Crossing by: Stacey Wallace Benefiel

17568564Title: Crossing
Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Publisher: Write Free
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Description:

He stole her lipstick…and her heart.

Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner – or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one night stands. Still, she lets go of her insecurities and falls for Liam, despite feeling like he’s holding something back.

When Dani finally discovers Liam’s secret, she must learn the true meaning of accepting the ones we love for who they are, or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book which started out with Dani Walker who’s the girl that never seems to get the “IT” guy the popular, attractive guy that the popular girls get. When she meets Liam Garrett she wonders why he’s picking her out of all the girls at school to hook up with.

What Dani learns are the secrets of Liam and why he’s not just with any girl. It was such a great love story, showing diversity and acceptance. Learning to love and accept what you may not know about some people their hidden secrets and such.

I think everyone young adult around the 18 year mark should check out this book and learn the valuable lessons Dani learns it’s such a great romantic story!

The Adventure of Tilda Pinkerton by: Angela Shelton

Title: The Adventure of Tilda Pinkerton
Author: Angela Shelton
Publisher: Quiet Owl Books
Pages: 247
Series: Book 1: Crash-Landing on Ooleeoo
Format: Paperback
Source: Premiere Virtual Book Tours

Description:

A modern Mary Poppins in space.

In the middle of cosmic danger, the electrifying secret that Tilda Pinkerton, the magical hat maker, hides from the children she teaches – becomes her most miraculous gift, securing the safety of the planet she crashes on.

Somewhere out in the Sombrero Galaxy, Tilda Pinkerton–mystical maker of mysterious, magnificent, magical hats–is being hunted by the Keeper of Darkness.

Yet Tilda simply does not recall, at all, after taking a tremendous fall.

No one on Ooleeoo, where Tilda crash-landed, knows she is from another planet. Only Star Jumper Randy can tell her—but he’s light years away, frantically searching for his missing love, desperate that without her, the entire galaxy soon may be lost.

Even in the middle of cosmic danger, Tilda loves to create hats, for which she has a rare and uncanny knack. All who receive them sparkle, in fact—and spark their innermost talent. With a Tilda hat, people can suddenly do whatever they dream of, causing brilliant ideas to grow madly.

With Gladys the toad, who thinks she’s a cat, and Frank the fish, who lives in her hat, Tilda must discover who she is and what her enemy wants from her so badly.

But the Mayor of Moodle has other plans, including a ban on all wearing of hats, everywhere on Ooleeoo. His dark and forbidding actions seem to coincide with something unworldly, threatening all with a nameless dread and slowly blacking out the sky. With Ooleeoo itself turning upside down, how can anyone survive?

In this first in a series of Tilda Pinkerton adventures, Tilda must fight the battle of her life and risk all—even the galaxy and stars—by revealing her most electrifying secret.

My Thoughts:

This book was sent to me for a honest and fair review.  The cover picture is beautiful to say the least.  I love the vibrant colors that are in it.

The story begins with Tilda Pinkerton crash landing onto Ooleeoo where she resides for three years stranded.  Tilda creates hats for people and teaches the children at school.  The Mayor of Moodle is against everything to do with Tilda.  He bans school and the hats. Because he thinks the people are acting too foolishly about them.  He recruits those who are angry at residents who’ve gotten hats because they haven’t gotten any yet.  Little do they know little bugs in their ears are advising them badly.

Star Jumper Randy is trying to find a way to get in contact with Tilda to tell her what is happening.  But with her antenna bent from the crash to Ooleeoo she isn’t getting messages.  Randy finally gets an assignment to track strange black bugs and capture them and report back.  Finding out what is controlling them he proceeds against his boss to track down Tilda and find her.  He is surprised to find her alive and well even with a bent antenna.  Randy helps Tilda find her purpose and help the residents of Ooleeoo.

In this story I enjoyed the characters which there are many.  They all seem to have strong opinions to different degrees.  There is lots of adventure of creativity in this story, I loved how the author was able to weave the story together.  This book went very quickly and I didn’t find any slow areas. Can’t wait to see what happens in the next book and where Tilda is?  Definitely a book that can be read in a day!!

Guilded Wings by: Amy Lingor Guest Post and Giveaway

What 

Character Do 

You Most Identify With?

I love this question, by the way. It comes up in all kinds of interviews. And, think about it, you can identify with everyone from historical figures to movie characters, book characters – even your next door neighbor who lives with a hundred cats, if you want to.

