Alex Kimmell lives in Rhode Island with his family and two dogs. The Idea of North was released in September 2015 to wide acclaim. His previous books The Key to Everything and A Chorus of Wolves are Amazon bestsellers and his short fiction has appeared in publications by Dynatox Ministries, Black Lantern Press, Front Row Lit, Canyon Voices, Wordcount Podcast and Dumb White Husband. alexkimmell.com.
When piano prodigy, Dalton Beaufort, plays his music people die.
Devastation is all that remains as storms of unprecedented size rage across the country side.
An elite group of storm trackers catch on camera a strange shape at the base of the largest tornado ever recorded.
Uncanny haunted melodies play upon the gales as whirlwinds churn and blow the world away.
Dalton must do everything in his power to discover what links him to the mysterious tempests, and avoid traveling along the path of a grim family tradition.
“Alex Kimmell’s stories just get better and better. I got an advanced review copy of The Idea of North a while back. Given his description, I really didn’t know what to expect. That’s good. When I’m reading, I like not knowing what to expect. That edgy feeling continued as the story unfolded. The writing is sharp and straight forward. Alex can turn a phrase and paint a word picture without falling into sounding too writerly. This is a haunting story that will keep you up wondering what dark path the author will lead you down. No spoilers. Just read it, and watch the sky.”
A Final Note
As a kid, I loved Steven Spielberg’s movies. He was the first movie-maker I’d known to create authentic families, lull me into the normalcy of daily life and then unravel it all, making their slow destruction all the more horrifying.
Kimmell is the literary equivalent of Spielberg. As I read his books, I’m both cringing and holding my breath to see how fate will crack and crumble his characters. And I love every minute of it.
Addison Kline is an international best-selling author who resides in Philadelphia with her husband, their children and their two dogs. When she is not writing, she enjoys watching reruns of Downton Abbey, The Walking Dead and Sons on Anarchy, traveling with her family and reading to her heart’s content.
Addison is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association and while she loves to write in a variety of genres, Addison always says “mystery is her game.” Her favorite genres to write include romantic suspense, psychological thrillers, mystery and thrillers.
Some secrets should just stay buried. On the day Tristan Morrow is born her mother goes missing, prompting an investigation that produces no solid leads. Fast forward 15 years, and the Morrow family still doesn’t know the truth behind Catherine Morrow’s disappearance. When 15 year old Tristan is required to write a biography on her mother for a school assignment, she learns the truth about her mother’s fate, and is hell-bent upon finding out who was responsible for her death. But when Tristan herself goes missing too, everyone is suspect, even her own father. Set in rural Fox Hollow, PA, Shadow Dancer unravels a web of lies, deceit, madness and corruption. Can investigators crack the case before Tristan meets the same fate as her mother? And who is responsible for the disappearances? There is much uncertainty as the investigation unfolds, but there is one thing that is certain: Tristan Morrow holds the master key to the entire riddle.
What Readers Are Saying
Melissa72 on Amazon.com gave it 5.0 out of 5 stars
This book was simply amazing from start to finish! We should create a 6th star for works like the one that this awesome author has given to us! It sucked me right in, I mean I was totally hooked right away, and left clinging to the edge of my seat throughout. There is so much mystery and suspense, I literally had to take deep breaths and remind myself to unclench several times as I felt my muscles cramping from tensing up. The questions, and secrets, and passions within the story are so intriguing, and exciting. This is one of those books that stays with you that you will be telling everyone you know that they MUST read it. The plot is flawless and smooth, it just flows, carrying you along. I couldn’t put it down and read it straight through. I would recommend planning some time for this, because I feel that you will want to do the same. I can’t wait to see what happens next! I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.”
Becki Brannen is a thirty-something writer born and raised in the heart of Georgia. Her debut novel, Breathless, is the result of NaNoWriMo 2011, having been written in just twenty-nine days. Becki primarily writes “chick lit with a Christian twist,” marrying one of her favorite genres with her Christian faith. Her life verses are Jeremiah 29:11 and Isaiah 41:10. Becki and her husband have twin daughters and a poodle, Sophie.
What happens when an ordinary girl meets the man of everyone’s dreams?
Keeping secrets is never easy, especially since Ryan Spalding is on the cover of every magazine and this year’s “Hottest Hunk under 30.” Good thing busy lawyer Carly Sparks is so out of the loop when it comes to celebrity affairs, or she’d realize she was in one!
Leading man, Ryan Spalding, tempts Carly in ways she’s only ever seen in the movies. She’s drifted away from a promise she made to God as a teenager, but Carly must rely on her faith when her relationship with Ryan is put to the test. Will it be enough to keep them together, or will theirs be just another failed Hollywood romance?
What Readers Are Saying
“…a whirlwind romance that will leave you feeling breathless!”
Author of Entertaining Angels
“Loved this book. It has romance, trust, happy, sad, intense and God in it. Teared up many times while reading it and couldn’t put it down. Now I am so looking forward to the next book in the trilogy which is Strapless and yes I have already bought it. Can’t wait to see what Becki Brannen does next. Good read, highly recommended…”
Breathless is a great read for fans of Christian Lit, Women’s Contemporary Fiction and Romance. It’d be a fun choice for a Christian book club!
As a delicate rain mists my parched Seattle garden, I can’t help but breathe a sign of relief. My favorite season is here, autumn. Not for the pumpkin-spiced everything or the return of school for my kids. No, it’s because the pace of life slows a tad. Once again, I find time to snuggle in with a good book. And I’ve finished yet another one I’m excited to share with you.
Today, I’d like to share one of my favorite authors with you, JT Twissel. If she were a man with a quasi-British last name, movies would be made out of all her books. But, for now, she writes for the sheer love of the craft and for the readers that pester her to give them more dammit, more! (I may be one of those prodding fans. Okay, cripes. I am.)
JT Twissel (Jan) was born in a small town in Massachusetts and raised primarily in Reno Nevada, leaving home at eighteen to see the world. Eventually she settled down, living first in Chicago and then in the San Francisco Bay area where she obtained a degree in English from UC Berkeley. She worked as a newsletter editor, a process analyst, project manager and technical documentation manager before becoming a full time writer. Aside from her children, she’s most proud of the years she spent as a Make-A-Wish volunteer, interviewing children with life-threatening conditions and helping arrange their wishes.
Maya Bethany awakes as though from a seventeen-year coma to find herself in bed with a stranger—her husband—who is on a course that will ruin not only her life but those of her children as well unless she does something. But what and how and who will help her? Certainly not the flirtatious millionaire she works for. Nor the jaded lawyer who urges her again and again to compromise with the tax man. No, they only complicate her life at a time when she’s just trying to survive. There will be no white knights to save her. She has to do it herself.
Willful Avoidance is a term in the tax man’s lexicon that refers to the refusal of a spouse to obtain knowledge which he or she needs in order to competently cosign income tax returns.
JT Twissel spent fourteen years fighting the franchise tax board, ultimately appealing to the highest tax court in the state of California, the Board of Equalization. The charge against her: willful avoidance. She wrote this fictionalized version of the story as a cautionary tale. If you think what happened to her can’t happen to you, think again.
As an author myself, I know how much time and love it takes to craft a novel which makes me feel all the worse for wolfing downJT Twissel’s latest book in a matter of hours. Within the first chapters I came to care about Maya and her uphill battle against a horrible ex-husband and the IRS. Grounded in reality, her story was dramatic, funny, tragic and wonderful.
What I appreciated most is that Twissel didn’t write what the readers wanted to read, but instead wrote the organic journey of Maya with all her ups and downs. The result is a book with a story you could chew on and with twists that kept me reading late into the night! An added bonus of this book was coming away with a rudimentary understanding of our tax laws. Twissel, you’re a sneaky one. Have you ever thought about teaching the subject at the university?
Willful Avoidance spans multiple genres. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Legal, Women’s Fiction, Humor, Literature & Fiction, Contemporary Women, and Political – there’s something to entice every reader. Why not suggest it for your next book club read?
Like Me and Want More from JT Twissel?
In her own words:
“The battle for Innocent Spouse Relief, which is at the core of Willful Avoidance, is based on my own fun and games with the taxman. Before the release of the book I wrote a largely satirical, five-part series on my blog on the subject. If you’re interested, here are the links:
Today, I’d like to introduce you to A.M. Willard. She is a true believer of soul mates, and happy ever afters. She enjoys reading, sailing, and of course writing contemporary romance with some saucy scenes. Releasing her first novella of the One Night Series on April 12, 2014 has sent her on a new journey in life.
A.M.’s passion for writing started at a young age, but with the love and support from her husband of eighteen years pushed her to follow her dreams. Once she hit that first publish button, she hasn’t looked back. She is a proud member of the Romance Writers of America organization.
A.M. Willard was born and raised in the Panhandle of Florida, but resides in Savannah GA with her husband, son, two cats, one rotten dog, and her six chickens. Yes, we said chickens…
In this Mature Contemporary Romance, A.M. Willard brings you Fading Memories—a story about love, grief, and memories that slowly fade with time.
Isabel Nichols’s life changed in more ways than one through the years. As a young child, she experienced a loss that devastated her. It wasn’t until she was an adult that the universe around her shattered. In a twenty-four-hour time frame, she lost what she’d thought was her world. What followed was a year of mourning, a year of grieving, a year of darkness. Now, there’s one man who can show her the light.
Dakota Jackson left his life behind on a whim, moving to a beach cottage away from the big city where he grew up. He sees through Izzie’s clouds as he gets to know her, with the drive to be everything that she’s ever needed. The only problem is, Dakota holds the key to a secret that could ruin both of their hopes and dreams.
Passion isn’t always enough to heal a broken heart; love isn’t always enough to guide you through the darkness.
This is about two souls that were meant to be together from the day they were born. Two people who have to figure out a way to look past the memories. It’s the now; it’s living your life as you’re meant to, loving the one your heart craves. It’s about letting go of the grieving, learning to be who you are, and accepting life for what it is.
Can love cure all things despite its hardships?
What Readers Are Saying
Jessie on Amazon.com gave Fading Memories five stars. Here’s what Jessie wrote:
“LOVE LOVE LOVE! Not only a wonderful story, but great characters. A great story of heart break and finding love again after terrible pain and loss. It’s really a deep and touching story that is full of emotion, and of course romance. The character pairing is perfect, they all work great together and make the story flawless. Truly a great story!”
Fading Memories is fresh off the presses. I encourage all the romance fans out there to download it and enjoy. If you love it like Jessie did, post a review on your favorite site.
That’s all for today, but join me tomorrow when I introduce you to another fabulous author – and maybe your new favorite book!
Emerald Barnes is my featured author today. She’s an avid blogger, a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd (her words – not mine!), a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.
Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep. Along comes Zach, the new guy in high school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips. Dark forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. With her newfound Christian faith, can Madison find true happiness in her own skin amidst the battle of angels and demons?
Listed on Amazon.com under the genres, YA, Teens, Literature & Fiction, Religious, Christian, and Social Issues.
What Readers Are Saying
This 5-star review on Amazon from Kara Grant was enough to persuade me to download the novel!
Kara begins her review with Barnes’ dedication and makes a note that she reread the novel and wished she could give it another five stars. 🙂
Dedication from the book-
“To all the girls in the world:
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
Don’t let the world tell you otherwise.”
Now, Kara’s comments:
“Wow, oh wow, how I WISH this book had been available when I was in high school. However, I’m utterly grateful to have read it at this point in my adulthood as well. This story had my full attention from the beginning and I just had to know what happened to Madison “Mads.” She’s not your typical teenager, but she suffers way too much emotionally from low self-esteem no matter how many times her best friend, Chase, tells her how amazing she is. That’s not surprising though because sometimes an outsider’s perspective can help tremendously.
