Thursday, October 29, 2015



It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling. Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.

Suddenly, a separation measured by an otherworldly distance, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable. While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival. Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us.

You know what the story is about from the synopsis above so there is no point in me retelling it to you. I had a difficult time reaching the end of this book due to the books monotonous plot. No storyline is developed where something of significance happens. Is there a reason that humans are residing on the planet Oasis because one is never mentioned. It is not like the planet is interesting or captivating to the eye it is only soil, no trees no animals, just one type of plant. Humans are not even studying the residents of Oasis. Also, the residents on this planet have this great need to know about Jesus, but why? Never find out. Another thing that made no sense was that the residents on the planet each wear a different color robe and there are hundreds of them with no resources how do they make the robes and come up with so many colors? Never find out.

I have read bad books in my life, but not one that had such a lifeless plot. There was no type of mystery, action, suspense, romance, intrigue, etc. to keep the reader interested; the same scenarios kept repeating. While reading the book the author created opportunities to arise that inspired an intriguing event to occur though they fizzled out before anything happened. This writer had created a base for a compelling story it is very disappointing that nothing came of it.

“Most true things are kind of corny, don’t you think? But we make them more sophisticated out of sheer embarrassment.” 

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Faber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. He and his parents emigrated to Australia in 1967. He attended primary and secondary school in the Melbourne suburbs of Boronia and Bayswater, then attended the University Of Melbourne, studying Dutch, Philosophy, Rhetoric, English Language (a course involving translation and criticism of Anglo-Saxon and Middle English texts) and English Literature. He graduated in 1980. He worked as a cleaner and at various other casual jobs, before training as a nurse at Marrickville and Western Suburbs hospitals in Sydney. He nursed until the mid-1990s.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

BOOK BLITZ & $75 Amazon Card Giveaway

Merry Mary by Ashley Farley 
Publication date: October 15th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance
A young woman longing for a child stumbles upon a Christmas miracle.

Investigative journalist Scottie Darden is photographing the homeless for her Lost Souls series when she makes a discovery that could change her life forever. Under a makeshift tent in subzero temperatures in a downtown city park, she finds a woman’s dead body with her infant child. Without her cell phone to call for help, Scottie makes the split-second decision to take the baby home. Her initial instinct is to provide the baby with food and shelter until her family can be located. But as her fondness for the baby grows, she finds herself facing a life on the run or worse—prison time for abduction.

Curl up with Merry Mary this holiday season. A heartwarming story of the powerful connection between a caring soul and an innocent child in need.


“Shh, don’t cry,” she said, rubbing the baby’s tummy.
    What would become of the baby? Scottie didn’t think the Commonwealth had the authority to place the baby up for adoption without permission of next of kin, which meant the baby would be placed in a foster home until the police could track down the father. If the father even wanted the child. If the father even knew he was the father.

    The baby began to wail, presumably with hunger. “Don’t worry, little one.” She picked the baby up and held her tight. “We’ll get it all sorted out. In the meantime, I have plenty of formula and diapers to keep you comfortable.”

    By the time Scottie got the baby inside, and mixed up a bottle from the supplies in her baby cabinet in the kitchen, the little girl was screaming, flailing her arms and legs in hunger. Scottie plopped down on the leather sofa in the adjoining family room, propped her snow boots up on the coffee table, and brought the bottle’s nipple to the baby’s mouth. The infant took the nipple between her lips, then thrust it back out with her tongue. Scottie turned the bottle upside down on her arm, letting a few drops of formula leak from the hole in the nipple, before returning the nipple to the baby’s lips. When she tasted the formula, the baby began to suck greedily.
    “Careful now, baby girl. Don’t drink too fast or you’ll upset your tummy.” The baby stared up at Scottie with bright eyes. “We need to give you a name, don’t we?”

    Scottie had been in the process of picking out names for her baby when her daughter was stillborn at thirty-one weeks. She’d been torn between Kate and Liza, after her grandmothers Katherine and Elizabeth. She ended up calling the baby Angel, which seemed appropriate for an innocent child who never drew her first breath.
    Scottie’s eyes traveled the room, coming to rest on the nativity scene on the mantle above the fireplace. “Why don’t we call you Mary after the Virgin Mary?” She caught sight of the needlepoint pillow Brad had brought down from the attic—a green background with Merry Christmas in curlicue script in red across the front. “Or Merry, which seems appropriate for a spunky little girl like you.”

The baby stopped sucking and smiled up at her.
“I agree,” Scottie said. “I like them both as well. Merry Mary it is, then.

