Tour: The Silver Sphere

The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich
ISBN: 9781622536016
Published: November 19th 2012 by Evolved Publishing
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About the Book

MEDIA KIT the-silver-sphere 5Shelby Pardow never imagined she could kill someone. All she wants to do is hide from her troubled father… when she is teleported to awaiting soldiers on the planet Azimuth. Here she is not a child, but Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members whom Malefic Cacoethes has drugged and imprisoned. He seeks to become dictator of this world (and then Earth by proxy).

His father, Biskara, is an evil celestial entity, tracked by the Assembly with an armillary device, The Silver Sphere. With the Assembly now deposed, Biskara directs Malefic and the Nightlanders to their strategic targets. Unless….

Can Shelby find the other Kin, and develop courage and combat skills? Can the Kin reassemble in time to release or replace the Assembly, overthrowing Malefic and restraining Biskara?


About the Author

I’ve been writing since first setting pencil to steno pad at age 8. A year later, I began developing the MEDIA KIT michael 2world of my current series-in-progress, and even created its title, The Silver Sphere. Now, with the support of years of experience, those early maps and back stories have progressed into what I hope is a fresh and entertaining take on the classic young adult fantasy adventure.

Despite my frequent escapes into parallel worlds, I root myself firmly in my very real family and community. When not pacing the yard maniacally after every few pages of writing, I spend as much time as possible hanging out with my studly 9-year-old son, and my inspirational wife Jenna. I also coach several local youth sports teams in Beverly Hills, and alternate between yelling at my two crazy Corgis and hiking with my trained German Shepherd.

For more, join me in my favorite fantasy worlds, from Lord of the Rings to the creations of C.S. Lewis, Anne McCaffrey and Terry Brooks. Even more importantly, stop by and say hello on my Facebook page at AuthorMichaelDadich, tweet me at @MichaelDadich, and stalk my website at


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Review: Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 9780316042673
Published: December 1st 2009 by Little, Brown and Company (first published March 31st 2001)
Rating: DNF, 2 stars

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything

I had heard so much about Beautiful Creatures since it came out, but I really wish I'd skipped this one. It's just another gothic teen romance, authors jumping on the bandwagon that Stephenie Meyer made of the dark scary character and big entrancing eyes and inhuman beauty and absurd chemistry. Nothing happened in the first few chapters, the descriptions were repetitive and strange, the characters were stereotypical, and the dialogue was boring.

The only good thing I had to say was that the small town they described in the book really did sound like a small town (and I can say that because I live in one).

Oh, and the reader of the audiobook was good.

Other than that, honestly, it was just Twilight except Edward Cullen was a girl.

Content/Recommendation: I didn't read enough to be able to say, though honestly if you're going to read a 500-page novel, read Crime and Punishment or The Count of Monte Cristo.

Review: Zom-B

Zom-B by Darren Shan
Genre: Apocalypse, Teen
ISBN: 9780857077530
Published: September 27th 2012 by Simon & Schuster
Rating: DNF

Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. This is challenging material, which will captivate existing Shan fans and bring in many new ones. As Darren says, "It's a big, sprawling, vicious tale...a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody.

I started Zom-B with only the above summary. suffice to say I was expecting a Zombie Apocalypse series, but what I got was a story about a stupid, controlling, manipulated kid and his botched up family. The combination of family problems and zombies was just too much. If it had been a story about a boy becoming a man by standing up to his shitty father, or overcoming the racism he's been taught at a young age, I might have stuck with it. But the combination of the two was just too overwhelming. I only got about a third of the way through the book.

Another reason why I didn't finish it is because the main character was awful. I didn't like him, in fact I wanted something awful to happen to him so he'd die and let a good hero take over the story. He had twisted views about people that were offensive and disgusting. Now I realize that's part of the point of the story (the character overcoming racism) but I couldn't put up with him. I won't waste my time reading a book that pisses me off.

I Have People

Today I have Taylor Dean, author of I Have People, visiting The Life and Lies!

About the Book

Missing any Memories?

Holly Sinclair is happily married to the love of her life, Gabriel. Young and in love, Holly hopes to have their first child soon. Of course, Gabriel wants to wait till Holly’s health is restored, much to Holly’s dismay. She feels perfectly fine. So what if she just woke up from an eight-month coma? So what if some of her memories are missing? She remembers Gabe and that’s all that matters, right?

That is, until he enters her life again . . . she forgot about him


Guest Post

Ten things you don’t know about I Have People:

1. I Have People is about ‘out-of-control’ anger.

2. I Have People is also about memory loss.

3. I Have People is about recognizing a good man versus a bad one.

4. The title, I Have People, was born when I found myself with an empty nest for the first time. As my children called home incessantly, I realized I HAVE PEOPLE and I always will.

5. My inspiration for I Have People came from a strong dislike of people who can’t control their tempers.

6. My hope for I Have People is that women will read it and realize that verbal and physical abuse is NOT OKAY! EVER!

7. I’ve written TWO different versions of I Have People. The published version is the first version and it is my favorite.

8. The second version of I Have People is NOT an amnesia story. Turns out, amnesia was the way to go. Hence, the second version will never see the light of day. I’ve already forgotten about it. What other story?

9. My heroine’s name, Holly Noel, came from a friend who had a Christmas baby and named her Holly Noel. LOVE!

10. Gabriel (the hero) and Holly (the heroine) both have Christmas names. Holly Noel (obvious) and Gabriel (the annunciation).

About the Author

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.


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