Sunday, August 23, 2009

Midnight Reflections by Katrina Michaels

Tara never asked to be a vampire. Actually she never even thought about it. Everything changes when Tara and Michael get into a fight about why Michael wants to be with her. When Tara wakes up from her three days of "sleep" she doesn't know what happened to her and why she is a vampire. To protect her sire, Alexander, Tara might just have to kill someone.

Tara becomes aware of the murders happening in her town when one of her close friends is murdered. Tara is determined to find out who is doing this and put an end to it. When she decides to get involved she doesn't realize the killer will decide to start toying with her. Tara is the only victim who doesn't look like the others though. Tara thought that if she just did a little investigating she might be able to get out if she wanted to but she's completely wrong. This just turned into a game of cat and mouse for Tara and the murderer.

Tara didn't get involved for nothing though. She simply wasn't satisfied with how quickly the investigations were moving. So she decided it would be fine to investigate herself and go to the police or the paranormal investigations. For a new vampire Tara is very bold. Like any parent Alexander doesn't approve of his second living childe getting involved. Tara just might be the asset to the investigation.

I thought this books was good. I probably wouldn't have picked it up in a bookstore. The cover wasn't very appealing. I'm not trying to say that the cover is everything it's just everyone judges a book by it's cover. I wouldn't say it's like Twilight at all for all you Twilight fans. First of all the vampires were like they are usually thought of in real life , they can't go out in sunlight, good sense of smell, all that stuff. It wasn't a love story, I'm not sure how I would explain it actually. I think Katrina did a great job. I will definitely read her next books.

When Katrina contacted me she said that she wouldn't really call it YA because of swearing and a lot of gore. I think that it is YA though. I would recommend it to YA readers and Adult readers. I recommended it to someone on Goodreads because they were looking for good vampire books. So I guess that proves that I would actually recommend it to people. As long as you don't have a weak stomach it's a great read. It's 284 pages. You can find it at Barnes&Noble or on Amazon.com.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Author Interview - M.M. Anderson

1) What inspired you to write “Werewolf Dreams”?

My father was a New York City police officer. He was a handsome, baby-faced, hairy-chested, former middleweight boxer who had a witty-playful sense of humor, whose principles were honor, courage , and commitment. My dad adored his family, hated bullies, and he believed that kindness is too often confused with weakness.

In 1992 my dad was off duty when he happened upon a robbery in progress at a Radio Shack in Manhattan. He came to the aide of the store manager and customers, but sadly was killed in an ensuing gun battle. Being an author, I wanted to write a tribute to my dad. However, for a long while everything I penned came across as final and morose. For me my dad will always be very much alive, in my heart and in my actions. So I decided to honor my dad’s spirit. I made him an undead werewolf, and Seamus was born. However, the inspiration didn’t stop there. Werewolf Dreams has an ensemble cast. The book is full of memorable characters, characters inspired by real life people. Beware: anyone I cross paths with could potentially be my next muse… :~)

2) You are a young adult author. Did you choose this genre or did it choose you?

The genre chose me. When I first began sending Werewolf Dreams out to agents and publishers I assumed it was an adult novel, since there’s a whole lot of humorous gore in my book. I was, however, told that my situations and characters were “too wholesome” to be adult and either I should add more “titillating” situations or it was suggested that I explore YA. So glad I listened to that sage advise. I was able to keep my story in tact, and YA brought me into contact with an audience that’s so wonderfully full of enthusiasm. I’m here (YA) to stay!

3) What’s the main message you want readers to take away from book?

I want my readers to know that just like Seamus, they are worthy. It isn’t easy to be a teen. I’ve been there done that, and my children are now approaching the teen years so I get to see the angst from another vantage point. I want my children and my readers to remember that we all have gifts and talents, and just because we aren’t perfect, that doesn’t me we aren’t good enough to be part of a cool, select, winning team. In Seamus’s case, that team is the Hounds of the Gods!

4) Can readers expect more books written by you in the future?

Yes. I am presently working on Werewolf Love: Until Death Do Us Part. WD fans will learn much more about Sevlow in book two. Readers can sample the first chapter of book two at the end of Werewolf Dreams, an exciting teaser. :~) I also have a third Werewolf book outlined. It’s my plan to pen as many adventures of Seamus, Claudia, and the gang as my readers can stand!


5) When will “The Werewolf Dreams” be released?

I am happy to announce that Werewolf Dreams will be published and available on September 1, 2009. Pre-orders are available via Amazon.com.


6) Do you have a website for teens/readers to follow the characters from “Werewolf Dreams”? Or to follow you as an author?