I read recently that one writer – on his horrific days where he can’t seem to write a word – finds himself identifying most with the Captain of the Titanic as the iceberg approaches. I loved that answer, and boy does it fit. As a writer, when the scene is going extremely bad, that iceberg actually looks like a gift.

When it comes to The Angel Chronicles, I love Matthew the most, but I will always identify with Emily. She’s a bit more sarcastic, to say the least, and she’s a bit more tortured – loving her job, yet sometimes wishing that she didn’t have to do it. In fact, she even admits in Until Next Time that she doesn’t understand why they even bother to help souls in the first place, seeing as that there are so many bad ones who don’t deserve it. She has a great deal of questions, and also has a love that’s tearing her up inside because she can’t figure out what the right ‘move’ is. If she falls and falls hard, she may end up being hideous at her job because her mind will be on the ‘one’ and not on what she’s supposed to be doing. She also has the added struggle of Jason versus Matthew; a best friend versus a romance. Can there be two soul mates for one person? That’s the burning question.

Matthew knows his job, loves his job and has no qualms about what he does. But, with Gilded Wings, he begins to see Emily’s point of view. That’s why the cover – which was drawn so beautifully by Emma Michaels – shows Matthew in a more ‘lost’ sense. He’s waiting for the girl and partner he loves…but has no idea what he will have to give up in order to do the job he was sent to do.

The other character I really identify with is Leah Tallent. In a new series titled, Tallent & Lowery, Leah is a librarian who becomes stuck in a puzzle of mammoth proportions. She must use her intricate mind to solve mysteries that a man by the name of Gareth Lowery needs her help with. Independent, brutally sarcastic at times and hysterically funny, Leah hides a huge heart that begins to scare her a great deal. When writing Leah, I laugh. She has the lines that I love and that I remember on a daily basis. And she – like Matthew and Emily – has become very real to me.

So think about it. What character do you identify with? Are you into the macabre like Poe? Are you into the romantic soul of a Jane Austen star? Perhaps you feel close to the kids on Glee (which is a cool show, by the way), or perhaps you’re the Sherlock Holmes of your generation? I would love to know!

That’s where the power of books and movies come into play for someone like me. There are so many thrilling and unforgettable characters out there, that our world becomes way more fun when it’s filled with the Arts. An industry we should never take for granted!

Until Next Time, Everybody,

Amy

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Gabriel watched in silence as his young angel rocked forward in her chair and fell through the warm clouds back to the drafty ship below. He felt the sadness in his own soul, wishing that Emily could remember her angelic life and all her gifts and friends when she was in Anya’s body. At least then his angel would never feel alone as she walked the path of her second turbulent time on earth.

Michael opened the door just as his beloved daughter disappeared from sight. “Is she all right?”

“She met the boy.”

“Good. He needs her,” Michael replied quietly.

“So do the others.” “She’ll do fine. She’s strong. Emily will make the right decisions.”

“I hope you’re right, my friend. But…gilded wings may be too heavy to bear,” Gabriel mumbled.

Music began to filter through the room as the hallway outside Gabriel’s classroom grew dark. The peaceful evening was upon them and they both silently prayed for the children they had once again sent out into the cold, harsh world.

Michael looked over. “Did she ask about anyone?”

Order of the Seers by: Cerece Rennie Murphy

Title: Order of the Seers
Author: Cerece Rennie Murphy
Publisher: LionSky Publishing
Pages: 258
Format: paperback
Source: Pump Up Your Books Promotions

Description:

What would you do if you held infinite power in the palm of your hand?

Order of the Seers poses this question within a story that fuses action, mystery, romance, and adventure in a science fiction novel that keeps you at the edge of your seat.

Order of the Seers begins with the journey of Liam and Lilith Knight, a brother and sister who are hunted by The Guild, a ruthless world organization that seeks to capture and exploit Lilith’s unique ability as a Seer to envision the future. Soon after they are forced to leave their home, Lilith and Liam discover that she is not alone. Other Seers like Lilith are routinely kidnapped and enslaved by the Guild for the purpose of consolidating wealth and power around the world.

