So, I’m sure you have yet to fill those shiny new Kindles and Nooks you all got for Christmas. I mentioned this book in an earlier post but I need to give it its own listing. Fellow WMD Author Norma Beishir has proven herself time and again. Having traditionally published 14 novels and made bestseller lists, she obviously knows how to write. Now that she has gone Indie, her incredible creativity comes out even more. With her upcoming book, Army of Angels, coming out in 2012, I figured I would call attention to the first book of the series, Chasing the Wind. If you haven’t gotten it yet, you’re missing out. For $2.99 in eBook format, you’d be crazy to pass this one up.
Get ready for an intense ride with Chasing the Wind. This book grabbed me from the beginning and never let go.
Dr. Lynne Raven is an archeologist on a dig in Egypt, looking for biblical artifacts from the time of the Exodus. The problem is, money is drying up and it looks like the dig is over until a saving grace comes along in the form of a man named Connor Mackenzie. He is a man shrouded in mystery and has an obvious interest in Lynne, but he also has access to what appears to be near limitless wealth. He offers to fund the dig for 5 years and provides resources they could never have dreamed of.
Lynne is approaching middle age. She is divorced and has no children, but always wanted them. Connor’s interest in her transformed when he did something that he never thought would happen: he fell in love with her. That’s when the flood gates opened.
Connor’s mysterious past comes alive. He and Lynne both discover that there is far more to his past, and their future, than either of them could have ever imagined. Pursued by a mysterious cult that seems to believe Connor is the way to jumpstart the Apocoalypse, they must fight for their very survival.
Aspects of this book are actually brought about by real research. The portions of the Exodus mentioned in this book (the timing of it, the parting of the Reed Sea instead of the Red Sea, etc) are actual debates taking place with biblical scholars.
The characters also come alive with some great dialogue. Some examples:
“This whole thing is so fishy you could serve it with fries and hushpuppies.”
“You know Darcy, there’s a saying that only the good die young. If that’s true, you’re going to live forever. God doesn’t want you and the devil won’t have you for fear of a power struggle.”
I highly recommend this book. I’m looking forward to the sequel, Army of Angels.
Christmas has come and gone and, as many of us know, millions of Kindle and Nook units were given as gifts, as well as smarthphones and tablets that will be used as eReaders. Of course, this means that we have to stock those up with books, especially if we received gift cards. Well, WMD author Beth Muscat needs to be on your list of authors to scope out as those gift cards burn a hole in your pocket.
A paranormal romance that doesn’t involve vampires!? I thought that was a dying theme. Well, if it was, Beth Muscat has resurrected it with “Remember the Eyes”, the first book of a trilogy that does not star a vampire. I’m not putting down vampire romances, it’s just nice to see something different.
We are introduced to Riley. She’s a young woman getting ready to go to college. She doesn’t have a high opinion of her appearance but she has something few other people have: psychic ability. Not just some cheesy, vague future predictions either. She can read minds, astral walk, use telekinesis, and is even learning to astral travel.
We have Michael, a young man who lives in London and is looking to go to college somewhere out west. Actually, he is drawn to it. As you might have guessed, it’s the same school Riley is going to. He’s in a band with a group of his friends who are also going to the school.
So everyone manages to get to school. Michael and Riley literally run into each other. Their interest is sparked immediately. Actually, it’s so intense, at first you may say huh? Keep reading. Keep the title in mind. It makes sense.
Now, you can’t have a paranormal romance with out some pesky malcontent getting in the way of the intense love of the main characters. In this case, enter psycho chick Brenda. She’s about as mentally unbalanced as they get.
What is Brenda’s secret?
What is the mystery behind Michael and Riley’s intense connection?
What is the truth behind Riley’s dreams?
Fans of paranormal romance definitely need to check this one out. I am not a fan of paranormal romance and I still found this book to be cool so that should tell you something. At $1.19 for the eBook, you won’t have to worry about draining your gift card.
“Nothing Without You” is the continuation of the “Remember the Eyes” trilogy. Picking up shortly after the first book leaves off, Riley decides to surprise Michael for Christmas with a trip to London to see his family. They have a great time but when they return to school, Riley’s room has been ransacked. Of course, she wants to report it to security, but she never makes it there.
We see the return of Brenda, who is even more psychotic this time around than she was last time and is still obsessed with Michael. In league with Dr. Simpson, a sadistic man, she helps her “boy toy” Doug kidnap Riley for experimentation due to her psychic abilities. Michael vows to do what he must to find her. But how can he do it? By the discovery of something that was secret even from him.
