ANNOUNCEMENT: COMING SOON

BOOK REVIEW BLOG:

 

Hi bloggers and readers !  Guess what?  Coming back to post is your favorite blogger. I hope you have had an enjoyable time this year because summer is coming up and I thought what a great time to start a book review blog. In the beginning it will be slow and touch and go but hopefully it will be the greatest review you have ever read!  Cool Beans huh?!!

So  a little housekeeping rules here.  The reviews will be our honest opinion and if we feel we can’t give an honest review we will let you know.  If for any reason there is any money or other compensation given we will let you know via our declaration at the end of the review.

Please be advised we will not be reviewing any lgbt novels; pornography, erotica (unless written by the author(s) of the blog); and science fiction (unless chosen by the reviewer in question).

The two reviewers will be myself, Nicole Harmon and my friend Ivory Moseley.

Look to see Ivory Moseley’s biography to be seen soon.

Looking forward to seeing you all over the coming months. We welcome questions and suggestions. From time to time you will see virtual book tours with giveaways and the like. Please participate and enjoy!

FOR THOSE IN THE KNOW: Reading increases your knowledge of yourself and the world around you as well as increases your fantasy.

Until next time!

 

XNote Desktop Application

This is a test of this new software I just downloaded. For those who write you know that when we are on a deadline time is of the essence. But what of those times when time is just for continuing writing a novel or also writing a speech. Not for a deadline for a piece owed to a magazine or publisher. What about the times when we can’t seem to find the time to do any writing at all in a 24 hour period? Well this might help out with that.
In the current issue of Writers Digest for July, 2013 in the article “Game Changing Moves” one of the contributors a Tamara Linse, (www.tamaralinse.com) wrote that she started using this because she couldn’t find the time to write. So what she started to do was use this software called XNote desktop timer (www.xnotestopwatch.com) to keep track of her writing or at least make her write for an allotted time. And she continued to do this for a while and found out that it helped her write and she has since completed novels.
For me, my problem isn’t necessarily finding the time, but taking the time out actually. I can write at any time of the day but when does it help me out to just write flat out? Sometimes I can write and get a really good story or chapter out of it. That hasn’t happened lately.
Right about now I am at 7 minutes and 10 seconds. Hold on I am stopping the timer now to start over in a timed mode. Now I am starting for a ten minute timed mode.
Now apparently this is supposed to play the song that I added into my parameters for the program when my ten minutes are up. And at the end of it, I am supposed to have a ledger which denotes my time and how long I had used it for. Let us hope it works.
I am still reading the Writer’s Digest Magazine and I am now on the article about Kimberla Lawson Roby. She was an author who started out as a self published author and sold many novels and held a space on the best sellers list. She was also honored by the NAACP Image awards for her novel of fiction The Reverends Wife in 2012. I believe that she is a writer that many people can learn from. You should check out her interview on pages 44 through 47.
That leads to another question- how do I handle an author interview? I am a new author, just published, not well known in the industry but would like people to know me and my work. So how do I handle that request and that subsequent interview? Maybe I should fly by the seat of my pants which you could do. Or you could follow some simple steps that may help you out. When getting the offer and considering it you may want to ask the person doing it, if it is okay that you give her some questions for you to answer. This will give you familiar ground to start from and also will make you comfortable. No you are not taking the interview away from the interviewer. You would just like to know some of the questions coming at you. If the interviewer doesn’t mind then that is a way to handle the interview. You already have some of the answers prepared in your author biography and question and answer section for the media on the novel. Another prep you might want to take is to actually watch the television show or listen to the radio show that you may be appearing on to get a feel for one the interview and how they react and interact with both their guests and their listeners and/or audience watchers, two the types of questions that the particular interviewer is prone to ask her guest and three if there is a call in section how that call in section is handled. This again gives you familiarity with the area you are now in. Another and last prep is to make sure you have a good night’s sleep, a nice cup of coffee in the morning, that you go to the bathroom prior to your interview and do not have to go during the segment which includes you and also so that you are on point for your interview.
Okay I have two minutes and counting now guys. It isn’t as easy as it sounds to write by timer. Because when that beep goes off you have to stop what you are doing. But not indefinitely, just until you turn it off and if you want to continue writing then do so. Me personally, I like the untimed version because then I can write and keep track of my time for when I sell it. Meaning when I write for someone on assignment and they are paying me to write. Guru a freelance website (www.guru.com) also has a timer as well that takes snapshots of what you are doing on the computer screen. It also will give you a print out for you to write as well. Okay song started. Wait.
A little bit about the program, if you are looking for the entire song to play- don’t. It only plays a portion of it. Your time ledger will look like this:
1 2:15:28 PM 100.0% -55886:14:17.27 100.0% 7/22/2013 2:15:28 PM
And you can continue to track your time. If you want to add a note it will look like this:
1 2:15:28 PM 100.0% -55886:14:17.27 100.0% 7/22/2013 2:15:28 PM 7/22 first time to test
And you can keep track of start, stop, problems all of that here.
I think this will help me out; outside of Guru. I need to be signed into Guru when working on a project for them; which is my proposal is accepted then it will be used. I haven’t actually gotten an assignment yet through them but have been solicited. It isn’t easy trying to make your own way but it is also time consuming. A lot without pay and/or a clear understanding of what it is you may need but you know what it is you want and people will help you out.
So these are two ways of keeping time of your work as you write for money if this is needed to get paid. For those who get paid by the hour it’s a great system. For those who want a timed writing experience to take a couple of minutes out of each day it is also a good way to write. You choose which is “write” for you.
Time for me to be leaving though. My bathroom is finished. Just letting the floor dry before I do my sink and the tub is for later anyway. So I shall hopefully see you later on the blog with comments or just as site visitors.
Thanks for reading my blog and hopefully for continuing to read my blog.

