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100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2011! December 30, 2010

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I recently decided that I would sign up for a book challenge hosted by Book Chick City! Why did I sign up? Well, I figured that since I plan on reading books in 2011 anyway, it only makes sense to challenge myself to read a certain number of books. I know 100 books sounds like a large number, and really it is, and that makes this challenge all the more fun…don’t you think?!

Interested in signing up for this challenge? Here are some of the details to help you decide if you want to join or not:

* Challenge begins Jan 1, 2011 and ends on Dec 31, 2011

* Read 100 books or more in 2011

* All books can crossover into other challenges that you are currently signed up for

* Only print books and ebooks count – No audiobooks

* You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year

* Want to sign up but don’t have a blog? That’s OK! Visit Book Chick City and fill out the form to be added to the Linky

This is the first 2011 challenge that I have signed up for and I hope that I can successfully complete this challenge!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

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Book Review: Travels in Ghana December 29, 2010

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Description:

This travelogue was written by a former Peace Corps Volunteer who lived in Togo for two years. Eleven years later, a visit to friends in Accra in September 2009 included a road trip from one end of Ghana to another. From the capital city of Accra to the traditional painted village of Sirigu in the far north, the people, the adventures and the sights are described, as well as tourist facilities for those interested in traveling in Ghana. There are insights and explanations of Ghanaian customs, culture, cuisine and daily life.

Among the places visited are the slave castle at Elmina, the stilt village of Nzulezu, Mole National Park, Sirigu village, an unexpected find at Bolgatanga, the monkey sanctuary at Boabeng-Fiema, and the kente weaving village of Adanwomase. Also illustrated are the making of a variety of local products and crafts with photos by the author.

My Review:

I normally do not read many travel books, not because of my preference to them, but because I want to read so many books that books such as Travels in Ghana by Marie McCarthy are often pushed lower on my to-read list. However, once I got the time to read this particular book, it was very refreshing and a delightful read. Travels in Ghana is the re-telling of Ms. McCarthy’s trip to Ghana and all the sights along the way. This book is written very much like a journal would be, and was a pleasant change from the normal books I read. There are also several pictures along the way that help you feel as though you were on the trip with Ms. McCarthy. I personally do not travel much, as I’m not big with the unfamiliar, especially in reference to travels to such places as Ghana. Though if I ever did find myself traveling, I believe I would enjoy going to a place like Ghana. Ms. McCarthy shared with us all the ups, and downs, of the trip and if you are planning on traveling to Ghana, I would definitely read this book. It prepares you for such things as food preferences, ATM usage, and tipping (even though some times it was repetitive) and I feel as though reading it from someone’s personal experience is better than reading it in a mass marketed book that is strictly based on statistics. I do know that if I ever were to travel to Ghana, I would come home a much poorer woman as I can envision myself buying several souvenirs, like from the bead shops that are talked about in the book, though most women would probably feel the same way. Even if you aren’t planning a trip to Ghana, this book would be a great way to learn about the variety of people the world as to offer and how the things that most people take for granted are only things that some could ever dream of.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: Cries in the Dark December 27, 2010

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Description:

Two prostitutes vanish.

Chimps are mysteriously missing from a primate sign lab. Is there a possible link to a biomedical research facility?

While premed student Alex Buchanan confronts her new-found ability to communicate telepathically with animals, the body toll mounts.

When her boyfriend disappears with a dangerous secret, Alex knows a serial killer is stalking her.

Can she solve this dilemma before becoming the next victim?

My Review:

Whether you are for or against animal rights, Cries in the Dark by P.A. Woodburn is a must read. Animal experimentation is the main topic throughout the book, and rather than taking sides, Cries in the Dark sheds light on the realities of animal experiments and the impact they have on society. The story follows the story of Alex, who has a unique gift to be able to communicate with animals. She has grown up with mixed feelings of what really happens to animals in laboratories and what good, or bad, it serves to mankind. Soon Alex finds herself working at a lab that teaches sign language to chimps and she finds herself in a sticky situation while investigating the sudden murder of her friend Maggie and learning more about animals then she ever thought possible. Cries in the Dark has plenty of murder, mystery, and suspense and will pull at your heart-strings from start to finish. If you do not like reading about animal experiments and the like, this book may be a bit much for you. Although it doesn’t dramatize the situations, it does tell it like it is, and as we all know the world can be cruel sometimes. I’m quite anxious to see if there is a sequel because I was left at the end, alone and bewildered, while wondering what happened next! Cries in the Dark does contain some material that is best suited for those 17 and older.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Featured Author: P.A. Woodburn December 27, 2010

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The Featured Author spotlight is on the outlook once again, and has spotted none other than P.A. Woodburn! Below you will find out about her book Cries in the Dark, what inspired her to write the novel, and also about all of her writing habits! This will be the last Featured Author that I post for a couple of weeks as I am in the process of moving, but rest assured there are many more authors ready to be featured here on Juniper Grove!

