Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Drawing Dead Review





Faolan O'Connor spent his life killing for men like Legs Diamond and Lucky Luciano, and now it’s his turn to face the music. But when vampire Darcy Killian offers him immortality, Faolan enters a world of violence, wealth, and power beyond anything he’s ever imagined.

Driven by ambition and guilt, Faolan fights his way up the ranks in a battle to justify his sins with success. He s learned the hard way that relationships are vulnerabilities and friends are just enemies in disguise, but he also knows that he can’t conquer a city alone.

Aided by an emotionally-crippled genius and a warm-hearted call girl, Faolan builds a loyal crew with which to challenge the tyrannical Killian s rule. However, will this re-awakened humanity prove a fatal flaw or his ace in the hole? With his life and the future of the city he loves at stake, can Faolan play his cards right or is he drawing dead?







Brian McKinley doesn’t really exist. He’s a constructed mortal identity used by a relatively young Vampyr in order to publish the truth about The Order. Due to the world-wide influence of The Order and its minions, these accounts must all be published as fiction. Sometimes the names and sequence of events have been changed to protect the innocent, the guilty, and to keep from getting sued.

Brian is no longer a typical Vampyr and, for this reason, lives in hiding and writes from a secret location. The real “Brian” lives a life of danger and excitement; he loves Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Boardwalk Empire as much as he loves Chicken Fried Steak. He’s a reader, a role-player, and a dreamer who doesn’t believe that “liberal” is a dirty word. He’s lived many lifetimes and is eager to share as many of them as possible with his readers.





4 out of 5 Stars

Drawing Dead follows Faolan O'Conner and his rise through the ranks of the vampire underworld of 1920's New York. The story is very much a 1920's gangster noir mixed with vampires and it sounded really like the basis of a really good book, and it is, if you can stomach it. However, I was not prepared for the amount of violence and language involved and these two factors almost made this book a DNF. 

Why can I give this 4 stars when I almost didn't finish it? Because the story is actually a great story. The Characters are very complex and the book is, for the most part, well written. The few things I struggled with; following the flashbacks in the first 20 or so pages proved a bit difficult, and there were a handful of places where the phrasing made it sound like screen direction instead of narrative. I think if the story hadn't been so gruesome I would have enjoyed it and looked forward to the next books in the series. This is why I am giving it 4 stars. Not because it appealed to me directly but because it is written well enough that those who enjoy the dark nature of the book will love this book.

So as you can tell there are a load of warnings I need to include in this review. 
Language: the F-word is used so liberally that it is difficult to find a sentence of dialogue without it. During the times of duress it appears even more often. 
Violence: This is about vampires and gangsters and it goes into quite a bit of detail. There is blood, gore and it does get a bit graphic. There are a handful of times that children are killed but only once does it happen "on screen" the other times it happens "off screen" and it does it's job of letting you know just how bad the "bad guys" are. 
Sex: This is one aspect that the Author doesn't go into too much detail, however, there is a Trigger warning (a prostitute is forced into a sexual act she doesn't want to do) But otherwise, compared to the rest of the book, it is tame.

To summarize: This book has loads of language, gore, and violence. But if you enjoy that, or it doesn't bother you much, then you will really enjoy this book.








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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Seventh Born Book Tour





In a world where seventh born sons are valued for their strength and power, she is born a daughter.


Zezilia Ilar is the disappointment. Born after six brothers, she was supposed to be the son to restore her family’s prestige. She intends to remedy her shortcomings by being a dutiful daughter, marrying well and producing children, preferably a set of seven sons. But when someone offers her an alternative, she begins to dream of more.


In a society that worships a goddess, he follows the Almighty.

Hadrian Aleron, as a seventh son of a seventh son, stands to take up the second highest position in government, Sept Son. His main qualification for office is his birth. Despite preparing for this role from childhood, he does not desire what is to come. As a follower of the Almighty, he knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death.



10 Interesting Things about Rachel Rossano

1 – I have three children that equally challenge, frustrate, and delight me every
day.
2 – Almost twenty years ago, I married my best friend, and I have never
regretted the decision for a moment.
3 – My parents are exactly a foot apart in height, and my husband and I are
exactly a foot apart in height.
4 – I have no lenses in my eyes. I developed cataracts when I was very young
and had the lenses in my eyes removed so I could see.
5 – Since childhood, I have not liked the texture of meat. Because of this, I have
been a vegetarian since I was allowed to prepare my own food.
6 – I started publishing my books because I feared I would never have children.
Now, I am homeschooling three children and fitting my writing and publishing
around their educational needs. I’ve wondered more than once if the Lord did
that so that I would continue to write. Otherwise, I might’ve waited until they
were all raised and grown.
7 – I have naturally curly hair that refuses to stay straight or in place.
8 – My kids are some of my biggest fans despite the fact they have read none
of my books.
9 – I post silly stories on FB about the things my kids say and do, not because I
want everyone to be impressed with them, but so I will remember them later.
10 – My first crush was on Spock from Star Trek. So, when my husband
comments that I am part Vulcan (meaning highly analytical and logical), I
consider it quite the complement.





Rachel Rossano lives with her husband and three children in the northeastern part of the United States. Homeschooled through high school, she began writing her early teens. She didn’t become serious about pursuing a career as an author until after she had graduated from college and happily married. Then the children came.


Now she spends her days being a wife, mother, teacher, and household manager. Her evenings and free moments are devoted to her other loves, writing and book cover design. Drawing on a lifelong fascination with reading and history, she spends hours creating historical feeling fantasy worlds and populating them with characters who live and breathe on the page. 


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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Off Script Book Tour



“I kissed Edward Wolverton once. It was everything it was supposed to be—and then some... maybe I’ll kiss him again.”

TV Producer Bea Douglas’s last confession to her former business partner and ex-best friend wasn’t meant to tempt the fates. She’s eager to escape the hypocrisy of the television industry and years of hiding her faith for the convenience of other people. Edward Wolverton may be hot, smart, and funny—but he’s also two steps out of rehab with a self-proclaimed allergy to Christianity.

But after a club night turns violent, Bea loses her sense of self while Eddie teeters on the edge of relapse. Their connection to each other is the only certainty. To be together, each will have to let go of past pain and have faith in a love that never fades.

Off Script is an uncommon story of the power of love and resilience to bring people together in a society that does its best to tear them apart.



Snippet:

He closed his eyes. As the pink and yellow sunset disappeared, a new
skyscape appeared behind his eyes. The LA skyline outside the Void premiere
at Le Chateau. Not a surprise. This had been the first moment he remembered
wanting Bea, a feeling he’d pushed aside.
Bea stood at the railing, exactly as she had more than a year ago. She
chewed that spot on her lip and stared into the lights of the freeway, searching
for something while seeing nothing. He’d stood twenty feet behind her,
befuddled with emotion and alcohol and unsure if he should speak to her.
Her hair shifted with the wind. The wild strands whipped around her
shoulders and plastered her face. He’d been drunk, no doubt about that, but
he’d still memorized the curve of her waist and slope of her shoulders in her
vintage 1950s dress. He’d wished he were free to flirt with her and lift the
burden that made her seem so sad as she stared into the wastelands of Los
Angeles.
He indulged the memory, allowed it to shimmer and transform. Instead of
walking off as she’d done that night, she turned and smiled at him. Her eyes lit
up, all that deep green reflecting humor and cynicism in equal portions. He
could talk to her here, maybe stop missing her for a moment. He moved
toward her, rewriting the memory a little more, and eased up to the railing to
watch headlights zip by like frightened fireflies. Her red nails tinkled against
the metal railing.
He reached out to her in his mind, begged for conversation. “I wonder if I’d
told you I loved you every time I felt it, would that have changed us?”

But the wisp of memory held no answers. Bea’s face collapsed, as it had.
She pivoted on those shoes and departed, as she had that night.





Liv Bartlet is the pseudonym for writing partners Becca McCulloch and Sarah McKnight, who have been building worlds and telling stories together for more than a decade. They’ve logged hours of behind-the-scenes movie and TV footage and challenged each other in a friendly Oscar guessing game every year this millennium. Lifelong Anglophiles, their Monkey & Me world sprang to vivid life on a trip to London that included divine pastries, sublime art, and a spectacular pratfall in the British Museum.

Becca is a professor, a scientist, and a secret romantic who insisted their first order of business in London was a meandering five-mile walk to see Big Ben. She lives with her husband, children, and an ever-expanding roster of pets in Logan, Utah.


Sarah is an Army brat, an Excel geek, and has a lot of opinions on the differences between science fiction and fantasy. She lives with her cat, Sir Jack—who is featured prominently on Liv’s Instagram —just outside Salt Lake City.





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Star-Seer Review





Sleigh lives in a city at the very tops of the age-old valor trees, where babies born defective are taken and delivered to the other defects living on the Surface. When Sleigh’s sister is born one of these 3re-breathing, earthquake-inducing monsters, she follows the transporters to the Surface in secret, desperate to learn what will become of her. There, she discovers a new world of incredible people she’s instantly drawn to, one man in particular. Everything she’s been taught is a lie. She also 3nds out the Avarice will have her killed if her disappearance is detected, so she’s forced to return to her city after only a brief escape, feeling more like their captive than someone living under their safeguard.


Four years later, the stars foretell her sister’s capture and enslavement by centaurs, along with the murder of her beloved, Gabriel. No matter the cost, she’s determined to return to the Surface and do whatever it takes, even offering herself in their place, to prevent both such disasters. If only she’d known what sort of trouble this reckless act would really get her into: putting her at the heart of a prophecy to end human slavery to centaurs, being forced to seek out and wear the lost wings of Hendraya, which makes her the leader in a massive Surface war against a most deadly race of centaurs thought to have gone extinct over a century ago.






   During the day, April Marcom works as a substitute teacher for grades K-12. But in the evening, the alluring world of romance takes over as she pours it out on paper. Her favorite thing to do, though, is to spend time with her sports-car-loving husband and three incredibly energetic children. She also loves chocolate, her five very rowdy dogs, and livin’ the simple life out in the country. April grew up a southern bell in Mississippi, but is now a proud Oklahoman.




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4 Stars

I quite enjoyed reading this book. I will admit that it took me a few pages to get into the rhythm of the Authors cadence and writing style. But even before I adjusted to her style I was already interested in the story and it managed to pull me in enough that I stayed up way too late reading. The world the Author has built is well constructed without bogging down into excessive exposition. The plotline is in-depth enough that if she chose to go into detail and draw out the timeline she could have expanded this into multiple books. However, I think that given her writing style, keeping it to one book was the best option. This also gives the whole book a feel that it could easily fit with the younger set of YA readers in addition to the older.

I only had one real issue with this book, and unfortunately, it was a big one that wasn't necessarily the Author fault. When you meet Gabrial he is described as a young man only a few years older then Sleigh. However, after that one small paragraph, it only refers to him as "the man", using this title frequently, also it described his huge muscles and deep resounding voice. By the time we leave him on the surface, a few pages later, my mind had firmly planted him in the late 30's to early 40's. This made her obsession with him and scenes, later on, more than a bit disturbing. Despite trying to tell myself that he was actually her age my brain had already fixed on him being an old codger and I couldn't really get past it. I think if a different term to constantly refer to him after the first introductory paragraph; such as "the young man" or "the teen" instead of "the man" probably would have midigated this whole issue. But now that you have been warned maybe you can avoid falling into the same mistake I made.

As for warnings: People die and there is some violence, but it is not described in gory detail. This is, however, to be expected given the fact that there is a war in this book. There is also some steamy kissing scenes but they stay clean not going into too much detail. I would add as long as you take note of the paragraph above and don't make my mistake with the age gap, then these scenes are quite clean. I don't recall any swearing, so that shouldn't be a problem.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy read that will also keep them involved and interested. It feels like it is primarily written for the YA to young YA audience, but it would be a great book for anyone to read while sitting out enjoying the sun this summer... that is if you are lucky enough to get sun this summer 😉







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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Temple Omnibus Tour




Starfarers and explorers, the League settled on Kana thousands of years ago. They found it to be a paradise, a perfect, virtually uninhabited planet waiting just for them in the cradle of space.
Lovely Kana … it was too good to be true …

But, all was not as it seemed. Simmering beneath the ground was a demented god who had soaked Kana in blood for untold ages, luring in victims, lying to them, and rejoicing in their suffering as they died at the hands of his dark angels.
And there will be blood again … From his Temple in the ground, the Horned God stirs.
When Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort, a young man troubled by the weight of the world, dares give his heart to a girl from a mysterious ancient household, one that pre-dates the League itself, he comes to know the shadows of the past that hover over her.

He comes to know of the Horned God, and for love he is destined to face him. All roads lead to the Temple of the Exploding Head, a place of evil and death, rooted in the ancient past, but also tied to the distant future. 



3 Excerpts from the Book

1)— Run! Run, Sam!” they called to her. “Run all you want … we’ve got plans
for you … All in good time!” –the “Demons” to Lady Sammidoran.

2)— Look at his eyes. Look at his hair.
It’s his mother’s fault.
His mother’s fault!
Lord Davage chose poorly, and here’s the result.
Crying? He’s crying!  --The Vith critiquing a 13 year old Lord Kabyl.

3)— “Have you ever heard of Countess Fercandia, Kay?” she asked as they
walked down the corridor heading toward the eastern section of the castle,
Kay’s boots clicking on the tiles.
“No, Mother, I’m sorry I haven’t.”
“She’s an old countess from long ago when the Vith still had to fight the
Haitathe to survive. Countess Fercandia was a warrior who fought at her lord’s
side, and she fought with a CARG, just like he did. Her CARG wasn’t big and
heavy like her lord’s. It was smaller and lighter, something that she could use.
It was still a CARG, just different. I wanted you to see it. I thought you might be
inspired.” Her face filled with motherly love and pride. She touched his cheek.
“And, maybe you wouldn’t be so hard on yourself. Look at you, just a little boy,
yet so burdened. I can sense it, Kay. I know you’ve been hurting.”
“I’m fine, mother,” he lied.  –Countess Sygillis to her son, Lord Kabyl.




REN GARCIA, is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons.
He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture.
His books are published by Loconeal Publishing and include: The League of Elder: Sygillis of Metatron, The Hazards of the Old Ones, The Dead Held Hands, The Machine, and The Temple of the Exploding Head. LoE Book VI: Sands of the Solar Empire was released in July, 2012 and Book VII: “Against the Druries” was released in 2013. His next set of books,  “The Shadow tech Goddess” was released in 2014 with the most recent book, Stenibelle, released in June 2015.
 He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their three dogs.





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