Thursday, July 27, 2017

Spotlight: Rarity from the Hollow

Rarity from the Hollow
by
Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage -- an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It's up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn't mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.


Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. A Children’s Story. For Adults.


“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”
Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest



“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”
  • Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review


. "…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy." -- Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)


“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” --Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)


“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author


“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” -- The Baryon Review


"…Brilliant satires such as this are genius works of literature in the same class as Orwell’s 'Animal Farm.' I can picture American Lit professors sometime in the distant future placing this masterpiece on their reading list." -- Marcha’s Two-Cents Worth 







Excerpt from Chapter 13,Mom I’d Like to Introduce You to My Fiancé”

Scene Prologue: At this point in the story, Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, is twelve years old. An android named DotCom (his name is a recurring pun throughout the novel) installed a port in her upper spine and has directly downloaded data into her brain for the last several years. His ship is hidden in a cave in the Woods behind the family’s house in the hollow. DotCom was sent to Earth to train and recruit Lacy Dawn to save the universe from an imminent threat, but was recalled due to slow performance. In this scene, DotCom has returned to Earth and Jenny, the mother, meets him for the first time.  

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            …..…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn's name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.
            I hear her voice. Why won't she answer me? 
            “Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods. 
            Nobody responded. The trees weren't supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child. Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree.
            I will always love you guys. 
Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.   
            Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front. 
            Jenny looked to the left of the path.
            There ain't no cave Roundabend, but there it is. 
            She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face.  Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn't exit and into a blue light that did.
            “All right, you mother f**ker!”
            “Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you're supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story)."
            DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner.  Jenny covered Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.   
            "Grrrrr," emanated from Jenny.  It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn's dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house.  It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate.  No one moved.  The spaceship’s door slid shut.
            “Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.”
            “You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight off Lacy Dawn.
            Stay between them.
            “Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I'm old enough -- like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend -- what you call it -- my fiancé.” 
            “You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce. 
            “MOM!  Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.”
            Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.
            He ain't got no private parts, not even a little bump.   
            “DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancé, DotCom.”
            Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.  
            “Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.” 
            I will need much more training if I'm ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.
            “Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”      
            Jenny's left eye twitched. 
            DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…    
            …(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There're a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain't complained since the shots started -- not even with an upset stomach.”
            "He's a doctor?" Jenny asked.
            “What's your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know.  You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that's different -- even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.”
            “Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said.
            “So?”
            Mommy's right. Maybe I need a different argument.
            A fast clicking sound, a blur of motion, and a familiar smell assaulted them.
            "What's that?" Jenny asked. 
            She moved to protect her daughter from whatever threat loomed. Brownie, who had been granted 27 / 7 access to the ship, bounded over the orange recliner, knocked DotCom to the floor, licked DotCom’s face, and rubbed his head on Jenny’s leg. He then jumped onto the recliner and lay down. His tail wagged throughout. Jenny sat down on the recliner beside Brownie and looked at Lacy Dawn.
            “But, you were crying when I first came in. That thing was hurting you.” Jenny shook her finger at DotCom to emphasize a different argument against him.
            “Mommy, I'm so happy that I couldn’t help but cry. My man just came home from an out-of-state job. I didn't talk to him for a whole year. Before he left, he told me that he wasn’t even sure if he'd be able to come home. I still don’t know what happened while he was gone. We ain't had no chance to talk. All I know is that he's home and I'm sooooo happy.”
            “Your man came home from an out-of-state job?” Jenny patted Brownie on his head, some more and some more…. 
            It's unusual for a man to promise to come back home and ever be seen again. Brownie likes him and that's a good sign. Maybe she's right about him helping Dwayne. Something sure did and it wasn’t me. It is a nice living room. They've been together for a while and I ain't seen a mark on her. That's unusual too. He ain't got no private parts and that's another good thing. Hell, if I get in the middle, she’d just run off with him anyway. I'd better play it smart. I don't want to lose my baby. 
            “What about his stupid name?” Jenny asked.
            “I’ve got a stupid name, too. All the kids at school call me hick because my last name is Hickman.”
            “My name was given to me by my manager a very long time ago. It represents a respected tradition -- the persistent marketing of that which is not necessarily the most needed. I spam…,” DotCom said. 
            They both glared at him. 
            "Dwayne is sure to be home. I don’t want him to worry. Let’s go,” Jenny said. 
            “Okay, Mommy.”
            “I love you, DotCom,” Lacy Dawn stepped out the ship’s door, which had slid open. Brownie and Jenny were right behind her. 
            “I love you too,” DotCom said.
            Lacy Dawn and Jenny held hands and walked down the path toward home. The trees didn’t smile -- at least not so Jenny would notice. On the other hand, no living thing obstructed, intruded, or interfered with the rite.   
            Jenny sang to the Woods, “My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up.  My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up….”



