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Introducing Killer: Episode 1 by Olivia Howe

Title: Killer
Author: Olivia Howe
Series Name: The Killer Novella Series
Series Number: Episode 1
Release Date: July 29th, 2015
Hosted by: Beautiful Promotions
 
Valentino County Detective Gwendolyn Anderson tries to solve the biggest case of her Career. Serial Killer AKA The Doctor is on the loose, killing innocent women, leaving them dead with a smile painted on their face. Some trademark he has.
Detective Anderson is determined to do everything in her power to solve The Doc case before the FBI takes it under their wing. She has only six months to solve the murders of over twenty women from this serial killer, in the process of solving other cases that come through Hillside Police Department.
Can she take down the biggest serial killer in Valentino County without ruining her career in the process?
Little does she know, Doc is right in front of her face.

 

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About The Author:

Olivia Howe resides in a small town located in Maine. Born in 1994, makes her a very young bestselling author. She was originally born in Florida, but she considers herself a Mainer. In her spare time she loves to write, listen to rock music, and spend time with her family. She’s big on supporting authors and their books. She owns a book blog called Beautifully Broken Book Blog.
She’s known for the Amazon Bestselling Series called The Dark Love Series and Pretty Bird. She has many more books in the works and some being published soon; including: The Prisoner’s Wife, and book three in The Dark Love Series called Trying To Remember.
Olivia’s a huge Golden State Warriors, Patriots, and Red Sox fan. She’s a TV show fanatic. Her favorites include: The Walking Dead, Vikings, Grey’s Anatomy, The O.C., Orphan Black, Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Homeland, Chicago Fire, and many more. Rock music is her life. Her favorites include: Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Tesla, The Cure, Godsmack, Audioslave, Motley Crue, The Honorary Title, Candlebox, Evanescence, Lynyrd Sknyrd, and many more.
 
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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters who are fellow Bookworms

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download (6)Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)–This might be an odd choice for me, since I just read the book recently, but Elizabeth seems like the sort of lady who has ideas, and forget anyone who might stand in her way! Look, here’s proof that her character reads, even!

 

images (5)Tyrion Lannister (George RR Martin’s epic series)—So this guy is awesome, calculating and 100% himself. And I love that he reads books, gives books and takes no crap from anyone. Forget the passive bookworm—Tyrion OWNS that game of thrones now and forever.

 

anne-reading-book2-295x3821-231x300Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)—There she weaves by night and day, she has heard a whisper say…. Yeah, to say I really felt for her was an understatement. Anne got me into reading Shakespeare and loving almost anything that was an old book. It was lovely.

She also was a writer, and to me, it made me convinced that reading and writing were intrinsically linked together, which is super nice.

51974_1219343223747_500_272Belle (Beauty and the Beast)—There were so many times that I sang the song that this picture is part of when I lived in the middle of nowhere, in a very provincial life. And, with a lot of determination, I was able to find some adventure. Now, the great part is that Belle rereads books, which I sometimes do, and I love that she just owns how awesome reading is.

download (5)Tess McGill (Working Girl) Yeah, this might be an odd pick, but she says ‘Oh I read everything, you never know where the next big idea’s gonna come from.’ She reads, she betters herself. This is something that I have learned throughout life. Never be afraid to share ideas and rewards will come to you.

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Lisa Simpson is my spirit animal. I love that she reads so far over her grade level. I love that she has a journal and that she is sometimes a bit socially awkward but nearly 100% always herself. She is unapologetic and just wants to be herself—those who don’t get her, don’t need to get her.

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Daria Morgendorfer—Daria got me through a lot of the late 90s and early 00s. She was super awesome and I really enjoyed her wit, her sarcasm and the fact that she is so honest,,,She gets vulnerable sometimes, too.

 

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Hermione Granger—I had so much in common with her when I ‘met’ her via a children’s lit class in college—fuzzy hair, awkwardness and BOOKS like you would not believe. And some of her maddening habits, like social inadequacy and always having to be right made me rethink a lot of things.

Love that she is strong and powerful!

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Matilda…oh Matilda. She reads, she is not appreciated and she’s musical. Did I mention I used to sing made up songs in kindergarten when none of the kids would play we me, and that I sought out ‘reader’ kids? Matilda is the bookworm who continually makes us remember the wonder of reading.

 

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Francie Nolan is the heroine of the book I re-read every year. Just to keep me humble. She goes into the library and makes a point of trying to read every book in the library—if that quest for knowledge doesn’t satisfy the bookworm category, I don’t know what does—we readers create lofty goals for ourselves, that are soon discarded. She is a total bookworm!

 

 

Who would have made your list? Please share in the comments below!

How Far the Popular Fall: A Review of Lauren Frankel’s Hyacinth Girls

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Thanks to Crown, I was given an ecopy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.
I have said it before, especially having been one at one time—teenage girls are evil. As someone who spent a few years in private school in my preteen years, I was one of five girls in the class. Meaning that someone was at odds as a best friend. Sometimes, well, more often than not, it was me—and I was completely fine with that. However, that also was murderous to my social life. In my case, the worst bully was a mullet-wearing fifth grade teacher who tried to convince me I was responsible for all of the things that went wrong. Anyway, it is never easy to be a teenager—it feels like there is always a target on your back.

