Thursday, January 14, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Ambasadora Book 1: Marked by Light by Heidi Ruby Miller (Goodreads)

GIVEAWAYS

You can win a signed paperback of my first novel Marked by Light at Goodreads. This is an international giveaway that ends on February 11, 2016.



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Marked by Light by Heidi Ruby Miller

Marked by Light

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Thursday, January 07, 2016

ARTICLE: Heidi Ruby Miller's Uncanny Interview with Michael A. Arnzen at SIGMA

ARTICLES


I've known Mike Arnzen for a long time and always suspected there was something a little different about him, something a little...uncanny. After his presentation at the December 2015 Parsec meeting and this interview, I'm convinced it's totally true. Read the entire interview at gorelets.com or in the SIGMA newsletter, edited by David Brody.

His non-fiction book The Popular Uncanny is due out with Guide Dog Books in 2016.

Here's a video where Mike goes into a bit more detail about the uncanny.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

CHALLENGE: The 12 Month Book Scavenger Hunt at Girls, Guns, and Grimoires on Goodreads

CHALLENGES


I'm participating in The 12 Month Book Scavenger Hunt at Girls, Guns, and Grimoires on Goodreads. I'll update my progress all this year. Below are the categories.

Again, is it cheating if I use one of my books coming out next year to clear some lines? ;)

Progress: 14/100

MAIN CHARACTER
1. Vampire
2. Witch
3. Skin Walker
4. LGBT
5. Werewolf
6. Demon
7. Psychic
8. Magician
9. Morgue Worker
10. High School Student - LIFE IN THE NO DATING ZONE by Patricia Tighe (1/2016)

CHARACTERS (not main)
1. Angel
2. Werewolf
3. Private Investigator
4. Beta Male
5. Shifter
6. Native American
7. Demon
8. Assassin
9. Faerie
10. God / Goddess

ANIMALS
1. Dog
2. Horse - THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James (1/2016)
3. Otter
4. Penguin
5. Rat
6. Wolf
7. Cat
8. Bat
9. Snake
10. Fox

PLACES
1. Hawaii
2. Oklahoma
3. Vermont
4. Scotland
5. New Zealand
6. Paris
7. South Africa
8. Mexico
9. Brazil
10. Japan

CLOTHING
1. Baseball Cap
2. Overcoat
3. Wedding Dress
4. Cowboy Hat - IN PERFECT HARMONY by Alayne Adams (2/2016)
5. Jeans - IN PERFECT HARMONY by Alayne Adams (2/2016)
6. Leather Jacket
7. Sensible Shoes - IN PERFECT HARMONY by Alayne Adams (2/2016)
8. Scarf
9. Bustier
10. Bikini - LIFE IN THE NO DATING ZONE by Patricia Tighe (1/2016)

SMALL THINGS
1. Coffee Mug - IN PERFECT HARMONY by Alayne Adams (2/2016)
2. Book - THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James (1/2016)
3. Diary
4. Pistol
5. Engagement Ring - THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James (1/2016)
6. Compass
7. Grimoire
8. Cell Phone - LIFE IN THE NO DATING ZONE by Patricia Tighe (1/2016)
9. Scissors
10. Safe

LARGE THINGS
1. Suitcase
2. Armoire
3. Ladder
4. Book Shelves - THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James (1/2016)
5. Grave Stone
6. Bicycle
7. Grandfather Clock
8. Desk
9. Fire Extinguisher
10. Cash machine / ATM

FOOD
1. Drive-Thru
2. Pizza - IN PERFECT HARMONY by Alayne Adams (2/2016)
3. Soup
4. Vegetarian food
5. Steak
6. Grilled Cheese
7. Banana
8. Clams
9. Biscuits
10. Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris (wine)

TRANSPORT
1. Bus
2. Horse-Drawn Carriage - THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James (1/2016)
3. Train
4. UFO
5. Ship
6. Teleportation
7. Helicopter
8. Hearse
9. Vintage Motorcycle
10. Taxi

BONUS ROUND
1. A Heroine in a Fantasy / Paranormal novel who is completely normal.
2. A Mention of a real TV Show.
3. Product Placement
4. SMS / Text Message - LIFE IN THE NO DATING ZONE by Patricia Tighe (1/2016)
5. answering machine
6. an iPhone
7. a vibrator
8. a pull out bed
9. shampoo
10. Irish Whiskey

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

BOOK: Codename: Night Witch (The Girls from Alcyone) by Cary Caffrey

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CODENAME: NIGHT WITCH

Night Witch continues the story of an incredible heroine, Sigrid Novak, a five-foot one (and one half inch, thank you) powerhouse of a character.

The story begins with Sigrid waking to find herself a prisoner in an abandoned research facility. She doesn't know where she is, or how she got there. She doesn't even know if her lover - who she last saw bleeding to death on the field of battle - is even alive. What Sigrid soon discovers is that many, many years have passed since the events of Bellatrix (book two). The world she awakens to is not the place she left. This is a world embroiled in war. Tens of thousands of the Federation's ruling elite are dead, major military facilities destroyed. With every corporate enclave that falls, the legend grows. They call her the Night Witch. A champion to some, a nightmare for others. Wherever she goes, death is soon to follow.