But from within the organization, Marcus Akida, a captured Seer with powerful visioning capabilities, quietly plots his daring escape with the help of a beautiful and tortured Seer named Alessandra. When the escaped Seers are drawn to the same remote commune in Iowa as Liam and Lilith, they each find a place where they can rebuild their lives and rediscover their passion for life and love. As the Guild’s efforts to find them intensifies, the Seers ban together with outlaws from the commune to fight back against the organization that threatens their lives – setting off a chain of events that will unleash the full power of the Seers and change everything we know about the true potential that lies dormant in each of us.

My Thoughts:

This was sent to me via Pump Up Your Book Promotion for a honest and fair review.  The story starts out with Liam and his sister Lili at a fair.  Liam is less than thrilled with this and Lili is deep in thought.  What soon follows is enough to make anyone want to run.

A group known as the Guild is out looking for seers a special group of people with the ability to see the future among other things.  They are looking everywhere for Lili Knight who is exactly what they need.  Liam and Lili go on the run with no one left to help them, only instructions from their mother about where to go and what the guild is about.

The two meet up with a group of renegades who are hiding themself from the guild.  We also meet Marcus and Alessandra two who have more control in the guild and are able to manipulate the fellow seers.  Marcus and Alessandra plan and execute an escape with a few other seers to setting out to meet up with the renegade group to hide from the guild.

What a great edge of your seat adventure I loved it and can’t wait to see what happens in the next one.

The Truth about Lilly Barnes by: Kimberly Russell

Title: The Truth about Lilly Barnes
Author: Kimberly Russell
Pages: 343
Source: Lightning Book Promotions Book Tour
Format: Paperback

Description:

“Today is the day it is going to happen. I’m not melancholy or nervous. I just want to get it over with more than anything. Today is the day that I, Lilly Barnes, die.”

Lilly Barnes doesn’t want to live anymore. She is prepared to leave her life, family, and more importantly, her best friend Buddy behind for good. But, why? What could be so horrible that it makes a young girl want to end her life? Find out in The Truth about Lilly Barnes.

My Thoughts:

This was sent to me via the author as part of a blog tour for a honest and fair review.  There aren’t many people who could pull of this sort of book.  Kimberly Russell has the ability to write about things we would rather not talk about.  Lilly Barnes has horrible secrets that she can’t seem to talk about.  She tries to kill herself hoping that would end the horror in her mind but it didn’t go as planned.  Lilly’s family is about as dysfunctional as can get.  The only one she cares about is Buddy and his family which turn out to be her saving grace.  It was an awesome raw look at what some teens go through that parents don’t always know about!  Kudos to Ms Russell for attempting this type of story.

Flight by: Alyssa Rose Ivy Review and Giveaway

Title: Flight
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Pages: 255
Source: Full Moon Bites Book Tour
Format: ebook Arc
Series: The Crescent Chronicles #1

Description:

Sometimes you just have to take flight.

A summer in New Orleans is exactly what Allie needs before starting college. Accepting her dad’s invitation to work at his hotel offers an escape from her ex-boyfriend and the chance to spend the summer with her best friend. Meeting a guy is the last thing on her mind—until she sees Levi.

Unable to resist the infuriating yet alluring Levi, Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

My Thoughts:

I was given this book in exchange for a honest and fair review.  I received no money to sway my opinion.

Allie and her friend Jess take to New Orleans for a job working for Allie’s father.  Allie is all set in her path in life to go to Princeton.  What she didn’t count on was meeting Levi who seems to fire something inside of her not even she could predict.  Jess starts out as a typical friend the opposite of Allie early on Jess ends up leaving and in so leaves Allie on her own like her father does.  She takes up with Levi knowing that there is something mysterious about him and doing her best to figure it out.

We also meet Levi’s friend Jared, Owen and Owen’s sister Hailey.  Hailey ends up being a great friend to Allie bonding with her.  Filing in the hole left by Jess, Hailey fills in Allie on the supernatural side of Levi.

I really enjoyed this story I can’t wait to see how it continues it’s definitely up there with some of the greatest YA authors like Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick and Cate Tiernan to mention a few.  I think everyone who loves YA, paranormal will love this story!

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Back to Bataan Book Tour

Excerpt from back to Bataan:

Mauricette told Harriet Godwin I was the pig of the class. I had treated her like garbage. Mauricette wouldn’t answer my phone calls. She wouldn’t read the notes I dropped inside her desk. But Arturo Fink kept reminding her who she was. “Fiancée,” he said. “Jack’s fiancée.”

I promised myself I wouldn’t write anymore compositions, but how could I graduate from Dr. Franklin’s class and join General MacArthur?

It felt lonely without a fiancée.

Mauricette began seeing Barnaby Rosenstock after school. They were holding hands and having chocolate malteds at the Sugar Bowl on Seventy-ninth Street. Fat Arturo was eating two ice-cream sodas. The Sugar Bowl is our hangout. It’s the official candy store of Dutch Masters Day School. I didn’t have money for ice-cream sodas. I didn’t have money for malteds. I’d buy a Hershey bar or some Chuckles once a week. I’d peek at the comic book rack and wonder what was happening to Captain Marvel or the Sub-Mariner. Marvel and the Sub-Mariner were already at war, fighting Japs. And when Mauricette was still my fiancée, I’d sit with her over a glass of water and treat her to some candy whenever I could. But now she was sucking malteds with Barnaby Rosenstock. I could hear her from my corner, next to the comic book rack.

“Oh, Jack Dalton,” she said. “He has a wild imagination. He likes to fling words around. He thinks half the school is going to marry him.”

She didn’t have to shame me in front of her friends. Arturo was laughing into his fat cheeks. Barnaby had a chocolate rainbow on his lips. I didn’t even bother with the comic books. Marvel would have to fight the Japs without me. I walked home.

Mama was at the factory. She makes parachutes. Sometimes she’d bring home a little piece of silk left over from one of the chutes. That’s how I get my handkerchiefs. Not even Arturo with all his father’s money has a handkerchief of genuine silk. But handkerchiefs couldn’t make me feel good. Silk is only silk. I wondered about the American fliers who had their planes shot down and had to fall into the dark wearing some of that silk.

I couldn’t concentrate on my homework. It didn’t seem important when you considered all the Japs and Germans out there. I hope General MacArthur takes me with him to Bataan. I’m not asking for a Purple Heart. I’m only asking to kill Japs. And if I have to die, I want to die near my dad…

Mama came home at seven. The streets from my window looked so dark, I thought the world had gone gray. I didn’t care. I wouldn’t mind going to school after midnight.

“Darling,” Mama said, “what’s wrong?”

I couldn’t tell her how I lost a fiancée, because she would have figured I was insane.

“Mama, I’m blue…that’s all.” “You’re still dreaming of the Army, aren’t you?  We’ll have dinner and listen to the radio, my little blue boy.”

We had soup and bread and boiled potatoes and peas out of a can. It’s not Mama’s fault if meat is rationed and sugar is rationed. No one can inherit ration stamps, not even the President or Arturo’s dad.

We listened to Jack Benny. He played the violin and talked about the Japs. Mama laughed, because Jack Benny is the biggest miser in the world. He would never spend a nickel. But he told everybody to buy war bonds.

“What about you, Mr. Benny?”

Mama told me it was time for bed.

I put on my pajamas. But I didn’t feel like sleeping. I dialed Mauricette’s number and let the telephone ring. Somebody picked up the phone.

“It’s me,” I said. “Jack Dalton. Your former fiancé. Coco, are you there? I wanted to—” Mauricette hung up. And I wondered who was lonelier. The dead cowboys on Bataan, or young Jack Dalton.

Interview with Jerome Charyn

What are your thoughts on the explosion of popularity concerning the YA genre?

I think it might very well be that it started with Harry Potter, that young adult writers are trying to tell good stories and adults have moved into that kind of dream.

You are the master of writing across a realm of different genres, what excites you about connecting with different audiences?

I’m not so sure that these are different audiences, I think we all love stories, whether we’re children or great-grandfathers and when you move from genre to genre you are still telling a story like Scheherazade and the king is always waiting for the next tale.

Your writing is so precise, yet evocative – how do you work at crafting your unique style of prose?

Everything begins and ends with the word, with the music of the sentence and as Tolstoy once said, “I’m always composing.”

Being a published author for nearly 50 years, what do you think of eBooks?

I think that this is a kind of logical step as we move from the Internet into eBooks. Publishing is changing even as we speak. I think there now will be a more complicated dance between the eBook and the printed book, and as we’ve seen recently, successes in eBooks allow the author to move into print.

What would be your advice to young people who aspire to a literary career?

It’s not worth the money – only write if you’re absolutely in love with it.

How much of your life is in Back to Bataan? How did you personally experience New York during World War II?

I think so much of the source of my writing comes from my childhood, I grew up during the War – so many of the terrors and the magic of certain films have remained with me. And all of this appears in the character of Jack.