Excerpts of Two Book Reviews – Gold Medal Awards

Awesome Indies:
“…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.”




Readers’ Favorite:

“…Full of cranky characters and crazy situations, Rarity From the Hollow sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved… Robert Eggleton is a brilliant writer whose work is better read on several levels. I appreciated this story on all of them.”


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Public Author Contacts:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-eggleton-909b154b?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

About the author:
Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines. Author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment. 

Raising Awareness: 
This book is also special in that the author proceeds support child abuse prevention.

Review: Poems for Kids and Me

25806733 Poems for Kids and Me by Jessie L. Best
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a copy from the author for review. This in no way effects my review*

Blurb: This children's book of poems is bound to delight young poetry lovers with colorful illustrations that bring the characters to life.

Meet Gunther Troll, a favorite playmate, or climb aboard the Ballabooga Train with Martin Mouse on his weekly run to pick up passengers who shop for candy, apples, and even spider wings. 



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: Wildcat

31943639 Wildcat by J.P. Harker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a copy from the author for review. This in no way effect on my review.*

Rhianwyn of the Caderyn is conflicted about giving up a warrior’s life to become a wife and mother, but her love for her new husband is enough to at least make her consider it. However, with the conquering Gaians moving ever closer to her homeland a peaceful life may no longer be an option, for Rhia or for any of her people. With rival tribes, old suitors, and the dangerous General Lepidus to contend with, Rhia soon finds her new family in unprecedented danger, and her choices now must be about more than just herself...

Wildcat takes place in a fantasy land inspired by Iron Age Britain and follows Rhianwyn's story as she encounters a civilization unlike any she could imagine, and is constantly forced to learn and adapt through trial after deadly trial.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: Assassination Classroom, Vol. 01

21412045 Assassination Classroom, Vol. 01 by Yūsei Matsui
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The students in Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High have a new teacher: an alien octopus with bizarre powers and unlimited strength, who's just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth - unless they can kill him first!

Meet the would-be assassins of class 3-E: Sugino, who let his grades slip and got kicked off the baseball team. Karma, who's doing well in his classes but keeps getting suspended for fighting. And Okuda, who lacks both academic and social skills, yet excels at one subject: chemistry. Who has the best chance of winning that reward? Will the deed be accomplished through pity, brute force or poison...? And what chance does their teacher have of repairing his students' tattered self-esteem?





Review: Children of the Sea, Volume 3

7326756 Children of the Sea, Volume 3 by Daisuke Igarashi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ruka is traumatized when Sora disappears into the night sea right in front of her. But although she refuses to speak of the incident, the meteorite Sora made her swallow is not so silent. It whispers to her from inside her body, and with its guidance she leads Umi and Anglade into the open ocean in search of answers. Surrounded by the sea, Ruka starts to see glimpses of the past that help her understand how Umi, Sora, Jim and Anglade all came to be connected.









The TBR Book Tag


How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Goodreads is where I list all the books I plan to read...and those that I want to read if I ever get time XD I also keep a stack of books by my bed, and a list on my kindle for books I plan to read next. Because I read a lot of library books, I also try to read them in the order I get them, so that is another way I keep up with what to read next.

Is your TBR pile mostly print or e-book?

Ah...haha well I have a TON of both to read, but I'm sure I have twice the number of ebooks, since I get so many from authors and on sale.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. I read all the other Narnia books, but haven't gotten around to reading this one yet. When I started, I just read the ones without movies, and so skipped this one. Since Narnia was the first book/series ever on my TBR I really need to read this XD

A book you recently added to your TBR pile?

My latest TBR add was this one. I found it scrolling through my Goodreads updates. The cover is stunning, and the blurb sounds really good!

