Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Welcoming Author Claudia Y. Burgoa

Getting By (A Knight’s Tale I) by Claudia Y. Burgoa is a new-adult contemporary romance novel, published February 18, 2014. 

Synopsis:

When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.

Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19305020-getting-by

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Knights-Tale-Claudia-Burgoa-ebook/dp/B00II6IKLO

This is the first book in the 4 book series.  The second book will be released later this year. 



About the Author:

Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story. Claudia writes romance, sci-fi, and fantasy. She has published two novels: Where Life Takes You and Getting By. Claudia is currently working on Standing By, the second book in the Knight series. For 2014, Claudia plans to released three, perhaps four novels. 

Q "If you weren't the author, just a reader in a book shop - what about this book would draw you in - the cover, the blurb, the writing style or all of the above?"

A "The cover and the blurb are the first that entice me. If it's a new author or someone I haven't read before; then I'll read a few pages from the middle to see if I like the style."

Website: http://www.claudiayburgoa.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7202946.Claudia_Y_Burgoa

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClaudiaYBurgoa

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yuribeans


EXCERPT OF GETTING BY


“You sure about being here?” She nodded, answering my question. Then I slipped one of the migraine pills in her hand and opened a bottle of water. I noticed that Mom and Dad had walked over to Gaby, who waited for them on the corner of the street. After gulping her medicine and water, she handed the bottle over to me. “Text me if you need me to pick you up earlier, Pretty Girl.” She nodded again and I kissed her temples. “Liam, can you walk her to the shop, please?”

Mitch couldn’t hold his tongue any longer, and spoke up, saying, “What was that about?” I glared at him. “Mom being too quiet is scary, right? You want to throw her at her own game? Am I next to be extremely nice with Emma, as if she was my girl?” I grinned, he got me. “Pointers for it to work. Try to change your concerned look, stop drooling and perhaps Mom might believe you.” I narrowed my eyes. “Yeah, it was that obvious since we hit the hotel restaurant at eight this morning, Jay. You were too couple-like. Let’s run you through the breakfast highlights.

“You spotted the girl and ran to her whispering in her ear, giving her a stupid smile I’ve never seen you wear before.” I smirked, remembering the fork, and snorted. Ignoring me, he continued, “At breakfast you two were sitting too close for comfort. Not even Mom and Dad were that close. The best part wasn’t the medicine errand you ran for her. No.” No? I put a hand on the back of my neck and continued listening to the play by play that made me look like a moron in love. “The freaky part, where everyone dropped their jaw at the table, was when Emma reached toward your plate and grabbed strips of your bacon.” I shrugged, what was wrong with it? “Not once, but several times. No one is allowed to touch your food, Jake. Ever since we were little, you hated it. Yet, Emma touched your food, and while she was doing it, you were a millimeter from kissing her. You two are too comfortable with each other, and the daunting part, Jake, is that the two of you fit so well that you don’t realize how wrong everything looked for the ones that don’t know about your relationship.”

“Or for the ones that know you two broke up,” Liam added. I didn’t notice when he came back. “The parental units are suspicious, Jake. Come clean and put some space between you and Emma before Mom chooses the wedding location and makes Dad buy the two of you a house next door to theirs.”

“Did you have to deal with the TMI all the time, Li?” Mitch shivered after Liam nodded with a blank stare. “I never checked to see if the girl I slept with used the pill or not. Add to that the hot factor that she carries condoms in her magic bag.”

“It’s different when you’re with a girl for more than one n—” I rubbed the back of my neck. “Can we not talk about my girl?” I gulped after uttering the last two words and began to think about some form of rehabilitation to move on.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hope Swells Even In The Darkness: Review: Title: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Title: Side Effects May Vary
 
Author: Julie Murphy
 
Blurb: What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?
 
When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.
 
Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?
 
Julie Murphy’s Side Effects May Vary is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.
 
Review: I have heard that some (not all) found this title to be disappointing because they felt it didn't quite reach the mark on the emotional scale (I am rewording, not quoting) however in my personal opinion that didn't bother me. It was a pleasant experience to read a title that tugged at the heart strings not because of what the character had been through but what the character was still going through. It wasn't tainted by an unoriginal plot, while yes it did use a common plot - the author still changed it up to suit her book. I appreciated the fact that her characters weren't one dimensional and did have personalities that I didn't always like. I also appreciated that I could be touched by a book that didn't leave me in tears.
 
Alice is a likeable character yet, she is also an unlikeable character due to some of her actions, yet I liked her more for that fact - simply because by the time the last page has been turned Alice has not only been through every emotion possible to man - she has pulled through with those lessoned learned and is in the motion of putting a foot forward to behave differently to how she had in the past. It seemed her near death experience wasn't the huge obstacle for her, it was the fact that after giving up and believing she was going to die any day was simpler, easier to deal with -  remission was a huge leap from giving up to realising she was going to live. It was a punch to the stomach finding out she was going to live and would have to deal with the consequences of her prior actions - well isn't that just the kicker when you loose all hope, you get some - except while she should be dancing in glee, jumping up and down (probably inside as she is tired) that she has made it, that she is going to live. - Instead she was floored by the realisation that she was going to have to face what she has done, that finishing her bucket list isn't such a relief anymore.
 
I believe that for a debuting Author this was a fantastic novel to begin with - It had Heart - It had Emotion - It had Beauty, Both Beautiful and Ugly - It had everything that makes a great novel. For me, this title was a great novel. I finished it quickly, and I finished it feeling that the story of Alice had come to a full circle. The struggle of surviving an illness that Alice believed was going to be the end of her, fighting through emotions that swell against her - swarming her with other people's expectations, consequences and what was once unimaginable - The Future. For me; it left me with a resounding notion - Hope always lingers, hope of survival, hope of forgiveness and hope of the possibility of love. 
 
