Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to: Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given! Please avoid spoilers

Boy, she’d done it this time, allowing a spirit to delve into her deepest, darkest anxieties. Why did she find this man so infuriating—and totally attractive? Several minutes passed, perhaps an eternity, while Izzy’s thoughts bobbled around, bouncing between her mother, Aunt Marilyn, and Jack...right up until the dream world swallowed her up

From Incredible Dreams by Sandra Edwards(Page 39)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Just Desserts by Hallie Durand

Illustrated By: Christine Davenier Reading level: Ages 9-12 Hardcover: 208 pages Publisher: Atheneum Published: July 6, 2010 ISBN: 978-1416963875 About The Book: DESSERT VS. ANNOYING SIBLINGS WHO'S GOING TO WIN? Dessert and her lunch-table buddies have been exposed to a highly contagious disease—The Annoying Sibling Disease. And while it seems like just yesterday that Dessert reigned supreme over Charlie and the Beasties (aka her brothers) now they are ruining her life. If she doesn't come up with a plan to stop their unruly behavior, it will be the end of civilization as she knows it. Taking inspiration from her classroom study of General George Washington and the winter at Valley Forge, Dessert comes up with a plan to "Let Freedom Ring." But will she really be able to stop the Annoying Siblings? Or has Dessert bitten off more than she can chew?(From Simon and Schuster)

My Thoughts: Fans of Ramona and Beezus will love "Just Desserts". I laughed out loud with this book, it made me reflect on my childhood, I have one older brother, I was his annoying sibling and he was mine. This is a sweet, funny and entertaining story with a great lesson, siblings can be annoying but like the saying goes "You can't live with them and you can't live without them". The Illustrations were a great touch, although they were simple they added a lot of character to the book. I can see families trying dessert first after reading this story to their kids and the recipes in this book were a tasty bonus. I can't wait to read what's next for Dessert and what other shenanigans she stumbles into. This is great book that all kids should read and the ones with "annoying siblings" will see that they are not alone. A great read with a great valuable lesson.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Guest Blogger: Teresa Joyce

I would like to introduce author Teresa Joyce who was kind enough to do a guest post.
I would firstly like to introduce myself, and secondly give you some insight as to my work. Up until February 1998 I was employed within two sectors. I had a full time job within an accounts department, also a part time job teaching aerobics and weights. After an accident in which I injured my back, I was ill health retired. I now live alone with my small dog. This has given me the time and dedication to put pen to paper. My life was no longer full, and I found myself with an abundance of alone time, to sit and reflect everything I had tried so very hard to bury. Although this has been extremely difficult for me, my hope is that anyone finding themselves in the same type of situation may take some strength from its content. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel; you just have to reach out for it. Whilst writing, I was forced down a road that I never really wanted to walk again. This is a true story which at its peak, resulted in me tying to take my own life. It’s an insight to the lengths someone will go to achieve their goal. To say this person was very unhinged would be an understatement. Teetering on the edge of insanity, and crossing over more times than I can count. Where everyone else involved just became fall out. It became for me a living hell. At times I have had to walk away to deal with the emotions that my writing invoked. But if I am able to help only one person that recognises its content, then it will have been worth all the pain inflicted. The story spans over a period of ten years, and during those years I felt as if I were being pursued by the devil himself. Overly more, there seemed to be nothing I could do to stop him and the destruction he left in his wake. The facts within are very hard to believe, but believe it I must because I was there. It’s still incredible to me to think that I came out of it the other side. That said only just. I have spent many years under the mental health care umbrella, while trying to deal with the enormous sociological and psychological residue it has left behind.......... Bio I was born on the 15th December 1958 the middle child of three. After losing my father at a very young age; this was to set the pattern for the rest of my life. Losing was something I would have to get used to. Today I still have some memory of my father, but in truth it’s all a little hazy. My mother through no fault of her own after that loss had no other alternative, other than to return to her parent’s home with her children in tow. Our family unit were to spend only a few years there, until the wind of change came around once more. Happy memories are something that I hold in very short supply. But the ones I still hold dear to me could be said are those few short years. My mother was set to meet the man that was to become my stepfather, and we moved once more to a new city with the promise of a new life. At that time, hopefully, it was be a happy one for all concerned. But it became a place for me that felt far more like a prison. One in which I would spend many years months days and hours hating. I swore to myself that I would leave all this behind at the first possible occasion. Summary/Description Covers – Memoir/Mental health system/Abuse/Sexuality People would be hurt both physically and mentally. No one was safe if they stood in the way of my stepfather and what he claimed was his. I would be abused and blackmailed, unable to stop or control anything going on around me; I felt that the only way out would be to check out on life completely and it seemed a welcoming prospect. Running from memories of all those years living by his rules, buried so deep within me I never really remembered or faced until I was forced to do so. Teresa Joyce
There’s a fine line
ISBN 978-1-84991-185-6
At present Chipmunkapulishers (my publishers) are the only outlet in an EBook format, with the paperback to follow shortly. As I am sure you are aware, it takes a while to turn the wheels of progress. At which point it will then be available wildly. A summary of my book I would find myself in a situation that I had no control over and in the grip of a complete madman, who was hell bent on destroying my life. People would be hurt both physically and mentally. No one was safe if they stood in the way of my stepfather and what he claimed was his. I would be abused and blackmailed unable to stop or control anything going on around me; I felt that the only way out would be to check out on life completely and it seemed a welcoming prospect. Running from memories of all those years living under his rules, buried so deep within me I never really remembered or faced until I was forced to do so. I saw myself delving deeper and deeper into my own unconscious thoughts, revealing to me memories which seemed so alien. Happy memories for me are something that I hold in short supply, I always thought that they were in my childhood, but that was about to be blown out of the water. But the problem with opening Pandora’s Box was that once opened I could no longer close the lid and I am still carrying it along with me - like an uninvited guest at a party. It has left me with an enormous sociological/psychiatric residue. The onset of a set of circumstances beyond my control would stamp its seal, rendering my marriage unworkable. Engineered by the involvement of the one man I had learnt to hate - my stepfather. I myself would spend many years within mental health care; in fact I am still under their care umbrella. I would move from a heterosexual relationship into a lesbian relationship. Firmly believing that anything controlled or even remotely integral to men, was something I never ever what’d part of again. This is a true story but you will never know how much I was that it wasn’t.....
Teresa Joyce
http://chipmunkapublishing.co.uk/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1613

