Monday, November 24, 2014

The Unimaginable by Dina Silver and a Giveaway!


The Unimaginable

The Unimaginable by Dina Silver
300 pages
Expected publication: December 1, 2014

From the author of One Pink Line comes a story about letting go of the past and finding bravery in the depths of fear. Set on the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand and the rough waters of the Indian Ocean, The Unimaginable paints a vivid portrait of a young woman on a journey to find herself—and her harrowing fight for survival.

After twenty-eight years of playing by the rules, Jessica Gregory moves from her small Indiana town to Phuket, Thailand. But her newfound routine is upended with the arrival of Grant Flynn, a captivating, elusive man who is sailing around the world while trying to move on from a past tragedy. Jessica volunteers to help crew Grant’s boat, Imagine, on a passage across the Indian Ocean and finds herself falling in love with him as the voyage gets underway. But when disaster strikes, Jessica must summon her courage as the crew is confronted by unspeakable terrors––and, aboard a boat named for such promise, comes the unimaginable.

My thoughts about The Unimaginable ~~

Honestly, I was blown away by this story! It was not at all what I expected from Dina Silver. I previously read her story Kat Fight, which is classified as chick-lit and then this cover is just so beautiful, I figured it was going to be a story along the same lines. The Unimaginable does have a romance story in it but then there is so much more.

Jessica is somewhat dissatisfied with her life and wants to experience more. She leaves all that she knows and everyone she loves to have the adventure that she feels is missing in her life. She definitely finds love and adventure in Thailand!
'On paper my life was good here. I wasn't miserable, and I loved my job and my students, but I always felt out of place. Like I was just biding my time, waiting to be transported somewhere else where people wouldn't roll their eyes at my curiosities and desires to see new things and meet new people.'
The Unimaginable had me experiencing so many different feelings and emotions; shock at how Jessica's mother treated her, nervousness as Jessica takes the plunge and travels to another part of the world, excitement when she meets Grants and develops a relationship with him, trepidation as the Imagine crew sets sail in troubled waters. The voyage is anything but smooth and this is where the story gets so intense that I couldn't read fast enough. This one will have you racing to the end. Whew! 
'What happened next changed me forever. Aboard a boat named for such hope and promise came ... the unimaginable.'
I loved The Unimaginable and love that Dina created a story that has such depth and emotion. I think it really shows her growth as a writer and storyteller. I look forward to seeing what the next great thing from her will be.

  

You can pre-order The Unimaginable from Amazon! 


About the author


A graduate of Purdue University, Dina Silver has spent the past fifteen years feeding her red wine habit by working as a copywriter in the advertising industry. After seeing the bulk of her professional prose on brochures and direct mail pieces, she is delighted to have made the transition to novelist. She currently lives with her husband and son in suburban Chicago. Additionally, she loves talking about herself in the third person.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Penance (Debt Collector #15) by Susan Kaye Quinn


Penace
Debt Collector #15

Penance by Susan Kaye Quinn
Series: (Debt Collector #15)
ebook, 48 pages
Expected publication: November 24th, 2014

This is Season Two of Debt Collector*
Recommended: start with Season One.
*pre-order of the full season available

Contains mature content and themes.

OPTIONED FOR VIRTUAL REALITY BY IMMERSIVE ENTERTAINMENT
2014 Semi-Finalist in Science Fiction in the Kindle Book Awards

What's your life worth on the open market?
A debt collector can tell you precisely.

In this gritty urban fantasy, debt collectors take your life energy and give it to someone more “worthy" … all while paying the price with black marks on their souls.

Wraith is alive ... but she quickly finds out there’s a price to be paid for living.

My thoughts about Penance ~~

This series just gets more intense with each episode. Wraith has been taken to the edge of death but is brought back. Is her near death, come back to life experience enticing enough to make her cave to Moloch's demands? Now that she has had a taste of what his dream world could be like, can she let it go?
'What am I going to do now? I'm afraid I know the answer: whatever Moloch asks of me.'
There is such evil in this book and characters that you just want to hate. I can't even imagine how Wraith is going to make it out alive and be able to save those she loves.
'...the only this that's ever been worse than dying, has been the possibilty of the people I love knowing the truth about what I am.'
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Penance is approximately 13,000 words or 48 pages, and is the sixthe of nine episodes in the second season of The Debt Collector serial. This dark and gritty future-noir is about a world where your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating.

It is recommended that you start with the first season, but each season is a complete story for that debt collector and can serve as an entry point to the series. There are five planned seasons in the Debt Collector series, the first four each from the perspective of a different debt collector with the fifth season bringing all four together.
Reading Order


Episodes 1-9: Delirium, Agony, Ecstasy, Broken, Driven, Fallen, Promise, Ruthless, Passion



10 - Wraith (10.20)
11 - Specter (10.27)
12 - Meance (11.3)
13 - Temptation (11.10)
14 - Shattered (11.17)
15 - Penance (11.24)
16 - Judgment (12.1)
17 - Corruption (12.8)
18 - Attonment (12.15)
BOX SET (Vol 10-18) - (12.15)

About the Author


Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

Susan left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees, but she was drawn back to writing by an irresistible urge to share her stories with her niece, her kids, and all the wonderful friends she’s met along the way.

