Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Touch of Nerves by D.C. Hampton Giveaway & Review


Synopsis 

A FRESH LOOK AT 21ST CENTURY TERRORISM
--New novel explores America’s role in the Middle East

When Army Captain Ben Hawkins discovers chemical weapons missing from a military research facility, he begins an investigation into preventing a possible terrorist attack. The suspects? Two rogue Iranian agents who blame the deaths of their family members on the United States. What Hawkins doesn’t expect is to find himself forced to decide whether to risk his career—and possible arrest—to stop the attack, even if it means working with a foreign agent.

D.C. Hampton’s debut novel, A Touch of Nerves, may be set on the battlefield of America’s “War on Terror,” but the book is a far cry from your typical action narrative. Inspired by his two sons who served in Iraq and the Persian Gulf during the Iraq War and his own time serving in the U.S. Army, Hampton brings depth and humanity to characters that might otherwise be painted in the two-dimensional “hero” or “villain” archetypes. With Hampton’s passion for history and global affairs, A Touch of Nerves brings a fresh perspective to the long history of tension between the United States and Iran.

“I wanted to write a story that was worth telling, realistic and suspenseful,” says Hampton. “I believe the book is entertaining, but it also sheds light on the complex relationship between Iran and the United States and explores the complex emotions and issues that drive some individuals to commit terrible acts.”

“The story includes a wealth of details as Hampton weaves a complex plot,” writes Kirkus Reviews. “A conceivable threat and suspense-filled plot keep readers engaged until the end. Hampton eschews the genre’s typical plot holes and vague facts and his handle on international relations gives the terrorists credible motivations.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D.C. Hampton holds an MA and PhD in Audiology from Columbia University and has been published extensively in the field. He has done graduate work in history and has always been interested in international relations. Though he has been extensively published in medical and trade publications, A Touch of Nerves is his first foray into fiction.


My Review:

This was a really interesting book about the people behind the scenes that risk their lives to stop terrorism. There were a lot of interesting characters that were intertwined with each other. I did not get all the connection until the end of the book. However I thought that there was too much war lingo, and I was easily lost. There were also a lot of abbreviations ( IFF, MAD, IAD, CID, etc) and I do not know what they mean. I would have liked a list at the end that described the terminology. I did find the book entertaining and I was worried about the missing weapons. I liked the ending and I would like to read more of these characters. I am giving this book a 3/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.




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Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes Review


After losing her son in an elementary school shooting that devastates the tight-knit community of Stillwater Bay, Jennifer Crowne finds herself unable to settle back into her role of perfect stay-at-home mom and committee organizer. Meanwhile, her best friend, Mayor Charlotte Stone, struggles to keep the town together, and Charlotte’s husband, the school principal, may not be the hero everyone thinks him to be.

As they try to heal from this irrevocable trauma, Jenn and Charlotte find themselves at a crossroads—within the town and within their friendship. For Jenn, broken and grieving, there is no going back, and she demands that the school be closed so that she can bury the past. Yet Charlotte is equally desperate to hold the town together, fighting the school closure and helping the shooter’s mother regain her place in the community. Jenn and Charlotte’s relationship is put to the ultimate test as each weighs her own interests against the bonds of their friendship.



My Review:

This is a very important topic and it is happening more and more. I live in Connecticut where the Newtown School shooting just happened. There were parts in the book when the grief was overwhelming. However this is something that I hope to never experience and therefore could not really relate to the characters. The townsfolk I could relate to and the question of the school's future was also relate-able. There were a lot of townsfolk and I am still not sure that I have them all straight in my head. I did like the plot and I would like to read more of this series to figure out the characters. I am giving this book a 3/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DEVIATION by Christine Manzari Excerpt & Giveaway


This post is part of a cover reveal for the re-release of Christine Manzari's DEVIATION. One randomly drawn winner will be awarded a $25 Amazon/BN gift card. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?

Enjoy an excerpt:

My hands were shaking. My blood was on fire and my skin was crawling as if my insides were actually boiling. Air. I needed air. I tried to crawl off the bed and get to the window, but the words from the email were blazing through me — a bellowing inferno of indignation.

