Reading Links 3/13/18
- http://colleenchesebro.com/2018/03/07/fairies-myths-magic-2018-2018-author-spotlight-guest-posts-meet-elliot-from-the-fire-born-by-trent-p-mcdonald/ Fictional character indeed. Next, you’ll be saying that I believe in Fairies.
Uhm, Elliot? Colleen is the Fairy Whisperer, you know. Belief in fairies is, well, we all do around here. Besides, you believe in some pretty fantastical things yourself. Just saying.
Right, then, I’ll give you that some, a-hum, my brother, cough, cough, uhm, that some people don’t always respect my ideas. But just because I can think outside of the box and have not confined my brain to a straitjacket, like my detractors, doesn’t mean….
- http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2018/03/review-of-beneath-the-haunting-sea-by-joanna-ruth-meyer/ Beneath the Haunting Sea, Joanna Ruth Meyer’s young adult fantasy debut novel, is a tale about fate, love, courage, selflessness, and determination built upon forgotten history, myths, and family secrets. It’s a lovely story—even a book I found rather difficult to put down during the second half—but there are some issues with its execution despite being enjoyable overall.
- https://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/book-spotlight-assassin-13-adult-dystopian/ Like all badass heroines, Lauren projects sass and grit to cover past hurts. She’s trained as an elite assassin and takes pleasure in the lives she ends to better her world. Then she ends up in 1920s Hollywood, and her purpose shifts from hit jobs to caring for and protecting others, ironically, from gangsters who were idolized in her dystopian world.
- http://pitchwars.org/reality-wedding-by-laura-heffernan-happy-release-day/ When Jen Reid escaped a reality TV cruise with her relationship intact—if not her hair—she swore she was done with the cameras for good. Sure, she and Justin met, had their first kiss, and got engaged with tape rolling, but manufactured drama and ruthless producers have shaken them up more times than she can count. With Jen’s reality-themed bakery just getting started and her brand-new lawyer fiancé in a pile of debt, they’re a long way from glitz and glamour, and that’s fine by Jen. Until the Network calls and tells her that unless she says “I do” to a wedding special, Justin will be out of a job.
- http://booksbywomen.org/about-the-author-yang-huang/ YANG HUANG grew up in China’s Jiangsu province and participated in the 1989 student uprisings. Her debut novel, Living Treasures, won the Nautilus Book Award silver medal in fiction, and her essays and short stories have appeared in The Margins, Eleven Eleven, Asian Pacific American Journal, the Evansville Review, Futures, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, and Nuvein. She lives in the Bay Area and works for the University of California, Berkeley.
- http://www.talesoftheravenousreader.com/2018/03/the-only-code-allowed-bro-code-by.html There’s pretty much only one rule when you’re a guy.
Don’t be a douche.
Turns out, the fastest way to break that rule is to fall for your best friend’s sister.”
- https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/romcom-my-bookreview-of-the-single-girls-calendar-by-eringreenauthor-brookcottagebks/ Twenty-nine year old Esmé is planning a weekend anniversary with her boyfriend of seven years. She’s hoping her romantic surprise will lead to a marriage proposal and the next step in fulfilling her dreams. Instead, she discovers something about Andrew that she cannot forgive. She leaves their shared apartment and rashly agrees to move in with four of her brother’s friends
- https://horrornovelreviews.com/2018/03/07/kyle-alexander-romines-a-sound-in-the-dark-review/ Ah, with summer coming this makes the perfect read! Kyle Alexander Romines’ A Sound in the Darkups the creep factor when it comes to camping. This one will keep you on your toes with its fast-paced action!
- http://www.briankeene.com/2018/03/08/monsters-and-animals-on-sale-now/ MONSTERS AND ANIMALSis the long-awaited two-novella prequel to J. F. Gonzalez’s seminal extreme horror novel SURVIVOR.
- https://authorsteveboseley.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/book-review-the-ghost-club-by-william-meikle/ a curious group of stories written by William Meikle, but in styles of classic authors. The author uses a fictional supper club in which all the famous writers of old have come to tell their tales as a thread to link each of these short stories together.
- http://middlegrademafia.com/2018/03/06/mg-book-launch-the-super-life-of-ben-braver-by-marcus-emerson/ Ben Braver is an ordinary kid. All he wants to do is finish his summer watching awesome TV shows and eating his favorite candy. But when some kid screams for help, Ben, like his favorite comic book heroes, tries to save the day. Let’s just say it ends badly. But it does lead him to a secret school where kids with super abilities learn to control their powers. Ben’s never had any powers—and never thought he could be special. So when he’s offered a spot at the school, Ben realizes this is his chance to become the superhero he’s always dreamed of.
- http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2018/03/new-releases-this-week-0305-0311-plus-7.html New YA releases.
- https://amytruebloodauthor.com/20-in-2018-features-blood-water-paint-and-the-midnights/ YA and MG debuts.