I welcome teens/readers to chat with me, friend me, and follow my characters via any or all of these sites:

www.mmanderson.net

www.myspace.com/werewolfdreams

www.goodreads.com/author/show/2970334.M_M_Anderson


Thanks to Maria for sending me my free autographed copy and for working with me to do the fabulous contest that we had a while ago and for taking to time to answer questions. I'm looking forward to her next book Werewolf Love: Until Death Do Us Part and the third in Maria's debut series. If you walk into a Barnes & Noble be sure to request this book. It's also available on Amazon.com. You can read my review one of the August posts. You can also check out A Life Bound By Books to read Lisa's, the winner of the contest, review.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Cleopatra's Daughter contests

I'm back from band camp! So I've been asked to review Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran and she told me about a contest thing on her website. I decided I would share the link with you guys, too. One of the contests is for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to Hollister. You have to read the book and write a review to enter but I haven't read it yet because my copy hasn't come yet. I haven't been receiving any books lately and I don't really know why. Hopefully I'll be receiving it next week or the week after. Anyways that isn't the only contest that you can enter on the website. There are three other contests. One of the contests you can enter to win a copy of the book and other ancient Roman artifacts like coins. Sadly I can't do the third contest though. I would but the clostest one to me is New Hope, PA and I looked it up on mapquest and I'm assuming it's about 4 hours away, then you have to add the time to find the bookstore. Although If you live near any of the locations on the list you could go to them and find the red ribbon[pictured above] by leafing through the book and win a neat gift basket including a copy of Cleopatra's Daughter, an authentic Roman artifact, Cleopatra earrings, and other Cleopatra goodies. If any of you win be sure to tell me. I'd love to know that I assisted in telling someone something and hearing that they won. Anyway here's the link http://www.michellemoran.com you have to go into fun stuff first and then click on contests to get to the contests I just mentioned.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce

Beka's journey continues in the second story. Now Beka is a dog. She has been one for five months. Already she has got a scent and she wants to sink her teeth into it. Beka has become friends with the Rogue of Corus, the king/queen of thieves, Rosto the Piper. Well, actually she has been friends with him since she was a puppy. She is also friends with Aniki and Kora who came to Corus with Rosto. Now all three of them are her room mates and Ersken is, too since he is with Kora.

Beka has the scent of a colemonger, the person who makes coles[fake coins] counterfeiter,the colemonger has spread coles all over in Corus's silver. Covering bronze piences with smuggled silver. Why would anyone do something like that? If they just wanted to get rich why not just steal the money instead of making the money worth almost nothing by spreading coles and causing prices to raise. Especially with Winter on the way.

Beka gets sent to Port Caynn to figure out what is going on since they are sure the coles are coming for Port Caynn. Beka and Goodwin go to Port Caynn to fix the problem. Tunstall can't go because he is in bed for almost two weeks because he got both of his legs broken during the Bread Riot. Beka on the other hand can go since her body hasn't had that much healing done by mages. When Beka walked out of her house to go somewhere she was attacked by two rats because she took their brother. Lucky for Beka she was young. Achoo also goes with Beka and Goodwin although Pounce is left behind because he has to take care of business. Achoo is a scent hound. The person that dumped Achoo on Beka abused her and he didn't let her have any fun now that Beka has Achoo she brings Schoo along on the trip. Who would have though Achoo would be a huge help. Expecially since Beka's only training as a handler was with Phelan who was her former handler,not the one who abused her.

Beka and Dale, one of the people to help her out at the bread riot, spend a lot of time together while she is in Port Caynn. Beka becomes close with several people and becomes enemies witha lot of people. Especially rats. Follow Beka on her journey through Port Caynn to find the colemorgers.

This book was great just as I said the first one was. Beka is one scarey girl. I wouldn't want to get into her way. The people Beka meets along the way are described very well. She gives all the details of what they look like and can also guess the age of the people. I guess that would come i handy to be a dog. I think Beka is an interesting character. She would rather be cracking skulls than sewing like the Lady would want her to do but she loves what she does even if the Lady doesn't. Beka isn't one of those girls that always needs a man, although she could have Rosto or Dale she doesn't need them. Although she does enjoy their company.

As I said in my review of the first book I'm looking forward to the third book. Hopefully Tamora is continuing the series. If there isn't a third book in the series I'm going to read the others be Tamora Pierce. Although I will be reading them even if there will be a third book in the series. You can find Bloodhound and Terrier in bookstores now. Terrier is 581 pages and I read it in five days. Bloodhound is 576 pages and I read it in two days. Although my ARC of Bloodhound was actually 531 pages because of an accidental reprint of some of the chapters at the end of the book. Oh well, I was going to buy a normal copy anyway.