Reviewed by Dawn Judd at Thursday, May 26, 2011
Sue is a typical Gemini – she craves novelty and variety and gets bored easily. These traits have served Sue well, leading her to try her hand at many fields. Sue has been an editor at a publishing company in Manhattan, a personal caterer, corporate risk manager and attorney for the last 20-something years. Sue’s passion for all things from the house of Hermès led her fortuitously to meet another avid Hermès fan, Imogen Rose, back in 2006. Imogen and Sue’s friendship was instantaneous and their professional collaboration a true pleasure. Sue lives in NJ with her husband, son and two very large cats. How did you get involved with editing Faustine? Imogen Rose has been a dear friend of mine for about five years. When she began writing her first novel, Portal, she asked me if I would help edit the book, since I had done editing professionally a long time ago. It was my pleasure to help! I love Imogen’s imagination and sense of adventure. Since Portal, I’ve helped Imogen edit Equilibrium, Quantum andFaustine. How long did the editing process take? It normally takes me 10 pages an hour to edit a novel the first time through. Then, time permitting, it only takes another couple of hours to do another pass through the book. How does Faustine compare with Imogen’s other series, the Portal Chronicles? Imogen’s strength is her ability to understand her characters and then flesh out those characters on the written page. Both Portal and Faustine are character-driven stories, which allow Imogen to do what she does best. However, they are different in that Faustine takes us into the world of the paranormal in ways that Portal does not. Editing Faustine, I was fascinated to learn so much about this dark world that lives in Imogen’s imagination! What are some of your favorite YA reads, other than Imogen’s books? I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman. His M is for Magic (a collection of short stories) and Odd and the Frost Giants are just such examples of Neil’s YA writing. I also adore his work for adults. A few years back, I read Anansi Boys while waiting for a delayed flight and have been a fan ever since. If you could work with any other author, who would it be? Definitely Neil Gaiman. If you haven’t read any of his work, I highly recommend starting with Anansi Boys. You will immediately get the “flavor” of Neil’s work – he is a true genius.
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Reviewed by Imogen Rose at Thursday, May 26, 2011
Jerusalem, 33 A.D. The vampires of the era have long sought to gain a foothold into Israel, but the faith of the local Jewish population has held them in check for centuries.
When one of their own betrays them to follow a strange young rabbi from Galilee, the elders of the vampire race dispatch Theron, a nine hundred year old assassin, to kill them both.
The rabbi's name is Jesus. Killing him should be easy.
For a limited time, the following excerpts are included with the Kindle version of this book:
Excerpt from TORMENT, by Jeremy Bishop
Excerpt from BENEATH, by Jeremy Robinson
About The Author: David McAfee is the author of the vampire novels 33 A.D. and Saying Goodbye to the Sun as well as the horror novel, GRUBS. His next horror novel, The Gallows Tree, is scheduled to be released in October 2010. David is currently working on another vampire novel, BAIT, after which he will begin working on the oft-asked for sequel to 33 A.D.
David lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife, daughter, and a small army of loyal but dysfunctional pets. As of this writing, he and his wife are expecting their first child together, who will no doubt grow to be just as deranged as the rest of the McAfee clan.
God help us all.
Dawn's Review: The plot is interesting. Vampires in the time of Jesus. So I was intrigued. Though the story was not entirely what I was expecting, I was not dissapointed. Although we know the history of Christ and how his story ended, throughout the book you feel as though there can be some kind of change; some way the story could end differently. You know this isn't going to happen, but the story was so well written, it kept me going; kept the hope that something good would come of it. What we got was a self-awareness, perhaps even redemption for the characters involved. The story makes the reader stop and think, and that's what a good story does. I really enjoyed this one. I look forward to reading the continuation of this story!
Reviewed by Dawn Judd at Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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Reviewed by Dawn Judd at Thursday, May 19, 2011
This collection features twenty short stories from humorous thriller writer J.A. Konrath. Included are a few hardboiled tales, some noir, some parody and satire, a few straight-out comedy pieces, and a few stories that didn't fit into Konrath's other two collections, Horror Stories and Jack Daniels Stories.
The twenty stories include:
The Big Guys - Flash fiction, winner of the Derringer Award.
A Fistful of Cozy - A satire of the mystery cozy genre.
Cleansing - An ancient crime of biblical proportions.
Lying Eyes - Solve it yourself, given the clues.
Perfect Plan - Another solve it yourself. Don't you remember One Minute Mysteries and Encyclopedia Brown?
Piece of Cake - Another solve it yourself, originally featured in Woman's World.
Animal Attraction - Solve it yourself.
Urgent Reply Needed - A cautionary tale about dealing with spammers.
Blaine’s Deal - A parody of hardboiled noir.
Light Drizzle - A light-hearted send-up of hitman stories.
An Archaeologist’s Story - How digging up old bones leads to fresh corpses.
Don’t Press That Button! - An essay about the gadgets in the James Bond universe, and which you need to buy.
Piranha Pool - A writer seeking criticism pays the ultimate price.
A Newbie’s Guide to Thrillerfest - Never been to a mystery conference? Here's the in-depth dirt.
Inspector Oxnard - He's either brilliant, or too stupid to breathe.
One Night Only - A sports fan ends up in jail, all for the love of the game.
Could Stephanie Plum Car Really Get Car Insurance? - An essay about Janet Evanovich's famous character.
Cozy or Hardboiled? - Take the test to find out which type of book you're reading.
Addiction - What's the worst drug you can get hung up on?
Weigh To Go - A humor column about health clubs.
Connor lives in a town full of shape-changing monsters. The town secret is that everyone in Camden Bay, Oregon, has the ability to shape-change into some kind of animal. Everyone that is, except for Connor. He is twelve years old and still doesn't know what he will be when grows up. Will he become an eagle or a snake? He can only watch others sprout feathers and tails and imagine the possibilities. The rest of his classmates have all gone through the change and now they are wondering if perhaps Connor is a mundane: a normal person who can't become anything at all, and who must be exiled.
A mildly scary book for those who are young at heart by award-winning author B. V. Larson.
The English Lake District is a haven of tranquility, a place for hill walkers, mountain climbers and those in search of solitude. But when the rains arrive it becomes a desolate landscape where malevolence rises up from the depths and death is not far behind. It has struck before and this time it has to be stopped.
From the imaginations of four authors working as one comes a menace that is Mostly Human.
The Extended Version has bonus short stories from each of the four authors.
Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking.
When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.
Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she’s been looking for, but Logan’s reluctance to give her the knowledge she desires leaves her believing Logan has a few secrets of his own.
Skyla’s bloodlines may just be connected to the most powerful angelic beings that roam the earth, and the more she knows, the more danger she seems to be in.
Suddenly an entire faction of earthbound angels wants her dead, at least she still has Logan, or does she?
College sophomore Bryn Dawson is a self-proclaimed poster child for normal. However, the day William Hayward enters her life, normalcy is the last thing Bryn will be able to count on if she wants to be with him. Too mysterious and appealing to be good for a girl, Bryn feels drawn to him in a way that seems out of her control—as if fate is orchestrating it.
Despite every red flag and warning siren going off in her head telling her not to, Bryn falls hard for William, knowing he’s categorically different from anyone she’s ever met. She never imagined how right she was. When William takes her deeper into the rabbit hole of his world, Bryn must decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice to be with him, knowing no matter what, fate always finds a way to have the last laugh.
Spinning a new twist on star-crossed lovers, Eternal Eden will put Bryn through a gauntlet of turmoil, challenging her to find the power within herself to become the heroine in her own story.
Some say that dreams are the doorway to the soul. Willow Haywood is no stranger to that doorway. Each night she shares a blissful, silent dream with a stunning blue-eyed boy. With each new moon she is haunted by a painful nightmare shared with a different boy, who’s always hidden by the shadows.
