GUEST POST: The Hollow Man by Paul Hollis

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The Hollow Man

Paul Hollis

Published August 1st 2015 by Wavecrest

YA > Realistic Fiction

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A terrorist’s plot, the assassination of a prime minister, holds the key to an apocalyptic plot to destroy Europe’s economy. It’s impossible to stop, but one man doesn’t know enough to think the world can’t be saved. He’s no hero; not clever or capable, talented or tested. The Hollow Man is just trying to survive in an uncertain climate where terrorism is changing the rules of how we live.

 

 

 

 

 

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How I Came to See the World by Paul Hollis

 

My thirst to be a meaningful part of the world started in school with geography, history, and reading. At twelve, it was easy enough to learn the landscapes, memorize the chronology of ancient events, and turn words I read into pictures. But something was missing. I needed more. I needed to be there and see it for myself. The old saying is true; you cannot unsee what you’ve seen. I’ve seen some amazing sights; Eiffel Tower, Stonehenge, Great Wall, Acropolis, Pyramids, Copacabana Beach, Niagara Falls, Pompeii, Cape of Good Hope, and I’ll quit boring you there. But these were little more than images without the interactions surrounding them. Interactions with people. I also found you can’t unexperience encounters you’ve had; the high of music at rain-soaked Woodstock, the thrill of a Mickey Mantle grand slam, the excitement of the Grand Prix, the inspiration of Michelangelo’s sculptures, the madness of Carnival in Rio, the spirituality of Kinkaku-ji, the hopelessness of a tin and cardboard ghetto, and the overwhelming fascination of learning something from every person encountered along the journey. If not for people, nothing would exist beyond one’s own lonely imagination. I learned to see the world through their eyes. To me, they weren’t Ugly Americans, Dagos, Frogs, Limeys, Towel Heads, Rednecks, Commies, Coloreds, or Capricorns. They were simply human beings with the same hopes and dreams as all of us when the arbitrary politics, boundaries, and languages were stripped away. Most treated me nice, a few did not, just like any family. Our family.

 

 

 

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Having lived in twelve states and eventually working in all fifty, he fell in love early with seeing the world on someone else’s money. Since then, he has lived abroad nine years while working in forty-eight countries, spanning five continents. These experiences helped Paul Hollis bring his own unique viewpoint to his mesmerizing thrillers.

 

 

 

 

 

             

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Bookish Thoughts #009: Bad Book Bingo

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Welcome to Book-ish thoughts! A feature  here on Her Book Thoughts where we ask for a little of your time to share a thought about useless and nonsense things. YAY! Don’t worry, it will ALWAYS have something to do with a book or anything bookish!

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Bad Book Bingo

 

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Bingo has often been thought of as a game played only by little old ladies in retirement homes, but these past few years have seen the game be remade and reimagined as operators take it online. According to the BBC, while there were less than 20 bingo portals in the UK in 2004, there are now over 300, with many of them offering promotions that appeal to people from various walks of life. The game’s versatility has allowed it to be adapted countless times, and those who enjoy reading and reviewing books can use a version of the game called Bad Book Bingo to make reviewing books easier.

Every novel has its own appeal, and there’s no real formula to follow when reviewing books. Still, there are some elements that can spell a bad book, and a game of Bad Book Bingo can help you get some of these elements out of the way. The game is very similar to Hollywood Theatre’s B Movie Bingo, which sees audiences watching out for bad movie cliches in films and marking off these items on a bingo card. It simply adds to the excitement of watching a film, and in the case of Bad Book Bingo, it actually makes you pay more attention to the book you’re reading.

To play, first make a list of 25 things you think you see too often in poorly written books, such as Mary Sues, flat characters, unrealistic dialogue and poor descriptions of actions. Go ahead and add more specific elements as well, such as examples of bad dialogue you’ve encountered, or “using the same adjective five times in a single page.” Once you have your list, go to a website like osric.com to generate your bingo card. As you read through your next novel, begin marking off the items on the card as you encounter them. Once you’ve crossed off enough boxes to call out “BINGO!”, you’ll know that you have a bad book on your hands.

Bad Book Bingo isn’t the first time bingo and books have come together. Gala Bingo has an ongoing promotion called the “Book Club Bingo Room,” where players not only play bingo, but discuss a chosen book for the month, with initial discussions slowly leading up to a 10-item quiz on the book. Players stand the chance to win a Kindle Fire simply from enjoying a few games of bingo and reading a book recommended by the operator. The Seattle Public Library has also recently launched Summer Book Bingo to encourage kids to read more books over the summer to earn the chance to win a whole library of books.

Think you’re going to try Bad Book Bingo? Share some of your ideas for your Bad Book Bingo card with us!

 

SNEAK-A-PEEK: The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich

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The Sweet Spot: A Novel

Stephanie Evanovich

Published July 8th 2014

A >Romance | Contemporary

 

 

 

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The amazing Stephanie Evanovich returns with The Sweet Spot, the sizzling story of everyone’s favorite couple from her New York Times bestseller Big Girl Panties: hunky professional baseball player Chase Walker and his sassy wife Amanda

When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it’s love at first sight. While Amanda can’t help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god-build, he doesn’t have a chance of getting to first—or any other—base with her. A successful entrepreneur who’s built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn’t need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn’t interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates.

But Chase isn’t about to strike out. A man who isn’t interested in playing the field, he’s a monogamist who wants an independent woman like Amanda. His hopes rally when she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase has a few sexy and very secret pre-game rituals that turn the smart, headstrong businesswoman on—and into his number one fan.

Then a tabloid discovers the truth and turns their spanking good fun into a late- night punch-line. Is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom force them to call it quits?

 

 

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Amanda stomped in through the Cold Creek’s front door and slammed her purse on the bar with a loud thud. Eric and Nicole were going through the beer cooler’s inventory in preparation to stock up from the basement whatever they would need for the evening. Eric was a lanky blonde blue eyed surfer boy who had been accepted to Harvard, but opted for Bartending School instead when he realized how late he liked to sleep. All his savings and vacation time were spent in search of the perfect curl. In between budgeting, he felt New Jersey waves were as good as anyplace else, and he could be close to his family. Nicki was a free spirited Seaton Hall drop that Amanda had known since high school out who was trying to break into acting. She was a petite, vivacious brunette who had a great horror movie victim scream, but her booking to audition ratio was often disappointing. She did her best to stay optimistic, paying her dues, as they all called it. Eric was a few years younger but that didn’t prevent him and Nicki from becoming fast friends as well as roommates. Although nobody got involved, it was common knowledge that the two were known to hook up now and again, usually the result of her not getting the call and his ability to make the best commiserating cocktail. Amanda didn’t care if they shined the bar with their butts, as long as they could work together, did it after closing and cleaned up afterwards.

Eric looked up briefly from his clipboard and then took a double take as Amanda approached their end of the bar.

“Yikes,” he said, his face scrunching up in distaste, “Hope that’s not a fashion statement.”

“Bird,” was Amanda’s one word reply as she proceeded past them.

“Geez, what was that thing eating?” He said, casting a quick look to his counter-part.

“It’s supposed to be good luck!” Nicki called out while Amanda began disappearing within the ladies room.

“Not feeling it,” Amanda could be heard snapping as the door closed behind her. She walked up to the mirror over the sink to best assess how to clean the mess up. It had begun to drip further down, appeared to be soaking into the thick black hair she spent a half hour blowing dry. She took a deep breath. This was nothing more than a problem that needed solving. She had this. First she took some toilet paper and tried to scoop as much as she could with one grab. It got the bulk of it, but the parts left behind were now successfully smeared deeper into her hair and beginning to clump together. She wet some more tissue and tried to wash the remainder out, but it started to decompose in her hand and her hair, leaving bits of it behind and adding to the mix. She took one more handful of tissue and wet it again but this time left it too soaked. When she tried to gently squeeze it over the affected hair, the overflow dripped down her hand and onto the front of her blue silk Jones of New York blouse, leaving a wet spot directly over the center of her ample right breast.

“Really?” she shook her head in disgust at her reflection in the mirror. Not only did she have bird shit and toilet paper remnants in her hair, now she looked like she was lactating.

She had only managed to make things worse. Giving the shirt priority, she tried the hand dryer for it. After a minute, it dried up the moisture but left a rather large off color stain where the water had been. It no longer looked like she was lactating, but merely that she had lactated. The right side of her head was now crunchy.

Strike two.

Amanda stormed out of the bathroom, back to the bar where Eric and Nicki were now waiting.

“You can barely notice it,” Nicki said after staring for a minute.
“Are you kidding?” Eric took the more direct approach. “It looks like a pterodactyl flew over her after a chili cook-off.”

Amanda closed her eyes, bit her lip and began counting. When she reached eight the phone rang. She quickly fired off nine and ten out loud and went back near the front door.

 

 

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Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York’s School of Film and Television and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.

             

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SNEAK-A-PEEK: This Montrous Thing by Mackenzie Lee + Giveaway!!

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This Monstrous Thing
Mackenzi Lee
Expected publication: September 22nd 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
YA > SciFi | Steampunk
 

 
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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…
 
 
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Mackenzi Lee is reader, writer, bookseller, unapologetic fangirl, fast talker, and perpetually-anxious badass. She holds an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults, and her short fiction has appeared in Inaccurate Realities, The Friend, and The Newport Review. Her young adult historical fantasy novel, THIS MONSTROUS THING, which won the PEN-New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award, as well as an Emerging Artist Grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, will be published fall of 2015 by Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins. 

She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and historical fiction. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home.

             

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Affiliate (Ascension #1) by K.A. Linde

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The Affiliate (Ascension #1)

K.A. Linde

Published September 15th 2015

YA > Fantasy | Paranormal

 

 

 

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On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm’s lifelong plans come to fruition when she’s chosen for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland—an Affiliate to the Queen.

Or so she thinks.

When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene’s position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have…

King Edric himself.

Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.

 

 

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USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde is the author of The Affiliate, the first book in the Ascension Series.  As a military brat, she traveled the world with her family, imaginary friends, and ever-increasing supply of books.  She has spent much of her life dreaming up new worlds and characters and forcing them into uncomfortable, usually life-threatening scenarios.  After graduating from the University of Georgia with a masters degree in political science, she began spending every waking hour putting those characters onto paper.

When not writing, she spends her time dancing, collecting paperbacks in the hopes of filling a Beauty and the Beast style library one day, traveling to visit her friends who live all over the country, and still reading anything she can get her hands on.  She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and two puppies, Lucy and Riker, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

             

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