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Without giving too much away can you tell us what your book is about.

My novel is about animal rights. It is about laboratory animals. It asks the question– do we have the moral right to experiment on animals just because we can? It also asks– if we do have the moral right–is animal experimentation really beneficial for humans or is it in fact harmful?

How long did it take you to write this book?

It took me about ten years, but I was busy with a lot of other things. I would write a bit and then leave it for months before tackling it again. I would hope that my next book will be a lot faster.

What was you inspiration to write this book?

This will be a rather long answer. When I was studying for my organic chemistry finals I picked up a book called “A Whale for the Killing” by Farley Mowat. I became totally absorbed in the book although I previously knew nothing about whales and I had never seen one. I did manage to pass organic chemistry.

About a week later I was reading the newspaper when I saw an article about some people who were trying to raise money to purchase a ship to save the whales. Not knowing where to find these people I tracked down the writer of the article and asked him where I could find the ship? The ship did not look very inspiring it was an old, beat up mine sweeper, but I walked up the gang plank and announced myself to the two guys who were sitting there. One was the owner another was someone who would later take many risks for saving whales. They told me there would be a meeting two weeks after Thanksgiving.

I went to the meeting and was totally enchanted. These people wanted to purchase the ship to confront the Japanese and Russians to stop them killing whales. To me it sounded totally radical and exciting. I volunteered. I also volunteered to run the walk-a –thon to help raise the money. I didn’t know what a walk-a-thon was at the time. That was a life changing experience. I worked for Greenpeace running several walkathons and helping with other fundraisers. I met most of the main players and knew the inner secrets of what was going on. I became totally interested in animal issues and would never lose that interest. Eventually I left Greenpeace. I didn’t like the way they were headed, and I had to earn more money because I had a young daughter. Somewhat burned out and exhausted from fundraising I thought about writing a book that would help animal causes.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

My novel has been written by an author who has been on both sides of the issue—I worked in an animal laboratory and I worked for an organization trying to save whales from extinction. 

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?

It sounds crazy but I really don’t think I know.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I make a lot of mistakes in punctuation, and I will not publish a book without having it checked completely by an editor.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I like to read, and I like to go to coffee shops with my Saint Bernard. My Saint Bernard is not allowed to walk much because of a genetic condition, so I have to find other ways to entertain him.

What does your family think of your writing?

To be honest I don’t really know. My sister said that my book was great. No other family member has expressed an opinion.

How many books have you written so far?

I made one other wretched attempt and this novel went through several reincarnations before I could live with it.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

Probably with some wine.

Do you hear from your readers much?

I hear from them sometimes, and I’m glad that I’m not getting thousands of fan letters a day because I’m already having a problem keeping up with promotion.

What do you think makes a good story?

I personally prefer a story with a purpose, though most of the books I read have no purpose other than entertainment.

What genre do you find the most difficult to write in and why?

I think mysteries and thrillers are most difficult because the plot has to tie together, and you have to reveal clues to the answer, but divert attention so that the revelations won’t be noticed.

Is there anything you find challenging in your writing?

Everything.

Do you ever experience writer’s block and if so how do you overcome it?

Yes. By looking at what others have done or are doing.

What is the last book you read?

It is a book that has not yet been published, and I do not feel that I have the right to reveal anything about it.

If you could take any book and rewrite it putting your own twist on it, which book would it be and why?

There are books I wish I had written, but I don’t feel that I have any authority to try and improve on someone else’s writing.

Is there anything that you need in order to write?

Solitude but sometimes that can be provided in a crowded place e.g. a coffee shop where I’m ignored.

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

Yes

How many books do you read a week/month?

That really depends on what else I’m doing because sometimes I will start one right after the other. Sometimes I will be writing and not want to be effected by someone else’s work.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

No one because once I get to know someone they seem rather ordinary, and I need someone to look up to.

If you could travel into the past or future where would you go and why?

I would go to Africa in the future because I can read what the past was like and I could write a story comparing the past and future. Anywhere with a large wildlife population would do, but I’ve always wanted to go to Africa.

What does the word success mean to you?

