Book Review: Ready Player One

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By Ernest Cline

Audio narrated by Wil Wheaton

While I’m not the type of person who readily dives into this genre it was suggested to me by someone to read it. I’ll admit I wasn’t jumping on the bandwagon fast. I did purchase the story on audible.com and it remained on my shelves for months before I even considered it a second time. And then a third time.

Not having anything to read at the moment I elected to give it a shot. I won’t say there weren’t times I put it down because the story is steeped with info-dumping because it has a lot of geeky ‘hardware’ terminology and of course the 80’s info was a lot to take in as well. I think listening to Will Wheaton read to me was one of the reasons I fought past any boring parts that I reached. I enjoyed his narrating the story; felt it a great choice. If you don’t know who Wil Wheaton is, check him out.

Still, the characters and the storyline moved along and I found myself smiling, laughing, feeling pain and sadness while I listened to the story. Any book that can make you experience such emotions has to be listed among the higher ranking ones. I laughed aloud at some spots and people looked at me like I was crazy. And I didn’t care. This was good. Continue reading

Book Review: Relentless

Relentless by Karen Lynch

288 pgs

Fantasy/Paranormal

I  connected immediately with the protagonist Sara Grey. The author wrote a vivid, realistic character in a fantasy/paranormal. She done an exceptional job.

With her father’s murder haunting her, always wondering who or what killed him, her world is opened to the realms most choose to ignore. She has supernatural power of healing and befriends many among other ‘races’ but it soon leads her to trouble.

With her two best friends, some new frenemies, and a really evil dude who wants nothing else but to ruin her life, her life turns upside down.

Sara is a strong lead character with many flaws. This is what I loved about her. She is headstrong, refuses to be a weak little girl who lets everyone else solve her problems for her. She wants to protect those she loves but she also does so sometimes putting them and herself in risk. A very humane thing! Continue reading

Mick Jagger Sang It Best!

When I went to Pikes Peak Writers Conference I had the highest hopes of attaining inspiration to write. I had, to be quite honest, the feeling of that cold dark notion of ‘writer’s block’ over me. I wasn’t producing anything and I just knew the conference would help me come out of this rut but I came home not really feeling all that excited to write. I’m not saying I wasn’t excited. Oh I was indeed in seventh heaven for so many reasons. However I wasn’t really feeling that ‘carpal tunnel syndrome’ feeling if you get my drift. LOL

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Chuck Wendig and Me!!!

I had met some fantastic people. OMG. I met my most favorite writer, Chuck Wendig of Terribleminds. I tried my absolute best not to walk that ‘stalker’ line. I got to get my books autographed. He even predicted my ‘demise’ Hehe! I got to sit at his table during one of the banquets. He even stopped and talked to me in the hall on various occasions. I felt honored! You must understand! This man is someone I’ve been following, learning the writing craft from, and studying. I consider him a mentor. I am not just a fan but a student. So to get to meet him meant the world to me. And to be treated like an equal was…well, as I said, an honor, and I am humbled. Listening to his keynote speech was inspiring in itself. Not to go out and write, but to persevere. Thanks to him, I came home understanding it wasn’t writer’s block. Thank you Chuck. 🙂

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Hank Phillippi Ryan

I got to meet Hank Phillippi Ryan. That remarkable woman’s very presence just made my mouth drop! The experience made me nearly faint! Watching her during the read and critique was fascinating. Watching her in action, listening to her speak….let’s just say…when I grow up, I want to be just like her! Wowza!!! She is so poised, professional, and just super stardom. I mean, there are just no words to express what is was like being around her. At one point, I was walking and I had asked the person beside me where the book signing was being held *with her book in my hand* and I unknowingly asked HER and she smiled and stated that it was the highest praise for that to happen in such a way, unknowingly for the two of us to run into each other like that.

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JIm C. Hines

I also had the honor of sitting down a number of times and speaking with Jim C. Hines. This man is so creative. I tell you what, if I was a brain surgeon, that is one head I would LOVE to crack open and take a look at because there is some wicked cool stuff happening inside it. He is a fantastic man, and this is coming from just having sat down for a just a little while with. I’m sure if I had more time….well, you might just hear on the news that of a case of body snatching (blame it on aliens because there is some intelligent life going on inside that man). He is certainly a couple generations ahead of the times.

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Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger is a beautiful soul. She had me in tears through her keynote speech. And I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sit down with her the next day and have a gut level conversation with her. Life resonates within her, showing her passion and sincerity. It is no wonder creativity resonates through her veins and she continues to write best sellers. I pray that she continues to have success and she finds answers she seeks, and that beauty comes to her through characters, through love, and through life forever.

There were so many names, so many people that I can’t list them all. YOU ALL KNOW WHO YOU ARE. I consider them all friends now.  I went into this conference hoping for the inspiration to go home to write. To want to write rigorously. That wasn’t so. Instead, I took home with me the experience of a lifetime. Education and knowledge from professionals. My eyes were opened in ways I’d not expected to happen. I see my writing the way agents and editors look at it. I also have a lot of new friendships.

And I reached a new milestone in my life. I pitched one of my novels. I pitched my fantasy novel series to Del Ray Spectra and they requested to del raysee more! What a huge success that was!!! My first ever pitch and they want to see more. WOW! I am a realist but also an optimist. I may not make it all the way through the publishing process. They may look at the book and opt to not take it. However, to even be considered it a HUGE success, an honor that I take and in such an early stage in my writing career, I can say I am just truly, truly grateful to even be considered. I am humbled and in awe. Many many thanks for just reaching this point in my life.

I walked into that pitch workshop, completely overwhelmed and walked out totally numbed and truly disheartened and certain of failure. But I took what information I was given, studied, practiced, and worked like crazy. And two days later gave my pitch. And had success! 🙂

Cheers!

Michala

 

Book Cover & Blurb: Bloodmark

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New YA/Tween Fantasy Released Today: Bloodmark

Minneapolis, MN –  Bloodmark, the first novel in the Bloodmark Saga Trilogy, is released today by Minnesota author Aurora Whittet. Bloodmark is the classic tale of good versus evil with the juxtaposition of an ancient Celtic culture of werewolves and present day. This story features a strong heroine—no damsel in distress—who must fight for the freedom of love. Bloodmark is the first of the Bloodmark Saga trilogy. Fans of Twilight, Hunger Games and Beautiful Creatures will devour Bloodmark.

About Bloodmark Saga

Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves—she was able to shift to wolf form at birth. Rather than bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and as a result, she is forced to live in seclusion in Ireland’s countryside. Ashling’s reputation is further blackened when she refuses her betrothed and defies the ancient laws. When her pack’s oldest rivals begin hunting her, she finds herself in the small town of York Harbor, Maine—far from everything she’s ever known.

In Maine, she crosses paths with the dark and rebellious Grey Donavan, and something ignites within her soul. There’s just one problem: Grey is human. Their instant connection turns into a passionate romance, and Ashling begins to believe she can create her own life outside of wolf laws. When she begins to uncover long-buried pack secrets—secrets that threaten to destroy all she holds dear—Ashling’s courage and tenacity are tested. Will she choose her deep and enduring love for Grey, or will she follow Old Mother’s path to her destiny? Continue reading

Book Cover & Blurb: Intangible

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New YA Fantasy for review: Intangible

Tuscon, AZ – Dr. C.A. Gray has released her new YA fantasy novel, Intangible.

Peter Stewart is a nerdy 14-year-old British kid who grew up on a unique version of the Arthurian legends taught him by his father, a harebrained quantum physicist who asserts that anything is possible.  In order to safeguard against disappointment, Peter has come to reject anything which cannot be scientifically explained, despite a nagging sense that there is more to the world than meets the eye.

But when a mysterious stranger stages an accident which nearly costs Peter and three of his schoolmates their lives, suddenly he finds himself transported into a city where citizens speak a language of power called the Ancient Tongue, fairy tale creatures roam freely, and an organization that calls themselves the Watchers admits to keeping tabs on Peter all his life.  Little by little, Peter discovers the truth of his father’s stories… including the existence of Arthur’s ancient nemesis, one who calls himself the Shadow Lord, and a prophecy with implications so profound that it will alter not only the course of Peter’s life, but potentially the fate of the world. Continue reading

Book Cover & Blurb: The Emissary

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THE EMISSARY

CAN SHE DELIVER THE “MESSAGE” IN TIME TO SAVE THE WORLD?

What is the Secret of the Great Whales? Can Psychic Medium Jamie Hastings Tune into Their Desperate Communications

in Time to Prevent a Global Armageddon?

A Compelling New Spiritual Thriller from Bestselling Author Patricia Cori

In her exceptional debut novel, internationally renowned author, Patricia Cori, weaves a page-turning fantasy adventure that speaks to the very soul of the planet.

Within minutes of each other, three bone-chilling events take place around the globe. In Los Angeles, hundreds of blackbirds drop out of the sky, zapped to their death, mid-flight. Simultaneously, on the East Coast, in Maine, residents awaken to find miles of beach covered in tens of thousands of dead fish. And in New Zealand, 150 whales and dolphins lie dead or dying, like gigantic boulders thrown from the ocean, on a resort beach. Overhead, a strange grid-like pattern in the clouds hangs low and menacing, over the desperate scene. Continue reading

Book Cover & Blurb: Schism, The Battle for Darracia

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Michael Phillip Cash Releases His New Sci-Fi Dystopian Space Fantasy: Schism: The Battle for Darracia

Long Island, NY – After the success of his first three books (Brood X, Stillwell, and The Hanging Tree) Michael Phillip Cash is fulfilling a dream and creating his own epic fantasy world. Schism: The Battle for Darracia is the first book in a planned series.

On the planet Darracia, an ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing turmoil that is fracturing a once peaceful world. Struggling with his identity, nineteen year old Prince V’sair must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade, the secret to a warrior’s heart, in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen’s lust for supremacy. Continue reading

Book Cover & Blurb: RIP

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New paranormal fantasy: RIP: Choices After Death

Glen Allen, VA –  A ghost experiences physical contact for the first time since death. The idea came to author Daniel Sherrier one night and compelled him to write RIP: Choices After Death, a new paranormal fantasy book.

Rip Cooper learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them. This young loner must overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. He works alongside a deceased young woman and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength. Continue reading

Book Cover & Blurb: Sleight of Hand

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Young Woman Tries to Tame Her Unpredictable Powers in Sleight of Hand, from Outskirts Press

Award winning novelist Jennifer Fales’ eclectic fantasy puts a sci-fi edge to her tale of a young woman’s search to define herself in a future world where predators rule and wolves unabashedly flirt.

Corona, CA – Award winning author Jennifer Fales announces today the release of Sleight of Hand, Shadow Games, published by Outskirts Press.  A sequel to her novella, Shadows and Fire, Fales’ newest work takes place in a future world flooded with inequity as two twins, one seeking the light, the other mired in darkness, develop their powers deep in a landscape of shadowy domes. Continue reading

Book Cover & Blurb: Omniverse

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His Dreams Become Portals to an Unimaginable Universe: Omniverse Published by Outskirts Press

Author and martial artist Liam Parker introduces Jack Thornton, an intrepid former Marine whose dreams become waking nightmares of malevolent, unearthly entities Jack soon discovers are real.

Hillsboro, OR – Author and 4th Degree Karate Black Belt Liam Parker announces the release of Omniverse, Book I of the Omniverse Chronicles, published by Outskirts Press.

Jack Thornton, a former Marine lieutenant who served Continue reading