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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

terriluvsbooks will be closed until January 8, 2018

This has been an incredible year. I’ve read more books in a year than I ever have. I met more authors and learned a lot. I’ve struggled this year with balance. I know I’m not the only blogger/ writer out there who wears a lot of hats.  I’ll be taking the next two weeks to rest, have fun, and plan for next year. If I don’t get this story finished and out there, my main character is going to revolt. So I’ll be sharing more about that this next year. I want to write more about the book industry and not just review books. It’s going to be a lot of fun. For now, enjoy one of my favorite Christmas videos. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hanakuah, Yule, or any other holiday, or if you choose not to celebrate anything, I wish you peace and love for this season and the next year. Thank you for what your support has meant to me.

(If you ever wanted to know what I’m like in real life, I will be Off the Chain with Yvonne Mason on Dec. 27 @8 pm est) 

Savannah Verte’s Thanksgiving Crossword Blog Hop

Welcome to Savannah Verte’s Thanksgiving Crossword Blog Hop! Let’s start with a bit of a feature about her book then the details for the hop! The puzzle is at the bottom of the post for you to print or download!
 
Tales in 13 Chapters

 

Immortal Alchemy
(novella)
 
 
Paranormal Romance
What do you get when you
combine an arch mage and elemental witches? Immortal Alchemy.
Sophie has met the man of her dreams. The trouble is her mother saw him first.
Pan’s choice blasts the fragile balance and collateral damage is imminent. Can
anyone survive unscathed when one of them is playing dirty?
One mage, two witches…three’s a mess.
Amazon: 
Savie’s Thanksgiving Bloghop 2017
The answers are all things from Savannah’s books, things she loves, or qualities/attributes she values.
The clue for each answer can be found at the blog listed on the date in November equal to the number. IE: 10 across would be on the 10th, etc.  ***NOTE – on the 1st & 15th there is more than one blog to visit. They are noted on the puzzle & highlighted so you can see where the answer goes. Also, Every 5 days, Savannah will be checking in and giving a clue on her website as well…they are denoted as ‘s’ clues. For those – go to Savannah’s Blog: www.savannahverte.com/blog.***
 
To be entered to win you must pm your completed crossword to Savannah’s facebook author page (www.facebook.com/authorsavannahverte) or email it to her at savannah@savannahverte.com
 We want you to get to complete the puzzle and have a chance to WIN!!
 
NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT CST DECEMBER 5th.
The drawing will be held no later than Friday, December 8th & the winner will be contacted.
They then will have 5 days to respond or default & a new winner will be selected.
 

Ready for my clue: 23  Across- FRENZIED, EMOTIONAL CONVICTION

Download the image to work online or print off…submit a photo or file of the completed puzzle by the deadline to enter.
 

BLOGSTOPS FOR CLUES:

1*1      Down                Written Love Reviews                                   
1*2      Down                Musings from an Addicted Reader           
1*3     Across                Obsessed by Books
s1        Down                Savannah
2          Down             Author Migraine Central
3          Across                Turning the Pages
4          Across                Booked and Loaded
5          Down                 Karen writes Murder
s5        Down                Savannah
6          Down                 Dena Garrison- Real… Hot… Romance
7          Across                Wickedly Innocent Promotions
8          Down                 Clare & Lou’s Mad About Books
9          Across                Summer’s Smexy Book Reads
10        Down             Ellie’s Witchy Life
s10      Across                   Savannah
11        Down             2 Bibliophile’s Guide
12        Down             Dirty Bad Bloggers
13        Across                Author Mireille Chester
14        Down             Twinsie Talk
15*1   Across                A Naughty Book Love Affair
15*2   Across                ILoveBooksAndStuff Blog
s15      Down                Savannah
16        Down             Little Shop of Readers
17        Across                SydneyGen Reads
18        Down             I don’t get Sundays
19        Across                Triple A
20        Down             Books 2 Blogs
s20      Across                   Savannah
21        Across                Those Crazy Book Chicks
22        Across                I Smell Sheep
23        Across                Terri Luvs Books———- FRENZIED, EMOTIONAL CONVICTION
s23      Down                Savannah
24        Across                Read Our Thoughts Book Blogs
25        Down             Eskimo Princess
s25      Down                Savannah
26        Down             Author Kassie Lane
27        Across                A Book Lover’s Emporium
28        Across                Country Reads
29        Across                Barbara’s Book Reviews
30        Across                   Savannah
 
Author Bio:

A lifelong lover of words and reading, Savannah Verte hasn’t quite figured out what she wants to write when she grows up. Born and raised in the upper Midwest, Savannah’s gypsy spirit and never quit attitude keep her busy and seldom idle. For so many reasons, Savannah considers herself a ‘Contemporary Vagabond’ when it comes to writing and hopes that others find her diverse offerings as enjoyable to read as they are to write.

