Saturday, March 20, 2010

Review: Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman

Thirteen Days to Midnight
By: Patrick Carman
304 pages
Will be released April 12, 2010

Jacob Fielding has a superpower.  He is indestructible.  He received the power when his foster father said those words to him when they were in an automobile accident.  His foster father, Mr. Fielding, died in the accident, leaving Jacob to live with the priests who run the small private school that he attends.  When he returns to school after the accident, his best friend, Milo Coffin, whose parents own a rare bookstore, introduces Jacob to a new student, Ophelia James.  Ophelia or Oh for short is beautiful and the first thing she asks Jacob to do is sign the cast on her broken arm.  He is the first person to sign it and for some reason, he is compelled to write "You are indestructible."  Somehow this passes the power on to Oh, who later has an awful skateboarding accident that she walks away from without even a scratch.  This opens up a whole can of worms in which the trio investigate the limits of the power.  Oh becomes addicted, believing that she must help save lives with it.  Each time that Jacob releases it, a strange feeling grows, making him wonder if he should be allowing the transfer.  Jacob and Milo go in search of answers, believing that Mr. Fielding had many secrets.  What they find will turn their worlds upside down and change them forever.

This was a fascinating story that really makes you wonder.  Are superpowers really worth all the trouble?  Would it be a blessing or a curse to have such a thing?  What would you use the power of indestructibility for?  These are just a few of the questions that Jacob and his friends have.  The answers they reveal are painful and sometimes disturbing.  Milo is a very likeable character but Ophelia seems to be trouble most of the time.  In the end though, she's not so bad and neither is the future in store for Jacob.  Despite all, he's really a pretty lucky guy, all things considered.  This was a fast-paced, enjoyable read.

Review: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Ship Breaker
By: Paolo Bacigalupi
336 pages
Will be released May 1, 2010

Nailer is a teenaged boy of about fourteen or fifteen who is part of a ship breaking crew.  He lives somewhere around a fictional New Orleans, where the city has been flooded.  He climbs down into small ducts in search of copper wires and other valuable salvage.  One day a duct that he's working in collapses, dropping Nailer into a pit of oil.  He calls for help, but the young girl, Sloth, who comes in looking for him, realizes that she has the opportunity to take his place and possibly get rich from his find.  Oil is like gold to their people.  Everybody hopes to be the next Lucky Strike, a fellow worker who now has his own crew and  loads of influence in the community ever since he found a valuable salvage that he claimed for himself.  Nailer keeps pushing himself and finally finds a way out of the pit by releasing a door, allowing him and the oil to flow out into the ocean.  His friends nickname him Lucky Boy and give him gifts.  The next day, a huge storm demolishes shacks and kills several crew workers.  In the aftermath of the storm, Nailer and his friend and co-worker Pima are out scavenging when they come upon a broken clipper ship.  The contents are luxurious and they both excitedly believe that they have found their way out of their miserable lives.  Everybody aboard is dead, with the exception of a beautiful young girl named Nita.  Nita claims that her family will pay even more than what her ship is worth for her safe return.  Nailer must defend Nita against his abusive, alcoholic father who wants to sell Nita to her father's enemies.  The pair escape to the city along with a half-dog, half-man creature named Tool in search of those loyal to Nita and her father.  They settle into a routine of work and exploration while they stay on the lookout for Nita's people.  It's difficult to know who they can and cannot trust and what lies in store for them.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  The reference to New Orleans being flooded and rebuilt several times is interesting.  You have to wonder if the world will see something like this one day.  Our poor children of today, if they ever had to work like Nailer and his crew, then surely they wouldn't survive.  Ship Breaker held my interest though it was a little slow to start.  It is definitely a unique read and should appeal to both adult and YA readers.

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Contest for Demonia Bat Wing Wallet is here.

Contest for Alice in Wonderland Locket Necklace is here.

Contest for Twilight Graphic Novel Volume 1 is here.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Review: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

The Girl Who Chased the Moon
By: Sarah Addison Allen
288 pages
Buy from Amazon
Source: Pump Up Your Book!

