Guest Post: Kersten L. Kelly Author of Economics

Joining us today is Kersten L. Kelly, author of Economics

 

Kersten L. Kelly is a self-published author of narrative non-fiction and semi-fiction books. She grew up in Munster, Indiana, and currently works in a sales role based out of Chicago, Illinois. She started writing at an early age and graduated from Indiana University with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Communication & Culture. She then went on to earn a Master’s in Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She has a passion for learning, teaching, and writing as well as international travel in her spare time.

For more information on Kersten L. Kelly visit her website.

 

Review: Deadly Dance by Dee Davis

Deadly Dance
(A-Tac #5)
By: Dee Davis
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Published: March 27, 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating:

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After the death of her A-Tac partner, Hannah doubts everything she thought she knew about love and loyalty. When handsome Harrison Blake joins the team, she’s reluctant to trust him – or to act on her intense attraction to him. Then Hannah receives a podcast of a gruesome murder, and the only person who can help her find the killer is Harrison.

Harrison has spent years trying to hunt down the cunning monster who killed his sister. Now investigating with Hannah, he faces a shocking possibility – his sister’s murderer has resurfaced. As the danger escalates, Hannah and Harrison grow closer, the desire simmering between them ignites. And when Hannah disappears, Harrison has only one chance to save the woman he loves.

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Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy
(His Fair Assassin #1)
By: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: April 3, 2012
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Rating:

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Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

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The book starts out showing you how rough of a life Ismae has had. Her mother tried to expel her from her womb with a poison that has left a hideous scar on her back. She’s pretty much been shunned by everyone in her village and her father doesn’t hesitate to be rid of her and arranges a marriage to a man whom knows nothing about her and is non too thrilled to find that she has been touched by Death. That is when she is whisked away to the convent where she is shone her true potential as an assassin. She is still a novice when she is sent to accompany Duval to Court as his mistress. However, while at court Ismae unlocks a lot of secrets and starts to question her faith in the convent and her feelings for Duval.

I liked Ismae’s character and liked watching her grow and become more confident in herself. But I must say that my favorite characters was the Beast. Duval’s right hand man, who is unfortunate enough to have a deformed face (hence the nickname) but deep down he is a caring guy who would do anything for those under his protection. I don’t know why I found myself gravitating to him when he wasn’t in the story that much but there was just something about him that grabbed my attention every time he appeared in the book.

I found the world that LaFevers created to be very interesting. A convent of assassins who’s purpose is to carry out the wish of the Saint of Death? Sign me up! The only reason why it got 3 stars is because well, did you see the amount of pages in this book? At first I thought that maybe there was an extra story at the end but nope, it’s all one book. There is a lot of talking going on while Ismae is at court and although some of it is relevant to the story, a lot of it is not. And when you have a book that is that long… well I sort of skimmed over the random babble going on in the story so that I could get back to the important parts.

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“Are men truly such idiots that they cannot resist two orbs of flesh?”- Ismae

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Review: The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton

The Forever Girl
(Forever Girl #1)
By: Rebecca Hamilton
Publisher: Immortal Ink
Published: Jan. 26, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating:

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Sophia Parsons’ family has skeletons, but they aren’t in their graves…

Solving the mystery of an ancestor’s hanging might silence the clashing whispers in Sophia’s mind, but the cult in her town and the supernaturals who secretly reside there are determined to silence her first.

As Sophia unknowingly crosses the line into an elemental world full of vampire-like creatures, shapeshifters, and supernatural grim reapers, she meets Charles, a man who becomes both lover and ally.

But can she trust him?

It’s not until someone nearly kills Sophia that she realizes the only way to unveil the source of her family’s curse: abandon her faith or abandon her humanity. If she wants to survive, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.

 
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Guest Post: John Nelson author of Against Nature

Joining us today we have John Nelson, author of Against Nature.

John is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and former Special Forces Medic. He’s now the Director of Quality and Risk Management, Patient Safety, and Infection Control at a community hospital in Utah. His novel Against Nature was released on April 5th, 2011 by Wild Child Publishing.

For more information on John Nelson visit his Website

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Review: The Lifeguard by Deborah Blumenthal

The Lifeguard
By: Deborah Blumenthal
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co
Published: March 1, 2012
Genre: YA
Rating:

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It’s an unsettled summer for Sirena. Back in Texas, her family’s splitting apart, but here in Rhode Island, at the cottage of her aunt, it’s a different world. There are long days at the beach and intriguing encounters with Pilot, the lifeguard with shamanic skills. Sirena explores her obsession with Pilot and discovers his mysterious–almost magical–gifts.

 
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Review: Shift by Rachel Vincent

Shift
(Shifters #5)
By Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Mira Books
Published: Feb 19, 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages:441
Rating:

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Being the first female werecat enforcer isn’t easy. Scars accumulate, but I’m stronger in so many ways.

As for my personal life? It’s complicated. Choices worth making always are. Ever since my brother’s death and my father’s impeachment, it’s all I can do to prevent more blood from spilling. Now our Pride is under attack by a flight of vicious thunderbirds. And making peace with our new enemies may be the only way to get the best of our old foe.