Donors.

Cease and Desist.

Property.

Punishment.

Indiscretions.

Revoked.

Trusted.

My hands covered my ears as the words screamed through my head. Or was I screaming?

Pressure was building inside me and I just wanted to let it go, to feel relief. It was too much. I was too hot.

Exhale.

The computer exploded, throwing flaming plastic and metal across the bed. The television answered with its own death, spewing its fiery innards onto the desk and floor, igniting the carpet instantly. The rage in my chest echoed like a heartbeat and with each pulse, something in the room burst into flames. In less than a minute, I was surrounded by broken and burning bits of my room, all of them melting or on fire. A small untouched circle of floor under my feet was my haven, my island in the disaster. Flames raced up the drapes, licking at the ceiling as shards of glass from the window fell inward with an eerie tinkling.

I stared in disbelief, unable to move, as the room burned around me and smoke curled to the ceiling like agitated ghosts. The goldfish flopped helplessly among the wet rubble of his shattered home. Pictures hanging on the wall curled up in the heat, catching flame and falling to the floor in large, ashy flakes.

What had I done?


About the Author:
The first thing Christine does when she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.

Website: www.christinemanzari.com
Email: christine@christinemanzari.com
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Psychopomp by Angela Roquet Interview & Giveaway


Psychopomp

Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc.

Book Four

Angela Roquet

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Date of Publication: October 14, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1502721488

ISBN-10: 1502721481

ASIN: B00NQDQB0Q

Number of pages: 300

Word Count: 63,000

Cover Artist: Angela Roquet



Book Description:


In war, everyone loses...

Reaper Lana Harvey is finding out the hard way. When Grim's new second in command, Jenni Fang, recruits her for a special mission, the biggest victory over the rebels is tainted by a crushing and immediate reprisal. The rebels have a new general working in the shadows of Limbo City, luring gods, reapers, demons, and souls to the dark side.

The Afterlife Council’s orders to locate the new rebel base are overshadowed by a desperate and mysterious plea from Grim to find the abducted Greek god of sleep, Hypnos. Where Lana and Jenni find one, they hope to find the other. But some discoveries have a way of bringing one to their knees.

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About the Author:



Urban fantasy author Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, and random craft supplies. Her obsessions include the Wizard of Oz, over-sweetened coffee, and all things Joss Whedon. She's a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you're doing isn't hurting anyone, she's a fan of you, too.



Angela lives in Sedalia, Missouri with her husband and son. When she's not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows. GRAVEYARD SHIFT, the first novel in Angela's Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series, is now available for FREE on Kindle, Nook, & Smashwords.

Interview

Where are you from?
Sedalia, MO

Tell us your latest news?
My sixth novel (fourth in my Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series) was recently released, and now I’m working on a Lana short story for an anthology.

When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a teen. I’ve always enjoyed storytelling, though I wanted to tell stories via television at first. I wrote a lot of scripts for an animated series I wanted to create, until a high school English teacher told me I should try novel writing.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Officially? Probably after I saw my first book in print, in October of 2009.

What inspired you to write your first book?
A love of urban fantasy, mythology, and world religions.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m not sure how to peg my own writing style. I suppose that’s for readers to decide, but I aim for adventure and humor.

How did you come up with the title?
Psychopomp, like the other titles in the series, has a bit of a double meaning to it. The word itself is Greek and means spirit guide, responsible for escorting souls to the afterlife. The psycho portion of the word also applies to Lana a bit in this novel. Certain things push her close to the edge in this book.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My novels are primarily to entertain, but I am an advocate for religious tolerance. I hope that by setting Lana’s world in an afterlife that includes everyone’s flavor of faith, that message of tolerance shines through at least a little bit.

How much of the book is realistic?
Erm… I guess that all depends on what your vision of the afterlife is. lol. I’m atheist, so for me, absolutely none of it is realistic. For my Christian readers, a small—very small sliver of it might seem realistic. While I use well-known figures from various religions and mythologies, their personalities and actions are all completely from the recesses of my imagination.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think everything in life is inspiring to some degree, but very little that happens in my novels is directly linked to any real person or event.

