Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Witch's Curse

David James has published again! This time a prequel novella to Light of the Moon entitled, The Witch's Curse. If you've read Light of the Moon you may remember the captivating and mysterious (and pretty crazy) character Magda. The Witch's Curse is the story of how Magda got to be the crazy, blood-obsessed, witch we see in Light of the Moon.

Here is the official synopsis:

Before Kate met Calum in Light of the Moon, Magda met
Samuel. 


Magda cannot stop her heart from running rampant with the beating
drum of love. Whenever her eyes find Samuel, she can feel the pull
of strings so vividly alive against her heart. But for Magda, love goes
against fate; her destiny as a witch forbids her to need anything but
the dark binds of magic. Soon, the witch’s curse begins to call to
Magda. To deny her love for Samuel would be unthinkable, but to
defy her destiny would be impossible. Before the curse can consume
her, Magda must decide between Samuel and destiny, and her heart
may beat too savagely for anyone to stop.


The Witch’s Curse is an e-format prequel short story in the Legend of
the Dreamer series
.


Doesn't this sound fantastic!? Here is how you buy it:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

Also make sure you follow David James on Facebook, Twitter, and his blog for more information on The Witch's Curse, The Light of the Moon and the next projects he's got cooking!

Book on my Bedside Table: I'll be making my purchase of The Witch's Curse by David James today! 
I'm also reading Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Witch's Curse is Coming Soon! Cover Reveal!

 
I just reviewed David James' debut novel, The Light of the Moon and am excited to be a part of the cover reveal for The Witch's Curse (A Legend of the Dreamer Story). 

The Witch's Curse is a prequel novella in the series and is going to be available in e-format on December 18th, 2012.
 
One look at the cover, and I'm dying to get a hold of this story! If you have read Light of the Moon you were probably captivated by the character Magda, who appears towards the end of the story. Magda's character leaves you with lots of questions, and I'm hoping this story will reveal some of these secrets!

Here is some information straight from David James himself to tide us over until the 18th:

SYNOPSIS: "Before Kate met Calum in Light of the Moon, Magda met Samuel. Magda cannot stop her heart from running rampant with the beating drum of love. Whenever her eyes find Samuel, she can feel the pull of strings so vividly alive against her heart. But for Magda, love goes against fate; her destiny as a witch forbids her to need anything but the dark binds of magic. Soon, the witch's curse begins to call to Magda. To deny her love for Samuel would be unthinkable, but to defy her destiny would be impossible. Before the curse can consume her, Magda must decide between Samuel and destiny, and her heart may beat too savagely for anyone to stop."

Don't forget to support David James by reading his wonderful blog and following him on twitter and facebook!

Twitter: DJamesAuthor

Monday, December 3, 2012

Light of the Moon by David James

The prologue of David James' debut novel follows the journey of Calum Wade, as he navigates the struggles of figuring out who is he really is, all the while escaping a murderer on the lose in his hometown, and beginning to fight in a paranormal war he never dreamed he would be a part of.

Kate opens Calum's eyes to a world he is destined to be a part of, but may not survive. James' writing is poetic and emotional. From the beginning, I was in awe of the world James created. While I generally don't read a lot of science fiction, I found the characters in this story to be so incredibly easy to relate to.

It is hard to write about this book without giving away too many secrets, and believe me, you will want to discover the secrets through the words of David James. I love the way these characters develop and discover who they truly are. By the end of the novel my first thought was "holy crap, I need to know what happens in the next book."

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

"But now was not the time for fear. It rarely ever was."

"Don't you see that tears, feelings, make you stronger? Loving and losing and hating and caring: Feelings give you reason to fight. They destroy you and build you up again. They can kill you and then give you life. That's not weakness, Kate. It's strength."

"Our eyes meeting and that one moment lingering forever, shining a bright light in my life so dark."

"It had always been about love."

Check out Light of the Moon by David James! There is a prequel novella being released by James to help hold you over for the sequel, expected out in late 2013.

Book on my Bedside Table: Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (I'm so close to the end! Life has been getting in the way of my reading!)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Club

The Radleys

What I loved most about The Radleys by Matt Haig is how different it was from every other vampire story out there right now. I don't think I can really describe the things I love about this book without giving too many spoilers. Let's just say as soon as Clara ____s the ______ in the meadow shit gets CRAZY!

Seriously though, I liked Haig's conception of the whole vampire culture/world. I also liked how under all the vampires, violence, and blood is a story about how being true to yourself really provides you with the most satisfying life. I think the end of the novel shows how by embracing who you really are, as long as you aren't harming others, you can find real happiness.

50 Shades of Grey

Alright, if you haven't read this climb out from under a rock and read it. If anything so you can know what everyone is talking about. Honestly the writing is crappy, and there is little to no plot in book number 1, BUT it is a quick, entertaining and great guilty-pleasure read. I'm not going to lie I giggled a lot while reading this book.

