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Friday, September 5, 2014

This Beautiful World by Elisabeth Jackson Interview and Review Blog Tour

Title:This Beautiful World
Author:Elisabeth Jackson
Pages:290
Genre:Romance, Suspense, Mystery
Version reviewed:E-book provided by Enchanted Tours for an honest review.
Publication:July 23rd 2014 by Astraea Press


















 About the Author:
Elisabeth Jackson loves the outdoors and dogs, rescued dogs in particular. This Beautiful World is her debut novel and blends haunting childhood secrets, romantic themes, second chances and a mystery in a small town setting, with a dash of Gothic elements. When she is not writing small town Romances and Mysteries, she works as a freelance business writer. Her characters are inspired by the rural towns she has visited and lived in. She welcomes readers to connect with her at ejacksonbooks.com and Facebook.com/ejacksbooks.




 Interview with the Author:


1. Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us today at Wonderland Reviews, what made you get into writing?
 
   A. Reading Joyce Carol Oates when I was in high school. Her short story “Heat” made me want
    to be a writer.
 
2. How do you come up with the names for your characters?
 
   A. For this novel, one character’s name is a family name. For some of the other characters, I
   wanted to pick old-fashioned sounding names to convey a sense that the town hadn’t
   changed much over the years. 
 
3. Do you have certain music that you found yourself listening to while writing this book?
 
   A.Sometimes I will listen to music while I’m writing, and I genuinely enjoy many kinds of music
   depending on my mood. For this book, I listened to R&B/Soul, a little Indie rock, and even  
   modern country music!
 
4. How would you have reacted if you had been one of the young people to find the body?
 
    A.When I was younger, I was a bit shy like King, but like RaeAnne, I was a tomboy. I 
     probably would have told an adult I trusted.
 
5. It says that you like dogs, do you have a favorite breed?
 
    A.I love all dogs, but mixed breed dogs, especially rescues, are my favorite. My own 
    dog is a miniature poodle-hound mix.
 
6. what do you do when you have writers block?
    
    A.I work on another project. I usually have multiple writing projects going on at once,   
    and find it helpful to work on a different one if I get stuck.
 
7. What does it feel like to be a published author?
 
     A.This Beautiful World is my first published book. It’s a good feeling, but it doesn’t stop there.  
     I have a New Adult series launching in December 2014, am working on a romance novella,
     and plan to write many more stories.
 
8. What are you scared of the most?
   
    A. Bugs that bite/sting!
 
9. Do you have a particular ritual you have to participate in when you are writing?
 
    A.Yes. I drink lots of coffee—both hot and iced—with flavored creamer.

Thank you for taking time to stop and chat with us here at Wonderland Reviews. Now that you have heard from the author lets hear about the book.

Synopsis:
 As children, RaeAnne and her sidekick King were held captive after they discovered the body of a boy their age in a crate of apples in their small town’s peculiar orchard. Now RaeAnne is grown and the mother of a troubled young daughter. After her mother is killed in an accident, she travels home to her father with her daughter. But RaeAnne finds that she is not welcomed by everyone, and frightening incidents start to happen involving her and her family. As RaeAnne unravels the mysteries of her childhood, including what happened to her older brother, who vanished on the same night RaeAnne and King found terror in the orchard, she reunites with King. The boy she knew has grown up to be very handsome and guarded. But can the two ever be more than old friends who share a terrifying secret?

Review:
 I actually became consumed by this book, if I was not reading it, I was thinking about it and wondering what was next. Which is rare for me. This book is still rough around the edges but there is enough suspense in the book that as I went about my  daily going on's and being a mama, I could not help my wondering eye from going to my Kindle and trying to find more time to read a page or two.

I liked that it brought up the trauma that some kids deal with when their parents get a divorce and that it does not mean the end of the world, you just have to deal with it.

I like that King was such a sweet heart despite so many people looking down on him and his family, or thinking he was a weirdo.

I enjoyed that even though there was a happily ever after ending I saw coming a mile away, the events leading up to it where rocky and even though they were expected I was curious to see how the characters where going to get themselves out of the situations.

I actually expected the big secret surrounding the body would have to do with a cult more so then the actual reason, even if it was less dramatic. lol.

Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars!
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cover Reveal Party! To The Stars by Tiaan Lubbe

Author Bio:

Tiaan Lubbe lives in Pretoria, South Africa where he spends his time teaching little monsters, directing  plays, doing what he calls writing and dreaming up the future. Mostly all at once.

About To The Stars:

Title: To The Stars
Author: Tiaan Lubbe
Genre: Dystopian / YA / NA / scifi
One boy. One girl. One world about to end.
When the world finds out its inevitable end will come in sixty years, it seems like all hope is lost. Until a man steps from the darkness. He offers salvation, but demands total control. The world accepts.
Sixty years later, the old saviour’s son is leader and watches over the last proceedings of his father’s plans – Seven Ark ships called the Astrum Portas.
Noah is the next leader. He doesn’t want to be.
Zara is the girl he’s in love with. She doesn’t know it.
Three lives become complicatedly intertwined when a bomb on the Astrum Porta unexpectedly throws them into a whirlwind of secrets, forbidden love and violent clashes all while the looming apocalypse approaches rapidly.
The final adventure awaits…

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Entangled by Nikki Jefford

Title: Entangled
Author: Nikki Jefford
Pages:303
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, YA
Version reviewed: E-book purchased from Amazon.
Publication:February 20th 2012 by Nikki Jefford (first published February 19th 2012)
Website:Author Website HERE
Add the book on goodreads:HERE

Goodread Synopsis:
Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body.

Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.

The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.

Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death and resurrection and disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good

Review:
I chose to ex this off of my T BR list for multiple reasons. The cover is breathtaking, it was discounted on amazon and I had requested to review the second title in the series so I figured I had better read the first.


I am glad I did, because even though it is the typical two witches, one is good one is bad , twin sister vibe. I actually liked that what most people would consider the bad boy to be turned out to actually be the good guy.

I liked the foreshadowing to how crazy Charlene  really was. 

I thought it was clever to put into the story that only one soul could occupy the body, and that all magic had a price. 

I figured out how Gray died before it was actually said, practically saw it coming in big neon letters really, but it was still interesting that she thought the best of her crazy twin until there was no room for error when it came to how crazy her sister really was. It really goes to show what the love of family will do for you.

I am actually looking forward to the next installment of this series because I want to see what Gray will do now that things have changed and how she will pull it all off. 

Rating:
4 out of 5 stars!

Disclaimer


*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of numerous Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by the Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*