Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Review of Carpe DiEmily by Riley J. Ford

Well, here I am to prove again that I don't have a favorite genre...I just like great characters. This book really proved it to me, once again. I DON'T HAVE A FAVORITE GENRE PEOPLE! JUST SAYIN'. This book proved it in it's awesomeness because romantic comedy is not my genre, but as I have already reiterated, I don't have a genre anymore. LOL! You should all check out this book!

Carpe DiEmily by Riley J. Ford!

Here is a description straight from Ms. Ford's website 

Emily Keane has her life all planned out. She’s played by the rules and never stepped outside her box, and now she will finally be rewarded with everything she always dreamed of: a job promotion, a fiancĂ©, and a future she can count on. But when her perfectly planned world falls apart, Emily is plunged into the wildest year of her life.
From the beaches of California to Jamaica, New York, and Europe, Emily finds herself on a madcap race against time, running from an unscrupulous organ broker who wants her dead, all the while checking items off her unusual bucket list. On top of it all, she’s falling in love with the most unlikely person, a man who can never return her feelings . . . but will his friendship be enough?
Confronting one hilarious misadventure after another, Emily finally learns who she really is and how to seize the day . . .

So why did I like this book so much. 

Characters: Awesome! So Awesome! If I had one complaint about books by some authors, it's that the characters are all the same. There really is little difference between all of the characters. They get hard to follow. Emily is not everyone else, she spends most of her time with life following a certain set of prescribed rules and never deviating from them. Her neuroses make her the perfect character to fall into the various misadventures of this book. She is hilarious and so, so unsure of who she really is. Great character! Simone is another one that is really a person all of her own. I have met people like her that are so willing to take people at face value and believe in them 100%. Even when they are wrong, they don't hold onto that, and still look at each person individually. One of those free spirits, ya know? All of the characters in this book made it a real joy to read. Bravo Ms. Ford!

Locations: Emily just about goes everywhere int he world in this book and each place that she is goes to is more interesting, with lots of local color to keep it interesting. I really believed that I was in Jamaica, New York, and various locations in Europe! My favorites were Jamaica with Simone, and Pamplona with Tyler! I really felt like I was there in those places! Awesome writing.

Themes: Who are you? Is your life all that you want it to be? If it's not, why not? Should one take the leap to get to know themselves? How do we do that? One should never judge by first glances. Things are never as they seem. Great themes. I believe that it is these themes that elevated this book from just okay to awesome. It is obvious that Ms. Ford thought about these things as she was writing. The great thing is that the themes did what all great themes do...they melted into the story so I didn't really think about hem until I finished the book and was thinking about it after words. This is more impressive than I can put words to.

Altogether, I would recommend this book to anyone that likes romantic comedies, or to anyone that likes well-drawn characters. Such a great book, I don't even know what to say, except give it a try.

You can pick it up at:

Barnes and Noble

or go to Amazon and pick up the first half of this book for free and try it out!
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Enter the JEN MINKMAN Giveaway!

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The Space in Between
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When Moira helps out her sister and brother in a Wiccan ritual on Halloween, the last thing she expects is to be swept away to a mystical wilderness. Sitting within the stones of the ancient circle of Penmaenmawr, Wales, she's convinced it's an illusion. But the dark-haired, handsome man with amnesia that Moira meets during her trance cannot be blinked away like a dream.
Hayko, the mysterious stranger, won’t let go. After returning home from her stone circle adventure, she is beckoned back night after night to the outlandish dreamland by an invisible force. But the hardest part isn't having to fight the terrifying creatures of these nightmares--it's realizing she’s falling for a guy without a past who isn’t real.
What if you really can fall in love with the man of your dreams?
All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.
But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?
Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.
Julia has been in love with Michael for years. He’s the hottest guy in school, and she can’t believe her luck when they finally hit it off during Senior Prom. Her dream doesn’t last, though: after a few dates, he callously dumps her out of the blue. Summer vacation starts with Julia feeling heart-broken and miserable.But then she rescues Michael in the woods when he has a motorcycle accident in a heavy thunderstorm. From that point onward, her life is turned upside down. Michael has changed completely after the blow to the head that nearly killed him... and he wants her back. But why is he so different? And will she be able to trust him this time around?Can the boy who broke your heart ever win it back again . . ?
#1 The Island Series
'I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.
Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.
If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier - the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that's what everyone says. I have never seen one.'
Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason - they believe in illusions. That's what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?
Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?
#2 The Island Series
The first memory I have of my grandfather is of a moment that we share together. I'm sitting on his knee looking out over the harbor. Grandpa is smoking a pipe. He points at the horizon.
"Look, Walt. Our ships are out there. And one day, another even more beautiful ship will appear at the horizon. A mighty ship to take us all away. And Annabelle will be at the front deck with open arms, inviting us all to join her on board."
"Why don't we sail to her ourselves?" I inquire wide-eyed.
"Because she promised she would come," granddad replies. "And in that promise we trust. It's only the Unbelievers who think they can do everything themselves. They have no faith in the Goddess."
Walt lives in Hope Harbor, an island community that has put its trust in salvation from across the sea. The townspeople wait patiently, build their ships to sail out and welcome the Goddess, and piously visit the temple every week. Horror stories to scare their children are told about the Unbelievers on the other side of Tresco.
But not all is what it seems. Walt has questions that no one can answer, and when his best friend and cousin Yorrick is killed in an accident, he digs deeper to find out the truth about the origins of Hope Harbor's society... and the secrets of the temple.
Return to the world of The Island and discover what Walt's life was like before and after he met Leia!
#3 The Island Series
‘The world is never-ending.I never realized just how much space there is – how far and wide the water around our island stretches out. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I may have believed that a second Wall ran around Tresco, containing the infinite waters so we wouldn’t all wash over the edge and plummet down into the depths.’
Leia and Walt are on their way to the Other Side, where the legendary land of Cornwall awaits them. Tony, their new friend, has told them that all wars of the past have been forgotten and the citizens of Bodmin and Dartmoor live in peace. People adhere to the tenets of an old religion that preaches forgiveness and non-violence.However, Walt and Leia soon discover that even a peace-loving, ideal society like this one may have its flaws. While on a forbidden trip to Exeter, the old city of their ancestors, the two Islanders discover more about the new world than they ever bargained for.
Secrets run dark and passions run deep in this thrilling conclusion to the Island novella series.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Guest Post: HilyBee on The Authorship Program

Hey all! I thought this was a pretty cool thing and I wanted to bring it to your attention as soon as possible. HilyBee has been working with author Stephanie Lennox to inform everyone about Stephanie's new writing program! Hilybee's guest post will tell you every thing you need to know! Take it away, Bee!

Hey guys, HilyBee here!  I'm here to tell you about a new writing program coming out for authors.  The amazing and talented Stephanie Lennox came up with this brand-new 15 step program for success called.... The Authorship Program!

Learn all about the program and Stephanie here.  Basically this program is to help authors become successful, feel accomplished, find/create a good support system, and focus on YOU while writing your book.  This inspirational, 15 step program will help you get what you want from your book.  The best part?  You choose how fast or slow to go!

The program/book  will officially launch on May 10, 2014.  Until then, Stephanie has decided to  giveaway free mini lessons on becoming a whole writer.  To get these free mini-lessons, sign up for her newsletter here (super simple, just add your email!).

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

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The Extractor by Emily Walker

A detective tries to solve the mystery of disappearances surrounding a dentist who is more horrifying then he could ever imagine.

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