Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday's Spotlight: S.T.A.G.S

35154365Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend.

It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin' shootin' fishin'. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered.

But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry's parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days, as the three bloodsports - hunting, shooting and fishing - become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school...

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tour Sign-Up: Bridge of the Gods



Blog Tour will run from January 22nd - 26th!

 There's a book description, author bio, and review copies.
The book is open for review! 

A DIY media packet and simple HTMLs for Blogger and Wordpress will be provided to everybody.

Posts must be up by 10am EST on your scheduled date and does NOT have to be the top post
(but preferably in the top 4!)

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 Title: Bridge of the Gods (Generation Son Chronicles #1)
Author:  C.J. Rose
Genre:YA Mythology/Folk Tale
Book Summary- Luthor McAlester is a teenage boy living in San Diego, California. His father died when he was a child. Leaving him to become man of the house, living with his mother and younger sister. On his 18th birthday he discovers a power that has been held dormant until now. He is unsure what to do with it in the absence of this father’s guidance. His best friend Gwen, who claims to be oblivious, knows more than she is telling. Can Luthor figure out how to use his power and help the Gods like they ask with just the help of his best friend? Or will the lack of guidance from his father prove to be more than young Luthor can handle?



 Purchase Links:
Amazon / Cookbook / Review ARC
Review from a local reporter-
Phil Angelo -writer for the Daily Journal


It is, perhaps, since the dawn of time, the fantasy of every teen boy.
Give me superpowers. Make me Spiderman. Make me Harry Potter. If I'm not Batman, Robin will do.
In that vein, C.J. Rose, of Bourbonnais, tells the fictional story of Luthor McAlester, a San Diego, southern California 18-year-old tapped by the gods of Greece to rescue them. If you have to rescue someone, it might as well be Zeus.
Rose's book is called "Bridge of the Gods," a Generation Son novel.
This is Rose's first book and she writes under the pseudonym C.J.
Rose. She's a hairdresser, but has always had a big lover for science fiction fantasy.
We were given a 450-page manuscript to review. It's a lot of book.
The two main characters are Luthor and Gwen, high school students. Luthor emerges as a traveler, someone with the gift of traveling through time, though the specific target is back to the days of Mount Olympus. Gwen is his guardian. They have a budding romance, just a bit more than a crush. There is no graphic sex in the book.
The powers that these two have are apparently hereditary. Most teens just get the car keys from their dads. Luthor gets the ability to see visions.
Labriola spins out the story as a series of riddles. Much of the action in the early part of the book involves Luthor, and the reader, just figuring out what a series of visions mean. In addition, Luthor reads a diary his father left behind. Much of the story is told through dialogue.
You get the picture. The action in this book is as much cerebral as it is physical. The real physical fighting takes place in the latter third of
the book. Luthor has a task to perform and he must overcome an opponent.
A working knowledge of Greek mythology would help you get through the book. It would have helped for the author to include a glossary of the Greek gods and their powers up front. Labriola borrows from other science fiction genres. Like Superman, Luthor seems to talk to a hologram of his deceased father.
There are times when the point of view in the book wanders. Sometimes the story is told through Luthor. Sometimes it is told through Gwen. Sometimes it even seems to be told through the dad. There are moments when the switch can be disconcerting, especially if the pronoun leaves you wondering who is really saying what at the moment. There are passages in Latin, which seem confusing if you have Greek gods. Better the passages would be in Greek.
Labriola gets high marks for plot here. This is a thinking person's book, not just a series of explosions and battles. It's certainly suitable for teens who like this kind of adventure. And, as we often take into account, a reasonably priced summertime read.


                                           Title:Official Companion Cookbook (Generation Chronicles 1)
Author: C.J. Rose                                              
Genre: Nonfiction Cookbook                            
Summary:                                                        
 Let your taste buds come along on a ride through some of the most classic to the old world recipes. These recipes follow the character of the Generation Son Chronicles series as well as some of the favorites from the people involved with the books.


