Monday, September 30, 2019

*KIRKUS REVIEW* RISEN The Battle for Darracia (Book III) by Michael Phillip Cash

The concluding volume of Cash’s (Collision, 2014, etc.) Battle for Darracia trilogy is a fitting end to an action-packed series that seamlessly blends elements of science fiction and fantasy.
The story is set on a breathtakingly beautiful planet that’s literally being destroyed by war, including a conflict between the planet’s two indigenous species, the Darracians and the Quyroos. Three interconnected storylines follow key characters: V’sair, a young Darracian king of mixed blood who’s determined to unite the races and save the planet; Zayden, his warrior brother; and Tulani, a Quyroos high priestess who’s also V’sair’s love interest. As the novel begins, all three heroes are in desperate straits: V’sair, jettisoned from a floating city, has fallen into the Hixom Sea. Zayden, a once proud Darracian prince, has been blinded and struggles to understand his significance in the world. Tulani, meanwhile, finds herself imprisoned and incapable of helping her people—and her planet—from being summarily wiped out by ignorant Darracians. Separately, they must all undergo painful journeys of self-discovery in order to end the bloodshed. This novel (and the trilogy) has numerous noteworthy aspects, including exceptional world building, impressive character development, nonstop action, jaw-dropping plot twists, and some powerful, profound themes (including “equality for all”). The criticisms are minor ones; the ultimate conclusion, for example, is a bit too predictable and one main character, Bobbien, speaks so much like Yoda (“Throw him in prison, they will”) that it becomes grating by the novel’s end. That said, the story’s blend of science fiction and fantasy is highly palatable, as is the old-school adventure fantasy undertone—comparable to classics such as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars saga and Jack L. Chalker’s Well of Souls series.
Readers of this well-crafted sci-fi epic will be left suitably satisfied, and hungry for more of the same.

Pub Date: June 25th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1499242676
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online: Aug. 12th, 2014

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

*Author Spotlight* Esther Rabbit

This is Esther, I'm a content creator for writers and Paranormal Romance author myself. Following the Swag Bag post I'm extending an invitation for an interview feature on my blog. When I'm not wearing the writer cape, I'm a Digital Marketing specialist and at your service if you have any questions about author branding or back-end SEO.

I've actually been lucky enough to find many authors to collaborate with through mutual interviews, book reviews and overall support, so if you'd like to join me on my quest, hop in! I'm actively looking for professionals who want to collaborate on multiple projects for common benefits. I am happy to swap books, leave a fab Goodreads review & interview you.

My interview project is called 7 Questions (copyrighted), all you have to do is take your pick (see document attached below) and email your answers in a Word Document including links to your website, social media and anything you might consider relevant to attract the people you need to your platforms. Please make your answers extensive. You can also include a picture of yourself (it’s always nice when readers see a face).  The picture has to respect 1000W x 700H or close standards to fit the featured image on the website.

Please respect the interview format, 3rd person intro, etc. otherwise it will be difficult to publish.

I aim to educate upcoming writers in the tricks of the craft, from writing the first draft to learning from professionals like you, so I'm a writer with a mission.

I would absolutely love to be featured on your feed if you like Paranormal Romance, my novel Lost in Amber was just released in January and it needs some reviews. 

Last but not least I am continuously overwhelmed by the quality of the people I've met online and I'm hoping to discover more of you through your interview.  

Find & follow me on my social media below :)

All my best, 
Esther Rabbit | From Words To Spellbinding Novels

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Summertime…and the Indie Reading is Easy (Presented by BookWorks Team)

Summertime…and the Indie Reading is Easy

Yay! June is here and we’re more than ready for a little R & R (reading and recreation). It’s been a while since we last published a recommended reading list. Summertime brings opportunities for leisure, so it’s only fitting to offer some easy reading from among the titles in our member BookShop. These are the… 
Yay! June is here and we're more than ready for a little R & R (reading and recreation). It's been a while since we last published a recommended reading list. Summertime brings opportunities for leisure, so it's only fitting to offer some easy reading from among the titles in our member BookShop.
These are the kind of books you'll devour in short order, so kick back...mystery, suspense, thrills, chills, and romance await you.

Enjoy These Easy Reading Titles

The Renaissance ClubSummertime indie easy reading book list by by Rachel Dacus - A young art historian and fan of Renaissance sculptor, Bernini, dreams her way back to the 17th century in this magical realism romance and time travel adventure.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Murder & Menace (Cryptic Cove Cozy Mystery Series Book 2) by KP Stafford - Volume 2 of a 3-part series for cozy mystery fans, with quirky but compelling characters and plenty of small-town politics and mischief, readers rate this a fun, quick read.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Blackmail, Sex and Lies (A Victorian True Crime Murder Mystery) by Kathryn McMaster - Fans of true crime and historical fiction will relish this creative nonfiction telling of an ill-fated love triangle that resulted in all the crimes of passion...scandal, deception, and vengeance.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Not Forgotten by Donna M. Zadunajsky - A secret from the past unexpectedly resurfaces and throws Deanna's life into chaos and jeopardy in this thriller with plenty of unexpected plot twists and turns that will keep you guessing right up to the end.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
The Wedding Crasher (A Sam Tate Mystery)by Nikki Stern - Sam Tate is a wounded, complicated, modern woman reinventing herself as a small town sheriff in this intriguing and suspenseful murder mystery.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Blood Virus: A Pandemic by Design by L.A. Hollis - With frighteningly real plausibility, this medical thriller has believable science, well-wrought players, and all the ripped-from-the-headlines suspense to make for a riveting read.Summertime indie easy reading book list by

More Easy Reading to Choose From...

The Flip (A Haunting on Long Island Series Book 2)Summertime indie easy reading book list by by Michael Phillip Cash - This paranormal thriller about husband and wife house flippers will appeal to readers who love a good ghost story with a dash of historical romance alongside the chills.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Web of Destruction by Gippy Adams Henry - A violent psychopath stalks and torments a woman whose carefully woven web of secrets and lies is about to unspool, sending her shocking past crashing into the present in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
The Sheriff Meets His Match (A Wounded Hearts Novella # 4) by Jacquie Biggar - Sparks fly when a laid back alpha male who just wants a simple life meets a strong modern newcomer whose life is anything but, for readers who like their romance with a dash of spice, a bit of chaos, and a happy ending.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Playback Effect by Karen A. Wyle - Other people's vivid dreams are for sale via a virtual playback helmet, with dire unexpected consequences, in this hybrid science fiction techno + legal/crime thriller.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Mission to Morocco (A WW II Spy Novel) by J.R. Rogers -  Fans of WWII historical fiction and espionage thrillers will find themselves engrossed in this thoroughly researched and masterfully written spy novel.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
The Edge of Darkness (Alpha Core Trilogy Volume 1) by Vikki Romano - Fast-paced science fiction for cyberpunks and those who both love and fear the biotech revolution. Product of a failed cyber-soldier program, special agent Calder McKenna must confront how to destroy the monster without becoming one himself.Summertime indie easy reading book list by
Living with Markus by Florence Osmund - Thirty-one-year-old Marc must choose between saving his messed up relatives or saving himself, in this relatable novel about the ties that bind and the ties that strangle in dysfunctional family dynamics.

Which One Will You Read?

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Choose a title to suit your taste and take some time to relax and enjoy an easy reading escape. We'll be back soon with more great recommendations from our indie authors. Share your feedback and/or review when you do. We're happy to consider your suggestions for future reading lists so send them our way.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Beyond Breathing and Counting - Ideas for Handling Our Emotions BY: CAROL P. ROMAN, J. ROBIN ALBERTSON-WREN

Beyond Breathing and Counting - Ideas for Handling Our Emotions

Whether we are at home, school, or spending time with friends, there are times when our emotions are going to shift to the not-so-fun side of the chart: anger or frustration; embarrassment; anxiety, fear or overwhelmed-ness; sadness; or even emotions we can't name. Using everyday scenarios (pesky siblings, spats with friends, accidental damage, lost items) peer guides acknowledge the emotions, help label them, and offer ways to take control of them so they can make healthier and more thoughtful decisions. 

Parent Perspective:
Readers in the target audience will most definitely have experienced many of the scenarios described. The book's structure is such that the advice for overcoming the negative emotions of a situation seems to come from a peer. I particularly like that the five guides treat the emotion(s) as a 'normal' part of life and walk the talk about understanding the emotion without judging. That may not seem like a big deal, but I would imagine that some kids can easily get emotionally invested in the story they just read and begin to 'project' those feelings themselves.
Although I can see how Mindfulness for Kidscould be beneficial for first graders (6), adults will need to participate not just in sharing the stories but in modeling the strategies. Which leads me to my bottom line: this is a book for families to share. One is never too young or too old to be more attuned to their emotions, reactions, and choices. Highly recommended.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:
Readers of all ages will recognize themselves in these 15 stories about emotional challenges. They will also be able to think of a situation from their own life that matches the emotions that are expertly described. The book provides exceptional opportunities to open discussion with a parent reader or other family members, and also experiment with different strategies to see which one(s) work for them. 
Content Awareness Factors:
The audience is described as 6 to 10, but the reading level is beyond that age group. Phonetic parentheticals for words like amygdala would have been helpful. The subtitle is a misnomer, as these are not isolated "activities" but ideas/strategies for building mindfulness skills.

Type of Book:
This is a "case study" style book to engage kids in thinking about and providing strategies for their emotions, stress, and reactions to situations.
Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Especially if you are going to read this together.

Mindfulness for Kids: 30 Fun Activities to Stay Calm, Happy, and In Control
Carol P. Roman, J. Robin Albertson-Wren
Althea Press © 2018

Friday, May 17, 2019

State Of Publishing

Carole P. Roman and R.L. Jackson discuss publishing, magazine news and other topics dealing with the indie publishing industry.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Feathered Quill: The Knowing: A Bulwark Anthology (Book 1)

The Knowing: A Bulwark Anthology (Book 1)

The Knowing by Brit Lunden
By: Brit Lunden
Publisher: Chelshire
Publication Date: March 2019
ISBN: 978-1947188990
Reviewed By: Holly Connors
Review Date: April 11, 2019
Author Brit Lunden starts out her new "Bulwark Anthology" series in the same way she started (with her initial offering, Bulwark), with a fast-paced, satisfying story that will have readers glued to the pages, trying to figure out what is going to happen next.
In The Knowing, the first book in the "Bulwark Anthology," the reader is re-introduced to JB Stratton, an elderly man who we first met in Bulwark. JB played a small role in that story, briefly taking care of an out-of-town couple hurt in a car accident. When the injured woman saw a picture of JB's late, beloved wife and made a nasty accusation, JB didn't take it lightly. After all, his late wife Ellie was, and would always be, his soul mate. If you didn't read Bulwark, it's not necessary to read it before reading this novella, but I'd recommend it as it's a great read. But for those without a copy of that first book, fear not, as the author covers those events in the first chapter of The Knowing.
Once the refresher chapter is complete, it's on to the new story. The reader is transported back 52 years, to a slower time in Bulwark, GA, where JB is a high school student, a star football player, and dirt poor. Between working on his parents' farm, school work, and football practice, the young man has no time for anything else. That is until Ellie Bronson, a blonde, blue-eyed, beautiful young woman, one year younger than JB, arrives from Connecticut. JB is smitten, but he's also shy and too ill-at-ease to ask Ellie for a date.
Soon, JB could think of nothing but Ellie. It was as if he knew her, but that was impossible because she'd just moved to Georgia. Something out of his past perhaps? Still, he couldn't stop thinking of her, nor could he shake the feeling of knowing her from...where? And then he started dreaming about Ellie. But the dreams...they were unusual and left him uneasy which was particularly odd because he couldn't remember what they were about. 
At last, JB and Ellie connect and their romance begins. Things are going great until Ellie's brother finds out about the couple and decides to put an end to JB's desires. JB gets knocked out and that's when things get really odd, or fantastic, depending on your point of view. JB is transported to a Civil War battlefield, or is it just a dream? Readers will be pulled into the story to find out, and eager to learn how Ellie fits into the story.
The Knowing, a novella of just 80 pages is a quick read, made all the quicker because you won't want to stop reading until the very end. I was eager to dive into this story because Bulwark, the short story that started this series, was such an enjoyable read. I wanted to re-visit the town of Bulwark, GA and learn what other oddities were awaiting the reader. I was initially surprised to learn that this story didn't revolve around Sheriff Clay Finnes, the main character in Bulwark, but instead a minor player from that book. While I look forward to meeting Clay in another story in this series, I thoroughly enjoyed learning JB and Ellie's backstory. There's just enough supernatural "something" going on to keep the reader wondering, as well as asking themselves, "do I have a soul mate?" Here's hoping that there will be a lot more books in this anthology series! 
Quill says: A very satisfying start to the "Bulwark Anthology" series. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
For more information on The Knowing: A Bulwark Anthology, please visit the author's website: