Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Interview with the delightful Ariel Marie


Today's Author Interview is with Ariel Marie from Cleveland, Ohio. Ariel Marie fell in love with books at an early age. She can remember her first favorite book was Mickey Meets the Giant. She read the book so many times that it fell apart and she was devastated! Fast-forward thirty years later, Ariel now writes books she hopes readers will fall in love with and read over and over. Paranormal romance is her favorite genre. Who doesn’t love Shifters, Witches, Faes and all the other paranormals? She just loves writing about couple’s first meeting, the magnetism of when their eyes first meet and the first kiss! Her favorite part of writing paranormals is creating the world that the characters live in. Make sure you visit her website to get the latest Ariel Marie events and releases!


Ariel, tell us when it was you first realized you wanted to be a writer.

Well, K-Trina, I first started dabbling in writing when I was in the seventh grade. As a child, I use to spend a lot of time in the libraries. After school, the library is where I would go until my parents got off of work. Due to this, I fell in love with books at an early age. I remember saying to myself, I can write a book. I remember buying a large three-ring notebook and began writing a teen mystery. I didn’t own a typewriter yet and computers weren’t really popular yet!  My fingers would be sore and would have the imprint of my pencils on them. As I got older I did get away from writing fiction. When I went to college all of free time was spent on studying and reading and writing for pleasure was put off on the back burner of my life. Finally, I have made my way back to writing and reading and decided to follow this other dream.

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That is awesome Ariel. I know many authors start when they are in school at a young age even if they don’t pursue it immediately, they return eventually. Just a thought but how long does it take you to write a book?

This would depend on how long the book is. My first book, Power of the Fae actually took me about a month for the first draft. By the time I revised it and did edits, it ended up being about two and a half months. I wanted it to be perfect. The follow up to Power of the Fae, Fight for the Fae, took me about a month to write. I just finished a new book in a separate series and this one took me about the same amount of time. I still have to do edits and revisions to the second and third book so it may take more time. I want the books to be perfect and people to really enjoy the stories that are pouring out of this brain of mine!

 Wow! You write fast!  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?



I do a lot of writing at night and on the weekends. I love writing at night because my house is quiet, there are no interruptions and for some strange reason, my imagination just takes off! There have been plenty of times where I catch myself up at 2 am still writing or fall asleep with my laptop in my lap! This can be troublesome for me since I do have a day job!! Lots of coffee helps me make it through the day!

Coffee is a staple for many authors; I, however, prefer Dr. Pepper! Caffeine me, please… But getting back on topic, what would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I love paranormal romance and the steamier the better. I find that I like to insert jokes or funny sayings into the reading. I can write about a kick-ass heroine who still has a sense of humor. I love to laugh and want to share that with my readers.

That is great. I love to laugh too!  Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

There are so many ways that ideas come to me. It could be something I see going on in real life where I’ll say to myself, I have GOT to put that in a book somehow. But ultimately, I would say my imagination is so active. Ideas have been bottled up in this head of mine for so long that now that I am finally putting my stories on paper, they are just flowing out.

Haha! I know what you mean. However, I have to say a lot of my coworkers gives me scenes, sarcastic remarks and personality quirks that I use. I warn them all.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?


My first book, Power of the Fae was just released June 2015 and I’m currently (cough cough) 35 years old. I pursued the first dream of mine, which was to become a nurse. I have been working as a registered nurse for the past 10 years and finally decided to pursue my other dream in life. I think that everyone should attempt to follow their dreams. I don’t want to have any regrets in life and deciding to write my first book is fulfilling a dream whether I am successful or not at it, I can at least say that I did it!

Ahhhh, you are still a young chick! Nurses are awesome! Thank you for doing a thankless job! What do you like to do when you're not writing?

When I am not writing, I love to cook and bake with my daughters. I love searching through websites like Pinterest to find new recipes to try. I also love traveling with my husband and kids on our family road trips.

We are going to have to definitely connect on Pinterest! Of course, my cooking skills are lacking…. What does your family think of your writing?

I have to admit when I first started writing my book; the only person in my family who knew was my husband. I kept it a secret. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I ended up telling my family about me writing a book a week before Power of the Fae was released! They were all shocked that I actually did it, but wasn’t shocked that I had a desire to do it. They all knew of my love of books.

You sound like me. I had only told my sister! What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

One thing that I learned is that I have a wild imagination. I sort of knew it but when you see your book coming together and when you finally type in the last word, it is an amazing feeling. I read through my books several times before I’m ready to give it to anyone and I still get blown away that I actually created them.

Give a woman caffeine, a pen and paper, and an imagination and watch out world, here we come! I’m curious, how many books have you written?

So far I have written three books but only Power of the Fae is published. The next book, Fight for the Fae will be released this fall. The other series, named Dark Shadows, I’m not sure when the first installment will come out but I’m hoping for this fall.

Definitely looking forward to your new releases. Oh, and readers, don’t forget to press the “FOLLOW” button on Amazon so you won’t miss out. Speaking of readers, do you hear from them much?

I love hearing from my readers. I encourage them to follow me on my social media or even join my newsletter so that they can get up to date information directly from me. It makes me feel good when I get a message from someone who has enjoyed my book. I love reading reviews also. I encourage all readers to make sure that they leave a review on a book that they read, no matter how big or small, we thrive to read reviews on our work.

Newsletters are great! What kinds of things do they say?

Most inquire when the next book, Fight for the Fae will be out. This just makes me smile that some people are craving my next book!

I bet it does! Congrats on your published book and your future books. I am sure they will be hitting the best seller list soon! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story with us. And, readers, don’t forget to follow Ariel!

  


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Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. She enjoys history, aviation, writing, and romance. In addition, she enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Childrens Author, Ngaire Elder, Spotlighted

Ngaire Elder, author of The Adventures of Cecilia Spark novels, is a natural storyteller whose love of animals is reflected in her work.

Ngaire was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, where she spent most of her childhood playing with her brother and her imaginary friends. As a child, she wrote plays, just for fun, but it would be years before her first book was ultimately published.

After college and university, Ngaire embarked on a career in the health and safety sector. As a Health and Safety Advisor, she was instrumental in implementing health and safety laws in the workplace. After meeting her husband, she chose a new occupation, and became a full-time wife and mother.

In the past decade, Ngaire has managed to balance a writing career and family commitments. She has participated in reading events at primary schools in County Derry, Northern Ireland, and has taught English to young children participating in the Spanish school system's extracurricular activity programs. She has been interviewed extensively by European and American bloggers, and her work has been featured in Indie Author News, British Indie Fiction, and the Coleraine Times.

Ngaire is a passionate supporter of horse rescue, having volunteered in a rescue center in southern Spain. She is actively involved in fund raisers supporting not only local rescue centers, but also for international programs, such as saving the wild mustangs in the Pryor Mountain range in Montana.

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Ngaire Elder’s Books:




The Adventures of Cecilia Spark: The Brimstone Forest. 

Available in ebook, paperback and audio. 

A witch, a dragon and Troglosauruses ... Cecilia's bug hunting adventure in the garden takes an interesting turn. Trapped by a witch, can Cecilia outwit her captor and find her way home? Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime and meet the mesmerizing creatures and characters from the Brimstone Forest. The story is beautifully illustrated throughout, creator Peter Maddocks. His illustrations capture the magic and charm of this spellbinding adventure. Target audience 4-9 year olds and suitable for boys and girls. 


     The Adventures of Cecilia Spark: The Mystical Mountains of Terra. 

Available in ebook, paperback and audio. 

A race against time. Good versus evil. The Sceptre of Malvado is at risk of falling into the wrong hands, and Soldier's fate depends on its recovery. Can Cecilia and Soldier find the sceptre before the total eclipse of the sun, or will someone else beat them to it? Another gripping adventure for Cecilia Spark, with lots of thrills and spills along the way.


The Adventures of Cecilia Spark: Dragon's Star

Available in ebook, paperback and audio. 

“The creature had been disturbed. Swishing its tail, it sailed effortlessly towards the noise source. It could clearly see something at the edge of the water ...The giant water creature was getting closer and closer to its substantial meal. With one final flick of its powerful tail, it would be over.” Cecilia Spark is in a race against time. Her challenge is to save the last Millennium Dragon, captured by a hideous Knight of Darkness, and reunite him with the star that gives him his power. With Orson, Ractus and Pacha by her side, Cecilia must rescue Fuego and save the Land of Dragons from an endless, desperate gloom. Harassed by crooked imps, captured in the lair of a giant spider, lost in the darkest of dungeons and threatened by a hidden river monster, will Cecilia and her brave friends succeed in their quest? Illustrated novel. Age range 4 to 9 year old boys and girls.


My Nature Friends: A-Z Rhyming Picture Book 

Available in ebook and paperback. 

My Nature Friends is a superbly illustrated A-Z alphabet book, all about stimulating imagination, inspiring learning and encouraging a lifelong thirst for natural knowledge in 5-10 year old boys and girls. Inside, there is stacks to do. Enchanting rhymes, sprightly illustrations to be colored in, and a splendid, interactive, ‘Field Note’ section for those discoveries your child makes while out-and-about. Parents will encounter all sorts of crazy animals they can learn about too! A charming addition to your child’s library, My Nature Friends is full of ingenious fun and will provide hours and hours of amusement for the whole family.


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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mistral Dawn's Musings: Taken By The Huntsman: Excerpt