All I have to say about Harvey is - What a Guy. Patient, Kind and All of the Above.
 
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Show 'n Tell You Give = We Give 2014 - Week 18

Show 'n Tell You Give = We Give 2014
Week 18 out of 52
Goal: 500 Books
The Progress Report
Current Book Count: 84
How much did I spend: AU$15.00 

Titles Purchased: 5 Copies


Title: Snow White x2, The Little Mermaid x3 and Finding Nemo x1

More Information about You Give = We Give

What made me decide create You Give = We Give? 

The You Give = We Give event’s primary focus is placing a book into the hands of a stranger, into the hands of someone who may not be able to afford it or perhaps hasn’t got access to one. I want to brighten the smiles on as many faces every Christmas by placing a book into the hands of those in need, because developing a love of reading really does open many doors, whether that be writing their own story or becoming an illustrator or even becoming a reviewer like myself. A novel or picture book takes the reader into another word and has the ability to open someone’s eyes and spark a fire of brilliance into anyone’s imagination.
Where are the donations donated? 
The Kmart Tree is partnered with the Salvation Army:
"Our sole charity partner, The Salvation Army, rely heavily on the Appeal to service the needs of their clients, with hundreds and thousands of people expected to need the support of the Salvos this festive season."

 If you would like to donate and get involved in the weekly donating (posting each Friday what you have donated to this event):
You can donate via the PayPal donation Button on the right side bar - Please leave a message below that you have donated so that the next Show N' Tell Post can showcase what has been purchased with the $$$ donation and who (you) has donated to the event. 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Show 'n Tell You Give = We Give 2014 - Week 17

Show 'n Tell You Give = We Give 2014
Week 17 out of 52
Goal: 500 Books
The Progress Report
Current Book Count: 79
How much did I spend: AU$15.00 

Titles Purchased: 3 Copies


Title: Spot's Busy Days x2 + Spot's Fun Week x1

DONATION MADE: 5 Copies Purchased.

Harry O'Connor - $50 Donation Made: 

Purchased with Donation: 

2x Dangerous by Shannon Hale











2x The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass novellas by Sarah J. Maas 











Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers











More Information about You Give = We Give

What made me decide create You Give = We Give? 

The You Give = We Give event’s primary focus is placing a book into the hands of a stranger, into the hands of someone who may not be able to afford it or perhaps hasn’t got access to one. I want to brighten the smiles on as many faces every Christmas by placing a book into the hands of those in need, because developing a love of reading really does open many doors, whether that be writing their own story or becoming an illustrator or even becoming a reviewer like myself. A novel or picture book takes the reader into another word and has the ability to open someone’s eyes and spark a fire of brilliance into anyone’s imagination.
Where are the donations donated? 
The Kmart Tree is partnered with the Salvation Army:
"Our sole charity partner, The Salvation Army, rely heavily on the Appeal to service the needs of their clients, with hundreds and thousands of people expected to need the support of the Salvos this festive season."

 If you would like to donate and get involved in the weekly donating (posting each Friday what you have donated to this event):
You can donate via the PayPal donation Button on the right side bar - Please leave a message below that you have donated so that the next Show N' Tell Post can showcase what has been purchased with the $$$ donation and who (you) has donated to the event. 
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Show 'n Tell You Give = We Give 2014 - Week 16

Show 'n Tell You Give = We Give 2014
Week 16 out of 52
Goal: 500 Books
The Progress Report
Current Book Count: 71
How much did I spend: AU$5.00

Titles Purchased: 5 Copies.
Title: The Hunchback Assignments : Empire of Ruins.

Author: Arthur Slade.

Blurb: Talk of ancient Egyptian ruins hidden deep in the Australian rainforest readches Mr Socrates, and immediately he, his faithful servant, Tharpa, and his young agents, Modo and Octavia, leave London. Their destination: far north Queensland. 
But before they reach the site of the infamous God Face - rumoured to cause madness in anyone who gazes upon it - they are set upon by Miss Hakkandottir and her Clock Guild henchmen. their latest weapons are mechanical birds capable of delivering lethal poison, and they have no hesitation in using them on Modo and Octavia. 
Separated from his allies, Modo makes his way through the strange terrain, fighting for his very survival against unseen enemies. Can he prevent the God Face from getting into the hands of the Clockwork Guild and avoid an international catastrophe?

More Information about You Give = We Give

What made me decide create You Give = We Give? 

The You Give = We Give event’s primary focus is placing a book into the hands of a stranger, into the hands of someone who may not be able to afford it or perhaps hasn’t got access to one. I want to brighten the smiles on as many faces every Christmas by placing a book into the hands of those in need, because developing a love of reading really does open many doors, whether that be writing their own story or becoming an illustrator or even becoming a reviewer like myself. A novel or picture book takes the reader into another word and has the ability to open someone’s eyes and spark a fire of brilliance into anyone’s imagination.
Where are the donations donated? 
The Kmart Tree is partnered with the Salvation Army:
"Our sole charity partner, The Salvation Army, rely heavily on the Appeal to service the needs of their clients, with hundreds and thousands of people expected to need the support of the Salvos this festive season."

 If you would like to donate and get involved in the weekly donating (posting each Friday what you have donated to this event):
You can donate via the PayPal donation Button on the right side bar - Please leave a message below that you have donated so that the next Show N' Tell Post can showcase what has been purchased with the $$$ donation and who (you) has donated to the event. 
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