A Thousand Doors Edited By: J.T. Ellison

A Thousand Doors Publishing Date: November 5, 2018

Description from the publishers through Netgalley

 

My Review:

I think it’s fair to say that I am OBSESSED with this story and the way it was written.  I love J.T. Ellison’s work already but this idea of starting a story and asking some of the best female authors around to add pieces to it is Genius!  Each snip-it of Mia’s life was captivating and a pleasure to read.  I was so invested in this story, I couldn’t out it down.

Although this is considered an anthology, it is unlike any I’ve ever read before.  I am not a fan of short story anthologies usually because of the lack of flow but this one is PERFECT!  I can’t gush about it enough.  Please pick this one up, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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I received this E-ARC from the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Wedding from Hell parts 1 & 2 and Consumed by: J.R. Ward

The Wedding from Hell part 1                The Wedding from Hell part 2

These are two prequel novellas to J.R. Ward’s newest series Firefighters that stars with Consumed.

I have only read the Bourbon Kings series by her and loved them.  I was so excited to be approved to read the advanced copy of Consumed.  I was then contacted by the publishing house to read the prequel novellas.  These two stories are about the wedding of a fellow firefighter.  Unfortunately, no one in the fire house wants this wedding to happen and as you read the first book in the series, you can see why.

Consumed

Description from the publishers through Netgalley

My Review:
I absolutely loved this story.  I was hooked from the very first page.  Anne and Danny had a working relationship to admire and their story is a heart-wrenching one.
It was the perfect balance of mystery, intrigue and romance.  J.R. Ward has a way of writing romances that makes your heart race a bit.  I can not wait to read this series and I am going to pick up one of her other series as well, I am just not sure which one yet.  Any suggestions?
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Check out this new tool: Archivos Created by: David Robison Nerd Blast & GIVEAWAY

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Please visit all stops on this nerd blast tour: http://www.jeanbooknerd.com/2018/09/nerd-blast-archivos-by-dave-robison.html

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With ARCHIVOS, storytellers are empowered to be the architects of their stories. Through an interactive visual representation of an entire story world, storytellers and fans can examine the interconnections between characters, places, and events. Produced by Wonderthing Studios, ARCHIVOS provides – at a glance – a deep appreciation and comprehension of the interaction between story elements composition, superior to any wiki or blog.
 

DESCRIPTION
ARCHIVOS is story mapping and presentation application developed by Wonderthing Studios, designed to support storytellers in the creation and promotion of their story worlds.

HISTORY
Wonderthing Studios LLC was founded in January 2015 by David Robison to celebrate and foster the storytelling community in all its forms and facets. The studio develops multiple channels of engagement – from podcasts to board games to software – in order to support storytellers and provide tangible opportunities for the creative community to interact and share wisdom and experience.

ARCHIVOS has been in development for over a decade, built upon the idea of a visual representation of the network of interaction between story elements. It’s creator, David Robison, conceived a framework of documentation and relationship that would articulate the dynamics of a story setting more effectively than any wiki or blog. The application serves as both a development tool for narratives as well as a presentation framework for sharing those narratives.

THE STORY WEB
Explore the associations and connections between story elements with The Story Web. This interactive display allows you to analyze the networks of association in your story setting and navigate its length and breadth with a few clicks of the mouse!

THE LIVING MAP
Highlight the significant events and locations of your story world in the Living Map. Geography, city maps, floor plans can be showcased in this interactive and searchable display.

THE TIMELINE
Chronicle the significant events of your story world – from deep history to current events – and then explore the entire continuum on the Timeline! Zoom in to see days or zoom out encompass decades, ensuring continuity and consistency across your story setting.

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Praise for ARCHIVOS

I am very excited by the potential of Archivos for authors and storytellers of all stripes. I am truly enjoying watching Archivos evolve! ―Mary Layton, Author

There’s no better way to get a visual recap of any story than there will be when ARCHIVOS hits the streets. Watch out. ―Jay Swanson, Author, Vlogger, and Chronic Transient

Archivos provides individuals and organizations with an extraordinary tool, one where the structure and breadth of a narrative can be deftly visualized, shared, and explored. My team of creators is delighted to be working with Archivos and making use of their fantastic system! ―A. David Lewis, Comics for Youth Refugees Incorporated Collective

Dave Robison

ABOUT THE CREATOR
 

Dave Robison is a storyteller who has been captivated by tales and legends his entire life.

