Game Hunter (Game Hunter, #1) by Mark Kloss

Summary:

“ZOMBIES OF THE CITY FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS”

Explosions from experimental chemicals spawn zombie mutations and turn the once famous City of London into a dark dystopia. With it comes a live TV show of grim survival between zombie and man, called Game Hunter.

Teenage male and female half-zombies, Tremayne and Red, have no choice but to be part of the dangerous zombie team in three such shows playing against seven of the deadliest game hunters money can buy. As the first show approaches death and betrayal rule, so who will you be rooting for?

Characters:

Tremayne is adorable. He is so painfully awkward but also awesome. He is sort of stuck in his younger self. He is a complex character that was fun to follow. Red is spunky and tough as nails. They make a great team and are sickeningly adorable together—cute budding romance. There is a whole host of supporting characters. Although some of the bad guys are a little over the top they were still interesting and played their part well.

Plot:

This is almost non-stop action. There are a few down time moments but it almost goes forward at a breakneck speed. I’m happy to say I was pleasantly surprised by most of what happened. Although some of the action did get a little repetitive most of it moves it forward. At times I’d forget this was a zombie book. I liked the aspect of being different doesn’t mean you aren’t still a person who deserves rights.

Overall:

This book was a lot of fun! It was funny and didn’t take itself too seriously. It starts off really strong but sort of languishes in the middle before circling back around and getting right back to being awesome. The characters are very well written and I liked nearly all of them!

Rating:

4 Stars

A fun zombie romp! If you love zombie books with a coming of age plot and lots of action this is perfect for you.

 

 

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Fourth Quarter Goals & Setting Next Year’s Goals

Happy new year! Welcome to 2018 and I plan to make it a good year!

It is that time again! Let’s recap last year and look at setting next year’s goals.

Goals for my writing for 2017:

  1. Building Mailing List – I’d like to get a mailing list so when I have giveaways and such, I can let everyone who is interested know.
    1. Mailing lists can be found HERE.
  2. Finish Writing The Gate Trilogy (I expect this to happen within the next month). (I’m done writing, now on to the editing)
    1. Get all 3 covers done for The Gate Trilogy, reveal the first one.
      1. Book cover 1 is done (Reveal completed!).
      2. Book 2 is done.
      3. Prequel was done – pushed off completion of book 3.
      4. Book 3 is done.
    2. Publish The Sixth Gate on July 7, 2017
      1. Published on July 7th! On Amazon.
    3. Finish editing all 3 books – get ready for Beta readers.
      1. Book 2 is with beta readers.
      2. Consider publishing in 2018.
  3. Choose which book to have done for Audio Book
    1. Find a ‘voice’ for the audio book and pick a date for release next spring (2018).
      1. April/May 2018 – found voice for Diana
    2. Send a poll in the fall for which book through Mailing List.
    3. Consider putting off another year.
  4. Start writing next book. Decide between 1001 Islands #2, Unfathomable Chance #2, or the new YA Fantasy novel – Temporum: The Four Seasons.
    1. I’ve started writing Temporum: The Four Seasons
      1. Found a major plot hole. Working to resolve it and get writing again.
    2. I’m planning to write Unfathomable Chance #2 for NaNoWriMo and am working on the Outline
      1. Came up with a tentative name: Unfathomable Plan
      2. I’ve tentatively started writing. Over 20,000 words in as of today! Thanks for NaNoWriMo.
    3. I’m also working on the Outline for 1001 Islands #2 which will be a backup for NaNoWriMo if I haven’t completed the outline for Unfathomable Chance #2
      1. Finished outline for Book 2 just today!
  5. Work on Seven Eves – Alaskan Supernatural Crime Novel
    1. I’ve written three more chapters and hit 10,000 words!
  6. Edit and Get to Beta Readers An Honest Misunderstanding and consider publishing (maybe just on Wattpad).
    1. One Beta Reader is editing
  7. Breathe new life into my Historical Mystery Novella. Finish writing ‘The Red Door’ – SO MUCH REWRITING/EDITING!
    1. Edited and started jotting down notes to finish writing.
  8. Editing/rewrite Truthseer 
    1. I finally re-read this. It is going to take some work but I sure love this story!
  9. Participate in NaNoWriMo
    1. I’ll be working on Unfathomable Plan for NaNoWriMo!
  10. Keep up momentum on writing events, speaking events, and conventions.
    1. Attended YukiCon.
    2. Attended Steamposium and TaikaiCon
    3. Scheduled/booked SenshiCon and Colony Christmas.
    4. Attend SensiCon
    5. Attend Colony Christmas
  11. Read 45 30 0 books before December 31st. Done! Now I’m just gaining books!

Goals for my writing for 2018:

  1. Finish getting The Gate Trilogy Ready
    1. Book 2 – Publish Summer of 2018 (The Nowhere Gate)
      1. Beta readers
      2. Scheduled Cover Reveal
      3. Create Landing Page
      4. Professional editor
    2. Book 3 – Publish Summer of 2019
      1. Edit
      2. Transcribe edits
      3. Beta readers
      4. Cover reveal
      5. Create Landing page
      6. Professional edtior
  2. Publish Audiobook
    1. Unfathomable Chance
      1. Release in 2018
    2. Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand
      1. Find voice
      2. Consider publishing 2019
  3. Focus on Unfathomable Plan
    1. Finish writing in 2018
    2. Start editing 2018
  4. Work on other writing projects after Unfathomable Plan is done.
    1. Temporum: The Four Seasons – Book 1
    2. 1001 Islands 2
    3. Seven Eves – Alaskan Supernatural Crime Novel
    4. Demon’s Due – Paranormal Erotica/Romance
    5. Noble Chronicles Series (5 Books Planned)
  5. Consider Publishing Love’s Metamorphosis in eBook
  6. An Honest Misunderstanding
    1. Publishing on Wattpad in 2018
    2. One Beta Reader is editing
  7. Editing Projects
    1. Red Door
    2. Truthseer
  8. Participate in NaNoWriMo 2018
  9. Keep up momentum on writing events, speaking events, and conventions.
    1. Attended Steamposium
    2. Attend SenshiCon
    3. Book Read Alaska
    4. Attend Read Alaska
  10. Read 50 books before December 31st.

Writing updates:

Thanks to NaNoWriMo I’m over 20,000 words into Unfathomable Plan. I’m getting distracted, however, by the audiobook and editing of the last book in The Gate Trilogy. That being said my goal is to write a minimum of 2,000 words a week so I finish writing in April when my audiobook comes out. I’m hoping to publish Unfathomable Plan in early 2020.

Audiobook:

I’ve found a voice for Diana and have booked her to start reading in January. Just making a few adjustments to the book and then I’ll be sending it out! I hope she’ll finish by end of February and I’ll publish it early 2018 (no later than May 31).

Reading Goal:

It is my goal to read 50 books. So far I’m one book down and already almost through my second. Being only a week in and I think that’s a great start!

Happy reading!

Dust and Ashes (Prosperine Trilogy 0.5) by P.J. McDermott

Summary:

In 2095 AD, near Hierapolis in Turkey, an elderly priest is exploring an archaeological dig looking for ancient artefacts. Inside a nearby cave, he discovers a chamber containing a limestone burial box.

What does the box contain? The answer will take the world to the brink of an apocalyptic war and change the future of the human race.

This 10,000 word short story is the prequel to the scifi—fantasy adventure, the Prosperine Trilogy, featuring the space heroine Hickory Lace. It takes place eighty-four years before the first book in the series, Avanaux, and deals with the cataclysmic events on the planet Earth leading to the formation of the Alien Corps.

Overall

This short story packs a punch. A lot happens in a very short number of pages and it was expertly written. Absolutely fascinating take on Christianity and the future of religion without being preachy. Easy to read with vivid scenes and enough characters to make me wonder where it was going next. For sure sucked me into the world the author painted.

I did doubt the coincidence at the start of the book, however.  The timing right at the start of an Earthquake happening and they just happen to be there. Once I got over that small hurdle I really enjoyed it.

Rating

4 stars

If I had to pick one saying for this short story, I’d say ‘pleasantly surprised.’

This review is voluntary.

