Monsters have a way of following you.
Immersed in a new world at boarding school, Addy Buckley learns she’s not the only one with secrets. While trying to navigate the minefield of painful lies that seem to be rattling around her family’s past, she meets soft on the eyes and heavy on the heart, Napoleon Blake.
When faced with the darkness, Addy must decide to cling to her new life and friends or let the monster carry her away. The choice is hers, sink or swim.
My Progress –
Sunday April 26
Pages Read – 595
Books Completed – Once and Again, Gathering Frost
Monday April 27
Tuesday April 28
Wednesday April 29
Thursday April 30
Friday May 1
Let’s get to it shall we? I am looking forward to all the mini-challenges and discussions. Be sure to check back here to cheer me on and watch my progress!
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Welcome to another week here at Writing Pearls. This week we will be wrapping up our first month as a book review blog. It’s been a great week here even among illness (Amanda) and travels (Jessica). Check out our week in review…
First things first I am excited to be able to share the first hard copy book we have received!
I’m looking forward to reading this book! I love that we get free books!
This week in review – Click the image to get to the review!
This weeks discussion talks about the pressure of being a creative. Check out the discussion and video here.
Going forward I (Jessica) will be participating in my first readathon!
We get to celebrate the release day of Match made on Main street.
Let’s send well wishes to Amanda this week as she gets over the plague. (It’s just a cold but we’re writers we are dramatic… humor us).
Here’s to another great week!
What are you looking forward to this week?
I witnessed something this week that I have witnessed far too often. – A very talented, accomplished writer, was rejected. This writer worked very hard to enter her manuscript into an international contest and did not make the final cut. She turmoiled in defeat, feeling inadequate and rejected. This is something all creatives have experienced at one time or another.
I’m sharing a TED talk video today that features Elizabeth Gilbert of EAT PRAY LOVE. She talks about the pressure on creative people since creativity and suffering are somehow now inherently linked. Too often, I see precious friends suffering with the universal pressure of imparting divine works in the state of mere-mortality. It’s depressing how few artists get the deserving attention of their work.
Writing is a unique career in that very few of us can make a sustainable living at it, yet hundreds of thousands of people cast their works into the world. What is up with that? It’s like salmon who swim upstream, few make it back to spawn, yet they all try anyways. They have to try it is in their nature. Even the reality that most will face imminent death does not stop them from making the journey. I believe along with Gilbert that the creative process is a result of divine intervention that many will be called but few will make it, whatever that means…
Why am I bringing this up? The world is a cruel beast to us all no matter what we do, but it seems that the world likes to take creatives and chew them up for breakfast. If creativity is really a divine expression then we should expect nothing less than a divine struggle that some don’t make out alive. As Gilbert points out some of our greatest creatives over the last 500 years we have lost, often at their own hand. This struggle literary drives people mad, to the point they hurt themselves. It’s a sad reality. What can we do about it?
For starters, we can start a conversation. We can confront the problem, and suggest ways to help the writers in our lives separate themselves from their genius.
If you’re a reader, you might be questioning what this has to do with you. Everything. As readers, writers, consumers, musicians, and all artists, we must celebrate all creative geniuses. We must cheer with them when they win, cry with them when they don’t. We need to share this divine burden with them.
How? We can give them honest reviews, send them encouraging email, and even stalk their Facebook pages. Let’s show these creative geniuses that they are appreciated and not alone. Next time you read a book, appreciate the opportunity to be gifted with the show of genius, the glimpse of G-d in that work.
Check out the video. Hopefully, it will inspire you to have some empathy for the creatives in your life.
Who’s the writer/creative in your life that you want to most appreciate today? Share in the comments.
SOARING THROUGH THE STARS
by Gwendolyn Womack
Release Day Celebration
Hosted by MMSAI Tours
“I live in the in between. Between holding on and letting go. Hurt clings to me. Hope teases me. Home. I can’t explain it, but sometimes, I just want to go home.”
Talia and Jesse Vanderbilt have escaped a childhood full of abuse, and when they have a chance to put their father behind bars, setbacks arise from every direction. The siblings can’t help but consider the option to walk away and move on with their lives.
Then someone unexpected brings his own secrets, forcing the Vanderbilt teens to revisit their pasts and rethink their plans. Through it all, Lagan and Talia’s Post-it love story blossoms, while Jesse and Summer hit roadblocks.
From the award-winning author of Swimming Through Clouds and Seeing Through Stones comes a powerful story of freedom and belonging in this final book of the young adult trilogy that began with an invitation on a little Post-it note.