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Ashley Farley is a wife and mother of two college-aged children. She grew up in the salty marshes of South Carolina but now lives in Richmond, Virginia, a city she loves for its history and traditions.

After her brother died in 1999 of an accidental overdose, she turned to writing as a way of releasing her pent-up emotions. She wrote SAVING BEN in honor of Neal, the boy she worshiped, the man she could not save. SAVING BEN is not a memoir, but a story about the special bond between siblings.

Look for MERRY MARY this holiday season, a heartwarming story of the powerful connection between a caring soul and an innocent child in need.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015


The Butterfly Code by Sue Wyshynski 
Publication date: October 15th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

My friends say Hunter Cayman’s dangerous. 
They say he's a threat to everyone in town. 
I’m not so sure.
As he stands before me in this crowded club with the lights shining around us, I catch something good under Hunter’s dark facade. Something decent and profound.
I don’t know who or what to believe.
But I will find out the truth.

Aeris Thorne is expecting a restful vacation in the remote town of Deep Cove. But on a stormy night, she meets the alluring and mysterious Hunter Cayman, and her life takes an exhilarating turn.

Aeris is both drawn to him and determined to find out what he’s hiding. It’s clear Hunter has found success with the high-security lab on his vast estate. But what Aeris doesn’t know is that he’s tormented by a secret: the truth behind his research.

As he and Aeris are drawn together, the walls he’s built to protect himself threaten to crumble. At the same time, she begins to wonder if she’s found the key to unraveling her own tragic past. When Aeris’s life is threatened, Hunter is forced to make an impossible decision about her future—one that could change everything.

Chapter One
  I stumble through the red-tinged nightclub haze and wonder if this is what purgatory looks like. Ella and Gage are nowhere to be seen. Did they leave? I hurry out the club door and cold air engulfs me. A gasp bursts from my lips, half relief, half shudder, as the night’s damp fingers creep through my fluttering dress.
Shivering, I wind my arms around my ribs.
That’s when I see him. Dr. Hunter Cayman.
The man the town has been whispering about. The man no one really seems to know. The man my father despises.
He’s across the street, leaning against a steel monster—a low-slung black car, its curves somehow wicked in the night. Rain sparkles like fire on the front hood under the glow of the orange streetlamps. His startling, magnetic intensity pulls at me so hard that I can’t seem to look away.
For a doctor in charge of a research facility, he’s young. Late twenties, maybe. His dark gray T-shirt stretches across his muscular chest. His thumbs are hooked into the pockets of his well-fitting jeans, and his strong forearms are bare to the relentless drizzle. In fact, he seems to enjoy the misty wetness. Like he’s in his element. The way I would be on a beach in Hawaii, a million miles away from this tiny, nowhere town.
Despite the midnight sky, he’s wearing dark glasses. Like the car, they, too, sparkle with rain. His face is rugged, more handsome than beautiful. His strong jaw is shadowed faintly with stubble. I wonder what he looks like when he smiles. If he does smile.
Why is he here? Is he debating whether to go in? Or is he waiting for someone?
For one dizzy, strange moment, I wish he were waiting for me. Aeris Thorne.

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Sue Wyshynski's writing style has been described as immersive, emotional, and action-packed. 

According to Sue, "Writers must do more than write; they must try to speak to the hearts of the world."

The Butterfly Code, coming this fall, is Sue's first New Adult romantic suspense.

Sue wants to connect with you.

We posed 4 questions and asked Sue to come up with 5 answers.

They say what's in your purse says a lot about you. What 5 things are in your purse right now? (besides your phone/keys/wallet)
1. A pen and a notebook
2. Lip balm—right now I'm obsessed with EO balms.
3. Ice water spiked with lime in my stainless steel Contigo bottle
4. Sunblock
5. An audiobook cued up on my phone

In terms of this novel, what are 5 things you're grateful for?
1. Blogs and social media, because it's fantastic to be able to connect with readers.
2. The positive feedback I've had—that's always a gratifying relief.
3. My stand up desk with a view over the Pacific Ocean.
4. Being able to moan—or panic—to close family and friends!
5. My amazing professional support team: my writing colleagues, story editor, copy editor, cover designer, and my advance readers.

Tell us about your thoughts when you set out to create The Butterfly Code. Why do you write?
1. To let people feel.
2. To let people travel by looking at words.
3. To let people peer into a character's most intimate thoughts.
4. To build places, people, and dreams worth longing for.

