Monday, July 8, 2019

SOMEDAY WE WILL FLY by Rachel DeWoskin Official Nerd Blast


SYNOPSIS

Warsaw, Poland. The year is 1940 and Lillia is 15 when her mother, Alenka, disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There they struggle to make a life; they have no money, there is little work, no decent place to live, a culture that doesn't understand them. And always the worry about Alenka. How will she find them? Is she still alive?

Meanwhile Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourishment. Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets, remembering the happy days in Warsaw when they were circus performers. She attends school sporadically, makes friends with Wei, a Chinese boy, and finds work as a performer at a "gentlemen's club" without her father's knowledge.

But meanwhile the conflict grows more intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps. More bombing, more death. Can they survive, caught in the crossfire? 


Praise for SOMEDAY WE WILL FLY

★ "DeWoskin explores a rarely depicted topic. . .A beautifully nuanced exploration of culture and people." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "An unusual portrait of what war does to families in general and children in particular . . . affirms the human need for art and beauty in hard times." ―Booklist, starred review

"A provocative exploration of what resilience means when you’re pushed to the edge." ―BCCB

“With pathos and a fine eye for historical detail, DeWoskin (Blind) relates the story of Shanghai’s Jewish refugees during WWII, when Shanghai was under Japanese occupation. DeWoskin captures the crushing destruction of war and occupation, the unfathomable resilience communities can muster through cross-cultural friendships and acts of kindness, and the power of the performing arts to foster hope in times of struggle and desperation.” —Publishers Weekly

"A provocative exploration of what resilience means when you’re pushed to the edge." —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

DeWoskin vividly captures this fraught time of dislocation and turmoil, and deftly connects the anguish of Jewish refugees and the agony of the Japanese occupation, elevating this beautiful novel into a clarion call for peace. —The National Book Review

“Rachel DeWoskin’s storytelling features an extraordinary combination of curiosity and kindness, on top of a belief that everyone can have an impact on the world they find themselves in. Someday We Will Fly is powerful, adventurous story of a teenager who confronts the brutal history with courage, love, and imagination. I could not put it down.” —Aleksandar Hemon, author of Nowhere Man and The Lazarus Project 

“An engrossing and beautifully-rendered plunge into less-known Holocaust history, featuring the plight of Jewish World War II refugees in Japanese-occupied Shanghai.” —Julie Berry, Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa

“Though I have written extensively about the Holocaust in novels, a picture book, poems, I had never before heard of the 23,000 Jews who fled to Shanghai for the duration of the war. Starvation, rough treatment by occupying Japanese troops, the teenagers turning to all kinds of difficult work (including gentlemen's clubs as dancers and prostitution) to make money for their devastated families. Rampant disease, and early deaths were their daily lot. In Someday We Will Fly Rachel DeWoskin has taken the horrors and turned them into a YA novel that is terrifically moving and full of a kind of poetry in motion that is both terrifying and uplifting in equal measure.” —Jane Yolen, author of Mapping the Bones, The Stone Angel, Devil’s Arithmetic, Briar Rose
Fleeing Poland 1941, Lillia and her circus preforming family become split: her mother is left behind while the family travels to the last city that will take Jewish refugees: Shanghai. This unique view into a forgotten part of history is told with candid, yet lovely prose. While some aspects of the story are embellished, the book holds true to history. A great companion to Salt to the Sea. —Readers Books 

“Someday We Will Fly is an intense and immersive novel.” —TeenReads

OTHER HONORS
● Junior Library Guild selection
● Kirkus “Historical Fiction Gems” selection (January 2019)
● Bookish January 2019 Book Club Pick

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Rachel DeWoskin has spent much of her life in China, including childhood summers with her parents and brothers, excavating ancient Chinese musical and medical instruments for her dad’s research. Rachel lived in Bejing for most of her twenties, where she became the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera called Foreign Babes in Bejing. She spent the last six summers in Shanghai, where she researched and wrote Someday We Will Fly.

