Monday, September 30, 2013

Josh and Hannah by Lynda Chance Review

I use Grammarly for english proofreading because there's a little grammar nazy in all of us.

Josh and Hannah (Redwood Falls, #1)

Josh Turner wants Hannah more than life itself. She's perfect and new . . . but she's a McIntyre. She's from the richest family in the county, and he's a Turner, from the wrong side of the proverbial tracks. And to make matters worse, there's no love lost between their families.

I don't know how to explain how I feel about Josh and Hannah. This book has the addicting-I can't put you down- factor. I give it that. The writing was also good. That's one of the reasons why I finished it. There wasn't much going on in the plot department, but sometimes a simple plot makes for a great fast read. Sadly there were too many things that made Josh and Hannah a not so great book.

The pacing of the book was good, but there was this intensity between Josh and Hannah throughout the entire book that made it kind of one tone. It just didn't change. I think Josh's character was one factor that gave that feel to the book. He was too overwhelming all the time. The things that came out of his mouth sometimes left my mouth hanging open and screaming to Hannah to run for her life. Here are a few examples:

“You belong to me now, understand? You're mine; we're exclusive. Nobody else gets to touch you, and I mean not at all."And "I own you"

No. Just no.

This made his character look like a sociopath instead of a possessive alpha male. The thing is that even when he said all this crazy things Hannah went with it. Hannah's survival instincts were none existent, rather than warning bells she felt butterflies in her stomach. It was almost like seeing a shark coming towards you with a million teeth showing and instead of swimming for your life you decide to try and cuddle the beast. I just didn't understand. Josh wasn't confident at all and was always whining about Hannah being rich and him being poor. At one point,  he's having an inner dialogue with himself about what he should tell Hannah to do with her inheritance like, donate it because if he's poor she should be too. UGH!!

Josh overshadowed the plot. He even overshadowed the other "main" character which was Hannah. At the beginning of the book, Hannah's voice was audible and clear. She may not have been too smart with the decisions she made, but she was there until she wasn't anymore, and it was only Josh narrating almost everything. I heard glimpses of her voice, but it was only to hear things like " would always be about Josh". At the beginning,  his possessiveness and need to be around Hannah was cute and made me sigh but then it got creepy to the point where I was kind of scared of him.

Josh and Hannah bother me to the point where I almost abandoned the book. But I finished it for the simple fact that Lynda Chance knows how to keep the reader entertained. There were some side characters that I wanted to see developed a little bit more. Hopefully will see some of these characters in the next book, and I'm hoping that the next heroine doesn't take a back seat as Hannah did.

My Sister's Reaper Book Blast and Giveaway!!

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My Sister's Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it. When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human, and to top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul no matter what. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper, or let Mara die … this time for good.


  Author Dorothy Dreyer I'm a Philippine-born American living in Germany with my husband and two teens. I write young adult books that usually have some element of magic or the supernatural in them. I also like to read those kinds of books. Aside from reading, I like movies, chocolate, take-out, coffee, traveling, and having fun with my friends and family. I've also been known to make a pretty sweet cupcake. I tend to sing sometimes, too, so keep me away from your Karaoke bars.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

October Reading Challenge

Hey guys!! I've been thinking of ways to keep up with what I'm suppose be reading next. I tried Goodreads but I have so many books in my to-read list that I'm scared to even look at it. So I'll just post here the books I want to read each month. Hopefully this will help me read all the books in my list before the year ends. I also want to know what you guys are reading or what books you want to read next. Let me know in the comments! 

Currently Reading:

The Archived (The Archived, #1)
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

October Reading List:

Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma
At seventeen, Mathéo Walsh appears to have it all. He is a champion diver and a hot prospect for the upcoming Olympics. He is a heartthrob, a straight A student and lives in one of the wealthiest areas of London. He has great friends and is the envy of many around him. And most importantly of all, he is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Lola. He has always been a stable, well-adjusted guy . . .

Until one weekend. A weekend he cannot seem to remember. All he knows is that he has come back a changed person. One who no longer knows how to have fun, no longer wants to spend time with his friends, no longer enjoys diving. Something terrible happened that weekend – something violent and bloody and twisted. He no longer knows who he is. He no longer trusts himself around people: he only wants to hurt, wound and destroy. Slowly, he begins to piece back the buried, fragmented memories, and finds himself staring at the reflection of a monster.

Tormented, Mathéo suddenly finds himself faced with the most devastating choice of his life. Keep his secret, and put those closest to him in terrible danger. Or confess, and lose Lola forever . . .

Unattainable by Madeline Sheehan

Unattainable (Undeniable, #3)

Tegen Matthews is the daughter of Dorothy Kelley, a club whore in the Hell’s Horsemen. A plain little girl, Tegen falls into the gritty world of the motorcycle club. When she meets a sweet, caring boy, she embraces the warmth and affection he shows her. Cage West is the son of the president of the Hell’s Horsemen. Tall and blond with deep brown eyes, as he grows up Cage realizes the power of his dimpled smile and smooth drawl. With one chance encounter, Tegen becomes forever tied to Cage. Following is a wayward journey that is filled with regrets, mistakes, and heartache, pulling at the threads that hold them together. Cage and Tegen fight hard but love harder, and in the end, what matters is where the journey takes one girl and one boy, who have been twined with one another since the beginning.

This is Tegen and Cage’s story.

Love doesn’t erase a broken heart, and it sure doesn’t change people. But no matter how old, how flimsy, how frayed the rope of love is, it keeps you tethered to the people you love.

Omens by Kelley Armstrong
Thank you to Joy from Joyous Reads sending me this one!
Omens (Cainsville, #1)
Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

Curse of the Bane (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #2)

Curse of the Bane (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #2)

Now it's the dark's turn to be afraid

The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts. But now there's some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat; a force so evil that the whole county is in danger of being corrupted by its powers. The Bane!

As Thomas and the Spook prepare for the battle of their lives, it becomes clear that the Bane isn't their only enemy. The Quisitor has arrived, searching for those who meddle with the dark so he can imprison them--or worse.

Can Thomas defeat the Bane on his own? Is his friend Alice guilty of witchcraft? And will the Spook be able to escape the Quisitor's clutches?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Shadows by Paula Weston Blog Tour and Giveaway!!!

 I'm very excited to be part of the Shadows blog tour! I LOVED every minute of this book and can't wait for you guys to read it! There's a review, giveaway and dream cast all in this post! I was too excited and I wanted to go all out with this post! I hope you enjoy it and don't forget to visit all the stops in the tour. Thank you to Tundra Books for letting me be part of this blog tour and for the awesome giveaway.

It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn.

And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams—he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense. Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth—and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.

Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly, who can she trust?
I loved this book so so much! I want to give Paula Weston a round of applause for writing a Kick ass angel book. Now I want to give her a standing ovation for writing such yum-delicious character like Rafa.

Now that that's out of the way let's talk about the book. From the first page forward this book had me on the edge of my seat. I was actually a bit scared at the beginning. But a good scare. Also the pacing of the book was brilliant. I finished the book in two days and that's because life got in the way.  I was very close to taking a day off from work just to finish Shadows. This book was that good. 

Of course a book having good content and great pacing is never enough. The characters have to rock. And rock they did. I loved Gaby she was a well fleshed out character. Every emotion she felt I felt. I connected with her. Rafa in the other hand was a complete mystery. There's some back story for him in Shadows but not too much. Enough to keep you wanting more. It really didn't bother me that all my questions weren't answer in the first book because that means more books and more Rafa!! Did I tell you I love him? 

The paranormal part of the book was so very intriguing. The story behind the angels, Rephaim and demons was explained very well. I was fascinated by every discovery Gaby made about the Rephaim! I thought everything about Shadows was amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on Haze!!!!

Tundra books is providing a copy of Shadows for giveaway! This giveaway is US/CAN only and will end 10/3/13. Good luck! 

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia Review and Giveaway!!

Unbreakable (Legion, #1)
I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Let me begin by saying that I refused to read Unbreakable at night. I was raised in a religious household so I believe in heaven, hell and even voodoo. To me they are real and I’m scared shitless of things that have to do with hell, demons and scary stuff. I give Kami Garcia 100 points for the scare factor. Some of the scenes were so terrifyingly vivid that I found myself cowering in fear under my blanket because they were so real and freaking scary. Even though I was terrified I liked the whole creeptastic feel that Unbreakable oozed.

The writing was also amazing. The first time I picked up the book it felt like I only read for 5 minutes and when I looked at the clock I was reading for nearly 2 hours. Time passed by and I didn't even notice! That was a nice surprise. Another think that surprised me is how much I liked Unbreakable. I was a little hesitant about reading this one because I didn't enjoy Beautiful Creatures. But in here the writing is clearer and just plain awesome.

I did have some issues with Unbreakable. One of those things was the love triangle. In my opinion it wasn’t necessary because the plot is so freaking fantastic that it doesn’t need the angst that comes with messy love triangles. Even though it was a mild one, it took away from the book. Then there was this whole thing with the marks that the legion members are supposed to get after they kill a spirit. I wish it was explained with more details. And finally, I wanted more Alara. She was amazing and strong. I wanted to know more about her and I wanted more of her showing off her voodoo powers. 

The characters in this book have unique voices. Some I loved like Priest, Alara and Kennedy and some I just liked. Kennedy's character was a little tricky to connect with. I loved her but she doubted herself too much. There were also some key moments were she would get distracted by the twins and that frustrated me. But I know it was too much to take in and to be honest I would probably get distracted by them too. I know I said this already but, I truly think the book didn't need the love triangle. 

I did enjoy Unbreakable a lot. I think fans of Kami Garcia and scary reads will enjoy it too. 

Little Brown is providing a finished copy of Unbreakable for giveaway! This giveaway is US only (non-PO boxes, please) and it will end on 9/30/13. Good Luck!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Darkest Worlds Dystopian Anthology Book Blast

darkest worlds

Darkest Worlds: A Dystopian Anthology An anthology that explores what humans are made of when society falls to its knees. Darkest Worlds includes six original novellas by award-winning authors and best sellers of Young Adult and New Adult Dystopia. All proceeds go to Girls Write Now, a charity that promotes literacy of inner-city girls.  
  Nessa: A Breeders Story by Katie French, author of The Breeders: Eighteen-year-old Nessa knows what it’s like to be an endangered species. Growing up in a dying world where nine out of ten babies are born male, she survives by trusting no one. When Marlin, the nineteen-year-old gunslinger, kills the man who has been keeping her enslaved, Nessa decides he might be her meal ticket. What she doesn’t realize is love is still possible, even in their decimated world.   MOON by S.K. Falls, author of World of Shell and Bone: Loyalty. Obedience. Patriotism. Moon Stewart has no doubt that the New Amanian way of life is the right way. The only way. But was there ever a time when she felt differently? In this companion novella to the dystopian bestseller World of Shell and Bone, the secrets of Moon's past are revealed, giving readers a glimpse into the mind of their favorite antagonist.   The First Unforgivable Thing by Zoe Cannon, author of The Torturer’s Daughter: When a dissident working undercover as an interrogator is ordered to torture a confession from the only girl he’s ever loved, he chooses to defy both the totalitarian regime and the resistance by helping her escape—but she has an agenda of her own...   The Keeper by A.G. Henley, author of The Scourge: a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award. Peree knows his duty as the new Keeper of the Water Bearer, Fennel, is to make sure his people get every drop of their share of the water she collects when the flesh-eating Scourge roam the forest. He will motivate her, distract her, do anything he can to keep her working. He knows his duty is to his people and his people alone. What he doesn’t know is that he's falling in love with her.   Survival Lessons by Kate Avery Ellison, author of Frost: A young Farther prisoner named Eva escapes into the monster-filled wilderness of the Frost with a band of fellow inmates, all of whom are harboring secrets...but little do they know that Eva has secrets of her own. Set in the world of The Frost Chronicles.   clean slate complex by Megan Thomason, author of the daynight series: Homeless Alexa Knight agrees to help the do-gooder non-profit The Second Chance Institute in return for medical care for her sick mother. The SCI is wooing the poor and downtrodden into their Clean Slate Complexes--where "everything is provided" from jobs to food, shelter, clothing, and education. Unfortunately, as with all things that sound too good to be true, there's a catch...  
Katie French
S.K. Falls
Zoe Cannon
A.G. Henley
Kate Avery Ellison
Megan Thomason
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Monday, September 9, 2013

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty: Review

The Husband's Secret

To be opened in the event of my death

With one swift, vicious movement, she sliced the envelope open, and pulled out a handwritten letter.

love you and the girls...
so sorry to leave you with this...
cannot bear

The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her sixties consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter twenty years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain. Cecilia is the quintessential "I don't know how she does it" woman. A devoted mother to three daughters, she runs her household like clockwork, is President of the P&C, owns an extremely successful Tupperware business and is happy in her fifteen-year marriage. Until she discovers a letter in their attic labelled: "To my wife Cecilia, to be opened in the event of my death"... Her husband's secret is a bombshell beyond all imagining with repercussions across the lives of all three women.

Right after reading The Husband’s Secret I went to Goodreads and wrote this:

“It's midnight, I can't sleep and had to come here and write something about The Husband's Secret. From page one this book took hold of me and didn't let me go until I finished it. Just incredible. I won't be able to get into another book for a while. I finished it 5 minutes ago and I'm missing the characters so much. God, I feel like I know them. I can't say goodbye to them. I just can't.”

I heard about this book a few months ago but I didn't think it would be for me. It’s just not my type of book. But, I was so wrong. From now on I will be more open minded and try new things because this book is one of my favorite books of the year and it would've been a shame if I missed out on it just because it’s not my type of book.

 The characters in this book felt so real to me that my mind decided to block for a few days the fact that they were figments of someone’s imagination. This doesn't happen to me often. Most of the time, if I feel that I’m feeling too much, I can pull myself away from the book I’m reading and remember that they are just characters. But for some reason I couldn't detach myself from Moriarty’s characters. There’s 3 main points of views, Cecilia, Tess and Rachel. I thought that I wasn't going to connect with them because of the age difference and the different life stages we are in. But, to my surprise, I connected with the 3 of them. I saw some of my fears and me in them. The fear of something happening to my child, the fear of someone betraying my trust, the need to be in control and putting other people’s needs before my own, just to name a few. These women were very human like. Not only were this character 3 dimensional but they also had unique voices.

From the title alone you know someone has a secret. But the book is not only about this secret and that one person is not the only one hiding something. I enjoyed this part of the book quite a lot. Although I kind of guessed the secret, it was still a punch to the gut when it was finally revealed. It felt kind of like waiting for someone to punch you and you are seeing everything in slow motion and when it finally happens it stills hurts the same. It was like that. So many mistakes and regrets. I never wanted a time machine more than while reading The Husband’s Secret. I wanted to turn back time for the characters. I really did.

I’m still thinking about The Husband’s Secret. I’m still thinking about the epilogue. The epilogue was the perfect ending. It was so amazing and just right. I think everyone should give this book a try. When I got The Husband's Secret I decided to read just a few pages because I was reading something else at the time. Those 2 pages I read lead to reading the rest of the book right there and then. 


Kindle Fire September 


Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HD 7″.
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Friday, September 6, 2013

The Road to You by Marilyn Brant Cover Reveal

The Road to You by Marilyn Brant 
Publication date: October 3rd 2013 
Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Romance

Sometimes the only road to the one you’ve never taken.

Until I found Gideon’s journal in the tool shed — locked in the cedar box where I’d once hidden my old diary — I’d been led to believe my brother was dead. But the contents of his journal changed all that.

The Road to Discovery...
Two years ago, Aurora Gray’s world turned upside down when her big brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy disappeared. Now, during the summer of her 18th birthday, she unexpectedly finds her brother’s journal and sees that it’s been written in again. Recently. By him.

The Road to Danger...
There are secret messages coded within the journal’s pages. Aurora, who’s unusually perceptive and a natural puzzle solver, is hell bent on following where they lead, no matter what the cost. She confides in the only person she feels can help her interpret the clues: Donovan McCafferty, Jeremy’s older brother and a guy she’s always been drawn to — even against her better judgment.

The Road to You...
Reluctantly, Donovan agrees to go with her and, together, they set out on a road trip of discovery and danger, hoping to find their lost brothers and the answers to questions they’ve never dared to ask aloud.

In that expectant space between silence and melody, our trip began...

Marilyn Brant is a national bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary fiction, and she was recently named the 2013 Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. 

She wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, the story of a modern woman who receives dating advice from the spirit of Jane Austen (October 2009); FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a tale about three suburban moms, their marriages and what happens a decade or two after the "Happily Ever After" (a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club pick in 2010); and A SUMMER IN EUROPE, a novel about a woman's journey of self discovery as she travels through Europe with her adventurous aunt's Sudoku & Mahjongg Club (a Literary Guild and BOMC2 featured alternate in 2011, and a Rhapsody Book Club Top 20 Bestseller in "Fiction & Literature" in 2012), all women's fiction releases from Kensington Books.

She's also a #1 Kindle Bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty contemporary romantic comedies, available as original ebooks. Both ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH were Top 100 Bestsellers on Barnes & Noble and Amazon. DOUBLE DIPPING was a 2012 International Digital Awards Finalist for Best Contemporary Novel and HOLIDAY MAN was a RONE Award Contestant. Her next novel, THE ROAD TO YOU, is a coming-of-age romantic mystery and will be out in October 2013.
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Blood and Champagne by J.D. Thompson Spotlight and Giveaway!

Blood and Champagne (Bloodlines, #2)

Who needs hell when you have high school?
In the second installment of the Bloodlines Series, Alexis is forced to come to terms with the truth behind her existence. As her troubling past comes back to haunt her, Alexis struggles between what she wants and what is right.

However, being a hellhound is only part of the problem; with dead students popping up around every street corner and increasing gaps in her memory, Alexis begins to put her own innocence into question.A rift with Lucas only complicates matters further and Alexis finds herself forging new alliances that could change her destiny in more ways than one.

Silver and Stone (Bloodlines, #1)

Get the first book in the series Silver and Stone. 

Author bio:
J.D. Thompson is a photographer by day and closet writer by night. She views writing in much of the same manner in which she views art: it’s all about creation. J.D. has a love for words in general and is fascinated by the way a few simple sentences combined with one’s imagination can build a whole new universe on a single sheet of paper. In 2003 she attended the University of Moncton, where she majored in Visual Arts Studies and minored in English Literature. She is currently living a quaint rural town in the chilly northern peak of New-Brunswick, with her husband and young daughter. Silver and Stone is her first completed novel.

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The author is giving away a $10 Amazon giftcard and an e-copy of Silver and Stone. This giveaway is INT'l and will end 9/19/13. Good luck!

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