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In which a “normal” 18-year-old girl is the
daughter of a witch and an occasional hunter
of rogue supernaturals until life gets a whole
lot weirder and seriously dangerous when her
best friend crushes on a most unusual guy…

LuciferLucifer
Published January 2013
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MichaelMichael
Published May 2014
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Coming in August 2015
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A Guest Post from Annabell Cadiz

Sons of Old Trilogy wasn’t necessarily where the story of a fallen angel hell bent on revenge began.

I had begun work on a different series featuring characters from Sons of Old Trilogy, primarily Endymion and Michael. I got stuck on the third book, third way through writing and realized something was missing. I felt as if I had run out of ideas and the story was no longer connecting the way I wanted it to.

I decided the best thing was to step away from working on the series—The Fallen Angel Series—and work on something else for a time.

It was during that time that I started to gather glimpses of ideas for the Fallen Angels Series. But those ideas turned out to fit better for a series BEFORE the Fallen Angels Series took place and so was born the Sons of Old Trilogy.

I wanted to tell the story before the big, epic war began between Heaven and Hell, before the world was overrun with powerful supernaturals, all vying for survival and the human race thrown right smack dab in the middle of the fray.

It began with the story of the fallen angels found in Genesis (6:4). It’s a very small mention but it awoke my curiosity. It’s not as if I hadn’t heard the story before but I never quite paid attention to the fact that angels and humans had actually had relationships with each other. Not just meet and greets but sexual relationships with each other that led to hybrid-children.

That’s where the idea for the trilogy sprang up like a root: What if Lucifer had been one of the fallen who had a child?

Which led into: If Lucifer had a child, WHO would he have a child with? Who in the world could he convince to have a child with him? What happened to the mother? What would happen to the child? HOW would a child born to the darkest angel ever born and a human survive? Who would that child become? And how would Lucifer respond to that child?

Exploring those answers is how I built the foundation for the trilogy. Lucifer’s fall from grace meant he had to betray His creator and it set a perfect stage for revenge. Pride is powerful and crippling weakness and Lucifer has that in droves—although he would never see it that way.

He has a child through lying and scheming and manipulation because that is the only way the angel of all lies knows how to operate. He uses his child to create a war but does not win that war. His drive for vengeance—for his version of justice—grows ever more deeply because of his loss.

Sons of Old Trilogy follows Lucifer’s first steps to recreating that war again but this time he has plans to win and set everything in his path ablaze in his wrath.

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About the Author

Annabell CadizBorn and raised in the sweltering suburbs of South Florida, Annabell Cadiz grew up fine-tuned to the cuisine of various Spanish cultures, learned to master the art of Puerto Rican cooking thanks to her parents, and learned to converse crazy thanks to her band of siblings. She is now working toward attaining a B.A. in Psychology at Trinity International University to better understand how to converse with the weirdoes and crazies of the world. (After all, she is one of them.) A self-proclaimed nerd and a book-a-holic (her room holds dozens of shelves with much evidence to prove that her claims are indeed true), she created TeamNerd Reviews along with her best friend, Bridget Strahin, to showcase their EXTREME love for all things book related.

She published her debut novel, Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy #1), in January 2013. The second novel, Michael (Sons of Old Trilogy #2) was released on May 28, 2014. And the final installment in the Sons of Old Trilogy, Nephilim, will be out in Summer 2015.

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BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

May 11

Indy Book Fairy (Promo Post)

May 12

Mia in Narnia (Book Review: LUCIFER + Top Ten)

May 13

Dreams Come True Through Reading (Book Review: LUCIFER & MICHAEL)

May 14

An Aussie Girl’s WILD Book Addiction! (Promo Post)

Writing On the Sunny Side of the Street (Guest Post)

May 15

Book Lover’s Life (Top Ten)

May 18

Reading Away the Days (Top Ten)

May 21

Every Free Chance Books (Review of LUCIFER & MICHAEL)

May 22

Relaxed Reads (Promo Post)

We Live and Breathe Books (Book Review of LUCIFER)

May 24

Just Us Book Blog (Book Review: LUCIFER)

May 25

Read Write All the Time (Book Review: LUCIFER & MICHAEL + Guest Post)

May 27

Books and Sweet Epiphany (Book Review: LUCIFER & MICHAEL)

AlwaysJoArt (Guest Post)

May 28

Buried Under Books (Guest Post)

May 29

The Phantom Photographer (Promo Post)

Welcome to Book City (Book Review: LUCIFER)

May 30

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club (Top Ten)

May 31

Paradise of Pages (Book Review: LUCIFER & MICHAEL + Guest Post)

Kariny’s Teen Boox Frenzy (Book Review: LUCIFER & MICHAEL)

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Cover Reveal: Library Jumpers by Brenda Drake

Library Jumpers

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Title: Library Jumpers
Author: Brenda Drake
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Young Adult

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Synopsis

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is,
until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly
disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he
abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her
friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library,
where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with
protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the
gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be
a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or
dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and
human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a
young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her
head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

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About the Author

Brenda DrakeBrenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school until her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up are of her eccentric Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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Book Review: Dietland by Sarai Walker

DietlandDietland
Sarai Walker
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2015
ISBN 978-0-544-37343-3
Hardcover

Reading Dietland is indubitably equivalent to walking a mile in the enormous shoes of our nearly thirty year old, three-hundred-four-pound narrator, Plum. I’ve never felt that I could genuinely understand a position I’ve not actually been in. Until now. This unprecedented presentation of current social issues is more than thought-provoking. It is painful and tragic, with portions that are harsh, raw, and deserving of deliberation.

Commanding characters create empathy and sympathy as they uncomfortably reveal reasons for actions. The potpourri of concerns surrounding our narrator include: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, female vigilantes, fat-shaming, feminism and self-acceptance. Ms. Walker unapologetically strips down her characters (yes, literally…occasionally), giving the reader circumstances and background information, along with bigger picture views that beckon the most open of minds to take in just a bit more.

Plum’s story unfolds most poignantly. The reader meets Plum in present day to fully understand her lifestyle and goals. Where she is, where she thinks she will be. Why she is being stalked.

The intriguing Stalker Girl leaves a book for Plum that upon opening mentally and emotionally whisks her twelve years back in time; to when she was about the same age as the girls that write “Dear Kitty” letters to her filled with “predictable topics…boys, razors and their various uses….” Three years of providing “big sisterly” support and advice regarding matters as pressing as “why won’t he call?” and “can a girl ask a boy out?” begins to seem frivolously indulgent.

Buried in the book, Plum gradually moves away from her daily correspondence with teen girls to spending face-to-face time with grown women. Life-goals beg re-examination. Violent acts of revenge exacted by a woman known only as “Jennifer” force Plum to consider matters she’s blissfully ignored as well as creating a bit of mystery that tickled the back of this reader’s mind with possible connections to Plum’s “work world” and new and improving small, intimate “world of friends”.

My very favorite thing about Dietland is the long list of quotes I pulled. The words grabbed me while I was reading, enough to be worthy of highlight, and that is a spectacular thing; but reviewing the quotes later, out of context…..was absolutely stunning.

My crystal ball tells me that after the May 2015 release, we are going to be hearing a lot about Dietland. I believe that it will be the “something totally different and efficacious” book of 2015.

Reviewed by jv poore, April 2015.

Growing Old, Gratefully

Sunny Frazier 5Returning guest blogger Sunny Frazier, whose first novel in the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries, Fools Rush In, received the Best Novel Award from Public Safety Writers Association, is here today to talk about how getting older doesn’t bother her in the least.

The third Christy Bristol Astrology Mystery, A Snitch in Time, was released on January 24, 2015.

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“Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?”

The Beatles asked that 50 years ago, and here I am, ready to turn 64 in three weeks. No, I don’t feel despondent about that, I love all my birthdays. I was born on Flag Day and my father once lifted me on his broad shoulders, pointed to the flags displayed all down our street, and said, “They put the flags out for your birthday, Sunny.” I believed him.

My mother hated growing old, resented every wrinkle and crows foot. I think when you are born beautiful it must be harder to see beauty fade. Perhaps she grasped too tight to hold on through makeup and youth creams. I was born adequately attractive. More brains than actual beauty. It’s easy to fool the eye with the right lipstick and blush as long as you don’t fool yourself.

I like myself at this age. I’ve cut my hair very short, no longer buying into the long-hair-is-beautiful myth. Old long hair looks dry and slightly silly when the face doesn’t match. My hairdresser doesn’t give me what he calls “helmet hair.” My cut has some sass to it and I always have bangs. They cover forehead wrinkles.

