Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is the Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book.
1. Dystopia - I love books where the world as we know it is over, and a new society is either starting or is already established.
2. Zombies - I enjoy zombie apocalypse books (and movies).
3. Revamped Fairy tales - This is a new obsession for me. I love the retold fairy tales. I just read The Never by Kristina Circelli, which reminded me of a darker Peter Pan.
4. Fae - If Fae is in the title or description I will pick the book up.
5. Shifters - I used to only read about werewolves, but the entire shifter world gets my interest lately.
6. Holocaust - I love history, so most books set in the past interest me, but the Holocaust has always drawn my attention the most.
7. Titanic - When I was a teen I always got any books I could find on the Titanic, fiction or non-fiction. That word still catches my attention in a book.
8. Young Adult - I know that is a whole genre, but I tend to pick up any young adult books, especially with compelling stories, like 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher and Chasing Nikki by Lacey Weatherford. I also love young adult romances.
9. Rockstars - I blame, and thank, S.C. Stephens for this one. Ever since Kellan Kyle, I am always looking at books with a rockstar in them.
10. Wolves - I love wolves. Werewolves, real wolves, it doesn't matter. If there are wolves involved I am going to check it out.
So that is my top ten. Let me know about yours in the comments or leave a link and I'll stop by.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
“Out of nothing, we create something.”
Arianna has spent her entire life being called a dreamer, an artist who created a world no one else can see. And for her entire life, she has taken the medication that keeps that world – and the one who brought her there – at bay.
Now an adult, Arianna reawakens that part of herself kept locked away in the darkest corners of her mind. When she hides her medicine from her fiancé’s ever-watchful eye, he returns – the shadow in the night who collects her for an adventure known only in her fantasies.
But something is different about this world called The Never. It is no longer the cheerful place filled with light and laughter that she knew as a child. Now, the sea creatures drag their visitors into the depths of murky waters. The natives battle to the death against the tribe of children. And the pirates, led by the feared captain called The Hunter, seek out Arianna for their own sinister plans.
As Arianna goes deeper into The Never, she discovers just what her connection to the land means – and must choose between her life rooted in reality, and the world where anything is possible.
My Thoughts: I read the synopsis of this book without even associating it with anything. It sounded interesting and I wanted to read it. I started the book and was a little ways into it before a commercial for Peter Pan came on and it clicked for me. I dove back in and drank the story up, loving every moment of what Kristina Circelli could tell me about The Never.
The story and characters were complex and always twisting. Every time I would think I had a grasp on something, a new lie or secret would be revealed. There was just so much mystery, and I didn't want to stop reading. I needed to learn about all of the secrets surrounding Arianna. I had to know what each of the three men in her life were hiding from her. The adventures were wild! These weren't the cheerful adventures from the movie my children love. Circelli wrote adventures that had me holding my breath. I desperately needed to know the outcomes, but I dreaded them as well. There were deaths and thievery, and darker things that were sad to read. But there was also love, joy, and redemption.
This was the first book of Kristina Circelli's that I have read. It was an amazing way to be introduced to an author. The Never will take readers flying, pillaging, fighting, loving, and learning. Circelli has amazing talent, and I cannot wait to read her other books.
About Author Kristina Circelli
A lover of the written word since the time she first picked up a pen, Kristina Circelli shares her passion for fiction in her multi-genre novels.
Circelli is the author of several fiction books, including The Sour Orange Derby, a young adult novel about family and childhood imagination steeped in southern traditions; Beyond the Western Sun and Walk the Red Road of The Whisper Legacy, which centers on Native American cultures and the legends that come to life in the spirit realm; and The Helping Hands, a book that follows a gang of friends who rescue abused children.
Currently, Circelli works as a copywriter, author, book editor, and creative writing professor at the University of North Florida, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English. She resides in Florida, with her husband and two kittens.
I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
What if death came for you today? Would you be ready?
Forced to face his own mortality, Eddie Santiago fought to stay alive in a broken world. His incredible journey through heartbreak, abuse, and adversity left him with one truth: every life makes a difference.
This is the true and compelling story of his supernatural quest through the valley of death, doubt, and darkness. Eddie provides a passionate story that will capture the attention of even the toughest skeptics.
Angels, demons, heaven, hell, Jesus and the devil: are they fiction, or are they more real than anything else in the world?
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About Eddie David Santiago
Eddie David Santiago has worked in the mental health/substance abuse field since he was 18 years old. He holds bachelor degrees in both psychology and religious studies and has provided counseling related services for multiple mental health, substance abuse and human service agencies. In addition, he earned his master’s degree in counseling along with certification in educational administration.
With over fifteen years of counseling related experience, Eddie founded the organization L.E.A.D. (Love Endures And Delivers) which offers interactive group trainings, seminar sessions, speaking opportunities for groups of all ages and crisis counseling sessions.
THROUGH THE VALLEY, LOVE ENDURES is based on Eddie’s early collection of writings, through which he found his voice. He seeks to inspire others to find their voice and share their own stories. Eddie resides in the Midwest with his beautiful wife Sarah and their three amazing children, Faith, Isaiah and Makaylah.
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Getting pregnant as a teenager and being coerced into giving her baby up for adoption left a festering scar on Jaymee Ballard’s life. Trapped by poverty and without many allies, Jaymee nearly gives up hope of getting her daughter back after her best friend is murdered. Now, four years later, a wealthy woman with legal connections hires her as a housekeeper, and Jaymee gathers the courage to seek her help. But Jaymee’s last chance ends up in a puddle of blood in one of the historic antebellum mansions in Roselea, Mississippi.
I just murdered your wife…again.
An unsigned letter consisting of six horrifying words turns Nick Samuels stagnant life upside down. Stuck in emotional purgatory since his wife’s unsolved murder four years ago, Nick is about to self-destruct. The arrival of the letter claiming credit for his wife’s murder and boasting of a new kill sends Nick to Roselea, where he and Jaymee’s worlds collide.
Jaymee and Nick realize exposing the truth about her daughter’s adoption is the only way to solve the murders. Up against years of deception, they rush to identify the killer before the evidence–and Jaymee’s daughter–are lost.
But the truth doesn’t always set the guilt-ridden free. Sometimes, it destroys them.
About the author
Born in Indiana and raised in Iowa, Stacy Green earned degrees in journalism and sociology from Drake University. After a successful advertising career, Stacy became a proud stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. Now a full-time author, Stacy juggles her time between her demanding characters and supportive family. She loves reading, cooking, and the occasional gardening excursion. Stacy lives in Marion, Iowa with her husband Rob, their daughter Grace, and the family’s three obnoxious but lovable canine children.
You can find her debut novel, INTO THE DARK as well as TIN GOD in both digital and print.Website / Amazon Author Page / Facebook / Twitter / Literary Addicts
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