Enter Zach Taylor, the new kid in school and instantly noticed because he’s a hunk. Madison hasn’t even spoken to him, but she immediately wishes she could catch the attention of a guy like that and believing this to be impossible she starts feeling low again. So when he seeks her out and pursues her friendship, no one is more surprised than she is at his sudden interest in her. It’s just too good to be true! Instead of allowing herself to hope, she ignores the guy and even convinces herself that it’s some cruel joke for him to like her. Little does she know the incredible plan God has for her.
Before I even read the story, I noticed the dedication of the book and felt like this story was for me (LOVED the dedication). I never believed myself to be pretty or knew my worth in high school so when I heard about this book, I knew it was for me. Any other girls reading this review ever dealt with low self-esteem? We ALL have and I truly believe this book will have a huge impact on the females who pick this up. It DEFINITELY affected me deeply!
Even though Madison is WAY too hard on herself and MOST of the time (even when not being mocked or laughed at) it’s in her head that something is wrong with her. She also makes the mistake of comparing herself to ALL the girls around her including her mom, which convinces her further of being inadequate. She annoyed me a few times in the book about lies she believed and misunderstandings with Chase. But again, I’ve been guilty of the same issues.
Despite this book being a Christian YA book, I didn’t see it as preachy at all. Madison has no idea how much God loves her and once she discovers this reality, it changes everything she knows. Her heart is already incredible, but she is a slave to thoughts of ugliness and unworthiness. When a person doesn’t understand God’s love for them, this can be a problem. No matter how much you’re told how beautiful you are, it’s a revelation that must come from God or you’ll never believe it/never understand the truth of it/start to doubt it.
It was really cool how the author implemented that doubting God, feeling ugly, feeling worthless, and even depression from those thoughts are part of spiritual warfare. No matter what others say, only what God says should be important and focused on. Everyone relates to peer pressure and wanting to fit in, but knowing who you are in Christ is the best way to knowing joy and being free from negative comments from others (even a certain little brother who was just spiteful throughout the book).
It was sooooo easy to hate Ashley’s character in this book, but we do learn why she’s so cruel and it makes sense. Zach is also not who he seems to be, but I really enjoyed his character. Some of the dialogue from Zach had my eyes go wide more than once.
I was able to figure out what was going on from the beginning, but it made the story no less exciting for me as I waited for Madison to overcome her torment. I also enjoyed how she got a job at a coffee place and her boss was an enhancement to the story.
Barnes writes spiritual warfare in such a tangible way, I considered her as talented as Frank Peretti (one of my fave Christian authors and a genius at writing spiritual warfare in fiction). I thought that God went through so much trouble to get His message across to Madison and to break through to her, I just couldn’t believe what it took for her to understand. However, God pursues EACH of us this way and He definitely has spent years working on my heart to understand the same message. He loves us, He fights for us, He’s relentless to make us understand who He is, He will never stop, and He’s determined to show us our worth because even though He’s already make the ultimate sacrifice, He still goes out of His way to show us how beautiful we are to Him.
Madison finally learns this crucial lesson and it changes her in magical ways. I connected with this story and it was much deeper than I anticipated. I hurt with Madison, I wanted to stand with her against lies and cruelty, I was happy for her, and I rejoiced for her when she overcame! What a great book, a definite jewel that shines for God and His beautiful creation……US!! 🙂
At the end of the story there are two bonus short stories that I simply loved on top of this great book!! One is from Zach’s perspective and one is from Chase’s perspective, brilliantly done and very special.
I want to thank the author from the bottom of my heart for the review copy provided. I was not required to write a positive review, but books like this one make it easy to do so. The opinions expressed are my own.”
This morning I woke up to find fog on my car windows. I dressed my daughters in layers, knowing the gray Seattle morning would morph into sunshine before lunchtime and nudged them out the door towards school.
Yes, hoodie sweatshirts coming back into the wardrobe cycle and the trending of Starbucks #PSL on Instagram can only mean one thing. Fall is here.
With the shorter days, I hope you (like me) are finding time to curl up with books again. If you don’t have the next read figured out yet, look no further.
Meet Donelle Knudsen
Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to author, Donelle Knudsen. Her hometown is Portland, Oregon, the beautiful “Rose City” of the Pacific Northwest, but has lived in Eastern Washington since 1988. She earned a B.S. in Arts & Letters from Portland State University and is a four-time finalist in Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s Literary contest in the memoir category.
She owes her love of books and the craft of writing to her late father, who was never too busy to read her stories or make visits to the “Big” library every Saturday. Her memoir, “Through the Tunnel of Love, A Mother’s and Daughter’s Journey with Anorexia” was published in 2011. Her first novel, Between Heartbeats is available now.
I love that author, Donelle Knudsen, happens to collects books, stuffed animals, books, and purses. 🙂
Her first novel, Between Heartbeats, fits into a few genres including – YA, Romance, and Literature & Fiction, but I’d also define it as a thriller because of its breathless pace and seat-of-your-pants story line.
From the back cover, here’s a nice overview:
Can life change between heartbeats? Diana awakens on her seventeenth birthday in a joyful mood. But at breakfast she is told, during a heated argument with her mother, that the man she has loved as her father is not her father at all. Diana decides to unravel the mystery of her childhood and the reason for their secrets and travels across the country to visit her step-father. And so, Diana begins a journey where she discovers shocking truths hidden just beneath the surface.
To further complicate her summer, she meets Kevin Wright, a college junior. When Kevin vanishes without a trace, Diana learns family is more than shared DNA and discovers who will help her when it appears all hope is gone. In Donelle Knudsen’s Young Adult novel, Between Heartbeats, a young woman’s quest to find her roots enables her to discover love and the power of forgiveness.
What Readers Are Saying
Well, normally I feature some Amazon reviews in my book posts. But, all the reviews for this relatively new release contained spoilers. I don’t want to ruin your experience by revealing too much here, so I’m not quoting them. But, the readers do agree that Between Heartbeats is a worthwhile read, full of twists and emotion. I encourage you to check it out!
Zeus Is Dead, A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure
In perfect time for the Halloween season, but entertaining any time of the year, I want to introduce you to author, Michael G. Munz.
About Michael G. Munz
An award-winning writer of speculative fiction, Michael G. Munz was born in Pennsylvania but moved to Washington State at the age of three. Unable to escape the state’s gravity, he has spent most of his life there and studied writing at the University of Washington.
Michael developed his creative bug in college, writing and filming four exceedingly amateur films before setting his sights on becoming a novelist. Driving this goal is the desire to tell entertaining stories that give to others the same pleasure as other writers have given to him. He enjoys writing tales that combine the modern world with the futuristic or fantastic.
Michael has traveled to three continents and has an interest in Celtic and Classical mythology. He also possesses what most “normal” people would likely deem far too much familiarity with a wide range of geek culture, though Michael prefers the term geek-bard: a jack of all geek-trades, but master of none–except possibly Farscape and Twin Peaks.
Michael dwells in Seattle where he continues his quest to write the most entertaining novel known to humankind and find a really fantastic clam linguine.
With 100+ Reviews, Zeus Is Dead Has Readers Talking
THE GODS ARE BACK. DID YOU MYTH THEM?
You probably saw the press conference. Nine months ago, Zeus’s murder catapulted the Greek gods back into our world. Now they revel in their new temples, casinos, and media empires–well, all except Apollo. A compulsive overachiever with a bursting portfolio of godly duties, the amount of email alone that he receives from rapacious mortals turns each of his days into a living hell.
Yet there may be hope, if only he can return Zeus to life! With the aid of Thalia, the muse of comedy and science fiction, Apollo will risk his very godhood to help sarcastic TV producer Tracy Wallace and a gamer-geek named Leif–two mortals who hold the key to Zeus’s resurrection. (Well, probably. Prophecies are tricky buggers.)
Soon an overflowing inbox will be the least of Apollo’s troubles. Whoever murdered Zeus will certainly kill again to prevent his return, and avoiding them would be far easier if Apollo could possibly figure out who they are.
“These days, it often seems as if comedy is a grossly misunderstood genre. The clever wordplay of Abbot & Costello, the slick yet frantic visual jokes of Monty Python, and the absurd humor of Benny Hill have been replaced with over the top send ups of popular ideas, and basement budget attempts at quick one off fart jokes.
