Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Chistmas Everybody!


A big Merry Christmas to all of my readers and their families! Have lots of fun and enjoy every minute! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Thoughts on Grammarly!


Recently,  Grammarly reached out to be an offered a 30 day free trial in exchange for an honest review of their service. So here goes!

The user interface is very easy to understand. All you need to do is copy and paste your text from your word processing program into the indicated spot.  You then click “start review” and then choose what kind of document you are creating.  I also like that there are different ways a piece can be edited depending on the type that it is.  When you click the review button you are asked what type of document it is from a drop down menu.  Some of the choices include creative, business and academic to name a few. 
The program also acts as a great teacher when showing you your mistakes, with detailed descriptions and examples. This is to not only show you how to fix the problem, but also how to keep from making the same mistake in the future.


I really enjoyed this product! As in anything being a blogger is about reputation. Readers judge you on a different scale since they do not know you in person. If your writing looks messy and unorganized, YOU look messy and unorganized. Grammarly helps combat that by helping you be the best writer that you can be.  Their attention to detail proves that they understand writers and their needs!  I strongly suggest even if you believe you are good with the commas and the semicolons to click the button at the top right! All it takes is one document to prove its worth!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

REVIEW: Isaura






By Ruth Silver
December 2013
LazyDay Publishing





At the end of Morai, Olivia’s husband Joshua gets kidnapped by the former mayor of Genesis.  So, when we catch up With Olivia in the beginning of the 3rd novel Isaura, she is putting a small search-and-rescue team together. The city of Torv cannot spare many people now that the war has begun and; therefore, only a few volunteers are able to come along.  This includes her father as well as a former acquaintance for Haven.  The head of the ruins of Haven under the assumption that it is where Joshua is  taken to and when they get they are  met with a few surprises. One being that the mayor is not their only enemy.  Behind their backs,  Isaura has been gathering an army, as well as arming herself with the serum that gives the people Shadow their special powers.  Isaura is hell bent on taking over by whatever means necessary and it is up to Olivia and her friends to stop them.

They do meet some new allies in a city called Spade.  Their leader Hunter has built up his city to withstand any attack and offers his assistance in the search for Joshua.  The city of Spade has mostly been cut off from the world. Keeping under the radar and biding their time in waiting for the war.  After a showdown with Isaura in Shadow where many of the group barely get away, they retreat to Spade to regroup and plan their next offensive.  The goal is to put Isuara reign of terror to an end and make Cabel truly free.


As with the previous two novels I was very impressed. The book's pace was perfect, and I read it in its entirety in two days!  I am sad to see this series come to an end, but as all good things often do, it must. I suggest to anyone reading this review to pick up all three novels in this series. It would make a perfect Christmas present for yourself or someone you love!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

REVIEW: Parasite

"I use Grammarly's plagiarism checker because I like to hang with participles!


By Mira Grant
November 2013
Orbit



Mira Grant is one of my favorite authors ever since I read her first series “Newsflesh”,  So, when I heard she came out with her new series, Parasitology, I bought it the first chance I got.

The series begins with the first book “Parasite” where we meet Sally “Sal” Mitchell.  Six years ago she found herself brain-dead after a horrific care accident.  Miraculously, she wakes up, but with no memory of her former self and without the ability to speak.  In the present, she is a much more functional human being. She works at a local animal shelter and has a steady boyfriend.  Her personality is completely different from what it used to be.  Before the accident,  Sally was rude, rebellious, and a pretty big pain to live with most of the time. After the accident,  she is much sweeter and much more friendly.

Sally along with many others in the world has something inside her.  A company called Symbogen in the last 10 years has developed a genetically engineered tapeworm. The tapeworm called an Intestinal Bodyguard which takes the place of many different aspects of health.  It dispenses all medications including insulin and protects the body from cancer and sickness. Sally is Symbogen’s star of sorts as the company believes to have saved her from her car accident with their product.

One day while Sally is shopping at the mall with her sister they notice something strange. While eating in the food court, they see a little girl with a vacant stare walking towards the exit with her mother trying to hold her back.  The girl it seems does not even notice and continues to walk with another person with the same expression. Upset by this the sister’s hurry home and explain what happened to the rest of the family.  Sally’s sister and father are scientists for the military, but do not say anything to Sally about what could be the cause of the strange behavior.