Author Summary- Now a little bit about her. RoseAnn Labriola, penning as C.J. Rose. I was born and raised here in Illinois, not far from Chicago. I am a hairstylist, with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. I have always loved writing, whether it was poems, song lyrics or stories. I decided it was time to sit down and put my thoughts to paper of a story concept I have played with for long time. In the process, it developed into the full length version that I am proud to call my first published book, Bridge of the Gods – A Generation Son Chronicle. Now I have 3 novels in the series as well as a companion cookbook.


Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/GenerationSon/
Email- generationsonbog@yahoo.com
Twitter- @generationson
Tumbler- generationson
Snapchat- lovely1078
Instagram- C.J. Rose
Blog-http://squeakymobster.wixsite.com/generationsoninc





Tour Sign-Up: A Game Worth Watching


Blog Tour will run from January 15th - 19th!

 There's a book description, author bio, and review copies.
The book is open for review! 

A DIY media packet and simple HTMLs for Blogger and Wordpress will be provided to everybody.

Posts must be up by 10am EST on your scheduled date and does NOT have to be the top post
(but preferably in the top 4!)

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q5R1Y1iI7ADSVnZt4jt8Coore5Q8HAFP7Va61PDmMKM

 
Book Summary for A Game Worth Watching:
All her life, people have told 17-year-old tomboy Emma Wrangton that she’s not good enough, smart enough, or strong enough to succeed in life. Somewhere along the way, she started to believe them.

Without the promise of a respectable future after graduation, all Emma wants is to cherish her senior year by playing basketball with the guys and spending as much time as possible with her best friend before he heads off to some fancy university, leaving her behind. But when the high school basketball coach recruits her to join the team—the girls’ team—Emma discovers life is anything but a slam dunk. How is she supposed to know how to be one of the girls when all she’s ever been is one of the guys?


Buy Link: Amazon
Author Bio:
A former three-sport athlete in high school, Samantha grew up with a ball in one hand and a book in the other. From the moment her first grade teacher asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, Samantha knew she wanted to be an author.

Samantha currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children. She is the author of the Worth Series, which currently includes A Game Worth Watching and A Shot Worth Taking.
Contact Links: 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Review Copies Available! The Blended Ones

 Author Angela Ford is offering review copies of: The Blended Ones for interested bloggers. You have until October 31 to review. Bloggers will receive an ebook copy of the book and will have until the end of October to post their review(s) on Amazon and their blog. This is different from a blog tour as there will not be a set schedule, bloggers are required to review on their own time (before the end of the deadline). If you would like to participate, please fill out the form below. Please note that signing up will not guarantee you a review copy. Selected bloggers will be notified by email.
 
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 The Blended Ones
by Angela Ford
Genre: Fantasy
Published: April 10th, 2017
Pages: 411

Summary from Goodreads: 
Phyllis and her 17 year old twin sister, Ilieus are blended ones. But Ilieus suffers from vision of darkness she is unable to discern. Forsaken by their parents the two cross the country in search of the Order of the Wise for help.

Cuthan the Charmer is mischievous enough to change anyone s mind with a smile and a wink. Born into a family of treasure hunters, he s searching for the key to unlocking his dormant powers.

Pharengon the Horse Lord was born to be King. Young and inexperienced he seeks a weapon to turn the tide of the war in his favor. But when his very own army betrays him, he will have to turn to the Lost Ones for assistance.

Caught in the fate of the Eastern World the youths destinies become twisted together in a frightful quest that will change the course of time. In the midst of their whirlwind adventure, they discover love, loss and uncover the truth about who and what is behind the chaotic, spiraling events in the Eastern World.



Purchase Links:
Amazon / iBooks / Nook / Google Play /


About the Author:
Brought up as a bookworm and musician, Angela J. Ford began writing The Four Worlds Series—a fantasy series—at the age of twelve. The story-line of those books was largely based off of the imaginative games she played with her sisters. Angela originally finished the series when she was sixteen.
 After college, Angela began to
rewrite The Four Worlds Series, bringing it from a child’s daydream to an adventure young and old can enjoy. Since it is inspired by fairy tales, high magic, and epic fantasy, Angela knows you’ll enjoy your adventures within the Four Worlds.

