Monday, September 30, 2013

THE CURSE GIVER, A REVIEW

Happy Monday, all. Where did the weekend go? I have a great way to start the new week: a review of Dora Machado's latest novel THE CURSE GIVER. You may remember her trilogy that we talked about awhile ago. Here is her newest.



About the Book

Lusielle’s bleak but orderly life as a remedy mixer is shattered when her husband betrays her and she is sentenced to die for a crime she didn’t commit. She’s on the pyre, about to be burned, when a stranger breaks through the crowd and rescues her from the flames.

Brennus, Lord of Laonia is the last of his line. He is caught in the grip of a mysterious curse that has murdered his kin, doomed his people and embittered his life. To defeat the curse, he must hunt a birthmark and kill the woman who bears it in the foulest of ways. Lusielle bears such a mark.

Stalked by intrigue and confounded by the forbidden passion flaring between them, predator and prey must come together to defeat not only the vile curse, but also the curse giver who has already conjured their ends.
 
 
THE CURSE GIVER
My Review

By Dora Machado

Have you ever felt as though your life has been cursed, that whatever can go wrong will? Perhaps you’re right. What if there is such a thing/person/whatever that casts curses on a person or even a whole nation? A scary thought, right? It may just be possible.

Award Winning Author Dora Machado’s latest fantasy novel, THE CURSE GIVER, deals with curses, betrayal, trust, family loyalty, and love. Lusielle, on the brink of death by being burned alive because her husband turned her in as a practitioner of forbidden arts, is rescued by Lord Brennus, a highborn. He has ulterior motives for saving her life, however. Lord Bren (Brennus) has been cursed to die a horrible death. To save himself and his people he must find the woman with a special birthmark and kill her. Lusielle has that mark, and she also may be the only one who can defeat the curse giver and give Bren hope.

The author has created characters with good points and bad, like real people. They seem realistic for the time period they live in. Lusielle faces her uncertain future with bravery and cunning, surprising Bren more than once. I found myself hoping that Bren would change his mind about killing her. No, I’m not saying what happens between them. You’ll find out when you read the book. Minor characters, and there are a lot of them, add to the suspense and conflict of the story, making the reader, this reader anyway, anticipate their next actions. Thankfully, the author provides a glossary at the end to help keep track of the characters.

THE CURSE GIVER should appeal to fantasy lovers and to readers that enjoy a battle or two with swords swishing. And for those that like a good romance, you might just find it here. Dora Machado has written another winner, so pick up a copy or add one to your eReader and spend the evening, lost in another world.

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About the Author:

Dora Machado is the award winning author of the epic fantasy Stonewiser series and her newest novel, The Curse Giver, available from Twilight Times Books July 2013. She grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a fascination for writing and a taste for Merengue. After a lifetime of straddling such compelling but different worlds, fantasy is a natural fit to her stories. She lives in Florida with her husband and three very opinionated cats.

To learn more about Dora Machado and her novels, visit her website atwww.doramachado.com or contact her at Dora@doramachado.com.

Subscribe to her blog at http://www.doramachado.com/blog/, sign up for her newsletter at http://doramachado.com/newsletter.php and follow her onFacebook and Twitter
 
Happy Reading.



Friday, September 27, 2013

PLEASE WELCOME KARINA FABIAN

My guest today is Award Winning Author Karina Fabian, who so kindly agreed to stop by on her Virtual Tour to tell us about her latest book, MIND OVER PSYCHE, Book Two of the Mind Over Trilogy. Welcome, Karina. Tell us about your book. It sounds interesting. That is an intriguing cover. Poor boy with the thingies attached to his head.




Tag line: Can Deryl and his friend unlock the secrets of Deryl’s role on Kanaan before the Kanaan decide he is too dangerous to let live?

