Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cover reveal: The Gatherers @AEhlersWrites

Title: The Gatherers
Author: Ashley Ehlers
Series: Harvesting #0.5
Release Date: April 25th 2015
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

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Ashley and Jason weren't the only ones to have an encounter with The Harvesters that day....
Coleen hasn’t been the happiest with her father remarrying, especially to the mother that gave birth to her enemy, Virginia. Bleach blonde bimbo as Coleen thought the moment they started high school. But since they’ve graduated, their parents married for a year now, Coleen has seen a whole new side of Virginia and the girls have gotten closer than ever. However the parents don’t see it, as the girls put up a front, so they plan a getaway to the family’s cabin before the girls go off to college.

Being away from the city is exactly what the girls wanted. Virginia even has something special planned for Coleen on this holiday and being out in the woods is the perfect setting for it. Though things get put on hold when their family dog Trudy runs away and Coleen’s step mother insists she goes out and find her. So as Coleen walks into the woods she gets a chilling sign from her step mother, Tori, which starts a domino effect of bloody unforgettable events.

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Newly married Ashley Ehlers now resides in San Diego with her husband who is currently stationed there. There in their cozy two bedroom apartment she finds the peace she’s been looking for.
As they settle into the new chapters of their lives Ashley’s Muses are growing stronger than ever as inspiration is around every corner in her latest adventure.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: Starblind @DTDyllin


Starblind (The Jane Sevis Chronicles #1)
Title: Starblind
Author: D.T. Dyllin
Series: The Jane Sevis Chronicles #1
Release Date: January 26th 2015
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: Tik Tok Press
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

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Owner of the Chimay grade starship dubbed The Pittsburgh; Captain Jane Sevis is one of the best bounty hunters in the galaxy. Except for the occasional problematic hunt, her life is pretty uncomplicated.
When a particularly slippery target reveals the real reason for being in her database, her world is turned upside down in more ways than one.
Will she follow her gut and look the other way for the man she may be falling for?
Or will their love fall prey to her mercenary heart before it gets a real chance to ignite?

D.T. DyllinD.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes both New Adult and Adult Romance. As a romance junkie, anything with a love story is her kryptonite and her obsession is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance.

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband and two spoiled German Shepherds.

(Author photo credit: Stephanie Saujon of La Photographie Nashville) 







Starblind presents us a universe where humans are not the only species on it. In this universe Jane Sevis, a bounty hunter, is looking for a place to belong. Missing an Earth she never knew, she surrounds herself with old antics from a no longer existing planet.

Jane’s life changes when she meets Ash, altering her and her crew destination. Attracted to him on a primal level she has to decide either hand him over or give in to the attraction. Duty and passion will mix only to unravel well hidden secrets not only about her but about the system ruling the universe.

As every book by D.T. Dyllin this one is a wild ride where there's no rest. Action kicks in every time we turn to the next page, passion and tension is always present when the main couple is together. And every time you think you figure something out the author comes and blows your mind with a new surprise.

Jane is the kind of heroin we are accustomed from Dara, she is stubborn, fearless, strong but also vulnerable. She is loyal to her friends and it's not afraid to fight for what she thinks is right.

I really liked the universe created by the author. The different species are well described, the ships and the space travel is believable. I'm a sci-fi fan and I loved it!

Another thing I liked was the role given to sex. Usually sex scenes are built upon tension and they are something you start to wait. This is not a bad thing but when you start to anticipate the heated scenes you might forget about the story. Here sex is just something that happens, and I really think it was smart. This is a sci-fi romance with sex on it and it is used as a resource that helps characters get closer and bond in a more intimate way.

Starblind is really exciting, funny and entertaining. I can’t wait to read more about Jane Sevis and her friends.




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review & Interview: The Ghosts of Petroglyph Canyon


The Number One Goal of any Writer is to Find Your Genre and Then Write Your Story 
Interview with middle-grade novelist Christopher Cloud 

So many authors begin in one genre and then bounce to another one, each time recreating stories, character and plots before they settle on the genre that’s feels most comfortable for them. Author Christopher Cloud is not exception, writing in different genres until he felt that his writing was tailored for the middle-grade and young adult readers. 

He once stated that during an interview that a writer’s number one goal is to find a genre with which you are comfortable. Create some interesting characters, write smart narrative, keep the tension high throughout your story, and give it hell. A good story will always find a home.
Read more in our interview with this award winning author.



Q:  What is a typical writing day for you?  Tell us about a day in the life of you the writer, what’s your writing day like. Do you balance family and writing, or writing and a job outside the house, or writing, a job and family? What was it like for you to write this book along with your busy life?

A:  I typically write four or five hours a day, six days a week. I am retired, which means simply that I can devote more time to writing than if I held a fulltime job. I admire writers who can hold down a 40-hour-week job and still find time to write…and share their time with a family. That’s a tall order. I’ve often said that if I had to write a novel on a manual typewriter—I worked in newsrooms years ago when manual typewriters were standard fare—that I probably wouldn’t write. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but PCs have certainly made writing easier. Also, I find myself conducting research for every novel I write. The wealth of knowledge found on the Internet makes life so much easier for writers like me who research their stories. I can’t imagine spending hours a day in a library conducting research.  It’s a brave new world of technology, and I love it.     

Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?
A: It took some time to find the genre with which I was most comfortable. Finding the genre has been a big step forward.

Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?
A: Film director.



The Ghosts of Petroglyph Canyon

Title: The Ghosts of Petroglyph Canyon 
Author: Christopher Cloud
Release Date: August 29th 2014
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

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School is out for the summer and Pablo Perez, his sister, Pia, and their cousin, Kiki Flores, visit the Bar-7 ranch in New Mexico. The young Missourians have come to help their Uncle Antonio with the annual cattle roundup.
Uncle Antonio introduces his nephew and nieces to hundreds of primitive petroglyphs that have been chiseled into the walls of a nearby canyon—Petroglyph Canyon. The primitive rock drawings are part of Uncle Antonio’s sprawling cattle ranch. Sadly, looters are routinely excavating the ancient drawings with high-tech rock saws. Uncle Antonio believes the looters are selling the glyphs.
Pablo, Pia, and Kiki are determined to put a stop to the looting, and that’s when the adventure begins.


Author Christopher Cloud is back with the sequel to his popular middle grade novel, A Boy Called Duct Tape. Once again the summertime adventures continue for Pablo and his sister Pia. Along with their cousin Kiki they set out for more action and adventure in The Ghosts of Petroglyph Canyon.
Take a sneak peak of The Ghosts of Petroglyph Canyon here.

 
Award winning author Christopher Cloud began writing fiction full time after a long career in journalism and public relations. He writes middle-grade and young adult novels. 
Cloud graduated from the University of Missouri in 1967 with a degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at newspapers in Texas, California, and Missouri. He was employed by a Fortune 100 company as a public relations executive, and later operated his own public relations agency.
Cloud attended high school in Japan, and lives in Joplin, Missouri. 

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The Ghost of Petroglyph Canyon is the story of three kids and their summer adventure. Everything start after Pablo, Pia and Kiki are introduced to some old petroglyphs on the walls near a canyon. These works of art are part of their Uncle's ranch; however, they suspect someone is stealing them.

The story has a fast rhythm brought by the choices made by the kids in their quest to discover who is cutting out the glyphs. With a mix of action, Indian American legends and the bravery of the three young kids, the story results being an exciting tale for people of all ages.

This one is the perfect example of middle grade-early YA because it has a simple but engaging writing style. The dialogues are short and real. The characters are innocent but determined at the same time and due to their vision of a righteous world they are not afraid of facing the bad guys.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I think that no matter how old are you the book offers a lot of things for you to enjoy: great characters, beautiful scenarios, easy to read language and a good doses of action.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Review - No Quarter: Dominium @artistmjlevans


No Quarter: Dominium (Novella 1)
Title: No Quarter: Dominium (Novella 1)
Authors: M.J.L. Evans and G.M. O'Connor
Series: Novella 1 of 6
Release Date: January 28th 2015
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Publisher: self-published
Source: free on Smashwords

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Novella 1 begins In 1689 Port Royal, Jamaica with Atia Crisp and her sister Livia shipwrecked and sold into slavery. They are soon separated and Atia is used a pawn in a deadly card game. Atia is swiftly liberated by French pirate Gator Gar and they take refuge at Cherry Red's brothel. They meet up with allies including the medication loving Dr. Strangewayes and Theodore Binge the card shark.

MJL Evans is the co-author of the 6-part novella series, No Quarter: Dominium. A writer of romance and relationship articles featured in publications like Monday Magazine in November 2004 and again in February 2006, she writes fiction of humor, eroticism, and historical presence. Published in the November 2014 issue of Flash Fiction Magazine, Red Dragon is vibrant in description woven with magnified details.
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, MJL Evans studied English at Victoria School of Writing and Camosun College. Not only is she passionate about her written expression, she is enthusiastic about her visual art masterpieces she has created over the past 20 years and has at least 60 plus paintings to her credit. MJL Evans is also a lover of film, independent, foreign, and cult. Her favorites include: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Nymphomaniac, Secret Window, The Brood, Brotherhood of the Wolf and many others.
Her visual artist website can be found at: http://art-profiles.com/mjlevans/


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGary M O’Connor is a huge movie fan, writer and artist.
A lover of Sci-fi and history, half his brain lives in the seventeenth century past while the other sails perpetually through space.




No Quarter: Dominium is the first of a six part novella series. As the first part it achieves to present the characters, the scenarios and the plot in general lines.

Set in 1689, this is the story of Atia Crisp and how because of a series of events she ends up being a victim of the slavery system. There are many secondary characters and subplot to develop in the future parts.

The POV is constantly changing, the narrator tells us about what is going on in different places which allow us to see the whole picture, get to see where every character is standing and what his or her motivations are.

The writing is really good, it captures the essence of that era and it gives the story a fast rhythm. The historical element is well used; the descriptions of places, ships, pirates and even the clothes make the world more complete and believable.

I can imagine a great love story between Atia and his savior but for now they are just together trying to survive.

Being a novella this one is a short read and I’m giving it three stars because is a good platform for a great series and as a presentation it does a good job. I want to know what’s next and I’m sure it only will get better.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Review: Alouette's Song @Eternalsquire


Alouette's Song, Adventure Cover
Title: Alouette's Song
Author: Andrew Jonathan Fine
Release Date: March 2015
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

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Two teenaged couples become close friends, beat a government conspiracy, gain the key to the stars, and explore the galaxy. There they confront bigotry, war, evil scientists, and their own personal demons.
The tears of a stranger will save a land... that's how an alien prophecy goes. Both couples face odds so high only combined valor, sacrifice, ingenuity, and prayer can overcome them to save hundreds of millions.
A gifted violinist having unshakable faith, a sensitive sculptor with a horrific upbringing, a talented tinkerer and builder, and an autistic prodigy in math will each pay a huge price to have both love and life prevail!
I arrived in Camden to a Conservative Jewish Family.
I was diagnosed with autism at 3 and didn't learned to talk until 6, after 2 years of experimental instruction.
Once I learned to start talking I never did learn how to stop; but I consider myself far more eloquent in writing than in speech.
I'm one of the lucky few who are doubly special. I started high school at 12, graduated at 15, quickly earning degrees in engineering and computer science.
I did what I could with the hand I was dealt. My life didn't really turn happy until I met and married Anna. 18 months later our beautiful and brilliant little girl, Akira, arrived.
I now live in Idaho's Silver Valley, where I'm learning to forget all the grief I've ever known. Writing helps.


Alouette's Song is a sci-fi with great doses of adventure, YA romance, coming of age and characters that are far from ordinary.

The story is quite fantastic, original and engaging. A group of friends gets together to build a world changing invention and they see themselves involved in space travelling, discovering we’re not the only ones in the Universe, saving millions of inhabitants and more.

The author has a special writing style. He creates a dynamic world where surprises are everywhere. The characters have to face danger, anger, sadness and also happy moments. The plot is not easy to summarize because there are lots of elements involved and you could say that there are numerous subplots, each one well defined and with its own resolution.

Each character is special and their personalities are complete and believable. Each one has their moment under the spotlight. I loved the fact that the author presented such diverse group of people.

The book has a changing POV, each chapter is told by a different person and despite sounding confusing it isn't. This constant changing allows us to see the whole panorama and get to know each one of them.

The story includes an important religious element and let me tell you it makes the story even better. When an author decides to include religion and philosophical arguments in their books things can go wrong but here it works out perfectly.

My only complaint would be how long the book is, however, I don't know how it could be shorter. I was thinking about which chapter could be taken out or what wasn't necessary to the story and it is hard to find something that doesn't add for the better.

Overall, I enjoyed Alouette’s Song because it is a well thought sci-fi book. There’s action and despite the length is easy to read.


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