RAVENSWOOD PUBLISHING

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Ravenswood publishes through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google and Kobo. We also produce print through Createspace an Amazon based company.

We host a line of imprints in the form of sub-presses for various genres: Libertine (Romance/New Adult Romance/Erotica), Mythos (Fantasy/Science Fiction), Polliwog (Children’s/Middle Grade), Dark Feed (Horror/Thriller/Dark Fantasy), Enigma (Mystery/Drama/Historical Fiction), and Celestial (Spiritual/Religious/Historical Non-Fiction). Benefits for publishing with Ravenswood are far beyond what many publishers offer today. Ravenswood has worked hard for authors over the past 4 years helping with internet promotions and our success has been overwhelming.

Contracts with us include free internet promotion, free production of cover art, free creation of blogs, like pages or other social media to help the author gain the attention of the online community and guidance to other avenues of promotions that could further help the author with their works. Ravenswood offers help contacting venues with e-galley review requests on the author's behalf. We have recommended editors who charge reasonable fees for their services. Our editors are not staffed and we receive no compensation for their services. However, using one of our recommended editors is optional and not mandatory. We do screen all manuscripts submitted to us, thoroughly before acceptance. We search for talent and believe in quality, not quantity.



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Authors are given the opportunity to provide their own cover art if they choose however, if you would prefer, if done by us cover design and artwork is free for any author published with Ravenswood.

Contracts for each individual book published with Ravenswood will be signed and locked in for a full 2 year term from the date of acceptance, unless the contract is for a series which will be a 5 year term. These contracts World Wide. For more information about Ravenswood Publishing and its imprints or if you have any questions feel free to contact Kitty Bullard, gmta.publishing.llc@gmail.com or by using the contact form on the contact page. Please be sure and read our submission guidelines in full before submitting your manuscript to Ravenswood. There are no fees to publish with Ravenswood.

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  • Following My Toes on April 29, 2011

    I have to say I am not one to read this type of story often. I believe todays society calls books like this chick lit. Though after reading this book I can honestly say that I loved it. This story was a whirlwind! It was fun, exciting, and real containing all the emotions every woman has experienced at least once in their lives. I would definitely recommend this book to women who love this type of genre and even ones who have yet to embark upon the journey. The characters are bright, vivid, and balanced. They have real emotion and the story is intriguing, keeping you reading until the very end. There’s an underlying mystery to the entire scenario and I bet you will never guess the answer until the writer reveals it. This book was great! Kudos to Laurel Osterkamp for creating such a great novel!
  • Dirty Little Angels on May 02, 2011

    I think it's been a long time since I have read a story that took me back to my teenage years. Hailey, on the cusp of womanhood goes through so many emotions a lot of which I remember myself experiencing at that age. Chris Tusa has done a remarkable job capturing the depth of feeling and turmoil of a 16 year old girl from a middle-class family background rift with alcoholism, depression, and on the verge of complete poverty, struggling to keep them all together while giving up a part of her own sanity. At times during reading this book there were so many thoughts that paralleled with things I could remember from my own time as a 16 year old that it was simply amazing to read. I felt as if Chris had stood up and allowed Hailey to take his seat at the computer and tell her story first hand. It's rare you find a man able to so effectively capture what it was really like to be a teenage girl in Louisiana trying so hard to hold it all together while questioning not only her faith but her own place in the grand scheme of life. This book was a fantastic read and I would definitely recommend it to any one that enjoys stories that are real and gritty, that can grab you up and toss you into the lives of these very real characters. Without giving away too much I will only say, caution when reading this book... be prepared for some dark times in the life of Hailey Trosclair.
  • Reverse Metamorphosis Book One of the Irrevocable Change Trilogy, The Evolution of an Assassin on May 10, 2011