Following the death of her mother, city girl Emily Benedict, moves to the small Southern town of Mullaby, North Carolina, to live with her only remaining relative, one her mother never spoke of.  The relative is her mother's dad, called a giant and feared by many residents of Mullaby.  She is dumbstruck from the moment she arrives, that night seeing the mysterious Mullaby Lights, and hearing tales of her mother that sound nothing like the way she remembers her.  Dulcie Shelby, Emily's mother, founded a girl's school along with many other altruistic efforts that never seemed to satisfy her.  She never seemed to feel as if she had done enough.  According to townsfolk, Dulcie was a popular, spoiled girl who hurt others with her words and actions.  Emily has a hard time believing the things they say.  She meets her next door neighbor, Julia Winterson, a woman with a troubled past, who runs J's Barbecue (which was Julia's father's restaurant) when she thinks she wants nothing more than to move back to Baltimore and the "perfect" life awaiting her there.  Julia's father died, leaving behind a restaurant in death, so she begrudgingly stays on in Mullaby to nurse the restaurant out of debt and sell it for a profit.  On Emily's first walk to town, she has an anxiety attack, inadvertently attracting the attention of a teenaged boy who is her own age.  Regardless of the weather, he's always wearing a white linen suit and bow tie.  His name is Win Coffey and he claims to have history with Emily.  She is inexplicably drawn to him as was her mother to Win's uncle twenty odd years ago.  That particular attraction caused such an irreversable tragedy that some wonder if history will repeat itself in Emily and Win.

Sarah Addison Allen is my favorite author in what I like to call the mainstream paranormal fiction genre.  What I mean is that, even people who claim not to enjoy books of a paranormal nature will find books of this kind interesting.  I've previously read her novel, Garden Spells, which was her debut, and was very impressed.  Though I haven't read The Sugar Queen, I haven't been disappointed so far.  The magic is in the details, such as the wallpaper of Emily's room that changes with her moods and the Mullaby Lights that seem to have a mind of their own.  The story stands alone, but Ms. Allen has a way of seducing you with her words.  The way she describes things is a powerful gift that I can't wait to see more of.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Future Releases I Hunger For

Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris (10th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series)
releases May 4
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (5th book in the Vampire Academy series)
releases May 18
Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine (8th book in the Morganville Vampires series)
releases April 27
Infinity: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon (1st in a new series, Chronicles of Nick)
releases June 8
Insatiable by Meg Cabot (stand alone novel)
releases June 8

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Interesting Article posted an interesting article recently entitled 10 Movies that Were Better than the Books.  Check out the article and be sure to read some of the comments.  They'll have you rolling. lol

Review: The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage

The Stillburrow Crush
By: Linda Kage
Young Adult
212 pages
Buy from Amazon
Source: Around the World Tours

Carrie Paxton is an average girl, daughter of a mechanic and a homemaker, from a speedbump town where the kids are put first in the city's list of priorities.  She writes for the school newspaper, which is read by everyone in town due to the fact that there isn't a city newspaper.  In her eyes, writing is the one thing that makes her special, her claim to fame.  Writing is actually how she ends up falling for the "it" boy at school.  She meets him after a game and interviews him for the newspaper.  His name is Luke Carter; he's the star quarterback, the banker's son and the town's hope for someone to make it famous in the world of professional sports.  Prior to this, Carrie had managed to avoid the mass hysteria for him but hates herself when she realizes that she is just like everybody else in her adoration for him.  She deliberately riles him up and when the interview is printed, he notices that she called him Lucas, which he despises.  A fact which he calls her on when he shows up at her dad's small used-car lot, claiming he's car shopping.  He asks her to take a walk with him and they end up at the park.  He pushes her in the swing but steps in front of her when some girls from school drive past, in effect, hiding Carrie from their view.  She confronts him about it and he denies that he's ashamed of being seen with her.  She storms off feeling more confused than ever.  That marks the beginning of their relationship and sets the stage for future interactions between the two of them.

