Monday, November 21, 2011

First Real Snow for Winter 2011




We've had a little snow here and there since Halloween but nothing that stuck until the 19th.  I got my cold butt out into the weather and took a few pictures.  If you go to my Facebook page you've probably already seen them, but I thought I'd share here, too.

That's the weather update.

I've still been writing for NaNo.  I'm keeping up fairly well, but still have a long way to go with the story.  Hopefully, I'll FINALLY finish the fourth book in the series.  I know there are a few people out there who want another and if I could just get this one out I could maybe work on something new.  That would be fun!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Featured Book - Inferno (Destroyers, Book Two) by Holly Hook


Inferno
(Destroyers, Book Two)
by
Holly Hook
 

 
 
Description  
 Ever since becoming leader of the human hurricanes called Tempests, 16-year-old Janelle is overdue for a vacation. But the trip to Hawaii quickly presents its own problems when she meets Kenna, a local sophomore who makes the volcano start rumbling when she's nearby. So when Kenna gets kidnapped, Janelle has to find her before catastrophes can start.  If she doesn’t, it could mean the end of civilization as we know it, and the death of everyone she loves.

Connect with the author at her site 
Holly Hook is also the author of Tempest (Destroyers, Book One) and Rita Morse and the Sinister Shadow.  She is currently co-authoring an adult urban fantasy and writing a standalone young adult comedy. 


Giveaway
The author is hosting a giveaway for paperback versions of Tempest and Inferno.  The contest ends on Dec. 1st and can be found here:
 

 
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Featured Audio Book - Divine Intervention

Divine Intervention
by
Jeannette Scollard 






Description

This story chronicles how a problematic marriage between a desperate bride and an obstinate king slowly transformed into a great love affair, the remarkable legacy of which was the launch of the Age of Discovery.
Philippa of Lancaster, older sister of Britain's King Henry IV, hungered for her own power and influence when she married King Joao of Portugal, a stubborn former priest. Although assisted by Philippa's father in salvaging Portugal's future as an independent country, Joao refused to share the same castle as his bride. Then, to their great mutual surprise, Philippa and Joao discovered they were a match made in heaven. Their awkward marriage of convenience blossomed into a wonderful love affair. They raised a stellar family and launched Portugal's ascent into its Golden Age.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Release - Creative Spirit

Creative Spirit
by
Scott Nicholson

Description


When artists gather at a remote Appalachian estate for a retreat, they are unaware that their energy is feeding something unwholesome. Sculptor Mason Jackson and dying parapsychologist Anna Galloway must uncover the dark secrets of Korban Manor before their spirits are trapped forever.
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CREATIVE SPIRIT
A modern Gothic thriller

After parapsychologist Anna Galloway is diagnosed with metastatic cancer, she has a recurring dream in which she sees her own ghost. The setting of her dream is the historic Korban Manor, which is now an artist's retreat in the remote Appalachian Mountains. Drawn both by the ghost stories surrounding the manor and her own sense of destiny, Anna signs up for the retreat.

Sculptor Mason Jackson has come to Korban Manor to make a final, all-or-nothing attempt at success before giving up his dreams. When he becomes obsessed with carving Ephram Korban's form out of wood, he questions his motivation but is swept up in a creative frenzy unlike any he has ever known.

Sylva Hartley is an old mountain witchwoman who is connected to Ephram Korban both before and after his death. Her knowledge of Appalachian folk spells and potions has bound her to the manor in a deeper and darker way. Sylva harbors a family secret that refuses to stay slumbering in its grave.

The manor itself has secrets, with fires that blaze constantly in the hearths, portraits of Korban in every room, and deceptive mirrors on the walls. The house's brooding atmosphere affects the creative visions of the visiting artists. A mysterious woman in white calls to Anna from the forest, while Mason is driven by the whispers of an unseen critic. With an October blue moon looming, both the living and the dead learn the true power of their dreams.

