July 23, 2014

Review: Far Orbit: Speculative Space Adventures

Anthology Title: Far Orbit: Speculative Space Adventures
Editor: Bascomb James; Featuring an open letter to SF by Elizabeth Bear
Published: April 29, 2014
Publisher: World Weaver Press
Paperback: 290 pgs

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Modern space adventures crafted by a new generation of Grand Tradition science fiction writers. Smart, readable, and engaging stories that take us back to a time when science fiction was fun and informative, pithy and piquant—when speculative fiction transported us from the everyday grind and left us wondrously satisfied. Showcasing the breadth of Grand Tradition stories, from 1940s-style pulp to realistic hard SF, from noir and horror SF to spaceships, alien uplift, and action-adventure motifs, Far Orbit’s diversity of Grand Tradition stories makes it easy for every SF fan to find a favorite.

Put aside all of your preconceived notions of what "sci-fi" is -- whether you think you love it or hate, it doesn't matter -- pick up this book and get to reading!

I have not enjoyed a sci-fi read this much in a really long time. Far Orbit takes the dreary, normally battle-filled genre and turns it completely on its head. With stories that are fun, hilarious and unexpected, there was a new adventure at every turn. I also loved the tidbits of history that preceded each chapter. It's always easy to forget how a genre has changed over the course of the years.

I have two favorite aspects of this anthology:
1) The fact that there was so much diversity. Not just by race and gender (which was so refreshing), but by the characters' backgrounds as well -- there were stories about entrepreneurs, ones about martians, ones about pirates (yes, pirates in space) -- I mean, there is never a lack of excitement when no two settings are alike.

2) The characters were believable and fleshed out -- even in such short stories -- not an easy feat, I can assure you! Each character could have had their very own spinoff and you would've wanted to read each one. It amazed me how these authors were able to cram so many wonderful character flaws and traits into so little time. Loved them all!

Stories in this Anthology (my favorites are starred, although they're all good!):

Open for Business by Sam S. Kepfield
Three men decide to make a millions of dollars by mining a space asteroid...but first, they have to bring it to Earth.

Composition in Death Minor by K. G. Jewell 
Sophie, a cellist and assassin who sees the world through music. We follow her as she attempts to assassinate someone on one of Jupiter’s moons. 

* Spaceman Barbecue by Peter Wood
Commander Matt Brannigan gets trapped in an alternate reality when his ship crashes behind Hank’s trailer. Hank, who has been depressed since the death of his father, finds a way to save the day for both himself and Commander Brannigan.

* Obsidianite by Kat Otis 
Janessa is a freelance trader who is forced to choose between saving herself or saving the pregnant girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend on an erupting volcano. 

Starship Down by Tracy Canfield
Okalani Yee is a xenobiologist running a med-station on a planet inhabited by alien bunnies. 

Backscatter by Gregory Benford 
Claire learns that life might emerge under the most unlikely conditions.

* A Game of Hold’em by Wendy Sparrow
Matt, a businessman, is forced to play a game of poker with a potential partner (who also happens to be extremely dangerous). His opponent, a slave owner, rigs the game with a female slave as the dealer. Will Matt intentionally lose the game to earn more business; or will he turn the tables on his enemy?

From a Stone by Eric Choi 
A group of scientists exploring an asteroid find more than they bargained for. 

Charnelhouse by Jonathan Shipley
Doctor Charnelhouse and his wife, Beth, visit an alien planet along to search an alien burial ground when the unexpected occurs. 

* Bear Essentials by Julie Frost
Captain Russ accepts a job transporting a live bear from one planet to another. At least...that's what he thinks...turns out the job is not as simple as he thought. 

* The Vringla/Racket Incident by Jakob Drud 
Emails sent back and forth between Johanna Wilborough and a babysitting service that employs aliens.

* A Trip to Lagasy by Barbara Davies
Kira Walsh is searching for a unique orchid when she encounters her nemesis (and ex), Jules Steger. Walsh had found out 5 years earlier that Steger was a fraud, taking credit for the work of others. 

Saturn Slingshot by David Wesley Hill 
Space pirates attack a space ship traveling through Saturn's rings.  

