Transitory by Ian Williams @iwilliams235 is a Fun #SciFi Adventure with #Mystery! #bookreview


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Title: Transitory

Author: Ian Williams

Genre: Science Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

When Nate Maddox arrives on a strange and distant moon for a long overdue holiday, he is given the opportunity of a lifetime; experience his past memories as physical re-creations.

He is soon amazed to find himself exploring moments of his history thought long forgotten, such as playing in the park as a small boy, or times working for his father aboard his giant asteroid mining ship.

But exciting as that may be for Nate, his visit is going to be anything but relaxing. When a mysterious intruder arrives with murderous intent, Nate is caught well and truly in the middle.

 

My Review:

CEO Nate Maddox is finally taking a vacation, only this time, it’s not relaxation he’s getting but to witness his very own murder. Only it hasn’t happened yet. Is it a warning from a friend or a portent of the future? Nate enlists his alien guide, who’s also a former bodyguard, and his executive assistant to find the killer before it’s too late. But there’s more at stake than just Nate’s life. An alien race in jeopardy, mind-control and power over other races all play a part and if Nate can unravel the truth, he might just escape death.

 

I’m a big fan of science fiction and throw in a good old-fashioned detective mystery, I’m in reader heaven. Williams blends the two genres perfectly and creates a rich world, full of different races and ideals. His world-building wrapped me in a cocoon of escapism which allowed to immerse myself in Nate’s world. Each of the characters were well-developed with plenty of back-story. I do wish there was more back-story on Nate but that’s just because I loved him as a main character. Full of sarcastic wit, Nate kept me turning the pages frantically, trying to figure out the mystery before the big reveal. The ending was satisfactory but left me wanting more.

 

If you’re a science fiction fan and/or looking for an immersive adventure, pick up this book. I look forward to reading more from Ian Williams.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Nate. He’s a wise-crackin’ guy who most everyone can relate to. I loved his one-liners and he’s as authentic as you can get. No pretense to him, he reminds he of Han Solo from Star Wars.

 

My Rating: 4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Transitory-Ian-Williams-ebook/dp/B00LACOVU2

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Transitory-Ian-Williams-ebook/dp/B00LACOVU2

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Transitory-Ian-Williams-ebook/dp/B00LACOVU2

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28054876-transitory

 

Author Biography:

Ian Williams is a Science Fiction writer from the UK. His first book, Transitory, was published on Kindle in 2014. After 7 years working for the UK Court Service, Ian began writing as a hobby. When that became his everyday routine, he found himself lost in a world of infinite possibilities, never able to accept just one outcome of many. In the end, he chose to ride the tide of time and allowed the future to be an unknown space, where only the stories he lives can ever alter that timeline.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://starman8243.wixsite.com/iwilliamsauthorpage

Twitter https://twitter.com/iwilliams235

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009999433711

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

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“They don’t write books like this any more” Go Fast by Rod Humphris @Rats_Tales #bookreview


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Title: Go Fast (Simon Ellice Book 2)

Author: Rod Humphris

Genre: Fiction, Adventure

 

Book Blurb:

Nador, has been a smugglers’ port since the Barbary pirates were raiding Europe from there in the sixteenth century, and it still is today. Si is minding his own business, which is running hash into Spain, when unexpected people start trying to kill him and steal his boat. It’s time to go.

 

Except that he’d really like to know what’s going on, and then there’s this girl who’s just turned up, and surely one more load wouldn’t hurt…

 

The truth is that it was already too late for him to leave before he got there and he’s a small piece in a much bigger game. Luckily for Si, those who’re using him don’t really know him any better than he knows them. There’s more to him than the easy going young man they take him to be.

 

On the calm Alboran Sea at the dark of the moon, through the lush kif terraces of the Rif mountains and in the dunes of the Great Western Erg in the Sahara they hunt him down. But who is hunting whom? And why? And who the hell is that girl really?

 

The answers to those questions lie in the dark interiors of the men and women involved, and, of course, in Si himself. In the end, it’s personal.

 

My Review:

Having previously been blown away by the prequel novella (Dead Ground), this second book of the series is one of the best books I have ever read.  I so enjoy the life and times of Simon Ellice. This author captures my sense of humor and it has been times innumerable that my reading of this book had me laughing so loud it disturbed people around me!

 

I am usually massively opposed to drug smuggling (and it as a topic) but this didn’t dissuade me here.  If I had been fighting in Afghanistan in my early twenties who knows what kind of s**t I would have been involved in two years later.

 

Simon was fantastic.  The flawed character of Sam reminds me of the character Bullseye in Daredevil.  Gripping, action filled, brilliantly staged, surprises, suspense, humor that made me laugh anyway and now I cannot wait for the next book.

 

Buy this book, read this book, love this book.  They don’t write books like this any more.  One of the best books of all time and something I can add to my classic re-read pile.  Brilliant.  1000 stars but I can only give it 5+ stars.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now: 

Direct from the Publisher  https://ratstales.co.uk/collections/frontpage/products/go-fast

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Go-Fast-Simon-Ellice-Book-ebook/dp/B01N63SRB2

 

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Author Biography:

I have no special qualifications to be a writer except that I want to be. I live where I’m from in the West Country in the UK and work in a small room above a pub in Bath, which is possibly the nicest city in the world. I spend my days thinking about, learning about and writing about whatever is interesting to me, which is possibly the best job in the world.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: https://ratstales.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rats_Tales

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rats-Tales/1620114421577662

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/ratstales/

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

Charms of the Feykin by @CYallowitz Shook Me to My Core #bookreview #POTLReads #IARTG


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Title: Charms of the Feykin (Legends of Windemere #11)

Author: Charles E. Yallowitz

Genre: Epic Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

To make a champion fall, one must wound their very soul.

 

Nyx is leading the charge to rescue Delvin and Sari, who have gone missing in the southern jungles of Windemere. Battling through the local predators, the champions are surprised when they reunite in the Feykin city of Rhundar. Instead of captives, the missing heroes have become the city’s rulers and are on the verge of starting a war with those that want to exterminate their new followers. Even with such a noble cause, Delvin and Sari have changed into brutal warlords that may kill each other and their friends long before they step onto the battlefield.

 

Have Delvin and Sari really changed for the worst or is there a greater threat pulling the champions’ strings?

 

My Review:

How do you defeat a champion? Take away all that he/she loves and unleash an unholy curse around their heart to prevent them from telling the truth. If they try to break the curse by telling the truth, daggers will pierce their heart and they will die.

 

The champions have been separated and while Nyx, Luke and the others are searching for Delvin and Sari, they encounter all sorts of trouble. Nyx is struck with visions that aren’t real while Luke is mortally injured. Just when all hope appears lost, they discover Delvin and Sari are not captured but are King and Queen of Rhundar. The champions are reunited, Luke is healed (sort of) but all is not as it appears, especially since Delvin and Sari are warlords hell-bent on destroying a race of people they know nothing about.

 

Nyx, Luke, Dariana, Timoran and Fizzle know something is not right with their friends. They split up to discover the truth and it’s Nyx who suffers the greatest consequences. Cursed by a deadly entity, she cannot speak the truth or else she will die a horrible death. Will she sacrifice herself to save her friends or will she become another tasty snack to the unknown entity?

 

This installment in the Windemere series is filled with action, adventure, battles, magic, conflict, betrayal, love, jealousy, warring races and so much more. The action is intense, sometimes gripping. I had audible emotional responses throughout the book and Yallowitz is a master at thrusting the reader inside each character (without head hopping). At the core of Charms of the Feykin, the reader is forced to answer a moral dilemma: if it was a choice of saving those I loved or dying, which would I choose?

 

This is a blend of The Two Towers, Games of Thrones and Dawn of Wonder (Jonathan Renshaw). It can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend it.