2017 in Review – Best Reads

2017 Reading Stats

Goal for 2017: 45

Number of books read: 59

Number of books reviewed: 55

Best Books of 2017:

1st place goes to:

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Patrick, Benedict – Where the Waters turn Black (Fantasy) (Review) (Amazon)

Here is why: For the second year in a row I’ve been blown away by Benedict’s amazing writing style and unique approach. Where the Water Turns Black is completely different from this first book and I would give this book six stars if I could. Where They Mostly Come Out at Night amazed me, this endeared itself to me from the get go – amazing plot, fantastic characters, and vivid world building. Not to mention the ending was just AMAZING! This is a must read!

FYI the third one is out and I am STOCKED to read it!

2nd place goes to:

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Lenore, J.S. – Burner (Supernatural) (Review)(Amazon)

Here is why: I love The Dresden series and this was like Dresden’s spunky love child. Burner was a unique and addicting read. It was hard to put this book down once I started reading it! Not to mention the main character was so wonderfully stubborn but lovable. Looking forward to more!

3rd place goes to:

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Crofoot, Joel – Michael’s Passion (A Series of Angels #1) (Paranormal Romance) (Review)(Amazon)

Here is why: When I started reading this book I wasn’t expecting much. Perhaps it was the silly cover but after page two I was sucked in. I couldn’t put it down. It was steamy and romantic, yes, but there was an actual plot! A unique take that just grabs you by the shoulders and pulls you on a romantic journey – don’t worry there are more and they are just as good!

 

 

Best Crime (Mystery/Suspense):

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Johnson, A.M.H – Midnight Over Moores (Book #1) (YA Paranormal) (Review)(Amazon)

I really surprised by how cute this novel was. The best part was the mystery!

 

 

Best Fantasy:

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Patrick, Benedict – Where the Waters turn Black (Fantasy) (Review) (Amazon)

I cannot get over this book! It was that fantastic.

Best Romance:

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A tie for two of Joel’s books.

Crofoot, Joel – Asael’s Nature (A Series of Angels #3) (Paranormal Romance) (Review)(Amazon)

Crofoot, Joel – Michael’s Passion (A Series of Angels #1) (Paranormal Romance) (Review)(Amazon)

Once you start reading these just realize you are kissing a weekend goodbye – they are that amazing!

Best Paranormal/Supernatural:

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Lenore, J.S. – Burner (Supernatural) (Review)(Amazon)

Loved all the twists and turns of the mystery but the supernatural aspects of this novels really made it one of the best!

 

Best Short Story:

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Cole, Dia – Lover in Hell (Short Story Paranormal Romance) (Review) (Amazon)

The fact that I don’t like zombie anything and I enjoyed this short story tells you it was good!

Best Urban (anything):

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Rose, K.B. – In What Remains (Romance) (Review) (Amazon)

I was really floored by the gritty realism of this book. It was a nail bitter that was hard to predict!

Best Young Adult:

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Mount, Misty – Shadow Girl (Young Adult) (Review)(Amazon)

Perfect for ages 10-25. If you are socially awkward and love fantasy this is a must read!

Best Wattpad:

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Boring is the new Black by Megan Bryce (Review) (Amazon)

Once more I love Megan Bryce!

 

If you loved these make sure you check the Best Books of 2016

Unsung Hero of 2016:

This is a book that I loved that didn’t win a placement last year.

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This book was hot hot hot! I read it late in 2016 and didn’t realize how much I loved it until later into 2017 when I read the 2nd book in the series. For sure a steamy must read!

Painted by Kirsten McKenzie

Summary

When art appraiser Anita Cassatt is sent to catalogue the extensive collection of reclusive artist Leo Kubin, it isn’t only the chilly atmosphere of the secluded house making her shiver.

Upon entering the house, Anita stands before a silent audience of portraits clustered on every wall. Every painted eye is watching her, including those of the unfinished portrait on the artist’s easel. A portrait with an eerie familiarity.

Kubin’s lawyer didn’t share the detailed instructions regarding the handling of the art, and Anita and her team start work in ignorance of the very instructions designed to keep them safe.

Disturbed, a man eases himself out of his portrait and stretches. Free at last from the confines of his canvas, he has no intention of ever returning. He has a painting to finish…

Characters

This was probably the biggest drawback to this book. When I started reading this Anita was a pretty well formed but blah character. After the rest of the group shows up I just couldn’t stand her! She kept making the same stupid choices but then so did all of them. I felt like they were all the typical horror movie characters. I was almost rooting for the villain! (The ghost not the other evil one). Almost none of them have any sense of self-preservation. Downside the author does a ridiculous amount of head hoping instead of going full narration. Also the lawyer is so over the top that it was a little painful to read at times—pretty sure he didn’t have a single good trait.

Plot

This is a horror based ghost story. It does an excellent job building the tension and is without a doubt super creepy. The ancient house, the moving portraits, and the hapless heroine. It had all the elements of a horror story and was super gripping. Downside it was such a cliche! I struggled through the idiotic characters and almost repetitive decision making.

I did appreciate two major points of this book. There was a plot within a plot and the author didn’t play it safe with the ending. Those were what took me from despising this book to sort of blinking in surprise at the last page. I don’t want to give anything away but it was refreshing!

Overall

I have a love hate relationship with this book. There were aspects of it I just loved and there were aspects I just hated! I liked the start of the book with Anita but after others arrive starting with the lawyer, all of the characters take a nose dive and never really recover. Mostly because of their completely illogical decision making that seemed only to exist to shock or drive the plot in a very specific direction. While the nail biting plot had me hooked and I just had to know the ending. Although I did see aspects of it coming, I was utterly surprised at the way the author ended it. That aspect is what really hit home as being a good book.

Rating

3.5 stars (one up and one down)

It doesn’t deserve 3 stars because it was better than that, but it wasn’t a solid 4 star book in my mind. A tense book that has all of the hallmarks of a good horror just not good characters!

This is a voluntary review.

The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

Summary

It’s more than just her imagination—she’s fading away…

Painfully shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia Moss is no stranger to living life in the shadows, pushed aside and unnoticed by both her large family of nine and her fellow classmates. As her “symptoms” of invisibility increase, she uncovers an old family mystery leading to her Great-Aunt Angelica, who vanished curiously at Zylia’s age. If she’s going to save herself from being erased from the canvas of this world, she’ll have to travel far outside her comfort zone—maybe even to another dimension.

Characters

Zylia Moss is so vividly painted, it is as though the author conjured her from a real person and not imagination. Very rarely do I read first person and think ‘this was done right!’ This painfully shy girl is in many ways a reluctant heroine but for sure the heroine of her own story. The subtle interactions and internal thoughts built Zylia into a very real character. Supporting characters like her family and Terra. Everything was painted from Zylia’s point of view and it was expertly done, bringing alive a world not so different from other disjointed but loving families.

Plot

This book makes you question what is real and what is not. Is Zylia really fading or is there something else happening? I won’t ruin it for you, but I absolutely loved the way the author went with the story. Between the mystery and the coming of age aspects, I really enjoyed the development of this story. The plot was enjoyable but the real powerhouse of this story was the characters.

Overall

Fantastic writing, interesting plot, and stellar character that practically leaps out of the page! The way Zylia slowly blossomed and came into her own was amazing to see. I loved her friendship with Terra, it was perfect in every way and felt so real! I have very few negatives at all about this book, it was wonderfully executed. Biggest issue was how slow it was. Although I can’t pinpoint anything that could be left out, this is not action packed, it was a biopic approach to story telling.

The second really isn’t a negative but I felt like this wasn’t for my age group. I’m in my late twenties and at times I had a really hard time remembering how awkward it was in middle/high school. This is 100% perfect for young teens and high schoolers and I highly recommend it to those age groups. I think even those in college who are socially awkward will just love this, but as an extrovert who doesn’t mind being the center of attention, some of the nuances of the story that would normally have struck a cord…simply struck out.

Rating

5 stars

If you are between 10-25 and like coming of age stories with a nice twist this is a MUST READ! Zylia will feel like a real person by the end of the book, that is how well she is written.

This is a voluntary review of an advanced readers copy.

The Gate Guardian’s Daughter – #book #Giveaway

I love the holidays – so for this holiday season I’m giving away physical copies of The Gate Guardian’s Daughter. I’m not just giving away one copy—I’m giving away 3! Enter below!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Gate Guardian's Daughter by K.T. Munson

The Gate Guardian’s Daughter

by K.T. Munson

Giveaway ends December 28, 2017.

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