Sunday, April 20, 2014

AN EASTER MESSAGE FOR YOU

I love this inspiring video which reminds me why I celebrate Easter every year, and that it's not just about colored eggs and chocolate bunnies.

I faced the deaths of three friends and family members in the past few weeks. But though I have felt great sadness at losing them, I do believe that they are not gone forever. That I will see them again one day.

I wish you all...

A JOYOUS EASTER

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HOPPY EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA GIVEAWAY HOP

* MIRA'S PLAYLIST - CONTACT COUNTDOWN - #10
* BOOK REVIEW:  ICEFALL by Mathew J. Kirby
* CONTACT BLOG TOUR SIGN-UPS


Hoppy Easter 2
4th Annual Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
April 17th to 24th
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Read Now Sleep Later
Welcome! To celebrate one of my favorite holidays of the year, I am giving away a . . .
$15
Barnes & Noble Gift Card
 To eligible to win, you must be a follower of this blog. Additional opportunities to win include: signing up for my newsletter, following me on Facebook, tweeting about this giveaway, and leaving a comment. Just fill out the rafflecopter form below. 18 & older. U.S. residents only.  Scroll down for complete list of participating blogs and more chances to win!

WRITER 2 WRITER: INTERVIEW w/ ME!



In December two young ladies from a local junior high, Phoebe and Zimara, interviewed me for a school project. In the interview I discuss the challenges I faced along the road to publication and give some advice for young future authors.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: THE DEBT COLLECTOR by Susan Kaye Quinn

*  BOOK REVIEW:  ICEFALL by Mathew J. Kirby
*  CONTACT BLOG TOUR SIGN-UPS
*  COVER REVEAL: BEAUTIFULLY WOUNDED by Susan Griscom



THE DEBT COLLECTOR: Episodes 1 - 5
Susan Kaye Quinn
Adult Noir Science Fiction
Serialized Novellas

What's your life worth on the open market?

A debt collector can tell you precisely. 

Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He's just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja's sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane... until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn't what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone--a dark pit he's not sure he'll be able to climb out of again.


This is the print edition of Season One of Debt Collector, and contains all nine of the episodes originally published serially on ebook. This dark and gritty future-noir is about a world where your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating. For more about the Debt Collector serial, see DebtCollectorSeries.com



MY REVIEW:

I rarely review self-published books but THE DEBT COLLECTOR blew my mind! Susan Kaye Quinn is a master. I was hooked from the opening line and have been devouring every page since. This is a serialized novella, available as 9 separate episodes or as a complete collection. I've read the first 5 episodes so far and I love, love, love it! The great thing is that Episode 1: DELIRIUM is always free for Nook or Kindle.

The author is hosting several giveaways this week on her blog:  http://www.susankayequinn.com/2014/04/debt-collector-audiobook-giveaway.html

For an intense, addictive read give THE DEBT COLLECTOR a try!



CONTENT RATING:

Profanity:  Moderate
Sexuality:  High
Violence:   High



Sunday, April 13, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: ICEFALL by Mathew J. Kirby

Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday (MMGM), a weekly event hosted by author Shannon Messenger. For a list of other MMGM posts, click HERE.
_________________________________________________

ICEFALL
Mathew J. Kirby
Scholastic
336 pp.
Ages 8 - 12

Winner of the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Fiction

Critically acclaimed author Matthew J. Kirby deftly weaves a stunning coming-of-age tale with chilling cleverness and subtle suspense that will leave readers racing breathlessly to the end. 

Trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen sea, Solveig--along with her brother the crown prince, their older sister, and an army of restless warriors--anxiously awaits news of her father's victory at battle. But as winter stretches on, and the unending ice refuses to break, terrible acts of treachery soon make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst. Solveig must also embark on a journey to find her own path. Yet, a malevolent air begins to seep through the fortress walls, as a smothering claustrophobia slowly turns these prisoners of winter against one another.

Those charged with protecting the king's children are all suspect, and the siblings must choose their allies wisely. But who can be trusted so far from their father's watchful eye? Can Solveig survive the long winter months and expose the traitor before he manages to destroy a kingdom?

MY REVIEW:

I really thought Icefall was a fantasy novel. So I kept waiting for something magical to happen, but it never did. So it took me a while to accept that this is actually a historical novel set in an ancient Norse/Viking setting. The first third of the book moved slowly for me and I nearly set it aside. I'm glad I didn't though. By  half way, I was totally hooked. And by the end, I loved it.

Kirby's book is brilliantly researched and really draws readers into young Sulveig's story - or stories. She is a storyteller, and what a tale she has to tell. It is listed for ages 8 - 12, but younger readers might have a difficult time with some of the Norse words and names, and there is quite a bit of graphic violence and death. But I would consider Icefall a superb contribution to children's historical literature.



CONTENT RATING:

Profanity:  None
Violence:  High
Sexuality:  None

Friday, April 11, 2014

CONTACT - UPDATE

We are two months away from the release of my third novel, CONTACT, and I thought perhaps you'd like to know how it's going.

ARCs (advanced readers copies) have been sent out for reviews and the first blurb comes from one of my favorite children's book authors, MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX (Missing & The Shadow Children series):

"CONTACT is a page turner that will keep you guessing right along
with Mira, right up until the last revelation. And it will make you
reconsider the next time you wish you knew someone else’s secrets!" 

Wow!



CONTACT's official release date is JUNE 23rd. The publisher, Hallowed Ink Press, is planning a Facebook Launch Party for that day. You can RSVP HERE.

They are also organizing a BLOG TOUR for some time in June. For the tour, I will be giving away the best promo gift pack ever:  A CONTACT mug, a box of Starbucks hot cocoa, and a $25 gift card!!!  If you are a blogger and want to be included, send me an email ASAP!

Also starting very soon, right here on my blog, I will be posting CONTACT tidbits -- things such as -- How did Mira get her name? and Why the big deal about hot cocoa? And maybe I'll include a sample chapter or two as well.

So stay tuned! CONTACT is coming your way!