July 22, 2014

Review: Demon's by K.F. Breene

Demons (Darkness, #4)
Title: Demons
Author: K.F. Breene
Series: Darkness #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication: July 21, 2014

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It’s been a long road, but Sasha has finally claimed her role as the least knowledge mage in history. She’s also acquired a new, incredibly grumpy bodyguard, and a spunky new BFF. With her team by her side, she learns the ropes of this new profession.
Her experience level is about to be fast-tracked, however.On a routine trip to check out a perimeter breach, she encounters a hideous demon called by an experienced magic worker. It is this terrifying discovery that unlocks a deeper problem: Stefan’s troubled past and the reason he gravely mistrusts the Mata.
While Sasha struggles to fight the physical demons, Stefan struggles to fight the demons of his past. If he fails, his future in Sasha will be lost.

If you've been following this story, then you know by now that Sasha is a badass, a slightly insecure badass, but badass, none the less. You also know that Stefan is fierce, Charles is....something else, but we love him, and Jonas is just plain scary. Toa is still weird, and Dominicous is, well, Dominicous. We also get introduced to some new characters in Demons, characters that Sasha feels a kinship with.

I loved Demons. I know I said before that On a Razor's Edge was my favorite, well I liked Demons better. We get to see a different side to key characters here. Stefan, our fierce leader and scary badass, shows a bit of vulnerability. I have to say, I was a bit shocked, at first, but honestly, it made me love him even more. It shows him in a completely different light. I just love that guy, and I love the way he loves Sasha. I know that Charles is generally the comedy relief, but Jonas does a really great job of that himself in this installment. He's still scary. He's gruff, mean, grumpy, and just downright hateful, but he is completely on Sasha's side. I found it so refreshing....and absolutely hilarious when he relaxed a little bit. Toa also shows a different side of himself. He isn't nearly so self contained as he'd like everyone to believe.

Without giving away too much of the story, lets just say that Sasha has some nasty demons to take care of here. Stefan is struggling so hard with his past, that he seems to lose focus when he needs it most. We still get some Mata action, even with Stefan's distrust. Sasha is trying her hardest to fit into the role of being a leader, and Dominicous and Stefan are both trying not to step on the others toes. Dominicous also throws some pretty hefty news Sasha's way.

I feel like I'm just rambling on and on here. The point is that I loved Demons. I can't wait for the next book, and the next after that. I will happily devour anything Ms. Breene throws my way. Please tell me you've kept up with the Darkness series! Gah! It's fantastic, I don't know how many times I can say that before people will believe me. And this installment is fabulous!

Other books in the Darkness series:
Into the Darkness (FREE): Amazon B&N Goodreads
Braving the Elements: Amazon B&N Goodreads
On a Razor's Edge: Amazon B&N Goodreads

Here is a bit of fantasy, and something new:
Chosen (The Warrior Chronicles #1): Amazon Goodreads

July 21, 2014

GCReading has reached 10,000 Likes on FB! {Giveaway Time}

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We cannot thank you all enough for all the support!

To celebrate, we have teamed up with a group of awesome authors & bloggers and are giving away a bookshelf, some books (in all genres) to fill your shelf, and a $25 gift card to our international readers!

Yes, we said bookshelf! 

This one to be precise. :)

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Book Highlight & Giveaway: Demons by KF Breene!

Title: Demons
Author: K.F. Breene
Series: Darkness #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication: July 21st, 2014

It’s been a long road, but Sasha has finally claimed her role as the least knowledge mage in history. She’s also acquired a new, incredibly grumpy bodyguard, and a spunky new BFF. With her team by her side, she learns the ropes of this new profession.

Her experience level is about to be fast-tracked, however.

On a routine trip to check out a perimeter breach, she encounters a hideous demon called by an experienced magic worker. It is this terrifying discovery that unlocks a deeper problem: Stefan’s troubled past and the reason he gravely mistrusts the Mata.

While Sasha struggles to fight the physical demons, Stefan struggles to fight the demons of his past. If he fails, his future in Sasha will be lost.

As I got halfway through the open space, a vulgar feeling began to crawl up my skin like tiny insects scrabbling under my clothes. The sickly-sweet smell of rotting flesh tickled my nose.

“I’ve never felt anything like this before,” I said quietly, passing my hands through the air. “Although, granted, I haven’t had a lot of experience.”