Today's Answer

Today's Answer is a weekly meme hosted by Black Fingernailed Reviews. Every Week you choose a favourite book and song(because we all know it's impossible to just have one) This week my favourite book: Simon's Choice Blurb from Night Publishing: Doctor Simon Bailey has everything a man could ever want. Then his beautiful daughter is diagnosed with Leukemia. He can almost accept her impending death. He can almost accept the fact that he will have to live without her. But he cannot stand the thought of his little girl having to face death alone. He answers her innocent question in a moment of desperation, testing his marriage, his professional judgment and his sanity to the limit. As cracks form in Simon's previously perfect family, we wonder, as do his loved ones ... will he really make the ultimate sacrifice? Combining poignant moments of both humour and pain, 'Simon's Choice' is a penetrating account of parenthood at the sharp-end.

I just read this book last week but I loved it, a must read! You can check out my review for Simon's Choice Here

My Favourite Song: The Origin of Love by Hedwig and The Angry Inch from the movie "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Blog of the Week goes to....

and the award goes to...*Drumroll* A Book Lovers Opinion!
I love, love, love her blog! It is packed with great stuff. Head over now and say Hi! Give her a follow or a comment. Congrats to Liz at A Book Lovers Opinion for winnning this, you derserve it this week!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Simon's Choice by Charlotte Castle

Author: Charlotte Castle Paperback: 306 pages Publisher: Night Publishing Published: July 14, 2010 ISBN: 978-1453681794 Get your copy of Simon's Choice Here About The Book: "But Daddy, who will live with me in heaven?" Doctor Simon Bailey has everything a man could ever want. Then his beautiful daughter is diagnosed with Leukemia. He can almost accept her impending death. He can almost accept the fact that he will have to live without her. But he cannot stand the thought of his little girl having to face death alone. He answers her innocent question in a moment of desperation, testing his marriage, his professional judgment and his sanity to the limit. As cracks form in Simon's previously perfect family, we wonder, as do his loved ones ... will he really make the ultimate sacrifice? Combining poignant moments of both humour and pain, 'Simon's Choice' is a penetrating account of parenthood at the sharp-end.(Amazon.com) My Thoughts: Simon's Choice will hook you in right from the beginning. Charlotte Castle has proved herself to be a very talented author, she delivered such an emotionally charged page turner. You will experience all kinds of emotions in this book, compassion, anger, sadness, hope, the list goes on. When reading most books I feel like an outsider looking in but with this book I felt as if I was a part of the family. I not only fell in love with the main characters but with the secondary ones as well, the author created an amazing cast of characters. The storyline was heavy but Charlotte Castle provided a good amount of witty humour which was surprising and refreshing. I have already recommended this book to my friends and will continue to do so in the future, it is a must read. Be sure to keep the Kleenex close by, you may need a tissue...or two. There are few books that leave me in awe days after reading it, but Simon's Choice did exactly that. This book is a rare gem.

