Book Spotlight: Dead Dreams by Emma Right

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Eighteen-year-old Brie O’Mara has so much going for her: a loving family in the sidelines, an heiress for a roommate, and dreams that might just come true. Big dreams–of going to acting school, finishing college and making a name for herself. She is about to be the envy of everyone she knew. What more could she hope for? Except her dreams are about to lead her down the road to nightmares. Nightmares that could turn into a deadly reality.

Book Title: Dead Dreams, Book 1, a young adult contemporary psychological thriller and mystery

Print Length: 170 pages

Publisher: Right House Books; 2013 First edition

(August 26, 2013)

Format: Kindle

ASIN: B00ESVEVBQ

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Emma Right is a happy wife and Christian homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, a bunny and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and when she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.

Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.

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First Chapter Review: Chasing Memories by Tia Silverthorne Bach and Giveaway

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Tia Silverthorne Bach is on a virtual book tour this month to promote her coming-of-age story, Chasing Memories. I have agreed to review the first chapter of this novel for the tour.

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BLURB: There isn’t another way; not now. The others are coming. I can’t let them have you…

Seventeen-year-old Reagan has a problem: She can’t remember what happened the night her brother was taken.

Now, the dreams haunting her from the incident are becoming more intense by the day. All the while, the lines between what’s real and what’s a product of her paranormal-obsessed mind are becoming blurred.

Is she losing her mind or has she just stepped into a world she thought only existed in books?

Caught in a web of worried parents, competing boys, Wiccan relatives, protective amulets, and psychiatrist babble, Reagan must determine the truth before it’s too late.

COVER: Very intriguing. Though based upon the prologue and first chapter I have no idea what the werewolf (maybe) peering through the the bushes has to do with the story line, this is an excellent cover choice for the genre. This will be a dramatic story that involves family, hunting, and the paranormal, so the creepy eyes staring out at the reader catches your attention.  All covers should be this good.

FIRST CHAPTER: Reagan is bored by life in Superior, Colorado. Not much happens there and she is forced to deal with a mom who seems like she’s trying to become BFFs with Reagan and her friends, an outdoorsman of a father who has planned a family vacation to Yellowstone where she’ll be stuck camping in a tent and freezing her butt off, and an annoying little brother who she has to drive everywhere.

It’s her senior year in high school and she should be thrilled that her boyfriend Dex is so into her, but she’s not. Like her parents, he seems to run her life. But hopefully things will change when she heads off to college next year.

KEEP READING: If I had to base my opinion solely upon the first chapter, I would probably say no.  Reagan comes off as a bit of a whiner and not a tremendous amount happens that compels me to keep going.  There’s a party. Stuff happens. Reagan is unhappy about Dex and her parents running her life. But overall, she doesn’t come across as someone I want to get to know.

That all changes, however, when you read the prologue first. The events in the prologue actually occur a week later than what takes place in Chapter One.  The family is in Yellowstone when something unexpected and horrible happens. The prologue is so enticing and thrilling that a first chapter filled with everyday happenings in small town America drops the intensity from the top of the mountain to the lowest point in the valley.  The shift in pace is felt immediately.  My confusion increases when the second chapter brings the reader back to the events from the Yellowstone cliffhanger from the prologue.

I definitely plan to continue, but I hope the pace evens out a bit. I don’t mind peaks and valleys, but I don’t want to feel like I’m riding the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney, dropping thirteen stories each time I switch chapters.

Reviewer’s note: Due to the content of what I’ve read so far, I wouldn’t suggest this book for anyone under the age of 16.

Prices/Formats: $3.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
Pages: 296
Publisher: self-published
Release: May 22, 2013

Kindle buy link ($3.99):
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D7TFM5E?tag=tributebooks-20

Amazon paperback buy link ($12.99):
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1484820541?tag=tributebooks-20

Barnes and Noble paperback buy link ($12.99):
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Tia Silverthorne Bach is an avid reader, sometimes runner, involved wife and mother, and rabid grammar hound in addition to being a multi-genre writer. Her three daughters were born in Chicago, San Diego, and Baltimore; and she feels fortunate to have called many places home. She’s the award-winning co-author of Depression Cookies, a coming of age story written with her mother. Tia’s office is wherever her laptop takes her and any place that’s conducive to allowing a wild imagination like hers to flourish.

Tia Silverthorne Bach’s Web Site:
http://depressioncookies.com/

Tia Silverthorne Bach’s Author Blog:
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I received a PDF version of this book from the author’s publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Interview with Philip Coleman, Author of The Master’s Book

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Philip Coleman has lived and worked as a biologist in four countries, including a sojourn in Brussels that inspired this story. Currently he lives in France and works for a conservation NGO based in Switzerland. Apart from writing, his hobbies are reading (fiction and history), painting, cinema, cooking and enjoying Alpine scenery. He has a grown-up son and daughter (and no, their names aren’t Sean and Maeve!)

My website is still in development and will feature a blog. In the meantime, here is my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/philipcolemanauthor.

