Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gini Koch’s Top 10 Sci Fi & Superhero Movies & Giveaway!

 It's hard to believe that book ten in the Katherine "Kitty" Katt series is almost upon us! In honor of this being the tenth book in the series, Gini is here today with a giveaway and to do a top ten list of her favorite Sci Fi & Superhero Movies!



Gini Koch’s Top 10 Sci Fi & Superhero Movies
This list does tend to fluctuate, in part because new movies come along that shove their way into my heart (waves at Big Hero 6), but these are my top ten as of today. With two extras because I know I’d be asked why they weren’t listed if I didn’t have them in here somewhere.
12. Serenity
11. X-Men (the first one)
10. Star Trek (the first J.J. Abrams one)
9. Big Hero 6
8. Starman
7. The Incredibles
6. The Terminator
5. Star Wars: A New Hope (the original version, where Han shoots first)
4. Captain America: The First Avenger
3. Mystery Men
2. Galaxy Quest
1. The Avengers



Blurb:
Being the wife of the Vice President isn’t easy. Especially when your talents lie in kicking butt and rocking out…
Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini find out just how easy it is for the wife of the Vice President of the United States to unintentionally insult an ally. Now they have to smooth things over with the Australian Prime Minister, pronto, or risk creating an international incident the worldwide anti-alien coalitions will be able to use to force Jeff to resign and the A-Cs to leave the planet.
But before Kitty can make things worse, a cosmic congruence and a little help from some powerful beings shoves her into another world -- one where she’s been married to Charles Reynolds for years and aliens don’t exist. She’s also landed in the middle of a huge conspiracy and is marked for death…but at least that’s business as usual.
Kitty’s not the only one confused, because the Kitty from that world has taken her place in this one. Now Alpha Team and the Diplomatic Corps have to make sure that no one spots that there’s been a switch, while keeping World War III from happening. And they have to do so while keeping this new Kitty in line, because she has views about what to do and how to it, and time is running out.
Can both Kittys save their respective days before it’s too late to go home to the universes they belong to? Or will one Kitty decide to keep the other’s life…forever?

Giveaway:
Gini is offering one winner the choice of one of any of the first 9 books in the Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt Series (Touched by an Alien, Alien Tango, Alien in the Family, Alien Proliferation, Alien Diplomacy, Alien vs. Alien, Alien in the House, Alien Research, or Alien Collective), signed and personalized. Open internationally.  To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below!

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Author Bio:

Gini Koch writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series. Alien in the House, Book 7 in her long-running Alien series, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award as the Best Futuristic Romance of 2013. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series and she’s made the most of multiple personality disorder by writing under a variety of other pen names as well, including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch. Currently, Gini has stories featured in the Unidentified Funny Objects 3, Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, and Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets anthologies, and, writing as J.C. Koch, in Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, The Madness of Cthulhu, Vol. 1, and A Darke Phantastique anthologies. She will also have a story in the first book in an X-Files anthology series coming out in 2015. Gini can be reached via her website: www.ginikoch.com 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review: Proxima by Stephen Baxter


Title: Proxima
Author: Stephen Baxter
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Number of Pages: 464
Source: Publisher
Release Date: November 4, 2014
A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint... The very far future: The Galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light...The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun - and (in this fiction), the nearest to host a world, Proxima IV, habitable by humans. But Proxima IV is unlike Earth in many ways. Huddling close to the warmth, orbiting in weeks, it keeps one face to its parent star at all times. The 'substellar point', with the star forever overhead, is a blasted desert, and the 'antistellar point' on the far side is under an ice cap in perpetual darkness. How would it be to live on such a world? Needle ships fall from Proxima IV's sky. Yuri Jones, with 1000 others, is about to find out...PROXIMA tells the amazing tale of how we colonise a harsh new eden, and the secret we find there that will change our role in the Universe for ever.



I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Proxima by Stephen Baxter, and while I don't read this kind of Science Fiction, my dad does. So please help me welcome my dad in reviewing his first book for me!

