Reader's Shadow Issue 3 January 2013
This is the third issue of Read 2 Review's monthly magazine. This issue start the new year off with a bang and spotlight the fabulous Lorraine Nelson.
Read 2 Review http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review READER’S SHADOW CONTENTS… Pages 3 - 4: Welcome Letter Pages 5 - 6: The Kindle-ling Read-A-Thon 2013 Pages 7- 8: Upcoming Dates with Read 2 Review Pages 9 - 10: A Million Doughnuts, Excerpt with Spotlight Pages 11 - 13: Once Upon A Castle, Spotlight Page 14: Sarah’s Special Angel, Excerpt with Spotlight Page 15: Are you looking for a Beta Reader? Page 16: Khantara, Promo Pages 17 - 21: The Tallenmere Series, Excerpts with Spotlights Page 22: Earth’s Book Nook Tours Pages 23 - 24: A Pirate’s Ransom, Review and Spotlight Pages 24 - 25: Introducing our newest team member Leanne Hererra Pages 26 - 27: Page Turner Book Tours Promo and Current Tours Pages 28 - 29: The Gigolo Bride, Excerpt with Spotlight Pages 30 - 32: Kate’s Reading Challenges 2013 and Reading Log Pages 33 - 34: Rebirth, Spotlight Pages 35 - 36: What a Reviewer Looks for When Accepting a Book Pages 37 - 40: FEATURED AUTHOR - Bad Boy Blake, Excerpt with Guest Post Pages 41 - 43: My Favourite Mistake, Review with Congratulations to our Blogiversary Winner Sarah Brown Page 43: Head Stuck In A Book Promo Page 44: Providence Book Promotions http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Pages 45 - 47: Green Light For Murder, Excerpt with Spotlight Pages 48 - 49: The Serial Killerâ€™s Daughter, Review by Jeanette Raleigh Pages 50 - 51: Severed Threads, Spotlight Page 52: Vigil Annie, Promo Pages 53 - 55: Rebecca Ryals Russell discusses Fantasy or Speculative Fiction Pages 56 - 57: Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, Excerpt with Spotlight Pages 58 - 59: Meditations and Inspirations, Spotlight Page 60: Application Form Page 61: Feedback Form http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review First, I would like to wish everyone a very happy new year. 2013. I am looking forward to this year so much. Not only with my sites, but also in my personal life as I head to New York in April for the biggest wrestling event of the year Wrestlemania with my best buddy Lisa. To say I am already excited is an understatement!! We have much planned for Read 2 Review this year. Our series of events begins on the 17th with our first Read-A-Thon of the year the “Kindle-Ling Read-A-Thon 2013”. There is still time to sign up so please check it out. Some amazing authors have joined with us for this event both to offer books for review during the week and also for the contests during the week. You won’t want to miss out! The January issue of Reader’s Shadow we feel starts the year off well for us. Some brilliant books have been highlighted and we are delighted to feature Lorraine Nelson as our Featured Author for January. We have worked with Lorraine for a while now and it is our honour to have her featured this month. With the arrival of a new year we also welcome a brand new team member and speed reader wiz, Leanne Hererra. We met through my working with her on the GMTA Paranormal/Young Adult and New Adult website. She’s become a close friend and I know she will be bringing a lot to the magazine and site. Her first review for the magazine is for “A Pirate’s Ransom” which she awarded 5/5. We hope you enjoy this issue and as this is a new year we welcome your feedback to make the changes you think will make the site better in 2013. All of your recommendations will be taken into consideration. Happy Reading! With love Kate ~*~ “Working with Read2Review has been a wonderful journey. As an author I have found them to be a great resource for book tours and promotions. I've also discovered new writers whom I have come to enjoy. Read2Review is a great place for authors and readers, it really is a place where we can come together and share in our joy of reading. I would recommend Read2Review to anyone who finds adventure in reading and discovery.” ~ M.M. Shelley, Author and Cover Designer for Reader’s Shadow “As an author, I am always thrilled when a blogger decides to read one of my stories and review it on their blog. As a reader, I love to read other people’s thoughts about the books that they have read, to see if they are similar to my own thoughts. And as a reviewer, I appreciate the effort it takes to pick up a book by an author you may or may not know and read it so that you can tell others about it. Review blogs - those set up with the main purpose of reading books and reviewing them like Read2Review - are really wonderful. I love that Read2Review is a wellrounded blog. It’s not just about reviewing books. Not only does the blog review, but it also interviews authors, hosts guest posts, and does giveaways, and even has http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review a team of ‘Readerettes’ that retweet and support the things the blog does. It’s like having an army of readers following everything that’s going on. Super cool! I first ‘met’ Kate when she reviewed my book, The Tribe’s Bride. I enjoyed her honest, well thought out review of my book as well as the support that she gave me personally and professionally. With someone like Kate running things at Read2Review, you know that every person matters - every book matters - and, to me, that’s what makes Read2Review such a stand out.” ~ R.E. Butler “From its inception, I have found working with Read 2 Review to be a very rewarding experience. They have always been professional, prompt, friendly, and eager to help promote authors and their books. They have one of the best-looking book review blogs out there and one of the most active base of followers as well. In addition to book reviews, they also perform author interview, spotlights, giveaways, and even features in their new magazine. If you’re an author looking for some exposure, you won’t go wrong with Read 2 Review!” ~ Kevis Hendrickson ~*~ We would like to thank the following for contributing to this issue of Reader’s Shadow… Alan Blood, Dawn Colclasure, Debbie Brown, Head Stuck In A Book, Heather Powers, Heywood Gould, J. Q. Rose, Jennifer Colclasure, Kaylin McFarren, Lia Fairchild, Lorraine Nelson, Jim Muse Furtado, Kid Lit Reviews, Mysti Parker, Paper Crane Books, Providence Book Promotions, R.E. Butler and Rebecca Ryals Russell. ~*~ You can contact the Read 2 Review and Reader’s Shadow team on the following social media links, we hope you like the chosen pictures… ~*~ The Reader’s Shadow Team are: Manager/Editor: Kate / Beta Reader: Marian / Cover Designer: MM http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review The Kindle-ling Read-A-Thon 2013 January 17th – 24th For all information please check out Read 2 Review HERE Welcome to Read 2 Review’s first Read-A-Thon of 2013. We hope you had a fantastic holiday and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! So show of hands how many of us got eReader’s for Christmas? I have the new Kindle Paperwhite and to say I love it is a very big understatement. I am already on my 3rd book on it! It’s so easy to read on it but I will always love the feel and smell of a book. However with the kindle looking pretty (I have a skin (sticker) on it now) next to me it sparked me to think of the first 2013 Read-A-Thon. It doesn’t matter if you read print or on an eReader of any description (I know we all probably have different ones) you can take part in the Read-A-Thon. There is only 1 requirement and that is you read one of the books we have set for the Read-A-Thon, these books will all be in the required eBook format for your device. How Do I Sign Up? All you need to do is read through the list, below, and select 1 (or more titles) and email us at admin(at)read2review(dot)co m with your top three choices, you will even get a special prize bundle (donated by GMTA UK) just for selecting a book from the list and reviewing it. I will be putting together a list of all the reviews that are sent to me so you will get publicity for each review you send to us!! We are hoping for one person per title at least =) The list is as follows: A Stairway to Danger (Ben Woodward) Airion: Return to Zire (Jessika S. Council) Bardo (Chris McKenna) http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Bone Dressing (Michelle I. Brooks) Dark Heirloom (J.D. Brown) Death Scene (Sara-Jayne Townsend) Eden (Matthew C. Plourde) Elanraigh: The Vow (S.A. Hunter) Emun of Mor (fantasy) (Mathew Bridle) Gilded Wings: The Angel Chronicles, Book 2 (Amy Lignor) Knee Deep (Jolene Perry) Moonlight on the Nantahala (Michael Rivers) Morrigan (Laura DeLuca) One for Kami (Charlene A. Wilson) Owlet: Society of Feathers #1 (Emma Michaels) Playing The Genetic Lottery (Terri Morgan) Pointe Of No Return (Amanda Brice) Rebirth (Debbie Brown) Serenya’s Song (Mysti Parker) Spectral (Shannon Duffy) The Athena Effect (Derrolyn Anderson) The Color of Snow (Brenda Stanley) The Geneva Decision (Seeley James) The House in Windward Leaves (Katherine Holmes) Violation: A Sgt Major Crane novel (Wenndy Cartmell) Wolf N’ Mouse: When, Were, & Howl Episode 1 (Jeanette Raleigh) Women of Eaton: Trilogy (Madeline Sloane) **There will also be minicontests during the actual read-a-thon reading week so be sure to follow along with us that week for your chance to win many more fantastic books!** We are opening our sign-ups’s with a contest that will run from now until the 17th January where you can enter for the chance to win a prize bundle donated by Tribute Books. The bundle consists of the following books: Back to Bataan (Jerome Charyn) Night Sky (Jolene Perry) The Priest and the Peaches (Larry Peterson) Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 (Amy Lignor) Linky to sign-up and Rafflecopter can be found HERE http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review We have a lot to come during January 2013 and we are proud to start the year with our first Read-A-Thon, we hope to see you there! January 1st: First Rule Tours: Vine by Michael Williams (Promo) January 2nd: Pump Up Your Book Tours: Plague by H.W. "Buzz" Bernard (Excerpt / Giveaway) January 3rd: Marissa Carmel joins us for a guest post January 4th: In interview with Michelle Clay January 5th: Keith Rommel joins us for a guest post January 6th: Burly And Grum by Kate Tenbeth (Review Seek Feature) January 7th: Book And Trailer Showcase Tours: Covert Dreams by Mike Meyer (Review) January 8th: Tribute Book Tours: Scam Factory by G. Gordon (Interview) http://read2review.com/ Jass Richards joins us for an excerpt January 15th: Noree Cosper joins us for a guest post January 16th: Marian Lanouette joins us for a new book feature January 17th: January 9th: In interview with Lance Carbuncle January 10th: Amanda Brice joins us for a guest post January 11th: Dina Rae joins us for a guest post January 12th: Peg Tittle joins us for a guest post January13th: Book And Trailer Showcase Tours: Holiday Jinx by Abbey Macinnis (Blurb Blitz) January 14th: Read 2 Review The Kindle-Ling Read-A-Thon 2013 begins In interview with Greta Buroughs January 18th: Page Turner Book Tours: Murder On Mars by M.M. Shelley (Review) Chris Wind joins us for a review request feature January 19th: In interviews with Debbie Colclasure January 20th: Bardo by Chris McKenna (Review Seek) January 21st: Partner In Crime Tours: Friendfluence by Carlin Flora (Review) January 22nd: Partner In Crime Tours: Pandora’s Temple by Jon Land (Promo) January 23rd: In interview with Debbie Brown January 24th: George Stratford (Review Seek) January 25th: Tribute Book Tours: Gilded Wings by Amy Lignor (Promo) January 26th: In interview with Mathew Bridle January 27th: Unlucky Dip by Kate Tenbeth (Review Seek) January 28th: Broken Aro by Jen Wylie (Spotlight and Inteview) January 29th: Kate’s reviews from The Kindle-ling Read-A-Thon 2013 January 30th: Normal For Norfolk by Teddy Tedaloo and Mitzi Szereto January 31st: GMTA UK author review seek YOUR CHANCE TO GET INVOLVED… We are always on the look out for new and exciting posts to feature on Read 2 Review. We would love for you to join us! We also like to promo any blogger events that are happening. If you would like to join us at Read 2 Review please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you! http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Rusty loves doughnuts, but it seems like his parents won’t ever let him have a doughnut! One day he wishes for a million doughnuts, and when that wish comes true, Rusty learns that maybe there is too much of a good thing. Excerpt: “Doughnuts! How I love them!” Rusty stared at the display of tasty, scrumptious doughnuts on the tray inside the glass case at the bakery. The longer he looked at those doughnuts, the more his stomach grumbled for their sweet and yummy taste. His mouth watered as he took in the sight of so many ooey-gooey sweet treats! The delicious round cake doughnuts with pink icing and colorful sprinkles on top... The long chocolate bar doughnuts... The round glazed doughnuts... And the white powdered doughnuts that always left a powdery line on his mouth every time he bit into them. All of those doughnuts looked so good to eat! Rusty looked up at his mother. “Can I have a doughnut, Mom? Please?” Mother looked at Rusty and shook her head. “Doughnuts are not good for you,” she answered. “But I love doughnuts!” Rusty whined. “And you never let me eat them!” “Maybe some other time,” Mother said. She turned back around to look at the baker. Rusty frowned as he listened to his mother order four bran muffins to take home for breakfast. He scowled. Bran muffins? Yuck! Doughnuts were better than bran muffins! http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review When Rusty and his mother got home, they sat at the table to eat breakfast with Father and Pearl. Pearl was Rusty’s big sister. Mother placed a bran muffin on Rusty’s plate. Rusty didn’t want to eat any bran muffins. “I want to eat doughnuts,” Rusty said. “Please eat your bran muffin,” Mother said. “Bran muffins are healthy!” Father said. And of course Father would say that. Father was all about eating foods that are healthy. “They give you fiber!” he added. Rusty sighed. He didn’t know what fiber was, except that it didn’t taste very good. He started to eat the bran muffin even though he didn’t like it. He tried to pretend it was a doughnut but that didn’t work out very well. Purchase Links: Amazon UK Amazon USA About Dawn Colclasure: Dawn Colclasure is a writer who lives in Oregon. Her articles, essays, poems and short stories have appeared in several newspapers, anthologies, magazines and E-zines. She is the author of nine books and one e-story, among them BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL: How We Survive as Writing Parents; 365 TIPS FOR WRITERS: Inspiration, Writing Prompts and Beat The Block Tips to Turbo Charge Your Creativity; Love is Like a Rainbow: Poems of Love and Devotion; On the Wings of Pink Angels: Triumph, Struggle and Courage Against Breast Cancer; and the children’s book The Yellow Rose. She co-wrote the nonfiction book, TOTALLY SCARED: The Complete Book on Haunted Houses with Canadian author Martha Jette, as well as the poetry book, DOGS FOREVER: Poems for the Dog Person, with her daughter, Jennifer Wilson. Website http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review PICTURES SHOW ORIGINAL AND NEW FRONT COVERS BLURB: Uncle Toby had said that there would be castles to explore, with ghosts and things. This helps to cheer up the glum twelve-year old Lovell twins, Tom and Mary, leaving their schools and loving parents to be evacuated to wild Northumbria during World War II. Then the adventure begins. They live with their Aunt Victoria and Uncle Leslie, meet the loveable ‘Mrs. M’, a strange dog called ‘Scamp’ and, worst, the terrible private tutor, Miss Urquart, from whom they run away to find a mysterious castle seen through an old telescope. Now they are drawn into bizarre supernatural events of a time-warp between the war itself and ancient warfare. They encounter dark forces, as the story twists and turns, and are even rescued by the Royal Navy. Yet, this is only the beginning of more unexpected tragedies before the twins begin to escape from it all. FRONT COVER OF NEW (USA) EDITION http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review ONCE UPON A CASTLE Appeals to both boys and girls. Twins, Tom and Mary evacuate in World War 11, discovering two castles. One is ghostly ! Originally written for adolescents and first published in the UK, in 1997, the Author has visited many schools to talk about the book and received many appreciative letters from youngsters. The novel has also proved very popular with adults of all ages. ORIGINAL BACK COVER (1997 UK EDITION)… EXCERPT TAKEN FROM THE FIRST (1997) EDITION OF ‘ONCE UPON A CASTLE’ http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review The juxtaposition of the pages (next to each other) shows this important ‘extract’ better than in the newer (US) Edition – where the pages (and illustrations) are separated. THE CONTENT IS THE SAME ! AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Alan S. Blood is an author who worked in Advertising and the Civil Service, in London, before qualifying as a Teacher from the University of Reading. He enjoyed a long, distinguished career in this Profession. Alan now devotes his time to writing novels, plays and poetry and has widely travelled the world, especially undertaking research in Chile where some of his novel, ‘CRY OF THE MACHI A Suffolk Murder Mystery’ (published by ‘THE BOOK GUILD’ of Brighton) is set. The story concerns ritualistic killings around a team of Suffolk Morris Men with a supernatural link to a Patagonian ‘Machi’ of the Mapuche Indians. There is also the involvement of organised crime. He was previously a Cotswold Morris Dancer with two different ‘sides’. Alan’s novel : ‘ONCE UPON A CASTLE’ republished in the USA by GMTA PUBLISHING is a teenage ghost story set in World War 11. Alan enjoys wildlife photography, in the Welsh countryside, painting and scraperboard engraving and lives in a rambling (1873) Victorian house in Wales. ‘ONCE UPON A CASTLE’ PURCHASING DETAILS: The novel can be purchased on-line, in either paperback or eBook format from: Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Create Space Barnes And Noble http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review An orphan girl just wants to be with her mother again. Her only friend is a little pet mouse who likes to ride around on her shoulder. What will happen when she meets a special angel? Excerpt: There once was a 9-year-old girl named Sarah. She was an orphan who lived in an orphanage because her parents died from a sickness. One day, Sarah was walking through the woods. She looked around at all the trees, the brown crunchy leaves on the ground and the rays of sunshine coming through the branches. All of these beautiful sights should have made Sarah feel happy. But Sarah was not happy. She missed her parents. She had no other family and felt very lonely. Her only friend was a mouse she named Squeaker. After a lot of walking, Sarah came upon a small riverbank. She sat down to take a drink from the water. All of a sudden, a big oak tree swung down towards her! But the tree didnâ€™t crash down on Sarah. It stopped, right in midair! Squeaker got frightened and scurried away. Purchase Links: Amazon UK Amazon USA About Jennifer Wilson: Jennifer Wilson is 11 years old. She writes poems and short stories. She is also a young artist, and her favourite type of art is Anime. She draws a variety of pictures and has created mini comic books either alone or with her friends. She has also written short books, creating her own cover art, and she also likes to write songs. She also likes to read, especially Japanese comic books, play video games and watch a good horror flick. Some of her favourite authors are Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, and Jeff Kinney. http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Read 2 Reviewâ€™s Beta Reader Lex has been working with us for a while now and she has provided amazing edits for several authors. She is available and would love to work with you on your work. How does Lex work? If you would like Lex to Beta Read your work please send the following details to us via email Title Genre Word count Number of Pages Story Blurb We will then make contact on your behalf. This is a totally free service and is available to any writer of any genre. Authors Lex has Beta Read for include: Harrie Brooks Jeanette Raleigh Jess C Scott Paul Spencer Steve Colter http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Khantara tells the story of the Den Asaan Rautuâ€™s mother and father. Blurb: Khantara is a Haanta conqueror, meant to wage war and rule over the enemy nation of Thellis, but after vanquishing Thellis and occupying a construction of a Haanta outpost, he meets Anelta, a woman enslaved by her own people bearing a brand of servitude on her neck. Khantara contrives to save her from a cruel home and bring her to the refuge his people can provide, but how can he do so successfully when the eyes of Thellis are upon him? Links to buy: Amazon US Amazon UK Book Depositary Smashwords Author Bio: Michelle Franklin is a small woman of moderate consequence who writes many, many books about giants, romance, and chocolate. Website Twitter Paper Crane Books proudly released Khantara on November 15th 2012. http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review The Tallenmere Series by Mysti Parker, once you start you wonâ€™t be able to stop. When two brutes at Leogard Harbor A Rangerâ€™s Taleâ€Ś attempt to kidnap Caliphany while she dreams of faraway lands, Galadin comes In the fantasy