As the primary owner and driving force behind Eclectic Bard Books, she considers herself immensely fortunate to see writing from varied perspectives as she endeavors to publish the authors rostered there. Working with other writers, Savannah gets to expand her horizons every day as someone brings a new idea to the table and the brainstorming begins. There is something addictive about the creative process for her and helping other authors embrace their dreams make hers a reality daily.

That’s the official Savannah, the unofficial version is just a girl who loves experiencing life with every twist and turn it takes. When she was born, she had such fine, light hair that her mother used to tape bows to her head so people would know she was a girl. She’s had a host of crazy unrelated jobs- everything from cake decorator, dry cleaner, and insurance agent to Emergency Room assistant, bartender, crime lab tech and bouncer. Savannah loves air hockey but completely sucks at it. She loves good jazz, good scotch, and antiques but also old rock, a quiet tea, and a tidy home. She’s completely technology impaired and can get it after she’s broken the computer or done it ass-backwards a few times… Thank Gods that there are some amazing meme creators that let her pilfer images or she’d be lost. Lime green is her color, the rhinoceros is her logo & philosophy, and she’s completely mad about seeing new authors try.

Follow Savannah on Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorsavannahverte or on her webpage My Revolution: www.savannahverte.com

2018 A-Z Reading Challenge

A lot of book bloggers have it way more together than I do. I’ve learned some organization skills from them. For example, I never really plan what I’m going to read unless I have a deadline for a review. So this challenge scared me at first. However, I already have so many books on my TBR and this will force me to read them. This challenge involves reading a book for every letter of the alphabet. I suppose I could cheat and reread all of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone’s series, but that would be cheating.  So here’s my list as it stands. If you’re interested in joining go over to Ginger mom reads and check out the details.

 

 

A- Alice The player

B- A Beautiful Heartbreak

C- Cowboy Sanctuary

D- Darkwater

E- Ella The Slayer

F- Feylan

G- Guide to Villany

H- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and sweet

I- It Must Be Love

J- The Job Offer

K- A Keeper’s Tale

L- Legacy Rising

M- Maggie For Hire

N- No More Wasted Time

O- Of Bone & Steel & Other Soft Materials

P- Passing Through the Portal

Q

R- Rocking Autumn

S- Safe With You

T- Tales of Tinfoil

U

V- The Vampire Wants a Wife

W- Wish You Were Mine

X

Y

Z

Holiday Magic Book Cover Reveal

Holiday Magic

A paranormal and contemporary winter holiday romance anthology

By: TL Reeve, Kim Carmichael, Brigitte Ann Thomas, K. Williams, A.K. Hudson, T. A. Moorman, and Lumi Daoi

Make this winter magical with 7 BRAND NEW Holiday romances.

This Holiday Season SEVEN amazingly talented and bestselling authors come to together in this collection of Holiday Magic with vampires, witches, shifters, and humans.

Tis the season for a paranormal and contemporary romance anthology with a touch of magic everyone will fall in love with.

A look inside…

Snowbound by TL Reeve

Eight Nights in Eden by Kim Carmichael

I Loved a Warlock from Wichita by Brigitte Ann Thomas

Tarnished Knight by K. Williams

Spark of Solstice by A.K. Hudson

Christmas with Locket by Lumi Daoi

Santa’s Curse by T.A. Moorman

Buy Links

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xIE69x

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/holiday-magic-3

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/holiday-magic-tl-reeve/1127225920?ean=9781944060992

iBooks & Google Books: Coming soon

WWW Wednesday #3

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

 

What am I currently reading?

