Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dragonslayer (1981) - KFMOD

Dragonslayer (1981) 
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A King has made a pact with a dragon where he sacrifices virgins to it, and the dragon leaves his kingdom alone.

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden) by Julie Kagawa Review

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden) by Julie Kagawa

It's understandable to hate those that think so little of humans - those that treat humans like cattle. That's why Allison has spent her whole life hating the vampire society of New Covington. When she finds herself dying at the hands of rabids, she's given a chance to live, but it goes against everything she's ever believed. Allison will either die or become one of those that she hates most.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa was unlike any other vampire novel I have ever read. I do admit that I had my doubts with it being a book from Harlequin Teen, but I decided to give it a try anyway and I'm so glad I did. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat telling yourself, "Just one more page."

I recommend this book to anyone that loves vampire, paranormal romance and young adult novels. While The Immortal Rules was written for teens, this is a book that can be enjoyed by adults as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something new.

The writer of this review was provided a copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for the review.

Henrietta: The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany - KBOD

Henrietta: The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany
$2.99 (6/30/2012)

Imagine the best fantasy stories retold with a female character as the lead. That's exactly the feeling you'll get when reading, Henrietta: The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany.

Described as Lara Croft meets Lord of the Rings, this award winning fantasy is written for young adults, but is something that everyone over the age of 12 is sure to enjoy:

Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of the Kingdom of Bleuve, can't stomach the thought of one more kill. Yet, in order to save her dying mentor, she must go on one last quest. But will misfit companions, seasickness, and an ego maniacal king derail the quest for the healing stone? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) - KFMOD

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
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A committed bachelor with a no-strings policy gets an urgent message from the ghost of his late uncle, delivered through the ghosts of Connor's jilted girlfriends.

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To Kill a Warlock by H.P. Mallory

The murder of a dark arts warlock.
A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose.
A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate.
Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.

Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world.

When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim.

Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie.

Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full.

As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.


Sunrise at Sunset by Jaz Primo

 When is a bloodthirsty predator the best protection against a psychotic killer?
When the predator is both a vampire...and the woman you love.

“We vampires are focused and tend to shape our own realities.”
My name is Katrina Rawlings, and I am a vampire. I declare that with neither pride nor ego. I am simply nature’s most dangerous predator. On occasion, it’s a very valuable quality. It helped me protect Caleb Taylor one day when he was very young. But that single, traumatic day is behind him now; wiped from his memory, or so I hope.

Caleb has finally matured into a rather striking young man, and believe me, I like what I see. I’ll readily admit that there are issues for us to confront and overcome, though a sense of mutual commitment isn’t one of them. I’m feeling hopeful for our future together, in fact. But an adversary from my past has returned to haunt me, and she’s trying to get back at me through Caleb. That was her first...and last...mistake. I’ll protect my Caleb at all costs, and I’ll make her regret the day she was born.

So, I suppose that I’m not just a vampire. I’m about to become someone’s worst nightmare!


Cassandra in the Mirror by Piera Sarasini

This full-length novel is an unusual fairytale about love and the human spirit, narrated in the poetic voice of Cassandra Morgante, who is part human and part stellar. She was born to fulfil a Prophecy and turn humankind into a race of immortal beings.

The story follows nineteen years of Cassandra’s life, from her student days in Edinburgh to adulthood in modern-day Ireland. She was adopted by Lord and Lady Hughes when she was eight, following the death of her parents. In the face of adversity, Cassandra remains aware of her true origin and the mission she must fulfil. Her powers begin to manifest when she is in her twenties, much to the very human dismay of her ego. When her path crosses that of Irishman Oscar O’Leary, a spiritual artist and secret initiate into the mysteries of the Earth, her true adventure starts and a new humanity becomes possible.

You’re probably thinking: ‘an Italian woman and an Irish man as the founders of a new race of angels? You must be joking!’ You won’t be the first one to be puzzled by the whole set-up. Ireland, however, is a magical place full of prehistoric monuments where the echoes of ancient rituals and mythological stories are still audible, much more so than in other European regions. The book draws its inspiration from that, as well as from my romantic Italian heart, and my anthropologically-informed passion for the meaning of rituals on the human psyche.

The Ascended Masters are Cassandra’s powerful allies in her transformation into an eternal being. They live in the ethereal city of Shambhala and co-narrate her story. They know that she was chosen to introduce immortality to humankind. But many are sworn to stop this from happening. Mr Harker and the pharmaceutical giant Three-D are her main enemies. When her powers are almost fully fledged, Oscar falls prey to the Dark Side and deserts her. Cassandra becomes vulnerable to attacks from her opponents. The Masters’ Plan to turn the Earth into the Garden of Eden is in peril. Ultimately, only Oscar can help Cassandra achieve her mission. Will he?

Although the book is about a time-travelling romance spurred by an ancient prophecy, Cassandra and Oscar’s journey is surprisingly more human than it might sound from this preamble.


Me, Myself and I by Natasha Duncan-Drake

Book 1 of the Dark Reflections Series

Tristan is an actor and he plays a supervillain in the movies. At least he thought he did, but then he has an accident and he wakes up surrounded by the world of the films. Now he has to figure out if he's hallucinating, if somehow the movies are real and he's been transplanted to another world or if he is actually Devon, a supervillain having a psychotic break. Whatever the answer: it's frighteningly crazy.

"Me, Myself and I" is a sci-fi/fantasy novelette (~15.5Kwds), with a heavy side of male/male romance.

This is the first story in the Dark Reflections Series. Book 2 will be out in the near future.
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Gifts of the Blood by Vicki Keire


Before her world tilts towards impossible, Caspia Chastain thinks the only strange thing about her is that she sometimes draws the future. Only her brother Logan knows what she can do. When she draws a man surrounded by brilliant light, dark wings, and frightening symbols, she can only hope the vision won't come true.

But when a stranger named Ethan appears, determined to protect Caspia and her brother from dangers he won't explain, she's not sure what to think. Strangers almost never come to Whitfield. They certainly don't follow her around, frightening her one moment and treating her like glass the next. And they certainly don't look exactly like the subject of her most violent drawing.

 

Bound to Remember (Book 1 of the Spellbound Series) by Lola James - KBOD

Bound to Remember (Book 1 of the Spellbound Series) by Lola James
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Vampires and Witches and Myths, oh my!

Toni is a young doctor with a past she can't remember and a deadly reason for forgetting it.

Ben is a nurse who has his own tragic past and transfers hospitals after an act of heroism forces his secluded life public.

Ben can’t believe his eyes when he meets Toni, she has an uncanny resemblance to an old friend of his, and Toni can’t help but find Ben irresistible.

Enter Kevin, Toni’s sexy but arrogant Ex. Kevin’s jealousy of Ben blinds him from his main objective, Toni.

A dangerous secret is revealed and a magic spell seems to be a quick remedy, but the witch that helps has a little more than magic up her sleeve…

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wrath of the Titans (2012) - KFMOD

Wrath of the Titans (2012)
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When the gods are in danger of being overthrown by the Titans, Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the Underworld torescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

Marked (Eternal Guardians #1) by Elisabeth Naughton - KBOD

Marked (Eternal Guardians #1) by Elisabeth Naughton
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THERON – Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld.

From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn’t exist in real life—silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her.

She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron’s duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendent of Hercules, he wasn’t strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body.

As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Interview With June Spears: Indie Author of the Blood Moon Chronicles Series

When did you begin writing? 

I started writing when I was in grade school. Winning a poetry contest and mine became the school song there after. I wrote mostly poems for years and about three years ago I decided to write this series. It only took me about one month to complete the first draft and three years to get it to where it is today.

What genres do you write? 

I mostly write fantasy but I have also written some literary fiction.

Who do you imagine you're telling a story to as you write? 

I imagine myself inside the story. This brings out better emotion in my characters.

What's your latest book about? 

Conceived (Book One in the Blood Moon Chronicles) Is about a young girl whose life gets turned upside down by the handsome stranger in her dreams. She can no longer tell where her dreams end and reality begins. This is the beginning of a whirlwind of events that will keep you hooked all the way through the series.  

Which authors inspire you? 

I am a sucker for the likes of Stephanie Meyer ad P.C. Cast

What's your favorite book? 

Twilight Series

Why did you choose independent publishing? 

My editor suggested I give it a go.

What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors? 

Be confident in your work. Take feedback, good or bad, and work with it.

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Mirror Mirror (2012) - KFMOD

Mirror Mirror (2012)
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One of the most beloved tales of all time comes to life in the spectacular Mirror Mirror, starring Lily Collins as Snow White and Julia Roberts as the evil Queen. A fresh and funny retelling of the classic fairy tale, the film also stars Armie Hammer Sean Bean, and Nathan Lane.

Conceived (Blood Moon Chronicles) by June Spears - KBOD

Conceived (Book One of the Blood Moon Chronicles) by June Spears
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Sophie is just your average teenage girl who's world gets turned upside down by the handsome stranger in her dreams. Or so it seems... She no longer knows where her dreams end and reality begins.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Writers on Writing (2006) - KFMOD

Writers on Writing (2006)
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Five accomplished fiction writers discuss their work and the craft of writing.

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Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success by Mark Coker

The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success reveals the best practices of the most commercially successful self-published ebook authors. This ebook is a must-read for every writer, author, publisher and literary agent. Learn 28 best-practices you can implement today at no cost. These secrets will help you become a more professional, more successful writer and publisher. Share the secrets!