Rachel lives in Chicago with her husband, playwright Zayd Dohrn, and their two daughters. She is on the fiction faculty of the University of Chicago and is an affiliated faculty member in Jewish studies and East Asian Studies.

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WEBSITE: http://racheldewoskin.com/home/
TWITTER: 
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INSTAGRAM: 
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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

DRAGONSLAYER by Duncan M. Hamilton Blog Tour




SYNOPSIS

In his magnificent, heroic, adventure fantasy, Dragonslayer, Duncan M. Hamilton debuts the first book in a fast-moving trilogy: a dangerous tale of lost magics, unlikely heroes, and reawakened dragons.

Once a member of the King's personal guard, Guillot dal Villevauvais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s astonished—and wary—when the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. He and the Prince Bishop have never exactly been friends and Gill left the capital in disgrace five years ago. So why him? And, more importantly, how is there a dragon to fight when the beasts were hunted to extinction centuries ago by the ancient Chevaliers of the Silver Circle?

On the way to the capitol city, Gill rescues Solène, a young barmaid, who is about to be burned as a witch. He believes her innocent…but she soon proves that she has plenty of raw, untrained power, a problem in this land, where magic is forbidden. Yet the Prince Bishop believes magic will be the key to both destroying the dragon and replacingthe young, untried King he pretends to serve with a more pliable figurehead. 
Between Gill’s rusty swordsmanship and Solene’s unstable magic, what could go wrong?  


Author of one of BuzzFeed 's Greatest Fantasy Books of 2013 
Do you have what it takes to be a Dragonslayer? In this epic, adventure fantasy series, an unlikely hero, Guillot dal Villevauvais, must overcome his disgraced past as a failed member of the King’s guard and hunt down a ferocious beast thought long extinct. A dangerous quest, led by the swordsmanship of Gill, the magical powers of Solène, a barmaid nearly burned to the stake, and the goodness of Prince Bishop. From the critically acclaim fantasy author Duncan M. Hamilton, this fast-moving series is a must-read for fans of epic, sword-and-sorcery adventures.  


My Review

Dragonslayer is a new fantasy that captures your imagination and turns a simple time into a whole new world of adventure.  

In this world, centuries after Dragons were slain and magic is repelled, the people live a simple life with little worries, except to pay taxes. However, magic is feared, and any person who shows signs of possessing it, are hunted down and executed. The only member left of the Chevaliers of the Silver Circle is a lazy drunk, who has fallen out of grace with the King. Gill only cares about his next bottle.

When a new order is created in secret with the King's permission, the members start to search for something of great importance, and disturbs the last dragon.

So I really, really don't want to give any spoilers to this story....it was so fun and fast paced it's best to go into it with little knowledge about it other than it is so good!  The Dragon is so more than a beast.  It feels confusion and heartache....something totally unexpected...Gill is a character that you will start to love, as you learn more about his past throughout the story and understand him completely.  Solene becomes stronger and longs to just belong...to feel she has a place in this crazy world.  There is fire and destruction...how can there not be with a dragon, and TONS of action that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Deceit and surprising loyalties spiral constantly.

I thought this story was very well written and the story fantastic...it reached into my imagination and wrenched so many emotions...fulfilling my craving for an epic fantasy!

With a super cool twist that made me EXTREMELY happy at the end, this trilogy is just getting started...and I can't wait to ride the journey.




Duncan M. Hamilton is the Amazon best selling writer of fantasy novels and short stories, including The Wolf of the North and the Society of the Sword trilogy. He has Master’s Degrees in History and Law, and practised as a barrister before writing full time. Duncan is particularly interested in the Medieval and Renaissance periods, from which he draws inspiration for his stories.

He lives in Ireland, near the sea, and when not writing he enjoys sailing, scuba diving, windsurfing, cycling, and skiing.

His debut novel, ‘The Tattered Banner (Society of the Sword Volume 1)’ was featured on Buzzfeed’s 12 Greatest Fantasy Books Of The Year, 2013.

Duncan is a member of The Society of Authors, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). He is represented by DongWon Song of Howard Morhaim Literary.

