Unfathomable Chance – Audiobook

That’s right! After months of work and lots of patience, Unfathomable Chance is finally out on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon. It just released yesterday and now you can get your copy!

Make sure you go to Amazon (click here) and check out the sample!

Are you excited? I know I am!

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The Joint of No Return by Tom Sadira

Summary:

Charlie Hong is on the run from both sides of the law.

He’s spent the last year in hiding, cultivating one last hair-brained scheme to escape his troubles: a clandestine marijuana operation. Just as he’s about to cash in, his cash crop is stolen by a bright light appearing in the night sky. After catching a ride with one of his plants, he finds himself thrown into a world far stranger than anything he could have possibly imagined.

Does the stoned stowaway have what it takes to free the Starseed, a massive living spaceship overflowing with bizarre life forms, from the clutches of a mysterious force field trapping it in Earth’s orbit?

Is he up for the challenge of fighting an evil Reptilian race bent on enslaving humanity?

More importantly, before he decides anything, does he have time to light one up?

Characters

Charlie is a pot head. An amusing mess of a person that somehow survives most of his crazy encounters. Like any good pothead Charlie gets munchies and always has a few joints to spare. Most of the book is following Charlie and a few fun supporting characters coming in – the Captain being the biggest chunk. The villains were repulsive and even the good guys existed in shades of gray – an unexpected depth that didn’t go too deep but just enough to give the characters that much needed complexity.

Plot

This is an amusing sci-fi. I would call this a humorous read for sure, like a Space Comedy. I for sure laughed out loud once. It wasn’t necessarily my humor but the author did well to balance between stoner humor and just plain fun. The plot is all around a fun sci-fi adventure and I really enjoyed the creativity of the aliens and the ship. I even liked the Reptilian race and the idea that they are influencing Earth. It all came together nicely and was enjoyable to read from one chapter to another. I won’t say much more as there are a few fun twists and turns – I’ll leave it for you to read!

Overall

An amusing read with just one too many coincidences. I truly question anyone being that lucky. That being said it was easy to read and follow along with, even when it was a little trippy. A fun short read – I appreciated the brevity of the story. Even the somewhat abrupt ending wasn’t annoying it simply felt like one chapter was closing and if I wanted to read more, I needed to pick up the next chapter aka book.

Rating

4 Stars

A fun sci-fi with a stoner in the lead role. This book will make you laugh at least once, but if you are more of a stoner yourself, I have a feeling this one will leave you rolling. All in all, lots of fun!

This is a voluntary review.

 

Life II by Scott Spotson

Summary:

Upon discovering a 1958 book titled “Account of Time Travel on Earth Using Wave Theory,” 42-year-old Max Thorning’s life is thrown into chaos. Seeking answers to the book’s cryptic clues, he discovers Dr. Time, a seemingly benign alien who has control of the Time Weaver, a remarkable device that can command any scene from the Earth’s past. Dr. Time offers him a choice to go back into Time, to any point in his lifespan that he can vividly recall. The catch: he can only bring his memories, and can only live the future one day at a time. Follow Max’s dilemma as he goes back to his 16-year-old self and tries to forge his destiny into a new one called Life II.

Characters

Max is the main character and most of the novel is told from his point of view. The author does a great job of creating very flawed but hopeful character. There are some jarring point of view changes that I think were distracting, but they were luckily few and far between. I don’t want to give too much but I was very impressed with the cast of characters.

Plot*

I’d like to start by saying I HATE TIME TRAVEL BOOKS. They are usually poorly executed and poorly thought out. That is not the case here. This book thoroughly explores the decision to ‘time travel’ and the consequences for doing so. If you love time travel books more for the science aspect, you have to pick this up.

Max decides to travel back to when he was 16 and change his future. He isn’t happy in his current life – particularly his marriage – and he wants to change it. So he does. He agrees to re-write his life.

Overall

It was a captivating prospect. The writing was mostly easy to follow and filled with Max’s emotions. The overall book was lengthy – almost excessively so. Although I did appreciate the level of detail in which Max’s life was explored, I also found myself going cross-eyed during the more mundane portions.  I was really captivated by the last 15% or so. It is important to know that some threads of plot are left unresolved and although Max’s story has a general resolution, it seems to me that the author isn’t done and could pick up one of those incomplete threads.

What really was the deciding factor was the deeply seeded philosophical effects of Max’s choice to travel back. That is what really struck a cord with me. I both pitied and hated Max, while still finding a middle ground to accept his decisions. It was quite an emotional roller-coaster ride!

Rating

3.5 Stars (rounded up)

Despite my hatred for time travel books – this was expertly done. If you like time travel books – this is a must read! Especially if you like more of the human aspects of time travel.

*I received this as a Science Fiction novel and agree with that. However, in my opinion, this is not for teens and is a stretch even for the New Adults genre.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

In the Space of an Atom by Bruce M. Perrin

Summary

Jeremy Reynolds has been listless for a while now. First, his girlfriend of 4 years dumped him, and he was in a funk. Then, he quit his job as an accountant. Yes, Jeremy was doing little and caring less. But recently, he has found something that energizes him, something that gives him direction, something that gets him out of the house every day. It’s called…running for his life.

Just as Jeremy was finishing the last in a string of low-paying, temporary market research gigs, the study assistant pulls a gun on him and tries to kill him. When Jeremy bungles his way to freedom, he realizes that the technology in this study is much more than it first appeared. It’s enough to kill for. But he also knows he is in way over his head. So, when the lab and the would-be assassin disappear, and the police close the case, Jeremy is desperate for help. He finds it in the beautiful, young Diane Stapleton, MD. Now, the two of them match wits with the killer, in chases that take them where no one has gone before…in the space of an atom.

Characters

Jeremy’s life is a bit of a mess. He is a bit of a mess really. Kind of just wandering aimlessly. Diane is exactly the opposite. She knows what she is doing and is happy to be where she is. She is confident and daring. Jeremy on the other hand is a bit of a klutz and quick to blush. I really liked their dynamic. Jones on the other hand is a bit over the top -as is the doctor guy Jeremy was doing the work for. The cop created a further dynamic. Despite that they are fun characters over all. This is all from Jeremy’s POV.

Plot

This was presented as a sci-fi but it really reads more like a suspense. Clueless hero falls in with a mystery scientific experiment that does the impossible and thus chaos ensues. I don’t want to go into too much detail on the specifics because the mystery is half the fun but Jeremy fumbles around through the whole thing in a way I’d imagine most people would.

There is some limited humor – mostly Jeremy falling – but it was well placed. There is, of course, a romance aspect. If you didn’t pick up on that you didn’t read the summary above. At times I felt the romantic parts of the book just pulled me away from the suspense and sci-fi pieces, but other parts I liked. For sure action-packed.

Overall

There was just enough science fiction to keep it interesting on that level. It is set in modern day as far as I could tell – in St. Louis. The setting itself was a little weak as it didn’t do a good job describing St. Louis as a whole, but where the author failed in the setting more than made up for in pace. This is a face paced read that once I started reading, read fairly quickly. Limited grammatical errors. The ending was a little far fetched in the timing of it but I’ve simply concluded that Jeremy is very lucky. In more ways than one.

Rating

4 stars

I waffled between 3 and 4 stars because of the sci-fi genre being the focus but just didn’t feel right only giving it 3. Fun read! Exciting, interesting, and steeped in romance. If you like science fiction, romance, and suspense books – this is the perfect book for you!

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Unfathomable Chance Giveaway – Birthday

April is my birthday month. I love this time of year, spring time, and birthday month. As such I want to share with others by having a giveaway. Since the book features Diana’s birthday it seemed appropriate!

Go HERE.

Best of luck to you all and for those who also have April birthdays, happy birthday!

New Book Announcement – The Sixth Gate (The Gate Trilogy Book #1)

Lots of updates! The biggest one being a date has finally been set for the release of my newest novel. The Sixth Gate is a Young Adult Dark Fantasy coming out next year. It was written for one of my closes friends (practically a sister) and was supposed to be only one book…

Now it is a trilogy. I’m halfway through writing the last book (unnamed at this time) but am happy to announce the release date of the first book in the trilogy. Drum roll please!

The Sixth Gate will be released on July 7, 2017.

I hope to have a cover reveal soon! Stay posted for more updates on this. In the mean time here is more information to include the draft synopsis and sample chapters: The Sixth Gate.

NaNoWriMo

I can’t believe I started writing The Sixth Gate 2 years ago for NaNoWriMo 2014 and for this NaNoWriMo will be working on the second half of the last book in the trilogy. Seems like a nice swing around. I’m about 33,000 words through the last book, I’m working towards a round 35,000 to start NaNoWriMo next month! Excited!

My goal this year is 30,000 words which should get me very close to the end of the last book! Woot goals!

 Unfathomable Chance Giveaway

I’m presently doing a giveaway through Amazon click HERE for a chance to win!

Upcoming Events

I’m very excited to announce I have tons of events coming up in the coming weeks. Mostly craft fairs but I do have a book signing on November 19th! I’ll be at Fireside Books in Palmer, AK doing book signings of Unfathomable Chance. I’ve also booked Alaska Steamposium which is next April. So EXCITED! This is my second year doing Steamposium and I hope I get to be a guest presenter next year as well. More excitedly is my coauthor for Frost Burn might be coming up to Alaska to do Steamposium with me! Which would be amazing.

Stay tuned for more updates!

#Giveaway! #ya #sci-fi

You read that right! I have been getting such positive feedback on Unfathomable Chance that I wanted to give 5 eBooks away for free! It is random (couldn’t help it with the name of the book) but I made the odds better by choosing an important number from the plot!

Let’s see if your odds are as good as Diana and if you get to enjoy her cosmic adventure! Good luck!

First one went too fast! I’ve decided to do another one! Go Here!