Hoppin' away to Follow Friday

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books. Click on link for details and to sign up!

Blog Hop Questions of the Week: Do you use a rating system for your reviews and if so, what is it and why?

Answer: Yes, I do use a rating system. I use Bookworms, You can see them on my reviews or click on "My Rating System" on the right sidebar list of pages. I love using them, i think rating systems add a nice touch to peoples blog and I have seen so many unique ones.

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View.

To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules: 1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list 2. Follow our Featured Bloggers - http://bookge3k.blogspot.com/ 3.Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. 4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments 5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can 6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers 7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post! 8. If your new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

Happy Hopping!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

One Lovely Blog Award!

I want to thank Books and Bliss for giving me this award!

This is how the award works: 1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link. 2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered. 3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I pass this award to:

Her Book Self

Black Fingernailed Reviews

Oh My Books

A Book Lovers Opinion

Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks

Beverly's Bookshelf

Life is Beauty

See Scoot Read

Schlough's Bookshelf

Bookworm Boulevard

One Big Adventure

Book N' Roll

Mad About Romance

Epic Book Nerd

Stranger Than Fiction

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Today's Answer

Today's Answer is a weekly meme hosted by Black Fingernailed Reviews. This is my first time participating in this meme. I came across it on another blog and thought it was such a great and unique idea. You pick a favourite book and song each week(because it is nearly impossible for you to only have one favourite) and share them. This week's favourite Book for me is: The Cutting Edge by Darcia Helle Blurb From Book Cover: My name is Skye Summers. I'm a hairstylist and I can't stop fantasizing about killing my clients. Not all of them, of course. I only want to kill the ones who irritate me, which, if I'm being honest, is most of them. My occasional fantasies have turned into chronic daydreams. They're bloody and vivid, like watching a slice-and-dice movie on IMAX. I also want to kill my husband's ex-girlfriend. She's not a client but she tops my list. Eighteen years ago, she gave birth to his daughter and has tormented him ever since. I should be troubled by this growing desire to use my surgically sharpened shears for more than a haircut. Instead, I wonder how I can get away with it. My Review for Cutting Edge is Here This Week's favourite song is: "Love the way you lie" by Rihanna and Eminem

A short glimpse of my young adult book.

Hey Readers!

I wanted to post a little piece of a book I'm writing. The only people that have read it were my major supporters, my boyfriend and my mother. I adore all my friends and followers and I wanted to share it with you too. The book is still untitled and is still in the rough stages of editing. I hope you enjoy what you read. Any and all feedback and comments are welcome!
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**A portion of this piece has been changed, the new version will be coming soon!**
Georgia

The Sun is bright in my eyes. The music from my alarm clock is still buzzing in the background. I am waking up with the same feeling I had last night, like my heart was ripped out of my chest and shattered into a million pieces. I heard the words that no kid wants to hear their parents say, "We are getting a divorce". I was numb, they just stared at me, waiting for a response, some sort of acceptance but there was nothing there. I felt like I was floating out of my body and I was watching down on another girls family breaking apart.

I remember the first time I saw my mom really cry. My sister was just born, I was 6, she came home from somewhere looking tired and exhausted. My sister started screaming and crying and then my mom just broke down, She took my sister upstairs, and I could hear her sobbing from her bedroom. I crept upstairs and peeked through the door, my dad took my sister and laid her down in her bassinet, I watched him walk over to my mom and kiss a tear off her cheek, he puts his arms around her and he holds her, after a few moments my mom had stopped crying. I never forgot about that, I felt like my dad was superman, he took all the frustration and pain away from her. Now that same man I once thought of as Superman is just sitting there, seeing my mom cry and he is not doing anything about it, like he doesn't even care. "STOP IT!" I yelled, I startled both my parents with my outburst, I stood in my dads face screaming "Stop it, don't make her feel like this, take it away" My dad was looking at me, with confusion and sadness written across his face. My mother let her face drop in her hands, she was crying so hard that her whole body was shaking. My dad started to come close to me, opening his arms for an embrace, I pushed him away and ran upstairs to my room, slamming my door shut. I sat on my bed while the news started settling in. I curled my knees up to my chest, I could barely breath. I can't stop the tears that are now spilling down my face. I am trying to see where it all went wrong, every holiday, every vacation, so many memories are running through my mind but I can't figure it out...We were happy.

Copyright:
I am the legal copyright holder of the material on this post and it may not be used, reprinted, or published without my written consent.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Crazy Bookworm's Blog Award goes to...

*Drumroll*.....Midnight Bloom Reads
I've known Liz for a while now, we met over at the "Chapters" community. I was so happy to see that she joined the blogging world and I have fallen in love with her blog and visit often. She deserves this award this week. Head on over and visit her!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hopping Away to Follow Friday

Yay! My Favourite time of the week is here! Book Blogger hop is hosted by Jennifer over at Crazy for Books. Click link to sign up!
Book Blogger Hop
This Week's question is: How many blogs do you follow? I follow over 200 blogs but the count is rising. I find great new blogs everyday!
Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee at Parajunkee's View To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules: 1.Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list 2.Follow our Featured Bloggers - http://edgyinspirational.blogspot.com/ 3.Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. 4.Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments 5.Follow Follow Follow as many as you can 6.If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers 7.If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post! 8.If your new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog! Happy Friday Friends!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Guest Blogger: Elizabeth J. Kolodziej

Hello everyone! My name is Elizabeth J. Kolodziej, but Liz works just fine. I am a newly self published author. That is a mouth full. My book is entitled Vampyre Kisses. Cathy has been nice enough to let me do a guest blog appearance on her site. I am very grateful for this opportunity, there is nothing like getting to know new readers, writers, blog hosts, and such. What I thought might be fun to talk about is how to set up a blog tour, but then I thought it over and figured you might not be that interested in that. So I figured I would do a post talking more about my book and my experiences with writing it. Along with me just babbling on. Ha ha. Really I just want to introduce myself to some readers I may not know. To begin I should probably let you read the synopsis of my book:
Vampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who was content with her life, but deep down craved more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her life and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more surprised to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind. Faith finds out that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere. Especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty. Now surrounded by a world full of mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems? Sounds pretty interesting, doesn’t it? I like to think so but if you like you can take a look at a review done by vampires.com to see what they thought: http://www.vampires.com/review-vampyre-kisses-by-elizabeth-j-kolodziej/ Any who! My book, Vampyre Kisses, took me five years to write. I started it when I was around 18 or 19. You should know that during this time I was going to college for my English degree in fiction writing at George Mason University along with working, so that is why it took me so long to finish. But going to college for English really helped to enhance my writing and knowledge of books, which I love. So it was a big plus for me. Writing Vampyre Kisses was a lot of fun and I loved almost every moment of it. Of course there were those times when I would get writers block or get frustrated with my characters not wanting to do what I wanted them to do. But after awhile I learned to listen to my characters more and we are now the best of friends. There voices have become louder and I can hear them a lot better than when I first started. What helped me to really write this book were several different things. For one, I have a muse. He is a great friend of mine that is always willing to let me cry, scream, or whatever when I am frustrated with my book. After I am done sobbing we throw around different ideas and something always sparks in my brain, giving me that moment of “oooo I love it” and then the ideas flow more from there. Other things that help is exercising, reading other books similar to mine, researching, and just plain leaving the book alone and doing something else. I like roller derby so I am on the Diamond State Roller Girls team. One of my biggest allies I had in writing my book was the research. I know it seems odd that someone would research vampires, witches, and werewolves but I do. Along with that I research the places they travel to, the characters nationality, body language, and so much more. If I get to a place where I want to SHOW my character is lying I go on Google and type in “how to know if someone is lying by their body language” or something similar to that effect. I like to be correct in what I am writing. Because when I really delve into my research like this it lets the reader really see it and be able to relate to it. At least I think so. Moving along though, due partially to the economy and luck I was not able to get an agent and publish my book the traditional way. So I self-published. Right now I am working really hard on my Internet marketing, which isn’t easy in the least. But it’s a lot of fun to learn how to do. It really helps with things I do outside of my book. Even though it’s a little harder to get my book out there to people I am still happy that it is at least in book form and people are reading it. The reason why I wanted to publish my book is because I wanted to inspire others the way authors, musicians, directors, actors, artists, and more have inspired me. If I can inspire another person and help them reach their goals this will have all been worth it. It wouldn’t hurt if I could sell a couple hundred thousand copies. Ha ha. But kidding aside, I really do hope you enjoyed getting a chance to meet me. I would really like to have a chance to get to know the readers of this blog. So why not make a post and tell me whom you are and what kind of books you like to read. Happy Blogging! Liz ^_^ My blog: http://www.vampyrekisses.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/kweenkitten Twitter: twitter.com/ejkolodziej Vampyre Kisses Group: http://bit.ly/93J560 Where to buy my book: Publisher’s Website: http://bit.ly/9aYtXo Barns and Noble: http://bit.ly/dpJsLC Amazon: http://amzn.to/byci6O Kindle: http://amzn.to/bMzSKN

