Doing a favor for a new author

Hi all

 

Got a message from a new author who is needing some publicity. This’ll be short, since I don’t have much info on her.

Anyway–you remember how it was when you first started out. Give her some help in launching her name and book, would you? She and I would be very grateful.

Hi I’m Ava Bell and I’m a new author, I’m also a blogger so I know how important bloggers are to authors, especially new ones. I would love it if you would share my author page on your blog. I’m trying to establish myself on social media before my book comes out early 2015. It would be greatly appreciated! Thank you
https://www.facebook.com/authoravabell

Miles From Home by Ava Bell
Coming in January 2015

Review of “The Protector and the Peacemaker”, by Adam Bolander

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They had no choice. It was run, or be slaughtered.

The Slayers were in Jellaska Kob Lertan, laying waste to all they came across. Porter, Sarah, and the rest of the band scattered to the four winds, hoping to be able to meet up again somewhere away from the carnage.

Tick is unfortunate enough to be caught by slave traders, and meets a young chimera by the name of Domino. The rest of the group has found each other and, accompanied by a strange chimera by the name of Gwinn, fights its way to the rescue of both youngsters.

From there, they encounter one perilous adventure after another, as they work out how exactly they will be able to save the world from imminent war between the Mythics and the Slayers. For the Mythics are headed by a half-mad gryphon, and the leader of the Slayers is much more than he seems. Both are faced off against each other, with humanity in the middle.

Much is learned, much is lost, and then found again. Hopes raised, then dashed. And just when the heroes believe they have all the answers they need, a new, terrible truth is learned–one that will make them question everything they have been through.

 

This, the last in the series entitled “The Slayer and the Sphinx”, is a sweeping, incredible end to a fantastic story. So much goes on in this book that it is just about impossible to describe it all.

There is so much here–love and betrayal, trust and disappointment, faith and fear. Through it all, the characters remain true to their comrades (for the most part), sacrificing their all to save each other–physically, mentally, psychologically. A very satisfying end to a well-told tale. I think Tolkien would have loved it.

Mr. Bolander left a few threads that just might turn into another series. We shall have to wait and see.

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Review of “Loup-Garou: The Beast of Harmony Falls”, by David Reuben

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“No! Don’t go up there! You’ve seen what happened—you know better! No, don’t…!

“…you went up there….WHY??? Oh no! Look out!”

Do you know how hard it is to cover your eyes and still read? But I found myself doing just that while possessed by this book. This was a grade-A horror movie in words.

The second book, but the first in the “Ian McDermott, Ph.D.” series, finds our hero starting out on his new career as a hunter of things of a nightmarish nature. Summoned by Harmony Falls’ authorities (through a website search, no less), Ian has to crawl out of the bottle in order to face a horror that has reared its ugly reality in the small town.

An immense creature, called “Bigfoot” by a survivor, has been seen and experienced in the wilds around Little Merwin, into which Harmony Falls feeds. The old-timers call it “Loup-Garou”—man-wolf. Two hikers are missing, and soon enough into the investigation, someone else is attacked, leaving everyone stunned.

But more than stunned. It is this impetus that stirs them into true action, despite the intrusion of the news media—which learns the awful truth, but can’t do a thing about it (you’ll find out why).

One thing is for certain—secrets of the night are no longer secret, and lives will be changed forever.

 

Mr. Reuben has written a fangtastic (no, that’s not a typo) story here. It has all the elements of horror and suspense that every book needs—missing bodies, lovers looking for excitement in the perilous dark, shadows lurking just beyond our sight, the building suspense that leaves the readers gasping—yep, it has all that.

He has built up a very believable character in Ian McDermott, who any reader can sympathize with. Maybe the losses he endured and the pain he lives with are not on everyone’s daily agenda, but surely his reactions can be believed and understood. The way he works through his own problems to solve the ones plaguing the town is admirable.

The sense of humor throughout (“Chief Bleeds-a-Lot”—ha!) really helps to dispel the horror, so that the reader can get ready for the next dose.

And they do come at regular intervals, believe me…

I’m still waiting to see where the dog fits into all of this…

There is a third book coming out in this series. I’m definitely keeping my eyes peeled for it. (I get the feeling, from the title, that that is not all that might get peeled—yikes!)

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Interview with Amy McKlung, author of the Parker Harris series, plus other assorted goodies

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Review of “Audie the Angel and the Angel Army”, by Erika Kathryn

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When you think of Heaven, what do you think of?

I think a lot of people would envision pearly gates, angels sitting around on clouds, that sort of thing.

Now ask Audie and Cave what it’s really like.

Guess what? It ain’t perfect.

And why? Evil has found a foothold in the Land of Perfection. And it’s taking over the south part of the land. Creatures you wouldn’t expect in eternal bliss are becoming a regular sight, and the Elder Angels are starting to act strange.

Audie is sought on Earth to be brought to Eternity, and Cave, her love-struck admirer, finds a way to go along for the ride–literally. Neither of them have an inkling of what’s going on, and are both surprised to find out that Audie is a Phoenix. She has powers beyond her wildest dreams, not that she had ever dreamt of such a thing in her life.

It’s up to her and her hastily-formed Angel Army, each with powers and abilities of their own, to put their heavenly home to rights once again. With a rallying cry of “Have faith in me”, they fight against the foes that try to block their journey to rescue the Elder Angels.

But will they be able to make it in time? There are so many seemingly impossible obstacles–but this is where faith has its finest hour.

 

I love books like this. An army intent on accomplishing the good, while fighting both the evil from without and the uncertainty from within. The author gives her Angel Army some very exciting and suspenseful tasks, and it is so satisfying to see how they get through them. From beginning to end, they lean on each other, bolstering each other’s courage and faith–both in themselves and in each other.

It’s not only a great adventure story, it’s a good lesson on the value of friendship.

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Review of “Zombie War: Little Apocalypse on the Prairie”, by Jean Booth

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Judging from the title, one would surmise that this book is a comedic look at the subject of zombies and apocalypses.

One would be very wrong…

In this, the second book of the Zombie War series, the little group of four survivors has grown into a much larger band. With their combined intelligence and know-how, they’ve set themselves up in a very secure refuge in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

It would take quite an intelligent, organized attack to get through all of the barriers that have been set up around their settlement’s perimeter. And, since fresh humans are no longer in large supply, it is believed that the zombies are getting, well, stupid. Their intellect resources have been pretty much dried up.

This makes the humans feel pretty comfortable inside their enclosure, although it’s a little strange seeing kids playing outside with guns strapped to their hips–the real weapons, not play ones. Outside the fence, though, it’s anyone’s guess, especially when provisions are needed.

And they are needed, badly. A trip to the home improvement store and grocery is not what it used to be–especially when an attack can come from anywhere, including from inside floor-model appliances.

And the danger is expanded exponentially when a scouting party learns that the zombies aren’t quite as stupid and slow as were originally thought…

 

I’m pretty sure I will never go into a warehouse-type store again without looking over my shoulder a lot. Especially if I am one of only a very few people in its aisles.

Ms. Booth has done another great job of creating a world where survival teeters on the edge from every angle. Her characters are so perfect for their roles, and the twist at the end was one I did not see coming. Perhaps it’s because I went along with the belief that the zombies were, um, zombified. The slow-moving, moaning, glaze-eyed, decaying sort that are typical of undead brain-eaters have no part in this book.

The author has published a third book in this series, called “Zombified!” I think I need to get it as soon as possible…

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Review: “Of War and Taters”, by Ashley Chappell

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*snort* *giggle*

Oh—sorry. I just finished reading “Of War and Taters”, by Ashley Chappell. Hoo-boy—this is not a book that you would want to read in bed while your significant other is trying to get to sleep.

A small-town sherriff (yes, two Rs—the guy who made the badge ran off with the florist before they could get another one made), Stanley Grace is used to the gossip and the mentality of the people of Merit, the town he protects and serves. Whether it be mad women or millionaires, rolling-pin collectors or the husbands they use said utensils upon, he has pretty much seen it all. It’s rather a mix of Mayberry RFD and something Terry Pratchett may have made up.

His own wife has tried to murder him on many occasions and has sweetly denied it, and he pretty much just lets her get away with it. Every once in a while, she finds something else to grace her attentions on, which takes the load off him.

Enter Cud, the stray dog. Formerly called Mr. Cuddle Face by Stanley’s wife, he is seriously considering moving in to the sherriff’s (two Rs) office for good.

This may have also been a bad idea. With the cavalcade of weirdness that suddenly overtakes their town, Stanley and his lone deputy have their hands full, and little dogs are often overlooked. He takes it in stride, though. Life in Merit is never boring.

You know, it’s funny how rumors get started. A gang of ne’er-do-wells, all of them at the ripe old ages of nine through eleven, get themselves and their town in deep national trouble. The media circus, including one Dana Perki (the “I” is silent), swoops down on the burg to investigate. This is happening at approximately the same time as a real sawdust-and-elephants circus is putting up tents in Mad Mother Hinkle’s potato field.

And the population of Merit has grown by one more citizen. Okay, a half a citizen. Maybe.

Monty Gregory, a murdered actor, has decided that he would rather not be dead, thank you. And so it is thus. Sort of.

All of this comes together in a soup bowl of comedy and insanity. What’s surprising is that drama and mystery are thrown into the mix as well, and the result is a very satisfying end.

This was the most hilarious book I have read since the last Terry Pratchett novel. I can honestly compare Ms. Chappell and Mr. Pratchett favorably. Every one of her characters is wonderfully memorable, and there are more twists and turns in this tale than the kinks in Cud’s coat.

I know this will sound over-used, but I really mean it: “Of War and Taters” is laugh-out-loud hilarious.

 

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