Author Archives: Kristin

Interview with Allen Wyler author of Dead End Deal

Today we welcome neurosurgeon turned author, Allen Wyler to the Book Sniffers Anonymous community. Allen is the author of the medical thrillers Deadly Errors, Dead Head and Dead End Deal.

Allen Wyler is a renowned neurosurgeon who earned an international reputation for pioneering surgical techniques to record brain activity. He has served on the faculties of both the University of Washington and the University of Tennessee, and in 1992 was recruited by the prestigious Swedish Medical Center to develop a neuroscience institute.

In 2002, he left active practice to become Medical Director for a startup med-tech company (that went public in 2006) and he now chairs the Institutional Review Board of a major medical center in the Pacific Northwest.

Leveraging a love for thrillers since the early 70’s, Wyler devoted himself to fiction writing in earnest, eventually serving as Vice President of the International Thriller Writers organization for several years. After publishing his first two medical thrillers Deadly Errors (2005) and Dead Head (2007), he officially retired from medicine to devote himself to writing full time.

He and his wife, Lily, divide their time between Seattle and the San Juan Islands.

For more information about Allen check out his website.

 

Review: Almost a Scandal by Elizabeth Essex

Almost a Scandal
(The Reckless Brides, #1)
By: Elizabeth Essex
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: July 31, 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
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For generations, the Kents have served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place—at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard the Audacious, Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingly aware of the full-bodied woman beneath her navy blues…

Dedicated to his ship, sworn to his duty—and distractingly gorgeous—Lieutenant David Colyear sees through Sally’s charade, and he’s furious. But he must admit she’s the best midshipman on board—and a woman who tempts him like no other. With his own secrets to hide and his career at stake, Col agrees to keep her on. But can the passion they hide survive the perils of a battle at sea? Soon, their love and devotion will be put to the test

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Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster 
By: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Atria Books
Re-Published: Aug. 14, 2012
Genre: New Adult
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The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

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Guest Post: Lucy Swing author of Feathermore Trilogy

We’ve got Lucy Swing, author of the Feathermore trilogy joining us today to share her dream cast with us. In celebration of the release of book #2 in the trilogy, Fallenmore, Lucy is offering up an e-copy of Fallenmore on every stop of her tour. But that’s not all! She’s also doing a grand prize drawing to win a paperback copy of both Feathermore and Fallenmore!

Lucy Swing lives in sunny Florida with her husband and two children.

She is a YA Paranormal/ Romance writer, whose works include: Feathermore (Feathermore Trilogy #1 ), Fallenmore (Feathemore Trilogy #2) and Bloody Valentine, a vampire/witch novella.

She is an absolute book hoarder and must always have a book at arm’s length. Music is her muse, and there is always a soundtrack that plays along her life.

For more information on Lucy Swing please visit her website and the Feathermore Trilogy blog.

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Feathermore Trilogy Cast

I don’t know about you, but casting my characters as if there was going to be a Feathermore Trilogy movie is one of the most fun things ever! When I wrote the first book, Feathermore, I had certain actors in mind. With some characters, I created them physically and couldn’t match them to anyone in real life (no one I’ve met or celebrities) so I made do as best as I could.

Without further ado, I present to you the cast of the Feathermore Trilogy!
 Elizabeth Gillies
(Jade Lovecraft)

 Brant Daugherty
(Avan Blackwell)

Max Zagorski
(Blake)

Megan Fox
(Lilith)

Isabel Lucas
(Claire)

Austin Butler
(Nate)

Now the never before seen casted characters!

Carla Gugino
(Mrs. Lovecraft)

 Josh Hopkins
(Mr. Lovecraft)

David Schwimmer
(Mr. Morris)

 Simon Baker
(Mr. Gatley)

Thank you so much, Kristin! It is always a pleasure coming for a visit to Book Sniffers Anonymous, so thank you for hosting me today.

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Fallenmore
(Feathermore #2)
Genre: YA

When darkness consumes you; will it be hard to find the light?

After Jade’s world was torn apart, she is unsure of where she belongs, if anywhere at all. Deceived by those she trusted the most, she must now accept her fate and the life that lays before her. The voices are back but this time, they are trying to lure her into the darkness. But could they be telling her the truth? That the only person she has been able to trust since the death of her boyfriend, Avan, is lying to her too? If the voices are right… Could she really trust him?

In Fallenmore, the second book in the Feathermore Trilogy, Jade will embark in a quest through the pits of Hell. The question now is: once she is in, will they ever let her out?

Check out my review of Fallenmore HERE.

 

Review: Fallenmore by Lucy Swing

Fallenmore
(Feathermore #2)
By: Lucy Swing
Publisher: Self-pub
Published: July 31, 2012
Genre: YA
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When darkness consumes you; will it be hard to find the light?

