Showing posts from August, 2013

Book Review: My Dog, My Cat by Ashlee Fletcher

My Dog, My Cat by Ashlee Fletcher
Genre: Children's, Picture Book
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon ebookAmazon Hardcover

Summary (on Goodreads): In this bright new picture book, the author describes all the differences between her dog and cat, who don't always get along. Her dog barks; her cat meows. Her dog likes steak; her cat likes tuna. Her dog's tongue is wet; her cat's tongue is rough. But the story ends on a delightfully sweet note when the author reveals what her dog and cat have in common — a love of pizza and a love of their owner. The strong lines and fresh colors make this book an appealing read as young readers learn about normal behaviors for the two most popular pets, and that even the most different of creatures can find things in common.


Two straight weeks of picture books? Yes I have another picture book review and this is yet another winner. It is for children ages three and up but with the many pictures and simple fun wording, I'm sure…

Celebrate the end of August

I have a couple of things to celebrate and I hope you do too.

1. My joint pain is simply a weight issue. Glad it's not more serious.

2. My cover reveal is coming up. There is still time to sign up here.

3. Had a nice summer.

4. God proved he's by my side. *Smiles*

5. Won lots of giveaways...especially in august. Who gets $100 worth of Amazon Gift Cards within days of each other? Me! That doesn't count the multiple paperbacks I won. *Cheers*

6. Having my bloggie buddies! *Virtual Hug*

7. Seeing Mortal Instruments over the weekend. Even though it got panned, based on what I've checked it, it's still a movie I will like. Plus it will be my only August movie since I missed Kick Ass 2.

8. Seeing Monsters University and Smurfs 2 in July (if only they kept Turbo for one more week).

9. The Marketing Package I won. Yes! I won;t have to promote my upcoming novella alone!

10. Being alive and ready to continue tackling the job hunt.

11. Sunday will be the start of a new month…

Express Yourself Meme and Double Cover Reveal

Today I'm tackling last week's and this week's question.

Last Week: What is your comfort book/movie?

Book: Harry Potter Series

Movie: X-Men movies, The Avengers

This Week: Favourite Childhood Book/Movie

Book: Sweet Valley High, Enid Blyton books (short stories), V.C. Andrews, (before Harry Potter)

Movie: My Little Ponies Movie (made in the 80's)

Double Cover Reveal

Now for the reveal of two givers by two very talented ladies. Enjoy.

It is with great pleasure and a thrill in our hearts that Gwen Gardner and I (Angela Brown *hugs*) reveal the covers for our follow up stories to our currently available novels: Givin' Up the Ghost (Gwen) and Neverlove(Angela)

*cue drumroll*




A GUILTY GHOST SURPRISED by Gwen Gardner (Add to Goodreads)

An Angel Among Us Paranormal happenings at the Eady household are the norm. Recently,
things have become downright peculiar. Childish giggles at odd hours of the
night lead Indigo Eady to her little cousin, Bryan, a guileless cherub spirit,

Getting Personal: Doctor and Summer's End and Ashes Giveaway

I'm doing Getting Personal early this week. Yesterday I went to our family doctor to diagnose the source of my joint pain and fatigue. While the joint pain was regulated to a weight issue, she decided that my ongoing fatigue was the real problem. She couldn't figure out the source so she's put me down to visit the lab for some blood work and other tests. My red and white blood cell count will be tested along with my glucose levels. There is one thing ticked on the lab sheet that concerns me though because it's a test for a particular disease that I wondered if I had it in the past. Hopefully I don't have it because this disease has no cure. All I will say is that it's not HIV or any other sexual related disease. Also so far there is nothing saying I have cancer which killed at least two of my grandparents. So if I lose some  weight the joint pain in my knees at least should go away along with the concern that my left knee is acting a bit arthritic. Thank you fo…

Upcoming Cover Reveal and Strength Re-Release

As many of you know my cover reveal for Sacrifice Her is September 11. Sacrifice Her Cover Reveal Sign Up Page is still open and I want to thank all of you who have already signed on. My journey to become a published writer as been an eventful one and I can't wait for December when my novella is released to the world. Funny how when I started this blog that while I was interested in self-publishing, a big goal of mine was a traditional publisher and now I'm holding off even looking for an agent until 2015. Things change and 2014 will be spent publishing the five novellas in The Sacrifice Series as well as a surprise book for December 2014. More on that in October.

Strength Re-Release

Cassie Butler parted ways with her publisher and decided to self-publish her novel Strength. It is now an affordable $2.99 and you can also win A Mark of Nexus Postcard.

