Apr 30, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Zyogbv

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

Z is for:

From the blog: Zyogbv is an alien who has unfortunately crash-landed on Earth.

Apr 28, 2012

A-Z Challenge: You're Write, Except When You're Rong

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

Y is for:

From her bio: All writers live in their head. This is me giving my head a chance to live. YA writer. I like gas station coffee and the word "immeasurably".

Apr 27, 2012

A-Z challenge: Lextual:Textual

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!
(and I know I'm cheating on this one)

X is for:

From her bio:  This is the story of a natural haired blogger from New Orleans.
Random rants, enlightenments that come from no where and everything in between. While trying to create myself and figure out where to go from here, I try to have some fun and create art along the way.

Apr 26, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Wistful Nebulae

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

W is for:

From her bio: Science fiction writer. Ebooks, short stories and more. Amateur astronomer giving star tours at Pine Mountain Observatory. I'm also obsessed with Jane Austen.

Apr 25, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Vegan Mama

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

V is for:


Living a car-free, vegan, and slightly minimalistic lifestyle.

Apr 24, 2012

Review: Games of Command

Games of Command
By Linnea Sinclair

Steamy Science Fiction
Paperback, 560 pages

Published by Bantam Spectra







My Summary:
When an alliance is struck between the Triad and the United Coalition, Sass, a UC captain, finds herself under the command of her one time enemy, Admiral Kel-paten. The man is a byocybe, half man/half machine, and Sass doesn’t understand how his brain is programmed.

In the midst of a special anomaly, an injured mercenary lands in their lap and when an attack while transporting him to proper custody sends them into a place most think is nothing more than myth, they come to find that nothing in their hastily made alliance is as it seems

My review:
This novel is heavier on the romance, if for no other reason than that there are two. The main character and her closest friend on the ship are both presented with romantic situations and both deal with them in their own way.

The plot relies heavily on the romance side, but at the same time manages to inject Sinclair’s signature blend of SF, Fantasy, and paranormal edge.

There are some logical issues in regards to how the leading man actually operates… and how that affects the romance. And the addition of a clandestine back story for the main gal seemed a toss in.

Overall it was a fun read.


Buy, Borrow, Brush Past:
As with the previous Sinclair novels, if you’re into both SF and Romance, go for it. This is totally a Buy, fun, fast and steamy. If you’re not into the former, but still into the latter, I’d suggest borrowing this one (and if you like it, take a chance on the rest of her books). If you’re a hard core SF buff who doesn’t like cream in your coffee… you might want to Brush Past this one (even in e-book format).

A-Z Challenge: Universal Gibberish

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

U is for:


Dreams, Movies, Writing, and All That's In Between

Apr 23, 2012

A-Z Challenge: TwelveDaysOld

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!
T is for:


From her Bio: My blog is not very interesting unless you enjoy stalking other people's cats.  It also has many stories that involve too much information and things that make you go, "Huh, that's awkward."  And maybe some knitwear and crafts in there, too.  But I make no promises. From me: She is absolutely Hillarible!
As an aside... I totally took that picture - talk about an awesome week.

Apr 21, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Spinning a Yarn

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

S is for:


The crazy crafting and creations of an Oregon girl.

Apr 20, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Retro Rack

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

R is for:

Gail Carriger - author of the bestselling Parasol Protectorate series - talks about Vintage Style in a Modern World.

Apr 19, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

Q is for:


From his bio: I'm the father of two beautiful young ladies, three lazy cats and one adorable German Shepherd. Together we live in the mountains of north Georgia amidst my endless collection of vinyl records. I run this blog in an attempt to help other novice writers avoid the mistakes I made in the beginning of my road to publication. Believe me, I made many.

Apr 18, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Pampers & Pinot

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!
P is for:

From her bio: I believe there is no better way to spend your time than by laughing (and drinking wine). I believe that Supermom is a Myth, and the more we dispel that myth, the more comfortable we'll be mothering from our own hearts. I am a 30-something married mom to one little maniac with a fulfilling career and a dream of writing.



Apr 17, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Once Upon a Time

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

O is for:


From her blog: Tales of Love, Magic and Psychopaths.