Note: This is not a solicited product review but one done as I need to use a program like this. So I did not pay for the product but if I choose to, then I register and pay. For those who are interested, check out the website listed and decide. I think it is a good product to utilize.

Book Review: Elysian Dreams “Where the Past Meets the Present” by BJ Neblett

Elysian Dreams Book Cover Book Title: Elysian Dreams “Where the Past Meets the Present”

Author: BJ Neblett

Publisher: Brighton Publishing

Buy Link: http://goo.gl/LRo62

Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Review:

Long time we been here some of us. One hundred years old and the stories they tell are of years past and present. This book is the same. Do you remember:

Stutz Blackhawk (car)
Louis Meyer taking the flag at the Indy
Gene Tunney KO’s Henry in the 12th
Billy Maharg fixing the World Series in ’19. (found in various pages in the book)

This book takes you through snippets of life history. He talks of memories about a car to the World Series. He speaks of a ladies life based on journal entries. He speaks of abortions and trips to Mars with a colony where its hard to have children.

It is an interesting read. Well written and entertaining. Although a bit slow for me at times, it maintained my interest because of the historical connections he used plus my interest sparked by what I had read.

I recommend this novel as a good winter read when your stuck in the house snowbound.

Please be advised that I recieved payment for doing this book review from the author.

Article of Interest and Other Interesting News and Updates: May 2013

Hello fellow readers. Been busy since Christmas. I am late in some of my book reviews that are owed. So I am doing them now and completing them. I have one to complete today and get the okay to post. I have another to finish the book and post right afterwards. I am also for those interested in a book club where our first book is being read. We have a meeting scheduled for this Thursday at Starbucks. If you would like to attend but are unable because don’t live in the area, please send me your email address and I will invite you to sit in via the internet. Please keep in mind I have room for two more persons only. Please send the email to teritru@live.com.

So you know how writers all like to find programs to help them write their novel and keep track of all their scenes, characters, new ideas, backstory, red flags and all- well I have found a couple of programs myself. But some have written a review on Scrivener the new program out by Literature and Latte. I am posting the link for you from a man who has been using the software for a year. Here is the link: http://ajreissig.hubpages.com/hub/USING-SCRIVENER-TO-WRITE-YOUR-NOVEL. I suggest that you guys read it and think about it. I have heard of it but I downloaded two other programs actually. I downloaded the Writers Scribe 4.1 which is helping with freelance assignments. It keeps track of when you sent it out, when you got notification back about being published and also money. I think it is a good tool for freelancers. The other program I downloaded was YWriter 5. And I uploaded my novel to date and it fit right in there. Now I am using it to continue until I finish.
So check those all out.

I have found some new friends and other programs. I have to say I really like Cisco WebEx Meetings for the online meeting. You can see the other party online, not necessarily camera unless you choose, and you can give them access to your computer so that you can do presentations all from the comfort of your own home or wherever you are at during the meeting.

I got my first two Writers Digest Magazines. Not finished reading yet but hopeful.

So I hope the article helped you out. I also hope that you check out the other programs. And if you decide to use them please let me know. This way we can compare notes. I am too planning on another computer to download Scrivener. So any feedback is definitely appreciated.

RECAP:
1 Check out product review for the Scrivener program through the link provided
2. Check out the other programs mentioned and see if you like them
3 BOOK CLUB MEETING ON MAY 23 AT STARBUCKS AT 7 PM. THE LOCATION IS STARBUCKS. FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND PLEASE SEND ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND I CAN HAVE YOU THERE VIA THE INTERNET.

Hoping you and yours have a good day. Chat ya laterz!

How Do You Use Your Cellphone & Would You Change Forever?

I found a good article through Facebook and here is the link: http://gizmodo.com/5973073/an-iphone-lovers-confession-i-switched-to-the-nexus-4-completely?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow. The title of the article is “An Iphone Lovers Confession, I Switched to the Nexus4 Completely?”

Read it. This author actually has a lot of Apple products and we are all aware of the lawsuits that Apple has been involved in lately particularly when it comes to those who write and your ability to move your work elsewhere. However, the reason for me asking you to read the article has more to do with the portion of the article that discusses the different applications you can use on different cellular phones and which ones are primarily still active or you can still use with no problems. I think after you read this article you may be armed with more information than you thought possible on certain things cellular.

Also this author has a business that actually uses or deals with the applications for work purposes. So guys, copy and paste, link via keyboard and read.

Wishing you a Happy Friday!

Coming next week: More book reviews and Terri’s Chatroom on Monday at 7 p.m. Please guys, come out for a nice hour talk with others on books, authors, work, technology-bring a drink along and have a good relaxing hour with me and your friends.

A Book Review of Ice Cream Camelot by BJ Neblett

Book Blurb:  Asking a girl for help to saying you like her. Being saved by a girl, …twice in three days is like being kissed by her in the middle of the school yard at lunch time. P 59

Publisher:  Brighton Publishing

Buy Link:   Due out in Spring 2013

Rating:  4 ½ stars 

Review:

I liked this story very much.  However, I couldn’t give it 5 stars because I got caught in what I call the drag session.  After a while I started to drag reading the story.  Meaning that I had found something else more interesting than this story.  But overall I loved it.

I am a history major and I love to read historical information in stories.  It gives it for me a grounding of where the author is in the novel.  This was set in the turbulent time of the 1960’s when he grew up.  The author BJ Neblett talks of his growing up and going to catholic school and his friends.  He also talks of his friends-one in particular by the name of Amy with whom he felt an understanding that no one else seemed to take the time out to do.

Particularly my favorite part of this story is:

 Parents have a method of tormenting their children. It’s surprising how annoying a few seemingly in-nocuous questions can be to the adolescent. This need to question is carried and passed down in the genes. The question gene lies dormant until the individual becomes a parent. Then it becomes active and turns cancerous to the unsuspecting offspring. This is why you never hear a single aunt or a favorite bachelor uncle asking,“What did you do today?” or, “Who’s your new friend?” or even, “Where have you been?” These questions, harmless enough on the surface, have the same effect as tugging the ears of a sleeping pit bull. And they carry with them automatic, natural responses which include inarticulate shrugs and groans followed by words sounding like: “Stuff,” and “Guys,” and “Things,” and “Around.” P 61

I like this because as a daughter or a son any of us can relate to that feeling.  Why are you asking- what is it that you want to know- where are all the questions coming from and the only response that you can think of in response is I had things to do Mom.  So relate to it.

             I like the use of real time pictures of the actual political events going on at the time as well as the pictures of the author and his family.  You learn that he is the product of an actress who was a working actress.  You learn that his friends considered themselves a gang.  You learned that he had an interest in the radio and as some do skipped school to feed that interest while netting an internship there or job later on. At the end of the novel you learn about his family and how their lives turned out- a little bit about where his is at, and get a glimpse of life for him. 