Carrie's brother and his own crush play a signicant role in the book too.  He's estranged from the family and is involved in a secret that will bring the whole world crashing in on Carrie, hurting her and others in the process.
I'm going to call this the little novel that could.  I was blown away by how good it was.  I was prepared for a sappy, cute, predictable love story.  What I got was a heart-wrenching, roller coaster of emotions that kept me reading until the wee hours of morning.  The writing was easy to read and the story was realistic.  I absolutely fell in love with the characters.  Linda Kage will definitely be on my watch list.

Pick this one up and you will not be disappointed.  A great read for adults and one that you won't mind your teen daughters reading.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Gothic Doggie Clothes

I got an interesting email from Pretty Scary showing the most darling gothic clothes for doggie.  I don't even have a dog right now, but I can't resist the adorable goth mini skirt above.  Find this and lotsa other things that pets do and do not want at The Ritzy Rover Pet Boutique.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Contest for Demonia Bat Wing Wallet

In celebration of my bloggiversary, which was January 1 and my birthday, March 31, I'm giving away a few things. Next up, is a Demonia Bat Wing Wallet from Vampire Wear.

To be eligible to win, do one of more of the following.

*Comment on this post by telling me your favorite vampire of all time. +1
*Become a follower. +1
*Already a follower. +2
*Spread the word about the contest. +5

Don't forget to enter for the other contests.

Contest for Alice in Wonderland Locket Necklace

In celebration of my bloggiversary, which was January 1 and my birthday, March 31, I'm giving away a few things. This contest is for a lovely Alice in Wonderland locket from Hot Topic.

To be eligible to win, do one of more of the following.

*Comment on this post by telling me your favorite vampire of all time. +1
*Become a follower. +1
*Already a follower. +2
*Spread the word about the contest. +5

Don't forget to enter the other contests.

Contest for Twilight, the Graphic Novel, Vol. 1

In celebration of my bloggiversary, which was January 1 and my birthday, March 31, I'm giving away a few things.  First of which is a copy of the first graphic novel in the Twilight series to be released March 16 from Amazon.

To be eligible to win, do one of more of the following.
*Comment on this post by telling me your favorite vampire of all time. +1
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Don't forget to enter for the other contests.

Review: Bride of the Water God, Vol. 1 by Mi-Kyung Yun

Bride of the Water God, Vol. 1
By: Mi-Kyung Yun
184 pages
Buy from Amazon

This is the first volume in a Korean manga series that follows the life of Soah, a beautiful young girl, who is sacrificed by her village in the hopes of ending drought.  She is given to the Water God, Habaek, and must live in his kingdom of Suguk, but she is not prepared to be happy in this life and finds that she meets many wonderful beings in this magical land. 

I can't say much more about this without giving too much away.  As is custom in manga, there are many surprises in store for Soah.  Nothing is ever as it seems.  The artwork is rendered beautifully and the story is fresh and intriguing.  I am more familiar with Japanese manga, so after reading this, I will definitely be in search of more of the Korean variety.  The myth and folklore of Korea is also more unfamiliar to me and thus will provide me with an opportunity to explore more in that area as well.  If you pick up only one manga this year, let it be Bride of the Water God.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Last Minute Book Pimpage for Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

I so totally love the cover and the sound of this book.  Congrats Rachel and wishing you lots of sales!

Also, if you're a night owl like me, you may be able to get an entry into her contest here.  It ends at 12:00 am.   Eeek!

P.S. My friend, Prince Caspian, if you're out there somewhere, please propose to Rachel.  I'm already married and I have it on good authority that she's the next best thing.  Just kidding!  But seriously, Prince, propose already.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Guest Post: Carla Buckley - The Power of Research

I spent my high school and college years avoiding science classes. I delayed taking biology in high school until my senior year, and ended up at a college with no curriculum requirements. Physics terrifies me, and the closest I’ve ever come to a chemistry lab is hearing my husband talk about the one he’s designing at the university where he works. But here I am, an affirmed non-scientist, writing novels about science. Accordingly, I do a lot of research.

