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Perfection Challenged by Jade Kerrion

Perfection Challenged!

Perfection Challenged, the thrilling conclusion to Jade Kerrion’s multiple award-winning, bestselling DOUBLE HELIX series, will be released on September 17th and will be available in paperback and all electronic formats. Beta readers have declared Perfection Challenged “the best of the four books…the perfect ending to an amazing series.”

If you’ve never picked up the DOUBLE HELIX series, keep on reading for a special offer on Perfection Unleashed, the book that launched the DOUBLE HELIX series.

PERFECTION CHALLENGED

An alpha empath, Danyael Sabre has survived abominations and super soldiers, terrorists and assassins, but he cannot survive his failing body. He wants only to live out his final days in peace, but life and the woman he loves, the assassin Zara Itani, have other plans for him.

Galahad, the perfect human being created by Pioneer Labs, is branded an international threat, and Danyael is appointed his jury, judge, and executioner. Danyael alone believes that Galahad can be the salvation that the world needs, but is the empath blinded by the fact that Galahad shares his genes, and the hope that there is something of him in Galahad?

In a desperate race against time and his own dying body, Danyael struggles to find fragments of good in the perfect human being, and comes to the wrenching realization that his greatest battle will be a battle for the heart of the man who hates him.

Perfection Challenged by Jade Kerrion

PERFECTION UNLEASHED

Recipient of six literary awards, including first place in Science Fiction, Reader Views Literary Awards.

“Higher octane than Heroes. More heart than X-Men.”

Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted—a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.

When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives—the in vitros, clones, and mutants—collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab’s search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.

Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.

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Puppy Dog Jig!

My Fluffy Bunny Side Comes Out To Play!

So, I’m still busy finishing up a new educational book series, still moving and unpacking–STILL not having much time or energy to blog, but I wanted to announce something–something BIG! Well, and kind of cute and sweet and funny… anyway, here goes:

Puppy Dog JigPuppy Dog Jig, a wonderful children’s CD by award winning singer, songwriter Owen Duggan officially releases today. The lyrics to the title track, Puppy Dog Jig, written by me, Lorijo (my fluffy bunny side), were inspired by the very wiggly behavior of my dog, Henry Metz.

If you have little kids, or even if you simply love children’s music (including classics like Puff the Magic Dragon and The Garden Song), head on over to Amazon, iTunes, or wherever music is sold, and pick up your copy today!
(And be sure to check out the awesome cover art by artist, Gail Green!)
Henry Metz
Henry Metz
daughter of smoke and bone and Days of Blood and Starlight

What’s on my bookshelf? You asked for it!

Sit me down, talk to me face to face and I’ll tell you exactly what I think about a book. But I don’t enjoy writing reviews. The thought of writing something negative about a book and posting it for all the world to see—it terrifies me. Which is why you haven’t seen many book reviews from me lately. But now it’s time to catch up (in a small way), because I have been reading. Of course, I’ve been reading. I’m a writer. Writers read…it’s as simple as that!

Below are a few of the books that have recently nourished my writer’s soul.

John Saturnall's FeastI only gave John Saturnall’s Feast, by Lawrence Norfolk, three stars on Goodreads. The writing was beautiful. The description of food, smells, textures and colors, no less than luscious—but, the plot was wanting. It just goes to show that someone can be a good writer, but not a good storyteller. I still recommend it. There’s a lot to be learned (as a writer) from Norfolk’s descriptions.

 

GroundedI read Grounded, by G.P. Ching, a while ago. I believe Ching created a new genre with Grounded: Amish Scifi (Don’t you love it!) As with G.P. Ching’s other books, I highly recommend Grounded for upper middle grade and young YA readers who like science fiction, adventure and a little romance. 

 

daughter of smoke and bone and Days of Blood and StarlightI started reading the second book in Laini Taylor’s trilogy, Days of Blood and Starlight, and realized I couldn’t remember some key elements from the first book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone. However, I did remember loving it when I read it…so, I read again. It was even better the second time. Then I read Days of Blood and Starlight. All I can say is that I love, love, love Laini Taylor’s trilogy about star-crossed lovers. It’s Angels and Demons as you’ve never seen them before. I can’t wait for the third book in the trilogy.

Going ClearI listened to Going Clear on my audible app. Narrated by Morton Sellers, it is a slightly scary and intriguing look into the world of Scientology, researched and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. Let’s just say, I will never look at another Tom Cruise movie the same way again.

 

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsI kept hearing about The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, and finally had to read it. I don’t normally read books that I know are going to make me cry. I’m very glad I read this one. The Fault in Our Stars is emotional…to say the least. It will make you cry, but it’s also funny and touching and an awesome romance. Read it!

 

Check out what I’m currently reading (I’m enjoying both of them.) I bought the hardcover edition of The One and Only Ivan because I suspect, somedayin the far, far futureI will read it aloud to my grandchildren. (No, I don’t have grandchildren!) I’m listening to The Diviners on my audible app.
 The One and Only Ivan The Diviners by Libba Bray

What’s on your bookshelf?

 

 

 

Perfection Unleashed by Jade Kerron

So Many Books, So little time… I have a solution for that!

As a blogger who reads and reviews (discusses) books and a writer who is constantly submitting her books for review, I can’t tell you the number of times the expression, “So many books, so little time!” has come up in my correspondence with other bloggers and reviewers.

Well, I’m here today to announce that I’ve found a way to fit more books into my life. The best part is that I’ve discovered how to do this without adding any extra strain on my eyes, needing extra time in my day, and even better, losing weight while I do so.

Wait—why am I telling you this? I should sell this idea…

Okay, seriously, this post falls under the What’s On My Bookshelf category, but I wanted to have a little fun with it. The truth is, I am currently reading two books.

The first book, Perfection Unleashed, by Jade Kerron, is on my iPad. I’m about 20% of the way through and thoroughly enjoying it. I’m also happy to announce that I’ll posting a review and hosting Jade Kerron in my blog on Dec. 17th as part of the Book Tour for her Double Helix series. I can’t wait. Here’s the description of her book from Amazon:

What would you do if you came face-to-face with perfection, and it looked just like you?

Two men, one face. One man seeks to embrace destiny, the other to escape it.

Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted–a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.

When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives–the in vitros, clones, and mutants–collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab’s search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.

Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.

The second book I’m reading is Divergent, by Veronica Roth. However, I’m not so much reading it, as listening to it. I’m sure many of you wise readers have already guessed this, but I’m listening to Divergent on my iPhone. I finally subscribed to Audible.com (audio books), and am reaping the benefits of listening to a wonderful book while walking my dog. In fact, if a chapter is especially good, I walk further so I can keep listening. You get the picture….

The more books I read/listen to—the better I look!

Here’s the description of Divergent from Amazon:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

I’m not sure how long it will take me to read/listen to Divergent, but expect a posting under Book Discussions sometime in the near future.

Happy Reading!

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

What’s on my bookshelf: Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman

It’s been a while since I updated my bookshelf. Since reading Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore, I’ve read The Maze Runner, by The James Dashner and am almost finished with Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman.

While I’m not going to post a book discussion about The Maze Runner, if you want to check out my thoughts about it, you can find them on GoodReads or under my Amazon reviews.

I should be posting a book discussion about Seraphina sometime next week. If you haven’t read Seraphina, I highly recommend you do. Though I haven’t finished it, I can already say it’s one of the best books I’ve read all year—if not the best book!

Below is the description found on Amazon. Click on the book cover to surf on over there and buy your own copy. (Pick up a copy of The Maze Runner, too, while you’re at it.)

In her New York Times bestselling début, Rachel Hartman introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. Eragon-author Christopher Paolini calls them, “Some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy.”

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

 

Now Reading: Bitterblue, by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue

by Kristin Cashore

Graceling

Kristin Cashore is the author of one of my all time favorite books—GRACELING. Not only is GRACELING beautifully written, but I absolutely love the heroine of the story, Katsa. Katsa is everything a female protagonist should be: strong, smart and beautiful. In fact, I remember reading GRACELING shortly after I’d finished the Twilight series, and it was such a relief to find a strong female character to root for! (As I’ve mentioned many times, I enjoyed Twilight—but, oh, Bella was soooo annoying!)

FIRE is the second book in the trilogy—I take that back—FIRE is actually  a companion to GRACELING. As I understand it, while companion books inhabit the same worlds, each book can stand alone (versus a true trilogy, such as The Lord Of The Rings, in which all three books are necessary to complete the story.)  FIRE is very good; however, it didn’t have quite the same impact on me. I’m now reading the third “companion” book, BITTERBLUE, and  should have a review for you soon.

 
 
 From Amazon:
The long-awaited companion to New York Times bestsellers Graceling and FireEight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle–disguised and alone–to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Up Next:

At The Edge Of The World, by Walter Shuler. Not my usual fare, but I’m gonna give it a try! :)

Now Reading: Across The Universe

Across the Universe

by Beth Revis

I’ve wanted to read this book for a while. Honestly, I think it’s because of the title. Then again, I may have seen it on one of those “Best of” lists. It doesn’t really matter. I’ve read the first chapter and I’m hooked. Will the rest of the story be as good? I’ll let you know! (By the way, I guess there’s a couple of different covers. My eBook cover looks like the one on the left.)

From Amazon:

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed‘s scheduled landing, Amy’s cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed‘s passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed‘s hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

Now Reading: The Good Fairies of New York

The Good Fairies Of New York

by Martin Millar

Needed a break from YA books and was browsing through a bookstore in Santa Barbara when I found this. I know, it’s about fairies. But, trust me, it’s an adult novel. Although plenty of teens would read it. Anyways, Neil Gaiman wrote the introduction, so I had to read it.  I’ll let you know what I think about it.

From Amazon:

When a pair of fugitive Scottish thistle fairies end up transplanted to Manhattan by mistake, both the Big Apple and the Little People have a lot of adjusting to do. Heather and Morag just want to start the first radical fairy punk rock band, but first they’ll have make a match between two highly unlikely sweethearts, start a street brawl between rival gangs of Italian, Chinese, and African fairies, help the ghost of a dead rocker track down his lost guitar, reclaim a rare triple-bloomed Welsh poppy from a bag lady with delusions of grandeur, disrupt a local community performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and somehow manage to stay sober enough to save all of New York from an invasion of evil Cornish fairies.

If they can stop feuding with each other, that is.

A racy and irreverent novel by Martin Millar, winner of the World Fantasy Award.