Friday, September 27, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Quantum Entanglement - Guest Post & Giveaway


This is the book 2 of the Interchron series. 
I really liked book 1 and I'm about to read the sequel. You can read my review for book 1: HERE.

Quantum Entanglement (Interchron #2) 
by Liesel K. Hill
Quantum Entanglement (Interchron #2)

Five months after traveling to a post-apocalyptic future where collectives reign supreme and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper was returned to her own time until the threat to her life could be neutralized. She thought Marcus and the others would return for her within a few weeks, and now she’s beginning to worry.
When travelers from the future finally show up to collect her, it’s not who she expected. With the return of her memories, she wants more than ever to see Marcus again, but a snake-like woman whose abilities are a perfect match for Maggie’s, an injured Traveler, and decades of civil unrest to wade through all stand in the way of their reunion.
Meanwhile, Marcus and Karl traipse through the countryside, trying to neutralize Colin, who’s promised to brutalize and murder Maggie if he can get his hands on her. When a collective woman is left for dead, Marcus heals her, hoping she’ll be the key to killing Colin and bringing Maggie back. But she may prove as much a hindrance as a help.
The team struggles to get their bearings, but things happen faster than they know. The collectives are coalescing, power is shifting, and the one called B is putting sinister plans into action. If the team can’t reunite and get a handle on the situation, their freedom and individuality—perhaps their very identity—will be ripped away before they can catch their breath.



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Quantum Entanglement by Liesel K. Hill

Quantum Entanglement

by Liesel K. Hill

Giveaway ends September 30, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Now... let's welcome author Liesel K. Hill and a really good post :)

3 Steps to Collectivist Conversion.

Hello Wonderful Readers! Thanks for having me here and special thanks to Ruty for hosting me today. In my newest novel, Quantum Entanglement, Book 2 of Interchron, everyone’s favorite time Traveler, Karl, is faced with a difficult task. He has to babysit a collectivist woman and endeavors to convince her of the evils of collective living, trying to turn her to the individualist side of the Force.

It’s not as easy as it sounds. To find out how Karl did, you’ll have to check out Quantum Entanglement. But, it occurs to me that some of my readers may have been faced with this exact dilemma sometime in the past, or may be faced with it in the future. (Most of us are actively making plans to survive the dystopian apocalypse, right?) So, I thought I’d share some tips on how to convince collectivists to join us in the sunlight of individualism.

1. Get them to trust you. This will require some outside-the-box thinking on your part. Collectivists are always VERY suspicious of individuals, especially right after they emerge from the collective. Karl’s solution was to give the collectivist a rock and tell her that if she felt threatened, she could throw it at him. Unfortunately for Karl, she took him up on the offer. I wouldn’t recommend this technique unless you’re certain you can keep the collectivist from victimizing you. You’ll probably have to read their body language and over-analyze what they say to determine what their fears are and put them at rest. So, it’s simple, really. Just become a psychiatrist in your own right and you’ll breeze right through this step.

2. Explain to them logically why individualism is just better than collectivism. This is something you’ll want to put together beforehand and practice. Collectivists will know their stuff and you don’t want to debate with them until you know yours. Otherwise, you might find yourself considering collective life yourself. Warning: this step can be VERY frustrating. Chances are, words alone won’t convince them of anything. But this step is necessary to build a groundwork in their minds so that when you show them a real world example, (see step 3) they have a frame of reference for it. Make sure to prepare yourself for the sensation of arguing with a pencil sharpener.

3. Real World Experience. After drilling the arguments into your collectivist’s head, they’re going to need to see individualism in action. This will need to be a profoundly emotional experience for it to work. Show them a family being loving to one another, a parent shedding a tear at the accomplishments of a child, the devotion in a romantic relationship. Something that will showcase the emotions of individualism. Note: A tragedy will work best to drive the emotional point home. No, don’t put friends and family through tragedy just to prove a point. This is where books or films will work in your favor. Notebook ‘em. Or make them sit through the end of Titanic. Whatever it takes to show them that our emotions are what make us human, and are the most beautiful part of being an individual. And that us hardcore individualists wouldn’t give up the passion we feel for all the safety the collectivists can offer.

Go through these three steps with your collectivist. Repeat if necessary. If you still don’t find success, you may be dealing with a collectivist that will just have to make the decision independent of you. But even then, don’t despair. According to the concept of quantum entanglement, all things that have an impact on one another will continue to impact each other for all time. You will have changed your collectivist simply by showing them their own humanity. Even if it takes years, they will return to it in some form.

