord. They were known as the Fallen. These rebels became the devils we know now. I need to find out how this happened.

November 1536
The poor padre has passed away and I have faced my first devil, with poor results. Still, the devil Ose was banished. I have continued my research and found more on what happened to the Fallen and how they became devils.

Lucifer led the Fallen though the Eclipse, the spirit world that surrounds the material one we exist in, to a place that existed opposite of Heaven. Lucifer created the first Throne, with himself as king, however, not all of the Fallen wish to continue to follow him. Six of the most powerful erected their own Thrones and fought amongst each other to be supreme. None were able to rise above the Lightbringer. So, the Thrones fell into place and Hell was created. Over time, the Fallen became corrupted, falling more into their original sin and became devils. The Thrones themselves came to symbolize those sins. Pride belonging to Lucifer, Greed to Mammon, Lust to Naamah, Envy to Belphegor, Gluttony to Beelzebub, Wrath to Azazel, and Sloth to Astaroth (or Astarte? Not sure there seems to be conjecture about the name.)

The Thrones grew in numbers in the form of demons. The origin of demons is up for debate. Some say demons were the spirits existing in the Eclipse, old gods. Others say the demons are the souls of humans fallen to sin. It is known that demons are the children of devils and they continue to grow in number.

After my encounter with Ose, I’ve come to believe that Allegra is a demon. Though what she did to me could very well make her a demon, though I don’t think it was entirely hers. I think she channeled it from her mistress in the Throne of Lust.  What this means for my curse, I’m not certain yet.  

*****

About the book

Release date: Dec 1st, 2012



Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise.  She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.

However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession. Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil's plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.

About the author


Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world.

She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly.

Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.

Noree can be found stalking people on Twitter and Facebook.

Be sure to check out her website for news on her works and tidbits of information

She also likes to ramble about things magical and supernatural on her blog Trip the Eclipse

*****

The Giveaway


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Cover Reveal - From Where I Stand

Expected Release: Nov 2012


About the Book:


From Robert Zimmermann comes From Where I Stand, an emotional debut poetry collection.  Zimmermann explores strained parental relationships, loss of life, and the despair associated with grief.  Alongside these darker themes, he delves into the small areas of life that often go unnoticed but become the hope we are searching for

Example’s of Robert’s poetry can be found in the poetry section on his blog. He also has poems published by Albany Poets..




Quotes:



"Rob writes with an incredible sense of observation and feeling made all the more poignant by his struggles. Every verse is genuine and every poem is a journey toward understanding the soul of a poet.” – Ben Ditmars, author of Night Poems

“Zimmermann has achieved something rarely seen in modern poetry. Each poem is a personal and detailed story that will strike the heart of the reader with a torrent of emotion. Zimmermann balances the dark and light beautifully and without a hint of hesitation.” – Jessica Fortunato, author of The Sin Collector Trilogy

"Rob's poetry has a very real tone to it and in some ways creates a tragic yet poetic story." – Paulina Ulrich, author of the Flightless Bird Series

"Honest, heartfelt and moving" – Amber Jerome~Norrgard, author of In The Gloaming



About the Author:

         
Robert has been writing poetry since the eleventh grade. His writing started as impulsive rambling, but soon became a passion. A few years later he attended SUNY Potsdam where he received a B.A. in Creative Writing.
His main focus is poetry, but at times you can find him dabbling in short fiction. Robert has also created the blog A Life Among The Pages, where he posts his writing as well as book reviews.

When he’s not reading or writing, Robert enjoys spending time with his dog, Deuc. Deuc ran out of the woods in August 2011 and that have been inseparable ever since.

Links:

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Treason Blog Tour Stop - Review and a Giveaway








Title: Treason (Book 2 of the Grimoire Trilogy)

Author: S.M. Boyce

Released: Oct. 27th, 2012

Print Length: 424 pages

File Size: 825 KB

Goodreads info here, visit the book's website and author's website

Disclaimer: I did receive an ARC copy from the author in order review it for the tour. This however did not influence my review in any way.


