Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cover Reveal: To Love or Die in a Steamy-Reamy World by Emily White


Being the fan girls that we are, we tend to get excited about things like cover reveals. Especially when the books are completely new ones, because then we don't only get to show all of you a great new cover, but we get to tell you about a brand new book to add to your TBR list.

Emily White, known for her Elemental series through Spencer Hill Press has written 10 short stories for her self published Steam Punk anthology To Love or Die in a Steamy-Reamy World. Emily has  a vivid imagination and is a great narrative voice in the world of YA books. If you are a fan of Steam Punk, or even if you are not, you need to check out this book. I know I can't wait to read it!


To Love or Die in a Steamy-Reamy World
by Emily White
Self Published
Release Date: December 22, 2012
Purchase through all major online retailers

From Goodreads:

10 Tales of Steampunk Silliness and Spookery.

In the cozy seaside village of Steamville, New Hampshire, an unfaithful zombie, out of control werebots, succubi in corsets, and more wreak havoc in this short story collection.






I love this cover. It is so fun, and fitting to a Steam Punk book. Don't forget to add it to your Goodreads TBR list!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Review & Ten's List: Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens

Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens
Published Date: July 2012
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Grenre: YA

The Story: Grace Doll had everything a girl could want: Fame. Fortune. Beauty.
Everything except her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace--one that's purported to make beauty immortal--she stages her own death to escape him. With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She's forever flawless. Forever young, and forever pursued by her past.
But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she'd left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she's known...and embracing the role she was born to play.
Excerpt: Rufus slides into the empty canvas chair next to me, my hand still at his lips. His gaze pins me with black fire. “Jon was touching you.” He kisses each finger one by one.
My heart trembles beneath my breast. “He was greeting me, nothing more.”
With one last, penetrating stare, he stands, looking down at me. “Clear the set!”
Panic flutters in my veins. I grip the arms of the wooden chair. I can’t bear looking into the faces of those around me.
Silently, workers drift down from the rafters overhead. Set dressers, costume matrons, even Jonathan, quietly wind their way around sets, lights and cables.
“Jon!” Rufus booms.
Jonathan stops, turns.
“You. Stay.”
Oh no. No. Over and over the door of the soundstage opens and then thuds closed as the giant building empties.
Tomb-like silence follows. Jonathan doesn’t move.
“I’ve invited a photographer to take some photos, my darling.” Rufus leans close, his cigar-tainted breath filling my ear, nose. I close my eyes, forcing myself not to turn away.
He sets his finger under my chin and turns my face to his. “Grace, look at me.” He smiles at the fear I can’t disguise. “He’s very good, you’ll see.”
I have no doubt the photographer is good. Rufus doesn’t let anyone near me unless they are the best.
“And Jon…” he tosses over his shoulder without taking his gaze from mine. “Do your job. Make sure Grace’s makeup is perfect.”
I don’t dare glance at Jonathan, I’d infuriate Rufus.
A little man dressed in baggy slacks, tweed coat and a lop-sided hat appears. He sets up his equipment at the edge of the set. The long, stick legs of the camera spread out like spears beneath it. The man nods at Jonathan as if he senses the tension building.
Rufus takes my hand, bringing me to my feet. He scans me from head to toe. “Take off the robe.”
My Review: Wow, this wasn’t what I expected!  I loved how Grace knew what she wanted, even if it took her life to get it.  She didn’t want to be owned by anyone, least of all her “husband”.  OK, so Rufus legally is her husband, but he’s a complete jerk.  At a young age, he finds her, has her family killed and marries her.  Then he decides that he’ll make her immortal.  Just a note, no she does not become a vampire!  Grace though, has two very close friends, Jonathan and Oscar, and with their help escapes that life.
Now she has to stay hidden, until one night a young man, Brenden, seeks her out. 
It’s amazing the strength Grace has, to fake her own death, hide from the evil husband, and to live a “normal” life.  The love she develops for Brenden. 
Jennifer Laurens' writing style is so beautiful.  I 'saw' the whole book in my head.  Maybe I was being biased, since I pictured Grace looking an awful lot like Audrey Hepburn.  But she did sound that classy.  This is definately an excellent book to read!
Author Bio:
I write YA books. Whatever my heart desires, I write. I don't have someone over my shoulder, in some office somewhere telling me what I can and cannot write. Or should and shouldn't write. I listen to my heart, the center of my muse, and trust my instincts.
I've written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.
They say "write what you know" and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we've been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.
My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.
 
Jennifer Laurens' Ten's List on Places to Live:
 
1. Southern California - specifically Palos Verdes. I'm from there, and trying to move back.
2. Southern California - Laguna Beach. Stunningly beautiful. Second choice.
3. Southern California - San Clemente or San Diego
4. Northern California - San Francisco area
5. New York City - Upper East Side
6. New York City - Upper West Side
7. Astoria , Oregon
8. London, England
9. Brugge, Belgium
10. Cancun Mexico

Friday, October 26, 2012

Brenda Pandos Guest Post

The Emerald Talisman blog tour from 10/22-11/23 hosted by Confessions of a Bookaholic and A Life Bound By Books. There will be giveaways, interviews and a scavenger hunt!


Does the audio book hold true to what's in a writers head?

 
This is a tough question to answer. I guess it’s like comparing a book turned into a movie. Most movies have disappointed me, partly because my imagination is so much greater and limitless, of course. After listening to my own head/thoughts all the months writing/editing The Emerald Talisman, no one would have been able to fit that voice 100%, which is why it was hard to choose someone for the task. I actually wasn’t even sure I’d wanted an audio book for my novels because I knew this to be true of myself. Only after I’d attended a conference and learned in a class with some New York Bestsellers that each of them had a difficult time listening to their readers for their novels was my mind changed. How could I alienate a group of readers who’d rather listen than read? Luckily, since I’m Indie, I was able to be involved in the process hands on.

Mary Morgan was my choice for Julia and I couldn’t be happier. Her light, airy, sweet, and sure voice was perfect for my heroine, and Mary’s acting talents to interpret the supporting characters was absolutely fantastic. I can’t even begin to understand how someone could painstakingly read an entire book and keep their voice to character the entire time. She was a gem to work with and cared about my book just as much as me. Creating an audio book with her was a delightful process.


Book Title: The Emerald Talisman, audiobook

Series name and #: Talisman series, Book #1

Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing

Release date: 9/20/2012

 Book summary:

 You can run from your destiny, but you can't hide.

 If for no other reason than to help endure the hormonal rush of high school, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would trade her ability to feel her fellow students' emotions in a heartbeat, especially half the boys in class. 

When the beguiling Nicholas uses his superhuman strength to rescue Julia from the edge of a cliff before she's devoured by a bloodthirsty stalker, Julia is suddenly thrust into an underground world where people and animals are often one and the same. Fellow high school students disappear and only Julia and Nicholas know the truth. While Nicholas, a vampire hunter, is out stopping the ever-growing coven, an old friend entices Julia to join him on the dark side and a psychic tells Julia she alone is the key to stopping the madness, problem is it'll require Nicholas' life. 


Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7940997-the-emerald-talisman



Sample Audio: http://tiny.cc/emeraldtalisman

 Brenda’s Links:

Brenda Pandos’ Website: http://www.brendapandos.com/

Blog: http://brendapandos.blogspot.com


Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/brendapandos


Author Bio:

 Brenda Pandos lives in California with her husband and two boys. She attempts to balance her busy life filled with writing, being a mother and wife, and spending time with friends and family. Working formerly as an I.T. Administrator, she never believed her imagination would be put to good use. After her son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder her life completely changed. Writing paranormal romance became something she could do at home while tending to the new needs of her family, household, and herself.

Three years later, Brenda now has five books published, The Talisman Trilogy: The Emerald Talisman, The Sapphire Talisman, and The Onyx Talisman, and Mer Tales: Everblue and Evergreen. She is currently working on the third book of Mer Tales, Everlost, coming February 2013.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Review: Gift of the Peramangk by Dean Mayes

Gifts of the Peramangk by Dean Mayes
Published Date: October 2012
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Genre: YA

The Story: In 1950s Australia, during the height of the divisive White Australia Policy, Virginia, a young Aboriginal girl is taken from her home and put to work on an isolated and harsh outback station. Her only solace: the violin, taught to her secretly by the kind-hearted wife of the abusive station owner. However, Virginia's prodigious musical gift cannot save her from years of hardship and racism.

Decades later, her eight year old granddaughter Ruby, plays the violin with the passion Virginia once possessed. Amidst poverty, domestic violence and social dysfunction, Ruby escapes her circumstance through her practice with her grandmother's frail, guiding hand. Ruby’s zeal attracts the attention of an enigmatic music professor and with his help; she embarks on an incredible journey of musical discovery that will culminate in a rare opportunity. But with two cultural worlds colliding, her gift and her ambition will be threatened by deeply ingrained distrust, family jealousies and tragic secrets that will define her very identity.

My Review:  When I read the background of this book, I HAD to read it.  Personally, I started playing the violin in 4th grade.  But I still enjoy and play it today. 
Reading about Ruby, who discovers her nana’s violin and how Virginia (the nana) realizes her talent was passed to Ruby, was wonderful.   I could hear the music playing, the sounds from practice.  Dean gives us glimpses into Virginia’s past, which shows us why she’s the way she is now.  Ruby just lives in the moment, and is very stubborn!  It saddens me reading about what happened to Virginia.  Also, we’re shown the life that Ruby was born into, and how her playing the violin has brought hope to everyone.  This is such an awe inspiring book, that I couldn’t believe it ended.  I would have loved to have kept reading. 

Dean writes so beautifully, that you can hear the music playing.  You feel the emotions that are poured into compositions from the artists.  I felt like I was back in orchestra, listening to a playback of a performance.  I really LOVED this book.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Guest Post: Amarok by Angela Townsend

I asked Angela to talk about why she chose Alaska:


Amarok is based in Alaska because I love the state. As a child I lived in the peaceful fishing village of Haines. I will never forget the extraordinary people or welcoming atmosphere of the small town.

The Alaska wilderness and the tundra plains are magical places to me. I love the smell of permafrost in the spring, the crunch of skeletal leaves in the fall and the breathtaking display of the northern lights.
I am amazed at the wide variety of wildlife in Alaska. I’ve seen wolves, bears, moose and musk oxen at close range and I’ve never forgotten the experience.

I especially love the Arctic and the primordial feel of it, the lap of the ocean against the rocky beaches and wide array of fishing boats in the gentle harbors. All of these things helped to inspire my setting for Amarok.
Alaska is an amazing place--but it can also be a deadly one. I’ve learned to respect Mother Nature and her animals no matter where I live.

Alaska will always be part of my inner spirit.


 
 
Thanks Angela!! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Review: Amarok by Angela Townsend

Amarok by Angela Townsend
Published Date: November 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA

The Story:
Emma's life has been hell since she moved from sunny California to a remote Alaskan town. Abandoned by her father and living with the guilt of causing her mother's death, she makes a desperate dash for freedom from her abusive stepfather. But when her car skids off the icy road, her planned escape leads to further captivity in a world beyond her imagining.

Dragged across the tundra by an evil mountain man and his enormous black wolf, she learns that love can be found in the most unexpected places. Amarok, as she's nicknamed the wolf, is a young man from the gold-rush era enslaved by an ancient shaman. Emma's gentle touch and kind heart win his love and devotion. When a vicious madman--trapped in bear form by the same Shaman--attacks the travelers and injures Amarok, Emma must find the strength to face her fears and free the wolf she's come to love. But that means she must face down the evil shaman, a Siberian mammoth hunter from the ice age, and he has no intention of giving up his power to her.
 
Book Trailer

My Review:
I enjoyed the change of pass with a different take on shapeshifters and myths.  Emma has had a rough life.  Her dad leaves her and her mom.  Her mom marries a guy who lives in Alaska and he's abusive to her.  Not to mention she's beating herself up over the death of her mom.  Needless to say, when she get's the chance, she runs away.  During her escape, Emma finds out that slick roads aren't meant for driving fast.  That's when she meets a strange shaman and a wolf, who she comes to call Amarok. 

Amarok is a young man trapped in wolf form because his family didn't believe in the traditions and myths of the remote town in Alaska.  His only hope of getting free, is to have Emma help him.

I love how Emma needed to overcome the obstacles before she could realize how strong she really is.  I know there's times in my life where I feel trapped, and am so greatful when I find that perseon who can release me. 

 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Review: Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret by E.S. Ivy

Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret by E.S. Ivy
Published Date: May 2012
Publisher: Phyta Publishing - Phyta Books for Young Readers
Genre: MG

The Story:
Miri's parents didn't mean to keep it a secret. It's just that when she started talking, she was as chittery as a dolphin. So they put off telling her. Oh, she knew she was adopted, liked her food extra salty, and could hold her breath an unbelievably long time. But she never would have dreamed it meant she was a mermaid. Besides, she doesn't have one of those slimy fish tails. She doesn't even like to swim in the deep end of the pool, much less in the ocean. Now she's supposed to live at the bottom of it?

Then again, maybe it won't be all bad. There is the princess part, with the jewels and tiaras. And mermaids are pretty. They get to sit around all day brushing their hair and singing and --
Wait! Do mermaids wear clothes?
 
My Review:  I LOVED this story.  It's so cute, and such an easy read.  It's also very believable to me.  But then again, I enjoy science.  Being a Middle Grade genre, it was a fast read.  I actually had a hard time putting it down.  Miri is such a typical pre-teen. 
 
This book was well written, and I was bummed it ended!  Can't wait to see what the next chapter in Miri's underwater adventures brings!
 
 

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Modified Review BLITZ


The Modified Review Blitz
 
 

MY REVIEW: OMG this book was AMAZING! I was totally blown away by it. From the first page, I was so sucked into this future world. I LOVE DYSTOPIAN. I really truly do and I think every time I read a new dystopian book, they keep getting better!

Kenley, the main female character, has revenge and vengence on her mind. Why else would she look FORWARD to a military draft of epic proportions? When Kenley meets the famous Landon Shaw, she reacts as any normal 17 year old girl does to a SUPER hot guy...

This book is a MUST READ for 2012! The incredible writing team of C.A. Kunz has done it again! I am so looking forward to the next book in this series!!!

 


What would you sacrifice to save the one’s you love? To save the one who holds your heart? To save the world?

Kenley Grayson is all too familiar with these questions.

After Earth is thrust into its first intergalactic war with an unknown race called the Bringers, our military forces begin to suffer heavy losses. Desperate for a solution, the Allied Federation issues a worldwide draft for every able seventeen year old to enlist. As Kenley turns seventeen, she finds herself thrown into the very war that took her older brother’s life.

This year’s draft is a little different than in the past though. A new program, known as the Magnus Project, has been introduced, and only the best and brightest qualify. Kenley is among a select few whom are chosen to join this elite group of soldiers, and as a part of this project, undergoes a modification procedure that leaves her and her peers endowed with powers beyond their wildest dreams.

As Earth continues in its struggle against the Bringers, Kenley is transported to a high-tech training facility, the Magnus Academy, to prepare for the major battle that lies ahead. It’s here that she meets the California heartthrob, and son of a legendary war hero, Landon Shaw. As unexpected feelings toward Landon begin to develop, Kenley wonders if this is the right time or place for romance to bloom, especially when those feelings start to interfere with her training.

With the weight of the world on her shoulders, Kenley is constantly reminded of how important she and the rest of the Magnus cadets are to the fate of humanity. She is one of the Modified, Earth’s last line of defense against utter destruction.

Carol and Adam Kunz make up the mom and son author duo, C.A. Kunz. They thoroughly enjoy writing about things that go bump in the night and action-packed dystopian romances while drinking massive amounts of English breakfast tea and Starbucks coffee. The author pair currently reside forty-five minutes away from each other in the sunny state of Florida. If you would like to find out more about this duo, The Modified, or THE CHILDE series, please visit the links below:
 
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Home for the Halloween Giveaway

The Home for Halloween Giveaway

 Enter the Rafflecopter to win your choice of a Kindle Fire, Nook HD, or Kobo Glo, as well as signed books and audiobooks in the Home for Halloween giveaway from author Scott Nicholson.

The giveaway celebrates the launch of paranormal thriller The Home. Experiments at a group home for troubled children lead to paranormal activity—and the ghosts are from the home’s dark past as an insane asylum. In development as a feature, it’s available in ebook at Amazon US, Amazon UK, BN.com, Kobo, and Smashwords.


EXCERPT: THE HOME

By Scott Nicholson

(From Chapter Four)

 The janitor drew closer, pale lips quivering. The man’s hands trembled. There was something odd about his gait. His bare feet protruded beneath the ragged hem of his trousers, making no sound on the tiled floor.

What kind of a janitor goes barefoot?

“Do you work here?” Freeman looked up the hallway to see if Starlene was coming back.

The man didn’t answer. He was close enough now that Freeman could see the pores on the waxy face. Dark half-moons lurked in the shadows beneath the staring eyes. A strand of drool hung from one wrinkled corner of his mouth. The legs moved on, the arms limp at the man’s side. The smell of dusty old meat wafted over Freeman.

The man passed Freeman, close enough to reach out and touch, but Freeman didn’t dare. You never knew which of these home employees would snap, which one was important, which one you might need to impress at some time or another. You never knew which of them held your future in his hands. True, this dried-up geezer didn’t look like a counselor, but you also never knew which little game was actually one of their staged tests.

And if this guy was with the Trust, he definitely had games behind his eyes.

Freeman waited to be asked why he wasn’t in class with the others. But the man shambled past, staring ahead as if Freeman didn’t exist. The feet were creased with a mapwork of turgid purple veins, the bones knotted and calcified, but they rose and fell steadily. The man walked as if he had a destination just beyond the wall and didn’t realize that the wall stood in the way.

Freeman had another thought. Maybe this man wasn’t an employee of the home. Maybe he was somebody who’d never left, never found a permanent placement. Maybe this was what happened to unwanted people when they grew old. For a moment, Freeman imagined himself in that soiled uniform, condemned to a lifetime of directionless trudging.

Freeman thought about triptrapping him, getting into the geezer’s brain, but the manic buzz of an hour ago had faded to zilch. Plus every read came at a price, in headaches and confusion and loss of identity. For one thing, he’d learned that everybody was screwed up, everybody’s thoughts and emotions were strange and twisted. One voice in his head was plenty enough, and maybe even one was too many.

The old man disappeared around the corner. Freeman stepped back into the Blue Room and let the door slip closed with a whisper of air. He felt more alone than he had in years. It was almost as bad as the closet Dad used to lock him in, where the wires and weird lights and pain first caused him to triptrap. And caused him to do bad things, think bad thoughts.

He went to his cot and sat quietly, like a death camp inmate, until the other kids arrived.


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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Review: Angels of the Knights: Fallon by Valerie Zambito

Angels of the Knights: Fallon by Valerie Zambito
Published Date: June 2012
Publisher: Self
Genre: YA

The Story:
 
When Fallon Angell died at the age of sixteen, her life changed forever.
The hallowed world of Emperica is everything she had ever hoped for as a mortal—immeasurable beauty, unconditional love and light. But, with affection for humankind still burning within her, she joins the Knight Caste to train as an angel warrior.
As a Knight, she will give up her wings and return to the place that killed her to use her unique powers to search out and destroy the evil Kjin that roam the earth. As a Knight, she will stop at nothing to protect the mortals in her care. The elders warn her that the path she chose will be a solitary one. That she will not have the same bond with humans as she once did. But, as far as she knows, the elders had never met Kade Royce.
When her duties place her in the path of this handsome former cop, emotions buried long ago rise to the surface and she is powerless to ignore the depth of her feelings for this young man. She knows instinctively that she has found what most people search their entire lives for. Ignoring the risks, she invites him into her world of danger, but soon their lives collide with explosive consequence.
As a result, Fallon realizes with heartbreaking despair that she can no longer hide from the painful truth. In order for Kade to live, she must destroy him.
 
My Review:
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!  It kept on pace for me, and I didn't realize Valerie Zambito had published this herself until I looked it up for this post!  I've read a few self-published books that needed a lot of editing, but that wasn't the case for this one.
Fallon is a spunky girl even before she died.  When she get's to Emperica (I'm thinking this is heaven) she is allowed to chose which type of angel she wants to become.  Once she trains and passes the test for the Knight Caste, she's sent back to earth to destroy the Kjin. 
I love the time period change, we start off in the 70's, and then when Fallon comes back to earth it's present day.  Those of us who are older than computers, cell phones, etc can understand the shock Fallon has at all these electronics and the help/hinderance they are. 
 
