Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Fire with Fire (Demonblood, #2) by Penelope King

Fire with Fire (Demonblood, #2)Fire with Fire by Penelope King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have just one word for this book. Fantastic!!! Penelope King continues to deliver with the second installment to this series. It has everything you could want in a story such as friendship, love , betrayal,twists and turns that will keep you guessing and an ending that will leaving you wanting more.

Fire with Fire begins two months after the last one left off. Keiron has been gone for those two months and has not contacted Liora/Lucky. They are both trying to deal with his absence in their own way. Lucky is seeking comfort from her best friend ,Bones, who holds a special place in her heart. Liora is attracted to a mysterious new student, Tristian, who starts school with his sister, Cassie. Strange things begin to happen to Liora/Lucky. Who can they trust and will they ever find true love and happiness?

This story, Like The Last One, grabbed my attention and did not let it go! At times I cried and other times I screamed at the book for choices that were made or things that happened. Thank God I was by myself! lol I highly recommend this book and will be anxiously waiting for the next installment.

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 Penelope King is a native Californian who now lives in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina. She says "y'all" more often than she'd like to admit and eats more fried food than is probably healthy.

In addition to writing she enjoys swimming, kayaking at the river, doing yoga and spin, or reading a good book. She can BBQ better than most men, and if she had to marry a food it would probably be pizza, but she'd cheat on it with sushi.

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Teaser Tuesday #20: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by  
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where you share two “teaser” sentences from your current read.

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“You want to believe in black and white, good and evil, heroes that are truly heroic, villains that are just plain bad, but I've learned in the past year that things are rarely so simple. The good guys can do some truly awful things, and the bad guys can sometimes surprise the heck out of you.”

Title: Darkfever
Series:  Fever #1 
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Hardcover, 309 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Delacorte Press

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

My Thoughts
This is another of my favorite series.  I am getting ready to do a re-read...listen actually.  I have the whole series on my iPod ready to go. 

If you haven't read it yet, it comes highly recommended.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Giveaway: Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark

Backward Compatible
by Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark
Genre: Geek Romance

Not too long ago,
in a town that,
depending on your current location,
is either not super far
or actually quite close… 
It is a time of chaotic hormones.
Two nerdy gents
home for winter break
have discovered a female gamer
at a midnight release.

During the break,
the gamer trio manages
to reveal the game’s secret boss,
a hidden enemy
with enough power to destroy
anything in its path. 
Pursued by other gamers
who want to be the first
to beat this boss,
George and Katie race to level up,
and, in so doing, restore decency
and sexual activity to their personal galaxy…

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About the Authors:

Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She's written works in various genres - romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn't as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she's been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships - romantic, familial, friendly - because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn't matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future - human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah's stories.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn't writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

She has written several books, most notably Bitter Fruits, an urban fantasy in the Eden’s Fall series, and the six-part New Adult contemporary Flowering series. Her most recent release is Primordial Dust, a YA fantasy.

Website: http://sarahdaltry.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahDaltry
Twitter: http://twitter.com/SarahDaltry

Sarah’s Favorite Video Games:
Borderlands 1 and 2 ~ Fallout 3 ~ Persona series ~ Eternal Darkness ~ Silent Hill series ~ Final Fantasy series ~ Skyrim ~ Dragon Age series ~ Mass Effect series ~ Fable series ~ Bioshock series ~ Magic: The Gathering ~ Perfect Dark ~ Heavy Rain ~ LA Noire ~ Parasite Eve ~ Catherine ~ Zuma


Pete Clark
likes writing, animals, potato chips, and cheese. Midnight Riders was his first published novel, although he can also proudly say he finally finished Helix Crashing, the fantasy novel he has been working on for over a decade. In addition, he has written Across the Barren Landscape, a collection of linked Western short stories, and Tales from Midnight’s Graveyard, a collection of non-linked horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories. He also writes plays, both dramatic and comedic.

When he is not writing, Pete tends to ignore everyone around him and obsess over sports.

Pete’s Website: http://punchmyselfintheface.wordpress.com
Pete’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PeteClarkAuthor
Pete’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/PeteClarkBooks
Pete’s Favorite Video Games:
Bioshock ~ Resident Evil 4 ~ Uncharted 2 ~ Eternal Darkness ~ Goldeneye ~ Ms. Pac Man ~ Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood ~ God of War III ~ Dead Space ~ Silent Hill 2 ~ Infamous 2 ~ Portal ~ Defender ~ Super Metroid ~ Mass Effect ~ Castlevania ~ Call of Duty 4 ~ Dragon Warrior ~ Perfect Dark ~ Arkham Asylum ~ Limbo ~ Rogue Squadron 2 ~ Medieval ~ Parasite Eve ~ The Walking Dead ~ Metal Gear Solid ~ Team Fortress 2 ~ Kagero: Deception 2

Q & A with Sarah and Pete

Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
Katie is a girl. She's a geeky girl, but she's not meant to be some sort of stereotype of a geeky girl. She's mostly the kind of girl I am and the kind of girl I know. She isn't interested in all the sort of Channing Tatum/Thor, hot alpha male things that other girls gush about. She's had little dating experience, mostly because she would rather hang out on Xbox or study art history. She's been picked on a lot, but she's not depressed about it anymore. She just wonders if it's her who's abnormal or if other people are just odd. In George, she finds someone who thinks she's great for all of her lame hobbies and characteristics and they end up hitting it off,  although the beginning is a bit rough.

George is a socially awkward but friendly college student who likes video games and books and movies and randomly hanging around, like most college students. He has no skills with the ladies, but he tries. Lanyon is his best friend, who is exceptionally confident despite no reason to be. He is loud, crass, and intrusive, yet oddly endearing, extremely loyal, and friendly. He loves Snickers and chaos.

In your opinion, what are the benefits of writing as a team rather than alone? How about the challenges?
Well, it goes a lot faster, which is good. You have an obligation to someone else, so unlike my standard process of sitting around and thinking about excuses not to write rather than thinking about a story, I had to get the next section done. We wrote this in a truly collaborative way. I would write a section and then email it to Pete (I wrote Katie's chapters and he wrote George's). Then he would write one and send it back and so forth. It also helped when we got stuck. There were two points when I remember brainstorming the next step, but was able to leave it with him to come up with something and we did that to help each other. The only real challenge was that sometimes I was expecting the story to go somewhere and it went somewhere else, but really, I enjoyed it. I have to admit, though, that I'm not sure I could co-write with just anyone. Pete and I work well together and know how to act as a team.

I pretty much agree with what Sarah said. It's nice to move the story a little quicker and having someone to constantly bounce ideas off of, plus it was good motivation as I got immediate feedback after each scene I wrote. That's really fun to see and also it's great to be challenged. For example, there was a scene when I got a chapter leaving George about to show the Easter pageant video to Katie, which I had no idea was coming. So that was a lot of fun. It could be tough sometimes when I would set something up and Sarah would change it or go in another direction, but that was also part of the enjoyment. Adjusting and thinking fast to save a story is refreshing.

Besides gaming, what do you see as influences on your writing style?

It's hard to really say because my favorite authors are not necessarily going to sound like my writing. I love Hemingway, but there's no way I consider myself in his circle. I guess, though, that the two influences would be the books I love, which are mainly in first person, because that's the POV I tend to prefer as well. The other would be a decade of teaching high school and working with teens to encourage them to read, including with the ALA and in library settings. That really gave me a sense of YA from a teen's perspective, and I think sometimes the readers of YA are a little isolated from what young people are really like.

A whole bunch of things, movies, literature, etc. I love history. Really, I tend to be influenced by the things I enjoy outside of books.

Describe your ideal writing spot.

At this point, I would seriously kill for a comfortable chair. Otherwise, I don't have one. But man, my butt is sore.

On some kind of balcony on a medieval castle's tower in the dark heart of Romania.

What is the best advice you have been given?

As a writer or as a person? I guess, for me, it kind of applies to both. My grandmother said to me, ages ago, that nothing in life is worth it if you get there by cheating. She said to me, "what good is it to achieve your goals if you get to them and know, in your heart, that you had to sacrifice what mattered to reach them?" I always think about that. I don't want to succeed in life for any reason but because I worked hard and earned it. That goes for anything I do.

Don't draft a kicker until the last round.

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose and why?

Mind control. People desperately need to spend five minutes in the mind of someone else, because empathy is dead. I would make them see how it really is for people.

The powers of Molecule Man. This is a cheap way of saying all encompassing and total power, since he can alter or change anything that exists.

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?

I prefer a tattered paperback with notes and dog-eared pages that's been read a hundred times.


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