This book is great! Fans of the Newsflesh trilogy would become just as enamored with this series.  It gets a little wordy at times while trying to explain the science behind the story, but without it the story would be confusing. I book ended with such a great cliffhanger and I cannot wait for the sequel!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Hungry Games!

Before you say it, I know. I am bias! I was reading my friend feed on Facebook last night and as soon as I saw this I HAD to post it.  Recently, Sesame Street has been doing short parodies of popular TV and movies.  This particular one is based off of...you guessed it, The Hunger Games!  Enjoy and let me know what you think below!


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Making my Contribution!


Recently, I was asked by a good friend Angela Yuriko Smith to become a contributor to her blog Dandilyon Fluff!  She has been busy with work and hosting the radio show Journal Jabber and because of this has not had much time to devote to it.  Today is my first post! I hope you enjoy!



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

REVIEW: Pawn by Aimee Carter


December 2013
Harlequin Teen
ISBN-10: 0373210558
ISBN-13:  978-0373210558


One of my favorite Author’s Aimee Carter is coming out with a new series this month! I was lucky enough to get an ARC that was sent to the bookstore I work at.  It starts with a dystopian novel called Pawn and centers around the main character, a girl named Kitty Doe.  In Kitty’s America families are only allowed to have one child in order to control population and those that have more are forced to give the child up for adoption.  Since shortly after her birth she has lived in a group home with 40 other children like her, all given the last name of Doe as they are wards of the state.   From birth to their 17th birthday children are prepared for a VERY important test. A test that determines their rank with 1 being the lowest and 7 being the highest, which is only reserved for the Hart’s, the ruling family of this new America.  Never having learned to read (but being very good at memorization) Kitty struggles but only receives a 3. 

This news devastates Kitty who is told that she will now have to move to Denver and work in the waste industry. Kitty does not want to go because she is in love with her best friend Benjy who has lived with her in the same group home since they were babies.  So, against her better judgment she follows her friend Tabs advice and decides to become a prostitute in order to stay local.  She is put up on the auction block where she is bought by a stranger for an unheard of price.  As it turns out the whole transaction is a trick. Kitty is drugged and transformed into Lila Hart the niece of Daxton Hart the current leader of the country.  The real Lila was killed in an avalanche while on a ski trip and they “masked” Kitty to look like her to keep up appearances.

This is a great book! Aimee does it again!  The story is addicting from page one and I am completely in love with this series already!  Kitty is easy to sympathize with and fun to root for and I cannot wait to see what happens to her in book 2!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NEWS: Going to be on Journal Jabber!



That's right! Journal Jabber is a Blog Talk Radio show that that has been running a few years now and is currently run by one of my favorite people Angela Yuriko Smith! The author she had lined up can't make it today so she has asked me to take part!  I am very excited and honored to be asked!  If you would like to listen in follow the link below! If you miss it that is okay, I plan to figure out how to post a player in the sidebar so that anyone can listen later.  Wish me luck!'


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/journaljabber





UPDATE: Here's the full interview! I also added it to the sidebar!



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Such a Novel Idea!




Yesterday I heard about an event that is held every year during the month of November.  Nanowrimo is short for National Novel Writing Month.  Every year the group that plays host pulls out all the stops to help those that decide to try their hand at novel writing.  This includes forums to ask questions, events hosted in your area and great advice from those that make the jump from Nanowrimo participants to full-fledged authors.

I signed up!  I have a couple of ideas on what I would like to write.  I urge those who are reading this to join me!  If you have ever had an idea for a book and are like me and are: too busy, or didn’t think your idea was something people would want to read, be like Nike and just do it!


