Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Author Spotlight: LM Preston, Can a Teenager Fall In Love?

I was hunting around on my favorite writer’s hang out on AW (Absolute Write Forums) and the topic of teen love came up. The question alluded to, ‘Does a teenager really fall in love?’ My honest opinion, why couldn’t they? In my book EXPLORER X – Alpha I tease on some of the facets of pre-teen love as I remembered it.


I remember being in love as a teenager only about three times. Yep, three times. Each love was so fascinating, intense, exciting, all consuming, obsessive and hurt so badly when it ended. I would write the boys name in my notebook over and over again. I would think about them every free moment of the day. When I kissed that boy, it felt as though he was the sun and the moon of my very life at that time.

If I could bottle that up and sell it, it would be called LOVE POTION #9.


For me, love as an adult, was a lot slower to burn than teenaged love. As an adult, I only allowed myself to fall in love with one person. The difference between my teen love and my adult love was drastic. As an adult, I was cautious, skeptical, held back a lot of myself until the guy proved that he was trustworthy, worth my time, interesting enough to hold my interest, and sexy enough to keep me attracted.

Did it have the intensity of teen love? No, not because I didn’t feel the things I felt for my love as a teenager. I didn't have the hormone high that I did as a teenager, or the time to obsess on the boy I was in love with. Also, as an adult I was just too jaded, mistrustful, and too smart to let anyone consume me that didn’t show that they were truly interested. Not to mention, the end of those teenaged love affairs were just too darned painful.


Yes, teenagers can fall in love.. All love starts out as an infatuation. It starts with attraction, hunger, excitement, the chase, and hopefully ends in true love. True love, which consists of trust, passion, comfort, attraction, bonding, and most of all friendship, is worth the ride whether it ends badly or last forever.

In my case, a teen love became my adult love. As teenagers we broke up, but stayed friends. As adults we found that were a good match, and laughed at our antics in our relationship as teenagers. What ever happened to the boy I fell madly in love with at fifteen, broke up with, and stayed friends with? He is now my husband of seventeen years. Yes, at times I do allow myself to feel all those things for him I did as a teenager, but my adult ways still makes me cautious to let it totally consume me.


My motto is and will always be, live your life and enjoy the adventure of it all. That means whenever love is lost or you stumble along the way. Get up, dust off, plaster a smile on your face and focus on the exhilaration of the experience of love, of life, of failures, of pain, of recovery, and the adventure and experience of being able to live, learn, and to have loved.

by: LM Preston, Author of Explorer X - Alpha

Thank you sooo mucho to LM Preston for sharing this awesome post with us! Checks her out!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009



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Monday, December 21, 2009

600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster Review

Edward Stanton is a man hurtling headlong toward middle age. His mental illness has led him to be sequestered in his small house in a small city, where he keeps his distance from the outside world and the parents from whom he is largely estranged. For the most part, Edward sticks to things he can count on...and things he can count. But over the course of 25 days (or 600 hours, as Edward prefers to look at it) several events puncture the walls Edward has built around himself. In the end, he faces a choice: Open his life to experience and deal with the joys and heartaches that come with it, or remain behind his closed door, a solitary soul.

My Thoughts:

If I could sum up this novel in one word, I’d have to say it’s Breathtaking! This novel goes into a very excellent perspective into a life of someone who has Aspergers Syndrome as well as OCD. Edward is such a smart, strong character! There were a lot of laughs out loud moments, times where I shredded tears and moments where I questioned how just a simple word or just how you manage to say something could truly affect those around you. The thing I enjoyed most about this novel was the abundant amount of vocabulary words Edward used so eloquently! The words are quirky and understandable. I think my favorite one to use now a days is Flummoxed! Let’s not even mention the use of the Cowboys! I’m a huge Cowboys fan so it was as if I was living in that time and space! (*Reviews Note: Cowboys may have not done well last season but they sure beat the Saints out of being undefeated! ;)). Another thing I loved was the play by play of the show he watches. All of them are like his favorite and there’s a moral catch behind every single one of them that gives us a slight insight on how Edward sees the world. Lancaster doesn’t just capture Edwards’s world eloquently, he also captivates the reader into belonging into his world and to have a better understanding of this disorder. This book will live for generations to come! I give this novel 5 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
Is there a certain way you rearrange your bookshelf? Maybe by Authors last name? Book Name? Lemme know in the comment section below.
As always,
That Chick That Reads


In my Mailbox is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren! Checks her outs guys!