I would like to know that my writing is being read regularly, and that I am making enough to live comfortably.

If you had to compare yourself to an animal, which one would it be and why?

A human being. I am a human being, animal. That is something we all forget.

If you had to have one word or phrase written on your forehead for an entire week, what would it be?

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man ~Charles Darwin

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Thank you P.A. Woodburn for stopping by and being a Featured Author here on Juniper Grove!

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Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: The Quest for Nobility December 18, 2010

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Darius and Dyla Telkur, royal twins, from one of the most powerful noble families on Otharia…

Add in an evil mastermind bent on eliminating the House of Telkur…

And a telekinetic assassin named Nils…how fast can you run?

The idyllic life of royal teenagers, Darius and Dyla Telkur, from the planet Otharia takes a horrifying turn when their parents are murdered. With their cousin appointed as Regent until Darius comes of age, it doesn’t take the twins long to figure out that he’s bent on stealing their throne one way or another. To escape their cousin’s wrath and a false murder charge, they flee to the only safe place they know where no one will find them – the forbidden and quarantined planet Earth.

Safe on Earth for the moment, the only way for them to return home is to find an ancient 10K traveling crystal left behind by their Otharian ancestors who visited Earth 1500 years ago. Enlisting the help of a London university archeologist, they begin their search for the crystal from clues buried deep within the Arthurian lore of Merlin and Lady of the Lake. What they find instead is evidence of a secret trade pact between Otharia and Earth that was established centuries ago. Before Darius and Dyla can understand what it means, they’re in jeopardy again; this time pursued by those on Earth who want the secret to remain hidden. Who is behind the trade pact and what is being traded are the questions the twins need to figure out while trying to stay one step ahead of the Earth assassins.

Everything is connected, but time is running out for the royal pair. They must find the traveling crystal and open a portal home soon before their cousin is crowned the next Duke of Telkur and their lives are forfeited.

My Review:

The Quest for Nobility, written by Debra Martin and David Small, is the first book in The Rule of Otharia series. This action packed book takes us into a world where the Telkur twins, Darius and Dyla, are part of a dominant family. Then through unexpected events, their happy lives are thrown into a world of chaos as they discover their parents have been murdered and the family name dishonored. While still trying to cope with the loss, the twins enter into a competition in hopes of using the prize money to keep the family land free of debt. The competition is made up of a series of objectives where each team, made up of three members, must use their psychic abilities and training to reach the objective successfully. However, things don’t go according to planned and the twins soon find themselves wanted for murder and have no choice but to flee to the planet Earth until they can figure out what their next course of action will be. Murder, betrayal, and corruption will be revealed while the twins learn who they can and can not trust. I really enjoyed reading The Quest for Nobility and am eager to read book two of the series, The Crystal Facade. The only thing that didn’t sit well with me throughout this book was the time frame while Darius and Dyla were on Earth. I may have missed something, but it seemed as though they were only away for a few days, but once back on their planet, the time shifted and made it seem like they were gone longer. I’m interested in seeing if there is a time frame explained in book two that will wrap up that issue for me from book one. However, that being said, I still very much enjoyed reading The Quest for Nobility and am anxious to see how authors Debra Martin and David Small fine tune their skills in book two, The Crystal Facade.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Featured Author: Debra Martin December 18, 2010

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Today’s Featured Author spotlight is on the prowl again and has decided to shine its light on upon a new face. I’d like to welcome today’s Featured Author…Debra Martin!! Continue reading to learn about the second book in The Rule of Otharia series, The Crystal Façade, along with Ms. Martin’s writing habits and about her co-author David Small.

Bio:

Debra L Martin writes with co-author, David W Small. They have been writing together since 2006. They are currently working on a fantasy that they hope to publish in 2011. Debra lives on the East Coast with her husband and 3 cats. David lives on the West Coast with his wife and daughter.

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Without giving too much away, can you tell us what this book is about?

The Crystal Façade is an action-adventure, science fiction book that follows the continuing troubles of royal Otharian twins, Darius and Dyla Telkur. Darius has secured the Telkur throne, but there is unrest in nearby duchies and he must lend his support to his fellow Dukes. Meanwhile, his twin sister, Dyla, a strong empath who has dream visions, is haunted by visions of Lord Blackheart, a mob boss from Earth. Otharia and Earth are connected dating back to the time of Merlin the Magician, but it is a secret that has been closely guarded. The twins must find out what that connection means before assassins on both planets find and eliminate them.

How long did it take you to write The Crystal Facade?

