Friday, May 24, 2019

Review: Destroyer's Blood @woodheat

TITLE: Destroyer's Blood
SERIES: Blood Series, #1
AUTHOR:  Michael Lynes
RELEASE DATE: November 5th 2018
PUBLISHER: Michael D Lynes
FORMAT: Ebook & audiobook
SOURCE: Complimentary copy

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Dev shook his head, spitting out dust and rock chips. The last rays of the setting sun stained the ground crimson. “Betrayer,” he murmured, ears still ringing from the terrific explosion, “we have a problem.”
The cryptic message from Olympus changes everything... One moment Devcalion and Betrayer are free, climbing up Half Dome without a care in the world, the next they are dragged into battle with the Destroyer, Zeus’s ancient foe.
The Dark Power is merciless, and time is running out. It’s up to Dev and Tray to try to stop him, or the world of men and gods is doomed.


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Mr Lynes is a serial entrepreneur who enjoys dry red wine and single malt scotch. When not occupied with arcane engineering projects he spends his time playing with his two grandchildren, baking bread, feeding seasoned hardwood into his ancient Timberline woodstove, working on his various cars, bird watching and taking amateur photographs. His current menagerie includes one short-haired turtle shell cat and a pair of actual turtles. 
His first book, There Is A Reaper: Losing a Child to Cancer, was an Indie B.R.A.G. Gold Medallion Honoree in January 2017, a silver-medal winner of the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards for Memoir, a medalist in the 2015 New Apple Book Awards for Memoir, a winner of the 2015 TISBA (The Indie Spiritual Book Awards), and a finalist in both the Independent Author Network 2015 Book of the Year award and the Beverly Hills Book Awards for 2015.
He published a collection of short stories, The Fat Man Gets Out of Bed in 2016 which won the New Apple Book Award for Best Summer Indie in the Short Story category. The novella It’s In the Blood was released as an independent work and the beginning of the this year as a prequel to his latest fantasy novel, Destroyer’s Blood which was released on November 6th of 2018. Destroyer’s Blood is book one of a planned trilogy – the BLOOD Series
Mr Lynes was awarded a BSEE degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and currently works as an embedded software engineer. He has a consuming interest in the science of emotion as promulgated by Dr. Paul Ekman and has made a comprehensive study of his Face and Emotion courses. 
Mr Lynes has four sons, has been married for over thirty years and currently lives with his wife and youngest son in the beautiful secluded hills of Sussex County, NJ.






This is a fantasy story about a young Greek demi-god, Devcalion, who is the illegitimate son of Prometheus and has a special relationship with his sword. It all stars quite normal but then a series of discoveries and choices will put him on the spotlight.

A well-written book, full of action and with high doses of Greek mythology, this one is a solid story.
My problem is that I'm having a hard time enjoying fantasy books, despite how good they are written. However, I think that fantasy lovers and those who are into Greek gods and goddesses will enjoy this one.




Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review: Once Upon A [Fallen] Time @samauthorcanada

TITLE:  Once Upon A [Fallen] Time 
SERIES: Stolen Series II
AUTHOR: Samreen Ahsan
RELEASE DATE: May 21st, 2019
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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2015...
All her life, Myra Farrow has been obsessed with medieval castle-and the kings and princes who once inhabited them. When Steve Bernard, a wealthy videogame designer offers her to model for a princess character in his new game, Myra can't resist his offer to enter the mysterious, colourless, and cursed Hue Castle. But unknown to Myra, her soul is bound to it by blood and sorcery. When she enters the castle's doors, she awakens dark powers, time travelling through a cursed mirror, torturing her present, and rewriting her future, leaving Steve Bernard with millions of questions.
1415...
Edward Hue, the last of the Hue royal bloodline, has never stood in the sunshine, nor felt the rain, or held a living flower. Cursed from birth to live in darkness and bring death to all he touches, he is at the mercy of his cruel, tyrannical father King Stefan, who will not rest until he shatters Edward's soul and makes his son into a diabolical copy of himself. Edward's one hope is the mysterious woman, who walks into his life through a cursed mirror, out of his dreams, and introduces him: love.
Will Myra break Edward's curse and bring him out of the darkness, or destroy him utterly? Will Steve ever be able to finish his game without Myra? Past and future collide in a tale of love, obsession, betrayal, and the hope for redemption.




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Myra has been obsessed with fairy tales and medieval times, and by some strange curse, her life is tied to the past. And by the end of book one in the series, she is finally in the place she always dream off. Now, after Myra traveled to the past her fiancé is having a hard time explaining what happened to her and figuring out how to bring her back. Present and past dance around broken souls and love.

Myra has always been in love with Edward, even before knowing him and now has to help him save himself. But, she is engaged with Steve who has a hard time accepting that maybe she is not the one for him. And to add more, Edward's father has dark motives behind his actions. Intrigue, twists and turns, ulterior motives, surprises, and unexpected outcomes, makes this one a really good book.

