Thursday, January 31, 2013

Silver-White by Shawn Underhill Book Blast!



Silver-White by Shawn Underhill



“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep.”

~ Robert Frost



*Evie’s family has been holding out on her …



Big time.



On an unexpected visit to her grandparents’ house in New Hampshire’s secluded North Woods, the sixteen-year-old literally runs into the truth of the long-hidden family secrets, and finds herself thrust without warning into the clandestine world of the Great North Pack—a wild and exhilarating world of rugged beauty, heart-pounding adventures, and long nights running under a sea of stars … but as she’s set to discover, a world also fraught with potential dangers lurking in the shadows.


Praise

 "Simply put, this book was amazing. I've read more fantasy novels than than I can count, but this one is certainly one of the best. The heroine isn't some wishy-washy pansy that screams at everything, and the focus of the story isn't on some unbelievably beautiful teenage girl who suddenly becomes the biggest, baddest member of her species falling in love with some big, bad, sexy member of her newfound species. It's about a girl becoming something she never knew existed, finding her place within the pack family she values more than ever before, and an age-old feud that threatens everything she loves." ~Morgan


Purchase ~ just .99 cents



Author Shawn Underhill



Shawn is a part-time writer from New Hampshire, where he spends his free time hiking in the mountains, camping, racing dirt bikes, or anything else that keeps him outdoors. Dogs are his very favorite people. He is also the author of the novel All Things Different.











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Flappers, Flasks, and Foul Play Blitz!

Hello, loves! 

This is going to be one interesting book, guys. If you're a flapper fan (who isn't?) this is one you won't want to miss. Not to mention it falls into that lovely and recent "New Adult" category. 

Here's the info. Go enjoy !
 

NEW ADULT Jazz Age Mystery
Title: Flappers, Flasks, and Foul Play
Author: Ellen Mansoor Collier

Flappers Flasks and Foul Play

Date Published: July 2012 

Synopsis: 
"Boardwalk Empire" meets "The Great Gatsby" in this soft-boiled historical mystery, inspired by actual events. Rival gangs fight over booze and bars during Prohibition in 1920s Galveston: the "Sin City of the Southwest." Jazz Cross, a 21-year-old society reporter, feels caught between two clashing cultures: the seedy speakeasy underworld and the snooty social circles she covers in the Galveston Gazette. 

During a night out with her best friend, Jazz witnesses a bar fight at the Oasis--a speakeasy secretly owned by her black-sheep half-brother, Sammy Cook. But when a big-shot banker with a hidden past collapses there and later dies, she suspects foul play. Was it an accident or a mob hit?

Soon handsome young Prohibition Agent James Burton raids the Oasis, threatening to shut it down if Sammy doesn't talk. Suspicious, he pursues Jazz but, despite her mixed feelings, she refuses to rat on Sammy. As turf wars escalate between two real-life Galveston gangs, Sammy is accused of murder. Jazz must risk her life and career to find the killer, exposing the dark side of Galveston's glittering society.

EXCERPT

Why in the world was Fed Agent Burton here? Everyone stopped working to watch him make his grand entrance. People don't usually parade around in a newsroom: They sort of shuffle or stumble or stomp—unless a story's really hot, then they'll run. I felt like running away too, but I stayed glued to my chair, pretending to work, my heart racing.

Burton seemed to enjoy the attention as he headed my way. He was hard to ignore: Standing before me, all six feet-plus of golden skin and hair, he towered over my desk. Looking up, I noticed the curious eyes watching us in the too-quiet newsroom. The reporters stopped typing, fingers poised over keys, hoping for a scoop. My boss stared with unabashed interest.

"To what do I owe this disturbance?" I adjusted my cloche cap, acting nonchalant.

He grinned at me, then looked around the suddenly still office. "I need to ask you a few questions. Can we go somewhere private?"

"What do you want?" I put on a brave face so the newsboys wouldn't see me sweat.

Burton scanned the hushed room. "You really want to discuss it here, out in public?"

