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Shaman-The Awakening - New Novel [24 Oct 2014|01:53am]

Originally posted by vrmccoy at Shaman-The Awakening - New Novel
Christian Sands is an FBI agent with a unique ability. When his ViCAP unit takes on another serial killer investigation, they soon find themselves in deeper than they bargained for. The killer seems to be ahead of them at every turn. The search for the mysterious killer takes Christian and his unit from the Mysterious Crossroads to the Transcendental Four Corners of New Mexico deep and into the Navajo Nation.

While investigating the case, Christian, a descendant of Cherokee Freedmen, is also undergoing a vision quest or enlightment of his own. As he gets back in touch with his heritage, he discovers that his abilities are much more than he knew.

Shaman - The Awakening is a gripping supernatural thriller, filled with brilliant and in-depth descriptions of Native American culture and shamanistic lore. It will keep you on the edge of your seat! An Amazon Bestseller since it release.


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My novel is published! Make my dreams come true!!! [07 Dec 2012|02:23am]

Mute cover
Yep you heard it right!
My novel has FINALLY been published!!!
So check it out here =  http://www.amazon.com/Mute-ebook/dp/B00AI10SBM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354681119&sr=1-1&keywords=aura+redwood

It only costs $0.99 and you buying this book makes my dreams come true <3
So please please do :D
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Story of the Eye, by Georges Bataille [26 Jul 2012|07:41pm]

Title: Story of the Eye
Author: Georges Bataille
Published in: 1928
Language: English
Rating: 1/5
First review for books1001

Summary from Goodreads: Only Georges Bataille could write, of an eyeball removed from a corpse, that "the caress of the eye over the skin is so utterly, so extraordinarily gentle, and the sensation is so bizarre that it has something of a rooster's horrible crowing." Bataille has been called a "metaphysician of evil," specializing in blasphemy, profanation, and horror. Written in 1928, is his best-known work; it is unashamedly surrealistic, both disgusting and fascinating, and packed with seemingly endless violations. It's something of an underground classic, rediscovered by each new generation. Most recently, the Icelandic pop singer Björk Guðdmundsdóttir cites Story of the Eye as a major inspiration: she made a music video that alludes to Bataille's erotic uses of eggs, and she plans to read an excerpt for an album.

Warning: Story of the Eye is graphically sexual, and is only for adults who are not easily offended.Collapse )
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Anyone interested in a free copy of "The Lady of the Rivers"? [14 Apr 2012|12:12pm]

The Lady of the Rivers Book Giveaway

Reviewed on Fashionista Piranha in December 2011
See also Author Event: Philippa Gregory & The Lady of the Rivers, October 2011

  To celebrate the release of Philippa Gregory's The Lady of the Rivers - the new paperback edition hits bookstore shelves today - the publisher has kindly allowed me to give away two copies of the book to my readers!  If you've not yet investigated Gregory's Cousins' War series, The Lady of the Rivers is a great place to start.  While it's the third book in the series, the story is chronologically the earliest, so you can read it without spoiling the rest of the books!  And if you've already read the first two books in the series...well, what are you waiting for?

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Requesting a read! [09 Oct 2011|03:15pm]

Hi everyone,

I'm the sort of reader who tends to stay within my comfort zone, but recently I've branched out a little and started reading more short stories. I really enjoyed 'Bread and Chocolate' by Phillippa Gregory, and 'Fragile Things' by Neil Gaiman (except it annoys me the last story in the collection is a sequel to 'American Gods', which I haven't read...)

I guess what I'm saying is that I took a chance and it worked out. Now I'm looking to try other genres I don't usually read. There is a crime festival in my town in a month's time, so I was looking for some good authors/books to ease me into that area. Also, I've heard a lot about steampunk, but I still don't completely get what it is. Does anyone have any good steampunk books that really epitomise the genre? Short story recs are also welcome :)

Sorry if recs aren't really what this community does... feel free to delete :) Thanks!
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Banned Books Week (Sep. 24 - Oct. 1, 2011) [28 Sep 2011|04:11pm]

These icons are all variations on three Banned Book Week slogans: "I Read Banned Books," "I Support Kids' Right to Read," and "I Support Teens' Right to Read." If your childhood or adolescence, or that of someone you love, was influenced, empowered, or saved a book, then support Banned Book Week.

From the Official Website --
During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2011 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 24 through October 1. Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982.