I write with my co-author, David W. Small, and it took us about one year to write the book. Between passing files back and forth during the writing portion and then extensive editing sessions, it takes us many months to completely finish a book.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

The Crystal Façade is non-stop action happening on both Otharia and Earth and should entertain fans of Arthurian lore.

How many books have you written so far?

Dave and I have written 2 novels in the “Rule of Otharia” series and 2 novelettes in the “Dark Future” series, post-apocalyptic stories.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

Dave and I were on the phone with each other at the time discussing our next story. We were, of course, absolutely thrilled that perfect strangers were buying our books.

Which book was the most enjoyable for you to write?

So far, The Crystal Façade was the most enjoyable to write. In the first book, The Quest for Nobility, there was a lot of setting up the world and the introducing the main characters. We have heard from readers that Crystal Façade is a stand-alone novel so you don’t necessarily need to know the back story in the first book to enjoy this one.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

I think first and foremost, after you write your book, edit, edit, edit. Having beta readers is absolutely essential. Fresh eyes can catch plot holes, inconsistencies and typos. Next it’s imperative that you have a great cover to catch a reader’s eyes and then a book blurb that will draw them in and make them buy the book.

Outlines? Are they needed or just a waste of time?

Dave and I absolutely use outlines. Because we both write the story, we need an outline so we both know where the story is headed. It may be different with a single author because you know your own story, but when you have a co-author, having an outline helps keep the story on track.
 
What is the last book you read?

Flank Hawk by Terry Ervin. It was an excellent fantasy.
 
Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie music, silence, chocolate)

I like it quiet. The less distractions there are, the more writing I get done.

Night owl or Early bird?

I’m an early bird; Dave is the night owl.

If you could have dinner with 1 person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would love to have dinner with Jane Austen. Can you imagine how incredible it would be to talk to her about writing Pride and Prejudice?

If you had to compare yourself to an animal, which one would it be and why?

I guess I would be a dog – loyal and loving, but I’d much rather be a cat. At least to live the life of my own cats – now those are pampered lives.

If you were written about on the front page of the newspaper, what would the headline be?

Unknown author now known.

If you had to have one word or phrase written on your forehead for an entire week, what would it be?

Read The Crystal Façade.

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I’d like to Thank Debra for stopping by and being a Featured Author here on Juniper Grove!

You can find Debra’s important links below:

Blog

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Amazon Author Page

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: Spiral X December 16, 2010

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Description:

Cheryl Erikson doesn’t like playing DEA agent, but when a dangerous new drug named Plast finds its way onto the streets of Dallas, and the dealers just happen to be vampires, then she has to take action.

With the help of her best friend Virgil, and a mysterious Vampire Hunter named Rev, Cheryl must work to eradicate Plast from the streets of Dallas. It’s a task that becomes more difficult as she dodges assassination attempts; evades a nosy police detective who wants to peg her for a triple homicide; figures out what a shadow government organization wants from her; as well as deal with a powerful vampire who has a sudden interest in her activities.

Her path takes her through the Spiral X nightclub, where everything she thinks she knows, and everything she stands for, is challenged in ways she never imagined.

My Review:

I just finished reading Spiral X by J.J. Westendarp and am at a slight loss for words that can explain how much I enjoyed reading this book. From the moment I began reading it, I was instantly pulled in and held captive in the world that Mr. Westendarp has created. Spiral X has all of the qualities that make it a must read book. The main character, Cheryl, is everything I expect to find when reading about a woman vampire hunter. She is strong, confident, and can take care of herself in any situation while at the same time being vulnerable and fragile, if only to her own fears and doubts. But at the end of the day she always pulls through and proves that some things in life are worth fighting for no matter how much you have to give up in return. Throw in a best friend who knows Cheryl for who she really is, a mysterious vampire hunter named Rev, and loads of butt kicking action and you have all the ingredients to make an amazing story. Spiral X is a tragic yet beautiful story that you will enjoy reading over and over. I hope that Mr. Westendarp will continue with Cheryl’s story and will most certainly be waiting in line to get a copy!

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Featured Author: Cate Cavanagh December 15, 2010

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It’s time for another Featured Author here on Juniper Grove! I’d like to welcome today’s Featured Author…Cate Cavanagh!!! Cate stopped by to tell us about her book, Her Godmother, and answers some questions about being an author!

