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Review: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Author: Robert Eggleton

Page Length: 284 pages

Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing

Released: November 8, 2015

Genre: Science Fiction

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

 

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. A Children’s Story. For Adults.

 

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”

Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest

 

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”

—    Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

 

. “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” — Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

 

“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” —Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

 

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

 

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” — The Baryon Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children’s psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines. Author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment. http://www.childhswv.org/

 

 

 

REVIEW:

Tom threw in a couple of Amen’s. After finishing the psalm that she had learned in church, she looked into his eyes. “There was nothing that you saw that should have shaken your belief in Jesus. What you saw and what you will see on our mission will make him look stronger and bigger. Jesus is much more than human-kind. He existed for the salvation of all—not just humans. All means all. His sacrifice was never meant to have been discriminatory or selective to just one kind of people on one planet. Right is right and wrong is wrong. It’s just like you know in your heart. Good and evil have always been and will always be the balance on which survival of the universe depends.”

What would you do if you were tasked with saving the Earth or even the entire universe? If a cyber robot came to you from another planet, what would be your first thought? Would you feel crazy? Would you feel safe? What about fearful or excited? All of that is a bit much to take in, but what if you were only an eleven-year-old and told that you were the only one who could do it? With this novel, it is very difficult to put words down regarding the true emotional turmoil that exists in the main character’s life. The author creates an elaborate world, filled with an abundance of fantasy and science fiction. This world contributes to most of the story, an illusion of a world that a little girl can escape to in an attempt to avoid the inevitable and harsh reality of abandonment and abuse.

 

This story begins with Lacy Dawn, an eleven-year-old girl, who lives in a place called the Hollow. She talks to the trees, the rocks, her dog Brownie, a robot named Dot-Com, and her dead best friend. The first sign that something didn’t seem right, was the dead best friend. Now, this story is for adults and there is satire, but this is not to be misconstrued as a light or easy read. This is definitely not an easy story to read due to content, but it is brutally honest and very credible for an eleven-year-old who has lost her best friend and in a sense, her family as well. Lacy Dawn has suffered abuse at the hand of her father, and her dead best friend died at the hand of her father, aka the meanest daddy in the world. Once Lacy Dawn finds Dot-Com, things start to change for her. This robot teaches her things through plug-ins and tells her that it is her job to save Earth and make the universe safe…from what, he isn’t allowed to tell her until she completes a series of tasks that will validate her capability of such an important task. Can she get the help that she needs to save the entire universe?

 

Eggleton has a certain way of twisting the seriousness of the story with the satire that follows Lacy Dawn and her entourage on their journey. There are a lot of quips and a ton of experiences that these characters go through that symbolize real-life problems that we, as people face on a daily basis. From an eleven-year-old’s point of view, can it be deeply misunderstood, definitely! Can it be taken out of proportion, absolutely! But, is it credible and original, yes it sure is. Think about what pre-teens think about at that young age and then readers will be able to rationalize the thought processes that occur within the story. This author does a superb job with character development, but the reader must be open-minded to keep pace with the outlandish scenes and spontaneous adventures that the characters partake in as well as the depth of the issues portrayed. Most of the issues faced are taken lightly by the characters as if this is the typical way of life, but readers must remember that some of these characters do not know any differently and to them, this is the way life is. If you are a reader of science fiction and psychological fiction, you may want to try this book.

 

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Rarity From the Hollow by Robert Eggleton.

 

 

EXCERPT:

…..…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn’s name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.

I hear her voice. Why won’t she answer me? 

“Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods.

Nobody responded. The trees weren’t supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child. Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree.

I will always love you guys. 

Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.

Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front. 

Jenny looked to the left of the path.

There ain’t no cave Roundabend, but there it is. 

She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face.  Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn’t exit and into a blue light that did.

“All right, you mother f**ker!”

“Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you’re supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story).”

DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner.  Jenny covered Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.

“Grrrrr,” emanated from Jenny.  It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn’s dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house.  It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate.  No one moved.  The spaceship’s door slid shut.

“Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.”

“You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight off Lacy Dawn.

Stay between them.

“Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I’m old enough — like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend — what you call it — my fiancé.”

“You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce.

“MOM!  Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.”

Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.

He ain’t got no private parts, not even a little bump.   

“DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancé, DotCom.”

Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.

“Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.”

I will need much more training if I’m ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.

“Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”

Jenny’s left eye twitched.

DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…

…(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There’re a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain’t complained since the shots started — not even with an upset stomach.”

“He’s a doctor?” Jenny asked.

“What’s your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know.  You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that’s different — even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.”

“Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said.

“So?”

Mommy’s right. Maybe I need a different argument.

            A fast clicking sound, a blur of motion, and a familiar smell assaulted them.

“What’s that?” Jenny asked.

She moved to protect her daughter from whatever threat loomed. Brownie, who had been granted 27 / 7 access to the ship, bounded over the orange recliner, knocked DotCom to the floor, licked DotCom’s face, and rubbed his head on Jenny’s leg. He then jumped onto the recliner and lay down. His tail wagged throughout. Jenny sat down on the recliner beside Brownie and looked at Lacy Dawn.

“But, you were crying when I first came in. That thing was hurting you.” Jenny shook her finger at DotCom to emphasize a different argument against him.

“Mommy, I’m so happy that I couldn’t help but cry. My man just came home from an out-of-state job. I didn’t talk to him for a whole year. Before he left, he told me that he wasn’t even sure if he’d be able to come home. I still don’t know what happened while he was gone. We ain’t had no chance to talk. All I know is that he’s home and I’m sooooo happy.”

“Your man came home from an out-of-state job?” Jenny patted Brownie on his head, some more and some more….

It’s unusual for a man to promise to come back home and ever be seen again. Brownie likes him and that’s a good sign. Maybe she’s right about him helping Dwayne. Something sure did and it wasn’t me. It is a nice living room. They’ve been together for a while and I ain’t seen a mark on her. That’s unusual too. He ain’t got no private parts and that’s another good thing. Hell, if I get in the middle, she’d just run off with him anyway. Id better play it smart. I don’t want to lose my baby.

“What about his stupid name?” Jenny asked.

“I’ve got a stupid name, too. All the kids at school call me hick because my last name is Hickman.”

“My name was given to me by my manager a very long time ago. It represents a respected tradition — the persistent marketing of that which is not necessarily the most needed. I spam…,” DotCom said.

They both glared at him.

“Dwayne is sure to be home. I don’t want him to worry. Let’s go,” Jenny said.

“Okay, Mommy.”

“I love you, DotCom,” Lacy Dawn stepped out the ship’s door, which had slid open. Brownie and Jenny were right behind her.

“I love you too,” DotCom said.

Lacy Dawn and Jenny held hands and walked down the path toward home. The trees didn’t smile — at least not so Jenny would notice. On the other hand, no living thing obstructed, intruded, or interfered with the rite.

Jenny sang to the Woods, “My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up.  My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up….”

 

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Cover Reveal: Excalibur Rising An Arthurian Saga by Eileen Enwright Hodgetts

Cover Reveal ~ Excalibur Rising Book Four: An Arthurian Saga

Author: Eileen Enwright Hodgetts

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Dates: 7th of August

Hosted by: Ultimate Fantasy Book Tours

Book Cover ~ Excalibur Rising

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Excalibur Rising Book Four is the final episode of the Excalibur Rising Series where all questions are answered. Merlin’s magical powers are fading and Albion faces enemies on all sides. While Arthur’s heir fights for the possession of Camelot, Ryan races against time to rescue Violet from the Isle of Avilion.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Eileen Enwright

A prolific writer Eileen Enwright Hodgetts covers an impressive spectrum of subjects and formats. There is nothing formulaic in her writing. Each work reveals a fresh creativity.

She has created a whole new “world” in the Excalibur Rising series. Excalibur Rising Books One and Two are available now and Excalibur Rising Book Three will be released in January 2017 by Emerge Publishing.

Her books are available from Amazon.com in paperback and e-book format and all books will soon be available as Audio books. “Whirlpool” is already an Audible book.

Six of her one-act plays are published in book form at Amazon.com and perusal copies of other plays are available by e-mailing.

 

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Book Tour + Review: The Heart of Escher by Jonathan Dance

James Fisher, a lonely, bullied schoolboy, finds himself in the dark and twisted land of Escher after wishing himself away from an ill-fated family holiday.

Lost and frightened, James must help heal the dying world of Escher, overrun by the creatures of the Nightmare forest, to return home. Guided by the emerald-eyed cat, Sam, and befriended by the headstrong resistance fighter, Jasper, James is taken on an adventure through a world mirroring his own nightmares, where he is forced to confront his own fears and the ghostly Shadow in order to save Escher.

Unbeknown to James, not only is he fighting for Escher’s future, but also his own.
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Born and raised in Hampshire, I spent most of my childhood dreaming up random adventures.

I left the sunny south coast to study Graphic Communication in Bath, where I fell in love with the rolling Somerset hills when I wasn’t walking up them.
Returning to Hampshire 6 years later, after meeting my now wife, Claire, I enjoy a quieter life, walking in the New Forest and relaxing with my wonderful wife and fluffy cat Molly.
I have always enjoyed telling stories, more often than not in visual form, either in films or animations. However, the idea of Escher was too big for me to do visually by myself so I picked up a pen and started writing.
Having written one novel, I am now keen to tell more stories of Escher, while at the same time expressing my imagination with my art.
 
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To say it had a few flaws was an understatement, as half its legs never went in the same direction, which was why it had ended up crashing into a tree, causing the explosion James had witnessed. As it turned out, Hattie was not a great inventor, but James had never met anyone so enthusiastic. She went on and on about all the things she had created; from the self-cleaning flowerpot to the automated tooth brush system, which seemed to be working ‘great’ as James noticed the mole’s missing teeth.
 The Heart of Escher is classified as science fiction and fantasy; however, it can be argued that it is middle grade or young adult psychological as well. The author, Dance, proves time and time again that this new world that James travels too is a reflection of the way that he sees his life. As a young boy, he is not very optimistic because he gets picked on and bullied in school, but then his brother doesn’t have his back either. It is a very sad and desolate outlook that is perceived on life and school, so much so that he has thought about what it would be like to not be there.
This book begins with James’ last day of school before a family holiday. He is frightened to go to school because of what happened the previous year, egg beating and bullying. He knows that he doesn’t have the strength to stand up to them, but if he doesn’t…that means that no one will and it will happen to him again. After that horrific day, his mom and dad have planned a summer holiday where James and his brother, Edward, fight on the ferry and then in the car ride. His relationship with his brother is very rocky and he makes a wish to be anywhere other than right there, in that car going on holiday.
As they ride through a tunnel, James realizes that everything has gone dark. Suddenly, he is not in the car and the world is very gray. He looks around, only to discover that he can’t find his mom, dad, brother or younger sister anywhere. The trees are mysteriously tall and dark and there are monsters making hideous sounds. He got his wish…not only is he alone, but he may be in danger too. As the story progresses, James finds that he really misses home and the comforts of his family, but it may already be too late. This adventure that has begun may not allow him to go back to his world…
“Know this, Gardener; the Shadow will see who you really are,” Eli cried. “if there is darkness in your heart it will take you, and my spirit will finally be allowed to rest.” Alone and with the cold growing ever colder, James knew it was time. He could still end it now and let the darkness take him, but that would mean he had given up. Without giving it any more thought, he jumped.
Dance has a very powerful and motivating middle grade fantasy novel with The Heart of Escher. This is an amazing adventure, one with superb character development, world-building, and originality. The story flows easily, making it a fast read. There are a few grammatical errors throughout, but this was an advanced reader copy that was received; therefore, these may have been cleaned up before publication. If not, this should not hinder the reader’s enjoyment of the novel. If you are a reader of middle grade, science fiction, or fantasy, you may enjoy this read.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book, but this is no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for The Heart of Escher by Jonathan Dance.
 

 

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Desperately, Jasper tried to free him. “I am sorry, James, I can’t move you.”

 

“You go,” James said despondently. ​He doesn’t really care, why should he stay here and die with me?

 

“I am not going to leave you,” Jasper replied, to James’ surprise. Jasper placed his paw on James’ hand.

 

James wanted to cry but he couldn’t, it was too cold. With Jasper frozen in place beside him, the world slowed down, as still unfrozen prisoners and Narlac moved between their frozen and fallen brethren. 

 

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Review: The Quantum Ghost by Jonathan Ballagh

The Quantum Ghost by Jonathan Ballagh

Publisher: Jonathan Ballagh

Release Date: May 1, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, YA

ABOUT THE BOOK:

On a cold autumn night, twelve-year-old Remi Cobb makes a startling discovery—a mysterious object floating on the pond in her backyard. With no idea where it came from, or how it got there, Remi is compelled to unravel its secrets. Her quest for answers takes her on a perilous journey across realities, where she finds a crumbling world—and the dark forces behind its ruin. Here she learns the truth about her connection with the strange object, and of those that will stop at nothing to destroy them both. But even if she can find a way to survive, can she find a way home?

BOOK LINKS HERE:

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OUR REVIEW HERE:

Then it cast its arm forward, and the eye hurtled toward her car. It smashed into the side with the force of a cannonball, crushing the frame and sending it toward the guardrail, where it screeched against the metal. The guardrail bowed, groaning under the force of the car. This can’t be happening. This has to be a dream. Time to wake up, Remi Cobb! But she knew this was no dream. She was trapped in the middle of nowhere, on a mountain road, by a robot-armed creature that commanded a legion of floating eyes. And she was still in her pajamas. 

 

Machines and technology are the way of the future. In this second installment, Ballagh continues the journey with some new characters, but the reader does meet back up with Nova, Achilles, and AJ. This story sheds some light on aspects of the first installment that were deliberately unclear due to character introduction. This author has an entertaining story that encompasses adventure, friendship, and futuristic possibility.

