Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Aaron Paul Lazar "Don't Let the Wind Catch You" author Visits with a Guest Post called Word Paintings



Welcome to a Guest Post by "Don't let the Wind Catch You" by Aaron Paul Lazar!  Also enter on the Rafflecopter to win prizes.
When young Gus LeGarde befriends a cranky old hermit in the woods who speaks to an Indian spirit, he wonders if the man is nuts. But when the ghostly Penni rattles tin cups, draws on dusty mirrors, and flips book pages, pestering him to find evidence to avenge her past, things change.

What Gus doesn’t understand is why his mother hates Tully, until his relentless investigation uncovers a hint of scandal about Tully and Gus’s grandfather, Marlowe Wright.

On horseback, Gus and his friends ride through woods overlooking Conesus Lake to Tully’s abandoned house, reportedly still infected with the Genesee Valley Fever from the 1700s. Unafraid, they enter and find shocking evidence that could rewrite history.

Can Gus convince his mother to forgive Tully? And will the proof he found free Penni’s spirit?

Gus summons courage beyond his years in this poignant and powerful telling of the summer of 1965.

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Guest Post: Word Paintings
Word paintings are like photographs. The creative wells from which they spring are similar in both writers and photographers.

For example, it takes a special talent to frame a great shot in nature. It’s this same appreciation for the “visual feast” that gives writers the extra perceptive eye they need to describe a scene that breathes life into a story. Of course, all of the senses are employed when constructing a literary scene. Sounds, aromas, and tactile sensations all contribute to setting the scene that creates a unique sense of place. 


Every image that was ever impressed on my brain ends up in a story. Whether it’s the light dancing through stained-glass windows in a Parisian chapel, curly green-gray lichen covering a boulder at the edge of a pond in Maine, or hoarfrost dangling from a cherry tree branch in January, these images are tucked away in the recesses of my mind. In time, they bubble back, persistently itching, until they are poured onto the page.


If you long to write, if it eats away at you until you are spent after hours of writing, if you ache to join your characters in a daily romp in your parallel universe, this probably sounds familiar. These abundant, precious aspects of life are the sweet fodder for your next story. Soak it all up. And carefully weave them into your next chapter.

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of three award-winning mystery series and more, Lazar enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming release from Twilight Times Books, SANCTUARY (2013).
ONLINE LINKS:
Website     http://www.lazarbooks.com
Blog            http://www.aaronlazar.blogspot.com
Facebook Name:  AaronPaulLazar
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Don't let the Wind Catch you by Aaron Paul Lazar



Welcome to my review of "Don't let the Wind Catch You" by Aaron Paul Lazar!  Also enter on the Rafflecopter to win prizes and join the facebook Event today.
When young Gus LeGarde befriends a cranky old hermit in the woods who speaks to an Indian spirit, he wonders if the man is nuts. But when the ghostly Penni rattles tin cups, draws on dusty mirrors, and flips book pages, pestering him to find evidence to avenge her past, things change.

What Gus doesn’t understand is why his mother hates Tully, until his relentless investigation uncovers a hint of scandal about Tully and Gus’s grandfather, Marlowe Wright.

On horseback, Gus and his friends ride through woods overlooking Conesus Lake to Tully’s abandoned house, reportedly still infected with the Genesee Valley Fever from the 1700s. Unafraid, they enter and find shocking evidence that could rewrite history.

Can Gus convince his mother to forgive Tully? And will the proof he found free Penni’s spirit?

Gus summons courage beyond his years in this poignant and powerful telling of the summer of 1965.

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My Review:
This is one of the best coming of age stories I have read in a very long time.  I just adore Gus and his friends.  
Aaron does an amazing job with his character building and storytelling. I literally could visualize the book as a movie while I was reading it.
Once you read this novel you will want to go out and buy a horse and ride through the woods just like I did :)
I recommend this book to absolutely everyone.

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. The author of three award-winning mystery series and more, Lazar enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming release from Twilight Times Books, SANCTUARY (2013).
ONLINE LINKS:
Website     http://www.lazarbooks.com
Blog            http://www.aaronlazar.blogspot.com
Facebook Name:  AaronPaulLazar
•      Twitter Name   :  @aplazar

Thursday, August 8, 2013

My Review on The Gate Keeper's Sons by Eva Pohler


Welcome to my Review on The Gate Keeper's Sons by Eva Pohler
Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos, the god of sleep, and Thanatos, the god of death. She thinks she's manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world. 

Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese's heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her. 

The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.


