Thursday, January 21, 2016

Game Over (The MindWar Trilogy) by Andrew Klavan Review



This time, there’s no escape from The Realm.

The MindWar Realm is a computerized world created by a deranged terrorist named Kurodar. Built through a link between Kurodar’s mind and a network of supercomputers, The Realm is a pathway through which the madman can project himself into any computer system on the planet.

Twice before, Rick Dial has entered the Realm as a Mind Warrior and come back alive. But now, something has gone terribly wrong. A connection has formed in Rick’s brain that sends him hurtling into The Realm without his consent—and brings the Realm’s monsters into the Real World.

As Kurodar works to turn Rick’s brain to his own purposes, Rick’s waking and sleeping life is ravaged by terrors he never imagined.

Rick knows he has no choice but to face The Realm’s final and most powerful protector. But can Rick destroy MindWar without destroying himself and the people he loves?

I received a complimentary copy of this book.
Andrew Klavan
Award winning author, screenwriter and media commentator Andrew Klavan is the author of such internationally bestselling novels as True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas. Andrew has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award five times and has won twice. His books have been translated around the world. His latest novel for adults, The Identity Man, has been praised by Nelson Demille as “fast paced, intelligent and thought-provoking; a great read!”

 Television and radio host Glenn Beck says “Andrew Klavan never disappoints…one of the best illustrations of the power of redemption that I’ve ever read.” His last novel Empire of Lies was about media bias in the age of terror, and topped Amazon.com’s thriller list. Andrew has also published a series of thrillers for young adults, The Homelanders, which follows a patriotic teenager’s battle against jihadists. The books have been optioned to be made into movies by Summit Entertainment, the team behind the mega-successful Twilight film series.


Andrew is a contributing editor to City Journal, the magazine of the Manhattan Institute. His essays and op-eds on politics, religion, movies and literature have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Washington Post, the LA Times, and elsewhere. His video feature, “Klavan on the Culture,” can be found at PJTV.com. Andrew is a frequent media guest on television and radio stations from coast to coast, where he is known for his quick wit, humor and commentary on politics and entertainment.

As a screenwriter, Andrew wrote the screenplay to 1990’s A Shock to the System, which starred Michael Caine, and to 2008’s One Missed Call, which stars Ed Burns and Shannyn Sossamon. He lives in Southern California.

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Cassandra's Review-  This is one of those time were I wish I could have gotten my hands on books one and two first because I absolutely enjoyed every minute of this book.   It has all the qualities of a great ending to a trilogy and so I felt I missed the whole beginning, but do not worry it can be read as a standalone.

Brush Hair Straightener #BrusHaiStraightene Review


FAST & EFFICIENT - Works to straighten your hair in minutes. Auto keep constant temperature at 365℉ for all types of hair, customized set 410℉ for natural texture hair, 450℉ for thick or wavy hair, effortless and efficient straightening styling.

NO HAIR DAMAGE. Reduce frizz & anion hydrating care. With its anti-static technology, it eliminates negative charged particles during styling.

US SAFETY PLUG. Auto shut-off protection. Please check if you turn on the red power button on the safety plug, and the power button by the side of the brush. When power is on, the temperature will be displayed on the LCD screen. To change temperature to Fahrenheit, just press the + and - keys at the same time.

Ceramic Iron Straightener + Detangling Brush + Anion Hair Massager, ANTI SCALD design, worry free from burning your fingers and hands.

EASE OF USE FOR ANYONE: Our Premier design is simple to use for Men and Women. First take time to thoroughly wash and dry hair, ensuring it is free from sweat, oils, and product. Plug brush into appropriate socket, clear from standing or running water. Press power button for three seconds until light appears.

Set brush to desired temperature, brush temperatures ranges from 176 to 450℉. After 1 to 2 minutes, begin to brush hair with long continuous strokes beginning just above the scalp and continuing in a downward motion, taking care to not place brush directly on scalp or skin. Continue brushing motions until desired straightness is achieved. If hair maintains a curly disposition, please increase brushes temperature. When finished straightening, unplug brush allowing time to cool before storing in dry area.


Specifications:
-Temp:80-230℃(176 - 450 ℉)
-Power:60W

I received complimentary product.

You can purchase this on Amazon.

Cassandra's Review-  Very easy to use, it does take a bit for it to heat up and will not work until it is at the right temperature.  Depending on the amount of wild your hair is, this could be a lengthy process to straighten.


Le-Top Children's Outfit Giveaway

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This is part of The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide! Stop by and check it out for great gift ideas for the whole family.

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The Grand Prize has a lot of entries but, over $1,000 worth of prizes to 4 winners, so you will not want to miss that! Do some entries each day, plus there are lots of daily entries for more chances. You can enter it HERE on this blog!
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The Teachings of Shirelle: Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead by Douglas Green Review




“Relish the day. If you’re not in awe, you’re just not paying attention.”

She hadn’t even been in the crowded pound a week, but she’d already developed a nickname, “Knucklehead.” As a puppy she destroyed property and precious clothes; as an adult she injured her owner, ruined romances… and changed the world-views of those around her.

Have you ever watched an animal and wondered how it thinks, how it sees the world, how it views you? And have you ever wondered what wisdom you might learn if you could see things as that animal does?

This unique book is many things: an amusing and moving memoir about a memorable dog, a poetic ode to a human-animal connection, and a serious philosophical, psychological, and spiritual inquiry into the lessons a man gleaned from the simple-minded brilliance of a teacher, a lover, a liver of life to the fullest… a Knucklehead.

There has never before been a book like "The Teachings of Shirelle." Take a walk with this pooch, and you might never look at life, love, or yourself the same again.

You can purchase on Amazon.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A book that I would not read twice, but it is going to be a huge dog lovers hit. While I can see the underlying messages and thank the author for a unique, well written book I started out with mix feelings and the sadness included is just too much.



Crossroads by Mary Ting BookBlast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

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  Crossroads by Mary Ting Can two worlds collide in dreams? Protecting her from the fallen was his duty. Falling in love was never part of his plan. Loving her was forbidden. Being with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity. Claudia Emerson's life is about to change when her good friend, who coincidentally shares the same first and last name, dies in a tragic accident. Distraught at the loss of her friend, Claudia's dreams become tumultuous, and through them she mysteriously travels to another world called Crossroads. There, she unexpectedly meets Michael, a nephilim--half angel, half human.

Now that she's been there, fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special, and it is up to Michael and the other nephilim to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most.

  Praise for Crossroads “Crossroads by Mary Ting has it all: danger, romance, suspense, incredible characters and an original plot that is sure to thrill. The action never stops as good and evil battle to the death. This well written and fascinating love story will keep readers entranced.”

~ReadersFavorite.com “Love is in question. Trust is debatable. No one is safe. Between by Mary Ting is an enchanting, nail-biter that will leave you breathless from the exquisite cover to the thrilling end.” ~Gabby, Nashville Young Adult Fiction Examiner/What’s Beyond Forks “Crossroads is an exciting debut book with a rich paranormal mythology, unique angel-lore, forbidden romance, action, suspense and plot twists. With her detailed writing and a plot that flow wells, Mary created a world I enjoyed visiting, and a story that was hard to put down.”

 ~Katie with Mundie Moms “Beyond is an extraordinary story with unforgettable characters, passionately written by an author who clearly understands the true identity of love. Compelling and exciting; this is a must-read for all hardcore fans of the paranormal romance genre.”

 ~Angie Edwards @ Books4Tomorrow “Reading the Crossroads Saga has always put me in a very ethereal place while turning its pages. In BEYOND, Mary Ting takes it to another level and I embrace the new darkness with open wings just like Michael would with his heart-shaped wings” ~Yara, Once Upon A Twilight Free Ebook
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add to goodreads   mary tingAuthor Mary Ting Bestselling/award-winning author Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.  
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The Union and The Ruins by T.H. Hernandez blog tour

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The Union


Book 1 – The Union by T.H. Hernandez

Genre: Young Adult/Speculative

Published: November 18th, 2014

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23266680-the-union
After global warming and a second civil war devastated the former United States, two different societies rose from the ashes – the Union, a towering high-tech utopia, hugging the perimeter of the continent, and the devastated, untamed midsection known as the Ruins.

Seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor has an easy, privileged life in the Union. What she doesn’t have is any idea what to do with the rest of her life. She only knows she wants to do something meaningful, to make a difference in the lives of others.

When she’s kidnapped and taken into the Ruins as a pawn in a dispute involving her boyfriend, Bryce, her ideal world is turned upside down. What she learns while in the Ruins shakes her faith in everything she’s ever known, from Bryce, to her family, and even the Union itself.

Now Evan must choose whether to stay with Cyrus, the sexy, resourceful survivor who believes she’s in the Ruins for a reason, or return to the only life she’s ever known. But when she stumbles upon a dangerous plot that threatens both worlds, her decision could tear her apart.

The Union is a futuristic young adult romantic adventure.

The Ruins

Book 2 – The Ruins by T.H. Hernandez

Young Adult/Speculative

Published: June 16th, 2015

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25952759-the-ruins

Heartbroken, grief-stricken, and wracked with guilt, seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor returned to the Union, leaving behind the boy she loved.

Now, she and her friends must find a way to do the impossible – warn the citizens of the Union about an impending rebel attack without alerting the government and risking retaliation against her friends in the Ruins.

When every move Evan makes is thwarted, it soon becomes clear she’s being watched. Faced with a daily fight to stay one step ahead of her pursuers, she returns to the Ruins. But life in the Ruins has its own dangers, and soon she’s fighting a different battle – to stay alive long enough to discover the truth.

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T.H. Hernandez is the author of the young adult futuristic/dystopian series, The Union. The first book, The Union, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.

When not writing, you can usually find her reading, finishing more than 200 books over the past two years. She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.

When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, often referred to as “the puppycat.”

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8592671.T_H_Hernandez

Website: http://thhernandez.com

Twitter: @TheresaHernandz


Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine blog tour and Giveaway





Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27830596-heart-in-a-box

Purchase Links:

BAM | IndieBound | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Giveaway Information: Provided by the Author

The prize pack includes:

A $40 gift card, 2 hand-painted heart-boxes with secret treasure inside, a signed paperback of Dorianna by Catherine Stine, a signed paperback of Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine, a great YA ebook pack of novels: Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec, When Sorrows Come by Katie M John, and Time Runs Away with Her by Christine Potter.

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Heart in a Box by Catherine Stine

Publication Date: December 20, 2015

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing


Catherine Stine writes YA and romance. Her novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. Visit her at catherinestine.com and subscribe to her newsletter for news of releases, workshops and appearances.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1018139.Catherine_Stine

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