PHOTO CREDIT: JASON CLARKE

TWITTER: @DuncanMHamilton
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6979427.Duncan_M_Hamilton
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/DuncanMHamilton/  


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Friday, June 28, 2019

Terry Brooks SIgning


Terry Brooks Signing



So a few weeks ago, I got to meet one of my all time FAVORITE author, Terry Brooks, of the Shannara Series.  Truly a dream come true.

I first started reading this series when I was 15 years old. I'm a little older than that now.



I got my oldest son into reading his books and he is a fan now too.



I took a total of 9 books with me to sign.  Plus a few book plates. He also signed a book sleeve for me that I thought was pretty awesome!!

I thought I brought a lot of books with me, I was blown away by his fans. There were several that brought Totes and duffle bags FULL of his books....He was so amazing, took time with each reader, and truly listened to them.



One thing that I found amazing that I didn't know is that he grew up and lived in a town that is about 30 minutes away from me and I had NO IDEA!!




If you ever get the chance to attend, GO.....He was funny and down to earth.

Also got to listen to him read from a new project that he is working on. A new fantasy series....that sounds ..... well, it's Terry....AMAZING!!



















Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Jean BookNerd: RIVEN by Jane Alvey Harris TRAILER REVEAL and Giveaway



SYNOPSIS

Which reality would you choose? Seventeen year-old Emily's dad is in prison for securities fraud and her mom's strung-out on pain meds, leaving Emily to parent herself and her younger brothers and sister. She's got things mostly under control until a couple weeks before Dad's release, when voices start whispering in her head, and Gabe, the hot lifeguard at the pool, notices the strange brands engraved on her arm...the ones she's trying desperately to hide. Emily doesn't know how the symbols got there or what they mean. They appeared overnight and now they're infected and bleeding. She's pretty sure she's losing her mind. Stress, insomnia, and her wounded egos drive Emily to self-medicate, which has to be why the nightmares from her childhood have resurfaced, why they're commandeering her conscious even when she's awake. It has to be why the fairytale creatures she created as a little girl insist they need her help. Triggered by the return of her childhood abuser and unable to cope with reality, Emily slips completely inside her elaborate fantasy world. She's powerful in the First Realm, maybe even more powerful than her attacker. It would be so easy to stay there, to lose herself in enchantment...to lose herself in love. But something sinister lurks in the forest shadows. Emily soon discovers her demons have followed her inside her fairytale. They're hunting her. With the help of the Fae, she frantically searches for the weapons she needs to defeat her greatest fears and escape back to reality before the man who tortured her can prey on her younger brothers and sister, too. Time is running out...

*Non-explicit Trigger Warning: This book deals with issues of child molestation and abuse.  


Winner: 2016 Moonbeam Gold Medal, Young Adult Fiction
Winner: 2017 Royal Dragonfly First Place, Young Adult Fiction
Winner: 2017 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award
Nominated for the 2018 IndieNext List  







ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane Alvey Harris has a Humanities degree from Brigham Young University with emphases in Art History, Italian Language, and Studio Art. She's CRAZY about the visual and performing arts! Jane enjoys playing classical piano, painting & sketching, singing & acting, and especially writing poetry & prose.

But her real passion is PEOPLE. She loves to watch and study what makes us tick as human beings. Jane is definitely a dreamer. Her favorite thing to do is weave together sublime settings and stories for characters to live and learn in...herself included.

She currently lives in an enchanted fairy-princess castle in Dallas, Texas, with her three often-adorable children and their three seldom-adorable cats.  

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WEBSITE: https://www.janealveyharris.com/
TWITTER: 
@JaneAlveyHarris
GOODREADS: 
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15165429.Jane_Alvey_Harris
FACEBOOK: 
https://www.facebook.com/jane.a.harris.56
INSTAGRAM: 
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Cinematic Book Trailers leave that lasting impression on the viewer, and remain with the book for as long as it’s in print. They’re stand-alone works of art, and at the same time they compliment the book perfectly. We create these cinematic trailers to give a poignant vignette of the book, which leaves the viewer curious. The tone, the pacing, the details, all generate tangible interest in the book and its author.