 

Favorite Character: Nyx. I know I said this the last time I read and reviewed a Windemere book. I connect with Nyx on so many levels. I love how honest she is and how she cares for everyone’s safety first before her own. I cried when she sacrificed herself for her two best friends, even when they didn’t deserve saving (in my opinion). She’s an amazing character and I loved the ending!

 

Favorite Quote:

“Be thankful that you will get a clean, painless death. I’m sure the other abominations will die in agony.”

 

My Rating:  4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Charms-Feykin-Legends-Windemere-Book-ebook/dp/B01LYHILI2/#nav-subnav

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32047754-charms-of-the-feykin?ac=1&from_search=true

 

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Author Biography:

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn’t working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. ‘Legends of Windemere’ is his first series, but it certainly won’t be his last.

 

Social Media Links:

Website https://legendsofwindemere.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/cyallowitz

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CharlesYallowitz/

Bloglovin’ http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/legends-of-windemere-7878901

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/slepsnor/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

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Shrouded in Secrets by @KimMcMahill is an Adventurous #Suspense! #books #MFRWAuthor


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Title:    Shrouded in Secrets

 
Author:  Kim McMahill
 

Genre:   Adventure/Suspense

 

Publisher:   Prism Book Group

 

Book Blurb:

When the massacre of an unarmed South American village, destruction of one of the greatest manmade wonders of the world, and multiple museum thefts occur, an international team is assembled to locate a deadly group of terrorists. The team led by CIA agent, Cash Luker, scours the globe in an attempt to keep ahead of those striving to bring thirteen mythical relics together. As Cash’s team closes in on those responsible for the devastation he must conquer past demons in order to save the woman who has captured his heart, and prevent destruction of legendary proportions.
 

Excerpt:

“Here. Let me check your injuries.”

He nodded, but made no effort to take off the souvenir t-shirt he’d purchased in Mexico to replace the shirt destroyed at Señorita Ruiz’s hacienda.

Olivia eased the shirt over his head and dabbed at the scratches on his chest with a warm washcloth. Not until her fingers began tracing some of the deeper wounds, trying to determine if any debris still remained imbedded that might cause infection, did Cash acknowledge her close proximity. He reached up, grabbed her hand, and brought it to his lips.

He kissed her palm so gently that Olivia could taste his pain. Tears filled her eyes and slid down her cheeks. She wasn’t sure why his agony touched her so deeply, but it did. “I’m sorry,” was all she could think of to say, knowing it wasn’t enough.

They sat for several minutes in silence, hand in hand. Olivia hated to free herself from Cash’s warm touch, but she doubted he was ready to talk about Zara, and the guilt and fatigue in his lost eyes tore at her heart.

Olivia stood, easing out of Cash’s grasp. She placed her hands on his shoulders and gently maneuvered him back until he lay on the sofa. He didn’t resist as she unlaced his hiking boots and pulled them off, draped a blanket over him, and turned out the lamp. She touched her lips to his forehead and left him alone in the dark with his demons.

 
Buy Links:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Shrouded-in-Secrets-ebook/dp/B00EIS74BI/

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/347290

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/shrouded-in-secrets

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1116436773?ean=2940148386377
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Author Biography:

Kim McMahill grew up in Wyoming, which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. She started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense. Along with writing adventure and suspense novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel anthology and cookbook. Kim has recently relocated to Colorado, and is loving being back in the mountains.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http://KimMcMahill.com

Blog: http://KimMcMahill.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://Twitter.com/kimmcmahill

 

When the Jaguar Sleeps by J. A. Kalis is an Exciting Adventure! #thriller #books


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Title:  When The Jaguar Sleeps

Author: J.A. Kalis

Genre:  Adventure Thriller

 

Book Blurb:                       

Ecuador. What was supposed to be a dream holiday turned into a nightmare for a group of foreign tourists when their plane crashed in the Amazon rainforest. Having waited in vain for a couple of days for help to arrive, the survivors of the crash decided to set off on a daring journey determined to get out of the jungle alive. But while pushing on, unaware, they entered a territory inhabited by isolated Indian tribes hostile to outsiders. A territory where probably the fabulous treasures destined for the last Inca emperor Atahualpa’s ransom, had been hidden. As it soon turned out their nightmare was just beginning. Will they ever get out of the jungle alive?

               

Read a sample courtesy of Amazon:

When the Jaguar Sleeps

 

Buy Links:           

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/When-Jaguar-Sleeps-jungle-adventure-ebook/dp/B0187T2R6U

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-the-jaguar-sleeps-j-a-kalis/1123103919

Createspace  https://www.createspace.com/5912580

 

Author Biography:          

My passion for reading, travelling, meeting new people, learning foreign languages, experiencing new cultures combined with my love of adventure inspired me to write my debut novel When the Jaguar Sleeps. I published it under a pen name J.A. Kalis.

It has been always my dream to write my own novel, but somehow, for years, I wasn’t able to get around to it. Finally, an opportunity presented itself and I grabbed it. One day an idea for a story popped into my head, where it began to linger and grow. I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. Slowly, scenes and characters took shape in my brain. And so I began to write my thoughts down. A year later I completed my debut novel, the adventure thriller, When The Jaguar Sleeps. It turned out to be a great writing adventure. I loved it so much that from then on, I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a full-time writer.

Although English is not my native language, I chose to write my novels in English. Presently, I am working on my second novel, also in English. It will be another action packed, fast paced thriller but set in a different country than the first one. Or to be more precise, set in two different countries.
 

Social Media Links:        

Website https://jakalis.wordpress.com/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14690215.J_A_Kalis

 

 

Inevitable Ascension by @VK_McAllister is Original and Brilliant! #bookreview #steampunk


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Title: Inevitable Ascension

Author: V. K. McAllister

Genre: Steampunk, Time-Travel, Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

The innocent never waver from doing what’s right, even if it means drowning the world in fire.

 

Violina had been burned and betrayed by mankind ever since she had sprung into existence. They named her a heretic and condemned her to a pit to live and die in agony. Though she sat stranded, starved and bloodied, she would not submit. Violina, the girl who had been mocked and hunted for rejecting the warped ideals of artificial authority, would lay down her own law.

 

Inevitable Ascension — A rapid-fire action/adventure novel packed with wit, humor and a host of twists that will literally make your brain explode! Actually, not literally. Otherwise that would be really gross.

 

Book Trailer:

 

My Review:

This is my first book by this husband-wife writing team and I am supremely impressed. Not only do they write in one voice but they’ve created a fantastic futuristic world filled with vibrant characters and non-stop action.

 

While steampunk is not my favorite genre, McAllister gives it a new twist. The more I read Inevitable Ascension, the more I was immersed in Violina’s universe. Who knew blending steampunk and time-travel would be a roller-coaster ride for the reader?

 

Beyond the obvious storyline, there’s an underlying morality thread to this book that I found intriguing. Spiritual themes are woven throughout the plot and yet, as a reader, you aren’t aware of it at first. Inevitable Ascension makes you think about things, especially how interconnected the past, present and future really are.

 

If you’re a steampunk fan, you’re in for a rare treat with this book. If you’re a fan of escaping in a good book (and who isn’t?), you won’t regret buying this one. I highly recommend it and I hope V. K. McAllister will hurry up and write more books.

 

Favorite Character:

Violina. She’s one of the strongest main characters I have ever had the pleasure to read and gets bonus points from me for being female. She’s a futuristic badass who when the chips are down and she’s almost to the brink of despair, pulls herself up by her bootstraps and finds a way to get herself out of whatever situation she’s in. She’s braver than I would be in her shoes and I know she will be a role model for women around the world.

