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Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin, book review by Lexi Flint


 

Losing Logan  is another well written, touching and thought provoking novel by Sherry D. Ficklin. Losing Logan touches on many subjects that teens are faced with each day such as bullying, suicide, self esteem, teen pregnancy, sexuality and relationships without being preachy. These subjects are weaved seamlessly and subtly into the story. Losing Logan is a love story, a ghost story, a mystery. Losing Logan made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me remember how it feels to be young and in love and haunted by my dead boyfriend.

All of the characters are well written and fully flushed out. The emotions are raw and real and reverberate throughout the book.  I don’t want to give away any spoilers because I want you to experience this book for yourself. From page one you are immediately drawn into the world of Zoe and Logan as they try to solve  his murder and to figure out the ramifications of falling in love when only one of them is alive.  Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin is a must read.

Losing Logan is set to be released May 2nd 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing.

Book Blurb

“What if the one thing you never meant to hold on to, is the one thing you can’t let go of?
Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he’s dead.
As the only person he can make contact with, he talks Zoe into helping him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on.
Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy”

 

Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin                Sherry D. Ficklin

 

To learn more about Losing Logan author  Sherry D. Ficklin please click here.

Website     www.sherryficklin.com

Twitter      authorsherry

Goodreads  https://www.goodreads.com/Author_Sherry

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Spear of Seth by René Daniel a book review by Lexi Flint


 

First, let me apologize  to everyone for taking so long to read and review this book. I started reading SPEAR OF SETH at the end of February and it has taken me this long to finish it for two reason. One life stepped in and mangled my reading schedule, two this book was very difficult to get into. I accepted this assignment with high expectation. I adore books that weave history, mythology, and folk lore with a modern age adventure. Unfortunately I was disappointed. The premise of the story was very good. The writing however didn’t flow well and was very distracting. It felt as if English were a second language to the writer or as if the book was not translated well. 

The Spear of Seth mixes fantasy, legend, and adventure in what the author calls Fanlenture. This story does have all of those ingredients but it just didn’t live up to this readers expectations. The story flips flops back and forth between the two main characters announcing who is speak at the start of every chapter which I found very distracting. Had the characters  been more fleshed out their voices would have been more differentiated  and he wouldn’t have needed to announce who was speaking.

Our main characters  are Alex Khyan  a college student at Van Senmut College and Heather Van Senmut privileged daughter of the head of the college.  When Heather’s father is poisoned, she and Alex take off for Egypt in search of a cure in the Egyptian underworld. When the two characters are separated due to the machinations of Jonathan Stern, another student and archeologist from the college, it seems as if you are reading two different stories, two different adventures. Each of the main characters stories are interesting separately but would have been better had they been more interweaving of the story lines as both characters were working towards a common goal.  I found myself more interested in some of the secondary characters such as Miriam and Dr. Lermontoff who seemed more three dimensional that the main characters.

This book and writer do have great potential as he did pay great attention to detailing the various setting through which his character traveled.  I would be interested in reading the next book in the series. I get the feeling that the world has some serious trouble coming its way from Apep, the evil snake god of the underworld inadvertently released from his prison during Alex and Heather’s quest which could make for a very interesting story.

The author’s writing improved greatly as the story progressed.

I give this story a 2.5/5 on the Book Babe rating scale.

 

Spear of Seth

 

Book Blurb: “What will Alex Khyan do when he faces a world he thought existed only in dreams of an ancient civilization? Alex needs a summer job, and gets one. It is not what he is used to, since he will work as a translator at an archeological dig at the island of Elephantine in the Upper Egypt.  Little does he know what he is getting himself into. Enter Heather and her father, John Van Senmut, the archeologist in charge of the excavations. The dig is not just some dig; it is the ruins of the Temple of Osiris, which stands at the mythical place where Nile emerges from the Egyptian Underworld. When John Van Senmut, falls ill and physicians give up on him, his daughter decides to search the Temple for the cause of the disease and possibly a cure. Her quest leads her, and her unwilling helper Alex, into the Netherworld, which survived the Egyptian civilization by two thousand years. They negotiate its dangers, as well as dangers which come from their contemporaries. They have only one guide – the Book of Gates

Author René Daniel was born in the Czechoslovakia. He is 44 years old and he and his family currently live in Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. He enjoys history, ancient civilizations and mysteries and can be contacted at http://www.thothfantasyquests.com.”

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The Apocalypse Gene by Carlyle Clark and Suki Michelle YA book review by @LexiFlint


 

Today I am reviewing The Apocalypse Gene by Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark for The Book Babes blog. I found this book to be a highly entertaining. It is an action packed, fast paced YA novel. The story centers around a girl who reads auras, Olivya, and an empath Mikah in the post apocalyptic Chicago. 

The once vibrant city of Chicago  has become a deserted waste land as almost everyone has ben stricken with a malignant cancer. Olivya lives with her mother on Hospice row taking care of the Gad’s, (Good As Dead )patients that her mother has opened their home to. The only normal interaction she has is through V-school and Cy-Chi the virtual world where she meads Mikah’s handsome halo-sim.

As an orphan Mikah lives a lonely life in an apartment complex with the telepathic and powerful kindred who seem to feed off of the negative emotions in the world such as  hatred, pain and war. Mikah is dreading the day when he will be initiated into the world of the kindred fold fearing that he will turns into a monster like the ever metamorphosing Prime whose dark soul lurks around the complex and fills Mikah’s heart with fear.

When Olivya and Mikah dare to meet their lives are forever changed as they embark on a journey to save the people they love from  the cancerous pandemic and an unknown enemy.  These two young people don’t know if they have what it takes to win this battle but they possess the most powerful weapon of all. LOVE!

Clark and Michelle weaves science fiction and fantasy with historical and mythological characters creating a non-stop action packed novel. I give this book a 4/5 on the Book Babes rating scale.

 

The Apocalypse Gene

 

Book Blurb

Global pandemic is raging.

Olivya Wright-Ono’s once loving home has been converted to a hospice for the dying. Her ability to see auras forces her to witness, with agonizing detail, the vibrant colors of life consumed by malignancy.

The beautiful and troubled, Mikah, is an elite Empath in the ancient Kindred clan, led by the brooding, ever-morphing, monster named Prime. Mikah has learned a terrible truth . . . the plague is linked to Kindred origins. When Olivya sees evidence of disease creeping into her mother’s aura, she has no one to turn to but Mikah. Can he unearth the Kindred secrets and find a cure?

Can she trust this boy whose power allows him to manipulate her very emotions? With her mother’s life, and that of the world, in the balance, Olivya and Mikah embark on a quest to stop the Pandemic, only to discover it is far, far more than a mere disease .

 

The Book Babes Book Review system

5/5 We will nag, harass, and generally stand over your shoulder until you read this book, just so we can dish with you about it.
4/5 This book was really good. We would insist you buy a copy, or at least borrow ours.
3/5 A good book. Mixed reviews. We suggest you put it on your library list, just to see for yourself.
2/5 Seriously lacking. Mostly didn’t get into it.
1/5 No good. We all agreed, this book just sucked.
0/5 Really terrible. Not only should you not read this book, you shouldn’t pick it up off the shelf without wearing a full hazmat suit.

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Cassandra Carter – The Authoress, young, successful, and beautiful


What would you do if you woke up one night from a dream and had a story to tell?

a) forget it as soon as you woke up

b) tell a friend the parts you could remember

c) Write a book and get a two book deal from the Kimani Tru line of Harlequin Books.

If you are  author Cassandra Carter the answer is C. Ms. Carter is a 21 year old Michigan native (by way for Pennsylvania but Michigan is taking the credit for this talented author.) Cassandra started writing her first book at age 14 and it was published one month after she graduated high school with a 3.5 gpa. (I need to introduce her to my children.) I could expound on her many talents but I will let her tell you herself….

1.  When did you first begin writing?

Looking back on it, I’ve been writing ever since I can remember – probably as soon as I learned how. Writing has just always been something I’ve loved to do. It all  began with short stories for my mom. It’s so funny when I come across them now. My grammar and spelling might’ve been off but you knew what I was trying to say!

As I got older, I got a lot of praise from my teachers and peers for my papers. It wasn’t until high school that I really started to explore writing on my own. I started taking all kinds of different classes: composition, journalism, English, you name it. I even dabbled in a little poetry. In the end, I think it helped me become more versatile as a writer.

I was 14 when I had the dream that inspired me to write Fast Life and 15 when I finished it. It was my first attempt at writing a full-length novel, but I ran with it. As crazy as it might sound, something told me to.

2.  Who are you inspirations?

I don’t think I can single out any one person as my inspiration, but I think the fact that my mom used to read to me as I was growing up had a lot to do with my interest in books and storytelling in general. I think once I got into school it blossomed from there. When I sit down to write, I draw inspiration from every day life; things I see or overhear, people I encounter, etc. I think as an author, you tend to be more observant. I think it’s those details, no matter how small, that make all the difference. It’s more real.

 

3.  What are your writing habits? Do you write a certain amount of pages per day? Do you write at a certain time of day?

That is such a hard question to answer! I really can’t say. It depends. The mood strikes me differently at different times. There are days I don’t write at all and then there are nights I won’t go to sleep until I get it all out. Some days it just comes to me. It flows. But like most writer’s, I suffer from writer’s block occasionally, make no mistake about it.

When I feel like nothing is coming out the way I want it to or like nothing is working, I take a step back. I’ll leave it alone until I figure it out. And it’ll come to me out of nowhere, probably while I’m doing something completely unrelated. Whenever I’m out somewhere and I come up with a really good idea, I’ll jot down notes on just about anything; napkins, receipts, whatever I can find.

4.  Are you a pantster or a plotter? 

Whenever I start a novel, I start with an outline. Starting out I usually have an idea of who my characters are, how I want the story to begin, and where I want the story to go. However, I never have it planned out all the way from beginning to end. I’m constantly coming up with new ideas and making changes as I go. I like to keep an open mind.

 5.  Who are your favorite authors and what are you reading now?

Well, I recently returned from BEA (Book Expo America) so I have a stack of new books on my to-read list. The first one I read was Ky-Mani Marley’s memoir Dear Dad. I found it read smooth like a conversation. It was very relatable. It was as if he was talking directly to me so I thought that was pretty cool.

 6.  What are your goals as a writer?

I think it’s safe to say everyone wants to be successful, but I want to do more than that. I want to make an impact. In this digital age, a lot of people, especially people in my age group, look at reading as being outdated and boring but I want to help change all that. I want to get young people reading again and I want to encourage other writers to keep writing or possibly even inspire some to start.

From here, I hope to expand upon both of my novels and build a series. I would like to do urban fiction as well. Someday I would like to do movies and things of that nature. What’s particularly interesting about me is that because I got started in this industry at such a young age my readers get to watch me grow through my writing and in a sense as a person.

 

7. If you had one wish for your writing career, what would it be?

Writing is my passion so I hope I’ll be able to do this for the rest of my life. I hope I can continue to find ways to improve my skills and deliver a good story.

8.  What advice would you give other aspiring writers?

Write for yourself first. Don’t worry about what other people might think. I know it’s easier said than done, but it’s your work and no one can take that from you. Be original. Do you.

9.  What do you like best about writing?

If I had to pick one thing, I’d have to say I love the freedom writing gives me. I can create my own little world where I can say and do whatever I want vicariously through my characters.

 10. Your first book FAST LIFE was written while you were still in high school and published just after you graduated. How did that feel being a published author prior to attending college?

Honestly, it’s still somewhat surreal. It is truly such a blessing. Just seeing my name on the cover. . . I can’t describe how that feels. I never thought I would really get published, especially so young. I don’t really think I recognized my talent until I did. It took me two years to secure an agent and a deal. This was right around the time Harlequin formed their Kimani Tru imprint specifically for teens. So, it didn’t happen overnight but when it happened, it happened fast. The timing was right.

 11. Are you majoring in creative writing in college, or pursuing another course of study?

I’m not in school at the moment, but I plan to go back for a degree in marketing. In order to improve upon what I already have I feel like knowing how to brand and market yourself as well as your product is crucial to your long-term success as an author.  While I’m there, I will probably still continue to study writing because even though I am already published I feel like I can always stand to learn new techniques and do better. I am always looking for new ways to take it to the next level.

 12. Do you have an agent?

I had an agent starting out, but for this next project, I’ve decided to represent myself.

13.   Have you ever won any awards for your writing? If so please elaborate.

I haven’t won any awards just yet, but I have received a lot of positive feedback on both books so that’s rewarding to me. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to touch people and evoke emotion. I feel like as an author it’s my job.

14.   Where can someone purchase your books?

My books are currently available online in e-book and paperback format at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com as well as eHarlequin.com for $9.99.

 15.  How do you promote your books?

I speak at high schools, libraries, book clubs, and youth groups. I do interviews for newspapers and online magazines, radio as well as book signings and discussion panels. I’ve even judged a short story contest and participated in a spelling bee. Lately, I’ve been branching out more to attend networking events. I’m a member on just about every social network there is: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, MySpace, Shelfari, and I have a profile on Amazon. I plan to launch my own website in the near future.

 16.   Do you belong to any writing associations?

I just recently signed up with the Motown Writer’s Network and I am really looking forward to working with them and attending more of their events. I’ve also been looking at the Authors Guild and Romance Writer’s Of America to name a few.

 17.   Please tell our readers about your books “16 ISN’T ALWAYS SWEET, and FAST LIFE”

I feel like both novels are very entertaining, easy reads. Once you pick up one of my books you won’t want to put it down. Kyra Jones and Jordan Wright are two completely different girls but they each have their own interesting story to tell and I think they are both strong in their own way.

Fast Life is about a girl named Kyra Jones – a spoiled city girl uprooted from Chicago by her mother to the Caribbean who is torn between a new start with Justin, the man she loves and Makai the bad-boy ex she just can’t seem to let go.

 16 Isn’t Always Sweet is a coming-of-age story about Jordan Wright who soon after turning 16 (as well as making an appearance in a music video for her favorite rapper) finds her life full of drama both at school and at home but, in the midst of a nasty feud with her former best friend, Adrienne, Jordan finds comfort in the arms of the most popular boy at school, the ever-so charming Warren Taylor.

18.   What are you working on now?

I submitted my manuscript for the Fast Life sequel to Harlequin not too long ago, so I can’t really say too much about it as I am still waiting to hear back about it. In the meantime, I’ve started book #3 in the Fast Life series and am in the middle of outlining my first street novel.

 

cassandra carter Cassandra Carter

16 isn't always sweet fast life

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