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Aoleon: The Hollow Moon (Part 3) by Brent LeVasseur

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Aoléon and Gilbert investigate the Luminon to try and uncover the plot to invade Earth to steal it’s milk cows. In the process, they discover a disturbing revelation about the Martian leader. After overhearing the Luminon discuss his plans to use sabotage to disrupt Mars’s galact supply, the duo races to try and to warn Aoléon’s father Deimos, who is a manager at the galactworks plant before the saboteur can act.

Meanwhile, Aoleon has to take her pilots exam, which would enable her to eventually join the Martian intergalactic explorational fleet. However, during the test-run, something goes horribly wrong. The two are put in a life threatening situation that only Bizwat, a Procyon commando, and Aoléon’s friend can save them from.

Gilbert finally gets his chance to learn to skyboard. However, things go horribly wrong and they are chased by the Royal Paladin guard.

Will they survive?

It’s time for Aoleon and Gilbert to get serious about investigating the Luminon. While spying on him they learn about a plot to steal Earth’s milk cows to start a war. Aoleon and Gilbert rush to the Galactworks to try and stop the attack and to keep Aoleon’s father safe. Although they are too late, they discovery that they know the sabatour and that she is being forced to do things like the attack to keep her family safe.

Things look up when it is Aoleon’s time to take her pilots test. But things go horribly wrong when they are mistaken as spies and barely escape with their lives. Clearly there is a major plot to start a war and both Aoleon and Gilbert have stumbled into it. Neither is going to be safe until they follow through trying to help the resistance since they are at the top of the list for suspicious activity. The question is how are they going to try and stop the war.

I absolutely love this series. It would be great for kids with the action and wonderful pictures to go along with it. But as an adult I love how both Aoleon and Gilbert are kids and get to do kid stuff, like riding skyboards yet get into sticky situations to try and stop the war. There is lots of action with some tense scenes but that just keeps you reading and wanting more.

This is a great series for any age. I have loved the first three books with each of the next books getting better than the last. I can’t wait to read the next two parts.

I received this book for free from the iRead Book Tours in exchange for a review.

For more information on Aoleon: The Hollow Moon or Brent LeVasseur be sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads, or Brent’s website.

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November: Ralph Conway’s Immortal Diary by E.P. Rose

5 stars

(Excerpt from Table Thirteen Books) Ralph Conway is a messed-up master-of-wine. What with being unable to do his job and his girlfriend going on hunger  strike and everything in the world being so crap, Conway concludes that suicide’s  the only sensible option, so he kills himself, only to discover that he seems to be immortal.

Ralph Conway is a former Master of Wine that became an alcoholic and thus unemployed. He lives with his girlfriend, Joan. Joan has decided that she wants to get married and have children. Ralph is happy with the current relationship. Unable to change his opinion Joan goes on a hunger strike until he changes his mind or she will leave him and find someone else.

Ralph’s friend Orson is in a legal battle and has the possibility of going to prison. Instead, he gets his hands on a death pill to take in case he is found guilty. After being freed, Orson give the pill to Ralph to dispose of, which after the conversation with Joan Ralph decides to take the pill with some fine wine. Needless to say he is under the impression that he didn’t die because he is immortal.

Joan changes her demands and proceeds to go on a hunger strike until Ralph agrees to marry her and have kids. Even if he leaves she still won’t eat. So, Ralph is stuck trying to test if he really is immortal and what he should do with Joan.

This begins a comedy of errors as we follow Ralph around. We meet his friends, laugh at his attempts to kill himself, meet his parents, and want to throttle Orson in the end. This is a nice little read that I was surprised with. I really felt for Ralph and his situation.

This is a great little read and I think many will enjoy it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on November: Ralph Conway’s Immortal Diary be sure to check out Table Thirteen Book’s website.

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The Sparks Tour

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The Sparks (Feud – 1) by Kyle Prue

(Excerpt from Goodreads) The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. Centuries of fighting, however, have turned the families against each other. A powerful emperor now rules and each family has suffered heavy casualties in the feud.

Sixteen-year-old, Neil Vapros desperately wants to become an assassin in order to impress his overly critical father. Despite a failed mission, Neil learns that a new sinister threat has awakened. This mysterious new power will shatter the established order and threaten not only the very lives of these powerful families, but also the once great city of Altryon.

Everything can change with a single “Spark”…

Review – 5 Stars!!!

Altryon is a city within a wall that protects it from the outside. The creator of the city then bestowed one three families powers of beyond regular citizens. The families then decide to fight each other to try and control Altryon. After nearly destroying everything the power is taken away from them and an emperor is elected to run Altryon. The families are given different areas of the city for territory. But they are always fighting, whether it is out in the open with innocents being hurt or killed or through political conniving and rumors trying to destroy each other and the continuous fight for power. But they are all ruled over by the emperor.