One complaint, is most of the plot is based on Christian Grey's bedroom skills, which according to Anastasia are fantastic. The problem is Anastasia was a virgin upon meeting Christian.... so I ask you readers, can we really trust her judgment? Not sure....

Either way, if you want an easy read and don't mind blushing read this.

50 Shades Darker and 50 Shades Freed

Okay, I'm just going to talk about both of these books at once. Basically after book one, the plot finally starts to develop a little further, but not so far to make this a great classic romance. I enjoyed when the story finally started letting you in on the secrets of Christian Grey. Spoiler alert: at the end of the last book you get a few chapters from the perspective of Christian. Those chapters made me wish at least one of the books was told from his perspective, because honestly Anastasia is a little obnoxious.

Well that just about wraps up the book club books.

Book on my bedside table: The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness


Friday, November 9, 2012

I promise I didn't forget you blog....

While I haven't blogging lately here, I have still been reading!

Coming soon thoughts on the following books:
  • The Radleys by Matt Haig 
  • 50 Shades of Grey, 50 Shades Darker, and 50 Shades Freed by E.L. James 
  • Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  •  Down to You by M. Leighton 

and.....

Light of the Moon by David James 


Get excited!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Forever by Pete Hamill

After weeks of slowly making my way through Pete Hamill's Forever I made it to the finish line. The irony of the time it took to complete a book about a man living with the gift of immortality is a little hard to ignore. The story follows Cormac O'Connor from his childhood in the 1730s in Ireland to life in New York City from 1740 through 2001. The backstory leading up to Cormac's arrival in New York lays the ground for his life's mission to see revenge on the Earl of Warren's bloodline for murdering his father. I felt like the first half of the book moved pretty slow. In the end a lot of the details were helpful to know, but for the first few hundred pages I was anxious for the plot to begin to pick up. Once Hamill started skipping through time I started enjoying the story more. Aside from the rule Cormac must remain in Manhattan forever, another condition of his immortality was he must "truly live." Kongo told him "But in order to live you must truly live. You cannot simply exist, Cor-mac, like a cow or a tree. You must live." Cormac embraces the challenge, and as the reader you see him struggle through developing relationships. By the end of the novel, in the early 2000s Cormac is in love with a woman named Delfina. It made me think about the difficulty of fostering a relationship when you are a few hundred years older than the other person. It made me wonder how difficult even relating to another person would be by that point. At the end of the novel Cormac faces the choice of being able to cross over into the "Otherworld," where he can presumably reunite with all those he has loved and lost, or remain in the present with Delfina. Without spoiling the story I will say I was rooting for him to make the choice to crossover. One of my favorite things about the story was contemplating the idea of living life to its fullest over the course of so many years. When he first became immortal Cormac questioned what it would mean to "truly live." Kongo replied with the following two passages, and I think Kongo may be right: "To find work that you love, and work harder than other men. To learn the languages of the earth, and love the sounds of the words and the things they describe. To love food and music and drink. Fully love them. To love weather, and storms, and the smell of rain. To love heat. to love cold. To love sleep and dreams. To love the newness of each day." " 'To love women. to pleasure them. To make them laugh. To be foolish for them. To protect them. To respect them. To listen to them.' He paused. 'They are the lifegivers. To live is to love them...' " Book on my bedside table: 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Book Club - The Lucky One

A few friends and I recently started a book club. Our first book on the list, The Lucky One by Nicolas Sparks. First impressions: The book is a little slow to start, but once it picks up it is hard to put down. I also thought it was different than some of his other stories, had a little more intrigue/mystery in the plot than some of his more mushy romance books, like A Walk to Remember. Favorite part: I think we all agreed one of the best scenes in the novel was when Logan and Beth went out to dinner/dancing. My Thoughts: One of the big things I thought about was how I would react if I were Beth when I found out about the photo Logan had been carrying and his reason for coming to Hampton. I didn't really think of Beth's perspective on this issue until she actually found out. Up until that point I was kept so curious about Logan's story I didn't think about how it would look from the other side. I wished Sparks had included a little more back story on Logan's trip to Hampton. I wanted to know more about what was inside Logan's head as he traveled. He kept mentioning how he didn't know what he would do when he got there or if he actually found Beth, but I think it is hard to believe he didn't contemplate some possibilities. I enjoyed how the novel switched between the different characters' perspectives. I thought it made the story more complex, and allowed for a richer plot beyond the romance aspect of the book. One of our other major topics of discussion on this book revolved around the movie adaptation, which is coming out next month. The trailer for the movie was actually was made us all eager to pick up the book and now we are itching to see the movie. Our biggest wonder is how Zac Efron will play the character Logan. As I read the book I just couldn't picture the kid from High School Musical portraying this part. Hopefully he'll surprise me. Book on my bedside table: Forever by Pete Hamill