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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Twilight Thursday

Death by Chocolate
by
Julie Lyndsey

Thank you, Margay, for allowing me to stop by your blog today and talk about my favorite thing – BOOKS! This is my Death by Chocolate blog tour and I’m having fun meeting fellow readers and bloggers. After a two-bag trip to the library, I thought I’d tell you how I ended up writing this novel.

There’s nothing worse than a superior story line with paper thin characters. It won’t matter if you have the next must read story to tell, if you can’t command the characters to matter. DO you know what I’m saying? Have you ever picked up a book whose back cover blurb made your eyes go wide? Then you rush home, lock yourself in the closet and hide under the clothes so you can get started immediately? No? Then You don’t have a bunch of little kids like me or you’re a man. Anyhow, you tear into the book and find the imagery fascinating, the world building superb, the intrigue um intriguing, and the characters major lame, perhaps weak, bland, blah, who cares, why are they ruining your story characters? I have. I’ve stopped reading books I waited months to get my hands on because I didn’t care what happened to the characters. They were so flat and transparent the rest of the story lost its weight and my interest.

This dilemma led to my character Ruby Russell. I wanted a character as crazy-complicated as some of the people in my life.  Now, my friends don’t kill people, but they certainly flip flop on stands and grow and change and get fed up. Personally, I have a short temper. I only stay mad for about ten seconds, but I often freak out. I gave Ruby this lovely personality trait. For humor’s sake, I let my characters go to the extremes. I didn’t hold back and chaos inevitably ensued.

Ruby’s a suburban housewife, who feels more like a doormat. She tries very hard to make people smile.  Unfortunately, she goes about it the wrong way more times than not and her life becomes a series of pitying looks. When her husband cheats and she lashes out to force a confession, he winds up dead. She’s busy trying not to go to jail when she realizes it feels pretty nice not to be bullied anymore. Things get a little out of control after that and her best friend steps in to help out. Death by Chocolate is an exercise in outrageous. It’s meant to make you smile. After all, No matter how bad we mess up, it’s unlikely to affect the local census count!

If you’re in the mood to let loose and smile at the inconceivable, try my sweet ladies. But don’t try their goodies. You have been warned. LOL Death by Chocolate is available now on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble. I hope it will make you smile : )





Death by Chocolate


Ruby Russell has reached her limit. When she discovers her hipster husband has a dirty little secret, she whips him up a Viagra-infused-chocolate mousse punishment, but in the morning, her husband's a stiff. Armed with a lifetime of crime show reruns and Arsenic and Old Lace on DVD, Ruby and her best friend Charlotte try to lay low until after Ruby's son's wedding, but a nosy therapist, meddling minister and local news reporter are making it very difficult to get away with murder.


About Julie:

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I am a mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus. Most days you'll find me online, amped up on caffeine & wielding a book.

You can find my blogging about the writer life at Musings from the Slush Pile
Tweeting my crazy at @JulieALindsey
Reading to soothe my obsession on GoodReads
And other books by me on Amazon

Friday, April 13, 2012

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Monday, April 9, 2012

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Twilight Thursday

Guest Post, Giveaway

and Review of The Vampire Shrink

Please help me welcome special guest Lynda Hilburn to the Moonlight today! She's here to talk about a very popular figure in the paranormal genre - vampires - and how they influenced her book, The Vampire Shrink. And, oh, yes, she WILL be giving away a copy to one lucky person today! So read on to find out how to snag your copy.




Give Me That Old Time Vampirism
Lynda Hilburn

Readers often ask me why my main vampire character, Devereux, has such old-fashioned speech patterns? Why his language is so formal? Why he doesn’t use contractions or modern slang?

Well, besides the fact that he’s 800+ years old, and he spent most of those years in Europe speaking several other languages, he’s very stubborn. He only arrived in the USA thirty years ago, and he sees no reason to change his ways. Prior to the events of The Vampire Shrink, he mostly ignored contemporary culture. Sounding like someone out of a gothic horror or romance novel allows him to march to his own drummer – to keep an aloof distance from the norm.

But why did I write him that way?

My love of vampires is all about the old, European guys. Of course, I adore all vampires, but my obsession began with the scary, non-American versions.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was the first book I became enthralled by (pun intended) as a kid (much to my mother’s dismay!). The dark tale of the terrifying-yet-compelling bloodsucker altered my view of what could be possible. That book really changed everything for me, both as a weird kid and as a writer.

Later, Anne Rice’s dangerous vampires, with their old-world roots, added to my addiction.

The 1980 movie Dracula, starring Frank Langella as the arrogant Count, combined horror with overt sexuality in a way I’d never seen before. I’m embarrassed to say how many times I’ve watched that DVD over the years!

So, as much as I enjoy immortals who are Elvis look-alikes with southern accents, mono-syllabic warriors, or thoroughly American charmers, there’s just something about the frightening, elegant ancients that puts them into a class of their own.

And besides, Devereux simply refused to join the 21st century, so it was either write him as he wanted to be or find another undead lust object for my psychologist heroine. LOL.

