December 31, 2014

2014 Wrap Up!

I'll join the crowd with my 2014 wrap-up post. A lot happened this year, one of which is keeping up with this blog (thank you). :-)

Early in the year I lost my job as a Technical Writer. Hey, don't look at me like that. The company kind of went belly-up, so it's not my fault. Regardless, I had a little more free time suddenly open. So, I signed on with Anaiah Press as a Senior Editor which has kept me plenty busy. I signed two authors and finished editing their books this year. The Last Stored comes out in a few days (January 6)! And Grit of Berth and Stone will be out in March.

I also submitted SCHISM to a few small presses, and MuseItUp took me on! My debut book will be out in the spring, so of course I've spent this year doing some edits for my own work. I've also wrapped up the second draft of UNITY (the sequel to SCHISM) and will be ready to send that out to beta readers soon.

In non-writing stuff, I've kept busy taking care of my adorable, wonderful daughter who is now 3.5 years old. I believe kids are so cute at this age because they can also be so naughty. It's gotta balance out, am I right? I've also helped the hubby and encouraged him by cooking lots of cookies at various times. We all need more cookies.

Has anyone else had huge changes this past year? Here's looking forward to 2015!

December 30, 2014

Blog Tour ~ A Character Interview from The Last Stored by Sonia Poynter

Character Interview!

Hey everyone! I've invited Sonia Poynter over to the blog to share some insight into Amber Meghan Peel, the main character in her upcoming debut novel The Last Stored. Sonia, take it away!

Sonia~
I first want to thank you for allowing me to share on your blog. For those who don’t know it Laura was my editor and she rocked it.  I’ve never worked so hard on something, but learned so much. Laura’s keen insight was a goldmine for me. I was truly blessed to work with her!

1.       Who are you, and can you tell me a little about yourself?  My name is Amber Peel. I’m eighteen and recently graduated from high school.  But before all of that, my parents died on an unseasonably warm November night.  Now, I work at the Clothing Emporium. I’ve never fit in, I’ve always felt different.

2.       What weird or freaky thing happened to you recently? What weird things haven't happened to me lately?  But I’ll pick one, this crazy looking bird showed up in my backyard. Its feathers were the colors of the rainbow and its beak pure gold, but that’s not the bizarre part. The bizarre part was the way it sang, not like a bird’s song but actual music. Somehow it showed me things. It showed me a world I’d only dreamed of. It showed me Tali. The bird was called a Wonderlunk.  

3.       You say you never fit in, can you tell me why? I’m not sure I can put my finger on it.  I’ve always felt different, felt I didn’t belong. The kids at school seemed to have friends, but for whatever reason I didn’t.  I always thought it was because of my mom and dad. They were odd like me. I suppose that’s because I’m their daughter. My parents would whisper to each other then shut up when I came into the room.  When other families were going on vacation to Disney World, my family would hike to Brave Rock Falls and camp for the week.  I can’t ever say I had a rotten childhood though, because I loved the forest.  I always felt safe there.

4.       When and where were you happiest? Oh, that’s an easy question. I love the forest and have always felt at home there, something about it eases me.  I took some classmates there once, but they couldn’t be still and just listen. They spent more time on their cell phones than they enjoyed its beauty.  Just looking up into the leaf canopy, and taking in the fresh air lifts my spirit.

5.       Do you think you will ever find love? Maybe, my father always said, “you should never look for love, but it will find you. Love is like a hunter, one day you’ll feel it’s arrow through your heart. You won’t be expecting it, but you will feel it down to your marrow.” He always said funny things like that.  Now that my dad is gone. I think often of his words.  

6.        What is your earliest childhood memory? The forest. I was just a child, but I remember my dad racing through the woods with me in his arms.  For the longest time I thought it was just a dream, but now I think it was real.  Something chased us, black and greasy. It smelled of rotten meat. I cried almost as loud as the creature’s dreadful screams.  Who knows, maybe it was just a dream, my dad said it was, but I swear I saw him shudder when he said it. 


