Friday, November 24, 2017

To Boldly Go | Star Trek: Treknology by Ethan Siegel


Title: Star Trek: Treknology
By: Ethan Siegel 
Genre: Non-fiction Scifi
Pages: 216
Release Date: October 15th, 2017
Publisher: Voyageur Press

Summary from Goodreads: The name Star Trek conjures images of faster-than-light spacecraft, holographic crew members, and phasers set to stun. Some of these incredible devices may still be far from our reach, but others have made the leap from science fiction to science fact—and now you can learn the science and engineering of what makes them tick.


Treknology looks at over twenty-five iconic inventions from the complete history of the Star Trek television and film universe. Author Ethan Siegel explores and profiles these dazzling technologies and their role Star Trek, the science behind how they work, and how close we are to achieving them in the real world today.

This stunning collection is packed with 150 superb film and television stills, prop photography, and scientific diagrams to pull you into another world. Brace yourself for a detailed look at the inner workings of Star Trek’s computing capabilities, communications equipment, medical devices, and awe-inspiring ships. This book is one that no fan of Star Trek, or future tech, will want to miss.


Review: I am a huge Trekkie. Anyone who knows me can attest to that. I grew up with Star Trek the next generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager, Enterprise and now the rebooted Star Trek. I know this genre.

I picked up this book for the pure science of it. The content is so in depth with real situations that correlate with Star Trek technology. We've come so far, and a lot of the things we take for granted on the show, are close to becoming reality. The photos are great and placed throughout the book. The writing was excellent, although a little dry at times.

My ten year old autistic son would love this read. He is all about the science. I will be passing this book along to him. 

This would be a great Christmas present for anyone who loves Star Trek and has a thing for science.  


Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Put your books down today and spend some time with your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Book's I'm Thankful For | Top 5 Wednesday


It's top 5 Wednesday! I love this series. It really makes me dig deep into why I love a book or hate a book. There is really no limit to what you can come up with.

Today's topic is Book's I'm thankful for. This one was hard for me to come up with 5 picks. If you really think about it. What would you be thankful for with fantasy books. They give us a great story, but its not that my life would have changed much by reading it. I really had to dig deep and come up with some awesome picks for you.

Let's get to it!

1. Jade Green - I'm thankful for this book because it was the first book I've ever read from front to back in one sitting. It started me on my journey through the paranormal and helped me fall in love with reading. It was one of the first books I've ever owned, although that copy was eaten by a rabbit, I now have a new copy sitting on my shelf.








2. Hunter - This one holds a special place in my heart because it was the first
book that I ever had published. Hunter started my journey as an author, and lead to several other books and hopefully a life long publishing journey.

3. Sabriel - Garth Nix was the first author that I ever fell in love with and to this day is one of my favorites. I've added more favorite authors over the years, but Garth Nix and Sabriel will always hold a special place in my heart.









4. A Court of Thorns and Roses - I am thankful for Sarah J. Mass. She has
shown me that a woman can write something unique and sensual, but still tasteful. I will always admire this author.

5. Crimson Sky - I am thankful for Amy Braun and her encouragement and friendship. The world of authordom can be a lonely place and I've been blessed to know this author and share in her triumphs with this series.










I am thankful for many things this Thanksgiving. Family, a great job, a roof over my head and wonderful books to fill my shelves. What are your top 5 picks this Wednesday? Leave me your comments below.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Magic Would Make Life Easier | Warning Call by Danny Bell


Warning Call
Danny Bell
(The Black Pages, #2)
Publication date: December 21st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Elana Black. Saving the day even if she has to tear a hole in the universe to do it.
An unbeatable mythological horror has its sights set on Elana, and that’s not the worst of her problems. Gods want to use her, shadowy agents want to eliminate her, and a powerful sorcerer wants to kill her; all as she rushes to stop an event which portends the death of her best friend, Olivia. It’s all catching up with her, and just in time for Christmas. Elana is going to have to figure out how all of it is connected but she’s in over her head, outnumbered, and running out of time.
And she always thought magic would make her life easier.
There is also a limited release cover:


Author Bio:
My name is Danny Bell. I want to tell stories and avoid writing author profiles. I read—when I should be interacting with people, I named my cat after a cat I liked in a book, I’m pretty sure I saw a ghost one time—though I’ll never admit it publicly, I’m too tall for the earth, and I’ve never eaten a vegetable. I lied about the vegetable part. Wait… is someone going to read this?

