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Friday, July 17, 2015

Book Review: Don't You Forget About Me

 A Book Review by author Jennifer Gladen

Don't You Forget About Me is an exciting, totally relatable, and laugh-inducing novel by Erin McCole Cupp and published by Full Quiver Publishing. I bought this great read at an author event back in February and finally had time to read it.  I could kick myself for not making time for it sooner.  At just 209 pages, this is a fast, yet thrilling read.

We meet Cate Whelihan, a "fallen away Catholic" and author who is strongly encouraged by her best friend to return to her old neighborhood to pay respects at a funeral and possible present at her old school. Cate is hesitant to return due to many bad memories of her childhood. After much persuading, Cate takes the plunge and heads back to her hometown. What happens next is a series of exciting twists and turns and plops Cate right in the middle of a dark and life threatening mystery.

 If you're an avid reader, 80's fan and  looking for a quick great read this summer, I highly recommend Don't You Forget About Me. Where can you get it and learn more? Below are some links I gathered. Enjoy!

 Purchase the book in print or Kindle at Amazon  
 Learn more about Erin McCole Cupp and her writing at Erin McCole Cupp's Website
 Don't miss the trailer for the book here:  Check out the Trailer

If you've read it, tell me what do you think? What are some of your favorite parts? 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Author Fun at the Library

Photo Credit: Atglen Public Library

I was so excited. What could be better than meeting up with not one, but SEVERAL local authors in Author and Reader Heaven (A.K.A -The Library)? Some writer friends and I joined a Valentine's  event at Atglen Public Library where we could bring our books, speed date with books, do blind dating with books and talk about our books. I couldn't wait!

The day finally arrives. My son had a sleepover, so I woke up early to make the kids breakfast. One broken sunny side up egg and several burnt pancakes later, I move on to baking the star shaped cookies I planned to bring with me. Things were going well ( I should have known) and I finally pulled my last batch out of the oven. I placed the tray on the counter and proceeded to knock my freshly baked cookies onto the floor! Ugh. So I nixed the cookies. I was a little frustrated, but at least I had a funny Facebook post. I quickly grabbed my shower, grabbed my author things and ran out the door.

I was thirsty, so I grabbed a small can of soda. Finally, I was on my way. Halfway down the Turnpike, I reach for my open soda. That's when I realized it fell. Sideways. Emptying itself into the container in front of it. The last thing I want is the puddle to dry into a sticky gooey mess, so I grab anything sitting around and clean up as best as possible.

Finally, I was almost at my destination. Other than missing my turnoff a few times (yes, a FEW) I finally pull up in front of the library. Once there, I knew my crazy morning was over. Despite the hurdles and obstacles I finally made it. Despite the temptations to give up and turn around, I kept at it and it was worth it.

I walked in to a lovely cozy library filled with friendly people. The staff was kind and welcoming. The atmosphere was inviting. I just wanted to grab a book, sit down and read! Then I met up with the authors, some of whom I've known online for a while. It was such a wonderful feeling to know that there were so many local authors to meet and network with.

My humble table

Today's events reminded me a little of the journey in writing. There are many obstacles. Just when you think you have things under control, you don't. However, just when you've wondered if you can go any further or do any more, the glorious ending is in sight. You reach your goal and you momentarily forget everything you went through to get there. In this case, meeting other authors and hearing their stories was worth the trip ten times over. I found everyone there inspiring and found myself wishing I lived just a little closer so we could all do this more often. So the lesson in all this? Never give up. The benefits often outweigh the troubles the journey brings you. If you stick with it, the troubles often make the ending that much sweeter. 

On the way home

Coming up: I recently purchased Erin M Cupp's Don't You Forget About Me. A review will follow shortly!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Book Review: The Faerie War

The Faerie War, the third and final book in the Creepy Hollow series by Rachel Morgan, brings all the events in books one and two to a raging conclusion. The Faerie War picks up where the Faerie Prince leaves off with Vi trying to get her memory back. When she wakes up in The Underground, she struggles to remember the previous events, her past life and even the basics of her Guardian training.

As a fan on Vi and Ryn (and of course the entire series), I just wanted to see them together again as soon as possible, so for me the story started off too slow. However, the events in the beginning and leading up to Vi remembering who she was are vital to the story. The slow beginning was easily forgiven as soon as Ryn and Vi  met up again. And I certainly enjoyed watching them get to fall in love all over again.

However, there is so much more to the story than Vi and Ryn. We watch as Vi realizes what she must do to end this Faerie War. She realizes that she needs to fix a wrong from the past, which is why the slow beginning is so import. She must survive captures, adventures and her own struggles in order to succeed. Don't miss this exciting conclusion.

After reading this series...twice...I admit I am a lifelong fan of this series and the author. I follow the author's Creepy Hollow Pinterest board ( and if you are a fellow fan, you will love this board too.)

As with any well written series, I often hope for more. I'm curious to see what happens in the future and the direction Vi's career and life takes. Maybe some day. But for now, this series wraps up well and is worth the read. Even with a full time job, kids and household duties, I finished this entire series in less than 2 weeks. If you are unsure about starting the series, take my advice and read it. You won't be sorry.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Book Review: The Faerie Prince

I just finished reading The Faerie Prince  by Rachel Morgan. This book is book 2 of the Creepy Hollow series and it is even more intense than book 1. We follow Vi as she and Ryn work at letting go of the past and trying to be friends. Guardian Graduation is approaching and Vi is working hard to ensure her top spot at the graduating class. However, she worries she has fallen behind after her suspension in the previous book.

But there is oh-so-much-more to the book. Strange things are happening around Creepy Hollow, the Guild and around other Fae guilds. Vi is sure Zell has something to do with it and her final assignment turns into the most life threatening one yet. The more Vi learns, the more questions she has.

I love Vi more and more as the story grows on. She's strong, yet vulnerable. Her internal monologue is funny and witty. I found myself laughing out loud several times.

Rachel Morgan has done it again with this book. She kept me hooked the entire time and had me rooting for everything Vi was aiming for. Morgan's plotting and writing were pure genius yet again.Now, on to The Faerie War.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Just a Book

Is a book just a book? Ask any avid reader, and you might unexpectedly wander into Lecture Territory. Anyone who reads a good book knows that books are so much more than a few (all too fast) hours of reading, or just a way to spend time.  

When you read a good book it is so much more than watching a movie in your head. Yes, that happens: we see and hear the characters and all that is going on in the scenes. However, when you read, you not only are passively watching, but you are EXPERIENCING everything the main character is. By the time you finish reading the book, you have bonded with the characters. You have learned and grown with them. They feel like a new best friend - after all they've shared things with you that they shared with nobody else in the book. 

So after going through a good book, we are often not left untouched. Some small part of you learns and grows too. Maybe you are battling some issues that your favorite character was battling. Maybe you're taking notes in case you're ever in such a constant-life-threatening-situation.  We often gain new perspectives and learn life lessons. This is where a book is more than just a book.  It is often why we see memes like this: 

I will be going through that tonight. I'm about 50 pages before the end of the book. Yes. I am stalling. Stalling because I'm in the NO-IT-CAN'T-END-YET stage. Just a few more pages... This could be why I am currently addicted to trilogies. I just don't want to let go of the characters I grow to love.

So no. A book is definitely not just a book. It is fun.  It is entertainment. It is growing. It is learning. It is experiencing. It is living. It is loving. And yes, when it ends, it is grieving. Have no fear, though. There's more out there! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Book Review: The Faerie Guardian

The Faerie Guardian is the first in the Creepy Hollow Trilogy.In this Faerie novel a Guardian is one who protects humans from evil fae creatures. When we begin the story we meet Violet, also called Vi, on one of her Guardian-in-Training assignments. Her story begins immediately when she meets Nate, who is not supposed to be able to see her. So begins a budding romance and more importantly a story that will change Vi's life forever. 

Vi's character is strong, but feminine and you can't help but love her. While the story was written in first person,present, author Rachel Morgan made it work. I got right into Vi's head and it felt like I was there with her the whole time. The descriptions placed the reader right into the book, making everything feel "real". Vi is not the only solid character in the book. We meet Nate, her boyfriend, who is more than what he seems at first. We also have her friend-turned-enemy Ryn who is always out to get the last word.The mix of characters, plot and story line brings out a fantastic story with plenty of tense, heart racing moments, along with many laughs. This is definitely worth a read, and the last time I checked, it was on sale for free at Amazon

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Starbound Book Review

Starbound: A Starstruck Novel


"Between keeping high security secrets from everyone (including Rigel) and trying to keep Rigel and Sean from killing each other (with no help from Trina, of course!) M has more than enough on her plate already. 

She knew that as the newly discovered Princess of a secret Martian colony, she’d have to return there someday—but over spring break?? An emergency requires her immediate presence but not everyone is overjoyed to have their long-lost Princess back. Can she win her people over in time to save the colony from destruction? And what will she have to give up in return? "

Spoiler alert: Do not read if you haven't read book 2: Starcrossed) 

Starbound is an exciting and invigorating addition to the Starstruck Series. I read this book easily in under four days. The only problem I had with it is that the next book and concluding edition will not be out until the end of February 2015. I should have paced myself more. That being said, if you haven't read the first two books, read those first before jumping into this one. While it certainly can stand alone, nothing beats the full experience of this series. 

Although I now wish I had paced myself more, with a book this intriguing, I couldn't stop even if I tried.  The book picks up a few months after the conclusion of Starstruck ( the second book in the series.)  After discovering she is the only heir to the Royal Crown on Mars, she also discovers she is the only one who could possibly divert an alien race. These aliens, far more technologically advanced than humans, appear to be a threat not only to Mars, but Earth as well. In addition, M and her true love Rigel, are kept apart. Hiatt shows us the story brilliantly with vivid detail and plenty of tense moments. She keeps us rooting for M and Rigel, and I found myself wanting them to be together almost as much as they wanted to be together. There were a few moments I caught myself yelling out loud, "Oh noooooo," but the final twists in this book will leave you craving the final installment. Hiatt's work was pure genius so far in this series. I can't move time quickly enough so that I can get my hands on the next book. 

Where to get it: 
I got my copy at Amazon for my Kindle. You can also get it here in print. 

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