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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Birthday Giveaway! But YOU Get a Present!

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Hello, everyone! I've been slacking a bit on the Friday Giveaways, but since today is my brithday (27, only 3 more years till my Golden), I thought I'd do a giveaway for my amazing followers!

It's not much, but I'll be giving away a $20 giftcard to ANY retailer you choose. And it doesn't have to be a book retailer.

The giveaway ENDS at 12 AM on June 7th, 2015!


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Friday, May 29, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday | Size of TBR

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly book blogger meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read to help bloggers gain new followers on their site.

This week's question is:

How many books have you got on your TBR list?

My answer:

My TBR is like the size of a public library! HUGE!





Because my birthday is tomorrow, I'll be hosting a giveaway for my followers!
Be sure to check back here tomorrow!




Thursday, May 28, 2015

Reader Recommends | What Would Jesus Do?

Reader Recommends is a fun meme hosted by Ramblings on Readings where we recommend 3-5 books (or more!) based on certain given topics. This is a great way to see what other readers are enjoying in your favorite genres, or maybe find a new favorite series!

This Week's Topic: What Would Jesus Do? Best books with religious or inspirational themes

This doesn’t necessarily have to be Christian books; next week’s topic is all about those spiritual or religious books that speak to your soul. Which are your favorites?


The Temptation Series!


by Karen Ann Hopkins

Noah is Amish and Rose isn't. They fall in love. They struggle with their own beliefs and pressure from each of their families trying to break them up. The Amish don't usually get involved with those outside their communities and Noah has to decide if his love for Rose is worth giving up everything he knows. Rose, on the other hand, has to decide if she's willing to give up her way of life to join Noah in his Amish ways. But it all becomes moot when something happens that forces their hand. Who gives up everything to be with the one they love?

Looking forward to in the Temptation series:


by Karen Ann Hopkins

The Star-Crossed Saga!


by Braxton A. Cosby

Sydney has been taught her whole life to have faith in every aspect of life. When she learns that she's on of the hated Star Children, her love for William and her faith keep her going as she's hunted by the Torrian Alliance. Her faith is tested and proved many times throughout the book.

LIEP Promotions currently has a review opportunity open for ProtoStar!
You have until June 20th to sign up!


Also Looking Forward to by Braxton A. Cosby:


by Braxton A. Cosby

LIEP Promotions currently has a review opportunity open for The Sect: The Windgate! 
You have until June 9th to sign up!




Next Week’s Topic: Quirky Best Friend

They’re always there to make a snarky remark when the main character is feeling down. They usually have crazy fashion, an adorably nerdy boyfriend, and best of all, they’re fabulously loyal to their best friends. Which quirky best friends are your favorites?


TAG | Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag


I saw the Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag over at Bookgatherer, so be sure to check out her post too! For a better understanding of how this tag works, check out the original Tag video!

So this is how it works:

1. Choose five (of your favourite) books
2. Turn to a random pages
3. The first name you see will be on your Zombie Apocalyse survival team
4. Apply the names to the situations
5. Be honest, how likely will you survive this apocalypse?

Here are the books I chose (in tag order):



I chose the order by writing the titles on Post-It Notes and shuffling them.



Now here's my team!

Hard As It Gets

1. THE FIRST PERSON TO DIE: NICK


Nick would have been one of my strongest team members, and he dies first??? NO! Being an ex-Special Forces team leader, he would have been good in combating the zombies.


2. THE PERSON YOU TRIP TO GET AWAY FROM THE ZOMBIES: BECCA


I love you, Becca, and I'm so sorry I gotta sacrifice you to save myself. The fact that she's a nurse, should make me want to keep her around.


Breaking Dawn

3. THE FIRST PERSON TO TURN INTO A ZOMBIE: ESME
Really?? I think I'd feel kind of bad if I had to kill her. And how in the world would she be turned into a zombie when her skin is like rock??


4. THE PERSON THAT TRIPS YOU TO GET AWAY FROM THE ZOMBIES: EDWARD



How could you, Edward?? You're a freaking vampire, you're impervious to zombies!


Stolen

5. THE IDIOT OF THE TEAM: CLAY


We're doomed if Clay is the idiot of the team. He's one of the smartest people on the team!


6. THE “BRAINS” OF THE TEAM: ADAM


I'm glad that someone who's knowledgeable about the supernatural is the brains of the team.