He had a point. Did I want the whole staff listening in on my private conversation? He probably wanted to discuss Sammy, who was no one else's business.

"Let's go outside," I agreed. Head down, I followed him past a leering Hank, feeling like a naughty kid going to the principal's office.

Nathan entered the newsroom, a camera slung over his shoulder, stopping to stare at Burton. "Jazz, is everything jake?"

"Everything's berries." I smiled to pacify him but, I admit, I had the jitters.

"I remember him. Your boyfriend?" Burton seemed amused.

"He's the staff photographer." I ignored his crack. "And a good friend."

Outside, I felt safe among the throng of people and automobiles passing by in a rush. The hustle and bustle of the streets and sidewalks seemed almost comforting. I looked around for Golliwog, our resident stray cat, but she must have been making her daily rounds for scraps.

"How was lunch?" In broad daylight, Burton didn't seem quite as menacing or intimidating. Besides, a group of hard-boiled reporters peered out the newsroom, spying on us.

"Fine." I covered my growling stomach. "What brings you here?"

"Sorry to barge in that way." He smiled, tugging on his hat. "But I had to get your attention. You wouldn't give me the time of day the other night."

"Can you blame me? A raid isn't exactly the best way to meet new people."

"I think we got off on the wrong foot." He stuck his hands in his pockets, jingling some change. "Perhaps we can talk over dinner, instead of standing out here on the sidewalk?"

"Dinner?" Was he serious? "Just like that?" I snapped my fingers. "You waltz in as if you owned the place—like you did at the Oasis—and expect me to dine out with you, a total stranger, because of your badge? You've got a lot of nerve, mister."

"I wouldn't be a Prohibition agent if I didn't." He looked smug. "How about tonight?"

The Author:

Ellen Mansoor Collier

Author Bio

Ellen Mansoor Collier is a Houston-based freelance magazine writer whose articles and essays have been published in several national magazines including: FAMILY CIRCLE, MODERN BRIDE, GLAMOUR, BIOGRAPHY, COSMOPOLITAN, COUNTRY ACCENTS, PLAYGIRL, etc. Several of her short stories (both mystery and romance) have appeared in WOMAN'S WORLD.

A flapper at heart, she’s the owner of DECODAME, specializing in Deco to retro vintage items (www.art-decodame.com). Formerly she's worked as a magazine editor/writer, and in advertising sales and public relations. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Magazine Journalism. During college, she once worked as a cocktail waitress, a short-lived experience since she was clueless about cocktails. Flappers, Flasks and Foul Play is her first novel, inspired by real people and places. Currently, she’s working on the sequel.

"When you grow up in Houston, Galveston becomes like a second home. I had no idea this sleepy beach town had such a wild and colorful past until I began doing research, and became fascinated by the legends and stories of the 1920s. I love the glamour and excitement of The Jazz Age, but Prohibition was also such a dark and dangerous time in American history. Jazz isn’t a debutante or socialite, she’s a reporter caught in between the two halves of Galveston society, struggling to do the right thing despite all the temptations and decadence of the era."

TAGLINE:
“Boardwalk Empire" meets "The Great Gatsby" in this soft-boiled historical mystery, set during Prohibition in 1920s Galveston: the "Sin City of the Southwest."
Links to Buy


Until Next Blog, 

Read On! 

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Friday, January 25, 2013

NBRCRaT Goal Post!

Nothing But Reading Challenges Read-a-Thon
NBRCRaT!
(nim-ber-krat)



My start video for the Nothing But Reading Challenges Read-a-thon. Go Team A!!!!!

Until Next Blog,

Read on!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Book Gathering #22

Happy Sunday my darlings!


Bumpy start this year with blog posting. Hopefully I'll get into the swing of things.

I've been trying to do more videos lately which takes up a lot more time than just writing a review and since I'm doing BOTH (written and video reviews) it's pretty time greedy so there are nights when I feel overwhelmed.


I'm just going to slowly adjust to the new vlog/blog situation and hopefully it will become more comfortable with time.




Enjoy BOOK GATHERING #22 mah luvs!


