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Red, White, and Blood by Christopher Farnsworth

I reviewed book two yesterday and this is book three from this series.

This has become one of those series where I could read fifty more. This was my favorite of the series. Sadly, there have been no more since 2012 when this one was published. The ending of this book left me with a “WTH” feeling. It was such a cliffhanger. I did not see it coming. What I liked the most about this book is Cade really seems to come to some kind of understanding that he is evil and always will be evil, but that is his role to play. He and only he can do do it. This was another audiobook and like with the other two Bronson Pinchot does a great job.

 

“This is not a man. In almost a hundred years, I have seen it shot, stabbed, drowned, burned, decapitated, dismembered, and buried. And in almost a hundred years, there’s only one thing that’s ever been able to kill it…Me.”

The campaign trail, 2012: A political operative of the incumbent president and a party volunteer are brutally murdered while in a compromising position. A message has been written in their blood…
“IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK”
A centuries-old horror has returned to taunt Nathaniel Cade, the President’s Vampire. Under constant threat of exposure—and with enemies old and new at every turn—he and his handler Zach must stop the one monster Cade has never been able to completely destroy. And they must do it before the creature known as the Boogeyman adds another victim to his long and bloody list: the President of the United States.

 

 

Christopher Farnsworth is a novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. He is the author of FLASHMOB, KILLFILE, THE ETERNAL WORLD, and the President’s Vampire series, as well as the comic book 24: LEGACY — RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. His books have been translated into nine languages, published in more than a dozen countries, and optioned for film and television. His writing has also been published by the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, The Awl, and The New Republic. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters. You can find out more at www.christopherfarnsworth.com.

The President’s Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth

This book is the second book in this series. Check here for a review of the first book.

If you like vampires that are heartthrobs and/or glittery. This is NOT the series for you. If however, you like hardcore vampires who understand what they are and accept their evilness, this is the series for you. Book two takes place about a year after book one. Zach and Cade continue to develop some kind of a working relationship. Even though they are complete opposites (in personality and species), they work well together. I like Zach as a foil character. He is just as strong and developed as Cade. I think the author does a great job developing all his characters even the minor ones. I will admit that when I first starting listening to this story, it seemed a little too out there, but it somehow all worked together.  Bronson Pinchot narrated this story like the other one and he does a phenomenal job. None of the characters sound alike. He brings the characters to life.

 

For 140 years, vampire Nathaniel Cade has been bound to protect and serve the United States of America. When an ancient evil is resurrected, the President’s Vampire and his human handler, Zach Barrows, must track down its source. The prime suspect is a shady private defense contractor who may be dealing with powers far deadlier than any mortal weapon. So it’s up to Cade and Zach to drag the forces of darkness into the light…

 

Christopher Farnsworth is a novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. He is the author of FLASHMOB, KILLFILE, THE ETERNAL WORLD, and the President’s Vampire series, as well as the comic book 24: LEGACY — RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. His books have been translated into nine languages, published in more than a dozen countries, and optioned for film and television. His writing has also been published by the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, The Awl, and The New Republic. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters. You can find out more at www.christopherfarnsworth.com.

Crank It Out! the Surefire Way to Become a Super-Productive Writer by C.S. Larkin

Sometimes the most simple advice is the easiest to follow, but it is the hardest to remember. I cannot speak for all writers, but I need to hear things over and over before it sinks into my head. I liked the author’s straightforward manner. She is honest and  I enjoyed the personal anecdotes. I have learned from my own experiences how much my lifestyle affects my success. So many books on mechanics, but this is one that reminds all writers and any kind of artist that taking care of the body and soul is just as important as the writing.

 

Want to become a successful author? If so, you’re going to have to crank out books. And not mediocre books but high-quality ones.

Why? Because that’s what readers expect and want.

Regardless of whether you write fiction or nonfiction, if you want to get established as an author, you need to be productive. Highly productive.

You can’t just write one terrific book and call it good, expecting that singular work to carry you atop the wave of success for years to come.

Studies show readers want 3-4 books a year from their favorite authors. And to build traction and a growing audience, authors need to deliver.

But how many writers have the time to write that many books?

In today’s busy world, amid distractions and demands, it’s hard to carve out time to write even one book a year.

But plenty of super-busy people find time to crank out numerous high-quality books. And in this in-depth look on the topic, you’ll learn the strategies that help them—and will help you—be super productive.

