Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#YA Book Spotlight and Interview: Adelita's Secret by Christopher Cloud




Interview with Award Winning Novelist Christopher Cloud

Today, we're shining the book spotlight on a young adult fantasy novel, Adelita’s Secret thanks to Rebecca's Writing Services. Christopher Cloud is an award winning novelist with his collection of young adult novels.  Cloud’s characters dispense small doses of historical facts, facts that become an integral part of the story. each of his four middle-grade/young adult novels plays out against a backdrop of history.

About Adelita’s Secret 
Lost in a superficial world of materialism and social status—and ashamed of her Latino heritage—seventeen-year-old Adelita NoĆ© is loved by two men, two men separated by a hundred years and vastly different stations in life. One man owns little more than the shirt on his back. The other, a poet at heart, is heir to a vast fortune. Their love for Adelita serves as the backdrop for the Latino girl’s quest to better understand herself and her Mexican roots.
Read Chapter 1 – 4 on Amazon
Title: Adelita’s Secret
Author: Christopher Cloud
Genre: young adult fantasy romance
Title is available at Amazon kindle or paperback
Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble

Interview
Q: Do you have any tips for character creation?
There has been much written about the so-called "composite" character, borrowing bits and pieces from several characters to build one character. Personally, I find this premise irritating because you end up creating a character that readers will find unbelievable. That is not to say that your character’s personally/physical makeup/speech can’t be tweaked. Create a character that readers can wrap their minds around.  

Q: Will you share some lessons readers can learn from the books characters?
I write middle-grade and young adult novels, and my characters dispense small doses of historical facts, facts that become an integral part of the story. Indeed, each of my four middle-grade/young adult novels plays out against a backdrop of history.

Q: Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?
There are no messages per se in my novels, but I do try and tactfully educate the reader about the role history plays in all of our lives. In A Boy Called Duct Tape I educate the reader about the exploits of Jesse James and his gang of outlaws; in Voices of the Locusts I show my readers the ugly psychological scars left by World War II; in Adelita’s Secret, the importance of the Mexican Revolution forms the backdrop for my story; in The Ghosts of Petroglyph Canyon, the significance of preserving ancient rock drawings subtly weaves its way through the novel.

Q: If you could be any famous person/author for one day, who would you be and why?
I gave this question much thought. I’ve decided I’d like to be John Steinbeck when he was halfway through his first draft of The Grapes of Wrath. I’d love to learn his writing routine and who he relies on to read his copy, not for typos, but for content. For my money, The Grapes of Wrath is the most important book by an American author of the 20th century.



About Christopher Cloud
Award winning author Christopher Cloud began writing fiction full time after a long career in journalism and public relations. He writes middle-grade and young adult novels..Cloud graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a Fortune 100 company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency. Cloud attended high school in Japan, and lives in Joplin, Missouri. His website Is: www.christophercloud.com

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#Review: Keep the Light by Myron J. Stenzel




Summary:

When he finished, the waves washed away a message that he offered to the heavens and the ocean. "I believe in God and the sea, believe in me." 

As the two walked up the beach towards the house, you could almost hear the waves say the words Jim gave the ocean to keep forever. 

Chances. We all have taken them in our lives. For Jim Harris, he has taken the biggest chance of all. Giving up everything to chase a career. The one thing that he didn't count on was that the chance he was taking would lead him to what he needed most in life, the true love of a woman. Keep the Light is a story of family, friendship, true love, and taking that chance. 

My review:


This is a sweet love story for the most part. It starts out with a man wanting and needing to make a change in his life. He moves to a whole different area of the U.S. to make this change. He meets for the first time his estranged uncle who offers him not only his home, the light house, but a new chance at life. There he gets the opportunity of a life time and finds the women of his dreams.

Essentially, that is the whole book.

The overall theme of working hard to achieve your dreams appeals to me. Even the idea of falling in love and that it will concur all is charming considering the world we live in today.

However, I wish I could say that I overwhelmingly liked this book. There were a few issues I had with it. First being at times the writing seemed rushed and often very repetitive. Some scenes could have been elaborated on which would make for better writing.

I had trouble getting into the characters. I found myself wanting to know more about Dana, this seemingly hard working woman who was, in my mind, relegated to a passive character at best. 
The character, Phil was an interesting character who seemed to have stories of living in the lighthouse but his stories were lost to a plot development that focused on something else.

Overall, I feel the author was aiming at the inspirational side for this book. For that, he did seem to achieve. I hope in the future to read another book by this author and can see his potential but for now, I can only give this book 3 stars.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

#Giveaway: "No Time To Die" Book

 “An I enjoy promoting books for authors of different genres. I have not read this book as of yet but helping promote the book on behalf of a friend. Intelligent, exciting tour d' force; the story is tight, the characters are fascinating, and the twists are terrific and totally unexpected... A crackling good read….Has the magic touch.”
New York Times bestselling author Michael Palmer

“Breathless thrills and pace, but real substance too: a perfect mix of nail-biter and thought-provoker, from a writer to watch. Highly recommended.”
–#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

“NO TIME TO DIE takes a terrific, original premise―what if someone literally could not age?―and turns it into a heart-pounding thriller that keeps its surprises coming to the last page. Fans of Michael Crichton will love this.”
New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder

“Peikoff spins a fast-paced thriller with sound cutting-edge science to explore the fundamental mysteries of aging--mysteries that, for the first time in history, we are now close to unraveling. NO TIME TO DIE may be fictional, but it vividly evokes the most exciting aspect of my research to date.”
Dr. Richard Walker, Editor-in-Chief,
Clinical Interventions in Aging

NO TIME TO DIE
By Kira Peikoff

Someone is out for blood—Zoe Kincaid’s blood. She’s a 20-year-old trapped in the body of a 14-year-old girl and her DNA could hold the secret of immortality. Could it be the Columbia University researchers who see her as the key to fame and tenure? The shadowy figure, known only as Galileo, who is kidnapping the world’s best researchers? The Justice Department head


who seems a little too intent on getting her alone? Or the maniac who just fed a leading scientist to his chimpanzees?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Away We Go Media Mega #Giveaway Celebrating National Book Month #NationalBookMonth



Away We Go Media is proud to represent the authors past and present who put on quality writing for reading audiences world wide. We are celebrating our authors and October's National Book Month with a mega giveaway from all of our authors.

We want to welcome our newest authors:

Michael Alan Peck





"Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie—and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him." 



And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons. It's been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. The result is an imaginary landscape of a broken America—stuck in time and overrun by the heroes, monsters, dreams, and nightmares of the imprisoned dead. 



Three people board a bus to nowhere: a New York street kid, an Iraq War veteran, and her five-year-old special-needs son. After a horrific accident, they are the last, best hope for The Commons to free itself. Along for the ride are a shotgun-toting goth girl, a six-foot-six mummy, a mute Shaolin monk with anger-management issues, and the only guide left to lead them.

Three Journeys: separate but joined. One mission: to save forever. 

But first they have to save themselves.





A secret lies buried beneath the haunting statuary in Old Willow Cemetery. In Concord, Massachusetts, the surrounding woods are alive with the spirits of transcendentalists Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. Elias Hatch, the cemetery keeper, is the last of modern-day transcendentalists. Does he know the secret power buried in Old Willow Cemetery? Would he reveal it? 

Next door to this cemetery is a lovely gabled house. When the Brooke family moves in, the secret of Old Willow strikes. 

On a cold afternoon in March, five-year-old Henry Brooke does not arrive home from the school bus stop. Antonia Brooke is frantic her child is missing, or—the unspeakable—stolen. Adam Brooke spends a harrowing night searching the Concord woods, fear gripping him as hours pass with no leads. 

Finally, a police dog tracks Henry’s scent inside Old Willow Cemetery. Detective Mike Balducci suspects that Elias Hatch knows the truth about what happened to Henry. Balducci knows Hatch’s metaphysical beliefs. What Balducci discovers buried in the cemetery is beyond the grave, beyond apparitions or shadowy drifts rushing through the pine trees. 

There are the dazzled faces in the darkened air … and their secret. 





The lives of two young black men from the Harlem "hood" of upper Manhattan in New York become inextricably intertwined through a series of seemingly unrelated events. 
Follow Noel -- the Dollar Man -- through his early life on the street, a brief respite in a group home following his parents' arrest for abusing his sister, Jenna, culminating in several years of incarceration at the Bridges Juvenile Detention Facility in the Bronx after making a bold, but short-lived escape from the group home together with one of his roommates. 