Callie is thirteen when she is accused of bullying in school. Her guardian, Rebecca, does not believe that the sweet girl she has raised for almost a decade could be responsible—and she starts to dig deeper. Callie admits there is another girl at school, Robyn, who is retaliating and being generally creepy. So Rebecca calls Robyn’s mom, which turns out to be a bad idea as the Mom states Callie is the bad seed. Rebecca works through and pieces together moments from her life with Callie’s parents (a product of an affair between Rebecca’s married cousin and her best friend), who have been dead for nearly a decade. As she tries to help Callie, Rebecca is sucked into the mystery—and when notes start showing up, she has to decide who to help—whether it means Callie is the bully or not. Then, Callie disappears and Rebecca has to use every tool at her disposal to help her out.

This is a riveting book. I did not expect to be as drawn into it as I was.  I was able to finish it as a bedtime book in two nights. There were no questions unanswered by the end of the book, and Lauren Frankel did an amazing job with character development without sacrificing any hints or tricks about the way the story was going to go.

Part of me felt for Rebecca, and part of me felt like she was sacrificing a lot for someone who lacked the capacity to truly understand what Rebecca sacrificed. And, her best friend died, by the hands of a close member of the ‘family.’ She was shut out by her beloved cousin after they were married, due to his wife’s craziness and some other details best left to the book—she has very few places to turn. Rebecca puts so much into her relationship with Callie as a way to memorialize her best friend, Joyce (Callie’s mom) and do the best possible thing she can do for this child.

Callie is, as expected, a dramatic little girl. She may not mean to be evil, but it is the age and gender (AKA hormones). The reader is treated to her point of view in the book, just about halfway through it. I enjoyed seeing it from her perspective, but it only reinforced the idea that Rebecca is the one giving a lot of herself, while Callie just does her own thing. When Callie confesses something to her Grandmother, she is completely shut down, and that made me a little sad.

Hyacinth Girls by Lauren Frankel was released on May 12, 2015, and is available at your favorite retailer in hardcover, eformat and audiobook. If you want to purchase this book AND support this site, please click on the following link to purchase Hyacinth  Girls via my affiliate link.

Darn Dirty Klingons: GothamGal on Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive

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GothamGal is a devoted comic fan. Reading comics from an early age (TinTin, Archie, Katie Keene and much more), she has recently revisited her old interest and is branching out into the streets of unread comics and graphic novels! While she favors DC Comics, Marvel is slowly winning her over—but Vertigo, Image and IDW have so many new things to offer, she might just say she’s a comic fan—with no labels. She fights for literature, education and the right for ALL to read comics!

Now, as a geek, I have a confession to make. I am not a huge Star Trek the Original Series fan, but I do love the original Planet of the Apes movies. I have yet to see the new movies, but I do like the Star Trek reboot movies. So this IDW Published graphic novel was a no brainer for me—they have great storylines, and I really enjoyed their Star Trek : Next Generation/Doctor Who crossover.

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The Enterprise follows a Klingon ship into a mysterious portal, landing them in an alternate universe, populated by talking apes (with humans incapable of speech), the crew of the Enterprise have to decide if the Prime Directive comes into play or if they need to worry about the bigger issue—Klingons providing munitions to the residents of the planet populated by apes. The crew of the Enterprise meets Colonel Taylor, a ‘thinking’ human and his friends, part of the population of apes (including Doctors Zira and Zaius!), to  try and work together to stop the Klingon threat. Kor and his Klingon comrades work with the Gorillas (including Marius) and to insure the Gorillas maintain their place at the top of the foodchain on the Planet of the Apes. War among the apes is unthinkable, but the threat is real—the crew of the Enterprise and their new friends will have to think of something, and fast, to get this taken care of.

I really enjoyed reading Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive. I was provided an electronic copy of this by IDW in exchange for my honest review. So, here it is…

I thought this was a well-written and well-drawn story, with a twist at the end that was both unexpected and expected—but nonetheless exciting.

I love the character of Doctor Zira, and I loved that she got so much time on the page within this graphic novel. Additionally, I did not mind Captain Kirk during the reading of this book—which is VERY strange. I normally do not like his cavalier attitude. Scotty and Spock are, as always, great characters. And Colonel Taylor’s character was very close to what we saw in the movies. Charlton Heston’s voice played in my head each time Taylor said something.

I think part of the strength of this is how iconic both fandoms are, and fans of either, both or neither can find some sort of common ground with the story and the archetypes presented within. Rachael Stott’s illustrations pair so well with Scott and David Tipton’s script/writing and coloring by Charlie Kirchoff.

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive will be released in paperback and available at your favorite retailer (or comic book shop!) on August 27, 2015. Be sure to check it out! If you want to help support this site, and pick it up on Amazon, please purchase by clicking this affiliate link.

Travelling Time!

Midori Craze

Midori Craze

Well, not quite what you expected. I am thinking about joining the midori travelling craze, as a portable writing and possible note taking tool.
It seems that I snagged the last normal, retail priced traveller’s notebook in the area (and possibly online), and while they are still packaged prettily, part of me is itching to open them.

How about you? How do you use midori?

Hulu Plus : Changes

I recently saw a change to my Hulu Plus membership, in that I subscribed to a free month trial of Showtime bundled with Hulu Plus. Basically, you pay $8.99 on top of your $7.99 membership and you get access to most of what Showtime has to offer–including shows the Ray DonovanMasters of Sex and Homeland.

We don’t have cable, so we rely on Hulu to keep us relevant.

So far, I’ve loved it! I’ve seen two movies and watched most of the first season of The Affair, which was something I had heard about. I don’t know if we will keep it beyond the month, but so far, I like it.

Do you have Hulu or Hulu Plus? Are you interested in ala cart channel purchases like this?

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