Topics covered include:

* The qualities of a great ebook cover
* How to pinch pennies and maximize profitability
* How metadata works, and how to use it to increase title visibility
* How to build reader trust and author brand
* Time management
* The importance of distribution
* How to use FREE as a powerful platform-building and marketing tool
* The importance of ebook retailer algorithms
* How ebook sales develop over time (ebooks are immortal, they don't go out of print!)
* How to maximize viral word of mouth with viral catalysts
* How to maximize the discoverability of your ebook
* And much more...


How to Become a Freelance Writer by William Carter

Finally, a step by step way to work from home. If you want to fire your boss and can write in a conversational and clear manner, then you have the skills needed to be a Freelance Writer.

The Internet is literally filled with blogs and websites. Somebody needs to write this content! That somebody is you, and you can make a ton of cash doing it. If you ever wanted to write for money now you can.

This book shows you step by step how to become a paid freelance writer. I hold your hand and show you what you need to do get that first paid writing job!

By simply writing blogs and articles from the comfort of your home you too can own your own freelance writing home business. You don't need to be a Hemingway to do this. Simply write in a competent and conversational manner and you can earn a lot in article writing.

Isn't it time you started working from home with your own Freelance Writing Business?


Smashwords Book Marketing Guide by Mark Coker


Learn how to market any book. This popular book marketing primer has helped over 40,000 authors and publishers dramatically improve their book marketing results.

The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide contains practical, easy-to-implement advice on how to market any book. 30 simple, do-it-yourself marketing tips explain not what you can do to market your book, but also explain the context and thinking behind each recommendation. The marketing techniques apply equally well to both ebooks and print books.


 
A Guide to Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career by Bess Collins

If you are a stay at home mom that wishes she could find a way to make some extra money, without having to work a job that takes you away from your children, freelancing writing is your ticket. This is not a scam job that will end up biting you in the rear when it comes to getting money for your work. This is also not a get rich quick method.

In order to be successful as a freelance writing mom you actually have to take some time and work at it. However, it will all be worth it in the end when you are not only contributing to your houses finances, but are also having a lot of fun and maybe even learning something about yourself that you did not know.


How to Write Great Website Content by Daniel Kaplan


While the technology of the web has grown at break-neck pace, the quality of the content hasn’t kept up. Most websites for businesses are still just nice looking online brochures, or “brochure-ware.” Nice looking in that many marketing people and web teams want first and foremost for their website to “present our brand.”

What is so often overlooked is that people will base their decisions on what they read. Most websites, still, are simply informative rather than action oriented.

You know different. You want people who visit your site to DO SOMETHING. That’s why you’re reading this. Compelling people to take action is vital if you want to generate leads, get phone calls, make sales, raise donations, or achieve whatever goals you have set for your website. Don’t know what your goals are? Read on and I will help you set them.

I wrote this book because there’s so much schlocky writing on the web. Increasing sales and leads requires content that blends knowledge of a product or service with three highly specialized and distinct skills: search engine optimization, sales copy writing, and writing for the web. All three of these skills are needed for a high performing website, yet it’s rare that all are found in the same writer.

This book may be short, but it will give you the understanding and skills you need to write content that will increase your online traffic, conversions, or whatever goals you have for your website.

Make a Killing On Kindle by Michael Alvear - KBOD

Make a Killing On Kindle by Michael Alvear
$4.99 (6/26/2012)



How To Sell Books On Kindle


You’re Only 18 Hours Away From A Potential Best Seller

That’s how long it takes to put all the strategies in this Kindle selling guide to work. Learn how to:


Rank In Amazon’s Top 10 Search Results Every Time People Look For Books Like Yours


You risk massive failure if Amazon doesn’t rank your book in the first page of its search engine results. What keywords are people using to find books like yours? As an SEO expert I’ve gotten every one of my client’s books on the first page of Amazon’s search results. I use Amazon’s little-known “Leading Indicators,” a series of clues that tell you exactly what keyword phrases people use to find a book like yours. I show you how to discover and use them to attract Amazon’s search engine.

Increase Sales By Making Your Book’s Landing Page Look Like A Million Bucks


That means writing “Oceanfront” book descriptions and using font styles like italicize, bold, and utilizing color and pictures to make your page look like a million bucks. Notice how the formatting on this page sets it apart from the competition. It reads better, looks better and communicates value. You can create this kind of look in your own book page with my step-by-step guide to using Amazon’s HTML code. Just copy/paste and you’re done.


How To Sell On Kindle


Of course Kindle marketing takes more than SEO and an attractive landing page. That’s why I show you how to come up with titles that pass the “scan test” and develop covers that create click-lust. For a complete table of contents, click the “Look Inside” button at the top left of the page. You’ll see how to:

• Pick the right categories to list your book
• Put a billboard for your book on your competitor’s page
• Pick from five of the most effective launch prices
• Test post-launch prices
• Get reviews that make people want to buy your book
• Overcome “pre-buyers remorse”
• Ensure your book is an effective after-sales ambassador

Meantime, you should know that I have some heretical views. Namely, that…

Blogging, Facebook & Twitter Are A Complete Waste Of Time
Less than 10% of the U.S. owns a Kindle E-reader. That means over 90% of people who visit your sites can’t buy your ebook because they don’t have anything to read it with! Stick to marketing within Kindle, not outside of it.

Bonus Chapter! Know How Many Books You Sold By Looking At Your Sales Rank!
With the first Kindle ranking-to-sales correlation study ever published you can:

• Select categories with better payoffs
• Forecast your sales
• Find out how much your competitors are making!

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Punisher (2004) - KFMOD

The Punisher (2004)
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After his wife and family are killed, G-Man Frank Castle takes it upon himself to distribute punishment to those responsible for the vendetta.

AiZ: Alice in Zombineland Giveway: Last Call

The giveaway for a copy of Joshua Cook's AiZ: Alice in Zombieland is ending soon! Be sure to get your entries in before it's too late!

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Flowertown by S.G. Redling - KBOD

Flowertown by S.G. Redling
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When Feno Chemical spilled an experimental pesticide in rural Iowa, scores of people died. Those who survived contamination were herded into a US Army medically maintained quarantine and cut off from the world. Dosed with powerful drugs to combat the poison, their bodies give off a sickly sweet smell and the containment zone becomes known simply as Flowertown.

Seven years later, the infrastructure is crumbling, supplies are dwindling, and nobody is getting clean. Ellie Cauley doesn’t care anymore. Despite her paranoid best friend's insistence that conspiracies abound, she focuses on three things: staying high, hooking up with the Army sergeant she's not supposed to be fraternizing with and, most importantly, trying to ignore her ever-simmering rage. But when a series of deadly events rocks the compound, Ellie suspects her friend is right—something dangerous is going down in Flowertown and all signs point to a twisted plan of greed and abuse. She and the other residents of Flowertown have been betrayed by someone with a deadly agenda and their plan is just getting started. Time is running out. With nobody to trust and nowhere to go, Ellie decides to fight with the last weapon she has—her rage.

Flowertown is a high-intensity conspiracy thriller that brings the worst-case scenario vividly to life and will keep readers riveted until the final haunting page.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk by Angie Sage - KBOD

Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk by Angie Sage
$1.99 (6/23/2012)

Septimus Heap, the seventh son of the seventh son, disappears the night he is born, pronounced dead by the midwife. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across an abandoned child in the snow -- a newborn girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take her into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Where the Heart Is (2000) - KFMOD

This is one of those rare cases where the movie was just as good as the book. If you haven't seen the movie (or read the book) and love light-hearted romances, you will love this movie.

Where the Heart Is (2000)
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When 17-year-old Novalee Nation has her baby in a Wal-Mart, this hard-luck teen becomes an overnight celebrity.

Fringes by Jennifer Strand Review

Fringes by Jennifer Strand

What can learn about someone from mere glimpses of her life? Are you able to make better judgement than you would with only a first impression? Fringes is a coming-of-age novel that takes a closer look into the lives of several college students, but focuses mainly on Sarafrina, a young girl with a very complicated life.

The first chapter of Fringes was incredibly unique, giving readers an instant glimpse at the main character in a new way. Instead of a description of her character or scenes that would give us a better understand of Sarafrina, we are shown the contents of her backpack, which seem to say more about the character than any description ever could. Of course, it wasn't just the first chapter that had me intrigued. I was also impressed with how certain chapters read more like beat poems than a traditional novel.

I'll admit that some areas of the book were hard for me to read. As a Southern Christian, I was turned off by the same-sex sexual scenes, which seemed to consume the book. However, this is solely my opinion. I will warn readers though that this is not a book to be read by those under the age of 18 due to the sexual content and references to drugs.

If you enjoy deep, coming-of-age novels, Fringes by Jennifer Strand might be just what you're looking for.

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Bundle - KBOD

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Bundle by E L James
$29.99 (6/22/2012)

Now available in a single volume, E L James’s New York Times #1 bestselling trilogy has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as being “in a class by itself.” Beginning with the GoodReads Choice Award Romance Finalist Fifty Shades of Grey, the Fifty Shades Trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This bundle includes the following novels:

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: When college student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating.  The unworldly Ana realizes she wants this man, and Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian’s secrets and explores her own desires.

FIFTY SHADES DARKER: Daunted by Christian’s dark secrets and singular tastes, Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and while Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana is forced to make the most important decision of her life.

