Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Book Review: Heartstealer


By:  K.T. Bryski

Publish Date:  October 7, 2015

Format:  ebook

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  Stand-alone

First Glance Feel:  Urban Fey, Fantasy. Magic and mystery.

Autumn came early that year…

Sara Wolfe was told three things:

Her husband and sister-in-law died in a backwater village. Wraiths are only stories. Her nephew needs her.

She believes none of it.

Following her husband’s supposed death, Sara travels to Grey Run in search of answers, quickly becoming embroiled in the village’s old hurts and older magic -

Grey Run sits on the crossroads between the human realm and the Gloaming: a shadowy world of ghosts and little gods. With the curtain between the worlds thinning, Sara must unravel the truth behind her husband’s disappearance—

Because the wraiths are not the only ones lurking in the night.

First Sentence:
I had not felt so ill since the funeral.

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Amazon eBook & Print

My Thoughts and Summary:
Mrs. Sara Wolfe is heading to Grey Run to tend to who should care for her quiet nephew since she's his only family remaining. Sara doesn't want to believe her husband, who came to help his sister, has passed away along with his sister. She is determined to finish Findley's care decisions, as someone that knows him wishes to care for him, then out to question the woman who found the bloody path, Miss Evelyn Black, along with others that knew Ned's sister. Things don't add up in Sara's analytical mind, and she is determined to get to the bottom of it.

This town is full of old stories and beliefs of those who's heritage runs deep in these parts. The veil between our world and the other runs thin at two times of year, one in particular rather thin. Sowain Night. And it's nearing. But the curtain at Grey Run is tearing with no repairs done to it. Charlotte has been working hard, but needs help from her brother to keep an eye on the curtain, stopping it from the darkness of wraiths and worse cascading into the world of the living.

There is a magic here with the Gloaming. The Gloaming is where the wraiths, fey, and little gods live. But there is a connection to those in the real world as well. Charlotte and Ned have that connection. And Evelyn has her own connection as well, though a little different than the others.

The author lead me right to where she wanted me to think through the story. I was aware of all the highlight points that bring me to the conclusion of this story. And I believe all the brick work is placed so the back up is there when I go back to look at it. K.T. brought me to a heart twisting, tear stream at the end of the book. Well done. I was fully invested with the characters by the end of the book, and had that trickle of hope...

We get views from Charlotte, Sara, and others. It draws the world as a complete whole by doing this. At the beginning I wasn't sure if Sara, Ned, and Charlotte scenes were all happening at the same time, then it clicked all at once what I was reading and when they each were happening. Oh, I felt the fear for Sara.

There is a mystery here! From the moment I started I knew, but once Sara entered the inn... It was there. We were going to dig deeper with Sara. While reading Sara I picked up on potential suspects and ideas, but I had a one up on her as I also got to read other POV's that gave me what I needed to come to conclusions before Sara, and Sara was right on task with her thinking. When I read Charlotte I became curious of her and what she could do. I wanted more and to see what was happening here and who was working to their advantage. Oh, I was hooked at Charlotte's first appearance. I was curious about Findley, Charlotte's boy. I knew he was something special but wasn't sure what. Even Sara's new best friend, Mairi. She was so kind and right with all the people. Then, there was a moment... I needed more with each page passing. And I got it! I learned all the little secrets I was looking for.

There came a point where I didn't want to stop reading, even though I felt K.T. had my hand and was leading me through what felt familiar I wanted to know if I was right and what would come in the end. A few surprises popped up, but K.T. had placed the path so firmly I knew they were the only answers to the story.

K.T. has created an urban fey story with a historical fantasy feel. I enjoyed the blend of all the elements here and the characters that fulfilled the story. I do hope K.T. writes more in this world for us.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Author Interview: K.A. Finn

I'm thrilled to interview on the blog today a science fiction author that I've LOVED! I read the first Nomad series and loved what was created and how it was presented to us. (You haven't read my review? Feel free to go check it out.) Everything for everyone in one place.
book in her

Please welcome K.A. Finn to the blog today!

M:  I'm curious what was the inspiration for Gryffin? He is one damaged man, and in more ways than one.