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Cutting Edge by Darcia Helle

Reading Level: Adult Paperback: 232 pages Publisher: CreateSpace Published: July 2, 2010 ISBN-13: 978-1453630730 About The Book: Skye Summers is a hairstylist that can't stop fantasizing about killing her spoiled, rude, and big-headed clients. She also can't stop fantasizing about killing her husbands ex-girlfriend who makes it her mission to make their lives miserable. While fantasizing and debating murder day in and day out, someone is on the loose that doesn't hold back. The Mass Avenger, a serial killer that murders young women that use their bodies and mind tricks to get what they want out of men. Will Skye succumb to her fantasies or will someone else make her dreams come true for her? My Thoughts: The suspense in this book is a killer. The author really knows how to build up the drama so you are literally sitting on the edge of your seat flying through the pages dying to know what is going to happen next. This book is raw, blood, gore, sex, and comedy...dark comedy, it is tastefully done and witty. This book has a hint of a Norman Bates/psycho aspect to it. I don't normally read books like this, but after reading the excerpt I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give it try, and boy I am glad I did. This book was a guilty pleasure of mine, I couldn't wait to always get back to it and find out what was going to be happening next. Darcia Helle did a wonderful job creating the character Skye, She was funny, smart and real. Almost every woman can relate to her in some way or another. The cast of characters were great and I loved them all. I was cringing, laughing and shaking my head in amazement, this book really did have it all. I would definitely recommend this book, and for those that think they won't like it, I suggest you give it a try, You may surprise yourself like I did. Get your copy of The Cutting Edge Here!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Kurt Frenier Interview

Kurt Frenier is the author of the Book "The Study Train: Vol 1: Reunion of the untouchables" that was released July 12, 2010. I had the great opportunity to ask Kurt Frenier a few questions. Crazy Bookworm: When and why did you begin writing? Kurt Frenier: I started writing when I was very young, around age 13 - 14. First music (I play the guitar), then poetry, then short stories. I completed my first children's books when I was 18. After graduating from university and going into the "rat race" with work, I only wrote occasionally. (I still have bits & pieces of unfinished work in my drawer). It wasn't until my wife was pregnant with my first daughter that the urge to write resurfaced. That was almost 5 years ago now. Ever since, writing has become my number one hobby. I write every week, sometimes every day. Knowing that my (in the mean time two) daughters will be able to read my books one day, is my ultimate motivation. My wife is a big supporter, and that keeps me going. Crazy Bookworm: The storyline of this book is so unique, what inspired you to write "The Study Train? Kurt Frenier: I'm mostly getting ideas for a book at the spur of the moment. For the StudyTrain, my many (business) travels influenced the idea and the storyline. Most of the cities that are being visited in the book are places that I have been to many times. On top of that, I wanted to create a story filled with magic and with a lot of twists and turns. Crazy Bookworm: What was the hardest part of writing your book? Kurt Frenier: Getting the storyline correct, and seeding in sufficient ideas for the next volumes. Apart from that, it was a smooth ride - I wrote the book in about 8 weeks, which is very fast. Crazy Bookworm: Are any of the characters in the book based on anyone in real life? Kurt Frenier: No. Crazy Bookworm: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Kurt Frenier: The underlying idea of taking average teenagers around the world to have them experience different cultures seems like a viable dream to me to create better understanding in the world. Having been in contact with many kinds of people myself makes me realise that the world is flat indeed, and that we are all related to each other one way or another. If that understanding would be greater, then we could potentially create a better world -how great is that? Crazy Bookworm: When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? Kurt Frenier: See question 1 as well. I do make a difference with being a writer and being an author. I think people intuitively feel when they are a writer. And for that matter, anyone that regularly writes anything should be considered a writer, whether it is a song, a poem, a blog, or a book. As said, I started writing when I was a teenager. I'm always full of stories and ideas, as are many people. You are a writer when you decide to put those on paper. For myself, I turned author when my first book was published in The Netherlands (http://www.olgakinderboeken.nl/boek_de_betoverhut.htm) and decided to write (almost) every day. I know use every opportunity to write: when on a plane, when on holiday, during weekends. Crazy Bookworm: If you could chose a favourite character from your book "The Study Train" Who would you chose and why? Kurt Frenier: Without giving to much away, Alesia would be my favourite... she is mysterious, has hidden powers, is intelligent and beautiful. She "hides" all of that behind innocence and silence. Alesia already plays an important role in volume 1, and this will become even more important in the following episodes. Crazy Bookworm: When can we expect a sequel to "The Study Train"? Kurt Frenier: I am busy writing volume 2 now, expecting to finish it by October. Depending on my publisher, I'd like to get it ready for launch by mid next year. Or sooner if possible... Crazy Bookworm: What advice would you give to aspiring authors? Kurt Frenier: "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step" (Lao Tzu). Write as much as you can! I have experienced a lot of evolution in how I write, how I unfold stories, how I describe characters once I started writing a lot. Writing is a skill, and knowing how to manipulate language to get your message and story across takes time. I'm still learning the skill of writing every single day. When you feel you are ready, go for it and do send your work to publishers! You WILL get a lot of rejections; but persistence will get you there one day! More on when, why and how tips for writing: http://www.slideshare.net/kayef/dna-of-a-writer, and http://kurtfrenier.webs.com/apps/blog/ Press Review: http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/TheStudyTrain.html. If you want to interact with Kurt Frenier on the book, You are welcome to email him at studytrain@hotmail.com I would like to thank Kurt for taking the time to answer these questions and for writing this wonderful book!

The Study Train Vol.1: The Reunion of the Untouchables by Kurt Frenier

Reading Level: Young Adult Publisher: Eloquent Books Published: July 12, 2010 ISBN-13: 978-1609118846 About The Book: 500 years ago Master Magician Mikhail Pilkington III created something amazing, he created a magical flying train. The purpose of this train is to take average teenagers on board, show them the beauty of the world and teach them enough to become something great in their life...leaders. Ethan is an average teenage boy but is brought up in a broken home. One day after another fight with his father, Ethan is in his room blowing off steam, when he notices something floating towards his window...an envelope. An invitation to aboard the Study Train. While on the train Ethan experiences things he never did back home, friends, family and magical powers. While on the train Ethan's abilities get more powerful, and the "Dark Fire" inside him grows stronger and stronger and Ethan finds himself in a whirlwind of events. He is given a very tempting offer by Krixit, an "untouchable" that was once a student on the "Study Train", Krixit succumbed to his dark side, and wants Ethan for his great powers. Will Ethan go to the "Untouchables", or will he use his powers for good? My Thoughts: Magical, Whimsical, Adventurous. That's how I would describe "The Study Train". Be warned that once you start it you won't be able to put it down until you finish it. I loved this book, it was packed with so much. A unique storyline, action, magic. What more could you ask for? The author did a great job of creating the characters, no character was alike, each one had their own special uniqueness. This book is a wonderful adventure, a magical ride. This is a book that will attract different types of audiences, fantasy lovers, paranormal fans and Young Adult readers. This is only the beginning of The Study Train, I can't wait to read what the author has in store for Ethan and the other students aboard the train in the next installment. This is one of those books that you just hope will come to the big screen! You can't pass this book up, it is definitely a book that I will re-read again and again. It has earned a place on my favourites list.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Crazy Bookworm's Blog of the Week

And this week's award goes to....*Drumroll*.... See Scoot Read I just recently found scoot's blog thanks to Book Blogs. I went and had a visit, and fell in love with it! I am happy to give this award to Scoot. Go and visit now! Be Sure to check out her epic giveaway!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Savior of the Rainforest-An adventure of Zalvator the Black Panther by Bruno Gonzalez

Illustrated by: Helen Luzgin Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback: 40 pages Publisher: Trafford Publishing Published: July 1, 2010 ISBN: 978-1426931857 About The Book: The story is about Zalvator, a black panther, that gathers the other animals in the rain forest together to fight for and protect their land when they are at risk of having it destroyed by man. Only something unexpected happens and bring together a whole knew appreciation for the animals and mankind. My Thoughts: This story was so well written. First off, the text was so visual, as I was reading it I could imagine this beautiful rain forest, this magical place, the illustrations just made it more clear. They were so bold and colourful. The message is strong in this book, it teaches acceptance, good will and unity. Zalvator the black panther was a wonderful character, he is strong, protective and territorial but he also is tender, forgiving and loyal. Every kid should read this book, it has the action to stimulate the mind but it has the story that teaches a very valuable lesson, forgiveness and graitude. A wonderful story that everyone should read.

