Friday, November 2, 2012

From my Reading List

I'm on a self-admitted reading binge right now. Something about this time of year makes me want to curl up on the couch with a downy quilt and a stack of books. So much so that I'm feeling a bit nostalgic for the days when an actual stack of books sat on my bedside table just waiting for me.

At any rate, here's what I've been devouring over the last few days!

Death's HandDeath's Hand by S. M. Reine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A compelling novel, with tight writing, crisp action and cutting originality. I love the paranormal aspects of it and the cast of characters is lively. Will read more by this author!



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Dirty Blood (Dirty Blood, #1)Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Quirky and interesting YA paranormal. Well, written with enough mystery to keep you reading. Solid start to a series and I'll go on to read the next book most likely.



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The Bellhound Four Tales of Modern MagicThe Bellhound Four Tales of Modern Magic by Camille LaGuire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This story collection is a wonderful glimpse into the author's writing style. I found the stories wholly original, perfectly executed, and fabulously inventive. I will certainly seek out longer works by this author!



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A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends, #1)A Job From Hell by Jayde Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There are several things I adored about this novel...

The word-building between the different factions was so much fun to delve into. The premise of the game was unique and compelling. I loved several of the characters: the unwitting brother (reminded me of Zander from Buffy), the daughter of the Devil, the creepy woman child, oh, and so much more.

I wasn't as enamored by the Vamps, and didn't quite "get" the love connection made, but overall it wasn't enough to overshadow the rest of the book's redeeming qualities. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!



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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Ah, it has arrived. My favorite holiday is upon us and I'm wickedly excited about Trick or Treating with the kiddos tonight! I just wish Hurricane Sandy hadn't sidetracked us-- I didn't get a change to decorate this year :-( Guess I'll have to settle for ogling other peoples decorations!




Don't forget, for the Spooktacular Giveaway and Hop, the last day to enter is today (10/31/12) so get those entries in!

And the Witchy Ebook Promotion is still going on too, so pop on over there to get free and bargain Witch-themed books, and enter the giveaway there as well. (Two $45 Amazon gift cards up for grabs, as well as some other great treats!)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Authors Bewitch Readers With Halloween Ebook Sale

More than thirty horror authors are coming together this Halloween to offer book lovers a bewitching deal on almost fifty witch-themed ebooks on October 30, 31, & November 1, 2012. Bargain hunting readers will find that a spell has been cast, magically lowering sale prices, which will range from free to $2.99 with the majority of ebooks being sold for 99 cents. The complete list of participating authors and their books featuring witches, warlocks, and other seasonally appropriate creatures is available at WitchyEbooks.Blogspot.com and includes links to the ebooks on retail sites.



Although their books share a similar witchy theme, the cauldron-stirring group of authors has approached the subject many different ways, from frightening to fun and from historical to hysterical. Some authors crossed genres, mixing romantic comedy with their witchcraft while others stuck to traditional hard core horror featuring evil witches. Assorted demons, vampires, ghosts, and zombies appear in various books as well.

The promotional idea originated with author E. L. Sarnoff who was looking for a way to work with other authors to cross-promote witch-themed novels and short stories during the month of October. Other writers immediately responded with enthusiasm and ideas including Vera Nazarian who summed up what many in the group felt when she said, "We are gonna rock Halloween!"

Author Alex Owens offered the use of her blog address, WitchyEbooks.Blogspot.com, which thanks to the fact that she gets "goose-pimply with excitement over anything and everything paranormal" she had already dedicated to "featuring all the Fantabulously Freaky witch books" that she could find.  Writer Cate Dean took the lead in compiling all the evolving information on each author's books including, title, link, blurb, and sale price.

So what are you waiting for? 

Head on over to WitchyEbooks and fill your Cackling-and-broom-riding-quota and then some! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Spooktacular Halloween Giveaway & Hop

My publisher, Quirky Gurl Media, is participating in the Spooktacular Blog hop in honor of the Freakishly Fantabulous upcoming Halloween holiday, and the prizes include my novel Kill Me!





Check it out and be sure to register to win! QuirkyGurl.com

Or you can just register below ;-)





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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Last Chance to Enter GoodReads Giveaway for Kill Me!

The giveaway ends tomorrow, so get your entry in now to win a copy of Kill Me over on GoodReads! (Good luck!)


Goodreads Book Giveaway


Kill Me by Alex Owens

Kill Me

by Alex Owens


Giveaway ends October 22, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Cool Way to Help Libraries in Need

While hanging out in the KindleBoard's Writer's Forum (my, that was a mouthful) I stumbled over a discussion thread talking about a website called Fill The Shelves. It was started by a group of authors, many prolific-- so who knows how they had the time to conceive this idea, and then follow through. So far, the charitable group is off to a fabulous start! Check it out, and if you have the funds, do a little to help a library so desperately in need too.

Filltheshelves.org

I get on my children all the time about reading. Once of my greatest disappointments in life so far has been that my own offspring don't seem to have the addiction to books that I did as a child (and still do.) I know how instrumental reading/ books have been in my life, so it saddens me to think that some libraries are so bare.

That a child will walk away empty handed and unfulfilled.

That another life-long reader will be lost because of budgetary cutbacks.


Monday, October 15, 2012

On A Reading Roll!

I don't know if it's my innate ability to procrastinate, or if I'm really trying to avoid making the tough decisions for Book 2 of the Blood Chord Series, but I've read... no, devoured, a slew of books lately. So I thought I'd share what has been occupying my brain the last week or so.


Demon Hunter and Baby Demon Hunter and Baby by Anna Elliott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Good, interesting paranormal premise and plot. Plenty of action and enough inner "Mom" turmoil to make me feel connected to the story and characters. Will read more from Elliot in the future :-)


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True of Blood (Witch Fairy #1)True of Blood by Bonnie Lamer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I loved this book! The magic and her "parental units" situation was unique and well done. There was enough romance to make it more compelling, but nothing I'd worry about my teen daughter reading. I particularly love the bits where the main character is try to learn how to control her magic. Part witchy-magic and part fairy-magic (there is a difference, it seems)this book would be a good choice for snuggling up with by the fire!

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Illicit Magic (Stella Mayweather #1)Illicit Magic by Camilla Chafer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book started off a little wobbly for me. It wasn't the pacing (because a lot happened in the beginning) so I'm thinking it was the amount of backstory woven into the start of the novel.

But after I pressed on, things certainly got more interesting and I'm glad I did read it to completion. The "magic" was neat, and I found the training parts interesting and nicely done. The romance factor during the second half of the book was very nicely done. There is a bit of a cliffhanger ending, but it's not so abrupt as to leave a sour taste in your mouth. Just makes you want to read the next one!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Kill Me is Free on Amazon!

Just wanted to let everyone know that my novel KILL ME has been marked-down to FREE (eBook version) over on Amazon. As they did the marking-down, I have no idea how long the promo will last, so get your copy of the first book in the Blood Chord Series today!

(clicking here will take you to the book's Amazon page)









Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Giveaway on GoodReads for my novel Kill Me!

For the month of October, in honor of the absolute best time of the year (Halloween!) I'm giving away three copies of book one in the Blood Chord Series-- Kill Me. So hop on over there and enter today!


Goodreads Book Giveaway


Kill Me by Alex Owens

Kill Me

by Alex Owens


Giveaway ends October 22, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Monday, September 24, 2012

Falling for Fall All Over Again

Each and every year I'm reminded of how much I love this time of year. Something about it makes me feel more alive, more creative and re-purposed.

I love Fall. The crisp, vibrant air, rivaled only by the painter's palette of hues dappling the landscape.


I love the baking it brings, the warm gooey confections paired with spiced hot cups of decadence.

Source: skinnyms.com via Ashley on Pinterest


I adore the upcoming Halloween season, so much so that I wish it lasted all year. Like the movie Halloweentown, I would sooo live in a place like that! So be forewarned, you're likely to see a great deal of Fall and Halloween themed posts coming from me in the next month or so!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Welcome!

We're still in the process of creating this site, so please pardon our virtual dust!

I'll leave you with a tiny glimpse into my world for now...


***Image snapped during our recent mini-vacation to Natural Bridge, VA. The Safari Park had some of the funniest animals. This little guy was literally right beside the car, just a few feet from me snapping away with my camera from the passenger seat.