Blind Spot Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway)

"It's a story about how sometimes we fail to see things that are right in front of us."

Since You've Been Gone (Review)

"fabulous, wonderful, endearing, amazing story"

Dissected by Megan Bostic (Blog Tour)

"Powerful & Thought Provoking"

In Honor by Jessi Kirby (Review)

"This is going on my favorites shelf and I will probably reread it again in the future."

Blog Tour: Hungry by H.A. Swain (Review + Giveaway)

"Hungry is a captivating and thought-provoking story set in a fascinating world."

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Review))

"All-in-all, a perfect summer read and you should totally pick up these books, if you haven't already!"

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle (Review)

"The Edge of Falling is a beautifully told story, both in plot and writing."

Hexed by Michelle Krys (Review)

"Hexed was just the thing that I needed to get back into the reading world."

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bookish Digest: October 2014

Hello lovelies! Welcome to Bookish Digest - something we put together at the end of every month to highlight our recent favorite reads and recap any posts you may have missed. We also include an About My Life and Things I'm Looking Forward To section in an effort for you to get to know us better. Don't forget to tell us in the comments some things that happened to you over the past month so we can get to know you guys better too!

If you missed it, Evie and I made a special post about our pets for World Animal Day! Be sure to stop the by that post to see some seriously cute animals! Also,

Happy Halloween!


Halloween is a favorite here around Bookish. We've included some great costumes, so tell us - did you dress up for Halloween? What did you dress up as? Will you passing out candy to all the little munchkins tonight? Don't some of them have the cutest costumes ever?!

 



Series:
Hopefully! (but most likely Standalone)
Genre:
Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Science Fiction, Comedy
Website:Andrew Smith 

Goodreads
Review:
Schedule to post: 4/6/2015
Fans of John Green and Matthew Quick: Get ready to die laughing.

Denton Little's Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that's tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.

Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle (as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend's hostile sister. Though he's not totally sure. See: first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton's long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters…. Suddenly Denton's life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.

Debut author Lance Rubin takes us on a fast, furious, and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager's life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on.

Reviews

Author/Book Promotion
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios {Dream Cast}
Memories from a Different Future by David Pandolfe {Book Blast}
Enchantress by Maggie Anton {Guest Post}
Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths {Trailer}
The Tudor Vendetta by C.W. Gortner {Guest Post}
The Shotgun Arcana by R.S. Belcher {Dream Cast}

About My Life in October
Tori had some mild health issues (she got eczema but we beat the crap out of it) that had us very worried. Thankfully she's all good now and I'm determined to keep it that way! She is also starting to learn how to crawl (she goes backwards, but hey, it counts, right?) and she is so active, I am having a hard time keeping up with her!

I've read some really amazing books this month, including The Witch's Boy, Falling Into Place, Beware The Wild and the one I eventually decided on naming my favorite, Denton Little's Deathdate. It was not an easy choice, guys! All the books mentioned above are fabulous and worth checking out!

I donated 3 huge boxes of clothing, toys and books (more than a 100 books!) to a Women and Children's charity in Buffalo. I hope these books will make some kids hapy!

Things I'm Looking Forward to in November
On November 10th Tori and I are flying to Poland. We will be spending 3 months with my parents and grandma there, so I'm looking forward to family Christmas and meeting some of my old friends. 

I'm looking forward to watching Maze Runner on DVD, as well as some other newly released movies.

Sleep. Like seriously guys, I need sleep. With my parents taking care of Tori, I will finally get some sleep! GAH *cries*




Series:
Standalone
Genre:
Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Website:Robin Talley 

Goodreads
Review:
In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept separate but equal.

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.


