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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: A Witch’s Trial by N.E. Conneely

16 Feb

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Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 3

Length: 7 hours 49 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Sep. 10, 2015

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

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When Michelle pulls an old book out of a fire, she finds answers and heartbreak. The book confirms that a demon walks the land, though according to legend they were all dead. Now, she needs to rediscover the secrets to killing demons before her loved ones fall victim.

Elron’s budding relationship with Michelle suffers a blow when his mate returns. While he struggles with love and guilt, it becomes clear that not everyone gets their happily-ever-after.

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N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Narrator Bio

Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.

And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeff Hays. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

A Witch’s Trial is the third book in A Witch’s Path series. I listened to Witch for Hire and A Witch’s Path in the past couple of weeks. I’ve enjoyed listening to these books and look forward to reading or listening to more in the series.

Michelle continues to face supernatural problems when called by police departments. The more publicity she gets, the more offers she gets to join clans. Some of the offers are more like threats if she doesn’t join. Once in a while Michelle seems a bit whiny but she has a right to with all that is on her plate.

On top of all that, there’s a demon on the loose. Everyone thought demons were a myth or that they were all gone many years ago but they were wrong. Michelle and Elron know they need to find a way to kill the demon but it’s been hundreds, maybe thousands, of years so how could there be anyone still alive to tell them what they need to know?

The narrator is amazing. I originally thought it was two people narrating but it’s just one. He does a great job doing both male and female voices. 

A Witch’s Trial is full of excitement, action, heartbreak, and fantasy.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: A Witch’s Path by N.E. Conneely

9 Feb

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Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 2

Length: 7 hours 26 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Aug. 27, 2015

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

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After a near death experience, Michelle has vowed to do her job, magical assistance for the police, and leave the heroics to someone else. Besides, life should be settling down for her since the trolls have been captured and the sorceress was neutralized. Unfortunately, the power behind the sorceress wants her dead, Elron starts acting funny, a magical creature wreaks havoc on a town, and there’s trouble with the werewolves. As if that wasn’t enough, the clans have started to notice her power and she has more reasons than ever to fear the clans.

Things go from bad to worse when Michelle’s best friend is abducted, and she must decide between her friend and her vow to stay out of dangerous situations.

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N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.
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And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeff Hays. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

This is the second book in The Witch’s Path series. I liked the first book but I really enjoyed this one quite a bit more.  Michelle is a young witch but has more power than most witches her age. Her parents are keeping secrets from her and it’s bothering her more and more. I could feel her frustration with them, especially when they tell her she needs to stay safe but they don’t explain themselves. 

Although Michelle almost died in the previous book, she is still working with police departments. She’s proud of what she is able to do but she also feels a responsibility to help others when needed. And when one of her best friends is abducted, she tries to work with the police but she has to decide if she is going to go rogue to find her friend. She had sworn she wouldn’t put herself in that kind of danger after the last time, but now her friend’s life is at risk. The more I read (or listen) about Michelle, the more I admire her. Of course, Michelle has faults just like we all do, but she is someone who deserves respect. 

There is still someone after Michelle and it wouldn’t surprise me if there are more than one someones after her. Things seem to keep getting more and more dangerous for her and she’s lucky to have as many friends as she does. They often seem to know that she needs help before she does. She and her neighbor Elron are getting closer and he’s a good ally for her to have. 

Jeff Hays is one of the best narrators I’ve had the privilege of listening to. He is able to not only do multiple voices but he can do both genders. When I started listening to the first book in this series, I thought there were two people narrating.

I definitely recommend The Witch’s Path to anyone who likes fantasy. There’s also humor, a touch of romance, magic, and suspense…I almost forgot…and a dinosaur! I’m looking forward to listening to the next book.

 

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Witch for Hire (A Witch’s Path Book 1) by N.E. Conneely

2 Feb

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Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrator: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 1

Length: 7 hours 14 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Feb. 11, 2015

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

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Most witches don’t work for police departments, but Michelle isn’t your average witch. She’s clanless, looking for a wizard who isn’t offended by her lack of family connections, and in danger of losing her job if she can’t find the escaped trolls before they start eating the local residents.

Trolls, angry police, and misbehaving spells are the least of her problems. Statues attacking homeowners might be problematic for your average witch, but to Michelle it’s another day at the office. Her real concern is the wizard suddenly interested in dating her and an old elf set on pestering her. When her happy family is rocked by a long kept secret her stable life falls apart faster than she can pick up the pieces.

 

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N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.

And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeff Hays. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

The world that Michelle lives in is a lot like ours except that humans are part of a society that is ruled by magical creatures. In fact, humans are often looked down upon since they don’t have magic.

Michelle is a witch and her job is to work with the local police departments on magical cases. She’s a consultant and does a good job at helping the police save magical creatures, even making spells for them to use at times. She’s super busy working on cases when her personal life also throws her a curve, although she handles it well.

Witch for Hire grabbed my interest from the beginning and it never slowed down. The ending was good, it was at a good stopping point, but there is more to come so I’m looking forward to starting the next book in the series tomorrow.

I enjoyed the narrator. In fact, I thought it was two separate people narrating. I had no clue it was the same person! He’s great!

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Q&A with Author N.E. Conneely

  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • As an author the process is rather easy. Once Jeff was onboard with the project all I had to do were some pronunciation recordings, listen to the book, and give it the go ahead. The Jeff and Soundbooth have done all the heavy lifting.
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • I think my experiences in working with Soudbooth Theater and Jeff have been different from most author’s because of how Jeff approaches the narration. He really wants to bring the story to life and make it as immersive as possible for the reader rather than simply read it
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Not even a little. Witch for Hire started out as a combination of writing exercise and National Novel Writing Month project way back in 2009. It wasn’t until 2013 that I got motivated to publish the book and write the rest of the series.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • A put a smale of the book up for audition. Jeff was the only narrator who could do a male and female voice, which was rather necessary for the story as it has multiple first person points of view, so I picked him.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • Yes and no. Jeff read through the books before starting the narration so he had a pretty good feel for the characters. The pronunciation of some of the names and terms have been trickier. Since the books take place in north Georgia there are a lot of names that can be traced back to the Cherokee tribes who originally lived here. Ellijay, Etowah, Cohuttah, Dahlonega, and other names are a little tricky to figure out just from the spelling.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • I always heard the saying, “Write what you know.” That sounded great until I wanted to write fantasy. No one really knows magic, but I did know north Georgia. I grew up there, went to college, and worked my first job in the area so I picked that for the setting. It was what I knew.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • It’s not really a single part, but I love how the narration brings out the snark and sarcasm that are in the books! It can be difficult to make that show through in text, but it’s so vivid the audiobook!
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • No. I think we experience time as a linear constant to give us motivation to stay in the present and make the most of it. We only get one try at the here and now, which to me is part of what defines the human experience.
  • What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    • No. Not everyone can physically read. Audiobooks give the deaf access to thousands of books they wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience. Even lifelong print readers can find themselves transition to audio. My grandmother loves to read, but she had tremors that make it very difficult for her to hold a book steady enough to read it or easily turn pages. Audiobooks are how she continues to read.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing each novel this series?
    • Oh, well, it depends on the book. When I finished Witch for Hire I celebrated by starting A Witch’s Path. When I finished A Witch’s Path I went out to dinner with my family and had a margarita. I think for A Witch’s Trial I had two glasses of wine and bought myself a tiny glass flying pig. Upon completing A Witch’s Concern, I went on a date with the man who became my husband. I didn’t celebrate finishing A Witch’s Rite because I was sick. For A Witch’s Demons, I went out to dinner and had a margarita.
  • What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
    • When I’m in a writing slump I try to read more and sometimes I switch projects until I find something that sparks my imagination. As for a reading slump, well, I tend to go in cycles of reading a lot and not reading much.
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • Yup! Michelle first showed up in a dream. While the dream has nothing in common with the books, it did spark the idea and I’ve really loved writing Michelle’s adventures.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Read, write, repeat. Write new things, read news books, reread books, read your own work, and write something new. Then do it all over again. There’s no substitute for reading and writing.
  • Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks?
    • Enjoy it. Enjoy hearing the characters come to life and know that even if audio isn’t your favorite format, you’re making some readers very happy.
  • What’s next for you?
    • Write another book! I have a story arc for three more Michelle books as well as lots of other worlds that are begging to be explored so I have a lot of work to do!

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Book Review: Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters

31 Jan

“Once upon a time there was a monster. This is how they tell you the story starts. This is a lie.” 

