Monday, November 21, 2016

Do you like Science Fiction or Fantasy? Do you like Free?

Hello all, I have a deal for you. I have some wonderful writer friends who have put together a giveaway of their books starting on November 20th and running through November 26th.  They have graciously offered their books for free so that you wonderful readers can download them and let them know what you think.

http://www.whatisaplot.com/sff-giveaway/


 
I had the opportunity to get an interview with one of the contributors, Ginger Booth.




Tell me about your books:


The Calm Act series is a day-after-tomorrow dystopian scenario. Climate change suddenly accelerates to the point where we can’t feed everyone, let alone curb global warming. The Calm Act itself is a draconian plan by the U.S. government to address the crisis by imposing censorship, martial law, and migrant-control borders.
As her old world disintegrates, upbeat programmer Dee Baker teams up to build a new one.
This is a very different take on the post-United States scenario. For one thing, the action takes place during the fall, not after it. The military has taken pains to ease the disaster experience. There is no evil super-villain, just a bad bad situation, and decent people trying to cope against long odds.

Please see http://books.gingerbooth.com/content/calm-act-series for a book and blurb list, and links to buy the books. Or, sign up for the mailing list to receive two prequel stories free, at http://eepurl.com/bUSYaD .


What makes your protagonist different from the industry standard or genre standard?

In the usual post-apocalyptic grown-up story, we have a gun-toting tough guy, trying to protect a damsel determined to be her own worst enemy, both pitted against a cartoon arch-villain. Lots of blood and guts and guns, generally set someplace empty, like west Texas.
In the Calm Act series, Dee Baker is a craftsy programmer who likes to garden. She has a problem. Her world has fallen apart due to accelerated climate change. Sure, she can still grow vegetables and feed herself, but there are hundreds of millions who can’t. She needs protection or they’ll steal her food. If we all play that game, growing food is pointless, and we all die. Most people happen to agree with her, including the U.S. military – law and order is preferable to blood and guts. They’d rather find a way to work together, and shoot the bad actors as needed. 

Oh, and Dee Baker lives smack in the middle of the I-95 corridor, the most populated part of the country, about 100 miles from New York City. Climate-wise, it’s a real lottery winner, but alas rather crowded.

The forces for good have the upper hand in this series. Winning just isn’t easy.
The reason for doing it this way is that I believe really, deep down, people aren’t willing to face the truth of climate change. It isn’t a theory, and it isn’t in the future. It’s real, and it’s now – just not to this accelerated degree. I wanted a protagonist who has to face it, with little more than her wits and ethics and friends to draw on. Our heroes have the courage to do the right thing.


 What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
It cost $200 to buy a nice cover for Civilly Disobedient, an intro prequel that I wrote for the sole purpose of giving it away for free. That was really, really hard to justify. But without a great cover, who would give my books a try? So far, I’ve spent nearly $1000 on book covers, wincing all the way. My cover designer Jalena does such a beautiful job on them, though, capturing the love of natural beauty that I wanted them to express.



Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

I certainly express myself spiritually through the practice. Some people get writer’s block. I get living block, where everything seems to get stuck. I need to write to clear that block.

Do you believe in writer’s block?
I believe writer’s block is my subconscious trying to tell me I made a wrong turn back a ways. So go back and fix that. When I’m on firmer ground, I’ll be able to go forward again.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Actively writing the first draft, maybe 10-12 weeks, then another month or two on the end for beta reading, revisions, cover design, and publishing. That’s for the full length novels, about 90k words. That includes research, which I along the way as needed. The novellas are much quicker, maybe a month. On a good day, I can write almost 5k words. Most days are stickier than that, and life intrudes.



Time Ran Out on Climate Change Upbeat programmer Dee Baker is successful in her media career. But climate…


http://books.gingerbooth.com/





Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan Frampton


Marcus, The Duke of Rutherford, had just inherited his title six months ago and had no idea how to be a duke and then in walks his four year old daughter, Rose. So  now on top of learning how to be a duke he now has to learn how to be a father.

Lilly Russell and her two friends Annabel and  Caroline are running an agency to help women find employment who have had unfortunate circumstances. While Lilly is at the agency doing the books a footman comes in from the new duke's home searching for a governess. There is no one available so Lilly offers to apply and is hired.

She goes to work for the new duke but she has a secret to keep and if anyone finds out the truth it will ruin the reputation of Marcus and little Rose.

