Saturday, April 25, 2015

Deweys Readathon

 Update Hours 8-13
I finally finished the book yay! Perhaps a 464 page book wasn't the best one to start for the readathon, but I had started it earlier in the week (I was about 60 pages in) and wanted to finish it. I did, and I think it did me in. I ended up really enjoying the book, even if it was about 100 pages to long.  I'm not sure I have it in me to do any more reading, but maybe I just need a break for a bit.
 
Mid Event survey: 
1. What are you reading right now? I just finished The Royal We
2. How many books have you read so far? A grand total of one!
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I'm not sure what or if I'll be reading more. This one kinda did me in.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?Yes! I took one nap and the pets have been on a lets see how many times we can whine to get Colette's attention kick.  They've had so many treats it's not funny.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? That I haven't been more active doing mini challenges.
Update Hours 7-8
I am still reading The Royal We, and it feels like it will never ever end, but I am enjoying it--even it is glorified fan fiction of William/Kate.


Update: Hours 1-6
I have not yet finished the book I started  and it's one I started earlier in the week:






















 Food consumed: Eggs and corn pops
Drinks: One can of coke
Naps: 1
Pages read: I've read about30% of The Royal We from where I started at. It's slow going.

 Intro Meme:

What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 
Ohio, where the sky is gray and it's a whole 49 degrees according to weather.com, but I'm sure they are wrong because it feels much colder out!
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
All For You by Laura Florand
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Rice Krispy treats, which I still have to make and buy. :)
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I always hate these things! I'm the distance assistant for author Gini Koch, proud aunt of Charlie and dog mom of Cleo. :) Three years ago I only read UF and PNR. Now I've swung the other direction and only read contemporary romance.
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 haven't done a read-a-thon in awhile,  mainly because of my work schedule but today I'll be taking lots of breaks to do memes and visiting other blogs. I'll also try to post everything readathon related in this post so I don't have 20 million posts all relatively the same.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Where have I been & Dewey's Readathon

I've sat down to write a review I don't know how many times this year, but something has always managed to distract me. Like right now, my dog is giving me the side eye to give her more treats, but I'm not going to cave in!  I'll be strong and finish this post even if her whines get to be supersonic level, lol!
Sure she looks all innocent in this picture but get her in the right mood and watch out! I've got to be honest, I'm not really sure how I lost the drive to blog, but lose it I did. The bi-annual Dewey's Readathon, though has motivated me to get back into reviewing again-maybe not as much as before, and maybe not in the same style, but I've found that I've missed gushing about my favorite new find or whining about a book that had such great potential but fizzled out.  It's no secret (at least on twitter) that I've been in a massive slump-I know I need a break from romance, but I just can't seem to take it! Here are a few books that I'm planning on reading on Saturday:






All of these books have been on my tbr shelf for much, much too long!!  Hopefully the readathon will be just what the doctor ordered to get me back into blogging!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Guest Post With Lauren Hammond

Please help me welcome Lauren Hammond, author of These Walls That Bind Me. She's here today talking about her newest novella, These Walls That Bind Me and her favorite reads!

 First off, I'd like to thank Colette for having me on her blog today.
Secondly, today's post is a top five list of some of my favorite reads and why I love them so much, along with some deets on my latest novella, These Walls That Bind Me.
I'm going to go ahead and kick things off with....

5. Ashes to Angels by Natalie McCollum - This book was one word and that word is brilliant. Not only is it dark, but it is raw and edgy too. Combine that with the fact that the dialogue is executed through song lyrics and you've got yourself one unique and epic read. An epic read, indeed.

4. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma - Who doesn't love a book that makes you question your own thoughts and beliefs? I loved this book so much for that very reason. It made me question my thoughts, my theories, and all of the morals I was raised with.

3. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber - This book was amazing. I don't know if it was the setting, the interesting choice of a main character, or the structure of the story that made me love it so much. Okay, okay, for me, it was definitely the setting, Victorian London. What else is awesome is that you feel like you witness the climb of a girl from the gutter up close and personally. How it seems more about luck and promiscuity rather than the beauty of Sugar.

2. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher - I like to think that sometimes there is true beauty in heartbreak. Just like I like to think that half of the time happily-ever-afters are a facade because unfortunately they're not always realistic. I don't know if it's just me, but I love any book with a real quality to it and this book has it, hands down.

1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver - Delirium. Ah, Delirium. I don't think I can ever sing praises for this book enough, the same way I can't imagine what it's like to live in a world where it is forbidden to love someone. For one thing, Oliver's writing is poetic and beautiful. But it's not only that, but story in itself is unique, not to mention moving and at times heart-wrenching.
If you guys get a chance, check these reads out! I promise you, they won't be disappointing!


Also, if you're in the mood for a short, yet fun and emotional read, check out my latest novella, These Walls That Bind Me!
Here's the synopsis -
I love to hate you and I hate to love you.

Ruby Dixon has always believed that every girl has that one guy...
You know...
The one that she just can't let go of.
The one that broke her heart.
The one that got away.
Yes...
Every girl has that one guy.
And Ruby just so happens to be locked in a room with hers.




















Buy Links: 

Barnes and Noble link. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Review: Universal Alien by Gini Koch


Title: Universal Alien
Author: Gini Koch
Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt #10
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: DAW
Number of Pages: 544
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Source: Publisher











Issues with Australia need to be straightened out, so the White House sends the Vice President and his wife, aka Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, over to handle the situation. But before Kitty can make things worse, she’s suddenly in another world -- one where she’s been married to Charles Reynolds for years and aliens don’t exist. Kitty’s not the only one confused, because the Kitty from that world has taken her place in this one. Can they both 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?



I can't believe that this is the tenth book in the Katherine "Kitty" Katt series by Gini Koch. Where has the time go? Normally by this point in a series, I've stopped reading because the plots get recycled and the love interest still hasn't been resolved. Not so with this series! I really didn't know how Gini would be able to top the last couple of books, but she did with this one.

I love how she is able to bring life into this series by providing a huge twist, and honestly I can't believe I didn't guess what was going to happen from the title of the book! Throughout the series Kitty has talked about there being multiple universes, and I'm glad that we got to experience one. I can't say much about this book without giving anything away, but there are classic Kittyisms, great music playlists and lots of action and twists you just don't see coming. 

I think that what I loved most about this book was that it gave Chuckie fans a glance to see what could've been, and for Jeff fans to see what life would be like without him in it. There is just so much goodness in this book, and so many characters that I wanted to hug.  

This is not a book that can be read on it's own-I highly recommend reading the others in this series first, otherwise there are bits and pieces that just won't be fixed, If you haven't started the series, the books are fast reads and have so many laugh out loud moments in them.   

Universal Alien is so far my favorite book of the year, and Koch's writing just gets better and better with each book. You just never know what will happen next. The pages practically turn on their own.


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.