Thursday, February 5, 2015

Guest Post With Lauren Hammond

Please help me welcome Lauren Hammond, author of These Walls That Bind Me. She's here today talking about her newest novella, These Walls That Bind Me and her favorite reads!

 First off, I'd like to thank Colette for having me on her blog today.
Secondly, today's post is a top five list of some of my favorite reads and why I love them so much, along with some deets on my latest novella, These Walls That Bind Me.
I'm going to go ahead and kick things off with....

5. Ashes to Angels by Natalie McCollum - This book was one word and that word is brilliant. Not only is it dark, but it is raw and edgy too. Combine that with the fact that the dialogue is executed through song lyrics and you've got yourself one unique and epic read. An epic read, indeed.

4. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma - Who doesn't love a book that makes you question your own thoughts and beliefs? I loved this book so much for that very reason. It made me question my thoughts, my theories, and all of the morals I was raised with.

3. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber - This book was amazing. I don't know if it was the setting, the interesting choice of a main character, or the structure of the story that made me love it so much. Okay, okay, for me, it was definitely the setting, Victorian London. What else is awesome is that you feel like you witness the climb of a girl from the gutter up close and personally. How it seems more about luck and promiscuity rather than the beauty of Sugar.

2. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher - I like to think that sometimes there is true beauty in heartbreak. Just like I like to think that half of the time happily-ever-afters are a facade because unfortunately they're not always realistic. I don't know if it's just me, but I love any book with a real quality to it and this book has it, hands down.

1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver - Delirium. Ah, Delirium. I don't think I can ever sing praises for this book enough, the same way I can't imagine what it's like to live in a world where it is forbidden to love someone. For one thing, Oliver's writing is poetic and beautiful. But it's not only that, but story in itself is unique, not to mention moving and at times heart-wrenching.
If you guys get a chance, check these reads out! I promise you, they won't be disappointing!

Also, if you're in the mood for a short, yet fun and emotional read, check out my latest novella, These Walls That Bind Me!
Here's the synopsis -
I love to hate you and I hate to love you.

Ruby Dixon has always believed that every girl has that one guy...
You know...
The one that she just can't let go of.
The one that broke her heart.
The one that got away.
Every girl has that one guy.
And Ruby just so happens to be locked in a room with hers.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Review: Universal Alien by Gini Koch

Title: Universal Alien
Author: Gini Koch
Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt #10
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: DAW
Number of Pages: 544
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Source: Publisher

Issues with Australia need to be straightened out, so the White House sends the Vice President and his wife, aka Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, over to handle the situation. But before Kitty can make things worse, she’s suddenly in another world -- one where she’s been married to Charles Reynolds for years and aliens don’t exist. Kitty’s not the only one confused, because the Kitty from that world has taken her place in this one. Can they both save their respective days before it’s too late to go home to the universes they belong to, or will one Kitty decide to keep the other’s life… forever?

I can't believe that this is the tenth book in the Katherine "Kitty" Katt series by Gini Koch. Where has the time go? Normally by this point in a series, I've stopped reading because the plots get recycled and the love interest still hasn't been resolved. Not so with this series! I really didn't know how Gini would be able to top the last couple of books, but she did with this one.

I love how she is able to bring life into this series by providing a huge twist, and honestly I can't believe I didn't guess what was going to happen from the title of the book! Throughout the series Kitty has talked about there being multiple universes, and I'm glad that we got to experience one. I can't say much about this book without giving anything away, but there are classic Kittyisms, great music playlists and lots of action and twists you just don't see coming. 

I think that what I loved most about this book was that it gave Chuckie fans a glance to see what could've been, and for Jeff fans to see what life would be like without him in it. There is just so much goodness in this book, and so many characters that I wanted to hug.  

This is not a book that can be read on it's own-I highly recommend reading the others in this series first, otherwise there are bits and pieces that just won't be fixed, If you haven't started the series, the books are fast reads and have so many laugh out loud moments in them.   

Universal Alien is so far my favorite book of the year, and Koch's writing just gets better and better with each book. You just never know what will happen next. The pages practically turn on their own.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gini Koch’s Top 10 Sci Fi & Superhero Movies & Giveaway!

 It's hard to believe that book ten in the Katherine "Kitty" Katt series is almost upon us! In honor of this being the tenth book in the series, Gini is here today with a giveaway and to do a top ten list of her favorite Sci Fi & Superhero Movies!