Proxima was an enjoyable read. As with all Baxter novels the hard science was great, however I had trouble with the fact that the native creatures were not really developed at all in the story, and while they were in the story it was never explained how they got their intelligence and I would have liked them to play a bigger part in the storyline.

I had a hard time connecting  hard time connecting with any of the characters because they didn't have any confidence and were always second guessing themselves while wandering around Proxima IV trying to stay alive.  That being said, I really liked how Yuri never gave up.  or trying to better himself. I loved that t he kept persevering and took other people along with him and helped them survive as well on the planet.  The most enjoyable character was the robot, ColU.  He was witty, and I felt like ColU was the only character who was inquisitive about the planet, which I enjoyed.

Proxima was pretty dark, and read almost like a science seminar, which I really liked. If you like really like hard science fiction and the science part in hard science then this is for you, because the storyline secondary to the science, but that is what I like about Baxter's books.



Monday, November 3, 2014

Cover Reveal for The Lost Imperials Series by Tyler H Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin

TWO AMAZING COVER REVEALS, ONE AWESOME SERIES— THE LOST IMPERIALS.

By Tyler H. Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin



ABOUT THE LOST IMPERIALS SERIES: 


In a battle for control of the time stream, the past and the future will collide, either saving mankind—or destroying it.

The Tesla Institute stands on one side of the battle. Controlled by the mind of one of the greatest inventors in history, the Institute recruits gifted, young time travelers called Rifters. Those who survive his training are sent into history with the mission to preserve the time stream, recruit more of their kind, and better humanity through subtle, controlled event manipulation.

Standing in the way are the Hollows, a rogue group of Rifters who have vowed to put an end to the Tesla Institute—at all costs. They steal, cheat, and bend history to their own ends. Using children stolen from time as their personal armies, they fight not only for control of time itself, but also for self-preservation.

BOOK #1—EXTRACTED — IS ALREADY AVAILABLE. FIND OUT WHY IT'S A BEST-SELLER! 

"Steampunk and time travel combine to provide pizazz in this series opener about a long-lost royal brother and sister, the surviving Romanovs. Ficklin and Jolley handle the rather intricate plotline well, populating the time stream with interesting characters that pop up in various unexpected places. The steampunk scenario adds a great deal of zest to the proceedings, with top hats, leather corsets and a variety of steam-driven contrivances providing set dressing. Kids who pick it up won't encounter much real history, but they'll be reading it for fun anyway. (Steampunk. 12 & up)" ~Kirkus Reviews

ABOUT RIVEN:



Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

What should be a routine mission leaves Ethan with a serious problem. He’s fractured—a break between mind and body that leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities, which are quickly tearing him apart. He will have to trust the only person who might know how to fix him, a mysterious Rifter named Stewart Stills, who seems to have a special connection with the time stream.

Forced to face his dark past and a decision he may never forgive himself for, he will be trained unlike any of the others, to become a true guardian for time. If he accepts, it will mean leaving everyone he loves behind. If he refuses, time itself could unravel. After a glimpse of the dark future awaiting them all, he will have to choose between destiny and desire. Will he rise up and take his place as a defender of the natural order, or will he watch as all of time burns at the hands of the girl he loves?

Welcome to the time war.


ABOUT PRODIGAL:



Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Stein has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember. Taken as a child, she has no memories of her past—and that’s always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew—and everyone she thought she could trust—has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike.

During a test to verify her bloodlines, Stein makes a terrible discovery. She is carrying a rare genetic mutation that is slowly killing her. Unsure who to turn to and running out of time, she has no choice but to turn to Tesla—her most hated enemy—for help. But can she trust the man who she’s been fighting against her whole life, or will she end up another piece in his deadly game of cat and mouse with the people who betrayed her so long ago?

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:



In order to support his hobby of writing, Tyler decided to pursue dentistry. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in 2002. He then completed a four year residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2006, he opened Jolley Smiles in Grand Junction, CO. Snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, bird hunting, camping, hiking, and backpacking are the things he enjoys doing with his family. When life gets stressful he escapes to unseen worlds.

