I don't know about you, but I get on certain genre kicks when I read. Like right now I am reading a Stephen King book. And I am looking forward to reading another Stephen King when I'm done with that, And maybe even after that. Mr. King pulls you in and makes you want to stay awhile. But before reaching for a Stephen King novel, I was incessantly reading anything by Colleen Hoover or Abbi Glines - I love their young adult stories that aren't really young adult topics at all. They make me laugh and cry and feel like I'm back in those ever-changing teenage years. But in the end, Ms. Hoover and Ms. Glines give me a story that makes me feel good. And that stays with me a long time.Then there is my walk through Cowboy Heaven when I read Kathleen Ball's western romances. When I'm reading Ms. Ball's novels, I want to go buy a horse, hop on, and go find myself a cowboy. And with Kathleen Ball's novels, I get the Happily Ever After ending I so desire.Sometimes I'll hop on the historical romance bandwagon and read myself some Jude Deveraux or Amber Dane. I love escaping back in time to an era I had never known. In my mind I put on my corset and gown, and wait for my medieval knight to return home to me.Then of course there are the popular BDSM novels - anyone ever of heard of E.L. James and Sylvia Day?But my favorite genre to read is Young Adult Paranormal. I love Twilight. It will always be my favorite paranormal series. I adore Lauren Kate and her Fallen series. Another of my favorites is Laurie Faria Stolarz' Touch series. Alyson Noel and Aprilynne Pike and Stefan Ellery are more of my favorites too.So that's my story.What about you? WHAT DO YOU ENJOY READING? I'd love to know.Smiles,Julie
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A Burden of Choice is a Young Adult Science Fiction/Paranormal story with a touch of romance, told in the third person by the two lead protagonists, Amelia and Lee.
Amelia is a high school student whose biggest concern is eating the frozen food her parents leave her and her sister when they leave for Germany for four weeks....Until she gets dragged to a party she does not want to go to. That's when life as she knows it turns upside down and inside out.
When Amelia first meets Lee, she's not sure what she thinks of him. He's cute, but he shows no emotions at all. What's wrong with him? she wonders. And she wonders this throughout a good portion of the story.
But he has his reasons - and the author presents them at just the right time.
Stefan Ellery's characters are three-dimensional and realistic. Character development occurs in not only the two lead characters, but the supporting characters as well - especially with the comical baby-sitter that was paid to watch the teenager and her twelve-year old sister for the duration of Amelia's parents trip.
The author's choice of using an old stone church as the backdrop to the paranormal events provides the perfect atmosphere - irony at its best.
A Burden of Choice is a story that entertains, intrigues, and has you not knowing where the next page is going to take you. I don't know if it is because I am new to science fiction or it was the author's intent, but I could not once expect what would happen next.
Sapphire City by Amy Richie is a Young Adult Paranormal novel that would easily be enjoyed by females of any age. The story, told in first person from the protagonist's point of view, is a tale of deception, magic, love, and...mermaids.
This is the first mermaid novel I'd ever read, and I have to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised while reading it.
Stella is a fifteen year old girl who is drawn to the ocean, but never knew why. Throughout the beginning of the story, we are given clues that something is amiss. The author does this well by showing the reader via different series of events. The fear that Stella's mother displays when she warns her daughter not to go near the ocean is felt by the reader. This is one of the first clues that delves into the mysteries of the ocean that are about to be revealed.
We learn a lot about Stella through her relationship with her friends Jess and Draven. Though we learn to like Jess by the middle of the book, we, the reader, feel Stella's initial apprehension towards her. As is Stella, we are drawn to Draven from first sight. The author depicts him as the perfect hero - - good-looking, compassionate, protective, and a bit perturbed by some of Stella's actions. We even get a nice backstory on Draven that plays well with the plot.
The main story line is developed slowly and timely, leaving us anticipating each turn of the page. Not one page in the entire novel is lacking in suspense. Every word the author chooses is relevant and moves the story forward. Even the characters' delineation is pertinent to the plot. Dialogue is interspersed naturally throughout the story, and the writing is clear, simple, and unflawed.
I would definitely recommend this novel to paranormal fans of all ages. I was engrossed and entertained from page one. And now I want to be a mermaid.
Hooray for Amy Richie - I cannot wait until Book Two is released.
Check back on Saturday, June 15th for my review of Sapphire City by Amy Richie
A Touch of Honor - A seventeen year-old girl with the power to heal, struggles with her own mortality when she finds that healing others is slowly killing her and when her empathic boyfriend's morally corrupt half-brother comes to town, she finds herself falling for him as well. But when a group of evil empaths come looking for Honor, and her grandfather's immortal elixir, the two brothers are forced to work together to help save the one girl they both love.
A Touch of Honor is a product of my imagination - a story that came to me before the man I love was diagnosed with cancer. For months, my stomach was hurting. So, I had test after test to determine why. The doctors found nothing wrong. A few weeks later, my husband went to the doctor and something told the doctor to send him for a cat scan. Long story short, the love of my life ended up with bladder cancer. As soon as we found out, my pain suddenly disappeared. It was as if my body was taking on the pain he was supposed to feel but didn't. So when that thought occurred to me, Honor's story began popping up in my head. Of course it took on a tale all its own once I started writing it. But to me, that's the best part about writing a story - seeing where the characters take it.
Speaking of characters, of course the two main ones were Honor and her boyfriend Ethan. Ethan shows up in Honor's life on purpose, but she doesn't know this. All she knows is that he is always staring at her. Then she sees him following her after school. She's weirded-out by him but eerily attracted to him at the same time. Once she finds out why he is there, she can't help but fall in love with him.
Now for Storm. He was supposed to be the antagonist. The one everyone hated and wanted to see die. However, Storm had his own idea of who he wanted to be, and that changed the whole dynamic of my story. Because of Storm's stubbornness and persistence, he becomes the heart of the story, and that's where it becomes interesting.
I hope you'll take the time out to find out about Honor, Ethan, and Storm and join them on their journey to save Honor's life. (And of course find out who she actually chooses for herself).
Okay - now for the fun part of this hop. Tracy (our coordinator) wanted you to know some things about us. Here are my answers.
1. If you could live anywhere, would you rather live:
c. in the countryI would rather live in the country. I am a pure Ingalls (as in Little House on the Prairie) girl at heart.
2. What would you prefer?
a. salty foods
c. bothI prefer Sweets - all the way!
3. If you were stranded on a desert island, what is one thing you couldn't live without?The one thing I couldn't live without (aside from my husband and kids) is my Kindle. I couldn't live without my books. - Then again, if I had an unlimited amount of ink and paper, I'd love to write all the time too.
4. Choose one of these books.
a. Pride and Prejudice
b. Alex Cross
d. Snow White and the Huntsman
e. The ShiningThis is a hard one, because I love Pride and Prejudice and Twilight equally. But I guess I'd have to choose Pride and Prejudice, because I'm a sucker for anything involving Mr. Darcy.
5. Which word most suits you.
e. anxiousI'd love to say I was carefree or even crazy, but unfortunately, I'm anxious - which I try hard not to be. lol.
6. Tell me something about yourself that might be funny to others? (other than writing)Something funny about me is that I'm not funny. I try to be funny, Lord knows, but any joke that comes out of my mouth falls flat...and sometimes offends. So, needless to say, I don't tell jokes. lol
7. Which group of words explain what you are like the most?
a. fly by the seat of your pants
b. drama queen
c. don't sweat the small stuff
d. footloose and fancy free.
e. Too tightly woundWell, although I am anxious, I am not too tightly wound. I know it doesn't sound feasible because of my anxiety, but I am a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl.If you'd like to find out some fun facts about some other authors, just click on the links below. You'll also find some cool reading material in the meantime. Have fun and Happy Hopping!
Katie McKnight- http://www.writergirlkatie.wordpress.com/
Bonnie D Tharp- http://bdtharp.com
Christine Rice- http://christinerice-author.com/blog/
Divon Delgado- http://www.divonville.com
Cinta García de la Rosa- http://authorsyouwanttoread.wordpress.com
Tracy Kauffman- http://tracykauffman.blogspot.com
Ruthie Derby- http://www.madisonpost.wordpress.com
Catalina Egan- http://4covert2overt.blogspot.com/
Jack Strandburg- http://jstrandburg.wordpress.com
Kathryn Williams-Platt- http://kathrynwilliamsplatt.blogspot.com
It's no secret (to anyone who knows me anyway) that Chris Daughtry and his music played a big part in my writing Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star)...but did you know that MUSIC plays a huge role in ALL of my writing?That's right! I cannot write if I don't have music. It's not that I'm listening to music while I'm writing. My house is too busy for that. But I do listen while I'm driving in my car - and I usually have one song I keep putting on replay. One song for each book I write. It is a process finding that song. That song that fits the mood, the soul, the heart of the story I'm writing. Sometimes the words fit, sometimes they don't, but there's always one song I find while I'm writing a specific novel and I play that song over and over and over during the entire time it takes me to finish that novel.Though there were many songs and themes of Daughtry (and some from Keith Urban) that inspired my rock star romance, one song was the main one - Tennessee Line. The words sort of fit, but the soul of that song hit it right on the head.For Maybe This Life, it was Bon Jovi's Superman Tonight that was on replay for the many months it took me to write it. Yes, there were plenty of songs and artists I listened to, but once Superman Tonight grabbed hold of the emotions I needed to write Rick and Lena's story, you couldn't stop me from hitting that replay button.For A Touch of Honor, don't ask me why, but it was Matchbox Twenty's Parade that set my emotions in motion. Now I am writing the second book in my Honor trilogy - A Man of Honor - and the song that sets my heart on fire is Pink's Just Give Me a Reason. You know, the one with Nate Ruess (the guy from FUN). It totally talks to my point of view character Storm Sutherland. Do the words fit? Not really. But have you heard the song? Holy Moly, the emotions in it are INTENSE. Just take a listen. The pain our Pink and Nate feel grab me by the soul and don't let go. Just like they do for my Storm. Anyway, I wanted to share with you a little of the Behind-The-Scenes to my writing. I hope you've enjoyed it, and I hope you'll give the above songs a try...at least while you're in the process of reading my books. ;)Thanks for your time.Smiles,J.P.