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An adult coloring book retrospective presenting music legend David Bowie’s most idiosyncratic and indelible looks throughout the years, with insight into his famed designer collaborations, fashion inspirations, and stylish illustrations.

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke. . . . Bowie changed his style more dramatically than any other musician in history. His transformations brought about seismic cultural shifts, altering the definition of what it meant to be a popular rock star. This annotated collection of illustrations provide a remarkable overview of Bowie’s nearly fifty years of evolution, featuring looks by the likes of Freddie Burretti and Kansai Yamamoto, further establishing him as the fashion king of self-invention.

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Mama Says:
While I felt this coloring book/biography had a really cool concept, the execution fell short for me.  The book is quite unbalanced with half of it dedicated to 1973/4 and the rest dedicated to the next 40 odd years.  Also, the line weight was too thin and light for my tastes- I prefer bold line work if I’m to shade it in.  Overall, this is still a neat collector’s piece for any die hard Bowie fans, but you won’t learn anything new aside from a few designers names which aren’t often mentioned when discussing his rather awesome costumery.  I’d give this 3 stars since I do think it was well researched and there are a few drawings inside I will definitely color.

 

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#TheJanusChamber #TheJulietteSociety2 by @SashaGrey #erotica #mystery #comingofage #bdsm

 

The Juliette Society, Book II: The Janus Chamber by Sasha Grey

Date of Publication: October 11, 2016

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A few years have passed since Catherine’s time in the The Juliette Society, but things haven’t been going the way she planned. Her life with her fiancé Jack has become predictable and boring, especially in the bedroom. Now working as a journalist, she struggles to find inspiration in her work or at home—until she starts writing about the death of a publicly beloved model, Inana Luna, whose experiences reflect Catherine’s own blossoming sexuality and independence. What started as a routine story quickly becomes Catherine’s obsession, as she follows the tale of a woman whose tracks take her down a road with too many familiar facets: a fascination with kink, lustful men, and some very sexy intrigue. Like the Roman god Janus, Catherine is simultaneously looking to the past and the future. Can her experiences with The Juliette Society, along with Inana’s diary, help her figure out what she really wants in life, love, and sex? Or will the story drag her back down into a tantalizing world from which she might not be able to escape a second time?

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About Sasha Grey

Sasha Grey (born Marina Ann Hantzis) is an American actress, model and musician, and former pornographic actress. Later in her adult film career, she was profiled by several popular culture magazines and television programs. She won several AVN Awards between 2007 and 2010, and has also been featured in music videos and advertising campaigns.

After her feature film debut as the lead in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, she shifted her focus to acting, starring in the black comedy/horror film Smash Cut as April Carson, as well as having a supporting role in season 7 of HBO’s Entourage. She has also appeared in independent films Quit, The Girl from the Naked Eye, Life, and Mark Pellington’s I Melt With You. She is a former member of aTelecine, an industrial music band.

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Happiest of release days to #Kinship 1 and 2 by @writesuntildawn #giveaway #review and #excerpt inside

 
Title: Kinship One and Two
Author: Caroline A.Gill
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Blurb:
Valen Kildrake has a problem:
Vampires are real,
and they are very, very hungry.
Armed with ancient spells, weapons of pure silver, holy water, and deep-dish pizza,
Valen hunts down the monsters who feed on humans,
confronting death in battle after battle.
But he is only one man against a horde.
Worse, his enemies are getting smarter and bolder.
What will he do when a new force of unknown power appears?
Who can he trust when other hunters hide secrets of their own?
Clever and greedy, vampires are slowly winning the ancient war against
the razor-sharp blades of the trained warriors of Mars Alator.
One by one, skilled Hunters are being torn to shreds by fangs and claws.
Valen fights on, determined to honor his father’s memory,
vowing to destroy as many leeches as he can before the inevitable end.
Soon, no one will be left to stop the overwhelming tide of leeches.
Something has to change.
Who will defend humanity if the last vampire hunters fall?
When a mysterious woman crosses his path of destruction,
Valen must decide between honor and hope, between life and death.
And so must she.
And what they choose will change the war.
Mama Says:
Kinship is not your average vampire story. In fact, it isn’t a romantic look at blood suckers, it casts them in a very nefarious light.  The hunter who we follow has seen more devastation at their hands than we can imagine, and he is not pleased.  He and the other hunters are the last of their kind, trying to fight a scourge that only seems to grow, not diminish.  When faced with doom and gloom, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and give up but that isn’t Valen’s style.  Things get even more complicated, and his past unfolds as the story moves along.  I liked this method of storytelling, and all the luscious prose that I’ve come to love in a Gill book.  There’s still a good bit of the wry humor seeping into the horror to keep things from being too awfully despaired.  Definitely glad this is a series, even if it is a short one because I could spend days in this world and not want to come out! This is recommended for mature readers, as there’s the violence you’d expect in a book about hunting and killing vampires.
Kinship 2: The Unpredictable Life of A Vampire Hunter
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Kinship, Book Two: The Unpredictable Life of a Vampire Hunter

