Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: The Echo Man - Richard Montanari

Wanting a mystery novel to read ? One with a Serial Killer ? Have you read all of the Richard Montanari novels ?
Review: The Echo Man - Richard Montanari - May 2011
After writing an essay about Music compositions and Composers , it seems appropiate to write a review on Richard Montanari's latest novel "The Echo Man".
If you are a fan of Richard's novels , then you know it follows two main detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano and their force of policemen and women. The novel has two main storylines running through it , the first one less important than the main murder case is the AA Killer , a guy who preys on young women at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and the second one a murder that first started in 1990 when a violinist was found in the home of her tutor who had been murdered . Sentenced to a insane aslyum , the girl stayed till just recently when she was released , now somebody is killing in the same exact fashion - however this time the murders are related to a fire that caused a girl by the name of Alexandra Chang to die. One by one everyone associated with her murder and the day she died is being killed in a way that reminded me eerily of the Dexter Killings - see the books by Jeff Lindsey. As the deaths become more and more , it seems that someone has taken also to recreating Philadelphia's unsolved crimes ? Is this an inside job , someone who has access to the files and been on the force for a long time ? Be Prepared for a shocking twist as we see one of our regular and long-running characters finding themselve in handcuffs and behind bars ?
All this and more in another relentless and suspensful fast-paced thriller from Richard Montanari.

Review: Saving June - Hannah Harrington

Wanting a new teen novel to read ? One that takes you on a journey and opens your eyes to life ?

Review: Saving June - Hannah Harrington- May 2011
Are you wanting a teen novel that will take you on a journey of self-discovery ? One that you will find yourself, your true self and not just known as somebody's brother or sister ?
In Saving June we go into the world and life of Harper Scott , her older sister June - the one everyone called Miss Perfect has just passed away, she committed suicide . No-one knows why , all they know is she did it. Harper always wondered why they couldn't pick up on signs, weren't suicidal patients supposed to demonstrate signs ?
Going through June's stuff , Harper finds a postcard with California on it - the one place in the world where June wanted to live and a blank mix CD with Latin which translated loosely to something about Bastards :P. Ontop of this Harper's parents are divorced recently , so Harper feeling a bit out of place and wanting to discover what went on in June's last days decides along with her friend Lani check out the local music shop where they meet Jake - he had been tutored by June. Soon the three of them will take a roadtrip to California , to spread out June's ashes. Along the way though, the three of them will be in for a shock as Secrets are revealed and emotions will run high during the roadtrip. For all three of them , this roadtrip will open up a Pandora's box but also bring them closer to discovering not only their true-selves but each other.
An awesome novel that I recommend all to read and I can't wait to see what Hannah Harrington brings forth next to the world of Books :)


Review: Deadbeat - Jim Butcher

Have you been reading and following my journey through The Dresden Files Books featuring the wizard known as Harry Dresden ? Get ready as I bring forth to you Book #7 Dead Beat.

Review: Dead Beat - Book #7 The Dresden Files- Jim Butcher - 2005
At the end of Book #6 we saw Harry discover that his Half Brother is Thomas the Incubus and we read as Harry looked after one of the missing pups from the Tibetan Monks. Now in Book #7 Dead Beat, the little pup has grown twice the size and resembles almost a cerulean beast and get ready for this - it's name is Mouse and Thomas after being kicked out of his Incubus family has come to crash with Harry . However, Thomas isn't exactly the cleanest and helpful roommate as Harry who for so many years has been living on his own with Bob the spirit in the skull is about to discover. In Dead Beat, it seems that alot of mysterious events are about to occur and it all has to do with an old necromancer named Kremler. He was dangerous and his magic caused the world chaos and it seems that not all of his magical books were destroyed and that one of them is on the earth and in Chicago and it has somehow wound up in Harry's hands. With Murph and Kincaid on vacation together in Hawaii, it seems that Dresden will have to go up on this one alone but as more and more innocents get hurt and it seems even Harry isn't strong enough, he will have to call in the reinforcements of his friends - the werewolves.  Can Harry get one step closer to destroying Kemler and what happens when Kremler is bad enough to destroy Bob's memories ? Of course, the big question is why and how on earth did Harry wind up being inducted as one of the White Council Wardens ?
Find out all this and more in Dead Beat , Book #7 in the Dresden Files Series by Jim Butcher.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Review: Downpour - Kat Richardson

