Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blog Tour: Cruise to Murder by Zoey and Claire Kane

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Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Zoey and Claire Kane!
Guest post from the authors:
What it’s like to be a mother-daughter, mystery-solving duo

Zoey: Of course we never thought we would be a mystery-solving duo. We have three mysteries under our belts, two published, so we are still new to all of this. We’ve always been great friends and a support to each other, but Claire was so busy with her life. When she was let go from her position at Eye Witness Magazine, she also broke up with her long term boyfriend, Jack, and so we became close again. It was just natural that the two of us would be involved in mysterious circumstances, starting with The Riddles of Hillgate.

Claire: Mom and I are both single and we have similar interests. We are ambitious, love food, enjoy dates (sometimes double), like clothes and shoes. We also have a sense of humor others don’t always understand. Sometimes bizarre happenings will cause us to laugh, but it doesn’t mean we aren’t worried; I think it boils down to a case of nerves. We must be like those who laugh during the worst moments and it would be so embarrassing for me if someone saw me behaving that way. We write true to ourselves, though, and so you get to see all the good, bad and weird about our adventures.

Zoey: We are good for each other in the face of danger. Claire is usually the cool-headed one, making calls on her cell phone to the authorities, while I am the one convincing her to trespass into bad guys’ residences. Then we turn around and have fun telling you the stories of our adventures through our books.

Claire: When we write our adventures, Mom does most of the typing. I come in and fill in scenes, add chapters, change minor things here and there.

Sometimes we will sit side-by-side. She will be on a laptop and I will be at a desk computer. It is a lot of fun typing away. After about an hour, we take a break and read to each other what we have down. It flows together, because we know each other so well and have lived our adventures.

Zoey: Some people might wonder what makes us want encounter danger. It is usually because people are in trouble and someone needs to solve the mystery, before the bad guys gain more control. Trouble seems to also follow us, so we have to roll with the punches.

Our upcoming mystery, Hexes and Xs, came about from an invitation by a friend we met during Cruise to Murder. She asked for our help, so we couldn’t say no.

Claire: That’s right :) Thanks for having us, Beverly. Our new blog shares more about us. We are also holding a $25 gift card giveaway.
Cruise to Murder Blurb:

When The Sunburst, an elite celebrity cruise ship, sets sail to Kinikiwiki Island, trouble follows billionaire Felix Belmont across the high seas. The curiosity of a mother-daughter-duo gets them tangled up in voodoo, murders and an international conspiracy surrounding him. The islanders don't know it, but their lives are all in danger, too... And their only hope is vacationers Zoey and Claire Kane.

You can buy a copy by clicking HERE.

Author bios:
Claire has a Masters in Journalism, was Editor for Eye Witness Magazine and can’t make Irish Rum Cookies to save her life.
Zoey has dabbled in modeling, is a licensed real-estate agent, seeks for treasures (great and small), and is often underestimated.
Together, Zoey and Claire are a mother-daughter, mystery-solving duo. During their downtime, they dream of island men whisking them away.
(Claire and Zoey are also fictional, and their authors are a real life mother and daughter who use their names as pseudonyms. Don't tell them that, though.)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Blog Tour: Tundra 37 by Aubrie Dionne

This virtual book tour is presented by Enchanted Book Promotions.
You can see the entire tour schedule by clicking HERE.
Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour.
It is with great pleasure that I feature this interview with Aubrie Dionne.
? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve written my whole life! I wrote my first poem in grade school about a unicorn, and my first book in high school about a girl who plays the flute and time travels back into the medieval days. She charms the king with her flute playing and joins the Royal Minstrel Band. Thank goodness that never got published!

? How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?
Hmmm…let’s see: Cashier at Hannaford’s, Sales clerk at the Weathervane (now out of business), sales clerk at Fashion Bug, Telemarketer at a Survey Center (that one sucked), flute teacher…then writer! 

? How long does it take you to write a book?
My first book took a whopping two and half years!!! Now it takes me 4-6 months to write a book. (Much more time efficient!) I shoot for three books a year.

? How do you decide what you want to write about?
Every time I sit down to write, science fiction and fantasy starts to come out. Even when I don’t want it to! I naturally gravitate towards those genres, and I think it’s because I used to watch a lot of science fiction and fantasy movies as a kid. I could recite every line in Star Wars IV-V. I’m a little rusty now, though.

? What books have most influenced your life?
Mostly British authors!
My all-time favorite is Jane Eyre. I love the gothic, dark atmosphere, the tragic love story, and the twist at the end. I also loved Pride and Prejudice, and Lord Tennyson’s poems, especially the Lady of Shalott.

As for contemporary works, I read the Secret of the Unicorn Queen series over and over growing up. I also read a lot of Christopher Pike.

? What are you reading right now?
I just finished an awesome book called Lockdown, Escape from Furnace. It’s kind of like the Shawshank redemption for kids with an added element of horror. Loved it. Can’t wait to read the sequel because it ends on such a cliffhanger!

? What do you like to do when you are not writing? I teach flute and perform at weddings and other special events. I also love playing in orchestras. In my free time, I spend time with my family (they all live close), and enjoy walking my two miniature doxens names Jedi and Leia.

? What is your favorite comfort food?
Candy and chocolate! I’ll even eat old candy if I have to.

? What do you think makes a good story?
I love stories about characters who change and grow throughout the novel. Added paranormal, fantasy, or sci fi elements really help to keep my interest. And there’s got to be at least a little romance…

Fun random questions: 
  • dogs or cats? I’m so allergic to cats, I can’t even be in the same room with them, so I have to vote for dogs!
  • Coffee or tea? Both! Yay for caffeine!
  • Dark or milk chocolate? Both again!
  • Rocks or flowers? Umm…who would pick rocks?
  • Night or day? I’m definitely a night person!
  • Favorite color? Blue
  • Crayons or markers? Neither: I prefer to type.
  • Pens or pencils? Neither again! 

...and now - -- - the books...
Tundra 37 by Aubrie Dionne

Book Blurb:

Gemme is a hi-tech matchmaker who pairs the next generation of Lifers aboard the Expedition, a deep space transport vessel destined for Paradise 18. When the identity of her lifemate pops up on her screen, she’s shocked that he’s the achingly gorgeous and highly sought after Lieutenant Miles
Brentwood—a man oblivious to her existence. Believing everyone will think she contrived the match, she erases it from the computer’s memory.
Just as comets pummel the ship and destroy the pairing system forever. With the Expedition disabled, the colonists must crash land on the barren ice world of Tundra 37 where Gemme is reassigned to an exploratory mission, led by Lieutenant Brentwood. Only in the frozen tundra does she understand the shape of his heart and why the computer has entwined their destinies.

Book One: Paradise 21:

Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne

Amazon Product Description:
Aries has lived her entire life aboard mankind's last hope, the New Dawn, a spaceship traveling toward a planet where mankind can begin anew- a planet that won't be reached in Aries' lifetime. As one of the last genetically desirable women in the universe,she must marry her designated genetic match and produce the next generation for this centuries long voyage.

But Aries has other plans.

When her desperate escape from the New Dawn strands her on a desert planet, Aries discovers rumors about pirates - humans who have escaped her before its demise - are true. Handsome, genetically imperfect Striker possess the freedom Aries' envies, and the two connect on a level she never thought possible. But pursued by her match from above and hunted by the planet's native inhabitants, Aries quickly learns freedom will come at a hefty price.

The life of the man she loves.

You can buy book two (Tundra 37) HERE.
You can read my review of Tundra 37 if you come back tomorrow.
You can buy book one (Paradise 21) HERE.
You can read my review of Paradise 21 by clicking HERE.
Thanks for stopping by The Wormhole.
Happy Reading.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Blog Tour: Dinner with Lisa by R.L. Prendergast (Giveaway too!)

Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour!

This tour is presented by Teddy of Premier Virtual Author Book Tours
It is my pleasure to feature R.L. Prendergast and Dinner with Lisa.
Publisher:   Dekko Publishing 
Date: November 1, 2011
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Soft Cover, and electronically on ipad, iphone, Kindle, Kobo, Sony eReader, and Nook.
269 Pages

In the disastrous economic times of the 1930s, Joseph Gaston, a young widower with four children, arrives in the small town of Philibuster seeking security for his family. Instead, he faces barriers everywhere. He does his best despite great adversity, but the strain of feeding and protecting his family whittles away his strength. Finally, destitution forces him to consider giving up his children in order to save them. Enraged by his situation, he attempts one last desperate act—on the night he learns about the mysterious Lisa.

Heart wrenching, humorous and historically authentic, Dinner with Lisa incorporates the crucial issues of the depression: poverty, unemployment, drought and racism. In the midst of love and loyalty, trickery and despair, the ultimate message of the novel is one of hope and the courage to survive even the worst odds.

"A powerful book set in the bleakness of the Great Depression, these characters bristle with life, feeling, pain and vitality; we care about what happens to them and it’s Prendergast’s dedication to ‘digging deep’ that fuels that authenticity." - Mark Weber, Red Deer Express, Alberta

"The character development is magnificent in this novel as are the descriptions of the town, its people and surroundings.  I felt as though I’d been pulled into the book and could almost walk alongside Joseph seeing the sights and smelling the odours of the town around him.  I read this novel is one sitting, I was glued from beginning to end and would highly recommend it to everyone!  Well done."- The Bookbag Lady Reviews

"What started as a grim look at the dirty thirties in Dinner With Lisa, became a heart wrenching but humorous and insightful look at the plight of many but one man and his family in particular during the depression era of the 1930s.  Prendergast paints a bleak picture of the economic depression of the 1930s with detail so vivid the reader has an image of the town and its residents perfectly etched in their minds.  My heart ached for the plight of many during this time and I cheered Joseph."-  My Bookshelf

"A wonderful work of art, this story has so many truths in it, for the 1930's and even for now - surely one can learn from Dinner with Lisa. A great read by a wonderful author."- Chelsea Halford, reviewer

About R.L. Prendergast:
R. L. (Rod) Prendergast was the entrepreneurial kid you saw on your neighbourhood street selling lemonade on a hot summer’s day. Recognizing young Rod’s preoccupation with money, his mother bribed him to read with an offer of 25 cents per book—and instilled in him a lifelong love of reading. Although he continued down the path of industry—he started and sold his first business before completing his Bachelor of Commerce—he continued to read voraciously. After a number of years working in sales, marketing and management for several companies he spent a year’s sabbatical surfing and reading in New Zealand and, free of business pressures, he began to write. Those first words became the backbone of The Impact of a Single Event—which was long listed for the Independent Publishers Book Award for literary fiction, and which became a national bestseller in Canada. Spurred on by the success of his first novel, he took another sabbatical and wrote Dinner with Lisa. He is currently working on his next book.

