Whatever Wednesday

It’s Whatever Wednesday and I thought we would do something fun–a book reading challenge. The Booktubers over on Youtube, are doing their yearly challenges, so I thought we would join them.
Here are the rules: read seven books, in seven days. There will be seven challenges in those seven days. You can mix the challenges, as long as you still read seven books, in seven days.
Challenge one–read a book whose author has the same first letter of his/her last name as yours.
Challenge two: read a book with the color green on the cover.
Challenge three: read a book that you can read in one day.
Challenge four: read a book written by your favorite author.
Challenge five: read a book that someone else recommended.
Challenge six: read a fairytale that has been rewritten, example: Cinder.
Challenge seven: read a book that has some kind of historical fiction in it, example: Shades of Gray, by Carolyn Reeder.
You can do this anytime. Expand your horizons and have fun.
See you tomorrow for Thriller Thursday. I’m excited! I will be blogging about Mary Higgins Clark.

Remember, whichever books you read, please leave reviews.

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Dystopian Tuesday

I have been trying to kickstart my brain, so I can write. I sit at the computer and a flatline runs through my head. Some days there are crickets. I have people breathing down my neck for me to get the fourth book of Prince Andy and the Misfits done and I have only written 28,000 words so far.
So I took a Fablehaven vacation. It has been wonderful reading my favorite series. This will be my fifth time reading it, that’s how much I like it. I’m starting to get blips in my imagination thought processes, so that’s encouraging.
I think the reason I’m having such a hard time, is because I haven’t sat at my computer to write anything in such a long time, other than my blog. My brain feels a little disconnected to my characters. Hopefully, reading many books will get me going again.
Now on to Dystopian Tuesday. For a while, I have been looking at a series of books by Ann Aguirre, called the Razorland series.
In Books-A-Million–my favorite haunt–you can find the second and third books, both in hardback, in the discounted section. Both of them are only $3.97 each. That’s pretty good. I think the first book is $9.99. So you could end up with all three books under $20, especially if you have a Books-A-Million discount card. If you have never checked out the discount section, you need to. That’s where I find a lot of my books.
There are three books so far, in the series: Enclave, Outpost, and Horde. I love the book covers! They really grab your attention.
Here is what Enclave is about:
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters–or Freaks–who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight–guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.
Ann Aguirre’s thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world–facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.

I have read nothing but good about these books. I’m hoping to pick up all three on Friday. Sadly, the first book on Kindle is $7.09 on Amazon. That’s a little high, especially when you can buy the hardback for just under $10.
Remember, if you buy a book, please leave a review.

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004H1TC9S/ref=series_dp_rw_ca_1

Whatever Wednesday

Today is Whatever Wednesday, and I’m going to talk about a television show that I have been watching on Netflix. It’s called, When Calls the Heart. This show is based off the book series by Janette Oke. I just love all of her books. I think I have read nearly every book she has ever put out. Once, I even wanted to write like her, but I quickly found out that I’m just not a western, frontiersmen, kind of writer. But Janette Oke has it down pat and she does it so well.
The first series I read by her was, Love Comes Softly. Such a heart-wrenching series. It will have you laughing and crying at the same time. In fact, I think nearly every one of her books is that way. And the plus side is, she throws God in the mix. Yes, these are Christian books, with wonderful life lessons.
On to the show. The show embodies the When Calls the Heart books so well. You have the love/hate relationship that the characters Jack and Elizabeth share, you have the troubles of the coal miners and the widows that coal mine created, throw in a bad guy or two, the beautiful scenery of Canada and you have a wonderful show. And let’s not forget that the show was developed by Michael Landon, Jr. He definitely has his father’s touch, when it comes to family shows. Little House on the Prairie was one of my favorites when I was growing up. How about you?
Here is what the show is about: When Calls the Heart tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high-society life. She receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal-mining town in Western Canada (most likely the District of Alberta, as the town of Medicine Hat is mentioned as the nearest larger settlement). There, life is simple–but often fraught with challenges. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Royal North West Mounted Police Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing). He believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter.
Living in this 1910 coal town, Elizabeth must learn the ways of the Canadian frontier movement if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own. Lori Loughlin portrays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, and her only son–along with a dozen other miners–have recently been killed in an explosion, which turns out to have been a tragic accident waiting to happen–a result of the mining-company site manager’s irresponsible management and lack of due care in his management of the mine. The newly-widowed women find their faith tested when they must go to work in the mine to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table, and compile a wage for the town’s teacher.[9]
Doesn’t that sound amazing! The show has a Facebook page and you can hop over there and give it a Like and become a fan called a‪#‎Hearties‬. I’m definitely one.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whencallstheheart?fref=ts
The show is now in its second season. You can find it on the #Hallmark channel or if you have ‪#Netflix, you can watch the first season there.

Also, you can find Janette Oke’s books on Amazon. Read them, you will enjoy every minute. Don’t forget, if you purchase a book, please leave a review.

http://www.amazon.com/When-Calls-Heart-Canadian-West-ebook/dp/B005BOXICM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1437579553&sr=1-1&keywords=janette+oke+when+calls+the+heart+series

The trailer for When Calls the Heart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48P1jc5tyTw

Dystopian Tuesday

Whoo-hoo, it’s Dystopian Tuesday! One of my favorites and I know some others, who like Dystopian as much as I do. So, let’s get started.
I like to go to Books-A-Million or the library and peruse the aisles, get a feel for what I want to read. Sure, I could sit and look on my phone or the computer, but it’s just not the same. For some time now, I have been eyeing the series called, The Selection, by Kiera Cass. I have been a little hesitant because it seems very “girly”, and by that, I mean it seems to have a whole lot of romance in it by reading the description. I’m just not a “girly” kind of girl. Of course, I might be wrong. My daughter has been wanting to read this series for some time now, but she’s in college and doesn’t have a whole lot of time to read. However, she will finish her summer semester in two weeks, so I thought we could read this series together. Please chime in, if you have read this series. I would love to know your thoughts. Just don’t reveal too much about the books. What I really want to know is did you like the books and are they worth reading?

Here is the back matter for the first book: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Sadly, the first book is not free on Kindle, but the price isn’t bad, either–$4.99, or you can order the paperback for $5.17. I will be getting the paperback for my bookshelf.
Also, check out Kiera Cass’ other books on Amazon and if you purchase a book, please leave a review.

http://www.amazon.com/Selection-Kiera-Cass-ebook/dp/B006564VQC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1437490765&sr=1-1

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SciFi Monday

I just have to apologize once again, on my spotty blog posts. This has been the craziest summer I have had in a long time.
It’s Scifi Monday and I thought I found the perfect book for you–and then I found out that the grammar and spelling were really bad, so I skipped that book and found another. The book I was going to post is free on Kindle, so I will post a link to it at the bottom of this post, so you can check it out.
Now on to today’s book. Sadly, it’s not free on Kindle, but the story sounds so good, that you just might pay money for it. It’s called, Magonia and it was written by Maria Dahvana Headley.
Here is the back matter for the book:
Aza Ray Boyle is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.
Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.
Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza’s hands lies fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

It sounds really good and I’m thinking of buying the hardback. The Kindle is $10.99, which is a little steep for reading it on a device. If I’m going to pay that kind of money, I would prefer to hold the book in my hands.
Remember, if you purchase a book, please leave a review. We authors need reviews to sell books.

Here is the link to Magonia: http://www.amazon.com/Magonia-Maria-Dahvana-Headley/dp/0062320521/ref=pd_sim_sbs_14_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1W3ZMS70ZHB4Z706EM60

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Here is the link to that other book I was talking about at the top of the post: http://www.amazon.com/Freak-Nature-IFICS-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00AZOS2PG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

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Thriller Thursday

It’s Thriller Thursday, yay! I did a lot of searching for thrillers and kept coming back to Agatha Christie. You just can’t beat a Christie novel. She was a genius. She wrote 33 novels and 53 short stories. I have to give it to the woman, she wrote her novels on a typewriter. What a pain! No backspacing or deleting. As an author in the 21st century, I have it made. Computers are wonderful.
Of the characters that Christie came up with, Miss Marple is my favorite. She had wit and style. Hercule Pariot was wonderful, too, but Miss Marple was a cute, old lady, with a brain for figuring out murders.
Today, I’m featuring Christie’s novel, And Then There Were None; a masterful thriller, that Dame Christie, herself, said was a masterpiece. And they made it into a movie, which is awesome!
Here is the plot of the story: First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.
It sounds thrilling, doesn’t it? It sales for $6.99 for Kindle, but she’s worth it. Or, you can buy it on paperback for $10.33.

Here is the link to the movie: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2a64wh_and-then-there-were-none-1945-full-movie_shortfilms

http://www.amazon.com/Then-There-Were-None/dp/0062073486/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437063987&sr=8-1&keywords=And+Then+there+were+none

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Dystopian Tuesday

It’s Dystopian Tuesday and I have found you a cool novel, that’s free on Kindle. It’s called, Worlds Undone, and is a collection of short, Dystopian stories. Here is what the stories are about:

It’s a fight for life in Worlds Undone. The only way to live through these post-apocalyptic times is to stand up against authority, hone in on special gifts, and learn to control the elements. In these stories of survival against all odds, heroes will rise and the evil ones will fall; and amidst the darkness, they might just find hope and love.

Worlds Undone features five novels from bestselling authors. Dive into these dystopian and apocalyptic worlds that will keep you rooting for hope and reading well into the night. Check out more about the included stories below:

The Woodlands by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
In Russia, after a race war has decimated the planet, the Superiors who control the compounds of the Woodlands are obsessed with creating a ‘raceless’ race, convinced it is the only way to avoid war. Collecting troublemakers for use in their high-tech breeding program, they should have lifted the claw when it passed over sixteen-year-old Rosa’s head. She is strong. She is loved. She will fight.

Project ELE by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels
With millions dying each day from a brutal heat wave, fifteen-year-old Willow relocates to a government shelter—where chaos, romance, and strange new powers await her. A must-read doomsday saga with nearly 100 five-star Amazon reviews!

Concealed in the Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith
Sydney will escape with her sister if they’re denied the right to be together. Chip implants, the electric barrier, and the interest of two opposing forces amplify the danger. Can she trust the side she fights for? Can she receive unexpected love? When her sister’s life is jeopardized, she’ll have to weigh new love against the only one she has known. The cost could be deadly. How will she choose?

The Bionics by Alicia Michaels
All I wanted was to be a normal girl. But the nuclear war that laid waste to our country killed any hope I had. They took everything, including my humanity. I’m now half-human, half-machine, part of the freak show that is the Restoration Project. They hate what they created, fearing us for being strong. What they don’t know is—there’s a Resistance and The Bionics aren’t going down without a fight.

Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger
Xander’s simple life is turned upside down when he discovers he’s the newest Wind Warrior, a race of supernatural men and women who control the air. However, they’re not alone and as their time comes to an end, the Fire Warriors grow more and more eager to claim the planet as their own.

If you purchase a copy, please remember to leave a review.

Like I said, it’s free on Kindle, so head over to Amazon and get your copy.

http://www.amazon.com/Worlds-Undone-Lauren-Nicolle-Taylor-ebook/dp/B00NOABQX8/ref=sr_1_27?ie=UTF8&qid=1436894982&sr=8-27&keywords=Dystopian+teen

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