Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Audio? Podcast? What? Take 2

Thank you for answering the first round question. I appreciate all the responses. These answers will help bring me to the final discussion post I am looking forward to doing, to talk about podcasts with everyone. If you haven't answered the previous question, the question is still available on the left side bar. Please take a moment to take the poll. I greatly appreciate it! And I hope you return the next few Tuesdays for the polls to come.

On we go with more lovely Podcast questions. :)

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. But will help find another topic to broach when I do the discussions. Please feel free to answer the poll on the left side bar anonymously.

What are Podcasts?

  1.    Chat discussions
  2.    Audio Books of Novel length
  3.    Audio Short Stories
  4.    All above
  5.    I don't know, never heard of them before
  6.    Other:

If you happen to have any questions you'd like me to poss in this series of questions, please add them to the comments or feel free to email me.

Thank you,

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rounding Out a Series...

I'm thrilled to have her back again. Though it's a little bitter sweet as it's for the end of an amazing trilogy full of sexy superheroes. If you haven't checked them out yet, you most definitely should. It's a must! However I'm thrilled to have Starla back to share on Rounding Out a Series. (You can also read my quick thoughts on HEX, although it's pretty much go buy the trilogy! You'll want them. :D )

Please welcome Starla Huchton to the blog! (And, after you read this don't fret. Please don't. You will then need to go check out Starla's blog for more information: http://www.starlahuchton.com/super-six-the-grand-finale/)

On Rounding Out a Series...

So, I guess, for a writer, this is a really big deal. Evolution: HEX marks the third and final book in the Evolution series. I honestly didn’t realize exactly how final it would feel hitting publish. Typically, you would think the mixed bag of feelings that is a series finale would come the minute you write The End.

But that’s not really the case. You don’t say goodbye to those characters and that world when you write the last sentence. After that, you still get more time to read over all the words and fix all the things and close up any plot holes you can find... Basically, you’re granted a reprieve from bidding farewell to it. Editing and revising allows you a grace period to let it sink in. Truthfully, though, it doesn’t really feel like the end until you hit publish and send those words off into the world. They belong to other people then, and the author no longer has control over what happens. It’s scary, and you can’t help wondering if you didn’t miss something that’s going to ruin the whole thing or forget to correct some punctuation that will drive you crazy when you look back on it in a few months. The what-ifs can drive you insane if you let them, but sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and let go.

The Evolution series was written over the course of four months. It was a crazy fast ride, but so amazingly fun that I honestly wonder if I’ll ever have that kind of creative madness come over me again. I miss the thrill of telling Candace’s story. I miss the snarky conversations with Jackson and Gabe. I miss the brainstorming sessions with my Creative Sounding Boards as I gave them the books chapter by chapter and figured out where to go next. I want to go back and experience it all over again.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous of the readers as they dive into the books for the first time. I want to be with them in their heads and feel them getting sucked into that world the way I did. At least, I hope that’s what happens.

But with all that anxiety about “did I get it right?” comes the satisfaction that I’ve finished a long task. I’m pretty confident in this series, and I think the last book provides good closure to the story arc. It’s been a wonderful journey with these characters, and I’ve loved learning about them and sharing them with everyone.

Something in me might not be quite ready to let go of the superheroes yet, however, and I think the future will hold more fantastic stories in this world.

Evolution: HEX
Author: S.A. Huchton
Series: The Evolution Series (#3)
Genre: Adult Superhero Romance
Release Date: July 6, 2014
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print
A lie is a prison without bars.

A captive of the enemy, Candace is forced to confront mistakes and regrets from both sides of the battlefield, including her own. Nothing is simple, and lines in the sand that were once clear have become blurred and indistinguishable. Even the unlikely love she found teeters on the edge of uncertainty.

The truth is not always what it seems, and can be a prison of its own.
Alone, she must decide where she stands. Alone, she must decide who to trust.

When the smoke clears, what's left might not be much…

But it might be enough.

Starla has an amazing giveaway running for you to enter.
Paperback copies of the entire Evolution series, 
a Captain America hat, 
an Avengers USB drive filled with eBooks (the entire Evolution series AND the Endure series), 
an Evolution: ANGEL mini-book necklace, 
Arch Nemesis Wanted necklace from Surlyramics, 
Captain America wristlet, 
a set of Avengers earrings, 
Models Own Sticky Fingers nail polish (black) with comic book decals, 
temporary tattoos, 
and superhero lip balm +pin sets
all in an X-Men tote bag

Domestic US addresses only due to cost of shipping.