If you want to grow your readership, you need to write the best books you can—and that means strategizing to optimize every factor that impacts your writing.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn in Crank it Out!:

  • How to dig deep into the Productivity ABCs—attitude, biology, and choices—and analyze yourself to prepare to make the needed adjustments to be super productive
  • How to spot destructive attitudes and rewire them to allow you to break through to success
  • How to determine your biological prime time and identify your peak hours to write in order to get the most out of your writing time
  • How to hack around your excuses, bad habits, and distractions that are blocking your way
  • How to alter your sleeping, eating, and other behaviors to ensure peak performance
  • How to thwart self-sabotage and perfectionism, which prevent you from becoming the super-productive writer you long to be

Plenty of people who work full-time, have heavy family responsibilities, or deal daily with chronic health issues or physical challenges find ways to crank out books. They do so because writing is important to them.

How badly do you want it?

Now’s the time to stop making excuses and start becoming proactive. Instead of complaining you have no time to write, take the challenge this book presents.

There’s a surefire way to becoming a super-productive writer, and it’s as simple as ABC.

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C. S. Lakin is an award-winning novelist, writing instructor, and professional copyeditor who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lakin’s award-winning blog for writers, Live Write Thrive, provides deep writing instruction and posts on industry trends. Her site www.CritiqueMyManuscript.com features her critique services. She teaches workshops and critiques at writing conferences and workshops around the country.

Her seven-book fantasy series, The Gates of Heaven, is available in print and ebook, allegorical fairy tales drawing from classic tales we all read in our childhood.

She also has an award-winning historical Western romance series under the pen name Charlene Whitman.

In addition to the sixteen novels she’s written, Lakin also publishes writing craft books in the series The Writer’s Toolbox, which help novelists learn how to write great books. Get your free ebook–Strategic Planning for Writers in 4 Easy Steps–at her blog www.livewritethrive.

Follow her on Twitter: @cslakin and @livewritethrive and like her Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/C.S.Lakin.Author

 

Diary of a Single Wedding Planner by Violet Howe

If you have read my blog for long, you know that I love me a good vampire/shifter/witch story. I don’t read a lot of love or chic lit. However, it is nice to take a break from fantasy and read something with real people. This book was like a restful vacation. I loved it.  Who doesn’t love a good love story? Love is love whether the people have fangs or the ability to tan. Taylor has had a pretty rough time in the dating world. (Wait until you read about the date with the hotel guy!) The author created a non-shallow character who is able to look at her past from many angles and evaluate the options before just jumping in. I liked this. I get tired of the flaky female leads who don’t have much depth.  Now my only problem is finding the time to read the rest of the series.

 

I blame the fairy tales. When you grow up watching every love story end in happily ever after, you come into adulthood with expectations.

I never thought I’d reach twenty-five without finding The One. Of course, I’d know immediately he was The One because angels would sing, a light would shine down from the heavens, and he would be absolutely perfect in every way.
Except that hasn’t happened in real life.
It doesn’t help that being a wedding planner means I’m surrounded by romance every day. Of course, I’m also surrounded by crazy bridezillas and their outlandish demands. If those chicks can find love, then what’s wrong with me?
It’s not like I haven’t been out on dates or tried to find Mr. Right. But have you seen what’s out there?
So go ahead. Read my diary. You might laugh. You might cry. You might question my sanity more than once. Lord knows, I’ve done all that and then some. But if there’s anything I’ve learned from the fairy tales and my crazy life, a lot happens between Once Upon A Time and Happily Ever After.

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Violet Howe enjoys writing romance with humor. She lives in Florida with her husband, who is her knight in shining armor, and their two handsome sons. They share their home with three adorable but spoiled dogs. When she’s not writing, Violet is usually watching movies, reading, or planning her next travel adventure. You can follow Violet’s ramblings on her blog, The Goddess Howe.

 

 

 

 

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Books Can Save the World ~Guest Post by Jane Bolto

5 Unforgettable Books You Should Read to your Children

Reading to your children reaps lots of benefits. Academic performance, communication skills,

concentration, vocabulary and emotional understanding can all be improved by regularly reading to

your child. And the benefits start young; some research even advocates reading to your baby whilst

they’re still in the womb!

As well as benefits to their education, reading opens up whole new worlds for your children to

explore. Their imagination can run riot with different characters, destinations, and situations each time you open a book together.

When you’re choosing what to read with your children, you’re likely faced with a never-ending list of

children’s literature. There are so many books around that deciding between them can prove tricky.

