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All My Friends Are Dead, by Jory John and Avery Monsen

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:

 

Title: All My Friends Are Dead

Author: Jory John and Avery Monsen

Genre: Unknown

What I liked: the pictures

What I didn’t like: nothing!

Recommended Read: Yes!

Rating: 5 stars

 

Synopsis:

 

If you’re a dinosaur, all of your friends are dead. If you’re a pirate, all of your friends have scurvy. If you’re a tree, all of your friends are end tables. Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a zombie. Cute and dark all at once, this hilarious children’s book for adults teaches valuable lessons about life while exploring each cartoon character’s unique grievance and wide-eyed predicament. From the sock whose only friends have gone missing to the houseplant whose friends are being slowly killed by irresponsible plant owners (like you), All My Friends Are Dead presents a delightful primer for laughing at the inevitable. Plus, this is a fixed-format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version.

 

Michelle’s Review:

 

This is a nice, short read with plenty of pictures to keep you laughing. The title really says it all, but you’ll be laughing from start to finish with this one. Honestly, the synopsis says everything the title doesn’t, so all I have left to say is yes, this is a 5 star read that I highly recommend.

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Dancing by Laurell K Hamilton

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:

 

Title: Dancing

Author: Laurell K Hamilton

Genre: Paranormal

What I liked: the glimpse into Anita’s life.

What I didn’t like: the lack of action

Recommended Read: Yes

Rating: 4 Stars

 

Synopsis:

 

For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn’t exactly plain vanilla – and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won’t be easy, even with almost-four-year-old Matthew Vespucci to break the ice…

 

 

Anita is determined to have a good time with her family, just like everyone else. But it doesn’t take long for tensions to rise among the adults and kids. And Anita will learn that gossip and innuendo can be just as dangerous as anything the undead can throw at her…

 

Michelle’s Review:

 

Though I enjoyed this short read it felt as though it was lacking something for me. Whether that was the lack of action or the length of the descriptions, I don’t know, but something was off with it. I did, however, enjoy the read, and it was nice to catch up with some of my favourite characters in between books.

 

Having said that, the length of the descriptions really make the short drag in places, and I felt like we could have done without a page and a half description for each well-established character. But when it came to some of the new characters, there didn’t seem to be enough description.

 

If you’ve got the rest of the series, however, it’s worth a read.

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Tuesday Teaser, Playthings

It’s that time of the week again, time for teasers.
This week’s teaser is from my latest short horror story: Playthings.

My heart was no longer trying to escape through my chest. Instead it was beating steadily, pumping in an even rhythm that was ready for excitement at a moment’s notice. Ready for the thrill, for the need to rise up and show my heart what it was really like to want to escape. And what it was like to be given the chance.

And currently, Playthings is free if you buy it through Smashwords through until the end of this month.

Check out more Tuesday Teasers at http://sherri-hayes.blogspot.com/2014/07/tuesday-teasers-readshare-excerpts.html

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Armchair BEA 2014: Giveaways!

Today is giveaway day at Armchair BEA, so to celebrate, I am giving away some ebooks. How many depends on how many people want them. And for the next couple of days, the second book in The Keepers’ Chronicles will only be $0.99.

 

Details below:

 

The Phantom Hour:

phantom hr cover

Mark has listened to his wife’s torments for long enough, and tonight he aims to shut her up for good.

But when the clocks go back, will his actions remain?

Or will the resetting of the hour reset his deeds?

Enter code: US68V until May 31st here.

 

A Glimpse Into Darkness:

A Glimpse INto Darkness

Set in the U.S.S.R in 1964, this short accompaniment to The Keepers’ Chronicles explores the missing years from book one. Lost without her mate, Serenity Cardea is barely clinging to what little sanity she has left. Every day is a struggle, and the only thing keeping her going is the family she surrounds herself with and her duties as protector of the balance between the races.

 

Deep in the Russian wilderness, the Wolves are in trouble. They’ve gotten on the wrong side of a group of vampires, and now their village has been burned to the ground. With Serenity’s help, they are forced to flee their home and start again.

Enter code: LY97K until May 31st here.

 

Last Chance sale:

Last Chance

With her race saved from the brink of extinction, Serenity’s life could not be better. Married, finally, to Ray, and back in London for the first time in a century, retirement isn’t coming easy. Being a housewife was never in her make up.

But when Lizzy calls to say the Keepers’ records have been stolen, retirement is preferable over the danger they now face.

Targets once more, Serenity’s isn’t inclined to sit back and let her brothers and sisters face the losses she witnessed, but the order to move an entire race comes at a price.

Whoever is behind the threat, they show none of the mercy The Seats once did. No broken families left to suffer the loss of parents, aunts, uncles. This time they’ve gone too far, and when they take the lives of the race’s children, Serenity’s mind is made up.

This time they will be no threats, no mercy.

This time there’ll be no survivors.

Enter code: RR87M to get it for $0.99 until May 31st here.

 

Some short stories that are free anyway:

 

Isolation:

Every six months, Amber and her friends head off to the beach for a night of drinking and fun.

But their plans soon change with what appears to be a horrific accident.

Things soon turn from bad to worse. And the question that remains is; was the death of their friend an accident?

Or is there someone else isolated with them, picking them off one by one?

 

Survival Instincts:

The happiest day of Leanne’s life turns sour, forcing her to run for her life.

 

The Perfect Gift:

Finding the perfect gift for friends and family is hard enough, but when your friends have such specific tastes, it can be murder.

 

So grab a free short story and get reading!

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Armchair BEA 2014: Expanding Blogger Horizons and Short Stories

Expanding Blogger Horizons

 

In which Armchair BEA is pretty much my entire expanding horizons plan! I’m not big on advertising and these fancy affiliate things where people can click through to Amazon and I get money for it. I’m more a let things plod along at a nice pace and see where it goes.

 

But for those who want to expand on what they’re doing, there are options. Advertising on sites, joining NetGallery (Where my new book The Stars Are Falling is currently), offering incentives, and contacting authors. The list is pretty much endless, and doing everything on it will most likely take over your entire life.

 

Short Stories and Novellas.

 

I’m pretty much going to ignore the Novellas part because I’ve never written one, and rarely read them.

 

But short stories is something I know a lot about! I love them. This whole blog began because I wanted somewhere to review short stories, as most bloggers seem to exclude them. I have no idea why, because if you’re ever stuck for something to read or have very little time or want to fill your blog whilst you’re away, short stories are awesome. Quick, easy to read. Quick and easy to write. Cost very little in comparison to some novels. What’s not to love about them?

 

For me, the cost of my short stories depends on the length. If they’re under a few thousand words, then they’re free. If they’re over that, then they’re $.99. I would much rather charge a low price for a short story than a high one.

 

Another advantage of short stories for authors is that they are a great, cheap introduction to your work. A small investment for a new reader to see if they like your style, your stories, and you in general.

 

All in all, I love short stories. And speaking of short stories, here, have a free one! It’s called The Perfect Gift, and it has literally just gone up on Smashwords.

tpg cover

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Dancing by Laurell K Hamilton

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:

 

Title: Dancing

Author: Laurell K Hamilton

Genre: Paranormal

What I liked:

What I didn’t like: the lack of action

Recommended Read: Yes

Rating: 4 Stars

 

Synopsis:

 

For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn’t exactly plain vanilla – and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won’t be easy, even with almost-four-year-old Matthew Vespucci to break the ice…

 

 

Anita is determined to have a good time with her family, just like everyone else. But it doesn’t take long for tensions to rise among the adults and kids. And Anita will learn that gossip and innuendo can be just as dangerous as anything the undead can throw at her…

 

Michelle’s Review:

 

Though I enjoyed this short read it felt as though it was lacking something for me. Whether that was the lack of action or the length of the descriptions, I don’t know, but something was off with it. I did, however, enjoy the read, and it was nice to catch up with some of my favourite characters in between books.

 

Having said that, the length of the descriptions really make the short drag in places, and I felt like we could have done without a page and a half description for each well-established character. But when it came to some of the new characters, there didn’t seem to be enough description.

 

If you’ve got the rest of the series, however, it’s worth a read.

Click here if you want to get a copy.

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All My Friends Are Dead

Short, Sweet, and Snappy Review:

 

Title: All My Friends Are Dead

Author: Jory John and Avery Monsen

Genre: Unknown

What I liked: the pictures

What I didn’t like:

Recommended Read: Yes!

Rating: 5 stars

 

Synopsis:

 

If you’re a dinosaur, all of your friends are dead. If you’re a pirate, all of your friends have scurvy. If you’re a tree, all of your friends are end tables. Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a zombie. Cute and dark all at once, this hilarious children’s book for adults teaches valuable lessons about life while exploring each cartoon character’s unique grievance and wide-eyed predicament. From the sock whose only friends have gone missing to the houseplant whose friends are being slowly killed by irresponsible plant owners (like you), All My Friends Are Dead presents a delightful primer for laughing at the inevitable. Plus, this is a fixed-format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version.

 

Michelle’s Review:

 

This is a nice, short read with plenty of pictures to keep you laughing. The title really says it all, but you’ll be laughing from start to finish with this one. Honestly, the synopsis says everything the title doesn’t, so all I have left to say is yes, this is a 5 star read that I highly recommend.

 

Click here if you want a copy.

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