Blurb: Deryl isn’t crazy; he’s psychic. Desperate to escape the insane asylum, Deryl teleports to Kanaan, a world of telepaths who regard him as an oracle. But freedom comes at a price. The Kanaan expect their oracle to teach them to use their powers to wage war. Meanwhile, he’s falling in love, but to be with her means to share his psyche, which could drive her insane. Most dangerous of all, he hasn’t escaped the Call of the Master, enemy of the Kanaan, whose telepathic manipulations were why Deryl was committed in the first place. Now, the Master will forge Deryl’s powers into a weapon to kill all he loves or destroy his mind trying.


Excerpt:


Joshua returned to consciousness fully expecting to be in a hospital bed, his slashed throat swathed in bandages, his singing career over before it had started. His hands moved to his throat, found it bare and intact and breathed a prayer of thanks before opening his eyes.

He found himself on his back in a small, tree-lined meadow, but he didn’t recognize the trees.

He sat up slowly, more disoriented than dizzy. Had he had amnesia? “Sachiko?” he called. “Mom? Dad? Anyone?”

He saw Deryl lying on his side, unconscious. Not far from him, near a break in the treeline, stood—

Joshua gulped.

A unicorn!

…or something like a unicorn. Its rhinoceros-like horn and thick neck and shoulders made it a far scarier version than any Joshua had read about in fantasy novels. It stared straight at them.

Joshua licked dry lips. “Easy fella,” he soothed, and reached over to shake his friend. “Deryl, time to wake up.”

Part of Joshua’s mind gibbered that Deryl was really psychic, that he’d teleported them to an alien planet. Another part argued that he was dreaming or had gone insane himself. He told them both to shut up, but he couldn’t stop his breathing from accelerating or his hands from trembling as he shook his friend.

Deryl’s eyelids fluttered, then closed.

He’s drugged. Malachai’s zombiefied him again, and we’re stuck on another world!
He shook his friend harder. “Come on, man! Don’t do this to me. Wake up!”

Joshua heard hoof beats and turned in time to see several unicorns with red-clad riders approach from the trail. He vaguely noted they looked human, before his eyes focused on the swords they drew.

He did the only thing he could think of. He raised his arms, palms open, and said, “We come in peace!”

The warrior he faced, a scowling man with a narrow head, wide-set eyes, and a pocked and scarred face, didn’t understand him or didn’t care. He arched his sword toward Joshua.

Joshua covered his head with his arms and ducked.

· Paperback: 318 pages

· Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (September 13, 2013)

· Language: English

· ISBN-10: 1897492685

· ISBN-13: 978-1897492680

ASIN: B00F5C6NQI
Epub: https://www.getonic.com/EmbedStore/76200/1734

Kindle: https://www.getonic.com/EmbedStore/76202/3746

Print: www.amazon.com/Mind-Over-Psyche-Karina-Fabian/dp/1897492685

Now for a little about the Author:

 
I love this photo. Read what Karina has to say:

The Joy of Having Written
By Karina Fabian


Every now and then, we have Tabata week at the gym I attend. If you don’t know Tabata, think of it as being in labor: 20 seconds of hard pushing and pain, followed by ten seconds of rest. Of course, drugs are discouraged and your trainer might not appreciate it if you snarl, “This is your fault!” but it only lasts an hour, and then you’re done until the next day. Sometimes, I enjoy going to the gym, but it had been a crazy week, anyway, and my motivation was low, even less so for Tabata, but I went.

Why? Even though I didn’t look forward to going, I enjoyed having gone.

That’s how it goes with writing sometimes. There are plenty of times when I don’t feel like writing. Sometimes, other things in life seem much more important, whether planning a surprise for my husband’s retirement or doing dishes. Sometimes, it’s looking at my Amazon sales and realizing that, should something horrible happen to Rob, I would not be able to support my family on my writing. Rarely, but on occasion, a bad review or comment from someone will make me wonder why I bother.

But why I bother in those moments is the same reason I bother to go to the gym: Even if I don’t want to write, I invariably enjoy having written.

