Wandering Storm

Summary:

Loud banging resounded throughout the house. The housekeeper pushed a servant aside and wrenched the door open angrily. A man stood on the threshold, dripping rain and mud and blood. A stormy night brings Wandering sailors to a sleepy farming town in the High Kingdoms. (Short Story in the Tales from the Circle Series)

Overall

This had a very interesting setting, on the high seas, but some of the imagery of the setting was lost on me. After the rocky beginning some of it cleared up and I was able to connect more with this fantasy based novel. This seems like it was a short story meant to go to a bigger story and without knowing the bigger story, this was not as clear or enjoyable.

I enjoyed the second half of the story more, even though I was still a little lost, I was captivated! This is where the author’s ability really shined. The settings, the plot coming together, and the characters taking on more life. It was an interesting narration. I wouldn’t say this is a young adult, but it is clean enough that young adults could easily enjoy.

Rating

3 stars

It was okay. A little unformed, but vividly fascinating! I think if I had read the main book and then this one, I would enjoyed this more.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Lover in Hell: A Post-Apocalyptic Paranormal Romance by Dia Cole

Summary:

Ever since the Z-virus wiped out humanity, Eden spends her days rescuing animals from the undead and her nights avoiding Mike—the sexy alpha male soldier who wants to claim her for his own. He’s too intense, dominating, and overprotective—everything Eden doesn’t want in a man. Even worse, his smoldering gaze weakens her resolve to swear off men forever. But when a routine supply run goes horribly wrong, the unthinkable happens—Eden becomes infected. Now, trapped for the night with Mike, and with only twenty-four hours left to live, Eden must decide if she wants to die a virgin or experience mind-blowing passion in the arms of a man who would follow her to hell.

Overall:

This is a short story but the plot felt all romance. There are times I almost wanted to roll my eyes, but never quite did – this book walks that line. Eden is almost silly in her love of animals but actually in makes sense. In desperate times, it could see someone wanting to hold onto their humanity when the world goes to Hell. Mike was very much a strong male who wanted to continually protect Eden.

The writing style is interesting and very easy to read. I actually really enjoyed the author’s writing style. The zombies are creepy and the author does a great job weaving them in as a subplot. This book did leave me wanting…but almost too much. It just sort of ends abruptly, which felt like – ‘okay the romance is done…story over.’ That being said there were lots of hints of other issues that could be explored in a sequel (I won’t name them, but there were at least three that I found).

Rating

4 Stars

Easy to read in one sitting with action and steamy scenes…I only wish it hadn’t ended so abruptly.

I received a copy in exchange of an honest review. **As a complete side note…I don’t really like the cover…**

Legacy by Wilde Blue Sky

Summary

Why is Michael Holsmann, a right-wing thug, searching the German countryside for details of a flight that left Berlin on the 28th April 1945? Why are the neo-Nazis so interested in a struggling penniless artist called Peter Fritch? Read this tale of identity and betrayal to find out.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, brands, media, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.

Characters

Michael is a single-minded jerk. Peter a spineless outcast. Most of the characters felt a little flat at first…mostly because they are described to you and not well rounded. That is until I started thinking of this more of a historical alternative, written in a more factual tone. My favorite character was Ola, because she was the catalyst and for other reasons that I can’t detail without giving the plot away.

Plot

I decided to try something different and boy is this different but also interesting. It is really important to remember this is a work of fiction. I don’t want to give too much away, but the entire premise is fascinating. I appreciated the way the author portrayed the characters, and built up the tension. I’m a pretty open minded person so the entire context, while could offend some, really was just showing that a certain way of thinking was self destructive and what can happen after a power is ousted.

Overall

The writing is dry, but consistently so. The characters took a while to form but they felt distinct after a while. A little over the top in their speech at time. My biggest problem was everyone seemed to talk out loud to themselves. Once or twice, okay, but there were more than 5 times that characters talked to themselves.

