01/3/13

January’s Author of the Month: Christopher Smith!

Each month during 2013, I am going to highlight a new author.  The reason?  There are so many awesome authors out there that I have been dying to read and for whatever reason, never get to.  So I figured what a better way to fix this problem than spotlight those new-to-me authors, learn more about their work and read at least one of their works.  The authors that I choose will be ones that I have not yet read, but have been intrigued by the synopsis  of their books, been exposed to on Facebook, Twitter or via word of mouth from friends.  My goal is to share spotlights of these author’s books, perhaps an interview with them, and review at least one of their works.  I would LOVE for anyone who would like to participate to jump on board.  Please feel free to share your thoughts on each month’s author and if you read and review one of that author’s books, please share a link.  Even if the author of the month is not new to you, please share your thoughts and feelings on their work.

Who is the lucky author for January?  It is someone that I have been following on Facebook for quite some time.  His books sound excellent and very intriguing.  I even have a few on my Kindle that I have been itching to read, but have yet to get to.  Who is that person?  Christopher Smith!  In the coming days I will be sharing spotlights of his fabulous sounding books, excerpts, etc. I may also hold a poll for you to help me decide which of his books to indulge in, lol.  If you have read any of Mr. Smith’s work, please share what you have read and your thoughts on those works.

For now, here is a quickie bio and a few links that you can visit to begin getting to know Christopher Smith!

Image of Christopher SmithChristopher Smith is the #1 international best-selling author of “Fifth Avenue,” its sequels “Running of the Bulls” and “From Manhattan with Love,” as well as “Bullied,” “Revenge,” “Witch” and “War,” all four of which deal with the subject of bullying. His newest thriller is “A Rush to Violence,” which will be a three-book series. “Park Avenue” hits at the end of 2012. For fourteen years, Smith was the film critic for a major newspaper in the Northeast. For eight years, he appeared weekly on NBC affiliates, and two years nationally on the E! network. He has written over 4,000 reviews and he has been named Best Critic for 2010 by the MPA. He has published two previous books in his Netflix “Queued” series, which are compilations of hundreds of his film reviews. He lives in Maine.

Visit the following links for more info and connect with Christopher Smith:

Facebook ~ Amazon ~ Website ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads ~ Barnes and Noble

12/31/12

Saying Good-Bye to 2012

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I cannot believe that today is the final day of 2012.  This year has flown by and each year seems to go quicker than the one before.  I hope everyone had a great year and made some great memories.  My year held ups and downs, as every year does, but overall it was a great one.  Another fabulous year watching my two precious children grow, change and learn, another year spent becoming closer to family and friends and, of course, another year of fabulous books!  Please be sure to check out my page listing my favorite reads of 2012 and I would love to hear yours (I can always add more books to my TBR mountain, lol).   Books bless us and take us to any world we wish to go and experience anything that we wish to experience.  My children have grown in their love of books this past year and that thrills me to no end.  My 10 year-old daughter and I have even read a few of the same books and discussed them together – such  fun and enriching moments that I hope to continue!

I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and may you all be blessed with goodness, peace, happiness, love and joy.

12/28/12

Kindle Freebie Time – Limited Time!

How about a few Kindle Freebies to kick off the weekend?  Remember, these are for a limited time only and may change at any time.  Just click on the covers to be taken to the book page!  Enjoy!

Wait For Me Forever Mine Chasing Nikki Perfect for You Cross My Heart (A Contemporary Romance Novel) Bound to You Amelia's Story: A Childhood Lost Collapse Broken Build Chasing the Ghost

12/28/12

Revamp Time!

With the new year upon us, I thought I would do a bit of a revamp to the blog. What do you think of the new look? I would love to hear suggestions and ideas of what you would like to see here at Cafe of Dreams! My hope is to blow this blogging slump out of the water and get back to it. I miss chatting with my book reading friends and helping out all of the awesome and talented authors out there. So be on the lookout for more spotlights, book reading ideas and, of course, reviews! I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that the new year holds incredible blessings and good things!

12/12/12

Review: The Apocalypse Of Hagren Roose by J.W. Nicklaus


The Apocalypse of Hagren Roose 2The Apocalypse Of Hagren Roose
by J.W. Nicklaus

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About:  Once a small-town success and happy family man, Hagren Roose finds his slide backwards at once abrupt and wrenching. His small-town mentality sets him on a journey of his own making, of which he has no control—and

only he can atone for.

Hagren Roose forgot the Golden Rule

Ever wondered what your choices and decisions have in store for you?

Karma has its place in the scope of human beliefs, but karma extends principally to mortal life as we know it, applies to a conscious, sentient person. Push your imagination a bit: what might we be in for when we pass on?

The Apocalypse of Hagren Roose, coincidentally, is just such a story. Follow Hagren, a native son of a small town with an equally small collective mind. Hagren’s failure to step beyond the antiquated prejudices he grew up with have caused a rift between himself, his family, and everyone else around him. Hagren Roose has plenty to answer for — upon his answers rest his, and his family’s, future.

My Review:  The Apocalypse of Hagren Roose by J.W. Nicklaus is not a light read, nor is it a story that will quickly leave your mind.  Instead it is a story that delves into a world of regrets and reminds us to step back and reassess ourselves and our lives. The life that we lead and how we treat those around us.  We

may make mistakes but we can learn from those mistakes and better not only ourselves but our lives.

Mr. Nicklaus uses lyrical prose and vivid imagery to bring his story to life.  The characters are easy to envision and connect to, lending an extra quality to the overall effect of the story.  The Apocalypse of Hagren Roose is a story knitted together with thick strands of inspiration.

While I was reading, I was reminded a bit of It’s A Wonderful Life meets Scrooge, with an added unique twist that is all J.W. Nicklaus.  This is indeed a wonderful and unique story that will remain with me for some time to come.  I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a wonderful and thought-provoking read.

Favorite Quotes:  

What little dozing she could do at home was paltry at best; a heavy conscience seldom rest well, no matter how soft the pillow.

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The pair journeyed forward, the surroundings soulless yet wit

h a scant trace of warmth, not unlike an embrace.  The disconcerting balance between calm and apprehension that draped itself around everything, and the groaning weight of his surging thoughts all began pricking at him, a white rose with nary a place along its stem with which to hold it.

 


J.W. Nicklaus 2About J.W. Nicklaus: J.W. Nicklaus attests to living somewhere between the city closest to the Sun and upon the precipice of Hell—but the winters are mild in Arizona. An avid reader and peerless amateur philosopher, he is “DNA and energy. I am cellular and soulful. I am shadow and light. I am carbon and water . . . and I am stardust. As are we all.” His singular ambition is simple: to leave the world a slightly better place than when he came into it.

The Apocalypse of Hagren Roose Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, December 3

Guest Blogging at A Year of Jubilee Reviews

Tuesday, December 4

Book Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Wednesday, December 5

Character Dear Santa Letter at Literarily Speaking

Book Featured at Acme Authors Ink

Thursday, December 6

Guest  Blogging at Celtic Lady’s Reviews

Guest Blogging at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem

Friday, December 7

Interview at Broken Teepee

Monday, December 10

Guest Blogging at Denyse Bridger’s Fantasy Pages

Tuesday, December 11

Book Review at Rainy Day Reviews

Wednesday, December 12

Book Review at The Book Connection

Guest Blogging at Miki’s Hope

Thursday, December 13

Book Review at Cafe of Dreams Book Reviews

Friday, December 14

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Interview at Books Books the Magical Fruit

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