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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Excerpt – The Wishing Stone by Tegon Maus

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Today, along with my review of The Wishing Stone, we have an excerpt picked by the author. I hope you enjoy and will consider picking up both books in this great series.

Excerpt 2 – The Wishing Stone

“It was for Kate.  We take a digital photo of an infected or damaged area of your body and simply print up a replacement.  With a DNA sample, we set it into a protein base… reproducing it multiple times to make a slurry… filling these cylinders.  It sprays different layers like ink…  printing an exact copy of skin on a biodegradable matrix.  The matrix holds it together until the body absorbs it, making for a near perfect match… an instant replacement for cancer damaged skin.”

I was shocked.  I knew he had invented a number of apparatus on Kate’s behalf but this… he had done far more in an effort to save her than I was aware.

“That’s incredible,” I said, genuinely impressed with his genius.

“Not incredible enough… at least not in time,” Roger said softly, turning away.

I didn’t know what to say, what to do.  My heart went out to him.

“What about Eve?” Roger asked, his voice suddenly strong.

Both Marcie and Digby turned to look at me before nervously turning their eyes to the floor.

Roger turned to them with a confused look on his face.

“Ready, Mr. Harris?”  Director Meadows asked, suddenly standing at the door, her hands behind her back.

The room went silent.

“Ready for…?” I asked, looking for Audrey.

“Ben, walk me out,” Audrey’s voice called from beyond the doorway.

My heart sank a little at first.  It was real.  She was going to leave and I would be here, alone for the next three days.

“Sure.  Give me a sec,” I said, going to Roger.  “Rog, you okay?”

He shifted uncomfortably, giving a quick glance at Digby.

“We’ll see you out, Sis,” Roger said, slipping a hand to my shoulder.

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About Tegon 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/
Author on Tirgearr Website: http://tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Maus_Tegon/

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Book Review – The Wishing Stone by Tegon Maus

WishingStone

The Wishing Stone
(Eve Project Book 2)by Tegon Maus
4 Stars

Tegon Maus has done it again, my gentle readers. The continuing adventure of Ben Harris, my new favorite Electric Man, takes us to a mysterious haven of geniuses, Warwick. Under the pretense of trying to save him from his increasing discharges, Ben’s brother in law Roger uses Ben to further his research with shocking results. Government funding leads to government oversight and conspiracies. Come join the fun as Ben Harris dives headfirst into the amazing scientific work that has consumed his brother in law.

Along the way we get to meet a fresh cast of oddities that infuriate and intrigue Ben. Marcie, Digby, and Peterson are Ben’s constant companions at Warwick.

Come find out the next phase of Roger’s brilliant project and meet the players that try to control and subvert his creations for the benefit of government ambitions.

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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/
Author on Tirgearr Website: http://tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Maus_Tegon/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TegonMaus
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Book Review – “Machines of the Little People” by Tegon Maus

Machines of the Little People

Machines of the Little People
The Eve Project: Book 1
Author – Tegon Maus
Tirgearr Publishing

3.5 Stars

Tegon Maus takes us on a romp into the mind and products of a genius inventor/scientist, via his not as intelligent brother in law. Ben Harris is a broken and lonely man. His sister died three years ago of cancer. His brother in law disappeared, missing the funeral entirely. Now Roger has reappeared with a new wife who is nearly a copy of Ben’s sister. When the new wife turns up dead as well with Roger in the wind, the chase is on. Government agents and strange little creatures coming out of the walls complicate the race to find Roger and get the truth about what happened.

The author does a great job of feeding us one mini bombshell after another before the whole thing goes nuclear in the end. Where I was tripped up the most was in the proofing. The first chapter or two needed another read through as there were multiple times I was pulled out of the story to reread a section to make sure I was understanding what was going on. Once a few chapters in, these seemed to smooth out.

If you are looking for a short read with wild technological advances wrapped in government conspiracy, grab “Machines of the Little People”. Tegon won’t disappoint you.

Machines of the Little People

Interview with Zeena Nackerdien, Author of “The Heroine Next Door”

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Today I get the pleasure of interviewing the author of the book, The Heroine Next Door, Zeena Nackerdien. In the format of my previous interview, my comments are in Green and Ms. Nackerdien will be Blue.

Tell us a little about The Heroine Next Door.

Leila is a flawed middle-aged woman caught in the cross-currents of different cultures in the developing and developed worlds. Life is a young Muslim woman living in the wine region of South Africa leaves her largely isolated from political strife, because she concentrates so hard on being a perfect, obedient child.

However, there are glimpses of frustration as she notices her fiancé, Khalid, being favored over her in class, even though she is a bright girl. As she grows up and encounters the experiences her beloved father spoke about first-hand, she has to wrestle with controlling emotions and pursuing her goal of attaining an education to help herself and her countrymen. She is an ordinary person in extraordinary circumstances.

What brought you to decide to write this story?

The cliché, “one person can make a difference,” usually refers to a star or a focused individual who achieves a goal through successful application of an action plan. Most people I know do not operate that way. We make mistakes. Our lives are not the stuff of Hollywood drama. I was tickled by the idea of taking an ordinary, flawed human being with a very complicated past and making her the conduit for solving “boring” problems. The series of vignettes focus on countries and problems and difficulties in communication among human beings, rather than being a linear narrative with a villain and a hero with whom one can escape into paradise.

I see that you are a biochemist and previously published in journals regarding your work in the scientific community. Did that experience help prepare you for writing fiction?

N-o-o. In fact, the level of technical detail necessary in scientific papers is exactly the polar opposite of what is needed to be good at writing fiction. However, scientists and engineers are solution-driven and always being challenged to think outside the box, especially when most normal people would simply throw their hands up in the air and walk away. Before the hate mail starts flowing in about confining my remarks to those two groups, I am only saying that because they form my frame of reference. Shout-out to all the brick-layers and plumbers etc. that toil away to ensure that we have a functioning country.

Being born and raised in another country, how has your adjustment to American culture been? Any bumps in the road or interesting missed communications to share?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…Oops, your question has nothing to do with Charles Dickens. I have known the joy of peer acknowledgment for my work and I have known the misery of job loss. No, I am not interested in sharing missed communications. I love the fact that I now understand myself and celebrate my loved ones.

How often do you visit South Africa? How has your time in the United States changed or altered your perception of life in your home country?

Every few years. My perceptions have evolved with age. Youthful exuberance at being able to move around in a country free of apartheid laws has been tempered with an appreciation of the beauty and complexity in both countries. To this day, the USA–a “rainbow nation” forged from the blood, sweat, and toil of immigrants–remains a model of successfully governing people from a dizzying array of cultures and fostering innovation. South Africa lags behind the USA by a few centuries in terms of making the transition from a new government freed from its colonial past to lifting the majority of its citizens out of poverty through effective infrastructures. Technology has accelerated progress along this path. In a country with 11 official languages, it is amazing that communities in “siloes” are now collaborating on business ventures and that a young painter from Khayelitsha can now attend a leading university in Cape Town. At the same time I am frustrated that change is not happening at a faster rate. I think that I am experiencing the same types of emotions as people who remember the civil rights era in this country.

What message would you like to share with young women in your home country?

Be true to yourself, whether you have conservative or liberal values. Women over the millennia have been typecast in different categories, as illustrated in the poem below. The truth is that every woman can be a mixture of all these archetypes depending on her personality, experiences and reactions to events. It is important to be brave, but also forgiving, because no one is perfect.

Beautiful sentiment. Thank you for your time Ms. Zackerdien and I wish you continued success with your writing endeavors.

Ms. Zackerdien’s book, The Heroine Next Door, can be found on Amazon.com at the link below.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1941736246?keywords=zeena%20nackerdien%20books&qid=1445475071&ref_=sr_1_3&sr=8-3

Book Review – “At Water’s Edge” by S. McPherson

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At Water’s Edge
Book 1: The Water Rushes
by S. McPherson
5 Stars

Have you ever had the joy of falling so completely into a vortex of another world that you lose all track of time? That is exactly what happened to me while reading this book. S. McPherson draws you into the ordinary life of Dezaray Storm. Dezaray is a young girl, not quite eighteen, suffering under the thumb of her drunken, abusive, older brother. The small lights of her world are not enough, until one night, she stumbles though a magical portal to the realm of Coldivor. In the company of her counterpart, Lexovia’s friends, Dezaray must blend in for the two weeks necessary for the portal to be reopened so they can swap back. Dezaray and Milo, a Coltis gifted with the ability to teleport, are destined for a forbidden love. As time passes, Dezaray doesn’t want to go home. Coldivor, however, is on the brink of war. Lexovia is their ultimate weapon, once she reaches maturity. The Coltis’ oppressors, the Vildacruz, would like nothing more to get their hands on Lexovia and/or Dezaray. The teens rush headlong into love, war, and desperation to stay alive and together. I won’t spoil the ending for you here, but prepare to be entertained along the way by the Coltis views our own society.

I will warn you gentle readers, that this book is written in British English, not American English. There are phrases and terms that may strike you as unfamiliar. Having read my share of the terminology I only stumbled once or twice. The author does a great job at times of interchanging the words in order to not confuse readers. I highly recommend this riff on star, or in this case, dimension crossed lovers.

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