I also wasn’t sure the point of the last chapter. I would have preferred it if was just left off, like a mystery, but the last chapter sort of tied it up in a too perfect bow. That being said, the concepts and idealist views were well captured. I followed the logic, and illogical portions, of the characters beliefs. I could easily see it being a nod to what happens in other areas around the world – the old way doesn’t let go so easily. From segregation to political parties, change may come but not everyone changes. It is slow and it is hard. I appreciated that aspect of this story, it reminded me of this very idea.

Rating

3.5 stars (rounded up)

It makes you think, what if? I always appreciate a story that makes you wonder. However, I struggled with some of the scenes and the writing was very textbook (informative, but flat). If you like alternative histories or even a ‘what if’ theory, this is a great read.

I received a copy in exchange of a honest review.

The Filmmaker and the Sceptre (within The Wrong Time) by Robby Charters

Summary

A filmmaker of the future, using a new untested medium, gets tangled up in his story in The Filmmaker and the Sceptre.

Overall

A fast paced and clever read. It is a bit jarring at times the way that the scenes change but that is easily fixed the end. I enjoyed the bending and cheekiness of the writing. It is too short to connect in with the charters but the plot is entertaining. There are some editing errors that could be fixed and the writing tightened, but it is minor. Very much a sci-fi meets fantasy read.

Rating

4 Stars

Jarring read that has a very clever ending.

I received a copy in exchange of an honest review.

The Gate Guardian’s Daughter Release!

The Gate Guardian’s Daughter releases today!

I’d like to thank Ellie for the Interview and review. I’d also like to thank Minx for the Review.  Make sure you follow their blogs! For anyone else who was kind enough to take on reviews and for the reviews that already came in (thanks Tabinda) I’d like to extend my appreciation.

Here is the synopsis:

The interplanetary gates require guardians and the reformed demon Malthael is one of them.

His adoptive daughter, Elisabeth, is special, but her dangerous ability hasn’t awoken yet. Malthael knows it will one day and from then on her life will forever be altered. Malthael isolates her from outside world as much to protect everyone else as to safeguard her. It is all he can do to delay the inevitable.

Now that Elisabeth is ten, how long can Malthael keep her confined?

There are two ways to get an eBook copy of The Gate Guardian’s Daughter.

  1. Amazon 
  2. Sign up for my Mailing List and get a free eBook copy.

You can also see reviews from the lovely individuals listed above here on Goodreads.

Spinnings by Marian L. Thorpe

Spinnings is two short stories that takes you from native american hauntings to fairy-tale dreams.

Characters:
The Spider’s Spinning: Christian is fascinated by a house. Curiosity killed the cat but it did something else entirely to Christian. In the short time you are with him, you get a feeling for his resolution to his own story.

In an Absent Dream: Claire is somewhere between want and need. She dances the line between truth and reality. You don’t necessarily identify with her because much of it remains a mystery but you are intrigued by her.

Plot:
The Spider’s Spinning: Christian is looking for the house. A famous house that is old and holds many secrets. Christian will find out one of those secrets – to his own end. A form of end at least.

In an Absent Dream: You are dropped right into the middle of the main character’s recounting of events. You follow it along and believe you are reading something left for someone else to find. But where is she going?

Overall:
Spider’s Spinning deserves 5 stars. It is creepy and expertly executed. In an Absent Dream was a little confusing at the beginning and somewhat jarring but it quickly improved and is a solid 4 stars. It really was vividly told and allowed the reader to quickly grasp Claire’s life. The poem is quaint and is a nice intermission between the two. Overall I loved it and would recommend it without hesitation to others.

5 Stars

Hard at Work…

So it may not seem like much but I’ve been very busy.

I started a new blog. I really don’t feel like I have enough of a grasp on what it takes to be an author to give out any kind of advise. I abandoned this blog a little like a sinking ship. Instead I’m going to be focusing more on what is going on with me.

Blog 2.0

I decided to do movie reviews. I try to do one a day or two a day if I can make up time. I love watching movies. I am always watching movies and TV Shows. Right now I am focusing on movies but I may be breaking into analyzing individual episodes on TV shows. That may or may not come later. I may also be doing entire TV Show seasons.

I started it in May so happy 1 month anniversary is coming up. I’ve already got 20 reviews posted. I try to find more obscure but interesting looking shows on Netflix at least once a week.

Check it out here: An Authors Take

1001 Islands

This is my fantasy pirate book coming out in August. Woot! I am getting books slowly back from my Beta readers. There are only two pending and they have until June 15th. Then I have 2 weeks to get it finalized and given to my editor. This is the first book I’m paying to get professional edited; let’s see if it pays off.

I am still waiting on the cover. It is a little frustrating but I know the artist is busy. I know I am just impatient and I won’t actually need it until July 1st. I just WANT it! A accumulation of all your efforts coming together. I’ll upload and update on cover information as I can.

I am struggling with the back of the book. BoB is being a real jerk face. I have an excellent finishing hook that says ‘please read me’ but not one that says ‘please finish reading the back of the book until the end.’ I am working on it and hope to update that as well soon.

Frost Burn

For those of you who scratch your head wondering…What is this? It is my coauthored book. You can get the first part for free on Wattpad. That way you can get your toes wet and decide if the next 3 parts are worth it or not.

Just click on this link: Frost Burn

Currently we are wrapping up Part 3 and hammering out the final details of part 4 this Sunday. Hopefully we can wrap this baby up by August and get it out by the end of 2015. I know some people love the idea of a Fire and Frost Nation and can’t wait to read it. I’ll keep everyone posted on our progress.

Love’s Metamorphosis

This novella is a contemporary romance I wrote back in 2012. I saw an article about a woman that lost her husband to a traffic accident on their wedding day. She describes standing in the hospital in her wedding dress and it just struck me. I had to write this story. I was compelled to get it down on paper and wrote it in a month flat. It is completely fictional and didn’t take any of the themes besides the woman standing in her wedding dress in the hospital.

However, it is only 37,000 words and not something I plan to pursue. Instead I’ll be putting it up soon (hopefully this month) on Wattpad for free. I hope to have something up here for everyone read about soon. I am working on the back of the book now and hope to have a simple cover up soon as well. Stay posted!

In Progress Book – The Gate Doulogy

I started writing these for a friend of mine. She says ‘these characters, plots, and stories all suck.’ I looked at her and since I had just finished writing another book said ‘I’ll write you one.’ She looked startled but was actually sort of excited.

It is a Dark Fantasy about coming to terms with who you are. It is about self discovery, family, friendship, and not at all about depending on a man. She was very specific on that last one. I was about 10 chapters away from finishing the first one ‘The Sixth Gate’ when I realized I wasn’t done yet. So now I am 10,000 words into the second book. She is thrilled and harasses me to stop writing the second on and finish editing the first one. I’ll get around to it eventually (hopefully before she actually strangles me).

Elisabeth is a half-blood; half-demon, half-human. It makes her a Spiritwalker or Seer (depending on the planet) with the ability to see beyond the world. TO see the dead, to see things for what they really are, and to travel through the spirit lines that ran through every world. Her adoptive father, a reformed demon, is a Gate Guardian. The gates connect the planets to each other. Elisabeth denies who she is until a strange man appears and tries to kill her. When strange things start happening and the Netherworld’s creatures start leaking through to the planets they all know something is wrong. More wrong then Elisabeth being followed around by her personal assassin who promises to kill her the first chance he can. Who is this strange assassin and what is causing the Netherworld to leak through?

This was my NaNoWriMo book for 2014. I hope to finish book 2 before November and move onto my next NaNoWriMo book which right now planned to be a historical romance.

Review

I’d also like to offer to anyone on Wattpad who needs a review. I don’t do fan-fiction but just about everything else.

End

So that is what I am doing right now. Busy at work.