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Second and third place winners would receive an autographed print copy of the the book.
*First place winner has to have purchased a copy of Angels of the Knights (it will only be $.99 cents during the promo), and the proof of purchase date has to be before the giveaway ends.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Blog Tour: ERASING TIME by C.J. Hill - Guest Post & Giveaway


Welcome to the ERASING TIME blog tour hosted by Fire and Ice! We are thrilled to have author C.J. Hill here with us for a special guest post. But first, here's a little about the book:


Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 28th 2012
by Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN0062123920
Book Summary From Harper Collins: When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that's so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can't go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in. 

The ERASING TIME book trailer: 


 
And now, a guest post from the lovely C.J. Hill:



  Secret symbols in Logos—how many can you spot?

Secret symbols have probably always been hidden in things—even long before anyone knew about subliminal messages.

The first secret symbol in history that I know about (I’m sure there are many more) is the ichthys. Several theories exist as to how the open-tailed fish became a symbol of Christianity. I won’t go into them because that’s not the interesting part to me. The interesting part is that the ichthys was a symbol that helped Christians thousands of years ago secretly identify each other. Back then, Christians were thrown to the lions, stoned, things that you generally wanted to avoid.

If you were a Christian and you met a stranger who you thought might be a Christian too, you would take your walking stick and casually make a curved line in the dirt—the top of the ichthys. Anyone who wasn’t a Christian would think you were just fiddling with your stick and had precious few artistic abilities. But if the other guy was a Christian, he would know what you were up to, and he would make the corresponding bottom line. Viola—the ichthys! Then you would erase the fish fast before someone else saw it and threw you both to the lions.

I love the stealth and danger involved in that system. For awhile I considered writing an action novel set in the early A.Ds, but decided against it when I realized doing so would require a boat-load of research. (I once researched the Middle Ages for six months straight for a novel I still haven’t written.)

The nice thing about writing futuristic books is that they require a lot less research. (Although I did have to study physics principles for the time machine—which wasn’t exactly easy.)

In Erasing Time, my main character Sheridan, is sucked into the future with her twin sister, Taylor. They find that city’s government controls where citizens can go, what they can learn, and what they can say. Sheridan and Taylor want to escape the city before the government implants computer chips into them that will track and control them. In order to escape, Sheridan has to decode some secret signs in the city around her.

Want to see how well you would do in her place? Take a look at some of these logos from our day and see if you can spot the secret symbols. The first is one of the easiest.





 So, did you notice that there’s a 31 (for their 31 flavors) in the middle of the B and the R? Baskin and Robbins made it easier for everyone by making the numbers a different color. Apparently they know that we’re not all that bright when it comes to picking up on hidden things. What do you see in the next logo?




Note to Federal Express, if you want people to see the arrow in between the E and the X, maybe you should make it pink instead of white.

How many of you have eaten Tostitos before? (You know you all have.) Think of the logo. Got it in your mind? Where are the people fighting for the last chip over a bowl of salsa?

Can’t picture that part of the logo? Take a closer look:




Yeah, those Ts are actually people. I never saw them until someone pointed them out. I guess I don’t stare at chip bags the way I stare at cereal boxes. If two Ts were fighting for the last bran flake, I would totally notice it.

Then there’s the LG logo. Got it in your mind? It’s a circle with an L and a G—it sort of looks like a face with one eye and a scar on the cheek. This is what some people think it secretly represents:




Packman, my old nemesis, you’ve been busy. Is this why the icemaker on my fridge is suddenly making that odd chomping noise?

What do you see in the next logo?




If you’re the observant sort, you’ll notice that the letter g is the exact same symbol as the half-smiley face above it. G= half a smile. Who knew, right? I seriously never noticed that before, although I’ve always had the vague feeling that the W was a clenched fist and that the letter D was flipping me off. Observant, I’m not. Creative, I am.




See anything fishy in the Toblerone logo? No? How about a bear then? If you look closely, you’ll see there’s a bear in the Toblerone mountain. Why? I have no idea. Maybe the chocolate is beary good.

And last but certainly not least, take a look at the original Jack in the Box logo.




See anything fishy with this logo? No? Well, you should. Look again and this time look for the Ichthys. See it now? It’s the OX in box.

So, how well did you do on picking out the secret symbols?

0-2 Take a seat with the rest of the blissfully unobservant. You are probably too busy texting to ponder logos.

3-4 Good, but you’d better not venture into the year 2447, just in case.

5-7 Bring on the future, baby. You’re ready for it! 

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