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Monday Reads!

Hey!

So I’m trying to get back into blogging with my hectic schedule, so prepare for short & sweet posts!

Today, I’m discussing what’s on my reading list this week! I read I listen, and then there are books that my boyfriend and I read together in the evening. Each is a different list, so enjoy what’s on our #CurrentlyReading list!

Personally Reading:

Personally Listening:

What we’re both reading:

  • House of Furies by Madeleine Roux – Thanks to #WunderkindPR I got the whole series and we are PUMPED. This is exactly the type of book we love. The 1800s, Devil, Magic, and so so much more! We’re already like 6 chapters in, and we started LAST NIGHT!
  • The Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger (#ARC from Penguin/RandomHouse at Denver Pop Culture Con). We already knew of Paul, but after meeting him, and talking to him at DPCC, we HAD to start ASAP. He told us it’s like Pokemon & Full Metal Alchemist had a Leftist Child…. I mean, how can I not? It’s fantastic so far!
  • Vengeful (Villains Book 2) by V. E. Schwab – I love Victor. I love him. He is precious to me, and I don’t care that he kills people. Fight me. Such an amazing book, we’re about to finish it VERY soon.

     

What are you currently reading? How often do you read? I’m trying to dedicate at least a half hour to my own reading/listening daily, and then our evening reading is usually at least an hour!

See ya soon!

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The Wicked We Have Done – Guest Post & Review #getWicked @sarahharian @BerkleyRomance #NewRelease #MustRead

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Guys, I’m totally stoked to share with you today’s blog! 🙂

A guest post from Sarah Harian, author of The Wicked We Have Done ON RELEASE DAY! This book blew me away, literally, like off my chair! She’s a phenomenal talent, and I just cannot wait to see what her career holds for us readers! 🙂

As I was reading this lovely book, I kept wondering hmmm.. .this should have a kick ass playlist.. and LO & BEHOLD! IT does, and I’m getting to share it with you today!  How lucky are we!? But before I do, a little about this book, that you’ll need to pick up, like today. 🙂

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Synopsis:

Darkly suspenseful and completely unexpected, The Wicked We Have Done is a debut author’s thrilling new take on New Adult romance.

Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.

BUY IT!

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My Review:

Grade: A+ (Five STRONG stars)

HOLY COW! This book… yes, it drew me in, and yes, it had a bit of a Hunger Games feel, but seriously! *claps hands* GO SARAH! This book is so interesting and fresh, I am so glad to have gotten the chance to read it! I ❤ NEW IDEAS, and this book is one of them! As I’ve said in other reviews, romance books for me aren’t a grab, but add in a killer plot line and you’ve got me hooked! I love romance as long as I have a story to go along with it, and Sarah has done this. I feel as though the Compass Room was such an interesting idea, testing the morality of an accused killer, somewhat like Divergent’s testing, it really pulled out some wonderful character building as the story went on, and really gave us a new idea for a justice system.

Evalyn has to have her thoughts examined, all while playing a sort of game that will determine if she gets freedom or death. Her, along with other young people, who I must say, the author did a good job pulling quiet a few of them out of the background, and fleshing them out, even if they weren’t the main character, and I love to see that! The author really took a genre and concept that has been flying off the shelves for YA, and crafting into something deeper & stronger for the NA genre, and I’ve got to say, I was impressed.

Some people don’t like seeing books in the same vein as others, but honestly, it’s a theme, and there’s no rule that says author’s can’t play with it. Hunger Games pulled from Battle Royale, and so on and so forth, and I feel like yelling, “DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS THEME,” when I see people complaining.  Sarah does an outstanding job putting her personal creative spin on this genre, and I adored it. The character’s had a really intangible strength to them, in the face of what they were undergoing, and I did think that you really pull the most from characters when you put them in situations like The Compass Room.  She focuses on the story, over the romance, and doesn’t throw in any clichéd love triangle moments. Once you pick this book up, you’ll keep reading… it’s well written, with a lot of thought behind it, and it shines as a debut novel for Sarah Harian! I’m excited to see more from her!

 

Guest Post by Sarah – #GetWicked Playlist! 🙂

(As I run off to add these to my phone, and grab the book again!)