Features
Music Edition {Feature & Follow}
Please Don't Die {Feature & Follow}
My Blogging Experience {Socratic Seminar}
Series Enders {Socratic Seminar}
Time for a Trip {Top Ten Tuesday}
In With The New {Top Ten Tuesday}
Halloween Movies {Top Ten Tuesday}
Signed Sealed Delivered

Author/Book Promotion
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch {Author Interview}
Charlesgate by Dina Keratsis {Guest Post}

About My Life In October
Meetings, meetings, meetings. All those last minute meeting with the DJ, reverend, florist, venue coordinator, etc. etc. That's one of the pains of wedding planning. So. Many. Meetings. But it's also really exciting to see everything come together!

Stalked my mailbox. How hard is it to mail back a pre-stamped and pre-addressed envelope? I couldn't have made it easier if I put it in their mailboxes myself. I do love the one friend of Joe's dad who called to say they're not coming but also not mailing back the RSVP. For real? Cheapskates keeping my stamp - give me back my 49 cents damn it!

Went to a Halloween party and Joe won second prize in the costume contest! Our picture is up above - can you guess who we are? (I know it's a little dark but you should still be able to figure it out.)

Things I'm Looking Forward To In November
MY WEDDING! I cannot wait to marry my bestest friend ever! Of course, celebrating with friends and family will be wonderful as well. So excited!

Thanksgiving. Although it's going to be a bit low-key for Joe and I this year, I'm probably just going to want to sleep all day, I love getting together with family for the holidays.



Series:
Thatch #1
Genre:
New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Website:Molly McAdams 

Goodreads
Review:
Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.

It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both? - See more at: http://www.stuckinbooks.com/2014/10/letting-go-thatch-1-by-molly-mcadams.html#sthash.guJdTImx.dpuf

About My Life In October
I went to Texas Teen Book Fest! This used to be Austin Teen Book Fest, but that merged with Texas Book Fest, thus making TTBF. This first year was...crazy. Understandable, since it's the first year for this merged event, but not as great as the past two years when I attended ATBF. Still, I had SO MUCH FUN hanging out with friends. Seriously, they made the day bearable. And I love their faces. I met Sarah J. Maas (who I was crazy fangirl excited for!) and she is so friendly. Becca Fitzpatrick was so sweet, too. And Gayle Forman. And ALL THE AUTHORS I met. It was a super great time.

I went to Texas Book Fest! Texas Teen Book Fest is the YA sector of the festival, but the next week was TBF, and there were still some YA authors there. I got to meet Claudia Gray. And Jennifer E. Smith. And STEPHANIE PERKINS! They were all so freaking sweet, and I kind of want to happy-cry right now because it was so amazing. Mix the great chats I got to have with the authors (I seriously need to write a post at some point detailing those experiences, because they were fabulous) with getting to see some friends AGAIN, and it was the best day. I spent, like, all of it with Mary from Mary Had a Little Book Blog (@knoxdiver on Twitter), and she is awesome. We met up with other friends, too, and it was all. So. Freaking. GREAT.

Nephew #4 turned one! My cutest little baby has been around for a year. Time flies. Strange to think that a year ago, I was holding him, and taking pictures with him for the first time, and saying his full name to everyone I talked to because I love it so much. And now he's walking. And starting to SAY things. Babababababa. And he waves bye (in a baby way, but still). And so much more that makes me want to cry at his level of adorable. LOVE HIM SO MUCH, Y'ALL. *cries*




Things I'm Looking Forward to in November
HOPEFULLY going to Houston Book Rave. I'm crossing my fingers, toes, and everything else possible to cross that I get plans worked out so I can go to Houston Book Rave. Jennifer L. Armentrout's going to be there, and we all know how much I heart her. And Pepe's going to be there! Plus Rachel Harris. And Jay Crownover. And Vilma from Vilma's Book Blog (who I loooove). And MOAR. So hopefully I get to see all their wonderful faces.

Mockingjay! My sister-in-law just bought our tickets today. I am so excited! Even though I know I'm going to be crying all over the place. The one specific part I'm dreading shouldn't happen until Part 2, though, so this one shouldn't hurt TOO MUCH. But still. It's gonna be hurt. I console myself for now knowing that I'll get to see Finnick's face.