Bio:

Cate is a published author, Gifts of the Spirit, Her Godmother as well as a syndicated columnist in the spiritual and metaphysical genres. In addition she is a published print columnist in New York and was political commentator for WJFF radio in New York and political podcast commentator for Internet Radio Voices. Her work also appears in a number of new age publications including but not limited to Self Growth, Lightsource, E Spirit, Grannymoon, Witch’s Voice and Pagazine. She is also a screenplay writer and offers occult consultant services for the media and for private clients. As a practicing eclectic Witch she is dedicated to presenting magical realism as it really is.

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Without giving too much away, can you tell us what this book is about?

As an adult child of an alcoholic I wanted to address this disease while at the same time telling a tale of how magical realism heals. This book helps children also learn the tools of AA and will help adult children of alcoholics reflect and come to terms with their healing as well. Within the drama there is a huge comical mutt and a cat that is a familiar with a chapter of her very own!

How long did it take you to write Her Godmother?

The first draft was done in a month. I am very OCD when it comes to doing major writing projects however the real time was in the revising and constant proof reading! (*GROAN!*)

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

I like to think I am a writer that paints pictures with words and since the story takes place in rural upstate there is a lot to “see.”

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was in grammar school. I entered a citywide essay contest in NYC and won a silver medal! I was hooked. After that I read anything I could get my hands on to learn how to tell stories and the authors did it. My dad was very influential in my appreciation and ultimate love of writing.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

The way I begin a book or screenplay. I usually get a line. Then I start by just putting that line up on the blank page on the computer. Nothing more. For as long as takes I don’t touch it yet, ideas ruminate in my head until maybe I get a paragraph but often this paragraph winds up in the middle of the book until the story builds around it.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Enjoying living in the country living my city-childhood dream of horses, dogs, cats and a crazy parrot.

What does your family think of your writing?

My family is very supportive and are often the ones that read it, give me input and help with proofing. When I am actively on a project I write at night beginning at 11pm and writing through the night until about 5 or 6am. My husband gives me all the time I need.

How many books have you written so far?

I have published two full length books but since I have always loved short styles of writing, which was influenced by my performance poetry work, I love writing for effect and don’t over use words. I have mostly written columns and articles and have been syndicated. I have a book of short stories I want to get to and several screenplays to work on. Most of my “fiction” is based on magical realism and personal event I have either experienced or witnessed.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

With great relief. Completing that process was tough as I was in the middle of a major health crisis with multiple family members and on deadline. There was a lot of grief with that first book but I was proud of myself for being able to do it.

If you have written multiple books, which book was the most enjoyable for you to write? What about the least enjoyable?

I have no preference. One was nonfiction (out of print at my insistence due to serious problems with the publisher) and the other is HER GODMOTHER. I love writing fiction and nonfiction equally as a matter of fact. It is all about what moves me and “possesses” me!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

Master your craft! Join writing groups! There are many online groups with many published writers that willingly share their experiences and advice. Write for free!!! The big thing is getting the portfolio you need to move up the ladder in the publishing field. Get thick skinned. Don’t take rejections to heart. Be sure to check absolutewrite.com for their listings of reputable publishers and agent. Also check out the writers’ guild. They list member agents which means they are legit. DO NOT PAY AN AGENT TO READ YOUR WORK! This is a red flag to stay away. The rest is hard work and persistence.

Do you hear from your readers much?

Usually when the books come out I get waves of raves online. That’s fine with me. I do get emails which I do answer.

What do you think makes a good story?

Vivid descriptions, well defined characters and dialogue.

What genre do you find the most difficult to write in and why?

I found it the hardest to learn how to write a screenplay. Writing on is so very different. I did a lot of research on format and the qualities of what makes a good screenplay. It took a while for me learn how to have the dialogues alone tell the story. I think I’ll write a play next!

Outlines? Are they needed or just a waste of time?

They are not a waste of time. It depends on what a writer needs. Many writers put up cards on all their characters. I don’t. I know my characters before I write about them and edit as I need after the first draft. There is no right or wrong way in the creative process.

If you had it to do all over again, is there anything that you would change in any of your books?

Not a thing. I was very pleased with the quality of my books even if I made a big mistake with my first publisher. Everything is a learning process. Because I do not consider my every word sacrosanct I am always willing to cut, improve or change anything for the good of the project.

Is there anything that you find challenging in your writing?

Time. There simply is not enough time for everything I hope to complete in the coming year.

Do you ever experience writer’s block and if so, how to you overcome it?

Yes I have and the longest period was for seven years! It was awful. I keep a document on the computer that is just for great lines now. These lines have given me great springboards for stories and articles.

If you could take any book and rewrite it, putting your own twist on it, which book would it be and why?

