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Audiobook Blog Tour + Review: Corruption by Adam Vine

Author: Adam Vine

Narrator: Kevin Meyer

Series: Corruption Cycle, Book One

Length: 13 hours 57 minutes

Publisher: Lilydog Books

Released: July 18, 2017

Genre: Dark Fantasy

A dishonored swordsman running from his past.

A city shrouded in dark magic.

An antihero born.

Daniel Harper was champion, until a single mistake destroyed his fencing career forever. With nothing left to lose, he flees to Eastern Europe, where he can start over… where he can be someone else.

In the exotic, lantern-lit crevices of a nameless city, Daniel meets two people who open very different kinds of doors than the ones he is searching for: the troubled flower girl Kashka, who holds the key to a nightmarish otherworld; and the enigmatic street magician and self-professed love tourist Ink, who has the power to bend others to his will.

As Daniel plummets into a downward spiral of hedonism and dereliction, he is tormented by macabre visions of a frozen world in endless darkness where an evil tyrant has stolen the sun, where humanity’s remnants fight to scrape out a cruel existence underground, and wandering spirits inhabit the bodies of the recently deceased. Daniel is doomed to return to this Night Country every time he falls into a deep sleep. But the longer he spends there, the more Daniel realizes his curse is anything but an accident….

 

Adam Vine was born in Northern California. By day, he is a game writer and designer. He has lived in four countries and visited thirty. He is the author of two novels and many short stories. When he is not writing, he is traveling, reading something icky, or teaching himself to play his mandolin. He currently lives in Germany.

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Kevin Meyer is a devoted Midwesterner, raised in rural Wisconsin and transplanted to Tulsa, Oklahoma over three decades ago. A career-long voice-over and music radio guy, his iPhone playlist ranges from Alice Cooper and Waylon Jennings to Twenty One Pilots and The Zac Brown Band. Favorite reads are dominated by political biographies (Lincoln, Truman, Kennedy)… and Stephen King.

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Voyciek lowered the torch, then threw it down. He followed it in, landing six feet below on the lid of the slender crystal box lying half-buried at the bottom. No, not a box. A coffin. A grave, Katherine realized. Someone was buried under the altar. The death mask painted on the coffin’s lid in ripples of brilliant, dancing light depicted a man with a long, plain face. There were dreadlocks in his hair and beard, and his robes were simple, but there was a penetrating humility to his face that caught Katherine off guard. The People of the Sun buried their kings and queens in grand crypts full of riches and splendor, and their priests in the walls of their churches. Why would they bury this man somewhere no one could honor him, without so much as a grave marker, or even a name?

Living in a world that you don’t know much about is hard, but going to an alternate world in your dreams where nothing is as it should be, that is even harder. Daniel Harper, from California, has traveled to a place called Country for work. He meets a flower girl, named Kashka, who befriends him. He knew that she would change his life since he hadn’t dated anyone after his ex-girlfriend passed away two years ago, but with the existence of another world at the edge of his dreams? Vine has an interesting, yet very twisted storyline which makes the title of this book quite accurate.

Dan meets a magician named Ink and becomes obsessed with some nonsense that he seems to spew out during a drunken conversation about something called “the blot”. Not being told too much information, Dan comes to the realization that this conversation that he had with that fellow may not have been an idiocrasy after all. After sleeping with Kashka, his dreams become very vivid and he is able to travel to a foreign world called the Night Country where he has to stand with others against the one they call “the Crippled King”. The only thing is that when Dan awakes, he is feverish and becomes sick. Physical exhaustion takes hold of his body and starts to eat away at his mentality. Can Dan figure out why the sudden dreams are invading his sleep and how to stop his descent into madness before something bad happens, like imminent death?

Vine has an interesting and original story with Corruption. The book lacks character development, but other aspects like scenic detail are vivid and highly creative. Throughout the entirety of this audiobook, “he said this” but the character was actually a woman. This could have been common once upon a time, but really confusing in this setup of the story. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced but the narrator did not provide that excitement or call to action with this audiobook. He didn’t change his pitch and vocalization very much for the characters which made it a little difficult to distinguish when someone else was speaking in a conversation. Meyer’s representation of each character seemed to be lacking a little bit of muster and his pronunciations did not quite fit either! This review is complimenting the audiobook. If you are a reader of dark fantasy and post-apocalyptic science fiction, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first installment in the Corruption Cycle series, the reader can jump right in.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a three-star rating for Corruption by Adam Vine, narrated by Kevin Meyer.

 