world of Tallenmere, an to her rescue. Impressed by his skills, elven noblewoman longed to leave her she asks him to train her as a ranger. gilded cage. A half-breed former pirate Though he is hesitant at first to train a wanted nothing more than to escape his woman of her class, Caliphany's hefty guilty past. Easier said than done... sack of gold finally persuades him. Unfortunately, her father is not amused, High elf Caliphany Aranea leads an and the two must escape before enviable life as King Leopold's niece and Caliphany faces a forced marriage and daughter of Sirius, Leogard's most Galadin faces a noose. famous wizard. Yet, being forced to follow in her father's footsteps and being From that moment on she and Galadin betrothed to a man she doesn't even like embark on an adventure of a lifetime. makes her want a taste of life outside the Only if they can survive the trials ahead, city walls. will they find a love that stands the test of time. As a young boy, half-elf Galadin Trudeaux witnessed his parents' death at Amazon UK the hands of pirates. After being raised Amazon USA by those same murderers and forced to Melange Books do their bidding, he escaped and now Smashwords lives an honest life as a sea merchant and ranger. Excerpt: http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Galadin "Cap’n! You better come see this!” Damn, that coffee smelled good. I set the cup down. “What is it?” “A stowaway, Cap’n.” I followed him out, where Bob held a kicking, squirming woman. My jaw dropped. “Cali?” “We found her below, Cap’n,” Shyler said. “Let me go!” Cali yelled. ”Your captain knows me; he’ll vouch for my innocence.” Some more of the crew began gathering around to have a good laugh. Cali’s face glowed red, and I stepped toward them. Bob held her tightly, clasping her arms behind her. I raised an eyebrow. “Well, you are a stowaway. Not exactly innocent, are you?” Shyler snickered, his squinty eyes bouncing from me to Cali. “Looks like this one got attached to ya, Cap’n. You’ve never had ‘em sneakin’ aboard.” Cali’s mouth fell open. “I am no such woman. Let me go!” “Let her go, Bob.” He obeyed, and Cali stomped up to me, glaring me right in the eye. “Take me to Faewood!” The crew laughed again. I had to join in that time. “Faewood? No, I think you’d best go back to where you belong. Shyler, turn about!” “We’ll be headed leeward, Cap’n.” I kept my eyes on Cali. “We’ll have to sail against the wind, which will put us off schedule, but we don’t have much of a choice now, do we?” Bob and some of the others ran to adjust the sails, while Shyler ran back to the helm. Cali’s face filled with panic. “You can’t do that.” “Oh, yes, I can. You don’t belong out here with a ship full of sailors. I don’t know what you were thinking.” She pinched her lips together and jutted her chin out. “I thought I would find some compassion, someone who could see my dilemma.” My brow hardened. “What dilemma? What I see is a woman who’s bored with her comfortable life and decided to traipse off and find adventure. You’ll have to find someone else to provide your amusement.” “That’s what you would see, wouldn't you? You don’t even know who I am.” “Oh, yes, I do. I know you’re the king’s niece, and I know I’m taking you back home before we all hang.” “How did you find out?” “It doesn’t matter. You’re going back, and that’s final.” http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review As the boat began to turn, it jerked portside. Cali stumbled, and I caught her. She felt good in my arms, until she wrenched herself away from me. Her blue eyes clouded with fury. She backed away to stand near the rigging. When she held her hand palm out, I watched a ball of fire appear, spinning like a cyclone. I crept toward her and reached out one hand. “Cali, what are you doing?” She stepped farther from me, her hand dangerously close to the main mast. “You will take me to Faewood, or I will incinerate this entire ship.” Some of my crew saw what was happening and began to run toward her. I threw up my hand to stop them. “Have you gone mad? What do you think you’ll do if the ship burns down? Swim? In case you didn’t notice, we’re a long way from shore.” “I don’t care anymore. I’ll go down same as you.” I stared at her, confused by my own emotions more than anything. On one hand, I was furious that she’d put me in this situation, but on the other, she seemed desperate. If the sea didn’t drown her, then hopelessness would. I growled and turned to where Shyler stood frozen by the wheel. He and some of the others had drawn their weapons. “Return to our course,” I shouted to Shyler. “Head for Faewood.” “Aye, Cap’n.” Cali lowered her hand. Bob sprang forward, but I caught his shirt. “Leave her be. I’ll escort her to my cabin. We’ll take her to Faewood and leave her there.” Bob glared at me. He was about as wide as he was tall, and his usually jolly eyes flashed with fear. “This won’t look good for any of us, Cap’n.” “I know. But, we were heading there anyway. I want all sails unfurled. The sooner we arrive, the better.” Bob sheathed his sword. “Aye, Cap’n, but it’s unlucky, I tell you, having a woman on board.” “Hopefully she won’t be with us long.” I motioned toward my cabin, and Cali went in. She stood by the table, tapping her fingers. My coffee cup had slid off and lay broken on the floor. A stream of brown liquid ran under the table. “Figures.” I bent to pick up the pieces. Cali fetched a towel. “Thank you,” she muttered. As I tossed the broken ceramic in the trash, I asked, “Tell me, what is so godawful bad about your life that made you want to hijack my ship?” Her chin quivered. “My father…” Indignation got the best of me. I still smelled the coffee I hadn’t had a chance to drink. “Oh, that again. Yes, your father is a difficult man. So what? That’s what fathers are supposed to be like, with daughters like you, especially.” She turned and buried her face in her hands. I felt like an ass. I grasped her shoulders. “I’m sorry.” http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Given half the chance, I would have held her in my arms. Instead, she shot away and turned angry, wet eyes toward me. “Take me to Faewood and leave me alone!” If I had met a more exasperating woman, I didn't remember it. “Fine! But, you’ll stay put until we get there, you hear me?” She turned her head away. “Yes. Just go.” I left her in there, slamming the door behind me. Great. She’d hijacked my ship, kept me from enjoying my coffee, and now, she’d taken over my cabin. When I joined Shyler at the helm, he couldn’t hide his toothless grin. “What? “ I growled. “This un’s got you round her finger, Cap’n, that’s what.” “Shut up and steer.” Serenya’s Song… In the fantasy world of Tallenmere, no one ever said love was easy... Serenya Crowe may be a half-elf commoner, but she's no ordinary woman. With the ability to interpret dreams, and a birth defect that forces her to wear gloves, she’s endured smalltown gossip and the cruelty of her husband, Sebastian, The Earl of Summerwind. All she's ever wanted is to live a quiet life and raise a family. When she meets the new stranger in town, her world and her heart, are turned upside down. Wood-elf Jayden Ravenwing is an exsecret agent who wants nothing more than to forget matters of the heart. He left the bustle of Leogard and his failed marriage to make a fresh start in Summerwind. He never planned to fall in love again, especially with the enchanting Serenya Crowe. When a strange portal opens on the Crowe property at the edge of town, Jayden is thrown into an investigation, knowing that if he fails, Serenya and everyone in Summerwind may die. Together, he and Serenya must overcome an ancient evil, and their own inner demons, to save Summerwind and find the love they've always dreamed of. Amazon UK Amazon USA Barnes & Noble Melange Books Smashwords Excerpt: Jayden Rain pattered sharp notes in the sparse leaves above, falling to flatter beats at it reached the duff below. Wind fluted through the branches, the pitch changing tone as it passed along thick ebonwood boughs and narrower limbs of maple and oak. Minutes passed, or hours, perhaps a lifetime. Was it gone? Or was it ready to pounce? How would it feel to be torn apart and devoured alive? The memory of my father’s advice calmed me. If they know you’re afraid, you won’t survive. Show no fear, son. Show no fear. http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Breathing silently through my mouth, I scanned the dark surroundings. Rain sheeting along the trees and ground reflected a miniscule amount of moonlight edging its way in from breaks in the clouds. I strained my eyes and ears for any sign of my hunter. Unbidden memories came as I tried to concentrate on my surroundings. I thought of Caliphany, how innocent we had both been eighty years ago, riding into the forest. Reclining on a blanket, I recited poetry, my head in her lap, while she braided small sections of my hair. I remembered my father’s face, the disappointment in his eyes when Caliphany’s father dismissed me from his employ because of our relationship. His voice in my head chilled me even deeper than the rain. Your mother and I work tirelessly to give you the best of everything, and this is how you repay us? And there was Serenya—the night I met her, that haunting voice as she sang, how it had warmed me to the core, filling holes in my heart I never knew were there. What would I do if I was forced to live without her? I bit down on my tongue to stay alert and to lock the memories away. What was that? A flutter to my right. Circling through the trees. A soft thud of something landing. Deliberate steps squished through the muddy leaves. It was tiptoeing—each wet, noisy step driving my heart into near-frenzy. Only one of them, I was sure. I wondered if the other was hunting Zeph, and which one it could be. What if he had to make the choice I could not? He was one of my best scouts. I had to trust him to handle the situation. Still in concealment, every muscle in my body tensed. Swiveling my torso in the saddle, I silently readied my bow and an arrow. 