It's a power that Korban craves for himself, because he walks a shadowy land where passions burn cold and even the ghosts are haunted. The author's preferred DRM-free edition of the 2004 U.S. paperback release THE MANOR.
  Note:  Creative Spirit at Amazon is currently the screenplay edition - the novel release date is currently scheduled for December 1st.  However it is live at Amazon UK

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Featured Book - Committed by John W. Mefford

Committed
by
John W. Mefford

 
 

Book description:
Sinful deception. A malicious corporate takeover. A grisly murder. Unrelenting greed.

We all have that inner voice, the one who knows all but refuses to let even our closest confidantes inside. The one we must calm when we’re most unsettled. The one who seeks to understand our path, our destiny.

Michael Doyle lives in emotional anonymity, resistant to fully devote himself to anyone or any cause. Without warning, a technology conglomerate acquires Michael’s company, and he quickly sees through the fog of political posturing: false hope, layoffs, and blatant dishonesty.

Then, death reaches up and grabs him. Shaken to the core, Michael leans on his live-in girlfriend, who has touched his heart like no one else. But her haunting past resurfaces, and she’s pulled into a seedy web by an outside force so cruel, so cunning it destroys every soul in its path.

Can Michael rise above his greatest fear to uncover the truth about a murder and save the life of the person he loves most?

Only if he's...COMMITTED.
 
 
Book Review:
Committed is an exciting new novel from John W. Mefford.  Using the world of corporate takeovers as a background for murder and deception, Mefford does a wonderful job of opening an inside view of the business world's more seedy side and the steps people will take to achieve power.

The main character is Michael Doyle, an emotionally stunted man who has chosen to keep his feelings to himself.  He is emotionally distant from everyone, even his live-in girlfriend, Marisa.  They have a loving relationship but Michael's reluctance to commit colors his entire life.  Even the impending sale of the company he works for doesn't really crack his shell.

Everything changes when Michael literally stumbles over a body in a dark alley.  They soon discover it's Tiffany, a temp that had been working for the company.  Even though Michael didn't really care for her, he feels compelled to find out the real reason why Tiffany was killed.  What he soon uncovers blows the lid off of corporate deception and greed.  It also threatens his life and the life of the woman he loves.

This story is so very engaging from the start.  The reader doesn't have a hard time understanding why Michael is so guarded but it is refreshing to see him come out of his shell as events continue to snowball into the rocking climax.  This is truly a modern thriller, in today's climate of corporate takeovers and companies taking everything from employees, it's interesting to see the process from the insider's point of view. This story also contains so many interesting characters that complement Michael.   Everyone of them stands on their own yet help move the story. 

I really did enjoy this and finished it in two days!  I would highly recommend it for fans of thrillers along the lines of John Grisham.

--- Release Notes Blog Book Review: http://release-notes.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-review-committed-by-john-w-mefford.html?zx=e53bd96d6bd864c3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Author bio:
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, John W. Mefford has been writing his debut novel since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

Considered a visionary leader in his fifteen-year IT career, he quit his job and started writing, pouring out his thoughts with no net.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land -- even if they piss him off.

Committed is the first book in the series, The Michael Doyle Chronicles.

 
 
John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three adorable kids, and a feisty fat cat


 
John W. Mefford's website/blog: http://www.johnwmefford.com
 

Relevant news: Check out all the News, Reviews and Interviews for COMMITTED at my site: http://www.johnwmefford.com/news-reviews--interviews.html
 
 
 

















Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Brand New November

Happy New November to everyone out there. I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween!  We did.  After much munching and a lot of sharing with the uncles, the girls still have six pounds of candy to gnaw through.  I foresee more munching and sharing in the near future.



November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I'm participating again.  My progress is very slow so far, though.  It's quite depressing.  I will admit, part of my slow start is because of the family obligations and baking I've been doing.  Okay - I've not been doing a lot of baking.  Mostly running after the two little ones and making them put the utensils back into the kitchen drawer.

This is where I'm at this year for NaNo: