Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tori Review: "True Calling" by Siobhan Davis


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Title: True Calling
Author: Siobhan Davis
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publication: July 28, 2014
Pages: 410

Summary:

Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17 year old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.

As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.

Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.

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First of all, let me state that simply categorizing this book as YA Science Fiction is supremely misleading. It’s quite the mixture of Romance, Coming-of-Age, Post-Apocalyptic, and bits of Fantasy.

Davis creates a new world for readers to traverse that fits quite seamlessly with what one would assume a government created society would entail: advanced technology, physically and mentally ideal occupants, and relatively similar landscaping to that of Earth which has consequently been somewhat evacuated due to its tired resources. Seems quite idyllic if you ask the government. Of course if you ask the people…population control in the form of a forced reality-TV-style breeding program call The Calling, memory erasing technology, and constant monitoring aren’t exactly what they signed up for when they agreed to leave their planet.

The ever popular love triangle…think you’ve read that story before do you? Ah, but do not scoff so soon. True Calling puts a whole new spin on the classic dilemma of who will she choose. On the one hand, Ariana has Cal: gorgeous fellow cadet on Novo. On the other, she has Zane: the boy from her past that she has no memories of and who is a constant visitor in her dreams.

Although the book was quite slow-paced at times, I enjoyed the slow exploration of the main characters mixed in with the fast pace events surrounding the uprising of Earth’s inhabitants that were left behind. The book switches back and forth between two points of view and I must say that I definitely enjoyed that of Ariana’s far more than that of Zane’s.

True Calling will appeal to those that enjoy cross-genre reading of the YA persuasion. 3.5 quills!

Happy Reading!


~ TORI
  Tori is a  24 year old tiny oddball of a woman who ardently loves rainy days and festive repartee. A college graduate, she holds a degree in communications with an emphasis on writing for media. Tori is currently an Assistant librarian working towards getting her Master's in Library Science. You will not find it surprising that this Auggie-Talk Co-Blogger is a passionate devotee of impulsive bookstore perusing and reading far past the point of exhaustion.



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Monday, November 24, 2014

Airship Tour - Steampunk Fantasy by Lara Nance


Author Lara Nance hosts 

an Airship Tour

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Celebrating the release of: "Realm of the Ice Queen"


(Book #4 in the Airship Adventure Chronicles)



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Title: Realm of the Ice Queen
Author: Lara Nance
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy

Summary:


Belle and Rett’s adventures are not over. While Rett is involved in rebuilding the destruction caused by Dr. Krakov in the capitol city, the queen calls on Belle for a vital mission. She sails off to Icelandia to negotiate a treaty with the eastern countries, only to find the queen of that frigid land is hiding a secret that threatens to derail the vital progress of peace. Rett unwittingly uncovers a threat beneath Aereopolis, more dangerous than the attack of the mad scientist. This discovery sets off a chain of events that unleashes a century-old menace.

Once again, Belle and Rett must count on resourcefulness, courage, and old friends to escape peril and save the day.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

cropped new pic of me - retouchedLara Nance grew up and lived in many cities throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres, but the basis of all of her stories is a great tale of entertaining fiction that will take you on an adventure of imagination. Smart stories that make you wonder, and live the romances you dream about. She writes for her readers, hoping to give them an enjoyable escape among the pages of her books.

So, if you're ready to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you've come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales to paranormal stories and sizzling romance, she's willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, along with a touch of romance here and there.

Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories. Lara loves to weave interesting true historical tidbits into her fiction which invite the reader to explore further after the novel is finished.

Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkies, Belle and Bruno.




Where it all Started

The Airship Chronicles

Revenge of the Mad Scientist (Book #1)

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A steampunk adventure with a touch of romance.

When Lady Arabella Trunkett’s father, the Lord High Minister of Urbannia, is kidnapped, suspicion points to the mysterious country of Gandiss and the world is thrown into political upheaval. But Arabella is convinced the more sinister nation of Carabarras is to blame, urged on by a mad scientist seeking revenge. She sets out on a dangerous airship adventure across numerous exotic locales to rescue her father before war breaks out.
Not only is she faced with danger from mysterious assassins, slaver traders and air-pirates, the fickle hand of fate adds an additional complication to her trials. Unfortunately, the captain of the only airship available for charter is a man who left her at the altar. For eight years she's wanted nothing more than to see him dead. But now he's her only hope.




Stops on the Airship Tour
Where you can find:
Reviews, interviews and more trivia questions plus chances to win at every single stop

11/10 - 11/24

Memories in a Box


One of these amazing Jewelry pieces can be yours

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Enter to WIN here at every stop on the tour


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Blitz: "Lucky" by Renee Miller


Title: Lucky
Author: Renee Miller
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Summary:



Everything Caerus Thornton touches turns to gold... or dies.

Thanatos, god of death, has an almost flawless record until he encounters Caerus. For some reason, he can’t fulfill the simple task of delivering death to the tiny blonde fated to die in the delivery room.

Furious at his failure, the Fates exile Thanatos on Earth, where he must remain until he redeems himself in the eyes of his fellow gods.

Somewhere along the way Thanatos finds himself falling for the woman he's spent more than two decades trying to kill.







Author Bio

Renee Miller has been a waitress, a bartender, a gas station attendant, a social worker, a daycare provider, coffee-slinging drive-thru professional, and an office administrator, before finally deciding writing could be more than just a hobby. She’s published novels in the crime/suspense genres (IN THE BONES, THE LEGEND OF JACKSON MURPHY), as well as romantic suspense (DIRTY TRUTHS) and paranormal romance (LUCKY).









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Book Excerpts

The sound of a transport rumbled in the distance. Seeing his opportunity, Thanatos reached for her hand and nudged it so the wheel moved to the left. Lost in her dreams of a beach vacation, she didn’t even shiver at the contact. Every human felt the brush of Death, except Caerus Thornton. She should be dead. His touch was Death. Her immunity to his touch caused him the most distress, because no matter how exceptional, a human couldn’t survive his touch—not without divine intervention.
Thanatos pushed with more force than was necessary. No matter what got in his way the woman would die. She and her tiny silver sports car wouldn’t survive a collision with the massive vehicle approaching. The car moved into the oncoming traffic lane as Caerus focused on finding another station on the radio, oblivious to the horror looming ahead.
His breath caught. Would he finally rid himself of his epic nightmare? The stain that left an eternal black mark on an otherwise spotless record would finally vanish in a mess of twisted metal and gore. The very idea sent an almost orgasmic chill through his body.
The elation vanished as something else, something strangely familiar, crept into the small car with them.
Failure.
Thanatos gritted his teeth. As the truck came into view, he willed the car to keep its course. The Mercedes shook as it ran over a bump in the road and the cell phone flew off the console to clatter on the floor near her feet.


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fall Reading Challenge Update #5

One week until Thanksgiving! Then it's almost CHRISTMAS! OH MY GOSH!

Okay, time to calm ourselves and get down to business!

If you didn't LINK YOUR GOAL POSTS, no worries. You can do that at any time. It doesn't have to be fancy just state that you want to participate.






This challenge rewards participation AND fellow participant support. The more you link up and the more support your peers (posting on their goals and updates) the more chances for entries you get. If you haven't posted your goals be sure to swing by the goal-page.

2014 Fall Reading Challenge.


Link up your updates at the bottom of the page.

That's all you have to do! Don't have a blog? No worries! Link up your Goodreads or Twitter accounts to keep us updated.





 
 
Auggie-Talk's Fall Reading Challenge is a 2014 Autumn reading hop that takes place between October 1 and December 20 on Thursdays. Every Thursday participants can recap their reading week, which books they read towards their goal, and hop to other reader's posts to cheer them on! This is an all-for-fun way to connect with other readers and maybe find a few new favorite books! Prizes are awarded to random participants at the end of the challenge!

