Saturday 30 June 2012

Book Review - A Good Man


Louis Caron is a good man - vegetarian, he feeds the homeless, takes care of animals and is even concerned with the ecological future of the planet. But his altruism has a sinister edge - he's a vampire - and local detective Taglioni is becoming increasingly suspicious. Louis' attempt to escape the police takes him on a journey into his own private hell where he is not only forced to confront his worst fears, but also to destroy the lives of those he cares about most.

Friday 29 June 2012

Book Review - Patchwork of Me


A product of the foster care system, Sara Butler spends her early thirties hiding from her past while striving for a normal life with her small group of quirky friends in Arizona. Seeking treatment for an invisible rash and abnormal dreams, her therapist helps her unlock a heinous past that she is unsure she wants to open. To patch her life back together, she realizes she must travel across country to Maine to confront that past in order to plan for a future.

Author Interview - Deidre Havrelock

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Genre - Paranormal, Non-Fiction
Rating - PG13
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If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
First I’d like to spend some time with Jesus…learn as much as I could about whatever he wanted to talk about. But then, I’d really like to meet Joan of Arc. That would be cool. We’d hang out in my back yard and sip iced coffee and tell God-stories where crazy stuff happens. I think we’d get along. Yeah, we’d be best friends.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
There are things that go on, strange supernatural things, that for your own safety—or the safety of your children—you should know about.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m working to finish part two of Saving MaryThe Deliverance. The story of how I became unpossessed. I am also working to edit a book about the femininity of the Holy Spirit, The MotherHeart of God: Biblical Evidence for the Femininity of the Holy Spirit.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
My imagination, plus my mom read a lot. At a young age I wanted to write something for her to read, so I wrote The Bloody Dagger in grade three. I’m sure my story of a guy who hides in the shadows and chops up people impressed her. I know it impressed my teacher, Mrs. Whalen, who asked, “Don’t you have any happy thoughts?” I have a lot of happy thoughts now (so don’t worry).

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Just getting finished…getting the editing done, getting the file uploaded to Amazon—without weird formatting errors. Actually, there are still a few weird formatting errors. But still, I’m happy. Oh, and today my first reviews started coming out. It’s sinking in that people are actually going to read my book—and some of those people will like it! That’s rewarding.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
I Robot, that was a good book. I’d like to live in a world with robots and all those robot logic problems. I’d like to travel in space, too.

What is your dream cast for your book?
Hee-hee! That’s a good question. I’d want William Shatner to play my dad and Shirley MacLaine to play the overbearing spiritual leader who kicks me out of meditation group for having bad karma. Oh, and Christian Slater should play my brother, except he’s too old now. We’ll have to dump Christian Slater.  Drat!

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I read all sorts of gothic romances. That’s about all I read. Looking back, I was obviously obsessed with being saved.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
How about “Can’t Cry Today” by Saving Mary

What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Finish your book. Keep working. Enjoy the process. Cry a little. 

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 
Medicine Hat, Canada. My dad lives there, and the weather is nice. I’m missing family these days.

What is your favorite Quote?
“Theology in the hands of the Holy Spirit is a beautiful science.” I don’t know who said it. Although, I think it was St. Hildegard. Email me if you know who said it! But I also like … “Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling.”

Which authors have influence on you most.. how? 
I can’t say there’s been one author who has influenced me most. I have been influenced by genres. I like to read memoirs. True stories of people’s lives have always fascinated me. Favorite ones are Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes and Cartwheels in a Sari by Jayanti Tamm. But I’m also a fan of the gothic classics: Rebecca, The Monk, The Mysteries of Udolpho. If anyone is a fan of gothic they should read Art of Darkness by Anne Williams, where the male and female gothic traditions are discussed. Like this author, I don’t see the female gothic tradition (which includes the need to “be saved”) as intrinsically weak and pathetic. I see both traditions (including the male gothic model—which includes the need for punishment) as deep spiritual issues inside all of us. I could talk about gothic for hours. My favorite Christian book is Surprised By The Voice of God, by Jack Deere. (Read my book and you’ll understand why.) I also liked The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila. And another favorite of mine is Scivias by St. Hildegard…it’s a book of visions that nobody has probably read.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
I’d like to write with Margaret Atwood—can you imagine? That would be awesome! Half the book would be great and the other half would be written by me!

