Apr 012014
 

Myth 8

Four Days with Hemingway’s Ghost by Tom Winton

Christoph’s Review

Four Days with Hemingway’s Ghost by Tom Winton is a remarkably original and cleverly written story.

The main character, Jack, a mild and ambiguous fan of Hemingway and his work, gets to meet his ‘hero’ while in a coma. He spends four days with him, talking about life, the afterlife, Hemingway’s life and they even get to visit famous locations and people of the famous author’s life.

What happens towards the end of the novel is somewhat of a surprise and I am reluctant to share much about it in a review. I don’t want to hype your expectations either with promises of a huge twist but a change of direction takes place that is well fitting and surprising. Let it be sufficient that the storyline cracks open a new dimension and the effects of the meeting in the coma are turning the novel into something else altogether, and something good for that matter.

From the first paragraph I knew that Jack had a story to tell and that I would be wanting to hear it. For the entire book that desire to follow the plot did not diminish but actually intensified. I was surprised how much abotu Hemingway I remembered as he wanders through the story and talks about his life. The ending left me very satisfied and in awe of the story.

Interesting and cleverly written without pretence and self-indulgence this is very likeable and enjoyable to read. Winton handles the drama and literary heaviness without losing sight of necessary balance and distance via humour and wit.

Highly recommended.

Myth Chris
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Mar 282014
 

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Today’s special guest is the gifted and fun S.R. Mallery. Sarah is the author of short stories and her debut Historical novel, Unexpected Gifts, is a fascinating look at several generations in one family. From Woodstock to Ellis Island, she captures the essence of what made people who they were in each generation. Sarah is also one of the reviewers here at MythBehaving Let’s find out more about Sarah!

 

 

 

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S.R. Mallery

S.R. Mallery has worn various hats in her life.

First, a classical/pop singer/composer, she moved on to the professional world of production art and calligraphy. Next came a long career as an award winning quilt artist/teacher and an ESL/Reading instructor.

Her short stories have been published in Descant 2008,Snowy Egret,Transcendent Visions, The Storyteller, andDown In the Dirt.

Unexpected Gifts, her debut novel, is currently available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Sewing Can be dangerous and Other Small Threads, her collection of short stories, has just launched on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

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Mar 122014
 

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Today’s special guest is debut author Rick Campbell, with his fascinating submarine thriller, The Trident Deception. Please join us for a behind-the-scene look at this new author and his intriguing novel.

 

 

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Rick Campbell

A native of Cocoa, Florida, Rick attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and spent over thirty years in the Navy. His tours of duty include four nuclear powered submarines, the Pentagon, and the Undersea Weapons Program Office. On his last submarine, he was one of the two men whose permission was required to launch its twenty-four nuclear warhead-tipped missiles.

Rick considered writing for many years, and as he approached retirement from the Navy, he wrote The Trident Deception, a novel that draws on his extensive knowledge of submarine warfare.

Rick lives with his family in the Washington, D.C. area, where he is working on the sequel to The Trident Deception, due out from St. Martin’s Press in 2015.

 

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Mar 032014
 

my picToday I’m pleased to welcome Patricia C. Lee to the show. Pat is loads of fun and so are her Urban Fantasy books. Please join us for an entertaining interview!

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Pat has had a love affair with the written word since childhood, many times immersing herself in the stories of Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene. Her active imagination gave inspiration to short stories and her first play as a teen. As an adult she has penned an award winning short story titled “The Battle” and “A Precious Glimpse in Time” published in an anthology. Her full-length play, “The Truth About Lies”, was staged at a theatrical festival competition in 2006. Although still in pursuit of a place truly called home, Pat currently lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and three cats, all of which claim rule over the house at one point or another. When her nose isn’t pressed to the laptop monitor, you can find her at the public library. Besides dreaming up her next novel, Pat also enjoys traveling, baking, camping, wine, and of course reading – not necessarily in that order.

 

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Feb 272014
 

Myth 8

Constructing Marcus by Danielle DeVor

Maer’s Review

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I was pleased to read Constructing Marcus as part of Daneille DeVor’s Book Tour. And what a fun read this was! From the first pages I was hooked into sixteen-year-old Emma’s life. With her penchant for ghost hunting, dealing with a mother’s illness and a move to a new city and home, our young heroine grabs you up and takes you on her journey of exploration and discovery. This isn’t just a paranormal novel where Emma sleuths to track down the secret of the house and its unusual resident, but it’s also a coming of age novel. Emma discovers depths of her own in this intriguing book.

DeVor has captured the essence of a teen dealing with the paranormal shes always wanted to find. The pace is fast, the characters interesting and story engaging. DeVor’s writing is crisp and the first person narrative works perfectly to draw in the reader. Descriptions are just the right amount for a Young Adult novel, and give an outline that allows the reader to fill in the rest with their own imagination.

Sweet without becoming saccharine, Constructing Marcus is a perfect read for a Sunday afternoon.

 

Myth Maer

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Welcome to the Book Tour & Giveaway for Constructing Marcus by Danielle DeVor. You can find Danielle’s complete tour schedule at MythBehaving Book Tours.

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Feb 232014
 

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Tour Schedule for Constructing Marcus by Danielle DeVor

February 26 – March 8, 2014

 

02/26/14 – Fantasy Fun with Kirstin - Book Blast & Excerpt

02/26/14 – Writing Your Guilty Pleasure – Guest Post

02/26/14 – Exile on Peachtree Street - Book Blast

02/27/14 - Myth Reviews – Review

02/28/14 - The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company – Author Interview

03/01/14 - Dream Weaver Novels - Author Interview

03/03/14 - In the Pages of a Good Book - Guest Post

03/03/14 - Read, Write, Repeat - Review

03/04/14 - Book Bangs - Book Blast

03/04/14 – Christoph Fischer - Guest Post

03/05/14 - Once Read Never Forgotten - Guest Post

03/05/14 - Road to Publication - Author Interview

03/06/14 - Sophie’s Thought & Fumbles - Guest Post

03/06/14 - Writers on the Wharf - Book Blast & Excerpt

03/07/14 - Nat’s Book Nook - Author Interview

03/08/14 - In the Spotlight - Character Interview

 

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Feb 202014
 

Myth 8

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Shane KP O’Neill

Christoph’s Review

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The Dracula Chronicles: For Whom The Bell Tolls by Shane KP O’Neill is a very well written historical account of the early days of Vlad Dracula in Transylvania from 1431 onwards. Although young Vlad will later on become a Vampire and the figure that inspired other Dracula stories, O’Neill sticks with this book to the historic figure and describes only the first years of Vlad’s existence.

Introductory chapters introduce the theme of the First Great War of the Angels, of Lucifer and his great plan to find the perfect human to carry out his evil plan. The fight between good and evil forces has come to the earth plane and finds itself in the duality which is being set up between a gypsy boy called Andrei and Vlad Dracula junior.

Vlad Dracul senior is the Voivode of Wallachia and at the time in conflict with the Turks. In that regard the book is an excellent account of the historical and political dynamics and dramas on the Balkan and Europe of the time and worth reading for the well researched and competently written historical account alone. The detailed descriptions of the politics and customs of the time are amazing.

This provides the setting for the coming of age of young Vlad and his ‘good’ counter part Andrei. Vlad is being held hostage by the Turks and during this time has his first romantic and sexual encounters while his father is struggling with both, his allies and his enemies in the Balkan. The relationships between father and son, the son and his captives and the individual characterisations are way beyond what a fantasy / paranormal book might offer. The writing is of literary class.

O’Neill has done a fantastic job at presenting us with the historical Dracula as opposed to the purely fictional books about Dracula, which distinguishes him from less ambitious and accomplished works in the genre.

Dark and atmospheric but without any actual vampires this is an amazing and very unique book that hopefully will appeal to the fans of the vampire genre as much as it did to this satisfied fan of historical fiction.

Myth Chris

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Feb 152014
 

courtneyPlease join us for a chat with the delightful Courtney Farrell. From her numerous non-fiction books to her intriguing Young Adult Dystopian Enhanced, Courtney is a fascinating author.

 

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Courtney Farrell escaped from the laboratory where she was genetically engineered by evil scientists. She now lives as a fugitive, penning novels while running from Institute assassins.

 

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Feb 092014
 

Myth 8

Lone Wolf Rising by Jami Brumfield

Simon’s Review

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Lone Wolf Rising By Jami Brumfield is a wonderful breath of fresh supernatural air. Okay, the subject matter has been done to death by Twilight Series and Sookie Stackhouse Series, or so I thought. Jami has revitalised the teen supernatural genre with fresh blood by the gallons and has actually surpassed those illustrious more famous series by a mile, no make that a light year. This YA Paranormal novel is an absolute must read for all fans of werewolf, shapeshifter, vampire and witches.

Orphan Becca is a 17 year old wolf attending school in Arizona. Life is abruptly turned on its head when her pack is wiped out in a war with vampires. Now Becca is the new Alpha, so says the Authority, the rulers of the supernatural world.

Becca’s life becomes even more complicated when she discovers she has two suitors for her love, Lucky and Gabriel. All this at 17. It’s too much too soon for poor Becca, but she must handle it. Together they and Becca’s siblings vow to avenge the death of the Arizona pack and Becca’s parents ten years before.

Another revelation from Becca’s grandmother adds more spice to the wonderful story – telling her she is also a witch spellbound against using her powers – that will keep the reader turning pages as fast as their need to discover the ending which in true brilliant fashion will leave the reader sighing for more.

So this reader and all like me are now champing at the bit for more.

This FIVE STAR Werewolffest with a classy difference is highly recommended and is a must read. Bring it on!

 

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Feb 032014
 

authorphoto2 (426x640) (426x640) Today it’s our pleasure to welcome the ever-awesome Lindsey R. Loucks to the show! She’s talking about her debut novel which came out last year and was followed up with two shorter works – a novella and a novelette.

About Lindsey R. Loucks

Lindsey R. Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

She’s been with her significant other for almost two decades.

 

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