There’s a definite satisfaction in a scene well crafted, a character who comes alive on the keyboard, or a sentence that makes your eyes sting with its poignancy. (Just wrote one of those today, in fact.) There’s getting that message out of the blue from a reader saying they loved my book, or from an editor asking when the next story is coming. There’s that hope that this story, this novel, will be the one to break through—but of course, that will never happen if I don’t write it. I know, too, that I’m in this for the long term. I love writing. I love having written, and I love going back over my own stories and marveling anew at the adventures I lived without ever leaving my chair.

After eight months at the gym, including four or five weeks of Tabata, I’ve lost 25 pounds. That puts me at just under 145. One of the ladies asked me what my ultimate goal was. I suppose I could go for 120 or 125, which is what my weight from my teens to my early thirties, but I realize that it doesn’t matter as much to me, any longer. Maybe I'll get there, but if I can stay around 140 and keep going
with my exercising, then I’m satisfied.

You know, I have to keep that same attitude with my writing. Someday, I may make the NYT best-seller list. I may find my Amazon sales grow enough to let my husband quit his day job. But if that never happens, then if I can keep writing and producing and find readers who love my work, then I’m satisfied. Even when my motivation is low, and things around me discourage me from my craft, I keep pounding away at those words, the same way I pound away at the weights (minus the labor-like groaning, of course.)

After all, the real satisfaction is in having written.

Bio:

Winner of the 2010 INDIE for best Fantasy (Magic, Mensa and Mayhem), Karina Fabian has plenty of voices in her head without being psychic. Fortunately, they fuel her many stories, like the Mind Over trilogy. Mrs. Fabian teaches writing and book marketing seminars, but mostly is concerned with supporting her husband, Rob Fabian as he makes the exciting leap from military officer to civilian executive, getting her kids through high school and college, and surviving daily circuit torture…er, circuit training. Read about her adventures at http://fabianspace.com.


Find Karina at:
Website: http://fabianspace.com, http://dragoneyepi.net

Blog: http://fabianspace.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karina.fabian

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/KarinaFabian

Google +: https://plus.google.com/103660024891826015212


Give-Away Verbage:

E-book: Here’s your chance to win a free electronic copy of Mind Over Psyche. Leave a comment or question for Karina.


Thank you for visiting with us on your tour, Karina. Best of luck with your latest book.

Happy Reading.

 

Monday, September 23, 2013

ELIXIR BOUND VIRTUAL TOUR

What a lovely way to start a new week. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Author Katie L. Carroll and her new novel Elixir Bound. You're in for quite a treat today. So relax and enjoy. Welcome, Katie.


Thank you, Beverly, for having me and Elixir Bound on your blog today. The book is coming soon to paperback, but it’s been out in ebook for about a year. And it seems people have been reading it! Here are what some of those readers have said (you can find a bunch more reviews on the Elixir Bound Goodreads page).


“This book has many twists and turns, battles, not only physical battles but Katora has her own battles within herself as well. It is also a very cute love story. I would recommend this to anybody young or old. I literally could not put this book down. I just had to know what was going to happen next. I really hope to read more about Katora and the Kase family in the future.”
~Heather (Once Upon a Twilight Reviews full review here)


“An enchanting and epic read from the beginning all the way until the end…nothing about this book seemed plain and unoriginal but the complete opposite. All in all this book had a little bit of everything I love in a book. We had drama, romance, action, adventure, suspense, and even a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure. Would I recommend this book to others? Heck yeah I would and I already have been, actually.”
~Krystal (Krystal’s Enchanting Reads full review here)


“From almost the first pages, I was comparing it to some of my favorite high fantasy books, such as Eragon, and I couldn't help thinking that this book - written by a debut Indie author - was right up there with them.”
~Sandy (Magical Manuscripts Reviews full review here)



I love this cover.



Elixir Bound blurb:

Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone.

It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.

You can buy Elixir Bound at the MuseItUp bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iBooks, and other online book retailers.

