October 20, 2014

Book Review ~ Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice
Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date:
October 7th 2014
Simon & Schuster
Received from the publisher for an honest review

Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place on that very mountain... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

Initially I found Black Ice a little difficult to get into. When we first meet Mason he comes across as super sweet, and Britt seems like a reasonably resilient girl but once it slipped into a flirty “I’m gonna make you jealous” scenario, I was rolling my eyes... it’s all so cliché, and the best friend is an annoying whiny bitch! Who wants to be friends with someone that absolutely grates on your nerves, treats you like crap and says nasty things behind your back, I didn’t understand this friendship at all.

By the 25% mark the story picked up some. I found myself curious and more attentive of the characters; I started to care about them a little and the situation which they found themselves in. But with its erratic story flow I repeatedly became bored and I had pretty much guessed who the murderer was before the halfway point.

While Black Ice was an okay read, it wasn’t the thrilling story I was expecting. I wasn’t captivated by the situation or the characters, and the love story element fell flat for me. There was an attraction early on but beyond the initial sizzle, it didn’t really go anywhere. I wasn’t sucked up into the story and it just didn’t feel authentic. The only part that I truly enjoyed was the epilogue – it was the only part of the book that I felt connected to, that actually felt genuine. All in all it was a little too predictable for me.

I was left with a sense that this may not be the last we will see of this Black Ice couple. I could be wrong but I was left with many questions, **no spoilers** but there were a couple of things said by the killer that had me questioning his motives – and whether he was alone in his murder spree.

An okay read overall but Black Ice only gets 3.5 stars from me.

October 19, 2014

Blogger Insights (#3) The Importance of Social Networking

I have found and loved many indie books since I first started blogging X amount of years ago and I have made some great friendships with authors thanks to their accessibility via social media. And that's really where this post is leading, social networking.

Love it or hate it, facebook, twitter, instagram, goodreads, blogs, websites - the social media list is pretty endless - is a necessity in marketing your book and yourself as an author. If you want someone, anyone to help promote your book(s) then you need to be accessible and approachable to your potential readers.

I have worked with and reviewed for a number of authors who don't have much of a social profile and while I've taken every step to promote them and push their books, it has been a struggle. And on more than one occasion, I've found myself bearing the brunt of a disappointed author.

But interaction is key. Whether on facebook or twitter, or any other platform, it is imperative that an author connect with their readers and potential readers. It is also important to respond and interact when people go to the effort to message an author via a blog post, email or message. To ignore a direct message or comment is to possibly turn away a paying customer. So for as much as you may hate facebook and the like, it is a necessary tool.

Getting back to my earlier comment in regards to bearing the brunt of a disgruntled author... if I read and review your book or feature a book/author spotlight post and you have only one place in which fans can connect with you, it is always going to be hard to get your name out there, to get you seen on a large scale. And blaming the blogger that is helping you out is poor form to say the least.

At the end of the day, everything I do for an author or a book as a blogger for My Book Chatter is done because I want to. Because I've enjoyed a story. Because I've been asked for help and I'm a nice person. To then turn around and blame me for a lack of improved sales or reviews, or likes (for instance) is a slap in the face. Not to mention rude, arrogant, and a great way to lose not only my respect but more importantly, my support.

So the moral of this insight is... before you hit publish, before you ask anyone to market you, to read your book or promote you, to talk you up in any way, shape or form - create a decent social media profile.

Figure out what works for you.
Find out what is the easiest for you to maintain.
Make an effort to connect.
And for Gods sake take some responsibility... I get paid nothing to blog about you, to help you out. For you to treat me like your personal virtual punching bag is not okay, and you never know - you might just find yourself the subject of a name and shame rant post!

Things to remember: 90% of bloggers are here for the books, the stories, the love of reading. And by spending our time getting excited about you is beneficial to you.

Book bloggers are often the front line of your promotion, we often start the hype; but we can shut you down just as quickly if you piss enough of us off!


Don't forget... if you have a burning question, or an idea for a Blogger Insight post, email me at bookschatter(at)gmail(dot)com

*side note*
I personally, am not vindictive, bitchy, or popular enough to actually shut you down... I'm just making a point here - have some manners, and some self-respect!

October 17, 2014

Cover Reveal ~ Damned Sinner by Jami Denise

Damned Sinner
(The Jayne Series), Book Three
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RELEASE DATE:  November 24, 2014
Vince Donovan has lost a lot in his life. He has lived life under a code of greed, lies and crime - never allowing anyone to get too close. After losing the empire he fought to build at the hands of a psychotic man in pursuit of revenge, Vince vows to rebuild what he once had. Along with his once protege and now partner, Jayne King, he sets out to create an empire that is based on beautiful women, sex and sin.

Kelsey Franklin is young, beautiful, sexy and should be forbidden. Kelsey is also the one woman that Vince has vowed never to have and yet is the one woman he wants and needs.

When love happens in the unlikeliest of circumstances Vince must ask himself - Is love fit for the damned and the sinner?
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The Jayne Series Reading Order

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See Jayne Play (The Jayne Series, Book One)

Queen of Hearts (The Jayne Series, Book Two)

Damned Sinner (The Jayne Series, Book Three)
Releasing November 24, 2014
About the Author

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Jami Denise is a romance writer from Southern California. While she waits for the next felon to come along and sweep her off her feet, she writes about swoony bad boys and sassy gals that make them squirm. She also loves cats, cars, cupcake flavored lip balm, and cherry limeade.

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October 16, 2014

Release Day Blitz & Giveaway ~ Collateral by Callie Hart

Collateral (Blood & Roses), Book Six
Amazon: TBD
B & N: TBD
RELEASE DATE: October 14th, 2014
The final instalment of Zeth & Sloane's story is here!
With Lacey missing and everything falling apart, Sloane and Zeth will do everything they can to get her back. If that includes facing off against Charlie Holsan, the DEA, and anyone else who gets in their way, then so be it.
Faced with heartbreak, danger, and the increasing need to protect the ones he loves, Zeth Mayfair is finally realizing what it means to have a family. With her fears coming full circle, Sloane must learn that forgiveness is the only way to move forward.
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“Pain is a strange thing, Sloane,” he says softly. “People have entirely the wrong idea about it. From birth, children are coddled and panicked over when they hurt themselves, so they grow up believing it’s a bad thing. As soon as their nerve endings start sending feedback to the brain, their fear receptors kick in. They freak the fuck out. What do they teach you in medical school about pain?”
“It’s a survival technique,” I whisper.
Zeth moves closer—I can sense him standing before me. All I need to do is reach up and touch him, but I know I shouldn’t. It’s not my role. “Right,” Zeth says. “But that doesn’t mean we should be afraid of it. We should embrace it. Relish it. Know the limits of our pain, and understand what we can tolerate.” Something hard presses against my cheek, and my hands, resting on top of my thighs, automatically curl into fists. “I know what you can tolerate, Sloane. I’ve told you that before, and you’ve trusted me. Do you trust me now?”
“Yes. I trust you.”
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