Friday, April 17, 2015

Ungifted by Kelly Oram

YA Friday! Today I am reviewing book two in the Supernaturals series- Ungifted by Kelly Oram.

The Story-
Grace St. Claire is the daughter of the future President of America. She is a normal, shy girl who is always getting into accidents. When these accidents become near fatal, Claire finally takes notice, and so does Ethan, a handsome high school hunk. Ethan can't figure out why he is drawn to Claire or why he has a desire to protect her.

Then, a vampire becomes aware of her, and her ability to resist him feeds his desire to possess her. Ethan has his work cut out for him, especially when he is unable to deny the supernatural world that exists around them, what, with him being nephillium and Claire's best friend a werewolf. Plus, Russ, a warlock, has rolled into town and is also drawn straight to Claire. Soon prophesies and destiny join the mix, and Claire's vampire admirer decides to claim her no matter what. Her friends try to protect her, but who can they trust?

My Thoughts-
Ah, a great series. I bought book one, Chameleon, and book two, Ungifted, at the same time. Sure glad I did, because I inhaled both. I love fantasy and paranormal and this series is full of them both. I enjoyed all of the supernatural characters that roam this story, and the fact that Claire is a human that is able to resist them all, is priceless.

The plot is strong and filled with tension. It is also distinct from book one, but tied closely to it, with Russ being a linking character. I found Russ's agony at being away from Dani to be painful. The author does a great job with emotions and allowing the reader to feel the character's angst. Grace, as ungifted, is the only one that can help Russ with his pain. Thus a great dynamic is set up with Grace, Ethan and Russ as pivotal characters. Ethan, who is attracted to Grace, but also repelled by her humanness, and Russ, who needs Grace to eliminate his pain, but also finds her attractive (an exact twin of his former love). Poor Grace, who has all these strong males attracted to her, including her best friend's werewolf brothers, and who just wants to be left alone.

The story line and romance puzzle will grab the reader and have them earning for book 3, Scion, which just came out! I'm in the middle of reading it right now! 5 stars!



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Special- The Awakening only .99 on Kindle and Nook


Happy Spring! To celebrate I am putting my YA fantasy, The Awakening, on sale for only .99 cents on both Kindle and Nook. This deal only lasts one week. If you haven't bought it yet, now is the perfect time!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know- Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Hey Moms, here is one for you!


10 secrets to connect What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know by Connie Sokol & Rachelle Christensen Is your daughter asking questions about friends, peer pressure, school, and even her weight? As a mom, are you wondering how to answer them? Welcome to the club. But you can relax. Because we’ve asked real sixth-grade girls to dish on their top secret questions. And, we’ve provided time-tested real-life answers that work. Add to that an enjoyable format. The “Just for Girls” section speaks right to your daughter in words and ways she understands. The “Just for Moms” section talks straight to moms, giving you information, resources, and easy-to-share answers. We include tips for how to start, handle, and enjoy the conversations no matter the situation. Create connected conversations with your daughter as you explore these life questions together. Get plain facts and jumpstart questions. Discuss the provided scenarios so she can practice responses to use in real-time. Download decorative cards with positive statements and fun fill-in sentences. Use What Every Girl Needs to Know About 6th Grade to make it happen. Together, answer questions and create connection. You got this.
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Praise for What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know 10 Secrets to Connect Moms & Daughters "At a time when so many barriers are straining mother/daughter relationships, and our daughter's esteem is being attacked from every side, “What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know” gives mothers the tools they need to communicate (even about the tough stuff). It gives daughters the confidence to know that they have what it takes to survive the unique transitional years. Whether your relationship with your daughter is strained, or you want to strengthen what is already strong, use this smart and savvy information. You and your girl(s) will learn how to thrive through the teen years.” --Heather Ann Johnson M.S. Adjunct Faculty, BYU, Mother to 5 girls “With conflicting messages today, it's easy for moms and daughters to get confused and overwhelmed. This book bestows all the wisdom you want to pour into your daughter's heart and mind in a fun, non-threatening way. Dread turns into confidence as you realize you have the tools to face those teenage years TOGETHER and have a ball doing it.” --Rachel Skinner, Mother of nine, Social Worker “This book provided a wonderful bonding experience for me and my daughter. As parents we always think we know how our child is doing. Then we get into a deep conversation and realize that compared to what we thought, they are doing either so much better or are suffering so much more. But they hold those feelings back to protect us. Sometimes they fear that talking about it means more pain, but this books shows that talking is healing, especially when we know how.” —Karrie Glazner, Mother of Three Wonderful Kids
connie sokol1Author Connie E. Sokol Connie E. Sokol is a mother of seven and a favorite local and national speaker for over fifteen years. She is a core contributor on KSL TV's “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker” and a national blogger for "Motherhood Matters" at www.ksl.com. She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications and newspaper and magazine columnist. Mrs. Sokol is the author of twelve books including Faithful, Fit & Fabulous; Create a Powerful Life Plan; The Life is Too Short Collection; 40 Days with the Savior; and Caribbean Crossroads. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.
rachelleAuthor Rachelle J. Christensen Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who loves connecting with her children and wrote this book in answer to questions from her two daughters. She also has an amazing husband, three cats, and five chickens. An award-winning author, she has written several mystery/suspense novels, and she solves the mystery of the missing shoe on a daily basis. Rachelle graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a music minor. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and, of course, reading.
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Monday, April 13, 2015

The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham


Welcome to MMGM! Today I am reviewing The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham.

The Story-
Rye O'Chanter is a young girl living in the village of Drowning. She lives with her mom and little sister Lottie. On the night of the Black Moon, Rye does the unthinkable, she leaves her house to sneak off to her best friend's home, the Dead Fish Inn. While scuttling about she comes across a monster long thought to be extinct, a Bog Noblin. Frightened, Rye runs, and only the magic of the necklace her mother gave her saves her life. But, what can she do for the rest of the villagers? A long time ago a secret organization, The Luck Uglies, saved her town from the Bog Noblins, but they are now considered outlaws and villains.

Rye begins hunting through clues from years past, and uncovers many secrets people wished would have remained buried. Soon, Rye begins to wonder, were The Luck Uglies really bad people or were they heroes? She desperately wants to save her people, but can she find away to bring back the long lost Luck Uglies?

My Thoughts-
This book is such a delight. I enjoyed the build up as Rye learns about The Luck Uglies and their true history. Even funner is the fact that Rye's mother knows the truth, but instead of telling her family, she uses old magic to keep them safe. Everything about the story pricked my imagination and urged me on. I couldn't put the book down.

Rye herself is a strong little girl that doesn't back down in a fight. She is brave and often chooses the unsafe path if it will bring about what is right. What fun to follow her adventures. She has two best friends, Quinn and Folly. They both are integral characters that compliment Rye and help her grow and find her path.

There is also a good strong theme of family. As Rye learns secrets about her own, you see the true depth people will go to for the ones they love. I really loved Folly's family. She is the only girl in a horde of boys, and they stick together no matter what.

A sweet read! 5 Stars!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

New Cover Reveal Service for Authors and Publishers


Authors/Publicists- I am now offering a Cover Reveal Service. Cover reveals are the first step in marketing your book and usually occur three to six months before the book hits shelves. Contact me at authordorine@gmail.com .

Cost- $100
Includes-  a professional cover reveal tour utilizing established book blogs with high follower statistics, a $25 Amazon giveaway, marketing and social media follow options. Covers will be spotlighted along with a book blurb. Advance book praise is useful, but not necessary, as are pre-order links.

Notes-
Only professional quality covers will be considered. Self-published is fine, if quality.
Please allow 4-6 weeks advance notice to set up tour.
A minimum goal of 10 blogs per reveal.
Blogger participants vary. Bloggers are free to choose which tours they wish to participate in.
Bloggers are encouraged to post on the chosen release day, but they are able to post up to one week following.
My service does not guarantee sales of your book.
Nothing sexually explicit on covers.
I only deal with children's books. So, my tours will be for middle grade, young adult, and new adult. Picture books are also possible, but it is hard to find bloggers supporting the PB scene.


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http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com/
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http://www.bibliophiliaplease.com/
http://themodpodgebookshelf.blogspot.com/
http://www.tristipinkston.blogspot.com/
http://www.christymonson.com/
http://www.lorisreadingcorner.com/
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Dragon Marked by Jaymin Eve

It's YA Friday and I've found a good one for everyone, Dragon Marked by Jaymin Eve. I found this wonder on Kindle after having read another series by her, The Walker Saga. That one wowed me and I had to see if she'd written anything else. Voila, I scored. This one actually fits into the new adult category, 18- 20 something main character.

The Story- 
Jessa lives with her father in the supernatural community of Stratford, Connecticut. She is a fierce alpha she-wolf with four best friends, the Compass brothers. Four quads that each have a remarkable power of their own- Braxton is a dragon shifter, Maximus a vampire, Jacob is fey and Tyson is a wizard. Together they are Jessa's "pack".

Everything changes when Jessa learns that her mother has returned to the community and has brought a child with her, yep, Jessa's unknown twin sister Mischa. Jessa learns that her and Mischa were separated at birth because they are both dragon marked, and in the supernatural world that means instant death.

Soon, Jessa is caught up in a plot that wraps around her as an alpha wolf and the Compass brothers as heirs to the supernatural council. They are thrust into Vanguard, the supernatural prison, and await a trial for treason. Jessa must fight to stay alive while holding back the darkness that resides within her. The darkness she now knows is the power of the dragon.

My Thoughts-
Could you tell from the intro that I loved this book? It is wonderfully fantastic. Jessa is a full on alpha with a dominant streak. She is able to control both her wolf and her dark dragon. Her character is strong, but shows touching weaknesses when it comes to the love for her family and the Compass brothers.

And the brothers, wow, they smolder. It was fun to read about each one of them, particularly Braxton, who I believe will become Jessa's love interest in later books (cross-fingers). The brothers are loyal and strong, willing to die for each other and Jessa. Plus, they are strong  supernaturals, the next in line for the council. Part of the trouble their characters get into is based on their desire to be good future leaders and help all supernaturals. I love that the author combines all of the supernatural entities out in the world of literature to create a fun environment taut with drama.

The action is strong and the tension builds and builds. Together the sexual tension and the action meet head on in a great ending that sets up book 2. I read this one straight through- 5 stars!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Break!

Sorry I haven't been around, but during Spring Break there is little time for anything but the kids. I'll have a post up for YA Friday tomorrow though. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and a great Spring break.