Shapes took form within the shadows toward the back wall the closer I got. On the right, near the corner of the building, lay a pile of grayish sticks, charred and blackened by fire. Scorched fabric was glued to the various elements of the pile.

Three more steps had me halting, sucking in a huge breath. 

It was a body! They weren’t sticks, they were bones coated in masticated skin!

Did that moan come from me?

A face, twisted in an endless scream of agony, lay on the backside of his calves. One arm had been ripped out of the socket and lay flat under his back. One leg, obviously broken at the thigh, lay over the other. He was broken and twisted, as if he’d been made of match-sticks and sporadically snapped and tossed to the ground.

“No human could have done this,” I whispered. “His back was broken in half.”

“A bear could have,” Jonas’ voice echoed around the crouching walls.

“Not without opposable thumbs,” I retorted into the hush.

A few more steps and I could see another fire site, only this time, there was a large black pot overturned against the wall. A round camping stove, smudged with soot, half lay under it.

“This has got to be a few days old, at least…”

“You’re not here to investigate,” Jonas growled. “You’re here to feel for magic. We have experienced clan that’ll go over this site and give us more conclusive findings.”

 “Oh. Well, you could’ve made that more clear before I looked at the body.”

I let my magic drift, sensing for spells and pitfalls within the area. This was something I practiced every day per Toa’s instruction. A large part of my job was sensing other magic and possible dangers. I still had trouble doing this on the fly, but here, in the quiet settings, the building almost feeling as if it was holding its breath, I had nothing else to do but concentrate.

The black glow of my magic, hardly discernable in the gloom of the warehouse, drifted over the overturned pot. Like a match to kerosene, a circular fire lit up, climbing into the sky like fairy lights. Sparkles danced and played in a shimmering orange halo lazily drifting toward the right. Toward the body.

I could not help that squeak. Or holding my breath afterwards.

Still it drifted. Reaching for that death. What would it do when it got there?

I don’t want to know!

A blast of rotten flesh crawled up my nose, prompting a gag. That smell didn’t come from the body, it came from the disgusting magic corroding this area. Magic that was still active. Lingering, waiting. But for what? Whatever spells had been laid, they weren’t used to create rainbows. They were also extensive and intricate. Beyond my training.

“Not good magic over here…” I mumbled.

My magic spread like a fog over the body. For a second, nothing happened.

“Sasha?” Tim asked into the din.

“Don’t go in there, mong—“

Jonas’ voice cut off as my magic started to sizzle and pop. Like water splashing into hot grease.
“What’s it doing?” I asked Jonas with a quiver in my voice.

“This isn’t normal…” Jonas’ voice drifted away.

“Back out of there, Sasha,” Tim urged from the door.

Something tugged at my magical senses. It was like undertow, rolling and fierce, sucking. Consuming. As fast as magic surged into my body, elements desperate to get in, something in that area stole it again, using my draw to fuel itself.

But what the hell kind of spell was it?

 “Oh shit,” I mumbled, scrabbling to pull my power back.

“What is it?” Jonas asked, stepping into the building, his tattoos lighting up like a Christmas tree. A great, gleaming sword swung into his hand, the blade glowing orange.

“Get out of here, Jonas! I need to tie off this weird spell. It’s sucking magic to it.”

Jonas took a hasty step back, his body once again receding out of the doorway. Tim backed out with him, but hesitantly.

I got to work, sweat beading my brow, fighting the draw both of that corner, and from the elements fighting to rush into my body.

 “Nasty spell-working, this,” I said under my breath, sensing the elements within the casting. “They’re, like,reaching for me. Feeding off my magic. I’ve never dealt with a spell like this. I didn’t even know this was possible.”

“Dark magic,” Jonas whispered. “Hard to work. Harder to control. Someone has balls of steel.”

“Well, it’s not me,” I wheezed.

I snubbed out the elements that made up the spell, like soldering wires, closing the spell in a sort of circuit. The question was, did I just lock all that power in, or would it fray and disintegrate like it had been, needing someone with magic to come along and fan it higher?

“I don’t think the wielder knew exactly what he was doing,” I murmured, analyzing the lacy structure of the orangy incantation. It hovered within a shaky line spilled on the cement floor. Spilled because it looked suspiciously like blood, sticky and slick, gleaming in the soft light from the window.

As I was about to turn away toward Jonas, wanting to talk about what I’d done and see what he thought—we’d probably have to go get Toa—the lacy spell cleared away like mist. In its place grinned the head of a black monster, staring at me like a hungry lion would a fresh steak.

“You did not call me.” Sharp, ragged teeth filled a mouth too big for its face.

Terror jolted me back as a stringy leg stepped forward.

“Sasha?” Jonas’ voice held hard fibers of alarm.

The monster slapped into an invisible barrier. Orange sparks rained down on its head. It glanced up, and then around, noticing the hazy orange circle trapping it. And then its face straightened out, staring right at me out of black pits instead of eyes.  “We can rule, you and I. Our power, combined, will be indestructible. Join me.”

“Oh lovely, one of you. Fantastic.”

I eyed his cage as it did, sensing the weakness of it. The shaky spell, barely held together. Even as I stood there, the thing was starting to eat away at its cage.


Was this terrible spell by design, or some sort of failed attempt?

“We gotta get out of here!” I roared at Jonas, backing away as quickly as possible. “This thing is way, waystronger than other Dulcha I’ve seen. It’s feeding off of the magic containing it, somehow. We need Toa for this one.”

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July 17, 2014


The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

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When did you start blogging? 

I started blogging back in 2010. I am loving every minute of it!

What is your favorite part of book blogging? 

Honestly, I love the traveling. I travel a lot to meet my favorite authors and attend a lot of events. I love reviewing and love talking to readers who are just as crazy as I am, and passionate about a book as I am. It makes it so much fun. I've made so many friends blogging and love every single one of them.

What type of books do you mainly blog about? 

I love reading anything that has romance, but I tend to really enjoy all things paranormal, high fantasy, and sci/fi. It can be YA, NA, whatever... doesn't matter. Just has to have some kind of romance, or lots of action. The only genre I haven't really be able to get into is mystery thrillers. They just aren't my thing. I've tried a few that had romance and action, but I don't know... I just can't get into them.

What is your favorite book(s)? 

Oh man, this is hard. I don't think any reader can really choose ONE book. We read so much I am sure it changes, but I have to say this year so far it's The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, and Finally, Forever by Katie Kacvinsky.

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Of River & Raynn: The Catalyst by Rebecca Ethington Cover Reveal & Giveaway!

Have you met River and Raynn yet? 
It’s time to get lost in a new world.

They found me when I was five; a little girl sitting on a bench in Grand Central Station, soaking wet, asking about the rain.

I remembered nothing about how I got there, or who my parents were. I couldn’t even remember my name. I was tagged, labeled and doomed to cycle through state care for the next twelve years; moving from one family to another. They all rejected me as the dreams began to come, the memories began to return, and things around me began to explode.

Now my mind is full of a world of shadows, things that my heart pleads with me to be true, that I hope are only fantasy. That the disturbing past I see is not mine.

When I sleep I hear whispers of magic, and of evil queens, and a world that exists alongside our own. Things that could never be. But, there is one thing I know to be true. That there was a boy who was torn from me. A boy that I know means more to me than a brother, or than a lover. But what he is to me, I am not sure. I hear him cry for me in my dreams, I hear people call him The Catalyst.

I know I need to find him.

I wouldn’t have tried, if I would have known that finding River, would have made all my dreams turn into a haunting reality.


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Rebecca Ethington is a story teller and author from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. Rebecca’s first stint into the world of literary writing, The Imdalind Series, was released in October 2012 and since its release each book has been found in several top 100 lists on Amazon. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her crazy family.

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Blog Tour: The Reality of You by Jean Haus - Review & Giveaway!

Title: The Reality of You
Author: Jean Haus
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publication: June 26th, 2014

Naomi Porter was once witty, fun, and outgoing, but she has scratched outgoing off the list, along with men. She has a mediocre tech job in fabulous New York, a large smut book collection, and awesome friends, both tangible and in an online gaming community. She just doesn’t date. A future filled with cats and housedresses beats having her heart broken again.

But Naomi still likes men, even kind of stalks—mostly fantasizes about—a gorgeous one at work during lunch.