 

Favorite Quote:

“Can we not catch a break?!” sputtered Lux. “Another psycho wants us dead!” The number of people now on the list was getting absurd.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Inevitable-Ascension-V-K-McAllister-ebook/dp/B015AS2FTA

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29563845-inevitable-ascension?from_search=true&search_version=service

 

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Author Biography:

We’re a husband/wife duo with a unique approach to writing. We work simultaneously and in secret before combining what we come up with, resulting in dramatic and unexpected twists! Crazy? Yes, yes it is, but it’s surprisingly fun and effective.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.inevitableascension.com/

Facebook www.facebook.com/inevitableascension

Twitter https://twitter.com/VK_McAllister

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Monsterland by @MichaelPCash is a ghoulish good read #bookreview #zombies #vampires


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Title: Monsterland

Author: Michael Phillip Cash

Genre: Horror, Monsters, Zombies, Vampires

 

Book Blurb:

Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

 

My Review:

Jurassic Park meets The Walking Dead all rolled into one adventure!

Welcome to Monsterland… let’s scare you to death.

I’m a big fan of this author and Monsterland doesn’t disappoint. Filled with classic creatures that go bump in the night, strong characters and an alternative glimpse into society.

I liked the concept of a theme park where you could see and touch vampires, zombies and werewolves in captivity. A horror zoo, so to speak. I mean, what could go wrong? Lots!

While the plot was at times predictable, the suspense was well-done. The author weaves a story any horror/paranormal reader will enjoy while not freaking you out with gore. I appreciate that.

Wyatt is a good character and dealing with typical teenage angst. I didn’t care for the bullying that took place but it’s commonplace in literature nowadays.

A ghoulish good tale and I recommend this book to any horror/paranormal fan!

 

My Rating:  4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Monsterland-Michael-Phillip-Cash-ebook/dp/B016LS69JK

Michael Phillips Cash

 

Author Biography:

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written eleven books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, Monsterland and Battle for Darracia series.

 

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.

 

Connect with Michael on:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/michaelphillipcash

Twitter: http://twitter.com/michaelpcash

Web: www.michaelphillipcash.com

Email: michaelphillipcash@gmail.com

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Temporary Superheroine by @IreneVartanoff #MFRWAuthor #fantasy #adventure


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Title:  Temporary Superheroine

Author: Irene Vartanoff

Genre: Superhero Adventure  (often found in the fantasy category)

Blurb:

Superheroine who flies and shoots power bolts out of her fingers to do battle with a menacing supervillain. And what about the weird comic book artwork spam that arrives on her computer? And the reports in the media about supervillain sightings? Is Chloe, a struggling webcomics artist, the cause of real-life chaos? To stop her life from imploding even more, Chloe desperately agrees to a stint on a television superhero game show that puts her in intimate contact with an enigmatic comic book company executive, and gives her a chance to question a beloved comics icon. But Chloe must cross over to a bizarre mirror universe to find answers—and start living her dreams. On the hunt for a supervillain with a bad attitude and for a brilliant comic book creator with a grudge against society, Chloe needs all the help she can get to save two universes.

PG-rated nonstop comic book style adventure set in two universes, with plenty of super-powered battles and recognizable classic comic book scenarios—and some iffy romance thrown in. Don’t miss the sky highway to Iceland.

CHARACTERS IN THIS STORY

Chloe Cole: Reluctant female superhero, strong female protagonist, possessor of super powers, snarky 25-year-old with parent and boyfriend issues

Roland Kirby: Eager comics fanboy, dependable partner in other world adventures, ex-boyfriend who won’t go away, sweet geek who believes in comic book science

Eric Wood: Suspiciously charming comic book company CEO, possible secret villain, questionably honest potential lover and confidant

Jovial Jerry Fine: Beloved elderly icon of the comic book world, benign but skeptical participant in fast-paced adventures, knows more than he tells

Diabolical Dave McCay: Maverick comic book artist, man who wants the modern world to be what it was like in 1962, troublemaking genius

Bodacious Barb: Knows the secrets behind the comics, doesn’t give a damn

The Purple Menace: Supervillain, mad scientist, wants to take over the world—make that two worlds

Excerpt:

When I awoke, I was in a cage hoisted above a cauldron of boiling chemicals. It had to be boiling chemicals because I’d seen this predicament in a bunch of classic comic books. The chemicals stank. I’d probably die from the fumes long before the Purple Menace could lower the cage into the gigantic pot. Which was his obvious intention. This world wasn’t exactly original. My hands were tied behind my back, but my feet were free, and I attempted to stand. On the second try, I made it.

