Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book Review: Sparks: Welcome to the Madhouse by Dan Cummings

Sparks: Welcome to the Madhouse
By Dan Cummings
Genre: Supernatural/Action & Adventure
Book Description:

Dave Reynolds has grown jaded with his life, locked in a dead end janitorial job at the Ravenswood Institute for Mental Health, he quietly yearns for some excitement to stir up his mundane existence.

That is until he learns that far below the hospital's grounds lies the Madhouse, the regional headquarters of the Frontline Unified Battalion of Arcane Resistance (FUBAR), a clandestine government agency tasked with combating supernatural evil. If that wasn't enough of a surprise, he also learns that he is a Spark, an individual with latent gifts, carrying the residual energy of a nigh extinct race of universal protectors.

Drafted into service, he is accidentally afflicted with a curse, casting the sensible, rational aspects of his personality into a subconscious prison, unleashing a clownish psychotic who is as deadly as he is irritating.

A wild card personified, Dave must now lead Whiskey Team, a motley crew of fellow Sparks and freaks including a punk rock witch, a werewolf, a medium and his ghostly best friend, and a female Japanese ninja, against the Alliance of Nyx, an ancient demonic organisation with designs on global conquest.
Now, if Dave's reckless antics don't get his team killed, they may just stand a chance in this war.

Book Review:

Sparks: Welcome to the Madhouse by Dan Cummings has an intense and coward plot. It contains a world of adventure and craze to read more. Personally I feel that Sparks is a cliche supernatural-adventure book with a bit of a DC comics feel. For me personally, I thought is was overall a well-written novel but I'd like a little more spice, but Mr. Cummings' writing is really easy to stay on track with. The pace is perfect, you were able to follow Dave without feeling lost. The imeragy is really good, I was able to submerge myself into the book. Overall Sparks: Welcome to the Madhouse is four stars! 

Author Bio:

Dan Cummings is a self-published author from Liverpool, England. He is also a lowly nerd with a short attention span and shorter fuse (depending on poor sleep), but when he is able to stop ranting with his own internal monologue and focus for a few minutes he enjoys putting the noise in his head on to paper. A lifetime fan of monsters, comic books, sarcasm and casual violence, it is inevitable that these constituents regularly crop up in his books. Heartbreaker is his first foray into horror, whilst Sparks: Welcome to the Madhouse, is the first instalment of an on-going supernatural, action/adventure series.

Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dancummings85

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2pfkTLS
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2oFYUL2 
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/33299556-sparks 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Book Review: Forests of the Fae: The Raven Queen by K. Kibbee

Forests of the Fae: The Raven Queen
By K. Kibbee
Genre: YA Fantasy
Book Description:

A summer spent untangling a century-old mass disappearance, communing with ghosts, fleeing dark Fae Folk, and enduring her nefarious cousin Lexie would seem like tribulation enough for 13-year-old Anne, and yet her struggles have only just begun.

Though she’s closed Devlin’s Door behind her, something sinister has followed Anne from the other side. Her dearest friend Grace is not as she would seem. Something dark has taken hold of the girl . . . something not of this world. Ravens surround her, people mindlessly do her bidding, and wickedness drips from her lips. It’s only a matter of time before Anne uncovers her secret and with it, her vengeance.

Meanwhile, somewhere deep in the Forests of the Fae, the real Grace struggles to retain her humanity and escape the revolting Faerie body that imprisons her. With pet raven Onyx at her side, she is heralded a Queen, and worshiped by the very creatures that she despises. Set atop a throne of thorns, she feels all is lost, until a stranger with human eyes and a sorted past is shackled at her feet.

Though worlds apart, both girls must race against time if they hope to unravel the mysteries of the Fae folk and unmask The Raven Queen.

Book Review:

Forests of the Fae: The Raven Queen did not disappoint! It was full of adventure and mystery. My favorite part about Kibbee's writing is how she can create this intense thrill in her novels which I think is awesome since Forests of the Fae: The Raven Queen in a YA novel. It's hard to find a great intense book which is suitable for young audiences. I read the first book of the Forests of the Fae, and I loved it and I'm so happy I had the opportunity to read The Raven Queen. This author sure can bang out a quality and intriguing book. Overall I give Forests of the Fae: The Raven Queen five stars!



Author Bio:

K. (Kristine) Kibbee is a Pacific Northwest writer with a fascination for all things literary. Kristine’s passion for creative writing began in her early youth and led her to the doors of Washington State University, where she earned a degree in Humanities, with a focus in Professional Writing. Kristine followed her scholarly pursuit of writing with published works in The Vancougar, The Salal Review Literary Review, Just Frenchies magazine, and S/Tick Literary Review. She is presently a regular columnist for Terrier Group magazine.

Kristine’s novella, “The Mischievous Misadventures of Dewey the Daring,” was her first and only self-published release, and is still currently available on Amazon.com. Her middle-grade fantasy novel, “Whole in the Clouds,” was released in November 2014 and is being re-released by Incorgnito Publishing Press, with additional material, in October of 2016. The first installment in her YA fantasy series, “Forest of the Fae-Devlin’s Door,” was released in early 2016 with Incorgnito.