He’s contributed vocal fabulousity to dozens of audio drama and fiction productions for EscapePod, Pseudopod, Cast of Wonders, and Podcastle, as well as The Drabblecast, StarShipSofa, Tales to Terrify. He has narrated several audio books for Tantor Media, J. Daniel Sawyer, Scott Roche, and John Meirau and appeared in audio dramas by Jay Smith and Bryan Lincoln.

As a child, he wrote Curious George and Paddington Bear fan fiction to the indulgent delight of his family. He was drawn to the immersive storytelling of live theater at an early age, participating in community workshops and school productions, a passion that continued through high school and college. He was also drawn to role-playing games which led to a deep appreciation of speculative fiction, cutting his genre teeth on Robert E. Howard, Michael Moorcock, and JRR Tolkien.

He attended the University of Michigan, majoring in Theater and Dance but transferred to the University of Wyoming when tuition costs got too expensive. Securing his Theater degree, Dave pursued a degree in Graphic Design and, in the years that followed, worked at dinner theaters, design studios, and ran a used bookstore. When he was hired teach computer classes at New Horizons Computer Learning Center, it began a decade-long exploration of programming, education, and web development.

In 2012, Dave launched The Roundtable Podcast with friend and colleague Brion Humphrey. The podcast gave writers the opportunity to brainstorm their story ideas with established authors and editors like Lou Anders, Cat Rambo, Kameron Hurley, and Hugh Howey. The unique format combined with Dave’s over-the-top delivery and enthusiasm earned the podcast a small but dedicated following.

In 2015, Dave formed Wonderthing Studios, LLC and brought the Roundtable Podcast under its banner. The studio is the launching point for several creative endeavors including Vex Mosaic, a monthly review of essays inspired by speculative fiction media, and Manifest, a board game combining the positional strategy of chess with the fantastical diversity of Magic: The Gathering.

In 2016, Dave was honored to be invited to help lead The Ed Greenwood Group (TEGG) as its Vice-President assisting in the initialization of the diverse processes required to execute a massive shared world collaborative storytelling publishing venture. Later that year, he was appointed Executive producer of Onder Media Group (OMG) overseeing the development of multiple media channels that celebrate speculative fiction culture in all its forms and facets.

In 2017, Dave released Archivos, a story mapping and presentation tool, through Wonderthing Studios.

 
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WEBSITE: https://archivos.digital/
TWITTER: 
@ArchivosStories  
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ArchivosStories/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/archivos.stories/

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GIVEAWAY:
Giveaway is open Internationally | Must be 13+ to Enter
 

– 1 Winner will receive an Exclusive 1-year free of ARCHIVOS (at any level) service. 

 1 Winner will receive a $25 Dollar PayPal/Amazon Gift Card.
ENDS: NOVEMBER 12, 2018
This is an amazing tool for Authors and readers alike.  Check out the YouTube video:
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Under My Skin by: Lisa Unger

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Description from the Publisher

MY REVIEW:
This is the second book that I read from this author.  I read Ink and Bone and reviewed it on my blog.  I enjoyed this new thriller but thought it was a bit too long.  I had a hard time getting into the story but was compelled to finish it to see how it ended.  I wish there were more realistic, thrilling moments in this book and not just at the end.
I don’t want to say too much about this book as it is a thriller and the best way to go into them is blindly.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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A Spark of Light by: Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light

Description from the Publisher

Jodi Piccoult has a way of writing about controversial topics and invoking beautiful conversations.  This latest novel is no exception.  Abortion is a hot button topic and has been for many years.  I did not find the story to be a solicitor of anger; or take one side over the other.  I really was invested in this story and its conclusion.
What I find interesting and had a bit of a hard time getting used to was the fact that the story was told backwards.  It took a while to get a grip on that but once I did, I was in it.
Hugh’s role in this book as not only the hostage negotiator but a parent and sibling to two of the hostages was a twist to the “regular” trope of hostage negotiator.  It was so well done.
I must confess that I have already gone out and purchased a beautiful hardback edition for my bookshelves.  This is up there with my other favorite Jodi Picoult novel, Nineteen Minutes.  
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received an E-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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When Elephants Fly by: Nancy Richardson Fischer Blog Tour & Giveaway

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Take a look at the stops on this Blog Tour: http://www.jeanbooknerd.com/2018/08/when-elephants-fly-by-nancy-richardson.html

When Elephants Fly

SYNOPSIS
 

There are some battles worth fighting even if it means losing yourself.

T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she’s not developing schizophrenia.Genetics are not on Lily’s side.

When she was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. And a secret has revealed that Lily’s odds are even worse than she thought. Still, there’s a chance to avoid triggering the mental health condition, if Lily can live a careful life from ages eighteen to thirty, when schizophrenia most commonly manifests.