Purchase: Amazon
Summary: When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, she's stunne…

Book Review: Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully by Audrey Penn

Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully by Audrey Penn
Genre: Children's, Picture Book
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon

Summary: In this latest addition to the Kissing Hand book collection, Chester Raccoon must learn to deal with another common problem of childhood: a bully at school.
When Mrs. Raccoon learns that there is a bully problem at school, she decides to investigate the situation. But after seeing the bully for herself, she shares a story about a forest that was full of smooth yellow stones, and how the animals living there changed a pointy stone they found into a smooth stone so that it wouldn't hurt any tender paws.

Chester, Ronny, and Cassy follow the spirit of Mrs. Raccoon's story when they next encounter the Bully. Approaching him as a group, they invite him to play, proving that the best way to get rid of an enemy is to make him or her a friend.

This book encourages children to understand that many child bullies are themselves unhappy and gives readers a good …

Getting Personal: Doctor's visit

This month end I plan to visit two doctors. First the eye doctor to replace my glasses and also our family doctor because I've been having ongoing joint pains and feeling lightheaded or fatigued. Wish me luck that it's something minor. Love you guys.

P.S.: No Friday post this week but Saturday I will be back to posting book reviews.

Book Blitz: Breaking the Reins by Juliana Haygert

Please Note: Woven by co-author David king has been cancelled by it's publisher. But what is truly awful is the reason behind it. I will discuss my feelings in another post but click Amber on Woven Being Unfairly Pulled for more details.

Today I'm participating the Book Blitz for author Juliana Haygert. A fine blogger and novelist, her latest book is sure to be both pleasing to the eyes and the reader soul in all of us.

Breaking the Reins by Juliana
Release Date: 08/19/13
Summary from Goodreads: Horses,
mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To
others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the
truth. She lives it.

After a fire takes her grandma's life and kills her horse, Hannah's immaculate
life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her
grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business;
Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that …

The Next Big Monsters?

Please Note: I have been behind on my book reviews. While I will try to post this Saturday, there won't be one tomorrow. So my next post will be Wednesday where I'll be participating in a book blitz. See you there.

I was tagged by Nancy Laronda for The Next Big Thing. The last time I did this it was fun and today I hope this one will be as much fun for you to read as it was for me to write.

1. What is the working title of your book.

Monster City.

2. Where did the idea come from for your book?

In May while reading Best/Worst Movie Blogfest & Monster Madness Day 7 on Dani's blog I saw an image which was just a white box with the words 'I just told the monster under my bed that rent is due'. And because my brain is a crazy idea generator what do I get? An idea for a novel? But not just any novel, it turns into an MG novel which I was always terrified of writing. Why? Because I'm uncomfortable with the restrictions in writing MG. They're things you can do i…

Express My Fantasy

This week's question: Which book/movie do you wish you lived in?

Harry Potter for books and X-Men for movies. Both of these worlds are rich in setting and character. Who wouldn't want to use a wand or hang out with Wolverine? Bad news? Voldemort and Mutant Bashing/Sentinels respectively.

Still sick but on the bright side I got the games I ordered from Amazon. Including Final Fantasy IX since from last year it's nearly impossible to find PS1 games in local stores. Enjoy your weekend and no review tomorrow so see you Monday when I will be doing The Next Big Thing that I was tagged for by Nancy.

Out of Play and Big News

Please Note: Due to life and a bad afternoon of the flu I will not post tomorrow. Will be back on Friday.

I had planned to post about this book on it's release day but life got in the way. I purchased my e-copy last Tuesday August 6 after 3:00 a.m. and can proudly say I grabbed a copy right on time on release day. Congrats Jolene and Nyrae on your newest collaboration! So without further ado.

Blurb: Rock star drummer Bishop Riley doesn't have a drug problem. Celebrities—especially ones suffering from anxiety—just need a little help taking the edge off sometimes. After downing a few too many pills, Bishop wakes up in the hospital facing an intervention. If he wants to stay in the band, he’ll have to detox while under house arrest in Seldon, Alaska.  Hockey player Penny Jones can't imagine a life outside of Seldon. Though she has tons of scholarship offers to all the best schools, the last thing she wants is to leave. Who'll take care of her absentminded gramps? Not her m…

Switched Cover Reveal and Anti-Blogfest Gary Fest

*Drumroll* The cover for Switched by Cassie Mae will be

Blurb: Kayla likes Talon, who's dating her best friend Reagan. Wesley likes Reagan, who's dating his best friend Talon.
Complicated? Just a little bit.

