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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn by Greg Leitich Smith Review


Book Nerd Review by Chloe

Beach culture and UFOs collide in this lighthearted adventure story about an alien encounter at an aging Cocoa Beach motel.

Twelve-year-old Aidan lives and works at his parents' motel on the Space Coast in Florida, so he's seen a lot of weird stuff. Even his best friend, Louis, is a little bit crazy—he's obsessed with UFOs and swears he saw one two years ago. But things at the Mercury Inn are about to get a whole lot weirder. When an actual unidentified flying object suddenly appears in the sky over the motel, Aidan begins to realize that some of the residents of the Mercury Inn may be much more unusual than he thought. And Louis might not be so crazy after all. Filled with quirky characters and atmosphere, this beachy alien caper, like the aging motel where it takes place, is anything but ordinary.



Aidan lives at the Mercury Inn and Suites on the Space Coast of Florida, which his parents own. There is going to be a launch party for a new line of spaceships that will take people to Mars and back. Because of this party, there is a ton of people at the Mercury Inn. People like Dru, the daughter of some people who work in the space industry. The night of the party turns out to be a disappointment because the launch party is cancelled because of something in the restricted air space. The following morning, Dru calls Aidan and asks him to come to her suite. When he gets to her place, he looks in the fridge and finds an alien body! Dru, who is also an alien it turns out, must bring the body back to her home planet. The body is melting and they have to get it somewhere cold quick or faces were going to start melting off! Turns out there is another important reason for Dru to come to Earth, Aidan is also an alien! Well, his body is alien but his soul is not. His body has been alien for a couple years. Why did he get changed into an alien? Will he ever be the same again? To find out, read Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn.

I really liked this book, mostly because of Dru. I love her calm manner in everything she does. She never panics even in the tightest of circumstances. She always stays cool. This is probably because of her alien personality. Her one moment of weakness is for the good of her people. Next, I really enjoyed the pace of the book. It was a fast read and I really like that about it. Last, I enjoyed all the odd bits thrown in, like Dru’s facts and the funny jokes. They were thrown in at all the right times to lighten up the mood and sometimes to confuse. “Dragon’s Triangle” anyone? If action-packed storys from another planet are your thing, check out Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn by Greg Leitich Smith.

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The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost


Book Nerd Spotlight

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

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Author Spotlight

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

For information on Jeaniene's books, reading the first 20% of each book free, book trailers, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, please visit: www.jeanienefrost.com


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Amity by Micol Ostow


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Micol Ostow is half Puerto Rican, half Jewish, half editor, half writer, half chocolate, half peanut butter. When she is under deadline, she is often half asleep. She believes that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts except in the case of Chubby Hubby ice cream. Micol is the author (or ghostwriter) of over 40 books for teens, including Egmont USA’s family and So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother). Amity is her first horror novel. She received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in New York City, where she practices liberal consumption of coffee, cheese, and chocolate.

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For fans of Stephen King and American Horror Story, a gruesome thriller suggested by the events of the Amityville Horror.

Connor's family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she's recovered from a psychotic break.

But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor's nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren't there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?

Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she's done before. As she'll do again.

Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan..

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Thank you Micol and Egmont for making this giveaway possible.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Galaxy's Most Wanted by John Kloepfer Review


Book Nerd Review by Chloe

Aliens Attack! When science-camp buddies Kevin, Warner, Tara, and TJ summon alien life to earth, they quickly find out that not all extraterrestrials come in peace. Can they stop an alien takeover and save the world in time to win the Invention Convention?

John Kloepfer, author of the popular Zombie Chasers books, has done it again. Galaxy's Most Wanted has a fast-paced, silly plot full of sidesplitting descriptions, a cast of diverse and endearing characters, and a slew of creepy-crawly aliens oozing off the page. With out-of-this-world black-and-white illustrations by Nick Edwards throughout, the first book in this new series is going to blast off!

Meet the Characters

Kevin: Science genius. Physics, biology, chemistry, you name it, Kevin can do it. He's the brains of the operation, leader of the crew.

Warner Reed: Kevin's best friend and resident cool dude. He's the guy to see if you've got a 2:00 a.m. junk-food craving—but you'll pay top dollar for his top secret stash.

Tara Swift: Not only is Tara supersmart and great at building things out of next to nothing, she's also in an all-girl punk band and the best drummer in the universe. (It's true—just ask her.)

TJ Boyd: Computer problems? He's your man. TJ's a regular computer-programming prodigy. He's not much of a talker, though. Word around the campfire is that he damaged his voice box in a botched robotics experiment.


Kevin Brewer, Warner Reed, Tara Swift and TJ Boyd are best friends at Northwest Horizons (S)cience (T)echnology (E)ngineering and (M)ath camp. They need an awesome project to win the Invention Convention, a contest at the camp that has been won by Alexander Russ the last few years mostly because his father “helps” him. While reading the comic book “Brainstorm” by Max Greyson, they find blueprints for a galactoscope. A galactoscope is an instant messenger across the entire galaxy. It turns out that they can build it! After completing the galactoscope they send out a message to the galaxy. Many hours later a portal opens up and a spaceship comes out. An alien comes out of the spaceship. Mim, the alien, is running away from space poachers. Later that night another alien comes through a portal looking for Mim. Mim is able to avoid being found on Earth with the help of the kids. Soon after, 5 more aliens arrive to try to capture Mim. Mim and the kids destroy 4 of the aliens and the fifth is shrunk. The captured alien, Klyk, claims that Mim is the real bad guy of the galaxy. Oh no!!

One of my favorite parts of Galaxy’s Most Wanted is Tara Swift. She was the one who made the galactoscope work and she always protects the boys when Alexander picks on them. Next is the setting. It is set in the forests of Oregon. It is so pretty there and one of my favorite places to go. Another great thing about the book is the suspense. I really like how some chapters end with a cliffhanger. It really adds to the anticipation and makes you want to read the next chapter immediately. I will be looking forward to another book along the lines of Galaxy’s Most Wanted. It was awesome and can’t wait to read more by John Kloepfer.

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Central Coast Comic-Con - Sept 12-14, 2014


Central Coast Comic Con 2014
September 12-14, 2014
Ventura County, CA Fairgrounds

Central Coast Comic Con (otherwise known as C4) is an annual event held at the Ventura Fairgrounds in beautiful Ventura, CA. It is an explosive gathering of all things Pop Culture from comics, movies, television, animation, and professional wrestling. 

This is an all-age show with plenty of fun things for the whole family to do. Exclusive vendors and exhibitors to buy one-of-kind merchandise and an endless lineup of artists in the artist alley that will create any art of your choosing.

C4 has a stellar lineup of guests this year. Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Adrian Paul (Highlander), Tyler Mane (Actor: X-Men, Halloween), The Cast of Power Rangers, as well as authors, the Cast of TAPS Paranormal and many more will be in attendance to bring a one-of-a-kind experience.

The JeanBookNerd Team will be in attendance to bring coverage. Stay tuned for more information as the dates comes closer.

For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit www.venturacomiccon.com.







Guest Post with T.M. Goeglein


Book Nerd Guest Post


Ted Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies.

As a screenwriter, he produced original screenplays and worked as a script doctor for several L.A. production companies. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post ‘Living’ section, as well.

Ted’s Young Adult novel, COLD FURY, the first in a trilogy, was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin in July 2012. The second book in the Cold Fury series, FLICKER & BURN, published in August 2013, and the final installment, EMBERS & ASH, released in July 2014.

The author lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.

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Why I Write Fiction
Ted Goeglein

First, I hate talking about myself.

I hate it so much that I actually hate writing the words ‘I hate talking about myself.’

That’s partly why I write fiction.

I’m in the things I write, in some form, but mostly I’m not. What I write is based on real life, events, and other people—their crimes, lies, tragedies, heroics—which I then contort, twist, add to, subtract from, often multiply, shake, stir, and serve. It’s impossible not to add myself to that mix but only the ticks and feelings that serve a story. Make no mistake. In the end, everything I write is completely made up.

Second, the truth is usually as boring as hell.

I made the mistake of attending a well-regarded journalism school. It took half a semester to realize that, not only was I naturally awful at the craft, but to put it mildly, didn’t give a rat’s ass about what everyone else held in such high regard: facts. To me, they were cumbersome to work with, always having to check, recheck, and verify once more, and then and only then could a person begin writing. It was a total buzz kill. Who really cared if the international bank robbers used ten AK-47’s or eleven? They’re robbing international-freaking-banks, for ef’s sake!

But people did care. They still do. And I do too, as a citizen of the world.

I just couldn’t give a crap less as a writer of fiction.

From my standpoint, why triple-check the population of the fourth largest city in Latvia when you can just make it up to fit the story?

Third, because it’s all about me, and that’s a fact.

Recently, a writer I admire, John McPhee, wrote a piece in the The New Yorker about the editing habits of some of that magazines’ editors-in-chief, and about his relationship with his literary agent. Toward the end of the article, he discussed how he’d landed on his genre of writing, long form nonfiction. Speaking of his own career, he noted that the desire to be a writer was always alive within him, but that becoming the type he is today required attempts at other forms.

His point, I think, was that a writer’s journey is as much about the work he or she produces as figuring what type of writer a person is.

For me, the trail led to fiction.

It fits.



Sara Jane Rispoli is on the wrong side of the Russian mob, but closer to finding her family than ever. And she's willing to do whatever it takes to finally end this terrible journey even if the price is her own life.

The very cold fury that has seen her through the worst of her troubles is now killing her; she knows the cure, but she can't sacrifice the deadly electricity until she's rescued her family. But when she finally does rescue them, it's not the happy reunion she pictured. And the torment doesn't stop there, not even when she finally discovers Ultimate Power. Only destroying the Outfit completely can end this terrible nightmare.

Old enemies return to seek vengeance, double-crosses abound, and even more mysteries are uncovered as we rocket toward an end no one saw coming

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{Nerd Blast} Tempting Sydney by Angela Corbett



File Size: 1312 KB
Print Length: 223 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Midnight Sands Publishing (May 26, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00KLEGWDE




“Someone needs to make you come completely undone, Sydney Parker.” His tongue moved slowly over his lips. “That someone is going to be me.”

Goal-oriented Sydney Parker has never had a problem focusing. She’s about to start law school, the first step on her way to the Supreme Court. With no time for relationships, she lives vicariously through her best friend Brynn, who has recently decided to use sex as a research tool. Sydney, however, hasn’t been laid in years. Men are a distraction, one Sydney has diligently avoided…until Jackson West crashes into her life, and under her hood.

The last thing Sydney needs is a hot mechanic working on her ‘69 Camaro. Especially a hot mechanic with eyes like the ocean and lick-me abs, who claims to be better in bed than a werewolf.

Jax thinks that’s exactly what Sydney needs.

But Sydney has goals, and a relationship with the enigmatic Jax would challenge her.

Distract her.

Tempt her.

Sydney is about to find out that temptation is very hard to resist.

*Due to mature content, this New Adult novel is recommended for readers over 18.

One line teasers:

“Take them off, or I’ll tear them off.” #TemptingSydney

I scanned the shop like I’d been tactically trained to find washboard abs by the FBI. #TemptingSydney

He gave me a wolf-smile as he caught me. “Slippery, eh?”

Yeah. And that’s not all that was wet. #TemptingSydney

“Like doesn’t cover it. My ovaries tremble in his presence.”

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Book Nerd Spotlight

As a child, Angela Corbett’s most prized possession was a set of read-along books. She used to follow along with the narrator on the stereo and dream of when she would be able to read by herself. Her childhood reading habit led her to consider her future career. However, after consulting with her parents, she realized she had already exceeded hobbit height and since fairies and dragonslayers were tricky jobs to get, she decided she wanted to create worlds of her own. She started writing poetry in elementary school and worked as a journalist in high school and college, but could never leave her love for writing fiction behind.

She is a graduate of Westminster College where she double majored in communication and sociology. She has worked as a journalist, freelance writer, and director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, and escaping in a good book. She lives in Utah with her incredibly supportive husband and their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin Bieber's.

Eternal Starling is her debut novel and the first book in the Emblem of Eternity trilogy. 


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