Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Express Yourself: March 2 to March 6, 2015


The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted Bouquet Of Books and Entertaining Interests.  This week's topic is: Who would narrate your life in a movie? (submitted by Debra @ The White Mage)

I love this question so much!  What a fun thing to think about, I would love to have a movie of my life made.  There are a few parts of it that would make for excellent story lines.

As for my choice for a narrator, it would have to be Peter Capaldi of course.  I couldn't imagine anyone better.  That accent is to die for.


Who would narrate the story of your life?

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

One Upon A Rhyme Review



On “Once Upon A Rhyme: Lullaby Renditions Of Hip-Hop Classics”, Jammy Jams explores the melodies of old school hip-hop songs and brings them to life with calming renditions for parents to enjoy along with their babies. The parent can take a stroll down memory lane while creating brand new memories for baby. This album soothes the inner and outer soul. You will be amazed as you listen to soothing lullabies featuring the melodies of acclaimed old school hip-hop songs such as Run-D.M.C.’s “Rock Box” and Coolio’s “Gangstas’s Paradise”. The soothing sounds are what Jammy Jams is all about. Experience these popular tunes in a whole new way with baby today.

Review:

This was so much better than I thought it would be, I have heard lullaby renditions of songs I loved before and they were passably recognizable but not great.  Once Upon A Rhyme is really good, I uploaded it on my phone so that I would have it on the go as a break from the regular stuff I listen too.


Cat and Ace both thought it was excellent as well.  At first Cat was more interested in knowing where she could get a teddy bear that looks like that then anything else but she got into the music pretty fast as she is a Hip-Hop kind of girl.  Ace is actually pretty hard to please with music as he hates 90% of it, apparently though he loves lullabies.  Who knew?


The kids couldn't pick a favourite track from the album but mine was Hey Ya because I of that generation and it is one of my favourite songs. (let's just keep that between you and me)

Once Upon A Rhyme can be found here.

I received a copy of this album in exchange for an honest review.

Writing Fight Scenes Review





This is the bestselling original by Rayne Hall, published in 2011 and updated in 2015.

Learn step-by-step how to create fictional fights which leave the reader breathless with excitement.

The book gives you a six-part structure to use as blueprint for your scene. It reveals tricks how to combine fighting with dialogue, which senses to use when and how, how to create a sense of realism, and how to stir the reader's emotions.

You'll decide how much violence your scene needs, what's the best location, how your heroine can get out of trouble with self-defence and how to adapt your writing style to the fast pace of the action.

There are sections on female fighters, male fighters, animals and weres, psychological obstacles, battles, duels, brawls, riots and final showdowns.
For the requirements of your genre, there is even advice on how to build erotic tension in a fight scene, how magicians fight, how pirates capture ships and much more.

You will learn about different types of weapons, how to use them in fiction, and how to avoid embarrassing blunders.

Please note: This book assumes that you have some fiction writing experience. You'll benefit most if you've already mastered the basics of the craft and want to learn specialist techniques. It is not recommend for absolute beginners.

The book uses British English.

Review:

As many of you may know I have been having issues with my current work in progress (a modern fantasy novel) for a while, the ideas are there but getting them on to paper wasn't working for me because I was sticking in spots. Especially my combat scenes.

My main character (female) was in a situation that she needed to realistically get herself out of and no matter how well it happened in my head I just couldn't put it on paper.  Writing Fight Scenes helped me figure out where my problem was and how to work through it so the story was believable.

My favourite part of Rayne Hall's eBook though was the video links sprinkled through to illustrate the points that were made.  They really helped.

You can find Writing Fight Scenes by Rayne Hall on Amazon.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



Friday, February 27, 2015

The Wife Maker Blog Tour


Wife MakerThe Wife Maker by Karey White

Charlotte has spent years as the husband maker, sending every guy she dates off to enjoy marital bliss with the next girl he dates. But things have now changed, and she's determined to use her husband-maker abilities one last time--on herself. And she finally knows exactly who she wants.

Angus has loved Charlotte since they were teenagers, but he's tired of waiting for her to realize how good they could be. She's broken his heart one too many times, and it's time to move on with his life. Maybe a position halfway across the country will be just what he needs to get over her. But when Charlotte won't let him go without a fight, Angus has to decide if he's willing to let her in again or if she's too late.

Excerpt:

My phone rang before six the next morning. Who would call that early on a Sunday? I rubbed my bleary eyes and looked at the screen. The number was unfamiliar and a strange configuration. I almost shut it off, but on a hunch I answer the call.

"Charlotte, it's Flynn."

"Flynn? Is everything okay?"

"Aye. I think we should talk. Turn on you computer and call me."

Ten minutes later, Flynn appeared on the screen of my laptop.

"What's going on?"

"I think you should move to Kansas City."

I laughed. "What are you talking about?"

