[#CoverReveal & Sample Chapter] Singularity by Eldon Farrell #Singularity #Dystopian

Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Thriller

Release Date: August 14, 2018

The Blurb

Nathan Miller owns the streets of Union City. A rogue detective protected by a corrupt establishment—his rule is absolute. But nothing lasts forever.

Someone has betrayed him and now blog sensation Alexis King knows things she shouldn’t. Coming after Nathan she threatens his authority, giving the elite cause to question his worth.

To protect his reign, Nathan must silence his betrayer before Alexis learns enough to topple him. But he’s no longer the only thing to fear in the rotten underbelly of 2035. His search uncovers an evil preying upon the displaced beyond the city wall—making Nathan the next target.

SAMPLE CHAPTER

Festival House was modelled after Shakespeare’s Globe in London, England. In the heart of the city, it’s far from the troubles outside the wall. The Elizabethan theatre, constructed of oak and thatch, stood three stories around with an open-air center.

Nathan entered the private balcony of Mayor Willie Vargas. Below, players acted out a scene from King Lear. The accommodations were plush. Leather chairs sat on each side of a marble table. On top of the table, a wine bottle rested inside an ice bucket.

“Take a seat,” Vargas said in a hushed tone.

Nathan adjusted the lapels of his trench coat before lowering into the opulent chair.

“Uncomfortable?”

Nathan glanced around the packed house and noted wealthy executives and public figures alike. “Not my crowd,” he answered.

“You could do with some culture, Nathan,” Vargas picked off a piece of lint on his knee as he said, “It could broaden your horizons.”

On stage Goneril recited, “By day and night he wrongs me; every hour he flashes into one gross crime or other, that sets us all at odds: I’ll not endure it: His knights grow riotous, and himself upbraids us on every trifle. When he returns from hunting, I will not speak with him; say I am sick: If you come slack of former services, you shall do well; the fault of it I’ll answer.”

Nathan shook his head. “If this is culture, I’ll remain uncouth. What did you want to discuss?”

Vargas offered a thin smile that revealed his eye teeth. He set his HoloSphere between them, indicating Nathan should pick it up.

With a sigh, Nathan lifted the unit to find the latest blog from the King’s Ransom frozen on the screen. His hand tightened around the plastic as he looked over at Vargas.

“You’ve heard her latest I’m sure?” Vargas said, “Tell me you had nothing to do with this attack.”

Tossing the unit aside, Nathan answered, “Nothing that can be proven.”

Vargas exhaled through clenched teeth. “You—” He narrowed his eyes. “You think she needs to prove anything?”

Nathan said nothing and Vargas pressed his point. “She accuses you of criminality and then gets roughed up by thugs outside the wall. You see how that looks?”

“I don’t care what it looks like.”

Well I do,” Vargas yelled.

Goneril raised his gaze to their balcony—upset by the outburst.

His voice a whisper, Vargas said, “I assumed you were smarter than this, but perhaps I need to spell it out for you. King is not to be touched.”

“Maybe you want to talk to Logue about that?”

“I’m the mayor of this city,” Vargas said, “Michael answers to me. As do you.”

“And for how long?” Nathan tightened his left hand into a fist. “She’s coming after me, but do you really think she’ll stop there? Protect her, and she’ll fit you for a noose.”

Vargas turned away, his composure unshaken. He made a show of adjusting his gold cufflinks before answering the charge.

“Her crusade has only made her more famous. Going after her gives her more fodder—I’m protecting us all. You need to cut her off at the source.

“How many know the details? Who stands to gain from all this? You need to find the leak and do it fast.”

Nathan nodded his agreement as Vargas asked, “Who do you think would betray you?”

“It has to be someone I’m putting the screws too,” Nathan said, “They must think this will get them out from under me.”

Vargas reached for the chilled bottle and poured himself a drink into a delicate glass flute. “What would a person like that know? Have you considered someone closer?”

His gaze narrowed as Nathan awaited a suggestion.

“Someone on the force, perhaps?” Vargas asked, “How well do you know your partner?”

Nathan snorted. “No way. He wouldn’t do this.”

“You’re certain of that? I hear he doesn’t want a cut of the proceeds.”

Nathan reached for the bottle. “He’s idealistic, not suicidal.”

“What do you think you’re doing?”

Nathan paused with the bottle in his hand.

“That costs more than your salary. Put it down.”

With a terse nod, Nathan slowly replaced the bottle. “I know my partner. Quinn’s not a rat.”

“Why doesn’t he want a cut of the proceeds?”

“I told you, he’s idealistic,” Nathan said.

Vargas shook his head and turned away. “I’d feel better about him if he was on the take.”

Nathan stood and glanced down at the players on the stage before he said, “You don’t need to worry about Quinn. He’s not who I’m looking for.”

As he turned to leave the balcony, Vargas said, “You may trust your partner with your life, but I don’t trust him with mine. Take him before the Judge. Eli will know if he’s hiding something.”

“So, what was that about back there?” Quinn asked as they drove past the wall. “Festival House isn’t the usual beat.”

Nathan gave him a look but offered no reply. Vargas’ warning echoed in his ears.

“Was nothing,” Nathan said after a moment, “Had to meet a concerned citizen is all.”

He turned away to watch the city glide past his window. He didn’t want to doubt Quinn’s loyalty, but Vargas’ accusation took root. Angry at Vargas and himself, he opened and closed his fists while the veins throbbed in his neck.

“Pull over up ahead,” he said to his partner.

Quinn put it in park. Nathan jumped out and rushed into a dark alley.

Throwing his own door open, Quinn hurried after him.

“If it isn’t my old buddy Terry,” Nathan said, full of menace, “How’s my favorite pusher?”

Footsteps scattered as a pair of teenagers beat a hasty retreat.

“Oh man,” Terry said, “Chasing away my business.”

The complaint fell on deaf ears and did nothing to remove the condescending grin from Nathan’s lips.

Rail thin and wiry, Terry Watts displayed the hallmarks of a junkie.

Nathan said, “Don’t worry Terry, you’ll find more like them.”

Shifting his feet, Terry glanced between Nathan and Quinn several times. “Why you sweating me man? They was paying customers.”

Nathan showed Quinn an astute smile before he put a shoulder into Terry and slammed him back against the brick wall. Terry’s head bounced hard off it before he collapsed in a heap.

Nathan grabbed a handful of his greasy blond hair to pull his head up. “Let’s get one thing straight, T-dog. You operate under my good graces. You exist because I allow it. I let you move your shit on my streets in return for your cooperation when I want it.”

He shoved his head back to the ground. “So don’t piss me off.”

“All right man.” Terry crawled a short distance away to sit up. Spittle hung from his bottom lip. He asked, “Shit, what do you need?”

“Well now, that’s more like it.”

A bottle breaking echoed in the alley. Quinn to glanced into its dark depths and hovered his hand over his holster.

Nathan paid the noise no heed. “Somebody’s been talking, Terry. They been telling King shit she shouldn’t know.”

“Well, it isn’t me man!” He scratched his cheek as he said, “I—I didn’t say nothing.”

“Did I say it was you?” Nathan clipped him behind the head knocking him forward. “You don’t know shit and, even if you did, who’d fucking believe you? Piece of shit junkie.”

“Well then, what do you want man?” His pleading tone gave Quinn pause, but it only further angered Nathan.

With his left hand around his throat, Nathan lifted Terry up and pressed him back against the wall.

“Miller—” Quinn objected. Nathan silenced him with a look.

“You’re connected, shithead.” Nathan tightened his grip on Terry’s throat. “You got your ear to the ground. You know things. You know how to find out things. Want to keep getting high? Find out who’s talking to King. You bring me their name, and you can crawl back into your haze. Otherwise, I’m gonna be all up in your shit, and things will be unpleasant for you.”

He dropped him, and Terry slid down the wall wracked by coughs as air flooded back into his tortured lungs.

As he walked away, Nathan said, “Spread the word. I want a name, and I want it now!”

Quinn lingered a moment as Terry retched on the concrete before he turned away from him and followed his partner into the dark.

About the author
Eldon Farrell was born in Guelph, Ontario, growing up just down the road in Brantford. A designated professional accountant, he’s a graduate of both Fanshawe College and Laurentian University. He still resides in South Western Ontario together with his lovely wife Emily and their young son Connor. An avid reader and writer of suspense fiction, he is a lover of language and an unapologetic fan of DC Comics. The Descent series (Stillness, Taken, and Realm of Shadows) are his first published works of fiction but represent only the beginning!

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[#BookReview] 100 Bugs by Kate Narita & Suzanne Kaufman @katenarita @mackidsbooks

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Books

Publication Date: June 12, 2018

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If your kids like bugs, then they will appreciate counting all the beautifully illustrated insects in this book!

It’s a great way to introduce counting and math. Math is not a favourite at our house, so this was a fun and creative way to teach counting by 10’s.

Are your kids fascinated by creepy crawlies like my kids?

[#BookTag] This or That?

I was tagged by the awesome Bentley @bookbastion for this fun tag, so don’t forget to check out his blog when you have a moment.

Thanks for taggin me & please feel free to tag me anytime!! It’s been a while since I’ve participated in one of these, so here it goes:

Reading on the Bed or the Couch?

(If only my room looked like this 😜)

Definitely bed! It’s the only kid free zone I have in my house. LOL. Unless I’m at work. The I read at my desk when it’s not busy.

Male Main Character or Female Main Character?

I’m not picky as long as the story and writing is good. I feel like it becomes redundant when it’s always the same type of character, so changing it up is always needed in my books.

Sweet Snacks or Salty Snacks while reading?

oooh..salty..wait, sweet! umm..how bout both? It really depends on my mood, but I actually don’t really snack while I’m reading. I save those for movie nights.

Trilogies or Quartets?

With the exception of Harry Potter, 3 books would be the max I’d say..unless it’s a graphic novel. Otherwise, I find the story eventually fades and becomes pointless.

Reading First Person or Third Person POV?

I think this really depends on the storyline. I’m a fan of multiple POV’s, especially if it’s a mystery/thriller. Makes the characters a little more unreliable.

Reading at Night, or in the Morning?

It starts off at night and ends in the wee hours of the morning. My only free time is right before bed, and this is the time I always choose to read or watch something on the tube.

Libraries or Bookstores?

Again, this depends on the book. I have started to take advantage of the library this year to help pinch a few pennies. Now, I only buy books if it’s a limited edition or a comic book (yes..I’m old-ER and still refer to them as comics).

Ebooks have been quite popular for me out of convenience. Since I read at night and in my bed, I like using my phone to read. It’s probably the worse thing for my eyes, but I like it! I can read without turning on a night light and disturbing my hubby who’s a light sleeper.

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Always laugh! I don’t like sad stories.

Black book covers or white covers?

HMM..I’m more drawn to black, but in the end it depends on cover art. If the book has a pretty cover, and let’s not kid ourselves here, we ALL love pretty covers! Then the colour doesn’t really matter. I’m all about variety.

Character driven or Plot driven?

I’d say this one is hard to answer, because again, it depends on the genre and nature of the story. If it reads like a soap opera, then character driven. If it’s a crime or YA novel, then you need a bit of both.

[#BookReview] Into The Water by Paula Hawkins #Overhypedbooks

Into the WaterInto the Water by Paula Hawkins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars

This was just meh..

What I liked..
The Mystery: The first page starts off with a nice teaser that eases you into what you think is going to be a great mystery/crime thriller.

instead..

You get a mix of characters narrating the story, jumping back and forth between timelines making it confusing. Now don’t get me wrong, I happen to love multiple POV’s when it’s done well. But this just had too many all at once.

I also felt like the story was a bit repetitive each time a new character was introduced and just seemed to drag on and on.
There was a twist at the end, but in my opinion, it was nothing to get excited over.

Overall, this wasn’t for me 😦

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Have you read this? Did you enjoy it more than I did?

[#BookReview] The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw #DNF

The Wicked DeepThe Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

DNF

Womp Womp..

I know! With the pretty cover, mention of witches and great intro:

“And so at the end of June, when the moon was nothing but a thin shard in the overcast sky, stones were tied to the sisters’ ankles, and they were dropped into the ocean just beyond the cape, where they sank to the bottom and drowned. Just like the ship they arrived on.”

I was sure I would enjoy it like the majority…WRONG!

After the first page, I swear this book read like someone speaking in ridiculously slow monotone.

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UGH..I gave up after page 15. Sorry this wasn’t better!

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[#BookReview] Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan @kevinkwanbooks @Doubledayca #CrazyRichAsians #Goodreads #ChickLit

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

Published: June 11, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book Blurb:

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

My Thoughts…

The more I read, the more guilty I was of loving this book! I do have to say, it’s not for everyone. Think trashy Hollywood gossip, The Real Housewives and Young & the Restless, but with an all-Asian cast. If you’re rolling your eyes and this isn’t your thing, then stop right now and don’t waste your time.

Since I’m Chinese, it was an added bonus in understanding the humor, language and culture. However, it’s not a requirement and footnotes are included which is very helpful.

For me, it was incredibly addictive and entertaining. There were times I even found myself giggling in the middle of night while in my bed reading on my phone. I loved all the characters, including the ones you want to hate.

NOTE: If you haven’t read it and plan to, don’t get too caught up in trying to keep track of who’s who, cause there are ALOT of characters and families mentioned.

And OMG..the way Kwan described the food and coffee..YUM!! Made me wish I was a Leong or Khoo, just so I could fly a private jet to Australia for the perfect latte.

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series.

Have you read it? If so, any plans to watch the film?

[#KidsLit] Everything Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon @jimmyfallon @MacKidsBooks #MothersDay #MothersDayBooks #PictureBooks

I don’t know about you guys, but I love Jimmy Fallon! He’s hilarious and incredibly talented. So of course, I was totally stoked to have the opportunity to read this to my kids, and I was curious to check out his writing/storytelling skills.

To be honest, the target audience is between 1-3 years old. But my 12 yr old (who is also a fan) wanted to read it too. LOL.

We both thought it was uber cute. My other kids really enjoyed looking at the pictures. If you get creative, it can serve as a great way to teach letter recognition and reading. My two sons (4 & 6), are at that age and this was a fun way to apply what they’ve learned so far.

It’s the perfect book for Mother’s Day, and would make a great gift (baby shower, baby’s first b-day, etc)

**I’d like to thank Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for my copy of this awesome book**

Do you watch The Tonight Show?

[#FictionFridays]

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It’s Fri-YAY..and you know what that means..it’s time for another episode of fave characters, except today, I am featuring my favourite villain.

DARTH VADER!! Funny enough, it also happens to be May 4th! (How fitting).

Why he’s so badass:

– Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith was my favourite. I loved the whole transition from good to evil. The scene where Anakin is saved and they put on his helmet..OMG. It gave me goosebumps!!

– He has very cool powers: Force choke, Force Push & telekinesis to name a few

-His armor & lightsaber

Who’s your favourite villain?

[#BlogTour] A Slave Of Shadows by Naomi Finley @finleyauthor @HFVBT #HistoricalFiction #ASlaveoftheShadowsBlogTour #NaomiFinley

A Slave of the Shadows by Naomi Finley

Publication Date: March 5, 2018
Huntson Press Inc.
eBook & Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

In 1850 Charleston, South Carolina, brutality and cruelty simmer just under the genteel surface of Southern society. In an era where ladies are considered mere property, beautiful and headstrong Willow Hendricks’ father has filled her life with turmoil, secrets, and lies.

Her father rules her life until she finds a kindred spirit in spunky, outspoken Whitney Barry, a northerner from Boston. Together these Charleston belles are driven to take control of their own lives—and they are plunged into fear and chaos in their quest to fight for the rights of slaves. Against all odds, these feisty women fight to secure freedom and equality for those made powerless and persecuted by a supposedly superior race.

Only when they’ve lost it all do they find a new beginning.

Book 1 presents Willow and Whitney—and the reader—with the hardships the slaves endure at the hands of their white masters.

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About the Author

Naomi lives in Northern Alberta. Her love for travel means her suitcase is always on standby while she awaits her next plane ticket and adventure. Her love for history and the Deep South is driven by the several years she spent as a child living in a Tennessee plantation house. She comes from a family of six sisters. She married her high school sweetheart and has two teenage children and two dogs named Ginger and Snaps.

Creativity and passion are the focus of her life. Apart from writing fiction, her interests include interior design, cooking new recipes, throwing lavish dinner parties, movies, health, and fitness.

A Slave of the Shadows is her first novel.

For more information, please visit Naomi Finley’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

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A Slave of the Shadows

[#BookReview] Rust & Stardust by T.Greenwood @NetGalley @StMartinsPress @tgwood505 #Goodreads #NewRelease #HistoricalFiction #Netgalley

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: Aug 7, 2018

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book Blurb

Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11 year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth’s, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute―unless she does as he says.

This chilling novel traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.

My Thoughts…

This was a very well-written novel based on the true story of Sally Horner. I actually had no clue who that was or any previous knowledge of her case, which made this all the more intriguing.

For those of you like me, here are some quick facts:

  • Florence Sally Horner (11 yrs old) was abducted old by 50 yr old child molester Frank LaSalle in 1948.
  • Frank pretended to be an FBI agent after catching Sally steal a 5 cent notebook in Camden, NJ
  • For more info, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Sally_Horner

The last book I read that was based on true events, did not work for me. But this one totally did! I loved how Greenwood chose to stick with the same chain of events, names and timelines. Definitely not what I was expecting. It was told from multiple POV’s, which made this a truly enjoyable read. Because this was based on real events, it made it an even more emotional read..or at least for me it did. Without giving too much away, I actually found myself wanting to slap some of these characters. Especially near the end with Susan and Vivi! I don’t think I would have been as nice as Susan was!

Have you heard or read this book? Do you like to read books that are based on true stories or real people?