Friday, November 21, 2014

That Kiss by Kate Squires (@KateSquires3)

Throughout the month of November, Girl Who Reads will feature books from authors who are participating in National Novel Writing Month. These authors are attempting to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

About the Book

That Kiss
Chloe Shepherd and Matt Masen have been best friends since they were kids. But when they share a passionate kiss after a high school graduation party, neither know exactly how to react.

Five years later, Chloe is just launching a successful career as a Broadway dancer when Matt gets a job at the exact same theatre!

Despite having not seen each other since that fateful night so many years ago, their spark is immediate-and overwhelming.

Incredibly naive, Chloe is still unsure of Matt's feelings for her. Any attempts to fight her growing attraction are immediately put to rest after a passionate confession leaves them both head-over-heels.

But soon obstacles threaten the happy couple in the form of Matt's vengeful ex-girlfriend and an eager outsider who wants nothing more than to make Chloe forget all about Matt. Can Matt and Chloe wade through the lies and find their way back to each other? Or is their relationship over before it can even begin?

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About the Author

Kate Squires
Kate Squires was born and raised in Ohio where she still resides with her husband and children. She has always loved writing but never, ever thought her life would lead to sitting in front of her laptop for hours on end creating stories other people would read some day. As a child she hated reading until a certain trilogy turned that all around for her. Now she can’t get her hands on enough books. Kate has dabbled in all sorts of odd jobs ranging from dog groomer to dance instructor and even a chicken farmer, but her true passion is creating characters out of thin air and making them do her bidding.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Merry Wishes by Karen Pokras (@KarenToz)

Coming Soon!

Merry Christmas

About the Book

An ugly divorce behind her, Carly Cater is looking forward to a truly Merry Christmas. With interest for her art from a high-powered fashion designer and a new romance with her handsome contractor, Jason Hardy, her life is finally heading in the right direction. That is, until her ex-husband suddenly returns to interfere, and mysterious texts draw Jason away. Is this another holiday disaster in the making, or will an offer to create a mural for the brain-injury patients at Greenbriar Manor bring her the Christmas joy she’d been seeking?

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About the Author

Karen Pokras writes adult contemporary and middle grade fiction under the names Karen Pokras and Karen Pokras Toz. Her books have won several awards including two Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, the Grand Prize in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature. For children, her books include the Nate Rocks series, Millicent Marie is Not My Name, and Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas. For adult readers, Karen’s books include Chasing Invisible, and her newly released, Whispered Wishes series. A native of Connecticut, Karen now lives outside of Philadelphia with her family.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: Designated Infected by Ricky Cooper

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Share a couple of sentences from your current read to wet the appetite of other readers.

A fast paced, heart racing story

Designated Infected

..... hung limply, his arms spread out, pinned in place by thick iron re bars. The solid lumps of iron stick through him like a pencil through paper. Blood pooled amongst the brass casings at what remained of his feet, his uniform hung in tatters; his body or what remained was shredded, the flesh peeled back from his bones like skin off a potato.


In Ricky Cooper's Designated Infected, we follow a group of secret military agents who have been called on by the British royalty to protect its citizens from the outbreak of a deadly virus. The team soon realise that the "infected" are acting very similar to "zombies". The story kept me interested all the way through and i enjoyed the action and the gore. The characters are great and you can almost feel as though you are gearing up with them and heading into battle, my heart was racing and I was sometimes scared to turn the page!

I was very impressed with the experiments one of the characters was doing on these infected and on willing test subjects. I was engrossed in the descriptions of the virus and how it affects the human body.

With adrenaline pumping, fear and suspense I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good horror story, with a zombie theme.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Meet the Author: Yvonne K. Anderson (@VonniePuff)

by Heather Kirchhoff

What made you decide to start writing? Was this something you always thought you’d do?

I'm not sure. I think it was because I had so many ideas in my head and I needed a creative outlet. It wasn't something I always thought I'd do, but I'm glad I discovered that I'm pretty good at writing.

How do you come up with your characters or story ideas?

I mainly just go with where my brain takes me, so I'm not sure how to explain it. My imagination just goes wild.