This trilogy focuses on two soulmates who have been together through numerous lifetimes. Their intense love comes surging back from the time of their first meeting in the first book and grows stronger with each passing moment. This particular volume is quite intense. Unlike the first one, there are some disturbing themes and imagery.
Beth Muscat stays true to the characters. You’ll want to take a crowbar to Brenda and Dr. Simpson, who probably don’t even have souls. Your heart will ache for Riley and the trials she endures. You’ll feel for Michael as he is truly lost without her. Fans of paranormal romance will eat this up.
“Infinite” is the third book in the “Remember the Eyes” trilogy. It is unusual in that it takes place 30 years after book 2. After a long courtship, Michael and Riley become Mr. and Mrs. Stone, this book picks up on their 25th Wedding Anniversary. They are still as into each other as they were in the beginning. Matter of fact, they’re that couple that people make fun of because they are secretly jealous.
The first part of the book has a lot of recounting of the past, as couples do on such a major anniversary. They had built a life together, and their adult daughter, Clara (their only child and she does not have powers) was about to be married. Then tragedy hits when a long time family friend is killed by a drunk driver and another one is critically injured and hospitalized. It casts a shadow on what should have been a celebratory period.
Clara’s wedding to her fiance Justin goes forward and while they are away on their honeymoon, the family friend is able to speak to Riley and Michael from beyond, giving them a cryptic message about Clara. When she returns from her honeymoon, she mysteriously develops psychic ability and has no idea how to control them.
The book puts you on an emotional roller coaster, first celebration, then tragedy and you bounce back and forth between the two. Finally, just as things are looking up, Riley makes a startling discovery that could change everything. What could that be? And what is the surprise that Clara is carrying?
Though an unusual way to complete a trilogy, it stays true to the previous two books. And don’t worry about a gap, the author does a great job with weaving in the back story of the characters’ lives in a natural and fluid way that keeps your questions answered. This trilogy was the first time I not only completed one book of a paranormal romance, but I ended up completing and liking all three.
Someone finally did it. If you look at my reviews, you’ll notice something different with this book as it relates to me. I haven’t ever reviewed a fantasy romance. That was because, up until this point, I’ve never even come close to finishing one. That’s not to say that there aren’t any good ones, I just typically don’t like the genre. This one is different though, it had a charm to it that I haven’t found.
The book is written in the first person. Here’s the interesting thing. The narrator changes by chapter. Typically, it switches between the two main characters, Alaric and Aislinn but there are others too. I thought it was pretty cool. It may be helpful to you to know this before getting into it.
So we begin in Polasia, a fantasy realm. The warrior Alaric and his guys are kicking the crap out of monsters which is always fun to read. They even have a healer along so I get my full dose of fantasy action (probably why I like the book). The action is detailed but not over the top.
We switch to Aislinn’s point of view. She’s on modern day Earth. She lives with this worthless guy named Eddie. Her life is definitely not where she’d like it to be. Now here’s where it gets interesting. When she sleeps, she “dreams” of a man who cares about her and will listen to her and all of that. As time goes by, she can sense him when she’s awake. At first she thinks he’s a ghost.
Now it turns out that Alaric has a bracelet that lets him travel to Earth but no one can see him. The thing is, Aislinn is different. He falls for her. He hits up his wizard friend Sauron (who made his bracelet) to fashion one for Aislinn so she could not only see him but come home with him. The catch is, once she does it, she can only visit Earth but never stay there.
As the book progresses, we run into some interesting twists. There’s more to Aislinn and Sauron than meets the eye. Also Eddie. He’s not simply the immature drunk we think he is at the beginning.
The book flows nicely and the characters are great. Actually, the author portrays Eddie so well that it makes me want to knock him out, even though he’s not real (although after working in University housing for so many years, I’ve known plenty of guys just like him and he IS a VERY realistic character). You get a good package here and the Kindle version is only a little over a buck so you can’t really go wrong on the price. Enjoy!
Admittedly, I haven’t read this one yet. I still don’t have a problem recommending it because my wife read it and gave two thumbs up so that’s good enough for me. Since I read her other four, I have no doubt that this one is worthwhile, especially for $1.19.
Mayan Calendar Girls is a book unlike any I have ever read and I honestly am going to have trouble putting the style into words but will attempt to do so. It reminds me a little bit of the movie Crash, in that there are several, simultaneous stories going on at once with various characters who at times, will influence others in ways that they are completely unaware of. That is the case here. The biggest difference, however, is the amount of humor present in this book.
