Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Teaser Tuesday [19]

Hosted by MizB at Should be Reading

The Hero's Lot (The Staff and the Sword, #2)

There were no words, no violence short of death that would satiate his need for justice. Martin threw back his head to yell at the sky and the deity beyond it. 

~pg. 190, e-arc of The Hero's Lot (The Staff and The Sword #2) by Patrick W. Carr


I recently finished this book and I absolutely loved it! I struggled to find a teaser that was deliciously tantalising without giving too much away. I really, really recommend this book. My review of it is here.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Book Blast: Dare Me by Eric Devine + Book Trailer + Giveaway

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Dare Me by Eric Devine Trailer

Dare Me trailer from Patrick Willems on Vimeo.


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Dare Me by Eric Devine

When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are. Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price? What does it take to stay true to one’s self in the face of relentless pressure?

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Author Bio - Eric Devine

Eric  DevineEric Devine is the Young Adult fiction author of Dare Me (pub. date 10/8/13), Tap Out and This Side of Normal.
He is also a high school English teacher and education consultant.
Eric married his high school sweetheart, and together they are raising two daughters in Upstate, NY.
He is represented by Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.
Both Dare Me and Tap Out are edited by Lisa Cheng and published by Running Press.




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Saturday, 27 July 2013

The Hero's Lot by Patrick W. Carr Blog Tour - Review + Tens List + Giveaway

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The Hero's Lot (The Staff and the Sword #2) by Patrick W. Carr


Title: The Hero's Lot

Series: The Staff and the Sword #2

Author: 
Patrick W. Carr

Published: 15th July 2013 by Bethany House Publishers


Source: E-ARC from NetGalley for an honest review




Riveting Sequel from Christian Fantasy's Most Talented New Voice.

When Sarin Valon, the corrupt secondus of the conclave, flees Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But other forces bent on the destruction of the kingdom remain and conspire to accuse Errol and his friends of a conspiracy to usurp the throne.

In a bid to keep the three of them from the axe, Archbenefice Canon sends Martin and Luis to Errol's home village, Callowford, to discover what makes him so important to the kingdom. But Errol is also accused of consorting with spirits. Convicted, his punishment is a journey to the enemy kingdom of Merakh, where he must find Sarin Valon, and kill him. To enforce their sentence, Errol is placed under a compulsion, and he is driven to accomplish his task or die resisting.

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My Review

You know when you a read a series and the first book's amazing but when you get to the long-awaited sequel, it's just a really big let down? Well this is nothing at all like that.

I love fantasy, as I may have mentioned before on many, many occasions, and so I have read a lot of very good fantasy books. A Cast of Stones held so much promise in becoming one of my favourite fantasy series and I am very pleased to say that The Hero's Lot absolutely placed itself high in my list of 'everyone-must-read-this!' books.

All the characters you loved from the first book (and many you loved to hate) appear again in this book and continue to grow and be absolutely amazing! There were a few characters from the first book that we didn't meet until the end and it was great to know more of them and see the different relationships grow and change. I especially loved Martin in this book and how his character changed from meeting the solis. I had mixed feelings about him and how he'd been to Errol but I fell in love with him (not romanitcally of course!) in this book and his meeting with Antil was just fantastic!

The story was wonderful and in my opinion it was perfectly paced. There was enough action/drama/suspense/adventure for me to be hungrily awaiting the next page yet it was also slow enough that I felt so much of the characters and they became as big a part of the story as the plot.

There's not much else I can say about this book, I mean praises can only go so far. It has been one of my reading highlights of the year and the only complaint I have is that the next book isn't expected to be published until next year, which is totally unacceptable because I need it now!

If you like fantasy, read this book. If you don't like fantasy read this book anyway because it could definitely make you fall in love with the genre!

5/5 Whales




A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword #1) by Patrick W. Carr

An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love.

In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.

Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.