- http://4writersandreaders.com/2018/03/05/rrbc-book-of-the-month-pure-trash-by-bette-a-stevens-99%C2%A2-limited-time/ In this short story prequel to the author’s novel DOG BONE SOUP, Shawn and Willie Daniels are off on a Saturday adventure in search of trash to turn into treasure. It is going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd.
- http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2018/03/post-apocalyptic-pre-apocalyptic-fiction/ Books in this genre can help us to better appreciate the world we have and, in the best of cases, inspire us to action necessary to preserve and protect our actual future. They are prophecies that must not come true, and every time our society comes up with a fresh anxiety, the post-apocalyptic genre evolves to include it.
- http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-social-creature-tara-isabella-burton/ Louise is struggling to survive in New York; juggling a series of poorly paid jobs, renting a shabby flat, being cat-called by her creepy neighbour, she dreams of being a writer. And then one day she meets Lavinia. Lavinia who has everything – looks, money, clothes, friends, an amazing apartment…
- http://mysterysuspence.blogspot.com/2018/03/review-treacherous-curse.html I read and reviewed the first in the series, A Curious Beginning (click here). You may be familiar with this author. Ms. Raybourn is the author of the amazing Julia Grey historical mysteries. This series is strikingly different in the main characters. See what you think as I review the third in the series.
- http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/strange-jobs-authors-have-done-with-james-carol-the-kiss-me-kill-me-blog-tour/ She thought she could trust him. She was wrong . . .
- http://themilitantnegro.com/2018/03/06/madman-by-ws-greer/ People fear what they don’t understand. Maybe that’s why they all fear me. I’m sure they have their reasons, I just couldn’t possibly care what any of them are. As long as they’re afraid.
Born to a drug dealer father and a drug addict mother, I’ve been through enough to make a normal person lose their mind five times over. I’m not normal. Normal is for weak people, and I’m anything but weak.
- http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/we-were-the-salt-of-the-sea-roxanne-bouchard-blog-tour-review/ As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman’s nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man’s heart in knots. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he’s thrown into the deep end of the investigation. On Quebec’s outlying Gaspé Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen’s wharves. Interviews drift into idle chit-chat, evidence floats off with the tide and the truth lingers in murky waters. It’s enough to make DS Morales reach straight for a large whisky.
- https://jenanita01.com/2018/03/08/rosies-bookreviewteam-rbrt-the-likeness-by-bill-kirton-carver22-thrillermysteryromance/ Aberdeen, 1841. Woodcarver John Grant has an unusual new commission – creating a figurehead to feature onstage in the melodramas of a newly-arrived theatre group. Simultaneously, he’s also trying to unravel the mystery of the death of a young woman, whose body has been found in the filth behind the harbour’s fish sheds.
- https://stacitroilo.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/romance-thriller-gamble/ Noah Crawford is a consummate bachelor—until a one-night stand piques his interest in something more. The only problem is, she wouldn’t give him her name, and he has no way to find her.
- http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-find-you-in-the-dark-nathan-ripley/ Martin Reese has a hobby: he digs up murder victims. He buys stolen police files on serial killers, and uses them to find and dig up missing bodies. Calls in the results anonymously, taunting the police for their failure to do their job.
- https://storyempire.com/2018/03/09/when-night-comes/ Jack Turner comes back to Culpepper to give a series of lectures for his old history professor. Within days, he starts having bizarre experiences at night. Like he’s traveling back in time, experiencing the epic events in his lectures firsthand. He has no control over these experiences and can’t make them stop.
- https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/the-hat-by-c-s-boyack-rrbc/ Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.
- https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2018/03/07/review-of-mind-games-via-bookgobbler/ Frances and Martin Andrews have a serious problem; he’s addicted to pornography, and she’s addicted to spying on him to secure evidence of his transgressions. The lack of trust between them has shattered their marriage, and even counseling doesn’t offer much hope. Martin’s repeated lies render impotent his protestations that he’s changed. He desperately wants her back, but she desperately wants to be free of him.
- https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/10/smorgasbord-short-stories-tales-from-the-garden-the-sanctuary-by-sally-cronin/ Tales from the Garden reveals the secrets that are hidden beneath hedges and trees. You will discover what really happens at night as you sleep unaware in your bed. Stone statues and those hidden worlds within the earth are about to share their stories. The guardians who have kept the sanctuary safe for over fifty years will allow you to peek behind the scenes of this magical place. They will take you on a journey through time and expand your horizons as they transport you to the land of fairies, butterflies and lost souls who have found a home here
- http://colleenchesebro.com/2018/03/08/honoring-a-woman-with-a-new-book/ A Haiku Perspective 2018is a year of my life, presented through poetic observations. While it’s not your mother’s Haiku, each poem is laid out a traditional haiku format of 17 syllables spread out over 3 lines. Even if the poem is longer than 3 lines, it still maintains the 5-7-5 syllable line count for every 3 lines.
- http://www.paul-andruss.com/molly-bloom/ Years ago, when writing Finn Mac Cool, I discovered James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Joyce’s novel was based around Homer’s Odyssey: the story of a ten year journey home by the Greek hero Odysseus (or Ulysses in Latin) after the Trojan War.