    R.E. SCHOBERND "REVERSE METAMORPHOSIS" (A REVIEW) I often pride myself on being a fast reader and in this case I started reading this book last night around 10:00 pm and I couldn't stop. I've just finished it at 7:07 pm and decided I needed to get this review up. I can honestly say that if you like Mob stories this book is for you. It seemed to start out a little on the documentary side, a lot of narrative which was really good because R.E. gives you enough background that you aren't left in the dark when you get to the meat of the story. Clay is a young man just turned 21 that becomes the catalyst to an unfortunate accident which involves the death of a bar patron. He soon becomes like a shark that's tasted blood and just can't let go of the leg it flows from. Soon he loses his best friend and finds out that the 'accident' that took his life was no accident at all. This entire scenario sends Clay down a path of darkness as he becomes an avenging angel. At first you can sympathize with the man and his need to gain revenge but later you begin to realize that he's tossed his life away only to become the divining hand of the Mob in his city. Clay goes through life warring with his emotions and trying to figure out what it is he really wants. He ends up constantly losing his way and losing people he cares about all for the sake of his 'job'. This story is well written and chock full of such detail you'd think that R.E. Shobernd had lived the life himself. This book makes you see the action as though watching it on screen and forces you to take a side. Perhaps it's just that dark part of me that we all have but in a way I still liked Clay even though his path was a dangerous and bloody one. Definitely a good read for the men out there!
  • POP-splat on May 11, 2011

    IAN MARTIN'S "POP-SPLAT" (A REVIEW) Ian Martin has coined the market on tongue-in-cheek humor. "Pop-Splat" is a hilarious parallel with a modern twist to Shakespeare's "Hamlet". The entire time reading this book it was hard to stop laughing even when some of the parts were sad. This books was an ingenious farce and delightful to read. If you need enjoy dark comedy and interesting remakes of classic characters you will love this book.
  • Guardian of Eden on May 18, 2011

    LESLIE DUBOIS' "THE GUARDIAN OF EDEN" (A REVIEW) If you get the chance to read this book I feel that you should not pass up such a wonderful opportunity. "The Guardian of Eden," is not just the beautiful story of a brother that would do anything to protect the sister he loves and cherishes. This story is an emotional ride that shows what true love really is and what it means to care for someone so much that you'd risk your own life and well-being to make and keep them happy. Garrett Anthony is more than just a brother that loves his sister, he's a genius , a brilliant young man with the ability to have a bright future if it weren't for his horrible family life. From the moment he was old enough to think for himself he was tossed into the role of guardian, protector, and supplier for his younger sister. This young boy became a man because he had no choice and he did what his parents couldn't and didn't want to do. In my eyes this character is a hero, he's the kind of young man that any parent would be proud to have as their son. This story generates so much raw emotion I don't think I've cried like this in quite some time. The depth of love that this book shares with the reader is just phenomenal. Leslie DuBois is a first rate storyteller and her characters are alive, vibrant, and so real that you can't help but feel you truly know them. This is a definite must-read for anyone and I would definitely recommend this book for ages 13 and up. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
  • Rise of the Raven on May 21, 2011

    STEVEN R. DRENNON'S "RISE OF THE RAVEN" (A REVIEW) At first I had a little trouble getting into this book but I think it was more my fault for not having read anything in the fantasy genre for so long. As I continued to read however, I began to be unable to put it down. This is a fast paced, vivid and imaginative jaunt into a fantasy world that is dark and rift with demons. Definitely worth the read and very much in the path of some of the greater fantasy writers. Steven Drennon's book is interesting and contains characters that aren't often used in other novels. I would recommend this to any hardcore fantasy reader! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
  • Bridesmaid Lotto on May 23, 2011

    RACHEL ASTOR'S "BRIDESMAID LOTTO" (A REVIEW) When Josie MacMasters is reluctantly entered into a contest to become one of the bridesmaids of a rich debutante she doesn't realize until too late just how insane the entire process is going to be. With the wedding looming 3 months away she is harassed by papparazi, looked down upon by her peers, and thrown knee deep into a world she'd rather not be a part of. All this becomes a little better when she meets Jake Hall, the object of her one true desire. This story is wonderfully written and fun! It contains just the right balance of humor, real life, and romance. A definite must read for those that love chick-lit and romance! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
  • Immortalis Carpe Noctem on May 25, 2011

    KATIE SALIDAS' "IMMORTALIS CARPE NOCTEM" (A REVIEW) Even though this wasn't really a story I hadn't heard before it was still a well-written supernatural novel. The heroine is smart, and at times humorous. The pace was good and the Katie's writing skills are phenomenal. I will definitely read more of her work in the future. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
  • The Queen Bee of Bridgeton (Dancing Dream #1) on May 25, 2011

    LESLIE DUBOIS' "THE QUEEN BEE OF BRIDGETON" (A REVIEW) I must say the Leslie DuBois is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Her ability with writing stories about teens that are riveting, inspiring, and in depth is simply amazing. This story is about an African American teen that has had to overcome so much in her life to gain her true place in the world only to see it almost destroyed by a group of girls with a jealous streak. Unlike any other story of this kind that I have ever read, Leslie once again brings her characters to life and pulls the reader in placing them into the shoes of this young girl and making them realize just how hard it is to be a teenager. I commend her on her writing skills and her seemingly effortless flow. I will be sure to pick up more of her works in the near future. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
  • Kikaffir - a Black Comedy on May 27, 2011

    IAN MARTIN'S "KIKAFFIR" (A REVIEW) Yet another great read by Ian Martin. This darkly humorous book takes you on a dangerously gritty path. It was an enjoyable adventure. I definitely recommend for those that truly have an interest in dark comedy. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=gmta&action=display&thread=193#ixzz1NZQPbOIy
  • Burden Kansas on July 08, 2011

    ALAN RYKER'S "BURDEN KANSAS" (REVIEW) This book scared the **** out of me! I think it was because I every time Alan Ryker mentioned the vampires shrieking I kept having flashbacks of "30 Days of Night". If you've seen that movie you definitely know what I mean. It's bad enough to imagine vampires of this type attacking animals and eventually people but then you have to put a certain amount of intelligence with them as well and you've got yourself quite the horror story. I enjoyed this book immensely, it was a fast read in pace and length. I hope Alan Ryker writes more I would even love to see what happens to Jessica later in life, this story has the makings of a series! Bring it on Alan, bring it on! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
  • Three for Avadar on July 11, 2011

    STEVEN R. DRENNON'S "THREE FOR AVADAR" (REVIEW) This story was a wonderful fantasy tale about three unfortunate travelers that find their way into each other's company all bound for the land of Avadar. Along the way their tales are highlighted and some interesting things happen. Steven R. Drennon reminds me heavily of some of my most favorite fantasy authors such as R.A. Salvatore. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fantasy stories with tons of action and magic. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
  • Priscilla the Great on July 16, 2011

    SYBIL NELSON'S "PRISCILLA THE GREAT" SERIES (REVIEW) These books are absolutely wonderful. The heroine, Priscilla is spunky, spirited, and completely what you'd expect a 12 year old super girl to be. The message of 'girl power' in these books is one thing that I really loved. This is a series that every young girl should read from ages 9 and up. While I was reading I'd give my own daughter an idea of what the books were about and now she's dying to get her hands on them. I feel that Sybil Nelson has definitely found her niche in the writing world and these books are destined to become huge! I can't wait for more in the series! The story is one that catches you in its grasp and doesn't let go, if you read only one middle-grade series this year you must make it "Priscilla the Great"! Be sure to check out the website for Priscilla as well at: http://www.priscillathegreat.com/ -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=gmta&action=display&thread=324#ixzz1SJAEMLrz
  • Priscilla the Great: The Kiss of Life (Book #2) on July 16, 2011