FIFTY SHADES FREED: Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to turn Ana’s deepest fears into reality.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

It Happened One Bite by Lydia Dare - KBOD

It Happened One Bite by Lydia Dare
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From a castle in the rugged Scottish Highlands to the glittering salons of Edinburgh high society, the playground for the rich, titled and undead will never be the same when ultra-correct gentleman vampire Lord Kettering and feisty witch Blaire Lindsay make sparks fly.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Franklyn (2009) - KFMOD

Franklyn (2009)
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Four souls bound by fate, romance and tragedy collide in the parallel worlds of London and the futuristic Meanwhile City, where a single bullet will alter the course of their lives forever. A masked detective, a self-destructive art student, a desperate father, and a lovelorn romantic are just a few of the unforgettable characters in this visually stunning fantasy thriller starring Eva Green (Casino Royale), Sam Riley (Control), Ryan Phillippe (Crash), Richard Coyle (Coupling), Bernard Hill (The Lord of the Rings), Art Malik (The Wolf Man), and Susannah York (Superman).

The Upsider by Isabel Cuerrier - KBOD

The Upsider by Isabel Cuerrier
$6.99 or FREE for Prime Members (6/20/2012)

Meet Starr: a beautiful young woman, found near death. By the grace of God, Starr is rescued, however, and taken to safety. She awakens to a new world: a world where nothing is even remotely familiar and she knows not a soul. Or does she? This science fiction/love story novel is a poignantly written, heart-felt odyssey that broadens the boundaries of love, loss, and imagination. Join Starr on her journey both inward, and to lands within our own, where she is healed by, and learns many magical lessons from the “Rock People”, who have taken her in. As you walk beside her, you may find yourself recalling a place of long ago, or even that lies ahead, as you raise your level of consciousness along your own path. The Upsider, the first of a trilogy, is breathtaking in its imagery, and transcendental by nature. It is a story of the best kind: the kind begging to be told.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Sandra Bullock is at her funniest in the fresh, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy THE PROPOSAL. On the verge of being deported and losing the high-powered job she lives for, the controlling Margaret announces she's engaged to her unsuspecting, put-upon assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds). After proposing a few demands of his own, the mismatched couple heads to Alaska where they have four short days to convince his quirky family and a very skeptical immigration agent that their charade is real. Featuring a star-studded supporting cast, including Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson and the delightfully inappropriate Betty White, this madcap comedy will have you saying "yes" to THE PROPOSAL again and again. 


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Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
$8.99 (6/19/2012)

Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors spencer, aria, emily, and hanna.

Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful.

But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.

How do I know? Because I know everything about the bad girls they were, the naughty girls they are, and all the dirty secrets they've kept. And guess what? I'm telling.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Interview With Indie Author Joshua Cook: Author of AiZ: Alice in Zombieland

When did you begin writing?

I began writing when I was younger, but most of those were just for me and never saw the light of day. As I grew, writing became more and more of a hobby until it eventually vanished under the weight of real life. I began writing non-fiction articles online about seven years ago, but it still stayed more of a hobby than an actual job. It was during this time that I realized how much I missed writing, so I focused more on turning my hobby into a career. Then, about a year ago, I hit a very dark and low point in my life. During this time I lost my job, so with nothing else to do and jobs becoming harder to find, I created my own job. That is when Zombie A.C.R.E.S. was born, as well as my full time writing career – and I am never looking back.

What genres do you write?

Luckily, I am still able do a lot of freelance and business writing, and am taking on new clients when a good job comes across my desk. As far as my fiction writing, it has taken so much work to get Zombie A.C.R.E.S. up and running that I have not had much time to branch out past zombie and horror stories. Now that Zombie A.C.R.E.S. is at a point where I can spend more time elsewhere, I will be actively searching for new writing opportunities and anthologies that will allow me to grow as a writer and stretch beyond the horror genre.

Who do you imagine you're telling a story to as you write?

I don’t imagine telling stories to anyone in particular, really. I just listen to the story. Every story I write takes on a life of its own. I’m just the guy that writes that life down.

What's your latest book about?

AiZ: Alice in Zombieland (Complete Saga) is about family, love, and zombies.
William Lohman, a recently deceased man, held an interview that was seen by the entire world. In this interview, he told of how the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, Roslun Global, has been conducting secret experiments meant to revive the dead, among other atrocities. Mr. Lohman was taken quite seriously seeing as how he was obviously one of these experiments, what with the decay and all.

This interview knocked over the first domino in a long series of setbacks for Roslun Global, and the company’s greedy CEO Richard Roslun. Richard was not known for being subtle or calm, but he was known for getting results…at any cost.

Nine years has passed since that historic interview changed the world forever. People have learned to live with the idea of zombies, much the same way they learn to live with many modern diseases; it’s a terrible thing, but it doesn’t affect them. Until it does, that is.