Thank you for joining us today, Philip Coleman. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Well, in my day-job I’m a biologist, but I’ve always loved books, a liking I was happy to pass on to my children. One of the happiest periods in my life was when I lived in Brussels, where I had a very exciting job but also had the opportunity to share with my children their discovery of many beautiful places in Europe that were easily accessible by road or rail. I enjoyed writing this book because it was a way of re-living that experience.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I used to write as a teenager but I abandoned it until a few years ago when, on my daughter’s recommendation, I picked up Philip Pullman’s trilogy, His Dark Materials. That prompted me to try my hand at young adult fiction; my first attempts were fantasy but then I came up with this idea for a story in a contemporary setting with a historical twist.

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

Maybe it’s a way of re-capturing my children’s growing years! They are both grown-up now, but that time when they hadn’t completely lost their sense of wonder was very precious.

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

The fun part is sharing the healthy irreverence and sense of mischief of young teenagers, and trying to convey this in my writing; it’s the time when they want to shake off adult supervision but are still a bit unsure of themselves. The greatest challenge is simply to be entertaining and not to lecture my readers.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

The Master’s Book is a thriller about Sean, an Irish boy in Brussels, and Stephanie, his pretty mixed-race classmate, who discover a rare medieval illuminated manuscript in Sean’s basement, sparking off a theft, several murders and an attempted kidnapping.

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Most people who haven’t been to Brussels think of it as a grey, boring city, dominated by EU office blocks. They aren’t completely wrong, of course. But they don’t appreciate how quirky – and sometimes beautiful – parts of the city and its surrounding towns are. And the sense of a long history is never far away, since the city changed hands from the Holy Roman Empire to the Duchy of Burgundy, to Spain, to France, and to the Netherlands, before becoming capital of the new country called Belgium in the 19th century. So I wanted to capture this exciting mix of the old and the modern.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

You can buy my book at the MuseItUp Publishing Bookstore and at Amazon.

What is up next for you?

I am currently working on a sequel, which will revolve around fugitives from a recent historical event with a Belgian connection: the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.

Do you have anything else to add?

Just to say thank you for the interview! It’s been fun.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Philip. We wish you much success.

Guest Book Review: The Gift by Jonathan Lynch

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Print Length: 276 pages
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B008H5GTMI
Seventeen-year-old Michael decides to end it all one day. He feels he has nothing to live for. His life at school is a misery because of a gang of bullies; he has never kissed a girl; and his diary, in which he documents all his troubles, seems to be his only consolation. However, when he tries to commit suicide with pills washed down with alcohol, he wakes to find himself alive with no trace of pills, alcohol, or his suicide note. There is, however, a note telling him he will receive a visit from a stranger, offering him a chance at a new life. He can have all he desires, based on a handshake and a promise. This chance—aka the Gift—comes with a price. In 66 years’ time, Michael must do the strange visitor a small favor. If he accepts, then he cannot break this bargain. Michael reasons that 66 years is a long time. What can possibly go wrong? His life is transformed when he changes physically and mentally to a state of almost-perfection; his mother wins a vast fortune; and he begins a relationship with the girl he always worshipped from afar. But the man in black returns sooner than expected and demands his price.
What an interesting read! This book is a YA paranormal thriller with wide appeal. Author Jonathan Lynch has a gift for description, and knows how to turn up the tension. My only criticism here would be that in some very exciting scenes, the descriptions tend to slow down the pace. The characters are well-drawn and believable, especially Michael. The reader can really identify with him. The plot moves in and out of various people’s lives, drawing dark threads together as the mysterious stranger works on his own (otherworldly) agenda. Can Michael escape the fate he has chosen for himself? When dark forces conspire to claim the blood price, can Michael break this deadly pact? Reminiscent of the legend of Faust, who surrendered moral integrity for power and success, the story also throws up interesting questions of good versus evil; what is truth, and what things are beyond price. The book ends in a fascinating way, and I’m sure readers would love a continuation. Recommended.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Gift-ebook/dp/B008H5GTMI/

Reviewer’s bio: Fiona Ingram is an award-winning middle grade author who is passionate about getting kids interested in reading. Find out more about Fiona and her books on www.FionaIngram.com. She reviews books for the Jozikids Blog.

From the Family Bookshelf

I figure I better keep on top of this column if I ever want it to be successful. Besides, with Little Shepherd coming out soon I know I’ll miss a week here or there while I am busy promoting my book.

Dad hasn’t had much reading time lately. We came back from vacation and he’s been busy working his tail off. We took in a KISS concert last week, but that’s pretty much been all the goof-off time he’s had. Vince Flynn’s The Third Option is still on his nightstand.

Both the girls have been racking up the playtime with their friends, trying to hold onto the last couple of weeks of their summer vacation. Other than a tween magazine, no reading has happened. The Lil Diva was distressed to find out that she must read silently in class 30 minutes a day. That didn’t go over well.  🙂

Then there’s me, Mom. After teaching Vacation Bible School for a week, I’m tuckered out, but I still got a chance to read.

I finished the home and garden decorating book, Paula Deen’s Savannah Style, and the thriller,  The Chill of Night by James Hayman. I’ve also been reading a manuscript for one of my son’s friends. He’s got a great handle on the English language, so that’s a plus. I’m currently reading Renters Win, Home Owners Lose by Tom Graneau.

Hope you’ve enjoyed From the Family Bookshelf. Until next time, keep reading!

 



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