The author creates a world that trespasses the pages and becomes real. It catches the reader and doesn't let go. The story has a dark tone, and you can feel sort of an aura of anguish and sadness around it. The emotions and feelings are palpable and more than words.

I really enjoyed the book and I hope there is another one in the future.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Review: Sold Innocence: A Dark Bad Boy Romance @AuthorSkyCorgan

TITLE: Sold Innocence
SERIES: A Dark Bad Boy Romance
AUTHOR: Sky Corgan
RELEASE DATE: January 26th 2017
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook

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VASH
It was supposed to be just one night. One last sin before I went back on the straight and narrow. The worst kind of sin, taking an innocent girl and unleashing all of my darkest fantasies on her. No safety word. Completely confidential.
AUBREY
He wore a mask, but I still remember so many things. The color of his eyes. The scent of his cologne. And the two gun tattoos on his hips pointing straight at his d*ck.
He was the devil incarnate, devastatingly handsome and making me crave things that had always been forbidden to me. I wasn't supposed to like it. I was supposed to loathe his touch and hate that I sold myself to such a wicked man.
But I didn't... 






I currently write under four different pen names: Marla Braziel, Scarlet DeLorne, K. Matthew, and Sky Corgan(USA Today bestselling author). My most active and successful pen name is Sky Corgan. I write mainly contemporary romance, and I strive to publish something at least once a month to keep readers engaged. I have been on the USA Today bestseller list three times now, and I hope to one day hit the New York Times bestseller list.


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Aubrey has decided to do something drastic to get the money for Art School. Vash wants to get off some steam before getting his life back on track. A hot, sexy, passional and dark night together is all they need but life has a way of messing with your plans. Some secrets are hard to stay buried.

This one is a twisted and dark love story. Aubrey is just eighteen and quite mature for her age despite acting a bit impulsive from time to time. Vash is the typical bad boy we love in this type of books. He is dark, sexy, handsome and rich. Of course, he has some baggage that makes him broken and afraid of what might happen. I enjoyed the tension between them, it was quite electrifying and was a constant in the story.

The book has some cliches in it but it is good anyway. The writing is good and easy to read.






Monday, April 8, 2019

Review: The Side Job

TITLE: The Side Job
AUTHOR: Don Lubov
RELEASE DATE: August 10th 2018
FORMAT: ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy

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This is the story of Maggie Gomez — an unwed, unskilled mother of a sickly daughter. She lives a hardscrabble life on the underside of Las Vegas. As her daughter’s health deteriorates, Maggie's need for money for an operation skyrockets. Maggie was vulnerable and defeated early in life. Her long-suppressed strength blossoms and Maggie becomes “La Femme Nikita”. As Maggie gets more involved with her loan shark boss and his crew, her world begins to spiral out of control. Her simultaneous involvement with a gangster and the detective investigating him turns her life into a soap opera of emotions. She must figure out how to escape her underworld life, protect her daughter, and live happily ever after.





Don has been happily married since 1976. He was an artist for 34 years and exhibited his artwork at 3 New York City Art Galleries and the Heckscher Art Museum. 

He spent 8 years teaching Art & Design at East Carolina University, McNeese State University, Suffolk county Community College. 

He was a guest lecturer at Stony Brook University on “Hyperspace—A Visual Introduction to the 4th Dimension”.

He received a grant from The Vogelstein Foundation for his work combining art & mathematics, with his “Quantum Pictures”.

He has written about spirituality and stress relief since 1971. He is the author of 9 books. 10 years successfully teaching his “Six-Step Path” at College of Central Florida Sr. Center, MTP College, and The Lifelong Learning College in The Villages, FL. He has taught his unique brand of meditation to over 2,000 people, who subsequently achieved a level of inner peace.

Don has written for Yahoo Voices, Beliefnet.com, and Kinja.com. His writings have been published in various magazines and books.

He has 3 YouTube videos: “The Grassroots Manifesto”, “Creativity Manifesto”, and “Spirituality Manifesto”.

He created and developed “Pyramoids” – an energy-efficient building system. He taught this system at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.

One of his “Pyramoid” designs was accepted and juried in The World Trade Center Memorial Competition. 

He has taught his "Six-Step Path" for stress reduction for the past 12 years, at Del Webb and 3 local colleges.

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'The Side Job' is the story of a mother willing to do anything for her daughter, it could be as simple as that but the author added a lot more to the story. I really liked the plot and the idea behind the book, I think that it could work as a Tv show and all. The only issue is how it is written, it sounded like an article in a newspaper or a magazine. It was too cold or technical for my taste, but I did enjoy it nevertheless.

Maggie has suffered a lot, pregnant just out of high school, dumped by the father of her unborn daughter and kick out by her parents. All of that plus some traumatic events in her childhood, make her the woman she is. It is easy to understand her actions and why she decides to do what she does. Throw the mob, gangsters, the police and getting paid to kill people, and you got quite the story.

I like some of the turns of events, there were many surprises and it was easy to read it very fast.




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