Sometimes things are not what they appear to be. DNA doesn’t define us, gravity doesn’t hold us, a home doesn’t mean we belong. From circus tents to space stations, Damien Angelica Walters creates stories that are both achingly familiar and chillingly surreal. Within her second short story collection, she questions who the real monsters are, rips families apart and stitches them back together, and turns a cell phone into the sharpest of weapons. 

Cry Your Way Home brings together seventeen stories that delve deep into human sorrow and loss, weaving pain, fear, and ultimately resilience into beautiful tales that are sure to haunt you long after you finish the collection. 

“Once upon a time there was a girl…”

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a variety of stories that have one thing in common: they’re all dark and mostly about women. They represent suffering, loss, pain, and fear. I was surprised at how well the author was able to make me feel connected to the characters so quickly. Short stories often can have a good story but without the connection with the characters, so that was impressive.

Cry Your Way Home is seventeen short stories over different genres. I didn’t read them in one sitting. I could have because each story was pretty short but they’re so dark I didn’t want to read too many at one time! I definitely recommend Cry Your Way Home if you like dark fiction.

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About the Author

Damien Angelica Walters is the author of Cry Your Way HomePaper Tigers, and Sing Me Your Scars, winner of the 2015 This is Horror Award for Short Story Collection of the Year. Her short fiction has been nominated twice for a Bram Stoker Award, reprinted in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and published in various anthologies and magazines, including the Shirley Jackson Award Finalists Autumn Cthulhu and The Madness of Dr. Caligari, World Fantasy Award Finalist Cassilda’s SongNightmare MagazineBlack Static, and Apex Magazine. Until the magazine’s closing in 2013, she was an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede, and she lives in Maryland with her husband and two rescued pit bulls.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean by Robert Gillespie

30 Jan

 

Book Title: The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean by Robert Gillespie
Category: Children’s Fiction, 48 pages
Genre: Fantasy / Nature
Publisher: Page Publishing
Release date: July 2017
Tour dates: Jan 22 to Feb 2, 2018
Content Rating: G

 

Book Description

Popcorn and Jellybean had never ventured down the path beyond the big tree. But since they never really did anything exciting, and even though it made them a little nervous at first, they decided it would be a fun adventure for a couple of days. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, as it turned out, if the explorers were not prepared! Join them as they take on new challenges each day, learn how to survive by following the behaviors of the animals they encounter, and go where Mother Nature leads them. And who knows, maybe we could learn as well! 

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The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean is a fun book for children but it also teaches about nature. Popcorn and Jellybean are bored so they decide to go on an adventure. They’ve never been further than the big tree so they decide to pack up their tent and some supplies and go on an adventure for a couple of days. They get lost and end up spending five days in the forest rather than just two.

During their adventure, Popcorn and Jellybean learn to watch the animals to see what is safe to eat. Even though they’re lost, they learn that they don’t need to be scared and can take care of themselves until they find their way home.

The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean is a fun book for children to read or for parents to read as a bedtime story.

 

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Bob has spent more than 13 years as a wildlife conservation educator sharing information and animal encounters with audiences of all ages. He has a passion for teaching about a wide range of topics nature related and loves passing it along to his two sons. His youngest son, Colton, was the inspiration behind The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean, where it all started as a simple bedtime story. Bob currently resides in Carlsbad, California, and works as a professional interpreter guide at a world-renowned conservation organization.
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Book Review & Giveaway: Cathadeus by Jeff J. Peters

22 Jan
 
 

Book Details:

Book Title: Cathadeus (Book One of the Walking Gates)
Author: Jeff J. Peters
Category: YA Fiction, 344 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: Dec 8, 2017
Tour dates: Jan 15 to Feb 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (fighting scenes)

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It has been six hundred years since the Alchemists fused together men and beasts to form strong, mindless slaves. Now, their most vicious creations have attacked the mystical Walking Gates, slaughtering their Keepers and isolating their cities. Wounded in the brutal attack, Braxton Prinn’s mother is on the verge of death and he makes a desperate journey to find the reclusive elven master who can save her. But when he discovers an ancient magic, Brax is caught up in an even greater struggle and soon finds himself hunted for his power. Drawn into the chaos of an impending war and pursued by enemies on all sides, Brax must fight to save his mother and her race from slipping into darkness. Though his untamed magic may be the greatest threat of all . . .

 

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Cathadeus is a great fantasy. Jeff J. Peters has a writing style that describes the setting so well that you feel like you’re right there, but he doesn’t get bogged down in details. His is my favorite kind of writing.

Braxton is a young man sent on a journey to save his mother after their town is attacked. He finds out that she’s actually an elfling who has been posing as a human. His father gives him his grandfather’s sword which ends up being a special sword that chooses him and gives him magic that he has to learn to control.

All of this is a lot for Braxton to handle but he does a good job at keeping things together. He has friends to help him along the way as well as the girl he has always cared for (loved?). With their help and the help of the spirit of the sword, will they be able to save their world from the Dark Child?

This is the best epic fantasy that I’ve read in a while. I’m looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

 

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“Jeff J. Peters’ strong cinematic writing style allowed me to easily visualize the story and feel that I was right there alongside the characters.”
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“Jeff J. Peters’ writing is so smooth and easy to read – I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure it was…and how quickly you end up being drawn into the story because of it.”
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“Cathadeus is the best kind of fantasy story – you get to learn along with a flawed main character while you get lost in a richly designed world. You can’t help but keep reading. A cleanly written pairing of characters you wish you could spend more time with and an enthralling world built around them. Cathadeus is the kind of story that plays perfectly off of your imagination, with characters grounded in reality to make it feel like you could really be there.”
– Ryan N.

“Jeff J. Peters definitely has storytelling skills…The story stayed on my mind when I wasn’t reading it. Young readers will be drawn in this imaginative story, while they relate to Braxton’s struggles with temper, insecurity, and young love. Cathadeus is dramatic, with an anxious tone—at times bleak, as the story keeps you wondering until the final battle if good will prevail.”
– Elizabeth C.

 

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Question: What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Jeff: Getting to create characters and events that are both interesting to read, and which share a greater idea, meaning or inspiration to others. Hopefully people reading Cathadeus will not only enjoy the adventure, but also gain something more from the overall experience.

 

Question: What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Jeff: Never give up. Keep writing down ideas, dialogue or scenes even if not part of the story you’re currently working on. I often write content that is unrelated, only to discover it fits perfectly into a later section of the story. I also keep a notebook handy in which to jot down character names and general concepts. Finally, don’t worry too much about grammar or other structural elements. Get the story written first. You can always go back and revise later on.

 

Question: What was the hardest part about writing or publishing your book?

Jeff: Definitely the editing. I tell people that the story wrote it’s way through me, rather than me making up an idea and writing it down. However, the editing took a lot more discipline and mental focus. Working with editors was certainly an interesting experience, and I had the great fortune of receiving feedback from two exceptionally talented people. However, I also had my share of input from editors with whom I did not agree. So I’d recommend that new authors talk with several editors before selecting someone to work with, and have them read and comment ahead of time on several chapters of your manuscript (not just a few paragraphs). Also, have the courage to switch editors if you’re not happy with them, even if it impacts your publishing timeline. Not all editors are a great fit for every author, so look around and find someone who shares your view for what you want your story to become. Remember that it’s your book. You should make the final decisions and be thrilled with the ultimate results. Don’t settle for anything less.

 

Question: Is there a specific ritualistic thing you do during your writing time?

Jeff: Yes. Before starting each day, I read the previous few chapters from the book I’m working on. This helps ensure the story flows smoothly, lets me correct anything I don’t like on the previous pages and, most importantly, pulls me into the current scene. I also ask myself what I would say or do if I was each specific character in an event. I try to picture the scene from his or her perspective, so I can write dialogue from their point of view. I think this makes for a much more rich and visually enjoyable reading experience.

 

Question: Do you have another profession besides writing?

Jeff: Most new authors have to have some other work to sustain their passion for writing, at least initially. Mine was computers. I worked in IT for more than twenty years before leaving my corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Throughout that period though, I continued to read, write ideas and was constantly involved in the genre. I still occasionally consult for various clients, but most of my time now is spent writing. I’m currently working on Sotchek – book two of The Walking Gates.

 




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JEFF J. PETERS was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where he fell in love with all things fantasy. He obtained degrees in digital electronics and computer science and worked as an IT professional for more than twenty years. In 2014, he left his corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Cathadeus is his debut novel. He is currently working on the sequel.Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook
 

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Girl Without Magic by Megan O’Russell

19 Jan



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The Girl Without Magic
Megan O’Russell
(The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #1)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: January 9th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult, Fantasy

Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn’t through with her.

Seventeen-year-old Maggie Trent fell out of a battle and into the Siren’s Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay.

The time for the Siren’s reckoning has come, sweeping away all she deems unworthy to live in her realm. Those without magic are hunted by the Siren. Those with magic are hunted by the Stricken. Fighting or hiding seem necessary to survive. But there is a different way.

Bertrand Wayland, unaging and unrelenting in his determination for Maggie to accept her fate, slips in and out through the stitches that bind the Siren’s Realm to other worlds, gaining magic and having glorious adventures. When Maggie follows Bertrand out of the Siren’s Realm, seeking an adventure of her own, she finds instead a world of magic on the eve of war. To save innocent lives Maggie risks her heart, her life, and her only chance of returning to the Siren’s Realm.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Girl Without Magic is Maggie Trent, although the title is misleading. She is actually a witch but when she finds herself in the Siren’s Realm, she lies and tells people that she doesn’t have magic. Everything is bought and paid for with magic in this world and she’s afraid someone will try to steal her precious magic. She just wants to survive in this new world and makes a life for herself that is boring but safe.

One of the first people Maggie meets in the Siren’s Realm is Bertrand Wayland. He is also from Earth. For some reason he scares her and she tries to stay away from him when at all possible. She is able to avoid him for months but he ends up saving her during a terrible storm.

Bertrand is an adventurer and when she discovers that he is able to go to other lands, she follows him. As soon as she finds her way into this other world, she finds out that Bertrand set her up and wanted her to follow him. Even though Bertrand can be full of himself, I couldn’t help but like him. After travelling to other places for a couple centuries, he probably has the right to be a little proud.

Maggie is feisty and has a remark for every occasion. I enjoyed her sense of humor. I also liked the sense of responsibility she and Bertrand had when it came to helping strangers in another world.

Megan O’Russell does a good job at creating new worlds with just enough description that my imagination could fill in the rest. And how were they able to understand everyone? Simple. They’re magical people so they can adapt. Makes sense!

The Girl Without Magic is a quick read and written for young adults but adults will enjoy it as well. I’m looking forward to reading about Maggie Trent’s next adventure.

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About the Author

Megan is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan’s current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic.
For more information on Megan’s books visit MeganORussell.com.

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Book Review: Sir Ockham’s Journey by S.D. Birkbeck

16 Dec

A volcano erupts. In Upoverland, scientists prepare to drop into its smoky cone. In Goneunderland rumours spread that the blast has uncovered a mass of luxite crystals. The scramble is on and as the two worlds are about to collide, Sir Ockham Bally-Ping and his team of misfit adventurers find themselves stuck in the middle.

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

When I started this book, I wondered how I was going to like it because it talks about Upoverland and Goneunderland so I was afraid it was a little too out there for me. Was I wrong! Sir Ockham’s Journey is a fantasy with quirky characters, lots of action, humor, and a good ending.

S.D. Birkbeck’s writing flows well and is easy to follow. Sir Ockham’s Journey is a book that young adults and adults will enjoy.

  

About the Author

S. D. Birkbeck grew up in rural New Zealand and worked for several newspapers before settling in London in 1996. Thus far, he has published three books in the Tales of Field Mouse series, and two other books in the Goneunderland adventure series, namely “The Beast of Steaming Forest” and “The Knappler’s Burden”. He has also had success in writing short plays.

 

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 “Within a heartbeat, the blades had cut the ropes leaving just a thread intact. The drone cut out and spiraled into the volcano. Kate looked up at the torn rope. She was now hanging by a few threads.

“Pol!”

“Give me your hand!”

Kate reached out. Their hands were inches apart. Polly swung away. As she swung back she reached out and grabbed Kate’s fingers.

“Got you!”

But she hadn’t.

Kate’s rope snapped and she fell into the volcano.”

 

“Sir Ockham’s Journey” by S. D. Birkbeck is available from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Ghost Owl by Nancy Schoellkopf

4 Dec
 

Book Title: Ghost Owl by Nancy Schoellkopf
Category: Adult Fiction, 181 pages
Genre: Literary / Women’s Fiction with magical realism
Publisher: Butterfly Tree Publishing
Release date: October 2017
Tour dates: Nov 20 to Dec 8, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (There are a few non-explicit sex scenes)

 

Book Description:

Ghost Owl is a magical story of discovery, as a young woman seeks to understand her potential and confront her own shadow. Mariah Easter wakes up in the middle of the night to discover the world is as bright as noon—but for her eyes only. Urged by her godfather, she embarks on a mission to peer into the dark spaces normally hidden from view, leading her to confront the sinister nature of power, the vulnerability of the ill, and the hidden life of a homeless man: a journey that will bring healing to herself and the man she loves.