To begin your journey go here

Thursday, October 17, 2013

REVIEW: External Forces

Deborah Rix
September 2013
Dime Store Books


Jess wakes up one more with a mark on her stomach. At her prom she gets angry at a jock from her school and breaks his nose badly with time slowing down while she does it.  That could only mean one thing; she is a deviant.  To be one in this post-apocalyptic society is very dangerous. After a meteor crashed into the sea 100 years ago American closed it borders and set itself on a course for genetic superiority. A deviant is someone with a mutated gene and are considered dangerous, once found they are usually killed or pushed out of the gates into the unknown.  Due to another member of her family being one, she is soon to be called up for review by the Devotees. (The ruling group of America) So, Jess uses her talent for computer hacking to change her age and enroll in the military along with her best friend Jay. The military is mostly disconnected from the Devotees and Jess hopes that this will make it easier for her to keep her deviance a secret.

They go to a basic training of sorts where they are put through many tests to help officers decide in what group they should belong. Jess hopes to be placed in intelligence because hacking and other digital espionage is what she is good at.  She passes the challenges with flying colors, but she ends up getting put in Black Ops rather than where she wanted.  Jess is confused by this, but makes the best of it by beginning to get to know her fellow officers.  Matt, their sergeant is most confusing to Jess.  He always seems to be extra tough on her.  She often feels him staring intently at her during training sessions or even in the mess hall.  She also has another problem. She is thrown into a rage by another officer, Luke who daily goes out of his way to try and prove his superiority.  One day she sees him hassling Sheree a fellow member of her team and again time slows and he too is severely injured causing her mark to grow.

I enjoyed this book a lot!  It had and interesting in depth story that was well paced and explained.  Jess is the main character and very likable  but other characters also have a considerable amount of depth to them as well creating a full story. I cannot wait for the sequel!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

REVIEW: Endless


By Amanda Gray
October 2013
Month9Books


­Jenny is an outcast in her hometown. She wears gloves so she can’t get visions when she touches people.  These visions are always filled with sadness and agony.  Jenny does not know why she gets them, but has been dealing with it for as long as she can remember.   It is also part of the reason that she hesitates after being invited to a party by a co-worker.  Everything seems to be going well until one of the teens pulls out an Ouija board and insists jenny take part.  While doing it jenny passes out and has dream of herself floating and someone trying to reach for her but not quite getting a grasp.

            The night after the party Jenny has a dream…she is a Russian girl named Maria being tutored in painting along with her sister.  While working on a still life she crosses paths with the clock makers grandson who she has an instant attraction to. When jenny wakes she finds that she has somehow “sleep-painted” that same boy into each of the landscape paintings she has been working on.  They are to be displayed at an art show that next evening, but rather than erase him from the paintings she decides to keep him in each. finding he fits in perfectly.
The following evening at the art show she runs into someone who looks just like the boy in her paintings! She finds that she is instantly drawn to him, but before she can do little more than say hello he disappears.

Jenny’s father is an architect and spends much of his time helpings clients remodel their houses.  His latest client is a woman and her son Ben. The woman inherited the house from her great-uncle and is looking to “flip” it to make extra cash. Jenny meets Ben while measuring out his room for the blueprints that her father will draw up. Their first meeting does not go well with Ben acting rather aggressive having someone just come into his room uninvited.


This book is very good and jenny is a very likable main character.  Many of us can remember what it is like to an outcast, but jenny does well to make the most of her quiet; albeit lonely life.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

News: Riffle


They've begun to call it "the Pinterest for Books". I just call it a really cool website for avid readers! Riffle was started about a year or so ago as a Facebook application.  I was contacted by them, being that I am a reviewer to try it out. Even then I loved it!  The idea of it is similar to GoodReads, but not quite.  You are not allowed to post full reviews, but recently they have input a 256 character blurb spot that one can put a link to their review if they wish. It has 4 categories within which you can place a book.  "Want to Read", "Currently Reading", "Have Read" and "Recommend".  You can put one book in multiple categories if you wish.

The only drawback though it has improved tremendously is that you cannot input titles that you cannot find in their database.  It is a rarity now that they have been around a decent amount of time, but it still can happen. In a recent newsletter they stated that at some point in the future will allow it, but right now that is not the case.

If you would like to join all you have to do is go to read.rifflebooks.com/home and sign up!  You can create an account using Facebook account, Twitter account or by email.  It is no longer a Facebook app.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Guest Poster: Addison Westlake!

To celebrate her new book Facebook Jeanie Addison has been kind enough to guest post today!