The Wicked We Have Done playlist is compilation of angsty and mostly dark songs. Since I have a very difficult time listening to music with lyrics while writing (my attention span is embarrassingly short), these songs resonated me while I was brainstorming—either in the car on my way to work or walking my dog. Here is my list of creepy, sad, and intense tracks for The Wicked We Have Done:

Spotify Playlist: https://play.spotify.com/user/sarahharian/playlist/4ybQgUDUGHEqJAynf7BIjU

“Seven Devils” by Florence + The Machine: This song is the ultimate creepy. I bought Florence’s album right when it came out, around the same time I was drafting TWWHD, and this song become instant fodder for me. I love how ghostly and chilling it is. It really parallels the book in a sense that the dark pasts of all of the characters are rebirthing.

“End of Me” by A Day to Remember: This song reflects a lot of the darkness of Evalyn’s past and losing those she cares deeply about. Instead of reflecting the grief of her loss, it reflects the anger she feels behind being abandoned.

“New Tricks” by Great Northern: Eerie and whimsical, this track is reminiscent of the strange horrors the characters face while in the forest of the Compass Room. It also parallels the moment when Evalyn decides to take matters into her own hands.

“Sink” by Brand New: This song is a delicious bundle of angst. It’s ragey and twisted. I feel like it represents the states of mind of all of my characters in the Compass Room, and the lengths they go to help each other when it comes to survival.

“Peace of Mind” by The Jezabels: When I first heard this song, I was in the process of revising a death scene. I cried, obviously. I think this song gives meaning to the little hope that the inmates have when they start making relationships with each other, and the refusal to believe that friends and lovers could die at any point within the prison.

“Come Clarity” by In Flames: I’ve loved this song for a long, long time. To me, it is about reflection, the presence of someone new, and their ability to erase the nightmare of the past.

“Millstone” by Eisley: This song IS Evalyn, particularly the line, “There’s not a moment to relive my time and space/ There’s not a moment to undo anything”. It encompasses her confusion and heartache in both The Wicked We Have Done and the sequel A Vault of Sins.

Don’t you love this?!  Shout out! Tell me if you’ve read the book, or if you love any of these songs!  I promise you, fans of NA Romance, The Hunger Games or even Thrillers, will love this book! I’ve still got it’s hook in me, and I can’t seem to shake it! So I’ll be reading it again! 🙂

 

About The Author:

Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her husband, or rough-housing with her dog.

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Cover Reveal! @MarieFCrow has released the cover of Abigail and Her Pet Zombie : Zoo Day! Cutest #kids #book yet!

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Abigail and Her Pet Zombie : Zoo Day

by Marie F Crow

Marie F Crow Publishing

Coming Soon!

Synopsis:

Abigail and her pet zombie have been waiting all week for their special trip to the zoo. When not everyone finds her pet zombie lovable, what is the pet zombie to do? Abigail and friends, with the help from her uncle, must teach the pet zombie that the most important thing is to just be you and to not worry about what others might think.

How cute is this? If you loved the first, Abigail and Her Pet zombie, you’ll love this amazing journey to the zoo! 🙂

Keep you eyes peeled on this blog, and Marie F Crow’s website for news of the release! Coming soon!

While you wait, check out the first book…

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Abigail and Her Pet Zombie

Synopsis:

Abigail isn’t a normal five-year-old girl. She doesn’t have normal five-year-old pets. Abigail has a Pet Zombie. This is their story… 

This is the first book of the Abigail and Her Pet Zombie series from author Marie F Crow. It is a humorous story of a little girl and her comical pet. This is a 21 page, illustrated, lighthearted, fun short story for ages 3 to 8.

Check it out on Amazon and Goodreads!

And don’t forget to visit Marie F Crow on Facebook for the latest news!

Plus, this weekend, The Risen: Remnants, Marie F Crow’s adult zombie series is currently FREE! 🙂 Go pick up a copy on Amazon.

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Halloween Week – Day 2 – Horror of Halloween! Featuring Tim Miller, Marie F Crow, and more!

