Book Review -Into the Darkness by A.M. Rycroft

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Into the Darkness
A.M. Rycroft
4 Stars

Gentle Readers, this is a story right up my alley. Swords, sorcery, good and evil gods, heroes and villains. All in a home brew world that would be great as a pen and paper, dice rolling weekend like I spent in my younger years. Rycroft gives us realism and cohesion in both character personality and the world in general.

Aeryn Ravane is a sellsword with a mission, to complete her father’s final quest to break the curse on the Black Caverns and gain access to the treasures within. What Aeryn doesn’t know is that her long journey is just beginning. She is joined by the master of the Black Caverns, Tynan Selvantyr, or at least his ghost as the mage has been dead for 150 years. Also joining her is young Theo, a street thief with secrets of her own. With The Harbinger loose from his prison in the Black Caverns, Aeryn is on a race against time to find the courage within to face her past, and take out the evil mad god.

Rycroft’s tale was a joy to read and had all the elements of a great fantasy tale. I look forward to more from him, especially this Cathell Series as I don’t think the gods are done with Aeryn and her friends just yet.

Into the Darkness on Amazon

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Book Review – The Kaleidoscope by B K Nault 


The Kaleidoscope
B K Nault
5 Stars

My Gentle Readers, today’s offering is a real gem. BK gives us a lovely tale of Harold Donaldson, a genius of cyber forensics with the people skills of a rock. Maybe that’s a little harsh but his wife leaves him for a lack of passion and direction in his life.

With the help of a book on management principles from the 1950s, Harold sets out to prove his wife wrong and make real connections with people.

His social life takes a dramatic turn after an encounter with a homeless man on his way to work. Harold buys some bagels for the guy, and in return is given a beautiful handcrafted kaleidoscope. You know the ones we had as kids, but this one is top notch.

The kaleidoscope seems to draw people to Harold in such a way as never before. While he struggles with his newfound friendships, he continues to seek ways to prove his wife wrong by getting a promotion at work. The mysterious powers the Kaleidoscope exhibits are just another complication he doesn’t necessarily want, but cannot seem to rid himself of the device.

Soon enough he’s embroiled in the life of Pepper, his cancer stricken neighbor. Her zest for life is contagious and Harold finds himself drawn more and more out of his shell.

Where did the mysterious kaleidoscope come from? What is the connection between the kaleidoscope’s maker and Harold? Pick up “The Kaleidoscope” today and find out for yourself.

The Kaleidoscope on Amazon
BK Nault’s Website

Book Review – Pink Tootsie by T.M. Raskin

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Pink Tootsie
T.M. Raskin
4 stars

My Gentle Readers, this is not a book for the faint of heart, or the easily offended, or the prudish. This memoir details, in a very specific format, nearly 20 years of abuse and drug use by the author. It is not spoiling the ending to say that she is winning her fight against addiction these days.

This book is sad. She fights and fights, constantly losing everything to her addiction. The beginning three fourths of the book detail the minutia of abuses, drugs, jobs found and lost, as well as innocence stolen. Throughout the book we see glimpses of a person who really wants to be better. Her self destructive habits, born from the abuses she suffered in her early years, rear their ugly heads time and again, snuffing her willpower.  The writing itself reads at times like a person rambling about their life, with a quick jump to the past to recall an event left out earlier in the time line.

While I recognize the importance the author places on zeroing in on every abuse and use of drugs, this section of the book dragged on nearly to the point of losing me. It was very hard to plow through to the moment she entered rehab. By comparison, this section of her life moves at a much faster pace, her growth and recovery happening very quickly when lined up against the years prior. I am in awe of the author’s strength and personal fortitude she has found in order to overcome her past, and this section could have been even more inspirational if given more depth of detail.

If you enjoy a story of triumph against all odds, grab this one today.