I start by reading everything I can get my hands on. I plunder the library and bookstores, then go online. Google Scholar is an amazing resource. Because my husband’s a scientist, he has access to scientific journals and papers that I wouldn’t otherwise come across. After I’ve picked my topic, he begins bringing me home all sorts of interesting reading material, most of it on the cutting edge of science.

Once I’ve built a basic understanding, I begin looking for experts in the field. This is my favorite part of research: talking to those actually doing the work. Their passion for their field of study transcends the written word. There’s nothing better than talking to a scientist on the verge of making a discovery, or facing down something the rest of us would run from. The casual comments they make, or the insights they provide, are like nuggets of gleaming gold in a bed of gray muck.

For The Things That Keep Us Here, I had to become acquainted with influenza viruses: what they look like, how they behave, how the seasonal variation differs from the one that rages out of control and causes a pandemic. One of the scientists I interviewed spent hours describing the virus, diagramming it, talking about its behavior in the wild. He walked me through his lab, showing me the equipment field researchers use to diagnose virus variants, the precautions they take to stay safe, and how much risk is involved in the work they do.

At the end of our last session, we sat down and talked about influenza, in particular H5N1, the variant scientists all over the world were closely monitoring. Despite his enthusiasm about his work, the topic was a grim one.

“You’re the father of two young children,” I said. “How would you keep them safe?”

He shook his head. “I couldn’t. The virus is airborne. It could get into my home no matter how tightly I closed my windows.”

I persisted. “What about masks? Wouldn’t they protect you?”

“My little girl is two years old. It would terrify her to see me wearing a mask, especially if she were feverish. I couldn’t possibly comfort her like that. I’d have to take it off.”

That was true. When your child is sick, your only thought is consoling them. You don’t think about getting sick yourself. But he was a scientist. He had to know tricks that the rest of us didn’t. “So what could you do?”

“Nothing.” He shrugged. “I’d get sick, my wife would get sick. We’d just have to wait and see which one of us survived.”

I stared at him. The question between us remain unvoiced: what if neither one of you survived? What would happen to his children then?

He folded his arms and looked at me. “You see,” he said, gently. “There is nothing we can do. It’s not a question of if we’re going to have a pandemic. It’s a question of when.”

That statement, delivered so matter-of-factly and with the power of scientific knowledge behind it, haunted me as I began writing The Things That Keep Us Here. It was one of the nuggets of gold I discovered; it helped me shape my character Peter, a research scientist, and lent gravity to my words.

This is why I do a lot of research in my work. It’s not only to compensate for all those science classes I’ve avoided in my life. It also helps fill out characters, pluck plot points from thin air, extend a storyline in a direction I never envisioned. And ultimately, it puts me into the right place, mentally and emotionally, to tell the story I’ve undertaken to write.

Carla Buckley is the debut author of The Things That Keep Us Here (Delacorte Press, 2010.) She lives in Ohio with her scientist husband, children, and two curious dogs. Delacorte will release Buckley’s next novel in 2011. You can visit Carla Buckley’s website at

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday Contest at Fang-tastic Books

Head on over and enter before Wednesday, February 24.  Two copies of Judi Fennell's Catch of a Lifetime are up for grabs.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Gothic Dream Homes

Probably my favorite, so atmospheric.  I could imagine having the best of nightmares in this house. lol

Which one is your favorite?
I know, hard to choose, isn't it?

Spotlight on Author/Artist Victor Pross

About Victor Pross

Victor Pross is a professional artist born and raised in Toronto now residing in British Columbia. He is known for his “extreme caricaturing.”

He has many high profile commissions to his credit including painting Ron Howard’s caricature portrait as a gift for the famous director as well as painting various agents of the William Morris Agency. He has rendered numerous International celebrities and Canadian media personalities for commercial and private purposes. Victor Pross has been interviewed on television shows such as: Canada AM, Breakfast Television, News at Noon and has been pegged by Canadian Media as “Canada’s foremost caricature artist.”

He has worked on various posters, comic books and CD covers bringing to each work his own unique style. He is currently instructing an art class as well as offering his services as an editorial caricaturist. Victor’s first book, Icons & Idols, will feature a collection of the artist’s paintings and drawings and is now available. You can visit his website at

About Icon & Idols: Pop Goes the Culture

Icons & Idols: Pop Goes the Culture is an eye-popping visual homage and satire of pop culture that is sure to tickle a funny bone. ICONS & IDOLS is comprised of Victor Pross’ “extreme caricatures” of the famous—such as Elvis Presley, Sylvester Stallone, Marilyn Monroe, George Bush, Albert Einstein—and others icons from the world of film, music and literature. Victor Pross’ most important works –over 70 paintings and drawings–is assembled under one volume to entertain and astound.

Here’s what reviewers are saying!

“Pross’ portraits are frequently funny and striking in their grotesque exaggeration, but always powerfully able to reintroduce us to that which we take for granted. Pross’ talent leaps from the frame.”—William O’Higgins, arts writer.

“Victor’s caricatures, aside from being clever in their own right, also convey an intelligence and knowledge of his subjects that is sometimes absent in similar sketches.” –George H. Smith, author of ‘Atheism: The case against God.’

“Victor Pross’ portraits examine in subjective—sometimes hideous, often hilarious—detail the faces of those who’ve shaped our times.”—Edward Keenan, media writer and editor for Toronto’s Eye Newspaper.

“Pross is a caricaturist, but that term does not nearly do justice to the art he creates. These are not line drawings of political figures published in a newspaper to poke fun, and then be forgotten the next day. Pross takes caricaturing to another level making powerful—if entertaining and exaggerated—canvasses of famous people.”—Paul J. Henderson, the Times.

“Victor, like his art, is larger than life. He tackles the big issues and puts them right in your face. I knew that making caricatures was about exaggerating the features a little. Little! Victor manages to exaggerate them a whole lot while keeping the essential personality clear. He does not walk the safe and simple path, but like hisforebears walks the lonely path of seeking truth without flinching.”—Ray Thomas admirer.

Review: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol
By: Dan Brown
Publisher: Doubleday Books
528 pages

The Lost Symbol is the third and most anticipated installment in Dan Brown's series about Symbologist Robert Langdon.  The entire book covers a span of twelve hours beginning with Langdon being called to Washington, D.C. by an assistant of Peter Solomon, a long-time friend, to give a lecture at the US Capitol Building.  What he finds is his friend's severed hand and thus kickstarts another action-packed tale filled with interesting and controversial tidbits that Brown is so famous for. 

There are so many things going on in this book, that it would be tremendously hard to summarize it without giving something away.  I will say that this one did not draw me in as well as Dan Brown's other books have.  I'm ashamed to say that I struggled with this book for weeks before finishing it up.  Don't get me wrong, the book is well researched and full of things that I would love to learn more about, but it just didn't suck me in.  In the long run, I did finish the book and enjoyed the story.  It's just not quite up to par with the previous Langdon stories nor Brown's other novels.

You may also be interested in another book that discusses the mysteries of The Lost Symbol and is written by Simon Cox.

Review: House of Reckoning by John Saul

House of Reckoning
By: John Saul
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
304 pages

House of Reckoning centers around the life of young Sarah Crane, a fourteen year-old girl who lost her mother to cancer and loses her father, Ed Crane, to his alcoholic binges while he's caught up in the past and innumerable regrets.  One night he goes too far and gets into a fight with a stranger at the local bar and kills the man.  Meanwhile, Sarah realizes that her father is off drinking and sets out to look for him.  On his way home, he doesn't see her and runs her over.  She ends up in the hospital with a serious leg injury that threatens the possibility of amputation.  Her father is sent off to prison and she meets a nice caseworker named Kate Williams who must place her with a foster family.  She meets the Garveys, a couple with two teenaged children and quickly learns her place in the house as servant and only there because of the check the family receives for taking her in.  One of the few bright spots is getting to visit her father, but only if she satisfies the Garveys wants and needs. 

