Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dominion Review




BLURB:

After being hidden away for centuries, the Vampyrnomicon, the Book of the Undead, is finally unearthed, and with it the terrible secret of the vampires’ origins.  The discovery of the Vampyrnomicon gives Drake Matthews the means to defeat the Master and eradicate the vampire threat, but it also provides Chiang Shih with the knowledge she needs to make her masters immortal.

Now more powerful than ever, Chiang Shih raises an army of the undead and creates a vampire nation in Washington D.C.  Her attempt to assassinate Drake and his colleagues nearly cripples the hunters, but fails to kill them all.  Driven by vengeance, and with his band of hunters swelled by unlikely allies, Drake leads the group into the infested city.

With the fate of humankind hanging in the balance, hunters and vampires wage the final epic battle in the streets of the nation’s capital to determine who will hold dominion over the earth.

 Review: In all honesty I did not think I would like book based on the burb. However, I was pleseantly suprised and got really into the book. The characters keep you on you feet and there was even some moments when I felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book. There were even some nice plot twists that enhanched the read.

 Excerpt:

 
     Chiang Shih turned to face the rose window.  Picking up the Vampyrnomicon, she opened it and began to read.

     “Fortunate are the evil in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Hell.  Fortunate are those who hate, for they will be avenged.  Fortunate are the strong, for they will dominate the earth.  Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for wickedness, for they will be satiated in their lust. Fortunate are the merciless, for they themselves have been shown no mercy.  Fortunate are the dark of heart, for they will know Satan. Fortunate are the warmakers, for they will be called sons of Satan.  Fortunate are those who persecute the righteous, for theirs is the kingdomof Hell.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in Hell.”

     A rumbling emanated from outside, similar to thunder but deeper and prolonged.

     “Praise Satan!  Oh Dark Lord, you are very great; you are clothed with cruelty and ignominy.  You wrap yourself in darkness as with a garment.  You undermine the earth’s foundations; it can never be stable again.”

     A small black cloud three feet in diameter formed out in front of and just above the cathedral.

     “How many are your works, Oh Dark Lord!  In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.  We all look to you to give us our human food at the proper time.  When you give them to us, we gather them up; when you open your hand, we are satisfied with evil things.  When you send your Evil Spirit, we are created, and you renew the face of the earth in Hell’s image.”

     The cloud expanded rapidly until it dominated the sky above the front lawn. 

      “May the infamy of the Dark Lord Satan endure forever; may the Dark Lord Satan rejoice in his works, he who looks at the earth and the earth trembles.  May the righteous vanish from the earth and the humans be no more. Praise the Dark Lord Satan!”   

     The cloud began swirling, forming a vortex.  The rumbling grew increasingly louder until the cathedral trembled from the noise.

     “The Dark Lord Satan said, ‘I am the resurrection of death.  He who obeys me will live as the undead.  Whoever obeys me and lives as the undead shall never die.’

     “Dark Lord Satan, make us immortal like you!”

     A thunderous boom rocked the cathedral.  The rose window shattered outward, covering the humans below with shards.  Walker watched in fascination as the black cloud deepened in density and its swirling increased in speed.  A brilliant beam of sunlight emanated from the vortex and shone through the frame, illuminating Chiang Shih.  She stiffened.  Her body glowed until she seemed almost as bright as the beam.  When she turned to face her masters, her eyes burned bright yellow.  

     Without warning, sunlight flowed from her eyes and filled the interior of the cathedral, washing over the masters, the vampires huddled in the corner, and the corpses scattered around the nave.  Walker closed his eyes and crouched, expecting death.  Instead, he felt a sensation he had not experienced since his days as a human.  Warmth.  

     Walker opened his eyes and stood.  Sunlight bathed his body.  Rather than peel off and crumble, however, his flesh tingled.  He looked back down the nave toward the crossing, excited to see his shadow extending away from him.  Raising his hand in front of his face, he noticed that his shadow did the same.  

     Chiang Shih had done it.  She had made them all daywalkers.

 

BIO:

Born and raised in Everett, Massachusetts (just outside of Boston), Scott M. Baker has spent the last twenty-two years living in northern Virginia.  He has authored several short stories, including “Dead Water”, “Rednecks Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things”, “Cruise of the Living Dead”, “Deck the Malls with Bowels of Holly” (an alcoholic mall Santa battles zombie reindeer), and “Denizens.”  His two latest short stories – “The Last Flight of The Bismarck,” about steampunk zombies, and “The Hunger,” a tale of cannibalism during a zombie outbreak – will both be released later this year in anthologies being published by Knighwatch Press. 

Scott’s first zombie novel, Rotter World, which details the struggle between humans and vampires during a zombie apocalypse, was released by Permuted Press in April 2012.  He has also authored The Vampire Hunters trilogy, which has been published by Pill Hill Press and received excellent reviews from Famous Monsters of Filmland and Fangoria, among others. Scott has finished his fifth novel, Yeitso, a homage to the monster movies of the 1950s set in northern New Mexico, which is currently with a publisher, and is wrapping up his sixth novel, Hell Gates, the first in a series of young adult novels set in a world in which the realms of Hell and earth have merged.  

When he is not busy writing, Scott can either be found relaxing on his back deck with a cup of iced coffee, or doting on the four house rabbits that live with him. 

Please visit the author’s website at http:\\scottmbakerauthor.blogspot.com.

 

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Monday, November 26, 2012

A college pet story....a day in the life of a betta fish

Have you ever thought what it would it be like to view life from a glass bowl. Well today is you lucky day then. These are the observations from the beta fish that lives in our college dorm.


Monday: These kids look like zombies....or Swedish fish


Tuesday: (In sassy gay friend voice) Girl I don't care what style you think you have but polka dots and stripes will never go together.

Wed.: I want to fight....let's get me a buddy....then we can have fight club


Thursday: Thirsty Thursday....who wants to pour beer into my tank


Friday night: (watching girls walk in) Yup we have a group 3 walking in...OH and we have 2 out of 3 down. OK let's sit them up and go for a spare.
QZhMk GIFterpiece Theatre: Emma Stone, alien Olympian and Darwin Award candidate

Saturday: Hey! Make out by someone elses fish tank.


Sunday: Not a soul in sight today.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Once Upon Second Chance








Excerpt:

Why can’t I have a little help? Where’s my fairy godmother? Bree seems to get one, so where’s mine? Not the creepy bingo lady my subconscious seems to think I deserve, but a real one. I needed her to slap some sense into me eight years ago, but she didn’t show. Where’s the bib­bity bobbity do-over for all the schmucks like me who botched it up the first time around because we were on our own? That’s what a fairy godmother is supposed to do, right? She shows up when you hit rock bottom, and gives you everything you need to “land your man.” She might not hand you everything on a silver platter, but it’s her job to give you the proper tools, if you will.

Take Cinderella. She just happened to need a shower, some pumps, and a chauffeur — which wouldn’t do me a whole lot of good right now — but I’m sure it’s a customizable program. All I need is a nudge in the right direction, or maybe the ability to read minds for an hour or so. Come on, after Cinder-needy-ella, is that really too much to ask?



About author:

Marian Vere is a twenty eight year old writer of Women's Fiction. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she received her degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in--oddly enough--vocal music performance, only to later discover her love of writing and storytelling. Marian is represented by Carly Watters of PS Literary, and currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her Husband, and two daughters.


 

Monday, November 12, 2012

This week......Awaken Review+giveaway



Awaken (Daughters of the Sea 2) by Kristen Day

 

 
 

The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…

After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess.  But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison.  The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity.  Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible.  As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape. 

About Kristen Day

Kristen Day is a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity.  She loves all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky.  She’s been told she sees the world through rose-colored glasses, but she prefers to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something she can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?). 

She is the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN (Oct 2012), and CHOSEN (Winter 2012).  She loves all books, but really enjoys writing young adult, paranormal romances.  She’s loved to write for as long as she can remember.  Her first published work was her poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, right?) that won her 5 gold stars and a spot in her elementary school's poetry book. That's when her addiction to the written word officially began.  She was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.

When she’s not writing she’s making jewelry, painting, feeding her addiction to sweet tea, watching the Discovery Channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with her amazing husband. She was born in Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Marketing in 2001. 

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Review: This was a very enjoyable YA book, but in order to fully get it I suggest you read the first book Forsaken. In this book there are so many more twists and turns, that it made the book hard to put down. I  was also pumped to finally get the 411 on Finn, our mysterious love interest. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, because if this author keeps it up it can only get better.





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Warrior Reborn review

WARRIOR REBORN by Melissa Mayhue 



Former special ops agent CHASE NOBLE has been searching his whole life for the place where he belongs. As a descendant of Fae, he senses fate has more in store for him, and he will not rest until he discovers what his true purpose is. When he travels back in time to medieval Scotland, he discovers his mission is to save a beautiful woman—the same woman he is destined to be with.

CHRISTIANA MACDOWYLT possesses the gift of foresight. Prisoner of her evil half-brother, Christiana’s visions show her that only one warrior can rescue her—a man she is mysteriously drawn to. The only problem is, he’s in the future. Now she must rely on the magic of a Faerie to transport him to the past. And when Christiana finally meets Chase, the sparks between them set off a smoldering desire. But will the magic that brought them together also tear them apart?


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BIO: Melissa Mayhue is the award-winning author of Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband, Highland Guardian, Soul of a Highlander, A Highlander of Her Own, A Highlander's Destiny, A Highlander's Homecoming, Healing the Highlander , A Highlander's Curse and Warrior’s Redemption. She and her family live in Colorado in the shadow of the beautiful Rocky Mountains with two insanely spoiled dogs, one domineering cat, a turtle with an attitude, and way too many fish in their aquarium. Visit her website at MelissaMayhue.com.



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Now for what I thought of the book.

This is a really good adult book, that you can read without being afraid someone sees you reading it. I enjoyed the action packed plot and felt the tension created by the two main characters feeling even without sex scenes. I would say pick up this book, it's a good read, has an intense villain, twists, and two characters that you just want to root for. Not to mention some amazing side characters.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

YA love





Ok, now for some YA love. Some of my fav. would have to be of the fansty area. How can you not love some steamy aliens and werewolves. Let's not forget all the future society books, such as, Hunger Games that make you really think.

Romance of the week......Forever werewolf by Michele Hauf Review

 

"Hauf delivers excitement, danger and romance in a way only she can!"—New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon
“So sexy it will leave you breathless!”—MaryJanice Davidson, New York Times bestselling author of the UNDEAD series.
Alexis Conner, princess of the Alpine pack and pureblood werewolf, hides a painful secret—she has never shifted. If she can’t shift, she can’t mate, and so Lexi resigned herself to a lifetime of loneliness. But then a stranger arrives, and Lexi senses that her world will never be the same…
A massive avalanche might be to blame for Trystan Hawkes getting stuck at Castle Wulfsiege, but after one look at Lexi, Trystan is not about to leave. Lexi is strong, smart and incredibly sexy. Not that it matters. Tryst is an omega—the fabled lone wolf. Even more damning is his mixed vampire heritage.
Lexi knows that the vampire blood running through Tryst’s veins makes him off-limits, but what if he’s the one man who can rouse her inner wolf?



Review: This was a good romance read, I would definitely say it has several sex scenes but keeps a good plot going. There's treachery and deception along with some twists and turns. I love the dysfunctional family and the outsider who judges based on what on the inside not the outside. Finally, I suggest reading this book if only so you can get thrown into the twists this author throws into the plot.