Q&A with Author Adam Vine
  1. Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    1. No. I’m an independent author, so audiobooks are a “nice to have” rather than something I consciously plan on during the writing process. The audiobook for my first novel, Lurk has been successful – in large part due to the blog tour I did through Audiobookworm! – so doing another one for Corruption seemed reasonable.
  2. How did you select your narrator?
    1. For my first book, I received a bunch of auditions and chose the guy who had the best voice for the job and seemed the most professional to work with. Since I had a great experience with him the first time around, I didn’t hold auditions for my next book. I reached out and asked if he’d be interested in working together again, and he accepted.
  3. How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process?
    1. Quite closely, but I don’t micro-manage. He went through the manuscript and we did a feedback round. Then he recorded the book, and I listened to each completed section and noted a few pickups needed, mostly technical errors, as I want my narrator to have as much creative control as possible over their part of the project.
  4. Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    1. Not so much the characters, but because Corruption is a fantasy book based in Eastern Europe that draws heavily from Slavic and Northern European mythology, we did agree on a “pronunciation canon” before recording.
  5. Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    1. Yes. I’ve spent about four years of my life living abroad outside the United States, with three of those years in Eastern Europe. The name of the country Corruption is set in is not given – it is simply referred to as “the Country” – mostly because I wanted the authorial freedom to change things or play around with the setting as needed, but also because I wanted to make it clear this is a fantasy novel – it is not an autobiography. However, certain aspects of the story were inspired by things I experienced during my Eastern European excursions.
  6. If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    1. I would go back to my childhood and start the disciplines I am pursuing now much earlier.
  7. If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
    1. I would want Dan Harper, the protagonist of Corruption to be played by a handsome everyman type of guy – maybe James Franco. For Kashka, I would choose a native Polish or Ukrainian actress, and select for one who could play up the more toxic aspects of her relationship with Dan. For Zaea, I would choose an actress who is both regal and vulnerable. Emilia Clarke would be my first pic. Not sure who could play Ink.
  8. What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
    1. I say they’re not living life. Why read one book when you can read one book and listen another? Double your efficiency, haters.
  9. How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    1. I went out with my friends for a beer. I currently live in Germany, so we do this even when there isn’t a reason to celebrate.
  10. What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    1. Write one to two thousand words every day, five days a week, and don’t stop to tinker until you finish the story.

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Adam Vine’s Top 10 Favorite Dark Fantasies

 

  1. The Book of the New Sun – Gene Wolfe
  2. A Song of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin
  3. Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov]
  4. The Black Company – Glen Cook

  5. The Inferno – Dante

  6. The Heroes – Joe Abercrombie

  7. The Witcher Saga – Andrzej Sapkowski

  8. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

  9. The Vagrant – Peter Newman

  10. Kings of the Wyld – Nicholas Eames

 

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Audiobook Blog Tour + Review: The Magic Thief by Diane Moat

Author: Diane Moat

Narrator: Barbara Goldie

Series: The Magic Thief, Book One

Length: 4 hours 3 minutes

Publisher: Diane Moat

Released: Aug. 3, 2017

Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy

 

 

Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.

Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.

Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.

In order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

 

Diane Moat lives in Tennessee and works as a nurse and legal professional. When not at work, she fosters Chihuahuas. Her six rescues inspired her to write The Supernatural Pet Sitter children’s series, which features a gnome who can communicate with animals.

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Barbara Goldie grew up in Northern Kentucky, and then moved to Texas for several years, before deciding to pursue her dreams and follow her heart to the other side of this great planet we call Earth! Now living in Auckland, New Zealand, she is married to her soulmate and is loving her new life. Already a very devoted full-time voice actress, she has just recently started adding audiobooks to her resume of voiceover projects.

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Walking downstairs now, Pepper thought about the rest of the story. Several local witches had gathered to figure out how the magic vanished. No one could explain why (or how) Frank’s magic had disappeared. Luna said later that something like this had never happened before. At first, the witches considered some mysterious virus, but that idea died down after weeks went by without another incident. Until now.

To be anything supernatural would be exciting, terrifying, and completely new! If you were born with it, it may not feel like such an incredible thing…but what if someone was taking it away? Would you reevaluate what you’ve been given? Would you want it gone? Most importantly, when someone tells you not to go searching out trouble on your own—would you listen? Pepper and Luna are the best of friends, a gnome and a witch—a friendship that is frowned upon by both communities. Can both girls figure out what is happening with their magic before they get into a lot of trouble for working together against their parents’ wishes?

Pepper is magic-born because a gnome will always have the capability of using magic. A witch on the other hand, is not magic-born—instead, they learn to channel magic from an early age through spells. Pepper gets a pet-sitting job in the neighborhood and learns that she can understand the familiars that she takes care of. A familiar is a magic pet of sorts, one that guides witches and warlocks. Pepper and Luna start feeling like they are being watched after a few of the familiars suddenly lose their magic. When that starts happening, not only do the familiars no longer have magic, but their owners lose theirs as well. After visiting with a few of her regulars, Pepper begins to figure out that someone may be steeling their magic, but who would want to hurt them by doing that?  

Moat has a superb story-line and exceptional character development. All of her characters are fun and entertaining with personalities that are enigmatic. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was highly entertaining. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. Goldie’s representation of each character seemed to be spot-on! If you are a reader of paranormal mystery and middle grade fantasy, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first installment in the Supernatural Pet Sitter series, the reader can jump right in.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, 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 Magic Thief by Diane Moat, narrated by Barbara Goldie.

 

