Sunday, February 11, 2018

Review: The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

A sprawling, genre-defying epic set in a dystopian metropolis plagued by dragons, this debut about what it's like to be young in a very old world is pure storytelling pleasure

In the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. When violence strikes, reality star Duncan Humphrey Ripple V, the spoiled scion of the metropolis' last dynasty; Baroness Swan Lenore Dahlberg, his tempestuous, death-obsessed betrothed; and Abby, a feral beauty he discovered tossed out with the trash; are forced to flee everything they've ever known. As they wander toward the scalded heart of the city, they face fire, conspiracy, mayhem, unholy drugs, dragon-worshippers, and the monsters lurking inside themselves. In this bombshell of a novel, Chandler Klang Smith has imagined an unimaginable world: scathingly clever and gorgeously strange, The Sky Is Yours is at once faraway and disturbingly familiar, its singular chaos grounded in the universal realities of love, family, and the deeply human desire to survive at all costs.

The Sky Is Yours is incredibly cinematic, bawdy, rollicking, hilarious, and utterly unforgettable, a debut that readers who loved Cloud AtlasSuper Sad True Love Story, and Blade Runner will adore.

My Review:

I had high hopes after reading the synopsis, I was a little disappointed. Although the characters are good, and the world building is, well, out of this world-the plot leaves a bit to be desired. The first half of the book is slow, and there isn’t any real clear direction the story is taking. It jumps around a bit, in no particular order. 

I did finish the book, and have hopes for future books from this author as her world building and imagination is phenomenal. 

*I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

Chandler Klang Smith

A graduate of Bennington College and the creative writing MFA program at Columbia University, Chandler Klang Smith has worked in book publishing, as a ghostwriter, and for the KGB Bar literary venue. She recently served as a juror for the 2016 Shirley Jackson Awards. She teaches and tutors in New York City.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Review: Lullaby Road by James Anderson


A trucker sets out to protect an abandoned child in the Utah desert...Winter has come to Route 117, a remote road through the high desert of Utah trafficked only by eccentrics, fugitives, and those looking to escape the world. Local truck driver Ben Jones, still in mourning over a heartbreaking loss, is just trying to get through another season of treacherous roads and sudden snowfall without an accident. But then he finds a mute Hispanic child who has been abandoned at a seedy truck stop along his route, far from civilization and bearing a note that simply reads "Please Ben. Watch my son. His name is Juan" And then at the bottom, a few more hastily scribbled words. "Bad Trouble. Tell no one.." Despite deep misgivings, and without any hint of who this child is or the grave danger he's facing, Ben takes the child with him in his truck and sets out into an environment that is as dangerous as it is beautiful and silent. From that moment forward, nothing will ever be the same. Not for Ben. Not for the child. And not for anyone along the seemingly empty stretch of road known as Route 117.

My Review:

I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the previous book in this series but now I want to. The writing is outstanding, the characters unforgettable. This book made me want to keep reading. I love Ben Jones’s character. For someone who has suffered such great personal losses, he perseveres, and he remains true to himself. I need to read the first book, and I really hope there is a third! 

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. 

About the Author

James Anderson

James Anderson is an American novelist, short story writer, and poet. He was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in the Pacific Northwest and is a graduate of Reed College, where he received his BA in American Studies. His undergraduate thesis was the first critical work done on the Beat Poet Lew Welch. Anderson attended Pine Manor College in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his MFA in Creative Writing. 

The Never-Open Desert Diner is his first novel. Over the years his short fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines, including The Bloomsbury Review, New Letters, Solstice Magazine, Northwest Review, Southern Humanities Review and others. His first publication, at age nineteen, was the poem 'Running It Down' in Poetry Northwest.

From 1975-1991 Anderson was the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Breitenbush Books, publishers of general interest nonfiction, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Breitenbush received several awards for its titles, including three Western States Book Awards, juried by, among others, Robert Penn Warren, N. Scott Momaday, Elizabeth Hardwick, Jorie Graham, Jonathan Galassi, Denise Levertov, and Carolyn Kizer. Authors published included Mary Barnard, Naomi Shihab Nye, Bruce Berger, Clyde Rice, Gary Miranda, Peter Sears, David Shetzline, Michael Simms, John Stoltenberg, and Sam Hamill.