 
Author Bio:

Katie L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote Elixir Bound and the forthcoming Elixir Saved so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book. Katie is also the author of the picture app The Bedtime Knight and an editor for MuseItUp Publishing. She lives not too far from the beach in a small Connecticut city with her husband and son. For more about Katie, visit her website at www.katielcarroll.com, friend her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter (@KatieLCarroll).

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Thank you for sharing your beautiful book with us today, Katie.




 
Katie is also having a giveaway. Looks like fun. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, September 20, 2013

ERIK IS TAKING CONTROL TODAY

Do I have a treat for you. I'm not posting today. That's all I'm saying. Erik, it's all yours.

See more the Character Book Club here.

Wow! Gee, thanks. I'm a guy of few words so we'll get started. Do you remember a while back when Millie from Millicent Marie is not My Name, by Karen Pokras Toz interviewed me for the Character Book Club?Yep. She asked some great questions. It's my turn now, and let me tell you, you do not want to miss Millie's answers. So here goes.


Hey, Millie. Nice to see you again. I’m curious about something. Hope you don’t mind explaining.
Your name is really Millicent Marie, right? Why don’t you like it? I think it’s cool having two names. I’m just plain old Erik. Or Ek to Storm, but we won’t go into that.
 

 
Well Millie is okay – I guess, I mean, it’s kind of growing on me. But Millicent Marie... it’s so looong. I mean come on – 5 syllables and 14 letters. Try writing that on every test paper at school. Erik is much better and not plain at all – plus, I was named after a family member that wasn’t exactly a shining member of society, if you get my drift.


 

Yeah, I get that. Family can sometimes be embarrassing. You play soccer and are pretty good at it from what I hear, but you want to quit because this Haylee girl is joining the team. Why would you let her run you off? Prove that you’re better than she is.
 
 
 
Looking back I know you’re right, but at the time it seemed like I had no other options. It was just me against her and all her friends. Now I know that if it ever happens again, I should go talk to the coach or some other adult.


 
Good idea. That's what coaches are for.
I always wished I had a brother, but after reading about your brother, Doogle, and how he loves to tease you and cause other trouble, like in posting your private diary online, I’m not so sure I want a brother now. Did you ever dream the blog would make you, AKA Amanda, the most popular kid in school? Do you regret the advice you gave people?

 
Listen – if you ever want to test out a brother, I’m more than happy to loan Doogle out to you... more than happy because yeah – that’s exactly what he did – he took my PRIVATE diary and published on the INTERNET! Okay, so yes, it turned into an uber popular blog, and yes, it turned me into a popular (yet anonymous) advice columnist (it’s a long story ... read the book heehee) BUT I didn’t like who I became, and I definitely didn’t like all of the advice I was giving out, because some of it was more like gossip – and gossip is NOT ok.




photo credit: Beverly McClure
 

On second thought, maybe being an only kid has its advantages. You joined the Drama Club because your crush, Jordan Cowell, belonged. I had a crush, too. She didn’t know I existed. In fact, she liked my so-called best friend. Anyway, I think you’re brave for taking Faith’s place in Romeo and Cinderella when she got sick. I’d be petrified if I had to get on stage in front of parents and kids to dance and act. How did you do it?
 

Ha! I didn’t actually have a choice when it came down to it – but thanks! I honestly have no idea how I got through it. It still feels like a dream. A dreamy dream.....



 Your idea of having a “library” card so you can exchange your parents if you want to is awesome. Can you get me one of those, too? How would you want your “borrowed” parents to be different to your real parents?

 
Of course – I think all us kids should have one of these “library cards.” So my wish-list, huh? Oh where do I begin? For starters, they would make Doogle do most of the chores instead of me. I’d get to sleep late on weekends, and they’d get me a cell phone.


 
Good ideas. Good luck. Changing the subject now. I can relate to how you feel about Eve. Some kids are just annoying. The twins, especially Star, were that way when I first met them. I finally figured out she had some good points. I guess maybe they just want attention. What do you think?
 

I think you’re right. Eve’s really not all that bad – it’s like you said, she can just be annoying. In small doses she’s okay. I’ve been trying to be a little more patient with her... trying.


 
  Going back to Amanda’s blog a minute, where you talked about bullies. I never thought much about bullies, didn’t even realize girls could be bullies. Do you really believe they’re mean to other kids because they have problems of their own?

 
Oh yeah, girls can definitely be mean. Trust me. And yes – I truly do think kids take their own problems out on other kids sometimes. You just never know what’s going on with them at home or outside of the situation you see them in. I’m not saying that makes their behavior okay or anything, I’m just saying that sometimes there’s more to it than just a kid being a bully for the sake of being a bully.


 
Yeah, I guess you're right. One last question. This is kind of personal so you don’t have to answer if you don’t want to. Why do girls like to hold a guy’s hand? Star was always grabbing mine. I kind of liked it, sometimes, but it also was embarrassing.
 

Oh ... um ... oh. I don’t know. Don’t boys like holding girls hands too?

photo credit: photobucket
 
Is that it? This was way cool! My very first interview WOOHOO! Thanks, Erik! It was so awesome of you to have me on your blog! Tell Star and her brother I said “Hi!” (Well she probably already knows that since she can read my mind dreams, right?)

Hey! I had a blast. Stop by any time. And right, you have to hide your thoughts when Star is around.

COMING NEXT MONTH
Check back in October when Terra, from Kai Strand's novel BEWARE OF THE WHITE, interviews Breeze, from my author's novel JUST BREEZE, on Kai's blog, for the Character Book Club. Mmm, More girls. We need more boy stories, don't ya think? Ah well, girls are interesting. Whoa! Did I say that? Scratches head! Later!

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Monday, September 16, 2013

JOSHUA'S TREE, AN EXCITING ADVENTURE

Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing JOSHUA'S TREE, by N. W. Harris. So relax and let's take a journey to the future, if you dare.



Doesn't the cover intrigue you? It does me.
 
 
JOSHUA’S TREE
By N. W. Harris
 
 
Most teens don’t celebrate their seventeenth birthday by having a skate boarding accident that sends them to a strange forest in a future time. Oh, and being stalked by eight-foot-tall creatures that smell like road kill isn’t exactly the sort of gift Joshua had in mind either.
 
 
In JOSHUA’S TREE, Author N. W. Harris’ debut YA Novel, Joshua Tyler finds himself not only in the future but in a fight for his life against sweepers, that kill their victims and then eat them. The author’s description of these creatures assure the reader you don’t want to meet one. Nadia, a brave and strong warrior whose village has been destroyed by the sweepers, saves Josh from the creatures. She believes he was sent to save the world, and her job is to protect him so he can fulfill his destiny and kill the Father, the creator.
 
 
The relationship between Josh and Nadia is rocky at the beginning, but as they face one danger after another in their quest to find the Father and destroy him, they know they must depend on each other to survive. The story contains plenty of action and fighting for adventure lovers. I wouldn’t recommend the book for readers under fourteen because of the violent scenes. Romance lovers will root for Josh and Nadia to realize that they’re perfect for one another, even though the teens would likely disagree, most of the time, anyhow. There are a few occasions … Well, I’ll let you read the book to see how their relationship develops.
 
 
JOSHUA’S TREE will keep you reading to see what trouble the teens get into next. There’s never a dull moment. The author keeps the characters and the reader guessing as to who to trust and who are the bad guys. An enjoyable story with more to come in the next book in the series. So pick up a copy for your eReader and take a journey to the future with Joshua and Nadia.
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You can pick up a copy at MuseItUp Publishing

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Wherever eBooks are sold.

Happy Reading.

Friday, September 13, 2013

FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH!

The Number Thirteen
 
Why is it bad luck?
 