Rod's Website
My thoughts:
As a teen I read a lot of historical fiction, but have gotten away from it over the years.  It was great to get back into it again, especially with this story.  Dinner With Lisa is a wonderful read.  It's a heartwarming yet heartwrenching tale of a man struggling to keep his family together when it seems the world itself is against him.  My heart broke for Joseph on the train when Clare stopped breathing, and his struggles became my own as I read.  I laughed and cried for him and his family throughout the story. 
Rod's ability to bring the economical hardships and the plight of the people to life is remarkable.  His characters are dramatic and realistic. 
If you enjoy history and a vivid, descriptively written story ~ this one is for you.
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Review: Feathermore by Lucy Swing

Feathermore by Lucy Swing

*** I received this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

"When the one thing you live for is taken from you, do you let it go or do you fall?

Jade, like any other student at Brushwood High, awaits the start of the school year with a certain measure of dread. Worse, she is being threatened by a voice that only she can hear—a voice that lurks at the edges of her awareness, haunting her and warning her of something unknown. She has always been able to count on her two best friends, Claire and Nate, but can she confide in them now? About this? Would they even believe her?

Life takes a turn for the better when she meets Avan, a darkly handsome new student who, somehow, seems to drown out the voice and make her feel at ease.

But Jade soon comes to realize that good things don’t last forever. When everything spirals out of control, she is shattered by something she never saw coming. Dazed and despairing, she must now overcome tragedy and embrace her true existence and a new but dangerous love. Will she be able to save herself and those she loves, before it’s too late? Or will she let the surrounding darkness consume her?"

My Thoughts:
This story is original, nicely paced and well-written. The characters are carefully constructed and realistic (even considering the supernatural aspect of the story).  Jade is wonderful, although there are moments when she is just a little too teenage girl, you have to give her those moments because of what she is going through.  I was thrilled with the premise of the book, angels on earth - fallen, yet pure still, protectors who can change forms, ancient evil, and the ability to call animals to aid.  I enjoyed the storyline and was pleased with the way Lilith is portrayed and the way her character plays out her part in the book, she is truly cruel and evil.  I am still curious about Blake and his part.  Nate and Claire are fantastic characters and I am hoping for more back story in books to come.  Avan is great, wouldn't we all love to meet the guy so perfect an angel would fall from heaven to be with.  The ending is a shocker and a HUGE cliffhanger!  I can't wait for the next book.

Lucy Swing lives in sunny Florida with her husband and two children.

She is a YA Paranormal/ Romance writer, whose works include: Feathermore #1 (Feathermore Trilogy), Bloody Valentine, the novella, and Bloody Valentine is also offered in "Death by Chocolate," an anthology consisting of 6 fantastic YA short stories with a chocolaty twist.

She is an absolute book hoarder and must always have a book at arms distance. Music is her muse, and there is always a soundtrack that plays along with her life.

Release day Blitz tour for Intuition by Jayne Fordham

This release day blitz is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
Welcome to The Wormhole and my stop on the Blitz!
It is my pleasure to feature Intuition by Jayne Fordham.

by Jayne Fordham

Olive Morgan is not your typical psychologist. She can also access the memories of anyone she comes into contact with.

After an explosion in a Sydney shopping mall, Olive is enlisted alongside a team of 'Elite' consultants. She joins Canan Jones who can attune to the emotions of other people, including Olive. Initially, she distrusts the agency, but when another explosion threatens more lives Olive has no choice but to use her skill to prevent another disaster.

Is terrorism really at play or is the agency hiding the real reason behind these attacks?

Olive wants to solve the case, but her personal life is suffering. Despite having a boyfriend, she feels a connection brewing with Canan, who has an uncanny way of making her feel calm when life becomes overwhelming...

Intuition is a tale of supernatural suspense and the first book in the Elite Series.

...for your reading excerpt:
Excerpt from Intuition, Book One of the Elite Series
By Jayne Fordham
Olive’s phone rang before she could locate the remote control. The phone number on the screen was blocked; she had no idea who would be calling her.
         "Hello?" Olive asked tentatively.
         "Olive Morgan?" A stern voice asked.
         "Yes, that's me."
         "My name is Regent. I work for a confidential agency with the government.”
         “Um, hi,” she mumbled. She wondered if this was going to be some kind of sales pitch.
         “You better turn on the news. There’s something you need to see,” he said firmly.
         “Huh?” Olive was feeling a bit confused, but the man sounded quite serious, so she did as she was told. The remote had fallen between the cushions on the lounge, so she retrieved it and hit the power button.
         An image of an explosion flooded the screen. Olive stood up straight, her eyes glued to the display.
         “What’s that?” Nat cried, getting up from the table to come closer to the television.
         Olive turned up the volume on the news channel where a young woman was now on the screen with a microphone. There was black smoke behind her and people running all over the place.
         "An explosion in south-west Sydney has caused havoc,” the reporter announced. “It is feared that many are dead and many more injured. The circumstances are considered suspicious at this stage.”
         "Oh my gosh! This is so scary,” Nat gasped.
         Olive was shaking. An explosion so close to home. They thought it was suspicious; she felt her stomach recoil. She placed the phone back to her ear.
         “Who are you?” she asked suspiciously. 

About the author:
Jayne Fordham resides in Sydney where she works as a psychologist and freelance writer while working on another novel. Jayne has also authored the YA fantasy novel, A Season Of Transformation.