How do you get inspired to write? 

I listen to music.

What do you do while having writers block?

I listen to music and regather my mind.

What kind of stories do you write?

I usually write Fantasy novels, but right now I'm working on a Supernatural thriller type book.

Who are your favorite authors? 

Definitely J.K Rowling and Christopher Paolini.

Thrill to Kill
How long have you been writing?

I've been writing since I was in grade 12, so about 6 years.

What are your stories about? 

I have one on the go about fairies, one about vampires, another about ghosts and also one where it's a book inside a book.

What are you currently working on?

Death Toll: Hiding in the Shadows. It's the second book in the Death Toll series, the first being Death Toll: Thrill to Kill.

What do you do when not writing? 

I play video games or draw Pokemon. I also read, camp, and do Karate.

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About the Author

Yvonne K. Anderson was born in Pembroke Ontario. She started writing in grade 10 and liked it so much, she decided she wanted to be an author. She writes poetry. She's a writer of fantasy with a little dabbling in horror. I'm working on a vampire series, a fairy series, a super-hero series (a collaboration with her good friend Stephanie Thibodeau) and a horror series. Her main inspiration is author J.K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. She is currently signed with Pure Ice Publishing.
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Dawn of Steam: First Light by Jeffrey Cook (@JeffCook74)

Throughout the month of November, Girl Who Reads will feature books from authors who are participating in National Novel Writing Month. These authors are attempting to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

About the Book

Dawn of Steam: First Light
In 1815, in the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, two of England's wealthiest lords place a high-stakes wager on whether a popular set of books, which claim that the author has traveled to many unknown corners of the globe, are truth or, more likely, wild fiction. First Light is an epistolary novel, told primarily through the eyes of former aide-de-camp Gregory Conan Watts, describing the journeys of the airship Dame Fortuna and its crew through journals and letters to his beloved fiancee.

The first recruit is, necessarily, the airship's owner: war hero, famed genius, and literal knight in steam-powered armor Sir James Coltrane. Persuading him to lend his talents and refitted airship to the venture requires bringing along his sister, his cousin, and the crew that flew with him during the Napoleonic Wars. Only with their aid can they track down a Scottish rifleman, a pair of shady carnies, and a guide with a strong personal investment in the stories.

When they set out, the wild places of the world, including the far American West, the Australian interior, darkest Africa, and other destinations are thought to be hostile enough. No one expects the trip to involve a legendary storm – or the Year Without a Summer of 1815-1816. The voyage is further complicated by the human element. Some parties are not at all happy with the post-war political map. Most problematic of all, the crew hired by the other side of the wager seem willing to win by any means necessary

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About the Author

Jeffrey Cook lives in Maple Valley, Washington, with his wife and three large dogs. He has lived all over the United States. He’s contributed to a number of role-playing game books for Deep7 Press out of Seattle, Washington, but First Light is his first novel. When not reading, researching or writing, Jeffrey enjoys role-playing games and watching football.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Reminder: Make back up copies regularly

by Donna Huber

Today's tip is more of a reminder than anything and as such will be short. You may have seen my announcement earlier this week about my laptop dying. Because this can happen to anyone and at anytime, I want to remind you to back up your files as well as your blog on a regular basis. I wrote about backing up your blog a few months ago (read more here).

There are a number of options for storing back ups. Cloud storage is pretty popular and companies offer some free space. I use Dropbox for a lot of my file storage, not so much as a back up but to be able to access files from any computer or device. I also use Google Drive for a lot of my files. I wrote my entire ebook, Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour, on Google Docs. So I didn't lose those files. It is important to remember that when something is offered FREE it may not always be and at any time they can yank the plug on your access. While I think most companies would give you notice and allow you time to move your files, you never know. Plus a company can go bust or their servers die. So it would be wise to store back ups in multiple locations.

It is kind of funny that I have been thinking of buying an external hard drive to move copies of files to. Unfortunately my laptop died before that could happen. I know there are things that I now don't have access to. Past tax returns - I tried to save paper and only have them stored electronically, but I don't think I stored a copy anywhere else. Photos - some are on Photobucket or I've loaded them to Facebookm Instagram, or to my blog, and I think my Europe photos are still on my camera. eBooks - this is probably my most upsetting set of files that I didn't have backed up. Since I read on a Nook any ebooks I receive directly from authors/publishers have to be added via Adobe Digital Editions. This is include Netgalley ebooks and Smashwords. I know of at least one Netgalley ebook that I downloaded but did not transfer to my Nook and now it has been archived on Netgalley so I won't be able to read it. And apparently books that are free on Smashwords are only available for download during the free period after that you have to pay to download it again. So I might have a few of those ebooks that never got added to my Nook. (This is probably the biggest disadvantage to having a Nook. I wish there was a cloud version of Adobe Digital Edition so that I could add ebooks to my Nook from any computer.)

I said this was going to be short, but I sort of lost the thread in lamenting what may be lost forever (I'm taking my laptop to a computer technician to see if the files can be pulled off it at least) - Sorry!

What I wanted to do was remind you to back up your files and or blog as you never know when your computer will malfunction.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Good Books and Movies for Thanksgiving

by Alison DeLuca

Turkey Day can mean travel plans. If you’re heading out you probably need something to read on the train or plane, so I’ve compiled some suggestions.

The Bone Clocks
1. I really liked Cloud Atlas, so The Bone Clocks is high on my list. David Mitchell bends time and genre with the best, so I’ll be interested to see how he does it with his new novel. Has anyone read it yet?

2. The Goldfinch is a long book filled with gasp-worthy writing. By ‘long’ I mean in a good way – this novel will take you right through the weekend and beyond, if you spend Friday working the sales. The main character steals a beautiful painting after a bomb goes off in a museum, setting off a long series of events and a downward spiral. It’s a lovely book, perfect for Thanksgiving if you don’t mind Russian thugs and Vegas shenanigans.

3. Cress, by Marissa Meyer. I really enjoyed Cinder, although Scarlet fell a bit flat. However, I’m fascinated by the idea of Cress, the hacker queen sequestered on a satellite. And if you haven’t read Cinder, the steam / cyberpunk version of Cinderella, go and pick it up. It’s touching, exciting, and romantic.

4. I’m a Murakami freak, so I’ll definitely pick up Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. 1Q84 was just okay (definitely very long – probably 400 pages too long.) This seems a return to the days of Norwegian Wood, with less magic and more musings on reality and sadness in the style the author does so well.

5. Tad Williams’ Otherworld. I’m rereading the entire series since I enjoyed it so much the first go-round. It’s even better the second time. If you like plausible future with ethnic characters and lots of virtual reality, you’ll love Otherworld.

Since turkeys are filled with tryptophan, that sleep-inducing chemical, a movie or two after the big meal will coast you right into a nap.

1. My first recommendation is the Captain America movies during the most American of holidays. Marvel can be over-the-top, but the Steve Rogers series focuses on friendship, love, and the meaning of heroism. Plus the kids will be happy with the selection, so – winning.

2. Silver Linings Playbook – When this came on Netflix I bit my nails through the film, thoroughly invested in the characters and their little daily dramas. The ending made me whoop and laugh out loud.

Pieces of April
3. I know it’s an oldie, but Frequency is one of my favorite films of all time. It’s about reestablishing a relationship, one severed by tragic death, through a quirk of nature that allows a homicide detective to reconnect with his dead father. Exciting and emotional, my husband stood up in our living room and cheered at several points. Cheered!

4. Pieces of April – Probably the quintessential Thanksgiving movie. My sister keeps bugging me to see it, and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t watched it yet. So, PoA is on my list this November.

5. The Blind Side – I keep telling myself I won’t sniffle as I watch this feel-good film about a rich family adopting a kid from the projects, but I always do. The real-life photos at the end always, always get me. This bio of right tackle Michael Oher delivers football, family, and oh yes – a Thanksgiving dinner.

I’m certain I’ve left out a lot of favorite books and movies for the media marathon. What else would you recommend?


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