According to the American Library Association, there were 348 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2010, and many more go unreported.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2010 were:

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sex education, sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group

Lush, by Natasha Friend
Reasons: drugs, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint

Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit

Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence, unsuited to age group
claim that any of these novels is "unsuited to age group" is ridiculous and dangerous. My personal favorite response to these spurious, fearmongering claims comes from an anonymous mother and librarian on a Banned Books Week blog entry from several years ago: " What may be unsuitable for a lucky child at age ten or twelve or thirteen may have already happened to an unlucky child. Books are the most salient way to make sure that they understand that they are not "unsuitable." What happened to them was."

Make sure that kids and teens, both lucky and unlucky, retain their right to read in your city, school district, and life. Support Banned Books Week.

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The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge [16 May 2011|11:59am]


Release Date: February 22nd, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte
Genre: Fantasy Clockpunk/Steampunk Dystopia Young Adult
Pages: 512 Hardcover
Source: Bought from Borders.

Summary: In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical-born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.

Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way-every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.

Review is spoiler free!

Read more at A Bookworm's Shelf.
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The Oracle Betrayed by Catherine Fisher [13 Apr 2011|01:54am]


Release Date: March 16th, 2004
Publisher: Greenwillow
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 352 Hardcover
Source: Purchased from Goodwill.

Summary: The High Priestess interprets the wishes of the god as conveyed through the Oracle. Mirany serves the High Priestess. But when the god speaks to Mirany, she realizes that the High Priestess does not hear him, that she is manipulating the choosing of a new God-on-Earth for her own gain.

Mirany must join forces with Seth, a young tomb-robbing scribe who knows the secrets and hidden passages of their land, if she is to defeat the treachery that grips the kingdom. But they have powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to destroy them.

Review is spoiler free!

Read more at A Bookworm's Shelf.
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Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John [11 Apr 2011|12:59pm]


Release Date: November 11th, 2010
Publisher: Dial
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Pages: 338 Hardcover
Source: Purchased from Borders.

Summary: (From GoodReads) The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.

The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits.

The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf?

Piper can't hear Dumb's music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.

Review is spoiler free!

Read more at A Bookworm's Shelf.
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General Stock: Books, + Harry Potter, The Caster Chronicles, and Wicked Lovely [09 Apr 2011|12:20am]


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Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë [08 Apr 2011|08:32pm]

One-line summary: Broody McBrooderson starring in Emily Brontë's pioneering work of dysfunctional obsessive lovers may shed some light on why so many chicks dig Snape.

Originally published 1847, approx. 116,570 words. Available for free at Project Gutenberg.

Wuthering Heights", Emily Brontë's only novel, is one of the pinnacles of 19th-century English literature. It's the story of Heathcliff, an orphan who falls in love with a girl above his class, loses her, and devotes the rest of his life to wreaking revenge on her family.

Wait, what? This is supposed to be a romance? Also, lots of people die, so be warned that I am totally including spoilers for this 164-year-old novel. Y"all better respect my review, yo, so chime in and say something - I watched SEVEN versions of "Wuthering Heights" on DVD for you! :PCollapse )

Verdict: Wuthering Heights is one of those novels that most people love or hate. I didn't love it. It's gloomy and full of unpleasant characters, it's written in the stilted, formal prose of a sheltered young Victorian writer, and it's a "romance" only in the original, classic sense. But the moody atmosphere, an unsentimental plot of surprisingly subtlety, and one of the most memorable anti-heroes in English literature makes this a book that deserves to be read. You may not enjoy it, but it's one of those books you should read to understand its legacy and the debt owed by so many later writers: Heathcliff is a modern Campbellian archetype, and Emily Brontë was a genius for creating him.

This was my sixth assignment for the books1001 challenge. Join us and read and write reviews for all those books you've always wanted to read someday but never gotten around to.
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Review: Tiassa by Steven Brust [08 Apr 2011|11:22am]

[ mood | awake ]

Tiassa takes place from multiple viewpoints and within a broad timeline. At the center of the story is a silver tiassa, a figurine with great and mysterious powers that had been created by a goddess. Aliera’s time and space travelling (technically paradoxical) daughter Devera steals (okay, borrows) the object and leaves it with whomever she feels needs it the most. The tiassa has an agenda of its own however and almost has as many adventures as the people (particularly Vlad) that come into contact with it.

The first section is “Tag” and takes place when Vlad was still an assassin and crimelord in the Jhereg. (Vlad is also working on the preparations to get married, and the interactions between Cawti and Vlad are very romantic, even though we know how this relationship ends.)


