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Gates (The Reapers – 1)

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Gates by GS Luckett

5 stars

(Excerpt from Godreads) A death row inmate, Prisoner U877, made a daring escape from his execution during a blackout at Crenshaw Prison. Now he finds himself fighting his way through a deadly prison riot and helping his own jailers, in order to save their souls. Some of God’s instruments are tarnished. This is the first installment of a series where we find out how The Reaper is chosen and that he does more than shepherd lost souls. He maintains the balance between Heaven and Hell, that is threatened to be destroyed by an ongoing war. Can a condemned soul becomes God’s weapon?

The Brit, prisoner U877, belongs in prison. He was a murderer on the outside and just as difficult on the inside. His time has come; he is going to be executed. But when a strange storm knocks out the power and the priest help him it seems he may avoid his fate. But then a riot breaks out in the prison. Prisoners and guards alike are trying to get to him. But things take a paranormal turn and there is more going on in the prison than first look.

I loved this story. You have a dark, supernatural setting, characters that you don’t know if they are really good or bad, and a ton of action. You don’t know what is going to pop out around the next corner or even who to trust. I really liked the Brit’s story. It was so heartbreaking but interesting how it let to him sitting in an electric chair.

It’s so hard not to give away too much with this story. Trust me, you have to read it. Now I can’t wait to begin Alpha Hunter.

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

For more information on GS Luckett, Gates, or his other books be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and his website.

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How to Net a Prince

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How to Net a Prince by Kay Dee Royal

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Netta’s emotionally broken, lonely, and ready to move forward, but how?

Gallent loves life, but wants someone to share it with, when?

Stars align once Netta walks into Lacey’s Lamp and makes a wish…

It’s Netta’s birthday and she just wants to go hide at home. But on the way she stumbles upon a little bar, Lacey’s Lamp. Lacey is there to make Netta’s wish come true, find prince charming. When Netta gets home she faints and is rescued by a handsome man that is willing to go way above and beyond to make a stranger’s birthday wonderful. This can’t be her prince charming, can it?

This is a short but hot little story. Make sure to add it to your list.

For more information on this story or others from Kay Dee Royal make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Muse It Hot, and Kay Dee Royal’s website.

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Gravediggers

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Gravediggers by Cindy Hogan

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Seventeen-year-old Billy thinks his father’s murder will never be solved—until he stumbles across an old ammo box while digging a grave in his small-town Tennessee cemetery.

What he finds leads him to question everything he knows, and his search for answers will uncover more than he bargained for: lies, secrets, and conspiracies—and behind them all, a dangerous truth.

Ten years ago Billy’s father was killed by a hit and run driver. He has always wanted to know who did it. So, he is working to get into college so he can join the FBI to figure out what happened to his dad and to help others like him. While digging a grave he stumbles upon an old ammo box. He decides that he is going to research the box to figure out more about the contents and he hopes to help figure out who killed his father.

I really liked this story. I felt for Billy loosing a father and not having any closure. I really like the mystery of the ammo box and I think the story wrapped up well. I kind of had an idea of who did it but was not completely sure.

The one thing I really liked about the story was how realistic Billy was. Although he was 17 years old there are times that he seems more childish. He ranges in emotions from loss to revenge, hate and forgiveness. It makes this story so much more and just a simple young adult mystery.

This is a great story that I think any age would like.

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

For more information on Gravediggers be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Cindy Hogan’s website.

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I am proud to be part of the iRead Book Tours. Today I have a great story to tell you about.

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Aoleon The Martian Girl: Part 1 First Contact by Brent LeVasseur

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.

Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.

Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).

And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.

Never…until now!

This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.

If only he can survive.

Gilbert lives in Nebraska on a farm. We start the story with him waking up from a nightmare of aliens and boarding a UFO. He sees strange lights and gets up to investigate. He stumbles upon Aoleon, a Martian that has come to create crop circles. They get chased onto the UFO to escape farmer Johnson then get chased by the US Air Force in a top secret plane.