Another aspect of Mayan Calendar Girls that makes it stick out is the humor and satire present. Realistically, even if the story doesn’t intrigue you, you may find that reading this is great just for the humorous way it is written. Some examples of amusing lines:
“It might actually be water level rising, Global warming, perhaps? I lay the blame squarely on Al Gore.” To which is replied: “Inconvenient, if true.”
“She had only heard of crack, but lusted for a taste because the name itself just sounded so very, very bad. Which is to say, of course, extremely good.”
Political satire is strong here and is probably one of my favorite aspects of the book. President Obama has his own show. Other political figures actually take active roles in this book. Again, an amusing set of lines starting with Joe Biden:
“Is it like a real honeymoon, Barry?” to which was replied “Not really. They don’t screw you until the honeymoon is over.”
To give you an idea of just how much witty banter is here, even the descriptions read like some of these sarcastic dialog lines. For instance:
“She was quite a sight for anyone who cared to stare instead of blathering about cryptoarcheology: breasts as spherical as stone temple houris in India, Chinatown cheekbones, matte skin the color of cinnamon sugar, and sleek black hair so long it brushed the floor every time she shifted her delectable ass (which was the only time it ever got swept).”
“The best way to explain Ganzo might be to just realize he marched to a different drummer. A really slow, muted drum with wacko syncopation.”
There are a couple of things to warn potential readers about. First, the language. Swearing. Yes, swearing. If that’s a problem, you may want to look somewhere else (like a Little Golden Book or something). Graphic sexual encounters. Yes, there’s sex in this book and quite a bit of it. Matter of fact, it starts with a woman having a major orgasm. There’s another part where a woman is climaxed by a dolphin. It can get extreme. If you’re sensitive to this kind of stuff, you are dually warned. Finally, there are themes around racial tension and other such sensitive topics.
Basically, this book isn’t for the overly sensitive. It’s funny. You will most likely find yourself laughing through much of it. If you like humor, this is a great book because it mixes so many different types: political, racial, sexual, etc. Have some fun with it. The short chapters insure that it keeps moving along.
Millions of Kindle units, including the new Kindle Fire, as well as Nooks and other eReaders have been sold and will be given as gifts tomorrow and wonderful gifts they are. Of course, for those of you who either have eReaders or are getting them, you’ll need books to populate them. Well give us a look.
The first book of a trilogy, 7 Scorpions: Rebellion has gotten a boatload of great reviews as well as a bunch of awards. Click on the cover image to check out the amazon listing or here for the Barnes and Noble listing. You can download a free sample from the website. Soon, the book will be re-released (eBook will still be 99 cents) under my own press, Sagido Publishing. I will be re-typesetting it and fixing a few issues that made it into the final version for the previous release. For the most part, it will remain unchanged although the overuse of all caps will be removed (which is the result of the feedback I’ve gotten, see, I listen to constructive criticism). You can nab the current version which has been well received without fear. Again, it’s 99 cents and you can read the sample chapters just to make sure (which everyone should do, even if you don’t shop at Amazon use the Look Inside feature).
The second book of the trilogy was just released a few days ago. You can check out its first review on the Eclectic Artist Cave. You can nab it on Amazon by clicking on the cover image or from Barnes and Noble. The price tag is only $2.99 so you’ll be spending a total of 4 bucks for both of them. Not bad, huh?Just a side warning, these books are based on nightmares I used to have to it’s not all daisies and singing in the rain. I once had someone upset about the level of violence. I asked them what about a post-apocalyptic setting wasn’t understood.
Now, I’m not a selfish bastard and this isn’t all about me. I highlighted some other books in the back of my new release, and I will mention them here as you will want to pay attention to them.
WMD’s own Erin Lausten just released her new book Unexpected. I downloaded it on release day. As soon as I finish this Star Wars book I’m reading, this is my next read and I’ll post a review here. I’ve read her stuff before and I have no doubt it’s good. For 4 bucks, what the hell do you have to lose? Click on the pic to go to Amazon or here to get the Nook version.
Bestselling Author and WMD founding member Norma Beishir and her son Collin are going to be releasing the sequel to Chasing the Wind (which was f**king awesome, you can scope out my review which is posted on the page the previous link leads to, along with several other reviews, nab it for $2.99). I will be diving into this one the moment it comes out but I’m sure Norma is getting annoyed with me for constantly bothering her for it.
