Things Mysterious

Today it is my pleasure to bring you a little something different.

A raffle copter giveaway,

A new novel by Matthew Chabin to explore.

Plus his tens list!

So please read on, discover a new book and don’t forget to keep reading for the Ten’s List down below!

And without further ado, Things Mysterious by Matthew Chabin!

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Title: Things Mysterious
Author: Matthew Chabin
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Keywords: Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Mortality, Literary

Blurb:
Dasan Garret is a disappointed man. Recently divorced and just returned from a traumatic tour of duty in Iraq, he moves back to his hometown of Portland, Oregon only to find himself unexpectedly alone. His old friends are all gone, moved away, locked up, or dead. Women seem to occupy a parallel universe. With no community and few prospects, he takes a job as a night watchman and withdraws ever deeper into the shadows of his mind. Until one day when he meets Edenia, and she lights up his world like a bolt of pure energy. She seems perfect: vibrant, gifted, kind, sexy, a sudden and unlooked-for reprieve from the sad ruin of his life. And yet there remains a nagging sense that something isn’t right. Could it be that he is merely slow to trust the happiness she offers him? Or is there something behind that waver in her laugh, that fleeting look of sadness in her eyes?

The mystery deepens when one day Edenia disappears. Dasan believes he must find her in order to go on living. But to find her again, he will have to confront a devastating truth about her life, and his.

Bio:
Matthew Chabin was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and grew up in Portland, Oregon. He served four years in the US Navy as a ship crewman, journalist and public affairs liaison. He studied literature and philosophy at Southern Oregon University. After graduating in 2010, he started teaching English abroad, working in the Czech Republic and volunteering with the Dalai Lama’s affiliate organization, Tibet Charity, in Dharamsala/Mcleod Ganj, India. He currently lives in Nagano Prefecture of Japan with his wife, Marie, and cat, Futa.

His work has appeared in Gravel: A Literary Journal, Southern Pacific Review, Piker Press, and Black Denim. He is the author of a memoir, Equaling Heaven, which he hopes to see published in the near future.

Matthew’s Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matt.chabin

Link for Things Mysterious on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25438629-things-mysterious

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Top Ten TV Shows With Great Writing
Disclaimer:
I watch a limited amount of TV, and I know there are a lot of shows with reputedly great writing (Madmen, comes to mind) that I simply haven’t made time for. I don’t mean to slight any shows that didn’t make the cut—I’m sure they’re great—and certainly the ones that did reflect my personal tastes as much as anything. That said….

10) The Sopranos
The flagship series that launched HBO’s golden age, the success of the show owed as much to the writing as to the cast. Some of the later seasons suffered meandering story lines and general sprawl, but overall this was one of the most memorable, best written shows in recent history.

9) The Shield
This West Coast crime drama, centered around an indomitable and corrupt cop, begs comparison to the Sopranos. I give it priority of place because it stayed tight and followed through with a much more assured ending.

8) South Park
Even after eighteen seasons, South Park can still deliver laughs and biting social commentary. In its prime it was the funniest and arguably one of the wisest running satires on American life ever to air on TV. If you’ve watched the show regularly and never once felt uncomfortable, you’re probably a psychopath. If you weren’t frequently reduced to tears of laughter, check your pulse.

7) Twin Peaks
David Lynch’s miniseries of small town corruption and supernatural noir was a weird and daring masterpiece of early 90’s small screen. Twenty-five years later, Showtime is bringing it back, which Lynch signed on to direct an 18-episode sequel. Here’s hoping they do it right!

6) Game of Thrones
An indulgent choice, perhaps, but I love this show. It brings a hard-core respectability to the fantasy genre by going medieval on view expectations. The source books’ author, George R. Martin, has done his homework, drawing on the violent histories of old Europe the same way the Sopranos and The Shield’s writers mined the American underworld. It may not be Tolkien, but its riveting good entertainment for our day.

5) Louie
Another example of what happens when talented writers are trusted with creative control, Louie C.K.’s eponymous series is a rare delight. It routinely takes the viewer beyond the comfortable bounds of network comedy and into surreal, almost existential essays of uncharted territory. Behind the humdrum New York scenery and unprepossessing human specimens, you can feel how relentlessly driven this show is, how its animating genius hungers for authenticity like a fat man in line at a pizza parlor. If it falls a little short of polished, aesthetic perfection, one gets the feeling this is a calculated move, a concession to something, like Kafka’s truncated narratives.

4) Boardwalk Empire
A brilliantly conceived, aesthetically perfect, superbly written drama, Boardwalk Empire made very few mistakes in its five season run. If anything, HBO pulled the plug too soon, and the shortened last season felt rushed. Even so, the resolutions were beautifully orchestrated, crowned with a sense of transcendent, karmic gestalt that very few shows manage to pull off. This show had the strength of its convictions and repaid the viewers’ investment at three points or more above the vig.

3) The Wire
There are a number of reasons why you could argue for a lower ranking on this one. The second season was weak. The focus drifted. The dialogue wavered between inspired and ho-hum (consider the often forgettable and seemingly random quotes that opened each episode). And yet this was one of the most addicting, intriguing, and downright moving dramas ever put on television. I think the reasons have to do with the writers’ passion and commitment to realism—not just for the sake of street cred, but born out of a missionary sense of purpose, to tell it like it is in the heart of beleaguered urban of America. The Emmy Awards set only injured their own reputation when they snubbed this one year after year. But those who were watching remember.

2) True Detective
Plenty has been said about this highly intelligent, atmospheric, incredibly intense police drama. Apart from some scattered, uber-jaded dismissals from somewhere beyond the Crab Nebula (it must be lonely to be that cool), the only cogent hit against this show was its lack of strong female characters. That’s fair, but the exclusion followed partly from the sniper-like focus on the two male leads (a year after watching it, who can name any of the other characters, male or female?), and will apparently be redressed in the second installment, set to air this summer. Personally, I think art this good gets a lot of leeway in dictating its own terms.
1) Deadwood
For all the great television HBO has given us since, they never really atoned for the sin of shuttering one of the greatest shows ever after just three seasons. Creator David Milch drew on such weighty works as The Book of Job and Moby Dick to craft his themes, and achieved a result worthy of those influences, television that sinks deep in the way of great literature. The profane, elaborate, architectural dialogues posed a challenge for many viewers, but at its best it could be staggeringly powerful and terribly funny, often both at the same time. I leave you with a taste….

Al Swearengen:

“Her husband came here with childish ideas. Bought himself a gold claim with me an honest broker. Claim pinches out, which will happen. But he can’t take it like a man, has to blame somebody. Sellers left camp, so he picks on me. Says he’ll bring the Pinkertons if I don’t offer restitution. I got a healthy operation and I didn’t build it brooding on the right and wrong of things. I do not need the Pinkertons descending like locusts. So I bend over for the tenderfoot cocksucker. Reconnoiter your claim fully, I say. And then, if you’re still unhappy, I’ll give you your fucking money back. And the tenderfoot agrees. Just as he’s finishing his reconnoiter, cocksucker falls to his death, pure fucking accident. But up jumps the widow in righteous fucking indignation. Wants the doctor to examine him for murder wounds. My vision of locusts returns. I see Pinkertons coming in swarms.”

Noah’s New Room.

I love the fact that as I get older I get to enjoy books out of my normal reading area. Today, i’ve brought you a lovely treat by the talented Jenna Lyn Field. Her new book Noah’s New Room looks like a fun treat. Scroll on down to see a bit more about it.

Noah’s New Room, the second release by children’s author Jenna Lyn Field is available now in both print and Kindle!

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Noah isn’t happy when the time arrives for him to have his own space. Luckily, Noah’s mummy knows just what to do. Noah’s New Room is a great way to help with this transition in any child’s life.

This beautifully illustrated, full-colour book is a great addition to any child’s library.

Grab your copy today:

Amazon US | Amazon UK

What’s more: Buy a copy in paperback and get the Kindle edition for FREE!

You can also add Noah’s New Room to your Goodreads.

Other titles by Jenna Lyn Field:

The Rabbit With Terrible Habits

Coming Soon from Jenna Lyn Field:

Colour Me Funky – Alphabet: Graffiti

About the author:

Author of children’s picture books, Jenna Lyn Field is the pen name of adult author J.A. Belfield. She lives in Solihull, England, with the best husband in the world, aka Mr B, a couple of back-chatting but pretty cool kids, a pooch she treats likes the baby of the house, and a scrawny cat that drives her insane.

Jenna also writes adult fiction under the name J.A. Belfield.

Find her here:

Amazon | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Love’s Sorrow free? Not possible, but still…

Yes, you read that title right…

Love’s Sorrow is FREE on Kindle!! 

Be sure to share this offer with your followers & cyber buds…it’s only available for FREE download until Friday!

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Love’s Sorrow
Means of Mercy #1
by Terri Rochenski

Release Date: April 21, 2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Keywords: Romance, Historical, Series, Civil War, Scotland, 19th Century, America

Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed. 

Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow’s unrelenting waves of grief.




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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT LOVE’S SORROW!

 

5 Harleys!! – Harlie’s Book Reviews

 

“Do yourself a favor and buy this book.  Put it on the top of your TBR pile and spend a day with Anne and Gavin.  You will feel gutted, stunned and just plain open-mouthed in the end.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you but this book is not to be ignored.  Ms. Rochenski has written a brilliantly, in some ways brutal, book that everyone must read and then come back and cry with me.  Only 7 months until the next book.”

 


 

 5 Stars! – Amazon Review

 

“This is not a cookie cutter romance that can be found in every bookstore. I applaud Terri Rochenski for writing the truth about Love. It can be faked, and people learn everyday in all walks of life that they have been used by people that they thought loved them.

 

I’m excited to see Anne’s journey continues with Love’s Revenge. It is a book I’ll definitely read.”

 

5 Stars! – Amazon Review

 

“I have to admit when I read the blurb and first started reading Love’s Sorrow I though it was a very well written but run of the mill historical romance, but don’t be mistaken I do not at all regret reading this book in fact I am avidly awaiting the next installment and believe me if I could help Terri Rochenski in any way for it to be out earlier I would.”

 


 

4 Stars!  Amazon Review

 

“If you want a feel-good, not-too-realistic romance, don’t read this book. If you want a realistic depiction of London in the 1800s, society’s prejudices, people’s selfishness and love and all its agony, this is the book for you.”


It’s a feel good book kind of a day.

There is a conversation that comes up on occasion in more than one writer’s group that I belong to.
I usually let it slide.
Cause that’s what I do.
But now I can’t.
You see, the debate is on fluff or not fluff.
To read for just pleasure or for a huge plot that will change time as we know it.
Now I like a well-written book that contains a lot of emotion.

Of characters that grow and change and fall in love while getting their doctorate while juggling a full-time career.
But that’s not what this is about.
You see, I read fluff and I’m proud of it.
I read Robert Asprin’s Myth Conceptions until the book fell apart.
Piers Anthony’s Xanth series is still in the back bedroom.

One of my never to get destroyed or thrown out section. Duct tape and all.
I was first in line to buy Patricia Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles. (Still waiting for the September download darn it!)
So while others diss the fluff that others are writing, I won’t.
These books got me through my childhood. Through a nasty divorce.
I now read them to rediscover a part of me that was lost. The innocent part of me who saw more good than she does evil.
I read them to cheer myself up. To have a good moment in an utterly cheerless day.
You see with fluff books, I don’t have to worry if Skeeve will figure out his magical mystery (hint…he always does), or if Gleep will run away or if Buttercup will turn into a dragon for real.
I read for escape.
Yes, there are times when only Dune will do. When I feel like diving into the twisted mind of Frank Herbert, to dwell on living in a desert surrounded by my enemies. Where every action and thought is dwelled on until my own head begins to spin.
But there will always be times when only a great, I’ve read it before, feel good book does the trick.
What’s your feel good book? Do you have a secret section on your Kindle or in your bookshelf library? Fess up. Share a few!

J is for Jaden Zarie

J is for Jaden Zarie. She’s a one in a million fire talent capable of producing an enormous Fire Balls.

She’s married to Draven Winterbourn, the sexy shape shifting King of the Dragon-Changers.

That’s right people. Jaden married a freaken dragon.. and she likes it!

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Skydreamer Sneak Peek Wednesday, May 14

As you know i’m giving you sneak peeks into Skydreamer. Excerpt number 5 is one of my favorites.

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“We won’t need another Travel Sphere,” he says. “I know a short cut. Everyone on board.”He reaches for Adania and she takes his hand, clutching her handkerchief tight to her chest with the other. Serious blue eyes watch his every move. “Need help getting in?”

Draven doesn’t wait for an answer. He picks her up and tosses her high in the air before catching her and placing her in the front seat. Her infectious giggle rings out like bells. He surprises me by spinning me around before sliding me down his hard body. His kiss brushes my lips just as my feet touch the ground, then I’m in the air again and plopped down next to Adania with a resounding whoosh.

“Now,” he says, grinning, “this is the most important thing to remember.” He reaches over my shoulder to ruffle Adania’s hair. “Don’t fall out.”

Draven disappears toward the back. For a few moments, all is quiet. Then, the wagon lurches forward and my stomach drops to the souls of my feet.

“The ground is moving!” Adania screams. “We’re in the air!”

Above us is the smooth underbelly of a huge black dragon and all I can do is stare in awe. When Adania squeals to be set free, I realize Isla is clutching her arm so tight, the delicate flesh is turning red. “Isla, ease up on the grip, Adania isn’t going anywhere.”

In truth, we’re packed so tightly into the narrow front seat, there is little fear of any of us moving so much as an inch. I lean over the side to absorb the never-ending view.

My gaze follows the long, winding river stretching across the mass of greenness, which is the Plains of Ovlur beneath us. While over our heads, directly above us, is my husband. Flying. I’m married to someone who can change his form with a single thought and can fly.

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For fire talent, Jaden Zarie, life is far from a fairy tale. Blisters from any contact with water, check. Sleeping in a shed behind your greedy Uncle’s house, check. Ex-boyfriend scouting the bar where you work for one-night stands every night, double check.

When Jaden sets off to secure a new life with her two sisters, winning a contest with a huge pile of gold on the line seems like a quick fix.
Getting hitched to Draven Winterbourne, King of the Dragon-changers, and finding true love was beyond anything she could have hoped for.
But a friend turned enemy threatens to take it all away. When Jaden is thrust into an alternate universe and separated from her new husband and her sisters, she must summon up the courage to start over, alone, knowing she may never see any of them again.