MY REVIEW:

Romance of any level that includes Greek mythology and the gods is always a draw for me. Combine that with horses and cowboys and I am so there! I love the idea that the god of death is one half of a love story. You just don't expect that.
Than is innocent (unexpected for death) and so sweet. The way he and his sister react to chocolate is a laugh out loud moment.
Now for the audio book portion: This is Narrated By Debbie Andreen. Her delivery and inflections are wonderful. I was always able to tell without effort which character was speaking. She expressed a variety of emotions perfectly. I am very critical of audio books and this one is well done.

BIO:
Eva Pohler writes fiction for teens and adults and teaches writing and literature at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she lives with her husband, three kids, two dogs, and two rats. She’s also an avid lover of books and animals.
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Guest Post by Lisa Regan author of Aberration

Welcome to my stop in the Aberration tour, today Lisa Regan has a guest post for us about what inspired the story Aberration.
FBI analyst Kassidy Bishop is assigned to the “For You” killer’s task force after a series of sadistic murders bearing the same signature arise in different parts of the country.
The homicides are both calculated and savage, occurring in different states, but bearing the same signature: the words “for you” scribbled at each crime scene. The case chills Kassidy, bringing back memories of her own encounter with a violent criminal five years earlier.
Kassidy’s mentor, legendary agent Talia “The Confessor” Crossen knows the task force assignment is Kassidy’s chance to prove to her colleagues that she belongs in the Behavior Analysis Unit. For five years, other FBI agents and profilers scoffed at Kassidy’s appointment to the BAU, believing she was only offered the position in exchange for her silence about the brutal assault that almost killed her.
The stakes rise when the task force links the killer’s signature to Kassidy. As more and more bodies turn up, Kassidy must delve into her past and the mysterious death of her twin sister, which holds the key to uncovering the killer’s identity.
The closer Kassidy comes to finding the killer, the closer she comes to a deadly confrontation that could cost her everything—including her own life.

THE INSPIRATION FOR ABERRATION 
When I was in college completing my undergrad degree, I lived for a time in this very small apartment that I not-very-affectionately called “the shoebox.”  It was small, which meant that there were not many places to lose things.  But there was this period of time during my residence there that my personal items began to disappear—never to be found again.  First it was my lucky blue hair scrunchy.  Then it was two books I was reading for one of my English classes.  I remember those the clearest because I had left them on the couch, left the apartment, and when I came back they were gone.  I looked everywhere for them, tore my entire apartment to shreds (which didn’t take long).  Then I had a moment of maybe-I’m-nuts-and-they-weren’t-really-here, and I retraced my steps for the two or three days before that.  They weren’t at any of the places I had been.  This was a problem because I needed them for a class.  I ended up having to buy new copies, and I never did find those books.  There were several other items that went missing.  Nothing very big, just small things you might easily misplace.

Obviously, since I’m a crime writer, my first thought was that someone was sneaking in and taking these items.  I was never able to catch anyone or find any evidence of this and eventually things stopped disappearing, but it got my mind working.  I kept thinking, “What if you had this really benign stalker who never did anything to harm you but was always creeping around, keeping an eye on you?”  Thus, the premise for Aberration was born.

That’s how the idea started out—this idea of a stalker.  Of course a benign stalker doesn’t make for very good entertainment so I had to add some conflict, which eventually came into the story as a serial killer.  I don’t want to give away too much because it will spoil the surprises in the book, but let’s just say that in this book there is a stalker who starts out with good intentions but ends up as a serial killer.

When I first got the idea for Aberration, FBI profilers were all the rage.  John Douglas, one of the founders of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit had released his book, Mind Hunter which detailed his early career in profiling and how the unit came into being as well as the kinds of techniques they used in their work.  It was very fascinating and a great thing to add to my story, and thus my main character became a Behavioral Analyst or a profiler.

I was so engrossed in all of Douglas’ books as well as books by Robert K. Ressler and Katherine Ramsland.  I even seriously considered going back to school to become a criminologist, but life had other plans for me.

So basically the missing items led to my question of what if you had a benign stalker?  To add conflict, I brought in the serial killer element and to go with that, I made the main character a profiler.

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Lisa Regan:  
Lisa Regan is a suspense novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime and Pennwriters. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.  Her first novel, Finding Claire Fletcher was recently nominated for the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards in three categories:  Best Novel, Best Thriller and Best Heroine for Claire Fletcher.

NLINE LINKS:
·         Website    http://www.lisaregan.com/
·         Blog    http://www.lisalregan.blogspot.com/
·         Twitter    https://twitter.com/Lisalregan