Showing posts from January, 2012

5 Reasons to Leave a Lover - A Novella and Other Short Stories

In 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover, author Carolyn Moncel offers up a fresh batch of stories based on love and loss.  As singer/songwriter, Paul Simon so eloquently suggested in a famous song from the 1970s, there are many ways to leave a lover.  However, Moncel's characters demonstrate that the reasons for leaving in the first place are quite finite.  Encounters in Paris' Ellery and Julien Roulet return, picking up their lives after the short story, "Pandora's Box Revisited."  This time the Roulets are involved in a love triangle, and along with two other couples, must explore how love relationships are affected and splinter due to abuse, ambivalence, deception, cheating and death. This bittersweet collection of tales proves that some breakups are necessary; while others are voluntary; and still others are simply destined and beyond anyone's control
The stories in this collection I found to be very enjoyable. The stories are heart wrenching and are very well d…

Nate Rocks The World by Karen Toz

Ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge cannot catch a break. After all, life as a fourth-grader can be hazardous what with science projects to deal with and recess football games to avoid. Everyone, including his best friend Tommy, seems to have bad luck when hanging around Nathan. Throw in an older sister who is a royal pain, a dad who is stuck in the past, and a mom who keeps trying to poison him with her awful cooking, and poor Nathan’s life as a fourth grader appears to be completely doomed. Armed only with his sketchpad, his imagination, and his wits, Nathan Rockledge navigates the perils of the fourth grade in style, to emerge heroic, as Nate Rocks, proving that even a ten-year-old can accomplish great things. Follow the quirky and imaginative adventures of ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge as his cartoons come to life.
This is a fun story that was written for kids between 9 and 12, once again another great book find for reluctant readers. Nate is such a fun character who is so full…

Guest Post by Larissa Hinton - Decision Time: Why I Choose Self-Publishing After Years of Denial

Why did I choose to self-publish? When did I rebel against the traditional publishing industry and cried, "No more!"?

Well, this may surprise you, but it only happened because I went to a Creative Writing Class in college to avoid taking a class that I might have failed. I guess I should back up, huh? In the most basic terms, my senior year in college as an English Education, I would be required to take Senior Thesis.

Now, Senior Thesis is when a student has to read 22 literary novels during the summer, come back to school for a whole year to develop and, eventually, present a 25 page analysis essay then get critiqued by the English professors about your paper. And yes, it's as horrid as it sounds.

Therefore, you can't blame a girl for trying to avoid it like a disease. And it probably didn't help that the teacher was new to this whole process, didn't take a liking to me and almost flunked me the last time I was in her class. Obviously, I was rushing around seeking…

The Cameo Caper by S.E. Shurtleff

Jessi Johnstone is desperately trying to break her compulsive snooping habit. All she wants is to reunite her parents and get back to normal life. But when her nonstop curiosity leads to the discovery of an antique cameo, operation-parent-reunification gets put on hold. Instead, she must uncover the truth; about a mean teacher’s desire for the necklace, a timeworn legend, and her own family’s secretive history. Can she solve the mystery and still have time to bring her parents back together before it’s too late? One thing’s for sure. It’s going to take some snooping.

Great book because of a great character! Jessi is smart and curious and very likable. The writing is very inviting from the first page and between that and wanting to know what Jessi says next will have you enjoying every moment of this story. The mystery that unfolds is sure to keep both the young and older interested from start to finish! A great choice for all tweens!

Two Moons of Sera by Pavarti Tyler

Two Moons of Sera Synopsis: In a world where water and earth teem with life, Serafay is an anomaly. The result of genetic experiments on her mother's water-borne line Serafay will have to face the very people responsible to discover who she really is. But is she the only one?

All the Fun of YA written for Adults

This is a very well-written fantasy story that is being written in a serial format. Volume 1 and 2 are currently available and more is on its way. The world that this story is set in is well thought out and described, you can tell the author has taken time to plan her world out! The journey of Serafay to find out who she really is is gripping, it makes the reader want to keep going.  I enjoyed these first two parts and I recommend it to all fantasy readers.

