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




Book Links:
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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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And now for the trailer...




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!
And now for the cover...
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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. 

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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!
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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


October 9, 2014

Trailer Reveal! ~ Love Overcomes by Angela Schroeder

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Love Overcomes

by Angela Schroeder




Anaiah Press is proud to present the book trailer of Angela Schroeder's contemporary romantic novel

Love Overcomes

Release date: November 4, 2014

About the book:
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? 


And now, for the book trailer…
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About the Author:
AngelaSchroeder

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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October 6, 2014

Book Review ~ One Night in Sixes by Arianne "Tex" Thompson

Disclaimer: I'm friends with the author, but this in no way influenced my review. In the words of crit groups everywhere "Friends don't let friends write crap." Or in the case of review, continue to write crap. Which this isn't. But, I had to get the disclaimer out of the way.
Oh the pretty cover!
One Night in Sixes follows a few different characters, the main ones being Appaloosa Elim (a mule, or mixed-race, horse hand) and Sil Halfwick (a pure-bred Nortman). The initial plot involves Sil needing to sell some horses and deciding to take them across the border to Sixes to offload the beasts to a wealthy buyer. Of course it wouldn't be a story if this was an easy trip, and it only takes "One Night" to start an avalanche of excrement hitting spinning blades in the worst way.

This story is coined as a "rural fantasy" and the setting is much like the old-timey American midwest, except...not. There's an undercurrent of mysticism and magic, and things are definitely not what they seem. The magic here is subtle but promises more in the sequel. Personally, I'd prefer seeing a little more magic-ish stuff right off. There's some in Sixes, but I'm much more excited to see what's waiting around the corner in Medicine for the Dead.

What amazed me the most about this book was the writing. Tex has produced such beautiful prose, and the turns of phrase just make me smile. It was like listening to Mal Reynolds narrate in my head (if you don't know who that is, shame on you. Go watch Firefly this instant). So if you're a lover of language, Sixes is a feast. That being said, it's not a "light read" by any stretch of the imagination. If you've got a toddler running around your heels as you're trying to read, you'll miss something. Possibly something huge. You'll need to put on your thinking cap and devote full attention to the read to get everything out of it, all the delicious subtlety and subtext.

The final word is, I enjoyed One Night in Sixes a great deal. "Westerns" aren't usually my thing, and the only one I really liked was Firefly. So, I'm happy Sixes has enough spec fic elements to keep me turning pages. My hope is to see more of the mystical side come out in book 2.

Side note: Tex rocks. Here's her blog. That is all.