K.A.:  Right! A nice easy one to start. The earliest version of Gryffin made an appearance (in my head) when I was about 16. My sister and I would rush home from school to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation – we were both hooked on it! I’ve always been a day dreamer – caused me lots of problems in school :). I’d spend a lot of time running through different Star Trek storylines in my head. Gryffin jumped right into one and refused to leave.

The older I got, the more he developed. He went from a regular guy to a cyborg (not quite sure how that happened) and his attitude changed from a ‘nice’ guy to… well the Gryffin he is now. Personally, I’ve always steered towards stories with a darker hero – someone who has flaws, not the perfect ‘Prince Charming’. I think it makes for a more interesting and possibly unpredictable story.

Saying that, I never planned for him to be as ‘damaged’ as he is – it’s just where the story took him. The more I delved into his background and what he went through, the more his personality changed in response to that. He’s had to fight every single day of his life – against himself, what he is and what was done to him. The Gryffin from the first draft of Ares is a very different Gryffin to the final published book.

Once you take time to get to know him and what he’s gone through in his life, you start to understand why he is the way he is. He never asked for any of it to happen to him or to be modified the way he has – his anger and ‘emotional wall’ is a result of his past. There is more to him than that – you just need to dig a little to find it :)

More details about his past are revealed through the series so it should all become clear.

M:  If we talk about Gryffin, we have to talk about Terra. She's learning quick the way of space. She is new out of the academy at the beginning and has some good friends around her. She is growing stronger through the book. Will she be crossing new boundaries in her life soon?

K.A.:  Her life takes a drastic change in Nemesis partly due to what happens in Ares ( I’m not going to give anything away from Ares, but as you know, something happens at the end that will alter her). She really has no choice but to adapt to survive living so far from Earth, but other situations drive this development further. She really needed to ‘toughen up’ to be a suitable match for someone like Gryffin – which she does quite a lot in the second book.

I think the key to their relationship (if you could call it that!) is Terra’s initial reaction to him. She stood up to him instead of cowering. It’s that attitude that intrigues him and helps her push through his wall. It’s never going to be a typical relationship and she’ll be faced with more than her fair share of stubborn moments with him but she sees the ‘real’ Gryffin. She knows he’s worth the effort – no matter how infuriating he gets.

M:  Each character has an in depth and complicated background that intertwines with all present. How did you go about writing each character? Were they separate sections?

K.A.:  No, I actually developed each character as the story evolved. I plotted the storyline so I knew roughly where each character had to ‘be’ at each stage, but the rest just developed as I wrote. I never stick to a definite plan. Things can change as you write. Your mind just let’s go and you type. For example, the Scientist’s true identity only came out in the final draft – about a week before I published.

M:  I loved ARES, no secret in that around here. I know we have another book coming our way soon, NEMESIS. We will see all our favorite characters again, right? Well, at least the ones that didn't die. ;)

K.A.:  Of course! Nemesis will be out in January (exact date to be confirmed) and will bring back all the original characters – except the ones that died. I couldn’t keep any of them out of the story. I get very attached to my characters – even the bad guys. Some of their storylines have been developed so you learn more about them. I always planned for this to be a series so didn’t want to ‘finish’ every story/plot line from the first book. It takes time to get to know people and it’s the same for my characters.

I’ve also introduced some new characters. It wasn’t planned – they just burst into the story and stayed. These new characters create some interesting situations for the rest of the gang and may help them deal with what’s going on around them.

M:  Are you planning more books to the series?

K.A.:  Absolutely! The plan I have in my head is for at least one or two more full size novels. It really depends where my characters take me.

I also plan to release two or three more novellas centering on some of the other characters in the series. I’ve been asked by readers for more information on both Bray and Chayse so I’ll start with these two. Both of them have had such colourful lives, I think it would be a shame not to delve a little deeper. To be honest, you could say that about quite a lot of the characters! I guess we’ll all have to wait and see who forces themselves onto the novella list! I haven’t decided on an exact number so who knows! I know I’m not ready to say goodbye to Gryffin and the rest of my characters yet.

I don’t want to say too much, but after you read (or listen to) Nemesis, you’ll know what way I’m planning to go next :)

M:  Okay, K.A. Time for some fun questions. I ask these of all my first time interviewees.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

K.A.:  Maldives – sun, sea and a good book – yes please!

M:  Tea of Coffee?

K.A.:  Coffee – well, mocha to be exact. Need my chocolate fix!

M:  Favorite Color?

K.A.:  Red – red computer, red phone, red car, red, red, red – love it!

M:  Favorite Childhood Fictional Creature?

K.A.:  Dragons

M:  Now as an adult what's your Favorite Fictional Creature?

K.A.:  Really? It has to be the griffin – no surprise there!

M:  Favorite word? (any word at all)

K.A.:  Twit – I call myself that numerous times while I’m writing 

M:  K.A. I want to thank you for joining me today and for the interview. It is a pleasure to meet you and read Ares. I can't wait for Nemesis!

K.A.:  Thanks for the interesting questions – I really enjoyed answering them! Thanks again for your amazing review of Ares and hope you’ll like Nemesis as much!


He wasn't expected to survive — no one else did — and for twenty years, he has managed to stay off their radar. Until now. Until her… 

Gryffin was the sole survivor of The Foundation’s experimental project to transform human children into hybrid cyborgs – half human, half machine. The program failed and he was sent on a one way trip into The Outer Sector where he was left for dead. He has survived for twenty years by suppressing his human emotions and embracing his machine side. 

Officer Terra Rush believes in her duty to the Foundation. The Sector needs to be prepared for colonization, and nothing can stop her from doing her job…except him. When Gryffin saves her from an attack, Terra uncovers a terrible secret. The Foundation has been lying to her…and maybe they still are. 

They have labelled Gryffin a killing machine, yet he acts more human than many of The Foundation’s leaders. He has awakened intense feelings in Terra that throw her loyalties into question, and even though he pushes her away, she is determined to find out the truth about the cyborg program. 

Gryffin refuses to be a mindless soldier, yet escaping The Foundation’s control and stopping the colonization of his home will require Terra’s help. Can Gryffin overcome the machine inside and trust her? Or will getting in touch with his human emotions destroy him once and for all? 

About K.A. Finn:
I grew up in Co. Wicklow, Ireland and now live in Herefordshire, England with my long-suffering husband, bossy daughter, two cuddly dogs, crazy cat, unpredictable ram and six impatient sheep.
After working as a veterinary nurse for many years, I was forced to change career when I ran out of room for any more strays. I spent the next few years in banking before moving to Herefordshire.
My days are filled looking after the small-holding and its demanding residents as well as working as a freelance proofreader.

Any spare time is devoted to writing or reading (sci-fi, thriller, some paranormal).
My favourite authors are J.R. Ward, Lee Child, James Rollins, Stephen Leather, Andy McNab and J.D. Robb.


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Twitter:  @K_A_Finn


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The second book in the Nomad series, Nemesis, will be coming our way January 2016!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Audio Book Review: Obsidian Threads

Obsidian Threads

By:  Charlie Pulsipher

Publish Date:  November 24, 2014, Audiobook September 16, 2015

Format:  Audiobook - 8 hrs 34 mins
Narrated By:  Keith Michaelson

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Series:  2nd in The Lost Shards series; Book 1 ~ The Crystal Bridge

Impression:  All come together and battle starts!

Rho has awakened. Its acolytes will tear worlds apart to release their deity from its prison. Any hope of Rho's defeat lies with two people lost in a strange universe. Kaden and Aren must learn to harness all their unique gifts if they are to rival the god of darkness reborn.

They will not fight alone. A brilliant geneticist, a furry dwaro, two less than friendly elves, dragons, and a spunky red-haired computer stand with them. But if Kaden and Aren fail to reach their full potential, all of reality will be devoured until nothing remains but Rho.

First Sentence:
The twin gods Gathin and Erastin popped into existence on a cliff overlooking the forest far below, the scent of dragons faint.

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Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles  /  Book Depository


My Thoughts and Summary:
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review, at my request.

Rho is working his way lose on Ealdar to consume all that's here. All those living in this world are in danger. The four races, Sidra, Dwaro, Humans, and the ancients, and more must work together to save their world. Kaden is sent to one of the human kingdoms to see where the Prophet and Prophetess first arrived, in hopes of finding Aren. Aren stumbles across the king of the kingdom in search for Kaden, returning to his kingdom with him. Kaden and Aren are the key to stopping the dark god Rho with help from others. But how do you stop a god that devours everything? Omegaphil is now on the search to find out where James went, through a wormhole, in hopes of curing death.

I once again had the great pleasure of listening to Keith narrate this story. He's continued with the series, which is a bonus for us. Keith feels as he is part of the story and is the characters. He really yells when Kaden is in pain, along with other characters. By doing this he catches my attention and draws me back into the story. I do enjoy the tone differences and accents of each character as Keith slips into their character. For me this is a highlight along with talent in emotions shared through voice. I don't get lost on who's who and who's talking or acting in the story. I do have to laugh at times when I listen to Keith do the Dwaro speak. It's fun to listen to.

We start with a recap of The Crystal Bridge, bringing us back to where we left all the characters at on that big ending leaving us wanting to know.

Obsidian Threads dives right back in with exactly where everyone's left. It's quick moving like the ending of The Crystal Bridge. People were left in moments of need and danger and the story picks up with the same pacing to get them out of it. We hop each character along with new ones to see their predicament and what is happening. The story as a whole feels to be faster paced. We get shorter sections in each character's eyes, seeing them all come together, prep for battle, and the big battle be fought. There is a lot covered, learned, and happening. There is loss along with realizing there are many that were saved that wouldn't have been if there was nothing done.

The story holds to the large fantasy feel with different people in different places and point of view's we get. We meet new characters and get new views of the worlds. We see things from the human side at Ealdar, the humans that are so hated for what they've done to the Sidra and Dwaro, who we've come to know as they helped Kaden and Aren. Lyle, the king of the humans, comes into a very important rule in the story. The humans don't seem so bad at the view through Lyle's eyes. But I do understand why they would be looked at as they are from the other beings present.

We get to see humans with magic! There is a human, Taggers, that can work the true language of the land. There is another that's not as strong in magic but grows stronger from the darkness. Taggers is a neat character. It would be nice to see more of him in the future.

Rho is dark and powerful. He grows through this book and is a terrible foe in battle. He has his creatures, demons, and followers to help him. Oh heavens do we see all sorts of deranged creatures! It really brings the fantasy world to life. And the battle! Wow.

The side of the story from Omegaphil is interesting. There are things that are going on there, in search of the cure to death. But what happens to the characters there brings us to a new place in the story and world. In the end there is a big change in their landing. It almost feels as if it could be a big circle and explains a few things as to how the prophecy was started, along with who the spirit of Ealdar is. I like this connection.

We are left with a new twist in the story. It's not as big of a moment that I need the next book, but one that makes me curious to see where the author will go next. It left me with an Oooo feeling as my mind raced back to see if I could place it. I do look forward to the next story and the adventures of Kaden and Aren, and any others we have grown to know and enjoy along the way.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Post #102

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


It has been a week. I'm late in posting this post because I took some time this morning to relax. I tried to sleep in, but to no avail thanks to my lovely dogs. But I did relax and watch two shows I missed this week on tv. So what was the craziness of the week? I wasn't home through the week due to some sort of thing for kiddo or dogs. Football meeting, vet appointment, kiddo's hair cut, Homecoming dance preparations, football games, visit step daughter in hospital, and pictures for Homecoming dance with friends. It has been a busy week. Somewhere in all this running around we found dinner, sleep, and made it through the work day as well as work in the evening. But, I didn't get much time to visit blogs. Life does have it's moments where it demands all attention, and we give it.

I really am hoping this week will be a bit smoother. I'd like to get caught up with things this week.


The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... I did not get to exercise this week. I'm tired of going, going, going in the car. *sigh*

Episode ?:
I need time to walk again. I have been downloading the episodes each week so I have them, but haven't had the opportunity to walk and listen.

What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow
Work reads as well.

Current Audiobook:
Beware the Little White Rabbit edited by Shannon Delany

Current Podcast Book Listen:
None, now back to Audio books

Finished Last Week: 
Nothing, time has been my enemy!

Audiobooks from Audible:
Obsidian Threads by Charlie Pulsipher

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Nothing (I'm slow with limited reading time)


Last Week on the Blog:

Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)


Around the Internet...


Podcast Review:

Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



This Week to Come on the Blog:

I have a review scheduled for Monday. I'll have to get working on pulling reviews together for the rest of the week.


Received Last Weeks:

Review & Review Consideration:
Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen
Goodreads Synopsis:
A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface.

Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She's a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don't call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.

And just like that, Nettie can see.

But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn't understand what's under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding -- at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin... if the monsters along the way don't kill her first.

Audio Books Requested for Review:
Crane by Stacey Rourke
Goodreads Synopsis:
The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep. 

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse. 

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?

The Shadow Aspect by Melanie Karsak
Goodreads Synopsis:
When Layla took the final step through the labyrinth, she thought she was saving the ones she loved. 

She couldn’t have been more wrong.

The unwitting victims of a grudge seething for eons, Layla and the other survivors now find themselves in a war for our world. With vampires lurking and shapechangers plotting vengeance, if mankind has any hope of survival, Layla must decide whom to trust: the carnie girl? The quiet doctor? The tarot reader? The stranger with alluring gold eyes? Or the man she loves? And then there are the voices. What does it forewarn if the dead can speak? 

When the world burns, mankind’s shadow side rises. Do we deserve to survive?

Cats in Heat by Asha King
Goodreads Synopsis:
Adelaide Deveraux lives a quiet life in the country, never quite fitting in with other people and preferring her spare time spent caring for the various stray cats in the area. But late one Friday night, a feline of a much larger persuasion shows up at her door, shifting into a very injured—and very naked—human man in need of help.

Erik Wells has been on the run his whole life: from the people who killed his parents when he was a boy, from a group determined to exterminate his own kind, and now from the underground gladiator ring who abduct shifters and have them fight to the death for entertainment. And he needs to keep running, but something about Addie draws him to her home and her care.

The tiger in him senses it: there’s more to Addie than apparent at first glance—more to her knack for working with roots and herbs; more to her prophetic dreams; more to the secrets buried in her family history. But if she is who he thinks she is, the danger’s just beginning, as the powerful man responsible for keeping Erik captive for so long will stop at nothing to obtain her for his own.

Hexomancy by Michael R. Underwood
Goodreads Synopsis:
Fan-favorite urban fantasista Ree Reyes and her crew of Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture—take on their biggest foes yet in this fourth book of the Geekomancy series.

When Ree’s long time nemesis Lucretia is finally brought to trial and found guilty for the deadly attack on Grognard’s, the Geekomancer community breathes a collective sigh of relief. But Ree and her crew soon discover that Lucretia has three very angry, very dangerous sisters who won’t rest until Eastwood—a fellow Geekomancer—is killed.

What follows is an adventure packed with epic battles, a bit of romance, and enough geeky W00t moments to fill your monthly quota of adventure and fun.

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Space Cowboy's & Indians by Lisa Medley
Goodreads Synopsis:
How can the chance of a lifetime go so horribly wrong? 

Mining Engineer Cole Hudson signed up for NASA astronaut training, but after washing out short of getting his gold wings, he retreats to Alaska where he stakes out a gold claim. When billionaire entrepreneur Duncan Janson offers him an opportunity to join a mining team on an asteroid, Cole jumps at the chance. 

But nothing is as it seems. Former NASA reject and rival classmate, Tessa Hernandez, is also a member of the team, and from the beginning of the mission test flight, things go wrong. They soon discover they’re not the only ones on the asteroid. As they try to escape, they are pulled through a wormhole and back to the early 1800s New Mexico desert where aliens and Apaches may be the least of their problems.

When Dark Falls by Pippa Jay
Goodreads Synopsis:
In a city where Dark Technologies Inc. now runs the show, Kadie Williams has more immediate concerns than the fall of Blaze, their guardian superhero. Almost every morning for the last few months she’s woken up with cuts and bruises on her body, and no idea how she got them. There are no nightmares. No evidence that she sleepwalks, or any sign of a break in. And nothing to tell her who’s been cleaning up after her. As just one of thousands of civilians conscripted to slave away in the labs of Professor Dark, she knew there'd be trouble ahead. But she never expected it to be so bad, or so personal.

