August 2014 Summary of Reviews and Best August 2014 Covers

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August 2014 Book Review Summary

*Key:
STRW S series
C contemporary
F-fantasy
SF-science fiction
PN-paranormal
SP-supernatural
H-historical
HR-horror
N-Nonfiction
YA-young adult
Rating Scale: 1 to 5, 5 stars is outstanding, 1 not so much.

Note:  Starting in September, there will be an additional notation to credit the reviewer.

5 Star Rating:

Dissonance by Shira Anthony STRWCS
Deep Plunge by Rory Ni Coileain STRWFS
Double Up by Vanessa North STRWC
Finding Jackie by Lou Sylvre STRWCS
Head-On by John Inman STRWC
John and Jackie by TJ Klune, STRWC
Out In The Cold by Lee Brazil PF2014, STRWCS
Prevailing Winds by Laura Harner STRWCS
Semper Fae by Angel Martinez STRWFS

4 to 4.75 Star Rating:

City of Monsters by Andrea Speed (4) STRWSN
Delsyn’s Blues by Lou Sylvre (4.25) STRWCS
Designated Bottoms Anthology (4) STRWA
Devil’s Own by Susan Laine (4.5) STRWSNS
dr.a.g (A Photographic Journey) by Christopher Logan (4.75) STRWN
Gale Force by Rory Ni Coileain (4.75) (STRWFS)
Hard Act To Follow by Kimber Vale (4) STRWCS
Hero by Heidi Cullinan (4.25) STRWF
Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming by Kiernan Kelly, Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga (4.75) STRWSNA
Moving Mountains by Laura Harner (4.75) STRWCS
Not Fade Away by SE Jakes (4.25) STRWCS
Summer Son by Anna Martin (4) STRWC
You Can’t Go Home Again by Michael Murphy (4) STRWC
Wicked Winds by Havan Fellows (4.75) PF2014 story

3 to 3.75 Star Rating:

My Favorite Uncle by Marshall Thornton (3.5) STRWC
The Choosing by Annabelle Jacobs (3.25) STRWSF

2 to 2.75 Star Rating:

Queer Dirty Laundry by Jason Lloyd (2.5) STRWC

Best Covers of August 2014

City of MonstersDelsynsBluesLGDevil's Own coverDouble Up cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of Monsters, artist Simone
Delsyn’s Blues, artist Reese Dante
Devil’s Own, artist Brooke Albrecht
Double Up, artist L.C. Chase

FindingJackieLGHero cover

John & Jackie cover

My Favorite Uncle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Jackie, artist Reese Dante
Hero, Art director of Wilde City Press
John and Jackie, Reese Dante cover artist
My Favorite Uncle, Art Director of Wilde City Press

 

NotFadeAway_500x750Semper Fae coverSummer Son coverThe Choosing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Fade Away, artist L.C. Chase
Semper Fae, Winterheart Designs
Summer Son, artist Aaron Anderson
The Choosing, artist Brooke Albrecht

September is here and This Week’s Schedule at ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords

Announcement clip artWinner Announcements:

Winner of The Wheel Mysteries Susan Laine contest is Anna Thompson
Winner of Lee Brazil’s contest is Prof VJ Duke
Winner of Midnight Rodeo Homecoming:Carrier V.
Winner of Rory Ni Coileain’s Soulshares Contest is Nikki R.

More announcements to come this month, including a new reviewer who will be starting mid September. But more on her later.

September is here. That’s amazing. I think because this summer was so unseasonably cool and delightful that I don’t have the same desperate need to have September appear this year. Already there have been plenty signs of fall. Leaves are falling, I have seen a kettle or two of Broadwings a flight mid migration, and I heard my first Eastern Screech Owl whinnying for its territory a few days ago. And my gardens, for the most part, are awash in blue.

I do love this time of year. So many changes happening outside. It’s my favorite time of the year.

Here are a few pictures from my yard…

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Now for the week ahead at ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords:

Monday, September 1:

  • A Barb Review: Bliss by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau
  • August Summary of Reviews and Best Covers

Tuesday, September 2:

  • Cover Reveal for Angel Martinez’ No Fae Is An Island (contest)
  • In the Author Spotlight:  Havan Fellows (contest)
  • Riptide Book Tour: Pulling Leather by L.C. Chase (contest)
  • A MelanieM Review:  Firestorm by Rory Ni Coileain

Wednesday, September 3:

  • In the Author Spotlight:  Angel Martinez on Fae, and her Series (contest)
  • Book Blast:  A Tooth for a Fang by Liv Olteano Tour and contest
  • Review:  A MelanieM Review: A Suitable Replacement by Megan Derr

Thursday, September 4:

  • KC Wells’ Learning To Love: Final Exam Book Tour and Contest
  • On Tour with Rae Brewer’s David Dilemma (contest)
  • A MelanieM Review:  Yakuza Courage by H.J. Brues

Friday, September 5:

  • Rebecca Cohen’s “Idolatry” Book Tour and contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  A Tooth for a Fang by Live Olteano

Saturday, September 6:

  • A MelanieM Review: Blown Chance by Havan Fellows
  • A MelanieM Review: Frank’s Knight (a PF2014 side story) by T.A. Webb

 

Our Week Ahead at ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords

 

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September is almost here so things are unbelievably busy here at ScatteredThoughts.  New reviewers getting up to speed, more author interviews, book tours frazzled woman cartoon paid forand contests.  Plus I am getting ready for GRL in October.  Wow.

This week ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords will be one of the featured bloggers at RJ Scott’s blog.  There will be a contest to enter so I’m giving you the heads up early.  I reviewed a remarkable story yesterday.  It was TJ Klune’s John & Jackie.  I sobbed like a crazy person and loved every minute.  That cover by Reese Dante is just as remarkable as the story inside.  Don’t miss out on this one.

Even with 2 new reviewers coming on board, I am still on the lookout for more.  So if you love books and write or want to write reviews, let’s talk.  Email me at melaniem54@msn.com and check out my review info on the front page of this blog.

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Here is our schedule for this week:

Monday, August 25:

  • Author Spotlight: Kimber Vale and Hard Act To Follow (contest)
  • Book Blast: Adrian’J. Smith’s For By Grace Book Tour (contest)
  • Review:  Head On by John Inman

Tuesday, August 26:

  • Cover Reveal for Rae Brewer’s David’s Dilemma (contest)
  • Cover Reveal for Lissa Kasey’s Hidden Gem (contest)
  • Book Tour:  Morticia Knight’s Uniform Encounters (contest)
  • Review:  Not Fade Away by SE Jakes (a Hell or High Water story)

Wednesday, August 27:

  • Book Tour:  Forever Man by A.J. DeWall (contest)
  • Book Tour:  Deconstructing Channing by BA Tortuga (contest)
  • Review:  Double Up by Vanessa North

Thursday, August 28:

  • Book Tour:  Designs On You by Carrie Pack (contest)
  • Book Tour:  Anya Richard’s Satyr’s Lure
  • Review:  City of Monsters by Andrea Speed

Friday, August 29:

  • ScatteredThoughts is Featured Today at RJ Scott’s Blogger Day! (contest)
  • Book Tour: Vanessa North and Double Up! (contest)
  • Review:  Summer Son by Anna Martin

Saturday, August 30:

  • August  2014 Summary of Reviews and Best Covers of the Month
  • Deep Plunge by Rory Ni Coileain (SoulShares #3)