Cover Reveal – The Sixth Gate (The Gate Trilogy #1)

I am proud to announce that the cover for The Sixth Gate has been fully finalized.  The Sixth Gate is due out July 7, 2017 – exactly two months away. I’ve also finished the back of the book text – welcome to the first of The Gate Trilogy, a dark fantasy.

The interplanetary gates have existed between the five planets and the Netherworld for as long as living memory.

Dr. Elisabeth Avery is a woman caught between two worlds. Little does she know that others like her, other half-breeds, are being hunted. When a creature drags a princess into the Netherworld, Elisabeth is determined to save her.

Meanwhile, on the planet of Hystera, a Keeper and his assistant investigate a grisly string of suicides. The Gate Guardians know something is coming, know that the Netherworld has begun to bleed through to the planets, but not why.

Will Elisabeth be able to come to terms with what she is so that she can face the coming evil?

Here is the full cover wrap:

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What do you think? Can you feel the eeriness – the dark world I built? I’d love to get your thoughts!

Interested in a sneak peak? You can get the pre-order prequel to the entire series HERE. Get to know Elisabeth as a child and what put her on her path. Want a free copy? Sign up HERE for my mailing list and you’ll get a free eBook copy.

 

Asahi Art.jpgI also want to give a special shout out to Asahi Art who designed this amazing cover. As you can see I was fortunate to find someone so talented. He is diligently working on the cover for the second and third books so they all match! I highly recommend him.

See more of his amazing art HERE.

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Writing Update and Mailing Lists

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I started off with a terrible head cold that laid me up for days. I sincerely hope most of you started off 2017 better. On that note here are all the updates for what I plan to do in the new year.

Goals for my writing/the year:

  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.
  2. Finish Writing The Gate Trilogy (I expect this to happen within the next month)
    1. Get all 3 covers done for The Gate Trilogy, reveal the first one.
    2. Publish The Sixth Gate on July 7, 2017
    3. Finish editing all 3 books – get ready for Beta readers.
  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).
    2. Send a poll in the fall for which book through Mailing List
  4. Start writing next book. Decide between 1001 Islands #2, Unfathomable Chance #2, or the new YA Fantasy novel – Temporum: The Four Seasons.
  5. Work on Seven Eves – Alaskan Supernatural Crime Novel
  6. Edit and get to Beta Readers An Honest Misunderstanding and consider publishing (maybe just on Wattpad).
  7. Breathe new life into my Historical Mystery Novella. Finish writing ‘The Red Door’ – SO MUCH REWRITING/EDITING!
  8. Editing/rewrite Truthseer 
  9. Participate in NaNoWriMo
  10. Keep up momentum on writing events, speaking events, and conventions.
  11. Read 45 books.

Mailing Lists:

I have created two mailing lists. One for Romance readers and another for Fantasy/Sci-fi readers. I’m hoping to send out discounts, deals, giveaways, sample chapters, and cover reveals of all my books. Not to mention upcoming releases and my decision on which books will first go to audio (that’s right!). I’m preparing for a giveaway shortly, make sure you get on the list!

Sign up here: Mailing Lists

Writing Plans:

I am painfully close to finishing the last book in The Gate Trilogy. Book 1 releases on July 7, 2017. I had the artist who said they were going to do it bail so I need to find a new artist, I may have a line on one of them to do all 3 covers. I’ll get everything ready for publication over the next 5 years.

After completion of The Gate Trilogy I’ll be ready to start on my next project. There are three items that are at the forefront of that race. In no particular order these are my possible next writing projects:

  • 1001 Islands #2
  • Unfathomable Chance #2
  • Temporum: The Four Seasons A new project that I want to do for my good friend Nicky. It is a YA Fantasy that is contemporary and involves the main character ‘falling’ into another world.
  • Another project that I’m working on as well is Seven Eves. An Alaskan Supernatural Crime Novel. This may move to the forefront of my attention until I can make a decision on what of the above projects to take on first.

I also have a few projects I’d like to revive. Namely Truthseer (a book I wrote for my sister but needs to be fixed/worked on before future publication) and The Red Door (a historical mystery novel set in New York City, 1899). I finished rewriting/editing An Honest Misunderstanding some time ago, but I’ve decided to look at publishing. Either to eBook or on Wattpad…or maybe both!

Audiobook:

I’ve decided that one of my published books is going to go to Audiobook. I have to decide on just one and I’m very torn. I’ll be sending out a poll to help decide so I’m hoping everyone will sign up to the mailing list and help me make a decision Fall 2017.

Local Events:

Happy to announce that I’ll have other writing events around town and in the Southcoast area in Alaska. I’m very excited about all these events. SenshiCon was amazing last year and I hope to meet as many amazing  people this year as I did last year! My first one is next weekend which is Yuki Fest – here is their Facebook Page.

Reading Goal:

It is my goal to read 45 books. Goodreads Reading Challenge is all set up and tracking me. Apparently I’m 1 book ahead of schedule – yay! I want at least 50% of these to be indie authors so make sure to check out my submission/review policy page if you’d like me to consider reading/reviewing your book.

 

The Negative’s Tale by R. Leib

Summary

On a space station in Earth orbit, something terrible has happened to Bertie Lindermann.

Under normal circumstances, the investigation would be a job for station security, but circumstances are anything but normal.

Allon Wu might be the last person you would entrust with unraveling a high profile mystery, but there is no one else.

With deceit the order of the day, who is not a suspect? Is this an isolated incident or the precursor of a storm that could throw Kostya station into chaos? When will it be too late? Who can he trust? Can he prevent this crisis from spinning out of control? This is his best chance to regain Lovey’s trust, and Allon is determined not to let her down again.

Allon Wu is the Negative.

Characters

An awesome assortment of characters flew through this book. From Professor Billgore to Ulanovich. All of which circled around the main character – Allon Wu. All of them had a role to play and all of them were very believable and interesting. Except for Allon Wu himself…of all the characters I actually found him the most bland at times. It wasn’t until the story about his brother-in-law that I really felt that I saw Allon Wu. He was likable enough and, unfortunately, forgettable as well. The supporting characters gave him life and the story life more than the main character.

Plot

Absolutely fascinating world and concept. The concept behind Allon Wu’s powers and those of the world were imaginative. There are really three stories happening throughout this book. The first is Allon Wu as a child. Enjoyable – a little drawn out – but it had its moments. Then there was the main story line of Bert Linderman. I figured out this mystery from the get go – all it was subtly hinted but painfully obvious at the same time. I did not enjoy this part of the story very much. The last was the story of Allon Wu going after Ulanovich and this was the absolute best part – mingled in with the story of how Allon met his wife.

That part of the story was dark and gripping. I love the world the author created for this part and their writing potential really shown through. Absolutely loved and could see the planet of the crabs. Fantastically written. I actually was getting bored with the book – few flashbacks to a younger Allon and the mystery portion had gone stale for me. This third component of the story was far more fascinating and difficult to pin down what would happen.

Overall

Enjoyable read if not too wordy at times and a little obvious. My biggest issue was the chapters didn’t indicate shifting of gears. A few times I didn’t realize we were going forward or backwards in time. That we were still in one time or another. It was like being a ping pong ball – bouncing back and forth with no sense of direction at times. The three stories went together well in a way, but they were not equally enjoyable. I imagine other people would enjoy Allon Wu as a child and others the mystery in ‘present’ time. Some might even like all three. For me it was the Ulanovich story.

Regardless this is a sci-fi novel through and through. The author did their homework and made every part of the adventure feel believable. The array of characters were varied and interesting. Overall it has lots of potential and I can see the author improving with time.

Rating

3.5 stars (rounded down to 3)

I thought this book way okay over all. The 0.5 extra over the 3 stars is for the Ulanovich story. If the author fixes the problem with the timeline and tightens up the wordiness, this would be a solid 4 stars. I’d recommend it for those who like lots of details and science fiction novels.

Sehmah’s Truth (Beneath the Willow Book 1) by A.J. Culey

DOES NOT STANDALONE. 

Summary

She created his world and made him the hero of her story. Now she’s living that story with him.

Samantha and her twin brother spent their childhood creating an imaginary world beneath the willow tree in their backyard. Two years after her brother’s death, Samantha is unexpectedly transported to their fantasy world, where she meets Takeem, the hero of every story she’s ever written.

With Takeem by her side, and danger at every turn, Samantha discovers the world she created is nothing like what she imagined. Having somehow landed in the middle of her own evolving story, she must now find the courage to live it.

Characters

There is a lot of jumping around of characters in the book. From Takeem/Samantha, to the history before Takeem, and back to Jennifer on Earth. I felt like a ping pong ball sometimes. The author could do with making these transitions a little clearer for eBook, but it wasn’t terrible, just disjointed at times.

That being said I had a hard time liking characters. They all had such flaws and such heartbreaks. However, the more I read the more I liked them. Many of their flaws fell away – particularly Takeem. Samantha was still depressing and grief stricken from time to time but she started to come alive more and more – making her a better character.

Plot

This plot is a slow burn. It takes a while to makes its point and for the full plot to form, but when it does it is quite enjoyable. By the time I was halfway through the book I raced through the last half. It took me 12 days to get through the first half of the book and three to get through the other half. The creativity of the world and the art in which the author portrays it really takes shape in the second half. This is likely due to character introduction and the flashbacks taking over much of the first part of the book.

The plot, like the character’s backstories and overall emotions, is dark. The world she created; Lutia. It is dreary and dark. She brings light but her own light is dimmed by recent tragedies. The world of Lutia is as broken and messed up as she is. I don’t want to ruin anything, but this plot as more depth than it first seems. It is important to give it time – at least 50%. This book does not standalone – the ending is clearly meant to go into a second book.

Overall

This book is bleak and I’m not sure it is suitable for most YA readers. It is SUPER dark starting out. No one seems to be happy in this book at the beginning…or for most of it. That is the first thing that hits me. I sighed like a billion times for the first 25% of this book because the characters are just so miserable. It dredges up deeper darker feelings; loss, betrayal, unhappy choices, death, and oppression. Not normally my cup of tea, and then the author hints at more going on – which a little more push than earlier. Once I figured that out it started to flow better.

The characters are interesting but some of the secondary characters seem a little generic at times. This improves as the book goes on but I didn’t get a good feel for them until much later. That being said, if you can get over the darker themes, this book is quite good. The reason comes down to the world building. I freaking love this world. The plot and characters can go hang next to the vivid imagery of this world. The plot was good, the characters were okay, but the WORLD was amazing. From the willow trees (Shrouded Ones) to Huk. Amazing imaginary.

Rating

4 Stars

I liked it. I couldn’t merry up the darker themes with the YA feel at times, but I still enjoyed it. I don’t know if I would recommend it to anyone under the age of 16. Honestly it wasn’t until after I finished it that I decided I liked it and it was more because of the world and the creativity of it than anything else.  If you like creative fantasy worlds – this book is for you.

I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.