Author blog
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Purchase link ~ Amazon

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Blog Tour: The Half Breed Vampire by Theresa Meyers (Giveaway too!!)

This virtual book tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
You can see the entire tour schedule by clicking HERE.
Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Theresa Meyers and
The Half-Breed Vampire.

About Theresa Meyers:
Raised by a bibliophile who made the dining room into a library, Theresa has always been a lover of books and stories. First a writer for newspapers, then for national magazines, she started her first novel in high school, eventually enrolling in a Writer's Digest course and putting the book under the bed until she joined Romance Writers of America in 1993.
In 2005 she was selected as one of eleven finalists for the American Title II contest, the American Idol of books. She is married to the first man she ever went on a real date with (to their high school prom), who she knew was hero material when he suffered through having to let her parents drive, and her brother sit between them in the backseat of the car. They currently live in a Victorian house on a mini farm in the Pacific Northwest with their two children, three cats, an old chestnut Arabian gelding, an energetic mini-Aussie shepherd puppy, several rabbits, a dozen chickens and an out-of-control herb garden.
You can find her online on Twitter, Facebook, at her Web site or blogging with the other Lolitas of STEAMED!
....and now - the book....

Book Three in the Sons of Midnight mini-series
Harlequin Nocturne
Ignorant of his true heritage, half-breed vampire Slade Donovan is fated to feel like an outsider among his clan. Until a mysterious woman arrives with the ability to unlock his secrets—and make him crave a future he never believed he could have….

As a Game Warden, Raina Ravenwing has only one mission in the Cascade Mountains: to track down a pack of rare wolves that is terrorizing her tribe. Her instant attraction to Slade is a distraction the beautiful wolf whisperer can't afford, unless she agrees to let him help her. Yet working so closely together only intensifies their passion…even as the unfolding truth of Slade's identity threatens everything Raina holds sacred and could potentially destroy both their worlds.
The author has offered this excerpt to feed your reading need...
He glared at Officer nature girl. Just because he had to help her didn't mean he had to like it. "What do you need?"

"I need your help tracking one of them down so I can find out if they've established a new pack from the groups further east, or if they are a new breed or rare mutation. And find out what's really going on with this rash of incidents."

Damn. Double Damn. Sure, waltz in on the Were territory and give them a 'hey, whatz up?' Why didn't she just ask him to go stake his balls to the ground and sunbathe nude? That would be less painful. Well, maybe. "So you want me to go on a nature hike with you?"

Raina restrained herself from making a smart-ass comeback. If nothing else she was a professional. She would have preferred to have Achilles go with her. At least he could be trusted and had some respect for her badge. With Donovan it was a whole other matter.

Everything about him shouted 'danger', from the rumble of his deep voice and dark good looks to his tiger-like topaz eyes. But it was his broad shoulders encased in black tight black t-shirt and military cut camo fatigues and wide jaw bisected by a devil-may-care dent in his chin that made him appear intriguing, which were an even greater danger to any female in sight. That was, if he'd been her type. Which he wasn't.

Something at the edge of her mind nagged her. She'd seen him before. He'd done something horrible. But no matter how hard she concentrated it floated in her memory just out of reach.

"It's a bit more complicated than that. There's an investigation currently underway. I need to track one down and put a locator on it."

He glanced away, sending not so subtle uninterested signals her way. "I'm sorry am I boring you, Mr. Donovan?"

He shook his head. "Locator. Please continue."

Raina was slightly surprised he had actually been listening. "I need to know if there's only one, or if there are more and if so, what the pack's territory is so I can advise the state game department of potential impact on the local farmers and the game in the area."

She didn't like the way he narrowed his eyes. The air around him swirled with a potent mixture of testosterone and wild side that were too intense to be comfortable. While his commander was at least polite, Slade Blackwolf, or Donovan, or whatever he wanted to call himself, was barely civilized.

He reeked of bad boy, something she'd tried scrupulously to avoid since graduating the police academy. If she got close enough she could probably smell motorcycle fumes and leather on him if she tried. But she had no intention of getting that close, now or ever. Getting mixed up with a bad boy was career suicide for a cop, especially a young female cop, no matter what department she worked in.

This was business, plain and simple. Being a game warden offered her an opportunity to help out her tribe in a practical way instead of all the hocus-pocus they kept insisting she was somehow tied to as part of their hopelessly outdated beliefs.

From what she'd been able to discover he was her best chance at finding the elusive wolves. So far everything else she'd tried had gotten her squat. And if things went on much longer it wouldn't be just the state she'd have to deal with, the Feds would get involved since her investigation was criss-crossing areas of the Wenatchee National Forest. She needed to find those wolves. Now.

"Sounds like a lost cause. Can't prove something's perfectly harmless when it's not."

Raina didn't like his belligerent attitude any more than his bad-boy demeanor. "Look, if you aren't capable of helping me-"

Between one breath and the next she found herself wedged up against the wall. A hard male body too dangerously close to her own in front and the rough edges of a cold brick wall digging into her back. Power, like smoke billowing from a forest fire, rolled off of him in waves. He pinned her, his arms on either side, a lethal look in his golden eyes that was mesmerizing like a wild animal's. She'd never been this close to an actual vampire before and it scared the hell out of her.

With an audible flick his sharp fangs appeared out of the gums just above his very normal looking teeth. His voice came out low, almost a growl. "I'm perfectly capable of doing anything you could possibly need done, Officer Ravenwing. But let's get one thing straight. You came to me. You need me. So if I tell you to jump when we're out there bushwhacking, you don't ask why, you just jump. I don't want have to explain to my commander why I came back with a dead game warden. Are we clear?"

Rania managed to gather enough moisture in her dry mouth to swallow, but words were beyond her. All she could manage was a nod, her heart pounding so hard her pulse throbbed in her fingers and toes.

All the resolve she'd made to keep good and gone from bad boys of any kind began to dissolve, running like heated honey through her veins. He was too close and it was too confining. She tried to push against him, her hands on his broad chest, and found herself falling forward and stumbling.

He'd dissolved beneath her touch into nothing but smoke, then reappeared on the other side of the room, in less time than it had taken her to blink. His large hand was where hers had been a moment before, his eyes darker than before.

His voice came out almost a growl. "Next time you touch me, it had better be because you want to."

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blog Tour: Feathermore by Lucy Swing (great giveaway too!)

This blog tour is being presented by the author, Lucy Swing - click HERE to go to her site.
You can see more tour stops and dates by clicking HERE.
You can read my review of Feathermore later today - I am on page 127 and LOVING it!
Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour.
It my pleasure to share this interview with Lucy Swing!
 When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I read the Twilight saga. I was OBSESSED. I had spent the years leading to Twilight busy and barely ever reading, when I got my first copy, once they had all been published, I could not put it down. The way Meyers made me feel, as if I were the heroine, and how in love I was with all the characters… I wanted to make someone feel that same way. I have always liked to write. I have numerous lyrics (from when I wanted to be a singer), scripts (from when I wanted to be an actor and/or director) and a million stories started that never got an end. So thank you Stephenie Meyer, I am now doing something I absolutely love.

 How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?

 How long does it take you to write a book?
Feathermore took me about two months to finish, and another two to revise, edit, etc. Bloody Valentine, a novella, took me about two to three weeks.

 What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know if it is interesting… to me it’s rather annoying, but I cannot write until I have cleaned the house. I need my space to be tidy before I can really give myself to the story.

 Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
Most of the times they will resemble something I wish I could be/do. A world I would like to live in, or a love story I would have once enjoyed being a part of.

 What books have most influenced your life?
As I explained earlier, Twilight has been the one to bring me to where I am today.

 What are you reading right now?
I just started (3/6/2012) “Embrace” by Jessica Shirvington, once I am done will start “Unearthly” by Cynthia Hand.

 What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Spend time with my family. My inspiration comes at odd times, so whenever I have some down time I enjoy spending the time with my kids.

 What do you think makes a good story?
A good story MUST have characters one can relate to, or at least care about. Without that, readers won’t care about the story itself.

 Who would you consider your favorite author and why?
I can’t say I have one favorite author. Every author is unique in their own way and I love different things about them all. Some of my favorites are Alyson Noel, Kira Saito, Hope Collier, P.C. & Kristin Cast, Jessica Verday.

Fun random questions:

• dogs or cats? Dogs

• Coffee or tea? Coffee

• Dark or milk chocolate? Milk chocolate

• Rocks or flowers? neither

• Night or day? night

• Favorite color? blue

• Crayons or markers? crayons

• Pens or pencils? pencils

For more information on Lucy Swing please visit her website:

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Quickie mini review - on page 127 -
The writing is fantastic.  The ideas are original and clever.  The story virtually flows from the pages, it is nicely paced.  The characters are wonderful.  I can't wait to learn more about Blake and his connection.  Lilith is terrifying.  I am so excited to see where is story goes that I can't hardly put it down.  DO NOT miss out on the opportunity to read this.  (Final review will post later today).  Happy reading.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: Dealers of Light by Lara Nance

Dealers of Light by Lara Nance

***I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Amazon Product Description:
A malevolent group of Light-Dealers have surfaced in Cara Collin's hometown of Norfolk, Virginia. Led by an ancient Aztec demon, the "Takers" are torturing and murdering their way to world domination. As the horror spreads, Cara-who has the ability to send "Light" into others to augment healing-receives a special power from a patient making her a crucial weapon in stopping the Takers. But, she must figure out how to use the gift before the Takers make her their next target. When mysterious Rolf Van Harding shows up in town with information that may help her, she's torn between joining his quest and running for her life. When she discovers he's a powerful, ancient Light-Dealer she fears their growing passion will be a weakness-a weakness that could allow the Takers to murder the last remaining Light-Dealer capable of stopping them.

My thoughts:
Wonderful story! Creative, clever, and new.
The characters are strong, dedicated, and realistic.  They are carefully created, well-developed and easy to invest in emotionally.  Cara captures your heart in the first few pages and never lets go.  Rolf is that guy that we all can't help but love.
The story itself is original and entertaining.  The pages seem to melt together as the characters and their story virtually come to life for the reader. 
This is another fantastic read by Lara Nance.  I can't wait for more!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Review: Hindsight by Sherry D. Ficklin

Hindsight by Sherry D. Ficklin

***I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

On her own for the first time, Grace has come into her full powers as an immortal and has taken up the mantle offered by her father, Prometheus.
Leaving behind everything and everyone she loves, Grace has become a pawn in a dangerous game that threatens to undo a centuries old truce between the Gods and the Fae.
On the brink of war Grace must choose to stand either with Chris and Phoenix of the Fae or with her father and the rest of the immortal Olympian Gods.
Can Grace find a way to repair the damage that's been done?
Or will she become the Harbinger that the Gods of Fate predicted?