Here's what author and psychology professor Stuart Vyse has to say.
 
"At the Last Supper in Christian theology, there were 13 dinner guests, so that number is unlucky because Christ was betrayed. ... And in Norse mythology, 12 benevolent gods were gathering in a hall and the evil god Loki attacked the group. Loki was the 13th guest, and the god Balder was killed."

"President Franklin D. Roosevelt was  fearful of the number 13, and he took great pains to avoid hosting a meal for a group of that size."

So do you have superstitions? Black cat, opened umbrella in the house, April Fool's Day?

Will you not walk under a ladder?

Do you carry a rabbit's foot for good luck?

Why is breaking a mirror unlucky?

Do you throw salt over your shoulder?

Tell us your thoughts.

Happy thirteenth!



Monday, September 9, 2013

SUZANNE DE MONTIGNY AND HER DREAMS

Today Id like to welcome award winning author Suzanne de Montigny to my blog. Suzanne's tween novel, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy recently won a Gold Global E-Book Award for Best Fantasy/Alternate History. The same novel is also a finalist in the Orangeberry Hall of Fame for Best Fantasy. And readers, if you leave a comment below, you might just win a copy of her e-book. Like most young girls, she dreamed of what she'd do when she grew up. Suzanne, please tell us about yourself and how you became a writer.

 



Hello Beverly and thank you for the lovely introduction. When I was five, I wanted to be a farmers wife. Then when I was eight, I developed a passion for astronomy and was so sure Id be the first person to walk the moon, but my dream was dashed later that year by Apollo first circling the moon, and then the following year by the first lunar landing.

So I changed my dream. At eleven, I was going to be a concert pianist and marry Marek Jablonski, a Polish concert pianist I had heard perform. I thought was dashingly handsome. But I needed to be a child prodigy.

So I changed my mind again. This time I thought Id become a doctor. Problem was, my passion for music kept getting in the way, and so I studied music composition instead. After a masters degree and living a few years as a freelance composer and pianist, staying up in recording studios all night and tickling the ivories around town, I realized it wasnt much fun. So I drifted into education where I learned I was a good storyteller. Then one thing led to another and I became an author. I find it rather amazing that this has taken place since it was never my goal in the first place

 

I heard you have a wonderful booktrailer. Could we see it?

Sure! Here it is.  http://youtu.be/St9OsyK974o


How did you come up with the idea for your book?

 
 
It was based on a story I wrote when I was eleven and had always kept with me. When my father died seven years ago, I was gripped with a tremendous need to write. My unicorns seemed like a logical place to start.


  
 
Unicorns are fascinating animals, and the ones in your story seem so real.

Now, for some fun stuff. If we peeked inside your closet, what would we see?

Well…I guess youd see some dusty shoes and lots of t-shirts hanging. Then on the shelves (sigh), you dont want to go there. Youd think Id have learned to fold things somewhere along the way, but no. Its kind of like little piles. Im good at collecting little piles here and there of bits of paper, or unmatched socks.
 Do you prefer coffee or tea?

Both. I have two cups of Colombian in the morning, and then drink herb tea all day after that.
 

Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?

Im an autumn person. Theres just something about September and October. Its like starting all over again. I have a bounce in my step and the air has a bite to it. And the leaves (gasp), all the colours. Definitely autumn.
 
 
If you could have super powers what would you wish for?

To fly. I just love my flying dreams. In my dreams, Im always the only one who can do it and all I have to do is bend over, lift up a leg, and then lift up the other. And I float. Then I move my arms and legs like Im swimming except Im in the air.
 
 
If you could choose to live in another time, would you prefer the past or the future?

Definitely the past. I think life was simpler in the past and people were happy to live with what they had.
 

Are you working on any new books now? Tell us about them.


Im working on the second my Shadow of the Unicorn series as well as a middle grade/YA story about a child prodigy in classical violin growing up in a small town. Of course shes a complete misfit, but when a red-headed fiddler arrives and bewitches the townfolk with her Celtic music, only our heroine knows who has been vandalising the town leaving dead and gutted birds as a calling card.

 
Where can we buy The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy

 http://www.amazon.com/The-Shadow-Unicorn-Legacy-ebook/dp/B00AIVD5EE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354909859&sr=8-1&keywords=the+shadow+of+the+unicorn%3A+the+legacy

https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=466&category_id=69&manufacturer_id=230&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/Search?Query=the+shadow+of+the+unicorn%3A+the+legacy



Would you like to share anything else with your fans?

Yes, just to say that half of all my proceeds from Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy go to the Third World Eye Care Society, a group of eye specialists who travel to underdeveloped nations carrying thousands of pairs of used eyeglasses and performing eye surgery for free. 
 

That's wonderful. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit with us. Its been a pleasure. Readers, dont forget to leave a comment for a chance to win Suzannes novel, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy.

Thank you, Beverly. Its been really fun.

Friday, September 6, 2013

VIDEOS ADDED

Fun Friday

I remember how I loved Fridays when I was teaching. The whole weekend was before me to do what I wanted. No papers to grade. Yay. Today, I've added a page to my blog. See it up there. Titled VIDEOS. Just click on the tab. These are videos of some of my books. More to come. Enjoy. Have a lovely weekend.

Relax and read a good book.

Monday, September 2, 2013

TEX AND THE GANGS OF SUBURBIA REVIEW

Quote for the week:  Hope is the destination that we seek. Love is the road that leads to hope. Courage is the motor that drives us. We travel out of darkness into faith. Dean Koontz

Do you remember  TEX THE WITCH BOY YA novel that I reviewed awhile back? Well, Tex is back in another adventure, and I'm excited to tell you about it. So sit back, relax, and see what Tex is up to now.

 
I adore this cover. Intriguing, huh?
 
TEX AND THE GANGS OF SUBURBIA (Review)
By Stuart R. West

Girl troubles, gangs, murder, and spirits ¾ just another year at Clearwell High School. Yep, the characters we met in TEX, THE WITCH BOY are back, along with some new additions to add excitement to Tex’s life. 
Author Stuart R. West continues the story of Richard (Tex) McKenna in his latest YA fantasy novel TEX AND THE GANGS OF SUBURBIA. Tex, now a junior at Clearwell High School, just wants to survive the year. Like any “normal” teenage boy, he often acts before he thinks and the consequences at times can be fatal. If only he’d learn to keep his mouth shut. Instead of the peaceful year he had hoped for, he struggles to get his girlfriend Olivia, who broke up with him, back. He’s caught in the middle between two rival gang’s warfare. Elspeth, a hot new girl that isn’t exactly who she seems to be, comes into his life. And if that’s not enough to cope with, a dead boy’s spirit returns and he’s after Tex. Oh, and don’t forget another body that turns up and the suspicious cop that suspects Tex is involved in the whole mess. Now, why would he believe such a thing? In all this bedlam, Tex’s protectors try to help him out, not very successfully, I’m afraid. And I have to admit, I think they’re my favorite characters. Yes, the cats.
Will Olivia and Tex get back together? Will Elspeth take Olivia’s place? Can Tex convince the gangs to settle their differences without further killings? Can Tex send the spirit back where it belongs, or will Tex be sucked into the hole with the spirit? Wow! There’s never a dull moment in TEX AND THE GANGS OF SUBURBIA. If you like a fast paced adventure with good guys, bad guys, and those in between, then this is the book for you. In spite of Tex’s impulsive nature and constant mistakes, he’s a character that I keep cheering on. He’s good at heart and a son any father and mother could be proud of. This novel would make a good addition to school classrooms and libraries to show the downside of gangs and perhaps influence young people to stay clear of trouble. That said, I’m wondering what trouble Tex will find in the next book in the series. I hope we find out before too long.
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