Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Book Spotlight: Keeper of Reign by Emma Right

Good Evening, Beardies!

On Sunday I did a Book Blast on Emma Right's novel, Keeper of Reign, as part of a Book Tour. Here is the second installment of that Tour, a Book Spotlight on said title.

Keeper of Reign

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Book Blast: Keeper of Reign by Emma Right

Keeper of Reign

Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it?

For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema.

Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Skillful Quill: That Is Something Up With Which I Will Not Put

The English language contains more than 200 prepositions and prepositional phrases, those words and phrases we use to show relationship: he sat on the chair. She lived next to a dump. They were in a lot of trouble. They show relationships in both time and space. Easy enough, right?
If you need a refresher, Grammar Rock can help you:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Author Spotlight: Megan Curd (Complete with Interview)

Greetings, Beardies!

A few weeks ago, I was having a movie night at home with my friend Anna, and the conversation (as it inevitably does when the two of us are together) turned to books.  Anna is the proprietress of Diamonds and Coal Book Reviews, and she had recently accepted an invitation to host Megan Curd and her novel, Steel Lily, on her blog.  Eager to get in on the action, I asked Anna to forward me the invitation, and Megan graciously accepted us as a last-minute addition to her blog tour.  Yesterday, we brought you the review; today, please enjoy Megan's Author Spotlight.  

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Book Spotlight: Steel Lily (The Periodic Series, Book One) by Megan Curd

Cheers, Beardies!

Exciting things are happening here in Metro Detroit! I have the day off and there’s a new, independent coffee shop down the street from me. Those two things, plus fantastic fall-like weather, combined with the fact that we’re hosting Megan Curd and her fabulous novel, Steel Lily, today, mean that your Assistant Editor is happy as a clam. I could rhapsodize about the leather recliner, soft jazz, fireplace, and house special Mayan Mocha…but why would I do that when I have a truly fantastic book to tell you all about?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Coldness of Marek Blog Tour Giveaway!

As promised, here is the third post of our three-post tour!  Enter for a chance to win one of two eCopies of Rachel O'Laughlin's debut title, Coldness of Marek.

Good luck to Everyone!

ALL tasks must be completed before pressing the button saying that you did; clicking the button alone does not complete said task in some cases.  ALL mandatory tasks must be completed in order to enter the drawing.  If any of them are incomplete, all other entries will be considered void.

If there are any questions, feel free to email me.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Author Spotlight: Rachel O'Laughlin (Complete with Interview)

Bonjour Beardies,

Yesterday, as part of our Blog Tour for Coldness of MarekElizabeth presented us with a wonderful Book Spotlight of this debut novel.  Today, I'm very excited to tell you a bit more about the author, Rachel O'Laughlin.
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Book Spotlight: The Coldness of Marek (Serengard: Book One) by Rachel O'Laughlin

Salut, Beardies!

A few weeks ago, we received an invitation from our friends at Fae Books to be part of a blog tour for a debut author, Rachel O’Laughlin. Rachel is currently touring the blogosphere with her novel, and she was kind enough to drop by The Bearded Scribe. Not only did Rachel grace us with an interview and giveaway for the tour, but she also gave me an advance copy of the book for review! I really enjoyed reading it and can’t wait to tell you about it, so let’s get to it!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

500/1000 Giveaway!

Greetings, Beardies!

A while back I had mentioned on Facebook (and by default, Twitter) that, in honor of reaching 500 Likes on our Facebook Page and 1000 Followers on Twitter, I would be holding a Giveaway.

A Giveaway, there shall be...and it's a doozie! We have some great prizes, donated by some great authors. In addition to their generosity, I've decided to donate a prize of my own.


The Prizes & Their Benefactors:

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Skillful Quill: Dragging Your Reader Through the Mud or Leading Them To Treasure?

This sentence, despite its ridiculous length and all the useless things it has to say, with its added phrases and clauses that have no content and give you nothing but extra words, that feels like it should be a run on because it’s so freaking long and is as boring as a sentence is allowed to be—even though it’s a little ironically funny in that it keeps babbling while saying nothing—and maybe makes you feel like pulling out your hair, is not a run on sentence and is one hundred percent grammatically correct.

This sentence is incorrect it is a run on.

This sentence is also incorrect, it is also a run on.

Really? ‘Tis true. The first sentence is a run on because it is two complete sentences put together with no conjunction, no semi-colon, no period—nothing to indicate the end of a sentence.

The second sentence is a special (and annoyingly common) run on called a comma splice: two sentences “spliced” together with a comma.

Because here’s the thing: “run-on” doesn’t mean long; it means you’ve got two sentences you smashed together, even if they are two tiny sentences.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Author Spotlight: Hugh Howey (Complete with Interview)

Afternoon, Beardies!

I stumbled upon a tweet from author Hugh Howey the other day, linking an amazingly heart-wrenching article written by his sister.  After reading, I promptly retweeted it, stating that we need more Mollie Howeys in this world.  I never expected to get a reply tweet from Hugh, who told me Mollie would love my Twitter handle (@beardedscribe—in case you didn't already know).  As fate would have it, Mollie judges Beard & Mustache Competitions, so she definitely Trusts the Beard.

On a whim, I decided to use the opportunity to torture an interview out of Mr. Howey; fortunately, no torturing was required, and Hugh told me to whip up a few questions and send them over in an email.  (Technology is amazing, n'est-ce pas?)

Though I have yet to read Howey's Silo Saga—I know, I know...shame on me and I should die a thousand deaths—the literary buzz it has received was (is!) too hard to ignore.  I know you're still hung up on me not reading Wool or its sequels, Shift and Dust (I can hear you huffing from here), but I can guarantee you that they are on my ever-growing To Be Read List—one that, I fear, will outlive me.  #readersproblems

But enough about me... onto Mr. Howey.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Book Spotlight: Aversion (Book One of The Mentalist Series) by Kenechi Udogu

Greetings, Beardies!

I bought my Kindle so I wouldn't pack a hundred books with me when I went overseas. (Not that it stopped me from bringing a slew of books home.) Now I have a library that fits in my purse. Worlds of possibilities, opportunities, and freedom all within my grasp and much lighter than carrying Hogwarts around in a bulky bag. We can't all have the awesomeness of Hermione's Purse of Wonders. I received Aversion from the author Kenechi Udogu in return for an honest review. So I got my tea and snuggled up with my Kindle.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Book Spotlight: Mars Burning (Saving Mars, Book 4) by Cidney Swanson

Cheers, Beardies!

First of all, a happy first anniversary to the Mars Rover Curiosity, and the happiest of Publication Days to Cidney Swanson! Mars Burning, Book Four of the Saving Mars Series, is live on Amazon today, and will arrive at your favorite bookseller soon! I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Cidney  though, so I don’t have to wait to bring you this Spotlight!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Book Spotlight: Losing Mars (Saving Mars, Book 3) by Cidney Swanson

Salut, Beardies!

There are two great pieces of news in Metro Detroit today—one, by the time you read this, the library’s 2013 Summer Reading Program will be history and my life will be back to what passes for normal. I love Summer Reading, but I look forward to the end of it the way schoolchildren anticipate summer vacation! The other great piece of news is that our dear friend, Cidney Swanson, has written a new book! Mars Burning, Book Four of the Saving Mars Series, will be published on August 5. To celebrate, we’ll be Spotlighting that book on the day it releases. First, though, here’s a long overdue Spotlight on Book 3, Losing Mars.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Book Spotlight: The Rising (Darkness Rising #3) by Kelley Armstrong

Salutations, Beardies!

Ahhhhhhh! It’s over…now what do I do?

Thankfully, The Rising arrived by post in a timely fashion, and I set fast upon it. Mostly I just lounged on the couch, and my sister sat in her chair while we read. (She is currently reading Skulduggery Pleasant. No words describe the awesomeness of that series. Check it out!) I may have startled her a few times. There was much book violence, by which I mean: hitting the object in question against a pillow whilst making noises of frustration or excitement, depending on what part of the book I was reading. And when the last page was turned, I clutched the book to my heart and implored my sister to read this trilogy next. I seriously don’t know how she puts up with me.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Book Spotlight: Welcome Home (A Short Story) by William Hage

Welcome, Beardies!

Life has been hectic towards the end of summer. What with finishing up a summer job, revving up for the start of the fall school semester, and trying to fit personal projects and goals in between, sitting down with a short story for review seemed like the perfect relaxation…so I thought. It's been amazingly difficult to find the time to do this author review. Thankfully, I was able to sit with Welcome Home and read it through with one of my kids sitting on one side, a cat curled up on the other. Having read the teaser as a possible paranormal thriller, I felt I could use the support!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Author Spotlight: Brian Rathbone (Complete with Interview)

Bonjour Beardies,

A while back (not too far, however), I did a Book Spotlight on Brian Rathbone's Call of the Herald.  The Spotlight was long overdue—too long, really, considering it was nearly a year from when I first put out the feelers for willing victims to interview.

I never forgot about Brian.  I promised him an interview, and an interview he'd receive.  I knew he had a building Fandom already, and I wanted my questions to come from a fan—me.  I had read the premise of his series, so I was already a fan...but I couldn't call myself a true fan until I had actually read his work.

After finishing Call of the Herald, I was definitely a true fan.  So, without anymore delay, here's my Author Spotlight on Brian Rathbone.
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