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Reading a book come Hell Or High Water (A review) Okay, maybe that’s not my best pun. Whatever.

Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker(Audiobook) This is book one in the Deep Six series. I was introduced to Julie Ann Walker with an ARC of book two in this series, Devil in the Deep last year, and I was instantly hooked, chowing down on all of her Black Knights books. But when those started to get a little stale for me (After many, many books), I decided to check out the rest of the series that drew me in in the first place. 23510148Hell or High Water instantly drew me in. I think This is because I enjoy the setting of the sea and islands in the Deep Six books a little more than I enjoy the bike shop setting of Black Knights. Anyway, Hell or High Water is about a team of retired Navy SEALs that have become salvage-guys. They are searching for the fabled wreck of the treasure ship Santa Christina. But their history comes to haunt them when a CIA agent that worked with them on a past SEAL job comes to them for help. A group of terrorists have stolen a stash of Chemicals that can be turned into horrific weapons. The CIA managed to sink their ship, but now the CIA needed to get to the chemicals before the terrorists come back to get them, and the Deep 6 team is the closest salvage team with government connections, and the only team that can get there in time. Of course, everything goes wrong or there wouldn’t be a story. Terrorist are horribly unpredictable, making for a great high-octane thrill ride to save the world. Hell or High Water had everything I loved in the second book, and it was great seeing the characters featured in Devil in the Deep meeting for the first time. I give this one two enthusiastic thumbs up (and an adult content warning. One of the SEALs has a heck of a thing for the Female CIA agent, and SEALs aren’t afraid to go after what they want, if you get my meaning)


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Free Ebook Friday! Valentine’s Day and Books, Boyfriends, or Chocolate

Love is in the air!

This week’s free ebook selection are all about romance.

Please check your genre… there are adult as well a young adult book in this mix.

https://books.bookfunnel.com/valentinesday

 

 

Get your YA Stories free for a limited time!

This week’s Freebie Friday features all young adult books.

There are 29 books to choose from this week, and I know you are all YA fans, so be sure to check them out.

I hope you guys find some great new authors in this group.

https://books.bookfunnel.com/youngadultstories

 

Don’t. Ever. Peek. A Review of Gravity by Melissa West

Gravity (Ebook) This book is about an alien race that has created portals between our worlds. They visit Earth every night, and by law from an interplanetary treaty, they are allowed to “suck” antibodies from humans while they sleep. They do this so someday they will be able to inhabit Earth.

(The humans are not harmed in any way)

I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed it, but I think it was the overall premise of “The Taking” at night and how the humans had to wear blindfolds that bothered me. While it was explained, I never really bought in to the overall premise, which left the story falling a bit flat and unbelievable to me.

Afterthought—The cover may have messed the book up for me as well.

“Don’t. Ever. Peek.”

While they are not supposed to “peek”, this sets itself up for something a little spookier than actually happens in the book. Maybe my issues had to do with expectations. I don’t know. I got nothing.

Anyway…

The human race also gets themselves into a little bit of a pickle when they rebel, and at the end, both their worlds are in some trouble. There was a lot of great action in this book, especially at the end, which is ten tons of readerly-fun.

I might pick up the next book someday, but it’s not going to be at the top of my TBR. Which makes me sad. In some ways, I wonder if it is really this book, or the fact that I have read so many five-star books this year, that anything that rates lower really stands out. You know what… maybe I’ll read the second book anyway. I’m wondering, now as I write this, if the author can work through my niggles in the next book. I’ll let you know.


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Looking for a feel-good Christmas romance? Paper Wishes by Jennifer M. Eaton is only $.99

Merry Christmas

Looking for a nice Christmas romance to snuggle up with by the fire?  My contemporary Novella Paper Wishes is just $.99 everywhere ebooks are sold.

Enjoy, and I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.

Paper Wishes FinalPart one: Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.

Part two: Confronted with a choice of keeping Jack or holding on to her values, Jill makes a choice that leaves her alone on New Year’s Eve.  But the magic of Christmas is still alive, and one final wish will decide their future, one way or another.

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Merry Christmas

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What do you think is the right price for an ebook?

There has been a lot of talk about this lately. I’ve heard both sides, and I completely understand all sides of the argument. For now, I’d like to take off my author hat, and speak as a consumer.

A few weeks ago, my son just HAD to have a particular book on release day.  I cringed when I saw the $14 price tag.

$14 For an Ebook?

Huh

Initially I told him he had to wait until it went on sale. But eventually I caved. The kid’s not asking for a video game, after all. It’s a book. Still… $14 for memory space?

As an author, I totally appreciate the time and effort in creating a book, and yes, I did pay the price. But I can’t help but feel a little scammed when there are so many great books out there without a “Best-Selling Author” tag that are $4.99 or less.

Today, I ran across the same problem with a book that I was really interested in.  I came across a blurb for it on an agent’s website when it initially sold. Today, it came up recommended on Goodreads.  I was all ready to buy it. It sounds great.

But at the $9.99 price tag, I hesitated.

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And the hardcover is $13.59. Does anyone else see a problem with this? Why spend $9.99 on an ebook when you can spend a few dollars more and get something you can hold?

I’m wondering… if Amazon hadn’t driven prices down so low on ebooks if I would have even blinked about spending $10 on a book that I wanted.  If all books were around this cost, I wouldn’t have a choice, right?

 

But this is my worry.

How many people out there are like me, and want the book, but decided to pass and get two other books for 4.99 instead?

Where, as an author, I’d like to see average book prices be higher, I have to worry and wonder about houses that charge so much more than other books on the market.  I suppose if they are throwing big marketing dollars at the book, that people will be influenced to buy no matter the price.

But what about the people like me who stumbled across the book by accident and just want to read the story? Are they risking turning them away?

This is one of the quandaries that keeps me in limbo about whether or not to submit to certain houses. I don’t want people to say, “Why is your book so expensive? All these other books a five bucks.”

I’m wondering what you think. If you are an author, try putting your author hat aside. Think as a reader, or a consumer/buyer of ebooks.

What do you think is the right price for an ebook?

And maybe another question:  Should ebooks be premium priced for the first several months, and then the price drop once the paperback comes out? Or would fewer books even get to paperback if less people are buying?

What are your thoughts?

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The Little Blue Lady From Mars sees “Ghosts in the Mirror”

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Hey.  Wait a minute.

You look familiar.

Haven’t I interviewed you before?

Uh, no…um.

Totally different person…and stuff.

See? I look like a cat.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Hmm.  I don’t know.

You seem VERY familiar.

Are you sure I didn’t blow up your book last year?

Nope.  Not me.

This is my very first novel. Written by a cat.

Yep. A cat named Joyce. So how could it be me?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Okay.

If you are sure…

Then who are you and what do you want?

My name is Joyce Mangola

I’m here to talk about my novel Ghosts in the Mirror

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PKO_Alien 3 0003387Ghosts, huh?

What… are you trying to scare me?

I scare people, not the other way around.

You are definitely scarier than my book.

Probably because you are looking right at me…

And frowning.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Grrrr.

I’m not impressed so far, Earthling.

Why do you think I should take up my valuable time to read your book?

Because it’s about a sixteen-year-old boy

who needs another living soul,

or ghost, to live his life.

Alien Huh CloseHuh?

That doesn’t even make sense.

Hey, what’s that funny wispy white thing on the cover?

A ghost.

Scared now?

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Alien EweNO!  Umm, well…  Hey!

Stop pushing that cover toward my face!

I don’t like it.

Well is there anything about the cover that you do like?

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Alien Huh OpenYeah, the guy. 

He’s cute, but I want to dip his hair in blueberry sauce.

It’s just too human-looking.

LOL — blueberry sauce…

 Well that’s a bit crepe-y.

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Alien nervousHey! That’s a lame attempt at a food joke!

I’m not amused.

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Awe, come on. 

It was funny.

Lighten up.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387.

Give me one good reason to read your book, Miss I’m a Comedian

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Wandering spirits are cool.

Wandering spirits latching onto the living are way cool.

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PKO_Alien 3 0003387You have a sick sense of cool, Missy.

What’s the explosion count in this book?

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No Explosions.

Not in this one…nope.

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PKO_Alien 3 0003387Not in this one?  I thought this was your first novel?

Are you sure we haven’t spoken before?

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Ummm..no. MEOW.

I’m a cat, remember?

Please stop looking back at your other interviews.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387But I’m sure I’ve seen you…

While I’m scrolling back, tell me what this book is about.

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It’s about a boy named Jeremy who shepherds lost souls to the other side by helping them with their unfinished business. Except, this time, the ghost isn’t much interested in crossing over without hunting down the person responsible for their and someone else’s death.

Alien Smile CloseReally?  What happened to the stupid wandering soul thing? That actually sounds like it might be interesting. [Settled down on couch] Okay, maybe we can chat a bit. 

Have you ever exploded anything?

Nope

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Alien EweHave you ever tried to take over the world?

Ew, no.

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Alien EweHave you ever painted your hair blue?

Pink is so much better a color.

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Alien Huh OpenWhaaaat?

How dare you insinuate pink is better than blue?

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I didn’t insinuate.

I came right out and said it.

Pink has always been better than blue.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387What? Huh? Grrr.

Redeem yourself Earthling!

How do you feel about space travel?

Space Mountain is awesome!

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PKO_Alien 3 0003387Space Moun…-Huh-

[smacks head]

Oaf!  Have you even ever fantasized about exploding things?

I’m thinking about it right now.

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PKO_Alien 3 0003387Hey.  Why are you looking at me like that?

Wait a minute.

I HAVE seen those beady eyes before.

Prove it!  You know, you should really try the color pink.

Otherwise, you might as well call yourself the Blue Boy with Boobs.

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Alien Huh CloseIt’s YOU!  I know you!  You are that Half-headed man author, aren’t you! Kastil Even-butt or something or other.

You are hiding!  Hiding behind a cover with a whole man on it… And a few cats.

Well, yes, but you said you liked my book, right?

I put a whole person on the cover for you… changed my name and everything!

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Alien PKO_0003428Oh, you think that changes things?

I remember everything!

Blue Boy with Boobs Huh? I’ll show you!

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[As the sub-atomic particle weapon discharges, Joyce pulls out an umbrella and ducks beneath it. Lasers rebound off the surface and scatter across the room.  Holes burn into the walls.   The couch catches on fire. Yeah, general mayhem.]

[Joyce pokes her head out from beneath the umbrella]

You’ll show me what?

Ha!  I came prepared this time.

No blowing me up, thank you very much.

100 x 100 cropLittle Blue Lady! 

I’m home!

Gack! What happened to my living room?

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If you’d like to learn more about Joyce Mangola check her out on her website http://joycemangola.wordpress.com/ And if anyone knows a good contractor… I need a new living room.

While I’m chasing after the Little Blue Lady with a repair bill, comment below for a chance to win “Ghosts in the Mirror”.

Good luck!

#Free #ebooks “18 Things” by Jamie Ayres #freestuff

Free_Fridays!

Yay!  It’s Freebee Fridays time!

First of all,

Congrats to everyone who got in on the action last week and downloaded a free version of “A Hint of Frost” by Hailey Edwards before Amazon caught up with the little blue lady.

If you’d like to find out more about Hailey, hop on over to http://haileyedwards.net/

PKO_Alien 3 0003387I had fun breaking into Amazon last week.

Well, thanks for not blowing them up, because I rather like Amazon.     This week Jamie Ayres is coming over.

Alien Huh CloseWait, wasn’t she a winner a few weeks ago?

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Yes she was!  Jamie is a reader.  She hangs out here a lot, and her debut novel was just released.  Pretty cool, huh?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387It’s only cool is things explode in it.

Umm, I honestly don’t know, but let’s see what she has to say.  Put your smiley face on… here she comes.

Alien SmileWell, Hello There.  Welcome, Welcome.

Come on in and get comfy.

Well, you look rather sure of yourself, young lady.

Yeah, well, I did my research.  I know what I’m in for.  Let’s cut to the chase Little Blue Lady.  I’m Jamie Ayres (but you can call me Jaim-O)

PKO_Alien 3 0003387A Lady who doesn’t like to mess around!?

Okay, so what do you want?

I’d like a gallon of coffee and a credit card to buy an unlimited amount of Norman Love Chocolates. Oh, and I’d also like to give away a copy of 18 Things.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Well, you have to earn the right to give something away here, Miss Smarty Pants!

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Bring It!

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Well this is a feisty one!  Okay… Ms. Ayres… What makes you think your book is good enough to read?  I saw the cover.  It looks boring.

Don’t judge a book by… Oh, never mind… It’s a story about unconditional love, redeeming hope, and taking leaps of faith to achieve goals, with lots of laughs and Yoda-like wisdom sprinkled throughout.

Alien SmileYoda!  A fellow alien!  Maybe this isn’t as boring as it looks!

What would make me want to read it, other than Yoda?

For the same reason we read any story—we long to know we’re not alone, they remind us of ourselves, they give us a new perspective, they make us laugh and entertain us. Sometimes, they make us feel emotions we wish we had in our everyday lives.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387I have no emotion

I doubt that’s true. 

You look very emotional. 

Actually, right now I think you’re blue.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Am not!

Have you looked in the mirror?

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PKO_Alien 3 0003387Stop that!

Jennifer, she’s picking on me!

That’s part of the interviewer gig… brush it off, don’t let her get the upper hand!

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Well, okay then.  So, mis Ayre-y Ayres.

Does anything explode in this novel?

Yes.

Think Stay Puff Marshmallow Man.

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Oh!  I like marshmallows.  Wait a minute.

Ha!  I just got that.  I loved that movie!

Me, too.

That makes us movie sisters!

PKO_Alien 3 0003387Well, okay, then sister.

Other than exploding marshmallows, what’s the book about?

Can eighteen things save a life?

Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name (after her grandmothers of course) and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.

Just as she’s finally embracing the joys of living life for the moment, her therapist reveals a terrifying secret and Olga’s world is shaken. In the past year, it took eighteen remarkable things to change a life, but nothing she believed about her mission is true.

Now she doesn’t just risk losing her true soul-mate forever, she risks losing her very soul.

Alien Huh CloseWhaaaat?  It doesn’t sound like things explode.  And you’re another one of those chicks who sounds like they are reading when I asked what their story is about. I hate that!

Ummmm, Sorry?

PKO_Alien 3 0003387You best be!

Now you must redeem yourself! Have you ever actually exploded anything?

As a teacher, I’ve done the baking soda and vinegar volcano reaction many times. Also, probably everyone has done fireworks on the 4th of July, but have they blown up a watermelon with fireworks? Enough said.

Alien SmileHee Hee.  That sounds like fun!

Have you ever painted you hair blue?

No, but I let my students do it twice!

And guess what, it was to motivate them to READ!

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Alien SmileYou sound like such a cool teacher!

Have you ever thought of maybe taking over the world?

Yes. I’m thinking of embedding a secret code in the text of my next book, 18 Truths, that will put everyone automatically under my hypnosis after they read it. I will then order them to build me a Death Star and take over galaxies one by one. Would you like to help?

PKO_Alien 1 0003414YES!  I am up to the challenge!  Finally, a kindred spirit! Have you ever actually been in space?

I’m originally from Dagobah. Do you think an evil-genius writer and master of words could actually be a mere human? Psh!

Alien SmileHa!  Finally an admission of the truth!  I knew someone with such  an extra-ordinary talent had to be from another world!  Welcome to Earth, Ms. Jamie of Dagobah!

It’s nice to be here. 

Does this mean I can give away a copy of my book?

Alien SmileYes!  Absolutely!  Let’s allow people to comment below, and then you, in your infinite alien wisdom, can pick a winner

Great! 

Let’s do it!

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Alien SmileIf anyone would like to win a free copy of “18 things” leave a comment below.  We will choose a winner on Monday.

How about we give the winner a choice of an ebook or paperback?

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Alien SmileYou got it!

So start commenting!

If you’d like a chance to win a free copy of 18 Things, please leave a comment below, and if you’d like to find out more about Jamie Ayres, hop on over to http://jamieayres.com/