And you will have succeeded.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

THY WILL BE DONE: author interview

Hello and welcome again.
Today I have the pleasure of welcoming to my blog the lovely Julie Fisher. 

You can read my review for the book: HERE.
by Julie Fisher.

Ever since childhood, Luke’s nights have been plagued by nightmares centered around a beautiful woman and a malevolent monster. Despite the sleeplessness and debilitating dreams, Luke’s life has been fairly normal—that is, until he learns that this beautiful woman is real. 
Even more bizarre? This woman has been dreaming about him as well. Suddenly Luke finds his world spiraling into an unknown realm when he discovers the profound link he has with this woman.
Powerful forces have placed them in the center of a timeless battle between good and evil, and Luke finds himself facing enemies and friends who conspire to keep him from the truth—a truth that may end up costing him the woman he loves…and maybe even his life. If the woman of his dreams has turned out to be real, could the monster be real too? 
Thy Will Be Done is a refreshingly modern take on the age-old conflict between light and dark. With its memorable characters and whirlwind of a plot, this book promises to be an unforgettable experience.



Ruty: Why did you decided to write it? 
Julie: It started out as a small idea that never went away. It took the inspiration and the support of a good friend for me to start putting the words on paper. After I started, I couldn’t stop. I loved this fictional world and the characters I was creating, and it was this love that compelled me to finish this book. 

Ruty: How did you get your book published? 
Julie: It is very difficult for a first time author to get noticed and published, and being a full time 10th grade English teacher, I didn’t have the resources or the time to pursue that option. I’ve heard of many authors who have succeeded in self-publishing, and it seemed like the best choice for my circumstances.

Ruty: What is special about your book? 
Julie: Without giving anything away, I have delved into an area, that as far as I know, not many authors have explored. I have characters of the biblical nature existing in today’s world, and I have a wonderful twist at the end that hopefully you will not see coming.

Ruty: How long took you to write it?
Julie: It took me about three years to write Thy Will Be Done mostly because I’m working full time as a high school teacher.  It’s hard to find the energy to create after a full day with teenagers.

Ruty: Did you do any kind of research for writing it?
Julie: I did some rereading of certain Bible stories, and I loved looking at the variation of these stories from all different faiths.  It was very enlightening. 

Ruty: Luke is a really interesting character. How was writing about him and his chaotic head? Julie: The readers meet Luke at a very dark time in his life.  
I can’t say I can relate to Luke’s problems, but I understand dealing with issues beyond your control and how frustrating that can be.  I wanted the readers to feel the pain and helplessness that Luke was enduring.  It was a difficult place to go, and I found myself feeling a lot of sympathy for him.  But throughout his ordeal, I never wanted him to lose hope, and I never wanted him to give up in finding happiness. I hope the readers felt that, as well.

Ruty: How do you manage the religious aspect of the book? Aren’t you worried that some readers might not like it? 
Julie: Believe it or not,   I don’t see my book as a religious book.  I see it as taking characters we all know and love and putting them in a completely different situation.   
Being a Christian myself, it was important that I respect people’s beliefs and I tried to keep the religious aspect of my book as neutral as possible.  I want my story to appeal, not just to Christians, but to everyone who likes a good thriller and love story.  Of course, I wish everyone will love my book, but I know that isn’t going to happen.  It’s hard creating something from your heart and soul and putting it out there for criticism, but it was a leap I wanted to make.  I just hope that the criticisms are fair, and I am willing to learn from them to make the next book better.

Ruty: I know you are you working on a sequel. How is it going? When are you planning to release it? 
Julie: The sequel is going well, but it’s going a little slower than I would like.  I got quite a bit done during the summer months, but now that I’m back at work, my time for writing is limited.  Now that I have a little more experience under my belt, I hope to have the book done by next summer.

Ruty: What can you tell about the sequel? 
Julie: In the sequel, Luke is in a better place in his life, but he is very afraid that his happiness is going to be ripped away from him and that his past will come back to haunt him once again.   Without giving too much away, he is going to find himself dealing with some of the same characters from the first book, but I am also introducing another character that is going to cause some brand new problems. As much as I would love Luke to live happily ever after, I just can’t let that happen right now. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Forbidden Trilogy Cover Reveal

The dinamic duo Karpov Kinrade  have redesigned the covers for the Forbidden Trilogy. I love the new covers. THEY ARE EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL :)

And there's a giveaway at the end :)

Best selling award winning authors Karpov Kinrade are sharing their newly designed covers for the Forbidden Trilogy and revealing the cover for their newest addition FORBIDDEN MEMORY (Prequel).