Georgia ‘Gee’ Marie is a typical college student. She enjoys reading and hanging out with her friends, smoking a little weed and going to work. Her life is pretty mundane, until she returns one day to visit her father. Gee finds her younger sister being attacked by her mother, who has just finished feasting on the rest of the family. Gee and Alice are about to begin the greatest trials of their lives. Not only will their will to survive be tested, but the bonds that hold them together as family and loved ones will be pushed to their limits.

Gee and Alice are not the only ones to be affected by the terrible actions of Richard Roslun. Sam Ashe and his fiancée, Heather Young, have just moved to a nice neighborhood in Seattle. Their new neighborhood is beautifully manicured, right down to the last tree lining the street. This area was chosen for its aesthetics, but also for its safety. According to several of Sam’s favorite zombie reporting sites, a very low number of incidents have been reported here.

This is why Sam is caught off guard one night after an intense gaming session when he sees a shambling zombie. Thinking of his love, he heads off to save Heather from the inevitable zombie outbreak about to occur. Their path is not an easy one, and again, human emotions will be stretched to the limit. If you have ever been in love, and I mean true love, then Sam and Heather’s tale will grab you by the heartstrings and never let go.

Which authors inspire you?

I have always looked up to legendary authors like Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King, and Douglas Adams. Once I jumped into self publishing head first, I have gained a new sense of inspiration from fellow indie authors. When it seems that the world is out to make sure you fail, or at least to make your dream seem almost impossible, indie authors keep pushing to make their dreams come true. I respect this winning against all odds attitude, and in my dark times when I want to quit writing, I look to this winning attitude to help me through these dark times.

What's your favorite book?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I can read this series over and over again and enjoy it as much as the first time. Douglas Adams’ crafted a great and epic story that mixed his unique sense of humor with unbelievably intelligent, yet easy to understand, concepts and science.

Why did you choose independent publishing?

While this road is much tougher, and requires more work than I have ever put into anything, the rewards are phenomenal.  I control where my work is sold, how it is published, and most importantly, how it sounds. With major publishers, there seems to be more of a need to make it mainstream or saleable; which does not always translate into a better story. I like to know that the story that is out there is mine, and not what some guy in a suit thinks it should be.

What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors?

Go out there and never give up. Like I said, this is the hardest road that I have ever had to go down, but when I stand at conventions or do interviews and say ‘I created this’, my insides get as giddy as a school girl. I always tell anyone who wants to be a writer to just go out there and do it. If you don’t succeed the first time, just keep trying. The thing to remember is that no overnight success happened overnight.

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'AiZ: Alice in Zombieland' takes place in a world that is much like our own. The sky and water are blue just as the grass is green. Every day, people are going about their business, most just trying to make ends meet. Politicians still get on the television and lie to cameras and the good people of the world.

This world has one stark difference from our own – the living, and talking, dead. This is not an apocalyptic scene of destruction and despair (yet!), but hope for the living is dwindling with every waking moment.

William Lohman, a recently deceased man, held an interview that was seen by the entire world. In this interview, he told of how the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, Roslun Global, has been conducting secret experiments meant to revive the dead, among other atrocities. Mr. Lohman was taken quite seriously seeing as how he was obviously one of these experiments, what with the decay and all.

This interview knocked over the first domino in a long series of setbacks for Roslun Global, and the company’s greedy CEO Richard Roslun. Richard was not known for being subtle or calm, but he was known for getting results…at any cost.

Nine years has passed since that historic interview changed the world forever. People have learned to live with the idea of zombies, much the same way they learn to live with many modern diseases; it’s a terrible thing, but it doesn’t affect them. Until it does, that is.

Georgia ‘Gee’ Marie is a typical college student. She enjoys reading and hanging out with her friends, smoking a little weed and going to work. Her life is pretty mundane, until she returns one day to visit her father. Gee finds her younger sister being attacked by her mother, who has just finished feasting on the rest of the family. Gee and Alice are about to begin the greatest trials of their lives. Not only will their will to survive be tested, but the bonds that hold them together as family and loved ones will be pushed to their limits.

Gee and Alice are not the only ones to be affected by the terrible actions of Richard Roslun. Sam Ashe and his fiancée, Heather Young, have just moved to a nice neighborhood in Seattle. Their new neighborhood is beautifully manicured, right down to the last tree lining the street. This area was chosen for its aesthetics, but also for its safety. According to several of Sam’s favorite zombie reporting sites, a very low number of incidents have been reported here.

This is why Sam is caught off guard one night after an intense gaming session when he sees a shambling zombie. Thinking of his love, he heads off to save Heather from the inevitable zombie outbreak about to occur. Their path is not an easy one, and again, human emotions will be stretched to the limit. If you have ever been in love, and I mean true love, then Sam and Heather’s tale will grab you by the heartstrings and never let go.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Blade (1998) - KFMOD

I was never a big fan of vampires growing up. I loathed Interview With a Vampire, but Blade caught me off guard. I loved this movie. It was action-packed and wasn't about yet another brooding, overly dramatic bunch of vampires. If you're not a vampire fan, you need to watch this movie.

