Friday, December 11, 2015

Reading Update...The Iron Warrior and The Six of Crows

Tis the season to be completely swamped. But I've still managed to keep up with my reading and I thought I'd write a quick post and share a couple of thoughts.

First up~ The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa.

I LOVE the Iron Fey series. Megan, Puck, and Ash are some of my all time favorite characters. (Team Ash) So of course I had to follow along into the next series, but I have to admit I did't love it. The first two books I'd give a "strong like", and the last book, well...I barely finished. In fact I wanted to DNF it. By the time I hit 75% I mostly scanned through and read the last chapter. I just felt the story dragged and took to long to get to the point.

Next up~ The Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The follow up to the Shadow and Bone series. Once again, I did not love it as much as the first trilogy, but I liked it enough to continue with the series. The characters were unique, flawed but likable, and the writing itself is absolutely to die for. Tension and conflict in every scene.

Now I'm reading The Fifth Wave, and have Winter on my Christmas list.

Got to go, thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

And Introducing...Author Ruth Silver


This week I am happy to feature, and interview author Ruth Silver. Ruth has a variety of books in multiple genres, more than I even kew about! So please, take a look around, I think you will find something you'll like!

Hello Ruth! Thank you for stopping by Words Escape Me and chatting with us today. I’m looking forward to sharing you’re works with the readers here. Lets jump right in!

While scrolling through the list of your published books I learned something new about you. That not only do you write YA Dystopian and Fantasy books, but that you also write Adult Romance under the names Allison West, and Ravyn Rayne. You have such a vast list of books to offer.

~Do you have one genre that you enjoy writing over the others?

I love all sorts of genres but my favorite is probably dystopian. I’ve written dystopian in both the YA and adult romance genres.

~What books have influenced your life?

I absolutely loved John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. It’s not just the emotion and story but the way he writes, very poetic.

~What is your favorite part about living in Chicago?

I live in the suburbs of Chicago, but I love the Midwest. The people are far friendlier than some of the other cities I’ve lived in.

~Can you tell us what you are currently working on?

Sure! I’m working on a steamy adult romance that is set in the Victorian era. It’s about a governess with a bit of a sticky hand that finds herself constantly in trouble.

~What are you currently reading?

I’m reading a few books at the moment. Judging His Little Girl by Breanna Hayse and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

~Do you have any advice for the aspiring writers out there?

Write a lot. Then write some more. The only way to improve is to keep writing. 



Allison West & Ravyn Rayne Links
Romance Blog – http://spankingauthor.com


Ruth Silver Links







Monday, November 23, 2015

And Introducing...Bookaholic Annonymous




Today I would like to introduce you to Maria. Maria is a prolific reader and reviewer at Bookaholic Anonymous. One thing I like about reading the reviews at Bookaholic Anonymous is that most of the books are books I've never heard of before. I am making it a point to read outside of my normal genera, and I appreciate Maria's reviews to help me find something I may of normally overlooked.

Let's get started.

Thank you for stopping by Words Escape Me, Maria. I’m excited to have you as a guest and I look forward to introducing you and your blog, Bookaholic Anonymous, to my readers.
  
What kind of books do you review, and or, enjoy reading?

I read a huge range of books but my favorite are probably dystopian fiction, childrens books. When people I know find ot I really like dystopian fiction, they are always shocked because I am very girly, love glitter and the color pink and dystopian books are usually very grim, suspenseful and nothing like the fun, glitzy romance books they assume I read. I am a preschool teacher and love sharing books with my preschoolers! I have a bookshelf in my basement (which has turned into my storage room) filled to the brim with childrens books that I bring to my classroom. Because reading is something I treasure, I want my preschoolers to learn to love books just as much as I do!

I love dystopian myself!

Do you have a favorite spot to read?

I truly could read anywhere, but I really love reading outside! I have a hammock in my backyard I spend lots of quality time on during the spring, summer, and fall. When the weather is not so enjoyable I usually read on my bed or curled up on the couch.

A hammock would be a wonderful place to read. Note to self...sneak into neighbors hammock on warm spring day. I'm sure they won't mind. :)

Who are your top three favorite authors?

Jodi Picoult, Eric Carle, and Mo Willems. I have read almost all of Jodi Picoult’s books, but my favorite is My Sisters Keeper. Her books always keep me on the edge of my seat and get me thinking about the controversial topics she bases each of her books off of. Eric Carle and Mo Willems both write kids books. Eric Carle has the most gorgeous illstrations and teaches concepts in a way that kids can easily understand. Mo Willams writes two of my very favorite series, Piggie and Elephant and The Pigeon books. All of his books are hysterical and sooooo much fun to read out loud! The Pigeon books have been the legacy I seem to leave with all of my former students. Check them out!

 The zombie apocalypse is finally among us; you have thirty seconds to pack your bag and can only take one book with you. What book do you grab from your shelf. Keep in mind that it may the only book you will ever read again.  

I would grab my Bible. As a Christian, the Bible is the book that I base my life and life choices off of. I can read the same chapter several times and get something different out of the passage each time.  It also has a wide variety of stories from romance, to action and to life advice.  I would never be bored!


 If you could have super power, what would it be?

I would either love to fly or spread glitter wherever I go. Flying would not only make my life way more interesting, but also so much more convenient. No more dealing with traffic! Next to pink, glitter is my favorite color and one of my life mottos is “glitter makes the world a better place”! Everyone would be so much more happy with a litter glitter in their lives!

I'm completely onboard with the glitter! I've never thought of it as a color before, but I completely agree.  


“This or That”

Chocolate or Skittles
Most Definietly chocolate! I have a MAJOR sweet tooth!

Book trailers~ take them or leave them
Leave them, I would rather read the inside cover of the book. 

Harry Potter or Percy Jackson
Harry Potter

Comic fan? Marvel or DC
Neither, I don’t read comics

Sandy beach or Snowy Mountain.
Sandy beach!!

Do you prefer Kindle, or paper books?

Paper backs, I do not have a kindle

Thank you again, Maria! 


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Local Book Signing!

On Saturday, November 21st, at 2:00 pm, I will be reading and signing at Vintage Books. If you live in the Vancouver/Portland area I'd love to see you. I will be reading from Awakened and Ensnared. Victoria will be reading from her middle grade novel The Tale of Willaby Creek and a children's Christmas story The Scandinavian Santa. For more on Victoria's book you can visit
http://www.victorialindstrom.com .


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Blog Tour and Giveaway...Lumier, by Jacqueline Garlick


Today I'm excited to be a part of the Lumiere blog tour. I have to be honest. Do you want to know what the first thing was that drew me to this book? The gorgeous cover. Yes I'm a cover whore, sue me. But this beautiful cover intrigued me enough to see what the book was about, and it sounded like something I would enjoy reading. Before you go, make sure to stop by the giveaway below! Thank you stopping by and happy reading.


Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick
(The Illumination Paradox #1)
Publication date: December 12th 2013
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Even in a land of eternal twilight, secrets can’t stay hidden forever.
Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth is no stranger to living in the dark. She’s hidden her secret affliction all of her life—a life that would be in danger if superstitious townspeople ever guessed the truth. After her mother is accused and executed for a crime that she didn’t commit, the now-orphaned Eyelet has no choice but to track down the machine—her last hope for a cure. But Eyelet’s late father’s most prized invention, the Illuminator, has been missing since the day of the mysterious flash—a day that saw the sun wiped out over Brethren forever.
Alone and on the run, she finds the Illuminator—only to witness a young man hauling it away. Determined to follow the thief and recover the machine, she ventures into the deepest, darkest, most dangerous part of her twisted world.


My thoughts~This book grabbed me from the very beginning. We immediately learn what kind of character Eyelet is right of the bat. She is very likable, smart, and a girl who is strong enough to do what needs to be done. The story moved along at a good pace and the steampunk world the author created was enjoyable to visit. The imagery was believable and the writing itself is superb. Jacqueline is a talented writer and I look forward to reading more from her.


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AUTHOR BIO:
I'm Jacqueline Garlick, author of young adult and new adult fiction. I love strong heroines, despise whiny sidekicks, and adore a good story about a triumphant underdog. (Don't you?)
I love to read, write, paint (walls and paper). I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate, grammar, and technology and would rather hang out with a dog, than a cat. I prefer creating things to cleaning things, and believe laughter is a one-stop-shop solution to all that ails you. You will always find a purple wall (or two) in my house (currently in my writing room), and there may or may not be a hidden passageway that leads to a mystery room. (Okay, so you won't find a hidden passageway, but a girl can dream, can't she?) Oh, and tea. There will always be tea.

My writing style has been described as edgy and rule-breaking, and by some--a touch Tim Burton-esque. Because of this, I am often referred to as the Quentin Tarantino of YA among writing friends.

In my former life, I was a teacher (both grade school and college-don't ask), but more recently I've been a graduate of Ellen Hopkin's Nevada Mentor Program and a student of James Scott Bell, Christopher Vogler and Don Maass. An excerpt from Lumière earned me the 2012 Don Maass Break Out Novel Intensive Scholarship.

Lumière--A Romantic Steampunk Fantasy--my debut novel, is the recipient of an indieBRAG Medallion!!! B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree October 15, 2014) I am so proud! (LUMIERE by Jacqueline E. Garlick is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!) Book II of the ILLUMINATION PARADOX SERIES, is out January 26th, now on pre-order.

Also, check out my young adult contemporary romantic/mystery serial, IF ONLY, where reluctant telepathic sleuth Kyla Cooper must embrace her powers and risks all to solve the mystery of what happened to her boyfriend Denver Munro, becoming his voice of truth, before he has no voice at all...

I love hearing from READERS! Please contact me, either at my website: www.jacquelinegarlick.com, or catch up with me on twitter @garlick books, or on facebook: http://bit.ly/jegarlickfb

I'm open to reviews and interview, requests for skype visits, guest blogs, pod casts and book club meetings! I LOVE TO HEAR FROM READERS!

You can also find me here:
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jackiegp/lumiere-by-jacqueline-garlick/
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/jgarlickgr
Blog: http://garlickbooks.blogspot.ca



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Monday, November 9, 2015

Book Blitz and Giveaway...Sugar Skulls, by Lisa Mantchev and Glenn Dallas


Sugar Skulls
Glenn Dallas & Lisa Mantchev
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: November 10th 2015
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult, Science Fiction
Welcome to Cyrene, a city where energy is currency and music is the lifeblood of its young citizens. Everyone lives on the grid, and the residents of the world’s largest playground are encouraged to pursue every physical and emotional pleasure imaginable.
Vee is the lead singer of the Sugar Skulls, an all-girl band that is Corporate’s newest pet project. Micah haunts the city like a ghost after an overdose of a deadly illegal street drug knocks him off the grid. When Micah and Vee forge an immediate, undeniable connection, their troubled worlds collide.
Trading concert stages for Cyrene’s rooftops and back alleys, they have to evade vicious thugs and Vee’s possessive manager as they unravel the mysteries connected to their dark pasts. And before the curtain falls, Micah and Vee will bring the city to its knees in their desperate bid for love, home, and a future together.

EXCERPT:
V
The girl in the mirror is an undead supermodel in search of a catwalk. It’s the handiwork of the new styling team Corporate brought in to deal with my hair and paint my face and glue sequins to my eyelids and shove in the black-light contacts after the old team quit.
Not that I’m admitting I had anything to do with them unceremoniously packing their kits and leaving before the last show. Better to point the finger at Jax.
In the group, Jax is “the crazy one.” Damon recruited her a year ago, just before her eighteenth birthday, and she’s driven every styling team we’ve had batshit insane with her demands.
“Spiderwebs,” she decides for her face paint tonight, then points her index fingers at a case of skunk-striped bedhead so legendary, it looks like mice have nested in it. “Just don’t touch the ’do.”
There’s a continuous rumble coming from the front of the house: newbies, fresh off the nanotech install and frothing at the mouth to get a taste of everything Cyrene has to offer. The mistress of ceremonies appears a few minutes later, hovering around the edges of my mirror like a moth about to get bug-zapped, makeup already settling into creases she thinks no one else can see. Hellcat Maggie drones on for a bit, her words painted in every shade of predictable monotony.
Eyes glued to the set list on her laptop, short hair spiked and pink, Sasha nods and makes understanding noises without really listening. Five months back, Damon pulled her from outside Cyrene, where everything is workaday business as usual, melting polar ice caps and recycling and talking heads, minimum-wage jobs and Wall Street assholes. She told me he offered a considerable chunk of cash to her poor-as-dirt family in exchange for a three-year contract capitalizing on her sound design and computer skills. Means Sasha got to leapfrog over a hundred thousand or more eager applicants all clamoring to get into the city, but instead of acting like a badass, she’s more like a puppy that might pee on the rug.
She and Jax are the same age, but you’d never guess it, because Sasha is “the nice one.”
And me? Well, I guess that makes me “the bitch.” Like now, instead of joining in Jax’s preshow pill binge or Sasha’s obsessive run-throughs of the set list, I hug Little Dead Thing and wish everyone would just shut their cakeholes. He understands my mood, curling up in a tight fur-splotched ball in my lap, purring like a rusted-out lawn mower engine. Sasha dragged this sorry excuse for a cat in off the street a couple months back. He’d almost immediately started trailing after me, gratitude be damned, yowling at doors closed between us and shredding furniture when left behind at the Loft. Just easier to bring him along, a freaky little mascot who leaves hairs all over my robe.
But I banish him to a dark corner before getting dressed. Fuck-me wardrobe. Heels so tall, I prance instead of walking through the dim red lights in the wings. Corseted waist, narrow skirt, a thousand pounds of hand-sewn beads catching the light when I step onstage. The dress was a class-me-up gift from Damon: vintage and gorgeous and beyond expensive.
I’d taken a switchblade to it, because tatters suit me better.
Still miles away from comfortable, I try to draw a deeper breath than the corset allows, and it catches in my throat. I shouldn’t be stressing. Tonight’s just a warm-up for the big to-do at the Dome. Three days and counting. Have to test the set list and the newest energy-grabbing thrum-collectors Corporate’s eager to roll out citywide.
Every time I blow up one of the old ones, it knocks me off the grid. Cue a mind-scrubbing and a nanotech reboot. I’m tired of waking up as a brand-new Vee. I’d like to keep this version of myself, even if that means making nicey-nice with the equipment.
Anything to keep Damon off my back for a little while longer.


Author Bio:
When not working on puzzles for Penny Press or writing about them for PuzzleNation, Glenn Dallas is an author of short stories and at least half of one novel. After appearing in the acknowledgments of several outstanding novels, he looks forward to returning the favor in the future.
Lisa Mantchev is the acclaimed author of Ticker and the Théâtre Illuminata series, which includes Eyes Like Stars, nominated for a Mythopoeic Award and the Andre Norton Award. She has also published numerous short stories in magazines, including Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Weird Tales, and Fantasy. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State with her husband, children, and horde of furry animals. Visit her online at www.lisamantchev.com.
Author links
Lisa:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter
Glenn:
Website / Twitter

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Attention Book Bloggers...Looking To Gain More Exposure?

Attention you wonderful bloggers you!

I am starting a bi-weekly meme where I would like to feature a book blogs. I plan on showcasing established and new blogs alike. You may be asking why I am doing this. Well, the answer is simple. I believe bloggers are the backbone of the community and I want to show my appreciation for what you do for the industry, by giving you a different platform to share about yourself, and maybe reach new readers.

The type of post can be of your choosing. I could conduct a short interview, you could write a guest post of your choice, like maybe why you love reading and or blogging, or you could take us on a tour of your bookshelves.  Have your own idea? Lets hear it; I’m open to suggestions.

If you would like to be showcased here on Words Escape Me please comment below or send me an email. Please don’t be shy, I encourage you to reach out, lets get your blog in front of some new readers!


Thank you, and happy reading!

Monday, October 26, 2015

How To Turn On Text To Speech On Kindle Fire

Hello folks. This one is for the writers.

I wanted to share a link to Tattered Page Ink (my book design site) that seems the getting a lot of hits. It's an article about finding typos in your writing, and a short video on how to turn on the text to speech feature on the Kindle Fire. Incase you were ever wondering how to that...click here. I hope you find it useful.

Happy writing!




 
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