Q&A with Author Diane Moat
  1. Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook. I researched ACX, and found good reviews for them. When I posted for applicants through ACX, on a lark, I had a dozen great voices with 15 minute trials posted within a day. It was actually the applicants who helped me learn what I needed. It became obvious who had the correct experience and equipment, and I was very lucky to find a great person who has narrated many books previously. We talked through what was needed and voila!
  2. Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format? Adventures and suspense, definitely!
  3. Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing? No, but it is now something I am thinking about as I write the third installment of this series.
  4. How did you select your narrator? ACX allows you to have multiple applicants, who all leave a 15 minute reading of the book. I loved how this narrator portrayed my main character.
  5. How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? We talked a bit after the 15 minute application, and otherwise the narrator has done great without a lot of direction. Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters? There were a few location and character names I had pronounced a certain way in my head, and we discussed that.
  6. Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing? When I was twelve, my grandfather died, which devastated me. I spent the summer at the library, living through books. I want to give kids who need an escape (or who are just bored) that same chance.
  7. How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing? After each book I give myself a month of not writing (even notes) at all. By the end of the month I am usually chomping at the bit to write something – anything!
  8. Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you? Yes, I love listening to audiobooks as I am driving/travelling. It makes the time pass much more quickly.
  9. Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format? I feel as if you might miss something in a book format, and it feels as if you “catch” a lot more with an audiobook.
  10. What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”? I would say they haven’t really tried it. If they have really tried several genres and still believe that, then that’s okay, but they shouldn’t look down on people who love audiobooks.
  11. How did you celebrate after finishing this novel? Pizza with my Chihuahuas.
  12. What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump? I do a lot of dog rescue. For either slump, I get out and volunteer. There is something about helping others (especially dogs) which clears out my head and let’s me get focused.
  13. In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series? Good question, I am struggling with that right now. A series is a lot more pressure. You need to be consistent with your characters and storyline. A series gives you more time to develop your story, with layers over time. A stand-alone novel though, lets you wrap everything up at once.
  14. What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors? Start somewhere, then try again and don’t give up. With all the ‘free’ advice out there, you don’t need training or classes to write.
  15. What’s next for you? I would like to have book #2 of The Supernatural Pet Sitter also turned into an audiobook.

 

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  1. Waffle fries or curly fries? Curly fries
  2. GIF with a hard g or soft g? Soft
  3. Fantasy or science-fiction? Fantasy
  4. Superman or Batman? Batman
  5. Text message or call? It depends on if we are friends. Friends call.
  6. Pancakes or waffles? Pancakes
  7. Doctor Who or the Walking Dead? Walking Dead
  8. TV Shows or movies? TV shows
  9. Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
  10. Alice in Wonderland or Robinson Crusoe? Robinson Crusoe
  11. Being too warm or too cold? Too cold
  12. Netflix or Hulu? Netflix
  13. Work Hard or Play Hard? Work hard
  14. Passenger or Driver? Driver!!
  15. Amusement Park or Day at the Beach? Beach
  16. Honesty or Other’s Feelings? Honesty
  17. Movie at Home or Movie at the Theater? Home

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Book Review: Donald Trump Plague Doctor by Caspar Vega

Donald Trump: Plague Doctor by Caspar Vega

Genre: SciFi, Time Travel

Publication Date: February 26, 2017

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A feverish Rubik’s Cube of pulp goodness that will wake you up from cryogenic sleep, put you into a spaceship, and leave you wondering what year it is.

 

Tremendous.

 

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REVIEW:

But there had never been a decline in actual people. In raw numbers, there were more of us than there ever had been. Until The Policy was instituted on Earth. The Policy was of course automatically assumed to also be valid on Mars once it was fully colonized. We’re fully on track to become the new Native Americans…” Sarge trails off, sounding stoic and melancholy.

In a world where anything is possible because of science, the mass of things that can be done is astounding and quite frightening. In this short story, Vega brings a bunch of different new and inventive concepts to light about the future in order to change our documented past of the Bubonic Plague.

 

With Donald Trump being the main character in this story, he is such a predominant figure in reality…it makes you question, why did Vega use this particular person to write a story about. So many readers have a very distinct view of who this person represents to them, being the President of the United States, a businessman, and now a Politician. So, now that readers know that this is a work of complete fiction…it is left up to them as to whether this story will resonate significance or not.

 

As an editor and proofreader, there are a vast amount of errors within the dialect and formatting of this story. It is evident that the creativity is there, but the light that Vega sheds on these characters do not make the readers able to relate to them much. In order to have a successful story, the reader must have some semblance of emotional connection to the characters that they are reading about. It is apparent that if the story was longer, the concepts and story-line that Vega introduces would have been explained a bit more, thus allowing readers to establish that connection. Everything seems more or less strewn together which distracts from what Vega’s main focus of writing this story is. If you are a reader of dark fantasy, futuristic science fiction, and time travel, this may be for you.

 

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Audiobook Blog Tour + Review: Aranya by Marc Secchia

Arayna, Shapeshifter Dragons, Book 1

Author: Marc Secchia

Narrator: Shiromi Arserio

Released: April 05, 2015

Genre: Fantasy

 

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Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom–the Island-Kingdom of Immadia.

Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter.

Marc Secchio

Marc is a South African-born dragon masquerading as an author, who loves writing about dragons and Africa, preferably both at the same time. He lives and works in Ethiopia with his wife and 4 children, 2 dogs and a variable number of marabou storks that roost on the acacia trees out back. On a good night there are also hyenas patrolling the back fence.

He’s the author of 21 fantasy books in 3 languages (2 more languages coming this year – watch this space!), including 8 rip-roaring dragon fantasy bestsellers. Dragonfriend won a Gold Award for Fantasy in the 2016 IPPY Book Awards. Look out for Whisper Alive, his latest release. The 4th tale in the Dragonfriend series, Dragonstar, is coming soon!

When he’s not writing about Africa or dragons Marc can be found travelling to remote locations. He thinks there’s nothing better than standing on a mountaintop wondering what lies over the next horizon.

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Shiromi Arserio

A native of London, England, Shiromi Arserio is a stage actor, voice talent and audiobook narrator. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.

 

In addition to narrating dozens of audiobooks, her voice can be heard in documentaries, e-learning projects and video games such as Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion. Shiromi currently resides in the Seattle area with her husband and her two furbabies.

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The great dirigibles, called Dragonships, shaded the castle with their oblong shadows. One hundred and fifty feet long, the huge, multi-segmented hydrogen sacks, surrounded by netting, supported a pod beneath for cargo or warriors—up to fifty men in ships as large as these. A Hammer per ship—that was the rule. Gantries ran the length of the starboard and port sides of the cabin. The fore and aft gantries usually held one or more war crossbows, huge weapons capable of shooting a six-foot quarrel accurately over distances of two hundred feet and more. The head of a screaming windroc, the symbol of Sylakia, was stitched upon their bulging sides, and adorned the breastplate of every Sylakian warrior. Archers bristled on the gantries overhead. The massive war crossbows were fully drawn, ready to rain burning missiles on the city at the slightest hint of resistance.

Can you imagine having the ability to shape shift into a dragon? Would it hurt? Would you feel powerful or lonely? Embarrassingly enough, what happens to your clothes? In this story, Aranya, the Princess of Immadia has been kidnapped from her father’s castle and stowed away with other princesses from far away lands. She has no idea how to escape and has nothing, but a fire in her heart. Secchia has a riveting and magical adventure that unfolds in your mind. An imaginative tale that will leave readers yearning for more of the world that he has created.

 

At first, Aranya has a rough time at making friends among the other princesses; one princess even challenges her to a duel. Aranya is peculiar and keeps to herself so she is easily picked on and rumors spread about sorcery. One strange feat about Aranya is that she has always had dreams of dragons. A black dragon, to be exact. She becomes feverish after putting all of her strength into healing the same princess who previously ridiculed her. Becoming fast friends, Aranya cannot bare to let her die as another victim to this evil man who keeps them as prisoners. Her fury grows steadily each day until she cannot contain the fire. After being accused of treason against the Sylvakian Empire, the man that she desires most is forced to throw her off of a cliff and into the Cloudlands. Chained so that she cannot break free from her descent, her body goes into shock and she enters her dream world once again. She dreams of flying. She dreams of dragons. Then after the fall…she wakes up, but how is she not dead? The world thinks that she is dead.

 

Secchia has a superb story-line and exceptional character development. All of his characters have such depth that will intrigue the reader and allow them to feel what the author conveys in his characters personalities and demeanor. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was highly entertaining. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. Arserio’s accent fits the story perfectly! If you are a reader of paranormal and young adult fantasy, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first installment in the Shapeshifter Dragons series, the reader can jump right in.

 

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, 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 Aranya by Marc Secchia, narrated by Shiromi Arserio.

 

 

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Book Tour + Review: A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber

A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber

A Downward Dog Mystery Book 2

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Women’s Fiction

Publication Date: June 7, 2017

 

Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery.

When Kate Davidson gets an offer to teach yoga classes to wedding guests at the Elysian Springs resort, she jumps at the opportunity, even though it means being forced to endure the wedding ceremony of the center’s two caretakers.

Avoiding the M-word turns out to be the least of Kate’s problems when a wedding guest is found floating face-down in the resort’s hot tub, shortly after a loud, public (and somewhat embarrassing) fight with Kate. The police pick Kate as their number-one suspect, so she’s forced to team up with boyfriend Michael, best friend Rene, and German shepherd sidekick Bella to find the real killer. But they’ll have to solve the murder before the police arrest Kate, or her next gig may last a lifetime-behind bars.

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REVIEW

My heart skipped a beat, and not in the titillating, romantic way Michael’s look might imply. Several yards away, a small, yapping, black and white Jack Russell terrier bounded along the beach—by himself. He was almost completely white, with black ears and a single black spot that covered his right eye. Cute, in an incorrigible pirate sort of way. At least 100 feet behind him walked, or more accurately teetered, a thin, blonde woman wearing spiky red heels, a leopard print miniskirt, and a disgusted frown. She held a cigarette in one hand and a cell phone in the other. I watched her pick her way through the seaweed, rocks, and other beach debris. My first thought was take a look at that woman’s outfit. She’s obviously not from Seattle. My second was and her dog’s about to get slaughtered.

Life throws curveballs when you least expect it to. This motto, if you believe in karma, is gold. When you want something, but become desperate to find it—the worst scenario possible is all too likely. If you are not looking for anything, the best things in life can be life altering and quite beautiful. Weber has an entertaining mystery comedy that will rope readers in and leave them wanting to read more.

What was thought to be a nice vacation and an easy work schedule turns out to be one of the worst decisions that Kate has ever made. Kate and Michael take Bella to a retreat so that Kate can help the bride and groom relax by holding some Yoga classes for the family. Kate typically is an easy going person, but her temper is on edge already. After walking Bella while waiting for the ferry, an obnoxiously well-dressed New-Yorker prances around on her phone, allowing her Jack Russell terrier to dominate the beach without a leash. Kate, knowing that Bella isn’t very friendly with other dogs, immediately tries to get her attention and miserably fails. After a round in the mud and being yanked like a rag-doll, Kate is finally able to get the woman to acknowledge her and get off of her phone. What a disaster! The woman sees no fault in her actions, by letting her dog run free on the beach with several people and animals milling around on leashes. With the hope that she’ll never see this woman again by the looks of her, Michael is able to calm Kate down once they get onto the ferry and headed to their destination. But, as always, Kate knows that nothing can ever go in her favor. Checking into their cabin, she finds the woman is there to attend the wedding and absolutely no one likes her, but she is the bride’s mother-in-law so everyone tries to make due with friendly attempts and staying out of her way…until she winds up dead. And what’s worse…Kate is the first on scene and becomes the prime suspect. 

Weber has a superb story-line and exceptional character development. All of her characters have such depth that will intrigue the reader and allow them to feel emotions like sympathy and determination. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was entertaining. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the second installment in the Downward Dog Mystery series, it is advised to read Murder Strikes a Pose as there are some references made back to that installment; however, this can be read as a standalone if desired.

A copy of this audiobook 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 A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The third book in her series, Karma’s a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.

 

Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house. 

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Book Review: Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection by Barbara Venkataraman

 

Jaime Quinn Mystery Collection

Box Set Books 1-3

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publication Date: December 17, 2015

Ms. Venkataraman weaves her mysteries with intricate relationships of friends and family. Her stories feel real, with hard core details and interesting twists. ~Ocean Pearl Books Blog~

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

‘Books 1-3 of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Series! Including:

“Death by Didgeridoo”-Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It’s up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it’s too late. It doesn’t help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn’t commit.

“The Case of the Killer Divorce”-Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, has returned to her family law practice after a hiatus due to the death of her mother. It’s business as usual until a bitter divorce case turns into a murder investigation, and Jamie’s client becomes the prime suspect. When she can’t untangle truth from lies, Jamie enlists the help of Duke Broussard, her favorite private investigator, to try to clear her client’s name. And she’s hoping that, in his spare time, he can help her find her long-lost father.

“Peril in the Park”-There’s big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn’s boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can’t figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because there’s a dead guy in the park and Kip has gone missing! With the help of her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie must race the clock to find Kip before it’s too late.

A preview of the next Jamie Quinn Mystery, “Engaged in Danger,” can be found at the end of the book.

 

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REVIEW:

What scared me the most, starting out as a new lawyer, was that I couldn’t begin to fathom the depths of my ignorance. The more I learned, the more I realized how much I didn’t know. I’ve heard law schools actually teach students how to practice law these days, and not just about research and writing. Well, it’s about damn time, I say. Now that I’ve been practicing law for ten years, I know what to do and where to stand, how to dress and how to negotiate and, if I’m not sure about something, I can usually bluff my way through. I’ve also learned how to size up my opponents: the nervous ones with shaky hands, the blustery ones with something to prove, and the cool, confident ones I longed to emulate. But, as my first boss used to say, half the battle is just showing up. The other half is preparing the best you can with the information you have.

Mysteries make the mind think! Mysteries make everyone look suspicious, like they have some ulterior motive or something to hide. This collection of books by Barbara Venkataraman is entertaining and will keep readers immersed into the mystery time and time again. Jamie Quinn is a family court lawyer, so criminal cases are absolutely out of the question…until someone calls in a favor. Then, everything changes.

“Death by Didgeridoo” is the first installment within this collection. Jamie is called by a family member after her cousin, Adam, has been arrested for the murder of his music teacher. Since Adam has Asperger’s, Jamie knows that it is only a matter of time before Adam has a complete meltdown. With the clock ticking away, can Jamie learn everything that she needs to know about criminal defense so that she can prove her cousin’s innocence to the detectives on the case? With the help of a private detective, can they find the real murderer in their desperation?

“The Case of the Killer Divorce” is the second installment within this collection. Jamie Quinn is back at family court practice with a divorce case and it is a dicey one. Her client is suspected of murder after she loses the case against her now ex-husband. With joint custody now mandated by the judge, Jamie gets the call soon after that the father has been killed. Her client is seemingly innocent until some of the evidence against her is laid out on the table. Jamie decides to investigate, asking for assistance from her private investigator friend, Duke. All while she gets a tip on the whereabouts of her long lost father and runs into an old boyfriend. With so many leads and new information, Jamie has no way of getting out of this one.

“Peril in the Park” is the final installment within this collection. After finding her father and discovering that he doesn’t know that she even exists, Jamie has to start from scratch with him. With two murders solved, she feels like she can finally go back to family court and that is all of the drama that she could ever want! Then, her boyfriend goes missing! Someone is very upset within the park system because Kip was hired to be their new director. Can Jamie save Kip from what looks to be revenge? With the help of private investigator Duke Broussard, she feels helpless because everyone looks guilty.

Venkataraman has a superb collection and story-line, chalked full of exceptional character development and originality. All of her characters have such depth that will intrigue the reader and allow them to feel emotions like sympathy and determination. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was entertaining. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. There were little to no errors that could be heard within this audiobook, which make it that much more enjoyable for the reader. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first three installments in the Jamie Quinn Mysteries, you are able to jump right on in.

A copy of this audiobook 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 Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection Box Set 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Award-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of the Jamie Quinn Mystery series; “Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person”; “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy; a humorous short story entitled, “If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”; and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of the “Quirky Essays for Quirky People” series. Both books of humorous essays won the “Indie Book of the Day” award. “Engaged in Danger” was chosen as Book of the Day by www.bookoftheday.org and won first place in the Amateur Detective category of the Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Mystery Writing Competition.

 

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Review: The Binding by E.Z. Rinsky

The Binding by E.Z. Rinsky

A Lamb and Lavagnino Mystery

Genre: Mystery, Private-Investigators, Thriller

Publication Date: July 4, 2017

 

Fans of Marisha Pessl and Christopher Moore will be captivated by the twists and turns of E.Z. Rinsky’s second chilling noir mystery.

 

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When a U.S. Senator offers to have private investigator Frank Lamb’s criminal record wiped clean in return for retrieving a set of old books, he jumps at the opportunity. In the five years since his last paying job he’s been an international fugitive, separated from his daughter Sadie. He’s willing to do anything to return to normal life.

But once Frank and his old partner, Courtney Lavagnino, get to work, it becomes clear that the job is far more treacherous than they’d assumed. The books were written in prison by Oliver Vicks, a self-proclaimed prophet with a trail of grisly murders behind him. Frank and Courtney are soon piecing together a horrifying puzzle, devised by a prisoner who seems more god than man. 

In this riveting follow-up to the award-nominated Palindrome, Frank and Courtney find themselves mired in a tangle of desperation, cult-like fervor, and deception that will lead them to uncover an evil of biblical proportions.

 

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REVIEW:

I actually laugh. “First of all, I’m on the Interpol list. Second, you’re suggesting that we bring the cops to a murder scene and tell them that Oliver Vicks did it. Well, what if they go to the prison, and somehow he’s still there Court? You think about that? Then who’s the prime suspect? Probably the last people who ever spoke to Rico—with hundreds of aquarium goers to testify to that.” The phone starts ringing again. Can almost here the frustration in every desperate vibration.

A serial killer is after you, what do you do? This man is creepy, but yet he has never personally done anything to warrant your suspicions? He is socially awkward and keeps to himself. He has a fascination with his writing tools and doodles pictures in a leather bound book in a café for as long as you’ve been working there…when do the red flags start going off in your head? For Becky, it was once it had been too late. This serial killer, Oliver Vicks, has killed all of her family and has his life all planned out. He tells Becky that she is his queen and that he will be reunited with her after he escapes from prison. What would any sane person make of that comment? How would you ever get the trauma out of your head?

 

Twenty years later, two private investigators are called in to make a huge exchange on behalf of Senator Sampson’s request. Courtney is kind of washed up, doing meaningless jobs, without his partner Frank. Frank is somewhere in Europe, running from Interpol after their last job went south. Once Courtney receives the request, he knows that he can’t do this job by himself even though it seems very easy. There just has to be some kind of catch. After he finds Frank, they fly back to the states, Colorado to be exact, for debriefing before they need to make the exchange. So many things don’t add up about this request; exchanging billions of dollars for twenty-four books? Senator Sampson appears to be brainwashed by a serial killer he met in prison and things just keep getting stranger. Both Courtney and Frank start to wonder if they didn’t just make a big mistake accepting the job. Being on the Senator’s list of screw-ups is bad enough, but now they have to be ever vigilant in watching their backs, because the serial killer that was perceived to be in prison is out running around and killing people to complete his life’s work and they could be next.

 

Rinsky has a superb story-line and complex characters that are mysterious and deranged. The content is truly amazing by the sheer originality and descriptiveness, while the pace is fast and easy to read. The religious aspect, paired up with the mystery makes the story come to life with creativity. This is the second installment within the Lamb and Laviagnino series; however, it can be read as a standalone. It is strongly advised that due to content, it is not recommended for children or teens.

 

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Aurora Publicity, 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 Binding by E.Z. Rinsky.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

 

E.Z. Rinsky grew up in Colorado. He has worked as a statistics and economics professor, copywriter and–for one misguided year–a street musician. He lives in Tel Aviv.

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Review: Like Father Like Daughter by Christina Morgan

Like Father Like Daughter by Christina Morgan

**Suspense Finalist for the 2017 Indie Excellence Awards**

Publication Date: July 12, 2016

 

 

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Libby Carter is pretty sure she didn’t kill her husband…

When Libby wakes up to find her husband Ryan murdered in bed next to her with no memory of how it happened, she can only assume the worst. Daughter of the infamous I-75 Strangler, Libby is afraid that becoming a serial killer is in her DNA. Is she truly capable of killing the man she loves?

The evidence against her keeps stacking up, and it’s enough for an arrest…

It’s no secret that Libby is the number one suspect, and when she makes bail, she knows she has no choice but to turn to the only man who can help clear her name. Her father. After visiting him in prison, she decides to take the investigation into her own hands. Libby finds an unsettling lead on Ryan’s murderer and learns her husband might not have been as innocent as she thought.

But every clue she uncovers leads to another dead end…

Libby must risk her life to discover the truth about her husband and his murder, but things become even more dangerous when she realizes someone is watching her every move.

 

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BOOK REVIEW

And with that, my father hung up the phone and my life spun out of control. That was, until I met Ryan about eight years ago. Ryan was the one good thing in my life after everything my father had put me through. He was my rock, my true north, my everything. And he never once judged me for the sins of my father. My thoughts turned from my father to Ryan. I still hadn’t had a chance to fully process the fact that my husband was dead…I had no reason to want my husband dead and there’s no way I could have put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. So then why was he dead? And why couldn’t I remember anything at all?

How would you feel if your father was a serial killer? What about if you woke up to your spouse who had been brutally murdered? Neither one of these instances are anywhere near pleasant experiences. They are downright horrifying; however, Christina Morgan still writes an interesting, yet terrifying story about them. This mystery will leave readers in awe over the investigation.

 

Libby wakes up and finds that her husband has been killed, his body lying lifeless next to her in their bed. What she can’t seem to understand is how she was able to sleep through a gunshot. After the initial shock, she contacts the police department to report the murder. Apparently, the lead detective does not find the scenario of Libby sleeping through a gunshot to be plausible either. As his lead suspect, the Detective questions Libby, and begins his investigation into the murder. Scared and defenseless, Libby’s mother tells her that she needs to hire an attorney and then go talk to her father in prison. She doesn’t want anything to do with her father, the man who killed several women while still coming home to his family every night. It gets to the point where Libby just doesn’t remember anything from that night, other than having a drink before going to bed. Her belief in herself begins to fail as new theories of her motive keep showing up. As a last ditch effort to prove her innocence, she realizes that she is being followed as she looks for clues into who murdered her husband. Can Libby find out who the real killer is before her trial? Can she live with going to jail for something that she didn’t do? 

 

Morgan has a very powerful and motivating mystery novel with Like Father Like Daughter. This is an entertaining and suspenseful story, one with superb character development and originality. The story flows easily, making it a fast read. The mystery is very predictable, but the story actually has more of an in depth connection regarding the underlying family history. Readers will catch on to who the murderer is before the end of the story, but there is a plot twist that is just as entertaining, which will leave readers wanting to continue into the next book of the series. If you are a reader of mystery and suspense, you may enjoy this read. This is the first installment of the Flesh & Blood Trilogy; therefore, readers can jump right in.

 

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, 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 Like Father Like Daughter by Christina Morgan.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christina Morgan was raised in suburban Central Kentucky in a family full of right-brainers. With a photographer/artist for a grandfather and an author/illustrator for a mother, she was bound to turn out on the creative side of the spectrum. She honed her writing skills in school, winning awards for her essays and short stories. Christina tried her hand at about every sport imaginable, which only went to prove that her efforts were better spent in other creative outlets such as art, singing, and writing. But it was writing that really stuck with her and she spent the next several years trying her hand at writing fiction novels, just for the fun of it.

She took a break for a while and focused on putting herself through paralegal school while raising two amazing Irish twin girls. She quickly learned that being a certified paralegal was the best career choice she could have made. On top of all of the cool cases she has worked on over the years, she was able to write original legal documents autonomously. When a national magazine for attorneys approached her in 2013 to write a short story for them about the life of a paralegal, she jumped on the chance. When the article was published and garnered her some amazing feedback, she realized how much she missed writing for leisure. She sat down and wrote her very first full-length fiction novel that year and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She loves reading (all genres except sci-fi), folk music, caramel macchiatos, puppies, thunderstorms, antique jewelry, dragonflies, the color purple (not the movie), and enjoys a large sweet tea from McDonald’s every single day.

Christina Morgan lives in Nicholasville, Kentucky with her two teenage daughters.

 

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Review: From Gods by Mary Ting

 

FROM GODS BY MARY TING

***2013 InD’Tale RONE Award Finalist for YA****

Publication Date: October 2, 2013

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day?
Don’t blame Mother Nature.

Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers. Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil. She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her.

Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?

 

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BOOK REVIEW

Skylar gave a short smile and almost giggled, but stopped when his finger traced the cut on her lower lip. “Remus did this to you, didn’t he?” For a brief moment he closed his eyes and inhaled deeply, as if he was trying to suppress the anger that seemed to have crept up on him. Delicately, he brushed his finger along it again. “I’m sorry.” The small gesture of his touch drove Skylar into a whirlwind of heated emotions. He sat way too close and every time she turned her head to speak, she had nothing but impure thoughts. In order to avoid doing something she might regret, she nodded to answer and pulled back, making mason drop his hand.

Growing up in a world where evil is only human is scary enough…but add paranormal beasts and human-like gods with powers and that is nearly impossible to digest within a lifetime, let alone a couple of months. If you had to put your faith and trust into someone, how would you know who would hold true? With power and everyone having a secret agenda, outside of the human world, what would help you feel safe? Mary Ting has an interesting young adult novel, chalked full of magic and adventure.

 

Skylar is on her way to her cousin’s house for the summer. The weirdness begins when she is pulled over by an attractive police officer. He seems to flirt with her a bit, but then checks the trunk of her car, seemingly looking for something. After he lets her drive off, she heads to her cousin’s house to dish the odd run in. After a good laugh and thinking that she would more than likely never see him again, he walks into her aunt’s diner while they are helping out. With Skyler hiding behind the cash register, her cousin takes his order along with the other men that accompany him. Feeling like her world has just turned upside down, he begins to reject her questions about the reason for pulling her over and his name is different. Having more questions then answers, she doesn’t understand why he mysteriously reverts from being around her, even though his brother and her cousin have started showing an interest in each other. And…that’s not the only thing that sticks out as being odd. Skylar begins to feel like someone is watching her, everywhere she goes…she feels danger is after her.

 

Ting has an entertaining story with great character development and originality. The story is written well and flows easily. Some of the scenes that occur do seem to pass easier than what reality would assume. These scenes lack some key emotions, indicating distance that should not be resolved as quickly as the author appears to allow. This should not deter readers from the book or series; however, the author could have made some scenes a lot more meaningful than a “brushing off the shoulder” feel since this is targeting a young adult audience. If you enjoy reading young adult fiction, paranormal and mythology, or fantasy, you may want to pick this one up. This is the first installment within the Descendant Prophecies; therefore, readers can jump right in.

 

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Silver Dagger Scriptorium Tours, but this is no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for From Gods by Mary Ting.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

 

I started writing Crossroads after my grandmother passed away about 3 years ago. When these characters came to life in my mind, along with the character Gamma, inspired by my grandmother, it was a way for me to heal. I decided to start from a dream I had in high school, chapter one. Chapter two is also based on my dream as well. I didn’t think I would have much to write about, but when I made Claudia to be more like me, it was easy. Her first car, her first job, her first experience at camping and her grandmother having a stroke was all part of me. Too bad Michael wasn’t real…lol!!!

Many people like Davin, which I’m really happy about because his character was inspired by my friend who passed away. He was very likable and was a best friend to all his friends. Patty is my friend from church. She is exactly how I described her, social butterfly who knows everything about her friends and fashion. I named Claudia after a student I once had many years ago. I can still picture her face, just like an angel. When I was much younger, I had a crush on a boy name Michael, but his character is based off my husband, protective, romantic, and silly at times. No… he doesn’t have wings…lol!!!

Though I was busy with work, being a wife, a mother, and PTA president, I would always find time to write, even if that meant typing while I was cooking or brushing my teeth. Crossroads was written for a fast, fun reading with likable characters. Many have emailed me to let me know how Crossroads has helped them escaped from their everyday stress. Also, how they’ve connected to this book because of chapter one, having a loved one passed away. I took on a journey not knowing how rewarding it would be for me. I’ve meet so many wonderful people from all over the world through facebook, goodreads and blog sites. I’ve made everlasting friendship where friendship knows no boundaries. And I have to thank my grandmother who continues to watch over me from Heaven.

 

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Book Tour + Review: The House of Bloodstein (Mentralysis) by Ren Garcia

 THE HOUSE OF BLOODSTEIN: MENTRALYSIS by Ren Garcia

Genre: Space Opera, Dark Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publication Date: May 24, 2017

The House of Bloodstein: Mentralysis, Lite Edition. This version contains no artwork that will be present in the paperback and full ebook offerings so that it may be sold at a reduced price.

 

They thought the episode with their cousin to the east, Lady Bloodstein, was over. They thought it was something to laugh about at the grand table in fond nostalgia.

But they were wrong. They were so wrong.

And Castle Blanchefort has fallen!
Lord Kabyl has lost everything: his wife, his kin, his family fortune, and his home. Castle Blanchefort, once a safe haven, is overrun with enemies seeking his blood.

In what follows, he must join forces with ancient enemies and with people who do not exist. He must treat with sinister, possibly untrustworthy gods and barter away his soul for urgently needed arcane help or face certain death at the hands of forgotten tyrants and their machinations from a bygone age.

And, how can a strange science known as Mentralysis, practiced in secret in the hidden places of the League, hold the key to ultimate victory?

What should have been obvious to Lord Kabyl from the start at last becomes crystal clear: Foolish is he who dares possess the Ultimate Object, for misery shall be his only reward.

 

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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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I’m proud of my home and my family and my commitment to my Countess. I’m proud of my friends and of my kinship to them. I’m nostalgic about the battles I’ve found and the faces of those I’ve killed, and perhaps someday those experiences will help me better prepare my children for the world and what might face them. When I raise my CARG, it is because I have to, not because I wish it.

Sometimes, it is difficult to see good from evil. In Garcia’s previous novel, The House of Bloodstein, Lord Kabyl and his family and friends travel to Lady Chrysania’s house to help her with her Perlamum game. Tasked to find pieces of this game from all across their universe, they genuinely want to help Lady Chrysania. After hearing about her past, they decide that she needs help against the evil that she faces…the evil that has taken her face and body parts and left her with no will to live other than her desire for justice. Garcia’s second installment in this series continues after Kay and everyone arrive back at Castle Blanchefort to find that it is swarming with enemy Hospitalers.

 

Magistrate Kilos, Ne-Countess Sammidoran, and Sarah are taken from their castle by Hoban Hospitalers, protecting them from a much bigger entity who has stolen their body parts. Lord Kabyl is sentenced to death, but a Haitathe warrior by the name of Laika, saves him on behalf of her “mother” Roethalba of George. While Kay is taken to Hoban to catch up on the takeover of Castle Blancheforte, it is here that he meets up with Roethalba of George and discovers a machine called the Mentralysis. The Mentralysis device allows the “sleeping self” to become the dominant personality while the “waking self” sleeps. Confusing at best, Kay doesn’t quite understand what he is being told, but he is tasked with a mission to save his family and friends from death. This entity of Roethalba of George was described as an evil being, someone who was against Lady Chrysania in the previous installment, but now she wants to help him and his family. He learns of a new evil by the name of Queen Ghome and everything that Lord Kabyl and his family and friends have been fighting for has been all for naught. The good that they thought they knew has been flipped upside down and deceit is ever present. How ever will Lord Kabyl fight this goddess-like entity without the help of his Ne-Countess and friends?

 

Garcia has a superb story-line and complex characters that are unbelievably creative and strong. The content is truly amazing by the sheer originality and descriptiveness, while the pace is fast and easy to read. There are a few spelling errors throughout the read. Since this is an advanced reader copy, these may have been cleaned up upon further proofreading, but if not, this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. 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 is no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for House of Bloodstein: Mentralysis by Ren Garcia.

 

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