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Wesley Snipes plays a half-mortal, half-immortal charged with riddingthe earth of a race of vampires led by Stephen Dorff in this action-packed blockbuster.

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
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In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die…or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Interview With Indie Author Theresa Leschmann: Author of Destiny Steps In

When did you begin writing?

I recently discovered a piece I wrote in about 6th or 7th grade for school that was surprisingly pretty good but I didn’t “decide” to write until about 4 years ago. I had been encouraged to do so by a number of people prior to that but it took me a while to determine it was really what I wanted to do.

What genres do you write?

Several, actually. I write mostly suspense or what I hope are thrillers, some with a supernatural aspect, some not. I am also working on my first novel which is a western set at the time of the California Gold Rush. Another project is a romance. My genres vary with the inspiration but I’d say my love is a good suspense or horror story.

Who do you imagine you're telling a story to as you write?

I have a group of close friends who live nearby, other writers actually, and I always imagine them reading my books first. They are equal parts similar to me and dissimilar to me so I think they make a good pretend reader. They have actually read almost everything I’ve written and are my sounding boards for ideas and such. Couldn’t do it without them.

What's your latest book about?

It is a collection of short stories written over the last four years, as I’ve developed my sea legs, so to speak. The stories have to do with choices the characters make and the consequences that follow. Some are funny, some are touching, and some are you-reap-what-sow stories. I really enjoyed writing them and putting the collection together. It’s the first of a series of planned short story collections.

Which authors inspire you?

Wow, that’s tough because there are just so many. I have to say Stephen King is my favorite. I love how he takes you inside the psyche of his characters and by the time you’ve finished the first or second chapter, you feel like you’ve known them forever. I am also inspired by Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson and Jane Austen.

What's your favorite book?

Nope, cannot do that. I most definitely do not have a single favorite. I have dozens of favorites. I read The Phantom Tollbooth to each of my kids as they grew up, complete with voices. I have read My Side of the Mountain several times. Books I couldn’t put down as an adult though, hmmm, Bag of Bones, The Wedding, Mary Queen of Scots and the Isles – a historical novel and The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker.

Why did you choose independent publishing?

I chose self-publishing for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I think it is the wave of the future. Secondly and specific to this book, I knew it would be difficult for a relatively unknown author to get a traditional publishing house to look at a set of short stories. As an author, you want people to read your work so this seemed like the best choice, for this book at this time.

What one piece of advice would you offer other indie authors?

If I could say just one thing to other indie authors it would be to follow your passion, no matter where it takes you. Chase your dreams and if you catch them, dream up another and chase that. Life is too short not to reach for those moments that change your life, make you who you are or just give you a moment’s satisfaction. Go for it.

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Based on the bestselling novel, "Perfume" is a story of an obsession so overwhelming that it leads to murder.

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Destiny Steps In (When Bad Things Happen.....) by Theresa Leschmann
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Short stories dealing with the choices people make when bad things happen. From revenge and misguided youth, to pesky animals and unheeded premonitions, the choices made can often have unforeseen results. Decisions Have Consequences looks at those moments in life when impulse overrides logic and the endgame is somewhat different than expected. Each short story focuses on the journey that results from a choice made, whether split-second or a lifetime in the making – some dark and twisty, others more light-hearted. First volume in a series.

Friday, June 15, 2012

5 Free Kindle Books About Witches

Descension by B. C. Burgess

Finding out you're the most powerful witch in the world should make things easy, right? Wrong! Join Layla as she abandons her lonely existence in Oklahoma and embraces a life full of magic, love, heartbreak and danger...

The Angel
After three years caring for her dying mother, Layla Callaway learns she was adopted under unusual circumstances. Following a cryptic message to seek her birth family in Oregon, Layla uproots her lonely life, quickly finding she descends from witches and wizards. Magic is in her blood, and a handsome family friend is eager to prove it. Through a ring imprinted with her birth parents’ memories, Layla’s enigmatic past comes to light, presenting possibilities and trials more chimerical than her wildest dreams.

The Guardian
Quin’s natural charisma yields plenty of witches, but he longs for the lost witch–-the mysterious Layla. He's dreamed about her his entire life, envisioning the day he would lay eyes on her face and aura. When that day arrives, not only is he breathless, he’s confronted with the challenge of a lifetime–-an innate need to keep her safe and forever by his side.

The Hunter
Employing fiendish manipulation and manpower, Agro uses the arcane force of others to elevate his supremacy and wealth. Nothing pleases him more than latching on to a mystical vein, and never has there been a more enticing source. The divine witch will be his.

Stretching from coast to coast and teeming with loathed villains and beloved heroes, Descension is rich with emotion, magic and intrigue. Whether the reader is laughing, crying or falling in love, they'll find themselves invested in Layla's fate through the rich dialogue and emotionally driven characters that weave the web of this fiery tale.


The Trouble With Spells by Lacey Weatherford

What does every young girl wish for on her sixteenth birthday? Not to be told she's a witch, that's for sure!
But what if it comes with powers, a hot romance, and exciting adventure?
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Grimsley Hollow by Nicole Storey


Grimsley Hollow is the home of all the magical creatures who once lived on Earth. Evil forces are trying to take over this realm, and destroy the peace and respect which has existed between different races. Eve, a young witch, records in her journal the events which lead them to seek the one person who can help them survive: The Chosen One.






The Dragon Witch by Drako

Victoria Damone is the daughter of the Black Dragon God, Jarel, and the goddess of magic and witchcraft, Hecate. Quick tempered and impatient, she strikes fear into the hearts of the rogue creatures rebelling against her father as well as the warlocks, servants of Prince of Darkness, Lucifer.

Ares, the god of war, is often misunderstood. Known only as a brutal god with an insatiable appetite for blood and destruction, as well as passing flings, the son of Zeus and Hera has spent most of his time defending Olympus from any and every threat.

Now the two meet and must combine forces. The Titan King, Cronus, has been resurrected by Lucifer and is quickly resurrecting his brethren to launch war against Zeus and all that stand with him. Not only this, but he's even joined forces with the legendary beast Typhon, the only creature to ever come close to toppling the Olympian god king. As the gods prepare for an unavoidable war, Victoria must hunt one of the most powerful and cunning warlocks to serve under the Prince of Darkness and simultaneously train her nephew Brandon in her craft. Her pride demands that she do this alone, but Ares is not a god to be denied. Ares clearly has his eyes on Victoria, but can she trust the notoriously wild and unpredictable god's intentions?



The Tale of 3 Witches by Christiana Miller and Barbra Annino


When a mysterious stranger invades Amethyst, IL, stealing souls to feed a demon and generally ruining Halloween for the local kids, three witches join forces to take him on. 

This short story reunites Mara, Gus, Aunt Tillie and Grundleshanks the Toad (from the Toadwitch paranormal series) with Stacy Justice, the Geraghty Girls and Thor, the Great Dane, (from the Stacy Justice paranormal mystery series).

As Gus, Mara and Stacy band together, they're bossed around by the cantankerous ghost of Mara's Aunt Tillie, tripped up by the spirit of Lord Grundleshanks the Poisonous Toad, backed up by Stacy's grandmother's coven, and given assistance by a local hoodoo master -- in-between episodes of Antiques Road Show, that is -- but they're still in for the Samhain of their lives.

If they don't stop the stranger's nefarious plan, the only thing they can count on is that all three of their souls will be at risk!

This short story is a quirky, paranormal adventure that combines thrills and chills with all-out spooky fun. It's a fun, fast-paced read, meant to tide readers over until Miller's and Annino's next full-length novels are released. However, it also works as a stand-alone to introduce new readers to the quirky paranormal world of the main characters.

It includes short excerpts from the paranormal novels "Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead" and "Opal Fire."

Please Note: This is not a full-length novel. This is a long short story. Not including the excerpts at the end, this story is 64 pages long.

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14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

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To protect those she loves from herself, Jax will leave them all behind.She’ll risk everything in a desperate search for answers.Jax Pherson fled the darkest of covens and from her own father’s evil. For a brief moment, her courage was rewarded. She found everything she’d ever wanted. A normal life. An amazing boyfriend. An envy-worthy best friend .But her past put them all in danger, forcing a confrontation with the dark covens. In a life-and-death battle to save those she loved from the covens, Jax gained staggering power. Power so intense, so dangerous, she fears the darkness that now dwells inside her like a living thing.If she can’t control the power, she may yet become as evil as the witches she conquered.With her cousin Egan, Jax leaves all she’s built and heads for the one place that might hold the answers she desperately needs to hold back the darkness—Salem, Massachusetts. Her research unearths a shocking discovery: the Bane, a secret group of witches dedicated to thwarting the covens.Jax desperately needs their help in her fight against the covens, but finding the Bane is easier said than done and takes all her skills and courage. As Jax gets closer, her dark powers began rise and control her actions. If she succumbs to the darkness, Jax may have as much to fear from the Bane as the evil covens and the determined hunter on her trail.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

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When she becomes unexpectedly pregnant by a guy pal, a 16-year-old girl in small-town Minnesota decides to give her baby to the "perfect" couple she locates from the classified ads, only to discover that the impending adoption is pushing them towards divorce and causing her to fall in love with the biological father of the child.
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