After Jade’s world was torn apart, she is unsure of where she belongs, if anywhere at all. Deceived by those she trusted the most, she must now accept her fate and the life that lays before her. The voices are back but this time, they are trying to lure her into the darkness. But could they be telling her the truth? That the only person she has been able to trust since the death of her boyfriend, Avan, is lying to her too? If the voices are right… Could she really trust him?

In Fallenmore, the second book in the Feathermore Trilogy, Jade will embark in a quest through the pits of Hell. The question now is: once she is in, will they ever let her out?

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Guest Post: Ciye Cho, author of Florence

Ciye Cho, author of the YA novel Florence is here to give us 8 reasons why mermen should be your next book boyfriend.

Ciye Cho lives in Australia and works as a graphic designer. He writes YA novels in his free time–and his head is often lost in the clouds or some place far from reality…

For more information about Ciyo check out his website.

You can also find him on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter.

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8 Reasons Why Your Next (Book) Boyfriend Should Be A Merman.

One of the biggest drawcards in YA fiction has to be the excess of swoon-worthy guys. Whether you’re into sparkly vampires or baker boys who toss burnt bread at you, there’s something for every female reader. Team vampire, team human, team dystopian bad-ass, team werewolf… I could go on and on. Yet, there’s one type of lead that often goes under appreciated: the merman. Well, let me show you 8 reasons why your next (book) boyfriend should be a merman:

  1.  Mr. Merman is eco-friendly. Perfectly in tune with the ocean, he cares about the welfare of all animals under his dominion. Mermen never hunt more than they need, and many are vegetarians. Mer guys don’t do (sea)weed… they eat it.
  2.  Like most merfolk, he’s not materialistic. Forget what you’ve heard about thingamabobs and dinglehoppers.
  3.  He’s a deep-sea olympian. Living in the ocean is rough, but mermen are strong enough to swim past tsunamis, fast enough to beat Michael Phelps at freestyle, and tough enough to cross an ocean without rest.
  4.  He can communicate with animals. (Did I mention that he’s friends with sharks? Well, that’s just how he rolls.)
  5.  He’s Just Not That Into You (as a food item)… so no worries about being eaten, drained of blood, or turned into a paranormal entity. Relax, you’ll never become an appetizer.
  6.  He’s smart. The facts, you ask? Well, he’s highly adept at avoiding human detection, speaks multiple languages (mer, dolphin, whale), and knows the bottom of the ocean better than Jacques Cousteau. Come on, it takes more than a tail to be a merman. It takes panache.
  7.  He spends 90% of his time shirtless. So there’s no need for plot devices that require a male lead to lose articles of clothing.
  8.  Living underwater means no awkward cover story. In other words, less fake human life = more time for you. (Of course, you’ll have to find a way to breathe underwater if you want to be with him… but hey, I’ll leave that up to you.)

Ladies, it’s time to believe in mermen… and LTR relationships (Long Tail Relationships).

Florence
Genre: YA

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Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.

Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand–and find out where she belongs–Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart… and her very soul.

Interview with author Lilou DuPont

We are so happy to have author, Lilou Dupont stopping by today to chat with us. Lilou’s new book, Dangerous Love will be released Aug 6 but before you go and pre-order a copy, Lilou is giving one reader the chance to win a copy of Dangerous Love right here on Book Sniffers Anonymous.

Lilou DuPont graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in Philosophy and studied Erotic Writing at The New School in New York City. She lives in Washington, DC where she enjoys a successful advertising career and a large circle of friends. Dangerous Love is her first novel. She is at work on her second book, a spy romance set in Bucharest, Romania. Vampires? No. Gypsies? Yes.

For more information on Lilou check out her website.

You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

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Review: Monster in My Closet by R.L. Naquin

 

Monster in My Closet

(Monster Haven, #1)
By: R.L. Naquin
Publisher: Carina Press
Published: July 30, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn’t imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I’d seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?

After all, I’ve always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don’t get me wrong, I like helping people—and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course.

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Guest Post with L.J. Cohen author of The Between

We’ve all been sucked into a book and have been taken to another world only to be spit back out into reality. Have you ever wondered how the worlds and characters that we read about, come to be on paper? Well L.J Cohen is stopping by today to give us the skinny on her writing technique and how her characters are born.

 

L.J. lives in the western suburbs of Boston, MA with her husband, 2 sons, and one dog.
L.J. and her dog (Tigger) are registered as a therapy team through Caring Canines.
When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she’s a physical therapist in a private practice.For more information about L.J. visit her website.

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Review: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

 

Shut Out
By: Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Poppy
Published: Sept. 5, 2011
Genre: YA
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Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it’s a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part,Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy’s car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend’s attention

Then Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players’ girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won’t get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don’t count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. But what Lissa never sees coming is her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling