Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Wonderful Read - "Belvoir" by S.A. Huggins

I just read a good book and I wanted to share it with you.
By the early fall of 1863, most of Belvoir’s townsfolk had gotten used to soldiers coming and going, food supplies dwindling to almost nothing, and runaway slaves leaving to join the Union army. What they hadn’t gotten used to was the serial killer roaming the Randolph farm on the outskirts of town. Two women, one a slave and the other, the wife of a slave owner, find themselves linked to the killer in BELVOIR.

Martha mourns the life she had before the war. With someone murdering her family’s slaves, she not only fears she might lose her farm to the Yankees, but now also worries that the killer will come for her sons and grandsons next. Ethel is rearing a mute son who is just reaching the crossroads of manhood. She should be envisioning freedom and the life that she and her son will soon have. But she can’t. The killer is the first thing she thinks of in the morning and her last thought at night.

Martha and Ethel are bound to a tragedy that began years earlier when one of the Randolph slaves tried to run away. Neither of them knew it at the time, but they each played a part in a doomed and enduring legacy. They now have to decide how to face the consequences of their actions and determine if there is anything they can do to end the killing at the farm.

Check it out:
Belvoir by S.A. Huggins

Bargain eBooks Blog

I found a cool blog that features ebooks that are under $5.00! You can get some good deals on high quality books.

Check it out...

Bargain eBooks Blog

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Jack in the Green: An Excerpt

Jennifer Hudock is coming out with a sequel to The Goblin Market. This is from her blog.

"Jack in the Green, the long-anticipated sequel to The Goblin Market, is just months away from edging its way into the world. I’ve been working hard to get the first draft of the manuscript finished, and though I still have about 35,000 words or so to go, I’m bouncing with excitement."

Check out the first chapter here -

Jack in the Green: An Excerpt

Grab a copy of The Goblin Market (Into the Green)

Jefferies explores the criminal mind with Apolo Drakuvich :: Press Release from Geoffrey Alexander at

Jefferies explores the criminal mind with Apolo Drakuvich :: Press Release from Geoffrey Alexander at

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A nice review

G.W. Jefferies' Apolo Drakuvich captures the life of a petty criminal whose story is summed up by a quote from his long-time crush: "He may look smart, but he really isn't." The book is a pleasurable read ranging from bizarre and senseless to utterly tragic. Revolving around parasitic journalism, media and government corruption, and a ruthless, conniving judge who milks the citizens out of millions of dollars, Apolo Drakuvich can be described as a compilation of wild and sheer madness--captivating the readers' attention from beginning to end. With its raw descriptions, penetrating dialogue and crisp writing, this book is like no other.

Within all the madness that so epitomizes the life of Apolo, G.W. Jeffries presents a live of regret in epic proportions. Sitting in a jail cell, Apolo reflects, "One thing is for sure, I let it all slip many opportunities lost." Apolo sadly examines the events and decisions of his life, and the paths he took and should have taken. Apolo seeks peace of mind and justice, but flashbacks of his past continuously haunt him; moreover, he seems to be victimized by a corrupt justice system everywhere he goes.

Initially, the book has Apolo eight years removed from his troubled past. The story then flashes back from different stages of Apolo's life, giving the audience the background it needs to understand his character as a whole.

From being called "dork" and bullied by "Cocaine Shane" during his school days, Apolo goes through a number of life changing events. One of the most defining moments of the book, peering deeply into his character, is the scene in which Apolo states, "I wasn't always like this. I'm a hardened, thicker skin, arrogant fool. Like all of us, past events have shaped me into the person I'm today. But I've gone through so much crap. This environment has changed me. The people. The stupidity." As an offender, Apolo discusses pertinent issues of today's society, where it is next to impossible for offenders to live normal lives, despite the desire to do so. Essentially, law enforcement and authorities seem to systematically destroy the offender by placing constraints on the offender such as restrictions on where to live, GPS monitoring, registering as offenders on websites, and more.

Apolo Drakuvich is a must-read, highly recommended thriller that is a microcosm of numerous real-life issues encompassing the wild, the bizarre, and the tragic.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Daily Word Count Meter

NaNoWriMo Word Meter

I found a link to a cool word meter. Now I can share my word count updates on all of my projects. You can change your word goal count and color scheme.

6641 / 50000 words. 13% done!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations

HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations

HarperCollins is looking to make some money by placing a 26 book loan license for libraries. Unlike paper books, e-books last a freaking long time. HarperCollins sees this as money-loss problem and has decided to "fix" this little problem. I can't blame them. I would have done the same thing if I were in their shoes. I'm sure other publishers will start this same program.

We shall see if it works out.