Hopping Away to Follow Friday

Book Blogger Hop Yay! My favourite time of the week! Book Blogger hop is hosted by the lovely Crazy for Books. Click link to enter, but take a look at the rules, some changes have been made:) Question of the week: How many books do you have on your 'to be read shelf? Wow, I have not counted in a while. The last time I counted it was 300 and something, but I am sure it is probably up to 600 now or more. Too many books to little time!
Follow Friday is Hosted by the wicked Parajunkee To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules: 1.Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list 2.Follow our Featured Bloggers - http://nymfaux.blogspot.com/ 3.Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. 4.Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments 5.Follow Follow Follow as many as you can 6.If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers 7.If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post! 8.If your new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog! Happy Reading Friends!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

Reading level: Young Adult Hardcover: 250 pages Publisher: Westside Books Published: March 24, 2010 ISBN: 978-1934813324 About the Book:Kendra is not your average teenage girl. She is being forced to deal with surfacing memories of sexual abuse, but the most important detail is missing...her abusers identity. Kendra only has a small group of people she can really trust and confide in, and her parents do not fit into this group. Carolyn who is Kendra's therapist, Sandy a family friend that has always supported Kendra, Meghan a friend and maybe more, and Miss Archer her art teacher. Kendra cuts herself to relieve the pain and pressure of her surfacing memories, it is the only way she can cope aside from her artwork. Now Kendra finds herself being watched and followed constantly and she knows its him, her abuser. Her fears are confirmed when she starts receiving messages from him, threatening her life if she utters a word about her abuse. Will Kendra ever remember her abusers identity? My Thoughts: This is not a light book, it has a pretty heavy storyline. The book starts off a little slow, but once it picks up it really starts moving. I found myself flying through the pages wanting to know what was coming next. Cheryl Rainfield did a great job with the character development in this book, every character was so well written. Kendra's mother really drove me nuts in this book, she was so overbearing of Kendra, hounding her, criticizing her but when Kendra tried to talk to her, her mother would never listen. The author did a wonderful job creating Kendra, although she was given a horrific thing to deal with, the author made her a strong character. I really enjoyed this book, I loved the suspense part of it and the emotional part of it. If you do not mind a heavy storyline then you should definitely pick this book up. It is worth the read!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle By Olivia deBelle Byrd

Paperback: 176 pages Publisher: Morgan James Publishing Published: May 1, 2010 ISBN-13: 978-1600377488 About the Book: While Olivia deBelle Byrd was repeating one of her many Southern stories for the umpteenth time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said,“Why don’t you write this stuff down?” Thus was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle.(from the publisher) My Thoughts: Olivia deBelle Byrds' debut novel Miss Hildreth Wore Brown had me laughing out loud repeatedly, it is tastefully written and full of wit and charm. Olivia deBelle Bryd is a true southern belle. I fell in love with every person mentioned in this book, Olivia did a wonderful job describing the colourful people she has known and come across with in her life, Even Murphy. Women need to get their hands on this book, everyone could learn a little from Olivia and the southern ways of life. This is the perfect beach/vacation read, her stories and experiences had me laughing out loud and shaking my head in amazement. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown is a phenomenal book and you will be missing out if you do not read this book.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Crazy Bookworm's Blog of the Week is...