Her best friend, Kara, is determined that Naomi will be outgoing again. When Kara finds out who, as in a notorious playboy, Naomi is stalking at lunch, she plans to break Naomi of her lunchtime habit and bring her back into the real world. It’s just going to take a bit of deception.

Between all the deceiving, fangirling, and bumbling, Naomi might not be able to resist the temptation of turning her seven-month fantasy into reality. And really, so what if he’s a playboy or a demanding jerk? Her fantasies don’t include love or even like, just a bed or a couch or the back seat of a limo…

Reality might be just what she needs.

*A sexy romantic comedy intended for audiences 18+

Naomi is a loner, she keeps to herself and sticks to her fantasies. She’s had her heart broken too many times to take another chance, so, she plays online video games, and leads an otherwise boring life. She has been secretly watching Reese Jordan, though, she didn’t know his name, everyday during her lunch hour. Secretly admiring, and pining for a man whose name she didn’t even know. Luckily, or un, depending on how you look at it, Kara, Naomi’s best friend, knows exactly who Reese is, and she doesn’t seem to be a fan.

So, in order to show Naomi Reese’s true character, she comes up with the ideal plan. Reese needs a temporary secretary for a trip to Puerto Rico, and Naomi is going to be that secretary…even though she really has no idea how to be a secretary. Things start out rocky. Truth, Reese is kind of a jerk off, without reason, it seems. Naomi eventually gets tired of his crap, but she pushes on. She just needs to finish the week and get back to admiring from afar. Until something shifts between the two, that is.

I liked Naomi. She has a great sense of humor, and she’s spunky. She has a hard time not being a bumbling fool around Reese, apparently, he’s just that sexy. As I said, in the beginning, Reese was kind of a jerk. Kara, I thought she was okay in the beginning, but, by the second half of the book, I didn’t much care for her. She redeems herself, though, and so does Reese. I do have to say, what these two did to Naomi, had it been me, fists would have been flying. At the very least, verbal warfare, followed by a bout of non-communication, for a while. They would have had to grovel…a lot, to earn any kind of acknowledgement from me again, for quite some time.

All in all, I liked the story. Good concept, great sexual tension, and humor. There were some parts where I was wondering what in the world Kara’s problem with Reese was, but it all makes sense, when it comes out. I’d recommend The Reality of You if you like a humorous read, with a quirky, yet strong heroine.


About Jean

When Jean Haus isn’t writing, she’s usually reading. Anything from young adult to historical fiction as long as there’s at least a bit of romance, she’ll load it on her kindle. She also loves to cook. And someday she will create the world’s best potsticker.



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July 16, 2014

Book Highlight & Giveaway: SUMMER'S TEMPTATION by Ashley Lynn Willis!

Title: Summer's Temptation
Author: Ashley Lynn Willis
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Vandeveer University #1

If there are only three truths in life, they are these. Women will always try to change a man. Men will always say anything to get a girl in bed. Tyler Mason will always have a long line of girls trying to domesticate him, and none will succeed. If one of these ceases to be true, the world will cease to exist.

These are the rules as college student Cassie Faye knows them, so when she gives up on dating in favor of a man who can satisfy her without tempting her heart, her next-door neighbor Tyler tops the list. Tyler isn’t the type of boy Cassie would fall for, but he’s the perfect guy to teach her how to claim her sexual independence without losing her heart in the process. Too late, Cassie finds out that under his womanizing exterior is an attentive, considerate lover who brings out passions in her that she'd barely glimpsed before.

What if she’s wrong about the third truth? What if the world as she knows it is about to cease to exist?



Ashley lives in the Midwest with her husband of twelve years. For eight years, she worked as an engineer in general aviation but quit her job to be a stay at home mom to three precious children. She began writing in September of 2009 and has been penning her imagination ever since.


    “Why do you call me cupcake?” I ask.

      Tyler’s hands slide to my hips, and my breath catches. He pulls me against him, my rear pressed into his crotch. It’s a tiny movement, and the room’s dim enough that nobody seems to notice. His body is hard where I’m soft, and I clench my hands to keep from touching him.

      His hand twists in my hair, and he gently tugs my head back until his lips are almost touching my ear. His hot breath shudders against my skin. “Because you’ve got chocolate hair and chocolate eyes and a creamy middle I want to delve my tongue into.”


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