PRAISE FOR SOARING THROUGH STARS
“Soaring through Stars is a beautiful, perfect ending to a truly exceptional series… Don’t miss this one.”
~USA Today’s HEA Blog, Serena Chase
“Rajdeep Paulus writes young adult fiction with a new kind of hero… compassionate at moments when it would be much easier to stand by and do nothing.”
~Amazon Author Success Story
“The Swimming Through Clouds series is an incredible story of the strength of true love and the power of courage. Talia, Lagan, and Jesse will sneak into your heart and stay there long after you read the last line.” ~Amalie Howard, bestselling IndieNext author of Alpha Goddess
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rajdeep Paulus is an Award-winning author of SwimmingThrough Clouds and Seeing Through Stones. Rajdeep studied English Literature at Northwestern and lives in New York with her Sunshine and four princesses.
1 Winner wins Blue Swarovski crystal heart charm on silver chain (U.S. Residents Only)
1 Winner wins Paperbacks of the trilogy – THREE BOOKS (U.S. Residents Only)
3 Winners win Ebooks of Swimming Through Clouds (Book One)
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Author: Greg Keyes
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
A copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect the review in any way.
About the Book: To find her kidnapped cousin, a princess enters the domain of a deadly deityHezhi is a princess, daughter of a royal family whose line was founded by the god known as the River. Her blood is not only royal, it is magic, with a power that will not become known until she approaches adulthood. As she grows into her gift, she will take her place in court—or be judged unworthy and cast into the darkness below the palace.
When Hezhi’s cousin D’en is kidnapped by the priests and taken below, Hezhi vows to rescue him. But he is trapped in the domain of the River, and she will need a hero to help her find her way in the dark.
Perhaps that hero is Perkar, a barbarian who has fallen in love with the goddess of the stream. When the River threatens to destroy Perkar’s love, he embarks on a quest that will take him to Hezhi’s side to do battle with a god.
In An Oyster Shell- Meat and potatoes for the fantasy aficionado.
The Pearls – Greg Keyes has been one of my favorite authors since I first got my hands on “The Briar King,” years ago. The Waterborn did not disappoint. Once again Keyes proves himself to be an intelligent, talented storyteller, proficient at setting scenes and developing flawed, realistic characters. This novel is not a quick, easy read. It’s the type of book you have to focus on or you’ll miss something important. Keyes has found that delicate balance between enough details to pull the reader in and too many lengthy descriptions (which bores the reader and slows the book down). The characters are neither “good” nor “bad,” and you’re often left wondering who you’re really rooting for and what they are capable of. As with the Kingdoms of Thorn and Bones series, Keyes draws strong, intelligent females and I thank him for making ladies out to be respected and often feared.
The Sand – Sometimes Keyes uses dialogue to explain situations in ways that do not feel like authentic conversations. Especially with the sword. I can handle the spirit of a god being trapped in a sword, but I wish he would have done something more creative with the way Harka communicated with Perkar.
All in all I give this book 4.5 Pearls – So close to perfect.
About the Author –
Gregory Keyes is a writer of science fiction and fantasy who has written both original and media-related novels under both the names J. Gregory Keyes and “Greg Keyes”.
Greg Keyes was born in to a large, diverse, storytelling family. He received degrees in anthropology from Mississippi State and the University of George before becoming a fulltime writer.
He lives in Savannah, Georgia.
Author: Joel Fishbane
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
A copy of this book was received in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect the review in any way.
About the Book: Mixing the eccentricity of the circus world and the heart of a love story,The Thunder of Giants is a warm and engaging debut about two exceptional women — both almost 8-feet tall
The year is 1937 and Andorra Kelsey – 7’11 and just under 320 pounds – is on her way to Hollywood to become a star. Hoping to escape both poverty and the ghost of her dead husband, she accepts an offer from the wily Rutherford Simone to star in a movie about the life of Anna Swan, the Nova Scotia giantess who toured the world in the 19th century.
Thus, Anna Swan’s story unfurls. Where Andorra is seen as a disgrace by an embarrassed family, Anna Swan is quickly celebrated for her unique size. Drawn to New York, Anna becomes a famed attraction at P.T. Barnum’s American Museum even as she falls in love with Gavin Clarke, a veteran of the Civil War. Quickly disenchanted with a life of fame, Anna struggles to prove to Gavin – and the world – that she is more than the sum of her measurements.
The Thunder of Giants blends fact and fiction in a sweeping narrative that spans nearly a hundred years. Against the backdrop of epic events, two extraordinary women become reluctant celebrities in the hopes of surviving a world too small to contain them.
