The Hunger Games Review

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It’s okay to make fun of how fast I talk, that I use my hands like a crazy person (I blame that on the fact that I use to communicate with sign language when I volunteered back in college), and my silly facial expressions. It’s not okay to make fun of my friend, ’cause I’ll turn into a big momma bear. :)

Have you seen The Hunger Games? Did you read the books? If so, do you agree or disagree with our thoughts?

Guest Sasha Summers

Welcome, Sasha! I read ahead and saw that you mentioned The Hunger Games. I’m soooo excited, I’ll be seeing it today. Woot! My dear frined, Julie, and I will be reporting back on it soon.

Take it away, Sasha. :)

Thanks for having me on the blog Ciara.

I just saw the Hunger Games movies, which made me start thinking about dystopian books – which made me think about paranormal books.  And, if you’re a reader, you know paranormal is huge right now. I know I’m a fan. I read it, watch it on TV and at the movie theater, and I write it.  Yes, my paranormal writing is all about Ancient Greece and Mythology, but I know there’s so much out there. And I happily read any and all things related to the delectable smorgasbord of other-worldly awesomeness that it paranormal.

Take your pick:

Vampires – Whether you’re a fan of the sparkling or non-sparkling variety, vampires show no sign of vanishing anytime soon.

Werewolves – Ditto. A lot of werewolves aren’t werewolves at all though – they’ve become shape shifters. And, I think, that makes them shifters vs. true werewolves?

Witches – Black magic or white magic, they might not always fly on broomsticks (actually I haven’t read a book using that mode of transportation besides a certain boy wizard…) but covens abound on the bookshelf.

Fairy – We’re not talking about the Tink variety either, for the most part. We’re talking about the pseudo human, often sword wielding, fae that have mighty courts, wars, and – oftentimes – forbidden love affairs with non-fae.

Dragons – these magnificent beasts are quite frequently hottie shape shifters centuries old and heavy on the charm.

Goblins, trolls, and gargoyles – oh my! (Sorry, I had to!) Though frequently supporting characters, these little critters offer a whole new realm of possibilities.

I’m a fan – A BIG FAN. And I look forward to seeing where the paranormal world goes next.

What about you? Is there one type of book your interested in? One you’re addicted to?

Or one you’re sick of? :)


Medusa, A Love Story is coming soon from Crescent Moon Press. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s said love can change a person. Medusa wasn’t always a monster…

Medusa is ruled by duty, to her Titan father and the Goddess Athena. She’s no room for the tenderness her warrior guard, Ariston, stirs. When Olympus frees her from service, her heart leads her into the arms of the guard she loves… and curses her as the creature with serpent locks.

Ariston goes to war with a full heart… and dreadful foreboding. He learns too late of the danger Medusa faces, alone, and a Persian blade sends him into the Underworld. But death, curses, nor the wrath of the Gods will keep him from returning to her.

Poseidon will use Greece’s war to get what he wants: Medusa. He does not care that she belongs to another. He does not care that she will be damned. He is a God, an Olympian, and she will be his.

Book trailer:

Thanks so much for having me today Ciara!

Sasha Summers can be found at: TwitterFacebook, Goodreads, Pinterst, and Website


Did I Notice Your Book?

It’s that time of week again. Anyone for a writing experiment?

With all the new tools out there to monitor book sales and blurbs mentioned about their books, I’m going to highlight a new book each week. I’ll post it in the morning. If by the end of the day that author finds her book on this post I want her or him to tell us how they discovered it; word of mouth through the close network of writers, a Yahoo group mention, or through some new fangled Google tool.

Now, how will I choose this book each week? It will be a book that caught my attention. As a reader, I will keep an eye out for something that either provoked me to read the blurb, look at the author’s blog, or purchase said book.

Before I reveal my choice I want to clarify that this author has no idea that I’ve chosen his/her book.

Today, I have a guest choosing the book! Julie, what book did you notice?

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Thanks, Ciara.  I chose Afterlight by Elle Jasper!

Goodreads blurb:

Savannah’s most unconventional tattoo artist, Riley Poe, lives on the edge. Now she’s put over the edge when her younger brother is taken by a sinister cult led by vampires. Her only ally is the hot-tempered vampire Eli Dupre, attracted to Riley’s beauty and rare blood type. To save her brother from certain un-death, Riley faces dangers she’s never dreamed of, ruthless bloodthirsty enemies, and an evil of endless hunger that wants to devour it all…

Julie, what made you choose this book?

I thought the cover was breathtaking because of the color contrasts of the tattoo and the red streaked dark hair.  The girl looks like a heroine I might want to be!  The font for the title of the book was eye catching with a hint of mystery. The entire cover scrams dramatic read and the blurb backs that promise.

Thanks so much for picking the book today, Julie. It was a pleasure having you here. :)

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