Nov 22, 2017

Recent Reads: Northstars Welcome to Snowville by Jim and Haigen Shelley

Source: From Netgalley and Action Lab Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Northstars Volume 1: Welcome to Snowville!
Northstars Volume 1: Welcome to Snowville! by Jim and Haigen Shelley

Series: Northstars Volume 1
Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment
Publication Date:  October 24, 2017



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Format:  Ebook

Rating:


 




Goodreads Synopsis: 
Join us for the magical adventures of Holly, the daughter of Santa Claus, and Frostina, a Yeti Princess, as they explore the mystical wonders of the land of Polaris. In this first volume in a series of oversized keepsake hardcovers, Holly and Frostina journey to the subterranean city of Undertown to investigate trouble in Troggie Town. There is an evil force scheming right below Snowville, and it threatens Christmas itself .
Review: 
Gearing up for more holiday fun! 

This graphic novel is the first 2 chapters of Northstars. We meet Holly Claus, the daughter of Santa, and Frostina, the Yetiville Princess as they realize something is up in Snowville. The have to go on an adventure to defeat evil to save Christmas.

This was a magical holiday adventure that will be a fun read for all ages. It is bright and festive and the adventure is entertaining but on the shorter side. It was easy to read and follow and I loved all the characters introduced.  Holly Claus and Frostina are in for a long friendship I think, and they seem to complement each other well.

Yay for holiday books, this is one to definitely get you into the spirit without being too over the top - shove Christmas in your face.

Nov 21, 2017

Early Reader Review: Once Upon a Tree by Dawn Jarocki and Soren Kisiel

Source: From Netgalley and Plum Blossom in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Once Upon a TreeOnce Upon a Tree by Dawn Jarocki and Soren Kisiel
Publisher: Plum Blossom
Publication Date:  October 31, 2017



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Format:  Ebook

Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
This fable of a little leaf looking for his purpose will delight children and their caretakers.
The whirling, swirling adventures of an ordinary little leaf high on a tree, struggling to find its purpose. The leaf watches baby birds break out of their shells and grow until they learn to fly. Caterpillars wrap themselves in silk and emerge as magnificent butterflies. Warm sunny days get shorter and windy chilly nights grow longer. The little leaf is terribly worried that it should be transforming too. It no longer noticed anything other than the thoughts spinning in its head. The leaf held on to the tree with all its might, growing exhausted as increasingly cooler winds blew. Then one day, the leaf noticed it had become a beautiful crimson color. And it became aware that maybe, maybe it was time for the leaf to fly too. The leaf was very tired, so it just let go. As it danced and twirled to the ground in the amber sunlight, the leaf finally learns its own unique purpose.
Review: 
I received this book for review and was a little sad when I got only the text and no images/ illustration - I hope that when you pick it up the pictures are amazing. *

The text of the book was beautiful. The story is about a leaf trying to find his purpose and learning about birds and caterpillars. The leaf gets so wrapped up in the animals around it, it forgets to appreciate the world around it. When it finally does it learns its purpose. The story is absolutely uplifting and relatable, even though it is from the point of view of a leaf. I think that with the illustrations this is going to an even more gorgeous book all around and I cannot wait to find it on the shelves.

*The publicist was nice enough to email me a copy of the book with all the images, they are just as gorgeous as expected and I loved re-reading the book with the wonderful illustrations to match.  

Nov 20, 2017

Cover2CoverBlog Holiday Giveaway

 

🎅🏻🎄☃️Happy Holidays from Cover2CoverBlog!🎅🏻🎄☃️

I wanted to share some love this holiday season so I am doing a giveaway for a MG/YA Mystery Prize pack. It will include 2-3 books (maybe more depending on the stack of books I have at home) and a few holiday goodies.

RULES:
Enter using the Rafflecopter below. 

 U.S. Residents only.  (Shipping is $$)

Winner must be 13 with a parents permission or older. 

Please no giveaway accounts, you must have other content in order to be eligible. Please be truthful about your entries - I will be checking.

Winner should respond to prize email within 48 hours or forfeit their prize to another person. This happens so be sure to check your emails regularly.

Giveaway entry time will run from November 20 - December 20.

NOTE: Prizes will not be mailed until after the New Year even if you are notified before that due to crazy holiday mail post office times.


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Recent Read: Deadman's Tome Monsters Exist


Source: From Theresa Braun for review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
 
Deadman's Tome Monsters Exist
Deadman's Tome: Monsters Exist by Various
Series: Deadman's Tome
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication Date:  June 12, 2017



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Format:  Paperback
Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
From the time we are young, we fear the monster under the bed or in the closet, making it impossible to sleep without a nightlight. Then, we hear stories of Bigfoot, and maybe even the Mothman around campfires. When we are adults, we wonder if there might actually be supernatural creatures lurking in the shadows. Are these tall tales and urban legends only metaphors for what horrific things humanity is capable of-or do monsters exist? Go to some terrifying places with this cast of authors. You will be dragged into mystifying realities where demonic fairies hide, where devil monkeys lure carnival-goers to their demise, where Goatmen seek to destroy their prey, and where the goddess of death puts out a hit on victims of her choice. These shocking tales will have you biting your nails and locating that childhood nightlight. Because, in the end, we all know monsters do exist. 
Review: 
I don't read a lot of scary/ horror books, mostly because I am a chicken, but the editor of this short story compilation asked me if I was interested and so I figured I would give it a go. The Tome contains about 14 stories from different writers and all of them contain a monster to the books theme. I had fun reading these, I read a few every evening for a few days and they were all pretty entertaining in their own ways. 

A few stood out because they really creeped me out, there was one about a monster under beds that ate hands and feet and there was another about a very strange carnival that was kind of confusing but also very disturbing. 

Overall I enjoyed it, and I left it for my husband to pick up next. If you are looking for horror and short stories this would fit your need perfectly.

About the Authors 

Master Vermin by Wallace Boothill



Wallace Boothill lives on the top floor of an old house in Baltimore, the city where he works as a teacher. Direct all correspondence to wallaceboothill@gmail.com or to @WBoothill on Twitter, if you prefer.

 

 Legend Trippers by Theresa Braun



Theresa Braun was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides. Ghost hunting and traveling are two of her passions, often drawing her to haunted castles in faraway lands. She writes all things dark, and her short fiction can be found in The Horror Zine and in Schlock! Webzine, among others. Upcoming pieces are set to appear in Unnerving Magazine's Hardened Hearts, as well as Disturbing Behaviors.



Follow her on Twitter (@tbraun_author) or visit www.theresabraun.com.


The Murder of Crows by S.J. Budd


Originally born in Cornwall, southwest England, myths and legends surrounded her childhood, and S.J. Budd has always been fascinated by anything out of the ordinary. It was in this strange and ancient land where she developed a passion for writing.
She loves writing short stories exploring dark fictional worlds and its mysterious inhabitants, and is currently working on her first novel. Her day job is a journalist for www.findahood.com, and she also blogs on her site http://www.sjbudd.co.uk.

Her work has appeared in Sanitarium Magazine, Siren’s Call, Deadman’s Tome, Innersins, Aphelion, Bewildering Stories, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, Shadows at the Door, Danse Macabre Magazine, The Wild Hunt, Morpheus Tales, and Freedom Fiction.

Twitter: @sjbuddj, Her debut collection of short stories, Spells and Persuasions, is out now on Amazon.

Wicked Congregation by Gary Buller

   
Gary Buller is an author from Manchester England where he lives with his long suffering partner Lisa, daughter Holly, and dog Chico. He grew up in the Peak District where hauntingly beautiful landscapes inspired him to write. He is a huge fan of all things macabre and loves a tale with a twist. He is an associate member of the Horror Writers Association.




Playing Dead by S. E. Casey


Not long after celebrating his twenty years of service in a Boston accounting firm, S.E. Casey began to write. As an attempt to quell an unspecific desperation and stave off a growing resentment of everything, he found stories wedged in the unlikely spaces of the crush of numbers, balances, and accounting formula. On a whim, he began to write these paranoid liminal tales. His expanding collection of existential horror has been published in many magazines and online publications, the listing of which can found at www.secaseyauthor.wordpress.com.

Lake Monster by Mr. Deadman


Mr. Deadman dwells in the underworld, living amongst only the best and greatest of celebrities, dictators, and serial killers. He is somewhat of a health nut and partakes in a healthy lifestyle of booze, cigars, and hookers.

Mr. Deadman is rumored to be an associate of, or perhaps even be, Jesse Dedman. It is easy to confuse the connection between Jesse Dedman and Mr. Deadman, since some drunk on YouTube (Jesse Dedman) claims to be the man responsible for the horror zine. The connection becomes even more suspicious when Mr. Deadman has been outed for giving Jesse Dedman ideas and inspiration for The Bleeder series, The Master's Torment, and The Cradle of Ruin—all of which are available on Amazon.

Never Sleep Again by Calvin Demmer


Calvin Demmer is a crime, mystery, and speculative fiction author. He has had over thirty stories published in various magazines and anthologies. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night as well as the sciences of our universe. Find out more at www.calvindemmer.com or follow him on Twitter @CalvinDemmer.



The Voice from the Bottom of the Well by Philip W. Kleaver


Philip W. Kleaver is a writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. He lives in Baltimore, but was raised in a small, Massachusetts town somewhere in Lovecraft country. He is the co-author of Psychodelic: Strange Tales of Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll (available on Amazon). His work has previously appeared in Shotgun, Deadman’s Tome: Trumpocalypse, Deadman’s Tome: The Ancient Ones, and Zero Flash Fiction. Follow him on Twitter @pwkleaver, or check out his website at pwkleaver.wordpress.com.

Eclipse at Wolfcreek by Sylvia Mann


Sylvia Mann lived on 750 acres of land in West Virginia that serves as the setting for "Eclipse at Wolf Creek," where she dabbled in bee keeping and goat herding (more like rounding goats up who escaped the electric fencing). While she never saw Mothman on the mountain, she did see some pretty odd looking creatures, such as the jumbo, rat-like nutria that appeared after floods and looked to have fed off nuclear waste.
In 2007 she was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest with the first chapter of her memoir, Love Me ‘til My Eyes Go Black. In 2012 she earned her M.F.A. in fiction from Warren Wilson College.
Currently, she lives in South Florida and teaches creative writing.
Follow Sylvia on Twitter: @fivedollarhat


No. 7 by William Marchese


William works "the day job" in lower Manhattan, while still finding time to get his writing career going. He has been published in Hindered Souls, Deadman's Tome, and has a forthcoming story titled “Daddy” in Unnerving Magazine. He is currently an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association.
You can follow him on Twitter here: @Wcmarchese, or visit his website at www.wcmarchese.com.

 

 

 Criatura by John Palisano


John Palisano has a pair of books with Samhain Publishing, Dust of the Dead and Ghost Heart. Nerves is available through Bad Moon. Starlight Drive: Four Halloween Tales was released in time for Halloween, and his first short fiction collection All That Withers is available from Cycatrix Press, celebrating over a decade of short story highlights. Night of 1,000 Beasts is due soon from Sinister Grin Press.
He won the Bram Stoker Award© in short fiction in 2016 for “Happy Joe’s Rest Stop”. More short stories have appeared in anthologies from Cemetery Dance, PS Publishing, Independent Legions, DarkFuse, Crystal Lake, Terror Tales, Lovecraft eZine, Horror Library, Bizarro Pulp, Written Backwards, Dark Continents, Big Time Books, McFarland Press, Dark Scribe Magazine, Dark House Press, Omnium Gatherum, and more.

Non-fiction pieces have appeared in Fangoria and Dark Discoveries magazines.


Bitten by Christopher Powers

Christopher Powers lives in Essex, United Kingdom, with his wife and son and works full-time as a content copywriter. He's been writing scary stories for many years, and loves to scour market stalls and thrift stores for horror paperbacks. His previous works can be found at DeadLights Magazine and Deadman's Tome. He can be contacted at powers1902@yahoo.co.uk and Twitter @Powers1902.





Kelpies by Leo X. Robertson

Leo X. Robertson is a Scottish process engineer and emerging writer, currently living in Oslo, Norway. He has work published by or forthcoming in Helios Quarterly, Unnerving Magazine, Twisted50, and The Stockholm Review of Literature,among others. He also runs the "Losing the Plot" podcast, where he talks to writers, editors and readers about anything and everything. Find him on Twitter (@Leoxwrite), Goodreads or check out his website: leoxrobertson.wordpress.com .


Bloodstream Revolution by M.R. Tapia



M.R. Tapia has had his short stories appear in several publications including Deadman’s Tome, Empty Sink Publishing, and Hindered Souls Vol 1. His short story “Stella Reign” is a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee. His novella The Die-Fi Experiment and his debut novel Sugar Skulls are both scheduled to be released in the fall of 2017 through Hindered Souls Press. He writes out of Northern Colorado.
 

Nov 19, 2017

Building the Book Pile #260

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 


 Another week closer to the Holidays. This week was a very busy one at work and Next week is going to be a rough one too, I have two busy days Monday and Tuesday and then luckily I am off Wednesday-Friday. I hope to get some reading done those days. We are also planning to visit friends for Thanksgiving, they just bought a house and moved and are having both their families over, and the hubs and I  :) is should be fun.

How is your month going? Do you have Thanksgiving Plans?
 
Don't forget to visit my knits shop!!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StephsSimpleScarves


  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!
   
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Coming up on the Blog

Cover2CoverBlog Holiday Giveaway!
Recent Reads: The Deadman's Tome - Monsters Exist by Various (Adult)
Early Reader Review: Once Upon a Tree by Soren Kisiel and Dawn Jarock (Youth)
Early Reader Review: Northstars Vol 1 by Jim and Haigen Shelley (GN, MG)
Thanksgiving Post
Early Reader Review: Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung (Adult, GN)

Books Received this Week    

     Otherworld (Otherworld, #1)  Renegades (Renegades, #1)

Otherworld (Otherworld #1) by Jason Segel and Kristin Miller from Blogging for Books for review.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer won from the HoHoHo Readathon

 

Have you missed anything lately?

Week of  November 11 -November 18

Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!

Nov 17, 2017

Cookbook Review: Queso! by Lisa Fain

Source: From Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

QUESO!: Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese DipQueso! Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip by Lisa Fain
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date:  September 26, 2017



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Format:  Hardback

Rating:



 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
A fun, full-color look at everyone's favorite cheese dip, with history, tips, facts, and 50 recipes from beloved food blogger Lisa Fain, "the Homesick Texan."

Queso (aka chile con queso) is a spicy, cheesy, comforting cult favorite that has long been a delicious addition to any party, barbecue, or family gathering. This appealing and accessible book features a mix of down-home standards and contemporary updates, from historical, regional, and Mexican quesos to vegan and dessert quesos, including Chile Verde Con Queso, Squash Blossom Queso Fundido, Fajita Queso, Cactus and Corn Queso Poblano, Frito Salad with Queso Dressing, Pulled Pork Queso Blanco, and Sausage Queso Biscuits. Whether you're relaxing with friends, having a few people over to watch the football game, or entertaining a hungry crowd, queso is the perfect party food for good times.
 
Review: 
I love getting cookbooks to review for many reasons, here are a few:
1. because I am a horrible cook.
2. they have loads of instructions for me to follow to do better at the cooking.
3. the pictures are always amazing and they make me WANT to cook.

And how can you go wrong with a dip made of CHEESE? You really can't. So I requested this book to give it a try and while I have not yet made anything out of it, I have read through a good amount of it and wanted to offer my opinion of the book itself versus how the recipes turned out (because lets be real, I am probably still going to mess this up)!

The book itself is a hardback, sturdy book with thick pages great for turning with your hands covered in food. And it has a lot of wonderful information right off the bat - there is a section about different types of chiles and how to roast them (very important for a chile-cheese dip) and then a section on various cheeses as well. Some notes from that section include - Velveeta is not 'American Cheese" but it's own type of awesomeness and that if you want to make queso, you should be shredding your own cheese versus buying those bags of pre-shredded cheese. Following this treasure-trove of info are the recipes, each section starts with a brief history then jumps into the recipes themselves - almost all have images and all have the normal list of ingredients and instructions but they also provide how many servings they make and how to serve them (as a side, with chips, with warm torillas... etc).

This is a wonderful cookbook, I can't wait to make a cheesy mess all over my kitchen trying out the recipes! 
This would also make a great gift for the cheese-loving cooks in your family!

Nov 16, 2017

Recent Reads: The Death of Death by K.N. Parker


The Death of DeathThe Death of Death by K.N. Parker
Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing
Publication Date:  January 1, 2013



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Format:  Ebook
Source: Free on Amazon Kindle.


Rating:


 



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Death guides usually have rather normal names like John, Mary, Harry, and Jessica. And even ones not quite so normal, like Bartholomew or Ambrosia. They also have the most interesting tales behind their deaths. But one particular death guide has a few problems: she cannot remember her name or the details of her demise, and thus has no story of her own. One fateful night, she meets a young girl that may change her death forever.

Inspired by and in the style of Children's tales of old, The Death of Death is a tragic, yet sweet little tale about loss and acceptance.

Suitable for ages 12 and up.
 
Review: 
I found this book free on Amazon for Kindle when I was on the internet a few months ago. I had seen that it won an award for a children's fantasy story and was interested in reading it around Halloween (which I did but the review is a little behind getting up). 

The story is about a death guide, who goes to warn people that they are about to pass on. While it is there the persons being warned is a little girl who asks a lot of questions of the Guide, now they are questioning how they came to be, did they die, did they have a story. This short tale follows the death guide on a quest for some answers.

The plot of this one is a little macabre and very sad and the ending was both surprising but very to the point. I found the story just long enough to give me answers and wrap things up but I wanted more about the death guides and their land and their purpose. It was a gloomy story but it was very good.

Nov 15, 2017

Blog Blast: Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle

Hello Readers! Another fun day of Book Content for You!
Today I have the pleasure of sharing a new Young Adult novel with you! Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle is a romance but a thought-provoking one. The main character Kendall struggles with her own secret.

Together At Midnight by Jennifer Castle
COMING January 2018

Below you will find info about the book, author, and there are some great quotes that are sure to lure you in.




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About the Book
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Combining the emotional deftness of Sarah Dessen with the magical spark of New York City in wintertime, this affecting novel will inspire readers to pay closer attention to the world around them.

What does it really mean to be kind . . . and why does it sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do?

High school senior Kendall, who just returned from a life-changing semester in Europe, and Max, who is drifting his way through a gap year before college, struggle with these questions when they witness a tragic accident in New York City during the holiday season.

Racked with guilt, the two accept a dare to perform random acts of kindness to strangers. The challenge pulls these two teens, who have a history together from back home, closer and closer as they explore a vibrant city filled with other people’s stories and secrets.

Kendall and Max can’t deny their growing bond, even though they both have other romantic entanglements and uncertain futures. As the clock counts down on New Year’s Eve, will they find themselves together at midnight?

Jennifer Castle’s latest novel is a romantic, thought-provoking tale of human connection and how we find—and make—our place in the world.






About the Author
 Jennifer Castle is the author of ten books for children and teens. Her YA novels published by HarperCollins include The Beginning of After, which was an American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, You Look Different in Real Life, What Happens Now, and the upcoming Together at Midnight. Her four-book middle grade fantasy series Butterfly Wishes is due out from Bloomsbury USA in December. She’s also the co-author of two non-fiction books, Friends and Frenemies: The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward and Famous Friends: Best Buds, Rocky Relationships, and Awesomely Odd Couples from Past to Present.
Jennifer received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University and worked as a freelance copywriter, celebrity publicist’s assistant, and a screenwriter before finding her niche producing interactive media for young people. She created and produced “It’s My Life,” the award-winning PBS Kids website for tweens (pbskids.org/itsmylife). She has also produced children’s educational projects for Steven Spielberg’s Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, McGraw-Hill Publishing, and WNET-13.
When not dreaming up her own stories, Jennifer teaches fiction writing to young people in schools and private workshops. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, Bill, her daughters Sadie and Clea, and her tabby cats/writing assistants Angel and Squash.

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