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Day 2 – Halloween Celebration – Celebrating Horror in books!

For today’s Halloween feature, we’ll be featuring some amazing horror novels, both indie and mainstream which scream horror, and I’ve also included Neil Gaiman’s list of best Halloween books for young adults! Books for everyone! Take a minute to look over the list, and find some Halloween reads to share with your family!

Some Indie Horror Reads for Adults! Just a few choices to check out!

 Tim Miller – The Dark Exorcist

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A.K. Kuykendall – The Possession

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Tahir Shah – Eye Spy

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Marie F Crow – The Risen Series

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Neil Gaiman’s 11 Scary Book for Young Readers!

So here’s a list of Neil’s favorite scary books for young readers. Find more recommendations here!

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The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones

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The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

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The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (This is one of my all time favorite Halloween reads!)

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The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (This book is what made me a horror lover from Childhood!)

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Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

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The Witches by Roald Dahl

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Krabat (AKA the Satanic Mill) by Ottfried Preussler

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The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

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Aunt Maria by Diana Wynne Jones

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Something Wicked Comes This Way by Ray Bradbury

Giveaway:

For today’s entry for the Halloween Celebration Giveaway, just comment on this post, and let me know you’re favorite horror novel! Simple,

bonus entry #1, Tweet this!  – ” I love Horror Novels! Check out this Halloween Celebration with prizes from @BloggerSunshine and @MarieFCrow! http://bit.ly/16jrAMI”

bonus entry #2, find me the best scary pumpkin picture you can and post it on my Facebook page!

Good luck! 🙂

happy-halloween

October is coming, Horror, Sci Fi, Paranormal authors, we’re looking for you!

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Have a promo you want posted?

A Book reviewed?

A Cover revealed?

A guest post on writing?

Anything paranormal, sci fi, horror themed is welcome, but Sunshine is going to shy away from the romance for the month (exceptions made for tours and reviews already scheduled)

But please, if you wrote a book that falls in this category.. Ya, NA whatever, as long as it isn’t erotica.. reach out to us!

Sunshine & Mountains is looking for you! Contact us! 🙂

Review: Water Rate Challenge by Raphael Harlan

Today’s review is a little indie book, by Raphael Harlan, a mystery fiction based in reality. It’s a different kind of book, and worth checking out! A quick read! As always, the book image links to the amazon page! 🙂

Cover:

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Blurb:

In a Flint suburb of Grand Blanc, Michigan, Michelle used to teach at an elementary school for a few years before she suffered three massive injuries in a car accident. Michelle had broken ribs, knees, and back.
The accident left her unable to teach, so she dug deeper in financial trouble. Michelle and her husband Sean used nearly $100,000 worth of credit to pay for her surgery and medical costs. Michelle had broken ribs, knees, and back.

With Sean working in the nuclear plant industry, the couple attempted to pay off their debts by living their lives frugally, reusing water for washing laundry and bathing, reusing bags, and using cash and debit cards in place of credit. After 15 years, the couple was closer to completely wiping out their debt worth $190,000. Then, a turning mishap in the sewer changed not only their journey, but their water costs.

Join Michelle and Sean in their adventure full of a mixture of mysteries, suspense, and courage.

Review:

Grade: B-

An interesting premise, debt and living with debt, is so common for people of the 20-30-40 generations. This novel is a mix of mystery and reality.  The rising water bill, which gets up into the 80,000 for people, is definitely the part of the story that lends itself to fiction, because we know that no water bill could ever be that high in a month. But if you can suspend belif and place yourself in that senerio, this is quite a good book.

In this story, the main characters, a couple and their roommate, have to brainstorm ideas in order help bring in extra income to continue paying off their other debt and the rising water bill.

As the bill rises, the community, and the main characters are getting more and more upset at the insane bills that keep coming in the mail. The town has even called in the FBI to try and figure out who is tampering with the water in order to create such high bills.

My issues with this book are mainly in the dialogue, though I loved the idea, the way the characters speak in this novel doesn’t feel realistic to me. I had family in Michigan, where this novel is set, and spent time of up there, and the issues with the dialogue are more from the lack of realism in the interactions.  I think is something that most likely will be corrected, but don’t let this deter you from reading this story.

This short novel has an interesting idea, but will ask you to suspend disbelief quite a bit in order to really get into the story. The author, who has written a few other books, knows the technical craft of writing, and is quite good at it. This is a book about hope, about overcoming obstacles, and about banning together when you feel as though you may fall apart. The characters go through hard times in this book, but they always work together and support each other. This is a quick read with a good point behind it.

Give it a try!  🙂 Check out his author page at www.raphaeltharlanbooks.weebly.com

Day 5: Book Currently Reading: Tougher then the rest, Jack Cannon, Killer of Lions and more!

Books I’m currently reading:

 

St. Charles at Dusk – Sarah M Cradit

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I’m finally getting around to reading the wonderful Sarah M. Cradit’s books! She is an outstanding author, and an all around amazing person! These stories are well written, interesting, and described so beautifully! 🙂 Check out her page here!

A Killer of Lions – Stan Weisleder

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I’m reading this one for a review for Say What Savannah Mae! It’s actually very interesting, well written and a change of pace from the normal fiction I read. It follows a characters journey to become a African american pilot in the Air Force. It’s well researched, and interesting, and I can’t wait to finish this story and see what happens! 🙂

Tougher Then The Rest – Shirleen Davis

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This one is for a review I was asked to do on my blog, and I’m a little behind! I promised to have it up in June, and sadly my reading skills did not allow that to happen. This is a romance novel, set in the Arizona territory, Cattle rancher Neill is torn between making the decision that’s good for business and the decision that’s good for his heart! The lovely Kate, has lost her memory and only wears a gold band, but has no memory of a husband or kids, but all she can think about is Neill. This book is well written, interesting, and the characters are quite well developed! 🙂

Jack Cannon’s America Destiny by Greg Sandora

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I’m reading this as a reviewer for Nerd Girl! 🙂 This book is an action book, with great characters, and a strong storyline, I’m just in the beginning so you can click the links to check out the description more and see if this would be a book for you! It quite good so far! 🙂

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon

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This is the book my book club chose for this month. Did I mention I started a book club as well? Yep, Downtown Colorado Springs Bookclub! 🙂 20-30-40 something people meeting, eating, discussing books 🙂 So on top of all my reviewing, my wonderful full time job, and my tiny bit of free time, I also have a book club book to sneak into the line up each month. This book won a Pulitzer Prize and so far is quite interesting! Check the links to see more! 🙂

So as you can see, quite busy! 🙂

Check out Tiffany’s Book Hangover for what she’s currently reading today! 🙂

Author Spotlight: Sarah M. Cradit – House of Crimson & Clover Series @thewritersarah

So, I am a new street team member for The House of Crimson & Clover Series, and honestly, I’m a little behind because I’ve only been able to read the first book, and I haven’t shared my love of this author’s writing yet! 🙂

Sarah M Cradit is one of those writers that writes outstanding fiction, and is just as wonderful and pleasent with her fans online as possible! This lady is an amazing author and sweetheart. You don’t always get both is authors, but it seems we get lucky in the indie genre, because we get great authors! 🙂

I just wanted to take a minute to highlight Sarah and her series! This way, once I start blogging about the first and second book, you guys will already know what’s going on! 🙂

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Author: Sarah M. Cradit

Sarah is the author of the Southern Fiction series, The House of Crimson and Clover. The series was born of her combined loves of New Orleans, family dramas, and the mysterious nature of love and desire. Her books combine elements of mystery, suspense, intrigue, romance, and even paranormal. She is always working on the next book in the series, and absolutely loves connecting with her fans.

Sarah lives in the Pacific Northwest, but has traveled the world from Asia to Europe to Africa. When she isn’t working (either at her day career, or hard at work at writing), she is reading a book and discovering new authors. The great loves of her life (in order) are: her husband James, her writing, and traveling the world.