My Thoughts:
Wow - I don't even know how to start this review - - - this is my favorite book in the series.  Absolutely fantastic read!  The characters that I fell in love with in books one and two are back once again with an amazing story.  This fast paced thriller is non-stop.  From the first page to the end, I couldn't put it down.  This is an inspiring story of love and sacrifice.  It's about the choices we make and how they affect those around us.  It is both entertaining and intriguing.  This story questions greed, power, family, friends, right, wrong, and what it means to truly love someone.  What you would sacrifice for love? Would you give up the person you loved most in all the world for the good of mankind?  Do NOT miss this incredible finale.
I have been loving this series from the start ~ you can read my reviews for Foresight and Secondsight by clicking on the titles.
You can check out the book trailer here.
Sherry D. Ficklin, Author

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Review: Bitten by Dan O'Brien

Bitten by Dan O'Brien

Amazon Product Description:
A predator stalks a cold northern Minnesotan town. There is talk of wolves walking on two legs and attacking people in the deep woods. Lauren Westlake, resourceful and determined F.B.I Agent, has found a connection between the strange murders in the north and a case file almost a hundred years old. Traveling to the cold north, she begins an investigation that spirals deep into the darkness of mythology and nightmares. Filled with creatures of the night and an ancient romance, the revelation of who hunts beneath the moon is more grisly than anyone could have imagined.

My Thoughts:
This is a completely new and different feel for the werewolf story.  It hints at the supernatural and ritualistic from the start and delivers in the end.  I enjoyed the characters, but the plot is the driving force.  Hecate was an interesting and unexpected touch.  Lauren is a strong, driven woman with a sense of purpose and a desire for justice.  The language is wonderful, Dan O'Brien is a master at visual description.  The story is fast paced and dramatic.  I loved the idea of a man who wished to be a monster and a monster who wished to be a man...the story was wonderful.  This story has a little bit of everything ~ horror, mystery, romance, thrills, chills, and a bit of supernatural.  I hope there are more Lauren Westlake stories to come - I will be looking for them!

The only problem I had with the story, and it doesn't take away from the story itself at all, was the "hey" that seemed to end a great many sentences spoken by inhabitants of Minnesota.  As a native Minnesotan, I neither add that to my speech nor do I notice anyone else doing so.  It seems to be a misconception that perhaps we talk that way.  

Review: Farsighted by Emlyn Chand

Farsighted by Emlyn Chand

Amazon Product Description:

Alex Kosmitoras's life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he's blind. Just when he thinks he'll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival--an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to "see" the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.
My Thoughts:
This is a wonderful read!  The characters are well developed and creative.  Alex is a fabulously created character.  The story is nicely paced and the plot draws you in.  The world that the author has created for her characters is believable and realistic.  I am always excited to see that little something extra like the runes at the start of each chapter, it makes me feel like the author wanted their book to be special.  I truly enjoyed this story and look forward to more from Emlyn Chand! 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Blog Tour: Farsighted by Emlyn Chand (author giveaway too!)

This blog tour is presented by Goddess Fish Promotions.
You can follow the entire tour by clicking HERE.
Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Emily Chand and her book Farsighted.
Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!
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Book Blurb:
     Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

     Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.
Emily has offered this excerpt to feed our reading need...
At Sweet Blossoms, Mom makes a huge fuss over my “becoming a ladies’ man, and with such pretty ladies too.” I keep my hands clasped on my cane to keep myself from strangling her. After making sure she’s thoroughly embarrassed me, Mom closes up shop early, swings by the pizza parlor, and delivers the three of us to an empty house.

“Dad’s out on another job interview,” Mom explains, laying out paper plates and napkins and extracting a two-liter bottle of orange pop from the fridge. “Let’s save him a couple of slices, okay?”

Shapri flips open the lid off the first pizza box. “Ick, ham and pineapple,” she says, moving on to the next box. “Now here’s what I’m talking about, pepperoni with extra cheese. Yum!”

“Pineapple and ham is Alex’s favorite,” Mom announces from the kitchen, as she pours pop into Dixie cups.

“Yes, it is,” I say, nudging Shapri out of the way, so I can plop a few slices onto my plate. I don’t care how early in the afternoon it is. I’m hungry. I shove a slice in my mouth and the grease drips down my chin.

Shapri crunches on a slice of the pepperoni and cheese.

“Are you eating the crust first?” I ask; the tip of the pizza goes in mushily, not crunchily.

“Of course,” Shapri says. Her voice is muffled since her mouth is completely full of food. “That’s how you’re supposed to eat it, save the best for last.”

“Weird,” I say, taking another huge chomp of my pizza from the intended end.

“Do they have pizza where you come from, Simmi?” Mom asks.

“Yes,” Simmi answers curtly.

“Well, why aren’t you eating anything? Don’t you like pizza?”

“Yes, I like pizza very much. But…”

I pause before tearing into my second slice. “What’s wrong?” I ask.

“Well, I don’t eat meat,” Simmi explains. “But it’s okay. I’ll just pick it off.”

“Oh no,” Mom groans. “I didn’t realize. I’m so sorry.” She comes over to the table and places a roll of paper towels in front of Simmi with a thud. “You can use this to blot at the pizza.” Mom comes up behind me and places her hands on my chair. “Okay, I’ll let you kids enjoy your party. I’m headed out to the garden to water the tomatoes. When Dad comes home, send him outside, okay?” Mom kisses me on the head and takes her leave.

Shapri and I continue eating our pizza like we’ve been starving our entire lives. Simmi blots politely at her slice, picking off the toppings and tearing it into small bits and placing them in her mouth. A few minutes later, Dad arrives through the front door.

“Hi, Alex,” he calls from the next room, while removing his shoes. “Hi, Alex’s friends.” He hangs up his jacket and makes his way over to the kitchen. “I hope you saved me a slice or two.” He stops walking all of a sudden, freezing as if he were a deer about to get hit by a semi-truck on a lonely country road.

“Hi, Dad,” I say. “Mom says she wants you to meet her outside in the garden.”

Dad clears his throat and walks back toward the front door. None of us say anything until he’s gone outside.

“That was weird,” Shapri says. “I wonder what his problem is.”

“Dad’s kind of been a bit unusual lately,” I say, hoping we can talk about something else.

“The way he was staring at me. Like I’m a ghost or something.”

From outside, Dad’s voice floats in and hangs above our conversation. I can’t quite make out the words, but I can tell he’s angry. Really angry.

“Um, I better be going,” Shapri says, shoving one last bite into her mouth and then brushing her hands off against each other, making a loud clapping noise.

“You don’t need to leave because of him,” I say. I guess Dad still ranks number one on the people I don’t like list. I don’t want him acting like this around my guests, whether I invited them of my own accord or not.

“No, I have to go,” Shapri says with tons of conviction, while throwing her paper plate away under the sink and then heading toward the door. “My dad’s here to walk me home. He told me he’d pick me up, and now here he is.” Shapri throws her coat on over her shoulders and shoves her feet into her slip-on shoes. “I’ll see you both at school tomorrow. Happy birthday again, Alex. Bye.” Only about thirty seconds pass between the time Shapri decides to leave and the time she has disappeared through the front door.

Simmi takes a sip of pop, slurping loudly. “I wonder what that was all about,” she says.

“No idea,” I whisper in case Dad is listening. “I wonder why her father didn’t even come in to say ‘hello.’ Strange.”

“Forget coming in. He didn’t come at all. No one was outside. Shapri just walked off by herself.”

Author Giveaway:
The author is offering a $25 gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour and a $50 Amazon GC to the host whose post receives the most comments (excluding Emlyn’s and the hosts).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Milwaukee is not a day trip ~ but I got to meet Peter Lerangis!!!

Me and Peter Lerangis - - - how cool is that!
Peter Lerangis kicked off his tour for the newest 39 Clues book, The Dead of Night, this week.  He was in Wisconsin on Tuesday, March 13 at the Bay View Library.  I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend.
I took a half day off work and hit the road, it's just under 5 hours to Milwaukee from my house.  It was a great time.  He gave a presentation about the life of an author and talked about where he gets his story ideas and such.  He was funny, interesting, and entertaining; I was thrilled to be there.  The room wasn't huge, but it was pretty much full and I was one of very few adults not accompanied by a child (all with 39 Clues book clutched in their hands).  He spoke, answered questions, signed books, and even has his own Author Agent 39 Clues card that he signed and handed out.  At the end my only wish was a shorter drive home.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bandit Creek Author Interview: Kymber Morgan

Welcome to The Wormhole!
It is my pleasure to interview Kymber Morgan.
She is a Bandit Creek Author - - - check out her and 
so many other great authors at Bandit Creek Books
? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
About six years ago I traced my family genealogy to the Clan Macleod and discovered the legend of the Faery Flag. The very boiled down version of which says it was a gift to a long ago MacLeod Chieftain by a faery maiden who, after falling in love and bearing him a child, had to return to her own world. Already a fan of romance and paranormal stories I was hooked.

According to the legend the talisman can be called upon three times to protect the clan. So far it's been called upon twice during times of war, one of which was WWII, and not a single MacLeod son fell in battle either time. It hangs in a place of honor at Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye today.

The connection between the legend and the picture of present day flag I saw on-line, got me wondering what it would be like if the myths and legends we grew up with were actually true?

From there many hours of happy research resulted in an alternate history and origin for the various pantheons and led to my first book.

? How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?
Ha ha, wow, too many. Let’s see, I’ve been a bartender, a legal secretary, a mortgage broker, an office manager and most recently a kitchen designer in a company I co-owned with my hubby.

? How long does it take you to write a book?
Depends how you define a book. First drafts for me are relatively quick. I’ve been known to write 130,000 words in 6 weeks. The polished version however, usually takes twice as long. I often have a lot of cutting to do LOL.

? What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
Hmm, that’s a hard one. What some call quirky, others find perfectly normal. For instance, wearing a specific pair of fuzzy slippers, my husband or son’s confiscated jogging pants and an over-sized sweater (with a stash of chocolate on hand at all times) during my writing sessions may be quirky to some, but seems perfectly normal to me.

? Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?
Yup, after I don the above mentioned fashion accessories and check the prerequisite chocolate supply I do the following:

·         Close the door to my little writing haven.
·         Turn off the phone.
·         Plant my butt in the chair.
·         Put my fingers on the keyboard.
·         And write.

What comes out may be ‘gobbeldee-gook’ at first, and I may have to toss the much of it out the next day, but I look at it like a runner stretching before jogging - it's a warm up. And let's face it, you can’t do anything with a blank page, you have to start somewhere.

? Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
I like to start with the more obscure mythological characters and re-invent them in unexpected ways. Or sometimes it can be a line from a movie or song that creates a certain picture in my head. There have also been times when a unique personality trait from someone I know now, or remember from childhood, provides a good starting point.

