Category: Guest Posts

Giveaway & Supernatural Pet Quiz: Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule

Posted December 5, 2013 by Kimberly in Contests, Guest Posts, Miscellaneous / 5 Comments

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Today bestselling author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! All the previously published books in the Spellbound series have been rewritten and republished with more epic romance and suspenseful thrills. The new versions also include exclusive bonus material and brand new scenes. Even additional scenes from charming, bad-boy, Trent Donovan’s point-of-view! To help promote the new editions, she is doing this awesome book promo to share the update with fellow booklovers.

This giveaway is open internationally! So let’s tell the blogging world!

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Posted December 5, 2013 by Kimberly in Contests, Guest Posts, Miscellaneous / 5 Comments


Author Guest Post: A Tryst With Trouble by Alyssa Everett (Release announcement!)

Posted September 23, 2013 by Kimberly in Guest Posts, News / 2 Comments

Yay! A little bit ago, I did a review for the fabulous book A Tryst with Trouble by  Alyssa Everett. Sadly, the publishing company the author was with went under and the book was without a home. But now, NOW PEOPLE, it is finally coming out from Carina Press!

It is so very exciting. I love this book! Be sure to check it out.

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Posted September 23, 2013 by Kimberly in Guest Posts, News / 2 Comments


Giveaway & Guest Post! Tear You Apart by Megan Hart

Posted September 6, 2013 by Kimberly in Contests, Guest Posts / 11 Comments

17348313Hi Everyone! I’d like to welcome Megan Hart, the amazing author of Broken, Dirty and Tempted, has released her latest novel Tear You Apart.
You can find my review here. And below, there’s a chance to win a SIGNED copy of Tear You Apart!

If you’ve read my site before, you’ll know that Megan is one of my favorite erotica authors, blending a balance of sex, love, passion and obstacles for her characters to overcome.

Thank you for stopping by Megan!

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Posted September 6, 2013 by Kimberly in Contests, Guest Posts / 11 Comments


Giveaway and Guest Post: Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler

Posted June 29, 2013 by Kimberly in Contests, Guest Posts / 7 Comments

Title: Sea Change

Author: S.M. Wheeler

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: June 2013

Synopsis can be found here.

Guest Post by S.M. Wheeler!!!


Thank you for stopping by S.M. Wheeler!


Sea Change contains scenes of intense violence. When I see it categorized as a YA novel I balk a bit because of this, though in retrospect I was reading the equivalent at that age. But, then, I’ve grown up to write a fair share of horrific fiction. It’s a quandary. In any case, I can’t blame those potentially inappropriate childhood reads entirely for my adult choices (or I have rationalized the impulses related thereto) and there are concrete purposes for my inclusion of the disturbing and the brutal. It bears endless restating that gritty does not equal true, but that “grit” comes with cathartic potential, a chance of resonation with real-world experience, and honesty.

I need to back up and add more in the ways of qualifications to this discussion. That violence in fiction is haunted with the possibility of being exploitation of intense imagery for the sake of thrills is true; that this might have a negative effect on culture (and we seem to have a particular anxiety about its effect on youth culture) is something explored by a goodly number of SF novels. You would think a fan of The Clockwork Orange (sans the American epilogue) would be chary of slicking prose with gore. Yet here I stand having googled images of in-progress surgeries to ascertain the color and position of various organs in the abdominal cavity for the sake of a truly accurate depiction of someone’s bared guts.

What motivates this? Well, you never know: a surgeon might read the book and scoff if I describe the pancreas as purplish.

That answer isn’t pure silliness. This comes back around to honesty: if I choose to cut open a character and provide the opportunity for my narrator to consider the visuals of this, it is an acknowledgment of the severity of that violence to offer up to the reader an accurate portrayal. If it weren’t a flagrant lie I would say that depiction by allusion and hints isn’t my preference; but, rather, it isn’t my preference where I feel I am placing a reader into a fictional situation where a real world equivalent—in this case, the mutilation of the female body—would warrant direct confrontation.

That is, if it happens, it should not be casual and clichéd. Saying so could be a dodge of the real question, which is: why include it?

Some of this has to do with source texts. Fairytales have a brutal temper towards their protagonists and antagonists alike—“The Maiden Without Hands” is one of the more interesting examples, though one can also look to the numerous creative modes of death experienced by evil characters. From a mechanical perspective, translating this violence from the Grimms’ style (wherein the storyteller is the narrator) to my own (with a protagonist-narrator) results in a sensory description rather than an observational one. Facts of life have their say: Lilly is put into situations that are high-risk in any world that nods towards reality, and she suffers the consequences.

Lastly, I feel that including pain in a novel adds a dimension that, lost, would make the whole lack something essential. The violent acts result in lost dignity, body parts, and sometimes death; without them, however, there isn’t the gain of emotional heft. A simple, bloodless death is a poor close to a certain kind of character’s life, and Sea Change contains two of those. In one draft, the magic requiring bared guts was gone about in a noninvasive way—a more subtle mutilation than endoscopic surgery—and in re-reading I walked out the other side feeling distinctly dissatisfied. Besides, I have the unfortunate tendency towards vagueness (my apologies, readers), and this version forced you to squint and consider at length exactly what had been lost.

A final thought. I take my cues as a writer from what I read, “steal what you like” being good advice for authors new and old. Characters being knocked out for hours without subsequent neurological complications, death sans bodily functions, shots in the shoulder being harmless (there’s an artery and a nerve bundle there)—it’s a sign of poor research as much as being difficult to take seriously. I am, further, peevish in the face of long-term consequences being ignored. Tangentially, chronic pain has left me sensitive to the issue of the swift and complete healing of characters; maybe I am too bitter and demanding, but I am comforted by the recognition that such individuals exist.

Such is the mindset that governs my work. While it is in the hands of readers to judge the use of violence within Sea Change, I say confidently: the choices are deliberate.


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Giveaway!
Three lucky winners will win their own copy of Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler along with some beautiful promotional pins for the book!
United States and Canada only please

Posted June 29, 2013 by Kimberly in Contests, Guest Posts / 7 Comments


Ryan’s Review: The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Posted March 15, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Guest Posts / 3 Comments

Title: The Imperfectionists

Author: Tom Rachman

Publisher: Dial Press

Publication Date: April 2010

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.

This book was purchased for review.

Review:

“The Imperfectionists” is the incredible, haunting, and virtuosic debut novel written by Tom Rachman. Each chapter focuses around one of eleven indelible, lovable, and tragically flawed characters with ties to an unnamed English-language newspaper in Rome. Contrary to what the title may lead you to believe, the book, and, indeed, every chapter, is perfect.

Unfolding as a series of disparate, non-linear short stories with overlapping characters and loose ties to one another, the novel is so full of life and so vividly written it is reminiscent of a modern day film or television show. Think of the narrative structure and character studies found in Pulp Fiction (minus the extreme violence), Lost (without all the supernatural island stuff), or Watchmen (sans super heroes) and you get the idea. Say, now that I think of it: Dear Hollywood, make a television show based on this book immediately!! Interspersed between each vignette is a chronological history of the newspaper, from it’s founding by Cyrus Ott in the 1950’s up to it’s inheritance by his flakey, apathetic grandson Oliver, himself the subject of the last chapter.

To give away too much of any of the rich stories and even richer characters here would ruin the profound pleasure of discovery to be found in Rachman’s novel, so here’s a carefully brief and perhaps-too-carefully vague overview of some my favorites:

Arthur Gopal is the complacent, nebbish Obituary Writer on assignment to discretely interview a dying, abrasive Austrian feminist for her own, upcoming obit. Mid-interview his mind wanders and you can’t blame him: he’d much rather be home making “Nutella sandwiches and [cheating] at Monopoly with Pickle,” his adorable and equally nerdy eight-year old daughter. Unbeknownst to Arthur, he will return from this work trip forever changed…

The Corrections Editor is Herman Cohen, author of “The Bible” – the newspaper’s 18,000-entry-long-style guide, essentially a snarky list of the egregious grammatical, spelling, and nonsensical mistakes the reporters have made. With sloppy work at an all-time high, Herman chews out his writers for referring to Iraq’s former dictator as “Sadism Hussein” and describing Germany’s economy as “suffering from genital malaise.” But Herman’s not just an irritable, spell checker. He’s a devoted, middle-aged husband, excited to be entertaining his life-long best friend, Jimmy, whom he has idolized and aspired great things for since they first met.

Abbey Pinnola is the Chief Financial Officer but everyone at the office refers to her derisively as “Accounts Payable” being she doesn’t speak or deal with anyone but the Editor-in-Chief, Kathleen Solson. Uptight, lonely, and lovelorn Abbey only wishes for some privacy and some sleep on her eleven-hour flight from Rome back to Atlanta, Georgia. Instead, she finds herself falling for her seatmate, the paper’s former copydesk writer Dave Belling, who doesn’t seem to realize Abbey ordered him fired to cut costs.

The marvel of Rachman’s writing is unlike anything I have ever encountered as a reader. His compassionate handling of each character’s varied and unique trials and tribulations is nothing short of remarkable and fascinating. For a multi-character story, there are, incredibly, no weak links here. Each character is drawn so well that, reading the book, I found myself wishing each chapter would not end. When each chapter did unfortunately end, I was honestly sad to leave the life of the person I just read about. To continue harping on this point, if by some magic any given chapter happened to mutate and turn into a novel unto itself about that respective character I would have devoured that book. Perhaps the most impressive and dramatic feat Rachman pulls off is the unity of the novel. In writing this review, I tried very hard to come up with an answer to how Rachman did this but, alas I still can’t quite figure it out. How do these disparate and fragmented stories all fit together to form such a satisfying and complete whole? I don’t know. But they do.

The best I can do is to make up an analogous story. Imagine your in a museum, looking at a giant mosaic painting. From afar it’s a beautiful, detailed, and photo-realistic painting of some foreign yet some how familiar people. They are sitting together as if in posing for a grade-school class photo, each one of them wearing a slight, intriguing smile. You’re curious, so you approach the portrait. Up close you see that the images of each of these strangers are made of smaller paintings depicting key scenes from their lives. You see the people they love, the things they own, the jobs they do.

You take a step backward.

It all makes sense.

You cannot move.

You stand there for hours.

Then the security guard tells you the museum’s about to close.

A little dramatic, I know, but as I closed the cover to this book, the above illustrates how I felt to leave my newfound friends. Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists is unquestionably one of the best books I have ever read. Heartbreakingly unforgettable. Immensely recommended.

Rating 10 One of the Best

Ryan Hobler is a singer/songwriter who is also a major book nerd. Inspired by great writing, Ryan writes songs whose themes run the gamut. Love, defeat, resilience, stupidity, the absurd and mortality all figure prominently. Oh yeah, and songs about cats and dogs. You can check out his music on his webpage: www.RyanHobler.com.


Ryan would like to thank Kimberly for allowing him the honor of writing a review on The Windy Pages. “Thank you!” he says.

Posted March 15, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Guest Posts / 3 Comments