The Last Stored by Sonia Poynter

Surge Anaiah Press

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Blurb

After the sudden death of her parents, making it through the day is a struggle for Amber Megan Peel. In the midst of her grief, an exquisite bird perches on her garden fence and shows her visions of a vivid landscape and a dark lord slouching upon a throne. She thinks the visions are tied to her sorrow. But when a boy flies through her kitchen window to tell her she’s the Last Stored, she wonders if she’s just lost her mind.

Cree of Din is tasked with one job: Bring Amber home. For seven years, Cree has trained as her protector and it is the ultimate responsibility. Failure means Amber’s certain death, and that’s not an option for Cree – especially since he’s falling in love with her.

The Returning has begun. Now all Amber and Cree have to do is enter Tali, a world of unimaginable splendor and equally unimaginable horror, and defeat Lorthis. If they can’t, not only will Tali plunge into darkness, but so will Earth.

Release Date

January 6, 2015 


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Excerpt

Cree climbs onto the railing and extends his hand to me. “Your choice, Amber, you can come or you can stay!” he yells over the roar of the water.

“This is nuts. You expect me to jump?”

“Nuts? No, merely the door.” He beams with anticipation. He seems fine. In fact, his eyes sparkle with the moon’s glow.

My heart skips. My choice. I had another choice. I grasp his hand and crawl onto the railing. My feet slip, and I waver. Cree steadies me with his hand. The water falls in torrents in front of me. Am I really about to do this?

“You can’t go back once you enter. Are you ready? You can do this.”

He looks into the raging waters, then back at me. His cloak swirls around him like Superman’s cape.

“Yes, I can do this!” My heartbeat bangs in my throat. I’m about to jump off of Lovers Leap with a boy I don’t know, along with two little old men who have vanished below my feet. This is crazy, but I’m supposed to do it. Part of me knew it every time my mother and father looked over this very railing. I’m at the door.

Cree squeezes my hand, nods, and we jump. He howls. The feeling of dropping over a roller coaster comes on fast. The water rushes by, cold and wet. I fall.

My chest tightens like I’ve had the wind knocked out of me. I choke and cough, spitting out water. I see darkness, and I feel Cree’s hand holding mine.

Then, a bright light shimmers and glows at my feet, reflecting upward. The sound of the water fades. My lungs fill with sweet air. The light expands, covering me. Wind swirls and holds me up. I no longer fall, but glide upward. A light from above warms my face, and the aroma of fragrant honey hangs on the air. We twist and turn, Cree’s cloak coils around him, my own clothing flapping in the wind.

I giggle loudly and squeal like a child.

Cree crinkles his face and laughs along. The wind continues pushing us through a tunnel. I lift my free hand and try to feel the mist forming around us; it scatters with my touch, only to form again when I retreat. We have increased our speed. Far above me, Dartlin and Fink’s feet come into focus, and they’re whooping with joy.

Then we stop.

We stand in a brick wading pool a few inches deep. Stone replaces the air, which moments before surrounded me. I take in a deep, fragrant breath.

Cree continues to hold my hand. He looks at our fingers still entwined and laughs. “You can let go.”

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Sonia Poynter grew up traipsing through the thick woods of Kentucky. The magic of the forest made her want to write. Currently, she lives in the sleepy community of Pittsboro, Indiana, with the love of her life and God has blessed them both with three amazing kids.

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December 16, 2014

Release Day!! Revenge by Paula Rose - GIVEAWAY!






Revenge by Paula Rose
Anaiah Romance

Blurb:
As a job coach, it’s up to Olivia Foster to ensure her clients work in a safe environment, understand their positions, and serve their employer’s mission. The death of her brother drives her career choice, and she loves her job. It remains her only focus until one of her autistic clients goes missing. Then Olivia’s employer ends her position and adds her to the suspect list, but she makes plans to bring the missing young man home.


Meanwhile, Detective Lt. Phillip Landon is deep into second-guessing his career choice, but his well-honed instincts see major flaws inside this missing person’s case. Surprising contacts, mysterious happenings, and threats can turn deadly. Can he keep Olivia safe, protect his heart, remove the job coach from someone’s target list, and adopt a faith he never knew all while adjusting to the new lives of his old family?


Release Date: 
December 16, 2014







Author Bio:

Paula Rose provides inspiration through Christian romantic suspense stories where "average" families come into extraordinary situations, brushed with life-size strokes of reality and a touch of humor. Born in Philadelphia, she lives in Southern New Jersey with her husband and rescue kitty but often plays amateur photographer in both states.





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December 15, 2014

Book Review ~ Relax, I'm a Ninja by Natalie Whipple

Back again with another book review! I had stumbled upon Natalie Whipple's work when I read Transparent, and low and behold, I needed something else to read while waiting for the orthopedist. (I tore my meniscus in Japan in 2006 and had surgery recently, LONG story.)

Anyway, back to the review.
This cover captures the feel of the book, spot on!
Relax, I'm a Ninja follows the story of Tosh Ito, your regular run-of-the-mill nerdy high schooler, who happens to be a ninja. Oh, and his father is the clan master ta boot. He works hard to maintain his cover as a D&D playing geek so no one will ever know he actually kicks major booty. Ninja also has a really engaging love story that's very believable. Tosh tries hard not to have a crush on his best friend's crush, but love wants what it wants, and the inevitable happens. The D&D play-by-play of the angry dungeon master taking it out on Tosh was priceless.

The best thing about Ninja, is that it reads just like an anime. If you're not aware based on the eclectic nature of my blog, I have a love of anime. Even my own writing has been influenced by a couple of my favorite manga authors, Yu Watase (Fushigi Yuugi) and Nobuhiro Watsuki (Rurouni Kenshin).

The story has action, a little mystery, and a main character who is so utterly teenage boy that I wanna squish him all up. If you like Asian culture, gaming, and fun, I think you'll have a great time tearing through this book.

December 5, 2014

Gotta Gush about KDrama Sometimes! ~ Heirs!





If you remember my gush-fest over Hana Yori Dango, you'd recall that I've gotten in to KDrama (or Korean Drama) as well as my usual fare of Anime, Dorama (Japanese Drama), and various SFF shows. The blurb for Heirs touted it as a fine successor to Hana Dan, so what other motivation did I need?

Well, it had some similar elements, but the show went above and beyond what I expected. I think I may have enjoyed it MORE than Hana Dan. If you know me, that's really saying a lot. What got to me was the subtle and amazing characterization throughout the show. They didn't hit you over the head with these things, but character arcs moved in beautiful ways over the course of the show. Small changes and steps forward illustrated the paths the characters were taking.

Yes, I loved the love story with the main couple, but there's plenty going on with the supporting characters to not only hold interest, but to sometimes steal the spotlight. The ever tension-filled  odd enemy/friend/respect relationship between Kim Tan and Choi Young-Do blew me away. The ending is fulfilling, and the drama really gets to you at times. Also, the inclusion of the heroine's mute mother brought another dimension to the show I haven't seen before. Not only did it clue you in to how someone may live with this affliction, but her personality was surprising and awe-inspiring  at times.

Essentially, go watch this show right now. It's on Hulu for free.

November 27, 2014

Book Review ~Transparent by Natalie Whipple

I was looking for something fun to read, and I stumbled upon a YA Urban Fantasy called Transparent by Natalie Whipple. Short synopsis, invisible girl is forced to work for her father's crime syndicate and then she goes on the run. While that's the plot, most of the interest is in the characters and their relationships, and as we all know, character-driven stories are where my heart beats.

Very striking cover
The main character, Fiona McClean, was born invisible. Seems crazy, but in this world, a drug everyone took to protect them from radiation caused mutations throughout the population. So, nearly everyone has something weird about them--bizarre eye colors, physical mutations, lesser powers, super strength, flight, etc. The powers run the gamut but Fiona is unique. She's the only one with her gift, which she'd call a curse.

What struck me about this book was Fiona's character and how she deals with her predicament. She has a very interesting voice, and a few moments in the book really struck out as an imaginative response to living in her world, her situation, and with the people she knows. The cast of other characters are pretty well rounded too, and they feel real with realistic reactions to what happens around them. (Sorry for being vague, but I'm trying to be spoiler-free).