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Reading it made me adapt the characters accents and I often found myself reading it to myself. The words and the way they were put together had a special lilt to them and very intoxicating. I will be recommending this book to others as I have given it a 5 out of 5 rating, this is a big rating for me because in the past I had not only avoided this genre I ran from it. You can get A Pirate’s Ransom from the following places: Amazon Barnes & Noble About Gerri Brousseau (Author): Gerri was born and raised in Connecticut. She attended Central Connecticut State University, majoring in English Literature. Although she lived on the west coast for several years, she relocated back to her roots and birth place of Connecticut, where she presently resides with her two pugs, Mimi and Milo and her cats, Louise and Harry. As a young girl growing up in Waterbury, Gerri spent her summers writing stories and often times, together with neighboring girls her age, would present original plays for an audience of their parents. When she moved back to Please visit her website for more information about her, her books, new releases, and her exciting contest “Claim the Ransom.” Gerri can be found at Soul Mate Publishing About Leanne Hererra (Reviewer): Leanne is an story teller and avid speed reader. She has a bachelors degree in art. She is the mother of three girls and the grandmother of one. She spends most of her limited spare time with her husband when she is not curled up with her fur babies and a good book. Blog Connecticut, Gerri took a job that required her to commute 4 hours a day by train to and from work. After a year of reading a book a week, she decided to make the time work for her, when one night after a strange dream about a dream catcher, she was inspired to write her first book. Lest you think all of her time is spent in contemplative pursuits, freefalling out of airplanes gave a whole new meaning to the word "adventure". Yes, a former skydiver who chose to retire from the sport, Gerri assures us that freefall is totally exhilarating and one of the most amazing and thrilling experiences anyone can have. Her energy and zest for life is found in the imaginative and page turning adventures she writes. A Pirate’s Ransom is her debut novel with a release date of August 22, 2012 According to Legend was released in November, 2012. http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review About Sabrina by Leanne Hererra: “Sabrina was destined to be sick even before she was born. She began having strokes when her mother was only 20 weeks pregnant. When she was born her family was very happy with their miracle baby but worried because the doctors could not understand what happened. It was not until several tests were taken and a geneticist was involved that it was discovered that she had not one but two rare disorders. She has MTHFR which is a gene mutation that can and usually does affect several parts of her body and there are 19 known versions of it. Very few infants are diagnosed with it. She also has lipo protien alpha deficiency that makes medicine distribution and metabolism for her very difficult. She has had two brain surgeries to install a shunt for her hydrocephalus. Sabrina visits with therapists daily to help her use her muscles as she suffers from severe cerebral palsy. She is also blind. We love her very much and find ourselves in constant need of help as she requires round the clock care and http://read2review.com/ devices that medicare will not pay for. 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Only one person can truly set former sex slave Eden Atarn free: his soul mate. Taken from her planet.... When Ashleigh Turner receives a beautiful necklace as a gift from a secret admirer, she has no idea who it came from. When another delivery shows up at her home, instead of finding out who sent her the necklace, she finds herself transported onto an alien spaceship as it speeds her away from earth. Will she be what he needs or find herself a slave as well.... On a planet where forced prostitution is a punishment and young adults are sold by their families for money, Ashleigh must decide if she can be what Eden needs when she comes face to face with what he once was. Will she always want to go home, or will she find that the place she longs to be most is in Eden's arms? Excerpt: She looked through the peep-hole and saw the same young man who had brought the flowers and necklace to her the day before, holding a long black box with a red ribbon on it. â€œYes?â€? she said, loudly enough to carry her voice through the door. http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review “I have another delivery for Ashleigh Turner.” Her thumb ran a small circle around the ‘call’ button of her phone as she opened the front door slowly. “Ashleigh Turner?” the delivery man said with a tight smile. “Sure. I remember you from yesterday.” She opened the door further and reached for the box, but he lifted the lid and a cloud of dark blue gas burst in her face, making her head spin. “Wh-what’s happening?” she mumbled through thick lips. Her knees went weak and her vision tunneled as arms grabbed her and kept her from falling to the ground when her legs went out completely. Her fingers lost their hold on the phone and it clattered to the tiled floor. She heard several different masculine voices, but they spoke in a language she didn’t understand. She opened her mouth to speak, to call out for help, but nothing came from her lips, and she drifted away into the darkness. Amazon UK Amazon USA Barnes & Noble Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages Author R.E. Butler: A Midwesterner by birth, R.E. spent much of her childhood rewriting her favorite books to include herself as the main character. Later, she graduated on to writing her own books after "retiring" from her day job as a secretary to become a stay-athome mom. When not playing with her kids, wrestling her dogs out the door, or cooking dinner for her family, you'll find her typing furiously and growling obscenities to the characters on the screen. 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Reading Challenges I have decided to join these reading challenges this year: For all the information about this challenge please click HERE: The Books that I have chosen to read for this challenge are: Burn Mark (Laura Powell) Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die, The Deep End of Fear ( Elizabeth Chandler) Dead Time (Anne Cassidy) Desdon (Leanne Hererra) For all information about this challenge please click HERE http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Elly: Cowgirl Bride (Trish Milburn) Hush, Hush (Becca Fitzpatrick) If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery (Marian Lanouette) Illuminate Alive, She Cried (Jamie Haden) Murder on Mars (A New Orleans Mystery) (M.M. Shelley) Red Velvet And Absinthe (Mitzi Szereto) Spirit Seeker (Jamie Haden) Stealing Fate (Berrin Rae) The Brides Of Rollrock Island (Margo Lanagan) Torment (Lauren Kate) Unleashed (Ali Sparks) Unlucky Dip (Kate Tenbeth) The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring / The Two Towers and Return Of The King (J.R.R. 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Lewis) The Help (Kathryn Stockett) For all the information about this challenge please click HERE For all the information about this challenge please click HERE: The Books that I have chosen to read for this challenge are: http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review January’s chosen word: Winter / Chosen Book: Red WINTER (Kathleen McFall) February’s chosen word: Animal / Chosen Book:In The Company Of ANIMALs (Andy Frazier) March’s chosen word: Valley / Chosen Book:The Uncanny VALLEY (Bryan R. Dennis) April’s chosen word: Home / Chosen Book:Welcome HOME (Billi Tiner) May’s chosen word: World / Chosen Book:When Tommy Adams Burned The WORLD (Timothy Nies) June’s chosen word: Beach / Chosen Book:The BEACH House (JT Harding) July’s chosen word: Night / Chosen Book:40 Days 40 NIGHTS (Wendy Cartmell) August’s chosen word: Come / Chosen Book:The Night Man COMEth (Tony- Paul De Vissage) September’s chosen Word: Blue / Chosen Book:The BLUE Witch (Kevis Hendrickson) October’s chosen word: Haunt / Chosen Book:HAUNTed Empire (DeAnna Knippling) November’s chosen Word: Right / Chosen Book:RIGHTfully Mine, God’s Equal RIGHTs Amendment (Aggie Villanueva) December’s chosen word: Road / Chosen Book:The ROAD Trip Dialogues (Jass Richards) I hope you will follow my reading with me throughout the year. To make it easy to follow my 2013 reading I hope you will check out my Reading Log… http://read2review.com/ January Reading List: Covert Dreams (Mike Meyer) – Review due on 7th January Murder On Mars (M.M. Shelley) - Review due on 14th January Friendfluence (Carlin Flora) – Review due on 21st January Desdon (Leanne Hererra) 2013 Women Challenge Misery (Stephen King) - 2013 Book to Movie Challenge Red Winter (Kathleen McFall) Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge 2013 The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower Series, Book 1) (Stephen King) - The EPIC Dark Tower Read-a-Long Burly And Grum Series: Beyond The Forest, The Secret City, The Birthday Surprise, Halloween Adventure (Kate Tenbeth) You can follow my Reading Log at the following places: Read 2 Review Facebook Pinterest Read 2 Review REVIEWS WANTED!! Please email us if you would like a copy to review To survive, they run. To avoid capture, they hide. Can five kids and a baby make it through winter in a makeshift mountain shelter? As people vanish and buildings crumble, they seek shelter in the nearby mountains. Survival depends on their ability to adapt with nothing more than the items pilfered from a crumbling store. Hovering in the background is the constant threat of being discovered by the aliens, adding to the pressure the teens feel having no shelter, a limited supply of food and the well-being of three children to ensure. They must come up with some creative solutions before the inevitable onset of winter, while attempting to remain “invisible” to avoid capture. Being mature and responsible is no longer optional as they deal with their individual personalities, traumas, and learn to raise a baby. Unaware of the extent of the alien destruction, they can’t help but wonder if all their efforts are in vain. Purchase Links: Amazon UK Amazon USA Create Space About Debbie Brown: I am a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature, and have http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review completed an advanced writing course for select graduates as well. I have been traipsing around the depths of my imagination for as long as I can remember and began writing stories back when I was twelve. I love to read just about anything, from technical manuals to self-help, sci-fi to romance. I do avoid anything overly violent or graphic and have never been a fan of horror. I have a good memory and vivid imagination so I avoid reading or watching things I don't want stored in my mind. Amethyst Eyes was my first published novel. It is about a 15-year-old boy who has to leave his life behind to go live with his father after losing his mother in a tragic accident. Although the setting becomes sci-fi (since his father is not from Earth and Tommy has to live on his fatherâ€™s spaceship), the story is more about growth and human interaction. There is a lot of adventure and a few twists to keep the readers busy throughout the book. Over the years I have worked as a nurse, a school teacher, a martial arts instructor, baseball, figure-skating and gymnastics coach as