Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday Hops




This week’s theme is:

ANTONYMS (Pick 2 snippets that have an opposite i.e. if one sentence has OPEN the other should have CLOSE).


Pumpkin Roll 
The wrong way:
When she turned back, the screen door had closed. Did she dare open it again? 
Page 24 of Pumpkin Roll by Josi S Kilpack
The right way:
"The chain-type locks like they have on hotel room doors. They're far more effective at keeping people out than they get credit for. A swing bolt would be even better."

"We better get those pancakes off the griddle," she said, hurrying back to breakfast.
Both from page 59 of Pumpkin Roll


In conjunction with the release of Pumpkin Roll the author, Josi S. Kilpack, and the publisher, Shadow Mountain, are sponsoring a contest for a new iPad. To enter, leave a comment in the comment section of this blog before November 1, 2011. Winners will be announced and notified November 3rd 2011.
For additional ways to enter, go to www.josiskilpack.com

Third Sentence Thursday

Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to sculpts castles out of clouds!
Click the picture to go to Host, Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books Blog.

1) Take the book you are reading now and post the third sentence
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence here (in the comments) or if you don't have a blog, just post it in the comments!

Pumpkin Roll by Josi S Kilpack
Since I just finished this I will take the third sentence from the last chapter - no spoiler.

She attempted to sit up straighter, but between her shoulder, surgically repaired and supported by a fashionable foam-enhanced sling, and the stitched-up stab wound in her side, it was painful.

OUCH! Hope it is the bad guy.

And since we have been having more meltdowns and sensory issues than I care to think about I am still on , but almost finished, with the same books. So I will take the sentences from the chapters where I am. As you can see I am almost done and should be posting reviews shortly. Light a candle. :D

The Chosen One (Grimsley Hollow Series)

Grimsley Hollow by Nicole Storey
His father sounded worried. 
Chapter 23

Um, not a good thing. If dad is worried we all need to be worried. Maybe not as much as if mom were worried. If mom is worried there is a good chance she is wondering if you will survive dad's punishment. Dad being worried maybe it's about work or a safety issue with the family or  the house..but not punishment. Dad doesn't worry about your survival in that instance.

The Choice

The Choice by Lorhainne Eckhart
“Sam please don’t. That’s not how it’s done here.” 
Chapter 20


Does Sam need an instruction booklet? I hope this isn't a sex scene.

The Facts Speak for Themselves

The Facts Speak For Themselves by Brock Cole
I can hear her coming down the hall, her heels clicking. 
Chapter 10

Okay when you hear the heels clicking down the hall it is either the police, a female principal or a nun.  Possibly your mother, (in which case listen closer - is dad with her?) None of it is sounding good to me.

These should be finished by this weekend. I have added pages at the top for past  book reviews and a page for guest posts and short stories. Don't forget to check out the Halloween Fun guest posts. Today is author Ami Blackwelder with a Halloween excerpt from Shifters 2040. This is one of the books in the giveaway so check it out.

Please leave me a comment. I need an sane voice. 

Review of Pumpkin Roll by Josi S Kilpack



Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll by Josi S Kilpack
Paperback 361 Pages
Published September 7th 2011 by Deseret Book Company
* I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I received no compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my honest feelings.*
Back Cover:

Halloween Sale At The Wick'd Witch
Experience paranormal activity in your home?
Worried about ghost, ghouls or goblins?
Hearing voices? Slamming doors? Feeling a cold mist?
Maybe it's time for a quarterly cleansing...Hurry in now!

   Sadie Hoffmiller believes in her abilities as a cook and as a detective. She believes in the beauty of a perfectly baked pumpkin roll. She does not, however, believe in ghosts.
   As Halloween approaches, Sadie is looking forward to spending her favorite baking season of the year making delicious New England recipes in Boston Massachusetts, with her favorite leading man, Pete Cunningham, as they babysit his three young grandsons.When the boys insist that Mrs. Wapple, the woman who lives across the street, is a witch, Sadie and Pete are anxious to distract the boys from such silly  ideas.
   Sadie tries to befriend Mrs. Wapple, but when her foolproof plate of cookies fails to work its magic, she is left with more questions than answers. And Sadie has never been one to leave a good question unanswered.
The more she investigates, however, the stranger the answers become. And when Sadie learns the eccentric Mrs. Wapple has been attacked in her home, she knows time is running out. As the unexplained occurrences escalate, Sadie finds herself embroiled in yet another mystery with life-or-death consequences. Can Sadie discover whoever-or whatever-is behind the mystery before anyone else gets hurt? Or will this be the last time Sadie takes the case?