I hated Pere Goriot in school. I would update it and made kids WANT to finish this book.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie music, silence, chocolate)

Coffee and yes, those awful cigs!

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

At this time I am focusing on screenplays. Years ago I wanted to write them and am only getting around to them now. They’re and challenging since I am new to them.

Night owl or Early bird?

Night owl when I am working on a major project.

If you could have dinner with 1 person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Countee Cullen a Black poet of the Harlem Renaissance period. He was an amazing gay poet who wrote from the heart and from anger. He greatly influenced me. I recommend you look up his poem, Yet Do I Marvel. Raw and amazing!

If you could travel into the past or future, where would you go and why?

I would love to go to New Orleans in the 1800’s and meet the root and Hoo Doo people of the time. Hopefully one of the DeVou’s

What does the word success mean to you?

Being in balance and joy with trust that all will be okay.

If you had to compare yourself to an animal, which one would it be and why?

It would be a Black panther! The power and grace of big cats simply awe me. I would love to feel that.

If you were written about on the front page of the newspaper, what would the headline be?

Haunted House Survivor Now Occult Consultant to the Stars!

If you had to have one word or phrase written on your forehead for an entire week, what would it be?

Goddess!

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I’d like to thank Cate for stopping by and being a Featured Author here on Juniper Grove!

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Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: The Summoning Fire December 15, 2010

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Description:

Welcome to Hell on Earth!

All Reese Howard has left is pain–and a pump-action shotgun. Sam is dead. The Old Man killed her right in front of Reese, a blood sacrifice to fuel his latest powerplay in Hell on Earth. Reese hopes the Old Man made a mistake, leaving her alive and armed. But she doubts it. He knows she’s coming. The bastard has to know. Whatever. Reese plans to make him pay. And she plans to die trying.

My Review:

The Summoning Fire by David Michael was definitely not what I was expecting when I read the book description, but in a good way. The story takes place in Hell on Earth, a place consumed by demons, harpies, and other creatures that quietly, or sometimes not so quietly, wait in the shadows waiting for the perfect moment to strike. After her partner Sam is killed in front of her, Reese Howard goes on a rampage of revenge to get back at The Old Man, a half human and half demon prince from Hell, whom single handedly tore Reese’s world apart. I found it easy to relate to these characters, because even if you haven’t went through the same trials as these characters have, there is no doubt that the emotions they display are those that most everyone would. I was originally going to rate this book a 3 because it did get confusing at times because the chapters jump back and forth, and there were a couple of times that I had to stop and think back to other chapters to pick up the story line. Another reason I was considering a 3 was because there were some very graphic scenes that tugged at my heart strings, either because they hit to close to home or because I felt as though some victims did not deserve the pain inflicted on them, although some of them probably deserved worse. But at the end of the day…I am giving The Summoning Fire a solid rating of 4 because it successfully did its job and kept my attention, made me feel for the characters, and kept me guessing as to how it would end. I’m definitely going to read more of David Michael’s writings!

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: Cameo and the Highwayman December 14, 2010

Posted by Jaidis in 5 Tree Reviews, Book Reviews, Jaidis Shaw Reviews.
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Get your copy of Cameo and the Highwayman (The Cameo Series – Book 2) on Kindle!!

Description:

The land of Shandow is a place of arctic cold. It was the scene of the bloody revolution, and is the location of the item Cameo’s master wants so badly.

In the dark of winter a vampire lies in wait…

…Opal is unable to run from his past… and Cameo must make a choice that will cost her the last shred of humanity she has left.

My Review:

I recently finished reading the first book in the Cameo series, Cameo the Assassin, and had to immediately jump into the next book in the series, Cameo and the Highwayman, wanting to know what was going to happen next. The second book picks up where the first left off and continues to move at the same great action packed pace. Opal, the highwayman, is drawn to Cameo and almost instantly falls for her and yearns for her affection in return. Cameo slowly comes around to the idea, wanting to have the companion that she has desperately longed for, but knows that her feelings for others can only be used against her. As the story progresses, Cameo is taken captive by another vampire, Edel, who was created by the same vampire Haffef. While Cameo is trapped with Edel, Opal’s true identity is revealed and his main concern is not that he will surely be killed for his past, but that he will lose the affection of Cameo. Through the twists and turns of the story, Cameo and Opal both come to the realization that they are broken and well suited for each other. I can only hope that Dawn McCullough-White will continue the Cameo series, and this reviewer will be one of the first in line to continue on Cameo’s journey with her!!

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis