Review: The Last Goodbye

Title: The Last Goodbye

Author: Amber R. Duell

Date of Publication: December 5th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

500 years before Theo met Cassia, Leander met Lyda.

The Netherworld was never meant for the living. It steals a mortal’s sanity piece-by-piece, day-by-day. No one understands that better than the God of Death. But the chance for even a single day of company is a seductive thing and Leander can’t help looking forward to each sacrifice.

When the last mortal country outlaws human sacrifice, Leander’s new bride becomes his last. Though he knows he should let Lyda continue on to her afterlife, the pair grows closer and the God of Death hesitates in the face of eternal solitude. But soon, Leander must decide between being selfish and selfless.

Review:

This is one of the best short stories I have read, and I can’t wait to read the spin off novel, Fragile Chaos. Even though it was short, I could connect with Leander and really feel for him as I was inside his head. I wanted to pull him into a great big hug!

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I liked Lyda’s character, too! But watching her sanity slipping away was heartbreaking! I loved the writing and the beautiful ending in this! A must read!

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Cover Reveal: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced

Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced

Publisher: Parliament House Press

 

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Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.

Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

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Find Out About Other Books by R.J Garcia at http://writersandwallflowers.com/blog/

 

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About the Author

RJ Garcia is a wife, and proud mom of two smart kids. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short-stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!

 

Contact Links
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writer_rjgarcia/

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Website: http://writersandwallflowers.com/blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rj_dreamer

 

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Cover Reveal: Kiss Collector by: Wendy Higgins

KISS COLLECTOR

from HarperTeen and Wendy Higgins

YA Contemporary Romance

Coming December 18, 2018

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Blurb:
When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect.
Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race…or at least some of them.

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Author Website: http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com/

 

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Review: Alex, Approximately

Title: Alex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett

Date of Publication: April 4th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

My Review:

This is the third Jenn Bennett book I have read, and it was super cute. However, I do like The Anatomical Shape of A Heart and Starry Eyes much more. Also, I seriously hate this cover! It could have been a hundred times better—but not a big deal.

I actually liked both of the character here and found them both adorable, but again, not as much as in Jenn’s other books. There was also some weird drama, like with the drug addict friend. Also, sometimes I wanted to shake Bailey and just yell, “Open up to him!”

I’m also not sure why Bailey didn’t tell Alex that she was moving to the West Coast. I get it she’s an “evader”, but still! The romance between Porter and Bailey was spot on—fighting to lovers is the best kind!

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Bennett always gives her characters distinct and awesome personalities that show great characterization. This was a fun read, and I was addicted to every page. I seriously can’t wait to read her next book!

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Review: Starry Eyes

Title: Starry Eyes

Author: Jenn Bennett

Date of Publication: April 3rd, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

My Review:

I absolutely loved The Anatomical Shape of A Heart by Jenn Bennett, so when I saw this I was like oooooh I have to read it. I generally am let down by most YA contemporary with an exception of a few authors. This one was really good! Camping in the wilderness? Come on, that’s awesome!

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So at first to be honest, I was pretty annoyed with the MC in the first couple of chapters. She eventually got on my good side as I delved deeper into the book. I also really liked her name—Zorie. Now, Lennon I loved from the first moment he appeared on the pages—funny and adorable!

There was just so much cuteness it’s insane! The writing was funny, beautiful, and addicting. I need to go ahead and read her other book Alex, Approximately because I still haven’t read that one! I know it’s early in the year but so far this is my favorite contemporary this year.

 

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Author Calvin Demmer’s Interview with Author S.J. Budd

 

Book Purchase Links:
Spells and Persuasions: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520940645
Aphotic Realm’s Banished: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1979474532

Calvin Demmer’s Author Interview with S.J. Budd

What sparked your interest in the horror genre?

I’ve always been fascinated with everything out of the ordinary. I think what really sparked my interest in horror was seeing The Labyrinth movie when I was a young girl. At the time I found it terrifying and instantly loved it! It’s still one of my favorite films!

What’s the best writing advice you’ve received?

I think it’s got to be the simplest bit of advice which is to just keep at it and eventually you will get somewhere. I think the piece of advice I would offer would be to have fun with what you write, because if it’s boring to write it will be boring to read.

You have a story called “I am Witch” in the Banished issue from Aphotic Realm. What inspired the tale?

I was heavily inspired to write “I am Witch” after reading “Of Sorrow and Such” by Angela Slatter which is about witches. I came across it by accident and its now one of my favorite books.  Since then I’d really wanted to write a story about witches and this was my attempt.

You released Spells and Persuasions, a collection of short stories, last year. How would you describe it to those who’ve yet to read it?

This is my first collection of nine short stories that have all been published in various magazines. I’d like to think there’s something in there for everyone who loves horror. The stories within draw on many different elements such as fantasy, sci-fi and horror but are all dark in nature.

Who are some of the female horror authors you believe people should be reading?

There’s some really amazing female horror authors out there. I’m a really big fan of Gwendolyn Kiste whose stories regularly appear in places like Black Static and Shimmer. She’s recently released her first novella, “Pretty Marys all in a Row” which is a great read. Of course there is Angela Slatter who I’ve already mentioned. I’ve just discovered Kristi DeMeester and Damien Angelica Walters who are also superb.

These are the female horror writers who are currently slaying it and you can easily find them gracing the pages of all the top magazines such as Black Static, Nightmare, Shimmer and Apex.

 

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Sarah’s Bio:
S.J. Budd loves writing short stories exploring dark fictional worlds and its mysterious inhabitants, and is currently working on her first novel. Her day job involves working as journalist for www.findahood.com and she also blogs on her site www.sjbudd.co.uk and her twitter is @sjbuddj.
Her work has appeared in Aphotic RealmSanitarium MagazineSiren’s Call PublicationsDeadman’s TomeInnersinsAphelionBewildering StoriesBlood Moon Rising MagazineShadows at the Door, Danse Macabre MagazineThe Wild HuntMorpheus Tales and Freedom Fiction.
Her debut collection of short stories, Spells and Persuasions, is out now on Amazon.
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Calvin’s Bio:
Calvin Demmer is a dark fiction author. His work has appeared in Broadswords and Blasters, Empyreome Magazine, Mad Scientist Journal, Ravenwood Quarterly, Switchblade, and others. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe. You can find him online at www.calvindemmer.com.
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Our Cover Reveal: Bacon Pie by: Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo

So I have a new book coming out soon! I coauthored this one with my book friend, Gerardo Delgadillo who authored Summerlypse.

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Title: Bacon Pie

Publisher: Evernight Teen

Genre: YA quirky contemporary

Release Date: Info coming soon!

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Summary:

Lia Abbie has the easy life—kicking it back with old school video games, hanging out with her best friend Barnabas, and alternating her living schedule between the apartments of her two dads and her mom.

Kiev Jimenez is a theater geek who loves him some Shakespeare and taking care of his pet armadillo. He has one set goal in life: obtaining the role of Horatio for the Hamlet school play.

When a showdown between Lia and Kiev lands them in the principal’s office, they’re forced into volunteer work at the cringe-worthy Piggy Palooza Festival, or risk being suspended. Lia and Kiev aren’t thrilled about the situation, especially when it interferes with Lia’s relaxed life and Kiev’s theater role. But by working together, they may find more than just bacon—possibly a little love in the air.

More news on Bacon Pie to come!

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