Thanksgiving! We're sliding into my favorite time of the year, y'all. From Thanksgiving to Christmas/New Years (depending on what we do for New Years--sometimes it adds to the fun, sometimes I'd just rather not) I am in my natural habitat. I love Christmas. The decorations, the movies, the music (which I sing along to mercilessly, even though singing is not one of my special skills), and the general happy feeling in the air. Back when I lived in Buffalo, we would have snow at this time of year, and I LOVED that, too. I'm soooo looking forward to kicking off the season with Thanksgiving. Heck, I just plain love THANKSGIVING. That's a pretty darn happy day, too. Plus, BISCUITS. *happy dance*



Series:
Truth in Lies #2
Genre:
New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Website:Katherine Owen 

Goodreads
Review:
Posted on October 30
They share an epic love but one moment changes everything. A life together that seemed certain is shattered. One learns you never love the same way twice; the other learns what it means to come home. You only think you know how this love story goes, but do you really know how an epic love can end?

Reviews
The Secrets of Casanova by Greg Michaels {5/5}
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewel {4/5}
Pulled Within by Marni Mann {4/5}
Impossible by C.A Gray {4/5}
The Truth About Air & Water by Katherine Owen {4/5}

Author/Book Promotion
Truth is Relative by J. J. Lyon {Author Interview}
Color Song by Victoria Strauss {Author Interview}

About My Life in October
My daughter got recognized for excellence in physical education and she made the track team.

I finally got all my new bookshelves organized. 

Things I'm Looking Forward to in November
Hosting Thanksgiving and helping to cook for the first time (I'm not very domesticated so this is a big deal)

Getting our tickets for NYC for Christmas. So excited.

Reading my ARC of Rumble by Ellen Hopkins.




 

Most Popular Review
Evie's review of They All Fall Down was a popular one this month. Described as "surprisingly entertaining and hard to put down," this is definitely a book you don't want to miss! 

Most Popular Non-Review
Dina stopped by Bookish to discuss her inspiration behind her book, Charlesgate. Be sure to read up on the history of Charlesgate itself, and what Dina has to say about it, before picking up your own copy of Charlesgate and getting lost in the story.


What were some of your favorite books this month? Tell us about what went on in your life during the month of October - reading and other wise - and what you're looking forward to in November! :)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Children's Book Review: Shivery Shades of Halloween by Mary Mckenna Siddals and Jimmy Pickering


Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Indiebound


A rollicking, rhyming Halloween romp—in every color!

What color is Halloween? Why, it’s as green as an “eerie glow, evil grin, vile brew, clammy skin,” as white as “cobwebs clinging, a misty trail, a skull, a spook, a face gone pale . . .” Children will learn their colors as they follow a cute little creature on his adventure through haunted halls, moonlit forests . . . perhaps even a Halloween party! Jimmy Pickering’s stylized settings and adorable monsters add a blast of colorful creepy-crawliness that will make kids giggle. Who knew that learning colors could be such spooky fun?


     Shivery Shades of Halloween is just the perfect treat for your kid this Halloween season! It's bursting with colors, the silly rhymes and tongue-twisting word pairings make it super fun to read aloud (and occasionally laugh together when mommy's tongue gets twisted in a knot when trying to keep up with the rhythm), and it's just such a great way to learn about the many colors of Halloween! 


     When thinking about Halloween, certain colors come to mind right away, black, orange and purple being the first ones to pop into our heads. But did you know Halloween is way more colorful than just that? Halloween is also red, brown, yellow, blue, gray, white and green! And thanks to this beautifully illustrated little book your child will learn to spot the other, less-obvious colors of Halloween, and to associate them with many different adjectives (for example: blue is chilly-spills, gloomy-doomy, dreary-weary). 