    SYBIL NELSON'S "PRISCILLA THE GREAT" SERIES (REVIEW) These books are absolutely wonderful. The heroine, Priscilla is spunky, spirited, and completely what you'd expect a 12 year old super girl to be. The message of 'girl power' in these books is one thing that I really loved. This is a series that every young girl should read from ages 9 and up. While I was reading I'd give my own daughter an idea of what the books were about and now she's dying to get her hands on them. I feel that Sybil Nelson has definitely found her niche in the writing world and these books are destined to become huge! I can't wait for more in the series! The story is one that catches you in its grasp and doesn't let go, if you read only one middle-grade series this year you must make it "Priscilla the Great"! Be sure to check out the website for Priscilla as well at: http://www.priscillathegreat.com/ -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=gmta&action=display&thread=324#ixzz1SJAEMLrz
  • The Devil’s Homecoming Book Three of the Irrevocable Change Trilogy on July 16, 2011

    R. E. SCHOBERND'S "IRREVOCABLE CHANGE SERIES" BOOKS 2 & 3 (REVIEW) The expansion in books 2 & 3 of the "Irrevocable Change" series is remarkable. Mr. Schobernd writes with precision and accuracy. His books are wonderfully detailed and he takes both time and great care in developing his characters. I highly recommend these books to anyone interested in high crime novels. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmta&thread=325#ixzz1SKkPmZdr
  • The Assassin Evolves Book Two of the Irrevocable Change Trilogy on July 16, 2011

    R. E. SCHOBERND'S "IRREVOCABLE CHANGE SERIES" BOOKS 2 & 3 (REVIEW) The expansion in books 2 & 3 of the "Irrevocable Change" series is remarkable. Mr. Schobernd writes with precision and accuracy. His books are wonderfully detailed and he takes both time and great care in developing his characters. I highly recommend these books to anyone interested in high crime novels. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmta&thread=325#ixzz1SKkPmZdr
  • Entangled in Darkness on July 16, 2011

    LINDSEY WEBSTER'S "ENTANGLED IN DARKNESS" (REVIEW) The story of a college-aged girl named Annalyn's descent into the dark confines of insanity. Feeling that her home-life is a wreck and in the constant position of dealing with her father's violent anger, she begins to lose her grip on reality and tries to commit suicide. Slowly her own darkness starts to consume her younger sister Janey causing her to end her life tragically by stabbing herself. This story was haunting and extremely dark and scary as you realize just how easy it is to slip so far into depression that you can't even claw your way out. A story with an ending you won't soon forget. "Entangled in Darkness", is a great read! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmta&thread=326&page=1#ixzz1SKpomEdg
  • For Nothing on July 16, 2011

    NICHOLAS DENMON'S "FOR NOTHING" (REVIEW) I have always been fascinated and a little terrified by the world of Mafia families. I must admit that Nicholas Denmon has written a rather alluring piece of fiction that packs in both the politics and action with a punch, I really enjoyed the novel and would love to read more in the near future. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
  • The Day of the Dead on July 16, 2011

    KAREN CHANCE'S "DAY OF THE DEAD" (REVIEW) This is a short story about a young girl looking for her brother during the "Day of the Dead" celebration in Mexico. She ends up becoming the hostage of a Vampire coven and has to be rescued. This story also involves raising Zombies! A good short story with plenty of heart-stopping action! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmta&thread=332#ixzz1SLE0W7DH
  • The History of Rock and Roll in 99 tweets on July 18, 2011

    "THE HISTORY OF ROCK -N- ROLL IN 99 TWEETS" BY ANDY SZPUK There are a few words I can use to describe this short story. Fun, cute, silly, and adorable. Andy Szpuk tells the story of a man and his ups and downs with rock -n- roll by way of song excerpts. You can't help but find yourself thrown back in time to your own "Glory Days" while reading it, as you find yourself remembering the songs and singing along. A definite must-read short story. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=gmta&action=display&thread=335#ixzz1SVUqjezF
  • The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian on July 21, 2011

    "THE HALO CHRONICLES: THE GUARDIAN" BY CAREY CORP This book was simply amazing. I am now seeking the rest of the series that I know this book must belong to. Carey Corp is a fantastic writer with the ability to write a story without worrying about taking chances with her characters. (By the way I couldn't help but picture Lucas Till as Gabriel, keep that in mind for a movie deal!) So many authors are afraid if they allow characters that their readers truly love to end up having an outcome that is not such a happy ending that they will lose the interest of their followers. I for one adore writers that are not afraid to put the lives of their characters on the line for the greater good of a story and I feel that Carey Corp is definitely one of these writers. I would recommend these books for not only teens but adults as well, this story captured me and held me until the very end and I can honestly say Carey Corp has become a favorite of mine from this moment on. Carey if you read this review know that I would LOVE to read the rest of your series, I am dying to know what happens to Alexia, Derry, and Jonah next! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmta&thread=340#ixzz1So2zDYuu
  • After Dark on July 23, 2011

    "AFTER DARK" BY BRYAN LEE This was a short story of what I assumed to be a werewolf with the tendency to still obtain his human feelings of right and wrong. The story begins with a woman being accosted by two men that apparently have the mind to violate her and likely even murder her as she is out late one night jogging. You can likely guess who... or actually what comes to her rescue. It's a well-written story from the prospective of the werewolf describing what he sees and how it makes him feel as he watches this take place. A quick read with bite. It's definitely worth checking out. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
  • Burly and Grum and the Secret City on Aug. 14, 2011

    "BURLY AND GRUM AND THE SECRET CITY" BY KATE TENBETH I just finished this book and I have to say it is simply adorable. There are fantastic morals in the story, lessons that every child should learn early on such as how it's wrong to hunt and harm animals, and how you can always count on your true friends to be there for you. The characters are cute and you can't help but to be drawn in by them. I love the fact that Kate also has elements of inspirational faith in her book such as the addition of the angel lovingly called Mike. This book is a fantastic read and one I think children of all ages would enjoy. It has adventure, comedy, and thrills delivered in all the right amounts. My daughter is begging me to get her a Kindle so she can read it! I got a feeling she just might steal mine! The illustrations are also beautifully drawn, the artist has amazing talent. Thank you Kate for a beautiful story with characters that I could definitely see as stuffed toys! You just want to squeeze them tight! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmta&thread=404&page=1#ixzz1V1p9RJlt
  • Beyond the Forest on Aug. 14, 2011

    "BEYOND THE FOREST" BY KATE TENBETH Another beautiful story about Grum and Burly, this is actually the beginning of their friendship. When Grum is tossed out of Groblin territory by his mom and two brothers he is told to prove himself a true Groblin. He soon finds Burly and strikes a friendship that is meant to last forever. When reading Kate's books I'd suggest reading this one first, it is a magical tell of an unlikely friendship and starts the process of Grum and Burly's adventures together. Once again, wonderfully written, and illustrated this is a book that kids will thoroughly enjoy. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmta&thread=405#ixzz1V2fkiK4X
  • The Dark Gifts Birthright on Aug. 18, 2011

    "THE DARK GIFTS: BIRTHRIGHT" BY WILLOW CROSS I am on a continuous search for something different when it comes to vampires. Not necessarily that the entire concept has to be changed but at least that the story is different and not the same old vampire falls in love with human type deal. I can even deal with that as long as there is an underlying story that drives the synopsis further than just revolving around the romance. I can honestly say that Willow Cross has done just that, she has written a story that moves away from the simple romance we are all so familiar with to an actual plot that is full of action and intrigue. When Liz is turned by accident and not in the usual way you'd imagine, the Council decides that she must stay hidden until they can trust her. All their good intentions come crashing down when those that believe she is a nuisance decide to overthrow the Council once and for all. Her maker Michael and her are plunged into a world full of turmoil as they have no choice but to run for their lives. Another aspect that was refreshing was Willow's use of the Greek Goddesses. I have always wanted to believe that some of the myths from old were still out there, just having put themselves in a place they could live comfortably. What better way to do this than to become a creature with the ability to hide for eternity. I'm a huge fan of Greece and Roman culture so that was another wonderful surprise. I think a lot of people will enjoy this story and it's one that you should definitely pick up! Thank you Willow for the opportunity to read your novel and review it! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=gmta&action=display&thread=414#ixzz1VQI6sntF
  • Ansheniu Rise on Aug. 24, 2011

    "ASHENIU RISE" BY K. KELLEE This story of two best friends raised together from birth, never knowing the truth of who they truly were, forced apart by circumstances beyond their control is a good story. The plot and idea is great, though I felt the story lacked some emotion. When the one friend Amelia, has to fake her death in order to undergo training so she can protect her best friend Jade, who is an inuit, the ordeal didn't seem at all real to me. The mother's emotion was misplaced and she was almost too detached. The story also seemed to skip back and forth from past to present so that at times it was a bit hard to follow. Overall, I liked the story but I think it could use a little editing. The story itself is great there were just a few things that kept me from truly enjoying it. Still I would encourage those that enjoy a good fantasy with a unique plot to give it a read! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmta&thread=423#ixzz1VxKrlSMC
  • Ansheniu Rise on Aug. 24, 2011

    "ASHENIU RISE" BY K. KELLEE This story of two best friends raised together from birth, never knowing the truth of who they truly were, forced apart by circumstances beyond their control is a good story. The plot and idea is great, though I felt the story lacked some emotion. When the one friend Amelia, has to fake her death in order to undergo training so she can protect her best friend Jade, who is an inuit, the ordeal didn't seem at all real to me. The mother's emotion was misplaced and she was almost too detached. The story also seemed to skip back and forth from past to present so that at times it was a bit hard to follow. Overall, I liked the story but I think it could use a little editing. The story itself is great there were just a few things that kept me from truly enjoying it. Still I would encourage those that enjoy a good fantasy with a unique plot to give it a read! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmta&thread=423#ixzz1VxKrlSMC
  • Ansheniu Rise on Aug. 24, 2011

    "ASHENIU RISE" BY K. KELLEE This story of two best friends raised together from birth, never knowing the truth of who they truly were, forced apart by circumstances beyond their control is a good story. The plot and idea is great, though I felt the story lacked some emotion. When the one friend Amelia, has to fake her death in order to undergo training so she can protect her best friend Jade, who is an inuit, the ordeal didn't seem at all real to me. The mother's emotion was misplaced and she was almost too detached. The story also seemed to skip back and forth from past to present so that at times it was a bit hard to follow. Overall, I liked the story but I think it could use a little editing. The story itself is great there were just a few things that kept me from truly enjoying it. Still I would encourage those that enjoy a good fantasy with a unique plot to give it a read! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmta&thread=423#ixzz1VxKrlSMC
  • The Unwilling Bride on Aug. 24, 2011

    "THE UNWILLING BRIDE" BY CANDY ANN LITTLE I'm not usually one to get into romances, I like them but I have to be in a certain mood to read them and for some reason that time usually comes around Christmas or Thanksgiving through Christmas; but I have to say that this book was fantastic and I enjoyed every moment of it. The main character of the story Caitlin is young, spry, and completely unconventional! She is determined to be her own woman in a time when women were looked upon as being nothing more than an ornament on a man's arm. I absolutely loved her! Then we have Dillon Cade, an Englishman living in America running his own printing press and one of the most eligible bachelors in the land. He is the quintessential perfect male and I had no trouble at all falling in love with him from the beginning, however, it takes Caitlin a lot longer! The fact this story was not just about romance but had profound elements of true history made it all the more endearing. Caitlin's parents thrust her into an arranged marriage to save her from being forced back to Ireland and into possible danger. When Dillon realizes just how hard it is on her he begins to put things into motion to help her get her parents back to America. Candy Ann Little writes like a pro for this genre, she has the ability to bring out the spark and life in characters and makes them so real you can't help but wish you knew them! It doesn't matter if you are not a huge fan of romance novels, this one you HAVE to pick up. It's not just a romance it's a lesson in history in such a way that you have no choice but to absorb it! I only wish they could have taught history this way back when I was in school, it would have made it so much more interesting! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
  • Spin the Plate Short Story on Aug. 27, 2011

    "SPIN THE PLATE" BY DONNA ANASTASI This was an amazing book, Jo, also known as Julianne has long held back her feelings about the sexual and physical abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her father. Now much older and working as a tattoo artist at a local shop, she has amazing talent as an artist and she spends her free time searching the streets for animals that have been mistreated. There are moments when the finds turn into altercations that give her the chance to get her anger out in the open by way of physical violence. Jo soon meets a man named Francis that shows her the light of God and helps her bring her father to justice for the crimes he committed against her at such a tender age. This is a story about acceptance, finding love, the courage to do what's right, and the will to accept your life and let go of the past. Wonderfully written with more than one beautiful and important message. You should read this book! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmta&thread=431#ixzz1WHlRUDvM
  • Raven on Sep. 01, 2011

    "RAVEN" BY SUZY TURNER Lately I have been stumbling across some of the most amazing YA writers, and Suzy Turner is by far one of the best. I love the fact that she has brought elements of all supernatural beings into her story and the plot was very well thought out where explanations for every aspect were articulated so there was no mistake. She writes with intelligence and precision and the result is something otherworldy and completely beautiful. This story is about Lilly Taylor, otherwise known as Lilly Tulugaq a 13, almost 14 year old girl that has grown up without the true love of a parent her entire life. For so long she has thought it was normal for parents to act the way hers did until they disappear... that's when she starts to find out that her world is anything but normal and her true family is something that fantasies and dreams are made of. When she goes to live with her grandfather Gabriel, she not only finds the acceptance and love she always craved, but she finds an entire world that is far more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. This YA novel is a definite must read and don't miss out on our contest for the sequel this month! But don't read "December Moon" until you've read "Raven" you can find both of these books on Amazon.com. Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=gmta&thread=438#ixzz1Wl1orL90
  • Watched on Sep. 15, 2011

    "WATCHED" BY CINDY M. HOGAN Poor Christy! It's bad enough to be stalked by possible murderers, but to have two guys you care for suddenly find you interesting... at the same time? Christy is a girl that has spent her life being virtually invisible, but one trip to Washington D.C. changes everything. She goes from being an intelligent, barely seen, little known girl, to being wanted by a group of murderers, harbored by the F.B.I. under protective custody, and adored by two guys that she never would have imagined could even look at her in that way. Not only does she have to help the F.B.I. find out who killed a man and why, but she has to decide which guy is the one for her. This book was emotional on so many different levels it was hard to keep yourself from trying to mentally steer Christy in the way she should go. A fantastic read, full of suspense and excitement! Cindy M. Hogan writes brilliantly and she knows just how to keep you on the edge of your seat. It's virtually impossible to just relax reading this book and when you finish you feel as if you've been right there in the midst of it all! Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=childrens&action=display&thread=637#ixzz1Y36Rn5F5
  • Spoon-fed Addiction on Oct. 30, 2011

    "SPOONFED ADDICTION" BY SILVANO WILLIAMS This book takes you on a journey through the last few moments of the really messed up life of Adiran. Adiran is a drug dealer that seems to stay high on acid most of the time. The story starts off with a journal entry by the one girl that seems to genuinely love him for himself. The entire short story is written on a melancholy note in which Adiran seems to point out, in his own way, just how truly messed up the world is. The points he makes are even valid and really have the power to make you think. The shame of course comes with his untimely death and the loss of a young man that seemed to have a truly remarkable, bright mind regardless of his many addictions. The story was well-written and somewhat philosophical in nature, an interesting and intriguing read. 4.5 Ravens! Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud / http://www.greatmindsliterarycommunity.moonfruit.com/
  • Temperature: Dead and Rising on Jan. 05, 2012

    Book Title: "Temperature, Dead and Rising" Author: Adam Santo Published By: Self Published Age Recommended: 15 + Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard Raven Rating: 3 Review: Even though this book had some interesting concepts to it, I couldn't quite understand the idea behind it. It seemed to almost be half vampire, half zombie and I was always unsure about the main character, Sally. For some reason I felt she was taking the whole situation too easily and as for Bo leaving her so soon it was a little strange. She is supposedly going to be hunted by these other undead clans because of her power but he basically leaves her to fend for herself. The story had some good elements and the plot was interesting but I feel that it could have been written a little differently and perhaps a few things changed to make it stand out more. I could never figure out exactly what Sally was suppose to be, whether zombie of vampire and the concept of the undead was something I just couldn't grasp. I suppose I felt like there could or should have been more of a back story to clear things up a bit. Still it was worth the read and I do give it 3 Ravens. I would recommend anyone that may be interested in something a little different to give it a try! Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=supernatural&thread=976#ixzz1ichGKMp9
  • Shit that Pisses Me Off on Feb. 03, 2012

    Book Title: "Shit That Pisses Me Off" Author: Peg Tittle Published By: Magenta Age Recommended: 18 + Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard Raven Rating: 5 Review: This book had me laughing and had me nodding my head in complete and total agreement with a lot of things Peg Tittle wrote about. When you sit down and think about all the things in life that stumps you or really gets to you, you realize just how insane the world can be! There are so many things out there that often have us scratching our heads as to why people do the things they do and only a few of them are touched on in this delightful, and candidly honest book. I enjoyed it completely and I can't wait to read her next installment which I have the good fortune of knowing it's on its way! So I say to Peg, thank you for the chance to read this informative and honest view of life and what is so wrong with it! I urge others to read this book, there may be some things you don't agree with, but I bet you'll find a lot that you do! If you like blatant honesty with some humor tossed in for fun then you'll love "Shit That Pisses Me Off" by Peg Tittle.
  • Protected on Feb. 28, 2012

    Book Title: "Protected" Author: Cindy M. Hogan Published By: Self-Published Age Recommended: 14 + Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard Raven Rating: 5 Review: "Watched", was unique and so elegantly written that it did no less than amaze me with the brilliance of this author. In a world where danger is real and there are bad people just waiting to hurt you at every turn, Cindy M. Hogan still manages to weave in the hope that is found in believing in a higher power. Christie is is a teen like no other. Though she sees herself as far less than average, she is brilliant, stunning, and a fighter. In this amazing sequel to "Watched", Christie finds herself placed in witness protection and realizes her nightmare is far from over... in fact it's truly just beginning. Still unsure if her heart lies with Alex or Rick, she is thrown into the situation of losing them both yet again. The terrorists are hot on her heels and every false move could mean the end if she cannot let go of her past and become someone new, someone completely different from who Christie could ever imagine being. She has lost everything and has no choice but to start anew. Where will she end up, who will she become, and will she ever see her family again? This is one of the very best YA series I have ever read and it's definitely worth picking up. I think I love this series most because of the real-life drama and situations these teens are put in. The situations are indicative of what could truly happen in today's world and that's what makes it so exciting and thrilling. Packed with a combination of heart-wrenching teen angst and heart-stopping action with the threat of some really bad people, this is one you don't want to miss! Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=childrens&thread=1160#ixzz1nhBbJxmK