Genres: Adult, Historical, Horror, Western, Zombie
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Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I’d ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive
The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw.
What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization.
***This is NOT New Adult***
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Donners of the Dead follows a young woman named Eve as she helps track the trail of some Donner Party’s family members. The trip has to be fast, because winter is coming. You know real winter, with lots of snow. Snow so deep they had to tunnel through it. Yeah, that kind of winter. Anyway. Eve, her friend Avery, and this rag tag group of former Rangers and shady characters set out. Within days of being out in the wild they encounter not only a ton of snow, but a monster like nothing they have ever seen. It appears to be human, but is not. The monster craves human flesh, and hunts the search party as they make their way through the pass.
The book is one part horror, one part romance, one part western, and a whole bunch of parts amazing. Ms. Halle can weave a great story. The pacing of the book is flawless. It’s a slow build, that constantly moves the reader forward. It takes us from one extreme to the next. One second she’s scaring the crap out of our pants, and the next she is romancing them off. And yes this book has romance, but it’s so real and believable that to not include it in the story would have be a failure to the characters and the tale. A lot of times in high risk books romance comes off as being unnecessary and even dangerous to the characters, but in this book it fills out the story. If Eve and Jake the two main characters had never found each other they would have had no reason to fight their way out of the horrible situation they were in.
I’m a zombie fan through and through. I love all types of zombie myths (except the zombie love interest) and these zombies were no exception to my love. They are merciless eating monsters. They are creepy, and fast, and scary. It’s everything I want in a zombie book. They have their own twist and Halle’s take on ‘zombies’ did not lessen the creature. If anything she made them more terrifying.
The characters are just awesome. Eve, is instantly likable, and I wanted her to live through the story (sometimes that’s not only the case). And she grows throughout the story. She doesn’t walk into the tale being an ass kicking zombie killing machine. As a matter of fact she doesn’t even know how to shoot a gun. But she a fighter and it comes through.
Jake was sort of quiet and seemed mad throughout the first part of the book but as his character opens up and develops you can’t help but swoon for him. He’s in charge, he’s tough, and he knows what he wants. He’s not a clean cut pretty boy, but he’s also not a sadistic loser. He’s a MAN.
This is a fast read, one that I devoured very quickly. I highly recommend this to readers who are looking for something a bit different than their normal zombie tale. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Please welcome Jodi McIsaac to Parajunkee’s View.
Book Name: Into the Fire
Release Date: 11/12/2013
Genre: contemporary fantasy, Adult
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m the author of Through the Door and Into the Fire, the first two books in the Thin Veil series. I grew up in New Brunswick, Canada. After stints as a short track speed skater, a speechwriter, and fundraising and marketing executive in the nonprofit sector, I started a boutique copywriting agency and began writing novels in the wee hours of the morning. I currently live with my husband and two feisty daughters in Calgary.
In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
In Into the Fire, the second book in the Thin Veil series, the protagonist Cedar and her daughter Eden need to leave their new home in Tir na nOg (the Celtic Otherworld) and find the fabled Stone of Destiny. If they can find it, they will prove that Cedar is the rightful queen and stop Nuala, the villain who terrorized Eden in Book #1, from taking over Tir na nOg and using her power to destroy the earth. But the true Stone of Destiny has been missing for centuries, and many replicas have been made. Cedar and her friends face many dangers as they travel the globe in search for the real Stone of Destiny.
Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
The main characters are Cedar, her 7-year-old daughter Eden, and her boyfriend Finn. Cedar was raised as a human but is really one of the Irish gods, the Tuatha De Danann. Finn is also a Tuatha De Danann, though she didn’t know it when they were dating and conceived Eden. Eden has a very rare ability to open portals between places, even between worlds. Cedar has a best friend, Jane, who is human and a bit of a misfit, and Finn’s best friend is Felix, a mind-blowingly handsome member of the Tuatha De Danann who disguises himself as an old fisherman when on earth. I think Eden is my favorite – I have two daughters aged 7 and 6, so it’s been great fun to channel some of the their personalities into Eden, who is being forced to grow up way too fast in this world.