In her waking hours she must battle her sixth sense. The one that allows her to feel others emotions as if they were her own. This insight is exhausting and frustrating causing her to draw inward, only trusting her family and few close friends. Oddly, this sense also attracts ghostly images that seem to appear out of nowhere. With a touch, they take her to wherever they may be, allowing her to change their emotion. This alone would cause most to go insane, but Willow filters her aggression by painting, capturing the emotion she changed.
One August night a nightmare came days after the new moon. In this dream the shadowed boy marked her wrist with star, leaving her father no choice but to share a family secret that would tie all of the odd attributes of Willow’s life together. Now, she has no choice but to outrun the fate that is closing in around her.
In an attempt to lure her, the shadowed figure captures her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths, half truths, and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. With each step she takes Willow comes to realize that she has lived before, her path is one that she chose, and this trial is simply the beginning.
Reviewed by Dawn Judd at Wednesday, May 18, 2011
What is your favorite part of being an author? I just asked a friend this question and thought I’d answer it for all of you. Let’s see, is it needing to borrow money all time? No, probably not. That’s less than fun. How about eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for two meals a day? The weight loss was fantastic…but no. Is it editing until you bleed? Actually, yes, that’s part of it. I know I’m in the minority here, but I absolutely love editing my own work. I’m sorry, I should clarify. I love editing my work after I get over the ‘how dare anyone tell me there’s something wrong with my baby’ feeling.
Editing allows my vision for my story to emerge. For the writers who hate editing, think of it this way: have you ever said something in the heat of the moment? I mean something that may have ended a relationship or got you a failing grade. Those weren’t the outcomes you wanted. In writing, the rough draft is the moment of regret and editing is your do-over. We can all use a do-over every now and again, right?
That vision I talked about, it’s pretty important. It is, in fact, the majority of the reason I get up to write. Every scene I write is there to emotionally engage the audience. If Chris and Matt are having an argument, I’d hate to have my readers laughing. When Chris and Aiden are making love, I wouldn’t want people to become angry. Unless…well you know…
So, back to the original question: What’s my favorite part of being an author? I love having the ability to make people really feel things with my words. I believe stories have a binding power. They’re something we can all relate to. When a writer does an outstanding job with their characters, you feel exactly what they’re feeling, be it love, desire, or heartbreak. I’d be thrilled it if readers came away questioning what they believed. Or maybe, my books reaffirmed how they already felt. Hopefully, my readers become almost as engaged with my books as I am.
I invite you to read my books and share in my vision. Get to know my boys and see if they don’t challenge you. Thank you.
Liz Borino is the debut author of Expectations and its sequel, What Money Can’t Buy published by Lazy Day. Throughout her education, including a Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University, she’s kept her stories to herself, but this only child is all grown up and wants to share them with the world. Her roots are in Bethlehem, Pa, but she loves to experience new cultures. As fun as that is, Liz likes nothing better than curling up at home with a good book or her work in progress.
Expectations blurb: Expectations depicts the struggle between what we desire for ourselves and our familial obligations. The struggle is personified by Chris and Matt Taylor, identical twins, who are trying to win their overbearing father’s approval and acquire their trust funds. Love, money, and desire collide as Matt and Chris decide what’s really important to them. Amazon http://amzn.to/gBh9M3
What Money Can’t Buy blurb: What Money Can’t Buy, the sequel to Expectations, finds the two couples, Chris and Aiden and Matt and Carley, eagerly anticipating parenthood. However, their personal struggles continue. Though Matt overcame his dependency on alcohol, new temptations present themselves. And with Carley on bed rest, these temptations put a greater strain on their relationship. Chris continues to deal with issues regarding his father. These issues increase with greater proximity. When tragedy strikes, the best and worst in everyone is revealed. Can they stick together, or will their reactions tear them apart?
Reviewed by Dawn Judd at Sunday, May 15, 2011
Reviewed by Dawn Judd at Thursday, May 12, 2011
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There are a ton of free books coming out today, so I thought I would post our free Friday post today instead of Friday so you guys can take advantage of all the new books. Since there are so many, I'm just posting the pics with the links. You will have to click on them to read the descriptions! I will add more as they become available!
Reviewed by Dawn Judd at Wednesday, May 11, 2011