Excerpt

  The bus pulled up to the curb with a tired-sounding wheeze and Cassie looked at the driver, waiting for him to unlock the back door.  He took a minute to fiddle with his radio but finally pushed the button opening the door, and the heavy summer air hit Cassie as she stepped onto the sidewalk.  There had been storms earlier in the evening and the ground seemed to be trying to give back all of the water it had taken.  At 3am the sky was clear, but the air was still warm and wet just waiting for tomorrow’s sun to generate another storm.
  Cassie listened to the bus rattle off down the street as she looked around at her neighborhood.  At this hour she was the only one on the street, but the evidence from the day’s activities was all around her.  She sighed, it seemed as though every summer people became more and more careless of their trash.  Soda cans and beer bottles were almost as numerous as cigarette butts.  Children, seeing the lack of concern over littering from their parents, had left their ice cream wrappers and Popsicle sticks wherever they happened to have been when they finished their treats.  Waste from dogs (and perhaps even humans in a couple of cases) lay in piles on the sidewalk leaving its odor in the oppressive heat.  Cassie sighed again, she understood people needing to get out of small, non-air conditioned apartments in the heat of the summer, but she didn’t understand why that always seemed to translate into turning the neighborhood they all shared into a landfill.    She pulled out some plastic bags and put on some disposable gloves and started picking up the garbage that was along her route home.  It wouldn't be necessary for her to carry anything very far; the neighborhood had a sufficient number of street-side garbage cans.  None of them were more than half full.
  As she tried not to think about what she was picking up, Cassie thought about the argument she’d had with her boss just before she left her 12-hour shift at the call center.  Her boss had pulled her into his office to lecture her about the amount of time she was spending on the calls she took.  She had tried to explain to him that she was only trying to listen to the customers to make sure she fully understood their problems and so would be in the best position to try to help them.  She knew that most of her coworkers held the customers in contempt but she had taken the job as a customer service representative and so was trying her best to help customers.  Many times she had been able to make customers happy just by listening to them and showing some concern over whatever had upset them enough to call.  So many of the people who called her were just lonely people who wanted someone to talk to, someone who would listen and show some interest in their problems.  But waiting for customers to finish expressing themselves and then finding a solution that both satisfied them and conformed to the company’s policies took time.  Her customers nearly always (sometimes it was impossible to please people no matter what you did) ended the phone call feeling satisfied and as though the company she worked for actually cared if they were happy with the products and services they purchased. 
  Her boss had curtly informed her that the goal of customer service was not to serve customers but to get them off the phone quickly.  He told her the company was obligated to provide some outlet for people to complain, but that her job was to move those complaints through as fast as possible. It wasn’t necessary to make everyone happy, just try not to piss them off so much that they’d want to complain to someone higher up.  Her boss went on to explain that while her customer satisfaction scores were fine, that wouldn’t be enough for her to get a raise, or even secure her job, she needed to improve her turn-around time on calls.  He then reiterated that her job was to take calls quickly, not make people happy.  How depressing!
  At 28 years old Cassie was still trying to find her niche in the world.  She had worked at many menial jobs, the call center was just the latest, trying to find something she could tolerate until she could earn enough money to go to school.  She was trying to save enough so that she could afford to finish a degree (not just start one) without taking on any debt.  The problem was that tuition kept going up while her salaries did not.    She’d tried working as a retail clerk at a clothing store, as a waitress, as a cleaning woman, and most recently as a customer service representative.  At all of these jobs she’d been informed that she didn’t have the drive to do well. That her dedication to doing the job well, while admirable, was not what management wanted; management wanted fast not good.  She’d had people tell her over the years just to give it up and borrow money to get an education, but she had never owed anyone anything and she wasn’t interested in starting now.  Besides, she still wasn’t entirely sure what she wanted to study.
  Most of Cassie’s off hours (of which there weren’t many) were spent at the public library.  She and most of the librarians were on a first-name basis because they often helped her explore her latest topic of interest.  Cassie was interested in just about every subject she had read about, so she was having trouble narrowing it down to just one subject to study.  Her passion, if she had to pick one, was helping others.  She had hoped the call center would help her fulfill that need, but apparently not.  From everything she had read about careers that focus on helping others (social worker, school teacher, police officer, councilor, etc.) they also focused on speed over thoroughness, and she didn’t think spending years and tens of thousands of dollars to be just as frustrated as she was now sounded like a good idea.  So Cassie planned to keep working and saving and hoping she’d figure out what her calling was one day.

  As Cassie picked up a dirty diaper that someone had left lying next to a garbage can instead of in it, she realized she’d reached the point on her walk home where she needed to make a decision.  She could either continue on for another two blocks and cross over to her street via an open, well-lit thoroughfare and then have to walk back two blocks to her building, or she could cut through the narrow, dark alley she was standing next to now and save herself four blocks (and about ten minutes) of walking.  She knew the alley was often a hiding place for thieves and other criminals, but the streets were so empty at the moment, except for her, and she only had about five hours before she’d have to go out again to her second job as a barmaid.    She was tired and she thought it would be safe enough to take the shortcut at 3am because the criminals were normally home in bed by that time (she hoped).  Cassie looked around one more time and saw nobody; she heard nothing except for the normal hum of traffic a few blocks away on the highway and the electrical buzz of the street lamps.  She took a breath and decided to risk it, she really did need to get home and get some sleep.

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Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US, but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)). She has written two novels, Taken By The Huntsman and Bound By The Summer Prince, and has lots more planned! To receive updates on her latest published work, please follow her on Amazon HERE. If you'd like more frequent updates, you can get her latest musings and excerpts from her work on her blog HERE

You may contact her at mistralkdawn@gmail.com, and she would love to hear from you, or through her Facebook page posted below, or Twitter her at @MistralKDawn. She thanks you humbly for purchasing and reading her first book and hopes you will do her the honor of rating and reviewing her work. 






