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Friday, March 27, 2015

Book Giveaway+Interview: Turn On the Light So I Can Hear

Title: Turn On The Light So I Can Hear

Author: Teri Kanefield

Genre: Fiction

Book Blurb: 

A young artist badly in need of money bluffs her way through an interview into a job she is not prepared for.

To succeed, she must make room in her life for two people: Curtis, a deaf architect who has sworn he will never date a hearing woman, and thirteen-year-old Alex, profoundly deaf, rebellious, bold, and frightened. As each takes new risks in friendship and love, the hearing and deaf worlds come together.

With sign language--nimble and evocative--at its center, Turn On the Light So I Can Hear is about reaching across distances, the transformative powers of art, and finding a place to belong.

***Special Promo Week: Buy the book for only .99 March 27-29 on Amazon***

About the Author

Teri writes novels, short stories, essays, stories for children, and nonfiction for both children and adults.

Her children's books include The Girl From the Tar Paper School and Guilty? Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face Justice. Both books were Junior Library Guild Selections. The Girl From The Tar Paper School was a California Reading Association Silver Honor book and was included in the New York Public Library's 100 children's books to read in 2014. Her first novel, Rivka's Way, was a Sydney Taylor Awards Notable Book.

Her stories and essays have appeared in publications as diverse as Education Week, Scope Magazine, The Iowa Review, The American Literary Review, and Cricket Magazine.
Teri lives in California by the beach.

Teri's Website

And now....an interview!

The Book Landers: Probably an overused question at this point...but, I'm asking this anyway: what inspired you to write?

Teri: My love of books, definitely. My fantasy is to write something that transports and moves readers the way books move me.

TBL: is there a specific genre you favor?

Teri: I read almost everything: biographies, mysteries, historical fiction, contemporary fiction.

TBL: Do you think events that occur in your daily life impact how/what you write?

Teri: Absolutely. Turn on the Light So I Can Hear comes partly from personal experience. My husband and I are both hard of hearing. The title, in fact, comes from a private joke between us, which I guess is no longer so private!  

Also I love art and would have loved to be an artist. Creating a character as talented as Bretna was a lot of fun. My own level of talent is exactly like Curtis’s. I’ve taken enough art classes to know my own limits, and I utterly lack the talent to create visual art of incredible beauty.

TBL: Is there something you *must* need (ie. coffee, music) when you write?

Teri: The only thing I really need is a keyboard. Lately I’ve enjoyed having our new dog in my chair with me while I write. He's adorable.

TBL: Three words that describe Turn On The Lights So I Can Hear

Teri: From my heart

TBL: What is one fictional character you would want to meet in real life?

Teri: As I pondered this question, I realized I feel that I have met all my favorite characters. I like to reread books, which feels like revisiting friends. Sometimes I’ll think something like, “I wonder how Scout and Atticus are doing,” which prompts me to pick up the book and begin reading.

TBL: Vanilla or chocolate?

Teri: Chocolate, perferably very dark, with almonds.

TBL: Handwriting vs typing?

Teri: Typing.

TBL: Anything else you’d like to add?

Teri: Thank you so much for your interest in Turn On the Light So I Can Hear, and for hosting me on your blog.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Book Blast Charity: We Go On

Book Genre: Charity Anthology, Veterans

Publisher: Indie

Release Date: March 9, 2015 

Buy Link(s): Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book Description:

The poems and stories included in this anthology, written by various authors, tell of veterans outside of war, of how their sacrifice of service changed their lives long after the war was over. Although some of the messages of the sacrifices of war are sadly timeless, they speak of unsung heroes, and I say unsung because nothing we could ever do for them would ever be enough to say thank you for all they gave. With that said, with these poems and stories, we will give what we can. 100% of the profits made will go to charities for veterans.

To all who have served and to all of those who love them, we offer our undying gratitude because it is all we truly have to give you for your sacrifices, told and untold. So, we give what we can to honor you, to say thank you, and to, in some small way, give back. Although it could never be enough, a million thanks or a million dollars, we pray we can help some of the many who have given so much, so selflessly, and then suffered even as they fought another battle, the battle to go on…

Table of Contents: 

We Go On
An Enemy That Haunts My Mind by Alan W. Jankowski 
Wailing Wall by Judith Turner-Yamamoto 
A Soldier’s Dream by Steve Morse 
No Man Left Behind by Terry Rozum 
Waging Peace by Kelly Talbot 
Just a Humble Hero by John Hansen 
Dead Man Walking by Robin Merrill 
That Time We Brought Some Veterans Down to Mexico by Evan Harris 
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by Gregory Roorda 
The Demons Will Someday Die by Shruti Fatehpuria 
To Love Again by Anita Stienstra 
Journey of a Hidden Life by Julie Seedorf 
She - A Brutal Truth by Liberty Samantha Michael 
The Mind of a Shrimp by Robert E. Bergmann 
Exit Wounds by Lana Bella 
Not Perfect, Still a Hero by Jason W. Huschle 
Shadows of the Past by SL Berg 
Finding 'Peace with Honor' by Robert Morgan 
A Soldier’s Cry by Kelley Hutchison 
Coming Back To Life by Kiki Howell 
My Dad, My Hero by Stephen Quinn 
We Go On 

Please help support this cause - All Proceeds Go To 
Charity. You can help by purchasing the book, bravelets 
or custom designs at the links below and share with 
your friends and family.

Charities Include but are not limited to: 

Project Homefront, PTSD

Check Some Fun Other Ways We’ve Come Up With In Our Crusade to Support 

All Profits Go To Veteran’s Charities!!!! 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Review+Giveaway: Remote

Title: Remote

Author: Lisa Acerbo

Genre: YA Dystopian/Romance/Sci-Fi

Book Blurb:
When technology fulfills every dream, reality becomes a nightmare.

Below the streets of New State, the undergrounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. Every night, Yara risks her life fighting New State’s deadliest weapons, the drones. Half human and half machine, their living half tortured until everything human is gone, the drones have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with exacting precision.

Yara is good at her job and committed to her raids on New State. Until one of those raids brings her face-to-face with Joshua, a New State citizen who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the meaning of hooking up—a computer simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies—without the complication of emotional entanglements or physical reality. But what Yara feels for Joshua is very real. And it’s punishable by law.

As she and Joshua grow closer, she convinces him to leave New State for her underground cause. But as the unrest between New State and the underground escalates, and the drones move in to destroy her world, nothing goes as planned. Families are arrested, loyalties are strained, and Yara’s forced to choose between her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her people, and reality could slip away—forever...

I love the world Lisa Acerbo has created in Remote. Two characters live two very different lives. Josh is used to living a virtual reality, heeding the New State's laws; Yara spends her life underground or raiding the New State city during night. The author really draws some interesting perspectives into the novel, such as how taking technology too far can inhibit social skills--something that seems terrifyingly possible in the near future. 

The pacing of the novel was very fast, and yes, this does include the relationship between Josh and Yara.  Normally I don't like insta-love situations, but it worked in this case.  None of their relationship felt forced.

Yara is quite the character...I seem to have mixed feelings about her.  Although she wants to be treated like an adult, I can't help but feel some of her choices were rather immature.  Also, it seems as if she couldn't keep a single secret...On one hand, I admire her courage and her loyalty to the Underground (the name of the rebel group in which she grew up in.)  However, on the other I felt like she didn't appreciate the sacrifices her parents have made for her.

Josh was a unique character, breaking many male character stereotypes in the YA sci-fi/romance genre. First of all, he's a "tech head." Much of his life depended on the CHIP embedded within his head.  He's not fit, he's not strong (physically) and he has an open innocence that Yara had lost a long time ago.

Overall, I thought the plot and premise of Remote was excellent.  The only quips I had with the book was that I couldn't really seem to connect with Yara. Also, I felt like at times the story moved along so fast that much of the plot development was glazed over.  It would've been nice if there had been more showing rather than telling. Nevertheless, Remote is worth a read if you're looking for a quick sci-fi/romance.


Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and horse. She is the author of Apocalipstick and has contributed to local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter.

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