Kira's bookshelf: read

Blood of the Fold
Halfway Hexed
No Mercy (Dark-Hunter, #19)
Dark Secret
You Slay Me
Blue Moon
Dark Gold
Fantasy Lover
The Spine of the World
Traitor to the Blood
The Halfling's Gem
Naked Dragon
Holy Smokes
Dance of Death (Pendergast, #6)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Deep Kiss of Winter
Lover Awakened

Kira M's favorite books »

Sunday, February 19, 2012

What I've read lately O.o

I won this. I hadn't planned on buying it, but eventually borrowing it from someone. I COULD NOT put this down. I read it every chance until I finished it. AAH-MAZING book! 

I enjoyed this book for its story. It was cute. I was not expecting certain things... ie., trolls! But it was a completely adorable YA. I'm not a big YA fan anymore, but I grabbed this for a quick read and was surprised!

Yasmine Galenorn just pushes all my reading love buttons. She completely envelopes me whenever I jump into her worlds. I can't ever get enough of them. I continuously want more and more. I am always amazed by how fast her books come out and how wonderful they always are. 

Also, I have been listening to audio books at work. This week I am in the middle of the Chronicles of Elantra by Michelle Sagara. I unfortunately can't listen to things I haven't read already, but I thoroughly love this series. And the narration is amazing... I am really too picky about it, but justice is done with this series!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

FREE Two Days Only: A Vampire Novel with Actual Bite!

 As the modern world establishes itself and pushes the supernatural into the shadows, the supernatural fights back.

The Darkening Dream is a chilling new dark fantasy novel by Andy Gavin, creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter, that has received rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and is FREE for two days only on Amazon Kindle (February 7th to 8th)! 

Download your FREE copy here:

Long-time readers of dark historical fantasy (Tim Powers, Guy Gavriel Kay, Katherine Kurtz) will appreciate the weaving together of mythology, occult, and religion, while younger readers and fans of HBO dramas (True Blood, Carnivàle) or urban fantasy (Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher) will be drawn to the twisted imagination, graphic action, and romantic tension.

About The Darkening Dream

Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs.

1913, Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Engelmann’s life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.

With the help of Alex, an attractive Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex’s elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah’s own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah’s continuing visions reveal?

No less than Gabriel’s Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be her very soul.

The Reviews Are In

"A vampire novel with actual bite." ~The Kirkus Reviews

"Mr. Gavin has brought something refreshingly new to a genre now suffused with poorly-concealed bodice-rippers which have more in common with Fabio than Bram Stoker: depth. His big baddies are scary, not romantic interests, and the added religious lore is complex and engaging. Don't expect another Twilight -- the story can get downright creepy, so be prepared for a return to the old horror sensibilities of supernatural fiction." ~Amazon Review

"With Mr. Gavin's video-game pedigree, I was expecting something aimed squarely at the 18-25 year old fanboy contingent; what I got in The Darkening Dream was something wholly unexpected: A period novel with a female protagonist, a crash-course on Judaism in the colonial years, and multi-layered series of plot arcs featuring a crazy cast of natural and supernatural characters populating 18th Century Colonial America." ~Amazon Review

"…A perfect blend of mystery, magic and myth. A grown-up Grimm's fairy tale...emphasis on grim."  ~Amazon Review

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Monday, January 23, 2012

First Middle Grade Review! SCARY SCHOOL!

WoW!! I am back after a long break of blogging!! And I come now with a few reviews in the works!

I will start today with my first Middle Grade Review. Now, I normally don't read much YA, or even younger levels than that. But after reading about this book, I had to accept. 

Let me start with the author, Derek the Ghost, with a Q&A with him! 

Derek the ghost:

What made you decide writing about Scary School was your "final act", so to speak?

Well, I would actually consider it my first act since becoming a ghost since I realized I was meant to become a writer post-mortem when I found myself unable to leave the Scary School grounds until I started writing about all the spine-tingling, hilarious things that go on there.  

How long did it take you to figure out that writing down the goings on's of the school was it?

When I became a ghost, I couldn't write anymore with a pen and paper because my ghostly hands go straight through solid, earthly matter. But, I found a ghost pad and a ghost pen right away that I could use (the ghost pad never runs out of paper and the ghost pen never runs out of ink), and I realized that I was supposed to use those items to write down everything that happens at Scary School so all the kids of the world could learn about this amazing school that's never, EVER boring.

