First Chapter First Paragraph – Atlantia

tuesday

Hi Everyone,

This is my fourth time trying First Chapter First Paragraph Intros. This weekly link-up is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. If you would like to join, just share the first paragraph or a few paragraphs from the first chapter of the book that you’re currently reading or that you’re planning on reading. Today’s pick is Atlantia by Ally Condie.

-Avery

First Paragraph of Chapter 1:

My twin sister, Bay, and I pass underneath the brown-and-turquoise banners hanging from the ceiling of the temple. Dignitaries perch on their chairs in the gallery, watching, and people crowd in the pews in the nave. Statues of the gods adorn the walls and ceiling, and it seems as if they watch us, too. The temple’s most largest and beautiful window, the rose window, has been lit from behind to simulate the affect of sunlight through the panes. The glass shines like a blessing—amber, green, blue, pink, purple. The colors of flower petals Above, of coral formations Below.

Summary from Goodreads

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

What does everyone think? Would you keep reading this book?

Feature and Follow: 7

smileyface

Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Rachel from Parajunkie and Alison from AlisonCanRead. I really enjoy the Feature and Follow blog hop. If you decide to follow my blog, I would prefer that you follow it by email.

-Avery

Here is the prompt: Give a funny blurb to a book that will “tickle” those who haven’t read the book yet.

My Response

This blurb and the three quotes that I listed are all from the book Nightlight: A Parody. I really enjoyed reading this book some years ago. It’s a parody of Twilight that had me laughing out loud.

Blurb:

Pale and klutzy, Belle arrives in Switchblade, Oregon looking for adventure, or at least an undead classmate. She soon discovers Edwart, a super-hot computer nerd with zero interest in girls. After witnessing a number of strange events–Edwart leaves his tater tots untouched at lunch! Edwart saves her from a flying snowball!–Belle has a dramatic revelation: Edwart is a vampire. But how can she convince Edwart to bite her and transform her into his eternal bride, especially when he seems to find girls so repulsive?

Quote 1:

“It suddenly occurred to me that, after all that frolicking in the meadows, he hadn’t kissed me. Was it because of the mold that grew in my sinuses?”

― The Harvard Lampoon, Nightlight: A Parody

Quote 2:

“I had a dejected, brooding expression on my face, and I
could tell from the reflection in the window that it was also
an intriguing expression.”

― The Harvard Lampoon, Nightlight: A Parody

Quote 3:

“It’s no big deal. I want to go. I want to leave all of my friends and the sunlight for a small, rainy town.”

― The Harvard Lampoon, Nightlight: A Parody

 

Book Review: The Apple Tart of Hope

Title: The Apple Tart of Hope — by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Release Date: April 1, 2016

Page Count: 160

ISBN-13: 978-0823435616

Summary from Goodreads:

Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world’s most perfect apple tarts, is missing, presumed dead. No-one seems too surprised, except for Meg, his best friend, and his little brother Stevie. Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie are determined to find out what happened to Oscar, and together they learn about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving up hope.

My Review

I really enjoyed reading the Apple Tart of Hope. The story was quite poignant and I liked the way the author set out to teach the reader several things about life. The first lesson is about hope. I think that the author wanted to convey to the reader that one should never never give up hope. Some of the characters lost hope at different points in the story, including Oscar and Meg, but that hope was redeemed when they tried to view their situations in a new way. I think that sometimes if a person feels that there’s no hope in a situation, he or she should try to look at the situation from a different perspective. This may help the person to see a solution to the problem that was not apparent before. The second lesson was about friendship. In the story, there were true friendships and false ones. I think that it was clever of the author to write about both types of friendships so that the reader could compare the two. I think that the author was trying to convey through the story that friendship should have no conditions. If a friendship does have conditions then it probably isn’t a true friendship. The third lesson in the book was about the fragility of people. Oscar was a fragile character who was driven to attempt suicide by the teasing of his peers and the cruelty of Paloma. I think that the author wants the reader to know that we should be careful of how we treat others. Some people are strong and can handle taunting but others are fragile and may consider commuting suicide if they are bullied. The bottom line here is to treat others nicely. I think that there were other lessons in the story, but these are the main ones.