Pink Tootsie on Amazon

 

Book Review – The Physic by E. Burden

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The Physic (Children of the Dire Wolf Book 1)
E. Burden
5 Stars

Well my Gentle Readers, this is the hardest decision I have made to date on rating a book I reviewed.  I loved the story, I loved the characters. They were real and pulled at my heartstrings. Sadly it needed another once over as I found some rather jarring proofreading errors that dropped me out of the story the author so delicately wove. This would normally make me bump this down to a 4, or maybe even a 3 if the errors were severe enough. However, I was able to quickly overcome these as I needed to get back into this story and in this day and age, an e-book can be quickly updated. Because of these two reasons, I felt I still had to bump this up to a 5 star review.

Taisho is a werewolf in hiding at a church when all manner of hell breaks loose in her hometown of Maraborg. Unknown to most, the villain is far worse than some criminal or evil mastermind bent on world domination. This is where the author shows great genius in crafting a villain who has human level intelligence, but is truly a force of nature. How does one stop something like this? A being with one sole purpose: to convert the entire world into mindless slaves bent to “his?”/”its?” complete command.

The question becomes, how does one stop a force of nature like this? Taisho learns she is the key to both sides of this war and must fight for not only her life, but the lives of everyone she ever comes to care about in both the human and werewolf worlds.

As the world seems to fall apart at the seams, Taisho fights to maintain control of her destiny, learning her place in the werewolf world. Love, a scarce commodity in her childhood, comes to her in the form of another werewolf. This gives her immeasurable strength of will to continue fighting when all seems lost.

Will Taisho and her allies be able to save the world from the abominations running rampant? Will she be able to reconcile her lineage and hold onto the love she has found in a world gone mad? Find out by taking a giant bite out of this read.

 

The Physic on Amazon

 

Novella Launch and Novel Relaunch!!

Well Gentle Readers I have some exciting news. I have launched a new ebook novella, “Haunting of House 1273”. This haunted tale is available on Amazon for FREE through Halloween 2016. I hope you will take a look, give it a download and let me know what you think in the reviews. This is a bit of a departure from my normal writing but it was a strange dream I knew I had to put down on paper. Huge shoutout to Steger Productions for the great cover.

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Also, I have an expanded second edition of my debut novel “Beginnings” that went live this weekend. Amazon is still showing the old cover for the ebook, but I assure you it has all the new stuff in it. If you had bought the book in the past, you should be able to get the update for free.

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Book Review – Rath’s Deception by Piers Platt

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Rath’s Deception (Janus Group Book One)
Piers Platt
4 Stars

Piers delivers a hell of an outer space action adventure ride with this first book in his Janus Group series.

Rath is a teenager with a secret, a photographic memory that is his and his brother Vonn’s ticket our of the slums of their homeworld of Tarkis. Things go sideways when Vonn is caught double crossing the local drug lord. With Vonn dead, Rath leaves his drugged out parents and takes to the streets. Three years later he is still surviving on his own when he is picked up by a recruiter for the Guild. Rath is offered the deal of a lifetime: be trained as an elite hitman, and when he makes it to fifty kills, he gets fifty percent of the fees collected for his kills.

So Rath goes to work for the Janus Group, but something is wrong. He isn’t a stone cold killer and no one thinks he will last long before getting captured or killed himself.

Can Rath survive his contract and collect a reward that would set him up for life? Or will he fail like so many others before him.

I suggest you pick up this great read and find out for yourself.

Rath’s Deception on Amazon

Official Piers Platt Author Page

Book Review – The Viking by Marti Talbot

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The Viking
Marti Talbot
4 Stars

Well Gentle Readers, this tale of star-crossed lovers is no Romeo and Juliet.

Stefan, son of a Viking Commander and a kidnapped Scottish woman is finally of age to go to sea with his father where he can seek plunder and riches of his own. He had no idea his first sea voyage might be his last.

Kannak, whose drunkard and abusive father has disappeared, struggles with how to help her mother maintain their independence. Her decision to go to the market and find a husband is interrupted when three Viking ships beach to attack the village.

Neither of them knew Kannak’s decision to hide Stefan from those pursuing the “missing Viking” would lead them down the road it did.  Adventure, fighting, love and loss. A well rounded read to be sure with a twist at the end you will never see coming.

The only thing that was a bit off putting was how the Vikings and the Scots all seemed to use the same jargon. I am no history buff but I didn’t expect Vikings to say things like “wee laddie” and “lass”. All in all however, a good read from a talented writer.

Check it out now and also look into this prolific author’s other works.

The Viking on Amazon

Marti Talbott’s website

Book Review – Gift:Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield by Tegon Maus

Gift: Chronicles Tucker Littlefield

The Gift
The Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield
Tegon Maus
5 Stars

Tegon has released another book and I had to snatch it up, my Gentle Readers. The Gift: The Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield is a little different  than his last works. This one is more high fantasy instead of science fiction.

“Tucker Littlefield is a liar, a thief, a con-man.”

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish.  I got so caught up in the story I lost complete track of time and was almost late for work one morning. Tucker Littlefield is a classic lazy scoundrel who, when push comes to shove, has a heart of gold and more tenacity than I think he considered himself as having. When the King’s niece is kidnapped right under his nose, Tucker becomes the hero of the hour and rides off to save the day. When the Jonda medicine woman makes Tucker Soul-Bearer for defending the life of Enon, things get out of hand quickly.

This story has humor, magic, fighting, and love: everything a good high fantasy story should have. Don’t hesitate and grab your copy of The Gift: The Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield today.

Gift: Chronicles Tucker Littlefield by Tegon Maus

Publisher:  Tirgearr Publishing (April 13, 2016)
Category: Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical Fiction
ASIN:  B01C5Q899U
Tour Date: May/June, 2016
Available in: ebook, 165 Pages

Tucker Littlefield is a lair, a thief, a con-man . In an attempt to take advantage of a party thrown by the King, he becomes involved in a kidnapping – the King’s niece, Elizabeth, to be exact. Because of his fear of the dark as well as heights, and a good many other things, he finds himself stabbed and bleeding to death.

To save him, a Shaman for the Jonda – Daneba – turns him into a soul bearer for the Kindred. In an effort to find Lizie, Littlefield finds the Norha instead and their leader Tahki – a cannibalistic tribe the lives under a volcano that will leave no stone unturned to find Lizie. Littlefield is blackmailed into her recovery.

Transformed by a primitive magic beyond a civilized man’s understanding, I was given a horrible gift that no man should possess… It held me, twisted me, turning me at its bidding. I was enslaved by its power, compelled to devour the souls of the dead until I became the monster of my fears. I have seen things I wish never to see again. I have done things of which I wish never to speak. Yet I must if I am to find the answers to fulfill my hope.

I have walked upon blue ribbons of molten stone to peer into the depth of a man’s soul. I watched as a promise made at birth brought my friend Enon to sacrifice everything to become whole again – all in an effort to save the life of his child. I have cried without shame for the loss of all I hold dear and for fear that the future will hold more than I can bear. I am Tucker Littlefield. Know all that I say now is true-spoken.

Praise for Gift: Chronicles Tucker Littlefield by Tegon Maus

“Magical, is the first word, which came to my mind when I finished this story. Right from the very first page, I found myself totally captivated by Tucker’s storytelling of this wonderful adventure.
Tucker Littlefield is an amazing character, when reading it I immediately thought of John Carpenter’s fisherman storyteller at the beginning of `The Fog’ film, where the children gather round as the scene is set… as, when reading it, I felt as if I too was actually there, sitting in the tavern, listening.
I cannot praise this book enough; it truly deserves to become a classic, the stuff of legends. As far as I am concerned, it has a fantastic storyline, the author has created some wonderful characters and I believe it would make a brilliant film!
I hope we shall be seeing more Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield in the future.”-Susan Keefe, Author or ‘Fantasy Farm Tales’

