Sunday, October 31, 2010

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: August 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy

The Story: After defeating the Iron King, and living up to her end of the bargain, Meghan finds herself Tir Na Nog, the land of the Winter Fey. Even worse, the one person she thought she could count on has deserted her. And she cannot access the Fey powers she used to help her defeat the Iron King.
And on top of all that, no one believes her about the Iron Fey. And the only person who can back her up, Ash, is the one not talking to her.
During the Exchange of the Scepter of Seasons, the Iron Fey steal the scepter, leaving one of the Winter Fey royalty dead. Meghan is blamed for the death, and the Summer Fey for stealing the scepter. Meghan has to find a way to get the scepter back to the Winter Fey before a war breaks out between Winter and Summer.

My Review: Although I didn't like this book as much as the first one, I did like it. There were some parts though that I could have done without. There were actually some parts that were very Twilighty: a love triangle - "I love him but not as much as I love you, and I don't know what I am going to do" type of triangle. As much as I like a good love triangle, I think that it is starting to be a little bit over done when it comes to YA books. Fortunately, Meghan is able to make up her mind, and, IMO, makes the right decision at the end (but that is because I am a bit biased as to her choice, LOL).
I am also just a bit annoyed with the character of Grimalkin. He comes and goes, appears and disappears. Which I guess is a good thing, since he always appears when most needed, but for once I would just like to see him follow through with something rather than set up a plan, and then leave everyone to their own devices.
There were also some parts that flowed a bit slow for me.
In all, this was a good follow up book. And I am really looking forward to The Iron Queen.

IMM (Take 15)

All of us here at BCM are so excited to be a part of the awesome list of blogs who participate in the "In My Mailbox" meme. In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren so make sure you check out her book blog for a list of many of the blogs participating. She also has some helpful information on how to participate on your own blog. Click HERE to find out more.

This is a weekly meme where we will post any books (and other things) that we have received in the mail, bought, loaned from the library, etc. It's not limited to just books. It can be anything we have just gotten and are excited about.

So this week we are excited about the following: 

Nicole received for review by blog tour

  • The Sacred Oath by D.C. Grace

By Purchase

  • The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Dark Flame by Alyson Noel

Cindy received for review from blog tours:

  • Matched by Ally Condie

For review from HarperTeen: 

  • Steel by Carrie Vaughn
  • Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer
  • Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer

Matched, of course, I flew through because I couldn't put it down. You can read my review of Matched HERE

Please leave us a link to your IMM post this week - we'd love to check it out!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Review: The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham

The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham
Release Date: September 2010
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Buy the book:

The Story: As a newcomer to the town of Richland, Teddy’s main concern was at first making new friends. But, something didn’t feel right, as the boys he met started to mysteriously disappear. Teddy’s life quickly becomes a waking nightmare, with a mystery on his hands and the ghoulish, life-clutching Sycamore tree outside his house.

My Review: I love it! Teddy starts to make some new friends, but things are off. The boys seem to disappear. As Teddy plays detective, the local police officer warns him to not enter houses other than the one Teddy lives in.

I was so engrossed in this book. It's creepy, but in the Halloween-y scare me kind of creepy. The story is written in Teddy's POV, which is awesome! Royce doesn't dissapoint in this story. If you enjoy being scared, then you need to read this book!

If you haven't already checked out the
interview and giveaway, see what Royce has to say!!

Review: Matched (ARC) by Ally Condie

 Matched by Ally Condie
 Release Date: November 30, 2010
 Genre: YA Dystopia 
Buy the book: Amazon

The Story: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate…until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

My Review:  Matched is an incredible, enthralling, thought-provoking, amazing debut. The author takes us into a world that is both familiar and foreign in this dystopian novel about a teenage girl who thinks she knows and loves everything about her Society - until everything she knows and loves about it becomes what she no longer understands and begins to hate. 

When the Society Matches Cassia with her best friend Xander she believes it's the right and perfect match from the beginning. They've been friends since they were small children and it only made sense that he would be the perfect Match for her. It isn't until she sees the face of another boy she knows on the screen that she begins to doubt who her true Match is. 

Matched is a perfect blend of love, poetry, turmoil and family. Cassia is a genuine character who is not only smart, but is also determined to protect those she loves. The life she's always wanted is right at her fingertips with Xander. He's handsome, kind and willing to help Cassia - even if it means he loses in the end. 