Vampires are here.
Hungry, they strike from the shadows…
Only human blood will feed the monsters, stealing away lives, emptying the cities.
Very few men and women are left to stop the massing horde: the Hunters of Mars Alator.
If it takes his very last breath, Valen Kildrake will track down every last monster, destroy every nest, rescue any survivors, fight, slash, and burn anything in his path.
Valen refuses to fail even as other Hunters die in the centuries-old conflict.
Trained since childhood to fight the leeches, Valen Kildrake hunted alone
until he met the mysterious Adelinde.
Together, on the run, the two vampire hunters must learn to work together.
Secrets define them both.
Secrets that can destroy everything.
When faced with the choice, will Valen’s pride let Adelinde in?
Together, can they find a pathway to save humanity
from the bloodlust of the growing vampire horde?
Caroline A. Gill loves eight things in this world: Five oddball children, One husband, and chocolate. A graduate of UCLA, BFA, and Northern Illinois University, MFA, MA, in Fine Art and Art History, Caroline realized that knowledge is personal and so are dreams. And it is the dreams of extraordinary people that enchant her. A story is only worth telling if the ending is new and the journey is an exploration. Find your own voice. Tell the story you have, the one you know best, as only you can. In the words of Firefly: Be SHINY.
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Excerpt, book one: Uncertain:
 “Carefully placing each foot, Valen skirted the hedges, stepping in and out of the little fairy gardens planted by tiny fingers that decorated most of the front yard. There were strings of long, silver Christmas tinsel around the mailbox and across the porch of the bright yellow house. When the wind blew, the little bits of metal refracted the light and made the place cheery and whimsical. At least, they once had.
 Valen could smell death: the specific scent of rot and burst intestines that sent cadaver dogs into a frenzy. It leaked from the house like the waft of blossoms from a gardenia tree. It hung in the air for anyone to recognize. Not that many would come here without purpose. There wasn’t much traffic down the small country dirt road marked Wilder Way. Prairie weeds flowered in waving fields for miles in most directions. Jackson, Ohio was a small town with only three day cares.
 Two now, Valen winced at the correction.”

#CurseoftheBoggin #TheLibraryBook1 is live and you can read our #review plus enter the tour #giveaway

 

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Enter the Library, where no one knows how the stories end . . . and finding out will be terrifying.

There’s a place beyond this world, beyond the land of the living, where ghosts go to write their unfinished stories—stories that ended too soon. It’s a place for unexplained phenomena: mysteries that have never been solved, spirits that have never been laid to rest. And there’s only one way in or out.

It’s called the Library, and you can get there with a special key. But beware! Don’t start a story you can’t finish. Because in this library, the stories you can’t finish just might finish you.

Marcus O’Mara is a 13 year old guy at a crossroads. He constantly finds himself in trouble at school, with his friends, and with his adoptive parents. Marcus doesn’t believe things can get any worse for him…until they get worse.

Much worse.

He begins seeing strange and impossible visions; gets thrown into paranormal danger and is haunted by a mysterious ghost with a singular goal: to give him a key.

It’s a key that opens the door to a mysterious library. When that door opens, the incredible adventure for Marcus and his friends begins as they learn the truth about Marcus’ past and uncover the strange world of unfinished stories that are found on the shelves of the Library.

Mama Says:

Another score for Team Middle Grade!  I’m really impressed with the balance of humor, insight and fright present in this particular novel.  Who doesn’t love a library? And a haunted type one where mysterious things happen? Sold! With subtle nods to some of my favorite horror authors and a very 90s thriller vibe, this is one book you don’t want to miss for your #allhallowsreads

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D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. As an author, his ten-volume book series: Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space became a New York Times #1 bestseller.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT where he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm; engraving trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse…in between playing football and running track. D.J. graduated from New York University where he received a BFA in film production.