Dylan Jones’s engrossing, magisterial biography of David Bowie is unlike any Bowie story ever written. Drawn from over 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers, and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, this oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds the story of a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path. Tracing Bowie’s life from the English suburbs to London to New York to Los Angeles, Berlin, and beyond, its collective voices describe a man profoundly shaped by his relationship with his schizophrenic half-brother Terry; an intuitive artist who could absorb influences through intense relationships and yet drop people cold when they were no longer of use; and a social creature equally comfortable partying with John Lennon and dining with Frank Sinatra. By turns insightful and deliciously gossipy, DAVID BOWIE is as intimate a portrait as may ever be drawn. It sparks with admiration and grievances, lust and envy, as the speakers bring you into studios and bedrooms they shared with Bowie, and onto stages and film sets, opening corners of his mind and experience that transform our understanding of both artist and art. Including illuminating, never-before-seen material from Bowie himself, drawn from a series of Jones’s interviews with him across two decades, DAVID BOWIE is an epic, unforgettable cocktail-party conversation about a man whose enigmatic shapeshifting and irrepressible creativity produced one of the most sprawling, fascinating lives of our time.

What did I recently finish?

Bippity…Boppity…Balance.
We all know how Cinderella went to the ball, met her prince, lost a shoe, and got her happily ever after…but did you know that for such a magical thing to occur the universe demands a price? As a matter of fact, an equal measure in return.
Isabella Beaufort was born at the top of the social food chain. She had everything, including being promised to Prince Christopher, until the ill-fated ball where he met Cinderella. Follow along as we learn about the other side of the rags to riches story we all know, and the price of pissing off a fairy godmother.

 

 

 

 

A brand new steamy paranormal romance about learning to love all of yourself.

In a world where people judge one another by exacting standards of size and style, being a big girl like Eudora Splat was never going to be easy.

Though trouble is brewing between magic folk and human purists who would see them all destroyed, Dora, a half-giant, tries to eke out a quiet, unnoticed life for herself, but it’s hard to be subtle when you’re over seven feet tall.

Losing her job as a gardener due to human complaints, Dora is recruited as a prison guard, where she’s enlisted to protect the magician Evander “Bear” Gordon from human purist attack. Bear encourages her to embrace her power and celebrate her heritage, introducing her to a world where she can be extraordinary and not just weird.

But after years of hiding and shying away, can Dora find the strength to grab onto a new life — and hold on to the man she’s falling in love with?

 

What will I read next?

Shelley Linley is sick of sickos. Yet another prankster has applied to her dating agency. This one says he’s a vampire and he wants Shelley to help him find a wife.

Meeting him for a second interview against all her better judgement, Shelley discovers that he has no clue about women. A shame because he’s super-hot, amusing, and has a lot of single friends he could recommend her struggling business to, even if he does say they’re werewolves and demons. She has to help him, even if he’s crazy.

If she can ignore his delusions, she’s sure she can help him meet someone. But when death threats start arriving on her doorstep, Shelley’s not sure she’s cut out for the job…then her dating algorithm states she’s his ideal partner. Now she’s not sure if she should take the risk for love, or run like hell.

Welcome to Withernsea and the Supernatural Dating Agency, for readers of Michelle Rowen, Gerry Bartlett and Michele Bardsley who like their humour to have bite.

Love N. Vegas October 27-29, 2017

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas October 27-29, 2017

 

Who needs an excuse to go to Vegas?!!!!!!!! That’s actually one of the reasons I miss living in Southern California. I spent plenty of weekends in Vegas and to be able to go, enjoy Vegas AND books. I’d be in heaven!

If you do get a chance to go to this book conference, here are a couple of things that will make it much more enjoyable.

  1. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes-  I am one of those people who will buy a pair of shoes more so because they are cute not because they fit well or even feel good. DON’T BE LIKE TERRI. There is a lot of walking at conferences. If you are comfortable it will keep you in a much better frame of mind.
  2. Set a budget and stick to it- This is important. You never want your love of books to supersede your love of food and rent. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but I’ve been there and done that. Authors know you cannot buy something from every single one of them. I’ve talked to several authors who told me they actually don’t have a ton of sales at the conference but realize a bump in sales after the conference. So don’t feel guilty and/or avoid authors (I did this at my first conference) because you aren’t buying one of their books. And of course, traveling in itself can get expensive, so check out travel deals, like these to Vegas , to save your money for books!
  3. Stop and talk to authors- Pick up author swag. This is the best way to remember who you met and which books you want to read later. If the author has time, ask them to sign the bookmarker swag. It makes for a, even more, special memento.
  4. Bring a case with wheels. Books get heavy after awhile. Make it easy on yourself.
  5. Talk, Talk, Talk- Enjoy yourself and meet new people. Don’t be afraid to talk to authors or other attendees. All of you already have one thing in common, so if you’re shy just start talking about books. Participate in the activities outside of the actual signing time. It’s an even better way to meet people and have fun. Trust me, it is very energizing to be around “your people”.