Sherry is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel, eat exotic food, and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is often only seen in blurry photographs.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Review: The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall by Lauren Smith







Title: The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall
Author: Lauren Smith
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Dark Seductions #1
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Number of Pages: 196
Source: Publisher



 
A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint... To defeat a dark evil, they must face his family’s past… Bastian Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, doesn’t believe in ghosts. Even though tragedy and mysterious hauntings have driven his family away from his ancestral home, Stormclyffe Hall, he is determined to restore the castle to its former glory. His plans are disrupted when a stubborn American shows up on his doorstep hoping to pry into his family’s tragic history. Jane Seyton, an American graduate student, is convinced there’s more to the tragedy of Stormclyffe Hall than history claims. Ever the scholar, she is determined to discover the truth, even if it means putting up with the arrogant, yet sexy, Bastian. Although Bastian wants nothing to do with the pushy American, it soon becomes clear that something evil is in the house—and that something is targeting both Jane and Bastian. The two must join forces to purge the ghosts of Stormclyffe Hall once and for all—even as they try to fight a physical attraction between them that grows more and more impossible to deny .

This review is long over due, but you know those books that you love so much, but can't seem to find the words to describe them to get everyone else to love it as much as you did? That's how I felt about this one.


I am a sucker for any plot  that involves a graduate student, and throw in a novella with a gothic feel, and I knew I had to read this.  I have to admit, I was surprised at how much I ended up liking this novella. I really didn't think all the supernatural elements of this book would work, but they did.  Jane and Bastian had so much chemistry together that the insta love that happened just worked-it so rarely does, but they way it happens just makes it more believable then normal instalove.  

I think what I liked best about this book was it was just a bit creepy, and even though I had the mystery part figured out pretty fast, it still was fun to read how everything turned out.  I loved that this book had a gothic feel to it, but yet was modern in that there were some hot sex scenes in the book. The paranormal aspect was a bit different, but at the same time fit well with the story. 

This was a fast, fun read that had a little bit of everything in it. If you like your romances a bit dark and spooky, this one is for you. It was just a flat out enjoyable read. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dewey's Read A Thon: Hour 15

I'm so excited that the Read A Thon is finally here. I'm going to be doing all of my updates in this post.

Hour 15:
I've managed to read a bit of Cold As Ice by Anne Stuart, but honestly the reading mojo is not here today. It was just the end of a very hard, long week for me-I guess something had to give eventually.

Hour 11 update:

I've gotten almost nothing read, but I blame that totally on the baby shower and reading slump.  Nothing I've read lately has stuck past the dreaded 60% mark. I lose all interest no matter what the genre. I just started Cold As Ice by Anne Stuart, and have high hopes for that one. Does any one have any good books recs for me?


Hour one:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I'm in Ohio, and I'll be reading inside today as it's supposed to be rainy and chilly. Perfect reading weather! 

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I'm most looking forward to Unidentifiable Funny Objects 3-a sci fi anthology, which my boss Gini Koch has a story in.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I kinda forgot about snacks this year. I'm going to have to go to the story after the baby shower I'm going to and get some brownies and other junk food!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I never know what to say here! This is my first read a thon in a long while due to a change in jobs. Retail is not fun! I am a proud pet mom and auntie. My nephew who is two,  just discovered his first must read over and over again book-Pete The Cat and I couldn't be prouder!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?  I never participate in as many memes as I want to, so this year I'm going to take the time do that & talk o twitter. My advice: Have fun with the read a thon. Don't beat yourself up over the number of pages read. (Or not read.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dewey's 24 hour Read A Thon

I'm so excited that I actually get to do this! I've missed the last couple due to work. ): I will have to go to a baby shower, but I figure I can make up for lost time when I get back!

Here are the books I hope to read during it....I know I won't finish them all, but I like a variety and I'll fun doing it! I know I'll probably change my mind during the read-a-thon, but these are books I've been meaning to read for awhile now!




Short blurb from goodreads: 

SCIENCE FICTION. FANTASY. HUMOR. This is the third annual volume of Unidentified Funny Objects and it contains twenty-three humorous short stories from some of the genre's best-known authors, as well as talented up-and-comers. 