What are your current literary works?  Any sneak peaks?
I’m currently working to finish part two of my memoir Saving Mary: The Deliverance. The story of how I got myself unpossessed. To prepare for this book, I contacted a bunch of my friends from high school including most of the ones who were present the day I became possessed (which happened during a transcendental meditation session). None of them were surprised that I had become possessed on that day. My friend Winston remembers us being told to make an “egg made of pure light” to protect ourselves with (which obviously didn’t work). The first thing my friend Rose said was, “I thought you’d be a Satanist by now.” My friend Doug (who also became obsessed with the spirit world) actually went to the same elementary school as me, and he’s in the picture on the front cover of my book (only he’s to the far left, so you can’t see him); his story of getting out of the occult is probably more fascinating than mine and maybe one day he’ll let me tell it!

 What is your favorite scene in the book and why do you love it?
 My favorite scene is at the beginning of the book when I’m in my room playing barbies and suddenly my dad screams out bloody murder, making my mom sprint down the stairs to save him. I like this part because my dad remembers the event so well. While lying on the couch, a tall and extremely thin man appeared to him; the spirit pointed one of its long bony fingers at him as if to say, “You’re coming with me.” My dad says he had never been so terrified in his life. The spirit he describes, by the way, sounds exactly like the spirit I call Fred (in the book)…who appeared to me in my dreams. Even though this isn’t a great memory for us, my dad and I feel connected through the event. The fact that we both saw the same spirit helps us to feel not so odd…or crazy.

   1. Favorite place? With my family.
   2. Best christmas present? I once got this toy dog that did back flips—that was pretty awesome.
   3. Favorite book(s)? Memoirs, Gothic, theology, Bible.
   4. Favorite author? Margaret Atwood, maybe.
   5. Favorite smell? Smoke and also flowers.
   6. Favorite series? Star Trek.
   7. Nickname? Let’s not talk about that.
   8. Favorite writing spot? Bed.
   9. Favorite movie? Anything Star Trek.
  10. Favorite dish? Curry or Japanese.
  11. Favorite color? Red, black, white, yellow, green…I like color.
 12. Favorite quote? “Theology in the hands of the Holy Spirit is a beautiful science.” But I also like… “Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, where the heck is the ceiling.”
 13. A bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one? I’m a simple girl; I’d like a bunch of small gifts: a trip to Greece for just two, a million dollars in small bills, a small island.
14. Your best trait? Ask my husband…hopefully he knows.
15. Your worst trait? Ask my daughter…she’ll tell you, no problem.
16. Skittles or M&Ms? M &Ms with peanuts. Love ‘em.

Wednesday 27 June 2012

Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop

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Heather Huffman - Being Me

By Heather Huffman

A couple of days ago I was talking about the fact that once I had kids, I seemed to forget how to be me. I found myself so wrapped up in being Mom, I didn’t bother to take care of myself or pursue my dreams. I think that’s a difficult balancing act all mothers face: being there for their children without disappearing altogether.
About four years ago, I came to the realization that by forgoing my dreams to be a writer, I’d given up more of myself than I was okay with. It’s been an interesting journey; when I began, I never would have imagined just how far it would take me.
But even now, as a fulltime author, I struggle to find that balance between writer and mother. As I type this post, I have to stop every five minutes to break up a spat between the two youngest brothers because the summer doldrums have officially set in. (I’d wait until they went to bed at night to catch up on blogs, but lately between children and farm chores, I’m barely responsive by the time the sun goes down!)
It’s a fluid process, figuring out how to be me and Mom. About the time I think I have it figured out, the kids enter a new development phase or something new comes up with the books.
Since being a mom is so integral to who I am, it’s often something that shows up in my writing in some form or another. In my novel Jailbird in particular, my main character finds herself navigating motherhood in multiple facets at once as she gets to know the daughter she’d given up for adoption while learning to be a step-mother at the same time. Of course, Neena was also balancing an alternate identity and fighting off bad guys at the same time. Blog posts and farm chores aren’t quite in the same league – although some days, I might question that.

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Genre - Romantic Suspense
Rating - PG13

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About Heather  
Heather Huffman writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense with strong female leads who refuse to lose hope. She sees her books as a way to not only entertain, but to also raise awareness of the realities of modern day slavery. She shares the passion of her resilient heroines to make a difference, and so dedicates both her time and a portion of her book royalties to organizations that fight against human trafficking. 

Heather was born and spent her early childhood in Florida, but now calls the beautiful state of Missouri home. Her greatest joy, aside from writing, is to hit the road with her three boys for adventures unknown. She is the author of Throwaway, Ties that Bind, Jailbird, Suddenly a Spy, Ring of Fire, Tumbleweed and Devil in Disguise. You can find out more about her writing and charitable work on

Tuesday 26 June 2012

In Leah's Wake - Is An Ounce of Prevention Worth A Pound of Cure?