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Cover Reveal TIME AND BLOOD by Sherry Rentschler

Cover reveals are always exciting.  I’m even more excited when I helped put the cover together. Sherry Rentschler has a new book coming out October 31.

Time and Blood

Historians in Atlantis inscribed a prophecy in The Great Book of Forgetting about a pair of phoenix whose union would change the future of all magical creatures. When the sea swallowed Atlantis and all her inhabitants, time forgot the people and this prophecy.

But one creature survived.

Rhea is a scarlet phoenix and the last of her kind. She escaped Atlantis with The Great Book and for over ten thousand years roamed the earth, grieved for her lost immortal beloved, and endured nightmares from her past lives. Today, she hears a familiar voice on the wind luring her to a new place. Rhea follows and hopes for the impossible.

She crossed millennia to find him.

Jean-Louis is a 250-year-old vampire in New Orleans. For fifty years, nightmares plagued him, and a violent wind haunted him whispering in a foreign tongue. In his dreams, Jean-Louis sees the face of a woman he knows and aches for but has never met. He feels her approach; however, the vampire senses a connecting malevolence waits in the shadows.

He risks his immortality to keep her.

An accident will bring Rhea into Jean-Louis’ arms. The shock will give new life to the ancient prophecy. But others whisper of the legendary phoenix and are hunting for Rhea. They must steal The Great Book and prevent any chance of the prophecy’s fulfillment. If they fail, the phoenix must die.

Together they battle destiny for the future.

Rhea will risk everything for love, even death.

When time and blood converge, blood must win.

So… are you ready?!!

 

Are you sure?!

 

It is my honor to show you the cover for TIME AND BLOOD by Sherry Rentschler.

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WWW Wednesday #2

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

What are you currently reading:

On the Road with Janis Joplin

As a road manager and filmmaker, he helped run the Janis Joplin show—and record it for posterity. Now he reveals the never-before-told story of his years with the young woman from Port Arthur who would become the first female rock and roll superstar—and depart the stage too soon.

In 1967, as the new sound of rock and roll was taking over popular music, John Byrne Cooke was at the center of it all. As a member of  D.A. Pennebaker’s film crew, he witnessed the astonishing breakout performances of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival that June. Less than six months later, he was on a plane to San Francisco, taking a job as road manager for Janis and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. From then on, Cooke was Joplin’s road manager amid a rotating cast of musicians and personnel, a constant presence behind the scenes as the woman called Pearl took the world by storm.

Cooke was there when Janis made the difficult decision to leave Big Brother and form a new band. He was with her when the Kozmic Blues Band toured Europe in the spring of 1969, when they performed at Woodstock in August, and when Janis and Full Tilt Boogie took their famous Festival Express train trip across Canada. He accompanied Janis to her friend and mentor Ken Threadgill’s 70th birthday party, and was at her side when she attended her tenth high school reunion in Port Arthur, Texas.

This intimate memoir spans the years he spent with Janis, from her legendary rise to her tragic last days. Cooke tells the whole incredible story as only someone who lived it could.

Captivated by Crimson

She is the fated one I have been waiting for…
The crimson in her veins will restore me…

My desire for her burns like no other…
I must possess her…
Dare to touch her and you will be the one to suffer…

Nola Blair is a free-spirited photographer sent to cover the party of the century in Elizabeth Bathory’s ruined castle. It was an assignment she’d declined––twice, but when she was offered a hefty sum to indulge the wealthy eccentric, she finally gave in. Little did she know that the guests at this party were centuries old and their desires reached far beyond those of a normal partygoer.

One captivating night will change her life and the two vampires vying for her will fight to the death to get what they want. One wants her to be his and the other wants her blood.

Who will decide Nola’s fate?

And for book club:

Resist the Machine: Dystopian Suspense (Avant Nation Book 1)

A genetically engineered young woman teams up with a rugged soldier to resist the high-tech regime controlling their lives. Spine-tingling adventure for fans of 1984, Person of Interest, and Divergent.

When the government owns the gene pool, what could possibly go wrong? According to the leaders of Avantica, absolutely nothing. If in doubt, just look at the statistics. Their genetically engineered citizens enjoy the highest standard of living in the world. Crime and disease are nearly non-existent. Healthcare and housing are totally free. Why would anyone ever want to leave?

Meet 16-year-old Clara Spinner. By design she is supposed to be compassionate, serious to a fault, and content with her work, but someone at the population factory messed up. How else can she explain her rebellious streak, ability to appreciate a good joke, and the fact that she detests her first job assignment? Hiding her true nature is a daily battle and coworkers are getting suspicious. So when the military shows up, looking for someone with her skill set, Clara ‘volunteers’. Fitting in with ruthless soldiers isn’t easy, but that’s the least of her worries after they land in a place opposed to everything Avantica stands for. Hearts and loyalties will be tested. Dystopian sci-fi with a touch of romance. Recommended for older teens and adults.

What did you recently finish reading?

Maid of Ice

Stalkers and death threats . . .
For Finlay Ryder, danger means playing a racecar driver on a daytime soap. That is, until he’s forced to reckon with his true identity as an Albah, a magical ancient race, by one of his own kind. Someone wants him dead. And worse, an ancient vampire is on the prowl, drawing blood left and right. Now, Finlay has no choice but to hunt enemies with unspeakable powers—or risk being hunted himself . . .

. . . and that’s just the first date
Ice skater Alina Nyx is using her broken wrist as an excuse for a career change. And when she falls for handsome Finlay, Albah drama feels like her new full-time job. Learning about magic and vampires is exciting until her life is threatened. Now, as she begins to uncover her own mysterious powers, she must combine forces with Finlay to eradicate their foes for good, or all Albah will suffer . . .

Secrets of Betrayal 

Betray (verb): to deliver to an enemy by treachery

Sold to a sex trafficker by her drug-dealing boyfriend, Phebe Lawson possessed first-hand knowledge of the secrets of betrayal. She’d given up all hope. Her life no longer held any meaning. She would have wished for death to come and take her away, except, she knew wishes were wasted on people like her. Until the day he entered her life. He was a beacon of light in the bleakness she called existence. His arrival sparked a longing inside her that, maybe, hope wasn’t a useless emotion after all.

Heal (verb): to make sound or whole

Donovan Jeffries was the charming one. The flirty, social Dom of the local BDSM club, Eden. He thought he’d found the perfect submissive. Until she betrayed him with another. He closed himself off, vowing to never give his heart to another woman. Until the day she entered his life. Her despair touched a part of his soul he’d thought forever lost, and he would move heaven and earth to piece all her broken parts back together.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Halfway Drowned 

Something is wrong with Carlie.

A magical storm. An ancient shipwreck. A hidden evil.
All three are tied together as Carlie must defend Wulfric against his past, which emerges after a raging storm tears across Halfway Lake.
When government agents descend on Halfway to investigate the mysterious shipwreck, Carlie discovers that all is not as it seems.

A thousand years old, the Viking ship holds bones. And secrets.
Not everyone went down with the ship. There were survivors, but they might be less than human. They cross paths with Carlie in a showdown that will bring her own secrets to light, for saving Wulfric came with a cost. Now, it’s time for her to pay.

Dive in with Carlie as she fights to save the one person she can’t lose.

Diversifying Diplomacy

Today, diverse women of all hues represent this country overseas. Some have called this development the “Hillary Effect.” But well before our most recent female secretary of state there was Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve in that capacity, and later Condoleezza Rice. Beginning at a more junior post in the Department of State in 1971, there was “the little Elam girl” from Boston.

Diversifying Diplomacy tells the story of Harriet Lee Elam-Thomas, a young black woman who beat the odds and challenged the status quo. Inspired by the strong women in her life, she followed in the footsteps of the few women who had gone before her in her effort to make the Foreign Service reflect the diverse faces of the United States. The youngest child of parents who left the segregated Old South to raise their family in Massachusetts, Elam-Thomas distinguished herself with a diplomatic career at a time when few colleagues looked like her.

Elam-Thomas’s memoir is a firsthand account of her decades-long career in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service, recounting her experiences of making U.S. foreign policy, culture, and values understood abroad. Elam-Thomas served as a United States ambassador to Senegal (2000–2002) and retired with the rank of career minister after forty-two years as a diplomat. Diversifying Diplomacy presents the journey of this successful woman, who not only found herself confronted by some of the world’s heftier problems but also helped ensure that new shepherds of honesty and authenticity would follow in her international footsteps for generations to come.