Shadowfever

7. THE TEAM’S MEDIC: DRUSTAN


I can definitely see Drustan as the medic. He's a Druid, so I'm sure he knows some kind of healing spell.


8. THE WEAPONS EXPERT: RYODAN



Ryodan is a scary dude and knows everything going on around him. I have no doubt that he's an expert with weapons. Although Ryodan is a weapon himself.


Winning Glory

9. THE BRAWLER: GLORY


Glory is a genetically enhanced super human who can shoot lightning from her hands. Definitely one of out best fighters.


10. THE TEAM CAPTAIN: ROY


Roy would be a great team captain! He's already the leader of a CIA black-ops team, plus he has augmented abilities that are the same or close to those that his girl Glory has.


Likelihood of Survival?

I'd say pretty good, considering that most of the people on my team are some of the strongest and most capable people in their respective book worlds. As long as everyone keeps their act together, I see no problem surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.


THAT'S IT!

If you'd like to do this TAG, I'd love to see your answers! Please add your link to the list below.



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday | Vicious Cycle by Katie Ashley

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights an upcoming book release that I'm looking forward to. This week I'm sharing with you the first book in the Vicious Cycle series, Vicious Cycle by Katie Ashley. This book is set to be released on June 2nd, 2015.


Deacon Malloy’s life is dedicated to the Hell’s Raiders motorcycle club. Tough, hard, and fast with his fists, he serves the group as sergeant at arms. But his devil-may-care approach to life is thrown for a loop when the five-year-old daughter he never knew existed lands on the club steps.

Alexandra Evans is devoted to all her students—but there’s always been something about Willow Malloy that tugs at her heart. There’s an aura of sadness about her, a girl in need of all the love Alexandra can give. When Willow stops coming to school, Alexandra’s search leads to a clubhouse full of bikers…and a father hell-bent on keeping his daughter always within sight.

The moment Deacon sees Alexandra, he has to have her in his bed—and he’s never met a woman yet who couldn’t be persuaded. No matter how attracted she is to Deacon, Alexandra refuses to be just another conquest. But it’s Deacon himself who could be seduced—into a brighter future for himself, his daughter, and the woman he’s falling for against all odds.

***

Why am I looking forward to Vicious Cycle?

1.) It's a new MC romance series. And I love MC romances.

2.) I'm interested in seeing how Deacon's life changed after meeting his daughter, who he never knew he had.

3.) I'm a sucker for romances where a good woman makes for a better future for the man, one he never thought he'd have or deserve.


You can preorder Vicious Cycle for $5.99 on Amazon!



Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW RELEASE | Revelry by Carmen Jenner | Giveaway




REVELRY (Taint #1)
by Carmen Jenner
Published: May 25th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Romance
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes
Cooper Ryan is living the dream. Between the parties with rock royalty, booze, groupies and performing to crowds of thousands with his band Taint, life seems pretty sweet. There’s just one thing missing: the feisty little red-head that took his baby and ran off with his heart. Throwing himself into music is the only thing keeping him sane.

Until a run-in with a nonplussed, package-wielding PA throws everything off balance.

Ali Jones is having a craptastic life. Her grandmother died, leaving her homeless, penniless, and alone, and her boyfriend left her for a tramp who takes her clothes off for money. That’s why when she lands her dream job at a record company it seems like it’s too good to be true.

Because it is.

Slapped with an ultimatum, Ali must decide if facing the horror of the unemployment line is a fate worse than going on the road with four rowdy rockers hell-bent on making her life misery.

He’s adored by millions.

She’s not even loved by her cat.

Can they ignore their hatred long enough to survive the tour from hell? Or will their chemistry force everything to come crashing down around them?






My vision is partly obstructed by Ali, but the sight of her head bobbing as she takes him in her mouth is all I need to know what’s going on. Levi meets my gaze across the limo. There’s gloating there—that much is obvious—but there’s also understanding. When you spend as much time together as we do, you come to know your bandmates pretty well. For all his talk, he’s not as big of a douche as he claims to be. He may not ever sleep with the same woman more than once—with the exception of Ali, I guess—but I know he’s not immune to the loneliness our lifestyle creates. It’s strange how you can be adored by millions and yet completely alone all at the same time.

He slides his hand into her hair and closes his eyes, throwing his head back against the seat.

“Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck,” he whispers, and then he gathers her hair to the side and shifts her body so that my view is completely unobstructed. I watch as she works her hands up his shaft in time with her mouth. He doesn’t attempt to fuck the back of her throat and make her choke on it, the way we both had that first night we fucked her. Instead, his touch is gentle. Reverent.

