Friday, June 21, 2013

Age of the Aura Phase I: Champions of Power giveaway

Age of the Aura, Phase I: Champions of Power (SYNOPSIS)

Genre: Science Fiction (Space Opera)

The Blessed Galaxy has no other name. After being gifted with the Auras—five great powerhouses of celestial creation—the title was a suitable fit. For millennia, the governing bodies have ruled their respective reaches of the Galaxy while harnessing the might of the Auras. But now they face the threat of a calamity, from an unlikely source, that could shake the lives of all.

Lowen Sars, a devout man of science, decides to take on the burden of saving the Galaxy’s people once he learns of the calamity. But he soon realizes that the role of a hero was a calling not meant for him, even with his sudden promotion. In his process of self-discovery, Lowen begins the fateful saga of not only the Blessed Galaxy, but also the kingdom in possession of the corrupt Aura.
Read more behind the story!

Download Phase I for FREE on Amazon! (June 24th-28th ONLY!)

Enter to Win a Physical Copy of Phase I on GOODREADS!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Champions of Power by Samuel Odunsi Jr.

Champions of Power

by Samuel Odunsi Jr.

Giveaway ends July 24, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Book Reviews for Phase I

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A Book So Fathomless - "3.5 out of 5"

Beth Art From the Heart - "4 out of 5"

Voracious Reader - "3 out of 5"

Sadie S Forsythe - "3 out of 5"

Nik's Picks - "4 out of 5"

Dee's Reads - "3 out of 5"

My Cozie Corner - "5 out of  5"

Confuzzled Books - "4 out of 5"

Cheryl's Book Nook - "4 out of 5"

The Guide to Good Books - "5 out of 5"

Paranormal Sisters - "3.5 out of 5"

Books With Leti Del Mar - "3 out of 5"

Friday, May 10, 2013

Enderʻs Game Movie Trailer!

The plethora of YA books made into movies is just proof that YA literature has crossed media and age boundaries.

Enderʻs Game  has waited 20 years and the story has not lost its appeal, so I'm glad to see the movie trailer out - unlike Game of Thrones, SUMMER IS COMING!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

My Nature is Hunger by Luis J. Rodriguez

Title: My Nature is Hunger: New and Selected Poems , 1989-2004
Author: Luis J. Rodriguez

My Nature is Hunger is the first poetry collection in five years by this major award-winning Latino author. It includes selections from his previous books,Poems Across the PavementThe Concrete River, and Trochemoche, and 26 new poems that reflect his increasingly global view, his hard-won spirituality, and his movement toward reconciliation with his family and his past.

My thoughts:
As an indigenous writer, these poems whisper and moan and shout to me, the rhythm is familiar as breath, and when Rodriguez says "you" in his poem, I imagine that he is speaking directly to me. It doesn't matter if our places are different, if our ancestral memories are different, because he speaks to my na'au (the gut where our Hawaiian knowledge lives).

My favorite stanza from "Piece by piece"
Piece by piece/ They tear at you:/ Peeling away layers of being,/ Lying about who you are,/ Speaking for your dreams.
I think as Hawaiians, when we allow others to speak for our dreams, then we have stopped paying attention to the ho'ailona, those signs from our ancestors that guide us.

My favorite one line from "Believe me when I say. . ."

writing a poem is like fathering a river
Want to teach figurative language, the power of metaphor and simile to craft our own writing? This is the poem to use.

See a great video from Open Road Media of Mr. Rodriguez talking about how books and writing saved him. 

More on the author:

Luis J. Rodríguez (b. 1954) is a poet, journalist, memoirist, and author of children’s books, short stories, and novels. His documentation of urban and Mexican immigrant life has made him one of the most prominent Chicano literary voices in the United States. Born in El Paso, Texas, to Mexican immigrant parents, Rodríguez grew up in Los Angeles, where in his teen yearshe joined a gang, lived on the streets, and became addicted to heroin. In his twenties, after turning his back on gang violence and drugs, Rodríguez began his career as a journalist and then award-winning poet, writing such books as the memoir Always Running (1993), and the poetry collections The Concrete River (1991), Poems Across the Pavement (1989), and Trochemoche (1998). He has also written the short story collection The Republic of East L.A. (2002). Rodríguez maintains an arts center, bookstore, and poetry press in L.A., where he continues writing and working to mediate gang violence.

Thank you to NetGalley and Open Road Media for reading access to this book. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Download Now

For a limited time, download the prequel to The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Here's their trailer. Looks good - they are doing a full court press on this one. Check out her website too. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Happy! Volume 1

Contributors: Darick Robertson, Grant Morrison
Release date: April 30, 2013, Image Comics
Paperback: 96 pages

Nick Sax, a disgraced police detective turned drunk and drug addled gun for hire, is "haunted" by a blue winged unicorn/horse who tries to get Nick to save a little girl from a porn ring.

This is a fast paced, uber violent, angry romp through one night in Nick's messed up life. Not for those who see the f-bomb as a deal breaker.  The coloring of the panels helps to create the mood of dystopian, urban chaos. 


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Windy Hollows

Authors: Neo Edmund and Adira Edmund
Publisher: Zenoscope (April 2012)
Paperback: 80 pages

Tweet Summary:

4 kids at a wizardry school - misadventure, hilarity, a boy who turns into a frog. Family-friendly fun and activities and stickers to boot.

My thoughts:
I don't bother rating books because with my schedule, I only share what I like. With two 5-year old grandsons, this is the perfect book to read together. The adventures are short and problem-based. There's also non-scary magic. We also got to use the activity pages at the end for some quiet time art therapy before nap time.

The art is very reminiscent of super saturated kids manga which sets a nice tone for the book, and for the 5-year olds, there's enough text to read together.


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