The author's writing style is almost poetic itself with the way the words and story flow together. I found myself re-reading parts of the story just for the love of a scene. The choices that Cassia will have to make are not easily decided. Citizens of Society do as they are told and because of it, they live long, healthy and presumably happy lives. The Society provides them with everything they need to be productive and when you reach old age they promise you a quick and painless goodbye. These are the things most people value and believe are best for them but what if they had choices? Would things be better or would they be worse? How can one seventeen year old girl decide this? 

I had a hard time writing a review for this book because I loved it so much. I feel like no matter what I say, it won't do the book justice. Matched is a definite must-read.

My Rating:

And the WINNER is...

We had some great entries for the Heart with Joy giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered. We enjoyed reading the responses telling us what fills your heart with joy. We hope you enjoyed the Steve Cushman Interview and the Review for Heart with Joy. If you haven't checked out Steve's website, be sure to do so!

Without further ado, the winner is.......

Loring M.

Congratulations! You just won a copy of Heart with Joy by Steve Cushman. you have been emailed. You have 48 hours to respond.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Interview & Giveaway with Author Royce Buckingham

If you haven't already heard about Royce Buckingham or his book, The Dead Boys, trust me, you want to. Nicole will be posting her review very soon but until then we'd like to offer you a chance win a copy yourself. Royce was nice enough to let us interview him so I hope you enjoy it!

BCM: I love the graphics used for the chapters and the cover, did you get to have a say in it?

RB: No.  I was as surprised as everyone else.  And I love it!  I dig how the branches reach for Teddy and change very subtly-but-ominously each chapter.  It even scares me…

BCM: Are there any characters that are similar to you, or your boys?

RB: I think that there are parts of me in my protagonists in every book.  I was definitely one of the most timid, scared kids I knew.  Walter is very much a conglomeration of two of my friends from childhood—the crazy, wacky, sometimes scary friends that got me into most of my trouble.

BCM: Did you have any beta readers, while writing The Dead Boys?

RB: My wife is definitely a beta.  My older son was 8 when I was writing The DB’s.  I ran a number of things past him to see if they would work.  The one that my editor cut was a scene where Teddy is attacked in the shower by the tree, which comes up through the drain…which really happens!  That one scared my son, so I knew it was working.  He couldn’t shower without being nervous for a while.

BCM: I belong to a writers group, do you have any advice on getting an agent/getting published?

RB: For children’s books, you must join SCBWI (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).  This organization has access (and advice about) all of the agents and editors, and it’s extremely supportive of both published and not-yet-published authors.  Other than that…write, write, write.  10,000 hours is a good goal.  You should be published in some form by the time you put in that many hours.

BCM: Do you have any books in the works that we can look forward to?

RB: Oooooooh yeah!  I have one right now that my editor at Putnam is working on with me.  It’s got teen boys, teen girls, spies, and jet-packs.  Too much fun to describe in full, but let’s just say the title already rocks…DEATHWING.  Sound awesome?  Yeah, everyone at Putnam thinks so too!

GIVEAWAY RULES: You must be a BCM blog follower to enter. You can receive one (1) additional point each by tweeting and/or facebooking this giveaway. You will receive three (3) extra points for adding us to your blog roll and/or adding our button to your blog and five (5) extra points for blogging about this giveaway. You must provide links below to receive these points. Giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday, November 4th. A winner will be announced on Friday, November 5th. Good luck!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday

Welcome to our first installment of Waiting on Wednesday! Waiting on Wednesday a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

This week we are excitedly waiting for: 

Clarity by Kim Harrington
Publication Date: March 1, 2011 
Publisher: Scholastic 
Pre-Order: Amazon

From Kim Harrington's Website

Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch an object and the visions come to her. It's a gift.
And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case — but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother — who has supernatural gifts of his own — becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

So what is your WoW this week?  

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To join in, just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week is from Matched by Ally Condie: 

"I stare up into the dark with an ache in my chest that makes it hard to breathe. But not hard to think." Page 158

Saturday, October 23, 2010

IMM (Take 14)

All of us here at BCM are so excited to be a part of the awesome list of blogs who participate in the "In My Mailbox" meme. In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren so make sure you check out her book blog for a list of many of the blogs participating. She also has some helpful information on how to participate on your own blog. Click HERE to find out more.

This is a weekly meme where we will post any books (and other things) that we have received in the mail, bought, loaned from the library, etc. It's not limited to just books. It can be anything we have just gotten and are excited about.

So this week we are excited about the following: 

Julie received from the library: 

  • Valiant by Holly Black
  • Ironside by Holly Black
 Nicole received by purchase/loan:

  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Everlasting by Angie Frazier
Kendra received by loan: 

  • Amy & Roger's Epic Detour  by Morgan Matson
  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Sasha received by purchase:

  • Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunter #7)
  • Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunter #8)

I received from publishers: 

  • Darkness Becomes Her (Release: Feb/2011) by Kelly Keaton
  • Evercrossed (Release: Mar/2011) by Elizabeth Chandler
  • Stay (Release: Apr/2011) by Deb Caletti
  • Haven (Release: Feb/2011) by Kristi Cook
(Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster for my books this week!)
So what do you think? Have you read any of these or are there any you are particularly excited about? Please leave us a comment with your own IMM link. We'd love to see your post this week. Happy Reading! :-)

Review: Freefall by Anna Levine

Freefall by Anna Levine
Release Date: 9/01/2008
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult

The Story: Aggie is eighteen and getting ready to do her service for the Israeli army.

She could get a cushy assignment—maybe pushing paper somewhere—or she could just take her chances. Only, Aggie isn’t like that. Despite her small size and the fact that she needs to gain weight to even make the grade, and despite the total disbelief of her entire family Aggie is trying out for an elite combat unit.

Luckily for Aggie her back-breaking, sand-in-mouth, completely-lost-in-the-desert training produces an unlikely dividend: friends. The kind she never imagined she could have. The kind you’d go to war with—and for.

My Review: This was a cute story about figuring yourself out. Aggie wants to prove herself to her family, and to her friends. She goes for the hardest military duty a young girl can think of. Her best friend's older brother believes in her, and Aggie starts to realize that she liks him as well. The writing in this story was a little disjointed, but it was still an enthralling story. There's very little politics in it, which makes this a story that could be set in any war-torn country.

Friday, October 22, 2010

And the WINNER is...

We had a great turnout for our What is Your Sanctuary Giveaway. Thank you to everyone who entered! We loved reading all of your replies to what your sanctuary is and hope that you all enjoyed browsing Sherrilyn Kenyon's Official Sanctuary website. If you haven't checked it out already, be sure you do! 

So now, to announce our lucky winner....

Congratulations to Tracey D. - You just won a copy of No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon! You've been emailed and have 48 hours to respond. 

Guest Post with Anna Levine author of Freefall

I was able to read Freefall by Anna Levine- look for my review tomorrow! She agreed to do a guest post with us!!

Choosing a setting-places you know…or places I want to know more about? Freefall begins in Jerusalem on a Thursday night when the town is crowded with people on the streets, in the coffee shops, restaurants and bars. If you live in Jerusalem, you quickly learn to love the city with all its quirky neighborhoods. A few nights ago I was downtown and walked by central park (Independence Park) and saw that there was a screening of the movie The Big Lebowski. It was like going to a drive-in theater but everyone had wandered into the park on foot and we were all sprawled on the grass watching the movie – total strangers just sitting together and sharing sunflower seeds (the Israeli equivalent of popcorn). Jerusalem is just like that. It’s always ready to surprise you.

I love setting my stories in Israel because it gives me a chance to discover different areas. I’ve crawled into underground caves for a story that was connected to an archeological theme, and I biked through the desert for another story. Looking for the right place for Noah’s house I wandered in and out of a lot of the older Jerusalem neighborhoods and when I told people what I was doing they invited me into their houses to look around and made sure I didn’t leave without having a cup of coffee and something sweet.

Thanks Anna!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Interview with Steve Cushman Author of Heart with Joy and GIVEAWAY!

After reading Heart with Joy, I was delighted to have the opportunity ask Steve Cushman a few questions about his writing. Take a look at what Steve had to say...

BCM: Cooking plays a large role in Heart with Joy, do you cook?

SC: Yes, I love to cook. One of the things I enjoyed about writing this books was that I got to write about some of my favorite subjects: writing (through Julian's mother's thoughts on writing), cooking (through Julian), and bird watching (through Mrs. Peters).

Like Julian, it was really the Food Network that got me cooking. I'm more of a visual learner, so watching someone cook step-by-step on TV was a much easier way to pick it up then by reading cookbooks. With that said, I do have a hefty collection of cookbooks.

BCM: What inspired this novel?

SC: Not sure it was inspired by anything other than the writer's daily need to get the story down. I knew I had this story about a father and son who were not that close and then the mother leaves and Julian and his dad are forced to deal with each other, perhaps even understand each other a little. So I had that to begin with and then I had to figure out what I could to do two bring them together and I came up with cooking and how they would talk while they ate the meals Julian cooked.

While I wasn't thinking it at the time, I see now that in the novel Julian gets to ask his father questions I never asked my father before he died. But again, when I was writing those scenes I wasn't thinking about conversations my father and I had or did not have I was simply trying to build a relationship between Julian and his father.

BCM: What do you hope readers will take from Heart with Joy?

SC: First off, I hope it's a story they enjoy and that they like the characters. Also, the idea that it's important to find that thing in life that is your passion or that fills your heart with joy and pursue it. Regardless of what it is--writing or cooking or riding horses or designing web sites or collecting stamps--whatever it is, give it your all. And don't ever, ever, no matter what anyone tells you, give up on your dreams.

BCM: Was there a part of Heart with Joy that was difficult to write? Is there a part that is your personal favorite?

SC: I don't know that any part of Heart With Joy was particularly difficult to write. The day to day of writing is difficult sometimes when your characters, and story, seem like a cliche but I've learned that if I keep working the story will eventually work itself out. I always work on more than one project at a time, so if I get tired of something, or need a break, I can just move on to this other writing project, then go back to the first one, etc... As for favorite part--like I said earlier I just liked that I got to write about so many things that matter to me.

BCM: Can you share with us what fills your heart with joy?

SC: Sure. My family and my writing are the two most important things in my life. They are what give me the most pleasure, not that either one is always easy, but I don't know what I'd do without them.

BCM: Do you have more works in progress? What's next?

SC: Right now, as I'm really busy promoting Heart With Joy and working full-time, I have been writing shorter things--poems and stories--when I have a spare minute. I do have the first draft of a new novel waiting for me. I plan on getting to work on that after the first of the year. And then there are all the started but unfinished short stories that are waiting for me. Always more work, more writing, which is just the way I like it.

Thanks, Steve, for sharing with us.

At Books Complete Me, we love having Giveaways! Complete the form below for your chance to win a copy of Heart with Joy by Steve Cushman. To enter, complete the form and tell us what fills your heart with joy.

This contest will run from Thursday, October 21, 2010- Thursday, October 28, 2010. The winner will be announced on Friday, October 29, 2010. Contest is open only to the residents of the United States.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Review: Heart with Joy by: Steve Cushman

Heart with Joy by Steve Cushman
Release Date: September 2010

Canterbury House Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

The Story: (from Steve Cushman's Website) In Heart With Joy, fifteen year old Julian Hale’s life is turned upside down when his mother suddenly moves from North Carolina to Florida under the pretense of running her parents’ motel and finishing the novel she has been working on for years. While Julian has always been closer to his mother and wants to go with her, she tells him he has to stay with his father until the end of the school year.

Six weeks after his mother leaves, Julian’s father decides to run a marathon. This surprises Julian because he has never seen his father exercise, but once he agrees to help him train the two develop the sort of close relationship they’ve never had before. Also, with the help of an elderly neighbor, Julian learns that the most important thing in life is to follow your heart. And Julian’s heart leads him to a passion for cooking and a young cashier at the local grocery store even as his parents drift apart. By the end of the novel, Julian is forced to choose between staying with his father and going to live with his mother.

My Review: I love reading coming of age stories, and I was delighted when I was given the opportunity to read and review Heart with Joy. This short novel is packed with a profound story of joy, loss, hope, and discovery. Cushman writes in such a way that it seemed like I was reading the life story of a real person rather than a work of fiction. Heart with Joy is emotionally charged and superbly written. I could not put it down once I started reading.

Julian Hale is a character that anyone can relate to. In fact, as I read Heart with Joy, I couldn't help but reminisce about my own teenage years, and trips down memory lane can often be interesting or even strange. But more than that, this novel is a reminder that we each must discover what fills our heart with joy, that even though we do not know what the future with certainty, we can still live with joy is this moment.

Heart with Joy is a must read for anyone. After reading the book, I found myself considering the characters and the events at odd times. This is rare for me. Usually I read a book, write a review if I feel moved to do so, and then it is pushed aside and essentially forgotten as I move on to the next book. Heart with Joy, however, is still sitting on my desk, a week after I completed reading it. I simply can not relegate it to the bookshelf or put it in a box with the multitude of other books I have. This will be a book that I will read again and again in the years to come.

My Rating:

Check back tomorrow for an interview with Steve Cushman and a chance to win Heart with Joy.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To join in, just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser this week is from 13 to Life by Shannon Delany:
He'd shed the denim jacket a while ago and had pushed up his sweatshirt's sleeves, revealing powerful forearms. I could smell the mingled scents of pine-laced sweat and sweet timothy hay on him and I thought together they made a fine cologne. ~ Page 134

Review: The Locket (ARC) by Stacey Jay

The Locket (ARC) by Stacey Jay
Release Date: February 3, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: YA Fiction

The Story: (From Goodreads) For Katie, life as Isaac Tayte's girlfriend was pretty much perfect. Until the night she messed everything up by cheating on him with their mutual best friend, Mitch. Katie is devastated over her mistake - and she'll do anything to get Isaac back.

Then, on her seventeenth birthday, she discovers a strange, beautiful locket. When she puts it on, Katie finds herself going back in time - to the night she and Mitch kissed. At first, Katie is thrilled at the chance to do it all over again. If she can only change the past, she might be able to save her perfect future with Isaac. But as other aspects of her life become inexplicably altered, she realizes that second chances come with a dark price. Katie can't help but wonder: is fate meant to be tampered with - or is the most extraordinary kind of life the one that's far from perfect? 

My Review: The Locket is a story about mistakes and what you would or wouldn't do to correct them. What if you could go back in time and pretend like your biggest mistake never happened? Would you relive all of those moments again and risk changing the lives of those around you to get a second chance? 

That's exactly what happens with Katie. One minute she's at a party with her best friend and the next she's making the biggest mistake of her life. When she's given the opportunity to undo her mistake and change the past, she's thrilled to be given the second chance. It isn't until she notices all the little changes in her do-over that she becomes concerned about what her second chance is doing to everyone around her. 

The Locket is a thoughtful and intriguing book that I enjoyed from start to finish. There were times when I thought I knew for sure what was going to happen next and was pleasantly surprised when the author wasn't as predictable as I'd assumed. Katie's character is as realistic as any seventeen year old girl is when it comes to love - forever willing to change themselves in the hopes of being enough for that perfect boy, believing that their first love will be their only love, and full of hope at the promise of spending the rest of their lives with their "first" for everything. 

Katie's boyfriend, Isaac, and best friend, Mitch, are both enjoyable characters who add to the difficult decision that Katie has to make. Isaac may not be perfect but it's obvious he adores Katie and you can see why Katie fell for him in the first place. Mitch is the perfect best friend, making it hard to watch Katie struggle with possibly losing him from her life. 

I found The Locket to be an entertaining read with some twists and turns that kept the story interesting and even a little dark at times. I caught myself tearing up and holding my breath at certain points, just trying to read fast enough to see what would happen next. The ending had me wanting to both cry and scream at the same time but I ended up really loving it. Overall, The Locket was an excellent book and I'm very much looking forward to reading more from Stacey Jay.

My Rating

Learn more about Stacey Jay and her books on her WEBSITE and TWITTER

This review is part of The Locket ARC Tour hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly ARC Tours

Happy Book Birthday to Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick!

Today, one of my favorite books of the year, Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick is available for purchase. If you haven't already pre-ordered it, make sure you grab your copy right away. It feels like ages ago when I read it and I can't tell you how excited I am to get a hard copy in my hands to read again. If you'd like to read my review of Crescendo, click HERE.

Also, don't forget to join Becca and lots of other fans for the Crescendo Twitter Party this Thursday, October 21st from 8:00 -9:30 p.m. EST. You can chat with the author, meet other fans and win some fabulous prizes! 

Check out Becca's website for more information about her and her books HERE.

Monday, October 18, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading?

Welcome to our very first edition of: It's Monday! What are you reading? 

This great meme is hosted by One Persons Journey through a world of Books. Each week will share with you the books we are reading, just finished reading and those books we are planning to read this week. 

Currently reading: 

  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • 13 To Life by Shannon Delany

Just Finished Reading: 

  • The Locket by Stacey Jay

Planning to Read: 
  • Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

 Please share with us what you are currently reading in a comment. We'd love to check out your blog. :-)

Q & A with Scott Nicholson AND giveaway

If you haven't read my review of Speed Dating with the Dead then head over and check it out! I was able to interview Scott, and so with out further delay:

What got you into attending the supernatural conferences?

SN: I'd always been interested in the supernatural, from both a folkloric and spiritual perspective. As a reporter, I went on a ghost hunt with a local paranormal team and became fascinated by the psychology and whatever science there might be in the activity. Instead of forming a group, I decided it would be more fun to bring 100 ghost hunters together in a haunted novel, going in as a social experiment as much as a parapsychology research effort.

BCM: You mention on your site that Speed Dating with the Dead was based on a conference you went to, what happened that spurred this awesome book?

SN: Ghost hunters are a diverse group, and I love hearing perspectives that range from sheer schizophrenia to quantum theory. Of course, I couldn't resist writing the novel Speed Dating with the Dead based on those experiences. The main character Digger Wilson is a slightly cynical guy who blends showmanship with an interest in ghosts, as well as his own flawed past. Group psychology really comes into play during team hunts, especially when strangers are hunting together.

BCM: What got you into writing, was it something you always wanted to do?

SN: I always knew I was going to be a writer when I grew up. I just didn't think it would take me so long to grow up! Actually, I'm still working on that. Though I took a few detours along the way, I was always into some sort of creative endeavor and moving toward this egotistical, all-consuming path called "aspiring writer." I don't think anyone ever gets past "aspiring."

BCM: What would you tell a budding writer?

SN: If you're a real writer, it doesn't make one bit of difference what I tell you. I could give you a list of everything you should do and only half of it would be useful, and neither of us would know which half. You make your own path in this game, you build your own ladders and rainbows, and there are no blueprints. Go for it and never look back.

BCM: What are the benefits of doing electronic books vs hard copies?

SN: There are too many to list if you are either a reader or a writer. Readers presumably get cheap, instant content in an unlimited supply and of endless diversity. Writers get a direct market with readers, instant connections, and a large percentage of the selling price as income. There's no overhead, so those prices should stay low and the money primarily swapped between the reader and the writer and not a thousand different corporations and gatekeepers. On the downside, ebooks don't work too well when you're soaking in the bathtub.

Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels, including the thrillers Speed Dating with the Dead, Drummer Boy, Forever Never Ends, The Skull Ring, As I Die Lying, Burial to Follow ,and They Hunger. His revised novels for the U.K. Kindle are Creative Spirit, Troubled, and Solom. He’s also written four comic series, six screenplays, and more than 60 short stories. His story collections include Ashes, The First, Murdermouth: Zombie Bits, and Flowers.

Scott is also hosting an awesome giveaway!

To be eligible for the Kindle DX, simply post a comment below with contact info. Feel free to debate and discuss the topic, but you will only be entered once per blog. Visit all the blogs on the tour and increase your odds. I’m also giving away a Kindle 3 through the tour newsletter and a Pandora’s Box of free e-books to a follower of “hauntedcomputer” on Twitter. Thanks for playing. Complete details at

Saturday, October 16, 2010

IMM (Take 13)

All of us here at BCM are so excited to be a part of the awesome list of blogs who participate in the "In My Mailbox" meme. In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren so make sure you check out her book blog for a list of many of the blogs participating. She also has some helpful information on how to participate on your own blog. Click HERE to find out more.

This is a weekly meme where we will post any books (and other things) that we have received in the mail, bought, loaned from the library, etc. It's not limited to just books. It can be anything we have just gotten and are excited about.

So this week we are excited about the following: 

Kendra received

  • The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
  • Crashed by Robin Wasserman

Nicole received from authors/publishers: 

  • The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham
From purchase: 

  • Radiance by Alyson Noel

I received from authors/blog tours

  • The Locket (ARC) by Stacey Jay
From purchase

  • Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  
What did you get this week? Please share your IMM post in a comment. We'd love to see what you're reading next. :-)


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