It makes me crazy, and hot as fucking hell. I shift uncomfortably, adjusting my cock within my jeans. I don’t make a move towards them, though I want to. I want to bury myself inside her and mark her as mine, but at this point the lines are so fucking blurred it doesn’t matter whom she belongs to. Him. Me. The both of us, or neither one.

I lean forward, taking a glass from the shelf and a crystal decanter filled with amber liquor, and I pour myself a drink, and then I slide back into the leather to watch.

“Play with yourself, Red,” he whispers.

“No.”

“Do it,” I say, and she turns around to glare at me. I can’t tell if she’s disappointed I’m not joining in, or if she forgot I was even here.

“I don’t want—”

“Why are you suddenly so embarrassed?” I say sharply, swigging back more of the scotch than I should.

“I’m not embarrassed. I’d actually rather that you joined in.”

“I’m watching,” I say, eyeing her coolly over my glass. She scowls at me a moment and then she kneels up, steadying herself with one hand on Levi’s thigh. She wriggles her skirt up over her hips and bends over. Everything is on display as she takes him in her mouth again. I close my eyes, not wanting to watch her on her knees in front of him, her head bent low, her full fuck-me lips wrapped around Levi’s cock. I feel as if I’m on a ride that’s spinning out of control and I can’t find a way off. I can’t make it stop. And I so badly want it to stop.


Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Tsu

Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY and international bestselling author of the Sugartown, Savage Saints, and Taint series.

Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU 2015.

A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore MAC addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny north coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.

A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?


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5 Star Book Review | Winning Glory by Ann Gimpel

WINNING GLORY (GenTech Rebellion #1)
by Ann Gimpel
Published: April 21st, 2015
Genres: Adult, Military, Romance, Suspense, Science Fiction
Provided by Bewitching Book Tours
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

My Rating: ★★★★★
The line between hunter and hunted thins, blurs, and finally shatters.

Series Backstory: Sometime between the interminable wars in the Middle East and 9/11, the United States moved forward breeding a race of super humans. Clandestine labs formed, armed with eager scientists who’d always yearned to manipulate human DNA. At first the clones looked promising, growing to fighting size in as little as a dozen years, but V1 had design flaws.

Seven years ago, a rogue group turned on their creators, blew up the lab, and hit all the other breeding farms, freeing whomever they could find. In the intervening time, they’ve retreated to hidden compounds and created a society run by men. Women are kept on a tight leash because the men fear if they discover their innate power, they’d launch their own rebellion.

***

Being a genetically altered human without a name grew old, so Glory named herself. Surrounded by a maze of unpleasant alternatives, she makes a bold choice and ends up a fugitive in the midst of a Minnesota winter. Once she’s on the run, she discovers how unprepared she is for life outside her protected compound.

CIA agent, Roy Kincaid, devoted his career to hunting super humans who staged a rebellion seven years before. He’s not making much headway, so he goes deep undercover. One blustery night, a striking woman staggers into the cafĂ© where he’s catching a late meal. Part waif, part runway model, the half-frozen woman arrows straight into his heart.

Glory’s flat out of alternatives, but death in the storm might be preferable to telling the tall stranger looming over her anything. Sensing Roy is dangerous, she pushes into his head seeking clues and discovers he hunts those like her. Maybe she can fool him, just for tonight. Get a hot meal and dry motel room out of the deal. If she’s lucky, he’ll never find out she’s on the run from the same group he’s targeted for death.

The thing she didn’t count on was falling in love.



Cover Review:

I'm going to be honest, I don't like the new cover. I very much loved the original cover because it showed not only that Glory and Roy are fighting together against the baddies, but it also showed the emotional attachment they develop. In this new cover they are fighting together, but there is distance between them. I don't like it at all.

Book Review:

Winning Glory brings us the story of a genetically enhanced woman named Glory, who being tired of the oppressive life she's been forced to live, chooses to leave and try to make a life for herself on the outside. But the Nameless Ones who are in charge of the compound that she lived in aren't going to let her get away so easily. Glory makes it to Minnesota during a snowstorm; freezing and hungry she enters a small cafe diner where she meets Roy Kincaid. She's wary of him, but as he helps her evade those hunting her, she trusts her life and her heart to Roy. Joining Roy and his team on their mission against the super humans, Glory  has her own mission to save as many women of her kind who want to escape their oppressive lifestyle.

One of my favorite parts of this book was seeing Glory's journey from a frightened victim trying to get as far away from her oppressors as possible to a tough heroine determined to return to her former home and free her friends from the life she left behind. The abilities that the super humans have were really interesting and more kept being revealed, even abilities that they didn't even know that they had. I really enjoyed the training sessions where Glory was teaching all the men of Roy's team, who also got the injections that put them on equal footing with the "freaks," how to use their potential abilities. It turned out that they were capable of more than they thought. Teaching them also gave Glory a sense of accomplishment that she's never felt before.

Roy has his special black-ops team that fights the super humans, and I thought that it was exciting when they tossed around the idea of Glory leading her own team with the women that they rescue from the compounds. I was thinking that it would be cool if they used the name Valkyrie for their team, after Roy told Glory that she looked like a Valkyrie when she was fighting the Nameless Ones. So I'm looking forward to seeing how the women's team will work in the future.

I loved Roy and Glory's relationship. It started with a simple kiss, one that was really important to Glory for the fact that it was the first time she ever kissed a man when it was her choice and not forced on her. When they link their minds for the first time, it was such an intimate experience that it amplified what they were already feeling. In some ways it seems like their relationship moves really fast, but with the mind link and the amount of time that actually passes, their relationship moves at a pretty normal rate. I really liked how when they had their time alone, they agreed not to think about the past or the future and just focused on the present and being together. Glory leading her own team would also prevent any fraternization concerns, so that's an added cool bonus for forming a women's team.

Winning Glory has so much great things going for it, and I loved that there was an excerpt from the next book, Honor Bound, at the end of the book. From what I read, this series is just going to keep getting better and better.

Rating:

I gave Winning Glory a 5 STAR rating. I loved everything about this book! Glory's journey from a suppressed and frightened victim to a tough, passionate, kick-butt heroine was amazing. The romance between Roy and Glory is steamy and the love they have is deep and in some ways innocent. And I loved the mission to take down the men of the rebellion compounds. There is just so much awesomeness in this book!


“Dessert, hon?” The waitress sidled back over to him, and Roy realized he was her only customer.

“Sure. What do you have?”

She rattled off a series of pies and cakes. He chose apple pie with a scoop of ice cream, and she left with his dinner plate. Roy slumped against the chair. He had to keep going. No choice. Not really. A good night’s sleep, coupled with the first adequate meal he’d had in a couple days might make a big difference in his attitude. At least he hoped they would.

He’d just begun on the pie, which had a surprisingly flaky crust, when a rush of cold air yanked his attention toward the door. A tall woman walked in. Long, dark hair caked with snow swirled around her, and she held her body tightly as if she were really cold. Roy glanced at her feet and was shocked to see a pair of tennis shoes with holes in them. Good God, had she been outside with such inadequate footwear? Didn’t she understand she could freeze to death? Even his stout boots didn’t do much to divert the cold.

Keeping her gaze downcast, she made her way to the counter and sat.

“Coffee, hon?” The waitress asked.

“How much is it?” the woman inquired.

“Two bucks.”

“Oh.” The woman’s shoulders drooped, and she swiveled the stool around, getting ready to go back out into the storm.

“No, you don’t.” The waitress’s voice sharpened. “I’ll stand you a coffee. You look about done in.”

The woman’s even features melted into what looked like relief before she turned back to face the counter. “Thank you. That’s really kind and I appreciate it. My wallet was stolen, and—”

“Never you mind.” The waitress patted the woman’s shoulder. “Bet you’re hungry too.” She poured hot coffee into a mug and handed it to the woman, who drew the steaming liquid to her lips.

“Maybe a little,” the woman ventured. She clasped the cup with fingers white from cold.

By now, Roy knew he was staring, but he couldn’t make himself turn away. There was something waiflike and alluring about the tall woman with long, black hair. Snow dripped off her, creating puddles around her stool. All she wore against the winter weather was a thick, gray sweater and worn jeans. No scarf. No gloves. No hat. He was close to certain her wallet hadn’t been stolen. She looked more like an abuse victim on the run to him. Maybe he could help her get to her intended destination, if it wasn’t too far out of his way.

He pushed his chair back and made his way to the counter. “Say—” he began, but she started and drew away as if she expected him to hit her.

I was right. Abuse victim for sure.

“I’m not going to hurt you.” He kept his voice low, soothing. “Order whatever you want, and I’ll pay for it.”