The USA version of The Vampire Shrink released April 3, 2012. Here’s a blurb:

A sizzlingly sexy urban fantasy sure to feed the hunger of ravenous, vampire-loving fans.

Kismet Knight, a brainy Denver-based psychologist with a stalled career and a nonexistent love life, is about to have her world rocked. Not only does her newest patient, Midnight, long to become a vampire, but the teenager insists that a coven of the undead hangs out at a local goth club. The always-rational Kismet dismisses Midnight's claims as the delusions of an attention-starved girl--until bodies start turning up drained of blood and the hottest self-proclaimed vampire ever to walk the face of the earth enters her office.

What's real? What's not? As inexplicable events and romantic opportunities pile up, along with the corpses, Kismet finds herself in a whirlwind of passion, mystery, and danger. But this tough and funny heroine--who doesn't do damsel in distress--is about to turn the vampire-meets-girl convention on its head.

Lynda’s contact information:

Website: http://www.lyndahilburnauthor.com
Blog: http://paranormalityuniverse.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lyndahilburnauthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lyndahilburn
Book Trailer: http://bit.ly/vtGfi7


My Review:

I'm not what you would call a true vampire fan in that I don't have to watch every movie/show or read every book dedicated to the genre to get my fill. I'm rather choosy when it comes to the subject. So, in order for something dealing with vampires to catch my attention, it has to be something different. Something special.

I am happy to say that The Vampire Shrink fits both criteria. First, the title. How intriguing is that? How can you not be drawn into a book with a title like that and the premise to boot? Take a look:


Denver Psychologist Kismet Knight, Ph.D., doesn’t believe in the paranormal. She especially doesn’t believe in vampires. So what happens when she finds herself neck-deep in the vampire underworld?

Kismet is smart, witty and attractive. She’s respected in her field, successful and prosperous. She’s followed all the rules – done everything right. So, what’s the problem? Her life is empty. There’s no passion. No vitality. No excitement.
That is, until a new client introduces Kismet to the vampire underworld, and a drop-dead gorgeous, 800-year-old vampire named Devereux. Kismet isn’t buying the vampire story, but can’t explain why she has such odd reactions and feelings whenever Devereux is near. Kismet is soon forced to open her mind to other possibilities when she is visited in her office by two angry bloodsuckers, who would like nothing better than to challenge Devereux by hurting Kismet.
As Kismet gets pulled deeper and deeper into the vampire subculture, she struggles to hold onto her professional ideas about what is and isn’t “real.” The more she finds herself attracted to the charismatic, handsome Devereux, the more out of control her life becomes.

When one of her clients shows up in her office almost completely drained of blood, Kismet finds herself immersed in an ongoing murder investigation. Kismet is questioned by irreverent, handsome FBI profiler Alan Stevens, who warns her that vampires are very real. And one is a murderer. A murder who is after her.

In the midst of all this, Kismet realizes she has feelings for both the vampire and the profiler, but even though she cares for each of the men, facing the reality that vampires exist – along with all the other supernatural insanity she discovers – is enough of a challenge. For now.

(Blurb from the author's website)

With a build up like that, I was immediately intrigued. I had to read this story and see now the premise played out. Could the book possibly live up to it? In a word: yes. It was a fascinating take on the vampire genre and it kept me intrigued to the end. And in a world inundated with books about vampires and vampire lore, that's a hard thing to do. With many of the others, I couldn't help feeling I'd read that already, but The Vampire Shrink put a twist on the genre that made it fresh and interesting. Paranormal creatures (or do thy just think they're paranormal creatures?) that need to talk about their problems with a psychiatrist? How...normal. That in itself helps you connect to these characters because they feel a little like you.

But of course, it's not all about paranormals in need of therapy. There are fantastic characters - Kismet is a no nonsense heroine who doesn't believe in vampires until she meets one, and Devereux is, in a word,  delicious - an intriguing paranormal world, a love story, and oh, yes, plenty of danger to go around as the vampire world undergoes a power struggle. Love, danger, vampires, and a showdown. What more could you want in a paranormal book?

So if you like the genre, love vampires, or just want to read a good story, The Vampire Shrink might just be what the doctor ordered (sorry for the pun).


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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Starlight Saturday

The Priest and the Peaches 
by
Larry Peterson

Hello, Everyone! I was supposed to do a review of this book as part of the blog tour by Tribute Books, but as it was a dnf for me, I decided to just spotlight it instead and give you the opportunity to try it for yourselves. The reason it was a dnf for me is due to the fact that I read a lot of books (and I mean a lot) and if a book doesn't capture my attention within the first couple of pages, I tend to move on to the next one pretty fast. I always keep the books around for a bit, to try again later, but alas, I didn't return to this one. 

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Book Summary

Historical fiction novel set in the Bronx in the mid-1960s

Take a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad's funeral.

They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, unchartered and turbulent waters of "grown-up world." A story that is sad, funny, and inspiring as it shows how thepower of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

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Larry Peterson's Bio:

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. A former Metal Lather/Reinforcing Iron-worker, he left that business after coming down with MS. He, his wife and three kids moved to Florida 30 years ago. Larry began doing freelance newspaper commentary after graduating from Tampa College in 1984.

