domenica 31 marzo 2013

Showcase Sunday #18 -Two weeks worth!

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Book, Biscuits and Tea
               The aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag
                and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought
            in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week.

Hey peeps! How are you? I wish you all an Happy Easter, but be careful, 
do not eat too much chocolate! ;D
Last week I didn't have time to post my showcase so, this Sunday I will be posting 
two weeks worth of books. Let's get started!


The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my favourite books but nonetheless, I didn't have my own copy, so when I found it, for only 2.50 euros, I just couldn't resist! I think that Picture of Woman In Crimson (not an official translation, but just so you can understand what the title means) has not been released yet in any country except for Italy and Russia, probably, because I just couldn't find an English nor American edition. On the other hand, here it is a pretty well-know book and appearently the fate just wanted me to find this piece of beauty, because I had the fortune to buy it for half the price, at my local, favourite, bookshop!

sabato 30 marzo 2013

Review: Ever by Jessa Russo

Ever #1
Author: Jessa Russo
Published: October 1st 2012
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Format: eGalley
Number of Pages: 295
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: TBD, Amazon

From GoodReads

Seventeen-year-old Ever’s love life has been on hold for the past two years. She’s secretly in love with her best friend Frankie, and he’s completely oblivious.

Of course, it doesn't help that he’s dead, and waking up to his ghost every day has made moving on nearly impossible.

Frustrated and desperate for something real, Ever finds herself falling for her hot new neighbor Toby. His relaxed confidence is irresistible, and not just Ever knows it. But falling for Toby comes with a price that throws Ever’s life into a whirlwind of chaos and drama. More than hearts are on the line, and more than Ever will suffer.

Some girls lose their hearts to love.

Some girls lose their minds.

Ever Van Ruysdael could lose her soul.

My Review

Ever was an enjoyable paranormal read, that I was actually dying to read but that, in the end, left me a little disappointed. When I first read the plot infact, I imagined an emotional read that revolved mainly about Ever's love for Frankie, even if I also knew about the presence of another character, Toby. Nevertheless I think the author sometimes completely forgot to make Frankie a little more involved in Ever's life; he was the love of her life, but as soon as another guy came in, she completely ignored him, and that was absolutely not was was I expecting from this book! I think that the presence of Frankie should have been a little more constant, since he plays an important role in the end of the book, because in this way the story was a little incoherent and also the protagonist was not so credible, in my opinion; infact, she claimed she was in love with him but in those few moments when he appeared, she always treated him so badly for appearently no reasons! 
Moreover I think that the author should have dedicated a little more time in describing Frankie's death and how it affected Ever, because, as it is written, everything is got rid of in a scarce chapter.
Well, I think that one of my main problems with this book was probably the protagonist herself, Ever, I simply couldn't make a connection with her, and in general with all the characters. This automaticaly made the book loose some points, since characters are of vital importance for me, and not feeling connected to them is so annoying. I really didn't like Ever, most of the time, because she was a little bit too childish for my tastes, always undecided about what (or who!) she wants and I really didn't like the way she dealt with problems. As I was saying, she immediately got super upset about anything, above all with Frankie (the so-called love of her life) but the second later, she immediately forgot about it. I can still remember the part in which Toby breaks up with her without reason, but as soon as he came back, Ever immediately forgave him, the resentment of the past 4 months, FORGOT! In her defenses, I can say that it was quite enjoyable reading all the facts from her point of view, even if most of the times I didn't agree with her attitude, and I found particulary interesting and moving the moments when she is forced to deal with difficult situations.

For the rest I think that the idea behind the book was quite interesting and I think that the author did a great job in revealing what was happening at the very ending, because now, even if this was not what was I expecting, I'm still curious about what will be of Ever's soul and how she will deal with her two pretenders.

And you? Are you interested in this battle of souls? Do you wanna know what was behind Toby's mysterious life and how it will affect everyone's life? Then you should probably read Ever, a Paranormal novel about ghosts, love and lost souls!