If you happen to be in Nashville, you’ll most likely find her at a local coffee shop, enjoying a
white chocolate mocha and furiously working on her next book. Make sure you say hello!
Stay in touch: www.TheFourWorldsSeries.com

Author links: 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aford21/



Blitz: Fleet by Brian Marshall


Blog Tour will run from October 16th - October 20th!

 There's a book description, author bio, excerpts, and review copies.
The book is open for review! 


A DIY media packet and simple HTMLs for Blogger and Wordpress will be provided to everybody.

Posts must be up by 10am EST on your scheduled date and does NOT have to be the top post
​(but preferably in the top 4!)

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q5R1Y1iI7ADSVnZt4jt8Coore5Q8HAFP7Va61PDmMKM


Fleet
by Brian T. Marshall
Genre: Mythology
Published: April 19, 2017

Summary: 
A man, lost and naked, on the streets of Manhattan, pleading in an unknown tongue. The retired linguist who realizes it's an archaic Greek, unspoken for three thousand years. And the young woman who befriends them both, just in time for an unlikely quest. From New York to LA, Nebraska to Delphi, Fleet travels a labyrinth, with a mystery as old as mankind lying at its very heart.





Advance Praise:

Once in a while, out of the blue, you run across a brilliant book that takes you on a wild ride through an alternate world, a world that sucks you in completely and only releases you when you have turned that last page, bereft that the ride has ended, dazed in reverie at the emotions it has evoked. Fleet is one of those books. Masterfully crafted by the author, it slowly but stealthily draws you in to a fantastic tale -- one full of mystery,excitement and suspense, drenched in classic themes, awash in pathos and drama with strands of a philosophic bent interwoven. This book will stay with you for a long time. - Connie (Amazon Customer)


 Purchase Links:
Brian Marshall About the Author:
Raised by a band of feral authors hidden in the deep north woods, Brian Marshall was no ordinary child. Proper syntax flowed through his veins. Semi-colons were his crib mates. And as he grew older, he came to realize these unique gifts were meant to serve good, not evil.

Abandoning his wayward clan, he set out in search of a sensei, the fabled Tan Line, Master of Men and high priest of punctuation. Under his rigid tutelage, the boy’s talents found full flower, till the fateful day arrived when the pupil outpaced his master. Would he now rise to take that mantle? Assail the bestseller list?

Alas no. For along with great power, he had found something else. A rare prize called humility. From that day forward he would toil away in deepest obscurity. Not for him the accolades, or the tawdry lure of fame, but instead the pursuit of merest spark, to be Kindled into full flame.

For is it not written that to win the world, a wise man begins with one reader?

Author Link:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Blog Tour: 51 Sleepless Nights

Blog Tour will run from October 23th - November 3!

 There's a book description, author bio, excerpts, and review copies.
The book is open for review! 


A DIY media packet and simple HTMLs for Blogger and Wordpress will be provided to everybody.

Posts must be up by 10am EST on your scheduled date and does NOT have to be the top post
​(but preferably in the top 4!)

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q5R1Y1iI7ADSVnZt4jt8Coore5Q8HAFP7Va61PDmMKM

51 Sleepless Nightsby Tobias Wade
Genre: Horror
Published June 18th 2017 


About book: 51 Sleepless Nights is a diverse collection of short horror stories including the grizzly confessions of a serial killer, parallel dimensions, becoming trapped in a virtual world, and encountering ancient aliens buried beneath the Earth's crust. Demons, monsters, psychopaths, undead, mad experiments and paranormal - no matter what makes your heart race, you're guaranteed to face your fear with these terrifying tales.




Advanced Praise: 

 Surreal, beautiful, haunting. (M. Ravin)

- I love how they don't follow the normal horror cliches. Great twists, kept me guessing till the end! (T. Wilson) 


About the Author: 
Former neuroscience researcher, born again horror writer. During my studies, it struck me as odd that I could learn so much about why humans behave without understanding the intricacies of human nature. It occurred to me I learned more about the depths of human experience from reading Dostoyevsky than I ever had from my text books, and I was inspired to write.After several years of selling scripts in Los Angeles, I have turned my focus toward my own publications. Full time novelist, script writer, and horror blogger.




Sunday, August 6, 2017

Blog Tour: The Four Worlds Series 1-3 by Angela Ford











Blog Tour will run from October 23th - November 3!

 There's a book description, author bio, excerpts, guest posts, and interviews.
The book is open for review! (I have links to the first two, and book three will be ready in September!)

A DIY media packet and simple HTMLs for Blogger and Wordpress will be provided to everybody.

Posts must be up by 10am EST on your scheduled date and does NOT have to be the top post
(but preferably in the top 4!)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q5R1Y1iI7ADSVnZt4jt8Coore5Q8HAFP7Va61PDmMKM


Eliesmore: The Green Stone (The Four Worlds Series #3)
by Angela J. Ford
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publishing: September 9th, 2017

Summary from Goodreads: 
Run, run as fast as you can. Never stop...
Changers have arisen, wreaking havoc as they harvest the world, searching for the Green Stone. The South World sinks in despair, holding its breath, waiting for the One.

Eliesmore is a Blended One, growing up on the edge of the forest of the creatures of the wood. Young, headstrong, and inspired by magical rituals, he spends his time between his overprotective mother and sneaking out to dance with the wild things.
His courage is tested when Eliesmore discovers that he is the One who is meant to save the Four Worlds from the Changers. Unwilling to accept his fate, he turns his back on the prophecy and the futile quest to dissolve the Green Stone.

But Eliesmore will soon learn he cannot escape his destiny. Beset by creatures of the deep and hunted by servants of the Changers, Eliesmore finds his task will test the loyalty of his companions and help him answer the ultimate question:

Can he trust the immortals – or are they the reason the Changers have come to power?





The Blended Ones (The Four Worlds #2) 
Phyllis and her 17 year old twin sister, Ilieus are blended ones. But Ilieus suffers from vision of darkness she is unable to discern. Forsaken by their parents the two cross the country in search of the Order of the Wise for help.

Cuthan the Charmer is mischievous enough to change anyone s mind with a smile and a wink. Born into a family of treasure hunters, he s searching for the key to unlocking his dormant powers.

Pharengon the Horse Lord was born to be King. Young and inexperienced he seeks a weapon to turn the tide of the war in his favor. But when his very own army betrays him, he will have to turn to the Lost Ones for assistance.

Caught in the fate of the Eastern World the youths destinies become twisted together in a frightful quest that will change the course of time. In the midst of their whirlwind adventure, they discover love, loss and uncover the truth about who and what is behind the chaotic, spiraling events in the Eastern World.


 


The Five Warriors (The Four Worlds #1)
What if... your best friend started a rebellion in the middle of a war? your lover awakened a deep evil and helped it grow? your people were too cowardly to face a battle? you stole an ancient power source? you gambled with the fate of the world?

  


 "The characters were well-written and well-developed, the story was clear and enjoyable without being predictable, and there were a couple of evenings I stayed up later than I intended just so I could get to the end of a chapter. If you're a fantasy fan, you're going to LOVE this!" —Amazon review



About the Author:
Brought up as a bookworm and musician, Angela J. Ford began writing The Four Worlds Series—a fantasy series—at the age of twelve. The story-line of those books was largely based off of the imaginative games she played with her sisters. Angela originally finished the series when she was sixteen.
 After college, Angela began to
rewrite The Four Worlds Series, bringing it from a child’s daydream to an adventure young and old can enjoy. Since it is inspired by fairy tales, high magic, and epic fantasy, Angela knows you’ll enjoy your adventures within the Four Worlds.

If you happen to be in Nashville, you’ll most likely find her at a local coffee shop, enjoying a
white chocolate mocha and furiously working on her next book. Make sure you say hello!
Stay in touch: www.TheFourWorldsSeries.com

Author links: 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aford21/