His film-making career began in New York where he worked as a freelance writer/director making corporate videos and television commercials.

D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC Afterschool Specials. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?, he produced all 91 episodes. D.J. also wrote and directed the movie Tower of Terror for ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney. The Showtime series Chris Cross was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.

D.J. created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series Flight 29 Down. He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on Flight 29 Down earned him the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Children’s Script and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.

Other notable television writing credits include the ABC Afterschool Special titled Seasonal Differences; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series Ghostwriter; and the HBO series Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.

In print, D.J. also authored the supernatural Morpheus Road trilogy; a whimsical picture book The Monster Princess; and The SYLO Chronicles, a thrilling sci-fi trilogy. He also wrote Voyagers: Project Alpha, the first of a six book science fiction adventure.

D.J.’s newest book series is The Library, a spooky middle-grade anthology about a mysterious library filled with unfinished supernatural tales, and the daring young people who must complete them.

D.J. lives in Southern California with his wife Evangeline and daughter Keaton. They are avid backpackers, scuba divers and skiers. Rounding out the household is a spoiled golden retriever named Casey and an equally spoiled tuxedo cat named Jinx.

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DARK BREW
by Diana Rubino

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Genre: Time Travel Romance

Two months in the spotlight change Kylah McKinley’s life forever. Falsely accused of murdering her husband Ted, she learns through past life regressions that she’s the reincarnation of Alice Kyteler, a Druid who lived in 14th century Ireland. Major events in her life parallel Alice’s.

Someone tried to kill Kylah along with Ted in a hit-and-run. Who can hate them both this much? Her journeys to the past as Alice give her the answer.

As Kylah’s trial date approaches and she fights to maintain her innocence, she must learn from her past or forever be doomed to repeat it.

Kylah shut Ted’s den door. She couldn’t bear to look at the spot where he gasped his last breath. His presence, an imposing force, lingered. So did his scent, a blend of tobacco, pine aftershave and manly sweat. Each reminder ripped into her heart like a knife. Especially now with the funeral looming ahead, the eulogies, the mournful organ hymns, the tolling bells . . .

These ceremonies should bring closure, but they’d only prolong the agony of her grief. She wanted to remember him alive for a while longer, wishing she could delay these morbid customs until the hurt subsided.

Throughout the house, his essence echoed his personality: the wine stain on the carpet, the heap of dirty shirts, shorts and socks piled up in the laundry room, the spattered stove, his fingerprints on the microwave. But she couldn’t bring herself to clean any of it up. Painful as these remnants were, they offered a strange comfort. He still lived here.

“I’ll find that murderer, Teddy,” she promised him over and over, wandering from room to empty room, traces of him lurking in every corner. “I’ll do everything in my power to make sure justice is served. Another past life regression isn’t enough anymore. I know what I have to do now. And I promise, it will never, ever happen again—in any future life.”

She inhaled deeply and breathed him in. “Go take a shower, Teddy.” She chuckled through her tears as the doorbell rang. She cringed, breaking out in cold sweat when she saw the black sedan at the curb.

“Not again.” No sense in hiding, so she let the detectives in.

“Mrs. McKinley, we need your permission to do a search and take some of your husband’s possessions from the house,” Nolan said.

“What for?” She met his steely stare. “I looked everywhere and found nothing.”

“Mrs. McKinley, the cupboard door was open, four jars of herbs are missing, and the autopsy showed he died of herb poisoning. Those herbs,” Nolan added for emphasis, as if it had slipped her feeble mind. “Foxglove, mandrake, hemlock—and an as-yet unidentified one,” he read from a notebook. “The M.E. determined it was a lethal dose.”

Sherlock Holmes got nothin’ on him, she thought.

“Where’s this cupboard, ma’am?” Egan spoke up.

“Right there.” She pointed, its door gaping exactly the way she’d found it that night. Nolan went over to it and peered inside.

“Ma’am, it would be better if you left the house for a half hour or so. Please leave a number where you can be reached,” Egan ordered.

Nolan glanced down the hall. “Where is your bedroom?”

What could they want in the bedroom? “It’s at the top of the stairs on the right. But we didn’t sleep together,” she offered, as if that would faze them. It didn’t.

After giving him her cell number, she got into her car and drove to the beach.

An hour later, she let herself back in and looked around. They’d taken the computer, her case of CDs, her thumb drive, her remaining herb jars, Ted’s notebooks, and left her alone with one horrible fact: This was now a homicide case and she was the prime suspect.

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Complete disclosure- this book starts off as a hot mess and I read about 12% before there was a plot, however, if you take a bit of time to get through this it will be well worth it by book’s end.  This was a complex, layered story about more than just past life and romance.  It was a mystery, suspense and fact finding mission with a great deal of atmospheric prose and lush detail.  I enjoyed the past life scenes more than most of the modern day scenes, but that’s a personal preference more than the actual quality of the writing.  While more about past life regression that actual time travel, this does have a fantastical flare to it and as such would be best for those who do enjoy fiction with a flourish rather than realism.  I am certainly interested in reading more from this author and would recommend to any die hard historical romantics suspense fans.
Diana’s passion for history and travel has taken her to every locale of her stories, set in Medieval and Renaissance England, Egypt, the Mediterranean, colonial Virginia, New England, and New York. Her urban fantasy romance, FAKIN’ IT, won a Top Pick award from Romantic Times. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Richard III Society and the Aaron Burr Association. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband Chris. Together they own CostPro, Inc., an engineering business. In her spare time, Diana bicycles, golfs, plays her piano and devours books of any genre.
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Autonomy
Jude Houghton
Published by: Grimbold Books
Publication date: July 29th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult, Science Fiction

Balmoral Murraine works in a Battery, assembling devices she doesn’t understand for starvation pay. Pasco Eborgersen is the pampered son of an Elite, trying to navigate the temptations of the Pleasure Houses, the self-sacrifice of the Faith, and the high-octane excitement of Steel Ball. They are two strangers, who never should have met, and now they will rip apart the world.

What happens when ninety percent of the world lives on skaatch – a jellyfish and insect composite?

What happens when mankind spends more time in alternative life sims instead of in the “real” world?

What happens when economic interest is the sole determinant of global decision making?

What happens when a single secret is discovered that calls into question everything we have ever believed?

Welcome to the Autonomy. Welcome to your future.

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Mama Says:

Once you get used to the jargon and the discombobulated feeling of not knowing what’s going on around you, hang on for a ride that will have you reading up past your bedtime.  Classically deprived of the lushness of typical life, this dystopian tale winds down many roads and as such can be a bit confusing at times.  Though there are some big questions unanswered by the end,  the author certainly gives you enough to keep you interested.   Though YA in genre, I found that this was rather refreshingly free of the condescending or trite nature which seems to be plaguing this age group of books as of late.  I was drawn more to Balmoral than Pasco, and was hoping to see some character growth continuing throughout but overall this was a fast paced and engrossing novel.  IF you like action in your science fiction and coming of age stories, this one will be right up your alley!

Author Bio:

Jude developed a love of fantasy from a relatively early age after realising an innate talent for making stuff up could result in something other than detention. Working across the globe in fields as diverse as journalism, data entry, sales, management consultancy and babysitting, Jude has partially succeeded in putting an English and History degree from Oxford University to good use. A somnambulist, insomniac, lover of letters, Jude writes late into the night, most nights, tumbling down the rabbit hole to dream of other lives. Jude currently lives in Pennsylvania with an over-enthusiastic family and absurdly entitled dog.

 

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#Forsaken by Sierra Kincaid tour with #guestpost and #giveaway

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His job is to find her, not to fall for her…

Marsella Talent has been on the run for two years, ever since her father thrust a ledger into her hands and told her to run from the police swarming their family restaurant. Now, with the cops and her father’s men desperate to get their hands on the book, she knows she can never go home.

Jake never thought he’d see Marsella again, not after he helped her escape the night of the sting operation targeting her father, August Talent. So when he stumbles upon a mysterious woman named Cassie, the spitting image of Marsella, he knows he has to gain her trust to finally make up for the mistake he made years ago.

Only the closer he gets to her, the more irresistible he finds her. And soon he realizes he’ll have to make a choice—prove his loyalty by getting back the ledger, or save the woman that he’s growing to love…

Thanks so much to the author for stopping by to tell us about herself today.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?

Hi there! Thank you for having me, Ashley!

