#Book Review: Hunted Angel by Alex Apostol 5/5 Stars

Overview: Continuing where we left off in Earth Angel, Kamlyn Paige has defeated the Lamia that killed her precious little son and has found a new love interest. As their relationship heated up, the threat of his boss increased and he was taken from Kamlyn. Now the search ensues as she requests the help of her only family left and a stray dog she found outside of a ghost ball. Traveling across the continent in the blink of an eye, three times, she finds Sari…but the worst is yet to come.

Opinion: Holy crap! Amazing sequel to an amazing first book. So many twists and turns you don’t see coming. If you think you have everything figured out, read the next page and you are blown away again. So many things packed into one 200 page book is incredible, but everything fits without feeling overly crowded. I can’t wait for the third installment!!!

Recommend: Yes

Reader Questionaire.

I found this on Blue Chicken Ninja‘s blog and thought it looked like fun. I would love to see everyone’s answers to this too!

1. What is your favorite book?
My favorite book would have to be “It” by Stephen King. It was the first book I read by him and started my love of horror. Now that I think about it, I think “It” was actually the first big book I remember reading.

2. What are your goals? For the year? For your life?
My goals for this year are to finish writing at least two more books. My goals for life are find a job I enjoy doing, worry less and be happy.

3. Are you a writer? If so, tell me about your work.
Currently I have three out. One is a stand alone short story about football and romance, called “Touchdown Interruption.”Jezebel’s dad is over protective, and drags her to every one of his team’s ball games. As the coach he has a lot to deal with, and doesn’t want to worry about her being home with his wife. The wife doesn’t like Jezebel, and decides to leave out of the blue. Jezebel now needs to take care of the house and prove to her dad she can be on her own…just one catch. Dad doesn’t trust her to be alone so he has a friend watch over her. Mayhem ensues and she almost loses her life.

The second and third belong to “The Legend Series.” Book one, “Innocence,” starts off with Alexa-Jordyn moving away from home for her senior year of high school abroad. When she reaches her destination she discovers that Ireland is full of mysteries and some “Legends” are real. Book two, “Revealed” picks up where book one left off, and has Alexa-Jordyn and her new friends running from a company that wants to capture and torture her. Plus there is a big unknown person running around that separates the group before more secrets start coming out.

4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Ireland, Germany and the Winter Palace in Russia.

5. What was the last movie you saw in the theatre and was it worthwhile?
I could be wrong, but I think it was “The Quiet Ones.” Not as good as the previews made it out to be, but I still thought it was pretty good.

6. I’m curious, are there any books that you’ve tried to read and simply couldn’t finish? This is a no judgement zone.
“To Kill a Mockingbird.” “Lord of the Flies.” “Rose Madder” but at the age of 13, I don’t think that should be held against me.

7. Are you currently working on a new book/project right now? If it’s secret, you don’t have to tell me about it. If so, however, I hope it’s going well.
I am working on a couple that are a little secretive, but am also working one a couple that are not. Third book in the “Legend” series is coming along nicely.

“The Price of War” is another project I am hoping to finish this year. It is a historical fiction piece. Ilse Von Adler is just a regular teenager from Potsdam, Germany. Her mother and father have one goal for her and that is to find and marry a respectable German man so she can fulfill her duty to Germany. Wanting to please her parents, she goes in search of the type of men every girl wants…a handsome soldier. She meets her prince charming at a party, but doesn’t see him again and is forced to be courted by her mother’s choice, Geoge Lehrer. A primary school teacher with bad habits. During their courtship she realizes how repugnant he truly is and turns him into the Gestapo, where she meets Heinrich Herrmann, her soldier from the party, again. When Heinrich kills Geoge in front of her for his crimes, she decides something must be done. Not for Geoge, but for those Heinrich and others kill for no reason. With her motto, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer,” she begins to fight back in the only way she knows how. The book follows her through her adventures of striking up a courtship while living through World War II, and hiding precious secrets from everyone to save lives. Will she survive the war or pay the ultimate price?

8. If you could live in any of your favorite books, which one would you choose?
The “Sookie Stackhouse” series, which “True Blood” is based off of.

9. Are there any book-to-movie adaptations that you think are just incredible? That you absolutely hated?
“The Giver” was pretty good. I love the “Harry Potter” movies…but have issues with them as well. 1-3 were really good. Number 4 was where it started going down hill. I know that by that time the books were getting pretty thick and not everything could be added, but it still had places where they could have improved. The “Twilight” series irritates me, like the books, but hate Kirsten Stewart and not a big fan of Robert Patterson.

10. What do you look for in a book that you want to read? What’s the first thing to capture your attention?
The cover. I know everyone says you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but the cover is really important. If I like the cover I am more likely to look at the book and decide if I want to read it.

11. If you’re an author, what do you do when you first get an idea for a book?
I first roll my eyes, because I have so many books in different stages of being written. Then I start writing down the idea and following it for a couple of pages before I am able to clear my head and focus on something else.

12. How do you feel about different genres? Romance? YA? Sci-Fi? Poetry? Do you have any favorites? Any least-favourites?
I will read just about anything. I would say I’m not a big fan of sci-fi, but then it depends on the type of sci-fi or the description of the book. I will try to read anything at least once. Big love for Yaoi, LOVE LOVE LOVE Yaoi, no idea why but do.

13. If you could meet any writer in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
Edgar Allan Poe. The “Tell-Tale Heart” and “Annabel Lee” were amazing!

14. Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Prefer fiction over non-fiction, but still pick up the occasional non-fiction.

15. Are there any characters that everyone loves that you can’t stand? Or vice versa?
I have a list of them somewhere…but I can’t seem to find it.

16. What do you like to do besides reading/writing?
I troll the internet, or cook or try to sleep.

17. If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
My writing.

18. What is your favorite guilty pleasure book?

Probably “Twilight.” When it first came out, I didn’t want to read it because I considered it too mainstream. Then loved the series when I finally got around to reading it. Now that the movies are out and the poor acting by Kirsten, showed me how crappy the storyline actually is…I am ashamed to admit I still like the books.

19. Do you have a reading goal set for this year?

My reading goal this year is 65 books, strictly from my TBR pile. I am on book number 6, “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” Would have been further in my goal, but I decided to start “Roots” first this year…took close to a whole month!

20. Tell me anything about yourself that I haven’t asked. Random fact. Weird human trick. Whatever.
I have a pink Ouija board hanging up in my room.

I tag everyone to do this next. Even though I’m not sure if its actually a tag.

January #WrapUp

I think it’s been a wonderful month. I have accomplished a lot more than I thought I would have and can’t wait to see what February will bring. Here is a short list of how well I am keeping my New Year’s Resolution to blog more.

5 Author Spotlight Interviews

5 CLTBRCHALLANGE15 Book Reviews: Roots, Highland Blessings, Blockade Billy, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Earth Angel

1 Post to help a friend. Which by the way, if you read the post and sent a card or picture or whatever to the family Thank you!

Looking to the future, I expect more ASI’s and hopefully to read more books. The rest shall be a mystery. 🙂

Author Spotlight Interview: Andrew Hess

Where are you from? Long Island, New York

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? Currently 5 books have been published. The Phoenix Blade: Project Justice and also Campus Killer have been my favorites so far.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? That’s a very long story to tell. The shorter version is that I have been writing on and off for most of my life. The interest originated in elementary school and didn’t fully evolve until college. After taking a literature course and then a creative writing course, I came up with my first solid idea for a story which was book 1 of The Phoenix Blade Series: Project Justice.

What are your current projects? I just put out my 5th book Campus Killer which is the start to the Ali Ryan Series. I am currently working on writing the sequel Scorned and have the release of the third book in The Phoenix Blade Series coming out in June called Pandemonium.

What books have most influenced your life most? I don’t know if there has ever been one book in particular that influenced my life. But the authors that did would have to be Edgar Allan Poe and James Patterson.

What inspired you to write your first book? The very first book I ever wrote went unpublished and was my own fantasy version of how I wanted my life to go if I had decided to go into pro wrestling. My first published book was a book of free verse poetry. It was a way for me to deal with a lot of changes that had occurred in my life, changes that a lot of people go through. I felt like it was therapeutic for me to write it all down and could help others if they read it.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I guess the central theme or message in every book has been just to never give up. Never give up on yourself. Never give up for fighting for what you want out of life.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? I think rewriting is always the hardest part because you are constantly having to go back and make sure you didn’t repeat the same thing somewhere else. You have to make sure the descriptions translate the same, and you need make sure it all makes sense.

What book are you reading now? I am reading Falling for Heaven by Anne Conley

Do you ever experience writer’s block? Definitely. It’s something every writer goes through. The key for me is to keep going no matter what. You can always go back and edit or revise what you wrote at a later time.

What is one random thing about you? I can change my voice to sound like one of the Chipmunks.

What is your preferred medium of writing? Preferably, I would love nothing more than to lay at the beach with a pen and paper or at least somewhere overlooking a beach with my laptop. But that never happens for me. Instead I’ll take writing whenever and wherever I get the chance.

What does your writing process look like? Organized chaos. I have everything planned out but never stay completely on course.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I completely zone out when I really get into writing or if a new idea hits me.

How important are names to you in your books? The names aren’t as important to me as the characters themselves. The main characters and a handful of the secondary characters are at times loosely based off of people in my life.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad? I always read my reviews, but never respond to them unless messages me about it. One person criticized something I wrote once and I took it in stride, apologized because it was the one thing that made them go from giving me a 5 star to a 4 star rating. And then I told them this would not happen again. I’ve had a few negative reviews, not much, but a few. At first you get angry or annoyed that someone didn’t like what you wrote. You put so much effort into it only for someone to tell you it wasn’t good enough. The one thing to remember was that it wasn’t good enough for that person. It doesn’t generalize everyone. The only thing that negative comment should do is give you more determination to make the next book that much better.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Finding new ways to add little twists that keep readers guessing

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I’ve made a few. The first was not trying to build an audience in the right areas when my first books came out. Instead I focused on telling everybody what I was doing to all my friends and family instead of talking to other authors.

What is your favorite motivational phrase. Everything happens for a reason.

What is your favorite positive saying? Everything happens for a reason. My other is; never quit, never give up and never surrender.

What is your favorite book and why? If we’re including me in the potential candidates, I would say The Phoenix Blade: Project Justice because I love the story, the characters and was my first real idea for a book. Other authors would definitely be the Complete Collection of Edgar Allan Poe because of the dark edgy way he wrote.

What is your favorite quote? Never forget about the past but live for the future.

What is your favorite film and why? Boondock Saints. There’s too much I can say about it and not enough time to write it.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Harry Potter Series. It was one of the most popular books of our time. I loved the characters and would have written some of the books slightly different.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Start networking whenever possible. Use social media to your advantage to connect with other authors, bloggers, editors and publishers. Start up your own blog to review or help promote other authors as well.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Watching TV or movies

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Blog: http://thewritersrevolution13.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/therealphoenix13
Twitter: Iamphoenix13
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Hess/e/B00COCQJ5M/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1421263954&sr=8-1
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/498413 (Campus Killer) (Andrew Hess) (Iaphoenix13) (The Phoenix Blade)
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◦Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24378040-the-campus-killer?from_search=true

#NaBloPoMo Participation

NaBloPoMo is National Blog Post Month. It was originally in November but has extended to all year with different topics per month. I am obviously new to it, and will not officially be part of the January month. I will start fresh on February, as I just found out about this on the 13th. January’s theme/topic is Habit, and I think that with my New Year’s Resolutions of wanting to blog more, a Habit theme is perfect for me.