Gini Koch’s Top 10 Sci Fi & Superhero Movies
This list does tend to fluctuate, in part because new movies come along that shove their way into my heart (waves at Big Hero 6), but these are my top ten as of today. With two extras because I know I’d be asked why they weren’t listed if I didn’t have them in here somewhere.
12. Serenity
11. X-Men (the first one)
10. Star Trek (the first J.J. Abrams one)
9. Big Hero 6
8. Starman
7. The Incredibles
6. The Terminator
5. Star Wars: A New Hope (the original version, where Han shoots first)
4. Captain America: The First Avenger
3. Mystery Men
2. Galaxy Quest
1. The Avengers

Being the wife of the Vice President isn’t easy. Especially when your talents lie in kicking butt and rocking out…
Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini find out just how easy it is for the wife of the Vice President of the United States to unintentionally insult an ally. Now they have to smooth things over with the Australian Prime Minister, pronto, or risk creating an international incident the worldwide anti-alien coalitions will be able to use to force Jeff to resign and the A-Cs to leave the planet.
But before Kitty can make things worse, a cosmic congruence and a little help from some powerful beings shoves her into another world -- one where she’s been married to Charles Reynolds for years and aliens don’t exist. She’s also landed in the middle of a huge conspiracy and is marked for death…but at least that’s business as usual.
Kitty’s not the only one confused, because the Kitty from that world has taken her place in this one. Now Alpha Team and the Diplomatic Corps have to make sure that no one spots that there’s been a switch, while keeping World War III from happening. And they have to do so while keeping this new Kitty in line, because she has views about what to do and how to it, and time is running out.
Can both Kittys save their respective days before it’s too late to go home to the universes they belong to? Or will one Kitty decide to keep the other’s life…forever?

Gini is offering one winner the choice of one of any of the first 9 books in the Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt Series (Touched by an Alien, Alien Tango, Alien in the Family, Alien Proliferation, Alien Diplomacy, Alien vs. Alien, Alien in the House, Alien Research, or Alien Collective), signed and personalized. Open internationally.  To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below!

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Author Bio:

Gini Koch writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series. Alien in the House, Book 7 in her long-running Alien series, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award as the Best Futuristic Romance of 2013. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series and she’s made the most of multiple personality disorder by writing under a variety of other pen names as well, including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch. Currently, Gini has stories featured in the Unidentified Funny Objects 3, Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, and Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets anthologies, and, writing as J.C. Koch, in Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, The Madness of Cthulhu, Vol. 1, and A Darke Phantastique anthologies. She will also have a story in the first book in an X-Files anthology series coming out in 2015. Gini can be reached via her website: 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review: Proxima by Stephen Baxter

Title: Proxima
Author: Stephen Baxter
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Number of Pages: 464
Source: Publisher
Release Date: November 4, 2014
A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint... The very far future: The Galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this mind cradles memories of a long-gone age when a more compact universe was full of light...The 27th century: Proxima Centauri, an undistinguished red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun - and (in this fiction), the nearest to host a world, Proxima IV, habitable by humans. But Proxima IV is unlike Earth in many ways. Huddling close to the warmth, orbiting in weeks, it keeps one face to its parent star at all times. The 'substellar point', with the star forever overhead, is a blasted desert, and the 'antistellar point' on the far side is under an ice cap in perpetual darkness. How would it be to live on such a world? Needle ships fall from Proxima IV's sky. Yuri Jones, with 1000 others, is about to find out...PROXIMA tells the amazing tale of how we colonise a harsh new eden, and the secret we find there that will change our role in the Universe for ever.

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Proxima by Stephen Baxter, and while I don't read this kind of Science Fiction, my dad does. So please help me welcome my dad in reviewing his first book for me!

Proxima was an enjoyable read. As with all Baxter novels the hard science was great, however I had trouble with the fact that the native creatures were not really developed at all in the story, and while they were in the story it was never explained how they got their intelligence and I would have liked them to play a bigger part in the storyline.

I had a hard time connecting  hard time connecting with any of the characters because they didn't have any confidence and were always second guessing themselves while wandering around Proxima IV trying to stay alive.  That being said, I really liked how Yuri never gave up.  or trying to better himself. I loved that t he kept persevering and took other people along with him and helped them survive as well on the planet.  The most enjoyable character was the robot, ColU.  He was witty, and I felt like ColU was the only character who was inquisitive about the planet, which I enjoyed.

Proxima was pretty dark, and read almost like a science seminar, which I really liked. If you like really like hard science fiction and the science part in hard science then this is for you, because the storyline secondary to the science, but that is what I like about Baxter's books.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Cover Reveal for The Lost Imperials Series by Tyler H Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin


By Tyler H. Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin


In a battle for control of the time stream, the past and the future will collide, either saving mankind—or destroying it.

The Tesla Institute stands on one side of the battle. Controlled by the mind of one of the greatest inventors in history, the Institute recruits gifted, young time travelers called Rifters. Those who survive his training are sent into history with the mission to preserve the time stream, recruit more of their kind, and better humanity through subtle, controlled event manipulation.

Standing in the way are the Hollows, a rogue group of Rifters who have vowed to put an end to the Tesla Institute—at all costs. They steal, cheat, and bend history to their own ends. Using children stolen from time as their personal armies, they fight not only for control of time itself, but also for self-preservation.


"Steampunk and time travel combine to provide pizazz in this series opener about a long-lost royal brother and sister, the surviving Romanovs. Ficklin and Jolley handle the rather intricate plotline well, populating the time stream with interesting characters that pop up in various unexpected places. The steampunk scenario adds a great deal of zest to the proceedings, with top hats, leather corsets and a variety of steam-driven contrivances providing set dressing. Kids who pick it up won't encounter much real history, but they'll be reading it for fun anyway. (Steampunk. 12 & up)" ~Kirkus Reviews


Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

What should be a routine mission leaves Ethan with a serious problem. He’s fractured—a break between mind and body that leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities, which are quickly tearing him apart. He will have to trust the only person who might know how to fix him, a mysterious Rifter named Stewart Stills, who seems to have a special connection with the time stream.

Forced to face his dark past and a decision he may never forgive himself for, he will be trained unlike any of the others, to become a true guardian for time. If he accepts, it will mean leaving everyone he loves behind. If he refuses, time itself could unravel. After a glimpse of the dark future awaiting them all, he will have to choose between destiny and desire. Will he rise up and take his place as a defender of the natural order, or will he watch as all of time burns at the hands of the girl he loves?

Welcome to the time war.


Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Stein has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember. Taken as a child, she has no memories of her past—and that’s always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew—and everyone she thought she could trust—has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike.

During a test to verify her bloodlines, Stein makes a terrible discovery. She is carrying a rare genetic mutation that is slowly killing her. Unsure who to turn to and running out of time, she has no choice but to turn to Tesla—her most hated enemy—for help. But can she trust the man who she’s been fighting against her whole life, or will she end up another piece in his deadly game of cat and mouse with the people who betrayed her so long ago?


In order to support his hobby of writing, Tyler decided to pursue dentistry. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in 2002. He then completed a four year residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2006, he opened Jolley Smiles in Grand Junction, CO. Snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, bird hunting, camping, hiking, and backpacking are the things he enjoys doing with his family. When life gets stressful he escapes to unseen worlds.

Sherry is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel, eat exotic food, and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is often only seen in blurry photographs.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Review: The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall by Lauren Smith

Title: The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall
Author: Lauren Smith
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Dark Seductions #1
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Number of Pages: 196
Source: Publisher

A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint... To defeat a dark evil, they must face his family’s past… Bastian Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, doesn’t believe in ghosts. Even though tragedy and mysterious hauntings have driven his family away from his ancestral home, Stormclyffe Hall, he is determined to restore the castle to its former glory. His plans are disrupted when a stubborn American shows up on his doorstep hoping to pry into his family’s tragic history. Jane Seyton, an American graduate student, is convinced there’s more to the tragedy of Stormclyffe Hall than history claims. Ever the scholar, she is determined to discover the truth, even if it means putting up with the arrogant, yet sexy, Bastian. Although Bastian wants nothing to do with the pushy American, it soon becomes clear that something evil is in the house—and that something is targeting both Jane and Bastian. The two must join forces to purge the ghosts of Stormclyffe Hall once and for all—even as they try to fight a physical attraction between them that grows more and more impossible to deny .

This review is long over due, but you know those books that you love so much, but can't seem to find the words to describe them to get everyone else to love it as much as you did? That's how I felt about this one.

I am a sucker for any plot  that involves a graduate student, and throw in a novella with a gothic feel, and I knew I had to read this.  I have to admit, I was surprised at how much I ended up liking this novella. I really didn't think all the supernatural elements of this book would work, but they did.  Jane and Bastian had so much chemistry together that the insta love that happened just worked-it so rarely does, but they way it happens just makes it more believable then normal instalove.  

I think what I liked best about this book was it was just a bit creepy, and even though I had the mystery part figured out pretty fast, it still was fun to read how everything turned out.  I loved that this book had a gothic feel to it, but yet was modern in that there were some hot sex scenes in the book. The paranormal aspect was a bit different, but at the same time fit well with the story. 

This was a fast, fun read that had a little bit of everything in it. If you like your romances a bit dark and spooky, this one is for you. It was just a flat out enjoyable read. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dewey's Read A Thon: Hour 15

I'm so excited that the Read A Thon is finally here. I'm going to be doing all of my updates in this post.

Hour 15:
I've managed to read a bit of Cold As Ice by Anne Stuart, but honestly the reading mojo is not here today. It was just the end of a very hard, long week for me-I guess something had to give eventually.

Hour 11 update:

I've gotten almost nothing read, but I blame that totally on the baby shower and reading slump.  Nothing I've read lately has stuck past the dreaded 60% mark. I lose all interest no matter what the genre. I just started Cold As Ice by Anne Stuart, and have high hopes for that one. Does any one have any good books recs for me?

Hour one:
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I'm in Ohio, and I'll be reading inside today as it's supposed to be rainy and chilly. Perfect reading weather! 

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I'm most looking forward to Unidentifiable Funny Objects 3-a sci fi anthology, which my boss Gini Koch has a story in.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I kinda forgot about snacks this year. I'm going to have to go to the story after the baby shower I'm going to and get some brownies and other junk food!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I never know what to say here! This is my first read a thon in a long while due to a change in jobs. Retail is not fun! I am a proud pet mom and auntie. My nephew who is two,  just discovered his first must read over and over again book-Pete The Cat and I couldn't be prouder!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?  I never participate in as many memes as I want to, so this year I'm going to take the time do that & talk o twitter. My advice: Have fun with the read a thon. Don't beat yourself up over the number of pages read. (Or not read.)