Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Bulwark by Brit Lunden

Book Title:  Bulwark by Brit Lunden
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  146 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Chelshire, Inc.
Release date:   January 2018

Content Rating:  PG + M due to violence and mild sex.

Series Details:

Bulwark: a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.

The beating heart of this anthology is Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden.

Sheriff Clay Finnes appears in each book, but he is not the main character in each book.

Every book is completely stand-alone. You can read the books in order or out of order.

About the Book

Clay Finnes is the sheriff of a small town in Georgia called Bulwark. Recently separated from his wife, all he can think about is what went wrong, and will Jenna ever come back to him. He’s troubled by a bothersome reporter trying to build a story from what he thinks is a normal day in his life. Clay has to admit that the fantastical stories, told by an accident victim as well as unusual sightings of wolves, things are getting a bit strange. A visit to the ominous Gingerbread House makes him realize that his life as he knows it will never be the same.


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My Review

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

I’m not always a big fan of fairy tale rewrites but Bulwark is a good one. It uses the idea of Hansel and Gretel but it’s very different. Yes, there’s a place called the Gingerbread House and there’s a witch, but the rest is quite different.

Poor Clay is a sheriff, a “regular guy,” who’s had a rough time of it after losing his child and then separating from his beloved wife because of that loss. What he thinks is going to be another normal day is anything but!

I like that there were two possible endings. Which one is better? I haven’t been able to decide. They both have qualities of a good ending.

The narrator took me a minute to get used to. He was not what I expected, but I liked him. He had good timing, and I enjoyed the way he presented the story.

Bulwark is short but I enjoyed listening to it, and I look forward to listening to the next book, The Knowing.

About the Author

Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology. Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.

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Mar 30 – Falling Into A Good Book – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Mar 30 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of Bulwark /guest post / giveaway
Mar 31 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Bulwark / guest post / giveaway
Apr 1 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 1 – Literary Flits – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 2 – Books and Zebras – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 2 – Sahar’s Blog – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 3 – 100 Pages A Day – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 6 – Books and Zebras – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 7 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of Bulwark / author interview / giveaway
Apr 7 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 7 – Literary Flits – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 8 – T’s Stuff – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 8 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 8 – Falling Into A Good Book – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 9 – FUONLYKNEW – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 9 – T’s Stuff – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 9 – Sahar’s Blog – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 10 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 10 – FUONLYKNEW – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 10 – Books and Zebras – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 10 – T’s Stuff – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 13 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 13 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 14 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 14 – Amy’s Booket List – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 15 – Southern Today Gone Tomorrow – book review of Bulwark / author interview / giveaway
Apr 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 15 – FUONLYKNEW – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 15 – eBook Addicts – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 16 – eBook Addicts – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 16 – Sahar’s Blog – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 16 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 16 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 17 – Turning the Pages – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 17 – Books for Books – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 17 – eBook Addicts – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 17 – Falling Into A Good Book – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 20 – Amy’s Booket List – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 20 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 20 – A Madison Mom – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 21 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 21 – Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of Bulwark / author interview / giveaway
Apr 21 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 22 – Southern Today Gone Tomorrow – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 23 – Turning the Pages – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 23 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 24 – Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 24 – Books for Books – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 27 – A Madison Mom – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
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Apr 27 – Amy’s Booket List – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 28 – Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 28 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 29 – Southern Today Gone Tomorrow – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 30 – Turning the Pages – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
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Book Review & Giveaway: Time with Norma Jeane by Elyse Douglas

Time With Norma Jeane: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

Time With Norma Jeane: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

Publisher:  Broadback (January 13, 2020)
Category: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Time Slip, Women’s Fiction
Tour Dates March and April, 2020
ISBN: 978-1671646032
Available in Print and ebook, 258 pages
Time with Norma Jeane

Description

A young woman is hurled back to 1954 to spend a week with Marilyn Monroe.  Together, they embark on their own personal journeys — one a coming-of-age — the other, Marilyn’s journey, a struggle to reconcile with her past and perhaps change the future.

Guest Review by Laura Lee

Time travel books are always a big win for me. And time travel romances, doubly so. The author of this book, Elyse Douglas, is actually a married couple who write under that pseudonym and I have read and loved two of their books in the past. Both were time travel books with a twist so I knew that I would enjoy this one, too. And, of course, I was right!

“Time With Norma Jeane” pulled me in immediately with the introduction of the main character, Darla who is 16 and just recently lost her mother. Her father remarried quickly and Darla does not get along with her stepmother. The only solace that Darla finds in her day-to-day life comes when she watches old movies, particularly those that star Marilyn Monroe. Monroe was Darla’s mother’s favorite movie star and, in this small way, she feels as though she can connect with her departed mother.

One day, when Darla overhears her father and stepmother fighting, she decides to take a walk in the woods to get out of the house. While walking, Darla stumbles upon a strange, glowing path in the woods. Before she knows what is happening, she is transported back in time to the year 1954 and is almost hit by a car. When the driver steps out to check on her, it turns out that it was Marilyn Monroe herself driving. Of course, Marilyn is as kind and beautiful as she was in real life, and she brings Darla back to the house that she is staying at to make sure that she is okay. Marilyn and Darla become fast friends and spend a week together while Darla tries to figure out how to get back to her own time.

This book was both great fun and incredibly touching. I loved every minute!

Praise

“A delightful and enthralling read! Elyse Douglas captured magic and put it on the page.”—Ambling Bookworm Reviews

“This is just an astonishing read that will have you hooked on page one and won’t let go till the last. I read it all in one sitting and could not put it down.”—Donadee’s Corner Reviews

Praise for Lost Mata Hari Ring

“I am amazed by the research done into her characters, especially since with this book it is a known woman from the past – Mata Hari. From the moment Trace falls back in time, the descriptions of people and towns created a vision in my mind and I could imagine myself there observing the situations. This book captivated me to the end! If you like books that delve into past lives along with time travel, this is a book you should pick up and read!”-Storeybook Reviews

“I must say that the authors did a fantastic job in writing this book. I do not believe that time travel is possible nor do I believe in reincarnation. But while I was reading this book, I believed it was all possible. Part of me envied Trace Rutland for what she experienced, for the things she got to see. What an exciting thing! Well, except for the being thrown in prison part.  Once I was about halfway through the book, putting it down for any length of time proved to be impossible.”- Lisa’s Writopia

“This book has it all mystery, romance , history.  I really enjoyed it as I didn’t really know that much about Mata Hari.  I like historical fiction and this book was filled with history.  I am not a believer in past lives but I found myself being drawn into the story and holding my breath to see what would happen next.  A very well done story.  I would recommend it if you like historical fiction.”-Mindy, A Room Without Books Is Empty 

About the AuthorTime With Norma Jeane: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a master’s degree in English Literature.  She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist.

Douglas has worked as a graphic designer, a corporate manager and an equities trader.  He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years.

Website: www.elysedouglas.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglaselyse
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elyse.authorsdouglas

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Giveaway

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Mindy Room Without Books is Empty Apr 20 Review

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Time With Norma Jeane: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

Book Review & Giveaway: Monsterland Reanimated by Michael Okon


Book Title Monsterland by Michael Okon
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 234 pages
Genre Urban Fantasy, Apocalyptic, Horror
Publisher Wordfire Press
Release date:   October 2017
Tour dates: Feb 3 to Feb 21, 2020 
Content Rating: PG-13 + M: There is some violence, blood and gore. 

About the Book

After Monsterland has imploded, the entire world is thrown into chaos. World leadership is gone, economies have collapsed, and communications are non-existent. Wyatt must go beyond the boundaries of his small town to reestablish contact with the outside world, and alert the government about a traitor-in-chief. During his journey he discovers a new threat released from the bowels of the defunct theme park. When an army of relentless mummies, a life-sucking ooze called The Glob, and a hybrid reanimated Behemoth rise from the depths of Monsterland, who will survive?

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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.

Monsterland Reanimated is the second book in the series,and it starts soon after Monsterland took place. Once the dust settles, everyone realizes that things have changed, but they don’t know much because there is no communication working. Obviously, someone needs to venture to the next town to see if they know more there.

Things get pretty weird with anarchy, mummies, purple ooze and so much more. It got so weird that I didn’t think I was going to like this book. It hooked me though and once I got to the middle of it, I had to finish.

This was a quick read, and I found the characters, especially the teens, realistic in their relationships and reactions. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

About the Author


Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple
genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and
self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in
English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming
from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has
been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being
his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw
The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through
unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a
sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island
with his wife and children.

Connect with the Author:

website ~ facebook ~ twitter ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Check out the author’s guest post from 2018: https://bound4escape.com/2018/06/29/guest-post-giveaway-by-michael-okon-author-of-monsterland-reanimated/.

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Feb 3 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of Monsterland / giveaway
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Feb 3 – On My Bookshelf – book review of Monsterland / author interview / giveaway
Feb 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Monsterland / guest post / giveaway
Feb 4 – Miz B – book review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 5 – Literary Flits – book review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 5 – Dab of Darkness – audiobook review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 6 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / guest post / giveaway
Feb 11 – Literary Flits – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 12 – From the TBR Pile – audiobook review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 12 – On My Bookshelf – book review of Monsterland Reanimated/  giveaway
Feb 13 – Miz B – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 14 – Dab of Darkness – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / author interview / giveaway
Feb 17 – Turning the Pages – book review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 17 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 17 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 17 – eBook addicts – audiobook review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 18 – Turning the Pages – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / guest post / giveaway
Feb 18 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my! – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / guest post
Feb 18 – eBook addicts – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 19 – From the TBR Pile – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / guest post / giveaway
Feb 20 – Jypsylynn – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 21 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway

Book Review & Giveaway: Monsterland by Michael Okon

Book Title Monsterland by Michael Okon
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 234 pages
Genre Urban Fantasy, Apocalyptic, Horror
Publisher Wordfire Press
Release date:   October 2017
Tour dates: Feb 3 to Feb 21, 2020 
Content Rating: PG-13 + M: There is some violence, blood and gore. 

About the Book

Welcome to Monsterland, the scariest place on earth.

When world markets are decimated by a crippling plague, philanthropist,
and billionaire businessman, Vincent Konrad decides to place monsters in
a theme park setting to promote education and tolerance. Copper Valley
is chosen as the primary site for the park in the United States.

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school senior is dying to go to the opening and
when he lands special passes to the park, he and his friends are
expecting the experience of a lifetime.

After all, in a theme park where real zombies, werewolves, and vampires are the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

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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.

Monsterland makes me think of Jurassic Park for monsters: werewolves, vampires, and zombies. The zombies are the result of a recent plague and Vincent Konrad had the idea of Monsterland to have a safe place to keep the monsters while revving up the world’s economy at the same time.

Wyatt’s parents don’t want him and his brother to go to the opening of Monsterland, but when Wyatt gets VIP tickets after he unexpectedly meets Vincent Konrad, they can’t really say no. Besides, with all the security in place, surely nothing will go wrong.

This was a quick read and was difficult to put down once I started. It could have used a little more character development but I still enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to reading Monsterland Reanimated.

About the Author


Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple
genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and
self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in
English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming
from a family of writers, he has storytelling in his DNA. Michael has
been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being
his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw
The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through
unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a
sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island
with his wife and children.

Connect with the Author:

website ~ facebook ~ twitter ~ instagram ~ goodreads

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Feb 3 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 3 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 3 – On My Bookshelf – book review of Monsterland / author interview / giveaway
Feb 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Monsterland / guest post / giveaway
Feb 4 – Miz B – book review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 5 – Literary Flits – book review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 5 – Dab of Darkness – audiobook review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 6 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / guest post / giveaway
Feb 11 – Literary Flits – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 12 – From the TBR Pile – audiobook review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 12 – On My Bookshelf – book review of Monsterland Reanimated/  giveaway
Feb 13 – Miz B – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 14 – Dab of Darkness – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / author interview / giveaway
Feb 17 – Turning the Pages – book review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 17 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 17 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 17 – eBook addicts – audiobook review of Monsterland / giveaway
Feb 18 – Turning the Pages – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / guest post / giveaway
Feb 18 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my! – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / guest post
Feb 18 – eBook addicts – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 19 – From the TBR Pile – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Monsterland Reanimated / guest post / giveaway
Feb 20 – Jypsylynn – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway
Feb 21 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of Monsterland Reanimated / giveaway

 
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Book Review: Legacy of Light by C.D. Tavenor

If only they knew us as more than accursed.

The Holy Empire hates the People of Light. Maripes, arriving in its capital, seeks to save his people from certain destruction. The Inquisition seeks theocratic justice, and it will stop at nothing to rid the world of those it considers evil.

Still, Maripes must try. For if he fails, doom will certainly befall his people. Standing in his way? The High Inquisitor, the Empress, and a million subjects all indoctrinated to believe he is evil incarnate.

Should be an easy task.

Otherwise, his son Mono, a soldier in the legions of their people, will face the fight of his life . . .

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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.

Legacy of Light is a novella and the first in a series. It’s in three parts and is about Maripes, his son, and his granddaughter who are all People of Light. They are hated by the Holy Empire and only want to find a way for peace between the two peoples. Is that even possible when hate is involved?

The world-building in Legacy of Light is admirable especially since this is a novella. This could have easily been a full-length novel (I wish) which I hope the next story is. Once I started this book, I had to read the whole thing. I definitely look forward to reading more about the People of Light.

About the Author

C. D. Tavenor is a science fiction and fantasy author based in Columbus, Ohio and the Director of Editorial Services for Two Doctors Media Collaborative!

He’s excited to tell stories that engage readers beyond a desire for entertainment, whether through philosophical inspiration or social inquiry. And he’s a firm believer in connecting every piece of fiction to reality, whether through their themes or their settings.

When not writing, Tavenor enjoys the more than occasional board game, his favorite being Eclipse.

To stay in touch and receive some great free books, go here: https://mailchi.mp/a6b48c582759/welcome-to-two-doctors-media-collaborative

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Book Review: The Fall of Icarus by N.R. Bates

Three interconnected short-stories set in Paris explore the issue of choice, survival and transformation. In the first story, a young man on his first business trip is waylaid by an aberrant elevator. In the pivotal tale, a young scientist re-imagines the Greek myth of Icarus and his fall to earth. In the final story, a young woman who cannot recall her own name relates the fantastical tale of a girl who can fly.

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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.

The Fall of Icarus is 3 short stories. These stories are so short that I wasn’t able to connect with any of the characters, but it was fast reading and I didn’t get bored.

In the first story, The Elevator, I kept waiting for more to happen but it never did. The last sentence almost made up for waiting though.

The second story, The Fall of Icarus, was the shortest and I didn’t care much for it. There just wasn’t a lot to it.

The last story, The Girl, was my favorite of the three. It’s about a girl who tells a couple she meets the story of a girl who can fly. The story she tells kept my interest and there was a surprise at the end.

If you’re looking for a good quick read, I recommend The Fall of Icarus. Even though I didn’t care for one of the stories, it was only 6 pages long.

About the Author

NR Bates was born in London, grew up in Wales, and lived in Canada and Bermuda. He shares his life with his wife and his house with seven cats, one dog and the subtropical wildlife of lizards, wolf spiders and ant colonies that seek out a better life indoors. He is an oceanographer and scientist, and has published more than one hundred and thirty scientific papers on ocean chemistry, climate change and ocean acidification. He is a Senior Scientist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences and Professor of Ocean Biogeochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK. His novels focus on epic fantasy and magic realism, and inspired by his deep love of the ocean and environmental sciences. He has also recently published a small book of short-stories set in Paris, entitled “The Fall of Icarus (The Elevator, The Fall of Icarus, and The Girl)”.

Website http://www.nrbates.com

Short Story Review: The Woman of the Void by Sunshine Somerville

A tyrant with a vendetta.
A witch with a destiny.
All’s fair in war and magic.

Raised in an isolated Kota village, Vedanleé uses her gifts to draw magic from the ancient lands of her coastal home. The Clan Eldress, the most powerful woman in the village, has a vision about the prophesied Woman of the Void – a woman destined to wield unfathomable power. To her surprise, Vedanleé is named as this woman.

Then Thurston Olander, Lord High Commander of the Dominion global empire, comes to fulfill an old custom. The women of the clan uncover a whole new danger, and Vedanleé must go with Thurston to ensure their safety.

Living in the Dominion’s technologically advanced world, Vedanleé’s power over the void grows as she discovers the science behind her magic. But she lives in fear, for Thurston is not what he seemed.

Will she ever become the Woman of the Void? Escape is her only option, but where will she ever be safe in Thurston’s empire?

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My Review

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

The Woman of the Void is a short story about Vedanleé’s childhood and how she is taken from her magical village to give birth to the children of Thurston. Once she fulfills this “duty,” she isn’t of much use to him anymore. What will happen to her and her boys?

Even though this is a short story, the character of Vedanleé is well developed and sympathetic. Being a companion story to the Kota series, The Woman of the Void definitely wants me to check out the series.

About the Author

Sunshine Somerville is a Science Fantasy author who loves blending genres. She has a degree in English Literature and self-published her first book at the ripe old age of nine.  Originally from the beachy side of Michigan, she now lives in the Detroit area with her husband, two fur babies, and one human daughter. 
The Kota Series is a Science Fantasy epic based on youthful obsessions with X-Men, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia, Dark Angel, and A Wrinkle in Time.
The Alt-World Chronicles is an Urban Fantasy series inspired by weird recurring dreams, a brainstorming session in the shower, and one ridiculously hot summer lived in Kansas City.
A Fairly Fairy Tale is Sunshine’s first Middle Grade Fantasy book. She got the idea from her family’s crest, which portrays a dragon shooting flames from both ends, and from a niece whose second favorite word is farts.

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