Short blurb from goodreads: 

The world's most famous detective, as you’ve never seen him before! This is a collection of orginal short stories finding Holmes and Watson in times and places you would never have expected!












Short blurb from goodreads: 

Four years ago, Mitch Lawson moved across the breezeway from Mara Hanover and she fell in love with the tall, good-looking police detective who had an uncanny ability to dress well even though he’s single. It was not a stalker kind of love; she knows she has no hope since Mitch is way out of her league. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s her dream man.

Then one day Mara’s faucet won’t turn off and she knows nothing about plumbing. Being a good guy, Mitch offers to help then he invites himself over for pizza. Mara gives it a go but finds herself running away from him (literally) on their first date, standing him up their second and then she runs into him (again literally) on her way to save her ne’er do well, criminal cousin’s kids who’d just run away from their ne’er do well, criminal Dad.





Short blurb from goodreads: 

After eight idyllic months in the Mediterranean, Lady Julia Grey and her detective husband are ready to put their investigative talents to work once more. At the urging of Julia's eccentric family, they hurry to India to aid an old friend, the newly widowed Jane Cavendish. Living on the Cavendish tea plantation with the remnants of her husband's family, Jane is consumed with the impending birth of her child—and with discovering the truth about her husband's death. Was he murdered for his estate? And if he was, could Jane and her unborn child be next?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Giveaway & Excerpt from Always A Rogue, Forever Her Love by Christi Caldwell

Please help me welcome author Christi Caldwell who is here today with an excerpt of her newest historical romance, Always A Rogue, Forever Her Love book four in her Scandalous Seasons series which just released yesterday!


Miss Juliet Marshville is spitting mad. With one guardian missing, and the other singularly uninterested in her fate, she is at the mercy of her wastrel brother who loses her beloved childhood home to a man known as Sin. Determined to reclaim control of Rosecliff Cottage and her own fate, Juliet arranges a meeting with the notorious rogue and demands the return of her property. Jonathan Tidemore, 5th Earl of Sinclair, known to the ton as Sin, is exceptionally lucky in life and at the gaming tables. He has just one problem. Well…four, really. His incorrigible sisters have driven off yet another governess. This time, however, his mother demands he find an appropriate replacement. When Miss Juliet Marshville boldly demands the return of her precious cottage, he takes advantage of his sudden good fortune and puts an offer to her; turn his sisters into proper English ladies, and he’ll return Rosecliff Cottage to Juliet's possession. Jonathan comes to appreciate Juliet’s spirit, courage, and clever wit, and decides to claim the fiery beauty as his mistress. Juliet, however, will be mistress for no man. Nor could she ever love a man who callously stole her home in a game of cards. As Jonathan begins to see Juliet as more than a spirited beauty to warm his bed, he realizes she could be a lady he could love the rest of his life, if only he can convince the proud Juliet that he's worthy of her hand and heart.

Excerpt:
Jonathan sucked in his breath as the spirited vixen who’d dealt rather handily with Lord Whitby a short while ago revealed herself. Here, in the closeness of his carriage, he could appreciate that which he’d not noted a short while ago.

Her green gaze, the color of the richest emeralds, the fiery crimson curls piled high atop her head, and a smattering of freckles along her high cheek-bones. “You, sir, have something I want,” she breathed.

Which was rather good for him, because he rather wanted her as well. A recalcitrant red curl tumbled free from the precarious arrangement of her locks. He followed the path of that captivating strand as it bounced and then fell, nestled in the slight gap in her cloak, between her breasts.  Jonathan fixed his gaze on that crimson curl, never more jealous of a slip of hair than in that moment.

He reached out and caught the siren’s lock. He raised it to his eyes, wishing it were day so the sun could bathe her in its light and illuminate the vibrancy of the fiery shade of red.

The fiery beauty slapped at his hand, and the curl fell from his fingers. She lurched back in her seat, eyes wide like great, big emerald saucers. “Are you attempting to kiss me, my lord?”