My favorite though are the characters who show up on the page out of nowhere and insert themselves into the story. In spite of their tendency to misbehave and steal scenes, I love these guys because I rarely know what they’ll do or say next. They're a blast and it's not unusual for me to break out laughing at their antics.

? How do you decide what you want to write about?
I don’t really have any set formula or method for this as it usually starts with a character idea first. Next, I start asking all kinds of 'what if' questions about situations I might put the character in and try to find unique ways to answer them. Eventually, something pops out as an ‘ah-ha’ kind of thing. Then I simply go along for the ride.

? What books have most influenced your life?
For me it’s more about genre than any specific book. Growing up in a single parent home, there wasn’t often a lot of spare money around, so when my friends were going to movies or on destination holidays with their families, I was sticking my nose in a book. When I was younger, reading allowed me to travel places even my more affluent friends couldn’t go and let my imagination run wild – much to a lot of my teachers chagrin.

Later, it was a romance novel that inspired me to take a page out of the plucky little heroine’s book – literally – and step out of my comfort zone. It inspired me to take a chance on a personal relationship I would likely have missed out on otherwise. The man I took the chance on has been my husband for eighteen years and I love him more today than the day I married him.

? What is the first book you remember reading by yourself?
The Lord of the Rings at age 8. I never have done anything the easy way. Well, to be honest, it did take about 6 months for me to finish it that first time LOL.

? What are you reading right now?
Currently I’m reading both Victoria Alexander’s The Perfect Mistress, and have Roxy Borough’s A Stranger’s Kiss from the Bandit Creek series on the go too.

? What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Oh, and I also love camping/RVing. Indulging in the occasional ‘movie fest’ on the couch. Hanging with my writer pals and sharing a good meal and a few giggles with my family & friends - particularly off the Bar-B-Que cause then my hubby had to do the cooking LOL.

? What is your favorite comfort food?
Steak and lobster. What? Isn’t it everybody’s? Okay next to that I would have to say lasagna with extra cheese and garlic bread.

? What do you think makes a good story?
No matter what genre, for me, flawed but likable protagonists pitted against antagonists who feel justified in their actions are key. This helps the reader connect with both sides of the conflict. Their journey should be full of escalating twists and unexpected turns told naturally in the author's unique voice.

There should be no subplots threads left hanging, and any built up tension needs it's pay off – no cheating the reader at the last second. And finally the story needs to end with a satisfying resolution to each conflict presented that isn’t rushed or contrived and hopefully leaves me wanting more.

? Who would you consider your favorite author and why?
Honestly, even though it may seem like I’m dodging this question, I can’t name any one author as a favorite over another. My recreational reading tastes vary a lot and depend a great deal on my current mood.

I love the suspense and clever plotting of people like Dan Brown, the fun, fast passed romps provided by great imaginations like Kerrelyn Sparks, Sherrilynn Kenyon, Gena Showalter or Lyndsay Sands. Then there's the wit and charm of a yarn by Victoria Alexander or Sabrina Jefferies if I’m in the mood for a historical. And you can’t beat the unique fantasy worlds of a Robin Hobb, Anne Bishop or Terry Goodkind.

Oh! Then there’s my RWA home chapter which is bursting with awesomesauce writers like Vivi Anna, DL Snow, Steena Holmes, Jade Buchanan, and Roxy Boroughs - just to name a few - who never fail to provide a great read…

See, can’t do it.

? What book, if any, do you read over and over again?
With me it’s more about an author rather than any specific book. If I love a particular author’s voice I’ll re-read anything I have on my keeper shelf by them. See list from previous question.

Fun random questions: 
·        dogs or cats?
Oh, tough one. I'd have to say both.

·        Coffee or tea?

·        Dark or milk chocolate?
Dark. Well, maybe milk? Oh, then there's, it's dark. Yes definitely dark. Maybe.

·        Rocks or flowers?
Rocks. Flowers don't retain their color or withstand Canadian winters nearly as well.

·        Night or day?
Night. I am a paranormal writer after all.

·        Favorite color?

·        Crayons or markers?
Markers. The colors are so much more vibrant.

·        Pens or pencils?
Pens – especially the new easy flow ink ones they're so effortless to use and come in lots of cool colors – like purple!

***More about the author (from profile on
Kymber Morgan lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains and grew up with her own link to mythology through a family legend involving the Fae. Kymber writes paranormal romance and loves nothing better than taking her imagination out for a spin often asking, among other things, what if the myths and legends we grew up on were real?
Come join the fun at, follow her on twitter @kymbermorgan or check out her author page, because you just never know who else may be dropping by.
...and now - check out the cover and blurb!

Shafted (Paranormal) – February 1, 2012

Is her love real or just a myth?
Returning to her summertime home of Bandit Creek, Callie Jamison discovers there’s a lot more involved to her grandmother’s legacy than a few cabins and some land, including a curse. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love.
Anteros, dark twin of Eros, is responsible for avenging unrequited love, a job that’s been a lot harder since his brother succumbed to ambro-fever and has been running amok shooting all the wrong people – including Anteros.
The clock is ticking, not only on his immortality and Callie’s free will, but their hearts as well. Soon they’ll each have to decide if the overwhelming attraction they feel is the real deal or if they’ve simply been ‘Shafted’ and it’s all a cruel illusion.
Read the first chapter here.
You can buy a copy of this book by clicking HERE.
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Happy Reading.