Remember:


You'll find  HEAVENLY CHALLENGE posted on the Challenges and Giveaways portion of the blog.

You'll also find a list of 2013 Challenges I'm participating in this year. Listed with those challenges are progress pages, lists of books I plan to read for the challenges,  and links to the hosts' websites so you can participate as well! 









Book Gathering # 22



I'm currently participating in two great haul memes hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

Please give these two lovely blogs a look see and participate in these great meme adventures!

STSmall




Auggie-Talk Book Gathering Vlog



No Synopses this week, friends. Though I will link up the books to their respective Goodreads profiles so you can give them a gander if you choose.

Click each cover for the Goodreads synopsis:







Enjoy, my doves!  

Until Next Blog, 

Read On! 


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Friday, January 18, 2013

I'm Gonna Be a Librarian!

Dear readers,

I'm so excited!



I recieved an acceptance letter today! I officially start my Masters in Library Science in the fall!


I am BEYOND ecstatic.


I was actually getting a little exhausted with worry lately over a lot of life issues that cropped up regarding work and future in general. This acceptance letter has taken all of the worry and anxiety from my shoulders. I am blessed and incredibly happy!

My little brother wrote a song for me to commemorate this momentous occasion: 

(Without his knowing, I wrote this down while he ad-libbed on his guitar. Thanks little brother!)

Auggieeeee

Got into school
She's gonna teach people to read

Auggieeeeeee

She's gonna spend more money
Gonna be broke as me!

No way out!
Pay them money 'till you shout!

5 years later she'll be in a library
Teachin' kids about
Ron & Harry

Because Harry Potter is her favorite book

She don't care about those looks
That she gets from creepy guys in the fiction section
Who all they can think about is...

Anime.

Yeah.

10 years down the road
She'll find some weird guy
That likes the same shit she does
She'll see it in his eyes

They'll read all the time
And have a bunch of cats.

She's Miss Librarian. "


I love all of you.

Things will be back to normal on Auggie-Talk soon.

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Review: Fever 1973 (Vlog)

Happy Tuesday booklings!

Now that the Bout of Books 6.0 Read-a-Thon is over, I'll be able to get to all of those reviews for the books that I've read.

So far this month I've read through 9 books, which is much better than last year already. I believe that by March of last year I'd only read 12, and I'm confident that I'll have at least that many read by February this year. Very excited about that.

Okay!

So just to preface, you guys are going to start seeing more vlog posts around. I made it a new years resolution that I would make use of my youtube account and vlog more. I'm very happy to see so many book vloggers out there, so I'm excited to join the fun.

Not to say that anything will really change here. I'll still post written reviews with the vlog. I'm still not sure yet if I'll do a vlog with every review so I want to maintain some review stability.




REVIEW:
  Fever 1793
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Title: Fever 1793
Author:  Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication:  September 1, 2000
Pages:  256

Synopsis:
 


It's late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosquitoes and rumors of fever. Down near the docks, many have taken ill, and the fatalities are mounting. Now they include Polly, the serving girl at the Cook Coffeehouse. But fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook doesn't get a moment to mourn the passing of her childhood playmate. New customers have overrun her family's coffee shop, located far from the mosquito-infested river, and Mattie's concerns of fever are all but overshadowed by dreams of growing her family's small business into a thriving enterprise. But when the fever begins to strike closer to home, Mattie's struggle to build a new life must give way to a new fight-the fight to stay alive.




Fever 1973 Vlog  Review




Fever 1793 Review:

Historical Fiction centered around the Yellow Fever epidemic that plagued Philadelphia in 1793.

The book is full of quotes from journals, letters, and newspapers written by people who actually suffered the epidemic during this time. This story was very haunting, and bits of it were very tragic as well when looked at as a fictional representation of an ACTUAL plague of disease where thousands lost their lives in just a short few months.

Our main character, Mattie Cook, is just 14 years old when the sickness breaks and kills her childhood friend Polly. She lost her father when she was just a young girl so it's pretty much been her mother, herself, their cook Eliza (a freed slave) and Polly. So this death is a real shock.

Yellow Fever is a devastating illness especially without proper care. During the the late 1700's bleeding was still a widely popular treatment method, and this killed many of the Yellow Fever patients who were already suffering from internal bleeding and hemorrhages.

For a young child, or anyone, actually, Yellow Fever is a traumatic thing to witness. Victims of the fever become delirious, jaundiced (yellow in the skin and eyes) and often have seizures or vomit up blood.

Laurie Anderson takes this horrible event and attempts to help us see through the eyes of a survivor what horrors might have been during this time... but also what hope. There were many groups who stayed to help the sick, even though they risked themselves. The Free African Society founded in 1787 by Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, was a free aid society. They acted as messengers, nurses, surrogate parents, and at times last rite givers to the sick, dying, and abandoned during this time.

Ms. Anderson paints us a world where the battle against nature, neglect, and fear are in high gear.

This book is both heart-wrenching and uplifting at the same time. The little bit of romance adds a touch of sweet to the bitterness of loss and the hopes, dreams, and compassion of a young girl in the midst of devastation is a lesson in human perseverance.

I was greatly moved by this story. It brought me to tears, it had me laughing, and at the end of the book I felt like I'd really read something worthwhile.

One really fantastic thing is the Author takes time to point out in her book that Yellow Fever is still a problem in South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. There are still people that suffer and die from this sickness every year, even though there is a Vaccine for it.

I feel that this is a subtle call for assistance, an appeal to the conscience of readers to feel for others and choose the path of Mattie Cook, a young woman who seemed to have nothing but who offered everything.

A five out of five for this book. I highly recommend it for all ages.

Go. Read.

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Bout of Books 6.0 Wrap Up!

Happy Monday my dearlings.

Today is the "Wrap Up" post for the Bout of Books 6.0 Read-a-thon.

I am EXHAUSTED! This weekend was so much fun and so relaxing, but I've been up late every night reading.

I'm 75% through with my EPIC read for the month, an 800+ page High Fantasy by David M. Brown.

I'm really enjoying it and I'm looking forward to introducing it to all of you in a review soon. 

If you're a high fantasy fan, go ahead and take my word (without a review) that you're going to enjoy this one.

Go ahead and check out the Goodreads page for the synopsis.


Alright. And now for the purposepost of the day. 

My B.O.B 6.0 Read-a-thon wrap up!

BOUT OF BOOKS
READ-A-THON

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 6.0 team 
Challenge Results

Okay, so my goal was 7 books in 7 days. How did I do?
ALMOST MADE IT!
Books Read: 




Pages Read: 1, 800!


I almost did it! I got a lot closer, honestly, than I originally thought I would. I'm very proud that I did one book a day, considering especially that the two days I had off were dedicated to mostly things I don't normally get to do. So I didn't read much on those days.

This Bout of Books was SO much fun, especially with the chats. I met a lot of really great bibliophiles and I'm looking forward to the next on in May! 

Why don't you join us then?

Until Next Blog, 

Read On! 
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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Book Gathering #21 Vlog!

Happy Sunday my darlings!


Remember:


You'll find  HEAVENLY CHALLENGE posted on the Challenges and Giveaways portion of the blog.

You'll also find a list of 2013 Challenges I'm participating in this year. Listed with those challenges are progress pages, lists of books I plan to read for the challenges,  and links to the hosts' websites so you can participate as well! 









Book Gathering # 21



I'm currently participating in two great haul memes hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

Please give these two lovely blogs a look see and participate in these great meme adventures!

STSmall




Auggie-Talk Book Gathering Vlog



No Synopses this week, friends. Though I will link up the books to their respective Goodreads profiles so you can give them a gander if you choose.

Click each cover for the Goodreads synopsis:

Borrowed: 




 Purchased:



Today is the last day of the  BOUT OF BOOKS 6.0 READ-A-THON ! I hope everyone is doing well. I personally am very happy to say that I think I'll reach my 7 books in 7 days goal!

Celebrate!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!





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