    Jimmy Pickering's illustrations are not horribly detailed, but they have this gorgeous Halloween-y quality to them that just works here. The blues and the whites are chilly and frosty, the grays are cool and nicely textured (stone-like, well-shaded), the yellows and oranges are glowy and shiny.. He knows what effect will work with what color and thanks to that his illustrations are vibrant eye-catching and wonderful to look at. The colors are saturated and rich, and they really pop off the pages.


     Mary MacKenna Siddal's writing draws you in and instantly puts you in a trick-or-treating mood. The rhymes are simple, but very engaging, and the descriptions of colors are just too silly to read them with a straight face. They make for a very entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny read, and I think parents will love them just as much as kids will. 

     Overall, Shivery Shades Of Halloween is a fantastic and spell-binding book. A creative and mesmerizing way to teach your child about colors and the spirit of Halloween. This is definitely one of the best Halloween-themed picture books I've seen around this season. Your child will love it!






The Truth About Air & Water by Katherine Owen {Blog Tour, Book Review & Giveaway}

The Truth About Air & Water 
by
Katherine Owen
(truth in lies book 2)
        
The Truth About Air & Water, book 2 in the Truth In Lies Series. READ This Much Is True, book 1 first, although it's been written as a standalone. Readers say, don't do that. 

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” -Ernest Hemingway ~ A Farewell To Arms 

They share an epic love but one moment changes everything. A life together that seemed certain is shattered. One learns you never love the same way twice; the other learns what it means to come home. You only think you know how this love story goes, but do you really know how an epic love can end? 

“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.” 
-F. Scott Fitzgerald 
She is living color, and I’ve been in a black-and-white world for far too long without her. Powerful stuff. It surrounds me. I’ve felt it since I first arrived. The forcefield of her. The magnetism of her. The power she wields over me. I’m alive again because of her, like a dying plant that finally gets some water. I’ve got it bad for this girl. Reality dawns. The light comes through the darkness and shines on me. She’s my water. 
-Lincoln Presley 

The truth is I breathe with him. He is my air. Raison d’etre. 
-Tally Landon 
Author's note: This novel is part of the Truth In Lies series. It can be read as standalone, however, fans of my fiction already are highly recommending that those new to my work, READ This Much Is True book 1 FIRST. 

As Lincoln Presley would say, "do as you must, Princess."
Chapter 2 - Tally
“She’s got the story,” I say to Linc hours later as we lie next to each other taking up only half of the king-sized bed because our bodies remain intertwined at an all but intimate level. The money shot photograph session took twice as long as the interview. After another three hours, we finally told Candy we had to go. I had to pick up Cara from preschool and Linc had a late practice.
We left Candy and her photographer while they were still packing up their gear. By this time, the reporter had given up on asking us any more questions. She had the money shot. She had the story. We weren’t going to like it. The unsettled feeling nagged at me, but Linc didn’t seem to care. “She’s got the story.” Apparently, my fears need repeating.
“So?” He asks with a laugh. “Come here.” He pulls me closer and trails his hands down between my legs knowing full well this is my ultimate weakness for him. I cannot not respond. His touch right there gets me to do just about anything for him. I moan. He laughs again as he starts to make his move.
We put Cara to bed fifteen minutes ago and left the bedroom door slightly ajar so we can hear her but closed enough so she doesn’t hear us. Usually, we wait the agreed-upon half-hour before commencing with doing the deed as I still like to call it, but she was extra tired because I let her stay up late to watch Entangled. I’m not sure she understands the story line completely. I’m not sure I do either but she loves Rapunzel’s long hair. We watched it together while we waited for Linc’s return from practice. Cara played with my hair for most of the movie and kept running her little fingers through it over and over, while I filled out endless wedding invitations, imploring the ninety-five percent of strangers I do not know to come witness our nuptials in the middle of October.
“The article won’t run for weeks. Don’t worry about it. By the time it does, the season will probably be over. We’ll be married. Settled. Nobody is going to care about how we met or what happened in Moscow. They’ll be staring at your photograph, the Dirty Dancing one, and be thinking how did that guy get so lucky and get a girl like her? All those Sports Illustrated fans wishing they were me and holding you up in the air just like Baby.”
“Even the girls?”
He laughs. “Even the girls. When are you going to start believing we’re the two luckiest people in the world?” I turn into him then and stroke his face and search his eyes for solace and truth but I don’t answer. “When are you going to let go and let this happen and believe in it? In me? In us?” Linc asks again.
I trace his lips and kiss him. Lightly. Just a trace.
In the next, he smothers my face with kisses of his own and eventually pulls me up beneath him. “Come on, Tally. Let it go. Let it all go. I’m here. I’m not going anywhere. Don’t put a time clock on this. Don’t walk down the aisle toward me, less than a month from now, still not believing that this isn’t real or this won’t last because it will. I’m here. You’re here. So. Believe it. In me. In us. Now.” He pulls away from me and studies my face. Guilt arrives right on time. I wince along with it.“What is it? What aren’t you telling me? Because with that face? It is definitely something.”
“Dr. Eldon scheduled an ultrasound. I just…she’s optimistic and I just hope that we can find a way to have another child. I want to give you a son because you’ve given so much to me. And I want you to be happy. With me.”
“I am happy with you. I love you because you’re my life. You’re my water. Don’t forget that. I couldn’t survive without you.” He plays with a strand of my hair and lets it slip through his fingers. “And I’m your air.” He sighs a little. “I love you just as you are whether we have more kids or not. That’s why we’re going to make it. But you have to stop believing that something bad is going to happen. You have to believe in us as much as I do. We’re going to have this great life together. We already do. I love you. You love me. And believe me; love is enough. Our love is enough.”
I hold my breath and gaze at him for a long while. The commitment and compassion I see in the depths of his eyes begins to steady me. All the doubt, and even the guilt, begin to fade away. Like a protective shield, his love encircles me from all around.
Then when he pulls me into his arm and looks at me as if I’m the only one that counts, just before he kisses me, it is reassuring in the only way that matters.
Lincoln Presley, baseball star, is one of a kind.
And, he’s mine.
It’s a miracle really.
What an unbelievable stroke of luck at having him in my life and loving me back. I kiss him and let go of all my deep-rooted fears: falling, failing, even losing. I actually feel them disappear as if a strange wind has come by and blown them away.
I take in air—his air—that allows me to live and breathe.
“Okay,” I eventually say.
Then, I grab his hand and lightly kiss the inside of his wrist, and then trail my lips along his broad chest. He leans back against the pillows with a knowing look pulling me along with him, but cedes all control to me. I start to smile, but then another errant thought crashes in on me and threatens to undo all of these joyous declarations.
Everything breaks. 





Beautiful things are like that, extraordinary one minute, gone the next.
She's going to write about us however she sees fit. She's got the story. The whole story. And she wants the fame. On some weird-ass level, I admire her for it. I know that feeling of wanting the fame so badly that you forsake all others to get it. I don't tell her it's fleeting and ultimately destructive. No. I'll let her figure that one out for herself. I'll let her experience her own line drive. Because she will. We all do.
Conflicted is the only way to describe it. Being a sex goddess as well as a perfect mommy are those complete opposite roles. It makes her all the more charming that she doesn't even see it.





Lincoln Presley & Tally Landon are about to grab your heart. Wait for it, because it is bound to happen within the first few chapters. 



Its been weeks since I finished The Truth About Air & Water and just writing this tonight makes me reflect on the characters and the emotion that went into this book. I start to get chills immediately. How am I going to explain to you, the blog reader how much this book will change your life? How am I going to express my feelings when my thoughts are so intense? Well, I am going to give it a go because you will surely be missing out on something great if you don't pick this series up and pick it up pronto!. 



