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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
12:06 AM | Posted by Sabrina Ford | | Edit Post
Today on my blog I have the Visions blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, and excerpt.
“Since problems don’t exist in the euphoric world she envisions, my life will never measure up because it will always be problematic.”
Heather Reiner isn’t your typical teenager. With abilities reaching far beyond the norm, she’s just beginning to discover the possibilities.
Growing up different from her peers hasn’t been easy. From being ridiculed by classmates to her mother’s unwillingness to accept anything paranormal, life’s been rather difficult.
At an attempt to escape their past, her mother moves them to another state. Heather soon realizes though, you can’t run from a problem that begins inside yourself.
A guy from her new school, Barry, is captivated the first time he sees her. Determined to know her better, he soon learns her layers of complication run deep. With persistence, he chips away at her shield until each protective layer starts unveiling itself.
Heather wants a chance at an ordinary life, one where her abilities remain hidden. But secrets never stay hidden forever. They have a way of surfacing, revealing themselves when you least expect. Is normalcy obtainable, or will the mystery about herself be discovered? And if discovered, will Barry be like everyone else and turn away?
A faint sound – perhaps a whimper – echoes faintly in the background of my mind. Seconds, or maybe hours later, the sound returns, ringing annoyingly through my head. I’m desperate for it to go away. It takes a few more moments for me to realize the annoying sound is coming from my very own mouth. Something isn’t quite right, but I’m too unfocused to figure out what.
I wonder where I am while mentally questioning what happened to me, but I’m groggy and confused. I feel dominated, trapped by the total darkness surrounding my mind. I can’t move, rendered motionless from my semi-conscious state on the hard, unfamiliar surface. It’s as if my brain can’t process what I’m lying on, making me question my location, and how I even got here – wherever here is. Though I can’t seem to remember anything, deep down I know I’m not here by choice.
An urgent need to know where I am is overpowering as my brain finally registers the necessity of opening my eyes. If I could see my surroundings, then perhaps I’ll be able to recognize where I am. Taking a deep breath, I use what little strength I have to force them open. They barely budge. Defeat washes through me as I realize my eyelids are heavy, the simple task of opening them is impossible. What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I move?
Part of the problem is my head… my head is pounding, it hurts so bad. It feels as if someone’s taking a drumstick and beating on top rhythmically. Boom… Boom… Boom… If I bring my hands to my forehead, I could apply enough pressure that may disperse the pain. I try raising them, but my arms won’t cooperate. I can barely lift them off the ground. Where did all my energy go?
I’m not sure what to do next because this pain isn’t leaving. I inhale a deep breath and hold it while reopening my eyes. A sharp pain darts straight across my head, landing right between them. It takes all my strength to not wince while closing them tight in hopes of helping, having little success.
Deflated, I lie perfectly still for a few more minutes, taking slow, even breaths. I begin to realize I have two options. Either continue to lay here without moving, or try to figure out what’s happened to me. After a few seconds of debate, I opt to go with the latter.
With yet another deep breath, I force my eyelids open as far as I can manage, trying my hardest to ignore the agony, but everything’s dark and blurry. Deep in my chest, a burning sensation emerges, as if any minute the suppressed panic that has been simmering is going to burst out. I squeeze my eyes shut again, for the pain has become unbearable. Another soft whimper escapes.
Maybe I should just continue to lie still. Focus on something other than torment. Breathing… I need better control of my breathing, for it has accelerated to the dangerous level of hyperventilating. I keep telling myself to calm down and get a grip. Focus on taking slow, deep breaths. The more I breathe in, I realize, the more I’m nauseated. Ugh… That smell. It stinks of stagnant, damp air, mixed with stale cigarette smoke. I force myself to pace my breaths anyway, cringing at the scent while the question of my location lingers in my mind.
This book turned out more than I had expected but in a good way. I love watching anything about clairvoyance so when I read this synopsis I jumped at the chance and I am so glad I got to read it. I was lost in the story line and the characters so much so that I read this book in one sitting and was left wanting so much more thanks to the story telling of Kimberly. I am seriously needing the next book and plan to look up the release date. 4/5 Bloody Fangs
I have always enjoyed reading books, but within the last five years discovered my passion for writing. Ever since childhood, I dreamt of writing a novel, but never took the time to pick up a pen. Oops, showing my age… I mean laptop. When my daughter reached her teenage years, I found my reason to start composing those stories.
I worked for fifteen years as a Registered Nurse before hanging-up my stethoscope. Now, I run my own business while continuing to write during any downtime.
I’m blessed with a wonderful husband and two children. The dynamics in our household changed when my oldest left for college, but I can’t say it was bad. Different, but definitely not bad. When she returns, we enjoy hiking, camping, and simply hanging out as a family. Each stage of life has been amazing, as to which I’m truly grateful.
My debut novel titled Visions was released Dec 15 2014. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Kimberly for letting me review your book and say Thank You to RBTL for letting me participate in this blog tour.
Friday, April 3, 2015
12:45 AM | Posted by Sabrina Ford | | Edit Post
Today on my blog I have the Guardians Blog Tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, 10 random things guest post, and giveaway.
The Emmy Award-nominated and Edgar Award-winning duo of Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan deliver a heart-pounding finale to the postapocalyptic teen world of the Wasteland, filled with dramatic twists and turns. Bestselling author of Criminal, Karin Slaughter, called Wasteland "a Lord of the Flies for future generations. An irresistible page-turner."
No one dares to leave the District—the towering structure of glass and steel that is their protection against the unruly bands of Outsiders that roam Mundreel and the deadly rain that carries the disease that kills all over the age of nineteen.
This skyscraper stands amid the urban devastation, the city rumored to have once been called "Montreal." Esther and her allies have created a haven on the rooftop, a garden that flourishes, and a home for her new baby, hidden from all but the very few who know her secret. But as Gideon's power grows and factions form, the ultimate darkness is born from greed, and Esther must find a way to save the citizens from themselves.
SUSAN KIM is a playwright, TV writer, and author. Her two graphic novels w/co-author Laurence Klavan, “City of Spies” (artwork by Pascal Dizin) and “Brain Camp” (artwork by Faith Erin Hicks), were published by First Second Books in 2010. “Flow: the Cultural Story of Menstruation” (co-written w/Elissa Stein) was published by St. Martin’s Griffin in 2009. Plays include the stage adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club (Dramatists Play Service) and various one-acts that were produced in the EST Marathon, including Death and the Maiden, Rapid Eye Movement,Dreamtime for Alice (Dramatists Play Service and Farrar Strauss), and Memento Mori (Smith and Krauss). Her work has been produced internationally. Ms. Kim has been nominated five times for the Emmy and four times for the Writers Guild award for her work in both non-fiction and children’s TV; she won a WGA award in 1996 for Best Documentary. She lives in New York City, teaches dramatic writing in the MFA program at Goddard College and currently blogs for the Huffington Post.
LAURENCE KLAVAN wrote the novels, “The Cutting Room” and “The Shooting Script,” which were published by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the novel, “Mrs. White,” co-written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, "City of Spies" and "Brain Camp," were co-written with Susan Kim and published by First Second Books at Macmillan. His short work has been published in The Alaska Quarterly, Conjunctions, The Literary Review, Gargoyle, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, Pank, Stickman Review, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, among many other journals, and a collection is forthcoming from Chizine Publications. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics of "Bed and Sofa," the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York and the Finborough Theater in London in 2011. His one-act, "The Summer Sublet," is included Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.
10 Random Things About the both of you:
- I can only cook one dish: penne pasta with broccoli, walnuts, and roasted red peppers. And even that’s bad.
- I rarely pay attention to my furniture or other belongings and have been known to keep the same chair until it breaks underneath me, literally.
I was good at fencing in college, which allowed me to pretend killing people, but it’s not a sport you can use too much in real life.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Susan & Laurence for their guest post and say Thank You to Jean BookNerd for letting me participate in this blog tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Today on my blog I have the review stop for Two Degrees Closer to Hell by David Fingerman.
Speculative fiction writer, David Fingerman, is back with a series of short stories guaranteed to curl your toes and raise your hair. If you're looking for some quick thrills, let these stories take you on a ride that will bring you two degrees closer to Hell.
I love reading scary stories and hoping that it just might scare me and there were a few short stories in this book by David that had me a little freaked out which I just absolutely loved. Another aspect I enjoyed about this book of short stories is I was able to read a few than come back to read more later and not feel lost or have forgotten what I have read. But I would have to say that my favorite part about this book was the memories it brought back when I was a kid just getting into scary movies and enjoying that moment when the thing that scares you has you curling up into the couch with your blanket trying not to look but knowing you want to get scared. So I will definitely be reading more from David in the future. 4/5 Bloody Fangs
During the summer months when the sun is shining and birds are singing, David is perfectly content to sit in his office, with blinds drawn, typing away at the computer. His favorite day of the year is the first day toward the end of summer that’s cool enough to pull a flannel shirt from the closet.
