Month: February 2018

FFBC Review: Active Memory by Dan Wells

Posted February 23, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

FFBC Review: Active Memory by Dan Wells

FFBC Review: Active Memory by Dan WellsActive Memory by Dan Wells
Series: Mirador #3
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 13th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-stars

From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the third and final book in the dark, pulse-pounding, sci-fi neo-noir series that began with the acclaimed novel Bluescreen.

For all the mysteries teen hacker Marisa Carneseca has solved, there has been one that has always eluded her: the truth behind the car accident in which she lost her arm and a mob boss’ wife, Zenaida de Maldonado, lost her life. Even in a world where technology exists to connect everyone’s mind to one another, it would seem that some secrets can still remain hidden.

Those secrets rise violently to the surface, however, when Zenaida de Maldonado’s freshly severed hand shows up at the scene of a gangland shooting. If Zenaida is—or was—still alive, it means there’s even more about Marisa’s past that she doesn’t know. And when she and her friends start digging, they uncover a conspiracy that runs from the slums of Los Angeles to the very top of the world’s most powerful genetic engineering firm. If Mari wants the truth, she’s going to have to go through genetically enhanced agents, irritatingly attractive mob scions, and some bad relationships to get it.

Dan Wells’s widely acclaimed series continues with his most shocking, pulse-pounding, and visionary story yet.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book was the PERFECT ending for this series. I enjoyed Bluescreen because it made me uncomfortable and made me think about cell phone usage in a different way. Ones and Zeroes was good, but it stepped away from the technological dystopian focus and was a great futuristic heist novel. I liked hearing all about Overworld and the Cherry Dogs… I’m just not that into sports. I was glad that this book pulled away from that and focused back on the world itself.

I also really liked the introduction of Dead Zones. It makes complete sense to me that there would be a subset of the population that wouldn’t be online. I always feel an affinity for the seedy underbelly of rebels so I loved hearing that one existed. I could read a whole book series based on that alone.

Active Memory is a return to the world of technology ruling all with a bit of a social commentary feel. Do we really need to be connected every second of every day??? It also FINALLY wraps up the mystery. Why was Mari in the car with Zenaida all those years ago, why the feud, will Mari and Omar EVER KISS??

I’m not telling.

 

Other Books in the Series

Bluescreen review

Divider

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells is best known for his horror series I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, of which the first book is now an award-winning movie through IFC Midnight. His other novels include THE HOLLOW CITY, a supernatural thriller about schizophrenia, EXTREME MAKEOVER, in which a beauty company destroys the world, and two young adult science fiction series: the post-apocalypse PARTIALS and the cyberpunk MIRADOR. He has written for television, on the upcoming science fiction series EXTINCT, and wrote and produced the horror comedy stage play A NIGHT OF BLACKER DARKNESS. He cohosts the Hugo-winning podcast for aspiring writers called Writing Excuses, which has expanded to include its own writing conference. He also writes short fiction and game fiction, and edited the anthology ALTERED PERCEPTIONS to help raise funds for and awareness of mental illness. Dan lives in northern Utah with his wife, 6 children, and more than 400 boardgames.

Divider

Follow the Tour

February 13th

Pink Polka Dot Books– Welcome Post

February 14th

February 15th

Wishful Endings– Review
JustAddAWord– Review
jrsbookreviews– Review

February 16th

The Critic Uncritical Bookworm– Review & Favorite Quotes

February 17th

February 18th

Ms. Cat’s Honest World– Review & Favorite Quotes

February 19th

Divider

Giveaway

Rafflecopter giveaway

Hardcover set of the Mirador series (Bluescreen, Ones and Zeroes, & Active Memory) by Dan Wells & T-Shirt

 

four-stars

Tags:

Divider

How to write a book when you live with your parents

Posted February 19, 2018 by Emily in Events and Features, Guest Post / 0 Comments

By: S. Usher Evans

*** From Emily*** Sush has started an incredible campaign to be debt free by selling books and flipping houses. Her house flipping Instagram is fantastic. (https://www.instagram.com/housesfullofwhit/) Plus she’s prolific author. Demon Spring is her third series but she has books planned out til 2020! She’s the only person I know who has such a concrete plan for her life. I admire her for it so much! Her story is incredible and she’s here today to share with us a little bit about how she makes it work***

Hi, I’m Sush, I’m 31, and I live with my parents. 

No, I’m not your typical millennial. I’m a house-flipping full-time author, and I decided about a year ago to sell my house, move in with my folks temporarily, and then buy and flip houses until I could live without a mortgage plus have a few renters on the side. While I could write a novel on what I learned this year alone with house flipping, today I want to talk about how I was able to complete my latest series, Demon Spring, while living with my folks.

My folks are wonderful people and I am eternally grateful that I was able to live with them so I could position myself into a more debt-free life. However, after living by myself since 2011, having other humans in the house was definitely a change. Writing, for me anyway, has always been something done in private. And not only that, when I’m anxious, I have a hard time focusing (which leads to more anxiety). Living with a retired mom who’s always around has been a challenge.

But it’s not insurmountable. So I’ve listed a few coping mechanisms I’ve developed that helped me stay on track this year.

  1. Noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones

This one kind of goes without saying. The nice thing about Bluetooth headphones is you can get up and walk around with them on. So you don’t get the interruption to your music when you get up to munch.

  1. Classical music

I have ADD (or whatever they’re calling it now), so sometimes, music with lyrics just distracts me further. When I’m feeling especially scattered, I’ll go with some classical music on Pandora. A few months ago, I bought the London Symphony Orchestra’s 50 greatest classical pieces. That way, I can turn off the internet when things get tough, and still have my Carmen.

  1. Have your own space

To make matters more complicated, I work from home. The first thing I did when I moved into my parents’ house was to set up an office. A place with a monitor and keyboard and my stuff where I can plug in my laptop, close the door, and get to work. The dogs, of course, come barging right in. But the space is mine.

  1. Starbucks

There’s something about leaving the house, going to a coffee shop, and plugging in your headphones that knocks all the anxious, unfocused thoughts out of my brain. I wrote probably three quarters of Demon Spring at the Gulf Breeze Starbucks. Find a routine that works for you—and use those free rewards when you get them.

  1. Give yourself a break

Especially if you’re in a temporary space, you have to allow yourself the space to fail. Some days, the anxiety and the noise was too great, and words didn’t get written. Some days, I spent the day holed up in my room with headphones to catch up. The point is: you’ve got this. Just maybe not as perfectly as you envisioned when you came up with this crazy scheme.

Divider

About the Book

How to write a book when you live with your parentsResurgence by S. Usher Evans
Series: Demon Spring #1
Published by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing on February 20th 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: the author
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Demon hunter Jack Grenard's life changed three years ago when his wife was brutally murdered by the very demons he'd been hunting. At the urging of his partner Cam Macarro, he's starting a new life in Atlanta, hoping he'll find the man he used to be. But on a routine hunt, they come across a new type of demon--one that saves instead of kills.

Meanwhile, demons across Atlanta are preparing for the quadrennial uprising of their Underworld brethren. Worse yet, there's a rumor the so-called king of the demons, Bael, will appear for the first time in over a century. Jack and Cam must uncover the truth about the mystery woman before all hell--literally--breaks loose.

Resurgence is the first in a new Urban Fantasy trilogy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Madion War Trilogy, Razia, and Lexie Carrigan Chronicles. It will be released by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing in February 2018.

Amazon – Barnes and Noble – IndieBound – Book Depository

Divider

About the Author

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.

Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

Author links: 
Divider

Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

four-half-stars

Tags:

Divider