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**Awesome Blog** Echoes in Death (In Death #44) by J.D. Robb (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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Title: Echoes in Death (In Death #44)

Author: J.D. Robb 

Published Date: February 7th 2017

Genre: Mystery / Crime

Rating:

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Synopsis

This chilling new suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb is the perfect entry point into the compelling In Death police procedural series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas.

As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”…

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold,… Continue reading

#IndyAuthorTalk with Jennifer Sivec

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Beginning at a young age, I’ve been broken by the people who were supposed to love me the most. By people who were supposed to protect and care for me, and value me above all others.

I learned to rely on and trust myself more than anyone else with each heartbreaking lesson and as a result, I’ve been able to walk away from many people, friend and loved one, and erase them completely. I was a survivor; resilient and galvanized by tragedy and circumstances; outwardly normal, but inside, desperately fearful. I’m much like the main character, Brynn, in my Eva Series. She’s a reflection of me; strong, capable, and a survivor, but irreparably broken yet hopeful.

I didn’t realize just how shattered and vulnerable I was for most of my life. But then I became a mother and a few years later when personal tragedy struck, the pain I had buried deep inside for so many years returned with a vengeance, nearly destroying me.

That’s when I began writing, again.

I had written as a teen and as a young adult, but when I began writing Leaving Eva, I wrote to survive. I wrote because the alternative to writing was desperation and depression. I wrote because the words brought peace and the stories, clarity. I wrote because I couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t sleep and when I wrote, I didn’t think about those things and I was able to be myself again. I realized that writing broken stories healed me in a way that nothing else could. Writing drove away the darkness and my children needed a mother who could make sense of the world, for them and for herself.

Writing beautiful broken stories with heart, has given me hope, life, and far more love than I ever imagined that it would. I didn’t realize that these were always the stories that drew me in and touched me the most. They were the stories that reach deep inside of me and writing them now, has made me whole and given me peace in my life that nothing else has.

The chaos has quieted and the noise and dissipated, and once again, I am finally whole.

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#SpecialFeature: Q&A and Guest Post with J.L Lora

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My name is J. L. Lora and I’m a writer. When I moved to the U.S., didn’t know English and had to brave a world, without one side of my family, that was very much my backbone, I wrote then. When high school/college/work/life got tough. Writing’s how I cope with the feelings I can’t contain.

When characters show up at my door, I just shrug, say okay, and assign them a number in the batting order. I’m Dominican, baseball analogies come with the territory. Sometimes I can put the characters down in the line-up, but sometimes they must be written now and I have to yank the character/book on deck and go with a designated hitter. To be clear …  they designate themselves. Carissa and Alec did just that. I had been talking for years about writing another book, that was going to be my first published piece but these two people in a crazy situation, who are probably the worst people for each other, showed up at my door and were like: we have a story to tell.

That’s how Boss came to be and that’s how the Trinity Series was born. It hasn’t always been that way or that easy.

For a very long period of my life I went through a massive writing drought. I couldn’t pinpoint why, I just couldn’t write and that made me unhappy. And then one day watching a TV show, I got inspired and I started writing fanfiction. Since then, life did a 180 for me. Especially once I realized that talent is not enough. I needed to learn, get better.

From that came Boss.

The moment I decided to pursue a writing career and get serious about becoming a writer, it’s like someone flipped a light switch. I’m smiling more, even while going through the hard parts of writing, and it gets tough, I can find the silver lining and the good in everything.

Today, I’m beaming. My first book is debuting like a sunny spring opening day. Boss is braving a world of reviews and mingling with other genres on Amazon, iBooks, BN. I don’t know how the world will receive it ¾  my fondest wish is that you’ll  love it  ¾  but to me, it’s already a walk-off home run in game seven of the Word Series. I’m rounding third while my family and friends wait with opened arms.

 

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**Awesome Blog** Apprentice in Death (In Death #43) by J.D. Robb (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Apprentice in Death

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Title: Apprentice in Death (In Death #43) 

Author:  J.D. Robb

Published Date: September 6th 2016

Genre:  Romantic Suspense / Thriller

Rating:

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Synopsis

Nature versus nurture…
 
The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads… Continue reading

#IndyAuthorTalk – Featuring Author Anthony Zicari and FREE Comic Book!

