Genre: Adult |Fiction | Scifi | Space Opera | Fantasy
4 out of 5 stars!
Fascinating read! Amazing world building.
Not to mention the cover is absolutely breathtaking but once you dive into the story you see just how vivid the true guts of this story is!
When Palmer Pickering reached out to me to see if I would review her book, as soon as I read the synopsis I was sold. Of course I would, then she mentioned to me that if I enjoyed Dune at all she thinks I would enjoy her read since Dune is one of her favourite books. Then I was REALLY REALLY sold!
Palmer doesn’t focus on any one particular item in this story. Every piece of it is done just right! From the story line to the characters it’s the perfect balance. You have the twins, you have their connection, you have the people and their loved ones around them and you have chaos running rampant throughout. Fear was placed upon their people and all hope was placed upon Cassidy and Torr. Moon Deeds is the perfect mix of relationships, friendships, romance and hardship. Such a magnificent world both on and off the Moon.
I would be lying if I didn’t say there weren’t times I was confused. There is so much going on in MoonDeeds and if you aren’t concentrating you may miss a vital piece of the story. This was not a slight against the writing itself. My confusion was 100% my own, I was picking the book up at the wrong times while too many things were happening around me and interruptions were unavoidable. So, if I could give any tip on how to truly soak up each bit of this incredible read it would be to make sure while reading that you are able to give every bit of your attention to this busy world you are about to dive into.
I can’t wait to read on with this saga and to sink further into Palmer’s deep, in-depth world! Thank you again Palmer for sending me a copy for review!
LINK BY LINK: A SPIRITED HOLIDAY ANTHOLOGY, from Filles Vertes Publishing. The anthology features short stories from the following authors: M. Dalto, Pam Dunn, Myra Fiacco, Marlena Frank, Kristin Jacques, C. Vonzale Lewis, Jess Moore, Candace Robinson, Leslie Rush, Lauren Emily Whalen and Beth Worsdell.
“Perhaps so. I prefer his chances of it to those of a dancing kitten.”
Genre: Adult | Fantasy
5 out of 5 stars!
Brilliant world building!
I’ll be upfront and say I have not read many books written in a medieval setting and I now know I need to read more! JP Harker’s exciting read Wildcat has brought this to my attention.
Right from the first page I was sucked into this exciting world filled with powerful characters. Wildcat gives you a little taste of everything… from vicious, life sucking battles to love and deceit you never know what will come next. You may even find some taking the lives of their very own loved ones.
JP Harker’s writing is captivating! The battle scenes are so detailed and vivid it really sets the picture in your mind. His characters are so engaging you can’t help but love them all and I’m not just talking about the protagonists, the supporting characters are also intriguing.
Rhia’s story line has a connection to the modern day. She struggles wanting to be fighting along side her people but also with wanting to start a family of her own and keeping her children safe. I saw this as today’s working Mom’s who love the idea of being home with their kids all day but have that urge, that want to be out in the working world. Rhia’s challenged throughout the whole story, she’s put through tick and thin and still she pulls through somehow. Memories and people linger with her, impacting so many of her future life decisions. She truly is a stunning character.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the next two completed books in the saga (#2 Leaping Wolf, #3 LionCub). Book #4 is currently in the works!
If you are a fan of medieval type reads with a mix of romance among many other things. I would highly recommend picking up book 1: Wildcat, see what you think.
Thank you very much to JP Harker for sending me a copy to read and review. I am now a new dedicated fan to his work and I am excited to see what else he comes out with in the future.
Seventeen-year-old CJ Ainsworth doesn’t drive—not because she can’t, but because she won’t.
She’s been living with the guilt of being the sole survivor of the head-on collision that claimed her mother’s and sister’s lives. It’s the reason she refuses to get behind the wheel. It’s the reason her father has nearly abandoned her. It’s the reason she’s sent to piddle the summer away at her estranged Memaw’s house in Edisto Beach.
All CJ wants to do is isolate herself and make it to the trial at summer’s end, where she’ll testify against the stranger who couldn’t keep his car in its own lane. She doesn’t expect to fall for a boy, especially not Jett Ramsey, a hotshot racing champion destined for greatness on the NASCAR circuit.
CJ’s resolve crumbles when she loses a bet that puts her squarely in Jett’s driver’s seat. While he patiently reintroduces her to driving, they confide in each other, and CJ learns she’s not the only one silently suffering through a loss.
As their connection deepens, Jett’s focus on the track is called into question. CJ can’t be the cause of another car crash, but her heart is
broken either way. Can CJ learn to put her heart in drive? Or will she throw it in reverse?
A summer away at Memaw’s can’t rectify everything that fell apart in a single minute, but that won’t stop my dad from forcing it on me.
My fingers wrench tighter around the handle grip of Dad’s Ford Explorer as he hugs the center line, tires thumping over golden reflectors in waves and shooting vibrations through my seat. I glance over my shoulder to make sure the door lock is crammed to its neck into the tan vinyl interior. Not that it’d make a difference if he were to flip this thing head-over-end into the muddy goop of tidal flats along either side of the road. If a body’s going to exit a car in a hurry, it sure as hell won’t wait for an unlocked door.
These kinds of thoughts never shoved their way into my brain before the accident. Now they circulate like a washing machine stuck on the spin cycle.
I sigh and yank my phone off the dashboard. 4:15 PM. Only ten more minutes to get my summer of hell underway.
A notification blinks on the home screen. One new email from Trent Casey and all I can see of it is “CJ, things have changed so much this last year that I think…” Inbox preview cruelty at its finest. A little sneak peek of my on-again, off-again boyfriend kicking me to the curb because I’ve been too screwed up to screw him the past year. Not that I’d screwed him before, or anyone else for that matter.
I toss the phone in the cup holder and stare over at my dad in the driver’s seat, his eyes fixed and hooded as if in a trance. He hasn’t spoken in over a hundred miles, but I’ve strategically coughed from time to time to make sure there’s at least a reaction to the noise,
and he’s not comatose or something. Plus, it’s easier than actually talking, and it warrants no response from him. Win-win.
Dad flips on the blinker, its dink-doonk, dink-doonk, dink-doonk signaling a right turn. Into where I have no idea, and unless Memaw has taken up living in a dilapidated open-air shack, he’s seriously misguided. He pulls into one of the ten open parking slots, demarcated by rows of conch shells instead of actual painted-on lines. How beachy of them.
Dad lets the engine idle, sliding his phone from the pocket of his polo and pecking out a text message without so much as a word or glance in my direction. I unlatch my seatbelt and open the door, easing out onto the hot, gritty sand, which creeps into my sandals and scratches at the skin.
“Where are we?” When he doesn’t respond, I step beside the open door, banging my hand on the window. “Dad, where are we?”
“Edisto Island, of course,” he mumbles, never looking up from his phone, his fingers still moving furiously over the screen.
I point to the rectangular banner draped atop the entrance with what looks like a hand-stenciled Welcome to Edisto Beach, SC! in blue paint. “No shit. I mean, what is this place?”
“Watch your mouth, CJ. I’m still your father.” He finally looks up long enough to glare across his steering wheel at the banner, squinting as if it’s written in some foreign language before looking back at me. He waves his hand around. “We’re obviously at the market.”
The entrance isn’t a single open-close door but one of those garage-style deals that pulls down from the ceiling. Oyster shell wind chimes tinkle in the breeze. I take a deep breath, the briny air expanding in my lungs and coating my skin, and somehow start imagining myself as one of those slugs we used to find on the back porch at home and pour salt over. Almost immediately, their slimy little bodies would foam up and implode, turning into a dried-up crispie we’d flick off in the grass the next day. Maybe that’ll happen to me, and I can simply shrivel up and disappear.
Dad gets out and lifts the back hatch, and I walk to meet him, giving an extra foot shake on each step to loosen the stowaway sand from my sandals.
“But why are we here?”
“This is where Memaw’s picking you up.” He hauls out my two large suitcases and sets them under the overhang. “She’s running late, but she’ll be here within the next twenty minutes.”
“And you’re just gonna leave me here?” I thumb over my shoulder.
He stares at me as if I’ve just asked for an explanation on the meaning of life, standing like a statue except for the front flip of his thinning auburn hair that tousles with the breeze. That hair, along with his chocolate brown eyes and freckles, are the only things we even share anymore. Everything else is gone. Evaporated.
“Don’t be dramatic, CJ. I have a long drive home.” He slams the hatch, walks to his still-open driver door and slides in behind the wheel. The passenger window rolls down part-way. “I’ll see you at the end of summer. Bye.” The words scarcely exit his lips before the window’s rolled up and he’s peeling out of the parking lot on two wheels as if he’s off to a five-alarm fire.
Wow. Truly heartfelt. I think he might miss me. I lock my jaw, forcing my quivering stomach back in its rightful place. Part of me loathes him for just dumping me here. The other part understands, though. He hates me for what happened and wants me gone too.
I can’t blame him for that.
Brandy Woods Snow is a Young Adult author, journalist, wife, mama of three, Christian, and proud Southerner. Born and raised in the area of Greenville, South Carolina, she still resides in the rolling foothills of the Upstate region, though she plans to one day retire to the state’s famous Grand Strand. Brandy has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing from Clemson University. While creative writing pursuits have always held her heart, she’s built a career as a journalist and editor. Brandy has more than 19 years’ experience and a strong platform that includes articles and columns published in Delta Sky Magazine, Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly and Home Design & Décor Magazine (Charlotte and Raleigh). Currently, she also works as the Marketing Manager and an Acquisitions Editor for Filles Vertes Publishing.
