Thursday, 22 December 2016

Review- History's Prisoners by James Garmisch

I received this book for exchange with a honest review.

History's Prisoners byJames Garmisch
Released: October 8, 2016
Pages: 165
Buy it: Amazon

Moments before his execution, Huan is given a clear choice: infiltrate the Global Resistance—or die, and never see his children again.

The Alliance is collapsing, and Huan, a former economist for the worldwide government, knows how it was engineered. History has been reset, the children of dissidents re-educated, and the family unit abolished. The facade of utopia is evaporating.

Meanwhile, beyond the city walls, the separated lands are shifting from despair to chaos. Smoldering discontent is about to explode. Huan is neither a soldier nor a spy, but he will have to become both—and quickly—if he is to survive and to save the family that does not know him.

Quite a few things happened in this book.   Packed full of action it felt very exciting for most of the book.   In History's prisoners, many of the world is brainwashed into believing the utopia that the Alliance has created.   Global resistance, a group who know the truth are fighting back.     

History's Prisoners centres around a few different characters showing there perspective. Each facing a different problem.  In the end, I was fascinated to see what was going to happen to each of them.  Mostly I was interested in Doon, Huan, Ava and Reyanna.  The other characters I did not feel invested in, so I did not mind what happened to them.

One aspect was the forbidden romance of Doon and Reyanna.    Doon is a Ranger, a soldier for the Alliance and Reyanna is part of the Global Resistance.   It was written excellently, but at times it felt a little forced. Together they had some great moments, you can't help but like them.

I found that this was a great start to a series.    It was well written, great characters and had a interesting plot.  A lot of this took me by surprised and has me intrigued to find out what will happen for the next book.

I gave this book a 3.5/5.  

Have you read History's Prisoners?  Are you planning on reading it? 


Sunday, 11 December 2016

December TBR

It is the last month of the year.   The year has gone by really quick.   Anyway here are the books that I am planning on reading this month.

1.  The Final Empire (Misborn #1)- Brandon Sanderson
2.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1)- J.K Rowling
3.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)- J.K Rowling
4.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)- J.K Rowling

This year I have mostly read books that were new to me.   I normally love going back to read a favourite.   So I thought now would be the perfect time to reread Harry Potter.  I have put the first three of this series, so I will see how far I can get.

Do you like re-reading books?


Thursday, 8 December 2016

Wrap up- November

Wow there is only one more month left for the year.   Now it is time for my November wrap up.   I ended up reading 3 books this month.  Two of these are from my TBR for November which you can check out here. Currently I am reading The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

1.  Raelia (The Medoran Chronicles #2)- Lynette Noni- 5/5
2.  Hex- Thomas Olde Heuvelt- 3/5
3.  Wucaii - Pembroke Sinclair- 5/5-Review

I also took part in two blog tours this month.   The first blog tour was for Timeless by Crystal Collier which you can check out a spotlight and review here.   Second tour was for Boy Meets Witch by G.A Rael and you can check out a excerpt here.


Monday, 28 November 2016

Review- Wucaii by Pembroke Sinclair

I received this book in exchange of a honest review.

Wucaii by Pembroke Sinclair
Released: June 4, 2016
Pages: 214
Buy it: Amazon

It has been 500 years since Aelana has been home, and a lot has changed in that time--including her. As a half-dragon, half-human hybrid, she has been traveling the universe destroying worlds. Both anxious and excited to return, she wonders what she will find. Her memories of home are filled with pain and loss, especially for her first and only love. She knows he won't be there, but will his memory? Will her anguish remain?

What waits for Aelana on her home world? Find out in this exciting urban fantasy novel by Pembroke Sinclair.
When I started reading this book I felt like it was something special and I wasn't disappointed.  With plenty of mystery I could not put it down.  It is a interesting take on the apocalypse which was very exciting.

Aelana is a half-human half-dragon hybrid.   She  travels the universe to prepare them for the destruction of the world so that it can heal the damages the inhabitants have caused.   Kalen a police officer,  who is the reincarnation of her soulmate Thoran.  When the two meet he feels a connection,  feeling like a they have met before.