Books I Bought:

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Lament by Maggie Stievater
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margeret Stohl

Books Traded:
Sticky Fingers by Nicki Burham

Books for Review:
The Book of Samuel by Eric Rachke
Mia the Magnificent by Eliene Boggess
Orson Scott Card: Authorized Ender Companion by Jake Black

Secret Santa!!!:
An Awesome Card :)
Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
Going too Far by Jennifer Echlos

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Runt Farm: Under New Management by Amanda Lorenzo Review

Runt Farm: Under New Management by Amanda Lorenzo
Publisher: BooktiMookti
Pub. Date: August 15th, 2009
Pages: 80
Age Level: Childrens
Obtained: Publisher for Review

In this first book of the Runt Farm series, Farmer Brunt's truck zooms away forever. while tough-guy Kitten hides in the barn loft, delighted to have the place all to himself.
A day later Kitten meets The Peep, a hatchling duck with issues. Having imprinted upon and claimed Kitten as his parent, The Peep presents his paternal buddy with a surprise gift, revealing a hidden talent with reeds and weeds. When two highly intelligent lab mice, Cletus and Tooth, show up the duckling and cat welcome them into the barn. As the mice engage in vocabulary-building banter, the barn gains a herb-savvy kitchen and a workshop from which strange inventions emerge.

But living together isn't always a picnic. As the multi-species group learns to make room for their differences they become a family, proving that home is where you find it.

My Thoughts:

My nephews love for me to read to them, so when I got this novel for review I was very excited to share this with them! They were amazed with the different illustrations, as they were so detailed and beautiful and went along with the story so perfectly. The characters were so adorable and memorable, my youngest nephew now goes around mimicking the little baby chick in the book. I can not wait to start on book number two with them! If your looking for a book with amazing illustrations and a good moral storyline than this book is exactly what your looking for!

Comment Question of the Blog:
What’s you favorite farm animal and why? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Monday, December 14, 2009

Shadowland by Alyson Noel Review

Shadowland by Alyson Noel
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Pub. Date: November 17, 2009
Pages: 339
Age Level: YA
Obtained: Bought

**Spoilers ahead from books 1 and 2, don't say I didn't warn you!**
At the start of this breathtaking novel, Damen and Ever travel to Summerland in search of an antidote to reverse a powerful poison. But instead of the cure they seek, they find something far more sinister: the truth about their existence and the fate lying in wait of an immortal’s soul.

Now, with Damen fighting to save them from the Shadowland, Ever turns to magick, hoping to break Damen’s curse. Along the way Ever encounters the mysterious Jude, finding herself drawn to him in a way that will test her love for Damen like never before . . .

My Thoughts:

I do have to say I’ve quite enjoyed this series. Ever and Damien’s love has constantly kept me on edge throughout all three novels. This is book three out of the series and Ever and Damien are in the process of finding an antidote to the antidote so they could finally be together. During time she meets a boy named Jude, who she has an undeniable connection to that will set the ultimate test between her and Damien.

