Book Tour: Path of a Novice by R. K. Lander

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Fel’annár and his friends are finally of age, they plan to leave their small village and join the kings military.  Fel’annár has dreamed his whole life of becoming a Captain, which is a rare enough feat for a Silvan elf. He is used to overcoming hardship though. Raised by his aunt after his mother’s death, with no knowledge of who his father is. He only knows that his father must have been an Alpine Elf, because his features are striking and different from the Silvans he was raised around.  When the friends arrive at the training grounds, Fel’annár quickly shines and excels over the other new recruits. And his commanding officer takes an interest in him. With special training, he may reach his dream. The truth of his parentage may come out too, and it could be a problem for Fel’annár and the elves society.

The author has created a world full of intrigue and pain. I enjoyed the story and how it was an epic fantasy tale, that has much to say about societies. There is a serious class and race problem within the society that impacts the main characters in a very real way. The characters were strong and well crafted, with stories and lives beyond the main plot line. There were real sensible reasons for the way they behaved and the choices they made. I appreciated that the story had so much dimension.

It was easy to read in one sitting for me and I was engaged for all of the story. At times I did have to stop and think because the history did not stick with me quite as well as the current story line, but this did not overly distract or remove from the story for me. I enjoyed the book and would read more in the series.

4 out of 5 stars.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

R.K. Lander was born in the UK. Fantasy was always a central part of her life and soon began reading authors such as Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Azimov, Ray Bradbury and J.R.R. Tolkien. Now living and working in Spain, Ruth runs her own business and writes as an independent author.

The Silvan is her first work, a YA epic fantasy trilogy revolving around the figure of a Silvan elf, Fel’annar. The first in the series, Path of a Novice is available for pre-order, and the second, Road of a Warrior, is approaching the editing stage.

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Blurb Blitz: Wild Card Undercover by Kari Lemor

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All that glitters in Miami is not gold . . .

Lured in by a bad ex-boyfriend and the moonlight of Miami, Meg O’Hara is trapped in a nightmare situation, waiting tables for a crime boss and fearing for her life. When undercover FBI agent Christopher Shaunessy offers her a way out, she seizes it. Getting the goods on Salazar Moreno might not be easy, but she’ll do anything to be freed from her servitude and Moreno’s sexual advances, even if it means moving in with the charismatic agent.
Chris Shaunessy pretends to be Meg’s lover in order to keep her safe, but he steels his heart against further involvement. Passion has no place in the sordid world of organized crime. And yet, the closer they get to cracking the case, the stronger his feelings for the spirited waitress shine. It’s a dangerous game he’s playing, and taking Meg in his arms for real could prove a fatal misstep .

EXCERPT:

“Does that man never have a day off?” Margaret Kathleen O’Hara grumbled, grabbing her tote bag and sarong to move surreptitiously along the chairs by the pool. If the hotel manager saw her here again she’d be toast. He’d more than toss her out. Threats to call the police had been thrown at her for months now. Although in her case, that might be a better deal.

With her eyes trained on his location and the Miami sun beating down on her exposed skin, Meg backed along the water’s edge attempting to leave the area before he spotted her. She needed to shower the chlorine out of her tangled hair and change for work soon. He looked in her direction and she rushed behind the closest object. It was six-foot-plus of blond-haired gorgeousness. The man’s eyes were glued to something on the upper deck.

Her boss was sitting there with one of his expensive bimbos. Did Blondie like that type? Maybe he wouldn’t notice her little game of Hide and Seek. She leaned around him, ducking back when she saw the Pool Nazi still present. Getting caught was not an option. She already owed more than she could ever repay.

“Are you okay?” Forest green eyes stared down at her, puzzled. Would he buy that she was simply looking for shade? He was big enough to provide it. With strong hands, he reached for her shoulders and Meg reflexively batted them away. She got enough of people groping her at work. Scorching curses froze before erupting from her mouth as the hotel manager moved, staring in their direction. Her mind kicked into overdrive, scrambling for a way to hide in plain sight.

“Sorry,” she squeaked. Grabbing the man’s head, she planted her mouth solidly on his. Short, thick strands of hair tickled her fingers. Firm lips yielded no resistance to the increased pressure of her mouth. Better make this look good.

An electric current skittered over her skin causing her heart to race. Maybe too good? Slowly he pulled her closer with his muscular arms. Her eyes flew open and she broke the connection. His hair-covered chest was too close for comfort. And much too tempting. Distance, she needed distance. Her eyes darted around, seeing no signs of the manager. A sigh escaped. Time to make her exit as well.

