Monday, July 23, 2012




Honor Student (book 1) & Honor Thy Teacher (book 2)

There are two sides to every story. Honor Student is the story told from Emma's perspective. A college student who lacks discipline falls for her professor but he has secrets that could cost her her life.
Honor Thy Teacher is the story from William's perspective. A college professor with very unique tastes. he falls for one of his students and is willing to do anything to keep her.


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When did you first decide you wanted to write?
I don’t know that I decided it. I’m not going to say something ridiculous like “it decided me”, because I don’t want to get punched in the face, but the impetus to write is just something that comes naturally, I suppose. I’ve always been very interested in other things like music and sports and pretty girls, so it wasn’t until I was a little older that I began to focus and take my writing more seriously.

Did you get nervous the first time you put your work out there?
No, not nervous at all. I don’t write to become popular; I want the books to do that instead. My wife likes what I write and that’s all that matters to me.

What is your favorite genre to write?
Literary Fiction. I envy and appreciate the creators of fantastic worlds and strange lands, of mystery or supernatural, but that’s just not me, at least not now. I consider myself a watcher of people, and of life, and inasmuch my writing is an extension of that, and of my perception.

What is your favorite genre to read?
Same as above - fiction. True insight into people’s character and humanity are difficult to accomplish. When it’s done right it’s fantastically inspiring. That’s not to say it’s unattainable in other genres, but fiction (specifically bildungsroman) is truly focused on that pursuit and I find great pleasure in wisdom I don’t have to learn the hard way. I also read a lot of philosophy and social commentary, but those are sometimes harder to digest than a good novel. Harder still is my persevering interest in theoretical physics and cosmology. I’m a big nerd for that stuff and always have one of those books on the go.

Do you have a favorite author?
I have many, for many different reasons. P.G. Wodehouse for his absolute mastery of the English language, and of irony. Christopher Hitches for his unrivaled ability to put thoughts into words. Kinky Friedman for his humor and productivity, Mordecai Richler for his ability to inject himself into his work, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t say J.D. Salinger for Catcher in the Rye. I also like Sam Harris, Stephen Hawking, Neil Degrasse Tyson… should I go on?

Is there something you want to write about, that you haven't yet?
I think of something new almost daily. It could be just a bulb of an idea, or a really great line or turn of phrase I hear that may spark something. But I just finished the second draft of my next book and I like to take breaks from writing novels. I’m on one of those breaks now.

What is one silly fact about you?
I love music, I hate concerts.

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
I would have to say Katherine Lorenz, from A work in Progress. She’s intricate and interesting and I think readers will both empathize with her and like her.

Does that reflect anyone you know?
Katherine is based on no one at all. I’ve never met anyone like her. The great thing about writing is that you can pick and choose various traits, throw them in a blender, and then allow the character to develop from the goo.

Spaghetti or Lasagna and why?
A good lasagna can’t be beat, but I’d take average spaghetti over average lasagna. I would like to remove the ‘h’ from spaghetti and the ‘g’ from lasagna. Unnecessary.

You are going on a picnic with a character from any novel who would it be, and what would you bring?
Skeeter from The Help. But only because now she’s Emma Stone. I would bring a time machine.

Anything you want to say the aspiring writers reading the blog?
Yeah. Read more, write more, learn more, and don’t stop. Always support other writers. Drive in the right lane, pass on the left.

His Book

Writer Danny Bayle's life is in shambles. His true love has left him and his grandfather - the last and most important influence in his life - has just passed away. Danny has spent the last few months languishing, unable to write a single word, but at the urging of a friend ventures out into the world in an attempt to jumpstart a new life, befriending in the process an interesting assortment of characters including an author, a musician, an artist, and an elderly retired nurse. Garnering the attention of more than one woman, Danny sees his new friends unwittingly begin to shape what could just be the story of his life. But will he ever let go of the girl that got away?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse Review

 Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse Review

In a satirical combination of two end-of-the-world scenarios, a zombie plague is quickly followed by an alien invasion - in a time when humanity is already struggling with vampires. Landing dead center at a college campus swarming with zombies, the aliens soon realize that their abduction mission is going to be quite a bit more complicated than they'd imagined. 

The presence of vampires only makes the situation worse. Will the human race prevail or be forced to relocate to an alien planet? Is there any way to reverse the zombie plague? Is the plague contagious to aliens and can an alien be turned into a vampire? What if a vampire alien became a zombie, then was bitten by a radioactive spider and then possessed by the ghost of a robot werewolf? 

