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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November R.A.K Wrap-Up

To learn more about R.A.K visit Book Soulmates

I've really enjoyed participating in R.A.K this month and just love giving and getting book gifts!

R.A.K's I Received

From Amy @ Amy's Book Den

R.A.K's I Sent

To Susan @ A Soul Unsung

 To Briana @ The Book Pixie

I look forward to participating December's R.A.K :)

WWW Wednesdays (10) and Waiting On Wednesday (9)

WWW Wednesday... is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be ReadingTo play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
What I've Recently Read

Zombies at the Door, Planning for the Inevitable
Charles M. Pulsipher
We all know it can happen, will happen. Be prepared and have a laugh at the same time. This basic manual will make sure you are ready to face the zombie hordes and walk you through where to meet, find weapons and food, and set up camp. It may even give you hope as you huddle in the bathroom stall at the mall. Seriously though, don't go to the mall!
Learn the glow stick technique to distract zombies or how a paper bag might save your life or at least keep you from seeing the bitey end that's coming. Are dentist offices safe? Can the game of baseball stop the zombies from attacking? Is petroleum jelly something you should have in your zombie kit? Find out now.
Read my review and enter to win a paperback copy of the book HERE
Scary School
Derek the Ghost
You think your school's scary?
Get a load of these teachers:
Ms. Fang, an 850-year-old vampire
Dr. Dragonbreath, who just might eat you before recess
Mr. Snakeskin—science class is so much more fun when it's taught by someone who's half zombie
Mrs. T—break the rules and spend your detention with a hungryTyrannosaurus rex!
Plus: Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch
And the narrator's an eleven-year-old ghost!
Join Charles "New Kid" Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends—including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf—and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky!
My review, an author interview, and giveaway for this book will be up tomorrow!
What I'm Currently Reading
Kelley York
He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.
Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.
Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is. But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption
The Enchantment of Abigail Brown
Mark Waters
Abigail Brown is a smart girl: academically brilliant and bullied at school. Even at the tender age of almost thirteen, she knows there is more to this existence than following the daily grind. Walking home from school, after breaking up for the summer holidays, she comes across a fat tabby cat called Arnold, who, much to her surprise, introduces himself. This event is the catalyst that guides Abigail to return to the ‘real world’, a world in which she was born, a world in which she belongs, a world where she is princess and heir to the throne, a world that is completely unknown to her. Discovering a door in her father’s study, Abigail is joined by her faithful dog Apollo, her new companion Arnold and her best friend Tom. Together they travel into the realm of Nousidia; a land where nature lives in co-existence with all life: man, beast or dragon. Abby finds her homeland in the grip of an evil tyrant, her aunt Belladora, who is holding her father, the true king, prisoner. She vows to release him and embarks on an adventure into the real world: the world of Nousidia. They travel across the kingdom, reuniting with friends, family and places long forgotten, discovering the true nature of the planet we call Earth.
What I'll Be Reading Next
Jennifer Armentrout
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth. Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot alien living next door marks me. You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.
Titan Magic
Jodi Lamm
Mute, heartless, and tormented by auditory hallucinations, Madeleine Lavoie never questions why her family has hidden her from the world. But the night her brother casts her out, she learns the mysterious voice she thought existed only in her mind is no delusion, and no matter how hard she tries, she can never disobey it.
Now Madeleine must find her own voice in a cacophony of powerful tyrants, monsters, and gods. If she fails, she will forfeit her life and the lives of everyone who loves her. But if she succeeds, she may finally gain the ability to love someone in return.

"Waiting On" Wednesday... is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This Wednesday I'm waiting on...
Marissa Burt
In the land of Story, children go to school to learn to be characters: a perfect Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain. They take classes on Outdoor Experiential Questing and Backstory, while adults search for full-time character work in stories written just for them.
In our world, twelve-year-old Una Fairchild has always felt invisible. But all that changes when she stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, opens the cover, and suddenly finds herself transported to the magical land of Story.But Story is not a perfect fairy tale. Una’s new friend Peter warns her about the grave danger she could face if anyone discovers her true identity. The devious Tale Keeper watches her every move. And there are whispers of a deadly secret that seems to revolve around Una herself....With the timeless appeal of books like A Wrinkle in Time and the breathtaking action of Inkheart, Storybound has all the makings of a new classic. Brimming with fantastical creatures, magical adventure, and heart-stopping twists, Storybound will leave readers wishing they too could jump through the pages into this enchanting fairy-tale world
I just LOVE the premise of this book! How cool would it be to go to school to learn to be a Hero...or Villain? Mwahahaha! This sounds like such an enchanting, spectacular tale. Plus, that cover is so prettyful ;)


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays (13) and Top Ten Tuesdays (8)

Teaser Tuesdays... is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"A hand touched his shoulder. Then lifted to his cheek, brushing back some of the hair from his face. Evan's fingers were warm even while the rest of Archer shuddered from the cold."
Kelley York


Top Ten Tuesday... is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a new top ten list will be posted and answered, and other bloggers are invited to post their list answers

Top Ten TBR This Winter List

Hmm, just 10?! Okie dokie! Some of these books will be releasing this winter and some of them are books I will finally be getting to ;)
In no particular order...

Jodi Meadows

~Under the Never Sky~
Veronica Rossi

Megan Miranda

Dan Wells

Brodi Ashton

JUlie Cross

~A Dance With Dragons~
George R.R. Martin

~Son of Neptune~
Rick Riordan

Lauren Myracle

~The Hunger Games Trilogy~
 (let's just count them as one ok?)
Suzanne Collins

Review/Giveaway: Zombies at the Door, Planning for the Ineveitable ~5 Cupcakes~

I had the pleasure of reviewing Charles M. Pulsipher's other awesome book, The Crystal Bridge, and conducting an interview with him as well. You can read my review and interview HERE
Make sure to enter to win Zombies at the Door, Planning on the Inevitable below my review

TITLE: Zombies at the Door, Planning for the Inevitable
AUTHOR: Charles M. Pulsipher
PUB. DATE: Aug. 18, 2011
FORMAT: Kindle ebook
SOURCE: bought
Zombies at the Door, Planning for the Inevitable
We all know it can happen, will happen. Be prepared and have a laugh at the same time. This basic manual will make sure you are ready to face the zombie hordes and walk you through where to meet, find weapons and food, and set up camp. It may even give you hope as you huddle in the bathroom stall at the mall.
Seriously though, don't go to the mall!
Learn the glow stick technique to distract zombies or how a paper bag might save your life or at least keep you from seeing the bitey end that's coming. Are dentist offices safe? Can the game of baseball stop the zombies from attacking? Is petroleum jelly something you should have in your zombie kit? Find out now

THREE WORDS: Funny. Informative. Useful (and NO, informative does not always equate with useful, but in this case it totally does)

MY BRIEF REVIEW: We’ve all been there, at a party; dinner; gathering; book club meeting, and the topic of the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse has come up (I use the word inevitable because hundreds of movies, tv shows, books, video games, theorists, historians, geeks, and nerds can’t ALL be wrong right…right?!). I know my family has lively discussions about what we’d do if faced with an apocalyptic event at least once a week (I kid you not).

 And admit it, we ALL have thought about what we’d do if the ZA (short for Zombie Apocalypse, duh) started tomorrow and we ALL have a plan. They might not all be good plans, but they’re plans nonetheless. Now, I want you to take a moment and think about the plan you’ve come up with, all the details about where you’d go, what you’d bring, what you’d do…can you visualize the plan? Good! Now, I want you to toss that plan aside and read Charles Pulsipher’s Zombies At The Door, Planning for the Inevitable.

In this incredibly funny, smart guide Pulsipher maps out exactly what a person needs to do in order to survive when zombies come a’zomby’ingß in the words of Pulsipher himself-“It’s a word, I swear!”.

 Pulsipher has created a straightforward, well thought out plan that will have you LOL’ing and will probably safe your life someday. All the most important bases are covered- Where To Go, What To Bring, Weapons, Zombie Anatomy-and, really, this is a guide that would work in any apocalyptic or catastrophic event.

You’ll learn priceless and must-know information such as:
·         Screaming = Bacon
·         Don’t go the mall
·         Swords are awesome (not just when zombies are around, but all the time)
·         Seriously, don’t go to the mall
·         The higher up you can get, the better
·         Baseball is boring
·         Zombies no likey fire… or in Zombiese- Brains good. Fire bad.
·         DO. NOT. GO. TO. THE. MALL!!!!

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Zombies at the Door, Planning for the Inevitable is a humorous, highly entertaining read. It’s laugh out loud funny and informative at the same time, which is about as rare as a vegetarian zombie. If you’re looking for a great book to add to your Incase Of A insert your most feared/expected/longed for (weirdo) Apocalypse/Natural Disaster/Catastrophic Event Kit or simply looking for an awesome, super quick read, then this book is for you. A MUST read!

You can learn more about and connect with Charles M. Pulsipher here: 
You can purchase this book here:

Charles Pulsipher has kindly offered one (1) Paperback or Ebook copy (winner's choice ) of his book Zombies at the Door, Planning for the Inevitable.
To enter simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
Giveaway will run 11/29 - 12/7 at 11:59pm
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Review, Giveaway, Interview: The Crystal Bridge ~4/5 Cupcakes~

Be sure to check out my interview with author Charles M. Pulsipher and find out more about how to win one of his books below my review

TITLE: The Crystal Bridge               AUTHOR: Charles M. Pulsipher
PUB: Create Space                              PUB. DATE: 9/15/11
FORMAT: ebook                                 
SOURCE: from author in exchange for honest review

The Crystal Bridge

Kaden is a typical teenage boy, except he can open wormholes to far away worlds.His first trip almost killed him. He’s been afraid to try another.Aren is far from a typical teenage girl. She has the ultimate gift of empathy, seeing into the memories and souls of others.Her gift makes her different and lonely despite how close it brings her to those she knows.When these two meet, the existence of two worlds will be endangered as their abilities plunge them into a planet at war.Their adventure may tear apart multiple universes…or they may just save us all

THREE WORDS: Innovative. Gripping. Fun

MY REVIEW: The synopsis to Charles Pulsipher’s The Crystal Bridge is quite brief and vague, so I really had no idea what to expect when I began this book, but it ended up taking me away on a thrilling and completely surprising ride from start to finish.

            MY BRIEF SUMMARY
Kaden, a teenage boy who can travel through wormholes, and Aren, a teenage girl who can see into the memories and souls of other people, are both pulled into one of Kaden’s wormholes and end up separated in a world full of magic, danger, and war. While back on Earth, in a mysterious and wondrous lab in the desert, a young geneticist, James, finds himself doing and creating things once deemed impossible. Kaden, Aren, and James find themselves swept away into their own adventures and find they each must play a significant role in saving, not only the world they call home, but the magical world of Ealdar from the dark god Rho.

The Crystal Bridge offers a story quite unlike any I’ve ever read before. Pulsipher has taken the wonder of fantasy and the ever intriguing and thought provoking nature of sci-fi, added a sense of humor; compelling characters; and a lot of fun, to create a highly original and refreshing story.

There is a lot going on in this book and many characters and storylines are introduced in the beginning, so reading the first few chapters did feel a bit like reading two different, separate books. But once the different storylines are quickly developed, they begin to intertwine and make sense, not just as individual storylines, but as two parts of a whole. And I found that the two different, yet equally captivating storylines kept the book from ever moving too slow or becoming boring.  There was no real pattern as to what world (the lab on Earth or Ealdar) that each proceeding chapter would explore, so there were constant surprises, twists and turns, which kept me engrossed.

I’m a huge lover of fantasy, and the fantasy aspects in this book are awesome! The world of Ealdar is home to different magical and fantasy beings, such as the Sidra, which Kaden describes as being elf like, the Dwaros, dwarf like beings that live underground, and the Ancients (dragons). There’s something wonderfully whimsical about Pulispher’s fantasy beings, yet there is also something very sophisticated and eloquent in their creation, much like Tolkien’s elves, dwarves, and hobbits. The physical world of Ealder that Pulsipher creates is simply spellbinding. From the beautiful forest home of the Sidra A’Keitane to the dazzling underground world of the Dwaros, this world is presented to readers with a vivid and imaginative flourish.

The sci-fi elements are definitely intriguing, although most of the technical aspects kind of went over my head, which I found to be a little distracting at times. But for the most part, I found myself completely captivated by Pulsipher’s imagination and apparent and extensive scientific/technical knowledge. Plus, the things that James creates in the lab are wicked cool. Three words- Realistic Holographic Dinosaurs!

Kaden and Aren’s special abilities are really neat and unique. Pulsipher has definitely added something very new to the concepts of wormholes and the power of empathy.