Masterfully Written! 

Awe Inspiring!



In Treason, book #2 of the Grimoire trilogy by S.M. Boyce, we once again delve into the magical world of Ourea. Everyone Kara Magari loves ends up dead, so the more she feels for Braeden the more she pushes him away, which frustrates him to no end. Braeden on the other hand believes he’s a dead man walking anyway so it doesn't matter how hard Kara pushes he intends to change her mind. Until all heck breaks loose in Ourea and both are faced with tough decisions that lead to dire consequences. Both must learn that sometimes you must embrace the bad within if you want the good to prevail in the end.

The details of the world surrounding Kara and Braeden are amazing. The pure imagination that it required on Boyce’s part is truly awe inspiring! Even though there are a lot of details and descriptions, it’s presented in a way that doesn't bog the reader down, instead it makes you turn the next page in pure wonder. I never found myself skipping ahead past some of the descriptions as I have in other novels. In fact it was almost as if I was playing a movie in my head as I read. 

The fact that Ourea can be such a dangerous and deadly place would not sway me from wanting to pay a visit there were it real. That being said, I definitely would not want to get caught up in the politics there! Boyce surely picked the perfect title for this book. There were so many twists and turns spread throughout the novel, in fact there were a couple of times I had to pick my jaw off the floor and ask myself I read that right (not because the wording is confusing or anything, but just out of shock).

Just like in Lichgates (review here) there is wit and humor sprinkled throughout which is even more enjoyable since after reading the first book I had a better understanding of the different relationship dynamics. There is a good mix of emotions in the book as well. Boyce was able to strike a balance between tension, action and emotion. I didn't think it was possible for me to like it more than the first book, but I do. This series is definitely one of my all time favorites. 

And because I loved the series so much I've decided to give two copies of the e-book away.  Two winners will be picked on Nov 11th, 2012 and each will be able to choose either Lichgates or Treason!  Enter using the Rafflecopter at the end of the post.  Also don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour, there are a couple scavenger hunts, reviews, interviews, guest posts and prizes to be won!  In addition Boyce is hosting a Grand Prize Giveaway that ends Dec 31st!



About Boyce


S.M. Boyce is a fantasy and paranormal fiction novelist who also dabbles in contemporary fiction and comedy. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries, and she updates her blog a few times each week to keep you entertained.


Connect with Boyce

Lichgates

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Treason

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Friday, November 2, 2012

November's MANs


Monthly 

Anticipated Novels (MANs)


I was thinking earlier about how many great books are about to be released in the coming months.  There are several on my list to buy as soon as they are released, and this led me to a decision to feature one or two upcoming books on the blog on the first of each month.  If there are several books I've been eagerly awaiting due to release on any particular month I might do do a second post around the 15th of that month.  Feel free to leave some comments at the end of each feature (or even your own blog posts about the subject) suggesting some of the books you all are drooling to get your hands on :)

Now on to the November's MANs: 

Book 1:



The Silvered by Tanya Huff
Release: Nov 6th, 2012

I don't remember where I originally heard about this novel but was interested in it immediately.  Thankfully it is released pretty early in the month so the wait won't be that much longer!

Here's the blurb from Goodreads

The Empire has declared war on the small, were-ruled kingdom of Aydori, capturing five women of the Mage-Pack, including the wife of the were Pack-leader. With the Pack off defending the border, it falls to Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen—she a low-level mage, he younger brother to the Pack-leader—to save them. Together the two set out on the kidnappers’ trail, racing into the heart of enemy territory. With every step the odds against them surviving and succeeding soar….




Book 2:



Christmas Tales of Terror by Chris Priestley
Release: Nov 8th, 2012

I'm a huge fan of scary stories and the thought of mixing those with the Christmas season is truly a delight for me.  I'm one of those that would love to celebrate Halloween year round!

Here's the blurb from Amazon (tried to find it on Goodreads but couldn't): 

From malevolent snowmen to Father Christmas - with a difference ... Chris Priestley is on absolute top form in these atmospheric, clever and thoroughly chilling stories. Add a new kind of thrill to the fluffiest of seasons with seven brilliantly conceived examples of why you'd better be good at Christmas time. For stories which can be enjoyed by the whole family, unwrap these perfectly formed festive tales of terror, each with a gripping yarn and genius twist.

Singing carols may never seem quite the same again ... especially after dark.

Book 3:



A Prescription for Delirium by Noree Cosper
Release: Dec 1st, 2012

This one is kind of cheating since it technically comes out in December but there's no way I could put it in next month's MANs post since it's released the same day as the post is scheduled to come out.  I was lucky enough to get a chance to read the ARC for this book and am super excited for the release day to come.  In fact I'll be hosting a stop on the Prelude to Madness Tour with an author guest post as well as a giveaway on the 21st so be sure to stop by for your chance to win!

Here's the blurb from Goodreads

Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise. She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.

However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession. Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil's plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

It's Here! Treason (Grimoire Trilogy #2) Release Day!

The day has finally arrived!  As you may remember from my October MANs post, I have anxiously been awaiting the release of Treason the second book in the Grimoire Trilogy by S.M. Boyce and today is the day :)

In celebration, Boyce is throwing a release day kickoff party via Twitter from 10am-4pm (or whenever things die down after that).  There will be great discussions, games, and even some prizes.  To join in on the fun just head over the TweetChat and use the hashtag #TreasonKickoff.








In addition to today's festivities, there is a huge blog tour going on with tons of stops featuring reviews, character and author interviews, guests posts and of course more chances to win in giveaways.  How awesome is that?  Just head on over there to check the tour schedule and be sure to enter the grand prize giveaway as well.  The tour will be stopping by Kayleigh's Spot on Nov. 4th for my review and a chance to win either the first book Lichgates if you don't already have it, or the newly released Treason.   You don't want to miss it!  See you at the party!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Avenge by Sarah M. Ross - Release Day!

Avenge is now Available!!!


Sarah M. Ross, author of Awaken and Echo of an Earth Angel, has released the highly anticipated sequel, Avenge. This must-read book is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.



Price:


$3.99 for ebook

$12.99 for Paperbacks. 

(Autographed copies available at www.sarahmross.com)






About the Book:


Six months ago, Lucy Donovan thought that being killed by a drunk driver was the worst thing that could happen to her.
She was wrong.
Now, the person she loves most has been ripped away from her, soul held hostage, and Lucy has vowed to stop at nothing to get it back.
Part of a new team with enhanced powers, Lucy and her friends begin a quest to avenge the souls that have been stolen. Enemies of the Patronus have united, however, and a spy from within the Patronus realm is feeding the enemy their every move.
When a mission goes horribly wrong, Lucy’s soul becomes compromised. It will take a strength she didn't know was within her to escape the darkness, return to the light and avenge the soul she loves.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Kidd's Kids Day 2012

I just wanted to let everyone know about a wonderful charity event, Kidd's Kids that helps send about 50 families on an all expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World each year.  The children selected to go on the trip are either terminally ill or have other special needs.  One of the great things about this trip, is it includes the family, not just a parent, but the siblings of the selected children as well.  It gives both them and the ill child memories that they can go back to time and time again when things get rough.

Every year radio personality, Kidd Kraddick hosts Kidd's Kids Day, which is today.  His radio show, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, only solicits donations one day a year to fund this once in a lifetime vacation for these kids.   During the broadcast on Kidd's Kids Day, the show features the stories of the families that were able to go on the trip in years past and how that trip has impacted their lives as well as surprising some of the families selected to go in the current year.

Here's a video recap of last year's trip:


Every year as I listen to the Kidd's Kids broadcast on my way to work I have to pull over for a few minutes as the tears start to flow.  The stories of these families are truly inspirational.  To hear of the joy this trip brings to these kids is such a wonderful feeling.  If you'd like to help by donating to Kidd's Kids, here's a video on all the different ways you can:




Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cover Reveal - A Prescription for Delirium

About the book


Release date: Dec 1st, 2012


Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise.  She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.



However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession.  Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil's plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.


About the Author




Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world.


She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly.

Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.

Noree can be found stalking people on Twitter and Facebook.

Be sure to check out her website for news on her works and tidbits of information

She also likes to ramble about things magical and supernatural on her blog Trip the Eclipse.

Monday, October 1, 2012

MANs- Monthly Anticipated Novels...


Monthly 

Anticipated Novels (MANs)


I was thinking earlier about how many great books are about to be released in the coming months.  There are several on my list to buy as soon as they are released, and this led me to a decision to feature one or two upcoming books on the blog on the first of each month.  If there are several books I've been eagerly awaiting due to release on any particular month I might do do a second post around the 15th of that month.  Feel free to leave some comments at the end of each feature (or even your own blog posts about the subject) suggesting some of the books you all are drooling to get your hands on :)

Now on to the first in the series, October's MAN: 


Treason by S.M. Boyce
Release: Oct 27th, 2012

I have been anxiously waiting for this book to come out since I read the first in the series, Lichgates back in April.  You can check out my review for that book here.  After signing on with Immortal Ink Publisihng, Boyce recently re-released the first book using new cover art, which is even more awesome than the original (and I didn't think that was possible lol). You can check out that cover on the left sidebar.

Here's the blurb from Goodreads

Ourea has always been a deadly place. The lichgates tying the hidden world to Earth keep its creatures at bay—for now.

Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.

Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.

To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.

Boyce recently posted small sample of Treason on her blog as part of the Look Challenge, and let me tell you, all that did was make me want to read it more.  I seriously can't wait until the end of the month and have already set aside a day or two to devour this book.  I promise I'll come back and leave a review on the blog!

Release Day Review - The Burning of Isobel Key


Title: The Burning of Isobel Key

Author: Jen McConnel

Released: Oct. 1, 2012

Print Length: 284 pages

File Size: 1817 KB

Goodreads info here, visit the book's website and author's website

Disclaimer: I did receive a free ARC copy of the book to review. However this did not influence my review in any way.

Here's the official trailer for the book:


Now for the review:

Wonderfully Written.  

There's Something for Everyone!


In her debut novel, The Burning of Isobel Key, Jen McConnel transports readers to the beautiful land of Scotland where she shows us the lives of two different women with so much in common, yet separated by centuries. Louisa begins to feel like a complete failure when she quits her dead-end job right before the holidays. She has no idea what she wants to do with the rest of her life, and as her mother keeps reminding her, at 27 she isn’t getting any younger. To make matters worse, her best friend Tammy seems to have her life completely together, to include an amazing job that even sends her to Scotland on business. When Lou tags along she begins a spiritual and emotional journey that will change her life forever. Isobel Key was a healer who was accused of witchcraft in the 1600s and was burned at the stake for her crimes. Can Lou solve the mystery of what really happened all those years ago and allow Isobel’s soul to finally rest in peace?

This book has a little bit of everything all rolled into one. There is mystery, romance, a touch of paranormal/occult, as well as a bit of history thrown in for good measure. I loved that it was set in Scotland because it was an angle on witch trials that I hadn’t viewed before. I love doing research on the Salem trials (as wells as other American witch hunts) and never thought to check out any of the trials in Europe, so it was a nice change for me. The folklore and stories peppered throughout the novel were a great touch as well.

I found I also related to Louisa very well. A lot of her insecurities are the same ones I’ve faced for decades. The spiritual questions she faced are those I’ve often asked myself. But above all I can definitely relate to being close to 30 and still having no idea where you are headed or what you really want for yourself. And who hasn’t had a close friend that seemed to have it all figured out, the one we held a touch of envy because they seemed so perfect? The characters are very well written and have multiple layers to them.