Ten's List with Patrick W. Carr

My Top Ten Fantasy Characters:
1.       Bilbo Baggins
2.       Frodo Baggins
Seriously, you can’t have a fantasy character list without the pair that sets the standard all others are judged by. Even before the blockbuster movies were made, Tolkien was a giant in fantasy fiction.
3.       Aslan
4.       The Pevensie children
“The Chronicles of Narnia” are a wonderful example of how fantasy can be written on two levels. C. S. Lewis did an amazing job of writing wonderful stories that also communicate on an allegorical level.
5.       Thomas Covenant
Stephen R. Donaldson wrote “The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant” in the mid ‘70’s and defined the quintessential anti-hero. His gritty, edgy story of a leper that gets pulled into a different world sold 6 million copies worldwide.
6.       Pug
7.       Tomas
These are Raymond E. Feist’s two protagonists from his book “Magician.” The whole series is good, but this first book is amazing.
8.       Belgarion (along with all the rest of the characters)
In the early ‘80’s David Eddings wrote the bestselling “Belgariad,” comprised of five books. His characterization is the best I’ve ever read, bar none.
9.       Rand ‘al Thor
The protagonist in the just completed “Wheel of Time” series is a wonderful example of the monomyth. This series is long, very long. There are fourteen books, each of which comes close to a thousand pages, but the story is well worth the time and amazing in its own right: it took twenty-three years and two authors to write.
10.   Harry Dresden
Jim Butcher’s protagonist in “The Dresden Files” is a mix between Phillip Marlowe and Van Helsing and Butcher manages to make it work. The series is definitely for adults, but each book (especially after the first three) is an amped adrenaline rush from start to finish.

- I've had Magician sitting beside my bed for years, I really must get around to reading it! And David Edding's Blegariad is I think one of the first fantasy books I ever read and it hooked me onto the genre completely. Fantastic list, thank you for sharing!




Author Bio - Patrick W. Carr

Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.


Book Links
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Friday, 26 July 2013

Map Puzzle Blog Tour: King by R.J. Larson - Guest Post + Map Puzzle + Blog Tour

On Tour with Prism Book Tours...

King (Books of the Infinite, # 3)

King by R.J. Larson
Paperback, 352 pages
Published: 1st July 2013 by Bethany House

Akabe of Siphra is certain his people are insane. 

Why have they made him a king? 
What, in the name of peacetime boredom do kings do?

Frustrated by a lengthy silence from his Creator, the Infinite, Akabe decides to prove himself as king by undertaking a monumental task, his own lifelong dream: Rebuild the Infinite’s temple in Siphra. 

But Akabe’s impulsive decision sweeps him into a storm of controversy. The Infinite’s enemies join forces in Siphra, and beyond, conspiring to destroy the emerging temple—and to kill their king and his mysterious new queen.







Guest Post by R.J. Larson


3. Istgard and Ytar: Romance and action--the balancing act 

From Parne, the map shifts to Istgard and the beleaguered border town of Ytar. It is at this crossroads between two countries and the city-state of Parne that the plotline balancing act begins in earnest. 

What balancing act, you ask?



Well, because the Books of the Infinite
series is written for guys and gals who love “high-end YA”, I strove to maintain a constant balance between action and romance, with drama and an occasional splash of comic relief to ease tension in the plot lines. And throughout this interweaving of action and romance, I added the tie that binds it all together—hints of the ancient accounts from scriptures that we’ve all grown up reading together. 



This symmetry between lovely gowns, awesome weaponry, and pondering the eternal Word has inspired husbands and wives to read together. Parents have written to let me know that they are reading the series with their kids (and pushing back bedtimes). 

I’m amazed, delighted, and…continuing the balancing act! 



Author Bio - R.J. Larson

R.J. Larson


R.J. Larson is the author of numerous devotionals featured in publications such as Women's Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman's Heart. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons. Prophet marks her debut in the fantasy genre.





