Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"On Little Wings" is an award finalist!

Recently I reviewed a YA novel called 'On Little Wings' by Regina Sirois. It was a wonderful story and it surprised author when it did amazingly well as an e-book.

Good news. Amazon has chosen 'On Little Wings' as a finalist in their Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. This gives Regina a chance for a publishing contract with Penguin. She needs your vote.

Here is what her blog has to say about the contest:

About ABNA

Author Regina Sirois is getting national recognition through the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) competition. Her book, On Little Wings, is one of 3 finalists selected out of the original 5,000 entries through a series of judging and advancements conducted by Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com, and a panel assembled by Penguin Publishing.
Beginning May 22nd, the public voting begins to determine which book will be published by Penguin. The winner will be announced in Seattle on June 16th. Now through May 30th, readers may download a free excerpt from each novel at amazon.com/abna and cast their vote.
Regina Sirois is a native to Kansas City currently living in Olathe with her husband and two young girls. Publisher's Weekly describes her debut novel, On Little Wings, as a heartwarming tale of reconnection and redemption. On Little Wings was launched January of this year it has been warmly received, featured on the Amazon Kindle home page, reached the #7 best selling literary fiction book on the Kindle, and received nearly 300 reviews, with an average score over 4 stars. Any of these accomplishments are rare for a first time author.

I hope you will support Regina in her efforts to win this award. Her novel is a good clean story that deserves to be enjoyed by youth and adults.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Defenders of the Covenant - Book Review

What do you get when you put LDS church members in a battle with aliens bent on taking over the planet? You get a fast paced story with well developed characters and a great plot.

 Defenders of the Covenant by Angie Lofthouse is written from several points of view. We see the story as told by four teens that leave the compound and face the enemy outside. Hannah, who leaves to protect her best friend Mackenzie. Jeremey who defies authority to see the outside world, and Derek who goes along to keep the others safe. We also see through the eyes of Bishop Carrier who’s concern for the children he’s raised since they were infants is at war with his own failing health. And lastly, the eyes of the watcher, whose mission is to capture the humans and make them conform to serve the Great Ones.

I’ve read many books with multiple points of view. It can be difficult to pull of with out confusing the reader. Angie has done it well. There was never any confusion, only a desire to read more quickly to find out what happens next.

This story is written from a Latter Day Saint perspective. The characters often speak of their faith and how they rely on it in tense situations. It doesn’t delve into deep theology or become preachy in any way, it simply touches on the fact that these people have faith in their beliefs.

The technological ideas Angie used were new and interesting. From a skin suit that covered your body and made it possible for you to understand different languages, to a prison made from a suspended glass bubble.

I would describe this book as uplifting YA Sci-Fi. It doesn’t get much better than that.

You can purchase Defenders of the Covenant at Barnes and Noble and at Amazon. To follow the author's blog go here