By Jerry Johnson

First, would you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Sure, I’m a police officer with the Cortland Police Department. I’ve worked for the department for twelve years, since I was 24. I have a degree in criminal justice. While I was in school I worked as a security guard. This was my first real job as an adult. I loved it then and I still love it. I can’t imagine doing anything else.

My wife, Maura, and I have been together since high school. We have twins, three-month-old boys. I hate to complain, but it’s been a rough few months, since the kids were born. My wife used to manage a nursery. At five months along, they put her on bed rest; she’s been out of work for more than half a year. She loved the job, taking care of the plants, and she misses interacting with people. With only one income, we need the cash, so I take details and extra shifts whenever I can, which is exhausting and hard on my wife. We live on the outskirts of town, so she’s completely isolated.

As much as I love being on the street, working with people, I look forward to the day I move to a desk job with regular hours, so I can spend more time with my family.

In your job, what do you do to aid in prevention? Do you find it effective?
I lead the drug prevention program we present in the elementary schools. I enjoy meeting the kids. When you talk with them they get to know you on a personal level, not just as uniform or someone to be scared of. We show the kids they can trust us, so if they’re ever in trouble, they’re not afraid to come to us for help. As for keeping them off drugs, the jury’s out on that. Some of the recent studies suggest that programs like DARE are not as effective as we once thought. I like to believe it helps some. It familiarizes the kids with the long and short-term effects of drugs. It may only raise questions in their mind, but that’s at start. And it’s better than the cure—rehab or jail. The recidivism rates are high and there’s the heartache and risk that accompany any addiction; we try to do what we can to keep kids from starting.

By maintaining a visible presence in the community, we discourage crime. A guy’s less likely to break into a house if he thinks a cruiser might go by. But Cortland is a small town and it’s quiet; we don’t see much crime. I do break up a lot of underage parties. The kids hang out in the woods, sit around a bonfire and drink or get high. A few years ago, there was a horrific crash over on Old Orchard Road. The driver lost control and slammed into a tree. By the time I got there it was too late. The kids in front were already gone. I can still see the boy in the back seat, pounding the window, as the car blew.  If we can keep kids from getting behind the wheel when they’re drunk or high, that ounce of prevention is worth a million times the cure.

In your personal life, what has been your experience with prevention and cure?
I was an idiot when I was a kid. In high school, I got in with a rough crowd. One day, on a dare, I broke into the neighbor’s garage, stole an expensive chain saw. I left it in the trunk of my car—like I said, I was stupid. He saw it and called the police. My mom was beside herself, angry and embarrassed. I’d been saving up for a Harley. She made me give her the money to pay for my legal fees. I could have gotten a month in county, but I got lucky. Instead of prosecuting me, the judge put me in a “summer work-study program.” It turned out, the “program” was taking care of his gardens and yard. It was hard work and I cursed him for it, but that judge turned my life around. I got myself together, went to night school and ended up being a cop.

Finding your way through a difficult time can be a character builder. It stopped me in my tracks and kept me out of further trouble, so the experience served as both prevention and cure. It forced me to grow up and figure things out. That’s important for kids. If you hover too much, you smother them and they never grow up. I was stubborn. With kids like me, you’ve got to let them fall, so they learn to pick themselves up. Of course you don’t want them to fall too hard. It’s a balance, I guess.

You have two children. For them, an ounce of prevention or a pound of cure?
I had a feeling this question was coming. My sons are babies. It’s easy now to tell you what I’ll do when they’re older, because I don’t have to deal with it now. Kids are resilient. I’d like to think I’d give them enough room to take chances, even if, like me, it means learning a tough lesson. But I’ll also want to protect them. We’ll see, I guess.

Who is Jerry Johnson? He is one of the main characters in the novel, In Leah’s Wake.
Jerry Johnson is a decorated officer in the Cortland Police Department. A lifelong resident, he lives in
Cortland, Massachusetts, with his wife and two infant sons.

About the book - Protecting their children comes naturally for Zoe and Will Tyler - until their daughter Leah decides to actively destroy her own future. What happens when love just isn’t enough? Who will pay the consequences of Leah’s vagrant lifestyle? Can this broken family survive the destruction left in Leah’s wake? 

About the author - Terri Giuliano Long grew up in the company of stories both of her own making and as written by others. Books offer her a zest for life’s highs and comfort in its lows. She’s all-too-happy to share this love with others as a novelist and as a lecturer at Boston College. Terri loves meeting and connecting with people who share her passions. Visit on
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Genre - Women's Fiction / Contemporary
Rating - PG13
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Monday 25 June 2012

Brooklyn Hudson - A World Without Books

A world without books … 
By Brooklyn Hudson

Will probably (hopfully) never be. There will always be lovers of hard copy books just as we will always have art lovers. I own an iPad, iPhone, Kindle, you name it; but nothing takes the place of the smell and feel of a book in your hands – especially a used, worn book. 

Nowadays I download books to my e-readers but the books I fall in love with I then buy in print form to keep on my shelf. I think schools need to push reading more, like they did when I was a kid. I ask children I meet about reading and sadly, some of them tell me their teachers don’t encourage a love of reading…that scares me a little.

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Genre - Supernatural Thriller
Rating - R
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Book Review - Night School: Vampire Hunter Book 1


Fifteen year old Dasheen Bellamy’s world is turned upside down, when she is accused of killing her father and godmother. Dasheen cannot remember the events of the night her world turns upside down, but she feels inside that she is innocent; due to lack of evidence against her and with no other family; Dasheen and her younger brother Jordan, are sent to the elusive and mysterious Ame’ Academy ; a residential school where all is not what it appears.

There all goes well, until Jordan, begins to become distant and behave strangely as if he is afraid of something or someone. Jordan is transferred to Ame’ Academy’s Night School track, which is usually only open to special cases.

In order to discover what is happening with her brother, Dasheen is finally allowed to also transfer, attending classes in the evening while the rest of the world sleeps. Soon Dasheen’s world changes again as she discovers that things out of fairytales and horror stories exist, that she has ancient powers and is the major player in a mystical prophecy; and then she falls in love with a boy, whose mission is to see that she is destroyed before her destiny is fulfilled…

Sunday 24 June 2012

Book Review - Willow Pond


As the Roaring Twenties crumble into the Great Depression, Virginia Kingsley, owner of New York's swankiest and most popular speakeasy, Bacchanal, learns her baby nephew has been kidnapped. Is she somehow involved? His movie star father and her niece must set aside their differences to work with Virginia and her shady contacts to find the stolen child. A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who befriends the mother may hold a key to the mystery.

Friday 22 June 2012

Book Review - Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability


“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” 
– Albert Einstein

This ebook points out the surrounding issues of genetically modified fruit and vegetables that consumers are unaware of. While several parties defend the use of technology to create food, there seems to be little being done to increase awareness about this matter to the end consumer.

It also points out alternative food sustainability options such as organic farming and land management. This ebook will indicate that although some parties agree that genetically modified food items are cost effective and considered safe, its long-term results have not been adequately researched and the use of pesticides on these items are far higher than for other types farming or food products.

Thursday 21 June 2012


A paradoxical blend of light and dark, Jailbird is a warm and humorous tale about the power of hope.

Neena Allen has led a tough life. Born on the reservation, raped and unjustly convicted of murdering her attacker, she survives prison - barely. When an opportunity presents itself, she doesn't hesitate to escape. Presumed dead, she stumbles into a sleepy Arkansas town where she finds refuge with a kind family and glimpses the chance for a real home, a place to belong.

But leading a double life isn't easy, especially when you fall in love with the town lawyer.

To complicate matters further, a tenacious reporter gets too close to the truth and Neena finds herself on the run again. With a manhunt under way and her newfound happiness at risk, Neena is forced to face the painful memories of her past to decide on her future. Should she fight for her new life or give up those she loves to keep them safe?

Don't miss Heather Huffman's other books: "Throwaway", "Suddenly a Spy", "Ties that Bind", "Ring of Fire", and the newly-released "Tumbleweed", the long awaited prequel to Throwaway!

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Genre - Romantic Suspense
Rating - PG13

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Wednesday 20 June 2012

Interview - Night School: Vampire Hunter Book 1

I have conducted interviews and now it’s my turn in the hot seat! I am to be interviewed now, that my book Night School: Vampire Hunter is on tour… I will say I am nervous by all of this! So to help me out, Angel, from Night School Vampire Hunter says she will show me how it’s done:) So, why don’t we go see what she has to say! Thanks all for joining us:)

Me: Angel, I am so glad that you are joining me and helping me out today:)
Angel: Oh, no problem:)
Me: I wanted to first start with the question, how does it feel to have an entire book written about you and your experiences? Now that the book’s going on tour, that will be even more eyes on you?
Angel: It was weird at first, so many people talking about well… I don’t know my life. I mean… I was just trying to keep myself and my brother alive, (you know…Vamps can be hazardous…); trying to be a normal kid, when all of a sudden, I have an audience! But its okay, everyone has been pretty cool, so I’m getting used to it.
Me: I can only imagine…wow...okay, next question…Have you always known that you were this phenomenal, wicked, Vamp Hunter, and that with your special essence, it’s believed, you are destined to change the human and supernatural world forever!..(Um, take your time with that one:)
Angel: Okay, wow…you just put that one right out there huh? Um, no… I didn’t know that I was to be the key in some type of apocalyptic, battle with mankind…thought I was just a normal kid that had luck that sucks…But the perks are awesome!…now that I am trained, I’m getting faster and stronger and learning more moves…I can even take on Ismet..
Me: For our readers, now who is Ismet again? And also how do you get along with the other girls?
Angel: Ismet is one kick butt Jinn (Genie), she’s not from some bottle that crosses her arms and blinks on command; She is from an old race of beings that evolved from Fire…they are the protectors of the Divide…
Me: The Divide?
Angel: Yep, I just learned about all of this too…the Divide is the barrier between the supernatural world (unseen to us) and ours. Ismet was one of the greatest warriors amongst her people...
Me: How did she end up at Ame’ Academy? There must have been a great threat to warrant such a fighter to be here???
Angel: It was. Me.
Me: Oh…okay…well, how about my second question, do you get along with the other girls? I believe you all have made somewhat of a team, correct?
Angel: We’re a team now, but at first…I wasn’t sure… I’ve always liked Elin (she’s half Vampire/half Human) the sweetest kid you’ll ever meet, unless you threatened someone she loves…then wow, she’s scary…and I already told you about Ismet, I have much respect for her mad skills:)
Me: And?
Angel: (Sigh)…and yep, there’s Belladonna, a stuck up Natural- Born Vamp that I am surprised I haven’t staked yet!
Me: Is it the fact you’re a Hunter and she’s a Vampire? Even though, the Natural-Born Vamps pose no threat to Humans?
Angel: No, it’s from the fact she’s a snob, and always trying to give me a makeover!
Me: Lol….well, I’m sure ALL of you make a great team, you are really cleaning up Kincaid Texas:)…but aren’t you’re leaving out someone….Rafael? What IS your relationship with him? Rafael
Angel:O-o-o-kay…didn’t think you would bring HIM up! Well, he’s just RAF…he’s my friend...He sort of just showed up at Ame, and well that’s when things got really weird! Then things got really bad…dark, and when I didn’t think I had anyone, well Raf was there…
Me: Alright:) What is Rafael? His mad skills?:)
Angel: Um, I rather not say…he just is…:)
Me: Fair enough, thanks for the interview!
Angel: See, not so bad right? Even though, you threw in some tough questions!
Me: Lol, well, you’re a good sport! I guess will wrap this up…see you around Ame’ Academy:)
Angel: Yep, me and all the other creatures of the night!:) Lol!

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Genre - Young Adult
Rating - PG

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Sunday 17 June 2012

Book Review - Sleeping Roses


Sophie married into a lie.
Sick of her dangerous marriage, Sophie leaves her husband, determined to start a new life.
But her husband isn't going to let her go that easily. If he can't have her, no one can.
It's hunter versus hunted.

What the readers have said

 "It's strange, mysterious, and down right cool! It made me wonder if this really happened." Jek Jamison

"A suspense/thriller where nothing is as it seems." Heartsong Reviews

"From the first page to the last I was captivated by Sophie's journey as told by Ms Workman. Well crafted twists and turns kept me completely enthralled and unwilling to put it down. I found myself empathizing with the characters I closely identified with and feeling compassion, as Sophie did, for those less likable. The author's ability to express the feelings and emotions of the characters transcended the words on the pages." D. Olson

If you think you know how it ends, hold on. You have no idea.

Thursday 14 June 2012

Debut Author Giveaway Hop

My giveaway is an awesome read
by debut author Ashley Paternostro

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Tuesday 12 June 2012

Indie Author Giveaway Hop

My giveaway is an awesome read
by indie author JA Konrath

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Friday 8 June 2012

My Favourite Reads Giveaway Hop

My giveaway is my newest favourite read

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