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Bartender Jason Bishop's world is shattered when his estranged father Daniel seemingly commits suicide, but the greater shock comes when he learns his father was a secret agent in the employ of the Invisible Hand; an ancient society of spies wielding magic in a centuries-spanning war. Now the Golden Dawn; the shadowy cabal of witches and warlocks responsible for Daniel Bishop's murder, and the death of Jason's mother years before, have Jason in their sights. His survival will depend on mastering his own dormant magic abilities; provided he makes it through the training.

From New York, to Paris, to worlds between worlds, Jason's journey through the realm of magic will be fraught with peril. But with enemies and allies on both sides of this war, whom can he trust? The Invisible Hand, who've been more of a family than his own family ever was? The Golden Dawn, who may know the secrets behind his mysterious lineage? For Jason Bishop, only one thing is for certain; the magic he has slowly been mastering is telling him not to trust anybody.


A book in your TBR pile strictly because of its beautiful cover?

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While maybe not beautiful, I love this amazing cover! It was a total cover buy, and while I haven't gotten around to reading it, I am excited to see how it is!

A book on your TBR pile that you plan on never reading?

I...don't think I have any. I remove books off my TBR if I don't want to ever read them, as that defeats the purpose of a TBR for me. I only add books I would like to eventually read, and while there are some I'm in no hurry to read, I still plan to read them one day.

One that was on my TBR that I no longer have any desire to read are Cassandra Clair's Shadow Hunter books. I'll read her other works, but have no desire to read any of her main works.

An unpublished book on your TBR you’re excited for?

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. Yes, I know—I'm a minority but I'm just excited to get that much more time in the ToG universe! While I wasn't crazy with Chaol after CoM he has since redeemed himself in my eyes, and I look forward to seeing him and other characters from this amazing world!
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A book on your TBR pile that everyone’s read but you?

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Yes I know, the shame! I was only ever banned from reading two books/series growing up. Twilight and Harry Potter. Odd, since it was for religious reasons, and my mom knew I loved mythology and fantasy (so magic!) but these two were on her "No-no" list. I was talked into reading Twilight by some people I hung out with, but never got around to HP. That's something I hope to fix soon, now that I'm out of their house.

A book on your TBR everyone recommends to you?

Most of my YA choices? XD But to pick one...


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As I said, I have quite a few YA and fantasy titles that I hear about all the time, but this is one that I hear about a lot, and am really excited about!

A book on your TBR you’re dying to read?

All of them? (Well most at least! XD) I'm pretty excited about Harry Potter, and Shatter Me, but other books...


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I only realized one of my favorite movies was first a book earlier this year, and I can't wait to read it! I love Howl's Moving Castle, and it's my favorite Studio Ghibli movie. (Spirited Away is my second favorite.)

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

Don't go there... haha Right now? 5,284


How many books are on your TBR pile?

Physical books? 236 plus whatever is on my Kindle.

Review: Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Vol. 01

13570 Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Vol. 01 by CLAMP
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 SAKURA AND SYAORAN RETURN!

But they're not the people you know. Sakura is the princess of Clow - and possessor of a mysterious, misunderstood power that promises to change the world. Syaoran is her childhood friend and leader of the archaeological dig that took his father's life. They reside in an alternate reality...where whatever you least expect can happen - and does. When Sakura ventures to the dig site to declare her love for Syaoran, a puzzling symbol is uncovered - which triggers a remarkable quest. Now Syaoran embarks upon a desperate journey through other worlds - all in the name of saving Sakura.







Promo Blitz: Taking Chances


Welcome to my stop on the Taking Chances blitz hosted by RABT Book Tours!



Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 20 June, 2017
Publisher: Carolina Blue Publishing

Katie Fitzgerald learned the hard way about love. She vowed to never get involved with a doctor at work, and when she did, he broke her heart. Older and wiser, Katie is serious about never getting hurt again. Dr. Flynn Reynolds, staff cardiologist at Windsor Falls Memorial, just might be the man to change her mind. Attraction explodes between the two from their very first meeting. But Katie is determined to protect her heart. Will Flynn 
convince her to take another chance?

 Excerpt

Katie's fair skin flamed. "I do not like him. I'd have sex with him in a heartbeat, but I don’t like him."