Excerpt of The Briton and the Dane: Timeline written by Mary Ann Bernal


Dr. Gwyneth Franger, a renowned expert in early medieval England, is set upon learning the truth about the death of Lord Erik, the last descendant of the powerful House of Wareham. Her quest becomes an obsession, a condition that began with the discovery of a portrait of the tall and valiant warrior. Digesting troves of mildewed scrolls and source documentation only enhances her belief that Lord Erik was brutally assassinated by a cabal of traitors in the pay of William the Bastard, shortly before the onslaught of the Norman Invasion. 

On an archeological dig in Southern England, Dr. Franger finds herself transported back to the Dark Ages and at the side of the noble Lord Erik who commands an army of elite Saxon warriors. Witnessing the unrest firsthand, Gwyneth senses that her instincts had been right all along, and she is determined to learn the identities of the treacherous blackguards hiding in the shadows, villains who may well be posing as Lord Erik’s friends and counselors. 

Gwyneth knows it is wrong to stop the assassins, but isn’t sure she can find the strength to walk away and watch her beloved Erik die. Will she intervene, change the course of history and wipe out an entire timeline to save the man she loves?






Prologue


It was a crisp autumn day in the year of our Lord 2066.  The sun was obscured by swollen storm clouds as wind gusts scattered leaves across the empty courtyard, scraping tree branches against office windows.

Inside the stone building, oblivious to the impending storm, students went about their daily tasks like automatons, cataloging fragile remnants of antiquated history.  Their enthusiasm had been lost over time, vanquished by archaic rules and lack of funding, drowning in an apathetic sea.

The door opened just as heavy rain began to pummel the earth.  Lightning flashed perilously close to the portico, the building shaken by crackling rolls of thunder.  Dr. Malcolm Knýtlinga, department head, scoured the room, nodding to his worker drones as he headed towards the stairwell.  He ran down the stairs, deeper into the bowels of the ancient edifice, slowing his gait once he reached the basement.  Malcolm peered into the open doorways where artifacts were stored, priceless relics forgotten by a society no longer curious about the past.

The lights flickered briefly as the tempest enveloped the city.  He walked the length of the corridor and stopped once he reached the last office, knocking on the doorframe before entering.

“One minute,” Gwyneth said, her eyes upon the monitor, her nimble fingers flying across the outdated keyboard.

While Dr. Franger had mastered every aspect of computer technology available at the present time, she preferred typing her words rather than speaking them aloud.  She even had a typewriter that still worked,  which was proudly displayed in her office at home. She was considered eccentric by her peers, but the student body praised her for her defiance, and her classes were always filled to capacity.

Malcolm shook his head as he sat in his favorite chair, his eyes transfixed on the portrait hanging above his protégé’s desk.  An alleged likeness of Lord Erik, the last descendant of Gwyneth and Erik of Wareham, and painted years after his death by an unknown medieval artist.  Legend described him as a mighty warrior, proficient not only with the sword but with the pen, a man of letters who had served his king well.  Songs attesting to Lord Erik’s prowess on the battlefield had even been sung by the troubadours, only to be lost with the passage of time.  Yet time simply enhanced the mystique of this Saxon of Danish descent whose untimely death was suspect, implying treachery and betrayal in a violent age.

Malcolm tolerated Gwyneth’s obsession with a man who had died centuries ago, but he was not sure why.  Gwyneth and Erik started the dynasty, and maybe Dr. Gwyneth Franger was the reincarnation of the first Gwyneth if one believed in the transmigration of souls.

“You are doing it again,” Malcolm thought.  “Why not just admit you love the woman and be done with it?”

Glancing about the room, Malcolm counted the numerous awards Dr. Gwyneth Franger had received over the past two years.  He was proud of her accomplishments, her diligence, her commitment to the truth, even though the forces driving her were not rational.  Science demanded validity, not emotional conjecture, but Gwyneth concealed her motives well, at least to everyone but himself.  He had seen through the charade but remained silent.  Yes, he was patronizing, but subtly.  She was caught up in the premise, too closely attached to a dream, a forsaken love never to be realized.

“How could a person be in love with someone who lived hundreds of years ago?  Especially someone whose intellect surpasses most of the tenured professors at the University,” Malcolm thought, shaking his head.  “If it were anyone else, you would have had her seen by a psychiatrist; it is not normal, and if you did not know any better, you would swear she was possessed.”

Malcolm’s stoicism did not betray his thoughts as the sound of deft fingers hitting the keyboard brought him out of his reverie.  He glanced at his wristwatch as he shifted in the chair, his patience wearing thin.  Gwyneth failed to notice his impatience as she ended her communication and gazed in Malcolm’s direction.

“It’s done, I leave for Wareham at the end of the week.  Another reenactment, Alfred the Great and the Danish Vikings, when Lord Richard commanded the citadel!” Gwyneth exclaimed.

“I didn’t think there were any of those reenactment groups left.”

“There are a few, but finding these reenactors was quite by accident.  I still can’t believe it’s happening.”

“How long will you be away?” Malcolm asked, calendar in hand.

“Just the weekend; I’ll be back early Sunday afternoon. I haven’t forgotten about the reception and convincing Viscount Beaumont to fund another year excavating the ruins; that is, unless you could speak to him?”

“Just how long is this event?”

“Two weeks.”

Malcolm watched Gwyneth intently, but their eyes locked for a brief moment, when the truth of unspoken feelings was revealed, acknowledged, then veiled within the recesses of two souls.  Gwyneth averted his gaze as she stood up from her desk, the flickering lights creating eerie shadows.  The seconds were a welcome respite from facing the inevitable.

Gwyneth fumbled through the drawers, searching for a flashlight, her shaking hands barely discernible as she groped for the familiar torch.  She wrapped her fingers around the precious light source and was relieved when the ceiling lights finally stopped fluttering.

Malcolm was also unnerved, his vulnerability exposed for a split second.  He coughed, his eyes upon the floor while waiting for the moment to pass.  He concentrated on his work, his profession, and the reason for his visit.

“Take the two weeks,” Malcolm said.  “I’ll deal with Beaumont.”

“Oh, Malcolm, really?  Thank you.  I will make this up to you, I promise,” Gwyneth beamed, hugging him briefly before stepping back, somewhat embarrassed.  “I’m sorry, please forgive me.”

“Gwyneth, I don’t mind, really, but now that this matter is resolved, I would discuss the reason for my visit.  I am pleased to inform you that you are now officially tenured, and I will be putting your name forward as head of the department.”

“That is your job; are you leaving?”

“In a manner of speaking.”

“Malcolm, stop being so secretive.  Tell me, I cannot bear the suspense.”

“You are talking to the deputy vice chancellor, but you must not say a word until the appointment has been announced.”

In her excitement, Gwyneth embraced Malcolm, kissing him on his cheek, but this time he held her tightly, kissing her lips as the lights flickered unsteadily, plunging them into darkness.



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Journey to Freedom excerpt by K. Meador




After Clarrissa disappeared from his sight, Mike walked to the back of the house. On the porch hung a swing. He tested his weight on it carefully, and when he realized it would hold it, he sat, lost in thought.

He thought about his daughter and how beautiful she was. Long hair and pretty brown eyes. She looked just like her mother, Ellie. Mike hadn’t thought about her in a long time. He closed his eyes and could smell the faint fragrance of the perfume she used to wear. She had laughed when he said she wore too much. She informed him that “a woman can never wear enough perfume” as she had dabbed on more. It was true—that was one of the reasons he had been attracted to her. For him, it had been immediate.

Ellie was the only child in her family, and that meant she was used to getting what she wanted. Her father, even though he was a slave, had managed a large plantation and lived very well; but, he had never liked him, Mike mused. He cut off contact with Mike after Ellie had died, refusing even to see Angel anymore Mike had always wondered why, and now he thought it was because Angel looked too much like Ellie.

Angel had thought her grandfather walked on water—until he deserted her. 

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She enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends.







Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#IndieBooksBeSeen: Jessica Wren's Review of Ndura: Son of the Forest ...



A native of Spain, Javier Calle is fluent in English and speaks some Swahili. His novel Ndura: hijo de la selva was originally written in Spanish, published in Spain, and has won an award for young adult literature in Spain. I read the English version, Ndura: Son of the Forest, a survival thriller that will keep you turning the pages.

The protagonist, also named Javier, is traveling home from an adventure trip in Africa with his friends, Alex, and Juan, when the plane is shot down by guerrillas. Javier is (presumably) the lone survivor of the crash, but finds himself stranded in the middle of the jungle with inadequate resources. He must use his brains, his instincts, and his few resources to survive.

Told in first person journal-style, Ndura gives a detailed account of Javier's day-to day actions, which includes finding food, water and shelter, protecting himself from wild animals and insects, and trying to find his way back to civilization. It also includes-and this is one of my favorite parts-the range of emotions that Javier goes through: grief for the loss of his friends, homesickness, anger, survival guilt, pride at developing new survival skills, and gratitude and friendship towards the friendly tribe of Pymies who briefly host him. The plot is exciting and thrilling enough to keep you turning the pages, and Javier is a character you really start to care about.

Another one of my favorite parts was the fact that the author clearly put a lot of time and effort into doing research for this book. The reader will get to learn about various flora and fauna native to the African jungle, the culture and society of the Pygmies, and to a lesser extend, the state of political affairs in various African counties. Senor Calle even includes a list of tips for surviving in the wild. I thought that was cool. The ending is complete.

One caveat: The English translation is imperfect ely unexpected and will leave you with a haunting mental image.and awkward in places but is understandable. Please don't let that keep you from enjoying this treat of a novel. Thank you, Senor Calle, for your contribution to the literary world.

Genre:

Young Adult
Psychological Thriller


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#IndieBooksBeSeen: Jessica Wren's Review of Ndura: Son of the Forest ...: Title: Ndura: Son of the Forest My review: A native of Spain, Javier Calle is fluent in English and speaks some Swahili. His novel Ndura...



Saturday, July 18, 2015

Book Review of Complicated Creatures Part 1 by Alexi Lawless


Originally Posted on July 15, 2015 by dichotomousauthor  Reposted with permission. 

Title: Complicated Creatures Part 1

Author: Alexi Lawless

Series: Complicated Creatures Series


Author Website: www.Alexilawless.com

Special Notes: For a limited time, Alexi is giving away a companion novella to Complicated Creatures.

Review:

Alexi Lawless created a series that drives its hooks into you and doesn’t let you go when she wrote Complicated Creatures. Everything is perfect in this book – the plot, pace, settings, and characters all aim to please and do not fail. The story chronicles Samantha Wyatt’s life in a male dominated world and her complicated budding relationship with the high life playboy, Jack Roman. The story line is fast paced, which is indicative of Samantha and Jack’s lifestyles. I was constantly engaged with the plot, and the alternating points of view between Jack and Samantha, added to the brisk pace of the story. Sprinkle that with a little high tension field ops and you get the perfect blend of romance and action that will satisfy most anyone.

All of the characters prove their worth time and again, each one uniquely personified in well rounded, complex individuals. You immediately are drawn to both Sam and Jack, rooting for their success, despite the obstacles, both situational and emotional. I was quite impressed with Jack as he didn’t end up following the typical billionaire character. Samantha not only talks the talk, but walks the walk in being a strong, independent woman. The cast of minor characters also adds to the depth of the story as well as Sam and Jack.

I highly recommend this book even for those who don’t think the action genre is for them. I will warn you though, when you buy Complicated Creatures Part 1, which I know you will, you need to get Hell or High Water, Complicated Creatures Part 2 because part 1 ends in a cliffhanger and you won’t be able to wait to find out what happens.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

My Review of Blood Master by Kirsten Campbell




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5 stars

Set in the future, Blood Master took me on a journey that surprised me, as well as, brought to me great entertainment. I was able to relate to all the main characters and followed the story without a problem. The details given in this book was well thought out and researched. I was drawn into a world where the future has met devastation and, yet, there is a plan about to unfold to bring forth hope and to reunite people by eliminating evil that is out and about.


Reviewed by: K. Meador 


Thursday, July 16, 2015

My random thoughts on book reviews

Howdy ya'll,

Hope you are having a blessed day. I am struggling with a migraine today but nothing that cool air, a  dark room, and medicine won't cure.

I wanted to talk a moment about book reviews. I love book reviews - when other people do them. Ha!

It seems there are gifted people can eloquently point out great things about the book without giving spoilers away. 

Me? Mine are short and sweet. 

  1. Be fair: I liked it and why
  2. Be honest: I didn't like it and why
  3. Be fair and honest: It was okay and why

That pretty much sums it up.

Being an author myself, I appreciate any reviews that are posted. So whether you are a reader, or a writer, post a review for the books you purchase. Why, you might ask?

  1. It helps the next potential buyer to decide in less than 5 seconds if they will purchase the book. 
  2. It raises the authors ranking on Amazon. 
  3. Like word of mouth from a friend, an honest opinion of the book is valuable to others. 
  4. It makes the author feel appreciated. 
  5. Ok, we know it isn't about the author. The reading experience is about the reader. However, the author labors on what you are reading. Feedback is welcomed. 

And in case you need a few more books to read, mine are available in ebook, print, and audio. Check them out HERE


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Author Spotlight-Lynne Murray



Have you ever traveled to a foreign country? If so, do you remember how different it felt, and some of the local customs felt strange? Imagine visiting a foreign planet. In Lynne’s Murray’s novel Gravitas: Valkyrie in the Forbidden Zone, which is a science-fiction comedy with just the right amount of erotica, Val-Sybilla (better known as Sybil) finds herself in that very situation.

While making a trip to transport a shipment of “Gravitas,” a powerful aphrodisiac within the Ritual Jewelry that the powerful women of the planet Valkyries wear, she and her companions stop at a market, where, to her horror, she finds her first (and favorite) husband Josu, chained and being offered for sale. Determined to find out the truth about what happened to Josu, she enters a ritualistic meditation state to conjure up the three (very interesting and diverse) “demons” who live in her head. When her meditation is interrupted by Gelbraves, a loutish delegate from a rival planet, they both, along with Josu, fall into a portal that makes them crash-land in the Forbidden Zone (known to us as “Earth.”).

One of my favorite parts of this novel is the witty dialogue. Although Sybil’s clueless culture shock is endearing, she turns out to be confident and resourceful as she attempts to figure out a way to return to Valkyries before the load of Gravitas that she is still carrying overwhelms her to the point that she can’t focus. I will have to add that the effect of the Gravitas on Sybil’s mental state is a tad underplayed, but readers will get that it is slowly having a debilitating effect on her and especially her “demons,” who are still trapped in her mind.

Valkyries is a matriarchal society. Women hold the positions of power. The women of Valkyries are polyandrous; they are not only encouraged but expected to have multiple husbands (even though Sybil briefly hints that she would prefer a monogamous marriage with Josu).AlthoughGravitas does have a feminist theme, this theme is presented very matter-of-factly so it’s not “in-your-face” and doesn’t appear to have a hidden agenda.

I give this book five stars. A+ for character development, A for plot development, and A+ for plot flow. A highly recommended read. Check it out here:

REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED BY JESSICA WREN. REPOSTED WITH PERMISSION. FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE ORIGINAL.