In 2012, a very promising release by WMD’s William Kendall will be gracing the shelves and our eReaders. Heaven and Hell is a terrorist thriller but I can tell you, William has done more research for this book than I will probably do for my dissertation. He even spoke to police officers to ask about pain level of various bullet wounds, just to insure he could get this as realistic as possible. Talk about dedication. This is one to grab the moment it comes out, it promises to be a big one.
Norma and William have alter egos who go by the names James Morgan and Scarlett Martin. These alter egos have two things on their mind: sex and writing about sex. That being the case, they are releasing what promises to be a steamy story called Same Time Tomorrow. Definitely another one to pick up.
Collin Beishir will soon be releasing his first solo novel, ELE (Extinction Level Event). I have to admit, I have a side interest in astrophysics so the premise of this book has got me eagerly awaiting its release. When a nearby star in the Alpha Centauri system goes Supernova, time is limited before the Supernova Remnant reaches Earth. Exciting realistic science fiction? Hell yeah! Can’t wait for this one.
Stay tuned and keep an eye out for new and upcoming releases from WMD. Now, I know that I have questioned the validity of book trailers in the past but if you know what you’re doing, they can be fun to make, so I made one for 7 Scorpions: Revolution. Check it out here:
1. What or who inspires you to write?
I just love stories and the way they take me away to another time and place. I love reading as much as writing and vice versa. I think what inspires me the most are those simple moments in life. My family is the most inspiring thing in my life. They are always full of energy and imagination. They are the center of my world.
2. You have a large family. How do you find the time to write with all that you have to do for them?
I write every night from 10 pm to 1 am no matter what. It doesn’t mean I keep everything I write, but that’s how I’m able to make sure my family is taken care of and how I’m able to get my writing done.
I write in several genre’s. Science fiction, fantasy and horror are the ones I tend to lean towards. I love the thought of a great adventure with a little chill up the spine…lol.
4. You’re the host of a radio show. Can you tell us more about it?
It’s called The Eclectic Artist Cave. It airs Monday through Friday on The Shark Radio Network at 11 AM EST.
Every other Tuesday the show is all about writing tips. Jack Remick is my co-host on that day. He is one of the authors of http://www.bobandjackswritingblog.com. It is a place chalk full of some of the best writing tips you will find. The cool thing is that he comes on the show and shares them with my listeners and on those days we do live workshops.
On the opposite Tuesdays, one of the best reviewers in the business joins me for cool reviews and we talk about some of the coolest things coming out. His name is Bennet Pomerantz and it has been a fun getting to know him. He is also a writer and has a cool story coming out. I have more information to come about that. It will be posted on http://www.theeclecticartistcave.com.
On Wednesdays, I have what I call Writer Wed. Every week I choose a theme and writers can send in flash fiction to be read live on the show. I also post those to my blog for the show. It’s a lot of fun and allows writers to really showcase their talent.
Monday, Thursday and Fridays are reserved for guests. I play a half hour of some of today’s hottest music and then bring on my guests and we talk about their work and what it means to be a writer. We try to cover marketing tips and writing tips as well.
5. What kind of guest do you typically have on your show?
I generally have writers on, but I’m open to other creative endeavors. To me, the art of life is all around us and expressed in many ways.
6. What made you get started in the radio program? How long as the show been on the air?
A couple years ago, I had a friend who was being published and I wanted to figure out a way to promote him. I went to blog talk radio and found out I loved doing my show. The show aired for a half hour on Saturday at 10 am cst for a half an hour. On my ninth show, I had Brian Byers on the show to talk about marketing. When the interview was finished, he invited me to be on Fate Radio. About a year ago, Fate was absorbed into Shark Radio. Now I average between 5 to 10 thousand listeners a day. The show has been on the air for about 2 years. I’m so honored to have had the opportunity to learn from so many cool people.
6. When does your radio show run, and how can our readers find the show?
Information about the show can be found on http://www.theeclecticartistcave.com and you can hear it everyday Monday through Friday on The Shark Radio Network.
7. What kind of support system do you have?
I have a wonderful support system both at home with my fiance John Buchanan and with Audrey Hamilton from For You PR. Also my friends from The Shark Radio like Daniel Bautz and Jim Malliard are always willing to tell me whether or not something works.
