Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review: Norma Jean by Amanda Heath

The night Chance Duncan drunkenly kissed me on his couch, I vowed my revenge. I finally had something over his head, something that would bring him to his knees. It only served him right. He bullied me for years and turned me into this messed up person I am now.

Though I didn’t know at the time he wasn’t that mean little boy anymore. He was almost a man and easily stole my breath away. I just wanted to make him fall in love with, then break his heart into a million pieces. Just the way mine was. Instead he put the pieces back together and I started to feel whole again.

Good things never last. He did what I was supposed to do. Broke my already fragile heart all over again. Betrayed and alone I fled my home town and started a new life where I wasn’t in the shadow of what I did.

Now he is back and trying to worm his way into my heart, again. Though he will never know it will always belong to him. He hurt me and I want nothing to do with him. Life has other plans. Doesn’t it always?

He doesn’t know though. Doesn’t know what I’m hiding or who I’m hiding from. I never thought I would see Chance again and I’m afraid that he’ll get hurt getting mixed up in my mess. Though he is right in the middle of it, without even knowing it. I have to find a way for us to get out, before somebody dies.

My name is Norma Jean and this isn’t a fairytale.


 Source: Reviewer Purchase

I bought this book because it came highly recommended from my girl Jessy over at BookEnd 2 BookEnd . I'll admit that I had my doubts when I began to read it. I thought that it was going to be another one of those annoying high school dramas with a whiney brat of a character. Woah was I wrong! Their high school romance only lasted for so long but damn it was hot! Norma Jean is nothing like the character I assumed she'd be. She is a feisty little firecracker! I wasn't sure how I felt about Chance at first because he seemed like a total douche bag. He did a complete turn around and he's a complete sweetheart! He's so passionate and true in his love for Norma Jean. Norma starts to fall for him, too, abandoning her plan to crush him....that is until an unfortunate turn of events. 

Fast forward a few years and Chance comes stumbling back into her life. If you thought their relationship was hot before, wait until you get here. I'm pretty sure I had to wipe the drool from my chin a few times. Norma has a few skeletons in her closet and shit WILL hit the fan! I can't even tell you the last time I read a contemporary romance with such suspense. Norma Jean will leave you hungry for more.







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Twisted Perfection Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Author: Abbi Glines
Title: Twisted Perfection
Release date: April 22, 2013
Publisher: Abbi Glines
Age Group: New Adult/Adult
Genre: Contemporary romance
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. There was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…

Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.

What he didn’t know was she was as fragile as they came.
The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine…

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 Source: Receive book to review for blog tour

Twisted Perfection shows us another side of Woods. We are able to see what he is like and also what his family is like. Della is a girl trying to run away from her past and just find herself. When these two have a chance meeting it seems fate has more in store for them then just a one time thing. I loved this book just as i have loved all of Abbi's other books. She tells this story in a way that makes you feel like a part of their world. Of course as in every story Woods and Della have some demons to fight. I fell in love with Woods even more in this story and instantly fell in love with Della. I highly recommend this book and give it a 5/5!!!

Abbi Glines was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She grew up in the small town of Sumiton, Alabama where she left the summer she turned eighteen. She didn’t get far… she chased her high school sweetheart down to the coast and she’s been there ever since.

Abbi now lives in the quaint southern town of Fairhope, Alabama with her three children and husband Keith (the high school sweetheart she chased after). Her life is never dull and Keith always makes sure there is another “experience” for them to explore.

Books published by Abbi include The Vincent Boys and the USA TODAY bestseller The Vincent Brothers, Breathe, Because of Low, the USA TODAY bestsellers While It Lasts and Just For Now, The Existence Trilogy that includes the USA Today Bestseller Ceaseless, and The New York Times bestseller and Wall Street Journal bestseller Fallen Too Far and Never Too Far.

When Abbi isn’t locked away in her office typing away she is hauling her kids to and from their many social activities. You could say her second job is the Glines Kids personal chauffeur. It’s a rather illustrious job.

Twitter: @abbiglines

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My 1 Year Blogoversary Celebration!!

WOOOOOOOO I made it!!! This past year has been a whirlwind for me. I wish I had a picture of the butt ugly blog that I made when I was quite comical and my graphic designer brother made fun of me. Now I have this awesome one made by Ishita from The Reading Fish! Anyhoo, I have had a pleasure of meeting some great authors and bloggers. I wouldn't be here today without them and I ESPECIALLY wouldn't be here without my readers.  This celebration is for you!

I'm going to name drop because these peeps are super special :-) I may not talk to them all the time but they are the reason I started blogging and continue to blog.

My blogger bitch Lori... love her to death! She's like my twin and I can talk to her about anything. Her blog is Contagious Reads so check her out! She also had these kind words to say for my celebration "The first memory I have of Ren is a conversation that we had on facebook about how nasty our glasses were. Since then our friendship has been nothing but macrbe smartassery to the extreme. We love to have fun, read good books and share a passion for all things skulls and snark. More than that has been a hand holder, a supporter and a place to vent. No matter big or small she is there for her friends. When I don't know how to do something she's like duh! and tells me how to do it. I love that. She works hard to maintain her blog, she promotes the crap out of the books she is passionate about and is all around one of the hardest working bloggers I know. I love this girl! Congrats on your 1 year!!! Here's to meeting at UtopYa and another year of blogging madness!!!"

D.T. Dyllin and The Dragon Hussies... it's crazy how a book, or in the case a series, can bring readers together. I knew some of the girls from the reading community but I'm a chicken when it comes to adding peeps on Facebook. I wound up requesting them and now I love them to death! They are the coolest chicks and they make for some great conversation. <33 you girls Jessy, Shona, Kellee, Sarah and Bieke...and of course the amazing author that made it possible, Dara :) 

Becky and Justine from Bex 'n' Books are awesomesauce!! 

I'll be here forever if I write paragraphs on everyone so here they are:

Authors: Shelly Crane, Rachael Wade, Abbi Glines, Nicole Williams, Tiffany King, M. Leighton, David Mayer, Kenya Wright, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Fisher Amelie, Jillian Dodd, Frankie Rose, Alexia Purdy, Annie Walls, L.P. Dover, Cameo Ranae, Cambria Hebert, Stacey Jay, Madison Daniel, Brandy Dull, Alyson Noel, Jessica Sorensen, Chris Almeida, Cecilia Aubrey, Lily Crussell, Jennifer Malone Wright, KB Miller, LM Preston, Kendall Grey, Aimee Duffy, Emily Walker, MayLynn Bast, Shanora Williams, Laura Howard, Melissa Andrea, AJ Lape, M.R. Polish, Ruthi Kight, Eric Asher, Jessica Turner, Chelsea Starling, Keren Spencer, Teresa Gabelman, Avery Olive, JD Nelson, Jason Bryant, Bree Vanderland, Raine Thomas, Stacey Rourke, Nadege Richards, Annie Brewer,  Jenn Blythe, Dominique Goodall, Heather Savage, Peggy Martinez, Ranae Rose, Mera Sampson, Dani Harper, Amber Garza, Howard Shapiro, Chelsea Fine, Jill Prand, Jessi Gibson, Tabitha Short....shit, now I think I forgot someone :(

Bookish peeps: Autumn Nauling, Beth Edwards, Penelope Bartoto, Anna Dase, Mel & Lana, Lisa Labriola, Kristina Haecker, Nika, Brianna Lee, All the girls from Good Choice Reading, Helena,  Tamara Beard, Tawnya P, Rhowie Acierto, Delphina Miyares, Samantha Atkin, Cassie Chavez, Autumn Wrought(my other twin), Alexandra Louk, Katie Shelby, Marcy Rachel, Crystal Clifton, Jenny Bynum,  Michelle McQueen, Cheree Crump, Candy Smith, Alyssa Susanna, Patricia Crews, Rose Newman, Tammy Middleton, Wendy Lovetiggi, Brittany Carrigan, Elizabeth Gunderson, Elizabeth Hollar, Nevena Read, Jodi Murphy, Mary Lee, June Luu, Donna Tuggle, Laura MacKean, Peggy Walgren, Mary Bookhounds, Natasha Vahora, Shreya Gunna, Leah Dewet, Lady Amber, Oh Chrys, I Love YA Fiction, Parajunkee, Always YA At Heart and pretty much every blog in my side bar. I feel bad for leaving peeps out but my brain hurts. 

As promised, here is my gift to the readers...or should I say gifts. There is a separate rafflecopter for each book. If you find that it's not your cup or tea or you have it, skip over it. That simple! I'll post the cover and blurb for ya :-) BTW, this is international but if you live outside the US you have to cover half of the shipping costs. If you enter more than one rafflecopter, you only have to comment once for the "Leave a blogpost comment" entry.... Same goes for the Share on Facebook entry, you only have to share once for all of the copters. Good Luck!!

Partying with friends and scoring a flawless tan is about all Roxie has on her list of things to make her Hampton's summer perfect.

Her parents, however, have other plans and Grandma Betty's farm is just one of them.

Just as her life is in shambles and the quaint town is suffocating her, she meets Chase.

Somewhere in the mix of bummer summer and small town doldrums, he becomes the boy she can't seem to avoid falling for. Just adding him to the picture, her stay starts to get better, even if she knows it has to end with the summer holidays.

That is until Betty drops a life-shattering bomb.
Roxie must make a choice that will change her life forever. What happens when a spoiled brat from New York learns the true meaning of love, loss, and forgiveness?

Can Chase and Roxie find a way to be together or is this just another summer romance?a Rafflecopter giveaway

A girl.

A coma.

A life she can't remember.

When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she's been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can't remember them. She can't remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can't remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the 'old her' makes her start to wish she'd never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he's dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital. 

 Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?

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My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing a new evil, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacationa Rafflecopter giveaway

Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of beautiful girls, Penn, Thea, and Lexi, everything changes. Vowing to get her sister back no matter what the cost, Harper must face dangers unlike any she's ever experienced. Fortunately, she has Daniel by her side, a gorgeous guy who's devoted to helping her find her sister—and who's immune to the girls' dark powers.

While Harper searches for her sister, Gemma struggles to adjust to her new life. Gemma's powers are growing by the day, and the longer she lives with her new "sisters," the harder it is to resist entering their magical world. It's a realm both dark and beautiful, and where she's plagued by strange hungers and unspeakable needs. Just as she's drifting far away from her old life, Harper and Daniel find her...but no one can deny how much she's changed. All she wants is to return to her family and the mortal world, but how can she do that when she's become something else entirely—and will they still love her once they learn the truth?

Prepare to fall under the spell of Lullaby, the second book in the Watersong series from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.a Rafflecopter giveaway

In times of stress Jillian Descharme has always found calm in her dream of a great white wolf with haunting blue eyes. But she is startled when the visions return and this time seem so real. Late at night he comes to her, speaks to her, touches her. It's almost as if he's alive...

Thirty years ago James Macleod lost his wife and unborn child to a killer bent on destroying the Changelings. Though he longed for death, his animal instinct fought for survival and James has been a wolf ever since. Yet now a woman has reawakened the man in him, taming wild instincts but arousing still wilder needs. With his ancient enemy hunting the legendary white wolf, James must fight for new life, new hope, new love.a Rafflecopter giveaway

The most tragic love story in history . . .

 Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kate thought it was something they had left behind long ago when they moved nearly two-thousand miles away, but when her best friend Abby talks her into visiting a psychic, the mystery is reawakened. Twenty-one years ago, four years before she was even born, her older sister had disappeared from the front porch of their cousin's home. Without witnesses and without any evidence, the case went cold.

Abby's had a crush on Adam for nearly two years and is more than ecstatic when she finally catches his attention. Secretly Kate has liked him since sixth grade and when she learns he is taking a weekend trip to see his brother in the same town where her sister had disappeared, she goes along. As their forbidden romance blooms and betrayal weighs heavily on her heart, she finds herself face to face with her sister's murderer.a Rafflecopter giveaway

With a death starts a new beginning...

Eighteen-year-old Esmerelda thinks she’s just a normal girl, but all of that changes the day of her mom’s funeral, when a warlock, intent on using her special powers, kidnaps her. Powers she didn’t know existed. Thrown in the middle of a magical battle, Es struggles to learn her magic while fleeing both vampires and warlocks, at the same time, hunting for the witches that can help defeat her adversary. The only problem is that they are dead.

Thankfully, she has the help of Jarak—her Guardian—who quickly captures her heart, but she wonders if she can win his? Just when she thinks Jarak is the one for her, Ian appears with daggers drawn to save Es from a vampire attack. Ian is cocky and rude, but there is something magnetic about him—something that attracts her to him. With her heart torn between two men, she faces the foes that are out for her blood. Can Es do the unthinkable and awaken them from their graves before time runs out?
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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: Recalled by Cambria Hebert

Love or Death? A simple question really. The choice seems obvious. But. What if you never knew love, what if your life was spent just trying to survive? What if you knew your fate before you were fully grown?

And then you died.

And you were given another chance. A better chance.

This new life depended upon one thing: your job. And so you agreed. You thought it would be simple. You thought it would be cut and dry.

It never is.

And now you are left holding the fate of someone else in the palm of your hand and you have to make the ultimate choice.

Love or Death?

 Source: Reviewer Purchase

 I wish you could see my face right now....better yet, I wish you could see my reaction as I finished Recalled. #1. I'm fucking crying...again....over a book. #2. I think I may have broken my desk and/or foot from kicking it in frustration. My mouth is continually opening and closing like a fish out of water because I don't know what to say. I'm angry, sad and happy. I can't decide which emotion is the strongest but I will tell you that I want to punch Cambria Hebert in the face! HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?! I can't frickin breath! I even went to Goodreads to read the blurb for the second book and what do you know, IT'S NOT THERE!! Can I get a bone? Something...any scrap of what's to come.

Recalled was fresh to death! Pun intended! For those of you that don't understand my Jersey slang, it basically means it was a fresh new concept. This is one of those books you want to read when you want a break from vampires, werewolves, shifters and whatnot. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire ride. My only complaint is that I wished there was more romance....what can I say? I'm a romance-a-holic! The cover is what tricked me into thinking there would be more romance. No worries though... I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tour Kick-off & Giveaway: The Lightrider Journals by Eric Nierstedt

Joseph Hashimoto is happy with his ordinary life. A man who believes in fairness and just action, Joe’s greatest love is his family. But as he moves about his days, he is completely unaware that his actions are carefully observed. With one momentous decision, Joe’s ordinary life is about to transform into an extraordinary existence.

While attempting to save a little girl from danger, Joe is killed in a violent explosion. Instead of dying, however, his soul is brought before the elemental Architects of the Universe, who tell him he has been chosen for a sacred duty. Reborn as Lightrider, the earthly representative of Light, Joe is given leadership of the Elemental Knights, a group of half-man, half-animal beings. Charged with maintaining a delicate balance between good and evil, Joe must police both sides and destroy anyone who threatens to ruin it. As Joe struggles with his conflicting emotions and longing for home, he must face his greatest threat—the ancient Chaos Demons.

In this fantasy tale, a man inadvertently thrust into a world of cosmic forces must come to terms with change and accept what needs to be done for the good of all

Buy Links: Available in ebook, paperback and hardcover from each site.

The man once known as Joseph Hashimoto, now called Lightrider, looked over at the cosmic beings that had called him here and made him one of their vessels. One by one, he met their eyes, until he came to the being that had given him his name and power.

As Ralin watched, the man put down his staff, and then, moving his hands to his face, his fingers came to the wrappings that covered his lower face. But as he touched them, the wrappings glowed with golden light and then vanished, leaving his face bare.

The Lightrider licked his lips and spoke the first words of his new life. “Well …that was … goddamn!”

“True, if not eloquent,” Ralin said. “How do you feel, my knight?”

“All right, I think,” Joe said, glancing down at himself. Looking at his golden clothing, he asked, “If I’m a knight, shouldn’t I have armor or something?”

“A knight is made not by the clothing he wears, Lightrider, but by the virtue he keeps in his heart.”

“Wow. That’s uh … Can I say it sounds cheesy, or should I just nod?”

“Both, Lightrider,” Demtia said with a chuckle. “Our brother lets his mouth run away with him quite often. I believe such terms are called ‘cliché’ in your world?”

“That’s one way of putting it,” Joe said. Turning back to Ralin, he asked, “Okay, so no armor. But what happens now?”

“What happens to all soldiers before battle,” Rastla answered. “You and your siblings must train, and learn to use the powers you have been given.”


“Siblings in our service. Remember, Lightrider, I said you were the final Elemental Knight,” Ralin said. “My fellows have already made their selections of Knights. But we had decided that my choice would lead, and so we did not finish building the knighthood until a leader was chosen.”

“Okay, that makes sense,” Joe said. “So who are these guys? Did you pick them from earth like me?”

“They do come from your world,” Ralin answered. He gestured for Joe to turn.

“You will find them somewhat … unique, I believe.”

Joe raised an eyebrow at that, but he turned nonetheless. What he saw was each of the Architects holding his or her hand over a ball of energy that appeared on his or her part of the platform. Each was colored for its specific Architect, and as Joe watched, the balls grew smaller and smaller. As they did, Joe could see arms and legs poking out of the energy. But as they emerged, he realized something was wrong. The appendages he saw were slim compared to those of humans, and many ended in paws. Two of them seemed to be wings.

And as the energy faded completely, Joe looked at the being closest to him and said, …“A lizard?

“You expect me to lead a lizard?!” Joe exclaimed in disbelief. He stared at the reddish-brown creature that sat on Darya’s section.

“Of course not, Lightrider. Don’t be ridiculous,” Darya answered.

“Oh, thank God. I really thought that—”

“This is a Gila monster, not a simple lizard.”

Joe looked at the Fire Architect for a moment, and asked, “Uh, you realize that it’s kinda, well, non-advanced, right?”

“That may be true now. But such things can be changed.”

“Right. That totally makes sense,” Joe said. He glanced over at the other Architects and their selections. At the feet of each Architect sat a being encased in strange, multicolored energy, frozen in one position. But none of them was human. As Joe looked at each Architect down the line from Rastla, he saw they had chosen a bat, an orange cat, a German shepherd, the Gila monster, a falcon, a squirrel, a ram, a spider, and a wolf.

“Um, I’m a little confused here,” Joe said, looking back at Ralin. “I thought I was going to be leading a knighthood, not Noah’s Ark!”

“You thought that all our choices would be human?” Ralin asked. “Remember Lightrider, we Architects have created all manner of life—many more species than humans alone and on many other worlds.”

“Though Earth and humanity were our first successes, there are few humans on Earth that are able to handle this power,” Rastla whispered. “It would be a tool for them, easily abused for material gain or power. That is a large part of the reason my brother chose you instead of another. But the rest of us chose animals that we saw as symbolic of our elements.”

“But what do you expect me to do with them?” Joe asked. “I can’t lead a bunch of animals into the fray and hope for the best.”

“Nor would we ask you to,” Ralin said. “Your knighthood shall be one comprised of the best of man and beast—one providing the primal body and the strengths therein and the other the developed soul and intellect. For yours is not the only human soul taken from Death’s grip.”

“You mean… you’ve taken other people away? Given them this choice?” Joe asked incredulously.

“Not exactly,” Naru replied. “The souls we chose have been dead for quite some time. We offer them a chance for new life, new purpose. You would understand that, correct? We have seen you demonstrate belief in redemption. It was one of many qualities I enjoyed seeing in you.”

“Well … I guess that’s different,” Joe mused. “But I still don’t understand what it is you plan to do.”

“You have but to watch, Lightrider, and all shall be made clear,” Ralin answered.

He pointed to Rastla.

Joe shrugged but turned his eyes to the Architect of Shadow. She raised her arms, her long sleeves draping down. Something began to glow inside them. Joe’s eyes narrowed as Rastla began to speak under her breath, muttering strange words that were too low and foreign for Joe to understand. The glowing from her sleeves grew brighter, until the black of her robe had been changed into a blinding white. Despite the light, Joe didn’t blink; instead he gasped as nine glowing spheres of white energy flew out of Rastla’s sleeves. They floated and twirled around the dark Architect, as she continued her strange chant. Finally, she finished her words, and brought her arms down. The spheres shot off in nine different directions, coming to rest before the nine beings selected to fill the ranks of Joe’s knighthood.

This is some majorly weird shit, Joe thought to himself, watching as the spheres hovered in front of their respective chosen ones. The spheres moved closer to the animals. As each sphere touched the magic aura that covered its animal, the aura glowed briefly, fading as the spheres pushed through and entered the animals.

Joe’s eyes went wide as he saw a new glow encase each of the creatures, each one the color of an Architect. He heard a creak, and then Joe gasped as the creatures inside the glows begin to move. Wings twitched, heads swung, and legs kicked—the creatures awoke from whatever slumber they’d been placed into. But Joe realized that the creatures weren’t just waking up.

They were changing.

It was the lizard that grabbed his attention first. Joe heard the creaks and cracks as the creature’s body began to shift and move, like its bones were changing under its skin. It started to grow bigger, its limbs becoming thicker and longer. Its scales started to become more pronounced and defined. It began to rise up, its shape stretching and shifting underneath its frame. For a minute, Joe wondered what was going on, and then he understood as he saw how its lower legs had stretched and how it was attempting to push off the ground with its now long front legs.

It was trying to stand up.

Caught between amazement and horror, Joe whirled around to see what was happening to the other chosen. He saw the spider, already five times its previous size, holding itself up with six arms that now possessed clawed hands and attempting to balance on its two back legs. He saw the bat, almost as large as the spider, its small body becoming tall and lean. The cat next to it was the same, its head and face stretching and smoothing out, becoming a strange mix of woman and feline.

Joe’s eyes spun from creature to creature, as if each one wasn’t some horrible, new life-form evolving before his eyes, but a beautiful woman with a sign that read,

“Come get me, Joe.” As the creatures continued to change before him, Joe realized the tremendous mistake he’d made agreeing to this. Creators of the universe? Oh yeah, they were creators all right—the kind that belonged in a movie, digging up graves to form their monster. Whatever magic, whatever power they’d given him, it wasn’t worth it— not for beings that would do something like this.

Maybe I can still get out, Joe thought. It might not be too late. Yeah I can tell Ralin, “Listen, this was cool, but the whole Dr. Moreau thing is freaking me out. I’ll be happy to help you find another dead guy, but I think I’d rather see what’s in the great beyond and …”


That one simple word snapped Joe out of his mental hysterics. Slowly, Joe turned his head toward the sound of the voice and felt his jaw come unhinged and fall toward his chest. The dog that Chirron had selected had finished its transformation. The creature stood upright on two legs, and Joe saw that, despite the fur that still covered it, its naked body had become very, very obviously human. Its front legs had become a pair of arms, ending in hands with furry fingers. The rest of its body might’ve passed for a very well toned human, had it not been for the fur and tail—oh and the German shepherd head that was now staring at Joe.

What people are saying

“More than just the usual good versus evil theme, it focuses on good not always being right, and evil not always being bad, but there needs to be a balance between the two.” – DB ~ Amazon Reviewer

“I really felt like I was on the sidelines watching it all unfold.” – Ren @ A Little Bit of R&R

“From the first page, I found myself not wanting to stop reading. The story and characters had me completely engrossed, and I think it is a book I'd find myself reading over in years to come.” – Kristen Bapst ~ Amazon Reviewer

The book was not only believable but spiritual as well as suspenseful. The writing is amazingly descriptive which bring the pages to life in your mind. The imagery is so clear, I could see it on the big screen as I flew through the pages.” Anonymous Barnes & Noble Reviewer

Eric Nierstedt grew up in Garwood NJ, and spent most of his life absorbing the epic tales of fantasy from Terry Brooks, Stephen King, and even the tales of comic books and video games. His writing began soon after, as he honed it through writing for the local paper, and maintain his own blog ( When he graduated from Kean University, his began his first novel, while also being selected for the NJ Wordsmith Competition. Eric wanted to tell a story of a group of characters, anchored by one central narrator, that battled forces of destruction. And he also wanted to use his own thoughts on the nature of good and evil- how the two are defined by each other,

"When I started the Lightrider Journals, the big fantasy novels of the day were Twilight and Harry Potter.  I wanted to avoid being another copy of those at all costs.  So I combined all my major influences- Terry Brooks, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Stephen King's The Dark Tower.  As I wrote, I wanted to explore a concept that wasn't discussed much in any popular fantasy- the idea of showing good and evil as forces both responsible for and essential to life as we know it. I also wanted to show a more natural form of magic, and show fantasy existing in the real world, which would turn out much bigger then people think.  And finally, I wanted to tell a story about what I was feeling stepping out in the world for the first time- how a man can adapt to a sudden and tremendous responsibility- not just his successes, but his losses as well, and how he learns to live with them.  And of course, throw in liberal amounts of magic, characters that would resonate with people, and a sprinkling of humor.  I think anyone who reads it will be able to have a good time with all the characters and action, but also see a different version of the never ending battle of good and evil.  And most of all, I hope they leave the book with a better idea of how they can face that which seems insurmountable."


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I thought I'd share some of these character drawings with you because they are AWESOME!

Artwork by Derrick Fish. You can see all of the character illustrations on The Lighrider Journals webpage.

                        Joseph Hashimoto/Lightrider                                  Nightstalker

          Knight of Light and Leader of the Elementals   Knight of Shadow and second in command

                                         Forger                                                       Wavercrasher

                                  Knight of Metal                                             Knight of Water 

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Review: God Loves You. - Chester Blue: An Inspirational Book About a Very Special Bear With a Message From God by Suzanne E. Anderson

What if when you most needed help, a blue bear appeared with a note from God? One night, Miss Millie of Blossom, Ohio turns her face to the stars and asks God for help. The next day, a package arrives on her doorstep containing a blue teddy bear and a special note. Over the course of a year, this remarkable blue bear travels across the country, showing up just when he’s needed most. During his journey, Chester Blue helps a young girl trying to impress her big sisters; saves a sailor caught in a terrible storm; reunites two constantly fighting brothers; helps a cowboy become a rodeo clown; and aids a father and daughter in bonding after divorce. If you ever needed a message from God, it's here...

 Source: Audiobook provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

 Chester Blue shows up on Miss Millie's doorstep one day with no return address. She was having a terrible day after finding out her store will have to close. She finds hope with a little note that is tucked into Chester Blue's suit case...a note that says "God Loves You. -Chester Blue." She decides that she will send Chester to someone else that could really use him and includes a little spool of blue thread, just in case. It's such a beautiful tale of just how much a few simple words and faith can give you just what you need in that moment. Chester helps people of all different walks of life and eventually finds himself back to Millie. I myself was having a difficult week and my mind would always wander back to this book... back to Chester's words, "God Loves You. -Chester Blue." Sometimes all someone needs is that reaffirmation. I admit this is not a typical book that I would read but it sends a wonderful message. My only issue was the narrator of the audiobook. He was a real snoozer :-/





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