Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Author Spotlight: M Constantine

                                 Welcome M Constantine Author of Smashing  


As we talked about yesterday, the indie book world is full of emerging self published authors. Especially if you surf the world of YA fiction. But one author, for me, is standing tall above the others.
Boston based author M Constantine released her first book the end of last year to rave reviews. Smashing is a well written YA dystopian novel that will delight fans of such popular series as The Hunger Games and Divergent. Yes it's that good. Plot, character development, and suspense are all right on target. As well as originality. Take a look:

At sixteen, Francine Valhalla's head is filled with student council meetings, SAT words, and the tantalizing possibility that she might escape her type-A life for a while with a summer trip to Europe. Over-scheduled and always on her game, Franny and her dad are planning Ivy League acceptance, and nothing gets in the way of that. Neither of them suspects when he drops her off at the 5th Street Rec Center on a sunny April afternoon that it might be the last time they see each other. But within moments disaster strikes. Franny is trapped in the Rec Center's basement with 7 other teens, among them an enigmatic street kid who calls himself Smash.

Smash is tall, charming, and the only one who keeps his cool when it seems like the whole world is falling apart. Franny finds it hard to believe that he's not scared, but Smash isn't fazed. Trapped for five days, the teens form a tight bond, looking to Smash to make the decisions that will save them. For Franny, Smash isn't like anyone she's ever met before. She almost can't help but fall for him.

Although rescued, the teens are unable to locate their families and are taken to a temporary emergency shelter, dubbed Camp Freedom. With all the chaos and confusion, Smash is the one thing that serves as a distraction for Franny. Except that something about Camp Freedom changes him. Instead of being the guy with the killer grin that gives her serious butterflies, he pulls back, giving tantalizing hints about a troubled past.

Constantine pulls drama from real world headlines, creates a believable world where teenage angst, social problems and love co-exist against the backdrop of a terrorist attack, and nothing feels forced.

I have to disagree with one reviewer who said grammar and editing errors existed. What little did, were exceptionally small for a self published book. There was nothing that stood out to me, I was impressed by the quality and format of the book overall, as well as the highly descriptive and believable prose.

Bottom line: I loved it. Five stars. The ending left me wanting. And I hope for more from this author.

Find M Constantine on Amazon

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Author Spotlight: JL Baldwin


                                                            JL Baldwin

Every day new indie authors hit the "shelves". Every once in a while one stands out above the others. This first release by self published author JL Baldwin shows promise. Strong plot, great story idea, and a well developed main character that you love to hate. (He's hot, at least he has that going for him.) She put the effort out there, and it shows.
  There are minor grammar and editing issues that distracted me some from the story. Not enough that you have to worry, still give it a try. Also the descriptions at times felt a little over the top, like the author was trying too hard.  All in all worth the price and noteworthy for a first release. I give it four stars. Take look. :)



What if everything you've ever known and grew up with was suddenly a lie?

When you have faith, and believe that it will work out for the best, what do you have to lose? Nothing because nobody can predict the outcome so it's best to just let it be. I could tell you this tale has a happy ending. But then that would be a lie. That's all I've ever known, are lies.

Fifteen years ago, my family did something terrible. Something that cost my father his life. Nothing prepared me for that one fateful day that I would have to pay for what my family did.

Then he came along. The gorgeous bartender with all his tattoos, muscles and everything else that would make a girl fall to her knees was right there, and he wanted me. Zac was everything I could have wanted. Tall, dark and handsome, swooping in like prince charming...but that wasn’t the case. You see, a hero comes in all kinds of different ways. Zac wasn't your average hero, but he was my hero when I needed him the most. From the moment I met him, I was enraptured. Taken by his soft blue eyes that gripped my soul and didn’t let go.

God help me.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Blogging Got Me Into This.....


It's sad that I have neglected my blog these last six to eight months. Besides reading, and on line reading groups, blogging was the main factor in growing my writing career and reader base.
         It was here that I first started to publish Hunting The Moon, chapter by chapter, to the world. It was here I reviewed other books that connected me to countless bloggers, reviews, and publishers. All connections that led to my own work being published. It was here I sharpened my writing skills.
          It's here I met a very important woman, and friend, who turned into the greatest writing partner ever. Jamie Sue Wilsoncroft. Together we have navigated the last few years of highs and lows. Even branching out and publishing together, under our own terms. It's true, blogging has been my jumping point. Without it, I never would have gotten as far as I have.
           So why have I been neglecting my blog?
           I can tell you it's time constraints, family obligations, depression, big green aliens from Mars coming down and kidnaping me. You don't care. The truth of it is blogging got me into this, hopefully my lack of blogging over the last half a year won't get me out.

          Part of my new outlook this year is to be thankful for the gifts I have, and to take care of my self. I am happiest when I am writing and blogging, so the main goal of that outlook is to write every day. Every. Damn. Day. Whether dishes get washed, messes get picked up, laundry gets folded, or not, I will write.
           The other part of my goal is to release, in the very least, two books this year. Evasion my post pandemic thriller, and Celtic Goddess, the last book in the Moon Series. I am also content editing and formatting for Jamie Sue and Chasity Conley. Together we are trying to establish our own little company. We might be small, but our books will be getting out there on our terms. We are striving for quality and friendship in our books. And I am hoping above all else we have some success.

         Sitting and wishing will not get me far. Sitting and worrying over huge maybe's won't get me far. Letting myself be beat down by depression won't get me far. Writing will get me far.

           Enjoy the new look of the blog that will appear over time. Welcome back all my followers. I have missed you. Please come back and try me out again. To my "fan-friends", I love you. If I just write for the ten of you, and you love it, then my life will be complete.

Welcome to 2016