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Author Spotlight: Susan Helene Gottfried

Today I am happy to welcome Susan Helene Gottfried to Mommy's Reading Too!  Susan is the creator of the fictional world of ShapeShifter, the rock band headed by Trevor Wolff and Mitchell Voss. You can follow the group in the novel, Trevor's Song and in 3 shorter volumes made up of short stories about the band's early years: The Demo Tapes Year 1, The Demo Tapes Year 2, and The Demo Tapes Year 3.  Check out the website for more info about the characters, rock fiction, and how to get copies of your own!

I had the chance to read Trevor's Song, Demo Tapes Year 1, and Demo Tapes Year 2; I loved these books. The characters may not always be seen in the best light but as you learn where they are coming from and they grow as a person you can't help but have a soft spot for them! The reading is quick and snappy and moves well which kept me interested at all times. I really like the Demo Tapes format as they were quick little snippets that gave me a gla…

Cardsharp POW Blog Tour

Cardsharp is an exciting adventure book for children set in the art world. Escaping house fires and fighting daring robbers is just the beginning for art researcher, Vincent Ward, and these battles do little to prepare him for the exciting adventure that unfolds. An old journal discovered at an auction in Rome puts Vincent on the trail of an undiscovered painting by one of art history’s most notorious masters, Caravaggio. But paintings this rare and valuable are sought after by more than just collectors and galleries. Vincent soon finds himself on the run from a brutal and lawless policeman, a gang of international criminals, and fighting vicious pirates.

There are stings, tricks and conspiracies around every corner, and bullets flying from the shadows. Only The National Gallery, London is safe for Vincent and the painting. But is there a way back? Get ready to be thrown into the world of Vincent Ward, where gettin…

The Color of Heaven by E.V. Mitchell

A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter’s unexpected illness and her husband’s shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold dark depths of the water, a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie’s past, and teaches her what it means to truly live...and love.
This is the first contemporary fiction novel written by best-selling romance author Julianne MacLean. While her other books are traditionally published, E.V. Mitchell (pen name) has entered the world of indie publishing with this book!

This book was very well written and I enjoyed reading it, I do warn you though, for the majority of the first 100 pages you will use up an entire box of tissues! But keep on going the twists you learn about the main character and her family as the story goes on is worth it! I enjoyed …

Next Time Lucky by Siggy Buckley

So have you had a hand at online dating? Or thinking about it? Read this first..

Cherie, a professional matchmaker from Dublin, Ireland, faces the ultimate challenge when she tries to find a soul mate for herself. She surfs the risky waves of the Internet and flies around the world to adventures, disappointments and not a few surprises. Chat-rooms prove to be intoxicating, and Cherie feels like in a kid in a candystore. Among the Lotharios she encounters are recycled bachelors, breezy islands of ego, fly-by-nights, birds of paradise, commitment phobics, and the odd sex maniac. She learns the hard way that it's easy come, uneasy go at this smorgasboard of cyber-dreamboats.
Her story is an intriguing read, offering a revealing glimpse into the world of cyber romance for singles that are toying with the idea, for those who haven’t dared yet, or those who just want to compare notes. It also discloses practical advice for modern day’s mate selection through the eyes of a d…

Yesterday's Lies by Terri D.

What Secrets Do You Keep From The One You Share Everything With? Secrets. Lies. Half-Truths. A poignant tale of a circle of close knit friends whose lives are more intertwined than they realize. That is until the blurred lines of Love, Lust and Friendship begins to reveal the half-truths and lies that exist. Will the secrets they all hold from the past ruin their friendship and lives forever? This is a story of best friends who have the problems that many have - hidden secrets and jealousy, however; maybe theirs are a little bit worse than others! This can be a bad combination especially when men get involved! I did not expect this book to have so many plot twists and I liked that it did because it kept my attention right to the end. The characters were very real and very well developed which helped to complete the package of such a fun read! If you are a regular reader of urban fiction you MUST read this book. If you read women's fiction you too should take some time to read t…

Guest Post by Author T.H. Waters: The Power of One

Lately, I have been contemplating my own place in this vast universe.Matters of great importance feel out of my control as the captains of the free world do their best to run our fragile vessel aground.Then there are those pesky personal hurdles I’ve been forced to confront as well.It becomes easy to feel unbalanced during times like these, as if we’re all nothing more than that small silver ball on the roulette wheel, spinning endlessly, never knowing where we’ll land next.

I was watching Piers Morgan on CNN the other night.He was interviewing Beyonce, and she was telling him about her personal relationship with President and Mrs. Obama.“Uggghhh,” I thought to myself.“How can someone like Beyonce have the President’s ear?”Is she beautiful?Absolutely.Is she an internationally known entertainer?Yes.Does she have a really cool name, recognizable sans a proper surname, joining the ranks of Madonna, Bono and Prince?You bet.But does that justify admission to the world’s club of power broker…

A Case of Black Rock and other stories By Simon Marshland

A Case of Black Rock is a collection of short stories covering many aspects of life. Subjects range from romance to inspirational, crime to family and drama to science fiction.
I thoroughly enjoyed the stories in this short story collection. There is dry wit and suspense, thrills and chills, and best of all twists at the ends that I did not see coming. The writing is very effective in getting such large stories condensed into only a few pages and making them entertaining at the same time. I found myself comparing the writing style to Jeffrey Archer, one who is very well known today for not just his novels but also his short story collections. I hope Simon Marshland continues to publish his short stories as I will for sure become a regular reader of his work! I suggest anyone who enjoys short stories to check out this book. And if you don't normally, try this one for when you just have a few minutes here and there, you might just get hooked!
And here is an interview with Simon Mars…

Come Out Tonight by Bonnie Rozanski

You may have read newspaper reports of zombiish behavior in people who have taken the sleeping drug called Ambien. These people get up in the middle of the night to walk, eat, and drive cars in their sleep. The next day they sometimes find themselves in jail and have no memory of what they had done. And have you heard, as well, of the patients who wake up after years in a vegetative state - ten minutes after they’ve been given Ambien? COME OUT TONIGHT is a gripping psychological thriller inspired by these reports.

Henry Jackman, a pharmacist’s assistant working in a run-down drugstore in New York City, wakes up one morning to find his girl friend unconscious on his living room rug. Someone has attacked her. He calls an ambulance, and manages to get her to the hospital alive but comatose. There she progresses from coma to vegetative state, never quite becoming conscious... until the day Henry gives her Somnolux, a new-generation sleep aid.

Henry, an insomniac, has himself…

Author Spotlight: Carolyn Chambers Clark

Today we talk to Carolyn Chambers Clark who has self-published a number of books for both teens and adults.  I had a chance to preview 3 of her teen novels: JANE EYRE, BEWARE;  HOW I BECAME A WIMBLEDON BALL GIRL, MET THE QUEEN, AND FOUND THE BOY

Tell us about your writing experience.

I'm a nurse, wellness educator, and forensic examiner. I started out
writing nonfiction, health-related books, then switched to fiction.
They are like night and day and sometimes my linear, logical
nonfiction side is hard to hold down. In fiction, it's my creative
side that needs to come out. I still write an occasional textbook for
nurses, so switching back and forth is a challenge. Sometimes, I also
write with a partner, my husband. This is great fun! We complement
each other. He gives the male perspective and helps when the plot gets
bogged down, or if I need help with dialogue.

What lead to you coming up with the stories?

I get ideas for stories from many places.…

Morrigan's Harvest (Book 1 of the War for Inisfail) By Kaiya Hart

Shea is living a simple, country life and is well pleased with it. Then Galen, the elf guardian Shea's mother chose for her, appears. Between the threat of being carried off by him and a vicious attack on her village, everything begins to change. Shea sets off on a noble quest, but what begins as only a rescue mission will reveal dark secrets buried deep within the heart of her magical world. Shea must discover a way to overcome the obstacles in her path while learning about her own capacity for hatred and love. If she cannot balance the two, she may lose more than just her friends. She might end up losing herself.

This is a brand new book that I have had the honour of being one of its first reviewers. I know that this story has been in the works for many years and I am so happy that I get to help introduce it to the world!

The book is fantastic! The writing is brilliant, why you ask, the descriptions of the characters and settings take you to this new world and if you close your…