Friday, May 30, 2014

Ghost of the Gods

  • File Size: 2785 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0979181534
  • Publisher: Mazel & Sechel (February 21, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ILH85QU
  In this sequel to Bohacz's Immortality, two years after the devastation of mass human extinctions in kill zones, mankind is still grasping for survival. An oppressive union of government and big business controls an exhausted America, which is divided between walled-in Protectorates and the unpoliced Outlands. Against this chaotic backdrop, paleobiologist and genetic researcher Mark Freedman and policewoman Sarah Mayfair continue their evolution into transhumance - nanotech hybrids with a connection to the god machine, the artificial intelligence that caused the recent massacres, in an effort to derail the destruction of the Earth's biosphere. Bohacz provides mind-bending portrayals of factions vying for power and reflections on the essence and fragility of humanity. But philosophical concerns never obtrude on the fast-paced plot, as authorities investigate communes of hybrids, and Freedman and Mayfair must choose between absorption into a collective mind or fidelity to their remaining humanity. The question of who can be trusted impels the reader to keep turning the pages of this highly satisfying and dynamic techno-thriller.

My Impressions: 

Brilliant follow up book to Immorality that I loved.  This book though will not stand on its own and will confuse you if you do not read the first book. If you had read the first one than you see that this one picks up a few years after the "God Machine" plagues that started as an outpouring of wrath for humans not taking care of the Earth. 

If you love science and phenomenon's  surrounds telepathy, precognitive & lucid dreams, etc you will adore this book. The author does a great job creating a model trying to get us to think outside the box and really explore the chemistry and science behind our consciousness.  

The story has so many twists and turns that are suspense filled all the way through that you never know where it is going to go. Every time you think you got a grasp on the realities within you find out you are wrong. Kevin does give us the satisfaction of the  epilogue that takes place 10 years into the future and really sums things up nicely, so you dont get left hanging. 


About the Author
I am Kevin Bohacz the bestselling novelist of Immortality and a lucid dreamer… Welcome to my dreams. I am also a writer for national computer magazines, founder and president of two high technology corporations, a scientist and engineer for over 35 years, and the inventor of an advanced electric car system - the ESE Engine System (circa 1978). I was also a short order cook for I-Hop, flipped burgers at McDonalds, and delivered Chicken Delight. All of those careers and more are behind me now that I am a full time storyteller, a catcher of dreams. Thank you for reading my stories and making this all possible.

Authors website

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Below the Surface (Code of Silence #3)

In the third book in the Code of Silence series, a coming-of-age story that both boys and girls will enjoy, from prolific author and speaker Tim Shoemaker.

Buried fears don’t stay buried for long. Something is wrong with Cooper. He doesn’t understand it, and he won’t admit it, but after surviving the trauma of abduction, Cooper is plagued by a deep fear he can’t control. A vacation aboard the restored Getaway with his friends is just what he needs. No drama, no mysteries, just fun, relaxation, and a few well-planned pranks. But trouble follows this crew, and the idea of a carefree vacation soon disappears along with a missing woman. The police think she drowned, but Hiro has her own suspicions and starts investigating, while Cooper keeps busy and hides behind his practical jokes. But fear has a way of rising. A prank gone wrong, a dark water dive, and the four friends find more than they bargained for - just below the surface.


My Impressions: 

I LOVED this book. Filled with mystery, a little romance, suspense, intrigue, an all around fantastic book. This is the 3rd book in the Code of Silence series,and the first one I have read,  but it easily stands on its own merits.

Below the Surface is an amazing book about friendship, conquering ones fears and loyalty. It does not hurt  that the book  is packed full of action, humor and mischief that all middle grade readers and schoolers will love. I think part of the reason the kids got into trouble is because they really needed more adult supervision/interaction, but then again that was what the summer was about for these kids, finding some independence and experiencing life before High School.

I really enjoyed how Cooper's dad stepped up and knew exactly what Lunk was needing since his dad walked out on the family. The importance of a dad in one's life is only hinted at in the book, but impactfull nonetheless.I know this book was wrote for a much younger audience, but I really enjoyed it and was sad when it was over. Great read.

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What I Love About Matthew-April 2014

Favorite Quote:" I dont know, maybe" This seems to be your phrase lately to most anything that I ask you. You are consistently inconsistent. :)


Scripture Verse:

1 Timothy 5:8

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Where I Hope to See You Grow:  My wish for you will continue to be that you grow in faith for Christ Jesus. I know you are not a believer, but my hope is and will remain that Christ will surround you with His people to show you the love that can only be found in those that follow after our King. I continue to try and set the example, but I know that friends at this stage in life have a much greater influence over your life than I do, so I will pray that you are surrounded with believers that can help show you the truth in ways that only friends can.

What Has Impressed Me Most About You This Month: You are finally talking about going to college! I really did not think you were going to get serious about it and I was getting a little worried about you. Now I hear you making plans and started getting the ball going,which makes me really happy. I am glad that you are still interested in Architectural Design and that your passions are consistent.


Some Favorite Things We Did Together: 

1. Kayak- I got you on a kayaking kick. Every time I turn around you want to take the kayak's out and have some fun for a few hours. We have only gone to Lake Ray Hubbard, but soon we shall venture out to other areas and try some more adventures waters. You caught on real quick so I dont think that will be a issue.

2. Knife Throwing- You mock me and my knife throwing skills, or lack thereof. You can take the hatchet and whack it at the tree and hit it every time almost. Me I keep missing. You even showed your little brother how to do it and even he can hit it. I think you counted like 23 times in a row. Yea, I bite. Anyway it was fun to do with you and I enjoyed it alot.

3. Movie Watching-Yep We love sitting around and watching movies, munching on snacks and doing pretty much nothing sometimes. Its enjoyably to kick back and relax and not feel the  pressure of the day. For the most part we like the same movies-outside horror that I cannot stand. I leave all the horror watching to you and Delaney-leave me out. I can do without the hebejebes all night thank you very much.

What I Love About Laney - April 2014

Favorite Quote: " Ugh,I hate living here" I have been hearing that one alot lately. Pretty much since you turned 13 actually. You keep begging to go stay with your dad. You hate religion, rules, responsibility, commitment, etc. Right now you feel I am destroying your life and everything that makes you happy. Time limits on the PC, no phone, I make you go outside into the real world, I force you to go to sporting events, and church, etc. Basically you feel I am out to get you and tell me about it every chance you get. Your main complaints are religion and internet rules. 

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6 "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." I cling to this verse with you and the promises in it. It helps me keep pursing God and trying my best to lead by example and set the bar.

Where I hope to see you grow:  In your faith. Its dwindling down to nothing. You are pushing hard against it. Anything God, church, christian you automatically find negativity in it and hate it, or at least most of it. It was not as bad as it has become. Just last year you wanted to be baptized, now its an argument when I mention God, the Bible, anything religious with you. I pray all the time that God will recapture your heart and turn you back to Him.  You are harming yourself again and getting sneaker about the locations, where you hid things and more closed off to everyone around you. I am lost about how to help you anymore than what I already am. I have to have faith that God is in control and has His hand in this situation as well,helping us both.

What has impressed me most this month: You always are very kind and giving to those in need. You are the first to befriend someone that has no one else. You reach out to your friends that are hurting and try to comfort them. I see you worry and fret over situations that people you loved are in and how you can help them. I see you stand up and intervene when you see people are being bullied and treated unfairly. You have nurturing and loving spirit that I hope you never loose.

Favorite things we did:
1.Gages-ok I did not go with you and I dont really like that you got them, but you were on cloud nine when you found out you could get them and beamed for days after you got them. You got the smallest size and i will admit that they are not as bad as what I thought they were going to be. They looked huge to me the first could of days, but I have grown use to them over the weeks.
2. Horseback Riding- You got the easy horse that cooperated with you and so did Drake. I got the feisty, keep throwing my head in the air and freak me out horse with the attitude. We went on a mile trail ride that lasted a little over an hour and frankly I was glad when it ended. You on the other hand wanted to do it again. I should have switched horses.
3. Camping-We went on a 3 day camp-out and had a blast. Mesquites were not bad, weather was nice and the food was great! Played some capture the flag, kick the can and roasting marshmallows. You spent alot of time writing in your journal. Probably complaning that their was no internet, no phone, and no Tyler.

What I Love About Drake April 2014

Favorite Quote: " Mommy, I wont steal from you again. I did not like being grounded. I asked God to help me not steal anymore so I wont get grounded again and He did."

Scripture:

Ephesians 4:28 

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Where I hope to see you grow:  

This has been a hard month for you all around. It started off with you lying, saying a few choice cuss words that I wont repeat and then stealing over $50 out of my purse to buy junk food for your friends at daycare. All of this was within the first week! Geesh kiddo you love to test me. Needless to say you got to experience your very first 2 day grounding. You hated it, I hated, I think the whole neighborhood hated it in fact.  I was pleased to know the grounding had an effect on you and more pleased that you talked to God about helping you when you are tempted and how you felt. I love that you draw your strength from Him and not your own ability. 

The next week held the news of finding out that you suffer from an intellectual delay, AKA you sit on the cusp between mild and moderate retardation within the autism spectrum. This devastated me and answered alot of questions at the same time for me. All your emotional meltdowns over the slightest thing that last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, your lack of social skills, your need to do everything in a very anal way each time you do it, the struggles in school, behavior problems at home, your need for details and a schedule, etc, etc. Then came the struggle of knowing how to discipline you and create your negative behavior in light of this new information. So I guess my hope is that we will all learn to grow in our care and understanding of what you are going through so we can help you be the best you God designed you to be.

What has impressed me most this month:  How far along your prayers are coming. You are still learning to pray outside of rhymes and still do your standard bedtime prayer, but you have become more confident in asking God to help watch over and protect others who are hurting, sick, do not know the Lord, feeling sad and lonely etc. You also love to pray for all the animals of the world.

Favorite things we did: 

1. Got a dog- yeppers. We got a English Bulldog and it makes all sorts of crazy noises that keep us awake at night and make us giggle. You made the mistake of letting his "sleep" with your DBU bear I bought you and he refuses to give it back. Each time you try and take it he turns around and lays on it and starts grunting at you. It's really cute. 

2.Soccer games-your team is undefeated so far this year which is awesome. But, soccer makes my list from watching you play, especially now that I understand better of what makes you tick. When you get the ball you have this whole system you have to go through before you will kick the ball. You have to line it up, take 2 steps back, aim and then kick. You do this at practice and during the games. I am trying so hard not to yell at you to kick the darn ball and you are trying equally as hard to get it set up quickly to kick the ball. What makes it so darn cute is it does not matter what team we play when the other kids see you going though your little ritual they stop and wait. It's so darn cute and funny at the same time. Once you get the ball going you are fine and will keep with the ball and kick, pass, whatever, but that initial kick has to be done your way.

3.Brother's visits- You love it when your brothers come and visit you. They take you to play tennis, let you play on their X-Box, they play the Wii with you, let you throw knives with them and on and on the boy list goes. Plus you get to wrestle, fart for weird reasons with them, and talk smack to people they are playing online games with. things your sister and I just dont do. You like hanging with the boys basically and I adore seeing you get quality time with your brothers doing things only boys can do together.

4.Easter Week- We got to do all sorts of lovely things this week. Easter Egg hunt with your sister. Yep, she joined in so you would not have to do it alone. We made a great Easter meal, went to Easter services-the whole shebang. Just had a great day, watching Joseph King of Dreams movie with you over and again and cuddling enjoying our time together.

5. Kayak-You have fallen in love with Kayaking since your trip with your mentor, Mark from Generations Outdoors. You had a blast learning the basics and tackling White Rock Lake. You loved it so much we went out and bought our own kayakes so we can go anytime we want. You do get frustrated trying to work the paddles though, but sometimes I just hook you onto the back of mine and pull you along while you practice.

Hungry Heart-Meg Benjamin (Konigsburg #8)

      • File Size: 514 KB
      • Print Length: 291 pages
      • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (March 24, 2014)
      • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
      • Language: English
      • ASIN: B00J8KYGGW
 Peace, love, and barbecue—with a big order of sexy on the side.
Sous chef Darcy Cunningham is less than entranced with small-town Konigsburg’s obsession with barbecue. But her future career as a chef de cuisine requires expanding her culinary horizons, so she talks the Barbecue King, a.k.a. Harris Temple, into taking her on as his apprentice.
However, learning Harris’s professional secrets wasn’t supposed to include falling for his spicy blend of smoky sexiness and laid-back charm.
Chico Burnside specializes in flying under Konigsburg’s small-town radar, but lately life has been going a little too smoothly, even for him. Hoping to shake things up a bit, he talks Harris into teaming up for Konigsburg’s first barbecue cook-off. But once shy scientist Andy Wells catches his eye, Chico’s got more on his mind than brisket. Like enticing her out of her shell to show her just how tenderly a big guy can love.
As the competition ignites, so does the romance. Until a natural disaster threatens to derail Konigsburg’s dream team before the grills even get good and warmed up.


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My Impressions: 
I adored this book. Loved the drama, intrigue, and romance between Darcy and Harris. You could feel the sparks flying between these two.I also adored the romance between Chico and Andy, the whole opposites attract is always enjoyable and humerus. This is the first book in the Konigsburg series that I have read and now I cannot wait to go back and read the ones I have missed. I really enjoyed the great detail Meg used to bring to life small town living and all that goes with it-both good and bad.If you live in Texas its pretty much a given that you have to learn to love brbq and all the fixins that go with it and definitely the proper way to prepare it! I was really surprised that Mesquite wood did not get brought up-since after all that is really the only way to cook your brbq!



Read an excerpt:
 “We’re here,” she said.
He looked up. His truck was parked at the curb. Her porch light gleamed in the darkness. A couple dozen steps, and she’d be home. He pushed the front gate open, then followed her through.
Okay, you’ve got this. No problem. Except, of course, that he didn’t. He hadn’t felt this awkward since middle school.
She turned on the top step, looking down at him, or as down as she could look when they were basically nose to nose. “This is where I say I had a great time and thank you. Which is true. I did have a great time. And I do thank you. But it still sounds sort of weird to me.”
He frowned. “Why weird?”
She gave him a slightly rueful smile. “Because it’s such a routine thing to say. I feel like I should come up with something better.”
He shook his head. “I’ll take it.” His right hand moved to the back of her neck, almost without his thinking about it, and he drew her lips down to his.
Random thoughts drifted through his mind. She was so soft, so warm. How long had it been since he’d touched a woman like this? Kissed a woman when it wasn’t just a prelude to something else, when kissing was the main event?
He moved his hand up to the back of her head, let his fingers slide into her hair, trace the shape of her skull. He changed the angle of the kiss, brought his tongue to her mouth and tasted her.
Honey. Sweetness. A hint of fragrance. Gracious Lord above.


 

Meg Benjamin is an author of contemporary romance. Her Konigsburg series for Samhain Publishing is set in the Texas Hill Country and her Medium trilogy for Berkley InterMix is set in San Antonio’s King William District. Meg’s books have won numerous awards, including an EPIC Award for Contemporary Romance, a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Indie Press Romance, the Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers and the Beanpot Award from the New England Romance Writers. Meg lives in Colorado with her DH and two rather large Maine coon kitties (well, partly Maine Coon anyway). Her Web site is http://www.MegBenjamin.com and her blog is http://megbenj1.wordpress.com/. You can follow her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/meg.benjamin1), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/megbenjamin), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/megbenj1). Meg loves to hear from readers—contact her at meg@megbenjamin.com.

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