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SciFi Monday

I’M BACK! I joined in the read-a-thon that was happening over on Youtube, put on by the booktubers. You had to read seven books in seven days. My youngest was really into doing the read-a-thon this year, so I decided to join her. I only read five books, but hey, that’s still pretty good, especially since I had one day where we went to Shreveport, La. and the next day I went to Magnolia, Arkansas. Lots of running.
If you ever get a chance to join in their read-a-thon, do it. It’s a lot of fun. They also have daily challenges that you do, along with all of the reading. It can be pretty intense. They had one day where you had to build a structure with books. My daughter built the Eiffel Tower. It was pretty cool. They give out prizes for the daily challenges, which is nice. The website, Book Depository, promotes the booktube-a-thon. They also give huge discounts during that week, so you can get a lot of books really cheap. They also have no shipping charges to anywhere in the world, which helps keep the prices of books down.
I look forward to next summer’s read-a-thon. I will try to give each of you a heads up when they will be doing the booktube-a-thon and give links so you can check it out.
I will post the link below to my daughter’s Youtube video of the Eiffel Tower, so you can check that out.

Now on to SciFi Monday. I found a book called, Wild-born (Psionic Pentalogy Book 1) by Adrian Howell. I have been eyeing this book for some time now and decided today would be the day, especially since the first book in the series if free on Kindle.
Here is the back matter for the book:
A telekinetic teenager. A telepathic child. A psionic war.
When young Adrian Howell discovers he possesses powerful telekinetic abilities, he is plunged into a sinister world of warring paranormal factions and terrifying government organizations. Adrian must discover what really happened to his missing sister. But to do this, he will first have to find his place among fugitives like himself, and protect the life of a deeply scarred child who can speak only through her mind… a child who will change Adrian’s life forever.
Sounds good. Don’t forget, leave a review if you purchase a book.

Haylee’s Youtube Eiffel Tower made from books. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct66S66DC5U

http://www.amazon.com/Wild-born-Psionic-Pentalogy-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00AM1H5PK/ref=sr_1_15?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1439220006&sr=1-15&keywords=Middle+grade+science+fiction

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Thriller Thursday

It’s Thriller Thursday and I have a treat for you. As promised, I will be writing about Mary Higgins Clark today. When I wrote my first novel, it was a murder mystery. I had been reading Mary Higgins Clark and I got to thinking, if Mary Higgins Clark can do it, so can I. Of course, my murder mystery is still sitting on the shelf, where as Mary Higgins Clark just finished her 51st novel. She is the “queen” of the American murder mysteries.
Her first novel, Where Are The Children, is in its seventy-fifth printing. I can understand why, it’s a really good book. In fact, of the fifty-one novels, I have read sixteen of them. Each one unique.
Today, I will be talking about my favorite MHC novel, You Belong To Me. Such a great book and very well written. She took the song, You Belong To Me and made a murder mystery surrounding the lyrics. Brilliant! There’s a murder along the Nile, on a tropic isle, in a market place in old Algier, and in a jungle when it’s wet with rain. Makes me want to dig through songs and come up with a bestselling novel. Sigh. Oh well, I may never be a Mary Higgins Clark, but I can dream.

Here is the back matter for You Belong To Me:
When psychologist Dr. Susan Chandler uses her call-in radio show to explore the issue of lonesome women who disappear and are later found to have been victims of seductive killers, she has no way of knowing she is exposing herself — and those closest to her — to the very horror she is warning others against.
After a listener calls in offering information about the mysterious disappearance from a luxury ocean liner of wealthy investment advisor Regina Clausen, the caller meets with a terrible accident. Or so say the police. As Susan begins to investigate, she quickly finds herself in a race against time — and an assassin who targets not only vulnerable women, but anyone who might offer clues to his identity. Inching closer to the truth, Susan makes shocking dual discoveries: that the killer may be an important figure in her own life, and that she herself is marked for murder.
As unpredictable as it is daring, You Belong To Me delivers a series of electrifying jolts as Mary Higgins Clark makes yet another brilliant entry in the annals of classic suspense.