No one knows who this Night Witch is, though Sigrid is starting to suspect.

Lost and alone, and with only the voices in her head for company, Sigrid sets out to learn the truth, and to settle a deadly score once and for all.

Cary Caffrey is the author of the best selling Girls from Alcyone trilogy. When not staring at blank pages and blinking cursors, Cary can always be found devouring all things pop culture. Current obsessions include Jessica Jones, Lara Croft and, for better or for worse, Star Wars. Has JJ ever made a good movie? We're about to find out.


Monday, January 04, 2016

BOOK: Dark Reservations by John Fortunato

BOOKS

DARK RESERVATIONS

Winner of the Tony Hillerman Award

Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Agent Joe Evers faces an early retirement because of a botched investigation, but when the vehicle belonging to a congressman who went missing twenty years ago is found on the Navajo Reservation, Joe might just get a chance at redemption—if those behind the disappearance don’t kill him first.

"It isn’t often a first novel comes along that is as sure-handed as John Fortunato’s Dark Reservations. The prose is lean and sinewy, yet not so spare that an occasional startling image or a wonderfully distinctive metaphor doesn’t shine through."
—Randall Silvis, author of On Night’s Shore and The Boy Who Shoots Crows

"Fortunato hooks the reader from the very first page with this twisty tale of murder and redemption. Reminiscent of Tony Hillerman, he uses the Southwest setting to maximum effect. I couldn’t put it down!"
—Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in Murray Hill




John Fortunato was a Captain in the U.S. Army, Military Intelligence, who served at the Pentagon during the early part of the Global War on Terrorism. He is now a Special Agent with the FBI and has earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. A native of Philadelphia, he currently lives in Michigan with his wife and three daughters. Visit him at johnfortunatoauthor.com.

Friday, January 01, 2016

BOOKS: Goodreads 2015 List

BOOKS


How many books did you read this year, and what were your favorites?

Did we read any of the same ones?

What do you suggest I put on my TBR list for 2015? Include your own books if you're an author!


In 2011 I read 34 books--you can see them all here.

In 2012 I read 40 books--you can see them all here.

In 2013 I read 20 books--you can see them all here.

In 2014 I read 33 books--you can see them all here.

But 2015 was an incredible reading year with an end tally of 53 books! That's a tad more than a book per week. Now, let's be honest--some of these were quite short, others were buddy reads with Jason Jack Miller at breakfast each day, and The Tao of Pooh was counted twice as both a single book and as part of the Pooh/Piglet duology, but all in all, not too bad for a slow reader like myself. I attribute it mainly to having a mild class schedule at Seton Hill this past term. And, since next term is already looking to be much busier with even more students and classes, I'm not holding my breath for such a stellar repeat performance. The books I read in 2015 and some statistics are below.

(NOTE: I took screen captures of all the books from the Goodreads Challenge page. You can check it out directly for more information.)














INTERESTING STATISTICS ABOUT MY 2015 BOOKS:
31 - female authors
26 - books from 22 different series
24 - books by Seton Hill Writers
23 - print books (10 signed)
23 - books by authors I have read previously
13 - non-fiction books
12 - books from Big 5 publishers
11 - mystery/crime/thriller books
11 - science fiction books
10 - fantasy books
7 - books by Pennwriters
6 - books by ITW Members
5 - children's books
4 - historical books
4 - poetry books
4 - books from RDSP/DSB
3 - books with which I am associated
3 - anthologies
2 - contemporary romance books
2 - horror books
2 - books from Meteor House
1 - book with which Jason Jack Miller is associated
1 - holiday book
1 - book from Headline Books, Inc.

LIST OF AUTHORS:
Lyndi Alexander
Michael A. Arnzen
Lana Hechtman Ayers
Matt Betts
Jen Brooks
Cary Caffrey
Christopher Paul Carey
JC Cassels
Grumpy Cat
Liz Coley (3)
Deanna Dee (2)
Hannah Dennison
Pat DiCesare
Win Scott Eckert
Jordan Elizabeth (2)
John Fortunato
Alan Furst
Eckhard Gerdes
J. Gunnar Grey
J.L. Gribble
Paul R. Hewlett
Benjamin Hoff (2)
Samantha Holloway
D.E. Ireland
Sherry Knowlton (2)
Rhonda Mason
Daniel McTaggart (2 / 1 ed))
Zita Nitkiewicz (2)
P.M. Pevato
Adrea L. Peters (4)
Mike Resnick (ed)
Fred Rogers
Steven Saus (ed)
Ron Shannon
Randall Silvis
Jay Smith
Patrick Stutzman
Laini Taylor
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Teffanie T. White (4)
Kenya Wright
Stephanie Wytovich