Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Top Ten Best Endings of Books Made Into Movies

Top Ten Best Endings of Books Made Into Movies
By Ariella Moon

1. Harry Potter (Entire Series) by J. K. Rowling
2. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
3. Holes by Louis Sachar
4. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
5. Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones
6. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
7. Catch Me if You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake by Frank. W. Abagnale
8. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
9. Spirited Away by Hayao Miyzaki
10. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

I’d also add many of the movie adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays, Ian Fleming’s Bond series, Jane Austen’s books, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series, and C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia.
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Please welcome Brian Rathbone, author of Godsland Series.  He's here to share his Top Ten List and to offer a giveaway!  Also, don't forget to check out his book!

Top ten indie authors who inspire me:
1.       Nicholas Taylor - http://nicholastaylor.co/books
2.       Chris Snelgrove - http://silverstonebooks.com
3.       Colin Earl - http://collinearl.com
4.       M. R. Mathias - http://www.mrmathias.com
5.       James A. West -  http://jamesawest.blogspot.com
6.       Scott Baughman - http://www.writegreatscott.com
7.       Tara Maya - http://taramayastales.blogspot.com
8.       Tracy Falbe - http://www.falbepublishing.com/braveluck
9.       Scott Sigler - http://scottsigler.com
10.   JC Hutchins - http://jchutchins.net

Monday, December 16, 2013

Interview, Book & Giveaway

INTERVIEW WITH MK HARKINS
AUTHOR OF INTENTIONAL

Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Harkins: I know the exact date – February 3rd, 2013.  I ran out of reading material on my Kindle. I stared at the wall, for what seemed like hours. It was then that I had a light bulb moment.  I thought “Well, if I can’t find anything to read, I’ll just write something!”  The “something” became my first novel, Intentional.

Q: Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?
Harkins: Yes and no.  I need uninterrupted time (I’m not one of those authors who can write for an hour per day) Give me four hours, and I’m good to go.  I do my best writing in the parking lot waiting for my daughter to finish her basketball practice.

Q: Where did you get the idea or inspiration for Intentional?
Harkins: I have absolutely no idea!  When I sat down to write Intentional, the words, plot, dialogue literally flew from my fingers to the keyboard.

Q: What books have most influenced your life?
Harkins: The first book I remember reading was Exodus. I was in the 7th grade and I couldn’t put it down. Although I can’t remember all the details, I’m sure it has made me more compassionate.

The next book would have to be Slammed by Colleen Hoover.  I know these two books are polar opposites, but nonetheless they both left their mark.  With Slammed, I was introduced to a simple, yet complex love story. It brought out all my dormant feelings of first love. My heart raced, my palms became sweaty – all of those feelings came back in a rush.  If it were not for Colleen Hoover, and her wonderful writing, I would not have written Intentional.  That’s a pretty big influence!

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Harkins: When I’m not writing, I like to think about writing.  When my fingers are not on my keyboard, my brain is batting around dialogue.  I think it’s called “Voices in my Head” but for writers, it means creativity, not craziness (I think!)

Q: Any future writing news you would like to share?
Harkins: Yes!  I am currently working on Unintentional, which follows the life of one of the characters from Intentional.

Book & Giveaway!

offering
The Offering by Kimberly Derting True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy. Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks. When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom. But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book & Giveaway!!!

 fighting for the Edge tour

Fighting for the Edge CoverFighting for the Edge Two friends. Two dreams. One night that changes everything… Ice dancer Aubrey London scoffs at romance. She’s focused on winning a medal at the upcoming Olympics and uses that as her excuse to avoid serious relationships. But when she and longtime friend Chris Grayden are thrown together by unforeseen circumstances, Aubrey finds herself questioning everything she's ever known about love, complicating her life both on and off the ice. Pairs skater Emily Petrov embraces romance. She and her husband Sergei still act like honeymooners two years after their wedding. As Emily’s coach, Sergei provides constant support while she prepares to challenge for gold at the Olympics. But Sergei’s support might not be enough to help Emily overcome the one challenge she never saw coming. With the Games only weeks away, Emily and Aubrey are on the verge of realizing their dreams. But one snowy, stormy night sets in motion a series of events that will test them in ways they never imagined, giving them more to fight for than Olympic medals.   

Review: Fool for Love

17855192Fool for Love by Merry Farmer

Source: Review Copy
Genre: Romance
Format: Paperback

From the Publisher...

Eric Quinlan was born a cowboy and a rancher and intends to die a cowboy and a rancher. But when his ranch is in danger of failing, he travels to the wilds of London looking for a business deal to save it. What he finds there are stuffed shirts, odd manners, and a damsel in distress.

Amelia Elphick’s life is over. She may have been born a lady, but when she finds herself jilted by a lover who leaves her pregnant and refuses to marry her, she seems destined for a life on the streets. When her employer’s rough but handsome houseguest, Eric, offers to rescue her from ruin, she has no choice but to say yes, even if it means moving halfway around the world.

But Amelia finds herself saying yes to more than a ticket west. What starts with a harmless lie tangles Amelia and Eric in a web of desire and deceit that exposes passions and turns their worlds upside-down. Eric believes Amelia holds the key to saving his beloved ranch and giving him the family he always wanted, but can he save her from the demons of her past without losing himself in the process?

People do foolish things when they’re in love…


From Me...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Book and Giveaway




Rook

Could you be the monster to save who you love?

Two women, separated by generations, must leave what they know to start a new life. Seventeen-year-old Kate’s senior year is ruined when she’s moved from the only home she’s ever known. After an isolating month alone in her apartment, school starts, but neither her classmates nor her teacher are who they seem. Kali, a single mother living in the nineteenth century wilds of Montana, is stalked by a malicious past. She fights to keep her daughter safe while her freedom is threatened by her less than benevolent benefactor. Both find love, and with it hope, but that is quickly ripped away as one woman must learn the lessons of the other — before it’s too late to save either.




Praise for Rook:


“This book also drew me in. I couldn’t let go of what was happening and when life intervened and forced me to close my computer I kept looking for a few moments to sit down and read some more.” Brookeworm, a Blog 4 Stars


“Rook had me hooked from the first page. It all started so mysteriously that I just had to know what it was all about. “ Jannat Bhat, Obsessive Compulsive Reader 4 Stars


“Rook is an amazing story that had me at the edge of my seat.” Tee Loves Kyle Jacobson Blog, 5 Stars

Excerpt


Is that him? Is he back?


My legs jerked, kicking and twitching me around to face the sound. I managed to roll slightly, knocking against a soft, solid object at my feet. It grunted weakly, and immediately I recoiled as though I had been bitten. Squinting, I stared, willing my eyes to find light in the dark, but there was nothing.


The sound of the runner drew closer, as if they would trample me any moment. A dim, swaying light appeared through the trees, burning away the inky edges of the deep shadows. When light and sound were almost upon me, branches above me snapped, spraying me in a shower of dried pine needles and snow.








Author Stella MacDonald





Stella is a married graduate student with three boys. Utah is home right now, but the need to wander has extended beyond the fantasy world of writing and into real life. She’s lived all around the US and even into the Middle East. The world is really a small place, only made bigger through imagination.





























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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Review and Giveaway: The Field

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From Me...

After finishing this book, I felt like I had read a solid YA almost scifi book from a talented author.  The plot was well structured and the writing was very good.  I did not feel overly passionate about the book, but sometimes that just happens.  Though not a requirement, I think it would be helpful to read this book as a soccer fan.  I have never really been into soccer, so I think that fact dampened my experience of this book.

I had only a few problems with the book, and they were minor.  I did feel like the dialogue was a little off.  Though teenagers should and do talk in a different manner than adults, for some reason these teenagers seemed too trendy.  Maybe it was my adult brain reading cliche teen phrases and being annoyed by their very existence in the world, but I did not enjoy that aspect of the characters.

Also, I'm not a science buff.  The author did a wonderful job of explaining the concepts in an interesting and understandable way, but I personally don't really get into science.  If Eric had a knack for writing or reading I would have been all in. :)

This is a cute easy read with lots of fun and intriguing plot twists.


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Book & Giveaway

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About The Master’s Book:

Sean moves to Brussels to a house that is a crime scene... 
Displaying The Master's Book Cover.jpgIn 1482 Mary, the last Duchess of Burgundy, lies on her deathbed in a castle in Flanders. She is only 25. In her final moments she makes a wish that, 500 years later, will threaten the lives of a boy and a girl living in Brussels. The Master’s Book is the story of Sean, an Irish teenager, just arrived in Brussels to a house that is also a crime scene. Together with Stephanie, his classmate, he finds an illuminated manuscript, only for it to be stolen almost at once.

Where did this manuscript come from? Who was it originally made for? Is there a connection with the beautiful tomb Sean has seen in Bruges? Above all, why does someone want this book so badly that they are prepared to kill for it? 

Part thriller and part paper-chase, this book is aimed at boys and girls of twelve and over. 

Interview With the Author

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

THE 12 NA’S OF CHRISTMAS
.99 CENT SALE!




The novellas written by the 12 NA’s of Christmas will be on sale beginning December 1st! From December 1st-11th, each day one of the novellas will be highlighted around the book community. Today, the novella spotlight is Christmas Catch by Chelsea M. Cameron. Check out the excerpt and enter the giveaway!

You can buy any of the 12 NA’s of Christmas titles on Amazon.



Two years ago, when Ivy Emerson bailed from the tiny fishing village she’d grown up in to go to Columbia, Sawyer McCallister was the only thing she was sad to leave behind, and she still didn’t look back. But when her mother guilts her into coming home for Christmas, she crashes headfirst into Sawyer, who’s also returned after being away.


Now that they’ve both been dragged back to Saltwater, Maine, they might just realize it’s where they belong. Together.
 
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