             Overall I liked the book and I do hope that I whetted your appetite with this book review and that you would like to purchase this novel and read it.

 Notice according to inform rule:  I did receive compensation for reviewing this novel and am informing you of this.  As soon as the publishing information is made available I will let you know.  It is due to come out in 2013.

E-BOOKS AND E-READERS

Here is an interesting article for some of you who like the Nook and Kindle. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-ebook-usage-20121023,0,6900929.story

Speaking as someone who now has both one the Nook I have the actual reader and the Kindle I have the free PC version from Amazon-I can give you a readers view of both. I like my Nook. It enabled me to get free novels when I couldn’t afford to pay for one. And it allows me to make free use of the new editions and allows me to sample a book that I wish to have. And the problem is that I cannot always use with the internet to shop for new books. The reading experience isn’t bad. I have all pages, with minimal errors, I can bookmark any page I like and can return to it once I turn off the machine. However, I don’t like the highlight function. It takes too long and it is kind of cumbersome. However on the PC version-which I haven’t used that much, it is a good fit. But you don’t always sync your Nook and your PC. I don’t like that. I believe the two should sync so that where you stop on your Nook, it stops on your computer version as well. It only did for one of the books I read. The other thing I don’t like on the Nook is that I can’t navigate any webpages but it truly is for reading a book that is collated as a novel as oppose to a webpage. You may be able to read webpages on your PC version but I don’t know as I haven’t tried to yet.

As for the Kindle PC version- this is a preview of sorts as I haven’t read an entire book in it yet. However, I like the Kindle for reading as it allows you to change the color of your pages so to allow your eyes an easier reading experience and lesson the glare. Different from the Nook. Mine is actually kind of manilla color not so bright and not so white. I recently obtained my first free novel courtesy of a Facebook friend thank you so much and it downloaded very easily. And the invoice shows up in my email with the very happy look of $0.00- so lovelerly. So I have read a sample short two pages didn’t like that at all. At least in the Nook you get a chapter. But you don’t get a chapter it seems in the Kindle. Not sure I like that fact.

Use why they both serve the same purpose. And the prices may be similar. You can choose which one you like and which one you don’t. For me it was a good fit because I have a lot of Facebook friends that use Kindle to disseminate their novels and sell them. I am including a picture of my Nook and the PC version of the Kindle. (PC version is free.)

Interview Corner: Teresa Morrow

 Hi Fellow Readers.  I am hosting today on her virtual book tour Teresa Morrow.  Please give her a warm welcome on Teresa’s Simplicity in Words. First off, she will speak in her own words in an interview and then it will be followed by a book review of her novel.

What is your full name?  Teresa Annlouise Morrow

How long have you been writing? On and off for years. But my declaration
of being a writer has been within the last year.

When did you first decide that you wanted to be a writer. I have wanted to
be a writer for many years–since high school but didn’t follow my true
life purpose until about a year ago.

Do you have to do any research for your novels other than re-examine your
life as you know it particularly for this book?  I didn’t do any research
for Life Lessons from the Heart (my 1st nonfiction book) or my 1st novel,
It All Comes Back to Love, coming out in late 2012/early 2013 as it is
inspired by true events. My next novel (tentatively titled The world is
yours Oyster)I have had to be a bit of research on because it is about
foster care.

4.  When you write your stories do you follow a timeline, an outline or
do you free write?   When I started I just wrote freestyle but I recently
read  in “The Constant Art of Writing” a possible way of outlining and
editing that once I began to use it, it works for me.
And which method do you choose to use or do use regularly? I started not
doing an outline but I have had to go back with “It All Comes Back to
Love” and do an outline and many rewrites as it helped me develop the
story line better. Moving forward to my 2nd novel, “The World is Yours
Oyster” I will be doing an outline from the start.

5.  Multipart Question:  Who are some of your
favorite authors?
And why? Louise Hay, Gary Zukav – love how they write where I felt they are
talking straight to me. Janet Evanovich – when I read her she makes me
laugh. I love the subtle humor in her books. Ed McBain  – wonderful scenes
and makes me get invested/involved as the reader.