Your older brother was a detective. Did your experiences with him influence the plot?

Not really, I think all writing is crime writing. And Back to Bataan is a crime novel with a very original twist.

Why did you decide to include the fascination with the famous as a theme – Gary Cooper, Eleanor Roosevelt, etc.?

These people were heroes to me as a child, particularly Eleanor Roosevelt, who was one of the most extraordinary women who ever lived, and of course as a child I fell in love with Gary Cooper’s face and with his very slow drawl, that seemed so exotic to me. Jack finds acclaim through his writing, yet feels guilty for exploiting other people (Mrs. Fink).

How does a writer starting out work to bridge this gap?

You’re always cannibalizing other people and writers when you start to write, so it’s natural that Jack should be a young cannibal.

How important is the New York Times in your own life? Why did you decide to make it a form of connection between Jack and the Leader?

As a child, I didn’t even know that the Times existed – I grew up in a neighborhood without newspapers and books, so that when I first fell upon the New York Times, I was very very greedy, and wanted to include it in Jack’s middle-class life.

Catching Fireflies by: Sherryl Woods

Title: Catching Fireflies
Author: Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Series: The Sweet Magnolias #9

Description:

Sherryl Woods captures a community’s heartfelt fight to preserve the innocence of childhood When bullying threatens to destroy a teen’s life, painful memories resurface for dedicated high school teacher Laura Reed and pediatrician J. C. Fullerton. With the support of the Sweet Magnolias, they bring the town together to ensure that a promising student’s future isn’t ruined. And to establish once and for all that bullying has no place in Serenity, South Carolina. Both J.C.’s and Laura’s passion for the cause is deeply personal, and their growing feelings for each other are just as strong. But with so many secret hurts to overcome, can these two vulnerable lovers find the strength to believe in happily ever after?

My Thoughts:

For starters I love the cover artwork that Sherryl Woods uses on her books they always look so beautiful.  This one is one of my favorites.  This is the story of teacher Laura Reed and Pediatrician J.C. Fullerton and more than them it’s the story of Misty Davidson.  When Misty is having trouble dealing with a group of popular kids at school she tries everything to get out of school from going to her teacher to get out of advanced English to her Doctor to get excused from school permanently.  Both Laura and C.J. have their own reasons for standing up to this bullying situation.   They rally to get the school to do what is right and prove there is a no tolerance for bullying.  It was a great story that touches on something that has gone on for years in schools.  I was so proud at the end of Misty and how she handled the bullying!  What a great book to a great series!

Hourglass by: Myra McEntire

Title: Hourglass
Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: Egmont
Pages: 275
Format: ebook
Source: Barnes&Noble
Series: Hourglass #1

Description:

One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book the relationship between Emerson her brother Thomas and his wife I thought was great.  I also loved when she met Michael and things they could together.  I enjoyed meeting the friends of the Hourglass and how Emerson could help someone else in pain.  Definitely a great book that I found myself wanting to read Timepiece.  To see where the story leads to.  OMG my new favorite author to say the least Ms. McEntire’s story telling was amazing!

The Color of Snow by: Brenda Stanley

Title: The Color of Snow
Author: Brenda Stanley
Publisher: Tribute Books
Format: ebook
Source: Tribute Books Book Tour

Description:

When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora–a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.

My Thoughts:

What a gripping story.  This one grabs you from the first page.  When Sophie is found living with her father in a cage of a bedroom it’s up to the police to rescue her from her father.  Everything Sophie has known has been turned upside down.  She has been taught to not get close with anyone due to a curse, what she doesn’t know is that tragedy strikes everyone.  You also learn about a relationship between Luke and Vee who ultimately are Sophie’s parents you also learn about mistakes everyone made in life.  Sophie finds solace with her cousin Stephanie.  Stephanie shows Sophie that the world is hers and she needs to make herself free of her crazy upbringing.

Sophie learns alot about the people around her who have left the world at different times.  She learns that simple explanations were not given would have made Sophie feel not so freakish.  She also ends up falling in love with the boy her father shot Damien whom she had been friends with for a long time.  About how he never gave up on her even when she pushes him aside.

This was a great journey for Sophie and I felt like I was right next to her.  It was a great book full of mystery and parts left made you wonder how crazy some people can be.  Definitely a book for those ya junkies!  Loved it!