Here's my previous review for Iorich

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Book & Reading Icon Journal: toreadabook [02 Apr 2011|10:31pm]



I'm very excited about launching this! I've been working on the icons for it for ages, to be honest, because it takes such a long time to read a book/reread to make notes/design 25 icons per book, but I think it's finally ready! I don't know exactly how often I'll post, but probably a few times a week? :)

Today's launch posts:

Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw EVERYTHING, e.lockhart

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1-800-WHERE-R-You [Vanished] #001: When Lightning Strikes, Meg Cabot (Jenny Carroll)

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The hardest novel in the market [01 Apr 2011|02:05am]


The toughest writers of the world are the ones that put that knuckle in storytelling. Blessings goes out accordingly to Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, James Patterson, Walter Mosley, Robert Crais, Donald Goines, Raymond Chandler, Michael Connelly, Elmore Leonard, Dennis LeHane, Ian Fleming, James Ellroy, K'wan Foye, Korede Abayomi, Chinue Achebe, Edgar Poe, Ernest Hemingway, etc. If you've read these writers then you know exactly what I'm talking about, with their gritty tales. I just finish this new novel last night, called Shebang!, and I honestly think it's the best hardcore fiction I've ever read. The storyline is filled with conflicts, police against thugs, and the smooth ladies. This writer (Korede Abayomi) wasn't playing with his characters, because, as a reader, it shocks you (sometimes deeply) when a character you're starting to build a bond with suddenly dies. The Police were the adamant subject of this novel, as it decipher their methods, the methods of the NYPD, used against their fiercest enemies, the common thugs. 

Here's the printed synopsis of Shebang!

Imagine New York City in a state of panic, a frenzy shoot-out in the middle of Times Square, a race war brewing between two gangs, citizens and journalists alike clamoring about the murder-rate, and the NYPD armed and ready to shoot it out with their rivals.., all these stemming from a shocking murder that rock the east-side of Brooklyn.
For hard-nosed detectives like Shawn and Philip, solving crimes and catching murderers is a daily job. But how will they handle chaos and insurgency in the Big Apple? Who will survive, and how will the victory be won?

The shocker - and saddest part - of this novel is when Philip (one of the hard-nosed detectives) was suddenly gunned down, in broad daylight. That's when the chaos in New York City began, with the surviving detective (Shawn) mounting a full force against the city gangs. City-wide raids were enforced, and the insurgents were killed off one by one, in a very stylish way you can only read about. This book is fun.  Forty chapters of non-stop action and suspense.

When my friend first told me about this novel Shebang! , and the writer, i decided to look up his name that night on the internet, and then I clicked on his homepage Koredeabayomi.org   Here I saw that he was offering full digital downloads of Shebang! for free only for that week -  two weeks ago). I downloaded the book, and i was blown away by the first chapters. I continued reading on through my laptop until my eyes got tired from the flashing screen. The next day i decided to order the AUTOGRAPHED copy of the book, from the same website. Simply put, this is the best $12  i have ever spent, especially in this new age, when you can download, and then place an order for the writer's signature; especially one of this magnitude. I'll say no more.

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Castle Lark and the Tale that Stopped Time [27 Mar 2011|02:43pm]


Castle Lark and the Tale that Stopped Time by Zelda Leah Gatuskin

4/5 stars

Synopsis: In a surprisingly cheery post-earth evacuation story, two teenagers return to explore earth as it repairs itself with a mysterious Vine. Everyone seems to have different intentions for how to deal with the Vine, but it has a master plan all its own. Science-fiction and Fantasy.

Review: The was a surprising look into not only what might happen to the planet if humans have their say, but also into ancient earths past. This story really has it all- wizards, hover cars, life on mars, mystical plant life, romance, hope for the future, and a nicely pulled of happy ending. While Gatuskin seems to enjoy weaving multiple new layers into her story at any given moment, there are a few things she does absolutely perfectly. The distinction between the children who were born on mars, and the parents who evacuated earth as children is painted with both amusement and longing for the world they’ve never know. Gatuskin understands the principles of science fiction perfectly and the story shows it. 

Other notes: I picked up this book precisely because it had a dismal review from Library Journal (deciding when to trust book critics is my new mission). I was really happy to find out the review was wrong. While the book does have a slow start, it is definitely worth the read as the ending is so intricate and well done. However, if you are looking for a copy of this book, you won’t find it on Amazon- I borrowed my copy from a friend, and I’ve been told the only way to find it is the author’s website, http://www.amadorbooks.com/books/caslark.htm . It is a rare find, but definitely a good one. I plan on reading some of Gatuskin’s poetry when I can get my hands on it. 