In school, she becomes friends with Nick Dunnigan, a boy who is somewhat of an outcast himself and who hears voices.  Art classe introduces her to Bettina Phillips, a teacher who is friendly and wants to help Sarah.  She starts drawing ghastly images while under the influence of something unknown while at the same time Nick sees and hears what she's drawing.  One night all the pieces of the puzzle come together as Sarah, Nick and Bettina realize the connection they have with each other.

I enjoyed reading House of Reckoning.  It's been a while since I've read any of John Saul's books.  The last one was The Blackstone Chronicles, which I loved and thouroughly recommend.  House of Reckoning was sad and depressing to read about poor Sarah's life and the things that she had to go through.  One of her punishments by the Garveys was having to sleep outside in the cold with her bad leg.  I can only imagine the pain that would have caused her.  This book was a nice quick read with several plot twists and a juicy mystery at it's core.  Rush out and find yourself a copy or check it out at your local library.

Contests posted at Fang-tastic Books and a New Look

Check out the contests I posted yesterday over at Fang-tastic Books.  While you're there, check out the gorgeous new look to the site.  I'm totally jealous!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Last Day to Enter at All Things Urban Fantasy for Oodles of Patricia Briggs Books

You can win all four of the Mercy Thompson series, plus all three of the Alpha & Omega series books.  Seven books in all!  Go here to enter.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Contest Posting

I posted a contest listing over at Fang-tastic Books.  Head on over and check it out and enter those contests too of course.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Free Book Friday at Fang-tastic Books

Head over to Fang-tastic Books for Free Book Friday and a chance to win not one, but two books by Susan Kearney.

Review: Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

By: Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Publisher: Amistad
304 pages

Wench is a historical novel about slaves from several plantations who meet up each summer at Tawawa House.  Tawawa House is a hotel with cottages in Ohio, which is considered a free state in the 1850s when the story takes place.  Lizzie is the main character and the book is broken down to stages of her life.  She is a slave owned by Drayle, a master who treats her well for the most part and whom she actually cares for.  When his wife is unable to give him children, Lizzie's role becomes all the more important as she becomes the mother of his children, a boy and a girl.  As a mother, she wants them to be given their freedom and takes every opportunity to soften Drayle up and ask him to free them.  The summers spent at Tawawa House are special to Lizzie because they are able to live there mostly like husband and wife.  It's there that she meets another slave, one who has named herself Mawu and whom will change things for Lizzie and make her yearn for possibities previously unthought of.  Mawu is a strong woman who has always fought her master when he tries to sleep with her.  She is determined to seek freedom if it's the last thing she does.  Other slave women, Reenie and Sweet who are friends of Lizzie's go through unbearable things while at Tawawa House and all try to comfort each other as best they can.

That's about all I can say without giving some of the story away.  Although, Wench was difficult sometimes to read due to the subject matter, it was a beautiful story.  America's past has certainly not been pretty, but Mrs. Perkins-Valdez was able to tell a small piece of it with dignity and grace.  I became a part of these women's lives, immersed in the day to day grind and heartbreaks they faced.  This book will remind you to be thankful for the freedom that we all have and what people had to go through to get to this point in time. 

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lolcats to laugh at

Too cute!  Go here to see more.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Just Found: Psych The Call of the Mild

I'm super excited to see this because I love the TV show. 

Shawn and Gus on a backpacking trip through the wilderness.  I can just imagine the laughs in this one.

Go here to find out more.

Where else can I be found?

You can find me over at Fang-tastic Books talking about paranormal books, movies and happenings around the internet.  I'll also be posting some ebook reviews there. 
I'd love to have you guys join me there.  My inaugural post went up today.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Enter to Win

Head over to Bianca's blog to enter to win a copy of Half Past Dead.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Just found: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

Product Description from Amazon

From the moment she's struck by lightening as a baby, it is clear that Mary Anning is marked for greatness. On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, she learns that she has "the eye"-and finds what no one else can see. When Mary uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight. In an arena dominated by men, however, Mary is barred from the academic community; as a young woman with unusual interests she is suspected of sinful behavior. Nature is a threat, throwing bitter, cold storms and landslips at her. And when she falls in love, it is with an impossible man.

Luckily, Mary finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a recent exile from London, who also loves scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy. Ultimately, in the struggle to be recognized in the wider world, Mary and Elizabeth discover that friendship is their greatest ally.

Anybody read this one yet?  It looks interesting.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I'm joining the Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge 2010

I was searching for a reading challenge to join when I found this one, hosted by Book Chick City.  It sounds like a good challenge for me as I read lots of paranormal anyway and this includes many subgenres thereof.  Several buttons to choose from too, but I chose the skeleton cuz that's just the way I roll. lol

I'm going with the addicted level by reading twelve books.  That shouldn't be too hard.

To start my list, I know of two off the top of my head on my TBR shelf that will fit the bill.

1. Soulless by Gail Carriger
2. The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington

A Website that You Need to Check Out

I title this one Scary because he looks like he came straight out of a horror movie with crazed mountain people who eat everybody unlucky enough to be in there territory. lol  No offense Mr. Saw, please don't come after me!

There are funny captions for every picture on the site.  Believe me, it's worth a few minutes of your time.  We all need a few laughs every now and then.

Coming Soon: My Review of Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

About Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s fiction and essays The Kenyon Review, African American Review, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, North Carolina Literary Review, Richard Wright Newsletter, and SLI: Studies in Literary Imagination. She is a 2009 finalist for the Robert Olen Butler Fiction Award. A graduate of Harvard and a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Dolen splits her time between Seattle and Washington, DC. She is a faculty member of the University of Puget Sound where she teaches Creative Writing. Wench is her first book of fiction. You can visit Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s website at, her blog at or connect with her on Twitter at

About Wench

Situated in the free state of Ohio, Tawawa House offers respite from the summer heat. A beautiful, inviting house surrounded by a dozen private cottages, the resort is favored by wealthy Southern white men who vacation there, accompanied by their enslaved mistresses.

Regular visitors Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet have forged an enduring friendship. They look forward to their annual reunion and the opportunity it affords them to talk over the changes in their lives and their respective plantations. The subject of freedom is never spoken aloud until the red-maned, spirited Mawu arrives and voices her determination to escape. To run is to leave behind the friends and families trapped at home. For some, it also means tearing the strong emotional and psychological ties that bind them to their masters.

When a fire on the resort sets off a string of tragedies, Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet soon learn tragic lessons, that triumph and dehumanization are inseparable and that love exists even in the cruelest circumstances as they bear witness to the end of an era.

Wench Tour Schedule through Pump Up Your Book!

Monday, January 4
Interviewed at Blogcritics

Tuesday, January 5
Guest blogging at The Book Connection

Wednesday, January 6
Interviewed at Examiner

Thursday, January 7
Spotlighted at The Hot Author Report
Interviewed at American Chronicle

Friday, January 8
Book spotlighted at Jen’s Bookshelves
Interviewed at The Hot Author Report

Monday, January 11
Interviewed at Personovelty

Tuesday, January 12
Interviewed at Working Writers

Wednesday, January 13
Book reviewed at Must Read Faster

Thursday, January 14
Guest blogging at Paperback Writer

Friday, January 15
Book reviewed at Gothic Asylum Reviews

Monday, January 18
Book reviewed at Paranormal Book Lovers

Tuesday, January 19
Interviewed at Beyond the Books
Book reviewed at Rundpinne

Wednesday, January 20
Book reviewed at A Few More Pages

Thursday, January 21
Interviewed and book giveaway at The Writer’s Life

Friday, January 22
Book reviewed at The Bibliophile Book Blog

Monday, January 25
Interview l Chat l Book Giveaway at Pump Up Your Book
Book reviewed at Jen’s Bookshelves

Tuesday, January 26
Book reviewed or guest blogging at Thoughts in Progress

Wednesday, January 27
Book reviewed or guest blogging at Thoughts in Progress

Thursday, January 28
Book reviewed at Down Under Views

Friday, January 29
Book reviewed at Pump Up Your Book
Interviewed on Kim Smith’s Introducing Writers! Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio