Blog Tour: DECEPTIVE CADENCE by Katie Hamstead

Deceptive Cadence Blog Tour

It was late January when I got my grubby little mitts on Deceptive Cadence, and the sequel, Diverging Cadence. REUTS Editor Kisa Whipkey gave me a brief overview of the two books so I could read ahead, get familiar with author Katie Hamstead’s work, and see if I’d be interested in working on the line edits. I’d received the files on a Friday, and figured I could work my way through the manuscripts over the course of the week.

It was January, in the Northeast. I’m fairly certain it was snowing, but definitely really bloody cold out. I woke up around five in the morning on Saturday, created PDFs of the manuscripts, and, still in my pajamas, started reading. I was still reading when my husband woke up later that morning, I resumed reading after breakfast, and I was still in my pajamas at about six that night after finishing the first book. The next day, Sunday, went exactly the same, except for the book hangover that occurred in the late afternoon when I finished book two, and when realized I was still in my pajamas for the second day running.

The Deceptive Cadence you may have read (and if you didn’t, please do) is clearly not the same version I first encountered—but the heart of the story remains unchanged. Our choices, great and small, can have a profound influence not only on our lives, but also on the lives of others.

Hamstead explores this notion in the life of Cadence, who wakes up in the hospital after an earthquake claims the life of her husband, Austin, and daughter, Melody. As she grows despondent, an angel appears with a proposition: she can go back in time to change her life or continue living her life now. She assumes that she can use this opportunity to save her family, and agrees, provided she tells no one what has happened or what will happen. The angel transforms her into her fourteen-year-old self, and Cadence begins her teenage years all over again.

Being fourteen but having the wisdom of a 25-year-old is an advantage many of us wishes we had growing up in high school. Cadence slowly realizes she wasn’t the best daughter, sister, friend—many of her adult-life estrangements were because of her choices during high school, so she sets out to reverse them.

Sometimes, you see flashbacks between the way things were and how Cadence alters them. At times, you may think Cadence is being self-serving by changing her past to improve her future, but that’s not the case. She genuinely wants to do right this time around—she has five years to go until she meets and marries Austin—and the love she has for her family and friends shines through as she mends the relationships that are showing signs of fracturing.

But, her new choices begin to affect more people than were involved in her life before. She gets the attention of James Gordon, a “bad boy” from the grade above her. James changes to prove his worth to her, and seeing examples from Cadence’s original timeline and the present show the true impact of Cadence’s choices. Even though the choices James makes on his part are all his own—a theme that gets mentioned several times—he does it with Cadence in mind. This becomes fascinating to watch unfold—many of Cadence’s actions up until this point are done with Austin and Melody in mind, and, slowly, she begins to include James in her life as well.

I am not a romance-y kind of reader, but I fell in love with Hamstead’s characters. Cadence, as the narrator, is easy to read, and you grow to love her more as she realizes her original faults and failings and sets out to correct her past behavior. She fights so hard against falling for James, but as he cleans up his life, you can’t help yourself from falling for him at the same time. Cadence’s family and friends are all real people—a moody older sister, an overprotective yet doting father, a caring mother, a goofy younger brother, a loyal, devoted girlfriend—and through Cadence’s interactions with them, we see their lives improve for the better, cementing the strong family bonds that Cadence lacked in her later life. And, though the story begins with the deaths of Austin and Melody, you see the love Cadence still bears for them throughout the book. This capacity for love, something she didn’t know she was capable of at first, affects everyone’s lives once Cadence travels back through time.

So, as summer’s just starting, sitting inside and reading in your pajamas may not be realistic. Pack yourself some iced tea and some sunscreen and sit out on the deck or spend the day by the pool. This is an excellent, single-sitting read, and though I hope you’ll be clamoring for Diverging Cadence (which will be out later this summer) once you reach the end, Deceptive Cadence will leave you satisfied until then.


About Deceptive Cadence:

Cover of Deceptive Cadence

( ノ^ω^)ノ゚ *SO AMAZING*

Cadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .

Until she doesn’t. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake’s wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to accept the loss. So when a man claiming to be her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her family, she doesn’t need to give it a second thought. She accepts.

Thrust back eleven years, she now faces the ordeal of high school all over again. But this time, she’s armed with all the knowledge of her adult life and the determined to do everything better, from preventing the loss of her best friend to avoiding her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. She’s focused solely on Austin, her future husband, and is content to bide her time until she meets him again.

But then James Gordon crosses her path. Cadence wants to remain single, but James has his sights set. He is determined to win her over, and he’s very hard to resist. As Cadence starts to develop unwanted feelings for him, she realizes he threatens to disrupt everything, changing the future and distracting her from her original goal. Now, Cadence must choose: deny the unpredictable and exciting path James offers her, or stay true to the life she had and is trying desperately to resurrect. Second chances are more complicated than they seem.

Deceptive Cadence combines the soaring emotion of a heartfelt romance with the innovative storytelling of magical realism, crafting a uniquely moving, intricate tale about love and loss that asks: what would you do if given the chance to right all your wrongs?

Get Deceptive Cadence from Amazon.

About Katie Hamstead:

Katie Hamstead

Katie Hamstead

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dogs.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

Find Katie Hamstead on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

Release Day Blitz! DECEPTIVE CADENCE by Katie Hamstead

It’s June 30th–Happy Release Day to Deceptive Cadence by Katie Hamstead! I’ll have a book review coming on July 3rd (be there or be square, mes amis) but in the meantime, help celebrate the day: check out this most excellent book trailer and enter a fantabulous book giveaway!

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(Running from June 30th to July 31st)
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Cover Reveal! LINK by Summer Wier

Dudes – yesterday afternoon, the prettiest of all pretties landed in my mailbox and ho-lee moley! You need–nay, MUST–behold its awesomeness. Check out the cover for the ever wonderful Summer Wier’s YA novel, LINK.

link-final-front

So epic! (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧ So GORGEOUS!

About Link:

For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.

Or at least, it used to.

Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that’s missing—her father.

Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.

If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves.

Dreamy, fluid, and beautiful, LINK pairs the mystery of science fiction with the minor-key melody of a dark fantasy, creating a tale that is as human as it is out of this world.

Add Link to goodreads


(And it’s a SERIES! More pretties to come!)

While I sit here salivating over all the glorious books I’ll get to read, why don’t you all meet Summer?

About the Author

Summer Wier Author Photo

Summer Wier grew up spending Saturdays with a maxed out library card and her nose in a book. But as much as she loved reading, and even writing, both took the back seat when it came to career choices. With her sights set on law school, corporate greatness, and even a hankering to become the first female president, she set off to conquer the world. As life would have it, though, she didn’t attend law school, nor did she become president (although, one day, your vote may be appreciated), finding her strengths, instead, in accounting and business management. After finishing her MBA, she revived her love for reading and began writing with dreams of finishing a book of her own. When Summer isn’t working, reading, or writing, she’s trying to keep up with two energetic girls and her husband, and dreaming of the mountains of Montana.

LINK is her debut young adult sci-fi novel, the first in THE SHADOW OF LIGHT trilogy.

Find more of author Summer Wier on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or goodreads.

Cover Reveal! UNDEATH AND TAXES by Drew Hayes

Oh my God…you guys…you guys…you GUYS! Drew Hayes, that mad sonufabee, is at it again–Fred is back! You know how excited* I am about this? I adored reading The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant last year, so I’m thrilled to bring you the cover of its sequel: UNDEATH AND TAXES!

☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆ It's so wonderful!!

☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆ It’s so wonderful!!

I haven’t been this stoked about taxes since I submitted mine electronically this year. I can’t wait until the book comes out!** Check out the blurbage!

Blurb:

After discovering just how filled with magic, intrigue, and adventure the parahuman world of being an Undead American can be, Fredrick Frankford Fletcher did exactly what was expected–he became a certified parahuman accountant. Myths and legends, as it turns out, are not so great at taking appropriate deductions and keeping their receipts, and Fred is more than happy to return to a life others view as woefully dull, expanding his accounting business to cater to various monsters and their respective financial needs.

Said monsters are, unfortunately, still spectacular at pulling Fred into trouble, though. And despite merely wanting to stick with simple paperwork, Fred once again finds he is going to have to deal with enchanted weaponry, government agents, possessed houses, and one enigmatic dragon’s interest. In the parahuman world, any business can turn deadly, even one as mundane as accounting.

Add Undeath and Taxes on Goodreads.

And here’s some more on Drew:

Author Bio:

Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.

Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.

See Drew talk about himself in first person on his website and twitter.


*Super excited, yo.
**Now I’m just footnoting for the heck of it. But seriously, I can’t wait for Undeath and Taxes.

Blog Tour: OFF BOOK by Jessica Dall

Off Book Tour

It’s May 4th, and other than it being one of the high holy days for Star Wars fans, it’s my turn on the book review tour for OFF BOOK by Jessica Dall. So let’s get started, peoples!

Ideas are dangerous things, aren’t they? They can breed until you’re overrun with plot bunnies, they can niggle in the back of your mind until you start acting on them—but at the end of the day, what harm can a simple little idea do if it’s just kicking around in your head?

Off Book -- Jessica Dall -- REUTS

In the case of OFF BOOK, any main or supporting character you’ve ever dreamed up, exists—not just in your head, but in an entire world full of characters thought up by other authors. And they’re waiting for you to get off your keister and write your story.

I haven’t had a book mess with my head, well, ever, if I recall. Not like this. I’ve had book hangovers and heavy cases of the feels, but much like Toy Story’s question of “What do my toys do when I’m out of the room?”, OFF BOOK asks the question of “What do my book characters do when I’m not working on my manuscript?”

The answer has me paralyzed with fear and uncertainty. Most writers I know treat their characters like real people. In OFF BOOK, they are real people—they go to school to learn everything there is to know about the literary world, from genres to tropes (oh, the tropes! Easily one of my favorite aspects of this book.) The life of these pre-storied characters is spent getting prepared for the day they are called up to be in an author’s work. If you manage to survive the author’s story intact, you get to semi-retire and reside back in the character world. But if the author of the book you’re meant for never gets writing, you slowly fade until you no longer exist.

I found myself falling in love with the mechanics of the characters’ world. World building can be difficult, yet Dall had to create multiple ones (the characters call them ‘sets’), ranging from levels of great detail to minimal explanation, mimicking authors of all level of experience. My favorite detail of all about the sets—if the author didn’t write it, it doesn’t exist, much to the chagrin of the characters forced to work there until the story is done.

OFF BOOK is quite satisfying, whether you know a lot about writing or not. Having just discovered TV Tropes last year, any time a trope was mentioned, I found myself cackling with delight. Dall’s level of detail on characters and the worlds they found themselves in were amazing—oh, this is a Tolkien-eqsue story? Film noir? Historical romance? It’s all in there, and everything you love to hate or hate to love about these particular genres comes shining through.

All in all, a highly enjoyable book—I recommend getting your hands on it. REUTS Publications has yet another glorious book in their collection.

May the Fourth be with you!


About OFF BOOK:

Twenty-year-old Eloise has learned all she can from the School, where characters live until joining their novels. No one knows genre and plot structure better than her, but despite her knowledge, she’s yet to be assigned to her own story. All her friends are off starting their lives with their authors—and if Eloise doesn’t get assigned soon, she’ll fade away, forgotten by all.

When she is suddenly offered a job at the Recording Office, she takes the chance to write her own future. Suddenly living among the post-storied, Eloise meets Barnaby Fitzwilliam, a former romance novel hero who hasn’t lost any of his in-story charm. But just as their relationship begins to get serious, everything Eloise has been taught gets turned upside down when she’s sucked into a novel she was never meant to be part of.

Now, caught where the only rules are made by the authors and truly anything is possible, Eloise must find her way back home—or else her life might end before she ever gets the chance to live it.

Set in a world dictated by Authors, OFF BOOK explores the story beneath the stories we all know and love, taking readers and characters alike on an adventure just waiting to be written.

Start reading today!

About The Author:

Jessica Dall

Jessica Dall, author of OFF BOOK

Jessica Dall finished her first novel at age 15 and been writing ever since. She is the author of such novels as Grey Areas and The Bleeding Crowd, the Broken Line Series, and a number of short stories which have appeared in both literary magazines and anthologies. When not writing, she works as a freelance editor and creative writing teacher in Washington, DC.

Find Jessica Dall on twitter, facebook, and goodreads.

Release Day Blitz! OFF BOOK by Jessica Dall

Off Book Tour

All right, peoples! Today marks another REUTS Publications book release, and lemme tell ya – you don’t want to miss this book! I’m only half way through it, and I just adore it (book review to come May 4th). But today, let’s show off this l’il beauty. First things first – EPIC BOOK TRAILER!

About OFF BOOK:

Off Book -- Jessica Dall -- REUTS

Twenty-year-old Eloise has learned all she can from the School, where characters live until joining their novels. No one knows genre and plot structure better than her, but despite her knowledge, she’s yet to be assigned to her own story. All her friends are off starting their lives with their authors—and if Eloise doesn’t get assigned soon, she’ll fade away, forgotten by all.

When she is suddenly offered a job at the Recording Office, she takes the chance to write her own future. Suddenly living among the post-storied, Eloise meets Barnaby Fitzwilliam, a former romance novel hero who hasn’t lost any of his in-story charm. But just as their relationship begins to get serious, everything Eloise has been taught gets turned upside down when she’s sucked into a novel she was never meant to be part of.

Now, caught where the only rules are made by the authors and truly anything is possible, Eloise must find her way back home—or else her life might end before she ever gets the chance to live it.

Set in a world dictated by Authors, OFF BOOK explores the story beneath the stories we all know and love, taking readers and characters alike on an adventure just waiting to be written.

Start reading today!

About The Author:

Jessica Dall

Jessica Dall, author of OFF BOOK

 

Jessica Dall finished her first novel at age 15 and been writing ever since. She is the author of such novels as Grey Areas and The Bleeding Crowd, the Broken Line Series, and a number of short stories which have appeared in both literary magazines and anthologies. When not writing, she works as a freelance editor and creative writing teacher in Washington, DC.

Find Jessica Dall on twitter, facebook, and goodreads.

Cover Reveal! DECEPTIVE CADENCE by Katie Hamstead

Hey howdy hey! It’s cover reveal time, people! Today I’m featuring Deceptive Cadence by Katie Hamstead, and let me tell you – this upcoming book from REUTS Publications is going to

BLOW

YOUR

MINDS.

I’m assisting with the line edits and had the great opportunity to read Deceptive Cadence and its sequel. I spent an entire weekend reading them because I couldn’t put them down. The story is absolutely beautiful.

But that’s not why you’re here! You want to see the cover! (And you HAVE to see this cover. HAVE TO.)

Cover of Deceptive Cadence

(〜^∇^)〜 *SO AMAZING*

About Deceptive Cadence:

Cadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .

Until she doesn’t. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake’s wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to accept the loss. So when a man claiming to be her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her family, she doesn’t need to give it a second thought. She accepts.

Thrust back eleven years, she now faces the ordeal of high school all over again. But this time, she’s armed with all the knowledge of her adult life and the determined to do everything better, from preventing the loss of her best friend to avoiding her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. She’s focused solely on Austin, her future husband, and is content to bide her time until she meets him again.

But then James Gordon crosses her path. Cadence wants to remain single, but James has his sights set. He is determined to win her over, and he’s very hard to resist. As Cadence starts to develop unwanted feelings for him, she realizes he threatens to disrupt everything, changing the future and distracting her from her original goal. Now, Cadence must choose: deny the unpredictable and exciting path James offers her, or stay true to the life she had and is trying desperately to resurrect. Second chances are more complicated than they seem.

Deceptive Cadence combines the soaring emotion of a heartfelt romance with the innovative storytelling of magical realism, crafting a uniquely moving, intricate tale about love and loss that asks: what would you do if given the chance to right all your wrongs?

Add Deceptive Cadence to goodreads.

About Katie Hamstead:

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dogs.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

Cover Reveal! Golden by Melinda Michaels

Hey howdy hey, all you happy people! Today is the day! Today, March 3rd, 2015, is the big cover reveal of REUTS Publications’ latest YA novel – Golden, by Melinda Michaels.

Now, this book holds a special place in my heart, as I had the privilege of working with Melinda to get it ready for publication. She is an exceptional author, and I hope we all get to see further adventures in the modern fairy tale world she’s created.

But enough jabbering from me (after all – we haven’t even gotten to the good part yet!), behold the cover in three…

two…

one…

Golden book cover

*flails wildly at the prettiness! FLAIL WITH ME!*

Isn’t it just right?

Check out more about Golden:

High school senior Hanna Loch just suffered a blackout in front of her entire homeroom class. She hasn’t had one in over ten years, and she’s terrified—the last time she blacked out, she woke up with no memory of her life before. To make matters worse, no one can explain why it happens. For Hanna, bad things tend to come in threes.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover it…

When she learns she could be a descendant of someone who lived once upon a time, Hanna must put her trust in William Vann, a descendant of one of the most hated villains ever known. Their histories are intertwined in more ways than she expected, and he has answers about her past, answers even her family won’t share.

But is it safe to put her trust in someone who appears to be danger reincarnate, while trying to escape the darkness that tried to kill her ten years ago?

A loose fairytale retelling, GOLDEN is a story that’s just right, weaving together lost secrets, vengeful enemies, and what happens when fiction becomes reality.

Everyone, I’d like you to meet Melinda Michaels:

The author, Melinda MichaelsMelinda Michaels is the author of Golden and currently lives in Milford, Pennsylvania. A self-proclaimed historian with a rare sense of humor, Melinda finds an immense amount of joy in knowing useless facts, exploring historical places and drinking copious amounts of coffee. When she’s not writing she can be found researching obscured time periods for her own amusement or refurbishing old furniture.

Melinda loves Philadelphia and visits often to enjoy the city with her husband Andrew. Together they have three rambunctious pets. Archie the Beagle, Winston the Boston Terrier and Beatrice the cat.

Golden is the first in a Young Adult magic realism series. Find more now on facebook, twitter, or her website.

Stay tuned, everyone – a book review will be coming soon!

Book Review: The Keepers

The Keepers Blog Tour

There’s something nice about being in the dark about a book. I’m the type of reader where if I’ve found a book I like, I will reread it over and over; if there’s a series, I’ll read it until the series ends, and then reread it (or not – you treated me wrong, Maze Runner series, you done treated me wrong). But there’s nothing quite like picking up a book for the first time, with little to no prior knowledge about it.

When I signed up for this book review, I didn’t research the book prior to my receiving the advanced reader copy. I had no idea what to expect when I started reading it. I certainly didn’t expect the religious undertones that captured my attention, or how the world as we know it (the one where God created the heavens and the earth) would somehow also include a realm that could easily be Faerie’s and Narnia’s love child.

In the prologue, when the first death by magical creature occurs, I would have pegged The Keepers as an other-worldly fantasy. But then, as time went on, Angels started to show up. Then demons. Then the retelling of the Adam and Eve biblical story. It was suddenly grounded into a mythology I was familiar with. Anoosha Lalani built a very intriguing world, one that I wish we were able to spend more time in.

At times, I found myself distracted by the two Keepers, who serve as the book’s narrators. We get to see trials and troubles through their eyes, and Lalani makes sure that when one narrator stops, the other picks up on or around the same time to keep the story moving. Sometimes, they don’t seem that reliable, and I’d feel as if I missed something or they neglected to tell us something important. Other times, I’d come away with the feeling they made important decisions, which I would’ve loved to see, off-screen, and they’d bring us back into the thick of things afterwards. (Please bear in mind that I received an ARC, these may no longer exist in the published version.)

All in all, The Keepers was a fun book to read. Lalani created a world that we could easily visit again, and given the epilogue, we know the story isn’t completely over – we may well be seeing more from her soon.

About The Keepers

Cover of The Keepers

Sixteen-year-old Isra Kalb has grown up starving in the slums of Islamabad. But hunger is only the beginning. When her father is mysteriously murdered and madness corrupts her mother’s mind, she’s left alone to fend for herself and her sister. Homeless and destitute, the only thing she has to remember her loving family by is a commonplace necklace–an amulet barely worth keeping.

Or so she thinks.

Swept into a web of lies, deceit and turmoil, Isra struggles to find a place for herself and Zaffirah, wondering if the strange creatures and visions she’s seeing are indications of the madness that took her mother. But when Snatchers capture Zaffirah, Isra learns her amulet isn’t so useless after all. Transported to Zarcane–the beastly garden where Adam and Eve were born–Isra comes face to face with her destiny. She’s a Keeper, charged with protecting the borders of Zarcane and keeping the demon hordes lurking in the shadows from taking realms that are not their own. And she’s not the only one; there’s a second Keeper, a boy whose identity hasn’t been revealed.

Now, in order to save her sister and fulfill her family’s legacy as Keeper of the Amulet, she has to find the second Keeper and close the borders. Surrounded by betrayal, trapped between warring factions of angels, and desperate to save the only family she has left, Isra must decide:

Who can she trust when nothing is what it seems?

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About the Author

The Keepers author Anoosha Lalani

The Keepers author Anoosha Lalani

Anoosha Lalani has always had an insatiable desire to escape reality. It was a childhood trait that never seemed to fade out. If Anoosha were to make one wish, it would be to have wings to journey off the face of this planet and into the worlds of her stories.

When she’s not writing, you may find Anoosha attending high school in Singapore. Having moved around so much, she has had the wonderful opportunity to be exposed to a vibrant range of cultures, which often seem to find their way into her stories. Anoosha was born in Pakistan, the setting of her most recent novel, The Keepers.

Connect with Anoosha on her website and twitter.

Blog Tour: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred blog tour

First of all, the book The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant shall henceforth, for the remainder of this post, be referred to as FRED.

Secondly, don’t let the title fool you. Fred is a quiet, unassuming guy, and since it’s his story, he can look back with gray-tinted glasses all he likes. However, author Drew Hayes has crafted such a delightful nerd lark, I don’t want anyone to assume this book is going to be dull.

Fred is fairly new to the vampire game. His sire pulled a bit of a dine and dash, never bothering to take the poor accountant under his wing. So, much like a pre-teen learning about the birds and the bees, Fred relies on pop culture and movies to help along his vampiric education, and except for the sunlight aversion and sudden switch to a mostly liquid diet, life seems like business as usual.

This changes when he meets up with his old friend, Krystal, at their high school reunion. A pack of werewolves attack the school and Fred discovers that Krystal also has a secret: she’s a badass monster hunter for the Feds. And she thinks Fred is cute. Bonus for getting the girl and not getting staked!

Each episode (or uninteresting tale) introduces you to a new character and, as it happens, a new side of Fred. While you get to meet the rest of the characters, you see how Fred adapts and incorporates them into his life. Some awesome people to look out for:

  • Albert, who becomes Fred’s live-in assistant (kind of an undead Pollyanna)
  • Bubba, a werepony (seriously, just read the book because werepony)
  • Gideon, who is feared by everybody and comes in the package of a creepy little child (he’s my favorite character, despite what little screen time he gets)
  • Amy, whose alchemical skills border that of a mad scientist

The format of the book is different from others I’ve encountered. There’s a major episode, which gets broken down into separate chapters until the episode is over. Sometimes Fred stops to remind you how the previous episode left off. It’s not bad, but if you’re reading multiple chapters in one sitting, it can just make you go, “But I know that, now get to the funny!” On the other hand, if you’re a sporadic reader, it’s handy, like the first page summary of a Marvel comic book.

I quite enjoyed FRED on its own, but what really sells the book for me is that there’s more coming. This is an origin story for Fred and his friends, setting the stage for more books to come. Thankfully, this has been semi-confirmed on Twitter (unless Hayes is trying to deceive us).

A tweet from Drew Hayes regarding Fred book 2

So I’m personally looking forward to what’s coming next, as we just got a glimpse into Fred’s afterlife. Let’s see what happens when Fred’s supernatural world continues to open up.

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About the Author

Drew Hayes, author

Drew Hayes – probably not a vampire accountant

Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.

Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.

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