After escaping, Aoleon get a call from her mother to come home before dinner gets cold. So, she brings Gilbert home with her to Mars. But when they land, things are more troubling than they look. It seems that both Gilbert and Aoleon are going to have more adventures.

This is a great mid-grade story. I loved the illustrations, they gave the story more depth and I think will help keep younger readers involved. This is part 1 of a series. I really like how the story started and the little twist at the end. I am very interested in seeing how the story progresses.

This is a great story for mid-grade readers and others. Make sure to check it out.

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

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About 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.

For more information on Aoleon The Martian Girl or Brent LeVasseur make sure to check out Amazon or Goodreads. Be sure to contact Brent on his website, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Today I’m pleased to announce a new books, The Legend of Waterhole Branch by Lucas Wright. Here is an interview with Lucas, and excerpt from The Legend of Waterhole Branch, and a chance to wing either an ebook or physical copy of The Legend of Waterhole Branch.

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Author, Lucas Wright has stopped by the blog today to chat about his debut novel, “The Legend of Waterhole Branch.”

To help promote his thrilling book, Lucas is doing this guest post with an extract from the story for fellow book lovers to enjoy.

How to Lose a Novel in Ten Days.

One of the more interesting aspects of my novel, The Legend of Waterhole Branch, was that I wrote the entire story, from start to finish, in ten days. It is 27 chapters and about 90,000 words spanning 392 pages. Most people don’t believe me when I tell them that and imagine the people that do believe me question the quality of the writing immediately. Now, I won’t pretend that my book is an award-winning best-seller waiting to happen, but the time-line is real, and I can explain how I did and the pros and cons of such an approach.

First off, let me qualify a few things. I am not professional writer. I do not make my living writing books, and The Legend of Waterhole Branch is my first novel. My day job, a finance consultant that helps people buy and sell companies, does require a lot of writing, but it is technical writing. It’s a lot of “X has historically done this, so we recommend Y” kind of stuff. It’s boring and stuffy, but it is writing none-the-less.

Secondly, the process of completing my novel took much longer than ten days. From first words on paper to online retailers took about seven months. My day job is quite time consuming, so finding the time and energy to write a story isn’t easy. That said, across five weekends (I only write on Saturday and Sunday), I was able to put all 90,000 words on paper. On my best day, I wrote 13,000 words in about fifteen hours.

Now, let me break down my process and what worked well and what nearly caused me to lose the novel.

The most important thing that enabled me to write so quickly was that I already had a lot of the story in my head. Long before I ever sat down to write, I brainstormed about the characters, the conflict, the scene, and the resolutions to each conflict. This was high level stuff. I envisioned what the characters looked like and what they were going to do in the story long before I wrote the story. This is where an outline would have been helpful. I took a few notes on my phone as ideas popped up, but I kept most of it my head. I would recommend jotting down the ideas as they come to you. Nothing is worse than driving down the road and thinking of a really exciting story line only to forget it later. Thankfully, this didn’t happen too much to me, but it easily could have.

When I finally decided to start writing, I would block of entire days. Personally, I don’t like writing a few hours at a time, though I think most writers would recommend this. I prefer to store plot and character development in my head, and then vomit it onto paper when my head couldn’t hold anymore. This allowed me to write upwards of twelve to fifteen hours every time I sat down to write The Legend of Waterhole Branch. I would get so excited and into the story, my fingers couldn’t type fast enough to keep up. I would get chills when action packed sequences unfolded and time would fly by. The down-side of this approach is that you get exhausted writing for twelve hours at a time and your story will suffer at the end of each session. I can still point to parts of my book where I remember being exhausted and I lose some of the interesting and complex aspects of my story.

Another way to lose a novel in ten days is that cranking out content for hours at a time will push you to write too much narrative and not enough dialogue. This is a critique that will haunt my story forever. Conversation and dialogue take much longer to think through and correctly put on paper. It slows the process. When I was rapidly writing about a suspenseful life or death stretch in my story, I would fall into the habit of telling the reader what was going on as opposed to letting the characters evolve the tory through dialogue.

Finally, the number one negative to rear its ugly head when speed writing is the horrific grammar and spelling that will undoubtedly fall out. I was fortunate enough to be able to afford three terrific editors to clean up my mistakes, but I recognize that not everyone can lean on outsourced help like that. I pushed through the first round of edits myself and it took me two twelve hour days to clean up the mistakes that totaled well over fifty a page. I paid a little more for the copyeditors to provide clean versions after the next two edits. This was worth its weight in gold.

In conclusion, I will continue to speed write my stories given my short windows of writing opportunities and the joy I get out of blasting through action packed content, but it comes at a cost. Though, all things in life require some sort of cost benefit analysis, and to me, writing a novel in ten days is worth the risk of losing it.

EXCERPT

The cold steel from a Glock 19 lightly tapped against Hunter Pierce’s temple. He was trapped in his home office on the forty-second floor of the Trump SoHo by a well-built Spanish man and five other men with guns. His body broke out in a light sweat, but his heart rate never wavered. Steady and normal.

Hunter’s indifference seemed to unnerve the Spanish man with the ponytail. He paced back and forth. Most men would cower or beg for their lives, but Hunter remained silent. He slouched in a black leather chair, staring straight ahead while the men searched his office for information.

The truth was, he had known this day was coming.

“Where is it?” the large man holding the pistol to Hunter’s head asked in Spanish. He then faced the other men. “Victor, check the desk drawers too.”

through the sleeves of their black shirts. Victor was the only exception, but what he lacked in height he made up for in muscle. He moved furniture aside and overturned the smaller pieces throughout the office with the ease of a champion weightlifter.

“Where is what?” Hunter said quietly, trying not to sound oblivious.

Although he spoke fluent Spanish, he responded in English. No reason to show off for these guys. Now was not the time. He reserved that skill for impressing women, clients, and certain high-profile dignitaries that he often entertained for his job.

The man’s hands shook, and his face reddened. “The gold, Señor Pierce,” he said coolly. “Where is the gold?”

The gold he was referring to was the fabled Alonso Álvarez de Pineda treasure long rumored to be hidden in south Alabama sometime in the early 1500s—August 1519, to be exact. Hunter had performed extensive research on the subject and was now one of the most knowledgeable people on earth regarding early Spanish explorations and the various valuables that had accompanied the adventurers on their voyages. Pineda was an explorer thought to never have made his way inland, but the reality was that he had spent a small amount of time in south Alabama, sailing north through Mobile Bay and settling on the eastern shore near the southernmost point of the state. From Mobile Bay, Pineda and his crew maneuvered smaller boats into the adjacent Weeks Bay and north through present-day Fish River and Magnolia River, small tributaries, neither longer than twenty-five miles.

The small rivers fed the bays, which fed the Gulf of Mexico, where most Spanish explorers landed after making their way around Florida from the Atlantic Ocean to search for the perceived riches of the New World. They brought massive amounts of gold to engage in trade with whomever they might find, but the land was scarcely inhabited by Native Americans, who didn’t have much to offer in return. Two weeks after Pineda made landfall, a large hurricane destroyed much of his fleet, and the gold was said to be hidden in a small creek off Fish River called Waterhole Branch. This was where Hunter was born and raised until his life was drastically altered at the age of fourteen.

“Perhaps we started off on the wrong foot,” the Spaniard continued. “My name is Roberto Ibanez, and we know you found the gold. Now you are going to tell me where it is and provide me with the necessary assistance to export it to Spain, where it belongs … with my family.”

“And why would I do that?” Hunter glanced around the room.

His office was in shambles. The floor-to-ceiling windows allowed maximum sunlight and offered a great view of the city. A huge modern desk covered with paperwork, an overturned phone, and a quietly whirring computer matched the dark-wood coffee table. Two soft leather chairs faced the desk. Books and files littered the hardwood floor. Drawers had been pulled out and carelessly discarded; priceless antiques and vases broken.

The Spaniard tapped his cheap wingtip impatiently. “Because if you don’t, I will snatch the life right out of you.”

Hunter shifted uncomfortably. His mind raced. He eyed the metallic pistol inches from his forehead. Given the circumstances, he didn’t have many options. These men must’ve already killed the doorman, Freddy. He glanced at the door to his office, noting that a bullet had shattered the lock. Surely someone had heard the gunshot and the men trampling down his door. Maybe one of his neighbors had called the police.

At least Hunter had been able to grab his iPhone and switch it to silent mode before slipping it into his right cowboy boot without anyone noticing.

“Where is it, cabron?” Roberto demanded.

“I don’t have any gold.”

Roberto struck out with a fist, causing Hunter’s head to whip around. Pain exploded up the side of his face and into his temple.

Wrong thing to say, I guess.

Have a temper problem?” Hunter asked, spitting blood onto the floor.

Roberto leaned forward, his sour breath coating Hunter’s bruised cheek. “Watch it, smartass. I do not have time for games. Tell me now before I decide to put a bullet between your eyes.”

Hunter briefly wondered if he could take out two or three of them, but he decided against it.

Even though Hunter was six foot three with broad shoulders and a powerful build, years of prolific drug use and an exhaustive nightlife had weakened his body. One of the men bumped his chair, and Hunter’s fists clenched. A rare flash of anger heated his face. These muscle men were invading his privacy, and there was nothing he could do about it. Hunter hated feeling helpless. He hated that his life had become so pathetic. Once he’d been a star athlete and considered classically handsome with high cheekbones and light brown hair that curled at the tips; however, dark shadows now rimmed his blue eyes and paled his normally tan skin.

Still, he had to do something….

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ABOUT LUCAS

Lucas R. Wright lives a quiet life as a CPA in Atlanta, Georgia, where he provides services for private equity firms, and has become a master at writing suspense.

When not penning thrilling, fictional tales, Lucas can be found traveling around the Caribbean, reading his favorite authors, or playing golf. While he’s never been on an actual treasure hunt, Lucas has dreamed about finding the fabled gold hidden in Waterhole Branch since childhood.

“The Legend of Waterhole Branch” is his first novel.

More information on Lucas’s book, please visit him online:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10812102.Lucas_R_Wright

Official Website: http://www.lucasrwright.com

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

Twitter @LucasRWright – https://twitter.com/lucasrwright

Amazon – http://amzn.com/149694299X

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-legend-of-waterhole-branch-lucas-r-wright/1120464437?ean=9781496942999

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A Harrowing Race Against Time…

For centuries, treasure hunters have sought to uncover the infamous legend regarding a wealth of gold buried somewhere within Waterhole Branch by a notorious Spanish explorer…

But it turns out that one man may have already found it.

Hunter Pierce, raised in a rural area of southern Alabama, has mysteriously built a lucrative career on Wall Street. He’s young. He’s smart. He’s ambitious. And he has his whole future ahead of him.

One night everything changes.

Locked in a treacherous game with ruthless killers and embroiled in a treasure hunt of epic proportions, Hunter is reunited with his two childhood friends—Brian and Camilla—who unexpectedly find themselves coaxed into this pulse-pounding adventure.

Unsure who is friend or foe, Hunter returns to Waterhole Branch—where his survival hinges on outsmarting the bad guys, masterminding an escape, and putting his trust in an unlikely source.

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Bluebeard: Brave Warrior, Brutal Psychopath by Valerie Ogden

4 stars

(Excerpt from Amazon) Joan of Arc’s close companion on the battlefield, one of the wealthiest and most respected men in France, became a notorious serial killer, nicknamed Bluebeard, who performed bizarre sexual rituals, brutal mutilations and murders on hundreds of children. How could this happen to Baron Gilles de Rais, a Marshal of France, a renowned intellectual, a paragon of the high medieval prince, almost Renaissance in his talents and accomplishments?