What books have influenced your life most?
I’ve read so many. It’s really hard to list only a few… but I’ll try.
1)    “The Age of Spiritual Machines” by Ray Kurzweil
2)    “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn
3)    “A Dirty Job” by Christopher Moore
4)    “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire
5)    “Stiff” by Mary Roach
6)    “Not in Kansas Anymore” by Christine Wicker

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Joss Whedon. He’s not a novelist, but he is one hell of a screenwriter. His character development is amazing. He’s also the best at preserving humor through the darkest of scenes. Everything about his stories feels so original and well-rounded.

What book are you reading now?
“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s my book club’s pick of the month.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’m going to plug my critique partners here, since I adore them.
Kory Shrum’s debut “Dying for a Living” is my absolute favorite zombie take! In the world of her protagonist, Jesse Sullivan, zombie is a dirty word. Necronite would be the politically correct term. As a necronite, Jesse finds work as a death replacement agent, taking on customers’ deaths so that they can have a second chance at life. Jesse body comes back to life a few hours later, a few thousand dollars richer. Everyone is happy. Well, maybe not everyone.
Monica La Porta isn’t exactly new to writing, with two series, but her novels are a lot of fun. Her newest series, The Immortals, is set in gorgeous Rome. I’m a sucker for mythology and supernatural creatures, and this series features them both! Each book in the series also features a new steamy romance.

What are your current projects?
I’m working on a Lana Harvey short story for an anthology that I’ll be co-editing this winter, and then it’s back to work on the new series I’m launching in the spring.

What would you like my readers to know?

That they’re awesome and to keep reading! Also, if you enjoy reading indie authors, the most amazing thing you can do to let them know is leave reviews online. We really appreciate that more than you know! : )

You can find Angela online at www.angelaroquet.com

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Rehab is for Witches Anthology Excerpt & Interviews

 

Rehab is for Witches Anthology
Various Authors
Published By- SideStreet Cookie Publishing
Publication Date- October 31st, 2014

Welcome to Little Raven: an unsullied, beautiful woodland hamlet in the heart of the Midwest. The sort of place where furry creatures romp about and spend their days bursting into song.
Actually, that’s a giant pack of lies.
Little Raven is a town…for witches.
And some of those witches might have bent the rules. A teensy bit. When six magical miscreants dabble with black magic, they end up together at Incantations, the town’s rehab center for witches gone awry. It’s a slap on the wrist for naughty witches. Pretty much a daycare center so they don’t wander off and start turning people into newts on a whim. Each witch must work through her addiction to black magic, and follow the tenets designed to lead them back to the path of the straight and narrow, as boring as that sounds. Even if following the tenets sucks worse than a group round of kum-bay-ya. Which sucks. Horribly.
We will admit we are powerless over magic—that our lives have become unmanageable.
We will make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of the Goddess as we understand Her.
We will make a searching and fearless moral and magical inventory of ourselves.
We will admit to the Goddess, to ourselves, and to another being the exact nature of our magical wrongs.
We will make a list of all persons or beings we have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all.
We will make direct amends to such beings whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
We are entirely ready to bow before the Goddess and have Her remove all our defect of character, even at the risk of being entirely stripped of our magic.
But this is just the start. There’s something rotten in Little Raven, something that seeks to take all the magic it can, and devour the inhabitants in the process. It will take the strength and power of all the witches to defeat the darkness seeping into their town, beat it back, and be rid of it forever…and maybe just make it through rehab while they’re saving the world.


The Authors & Titles-

Tara S. Wood - A Trunk Full of Peril

Tyffani Clark Kemp - A Diary Full of Names

Cynthia Valero - A Cauldron Full of Goodbyes

Miranda Stork - A Closet Full of Demons

J. A. Howell - A Basement Full of Secrets

Elle J Rossi - A Suitcase Full of Revenge