Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Audio Tour: The Eden Conspiracy

Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Melissa Williams

Series: The Liberty Box series, Book 2

Length: 7 hours 19 minutes

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

The refugee caves have been destroyed, and most of the refugees are dead. The Potentate now knows of their existence and will stop at nothing to wipe them out completely. He suspects that terrorist Jackson MacNamera is among them, as well as reporter Kate Brandeis’s fiancé, hacker Will Anderson – and probably therefore Kate herself. Now that the Potentate is aware of security threats, most of the strategies the rebels used to get back onto the grid before now no longer work. The Potentate knows the rebels are on foot, and he knows they were at the caves not long ago. They can’t get far.

The remaining rebels, among them Jackson and Kate, have Kate’s fiancé Will to thank for their survival: he arrived back from the dead and in the nick of time, bearing classified information about the Potentate’s plans to expand his influence internationally. But the remaining rebels and the Council cannot agree on whether their top priority should be spreading truth far and wide and freeing as many citizens from government control as possible, knowing that they will likely die in the process, or escaping to New Estonia, in hopes that they might live out the rest of their days in peace.

Kate, meanwhile, finds herself torn between Jackson and the fiancé she thought she lost, and between the damsel-in-distress she once was, and the rebel she believes she has always been underneath. Whether the other hunters will support her or no, she knows she must use her influence over the people of the Republic to tell them the truth, no matter the cost. But is she strong enough to withstand the government’s lies?

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By day, C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ, and she writes medical books under her real name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She lives with her husband, with whom she maintains a facetiously contentious movie review blog, and travels as often as they can get away. When not writing or seeing patients, she does yoga, drinks red wine while eating dark chocolate, and consumes audiobooks like there’s no tomorrow!

 

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Melissa lives with her family, including two dogs and a cat, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado.

After having a corporate job for most of her life, and as a self-proclaimed introvert, she decided to leave corporate America to work from home. Voice overs had always tugged at her heart as something she would like to explore, so she attended some classes and landed with a company that taught her how to break in to the industry.

Loving to read, she explored the fast growing world of audiobooks and fell in love with it. She has ten audiobooks under her belt and is currently working on the 11th. Understanding that she should always be learning how to improve her skills, she is currently working with Sean Pratt.

When not talking to herself in a padded room, she can be found walking her dog, singing or fishing the Arkansas River.

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While The Liberty Box sets the groundwork, The Eden Conspiracy ramps up the game by adding some much needed character growth, and a good measure of danger to keep everyone motivated! I love seeing Kate and Jackson as they try to stay alive, and help the other rebels survive. Now that the Potentate has caught wind of their existence, the rebels must fight even harder for their way of life. Kate also starts to really pull her weight, and realize that her laid-back, anti-confrontational attitude was largely due to the brainwashing, and she’s started to stand on her own two feet, and think for herself. This also makes her question her feeling for Will.

C.A. Gray is quickly becoming one of my favorite dystopian authors, and I’m so happy I discovered her work. On top of that Melissa Williams once again does a magnificent job with this story, and really relays the tension and developments that make the story. Plus, I love when the same narrator does a whole series, since after the first book, you have an idea of what to expect, and like I said, she is brilliant with the characters and events on the story!

 

 

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

My Monday

*sigh* Hello again. Wow, last week, and this week are shaping up to be super busy! (Also sorry about not doing this post last week…or many posts at all lately! I’ll try to work on posting more after this week…hopefully.

So, at the beginning of July I was summoned for jury duty… which is fine, other than 1, I have anxiety, 2. I don’t have a car, and 3. I’m not currently living at my ‘official address’ but would be in trouble if I told the judge that…so I’m stuck serving. I went to orientation last week, and was told I may have to serve 9 days between now and September, but I’m supposed to call the night before to be sure… and even if they do have court, I might end up going 3 hrs out of my way, just to be told they don’t need me >.> Which I’m not happy about, but do to people telling me bad info, I didn’t try to get out of it, only to be told that I really should have gotten out of it, as it’s not only me, but my whole family that have to deal with it since I don’t have a car, and I’m living 3 hrs away. My apartment is about 15 minutes away, but I can’t live there because of financial struggles, and the fact that I can’t get a job without a car… Ugh. I’m so tired of caring!

Oh! And I did a vocation test telling me what jobs I can and can’t do…? Yeah, the results were that I should not work retail, factory, food, or nursing…Which is the only thing offered to people with only high-school deploma’s where I live…The job I should work? Animals! Which I have said I wanted to do since I was 5ish…The problem? I have to work to pay off school ( from my time at a private school, but no degree), so I can get a degree with animals…Yeah. I’m in an endless cycle, and I hate it. I have to work I job I hate, for an unknown amount of time, to get the job I want…Which isn’t too bad, but working a job I hate (aka stress!) is one of my triggers that make my bipolar I and anxiety act up and I can’t work OR drive if I’m unstable…

Oh, and this week is Vacation Bible School (VBS) for my sister and brother, plus the Bee Club where I live (and where my mom is Secretary and my step-dad is Vice President) is having it’s picnic Friday, which is all on my family this year to host…

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday’s Spotlight: Sea Witch

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Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

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Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.

 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Audio Tour: The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon

Author: Linda Ballou

Narrator: Scott Glennon

Length: 8 hours 56 minutes

Publisher: Winddancer Press

Released: Oct. 12, 2017

Genre: Fiction

Gemcie and her Irish Hunter, Marshal, are about to capture the World Cup when a nasty fall dashes their chances. While she is mending, her arch rival seizes this opportunity to catch a ride on Marshal, and to seduce her young husband. Confused and dazed by her new circumstances, Gemcie heads for the high Sierras hoping the majestic spires that captured the heart of the father she never met will provide the answers she seeks.

She finds strength and solace riding solo on the John Muir Trail, but a bear attack ends her time of introspection and places her in the care of a solitary cowboy manning a fire lookout. Brady shows her love and gives her the courage to get back in the saddle. Haunted by images of Marshal being abused by his owners, Gemcie returns to rescue him and fly high with him once more.

Ballou’s prose gallops ahead at breakneck speed as she takes you along on this wild ride.

Nothing pleases, Los Angeles based, adventure-travel writer, Linda Ballou, more than seeing gorgeous country from the back of a good horse. She has had the pleasure of staying at guest ranches in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and California, along with horse treks in Ireland and Ecuador. Her articles have appeared in Equus, Horse Illustrated, Western Horseman, California Riding Magazine and numerous travel publications. Her story Irish Mist recounting her cross-country jumping adventure in Ireland appeared in the anthology Why We Ride. Writing The Cowgirl Jumped Over Moon was her way of dealing with an injury that forced her to leave the jumping world behind.
Linda is also the author of Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler’s Tales a travel memoir detailing her most meaningful adventures about the globe. Her proudest achievement is her historical novel Wai-nan-A Voice from Old Hawai’i inspired by the life of Ka’ahumanu who rose to become the most powerful woman in ancient Hawai’i. Learn more about Linda’s work at http://www.LindaBallouAuthor.com
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The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon was a finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards and is receiving 5-Star reviews from horse lovers, as well as those who love an action-adventure story with a sizzling love triangle. The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon was the Founder’s Choice at the 2017 Equus Film Fest in New York.

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In the story Gemcie determines to ride solo on the John Muir Trail in an attempt to sort out the confusion in her life. While trying to capture the ethereal beauty of the John Muir Wilderness, I hoped to capture the imaginations of those who have not been privileged to ride or hike in the fragile beauty of the high country.


“Days in whose light everything seems equally divine opening a thousand windows to show us God. Nevermore, no matter how weary, should one faint by the way who gains the blessings of one mountain day; whatever his fate, long life, short life, stormy or calm, he is rich forever. John Muir”- My Summer in the Sierra’s 1869

With this thought in mind I can only feel gratitude that I was able to ride amongst the spires that inspired his musings that touched my soul so deeply. I tried in my own less masterful way to bring this experience home to readers who will never know those mountain days.


Getting The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon out of my drawer and into the hearts and minds of readers was my way of dealing with the tremendous sense of loss I was experiencing. I had invested all of my energies, time and money into the riding world. Every time I entered the barn, I felt my molecules settling into place. Ever since I was a little girl living next to a breeding and boarding ranch for race horses, I dreamed of owning my own horse.

I was in my late thirties when I could afford to own my own mare and live out my ‘horsey” fantasies. I was winning ribbons at local shows and taking part in three-day events when my body told me I simply could not continue doing what I loved.

The injury to my back inspired me to write the first draft of Cowgirl. I did it standing up at my breakfast bar because my sciatica would not allow me to sit. It took my mind off my nagging pain that was like carrying around a 50-pound sack of rocks. I was lifted out of my pathetic physical limitations and was able to soar in my imagination over demanding Grand Prix courses on Marshal, my gleaming black Irish Hunter.


In my story, Falling in the Footsteps of John Muir, I share how I found myself being air-lifted out of the High Sierras. In spite, of the very unhappy ending to my five –day horse pack trip that began just outside of Bishop that ended with me having two broken ribs, it remains one of my most memorable journeys. Up until the point when I tripped and fell into a log jutting into my rib cage, I was having a splendid time. I had dreamed of riding in the “Range of Light’ since reading Muir’s My First Summer in the Sierra’s.

Once you know the mountains their memory becomes like the kiss of a lover. The cool breath off the glacier cirques, the crystalline waters in the steams stealing through flower-infested meadows and the chirp of the woodland creatures for company did not disappoint. I absolutely treasure my time camping in Silver Pass Meadows and trammeling through the high country on horseback on narrow tracks hugging the cliffs overlooking chasms. I tried to share this experience through the eyes of Gemcie in The Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon.

  • Gemcie is tall and elegant, statuesque with long lithe limbs with liquid movements. Her approach to riding is to get in the natural movement of the horse and to stay with him not to over control and interfere with his movements. Perfectly balanced from thigh to knee, knee to foot, short waisted she possesses the perfect rider’s conformation. She is tall for a woman rider, but competes nicely against the men. She is strong, forthright and healthy. Not afraid of minor lumps and bumps and the roughness of riding. Athletic, she knows how to take a tumble and has fallen many times. She works hard at her sport and maintains herself. She is quiet, self- controlled, centered and focused. She uses swimming to counter-balance the effects of riding, taking time to restore herself after each days riding work. She is competitive, but maintains a balance in her life. She has an open beaming smile is generous in nature and spirit. She gives compliments freely to fellow riders and is not jealous of others. She has the self- confidence and the poise of a beautiful woman.
  • Brady a lone cowboy with traits I look for in a man. Muscled and lean with a shock of black hair, a two day stubble, and ocean blue eye as deep as the sea. He is sensitive, yet strong. Walks softly upon the earth. He is caring about all living creatures without being saccharine. He is a good cook and sweet in bed. Who could ask for more? Okay I admit it. I am in love with Brady.

This is one of those books where I’m not immediately drawn into the story. The beginning felt rushed, and I didn’t care for  Jorge, though I quickly started to like Gemcie, the main character, and within a short time, I started to care about other characters too. Once the first chapter was out of the way, I quickly fell in love with Gemcie and her passion. The setting and description really brought the story to life, and I loved that both Gemcie and Brady were animal lovers. 

I really enjoyed listening to this one on audio! The author’s descriptions and the narrator’s skill with bringing a story to life really shows through! Linda Ballou and Scott Glennon make such a marvelous team!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Linda Ballou. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Cover Reveal: Kingdom of Ash (TOG #7)

I’m excited to finally have a cover for TOG’s final book! I’m sure most of you have seen it around social media, but for any who haven’t…

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Book Summary:

The Final installment to the Throne of Glass series.

Captured by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin is trapped inside an iron box in a secret location, with seemingly no hope for escape. As she endures months of torture, her friends scatter to different fates. Without Aelin to protect them, soldier Aedion and shapeshifter Lysandra need to defend their homeland at all costs. Also left to forge their own paths in order to change history are Chaol, the witch Manon, and the golden boy Dorian-while Aelin’s mate, the fae male Rowan, searches the world over for his lost love.

As Aelin gathers the strength to save herself and fight the ultimate battle of her life, all of their destinies hang in the balance. Some ties will bond even tighter together, others will be severed forever, and mysteries will be revealed in this action-packed, heart wrenching series finale.