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March 8, 2014

Series Saturday: Hayle Coven Books 1 - 4 by @PattiLarsen

by Donna Huber
Never have I watched a book trailer and wanted to read a book more than when I saw the trailer for Family Magic.

Family Magic
But the life of a book blogger sometimes doesn't allow for just fun reading. However, I did see a passing tweet about a book birthday bash that was offering various in the series. I couldn't pass up the chance, so I entered. Turns out I won the first four books in the Hayle Coven. Now I just had to find the time to read them. I had a lot of leave to take in December and decided that I would take a vacation from the have to reads and read for fun.

What I wasn't expecting was how drawn into the story I would be. When I picked up Family Magic I thought that I would just read the one book. This series is kind of like a bag of potato chips. I would have immediately started on Witch Hunt if my Nook had been about to power down. And I pretty much powered through Demon Child and The Wild in the same manner.

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Witch Hunt
Main character Sydlynn comes from a long line of coven leader and her mother is one of the most powerful they have had. Her father is a demon lord. And you thought your family was dysfunctional. Add to it that her grandmother, an extremely powerful witch in her own right, has been stripped her sanity. Thankfully, she was saved the demon looks that her baby sister has to keep camouflaged. (Could you imagine being sixteen and having horns?). Oh, and there's a demon teenage boy living in the house, but he's a cat (yeah, a little Sabrina, Teenage Witch-ish).

Sydlynn is fighting her heritage, and while she doesn't want to accept her place, she will not let anyone on the outside threaten her family.

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Demon ChildThat pretty much sums up the first four books. It is basically the same story over and over and by the end of The Wild, I started wondering how many times a single family can face complete annihilation before the story turns stale. There are 20 books in this series and few spin-off series. That being said, I still feel the need to continue with the tale (thought I'm not sure I'll make it through all 20).

There are a number of side stories going on along with the main conflict. Teens will identify with the internal struggle Sydlynn has over who she wants to be, who she is, and her loyalty to her family. The characters, though with otherworldly powers, are very real. I came to care about a number of them, which is why I want to continue with the story. I'm particularly interested in Quaid. If I was 20 years younger...

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Whenever my niece visits she always asks if I have anything she can read. She's a 11 and I let her take a look at Family Magic. After just a couple of pages she turned to me and said something like yeah, this is good. Which coming from her is pretty high praise (I think she's trying for the cool, uninterested  persona). It will be great to have another series to share since our favorite series, The Gateway Chronicles, is wrapping up this year.

The Hayle Coven series is full of magical beings, there's the witches and the demons, but also vampires and fae. It has the magical feeling of Harry Potter. So if you are wanting a little magic this weekend, try out Family Magic for FREE at Amazon and elsewhere. There's also a free prequel novella available - Dreams and Echoes (Amazon and elsewhere) - it's pretty good, though there's no Quaid and I really like him.

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It also looks like the series is 50% off at Smashwords (only TODAY - March 8)

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March 7, 2014

Literary Balderdash - Girl Who Reads Style

Have you ever seen a book title or cover and wonder what the book is about, particularly older books? I thought it would be fun to find obscure book titles and see how close you, or ridiculous, can get to describing what the book actually is about. Kind of a literary balderdash. Leave what you think the book is about in the comments. Try your hand at one or all of them. There might be a prize or two for the closest description or which ever summary makes be giggle. It's almost the weekend, so have a little fun (and don't cheat by looking up the titles, please).


The Leopard

Peppermints in the Parlour

Swan Song

Mistress Masham's Repose

Are you up for the challenge? Leave a comment with your best guess of what the summary is for one or more of the titles above. There may be a prize so leave a way to contact you.

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March 5, 2014

Read a Sample: Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour

"Vital for writers and bloggers" ~ Alison DeLuca

"Essential reading for any author..." ~ Jeff Gunhus

"Great guide for running a blog tour" ~ Deborah Carney

Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour

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March 4, 2014

Review: The Little Moose Who Couldn't Go to Sleep

THe Little Moose Who Could Not Sleept
I do not read children's books very often, but I do like to see what is out there from time to time. As a blogger, I'm often called on to make suggestions for friends. When I saw The Little Moose Who Couldn't Go to Sleep by Willy Claflin on Netgalley, I just couldn't resist. And it is definitely a cute story and one that will be enjoyed by kids of all ages.

If I had kids it would definitely be a book I read with them. It was a fun read for even me. I'm sure young kids will love all the made-up words (the narrator explains that some words in Moose just aren't translateble into English). Also, I think students whose native language isn't English would appreciate the book.

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One of the things I really liked about The Little Moose Who Couldn't Go to Sleep is the amount of activities that could be paired with it. If you are in a classroom or in a library position with the task of creating library programs who could not go wrong with Claflin's book. Though the book is for younger children, I think it could be used as a teaching tool for up to 8th grade.

It could be used for younger children to encourage vocabulary exploration - have them tell a story with their own made-up words.

Discuss oral history and storytelling. The story is a written account of an orally told story. Middle grade students could try their hand at creating oral stories.

It might be a stretch, but could possibly even be used in with a high school group to discuss literature in translation.

That is just a few quick ideas that came to me while reading The Little Moose Who Couldn't Go to Sleep. And it is a quick read - I read it while waiting to renew my driver's license.

If you got young kids at home, you don't want to miss out on this absolutely adorable book. You might find yourself sneaking off to read it just for yourself.

Book info:
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published January 2014
ISBN13: 978-1939160676
Source: Netgalley
Read: January 2014

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March 3, 2014

New Books for March 2014

Some really great looking books are coming out this month. Actually, I've already read two of them (the perks of being a book blogger) and they were pretty good. What books are looking forward to this month?

The dead always find a way to talk to Shapri Teak. In fact, some never seem to shut up. A frightened young girl and a spectral suitor encroach on Shapri's privacy, day-in and day-out. They're driving her crazy!

When Shapri discovers the opportunity to get rid of them by traveling to the spirit portal in New Orleans, she jumps at the opportunity. With Alex, Dax, Simmi, and her mother in tow, she attends Mardi Gras—the one time per year when pesky ghosts can be dispatched to the other side.

She returns to Grandon confident that all her problems are solved, but then the blackouts start. Now her best friend and kind-of-almost boyfriend are accusing her of acts she didn’t commit. It begs the question: if she didn’t do it, who did? Has everyone gone crazy, or is something sinister afoot?

Who will stand together, and who will fall to the other side? Will Alex and Shapri ever admit their true feelings for each other? Book three pitches the Farsighted series into a quiet chaos.

Available March 1
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I am a secret no one is able to tell.

Blythe Hallowell is sixteen when she is abducted by a survivalist and locked away in an aban­doned missile silo in Eudora, Kansas. At first, she focuses frantically on finding a way out, until the harrowing truth of her new existence settles in—the crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of a captor who believes he is saving her from the end of the world, and the persistent temptation to give up. But nothing prepares Blythe for the burden of raising a child in confinement. Deter­mined to give the boy everything she has lost, she pushes aside the truth about a world he may never see for a myth that just might give mean­ing to their lives below ground. Years later, their lives are ambushed by an event at once promis­ing and devastating. As Blythe’s dream of going home hangs in the balance, she faces the ultimate choice—between survival and freedom.

Available March 4
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Think twice before you agree to marry Satan. There’s no divorcing the devil.

The End is Near.

Will Megan Barnett go falling back into the arms of dreamy earth angel, Guy Matson? Or, is she in fact, falling in love with the demon, Orthon? Or, will her out-of-control abilities send her falling into Satan’s open arms?

In the final, heart-stopping chapter of the Falling Angels Saga, Megan Barnett is on a quest to rid her life of Satan forever, but Satan has other plans, including a lavish wedding, and he’s willing to destroy her family and everyone she loves to have his way. To add to the drama, rogue demons have risen from hell with plans of their own.

Will Megan finally have her happily-ever-after, or is she doomed to an eternity in HELL?

Available March 13
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Water Walker
My name is Alice Ringwald, but the man who kidnapped me says that's a lie.

Thirteen-year old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she's creating one day at a time with the loving couple that recently adopted her and gave her new hope.

That hope, however, is shattered one night when she is abducted by a strange man. In a frantic FBI manhunt, he vanishes.

So begins Water Walker, a modern day parable that examines the staggering power of forgiveness, and reminds us that it's possible to live free of the hurt that keeps our souls in chains.

Available March 18
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Brianna is lost for the fourth time in her life. Each time was unexpected, and each changed the course of her future. The first life-altering event occurred when her mother died, and she moved to Minnesota to live with her father.

The second was when she was kidnapped at the age of seventeen and forced to be a slave. She would never forget those ten months. Brianna thought her life was over.

Everything changed again the day Stephan steamrolled into her life and brought her home to live with him. She had no idea what to expect—what life with her new Master would hold. That first month with Stephan was, in some ways, more confusing than the prior ten. As a slave, she’d known her place. With Stephan everything was new and different. He’d given her freedom and so much more.

Five months after Stephan rescued her, Brianna once again finds her life flipped upside down.

In this fourth, and final, installment of Finding Anna, Brianna must unearth strength she never knew she possessed. Stephan can no longer protect her from the outside world. She must learn to trust herself, embrace who she is, and discover who she wants to be. Only by facing her demons can Brianna find true happiness and peace.

Available March 20
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Frog Music
Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice - if he doesn't track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts. In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue's lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boom town like no other.

Available March 25
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