Overall I loved the book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick read, no matter the genre preference.

Buy here:



Monday, September 10, 2012

I Hope You'll Join Me in Writing a Story from a Prompt!

Image by Djayo
A couple weeks ago I had an idea for a short story and as I wrote the opening lines to the story I fell in love with them.  I don't know if it is the words themselves, or if it is just that there are so many stories that can be born from them.  Either way another idea quickly began to form.

I thought it would be a neat idea to share those opening words with my readers and then invite them to write a short story of their own.  I would love to read the stories you come up with.

The story can be as long or as short as you'd like, though I believe anywhere from 1-5k would work best.  There are no real rules for this, just something I thought would be a fun way to interact with my readers.  Those who would like to share the stories they come up with can email the story to me at kgrian (at) gmail (dot) com

Once I receive all the stories, I would love to feature a few of my favorites on my blog and perhaps if I get enough stories ideally I'd like to put together a free anthology to showcase them and publish it on Amazon.  Perhaps sometime around Halloween.  Of course before either of those take place, I would obtain your permission to do so.  You are free to participate without having to be included in the blog feature or anthology.

Here's the writing prompt:

They say silence is deafening.  I don't know if it is deafening, but I do know it is maddening.  At least it was for me.  By the time I died though, I prayed for that silence...

Let me know what you think about trying something like this, and of course, if you have any questions feel free to either leave a comment or send me an email.  Most of all, I hope you all have a blast with it!

When Death Calls - WIP

Synopsis


A serial killer is plaguing the city .  He first stalks his victims and torments them with obscene phone calls.  Once he grows tired of the game, he rapes and kills them, leaving behind little to no evidence.  Detective Alex Neeman and his partner David Cross must work together to find the killer before the body count raises much more.  But when Cross ends up murdered by the side of the road, Neeman is left to solve the puzzle by himself. When his ex-wife goes missing, will he be able to put the pieces together before it's too late?

Progress



Excerpt:


The man sat down in the pew next to a woman wearing entirely too much perfume.  She was fairly attractive and seemed to go overboard with trying to look good.  Her blonde hair was from a bottle, yet had the perfect highlights, her nails were neatly manicured with a deep ruby polish.  Even her small frame looked as though it was born out of the efforts of constant gym use.  She wore a tight and somewhat revealing black dress, a bit too short for what most would consider appropriate given the reason they were all gathered.  He took it all in as he pretended to look at the program.  The thrill of being here was intoxicating.

The woman popped a cough drop in her mouth and the smell of menthol mixed with her overpowering perfume, causing him to turn his head as he tried not to choke.  Yes, he would enjoy this one.  She deserved to die.  She was sitting there taunting him.  He fought the urge to grin, he knew it would put a spotlight on him if someone happened to see it. This was a place of sadness and mourning.

The man reached up and straightened his tie, more for something to do than anything else.  He had to be patient, With any luck the woman would only stay for the service and not follow the procession out to the cemetery.  He mentally crossed his fingers.  If he was wrong, it would be a long and even more frustrating day.  The funeral's of cops always lasted much longer than those of normal citizens.  The processions are what took the most time.  Damn, why hadn't he thought of that earlier?  He had seen the cop cars lined up, so long the back of the line wasn't visible from the front.  He mentally cursed to himself, wishing he something to distract him from the building urge.  Patience, he told himself. Then he had a thought. There is a guestbook in the lobby, perhaps she would sign it on the way out.  If he had a name he could look her up.  Yes, yes.  That's it!

Sapphire and Sage - WIP





Synopsis



Twin sisters, separated as toddlers, soon find out that they are the current generation in a long line of powerful witches. Their line also seems a bit cursed, death tends to follow them. Their ancestor was drowned in a lake to spare her small child from being burned at the stake. Their real parents were murdered for their power. Just before their 25th birthday they are reunited and learn the truth about their family. Shortly after discovering their heritage they become targets and must learn to control their new powers before it's too late. Will they survive being hunted to continue their bloodline or will their heritage end with them?

Progress



Excerpt: 


As she jogged up the driveway, Sage brushed her sweat soaked bangs off her forehead with the back of her hand. She glanced down at her watch and smiled; she just beat her previous record by a full two minutes. She did a little victory dance and jogged the rest of the way up the stairs, stopping when she noticed the padded manila envelope propped up against her door. The mailman wouldn't have dropped the mail off this early, it was only a few minutes past 7am. 

Sage tugged the earbuds from her iPod out of her ears and picked up the envelope, checking for a return address but the only thing written on the package was her name scrawled in some sort of calligraphy type writing. She wondered who would have placed it there and why they hadn't just mailed it to her. She shrugged and tucked it under her armpit and unlocked her front door.

As Sage stepped into the kitchen she inhaled the scent coffee and smiled. She loved the way it felt to curl up on the couch with a hot cup and just savor the quiet before getting ready for the day. Her routine jog in the morning left her mind clear and she could just relax and enjoy the coffee. Usually. This time instead her mind kept going to that envelope, almost as if it were calling out to her to open it. Curiosity got the best of her and wandered over to the counter where she had left it.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Kirkus MacGowan Wrath Giveaway!


August 28th, the day of WRATH, is almost here
Hey everyone!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  I have an awesome giveaway for you all by Kirkus MacGowan to celebrate the release of his new novel.  So without further ado, here are the details:
The day of WRATH, is almost here!
To celebrate his upcoming release on the 28th, Kirkus Macgowan is giving away 20 FREE copies of Wrath (A John Reeves Novel), follow up to his debut and Amazon Mystery bestseller, The Fall of Billy Hitchings. I’m helping him out today by giving YOU a chance to win a free eBook copy, or a $25 (£15.92 in the UK) Amazon gift card!
Wrath Contest Details
The best part? It’s so easy! Just leave a comment on this blog post. Multiple comments will not gain you extra entries. However, you may gain extra entries by commenting on other blogs participating in the Wrath giveaway.
Kirkus is giving away twenty FREE eBook copies of Wrath (A John Reeves Novel) in a format of your choice, and a $25 gift card to a random commenter. If we have a huge outpouring of support, he will increase the number of free copies accordingly.
The contest ends at midnight, August 26th, EST. This allows Kirkus time to post the winners on his blog on the 27th along with the blog they commented on. On that post, he’ll tell the winners how to contact him for their winnings.
Not sure if you want a copy of Wrath?

Cover Design by www.ethinkgraphics.com, Copyright 2012
Tom Stronach, an avid reader and book reviewer, agreed to check out an advanced reading copy of Wrath. Head on over to his blog Is It Me? to check out the review. Click here.
If you prefer to read a sample of Wrath, click here to read the first chapter on Kirkus’ blog, Diapers, Bookmarks and Pipe Dreams.
What readers are saying about Wrath
A few other readers checked out Wrath as well. Here’s what they’re saying:
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!! The only problem I have with your books is that I can’t put them down!”
Wrath will stick with you for days after you finish reading.”
In my opinion it was even better than the first one!!”
Like Criminal Minds on paper!”
Giveaway Summary
1. Leave a comment on this post! That’s all it takes to enter. If you’re not sure what to write, how about telling us what book you’re reading right now or maybe your favorite book this year.
2. Head over to Kirkus’ blog on August 27th and see if your name is on the list of winners. Diapers, Bookmarks, and Pipe Dreams.
If you’re not one of the lucky winners, you’ll still be able to grab an eBook copy for less than $5! Kirkus sends you his thanks for the support.

Hey all, it's Kayleigh again.  Keep checking back here as I'll be adding a list of the other blogs participating in the giveaway, which gives you all additional chances at winning!


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