I really liked the way the individual character stories unfolded and eventually intertwined. Each individual story really allowed me to get to know each character and added very well developed layers to the story as a whole. I had fun exploring and discovering the different parts of Ealdar with Kaden and Aren, I shared in James’ awe of the things taking place in the lab, and the action packed battle for Ealdar left me breathless.

Pulsipher has created a story and worlds that are easy to get swept into and sad to leave.

There is a large cast of likable, well developed characters in The Crystal Bridge, that offers a myriad of dynamic, fun, enjoyable personalities.

Kaden and Aren are our two main teenage characters. They’re smart, brave, compassionate, stubborn, and witty. Not once while reading did I find myself not genuinely liking and rooting for these two. Even with their extraordinary powers, they’re both such realistic and relatable teenage characters. James is a really fun character, who provides a great deal of humor. Part of what makes this book so compelling to me, is how very attached and invested I became in these three characters and their stories.

There are some fabulous supporting characters that I just fell in love with. Dveldor the Dwaro is equal parts adorable and fierce. Evandrel and Hasla, two Sidra A’Keitane, are tough but funny. And Lyle, the young King of Ealdar is kind of crush-worthy ;)

And of course, you can’t have a great story without a great baddie, and the dark god Rho, also called the Devourer, makes for a chilling and exciting antagonist.

There are a lot of great relationships in this book and not just romantic ones, although there’s a few of those too.

Friendships are very important in this story and I really enjoyed all of them, especially the unlikely ones. The unlikely and surprising friendships are a lot of fun and will leave you with a big smile and going “Aww”.

And without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that the different romances are also fun to watch unfold and root for.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: The Crystal Bridge has an awesome blend of sci-fi and fantasy and offers a captivatingly original story. This is one book you really should read!


You can learn more about and connect with Charles M. Pulsipher here: 
You can purchase this book here:

Charles M. Pulsipher lives in Saint George Utah with his lovely wife and neurotic dog. He writes sci-fi and fantasy with the occasional zombie guide thrown in. He’s obsessed with surviving the zombie-pocalypse.

He draws cartoons on his blog that are usually funny if lacking in the amazingly artistic department. He spends his time away from the keyboard hiking and camping in stunning Southern Utah.

He neglects his twitter account.

His velociraptor impression is worth seeing, even if it makes grown-ups scream and hide. It’s probably the coolest thing about him.
picture and bio taken from author's website

Q. If you were to describe The Crystal Bridge in a Twitter tweet, using ONLY 140 characters or less, what would it say?

Nano-technology and wormholes injected into a YA version of Lord of the Rings.

Q. Did you find it challenging combining together both the idea of computer simulations crossing dimensions and the idea of a boy who traveled through wormholes? Did you ever consider writing them as two separate books?

I planned on two separate novels to begin with, but the two kept getting closer to one another in my head and then I woke up in the middle of the night and wrote the epilogue. From that point on, the two ideas merged and I couldn't stop them.

Q. Do you have a favorite character in The Crystal Bridge? A favorite scene?

Penny is my favorite. She was an accident, just appearing one day as I wrote a scene about James. I love her sarcasm and personality, especially being an AI character. She'll also play a huge role in the next book. The scene when Aren and Kaden fall into the wormhole is one I really liked writing.

Q. Are any of your characters based on real people?

Yes and no. They are made up of bits of many people I know, but no single character is based on a single person. They are each unique and special, my little brain-children.

Q. The world of Ealdar you’ve created is really awesome! Do you think you’ll ever return to this world in future books?

Yes, at least one more time, possibly two.

Q. Kaden and Aren both have pretty cool abilities! Would you rather be able to travel through wormholes like Kaden or be empathic like Aren?

Wormholes all the way. They are a million worlds to explore. I also don't want to know everyone's secrets.

Q. I have a fascination with villains…blame it on ol’ Billy Shakespeare. Who is your favorite literary villain, who do you just love to hate or hate to love?

All the villains in Tad Williams' Otherland series. Felix aJongleur is disturbingly driven and obsessed with living forever and Johnny "Dread" Wulgaru is scary and twisted with just the right amount of power. The Other itself is masterfully depicted as something beyond human and then Williams manages to humanized it in the end.

Q. I’m a self proclaimed TV and movie junkie, and nothing elicits more excitement and anxiety than learning that a beloved book is going to be adapted to the screen. What is your favorite TV show or movie based on a book? What book would you love to see turned into a show or movie? Other than your own of course ;)

Lord of the Rings was amazing in film. I'm excited to see what they make of The Hunger Games. I'm also still waiting on Ender's Game which is rumored to come out next year, but isn't it always? In the mean time, I'd love to see Shades of Grey, by Jasper Fforde make it to the big screen. Unfortunately, he needs to write the second one before that will ever happen.

Q. What’s the one book you think every person should read at least once in their life?

I can't choose just one. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Ender's Game. Shades of Grey.

Q. I do a pretty wicked T-Rex impression myself (it’s ALL about the little arms) and I’ve read that you do a pretty mean Velociraptor impression…so, do you have any advice for novice dinosaur impressionists?

Make sure you fall forward as you run. That's the best way to mimick the movements a dino makes. Also, screech loud enough to scare yourself and you will for sure scare others.

I want to thank Charles for taking the time to answer my questions and allowing us all the chance to get to know him and his book a little better!

I also want to thank him for offering one copy of his other awesome book Zombies at the Door, Planning for the Inevitable to be given away to one of you!
You can enter this giveaway and read my brief review of this book HERE

Monday, November 28, 2011

Support Four Debut Authors and Snag $125!


With this contest, there is something for everyone and it’s SO simple to be in on the winning!
On November 28 and/or 29, purchase 1 or all 4 of the debut author’s books listed here. Then forward proof of purchase (the receipt Amazon sends you will do just fine) to : and get up to 4 entries into a draw for a $100 Amazon gift card!It’s that easy, no reviews, no hoops to jump through. Just a great .99 book or two. Or three or four. AND, if the person who wins the $100 Amazon Gift Card has purchased all 4 books, an additional $25 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to the winner!

On top of that, 2 random commenter’s picked from 2 of our participating blogs will receive $5 gift Amazon gift cards . So, be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think of the promo, the books, or the authors.Winners will be chosen randomly, one entry per person, per book. All winners will be announced on December 7th on Wringing Out Words (

“Between” by Cyndi Tefft
It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water's life isn't alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile, and Scottish accent.

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven's siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.

Links: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Createspace / Smashwords / Signed Copies

“Until Dawn: Last Light” by Jennifer Simas
When darkness falls, whose side will you be on?

For the past six years, Zoë has been anything but “normal.” Struggling to accept her immortality and thrown into a war that’s been waging in the shadows for over a thousand years, Zoë must now become who she was meant to be, joining the other Chosen to save what’s left of humanity. When the endless night falls over the Earth, will she be able to save the one man who reminds her of what it is to be human, or will it be too late?

Until Dawn: Last Light is a story of death and despair, love and longing, hope and hopelessness, and the ability to survive and keep going even when it seems impossible – when you want nothing more than to give up.

Links: Amazon

“The Kayson Cycle” by Jonathan D. Allen
A stranger enters a dying town and makes a desperate plea…

The Kayson Cycle introduces the Kayson Brothers, a pair of faith healers who once wowed crowds in a traveling show but went their separate ways after a night in which a healing took a dark turn. Jeffrey Kayson disappeared into the wilderness and William Kayson, wracked by guilt, moved to the failing mining town of Calico Hills to build a nice, quiet life – one that has lasted for over ten years.

His quiet, predictable life crumbles when a mysterious stranger walks into his tavern bearing a proposal to find his long-lost brother and do the one thing that William has sworn to never do again - have his brother heal a woman. William soon learns that he can’t escape his family – or his destiny.

Includes an exclusive sample chapter of The Corridors of the Dead. Please note that this is a Kindle Single, and around 6,000 words in length.

Links: Amazon / Smashwords

“Sundered” by Shannon Mayer
A miracle drug, Nevermore, spreads like wildfire throughout the world allowing people to eat what they want, and still lose weight. It is everything the human population has ever dreamed of and Mara is no different. Only a simple twist of fate stops her from taking Nevermore.

As the weeks roll by, it becomes apparent that Nevermore is not the miracle it claimed. A true to life nightmare, the drug steals the very essence that makes up humanity and unleashes a new and deadly species on the world that is bent on filling its belly. Locked down within their small farm home, Mara and her husband Sebastian struggle against increasingly bad odds, fighting off marauders and monsters alike.

But Sebastian carries a dark secret, one that more than threatens to tear them apart, it threatens to destroy them both and the love they have for each other.

Now Mara must make the ultimate choice. Will she live for love, or will she live to survive?

Links: Amazon / Smashwords