Review: LORE- Tales of Myth & Mythology Retold

***Disclaimer- I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for a review.***

LORE is an anthology of six short stories based on various myths and mythologies ranging from Native American to Mayan to Hebrew. It’s a bit of an odd mix but they’re all pretty interesting. And unlike Disney, it ain’t always a Happily Ever After ending.

Shimmer by Brinda Berry- a young mermaid struggles to assimilate into the modern world. But does she even want to… especially after meeting a handsome young man? Don’t look for Little Mermaid here; this is a New Adult tale laden with angst and conflict.

Between by Karen Bynum- high school peer pressure boils over when uptown girl Lucy has to decide between popularity and Natasha, the girl she loves. The choice she’ll make changes everything, and the consequences may be more than she can bear. Tragedy, drama and sorrow- this one’s loaded like Shakespeare. With djinn, no less.

Sunset Moon by Laura Diamond – Eloise is a troubled young girl sent to connect with her Native American heritage in an attempt to steer her away from self-destruction. The signs are all there, but is it truly the beginnings of a spiritual journey or just a really bad high? This one’s full on teen rebellion complete with drugs and abusive boyfriend. Too much time spent on her tragic backstory and buildup, and not enough on the mysticism and Native culture; plus the romance seemed forced.

The Maker by Jayne Knolls- after a car accident leaves his mind and body shattered, Brett seeks ice cold revenge on his ex-girlfriend Cassandra for abandoning him in the wreck, to be dished and dispensed by the best golem his money and intellect can buy and create. But will it be enough for this modern-day Frankenstein? Or his creation? Got all the makings of a good ol’ fashioned horror story in this one.

A Beautiful Mourning by Theresa DaLayne- Aztec gods Ishel and Kinich pledge their eternal love to one another, despite her betrothal to Nacon. Their love compels them to flee to the middle world, jeopardizing all of Nature and incurring her father’s and Nacon’s wrath. Kinda on the light side and a little confusing on the magical elements. The non-speaking character Balam was the best part of it.

The Barricades by Cate Dean- Celtic gods and humans have resettled on a distant planet. Humans are driven into servitude and squalor while the Eternals reign over them once again. Daniel, son of an Eternal and a human, finds himself entangled in a fatal conspiracy and only a human girl can save him. Very intriguing premise that teases you with the possibilities. Thankfully the author plans on expanding upon it.

It’s an interesting collection of shorts- all new twists on the old favorites. Read and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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Top Earnings of Genre Books

Originally posted on Savvy Writers & e-Books online:

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Hugh Howey wrote a fantastic report about author earnings. He explains: “Sports stars, musicians, actors— their salaries are often discussed. This is less true for authors, and it creates unrealistic expectations for those who pursue writing as a career.  Now with every writer needing to choose between self-publishing and submitting to traditional publishers, the decision gets even more difficult. Online Book Retailers, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble don’t share their e-book sales figures.”
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How Bestsellers are “Made”
We wrote several times in our former blogs about book statistics by Nielsen, who are counting only books from bookstore chains, large independent bookstore, mass markets – but not from online retailers, such as Amazon. We also explained how New York Times Bestsellers are “made
“ResultSource, a San Diego-based marketing consultancy, specializes in getting books onto bestseller lists, according to The Wall Street Journal. For clients willing…

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Battle of The Princesses: “Brave” vs “Frozen” and “Tangled”

Originally posted on Zany Zach's Blog:

Pixar’s solid incorporation of family values brings merit and gravitas to the consumer related audiences who are more than lenient to consume their traditional depiction of family values. Their inaugural attempt to emulate the fairy style that was exemplified by Disney – and further satirized by DreamWorks’ “Shrek” – was the 2012 release of the animated feature “Brave.”

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Similarly, just two years before, Disney had made a comeback to their fairy-tale style with the commercially successful “Tangled.” They went on to embrace that film’s conceptualised set of family values with stunning artwork. Here, they produced their most recent feature “Frozen.”

All three films are the precursor for film’s studio’s growing incorporation of family values and feminist archetypes into their plotting. However, this strange trio of fairy-tale fireworks all warrant a form of contextual analysis, particularly since both studios place the features at the top end of their animated hierarchy.

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Spotlight: Profile of Terror by Alexa Grace

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profileofterror_400x600A missing coed named Abby Reece.

Two clever thrill killers are committing the most brutal, public, and horrifying abductions and murders in the county’s history. The killers, known as the Gamers, have done this before, and are now upping their evil game to a new level. The question is — can they be stopped before they kill again?

Things get complicated.

When an ex-girlfriend goes missing, Private Investigator Gabe Chase is obsessed with finding her. But once her naked and posed body is discovered, the investigator becomes the investigated. His passion for the victim’s beautiful sister is a complication he doesn’t need, as he helps solve the county’s most baffling, terrifying murder cases ever.

Add a sociopathic serial killer who calls himself the Master.

A serial killer so deadly, the FBI’s behavioral analysts want to know when and why he began killing, as well as the identification and location of additional victims. He will speak only to former federal agent, Carly Stone, a woman he blames for his capture. When the profiler finds herself at the mercy of this ruthless killer, his becomes the most terrifying profile of all.

Profile of Terror

Three chilling villains, two passionate love stories, and pulse-racing suspense with startling plot twists keep readers on the edge of their seats from page one of this heart-pounding and unforgettable romantic suspense.

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My First Post!!

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OMG!!!… It’s her first post evah! Congratulations! :)

Originally posted on BBW Living :

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That’s Me!

So, here’s the thing, I’m new to this whole “blogging” thing but I am very excited to be here. I think that after reading blogs from other women who I feel can uplift or inspire me at times I need it, I can try to offer something to others also. I also think that it would be cool to get some feedback form others about any and everything. When I was younger I used to write about everything, my feelings, thoughts, goals, hope and dreams. As the years have gone by, I found myself not having the time to write, let alone live life as I should. Well I have decided that, that stops now. I have decided that I need to live my life with a little more spontaneity and a lot more fun. Which means I have to get back out there and start living, and…

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Review: Shadows & Dreams by Alexis Hall

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I pre-ordered SHADOWS & DREAMS from Riptide Publishing as soon as it was up, having absolutely loved the first Kate Kane novel. I waited excitedly for it and was not disappointed – where some series can fall flat on the second novel, SHADOWS & DREAMS excels and is better than the first.

Kate is hired to find a missing person – the brother of a girl Kate almost picked up. When she learns the brother walked out of a hospital after breaking a leg, her suspicions are roused. Then comfirmed when she sees a security tape recorded at the hospital. The missing brother is a vampire.

But before Kate can track him down, she’s arrested by the Vampire Council for murdering one of their own. This happened during the final confrontation of IRON & VELVET, though there’s enough information that the reader doesn’t need to have…

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Mark Lawrence – Prince of Fools (The Red Queen’s War #1)

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Summary: The Red Queen is old but the kings of the Broken Empire dread her like no other. For all her reign, she has fought the long war, contested in secret, against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister—unseen by most and unspoken of by all.

The Red Queen’s grandson, Prince Jalan Kendeth—drinker, gambler, seducer of women—is one who can see The Silent Sister. Tenth in line for the throne and content with his role as a minor royal, he pretends that the hideous crone is not there. But war is coming. Witnesses claim an undead army is on the march, and the Red Queen has called on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it’s all a rumor—nothing that will affect him—but he is wrong.

After escaping a death trap set by the Silent Sister…

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