With the body count rising and treachery everywhere, my instincts tell me to look before I leap. But sometimes a leap of faith is the only real option.

 
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Review: Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Night Pleasures
(Dark-Hunter #1)
By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Published: Sept. 15, 2009
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:

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The Dark-Hunters are ancient warriors who have sworn to protect mankind and the fate of the world is in their hands. . .
He is solitude. He is darkness. He is the ruler of the night. Yet Kyrian of Thrace has just woken up handcuffed to his worst nightmare: An accountant. Worse, she’s being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there. And if Amanda Devereaux goes down, then he does too. But it’s not just their lives that are hanging in the balance. Kyrian and Amanda are all that stands between humanity and oblivion. Let’s hope they win.

 
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Interview: Feathermore by Lucy Swing


Joining us today is Lucy Swing, the author of the new paranormal young adult trilogy Feathermore.

Check out our review of Feathermore HERE

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

She is a YA Paranormal/ Romance writer, whose works include: Feathermore #1 (Feathermore Trilogy), Bloody Valentine, the novella, and Bloody Valentine is also offered in “Death by Chocolate,” an anthology consisting of 6 fantastic YA short stories with a chocolaty twist.
She is an absolute book hoarder and must always have a book at arms distance. 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.

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*We put on our reporter glasses, pull out our sleek silver tape recorder, stare Lucy down and ask…*

Why did you choose to write YA?
YA is the genre I like to read most. I love the way I can re-live, through the characters, the teenage years and first loves. Didn’t your mom ever tell you you’d miss those days at some point? Did you do like me and just rolled my eyes and said “Yeah, right!” Yup, she was right. So, YA allows me to go back there, even if for just a moment.

Okay so your favorite genre is YA but who’s your favorite author?
As authors go… I like quite a bunch, can’t really play favorites here.

Okay okay fair enough. How about this? How did you come up with the title?
I woke up one morning with the word EVERMORE stuck in my head. For days it wouldn’t leave me alone. There already is an Evermore book (Alyson Noel’s first book in the Immortal series) and so I began thinking of how to transform it and make it work with my book. That’s when Feathermore was born.

What’s the most necessary thing for you to have while writing example: music, lucky socks or perhaps a special mouse pad?
A clean house. It’s a little OCD of me, I know, but otherwise I cannot concentrate. Music is my everything, and although I tend to write with it on, even if it is in the background, sometimes, I just need pure silence.

Describe a typical writing day for you.
Well, a writing day is pretty much that: writing, so not a whole other things to do. Except, of course, my writing time gets cut down by social media. I am on Twitter day in and day out, Facebooking, checking Goodreads, sales of my books, etc… Sometimes I wished the internet would go off, but then, I’d probably go crazy without it.

We know that you are currently working on the sequel to Feathermore, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Book #2 will pick up right where Feathermore left off, and I am sure a lot of people would like to know what the heck will happen. So there will be journeys to be taken on and mysteries to unravel.

Since we do favorite part/quote in our reviews, what’s your fave part/quote from Feathermore?
Ahh, that is so not fair! I like them all! I would have to say maybe the last few chapters were my favorites, just because a lot is explained and leaves you with your jaw on the floor. What do you think?

We have to agree with that. We were both surprised with the last few chapters.

Now to the goodies!!
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about the book

When the one thing you live for is taken from you, do you let it go or do you fall?
Jade, like any other student at Brushwood High, awaits the start of the school year with a certain measure of dread. Worse, she is being threatened by a voice that only she can hear—a voice that lurks at the edges of her awareness, haunting her and warning her of something unknown. She has always been able to count on her two best friends, Claire and Nate, but can she confide in them now? About this? Would they even believe her?
Life takes a turn for the better when she meets Avan, a darkly handsome new student who, somehow, seems to drown out the voice and make her feel at ease.
But Jade soon comes to realize that good things don’t last forever. When everything spirals out of control, she is shattered by something she never saw coming. Dazed and despairing, she must now overcome tragedy and embrace her true existence and a new but dangerous love. Will she be able to save herself and those she loves, before it’s too late? Or will she let the surrounding darkness consume her?

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Review: Feathermore by Lucy Swing

Feathermore
(Feathermore #1)
By: Lucy Swing
Publisher: Self published
Published: March 2, 2012
Genre: YA
Rating:

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When the one thing you live for is taken from you, do you let it go or do you fall?
Jade, like any other student at Brushwood High, awaits the start of the school year with a certain measure of dread. Worse, she is being threatened by a voice that only she can hear—a voice that lurks at the edges of her awareness, haunting her and warning her of something unknown. She has always been able to count on her two best friends, Claire and Nate, but can she confide in them now? About this? Would they even believe her?
Life takes a turn for the better when she meets Avan, a darkly handsome new student who, somehow, seems to drown out the voice and make her feel at ease.
But Jade soon comes to realize that good things don’t last forever. When everything spirals out of control, she is shattered by something she never saw coming. Dazed and despairing, she must now overcome tragedy and embrace her true existence and a new but dangerous love. Will she be able to save herself and those she loves, before it’s too late? Or will she let the surrounding darkness consume her?

 
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