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New Review Summer Shakeup: The Bone Road by Mary Holland

Bone Road

The Bone Road

By Mary Holland

Genre: Fantasy

Four Stars

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/the-bone-road-by-mary-holland/

Synopsis: 

A divvy, a dying woman, and a promise

Rhona has the divvy gift; with only a touch she knows if a baby will be fertile or will be a sterile Shun, destined to be killed or outcast. The people of the Deom depend on the divvys for survival, but it is a hard and brutal gift. As long as Rhona’s mother was alive, Rhona had followed the old ways, but now her mother is dead and Rhona is free to live her own life. She has one last obligation to fulfill: honor her mother’s dying wish to find a woman named Selina and offer her help.

Rhona has no idea who Selina is, but the best way to find anyone on Deo is to travel the Bone Road, the trade highway paved with the remains of their ancestors. And follow it Rhona does, accompanied by her young son Jak, straight into a twisted conspiracy of vengeance, death, rebirth, and the mystery of the Riders, men who never die and are bent on closing the Bone Road forever.

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About the Author:

Mary Holland writes fantasy and science fiction. She’s more interested how people would live in alien worlds than in the rocket ships they arrived on. She doesn’t do vampires or dragons although that could change at any moment. She lives in the Santa Cruz mountains with several cats and a husband.

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Audiobooks in production!

Three of my books are now in production for audiobooks! Audiobooks can be a great way to expand your book’s audience. There are fewer available than there are ebooks and print books, so your little darling can enjoy a smaller playground.

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I found my audiobook producers through ACX, Amazon’s audiobook Creation site. Through ACX authors can easily add their titles that are already on Amazon and choose an option to pay for audiobook creation or a profit-sharing arrangement with a narrator.

I found three great narrators and my audiobooks should hit the virtual shelves by September!

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New Review Summer Shakeup book 3: Thorn by Intisar Khanani


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Thorn

by Intisar Khanani

Genre: Fantasy, Folk Tale

Thorn is my third choice from my long list of review books for my Summer Shakeup. I’m a big fan of fairy tales and folk tales, so this one was a must-read!

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/thorn-by-intisar-khanani/

Synopsis;

For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed.

Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.

But powerful men have powerful enemies—and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometimes the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.

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Author bio:

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar’s next two projects include a companion trilogy to Thorn, following the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife, and The Sunbolt Chronicles, a novella serial following a young mage with a propensity to play hero, and her nemesis, a dark mage intent on taking over the Eleven Kingdoms.

Links:

GoodReads: goodreads.com/book/show/14059999-thorn

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Thorn-ebook/dp/B00869SADQ/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thorn-intisar-khanani/1111104034?ean=2940016184708

Apple iStore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/thorn/id562695485

Intisar’s website: http://www.booksbyintisar.com

Intisar on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/booksbyintisar

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New Review: Ping Ping Panda and the Power of Personal Responsibility

Ping Ping Panda and the Power of Personal Responsibility

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Ping Ping Panda and the Power of Personal Responsibility

by Bernadette Shih & Stephen Smoke

Genre: Children, Folk Tale

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/ping-ping-panda-and-the-power-of-personal-responsibility/

Synopsis: When Ping Ping spends all his money during one afternoon with his friends, the young panda’s father refuses to give him any more. 

“When I gave you money for the summer I told you it was your choice how you spent it.”

When Ping Ping’s friends hear about their friend’s money problems, they suggest that if Ping Ping’s father really loved him, he would give him more money.

The rest of the story is about how taking personal responsibility can provide more choices in your life, even if it doesn’t always seem like it at the time.

At its core, Ping Ping Panda is a story of a father’s love…and how it sometimes can be misunderstood.

Children’s author Bernadette Shih and novelist Stephen Smoke have collaborated with well-known illustrator Diane Lucas to create a timely parable that is as fun to read as it is enlightening.

Book Web page http://responsibility.com/book/ping-ping-panda/

Author Stephen Smoke: http://responsibility.com/book/ping-ping-panda/stephen-smoke/

Author Bernadette Shih: http://responsibility.com/bernadette-shih/

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/4-HXbz5_oeA

 

 

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Summer Shakeup book 3: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

For summer, I’m raiding my own book review list and bumping up some of the most interesting-looking titles! The third book in my Summer Shakeup is:

I love a good fairy tale and this one seemed like a fascinating one!

Synopsis:

Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.

But powerful men have powerful enemies–and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.

 

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Summer Shake-up book 2: Strange Academy

As part of my Summer Shake-up, I have decided to snag some of the most interesting-looking reads on my “to-read” list and bump them up! My second bump is

 

See how fast this goes when I do it this way? I have finished my review of book #1 and am ready to read book #2: Strange Academy by Theresa Wilde. I bumped this book because I love Paranormal Romance and because it looks like a lot of fun and I can really relate to strangeness.

Synopsis:

Determined to uncover the secret behind her eccentric aunt’s mysterious death, Sadie Strange, a quirky substitute teacher with a Master’s degree in comic book superheroes, takes a job at isolated private school Strange Academy. Her biggest obstacle? Haughty hottie Lorde Gray, the chemistry teacher who looks down his Roman nose at her as he tries to get her fired.

Undercover demon hunter Gray vows to use his spell-brewing powers to protect Strange Academy’s true purpose—educating extraordinary children with paranormal gifts. If the world knew the school’s secret, it would start a war that would destroy humanity. Gray won’t let a feisty mortal threaten that, no matter how much she swishes her heart-shaped butt.

When fate throws them together, strange allies Sadie and Gray seek to uncover the hidden forces behind her aunt’s death before they destroy Sadie—and the school. But when the demon hunter forbidden from associating with mortals and the mortal woman who can’t trust her own judgment around alpha males find themselves falling for each other, love is going to get a little strange…

 

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It’s a cover-up!

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Here is the latest tweak on two of my cover remixes. What do you think? Any last critiques before I officially change the cover for these two?

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Book Cover Remix

After some good feedback from some authors, I remixed my book covers. Visit my Flickr set to see what I’ve done, and please comment below on what you think of what I have so far. I would love some specific feedback! These are not finished yet, and I’d love advice on how to improve them.

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Discover Authors Discovery 2: My Twelve-Year-Old Baby will be Born in Eleven Days!

 

Fuller’s Curse has been twelve years in the making and there isn’t a strong enough word in the English language to describe my joy at its near arrival. After years of writing, rejections, rewriting, rejections, and more rewriting, finally a publishing contract landed on my desk only to be rescinded two months before the publication date. BUT, through it all my baby survived and it’s finally here. Or soon will be.

Fuller’s Curse is a psychological horror story about a family that is cursed. When you think psychological horror think Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Octavia Butler, Tananarive Due and others of that ilk. This is NOT a vampire, werewolf, slasher (i.e.-Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers), monster book. It is horror with intelligence and emotional impact (not that the other categories of horror don’t have these). In fact, at its core, Fuller’s Curse is a simple tale of good versus evil.

Read more: My Twelve-Year-Old Baby will be Born in Eleven Days!.

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Pirate Tales Giveaway

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Pirate Tales Giveaway

Mark your Calenders:

Salty Tales and I are thrilled to announce that the e-version of our first book, ‘Pirate Tales’, will be available for FREE through Amazon for one day only.

Tuesday, April 16th. All day! http://www.amazon.com/Pirate-Tales-Salty-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00BR0YGF2/ref=cm_sw_em_r_asw_21xCF.053CJCR_tt?ie=UTF8&colid=211AFCACOQPPZ&coliid=I3QV1OW2YYDC49
http://www.amazon.com/Pirate-Tales-Salty-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00BR0YGF2/ref=cm_sw_em_r_asw_21xCF.053CJCR_im?ie=UTF8&colid=211AFCACOQPPZ&coliid=I3QV1OW2YYDC49

So mark your calenders, to get your free copy of this years great Beach Read.

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Discover Authors: Compulsively Writing More Fiction 2012

Please visit the Discover Authors site for more great books! My book:

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Compulsively Writing More Fiction 2012

My experiences after the first book

by Kate Policani

Genre: Nonfiction, Self-publishing

This is a FREE ebook!

Kate Policani has compiled and reorganized the useful blog posts she wrote in 2012. Kate writes her blog to promote her Self-published books and to journal her path through Self-publishing. Her experiences can help you to achieve your dream of publishing your book, whether you choose to self-publish, publish traditionally, or just write for your own enjoyment. Kate Policani is a homemaker and compulsive writer from Seattle who writes Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the Seattle Writing Examiner column.

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Free PDF Download (from Kate’s website)

 

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New Review: Few Are Chosen by M.T. McGuire

Few Are Chosen

by M.T. McGuire

Genre: Fantasy, Humor

Read my review!

The Pan of Hamgee isn’t paranoid. There must be some people in K’Barth who aren’t out to get him it’s just that, right now, he’s not sure where they are. His family are dead, his existence is treason and he does the only thing he can to survive — getaway driving.

As if being on the run isn’t bad enough, when he finds a magic thimble and decides to keep it, he unwittingly sets himself on a collision course with Lord Vernon, K’Barth’s despot ruler.

Unwillingly The Pan is forced to make choices and stand up for his beliefs, beliefs he never knew he had until they were challenged. But when he is faced with a stark moral dilemma will his new found integrity stick? Can he stop running?

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BTSeMag Feature!

For the month of April, Gaele Hince  has featured  Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic in the BTSeMag, along with The Lustre and Compulsively Writing  Fiction:My experiences in Self-publishing in 2011Please visit the BTSeMag to see! (It’s on page 43.)

In honor of this feature I’m giving away a print copy of Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic on Goodreads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Don't Judge a Book By Its Magic by Kate Policani

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

by Kate Policani

Giveaway ends May 01, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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A new book!

This week I churned out a new 350000 word book! I can’t believe it, but here is my latest novel:

Talk and Cry

By Kate POlicani

Activia is a vibrant 42-year-old romance writer from upper Poop Creek Oregon. On her dream vacation to Bali she just wants to relax in the sun and write bestselling novels. Her peace is cruelly shattered when an archery club hijacks her exotic lunch cruise and invades her tranquility.

The darkly handsome captain of the team, Arto Jala, has Activia intrigued despite his moody cruelty and violent obsession with shellfish. His gritty sexuality is at odds with her pampered lifestyle, but he, too, finds her to be irresistible. Can she resist his smoldering advances?

In secluded Abalone cove by an artesian spring, as the coconuts sway in the breeze, he woos her. Drawn into his thrilling world, she soon is to discover his painful, haunting secret. Activia decides to use her vast knowledge of forensic psychology to uncover the mystery of his long, lost,  missing baby sister and punish those who kidnapped her from their beach side chalet. If Activia brings back Arum, will it calm Arto’s angry soul and allow him to abandon his barnacled past and grisly lifestyle of archery and truly love her forever? Can an Indonesian archer and an Oregonian novelist find true love together in a tropical paradise? Or can they only talk and cry?

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New Review: Stalking Shadows by Tahlia Newland

Stalking Shadows

Book 2 of the Diamond Peak Series

by Tahlia Newland

Genre: New Adult, Fantasy

Read my review here! 

Synopsis: Ripped from the safety of our world and thrust into a strange hidden realm on a quest to save her mother, Ariel aims to confront the Master Demon, but first she must defeat Amic, the bodyguard that’s trying to kill her. In order reach the safe haven of Sheldra, she must pass through dangerous terrain and battle demons, spirits, rogue Magicians and her own conflicting emotions.

Ariel wants to retain a clear focus on the task at hand so, despite Nick’s protests, she insists of a friends-only relationship with him. But the very thing she hoped would simplify her quest only complicates it with emotional, energetic and hormonal turmoil.

Despite Walnut’s continued guidance, Ariel finds herself constantly forced to rely on her own resources. Will she find the inner strength and wisdom she needs to defeat Amic and continue her journey?

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