well as an artist, selling my paintings in an art gallery. I have been part of an orchestra, flown planes and gone on wilderness hikes. I am an officer in the Canadian Forces, and though I have taught on different military bases, for now I work primarily with cadets. Writing full time is my next goal. Never having been much of a city girl, I live with the youngest of my four children, my husband Jean-Pierre, and Wookie, our Cardigan Corgi, in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec. I http://read2review.com/ could not imagine life without the beauty of nature that surrounds me. I enjoy the change in seasons and my perfect cure for a long winter's night is curling up in front of a fire with a good book while snowflakes drift slowly past my window. Website Blog Twitter Read 2 Review What a Reviewer Looks for When Accepting a Book As a children’s book reviewer, I get many email requests for a book review. There are basically four types of requests. At my review site is a page called Review Requests-Submission Guidelines. Every book review site will have something similar. This page will tell you everything the reviewer needs to know about your book and how to request the review. This is a must read for anyone serious about getting their book reviewed. The four types are: 1. THE BULK E-MAIL REQUEST This is a short email with a book title and a short summary. Then the reviewer is asked to contact the sender if they want to review the book. This is not addressed to anyone, though it appears the email was sent to only one reviewer, often you can find that many others received blind copies. Rarely, do I reply to these emails. I don’t have time for someone who cannot take time for themselves. 2. THE INDEPENDENT REQUEST This person has gone to the website. Whether or not they read the submission guidelines is anyone’s guess. They tend to send little more information about their book than the Bulk e-Mailer, the only difference is the contact was made through the reviewer’s contact me page. 3. THE PARTIAL REQUEST Like the independent request, the person has gone to the reviewer’s website, but they have read the submission guidelines. I know this because they offer some of the information required, but not all of it. Many will say the information requested can be found in the book or their website. This is an excuse for not offering all the requested information. Maybe they figure I should go to their website or wait for the book for the information. Problem is, they have no idea why that reviewer may need the information. What they also gravely misunderstand is who has the responsibility to provide the needed information. It is not the reviewer. 4. THE CORRECT REQUEST This is the request that all reviewers wish they received all the time. This is the request that came from the requester after reading the submission guidelines and following the exact instructions. That may be as simple as requesting through an email address with title and http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review ISBN or as involved as the title, ISBN, author, illustrator, publisher, genre, age of reader, number of pages, and a summary. No matter if it is the first, the latter, or somewhere in between, it is important to give the reviewer what they need to write a review of your book. The best way to get a review from the reviewer and site you want is to follow the submission guidelines. While I do not believe that any reviewer would deliberately tank a review out of frustration or anger, why take any chance when all it takes is a little time to get it correct. It is good practice to take your time and send in the requested information, whether for a reviewer or in a query letter to a publisher or agent. It is your reputation. Make it a good one and work to keep it that way. About Kid Lit Reviews: Kid Lit Reviews is a site devoted to children’s books. Books ranging from board books to middle grade novels are reviewed at KLR. One can also find author and illustrator interviews and guest posts, character interviews, blog hops and tours, and an occasional contest. In 2012 Kid Lit Reviews reviewed 172 children’s and middle grade books. 2013 will several new features not yet revealed. …………………………… Sue Morris started Kid Lit Reviews when she realized how many reviews she was putting on other people’s websites. Sue wanted to own her own words. Sue has an associate degree from The University of Toledo, in juvenile criminology, http://read2review.com/ A bachelor’s degree from Capital University, in social work, Did post graduate work at The Ohio State University, in social work, and is studying at The Institute of Children’s Literature, writing for children and teens. (Graduation 2013) Sue is currently writing her first middle grade novel. Kid Lit Review Website Read 2 Review Blake Bennett is the town bad boy turned Sheriff, elected to keep the peace. When Blake first meets Gina, she's butting heads with the Mayor…over the type of dancing she teaches—pole dancing. Gina West is a professional dancer, who retired from the stage, and moves to Westonville, NB, to start her own dance studio. But Gina is not who she claims to be, and when strange things start happening…vengeful threats and vandalism…Blake begins digging for the truth. In his role as protector, he begins to fall for Gina, but will her lies and subterfuge destroy any chance for them to be together? Excerpt: She stood to follow him to the door, but found herself hauled up against his muscular chest as he treated her to another scorching kiss. “Woman, you’re driving me crazy.” Pushing away from him she asked, “Me? What did I do?” “Now that I know what’s hidden under that robe, my hands are itching to peel it off you again.” “What’s stopping you?” she said as she swiftly untied the sash, shrugged the robe off her shoulders and let it drop to the floor. Just as fast was his reaction as he picked her straight up in the air and set her down on the counter. He chuckled in http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review response to her shriek as the smooth, icy marble met her bare backside and she arched backward, supporting her weight on her hands. Quick to take advantage, he swooped in to devour her breasts with his hands and mouth. Her legs wrapped around him of their own volition, urging him closer, closer…and then his cell phone rang. He ceased ministering to her body and allowed his head to rest in the valley of her newly sensitized orbs. She ran her fingers through his hair, a touch on the long side for a man in his profession, her actions serving to hold him against her. “I have to go,” he mumbled against her skin. “I know.” “We’ll finish this later,” he said, promise inherent in his words. “Okay.” He lifted his head and covered her mouth with his, their tongues mating, creating their own magic as they thrust and parried, suckled and withdrew. His hands cupped her buttocks as he lifted her and set her on her feet. “This is the first time in my years as Sheriff that I allowed anything or anybody to come between me and my job. What kind of spell have you cast over me?” he teased. “Not a strong enough one, apparently.” Then seeing his confusion, she added, “You’re only human, Blake. The job isn’t the sum total of who you are as a man.” “Maybe not, but I’ve measured myself by it for a long time.” “Then maybe you were due for a change.” She smoothed his hair back into place with her hands. “You could be right. We’ll discuss this later. Right now, I have to see how Rob is and if forensics found anything downstairs, then I’ll have them come up here.” His eyes traveled the length of her body as he spoke. “Better get some clothes on or I won’t be the only one who knows your secret.” “What secret?” “That you are indeed a true redhead.” About Lorraine Nelson: Lorraine Nelson is a multi-published author who lives in rural New Brunswick, on the east coast of Canada. Always a bookworm, she’s read many novels of romance and mystery over the years, finally deciding to put her pen to work at writing one. “To write romance and romantic suspense is my dream come true, although my mom says I was born with an avid imagination and pencil in hand, crafting stories from an early age. Now my children have grown and have lives of their own, I have time to indulge my passion for writing.” Lorraine lives alone with an independent yet affectionate tomcat, enjoys spending time with her three sons and five grandchildren, with a sixth due in December. When not at the computer, you can find her spending time with family, gardening, baking and, of course, reading. http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review She loves to hear from readers. You can keep up with Lorraine’s releases by visiting her: Website Blog Facebook Twitter Pinterest Goodreads The Talent Cave LinkedIn Google+ Lorraine’s books are listed on her website. You’ll find blurbs, excerpts, reviews, and purchase links there. Or, if you’re a kindle owner, you can check out her author page on Amazon My Author Journey - A Guest Post by Lorraine Nelson Writing – my passion, my dream. I started writing adult fiction as a hobby almost four years ago while on medical leave for hand surgery. With the aim of gaining more flexibility in my fingers, I began doing typing tests and such. Easily bored, an idea came to mind and I just sat at the computer and started writing. When I finished that first manuscript seven weeks later, I was thrilled! Then came the process of editing, tweaking, and polishing until I felt it was ready to send. Boy, was I wrong!!! Needless to say, I’ve suffered through my share of rejections, but instead of giving up, they made me more determined to succeed. I’ve joined several writing groups and forums and have made many online friends, people who have been supportive and encouraging throughout this journey. By nature, writing is a lonely hobby, so it helps to have people with whom you can share with and do a little brainstorming. Except when the characters start talking to me. LOL That’s when I can immerse myself in the tale and write for hours on end, crafting their story their way. With feedback received, I discovered where my writing lacked substance, studied those areas, kept writing, revising and submitting. I’ve entered contests and pitches, even won a couple, but publication still evaded me…until July, 2011, when perseverance paid off. It wasn’t a call that came, per se, but an email. Evernight Publishing wanted my book. So, by receiving an email notification I didn’t have to stutter http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review excitedly through a phone call and embarrass myself, but without speaking directly to someone on the publishing end, it didn’t really feel real – until I opened another email that Sunday night and saw my cover for Zakia and the Cowboy. Squee! Fantastic! I’d been waiting on the edits/revisions to