I AM WOLF, book 1 of The Children of Nox is slated to be released on January 15th. So I have been working on giveaways on things that are related to the story itself. It has been a lot of fun meeting new people. Also I’m working on Book 2 of The Children of Nox called The Kiss. All I can say about this one is, can a kiss trap a soul? I can’t wait for the release of this series. 😀
9. What do you have planned for the future?
In the future, I have plans to simulcast the radio show on another station and hopefully a few more. 🙂 Also I have a 9 book series I really love writing called Night Walkers. I can’t tell you what it’s about yet…but soon I hope. Also I have Chaos and the Beltane which is a modern day horror/fantasy novel…more to come about that as well. Finally I have a book called Heartbeat. It’s the first real romance I’ve written and can’t wait to see what happens next. 😀
The other thing I’m hoping to announce will be that the options are sold for I Am Wolf, Book 1 Children of Nox.
9. Do you have a blog/website where our readers can find out more about what you’re doing?
http://www.theeclecticartistcave.com has all my information about everything I’m into. I also have an author’s page, http://joannhbuchanan.blogspot.com/ and last but not least, www.nightmaresandheartbeats.com.
I’m supposed to ask you a silly question…I know…just go with it!! LOL
10. Have you ever thrown your panties/underwear at a rock star or celebrity?
No I haven’t….lmao. I have thought about it though…he he he
If so, which one(s)? If not, which one(s) would you throw your panties/underwear at, given the opportunity?
It would have to be 30 Seconds to Mars or Marianas Trench, Fighting for Ithaca.
Thank you Joann, for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions. Everyone has been eager to find out all about you and your radio show. I know I was.
Thank you Beth for this opportunity. You have been such a cool inspiration to so many people. Huge hugs and Merry Christmas. 😀
Merry Christmas to you, Joann!
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even the strange octopus-looking thing that likes to hide in the corner….(er… ok…)
The children were nestled all snug in their beds while visions of clockwork dolls danced in their heads… (ok, that I can see…)
When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature airship with eight burly pirates with slightly futuristic ray guns and giant plumes of steam billowing into the sky…
Yes, that’s right. It is a Steampunk Christmas. It has been a fabulous year for the steampunk community. The genre has gathered significant steam (har har, yes that was intentional) and we have seen great numbers of new faces and new creations come out into the open.
My love affair with steampunk began nearly two years ago. Actually, that’s not quite true. I have had an affinity toward the steamy side of Victorian life for years. I loved the Wild Wild West T.V. show (the movie was fun. The series from the 1960s was better). I had to run out and buy the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as soon as I discovered it existed (the comic/graphic novel, not the movie, though I got a total kick out of the movie too). I swear, someday I will put together a Mina Harker costume. I love love love the scarfs! But that’s just me geeking out.
The truth is we’ve had the chance to see the emergence of a genre that is breaking away from minor obscurity into popular fiction. I love it. That doesn’t mean the genre is brand new. It actually traces its origin to Jules Verne and H.G. Wells and others that brought science fiction to the Victorian Era. Then it had quick stops in the 60s with Wild Wild West and other similar stories. In the early 90s The Difference Engine by Gibson and Sterling is said to have brought more attention to the genre.
But it was still pretty quiet. Then something happened a couple years ago and people have gone nuts with the stuff. Go to any comicon and you are sure to find many a steampunk aficionado running around in Victorian garb complete with ray guns and goggles. Hit any bookstore and look through the science fiction and romance sections and you are sure to run into steampunk stories. Etsy is packed with steam inspired artsy goodness. And seriously, for that computer geek that has everything? Steampunk keyboards are the thing!
This has made me extremely happy. I love Victorian and historical stories. Most of steampunk has focused on Victorian England, but it has begun to expand across the oceans into alternative realms of possibility. I live in the west United States and have an affinity toward the old fashion Western, but throw in some steam-powered weapons and contraptions and I am in heaven. Life has been good to this geek lately and I foresee a fabulous future filled with steam and style.
Of course, I have jumped on this bandwagon. And for no other reason than I love it. I enjoy the contrast of the fine and frippery of the Victorian era mixed with the dust and grime of the steam-powered world. My first foray into the steampunk genre is a series of short stories following the adventures of an entertainment troupe called the Marvelous Mac HurdyGurdy Traveling Show. There’s mystery and mayhem and a tiny bit of technological oddity. I’m looking forward to sharing this with you all and exploring this new and exciting past that never was.
So, may your Holiday Season be ripe with steamy machinations and take a few moments to dream about what is possible, what may be possible, and what could have been possible. Cheers!