The Review:

I love when a mystery book makes you go ,"what?!" This book had a few things I wish had been wrapped up better but overall, it made me go, "what?!" after I thought I had it figured out. At least partially figured out. *Rueful grin and a shrug* The author was excellent at keeping the mystery until she was ready for it to be discovered.  It has been awhile since I had that reaction with a mystery.
This book is part of a series and while I enjoyed as a stand alone, I do wish I had read the ones before it. There were references that made me wonder what happened. The author did recognize this and gave enough information so the story would flow without you having to stop and read the others. I appreciated that. Ms Kilpack kept the story rolling so that your interest is held, without going over into the ridiculous. Since this is a mystery based in the fall, close to Halloween and with paranormal elements, it would have been easy to cross over.  However the author managed the balancing act and provided us with a book worthy enough to be call an awesome Halloween Treat. 
Another aspect of it that I loved were the recipes. There are nine really yummy recipes included along with some character tips on ways she experimented with them. As the book is based in Boston, Ms. Kilpack chose recipes such as baked beans and N.E. clam chowder. I loved making the Whoopie Pies, (Junior loved eating them). I have plans to try the rest of the recipes given.
The parts that I felt needed a bit more attention deal with the wrap up and some things that were left undone. As I do not wish to spoil things for you, I will not say more about them. Just giving you notice that you may notice not everything is wrapped up. This could also be due to the fact that this is a series, (I know one unwrapped part is definitely due to this so I am excluding that one). 
My rating on this is 4 3/4 of stars. I enjoyed this so much that I am now going over to get the previous books in the series. I have added the covers in order. Ms Kilpack has a new book in the series due out in early 2012 and I am definitely going to watch for it, (titled Banana Split). If you are looking for a fast, enjoyable mystery to read for Halloween, I highly recommend this one. 

Lemon Tart (Sadie Hoffmiller, #1) English Trifle (Sadie Hoffmiller, #2) Devil's Food Cake (Sadie Hoffmiller, #3) Key Lime Pie (Sadie Hoffmiller, #4) Blackberry Crumble (Sadie Hoffmiller, #5)
To Have or to Hold Her Good Name Unsung Lullaby Sheep's Clothing Surrounded by Strangers

For more information on Josi S Kilpack you can check out her out on, (links),  Good Reads, FaceBook, Twitter, her blog, What is a Sundial in the Shade? and of course her website, Josi S Kilpack.

She is currently hosting a giveaway for an iPad2 on her website, Entry Details .  I think that is awesome. Aside from the giveaway, and information about her books, you will find the recipes included in all her books available for free. There are also some events going on in Utah which makes me sort of wish I was back in Provo so I could meet her. Lots of cool stuff on there and her blog so check her out. Don't forget to enter her giveaway. It is easy - just leaving comments on participating blogs. I will be entering them as you all know I have been praying for an iPad for Junior to help with his autism. A list of participating blogs is on her site. I will add the link here for your ease.  Participating blogs for iPad2.

Please leave a comment. I am interested in what you have to say.

Halloween Fun with Ami Blackwelder


  
October 31st, Halloween -
  



Melissa Marn thought today of all days would be normal, as normal as her days could be now. Ever since she gave birth to hybrid twins --half shifter and half human-- she had been on high alert. The SCM (Shifter-Counterinsurgency-Military) could never find out. They wanted the hybrids dead. Her father could never find out. He might want her dead. But she risked it all ever since the day she found out she was pregnant. Something about the unborn twins in her belly called to her and made her believe everything would somehow be alright.

            Despite her mixed feelings about shifters, she finally gave into the compelling and engulfing love her hybrid twins had to offer her. She never would be able to have kids naturally anyway. This might be her only chance for children. And despite everything in the world telling her the shifters were evil and needed to be exterminated, she had a hint that they might be something more.

            Today was Halloween, and whatever the shifter were and whatever they weren't didn't matter. She and her twins would be able to finally blend into society with no questions asked. A sliver of silver in the eyes wouldn't look suspicious today. Stark-white skin would blend right in and the military might never even notice them. Yes, today she had nothing to fear. She could finally be free.