I don't know what it is about the libraries, but I always seem to rant and rave about their selectors as you always wonder what goes through their heads when they are purchasing novels especially ones that belong in series e.g they buy Book #1 and Book #6 but your'e thinking what happened to #2,3,4,5 ? Where is the sense in that and its not like we all enjoy and love reading series out of order.
Review: Downpour - Greywalker Series #6- Kat Richardson- August 2011
Being Harper Blaine is a mission unto itself , as a Private Investigator -she works closely with her lawyer friend Nan but unlike regular Private Investigators , Harper Blaine has a secret - she is what is known as a Greywalker . It seems that after the occasional dying episode you start to inherit gifts and for Harper it is the gift of being able to see the dead. Though depending on which way you look at it , seeing the dead is not exactly a gift - others tend to frown upon it as a curse. So when Harper is sent to the Lake to talk to a witness for one of Nan's cases and to see if he is reliable , what she doesn't expect is for a dead body to turn up - in fact not just one ghost but lots of other demon like things including some Chinese demons. As Harper tries to get to the bottom of Steven Leung's death , she starts to discover that something more deadlier and powerful than she ever could imagine is at work. What happens when she discovers that there are more magical and stronger, more powerful sources than herself at work ? Will Harper survive one more hit as the Doctors say each time she dies , its one step closer to the final Goodbye ?
Will Harper find herself stripped of her PI License as her ex-boyfriend who apparently died at the end of Book #5 has had a missing persons report filed on him and Harper was supposedly the last person to see him alive ? What will happen when she is tied as a Murder suspect ?
Find out all this and more in Downpour - Book #6 in the Greywalker Series by Kat Richardson.

Friday, October 28, 2011

VBT# A Christmas Journey Home - Kathi Macias

As we prepare for Christmas as it slowly sneaks up on us , we bring to you a christian tale of a Miracle in a manger. This is part of Pump Up Your Book Promotions.
A Christmas Journey Home: Miracle in the Manger
Synopsis: A Christmas Journey Home - Kathi Macias - October 2011
During Isabella Alcantara’s seventh month of pregnancy, her parents and siblings are murdered in gang- and drug-related violence, simply because their home was targeted by mistake. Isabella knows she was spared only because she now lives in a different location, but she knows too that the same thing could easily happen to her and her husband, Francisco. When her grandfather offers to hire a “coyote” to bring them across the border to America, she agrees. But Francisco and Isabella are abandoned by the coyote and left to die. Francisco then valiantly sacrifices himself to get Isabella to safety. Homeless, nearly penniless, pregnant, and alone, Isabella determines to find a way to honor her promise to her beloved husband.
Living on one of the smaller spreads along the Arizona border, Miriam Nelson becomes furious with God and turns from her faith when her border patrol agent husband, David, is killed in a skirmish with drug smugglers. Though her mother and young son do their best to woo her back from the anger and bitterness that have overtaken her, they make little headway.
Two widows—one driven by fear and a promise, the other by bitterness and revenge—must make their journeys along different pathways, but with the same destination: a barn full of animals that stands waiting for them on Christmas Eve. Forced to face their personal demons, Isabella and Miriam soon discover a common yearning that will bind them together in a most miraculous way.

About The Author:
A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi Macias has authored some 30 books and ghostwritten several others. Shehas taught creative and business writing in various venues, and is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences. Kathi lives in Homeland, Calif., with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

VBT# Hide "N' Go Seek - Dale Mayer + WIN A COPY :)

Today's VBT# is Hide N Go Seek with author Dale Meyer as part of CBLS Promotions.

Synopsis: Hide "N" Go Seek - Dale Mayer - October 2011
A twisted game of Hide’n Go Seek forces an unlikely alliance between a no-nonsense FBI agent and a search-and-rescue worker.
Celebrated search-and-rescue worker Kali Jordon has hidden her psychic abilities by crediting her canine partner Shiloh with the recoveries. But Kali knows the grim truth—The Sight that she inherited from her grandmother allows her to trace violent energy unerringly to victims of murder. No one knows her secret until a twisted killer challenges her to a deadly game of Hide'n Go Seek that threatens those closest to her.
Now she must rely on FBI Special Agent Grant Summers, a man who has sworn to protect her, even as he suspects there's more to Kali and Shiloh than meets the eye. As the killer draws a tighter and tighter circle around Kali, she and Grant find there's no place to hide from themselves.
Are her visions the key to finding the latest victim alive or will this twisted game of Hide’n Go Seek cost her…everything.

Chapter Excerpt:

Twenty minutes later, Kali made her way to the kitchen. She fed Shiloh on the deck in the morning sunlight. Running her fingers through her shoulder-length hair, she remembered last night's painting. She headed to her studio to take a look. She'd almost reached it when apprehension washed over her.
The door was closed.
She never closed the door after painting. It wasn't good for the wet canvases, besides, the room only had a small window so the paint fumes built up fast. A frown wrinkled her forehead. Had she simply forgotten? She had been deadly tired last night.
Bolstering her courage, she pushed the door wide and flinched as the fumes rushed out almost stinging her nose. "Oh gross."
Holding her breath, Kali crossed to the window, shoving it as far open as it would go. Fresh air surged into the small space. She'd love a huge studio, except painting wasn't exactly a full time career for her – no matter how much she'd like it to be. It was a release for when depression and madness overcame her soul. Maybe later, when she no longer did rescue work, she could indulge her art as a creative hobby instead of as an outlet of pain and turmoil.
Walking around the easel, Kali stopped midstride.
The painting stood where she'd left it. With surreal and strangely enticing clarity, blacks and purples and browns popped off the canvas. Heavy paint splotched at places, then thinned and stretched across the top.
She stepped back and frowned. Up close, besides the heavy amount of paint, the picture resembled a distorted nightmare. Not surprising. Still, she caught a glimmer of an intentional design. She tilted her head and looked at it from a different angle. Nothing changed.
Sniffing the air, Shiloh ambled into the doorway.
Kali smiled down at the dog. "Not very sweet smelling, is it?"
She glanced back at the jumble of colors and stilled. There. She studied the abstract mess, letting the colors move and form to reveal the image hidden within.
Shivers slid over her spine.
Oh my God.
No way.
Kali blinked. It was.
There was no mistaking the image of a person buried under small bushes, civilization of some kind crouched on the horizon with a series of rough rock formations soaring behind the bushes.
"What the hell?" she whispered.
Kali was not a great artist, by any means. Blind escapism kept bringing her back to the process because it worked. She painted with wild abandon. The paint slapped on canvas with no thought discharged her emotions. For some reason it always worked.
And it always looked like shit.
This, on the other hand, was ingenious. Sure the subject matter was gruesome; however, given her volunteer work, not unexpected. Especially after finding the letter.
The artistic abandon was still there. The paint was so thick in spots the picture was almost three-dimensional. The terrain had depth and movement. The light was dark and terse, yet still shone with gruesome clarity—and way beyond her artistic abilities.
"It's fucking brilliant."
It was also scary as hell.


Dale Mayer is a prolific multi-published writer. She's best known for Tuesday's Child, her romantic suspense novel that was one of the final four in the Kensington Brava/Romantic Times contest this last year. Besides her romantic suspense/thrillers, Dale also writes paranormal romance and crossover young adult books in several different genres. To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series in ebook format.
To find out more about Dale and her books, visit her at http://www.dalemayer.com/ . Or connect with her online with Twitter at www.twitter.com/dalemayer  and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dalemayer.author

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

VBT# Gifts of The Blood - Vicki Keire

As Halloween nears us , as part of Bestseller for A Day , I will be spotlighting some great Halloween Reads, Today's Book is Gifts of Blood - Vicki Keire.

Cover for 'Gifts of the Blood'
Vickie Keire Bio:
Official Website: http://vickikeire.com/
The Ides of March (Blog:) http://vickikeire.blogspot.com/

Vicki Keire grew up in a 19th Century haunted house in the Deep South full of books, secret rooms, abandoned coal chutes, and plenty of places to get into trouble with her siblings. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English Literature, and is A.B.D. with specializations in Eighteenth Century British Literature, Romanticism, and Postcolonial Theory. She spent the last decade teaching writing and literature at the university level while slipping paranormal fiction in between the pages of her textbooks.
When not reading and writing about all things paranormal, she indulges in her eclectic musical tastes, enjoys other people's cooking, keeps vampire hours, and adds to her massive stockpile of quirky t-shirts and designer notebooks. She'd rather burn the laundry than fold it. She believes that when an author wins the Newberry, he or she gets a secret lifetime pass to Neverland. She is fond of odd jewelry, bottle trees, and lost causes. She still lives in the Deep South with her husband, two children, and pets, but is pretty sure her house isn't haunted. A person can't be so lucky twice.
Gifts of the Blood and Darkness in the Blood are both set in the mythical town of Whitfield, where she has several other paranormal series planned. Whitfield is a compilation of all she loves about her upbringing with a sprinkling of the things she doesn't. Even though she created it and the people who live there, it still has the power to surprise her. She hopes you enjoy it as much as she does. Please drop by her website, www.vickikeire.com or connect with her online. She loves hearing from readers.

About The Book :
A dying brother. A young man with golden planes of light on his back. A blind chess wizard. An insane angelic kidnapper in flamboyant red leather. A town with more secrets than stoplights. A cat that talks to spirits. Waking up with eyes the color of moonlight.
Before her world tilts towards impossible, Caspia Chastain thinks the only strange thing about her is that she sometimes draws the future. Only her brother Logan, fighting his cancer diagnosis, knows what she can do. When she draws a man surrounded by brilliant light, dark wings, and frightening symbols, she can only hope the vision won't come true.
But when a stranger named Ethan appears, determined to protect Caspia and her brother from dangers he won't explain, she's not sure what to think. Strangers almost never come to Whitfield. They certainly don't follow her around, frightening her one moment and treating her like glass the next. And they certainly don't look exactly like the subject of her most violent drawing.
Ethan'i'el can't deny the pull he feels towards this mortal with untapped gifts. Although he has come to guard her dying brother's soul from the Dark forces that would claim it, he realizes Logan's death will shatter her. Even worse, Ethan'i'el knows that choosing life with a mortal means eternal banishment from the Light and eventual descent into the Dark and madness.
Soon Caspia finds herself in the middle of a war between Dark and Light forces, where both Chastain siblings are targets. When she turns to her self-appointed guardian for help, Ethan must choose between devotion to the Light and an attraction that has already altered his world forever.

"It's beautiful and descriptive. She has a gift for choosing the right words. If you enjoy paranormal romance, I would definitely recommend that you read Gifts of the Blood." (author Stacey Wallace Benefiel)
"The protagonist anguishes over the impending death of her brother, finds herself threatened by mysterious beings, and struggles with her preternatural heritage (and human frailties). But she is also surrounded by love: from her peculiar neighbors, her best friend, her brother, and, of course, the storm-eyed stranger she drew from the future. The story progresses through haunting revelations and sudden twists to a terrific ending: unexpected yet totally fitting." (Goodreads)

"This book was filled with romance, mystery, adventure. Whatever you are looking for- it's in there and you're sure to be satisfied after finishing it." (Sparkling Reviews)

VBT# Farsighted - Emlyn Chand

Today's VBT# is Emlyn Chand from Novel Publicity's first and it's exciting news too - release of Farsighted - her debut novel :) Now Unfortunately things as we know don't always go to plan , so this virtual book tour Im going to create it on a whimsical night :)
First of all we start this tour with a "HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO EMLYN CHAND"

