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

­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!


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


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!


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