Her first novel MEANT TO BE BROKEN was published by Filles Vertes
Publishing in May 2018, and she has a short story featured in FVP’s LOVE ON MAIN anthology, forthcoming in February 2020. When Brandy’s not writing, reading, spending time with her husband or driving carpool for her three kids, she enjoys kayaking, family hikes, yelling “Go Tigers!” as loud as she can, playing the piano and taking “naked” Jeep Wrangler cruises on twisty, country roads.
Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words. When she’s not writing stories, she Googles all things nostalgic. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.
I have always had an interest in law enforcement and Cynthia’s hard work and determination is absolutely inspiring. Especially during a time when women were not really accepted in that line of work.
Boots in the Ashes takes you through the thrilling ride of 6 major and very dangerous cases Cynthia faced during her career as an ATF agent. These cases are (excuse the pun) mind blowing. You hear of these awful moments in the world happening on the daily through the news and social media. It’s completely different reading it directly from an agents personal experience.
Cynthia was and still is absolutely brilliant! She was trained well and knew exactly how to use her skills. The way she dealt with heated situations and the criminals wrapped up in them, was fantastic. She knew exactly how to read the room and how to work the suspect to find out exactly what they were looking for.
“Timex, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.”
Boots in the Ashes – Cynthia Beebe (an old Timex advertisement from the 1950’s).
Now just when you see how unbelievable Cynthia is with her career and you don’t think she could get any more fascinating. You get to see a glimpse into her personal life and the struggles she faced but also one of the most heart warming moments in her life, all while being an excellent agent. I know I am being pretty vague with those comments because I try my hardest not to give any spoilers away in my reviews. Which is very hard when you loved a read as much as I loved Boots in the Ashes. I guess you will just have to read it for yourself so see exactly what I mean.
I know 2020 is still so fresh being we are only in the beginning of April but I can easily say that Boots in the Ashes is absolutely one of my favourite reads for 2020.
Boots in the Ashes released February 25, 2020. So be sure to get your hands on it. Read about Cynthia’s compelling ATF agent career!
A read that is easily devoured but yet one that you will want to take your time with.
Thank you so much to Cynthia Beebe for sending me a copy for review. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your work and experiences. I could sit for hours picking your brain and listening to more stories like these!
Take a look at the cover! If that doesn’t pull you in enough the moment you read the synopsis you will be hooked.
I have been craving sci-fi recently and Magna-Blade was exactly what I needed. Even more of a treat when I found out it was set in a well known city in Canada!
People have survived a life changing war with some of the most dangerous weapons around – Magna-Blades. But no-ones safe just yet!….Someone knows more is coming and they are working tirelessly to stop it! Question’s are …Will they succeed?…Can they do it alone, or will they need help?
Evan has created this revolutionary setting! You still have your high, middle and lower class, people are suffering, hunger, drugs and crime are still present and a form of law enforcement is in place. It reads as if you are in today’s setting with a futuristic twist. This was a huge yes for me! I enjoy stepping out of the real world while reading but really appreciate when there is still be a relate-able feel to it. Helps to really grasp the idea and makes for an engaging read!
The characters are perfectly placed in this world. I try very hard not give any spoilers away while reviewing so I won’t give any names or details. But I will say I really connected with a few of the stronger, main characters. When they were faced with hardships or tough situations it hit hard! Evan’s characters are extremely memorable. I thoroughly enjoy a read where there is a perfect balance between the story line and the characters and I found that was exactly what Magna-Blade did. The perfect amount of detail throughout.
Now you may be wondering why I gave this read a 4 stars when I obviously enjoyed it so much. The one reason I removed a star from my rating is…. the beginning of the story is very fast paced. Almost as something you would see in a immediate scene at the beginning of a movie, to get you quickly up to date on what’s going down. Although this is fine and a lot of reads do this to give the reader some details before they really dive into the story. What got me was there were parts that had me lost or confused. I felt like I was missing a bit of the story that was critical to understanding things as you went on, perhaps details that are important and were glazed over a bit too quickly. Don’t get me wrong! As you go you will understand what is happening and you will get a glimpse of the past. I just feel some bits could have been touched on more.
All of this being said. I obviously really enjoyed this read and gave it a high rating. What makes me very excited about how this read ended off is I felt as if the story was left a bit open but also with enough conclusion at the same time. Which I really appreciate because I don’t feel like I am needing more…. yet if a sequel came of this I most definitely would be jumping at the chance to get my hands on it!
Of course I would recommend this read especially if you are a sci-fi fan. You can never go wrong with such a strong, vivid world like this!
I don’t know about you but growing up I was ghost obsessed. Late on a Friday or Saturday night my family and friends would gather, turn off all the lights, grab a flashlight and creep around the house looking to experience the perfect paranormal moment.
I now get to experience all that same fun with my two boys. It becomes on heck of a great game, on the regular here in our home.
So… what better than a middle-grade where kids are doing just that?!? and they have no idea what they are in for.
When Diana reached out to see if I would be willing to review one of the books from her Ghosters series, I was super excited and I knew exactly who I would be reading it with.
I’ll just put it out there…. my eldest son and I LOVED this read.
Ghosters was exhilarating!
The characters are so well done. Theresa is suffering the older sibling battle after a huge loss in the family and feels she needs to stay strong for her younger brother Joey. Yet she also feels her Dad doesn’t seem to love her as much. When truly she and Joey just have no idea exactly what is going on with their father and his own inner demons he is fighting. Than Joey is this sweet, innocent, easy going brother who looks up to his sister and is so happy to spend time with her. In comes Theresa’s new ghost obsessed friend Kerry to stir up the mix. What a perfect selection of characters!
Diana also kept this middle grade read so gripping by leaving the true reveal till the very, very end. Leaving you to devour this read, needing to know exactly what happens.
Ghosters will have you stir with emotions throughout. Yet in the end Diana pieces everything together perfecting, bringing the whole story together and releasing all of those emotions.
I must add as a mother reading this along side my eldest that I found it very refreshing how Diana not only brought up the topic of loss of a loved one(s) but also notes some mental health. She did it in such a gentle, tasteful way, not to overwhelm a middle-grade reader.
Extremely well done and very entertaining.
We have added the rest of the Ghosters series onto our wish list to pick up in the future.
Currently in the series:
#1: Ghosters #2: Revenge of the Library Ghost #3: Secrets of the Bloody Tower #4: Ghosters go Camping.
Also please note, you do not need to read the series in order. So take a peak, read through the synopsis and see which one will be your first victim!
Enjoy! Happy reading.
Thank you so much Diana for sending us an e-copy to read and review.
Better You Believe is a collection of short stories. All urban legends Tony has come across over the years, while on his own adventures.
Nothing better than the perfect scary story as a kid. What we may not realise at that age, is a lot of the stories that have circled around come from urban legends our parents or family members have heard.
Tony not only brought attention to urban legends I myself had never heard of. He brought them to life, putting his own little spin on them. These are tales that will stick with me for a very long time, perhaps even for life.
These bizarre, creepy, strange stories are very fast paced and will leave you itching for more of each.
Some of the characters are so relate-able and you can’t help but feel emotions along side them, some of these myths will come across very cheeky, but know that there is a good life lesson to learn in each. So be sure to pay attention to the underlining message.
Tony’s writing is so enjoyable. No added filler, no drawn out sections, great story development, the characters are done really well and as I mentioned each story is very fast paced. You will fly through this collection in no time while being entertained the whole time, you may even be shocked by some of the twists that come along.
Yes! Of course I would recommend Better You Believe.
Publisher: Independently Published
Date: February 11, 2019
If Better You Believe sounds like something that would be right up your alley! Than you must check out Sour by Tony Evans
I am a fan of odd, eerie, gruesome reads and The Scrimshaw Worm hit on those themes well.
Your main character, Will seems like a really good guy. He will protect those that just can’t or won’t protect themselves, he also has a soft spot in his heart for some in his life. After a harsh yet passionate act Will’s choices have forced him to serve as a doctor on a Whaling Voyage, even though he promised himself never again. During his journey on the ship they save a women who seems to be a damsel in distress from a dyer situation. Shortly after, crew members start to disappear, some are attacked, some are killed and left for the rest of the crew to find and yet no one knows what’s happening.
The Scrimshaw Worm leaves you antsy to know what or who is attacking the crew.
I enjoyed The Scrimshaw Worm and I am happy I picked it up.
I only have a couple very small reasons why I took a star off my rating and please keep in mind these are my own opinions and you may not feel the same when picking up this read for yourself. These reasons also don’t take away from the story line, characters, plot or Daniel’s writing.
I found the down time in-between the action, although short and not drawn out, was very slow. I wanted to rush through those moments in order to get back to the action. Again this is most likely just me and it may show that the book was well written because I obviously wanted more. Also the down time was not just filler, it was information that was crucial to the story so I had to slow myself down and take it all in. My only other reason was that you got such a strong glimpse of who Will was back on the mainland and a sneak peak into one relationship in particular he held and I found that I missed not having that closure at the end of the story to see how things were off the waters.
All in all I would recommend this read. I think it will be unlike any of the novels you have in your collection currently.