At the same time, become intimately involved in the parallel life of Terrell -- the Hustler -- who spends most of his life in the home of his grandmother, "Mama B," following his own mother's departure after she murders her friend, and who chooses to drop out of high school in order to embark on a life of drug sales, fast money, sex, and violence. 

Until he encounters Noel.   This fictionalized novel is based on actual events. 


We hope you will continue to purchase and read the books from our authors for years to come.
We have  eight (8) fantastic prizes to giveaway for National Book Month.

PLEASE NOTE The disclosure as there will be no substitutes for prizes. Good luck and thank you!


DISCLOSURE:This giveaway is from October 8-Nov. 1, 2014.
The giveaway is open worldwide but note, if the winner is outside the US all books will be in Kindle form only. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter this giveaway. All winners will be drawn at random by Rafflecopter. There will be 8 winners total.

NOTE:Some of the authors are ONLY offering Kindle versions in this giveaway if you do not have a Kindle then that author will not giveaway a book to you. There will be no substitutes. Please note which authors are giving away paperbacks vs Kindles.

This giveaway is sponsored by all of the authors listed and Away We Go Media. Naila Moon of Reading Authors is posting on behalf of Away We Go Media and is not responsible for the giveaway but has been compensated for the post.


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Saturday, October 4, 2014

#Review: The Witch's Garden by Louise Lintvelt/Illustrated by Kristin Wiman #FrightFall



Summary:
Past the mill, over the hill, deep in the wood... A witch's house stood.

Join the friendly troll on an exciting adventure as he sets out to outwit the witch and free the magical creatures trapped in her garden.


My review:
I have read and reviewed a few books from this author and was looking forward to reading this book as well. The only problem for me is, I suppose I was expecting more.

This is your typical "ugly witch" where she does evil upon those who come into her area or home. This "witch" does the same but turns magical creatures into a beautiful garden. She then comes upon another who undoes all her work and sets the creatures free. That's the book in a nut shell.

As I said, I was looking for more that I have come to expect from the author. It even seemed rushed at the end. However, her poetry was right on and that was the best part about this book as well as the illustrations that gave breathe to the book.

All in all, still not a bad book and for that, I give it three stars.

Disclosure: I was given this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed her are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

#Review: The Last Call by George Wier #FrightFall



Summary:
Bill Travis, an unmarried, unattached investment counselor rapidly approaching his fortieth birthday, conceives that he may not live the most exciting of lives, yet Julie Simmons, his first appointment that Monday, is deeply in trouble. She has taken a North Texas quarter horse racer and liquor baron named Archie Carpin--the last of a dynasty of criminals from the 1920's--for a ride and cleaned him out of a neat two million bucks. And thus begins the adventure of Bill’s life.

Ensues a chase north across Texas to recover the money and shake the pursuit of a couple of rednecks with a penchant for rifles and rigged explosives. Yet, through all this action the compelling tale of yet another mystery—an 80-year old missing person’s case—begins to unravel.


My review:
I picked up this book from Amazon thinking it would be a nice thriller book without all the blood and guts that I simply don't like. Well, it wasn't exactly thriller but certainly mystery as the book says on the cover.

I was a bit drawn in to this mystery girl, Julie. She seemed just like some people whom I have met before. She tells you just enough to intrigue you and keep you going but not enough to keep you out of getting into a mess. I was surprised to find out whom she was connected to at the end.

I kept wondering why the main character, Bill kept going even after she gets him into some hot water including almost getting killed a few times. I suppose like all things it is love. Hmmm?

The book was kind of like Julie and Bill, just enough to intrigue me and keep me going to read it but yet wondering why I am. It seemed slow in some parts but in others I was all in. Yes, it had its mysterious 80 year old case wrapped up with a little gun fight and dynamite!

In truth, I would have liked to see a little bit more "thrill" and maybe even a bit more mystery as that was mild in my mind, but overall, I liked this book. This was the authors first book in a series and I am sure his others will be good too.

He gets 4 stars from me.

Disclosure: I purchased this book on Kindle for my own collections.

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