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The Book of Paul – a disturbing excerpt from an amazing book

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Books, Novel Publicity, Writing | 2 comments

Please enjoy this excerpt from The Book of Paul, a nail-biting supernatural thriller by Richard Long. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including a Kindle Fire, $300 in Amazon gift cards, 5 autographed copies of the book, and a look into your future through a free tarot reading performed by the author.

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Q & A With Urban Fantasy writer Sheryl Steines

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Authors, Books, Indie Projects & Promotions, Novel Publicity, Reading | 2 comments

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The Book of Em…Emlyn Chand, That is! (Q & A)

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Authors, Books, Indie Projects & Promotions, Novel Publicity, Reading, Reviews | 3 comments

Today I am thrilled to have Emlyn Chand at the Cabin to talk a bit about herself. Which is really hard to do, she is usually talking about her books, her writing, her projects and her birds.. wait her dogs… but her? This is a hard one to nail down! Plus she is so lovely and energetic and all over place… just like a bird…. I adore her, her writing and I am really excited because I am going to be reading her latest one Torn Together this weekend, which is not a children’s or a YA book but woman’s lit!

Getting her to settle down after her trek through the woods was a bit hard,  but well worth the try! I have a pint of chocolate ice cream and a pound of Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and I separated all the red M&M’s in their own bowl. So, I think I will be able to keep her sitting long enough to have all relevant topics covered … unless someone sends another really funny photo on Facebook or Ducky starts eating my books!


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

Past. I’m too worried going to the future would ruin life for me. I mean, what if humanity’s destroyed itself? Then how do you keep living in your present time knowing doom and gloom is on its way? One ticket back in time please!

If you were a superhero what would your name be?

HyperSpeed—because that’s how I live my life. If I want to get something done, I get it done. Okay, I procrastinate *a little bit* on Facebook. Okay, a lot a bit, but I still do manage to get a crazy amount accomplished. I’ve been asked more than once whether (a) I have a clone army or (b) I ever sleep. HyperSpeed to the rescue. Zoooom!

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

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Clean, Fun Middle School Mystery for Kids… and You! (review)

Posted by on Aug 18, 2012 in Authors, Books, Novel Publicity, Reading, Reviews | 1 comment

Cora Flash and the Diamond of Madagascar a middle school mystery thats breath of fresh air in a quagmire of books being targeted to our young readers. 

Do you remember the days when you would gather your friends up in main club house in the neighborhood, start handing out paper bags, notebooks, pencils magnifying glasses and give everyone the 411 on Mrs. Salendeski’s missing cat? No? Seriously? You never had a great mystery you had to solve? I think I feel sorry for you! If you did, well go grab this series for you, for your kids, for your grandkids, for your local library!

Growing up I was constantly looking, perhaps even inventing just to have a mystery to investigate and solve.  Constantly engrossed in one book or another there is one series that sticks out in my mind,  Nancy Drew and of course the  Hardy Boys. I am really lucky to have the full set of Nancy Drew my mother read as a girl and kept collecting to be able to pass on to her me. My Hardy Boys I liberated from my uncle’s boyhood book collection.

(Later I moved on to be more concerned with reading the next Tiger Beat magazine than the next mystery. But you have to admit Shaun made things so much fun, and I never would smoke as a teen because of Shaun, so … OH ya, we need to talk about Cora and solving mysteries! SORRY! I got distracted looking at Shaun…)

*clearing my throat*

Cora Flash is a bright, highly intelligent, polite and mature 11 year old. Her adventure starts the minute she boards the train on her way to see her Uncle. She has a cell phone,  bag full of candy and an old fashion sense of adventure!

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Exposing of the… Open Heart by Emlyn Chand (review)

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in Authors, Books, Novel Publicity, Reading, Reviews | 3 comments

Open Heart

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Open Heart by Emlyn Chand – (Teaser Tuesdays No.17)

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Authors, Books, Novel Publicity, Reading, Teaser Tuesdays | 17 comments

I am reviewing this on Saturday and since I am on “vacation” currently me, my laptop and ereader are hanging out on the front porch reading and attempting to chillax! What’s on your agenda this week? Anyone else on vacation? 

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Young-Adult Fiction THE REAL THING – Farsighted by Emlyn Chand (review)

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 in Authors, Books, Indie Projects & Promotions, Novel Publicity, Reading | 6 comments

My response while I was reading the novel
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Farsighted by Emlyn Chand – (Teaser Tuesdays No.16)

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Authors, Books, Novel Publicity, Reading, Teaser Tuesdays | 26 comments

Walking on BookshelvesToday, even though I am doing a nice short and sweet Teaser Tuesdays post, but I am actually hanging out with my other personality, The Bacon Walker … well The Bacon Walker makes her first non-Facebook debut on Walking on Bookshelves. I want to thank Jeannette for asking me to share some secrets.. WOW I am pretty sure those two packaged of Oreo Cookies she gave me were laced with something because I swear I do not remember telling her some of those things… go CHECK IT OUT!

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when a book takes you to a place you don’t want to go (emotional response)

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Authors, Books, Cabin Commentary, Novel Publicity | 6 comments

This is a bit of wandering off the path of a regular tour entry, so if you were looking for a review, you will not find it here. What you will find is the reason I could not finish the book and how books, like any other form of art can evoke a powerful emotional response, both the good and the bad. If you choose to read this, I want to also thank the author Lane Diamond and Novel Publicity.

WARNING This reveals personal VIOLENCE against me. It does not describe or go into detail, but if reading about violence against someone is not something you care to read, gloss over the first three paragraphs or do not read at all!


Today is my day to review Forgive Me, Alex by Lane Diamond but today I will not be. Many of you guys read my Teaser Tuesdays post last week, and like me were intrigued about this book. I was still under the first 20%. Well, I have not finished the book and probably will not be at any time in the future. Probably for the same reasons I won’t pick up any of the Dexter books and avoid books about the dark and vicious lives of serial killers and serial rapists. I am the victim of a serial rapist. I do not want to read about it, I lived it. I do not want to see inside the mind of one.

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Forgive Me, Alex – (Teaser Tuesdays)

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Authors, Books, Novel Publicity, Teaser Tuesdays | 4 comments

So this week has been a week of reading these WOWZA stories of really horribly dark murders, and this book I am reviewing for a Novel Publicity Tour and am really liking it. I do not want to go into my initial thoughts or descriptors, but the teaser this week is one I highlighted right at the beginning

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