Thursday, 29 April 2010

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Cynthia Roberts "Wind Warrior"



Born Cohoes, USA in 1952, Cynthia Roberts has been writing since a Crayola was placed in her hand. Her love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when she was raising a young family and her passion later grew to taking up the pen herself and Wind Warrior was born.

Guest Post

Hello everyone. Like all of you, I lived and breathed reading romances … it filled many long, lonely evenings when my husband worked nights in law enforcement and I was raising our children Jason and Alyssa (now 31 and 29). It proved my constant companion later when my “Cinderella” marriage of twenty-five years came to an unexpected end. There is a quote I heard once I can’t remember verbatim but goes somewhat like … “There is no greater loss than a love once known.”

I’m a true believer that when tragedy strikes and you’re standing at the edge of a fathomless abyss and all you see is darkness looking back at you, faith lies in knowing one of two things will happen. You can either let fear consume you, roll up into a ball and waste away or, you can take a leap of faith and learn how to soar like an eagle.

I’ve always had a passion for writing from that very moment a Crayola was placed in my hand and throughout my career in marketing, public relations and sales writing creatively came easy. When my marriage ended at the age of 45, life as I knew it was never the same. It was a time of unrest, uncertainty, losing friends and family and financial ruin because I also found myself jobless which continued nearly two years.

Wind Warrior became my salvation. One evening I sat in front of the computer and decided to write instead of read. I loved Cassie Edwards Savage Series and read every one of her books and figured all I could do was fail. It proved my therapy back then but not quite up to par to win the favor of publishers. I received so many rejections I could have wallpapered a small room in my house and almost gave up on my dream. That is, until I realized it just wasn’t my time. I needed to live through and get beyond the pain in my own life before I could transform that experience into the kind of passion and emotion I wanted my readers to feel personally through my writing.

Wind Warrior is book one of five of my Iroquois Series and will officially be released by Tate Publishing June 15th. It is, however, available now for purchase through Tate’s website and it is my heartfelt hope readers will find it as enthralling to read as it was for me to research and bring to life. Book #2 Captive Heart is finished and expected to be released the end of this year.

Now that the writer in me has been unleashed … look out world! If I can leave my beautiful five grandchildren any legacy, it will be the strength, conviction and passion put into every story I bring to life. Please stay tuned for future projects which will include a series introducing contemporary shape shifters and two mainstream romance thrillers entitled Pawn For Malice and The Keeper’s Watch.





Wind Warrior

Leslie Michaels is a visionary, and only those close to her know of her special gift and the visions that come when her mind and body surrender to sleep. Fate has a way of righting many wrongs, and for Leslie it is a destiny that changes her life dramatically. But not before she is forced to flee into the wilderness to escape a murderous trapper bent on claiming her for his very own. Faith and a strong will to survive are her only companions, until she encounters Winnokin, the handsome Seneca war chief who first came to her in her dreams. Not only does he prove to be her rescuer and protector, he teaches her that tragedy can breed happiness and the passion to live and love deeply once again.

Wind Warrior plunges readers into the intimate depths of a relationship that unfolds like a live drama before their eyes while painting an insightful and intriguing portrait of Native Indian life in the 1800s. It is a story of longing, of a wanton need to survive all odds, and a love so strong it conquers human evil. Wind Warrior expresses with cunning words the simple, raw human emotions that hold readers spellbound and captivate their hearts.

An excerpt of the book can be found here.

Wind Warrior
Tate Publishing
ISBN 978-1-61663-162-8

Purchase from Tate before 15th June
Available at Amazon and all other venues June 15th

www.romanceauthorcynthiaroberts.com


Giveaway -
signed copy of Wind Warrior



- Open Internationally
- Leave a comment with an email contact to enter. It must be in the comment not in the email box as I don't get to see them from there. Email addresses will be shared with Cynthia for her mailing list to receive notices when the book is released (they will not be shared with any other party).
- If you prefer not to leave you email in a comment you can send it to tasha711@gmail.com
- Tweets, blog posts and other sharing will be much appreciated but will not count for extra entries.
- Entries will be accepted until midnight 14th May 2010

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Review: Living Dead in Dallas - Charlaine Harris



Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of real bad luck. First, her co-worker gets murdered and no one seems to care. Then Sookie is attacked - and poisoned - late one night by some weird and apparently mythical beast. She only survives because the local vampires roll up and graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it). But in return the blood-suckers need a favor.

Which is why Sookie ends up in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire, on the condition that her undead friends don't do anything, well, vampiric while she's there. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly...(Goodreads)


I always find the second book in a series hard to review and although I did really enjoy reading Living Dead in Dallas, it was no exception. It's also really hard to review the book without comparing it to the TV show.

My brain was having some issues with this, surprisingly more so than the first book/series because in this one a lot of it is actually different but the main plot points are still there and that some times had be thinking "Wait, that wasn't supposed to happen". Another thing I find takes a bit of getting used to is that the books are completely from Sookie's point of view. Once I'd got passed this stuff though, I managed to read without comparing them and I started to enjoy it a lot more. 

I like that we're starting to learn more and more about the paranormal in Sookie's world as well as the Fellowship of the Sun and I hope this continues in future books. I think that the main thing that makes the Southern Vampire Mysteries series different from others is that the lore is realistic. One of my biggest pet hates is books who have some kind of loophole for things like vampires and sunlight. Another thing I like about these books is that they show good and bad paranormal creatures as well as good and bad humans.

Obviously the absolute best part about the whole thing is Eric though! =D

Monday, 26 April 2010

Library Loot (2)




Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva at A Striped Armchair and Marg at Reading Adventures that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

 

These are my library loans I picked up today. Not bad seeing as I only went in to pick up the one I had on order. I actually have 5 others on hold but they're taking an age to come in.

The Sixth Wife: A Novel - Suzannah Dunn
The Other Queen - Philippa Gregory
Veritas - Anne Laughlin

I also picked up a stash of books that had been removed for sale (bargains at 10p each!)

 

Erased - Nick Gifford
Troy - Adele Geras
Blood Fever - Charlie Higson
The Sleepwalker (CHERUB) - Robert Muchamore

All-American Girl - Meg Cabot

It's Monday! (9) and Weekly Round Up





AirheadThe Iron King (Harlequin Teen)BrokenIt's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly event to celebrate what we are reading for the week hosted at Book Journey. Post the books completed last week, the books you're currently reading, and the books to be read this week.Please comment or leave a link to let me know what you're reading this week!

Completed last week

Airhead - Meg Cabot

Currently reading

A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Broken - Megan Hart 
The Iron King - Julie Kagawa         

Up next

Hunted - PC and Kristin Cast

Reviews

Airhead - Meg Cabot
Deadly Little Secret - Laurie Faria Stolarz
Succubus Blues - Richelle Mead

Books Received

In My Mailbox

Posts of Interest

Teaser Tuesday
Friday Finds

Upcoming Reviews

Living Dead in Dallas - Charlaine Harris    
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
Broken - Meghan Hart

Other stuff

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I reached 100 followers! Yay! I was going to do a giveaway to celebrate but I have something else awesome I'm working on for the blog at the moment so keep checking back!

Saturday, 24 April 2010

In My Mailbox (8)



My
In My Mailbox is a weekly event exploring the books received this week and is hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. All excerpts from Goodreads unless stated.

Bought 


*blames "buy one get one free offer"*

ShiverArizona (Beautiful Dead)

Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
Beautiful Dead - Eden Maguire

For Review
Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book

Tyger Tyger- Kersten Hamilton

From a Friend
Broken

Broken - Megan Hart
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