FAVORITE ROMANTIC COMEDY HEROES

Writers get inspiration from various sources. Some feel inspired by a gorgeous landscape, or by reading a great work of literature. How about me, as a romantic comedy writer? Well, I feel tremendously inspired by good movies. In particular, romantic comedies with hunky leads. I’m so inspired by them in fact that I’ve decided to compile a top 10 favorite romantic comedy hero list. Yes, I recognize that most of these movies are at least a decade or two old. These men, like fine wine, improve with age. Read on with me and see if you agree.

10. Romain Duris in Heartbreaker. If you haven’t seen this French romantic comedy, watch it now. It’s funny and different and features Johnny Depp’s ex Vanessa Paradis. The romantic hero is really anything but, yet Romain Duris manages a wonderful blend of odd and strangely appealing.

9. Bill Pullman in While You Were Sleeping. I like that he makes furniture. I like his somewhat scratchy voice and that he’s a good guy. I like the scene when he and Sandra Bullock are slipping all over on black ice. He’s yummy.  

8. Nick Cage in Moonstruck. Is this Nicholas Cage’s best role? Perhaps. I love how over-the-top he is, holding up his big, wooden paw in the bakery and yelling “I lost my hand!” Also, he’s pretty hot in that white tank top.

7. John Cusak in The Sure Thing and Say Anything. Yes, I’m a child of the 80s and like any of us I can quote my Lloyd Dobbler. “I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career.” And “I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.” I have to include The Sure Thing as well, just because.

6. Sam Shephard in Baby Boom. He’s a veterinarian in this movie. If he were my local big animal vet, I would have owned a lot of large animals and developed hypochondria regarding their well-being, requiring daily check-ups. Add the fact that he’s also a great writer in real life and you can just fuggedaboudit.

5. Paul Rudd in Clueless. He’s much funnier and more himself in later roles, but I like seeing him in this and knowing the wise guy lurking beneath the cute exterior. He makes a good slacker and his sideways smiles make his growing crush completely believable.

4. John Travolta in Grease. I love a man all in black. Add hair pomade and hip gyrations while dancing on top of a classic car and it’s all over.

3. Ciaran Hinds in Persuasion. Random pick? Perhaps, but this somewhat obscure gem of a movie—and book, thank you Miss Austen—is a keeper. Ciaran Hinds even makes awkward sexy.

2. Colin Firth as Darcy, first in the A&E miniseries version of Pride & Prejudice and then in Bridget Jones’ Diary. I believe Liz Lemon said it best when she referred to her Colin Firth movie collection as erotica. Sideburns have never looked so good. Remember the scene when he takes a bath trying to rid himself of his Lizzy fixation? Yeah, we all remember that scene.

1. Michael Schoeffling in Sixteen Candles. That final scene? Not many people can pull off wearing a striped sweater vest, let alone make it look so good. He’s the king of romantic comedies, number one, and there will never be another to unseat him from his throne.  



Who would you add to your list?

About the Author

Addison Westlake made her debut as an author at age 13 by rewriting the "Sweet Valley High" series. Despite copyright violations, she maintains that her rendition of Elisabeth and Jessica Wakefield as preteens in a British orphanage is a classic. Between then and now she went to some fancy schools, swapped out the East Coast for the West Coast, and had oodles of kids. Some of her favorite things in life include coffee, Aretha Franklin's inauguration hat and the sleepwalking scene in "Step Brothers."

Addison's first romantic comedy, “Christmas in Wine Country,” spent six weeks on the bestseller list in contemporary romance, women’s fiction, humorous fiction and humor. And it’s only $0.99, y’all. http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-in-Wine-Country-ebook/dp/B00A9I292U

She would like to thank MCM cover design, mcm@1889.ca, for the awesome “Facebook Jeanie” cover. And for the unfailing patience with questions such as “should she have an earring” and “do her pinks clash?” Addison loves to hear from readers, so please find her at:
Google Plus: gplus.to/addisonwestlake


Blurb for “Facebook Jeanie” by Addison Westlake

It's Bridget Jones meets "Groundhog Day"...