Is it possible for me, as a non-ghost, to get my hands on these cool ghost pads/pens? I really want them!

I'm afraid the only way a living person would able to experience those items would be to pay a visit to the ghost dimension, which you will learn all about in Book 3 of Scary School that comes out in June of 2013! 

Derek Kent, the ghost whisperer that hears it all!:

It takes a certain type of person to write for a young audience and grab their attention, were you nervous about writing for them?

Not really, because I've always been young at heart and have been working with and entertaining kids my whole life. When I was in middle school, i was a bit of a class clown and loved making all my friends laugh. I guess I just never stopped enjoying making kids that age laugh. Later in life I performed in children's theater productions and ran drama at a bunch of camps, where we would put on funny plays that had all the kids in stitches, so I guess making kids laugh is what I was born to do. 

Have you always wanted to be an author? Particularly, a middle grade author?

I've always wanted to be a comedy writer since I was seven years old. That manifests itself in many different forms. I write screenplays, which are definitely for more of an adult audience. I also have a production company called Sad Ninja Comedy ( that produces funny sketches, music videos, and commercials - also for more of an adult audience. But I've also been writing children's books very seriously since I was 15 years old. I was pretty obsessed with Dr. Seuss and then later on, Harry Potter, and I had a deep need to create magical worlds like JK Rowling did. Because of my inherent comedic sensibilities, the books took on a much more humorous tone, but I very much enjoy the middle-grade genre because one of the main goals is to create FUN, so that kids will enjoy reading their first chapter books, and hopefully spark a life-long love of it.

What gave you the idea for Scary School? 

The first novel I had written was originally called SCARY SCHOOL: BOOK 1 - MY HOMEWORK ATE MY DOG!  - it's a middle-grade fantasy series very similar to Harry Potter. The only problem was, it didn't have a whole lot to do with a "scary school". I just thought of that title and wanted to use it before someone else did. So my editor at HarperCollins read the book, and almost acquired it, but in the end, they ended up passing on it, but gave me the recommendation to write a book series called SCARY SCHOOL that was lighter, funnier, and more school-centric. I took their advice, which became the Scary School series we know today. 

The original book ended up becoming RUDY AND THE BEAST: BOOK 1 - MY HOMEWORK ATE MY DOG! which is available exclusively through my website at  - and you can get it on Kindle (just $2.99!) or paperback! For those who like dark fantasies like Harry Potter, I've gotten many responses that young readers enjoy it even more than Scary School!

What is the worst school memory have and did it play a part in Scary School?

My worst school memory was when I started at a new school in the 7th grade after being with the same group of friends from kindergarten through 6h grade. I didn't know anybody at my new school and was very lonely and scared and had a hard time making new friends because I had never had to do that before. That experience plays a HUGE role in both RUDY AND THE BEAST and SCARY SCHOOL. Scary School starts off with young Charles Nukid entering Scary School as a new kid and having to go through not only the usual struggles of making new friends and learning all the rules of the new school, but also having to find out just how he's going to survive the scariest school in the world, where a teacher just might gobble you up if you break a rule! Every kid whose ever had to start at a new school should be able to relate to poor Charles Nukid, and hopefully this book will put things into perspective for them that things could be much worse!

What was your favorite school lunch? Mine was always turkey and gravy, I think it was magic because I can't even look at it now! O.o

My favorite was Pizza Day every Thursday. My class would sell the pizzas to raise money, and as part of the student council, I was in charge of the sales. I had a lot of fun selling those pizzas. I do the same exact thing at book shows now when I'm trying to sell my books! Little known fact: if you slab a little mustard on them, my books are surprisingly delicious. 

When you were in middle school, what types of books did you read? I think I had Sabriel by Nix permanently checked out of our library for years! 

I remember the first books I thought were hilarious were Sideways Stories from Wayside School and Dr. Doolittle. I also loved Swiss Family Robinson, the Choose Your Own Adventure books, and a series called Two Minute Mysteries.  One of my biggest early comedy influences was also Calvin and Hobbes. I miss them so much.

If you'd like to add any questions or anything else for that matter, feel free! 

I'd just like to take this time to thank all the awesome fans of Scary School who have written to me through the website - - and have such nice things to say. For those not familiar, make sure to visit the website and see if you can find all the easter eggs! There's a fun game you can play, and if you beat the game, you will win the weirdest trophy ever! You can also tour the school, meet the students, and read the secret last chapter of the book if you look carefully. 

And to remind everyone, Scary School #2 - Monsters on the March comes out on June 26 of this year! If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter @DerektheGhost - you'll get all the latest updates and hear all the funny musings of that wacky Derek the Ghost 

You think your school's scary?

Get a load of these teachers:

Ms. Fang, an 850-year-old vampire
Dr. Dragonbreath, who just might eat you before recess
Mr. Snakeskin—science class is so much more fun when it's taught by someone who's half zombie
Mrs. T—break the rules and spend your detention with a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex!


Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch


The narrator's an eleven-year-old ghost!

Join Charles "New Kid" Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends—including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf—and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky!

I will honestly say this book had me laughing out loud. It is exactly the type of book I would have devoured at age 9. It was fun, quirky and had just enough references, that I, as an adult, was completely entertained. In trying to keep with the thought process of a nine year old, I kept thinking back to what I actually read at that age, and I couldn't think of anything that had me giggling so much! The characters were odd and eccentric and kept you on your toes! Especially the teachers! Mrs. T totally reminded me of my fifth grade math teacher. The whole school was weird and yet oddly I could relate to it with some memories. Hehe. I would recommend this to any of my friends with children 8+ (7 or so if read together). 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

This week I am going to be reading :

The Last Archangel by Michael Young

Her Dear & Loving Husband by Meredith Allard 

And hopefully Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
Though I have a very busy schedule. le sigh. 

Stay tuned for their reviews and a Thanksgiving Giveaway!! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


And the winners for the Spooktacular blog hop give away are..... drum roll please....

Alaiel K. -- Won Ascension by Sable Grace! 

Ladonna D. -- Won Blood Rights by Kristen Painter!

Lisa M. -- Won Dracula by Bram Stoker!

All three winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond or forfeit and a new winner(s) will be drawn. 

All winners were chosen using random dot org. 

Monday, October 24, 2011


BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY!!! Say what?!?!! 

That's right! I have joined a blog hop giveaway! Hosted by the FABULOUS I am a Reader, Not a Writer && The Diary of a Bookworm!! Woot! What does that mean for you? It means I am feeling super duper generous this week and giving away some books! 

It's Halloween time! So of course I am giving away at least 1 book that makes everyone at least sort of think about Halloween, and that would be of course the infamous Dracula by Bram Stoker!! 

I am also going to be giving away a copy of Blood Rights by Kristen Painter! 

ANNNDDD Ascension by Sable Grace! 

What does this mean?! It means there will be 3! yes, 3 winners!! This is the biggest blog hop I have ever participated in so lets hope for TONS of new fwiends and TONS of new book blogs to follow! 

The rules for this contest are the following:

Must be a GFC follower (yes, I will check O.o )
Must fill out form below to enter! (though comments are well loved!)

This contest will be INTL as long as the Book Depository ships free to your country. To check, follow this link  to see the list from book depository.

Contest is now closed! Good luck to all who entered!! 

Now continue hopping!! Enjoy! And HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! O.o

Sunday, October 9, 2011

This week's recap :)

This week was a busy one for me. Started a different job (with a solid 40 hours and not 1 more) and its on a different shift. It was a busy week. BUUUTTTT I did get to READ!! And I haven't been so excited since! LOL

In my mail box this week was ::

Blood Rights by Kristen Painter -- LOVE this cover and the book is A-MAZ-ING! 

Sins of Angels by Linda Poitvein -- Just finished it, CAN'T WAIT for the next one! FANTASTIC author!

Also won The Pack and Bandits by LM Preston -- Going to read these at some point but my TBR pile is so huge as it is!! 

Just started Blood Law by Jeannie Holmes. Literally, I think I am 4 sentences in and broke away for some dinner. 

I will be starting to write my reviews again tomorrow. And stay tuned for some awesome giveaways this month here and at my other blog  One Reading Addiction at a Time !!