His first children's picture book, Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes was published in 2011. In 2012, his full length novel, The Priest and the Peaches was released and he is presently working on the sequel.

He also has a blog (http://www.ThePriestandthePeaches.com) where he posts weekly commentary. He lives in Pinellas Park, Florida and his kids and six grandchildren all live within three miles of each other.

eBook
ISBN: 978-0-9837418-4-8
ISBN: 978-1-4658-6327-0
Pages: 285
Release: January 1, 2012

Kindle buy link
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006P0EYI8/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tributebooks-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B006P0EYI8

Nook buy link
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iBookstore buy link (coming soon)

Smashwords buy link
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/116166?ref=tributebooks

PDF buy link
https://www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=1538819



Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wistful Wednesday



Lacrimosa: Review


I wanted to like this book, I really did. It had everything I love: a paranormal theme, angels, demons, kickass heroines and to die for heroes. Unfortunately, they just didn't work for me in this story. I think part of the problem might be that the formatting of the book was so bad, I felt disconnected from the story. The main problem with the formatting was the fact that it went from a larger size font to a very small font at the beginning of every chapter and in so doing, chopped off some important pieces. The big font always ended in the middle of a sentence and the small font always began at the beginning of a new paragraph - with nothing linking it to what was previously read. If this happened only once, I would have forgiven it and marked it off to a glitch in the formatting. But where it happened with such frequency, I couldn't overlook it. As a result, I spent more time trying to adjust to the issues than getting to know the characters and that's bad. The last thing an author wants is for their readers to be alienated from their characters, especially so early on in the story. I found myself so frustrated with the formatting issues that I quickly lost interest in Nesy and her quest.

Sadly, for me, this was a DNF.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tantalizing Tuesday

Embracing the Shadow
by
Christine Fonseca

“The shadow is very much a part of human nature, and it is only at night that no shadows exist.”
~Carl Jung, Psychology and Religion: West and East (page 286)


I am so happy to be on the Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem blog today. In honor of all things dark, I thought I’d write about Embracing the Shadow – or, “why I write the dark stuff”.

Probably the most common question I get from readers and writers alike is why do I like to write dark stories. For me, the answer is simple—I write the dark stuff as a way of understanding that aspect of humanity, and in doing so allow others to understand it too. It is sort of my version of being some great exploring on a quest. As a writer, I get to excavate all of human emotion, take it apart, and look at it. In doing so, I no longer fear those elements of humanity, at least not in the same way.

So, how do I achieve this lofty goal of looking at all aspects of humanity and writing about that experience? How do I embrace my own shadow and enable myself to write about the dark stuff? The answer for me is in the question—I embrace my shadow. Literally. So I create dark characters, complex characters, tortured characters. I try to see the world through their eyes, understand the motivation behind their crimes. I let their voices seep into my thoughts. And then, I write their stories. For me, it is the only way to stay authentic in my writing. And every time I get scared to “go there”, every time I pull myself back, I smile because I know I am getting to the good stuff…the root of human nature. So I jump back into the story. And keep writing.

Before I end, I want to share one more quote from Jung:


“If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his projections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts. He has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that they do this or they do that, they are wrong, and they must be fought against. He lives in the “House of Gathering.” Such a man knows that whatever is wrong with the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow, he has done something real for the world. He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.”
~Carl Jung, Psychology and Religion: West and East, page 140


How do you embrace your shadow?




Short Blurb for LACRIMOSA:

As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the warrior angels called Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan.

He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate.  But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel.

Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself.



Author Endorcement(s):

“LACRIMOSA reaches out, grabs readers by the heart, and takes them on an emotional journey from the first page to the last. The last novel you’ll need to read to understand true sacrifice.”
~Elana Johnson, Author of POSSESSION

Availability:

Publisher: COMPASS PRESS
ISBN: 0984786368 (ISBN 13: 9780984786367)
Hardback and Digital formats from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and fine retailers.
Hardcopy buy link, Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Lacrimosa-Christine-Fonseca/dp/0984786368/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0
Hardcopy buy link, Barnes and Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lacrimosa-christine-fonseca/1109329729?ean=9780984786367
Kindle buy link– http://www.amazon.com/Lacrimosa-Requiem-Series-ebook/dp/B007HEVTS4
Nook buy link -  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lacrimosa-christine-fonseca/1109329729?ean=2940013923256

Additional Titles in the series include DIES IRAE (a Requiem Novella), LIBERA ME (Oct 2012) and REQUIEM (March 2013).


About Christine Fonseca


School psychologist by day, critically acclaimed YA and nonfiction author by night, Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to explore humanity. Her debut YA Gothic series, The Requiem Series, including DIES IRAE and LACRIMOSA, examines the role of redemption, sacrifice and love. Her nonfiction titles include 101 SUCCESS SECRETS FOR GIFTED KIDS and EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IN GIFTED STUDENTS.

When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can be sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. Catch her daily thoughts about writing and life on her blog.

For more information about Christine Fonseca or the series, visit her website – http://christinefonseca.com or her blog http://christinefonseca.blogspot.com.


Watch for my review of Lacrimosa, coming soon!

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