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(Amazon Local) Free Voucher to Purchase Select Kindle Kids’ eBooks for $2 Each!

March 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Oh, hey – be sure to pick up your AmazonLocal Free Voucher to get 20 selected Kindle Kids’ Books for $2 Each only!

“Kids love to read — it’s good for their growing vocabularies and developing imaginations, and with today’s deal, Any of these specially selected Kindle Kids’ eBooks can be yours for $2 Each only!”

  • Free voucher to purchase up to 32 select eBooks from the Amazon Kindle Store for $2 each
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(Amazon Local) Free Voucher to Purchase Select Kindle eBooks for $2 Each!

March 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Oh, hey – be sure to pick up your AmazonLocal Free Voucher to get 20 selected Kindle Books for $2 Each only!

Any of these specially selected Kindle eBooks can be yours for $2 Each only!”

  • Free voucher to purchase up to 20 select eBooks from the Amazon Kindle Store for $2 each
  • Voucher will expire if not used toward a qualifying Kindle book purchase from Amazon.com by 11:59 P.M. PST March 27, 2013
  • Promotional code can only be used for the Kindle books displayed here
  • Voucher valid only for purchasers located in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With C.E. Martin! @troglodad

March 16, 2013 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author C.E. Martin to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


Mythical, The Series by C.E. Martin

Describe your book Mythical, The Series in ten words or less

A shapeshifter eats hearts to steal power and memories.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I wanted to do a military vs. vampires story, but vampires are everywhere these days.

So I looked at less used monsters and combined them into a shapeshifter, then gave him the requirement of having to eat a heart to steal the form of the victim – as well as their memories.

What was your favorite part to write and why?

I like the interaction between the teenage girl and the elderly military commander, probably because I have a 13 year old daughter myself.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

I work as a civil servant, in a local government office daily, reviewing reports and preparing reports and interacting with the public.

It’s very boring and it requires a different style of writing than novels. I think the dry, just-the-facts writing my job requires makes it harder for me to write fiction.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

I’ve just started the fourth book in my pulp-horror series; “Mythical: Shades of War“.

Unlike the first three in the series, it DOESN’T feature shapeshifters. Instead it’s about a ghost who possesses victims and uses them as a means to raise an army of shades to attack the living. I’m using characters and backstory from a novel I wrote years ago – before Indie publishing.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

If you like the Remo Williams, the Destroyer and the Doc Savage series, you should like my series, Mythical. I’ve tried to blend the two together, but with more emphasis on the pulp side of things. I have action, the supernatural, sleazy characters and a straight-laced, by-the-book hero who just doesn’t fit in the modern world.


Thanks again for stopping by, C.E. Martin! You can learn more about the author via his website/blog: mythicaltheseries, Facebook: C.E.Martin, and Twitter: @troglodad.

 Mythical, The Series is available on Amazon (Kindle).

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Meme: Friday Finds – Books for the Library (March 15)

March 15, 2013 Leave a comment

For the weekly Friday Finds meme (via the Should Be Reading blog):

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past by Ransom Riggs The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well by Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield In One Person: A Novel by John Irving The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ by James Bryan Smith The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by Hank Haney The 25th Hour by David Benioff
Requiem (Delirium) by Lauren Oliver Black Skies: An Inspector Erlendur Novel (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries) by Arnaldur Indridason Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations by Simon R. Green, Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale and Paula Guran The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle

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‘5 Questions’ Interview With Luwa Wande (@WandoWande)!

March 12, 2013 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Luwa Wande to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


The Cross and the Black by Luwa Wande

Describe your book The Cross and the Black in ten words or less

Claude runs away from life, and into a demon’s grasp.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

As always my fiction is sparked by a ‘what if’ question. What if you made a Faustian bargain with a vampire: your life in exchange for advancement and an education?

Claude makes such a choice. His reasons boils down to desperation and cultural repression. I have always been fascinated with how cultural repression can cause ordinary people to make very bad choices. Repression all too often distorts our worldview, making us think that we have to choose between a cross of suffering and the black of nihilism. I wanted to show how one can gain hope and self-freedom, like Claude does eventually in the story.

Also I wanted to explore a more thoughtful, perhaps philosophical take on vampires, without resorting to gory melodrama. I think it works all right.

Which of your characters (in this book) is closest to your heart and why?

The main character Claude is perhaps the closest to my heart. He may not get to doing the right thing right away, but he is fearlessly honest. He says what is on his mind no matter what the consequences may be.

Readers though tell me they loooove Guy the primary antagonist. Guy is sexy, brash, and utterly dangerous, as compared to the lanky Claude. Still he captures my heart. Even under the threat of death, Claude is humbly committed to finding his way.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

I am a particle physics researcher. I study subjects like Dark Matter and neutrinos. With a background like that, you would expect that I write sci-fi. Ha! I might get to writing scifi eventually.

So how does my job influence my writing? I suppose the prose is a tad more cerebral that usual because of my inclinations. Ultimately though, writing is just an escape, a way to explore the murkier, less rational facets of life.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

Right now working on a sequel.

I also have in the works a high fantasy on the contemplative side, Mandate of Kendan.