Ever wonder if you made the right choice? What if you could go back and find out?

31-year-old Clara is in a steady relationship—with Facebook. Every night after her depressing bureaucratic job (so much for saving the world), Clara comes home to her empty apartment (yes, she was dumped) and settles down with a pint of ice cream for some good, old-fashioned Facebook stalking. It's her college boyfriend, The One Who Got Away. With the bod of a God and a net worth of umpteen bamillion, he now has the perfect life—everything she could have had if she hadn't been so, so stupid.

But, wait. Jeanie from Facebook shows up at Clara's job. There's a new app they're beta-testing and Clara's perfect for it. That night she clicks on it and... nothing happens. But the next morning when Clara wakes up at noon, hung over, listening to her roommate blow-drying her hair and singing "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It", she realizes she's back in college. With the chance to do it all over again.

Back in the world of frat parties, BFFs, and long-suffering, overlooked lab partners, join Clara as she discovers what it really means to hit the reset button on life. What could possibly go wrong? And, this time, can she get it right?




Thursday, October 3, 2013

REVIEW:Moirai



In Moirai we once again follow Olive as she learns more about herself and her place in the world.  At the end of Aberrant she and Joshua were accepted into the town of Shadow.  It has been a few months and much of their time has been spent training.  The coming war continues to loom on the horizon and both Josh and Olive play integral parts.  When not training Olive is usually helping Elsa the towns “doctor” with learning about how her body works and how if at all Olive’s ability to give birth naturally can be replicated. 

Some townspeople are sent to other rebel towns to recruit soldiers for their cause.  The Genesis cities have strong militaries and if the Rebels want success they need numbers. One of those towns is called Torv, which it seems is Cabal’s version of a major metropolis.  There are hundreds there rather than dozens of people and they are the town that has made the most progress in terms of childbirth.  Sadly though, the mothers perish soon after childbirth.  Olive and Elsa decide after speaking with Torv’s doctor in shadow to return to Torv to try and help them figure out how to keep the mothers from passing away.


This sequel is just as amazing as the first novel.  I read it from beginning to end in a matter of two days!  Olive is just as easily likable as in the first novel and it is fascinating to follow her as she evolves from the naive young girl at the start to the strong young woman she’s turned into! A must read!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

REVIEW: Aberrant




Ruth Silver
April 2013
Patchwork Press



Today’s Olive’s wedding day. She is 18 year old and that means having her future husband chosen for her by the government to marry. She gets very lucky and her best friend Joshua is chosen to be her husband.  All the happiness is evaporated, however, when officers storm her new home, arrest her and put her in jail.
While in jail she discusses with her mother why she was arrested (her mom was arrested too) and discovers that she was born. Being born is unheard of in this post-apocalyptic society as all babies are created in a lab because women are infertile.  Not wanting the information that the impossible is possible brought to the attention of the public, the government wants it “dealt with”.  Before her life is in jeopardy Joshua and his mother   help her escape through a series of tunnels.

They end up in a rebel town called Haven. Olive has more freedoms then she ever would have had in Genesis, but it some ways this new town is just as oppressive.


This book is a must read! I finished it in two days! I connected with Olive right away and felt for her while she learns how to be an adult through truths about the world and her existence in it.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

REVIEW: Skin



Donna Jo Napoli
August 2013
Skyscape

It all started with white lips.  Sep is gearing up for her first day of 11th grade when she looks in the mirror and sees that her lips are completely white. Her mother makes an appointment with her doctor 3 days from then, leaving Sep to wonder how she is going to hide her lips.  Never having worn much makeup Sep resorts to using a very old tube of very pink lipstick.
Once Sep sees her Doctor he says she probably has Vitiligo which means that patches of her skin lose their pigment. The spots start out small then expand. More spots start to appear she tries more and more to hide the spots as it gets worse. 
She handles the whole situation horribly and comes to the realization of what’s inside that counts way to late in the book. 

