Monday, November 28, 2011

Ever After, Marianas Trench Review

Okay so this is a little new for me and my writing blog, but hey someone needs to write the music. Anyone that knows me knows that I love the Canadian band Marianas Trench. So I thought it would be cool to let you all in on why and how they were able to hook me even more.

Marianas Trench, from Vancouver has done it again. No wait they did it better. I don't thinks there's anything these four friends/bandmates can't pull off.

Ever After is the fourth album by Marianas Trench. It follows Marianas Trench (self tiltled), Fix Me and Masterpiece Theatre, which I thought would be hard to top. Front man Josh Ramsay who writes and composes all their music has done it. I've come to the conclusion that he is a music genius.Elvis was the King of Rock, Michael Jackson the King or Pop, and Josh Ramsay is the King of Pop/Rock. The best of both worlds meet in this mans brain and he provides us with nothing but musical pleasure.

Josh Ramsay has over come many struggles in his life and with the love and support of his family (also involved in the music scene) Josh has grown into a composer, lyricist, musician (I think he plays something like 8 different instruments), vocalist and band member. Along with his band mates Matt Webb and his amazing guitar riffs, Ian Casselman a master of the sticks, and Mike Ayley the bass man of it all, music history will be made.

I actually think that Ever After should have came with a warning, prepare for extreme fun, dancing and musical orgasm.Okay yeah that was my attempt at a funny, but seriously this is the best album I have ever heard. It is not very often that I like every song on a album, and even then I get sick of at least a few songs. Not this time. Ever After was created to listen right though, telling a story of the evil Queen Caroline that has taken over the kingdom and stolen the hearts of all within her toy factory. The CD booklet tells the story and you can see how each song relates. Every song is strong, stands on it's own but has a purpose in the story.

If you didn't know them before you will after this record, Ever After is proving Marianas Trench is here to stay. They have a sound like no other, but promises to join the ranks of bands like Green Day and more. This album has a more "Pop" feel to it than their previous ones, but by no means have they gone mainstream. They are just advancing their talents and raising the bar.The greatest part is there is no awkward silence wanting for the next song, each and every song blends perfectly together to form a fairy-tale ride you won't forget. 

Marianas Trench - Ever After 
Label: 604 Records
Released: November 21, 2011

1."Ever After"  6:34 The title track opens the album with a beautiful compilation of all the songs and begins the story. The vocals, instrumentation and delivery is flawless. Lead singer Josh Ramsay shows what a true vocalist can do, pushing his range to intriguing limits. The harmonies are like non I have heard before. You will be hooked right from the start.
2."Haven't Had Enough"  3:28 The lead single from the album has already proved to be a chart topper and the video is amazing. The bands performance is enticing and exciting. The beat will have you singing and dancing within seconds.
3."By Now"  4:14 
4."Truth or Dare"  3:49 Seriously I think Josh Ramsay has channeled the ghost of Michael Jackson in this song. If I didn't know I would have thought Truth or Dare was a previously unreleased MJ song. The talent of the band really shines through, and they make it fun as well.
5."Desperate Measures"  3:48 This song is going to win them awards, I can't even say enough about Desperate Measures. The beat has you bopping in your seat. Josh's vocals are flawless as are the lyrics. this song really spoke to me. The best part is Marianas trench has brought back the "Whoa, ooohhh, ohhhhh" and rhythmic claps. Drummer Ian Casselman does an amazing job and will have everyone air drumming.
6."Porcelain"  4:02 A beautiful ballad, enough said.
7."Fallout"  4:14 The second single has been getting amazing response for listeners. Here in Calgary, 95% of listeners approve of this track. It has a natural sound and with be another chart topper for the band.
8."Stutter"  3:21 I really lover this song, Josh brought in friends and family to assist with background vocals and it just has a fun feel to it. The scat like quality of Josh's vocals proves his talent is real. It has a indescribable feel and will sky rocket the band to Diamond success.
9."Toy Soldiers"  4:10 This catchy tune will have you singing it's chorus for the rest of the week
10."B Team"  3:51 Get ready to bop to the beat, this track shows the band is not ready to conform to the traditional "Pop" genre, but give you a whole new take on it.
11."So Soon"  5:50
12."No Place Like Home"  6:41 The final track wraps the album up in a neat little bow, proving that you can write an entire album with meaning that all ties together.
The entire album flows from one song to the next seamlessly. Marianas Trench has perfected the concept album and setting new standards for all musicians and prove that pure talent is a must and we won't accept anything less. Get ready for the next big thing, Ever After is well deserving of best album of the year, decade and even more.  The use of back ground vocals, harmonies, orchestra, makes Ever After a well rounded album that raises the bar for all those that follow.

Thank you to the band, Josh Ramsay, Matt Webb, Ian Casselman, and Mike Ayley for providing us with such a phenomenal piece of art. Also a big thanks to Amanda, whom Josh credits as his inspiration, keep it up girl we love what he is producing. I'm positive a a ton more Trenchers will be born from this album.

To see a few of their video's included the newest release "Haven't has Enough" check out youtube or the bottom of my blog.

So how did I do for my first music review? Did I do my favorite band justice? Let me know your thoughts, on the review, the band, the music. I love comments.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Review, The Conduit by Stacey Rourke

I was asked to review Conduit by Ms.Rourke's publicist earlier this month. I reluctantly agreed know that I already had my time stretch thin.(Hence this review going up a day late). This review is my personal opinion and I wasn't compensated in any way, shape or form. Well I can tell you that I am so glad I agreed to review The Conduit. This is a great debut novel by an author I suspect will have a wonder career. 

The Conduit appeals to young adults and adults alike. Rourke has done a wonderful job creating her characters, the Garret siblings and the adventure they take us on. Celeste, Kendall, and Gabe, will take the reader on a exciting, humorous and romantic fantasy adventure that will keep the pages turning until the end. As the siblings gain their powers they learn they are the chosen ones and need to save the world.
Okay now that's all I'm telling you because I'm always scared to give too much away. So if you or someone you know enjoys a good read and are ready for an perfectly crafted tale, you'll love The Conduit by Stacey Rourke.  Check out her website and don't forget to take a peek at the interview I did with her earlier this week. 

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Author Interview with Stacey Rourke

CB:Thank you for joining us today, I'm so excited to have you here, and know my
readers will enjoy it as well. 

About You:

CB:Can you tell us a little about yourself?
SR:Well, I’m a mom, wife, and self-proclaimed shoe addict.  I graduated from college with a Bachelors of Business Administration with a marketing focus.  Yet despite my excessive student loan debts I decided to pursue my true passion of writing.  And I couldn’t be happier with that decision.

CB:What quality do you most value in yourself? 
SR:My sense of humor.  My parents instilled it in me never to take myself too seriously and to find the humor in any situation.  Life is just generally more fun if you take time to laugh.

CB:In addition to writing, what else are you passionate about? 
SR:My children.  They’re my life.  My everything.  Everything I do, I do for them.
CB:I understand that, us mother's do everything with our children in mind.

CB:What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? 
SR:In my private life; raising two healthy and happy kids. In my professional life; seeing The Conduit finally make it to publication.
CB:You should be proud, they are all major accomplishment's.

CB:Why do you write? 
SR:Because it’s my passion.  It’s what I was meant to do.  If I go too long without writing I go through withdrawals like an addict. It just makes me who I am.
CB:I thinbk you describes exactly how most writers feel. It's not what we do, it's who we are.

CB:What is your greatest strength as a writer? 
SR:Again I say my humor.  There aren’t many situations where being a chronic smarta*# is considered a positive attribute, thankfully in writing it is!

CB:Is there any new or established author whom you feel deserves more attention, and what is it that strikes you about his or her work? 
SR:Christopher Moore.  His twisted and demented humor is unparalleled and all kinds of wicked fun! 

About Writing:

CB:What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? 
SR:Before I start a new book I outline the story and plot for the entire novel.  From there I storyboard it like a movie or play.  I break it up into individual scenes to help me visualize it.  Then I can begin my first draft going scene by scene.  I have found that keeps me more focused.
CB:I think that is a whole talent on it's own, I can't story board, I just take off in a different direction anyway.
CB:Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it? 
SR:I think all writers’ heads occasionally get in the way of their work.  We expect every word, every sentence to be utter perfection.  That pressure stifles the creative process and just isn’t realistic.  Sometimes we just have to let go and WRITE! Let the ideas flow, knowing they may take you somewhere better than you could’ve possibly imagined. Or not. It could be utter crap, but that’s okay!  That’s why we edit! Either way, forcing yourself to push through and click away on those keys will unblock your creative constipation.

CB:What are your current / future projects? 
SR:I am currently working on the continuations of The Gryphon series and a few other literary projects that are still in development.

About your book:

SR:The Conduit tells the story of three siblings that move in with their Grandmother in Tennessee after a rash of break-ins in their hometown spooks their mother. A series of unexplainable events later and Celeste, the middle child, learns that because of an ancient pact her ancestor made in the 17th century she has been chosen to protect the Gryphon, the Protector of the Divine, from evil forces determined to possess him and harness his powers.  With her brother and sister by her side, and all of them sporting spankin’ new mystical powers, they set off to save the world.

CB:Have you acquired any good anecdotes surrounding this book? If so, could you share one? 
SR:The first draft of The Conduit was 110,000 words.  The published version is around 62,000 words.  I learned I can be way overly descriptive at times! There was a spaghetti making scene that read like I was writing a cookbook.  It, and a lot of details that didn’t pertain to the story at all, got cut. For very good reason.

CB:What would you most like readers to tell others about this book? 
SR:That it’s a fun, exciting, can’t miss read!

CB:How can readers help you promote this book? 
SR:Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, shout your love of this book from the rooftops and help spread the word that The Conduit is a MUST READ!
CB:I have confidence that they will.

CB:Where can readers find you and more about your book(s)? Where can they purchase your book(s)? 
SR:Find out more about my books at, follow me on Twitter @Rourkewrites, or on Facebook at  The Conduit is available for purchase for Amazon Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or at

CB:Thanks again for joining us today Stacey. I can tell everyone that i have been totally wrapped up in your story and they should watch for my review on the 26th. And don't forget to leave some words of encouragement for this wonderful new author.

SR:Thanks so much for having me on your blog! It’s been a pleasure!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Up Coming Review/Interview

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For you P.R. is a new promotional company that is offering a varity of services to authors. "Every budget, Every need, Every Genre." hey have a great team with various areas of expertise, you won't be disappointed.

For You P.R. has provided me with an exciting new young adult book to review. Here is some info on what's gonna be going on here next week.I am receiving no compensation for this review or interview, and will only provide my personal opinions.


me.jpgThis is the debut novel for author Stacey Rourke.  She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs.  She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration and is currently hard at work on the continuations of The Gryphon series, as well as other literary projects.  Visit her at, or on Twitter @Rourkewrites
I will be interview Stacey On November 22, 2011 and we will be privileged enough to have her back on November 24, 2011 for a guest post.

All 18-year-old Celeste Garrett wants is to head off to college and make those fun, yet ill-advised, choices college kids are known for.

And maybe to spend some time with the hot cameraman she just met.

Instead, because of a pact her Celtic ancestors made in the 17th century with a mythical creature, she has to save the world.

While normal kids are slamming energy drinks and cramming for exams, Celeste will get her adrenaline rush fighting a fire breathing dragon.

 She wants to meet friends in the quad to exchange lecture notes, but first she must exchange blows with a shapeshifting demon on the rooftop.  Life isn’t always fair for a superhero, but at least she doesn’t have to do it alone.  With her brother and sister as sidekicks, they alternate between saving lives and getting on each others’ nerves.  Together the trio encounters unspeakable odds, mystical forces and comes face-to-face with an image that will haunt them forever—their grandmother in a leopard print bikini.

Okay, little side note here.  If a psychopathic killer asks if you want to see a trick, say no.  That’s the smart thing to do.  I, on the other hand, responded, “Bring it.”

-excerpt from THE CONDUIT

On November 26, 2011 look for my review of CONDUIT by Stacey Rourke.
The Conduit is on Amazon and on goodreads

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November's Spotlight on Upcoming Releases!

Read About Each Upcoming Release

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During the month of November!!


Mystic Embrace (teaser)
Book three of the Embrace Series
By Charlotte Blackwell

Ebony Triggs and her sister have accepted their birthright to be the magnificent ones, protectors of the innocent. They have been working on improving their magickal powers with the help of close friends the Pierce family. Ebony and Eliza have been working hard, with one common goal in mind, destroying the demon that killed their parents sixteen years ago. Will they ever find him and succeed at destroying him or will fighting evil become a daily occurrence for the sisters?

Entering her senior year of high school, Ebony already has more than most teens on her plate, but when things continue to change in her life she must rely on her immortal friends, the Pierce’s to help get her through. Ebony and her boyfriend Matt like most teens are looking at the future and what will happen after life in high school. But when plans change will they be faced with even bigger issues?

Ebony soon realizes that the Pierce’s and her close friends will need her as much as she needs them. She thought learning of her mystical powers was the greatest test of her life, but it was only just the beginning. 

The Embrace Series

Warrior's Heart Novels

To be released during November!!

Released during November!

Released in November!

Released in November!

To Be Released in January!

To Be Released January!

To Be Released in February!

To Be Released in May!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011