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Kari Lemor was one of those children who read with a flashlight under the covers. Once she discovered her mom’s stash of romance novels, there was no other genre to even consider. For years, she had stories stewing in her mind, stories of love and happily ever after. But writing wasn’t something she ever liked in school. Of course, no one ever asked her to write a story about a couple falling in love. Now that her children are grown, she can concentrate on penning tales of dashing heroes who ride to the rescue and feisty heroines who have already saved themselves. Please visit her at karilemor.com and on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Book Tour: Softlife by James R. Hardin

By Domoni

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Everyone thought the terrorist had completely destroyed the space station where the first faster-than-light spaceship was built. Actually, the survivors were implemented as softlife in the computers, and years later they and their virtual descendants live in a thriving but isolated community. Jason1, one of the few who used to be flesh and blood, doubts that this incorporeal existence really qualifies as life. But Iooi, a young native softlife, considers her kind an evolutionary step beyond biology, and three-dimensional space an annoying abstraction.

A spaceship arrives, and the two of them stow away in its computer, intending to establish ties with the rest of humanity. But the ship’s crew is evasive about why they came and what their plans are. And the experimental spacecraft, lost since the attack on the space station, has returned, carrying an unexpected threat the softlife may be uniquely qualified to fight. Working with other softlife, an old friend, and the intimidating Space Force general Heather Lacey, Jason1 must take on terrorists, truly malicious software, and his own self-doubts.

REVIEW:

When terrorists attack the space platform where the worlds first faster than light jump ship, the Wilbur Wright, is being built and readying for launch, only the crew of technicians survive. Though a compromised oxygen system and lack of food gives them little time and rescue does not appear to be coming. So the crew take their chance on an experimental idea by the genius Amos and choose to leave their human bodies to be uploaded into the computer system. They survive the transfer, but life is different in the soft life. They live and maintain the station and even have generations of offspring, as the perceived time in the softlife is much faster than actual time.

When a strange ship docks with the broken station, the young Iooi partners with Jason1, one of the original crew members, to try and reach out to Earth. THough the return of the Wilbur Wright and human complications keep everything from going smoothly.

I love science fiction and this was a great interesting and unique to me story. I have read about the idea of uploading the human mind to computer networks before, but this take was one I had never seen. Throw in the human politics and you have a book mixed up and ready to keep you on your toes.

The author writes in a way that grips the attention and makes the story flow well. I did not want to put it down. The characters had so much personality, even those with no true form. The story flowed and kept me engaged without being predictable. I would gladly read more from this author.

4.5 out of 5 stars

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James R. Hardin received his first rejection from a major publisher when he was 11 years old and has been writing fiction intermittently ever since. Softlife is his first novel, though certainly not his last. James supports himself and his family as an engineer in the R&D department of a major turbomachinery manufacturer, where he engages in aerodynamic design, computational fluid dynamics analyses, and battle with temperamental computers. When not writing or engineering, he often plays or composes music, usually on a piano or synthesizer. James lives in western Pennsylvania with his wife, a varying number of sons depending on who’s home, and a lazy dog. You can find out more about James and his writing, as well as download a few of his musical compositions, at his website www.jamesrhardin.com.

 

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EXCERPT:

“Hey, don’t get me wrong, Amos was brilliant,” Jason1 said. “But anybody could make a mistake. He was only human.”

Well, that was literally true, but there was no need to be insulting. But 1001101110 just said quietly, “I suppose.”

“Anyway, miss—what did you say your name was?”

“1001101110.”

Jason1 gave her a blank look. “What kind of name is that for a young woman?”

“Some of us young softlife have given up the old convention of using a traditional Carbon name and a sequence number,” 1001101110 explained. “We feel it makes more sense to just use our binary pointer number in the population database as a unique identifier.”

“It sounds like something a compiler threw up,” said Jason1. “Look, it’s hard for me to get my old Carbon head around a name like that. How about if I just take the first few digits and call you Iooi for short?”

“Why would you—” But then she remembered the Carbon fascination with visual appearances, and she got it. “Oh, right, the numerals look like letters if you write them in a graphics file. How, um, clever. Very well, call me that if you must. As a young softlife, I’m flexible enough to adapt.”

“Oh, and as an old human, I’m just stuck in my programming?” Jason1 said. He laughed at her, then abruptly turned serious. “But I suppose a fellow piece of software like me will never be able to explain to you what it means to be human.”