The Award goes to...*Drumroll* Mad About Romance! The Blog was started in July, and I've enjoyed all the posts on there, I look forward to the future posts. Be Sure to check her out! Drop her a comment letting her know you found her from "The Crazy Bookworm" Congrats Jude, Your blog deserved this award! Happy Reading Friends!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Hoppin' Away to Follow Friday

Time for another Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday! Blog hop is hosted by the lovely Crazy for Books Clink link to enter, but take a look at the rules, some changes have been made :)
Book Blogger Hop
Blog Hop question of the week:Do you listen to music when you read? If so, what are your favorite reading tunes? I love listening to music when I read, If the author shares a playlist that he/she listened to while writing the book, then I sometimes like to listen to that. Other times I will just put some music on in the background that I'm in the mood for or that may suit the book.
Follow Friday is hosted by the awesome Parajunkee! To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules: Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com } and any one else you want to follow on the list Follow our Featured Bloggers - not this week.. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments Follow Follow Follow as many as you can If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post! If your new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog! Happy Reading Friends!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla

Reading level: Young Adult Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Westside Books Published: June 1, 2010 ISBN-13: 978-1934813157 "Is it better to be numb, to feel none of the pain you were in? Would I want to live like that, if I could? Would that be worth living? Or is it better to just stop walking?" About The Book: While most seniors at her high school are worrying about prom and final exams, seventeen-year-old Sam is desperately trying to save her best friend Jesse's life. He has a rare, treatment-resistant form of cancer, and his odds of survival aren't good, and he may have only ten months left to live. Through every bit of his pain and anguish, Sam has been by his side--through the grueling, aggressive treatments and their awful aftermath, to sleeping in his room at night when he's afraid to be alone. Best friends and neighbors since preschool, Jesse and Sam's friendship is changing--now they're falling in love, and the bond between them grows stronger even as Jesse is weakens. Will they have a happy ending...or will their story end in heartbreak? (From the publisher) My Thoughts: The Girl Next Door is an emotionally charged book about Love and how far love can take you, How much can love really save a person? This Book seems like a typical enough story, but it is packed with so much more. It has a small but powerful cast of characters, where at some point in the book you will relate to each of them. Selene Castrovilla did not hold back at all, I have read books with this similar subject but Selene gave the raw truth of what really goes on behind the scenes of not only a boy and girl in love but also when a boy and girl, that are in love have to deal with the harsh realities that the world can have. Sam comes off as a strong character in the beginning, A girl that took care of her sick best friend and was willing to walk miles barefoot for anything he needed, But as the story went on and as the situation was getting heavier and stronger Sam started to lose control. Her strong facade started weakening and it was Jesse that was there to pick her up when she was at her low. They both were saving one another. They were both dealing with their battles together. Jesse was a boy that was beyond his years. He dealt everyday with the horrible hand he is was given in life but still remained strong willed and at times had to remain strong for not only himself but for Sam too. Sam and Jesse may have only been 17 years old, but their love was strong, and was able to fight some heavy battles. This book was painfully real, the emotions described were radiating out of the page, and I felt like I was right there with Sam and Jesse. You will be missing out if you don't read this book. This book is a raw story, a story about love, tragedy, healing and self-growth.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Dingle The Helpful Ice Cream Cone Delivery Dog

Illustrated by Susan Anderson- Shorter Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback: 24 pages Publisher: AuthorHouse ISBN:978-1449083625 About The Book: This wonderful childrens book is about Dingle, A dog that wants to help out his resistant owner. My Thoughts: Every child that reads this will fall in love with Dingle and parents will enjoy this book as well. The message is strong in this book, although resistant Aunt Reeny insisted that she didn't need help, Dingle wouldn't let that stop him. He worked hard to show aunt reeny that a little help can go a long way. The illustrations in this book were great, the pages were clear and colourful. I loved that the author made it easy on the eyes to read, the words were nice and bold making it easier for the kids to read. Audrey Kinsella did a great job with this storybook, I look forward to many more of Dingle's adventures.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Crazy Bookworm's Blog of the Week Award

Hi Friends and Followers, Nominate your Blog for the "Crazy Bookworm' Blog of the Week Award" Every Saturday or Sunday a blog will be chosen, Every blog will be personally looked at by me :) Your Blog link will feature on my blog for all to see. Feel free to post about it and if you win feel free to post the award on your blog, Good Luck!

Details: *There will be a linky thing, add your blog link so I can have look at your blog. *A Blog will be chosen at random every sunday.

Rules: *Follow The Crazy Bookworm..That's it :) *Please leave a comment after you've entered*

*And remember you can enter your blog every week* Happy Blogging Friends!

Teaser Tuesday!

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to: Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given! Please avoid spoilers "But the fact that I was angry and scared, that was my secret to keep. They didn't get to have that, too. It was all mine." "When I got home from the Talbots', there was a box on the porch. As soon as I leaned over and saw the return address, I knew what it was" The Truth about Forever Sarah Dessen Page 8
 
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