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February 2017

Rinaldi Triplets by M.A. Nichols

Back in November, M.A. Nichols contacted me to review one of her books, The Drogue. Nichols and I have gone back and forth and I have enjoyed working with her. In her first book, she introduced us to the Rinaldi Triplets. When she told me about her short story that would help shed some light on their mysterious history, I wanted to read it. This short story only adds to the plot set forth in her first book. I’m excited to share that the next book in her series is out today. I preordered it and I’ve added it to my TBR.

Before the chaos of the Dark Knights and the Drogue, Cassandra, Chloe, and Cait
Rinaldi were just three sisters. But when they are shown visions of dark and terrible things that have and will happen, things will never be the same.

 

 

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Didn’t Get Frazzled by David Z. Hirsch, MD

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review**

This was a fun book to read. I have to wonder if some of this is autobiographical or if the writer is sharing secrets from his fellow doctors. Even though this is a work of fiction, the author does a such a good job of making real characters and a believable plot, it feels like we are sharing stories to pass time while commuting on a train. I felt for Seth as he trudged through med school and his training while trying to balance his personal life and his own sanity. I am a die-heart fantasy lover, but this was a great break from make believe while still providing a lot of entertainment and exercise for my imagination.

Medical student Seth Levine faces escalating stress and gallows humor as he struggles with the collapse of his romantic relationships and all preconceived notions of what it means to be a doctor. It doesn’t take long before he realizes not getting frazzled is the least of his problems.
Seth encounters a student so arrogant he boasts that he’ll eat any cadaver part he can’t name, an instructor so dedicated she tests the student’s ability to perform a gynecological exam on herself, and a woman so captivating that Seth will do whatever it takes to make her laugh, including regale her with a story about a diagnostic squabble over an erection.
Didn’t Get Frazzled captures with distressing accuracy the gauntlet idealistic college grads must face to secure an MD and, against the odds, come out of it a better human being.

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Tiffany S. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Floss the Sheep Dog

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Authorpreneur by Shande Trofe

Why did you choose that book?
It relates to being an author-entrepreneur and sounded really interesting

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
That’s a tough question but I’d love to meet Sherrilyn Kenyon. She’s one of my favorite authors

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Shiftless by Aimee Easterling, Authorpreneur by Shanda Trofe, Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind, The Magic Series by Cheyenne McCray

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Silver Blood by Emma Hamm

* * I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review, I liked it so much I bought my own copy of it.**

I think it is getting harder to spin the urban fantasy trope. This author created a futuristic world with a completely new twist. Supernatural humans are actually hosts for supernatural beings who have taken over the world. Some relationships are mutual and some are adversarial. Of course, there is a governmental committee that tries to oversee everything, but as in most worlds infested with supernatural beings, there is an unknown group who REALLY controls what happens.

The characters are strong and well- rounded. The plot drives the story forward. This is one of those stories my family does not like because I tend to ignore them a little bit so I can finish it. 🙂 I wanted to keep going. I wanted to get to the end. I want to read the next book. This is a great start to this series.

Two hundred years ago, our world changed forever. Two realms combined in an explosion of magic. One morning everything was normal and the next? Every human body was host to another magical creature who had thoughts and a mind of its own. However, with power comes darkness. Someone wants to wipe this earth clean and will stop at nothing to consume it.
SHE IS NOT A HERO
Or so she thought. Wren had grown up with another voice in her head but had never considered herself magical. She doesn’t have the talents other people have. She certainly doesn’t have the abilities anyone else has. But she is charming and manages her business quite well. She deals in emotions and makes people happy. It’s a simple life, but it’s hers.
HE THINKS SHE COULD BE
Burke was a bodyguard first and always. He had been sent to collect her and deliver her in person to the most powerful creatures in their world. But the moment he steps through the broken door of her shop, his world changes forever. She’s strange. She’s uncomfortable. And she’s so damned beautiful. He is convinced she is part of a prophecy that can save their world.
But how to convince her?

 

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Occupied by Joss Sheldon

**I received an audio copy of this book in exchange for a review**

The central theme of this book is so representative of our world today. The author does a good job of showing the world of war and refugees through the struggles of his characters. As I  listened to this story, I felt the heartache the young characters faced when their world was completely turned upside down. It is always more interesting to look at life from someone else’s point of view. This book nails that. The narrator adds a believable component to the story. I think he does a great job bouncing around each of the characters and even makes the exposition interesting. My only issue with this book is the second half of the story seems a little flat compared to the first part. Had the quality of the story been consistent throughout, I would have enjoyed reading it more.

Step into a world which is both magically fictitious and shockingly real. Walk side-by-side with a refugee, native, occupier and economic migrant. And watch on as the world around you transforms from a halcyon past into a dystopian future.

Inspired by the occupations of Palestine, Kurdistan and Tibet, and by the corporate occupation of the west, ‘Occupied’ is a haunting glance into a society which is a little too familiar for comfort.

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The Hound’s Bite by E.J. Stevens

Audiobook Title: Hound’s Bite

Author: E.J. Stevens

Narrators: Melanie A. Mason and Anthony Bowling

Publisher: E.J. Stevens

Length: TBD

Genre: Paranormal

Series: Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective (#5)

Audio Release Date: March, 2017

Synopsis: Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab’s creations behind when she escaped Faerie. She thought wrong.
In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a potential slaughter of innocents. Now Ivy must gather her allies to fight a reputedly unstoppable force—The Wild Hunt.
Will the training Ivy received in her father’s court be enough to save her city, or will Harborsmouth be forced to kneel before the Lord of the Hunt? She is willing to risk her own life, but some sacrifices come at a cost worse than death. When an ally is bitten by one of The Wild Hunt’s hounds, Ivy must face the possibility that winning this battle may mean killing the one person she has come to love most.

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The only thing I get upset about is being left high and dry with no time to make up for the defaulted stop. That makes me look bad and will also make me unlikely to consider working with you again.

About the Author: E.J. Stevens

Jessica Meats is a graduate of the University of York and works in the IT industry. She draws on her experiences as a technology specialist and martial arts student to create a unique and interesting fictional community of combat experts and computer geeks.

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About the Narrator: Melanie A. Mason

Melanie A. Mason holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance and a Master of Science in Information Science with a Graduate Academic Certificate in storytelling. Her expertise is bringing characters to life, either through performance or direction.  For more than 20 years, Melanie has worked in the performance and voice over industry, including commercials, audiobooks, documentaries, film, and anime. She is currently the voice of Ivy Granger. You can also hear her as Marl in Funimation’s Fairy Tail and Mrs. Shimura in Kodocha.  Learn more about and connect with Melanie on Twitter, IMDB, and at www.MelanieMason.net.

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About the Narrator: Anthony Bowling

Anthony Bowling is an American voice actor who has provided voices for a number of English-language versions of Japanese anime films and television series. Some of his major roles include Ukyo in Samurai 7, Shiro Ashiya / Alciel in The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, Shin Fukuhara in Baka and Test, Orito in Is This a Zombie?, Aoi Torisaki in Absolute Duo, and Jun’ichirō Kagami the title character in Ultimate Otaku Teacher.  Learn more about and connect with Anthony on Twitter, IMDB, and the Anime News Network.
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The Helper

**I received a copy of this book for a review, but then I bought it because I liked it so much**

This is not like any book I have read before. There is an obvious narrator telling the whole story. The narrator is very much a part of the story and his impressions add a unique twist to the plot (no I’m not giving any spoilers). The author creates characters that pulled on my heart strings. I could not wait to get back to this book each time I had to stop for some reason. There is a lot of suspense in this story. I honestly did not know how it was going to end until the end. It’s an original story that is totally worth reading.

A tale that combines contemporary, speculative fiction with an ambiguous spirituality. The book explores relationships between lovers, friends, families, and what Powers of Good there may be.
John Sloan is a Marine Corps veteran with a life-long secret that is haunting him. He is a conduit to a healing light that draws him to people on the brink of emotional disintegration, people who are then healed and Helped by this light. His blue-collar world is shattered when he finds that his connection to this anonymous portal has vanished. He is alone, seemingly beyond aid, and in desperate need of a Helping himself.
The book tracks the intersecting lives of John and two other Helpers. His lifelong friend Dusty Hakalla is a mixed-blood Ojibwe, with a secret of his own. His power to Help is remarkable, but was once destructively misused. A career Marine, his scarred childhood and momentary abuse of power have left him jaded and bereft. Deena Morrison, also a Helper, is John’s girlfriend. Adopted as an infant, she flees John to find her birth-mother, while carrying within herself her own secret. Another character shadows their lives as narrator, Nan’b’oozoo, the trickster god of Ojibwe legend—at times sarcastic and petulant, at others insightful and humorous.
The novel travels from the gritty Lake Superior port-cities and Indian Reservations of northern Wisconsin to the Jewish neighborhoods of North Miami Beach, Florida—from Parris Island to the war zones of Kuwait and Afghanistan.

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Bailey Z. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Goosed

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
The Unforgettable Vampire Book 1

Why did you choose that book?
Because I heard great things about it.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
J.K Rowling because she’s always been an inspiration of mine.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
The Unforgettable Vampire, The Unforgettable Relationship, A Shade Of Vampire, After, and Fallen

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Books Can Save the World~Guest Post by Alecia Stone

Thank you for having me as your guest today. My name is Alecia Stone, author of the T.O.E. trilogy (YA Fantasy). I’m here to share my thoughts on the topic of books saving the world – okay, not literally saving the world but rather how they can steer the wheel in a direction that will hopefully result in a brighter future for generations to come. Before I ventured into writing novels, I didn’t really think about the true impact books had on the world. I was aware of the impact they had on people as individuals, whether it be you connecting with characters who are dealing with life experiences similar to your own or maybe you’re inspired to take action, to make a difference to a cause that’s important to you or a loved one, but the notion of how books affect the world never really penetrated my thoughts. After I wrote my trilogy, however, because of the focus of my books, that being Earth and the way in which we perceive the world, I was forced to delve deeper into the significance of books and their role in sustaining a thriving reality. Do books really have a major effect on how our reality is shaped? Do they form the consciousness of our world?

Well, absolutely. There is nothing more motivating or more informative than words. People take books more seriously than almost any other form of writing. After all, Darwin changed the way we think about the world with his book On Origin of Species, not to mention The Bible, the Qur’an, the Oxford Dictionary, to name just a few books that have paved the way for a more detailed exploration of existence, ideologies that we live by today. Could you imagine what the world would be like without these books or doctrines? I imagine you’ll find it hard to visualise a world not conditioned by the dominant philosophies of life as it is being taught today. Just try it. Think of something new. No, morphemes or portmanteaus are prohibited.

To conjure up something remotely original, you’ll have to delve into what you already know. Hence, a world without books is a world without oxygen. You can’t have one without the other. Books are a documentation of life, a timeline of the ages to condition humans towards constant progression. You can always refer to them as guidelines to interpreting reality so we can all communicate and build a world that can sustain our existence. Without books, we would always feel as though we’re floating in outer space, not having a purpose or a destination. Libraries are the earth’s Book of Life. Inside is all the knowledge of the known, and that knowledge allows us to explore the unknown. That exploration into the unknown is what we call change.

Yes, change can be a terrifying ordeal, but, as history has proven, it’s necessary for evolution. That’s not to say I believe that we evolved from apes, mind you. I’m just saying that if we wish to continue with progress (saving the world, so to speak), altering our beliefs occasionally is a necessity. Think about it. If we never embrace change, we’d still be walking around thinking the world was flat. But we’re not. Today, the world is round. Tomorrow, it could be something else. Who knows? If you do, please remember to write it down. Be a part of saving the world.

“All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it’s costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting an empowering new belief” – Anthony Robbins

Books aren’t merely written to inform and entertain. They instill order, providing a foundation for progression. There is no future in chaos. Chaos is all about the now. Saving the world is about continuity, which has been evident in previous civilisations as we’ve seen inscribed on cave walls and historical landmarks like pyramids and other ancient artifacts. The consciousness of today is the reality of yesterday. We are living by the experiences of ancient civilisations, and we need to continue this mindset for future generations. Books are the fruits of our labour that only future generations can experience. If we do not document our life experiences, then future civilisations will be left in chaos, and out of chaos comes extinction. Ask the animal kingdom. They know a thing or two about extinction.

I can definitely say that past generations have influenced me in regards to acknowledging my environment and documenting my experiences, and in vision of today’s consciousness, I have written a young adult fantasy trilogy titled Talisman Of El (T.O.E.), a series that employs both supernatural agencies and scientific theories to better understand how the world is being shaped and to adjust to inevitability. This series of books is my take on this reality, and I hope it will be useful to future generations when it comes to forming an understanding of their own reality.

Thanks for reading!

Alecia Stone

   About the Author:

Alecia Stone graduated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in television for a short period before branching out into storytelling. Alecia loves anything and everything paranormal. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music and traveling. At present, Alecia lives in England, United Kingdom with her family. You can connect with her at her website www.aleciastone.com and her book blog www.cbybookclub.blogspot.com.