So if you haven't read This Much Is True, the first installment of Tally Landon and Lincoln Presley, I have to ask, what are you doing with your life? Go read the first book now! Its perfect, just as wonderful as this second book is but still a totally mind absorbing, emotional gripping phenomenon. 



Tally Landon is a prima ballerina, she has finally made that dream come true. Lincoln Presley is the star of his major league baseball team. Their jobs keep them busy and open to public ridicule constantly. 



Lincoln (Elvis as Tally calls him) and Tally are engaged, they are finally getting their happily ever after. But truly, can Tally really believe that nothing is going to mess this up. After all, everything always gets screwed up for Tally, right when she starts to hope and believe in her happiness, everything inevitably gets blown to smithereens. Lincoln does what he can, to make sure Tally knows that everything will be fine. He even goes to see the church Tally wants to get married at, even though he knows there is no possible way they can get married at a church that holds less than hundred people.



First they are one happy family. Lincoln and Tally are engaged with daughter Cara. Then tragedy strikes this couple so fully that it BREAKS YOUR HEART. 

First they are together. 
Then they aren't. 
First you are crying with happiness.
Then you are yelling at the characters. 
And no you don't think that is weird at ALL! 
It's heartbreaking, exciting, gripping, emotional, tension filled and maddening all at the same time. 
How can these characters keep going through so much? Will they ever find their way back to who they were before?

Let's discuss Tally for a second. She is one of the most complex characters I've ever read . I love and hate her at the same time. There were parts in the story when I thought she was being so strong, she did everything she could to hide her pain. She was strong, even when it was almost impossible for her to be. But then there were many parts of me, that was really annoyed with him. She gives up too easily. She claims to love but to protect herself, she acts cold. She says she can't go on, but then she seems to be going on just fine in some parts of the story. Tally was quick to blame Lincoln for a lot but never once thought to look at herself.  


Katherine Owen has written a few books. I've read every single one of them and reviewed them. I have fell in love with her way of emotional writing. I have fell in love with everyone of her characters. However, I never knew how far her writing could go, till I opened this book. She has surpassed even her own books this time. There are some writers that I constantly wonder why they don't have millions of people reading their books, she is now on the TOP of that list. She is as good or even better than some of the NY Times Best Selling Authors. 

I leave you with this as my last words.


“So that’s the truth about air and water.” She sighs deep.“Which is?”“It’s hard to maintain the balance to keep the fire going. You have to fan the flames without putting it out with too much water. But too little water will burn the fire right up. Too much fire. Too much destruction. We’re out of control.”“You’re talking in circles,” I say.“No. That’s us,” she says with certainty.”



International bestselling author of the New Adult Novel, This Much Is True and the most recently released second novel in the Truth In Lies series of The Truth About Air & Water.
Katherine Owen writes contemporary edgy fiction, which translates to: she writes love stories that are contemporary in setting and both edgy and dark. Some readers term her books emotional roller coasters. She is not sorry. Owen writes about trust, love, and fate and how relationships are often tested by all of these things in one way or another. Love, loss, and starting over.
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The Truth About Air & Water (truth in lies book 2)
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Both on the verge of fame. A ballerina who lies. A baseball player who believes her. Well, the truth changes everything. 

Tally Landon is just trying to survive the death of her twin sister, graduate from high school, and escape her tragic story by pursuing her ballet career in New York. She doesn't count on Lincoln Presley, Stanford's baseball wonder, to affect her at all. Adding him to a long list of one-night stands is the plan. Lying to him about her age and name is her standard method of operandi. She doesn't count on being found out, on seeing him again, or falling in love. 

Lincoln Presley's life is all mapped out for him. There is only baseball. With Major League Baseball circling their favorite prospect with a lucrative offer, he cannot afford to mess up. And, he doesn't; until he meets up with the girl he saved in that burning wreckage on the 101 on Valentine's Day months before. By the time he learns her real name and of all the lies she's told, he's in far too deep to ever really let her go. 

