A Break From

Sweet Spring Break.   You will mostly be a break from my day job although I have work to do there for which I will be sneaking into school and completing later this week.  Not that I really want to, but lesson plans have to be written and prep.  Such is the life of a teacher.

The life of a writer is also similarly never ending cycle of work.  This week, I make no promises on what I will be accomplishing on various writing projects.  I will be writing, but school breaks tend to be horrible times for me to write as everything I put off during the school year gets shoved into a break.  I do promise to do a lot of reading.

Recently, I finished the “Art of Asking” by Amanda Palmer.  I own both the book and the audio book.  I can’t recommend the audio book by enough.  It is like having Amanda Palmer speak directly to you.

Currently, I am listening to the audio book of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and narrated by Scott Brick.  And reading the Mummy Congress: Science, Obsession, and the Everlasting Dead by Heather Pringle which is an invigorating look into the lives of the preserved dead.

After that, I am not sure. I have a lovely stack of to be read books waiting for my attention.  Although, I expect to be distracted by the latest offering by Edward Medina. Bones, Crowns and Gaman is the second novella in the Adventures of the X Pirates series.  The first book is the Demise of Foxy Jack which is available on Amazon Kindle. There is also a prolog entitled a Murder of Crows.

Alethea Kontis will be releasing the next book in her Arilland series on the 28th.  Sadly, this is the day that I go back to work so I will have to wait to dig into it.

If you need something for your reading list, check out my book, Blood Child, on Amazon.

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Lu Friday’s Bookshelf

Misc 081Well, dear readers, I once again have a Kindle thanks to the generosity of a friend (Thanks Mr. Scott).  I have finished one book and am half way through another one.  In the morning before work, I am sitting down with my coffee and reading as I finish my breakfast. It is a relaxing way to start the day. I admit that leaving my books has been pretty hard this week, but to work we must all go.

Entera Files by Leanna Renee Hieber ~ A week in and I wish there was more time in the day to read.  Unfortunately, there is this little thing called work that gets in the way.  From the days after the assassination of  Abraham Lincoln to the streets of London, this story continues to delight and intrigue me. I can’t wait to see where it goes. The language is beautiful and the imagery amazing.

Here is the description of the book from Amazon:

London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assassins and con men, and a traveling circus. Spire’s chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes.

The Demise of Foxy Jack (Adventures of X Pirates of Book 1)  This is the latest book by Edward Medina and I can’t wait to read it.  Medina writes with the zeal of  showman and the talent of Shakespeare. You can find an excerpt on his blog, Just Sayin’.  The Demise of Foxy Jack follows up where the Murder of Crows left off. The second installment of the new X-Pirate series is coming out soon and I can’t until the next one and I haven’t even read this one, yet.

Want to add my book to your pile, Blood Child? It is available on Amazon. What’s on your reading pile? Come one, don’t leave a girl hanging…

Lu’s Bookshelf

With the death of my Kindle, I have gone back and forth between using the phone app and solid tangible books.  The app isn’t perfect and I would love to own a new Kindle, but it isn’t in the cards right now.  And even when it is, I know now that I will never give up my old fashioned smelly books. There is nothing like reading a physical book.

Here is what is on my to-read pile:

Entera Files by Leanna Renee Hieber ~ I started reading this one last night and I am officially hooked.  From the first page, I want to know what is going to happen to Miss Clara Templeton, a gifted sensitive, and a member of a team of scientists, theologians, magicians and philosophers hunting for way to protect the nation’s leader from harm. Set in the period after the civil war, this novel is promising to take me on an amazing journey.

Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton – I have lost track of the number of times I have read this series.  This is the fifth installment.  It is just before it takes a turn for the erotic. Anita is ass deep in trouble not of her own making.  At this point in the series she isn’t the hero that she will later become. She is a gifted animator (zombie raiser)  and vampire slayer. She comes through with the grace and stubbornness that we will come to expect in the later books.

The Demise of Foxy Jack (Adventures of X Pirates of Book 1)  This is the latest book by Edward Medina and I can’t wait to read it.  Medina writes with the zeal of  showman and the talent of Shakespeare. You can find an excerpt on his blog, Just Sayin’.  The Demise of Foxy Jack follows up where the Murder of Crows left off. The second installment of the new X-Pirate series is coming out on the 28th and I can’t until the next one and I haven’t even read this one, yet.

These are the books that fueling my inspiration this week. What about you?

Book Review: A Short Story with an Excellent Vintage

MH2The Corpse Of Madeline Hill By Edward Medina

I love plays on words and people who play with them as well, which is why I always jump at the opportunity to read something by Edward Medina. So when he said he was coming out with a story for Valentine’s Day, I was ready and waiting for the Corpse of Madeline Hill to be released and late last night it was.

So here we are back reviewing new releases on Friday’s.

And what a lovely place it is.  A quaint grave yard at the end of a quiet lane. Elites buried next to no bodies with as Medina writes “No walls nor fence or gate encircles it. Whatever unrest exists here is free to come and go at its pleasure.”  And on the top of hill buried here is the tale of Madeline Hill. A tale that every ghost lover must read. It is the tale behind a mystery. One forgotten over the years not due to the weight of time, but because the story was really too horrible to retell. It was easier to try and bury it then deal with the consequences of looking the other way.

But, Madeline Hill is not a woman to be ignored.  It doesn’t matter that she’s dead. She will be heard and her revenge felt long after her death.

Edward’s classical storytelling style with its lyrical style is at  play through out the tale, although there are a few tiny bumps. This story continues his recent trend towards dark and sexy storytelling.  I love the references to wine making as well as the historical ones to the Civil War and classical themes; honor and loyalty versus self-interest and greed.

I encourage you to read this story,  because it is honestly one of the best short stories that I have read in a long time and reading it will encourage him to write more like it.  I for one would like to see a novel written with the same skill, passion and artistry that this story was written with, because honestly this story like his last short story release left me begging for more.

His decision to release it on Valentine’s Day makes it the perfect gift. You can pick up this wicked little Valentine for only $0.99 on Amazon.

Loving Free Books…

This evening on the way to teach my evening classes, I thought about how much I am in love with two new books.  Well, one of them isn’t new new, but both are new to me (kind of like my car). Then I was a bad teacher and checked Facebook.  So rather than a poem or a post on the books I am reading, I am starting information on a book that I reviewed a couple of months ago. Why because it is free today.  And free is awesome.

But, if you take advantage of this offer and love the book as much as I did, please be kind and leave a review for the author, Edward Medina.

Edward Medina, Native New Yorker and Kick-ass Author
Edward Medina, Native New Yorker and Kick-ass Author

Awilda – 

Here is the description from  Amazon..

This short story from Amazon bestselling author Edward Medina was originally intended for an anthology submission. But Edward fell in love with Awilda, and decided to keep her all to himself. Now it’s time for him to share her with you.The story of Awilda is an urban paranormal trip through the mind of a dedicated hunter. A hunter specifically designed to kill a very particular form of vampire. Believing it to be her mission since birth, Awilda puts a meticulously planned set of events in motion in order to eradicate the world of this infestation. Good girl by day, holy terror by night, Awilda is not the type of woman you’ll soon forget.

Awilda is intended for mature readers.

Awilda: A Review

AwidlaBook: Awilda (short story )

Author: Edward Medina

Price: $.99

Available: Amazon

Where authors promise something sexy and delicious then leave their readers wanting…Edward Medina delivers.

Edward Medina, author of It is Said and Murder of Crows, has taken his storytelling to a new level.

It is also a move away from the youth adult genre, but then again Medina has never been comfortable with being labeled, according to his published interviews. His style has always been smooth and polished, but this latest work is so smooth it is intoxicating. I couldn’t put it down, and have read it twice, since that bittersweet first night I encountered Awilda. I can understand why Medina couldn’t let go off her. I hated leaving her.

Medina’s command of language and vocabulary weaves a seamless tale. He describes her as “a demure young lady of twenty-six…, with an indefatigable mind in a myriad of places. She was very pretty. Not too thin. Not too heavy. She was a bit on the tall side with lots of leg. Her flesh was creamy white with light pink tones. The vampires loved her for all those lovely attributes.” Readers will also be drawn to her for those reasons as well as the way Medina brings her to life.

The tale is a journey through the mind of an incredibly dedicated vampire hunter specializing in a distinct type of vampires. A type of succubus, or so the story implies, whose favorite meal is a succulent virgin.

Edward Medina
Edward Medina on his home turf.

Her day job as a librarian leaves her nights free to perfect her skills, while using the books she cares for to help her strengthen her mind and develop strategies. I loved that detail after having worked in a library for six years. Librarians like teachers are creatures whom the general public are intensely interested in, and much time is given over to speculation about private lives. Students like to think that their teachers have no lives and live in school. Yet, they know that they must have a life outside the classroom. So they fantasize about it. Awilda gives a peek into that secret life beyond the cardigans and pencil skirts.

Awilda is no ordinary hunter having killed her first vampire at six. Her second when she was just thirteen. Buffy the Vampire Slayer has nothing on Awilda, who is patient, and disciplined, as well as gifted with a sixth sense when it comes to dispatching the undead. Proud of her kills she maps them to help her end the vampiric infestation.

Medina uses his knowledge of the Big Apple to create a rich urban story that doesn’t play to the usual notes, where everything urban is about thugs, and gangs, or the uber-rich and polished. Awilda is a sophisticated tale in its layers which delicately unfold in this short-story. I wish it had been longer, but like every word Medina uses I am sure there is a reason… one that will delight and entrance in future Awilda stories.

It would be a cliché to say that nothing is what is seems, but there is a twist to this delicious tale making the ending truly amazing, and one which I solemnly swear not to reveal. Independent authors like Medina need readers to support for their work, and this project, as well as his others, genuinely deserves it.

For a free excerpt of the Awilda visit his blog ~ Just Sayin’….;) .

Preview from Another Pen

A wonderful excerpt from a book sure to become a classic.

Just Sayin'... 😉

early_morning_rowboat

Warren Bronck had had enough so he took a rowboat out to sea. He had grown tired of all the jibber jabber, folderol, and twaddle of the populous at large. All he wanted was a place to fish that was all his own. All he wanted was some peace and quiet.

Everyone knows that pelicans are natural fishers of the seas. Everyone knows that they are jovial, even-tempered, celebratory creatures. Warren Bronck was a pelican, but he was none of those other things. If you encountered him in the morning he was usually grumpy. By evening he was normally using a great deal of salty language.

Other than his temperament Warren was a striking figure of a pelican. He was tall, big chested, and had a deep rich voice. To most, he seemed distinguished and charming. In truth he was such a master of the obvious and ironic that no…

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