As a student at the University of Minnesota, David realized that if he switched his major from journalism to speech, he could graduate that quarter. It was a nobrainer. After 24 years of working in the court system, he walked away to write full time – another nobrainer.
Two Degrees Closer to Hell will be his second collection of short stories. He has also written three other novels. David is married and lives in Minneapolis.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to David for letting me review your book and say Thank You to Girls *Heart* Books Tours for letting me participate in this review tour.
Monday, March 30, 2015
12:29 AM | Posted by Sabrina Ford | | Edit Post
Today on my blog I have the Bones & All blog tour. On my stop there a spotlight, review, and giveaway.
Maren Yearly doesn’t just break hearts, she devours them.
Since she was a baby, Maren has had what you might call "an issue" with affection. Anytime someone cares for her too much, she can’t seem to stop herself from eating them. Abandoned by her mother at the age of 16, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, but finds more than she bargained for along the way.
Faced with love, fellow eaters, and enemies for the first time in her life, Maren realizes she isn’t just looking for her father, she is looking for herself. The real question is, will she like the girl she finds?
This is one of those sick and twisted books in the horror genre and I absolutely loved every minute of it! I literally could not put this book down it was that good.
The main character Maren has this issue where she eats people whenever they get to close and when this happens her mom and her pick up and move but at sixteen her mom has had enough and leaves her. So Maren does the only thing she can of which is looking for her father. From there the book get even more twisted but as I said before I loved it. The author makes you care and sympathize with Maren in spite of her devouring people. This has become one of my favorite reads this year and I cannot wait for more books from Camille in the future. 5/5 Bloody Fangs
Camille DeAngelis is the author of Bones & All (St. Martin’s, 2015), Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker (Crown, 2010), and Mary Modern (Crown/Shaye Areheart, 2007), as well as a first-edition guidebook, Moon Ireland (Avalon, 2007). She is a graduate of New York University (B.A. in Fine Arts, minor in Irish Studies, 2002) and the National University of Ireland, Galway (M.A. in Writing, 2005). Her fourth novel, tentatively titled Immaculate Heart, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2016. She is a board member of the Writers’ Room of Boston.
A longtime vegetarian, she went vegan in April 2011, and in June 2013 became a certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator through Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan® Academy. She is also planning to receive her yoga teacher training in 2015.
Originally from New Jersey, Camille now lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Camille for letting me review your book and say Thank You to Jean BookNerd for letting me participate in this blog tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.
12:27 AM | Posted by Sabrina Ford | | Edit Post
Today on my blog I have the cover reveal for Red Sky Dawning by Ian J. Malone. On my stop there is a spotlight, cover reveal, and giveaway.
Five years after the historic Battle of Dulaston, Danny Tucker, Lee Summerston, and the Renegades have settled nicely into life on Aura — yet none more so than Tucker. Fueled by a rising career as an ASC staff sergeant and a love unlike any he’s ever known, Danny is in the prime of his life and at last free of the demons that have stalked him for years.
Some demons never die, though, and when an old enemy beckons to settle a personal score, Danny soon finds himself swept up in the backlash of a climaxing civil war, and straight into the crosshairs of a father’s bloodlust for revenge.
RED SKY DAWNING is the much-anticipated sequel to 2013’s MAKO, and the tale of one man’s quest to bury his past and protect those dearest to him as the fate of billions hangs in the balance.
“Thematically speaking, this is very much a story about growing up,” says author Ian J. Malone, a native Floridian who now resides in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and step son. “Whereas book one was this plucky little tale about five bar-flies, rocking through hyperspace on the road trip of a lifetime, book two chronicles a lot of the unforeseen fallout stemming from decisions they made along the way. From an author’s standpoint, it was an intense story to write, but I think readers will really like where it leaves the saga entering the third and final book.”
Among the things readers can expect from RED SKY DAWNING are an array of new characters, a deeper look into the Alystierian Empire, and a healthy dose of political intrigue.
Still, Malone insists that MAKO fans will still find all of the action, humor, and pop-cultural charm that have since become the series’ calling card. “C’mon, guys. What’s a MAKO book without beer jokes and Funyuns?”
RED SKY DAWNING arrives on Amazon April 30, 2015. The audiobook will follow shortly thereafter on Audible and iTunes.
As a graduate of Florida State University, I’ve written in a number of arenas over the years ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to my fictional work, however, I’m a firm believer that nothing shapes an author’s writing like experience. That’s why I credit my tenures in radio, law enforcement, sport management, and the military for much of my thematic inspiration, plus the legion of family and friends who’ve stood with me along the way.
Beyond writing, I’m an avid fan of audiobooks and sports, though it’s also not uncommon to find me at a concert (LOVE music!), a movie, or somewhere out by a grill.
At present, I reside in Durham, North Carolina with my incredible wife, son, and our two dogs — but I’ll always be a “Florida boy” at heart. ;)
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Jean BookNerd for letting me participate in this cover reveal. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Today on my blog I have the Liars, Inc blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, guest post, and giveaway.
For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV's How to Get Away with Murder.
Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?
When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.
Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.
For more information, check out THE OFFICIAL LIARS, INC. WEBSITE.
Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of several YA novels, most recently Liars, Inc. and The Art of Lainey. Her writing has been translated into nine foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.
THURS MARCH 26. FBI INTERVIEW WITH PARVATI AMOS
Paula: Welcome to Day 9 of the #CatchAKiller Blog Tour—our last interview.! The first week was background profiles on the victim and suspects. The second week is FBI subject interview transcripts and then one day’s worth of FBI case notes. Follow along to win fun swag and test your detective skills. Nothing in the content is directly spoilery for the book, but the info presented here might get you thinking about who's lying and who's telling the truth. Can you follow the clues and sniff out a killer? Make your guess and then read LIARS, INC. to see if you’re right!
LEAD INVESTIGATOR: McGhee, James, Special Agent
SECONDARY INVESTIGATOR: Gonzalez, Alex, Special Agent
PERSON OF INTEREST: Amos, Parvati
LEGAL GUARDIAN PRESENT: Bhatnagar-Amos, Priya, JD
Agent McGhee: Thanks for agreeing to speak with us tonight.
Priya Bhatnagar-Amos: My daughter and I want to help in any way that we can.
Agent McGhee: Parvati, how well do you know Preston?
Parvati Amos: We’ve been friends for a little over, hmm, three years now.
Agent McGhee: Were the two of you ever romantically involved?
Parvati Amos: No.
Agent McGhee: Did you ever want to be?
Parvati: I mean, I guess I had a little crush on him when I first met him, but so did half of the freshman class. He’s hot, he’s funny, he’s rich—there’s a lot to like. But once we got to be friends, I realized he wasn’t my type.
Agent McGhee: What about Max Cantrell?
Parvati Amos: Yeah, Max is my type. But we’re just friends too.
Agent Gonzalez: But you used to date, correct? Some of your classmates said all three of you seem close.
Parvati Amos: Why are you asking me questions you already know the answer to?
Priya Bhatnagar-Amos: Parvati. Don’t be rude.
Agent Gonzalez: We’re just trying to establish some baseline facts.
Parvati Amos: Max and I were together for a few months, yeah.
Agent McGhee: This is difficult to ask, but at any point were you, Max, and Preston all…intimately involved?
Parvati Amos: Are you asking me if my best friends and I were all hooking up with each other? No. Trust me when I say neither one of those guys likes to share. We’re just friends—all three of us. It’s really not that unusual.
Priya Bhatnagar-Amos: What does this have to do with Preston’s disappearance?
Agent McGhee: Sorry. We just wanted to clarify a rumor. Do you know if there was anyone at school who wanted to hurt Preston?
Parvati Amos: Not likely. Pres is a golden child. Beloved football star. Party-thrower of epic proportions. Like I said—there’s a lot to like.
Agent McGhee: Did he mention any recent problems outside of school? Family stuff? Anything political going on with his dad that was worrying him?
Parvati Amos: I know the political stuff got old after a while. His parents kind of cracked down on him once his dad made the short list for Secretary of Labor. But nothing major. That’s all just part of being a politician’s kid, right?
Agent McGhee: Where were you on December 3rd?
Parvati Amos: Saturday? Let’s see. Newspaper club in the morning. Then I went for a run. Then I had my Arabic lesson.
Agent McGhee: And that night?
Parvati Amos: I was at home. I did a little homework and then we watched a movie, right Mom?
Priya Bhatnagar-Amos: Ah, yes. Your father and his undying love for Liam Neeson.
Agent McGhee: And what did you do on Sunday?
Parvati Amos: Hmm. Karate class. Went for a run. Did some homework. Family dinner. Watched a little TV.
Agent McGhee: And when’s the last time you saw Max Cantrell?
Parvati Amos: Yesterday at school.
Agent Gonzalez: Not today?
Parvati Amos: He was absent today. It’s his birthday and Max isn’t really must of a student. I figure his parents let him skip.
Agent McGhee: Just one last question. Do you know where Max is right now?
Parvati Amos: I’d assume he’s at home. Or maybe working at his parents’ shop?
Priya Bhatnagar-Amos: He hasn’t gone missing as well, has he? Is my daughter in danger?
Agent McGhee: No need to panic, ma’am, but I would like to speak with you and your husband privately for a few moments. Parvati, could you go get your father from the lobby?
Parvati Amos: Why can’t I stay?
Priya Bhatnagar-Amos: Because they said privately. Just go get your father, please.
Agent McGhee: Thank you for your time.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Check out the other stops on this TOUR for more guest posts and reviews. I would also like to say Thank You to Paula for the guest post and say Thank You to Jean BookNerd for letting me participate in this blog tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.
Monday, March 23, 2015
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Today on my blog I have the H.A.L.F. The Deep Beneath blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, 10 Random Things Post, review, and giveaway.
H.A.L.F. 9 has taken his first breath of desert air and his first steps in the human world. Created to be a weapon, he proved too powerful for his makers and has lived a sedated life hidden from humans. But H.A.L.F. 9 has escaped the underground lab he called home, and the sedation has worn off. He has never been more alive. More powerful. Or more deadly.
Erika Holt longs to ride her motorcycle east until pavement meets shore. She bides her time until graduation when she’ll say adios to the trailer she shares with her alcoholic mother and memories of her dead father. But a typical night in the desert with friends thrusts Erika into a situation more dangerous than she ever imagined.
Circumstances push the two together, and each must make a fateful choice. Will Erika help H.A.L.F. 9 despite her “don’t get involved” rule? And will H.A.L.F. 9 let Erika live even though he was trained to kill?
The two may need to forget their rules and training and if either is to survive the dangers of the deep beneath them.
This is a great book that I read so quick that when it was over I was shocked I had read it so fast. The story line is so fast paced and the characters have so much depth to them that I felt like I knew them and that their story line was being played out right in front of me. Oh and Natalie has left me with so many questions that I really need book two now to know what is going to happen. I am definitely going to be buying it release day. 5/5 Bloody Fangs
Natalie is the author of H.A.L.F., a young adult science fiction series, and The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. She lives in the high desert of Tucson, Arizona with her husband, tween daughter, and two young cats.
Natalie spends her time writing, reading, gaming, geeking out over nerd culture and cool science, hanging out on social media, and meeting readers and fans at festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. She likes to walk in the desert, snorkel in warm waters, travel, and share excellent food and conversation with awesome people. Natalie supports the rights of both humans and non-humans to live a life free of suffering caused by people. She was raised an Ohio farm girl, lives in the desert Southwest, and dreams of living in a big city high rise.
10 Random Things About My College Years
10. A wood floor covered in beer is slippery.
9. Because of #10, never wear high heels, pumps or ballet flats to a college party.
8. There is only one time in your adult life when wearing pajamas all day is acceptable. (Okay, unless you’re a writer.)
Now you’re all wondering if I’m wearing pajamas, huh?
7. At no other time in your life will you be surrounded by such a diverse group of people. Future teachers, doctors, engineers, designers, artists, lawyers, musicians, etc., all sharing the same space.
6. I began as a political science major, ended up with a degree in art education but never taught school. Instead I went to law school but 20 years later became a writer. Go figure!
5. Drinks with names like “Brain Stomper” do exactly what the name says.
4. I got married to the love of my life while still in college. They said it wouldn’t last. We’re still together and he is still my best friend.
3. I began my studies at a very small college (about 1500 students total) and ended my undergraduate work at a very large college (over 90,000 students total). I can testify to the fact that the size of the package doesn’t matter. It’s how you use it. ;-)
2. In college, my boyfriend’s roommate had two kittens. One was named Ron, the other Nancy. If you know who those kittens were named after, you probably have a good idea of the era I went to college.
1. If you’re in college and you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right. ;-)
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Make sure you check out the other dates on the TOUR for more guest posts and reviews. I would like to say Thank You to Natalie for letting me review your book and for the guest post and say Thank You to Jean BookNerd for letting me participate in this blog tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.
- Sabrina Ford