Ever is adjusting rather well for her new immortal state, other than the fact that her immortal boyfriend is given an antidote in which even the slightest transfer of DNA could kill him. She is desperate and impatient to find this antidote so that they could finally be together without having to safeguard anything. She reminds me a lot of myself, I hate waiting for things and like her, we do things kind of rash. This novel was a complete rollercoaster ride. Noel continues to mesmerize me in this awesome and creative world filled with love, eternity and a sense of renewal. If you loved Evermore and Blue Moon, then you will never want Shadowland to end! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
If you were immortal and could see the world change before you eyes, what one thing would you want to stay the same and why? Lemme know in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Life After 187 by Wade J Halverson Review

Life After 187 by Wade J Halverson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Pub. Date: August 4, 2009
Pages: 238
Age Level: Adult
Obtained: From author for review

**taken from back jacket**

Sentenced to life in prison when he executes the men who murdered his wife, Kane Silver is singled out by the warden for his fighting ability. Along with inmates Valentino Lopex and Si'Ling Lee. Kane is drafted into service and forced to fight for money in high-stakes tournaments. But when the three friends escape during a New Year's Eve match in Lake Tahow- saving the warden's life in the process- their situation becomes more complicated.

Their status undetermined, they vanish underground and sign on to help a young woman whose parents are being held by an Argentinean drug kingpin. Follow Kane and his friends as they compete and grow closer while rediscovering what it means to be free. From tale Tahoe and the western United States to Costa Ricka, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires and Thailand, Life After 187 takes readers on an exhilarating ride filled with big money, intense action, justice and the pursuit of honor.

My Thoughts:

This novel was a complete rollercoaster ride and I mean that in the most figurative way. A lot and I mean a lot happens in this novel. Sentences were very short, the descriptions were vague, and there was a lot of fluff between the chapters that I really didn’t care for. Although, there are a few things that the author did, I have to say, completely held my interest. I liked the fact that the characters got to travel to different parts of the world without getting caught. The novel is a complete with jam packed action. It's like they're in constant motion. The author shows he has an excellent and profound knowledge in the art of fighting, army life as well as how a prison works. There were other things that just didn’t make sense to me, like how could a Warden spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on bets? Do they really get that much money? Was he scamming people? Some of the things said and done in this novel kept making me fall into disbelief because it felt really increadulous. Despite that, the author’s characters were pretty kick ass. I give this novel 3 out of 5 paws.

Comment Question of the Blog:
Do you kick box? Or do any kind of other awesome activity? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen Review

Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: September 29th, 2009
Pages: 288
Age Level: YA
Obtained: Bought

As if trying to fit in at a new school isn't stressful enough, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan just found out that her long-lost father is, in fact, the demon king of the Shadowlands—the world that separates and protects us from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious—and surprisingly cute—messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying, and he wants her to assume the throne. To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are manifesting, and her growing feelings for Michael are completely forbidden. Ruling a kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew—what's a teenage demon princess to do?

My Thoughts:

Michelle Rowen so happens to be one of my favorite authors and I was extatic when I found out she was releasing a YA novel! Nikki is just your average teenager; she goes to an awesome school, is best friends with the most popular girl, and not to mention that Mr. Handsome is taking her to the school dance. Life just couldn’t get better… or worse? After Nikki turns 16, she finds out that she is a half demon from a very cute guy named Michael who urges her to come to the Shadowland to meet her Father who so happens to be the King. Only what she doesn’t know is that her life is about to change in so many different ways.

Nikkis is absoloutly one of my favorite characters! She’s sarcastic and a complete bad ass (which is very common in Rowen’s books :) ). I love the way Michelle writes! It’s as if your taking this from a real life teenager. The language is up to date, the events are things that could totally happen to any teenager and not to mention the emotions! It’s as if I was going right back to high school (except for the supernatural stuff ;)). I loved the idea of a demon princess, as well as a brand new world that Rowen creates. The Shadowlands captivated me from the first moment it was mention and I was always anxious and impatient for our heroine to return. Rowent does an excellent job with the emotions that this novel projects! When the character experiences her first kiss with a certain person who I will not tell you, it just reminded me of how it felt when I had my first kiss with that person I really liked. If your looking for a fun, sarcastic humored, captivating novel; then Demon Princess is def a must read! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws!

Comment Question of the Blog:
If you were princess for a day, what would you do and why? Leave your creative responses in the comment section below.

As always,
That Chick That Reads