“Hey, what’s up with putting me in a cage?” I called to the Purple Menace, who bustled into the room, heading for another bank of machines.

“You didn’t think I would let you ruin all my plans, did you?” the Purple Menace called out in a matter-of-fact way, as he flipped a few switches and turned some dials.

“No, I guess not,” I agreed groggily. “What is that stench? It’s probably killing all our brain cells.”

“Nonsense. All science improves the world,” he replied.

An attitude straight from Diabolical Dave’s brain and the middle of the prior century, when scientific progress produced world-class poisons like DDT.

“Seriously, doc—may I call you doc?—research in my dimension has proved chemical vapors are bad for people,” I said. “I could get cancer hanging around here.”

“No need to worry,” he said grandly. “Soon my lovely machine will lower you into the cauldron and you will die.”

My strength felt very depleted. I didn’t know what he had hit me with aside from the bolt, and it didn’t matter. The Purple Menace intended to kill me in the over-the-top manner of typical comic book supervillains.

“This is a bad joke,” I shook my head, disgusted. “How about letting me out and we’ll talk?” Worth asking. Anything to stall him while I regained my strength.

“No more chatter. Now is the time for action,” he said. He made a grand gesture and hit a big red button. All the machine lights blinked. The motor that controlled the pulley started up, and it began to lower me toward the cauldron.

“Soon I will have more power. Then I will control the entire universe.”

The cage continued its descent toward the boiling chemicals.

“Sure,” I scoffed. “I’d like to see that.”

He sent me a creepy glare. “You think I’m merely a comic book character with no brains. I am a scientific genius. Soon my power shall surpass anything known to man.”

“I believe this is where I say you won’t get away with this,” I said mildly. I felt sick. Still weak. As the cage lowered, it was getting hotter.

“There you go again, making feeble quips because you think all superheroines must,” he replied.

“It’s in the rule book,” I joked.

Buy Links:

ebook and print on Amazon http://amzn.to/1L25FOw

Irene Vartanoff

Author Biography:

Award-winning author Irene Vartanoff combined her love of comic books and romances by working for Marvel Comics and DC Comics as well as Harlequin, Bantam, Berkley, and My RomanceStory.com. As a teenager, her letters to the comic editors caused such a sensation she was incorporated into the storylines of several comic books, notably, Metal Men and The Flash. Dubbed “Poison Ivy” at DC Comics, she received a new sobriquet when she took an editorial position at Marvel Comics, working closely with Stan Lee, who named her “Impish Irene.” Following a long editorial career in romance publishing, Irene turned to writing novels. Her first superhero adventure novel, Temporary Superheroine, was quickly followed by her first sweet contemporary romance novel, Captive of the Cattle Baron. Book 2 of the Temporary Superheroine series, Crisis at Comicon, is available for pre-order on Amazon, and her first women’s fiction novel, Summer in the City, will be published in November. Irene is also the author of several romance graphic romance novellas, including Breaking All the Rules and The Egyptian’s Texas Spitfire. Under her comic book nom de plume, Poison Ivy, she contributes to the MyRomanceStory.com blog. A lifelong East Coast resident, Irene currently lives in a forest of tall oaks in the wilds of West Virginia.