Rated 3.15

venerdì 29 marzo 2013

Release Day Party: A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

Book Blurb:  Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is.  She doesn't know her real name or when she was born.  Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old.  At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on in life, she is just a senior in high school.   With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing. 
This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody.  It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love.  But falling in love can be hard when you don't know who you are.  Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can't love you back might be impossible.
Author Bio  Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, so she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called "What I Know" - also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold.  She lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband and four kids, and doesn't plan to ever move somewhere, because nowhere is sublime.  She has written Running Barefoot, and the Young Adult books Slow Dance in Purgatory and the sequel, Prom Night in Purgatory.  A Different Blue is her fourth novel.  Where to find Amy:


I love being creative with my chapter titles.  If you've read any of my other books, you already know that!  This book has titles that are all related to one word.  It is not obvious, at least it wasn't to me!  When you download the book, scroll through the chapter titles to figure out what each title has in common with the others.  Once you think you've got it figured out, write your answer in a message.  No one will be able to see anyone else's response.  The winner, selected by rafflecopter, will get a beautiful necklace AND charm bracelet with charms that represent different elements in the book OR a $20 Amazon gift card, whichever the winner chooses, and a runner up will get the remaining prize.
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lunedì 25 marzo 2013

Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy
Vampire Academy #1
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: August 16th 2007
Publisher; Razorbill
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Source: Library
Purchase: TBD, Amazon, B&N

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them 

My Review

Vampire Academy was a great new discovery for me, and certainly a series I would like to read more about. Having already read The House of Night series I was sincerely a little bit scared, because I found out I am not a huge fan of vampires anymore. Fortunately, I was happily surprised to find out that Vampire Academy was not just the usual story about a vampire with special powers that will save the world, but Richelle Mead gave to the book a totally original setting!
First I immediately felt a connection with the main characters, Lisa and Rose, and I really loved how deep their friendship was and how totally opposite their personalities were. Second, I thought that making a division among Moroi, dhampir and Strigoi was absolutely brilliant and original, something I would have never dreamed about and that I have never read about! I also liked the presence of royal families among the academy because in my opinion, it made the vampires way more similar to us. Something very strange is that, thinking about Vampire Academy, I can't recall a plot full of surprises, but what made the book special was above all Richelle's way of writing and her ability to not reveal things immediately but through flashbacks and memories of the protagonists.
It is pointless to say that I shipped Dimitri and Rose from the first moment, and I really really hope the author will give them more space in book two. Infact, I was pretty disappointed that she dedicated so little space to the two of them, but maybe this also increased my curiosity in reading the sequels; what I appreciated most is how Dimitri was the only one capable of stopping Rose and make her reflect about what she was doing, since she seemed to me like the kind of girl who doesn't stop herself in front of anything. But please, tell me there won't be any love triangle among Dimitri, Rose and Mason?!
Last, I enjoyed how the author chose as the antagonist, one of the character I would have never thought about, this really increased the surprise factor! In general, I think all the mystery around Lisa's powers and the consequences of their use was brilliant, something I can't wait to read more about!

Rose was absolutely a character you can easily grow fond of, she is smart, strong and charming. If there is something I didn't quite appreciated about her personality is how little respect of herself she seems to have sometimes, even if, at the same time, we understand that she prefers putting Lisa's sake first before her own. On the other hand, I don't know how to feel about Lisa, since I usually don't like weak characters; I know she is probably not one of that kind, but sometimes I just couldn't understand how she resist to be so patient and silent in front of such injustices. Nevertheless I think her character became stronger every page more, and I really started to enjoy her when she finally decides to take the situation in hand, even if that meant sacrifice her own sanity.
Dimitri was without doubt a really fascinating character, but I can't say that I feel particulary attached to him, since the author only showed us a part of his personality: his devotion to his work. I really hope there will be more of his character in the next book ( I am sure of it) and I would like to read something about his past since there are bits and pieces of it in book one, but nothing is detailed yet.
Another character I feel like talking about is Christian Ozera, GOD I loved him so much! I know that most of the Vampire Academy fans out there are madly in love with Dimitri, but on the contrary I think that Christian (for now) is far more interesting than Dimitri and above all a character we know a little bit more of! I loved his concern for Lisa and how he completed her, how he could reveal her true personality - let's say that he was the character that allowed us to know something more about Lisa, too. 
Something so irresistible is how lonely and distanced he is from the rest of the royal families and his evident indifference toward other people's judgement.  

Yes, I would really like to see Christian and Rose together, is this so hard to imagine? I think they would make a great couple, actually, if one of them survives to the other!

Rated 4.75

venerdì 22 marzo 2013

Cover Reveal: Harbinger by Philippa Ballantine

by Philippa Ballantine

Release Date: July 30th

The Deacons of the Order are all that stand between the wicked spirits of the Otherside and the innocent citizens of the Empire. They are sworn to protect humanity, even when they cannot protect themselves…
After the Razing of the Order, Sorcha Faris, one of the most powerful Deacons, is struggling to regain control of the runes she once wielded. The Deacons are needed more desperately than ever. The barrier between the world of the living and the world of the dead is weakening, and the Emperor has abandoned his throne, seeking to destroy those he feels have betrayed him.
Though she is haunted by the terrible truth of her past, Sorcha must lead the charge against the gathering hordes of geists seeking to cross into the Empire. But to do so, she will need to manipulate powers beyond her understanding—powers that may prove to be her undoing…

The Cover
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About the author

New Zealand born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author with her husband Tee Morris of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. Her awards include an Airship, a Parsec, and a Sir Julius Vogel. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and a mighty clowder of cats.

Author of: Geist, Spectyr, Wrayth and Harbinger (2013) from Ace Books and Hunter and Fox and Kindred and Wings (2013) from Pyr Books

Co-author (with Tee Morris) of Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences— an Airship Award winning steampunk series. Novels: Phoenix Rising and the Janus Affair. Also includes digital short stories and a free award winning podcast series


Twitter: @philippajane

mercoledì 20 marzo 2013

Promo: Pity Isn't An Option by Jessica Brooks + Give@way!

Pity Isn't An Option
by Jessica Brooks

Publisher: Createspace

Seventeen year-old Jonas Norton is trying to come to terms with what his blood disorder has robbed from him, including his two most favorite things: basketball, and competing in Hatchet Racket, Wanless’ annual hatchet-throwing contest. The facts that his father works constantly to pay for his blood tests and Jonas can actually see the disappointment in his eyes for being such a failure only make matters worse. And even worse than all of that? Jonas' own twin brother, Micah, is perfectly healthy and becoming quite the basketball player. Also, Hattie, the girl Jonas has loved for forever? She has no idea how he feels.

Sixteen year-old Hattie Akerman lives down the hill from Jonas. Though her father, Heath, tries to hide his lack of mental clarity behind the bottle and she's pretty much given up on having any kind of relationship with him, she would still rather her younger sister, Lucy, not have to deal with the consequences of his behavior. Hattie helps her mother by baking food to sell at Market and looking out for Lucy. No matter what the rest of the town says about her crazy father, Jonas sticks up for them. He is, by far, her very best friend.

As if things aren’t complicated enough already, Heath and Micah are unexpectedly drafted into President Kendrick's army (an army from which no one ever returns) just days before Thanksgiving. When Heath disappears instead of arriving at the Meeting Place to check in, Hattie and Jonas decide they’ve had enough, and take matters into their own hands. And though nothing could have prepared them for what happens next, Hattie and Jonas learn that hope can be seen in every situation. You just have to know where to look.

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The Excerpt

My head is cloudy and it hurts, and I don’t want to go to school acting as if nothing is different, because everything will be for the rest of my life. What’s worse is I know that regardless of what’s happening and the fact that our family is about to be torn apart, I can’t miss any more days of school or they might flunk me and give my seat to somebody else. 

Money. It always takes precedence.

Precedence. I almost smile, in spite of everything. Jonas would be proud of me for using that word. --Hattie

The Author

Jessica resides with her husband of over fifteen years, three awesome daughters, and a plethora of pets in Central California, where fog, frost, triple-digit heat and various items of produce arrive bountifully, depending on the season. She has an affinity for both coffee and owls, and loves to connect with fellow readers and writers on most social networks like Goodreads, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also connect with her on her blog, My Thoughts Exactly. 

Jessica writes both young adult and adult fiction. PITY ISN’T AN OPTION is her debut novel.

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twitter: @coffeelvnmom

The Give@way!

The awesome Jessica is having 2 giveaways for the release of her book,
the first is for a copy of Pity Isn't An Option + some surpise swags, Open to US only
the second one is for an eCopy of Pity Isn't An Option + some surpise swags, Open INTL
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martedì 19 marzo 2013

Cover Reveal/Teaser Tuesday: The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

The Avery Shaw Experiment
Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Format: ebook
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Release Date: May 2013
When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

Teaser One - Avery

Grayson finally noticed Aiden and I on the couch. “What are you two dorks doing?”

“Learning about steroids,” I said cheerfully. “You should probably know that using them can cause acne, testicular atrophy, decreased sperm count, prostate enlargement and gynecomastia.”

Grayson looked rightfully appalled. “Gyneco-what-ia?”

“Enlarged breasts in men,” Aiden translated. “So you should lay off the juice before you have to start borrowing Avery’s bras.”

I gasped at the mention of my underwear and whacked Aiden’s shoulder hard.

Behind me, Grayson laughed. I knew he was about to deliver a comeback, but I refused to look at him. Seconds later his breath was warm on my neck. He whispered just low enough that his mother couldn’t hear what he said. “I like my bras colorful and lacey, Aves. Not sure your collection would do it for me.”

Total mortification. Grayson may be as close as family to me, but he was still one of the hottest, most popular guys in our whole school. Him discussing my bras in that low sexy voice that could stop a girl’s heart on the spot made my lungs constrict. Plus, he was right of course. My bras were all of the plain white cotton variety.

Teaser Two - Grayson

I started to leave the room but she stopped me at the door. “Grayson?” Her tone tugged at something inside me. “You really want to take me with you tonight?”

She sounded so small and unsure of herself. It was how she always sounded at school and around strangers, but never when she was at home with us. I think my brother had really broken her. I was seriously going to have to beat him sometime.

“You don’t have to if you don’t want to. I know I really freaked out on you earlier, but I promise I’ll be fine. Aiden’s right.” She swallowed back a lump in her throat. “I’ll manage without him somehow.”

“Aiden’s a tool. You can learn how to manage tomorrow. Tonight’s New Years Eve and for once in your life you’re going to spend it without Aiden or The Discovery Channel.

I knew I was making progress when she cracked a smile and asked, “What about Whootylicious in 7 B?”

I thought of the luscious booty I’d originally planned on seeing tonight and sighed. “That will be an unfortunate loss, but, like you, I will just have to deal.”

I winked and then decided I’d give her ten minutes before I came back and physically dragged her out of bed.

Other books by Kelly Oram

The Author

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.


The Give@way!
Win all four books by Kelly Oram in ebook format. 
This giveaway is open international, as long as you have a way to open the file.

Must be 13 or older to enter.

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lunedì 18 marzo 2013

Book Blast: Surrender Your Love by J.C Reed

Surrender Your Love

by J.C Reed

Date of Publication: March 15th 2013

Meeting Jett was like lightning. Dangerous. Better left untouched. And better forgotten. But lightning always strikes twice.

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, doesn’t do relationships. When she’s sent to a remote estate to finalize a real estate deal, she discovers her new boss is no other than the guy she left naked in bed.

Sexy, dangerously handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield attracts trouble, and women, like a lightning rod. But the night he meets Brooke he gets more than he bargained for. The green-eyed millionaire playboy isn’t used to taking no for an answer, and he isn’t about to start now.

When he proposes two months of no strings sex, Brooke is intrigued and accepts his proposal. Little does she know Jett’s determined to claim the one woman he can’t have, pulling her deeper into his dangerous world.

A man who doesn't take 'no' for an answer.
A woman afraid to surrender to love.
Two lives that are about to cross...and secrets laid bare.

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The Give@way

To celebrate the released of her novel, Jessica is
giving-away a 50$ Gift Card, and an ebook copy of Surrender Your Love!

Release Day Party: An Unplanned Lesson by Beth Rinyu

An Unplanned Lesson
by Beth Rinyu
Publication Date: March 8, 2013

Nicole Morgan, the new second grade teacher at Pineview Elementary school, has it all together in the classroom; it’s her personal life that she can’t find peace with. Unable to let go of the guilt that she is harboring from her past, she punishes herself by running from all potential relationships.

Her patience is put to the test when Dailan O’Maley the obnoxious but very sexy uncle of one of her students enters her life. She slowly cracks away at Dailan’s crude, crass exterior when they are forced to work together for the sake of his nephew. The two of them learn a lesson in love that neither had planned as they discover that the guilt they are hiding deep inside isn’t the only thing they have in common. Unbeknownst to her, he holds more than just the key to her heart.

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An Excerpt

“Why are you staring at me?” I asked.
“Because I think you’re hot,” he said as he chewed on his straw and his smile became even
wider. Ryan started to giggle, never taking his eyes from his coloring.
I pursed my lips and shook my head. “What, are you twelve?” His only response was the
arrogant smirk that I had become so acquainted with over the past few months. “You know
what – why did I even agree to come out with you tonight? Oh wait—that’s right, I didn’t
agree, you just took it upon yourself to barge into my classroom and demand that I go,” I
said, not finding any humor in his immature behavior.
“Do you always take demands like that from a man, darlin’? If so, I think I need to get you in
the bedroom,” he said as he rubbed the scruff on his cheek.
I couldn’t take his obnoxious behavior anymore. I shook my head and shot him a dirty look
before giving him a swift kick in the knee.
“Ouch, that wasn’t very nice,” he said as he rubbed his knee under the table.
“Keep it up and I’ll aim just a little higher.”
“Then that would be your loss.”
“Oh, I’m sure it wouldn’t be,” I snapped.
Ryan seemed unfazed by it all as he continued to color. I realized now exactly where Ryan
got his colorful vocabulary - from the immature, arrogant male chauvinist sitting across
from me. Did I mention incredibly sexy as well?

The Author

Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed creative writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen – or in today’s world a touch of the keyboard. My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I was born and have lived in New Jersey my whole life. I’m a mom of twin teenage boys, a teenage stepson, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon! I am married to a wonderful guy – but we’ll keep that between us, I don’t want him getting a big head!

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sabato 16 marzo 2013

Interview with Ron Glick, author of The Wizard In Wonderland + Amazon Book Promotion!


Want to read The Wizard In Wonderland? Today you can purchase your free copy on Amazon, here, hurry up!

1.Can you tell me a little about yourself and how you got into writing?

I started as a fan of comic books when I was young. The fantastic was just so appealing. Normal people with exceptional powers and abilities, the ideal of good triumphing over evil - even when the odds seemed impossible - this gave me a sense that the impossible was possible. I had a hard life growing up, and this kind of inspiration gave me something to hope for.
I wanted to be a part of this world, to create and inspire for those who did not have hope or inspiration. As I played with creating fiction, I learned that I could do more than inspire though - I could also share ideas of my own, explore new thoughts and ways to exist together. Through writing, I learned that I could teach, guide, mold and influence not only the introduction of ideas, but also give others the spark they might need to become creationsists in their own right.
I started wanting to write science fiction, but my continued love of comic books gradually shifted my interest towards fantasy. And there I found an even greater world of possibility where I could not only craft characters, but I could create entire worlds to set my stories in. Take a man or woman out of what is familiar, provide them a solid foundation for what could be real, and their mind becomes open to entirely new possibilities.
The impossible becomes possible, and what might otherwise be ordinary becomes extraordinary. What better way could anyone hope to shape the world of the future than being able to shape the ideas of today?

2.Why should we read The Wizard In Wonderland?
The Wizard In Wonderland started as a fun project - afterall, the entire concept came from a friend's daughter who mixed up the titles of Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. But like so many other areas of my writing, I found in exploring the idea a wonderful tapestry to reach out with, to share new possibilities through worlds that were even more impossible than the ones I had created before. And best of all - they would already be familiar to the reader.
In creating this book, and the series that will follow, my focus was to preserve the original concepts and characters as their original creators envisioned them. This then is a book designed for all those who grew up with loving Wonderland and Oz, but even moreso it is for those who believed that fantastic worlds like these are not unique, and that they share a common ground. Alice and Dorothy learn that both of their worlds exist, and the reader will come to learn that even Oz and Wonderland cannot have existed all this time without influencing each other in significant ways.
So who should read this book? Anyone who was ever a child who dreamed of falling into or flying away to a world that is so magical that only dreams could possibly exist there. If you are looking for the impossible, this book is for you. Somewhere between Oz and Wonderland is the real world that we all share - and this may be the best roadmap you will ever have to understanding what that really means.