Do any of the authors that you have chosen have similar
circumstances to you?  I don’t believe so. I would say the closest may be
Louise Hay as a women trying to help others by inspiring them to be the
best they can be.

6.  When you read their novels, do you find yourself reading as
an author or as a consumer?  Mostly a consumer/reader. But I will say, that
since I have dived into my writing journey, I have found I find little
tips to make my writing better.

7.   Multiple question in one:  What do you think of the
current market for publishing?  I think it brings the opportunity to more
writers to get their work out to the world.
I have talked to and read a lot of authors are doing
self publishing as much if not more than going to publishing houses.  A
lot of the persons I have seen that are new are going to self publishing
because they can get published with little or no cost.  The cost of basic
copyright is a little much as well.  So do you think that is because it is
hard to get someone to read your novel?  I think authors are looking to go
the route of self publishing because they can have more control of their
work. Self publishing allows the author to have their work out quicker.
With the on slot of social media, authors are their own best publicist to
get the word out about their book. And with the realm of self publishing
houses such as Lightning Source and Create Space the distribution is fair
to that of a publishing house.

8.  Follow up:  Is this your first virtual book tour and how do you like it?
It is my first virtual book tour as an author. However, I have been the
manager of many a virtual book tour as I used to do this work for authors
before I decided to devote more time to my own writing. 

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Book Review of Life Lessons of the Heart by Teresa Morrow

Book Blurb:  taken from the poem Outside the Box-“ Never felt like I belong,  in the box, there I was four sides, a bottom and a top, confined and hidden,  I began to wonder , what was outside the box like?”

Buy Link:   http://goo.gl/Rqa5z

Rating:  5 Bookmarks

 

Review by Nicole:

I absolutely loved this book, but you are talking to someone who likes self help, self discovery, self understanding, how to novels, inspirational novels and novels that show a great big obstacle overcome. So it just goes to show that I would like this novel.  So as I summarize I will discuss because I think that works best with novels such as these.  She has a total of twelve chapters for 48 pages, yes a short novel, but packs a wallop.  So as you are listening ladies loves and gentlemen wanderers as I bring to you my book review.

The set up of the novel is the chapter title, a quote from her, the interior chapter and a poem written by her.  Twelve chapters in all.  I just want to discuss the book in general first.  She is a mother of a daughter, who married a man not liked by her father, that showed her what family was like.  The two lived together with her daughter and she saw him through his biggest fight yet.   It reads like any inspirational novel that wishes to share with you a little knowledge of what she has dealt with in her life.  I am just going to pull out a couple of chapters to go over with you but you my friends have to read the book.

In Chapter 3 called Lesson:  Release Control her quote is:  “You may not always be in control of what happens next, but you can control how you take each moment of your life.” ~ Teresa Morrow.  This I think is a very important part of her story because it shows how she learned to take the obstacles that life through at her such as being divorced at 27, and then living alone with a toddler to raise. She could have just chucked it all in but she didn’t.  She survived and met a man that she fell in love with and later married despite the race barrier.

In Chapter 5 Lesson:  Help is Not a Bad Word her quote is: Help is not a bad four letter word. By asking & accepting help, you allow yourself to become renewed, reenergized and refreshed.”~ Teresa Morrow.  She talks to you of how she allowed herself to accept help from others and to also ask for help as well.  Think of it as a therapeutic endeavor to help you through a tough time.  Therapy is not necessarily a bad thing.  It is a good thing if you can utilize it wisely and learn from it.

In Chapter 8 Lesson: Get Past Your Past her quote is:  “When you hold onto and claim the mistakes or experiences of your past, you allow it to affect your present and your future.” ~ Teresa Morrow This is exactly what your therapist might tell you when you go see him or her. This is most definitely what your girlfriends will tell you about your past relationships with men.  But what makes her chapter a stand out chapter is that she shows that her past didn’t dictate her future.

All in all I think it was an excellent book.  I have written about having my own AHA! moment when I had gone through  a tough time after September 11, 2001, after having lost my job and after having a tough time with realizing where I should be or should have been in a friendship, romantic relationship and family relationship.  She has also gone through the same things that I have. For me to read this and to see how far she has come, it is a good thing.  Now for those who are saying it’s just like any other inspirational novel you can pick up at the library or the store.  Yes, you could say that but you could read it and see the differences. She lets you into her life but not like a television show, but like a trip through the looking glass so you can visualize it yourself.   I did have some problems with it but those were mostly because I wish it was a little more detailed.

I really believe that you will enjoy it.

I received this book directly from the author and did not pay any money nor expect to receive any money from the writing of this book review.  You can see it on the blog and also on www.smashwords.com, as well.

Interview Corner: Robin P. Waldrop

Hi Fellow Readers.  I am hopeful you will like this installation on the Virtual Book  Tour week on Teresa’s Simplicity in Words.  It is my pleasure to introduce to you Robin P. Waldrop, author of young adult novels. In this her second book for the Blood Moon Series, she has graciously agreed to make me a stop on her blog tour.  I will let her own voice speak for her and then I will give you a book review for her two books that she has written to date.

My day of the tour:  Interview and Book Review

Interview

1. What is your full name. How long have you been writing?

My full name is Robin Lee Waldrop, but I use my maiden name initial for my writing. The “P” stands for Pelosi. I have only seriously been writing for a couple of years.

2. When did you first decide that you wanted to be a writer.

I always loved to write. Even as a child I wrote short stories. It wasn’t until two years ago I made the decision to write, and that only came after attempting to read the worst novel ever written.

3. Do you have to do any research for your novels? 

I think every writer has to do research. The amount of research needed depends on the subject. Since I write fiction, I don’t have to do as much research as someone writing a non-fiction novel.

4. When you write your stories do you follow like a timeline, an outline or do you free write? And which method do you choose to use or do use regularly?

I am a “write by the seat of my pants” writer. Honestly, all I do is come up with a story and characters, then I start writing. Only my characters know where the story will end up. and they usually don’t tell me until the last minute.

5. Who are some of your favorite authors? And why?

One of my favorite authors is John Grisham. I went through some tough times several years ago and stopped reading. It wasn’t until a friend gave me The Firm that my love of reading became renewed. My other all time favorite is Stephen King. I get him. you know, I’ve heard so many people say his writing and his movies are weird. Yeah, they are, but I love them. I especially love his movie The Sleepwalkers. My favorite book by him is a collection of short stories called Nightshift.

6. When you read their novels, do you find yourself reading as an author or as a consumer?

Back then, as a consumer. Now, as an author. I can’t read anything without dissecting it. Terrible, I know, but I can’t help it.

7. Multiple question in one: What do you think of the current market for publishing? I have talked to and read a lot of authors are doing self publishing as much if not more than going to publishing houses. A lot of the persons I have seen that are new are going to self publishing because they can get published with little or no cost. The cost of basic copyright is a little much as well. So do you think that is because it is hard to get someone to read your novel?

I honestly think it is a little bit of all of the above. With some authors, it is because they can write and publish whatever they want, but with others, even successful traditional authors like being in charge of their work, down to making the decision of which book cover to use. The internet world has opened up doors to many who would have never seen their work for sale otherwise. And because of the self publishing option, I think it has forced agents and publishers to take a step back and reevaluate their process just a bit.

8. Follow up: Is this your first virtual book tour and how do you like it?

No. This is actually my second tour. My first was with my first novel of this series, Ties To The Blood Moon. Bloggers are some of the nicest, selfless people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. They have opened doors for me that would have otherwise remain locked. It’s mostly because of their tireless efforts I am doing so well with my novels. And the thing I find the most humbling is they do all this for no money. They spend countless hours reading and writing reviews. Making sure to spread the word about authors such as myself. I really think I am in love with all of them. I know they have changed my life for the better.

Virtual Book Tour of Robin P. Waldrop’s Shadow of the Blood Moon

Before I could read the Book Two in this series of the Blood Moon I had to read Book One which was called Ties to the Blood Moon. This introduces the characters of the story, Genevieve, Luna, William, Joseph, Joshua and James (twins), along with Aunt Bev, the Almaric, Gen’s mother and Zane.  These characters are werewolves and vampires.  They live in a part of the country where they are free to run and live their lives.  But the story started a long time ago when Genevieve lost her mother in a house fire.  Outside the house sat a wolf appearing as if he wanted to go inside the house.  The wolf scared her so she ran as far away as she could and her mother died.  She never forgave herself for that.  Now Gen as she is called lives with her Aunt Bev.  But she isn’t entirely happy there.  Starting a new school she meets her new set of friends, William, Luna and Joseph (twins),  Joshua and James (twins); she begins to learn about her heritage.  They set out on a quest to find Zane, the one creature who can destroy their way of life.  Along the way a man known as The Almaric help them out.  It turns out that Genevieve is the Adlet wolf princess and is one of the more powerful of her kind.  But she isn’t strong enough to defeat Zane and win.  But she has another purpose besides saving where she lives in searching out Zane.  Someone came to her in a dream or a vision and told her that her mother was still alive and that Zane has her.  Only she can save her mother and her people.

Apparently Zane kidnaps her Aunt Bev in an effort to draw her out into the open.  Although the group agrees to help her out, the twins, James and Joshua, Luna’s brothers, get kidnapped by the very sect of wolves they appear to be going after led by Zane.   This causes a problem between Luna and Genevieve.   There is some possibility that William knows Zane and that they are working together. Aunt Bev and Zane were involved somehow throughout this whole time as a couple.  He lied to her saying he was in love and would show her the world.  But if he does, he loses the throne.  While all of this is happening, Gen’s mother is apparently still alive kept behind a locked door. When Gen goes to save her mom she is stabbed by the one with her but survives.  And the man who stabbed her was Luna and the twins grandfather because she can’t kill Zane.  They would kill her and leave the wolves without a leader.  Only can she kill him with permission.  And that is how the story ends.  With her asking William to go with her to Prague to gain permission from the Almaric to kill Zane and save her mother in the process as well as the Adlet wolf people.

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Book Review of Shadow of the Blood Moon

Book Blurb:  “As an Adlet wolf, I had a decent body.  After I convinced William to turn me, I woke up to one of the most perfectly shaped bodies I had ever seen-lean, cut, curves in all the right places. Another perk.”  P 81

Review:

In the first book Gen is turned into a hybrid, a mixture of a wolf and a vampire.   The second book in the series furthers her story along.  Here we find the four friends going to Prague to go after Genevieve’ s mother long thought to be dead. Zane an Adlet wolf, appears to be the one who kills her mother though before she can get to her.  But her problem is  Laszlo, the vampire. He finds her ring fascinating and when he has her take it off to give it to him, it weakens Gen.   It will increase his power and hold over the race.   But she manages to survive thanks to the help of William and her friends.  While in Prague they pick up the twin that Gen is told that she has as most Adlet wolves are born in pairs or twins.  Her twin, Guinevere, has been living there her whole life.  She agrees to flee with the group and get to know her sister.  As the group tries to keep ahead of the ones hunting them, they are beset by trouble.  The trouble kills one of the group James and no one can save him.  One set of twins is down a member.  But the other twins remain intact.

As their journey continues the two sisters who had just found each other explore their different stories.  Learning what they could about each other’s life.   They are on the run taking a train but get followed.  So William elects to stay behind to keep them out of their hair.  Little did the group know the trouble that William would get in. Peter the hotel concierge where she stayed at when she left William is actually working with Laszlo and happens to know Williams mother, Dahlia.  This makes Gen very angry, because Laszlo has plans for her and her ring.  He plans to take her away to his summer home to get it together. You have to stay tuned for Book 3 to find out what happens.

I give these book 5 stars.  Book One Ties to the Blood Moon starts the story going giving it enough momentum to get you interested.  Book Two Shadow of the Blood Moon continues the tradition keeping your appetite wetted.  The characters are built into the story as if they are woven in.  She ties into also the use of twins to maintain power in the wolf family and how they interact with each other. Remember they originally started this out to find out where Laszlo was to protect their way of life.  Now they are on a journey to save a person who has become part of their family.

I recommend that you read both books and purchase book three as well.

 Please be advised that I did get both books.  I purchased one via a gift certificate from the author that was Book Two and I got the first book,  Book One on the Nook for free.  I am not receiving any other compensation for this book review.