 

Sarah M. Cradit Online:

Blog: http://sarahcradit.wordpress.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/houseofcrimsonandclover

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thewritersarah

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6914411.Sarah_M_Cradit

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The House of Crimson and Clover Series

The House of Crimson and Clover series follows the lives of two New Orleans families: the august and mysterious Sullivans and Deschanels. The Sullivans, a family of hard-working Irish lawyers, have come from nothing and built a life they can be proud of. The Deschanels, a moderately wealthy family who became extremely wealthy by siding with the North during the Civil War, betraying their people. Both families have a dark and rich history, full of secrets, and full of surprises.

The books in this series unravel the stories of both the individuals as well as the families themselves, discovering the ways these families and their secrets intersect, and each story pulls us even farther into their stories.

While the series is meant to be treated as one long narrative, each book can stand-alone and be enjoyed without having read the other books.

The House of Crimson and Clover Series Online:

Home Page & Overview: http://sarahcradit.wordpress.com/an-introduction-to-the-house-of-crimson-and-clover-series/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/sarahcradit/the-house-of-crimson-and-clover/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/houseofcrimsonandclover

ENJOY! 🙂

Also, in honor of Sarah’s birthday, there’s a big 99cent sale on her books! 🙂

” I honor of my birthday week, I am running a 5-day sale where BOTH St. Charles at Duk and The Storm and the Darkness are just 99 CENTS! This price on Darkness ends August 5th! This is a great chance to snag both books at a great price. Please share with your friends!”

BN: http://bit.ly/12ClvWx
Amazon: http://amzn.to/16cNVrc

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Escaping Reality! 99cent Sale!

Escaping Reality, which we discussed earlier here, is currently having a big 99cent sale! This is a great price for this book! You will not regret checking this book out! 🙂

Repost to enter! 2 day 99 cent sale for Escaping Reality!<br />
5 winners of a signed September Romantic Times magazine and Revealing Us coffee mugs</p>
<p>1 silk canvas bag winner with Escaping Reality on one side and Revealing Us on the other </p>
<p>Price changed at Amazon now</p>
<p>http://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Reality-Romance-Secret-ebook/dp/B00CSIXEF0/ref=pd_sim_kstore_8</p>
<p>Barnes should change any second! </p>
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Price changed at Amazon now

http://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Reality-Romance-Secret-ebook/dp/B00CSIXEF0/ref=pd_sim_kstore_8

Barnes & Nobel should change any second!

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Repost to enter! 2 day 99 cent sale for Escaping Reality!<br />
5 winners of a signed September Romantic Times magazine and Revealing Us coffee mugs</p>
<p>1 silk canvas bag winner with Escaping Reality on one side and Revealing Us on the other </p>
<p>Price changed at Amazon now</p>
<p>http://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Reality-Romance-Secret-ebook/dp/B00CSIXEF0/ref=pd_sim_kstore_8</p>
<p>Barnes should change any second! </p>
<p>http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/escaping-reality-lisa-renee-jones/1116122873?ean=2940148576242

Protected: Book One in Ariya Adams by Anna Applegate! @applegak

Today I’m doing just a little spotlight for Protected by Anna Applegate. I’m currently in the throws of reading this interesting novel, and thought I’d throw it out for some discussion before I post my review! 🙂

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Blurb:

At the start of her senior year at Kingsbrook College, a small school in Northern Michigan, Ariya Adams has a perfectly normal existence. Determined to make this her best year yet, she attends her classes and hangs out with the friends she has come to love more than life.

That is until the arrival of the sexy and mysterious transfer student James Rymer, who captivates her affections almost instantly. With her emotions on the fritz for no apparent reason, and unsure if he shares her feelings, Ariya finds herself on an emotional rollercoaster in which everything she knows and loves is questioned.

When fantasy and reality mix, Ariya’s world is turned upside down and she learns that “normal” isn’t what she thought it was. Danger soon comes for her and she discovers that everyone has been keeping secrets from her. The battle between one’s duty and what feels right will have to be fought, and it may be a struggle for Ariya to stay alive. When Ariya’s life and the lives of the people she cares for most are endangered, she learns to never underestimate the power of blood.

GENRE: New-Adult, Paranormal Romance

Check out Anna Applegate on her website, Facebook, Twitter, amazon and Goodreads.

You can get Protected on Amazon, believe me, I’m loving it already!