Here is the blurb: After a shameful failure, an orphan student braves disasters and apocalyptic cults to return his master’s sword, only to discover that he is thought a demon.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

If you like Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice or novels of the Count of St. Germain by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, you’ll probably like my book too!


Thanks again for stopping by, Luwa Wande! You can learn more about the author via her website/blog: Omnifish, Facebook: wando.wande, and Twitter: @WandoWande.

 The Cross and the Black is available on Amazon (Kindle).

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AmazonLocal Deal: Free Voucher Worth 30% Off Select Kindle Accessories ($50 Maximum Discount)

March 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Here’s a GREAT AmazonLocal deal! Claim your free voucher worth 30% OFF Select Kindle Accessories at your AmazonLocal page!

Spring is in the air, and while you’re sprucing up for nature’s wake-up call, why not perk up your Kindle with this great offer? Choose from selected styles found here and get 30% percent off the already awesome price. This offer includes accessories for both our Kindle e-readers and our Kindle Fire devices, because no one likes to feel like the last bird to the worm.

  • Voucher will expire if not used toward a qualifying purchase of select Kindle accessories in the Kindle Accessories Store by 11:59 P.M. PST on March 18, 2013
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Book Review – Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman

March 10, 2013 1 comment

Victims

Book Description:

Jonathan Kellerman’s “psychology skills and dark imagination are a potent literary mix” (Los Angeles Times), and this intensely thrilling blend has never been so powerful as in the acclaimed author’s new novel of murder and madness among the beautiful dreamers, seductive predators, and doomed innocents adrift in the glare of Southern California’s eternal sunshine.

A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant’s body, buried sixty years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor’s vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough to cut down to the bone of this chilling case—and draw out the disturbing truth.

Backtracking six decades into the past stirs up tales of a beautiful nurse with a mystery lover, a handsome, wealthy doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation — all of them long gone, along with any records of a newborn, and destined for anonymity. But the specter of fame rears its head when the case unexpectedly twists in the direction of the highest echelons of celebrity privilege. Entering this sheltered world, Alex little imagines the macabre layer just below the surface — a decadent quagmire of unholy rituals and grisly sacrifice.

Before their work is done, Alex and Milo, “the most original whodunit duo since Watson and Holmes” (Forbes), must confront a fanatically deranged mind of such monstrous cunning that even the most depraved madman would shudder.

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It’s 2013, and for Jonathan Kellerman fans like me – the new year means that Mr Kellerman will have a new book out. It’s like clockwork with him. And it didn’t take him long too – Guilt, which is book #28 in Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series, was released just this February, and I wasted no time in getting myself a copy 🙂

In Guilt, Alex and Milo are initially called in for a super cold case – the decades-old remains of an infant is found accidentally during a backyard renovation. But things do come in three’s, don’t they, and two more bodies – a woman and another set of infant bones – are discovered in a nearby park. Are the two cases somehow connected?  Alex and Milo dig into both the past and the present, and end up entangling with Hollywood (including a pair of Jolie/Pitt-esque suspects).

I finished this one pretty quickly (in two days flat) and as a long time fan of the series, I was okay with it (except for the bland ending). It’s not the best I’ve read from Mr Kellerman, but definitely not one of the bad ones (i.e. Deception). Warning to fans who really prefer the earlier Alex Delaware books, the latest one is still more of a police procedural than a psychological thriller, so skip it if you feel really strongly about it. And my problem with the ending? It lacked suspense and danger (Very Important for crime thrillers), and involved characters I was meeting for the first time. Ergo, a distinct lack of emotional punch for such a horrible crime (baby-killer).

I did appreciate that Mr Kellerman seems to be trying to bring back the psychology aspect, even if in a peripheral or subplot way like it is in Guilt. (The previous book Victims had Alex Delaware’s psychology skills more front and center.) I personally prefer Alex when he is contributing more as a expert psychologist (like in the early books, especially when he’s working with children) instead of just being Lt. Milo Sturgis’ sounding board &/or driver &/or Google-surfing police sidekick.

Another thing I liked with Guilt was that Alex Delaware was (finally!) humbled by being very wrong about many of his conclusions. That sounds odd, I know, but I was getting fed up with how ‘Mary-Sue’ the character was, as this super-sleuth who was always right, while there seemed to be a dumbing down of Milo. I mean there was an actual scene in the book where Milo’s boss tells Alex that he’s the better detective (?! – I was very offended on Milo’s behalf).

Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel (#28) by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine Books) is available on Amazon, B&N , Kobobooks and Apple iBookstore.

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Meme: Friday Finds – Books for the Library (March 8)

March 8, 2013 1 comment

For the weekly Friday Finds meme (via the Should Be Reading blog):

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

Doctor Sleep: A Novel by Stephen King Reckless by S.C. Stephens Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay Requiem (Delirium) by Lauren Oliver The Look by Sophia Bennett
The Runaway King: Book 2 of the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen The Taker: Book One of the Taker Trilogy by Alma Katsu Light: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant Crystal Cove (Friday Harbor) by Lisa Kleypas Septimus Heap, Book Seven: Fyre by Angie Sage On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz

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