"Don't laugh. I'm not jokin'"

"I can't move to Kansas City. My job's here. My family's here. And I don't think Angus would even want me to."

"Ah, he'd say he doesn't want ya to, but I'd wager that what he wants and what he says are two different things."

I shook my head. "You're crazy. This is what you wanted me to call you for at this hour of  the morning?"

"Aye. And hear me out. I've been chewin' on this all day."

I was touched that he'd been trying to figure out a way to help me, but this idea was insane. "I'm listening."

"You say you'll wait fro him to come back." I nodded. "What about him? You might be willing to wait for ten years, but what about Angus? He'll be meeting new people. He won't be waiting around. If ya want to cook a chicken, ya have to put him in while the water's boilin'."

I snickered. "I don't even know what that mean, Flynn."

"Sure ya do. If ya wait 'til the water's all cooled down, good luck cooking the bird. Right now the water's boilin'"

"No it's not. He doesn't want anything to do with me."

"That's 'cause the water's boilin'. If it weren't he'd talk to ya all day long. He's just tryin' not to get burned."

There was an absurd and comforting logic to what he was saying. "Keep going."

"There's not much more to say. Move to Kansas City."

"That's easier said than done, Flynn."

"Tell me this. What needs more attention? The things in San Francisco? Or the thing in Kansas City?"

I didn't answer him. I didn't know what to say.

"Charlotte, give him a grand gesture. Show 'im he's more important than the things you've left behind."

"Wow. I should never have answered the phone this morning."

We laughed. "Think about it. It might work."

"It might not. And then I'll be two thousand miles away from my family and I'll have given up the best job in the world and...It's all so scary."

"But you're brave. And if it doesn't work out, you can go back."

"I thought you were my friend."

Flynn didn't say anything right away. He just smiled. When he finally spoke, his voice was soft. "I am."

Review:

I don't think I could have loved this book any more than I did. It was such a perfect ending to Charlotte's story. After reading all three books it felt like watching my little sister grow up.

Sometimes all it takes for love to work out is a little sacrifice.

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Karey WhiteAuthor Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mr. Sandman Review




An epic adventure in a life-long pursuit of the truth.

What is the mystery that Lance Cutter's DNA is hiding? Whatever the secret is, they had it, they lost it, and now they will do anything to get it back....

Time is running out.

Lance Cutter is born out of a horrific experiment by a deranged scientist. Presumed dead in an explosion at birth, Lance and his mother create a quiet, normal life. But, what is normal for others is not so for Lance. He is faster, smarter and more agile than other children. When Lance and his mother go to Washington seeking answers, they are greeted by deadly force. Barely escaping the clutches of government agents, the plane they are traveling on crashes into the icy Potomac river. Thought dead for a second time in his life, Lance grows up and finds a quiet, secluded existence working as an arson investigator in Florida. But when innocent people begin to spontaneously combust, Lance must use all of his extraordinary talents to stop the deranged killer.

Cutter now finds himself front page news. It's those headlines that will finally bring him face to face with the truth about his birthright and put him in a life and death struggle to survive.

This was a very thrilling book, a page turner so to speak.  Lance is a great, easy to connect with character as are several others in the book. There are also a few of those you just love to hate type characters which I find make for really good reading.

My problem with this book was that I wasn't prepared for being hit in the gut with a bucket full of sad. I hate when that happens. It's good writing though.

It all wrapped up well and I got lots of enjoyment along the way.  An excellent read that I highly recommend you can find it on Amazon.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Express Yourself: February 23 to February 27, 2015


The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted Bouquet Of Books and Entertaining Interests.  This week's topic is: Name a secondary character who you think deserves their own series/stand alone.

There are so many secondary characters that I would like to see get their day in the sun that this was a hard choice but one of my very favourites is Chase from Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth books.

The tough, always prepared boundary warden is one of my favourite characters (after the Mord Sith) and I would love to see more of him and his family.  Even just a little one off story like Debt of Bones was for Zedd would be fantastic.

Who is a secondary character that you think deserves a shot a stardom?

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Idisina The Black Rider Review




A richly woven fantasy novel about the battle between the sexes and the struggle over ideology, power, and religion.

Take a moment and imagine foot prints on the sand, the foam on the beach washes back and forth leaving a thin imprint that divides between thought and action. If killing awakens a flutter of butterflies in your gut would you commit the crime?

On an island where women rule, Daniel starts a revolution. During the night of his grandmother's death, Daniel decides to run with his emotions. From that moment on, he ventures out from the city of his birth and meets characters that will fashion his future; a warrior, a deserter, a man and a woman.

Review:

This was a very unique book, there were parts of it that I wish were explored or explained in greater depth.  The character development could have been a little deeper but as a whole it was very enjoyable.

Idisina The Black Rider Can Be Found on Amazon.

I received a copy on this book in exchange for an honest review.