She kept her gaze on her hands clutching the coffee cup. “I can’t let you do that, sir. I’m all right. Truly I am.”

Without waiting for an invitation, he took the stool next to hers and called to the waitress. “Bring her the same meal I just had.”

“You got it, hon,” rang from the direction of the kitchen.

“You are not all right,” Roy said. “You’re thin as a rail, and you were shivering when you came in here. In fact, you still are. I’ll bet your shoes are wet clear through.” When she didn’t respond, he ploughed on. “Let me help you.”

She shook her head. “Don’t want your kind of help. It always comes with strings.”

“Mine doesn’t.”

He pushed a little with his enhanced mental ability to get her to look at him. If she did, maybe she’d see truth in his eyes. A shudder ran down her thin frame, but she dragged her gaze upward reluctantly. Roy felt bad for forcing her, but he didn’t have time to soothe her wounded places, which he suspected ran deep.

Eyes a shade of green he’d never seen inspected him. Long, thick lashes framed those eyes, and they were set in a face with high cheekbones, a high forehead, and black eyebrows winging a track over porcelain skin.

“Who are you?” The words tore from him. He hadn’t meant to say them. She was nervous as a feral cat as it was.

She shook her head sadly. “No one. I’m no one. You’ll forget all about me when you leave here.”

Something shifted in his mind, but he fought it. Before he could determine if something real had just happened or if he were imagining things, the waitress showed up with the woman’s dinner.

“Here you go, hon. Hope medium’s okay for that steak?”

“Fine, thank you.” Before the words were out, the woman picked up the fork and knife and shoveled food into her mouth.

Roy congratulated himself on a good call. Even though she’d been reluctant to admit it, she really was starving. He had no idea what she’d do tomorrow or the next day, but it wasn’t his problem. While she ate, he observed her from the corner of his eyes. In addition to being hungry and underdressed, she looked young. Maybe twenty. He’d be surprised if she were much more than that.

He shook a mental finger at himself. The country was full of abused women running from the men who used them as punching bags before they raped them. It was one part of law enforcement work he’d never understood: why the women kept going back for more.

“There are safe houses for girls like you,” he said, and could’ve kicked himself. What the hell was wrong with his mouth tonight? He couldn’t seem to keep words on the other side of it.

She stopped chewing long enough to glance at him. “What’s a safe house?”

“A place where women like you can go so whoever’s after you can’t get to you.”

“What makes you think someone’s after me?” Color splotched across her white cheeks.

Roy took a deep breath. “I was a cop for a long time.”

Her entire body tightened, and he wondered if he’d been wrong about why she was out in the storm. “You said was.” She swiped a paper napkin over her lips. “Are you still?”

“No. Not anymore.”

She took another bite, clearly thinking about what he’d said. “These people you think are after me. Could they still find me in a safe house?”

He wanted to lie to her, but didn’t. “Sure. Anyone can find anybody with the Internet and all, but the people who run the safe houses won’t let anyone who might hurt you inside.”

She drew her arched brows together and drank some coffee. “I’d have to go outside sometime. Work. Earn my way.”

He nodded. Those things were all true. He scratched his head and pushed too-long hair out of his eyes. “Sometimes, when a man is really persistent, there are ways of setting you up with a different identity in a different part of the country.”

Interest lit her features, and she cut up the last of her steak. “Where would I go to have that happen?”

“I’m not sure, but we could check with local agencies in the morning.”

A blank expression washed over her face, as if someone had shut out a light. She shot him a look she might have given yesterday’s overripe trash. “Morning, huh? You’re just like all the rest of them, mister. Means I’d have to spend the night with you.”

Roy winced. He hadn’t been thinking. Of course she’d make that connection. “No.” He shook his head emphatically. “I’d buy you your own room for the night. You can clean up, get some sleep, and we’ll regroup in the morning after breakfast.”

She narrowed her eyes, and he felt himself drawn into their depths. “My own room with a locked door?”

He nodded solemnly, willing her to believe him. If he could just do one decent deed, it would make up for the last two weeks of beating his head into a brick wall. Maybe it would give him enough juice to keep hunting for the scientists who were a bunch of Houdini fuckers.

“Mmph.” She started on her potato, taking large bites. In between them, she said. “I’m trying to figure out your angle. If I’ve worked my way around to believing you won’t hurt me by the time I’m done eating, I’ll accept your offer.”

It was the best he was likely to get. Roy stood. “Fair enough. I’m going to finish my pie.” It was sitting in a pool of melted ice cream, but he didn’t mind. “If you’d care to accept my help, just stop by my table on your way out. If you walk past, I give you my word I won’t bother you.”

“Deal.” She said around a mouthful of food. Swallowing, she twisted to look at him.

It felt as if she were staring straight through him, but Roy held his ground even after he identified a zing of power withdrawing from his mind. What the hell was she, anyway? When she returned to her dinner, he retreated to his pie, thoughts racing a mile a minute. What the fuck was he doing? If he were smart, he’d forget his offer, throw enough money on the table to cover both meals, and run like hell for his car.

There was something about the woman, though, an appeal that drew him, snared him, and wouldn’t leave him be. He ate mindlessly, not tasting the pie. He knew the feel of freak mind control. Was that it? Had he inadvertently stumbled onto one of them?

Impossible. They’re never by themselves, and whatever she examined me with didn’t feel quite right.

Plus, she didn’t resemble the ones he’d killed before. They had dark hair, but animal eyes. Amber, not green like hers. Of course they’d been men, but simple genetics argued they’d all look much the same if they came out of the same petri dishes.

Were there other augmented humans beyond those he already knew about? The thought fascinated and chilled him at the same time.

He scraped his fork over the plate and realized it was empty. Slugging back long-since-cold coffee, he dug for his wallet and extracted what he was certain would cover dinner, laying bills on the table and placing his empty mug atop them.

The woman looked almost done with her meal. What would she do?

What would he do if she walked by him and out the door? Would he be able to keep his promise and not go after her?


Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

Ann Gimpel is a mountaineer at heart. Recently retired from a long career as a psychologist, she remembers many hours at her desk where her body may have been stuck inside four walls, but her soul was planning yet one more trip to the backcountry. Around the turn of the last century (that would be 2000, not 1900!), she managed to finagle moving to the Eastern Sierra, a mecca for those in love with the mountains. It was during long backcountry treks that Ann’s writing evolved. Unlike some who see the backcountry as an excuse to drag friends and relatives along, Ann prefers solitude. Stories always ran around in her head on those journeys, sometimes as a hedge against abject terror when challenging conditions made her fear for her life, sometimes for company. Eventually, she returned from a trip and sat down at the computer. Three months later, a five hundred page novel emerged. Oh, it wasn’t very good, but it was a beginning. And, she learned a lot between writing that novel and its sequel.

Around that time, a friend of hers suggested she try her hand at short stories. It didn’t take long before that first story found its way into print and they’ve been accepted pretty regularly since then. One of Ann’s passions has always been ecology, so her tales often have a green twist.

In addition to writing, Ann enjoys wilderness photography. She lugs pounds of camera equipment in her backpack to distant locales every year. A standing joke is that over ten percent of her pack weight is camera gear which means someone else has to carry the food! That someone is her husband. They’ve shared a life together for a very long time. Children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out their family.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Feature & Follow Friday | Writing Reviews

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly book blogger meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read to help bloggers gain new followers on their site.

This week's question is:


How do you write your reviews?

My answer:  

Oh boy...um...it actually takes me a while to write a book review. It seems like I can write reviews for movies or TV shows a lot easier that I can write book reviews. I think it may be because I feel more pressure to get a book review absolutely perfect. So I think about what I want to write for a while and then hope that the finished product is as good as it sounded in my head.

My book reviews include first a cover review, then the book review, and finally my rating. 




Thursday, May 21, 2015

Reader Recommends | Best Girl in a Prom Dress Books

Reader Recommends is a fun meme hosted by Ramblings on Readings where we recommend 3-5 books (or more!) based on certain given topics. This is a great way to see what other readers are enjoying in your favorite genres, or maybe find a new favorite series!

This Week's Topic: Best Girl in a Prom Dress Books

You see the covers everywhere: it’s a current trend for YA books to feature a gorgeous girl in an equally gorgeous prom dress on the cover. But which books are actually worth picking up?



Devoured by Amanda Marrone
Fallen by Lauren Kate


Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Falling Under by Gwen Hayes


If I Die by Rachel Vincent
Fury by Elizabeth Miles
After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel


Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins


Moonlight and Oranges by Elise Stephens
Ember by Jessica Sorensen


With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent


Next Week’s Topic: What Would Jesus Do? Best books with religious or inspirational themes.

This doesn’t necessarily have to be Christian books; next week’s topic is all about those spiritual or religious books that speak to your soul. Which are your favorites?


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