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Book Tour: An Unproven Concept by James Young

By Domoni

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In the year 3050, the Confederation of Man finds that there are indeed things that go bump in the night:

Aboard the starliner Titanic, Chief Security Officer Marcus Martin must choose between rescuing his vessel or the love of his life from creatures that are the stuff of nightmares.

Commander Leslie Hawkins must make a Hobbesian decide between human decency…and humanity itself.  Facing overwhelming odds, she must use the obsolescent destroyer Shigure to buy that most precious of resources: time.

Captain Mackenzie Bolan has no decision.  His unproven vessel and her crew are the closest rescue the Titanic and Shigure have.  The only question will be can the Constitution arrive in time.

REVIEW:

So this book is a space opera set about 1000 years into the future.  The author was very thorough in his descriptions of people and events.  So much so that at times the story gets bogged down with the details. An epic battle scene doesn’t pack as much punch when you read multiple paragraphs about the size and physical description of every single crew member in the room as well as every single movement they make to fire the weapons and then describe every minute detail about what powers the weapon and how it fires. This is often a problem in epic sci-fi writing.  Authors often focus so much on the technical bits, that the story lags.  I had a hard time getting into this book. It was a long read for me and I did like it overall, however, I could have done with more back story and less detail. Also, there were too many characters to keep track of too quickly and I got lost a few times.

For a story set so far in the future, i was a bit thrown off by how many current pop culture references were made. Why would people care about all the things from the 20th century 1000 years from now.  The main characters were strong though and the main storyline was interesting. I overall enjoyed it, though I don’t think I am interested in reading other books in this series.

3 out of 5 stars

EXCERPT:

“Marcus…” Sarah said, her voice breathless.  “Marcus!”

It was the desperate, out of breath cry followed by the wet gurgle as she nearly vomited from inhaling that finally pierced the fog around Marcus’s brain.  Turning around, he found himself confronted with his very angry fiancé.

“Dammit, Marcus, you and the fucking Spartans are about to give us all heart attacks,” Sarah snapped, her chest heaving and sweat pouring down her face.  “We have wounded and elderly people, and half of them are having to hang onto other people.  Where the hell are we going in such a hurry?!”

Marcus felt himself nearly scream at Sarah in rage, his expression causing her to take a step back.

She doesn’t realize what’s going on, he thought, fighting to contain his rage.  No one besides the security folks and maybe the Spartans do.

“Engineering,” Senator Lu interjected from behind Marcus.  “The first place you secure in any boarding action is the powerplant.”

Thank you, Senator, Marcus thought, slightly more in control of his emotions.

“Why not the bridge?” Sarah asked, confused.

“You can’t really do much from the bridge if you have no power,” Marcus bit out.  Realizing he had snapped, he moderated his tone while continuing to explain.  “You’re basically king of a little realm that has no ability to supply its own air, heat, or light.  But engineering is our second stop, I’m just trying to get us into Corridor C so we can find a working intraship communication console.”

“I thought we’ve passed two?” Sarah said.

“No power,” Aimi remarked, still scanning the darkened hallway to their front through the Kanabo’s scope.  “Whomever designed this ship’s subroutines should have their legs broken then left out on the plains for predators.”

“Charming,” Sarah observed lowly, drawing a poisoned look from the Spartan woman.  Marcus hated that he found himself agreeing with Aimi’s sentiment more than Sarah’s.  He looked and saw that their gaggle had closed up slightly.

“People have to keep up, Sarah,” Marcus said lowly.  “This isn’t a pleasure cruise anymore.”

Sarah’s lips compressed in a thin line.

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James Young will be awarding a 11 x 14 print of the cover art for Kraken Edition signed by the author and Justin Adams to a randomly drawn winner and a 9 x 12 print of the “The Butcher’s Blade,” a sci-fi artwork print that will be the cover for Though Our Hulls Burn, the sequel to An Unproven Concept to two randomly drawn winners (US ONLY GIVEAWAYS) via rafflecopter during the tour. Follow the tour for more chances to win.
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James Young is a Missouri native who escaped small town life via an appointment to the United States Military Academy.  After completing his service in the Army, Mr. Young moved to Kansas to pursue his doctorate in U.S. History.  Fiction is his first love, and he is currently the author of the Usurper’s War (alternate history), Vergassy Chronicles (space opera), and Scythefall (apocalyptic fiction) series, all of which are available via Amazon or Createspace.  Currently living in the Midwest with his loving, kind, and beautiful spouse, Mr. Young spends his time completing his dissertation while plotting new, interesting ways to torment characters and readers alike.  As a non-fiction author,  Mr. Young has won the 2016 United States Naval Institute’s Cyberwarfare Essay contest and the U.S. Armor Center’s Draper Award for a battle analysis of the Golan Heights.  He has also placed in the James A. Adams Cold War History contest held by the Virginia Military Institute and been published in the Journal of Military History (“The Heights of Ineptitude”).

Blog: https://vergassy.com/

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Book Blast: Purr M for Murder by T. C. LoTempio

By Domoni

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Sydney McCall left behind an ex-fiancé and a New York advertising job to return home to Deer Park, North Carolina and help her sister, Kat, run the local animal shelter, Friendly Paws. Determined to save the shelter from financial trouble, Sydney and Kat organize a cat café fundraising event at a local coffee shop. Things are looking up until their landlord, Trowbridge Littleton, threatens to shut down the event. When Sydney drops by his art gallery to make peace, she finds Kat–along with Littleton’s dead body.
Local homicide detective Will Worthington–who just happens to be Sydney’s old high school crush–is highly suspicious of the sisters’ involvement. Desperate to clear their names from the suspect list, Sydney pounces on the investigation. With the help of one of the shelter cats, a savvy orange tabby named Toby, Sydney begins poking her nose into other local businesses whose owners may have benefited from Littleton’s death–until the killer notices she’s pawing a little too closely at the truth.

REVIEW

This was a fun mystery in a style I don’t normally read. The author has a great style that captures the attention and makes the story a fun fast read. The characters were interesting and unique with strong story lines and personalities.  I loved the way the animals were incorporated to the story and it made me want to go find a Toby of my own.

Though not a genre I would normally choose. I enjoyed this read and would be willing to read more by this author and further books in this world.

4 out of 5 stars.

EXCERPT

Will glanced up.  “Pretty observant of you, Syd. The ME will determine the cause of death.”  He tapped on his notebook with the edge of his pen.   “Why don’t you walk me through what happened.  How did the two of you come to be in Littleton’s shop so early?”

“We had something we wanted to discuss with Mr. Littleton, and we thought the earlier the better,” I said.

“I see.  And just what was the nature of this discussion?”

I shifted my weight to my other foot. “Friendly Paws has teamed with Dayna’s Treats & Sweets for a cat café event to benefit the shelter. For a nominal fee, people can have their coffee and goodies in a room with shelter cats that are available for adoption.”

Will glanced up, and I could see a light of interest in his eyes. “I’ve heard of those cafes. They’re mostly in Europe.”

“There are a few in the States, big cities mostly.  This will be the first event of it’s kind  in North Carolina. We’re hoping to increase revenue for both the café and the shelter.”

“Let me guess. That idea didn’t sit well with Littleton?”

Kat and I both shook our heads in unison and Kat exclaimed, “I should say not! He was in the shop yesterday, and he made his feelings pretty darn clear.  He thought having the cats around would be detrimental to business. Heck, he thinks-thought-the shelter in general was a detriment to the town.”

“A sentiment you two didn’t agree with,” he said slowly.

“I should say not!” Kat returned, her cheeks starting to flame.  “Syd and I tried to reason with him yesterday but he didn’t want to hear it.”

“And that’s why you decided to come here this morning?”

I nodded. “Yes.  I put together a pretty good argument of pros for the event.  I was hoping to appeal to his sense of business acumen.”

“Why did you feel this was necessary? Had he threatened you?”

“Not in so many words,” I said carefully. “But he did say yesterday that he was determined to put a stop to the proceedings, and we hadn’t heard the last from him.”

“Um-hm.” Will murmured, scribbling some more.

“And Leila Addams – do you remember her, Will?  She’s a reporter for the Deer Park Herald now,” Kat chimed in.  “Leila said that she thought Littleton was inquiring about starting a petition against showing the shelter cats – and the shelter in general.”

Will made another notation in his book. “So when was the last time you saw Littleton?”

“Yesterday around one-thirty.” I cleared my throat.  “If that’s all the questions you have, we need to get going.”

 He snapped his notebook shut.  “You’re free to go for now,” he said, “but I will probably need to talk to you some more later on.”

“That’s fine,” I said.  “We’ll be here.”

The corners of Will’s lips twitched slightly. “Good to know.”  

Once we were back out on the street, Kat hauled off and punched  me in the arm – hard.

“Yow!” I cried. “What was that for?”

“For thinking that you could come here and face Littleton without me, for one,” Kat said.  “I knew you had your fingers crossed last night.”

I rubbed at my arm. “Can’t put anything over on you, can I?”

She gave me a shrewd look.  “So, how did it feel, seeing Will Worthington again after all these years!  I heard he was back in town, but I had no idea he’d become a detective – homicide, no less.”  She cut me a sidelong glance. “Funny, isn’t it, how you two came back to Deer Park almost at the same time.  Like Karma, or something.”

“Well, I’d rather deal with Will than his partner, Colombo Junior,” I said. “Come on, let’s get my car and get to the shelter. I hope Maggie isn’t too worried.”

We walked through the alleyway and when we were almost at  the spot where I’d parked, I suddenly stopped short.  “Hey,” Kat cried as she ran full tilt into my back. “What’s wrong?”

I pointed to the empty space beside my car. “There was a white Lincoln there when I came, parked pretty badly.  The license plate read TLITTLE.  I thought for sure it was Littleton’s car, but if it’s gone…”

“A white Lincoln?  That’s his wife Petra’s car,” Kat said.  She glanced around, then pointed to the gym. “She must have parked it here instead of the gym parking lot, like she usually does. I wonder why.”

Another disturbing thought occurred to me as I slid behind the wheel.  It would have been impossible for Littleton’s wife not to have seen the ambulance and police cars parked in front of her husband’s shop.  Why hadn’t she come to see what was wrong?
Unless, of course…she didn’t have to. Because she already knew.

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While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic.  She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – the first volume, MEOW IF ITS MURDER, debuted Dec. 2, 2014. Followed by #2, CLAWS FOR ALARM.   #3, CRIME AND CATNIP, is out this December. She, Rocco and Maxx make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.tclotempio.com and www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com

 

 

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Book Tour: The Perfect Tear by Connie Lansberg

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Eleanor is a talented young woman with a destiny her parents never could have dreamed of. She is a singer. The Singers are in tune with nature and the powers of life, able to help things grow and heal. When a Singer turns 16, the young woman is able to use her powers fully. Unfortunately, Eleanor’s mother died when she was a child and was unable to train her in the ways of the Singers. Though Eleanor is more than just a singer, she is the only one who can stop the evil that has come to destroy her world and save all of its people. Now she must trust her instincts and follow her heart to discover the Perfect Tear and the song she needs to save them all.

This is an interesting book. I was very surprised by the story after having read the synopsis. It is what it says it is, but is so much more. This is a story of two worlds. One, a world of light and sounds, whose inhabitants create all that is and ever will be. The other, a world created by the Main Creator Tsera. Given life with the gift of free will and the ability to understand the power of Song. A competition among the novice creators allows the winner to challenge the Main Creator for a chance to take their job. When Lerion, an ambitious novice, wins the contest he accepts the challenge to capture the 3 hidden vibrations and become the new Main Creator.

Tsera had hidden the second vibration inside the Singers  and when Lerion attempts to capture that vibration, the loss of the Singers ability forces the land into a famine. Elanor learns at the age of 6 that she will be a powerful Singer able to defeat Lerion. As she grows the memory of that knowledge fades. She knows of her abilities but her destiny is murky. As she turns 16 her powers come to her and reveal her to Lerion and she must learn to be the strong Singer her world needs her to be.

I love the originality of this story and the worlds the author created are vibrant and true. The first half of the book is long and slow though. There is so much introduced and it is sometimes vague and hard to follow. At times I am not sure why I am reading about certain people and events and at times it is easy to get confused about what is happening. Between the random unannounced time and location jumps it is at times hard to follow. Though once Eleanor turns 16 the story kicks into gear and the puzzles come together.

Eleanor is the high point of this book for me. She is a strong interesting character and it was easy to empathize with her plight. The romance was light and sweet and the conflict was at times hard to decide if the bad guys were bad only because I loved Eleanor or because they were actually bad. I was often surprised by the twists and would be willing to read more about these worlds.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in Melbourne Australia. She’s had her original songs placed in some of Australia’s best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project is Tsera’s Gift, written especially for The Perfect Tear and she performs these songs throughout Melbourne. This is Connie’s first novel and the movie is coming. The record will be out soon. Connie has received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created. Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and Television School in Melbourne. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished in 2017
“The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn’t and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why. Because, I’m not unique or different-I’m exactly like you and I love that. We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this  filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry. You may or may not understand what I’m trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same.”
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Book Blast: A Human Element by Donna Galanti

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Laura is a brilliant girl with a tragic past. Her mother passed when she was born and as she grew, it seems all those she loves are doomed to die violently. She hides the fact that she seems to have strange powers, she can hear thoughts and heal injuries. Her dreams are filled with images of a monster out to kill her. To find answers she follows her dreams to her hometown, where a meteorite hit a lake before she was born. There she meets Ben, whose parents died the night of the meteorite. The pair are thrown together to discover what everything means, but can they survive the being determined to kill Laura?

I enjoyed this book, there were some very dark and gruesome scenes that almost turned me off and made me put it down, but I pushed through and was glad I did. The beginning was slow as it jumped through time filling in the back story of the various characters, then it hit its stride and packed a punch. Though moments were occasionally predictable, the story did a decent job of keeping me guessing and looking for more.

The author did a good job building the world they created and filling it with characters that felt real and honest. Laura was a survivor, but she wasn’t the plucky optimist many authors would create that doesn’t fit into this story. Ben was damaged, but redeemed himself instead of having to be saved by a love story. I really appreciated that aspect of these characters. I would read more written by this author and look forward to the next book in this series.

4 out of  stars

EXCERPT

The man could hear the child’s bellowing cries coming from underneath the blanket covering it. She pushed the child into his arms as if eager to be rid of it. He took the bundle and handed the nurse his packages. The nurse began to close the door when he heard another far away cry.

The man wedged his foot in the door. “What was that?”

“N-Nothing.” The nurse looked up.

The man risked looking her in the eye.

“The girl is in pain and won’t keep quiet.” She clutched the envelope and folded her arms across her sagging bosom.

“It sounded like another baby,” he said.

“It’s just the whimpering slut. Now she’s paid double for what she’s done.” The nurse took a step back as if aware she had said too much already. She glared at him. “Now go on. You have what you wanted. And so do I.” She shut the door in his face.

The man in black stood there for a long moment, considering the woman’s choice of words. What if another child had been delivered and the frigid woman and country doctor kept it secret?

Fascinating.

He decided to keep this information to himself. He would find the opportune time to use it. He was a patient man. But first, he had to see for himself. He peeled back the child’s bunting and looked for the first time into its yellow eyes. For that moment, the baby fell silent.

“Welcome to Earth X-10.”

The baby resumed its wailing.

The man turned with his noisy package and melted into the darkness satisfied, as the doctor had been, that the night’s events had provided him with more than he had asked for.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy (Imajin Books –http://www.imajinbooks.com/ )  and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books –http://www.month9books.com/ ). Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill (http://www.thebigthrill.org/) – magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem (http://project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogspot.com/search/label/Donna Galanti) . She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna enjoys teaching at conferences on the writing craft and marketing and also presenting as a guest author at elementary and middle schools.

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Book Tour: Home by Eleni McKnight

By Domoni

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Suzannah is an average handmaiden. She is 14 years old and her whole life she has been taught that women have no purpose other than what the men give them. She lives in the commune, Home, run by Deacon and his chosen Elders. If a woman turns 17 without being chosen to wed, she is turned away from the society and banished to be a whore and work the hard labor camps. When Suzannah accidentally sees Silas, the doctors eldest son, naked, she fears she will be turned out for being impure. When word reaches the communes leaders, Suzannah is publicly shamed, disowned by her family and forced to serve Silas to practice the skills she would need as a wife and atone for her sin. From the first day working in Silas’s familys home, Suzannah realizes they are not like anyone else in Home. The doctor treats his family fairly, as equals and they start to show Suzannah about the reality of the world she has been lied to about her whole life. Can they show her truth, respect and love and will she accept it?

I enjoyed this story, very much. I am a big fan of dystopian books and this was a good one. The author created a world that is not inconceivable. In an unspecified time at least 150 years from now, a war divided America and devastated a portion of the land. Home exists in a ruined portion. Its leaders have convinced the residents that outside the walls of the commune, cannibals and the undead roam the land and leaving would surely kill them. They are taught that no other humans still exists aside from the monsters. Deacon claims to speak with The Master, and uses a perverted version of the bible he created to control his followers.

The state of todays civilization makes it easy for me to see a future like this coming to pass. Religion is often perverted by men to gain power. There will always be men who subjugate women and people afraid to step outside the status quo. The author created a story that flowed easily for me and captured my attention and I read it in one sitting. In many ways I was reminded of the Divergent series with a more modern take on the Handmaid’s Tale. I hope there will be more to Suzannah’s story.

I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars.

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EXCERPT

The next night after dinner, I went to the Maars’quarters to clean Silas’s room.
“I got it,” Silas said.
“You got what-“ I saw a book in his lap. It was a giant book, covered in pictures. I had seen
pictures before, but they were in school. They were rare, we didn’t have the technology to make photographs anymore. The book said LIFE in large white letters.
“Silas!” I cried. “What are you doing with that? You know you’ll get in trouble if they find out you have it!”
“No, I won’t,” he said. “They don’t even notice if we keep it hidden.”
“Books are rare!”
“No, they’re not,”he chuckled. “They’ve got a whole room full of books in the Elder’s wing. On shelves and stacked on top of each other in giant piles.”
“A whole room?” I repeated, trying to imagine it. “Is that where you got these?”
“Yeah, ” he said, flipping through the book. “There’s thousands of books. Tens of thousands. Maybe even a hundred thousand!”
“You’re making that up,” I said.
“Here.”
He showed me a beautiful printed page. It had yellowed a bit, the edges were dog-eared. I felt a chill; I never was allowed to handle something as precious as a book before. I had learned to read by a chalkboard and it helped when there were directions painted on the walls of the laundry and the directions on the cooking cards. This was special and sacred, and Silas was letting me handle it like the bag of laundry I picked up every night. I looked at the page on the book: in the middle, a picture was in black and white of a group of women dressed in pantsuits, like the mechanics in our commune, standing by some large metal thing. They were grinning, proud, brandishing tools, not ashamed to be forced into wearing pants like the hard labor whores were forced to, their hair under colorful red
patterned bandanas.
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs)
I blinked.
“Real women in the militia?” I asked.
“Yeah. They used to have a militia with an entire department where they flew
airplanes.”
“Airplanes are made-up.”
“They used to drop bombs on the enemies during wars. They ’d blow up entire cities. And shoot each other down in air fights. ”
“Men can’t fly,” I snorted.
“I’ve flown.”
 “You’re making that up, you have not. It’s impossible!”
“They used to know how,” he said. “Papa says that there are people that still know. People go to places to get onto planes called aeroports. And the pilots would drive them across the world. You’ve never read a book, have you?”
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Eleni McKnight is a Murfreesboro, Tennessee native. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Literature and a wild passion for creating clothes and doing make-up. She’s also an avid reader and loves music and theatre. She started writing at age eight when she had read all the Baby-Sitter’s Club books that were out and wanted something new to read. It’s never quite left her over the years

These days, you can usually find Eleni working backstage or costuming in local community theatres, reading a book, walking (that FitBit is addictive!), at a concert, drinking a craft beer with friends, knitting, embroidering, or taking a dance class.

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Book Blast: Into Shadow by T. D. Shields

By Domoni

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Poppy is 19 years old, she has served as first lady to her father’s presidency since she was 12 years old. When the man she grew up thinking of as an uncle murders her father and the other heads of state, Poppy is the only witness. If they find her, her life will be over too. Now, she’s on the run through a country devastated by war and climate change. Poppy finds a place to hid in the supposedly deserted Boulder, Colorado. She lives each day scavenging food and avoiding killer animals and plants and the vicious roaming gangs. Raised to be able to protect herself, Poppy is a strong young woman able to keep herself going. She may be ready to reach out to people, but can she ever actually trust anyone.

I loved this book. Poppy is a strong female character who is going to save herself. She is shoved into a world she didn’t know existed and forced to question everything she ever knew. She was raised to be able to protect herself, yet sheltered from the realities of the world in the 23rd century.

The author created a vivid future for North America, one that was not hard for me to believe in. She paints the scenes and the people in a way that makes you feel as though you are walking the streets with Poppy. I love how Poppy accepts and embraces the world she is forced into. At times she revels in the first freedoms she has ever had. She balances her grief, fear, loneliness and excitement in a believable way. Add in that she is a 19 year old woman, there is a bit of some cute boy admiration going on too.

I admit I read a lot of YA dystopian books. They are one genre I embrace fully. This felt like a fresh story to me. I personally haven’t read one with a similar story line, which to be honest they do get repetitive lately. So this was an excellent change and I cannot wait to read what happens next.

I believe fans of YA dystopian novels such as the Divergent Series, Matched Series, and the Hunger Games would enjoy this book. I want to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 5 out of 5 stars.

EXCERPT

We sped through the streets, taking turns recklessly fast as we tried to lose the bikes on our tails. As we flew around yet another corner, one of the bikes caught up to me and slapped into the back of my bike. It wasn’t a particularly hard collision, but it popped my bike loose from the mag-lev rail, and I went skidding sideways across the pavement. When the base of the bike hit the curb at the edge of the road, I was flung over the handlebars to land in a crumpled heap on the cracked sidewalk.

All I could do was lie there, staring blankly at a weed growing inches from my nose as I tried to catch my breath. From the corner of my eye I saw Sharra slow and look back, trying to decide if she could help me. Then she leaned low over the handlebars and shot off into the dark streets, leaving me behind.

A million small aches and pains made themselves known as I rolled slowly to my knees. I didn’t bother to get up any further than that. I was completely surrounded, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to move fast enough to break loose from all of these people and retrieve my downed bike. Instead, I waited in silence to see what would happen next and watched for an opportunity to escape.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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After writing stories in her head for the last 30+ years, Tara finally decided to take a stab at writing them down to share them with others.

Tara has a husband, 4 kids, and 5 cats to care for along with a full-time job and contract work on the side, so finding time to write is the biggest challenge. Since her most productive hours are from 12-5 a.m. anyway, Tara usually gives up sleep in favor of writing.

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Book Tour: Two Worlds Collided by Karen Michelle Nutt

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Evie runs the fanclub for Bellamy Lovel, the late lead singer of the band Civilized Heathens. She had been a fan of his since she was 14 and mourned his death when she was 24. Now, 10 years later, her two closest friends help her manage the fanclub and they are planning a memorial ball. When a night of story telling shows that Evie had more than a few chances to know Bellamy, her friend whips out the idea to do a time travelling spell. A little bit of witchcraft passed on from her mother could send the fangirl crazy Evie back in time to save the rock stars life. Can Evie stop Bellamy from his path of destruction that leads him to take his own life, and can she hold onto her heart in the process?

This was a strange book for me. Ignore the unspecified witchery that allows any old person to cast a time travel spell, and you still have a strange story. This book does have a few of the cliches that I dislike in a romance. The woman who everyone considers less than attractive, until someone styles her hair, and the drug addicted bad boy who is really just misunderstood. But looking past those, the author does seem to be reaching for a heartfelt story about pain, loss and the power of love and acceptance to overcome them.  Throw in some sex and cheese factor and this book actually works.

The author created interesting scenes, though would sometimes go a little more in depth on peoples clothing than was necessary. I liked how Evie was a strong character. Though at times her responses were juvenile, when fangirling that is believable. Bellamy was a sexy character, his banter and cockiness were enough to pull of the bad boy thing without moving fully into asshole territory. I appreciated how the relationship was reasonably progressive. Starting with lust that evolved into love but built a strong friendship, instead of the instant soulmate love many stories of this genre embrace.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

I would like to thank the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband, three fascinating children, and houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.

When she’s not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover”. You can also check out her published cover art designs at Victory Tales Press and Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing.

Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

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EXCERPT

Evie stood in the center of their clasped hands like they were going to play a game of London Bridge is Falling Down. The nursery rhyme seemed almost fitting. However, she wouldn’t be repairing a bridge, but a life. Making it stronger in hopes that despair didn’t weaken the mind where irrational decisions lay in wait to destroy. Evie stood nose to nose with the cardboard cutout of Lovel. It seemed creepy to be staring into those baby blue eyes and smiling face when she was about to take on a mission to save him from killing himself.

“If you zap us to oblivion, I’m going to be so mad at you,” Lisa grumbled.

Kelsey ignored her and began the spell, “Send Emerson Violet Reid back to August 3, 1997, before Bellamy Kendrick Lovel drew his last breath.” She went on and recited something that Evie didn’t understand, something old and foreign, but as Kelsey spoke the words, the air around them felt different, heavy and charged. She gripped the necklace tighter and her gaze shifted to the cardboard Bellamy lookalike. The world tilted, making her dizzy and Kelsey’s voice grew farther away. Then she felt a surge of wind around her, and a light so bright she shielded her eyes. Darkness blasted her senses next, and her body felt weightless as it zoomed through a black void. Sounds blasted her from every side and she wanted to cover her ears but couldn’t move. She was at the mercy of whatever force was driving her away from her friends.

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