She doesn’t have to sneak her notes anymore, which is too bad.

Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as a much as she can handle.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WWW Wednesdays November 19, 2014


WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Clicking on the book covers will take you to Goodreads for more information about the books listed below.

What are you currently reading?

 The Work of Wolves by Kent Meyers
This is book club pick. I have read it at least once already. It's an amazing story! The author is from my home state of SD so it's fun to read something with a few local tidbits thrown in. Highly recommend it!

Zoey & the Moment of Zen by Cat LaVoie (audio-book)
I am just getting started on this one. The narrator seems like a good fit

What did you recently finish reading?

The Look of Love by Sarah Jio
I love her books! This was another great read. My thoughts will be posted soon. 

What do you think you will read next?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18775558-merry-bright
Merry & Bright by Six Authors
Let the Christmas stories begin! 

What's on your WWW this week?

Leave me a comment and
I'll stop by to check out your reads.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Release Day Blitz: A Fairytale for Mothers by Leslie Gibbons & Elese Morris and a Giveaway!


A Fairytale for Mothers


A Fairytale for Mothers by Leslie Gibbons
Illustrated Gift Book
Illustrated by Elese Morris
Release Day: November 18

When Leslie Gibbons’ daughter was expecting her first baby, she despaired over the lack of mothers and mother-figures in fairytales. She begged Leslie to write a story with a living, loving mother that she could share with her family. That’s how A Fairytale for Mothers was born.

Robyn Lane Books is proud to present this 32-page, full color gift book for mothers, mother-figures, and their children everywhere. It is the story of a mother bird’s love for her chicks, and the generous gift she shares with each one as it is his, or her turn to leave the nest. More, it is the story of how those adult chicks return to share gifts of their own. It is a story you will treasure for years to come, beautifully illustrated in water color.



About the author


Leslie Gibbons was born in the United States, brought up in England and settled in Canada when she was 13 years old. She lives on the North Shore of Vancouver in the shadow of Hollyburn Mountain and a minute’s walk to the sea. There, she shares a little house with her husband, Maurice, two cats and a dog. Between them, they have eight children, who frequently occupy the dining room table with their own families.

About the artist


Elese Morris is a native of North Carolina, transplanted to the Southwest, where she lives with her small family in a house filled with her son’s art. Her best work is usually (and literally) found hidden in her son’s closet, where he hoards all the pictures he likes best.


Anyone who leaves a comment on the tour page - click here - will be entered to win a signed print copy of A Fairytale for Mothers!

Please note this is open to US/CA residents only.
Three winners will be announced.



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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Shattered (Debt Collector #14) by Susan Kaye Quinn


Shattered 
(Debt Collector #14)

Shattered by Susan Kaye Quinn
Series: (Debt Collector #14)
ebook, 52 pages
Expected publication: November 17th, 2014

This is Season Two of Debt Collector*
Recommended: start with Season One.
*pre-order of the full season available

What's your life worth on the open market?
A debt collector can tell you precisely. 

Returning to LA brings a chance for Wraith to stop Moloch... and the test that might finally break her.

My thoughts about Shattered ~~ 

Of all the episodes I have read, I think this one has got to be one of my favorites! And look at that cover - isn't it amazing? All of them are but this one just really gets to me.

Things really start to heat up in this episode and the intensity level is at an all time high. None of the stories take very long to read but I could. not. stop. reading this one and read it in record time. And then when I got to the end, I just wanted to yell 'NOOOOOO'! I didn't want it to end. It was a 'whew' moment, what a ride!

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Shattered is approximately 13,000 words or 52 pages, and is the fifth of nine episodes in the second season of The Debt Collector serial. This dark and gritty future-noir is about a world where your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating.

It is recommended that you start with the first season, but each season is a complete story for that debt collector and can serve as an entry point to the series. There are five planned seasons in the Debt Collector series, the first four each from the perspective of a different debt collector with the fifth season bringing all four together. 
Reading Order

Season One - Lirium


Episodes 1-9: Delirium, Agony, Ecstasy, Broken, Driven, Fallen, Promise, Ruthless, Passion

Season Two - Wraith


10 - Wraith (10.20)
11 - Specter (10.27)
12 - Meance (11.3)
13 - Temptation (11.10)
14 - Shattered (11.17)
15 - Penance (11.24)
16 - Untitled (12.1)
17 - Untitled (12.8)
18 - Untitled (12.15)
BOX SET (Vol 10-18) - (12.15) 

About the Author


Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

Susan left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees, but she was drawn back to writing by an irresistible urge to share her stories with her niece, her kids, and all the wonderful friends she’s met along the way.

She doesn’t have to sneak her notes anymore, which is too bad.

Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as a much as she can handle.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Gratitude Giveaways Hop!


5th Annual Gratitude Giveaways Hop

November 15th to 30th

Thanks and gratitude go out to Kathy @ I Am a Reader, Not a Writer for hosting this wonderful hop! This hop is a way for us bloggers to say "Thank You!" to our followers. I love reading and blogging and I am having the time of my life.

So as a way to thank you, there are over 150 blogs in this hop that have wonderful things that you could win. All you have to do is follow. 

Enter the rafflecopter here and then check out all the other blogs for more fabulous prizes!






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