Monday, March 30, 2015

Quote of the Day


"Writers: Apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master."  ~Ernest Hemingway





Saturday, March 28, 2015

Amy's Review of The Quantum Deception by Denver Acey and GIVEAWAY!!

The Quantum Deception by Denver Acey
Book Summary/Teaser:
What starts out as a calm night in Salt Lake City turns into chaos when a passenger plane crashes into the mountains. When reformed cyber hacker Tanner Stone links the accident to an ingenious Chinese computer virus, it s up to him to prevent it from destroying the financial data of everyone in America! Thrilling, explosive, and packed with twists, this book changes everything you know about Internet security. - Book was originally titled "The Utah Code Breaker".
 
 
Genre: LDS Fiction
Content: Some violence
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Release date: March 10, 2015
Number of pages: 288

 My Opinion:

I loved it!  It was exciting and interesting from the very beginning.  I love that the NSA team has to think through the different problems and work to find solutions using extremely high tech equipment.  I think I liked it even better than the prequel - The Quantum Breach, although I think both books could easily be turned into movies.  I love that these books are exciting and dangerous while staying clean and appropriate for all audiences.  You can tell that the author has a lot of knowledge on these subjects and it makes the books even more interesting to understand the process of things.  But remind yourself, it is FICTION or else you might become a little paranoid that they are watching you.....
Rating: *****
 
Learn more about the author here
 
Did I mention GIVEAWAY? Well, here it is!
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, March 27, 2015

Freebie Friday--What's FREE on Amazon today?

These books have not been reviewed by The Stubby Pencil but they all have 4 *** or better.
FREE refers to the Kindle edition only.
 
 
Urban Hunters Book 1: Four Small Stones
by Gary Taaffe
 
 
***Warning***
Before you purchase this book please be aware that Four Small Stones could make your head fall off. Heads have been seen rolling down suburban streets without their bodies. Please do NOT purchase this book if you do not want people to see you chasing your own head. It will be embarrassing.

However, if you don’t mind being completely grossed out one minute and laughing your head off the next, please read on ...

Overview of Four Small Stones ...
Billy’s gotta find some girls. The problem is he’s an Aborigine from the Australian bush and all he’s got to wear is a loincloth. Not a good look in the city. And what’s worse, he’s never even seen a girl before. Could life get anymore difficult? Why yes it could. Billy could fall in love ...

But first he has to survive two devious older brothers and a couple of initiations to prove his manhood. Great.

Yeah--I'm not so sure about YA books anymore. Read this one at your own risk...


 
Halloween Magic and Mayhem
by Stella Wilkinson
 
How on earth did I end up here? I was supposed to be at a party kissing the boy of my dreams, instead I’m dancing naked on the town common, on Halloween, with a Coven of strange women who might be witches, a bunch of zombies that I have to return to their graves, a talking crow, and my pet ghost thrown in for good measure. Just yesterday I was an ordinary teenager…

On her sixteenth birthday Emily Rand discovers that she is a witch. Unable to control her spells she unwittingly raises zombies, and corporealizes the ghost haunting her house. She finds herself in a race against time to put everything right if she has any hope of getting to a certain Halloween party and seeing a certain boy again.

Halloween Magic and Mayhem is a young-adult paranormal comedy romance. Magic & Mayhem Series, Book One.
 
 
Nikolas & Company Episode 1:
The Merman and the Moon Forgotten
by Kevin McGill
Illustrated by Carlyle McCullough
 
January 2, 2014 9 - 15 5 - 10

Nick must save a race of Merfolk, but a few things stand in his way. First, Merfolk live on the Moon. Second, they're tens of thousands of years in the past. Third, his parents grounded him for blowing up the shed, again.

Join Nikolas and his motley crew of friends as they time travel from an apocalyptic Earth to a fantastic moon thousands of years in the past. Nikolas will hear the call of a mysterious woman, battle evil drones, fly malfunctioning hover trucks, run from other-worldly monsters, witness the blue and yellow fire of blood-thirsty water dragons, and travel through space and time, as he seeks to save the Merfolk of the Eynclaene coast.

This middle-grade fantasy adventure is perfect for readers between the ages of 9 and 16. 

Nikolas and Company is a middle-grade fantasy adventure, wrapped in the magic of Harry Potter, inside an episode of Doctor Who...covered in a heap of Goonies. (What the marketing department is trying to say is its awesome.)

 
Nikolas & Company Episode 2
When Boats Breathe and Cities Speak
by Kevin McGill
Illustrated by Carlyle McCullough
 
November 23, 2013 10 - 14 5 - 10
In this next installment of Nikolas and Company, Fourteen-year-old Nick and friends find themselves on a journey to Earth's magical moon,, and the great city of Huron. Called by the voice of Huron to stop the Rone's advancement of evil, Nick’s first task is to alert the city council of Huron. Expecting his job to be an easy one, he quickly finds himself stopped by the wicked sheriff of Huron, Cyrus Gorringe. Meanwhile, Yeri finally delivers Lir, the merman’s message to Nikolas, but is his task complete?

Join Nikolas and his motley crew of friends as they time travel from an apocalyptic Earth to a fantastic moon thousands of years in the past. Nikolas will hear the call of a mysterious woman, battle evil drones, fly malfunctioning hover trucks, run from other-worldly monsters, witness the blue and yellow fire of blood-thirsty water dragons, and travel through space and time, as he seeks to save the Merfolk of the Eynclaene coast.

This middle grade fantasy adventure is perfect for readers between the ages of 9 and 16.
 
 
Nikolas & Company Episode 3
The Foul and the Fallen
by Kevin McGill
Illustrated by Carlyle McCullough

 
 
December 25, 2013 10 - 15 5 - 10
In the third episode of the Nikolas and Company series, Nikolas’s best friend, Xanthus, is slowly turning to stone, and all he can do is watch. The boy steward will have to take a stand against the Council of Teine, the wicked Sheriff Silas Gorringe, creepy orphanage keepers, a mischievous automaton arcade, a horde of blood-thirsty gorgons, and even his closest friends, to try and find a cure for Xanthus Kobayashi. Nikolas is in a race to save his best friend from the breath of the creature most foul.

Join Nikolas and his motley crew of friends as they time travel from an apocalyptic Earth to a fantastic moon thousands of years in the past. Nikolas will hear the call of a mysterious woman, battle evil drones, fly malfunctioning hover trucks, run from other-worldly monsters, witness the blue and yellow fire of blood-thirsty water dragons, and travel through space and time, as he seeks to save the Merfolk of the Eynclaene coast.
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This book is perfect for ages 9 to 13.



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Announcing the Lucky Winner of The Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop...

The Lucky Winner of
The Spring Cleaning
Giveaway Hop is...


Marnie! Congratulations!!

Look for an email re: Spring Cleaning Giveaway.

We will need your shipping information.

Announcing the very LUCKY Winner...


 
And the very LUCKY winner of the
Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway is...
 
Elizabeth!!
 
You will be receiving your gift card in your email this very day! Enjoy!!