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/irenevartanoffauthor

Twitter http://twitter.com/irenevartanoff

Website http://www.irenevartanoff.com

Scarab: A Colt Wilder Adventure by @nkarstulovich #BookReview #YA #Adventure


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Title: Scarab: A Colt Wilder Adventure

Author: Nathan Karstulovich

Genre: Middle-Grade Adventure

Book Blurb:

Colt Wilder surfs big waves and fights bad guys too. It’s 1941 and a young spy is on a mission to deliver a powerful package to the Ally forces during World War II. A large explosion derails her assignment. In 2018, more explosions leave citizens without fresh water. The CAPE team of teenaged special agents go into action to find the villains responsible. Come along on the adventures of Colt Wilder and his new friends, as they sail the high seas and attempt to protect the rights to freedom and fresh water.

My Review:

I am a huge fan of adventure books and this book intrigued me. Spies, surfing and adventure. I mean, what could be better?

Colt Wilder is a clash between Young Indiana Jones and the surfers from Point Break. He’s a normal teen who loves to hang out, surf and oh yes, save the world.

Someone has contaminated the water and it’s up to the CAPE team to discover who is responsible. Can Colt and his buddies find those responsible or will they get in over their head?

This is the author’s first novel and I must say, I was impressed. The plot moved quickly and I was engrossed in the story. The characters were realistic and did typical teen stuff. There were a few twists and turns which I wasn’t expecting. The bits of history kept the story interesting and the author does a wonderful job talking about the need to protect fresh water without preaching about it.

I do believe this is more of a Young Adult book rather than Middle Grade but that’s just my opinion.

If you (or your kids) love adventure, I recommend you pick this up.

Favorite Character: Colt. I really enjoyed him as a character. He was believable and I knew surfers like him when I lived on the West Coast. I think many readers will be inspired by the message Colt is trying to teach: freedom and fresh water belong to everyone.

My Rating: 4 stars

Buy Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Scarab-Wilder-Adventure-Nathan-Karstulovich-ebook/dp/B00YO76RTS

Nathan K

Author Biography:

Nathan Karstulovich is an adventure seeking traveler, teacher and scuba diving enthusiast. He finds inspiration for his writing from the places that he has traveled and the people that he has met.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nkarstulovich

Chaos Company by @Chris__Slayton #ARC #bookreview #ScienceFiction


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Title: Chaos Company

Author: Christopher Slayton

Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller

Book Blurb:

The highly effective team of genetically enhanced soldiers code-named Chaos Company has returned to the United States to be commended for their bravery. While on leave the team finds themselves at odds with the highly dangerous mercenary Liam King, who has been contracted to assassinate President Jennifer Grey. Chaos Company thwarts Liam’s attack, but at the cost of their team leader’s life.

With their leader killed the team looks to Corporal Desmond Striker to guide them in a hunt for Liam. During their hunt the team will find themselves in the cross-hairs of a private military company and have their abilities pushed to their limits. Before Chaos Company finally comes to blows with Liam they will discover that their greatest threat is a leader within their own country.

My Review:

Warning Label: Keep a heart defibrillator near you when reading this book. The non-stop action will stop your heart!

The United States, in an effort to gain the upper-hand on the battlefield, commissions a group of scientists to genetically enhance soldiers. They have special skills and they’re called Chaos Company.

Liam King is a for-hire assassin and his latest contract is to end the life of President Jennifer Grey. But he’s got more than that in mind as he tries to take out each member of Chaos Company.

Every member of Chaos Company is pushed to their limits when one of their members is killed. They must band together to stop Liam or the die trying.

A super-sonic action-packed adventure filled with political intrigue, super-human soldiers that reminded me of Predator (the movie). The author drops the reader into the action and before I knew what was happening, I was hyperventilating. No joke.

I loved getting inside the heads of the members of Chaos Company and seeing how they overcome every battle (physical and mental). I loved slithering around in Liam’s brain and watching him work. I loved the attention to detail the author put into his story so I could watch it play out like a movie.

If you’re an action fanatic and like to be immersed in the middle of the battle, run and get this book! Just heed my warning above.

Favorite Character: Liam. I know he’s a bad guy, but I love just how ruthless and evil he really is. No fluffy bunnies here. He’s on a mission to kill every soldier in Chaos Company, not to mention the President (Jennifer Grey). I loved being inside his head and the author kept me guessing what he was going to do next.