Below you'll find my and Tori's goals. They're all "potential", which means the books may change as we read. Nothing has to be set in stone, lovelies!  Click on the book to go to its goodreads page. Titles with a slash through them are books that we've read! Links to their reviews will be added as they happen.




  



AUGGIE'S GOALS
24 Total Books




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Hexwood
Shattered
Realm of the Ice Queen

TORI'S GOALS
24 Total Books



 
 


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                                          PRIZES
At the end of the challenge one participant will be chosen at random via rafflecopter to win their choice of two of the following:

 Lot 1 - YA

Lot 2 - Romance


Lot 3 - Choice of a 3 deal set on Thrift Books

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Participants of the reading challenge will get extra chances to enter in other giveaways hosted on Auggie-Talk (special entry button just for you!)









                                         JOIN!
Thank you for joining! If you'd like to link up your posts that talk about your fall reading adventures!  You can't win prizes if you don't participate, so what are you waiting for?!








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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Morganville Vampire Series Rocks!


MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES

I'm sure you've been hearing a lot about this seies lately. 

Well... GOOD! 
 

For your information, it's a fancy web series now. 
The more you watch the more likely it is that this neato
little webseries will find itself producing a second 
season. So, I hope you have a really good reason
for not already having that YouTube channel open!

Just so you know we're not all empty bluster, AuggieTalk Co-Captain Tori sat down and watched ALL of the Morganville Vampire short episodes. She LOVED them!

Here's what Tori had to say about the MV series:



My first thought upon watching all six of the mini-episodes was…I want more! Each segment is only around 10 minutes long so I gobbled them all up in one sitting. Withdrawals quickly set in with the knowledge that I would have to wait to find out whether Season 2 was a green light. What I have to say to you entertainment junkies such as myself: Go Watch Now! The more views the series gets the more likely that the show will continue. I am guilty of multiple viewings in the last few weeks and I am not ashamed to admit it!  ~Tori

Wow! What an endorsement!

So... What are you waiting for? Get thee to the Morganville Youtube channel!


Episode 1 -- Glass House
Episode 2 -- Bite Me 
Episode 3 -- Sucks to Be You
Episode 4 -- High on Life
Episode 5 -- Burn
Episode 6 -- Owned


 

Summary

Morganville - a brave teen (Claire Danvers) moves to the very isolated West Texas town to attend the local university, only to (a) run afoul of the local mean (very mean) girls, and (b) move to the safety of off-campus housing with three strangers. 

But the plot thickens when she discovers that her new housemates aren’t crazy: Morganville really is run by vampires. They own it, and every one in it. And now ... they own her.


Morganville: The Series brings to life Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires in a whole new format and sucked in fans rapidly. Over the span of its debut week, the six-episode series has drawn thousands of viewers, with the first episode already surpassing 50K. A feat that gives fans hope for more seasons!



Morganville: The Series

The show stars fan favorites Robert Picardo as Oliver (Star Trek: Voyager) and Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) as Amelie, as well as Lindsay Seidel (Claire), Jordan Taylor Farris (Shane), Haileigh Todd (Eve), Ben Easter (Michael), Nikki Donley (Hannah), Afomia Hailemeskel (Monica), Jessi Mechler (Gina), Taylor Murphy (Jennifer), Gregory Connors (Brandon) and Chase Ryan Jeffery (Myrnin). It is directed by Blake Calhoun, known for his award-winning and groundbreaking digital series Pink and Continuum, the show was filmed on location in Texas on a Blackmagic camera.

Rachel Caine 
A fictional character herself … a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and award-winning novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regularly featured in anthology collections, most recently the Charlaine Harris edited Dead But Not Forgotten.



See you in Morganville.  




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Monday, November 17, 2014

Dual Review: "Freak Show" by Patti Larsen




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Title: Freak Show (The Nightshade Cases, #1)
Author: Patti Larsen
Genre: Paranormal
Publication: June 12, 2014
Pages: 153

Summary:


When transsexual starlet Aisling is murdered, Detective Geraldine Meyers is assigned the case. With help from medical examiner Dr. Rachel Hunter, Gerri realizes this is no ordinary killing. While she might not want to call in over-eager anthropologist Dr. Kinsey DanAllart, the detective is forced to trust her friend's expertise in symbology, even though doing so means admitting "weird" things might be happening in Silver City. As the three friends unravel the mystery of the dancer's death, one thing is made absolutely apparent--something isn't right in their new hometown. And someone is doing everything they can to make sure the truth doesn't come out.

In Silver City, sometimes friendship can be murder.

Welcome to the first Nightshade Case, a series of twenty-one episodes in twenty-one weeks. Please note: this episodic series is based on the television show model, with screenwriting notations and shorter formats. There will be a complete mystery each week, with cliffhangers only occurring in the full season story line.






Tori Review


I am an ardent lover of paranormal thrillers AND a good nitty-gritty cop drama. With shows like Criminal Minds where you get to watch some serious profiling AND Shemar Moore airing weekly…I mean who wouldn’t be, right? So naturally, my interest was quite piqued when Freak Show, that encompasses both genres, came across my reading list. I was interested in seeing how twenty-one short books would be turned into “episodes” released over twenty-one weeks in a television show model. Would the writing be developed enough to keep me interested? Would it be too choppy for me to truly consider it a “book?” I had questions dancing around in my head that had me hesitating.

I was, however, happy to discover that after a few pages…I was fairly sucked into the episode. I won’t give away too much of the story as it is such a short read. It should leave you feeling like you just watched the pilot to a new season on TV. Like any pilot or new series, there are some glitches scattered about with the setup and the flow from character to character. Nevertheless, Larsen does a solid job of slowly releasing little bits of information in such a manner as to drastically up the tension throughout the episode. She did well in keeping the pace of each plotline moving as it should: faster with the investigation of the murders and slower with the mysteries surrounding the main characters.

I give this episode 3 quills. I was wrapped up in all the drama and the last few pages certainly had me wondering and plotegizing (wait…that’s not a word is it…oh well). The paranormal has taken up residence in Silver City and I have no doubt that the next episode will hold many more tricks and treats for the readers.

Until next time!

Tori

~ TORI
  Tori is a  24 year old tiny oddball of a woman who ardently loves rainy days and festive repartee. A college graduate, she holds a degree in communications with an emphasis on writing for media. Tori is currently an Assistant librarian working towards getting her Master's in Library Science. You will not find it surprising that this Auggie-Talk Co-Blogger is a passionate devotee of impulsive bookstore perusing and reading far past the point of exhaustion.


Auggie Review

Crime, paranormal shenanigans, and... wait... Episodes? What a novel idea! For readers who are are looking for that "inbetween" read that bridges the gap between their 300+ page novels this is the perfect series for you.

The series is organized into short-book installments that read like television shows. It may take a minute to get used to the new format, but the cast will make it pretty worth your while. Our leading ladies run in to some VERY suspicious happenings in their new haunt, and I'm talking about something more suspicious than a murdered dancer. It may take you a bit to get in to the new format, and a cliffhanger short-story line. Though I felt that the first episode just wasn't quite "WOWZERS!" enough for a "pilot", I did find that Geraldine, Rachel, and Kinsey had an interesting enough dynamic that made it worth my while to keep reading.

A fascinating idea of "Episodes" will keep you coming back for more of "The Nightshade Cases" even if the first episode doesn't really ring your bell. I definitely suggest giving this short-book series a try!

Even though the first book didn't totally stoke my fire, it was enough to keep me interested in picking up the others. Maybe it'll do the same for you. Won't know until you try!


Auggie is the 27 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk, a part-time Reference Librarian with a degree in Anthropology and a nearly completed Masters in Library Science. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. One can normally find Auggie neck deep in reading, writing, or daydreaming (sometimes all three at once).  She's also been known to drink too much caffeine and eat too many lemon flavored sweets.
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