Aug 30, 2012

Dishin' It Up with mystery novelist Lane Stark


I’d like to welcome mystery novelist Lane Stark to DJ’s Book Corner. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me.

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I can’t really answer that, because I’ve always been a storyteller, from earliest childhood. I lived a lot in my imagination. As soon as I learned to write, I committed stories to paper. I can’t remember a time when the plan to write books wasn’t there.

When did you write your first book? 
About fifteen years ago, I finally tackled the somewhat daunting task of writing a novel. It was awful, but taught me a lot about the mechanics of assembling a readable story with believable characters.

Aug 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #5: Black City (Black City #1)

Hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

I am anxiously awaiting...

Black City (Black City #1)
By Elizabeth Richards
Release Date: November 13, 2012

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

The cover is AMAZING!!

Aug 25, 2012

Twins and Fiction are Soulmates


Is it just me, or do twins make fiction more fun?

Yes, I mean twins, as in two individuals born the same day, roughly around the same time, but not always identical.

I don’t know, it just seems like lately I’ve been reading a lot of books with twins in them, not to mention my own. I think I love twins and the fact that wherever there are twins, there seems to be trouble. The Harry Potter series is a prime example. Fred and George Weasley were always up to no good. There were a pair of really funny twins in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series too (they were sons of Dionysus, I believe). And what about Tweedledum and Tweedledee in Alice in Wonderland? I ran up on a pair of twins reading the YA novel Obsidian last week thought they added much flavor to the book (not that it needed it). In my own series, Hector and Theseus light up the pages with their sarcastic comments but quite different personalities.

Aug 23, 2012

Dishin' It Up with fantasy author, J. Curtis Mace


I’d like to welcome fantasy author J. Curtis Mace to Colloquy by Diantha. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me!

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
I was inspired to be a writer by a best friend of mine, Ranny Randall. He was the writer, back when I was a musician, but he inspired me to begin writing. He sparked my passion for telling stories and creating characters. I’ve always known I had something to say with my art/writing (actually knowing what that is I have to say… well, that’s still a work in progress). Ranny showed me how you can use a story to say something in a deeper way. I’d always had a passion for creating things and making art. Ranny showed me how I could do that same thing with writing.

Aug 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #4: Love and Other Perishable Items


Hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

I am anxiously awaiting...

Love and Other Perishable Items
By Laura Buzo
Release Date: December 11, 2012

Love is awkward, Amelia should know. 

From the moment she sets eyes on Chris, she is a goner. Lost. Sunk. Head over heels infatuated with him. It's problematic, since Chris, 21, is a sophisticated university student, while Amelia, 15, is 15.

Amelia isn't stupid. She knows it's not gonna happen. So she plays it cool around Chris—at least, as cool as she can. Working checkout together at the local supermarket, they strike up a friendship: swapping life stories, bantering about everything from classic books to B movies, and cataloging the many injustices of growing up. As time goes on, Amelia's crush doesn't seem so one-sided anymore. But if Chris likes her back, what then? Can two people in such different places in life really be together?

Through a year of befuddling firsts—first love, first job, first party, and first hangover—debut author Laura Buzo shows how the things that break your heart can still crack you up.

Aug 19, 2012

DJ Reviews: Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Publication Date: August 14, 2012 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Lux #2
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating:

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks… Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. 

But we’ve got bigger problems. Something worse than the Arum has come to town… The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard. 

But then everything changes… I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me? No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies… (Goodreads)

Aug 18, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Publication Date: May 8, 2012 by Entangled Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Lux #1
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating
Great start to a series!

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades...

If I don't kill him first, that is.

Trust me, I really tried not to like this book. I mean, I REALLY tried not to. First impressions were that it took a while for the book to get moving and that it was too much like Twilight. Here are several reasons why: