Book Review: Artificial (The Kepler Chronicles Book 1) by Jadah McCoy

Syl has spent her whole life living in sewers with a few fellow humans, scavenging for food, and fighting off the Cull, genetically spliced, half-human/half-bug creatures. But then Syl gets captured, gets her own DNA spliced, and escapes into New Elite, a city she never even knew existed where androids reign. Bastion has his own problems---he's a Glitch, an android with emotion, and will be...
 

Book Review: How to Ditch Dead Guys (The Witch’s Handbook Book 2) by Ann M. Noser

Emma isn't sure what to do with herself after everything that's happened, so, when Officer Walker asks her to use her witchcraft to help him with some more murder cases, she jumps at the chance. But the spell doesn't turn out quite right this time, and, instead of just seeing the murders, she experiences them firsthand, gets possessed by the victims, and becomes tangled up in supernatural...
 

Bookish Musings: What Age Protagonist Do You Prefer?

Last week I posted a discussion in which I asked whether you all prefer male or female protagonists and got some great insight and responses, so I thought it'd be interesting to do a post about age as well. General consensus seems to be that we all just like characters who we relate to, characters who are likeable, and/or characters who have certain traits that we personally happen to like,...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Skulls

Alright, guys, I admit I had to throw this post together rather quickly, so I didn't get to look through a whole lot of covers, but I'm still pretty happy with what I found. I ended up reusing a few that I've used for other topics, but, in my defense, they really are great covers, so they deserve to be used more than once! And I love when we get topics that are perfect for urban fantasy books, so...
 

The Weekly Update: 4/3/16

Did I not say---Did. I. Not. Say. Last week. That my computer would probably come back and end up not being fixed? BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED. Toshiba sent me back my "repaired" laptop, BUT IT'S STILL BROKEN. It's still doing the EXACT same thing I sent it in for. I am so exhausted and stressed from all this that I literally put a whole tray of broccoli in the oven the other night and waited...
 

Book Review: Nightstruck by Jenna Black

When Becket unknowingly opens a door between worlds and lets dark magic loose upon Philadelphia, strange and terrifying things start happening every night as soon as the sun goes down---like inanimate objects changing, coming to life, and killing people. Then the night magic starts calling to certain people and luring them in, making them just as dangerous as the objects, if not more. As problems...
 

Book Review: How to Date Dead Guys (The Witch’s Handbook Book 1) by Ann M. Noser

When Emma's crush, Mike, drowns in the campus river on her watch, she, along with Mike's family, blames herself. Unable to stand the guilt and grief, she uses a spell from a mysterious book to try and raise him from the dead... but she gets Sam instead, a suicide victim who jumped into the river last year, Jake, a former frat boy, and some others, each with their own story. Feeling responsible...
 

Bookish Musings: Do You Prefer Male or Female Protagonists?

Let's talk protags! Or more specifically, the gender of protags. Because we might all be human, and maybe males and females aren't all that different, and therefore authors are just supposed to focus on writing a character, not a man or a woman... but there are still certain ways of thinking and behaviors that are more common in males and others that are more common in females. And there are...
 

Misadventures in Photoshop: In Which I Have Decided to Learn Photoshop

Normally Mondays on my blog are devoted to book covers, but, as you can see, I'm switching it up a bit this week. I recently decided that I want to learn Photoshop for real. I've always just played around with photo editing software, but I had never used legit Photoshop, and I had never actually sat down and tried to truly learn and understand it. But a few weeks ago I finally made this decision...
 

The Weekly Update: 3/27/16

I'm back to being computer-less since I no longer have the computer I was using temporarily :-/ But I'm crossing my fingers that I'll get mine back soon and that it will actually be fixed. (And don't worry, posts are already scheduled for this week!) As for my Kindle, it has now decided it's not going to open 90% of the books I have from Amazon because they're DRM protected. Even though I own...