What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
The Thin Veil series is unique because the protagonist is a single mom, which adds a whole other element to the adventure. I was tired of reading urban fantasy with single, wealthy, martial-arts trained, childless protagonists. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy them, I just couldn’t identify with them. Cedar is a regular person — a graphic designer who struggles to make ends meet, has a difficult relationship with her mother, is worried about her career, and is trying to do the best for her child. Then she’s thrown into a world of magic, and we get to see how she reacts.
Is Writing your full time profession?
Nope. I also run a boutique copywriting agency. We focus on writing direct mail letters for hospital foundations, universities and other non-profit organizations, but also write websites and other marketing materials for non-profits and businesses. It’s a great job because I get to use my writing skills to help organizations that are doing so much to help others.
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
I use a helluvalotta sticky notes. I’m also an obsessive outliner, though things usually change mid-stream. I use Vladimir Propp’s Morphology of the Fairy Tale as a rough guide when I’m developing the story (with sticky notes, of course). And usually when I’m about 2/3 of the way through, I stop and do major revisions before writing the final third.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
J.R.R. Tolkien, Patrick Rothfuss, J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, Mary Doria Russell, Patricia McKillip
What are you reading now?
Heaven’s War by Michael Cassutt and David S. Goyer
What advice can you give to struggling writers?
Be disciplined. Get rid of your TV, get a program on your computer that blocks you from the Internet (I use Freedom for Mac), and find a place to write where there are no distractions (dishes, laundry, kids, etc.).
About the book:
Cedar McLeod would like nothing more than to return to Tír na nÓg, help rebuild the mythical kingdom, and start a new life for herself and her daughter, Eden. But peace isn’t what Cedar finds after being reunited with her little girl.
Nuala—who kidnapped and terrorized Eden in her previous bid for power—has returned and is making a persuasive claim for the vacant throne. The devastation such a ruler would bring upon both the kingdom and the human world is unthinkable. With no one else to stake a convincing counter-claim, Cedar steps forward…but first she must prove her worth beyond a doubt.
Her opportunity comes when she is charged with finding an ancient treasure, the Stone of Destiny, and returning it to its rightful home. It is a quest that will lead her to question her beliefs, and push her loyalties to their limits. If she succeeds, Cedar could grant her new world and her new family a chance to flourish again. If not…destruction may be the only path ahead.
Into the Fire, the second book in the Thin Veil series, is a captivating blend of Celtic myth, mystery, and adventure that delves deeper into the ancient world first explored in Through the Door.
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Jodi McIsaac is the author of Through the Door and Into the Fire, the first two books in the Thin Veil series. She grew up in New Brunswick, Canada. After stints as a short track speed skater, a speechwriter, and fundraising and marketing executive in the nonprofit sector, she started a boutique copywriting agency and began writing novels in the wee hours of the morning. She currently lives with her husband and children in Calgary.
Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart on Feb. 4th, 2014
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Aphrodite never loses, not when it comes to love.
Immortality has its perks and its downsides. Boredom, for one, is unavoidable, but instead of playing parcheesi, the gods devised a game that uses humans as pawns. Remember Shakespeare? That was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite versus Ares.
Aphrodite is on deck once again, and she’ll defend her domain of love as she works to get the humans together before the clock runs out, while her opponent tries to keep them apart.
Game one is against Apollo, and Aphrodite knows she has her work cut out for her when he chooses Dean, a brooding rock star man-whore who believes women can’t be trusted. Aphrodite decides on Lex, a perfect match for Dean, even though her heart is guarded, locked away tight. She’d never let anyone in. Not ever. Of course, she hasn’t met Dean.