"Interesting. I'm not sure whether to be insulted or turned on."

Katie closed her eyes again. She wished the earth would open and swallow her whole. But even in her alcohol induced haze, she knew she wouldn't be that lucky.

"What makes you think we were talking about you? You're not the only man here." Still no sign of the floor shifting. Drat! She could use a little help from the universe about now.

“Well, you were sitting between Quinn and me. I had a fifty-fifty shot."

Katie opened her eyes and glared at Flynn. A devilish grin lit up his handsome face. The worst part was that everything she had said was true. But Flynn didn’t need to know that.

Mustering as much dignity as she could, Katie stood up. She wobbled a bit but didn’t fall. "Whatever. I'm assuming you've looked in a mirror, Flynn. You know you’re hot. Every woman at Windsor Falls Regional has a crush on you for goodness sake."

"I never noticed."

She scoffed. “Right. I must have imagined the flirting with everyone with a pulse then.” After smoothing a hand down her dress, Katie grabbed her purse. "I think I'll be heading upstairs now. I need a nap." She walked away, head held high and thankful for a graceful exit. Which was a great plan until she stumbled on her flip flops. She would have sprawled on the ground if Flynn hadn’t been there to catch her. With one strong arm around her waist, he scooped her up and tossed her over his shoulder in a fireman lift.


Kimberley O’Malley is a recent transplant to Charlotte, North Carolina from the frozen North. She is learning to say y’all but draws the line at sweet tea. Sarcasm is an art form in her world. When not writing, she is a full-time nurse and part-time soccer Mom, but not necessarily in that order. She shares her life with an amazing husband of more than twenty years, two teenagers, and one very sweet Shetland Sheepdog, Molly.

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Twitter: @K_OMalley67
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Monday, July 24, 2017

My Monday #8

Well, I only went to the library twice last week, and only managed to finish one book this weekend. I spent the weekend with my mom and family, so I didn't get much done, but I was glad spend some much needed time with her and my little brother and sister. My stepdad was also in a good mood, so I had a good time.

I just got home today, so I also missed posting my Sunday's Spotlight, but will make it up next week 😉

I had a great visit with my new dr. (who I was glad to find out is both a woman, and Christian,) so I think I'm going to stick with her! She changed one of my meds, and I already feel a lot better, and she is talking about using a food supplement in place of my other med to avoid some health risks, so I'm looking forward to getting that worked out.

I also got a reply from my penpal, and will mail out my reply tomorrow, as well as going to the library since I didn't go today.

I also have ideas for two new candles that I hope to get started on when I get paid again, so if you are interested in any of my candles, and shop updates, feel free to follow my Instagram @tangentadventures

Blog Tour: The Last Gambit


Welcome to my stop on the Last Gambit blog tour, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours

The Last Gambi
by Om Swami
Genre: YA Coming of Age
Release Date: February 2017
Harper Element (Harper Collins)

Summary:

Success by design is infinitely better than a win by chance. Vasu Bhatt is fourteen years old when a mysterious old man spots him at a chess tournament and offers to coach him, on two simple but strange conditions: he would not accompany his student to tournaments, and there was to be no digging into his past. Initially resentful, Vasu begins to gradually understand his master’s mettle.

Over eight years, master and student come to love and respect each other, but the two conditions remain unbroken – until Vasu confronts and provokes the old man. Meanwhile, their hard work and strategy pay off: Vasu qualifies for the world chess championship. But can he make it all the way without his master by his side?

Inspiring, moving and mercurial, The Last Gambit is a beautiful coming of age tale in a uniquely Indian context.

Review: A wonderful story about mentor and student. When Vasu qualifies for the biggest chess competition, he learns things about himself, his mentor, and chess! Well written, this story is a great read!
About the Author 

Om Swami is a monk who lives in a remote place in the Himalayan foothills. He has a bachelor degree in business and an MBA from Sydney, Australia. Swami served in executive roles in large corporations around the world. He founded and led a profitable software company with offices in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Sydney and India. 
Om Swami completely renounced his business interests to pursue a more spiritual life. He is the bestselling author of Kundalini: An Untold Story, A Fistful of Love and If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir. 
His blog omswami.com is read by millions all over the world.