Unlike most books about super powers, mutants, or super-heroes, Transparent deals with the powers thing like it's just another part of life. "Yeah, that dude over there has super strength, so he's on the track team for the gifted guys." (not a quote, just to give an idea) And it's kind of refreshing not to have everyone with powers be expected to BE a hero, or use their powers for something. In this world, the country is controlled by crime syndicates and people with gifts are usually used by them. So, people tend to hide their strengths instead, but not for X-men mutant-race-relations kind of reasons.

Great imagination, compelling voice, and interesting characters. Transparent is a fun light read. While there's a bit of telling, that's usually a greater problem in first person present tense works. Overall, I enjoyed the book and it was a nice quick read. If you want something fun to just fly through, I definitely recommend.

November 21, 2014

Cover Reveal ~ Grit of Berth and Stone by Lisa dunn





Grit of Berth and Stone by Lisa Dunn
Surge, Anaiah Press

Blurb:

Banished for a foolish mistake, sixteen-year-old Grit of Berth and Stone scorns the loss of her home, her honor, and her only ally. Only the weak worry about such things.
But war is brewing all across Chasmaria, and as a group of rebels pull Grit into their ranks, she begins to question what strength, courage, and honor really look like. When faced with a horrible truth about herself, Grit must either fight her way back to Thresh or live with the blood of the innocent on her hands.

Release Date:
March 17, 2015

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As a child, Lisa Dunn fell asleep to her father’s fanciful bedtime tales and played with her own story ideas during the daylight hours. She now resides in a small southern town with her husband, four children, and an ever-changing assortment of pets. Local librarians habitually thank her for their job security. 


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November 17, 2014

Trailer Reveal ~ The Last Stored by Sonia Poynter






The Last Stored by Sonia Poynter
Surge, Anaiah Press



Blurb:


After the sudden death of her parents, making it through the day is a struggle for Amber Megan Peel. In the midst of her grief, an exquisite bird perches on her garden fence and shows her visions of a vivid landscape and a dark lord slouching upon a throne. She thinks the visions are tied to her sorrow. But when a boy flies through her kitchen window to tell her she’s the Last Stored, she wonders if she’s just lost her mind.


Cree of Din is tasked with one job: Bring Amber home. For seven years, Cree has trained as her protector and it is the ultimate responsibility. Failure means Amber’s certain death, and that’s not an option for Cree – especially since he’s falling in love with her.


The Returning has begun. Now all Amber and Cree have to do is enter Tali, a world of unimaginable splendor and equally unimaginable horror, and defeat Lorthis. If they can’t, not only will Tali plunge into darkness, but so will Earth.


Release Date:
January 6, 2015

.....and now...for THE LAST STORED trailer!




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Author Bio:

Sonia Poynter is a homeschooling teacher, an active youth volunteer, and a writer.  She grew up traipsing through the thick woods of Kentucky often getting lost in the magic of the forest. The woods inspired her heart and her father and mother, a Kentucky Colonel, cultivated her love for storytelling. For Sonia every day is an adventure, providing her with an endless parade of eccentric characters and vivid worlds. Currently, she lives in the sleepy community of Pittsboro, Indiana, with the love of her life and God has blessed them both with three amazing kids.






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November 13, 2014

Love Overcomes, a spotlight on the blog tour!

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Anaiah Press proudly presents
LOVE OVERCOMES by Angela Schroeder
a contemporary romantic novel available on November 4!

Single mother Arabella Mackenzie never imagined that going to California with her sister Clara would have such a huge impact on her life. Since the end of a disastrous relationship, Arabella has been wary of wanting or needing anyone other than her family. But when she meets hunky actor, Jeremy Fowlis, she begins to have feelings for a man for the first time since her three year old son was born. Now, she needs to try to overcome her past and learn to trust again. 
Jeremy is not used to women who don't want to date him, or at least show him off to their friends - he is an in-demand actor, after all. He is tired of the shallow, avaricious attention that he gets from the public, but when he meets intelligent, cautious Arabella, she doesn't even know his name. Arabella’s grounded beauty captivates him instantly, but, he is wary of getting involved with a single mother with a complicated past.  
Can Arabella and Jeremy both overcome their doubts and fears in order to find love? 


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Angela was born and raised in Iowa, in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing.


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Chapter One Excerpt
Shoving back a curl that had fallen into her face, Arabella neatly folded tiny T-shirts to place into her son’s little red Avengers suitcase. Quiet footfalls stopped in the doorway, and she glanced over her shoulder to see her older sister leaning lightly against the doorframe of Liam’s room.
“How’s it going? Are you two almost packed?” Clara asked.
“Almost.” She replied. “I’m just finishing up a few last things for Liam. Are you all ready?”
Clara shrugged her shoulders, glancing around the room as if one of the pieces of furniture might have the answer. She blew out a breath and her voice cracked when she finally spoke. “Yeah, I packed … Then I unpacked and repacked different stuff. I couldn’t really decide what I should wear out there.”
“I’m sure you’ll be fine.” Arabella smiled encouragingly.
Clara pursed her lips. “It’s an exciting opportunity.”
“Well, yeah. Not everyone gets their book turned into a movie.” A grin flashed across Arabella’s face. “So, they actually want Winnie to be there, too? Do they realize he really does eat everything? The studio will be empty before they know it.”
“They want to see the dog that inspired the book. The animal trainer asked if I could bring him.” Clara gave a slight shake of her head and a small smile. “I don’t even know why I have to be out there. I don’t know anything about movies.” She picked up a tiny pair of blue jeans, folded them, and handed them off to her sister.
“I’m sure they want to have your point of view. It makes sense. I read in some magazine that Kelly Martin was an on-set consultant when they made The Afterlife of Lizzie Monroe into a movie. Besides, it’s just a month.” Arabella considered her sister who was now nibbling on her bottom lip. She was glad, for Clara’s sake, that the flight to California was tomorrow. She knew a lot of the stress of the trip was just waiting for it to arrive.
“That was a really good movie. Of course, the book was better.” Clara smiled and visibly relaxed, clearly choosing to move on to a different subject. “We should take the DVD with us. We can watch it on the plane.”
Arabella nodded, her mouth scrunching up. “Have you seen Liam? I don’t know where he put No Hop. If I don’t take that ratty thing he will cry for days.”
“He’s at the farm house getting spoiled. But, I think I saw No Hop on the couch down in the living room. ”
The two of them walked out of Liam’s bedroom and down the stairs. Arabella paused in the living room to collect Liam’s beloved bunny, turned back, and chucked it expertly up the stairs. It plopped on the ground directly in front of the bedroom doors. Clara raised her eyebrows.
“Just want to be sure not to forget it later.” Arabella laughed. “Did you drop off the flower garden quilt to Mrs. Johnson?”
Clara nodded, “She said it was perfect for her granddaughter’s bedroom.”
“Of course it’s perfect. Everyone loves your quilts. How many orders do you have to work on while we’re in California?”
“Only two. I figure if I hand stitch the pieces together during my free time, I can have both the quilts ready to be sewn together when we get home.” They stepped out into the hot, sticky July air and Clara groaned. “Do you think it’s this humid in California?”
“Isn’t it humid everywhere in July? I doubt California is much different than Iowa when it comes to that.” They walked across the gravel drive toward the large farmhouse, leaving their little cottage behind. An enormous white dog bounded up to them, jumping to put his muddy paws on Clara’s shoulders. “There’s our super star. Where’s your side kick, little man?” Clara asked, rubbing the big dog’s ears. Arabella looked at the wet muck on Clara’s shirt and rolled her eyes heavenward.
“I sincerely hope they were not playing together.” Her eyes searched across the large yard until they landed on a tiny, three-year-old little boy covered in mud. A very audible sigh escaped her.
“Good luck with that.” Clara grinned. Arabella watched her sister walk off toward the house while she continued on to her little mud monster.
“Momma, I made a mud castle!” Liam’s white teeth were brilliant against the mud covering his face, and his blue eyes shone triumphantly.
“I see that. We need to get you cleaned up for dinner. Where’s Mema? You were supposed to be with her.”
His muddy hand grasped hers.
“Getting carrots.” He bounced as they walked toward the house. “Mema says I get to go on an airplane.” His voice went a little shrill as he spoke, and his legs bounced a little higher. “That’s true. But, first, you need a bath,” she laughed.
Arabella smiled down at her son. He was the one good thing that she had done in her life. 
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November 10, 2014

Weekend Wedding Whirlwind

This past weekend I ventured up to Pennsylvania to see my cousin get married. First of all, it was a beautiful ceremony, and all the dresses and decorations were gorgeous. I'm so happy for them! Here's the obligatory family photo of me with my brother and cousins (the happy groom is in the middle).

Look at all the happy smiles!
Aside from the wedding, this trip had a lot of firsts for me. It was my first time traveling away from my daughter for two whole days and being states away. That made me nervous because I missed her sweet smiling face. I also went without my husband, just meeting my brother at the airport. So, it felt really strange to be away from everyone. I had a great time though, and my nerves didn't stick with me long.

I did have a couple of "Lea moments" on the flight. In SCHISM, Lea has a fear of flying but does it anyway. During the landing, I essentially relived her freakout in the book. Look forward to reading that. >_^

Finally, my last first was renting a car and driving all over northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania. I drive exclusively in Texas (sometimes Oklahoma), and 98% of my driving is on multi-lane split highways and interstates. Back road, two-lane "highways" in Pennsylvania are totally different! I didn't have a problem, but I definitely noted how things are laid out differently where the world isn't one big flat layer of ground as far as the eye can see. There are these things called hills, and you actually have to use your parking break to keep the car from rolling backward in a parking lot.

Well, now I'm back home and things are normal again. I loved seeing my family, and we have to go way less than 6-10 years before seeing each other again. 

October 31, 2014

Cover Reveal ~ The Last Stored by Sonia Poynter

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The Last Stored by Sonia Poynter
Surge, Anaiah Press



Blurb:


After the sudden death of her parents, making it through the day is a struggle for Amber Megan Peel. In the midst of her grief, an exquisite bird perches on her garden fence and shows her visions of a vivid landscape and a dark lord slouching upon a throne. She thinks the visions are tied to her sorrow. But when a boy flies through her kitchen window to tell her she’s the Last Stored, she wonders if she’s just lost her mind.


Cree of Din is tasked with one job: Bring Amber home. For seven years, Cree has trained as her protector and it is the ultimate responsibility. Failure means Amber’s certain death, and that’s not an option for Cree – especially since he’s falling in love with her.


The Returning has begun. Now all Amber and Cree have to do is enter Tali, a world of unimaginable splendor and equally unimaginable horror, and defeat Lorthis. If they can’t, not only will Tali plunge into darkness, but so will Earth.


Release Date:
January 6, 2015




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Author Bio:

Sonia Poynter is a homeschooling teacher, an active youth volunteer, and a writer.  She grew up traipsing through the thick woods of Kentucky often getting lost in the magic of the forest. The woods inspired her heart and her father and mother, a Kentucky Colonel, cultivated her love for storytelling. For Sonia every day is an adventure, providing her with an endless parade of eccentric characters and vivid worlds. Currently, she lives in the sleepy community of Pittsboro, Indiana, with the love of her life and God has blessed them both with three amazing kids.






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October 20, 2014

Trailer Reveal ~ Hunter by Renee Donne

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Anaiah Press is proud to present the trailer reveal for YA novel HUNTER by Renee Donne.

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Moving across the country isn’t Hunter’s ideal start to her Junior year of high school. She has no friends to hang out with, no beaches to lounge on, and she’s living just a few miles from the secluded hiking trail where her father died when she was a baby.
Living in Wyoming isn’t all bad, though, thanks to Logan, the handsome veterinary assistant at the animal clinic where she lands an after school job. And he seems just as interested in her as she is in him.
As Hunter begins to settle into her new home, she learns more about the circumstances surrounding her father’s tragic death, and it may not have been the accident everyone believes. Something dangerous lurks in the woods, and Hunter might be the next victim.

