Monthly Archives: May 2012

#sundayshorts Under the Needle’s Eye- Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories


Sunday Shorts is a new meme. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

Please join us at our Goodreads Group and see whats on our shelf! Also please add your link to the Linky at the hosts’ blog here, so everyone can easily hop from blog to blog  and read your short! This is a brand new Meme that I hope will grow! ENJOY!

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Here are a few words on each story in the anthology!

Worry Doctor, by Linda DeMeulemeester

In a future society run by institution, no child need suffer unhappymemories. The worry doctors see to that. But when Teacher Angela isasked to find a dissident, she must once more undergo mind shaping.As Angela’s discarded memories begin to surface, the veneer of herharmonious life begins to crack.

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Winners of the Charlotte E English’s Draykon Series giveaway!


We’ve has an amazing week with Charlotte, with a lot of people getting introduced to her wonderful Draykon Series. I really want to that Charlotte for taking the time out, during one of the most important weeks of her writing and coming to visit the blog and sharing such wonderful insights into her writing and her books with us

 As many of you already know, we had a huge giveaway to launch the third and final book in the series during the Featured Author Week. Thank you to everyone who entered. As with all giveaways, not everyone can win, but quite a few of you have! So, congratulations to all our winners, and for everyone else, remember to check out Charlotte’s books here.

For those of you who missed the extravaganza, here is a quick recap:

And now for the big announcement! Here are our winners of the giveaway!

Winners of the entire series:

  1. bn100
  2. Amber Ivers

Winners of individual books:

Draykon:
  1. Larry Kroesing
  2. Penumbra
  3. Elisa Nuckle
  4. puttputt1198eve
  5. Anubha Agarwal
Lokant:
  1. Tricia
  2. Kimara Cheney
  3. Erick Ruvalcaba
Orlind:
  1. Omkar Kumbhar

Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!

The winners will be contacted directly by Charlotte soon, so be on the lookout for an email from her! Also, please respond to the email as soon as possible, as I would have to draw a different winner if we don’t hear back from our winners within 72 hours. Remember to visit the Giveaways page to enter into more exciting giveaways running currently!

Giveaway of Nate Rocks the Boat by Karen Pokras Toz


I know this is not the usual genre I read, but what can I say!? I love the Nate Rocks series! They make me feel like a child again, and that is always a great feeling to have. And, I love the adventures Nate goes on. But, the real reason I love these books is that I find myself comparing my childhood to Nate’s and loving it. OMG, when did I become so old, that I am starting to reminisce about my childhood? Oh well, if you are a person who is young at heart, you need to check  out these books, and what better way than to win the second book, and read it for free? You can win one copy of Nate Rocks the Boat, and the giveaway will be open till May 17th!

You can check out my reviews of both books here:

ABOUT NATE ROCKS THE BOAT

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With fourth grade finally winding down, 10-year-old Nathan Rockledge is looking forward to a fun and relaxing summer at home with his friends. That is, until his mom decides he has to go to overnight camp with his annoying older sister.  When his best friend Tommy decides to tag along, Nathan thinks maybe his summer won’t actually be so bad. After all, he does get to be away from his mom’s awful cooking for an entire six weeks.

Amongst Color War competitions, a flaky counselor, and a bully named “No-Neck,” Nathan turns to his trusty sketchpad, transforming himself into Nate Rocks: 10-year-old extraordinaire. His speedboat ready for action, Nate saves the day time and again from the perils of floods, snakes, ghosts, and even the most wanted criminals.

Join Nathan, Tommy, Abby, and a whole new cast of characters as Nate Rocks once again proves nothing can hold him back in this second book of the Nate Rocks series.

Giveaway of  Nate Rocks the Boat

by Karen Pokras Toz

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Your name and email address ensure 1 (one) entry.
  2. Following me on twitter gives you 1 (one) additional entry.
  3. ‘Liking’ my Facebook page gives you 1 (one) additional entry.
  4. Following this blog by email gives you 5 (five) additional entries.
  5. Following me on Networked Blogs gives you 1 (one) additional entry.
  6. Only your name and email are required and ensure you an entry. All others are optional and get you additional entries in the giveaway.
  7. If you are already doing any of the above, just leave your details below, including you  twitter username, Facebook name if different and email you used to follow me, and you will receive the extra entries.
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Giveaway rules:

  1. Only one entry per user.
  2. Giveaway is open internationally.
  3. Entries will be open till May 17, 2012.
  4. I will notify the author of the winner, and will pass your email address to her. The author will contact the winner.
  5. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that you receive your book. If you do not receive your book in 15 days, please let me know.
  6. My decision of the winner will be final, I will use a publicly available random number generator to pick the winner.

Writing to me is … Guest Post by Karen Pokras Toz


Writing To Me Is…

by Karen Pokras Toz

…A new endeavor.  Had you asked me to finish this sentence five years ago, I might have said that writing to me was a chore. It was something that didn’t interest me one bit.  I was a reader – not a writer. But a story in my head kept nagging at me, asking to be put to paper. So, two years ago, I decided to give it a try. An amazing thing happened. I found out I enjoyed writing. In fact, I quickly became infatuated with this new activity I had discovered. Here I was, a 40 something year old woman giddy over this new passion. I wrote every day – the words flowed fast and furious, and before I knew it, I had an 85,000-word novel written. It was awful! But it didn’t matter, as I had discovered something so fulfilling, I was not about to let it escape me. So instead, I worked at improving my art. I found a writing coach, joined critique groups, and asked everyone and anyone for advice. The advice was consistent: “You have a young voice – you would make a great children’s author.”

I took this advice to heart, put aside my first manuscript, and began developing my popular character, “Nate Rocks” – 4th grader extraordinaire and star of Nate Rocks the World, and newly released, Nate Rocks the Boat.

So now when you ask me, “Writing to me is…” I answer: “proof you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.” A lesson I try to convey in the Nate Rocks Series and beyond.

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Review of The Five Elements (The Alchemancer, #1) by Scott Marlowe


The Five ElementsThe Five Elements by Scott Marlowe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Shanna and Aaron are best friends who like nothing more than being in each other’s company. The relationship between the two was wonderful to read about. They seemed to be at ease when they were with each other and relied on each other completely. There was no competition to outdo each other, nor was there a feeling of superiority in Aaron, even though he knew so much more than Shanna and was a sorcerer’s apprentice. Their carefree life is soon turned upside down when an elemental attack on their home leaves it devastated and throws them on two separate paths, with both running away from the attackers.

The mystery of why the city is attacked, by whom, and what they are after is closely guarded by the author until much later in the story. The attack on the city has been perfectly choreographed by the author. The devastation was portrayed in such a stark manner that I could feel it happening. Each part of it is clearly thought out and it sets off, both Shanna and Aaron on their separate quests. This is also a moment in which both characters get developed immensely. The way in which they escape, the things they do to help others in need and their reactions to the tragedy define how they will react to situations they will face later in the book. This part is what helped me understand the characters and their motivations at the end of the book, when the time comes to make the tough decisions.

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