Tuesday, August 27, 2013

REVIEW of THE LAST KISS BY M.R. MURPHY

Ever wondered what it felt like for that last Kiss?

Will it linger on your lips or will you want more?










Book Blurb

When time and distance had separated them, Raeve and Aidan look back to the past and clear the way for the future. Once again, time threatens their love as Aidan prepares to leave for his next mission. Can two star-crossed souls learn to overcome the past in just a few days and pick up where they left off? Or are they doomed to travel the same road once again? Only time will tell...




  My Thoughts


The Last Kiss by M.R. Murphy is a beguiling love story. Raeve and Aiden find each other, fall in love only to be torn apart by circumstances beyond their control.    Raeve is a woman who never thought much of herself, she continued on with her life only for it to be full of hurt the kind that is hard to come back from.   Finally she is able to rid herself of the evil that has tried to destroy her life.  She again finds herself in the strong comforting arms of Aiden, but will it last? This beautiful story just goes to show that a love by two people who go in different directions can reconnect once again.  This story made me cry, made me angry which are all emotions made to come alive from a great story teller.  M.R. Murphy is an author to keep an eye on in the future.


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Monday, August 26, 2013

INTERVIEW with BEN HATKE



AUTHOR BIO

Ben Hatke is an artist, writer and comics creator. He is the creator of the Zita the Spacegirl graphic novels and a contributor to the Flight Anthologies. Ben learned painting through studying the Italian Masters and by training at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence.

He lives and works in Front Royal, Virginia with his lovely wife and growing family. He loves swords and whistles and juggling and adventures. Breakfast is his favorite meal of the day.












Being able to go to the American Library Association Conference two years ago gave me an opportunity to see what was new out there.  This is where I fell in love with the drawings of Ben Hatke.  He had this adorable book and the main character was a spunky young girl.  I won't go into detail because I want you to read his books, but I of course read them in a day and fawned over the illustrations.  So without further ado, let me introduce you to Ben Hatke, author and illustrator of the Adventures of Zita the Spacegirl.




















1.  This is the last Zita book.  What can we see from you in the future?  Do you have any new graphic novels in the works?

I wouldn’t say this is the LAST Zita book.  The third book definitely completes a trilogy and ends a chapter in Zita’s life, but I am already thinking about a second trilogy.  She’s too vibrant of a character to say “okay now my adventures are over.”

In the meantime though, I am working on another graphic novel project and I will have a couple picture books coming out starting in 2014. 

2.  You have a big family Ben.  What's next for the Hatke clan?

It’s funny, I still think of us as “The Little Hatke Family,” but i guess we’re starting to be a crowd.  We are currently trying to have a house built on 9 acres of land on the Shenandoah River.  We travel a fair amount and it’s also likely that we’ll be traveling through the winter until sometime next year when the house is finished.

3.  How did you come up with the name Zita? 

Zita is a bit of a family name.  It comes from a Medieval saint named Zita who lived in the region of Italy where my wife’s family came from.  There is a very beautiful statue of Saint Zita in a town called Pontremoli.
The Zita from the books is a little different, though. 

4.  Your daughter likes to draw dragons.  You must have a very talented family. Are there any other artists in the family?

I think we’re all artists!  Not a day goes by that I don’t see the girls all gathered around the table drawing pictures and making stories.  Even my wife, Anna, is working on a very intense sci-fi novel project,

5.  Who is your inspiration for the Zita books?

That would be Anna.  The Zita that we see int he books is a lot like her.  She makes friends easily, and is incredibly lovable, but she’s also capable of dropping a planet on her enemies.  Like Zita, Anna is high energy and a little impulsive.

6.  When not drawing what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Oh gosh.  Jumping off rope swings, juggling, gymnastics… basically anything active.  When I’m writing and/or drawing I have to sit still, so when I’m not doing those things (and when I’m not reading) I like to be moving around.  I guess Anna’s not the only one who is high energy...

7.  What so you consider the biggest accomplishment in your life?

Wow… that’s tough.  It’s not really one thing so much as the fact that I feel like I’ve been able to break a lot of the rules of being a grownup.  I’m stressed out sometimes, but the fact is, I work at home, and I get to make stories and art.  I travel enough to keep me happy, and I’m somehow able to raise a moderate sized family by doing this.

8.  If you had the chance to go to another planet what would you do and what would you hope to see?

Oh man!  Now we’re getting to the good stuff!  What I would DO is probably whatever the most experienced person on the ship told me to do.  (I’m assuming that in this scenario I am not in charge of a space ship because NO ONE would put me in charge of a space ship).  I would be happy with ANY glimpse of another planet, but im my heart I would hope to see some kind of life.

9.   Did you take any art classes or are you a natural?

For a long time I worked as a self-taught artist, but I have spent a small amount of time training in Italy, and also I’ve designed for myself different academic self-study courses.  I try to enroll in painting and life drawing classes every couple of years to keep myself learning.

10.   What is the weirdest thing that you have drawn?  What was your inspiration to draw it?

Oh nothing beats the weird, crazy things you draw when you’re a kid.  The inspiration is to make the other person at the table laugh uncontrollably or shoot milk out his or her nose.  We had a character called the Peg Legged Fox that was pretty cool.  He was a fox with two peg legs, two hook hands and an eyepatch.  I don’t know what his deal was.



Please click the link below to follow Ben on his blog. I promise it is quite a joy to read what he posts.  I can tell you I enjoy it immensely.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Knotted Roots by Ruthi Kight Blog Tour



An Excerpt from Knotted Roots


“I’m not running from anything, Chase,” I spat his name at him, hoping my words would make him release me.  “You need to let me go.”
“I can’t do that.  Ya need a friend right now, and it seems I’m the only one volunteering for the job.” I have friends! Lots of them!  Well...I had friends.  Before I came down here.  I hadn’t actually heard from anyone from back home since my last “chat” with Amber.
I jerked my arm out of his grasp and tried to stare him down, but he was better at this game than I was. “You think you’ve got me all figured out, don’t you?  You’ve known me all of a couple of weeks, but you know me better than I know myself, right?” I wrapped my arms around my midsection, trying to hold the pain I was feeling inside.  “What’s the point of all of this? Why the hell do you care?”
He shook his head, completely exasperated with my dramatics.  I wanted to open up to him.  A part of me was screaming to grab hold of him and tell him everything, but that damn wall I had built around my heart just wouldn’t let me.  Even after all these years, Kevin was still winning.  “Maybe one day you’ll get it Roxie.  Maybe one day you’ll see that there are genuinely good people out there.  People who aren’t out to screw ya over or hurt ya.  But until then, you’re going to be one very lonely young woman.”
He walked away from me, his hands fisted at his sides.  I wasn’t about to let him get the last word, even though the rational part of my brain was yelling at me to shut up.  “You don’t know shit Chase Matthews! Not a damn thing!” I yelled to him, but he ignored me, continuing on his path.  I kicked at a rock on the ground, sending it skittering across the dirt.  It should have made me feel better, but it didn’t. 
The only thing that would make me feel better right then would have been grabbing that infuriating boy and holding him to me.  Even after everything that had just happened, all I could think about was kissing him.  I let out a frustrated growl and then stalked off in the direction he had gone.  I didn’t need him at all.  I just wanted him, and that was so much worse.











Partying with friends and scoring a flawless tan is about all Roxie has on her list of things to make her Hampton's summer perfect.
Her parents, however, have other plans and Grandma Betty's farm is just one of them.
Just as her life is in shambles and the quaint town is suffocating her, she meets Chase.
Somewhere in the mix of bummer summer and small town doldrums, he becomes the boy she can't seem to avoid falling for. Just adding him to the picture, her stay starts to get better, even if she knows it has to end with the summer holidays.
That is until Betty drops a life-shattering bomb.
Roxie must make a choice that will change her life forever. What happens when a spoiled brat from New York learns the true meaning of love, loss, and forgiveness?
Can Chase and Roxie find a way to be together or is this just another summer romance?


Ruthi Kight currently lives in her hometown of Columbia, SC, with her fiancé and five year old daughter. She has an unhealthy addiction to books, music, and chocolate, but not necessarily in that order.

When her dream of being a rock star didn't work out, she focused on her other passion: writing. She is the author of Knotted Roots, a YA Coming of Age story, and is currently working on two other novels that are due out this year.


Tour Schedule for Knotted Roots by Ruthi Kight (A TTC/B2B tours event)..
August 4th ~  The O'Raven ChroniclesBecca Anne's Book Reviews ~
August 5th ~  Oh My Shelves
 August 6th ~  Kelly P's Blog
August 7th ~  BookEnd 2 BookEnd ~ YA Aholic Reviews
August 8th ~  Tams Two Cents ~  Zee Book's Blog
August 9th ~  Book Dream Land ~ Jean Booknerd
August 10th ~  Kat's ReadDiana's Lagniappe books


Book Info-
Title-Knotted Roots
Series- Knotted Roots Book # 1
By-Ruthi Kight
Genre-Young Adult Romance
Release Date-March 29, 2013

Blurb-
Partying with friends and scoring a flawless tan is about all Roxie has on her list of things to make her Hampton's summer perfect.

Her parents, however, have other plans and Grandma Betty's farm is just one of them.
Just as her life is in shambles and the quaint town is suffocating her, she meets Chase.
Somewhere in the mix of bummer summer and small town doldrums, he becomes the boy she can't seem to avoid falling for. Just adding him to the picture, her stay starts to get better, even if she knows it has to end with the summer holidays.

That is until Betty drops a life-shattering bomb.

Roxie must make a choice that will change her life forever. What happens when a spoiled brat from New York learns the true meaning of love, loss, and forgiveness?

Can Chase and Roxie find a way to be together or is this just another summer romance?

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About the Author:
Ruthi Kight currently lives in her hometown of Columbia, SC, with her fiancé and five year old daughter. She has an unhealthy addiction to books, music, and chocolate, but not necessarily in that order. When her dream of being a rock star didn't work out, she focused on her other passion: writing. She is the author of Knotted Roots, a YA Coming of Age story, and is currently working on two other novels that are due out this year.

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