            Dressing up April and Arquet into two tiny wolf costumes, she couldn't be more proud. They looked like the picturesque perfect display of the baby wolves of Alaska. Occasionally they even growled. Melissa chuckled and tucked them into their carry-over-the-shoulder bags. As a single mom with two babies under the age of one, she needed assistance. The shoulder-bags came in handy. April sat up on mom's left side and Arquet plopped comfortably on mom's right.

            Two baby wolf heads popped out of the bag on each corner. Painted eyelids of silver and grey and a glued on black wolf nose with whiskers made the outfits complete. She met Bruce Wilder on the porch of her house just before heading out and he stopped her with a hand out-stretched.
            "Just two pictures. The three of you are too adorable to miss!" Bruce asked and Melissa rolled her eyes with a smile which meant yea, but hurry.
            Click-click.
            "Thanks, Mel. I promise I'll show no one. i know how particular you are about who knows you have twins."
            "Well, it's not like I can exactly publicize it." Melissa shrugged. "Right? I mean if the General ever found out I had twins, or my father! I don't even want to think about all the questions and innuendoes and how long…. or I should say how NOT long it would  take the SCM to track my twins down and find out they are hybrids."
            "Let's just focus on tonight. Halloween…my favorite night of the year." Bruce retorted with a glint of mystery in his pirate costumed eyes. With a red bandana tied around his forehead, he couldn't be more cute. Melissa tilted her head toward him and pecked him on the cheek.
            "Thanks for coming. This means a lot."
            "I wouldn't miss it!" Bruce winked and the four of them took off down the sidewalk. Bruce stayed close to Melissa's side and the two twins stayed tucked away as quiet as could be.
           
            Padding down the sidewalk Melissa noticed vampires, ghosts, goblins, princesses, and even more pirates. At least no one went as wolves, she thought. My twins and I are the most original. Maybe we will win the contest? She brushed her hand over her fake whiskers and straightened out her wolf tail from behind as she walked.
            Up the road Bruce pointed to the building marked Halloween Contest 2040! Entering, Bruce held the door open and Melissa bounced inside, holding her hands underneath each of her babies. Taking a seat in the back, the white round table offered a basket of fruit at its center while spooky music played in the background.
            "What do you think? "Bruce slid into the seat next to Melissa as the new mother placed each of her twins into a separate carry-crib.
            "About?"
            "About the contest? Looks good, huh? Told you it would be fun."
            "Well see. Music, food, drinks. Good start. But I'm still worried someone might notice my hybrids and take them for experimentation."
            "Don't worry so much, Mel. If anyone begins to look suspicious, just play your SCM card. That badge will scare the dickens out of anyone."
            Chuckling, Melissa took a swag of the white wine in the crystal glass in front of her. "I hope so." The worry lines in her forehead began to fade just a tinge.
            Babbling, April blew an air-bubble from her mouth and Melissa stood to watch with full concentration. "I love it when she does that. She is so adorable!" Dangling her fingers over April's cheeks, Melissa caressed her infant.
            "You never get that excited when I spit up." Bruce joked.
            Shacking her head with a grin, Melissa darted her eyes away from Bruce and to the announcer.
            "Tonight, we have thirty contestants for this year's Halloween Contest 2040!"
            "YEAH! " Cheers roared throughout the room.
            "Judges will walk around the room and examine the costumes and ask questions. When they have made up their minds, they will announce the winners. You have two hours to impress the judges!"
            "YEAH!" The crowd roared again.
            "Are you sure this is going to work?" Melissa fretted with a quirked brow aimed at Bruce.
            With flexing muscles and a kind smile, Bruce lifted Arquet into his arms. "If the judges don't place you and your twins in at least third place, there is something seriously wrong with the judges. Who wouldn't award a mama wolf and her two cubs a prize?" Bruce encouraged.
"You're right. I'm just so worried something will go wrong I guess."

            "Don't be." Bruce placed a plan over her quivering shoulder. "I've got an escape car out back just in case." he winked with a smart-ass smirk.
            "Ha-ha." Melissa retorted.
            "No, really. I do." Bruce straightened his grin into one fine line.
           
            Gazing up at the judges, the three decorated figures waltzed around the room as if ballerinas on stage. Each wore a more ridiculous costume than the one prior. The first judge with a red wig had on black eye-makeup under his eyes and ripped clothing and kept calling himself "Night of the Living Dead." The judge after him had on a black leather shirt and pant with a leash chain around her neck. She said since cat woman was in the house, everyone had to be on their best behavior and than flung her black leash whip at the floor.

            The last judge wore a white curly wig reminiscent of the old English aristocrats. His beige shirt buttoned from his neck to his lower belly button and with the white leggings underneath his knee-high grey pants and the dark grey suite jacket over the beige shirt, he could have been mistaken for someone in old England. But when he opened his mouth and revealed his sharp teeth, no mistake could be made. He dressed as a Victorian Vampire.   

            Fidgeting in her seat, Melissa waited patiently for the judges to pass by her. Each one took a careful glance at her twins and then at her, smiled and nodded. The first judge placed his finger over April's cheek and the girl spat up, forcing him to wipe his hands on the table napkin. The second judge made goggly-eyes at Arquet and when she was about to kiss the girl on the cheek, Arquet growled and made the judge jerk back with a shocked expression crossing her face.

            "Did you hear that?" The judge smacked the shoulder of judge one.
            "I did." Judge one turned back around to take a closer look. Playing with his pinky over Arquet's cheek, judge one stared at her sliver of silver in the irises for one moment too long. With a defiant growl, Arquet lunged forward and bit the judge on the nose. "Damn Child!"
            Bruce swung around the table and grabbed Arquet into his arms. "So, sorry. She has a temper this one."
            "You could say that again." Judge one added.
            Melissa eyed judge three as he stepped closer to the table and something in his eyes reminded her of her twins. A sliver of color that shouldn't be there. A step just a hint too graceful. Skin color just a tinge not human. But he was dressed up as a vampire, wasn't he?

            As Melissa heard judge one and judge two banter back and forth about whether the twins were the cutest costumes they had ever seen, or if they ought to examine them more closely for signs of shifter blood, the third judge made his way to April's carry-crib. Melissa felt faint, her world began to dim around her. Pheromones whisked about her like a bad-spell and she only had minutes left of a clear head.

            "What is it?" Bruce asked with a curled lip.
            "That judge?" Melissa stumbled out of her chair and toward April, her palm landing on the wood white table.
            "What?" Bruce darted his eyes from Arquet and to April and within seconds the third judge snapped April from the carry-crib and into his arms. "Let her go!" Bruce soured as Melissa screamed.
            "NOOOOO!"
            The third judge whooshed away from the table and toward the exit door in the back.
            "Get him! He's taking my baby!" Melissa hollered at anyone listening. The pheromones worked their way into her bloodstream and she felt herself heaving, and on the verge of tipping over.
            Bruce raced toward the strange kidnapper, but when he reached the exit door, all he could make out was a figure in the distance shifting into some kind of hawk who gripped April with his talons and took off into the skies.
            Returning with his head low,  Bruce walked up to Melissa with a frown. "i'm sorry. He got away. I…I…"
            "Brendan." Melissa hit her fist against the wood table as her body slid into the chair, unable to stand, unable to make sense of the dizziness that now encompassed her, the reality that now hit her in the face. Brendan had taken her child. And he would be back for Arquet. He promised he would take them. After all, he was their father.  


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Shifter Evolutions is a six part saga that begins with Shifters of 2040 and lets the reader decide to continue with the past or the future.


The Invasion of 2020 (Shifter Evolutions, #1) The SCM of 2030 The Shifters of 2040 (Shifter Evolutions, #3) The Hybrids of 2050: Belle Magnolia (Volume 4) The Hunted of 2060 (Shifter Evolutions #5) The Revolution of 2060 (Shifter Evolutions #6)
EVOLUTION Series - these books are part of the giveaway!!
The Mers
The Mers Series - Releases October 31st on Kindle and Nook!
 The Gate of Lake Forest Prisoners of Pride (sequel to The Gate of Lake forest) An Inquisition of Innocence (Guardians of the Gate, #3)
Guardians of the Gate Series
Glass Tears The Day the Flowers Died (Volume 1) Rain: Graphic Novella Like a Budding Flower The Water Jug  The Other Five Senses Christianity and Sensibility The Ancient Genesis The Moorhen Runt Sammy and the Magic Genie 
Ami has some awesome books planned for the future too. I can't wait! Ami has some seriously fun stuff happening on her blog so check it out. I was over there checking off my info for this and was so distracted by everything going on - she has contest, trick or treating, free reads. Once again to get to her website click this: Ami Blackwelder.

Please leave a comment. I love hearing from you and Ami would really appreciate it.