Synopsis: Farsighted - Emlyn Chand -October 24th 2011
Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all.
Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.
Chapter Excerpt:
Now please enjoy Fight from chapter 3…

I sulk into school the next day, irritated about the way my brain’s been malfunctioning lately and embarrassed by how I’ve been around Simmi. The last thing I need is more problems. I head into first period attempting to disappear. No such luck.
“You better watch yourself, Kosmitoras,” Brady Evans growls. I wasn’t even aware he had entered the class, but now here he is, uncomfortably close to my desk.
I don’t say anything. I don’t want to encourage him. Even the slightest word taken out of context might set him off. The bell rings, but the teacher hasn’t come in yet. The other students are milling about, whispering excitedly.
“You’re lucky you’re a cripple, freak, or I’d—” Brady says. Why is he still here? I didn’t do anything to make him angry. Some of the students start taunting Brady, telling him to throw a punch at me. Brady laughs; clearly he loves the attention.
After a moment, the whispering stops. Brady’s moved away from my desk so fast I hardly even realized it. I decide to let the whole thing go, but then footsteps come toward me again, carrying with them the scents of Axe deodorant spray and dried sweat. Brady seems intent on a confrontation. Well, I wouldn’t want to disappoint him.
Slyly, I nudge the end of my cane across my seat and into the aisle. Not sticking out far enough to be noticed but still far enough to get in the way.
Thud! Brady trips and falls headlong down the aisle.
Ha, always wanted to do that. Sometimes blindness comes in handy. No one would ever guess this wasn’t an accident.
“You better watch yourself, Kosmitoras,” Brady growls, back on his feet now.
“You better watch yourself, Evans,” I hiss back, drawing out the S at the end of Evans. I’m a venomous cobra, ready to spring at the slightest hint of danger.
The bell rings. Wait didn’t the bell already ring? Haven’t I been here before?
“You’re lucky you’re a cripple, freak, or I’d—” Brady says.
“Or what?” I challenge, rising to my feet while wrapping my knuckles around the handle of my cane and solidifying my grip. I’ve had enough, and besides, what have I got to lose by standing up to him? If anything, a fight with Brady could improve my social standing.
The whispering grows louder. Some of the students start taunting Brady, telling him to throw a Brady laughs arrogantly, “or I’d make you sorry.” He cracks his knuckles as if his words weren’t clear enough.
“I’m not a cripple, but I am going to make you sorry,” I shout, bringing the end of my cane down hard on Brady’s toes.
I can tell it hurt, but Brady doesn’t make any noise to indicate it. He’s too much of a tough guy. Instead, he punches me in the stomach.
I don’t feel anything except a pulsing pain in my middle. And anger, a lot of anger. I raise my cane again and thwack Brady higher up—his face, his neck, I don’t care as long as it hurts.
This time he cries out in pain.
Now, I’m laughing. This is what he deserves, since he just couldn’t leave me alone.
The teacher comes into the classroom. The other students grow quiet, waiting to find out what she’ll do.
Brady punches me in the nose. There’s a crack as he makes contact with the bone. Blood spurts out from my nostrils and flows into my mouth—guess I’ve gotten my daily dose of iron now. I almost throw up, but before I can, the teacher is pulling me and Brady out of the classroom by the collars of our shirts and walking us down the hall toward the principal’s office.

Book Trailer:

About The Author:
From an early age, Emlyn Chand has counted books among her best friends. She loves to hear and tell stories and emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Her affinity for the written word extends to absolutely every area of her life: she has written two-and-a-half novels, leads a classics book group with over three hundred members, and, of course, runs the whole shebang at Novel Publicity, where she contributes her business and marketing savvy as well as her writing and web design talents.

The book that changed Emlyn’s life is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson. It opened her eyes to the world that could exist if only she was willing to create it—a lesson she has never forgotten. She now reads an average of one book per week. While she enjoys all types of novels, her greatest loves are literary fiction and YA.
Her first novel, Farsighted, will be available in October 2011.

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