The flashback to a time before Aelana was transformed into a hybrid was fantastic.  It adds a lot to the story's background.   Throughout the book we discover when Aelana first transformed into a hybrid. What happened with Thoran and why the dragons destroy the worlds.

In the end this book was a very descriptive book with a very entertaining plot,  that I enjoyed from the beginning.   I absolutely loved it and ended up giving it 5/5.


Monday, 21 November 2016

Blog Tour Excerpt: Boy Meets Witch by G.A Rael


Title: Boy Meets Witch
Author: G.A. Rael
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours

Blurb: Harper Adams is a witch on the run--from her past as a faith healer turned accidental arsonist, and from the power she's kept locked away her whole life. She thinks she's finally found a place she can settle down and call home in the picturesque town of Cold Creek, Vermont, but a mysterious white cat who may or may not be bent on taking the curvaceous witch's soul has other plans. Harper's compassion gets the best of her and earns her an unwanted reputation as the town miracle worker as well as the ire of sexy veterinarian and militant atheist, Darren St. Clair. Cold Creek's residents have a few supernatural secrets of their own, and Harper will have to face the destiny that led her to the last place a witch in hiding needs to be--that is, if Darren doesn't have her chased out of town with a pitchfork-wielding mob before she gets the chance.
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The voice was much too soft and not nearly low enough to be Darren's. Harper spun around but not before the intruder had unzipped her dress halfway. She clutched her slipping bodice to her chest and stared at the white-haired man in shock. "Get out of here!"
He watched her, smirking. "You and your unlocked doors, silly girl. I take it from the fact that you're home alone on a Friday evening that there's trouble in paradise?"
Harper adjusted and re-zipped her dress as best as she could with trembling hands. "You had no right to just walk into my apartment."
"But I thought we were friends," he crooned. "I told you I'm free to walk the earth on full moons. You should have known I'd pay my favorite little witch bitch a visit."
Harper thought of arguing with his use of the term but decided it was a moot point and flopped down on her bed. She didn't trust the magician at all, but at the same time, she couldn't see him as a threat. Her intuition hardly ever seemed logical, and yet she couldn't point to a time when it had been wrong.
Then again, there was a first time for everything.
"If you're going to break into my apartment, I think you at least owe me a name," she said once she had caught her breath.
"That's fair," he said, pulling up a chair across from her. He crossed his long legs and lounged at her table in the most elegant fashion. Harper had to wonder whether he was a man who lived as a cat or vice versa. "My name is Locke."
"Locke?" she asked doubtfully. "Is that your first or your last name?"
"Well, Locke, I wasn't expecting you until the equinox."
"I thought I'd check in and see if you'd given any thought to my offer," he said, raising his eyebrows. "Have you?"
"I've thought about it, yes," she admitted. "You would raise my mother and brother from the dead and, in return, you'd become my familiar and get to be a human whenever you like."
"That's the long and short of it," he said patiently, folding his hands in his lap. "And your answer?"
"Absolutely not."
He blinked slowly, as if offended. "And here I thought it was a compelling offer. Generous, even."
"It was. That's why I have to turn it down. There are a lot of things about my upbringing that I know now were wrong, but one of the thing that's stuck with me is the knowledge that if something seems too good to be true, it is. I also know that familiar is just another word for demon."
His mouth lilted into that crooked little smile that would have been enticing if it weren't so damn menacing. "So there is a limit to your naiveté. I'm relieved."
"You knew what my answer would be," she realized aloud. "Why did you bother coming here?"