3.What character or part of the story did you become attached to the most while writing and why?
I think the most fun I had in this book was were the Hatter and the Hare. They only play a small part (so far), but I think the Hatter represents the penacle of the insanity that is Wonderland, and the Hatter needs the Hare in order to give him the territory he needs to be zany without consequence. I could not just have them still sitting around a tea table after all these years - they had to be somewhere else, and the Hatter is just too forceful a character not to have taken advantage of an incredible change that came over the Wonderland while none of us were watching. If the insanity that is represented by Wonderland is itself turned upside down, how could the Hatter not be in the middle of it? And where the Hatter goes, the Hare must follow.

4. Is there an author who particulary inspired you while writing The Wizard In Wonderland?
I think it goes without saying that Lewis Carroll and L. Frank Baum are the only true inspirations for a book written off of their collective creations. For without their originally fantastic ideas, this book could never have been conceived.

5. If you could work with any author who would it be?
I think I would have loved to have worked with Robert Heinlein. Though he is primarily a science fiction writer, his stories bordered on both fantasy and reality to the point that nothing he wrote was ever completely fiction or science. He was a remarkable creator who I would have been honored to have known and worked beside.
If I were to choose someone amongst the living, I would have to say Terry Brooks though. Not only is he a true master of fantasy, but he has created in Shannara a concept that spans more than just the time in which his characters live, but also a rich, mysterious past and a future of untapped potential. This is world building at its best - understanding that not everything needs explanation, because not everything is - or even should - be known, even to the author himself. If it were, how could we ever hope for our creations to evolve?

6.Do you listen to any music when you write?
I love music so much that if I try to write while listening, I spend too much time singing along than in actually writing. Nah - music is reserved for just about everything else, but just not for times when I need to be creative
7.Do you have any advice for other writers?
I get approached all the time by people who say they have a story they want to tell, and I answer them all the same. Write it. Just sit down and put your words on paper. Don't worry how it looks or whether you think it's good enough or anything like that. It's the idea that's important, and it will never be told if you don't write it. If you find after you have written it down that it needs help, find a critique group and let them help you flesh it out. But none of that would be possible if you never take the first step in just writing it down.

8.What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
When someone gives you advice, consider the source. If your friends or family tell you not to try, or that you will only fail, ask yourself - what have they ever tried? And more importantly - have they ever tried what you want to do? If they have, then they are experts and you should give fair consideration to what they say. But if they have not, then don't ever let their own fear of failure keep you from achieving greatness.

The Book

The Wizard In Wonderland

Dorothy Gale has been to some strange lands, but none as unexpected as 19th century Oxford, England. Yet this is exactly where Dorothy meets Alice Liddell, a young woman with her own fanciful stories of a place called Wonderland. Alice finds herself pulled into Oz to face a new Wicked Witch, while Dorothy must follow the Wizard into a Wonderland civil war. Unknown to either girl though, plots have arisen against both faery lands, and they must uncover the hidden history shared between these lands if they are ever to set things right again.

Written with a faithful eye to the original Baum and Carrol classics, The Wizard In Wonderland reveals the secrets of Oz and Wonderland in a story that brings together both classic heroines in a new epic adventure.

The Author

Ron Glick (born January 20, 1969) is a community activist, and is presently active in several charitable enterprises. He was born in Plainville, KS. After living in various states, he currently lives in Kalispell, MT. He is unmarried, with ambitions to someday change that. He is the author of The Godslayer Cycle and Chaos Rising series, as well as having written several volumes of Ron El's Comic Book Trivia. He is presently working on the second novel of the Godslayer Cycle, Two. He loves contact and welcomes input on his work through his Facebook page at  

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