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A Quote to Begin Your Day…

“May the odds be ever in your favor!”

~Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games

 

A quote and a reading version of throwback Thursday. Tell me, what were some of your favorite Children’s or YA books growing up? Or ones that you have read as an adult and enjoyed?

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Welcome… Author, Shannon A. Thompson!

Good Morning Everyone,

Please help me give a warm welcome to author, Shannon A. Thompson, who has kindly participated in an interview to discuss her writing influences and current work.

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Hi Shannon! How are you? Could you please tell everyone here a little bit about yourself and your work?

Hi, Nicole. I am good – currently, drinking some morning coffee. I am glad to be here, so hello to everyone!

I’m a young-adult author and poet, but I’ve also had military fiction published. I was 16 when my first novel was printed, and I haven’t stopped since. My passion is writing, but I ultimately hope to open an affordable art school where artists can meet professionals in their field.

 

You write YA and Fantasy stories. Do you think that there is more opportunities to write in this genre, due to its recent growing popularity?

As much as there are more opportunities, there are also more writers competing in these categories, so I think it can go both ways. That being said, if writing young-adult fantasy is your genre, keep at it!

 

What books/authors have you enjoyed reading over the years?

I love all kinds of books, which is probably why I write in so many genres. Memoirs are my current favorite to read, but I always make time for the young-adult genre. In fact, I’m currently reading a novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, author of “Speak.” Some of my favorite authors include Meg Cabot, Lauren Oliver, and Cassandra Clare, but that’s only the beginning of an always-growing list.

Is there a particular author and/or character that you would love to join for lunch, one day?

I would love to speak with Meg Cabot. I’ve always admired her style. She isn’t afraid to push the boundaries, especially with female characters. I think that’s why two of her paranormal series were my favorite as a teen. (1-800-Where-R-You and The Mediator)

If you could be any one of your characters, who would you choose and why?

That’s a difficult question to answer, because the character I choose is in a story that isn’t published yet (but might be soon.) I would pick her simply due to the world she is in. It’s a fascinating place to discover.

Do you have any new books being released?

I do! Seconds Before Sunrise, book 2 in The Timely Death Trilogy, releases on March 27, 2014. While the first novel, Minutes Before Sunset, focused on what is was like to be a part of the Dark in dire times, the second book will showcase the struggles of being a human in a paranormal world. It will also redefine fate, so expect a lot of action, some struggling romance, and a climax that will change everything.

 

Where can readers find you?

I have a website where I divulge my writing, editing, and publishing tips. http://shannonathompson.com

But I am also on

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shannon-A-Thompson/495467393833780?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShanAshleeT23

And more: http://shannonathompson.com/contact/

You can find my novels through all major retailers, but here’s the link to Minutes Before Sunset on Amazon to get you started: http://www.amazon.com/Minutes-Before-Sunset-Shannon-Thompson/dp/098931281X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

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The Lost Heir

(Dragonath Chronicles #1.) By: Andi O’Connor. Format: Paperback. Read: January 2014.

Darrak Hunter is just your typical college student that strives for perfection in every aspect of his life, except for taking the time to clean his room. However life as he knows it, changes suddenly when he starts having dreams of a town with a purple sun. As the characters from his dreams become reality, he is whisked away to the planet of Dragonath, where he learns he is the true heir to the world. Darrak and his new friends must risk their lives in order to save their planets.

The Lost Heir provides a thrilling and intriguing start to the Dragonath Chronicles. Readers will be quickly swept up in the race to save Earth and Dragonath. The author describes the planet and sky in vivid detail. The characters each face their own challenges, while growing individually and as a group.  The pace of the plot is slow at times, due to the explanations which set-up the premise for the whole series, while the characters appear to accept their circumstances a bit too quickly sometimes. Overall this novel is a must read for fans of the fantasy/sci-fi genre.

This book is an easy, fun read. The flow leans towards a young adult book, but it is definitely enjoyable by readers of all ages. I am very excited and anxious to see what happens next with Darrak and his entourage.
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Notes:

The author of this book provided a copy for me to review. To learn more about this book and her work, please visit her website.

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My Sister’s Books #38

The Diary of a Young Girl

By: Anne Frank

This is the diary by Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl. Her family had to leave Amsterdam and hide from the approaching Nazis. When their location was discovered, they were forced to hide in an office building. This diary demonstrates the transition from being a young girl to being a young lady, during one of the most horrific times in the world’s history.

Anne Frank turned thirteen years old, when she started writing in her now infamous diary. In it she documents her daily life over the course of two years. She honestly writes about the details of the events that her family went through, as well as the emotions she and the seven others felt being trapped in the office building. What started out as innocent diary entries, typical for anyone her age, quickly turned into a documentary of the constant fear of being discovered mixed with the physical pains of being in hiding. This book will change readers’ lives.

Notes:

This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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Children’s and YA Books

Hi Everyone,

As you know, I like to show my support of Indie Authors by featuring them on here through guest posts and/or interviews. All genres are supported here on this website at anytime. With the holiday season officially underway, I would like to set aside some of these days for Children’s and YA authors. (After all, the gift of reading is one that lasts a lifetime.) I will still feature other authors and other genres during this time, but I hope to be able to schedule weekly Children’s/YA Authors, if there is enough interest.

What do you all think?

Have a great day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The Astral Ordinance Book 2 Blog Tour

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Book Description:

With special permission from the Ascended Masters, Jayna and Ethan have a spectacular wedding in the Astral plane. Jayna’s family and close friends are also transported to the wedding and they experience the Astral plane for the first time. Life goes on in a happy monotone for the next few years. Jayna and Ethan are together every night, but they are still forbidden to see each other on the Earth plane. One morning, Jayna and Liam do not wake up from their state of suspended animation. Their family is frightened out of their wits and hold vigil by their beds. With a lot of help from Hope and guidance from the other side, the siblings finally awake. Something major has happened on the Astral plane and Jayna is not telling them the whole story, but there is no denying the sense of danger. Their almost perfect lives are about to unravel.

About the Author:

A university graduate in Economics, this mother of three and foster mother of 25 has been drawn to the world of paranormal since childhood. A devoted reader herself, Meltem Y.K has always had the aspiration to create her own brand of fantasy.

While working full-time and raising a family, into the late hours of the night, Meltem Y.K dreamed the fantasies that only she could and created a story that’s grown into the Astral Ordinance Series

Excerpt:

Cassie screamed with pain.
“How does it feel to be on the receiving end of pain, Dr. Jewel?”
“How do you know my name,” the Shadow woman asked squirming on the floor.
“I know a lot of things about you, and none of it is good. Did you feel real powerful when you had helpless people kidnapped?”
There was shock on Cassie’s grey face.
“Yeah, I know all about it. You had three innocent people killed to get your dirty hands on that gold. You are scum Cassandra Jewel.” Jayna grabbed Cassie from the floor and threw her against the wall.
Cassie cowered.
“Were you planning to go to their funeral,” Jayna asked, “and pretend you were their friend? Maybe shed a few tears?” Jayna threw a powerful punch into Cassie’s solar plexus. Cassie doubled over with pain, coughing.
“Stop it,” Cassie whispered hoarsely.
“Why should I? Tell me one good reason I should not kill you?”
Cassie coughed, still trying to catch her breath.
Jayna, that’s enough. Ethan warned her. We are not here to kill anyone.
That’s what the bitch deserves.
Jayna turned around and saw a new stack of gold plates on the dining room table. “I see, you brought more gold from the Underworld,” she said to Cassie.
She walked up to the table and scooped up the plates in her arms. They were about ten pounds. Awesome! We’ll make a few more miracles with these.
Cassie screamed with rage again. “Put those back. You can’t have them. They are mine.”
“Not on your life,” Jayna said and walked through the wall. Ethan and Colin followed her; they didn’t want to lose sight of Jayna for a second, in case the demon came back.

Social Media Links:

Author Website: http://www.meltemyk.com/about-the-author.php

Twitter: @MeltemY_K

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Meltem-Y-K/165499443586418

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6862855.Meltem_Y_K_

Buy Links:

Amazon:

Astral Ordinance Book 1: http://www.amazon.com/The-Astral-Ordinance-Book-ebook/dp/B00AS1EUCU/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377029059&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=astral+ordinanca

Astral Ordinance Book 2: http://www.amazon.com/The-Astral-Ordinance-Book-ebook/dp/B00CCWELBI/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1377029059&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=astral+ordinanca

Astral Ordinance, Ayshen’s Story: http://www.amazon.com/Ayshens-Story-Astral-Ordinance-ebook/dp/B00ETNC8ZY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379418995&sr=8-1&keywords=ayshen%27s+story

Smashwords:

Astral Ordinance Book I: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/267847

Astral Ordinance Book 2: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/306411

Astral Ordinance, Ayshen’s Story: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/351814

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Stacy Juba’s Book Sale

Hi Everyone,

I had the pleasure of reading Stacy Juba’s books last month and I thoroughly enjoyed them. When she mentioned that they would be on sale, I thought I would share the information with all of you. (I know how much readers like a great sale and this is 3 books for less than a dollar!)

To read my reviews, click on each title’s name: Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Sink or Swim, and Dark Before Dawn.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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For a short time only, get Stacy’s Juba’s 3-book suspense bundle for 99 cents! Her Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set will be on sale for 99 cents from Oct. 10-25 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBookstore. With Halloween on the horizon, this is the perfect time to sit down with some suspenseful reads.

The bundle features Stacy acclaimed adult mystery/romantic suspense novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, and her young adult psychic thriller Dark Before Dawn, in one bargain-priced download. Solve a cold case with aspiring reporter Kris Langley; discover the downside of fame with former reality show contestant Cassidy Novak; and meet teenage psychic Dawn Christian, who discovers that ESP spells D-A-N-G-E-R. More on the three books included in the download, which combined have garnered more than 230 customer reviews on Amazon:

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today – A GalleyCat Mystery and Thriller Bestseller and GalleyCat Barnes & Noble Bestseller that reached #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List and #5 on Nook. For twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson’s killer has gotten away with murder. When rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology, not only does she fall in love with Diana’s sexy nephew, but she must also fight to stay off the obituary page herself. Get it on the secret: join thousands of readers in discovering Who Killed Diana Ferguson.

Sink or Swim – A #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller for Women Sleuths and Romantic Suspense. How do you change the channel when reality TV turns to murder? After starring on a hit game show set aboard a Tall Ship, personal trainer Cassidy Novak discovers that she has attracted a stalker. Can she trust Zach Gallagher, the gorgeous newspaper photographer assigned to follow her for a local series? As things heat up with the stalker and with Zach, soon Cassidy will need to call SOS for real. Endorsed by contestants from Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Big Brother.

Dark Before Dawn – A #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller for Horror/Occult and for Children’s Science Fiction, Fantasy & Magic, and a fun read for teens and adults alike. When teen psychic Dawn Christian gets involved with a fortuneteller mentor and two girls who share her mysterious talents, she finally belongs after years of being a misfit. When she learns her new friends may be tied to freak “accidents” in town, Dawn has an important choice to make – continue developing the talent that makes her special or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Young-Ladies-Mystery-Boxed-ebook/dp/B008YA0AW6/ref=

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/young-ladies-of-mystery-boxed-set-stacy-juba/1112510487?ean=2940014880077

iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id640324718

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/Young-Ladies-Mystery-Boxed-Set/LYpEix78KkeRcjLUgHwX2g

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Face-Off

By: Stacy Juba. Format: eBook. Read: September 2013.

T.J. McKendrick can’t do anything right to please his father, despite the fact that he attends a prep school and is top of his class and on several sports teams. His twin brother, Brad, feels that T.J. is the apple of their father’s eyes and despite all of his hard work, he can barely maintain a C average in his public school. Brad hates school, but is looking forward to the start of hockey season. That is until their parents inform them that they can no longer afford T.J.’s school and they will both be forced to attend the same high school. Now Brad fears loosing his friends and the all important Captain spot at the start of hockey season. Not to mention, their younger brother Chris seems to keep getting in trouble and their parents are always arguing which upsets their youngest brother Jory. Will the twins come together to help there younger brothers or will the competition for attention and acceptance destroy their relationship for good?

Stacy Juba originally wrote this book when she was a young teenager, yet readers will not believe that while reading this book. Fans of hockey will love every single detail that takes place on the ice and about the ice. Non-hockey loving fans will not have to worry about being confused by statistics or technical jargon, since it is quite clear that Juba wrote this for every reader to enjoy. Readers will be chuckling at the antics of the youngest brother Jory, while readers’ heartstrings will be caught up effects of the tumultuous relationship of the parents. Readers will be able to relate to Brad, T.J. and their younger brothers. The sudden ending will leave readers needing more, but there is a small excerpt from the book’s sequel. Juba’s excellent talent for balancing human emotion, hockey and high school will create instant fans in the readers.

I loved this book! First off, I am a huge hockey fan. (Born and raised cheering on the Washington Capitals.) Second, this book perfectly demonstrates the inner turmoil inside families, whether it is the side effects of parents fighting or sibling rivalries. Even with the abrupt ending, I would highly recommend this book to middle school children or adult fans of hockey/YA books.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
A copy of this book was provided for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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The Island Book Blast

Book Info-

Title-The Island

By- Jen Minkman
Publication Date-June 1, 2013
*Novella* (80 pages)
Genre- YA Dystopian



Blurb-

‘I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.


Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.



If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall.
Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says.
I have never seen one.’



Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?

Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?

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eMag Review #4

Wings of Arian (Solus Trilogy #1)
By: Devri Walls
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Heat Rating: 1 Flame
Final Review:
Wings of Arian is a superb young adult/fantasy novel. In a town where magic has been hidden from the people, young Kiora discovers she is a Solus and she is destined to save the entire town from evil, but first she needs a Protector. Unfortunately for Kiora, her Protector is none other than Prince Emane. These two characters provided several moments for humor and laughter, while readers are taken through a whirlwind of emotions as the battles between good and evil begin.
Filled to the brim with non-stop action and light-hearted personal moments between characters, this book will surely have readers entranced and smiling. The satisfying conclusion of this story sets-up the intrigue of what could occur in the next book. Wings of Arian will be a must-read for any fan of young adult/fantasy books.
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars

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