Desperate for answers, Kadie looks to the new defender of the night, the only person who can hinder the total domination of Professor Dark—Nocturnelle. The mysterious vigilante superhero came from nowhere with her cybernetic sidekick Shadow, set on putting an end to the brutality of Dark's regime. But as his laboratories work on a new secret super-weapon, Nocturnelle and Shadow may not be enough to save Nephopolis...or to save Kadie either.

A superhero romance, previously published by Breathless Press, 21st November 2014

(On my Nook)

Free Audio Books/Stories:

Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Danube Waves by Katharina Bordet
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
Heartstealer by K.T. Bryski
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
House of Grey 6 by Collin Earl
The Secret World Chronicle: World Divided by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere
The Secret World Chronicle: Waiting On by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere
The Secret World Chronicle: Revolutions by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Obsidian Threads by Charlie Pulsipher

Friday, October 2, 2015

Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #4

Tales from the Archives, Vol. 4: #4

By:  Philippa Ballantine & Tee Morris

Written by:  Tim Dodge
Narrated by:  Tim Dodge

Format:  Podcast, 42:56 minutes

Genre:  Fantasy, Steampunk

Series:  4th in Tales of the Archives Vol. 4 podcasts, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

Recommendation:  Nice way to meet new characters and authors in this steampunk-ish world particularly if you enjoyed the book; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Phoenix Rising.  The archives are full of stories to be told.

Down by the River

Agent Brandon Hill of the Ministry meets Agent Bill Wheatley of the Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical meet up in Afton, New York. The House of Usher is moving a large and dangerous weapon through this small town, and it is up to the agents to track it down. However, not all the residents are quite the same as they seem.

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iTunes  /  Tales from the Archives website

*I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Agent Brandon Hill meets Agent Bill Wheatley at the train station of Afton, New York. He's hear as he's heard word of a danger that will be coming through town. The House of Usher will be transporting a destructive weapon through this town in the cover of dark.

Agent Hill and Agent Wheatley are to find the weapon and stop it. But there may also be locals that are involved. Can they find them and arrest them?

Tim Dodge narrates this story himself. As he's well spoken and his words are clear, his voice is a bit laid back for me. Pauses make the story feel easy and relaxed and feels it breaks up sentences. This is a cadence that I feel doesn't flow consistent for me, but many might like.

This story feels to be a slower start in a calm, little town. It didn't feel like much of a big event, and the man who brings the weapon seems to not be expecting the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences along with the Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical to be present in this small village. So it was easy to overtake him.

There are a few neat robots here. The Afton Inn has a robot that takes luggage up to your room. And we see Agent Brandon Hill use night goggles.

Would you like to listen to these? For a taste of the characters or in addition to the book... Visit The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

You can find these for your Reading pleasure in any eFormat you would like at Smashwords.

You can find the Archives: Amazon Kindle ~ Tales from the Archives Scroll through the list for them all, and the ones you still need.

There are short stories always added to the listing. So keep checking back!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cover Reveal & Release: Legends of the Destrati Volume 1

I'm so excited to share this one with you!

This is the first volume of a three volume set. This book is two stories set in the vampire world of the Destrati Clan. I really love the characters in these stories and hope you check them out too!

Legends of the Destrati Volume 1
By:  Dina James
Due Out:  OUT NOW!

Book Description:

Among Ethereals, Clan Destrati’s reputation and exploits are as renowned as the associates it boasts. 

Within these pages are but a few of their legends.

Play Dead - Nikolai is on a mission bring a certain renegade vampire to justice before his clan council. Known as The Betrayer, Kyle is a powerful force to be reckoned with by any standard, both feared and shunned by every single vampire clan in existence. Why he would choose to assist one of their members — the very member sent to bring Kyle to justice — is his own affair. The better question is why anyone, let alone a Destrati, would accept the Betrayer’s help.