Author Links
Website - Blog - Facebook - Twitter




Giveaway

July 22 - August 16

Print copy of Prophet, Judge & King.  USA, Canada, UK only.


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Map Puzzle Tour...






22 - Launch!



Kien (Judge cover) is the original owner of the map... the scrolling mimics his sword...





Follow the tour to reveal the entire map!




23 – ADDLibrarian - Review

-          Rose & Beps Blog  "Compass"


24 – TheWonderings of One Person - Review




25 – TheOther World  "Beginnings"


26 – Piecesof Whimsy - Review



-          Christy’s Cozy Corner 



-          JL Mbewe


1 – Worthy 2Read 


2 – Mommasez…


4 –  Backing Books 


-          Mel’s Shelves 



-          A Tiffyfit’s Reading Corner 



9 – Grand Finale







Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Waiting on Wednesday [30]

Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1)
Antigoddess
(Goddess War #1)
by Kendare Blake
Expected Publication: 10th September 2013


From Goodreads:

The Goddess War begins in Antigoddess, the first installment of the new series by acclaimed author of Anna Dressed in Blood, Kendare Blake.
 
Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god. 

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning. 

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out. 

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.


Gods, goddesses, mythology.. I am so excited for this book! I have the Anna series beside my bed, yet to read, but I have high hopes for them and high hopes for this series! The synopsis just makes me want to have this book in my hands right now! NOW!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday [20]

Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT Pick Up A Book!


 



1. New Adult
Any time I see the words 'New Adult' for a book genre, I make sure to carefully read the blurb as though I've read a couple of good NA books, so far most just seem to be almost the same as YA but with more (much more) sex. So far this new genre is not appealing to me.


2. Horror and/or Thriller
I don't like watching sacry movies and I don't like reading scary books. it's as simple as that.


3. "The next [insert popular book here]"
I want my books to be able to draw me in on their own. I don't want them to have to rely on other peoples popularity.


4. Werewolves
They're not so exciting. I mean, who wants to say they've been kissing a big furry wolf all day? Not very romantic.


5. Fanfiction to Novel
Fanfiction is fanfiction and novels are novels. I like both, by themselves they are good, but I don't particularly like changing fanfiction into a book. I think some things work better in their original form.


6. Erotica
I'm fine with sex in my books, but not 90% of it. It's just not a genre I'm into.


7. High School
They just annoy me. The drama that is in these books is not all that unrealistic but I just can't get past the idiocy and stupid of high school dramas.



8. Religious Fiction
I have nothing against religion, but I don't want to read something that preaches to me every time I read a sentence. It really kicks me out of the story.


9. Sports
I have no interest in any sports inside or outside of a book, so reading about them is just plain boring.



10. 'Sex crazy'
If someone is described as sex crazy then it's a safe bet to assume that throughout the book that one of their partners or their best friend or some other person will grab their interest and though they'll try to fight the affection and just focus on the lust, they'll eventually succumb to their feelings and realise what they've been missing.

Also, describing someone as 'sex crazed' just makes me cringe.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Book Blast: The Hero's Lot by Patrick W. Carr + Giveaway


The Hero's Lot (The Staff and the Sword #2) by Patrick W. Carr

Riveting Sequel from Christian Fantasy's Most Talented New Voice.

When Sarin Valon, the corrupt secondus of the conclave, flees Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But other forces bent on the destruction of the kingdom remain and conspire to accuse Errol and his friends of a conspiracy to usurp the throne.

In a bid to keep the three of them from the axe, Archbenefice Canon sends Martin and Luis to Errol's home village, Callowford, to discover what makes him so important to the kingdom. But Errol is also accused of consorting with spirits. Convicted, his punishment is a journey to the enemy kingdom of Merakh, where he must find Sarin Valon, and kill him. To enforce their sentence, Errol is placed under a compulsion, and he is driven to accomplish his task or die resisting.