Doesn’t it sound good? The sad thing is, you can’t get this book on Amazon in print. I don’t know if they have stopped printing it, or what. But there is a Kindle edition.
Remember, if you purchase a book, please leave a review. Now, go buy a Mary Higgins Clark book and bury your nose. You won’t regret it.

you belong to me
Here is a list of Mary Higgins Clark books, in case you are interested. http://www.maryhigginsclark.com/book_page.php?isbn13=9780671004545

Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/You-Belong-Mary-Higgins-Clark-ebook/dp/B002JWD63A/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1438276466&sr=8-1&keywords=You+belong+to+me+paperback

Incarceron

It’s “Dystopian Tuesday” and I have found a gem for you. Sadly, it’s not free on Kindle. Today’s highlighted author is Catherine Fisher. She is a New York Times bestselling author. She has written nineteen novels. That’s impressive! I have seen her work in libraries and on Amazon, but I have never read any of her work. I intend to change that.
The books I am interested in, that were written by Catherine are, Incarceron and Sapphique. They are Dystopian at its best. Set in a prison world that’s not just four walls, with prison bars, this world takes you through metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. Sound intriguing?
Incarceron is a futuristic prison and an artificial world—a living,
artificial world run by Incarceron, an artificial intelligence. This tireless, inhuman “overlord” controls all life as it monitors inmates by means of cameras that appear as glowing red lights and dispenses punishment and death on a daily basis without mercy. Escape from Incarceron is a concept which few believe in, except those who insist that Sapphique, the legendary Sapient, has in fact achieved this very act.
Initially, the intent of Incarceron’s creators, the Sapienti, was to incarcerate all the criminals in the world and repair their morals to form a perfect society, controlled with the help of the Prison entity “Incarceron”. The prisoners and seventy Sapienti inside were sealed off from the world in order to control all variables in this experiment, with the exception of the prison Warden to oversee the project. However, after years of isolation and the failure of the perfect society, those inside have no way to seek help or escape when the Warden abandons the experiment’s aims.
Book 2, Sapphique, follows the main character, Finn, who escapes the prison world.
I believe these two books are next, on my “to buy” list. And to top it off, there are rumors of a movie starring, Taylor Lautner. Fun! 

You can check out Catherine Fisher’s works on Amazon, or on her web page. I will post links below.
Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for “Whatever Wednesday”.

Incarceron sold on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Incarceron-Catherine-Fisher-ebook/dp/B004Z4IKJU/ref=la_B000API3FO_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431442657&sr=1-1

Catherine Fisher’s web page: http://www.catherine-fisher.com/

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Fantasy Friday

It’s “Fantasy Friday”. Yay! I love fantasy. But I’m having problems with where fantasy has gone. You type in fantasy over on Amazon, and it comes up with stuff I would never read. Gone are the days of hobbits and elves. Now you have demons, angels and witches.
In my opinion (yes, this is my opinion, so don’t start screeching) demons and angels are real. One works for Satan and the other for God. Angels only interact with humans on God’s command and they aren’t about to fall in love with them or do any of the things written in books. And we aren’t aware of their interaction. The subject of demons is COMPLETELY closed in my book because they belong to someone I would rather not read about, (Satan) or watch movies that involve him. And I’m not a witchy woo kind of person. Things get really dark when you go there. Call me old-fashioned, but that’s how I feel. So, I’m limited as to what I will post.

I like Middle-Grade fiction. It’s safe territory. Don’t get me wrong, there are still some really good fantasy stories out there, it’s just getting harder to find.

Today, I chose a fun middle-grade fantasy for you all to look at, that was written by author Kevin McGill. Bonus: the whole series is free on Kindle. Score! There are three books so far: Book 1, Nikolas and Company: The Merman and the Moon Forgotten, book 2, Nikolas and Company: When Boats Breathe and Cities Speak, and book 3, Nikolas and Company: A Creature Most Foul. Here is what the first book is about:

Nick must save a race of Merfolk, but a few things stand in his way. First, Merfolk live on the Moon. Second, they’re tens of thousands of years in the past. Third, his parents grounded him for blowing up the shed, again.
Join Nikolas and his motley crew of friends as they time travel from an apocalyptic Earth to a fantastic moon thousands of years in the past. Nikolas will hear the call of a mysterious woman, battle evil drones, fly malfunctioning hover trucks, run from other-worldly monsters, witness the blue and yellow fire of blood-thirsty water dragons, and travel through space and time, as he seeks to save the Merfolk of the Eynclaene coast.

Please head over to Kevin’s page and give him a Like. Remember, if you purchase one of his books, please leave a review on Amazon, or that lovely place on Goodreads. You can also visit Kevin’s blog over on WordPress. I will post links below.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and I will see you Monday. By the way, Happy Mother’s Day to all those wonderful moms out there.

Kevin’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nicholasandco

Kevin’s blog on WordPress: https://overthewoodfence.wordpress.com/

Kevin’s books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kevin-McGill/e/B00577UT1Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Thriller Thursday

It’s “Thriller Thursday” and you know what that means, time to highlight another author. I was searching Amazon and found what looks like a very thrilling read. 15 Minutes: A Time Travel Suspense Thriller, was written by Jill Cooper. It looks so good! And the plus side is that is free on Kindle. (Claps hands and jumps for joy.) I love free books.

I like time travel movies and books. I don’t know how authors keep timelines in time travel stories straight. When writing a story you might say that a character did something at this hour, and then forget that you wrote that and have the characters doing something at the same hour, later on. I try to avoid time as much as I can in my writings. My brother once told me that Louis L’Amour has a problem with timelines in his books and he’s a very famous author.

One of my favorite time travel movies was, of course, the Time Machine. I like the one made in 2002, starring Guy Pearce. I also like the movie, Paycheck, starring Ben Affleck. Paycheck is on Netflix if you want to check it out. Also, let me know what your favorite time traveling movies are. I would be interested to know, so that I can check them out.

Here is what 15 Minutes is about: The future can be a dangerous place when you changed the past….
15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives a person when they travel to the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough for her to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago.
But the story she’s been told all her life is a lie. When Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever. A new house, new friends, and a new boyfriend turns Lara’s life upside down. She thinks if she can save her father from prison, reunite him with her mother, and everything will be fine.
15 Minutes is an edgy high-octane YA thriller where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn’t understand and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family.

Remember, if you purchase a book, please leave a review. Also, head over to Jill’s Facebook page and give it a Like.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jill-Cooper/319251368110396?fref=ts

You can purchase Jill’s book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/15-Minutes-Travel-Suspense-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00DB7RV60/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431011229&sr=1-6&keywords=Thrillers+Young+Adult

Also, I do giveaways over on my Facebook page, so head over there and give my page a Like and get in on the action.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Gammons/145105348851352

Whatever Wednesday

Today is “Whatever Wednesday” over on my Facebook page. I don’t know why, but I’m beginning to like “Whatever Wednesday” the best, out of all of the other days. I guess because there aren’t any restrictions, like the other days of the week. Today, I’m going to be writing about, The City of Ember series. I loved this series. Like Ella Enchanted, I watched the movie before I knew there was a book. I know–I’m slow. lol.

The movie was captivating and starred Bill Murray. How could it go wrong? He played a fat, slob of a mayor and who loved to hoard food and eat. It also starred Martin Landau, Tim Robbins, Mary Kay Place, David Ryall, Toby Jones and, of course, Saoirse Ronan (who played Lina) and Harry Treadway (who played Doon). Like with most movies made from books, Hollywood left out some stuff, but it worked.

I was hoping they would make the second book into a movie, but there wasn’t enough interest at the box office.

On to the series.

If you liked the movie, you will love the books. There are four in all–The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood, which is a prequel (you get to find out why they were down in such a deep hole) and the last book in the series, The Diamond of Darkhold. It’s weird how the books are in order. The prequel is the third book. I suggest you read it first and then read the other three.

Here is what The City of Ember is about: The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.

Here is what The People of Sparks is about: The People of Sparks picks up where The City of Ember leaves off. Lina and Doon have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above, and it isn’t long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. The Emberites soon come across a town where they are welcomed, fed, and given places to sleep. But the town’s resources are limited and it isn’t long before resentment begins to grow between the two groups. When anonymous acts of vandalism push them toward violence, it’s up to Lina and Doon to discover who’s behind the vandalism and why, before it’s too late.

Here is what The Diamond of Darkhold is about: It’s been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks. Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember. Together, Lina and Doon must go back underground to retrieve what was lost and bring light to a dark world.

Here is what The Prophet of Yonwood is about: It’s 50 years before the settlement of the city of Ember, and the world is in crisis. War looms on the horizon as 11-year-old Nickie and her aunt travel to the small town of Yonwood, North Carolina. There, one of the town’s respected citizens has had a terrible vision of fire and destruction. Her garbled words are taken as prophetic instruction on how to avoid the coming disaster. If only they can be interpreted correctly. . . .
As the people of Yonwood scramble to make sense of the woman’s mysterious utterances, Nickie explores the oddities she finds around town—her great-grandfather’s peculiar journals and papers, a reclusive neighbor who studies the heavens, a strange boy who is fascinated with snakes—all while keeping an eye out for ways to help the world. Is this vision her chance? Or is it already too late to avoid a devastating war?
In this prequel to the acclaimed The City of Ember and The People of Sparks, Jeanne DuPrau investigates how, in a world that seems out of control, hope and comfort can be found in the strangest of places.

Jeanne DuPrau hasn’t written anything since 2006. I was hoping for more stories from her since she is an awesome writer. However, she is now 70 years old and might not want to write anymore. She may just want an extended holiday and I don’t blame her. When you’re that age, you should get to do whatever you feel like doing. So kudos to her.

Remember, if you purchase one of her books, please leave a review.

Also, I do giveaways each month on my Facebook page, so head over there and give it a Like and get in on the action.

Have a great Wednesday!

Karen’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Gammons/145105348851352?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

The City of Ember on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/City-Ember-First-Book/dp/0375822747/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8