Remi has been diagnosed with something that has made her sick, stuck in the house and unable to go to school like her brother and sister. While outside one night, she sees a brightly lit dome on top of the water in her family’s pond, so she goes to investigate. Seeing a robotic hand coming out from under the water to grab the dome and pull it back under, Remi becomes frightened and runs back to the house. Little does she know that her world is about to change forever. Not willing to believe her eyes, she makes one more trip to the pond and this time something happens to her, a bright light blinds her vision and then the next thing she knows, her sister is waking her up because she fell asleep on the ground. Then the adventure begins. She receives strange text messages and a bunch of boxes mysteriously arrive in her driveway. A human girl with a mechanical dog appear after she follows the dome into danger. Remi understands that there are other worlds out there, somewhere that may need her help. Is she willing to put herself in harm’s way to save her new friends?

Ballagh has an amazing second installment with superb character development. It is chalked full of originality, entertainment, and adventure. The story flows easily, making it a fast read. There are a few grammatical errors throughout, but this was an advance reader copy that was received; therefore, these may have been cleaned up before publication. If not, this should not hinder the reader’s enjoyment of the novel. It is highly recommended that the first installment, The Quantum Door, is read prior to this one since it is a continuance of the adventure. If you are a reader of science fiction, fantasy, and young adult fiction, you may be interested in picking this up for a read.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for The Quantum Ghost by Jonathan Ballagh.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jonathan Ballagh is the author of the new Sci-Fi thriller The Quantum Door. He has been writing software since he was five, created his first online game at fourteen, and has a deep love of all things A.I. and robotics. He currently lives in Virginia with his wife and three kids.

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Release Blitz: Storm Phantom Islanders by Ednah Walters

Storm: Phantom Islanders

Author: Ednah Walters, USA Today Bestseller

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas… Sassy heroine, a legend and a people in peril…

Pirates no longer roam the seas.
Phantom Islands don’t exist.

Nanny to a wealthy family, eighteen-year old Alexandria “Lexi” Greendale sends most of what she earns home to support her disabled brother. She is determined to help him get the surgery he needs to walk again. Her dreams come to an abrupt halt when she rescues a man from drowning. How does he repay her? Captain Storm Orath abducts her, claims her as his chosen mate, and takes her to a magical island that is centuries behind times with barbaric customs.

For Lexi to make it home to her family, she must fight the lure of the man and the island he controls or stay trapped forever.

This is Part I of a 3-Part Upper YA and New Adult Serial about a woman and her journey of discovery, adventure, and unforgettable love

Reading Order:
Storm Part I
Storm Revealed Part II coming May 30th
Storm Unleashed Part III coming June 27th

BOOK LINKS:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Coming 2017: STORM (Phantom Islanders, book 1, Part I)- April 25th
STORM (Phantom Islander, book 1, Part II) – May 30th
STORM (Phantom Islander, book 1, Part III) – June 27th

*USA Today Bestselling Author Ednah Walters is a multi-published author of four different series–her Norse-mythology-based bestselling YA Paranormal romance series, RUNES(YA-Paranormal Romance) and Nephilim THE GUARDIAN LEGACY-(YA fantasy romance).

She also writes contemporary romance under E. B. Walters. The Fitzgerald Family series started with SLOW BURN. There are six books in this series. Her new USA Today bestselling series, INFINITUS BILLIONAIRES. Impulse (book 1) was published in January 2015. Indulge (Aug 4th).

*Join her mailing list at http://bit.ly/EdnahsNewsletter or visit her at http://www.ednahwalters.com to stay up to date with her new releases*

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Book Tour: The Yellow Hoods Series by Adam Dreece

 Along Came a Wolf by Adam Dreece

TheYellow Hoods #1
Genre: YA, Steampunk, Fantasy
Gripping adventure, brilliant inventions, and splash of humor.
Steampunk meets Fairy tale.

“…intriguing contraptions, appealing characters, snide villains, humor, and an exciting story.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Dreece has crafted a tale with elements to delight the child in all of us, and intrigue the most creative adult mind.” — Author J.K.Norry

Tee, Elly, and Richy peaceful little world is shattered when they become entangled in a plot to steal the world’s first steam engine plans from master inventor, Nikolas Klaus. Will Klaus’ ties to the secret society known as the Tub (lead by a butcher, baker, and candlestick maker) be their undoing? Or will they live on to become legends?

Here are some of the amazing fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and classic stories woven into the fabric of The Yellow Hoods series: Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, Santa Claus, Hansel and Gretel, Rumplestilskin, Beauty and the Beast, Humpty Dumpty, Chicken Little, Alice in Wonderland, Simple Simon, Rub-a-dub-dub.

The series grows in intensity as it goes and uses humor along the way. It has strong female characters, no graphic violence, no sexual content, and is loved by kids aged 9-15 and adults (written for both audiences). Loved by fans of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and Ranger’s Apprentice.

Awards and Accolades:
– Book 1 – Finalist for IAN’s Book of the Year 2015 in Young Adult
– Book 1 – Honorable Mention by Reader’s Favorite for their 2016 award for grades 4-6
– Book 1 – Calgary Herald best-sellers ’14, ’15
– Amazon #1 Best Seller in Steampunk, Fairy Tale

 

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Breadcrumb Trail

The Yellow Hoods #2
“A powerhouse of young adult fiction” – IndieImprint.com

In an act of desperation, Maxwell Watt entrusts his son to smuggle the completed steam engine to Nikolas Klaus, a master inventor in another kingdom. When the nefarious secret society, the Fare, learns the game-changing invention’s plans are en route, they accelerate their own scheme to neutralize to reclaim control over the kingdoms.

Meanwhile, after a decade of relative tranquility in Mineau, local children have started to go missing—again. Captain Archambault suspects the return of the disturbing and depraved Ginger Lady. With the help of Tee, Elly, and Richy—the Yellow Hoods—the search is on to find the missing children before it is too late.

What is the secret that ties one of the Yellow Hoods to the Ginger Lady?

Who are the Red Hoods?

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 All the King’s Men

The Yellow Hoods #3
“Truly masterful storytelling” – Goodreads.com
More than a hundred years ago, a king declared that all geniuses, scientists and inventors were abominations, save for those willing to become his Conventioneers. His edict spread like wildfire through the kingdoms, and drove the hunted into the arms of the secret societies, the Tub and the Fare.

Decades later, having taken control of the remains of the crushed Fare, a young Marcus Pieman follows up on rumors of a homeless, teenage Abominator in his city. When the scared Nikolas Klaus looked up at Marcus for the first time, a tremendous bond was forged.

A betrayal leads Tee to a showdown with her greatest foe. Who breaks and who lays bleeding in the middle of nowhere?

And Mounira learns the truth about the once great inventor, Christophe Creangle.

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 Beauties of the Beast

The Yellow Hoods #4
The Lady in Red’s revenge against the Piemans is nearly complete, and soon there will be no one to stop her. She’s ready for anything, except for the return of her long dead son. But is it really him?

Tee watches as the airships rain down fiery destruction. She adjusts the rocket-pack’s leather straps and glances over her shoulder. Her friends might never forgive her, but she can’t stand idly by any longer. In a blink, she’s thrown into the air. Then, the unthinkable happens—the rocket-pack comes off.

Who’s the new Yellow Hood? Who dies? And are the Piemans really down for the count?

Beauties of the Beast continues the thrilling ride from All the King’s-Men and will have you punching the air with joy and biting your nails in angst.

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The Day the Sky Fell

Yellow Hoods #5
The gripping adventure continues in this international best-selling Steampunk meets Fairy tale series!
As the shepherd watched the aerial bombardment of his village, he had no idea it would lead him to tip the scales in the war between Marcus Pieman and the Lady in Red.
Meanwhile, the Yellow Hoods, along with the meager remains of the Tub, race to rescue Nikolas Klaus before it’s too late. Who will betray them, and who will be murdered?
The Day the Sky Fell picks up where Beauties of the Beast left off, and brings an epic finale to the series. But is this truly the end of the Yellow Hoods? Find out!

 

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Chapter – Air Apparent

“Slowly,” yelled Abeland to his crew through a bullhorn as the Hotaru lowered. “Keep those turbines synchronized. We don’t want to lurch to the left like we did the last time we landed. After a perfect combat test like that, I’d like a perfect landing. Everyone ready?”

“Aye!” yelled back his crew.

“Cheeky monkeys,” replied Abeland with a laugh. “Are you all pirates now? Stay focused.” He put the bullhorn aside and placed his leather-gloved hands on two longer, bronze levers among the dozen before him. Then he looked over his shoulder at his crew of eight, everyone at their positions, each by a turbine or large, magnetic-coil gun. The engineer sat at the back, an array of silver bells and levers in front of him, just like Abeland’s, and a cabin door behind him.

The Hotaru eased below the tree-line and wobbled delicately over the railroad platform, its turbines still belting out a deep, rhythmic thumping sound.

He pulled one of the levers and grabbed his bullhorn, which was roped to the console of meters and gauges above the bells. “Are we ready to drop the ropes?”

A member of his crew peeked over the bow of the Hotaru and gave him a hand sign of two fingers straight up.

“Good. Then ropes away!” Abeland pulled the lever.

The crew below grabbed the ropes.

Abeland looked at the silver bells and their cryptic labels. He plucked out one and gave it a ring.

The engineer rang his confirming bell, and the turbines slowed even more.

“While the Skyfallers are clumsy and sluggish, the one thing I’ll give the Lady in Red,” said Abeland to himself, “is that it was genius to move airships by rail. I don’t mind stealing that, given that we built the yigging rail system.”

The Hotaru banged back and forth as it fit into place.

He smiled at the sound of the engines shutting down, and the wub-wub sound of the turbines slowly giving way to the sounds of people working furiously. With a satisfied sigh, he bent down and picked up his metal and glass breathing helmet, and detached its hose from the deck floor.

“All clear?” called someone from the ground.

“All clear,” yelled back Abeland.

A second later, ladders were leaned against the Hotaru and a team of engineers and support staff climbed aboard.

“And?” asked the chief engineer, suddenly appearing in front of Abeland.

“You know, if I didn’t know better, I’d think you were trying to give me a heart attack.”

The short, grey-haired man smiled. “You Piemans are hard to kill.”

“That we are,” replied Abeland with a smile. He handed over the helmet. “On the positive side, the breathing apparatus worked beautifully this time. I had no problem getting air from the tanks below deck. Check with everyone else that they found it better, but I believe we’ve solved the problems of altitude. Now, if you could do something about the glass before my eyes fogging up when we go into the clouds, that would be wonderful.”

“You what? You’re… I’m sorry, but these aren’t designed for that purpose.”

“How will we know our limits if we don’t test them?”

“Is plummeting out of the sky to your death a reasonable outcome then?”

Abeland raised an eyebrow and slapped a hand on the man’s shoulder. “Isn’t science about learning from what we do and engineering about ensuring we don’t die while we do it? And are you not my chief engineer?”

The man glared at Abeland.

“I’m glad we understand each other.” Abeland offered a half-grin.

“Any other impossible tasks you’d like me to contend with?”

“We need to boost the speed of the Hotarus. Maybe by… twenty percent?”

“Why not just say a thousand?”

Abeland gave the man a sharp look. “Because I know you can do twenty percent. The steam engine’s not at maximum efficiency. I can feel the vibrations and loss of energy when we try to give her all she’s got. Also, I think that finding a way to rotate the turbines, so they can push us along, not just give us some lift, could go a long way. It doesn’t need to be much, just a bit more. It would do wonders.”

“Hmm…” The chief engineer scratched his head. “I’m not promising anything, but I’ll give that some thought.”

“That’s all I’m asking for.”

The chief engineer grumbled and marched off.

Abeland took off his gloves and stuffed them into the pockets of his long, brown coat. After a satisfied glance at all the activity, he disembarked and started walking southwards along the rail lines.

As he left the bustle behind him, he thought about Caterina, also known as the Lady in Red. Recent reports about her steam engine trains and new Skyfallers were disturbing and indicated potential to reduce the Piemans’ advantage significantly. Worse was the news that the Lady in Red had not only had the Council of the Fare murdered, but Caterina had managed to get most of the Fare’s factions to pledge themselves to her. Her forces and spy network were quickly matching that of the Piemans, and her financial resources were significantly stronger.

He stared up at the sky, thinking.

“You have that sour face, Uncle,” said Richelle, stepping off a rail-raft and waving off her four soldiers. She was wearing a dark brown jacket and pants, with black boots and her trademark red hood.

“Did I really not hear that approach?” he asked, surprised, as the soldiers pumped the rail-raft off to join the Hotarus’ train.

“It’s not the first time I’ve caught you lost in thought lately.”

He grimaced. “It doesn’t matter that the Hotarus are still a hundred times better than the Skyfallers, the only captains we have are you and me. Everyone I’ve tried to train has nearly cost us a Hotaru. They just cannot think in three dimensions.”

“Hmm,” said Richelle.

Abeland kicked at the ground. “Even if each Hotaru can take out a dozen of Caterina’s airships, she’ll overwhelm us given the latest numbers I received.”

“Well, I have a lead on someone I think might be able to be a third captain,” said Richelle. “They’ve proven themselves to be… very adaptable.”

Abeland raised an eyebrow.

“I won’t be saying a word more about it until I know that they are on board.” She started walking back to the Hotaru; Abeland followed. “How did the ship handle this time?”

“Honestly?” he said looking back, “I’m rather pleased. The latest set of changes had exactly the effect we wanted. The MCM engines now provide the extra boost we need to get in the air more quickly, and once the steam engine takes over, the MCMs allow our weapons to fire and reload quickly.”

“I still think the single best improvement was painting the bottom to look like a cloud in the sky,” said Richelle. “You are aware I originally meant it as a joke, are you not?”

“Some of the best truths lie in jest. On another note, we downed an actual Skyfaller,” said Abeland.

“Pardon?” said Richelle, stopping in her tracks.

“We found it and followed it from a distance until it bombed some small mountain village a few dozen miles from here. We blew it right out of the sky before it even knew what was happening.”

A huge smile crossed Richelle’s face. “So, the magnetic coil weapons work?”

“Magnificently.” He motioned for her to continue walking. “Now, you find us some captains, and I will get more Hotarus ready. Then when we hear back from Father, we’ll be ready.”

Richelle took a deep breath. “Are you worried about this Trial by Royals? It’s been more than a hundred years since leaders from throughout the continent have come together to judge another leader’s crimes. There are no real rules, from what I hear. Never mind that Opa has a lot of enemies these days, the Lady in Red’s got some serious influence over many royal families, never mind having the entire original Fare under her command.”

“Concerned, yes. Worried, no. I’ve learned never to underestimate my father. He’s already caused Caterina no end of frustration. First, she tried to execute him, but he forced a trial. I suspect next he’ll find a way to avoid the trial altogether.”

“She won’t lose well,” said Richelle, evaporating Abeland’s good mood.

He glanced about. “No, and we’ll need to be ready. Any word about the remains of the Tub?”

Richelle shook her head. “There are rumors that the Butcher and Baker have been active near Relna, but nothing significant. Maybe it’s the last, desperate flail of a dead secret society. Like Caterina’s will be soon enough.”

Chapter Three – Whispers to Fear

Tee peeked out from behind a big pine tree. She pulled her yellow hood back down over her face. “I don’t see them,” she whispered to Alex.

The fifteen-year-old towered over her, standing right beside her.

He was dressed in his daily garb of a worn, green, long coat and high-collar shirt. The cuffs and elbows of their clothes were threadbare, and the stains and small tears told much of the story of the past two months since Kar’m.

The dense forest was carpeted with autumn leaves of all shapes and colors. The majestic trees seemed innocent of it all, with the canopy high overhead still thick and blocking some of the afternoon sun.

A rifle crackled in the distance.

“That was further away than the last time,” said Alex, his Enderian accent crisp and sharp. He tugged on his cuffs and pulled up his coat’s collar. His chin raised, he scowled at the landscape.

“See, I told you they’d go the wrong way,” said Tee, leaning against the trunk of the tree. She pulled back her yellow hood and put down the leather sack. She slid her backpack to the ground, rolling her shoulders in relief. “I have to admit that was more of a chase than I was hoping for.”

Alex grumbled, running a hand through his short, tight-curled, black hair. “These missions the leaders of the Tub have been sending us on are getting more and more dangerous. We shouldn’t be doing them.” He gave Tee a sideways glance. “There’s no Tub, so why are we doing their bidding?”

“Because that’s the only way we’re going to get my grandpapa back or see any of our families again.”

Alex bristled. “If they wanted to save Nikolas Klaus, then I believe they would have already done so. That Madame DeBoeuf, Elly’s supposed grandmother, she has many plans.”

Tee raised an eyebrow. “What are you talking about?”

His face tensed, and he turned away. “Nothing. I’m sure she promises everyone something to keep them in check.”

“Alex, what’s going on?”

He shrugged.

Tee shook her head. “I don’t like that they’ve been keeping us all apart. Madame DeBoeuf, in particular, has been preventing any of us from having any time alone, but I think it’s because she’s worried about our safety.”

“Are you that naive?”

“Excuse me?” snapped Tee. “I’m going to do whatever it takes to save my grandpapa, and I have complete faith in my other grandfather, Sam.”

Alex licked his lips and looked at Tee. “I would like Nikolas Klaus to be free; I do. He sounds like a splendid man. But I am not sure I’m willing to risk my life for his.”

“Ah. Wow.” Tee checked the cable that ran from her armband grapnel device to the backpack. “We’re all on the same side you know.”

He slowly shook his head back and forth. “I’m not sure. I believe if the Butcher and Baker wanted to save Nikolas Klaus, they would have done it weeks ago.”

Tee’s face twitched. “Is it true that when you were paired with Elly a few days ago, you basically sat out and she had to do everything? She mentioned it quickly before we left, but I couldn’t quite believe you’d do that, until now.”

Alex nervously brushed his sleeves. “We were asked to break the law, to steal maps from a cartographer. And those maps didn’t seem to have anything to do with freeing your grandfather. We didn’t even leave any money to pay for them. That’s wrong.” He gestured about. “Don’t you see how they’re warping our sense of what’s right and wrong? I mean, you still have not said anything about regretting killing those men at Kar’m.” His eyes welled up. “How can you live with yourself?”

Tee stood up and shoved Alex with one hand. “You’ve got some nerve.”

“It’s the truth, Tee. I haven’t said anything because I hoped to hear it come from you, but I no longer believe it will. I thought you were an honest and honorable person. But you killed those men when you threw them off that airship.”

She glared at him and went nose to nose with him. “They were killing good people. They were going to kill us. I did my best to make them stop, and if some of them died in the process, that’s what happens.”

Sorrow was written all over Alex’s face. “How can you be okay with that?”

“I don’t know what life was like growing up with your uncle as king, Alex, and I’m sorry you had to flee your homeland, but where I grew up, if a wolf attacks you, you do what you must to survive. If there’s no cruelty or malice in your heart, then you didn’t do anything wrong.”

He bit his lip and looked down.

Tee took out a thin leather strip and tied her hair back. She stared at him all the while. “So, you think I’m a killer? Or is this a twisted-up sense of being homesick?” She slid her backpack on again.

He stared quietly at her.

She took a big breath. “I’m going to pretend this conversation didn’t happen. I’m going to pretend that you’re just freaked out because there are men with guns hunting for us.”

Tee pulled back the white sleeve of her blouse. Studying the gauges on her grapnel-armband, she turned a dial until she was happy with the readings. “Give me a second to finish recalibrating this.”

Alex shrugged. “Anyway, shouldn’t we be scurrying along to the rendezvous point? We’re supposed to meet Monsieur Baker and Richy a mile or two from here, aren’t we?” He pulled out a compass. “It’s that way.”

Tee picked up the leather sack and slung it over her shoulder. “You don’t want to wear the yellow cloak, fine. But don’t judge what I do from your moral tower. You’re down here with me, and if you’ve got any better ideas, then share them.” She wrinkled her nose.

“I thought you were going to pretend many things?”

The edge of Tee’s mouth curled into a snarl. “Now I will. Let’s get moving.”

After walking in silence for several minutes, Alex broke the silence. “As the King of Endera, my uncle avoided wars with his neighbors despite the often prodding from war-mongers and the nefarious secret societies. He said they whispered poison and could spin one’s moral compass.”

Tee cleared her throat, her fists tightening around the sack and the strap of her backpack. “Drop it Alex. You have no idea what you’re talking about.”

“Then what’s in the sack? Where did they send Amami? Why did Madame DeBoeuf send Mounira off to stay with Christina Creangle and the Moufan-Men?”

Tee glared at him.

“It was like when she sent Bakon and Egelina-Marie out west. She did it then told us. She claims it was because she didn’t want a little child getting hurt, but Mounira was the only one hitting the Butcher with questions.”

They jumped as a shot rang out.

“That was close by,” whispered Tee, pulling her hood up and crouching down.

Alex leaned against a tree and pointed. “Did it come from that direction?”

“I don’t know.” Tee squinted and surveyed the area.

The air crackled with another rifle shot.

“That was even closer.” Sweat beaded on Alex’s forehead.

“Where are they?” Tee’s leg bounced with anticipation. “They’re probably a hundred and fifty yards or so. Let’s go this way.” She stood up and took his arm.

“How can you estimate like that?” asked Alex.

“We did it in our lessons. Didn’t you learn that in—what’s it called?—school?”

“No.”

She scoffed. “Well, maybe we’re not the barbarian brutes you secretly think we are.”

Two more shots rang out, one taking a chunk out of a nearby tree.

“Let’s get out of here,” said Tee, running and pulling him along.

Alex looked back over his shoulder. “I can see something moving.”

“Eyes up ahead. Run and live, look and die. That’s what Amami says.”

“I don’t think we’re going to outrun them this time. We had the rain last time to help us lose them,” said Alex, his voice laced with panic, his hands slick and shaking.

Tee changed their course sharply.

“Why this way?”

She craned her neck to stare upwards. “Do you see something shiny up there?”

“What are you looking for?” Alex glanced about.

“I think it’s a canopy bridge. Elly, Richy, and I found some a while back when we dealt with the Ginger Lady. Grab on to me,” said Tee, pulling back her sleeve and fidgeting with her armband.

“What are you doing?”

“We’re going to test out the latest edition of this contraption of mine and hopefully not die. How strong is that belt of yours?” She pointed her armband upwards.

“I don’t understand,” said Alex, his arms outstretched, his eyes wide and wild.

Tee pulled him right up to her and glared. He grabbed on to her, and she fired the grapnel up into the air. “Hang on!”

They zoomed through the air until they came right up to the metal canopy bridge. It was covered in leaves and branches.

“Climb around the edge and onto the bridge.”

“What are we doing?”

“Please, just do what I’m asking.”

“Is this safe?”

“Now’s not really a great time to be asking that,” said Tee, looking below for their pursuers.

“This is what I’m talking about. How is this the type of thing that a young lady should be doing? This is lunacy. The Tub makes you think this is normal,” said Alex, getting a firm hold of the metal slats and carefully making his way up and over the side of the canopy bridge. “How do you even know about this thing?”

Shaking her head at him, she freed the grapnel. “Good, it’s still usable.” She then turned two knobs on her armband, and the cable started reversing. Sliding her backpack off, she began feeding the cable carefully back into it.

“What are you doing?”

“Getting it ready in case we need it again. By the way, we have company.” She pointed downwards at the confused Red Hoods who were walking about, weapons out, cursing.

Alex looked at the fifty yards of bridge that headed off to the east, and then the same distance to the west. “This is huge.”

“Yeah, pretty big,” she said, finishing up with the cable and closing her backpack.

“Which way are we supposed to go?”

“Shh. Nowhere, yet. We don’t want to make noise and tell them where we are. Also… I don’t know anything about this bridge. For all I know, it could fall apart as we run on it. I’ve done the dangling in front of bad guys thing before, not my favorite moment.”

“What?” Alex put his head in his hands. “Can you just be serious?”

“I could, but since Elly’s not here, someone needs to be snarky,” said Tee, watching the Red Hoods below.

One raised his pistol and shot into the air randomly. He waited then fired another shot in a different direction.

Tee glanced at Alex, whose face was flush and whose head kept shaking back and forth. “We’re going to be okay.” She put a hand on his arm. “Really.”

“This isn’t what I was raised for. I’m supposed to be in a royal court. I’m supposed to be studying and inventing, maybe leading conventioneers someday. Not hiding in trees and running from agents of the One True Fare.” He stared at her, tears of terror in his eyes. “What are we even doing here?”

“You flew in the air to save me, remember?”

“I wasn’t thinking then; I am now.”

“Then just stop thinking. Breathe, and just be. We’re here and we’re going to be okay.” She pointed to one of the ends of the canopy bridge. “Over there is either a ladder down or another bridge and then a ladder down to the ground. In two minutes, we’re going to be on our way.”

Alex tapped his fingertips on his forehead.

“Okay?”

His eyes met hers. “I am okay. What do we need to do?”

The Red Hoods fired another shot, this one ricocheting off a nearby piece of the canopy bridge.

Tee and Alex froze, staring at each other. They could hear the confused Red Hoods below.

“I can’t understand what they’re saying,” said Tee.

Alex put a finger to his lips, his eyes moving side to side intently.

Tee waited anxiously, scouring the landscape for more signs of trouble. After a minute, she pulled out the pocket watch her granddad, Sam Baker, had given her.

Alex put his hands over the pocket watch as he continued to listen intently.

Glancing down, Tee noticed one of the Red Hoods pointing a rifle in the air. She grabbed Alex, making sure her yellow cloak was underneath them.

“What?”

A shot rang out.

“Yigging pargo,” cursed Tee, letting Alex go. She rubbed her back. “That stings.”

They peeked down and watched as the Red Hoods threw up their hands and started walking off.

Tee patted Alex on the sleeve. “See, we’re okay.” She groaned. “Not great, but okay.”

“Yeah,” said Alex, standing and holding on to the tree-branch-covered railings of the canopy bridge.

“What did they say?” asked Tee, standing up and motioning for him to start moving.

“They said some things that didn’t make sense. I think they were mixing in a language I didn’t recognize—or maybe they were military words? One thing seemed important to them: having seen a Yellow Hood. There’s a bounty from someone named Lou.”

Tee grabbed Alex’s arm.

He turned to see her face was pale. “What is it?”

“LeLoup. Did they say LeLoup?”

He shrugged. “Maybe. Why? It doesn’t matter; they’re gone.”

“No. It matters. Did they say LeLoup?” she asked, her face inches away from his.

Alex frowned at her and peeled her fingers off his sleeve. “I don’t know. I’m perplexed why this is so important to you.”

“He’s the guy who shot Elly. Who Richy, Elly, and I first tangled with.”

Alex straightened his collar and shook his head. “It’s most likely someone else. You are simply paranoid.”

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Adam Dreece kicked off his indie author career with his best-selling steampunk meets fairy tale series, The Yellow Hoods, which struck a chord with kids 9-15 and adults. After four books in the series, the former software architect put out two more young adult books, the post-apocalyptic fantasy book The Wizard Killer – Season One, and then his science fiction novel, The Man of Cloud 9. The first two novels in The Yellow Hoods series, as well as The Wizard Killer, have been finalists for Book of the Year awards from the Independent Author’s Network.

When he’s not working on his next book, Adam can be found giving talks at schools, libraries, associations, as well as comic-con type events like CalgaryExpo and FanExpoCanada on subjects from how to get one’s ideas out and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, to how to give a successful book signing.

Along the way, Adam has faced many challenges, including working around his Dyslexia (reading and writing disorder), and needing to be ruthless with his time and energy in face of his severe asthma and chronic abdominal scar pain. He’s become an inspiration to some, and a symbol of tenacious hard work to others.

He lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with his wife and children. He is an active online mentor at adamdreece.com, and is a busy public speaker, panelist, and author in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

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Book Tour + Review: Kat, the 6th Turn by Ren Garcia

Kat, the 6th Turn by Ren Garcia

Published by: Loconeal Publishing, LLC

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Space Opera

 This book will be published next year, in the meantime find all of  Author Ren Garcia’s books, and the first books in this series, below.

 About the book:

Lord Belmont’s life ended in Clovis, in the impenetrable darkness beneath the ground where forbidden rites were once held. Lady Gwendolyn was his love, body and soul, and the Demon in Blue Light killed her.

Every year, on the anniversary of Gwen’s death, he returned to Clovis to stand in the cold desolation, hearing the wind moan through the lonely passes, feeling her loss all over again.

On this anniversary, he wasn’t alone in Clovis. He heard the noises rustling in the brush. He smelled the raw river of Shadow tech. Then he saw it:

The claws …
The flicking tail …
The maniacal, glittering eyes fixed on him …
“I’ve been waiting for you,” it said in a grating voice as it attacked.
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Far away, across the cosmos in a city of wondrous crystal towers, two people watch in horror as the desperate scene at Clovis unfolds. They had worked so hard, sacrificed so much, even argued for it before the gods. They convinced the gods they were right, that they knew best, and everything would go well.

But, things weren’t going well at Clovis.

If this situation went poorly, then ages worth of work would be lost, and, just possibly, the universe might come to an end.

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“Tell me, what is ‘love’?” The Autocon despised the question. Every day it would offer a different answer. “Something that has no relevance.” What is love? “Love is a rotten piece of devoured fruit that will not digest and will not be expelled without assistance.” What is love? “A fatal envenomation that leads to hallucinations, nausea, insanity and then death.” Kat laughed. “I believe you have no idea what love is. You’ve answered all my other questions or demanded I venture into the depths; why not this one? Love must be truly grand if it’s unknown to you.”

When you read something that pulls at your heart, there is a longing for a happily ever after. Whether torment or unbearable emotional turmoil, the characters seem to call out for empathy or rather just sympathy without directly asking for it. Garcia never fails to provide that one character within all of his books, the one character that the reader can really relate to and cheer on—in their own way. In this part of the series, Kat is the beloved character who faces many obstacles—while figuring out who she is.

 

Kat is a crawler, a ‘nobody’ who was meant solely to farm shadow tech for the Black Hats. The pain that she suffered is hard to read about, but proves that she has strength to endure the hand that she is dealt. Upon the request of two ‘gods’ in green, she and three other crawlers are taken from their darkness and released onto a land called Clovis. Even though this place is filled with evil, Kat and her sisters find solace for a little while. They bask in the sun, bathe in the cistern, and stay away from the voice that whispers to them when they get too close to the catacombs. Only one sister is unable to escape the black hat way—it feeds off of her, pitting her against her sisters—causing an ultimate destruction to their bond, death to all but Kat. When the ‘gods’ return to her, they tell her that she is to wait for her man…so she waits until the fateful day that Stenstrom comes flying down in his rip car.

 

In other universes, Bel is meant to be with Gwen—but a demon has killed her in Clovis, the one place where he finds Kat. His last visit is meant to finally say goodbye to her, but then an annoyingly, arrogant, seemingly black hat that crawls on hands and feet with a shadow tech tail deviates his plan. She reeks of meat and has no manners. She is childish and asks so many questions. Striking up a deal, they mutually agree to dinner back in Tyrol in exchange for information about the demon who killed Gwen. What neither of them know, is that Gwen’s death has caused the universe to be altered—dangerously close to becoming obsolete. Can Stenstrom and Kat…with the help of others…set their universe right? They must minutely alter different relationships within other universes, in order to keep the short-lived bond that they have each found in each other.

 

Garcia has an incredible novel, one with superb character development, phenomenal world building, and well-written words. He writes with such a creative mind—everything is so different, original and exciting. Everything is explained, easy to understand and can be read as a standalone—however, it would be beneficial to begin with The Shadow Tech Goddess to understand certain characters within this story and how they have changed from other realities. If you are a reader of fantasy and science fiction, this may be perfect for you. It is strongly advised that since this is classified as dark fantasy, it is not recommended for children or teens due to content.

 

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Kat, the 6th Turn by Ren Garcia.

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 About the author:

Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative “League of Elder” book series is published by Loconeal Publishing.

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They say opposites attract –
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THE STUFF OF LEGEND
GRETA VAN DER ROL
Series: Ptorix Empire # 5
Genre: Science Fiction Romance, Space Opera
Publisher: Pronoun
Publication Date: January 25, 2017
When history professor Olivia Jhutta receives a distress call from her parents, she sets out into space with their business partner, her grandmother and injured Confederacy Admiral Jak Prentiss to find them. But she’s not the only one interested in the Jhutta’s whereabouts. The Helicronians believe Olivia’s parents have found an ancient weapon which they can use to wage war on the Confederacy.
Jak goes on the trip to fill in time while he’s on enforced leave, helping Olivia follow cryptic clues in what he considers an interplanetary wild goose chase in search of a fairy story. But as the journey progresses and legend begins to merge with unsettling fact, Olivia and Jak must resolve their differences and work together if they are to survive. The two are poles apart… but it’s said opposites attract. If they can manage to stay alive.
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Inter-species war looms. In a race against time, ex-admiral Saahren must convince Allysha to set aside her conflicted emotions about him to help him prevent the coming conflagration. And perhaps while he’s doing that, he’ll win back the only woman he’s ever loved.
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Hi, I’m Greta van der Rol. I’m a writer, photographer, animal lover, and space nut. Most of my books are space opera with a dollop of romance – but I’ve written two paranormal novels featuring weretigers, and one historical fiction.
I live with my husband not far from the beach in Queensland, Australia. When I’m not writing I take photographs of nature and animals, and now and then I do some cooking.
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Review: The Fire Test by E.R. Ross

ABOUT THE BOOK: Can the students discover the impostor before it’s too late?

Lace Labrencias is the princess of a small country the ruthless King James is about to invade, and she’ll stop at nothing to keep her people safe. She’s a powerful but inexperienced mage, with the ability to see and control auras, but she knows her magical gift could be much more.

So when a legendary mage invites her to attend his Magic Academy, she eagerly accepts. But once she arrives at the location, she is transported into a dangerous labyrinth. What’s worse—her magical abilities are gone. What’s even worse—she’s trapped in the maze with seven others claiming to be students—and deadly traps will keep coming unless they find out who the impostor is. Is it the child who is more than she appears, the mute gladiator, the nature-controlling witch, the prejudice Queen, the too-cheerful healer, the arrogant pirate, or the handsome, dangerous monk who has a mysterious tie to Lace?

This exciting fantasy romance is the first book in the Magic Academy series.

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Arif immediately jumped into it and Violet followed. Soon they were all in safety. Just as One Eye stepped out of the tiny space, there was a creaking noise and the wall slammed shut. Rocks smashed together. Lace met One Eye’s glance with a raised eyebrow. “Hope that wasn’t your lucky sword.” One Eye gripped the second saber at his belt. “Oh, that’s your lucky sword? Thank goodness.” He snorted, but a pleasant light danced in his eyes. Lace walked down the large hallway. A gust of wind tore through, whipping her skirt around her legs. She held her arms to her chest. Misty droplets sprayed over them. She turned and looked Arif up and down, a little smug. “Look who’s back.”

REVIEW: If you had the chance to go to a Magic Academy, where you could learn how to strengthen your power…in exchange for your help in executing the world’s darkest reign—would you do it? The world is becoming insufferable, difficult to live in because of the imminent danger threatening freedom, property, and survival. King James is the name that everyone fears in the dark. What decision would you make if you were offered a chance to protect those you loved against an evil so powerful that it may very well be unstoppable?

Lace, a princess of Zoto, has been provided an opportunity to train with one of the very best mages of her time. Her task is to fly to this Magic Academy where others around the regions will become students much like herself. When she arrives, she is mistakenly shot down by an arrow—but she is astonished to learn that she knows the man responsible. Finding no school anywhere in sight, both students become trapped in a portal of some sort, where they meet others who have traveled far to find the same school. Together, the students have to form an alliance in order to get out of the dangerous portal that keeps hurdling near impossible traps around every corner. Lace is unable to use her power, the ability to see auras of everyone who she has come in contact with. With no way of knowing who to trust, she must learn to use her instincts and decipher the best course of action. Everyone’s magical power has been taken from them when entering the portal—by someone very powerful who they have yet to identify. One of their powers can briefly be used, but it comes in dire times only. Fear is a powerful motivator, but will it be enough to trust the others when it comes to getting out alive?

Ross has an entertaining and impressive first installment. The character development and diversity are superb and the originality is credible. All of these characters seem to have their own stories, their own reasons for wanting to be a part of this Magic Academy. Most of the characters also give plenty of room for the reader to form an emotional bond to them in different ways. This story flows beautifully and is written extremely well, allowing the reader to find it easier to engage themselves in the world that has been created by this author. If you are a reader of Young Adult Fantasy, this may be perfect for you.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for The Fire Test by E.R. Ross.

Book Tour + Review: Stenibelle by Ren Garcia

 

THE 3rd TURN OF THE SHADOW TECH GODDESS

 The quest of Paymaster Stenstrom spans the planes, taking a bizarre turn in the 3rd universe, as there he is not an affluent man but a woman in desperate circumstances. Lady Stenibelle is imprisoned for her role in the Seeker Affair, is penniless, and her House of Belmont-South Tyrol is on the verge of extinction. Her spirit broken, Stenibelle is resigned to perform her sentence without fuss, do as she is told, and fade away in obscurity. However, fate is not yet finished with her. Stenibelle is in the gaze of hidden benefactors with ulterior motives. People claiming to be her dear friends come forward, yet she does not know them. The Quests of the Shadow tech Goddess proceed, and she must discover the hero that lies within or face total oblivion. The disgraced 30th daughter of the House of Belmont will either be the final stake driven into its dying heart, or the ray of light that comes to save it and all else that follows.

 

 

Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative “League of Elder” book series is published by Loconeal Publishing.

  



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Stenibelle was a master at turning invisible, of fading into the shadows. Her mother had taught her and her sisters the skill, and Stenibelle was the best at it, with Lyra a close second. Her fade could fool sophisticated scanning systems and even arcane seeing eyes. Morgan reached out and seized her by her shirt. She pulled her close and bared her teeth. “It doesn’t work on me, Bel. I can see you plain as day. Now what? Now what are you going to do?” Stenibelle had no idea what to do.

If you had knowledge that somewhere out in space, another world with another you existed and lived out their life similar to yours—how would that affect you? In this case, Garcia shares a classic, yet very creative alternate version of Stenstrom—a character from another book in the League of Elder series called The Shadow Tech Goddess. This story follows right along with that one, but everything is slightly a bit different in this reality. For instance, Stenstrom was a man and Stenibelle is a woman. Lt Gwendolyn is Fleet personnel; however, she is the reason for Stenibelle’s loss of chair on the Seeker as well as her imprisonment. Professor Hannah Ben Shurlamp is a different character as well, searching for a different Elder planet than the one in the other story. With these characters being the same, yet adventures and personalities different—Garcia has an entertaining, shorter story. Readers who love his writing will really enjoy this one.

Stenibelle begins her journey imprisoned. Lt Gwendolyn is the reason for her loss of title, her dignity, her house and the hatred of some of her family members. After a visit from a benefactor, she is freed from prison and then provided a very specific task by a famous Professor Hannah-Ben Shurlamp. This Professor has the money and the mind set to make things happen, so Stenibelle agrees to the task of finding a planet called Cammara—especially after she realizes that there is absolutely no way to get out of her predicament. She can either go back to prison, losing everything if she refuses the professor—or she can find this Elder planet called Cammara by jumping on the George Parr and finding the information from Caroline of Melaazar. Two people who claim to be her friends from an alternate reality, come to help her on her journey—also claiming that whatever she does in this reality will affect the outcome of others as well. Stenibelle is then faced with hospitilar Morgan-Jeterix, who shows her what fear truly is, knocking her down and suffocating her with the ultimate terror of who she truly is, the monster that comes out if she is not careful. She tells Stenibelle that if she can get up off of the ground, face that fear—then she can do anything. Fighting to get up, she understands that there is a lot to be lost—she has to complete her mission. Can Stenibelle find the information that she needs to provide to the Professor? Can she save her House of Belmont-South Tyrol?

Garcia writes with such a creative mind—everything is so different, original and totally entertaining and new. The story has superb character development and is written well. It is a bit shorter than the other books in the series, but there is not really a change in pace or fluidity. Everything is explained, easy to understand and can be read as a standalone—however, it would be beneficial to begin with The Shadow Tech Goddess to understand certain characters within this story and how they have changed from other realities. If you are a reader of fantasy and science fiction, this may be perfect for you. It is strongly advised that since this is classified as dark fantasy, it is not recommended for children or teens due to content.

A paperback copy of this book was purchased by Turning Another Page from the author. We provide a five-star rating for Stenibelle by Ren Garcia.

 

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