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Message for privateskylark/moderators [08 Mar 2011|07:35am]

[ mood | annoyed ]

Hi, a spammer of some kind has been targeting my posts.(I'm on your community "bookworming") I wanted to contact you via private messaging, but it doesn't seem to be activated.

The spammer's user id is: ringhurgest

I don't know whether he's targeted other people's posts but he's also been leaving his ads on my LJ as well as on posts in the community. (I banned him from my LJ subsequently.) Would you be able to ban him from the community?

Also, you have your journal set even on your "ask me to friend you page" to "only friends can comment." This makes it difficult for me or anyone else to leave a message or report spammers.

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Book Reviews: Summer's Knight, Dragon Sword and Wind Child and Darwin's Children [01 Mar 2011|12:34pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

As a result of the events of Grave Peril, Harry is something of a sad sack. He has not had any cases since then, he overdue on his rent, and he is occasionally a target of assassination attempts from the Red Court of vampires. On top of the war between the White Council and the Red Court of vampires, a second war is about to start--this one between the Summer and Winter Courts of the Sidhe. As usual, Harry is in the middle of it.

Tales of the Magatama Book I: Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara, translated by Cathy Hirano

Our Heroine is a young woman named Saya who was found lost and wandering in the forest as a small child by an older couple. She has no memory of her home aside from terrible recurring nightmares. As far as she knows, she has always lived in the land of Toyoashihara, a kingdom a kingdom ruled by the children of the God of Light, which is eternally at war with the Goddess of Darkness and a nation of people known as Ground Spiders.

Darwin's Children
by Greg Bear

In this sequel to Darwin’s Radio, Mitch and Kaye are in hiding with their daughter Stella, who is one of the “virus children,” who had been born as a result of “Herod’s Flu.” Mitch and Kaye are in hiding because most of the world is deathly afraid of the children and have been rounding them up and confining them in special “schools.” (They may have reason to be frightened, since a handful of the carriers of the original plague are living disease factories and have to live in complete isolation.)

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver [23 Feb 2011|11:31pm]

The Blurb On The Back:

If you were told love was a disease, would you take the cure?

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the ends of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.

Then, at last, they found a cure.

Now, everything is different. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable and happy.

But then, with only ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable ...

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The Verdict:

The first in a YA dystopian science fiction trilogy, this book has a great premise and the writing is lyrical and packed with emotion. However the story itself is a bit too predictable for me and at times feels like a checklist of events that need to be ticked off. Also the pace itself sags at times and a key scene towards the end overstretched credibility. The cliffhanger ending is intriguing enough to tempt me to read on, but this isn’t a must-read book for me.

DELIRIUM was released in the UK on 3rd February. Thanks to Amazon Vine for the ARC of this book.

Cross-posted to bookish, books, cool_teen_reads, sf_with_bite and yalitlovers.
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Two Book Reviews [22 Feb 2011|04:34pm]

[ mood | awake ]

Please Stop Laughing at Us by Jodee Blanco
Please Stop Laughing at Us is the sequel to Jodee Blanco's book Please Stop Laughing at Me, a memoir of her experiences with being bullied when she had been in school. This book deals with the reactions of her former classmates when they read the book, and her decision to go on a speaking tour to talk about bullying at various schools. It is also about her relationship with a former classmate, whom she begins to date and eventually marries.

Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
The origin of Black Heels and Tractor Wheels is that food and home blogger Ree Drummond started posting the story of how she met and married her husband on her blog The Pioneer Woman in installments. After receiving
many positive comments, she decided to turn the entire story into a book, with some additional details not included in her series of posts. I mostly decided I wanted to read this book because I completely adore the blog that Ree Drummond writes (my cooking ability tends to be hap-hazard, but I am a cooking show and blog fanatic). I was not disappointed in the least.

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Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen [19 Feb 2011|08:25pm]

The Blurb On The Back:

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counselling. On a routine trip to their counsellor, they notice a few odd things – the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counsellor, Dr. Kelly is ripping out her previous client’s throat.

Meet the zombies.

Now Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. But just because there are zombies doesn’t mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don’t eat their brains first, they might just kill each other ...

Married With Zombies: a romantic comedy with ... Braaains!

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The Verdict:

The first in a new zombie rom-com series, this is a smoothly written zombie apocalypse novel but for me neither the romance nor the comedy elements quite came together. The premise is good and I’m enough of a fan of the genre to want to read on, but I came to it with hopes that weren’t quite met.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for the free copy of this book.

Cross-posted to bookish, books, and horror_novels.
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