But when a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty, Lily can’t abandon the story or the calf. With Swifty in danger of dying from grief, Lily must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, on a desperate road trip to save the calf’s life, perhaps finding her own version of freedom along the way.

 

Praise for WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY

“Nancy Richardson Fischer has managed to combine so many important topics-family, mental illness, extinction, animal welfare, and adolescence-into an accessible, moving and extraordinary story.” ―Ellen C. O’Connell, Executive Vice President, Global, Space for Giants

“This book was an absolute pleasure to read. I encourage everyone to read this inspirational book and discuss mental illness and tolerance and the need to improve wildlife protection.” ―Katie Rowe, Pritzker Genius Award nominee, Co-founder Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

“This moving coming-of-age adventure story is a captivating page-turner that crescendos to a valiant and surprisingly delightful conclusion filled with hope for both humans and elephants.” ―Patricia Sims, Filmmaker, When Elephants Were Young. Founder, World Elephant Day

“When Elephants Fly is a compelling read, beautifully threading the complex relationship between mothers and daughters, mental illness and elephants.” ―National Book Award finalist Carrie Arcos

“Not only does this book show the reader the perils of keeping elephants in zoos and having them perform in circuses, it does it with heart, grace, and imagination.” ―Nina Berry, author of The Notorious Pagan Jones and the Otherkinseries

“Unlike anything I’ve read before in YA, When Elephants Fly is both a fascinating adventure and a stirring coming-of-age novel. There are few clear heroes or villains, and no easy answers for Lily as she moves into an uncertain future. The bond between elephant and girl is deftly wrought-reminiscent of Alec and the Black in Walter Farley’s classic, The Black Stallion, but for an older, contemporary audience.” ―Sara Zarr, author of Gem & Dixie

My Review:
This was a heart warming story about a young girl who must try to find her own path in life no matter what circumstances are put in her path.  T. Lily has been checking for signs of schizophrenia every year on her birthday.  As long as she “aces” the mental health quiz, she knows at that moment, that she is ok.  But how can someone live their life like that, always in a constant state of fear and trepidation?
When her internship as a journalist for the newspaper puts her in the path of a newborn elephant, little does she know that this baby calf with the celebrity name will change her life forever.
I was hesitant about this story when it first began but I quickly became invested in it.  It is a touching story that brings so many issues to light; abuse, mental illness, animal neglect and awareness.  I am in awe of what Nancy Richardson Fischer has accomplished with the writing of this book.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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Nancy Richardson Fischer
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

I was born on the east coast and went to Cornell University. After college I worked as a writer for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. It was a fun first job and I learned how to write quickly, and also that when elephants sneeze on you it’s very (VERY) messy. After a year in the circus, I moved out west. I lived in Aspen, Colorado where I skied as much as possible and worked as a waitress in a Mexican restaurant. Great experience but I learned that waitressing is hard (HARD) and I’m not very good at it.

After Aspen, I moved to San Francisco, California where I worked as a writer for University of California, San Francisco and wrote freelance for LucasFilm. At UCSF I learned that sitting in a cubicle under fluorescent lights dulls my soul. LucasFilm taught me that writing freelance, especially fiction, is fun (FUN). So I headed to graduate school in Boulder, Colorado to further hone my skills.

For the first part of my freelance writing career I wrote sport autobiographies. I’d visit and travel with an athlete like Monica Seles, Bela Karolyi, Nadia Comaneci or Apolo Ohno and then write their book. It was a terrific job, but after ten years and tons of incredible experiences I got tired of writing other peoples’ stories and not my own.

Today I live in the Pacific Northwest with my amazing husband, Henry, and our mostly loveable (but sometimes vorpal) Vizsla, Boone. When I’m not conjuring a story, I love to kite-board, bike, ski or plan adventures with Boone and Henry, who both make me laugh for different reasons and who are the best partners in fun a gal could ever imagine.

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WEBSITE: http://nancyrichardsonfischer.com/
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/98412.Nancy_Richardson_Fischer
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/The-Key-Trilogy-189837201104472/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/nancyrichardsonfischer/

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GIVEAWAY
Giveaway is open Internationally | Must be 13+ to Enter
 

–  3 Winners will receive a Copy of WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY by Nancy Richardson Fischer. 

ENDS: OCTOBER 8, 2018
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Lies by: TM Logan

Lies

Description from the publishers through Netgalley

 

My heart hurt for Joe and then when it dd, I didn’t really know if it should or not.  Was he an unreliable narrator?  Damn, this was a good story and I highly recommend it.

I gave it 5 crowns.

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