Michael Munz fixes all of that with one of the funniest things I’ve ever read.
When the Greek God Zeus is murdered, his edict of non-interaction with mortals goes up in smoke, allowing the Gods to return, hold a press conference, and start making the world a more interesting, or at least, less sane, place to live. Everything familiar about the world is turned on its ear as the Gods scramble to be worshiped again, with varying degrees of success.
Cuddly balls of adorable horrifying death, monster hunting reality shows, secret ninja orders, rambling Muses, random abstract concepts, and more both aid and harry the last group of people you would ever want for heroes as they try to find out who killed Zeus, and save the world from imminent destruction at the hands of idiots.
Ridiculous, hysterical, and strange, Zeus Is Dead is a wonderful read, both well written and imaginative. Hands down, one of the best books I’ve picked up in a long time.”
BONUS TIME///Amazon Giveaway for YA and Mystery-Lovers!
If you visited my blog yesterday, then you know I adore book series. Maybe I love them so because as I devour one book, I take comfort knowing that another is waiting for me after, “The End.” Well, Murray’s Vivid Trilogy is no different.
Meet Andrea Murray
Andrea Murray has been a teacher for seventeen years and has taught just about every possible English class, including elementary reading groups and introductory college courses. She is a proud member of Mensa and lives in a teensy town in Arkansas with her high school sweetheart and husband of seventeen years. They have two children, who keep their lives very interesting and very busy.
The Vivid Trilogy – Vivid, Book 1 – Her entire life she has feared her power and its connection to her mother’s murder. When Vivian Cartwright was five years old, she witnessed her mother’s death. Now, sixteen-year-old Vivian only wants a normal life, hard to accomplish when you possess the power to control energy. She has kept her ability a secret from everyone except her guardian, Charlotte, who has hidden Vivian from the man responsible for her mother’s murder. Her secret is safe until Vivian defends herself at school using her power. After this first use of her gift in many years, Vivian’s power seems to take on a mind of its own, increasing in strength and demanding to be used. This increase in power also brings dreams of her mother’s death and the mysterious man associated with it. In her desire to unlock her past, Vivian is forced to use her supernatural gift over and over. With each use, Vivian fears she is losing control and discovers her powers are growing—maybe too much—bringing her unknowingly closer to the man who murdered her mother.
The Omni Duology (Book 1) – They will risk everything, even challenging the all-seeing eye of the Omni government. But will the prize be worth the cost?
Seventeen-year-old Pierce is a Drudge, the lowest social stratum in society. For over two years, he’s hoped—prayed—that his upcoming aptitude test will finally free him from his virtual slavery and give him a chance at a better existence. When he rescues Harmony, an Artist and member of the most successful stratum, his life takes an unbelievable twist.
With his gallant act and good looks, he becomes a media sensation. Every stratum in society seeks his membership for their publicity, but as he becomes closer to Harmony, Pierce realizes what fame in Omni is truly like. His choices will not only affect him but Harmony as well. The life Pierce thought he wanted may not be worth the cost to either of them.
What Readers Are Saying
They are fangirling over Murray on Amazon.com. Here’s what one reviewer had to say:
“Wow! Vivid is an AWESOME read! It captivated me from the very beginning. It is one of those books that you don’t want to put down once you start reading it. The main character, Vivian, has a powerful gift that anyone would welcome at some point in their life – as long as it could be controlled. Her sense of humor reminds me of my best friend. This book contains action/adventure, mystery, romance, humor, the supernatural – it has it all. It’s really hard to believe that Vivid is this author’s first book! A sequel is a MUST!
Murray hit my sweet spot – she has a female protagonist that feels unworthy of her natural gifts who comes to own her strength and power. I found the first book of The Vivid Trilogy to be fantastically readable, the characters authentic and instantly likeable and the storyline devourable. Five-stars from me for Book 1. Book 2, here I come. Okay, maybe I’ll have to wait until October, but I’m already looking forward to it.”
See you tomorrow when the spotlight shines on another indie author!