I liked Oscar as a character. He was brave and grew as a person by the end of the story. I thought that Meg was an interesting character as well.

I also liked the imagery in the book. Some of the scenes that the author described were just beautiful.

Although this book was a bit sad I definitely recommend it because of the lessons that it teaches.

The Black Bead by J. D. Lakey – Free E-book Today

Hi Everyone,

The Black Bead by J. D. Lakey will be free today on Amazon. I read and reviewed the book and thought that it was a very interesting and compelling read. I hope that you will take advantage of this great opportunity to download the book for free.

-Avery

Download The Black Bead for Free

Summary for The Black Bead (from the inside flap)

What if you were on a colony ship and your spacecraft landed on a planet where all the animals and some of the plants were psychic? Not just psychic but psychically adept at manipulating their environment?

If you were a band of renegade scientists, you would genetically alter yourself and your children to be able to compete in the savage world of escalating mind games and then create a social system that honed the skills that would keep you alive.

Cheobawn has been born into just such a world. Two thousand years after planet-fall, she is the culmination of human bio-engineering. She doesn’t think of herself as special. Just the opposite, in fact. But the universe is shifting out from under her feet and she is forced to keep up with the changes happening inside her and the expectations of the adults of her tribal dome.

First Chapter First Paragraph: Where Futures End

tuesday

Hi Everyone,

This is my third time trying First Chapter First Paragraph Intros. This weekly link-up is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. If you would like to join, just share the first paragraph or a few paragraphs from the first chapter of the book that you’re currently reading or that you’re planning on reading. Today’s pick is Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse.

-Avery

First Paragraph of Chapter 1:

Dylan asked the first Impossible Question when he was five, when he could still hear music in running water, still find gilded kingdoms trapped in beams of sunlight.

Summary from Amazon

Five teens, five futures. Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world. Brixney must escape a debtor colony by finding a way to increase the number of hits on her social media feed so she’ll attract corporate sponsorship. Epony goes “High Concept” and poses as an otherworldly being to recapture her boyfriend’s attention. Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard. And Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all.

These are stories about a world that is destroying itself, and about the alternate world that might be its savior. Unless it’s just the opposite.

What does everyone think? Would you keep reading this book?

Feature and Follow: 6

smileyface

Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Rachel from Parajunkie and Alison from AlisonCanRead. I really enjoy the Feature and Follow blog hop. If you decide to follow my blog, I would prefer that you follow it by email.

Here is the prompt: Ten book blurbs that got you hooked

My Response: I couldn’t find blurbs for all of these novels so I used summaries in some cases. All summaries are from Goodreads.

  1. The Apple Tart of Hopeby Sarah Moore fitzjerald Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world’s most perfect apple tarts, is missing, presumed dead. No-one seems too surprised, except for Meg, his best friend, and his little brother Stevie. Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie are determined to find out what happened to Oscar, and together they learn about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving up hope. The second sensational novel from Irish author, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, following her debut, BACK TO BLACKBRICK, perfect for fans of Annabel Pitcher and Siobhan Dowd.
  2. This Monstrous Thingby Mckenzie Lee  In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.His brother, Oliver—dead.His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

    His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

    Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

    But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

    Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…

  3. I, Robot-by Isaac AsimovThe three laws of Robotics:
    1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm
    2) A robot must obey orders givein to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future–a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.

    Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world–all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asmiov’s trademark.