Whatever you choose to read with your little ones, here are a few unforgettable and timeless books

that should feature on every parent-child reading list:

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl wrote many a children’s classic but Matilda is perhaps the best of an excellent bunch. It

tells the story of a little girl called Matilda who is plagued by terrible parents and the strictest, most

horrible head teacher in history. But, one day, Matilda discovers she has special powers and soon

works out how to use them to get her revenge. Matilda is an inspiring heroine who, in her quest to

overcome adversity, all children will come to love.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

This beautiful picture book was first published back in the 1960s but has certainly stood the test of

time. Maurice Sendak’s stunning words and illustrations tell the story of Max who, after shouting at

his mother, is sent to bed without any supper. From here, he sets off on a magical journey to

discover “where the wild things are”. This is a book about the power of imagination, the intensity of

childhood emotion and the constant love of parents.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

One rainy day, Sally and her brother are left home alone. They are expecting to be bored but then

the Cat in the Hat appears and mayhem ensues. Rhyming text and bold, colourful illustrations make

The Cat in the Hat a great book for all ages. Younger children will enjoy the pictures and rhythmic

cadence of the story whilst older children will relish the cheeky antics of the Cat.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Charlotte’s Web is a modern classic and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time. It follows

the story of a little girl called Fern who, along with a spider called Charlotte, tries to save her pig

Wilbur from his fate on the farm. Charlotte’s Web is a tale of friendship, love, and loyalty and offers

children a first poignant understanding of mortality.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis

Mr. Tumnus the Faun, a wicked White Witch and a talking lion called Aslan; when siblings Peter,

Susan, Edmund and Lucy step through a magic wardrobe into Narnia they encounter more than they

could have ever imagined. When Edmund, lured by the promise of Turkish delight, becomes the

White Witch’s servant, his brother, and sisters go on an adventure to save him and the frozen land of

Narnia from her clutches.

 

Reading to your children can be an unforgettable experience for both you and your little ones. It’s a

chance to spend time together without the modern trappings of smartphones, TVs and tablets

getting in the way. It’s also a chance to discover characters and stories that will stay with both of you

forever. So head to the library or your local bookstore to stock up on some wonderful children’s

literature to enjoy together.

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With a background in Marketing, Jane Bolto currently works as a Content Specialist at Nybizdb.com.

Always willing to share her passion for new marketing strategies.

Tyrean reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Heroes of Arcania: Fortunes Favor by Liz Long

Why did you choose that book?
I’m into superhero fiction these days because I’m writing a superhero YA novel.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
I would love to meet C.S. Lewis or Aslan because I would love to take a long walk with Lewis and talk books or I would love to hug Aslan.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?

The Chronicles of Narnia (7 in 1!) by C.S. Lewis, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

I’m a teacher, daydreamer, writer, and believer from the rainy side of Washington state. I love reading, walking, and hugging my family when I’m not writing stories, poems, and books. I hang out online here: and here and lately at the Hero Lost site, too.


Join the movement!
I want to promote reading. I know there are so many out there who have read a book and thought, this is something others need to know about. Reading encourages a lifelong passion for learning. #carolinareads is a movement that will give readers a chance to share what they are reading. There is a five question interview. I will share it on my website and give you a chance to not only promote your love of reading but also to promote yourself as you can include a website in your two sentence biography. Don’t live in the Carolinas? Well, do you know someone who does (hint: the person who created this form) you can still participate. Submit the form and I’ll let you know the date of your spotlight. Spread the word! Join the movement. Please email a picture if you would like it to be included.

Dianna reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
An illustrated collection of old fairy tales; I remember the illustrations but sadly not the title.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading the Lucifer graphic novels in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman universe. It’s the first time I’ve read graphic novels in ages and it’s been a great change of pace!

Why did you choose that book?
I managed to convince a friend to loan it to me as research because I’m co-writing a graphic novel myself. You should read what you write, right?

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Terry Pratchett! He was brilliant, funny, and by all accounts very kind. And Discworld grew so much, in a way most fantasy authors don’t let their world’s grow.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?

Clariel by Garth Nix, Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy, Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine, and A Raw Mix of Carelessness and Longing by Cecilia Frey.

Dianna Gunn is a freelance writer by day and a fantasy author by night. Her first YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn, was released through The Book Smugglers Publishing in April 2017. She also blogs about creativity, books, and life at www.thedabbler.ca


Join the movement!
I want to promote reading. I know there are so many out there who have read a book and thought, this is something others need to know about. Reading encourages a lifelong passion for learning. #carolinareads is a movement that will give readers a chance to share what they are reading. There is a five question interview. I will share it on my website and give you a chance to not only promote your love of reading but also to promote yourself as you can include a website in your two sentence biography. Don’t live in the Carolinas? Well, do you know someone who does (hint: the person who created this form) you can still participate. Submit the form and I’ll let you know the date of your spotlight. Spread the word! Join the movement. Please email a picture if you would like it to be included.