Kayla and Wesley have only one thing in common: loving their best friend's significant other. So when they've had enough lonely nights, they contrive a plan to switch it up. By the end of the year, all four friends will be happy, nestled in the arms of their soul mates. They just need to pull it off without their best friends catching on.

But as their plan unfolds, guilt sets in, and Kayla wonders if Talon is more important than her friendship with Reagan. It doesn't help Wesley is questioning whether Reagan is the girl for him, or if he's meant to be with someone else.

Switching partners looks possible, but it may not be the perfect ending Kayla and Wesley had planned. Purchase: Random House About The Author: Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core fro…

Book Review: Undead and Unfed by Kirsty McKay

Undead by Kirsty McKay
Genre: Horror, Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: AmazonBarnes and NobleThe Book Depository

Summary: Out of sight, out of their minds: It's a school-trip splatter fest and completely not cool when the other kids in her class go all braindead on new girl Bobby.

The day of the ski trip, when the bus comes to a stop at a roadside restaurant, everyone gets off and heads in for lunch. Everyone, that is, except Bobby, the new girl, who stays behind with rebel-without-a-clue Smitty. 

Then hours pass. Snow piles up. Sun goes down. Bobby and Smitty start to flirt. Start to stress. Till finally they see the other kids stumbling back. 

But they've changed. And not in a good way. Straight up, they're zombies. So the wheels on the bus better go round and round freakin' fast, because that's the only thing keeping Bobby and Smitty from becoming their classmates' next meal. It's kill or be killed in these hunger games, heads are gonna roll, and…

Time To Celebrate and Express Myself

Celebrate the small things is a weekly meme hosted by VikLit. Today I have a few things to be grateful for.

1. For August I won $100 in Amazon GiftCards. $50 from one giveaway and two worth $25. Putting them to good use I bought loads of ebooks including Pop Travel, Friday Night Alibi, Secondary Characters and all the books by Jen Nauman that I still hadn't purchased. I'm waiting for a win from a few TBD giveaway entries to get Paperback because it cost over $10 at Amazon just for me to ship one book Jamaica. Sometimes it cost more than the book, no way am I doing that again (did it once years ago to get Catching Fire and the worst part was that it arrived late and even Amazon was starting to wonder if it got lost in the mail. NEVER AGAIN). Anyway, I'm super grateful for these wins and thank God for giving me the chance not to just get more books that I love but also purchase books my talented blogger friends have written.

2.  I bought From the Ashes by Jessica K. MCKendr…

No Post Today

I'm not posting today so until tomorrow you can either read my IWSG Post or if you have already please read and comment on my post about Secondary Characters by Rachel S. Thank you.

Faerie War Cover Reveal and IWSG: Doing Good and New Genre

Today I'm participating in the cover reveal for The Faerie War by Rachel Morgan. The Creepy Hollow series continues and while her books never disappoints, the covers are always find a way to astound us. Just look below and see for yourself.

The fate of the faerie world is in her hands...

Title: The Faerie War Series: Creepy Hollow, Book Three Author: Rachel Morgan Cover Designer: Morgan Media Publication Date: Oct 2013

Add on Goodreads Find the Creepy Hollow series on Amazon

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Insecure Writers Support Group is hosted by Alex Cavanaugh and once per month on the first Wednesday we meet and reveal our insecurities to fellow bloggers for release and support. This month I'm doing fine, I do have a stubborn cold but it doesn't make me unable to go about my day. Just a random annoying cough and some fatigue. Also I won three amazon gift cards and bought a huge stack of e-books including those by some of my blogging friends (: I …

Book Review: Secondary Characters by Rachel Schieffelbein and Jamaica's Independence Day

Secondary Characters by Rachel Schieffelbein
Genre: YA Romance
Source: Bought ebook at Amazon
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Summary on Goodreads: When Mabel's best friend, Amber, drags her along on a double date she finds herself falling for Lance, the obnoxious class clown whom she swore she'd have no interest in. The only problem is, she's not sure if she's really the girl Lance is into, or if, like every other guy she knows, it's really Amber he's after. One thing is clear, if Mabel wants to be the lead in her own love story, she needs to start acting like it.


Mabel is the typical overlooked best friend but this novella by Rachel Schieffelbein is far from typical. No one miraculously becomes more popular than they are at the start, no sex, the guy's not some pseudo abusive douche and Mabel doesn't try to overthrow or change Amber. These are just a few of the reasons why this book is set apart and a great read for all ages, not just teenage…