The story follows along with several teenagers from all of the families. Neil is a Vapros and trying to be an assassin, Lily is a Celerius and trying to uphold her families name, and Darius is a Taurlum that has hit rock bottom and seems to be stuck there. All of them have been fed several stories of how they have to fight the other families to uphold there names and power but none of them really know what they are fighting for. But after a meeting with the emperor, Neil thinks something is going on. When the families are all attacked and members killed they will all have to ask themselves what they are willing to do to fight the evil emperor and what they will do with the truth of the world outside the city walls.

This is a great story. I got sucked in with everyone’s stories. I couldn’t help sympathizing with them all as they are trying to uphold each of their families legacies. But when they realize that there is than just your family duties but that they would have to work together, I was cheering. There is a lot going on with this story and I loved how this one ended. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next story.

Kyle Prue is a young author but he is one that you don’t want miss. His writing just draws you in and keeps you wanting more. There is a great story that is well developed and very descriptive. I will be making sure to keep my eyes out for all of his books.

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Kyle Prue

I am a high school senior in Naples, Fl. I am passionate about writing, acting and stand up comedy.

For more information on The Sparks or Kyle Prue be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Kyle’s website.

PR By The BookI would like to thank Ashley Lauretta at PR By The Book for including me with this tour.

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Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover.

Gilbert then gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates. After class, Gilbert and Aoléon get to train in zero-G and Gilbert is treated to a Psi-ball match between Martian Space Academy and Martian Science Academy.

Author

Brent LeVasseur

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

My Review

Aoleon the Martian Girl – Part 2 The Luminess of Mars by Brent LeVasseur

5 stars

The story starts with Aoleon and Gilbert meet Luminess, the mate to the Martian leader Lumion, which leads Gilbert to a strange experience, a vision, and being chased by the Royal Paladin Guards. When they meet Aoleon’s friend Bizwat, Aoleon tells him how they have been asked to check into Lumion. Bizwat tell both of them about the loss of bovars, Martian cows that have disappeared. He then warns both Aoleon and Gilbert to be careful in their investigation.

Aoleon and Gilbert are exploring Mars and what a typical day as a Martian student is like. Although Aoleon tried to disguise Gilbert, with everyone being telepathic it seems that it was pointless. It is also a little challenging for Gilbert to know that others can read his mind but it does take learning to new levels. Gilbert learns more about Aoleon’s friends and the girls that are giving her a hard time just like any school. He also gets to watch the big psi-ball match that Aoelon is about to participate in.

I really love this story. Gilbert is having a great adventure on Mars and learning so much. I am curious about Luminess but we don’t see much of that except from the beginning of the story. I love how even through Aoleon is a Martian she has pretty much the same school experience as anyone on Earth. Plus I love all the illustrations. They really make the story come to life.

I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the next book. Make sure to add this series to your bookshelf. It’s good for middle grade readers all the way up to adults. I really think anyone will like it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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For more information on the Aoleon Series or to purchase Part 1 or 2, be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads or Brent LeVasseur’s website.

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I would like to thank Laura at iRead Book Tours for letting me take place in this tour and for the chance to review Aoleon the Martian Girl Part 2: The Luminess of Mars.

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Publicity from the Trenches: For Published & Self-Published Authors by Sherri Rosen

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Giving published and self-published authors great advice on the basics of publicity from a veteran publicist who has been in the business for over 25 years.

Sherri Rosen started her own Publicity Firm 18 years ago. Publicity from the Trenches is her guide to publishing your work and finding a publicist to help get it out in the world. Everyone has a story to write and have the potential to be on the New York Times Best Seller List. But you have to be realistic and honest about your product and the target audience.

Once you have decided what you would like to write you will need to find a way to publish it. You can go the traditional route and find a publisher or you can self publish. There are many things to think about when finding a publisher. This book gives you lots of things to think about with what you want to accomplish with your writing, who you are going to target for publication, and many other things.

This is a quick guide for getting your work published and finding a good publicist. It is done in a simple format but is filled with lots of thought provoking information. This is not going to be a quick, get rich even and there is a lot you will have to plan for. But if you get everything planned out you will go further than flying by the seat of your pants.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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I’ve had my own publicity firm in NYC for the past l8 years giving a powerful message from folks doing good things in the world. My very first client was on The NY Times Bestseller List for 63 weeks. Being in the business so long I realize what a phenomenon it was!

I am a performer creating a solo performance pieces and doing improvisational theatre.

Coming out with my third book in 20l5. “Publicity From The Trenches For Published And Self Published Authors”

I love what I do!

For more information on Publicity from the Trenches or Sherri Rosen be sure to check out Goodreads and Sherri’s website.

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The Road

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The Road by Clive West

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) From top-rated British storyteller, Clive West, a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages as you read about what can and does happen away from the trusting eyes and ears of Joe Public.

With an anarchic view of the abuse of power, The Road weaves its very human crime story around the building of a new ring road around the quiet English town of Stockton. The message it sends is bleak, amusing and heartrending with successes being claimed by those who least merit them and tragedies being heaped up on those that can least bear them.

This thought-provoking and highly entertaining novel is about corruption and abuse of power and how no crime is victimless.

The Road is about the English town of Stockton, a little ways from my home of Nevada, USA. The local government has decided to do an expansion of a road. You will follow along with different characters, their personal problems, and how they all relate to this expansion.

Sandra has a fiancé that doesn’t seem to really want to be anywhere except at home with his mother. She works with Henry in the office that deals with permits and developing. Henry has a wife that is never happy or pleased even when she is spending all of his money. His two kids think of him as a walking wallet and he sees his career going no where.

John is in construction and seems to have everything going for him. John plays golf with Henry and proposes an offer to put his construction company on more developments than a competitor. In exchange he will kick back some money to Henry.

Sounds like a normal corrupt government deal, right? But as you read this book, you get wrapped up in all the characters. I felt for all of them at one time or another. They didn’t make the best decisions and I could see how things could go wrong so fast but there was no way to stop them.

Clive West has a wonderful ability to write. I admit that I usually avoid things that involve development or other dry subjects. But I was sucked right into the story; mind you the prologue did it for me. After reading that I just HAD to know what would push someone to commit suicide and who it was. And the best part was even though I thought I might know what was going to happen, nope, the ending will completely surprise you.

If you want to read a great crime thriller, this is the one for you. This is one book you don’t want to over look.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

To purchase The Road or for more information on Clive West make sure to check out Amazon and Goodreads.

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Tap Rack Bang

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Tap Rack Bang (Ben Blackshaw – 3) by Robert Blake Whitehall

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Former Navy Seal Ben Blackshaw lurks in solitude aboard the shoaled wreck of the American Mariner in the Chesapeake Bay. He is awakened one stormy spring night when a drifting dinghy slams into the old ship’s hull. Blackshaw investigates, and discovers there is only one occupant in the sinking boat, a naked young woman lying unconscious in the bilge.

Against his better judgment, and risking his own undercover operation, Blackshaw gives shelter to Tally, the terrified refugee. He soon learns Tally has escaped a calculating crew of sociopaths who are about to launch an internet site called L’Abattoir, on which hostages will be tortured, and then executed. Tally was able to free herself, but she now she must return to the dreaded dungeon with help to rescue her little sister, and to free twenty other victims-in-waiting.

Blackshaw’s wife, LuAnna, arrives at the old ship on a resupply mission, and upon hearing Tally’s story, encourages Blackshaw to return home to Smith Island, and enlist his friend Knocker Ellis to help. Ellis suggests inviting other Smith Islander’s to join the mission. Blackshaw and Ellis are both shocked that their friends and neighbors will not lend a hand. The two men return to the American Mariner to find that LuAnna’s crab skiff has been sunk and that LuAnna and Tally have both disappeared.

With help from weather-wizard Michael Craig, Blackshaw back-tracks the most likely meandering course that Tally’s boat drifted the night before. But when Blackshaw and Ellis arrive at the dinghy’s starting place at the pier of a waterfront home on the Chesapeake, they find two FBI agents already investigating the double-homicide of an elderly couple, and the kidnapping of the couple’s grandchildren; five-year-old twins. To Blackshaw and Ellis, this mayhem bears the bloody signature of Maynard Chalk, their old nemesis.

Blackshaw races the FBI to discover the lair where the ghoulish L’Abattoir is to take place; he is terrified that LuAnna herself has been dragged there for slaughter. What he learns about the depths of human depravity shatters not only his faith, but the foundations of his sanity.

After the book description I’m going to jump into my thoughts. I love this story. It has a horrible topic but one that is believable when you think about all the horrible things that happen to people. I like how it was portrayed. Ben is just a great character. Here he is supposed to be in hiding yet he can’t help but step up and help Tally. Then when LuAnna is taken, all bets are off.

Robert Blake Whitehill is a great author and the Ben Blackshaw series is a must for anyone that likes high tension thrillers. You will not be disappointed by this series.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

To purchase Tap Rack Bang or for more information on other books in this series, be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and Robert Blake Whitehall’s website.

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