Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Unwanted by Jeffrey Ricker



Title:   The Unwanted
Author:  Jeffrey Ricker
Purchase at Bold Strokes Books
Purchase at Amazon
Cover Artist: Sheri
Genre:  YA, mythology
Length:  264 pages
Formats:  epub, mobi, pdf, print

Jamie Thomas has enough trouble on his hands trying to get through junior year of high school without being pulverized by Billy Stratton, his bully and tormentor. But the mother he was always told was dead is actually alive—and she's an Amazon! Sixteen years after she left him on his father's doorstep, she's back—and needs Jamie's help. A curse has caused the ancient tribe of warrior women to give birth to nothing but boys, dooming them to extinction—until prophecy reveals that salvation lies with one of the offspring they abandoned. Putting his life on the line, Jamie must find the courage to confront the wrath of an angry god to save a society that rejected him.

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I stayed up way too late into the night to finish this book. I like YA for the need to stay on plot and out of the bedroom, and this story delivered. Jamie is given a hero’s quest with a great ensemble cast to back him up, with the hint of romance.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Coming this week

It was a great week, and upcoming looks good.  Eden Winters told us all about Strain by Amelia C. Gormley in a guest review, I talked about Someone Killed Shaney by J.C. Wallace.

Of course, every week brings a prompt pic, suitable for drooling or stories. We'll have another on Thousand Word Thursday.

For review this week, The Unwanted by Jeffrey Ricker, and spotlights on A Matter of Trust by Jeff Erno and Guiseppe and Me by Robin Reardon, which are part of the The Real Story Safe Sex Project.

Keep reading!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Curiosity Killed Shaney by J.C. Wallace

Title: Curiosity Killed Shaney
Author: J.C. Wallace
Purchase at Rooster and Pig Publishing
Purchase at All Romance eBooks
Cover Artist: Lex Valentine
Genre: paranormal, horror
Length: 74k
Formats: epub, mobi, pdf, print


Shaney's curiosity is always getting him into trouble, including stumbling into a ritualistic circle and being imbued with an energy that will eventually tear him apart. He soon finds that Hudson, a man he cares for deeply, might be responsible for his misfortune. Add in the betrayal of his best friend Todd and the desire of a demented occultist named Silas determined to control the energy inside of him and there seems to be no way out. Can Shaney find a way to rid his body of the nefarious energy before he dies a horrible death?


Review:

This was a wild, crazy ride of a story. The title character, Shaney, is a walking disaster zone. Inanimate objects suicide in his presence, humans find their minds leaking out through their ears, and reality bends in odd directions, leaving bystanders agog. Shaney’s a very strange, sweet, manic trouble magnet, whose good heart doesn’t keep peculiar things from happening.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A picture is worth...

Can't have some back seat action without a back seat, can you? or can you? Tell us about it in 100 to 1000 words (drabbles are fine, really) and send your news along too. See How Thousand Word Thursday Works for details.

The rest of us will admire that T-top, oh yes we will.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Strain by Amelia Gormley

Title: Strain
Author: Amelia C. Gormley
Cover artist: Kanaxa
Buy at Riptide
Buy at All Romance eBooks
genre: dystopian, science fiction
length: 320 pages, 104 k
formats: mobi, epub, pdf, print

Rhys Cooper is a dead man. Cut off from the world since childhood, he’s finally exposed to the lethal virus that wiped out most of the human race. Now his only hope for survival is infection by another strain that might provide immunity. But it’s sexually transmitted, and the degradation he feels at submitting to the entire squad of soldiers that rescued him eclipses any potential for pleasure—except with Darius, the squadron’s respected, capable leader.

Sergeant Darius Murrell has seen too much death and too little humanity. He’s spent a decade putting plague victims out of their misery and escorting survivors to a safe haven he can never enjoy. He’d rather help Rhys live than put him down, so when Rhys can’t reconcile himself to doing what’s necessary to survive, Darius is forced to save Rhys in spite of himself.

But with each passing day, it looks less and less likely that Rhys can be saved. And that means that Darius might soon have to put a bullet in the head of the one person in years who reminds him of what it means to be human.

A guest review from Eden Winters

From start to finish, Strain by Amelia C. Gormley was a non-stop, unapologetic journey through darkness and into, if not light, then the pink-around-the-edges promise of dawn.

Kudos to the author for taking a risk on a volatile subject and giving us front-row seats to every possible angle, and some of the best, well-drawn characters I’ve ever encountered in fiction. Although the POV switches between Rhys and Darius, our main couple if you will, this is an ensemble cast made up of characters so real, and dialogue so believable, that you find yourself completely caught up in their struggles.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Coming this week



Since I've been so organized that I've had 3 posts per week every week since I got back, I'm going to take it one step farther and actually announce a schedule. I've been posting consistently on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and now, we'll have a Sunday post. This should keep me on track!

In the week that just wrapped, we had posts for It's All Geek to Me by JL Merrow, a prompt-worthy pic for Thousand Word Thursday, and spotlights on two of The Real Story Safe Sex Practices stories: Just Like You by Zoey Lynne, and Teaching Techniques by RJ Seeley.

For the week to come, we have a guest review from Eden Winters!  Eden read a book I've been eyeing and hesitating on because of the subject matter, but it's from an author I love. So when she got all excited about it, I put her to work, and bought a book!  Expect a review from her on Strain by Amelia C. Gormley, another promptworthy pic, and a review from moi on Curiosity Killed Shaney by JC Wallace.

Keep reading!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Stories from The Real Story Safe Sex Project from Zoe Lynne and RJ Seeley.

The Real Story Safe Sex Project, spearheaded by Brent Hartinger, is gathering up stories and blog posts promoting condom use. Many talented authors have contributed stories to this worthy project. We'll look at two stories a week until I have them all, but there may be new ones along any minute!

Every author has a different take on this message, and everyone has something valuable to add. Please read and forward the stories to anyone and everyone you know who needs to protect themselves, male and female alike. Thank you, authors, for making these stories free to all. Because that old ounce of prevention is really worth a pound of cure, or a ton of battle.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A picture is worth...

Tell us in 100 to 1000 words about this underwater wonder (drabbles are fine, really) and send your news along too. See How Thousand Word Thursday Works for details.

The rest of us will admire his fins. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's All Geek to Me by JL Merrow

Title: It’s All Geek to Me
Author: JL Merrow
Purchase at Riptide
Purchase at All Romance eBooks
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Genre: contemporary, humor
Length: 57 pages
Formats: epub, mobi, pdf,

Jez is on a mission of mercy: to replace a tragically deceased comic book for his injured best mate, Tel. Venturing into the Hidden Asteroid bookstore in London—the temple of geekdom itself—Jez is bowled over by the guy behind the counter.

Rhys is the poster boy for hot geeks: tall, gorgeous, and totally cool. Jez is desperate to impress him, so he bluffs his way through comic book jargon . . . and then dashes back to the hospital to beg Tel to teach him how to speak Geek.

Tel’s happy to oblige, and Jez is over the moon when Rhys asks him out. He’s even more thrilled when they discover a shared love of rugby, something he won’t have to fake for Rhys. The question is, how long can Jez keep up the deception, and what will happen when Rhys realizes he’s going out with a Fake Geek Guy?

Review:

JL Merrow’s been accused of humor, and I’m happy to give her that particular shaky finger again. She’s plopped us into the head of Jez, whose cheerful blithering is the soundtrack to his pursuit of the hunk he’s found selling comic books. Jez has little or no governor on his mouth; what he thinks is internal dialog comes flying out into the open air, so he’s in dread fear of the truth popping up.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Stories from The Real Story Safe Sex Project from Ty Nolan and Eden Winters

The Real Story Safe Sex Project, spearheaded by Brent Hartinger, is gathering up stories and blog posts promoting condom use. Many talented authors have contributed stories to this worthy project. If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, said Oscar Wilde, and Brent also knows that if you want to reach and teach, it helps a lot to entertain.

To do my small part in boosting the signal, I’m going to spotlight these stories rather than review them. Every author has a different take on this message, and everyone has something valuable to add. Please read and forward the stories, which are free, and thank you, authors, to anyone and everyone you know who needs to protect themselves, male and female alike. Because that old ounce of prevention is really worth a pound of cure, or a ton of battle.