Release Date: June 9, 2015
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Renee Donne

About the Author
Renee Donne is a native Floridian with a penchant for writing books with a western theme. In her head she's a world traveler and an amateur chef. In real life, she's a hometown girl with an affinity for fine wine and good friends. Her favorite place to write is sitting on her veranda, overlooking the beach.
 
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October 17, 2014

Cover Reveal ~ Bricks by John Davidson

Bricks Banner Today Anaiah Press is proud to present the cover reveal for John Davidson's YA novel BRICKS!
Sixteen-year old Cori Reigns learns that not all tornadoes take you to magical places. Some take your house, your school, and life as you knew it. Struggling to put the pieces of her life back together, Cori learns to rebuild what the storm destroyed by trusting a family she didn't know she had and by helping friends she never appreciated.
BRICKS release February 3, 2015 but you can add BRICKS on Goodreads today!
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About the Author:
Married to my bride for twenty-four years, I have an amazing son and a wonderful daughter. Born and raised in central Oklahoma, I work in education, first as a teacher now in technology curriculum. I write. I read. And in the summer I make snow cones. Find John on Twitter @jdavidsonwrites or connect with him at his website and on Goodreads.
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October 13, 2014

Monday Musings ~ Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)

I decided to attempt to blog weekly or at least regularly, and to do so, I'll try to post something on Mondays. I decided Monday because it's the start of the work week and a good reminder for "hey you, write something!" Thus I give you the first of my Monday Musings (A.K.A. random stuff I feel like talking about). For the most part, this'll probably be random things I've watched or read and some thoughts about it.

Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)

Hana Yori Dango (Hana Dan) is one of my favorite anime/manga/dorama shows. I'm currently watching the Korean version and am loving it! So, I thought I'd share a little about the different versions available. Obviously I'm not the only one who thought this story was great, as it's been remade many times in different formats. Choose your favorite!

The Manga

The original story of Hana Yori Dango came as a Japanese Manga by Yoko Kamio. The title is an idiom "Dango (dumplings) preferred over flowers" which means that something necessary (like food) is more important than something frivolous like flowers. 

Manga Illustration
While I love reading manga as much as the next person, the habit can get prohibitively expensive quite fast. Therefore, I can't comment much on the content of the manga and how it differs from its other permutations.

The Anime

My first introduction to Hana Dan was the anime, which is still awesome.

The Anime!
Now, it's not the "prettiest" of anime, but the story is gripping. It's a romance and it's got drama. I mean Tsukushi gets dragged behind a car because the other kids at school are "bullying" her. Excuse me? That goes WAY beyond the scope of bullying. But, it does give an excuse for great drama. The other thing that stood out to me about this version was Rui (the redhead) and his violin playing. The music had this eerie quality to that really gave the ambiance of the show it's own feeling. I highly recommend Hana Dan the anime if you're into romance and drama.

The Japanese Drama

The Japanese Cast

Many years after the anime came out, Japan produced a live action version. It wasn't 100% true to the story shown in the anime. However, the changes brought a new twist to the story. They focused a bit more on the other members of the F4 (the flower four, or the four hot guys), and their stories brought a new dynamic to the show that wasn't present in the anime. It felt more fleshed out because it didn't revolve entirely around the three main characters (the love triangle). Hana Dan the live drama was so popular, it came back in a second series and a movie.

The Korean Drama

My current obsession, the Korean version!
Korean Cast
What struck me about this one is that it seems the best mix of the live drama version and the anime. The casting has the characters seem more accurate to their anime versions (they "look" right) and it has the same dynamic of showing more of the other F4 guys stories. I think their stories must be in the manga and just not very present in the anime version. Now, in the Japanese and Korean versions, the characters have much different dynamics. It's like the heart of the story is the same, but the exact happenings can vary a great deal. There are always plot elements that pop up in every version, but lots of smaller details are quite different.

That being said, it makes it so you can watch/read all the different versions and still enjoy them. They're all different. There's always something new! And, they give you the feels.

Anyway, that's my random thing for now. Go enjoy Hana Dan. FYI the Korean drama is up on Hulu, which is why I'm watching it now. Have a great week