About Starla:
A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, The Dreamer’s Thread was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. After releasing short fiction of steampunk, noir fantasy, and other varieties, she released the first three books of the Sci-Fi Romance Endure series in 2013. All three books of the Evolution series will be released in 2014, as well as a Steampunk Fantasy novel, Master of Myth (the Antigone’s Wrath series, book 1), which was the first place winner of the Crested Butte Writers’ contest, The Sandy, in 2012.

When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at Designed by Starla.

Find Starla:
Facebook Author Page


Learn more about the series on the book tour at any of the following stops:
Evolution Angel 

Book Freak July 7 Review
Books with Leti Del Mar July 8 Interview
Dowie's Place July 9 Guest Post & Review
Fabulous and Fun July 10 Guest Post (Jenny) & Review (Mike)
My World July 11 Guest Post 
Biblio Belles July 10 Guest Post & Review
A_TiffyFit's Reading Corner July 12  Review
Once Upon a YA Book July 13 Guest Post
Author S.M Bysh July 13 Review

Evolution Sage 
Books with Leti Del Mar July 15 Interview
​ Review​
My World July 16 Guest Post 
Dowie's Place July 17 Interview 
​& Review​

Book Freak July 17
​ Review​


Biblio Belles July 18
​ Review​

​ Review​
Dante Eternal's Virtual Bookshelf  July 19 Guest Post 
Fabulous and Fun July 20 Interview 
​(Jenny) & Review (Mike​)

Author S.M Bysh July 20 
​ Review​

Evolution Hex

Book Freak July 21
​ Review​
Books with Leti Del Mar July 22 Interview 
​ Review (Gabby)​

​ Review​
My World July 23 Guest Post 
​ Review​
Biblio Belles July 24 Interview 
​ & Review​

My World... in words and pages  July 24 Guest Post
​ ​

Dowie's Place July 25 Character Interview 
​& Review​


​ Review​
Dante Eternal's Virtual Bookshelf  July 26 Guest Post 
Fabulous and Fun July 27 Guest Post 
​(Jenny) 7 Review (Mike)​

​ Review​

Book Review: Evolution: HEX

Evolution: HEX

By:  Starla Huchton

Publish Date:  July 6, 2014

Format:  eARC

Genre:  Science Fiction Romance - Superheroes!

Series:  2nd in Evolution series; 1st book ~ Evolution: ANGEL, 2nd book ~ Evolution: SAGE

Recommendation:  Seriously!?! You are here? You should have picked this up on release day, especially after SAGE's ending. GO GET IT! ALL OF THEM!!

A lie is a prison without bars.

A captive of the enemy, Candace is forced to confront mistakes and regrets from both sides of the battlefield, including her own. Nothing is simple, and lines in the sand that were once clear have become blurred and indistinguishable. Even the unlikely love she found teeters on the edge of uncertainty.

The truth is not always what it seems, and can be a prison of its own.

Alone, she must decide where she stands. Alone, she must decide who to trust.

When the smoke clears, what's left might not be much…

But it might be enough.

Purchase At:
Amazon   /   Barnes & Nobles

**I beta read this book for the author.

My Thoughts and Summary:
I don't want to say to much and give away the ending of this AMAZING! trilogy. You have to read it to get the full effect and the answers.

Candace is on the other side of the fence now. She's seeing things that she was told about. But are they the way she was told they were? Candace is a strong willed and minded person. She experiences and then evaluates the way things are considering what she's being told. That's what makes Candace stand out for me. She's grown through the trilogy and sees things completely different than she did the day she stood at her mundane job stocking shelves wishing to be a superhero. There is a whole different world here that she's lived (living) through.

Heavens around, above, where ever! I loved this book. It ended the way it needed, and no you are not left with a cliffhanger ending or feeling sad. You'll like it. It is the conclusion to the trilogy. Yet I would love to see a future in this world. I think there could easily be a next generation. ;) But, that's another story.

We get all we loved from this series here - the action, the love, the mystery, and more as we get the ANSWERS! And an insider look at the world of superheroes, and the things they don't want you to know about.... Yes secrets. lol.

You need it, especially after the ending of SAGE. You'll love it. On that note, I'm leaving you. Now, go get it! What are you still here for? Go!

Throwback Thursday (159)

I found this picture of Trinity College Library, and thought it would work for this meme with a little play with lighting and adding the words.

Let's talk about those books already on the shelves, yours or the stores.

I have a post for books I'm looking forward to coming out;
Looking Forward To...
But what about all those wonderful books that are ALREADY on the shelves.

Whether it be on your shelf waiting to be read or on the shelves in the stores waiting for you to give it a good home.

So, I thought I would share a book a week that is just waiting for me to travel through it's world.

Now... where do I start? Lets go by Published Date on the books...

This Week:

Aaah. I first picked this one up as an ebook. But when I had the chance to win a print (as I prefer them more) I jumped to enter. And won. :) I'm really looking forward to diving into this series.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn't make any difference...

On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there's one thing everybody agrees on...

There's not a chance in hell of ending it. 

Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx's ugly past makes her the top pick for a covert recovery. The head they want her to bring home could end the war--but at what price? 

The world is about to find out.

I've heard back from a few bloggers that they would like to join in this meme post, so I'm adding a Linky for you to join in.  Grab the picture above, and join in.  All I ask, is if you can acknowledge my blog in the post so others know where to come back to.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Audiobook Review: Last Man Home

Last Man Home

By:  John Mierau

Publish Date:  May 20, 2010, Audiobook May 12, 2014

Publisher:  ServingWorlds.com

Format:  Audio book from Audible

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  Novella

Recommendation:  Yes, for a quick action and character filled story.

Eight years after the war with the Alotans, Jake, Teddy, Gris and Dru are the only survivors of Tom Callahan's squad. They're gathering in the small town Jake calls home for their annual reunion-but this year a new face wants to join in. One of Jake's alien army buddies will crack when he faces a monster from his past, and it's down to him to save the Alotan going by the name of... Tom Callahan.

First Sentence:
I sprayed a mouthful of beer all over Teddy and Gris when the Bug stepped into the Wildlife Tavern.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Audible

Listen For Free:

**I listened to this book for my own enjoyment.

My Thoughts and Summary:
I'm not going to give a summary of this book. John's summary hits it on the nose, and if I try I might spoil the story for you.

The neat thing here, the characters are all different. By different I don't only mean personality, they are of an alien nature as well. And it makes the story work and believable. This story takes place on Earth and our main voice telling the story is human but his colleagues are other than human. I like this draw here. It makes the story different and I want that.

Oh the things Jake talks about having done to him and the soldiers when serving. It's neat what they did to them, but I can feel for the men at the same time.

I've learned John Mierau has a wide realm he writes in, and that works great for me as I love getting something different each time. John takes advantage of each word he writes, drawing the world while describing the characters and moving the story/plot along. In the suspense full moments, John has written it to move quick yet draw me to hang on each word. The narrator has read it to compliment the writing with his innuendos and speech annunciations - like he's living the moments.

I like the narrators voice and reading of this story. The pacing and vocal attitude for each character and happening were well orchestrated. He even talked in different speech patterns for the characters and their species. I could almost hear the narrator on a tv show - maybe Defiance or something.

By the end of the story I felt the closeness of the crew that was formed from what they lived through at war. How they are like brothers. I felt the sadness and honor for Tom and the characters. The battle Jake is fighting for this bug, the kind he once hated and killed, but to learn the true fate of the man who's name the bug took.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Audio? Podcast? What? Take 1

The curiosity bug has bitten me. As many of you know, I listen to lots of Podcasts. I've heard many who say they don't listen to or know of or what Podcasts are. And I see that many book readers listen to Audiobooks.

I'd like to share information with you, and myself, about Podcasts in comparison/reference to Audiobooks. In order to do so I have a series of questions I'm going to ask over the next 4-5 weeks (pending if more questions come up as I go that will help explain Podcasts and share them with you). I'd like to lead to an end discussion with a few authors (audio & podcast) on what the difference is between Audiobooks and Podcasts. And maybe if there are a few myths floating around we can talk about those too.

This week we are going to start easy.

Those of you that listen to Audiobooks, do you listen to Podcast stories?

  1.    Yes
  2.    No
  3.    What are Podcasts?

You can anonymously take the poll on the sidebar. If you have anything further you'd like to add or questions on the two, please leave them in the comments or feel free to email me at:

Thank you!

Mythical Monday (57)

It seems there are many books based on or influenced by Myths and Mythological Beings.

There are so many different Mythology and Mythological Beings recorded. Some are very popular and well known, others not so much. There are many similar beings, yet different depending on the culture it’s based in.  The definition of Myth covers about anything in the Urban Fantasy/Fantasy realm to me.