That last part doesn't happen in the story, but what if it did? Find out what becomes of humanity in this hodgepodge of dystopian absurdity. Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse 

Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse by Ford Forkum
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"They appeared more like a bunch of teddy bears on a cheer-up mission to planet Lollipop where they would launch and attack of hugs."

Quotes like this one had me chuckling all the way through this creative short story. With the obsession people have of the paranormal these days it was a nice roundup of zombies, vampires, and aliens. I recommend it for a fun read!

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Review of Unbound

Unbound (The Forbidden Bond Series)


What It's About

What else would one expect during their freshman year of college?

After her birth, Danielle Vaughn, and her mother were ushered out of town in a surreptitious attempt to save her life; vampire prejudice can be deadly.

Like any normal nineteen year old, her biggest worry in life was blending in and working hard to keep her grades up. Her departure from a small town in search of a higher education causes a domino effect; she quickly finds herself maneuvering through a maze of enemies and lovers who are all hell bent on capturing her at any cost.

Danielle’s life is turned upside down by the return of her father and the society of vampires that shattered her human mother’s life. She must find a way to survive in the new world she is thrust into by a power hungry rogue on the hunt for gifted vampire youth. The hierarchy of the vampire nation is rocked by the existence of a demi-vamp who has challenged their narrow-minded views of the human race.

What I Thought 

I loved it! Unbound kept me away from my laptop, which is very hard to do. I found myself needing to know what was going to happen next. I love a book that has me screaming for the characters to figure something out or do something quicker. I was doing this the whole time I was reading Unbound.  

It is hard when you have so many characters to do them all justice and help the reader connect to them. Somehow Cat was able to do that, and I cared about what happened to every character. I also couldn't handle the suspense and the twists. I really enjoyed it. Can't wait for the next one!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Shadows in the Dark Reviews

- Shadows in the Dark -

Reading the First 4 Books of this Series and Reviewing them individually. They are novellas and are written by LD Hutchison. 

Book One

What dark things lie in wait for you when you least expect it? Vampires? Avangeline used to think they weren't real, till she was told that her best friend has been one for years now as well as her fiancee, and most of the other people she knew. Later she find's out what she really is... The heir to a Vampire clan, and the only thing that can stop a war between good and evil.

Shadows in the Dark (Shadows in the Dark, book 1)Shadows in the Dark by L.D. Hutchinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think that the story was unique with some interesting characters. The story comes to an abrupt end so I am glad that I will be reading the next part.

All in all it kept me interested and was a fun read.

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Book 2

Mastering her Witch side just so she can become a Vampyre is starting to wear on her too now. But, things get worse when she finally realizes something too late. Thing's are after her, and they will not stop at anything to get to her. Even going as far as kidnapping the people she loves just to get to her and if that isn't bad enough it's her fault too.

Mastering her Witch side just so she can become a Vampyre is starting to wear on her too now. But, things get worse when she finally realizes something too late. Thing's are after her, and they will not stop at anything to get to her. Even going as far as kidnapping the people she loves just to get to her and if that isn't bad enough it's her fault too.

In the dark we wait (Shadows in the Dark, book 2)In the dark we wait by L.D. Hutchinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novella was fun to read, and full of suspense. It intrigued me with scary creatures in the dark, and a premonition in a dream. It certainly sets it up for the next one which I am looking forward to reading. There are lots of characters still that we have yet to discover everything about.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Mouch and Company: The Dream Psychic

Mouch and Company: The Dream Psychic

A fun and suspenseful ride.

Being a teenager is tough enough, but try it when you have schizophrenia and psychic abilities that make all of your imaginary friends real...The odds are against Mouch-he's locked up in Talsom Mental Asylum; his only friends are a sock puppet and his shadow. Worst of all, he suffers from amnesia; his earliest memory is of being found alone in a mall wearing nothing but a pair of polka-dotted boxer shorts, a pair of fluffy white bunny slippers, and a hat made from a newspaper.... and covered in a generous amount of blood. When an elderly gentleman visits him and reveals that Mouch is not crazy but is actually a psychic, Mouch does what any rational person would do-he runs for the door. Once outside of Talsom, Mouch soon finds himself thrust into a battle against a sinister movement of dark psychics who threaten to destroy the entire psychic community.


I didn't know where this book was going to take me when I started to read it. I was immediately drawn to the main character Mouch, and found him intriguing. Even if he would not have had a terrifyingly described imaginary friend who was real, and a sock puppet he conversed with regularly I would have found him interesting. As it was he was a unique character, as were Mav and Sherman; two er.. people he conversed with alone.

I liked the way there was a seamless transition from each character's point of view. You were able to get in everyone of the character's heads, excuse the pun, and I liked knowing what they were all thinking.

I was pulling for certain people and then I wasn't. I liked people I hated at first, and hated people I liked in the beginning. I found myself nervous for the characters, and not sure what was going to happen next. The book had non-stop action and enough twists to keep me on my toes.
I think even if this is not the type of book you would normally read, you would be surprised once you started it.

The Demon Side

The Demon Side
Heaven Liegh Eldeen

Delightful in an evil way....


“Every kid has problems. Every kid has even more problems when they move to a new home. But when a kid with problems moves to a new home that has a Demon living inside it—look out!

Etta’s world is about to spin out of control when she encounters her new roommate—and Rahovart, that ancient trickster, is in for a few surprises too. So don’t mind all the crashing and rumbling; that’s just the normal noise Angels and Demons make when they’re fighting an epic war in the attic.

One thing’s for sure: Etta and Rahovart will have to go through Hell to Heaven and back again before that old Victorian home in Quantico Town finally quiets down… ”


Etta plopped back onto her bed and stared at the ceiling for a few moments. I wished I could hear her thoughts. Her father had just admitted to being a murderer for all practical purposes, though that was not how I viewed him. I truly believed John only tried to save the village, but his fervor and some help from a desperate Alastor, turned what should have been a heroic act into a bloodbath. Many men have unknowingly fallen from grace in the name of the greater good. Now, hopefully Etta would see that her father was just the victim of blurred lines between good and evil.

“What are you thinking?” I asked as I lay down next to her on the bed.

“Can a person still go to Heaven even if they’ve killed someone?”

“Well, I’m not in the business of getting people to Heaven, Etta. That’s the last place I want them to go,” I reluctantly replied.

“Even if it were me?” Etta stared hard at me with watery eyes, looking right into my blackened soul. I never gave much thought to where her soul would go, except to stop her from mistakenly giving it to me.

“That is a choice for you to make. I can’t force you to choose a side. I can only put the temptations in front of you.”

“You didn’t answer my question.”

“What do you want me to say? I want to see you burn in the depths of Hell? You’ll never hear that from me. Only you and your actions can decide where you go when you leave this world.”

“I would go if it meant I could be with you, you know.”

“You don’t know what you’re talking about.” As much as I would have loved for that to be the case, her comment angered me. I couldn’t imagine a person like her becoming something like me.

“I know that when you’re around I feel safe nothing could ever hurt me. I get butterflies in my stomach when you touch me. I know your soul, Ra. I don’t know how, but I know. I knew it the second I saw you. You weren’t meant for this existence. You fought for good once, and I’m certain you will again.” Etta was strong in words. She spoke with solid confidence. She described what I felt.


The novella had everything; despair, regret, pain, love, and redemption. The stories I like the most are those that take a very human story. A story of pain and relationships and then weave the paranormal into it perfectly. What I took away from this reading is that there is a fine line between good and evil. I think the characters walked that line flawlessly. Heaven was able to make the story delightfully funny in an evil way and yet sadly tragic at the same time. I thought it was well done, and it makes me able to say I look forward to whatever she writes next. I recommend this as an excellent and believable escape from reality.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Quick Picks

Some of my Goodreads Reviews!

 Ties To The Blood MoonTies To The Blood Moon by Robin P. Waldrop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew going into Ties to the Blood Moon that it was a YA novel. So I was prepared for the teen angst and the instant love everyone always criticizes. If you remember being seventeen though, you could fall in love in a class period. That being said I thought I had the book figured out, and I knew what was going to happen. I was totally wrong. By the time I had gotten into the meat of the story I didn't know what to expect next or who to trust.

I enjoyed the twists that the author put into the story. There was a lot of action and some suspenseful times. I gave it five stars because it kept me interested, and it surprised me. Well done Robin!

View all my reviews Book of Curses (The Renning Chronicles, Book 1)Book of Curses by L.D. Hutchinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I felt like I was easily transformed into Raine's world, or her new world as she put it. It is not easy to flawlessly move through as many characters as there are in Book of Curses, but somehow Hutchinson makes it work.

I found myself wanting to know what would happen next. I thought that it was an easy read even with so much going on. I gave it five stars because it kept my attention and kept the action going.

I also enjoyed that their was no main love story to surround the book on. It is a refreshing change from some of the YA novels I have read in a similar genre.