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Bruschetta, Greek, Philly | #WeeklyMenu Week #224

Welcome back! Its Thanksgiving break and the kids are already driving me nuts. Its only been a few hours, so this week is going to be wild. We have a full schedule of school conferences, cooking, baking and family. Holiday season is upon us!

I did some writing this week, but the most important break through in my writing was a new concept for the third book in my Hunter Saga. I think I know how I want to go with it. I'm thinking time travel, but that's another post all together. 

Enjoy this weeks menu. I've also put my Thanksgiving menu on the list as well, just in case you need some suggestions.   

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday
- Thanksgiving!
     - Turkey
     - Lemon Cake
     - Stuffing
     - Mashed Potatoes
     - Cranberry Sauce
     - Mac and Cheese
     - Gravy

Friday

Saturday

Sunday
Tuna Sandwiches

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Caught in the Crossfire | Banished by Betsy Schow


Title: Banished
By: Betsy Schow
Genre: Fantasy / Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
Release Date: February 1st, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Summary from Goodreads: In the magical conclusion to the Storymakers trilogy, which began with Spelled, can Princess Dorthea and Rexi get the land of Story its happy ending? 

While lying in the hospital in a place called Kansas, Princess Dorthea of Emerald struggles to regain her memory of the events that propelled her out of the land of Story—and to remember how to get home.

Meanwhile, in Story, Rexi, with the help of Excalibur, continues to gain confidence in writing her own tale as she fights to save the land from the Wicked Witch. But as is always the case with evil villains, she is not to be underestimated. Can Dorthea and Rexi save their home while protecting the prince they both love from getting caught in the crossfire?


Review: Oh boy! I'm excited to review this next installment in the Storymakers trilogy. As to ms. Schow's form, this book has a great mix of urban fantasy and fairy tale elements that makes her books unique. 

"It's not to the death, it's to the pain." Favorite part. It brings back memories of the Princess Bride. Also one of my favorites. 

At times, I felt a little lost with all the character changes, but that might just be me and the way that I read. I really enjoyed this story and I'm grateful to have received a preview copy.


Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

It's the ART | Author Land


It's always fun to see what other people see in your creation. I found an amazing artist on Instagram and asked if they would draw a piece for me. It is amazing and I can't wait for you to see it.


The amazing artist is Ktpursuits and you can find her on Instagram by clicking on her name. The photo is of Hunter and Seeker from the second book in the series. I love the contrast between both the characters. Hunter is short and has long brown hair and seeker is tall with short dark hair and a scar on his right cheek. This photo is epic and I love it so much. 


Being an author has been such an amazing journey. Meeting new people and sharing my stories wit them. This is what I love. This life of creating. It's what I've dreamed about since I was young and now its what I do. 

To all the aspiring authors out there, keep pushing. Keep writing and sharing. This could be you one day, sharing art about something that you created. 

This has been another episode of Author Land. Sarai, signing off...  

Friday, November 17, 2017

Snow Comes In The Night | The Snowbear by Sean Taylor


Title: The Snowbear
By: Sean Taylor
Genre: Picture Book
Pages: 32
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Publisher: words & pictures

Summary from Goodreads: Snow comes in the night, and Iggy and Martina make a snowbear. But then a sledge ridge takes them deep into the woods. How will they get back home again? 