Fate has a different set of plans, but when fame and lies tear them apart, one truth remains. 
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blog Tour: The Shotgun Arcana by R.S. Belcher (Dream Cast | Giveaway)




Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Tor Books
Formats: Hardcover, ebook
Pages: 400
Series: Golgotha
Genre: Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, Horror

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R. S. Belcher’s debut novel, The Six-Gun Tarot, was enthusiastically greeted by critics and readers, who praised its wildly inventive mixture of dark fantasy, steampunk, and the Wild West. Now Belcher returns to Golgotha, Nevada, a bustling frontier town that hides more than its fair share of unnatural secrets.

1870. A haven for the blessed and the damned, including a fallen angel, a mad scientist, a pirate queen, and a deputy who is kin to coyotes, Golgotha has come through many nightmarish trials, but now an army of thirty-two outlaws, lunatics, serial killers, and cannibals are converging on the town, drawn by a grisly relic that dates back to the Donner Party…and the dawn of humanity.

Sheriff Jon Highfather and his deputies already have their hands full dealing with train robbers, a mysterious series of brutal murders, and the usual outbreaks of weirdness. But with thirty-two of the most vicious killers on Earth riding into Golgotha in just a few day’s time, the town and its people will be tested as never before—and some of them will never be the same.

The Shotgun Arcana is even more spectacularly ambitious and imaginative than The Six-Gun Tarot, and confirms R. S. Belcher’s status as a rising star.
Dream Cast:

As Mutt: 
Either Jackie Earle Hayley


or:
Wes Studi


as Jon Highfather:
Jensen Ackles


as Harry Pratt:
Eric Stoltz


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About the author:



R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter. He has been a freelance writer for over a decade. He has written for local, state and international publications.

Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book and game store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has done Masters work on a degree in Forensic Science at The George Washington University, as well as worked with the Occult Crime Taskforce for the Virginia General Assembly’s State Crime Commission.

Rod has written and edited for magazines like Starlog, Virginia Living, Virginia Business, Verve, and The Roanoker. He was managing editor of The Vinton Messenger newspaper and editor for numerous trade publications. He has done technical writing and has ghost-written political editorials and advertising copy. Both the politics and the advertising greatly honed his fiction writing skills.

He has been a writing guest at numerous conventions and writing conferences for many years. He is available for Bar Mitzvahs…

Rod began writing stories when he was 9 years old, selling stories and self- drawn comics to his mother’s beauty shop customers for a quarter a piece. That first quarter was the start of his road to Hell…

In a creative writing course he was selected for in 6th grade, Rod was told his SF/Fantasy writing was “silly trash” ( kinda true, but hey, I was in sixth grade…) but the lack of support from an adult “expert” made him feel like he couldn’t “really write” and he stopped writing for a few years. Thanks to the love, encouragement and support of his mom, Mabel, Rod started writing again when he got a typewriter for his 12th birthday. Thanks Mom.

You can write. Yes, you. You have a story, maybe a bunch of stories inside you screaming to be let out. Don’t let anyone tell you can’t write, or that your writing is no good. It’s good for you, good for the thing inside you that demands you get that story out somehow. Don’t write for praise, or for money, write for you, only you, and to hell with the rest of them.

He was once told by Elizabeth Taylor, he was “hot” and once told by George Takei he “looked terrible” ( he did). He watched a man die in the electric chair, investigated homicides, pissed off politicians and located missing children. The CIA told him to “clean up his act”- this was one of his proudest moments.

In his spare time ( which he has damn little of these days), Rod enjoys reading, hiking, shooting, gaming ( mostly tabletop RPG or board games, but some console), comics, researching the weird, spending time with his amazing kids, and long, thoughtful, walks in the rain…OK, the last one is crap, but the rest is true.

He lives in Roanoke Virginia with his children: Jonathan, Emily and Stephanie, Three cats and two dogs.
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