But there’s always more at stake than just the game when you’ve lived for thousands of years. The Olympians are the original dysfunctional family, surviving eons of love and lust, betrayal and lies, as friends and enemies, through feuds and wars. From Ares, the douchebag, who’s forever trying to start a fight and get Aphrodite into bed, to Persephone, her best friend, who she can always count on for a healthy helping of bacon on a bad day, the gods will take you on a lighthearted trip as they mess with humans, laugh and fight, lose love and gain power.
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Nova Reed can't forget him -- Quinton Carter, the boy with the honey-brown eyes who made her realize she deserved more than an empty life. His pain was so similar to her own. But Nova has been coming to terms with her past and healing, while Quinton is out there somewhere, sinking deeper.
She's determined to find him and help him . . . before it's too late. Nova has haunted his dreams for nearly a year, but Quinton never thought a sweet, kind person like her would care enough about someone like him.
To Quinton, a dark, dangerous life is exactly what he deserves. And Nova has no place in it. But Nova has followed him, and now he must do whatever it takes to keep her away, to maintain his self-imposed punishment for the unforgivable things he's done. But there's one flaw in his plan: Nova isn't going anywhere . . . Discover the latest intense, passionate and page-turning novel from number one New York Times bestselling sensation Jessica Sorensen.
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PJV Quickie: Breaking Nova left me in a book hangover. In the months since I read it, I couldn’t get these characters out of my head. Jessica Sorensen delivers another heart wrenching book.
Goodness this book was depressing. Obviously from the 5 stars, I enjoyed the depressing.
Breaking Nova was a sucker punch to the stomach, and Saving Quinton was a well placed follow up. You know it’s coming, so you brace for it this time, but there is not amount of bracing that can prepare you for what was spilled on these pages.
Saving Quinton picks up several months after Nova leaves for college. She’s healing, she’s moving on, and she’s helping others do the same. But there is one she wants to help more than the others. So when the semester ends she hunts Quinton down in Fabulous sunny Las Vegas. Only it kinda of sounds like Quinton lives in North Las Vegas, which from what my Dad tells me is a shit hole.
Nova shows up at his apartment one day, and the next day, and she keeps coming. Her earnestness is endearing. And never ending, but it gets tried, and tested, and beat up upon by Quinton’s addiction. Eventually it starts taking it’s toll on Nova, who has by this point in her life been dealt a very heavy hand.
Sorensen’s writing is just emotional. It’s very raw, and you feel the hope, and then the washes of despair. It’s very easy to be in this novel. To feel it.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to react to reading this novel. Or if I could even get through it. My parents were both meth addicts. I grew up around it. It’s refreshing that Sorensen shows both sides of addicts. Because they very much are their addictions. And for the most part, that’s all people see. But my mom was still my mom. She would surface, and go under.
This summer I lost my co-blogger and very good friend to a drug overdose. I saw her struggle with her addictions. It’s hard to be a bystander, it’s hard to not get upset, and frustrated. It’s hard not to take the blame. Sorensen nailed this. Absolutely 100% this is how it feels to be on the outside of someones addiction. I can’t tell you if she got the feelings of drug use right, but I know she got this right.
This book is packed full of ‘feels’ as the kids say these days. It’s not something that you can read and not be impacted by.
The flaws in this book were non existent. In my world, (and let’s not forget there is a book out there Called Methland that was written about meth in small town Iowa) it’s called Meth. I’ve never heard people use the crystal part. Well in school when the D.A.R.E. officer would come to class. But no one calls it meth. In recent years I’ve actually heard it referred to as poop. But Quinton and Nova toss around the word so much it makes me think maybe it’s called that in other areas.
I was uncomfortable with the kissing scenes. Because it’s something I wouldn’t do. Meth has a smell too it. It’s not pleasant. The addicts sweat it out of their pores. It’s sweet, and sour, and just all sorts of gross to me. But that’s me being super nitpicky. I’m glad they were included, because I see women or men with their significant others, and it’s obvious that they aren’t using.
Saving Quinton was a heartbreaking read, and I am hoping and wishing for a happy ending.
Thank you to publishers for providing me with an eARC via netgalley.
I recommend this book to mature readers, who like their NA contemp romance with a rougher edge.
This book features drug abuse, and physical abuse.
The great thing about the book community, is that if you get really involved like a lot of us bloggers do, you get to meet some really awesome people. It was probably about four or five months ago that I was added to author Karina Halle’s street team. When I did, I kept seeing these paintings done by one of the other members of the street team for her books. I love street/urban style art. And I obviously loved these. They are handmade, she draws, cuts stencils and then layers them using spray paint. (and it’s so much more complicated than that) It’s so cool.
Ellie from the Artist Trilogy
My favorite however, was her Come Alive (Experiment in Terror book #7) paintings:
PS these are still available on her etsy shop, but hands off. I want one!!
You join (get added) to enough street teams you are going to get to know other people in the community, and that’s what happened with Emily, the artist of these spray paint masterpieces. It wasn’t until we were both in a smaller street team that we even shared words, and mutual fondness for tattoos, and male models with tattoos. Just looking at her work makes me want to paint. In fact it inspired me to try my hand at painting and crafting again, after a few years hiatus. I had forgotten how calming it was to create something.
Interview with Emily artist/owner of BOMBcutz:
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Hi Emily, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hey Lori! Thanks for having me! I currently live in southern California but I’m a bit of a gypsy and have only been here a few years. I’m a bit nerdy on occasion as my art can testify. I grew up going to museums and worked at one for many years. I’m a big fan of the bold look in graphic/urban art. It’s available to the masses and the artists’ statement is there for all to see. I can often be found wasting too much time on Pinterest looking at new possible DIY projects to try. Seriously, how many glass jars do I need with tiny toys glued and painted to the tops? I’m an avid reader and once upon a time I was a blogger but just don’t have the time for that anymore. My time is limited lately and my TBR pile is suffering.
What inspired you to use spray paint as a medium to work with?
I’ve used different mediums before but never felt like they “clicked” with how I wanted my art to look. When I started stenciling, it coincided with spray paint and is an instant gratification way for me to see how a the stencil looks. I can control the pressure giving me different flow for the paint and a different look each time I use it.
You’re a reader, what are your favorite types of books to read? Any favorite authors?
Genres include PNR, UF and some Horror. I have too many favorites to list but I’ll mention Karina Halle, Stacia Kane, Jeaniene Frost and Karen Marie Moning to name a few.
When did you first connect your art with books?
My first book piece was the cover model on Sins & Needles by Karina Halle.
It was one of the first multiple layer pieces I did and I loved the results. It was around 7 plus the background and that many layers leaves room for error but it layered beautifully. I was hooked ever since. What makes a cover, or character, or really anything a good candidate to be turned into a stencil? A good candidate for me has to have a big personality. Something that makes me want to cut it to jump off the paper with a vivid story to tell. It’s a fun challenge deciding how many layers and what colors to use.
Do you listen to music while you are working? Does the genre/band change depending on what you are working on?
Most definitely. Music is a must for me and pumps up my motivation. I rotate a good variety but the Deftones are on frequent repeat. DJ Shadow, Radiohead, and Tricky are also some of my faves.
Any words of advice for people who might be starting out working with painting, or just entering the arts and crafts world? Have fun with it and don’t worry about “messing up”. It’s whatever you want to make of it and can be a very spontaneous process. Just try it and sample til you find your niche. Don’t be afraid to get dirty. Thanks Lori!
It’s so cool seeing visual art, in conjunction with books. I think that’s why so many of us are cover snobs. Because our favorite medium isn’t visual, it’s a very internal thing. So we look for something to appeal to that part of us that wants and craves ‘pretty’. And to me Emily’s work just has that, “Oh my gosh! NEED!” Aspect too it.
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