There is no clear explanation. There is only speculation. Yet historic evidence indicates strongly de Rais, a returning soldier, suffered from severe PTSD, which perhaps triggered his latent psychopathic personality. His extreme depravity, his shocking fall from grace and explosive end, add fuel to the precept that the barbarity of war turned this celebrated hero into a monster.

According to Wikipedia, Bluebeard is a French folktale of a “violent nobleman in the habit of murdering his wives and the attempts of one wife at avoid the fate of her predecessors.” Valerie Ogden links the Bluebeard story to Baron Gilles de Rais through research and records. This story is her version of the tale. From the early loss of his parents, his cruel grandfather encouraging bad behaviors, fighting along side Joan of Arc, and his fall into madness. Along the way, Valerie Ogden analysis de Rais behaviors with current psychological conditions from bipolar to PTSD to explain his behavior.

I admit that I went into this story thinking it would be an adapted history about Gilles de Rais. This book is more a history of the time period of de Rais. You will learn about other nobles, rules, clergy and such going on. There are also extensive descriptions of feasts, gatherings, and other events. There is a touch of things de Rais does and a couple events he goes through but not to the extent that I was hoping for.

There are also vague references to Gilles de Rais. I understand that this information is coming from badly kept records so there is a lot of room to interpret what happens. But I have to say reading about how de Rais had all these homosexual conquests and torture of children but there is nothing that really gives me the impression that these things really happened or if someone was just trying to ruin his reputation.

I also was hoping for more with Joan of Arc but I was disappointed that there was little information of de Rais and how he fought beside her. I was also left confused with how he could be this cruel child killer but turn saint when around Joan of Arc. Then he goes back to being this serial murderer. I understand how the different events could shape him and bring on this behavior but something about this seems odd to me.

If you are looking for a book with more historical facts around this time period I think this would be a book that you would like. For me, I admit that I didn’t expect what was in the book. That’s not to say it is not a good book.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Bluebeard be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and NobleGoodreads or Valerie Ogden’s website.

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Anni Moon & The Elemental Artifact by Melanie Abed

5 stars

 

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Anni doesn’t know about Elementals, Funk, Zephyrs, excited talking Bat-Rat creatures, and, least of all, Dragons. All that changes when her best friend, Lexi, is kidnapped and forces beyond Anni’s control trap her on a hidden, floating island in the Elemental world.

In a race against time, Anni sets out to save her friend. Along the way she finds allies among the Elementals, but she is also presented with a choice, one that might help save Lexi. If Anni agrees to an ancient, open-ended contract, will her sacrifice cost her more than she’s bargained for? Or will it land her in the middle of an age-old war between the humans, the Elementals, and the dreaded Fectus?

 

Anni and Lexi live at Waterstone Academy, which seems like a normal school for children. But things have been happening. Both have lost their caregivers under mysterious events. And now the school is going to be purchased and things are getting worse. When the current headmistress disappears like the last one, things start getting exciting.

 

Anni and Lexi get separated and Anni gets thrust into a new world of Elementals. But Lexi has some knowledge and is stuck in a far worse adventure. Between the two girls they have to fight the funk that is affecting everyone. But that is just the tip of the iceberg for what the girls are about to face.

Anni is a human that just plugs along in school. She is supposed to help out in the kitchen and seems to always be in trouble. Lexi has more knowledge of what is really going on but was told to keep it secret from Anni. I love the connection between the girl and the loyalty. Anni is very single minded in finding and protecting Lexi. And although she is thrown into a strange new world she just keeps plugging along.

This is a great children’s adventure that I think everyone will like. Make sure to add it to your list.

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

For more information on Anni Moon & The Elemental Artifact make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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