come in and wasn’t expecting to see any cover art, especially at 11:30 pm on a Sunday night. My surprise was immediate and vocal. My son came running, alarmed, but smiled when he saw the cover. Everything had happened so fast! On July 17th, 2011, I subbed my manuscript to Evernight, on the 18th I received the contract, signed and returned it on the 20th and on the 25th, received the cover. No matter how you look at it, this team is super efficient. Marketing and promotion commenced with the release of the covers and my debut novel, Zakia and the Cowboy, was released on October 5th. It became a Featured Title at All Romance Ebooks and appeared on two of their bestseller lists…cowboy/western and mystery/suspense. Zakia and the Cowboy also won December’s Book of the Month at The To Be Read Pile in 2011. Quite an honor for a newbie. I now have 14 titles available in ebook form and Zakia is available in print as is Hawk’s Woman, my contribution to the Virgins Behaving Badly anthology with Evernight. It’s been an exciting journey and the feedback I’ve received from readers and reviewers has been awesome. It’s been a pleasure to share my story with you. I hope this serves as inspiration to other writers to just keep learning, writing, http://read2review.com/ and submitting; and, for my readers, provide a little "behind the scenes" info. Bless you all! Read 2 Review Taylor Caldwell can't decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him. On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome, blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he's a tattooed, guitar-playing bundle of bad boy. Maybe that's why Taylor's afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn't want to get burned, and even though her other roommates adore him, she wants him gone before it's too late. Hunter himself has been burned before, but the fact that Taylor calls him out on his crap and has the sexiest laugh ever make him decide maybe love isn't a lost cause. They make a bet: if she can convince him she truly loves or hates him, he'll leave the apartment-and leave her alone. The problem is, the more time they spend together, the less she hates him, and the more she moves toward love. But when the man who holds the key to Taylor's fear of giving up her heart resurfaces and threatens to wreck everything, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever. Amazon UK Amazon USA Review by Sarah Brown from Head Stuck In A Book (Winner Of The Blogiversary Competition)â€Ś http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review I've never loved a bad boy more, or wanted some up close and personal time of my own, the song he writes for Taylor is so sweet and he cooks, is in fact a great cook and will make whatever Taylor wants, and there is a definite heart of gold under the tattooed facade. I just wish that there will be a sequel, or this book from Hunter's pov, o.k just really anything that involves Hunter, I'm totally besotted. I can't put into words how much I adore this book, a great big thanks to the author Chelsea for writing this piece of brilliance, I strongly recommend that you all check this out, you won't be sorry! I give this a huge 5/5â€? â€œOMG! This book was so damn good! This has become my favourite book of the year and is definitely in my all time top 10 favourite books of all-time. And the main reason for that I can narrow down to two words: Hunter Zaccadelli, easily one of my all-time favourite male characters, now if only he wasn't a fictional character. I've never really been a fan of contemporary romance books, but when I was sent the invite to take part in this blog tour, the synopsis sounded good so I thought why not, I did not expect to be blown away by the brilliance of this novel and the incredible writing. I was captivated from the very first page, when Taylor opens the front door and finds Hunter waiting on the other side and after some remarks he makes, he gets punched for it, and so begins one of the funniest and romantic books that I've read in a long while. The chemistry between these two is explosive, you can tell how much Hunter grows to care for Taylor from the sexual innuendos and how much he torments her, it's like going back to kindergarten when you have that boy who is a bully and calls you names but secretly he really likes you. But they both hide secrets which have affected the people that they are today, both sad, and especially in Hunter's case tragic. The humour in this is so good, many a times I'd be laughing out loud at something in the book and I'd receive quite a few funny looks, especially the library scene and the emails between Hunter and Taylor. About Chelsea M. Cameron: Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA writer from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is. She has two books out now, Nocturnal and Nightmare, the first and second books in the Noctalis Chronicles about a girl with a dying mother who meets an immortal boy. The third book, Numb will be out this August, and the fourth in the winter. Her other book, Whisper, about a girl who is alive, a boy who isn't and the complications that go along with their relationship, released June 16 and is the first in a trilogy. Blog Twitter Goodreads Amazon Head Stuck In A Bookâ€™s Review Policy: Website Twitter Facebook I am currently accepting ARCS and final copies for review. I accept physical books and e-books. If you're an author, publicist or publisher and would like me to review a book e-mail me at: sezjb81(at)gmail(dot)com I will review Ya, Adult Paranormal, Historical Romance, Contemporary, Steampunk, Dystopians and Urban Fantasy (No Self-Help, Memoirs, SciFi, Thrillers, Poetry or Religion inspired books please.) Series: If you would like me to review a book from a series that I haven't read I can if I am also sent the previous books. http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Are you looking for new reads? Want the newest releases? http://www.providencebookpromotions.com/ Stop by Providence Book Promotions & you could be selected to be one of our newest tour hosts! We still have openings remaining on these tours: Mystery or Suspense more your thing? 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How will the staff writer pay private school tuition, underwater mortgage, tennis club dues, the housekeeper, the gardener, cable TV bills, the couples therapist, et al… Not a big problem: the mad director has planted a bomb in the office phone and is frantically trying to set it off. And meanwhile, a home invader keeps invading the wrong homes to everyone’s perplexity. In other words: it’s just another day in paradise. http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Excerpt: THE MADMAN AND HIS IMAGINARY FILM CREW Jay Braffner is in the wine cellar of producer Dave Kessel’s Malibu beach house. Outside, an exterminating crew is draping a blue termite tent over the roof. Inside, the film crew in Jay’s head is executing his instructions. “Best crew I ever had, Dave, Jay says. “I think it and they do it.” The script appears in flaming letters in his mind. “Tight TWO SHOT of Braffner and Kessel.” The answer comes back: (“tight two shot, boss.”) “Full crew, Dave,” Jay says. “Showed up in my head one morning. Young, eager to learn. No overtime, no meal penalties because they don’t eat. No muttering behind my back. Best of all, no teamsters…” Jay calls: “Let the tent billow.” (“tent’s billowing boss.”) “Remember how I tried to sell you this shot on Autocop, Dave?” he asks. Kessel shakes his head. Jay pulls a pair of latex gloves over his thick wrists. ”The script had a boring murder on a suburban street. Let’s put blue termite tent over the house, I said. The murderer is disguised in an exterminator’s uniform. He ties the victim up and leaves him to die when they turn on the gas. Remember, Dave?” Kessel’s bloodshot eyes bulge above the black gaffer tape covering his nose and mouth. “You blew me off, Dave,” Jay says. “Artsy fartsy, you said. Three months later the exact same scene showed up in another episode with Lester Tarsis’s name on it…” Kessel writhes and struggles with muffled pleas. “That’s it Dave, beg for your life,” Jay says. “That’ll play great.” He twists Kessel’s head toward the window where the blue tent is settling gently like a giant bed spread. “Now we cut to this morning. I’m trying to think of a cool, cinematic way to kill you. I see the termite truck in front of your house and I realize the movie gods are sending me a message. So I get a uniform and disguise myself as an exterminator.” Kessel tries to elbow his way free, but Jay puts him in a headlock. “Bayside High Wrestling, Dave. City champs…” He squeezes so hard Kessel’s cheekbones crack. “Stop fighting and I’ll let go.” Kessel gets very still. Jay rips the tape off his mouth and he explodes in gulping breaths. “For Chrissake, Jay, that was 1995.” “Seems like yesterday to me,” Jay said. “What did I do so bad to you?” “You stole my ideas and gave them to Lester Tarsis.” Kessel sobs. “I didn’t have any ideas of my own. Do I deserve to die for that?” http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review “If you did, Hollywood would be a ghost town,” Jay says. “You’re dying because you screwed me.” “Lester made me do it, Jay. He’s the one you should be after.” “Lester’s on my list, too, Dave.” Jay reaches onto the wine rack for a bottle of Armagnac and holds the label up to the light. “Chateau de Laubade, 1922. My mother was born in 1922. It took me eight years in analysis to uncover my primal memories of seeing her screwing somebody while my dad was at Yonkers Raceway. By then she was dead and I couldn’t ask her if the guy was my Uncle Willie. See, I thought it was him because I had an olfactory sense memory of his cheap cigars that came up whenever I had sex. It was giving me serious performance issues…” Kessel blubbers. “Lester had us at each other’s throats, Jay. ” Jay pops the cork. “The TV money kept pouring in, Dave. Lester bought income properties in the Valley. I pissed mine away on coke and bimbos. You assembled the most famous collection of vintage Armagnac in the world. Made the cover of Gourmet Magazine…” Kessel dribbles green bile out of the corner of his mouth. “Gimme a break, Jay…” “This is film noir, Dave, no happy endings.” Jay grabs Kessel by the back of the neck and jams the bottle down his throat. “Let’s drink a last toast to you and your fabulous collection.” Kessel gags and sputters: “No Jay!” Jay lifts Kessel by the seat of his pants and the back of his collar and rams him into the rack. Bottles tumble, bouncing off his head. “Take Two, Dave,” Jay says. He takes a crow hop and rams him into the rack again. Kessel goes limp. Jay eases him down to the floor, giving terse commands to the crew. “PAN DOWN and PUSH IN to a TIGHT SHOT as Jay takes the tape off Kessel’s wrists and ankles…” (“Panning…”) “TIGHT ON