11.12.12

Mailbox Monday – November 12th

Posted in Event at 1:56 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia for originating Mailbox Monday. This month’s host is Kathy of Bermudaonion.

It was a light week for me. I received an ebook copy of Remnants of Life: Legends of Darkness by Georgia L. Jones from First Rule Publicity for a December tour. It’s an urban fantasy novel in which the main character dies and comes back as something else. I think that would be qualify as anyone’s bad day.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

11.08.12

Lakebridge: Summer by Natasha Troop

Posted in Review at 3:20 am by Amber

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Title: Lakebridge: Summer (available in Kindle and Paperback formats)
Author: Natasha Troop
Publisher: Red Frog Publishing
Source: Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book cover of Lakebridge: Summer

In the aftermath of a tragic spring day, the people of Stansbury, Vermont, are unable to forget what happened, as they have all the tragedies of their past. After the media exploited their pain, they have become uneasy with the world beyond their town and with any outsiders.

In the aftermath of the media deluge, latecomers straggle into Stansbury looking to pick up the scraps of stories left behind. What they find, however, is that the powerful forces that have guided the destinies of the people of the town for hundreds of years are now at war with one another and in need of pawns.

In the aftermath of Spring, there is Summer.

Earlier today I reviewed Lakebridge: Spring. Lakebridge: Summer is the second book in the supernatural horror literary fiction Lakebridge Cycle series. These can be read as standalone books but are more enjoyable together.

Shelley, the current apothecary counter girl, is one of the sweetest characters you’ll ever read. She wants nothing more than to be the star of her own romantic comedy. Gil, her best friend and a constant source of bad luck, wants to hide away from humanity to keep any other Stansbury resident from getting hurt. What they want the most is to have Stansbury back the way it was before the spring tragedy which took so many lives.

While Lakebridge: Spring was grounded in the physical present, Lakebridge: Summer has more spiritual and supernatural elements to it. The Stansbury residents can’t forget the past like they’ve forgotten past tragedies. Those who have seen the angel with the horrible eyes knows something else is going to  happen in town but they can’t bring themselves to leave.

The character’s stories aren’t neatly tied up at the end but hope is offered up to entice you into reading the third book in the Lakebridge Cycle. Ms. Troop offers solid storytelling about the residents of Stansbury, Vermont.

Natasha Troop

About the Author:

Natasha grew up in Southern California and received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Comparative Literature. She also holds Masters Degrees in both Secondary Education and Creative Writing. Natasha currently lives in the Phoenix area with her spouse, son, daughter and menagerie of pets, including a Basset named Moose and a very overprotective collie dog. Aside from writing and teaching high school students to love theatre.

Connect with Natasha on the Stansbury, Vermont blogFacebook or Twitter.

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Lakebridge: Spring by Natasha Troop

Posted in Review at 12:12 am by Amber

Title: Lakebridge: Spring
Author: Natasha Troop
Publisher: CreateSpace
Source: Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Vermont, picturesque and lovely, attracts visitors from across the country in search for the perfect picture, the perfect fall foliage or perhaps a taste of maple syrup. Stansbury is best known for the odd covered bridge that spans Stansbury Lake and goes nowhere, connecting no roads and serving no known purpose. The locals call it the Lakebridge. Very few know of its mysterious origins and fewer care to know more. Those visiting the town perhaps take a few snapshots and leave, their curiosity quelled by an uneasy feeling that they shouldn’t think on it anymore.

The tourists will eventually leave Stansbury, but its residents strangely linger, seemingly held captive by a force they barely recognize. They also do not think about the town’s mysterious artifact much except in passing, all but Gil, his father, Ben, and a few others. They know of the bridge’s dark history and understand that it is responsible for every horror that ever befell the people of Stansbury: the people who fear the bridge but will not speak of it. The bridge makes people do things – bad things – so that it can continue to love and care for them all.

Some have tried to destroy the bridge, but as long as the bridge is fed with the lives of the innocents of Stansbury it will go on – loving the people of Stansbury.

Lakebridge: Spring is the first of a four book cycle revolving around Stansbury and the Lakebridge.

This series is described as supernatural horror. I’m generally squeamish about horror but thought I could handle this and I did. If you’re looking for broken bones and slashed up bodies this is not the book for you. That’s not to say there isn’t violence in it. There is but it fits the story and isn’t so graphic it kept me from eating while reading.

Lakebridge: Spring has elements of a whodunit which pulls the reader into the story. No character, no matter how minor, is wasted.

This novel is grounded in the present and what can be seen. People are living their lives and not thinking too far ahead into their futures. They never ponder the purpose of the bridge. They don’t wonder what happened to the many apothecary counter girls who disappeared over the years. Something always turns their thoughts away from the past and back to the present.

I often find stream of consciousness points of view annoying. The stream of consciousness storytelling works. In fact, it really helps you understand the characters better. Even the weasel faced Deputy’s thoughts provides laughs. Sure, it’s a dark story, but it’s got humor to lighten the tension.

 

Natasha Troop

About the Author:

Natasha grew up in Southern California and received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Comparative Literature. She also holds Masters Degrees in both Secondary Education and Creative Writing. Natasha currently lives in the Phoenix area with her spouse, son, daughter and menagerie of pets, including a Basset named Moose and a very overprotective collie dog. Aside from writing and teaching high school students to love theatre.

Connect with Natasha on the Stansbury, Vermont blogFacebook or Twitter.

 

11.07.12

First Rule Publicity Virtual Book Tour for Natasha Troop

Posted in Event at 10:26 pm by Amber

Natasha Troop’s virtual book tour for Lakebridge: Summer started a few days ago and ends on the 15th. Tour stops tomorrow include my book review and an interview at Author Interrupted. I hope you’ll stop by again here tomorrow and find out more about her book. In the meantime, you can read at excerpt at From the Bootheel Cotton Patch.

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11.05.12

Mailbox Monday – November 5th

Posted in Event at 11:18 pm by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia for originating Mailbox Monday. The host for November is Kathy of Bermudaonion.

I received a copy of Lee Martin’s Break the Skin for review from Crown Publishing. He’s a local author.

Lastly I bought Monster in My Closet by R.L. Naquin. She was one of the authors at the Coyote Con.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

11.01.12

Writerly Weekend

Posted in Event, Writing at 12:02 am by Amber

It’s almost time for NaNoWriMo and I’ll be doing it again this year. (Last year I took a break.)

This past weekend was full of writerly activities to help get me pumped for it.

The online speculative fiction writer’s conference, Coyote Con, returned. Saturday I attended “The End of the World – Apocalyptic Fiction”, “Gaming & Writing” and “The Good, The Bad, The Girly & The Manly” chats. I wanted to attend one in the evening but honestly can’t remember what I did instead.

Sunday I went to my NaNoWriMo Columbus Regional Kick-Off party. And then I attended more Coyote Con chats. Appropriately the first one was “NaNoWriMo”. It seemed I was the only one with questions for the panelists. Afterwards I attended the “Here Be Magic Group”.

Originally I was planning on writing fan fiction for this year’s NaNoWriMo but now I’m leaning towards a series of short stories about a haunted house.