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Giveaway: JLA Zayne and Seth Poster Giveaway

Choose your book boyfriend!

I picked up a couple of Jennifer L. Armentrout posters at ApollyCon 2019 and trust me you want one! I have one Seth poster signed by JLA and Drew Leighty (he’s the model for the Titan series) and a Zayne poster signed by JLA. These babies will be a set for the first prize winner.


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Word Slinger Project: Bjørn Larssen Releases Storytellers

Indie Author Bjørn Larssen has released his first novel Storytellers.

Storytellers is a unique Nordic Historical Fiction with a splash of suspense set in 1920 Iceland. Hermit, blacksmith Gunnar can’t imagine being known for much at all when he finds himself embroiled in a tale spun by a suspicious wealthy stranger. Soon he finds himself the center of more attention than he could ever conceive; storytellers are everywhere.

Readers should be excited to delve into the historic Nordic cultural traditions in this novel; and the idea of a storytelling as a craft should excite anyone who enjoys a good narrative.

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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


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


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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