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Monday, June 24, 2019

A MURDER ON JANE STREET by Cathy Cash Spellman Nerd Blast




SYNOPSIS

A brutal murder.
A heinous secret
A deadly conspiracy.


The brutal murder of the little old lady next door puts FitzHugh Donovan on the case. A retired New York City Police Chief, he knows a cover-up when he sees one and his Irish Cop conscience can’t let that happen.

Now, Fitz, his family and his quirky band of Bleecker Street Irregulars are ensnared in the bizarre secret the woman died to protect.

Is this a 75-year-old cold case turned hot again, or an unspeakable crime-in-progress that could alter the course of the world?

Fitz doesn’t yet know how high the stakes are, that failure isn’t an option, and that the little old lady was so much more than she appeared. But he’s trying to keep everyone alive long enough to find out.

Characters you’ll care about, dark shocking secrets, and disturbing similarities to today’s political scene, will keep you turning pages to an ending you won’t see coming.    






Praise for CATHY CASH SPELLMAN

“...Almost impossible to put down. The Author has the ability to produce one powerful scene after another and the action draws you helplessly on...” ―Publisher’s Weekly on So Many Partings

“...A cross between The Thorn Birds and Ragtime...” ―ALA Booklist on So Many Partings

“Flows along with an inexorable narrative current that propels the readers from one involving episode to the next.” ―Booklist on So Many Partings

“An energetic plot that never takes a breather.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Paint the Wind

“A western extravaganza.. a plot teeming with outsize characters.” ―Publishers Weekly on Paint the Wind

“I have never read a book or connected with an author who has touched me so deeply – as a mother, a grandmother, and another psychic kindred soul!” ―Elizabeth Taylor on Bless the Child

“This book has really touched my heartstrings as both a mother and grandmother. And Cathy Cash Spellman is one hell of a writer!” ―Maureen Stapleton on Bless the Child

“With a seductive, at times spellbinding style, author Spellman (An Excess of Love) incorporates ancient myths into an entrancing romantic thriller.. Spellman succeeds in capturing the reader’s close attention as an unrelenting sense of foreboding drives the narrative forward with power.” ―Publisher’s Weekly on Bless the Child    

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Multiple New York Times and International Bestsellers, a Paramount Movie, book sales in 22 countries, Cathy Cash Spellman writes stories about love, friendship, adventure, and history. Known for her big sprawling sagas and memorable characters, Cathy writes the kind of stories women like to lose themselves in, and then remember long after the book is done.

Her books range through several genres: contemporary, historical, mystery, mystic and romance. Several take place in two time-frames, both current and historical.

Bless the Child was a Paramount movie in 2000, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and Paint The Wind has been optioned for film and TV.

Cathy is an Astrologer, Martial Artist (Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate) and has expertise in Chinese Medicine, several alternative healing modalities and many metaphysical disciplines.

She has written for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Kung Fu and many other magazines about women, health, empowerment, sexuality, spiritual philosophy and Astrology. She blogs for The Huffington Post and The New York Times.  

PHOTO CREDIT: DAKOTA CASH

WEBSITE: https://www.cathycashspellman.com/
TWITTER: @CCashSpellman
  
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/95409.Cathy_Cash_Spellman


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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

REENTRY by Peter Cawdron Official Blog Tour



SYNOPSIS

After almost dying on Mars, astronaut Liz Anderson returns to Earth, but not to a hero’s welcome. America is in turmoil. The war is over, but the insurgency has just begun. So while life on Mars may have been deadly, at least up there she knew who the enemy was. Along with her, Liz has brought the remnants of the artificial intelligence that waged war on two planets. Buried somewhere deep within the cold electronic circuits lies the last vestiges of her dead partner Jianyu. Liz is torn, unsure whether he’s somehow still alive in electronic form or just a ploy by an adversary that will go to any length to win. Heartbroken and treated with suspicion, she finds herself caught up in the guerrilla war being waged on Earth, wondering if the AI threat is truly gone, or if it has only just begun.   .