In An Oyster Shell- A well-written fun read with two remarkable female main characters.
The Pearls – Fishbane’s writing style flows freely, and his language is both exciting and captivating. Even though the characters face several unfortunate circumstances and events, the humorous way he writes keeps the book from getting too dark or depressing. I found myself emotionally connected to the success of both Andorra and Anna, fighting their battles along side them. On a personal note, I will never complain about being too tall again!
The Sand – There were a couple of hard-to-follow areas because of the switch from character to character. When the stories switched it took me a few minutes to re-familiarize myself with which story I was in. It felt kind of like reading two novels at the same time.
All in all I give this book: 4.5 Pearls – pretty darn close to perfect.
About the Author –
Joel Fishbane is a novelist, playwright, sous-chef, actor, trivia host, amateur boxer, occasional clarinet player and general man about town. His various plays, short stories, articles, critiques and literary musings have been published, performed, honored, and otherwise applauded in Canada, the United States and Europe. He lives in Toronto and almost always wears a hat.
Author: Tracey Jane Jackson
Genre: Romance/Urban Fantasy
Release Date: October 16,2012
Source: Kindle (It’s Free!)
About the Book:
Dr. Samantha Moore is one of the youngest and most acclaimed researchers in the world. Her specialty is blood and she has been recruited by the largest pharmaceutical company in Scotland. For what purpose she cannot begin to imagine, but in an attempt to break out of her painfully shy shell, she throws caution to the wind and leaves her family and best friend behind in Savannah. Dr. Kade Gunnach is taking a chance hiring an outsider, but he’s desperate to find out how to help his sister. He believes the key lies in her blood, but so far, no one has found the answers. When the new researcher walks into his office, he’s unprepared for his reaction to her and the life-changing ramifications her arrival brings. They’re drawn together by a force neither is prepared for, but Kade is holding something back. Something that could scare her away. When Samantha learns his secret, will she run? Will Kade be able to live with the answers he’s been desperately searching for?
In An Oyster Shell- Super Fun Read! Intense romance, fantastical fantasy in urban setting. If you are into romance and can handle unrealistic fantasy. I highly recommend this book. This book is so easy to get lost in! I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
The Pearls –
The story was just phenomenal. It’s an intense romance with a hot Scottish guy set in Scotland. Hello! What’s not to love? The characters are great the good guys are loveable and the antagonists are detestable. Eat your heart out gold/power digging Shannon!
My favorite part of this book was that it was a fantasy that had Christian morality. So there was a paranormal aspect to it but respected the Christian faith, without feeling like you got thumped with a bible. I appreciate works that have a Christian aspect without being preachy or churchy. It was really fun. The author let her imagination go wild and it’s a fun, fun ride.
The Sand –
The love interest Kade is super intense. It was a bit distracting to me. I felt like the author showed her cards too quickly with him revealing his intentions. I felt like it could have been drawn out a bit more. Realistically with how he was acting Sam should have thought stalker… and ran. He was even more intense than Edward Cullen or Christian Grey in my book. That’s saying a lot. Though I will say there is an understandable explanation that is revealed eventually, so it balanced out.
I also felt like this book could use more descriptions, particularly in the food aspect. There was a lot of talk about eating but not as much description as I would have like. I don’t consider myself a detail oriented person, but this book taught me that there are some details I don’t want to be without.
I give this book 3.5 pearls. A fun story, something to help you escape the craziness of your day.
About the Author -
Tracey was born and raised in New Zealand, and that’s where her love of horses was formed. Her grandfather taught her to ride at four years old, and she couldn’t get enough.
Her love and passion for Abraham Lincoln and the entire Civil War era might have come from her American father, however, he lays no claim to influencing her. Tracey’s mother used to tell her she was simply born in the wrong place in the wrong time.
Tracey hasn’t always wanted to write. It took her a long time to get started, but now she doesn’t seem to be able to stop, the joy of escaping to the 1860s is too much fun.
She’s been happily married and gooey in love with her husband for eighteen years. They live in the Pacific Northwest with their two sons.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1)
Release Date: May 19th 2015
Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants. Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can’t protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.
And in her family’s line of work no one can be safe forever.
All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tiffany Schmidt lives in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles. She’s not at all superstitious… at least that’s what she tells herself everyFriday the thirteenth.
SEND ME A SIGN is her first novel. BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE will follow in Winter, 2014. The ONCE UPON A CRIME FAMILY series begins with HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH in 2015. You can find out more about her and her books at: TiffanySchmidt.com, TiffanySchmidtWrites.Tumblr.com or by following her on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt.
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