Today on NerdGirl, we’re featuring author Anthony Zicari! Editor, Writer, and Comic Book author!

 

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Anthony Zicari is a professional freelance writer and editor. He began his professional writing career in 1998. He has written and edited for a wide number of companies, comic books, magazines, online web sites and other publications over the past nineteen years and counting. Including but not limited to the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, Dark Horse Comics, Aces Weekly, Antarctic Press, London Night Studios, Narwain Publishing, Dabel Brothers Publishing, Legendary Press, and Inkwerk Studios to name a few. He is also the Editor In Chief of Inkwerks Studios (www.inkwerkstudios.com) and in addition to his regular writing/editing work load, he continues to work on many personal projects, as well as branching out into writing films, TV and animation. Some films and companies that he has worked on/for include, Times Like These (www.tltfilm.com), Green Leaf Pictures (www.greenleafpictures.com), and NYC Pet Tails (http://nycpettails.com/index.html)

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#IndyAuthorTalk – Release Day Celebration of Confess by Erin McFadden

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Where are you from? Does the area you live in influence you writing?

I live in Indiana, Mid-West United States. I would have to say it influences my writing quite a lot. Most of my locations tend to be places I’m familiar with, or have visited in the past. A good chunk of Muse even takes place on the campus of my Alma Mater, Ball State University. I think my slang tends to reveal a lot as well. I call carbonated beverages “pop” instead of “soda” or “Coke”. (I’m a Mountain Dew girl anyway.)  ;)

Tell us your latest news!

 I have a new paranormal fantasy releasing today! Confess is the first book in a new series and one I’m very excited about. If you enjoy reading about angels and demons, I think you’ll appreciate the new approach I’ve taken.

I also have a new audiobook version of Muse which should be available this month.

When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?

I have always enjoyed writing and telling stories. Mainly I wrote for myself and I almost never… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** Frost Line by Linda Howard and Linda Jones (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Frost Line

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Title: Frost Line

Author: Linda Howard and Linda Jones

Published Date: August 30th 2016

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Rating:

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

Lenna is Strength, a manifestation of the Tarot card, and powerful beyond reckoning. But when she’s pulled into the human realm, tasked with protecting a young boy, everything is thrown into chaos. Lenna’s not supposed to be here, interacting with mortals. She’s definitely not supposed to be drawn to the sexy mercenary sent to retrieve her by any means necessary . . .

As a Hunter for magical beings, Caine’s duty is simple: return this compelling, impossibly attractive woman—or eliminate her. Instead he’s drawn into Lenna’s dangerous rescue mission and blindsided by his growing feelings. But there is more than one enemy to contend with. And as the clock runs out, failure means not just the loss of an innocent life and the woman Caine has come to love, but… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar (Tales of Valdemar #10) Anthology Edited by Mercedes Lackey (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Tempest

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Title: **Awesome Blog** Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar (Tales of Valdemar #10) 

Author: Edited by Mercedes Lackey  

Published Date: December 6th 2016

Genre: Fantasy / Anthology

Rating:

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

Twenty-four authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm.
The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom s ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** – Of Sand and Malice Made (Song of Shattered Sands) by Bradley P. Beaulieu (Review by Gladys – #NerdGirlOfficial)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are Gladys’s thoughts on Of Sand and Malice Made

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Title:  Of Sand and Malice Made (Song of Shattered Sands)

Author: Bradley P. Beaulieu

Published Date:  September 6th 2016

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Rating:

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

Çeda, the heroine of the widely anticipated, just-released novel Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, is the youngest pit fighter in the history of the great desert city of Sharakhai. In this prequel, she has already made her name in the arena as the fearsome, undefeated White Wolf; none but her closest friends and allies know her true identity.

But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rümayesh, an ehrekh, a sadistic creature forged long ago by the god of chaos. The ehrekh are usually desert dwellers, but this one lurks in the dark corners of Sharakhai, toying with and preying on humans. As Rümayesh works to unmask the White Wolf and claim Çeda for her own, Çeda’s struggle becomes… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World by P. C. Cast (Review by Gladys – #NerdGirlOfficial)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are Gladys’s thoughts on Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World 

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Title: Moon Chosen: Tales of a New World 

Author:  P. C. Cast

Published Date: October 18th 2016

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating:

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

#1 New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series, P.C. Cast, brings us a new epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty…

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son… Continue reading

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