This compelling and inspirational tale, the third installment of the Avian Series, invites the reader to ponder the extraordinary treasures hidden in the ordinary events of daily life.

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read Red-Tailed Hawk and Yellow-Billed Magpie and I was looking forward to reading another book in Nancy Schoellkopf’s Avian series.
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Mariah’s story began in the Red-Tailed Hawk. Even though this is a continuation of her story, this book can definitely be read as a stand-alone. It is quite a bit stranger than the first two books which just had a touch of fantasy.
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Mariah disappears one day after she realizes she has some kind of new power. She tries to figure out exactly what is going on while at the same time, her roommate, mom, stepbrother, and godfather are all trying to find her.
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Mariah’s journey has revelations but at the same time, it was confusing for me. There are still things that I’m not quite sure about. I did like how it ended but I enjoyed the first two books in this series better.

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Nancy Schoellkopf is the author of the Avian Series of novels including Yellow-Billed Magpie and Red-Tailed Hawk, as well as the short story collection Rover and Other Magical Tales. She has been telling stories and writing poems for many lifetimes. It goes without saying that she’s needed a second income, so this time around she happily taught amazing children in special education classes in two urban school districts in Sacramento, California. A full time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden and her intriguing circle of family and friends.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Blood Moon Magick by S.M. Blooding

11 Nov

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Author: S.M. Blooding

Narrator: Kalinda Little

Series: Whiskey Witches, Book 2

Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

Publisher: Whistling Book Press

Released: Jul. 5, 2017

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

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Going back to Denver should have been easy. Old life. Old routine. Ten kinds of “all good.” However, with her gifts open, the paranormal world isn’t going to let her have that easy life. It turns out her partner of the last five years is a vampire and has been for several decades. He’s also the regional paranormal protector. So when a few shapeshifters go missing, he gets the case. But there’s also a demon killing those shapeshifters, a demon she can’t hunt because she’s still an open target for possession. Not to complicate matters, Dexx isn’t about to let Paige out of his sight. Bringing a demon hunter to a shapeshifter party only makes things that much more interesting. But when he gets bitten, the entire game changes.

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Frankie lives in beautiful Montana with her Darling Dork, his two part-time girls, and their cat, Tesla. She enjoys creating with her wonderful husband, doing everything from crochet, to sewing, to art, and, of course, writing. She’s lived a pretty colorful life, giving breath to her stories.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers, U.S. Government assassins, and slingshot terrorist. No. She is not kidding.

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Kalinda Little is a 28 year old web developer who started playing around with audio and never stopped. Currently based out of Portland Oregon, she has spent time all up and down the West Coast, including several years is Ashland where she worked backstage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is a chapter leader for the Nine Bridges Writers, a nonprofit that aims to assist and support writers in all genres, by providing resources and critique.

While she only started recording professionally in April of 2016, she had over two hundred hours of amature recording and editing available before that point. To date, she has narrated 27 books, with another 3 set to come out before the end of 2017.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by S.M. Blooding. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

I had listened to Whisky Witches a few days ago and I was interested in what was going to happen to Paige and her friend Dexx next. I liked Blood Moon Magick more than Whisky Witches partly because it wasn’t as dark as the first one.

Paige finds out that the world doesn’t just have humans, witches, and demons. There are also vampires and shapeshifters and her partner is a vampire! She can’t believe that he’s been her partner for 5 years and she never realized that he was a vampire. To her credit though, her grandma insisted that there were no vampires so why would Paige even consider it?

The pace of Blood Moon Magick is super speed. There are new characters, lots of twists, danger, suspense, and the occasional laugh. 

Paige is strong but angry (understandably). She handles all that she learns well but she’s mad at her family for lying to her. She hasn’t even gotten over them binding her powers yet and she’s beginning to wonder if she knows her family at all.

I like S.M. Blooding’s writing even more after listening to Blood Moon Magick. Kalinda Little does a good job narrating. She has good timing and inflection and I was able to follow the different characters by the changes in her voice. I did find Tony’s voice annoying, though, and cringed every time he spoke.

I recommend Blood Moon Magick if you like fantasies with demons, witches, vampires, and shifters. This book does stand on its own but it would be better if you read Whisky Witches first.

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