  4. Prismby Faye Kellerman  A class trip turns into a nightmare for Kaida Hutchenson, Zeke Anderson and Joy Tallon following a tragic and explosive accident. They are plunged into a distorted world. Soon she must band together with Zeke and Joy to make it back to the reality she remembers.
  5. Heartlight by T. A. Barron  A “splendid” stand-alone novel “in the tradition of Madeleine L’Engle and C.S. Lewis.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) A young girl must find her missing grandfather-and uncover the secret he harbors that could save Earth and the entire solar system from annihilation.
  6. Lord of the Nutcracker Men by Iain Lawrence Ten-year-old Johnny eagerly plays at war with the army of nutcracker soldiers his toymaker father whittles for him. He demolishes imaginary foes. But in 1914 Germany looms as the real enemy of Europe, and all too soon Johnny’s father is swept up in the war to end all wars. He proudly enlists with his British countrymen to fight at the front in France. The war, though, is nothing like what any soldier or person at home expected.The letters that arrive from Johnny’s dad reveal the ugly realities of combat — and the soldiers he carves and encloses begin to bear its scars. Still, Johnny adds these soldiers to his armies of Huns, Tommies, and Frenchmen, engaging them in furious fights. But when these games seem to foretell his dad’s real battles, Johnny thinks he possesses godlike powers over his wooden men. He fears he controls his father’s fate, the lives of all the soldiers in no-man’s land, and the outcome of the war itself.From the Hardcover edition.
  7. The Boy at the End of the Worldby Greg Van Eeknout  Fisher is the last boy on earth-and things are not looking good for the human race. Only Fisher made it out alive after the carefully crafted survival bunker where Fisher and dozens of other humans had been sleeping was destroyed. Luckily, Fisher is not totally alone. He meets a broken robot he names Click, whose programmed purpose-to help Fisher “continue existing”-makes it act an awful lot like an overprotective parent. Together, Fisher and Click uncover evidence that there may be a second survival bunker far to the west. In prose that skips from hilarious to touching and back in a heartbeat, Greg van Eekhout brings us a thrilling story of survival that becomes a journey to a new hope-if Fisher can continue existing long enough to get there.
  8. The Distance Between Us – by Kasie West  Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop. So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company. She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.
  9. Redeeming the Lost – by Elizabeth Kerner The prophecies are coming true and the ancient race of the Kantri-or true dragons-have come back to the world of Men. It was through the actions of Young Lanen Kaelar that the Kantri were reminded of the larger world. It was bravery (and a mad belief in the old tales) that caused the young woman to start a perilous journey to find the great dragons of legend. In doing so, she found not only the reality of the myth but her own true love. He was the great Dragon King, an immensely powerful creature out of time who ultimately chose life over death, a puny mortal form rather than the power of a kingship to be with this most extraordinary woman. As he is Dragon in Man’s form, the being known as Varien has risked much to stay by Lanen’s side.Their haven destroyed, the Kantri have chosen instead of seeking a new home to return to the land of their greatest defeat and to the fear of the people who rejected their aid so long ago. They bring ancient power and knowledge and the Kantri have come to see what the “littlings” have made of their world.And much of what they find distresses them. For humans have squandered much of their heritage, the small dragons that were left behind are little more than cattle…and there are those who do remember the ancient ways…and have allied themselves with the race of demons who long to destroy all the world. The Kantri are disturbed and look to Varien and Lanen help them redeem what has been lost so long ago and make the world right again.

    But Lanen is captured by the human demon-master Berys, who seeks to corrupt the ancient prophecy. He will try to use Lanen’s new-found powers to gain control of the very fabric of the universe and in doing so, secure the demon forces of the otherworld and rule forever.

    It is up to her true love Varien and one of the most unlikely alliances ever seen to rescue Lanen. And if Varien fails, not only will Lanen’s life and the fates of his beloved Kantri hang in the balance. For the stage is now set for a confrontation between the forces of light and darkness…and if the good fail, not only will the Kantri fail but the human world will be doomed as well…

  10. Anthem – by Ayn Rand  Anthem has long been hailed as one of Ayn Rand’s classic novels, and a clear predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him–a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd–to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin. In a world where the great “we” reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word–“I.”

Author Interview with Pembroke Sinclair

Hi Everyone,

I did an interview with Pembroke Sinclair about her upcoming book release, Wucaii. The book  is an urban fantasy novel that will be released sometime in June of this year. Pembroke is a prolific writer who enjoys writing in different genres. I hope that you enjoy reading the interview.

-Avery

Interview with Pembroke Sinclair

1. Where are you from?
I’m from Wyoming.

2. What genre are your books?
I write in a variety of genres, from sci fi to fantasy to horror, though most of my books have some dark elements in them. I also write adult and young adult fiction.

3. What draws you to this genre?
I am fascinated with the question: What does it mean to be human? And I think the best way to explore the answers to that is by looking at characters that aren’t human.

4. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Aelana is a half-human, half-dragon hybrid, and she travels the universe with the full-fledged dragons destroying worlds. This gives the planets the ability to regenerate, but Aelana ensures that not all of the inhabitants are destroyed.

5. How did you come up with the title Wucaii?
I was looking for a word that meant “Royal Dragon,” and I found this in a scientific name for a dinosaur. I liked it, so I used it.

6. What project(s) are you working on currently?
I am currently working on another young adult zombie series. The first book is completed, and it’s called Humanity’s Hope.

7. When did you decide to become a writer?
To be honest, I don’t think anyone ever decides to become a writer, it’s foisted upon us. We have a need and desire to put stories onto paper. If we don’t, we feel hollow and lacking.

8. Why do you write?
The voices in my head won’t leave me alone until I share their story.

9. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Ha! I wish! With a full-time job and two boys under the age of 10, I squeeze in writing when I can.

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
My first draft is usually written out in longhand, then I transfer the chapters to the computer.

11. Where do your ideas come from?
It depends, but more often than not, they come from my dreams.

12. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Ummmm, that’s a good question! I’m not really sure how to answer that. I would like to think I’m getting better at writing and that my stories are concise and to the point, but I’m not sure that’s true.

13. What is the hardest thing about writing?
Finding time and promotion.

14. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Honestly, it depends on the type of book. For my young adult novels, on average I can have the first draft done in 3 months. For my middle grade books, I like to challenge myself to writing a chapter a day, so I can get those done in 2 weeks with LOTS of editing afterwards.

If it’s nonfiction, on average it takes me a year to complete, mainly because of the amount of research that goes into the book.

15. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I try to read when I can, and I have lots of favorite authors: Christopher Pike, Piers Anthony, Dante, Milton, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carrol.

16. For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?
I don’t have a preference. I love them both. Having an ebook reader means the books are more portable, but there’s nothing better than breaking the spine of a paper copy. Makes the book stay open soooo much better.

17. What is your favorite positive saying?
“You have to follow your own voice. You have to be yourself when you write. In effect, you have to announce, ‘This is me, this is what I stand for, this is what you get when you read me. I’m doing the best I can—buy me or not—but this is who I am as a writer.’”
– David Morrell

18. What is your favorite book and why?
I have a lot of favorite books, but the one I read over and over is Alice in Wonderland. The wonder, excitement, and hidden meanings within the story means I discover something new every time I pick it up.

19. How do you market your books?
I look for reviewers, do blog tours, give away free copies, present at conferences, and do workshops and presentations.

20. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never give up, but don’t ever stop having fun writing.

21. Is there anything that you would like to tell your readers?
Thank you for checking out my work. You have no idea how much it means to me and how much I appreciate it. You’re the reason I write.

Summary of Wucaii

It has been 500 years since Aelana has been home, and a lot has changed in that time–including her. As a half-dragon, half-human hybrid, she has been traveling the universe destroying worlds. Both anxious and excited to return, she wonders what she will find. Her memories of home are filled with pain and loss, especially for her first and only love. She knows he won’t be there, but will his memory? Will her anguish remain?

What waits for Aelana on her home world? Find out in this exciting urban fantasy novel by Pembroke Sinclair.

About the Author

Pembroke Sinclair is a literary jack of all trades, playing her hand at multiple genres. She has written an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from horror to sci-fi and even some westerns. Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming–the home of 56 nationalities–it is no wonder Pembroke ended up so creatively diverse. Her fascination with the notions of good and evil, demons and angels, and how the lines blur have inspired her writing. Pembroke lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her husband, two spirited boys, a black lab named Ryder, and a rescue kitty named Alia, who happens to be the sweetest, most adorable kitty in the world! She cannot say no to dessert, orange soda, or cinnamon. She loves rats and tatts and rock and roll and wants to be an alien queen when she grows up.

Pembroke Sinclair’s Links

Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus
Goodreads Author Page
Amazon Author Page
Wucaii Goodreads Link  

 

Photo of Pembroke Sinclair