Forbidden Books 4

 Forbidden Trilogy NEWFrom the award-winning, bestselling author Karpov Kinrade (the new pen name for Kimberly Kinrade.) 
Those inside are special, gifted with unique abilities, abilities that make them dangerous to the outside world. 
Since childhood, they're trained to control their powers, to show restraint, and to defend themselves. For years they practice, honing their gifts for one purpose: to be rented out to the highest bidder as a spy, to be used as a weapon against others. Sam never questions her role at the secret organization dubbed Rent-A-Kid. Until she meets Drake.  
She reads minds. He controls minds. Together, they might get out alive.

Award-winning, bestselling husband/wife writing duo of Kiss Me in Paris, the Seduced Saga & more. For fans of fantasy, contemporary, romance & mystery.

Dmytry and Kimberly are the husband and wife writing team behind the Kiss Me Series, Seduced Saga, Eye of Newt, Sunrise & Nightfall, Wanderlust, and The Fallen Series. Kimberly is the award-winning, bestselling author of the New Adult paranormal romance series The Seduced Saga, the YA paranormal thriller/romance The Forbidden Trilogy, and children’s fantasy series The Three Lost Kids. Dmytry writes fantasy—be it urban, dark or epic—is a musical composer, pianist, and designs books covers (exclusively for his wife’s and their co-authored books). They live with three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers and who are also showing a propensity for telling tall tales and using the written word to weave stories of wonder and magic.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Author interview: Jamie Baywood & Giveaway


Today I welcome author Jamie Baywood and her book "Getting Rooted in New Zealand".  She was kind enough to provide an interview and also has offered an ecopy of her book to a lucky winner. Keep reading and find out more :)

Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country's population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.
About the author Jamie Baywood:
Jamie Baywood grew up in Petaluma, California. In 2010, she made the most impulsive decision of her life by moving to New Zealand. Getting Rooted in New Zealand is her first book about her experiences living there. Jamie is now married and living happily ever after in the United Kingdom. She is working on her second book.
The Interview...

First let me tell you that I love the idea of travelling impulsively somewhere far away from home.  Let’s start from the beginning… 

Ruty: Why did you decide to leave your home?
Jamie: Growing up in California, it was always my dream to live abroad. By the age of twenty-six, I was actually much happier being alone than dating, but I was completely bombarded by guys trying to date me.

Ruty: Why New Zealand?
Jamie: I read in a New Zealand tour book that the country’s population has 100,000 fewer men than women.  I wanted to have some me time and an adventure. New Zealand seemed like a good place to do so. I found a work abroad company that helped young Americans get work visas in New Zealand and Australia. Within a couple of weeks of making the decision to go to New Zealand I was on a plane.
Ruty: How long were you there?
Jamie: I lived and worked in Auckland, New Zealand for over a year. It wasn’t a holiday; I set up a life for myself. I worked Monday through Friday, paid bills, went grocery shopping, joined a gym, etc . I also made an art collective with a group of friends and performed a monologue in a play for Thomas Sainsbury.

Ruty: Did you know from the start that you were going to write about your journey?
Jamie: I consider myself an accidental author. I didn’t go to New Zealand with the intentions of writing a book about my experiences there. I had funny experiences that I had trouble believing were true. I wrote the stories down to stay sane. I wrote situations down that were happening around me and shared them with friends. The stories made people laugh so I decided to organize the stories into a book and publish in the hopes to make others laugh too.
Ruty: Were you keeping a diary of your time there?
Jamie: I didn’t start keeping a diary or writing until I moved to New Zealand. I wrote to keep in touch with friends and family.  I saved the emails that eventually became my book.

I was very lucky in New Zealand to meet a lot of talented people. I had the opportunity to write and perform for Thomas Sainsbury the most prolific playwright in New Zealand. I performed a monologue about my jobs in the Basement Theatre in Auckland.
The funny thing about that experience was Tom kept me separated from the other performers until it was time to perform. I was under the impression that all the performers were foreigners giving their experiences in New Zealand.  All of the other performers were professional actors telling stories that weren’t their own. At first I was mortified, but the audience seemed to enjoy my “performance,” laughing their way through my monologue.
After the shows we would go out and mingle with the audience. People would ask me how long I had been acting. I would tell them, “I wasn’t acting; I have to go to work tomorrow and sit next to the girl wearing her dead dog’s collar.” No one believed I was telling the truth.

Ruty: How do you feel about sharing your experience with the whole world?
Jamie:Publishing my story was one the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done. I barely slept the first half of the year worrying what people would think of my book. Publishing my book was my way of transforming poison into medicine. I hope that it can help people that have had bad dating experiences or bad work experiences – make them laugh and not give up hope.

Ruty: Were there any experiences left out? Or did you include everything despite being embarrassing or something?
Jamie:It would be impossible to write down every single thing that happened and it probably wouldn’t be interesting to read. All the stories I wrote in Getting Rooted in New Zealand are true. I had good, bad and weird experiences in both California and New Zealand and was honest about them. Some experiences were embarrassing and I included them as well. My writing was one of the things that initially attracted my husband to me when we first met. He has been very supportive and encouraging of me publishing. I tried my best to respect his privacy during the process and he vetoed a few stories about him from the book that made him blush.
I am a flawed human being and not attempting to hide it.  Although I hope that I have learned from my mistakes, I wouldn’t change anything. My experiences have turned me into a writer and I am extremely grateful for that. 
Ruty: By reading some of the reviews I get the impression that yours is a funny book. I imagine that some moments weren’t that funny while you were living them, how was writing about them?
Jamie: It was really therapeutic for me to write. Rather than having the experiences swirling in my head, they were out and that freed me.

Ruty: I know you are working on a new book, can we know what it is about? 
Jamie: For the past three years, I’ve been disassembling and reassembling my life by moving to different countries. I’ve lived in five countries now; America, American Samoa, New Zealand, Scotland and now England. I plan to publish another book next year about attempting to settle in Scotland. 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Planet Willie - Review

Hello again :) How is everyone doing?? Here in Uruguay finally we see the sun after a week of rain.
Today is time for a new review. This time the publisher contacted me for reviewing this book and I really wanted to like it but it just didn't work.
Keep reading and decided if you would like to read it.

  Planet Willie 
by Josh Shoemake

Planet Willie

Willie Lee is a highly unusual angel. Irreverent, hilarious, and politically incorrect to the extreme, he tends to make the most of his time on Planet Earth whenever he gets sent down as a detective in the Paradise Police Department, Lost Souls Division, to re-inhabit the body that was woefully lost to him when some misguided stranger put a bullet through the back of his pretty head, four years, eight months, and fifteen days ago.
Now Willie's on the trail of a beautiful art dealer named Fernanda Shore who may have stolen her father's prized painting and who's wandered far off the straight and narrow. Not that Willie's complaining. He's looking for any excuse to extend his investigation in any direction that enables him to prolong his time away from the boring clouds and back in his old body on earth. Which partially explains the belly dancers, the fine Western apparel, the Albanian terrorists, the cape, the bourbon, the nuns, and the cliffs of Acapulco.
Et cetera.
Because for Willie it's the et cetera that makes life worth living, as long and as hard as they’ll let him. And in the meantime he might just figure out who shot him.





My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Willie Lee is supposed to be this sort of detective- angel who likes to spend his time here on Earth. He is the main character of a different type of book. If you are looking for something completely out of the ordinary this book is for you.

Let’s start with the good points. A story told from Willie point of view. A sarcastic and funny narrator, who is not afraid of speak his mind and seem careless at times. His personality is hard to get at first, with some shocking attitudes or sayings he ends up being this comical man-angel-private investigator who only wants to have a good time in the afterlife.

The plot is interesting because if you mix theology with an organized police division you will surely get an original background. However, the plot was one of the issues I struggled with. For me is not well polish and it could have been explained differently or exploited in a deeper manner to create a more solid plan.

The story has a lot of coming and going, Willie gets in touch with the craziest characters and most of them are funny in their own way. Once you think things couldn’t get any weirder, they do. And most scenes work effectively but there comes a point where you just had enough and it happens in this book.

In my opinion the author made a great job creating an original book, writing about a character with an unique voice but it just didn’t work out as it should have.

My main problem was that for moments the reading felt heavy, the dialogues seem forced or unnatural and the funny situations weren’t that funny.

Overall, if you are looking for a different book you should try this one.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Thy Will Be Done - Review

Welcome back :) A new week has began and it's time for a new review.
I received a paperback copy from the author and I'm glad to say that I really enjoy the book. 
by Julie Fisher.

Ever since childhood, Luke’s nights have been plagued by nightmares centered around a beautiful woman and a malevolent monster. Despite the sleeplessness and debilitating dreams, Luke’s life has been fairly normal—that is, until he learns that this beautiful woman is real. 
Even more bizarre? This woman has been dreaming about him as well. Suddenly Luke finds his world spiraling into an unknown realm when he discovers the profound link he has with this woman.
Powerful forces have placed them in the center of a timeless battle between good and evil, and Luke finds himself facing enemies and friends who conspire to keep him from the truth—a truth that may end up costing him the woman he loves…and maybe even his life. If the woman of his dreams has turned out to be real, could the monster be real too? 
Thy Will Be Done is a refreshingly modern take on the age-old conflict between light and dark. With its memorable characters and whirlwind of a plot, this book promises to be an unforgettable experience.




My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thy Will Be Done is a paranormal romance with a biblical touch. Luke has been dreaming about the same girl since he was five and all his life he has been comparing the women he dates with her dream girl. But she is not the only one living in his dreams, an awful and terrifying monster has given him nightmares through most nights. Once he discovers the girl is real and has been dreaming about him, their lives will give a turn to an unbelievable world.

As I started reading I was also wondering where Luke was because the first eleven chapters have Nicholas and Ellen as main characters. They are very sweet characters living more than hundred years before our time. This first scenario is really sweet, with the right atmosphere for the era, with lovely dialogues and real feelings.

The minute Luke and present time made their appearance everything got better. Once we get to present time we encounter a fast story, with great dialogues and engaging action. The characters have pretty defined personalities. Luke is really messed up and his life is chaotic but we get to know different sides of him as the story moves on. Abigail is another story, we read a couple times from her point of view but Luke seems to be the key role to the story.

This book is beautifully written and you can sense the author's devotion to the story and the passion with which she wrote it.

Mainly this could be described as the story of two souls who have loved each other since forever. However, is a story about the choices we made and the consequences they have. It’s also a book about forgiveness, about redemption, about humanity and all that makes us who we are.

There are a few moments and situations that are a bit predictable as well as the true identity of some characters. If you are a careful reader you’ll know what I talk about.

Overall, this is a great paranormal romance. Engaging, fast and recommendable for those who like romance with a biblical touch.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Rise From The Ashes: Lena's Story - Review

Happy Friday!
As you can see this was a positive week for my blog! I had various post and today I have a double post. Now it's time for a new review. I received a request from the author to read her book. Thanks to her for the copy.

Rise From The Ashes: Lena's Story
by Laura Franklin.

Rise From The Ashes: Lena's Story
The Taliban have bombed the US with a chemical agent. It wiped out over half of the population and left the country in shambles. Those who are left find unexplained things happening like premonitions in their dreams and enhanced senses. 
Lena, a young woman from Vermont, and Mick, a young man in the US Army, grow close and become leaders as they trudge north to meet up with a military camp at Lake Champlain. Their dreams continue to get more peculiar and have even synced up in a historical setting. With the power out and gasoline a scarce resource; motorcycles, horses and bicycles have become the new mode of transport. 
In another group that is trying to survive, a priest leads discouraged parishioners north and is faced with tough decisions as he has to put the well-being of the group ahead of individuals. They have to band together to make it through this new chaotic situation, relying on their intuition and basic survival skills. This motley crew must reorganize the country just as was done after the revolutionary war. 
The clock is ticking as the persisting threats of the Taliban, drug lords from south of the border and rival gangs across the country put US freedoms in jeopardy.




My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rise from the Ashes: Lena’s Story is the story of the survivors of a terrorist attack. After the Taliban bombed the US with a chemical agent everything is destroyed and only few were left to fight for their lives in the new world.

This is a fast and changing story with interesting characters, great scenarios and believable situations. However there were a few things I didn’t enjoy that much.

Let me start with the plot, in a world where we live with the permanent threat of the next World War, is easy to picture a terrorist attack that ends with the worlds as we know it. But not being from the US I would have enjoyed seeing other places under attack. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand why the author choose this setting and it sounded real but maybe in a future book the author can explore other countries and how they have ended up.

Now, about the characters. I really like them because every single one of them has a pretty defined personality, with strong points and also weakness that make them real and tridimensional. Lena and Mick are the perfect couple and true leaders. I really admired Lena’s view of life; once you have lost everything you shouldn’t waste time and go after what you want. I really like her.

The Priest is another great leader and seeing him struggling with some difficult choices not only as a man but being a man of faith was really entertaining.

The devastation and danger was well built, it was easy to read but for me the book seemed longer than it actually was.

And the changing point of view… well, I liked it but it was confusing at times. I usually enjoy books told from different points of view but with this one I think it changed a lot of times.

Overall, it is a well written book, with an interesting and original plot, has great characters and has the potential to be a great series.
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