5. To give people hope.

What are 5 things most readers will never know about The Butterfly Code?
1. My story-editor had me delete a whole character from this novel.
2. Certain elements of the book were written fairly quickly, yet one scene took over 6 months to complete.
3. My main character, Aeris Thorne, inspired me to pick up my violin, which I haven't played since youth orchestra.
4. Until I'd completed The Butterfly Code, I refused my husband's constant requests to let him read even a single word.
5. For 4 months, while plotting this novel, I was Shailene Woodley's stand-in on the George Clooney movie, The Descendants.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets

A visitor from a distant planet opens a Latvian restaurant next to an abortion clinic; a magician learns that true love will cost him a kidney; a blind barber cuts hair for tourists in a gentrifying Harlem.... Enter the mad, moving university of Jacob M. Appel's short fiction.

Jacob M. Appel has done it again with another mind-blowing book of short stories. His imagination is astonishing, producing ingenious writing with a smattering of bizarre. Not every tale will be your favorite, but the odds are you will like more of them than not also the degree of uniqueness that they contain keeps them lingering with you for awhile. I found myself rethinking about the perceived message the author is providing me, the reader with and the different ways it could be construed. Therefore, each reader will read the same story yet interpreting it in another way.

There is a total of eight completely different stories, though each story is short each is complete with a beginning, middle, and an end. The prose always flows smoothly in each tale. As each story has a different plot you will have a large spectrum of emotions that will fill this book also; everything from comedy, hope, charmed, tragedy, and scads more. I am sorry to say that I can not find anything negative to say about this book.  My favorite story is Invasive Species and so I will follow up with a quote from that:

“Celeste sits in self-imposed rigor mortis: eyes clenched, fists balled, teeth locked in a ghoulish grin. She is bundled into a wool sweater - a single, hard-fought concession to the exigencies of being alive.”

Thank you, Jacob M. Appel, for letting me give an honest review

Jacob M. Appel's first novel, The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Award in 2012. His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize. He has published short fiction in more than two hundred literary journals including Agni, Conjunctions, Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and West Branch. His work has been short listed for the O. Henry Award (2001), Best American Short Stories (2007, 2008), Best American Essays (2011, 2012), and received "special mention" for the Pushcart Prize in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2013.

Friday, October 9, 2015

END of DAY + GIVEAWAY of Touchscreen 6" Kindle & 2 Autographed Collectible Cards

End of Day by Summer Lane 
(The Zero Trilogy #3) 
Publication date: October 9th, 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
The end has come.

Elle Costas and her dog, Bravo, have survived the dangers of Hollywood and escaped the clutches of Slaver Territory. The apocalypse has been cruel, and the wasteland of California has forced them to seek shelter in a civilian refugee camp at a place called Bear Mountain.

Here, they meet Cheng, a mysterious boy with the skills of a samurai, and Luli, a steampunk warrior with a thirst for vengeance. But friends cannot always be trusted. When a horrific tragedy befalls Bear Mountain, Elle and Bravo come face to face with their most dangerous enemy yet.

Betrayal and heartbreak threaten to destroy the bonds of friendship. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Run, or be caught.
Kill, or be killed.
Fight, or be forced to surrender.

The end of the day will change everything.
Will Elle and Bravo survive?

The explosive, thrilling conclusion to the #1 Bestselling Zero Trilogy by Summer Lane.



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Summer Lane is the #1 Bestselling author of The Collapse Series and the compelling tie-in novella books of The Zero Trilogy, as well as the upcoming Bravo Saga (releasing March 2016). She is also the author of Collapse: The Illustrated Guide, a #1 Bestselling graphic companion to her phenomenal original series.

She is the owner of WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine. Summer is also an accomplished journalist and creative writing teacher.

Summer lives in the Central Valley of California, where she spends her days writing, teaching, and writing some more. When she is not writing, she enjoys leisurely visits with friends at coffee shops, movie dates, reading and spending the day at the beach or mountains.

Question and Answer with Post-Apocalyptic Author, 

Summer Lane

Does writing post-apocalyptic fiction make you want to be more prepared for an emergency or disaster?

Naturally! Because I’m constantly writing about survival situations, I can’t help but think about how I need to be prepared for an emergency. I walk into a store and think, “If something crazy happens right now, how am I going to react? Will I survive?”

So dramatic, I know. But I can’t help it! My head is ALWAYS in the world of the apocalypse, because I’m always working on my series. By extension, I would say that a good ninety percent of my dreams for the last three years have revolved around the end of the world. Staying alive. Hiding in bunkers under the ground, or escaping the zombie apocalypse. I can’t say that I’m sorry, because I really love writing about survival scenarios.