Praise for REENTRY
"It's good to consider the AI possibilities ahead. Peter Cawdron's REENTRY is a marvelous read but also an intriguing scenario for what might go on within the superintelligences." ―Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award-winning author of A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky


My Review

This is one Science Fiction Series you want to get your hands on!

Reentry is the second installment in this series, with Retrograde being the first. I highly recommend that you read Retrograde first...not that Reentry couldn't be read alone, and not completely be lost in the story, you just NEED to read it also to fall for the story line and characters that are incredible.

This story is solid....solid as a planet, with crazy good imagination and ultra surprising plot twists. WOW!  Your brain will be tickled with ideas that will make you think...think about how real this whole AI can get someday in the near future...Super crazy!!

It's a G4 speed paced....time will disappear as you emerge yourself into this story...it pulls you in like gravity and can not be ignored.  The story is beautifully written making the words come to life.  The main character Liz, has a strong personality as all the characters do in this story. Each one playing a critical roll...I mean characters in this story have a lot happen to them that makes them who they are, and totally gives you all those emotional feels.

This is definitely one of my favorite Sci-Fi books that I have read in a long time and I think you should blast off into it's depth right away!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Peter Cawdron is an Australian science fiction author, making hard scifi easy to understand.

His debut novel Anomaly has gone on to sell over 75,000 copies around the world, while his zombie story What We Left Behind was selected by Kindle Scout for publication with Kindle Press..

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WEBSITE: https://about.me/cawdronpeter
TWITTER: @PeterCawdron
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5252525.Peter_Cawdron
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/WriterPeterCawdron/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/petercawdron/


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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

HOUSE OF EARTH, HOUSE OF STONE by Joshua David Bellin Nerd Blast and Giveaway



SYNOPSIS

The Ecosystem is at war

The dark queen Miriam has attacked the City of the Queens. Commanding an army of creatures from legend and nightmare, she appears unstoppable. Sarah is forced to flee into the treacherous mountains north of the city, where she seeks to discover word of the missing queen, Celestina. Only with their combined strength, Sarah believes, is there any hope of contesting the dark queen’s might.

But to wage the final battle against the dark queen, Sarah will have to overcome an ancient curse that threatens not only the survival of the city but the existence of the Ecosystem itself. And she will have to decide whether to save Isaac, the boy she loves, at the cost of losing everything else she holds dear.

House of Earth, House of Stone is a riveting fantasy-adventure set in a world where Nature holds dominion over humankind. The final book in the Ecosystem trilogy, it completes the journey Sarah began in Ecosystem and The Devouring Land.  


Praise for ECOSYSTEM Trilogy
“Joshua David Bellin proves once again that he’s the master of SciFi survival stories that explore the devastating consequences of environmental destruction. If you’ve ever walked in the woods and felt that the trees were listening, this book is for you!” ―Jennifer Bardsley, author of GENESIS GIRL

“This page turner will give you a new respect for the forces of the natural world. I’ll never look at plants or animals the same way again. A five star tour-de-force. Can’t wait for a sequel.” ―Darlene Beck-Jacobson, author of WHEELS OF CHANGE

"If you’re a fan of survivalist and post-apocalyptic literature then I would definitely, and not so subtly, tell you to read ECOSYSTEM." ―YA Bookers

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very short). A college teacher by day, he has published numerous works of fantasy and science fiction, including the two-part Survival Colony series (Survival Colony 9 and Scavenger of Souls), the deep-space adventure Freefall, and the short story collection Ten Tales of Terror and Terra. The Ecosystem series—Ecosystem, The Devouring Land, and House of Earth, House of Stone—is his latest foray into speculative fiction. In his free time, Josh likes to read, watch movies, and take long nature hikes with his kids. Oh, yeah, and he likes monsters. Really scary monsters.  

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WEBSITE: http://joshuadavidbellin.com/
TWITTER: 
@TheYAGuy  
GOODREADS: 
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7393959.Joshua_David_Bellin
FACEBOOK: 
https://www.facebook.com/joshuadavidbellin
INSTAGRAM: 
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