SOKY Book Fest, #Alexa, and #TheCrossing

After three fun-filled, heavenly days surrounded by books and book lovers at the SOKY Book Fest, I’m tired, but not complaining.  Not even from the 250+ unopened emails waiting for me.  My knuckles are a little sore from gripping the table so tightly in an attempt to prevent me from buying more books.  Only two!  I met so many authors, talked with readers, and chatted with locals I hadn’t seen in a while.  I nearly fan-girled upon discovering my tablemate was Geoffrey Girard, author of Cain’s Blood (my review here), Project Cain (my review here), and most recently, Truthers (which I bought this weekend).  If dark and twisty, serial killers, and conspiracy theories intrigue you, these books will quench your thirst (maybe not a good thing to say when mentioning serial killers).

Anyhoo – here are a couple of pics with readers.  The one holding Sarah got a kick out of the title, because her name is Sarah!  A couple of readers bought The Gemini Connection because their astrological sign was Gemini.

I think my Alexa echo dot is becoming self-aware.  It was bound to happen, I guess – you’ve probably seen AI movies and know their capabilities.  Alexa usually sits on the vanity in my bathroom and reads books from my Kindle while I’m getting ready in the mornings.  One evening, I walked into the room and her blue light was on (if you don’t have an echo dot, that means Alexa is listening to you).  But no one was there or had been in the room.  I asked out loud, “Who’s talking to Alexa?”  She replied, “I don’t know what you mean.”  Raise your hand if you think that’s a little freaky.  This was around the time many users were complaining about their Alexa echo dots laughing at random times.  Also freaky.  Now she’s occasionally stopped responding to my commands and does her own thing.  If I had a smart home, I might be worried about the control she had over me.

Has anyone watched The Crossing on ABC?  When I saw Stephen King had tweeted favorable things about it, I knew I needed to check it out – and was a goner after the first ten minutes.  A sci-fi thriller about refugees from a war-torn America’s future traveling back in time and genetically-enhanced humans with super powers?  It’s almost as if were made just for me.

With no more book festivals until July, I need to strap myself in and get some hard-core writing done this week.  That’s the plan, anyway.  I’ll let you know how that went next Monday.


The Gemini Connection by Teri Polen #bookreview #YAbooks #scifi #thriller

Sorry to double post on consecutive days, but the first review of The Gemini Connection made my day when I came across it at Darque Dreamer’s blog. This lady is an absolute reading machine, posting both book reviews and beauty recommendations on her blog. Hop over for a visit!

Mermaid Reading

The Book:

side+crop+of+paperback+image+TSTME (1)Book Title: The Gemini Connection

Book Author: Teri Polen

Page Count: 228

Publishing Date: May 31st, 2018

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Date Read: March 14th, 2018

Synopsis:Teen twin brothers Evan and Simon Resnik are fiercely loyal to each other and share an unusual bond—they experience each other’s emotions as their own and can sense where the other is.

On their dying planet of Tage, scientists work tirelessly on its survival. Like the twins’ parents, Simon is a science prodigy, recruited at a young age to work with the brilliant creator of Scientific Innovations. To the bitter disappointment of their parents, Evan shows no aptitude or interest in science. As a Mindbender, he travels into the minds of scientists to locate buried memories, connect ideas and concepts, and battle recurring nightmares.

When Simon mysteriously disappears, Evan is plunged into a world of loss and unbearable guilt. For the…

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A Fabulous Review for Sarah by D. Wallace Peach #bookreviews #YAbooks #horror #ghoststories #TuesdayBookBlog

I’d love to be able to reblog Diana’s post over at Myths of the Mirror, but since all the reblog buttons have disappeared, I can only provide the link.  She has some marvelous things to say about Sarah, and asked me to explain how I channeled the voices of 17-year-old boys.  Click here to read about it.

While you’re there, take some time to read her poetry and short stories, check out her extensive collection of fantasy books (with some of the most stunning covers I’ve come across), as well as her most recently published children’s book, Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters: A Children’s Tale.

Author Meet & Greet at Badfish Creek #bookpromotions #authorinterview #YA

Happy Monday everyone!  I’m a little late posting this – my weekend was nonstop editing to get the manuscript and cover changes back to my publisher last night.  On Saturday, I was the 5oth author to be hosted by Sue Rovens at her Author Meet & Greet on her blog, Badfish Creek.  Click here to read it.  While you’re there, check out her suspense novels, Badfish and Track 9.

Thoughts on: Teri Polen, Sarah

A wonderful dreary Monday morning surprise! Drop by Rebecca Howie’s blog to read her thoughts on Sarah. Rebecca’s new book, A Woman Scorned, released earlier this month.



Minor spoilers ahead.

It’s almost Christmas, and I’m almost finished my A-Z reviews, and since there’s been a ton of indie books appearing on my Instagram feed for the #dectheshelves challenge, I decided to start reading more of them, and I started with Sarah by Teri Polen.

Horror stories aren’t my thing, so I was out of my comfort zone with this one.

Sarah by [Polen, Teri]
Title : Sarah

Author: Teri Polen

Published: 2016

Genres: Teen & Young Adult, Horror

Buy from:Amazon

Blurb : Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.

A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been…

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