Favorite Quote: “And I got a Gatling gun that’s ready to pull out the red carpet for those two.” Cameron said with a smile.

My Rating: 5 stars

Note from MRS N: I received an ARC of the manuscript titled Chaos Company from the author.

Buy Links:

There are no buy links. The author pulled it from publication while he’s enrolled in the #Pitchwars contest in an effort to be signed by an agent or publisher.

The manuscript does have a goodreads page though:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25153426-chaos-company

Christopher Slayton

Author Biography:

Christopher Slayton was born and raised in New Castle, Delaware. During Chris’ high school years he earned two All-Conference awards in lacrosse and three national awards in JROTC. Chris attended the University of Delaware, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology. While in college Chris was a UD ambassador, and wrote sketches for his school’s comedy show. Chris was a member of his school’s Tae Kwon Do team, where he earned multiple honors in nine tournaments. Chris has incorporated his passion for both martial arts and videogames into his writing, helping him finish his first ebook Chaos Company.

Social Media Links:

Twitter https://twitter.com/Chris__Slayton

#BookReview: Witches Protection Program by @michaelpcash #fantasy #books


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Title: Witches Protection Program

 

Author: Michael Phillips Cash

 

Genre: Fantasy, Mystical Comedy

 

Book Blurb:

Wes Rockville, a disgraced law enforcement agent, is given one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he’s reassigned to a 232 year old secret government organization. The Witches Protection Program.

His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar Cosmetics company’s diabolical plan of using witchcraft for global domination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds.

Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes must learn to believe in both witches and himself.

 

My Review:

This book’s tagline should be: Harry Potter meets Men in Black.

An action-packed, hilarious fast read that reads more like a movie than a book. I was addicted from start to finish and am crossing my fingers they make this into a blockbuster movie.

Wes comes from a police family and the expectations are higher for him than anyone else on the force. His father is the Police Commissioner and his siblings can do no wrong. Wes disobeys one order and his father is tempted to throw him off the force. Instead, Wes is given one last chance.

The Witches Protection Program.

Don’t believe in witches? Well, neither did Wes until he met one face-to-face.

Wes doesn’t trust his eyes and trusts his partner, Alastair Verne, even less. But he’s got to at least pretend to believe witches exist if he wants his badge back and his father’s respect.

According to Alastair, there are two groups of witches… one good (Davina) and one bad (Willa). It is the duty of the Davinas to make sure the Willas are kept in check. When a Willa threatens a Davina, they need the help of the Witches Protection Program, a secret government agency.

Something is amiss at Pendragon Cosmetics and it’s up to Alastair and Wes to stop it (and protect young Morgan Pendragon) before it’s too late.

I absolutely LOVED this book! While I was reading it, I kept thinking about how cool it would be to see this on the big screen. Complete with non-stop action, this fun story answers the question about whether cosmetics run the world. The dialogue is sarcastic and soon you’re immersed in a world not unlike our own.

Mystical comedy at its best and a must read! I warn you, though, to not drink a beverage without a lid or else you might spill it from laughing too hard.

 

Favorite Character: Morgan. I loved how she’s innocent, somehow, from her aunt’s black magic. She appears more like a Glinda than the Wicked Witch from Oz. I also like how sparks fly between her and Wes but it’s not overly-done. The toad part was priceless.

 

Favorite Quote: Wes shook his head, his foot throbbing like a sore tooth and muttered, “First I’m a chew toy and now I’m stuck with Gandolf and Yoda’s prison child as a partner. Help.”

 

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Michael Phillips Cash

 

Author Biography:

Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.michaelphillipcash.com/home

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Phillip-Cash/e/B00CEAC3VS/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelPhillipCash?skip_nax_wizard=true

Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelpcash

Buy It On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Witches-Protection-Program-Michael-Phillip-ebook/dp/B00YANTA4K