He shrugged. "I was in the neighborhood. I caught the tail end of your fight with the curmudgeonly yet dreamy doctor and thought you might need someone to talk to. Plus, it never hurts to ask a second time."
Harper watched him for a long while. "For some odd reason, I actually believe you."
He smiled. "I might be a self-serving entity, Harper, but I'm not malicious. Unlike some," he said with an accusatory glance at the ceiling. "Believe it or not, I've grown attached to you."
"Why should I believe that? I met you barely two months ago." At least he wasn't still calling her Alyssa.
"As I said when we met, you may not know me, but I've been watching over you since you were young," he said coolly, examining his painted white nails. "Even a creature like me is capable of forming an attachment over time. I chose you carefully, after all."
"Excuse me for not being flattered, but if you're trying to impress me by claiming to be my guardian angel, you've done a pretty poor job."
Rather than the cutting retort she expected, he gave her a strange, almost sad smile. "Like you said, familiar is another word for demon. While I make no apologies for what I am, I can promise that I'll never lie to you."
"And why should I believe you?"
"You shouldn't," he replied, taking a step forward, "but you do. Way deep down inside that precious little heart of yours, past the God-shaped hole and the quaint little dream of being the doctor's wife, you feel it. The connection. The kinship. The fact that, no matter how many years you spent on your knees, you have more in common with a thing like me than with all those saints who burned in your father's tent."
Harper flinched as Locke touched her face, but his nimble fingers dug into her flesh with surprising strength. "You can lie to yourself, little witch, but I never will," he purred, gentling in tone and touch as he caressed her cheek. "I'm not like the other men in your life. I won't exploit you or force you to be anything you're not."
"Darren isn't like that," she said, jerking away. "He loves me the way I am."
"Does he?" Locke challenged, propping his cheek on his hand. "Or does he just see you as a poor, brainwashed soul to covert? The sermon changes, but preachers are all the same."
Harper cringed internally as Locke echoed Darren's words. "My love life is none of your business."
He laughed loudly. "Oh, honey, if your love life was a business, you couldn't give away the shares. I'm just concerned about you, that's all. I'd hate to see you escape one hot-headed egoist only to fall into the arms of another on the opposite end of the spectrum."
"That's awfully kind for someone who leaves me threatening phone calls," she muttered. "And I know you were the one who tipped my father off."
Locke frowned in confusion. "The phone call I'll take credit for. Sometimes my associates get a bit zealous when it comes time to close a deal, but I didn't say anything to your father. Why, did he show up here?"
Harper eyed him warily, struggling to decide whether he was being sincere or not. His words struck her as genuine, which was something that didn't seem to come easily to him. "You didn't know?"
He stood up straight and raised a hand to his forehead. "Scout's honor. What did he do?"
Harper frowned. "Nothing. It doesn't matter. Look, if you want me to believe you actually give a damn about me, then back off and tell your 'associates' to do the same."
"Ooh," Locke said with a low whistle. "The choir girl needs to put a nickel in the swear jar. That vet really must have hurt your feelings."
"It's nothing," she said tersely. "Please just go. It's been a rough night as it is and I don't have the energy to keep up with the witty banter or fend off your advances on my soul."
"Alright," he said, holding his hands up. "Would you let me stay if I promised no more shop talk?"
She hesitated, doubtful of the fact that she actually had a choice in the matter. "Fine," she said, digging through her dresser for a nightgown, "but you're sleeping on the floor."
"Even if I look like this?"
By the time Harper turned around, there was a wide-eyed white cat in a pile of clothes on the floor. It sauntered over to her, trilling as it rubbed against her legs. Harper groaned, tossing a blanket over the cat so she could change in privacy. She was too tired to argue with a feline.

Author Bio:
Hi there! I'm a practicing witch and author of paranormal romance, fantasy and magical realism. I'm also a firm believer that the things that go bump in the night deserve their happily ever afters, too! When I'm not writing, you can find me watching campy horror films with my husband and our menagerie and hiking in the woods in beautiful New England! Want updates when I publish a book? Join The Coven (PNR & Fantasy Newsletter.)
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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Spotlight- Timeless by Crystal Collier

Welcome Crystal Collier here today to share her brand new book!

Series: Maiden of Time, #3
Author: Crystal Collier
Pages: 253
Publication: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Raybourne Publishing
ISBN: 9781629830056


In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat—along with an unfathomable evil and her own heart—the Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?
Buy: Amazon | B&N

What reviewers are saying:

“A magical, fast-paced, romantic adventure…” --T. Drecker, Bookworm for Kids

“A story of love...true and forbidden love. There's mystery…tension, action...everything.” –Chrys Fey, author of Ghost of Death

"SWOON." --Sherlyn, Mermaid with a Book Reviewer

     The ground exploded next to Alexia’s foot. She stumbled backward, her broken-sword-turned-dagger clasped tightly in one fist as she scanned the horizon through raining debris. Men writhed across the beach in rawhide jerkins or white tunics bearing red crosses, the chaos of clashing metal like the roar of hungry lions.
Lions. The symbol woven into the enemy’s armlets and stamped upon their wooden shields—an emblem that marked them as King Edward’s elite killing force.
Lovely. Now the enemy had a catapult. Not that their sheer numbers weren’t bad enough. On a ship beyond the war-torn beachfront stood the wooden monster that had launched a boulder and scarred the earth next to her.
A jolt in her womb brought her hand up, the babe within pounding to break out and join in the battle. Soon. Very soon her child would enter the world, and her chance to save the Passionate would end. “You will have your time, little one.”
Alexia’s mere nineteen years were far too few to be with child and centuries away from her husband and home, far too few for her to be in the midst of a war. She clutched the pendant dangling around her neck, heavy metal too dull to hold any monetary value, and focused on the power stored within, pulling at its strength. Golden energy trickled into her fingers, like being filled with sunlight. The world around her slowed.
Weapons crept toward their intended targets, and battle cries thrummed, a rumbling bass.
Five months ago she’d discovered this raggedy band of talented people like herself, the Passionate. Unlike the powerful sub-society of Passionate she’d left behind, these were vagabonds and nomads, a struggling force who gathered others like themselves and fled to safety. They were more suited to living in holes and caves than behind four walls. Many had been rescued from noblemen who enslaved them and used their talents for gain, which brought about the current conflict: too many of the rich had lost their precious prisoners. They begged King Edward to send the Knights Templar—his witch hunters—after their slaves.
Alexia stepped through the slowed conflict, her burlap skirts pulling against her swollen womb like chainmail made for a giant.

Crystal Collier is an eclectic author who pens clean fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese.

Find her online HERE.

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Review for Timeless:

Timeless is the third book of the Maiden of time Trilogy. In this book, Alexia finds herself 500 years in the past. Leaving behind her family and friends to try to stop the evil soulless from ever being created. The whole trilogy has excellent world building which hooks you in. Filled with plenty of action and adventure as well as some fantastic emotional scenes. I found it very exciting and hard to put down.

I loved seeing how far Alexia has come since we first meet her. While at times I found Kieran frustrating, in end we got to find out his reasons and it began making sense. It was also great seeing a different side to some of the characters we have met before.

Overall a excellent ending to a fantastic trilogy. I ended up giving Timeless 4/5

November- TBR

Today I will be telling you all what I plan to read in November.

1.  Hex- Thomas Olde Heuvelt
2.  The Final Empire (Misborn #1)- Brandon Sanderson
3.  History's Prisoners (Invasion #1)- James Garmisch
4.  Wucaii - Pembroke Sinclair

Have you read any of these books?  Are you planning of reading any of these?


Saturday, 5 November 2016

October- Wrap up

October is over and here is my wrap up.  I realised that I started this blog just over year ago.   I cannot believe it has been a year, it has gone by really fast.  Anyway, I ended up reading 7 books this month.  I have finished my goal of 50 books by reading 52 so far.   Two of those books were on my September TBR.   Currently I am reading Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.

1.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1)- Ransom Riggs- 5/5
2.  New Dusk (Hart and Soul #1)- Liberty Gilmore- 4.5/5- Review
3.  DreaganStar- Nan Klee- 3/5- Review
4.  Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)- Sarah J. Maas- 5/5
5.  Moonless (Maiden of Time #1)- Crystal Collier- 4/5
6. Soulless (Maiden of Time #2)- Crystal Collier- 4/5
7.  Timeless (Maiden of Time #3)- Crystal Collier- 4/5

What was your favourite book you read in October?


Monday, 24 October 2016

Review- DreaganStar- Nan Klee

DreaganStar by Nan Klee
Released: July 22, 2016
Pages: 280
Buy It: Amazon

Samantha Alexander is the Senior Psychologist of the five Dreagan Corporation lunar colonies. She is given the task of proving Jonathan Dreagan, the founder, the brilliant scientist and Chairman of the Board to be insane. It would be an easy task but for the fact that Dreagan is the originator of all of the technology around her, still a brilliant scientist, and the man she is rapidly falling in love with. 

This is the debut novel by an exciting new science fiction author and the introduction to the fascinating universe traversed by DreaganStar. 

I was excited for the plot of the book.  It sounded very interesting.  It has some fantastic moments but at times I felt it moving too slowly.  The book took some surprising turns that left me a little shocked.  It also has good world building.

At times,  it was a bit confusing with all the different characters.  It took a little while to know who they were talking about.  In the ended I was able to find out who they were talking about.  It also annoyed me a little how they kept saying AshenGrey.  As Samantha Alexander and Johnathan Dreagan got to know each other they it was said too much.

I thought Samantha and Dreagan had a good connection.  Definitely liked when they were together.

Still it was thoroughly entertaining,  and thought it was quite good.  I ended up giving this book 3/5.  

Have you read DreaganStar?  Are you planning on reading it?


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

(Review) New Dusk- Liberty Gilmore

New Dusk by Liberty Gilmore
Released: May 3, 2016
Pages: 105
Buy it: Amazon

Alf is roaring. Most people would mistake this for anger, but they don’t spend as much time around Demons as I do…

Cadence Hart has just six months on the job left. But six months might as well be a lifetime in the dangerous field of Deportations. Armed with a flaming sword and backed by Alf, her Demon partner, she’s the thin blue line between the Souls escaped from Hell and the living residents of the city.

Missing persons cases aren’t her usual line of work, but a young woman has disappeared in strange circumstances and Cadence is pulled off her regular duties to investigate. The girl’s parents think she’s possessed. Which is impossible. Only, from what evidence there is - it looks an awful lot like she’s possessed.

To solve the case, she’ll need the help of Matthew, a Soul expert. Matthew gained his expertise first hand – he’s been dead since before Cadence was born. But when their investigation unearths links to the devil-worshipping cult, New Dusk, they begin to realise that the case might be more than even they can handle.

New Dawn is a fun, fast paced book, that I could not put down. It had great writing, and a interesting plot.  It has a great balance between action and mystery as well supernatural elements.  The idea that souls have escaped hell to cause havoc was great.

Cadence is strong, sarcastic and awkward main character.  Determined on returning the souls to hell, teams up with soul Matthew.  While they shouldn't work well together,  they end up making a amazing team. The two balance each other out and have the talents needed to discover what happened with the missing girls.

It took an unexpected turn, and end up finishing with a great ending.  While it left me with a few questions, it seemed to resolve the immediate issue but leaves enough to get me excited for the rest of the series.  Overall it is a  to an amazing start to this series, and I am excited to read the next book if this series.

In the end I gave this book 4.5/5.

Have you read New Dawn?  Are you planning on reading it?


Friday, 7 October 2016

October TBR

Here is my TBR for October.   I am planning on readings five books this month.  Currently I am reading Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.

1.  Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)- Sarah J. Maas
2.  Raelia (The Medoran Chronicles #2)- Lynette Noni
3.  Hex- Thomas Olde Heuvelt
4.  DreaganStar- Nan Klee
5.  History's Prisoners (Invasion #1)- James Garmisch

Have you read any of these?  What books are you planning reading this month?


Sunday, 2 October 2016

September- Wrap Up

It is the end of September.  This month I read 5 books.  Two of them was on my TBR for the month (check it out here).   Currently I am reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

1.   The Magician (The Secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel #2)- by Michael Scott- 4/5
2.   These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)- Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner- 3.5/5
3.   The Patriots Of Mars (The Gods That Failed #1)- Jeff Faria- 4/5 Review
4.   A Court of Thorns and Roses(A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)- Sarah J. Maas- 5/5
5.   Chopin's Ghost-  Cary Grossman- 3.5/5- Review

I also posted a spotlight for Rarity From the Hallows by Robert Eggleton that you can check out here.