Talk About It Tuesday

Talk About It Tuesday. Talk about whatever writing project you have going on right now. If you’re an author, blogger, or writer share a little from your current WIP (work in progress) or an upcoming book. One random post will be chosen to be featured on my blog, terriluvsbooks.com every Tuesday. Please fill out this form http://goo.gl/forms/ata6k9heyw9fGcwq1 You must like my Facebook page to qualify http://www.facebook.com/wilsonterria/ in order to qualify.

The Glitch by Ramona Finn

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

This is a unique book. First, it is written in present tense. Second, it is about artificial intelligence. Neither of these interests me, but I was very interested in the dystopian aspect of this story. I am so glad I decided to try it. It was an incredible whirlwind story. I had to keep listening and find out what happened. The characters are strong and the plot kept pulling me back to the story (my silly kids get in my way of listening to books). It is a unique story blending cyberpunk and dystopia.  It was very easy to see this story in my mind. I think the writing and use of first person only added to the strength of this story.

 

Author: Ramona Finn

Narrator: Genevieve Kaplan

Length: 6 hours 28 minutes

Publisher: Relay Publishing⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: The Glitches, Book One

Release date: Jan. 16, 2017

Synopsis: On the brink of extinction, being human means more than just surviving.
In Lib’s world, it’s dangerous to stray from the Norm. In fact, for someone who doesn’t live up to the AI’s standards, it’s practically a death sentence. Lib learns this the hard way when she wakes up with her memories erased in a barren wasteland, and only one thought lodged in her mind:
It’s all her fault.
Lib is a Glitch—an imperfect human component of the utopian Norm. Utterly alone, she’ll have to team up with her fellow Glitches Skye and Raj and the mysterious Rogue Wolf and his clan to survive. Wolf only cares about the survival of his group, but Raj thinks they can hack the AI and change the Norm for the better.

About the Author: Ramona Finn

Ramona Finn writes about courageous characters who fight to live in broken, dystopian worlds. She believes a person’s true characters is often revealed in times of crisis, and there is no greater crisis than the worlds that she drops her characters into!

She grew up sitting cross-legged on her town’s library floor–completely engrossed in science fiction books. It was always the futuristic world or the universe-on-the-brink-of-extinction plotlines that drew her in, but it was the brave characters who chose to fight back that kept her turning the pages.

Her books create deep, intricate worlds with bold characters determined to fight for their survival in their dystopian worlds–with a little help from their friends. And, of course, romance is never out of the question.

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About the Narrator: Genevieve Kaplan

For the past fifteen years I have received extensive training in lyric diction and classical voice. Various experience includes lead roles in multiple opera production through Santa Clara University with semi-professional recording obligations. For a minor in Lyric Diction at Santa Clara University I was required to take 6 units of Lyric Diction learning the correct pronunciation of languages including Italian, German and French (and of course English) as well as four years of private vocal training. Outside of musical endeavors I have experience with various characters and voices of my own creation included in my stand up comedy set.

 

Craig T. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
The Call of the Wild by Jack London. A book told from a dog’s perspective? As I kid I thought it sounded boring. But my mom made me read it and I’m pretty sure that’s the book that ignited my now endless imagination.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
Hell’s Children, by John L. Monk.

Why did you choose that book?
I’m a huge fan of the author. John helped get me back into writing and is stellar in everything he does. A truly down-to-earth kind of writer with made skillz!

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
I’d like to meet H.G. Wells, author of The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, and The Island of Dr. Moreau. His sci-fi mind and mine are very similar. I think he’d be a lot of fun to chat with.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?

The Island of Dr. Moreau (H.G. Wells), because it reminds me of how slippery the slope is to losing our humanity
Hush (Jeph Loeb), because Batman, duh!
Something by John Grisham. I’ve yet to read a book by him that I didn’t love.
The Three Trees (Angela Elwell Hunt). As someone with Celtic roots, the retelling of this folktale is as beautiful as they come.
The Bible. Because who is anyone who doesn’t serve a higher calling?

My blog, and my latest novel, Rabbit Punch, a vigilant mystery thriller.


Join the movement!
I want to promote reading. I know there are so many out there who have read a book and thought, this is something others need to know about. Reading encourages a lifelong passion for learning. #carolinareads is a movement that will give readers a chance to share what they are reading. There is a five question interview. I will share it on my website and give you a chance to not only promote your love of reading but also to promote yourself as you can include a website in your two sentence biography. Don’t live in the Carolinas? Well, do you know someone who does (hint: the person who created this form) you can still participate. Submit the form and I’ll let you know the date of your spotlight. Spread the word! Join the movement. Please email a picture if you would like it to be included.