I know I haven’t written much of a review, but I really couldn't stand how this book played out.  Sep comes off as a completely stuck up girl who had a ton of chances to make the best of the situation and just was too self-centered to want to.  I suggest just skipping this book, its informative about the disorder, but nothing that can’t be Googled.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

REVIEW: Hidden Wings

By Cameo Renae
January 2013
Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
ISBN:1939769213





She wakes up her arm twisted at an unnatural angle being wheeled on a stretcher into a hospital before losing consciousness again. The next time she wakes she her arm is in a cast and her body hurts all over, with a social worker telling her that her parent’s died in the car accident that left her with that broken arm.  Emma Wise is all alone.

The social worker tells Emma she has an aunt she never knew about that is her mom’s half-sister.  The woman is sending someone to come pick her up the next day.  Emma wonders why her mother never mentioned this great aunt, what her new life will be like and begins to grieve.

The next day she says a tearful goodbye to her friends and while doing so meets her “escort”. Before even seeing him she is swept away by the strangest feeling; like flying, pure exhilaration and joy making her stumble.  His name is Kade, and he along with some security whisk Emma to a remote area of Alaska.  On the way their she stops in a bathroom to freshen up and is attacked by a dark and creepy eyeless creature intent to kill her.  He calls her a Nephilim before being tackled by Kade while another whisks her away. What follows is discovery of a world she’s never known where she plays an integral part  and in which all manners of evil wish her dead.

This is a VERY good book! A must read for 2013 by far! The characters are deep and well developed. The book has a good pace and makes you yearn to turn the pages faster and faster for the answers which you and Emma seek.


Thursday, September 5, 2013




Thanks to a new friend I have discovered a great site called Book Bub!  Essentially Book Bub takes the hassle out of searching for the freebies on amazon and other E-Book publishing outfits.  No more will I have to search for hours through “Customers also bought” looking for on sale or free for a time books within my favorite genre!  The best part of the whole site is that it is FREE! I sure do love that beautiful word.

It is very easy to sign up.  All you have to do when you land at the home page is type in your email in the box provided and verify said email through a message sent to your inbox. From then on you will be able to receive daily emails from Book Bub containing that days free deals.  Also during sign up you will be asked a couple of questions.  One being which e-reader you use (pretty sure you can choose more than one) and what genre’s you prefer to read.  This way Book Bub will send you the notifications for the type of books you like.  You can always go back and change answers to the questions later.


I am sad it took me so long to find this site, but it is better late than never.  Do you used Book Bub already? 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

REVIEW: Freak of Nature



















By Julia Crane
January 2013
Valknut Press


Checking the “Donate body to science” in the event of her death on her driver’s license turned Kaitlyn into a self-professed “freak of nature”.  Kaitlyn has come back from the dead, no memories of her past and part cyborg. She is being perfected by scientists and various trainers to become a warrior.  An eccentric billionaire bent on created a new race of “superhuman” people has made this all possible. They have erased her emotions and her memories in hopes that she will be even more lethal if not hampered by emotions.  They failed, however, she does feel. She keeps that fact hidden on the advice of her friend Quess who is the granddaughter to one of the scientists and Kaitlyn’s only friend. It is difficult for Kaitlyn having emotions because she often feels conflicted when people try and talk to her.  Actions like rolling your eyes or sayings like “you’re telling me” are lost on her because the supercomputers inside her can’t process such things correctly. So, she may feel emotions and understand nine languages, but truly comprehending for her is difficult.
This is especially true when it comes to Lucas.  He is another scientist and a genius having received his Master’s degree at the age of 17.  She is around him often as they continue to improve and perfect her to be sold.  Though she hides her emotions from others she can barely keep herself in check when he is around, always fighting the thought of touching him and daydreaming about him almost daily.  She wants to tell him how she feels so he can help her understand, but she is afraid that if she does he will try to “fix her” and erase her emotions.

This book in my opinion is awesome! Lucas and Kaitlyn tell their story in alternating chapters. The book has a good pace to it and you really connect with both of them.  I especially felt for Kaitlyn and am glad I will never have to know what it is like to be part robot. I encourage you to pick up this book and read it!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Grand Reopening!



After some bouncing around the idea in my head and some planning I have decided to return to running Country Book Bumpkin! I am very excited at the prospect and I am have some great new ideas for all different aspects of design and content. The official reveal will be September 1st, 2013!  More information will be forthcoming!


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