What did you read in September? Any Favourites?


Friday, 30 September 2016

Chopins Ghost- Cary Grossman

This was given to me by the author in exchange for a review.

Chopins Ghost by Cary Grossman
Released: July 20, 2013
Pages: 373
Buy it: Amazon

Fryderyk Chopin, the genius of the Romantic period, has been haunting the dreams of rock star Robin Hanley. The master composer offers more than just music lessons, however; he shows Robin images of a beautiful woman, and of a fire that will claim his life. Immersing himself in the wildly successful band he forms with a friend from school, Robin is unable to explain his ability to change the weather with his moods, predict the impending death of loved ones, or hide from dreams of the mysterious woman. And Chopin won't leave him alone. Shocked and despondent, Robin drops out of a major tour after his estranged wife disappears with the couple's daughter.

Hiding from a world he doesn't understand and memories too painful to endure, it is only when Robin faces his fears, confronts the ghost, and rejoins the world that he can hope to find his missing child and the woman he loves. But neither Suze, the powerful enchantress from his dreams, nor Robin can possibly imagine how old is their history together, or what is actually at stake.

A love story that spans over 25,000 years, Chopin's Ghost is Cary Marc Grossman's first novel, and the first of a three-part series.

I thought this book felt really slow at the beginning.  It took a while to get into the story.   I was really intrigued by the plot of this book and eventually the pace picked up.  Chopin's Ghost was quite mysterious and it took some unexpected turns. While it left me confused a couple times it was still quite entertaining and I could not wait finding out what would happen next..

Filled with some great characters that you get to know.  I was not overly fond of Robin but definitely grew on me as the book progressed.  I enjoyed Suze and found these two were great together.  Angie frustrated me at times, but was glad of the chance to understand her a little more.  Some of the characters took a while to get use to, but overall they were wonderfully developed.

It was quite a well written book with romance and paranormal aspects.   Overall it was a good start of a series and I ended up giving this a 3.5/5.

Have you read Chopin's Ghost yet?  Are you planning on reading it? 


Friday, 16 September 2016

Patriot's of mars- Jeff Faria

This was given to me by the author in exchange for a review.

Patriots of Mars by Jeff Faria
Released: August 18, 2016
Pages: 424
Buy it: Amazon

A phantom group called 'The Patriots of Mars' has committed an act of rebellion that stands the world on its ear.

Josh Reynolds, a Martain-born teen with a secret, is trying to change his life when he gets caught up in the wake of the Patriots' insurrection.

As he struggles to both find and save himself, Josh begins to realize that the change he had hoped for could become something more far-reaching than anyone has imagined.

I really enjoyed this book.  It is a creative and a wonderfully written book..  It was quite descriptive which gave a great sense of the layout.

The book follows a number of different characters after the Patriots rebellion.  So it took a while to get to know them all.  In the beginning it definitely felt like they were not connected but eventually showed how they were all connected.   I really the sections with Josh and his friends and felt they had a great balance together.

This book had you guessing through the whole book, taking surprising turns. It had you guessing who are the Patriots, not revelling who they were until the end.  While I thought in a couple of places I felt the pace was a little slow.   Overall I really loved this book and cannot wait to read book 2!!

I ended up giving this book a 4/5.   I am really looking forward to continuing with Josh and his friends.

Have you read The Patriots of Mars? What did you think of it?


Friday, 9 September 2016

September TBR

It is a bit late but here is my TBR for September.   I have three books I want to read this month.Currently I m reading These Broken Stars.

1.  These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)- Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
2.  The Final Empire (Misborn #1)- Brandon Sanderson
3.  A Court of Thorns and Roses(A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)- Sarah J. Maas

Have you read any of these? What do you plan on reading this month?


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Spotlight: Rarity From The Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton
Released: December 5, 2016(Final edition)
Pages: 284
Buy it: | | Dog Horn Publishing | Lulu | Weightless Books

Here is a spotlight for rarity from the hollow by Robert Eggleton.   This book is a adult literary science fiction novel and has been described as a children's story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.  If this interests you then keep on reading.

About Rarity from the Hollow

Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage -- an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It's up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn't mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.
Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire.

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.” 
Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest 

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.” 
    Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

. "…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy." -- Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” --Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author 

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” -- The Baryon Review

About Robert:

Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997. Today, he is a recently retired psychotherapist from the mental health center in CharlestonWest VirginiaRarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

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Excerpt : From chapter 13, Mom I’d Like to Introduce You to My Fiancé:

            …..…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn's name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.
            I hear her voice. Why won't she answer me?  
            “Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods.  
            Nobody responded. The trees weren't supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child. Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree. 
            I will always love you guys.  
Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.    
            Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front.  
            Jenny looked to the left of the path.
            There ain't no cave Roundabend, but there it is.  
            She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face.  Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn't exit and into a blue light that did. 
            “All right, you mother f**ker!”
            “Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you're supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story)."
            DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner.  Jenny covered Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.    
            "Grrrrr," emanated from Jenny.  It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn's dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house.  It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate.  No one moved.  The spaceship’s door slid shut.
            “Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.” 
            “You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight off Lacy Dawn.
            Stay between them.
            “Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I'm old enough -- like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend -- what you call it -- my fiancé.”  
            “You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce.  
            “MOM!  Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.” 
            Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.
            He ain't got no private parts, not even a little bump.    
            “DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancé, DotCom.” 
            Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.   
            “Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.”  
            I will need much more training if I'm ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.
            “Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”       
            Jenny's left eye twitched.  
            DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…     
            …(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There're a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain't complained since the shots started -- not even with an upset stomach.” 
            "He's a doctor?" Jenny asked.
            “What's your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know.  You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that's different -- even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.” 
            “Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said. 
            Mommy's right. Maybe I need a different argument.
            A fast clicking sound, a blur of motion, and a familiar smell assaulted them. 
            "What's that?" Jenny asked.  
            She moved to protect her daughter from whatever threat loomed. Brownie, who had been granted 27 / 7 access to the ship, bounded over the orange recliner, knocked DotCom to the floor, licked DotCom’s face, and rubbed his head on Jenny’s leg. He then jumped onto the recliner and lay down. His tail wagged throughout. Jenny sat down on the recliner beside Brownie and looked at Lacy Dawn.
            “But, you were crying when I first came in. That thing was hurting you.” Jenny shook her finger at DotCom to emphasize a different argument against him.
            “Mommy, I'm so happy that I couldn’t help but cry. My man just came home from an out-of-state job. I didn't talk to him for a whole year. Before he left, he told me that he wasn’t even sure if he'd be able to come home. I still don’t know what happened while he was gone. We ain't had no chance to talk. All I know is that he's home and I'm sooooo happy.” 
            “Your man came home from an out-of-state job?” Jenny patted Brownie on his head, some more and some more….  
            It's unusual for a man to promise to come back home and ever be seen again. Brownie likes him and that's a good sign. Maybe she's right about him helping Dwayne. Something sure did and it wasn’t me. It is a nice living room. They've been together for a while and I ain't seen a mark on herThat's unusual too. He ain't got no private parts and that's another good thingHell, if I get in the middle, she’d just run off with him anyway. I'd better play it smart. I don't want to lose my baby. 
            “What about his stupid name?” Jenny asked. 
            “I’ve got a stupid name, too. All the kids at school call me hick because my last name is Hickman.”
            “My name was given to me by my manager a very long time ago. It represents a respected tradition -- the persistent marketing of that which is not necessarily the most needed. I spam…,” DotCom said.  
            They both glared at him.  
            "Dwayne is sure to be home. I don’t want him to worry. Let’s go,” Jenny said.  
            “Okay, Mommy.” 
            “I love you, DotCom,” Lacy Dawn stepped out the ship’s door, which had slid open. Brownie and Jenny were right behind her.  
            “I love you too,” DotCom said. 
            Lacy Dawn and Jenny held hands and walked down the path toward home. The trees didn’t smile -- at least not so Jenny would notice. On the other hand, no living thing obstructed, intruded, or interfered with the rite.    
            Jenny sang to the Woods, “My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up.  My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up….”