I’ve invited authors to share briefly the Mythological being or Myth that influenced their character(s) or story, or what their character(s) are based on influencing their books.  Hosting here, one author and being or myth per week.

This week we have:
Author Kerry Schafer
Talking of Dragons.

Let There Be Dragons

Why dragons?

The world of the Between is open to pretty much any sort of creature that has ever squeaked, creaked, or roared its way into a tale (or a nightmare). And, in fact, there are plenty of other creatures that do find their way into the books, some of them entirely of my own creation. The Slime Toad, for instance, big as a dragon with dangerous teeth and a sticky tongue and acid slime that will burn holes in your skin. Or the flying fire ants that literally set you alight wherever they touch clothing or skin.

But dragons are different. Dragons go deep.

They wind their sinuous way through the mythologies and fairy stories of nearly every culture. Some breath fire and destruction across the skies, steal the villagers sheep, burn their cottages and eat their young. In fairy tales they are often cast as the greatest obstacle a young hero must face in his pursuit of both a princess and a kingdom. In the biblical version of the epic clash between God and the Devil, the dragon represents the greatest evil possible, wreaking destruction even in heaven.

Fire dragons, water dragons, dragons of ice and air. Sometimes greedy, sometimes wise, always powerful and capable of great destruction.

When a dragon finds its way onto the pages of a book—no matter what kind of a dragon the writer turns it into—all of those historical and mythical echoes come along. Which is awesome all in itself.

Add in the tales from eastern mythology about the dragon ladies, and it just keeps getting better and better. Yep, the oriental folk stories had dragon shifters long before modern writers decided to tap into that idea. One of these is the tale of Toyotama-Hime, The Dragon Princess of the Sea. It goes, more or less, like this.

Once upon a time, Toyotama-Hime lived at the bottom of the sea with her father. One eventful day a young hunter chose to spend his time fishing rather than hunting. His name was Hikohohodemi-no-Mikoto. (I am not going to type that again, and I have no suggested translation, so we're going to call him Mikoto). Mikoto had borrowed his brother's best fishing hook for the day, and somehow managed to lose it. He was so desperate to find it that he ventured below the waves and down to the sea bed in a quest to retrieve it.

In the way of fairy tales, Toyotama-Hime saw him and fell instantly in love. She begged her father to help the handsome young man, and her father, who could refuse her nothing, agreed. As fate would have it, when Mikoto saw Toyotama-Hime in her human form he fell in love with the beautiful princess, forgetting all about his brother and the fishing hook. The two were married and lived happily together, but only for a time.

There came a day when Mikoto began to pine for the world above the sea - for the wind in the trees and the grass beneath his feet. He begged his beloved wife to come live on dry land with him and, because she loved him and was pregnant with his child, she agreed. The young hunter built a house for her and for a short while they were happy once more.

When the time came for her to give birth, the princess urged her husband to leave her alone, and not to look until she gave him permission. Long he waited outside, pacing and worrying. At last he broke his promise to his wife and peered in through a window. There he saw a black dragon holding a newborn baby. Toyotama-Hime was so embarrassed to be seen as her dragon self, that she fled back to her old home beneath the sea.

No HEA for this couple.

Being a dragon shifter causes some complications for Vivian, the heroine of the Between stories as well. She's chosen to spend her life as a healer and is working as an ER doc in a small town when things get weird. Discovering that she's got some dragon blood in her is a little, shall we say, disconcerting for her and learning to accept this aspect of who and what she is causes her distress along the way.

To make matters worse, there is Zee. Zee is born to be a dragon slayer; this is as deeply embedded in his genetic code as Vivian's dragon nature is in hers. As you can imagine, this serves to complicate the love that is growing between them.

Will they do better than Toyotama-Hime and Mikoto in the HEA department? Only time will tell. In the meantime, as the books are more adventure than romance, they've got a lot of other things to think about. Dangers to face. Slime toads, for example. Nefarious plots. And a dark and powerful dragon who wants to destroy all the worlds.

Author Bio:
Kerry Schafer is licensed both as a Mental Health Professional and an RN, and spends most of her daylight hours helping people--usually even with a smile. In books, she gets to blow stuff up and kill people (or possibly dragons and exploding slime toads). She has published two novels with Ace Books: Between and Wakeworld. She is also the author of The Dream Wars e-novellas.

Kerry and her Viking live in Colville, Washington, in a little house surrounded by rocks, trees, and gangs of deer and wild turkeys.

Find Kerry:
Her Site & Blog
Twitter:  @KerrySchafer

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