“I really enjoyed The Gift. The author is a fantastic world builder. I really felt transported into a new world with a unique magical system, not some kind of Tolkien knock-off. (so many stories these days are all about wizards and elves and dwarves). The main character, Tucker, was likeable and comical–a real person with human frailties and yearnings– and an unlikely hero everyone will root for. If you are looking for a fantasy novel that is not a Lord of the Rings rehash, then I think you’ll enjoy this one.”- Joseph N. Sidari, Amazon Reviewer

“This story is a very exciting and fast paced read. You will get wrapped up in the descriptions of the types of people who exist in the world. You will love the uniqueness to the magic. You will also discover that some things are left unknown. I enjoyed it very much..”- Phaedra Seabolt, Author of ‘Imperfection’

About Tegon MausTegon Maus

Tegon Maus was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends he could conjure. Not that he wasn’t friendly, he just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe he lived in his head way more than he should have, maybe not. He liked machines more than people, at least he did until I met his wife.

The first thing he can remember writing was for her. For the life of him he can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married him shortly after that. He spent a good number  of years chasing other dreams before he got back to writing.

It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. His wife and himself had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.

He was thrilled. If there is one thing he enjoys it’s making people believe him and he likes to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mind you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not.  When he writes, he always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, he guarantees you, nothing, makes him happier.

He has consistently placed in the top 3 in 189 writing contest in a variety of genres and has been featured in magazines a couple of times to raise money for Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Tegon Maus Website: http://www.tegonmaus.com/
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Review – Nano Contestant, Part 1 by Lief Sterling

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Nano Contestant, Part 1
Lief Sterling
5 Stars

Lief takes us into a futuristic world where biotech is nearly as commonplace as Starbucks is on every corner today.

What would you do for $100 Million dollars? Would you give up a limb or two for cybernetic implants to increase your speed or strength? Would you have specially engineered DNA to make yourself the better competitor? How about experimental nanotechnology that could blow up and kill you?

Roland has a secret. His father is a brilliant biotech engineer, but now he’s facing a death sentence. The Pinnacle Corporation is to blame. To prove it, Roland needs to enter their annual Tech Games. The Tech Games are where the best and the most expensive tech is showcased in a winner takes all brutal competition. People die in this competition, but Roland has no tech. He doesn’t have bionic limbs, or genetically engineered DNA. He doesn’t even have nanotech. That is until he discovers a bit of tech his father was working on.

With the help of his father’s computer genius friend Skylar, Roland takes a chance on his father’s untested tech and finds himself in line for the Tech Games. It doesn’t take long for him to draw the attention of a nearly illegal level cyborg competitor, Duke. Roland doesn’t need to win, he just needs to stick around long enough to find out what the Pinnacle Corporation knows that could free his father.

I suggest you try this episode out, as Leif will leave you looking for more. Unless of course, you are scared Duke will squash you.

Nano Contestant Part 1 on Amazon

Leif Sterling’s Website

Review – Spy for a Dead Empire by Dan McClure

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Spy for a Dead Empire
(The Adventures of Grant Scotland Book 1)
Dan McClure
5 Stars

I have a real treat for you today Gentle Readers. Dan McClure’s debut novel is a fantasy delight. Adventure, danger, magic, love and betrayal. Oh, and a book that could reshape the world.

Grant Scotland is a an operative for Zyren’s equivalent of the CIA or MI6,  maybe not as smooth as James Bond though. When an old friend comes to town looking for help, Grant springs into action the only way he knows how. Full steam ahead and little regard for his own safety.

Double crossed by a former lover, Grant’s on a mission that just keeps getting murkier as he goes. Throw in an almost honorable gangster with a nearly criminal general and you get a massive tug of war over a magical book with the powers of Gods.

Run headlong with Grant as he tries to rescue his friend’s family and recover the magical tome. This great read will certainly keep you racing along to its conclusion.

Check Out “Spy for a Dead Empire” on Amazon