The shocked disgust underscoring those few words jerked Jonathan from the haze of desire that had engulfed him. He angled his head. “Would you like me to?” Because he rather hoped her answer was in fact; ‘yes, that and more, my lord’.

The green of her eyes darkened nearly black jade. “You are mad, my lord,” she hissed.

His grin widened at her refreshingly honest reaction. “Is that a no, then?”

 She slapped him.

His head snapped back, the resounding crack from her solidly dealt blow rang in his ears like the church bells on Sunday.

He rubbed his cheek and flexed his jaw. Goodness, she was a bloodthirsty wench. Perhaps it had been Whitby who’d needed saving after all.

Jonathan folded his arms across his chest, intrigued as to what the fiery-eyed beauty should want, if not a place in his bed. He waved a hand. “Well, then, Miss…?” Her lips set at a mutinous line. Ah, so she didn’t intend to tell him her name. Very well, in time then. “Miss, just miss, then. You wished to speak with me about something you want?” Something which unfortunately is not my kiss and hands upon your person.

She trailed the tip of her tongue over the seam of her lips. He noted the telltale sign of her nervousness, and a desire to know what brought a gently reared lady outside the Hell and Sin Club filled him. His intrigue doubled.

“Rosecliff Cottage,” her soft whisper cut into his wondering.

He angled his head, still studying the bow-shaped red lips that begged to be kissed.

Her shoulders straightened in a way that Wellington himself would have admired. She jabbed a finger in his direction. “You, sir, have taken my cottage and I would see it returned.”

Her words registered, and perplexity quashed his desire.  “Rosecliff Cottage?”

He had a number of properties flung all over England. A manor in Kent. An old estate more castle than anything else in Devonshire. There wasn’t, however, a single cottage amidst all his properties. He stretched his arms out and rested them along the back of his seat. “I assure you, miss, I’ve no Rosecliff Cottage.”

Her eyes narrowed in a menacing fashion, and even through the near impenetrable slits sparks of fury shot from their fathomless depths. She jabbed that same digit in his direction. “I do not care to be lied to, my lord.”


Jonathan frowned. He’d had enough of the tart-mouthed miss and her insulting accusations. He leaned across the seat, so a mere hairsbreadth separated them, and their breaths mingled as one. “Take care, miss, I do not take slights upon my honor lightly.” He’d had his fill of reproachful words and disapproving glances at his meeting with Patrina and Mother earlier that day. He certainly didn’t need to tolerate this one’s ill-opinion—even if she possessed a beauty to rival Aphrodite. “Now,” he reached across her and shoved the carriage door open. “If you’ve nothing more than insults and confounded talk about cottages I do not own to share, then I’d ask you to take your leave.”

With their bodies’ nearness, he detected her swift inhale. Her throat bobbed up and down.

She glanced over to the opening, and then back to him. “I cannot go out there,” she bit out.

He hesitated a moment, then pulled the door closed, eyeing her with even greater interest. Yes, her tones cultured and clipped were those that belonged to a refined lady, and yet…refined ladies did not wander these particular streets and demand to speak to gentlemen about matters of business. Jonathan pulled out his watchfob and consulted the time. Nor did refined young ladies go out, unchaperoned at two o’clock in the morning.

She seemed to follow his unspoken recriminations for she inched forward in her seat. “Rosecliff Cottage,” she repeated.

He clicked his timepiece closed and stuffed it inside his jacket. “Miss,” he said, not bothering to bury his exasperation. “I do not know what—”

“You won it,” she blurted. “In a game of faro.” Her brow furrowed. “Or whist.” Her lips tightened. “Regardless of the game, you sat across from my brother, and he mistakenly wagered Rosecliff Cottage. I’d like it back.”

Author Bio:
Christi Caldwell is the bestselling author of historical romance novels set in the Regency era. Christi blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love," for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after! 

When Christi isn’t writing the stories of flawed heroes and heroines, she can be found in her Southern Connecticut home chasing around her feisty five-year-old son, and caring for twin princesses-in-training.

Where to find Christi:

Buy Links:
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Giveaway: One Ebook copy of Always A Rogue, Forever Her Love to one person who comments on Christi's blog here.