The Snowbear is a spellbinding story about the magic of snow and the power of a child's imagination. With a simple text and beautiful illustrations, it will be read again and again. Themes of friendship,
loyalty, and bravery make it a great choice for story time, as a bedtime read or on car trips. Children will love the crisp, wintry setting brought to life by Claire Alexander’s art.


Review: Since I have a four year old, I love to pick up a picture book every once and a while to review. Usually, my son and I will sit down and read the book together, this way I can get a true review on how kids will love it as well as how much moms love it, and we all know that if mom doesn't like it, she won't read it again.

My son seemed to listen to the story ok, but he didn't ask me to read it again like he usually does with books he is interested in. 

My take on the story was kind of lackluster. I thought the pictures were great and the concept was awesome, but the way the story was written didn't really vibe with me. I think I'm going to have to give this book a solid three stars. 


Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Most Diabolical Faerie | Mad Magic Guest Post by Nicole Conway @ANConway @Month9Books @chapterxchapter


Nicole Conway has stopped by the blog today to tell us about her favorite movies. Number five is my favorite movie of all time. Read on to see what Nicole said about it.

My favourite movies all have something in common. They all, at first glance, seem to have fairly simplistic plots driven by well-developed and complex characters. They all are packed with action and moments of triumph that have me jumping out of my chair screaming “YEAH!!!” in the theater (yes, I have totally done that.) Here’s my top 5 and a few reasons why I love them so:

1. PACIFIC RIM

This is my favourite movie, probably of all time. It has everything I love – scify/fantasy, hot guys, giant robots, monsters, epic battles, and a freaking awesome soundtrack. Visually, this movie captivates me. It takes me right back to being a little kid with my nose pressed to the TV screen watching episodes of Gundam Wing on Toonami. I seriously can’t get enough of it. 

2. INCEPTION 

It was love at first bass blast with this one. I’m usually a Leo fan anyway, but the writing for this film was just … insanely good. Each character was so unique and dense. My eardrums may never be the same, yes, but every time I watch this movie I see something new. 

3. REAL STEEL

Okay, so this was one where my shouting in the theater embarrassed the crap out of my husband. I couldn’t help it, though. I loved everything about this film. Again, robots fighting always speaks to my youth, and I adore High Jackman anyway. But there was so much heart in this movie and it got me right in the feels. 

4. LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY

I ugly cried in the theater when I saw these. As a die hard fan of Tolkien’s world from age 6, seeing these characters brought to life so beautifully was more than my nerdy heart could take. I still love them. They are still everything I’d imagined they would be. Now the new Hobbit films….. not so much. 

5. THE 5TH ELEMENT

This one probably dates me, but I don’t care. I’ve loved this movie since I was a kid. It was sort of my first introduction into the more comedic side of scifi. Of course, I’d seen Star Wars, Predator, etc. but this film sort of takes things from a lighter angle. Still, I love the story and characters! They are timeless! 


Mad Magic by Nicole Conway
Publication Date:  November 14, 2017
Publisher:  Month9Books


After being orphaned, high school student Josie Barton only has one person she can turn to when things get rough—a mysterious legal guardian who calls himself her Benefactor. “Ben” takes care of everything for her. He pays her bills, provides food, clothes, and even a cell phone. But there is one thing Ben doesn’t know: Josie Barton sees scary imaginary creatures everywhere she goes. Even her apartment is being haunted by an invisible monster! And just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse . . . she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a man of many faces. He’s a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a magical curse that could end his life. He loves a good argument and has incredible magical power, but he may have met his match in Josie. So far, she’s the only one who seems able to rein in his childish tantrums and magical explosions. Zeph will have to swallow his pride and finally let go of all his dark secrets if he really wants to break his curse. And with Josie at his side, he might actually stand a chance this time.

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Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.  Other works include MAD MAGIC (Sept 2017), FAULBENDER (tbd), SCALES (tbd), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS (May 2017).

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Interview with Lydia Kang, Author of The November Girl


I'm excited to author Lydia Kang on the blog today. She was gracious enough during her busy book release schedule to answer some questions for me. Lets get to know Ms. Kang and her books. Read on!

So, what have you written?

THE NOVEMBER GIRL is my recent YA novel, which is literary fantasy. I’ve also written YA sci-fi (CONTROL and CATALYST), and an adult historical mystery, A BEAUTIFUL POISON.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Anda is half human, half lake. Which means that she’s battling two forces within herself, and they are directly at odds with each other. Part of her needs love and humanity, and part of her wants to destroy humanity.

What are you working on at the moment?

TOXIC! It’s my next YA novel, a space novel about a girl trapped on a dying ship, and the boy who’s trapped there too for his last mission.

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

I think Elle Fanning might have done a great job!

When did you decide to become a writer?

About nine years ago.

Do you read much and  if so, who are your favorite authors?

I love Jennifer Donnelly, and Maurene Goo, Mindy McGinnis, Sarah Fine, Elle Cosimano, among many others. I have a lot of favorites!

What book/s are you reading at present?

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s about creativity.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re okay. You’re beautiful, and you’re smarter than you think.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

The Hunger Games. I loved that series!

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Keep writing, and remember to find the joy in your work.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?


 
 
I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.
Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him. Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us.
The November Girl by Lydia Kang Publication Date: November 7, 2017 Publisher: Entangled Teen
 
 
Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.
 
 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Right Side of the Salt Line | The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones


Title: The Salt Line
By: Holly Goddard Jones
Genre: Dystopian
Pages: 385
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Summary from Goodreads: In the spirit of Station Eleven and California, award-winning novelist Holly Goddard Jones offers a literary spin on the dystopian genre with this gripping story of survival and humanity about a group of adrenaline junkies who jump -the Salt Line.-


How far will they go for their freedom--once they decide what freedom really means? 



In an unspecified future, the United States' borders have receded behind a salt line--a ring of scorched earth that protects its citizens from deadly disease-carrying ticks. Those within the zone live safe, if limited, lives in a society controlled by a common fear. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except for the adrenaline junkies who pay a fortune to tour what's left of nature. Those among the latest expedition include a popstar and his girlfriend, Edie; the tech giant Wes; and Marta; a seemingly simple housewife. 



Once out of zone, the group find themselves at the mercy of deadly ticks--and at the center of a murderous plot. They become captives in Ruby City, a community made up of outer-zone survivors determined to protect their hardscrabble existence. As alliances and friendships shift amongst the hostages, Edie, Wes, and Marta must decide how far they are willing to go to get to the right side of the salt line.



Review: A group of thrill seekers go beyond the salt line that keeps them safe from creepy ticks that can kill in a matter of seconds. Sound dangerous. I was really sucked into science behind the ticks and the way they played out in the story, but all that cool stuff kind of got pushed to the background with the introduction of politics. Even with that being said. I read this book in two days and enjoyed it throughout. A Good read. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Avocado, Pepper and Cornish Hens | #WeeklyMenu Week #223

As I was working on scheduling my posts for this week, I realized that I didn't finish my menu and post it. It's a little late, but here it is. We've been trying to go a little less carby (if that's even a word) lately because all the holidays are coming up and there is no stopping the food that will be around us. I figure, make steps to eat well now, and if we fall off the rocker once or twice, then so be it. Not that we eat terribly anyway. My husband isn't a big pasta fan, and I'm not much for the veggies. I try to keep it a nice balance, with pasta maybe once a week on a night that my husband won't be home until late, and veggies with every meal so my husband won't complain. 

My writing has come along nicely this week. I have a clear path to the end of my book. It's just a matter of getting there now. Once that is done, its on to revisions, but I'm not ready to think that far ahead. Focus on the first draft. Focus! This is going to be so awesome.

I hope you enjoy this weeks menu...

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday
- Ravioli 

Saturday

Sunday

Tuna Sandwiches

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