I think something readers might be surprised to learn about me is that I also publish under a different name! I’ve been writing young adult novels for several years as Kristen Simmons. Five books are currently out, the ARTICLE 5 trilogy, THE GLASS ARROW, and METALTOWN. All of them are set in dystopian environments, and deal with social justice issues—freedom to choose your own beliefs and values, women’s rights, and sweatshop labor, just to name a few. They’re all very action-oriented and character-driven, and they all involve a common thread you also see in my adult (very adult!) books: romance.

I’ve always enjoyed writing love stories, regardless the setting. I love writing the dynamics between people and the power of friendship, but I think most of all I love bringing two people together who don’t know how much they need each other. I like the stakes of putting a couple in a situation where they’re doomed to fail, and giving them a driving reason to get together and stay together. In FORSAKEN, Jake and Marsella come from different worlds, but are bound together by her father—the gangster Jake used to work for. When Jake finds Marsella years after her father’s fall, living in small-town Ohio under the name Cassie, he remembers all the reasons he’s never been able to let her go. He’s always been drawn to her, though now he finds himself vowing to do the one thing he couldn’t before—to protect her from the men who’ll do anything to bring her in. That’s the kind of story I love, a high-stakes plot, regardless if it’s young adult or adult, where reluctance turns to romance, and trust builds the way to love.

I hope you enjoy FORSAKEN! Thanks for reading!

 
sierrakincadebw225x338ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Sierra Kincade lives in the Midwest with her husband and son. When she’s not writing naughty books, she loves eating chocolate cupcakes, binge-watching cable series, and singing loudly in the car. She wholeheartedly believes that love stories are real, and you should never choose a partner who doesn’t make you laugh.

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@reidromance strikes again in #BeardScience #wintstonbrothers number 3 #review #giveaway #teasers

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Beard Science

by Penny Reid
Winston Brothers #3
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humor, Romance

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Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.

And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So… what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?

Likely, the last thing you expect.

‘Beard Science’ is the third book in the Winston Brothers series, is a full-length romantic comedy novel, and can be read as a standalone.

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Mama Says:

Penny Reid has just completely won me over with these Winston Boys.  I had to go back and started reading everything she’s ever written, not that I’ve accomplished this yet, but that just gives me more happy times down the road.  I didn’t think I could like this book more than the first two, but that’s exactly what happened.
Cletus was always one of my favorite of the burly brothers, but he became much more than I had imagined in his own tale.  He’s clever, and Jenn really brought that out in him, though at times even she bested him which was just delicious.
Full of humor and sweetness with a good side of snark, Beard Science isn’t just for fans of romantic comedy.  It’s great for anyone who enjoys wording 🙂

About Penny Reid

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SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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Happiest of release days to that babe #Nikolas and author @karenlynchnl #Warrior is live and on sale today!

Warrior (Relentless Book 4)
Author: Karen Lynch
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy


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The warrior has finally met his match.
 
Nikolas Danshov is the Mohiri’s finest warrior, fearless and lethal with any weapon. For almost two hundred years, he has devoted his life to keeping humans safe from the demons that walk the earth. Revered by his people, he is a legend in his own time, a warrior undefeated in battle, and prepared for anything. Until her.
 
On a routine job in Maine, a twist of fate brings Nikolas face-to-face with the one person he had never expected to meet – his mate. Sara Grey is unlike anyone he’s ever met. Beautiful and fiery, she ignites his desire, while her innocence and vulnerability awaken a fierce protectiveness in him. Now all he can think of is keeping his mate safe from the dangers that hunt her, even if she fights him at every turn.
 
