Archive for December, 2012

The Best of Kenny’s 2012 Reading List

2012 reading challengeWelcome to The Best of Kenny’s 2012 Reading List. I have to confess I’ve nicked this idea off a writer friend’s blog (thanks Cherese) but it fits in quite nicely with the end of the year theme for my blog. This year, on Goodreads, I set myself a challenge to read 50 books. It doesn’t sounds like that many books if you look at other people’s targets of over 100 books (sheesh) but I figured one book a week is not bad going for me. Although I’m a fairly fast reader and tend to have two books on the go, I do have other things to do besides read – e.g., write my own stuff. Well, I’m pleased to announce that I hit and passed my target a few weeks ago. Below is a list of all the books I rated 5 stars and a few 4 stars that also deserve a mention. I’ve linked to my Goodreads reviews, if people want to check out what I thought (they’re all terribly short so don’t expect too much).

5 stars

The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes (this was definitely my favourite read of the year)

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The King’s Concubine by Anne O’Brien

You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J. K. Rowling

The Rockstar’s Daughter (Treadwell Academy #1) by Caitlyn Duffy

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J. K. Rowling

4 stars (worth mentioning)

This Thirtysomething Life: A Diary by Jon Rance

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J. K. Rowling

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Cherese Vines Charming Words

A writer friend of mine has written a novella. wpid-Aversion-_cover-reveal.jpgAversion by Kenechi Udogu is available right now from Smashwords. We were talking about revitalizing interest in the novella. I think we could do it especially with the popularity of eBooks.

For publishing purposes, a novella would be overpriced as a paperback or hardback. Just look at the prices of children’s hardcover storybooks: $15.99! Ridiculous. I have no problem buying my storybooks at the thrift store.

But I’m getting off the subject. I think that priced right, the novella could become very popular. If you can get a full-length novel 80,000 words and above as an eBook for $9.99 plus, you can enjoy an eBook novella for 99 cents. Besides, I can tell a spectacularly exciting story in 30,000 words or less. I aim to keep the excitement, momentum and interest going by keeping it short. The shorter the better. That…

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“Aversion” Excerpt: Chapter One

It’s been one week since Aversion’s launch date and I’m still pretty pumped. I thought I’d share Chapter One on here as a taster for those who haven’t had a chance to read the excerpts on Amazon and Smashwords yet. Enjoy!

Aversion - Cover reveal

ONE

My name is Gemma Green and I am an Averter. You’re probably wondering what that means and why it is important for me to state that I am one. On the surface there is not much difference between me and most other fifteen year old girls, except for the fact that I have the ability to alter people’s minds and stop them from carrying out actions that will unhinge their predestined life paths. I know it sounds impossible but trust me, it’s true. Only another Averter will be able to tell what I am from sight. Well, not really sight. We have the ability to sense things that others overlook. For example, I always know when I’m being lied to. I can’t tell what the exact lie is but I get a knot in my stomach every time I hear one; the bigger the lie, the tighter the knot. It’s clearly not the most enjoyable ability for anyone to have but the older we get, the easier it becomes to tune the feelings out. You eventually get to a point where the only person’s emotions you can tune into is the person you are assigned to. But I’ll get to that later.

I live in a town called Sandes where my Dad works as a handyman and I go to school with all the normal kids. Dad’s job is convenient because he is his own boss and we can leave town whenever we have to without raising too much suspicion. You can only stay in a town for four years, tailing the people you are assigned to, before you have to move on to another location. That way we don’t get too attached to anyone and people also don’t figure out what is happening to them. All Averters with young children have to live in small towns so that they can teach their children to master their abilities in a controlled environment. Imagine having to grow up in a city with millions of people throwing out millions of vibes all the time. Only adults who have mastered their craft could survive the surge.

The other tiny little thing is, according to my Dad, I am a bit of an anomaly as I am the only known female Averter that exists. I don’t know why but our kind have always been men. Our lives are pretty much dictated from the start; a male baby is born from a union between a chosen woman and an Averter. The child is cared for by his mother for a year then handed over to the father, never to see his mother again. The father teaches him his responsibilities and at the age of twenty one, the son must carry on the tradition of our kind by creating a child with a chosen woman. That’s our circle of life. Son begets son begets son, until there was me. Dad knew being a girl would make my future as an Averter different but as he wasn’t sure how things would work out for me, he decided to bring me up exactly as his father brought him up. Study, study, study.

Once I had accepted all that I was meant to be, I realised that frivolous fancies and silly romantic notions were for the girls in my school and not for me. Why think about make-up and boys and all that nonsense when I knew that I had only four years to live in a town and that the clock to my age of motherhood was ticking? The way I saw it, if I couldn’t have the life that they had, the freedom to choose what to do with my life, there was no point pining for it. It would have been as dumb as craving chocolate milkshake when you’re allergic to cocoa. Plain stupid when my future was practically set in stone.

But then I had my first real jolt. Not the sensation I already mentioned that we feel when people are being dishonest. No, the jolts are much more than that. They are what you get when you sense that someone is going to do something really bad pretty soon. Like drink driving their father’s car into the path of a truck, killing two passenger friends and ending a very promising tennis career. I had never felt anything so strong and so horrible before Continue reading

Aversion – Book One of The Mentalist Series

Aversion - Cover reveal

It’s finally here! You can now get your e-copy of Aversion – Book One of The Mentalist Series via

Amazon

or

Smashwords

It will be available on iBooks, Kobo and Nook later on in the month so look out for further updates here. Thanks to everyone who made this project grow from an idea into a finished product. I’ve really appreciated all your input. Now, let’s start clicking those download buttons!