12/19/2014

Something Wiki by Suzanne Sutherland - Book Review

Jo Waller has three brainy friends, two mostly harmless parents, and one deep, dark secret: she edits Wikipedia for fun. But when her 24-year-old brother moves back home with his pregnant girlfriend, Jo is forced to reconcile the idealized version of her absent, cool older brother with the reality of romantic relationships and the truth behind so many embarrassing health class videos. 



With the young couple moving back into the family home, there's barely enough room for anyone to move, let alone have any privacy. Throw in some major friendship turbulence, a seriously unrequited crush, and a mortifyingly bad haircut, and it's looking like Jo will be lucky to make it out of the year alive. When you're a pizza-faced dork who uses Wikipedia as a diary and would rather wear ancient hand-me-downs than shop at the mall, what's the upside? Jo is about to find it in the most unlikely way.


Paperback, 160 pages
Published: January 27th, 2015 by Dundurn Group 
ISBN1459728211 (ISBN13: 9781459728219)


For a middle-grade / Young-Adult read, Something Wiki was a surprisingly painful read. Jo is a twelve-year-old girl, who's life and worldview are about to change. She is worried about her appearance, but mostly she is concerned about fitting in at school and about old, but now estranging friends.

Jo's family life is also a messed up. After hearing the news that her older brother is going to be a father and he moves back home with his girlfriend. Her brother moving back creates tension in Waller's house and some old secrets are revealed. 

Something Wiki is a psychologically realistic story about realistic characters. I couldn't like any of them in the book, I was only able to empathize with them. Somehow this novel managed rip my soul into pieces for a short while. By the end of the story, the pieces were put together again, although not completely anymore. 

12/18/2014

Storm Fall by Tracy Banghart - Blitz & Giveaway




In the action-packed sequel to Rebel Wing, Aris battles for life and love. . . and not everyone will survive.

Aris Haan gave up everything to join the Atalantan Military: her family, her boyfriend, even her identity. In the end, though, it didn’t matter that she was a war hero. When the all-male Military discovered that she was actually a woman,

12/16/2014

The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza - Excerpt & Giveaway




If they say that life flashes right before your eyes when you die, do you also get a flashback of your exes when your perfect boyfriend is proposing to you? At least that's the case for Regina Cortez. There's her dramatic high school boyfriend, her first college crush, the irresistible heart breaker, and the ever elusive one. By backtracking to her past, will Regina make it to 'I Do'? Or will she just keep running away?

The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza
Date of Publication: October 3, 2014

Genre: Contemporary romance

Purchase link: Amazon

EXCERPT

Before getting to our cars, Jules stops me and says, “Don’t you think it really means something?”
“What?”
“That little mind trick you had.”
I simply shrug. I’m not sure what it meant either. I’m not even sure why something like that would happen to me.
“I space out on some of our conversations, I admit,” Jules tells me. “I have so much information in my brain. Sometimes when Leslie talks about her new vegan recipe, my mind takes a vacation. So I just nod and repeat the last thing she says.”
“That’s exactly what you do when I start talking about my weddings,” I realize.
She nods, looking a little guilty. “It’s not that I don’t think it’s interesting. I’m just really tired.”
“Of course, Jules. You have to memorize a whole book,” I look over at the three books she’s cradling in her arms. I can’t imagine myself doing what she’s been doing. I can’t imagine going back to school, even. “Don’t feel bad.”
“But thinking about your exes while your current boyfriend is proposing to you?” she looks me in the eye, “It’s messed up, Reg.”
I scratch my head, “Yeah, it’s not normal.”
“I just think you missed out on something that must have been beautiful,” she insists. “You see people get married and say all these things to the loves of their lives. How come you missed out on yours?”
It’s a good question. We stand in the middle of Leslie’s driveway, the cold wind sweeping past us. I just say, “Maybe it’s not always like the movies, you know? No perfectly-scored moments or anything like that.”
She looks sorry for me, “You used to believe in those things.”
I shake my head quickly, ready to refute this, “Wasn’t me. It was Chase.” I press my lips. I haven’t mentioned his name in so long.
“Still –” Jules continues. “You used to believe in other things back then. I kind of miss that.”
I smile at her, “We grow up, Jules.”


About Dawn Lanuza

Dawn Lanuza has been imagining and writing love stories since she was a kid. She works for the music industry by day, and writes about meet cutes and snappy comebacks by night. She writes short stories, chick lit and young-adult fiction. She has a degree in Development Communication from the University of the Philippines.

Blog - http://www.indiesisiw.wordpress.com
Twitter - https://twitter.com/dawnlanuza
Instagram - http://instagram.com/dawnrunsfast
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12/15/2014

DONATA: In the Mind of a Victim by Donata Joseph - Spotlight & Giveaway


Author Bio:
Donata Joseph believes in making her mark and changing lives. 

In 2011, Ms. Joseph founded Adding Doses of Hope Daily Foundation to empower families of children with Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She wanted to share her experiences, challenges and tips for raising two children diagnosed with ADHD. 


In 2012, she decided to break the silence and address the escalating issue of Domestic Violence. Her blog, Behind Closed Doors, chronicled a seven-year abusive relationship. The post elicited responses from people all over the world. The Foundation sponsors events and programs that bridge the gap between mental health and healthy relationships. 

Through motivational speaking, youth mentoring and parenting education, she encourages, empowers and elevates individuals in all walks of life to reflect on their overall mental wellness. Prior to founding Adding Doses of Hope Daily foundation, Ms. Joseph volunteered in a variety of community settings, including nonprofit organizations, youth centers and churches. 

In 2013, Ms. Joseph created DONATA, a natural skin care line that also offers skincare, nutrition and health seminars. She uses this platform to empower teens and adults to see the connection between their minds, bodies and spirits. The proceeds from DONATA help fund programs for Adding Doses of Hope Daily Foundation. 


Ms. Joseph obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida International University with an emphasis in Behavioral Analysis. She was a research assistant in the University’s Center for Children and Families, where she focused on research and treatment of evidence-based approaches in child and adolescent mental health.


She lives in Miami, Florida with her three children.

Author Links
Website: www.adhdfdn.org



Book Genre: Self-Help|Inspirational
Publisher: Adding Doses of HOPE Daily
Release Date: December 7, 2014
Buy Link(s): Amazon


In this soul-bearing book, Donata Joseph reveals why she stayed in a seven-year abusive relationship and the incident that motivated her to leave.

She talks honestly about the judgmental remarks elicited from family and friends who did not understand the emotional, familial and financial complexity of her situation or why she did not recognize herself as a victim.

In a heart-wrenching chapter, Ms. Joseph discusses the impact her abusive relationship had on her two teen daughters and young son and the ensuing parent-child conversations that changed all of their lives.


If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, consider recommending this book. Ms. Joseph wraps up her knowledge, wisdom and advice in a non-threatening package delivered with compassion and understanding.





12/12/2014

Pest Control by Sofia Diana Gabel - Blitz & Giveaway




Environmental Satire / Thriller
Date Published: November 24, 2014

Joseph Vogorev hates spiders and loves money. As the president and CEO of chemical giant Pest No More, he develops a neurotoxin pesticide specially formulated to target only arachnid species. When outspoken environmentalist Gale Pacalis realizes the potential for planet-wide devastation, he wants more than anything to bring Vogorev down. With a host of quirky friends, he collects data to prove Arach-No-More’s lethality. Teenaged Amelia joins his group because she’s personally invested; her pink kneed tarantula, Pinky, died. It’s a race to save the world, but as Gale and his friends go head-to-head with Vogorev, the many obstacles they face makes it seem impossible to win. Mainly because Vogorev has unlimited money and a limited conscience.



Excerpt

Vogorev waved the aerosol can in the air. “The specialized and patented nozzle on this can disperses the contents at five hundred feet per second. Not exactly the speed of light, but still pretty damn quick.” He chuckled.

There was a strained silence and then a lone high-pitched voice called out, “Those are spiders up there!”

Gale looked up at a tank right above his head. The lady was right. The outline of spiders pressed against the plastic was unmistakable; all of those little legs writhing and clawing to get out. There had to be thousands of them in the tanks, throwing themselves against the side as if they were crazy. Before anyone else had the chance to react, a scraping sound echoed off the walls as the bottom of the containers slid open and hairy tarantulas rained down over the audience amid screams and shrieks. Gale stared at Vogorev and saw how he calmly depressed the spray nozzle for several seconds, then smiled and took a few steps backward.

The audience was frenzied, jumping up and down, brushing eight-legged bodies off their pin-striped suits and designer dresses. Gale shook a spider off his head and stepped over a couple of carcasses as the investors exchanged horrified glances with one another. They were trembling and shuddering and holding onto each other. The spiders, however, did nothing.

When Vogorev spoke, the people paid attention as if he was a messiah, “I told you to trust me. Look around. The spiders are all dead. They were dead long before they even hit the ground.”

Gale picked up a carcass at his feet. True to Vogorev’s word, the spider was dead. They were all dead. Thousands of tarantulas lay on the floor as if a mass arachnid suicide had just occurred.





About the Author

Sofia Diana Gabel started life in Sydney, Australia, but her family moved to the United States when she was very young. Home wasn’t settled for a long time and included living in Toronto, Canada; Henrietta and Buffalo, New York; Northridge, Southern California; a short stint back in Sydney, Australia; Reno, Nevada; Dallas, Texas; Daytona Beach, Florida, with an eventual semi-settled life in Ojai and Ventura, Southern California as a single parent to her three daughters.

Perhaps the unsettled partial nomadic lifestyle is the reason she loves to travel and is never fully satisfied with where she’s living. Moving around and travelling to different countries are adventures which serve as potential settings and plots for stories. A multi-genre fiction writer, with degrees in environmental science and archaeology, and coursework in creative writing and criminal justice, she enjoys being out in nature, keeping up on archaeological discoveries and learning about the law, criminal behavior and police procedures (all with, once again, potential for stories!)

When she's not glued to her desk writing or researching, she loves to spend time with her family and hairless Sphynx cats. Writing is a true passion, born from a love of the written word and how those words can transport the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.

Author Links

Twitter: @sofiadianagabel



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12/11/2014

Undead Obsessed by Jessica Robinson - Blitz & Giveaway



Non Fiction / Pop Culture
Date Published: October 31, 2014

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Jessica Robinson's obsession with zombie films started when she was in junior high. Horror films are a great lens to examine concerns society has about modern science. Let’s face it, when it comes to horror movies, science has a bad reputation. Blind ambition, experimental serums, and genetic experiments are often blamed for the giant monster terrorizing the city or the reason aliens are taking human prisoners or the cause of the dead rising from the grave to consume living flesh.

Using film, literature, and interviews with experts, Robinson examines how zombies portray real-world fears such as epidemics, mind control, what may or may not exist in space, the repercussions of playing God, and the science behind the fears. Robinson's goal is to explore how zombies become a metaphor for our fears of science and what could happen if science gets out of hand.


About the Author

Jessica Robinson is an editor by day and a zombie-killer by night (at least in her books). Since the first time she watched Night of the Living Dead, she has been obsessed with zombies and often thinks of ways to survive the uprising. In addition to her nonfiction book, under the pen name Pembroke Sinclair, she has written YA novels about zombies and the tough teens who survive the apocalyptic world. She has also written nonfiction stories for Serial Killer Magazine and published a book about slasher films called Life Lessons from Slasher Films. You can learn more about Jessica by visiting her at http://pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com/


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Alpha Fighter (The Alpha Fighter Series #1) by Ava Ashley

The first part of Alpha Fighter, a two-part series from Amazon bestselling author, Ava Ashley.

Savannah Santos is on the run, almost out of options and cash. The daughter of a motorcycle club king, she fled everything she ever knew to get out of an arranged marriage to a rival club’s prince. Her plan is to follow her career dreams and not endanger anyone by getting too close. But she wasn’t expecting her new roommate to be her dream guy.

For Cooper Quin, being any girl’s dream man, is nothing new, but he’s determined to stay exactly that: a dream. His focus is on killing it in the brutal MMA ring. A former Navy SEAL with a dark past of pain and betrayal, falling in love is the last thing he intends to do. But his sexy new roommate is nothing like one of his usual one-night stands. With her, it feels safe to let his guard down.

Cooper knows a little about running from the past; Savannah’s is still looking for her. He can’t leave her alone, but pursuing her might be the MMA fighter’s undoing. She knows she can’t stay forever—not with two outlaw gangs searching everywhere to bring her back.


Alpha Fighter (The Alpha Fighter Series #1) by Ava Ashley 
Publication date: December 15th 2014 
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23676363-alpha-fighter



AUTHOR BIO

Amazon bestselling author Ava Ashley may look like the girl next door, but her steamy romances reveal a very naughty side. Raised in small town Ohio and now living in Homer, Alaska it’s amazing that she hasn’t increased the average temperature in her area of the state with her steamy writing. And she loves reading new adult romance novels as much as she enjoys writing them.

Ava likes spending time outdoors and does a lot of hiking and cycling with her husband and four children. When she can get away on her own, she’ll often take pen and paper along, find a secluded spot and let the environment inspire her. Of course, that inspiration frequently results in characters tearing each other’s clothes off, but you would expect nothing less from a romance writer.

Author links: 
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8388054.Ava_Ashley
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAvaAshley
http://avaashley.com/keep-me-posted.html
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