Thursday, 24 December 2015

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

SF Signal: "450 Science Fiction and Fantasy eBooks for $4.99 or Less!"

Reblogged from: Familiar Diversions

The Red: First Light - Linda Nagata The Emperor's Soul - Brandon Sanderson True Names: and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier - Vernor Vinge, James Frenkel, Timothy C. May, Marvin Minsky, Mark Pesce, Richard M. Stallman AI Unbound: Two stories of artificial intelligence - Nancy Kress

URL: www.sfsignal.com/archives/2015/12/450-sff-ebooks-for-4-99-or-less

Posting so that I remember to take a closer look at the ones I'm interested in later. The list is pretty similar to the last SF Signal deals list I posted, but there are enough differences for it to be worth looking over. I even noticed a couple manga volumes this time around.

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Another freebie

Reblogged from: Lora's Rants and Reviews

A Vampire's Christmas Carol - Cynthia Eden

FREE During the month of December!
Ben Prescott hates Christmas—he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. But three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Ben’s redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost—Simone Laurent. If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone.


I don't know how many of these I'll get to over the holiday season, but this one sounded so kitschy that I couldn't  resist the free download.

 

 

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Cozy Mystery Giveaway & Review for Murder Fir Christmas by Joyce & Jim Lavene

Reblogged from: sherrysniderfundin

Review:

Murder Fir Christmas (Christmas Tree Valley Mysteries Book 1) - Jeni Chappelle, Jim Lavene, Joyce Lavene

Joyce and Jim Lavene write wonderful stories, where the mystery and characters keep me coming back for more.

Bonnie Tuttle’s family had come from a small town in Tennessee, but she left to strike out on her own. Now, her new job as a wildlife ranger and her ailing mother have brought her back to Sweet Pepper and Christmas Tree Valley. Small towns can be a bit claustrophobic. Not only does everyone know your name, they know your business.

Some people thought she was stubborn, but she believed she was just determined.

Bonnie and Matthew are drawn together by circumstances and events out of their control.

Her first day, she is forced to deal with a fire, a couple of murders and a snowstorm. She also meets some ghosts. In Sweet Pepper they are accepted as a part of life. They can be helpful, even going so far as to open the door for the ladies. But are they good or bad? Will they help her or hurt her? Could that slight puff of air on your neck be a friendly ghost or your worst nightmare? How about the stuck door? Do they not want you to leave?

She has friends in the animal world. They are drawn to her when in need of help, but will they return the favor when she is in trouble?

Oginali became my favorite character. He is persistent, patient and determined.

I love the Indian mysticism. I am reading about a protector of the animals and earlier I was watching a TV show about their Extinction.

The Native American beliefs and mountain magic make all things seem possible in Bonnie’s world.

If the mystery isn’t enough to chill your bones, Joyce and Jim do a great job of bringing back memories of the need to shovel and plow the snow, scraping the windshield as the car warms up, and the dangerous driving. I do not miss it!

The humorous writing keeps the story light, even though there is plenty of murderous greed to go around.

In case you work up a hunger, we have some delicious Christmas recipes to share.

I received a copy of Murder Fir Christmas by Jim and Joyce Lavene in return for an honest review.

Click here to read more and enter the giveaway.

Source: www.fundinmental.com/cozy-mystery-giveaway-review-for-murder-fir-christmas-by-joyce-jim-lavene

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Giveaway, Guest Post & Review – Cookies: Sluts of the Snack World by Ken La Salle

Reblogged from: sherrysniderfundin

Review:

Cookies: Sluts of the Snack World (Fun To Grow On) (Volume 1) - Ken La Salle

WARNING: Adult language and Cookie erotica. LOL

I have been reading some heavy books and wanted something that is the total opposite. I guess you could call Cookies: Sluts of the Snack World a Cookie fairy tale or a fable. It is a tale with a moral to the story.

All I can say is SUCCESS! Laughter abounds in this creatively told story of a cookie with a problem.

Chocolate chip cookies are cookies with herpes.

I mean, really…think about it. With a start like that, I was laughing my way through the very first page. This is one Cookie’s story.

How does Ken La Salle come up with something so off the wall?

How do you tell if a cookie is male or female? Come on Ken, share the secret.

OMG, I just can’t quit laughing. A word of warning, you may not want to read this in public. People may think you are crazy when you start laughing hysterically.

Cookie scenarios keep running through my mind. Cookie genitalia. Cookie sex. Cookie VD. Do you believe there is a Cookie God?

Well, he is determined to speak to him, the Supreme Cookie Imperious, who can be found at the mall. The big question is how will he get there.

Danger abounds and it is best to keep a low profile, but also, life is short, so live it to the fullest.

You may be afraid to eat anything, unless you have grown it yourself, after reading Cookies: Sluts of the Snack World.

They discuss the badness of big business and the one percent, along with food manipulation.

Cookies: Sluts of the Snack World by Ken La Salle is a rip roaring laughfest picture book for adults. The premise is so original and creative, my head is still spinning. There is a moral to the story and it may keep you thinking long after the laughter has ended.

I received a copy of Cookies: Sluts of the Snack World by Ken La Salle in return for an honest review.

 

Read how Ken La Salle comes up with his ideas and enter the giveaway at fundinmental.

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Two 4 Thursday: The Night House by Rachel Tafoya & The Emissary by Kristal Shaff

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Welcome to this week’s Two for Thursday Book Blitz #T4T presented by Month9books/Tantrum Books!

 

Today, we will be showcasing two titles that may tickle your fancy, and we’ll share what readers have to say about these titles!

You just might find your next read!

 

This week, #T4T presents to you:

The Night House by Rachel Tafoya and The Emissary by Kristal Shaff!

 

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

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Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.

 

But when Bianca meets James, a reclusive empath who feels everything she does, for the first time, she considers a life outside of the Night House and a someone worth living for. But Jeremiah has decided to keep Bianca for himself; he won’t allow her to walk away.

 

As she allows her feelings for James to grow, she struggles to contain nauth's strong hold on her life. If they are to have a future, James must make her see what she's worth, what she means to him, before Jeremiah and nauth claim her for good.

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

 

“This is not your usual vampire book. The inceptions and the mystery messed with my head and I loved every moment of it. ”Paula, Her Book Thoughts

 

“Rachel Tafoya brought vampires back to life for me, made them mysterious and intriguing again.”Jaime, The Best Books Ever

 

“I found Rachel Tafoya's debut to be an entertaining read with a unique plot, super interesting world, and great character development! I found myself thoroughly immersed in the world of The Night House.” – Jessica, Jessabella Reads

 

about-the-author

 

 

Rachel Tafoya studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. She attended a writing program for teens at both Susquehanna University and Denison University, and the Experimental Writing for Teens class and Novels for Young Writers program, both run by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Rachel is the daughter crime author Dennis Tafoya.

 

Connect with the Author: Tumbler | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 

 

The Emissary

 

For hundreds of years, dark clouds covered the skies of Adamah, and an ageless king ruled. Those who emerged with one of six extraordinary Shay powers were forced into the king's army, an unmatched force with inhuman Strength, Speed, Accuracy, Perception, Empathy, and Healing. With the army at his side, the king—a man who wields all six abilities—was invincible and unquestioned in his rule. To most, serving the king was an honor. And for some, it was a fate worse than death.

 

When seventeen-year-old Nolan Trividar witnesses the transformation of his brother from kind to cruel after entering the king’s army, he vows never to follow the same path. So when his own power—the Shay of Accuracy—comes upon him at the Tournament of Awakening, Nolan conceals his emergence instead of joining the king’s ranks. For years, he traitorously hides his power, pretending to be a gifted scribe. But when Nolan comes face-to-face with a deserter, the man discovers his secret. To evade detection and a death sentence, Nolan escapes with the deserter and flees into a night filled with dark creatures who steal both powers and souls.

 

Nolan joins a resistance, a village hidden deep in the forest, filled with others who secretly wield a Shay. But his peace is short lived when they discover that the dark clouds, the undead creatures, their own decreasing powers, and even the king, are all connected.