Who is your favorite character in The Zero Trilogy?

Without a doubt, my favorite character is Bravo. I love his selfless nature and his heroic actions. He’s a true role model for me. I didn’t create him – he created himself, and he’s based on the true inspiration of real heroic canines everywhere who work in the military and in law enforcement.

What’s next for you?

Now that I’ve finished this trilogy, I’m working on the seventh installment of The Collapse Series, and beginning a new trilogy starring Bravo. I am so in love with his story, it’s not even funny. I think everyone will love it, because everyone has heard about the apocalypse from the viewpoint of people – but how about the dog? The way he sees the collapse of the world might be so different than how we see it!

What are your favorite post-apocalyptic book, TV show and movie?

You know, I get asked this question a lot. It’s really hard for me to choose just one favorite! The Road, by Cormac McCarthy is definitely in my top five favorite novels, and so is World War Z by Max Brooks. My favorite post-ap show is The Walking Dead. The zombies terrify the heck out of me, but I watch it for the character development and the outstanding post-apocalyptic sets. Robert Kirkman and Scott Gimple are brilliant.

I’m not sure that I have a favorite post-ap movie. I do sincerely enjoy the Resident Evil films and The Book of Eli. Modernly, The Maze Runner and Scorch Trials are excellent looks into that genre. Movies are bringing it to life better than ever these days.

When you have time off, what do you like to do?

I like to read! I adore my Kindle fire. I love to watch movies and television shows, too. Netflix has been a good friend to me. My fiancĂ© and I like to go out to dinner as much as we can and try new food. I love playing with my kitty, crocheting brightly colored afghans and using sharpie markers to spruce up “adult” coloring books.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Physician's First Year

In medical school, Matt McCarthy dreamed of being a different kind of doctor—the sort of mythical, unflappable physician who could reach unreachable patients. But when he almost lost someone his first night on call, he found himself scrambling. Visions of mastery quickly gave way to hopes of simply surviving hospital life, where confidence was hard to come by and no amount of med school training could dispel the terror of facing actual patients.

This funny, candid memoir of McCarthy’s intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into patients’ rooms and doctors’ conferences to witness a physician's journey from ineptitude to competence. McCarthy's one stroke of luck paired him with a brilliant second-year adviser he called “Baio” (owing to his resemblance to the Charles in Charge star), who proved to be a remarkable teacher with a wicked sense of humor. McCarthy would learn even more from the people he cared for, including a man named Benny, who was living in the hospital for months at a time awaiting a heart transplant. But no teacher could help McCarthy when an accident put his own health at risk, and showed him all too painfully the thin line between doctor and patient. The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly offers a window on to hospital life that dispenses with sanctimony and self-seriousness while emphasizing the black-comic paradox of becoming a doctor: How do you learn to save lives in a job where there is no practice?

The blurb perfectly describes this read since the book is basically a longer version of it. As a reader, you follow Matt as a first-year intern through his rotations learning how to execute medicine also ascertaining which specialty would be the most suitable for him. During this intense time Matt slowly realizes he not only wishes to heal his patients physically but also gain a caring bedside manner finding it more complex than he fathomed. It’s noteworthy to this reader that one bona fide doctor out in the world still cares about their bedside manner. There is no real focus on actual medical procedures, but you do get an idea about certain ones such as resuscitation, I.V., and ports.

The plot has a slow flow to it and in some areas jumps around. Such as, he would be focused on an important aspect like when he stuck himself with a needle, then fade into another subject, but then in another chapter, “oh by the way about the needle stick”,. Having worked in the medical field myself all medical procedures were 98% correct, one was a laugh out loud moment for me because it is so ridiculous, when Matt is running a code on a middle-aged woman “...defibrillator pads were slapped on the woman's chest and back”.  What good would it do on her back? Is someone going to hold her on her side while she is shocked with between 200-1,700 volts? OUCH! One last thing usually only frail people or children get broken ribs when doing compressions not everybody.  

This book is a rare look into one interns psyche. I am sure many readers will find The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly enjoyable. I did not dislike the book, but it is not one of my favorites either. Matt’s story will stay with me. Why you ask? Because Matt did not focus on being some hot-shot doctor trying to get as many patients giving them little respect. His goal is to know his patients as people while giving them high-quality care.  

Thank you “Netgalley” for letting me give an honest review

About this author
Matt McCarthy is an assistant professor of medicine at Cornell and a staff physician at Weill Cornell Medical Center. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Slate, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Deadspin, where he writes the Medspin column.