They also cover my eyebrows. I’ve never tweezed since they’ve never been seen. I look at eyebrows now and am aghast at the way they are drawn onto faces. It unnerves me. How much work does that take? Where did the real ones go? Same with artificial eyelashes. Mine are so long they smudge my glasses and I can’t wear mascara. How much work are fake eyelashes to put on? Why would you want them?

I love my glasses. They hide dark circles under the eyes and crows feet. Contacts can’t do that. I get a little more adventurous with every new pair. This year it’s purple frames with a bit of silver scrollwork on the sides and a few rhinestones. They make me smile. I think my happiness translates to others.

Some women my age pack on makeup with the idea it makes them look younger. What it really does is accent the wrinkles. I don’t understand why anyone would willingly inject botox into those well-earned lines. I use sheer foundation now, just thankful that my skin no longer breaks out. I have to resist trying flaming colors and iridescent eye shadows, which just looks like I’m trying too hard to keep up with teenagers. The black cat-eye liner? Been there, done that 40 years ago, around the time I wore go-go boots and mini skirts.

I have been single all but 7 years of my life. I think I put out a positive message of the single, childless woman as someone to be admired. I thrive best when I’m alone. Marriage was a strange state to me. Even though I’m still besties with the ex, I’m glad he’s found his rock ‘n roll heart, glad it came with tattoos after the divorce. Nobody tells me how many cats I can have and, after 11, it’s safe to say I’ve claimed the title of Crazy Cat Lady. But, I’ve never shelled out for a college education for them or sent them into rehab after too much catnip. They haven’t learned to dial Child Protective Services or the SPCA when I toss them out to the yard so I can write in peace.

My aging friends worry about flabby upper arms. They go to the gym to tone up. Me, I have trackmarks like a junkie and bruises on my right arm. Dialysis not only stops me from being self-conscious, I wear my unsightly arm like war wounds. I’m battling for my life here.

A Snitch in TimeSpeaking of illness, that seems to be the favored topic of people over 60. I suppose it’s the common denominator of aging. However, it’s hard for me to listen to minor complaints of intestinal problems, food issues, hospitalizations, headaches, fatigue and allergies, real or imagined. I’m not all about one-upping anybody, but seriously? You want to complain to me? Give me a kidney and shut up already! I hang out three days a week, three hours a day with people depending on needles and tubes to stay alive. The one thing we don’t do is complain about our health! We laugh, we share, we’re in this together.

One thing I never anticipated was being a “lady who lunches.” Yet, I have my groups and we do exactly that, once a month. I have Sisters-in-Crime, Lemoore Women’s Club and Retired Sheriff’s Ladies. Inbetween are individual lunch dates with girlfriends. They are exciting women, thriving after retirement, and so much more interesting than dates I’ve been on in the past. They are also supportive of my writing career and cheer me on from one success to the next.

I choose to enjoy the aging process. No, I embrace it. I don’t want to emulate my mother and mourn my youth. It was fun, crazy, adventurous and it’s in the past. I love my reward of Now and look forward to whatever the future holds.

Research: A Mainstay of Historical Fiction

Jerry AmernicJerry Amernic is a Toronto writer who has been a newspaper reporter and correspondent, newspaper columnist, feature writer for magazines, teacher of journalism, and media consultant. His first book Victims: The Orphans of Justice was a true story about a former police officer whose eldest daughter was murdered and who became a leading advocate for crime victims. This resulted in Jerry’s column about the justice system for The Toronto Sun. More recently Jerry co-authored Duty – The Life of a Cop with Julian Fantino, the highest-profile police officer Canada has ever produced and now a member of the Canadian Cabinet. In fiction, Jerry’s first novel Gift of the Bambino was praised by The Wall Street Journal in the U.S., The Globe and Mail in Canada, and others. His latest novel is the historical thriller The Last Witness. Just released is the biblical-historical thriller Qumran.

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My first job as a writer was that of a newspaper reporter. I would cover the local municipal council and its long-past-midnight meetings, then scurry back to the newsroom in the morning to write up to 20 stories before deadline. It was a good lesson in how to discipline yourself and write quickly. Another important lesson I got from being a reporter was research. Research is key to any writer, and for one who is into historical fiction, it is essential.

The Last Witness is a book that crosses genres. The last living survivor of the Holocaust in the year 2039 might sound like sci-fi or fantasy – a literary agent once told me that if I’m writing about the future it has to be sci-fi – but it isn’t. Not even close. It’s a realistic portrayal of a 100-year-old man, the last survivor of the Holocaust, caught in a near-future world where knowledge of the past is pathetic.

Yes, I did seek out a techie expert who could tell me things about life one generation down the road … like self-starting cars and palm readers that open doors for you … but aside from that, my research concerned past historical events.

The Last Witness has flashbacks with my main character living as a hidden child in the Jewish ghetto of Lodz in Poland. He was born in 1939 – not a good year to be born a Jew in Europe. The Nazis had already occupied the country, so the little boy in my story had to be hidden, as many Jewish children were in the ghetto. I read everything I could find about life in the ghetto to make it realistic for my reader; I wanted to put the reader right inside that crowded collection of streets where people had to live like rats. I also sought out real-life, former child survivors – some who had lived in Jewish ghettos – to learn even more.

Other flashbacks focus on the boy and his family being transported to Auschwitz, and for that I also immersed myself in research. One chapter is about the family’s arrival by train – cattle car actually – to the death camp, followed by the ever-present selection. Another focuses on daily life in the camp, and keep in mind it’s life for a little boy of four who has lost his family. Yet another is his encounter with the notorious Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele who performed brutal experiments on children.

Alongside these flashbacks is the near-future story with the old man’s role in a missing-person investigation – a police investigation – involving his great-granddaughter. A schoolteacher. A schoolteacher who teaches her students about historical events like the Holocaust and must fight the authorities for doing so.

It’s a thriller. It’s historical. And it’s a warning about life down the road if we neglect to teach history to the young. And we are neglecting that today. If you don’t believe me, check out my video in which I interviewed university students in Toronto, and asked them questions about the Holocaust and World War II. This was probably the most important research I did for the book and it took place after it was finished. But it did validate the point of my story. Here is a link to the video …

http://youtu.be/CRC_T07dwZo

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The Last Witness

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Title: The Last Witness
Author: Jerry Amernic
Publisher: Story Merchant Books
Publication Date: October 29, 2014
Genre: Historical Thriller

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Synopsis

The year is 2039, and Jack Fisher is the last living survivor of the
Holocaust. Set in a world that is abysmally complacent about
events of the last century, Jack is a 100-year-old man whose worst
memories took place before he was 5. His story hearkens back to
the Jewish ghetto of his birth and to Auschwitz where, as a little
boy, he had to fend for himself to survive after losing his family.
Jack becomes the central figure in a missing-person investigation
when his granddaughter suddenly disappears. While assisting
police, he finds himself in danger and must reach into the
darkest corners of his memory to come out alive.

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Book Review: A Cry from the Dust by Carrie Stuart Parks

A Cry from the DustA Cry from the Dust
A Gwen Marcey Novel
Carrie Stuart Parks
Thomas Nelson, August 2014
ISBN 978-1-4016-9043-4
Trade Paperback

You can read a story blurb about A Cry From the Dust anywhere, so I’m going to talk about other aspects of the book.

  • The writing is clear and sharp, with good flow.
  • The subject matter is extraordinary. Domestic terrorism; the Mormon Church; plural marriage.
  • Gwen Marcy, the point of view character, has a history too many of us can relate to; cancer (Gwen is bald), a messy divorce, single motherhood. All this, plus she’s kidnapped, branded a terrorist and murderer, and tasked with stopping a major terrorist attack. Whew!
  • I loved that, just like the author, Carrie Stuart Parks, Gwen is a forensic artist, so the story drips with authenticity. Be prepared to learn something along with being royally entertained.
  • The villains could be real people, with aspirations and desires outside the mainstream, but certainly imaginable. They could be going about their everyday business and we’d never know.
  • Beth, Gwen’s sidekick, is almost as interesting as Gwen herself.
  • Gwen has the constant worry of a teen heartbroken by her parents’ divorce, and we’re shown the girl’s emotions and exactly how she acts out.
  • The depth of the novel is astounding.
  • Best part, there are at least two more Gwen Marcy books in the pipeline.
  • There’s a dog.

Reviewed by Carol Crigger, March 2015.
Author of Three Seconds to Thunder.