A Review of NEVERLOVE

Author Angela Brown reviews SHIFTING PRIDE on the Indie Elite today. Please check it out! 

I’ve reviewed her debut YA para rom NEVERLOVE.

There’s a lot of reapers out there in the YA paranormal romance genre and I like them. Neverlove has a unique spin on what I’ve seen so far—WIN!

The story starts with a bang and keeps going right until the epic conclusion. The alternating points of view between the three main characters allowed me to see more of the bigger picture while also seeing both sides of the story. It was fascinating, thought-provoking, and educating all in one.

In this world, there is conflict between the Cleansers (a group who fight to save souls) and Harvestors (a group who consume souls for the devil). And love is a luxury that no Cleanser or Harvestor can afford.

But love is so irresistible!

Chaos ensues as the characters struggle to maintain their values and ideals in the face of love. What’s most striking is the growth that the characters go through because of it.

I’d rate Neverlove 4 out of 5 stars.

Well done, Angela! Can’t wait to read more.

Neverlove on Amazon.com

Neverlove on Goodreads

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How to Survive Ancient Spells and Crazy Kings AND Shifting Pride Blog Tour Day 2

Today News Blaze is reviewing SHIFTING PRIDE. I hope you hop on over there to see what they say!

If you missed yesterdays’ review by Liz at Devoted Mommy of 3, click here. 🙂

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Laura Pauling’s middle grade, How to Survive Ancient Spells and Crazy Kings, is launching and I get to share in the fun!!! Be sure to check it out. It’s a fun and creative adventure that pulled me in from page one.

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Published by Pugalicious Press

When Bianca and Melvin brave the jungle to rescue their grandfather, they stumble upon the ancient Maya city of Etza, where the people haven’t aged in 2,000 years. They must learn to work together as they face loincloth-wearing skeletons from the underworld, a backstabbing princess, and an ancient prophecy that says in three days the city will be destroyed.

No problem. They’ll find Zeb and zip right out of there. The fact that a crazy king wants to serve Bianca up to the gods as an appetizer is just a minor technicality. But this ancient evil dude has finally met his match.

Here’s a short interview with Laura Pauling.

1. You write a lot of action-packed, mystery, spy-thrillers. What do you love about the genre?

I love a good action story that is framed with great emotion too. I love heist and spy movies. But I love them even more if there is a good character arc and the main character is struggling with an aspect of their life, usually the relationships, family and friends.

Most often the books I pick up have some sort of secret to be revealed. I see that word in the description and I want to buy the book.

2. I particularly love your global settings. FUN! How do you choose a locale for your novels?

Ha, this one’s easy. I didn’t understand the ancient Maya. I couldn’t grasp their life style or why they would make human sacrifices. So I started there. I wanted to understand their way of life beyond temples and sacrifice.

Writing is a process and I learn something new with each book whether it’s a culture, a different part of the world, or something about myself that a particular story brings out.

3. What do you enjoy about writing Young Adult and Middle Grade, respectively?

During college summers, I worked as a camp counselor. I graduated with an elementary degree and then taught second grade for three years. I loved my children’s lit class. There’s something about children’s literature that captures the soul.

During the elementary and then especially in middle school, life is full of change. Our logic and reasoning ability develops and yet we want to still be a child too. Magic is still possible as long as we believe. Magic happens in the real sense of magic but also in the sense of wonderment for the life going on around us. I love that. The honesty. The mistakes. The misconceived ideas about life and ourselves.

When I wrote my first young adult novel, I fell in love with that genre too. I love teens’ independency and spirit of free will. Again, the future is ahead of them and nothing will get in the way. At the same time, kids and teens struggle with everything adults do: sadness, grief, losing a friend, moving. Except for them, it’s often the first time.

With both genres there’s so much to explore.

Thanks so much, Laura!

How To Survive Ancient Spells and Crazy Kings released last week. Pugalicious Press did a fantastic job, and I’m extremely happy with the results. This book would make a fantastic gift for boys or girls who enjoy adventure stories with lots of excitement! You can purchase it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can read the first chapter here.

Thankfully, my journey is just beginning and I’m excited to see where it leads.

Click here for the list of blog tour stops! Enter to win these prize packages!

Prize Package One (signed paperbacks)

Prize Package Two (signed paperbacks)

Prize Package Three

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Review of Monarch by Michelle Davidson Argyle

I had the opportunity to review an ARC of Michelle Davidson Argyle’s thriller, MONARCH. Now, I don’t read thrillers ordinarily, but let me tell you, I was drawn into this book from the first page!

The action starts off immediately and Michelle does a great job of keeping the tension going throughout. She does a seamless job of introducing characters and making me care about them without it feeling effortful.

What I liked about Monarch was the alternating POVs. Seeing the plot unfold from different characters’ perspectives added a layer of richness that compounded my “conectedness” to the story line.

Bravo, Michelle!!!! I’ll TOTALLY read your other novels. 🙂

Back Cover Blurb:
Nick’s life as a CIA spy should be fulfilling, but it has only given him unhappiness—a wife who committed suicide, and two daughters who resent everything he has become. Now, stuck in the Amazon on the last mission of his career, he must track down Matheus Ferreira, a drug lord and terrorist the U.S. has tried to bring down for years. If he succeeds, he’ll have the chance to start his life over again.

Just when Nick is on the brink of catching Ferreira, he’s framed for a murder that turns his world upside down. His only chance of survival lies in West Virginia where Lilian Love, a woman from his past, owns the secluded Monarch Inn. He’s safe, but not for long…

** If you’d like a chance to WIN a copy of MONARCH, simply leave a comment on this post. It’d be super cool if you spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, etc. You have until next Wednesday, September 28, 2011 MIDNIGHT EST to enter. I’ll announce a winner next Friday!  **

Click HERE for more information about MONARCH.

Twisted Velvet Chains by Jessica Bell–A Review

I’m so honored to present to you my thoughts of author, blogger, and musician, Jessica Bell’s poetry collection, Twisted Velvet Chains!

I “met” Jessica through her blog, The Alliterative Allomorph. I’m continually blown away (in a good way) by her insights, humor, and talent for writing. (And musicians are just cool, right?) 😉

Anyway, while reading Twisted Velvet Chains, I was struck by the picture Jessica paints with words and phrases. In a lot of ways, I could feel myself falling into the emotions, thoughts, and turmoil of the poems. Watching the progression from childhood to adulthood evoked anger, tension, a sense of injustice, and sorrow in me.

I don’t write this to turn you away from the book, not at all! I point it out because very few things strike me so strongly. When it happens, I recognize it for what it is: a sign of incredible talent, bravery in the face of vulnerability (it takes a hell of a lot of guts to expose yourself on paper for all to see), and the mind of someone who’s been through a lot, but continues to strive and survive.

Here’s a blurb I found on Jessica’s webpage (really, it’s so accurate, that I can’t say it better myself!):

Twisted Velvet Chains is a collection of poems which follows the experiences of one woman growing up with a bipolar, drug addicted, gothic musician mother. Each poem represents specific moments of their life that embrace vivid rich imagery, and illustrate the turmoil of emotions both experience while together. The collection is divided into four parts that flow one into the other from childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and post-death.

Thanks, Jessica for sharing this work. Definitely worth the read!

It’s Wednesday, so don’t forget to check out Sarah’s response to Deb’s question about the muse, personified!

Review of The Boys Upstairs by Jane Lebak

I “met” Jane over a year ago through the forum at QueryTracker.net. She always gave direct and succinct feedback, with a healthy dose of much needed humor on the side. Along the way, she offered me sound advice on my technique and I have to say it has stuck with me these many months.

So, when I had the oppotunity to read her novella, The Boys Upstairs, I could barely keep my curiosity and excitement at bay. And, true to her word, Jane delivered. Not only is this novella a poignant and pertinent example of today’s “issues” (not only on a societal level, but a religious and even personal one), it’s a LOVELY story! Jane’s writing style is clear and descriptive at the same time, so much so that I felt drawn into each scene. I couldn’t help but feel for the characters. Bravo, Jane!

I’d recommend this novella to anyone searching for a redeeming holiday story encased in the grit of a contemporary world. 

Here’s a link to the publisher’s site: Museit Up Publishing (The link offers a product description and an excerpt of Jane’s novella!)

Here’s a link to Jane’s website: http://janelebak.com/

Here’s a link to Jane’ blog: Philangelus (Seven angels, four kids, one family)

Jane is also the author of Seven Archangels: Annihilation and has written several short stories (details are available on her website)!

Be sure to check out the QueryTracker blog as well where Jane contributes posts frequently!

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It’s Wednesday! That means Lydia has posted her response about social media confessions. Check it out!

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