Monday, June 18, 2012

Whatcha Reading on the Beach?

I'm on location writing about beach reads.  Check it out:

My family and I are prepping for a week at the beach.  Of course, we are making the usual packing lists--clothing, beach toys, golf clubs, lots and lots of sunscreen--you know, all the essentials.  But the most important list for me is the list of beach reads I've been so excited to finally crack open.

Life is busy most days.  The day job gives me a little extra time off in the summer, but inevitably we fill it up with activities.  Of course, I've also dubbed this the "Summer I Publish My YA," so I've been working on that non-stop.  Yet, this vacation will not be a working one.  Instead, I'm ready to load up on some of the books in my mountainous TBR pile. That means narrowing the list down to about five books, at the most.  Impossible, right?

The good news is I have e-readers.  I own both a Nook and a Kindle (it's probably a sin, but there ya go.)  So, gone are the days of juggling three books down to the beach, only to cart them back up.  Now, I'm a little more careful about water and sand than I used to be, but believe me, the accessibility to a number of books at once makes a difference. Yet, that doesn't solve my original problem of what to read.

Well, I've worked out FIVE characteristics to help me choose the best possible books for vacation.  Here they are:

1.  It Must Be Entertaining

Of course, this is subjective, but for me, I like a book with a little action, a little romance, and a fast pace.  I like to be pulled so into a book that when I finally look up from the pages (or screen), I'm a little disoriented by my surroundings.  It should be as much of an escape from reality as the vacation is.  And even when I'm off doing other fun beach stuff, I'm still thinking about getting back to my book.  Usually, I can tell by the blurb, the first few pages, and my experience with the author's previous books whether I'll enjoy this one or not.  That's always a good place to begin.


You can read the rest at the ACA Blog

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Six Sunday--Have Mercy

Fun, fun for everyone!  It's time once again for Six Sentence Sunday, where authors share some of their top-notch work.

Adding six more sentences of my soon-to-be-pubbed Young Adult (Far from Mercy) from which I pulled my flash fiction short.  The short was titled "Mercy," and can be downloaded for free at SmashwordsKobo, or Barnes and Noble.

Still at the beginning with our MC, sixteen-year-old Charlie, who is not at all what she seems, so here we go:

Others around me didn’t possess my same level of control, especially Zeke, the boy beside me. His breaths came labored and loud to my ears. I checked the urge to reach a hand out, to reassure him that this night would pass just like the ones before with all still safe inside, the sun rising on a new day. But I didn't currently do girly, and I was no longer Charlotte Baker. Here, I was Charlie Little, the boy the community took in, along with a baby sister and a dying mother, only a little over six months ago. If they ever thought differently, I wouldn’t last the night.

Read more Six Sentence Sundays here, or sign up to participate next week. Hope you have an enjoyable Sunday.

Happy Writing and Reading,


Cherie

Friday, June 15, 2012

Free on Friday

Here are a few deals I came across.  Thought I'd put a few out there for the Nook also, so here you go:


Freaks (Rizzoli and Isles Short Story) by Tess Gerritsen

In this free Rizzoli & Isles short story from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen, author of The Silent Girl, a bizarre death comes with a supernatural twist. Homicide cop Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have seen their fair share of mortal crimes, but the death of Kimberly Rayner may qualify as inhuman in more ways than one. When corpse of the emaciated seventeen-year-old girl is discovered next to an empty coffin in an abandoned church, mysterious bruises around the throat suggest foul play. Caught fleeing the scene is the victim's closest friend, Lucas Henry, an equally skeletal, pale teenager who claims he's guilty only of having a taste for blood-a craving he shared with Kimberly. But the victim's distraught father doesn't believe in vampires, only vengeance. And now, another life may be at risk unless Rizzoli and Isles can uncover the astonishing truth.

Already Home by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Daredevil videographer Langford "Hutch" Hutchinson has put his career on hold to help his widowed father run their family store in Wyoming. He doesn't mean to stay in town for long—though it's long enough to rekindle his lust for Trina Bledstone. Hutch always had a thing for Trina, but she's his best friend's sister—and that meant hands off!
But Trina still has the power to set his pulse racing—and her brother isn't around to stop them from exploring their sizzling chemistry this time….
A Sons of Chance series novella.

And one from the 'Zon:

 She's Gotta Be Mine (A sexy, funny mystery/romance, Cottonmouth Book 1) (Cottonmouth Series) by Jennifer Skully

Dumped? For her husband’s high school sweetheart he hasn’t seen in twenty years? Roberta Jones Spivey isn’t going to lay down for that. Instead, she reinvents herself and the new Bobbie Jones—new haircut, new name, new attitude—follows her soon-to-be ex to the small Northern California town of Cottonmouth. 

What better way to show him—and his sweetheart—what he’s missing in the brand new Bobbie Jones than taking up with the town’s local bad boy—who’s also reputed to be a serial killer. Nick Angel is devilishly handsome and sexy as all get-out. In a word, perfect.

It’s all going exactly according to plan...until a real murder rocks the little town of Cottonmouth. Of course, Nick didn’t do it...did he?

“She’s Gotta Be Mine”, previously published as “Sex and the Serial Killer”, is a contemporary romance of approximately 100,000 words / 400 pages.  (I believe that is with bonus material.  The novel is about 270 pages.)

Happy Reading and Writing,

Cherie


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Six Sunday--Have Mercy

Hello, sixy-sixers.  Time once again to hang with an amazing group of people, who listen to the voices in their heads, and spill stories onto the blank page until we are awesomely entertained.  Yes, it's time once again for Six Sentence Sunday.

Adding six more sentences of my soon-to-be-pubbed Young Adult from which my flash fiction short was pulled.  The short was titled "Mercy," and can be downloaded for free atSmashwordsKobo, or Barnes and Noble.

Still at the beginning with our MC, sixteen-year-old Charlie, who is not at all what she seems, so here we go:


In the community, I’d had bad days. I’d had days where I questioned if it really was an advantage to survive inside the protected walls, but tonight took it to an extreme level. Night inside the compound was normally terrifying, what with sure death constantly clawing to get inside.  But this night eclipsed them all.
I covered my ears and gritted my teeth to keep the bubbled scream trapped in my chest. Without my tight hold on my emotions, fear would pop free in a loud, long wail.

Read more Six Sentence Sundays here, or sign up to participate next week. Hope you have an enjoyable Sunday.

Happy Writing and Reading,


Cherie



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Friday, June 8, 2012

Free on Friday

Sorry I'm running late today.  DD, the 14-y-o just left for an out of the country mission trip with the church youth group.  She's with friends, but I've been a nervous wreck, to say the least.  If you're a praying person, say a quick one for her safe trip and safe return.

Now, here are some free deals for Friday:


Agent in Training (Department of National Security)

 by Jerri Drennan


On the outside Shiloh Templar appears rigid as steel. But inside she's fighting to keep everything together. Not only has she stepped into a minefield of controversy at work, she's dealing with her father's debilitating disease and a past in Seattle she wants to forget. Week one as the new director, she’s forced to cut staff. The smart-mouthed, much-too-young and sexy Nicholas Trent's position is on the chopping block. Yet, rather than accepting his fate, the man blackmails her. 

Nicolas Trent joined the Department of National Security solely for his mother's benefit in an attempt to follow in his dead father's footsteps. He never planned to stay. But when the company's new director, a fiery red-head nicknamed Old Iron Maiden makes it clear he's not DNS material and will probably be released from duty, Nick has a change of heart. He'll resort to any means to keep his job, even threatening to file a sexual harassment suit against the director for walking in on him in the men's shower room while he's naked. What he never dreamed of was the strong, undeniable attraction that could cost him what he's held on to so tightly.

When a threat and two attempts on Shiloh's life are made, the company insists she have an agent by her side. She's forced to turn to the one man she thinks doesn't belong at the department. Now, not only is she in danger of losing her life, after a night in his arms, she's afraid of losing her heart.

  • File Size: 260 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English

Here (On the Otherside) [Kindle Edition] by Denise Grover Swank

Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.

Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.
  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466394579
  • Publisher: Bramagioia Enterprises (November 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English

A Little Ray Of Sunshine [Kindle Edition] By Lani Diane Rich


Rich takes a turn toward the serious in a romance primarily focused on a mother-daughter relationship. For six years, Emmy James has lived out of her Airstream, working odd jobs until she gets the urge to move on. Then she meets Jess, a young woman who declares herself Emmy's angel, sent to help her with her problems. At the same time, Digs, who would be her brother-in-law if Emmy hadn't left his brother Luke, shows up, bearing disturbing news: his father, Danny, and Emmy's mother, Lilly, are getting married. Lilly is vain, cruel, narcissistic and destructive-all the things Danny is not. Emmy is determined to stay away, but her angel knows best, and soon the Airsteam is headed home. While the story of Emmy's lost love is engaging, the heart of the story has to do with the transformation Emmy sees-but doesn't trust-in her mother. The process is painful and sometimes funny, and though the characters skate right to the edge of believability, the romance is very real. A thoughtful, well told story with an unusual twist. 
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451222962
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: StoryWonk House (July 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Six Sunday--Have Mercy

After a short hiatus, I'm excited to be participating in Six Sentence Sunday again.  I'm excited to debut the unedited six sentences of my soon-to-be-pubbed Young Adult from which my flash fiction short was pulled for a contest.  The short was titled "Mercy," and can be downloaded for free at Smashwords, Kobo, or Barnes and Noble.

I'm starting at the beginning with our MC, sixteen-year-old Charlie, who is not at all what she seems, so here we go:

This wasn’t a freakin’ animated fairy tale like the ones I’d watched in the movies or on television so long ago. I knew that well, thank you very much. Movies and television were gone now. No more radio, no more Internet, no more tests of the emergency broadcast system. All gone, and we were back to the basics, back to the primal earth in a constant game of predator versus prey, and we were no longer the predators. Trust me, it was no fun being the prey.


Read more Six Sentence Sundays here, or sign up to participate next week. Hope you have an enjoyable Sunday.

Happy Writing and Reading,


Cherie



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