JAY as he pours the rest of the booze over Kessel to make it look like a drunken accident…” (“Tight on Jay.”) Jay closes the wine cellar door and walks quickly down the hall. “See how the sun shines through the tarp,” he says. “Has anyone ever made a shot through the tent of a fumigated house?” (“no one but you boss”) Jay slips through the back door and scrambles out from under the tent. Two exterminators in blue uniforms are standing by the pool “Thought I heard a dog barking in the house,” Jay says. “Must have been next door.” From the beach he watches as they wind thick ropes around the tent and turn on the gas. Nobody sees him shedding the exterminator’s uniform and putting it in a Trader Joe’s shopping bag. He strips down to his black Speedos and trudges http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review through the burning sand to the cool shore where he splashes water on the back of his neck. “Just another other over-the-hill, overtanned, pony-tailed New York transplant,” he confides to the crew. “Thousands of us came out here to make it big. We look alike, think alike. Love the beach, the blondes, the free parking. Meet one of us you’ve met us all. But there’s one big difference…” The crew supplies the answer. (“you are a great film maker.”) “Thank you,” Jay says. Amazon UK Amazon USA The Serial Killer’s Daughter Review by Jeanette Serial Killer’s Daughter by Haywood Gould is an interesting mystery and action adventure novel set in modern North America. The novel follows two college students, Peter and Hannah, who are being chased by murderers while at the same time the police suspect Peter and Hannah of drug running and murder. What I liked best is that this book is unique in both set-up and scope and has a lot of action. The plot is fast-paced, and Gould does a great job hiding the killer. I didn’t know who the culprit was until the chapter before the reveal. There was one element of the story that I didn’t like, which is purely personal on my part. Hannah is introduced into the novel when she trades sex for help in an English class which I found hard to believe. Moments like this, as well as the emotional distance between Peter and Hannah, make the book feel geared more toward a male audience. This book is a hard one for me to rate by a standard rating system. On a personal level, I would give it a 3, but this is based on my own subjective preferences. On a technical and objective level, Serial Killer’s Daughter is more likely a 4 star book. To get your copy of The Serial Killer’s Daughter please click HERE http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review About Heywood Gould… Heywood Gould got his start as reporter for the NY Post. Later he financed years of rejection with the usual colorful jobs – cabdriver, mortician’s assistant, bartender. Gould is the author of thirteen books and nine screenplays, including "Fort Apache, the Bronx,” “Boys From Brazil,” “Cocktail,” and “Rolling Thunder.” He has directed four features, "One Good Cop," starring Michael Keaton, Trial By Jury with William Hurt, Mistrial starring Bill Pullman and Double Bang with William Baldwin. His novel LEADING LADY (2008) won the Independent Publishing Award bronze medal, was a finalist for the Hammett Prize, which honors literary excellence in the field of crime writing and was voted Forward Magazine Mystery/Thriller of the Year. Kirkus Review wrote "Veteran screenwriter/novelist Gould writes with infectious crackle and humor." Gould’s 2011 novel "Serial Killer's Daughter" was described by Library Journal as “…this high-caliber redemptive road trip is quick-witted, stylish, and highly entertaining." Website http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Award-winning author Kaylin McFarren delivers Threads, a romantic suspense series guaranteed to capture your imagination... Believing herself responsible for her fatherâ€™s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a cursed relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating â€“ until her brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain control over her life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also relive the circumstances that lead to her fatherâ€™s death. Amazon UK Amazon USA About Kaylin McFarren: Kaylin McFarren is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has virtually been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters' lives taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoys spending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more. Although Kaylin wasn't born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in both business and personal http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review writing projects for many years. As the director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under her guidance gained recognition through promotional opportunities and in national publications. Eager to spread her own creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA速 Golden Heart contest. Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest. FUN TIDBITS: She is proud of the fact that her great aunt Bessie B. Cordell, an evangelistic missionary during WWII, was instrumental in opening an orphanage in Tientsin, China and also wrote two published novels, Precious Pearl and Blossoms of the Flowery Kingdom, documenting her dangerous, harrowing experiences. She keeps a glass of wine close by while writing love scenes, Kleenex on her desk while writing heart breakers, and has been known to empty a box of chocolates when she's completely stumped. A consummate "pantser" and perfectionist, she writes and edits as she http://read2review.com/ goes, and uses photographs of models and actors from tabloid magazines to visualize her characters. She loves her husband of 36 years dearly. However, if Brad Pitt or Orlando Bloom came knockin', well... their marriage just might be put to the test. ON A PERSONAL NOTE: Kaylin sat before her computer writing FLAHERTY'S CROSSING as a source of personal therapy after losing her beloved father to colon cancer. You might say she was angry at him, at God, at the world in general. However, after writing this story, she had the opportunity to really look into her soul and consider the fact that so many other sons and daughters have had to deal with similar and even worse situations. Rather than a memoir, her novel evolved into a fictional journey which brought about the resolution she needed to find. She never expected this exercise in writing to go to press, touch lives, or win literary awards. But as a result of her good fortune, she has arranged for proceeds from the sale of this book to go directly to the Providence Medical Foundation's colon cancer research department in her father's name. She's now convinced and proudly shares her belief that good things can grow out of the worst times in our lives if you just take the time to open your heart. Website Myspace Twitter Facebook Storyfinds Pintrest Read 2 Review Annie Crawford is an ex-cop living a double life. After her fiancé is murdered and she is left for dead, a desperate Annie steps outside the law to seek vengeance. She turns to a vigilante agency headed by a man with his own secrets. Annie must work for them as they investigate the murder and help her find the answers she needs. Now working on the wrong side of the law, Annie’s life has one purpose: justice. Justice for her fiancé and for the city she lives in. But as Annie’s taste for the vigilante life grows, the agency struggles to control her, putting everyone involved at risk. And the deeper she sinks into this new unsavory life the more she fears she may never return. Amazon USA Amazon UK Barnes and Noble About Lia Fairchild: I've been creating stories my whole life, but only for me, in my own head. Then one day I sat down and started to write a book. I completed my first novel, In Search of Lucy, in February of 2011. Seven months later, AmazonEncore contacted me about representing my book. It's currently in the top 20 for Kindle Drama. I recently completed my second fulllength novel, this time a thriller. Vigil Annie is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! One reviewer called it "suspenseful, well-crafted, and fast paced." I am also the author of a mystery series (A Hint of Murder) and a short, sweet romance (Special Delivery). I was born and raised in Southern California and hold a bachelor's degree in journalism and a multiple subject teaching credential. I'm a wife and mother of two teenagers. Look for updates on me and my books at my Website or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review When many readers hear the word Fantasy or Speculative Fiction, they often assume the book will be rife with unbelievable and fantastical concepts and creatures. And this may be so. But have you ever considered the amount of philosophical thought, religion-based ideas and generally spiritual concepting that goes into some of the books considered Fantasy? Many authors begin with a spiritual idea from one or more world religion or philosophy and blend the ideas together in the creation of their stories, creatures, etc. Indeed, it is often the want of spreading their theology; authors will utilize the technique of the Fantasy story to reach an audience. Readers sometimes seem more approachable in a “Fantasy” setting than if the theology was presented in an essay. If readers of Speculative Fiction think back on the books they’ve consumed over the past many years, they may begin to see the pattern. Here is an awesome listing of Spec Fiction and Fantasy authors who have dealt heavily with theological ideology. How many of these have you read and didn’t realize you were being “preached at”? G. K. Chesterton - The Man Who Was Thursday (free download) E. R. Eddison - The Zimiamvia Trilogy: Mistress of Mistresses A Fish Dinner in Memison The Mezentian Gate R. A. Lafferty: Past Master The Reefs of Earth Space Chantey Fourth Mansions C. S. Lewis: The Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet Perelandra aka Voyage to Venus That Hideous Strength The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe David Lindsay - A Voyage to Arcturus George MacDonald: Phantastes Lilith Children's Books (but readable by adults): The Princess and the Goblin The Princess and Curdie At the Back of the North Wind Complete Fairy Tales * Cordwainer Smith J. R. R. Tolkien - The MiddleEarth Works: http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Ryals Russell has two series, The Seraphym Wars Series for YA and Stardust Warriors for MG. While living in a Victorian house on five acres in North Central Florida with her family, she runs a Vacation Rental Log House on the property (Florida Black Bear Cabin) It was in this cabin she wrote Odessa within 6 months, after thinking about it for 30 years, but never having the time to commit it to paper. A fourth generation Floridian, she has lived all over the state except the Panhandle. The daughter of an Elementary school principal dad and school secretary mom, for fourteen years she taught Middle Grades, preferring English and Creative Writing. She had several studentsâ€™ works published in anthologies as well as several of her own stories, poems and photographs. Main interests include her four young adult and teenaged children and Irish hubby. She enjoys spending time writing, drawing, going to movies and reading. Her favorite pastimes are sitting on the wicker porch swing on a chilly Autumn evening with her husband and usually a kid or two, drinking a beer and eating mixed nuts while chatting about anything and everything, or discussing philosophy and religion with her young adult son over pizza. She is currently revising a YA Dystopian Paranormal Romance while writing a Mythologically-based MG The Hobbit The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Two Towers The Return of the King The Silmarillion # The Children of Hurin Walter Wangerin Jr. - The Books of Parable Duo: The Book of the Dun Cow The Book of Sorrows Charles Williams - The Aspects of Power Septet: Many Dimensions War in Heaven Descent into Hell The Greater Trumps The Place of the Lion Shadows of Ecstasy All Hallows' Eve Gene Wolfe: The Fifth Head of Cerberus Peace The Devil in a Forest The New Urth Sextet (a tetralogy plus two): The Shadow of the Torturer The Claw of the Conciliator The Sword of the Lictor The Citadel of the Autarch The Urth of the New Sun Empires of Foliage and Flower Free Live Free Author and book information provided by Great ScienceFiction & Fantasy Works Author of MG/YA Dark Fantasy among other things, Rebecca http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review series. Find out more about her at Fantastical Worlds Revealed or Yellow Hat Writer. warriors with special talents) then train with the Majikals on an enchanted island. Reluctantly, and knowing it is her only way to get back home, she agrees to lead, battling dragons and monsters while crossing swamps and mountains, forests and seas. She wrangles with the old inner demons when three very different men join her questâ€”a seasoned demon/dragon-slayer who irritates but beguiles her, a tender and sweet mentor in whom she trusts completely and a roguishly handsome Scientist who sets her senses aflame. How is she expected to lead the others and keep everyone safe with so much inner turmoil? Myrna Ashlin Watts graduated from High School in Jacksonville, Fl just in time to find herself transported to a bizarre and primal planet corrupted by demon-dragons. And they want her DEAD. Her problem is she has been recruited to kill them, too. 18-year-old Myrna is drawn into the middle of an epic battle between Seraphym and Demons. An average High School student from Florida, struggling with inner demons resulting from a rape two years earlier, she wakes one morning on the Steampunk planet of Dracwald, home of the demondragons responsible for her brotherâ€™s recent murder as well as many other atrocities in the news. She meets Michael, who becomes her guide and explains that according to prophecy, Myrna must gather the remaining six Vigorios (teen Will love and lust, jealousy, greed, deceit and distrust break the delicate tie that binds these teen warriors called The Vigorios? Can a troupe of teens help the Seraphym finally defeat the massive empire of evil dominated for eons by the demon-dragons of Dracwald? http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review An interactive e-book filled with dreams and passion to inspire, entertain, and empower girls. Fifteen remarkable career women in a variety of occupations share their stories about their work and the path they took to become successful in their careers. Learn about contemporary women who have discovered cures to stamp out disease, made people laugh, earned Olympic and Paralympic gold medals, and crossed the country in the cab of an eighteen wheeler. Excerpt: Excerpt from Chapter 8 Horticulturalist, Sharon Loving Thank You Very Mulch When Sharon Loving was a little girl, she loved digging in the dirt, planting flowers in the flower beds, and spreading mulch in the beds to keep them moist and weed-free. She lived on a farm in Elk Neck, Maryland. She breathed in the smell of the pungent earth. Sharon delighted in the way the soil sifted through her fingers. She was amazed that a tiny plant could grow from a dry seed to a colorful flower. The young girl enjoyed watering, fertilizing, and yes, even weeding the flower beds. Whenever she was working with her plants, she was happy. One summer morning Sharon came into the kitchen after caring for her special flowers. Her smudged face was bright http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review with joy. Her soil stained hands held a bouquet of flowers for her mother. Her mom’s face lit up with a smile when Sharon gave her the colorful beauties. “Thank you, Honey. These are beautiful.” Her mother filled a vase with water, set it on the kitchen table, and arranged the flowers. As she clipped and placed the stems in the glass vase she said to Sharon, “Do you know some people garden for a living? Lots of people work at a job that they enjoy, so it doesn’t seem like work at all.” Sharon was shocked. She had no idea that working meant that she could do something she loved. She adored raising the flowers and plants. She was anxious to learn more so she could work with flowers as her career. With her parents’ encouragement to reach for her dreams, she studied hard in school. Sharon developed her passion for plants into a successful career as a horticulturist. Horticulture is the art or science of growing flowers, fruits, vegetables, and plants. Sharon concentrated on horticulture and greenhouse management. She developed an artistic eye for designing beautiful landscapes and gardens. The eager student learned about growing strong and healthy plants. She practiced using artistic elements to create beautiful floral arrangements and designed vivid bouquets in vases, bowls, and unique containers. Sharon began her career in Pennsylvania as a gardener and designer at a retail garden shop. She used her artistic flair when she worked in floral design at a flower shop in Maryland. Then she began her career at the recognized and respected Longwood Gardens, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a part-time gardener in the indoor display areas. This spectacular display garden attracts thousands of visitors each year with their beautiful flowers and plants. She worked her way up through the various departments that keep the 1,050 acre gardens in top shape. From Gardener to Instructor in floral design. From Display Specialist to Display Foreman. Today Sharon is the Head of the Horticulture Department at Longwood Gardens, one of the most well-known and celebrated display gardens in the USA. She uses all of her design talent and knowledge of plants in this job. She also developed skills needed to work with people and to be a leader. Amazon UK Amazon USA Smashwords About J.Q. Rose: After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction writing with her first published novella*, Sunshine Boulevard*, released by Muse It Up Publishing in 2011. With Girls Succeed she returns to her first love, writing about real people. Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. Spending winters in Florida with her husband allows Janet the opportunity to enjoy the life of a snowbird. Summer finds her camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter. http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review Come along on a Journey to find yourself; follow the path to open your consciousness and reach a higher level of being. Discover your inner light and new possibilities, along with new beginnings. As we all know, we are living in an age and time where there is so much turmoil, unrest, anger, and hatred. Nor is there peace in many people’s lives. Therefore, this is the reason I decided to write my book, “MEDITATIONS AND INSPERATIONS A DAILY PHOLOSPHICOIAL GUIDE”. It was not intended for general publication, as I had no intentions of making it into a book form. I’ve never even written any kind of book in my life for that matter. Each sheet of paper was a weekly saying that I would put up on the wall of my Martial Arts Academy for my students to read, with the hopes it would inspire and shape their lives for the better. After two years of writing, you can say I had developed writers block, and walked away from my writing for a time. I had left it alone for the time being. During this break I began to hear a little voice inside of me saying, “why not make this into a book?” I ignored the voice for awhile; however, I kept hearing it over and over again. I kept telling myself, “I’m not a writer and I have no idea how to write a book.” But it happened, and I’m very happy it did. I wanted to share my thoughts and experiences with everyone possible. If http://read2review.com/ Read 2 Review my book can help bring inner peace, or a sense of calm, as well as direction into someoneâ€™s life, that would make me very happy. To be a resource and help uplift someone in this day and time would be a Blessing. Amazon Barnes&Noble About Jim Muse Furtado: Jim Muse Furtado, a grandmaster in Kung Fu with several titles and honors has published a book; Meditations and Inspirations a Daily Philosophical Guide. This is a collection of spiritual knowledge that Mr. Furtado has gained over the course of his martial arts career. He began his career in 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received instruction in the Kang Duk Won Kwon Bop form of Kung Fu, a style practiced in Korea, and has since trained with and studied under one of the most skilled Kung Fu masters; Paulie Zink. He has studied and mastered the arts of Tai Shing Pek Kwar Northern Monkey Kung Fu, Taoist Yoga, Chi Kung and has several honors to his name; Six Time World Champion, a National Champion, Eleven Time International Long Beach Karate Champion, West Coast Champion and Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame fourteen times. Mr. Furtado has a Doctorate of Martial Arts in Philosophy & Martial Arts Science and has been awarded the high honor of a Golden Sash. He teaches martial arts at his studio, United School of Martial Arts Kung Fu Academy, in Whittier, CA and can be contacted through his website. http://read2review.com/ Meditations and Inspirations a Daily Philosophical Guide, is his debut book. Read 2 Review If you would like to be in the next issue of Reader’s Shadow please copy the following into an email and email us. Please put an x by each of the different sections so we can process your application properly. We will reply to you within 24 hours. 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