In From The Cold - Kyle abhors the word “vampire.” He prefers the more accurate term “lost soul,” for that is how true vampires are made — through a damning bargain with the Devil. Kyle is unique among what could loosely be called his kind, for he not only wants the return of what he feels was stolen from him, he wants retribution. On a cold night, a conversation with the Destrati Queen helps ease his desire for vengeance.


This is one of those settings on books that I just love. And it does fit well with the characters. I hope you check out the volume and enjoy what you find. Then you can join me in asking Dina for more stories in this world. :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Review: South Coast

South Coast

By:  Nathan Lowell

Publisher:  Podiobooks

Publish Date:  2007

Format:  Podiobooks

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  1st Shaman Tale: Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series
Associated with:  Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series; 1st Book ~ Quarter Share, 2nd Book ~ Half Share, 3rd Book ~ Full Share, 4th Book ~ Double Share, 5th ~ Captain's Share, 6th ~ Owner's Share

Recommendation:  Hmm, you don't have to listen/read it to go with the series, but it is a wonderful way to learn of the Shaman mentioned in the series and unlocking the magic inside.

A Shaman's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper.

Otto is Richard Krugg's only son and heir to the Shaman's gift.  The only problem is Otto doesn't want it.  He wants to be a fisherman.  When company policies force unwelcome changes onto his life and threaten even the security of the village, Otto discovers that being a shaman isn't optional.

Jimmy Pirano is caught between the devil and the deep green sea when new production quotas are handed down from corporate headquarters.  Locked into a century of existing practice, Jimmy is forced to find new ways to fish and new places to do it in or face the very real possibility that Pirano Fisheries will lose the St. Cloud franchise.

Join Otto, Richard, and Rachel Krugg as they struggle with what it means to be the son of a shaman.  Cast off with Jimmy, Tony, and Casey as they navigate the shoals and shallows of corporate fishery along the South Coast.

First Sentence:
All happy families resemble each other; all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way.

Purchase At:

Listen At:
iTunes  /  Podiobooks

**I listened to this story for my own enjoyment.

My Thoughts and Summary:
The synopsis for this book is right on the money.  So I'm not going to go into the details, just to my thoughts.

There is a true family aspect here with Richard, Rachel, and Otto. I love it. They are a family and love each other, don't always agree but work through it as a unit. This is wonderful to see.

We see welkies! If you listen/read Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series with Ish, you know what a welkie is. Shamans make them. And we see them right here where they start and how they evolve to the amazing little statues they are.

This story is told with different Point of Views. This way we get all sides of the story - a Shaman and the Business owner as well as the low workers. Even though the workers are the ones who do the labor, Jimmy Pirano - the son who runs the branch in this area - doesn't forget where he and his father came from. They worked their way up to where they are, and he won't forget it. We hear from Otto and his family, Jimmy and the business side of fishing. Both have their own lives, yet meet in the middle.

Nathan sets up a whole world and environment here on this planet. A planet and production that is affected by needs out in space. A fishing port on land, which is kind of the same set up and idea as going into deep dark space but on the vast sea. Boats and crews and a business of trade, same general aspect as Ish's story. However, the fishers have a quota they are required to meet, and it's been raised.

Nathan is meticulous at creating well defined systems of work and money. The marketing system is well defined, and the people are in a normal routine to do as they do best. The manipulators are high up the ladder, but there is always two sides. We get a feel for the little guy and working class as Nathan is wonderful at doing. How the workers are affected by the numbers. And as much as I love the idea, I think this is why this one was a bit slower for me. I love to fish, but I wasn't as taken with the fishing business, yet I couldn't stop listening out of curiosity of what will happen on this world. It's well done, but I wasn't as into the story.

Then we have the Shaman side, as we got further into the story I started to really get curious about this aspect and loved what I saw. This was the growth of a young boy into his family heritage, and even the father as well. This shows you what a Shaman does and is rather than tell you, and for what we learn of the Shaman, this is the best way to experience it.

If you've listened/read Nathan's tales with Ish, you know of Sarah Krugg. This tale is of the Krugg family, but not of Sarah. This is long before her. This story doesn't relate to the Golden Clipper series, other than it's a world in it's Universe.

A trader's tale of another kind. In the end, I enjoyed the magic I saw unlocked in a Shaman, and how a world grew to be more than what it already is.