He currently divides his time between Colorado and Oregon.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Review: The Last Time I Saw Her by Amber Garza


Two weeks ago, Dylan DiMarco and his sister Claire discovered Lauren Pascal’s body lying in a creek near his home.


Dead. Lifeless.

Today she is standing in the middle of the store where he works.

Alive. Breathing.

It’s not the first time he’s seen her lurking around. Following him. In life, Lauren had wanted nothing to do with him. In death, she won’t leave him alone.

He knows what she wants. What he has to do so he can finally be free.

With the help of the school’s bad girl loner Harley, Dylan sets out to solve Lauren’s murder. But when the lines begin to blur between finding justice and seeking vengeance, things take a dangerous turn.

My Review:

4 Stars:

I thought this was a really good whodoneit. You aren’t sure who to trust or who is telling the truth. Everyone is a suspect and everyone has a motive. It let me guessing until the end of the book! The characters were typical high school students and very believable, so this made the story much more real. A great read if you like mystery and being left guessing until the end!

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Cover Reveal: Greed by Elizabeth Cash


GREED by Elizabeth Cash
Cover Designer: Katrina Curry with Crimson Pheonix Creations

He was my downfall six years ago.
His actions lead me to a life that tried to ruin me.
Even though I almost cracked under the weight of the world I was in, I managed to win a losing battle.
I fought for my second chance and I made my way back to him.
Because the end game for me wasn't death; it was him.
And as long as I had him, I was alive.

I made one wrong move in a world I thought I knew everything about and I lost her.
I was stupid and naive to think I was above him, but when he took her, I rose up and took the throne.
Now, the empire was mine. All I needed was her.
When she came back, I could finally breathe. There was no longer a void in my life. I was whole again.
Everything was complete and my empire was solid now that I had my backbone.
Until our world was flipped upside down and the world around us began to crumble from beneath our feet.

#ComingSoon #CanLoveConquerGREED

Redesigned Cover Reveal: Wishful Thinking by Gabbie S. Duran


 Wishful Thinking by Gabbie S. Duran

 Cover Designer: Designs by Dana


 Lexie has one goal in life: to grant one last wish for each of her patients. There isn’t a request she will deny, and has yet to fail to deliver a promise. That is, until the day she goes in search of the infamous rock star Kaleb Knight, who can’t care less about her life’s ambition, or the children she is determined to help.

 Kaleb has his own dark secrets. He lives each day as if it’s his last, and refuses to spare a moment of his time to play the part of a knight in shining armor—especially for someone like Lexie . . . or so he thought. Now, his head and heart are at war, and his soul is screaming she is exactly what he needs. 

Will Lexie be the only one that can save him in the end? Or will he instead succumb to the darkness threatening to consume him?

 Wishful Thinking is Book 1 in the Dragon Knights Series, which each rock star will receive their own story. This is a full-length novel and could be read as a stand-alone.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.
     In 2016, Eddie is fully grown, and thinks he's put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank . . . until one of them turns up dead.
     That's when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.
Expertly alternating between flashbacks and the present day, The Chalk Man is the very best kind of suspense novel, one where every character is wonderfully fleshed out and compelling, where every mystery has a satisfying payoff, and where the twists will shock even the savviest reader.

My Review:

Great story that kept me guessing until almost the very end. A definite must read page turner. The group of friends, and the finding of a body reminded me of the kids from Stand By Me.

I thought the story was very well written. It left me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put it down! I actually read it in one setting. One of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year. 

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. 

About the Author

C. J. Tudor

C. J. Tudor lives in Nottingham, England with her partner and three-year-old daughter.
Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voiceover and dog-walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn’t miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Fundraiser for Gladys

Gladys Gonzales Atwell is a PA/PR representative to many Indy and hybrid authors. She also founded Nerd Girl Official after a fight for her life after her surgery went wrong.  She was on temporary disability for a while and then started working for more Indy authors and  just recently at Salon Marielle hair salon co-owned by Hallowread creator Rachel Rawlings.

Just recently she suffered a heart attack which turned out to be a rare symptomatic type of heart attack caused by a tear in her aortic valve.  Typically caused by the hormone replacement therapy she started when she had her ovaries removed.

We are hoping that the online auctions will enable us to raise some money for the time she was in the hospital, off of work from her day job, medical bills and other visit to the specialists.

We have 16 auctions currently running, so please join the party and bid on some treasures for you and help an amazing person at the same time!

Thank you for your help and participation!  Happy Bidding!!

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