You know Sara’s story. Now read it again, through the eyes of her warrior.
Mama Says:
First of all, for anyone new to Karen Lynch and Relentless, stop reading this post and go get Book 1 for free.  Then read the other two books.  Then come back here 🙂 Warrior is very much a book for those who have read the entire trilogy, as this is Nikolas’ point of view (pov) of the events which transpired in all three installments.
However, this didn’t feel like hours of rehashing what I’d already read (two or more times.)  This was fresh, exciting and unique, giving us a glimpse at a very quiet, strong Mohiri who consistently thinks so little of himself that he gets tripped up by his lack of self awareness a time or two when it comes to Sara. As someone who has had the privilege of enjoying Sara’s story, it was such a treat to get into the head of one of our most loved characters.  Plus we got more Chris which is never going to make me sad.
Warrior is about trust, true strength, honor and love.  It’s the story of a man (erm, Mohiri) fighting for what he thinks is right, and learning that maybe there’s more to life than killing demons.  Though there is definitely some vamp killing y’all.
While there is violence, it’s inherent to the story and not gratuitous, and there’s no sexual content other than a brief scene of intense making out and not-described-enough-for-me hotness.  So it’s safe to say this is very much for teens and older but you won’t feel too bad if your 14 year old niece gets ahold of it.  Unless you disagree on who makes the better book boyfriend.  Can’t help that.
4.5 stars and my thanks to the author for the review opportunity!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karen Lynch grew up in Newfoundland, Canada – a place rich in colorful people and folklore to which she attributes her love of the supernatural and her vivid imagination. She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina years ago and was immediately charmed by the southern people but she says she will always be a newfie.
Though she loves supernatural fiction, she has a soft spot for Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austin. She is a fan of classic rock, country and classical music but her favorite music is the sound of a good thunderstorm or a howling blizzard. Two of her favorite past times are baking artisan breads for her friends and spending quality time with her two German Shepherds.
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Released by Gorsky Press, October 24, 2016:
In the three generations since Bob Boland’s family settled into the tired townhouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Bob lives, real locals – the guys who deliver the mail, plow the driveways and fix the burners — have been crowded out by urban tree-huggers and uppity intellectuals with designer dogs. On Bob’s street, they’ve launched a movement to save an antique Japanese maple from a condo developer while nagging him to trim the sun-blocking trees in his own back yard.  A sarcastic, jazz-loving radio technician working the night shift and stuck in the past, Bob just wants silence by day so he can sleep, and status quo in his routine.

When romance buds with two very different women – one from the familiar though evolving world of radio, the other a sophisticated Harvard dance professor – Bob is forced to reconcile the comfort of stagnation with the inevitability of change.

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Mama Says:

There’s a lot of “truthiness” in this book.  It’s almost painfully real.  I kept wondering if this is what my life would be like in 15 years.  Except I’m the opposite of an unmarried man without children, but his thoughts, his woes and complaints were very familiar to me.  One might go so far as to call this moving. Or even relatable.  Although it sounds like a bummer, Everyone Loves You Back is anything but.  Slightly on the dry side, with a healthy dose of hilarity, this story of a man without a plan trying to find his way to some sort of contentment is one I’d recommend for any fans of contemporary literature.  We don’t usually think of mid-life crises as being so subtle, but I felt this was a more realistic portrayal of what it would be like to be unattached and hopelessly romantic, yet lost and curmudgeonly at the same time.  Bob was an idealist who became a cynic and in the end, I think most of us make that transition at some point in time, some earlier and some much later than others.  Read on for a bit more from the author on the unique publishing process this book was born from, and much more.

Thanks to the author for answering a few questions for Mama Reads’ fans and readers!

“Everyone Loves You Back” is your first novel, but you’re no stranger to writing for a large audience.  Can you tell us how you approached this work and if it was very different from your online essays and public radio pieces?

When I was interviewing for my current job at The World, the show producer, whom I knew from a previous job asked, “What have you been up to all these years?” And I said, “Writing a novel.” “Really?” she said. “I can’t imagine anything more different than what we do here!”

Radio is dominated by the clock. Everything is about deadlines and speed. You have to write fast, edit fast, think fast. Which was why I got into it in the first place. It was exhilarating. I got so much done. I felt uncharacteristically productive! And going live was like putting on a play every day!

Writing a novel was so different; it took me 5 years to write it. I had to find the motivation and focus within myself. There was no external pressure or reward. No one cared if I ever finished, except my writing group. And it felt like the ending was always 75 pages away. I used to imagine the ending as a beach ball bobbing in the water, and every time I swam toward it, it floated farther away.

When the novel was finally done, I had to go back and rewrite it. In radio, no matter how much a perfectionist you are, you have to let go and put it out there. I remember fussing with my radio mixes until late into the night and one of my coworkers scolding me. “Cronin,” he said, “you’re polishing a turd!”

In terms of writing for a large audience, radio is a very intimate medium, and you never think about how many people are listening. You get the feeling it’s just you, your colleagues, and whoever is in the studio at the moment. It’s hard to imagine an audience. Like with Car Talk, who can think about 4 million people?

Similarly with Everyone Loves You Back, I am just getting used to the idea of it having an audience, taking on a life of its own. It’s amazing and wonderful. For so many years, my fiction has been a secret, between me, my writing group, and my computer.

I recently read that your book was published through an intriguing partnership with Gorsky Press and The Publishing House class at CSU Channel Islands and would love to know more about how this worked, and how this differs from traditional publishing methods.

I can’t really compare it to traditional publishing because this is my first time out. But I can guess at how radically different it was. Everything with Gorsky Press and The Publishing House class happened fast, because they adhere to the semester schedule. I found out I won the contest in January and had my book in hand at the beginning of May! The class spent the first semester reading and selecting manuscripts, and the second semester turning the winning manuscript into a book.

And what a pleasant surprise it was that a group of college students chose my book, a love story with three middle-aged protagonists! Working with the class and Sean Carswell, the professor/editor of Gorsky Press, was a pleasure. The students were thoughtful, careful, and really engaged readers. I was so impressed with them and encouraged for the future. They asked really good, provocative questions. And Sean is a great editor, with a light touch, but a sure touch.

An unexpected benefit of working with Sean and his class is that I had a dozen strong advocates, who had lived with my book for a year and were very invested in the outcome. The students worked on every aspect of the process: editing, design, marketing, publicity, social media. One of the truly surreal moments was when I got a friend request on Facebook from my main character, Bob Boland! I wish they’d had a program like the Publishing Course when I was in school. I might not have wasted so many years studying electrical engineering.

It’s ironic. I spent 5 years writing the book, 9 months looking for an agent, 3 years trying to break into traditional publishing. And I finally get the book accepted and it moves at the speed of radio!

How did your experience on Car Talk filter into your novel, if at all?

I wrote most of it while I was working at Car Talk, but it’s really not about Car Talk. It takes me much longer than that to process experience. I was really mining my entire career in radio and my life in Cambridge up to that point.

One thing that I expect did filter in though was that at Car Talk I was surrounded by men, and working on a show that had a very male perspective. And there I was writing a book in which the main character was a man. That was a big challenge for me and I think working at Car Talk helped.

Do you find that people have a hard time taking you seriously once they learn that much of your writing is humorous in nature, or do they generally realize you are just naturally witty?

I think writing in a humorous vein is a double-edged sword. Some people dismiss you for not being serious or deep; others dismiss you for not being funny enough! You can’t win. But that is just my outlook on the world; it’s how I survive this crazy life, by standing back, being sarcastic, trying to laugh at myself and others. I know that humor can be a scrim between myself and experience, and that it sometimes takes me out of the moment. But I love to laugh. Some of the happiest moments of my life have been sitting around laughing with family and friends.

Also, some of my all-time favorite writers are both funny and serious. Richard Ford, Vladimir Nabokov, Jane Austen, Barbara Pym, Martin Amis, Geoffrey Eugenides. I would argue that humor and serious writing are not mutually exclusive. One thing I learned at Car Talk: trying to write funny material is not for the faint of heart!

If you had to choose a co-host for a new talk show, who would you choose and why are they your pick?

What an interesting question. I should probably choose someone who would complement me, someone organized and efficient, businesslike. But that’s not who comes to mind. I’d try to enlist some contemporary writers, like Maria Semple, the novelist of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? or Alexandra Petri, who has been writing some hilarious pieces for the Washington Post.

What’s next on the agenda, or do you like to keep it a mystery?

I’m writing a second novel but it’s a little too soon to talk about it. I’m superstitious! But I can tell you this: it’s not told in the voice of a man.

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Louie Cronin, author of the novel Everyone Loves You Back, is a writer, radio producer and audio engineer. For ten years she served as NPR’s “Car Talk” traffic cop, producing the show and ensuring that every call was entertaining.  A graduate of Boston University’s Masters program in Creative Writing and a past winner of the Ivan Gold Fiction Fellowship from the Writers’ Room of Boston, Louie has had her fiction and essays published in Compass Rose, The Princeton Arts Review, Long Island Newsday, The Boston Globe Magazine, and on PRI.org. Her short stories have been finalists for both Glimmer Train and New Millennium Writings awards. Louie has been awarded residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Currently she works as a technical director for PRI’s The World and lives in Boston with her husband, the sculptor James Wright.

Visit her website for more information.