Book Links



A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword #1) by Patrick W. Carr

An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love.

In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone's search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he's joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.

Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom's dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny.

Book Links
Amazon - Barnes & Noble



Author Bio - Patrick W. Carr

Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

Book Links
Website - Facebook - Goodreads



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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Stacking the Shelves [26]

Hosted by Tynga's Reviews
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews about sharing the books you've added to your shelves in the past week, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks. Click on the book titles to take you to their goodreads page.


BOUGHT:

Fallen in Love (Fallen, #3.5)   Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1)   Reboot (Reboot, #1)

Fallen In Love (Fallen #3.5) by Lauren Kate (hardcover) - $2 second-hand 
Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #1) by Fiona Paul (paperback) - New
Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera (paperback) - New


WON:



Boy Nobody

Boy Nobody (Boy Nobody #1) by Allen Zadoff (paperback) - From Date A Book

Friday, 19 July 2013

Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu Blog Tour - Interview + Giveaway



Catching Liam (Good Girls Don't, #1)

Catching Liam (Good Girls Don't #1) by Sophia Bleu
NA Contemporary Romance
Published: Summer 2013

Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn't just a game for Jillian and her friends, it's a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you're bound for heart ache.

So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can't—or perhaps won't—take a hint. 

Study abroad student Liam doesn't want to be another notch on Jillian's bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa's set expiration date means he can't promise her forever. That doesn't mean he's going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance. 

Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they're playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart.

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Interview with Sophia Bleu

When did you decide you wanted to write contemporary romance novels?

I’ve always loved contemporary romance novels.  I started writing them in college, so about ten years ago, but I never finished one.  I actually cut my writing and publishing teeth in science fiction much to my surprise, but I’m happy to be back writing contemporary.

What genre is your favourite to read, and what's your favourite to write (if they're different)?

I love reading contemporary novels, whether they are YA or adult.  Although my other favorite would be literary fantasy (think A Discovery of Witches... Matthew? Yum.)  I write in several genres, and as long as there’s kissing in the books, I’m happy.

Definitely agree with you there. I love fantasy and a little bit of kissing always makes a book sweeter. ;)
Who is currently your #1 book boyfriend?

That is so hard to say.  I’m crushing on Cross from Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, but I also have a mammoth crush on Hudson Pierce from Fixed on You and Cole from By Referral Only.  Wait, you said #1?  I have to choose one?  What circle of hell is this?

Hehe, I like my questions to have a bit of evil. ;)
Which of your characters was the hardest to write?

Tara, because I can see the good in her, even though most readers can’t.  Probably because Tara is really bad at showing it.  It’s just who she is.

Where's your favourite place to go for inspiration?

The beach.  We recently moved near the ocean and I find it very calming. 

Unless my kids are with me and then I’m just in a near state of panic, because they are terrible swimmers and I’m even worse.  And sharks!  It’s the ocean, and I’ve seen Jaws. 

But all that nervousness gets pent up and I release it into my novels at home, so I can glean inspiration from most situations.

How has publishing Catching Liam affected you and your life?

This book came along at the right time for me and I had a lot of fun writing it.  I’d had a stressful year with writing deadlines and contracts, and Liam was a wild ride.  I enjoyed every minute of writing it, which was so refreshing.

Any future stories in the works?

I’m working on two companions novels featuring Jess and Cassie right now, and a bunch of other stuff.  My brain never stops.

And finally, if you were told you had to live on a deserted island and the only items you're allowed to take to the island are three books, what books would you choose?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Anne of Green Gables
A notebook

Thank you Sophia! A notebook- what a great idea, I would definitely need to take one of them with me!



Author Bio - Sophia Bleu


Sophia Bleu is a secret identity where I can write about fantasies and falling in love and all the smexiness in between.  In real life, I'm likely catching a plane, chasing kids, or making out with the love of my life—all 6 ft 3 inches of hotness that he is.  Life is pretty good.



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