Review: Timeless

Timeless

(Book 5 of The Parasol Protectorate)

By Gail Carriger

Paranormal romance in a Victorian steampunk age

Paperback, 416 pages

Published by Orbit
Released March 2nd, 2012



My Summary:
One would think parenthood would be no problem for a woman as resourceful as Alexia Maccon. However, when your husband is a werewolf, your daughter is a soul-stealer, and you’re living in a vampire’s third best closet, things are never easy.
A mysterious summons from the queen of the Egyptian hive throws their whole world into a tizzy as the Maccons, accompanied by Ivy Ttunstell and her acting troupe descend upon the North African country. What they find traces back to the interfering nature of Alexia’s late father… and could tear the paranormal balance of the world in twain.
My Review:
As an ending, this novel wraps things up well, without making it impossible for continuation. The state in which Ms. Carriger leaves her world is not one that will disappoint her brood of fans. It is a fond farewell to characters that five books have helped mold into realistic beings and created unreal adventures within a very real world.

As always, Ms. Carriger has managed to create a novel rich in prose and full of vibrant characters. The settings are real enough and the surreal elements blended in so accurately that one almost forgets this was not the way of things. The over-the-top characters exhibited in Lord Akeldama – hereto ever after known simply as Dama – and Ivy manage to be written well enough that their ostentatious presence is not cloying.
Buy, Borrow, Brush past:
Buy! This novel, is a beautiful end to a stunning series. It and the rest of the series are too good to not own and read over and over again.

Apr 16, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Newlywed Diaries

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

N is for:


A whimsical look into the first years of marriage for a portland couple.
(I went to highschool with both Tracy and her husband and I can tell you, her blog is very real - very Tracy.)

Apr 14, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Mr. Bray's Art & Design Page

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

M is for:



The evolution of an art student.

Apr 13, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Laundry Hurts My Feelings

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

L is for:


In Joann's words: I'm a house vixen who hates domestic crap but loves bonbons and wine. 

Apr 12, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Katie O'Sullivan

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

K is for:


From her bio: author, magazine editor, wife, and mother to three kids and three dogs... not necessarily in that order. I try to write every day and read a book a week, but life often gets in the way.

Apr 11, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Journaling Woman

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

J is for:


From her bio: a blog where I'm allowed to write whatever is on my mind. I write short stories, essays, and have a book or two on the back burner. Sometimes I think I'm funny while those around me are shaking their heads. So, I write about that. Hey, I'll write about anything.

Apr 10, 2012

A-Z Challenge: I've Got Everything on the Brain

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

I is for:

From her bio: I tend to be a jack of all trades, master of none.

Review: An Accidental Goddess

An Accidental Goddess
By Linnea Sinclair

Steamy Science Fiction
Paperback, 464 pages

Published by Bantam Spectra









My Summary:
Waking up 300 years from the last moment you remember can be tough enough, but when you wake to find you’ve been turned into a Goddess during your 300 year disappearance, things can get even trickier.

Gillie wakes up on a space station 300 years after destroying the last of a war-like alien race’s mage-line. She finds out the people in this sector have turned her into a goddess, and things go from tricky to worse when she realizes she’s falling in love with Mack, the man in charge of the space station, a man she’s been lying to through her teeth.

Mack returns her affections, but the reemergence of the alien mage-line means she’ll have to come clean about all her lies. How will their relationship survive when he finds out she’s the woman he’s worshiped since childhood?

My review:
Set up as a fantasy novel within a science fiction universe, the novel’s setting, characters and conflicts all manage to blend some very familiar fantasy tropes into this Science Fiction world.

I found the concept to be intriguing and rather refreshing overall. While you’re thrown directly into a strange world, one in which the main character is a stranger as well, you’re tossed a floater, not tied to a cement block. The setting is quickly made clear without dragging you through a load of data dump. The characters, while alien in many ways, are not so drastically different as to lose relatability. And the Plot moves along quickly enough that you don’t feel like you’ve been set adrift.

The romance is a bit rushed, but it doesn’t push you out of the story in a way that you might expect. The characters have rational reasoning behind how they feel and while, I found several of the instances of jealousy to be a smidge farfetched, the romance didn’t trip up the plot overlaying it.


Buy, Borrow, Brush Past:
As with the previous Sinclair novels, if you’re into both SF and Romance, go for it. This is totally a Buy, fun, fast and steamy. If you’re not into the former, but still into the latter, I’d suggest borrowing this one (and if you like it, take a chance on the rest of her books). If you’re a hard core SF buff who doesn’t like cream in your coffee… you might want to Brush Past this one (even in e-book format).


Other reviews of novels by Linnea Sinclair:

Gabriel's Ghost

Apr 9, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Here's the Story

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

H is For:


From her bio: I'm a children's writer living in central Illinois with my husband, three kids and the pets they've adopted which I now take care of. I'm a network representative for the Illinois chapter of SCBWI, and am repped by the lovely Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger.

Apr 7, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Gonna Eat Worms

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

G is for:


From the blog: The turgid, tortured tales of a middle-aged (if the average person lives to 99), somewhat disabled lesbian -- Sometimes amusing, sometimes whining, sometimes ranting, but ALWAYS thinking!

Apr 6, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Far Away Series

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

F is For:





From the bio: Reader, writer, all around word junkie. Living on an island, having the adventure of a lifetime.

Apr 5, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Ellie Garratt

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

E is for:

From her bio: When I'm not filling shelves at the local supermarket, I boss various oddball characters around to make speculative fiction. I am currently editing my first science fiction novel, Dreaming of Sleep, and writing my second. I'd love to have you join me as I write my way through the stars, and I look forward to reading your comments and your own literary adventures.

Apr 4, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Darkly Romantic Curmudgeon

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

D is For:




From her blog: Claire Gillian is a number-crunching executive by profession, an after hours writer by passion, and a darkly romantic curmudgeon. Published in short stories and anthologies, The P.U.R.E marks Claire’s official, and debut, transition to the publication of her work in novel form.

Apr 3, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Cold Glass

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people & sites to follow!

C is for:



Because lets face it... all writers could use a cold glass or two from time to time...

Review: Touched by an Alien

Touched by an Alien
(Book 1: Alien/Kitty Katt series)
by Gini Koch

Hillarious Earth based Science Fiction
Paperback, 389 pages

Published by DAW
Released April 6, 2010





My Summary:
Kitty’s life changes forever when she leaves jury duty early and has her whole world turned upside down. Confronted first by a super being dispatched by handy application of pen to jelly fish*, secondly by a hunk who’s oddly decided on the fact he wants to marry her (30 minutes after meeting her), thirdly by the fact that Aliens are among us – have been for some time and happen to all be spectacularly gorgeous – and are here to protect the planet, and fourthly that her family is not what she thought.
What transpires thereafter can only be described as out of this world.

My review:
This novel is hilarious. Fast paced and smoothly written, the main characters feel incredibly real as you follow them through some of the most unlikely of situations. Suspension of disbelief is easily achieved, and while several of the secondary characters come across originally as cloyingly perfect, Ms. Koch manages to cut them with flaws befitting the characters and keep them from becoming unrealistic.
It’s a fun, quick read that will keep you turning the page long after your bedtime. (I suggest starting it on a Saturday morning)

Buy, Borrow, Brush Past:
This is a definite Buy. As I said up top, it’s hilarious, I found myself laughing out loud more than once (garnering a few questioning looks from those around me). It’s definitely geared more toward women, but I don’t think it would be entirely unappealing to male readers - if you can get past the cover.

Review Book 2 - Alien Tango (Kitty Katt)
Review Book 3 -
Alien in the Family (Kitty Katt)
Review Book 4 -
Alien Proliferation (Kitty Katt)
Review Book 5- Alien Diplomacy (Kitty Katt)

Apr 2, 2012

A-Z Challege: Because Nice Matters

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people to follow!

 
B is for: 




From her bio: I am Noelle - I'm a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a fried. But most importantly, I'm a mom to a beautiful little girl, who was born with a broken heart.

MI: Nymph


Oddly, this bug - even with it's exoskeleton - does not make my skin crawl.

Apr 1, 2012

A-Z Challenge: Anne N. Kenny

For this year's A-Z Challenge I've decided to spotlight another blogger each day! Hope this helps you find more fun and interesting people to follow!

A is for:



Anne writes YA novels!
From her Bio: I am a creator of worlds and occasionally words. So grab a seat, relax, and prepare to be anneinized. Here at Writers Quandary, I may not post everyday or even every week, but I promise to not completely disappear without announcing it to the world first.