Kristine anticipates following the release of book two in the “Forests of the Fae” series (“The Raven Queen”) with a third and final installment, which will tentatively come to print in early 2018.

Links:

Twitter: K_Kibbee
@incorgnitobooks

Friday, May 5, 2017

Book Review: On the Beach by Steve Schmale

On the Beach
By Steve Schmale
Genre: Literary Fiction

Book Description:
Lenny Decker is fleeing the American Dream while trying to comprehend its reasons and rules after being rattled from an exposure to its possibilities. Set in the mid-1990’s in a quiet California beach town, populated with a cast of unforgettable characters, and replete with examples of some of life’s crueler—yet hilarious—ironies, ‘On the Beach’ is story of what happens when one young man’s dreams bump up against reality.
Book Review:
On the Beach is really good. The writing of the book was steady and it had the perfect pace for this particular novel. The pace of On the beach lead to a great character development of Lenny, you were with him the whole time he was growing up. It made the reader connect and bond with the character. I thought it was awesome to see this young guy grow up and face the harsh reality of this world and experience new things. I did see a few grammatical errors throughout the book, but it wasn't concerning enough that it turned me off from enjoying this book. I just think another editing run would be perfect for this book. On the Beach is a classic fiction novel and it's a nice change from what I usually read. Overall I give On the Beach four stars!
Author Bio:
Steve Schmale is the author of the book of stories ‘Nobody Bats a Thousand’ and the novel ‘On the Beach’. He is a native of California where he still resides.
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Guest Post: GAVIN's (by Russel) Playlist

GAVIN
By Russell
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, LGBT
Book Description:


The Chicago summer is heating up…
In a luxurious hotel off Michigan Avenue, Detective Gavin Nolan arrives on a grisly scene. Two men have been brutally murdered, and one of the victims has a familiar face. The twisted display is like nothing Gavin has ever seen, but it’s the message scrawled in blood on the bathroom mirror that leaves him reeling: Gavin, you could have saved me.
Other men have been viciously slain as well over the last few weeks. As he dives further into the victims’ lives, Gavin and his partner, Derrick, discover that each of the men have a common thread—one that Gavin shares. It’s a reality he has suppressed for years.
On top of Gavin’s personal chaos, the killer is displaying the bodies in a series of specific designs to depict a long ago memory. Recognizing the pattern, Gavin soon is forced to recall the dark event. In order to catch the killer, Gavin must reconcile his past.
Before he becomes the final victim himself.
GAVIN is a sexual thriller that will leave you breathless…
WARNING: This book contains graphic scenes, explicit language, and violent, sexual situations.
GAVIN's Sountrack:
When I typically write, music is always in the background. Perhaps, subconsciously, the melodies ignite my imagination and the words come to me more easily and then onto the page. (Or perhaps, I tune out my kids running around the house so I can concentrate.) No matter, I cannot have silence in the house especially since I live on the edge of nothingness. For GAVIN, my dear reader, I listened to my favorite genre, Hard Alternative Metal. Believe it or not, the steely riffs of the guitar and guttural nuances of the band screaming in the microphone relaxes me. More so, I do listen to it when I work out or go for my long runs. Hmm, could this be why Gavin is listening to Slipknot when he’s running in Chapter One? Needless to say, I created a playlist on Spotify which I pasted below. In addition, I created a small subsequent list of chosen songs with their video link. Most importantly, I quote from the first six songs. The rest are just fun…Please enjoy!
Spotify:User:Russell_writer:playlist: 0JT2XsNVzEAyncoUMfveoQ

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review: One Man's Spiritual Journey to Healing with Color Energy by Lee Hillberg

One Man's Spiritual Journey to Healing with Color Energy
By Lee Hillberg
Genre: Spiritual, Inspirational, Self-Help


Book Description:

In this world, color is all around us, and it has the power to change our lives. Author Lee Hillberg has been using the healing properties of color to make a difference not only in his own life, but also in the lives of others. In this book, he shares some of his most moving and spiritual experiences.

Readers will learn:

• How color affects their everyday lives
• How listening and paying attention to nature provides insight on the future
• How the application of color can be used to lift depression, shrink tumors, provide pain relief, and more

The techniques and advice given in this book have been frequently utilized by the author and could make a difference in readers’ lives as well. Hillberg is an ordained minister, has been a student of metaphysics and spirituality for many years, and is eager to help people using everything he has learned in any way he can. He is a self-professed naturalist, Native American historian, and lover of all parts of nature. Most importantly, he is passionate about harnessing the power of God’s creation to effect serious change in the world.


Book Review: 

One  Man's Spiritual Journey to Healing with Color Energy is an interesting and informative novel. Mr. Hillburg has clear and straight forward thoughts that can help one with connecting with God and becoming one with him. Although I wouldn't necessarily read this myself since I have different views and ideals, I feel like I've learned a different perspective and I appreciate that. 

Lee's writing is very calming and has a nice slow but steady pace that makes the reader comfortable. One  Man's Spiritual Journey to Healing with Color Energy is a novel to help one who wants to become more at peace and have a positive life. Overall I think that One Man's Spiritual Journey to Healing with Color Energy is four stars.

Author Bio:


Lee Hillberg was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. After high school, he attended advanced-study programs at Dakota Wesleyan University, University of Chicago, and Duke University.

He spent four years in the US Air Force in national defense. Later, he established himself in the corporate world with a Fortune 500 company specializing in national security and commercial electronics. He travelled worldwide in this position and retired as a vice president in 1996.

Lee has always had a keen interest in nature, Native Americans, and spirituality. As a naturalist, he has a strong love for all of nature. As a Native American historian, he occasionally gives lectures on their culture at local venues. He has been a student of metaphysics and spirituality for a number of years and is now an ordained minister. He lectures and conducts energy healing and spirituality workshops. Lee now lives in a rural area of Georgia, enjoying his daily nature walks.Lee Hillberg was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. After high school, he attended advanced-study programs at Dakota Wesleyan University, University of Chicago, and Duke University.


He spent four years in the US Air Force in national defense. Later, he established himself in the corporate world with a Fortune 500 company specializing in national security and commercial electronics. He travelled worldwide in this position and retired as a vice president in 1996.

Lee has always had a keen interest in nature, Native Americans, and spirituality. As a naturalist, he has a strong love for all of nature. As a Native American historian, he occasionally gives lectures on their culture at local venues. He has been a student of metaphysics and spirituality for a number of years and is now an ordained minister. He lectures and conducts energy healing and spirituality workshops. Lee now lives in a rural area of Georgia, enjoying his daily nature walks.




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Book Review: Snap to Grid by DK Reed

Snap to Grid
By DK Reed
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Book Description:
Sixteen-year-old Red identifies with legendary warrioress, Red Sonja, as a coping mechanism for the difficulties of teen life with ADHD. But even her inner warrioress is a little nervous about moving into Uncle Alistair’s old mansion after seeing an eerily beautiful “Viking ghost” in an upstairs window shortly after his disappearance. And, she soon notices a crow acting strangely and feels like she is being watched. 

Uncle Alistair’s graduate student, Erik, trapped in a ghost-like state by means of one of the stones, can only watch her.  Unable to be seen or heard, he’s now more like an essence or spirit.  Though Red has never been popular, her heroic goodness lends to the beauty of her essence and Erik is quickly smitten.  He uses the limited tools available to try and reach her, including his crow friend, Moon.  But, will he get to her before the cult?  Can she solve the mystery and save him?

Book Review:
Snap a Grid is a really awesome YA book! Nowadays it is hard to find an original and thoughtful YA book, since everyone is always writing the same thing since it's the "trend", but Snap a Grid does not and I love that. What I love about this book is Red, she's a quirky teen who isn't perfect, but she's perfectly relatable. This book is full of mystery and suspense but with an eccentric vibe.
The overall writing and plot of Snap a Grid is great! The story flowed and I wasn't disappointed which makes me happy since I love YA novels. I'm excited to see what the next book will be like in the series. Overall I give Snap to Grid five stars!
Author Bio:
Reed grew up on a farm in the misty Clinch River valley of the Smoky Mountains. She now lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters (when they aren’t away at college), two dogs and two cats and loves to hike near the Potomac River. 
Reed loves the natural world both as a hiker and scientist and this figures heavily in her books.  She loves exploring the “what ifs” of science and tries to make the science fiction in her novels plausible and logical.  She has a doctorate in biology and has taught students from middle school to college.  She is an award-winning technical writer/editor and has co-authored/edited dozens of ecological risk assessments and other scientific books and articles.  While she views her work as an applied scientist as problem-solving fun, what she really loves is to explore imaginary worlds and share her intriguing stories. 
A few years ago, a serious illness caused her to look at her life afresh.  She decided to focus her time and attention more on spiritual growth and joyful living.  This led her to return to an earlier love, fiction writing—having fun with science. She spent the next few years honing her fiction writing skills and transitioning into her new career as a sci-fi-fantasy/supernatural romance writer.
"Life is better if you do what you love and share your joy with others.”
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Friday, April 14, 2017

Book Blitz: Life & Love Volume I by Taneisha LaGrant

Life & Love Volume I
By Taneisha LaGrant
Genre: Poetry, Literary Fiction
Book Description:
Love is a journey. Step 1. Fall in love. Step 2. Experience conflict. Step 3. Move on and heal or heal together. Is love really like this formula though? It all seems so simple. 

This volume of poetry is broken up into similar sections where Taneisha LaGrant takes you on the journey of falling in love, fighting to stay in love and learning the most important discovery of it all. The key to what's missing can't be found in everyone else but it can be found in this volume of poetry. Stay tuned until the end and you may discover the most important aspect of love there ever was to be discovered.

Author Bio:

Taneisha LaGrant is a poet from Florida. She graduated from the American Military University with an English degree in 2015. Taneisha is currently pursuing her Masters in English with a Creative Writing concentration. She resides in Washington with her husband and two children. To her poetry is the language of the heart whether spoken or written. 

Links:
Facebook: Taneisha LaGrant