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Monday, December 10, 2018

Guest Post: Conversion by Maria Hammarblad

I want to start with a big Thank You for welcoming me to the blog. It's a pleasure to be here!

Most of my books are science fiction romances, and from time to time, people ask why my aliens and people on other worlds seem so human. In "Conversion" they seem human because they are - they left Earth a long time ago and colonized other worlds. But even in my other books, most aliens resemble humans.

I find it interesting to imagine what life on other worlds might look like. If there is life out there, it probably doesn't resemble us at all. I mean, life takes on so many shapes on our planet alone, and it would develop along quite different lines on another world. It's easy to assume life would take on our physical build with arms, legs, a head, a mouth, and eyes, because it's what we're used to. In reality, it could be anything.

Luckily, I'm not a scientist. As a writer, I can take creative license and make things up. I'd like to think love can be indifferent to species, but romantic love and physical attraction is rooted in basic needs. That doesn't sound sexy at all, but I still think romantic love requires a certain biological compatibility to make it feasible. If the hero resembled a gigantic stapler with tentacles, the heroine would be more likely to fall for the human comic sidekick.

Thus, my aliens are conveniently shaped like us, attractive, and share our basic DNA. Life as a writer is wonderful - if I can imagine it, it can happen.

Maria


Conversion
by Maria Hammarblad
Genre: Space Opera
Publisher: Sadowski Media
June 16, 2014
ISBN: 1500214736
ASIN: B00L1YQUSA
Number of pages: 100
Word Count: 19226
Cover Artist: Juan Villar Padron
Run for your life, or submit to the Conversion!

Rhodesia runs through the forest, hunted by creatures wearing the faces of people she loves. They plead to her to wait in the voices of her family, and the sound sends chills down her back. What is worse? Succumbing, and becoming a mindless drone with the others, or perishing in the forest, alone?

Roy Planter is a man with a mission, and he has no intention of staying on a plague-ridden planet where more humans turn into mindless drones every day. Being stuck in a city, grouped with a sword-wielding stick insect of a man and a busty blonde with a too vivid sense of humor are only temporary setbacks. He's leaving, first chance he gets. At least that's what he thinks until Rhodesia arrives. Caring for someone will not make his life easier, but can he really leave her behind?


Excerpt:
How could such a small building have so many stairs?

A soft shuffling noise caught Rhodesia’s attention. It was too stealthy to be anyone she knew.

Had the Nats made it in here? They could have been waiting.

Alone and unarmed. Great.

She jogged down the corridor as quietly as she could. Maybe they wouldn’t see her if she got around the corner.

Planter stepped out of the shadows, surprising her. She almost yelped and gave them away.

He slammed an arm around her waist and pulled her into a small closet. She had to press herself against him to fit in the nook, but at the moment physical closeness came second to brewing panic.

Were they close?

How would it feel to be assimilated?

Would anything of her own self remain?

Her imagination painted out a process of melting, her mind losing cohesion, memories and identity vanishing, and becoming a part of a new whole; the whole of the machine.

“Shh.”

He pulled her closer, clearly trying to get her attention, and she realized she was breathing with noisy puffs of air. Planter hushed her again and she buried her face against his chest to quiet her panting.

He might not like having her close, but he’d just have to live with it.

About the Author
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Maria Hammarblad is a Swedish author and bass player whose fascination with books started early. Before she could read or write, she made her mother staple papers together to resemble books. She drew suns in them and claimed they were "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun. The four-year-old also claimed her existence on Earth was a mistake, the result of a horrible mix-up, and that her real family would come to bring her home to her own planet at any time. This didn't happen, but her fascination with books and other worlds stayed with her.

Besides novels, she also writes award-winning screenplays, enjoys photography, and works with animal rescue organizations.


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Book Review: Fractured Faery Trilogy by Helen Harper

Fractured Faery Trilogy
by Helen Harper
Box of Frogs (Fractured Faery #1)
July 5, 2018 - 282 pages
Quiver of Cobras (Fractured Faery #2)
July 5, 2018 - 408 pages
Skulk of Foxes (Fractured Faery #3)
August 1, 2018 - 320 pages
Book 1 blurb
One corpse. Several bizarre looking attackers. Some very strange magical powers. And a severe bout of amnesia. Madrona is not having a great week. It’s going to be okay though. All she has to do is find out who she really is, protect a soap star from being attacked by a stalker and work out why so many people seem so afraid of her. Because surely she’s a good person. Right? This is book one of a new urban fantasy trilogy and does contain an edge of your seat cliffhanger!

Fractured Faery is author Helen Harper’s most recent series. Released summer 2018, I read the trilogy this fall. To date, I’ve never been disappointed by Harper story. Her work is stellar. I highly recommend this series, this author as well as two previous series, Highland Magic and The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic.

Fractured Faery is an urban fantasy centered on Madrona, a young fae woman of considerable power who also happens to have amnesia. Madrona’s misadventures begin when she wakes up on golf course beside a dead body. Madrona must unravel the person she was before she can fully realize who she wants to be. As is typical in a Harper vehicle, Madrona has a tenuous ally in Morgan, the gorgeous fae bar owner. Madrona and Morgan share a complicated past, except Madrona doesn’t remember any of it.

This series has it all; fantasy, suspense, action, romance, and well-crafted characters. Fractured faery is fun and funny.

While I preferred the first two installments to the third, I’d still give the overall trilogy five sheep.







Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
After teaching English literature in the UK, Japan and Malaysia, Helen Harper left behind the world of education following the worldwide success of her Blood Destiny series of books. She is a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and writes full time although she still fits in creative writing workshops with schools along with volunteering to teach reading to a group of young Myanmar refugees. That’s not to mention the procession of stray cats which seem to find their way to her door!

Book Review: The Darkest Captive: A Lords of the Underworld Novella by Gena Showalter


The demon possessed beast wants his beauty back, and he’ll do anything to win her. Even war with a god king.

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Gena Showalter, comes THE DARKEST CAPTIVE, a new novella in her addictive bestselling Lords of the Underworld Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today


by Gena Showalter
December 4, 2018
161 pages
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter comes a new story in her Lords of the Underworld series… 

For centuries, Galen the Treacherous has been the most hated immortal in the Underworld. With good reason! This bad boy of bad boys has lied, stolen, cheated and killed with abandon. Possessed by the demons of Jealousy and False Hope, he has always lived for a single purpose: destroy everything.

Then he met her.

Former demon turned human femme fatale — Legion Honey -- sought to kill Galen, but ended up parting with her virginity instead. Afraid of their sizzling connection, she ran away…and ended up trapped in hell, tortured and abused in the worst of ways. Now she’s free, and a shell of herself, afraid of her own shadow. 

Galen's hunger for Legion has only grown. Now the warrior with nothing to lose must help her rekindle the fire that once burned inside her. But as desires blaze white-hot, will Legion run again? Or will the unlikely pair succumb to love at long last?


**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

What a read! Sadly, 161 pages is just not enough! This author comes hard (and I mean that in ALL ways) with every single aspect of her stories. Action and adventure are dripping from the pages and the steamy sex scenes......meoooooow!

I love everything Gena has created and will continue to be a fan. She writes with colorful meaning and brings to life these awesome characters. Love it. All I want is more. 

Give me more and give it now! Getting 5 sheep.






KD 



About the Author:
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, she’s been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours–and her books have been translated in multiple languages. She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com 

Gena Showalter’s THE DARKEST CAPTIVE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
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December 6th
Bout-a-Book blog – Review
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Rantings of a Reading Addict – Review & Excerpt
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Binding Addiction – Review & Excerpt
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December 8th
Canadian Book Addict – Review & Excerpt
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December 9th
3 Degrees of Fiction – Review
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I Smell Sheep – Review & Excerpt
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The Book Branch – Excerpt
December 10th
A Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt
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December 11th
Cinta Garcia de la Rosa – Excerpt
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Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt
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Little Shop of Readers – Review & Excerpt
Ms. Me28 – Review & Excerpt
Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt
Ruby's Books – Review & Excerpt
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All Things Dark & Dirty – Review & Excerpt
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Beneath The Covers – Review & Excerpt
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My Book Filled Life –Review & Excerpt
Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt
Shahla's World – Review
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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Here are some fun gift ideas! I bought something on this page. Can you guess which thing? Do you need a Snoop Dog cookbook? Some horror ornaments? Paper made from Elephant poo? Yes, you do!

Excerpt Spotlight: Slow Shift by Nazarea Andrews


Slow Shift
by Nazarea Andrews
321 pages
December 6, 2018
One angry, grieving boy.
Chase DeWitt is fourteen when his mother dies and he stumbles into the woods beyond his home, angry and heartbroken. He didn’t know that it would change the course of his life.

Two broken, lonely men.
Tyler Reid is twenty-three, grumpy and angry, trying to take care of an injured brother, and rebuilding a life blind hatred destroyed in one night.
But he understands the boy who stumbles out of the woods and into his life, understands the grief in his eyes and the rage that makes him shake. And there is something in that familiar grief that makes Tyler trust Chase, when trusting humans has only ever lead to disaster.

And a falling down house they make a home.
As the summer passes and the years turn, Chase cares for Tyler’s brother, helps him rebuilding the house in the woods, as they help each other rebuild a life beyond the little house, Chase realizes two important things: these men matter to him, could be family.
And they are not nearly as human as they seem.

It takes three weeks for Tyler to pin Chase down, and by then he doesn’t even feel bad anymore, he’s just—he’s furious.

He’s furious because Chase dated other people and Tyler never treated him like a pariah, furious because Chase won’t even listen to him, just pulls away, furious because it doesn’t mean anything, ended before it began, because she wasn’t Chase.

He’s furious when he shoves into Aurora Black’s lakehouse and finds Chase laying on the couch, smelling of vodka and misery.

“You asshole.”

“We’re not doing this,” Chase says, sitting up. He wobbles and Tyler wonders how much he drank, before he remembers how pissed he is.

“Look, you want to date,” Chase says abruptly, “Fine. Go date. I’m not going to stop you.”

“You’re just going to stop talking to me,” Tyler spits, “You’re going to take away my Pack.”

Chase flinches but he doesn’t deny it, doesn’t defend himself at all.

“I—that was a shitty thing for me to do,” he says, “And I’m sorry. Ok? It just surprised me.”

“I’m not fucking dating her,” Tyler snaps, “I took her out to let her know it wasn’t gonna work out. I was breaking up with her.”

“Why were you even with her to begin with?” Chase demands.

Tyler snarls and pulls him off the couch, shaking him and shoving him against the wall. Chase’s hands are defensive against his shoulders, but they’re warm and pulling him closer. Tyler presses into his throat, presses the words there, like a secret, “Because I can’t be with you.”



About the Author:
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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binge-watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.