Friday, March 24, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: MICRO by Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton & Richard Preston
HarperCollings - Audio Book

In the vein of Jurassic Park, this high concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them. An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Crichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, this boundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction to create yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.


Honestly? I expected better from Michael Crichton. Now, you might be asking, who am I to criticize the great Michael Crichton?

I'm as big a fan as anyone. C'mon. Jurassic Park! Coma! Andromeda Strain! But Micro didn't even come close to meeting my expectations. In a nutshell, Micro is Honey, I Shrunk the Kids for grown-ups. The plot really isn't much different, except that the little people get eaten, stung, torn limb from limb, and otherwise destroyed by the creatures in the micro world. There is a bad guy who is such a caricature it is almost silly. And most of the other characters are flat and at times indistinguishable, except for the whiny self-centered guy who is just annoying through the entire book. And the dialogue...don't get me started on the dialogue.

I know I sound harsh, but it's irritating when best-seller authors who are truly, at times, genius, get away with publishing stuff like this.

What I can say is that it was interesting enough to keep me listening. (I really didn't care for the narrator who only contributed to the silliness of it all with his overly dramatic reading.) If you can get this for free or at least on sale, go for it. The scenes of death and destruction are colorful and imaginative. Otherwise, I'd pass.


Profanity:  High
Sexuality:  Mild
Violence:   High

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Title: Crossroads Saga
Author: Mary Ting
Genre: YA Fantasy
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
***Based on a dream the author had in high school-chapter 1 & 2***

Protecting her from the Fallen was his duty.
Falling in love was never part of his plan.
Loving her was forbidden.
Being with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity.
Claudia Emerson's life is about to change when her good friend, who coincidentally shares the same first and last name, dies in a tragic accident. Distraught at the loss of her friend, Claudia's dreams become tumultuous, and through them she mysteriously travels to another world called Crossroads. There, she unexpectedly meets Michael, a nephilim--half angel, half human. Now that she's been there, Fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special, and it is up to Michael and the other nephilim to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most.
Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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Friday, March 17, 2017


Title: Retribution (The After Light Saga, #5)
Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: YA Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic
Publisher: CHBB
Cover Designer: Stephanie Hobbs of Steph's Cover Design
Expected Release Date: Mar. 24th, 2017
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
War is coming between humans and Arvies, leaving me trapped between two enemies. This time, I don’t think I’ll survive.

The government will stop at nothing to get me back in their clutches. They want what’s inside me—a power I call Venge—and will use my greatest weakness to bring me to my knees. 

The Arvies know of my gift, and use my telepathy and their numbers, in an effort to take me out. 

My name is Abigail Park, and I promise retribution against those who’ve wronged me, even if it’s the last thing I do.

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2016 Young Adult Author of the Year - Penned Con
2013 Break Out Author by Young Adult & Teen Readers
2013 Book of the Year (Hidden Wings) 

 Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with her husband and children to Alaska. She's a daydreamer and a caffeine and peppermint addict who loves to laugh, loves to read, and loves to escape reality. One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance and sharing it with others. One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then...she'll keep writing!


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Intransigent (Book #3):
Hostile (Book #4):


Luck of the Irish
Luck of the Irish $250 Giveaway
March 17th to 31st
Enter for your chance to win a $250 Amazon Gift Code or $250 in Paypal Cash!! 

Thanks to this awesome group of bloggers and authors who have joined with me to bring you one fabulous prize!! 

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Giveaway Details: $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 eGift Card Ends 3/31/17 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


The following blogs have joined in announcing the release of PETALS this week. I'd really appreciate if you'd stop by to say hello. And don't forget to enter my giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Angelic Book Reviewhttp://angelic-reviews.
What Is That Book
Lisa Loves Literature
Reading for the Stars and Moonhttp://readingforthestarsmoon.
Two Heartbeats
The Bookworm
The Silver Dagger Scriptoriumhttp://silver-dagger-
Adventures in Writing tours-4/
The Reading
Laurie's Thoughts and Reviewshttp://lauries-interviews.
CBY Book Clubhttp://cbybookclub.blogspot. com/
Margie's Must Reads
Jennifer Mary
A New Look On
Lukten av trykksvertehttp://luktenavtrykksverte.
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The Candid Cover
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017



I can hardly believe it! After twelve long years, Petals is finally published! Before I tell you about the crazy long journey this book has been on, I want to share a couple of exciting ways you can celebrate with me.

First, in honor of Petals' release, I am giving away a $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD!!! The giveaway begins today (which is my mom's birthday) and ends on April 18th (my dad's birthday). Scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to enter.

Second, consider this a personal invitation to join me for my FACEBOOK LAUNCH PARTY on Saturday, March 18th from 10:00am - 1:00pm (PST). Not only will I be chatting about Petals and sharing sneak peeks, but I will also be giving away Amazon gift cards and swag (promo goodies)! Stop by my FB Author Page or RSVP here for updates:

Finally, would you like to win a copy of Petals? How about if I told you that if you win, you will receive not just one book but 30??? I recently joined up with Booksweeps, and this month they are giving away a set of 32 young adult novels (including Petals) to two lucky winners!

Now for the story of Petals...

About thirteen years ago, I'd been writing for magazines and newspapers for a decade, and I was burned out. My dream had always been to write fiction, but I hadn't ever done it. But it was time.

So I quit journalism cold turkey and started on my first novel. It was called Eight Letters, was set in Guatemala, and was about a girl who had lost her mother in an accident. I wrote the book and was pretty proud of myself. I sent it to several agents and was told on more than one occasion that, well, in essence, it was crap.

I scrapped that book and wrote another, which became The Rock of Ivanore, my first published novel. The years went on and I wrote more books. Every once in a while, I'd go back to Eight Letters and rewrite it. The plot changed drastically every time. At one point, it was about foreign spies trying to kill the main character because she had some priceless ancient artifact in her possession. Another time it became the sequel to another novel of mine, Contact. All those ideas stunk.

[P.S. The Rock of Ivanore & The Last Enchanter are available for .99 cents for a limited time!]

I kept hearing over and over that first novels are almost always worthy of the trash bin. I tossed out the manuscript many times, but something inside me kept digging it out again.

Eventually, I changed the title to Petals and went back to my original idea for the story. My inspiration had been a novel I'd read in college decades earlier called Surfacing by Margaret Atwood. I don't want to say too much, but the protagonist of that story intrigued me, and I wanted to try to write a character of my own with a similar problem. I worked on it all last year, and finally a few months ago, I had a story I was proud of.

I'm thrilled to share this with you. I hope you enjoy reading Petals as much as I did resurrecting and polishing it.

Petals is available in both print and e-book formats, and can be ordered by clicking the links below:  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

.99 cent E-books - Limited Time!

Have I got incredible news for you!

Tanglewood Press has lowered the e-book price for BOTH The Rock of Ivanore & The Last Enchanter to just .99 CENTS !!!

This is the perfect time to grab these books, since book 3 in the series, The Seer of the Guilde, comes out this summer. But hurry! I don't know how long this deal will last before the prices go back up!

The Rock of Ivanore - .99 cents

The Last Enchanter - .99 cebts

And don't forget about the prequel series, The Crystal Keeper
Book I: Exile is always FREE!