Monday, February 19, 2018

Blogtour: The Tombs





SYNOPSIS

Gangs of New York meets Cassandra Clare in this debut YA fantasy set in 1882 Brooklyn

New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.

Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power—or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on “patients”…and no one knows why.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deborah Schaumberg was born in Brooklyn, not far from where her novel The Tombs takes place. She grew up renovating dilapidated old houses with her family. She and her father would walk the rooms, floor by floor, making up stories about the inhabitants that were filled with dark secrets, monsters, and, of course, ghosts. Deborah is a writer and an artist whose work always has an element of fantasy to it, and since she also studied architecture, settings are equally important. It was on a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal that she imagined a girl with the ability to see energy, and the seed of The Tombs was planted. She collects old bottles, and her favorite holiday is, you guessed it, Halloween. Deborah lives with her family and two dogs in Maryland, just outside DC. Visit her at deborahschaumberg.com.

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Blogtour: Animal Graph






Title: ANIMAL GRAPH

Author: M. Black

Pub. Date: June 7, 2017

Publisher: M. Black

Pages: 157

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, TBD



NOW A SCRIPT FOR MOTION PICTURE 06/2017. SCRIPT REQUESTED TO REVIEW FOR FEATURE FILM DEAL BY TWO COMPANIES 07/2017.



ENTER A WORLD OF ANIMAL GRAPHS in this SciFi FANTASY DYSTOPIA that is also called a "YA AMAZON POST-APOCALYPTIC


never-before-seen-concept in a kind of HUNGER GAMES meets DR. Moreau!"


GET LOST WITH JIN IN A WORLD OF EXOTIC ANIMALS, LANDSCAPES, RIVERS, WARRING GROUPS, AND AN EVIL RULER. When prisoners are experimented on by the ruler of the Americas, after a nuclear war, their cells are grafted with cells and neural tissue from animals of the Amazon. Release to be hunted in the Amazon, to train soldier, Jin finds another Graph like herself named Adan and the two have to survive the Amazon if they are going to live.


Immerse yourself in the gorgeous and dangerous Amazon, find new creatures, learn about new exotic countries, travel the highlands, savannas, and plateaus in this breath-taking, page-turning book, ANIMAL GRAPH.


"AN ACTIVE AND EXCITING STORY THAT WOULD BE ENJOYED BY YOUNG ADULTS AND MATURE READERS. M. BLACK PACKS IN A LOT OF INTERESTING CONCEPTS. FANS OF DYSTOPIAN FICTION LIKE THE HUNGER GAMES WILL ENJOY THIS VERY CREATIVE STORY." -Netgalley


"WOW! WHAT A CONCEPT! I CAN SAY THAT THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK OF THIS KIND THAT I HAVE READ." -Amazon Reader


"THIS WAS AN AWESOME STORY. IN THE APOCALYPTIC FUTURE THEY ARE EXPERIMENTING ON PRISONERS." -Amazon Reader


"M.BLACK’S ANIMAL GRAPH IS MORE THAN A DYSTOPIAN TALE FROM THE CREATIVE GENIUS OF THIS AUTHOR’S MIND. IT RAISES THE QUESTION OF SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, OF LIVING IN HARMONY AND QUESTIONING WHAT IF THE ODDS ARE ARTIFICIALLY STACKED AGAINST THESE NEW CREATIONS." -Netgalley


"ANIMAL GRAPH TAKES A FRESH AND INTRIGUING LOOK AT ANIMAL-HUMAN PAIRINGS" -Avid Amazon Reader


"THE CHARACTERS HAVE EXTRAORDINARY ABILITIES FROM THEIR ANIMAL GRAPHS, BUT THESE ALSO COME WITH WEAKNESSES. IT'S A REALLY GOOD BALANCE." -Netgalley


"IT IS GOOD, VERY STRANGE ON ONE HAND YET THRILLING AND EDGE OF YOUR SEAT! I LOVE THE BEGINNING WHERE THE READER IS IN THE ACTION FROM THE START! I ALSO LOVE THE WHOLE IDEA OF THE GRAPHS." -Reader Review


"THIS BOOK HAD ME HOOKED FROM THE BEGINNING." Netgalley


"YOU ARE ONE OF THE FEW AUTHORS WHOSE BOOKS LEAVE ME WANTING TO READ MORE OF YOUR BOOKS." -Amazon Reader


"GOOD STORY! I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END!" Amazon Reader


"I HAD ANXIETY ATTACKS WITH JIN. IT REALLY BOTHERED ME THAT I HAD TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN TO DO NORMAL THINGS LIKE EAT. LOL." -Amazon Reader


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Review: Jin is such a fun character! I loved this book and the strange world of sci-fi where humans are created with animal graphs. Both Jin and Adan have animalistic characteristics and abilities, but will it be enough to survive? Not knowing who to trust, they are on the run for their lives. Such a unique and exciting story!

About M. Black:


M.Black is Ami Blackwelder and writes for the brand ENTER TOMORROW. She is a Montessori teacher, helps the deaf and hard of hearing, is an avid Pescetarian, believer in animal rights and wildlife conservation, and a lover of books. she is the author of the never-before-seen-concept Animal Graph, and dubs herself the 'Robot Girl' since many of her stories revolve around robots and A.I. She has a Siamese cat names LOTUS from Thailand when she was an educator there and he show sup in all her robot books. She adopted a cat named Ash in the States who also shows up in all of her robot books. She loves reading on Kindle Unlimited and only buys paperback. She enjoys many vegetarian dishes like veggie lasagna and four bean chili. She also likes watching movies, gardening, the beach, and hanging out with friends. Of course most of the time you will find her at home, pounding away at her computer.






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Review: How to Listen So People Will Talk: Build Stronger Communication and Deeper Connections

32510799 How to Listen So People Will Talk: Build Stronger Communication and Deeper Connections by Becky Harling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How Listening Well Builds Stronger Communication and Deeper Connections

No relationship is perfect--but it can be better. The secret to stronger relationships isn't to become more charming or funny or to solve the world's problems or to just try harder. All you have to do is listen. It's that simple.

Yet our noisy culture hasn't equipped us to do this. With warmth and a touch of humor, personal coach and expert communicator Becky Harling shares simple, practical listening tools that will help you become a person others are drawn to and want to spend time with, as well as how to:
- be fully present
- offer understanding instead of advice
- ask great questions
- create a sense of safety and trust
- manage your body language
- and more!

When you learn to listen well, your marriage will grow stronger, your parenting will flourish, your friendships will thrive, and your influence at work will increase. You will be amazed at how one simple act can transform the hearts of others--as well as your own.


*I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

Very well written and insightful. I find times when I struggle to listen, and am quick to speak. This book gives useful and practical ways to practice listening and truly hearing what others have to say. This is my first time reading a book by this author, but I enjoyed how Becky Harling uses examples of her life, and other every day situations to help readers relate to the author, and see how being a better listener can help us in our everyday life. The Bible tells us to be slow to speak and quick to listen, and this book follows that example, and teaches that lesson with encouragement and respect.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Down the TBR #1

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.
Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!
It works like this:
  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go
I'm going to start at 10, but might bump this up to 15 each week in the future (As I have over 5K on my GR TBR... XD) If I don't comment under it, it's because I don't remember adding it to my list. (As my list started in 2012)

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Forging the Sword (The Farsala Trilogy #3) by Hilari Bell.
I remember enjoying this series, but it's been a while since I read it. Still I would like to finish.
KEEP

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The Seer and the Sword (Healer and Seer #1) by Victoria Hanley

REMOVE

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The Travelers (Pendragon: Before the War #1) by Carla Jablonski, D.J. MacHale
I loved the Bobby Pendragon series, but read those at the libraries. I don't plan to buy these, and since the library doesn't have them, I'll probably never read them.
REMOVE

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Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb
I have been meaning to read Robin Hobb's work for a while, but last year I finally bought some of her books, so I'll keep this one.
KEEP

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The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1) by Brent Weeks
I haven't heard this one mentioned, but it has a good reading on Goodreads, and sounds like something I would enjoy.
KEEP

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Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance: Chronicles #1) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
I own this one, and loved their other series, The Sovereign Stone, so I'm hoping to read it soon.
KEEP

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Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erikson
I've heard good things about this series, and mean to read it this year.
KEEP

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
I enjoyed this movie, but it's been years, and I still haven't read it. I'm not likely to forget it, so I might pick it up, but it's just taking space on my TBR.
REMOVE

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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Another one that I loved the movie, and yet haven't read. This one I'm more likely to read, but still I don't think I am in danger of forgetting it.
REMOVE

3636The Giver (The Giver #1) by Lois Lowry
I have heard this one mentioned over and over, yet haven't made time for it. That said, I really want to read it, and hope that this is the year I finally get to it.
KEEP

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My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Wow, guess what? Another movie. Again I would like to read this one, but don't think I will forget it, so it's just taking up space on my TBR.
REMOVE

Sunday's Spotlight: Pitch Dark


27414411 Pitch Dark

Set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound, here is a frightening, fast-paced YA adventure from the author of the acclaimed horror novel, Shutter.


Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space.

Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they want. And they want what’s on the Muir.

Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain on working together, or battling mutant aliens who use sound to kill. But their plan is the only hope for their crews, their families, and themselves.

In space, nobody can hear you scream . . . but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you'll hear.


My Thoughts: I haven't started this one, but it's probably my most anticipated read this month! (Well this and Sky in the Deep if I get to it!) I was approved for a copy on NetGalley, and am also taking part in the blog tour for this title and can't wait to start reading!