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Giveaway: Chelsea Mueller Up For Grabs Giveaway

This year at ApollyCon 2019 I met Chelsea Mueller the author of the Urban Fantasy series: Soul Charmer. Chatting with Chelsea was so fun that I got enough material for three interviews so keep checking in. The first is an About the Author Interview your can hear right here.

You also have the chance to win some awesome stuff! I have two prizes available for you. First prize is a signed copy of Lost Souls with Chelsea Mueller swag. Second prize is a swag bag of Chelsea Mueller and ApollyCon goodies.

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Word Slinger Project: ApollyCon Interview with Chelsea Mueller

If you have never heard of Chelsea Mueller let me assure you that you aren’t alone–but you no longer have any excuse. I met this bad ass woman and she was charming as all get out. I have three parts of my interview with her and this is part one where you get to meet Chelsea and find out a little about what she writes, what she has been reading, and what is important to her. Don’t waste another minute, watch this.

Oh and you can win a first prize: signed copy of her newest Soul Charmer novel, Lost Souls, or second prize: Chelsea Mueller and ApollyCon swag bag from me! Enter Here.

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Giveaway: S.J. West This or That Book Giveaway

I had a great time interviewing S.J. West at ApollyCon 2019. She kindly offered to do a giveaway for Have Coffee Need Books. You can win a signed copy of either Cursed or Cin D’Rella and the Water of Life. This giveaway goes from 04/28/2019 to 05/15/2018 but don’t wait, enter today!

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Word Slinger Project: ApollyCon Interview with S.J. West

I had the chance to interview S.J. West at ApollyCon 2019. Most of the audio reviews were pretty straightforward and I was happy with how they turned out but this interview in particular was one for which I wish I had video. S.J. West’s facial expressions sold her answers and I cheated you out of the better part of my Yay or No interview with her because it is only audio. I promise that if I ever get the chance to rectify this in the future I will!

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Book Review: The Shattered Seam by Kathleen Groger

The Shattered Seam by Kathleen Groger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trippy.

One of my favorite books is the Haunting of Hill House. Shirley Jackson’s book raises the question to the reader of reality versus perception. It’s considered a horror story but at the crux of it it’s a psychological thriller. A true terror story. What could possibly be scarier than one’s mind being the true monster. Kathleen Groger dangles the same unsettling conundrum before her main character, Sam. What is more lovely is that she then offers us the same threads to hang ourselves with because this is quite possibly one of the funnest psychological thrillers I’ve read in sometime.

Sixteen year old Sam is suffering through a school holiday with her wacky uncle Eric who is a ghost hunter. He and his team have the opportunity to explore creepy Defiance Castle on the ominous Shadow Island, a paranormal location that is reported to be one of the most darkly haunted spots in America. The terrible history of the castle is owed to it’s more terrifying creator, a serial killer and maniac who tortured his way into the hearts of eager paranormal investigators. Sam’s aghast at her uncle’s enthusiasm in a junk science that scams frightened masses into misguided believers. Worse yet, she doesn’t want the people from her school assuming she is part of the circus sideshow even if the rewards would be to her benefit. There are higher stakes at risk for her to entertain his ideas, and being popular isn’t really that important to her. Continue Reading

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How To Con: ApollyCon Edition

Do you want to go to a reader event or book convention? If you are a book slut like me you want to go to them all. And I want to help you do it the right way. I have some tips and suggestions to help you have a great Con experience.

This is what I learned this year at ApollyCon in Washington D.C, hopefully it will help you do ApollyCon 2020. Continue Reading

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Since I’ve Been Gone or TL;DR

If you follow my blog you will have noticed that there was a long time of inactivity. The end of 2017 in to 2018 was a series of unexpected tragedies in my family. Many people won’t be able to relate to the deep sorrow of losing a pet but my best friend of 16 years died and it was unbearable. Only a month after Bunny’s passing another of my cats died. Frankie had feline lymphocytic leukemia and it was so expensive. He was terribly sick during the four days I spent in the hospital with Bunny; he died a month to the day after she did.

But the loss didn’t end with cats. In the beginning of January my baby sister called me because she was scared for my mom.

My mom was diagnosed with HER2 breast cancer in December of 2016. She started chemo treatments that following January, then declared breast cancer free in August of 2017. For Christmas of that year she had sent me my grandmother’s wedding ring; a ring that my mom had worn since she had inherited it. It arrived in my gifts that year with a note that until then she hadn’t been able to get it off her fingers. I thought nothing of that comment; I talked to my mom on the phone all the time and she complained about being overweight. It made no sense when my sister started telling me mom was suddenly too thin. I thought maybe she was just not used to a now ‘unfluffy’ mom. I couldn’t deny my sister was concerned though. Still I had brushed it off as something related to the treatments my mom was still getting, she had finished chemo but maybe it was a side effect of the continued IV therapy.

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Book Review: Echoes of Fire by Suzanne Wright

Echoes of Fire by Suzanne Wright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m a nut for Suzanne Wright. I love her stuff, and by stuff I mean sarcastic heroines and dirty talking heroes.

Still, the last few Phoenix Pack and Mercury Pack books have frustrated and disappointed me. As much as I adore her stories, the repetitious characters and plot devices is becoming cereal-box-stale. I love characters like Jesse and Harley from Force of Temptation. However Trick and Frankie were a yawn fest. To be honest I can’t differentiate Trick from the guy with the bad pick up lines despite having read all the books. They aren’t close to being the same character but Trick wouldn’t be missed by me if he were to disappear. Lure of Oblivion wasn’t a shiner for me either. I waited excitedly for Xander’s book like a kid promised ice cream; the reality is that these later books are becoming hit and miss.

Just in time to mend my breaking heart come Bracken and Madisyn. Echoes of Fire has put me back on the happy side of life. No stale cereal in this box. Continue Reading

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Book Review: Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas

Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is nothing like a good book boyfriend after a long stressful weekend that leaves you sick, sore and sorry that your bounce back ability isn’t what it used to be. I feel every day of my age right now and I need a hunky hero to swoon over to self medicate with and Nate West is this week’s best of the best.

Alessandra Thomas’s first book in her Picturing Perfect series, Picture Perfect, deals with the touchy subject of body image and body dysmorphic disorder. Cat Mitchell was sexy, skinny and modelled clothes that made her feel beautiful before an accident eight months earlier left her with such a severely broken leg that even with surgery and physical therapy made it impossible for her to get back the body she had always known. Having gained sixty pounds and four sizes she feels like a stranger in her new body, her confidence is tanked and humiliated by how she feels she is now seen in the eyes of others, she doesn’t want to be seen by anyone–much worse, look at herself. Enter childhood summer camp pal and former chubby sixth grade seven minutes in heaven kiss mate, Nate West. Continue Reading

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2018 Reading Challenge

Whether you want to kick off your 2018 resolution to read more, or you want to start writing reviews you may need some inspiration. Here is the Have Coffee Need Books 2018 Reading Challenge to the rescue; let this guide help you find just the thing to scratch that reader’s itch. Here are fifty-two reading prompts to help you become more rounded in your interests. If you find something you like and would like to recommend it to others do so by using the #havecoffeeneedbooks on Twitter or Instagram. Good luck and happy reading. Continue Reading

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