A wonderfully written story and  I loved how Lilly stood up for herself and sacrificed her love for others.

Marcus was a wonderful character to know and I love how he decided to do what he wanted and to hell with everyone else.  He was the Duke of Rutherford and he could decide what’s what.


Definitely will read more by Megan and I loved the storyline and love wins in the end.

Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick







Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick is the story of Miss Amity Doncaster and Benedict Stanbridge. She is a world traveler who writes articles in the paper for the ladies of London to read and enjoy and is working on a book that is a collection of all her travels. 


Benedict is a man who is sent to the Americas to retrieve some vital information about a new engine that might revolutionize the world of oil. Amity meets Benedict when he is hurt and she is on her way back to England. He asks her to promise him to take a letter to his uncle if he doesn’t survive. He recovers and little do they know that their little trip would cause a scandal in the ton.



When Amity returns to England she is kidnapped by a man who she doesn’t recognize and she barely escapes but thanks to her trusty fan she makes it out alive only to find herself engaged to Benedict whom she has talked to in a month.


 When he returns he sees the announcement and gets her agree to the rumors so that they can find the man who kidnapped her and is referred to by the papers as the “Bridegroom”. 



This was a wonderful story and I read it from cover to cover in one night because I wanted to know who the “Bridegroom” was and if I was wrong but then I was right that another character was involved.


 Thank you Amanda for another great story and I love all of her mystery stories. Can’t wait for the next story to come out.

Marrying Mr. Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Lady Helen Ravenel doesn't want to marry for anything less than a good income. She has a dark secret to hide and she doesnt want to drag anyone into that world.

Rhys Winterborne is successful and has set his eyes on Lady Helen but she turns him down several times. He finally wins but Helen is afraid of what will happen if he finds out her secret and it could destroy them both. Can she protect hm from her past?


Love all of Lisa’s books and this was no different. Wonderfully written and I was cheering for Rhys the whole time. 

Hyde by Daniel Levine



Growing up most of us have read the Strange Tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.  This is the Hyde’s side of the story of what really happened. 


Mr. Levine takes us on the journey of what Hyde felt during the time that Dr. Jekyll was doing his experiments and how he was living his life and not knowing what was fully going on when he “disappeared” for a while.  It was an interesting read and it made me want to go back and re-read Dr. Jekyll and then read this again to see the differences and similarities.  It was a nice change to read the story from the other point of view of a main character and see that he wasn’t really a monster.  Through the journey it was interesting to read how one must fight their own demons and how another character might react to similar situations.

A Shocking Delight by Jo Beverly



The Earl of Wyvern needs to marry and he needs to find a woman with quite a fortune.

Lucy Porter is the daughter of a wealthy merchant and isn’t looking to marry anytime soon. She has a Season in London but she just wants to have fun and not worry about finding a husband much to her family’s dismay.

When Wyvern meets Lucy he is intrigued and he knows that she might figure out his secret but he wants to be with her anyway and he might need to change his plans to succeed.


An interesting love story and I was so honored to have met Jo at the RWA convention in San Antonio in 2014 and got her to autograph my book.   I have always loved her books and this one was no different. It was such a sad day when the romance world lost such a wonderful author.

A Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick





As always I love anything by Amanda Quick and this book did not disappoint.  Garden of Lies is a novel full of mystery and romance and I loved it from beginning to end.

Ursula Kern runs a distinguished secretarial agency and when one of her employees ends up dead she decides to go and investigate to find out the truth. She inserts herself as a secretary and offers to be Lady Fullbrook’s new stenographer.  Lady Fullbrook fancies herself a poet and doesn’t have time to write the lines herself so she uses a stenographer to take the lines down for her but Lady Fullbrook has a secret that she must keep and her former assistant learned that secret and paid for it.

Slater Roxton, who is an archeologist and adventurer is still recovering from his accident where he was trapped and wasn’t sure he was going to make it out alive.  He has come back home and meets Ursula and finds out that they are both investigating the same thing. He is looking for information on the Olympus club and through her investigations Ursula has been led to the same place. Slater doesn’t want Ursula involved but she leaves him no choice. 

Together they go on an adventure that could get them killed but they uncover the truth and discover secrets about one another and find that they are quite good together.



This is one of the many fascinating mysteries set in Victorian England that I absolutely adore.  Amanda never disappoints in her stories which are always full of mystery and romance.