Raine is a strong female character, a little angry at times, but she seemed real to me. I am looking forward to the next book.

View all my reviews City of SilverCity of Silver by Danielle Raver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

City of Silver was interesting to me to read. I liked not knowing if the character was in a dream or reality. I enjoyed the way she took you into the future without having to go into much detail. I like this author's style of writing, and would be compelled to read more from her just from this small glimpse. I thought the imagery was beautiful and I enjoyed reading it.

When someone steps out of the box and writes from a vivid imagination, it is a beautiful thing!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Don't Fear the Reaper Review

Like I have said before I won't rate books on a number scale. I firmly believe that one reader can wear a book's pages out while another reader can flip through the first chapter and never pick it up again. That is the beauty of the literary world. Authors can connect with readers on different levels.


DON’T FEAR THE REAPER Book 1 of the Netherworld series Grief-stricken by the murder of her twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her ticket to eternal peace and a chance to reunite with her sister. When Keely succeeds in taking her own life, she discovers death isn’t at all what she expected. Instead, she’s trapped in a netherworld on Earth and her only hope for reconnecting with her sister and navigating the afterlife is a bounty-hunting reaper and a sardonic, possibly unscrupulous, demon. But when the demon offers Keely her greatest temptation—revenge on her sister’s murderer—she must uncover his motives and determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, both reaper and demon are keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true—that her every decision will change how, and with whom, she spends eternity. 

In the case of Don't Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto I was moved. The story is haunting from the beginning, and I will admit that is what drew me in. What kept me reading were a compelling story and a beautifully suspenseful tale. I wanted to get answers right along with the main character Keely. I wanted to know what her fate was. Having lost several people in the past couple of years it spoke to me. I was living the characters grief, remorse, and regret. It also speaks to the fact that we don't know what lies in store for us when we die. It is a lovely interpretation of it, and a wonderfully written book. The visual picture painted of purgatory and the haunting first scene pulled me in. "Ribbons, pretty ribbons." Makes me shiver. Get this book and read it to see how it speaks to you.

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Review of Dazed


From the beginning of Nikki Palomino's Dazed I knew I was in for an intense ride. The pain and haze that living on the streets had enveloped Eric in was evident through the writing. Palomino has a very raw style of writing that gets the point across. Anyone who has been or has known an addict knows they see the world differently than everyone else. The protagonist is dealing with a crippling addiction and the fact that he is homosexual in a world that doesn't accept it.


The writing sucks you in and you really feel like you are looking through the eyes of a brilliant lyricist who has lost his way. I enjoyed the way lyrics were circulated in his head through different events in his life. There is a fair amount of drug use, withdrawal, swearing, and sex. To say it is not for the faint of heart is an understatement, but to stay true to the junkie's story it is all necessary.


Palomino paints a picture of grunge rock at its prime where heavy drug use was the norm. I recommend this book for someone looking for something to move them, shock them, and make them look at life in a different way. Well done Nikki!


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The Forever Girl

I am not going to rate any book I read on a scale. What some people think is a 3 others may think is a 10. I will only put book reviews here of books I couldn't put down, and books that inspired me as an author, and sparked my imagination as a reader.   The first book that will be reviewed on Self Publish or Die is the Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton. I loved it!


 "AN EVER-PRESENT STATIC had moved into my head like a squatter I couldn't evict, and I thought getting rid of it would be my best shot at survival." This is such a great first line for such a great novel.

Painting a picture with words is something that the author seems to do effortlessly Sophia, the book's main character, is one that a lot of people will be able to relate to.Sophia is working a dead end job, living in a dead relative's house, and dealing with an overbearing and deeply religious mother. On top of all that she is plagued by a noise in her head that she cannot explain. Being Wiccan she attempts to silence the hissing with a spell. When it escalates to voices she begins to think she has gone mad.

This is just the beginning of Sophia's story, but the imagery of the writing, and the consistent flow of the story had me hooked from the beginning. As the novel continues Sophia learns that there are more things in the world then just humans and animals. There is a whole paranormal existence that she never even imagined. Now she will be caught up in the middle of it after a friend takes her into their world. The book had me up late, neglecting my shower so that I could finish it. It is a great novel for those who like paranormal books, but are sick of the same old story. The twists in the book kept me guessing, and I found myself thinking about her beautiful use of words throughout the book long after I had finished it. I cannot wait for the next edition of The Forever Girls! Well done Ms. Hamilton.
The Forever Girl

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