 

WWW Wednesday #1

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

 

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What are you currently reading?

Married. Wait. What?

Picture the scene: You wake up from a night of having too much fun. Things aren’t as clear as they should be…and you’re MARRIED. What would you do?

11 authors—USA Today Bestsellers, Award Winning, fan favorites, and a debut author—show you their take on this unique theme.

11 talented authors bring you 11 BRAND NEW fun-filled, suspenseful, sensual novellas in this first installment. That’s ELEVEN stories sure to make you smile, laugh, cry, and fall in love.

We’ve stirred in a diverse collection of romances into this book bundle! There’s sci-fi, contemporary, paranormal, and gay romance with Alphas, mafia, vampires, shifters, sexy lawyer, and MUCH more. Something for everyone!

 

On the Road with Janis Joplin

As a road manager and filmmaker, he helped run the Janis Joplin show—and record it for posterity. Now he reveals the never-before-told story of his years with the young woman from Port Arthur who would become the first female rock and roll superstar—and depart the stage too soon.

In 1967, as the new sound of rock and roll was taking over popular music, John Byrne Cooke was at the center of it all. As a member of  D.A. Pennebaker’s film crew, he witnessed the astonishing breakout performances of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival that June. Less than six months later, he was on a plane to San Francisco, taking a job as road manager for Janis and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. From then on, Cooke was Joplin’s road manager amid a rotating cast of musicians and personnel, a constant presence behind the scenes as the woman called Pearl took the world by storm.

Cooke was there when Janis made the difficult decision to leave Big Brother and form a new band. He was with her when the Kozmic Blues Band toured Europe in the spring of 1969, when they performed at Woodstock in August, and when Janis and Full Tilt Boogie took their famous Festival Express train trip across Canada. He accompanied Janis to her friend and mentor Ken Threadgill’s 70th birthday party, and was at her side when she attended her tenth high school reunion in Port Arthur, Texas.

This intimate memoir spans the years he spent with Janis, from her legendary rise to her tragic last days. Cooke tells the whole incredible story as only someone who lived it could.

Wonderbook

This all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object. Employing an accessible, example-rich approach, Wonderbook energizes and motivates while also providing practical, nuts-and-bolts information needed to improve as a writer. Aimed at aspiring and intermediate-level writers, Wonderbook includes helpful sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names in fantasy today, such as George R. R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Catherynne M. Valente, and Karen Joy Fowler, to name a few.

 

 

What did you recently finish?

Behind the Mask

For Emma Rochester, hookups in bars were less than fulfilling. Oh, the guys she picked up in bars were great for sex, but that’s all it was—sex. Normal, boring, every day sex. Emma wanted more than the normal vanilla ice cream served in careful scoops. She wanted rocky road mixed with turtle mixed with Neapolitan.

Fantasies, we all have them, but Emma Rochester craved for hers to come true, and Trent’s Halloween party, which she was dreaming about for over a year, was her final chance to see it come true.

Jacob Hendricks can’t keep his eyes off Emma. Yet, sneaking furtive glances over his computer monitor is as far as he’s gone in making his desires known. That is, until they’re stuck working together one Saturday. Now, Emma’s not sure if she wants to go to the party or see if Jacob could be the man of her fantasies.

Forged Alliances

Sierra Kanoska fought hard for her position as wolf alpha of the Red Rock pack, and intruders in her territory receive the full brunt of what her claws, fangs, and smarts can accomplish. So when Dax Williams, de facto alpha of the Silver Springs pack, pays an unwelcome visit, Sierra’s ready to toss him out. However, the man’s in a tough spot. The pack elders sabotaged his fight for alpha against his brother, driving him from his lands. Sierra hates underhanded moves like that, so she agrees on an alliance.

As they work together, she witnesses an alpha who wants to do right by his pack, not just the cocky wiseass she first met. Their growing attraction blazes hot, but the moment she and Dax lock lips, a mating bond emerges. Sierra sure as hell isn’t ready to share that intimate connection with a stranger, and the thought of forever sends Dax running.

Before they can talk, the Tribe commanding the East Coast shifters arrives to settle the dispute. Dax and his brother’s punishment for their pack’s civil war is a free-for-all on their lands. Not only does he have to defeat his brother, but any challenger in the region. Despite Dax and Sierra’s initial resistance, his wily charm relaxes her control-freak tendencies while her steadfast support bolsters his strength. Yet every new opponent places their newfound relationship under siege–one misstep, one wrong blow in the ring, and Dax could leave in a bodybag.

Y is for Yesterday

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack.  Not long after, the tape goes missing and the suspected thief, a fellow classmate, is murdered. In the investigation that follows, one boy turns state’s evidence and two of his peers are convicted. But the ringleader escapes without a trace.

Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…

What do you think you’ll read next? (This is what I know for sure)

Maid of Ice

Stalkers and death threats . . .
For Finlay Ryder, danger means playing a racecar driver on a daytime soap. That is, until he’s forced to reckon with his true identity as an Albah, a magical ancient race, by one of his own kind. Someone wants him dead. And worse, an ancient vampire is on the prowl, drawing blood left and right. Now, Finlay has no choice but to hunt enemies with unspeakable powers—or risk being hunted himself . . .

. . . and that’s just the first date
Ice skater Alina Nyx is using her broken wrist as an excuse for a career change. And when she falls for handsome Finlay, Albah drama feels like her new full-time job. Learning about magic and vampires is exciting, until her life is threatened. Now, as she begins to uncover her own mysterious powers, she must combine forces with Finlay to eradicate their foes for good, or all Albah will suffer . . .

Captivated by Crimson

She is the fated one I have been waiting for…
The crimson in her veins will restore me…

My desire for her burns like no other…
I must possess her…
Dare to touch her and you will be the one to suffer…

Nola Blair is a free-spirited photographer sent to cover the party of the century in Elizabeth Bathory’s ruined castle. It was an assignment she’d declined––twice, but when she was offered a hefty sum to indulge the wealthy eccentric, she finally gave in. Little did she know that the guests at this party were centuries old and their desires reached far beyond those of a normal partygoer.

One captivating night will change her life and the two vampires vying for her will fight to the death to get what they want. One wants her to be his and the other wants her blood.

Who will decide Nola’s fate?

And for book club…

Resist the Machine: Dystopian Suspense (Avant Nation Book 1)

A genetically engineered young woman teams up with a rugged soldier to resist the high-tech regime controlling their lives. Spine-tingling adventure for fans of 1984, Person of Interest, and Divergent.

When the government owns the gene pool, what could possibly go wrong? According to the leaders of Avantica, absolutely nothing. If in doubt, just look at the statistics. Their genetically engineered citizens enjoy the highest standard of living in the world. Crime and disease are nearly non-existent. Healthcare and housing are totally free. Why would anyone ever want to leave?

Meet 16-year-old Clara Spinner. By design she is supposed to be compassionate, serious to a fault, and content with her work, but someone at the population factory messed up. How else can she explain her rebellious streak, ability to appreciate a good joke, and the fact that she detests her first job assignment? Hiding her true nature is a daily battle and coworkers are getting suspicious. So when the military shows up, looking for someone with her skill set, Clara ‘volunteers’. Fitting in with ruthless soldiers isn’t easy, but that’s the least of her worries after they land in a place opposed to everything Avantica stands for. Hearts and loyalties will be tested. Dystopian sci-fi with a touch of romance. Recommended for older teens and adults.

 

Terri Luvs Change

I started this blog over a year ago. Before that, I diddled around with blogging but I never kept up with it. The indie authors I work with have kept me going this time. I think working with indie authors is incredibly rewarding. All indie authors remind me of salmon when they have to swim upstream. I love cheering on the underdog. When my husband and I first met, I support UCLA over USC because, at that time, they were the underdog (and also because it put me in opposition to my husband but that is for a different post).

In my zeal to help as many as possible, I have neglected my own writing. I also don’t get much of a chance to really enjoy an author. I read the first book in their series and then I don’t get the time to read anymore because I am reading a new book by a different author. It with this in mind that I’m changing my blog a little bit. For the time being, I will not take any new requests.

I want to go back and finish the series I reviewed. I want to take the time to read more works by the authors I have already enjoyed. More than anything though, I want to improve my own writing and develop my editing business. For me evaluating word choice and punctuation is as much fun as riding Space Mountain for the first time with Gerard Butler and a million dollar cash prize waiting for me at the end. I want to post more personal and non-review posts. I think it will help me develop my skills. I want to get to know more bloggers by participating in tagged posts and blog hops.

I think this new focus in a natural progression in the life of a blogger and I’ looking forward to it.