 

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

If you like super powers/magic, character development, and reading on the edge of your seat then I highly recommend this book to you!” – Aisazia,Originique Quanimity

 

“It's a great YA fantasy book with all the things that make for a memorable high fantasy.”Ashley, The A P Book Club

 

“Between the magical elements, the rebellion against a psychotically evil king, the group of rebels who band together to become a family of sorts who fight and sacrifice for each other, amazing fighting scenes, truly creepy zombie-like creatures who add even more danger to the game, and even a bit of romance, this definitely goes on my “must read” list – I highly recommend!” – Michelle McLean, Author

 

about-the-author

 

Kristal Shaff

 

Kristal Shaff grew up with books (and used to drive her mom crazy when she wouldn’t leave the library); her first job was even shelving books at the library. She loves anything creative, and you can often find her exploring strange and fantastical worlds in her choices of movies and fantasy fiction. Kristal resides in Iowa with her farmer husband, numerous pets, and 3 awesome kids (plus one more on the way though the journey of adoption). When she isn’t writing, she is a professional face painter who enjoys making children smile.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 

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Q+A with E.A. Weston + FREE Lupo Legacy Ebook

Reblogged from: E.J. Stevens

URL: www.fromtheshadows.info/2015/12/qa-with-ea-weston-paranormal-romance.html

Q+A with E.A. Weston (Lupo Legacy)

Join us at E.J.'s blog From the Shadows for a fun Q+A with E.A. Weston (aka Elizabeth Kelly) the author the Blackrock series, the Avalon series, and Lupo Legacy series.

http://www.fromtheshadows.info/2015/12/qa-with-ea-weston-paranormal-romance.html

We also have details on how to get Bite Me (Lupo Legacy #1) FREE!

#paranormal #romance #newadult #fantasy

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Q+A with E.A. Weston + FREE Lupo Legacy Ebook

Reblogged from: E.J. Stevens

URL: www.fromtheshadows.info/2015/12/qa-with-ea-weston-paranormal-romance.html

Q+A with E.A. Weston (Lupo Legacy)

Join us at E.J.'s blog From the Shadows for a fun Q+A with E.A. Weston (aka Elizabeth Kelly) the author the Blackrock series, the Avalon series, and Lupo Legacy series.

http://www.fromtheshadows.info/2015/12/qa-with-ea-weston-paranormal-romance.html

We also have details on how to get Bite Me (Lupo Legacy #1) FREE!

#paranormal #romance #newadult #fantasy

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Q+A with E.A. Weston + FREE Lupo Legacy Ebook

Reblogged from: GreyWarden

URL: www.fromtheshadows.info/2015/12/qa-with-ea-weston-paranormal-romance.html

Q+A with E.A. Weston (Lupo Legacy)

Join us at E.J.'s blog From the Shadows for a fun Q+A with E.A. Weston (aka Elizabeth Kelly) the author the Blackrock series, the Avalon series, and Lupo Legacy series.

http://www.fromtheshadows.info/2015/12/qa-with-ea-weston-paranormal-romance.html

We also have details on how to get Bite Me (Lupo Legacy #1) FREE!

#paranormal #romance #newadult #fantasy

Source: www.fromtheshadows.info/2015/12/qa-with-ea-weston-paranormal-romance.html

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Author Shiloh Walker Request to Readers (Copyrights reversion issues ongoing)

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Source: www.shilohwalker.com/website/2015/11/regarding-certain-titles-notchilled-please-read

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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Sci-fi and fantasy book contest!

Reblogged from: Marjorie's World of Books

If you're on Facebook, like and share HarperCollilns UK Facebook page for a chance to win all 5 of these SIGNED sci-fi and fantasy books!  Contest runs until 9 PM GMT.  Good luck!

 

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The Bite Before Christmas Giveaway

Reblogged from: E.J. Stevens

URL: www.fromtheshadows.info/2015/11/bite-before-christmas-paranormal-book-giveaway.html


Win a signed trade paperback copy or signed postcard and ebook copy of BLOOD AND MISTLETOE!

Visit From the Shadows 11/27-12/8 to enter. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL. Giveaway ends December 8, 2015.

http://www.fromtheshadows.info/2015/11/bite-before-christmas-paranormal-book-giveaway.html

#holiday #Book #Giveaway #IvyGranger #paranormal #urbanfantasy

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Colour of Magic: Discworld 1 - Terry Pratchett, Nigel Planer

#1
It is at this point that normal language gives up, and goes and has a drink.

#2
Precisely why all the above should be so is not so clear but goes some way to explain why, on the disc, the Gods are not so much worshipped as blamed.

#3
Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the discworld. Tourist, Rincewind had decided, meant 'idiot'.

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More Observations than a Review

Review:

The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett

 

That faux Botany is everywhere:

 

Plants on the disc, while including the categories known commonly as annuals, which were sown this year to come up later this year, biennials, sown this year to grow next year, and perennials, sown this year to grow until further notice, also included a few re-annuals which, because of an unusual four-dimensional twist in their genes, could be planted this year to come up last year

 

Life must be hard for Hydrophobes:

 

Several times Rincewind noticed hydrophobes — their ingrained expressions of self-revulsion at their own bodily fluids — were distinctive

 

and

 

Twoflower had spat. The hydrophobe screamed and dropped his hand as though it had been stung.

 

Delicious literary deliciousness:

 

Death sat in His garden, running a whetstone along the edge of His scythe. It was already so sharp that any passing breeze that blew across it was sliced smoothly into puzzled zephyrs.

 

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#TCoM #TerryPratchett #Discworld

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Review:

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert

 

What I thought:

The Sixth Extinction
The Panamanian Golden Frogs are the focus of the chapter. However, the chapter is about the extinction of a large number of amphibians.
Just made me sad as reading about extinctions always does.

The Mastodon's Molars
Fascinating story about an anatomist drawing conclusions and connections from fossilized remains that others fail to do so! After all, "...who would have the temerity to peer down an elephant's throat?"
I have issues with the author telling us about things that have been "proven" wrong or right. There are no "proofs" in science!

The Original Penguin
The chapter is about how Charles Lyell, a geologist, was bent on proving that nature took a "uniformitarian" way.
Reminded me of Harry Turtledove's alternate history version, Audubon in Atlantis, from Atlantis and Other Places: Stories of Alternate History and the movie, Up.
The chapter also mentions Charles's tortoises had become extinct but there was no mention of the hybrids that were found with the extinct DNA mixed in as well. Found that weird. The discovery took place before this book was published.

The Luck of the Ammonites
This chapter is about the establishment of the (meteor) Impact theory in science.
Some of my favorite quotes were from this chapter:

#1
Basically, if you were a triceratops in Alberta, you had about two minutes before you got vaporized

#2
The uncoiled shells of species like Eubaculites carinatus indicated that the group had exhausted its practical possibilities and entered some sort of decadent, Lady Gaga-ish phase

Welcome to the Anthropocene
Among other things, this chapter deals with the theories behind minor (mass) extinctions, rats inheriting the world, and naming this age Anthropocene.
The inclusion of naked mole rats made it one of my favorite chapters.

The Sea Around Us
The chapter starts discussion on the acidification of the oceans.
Made me feel like if the global warming didn't get us, acidification definitely will!

Dropping Acid
The coral reefs are dying off at an alarming speed. An inscription about a patch that is being researched upon, DK-13, says it all, "DK-13: NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM.
The research station on One Tree Island has been home to many research teams. They all leave their mark on its walls:
THE CRAB CREW: CLAWS FOR A CAUSE - 2005

The Forest and the Trees
Dr. Silman and his team has been researching the effect of elevation (and indirectly climate) on the vegetation.
The quote that stuck with me:
The sun was out, but it had recently rained, and clusters of black and red and blue butterflies hovered over the puddles. Occasionally, a truck rumbled by, loaded down with logs. The butterflies couldn't scatter fast enough, so the road was littered with severed wings.

Islands on Dry Land
Located in a Brazilian province, Reserve 1202 is a study of land fragmentation that has become a landmark of our anthropocentric world.
It amazed me how scientists come and leave the Reserve and research goes on even today.

The New Pangaea
Bat die-off has struck. It begins with a white spot on their little noses that is actually a fungus called Geomyces destructans. It was not a natural part of the area of the world that it struck upon.
This was the quote that stayed with me:
During any twenty-four-peropd, it is estimated that ten thousand different species are being moved around the world just in ballast water.

The Rhino Gets an Ultrasound
One of the handful Sumatran rhinos left is given an ultrasound after a failed attempt at artificial insemination.
The megafauna strategy used to be a winning one: grow to mammoth sizes (literally in some cases) to escape predation but trade off by reproducing once in a lifetime. Then humans came and the rules changed!

The Madness Gene
The Neanderthals were doing fine until they came into contact with modern humans.

The Thing With Feathers
The exceedingly rare Hawaiian crow features in this chapter. This one is called Kinohi and it has a tragicomic sex life.

I liked the way the author chose to end this book. Humans are agents of change and she chose to focus on that rather than making us out as the bad guys who only make species go extinct. We exist, therefore, we bring change. 

 

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