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So, you got a (insert preferred ebook reader brand here)… What next? (Part 2)

Hey…

So you got, you know, a device for reading readily-available, affordably-priced digital stories, huh? You got a Kindle/Nook/Kobo/iPad(shudder)/Android tablet?

… and you’re looking for some ideas on how to fill it up? Some fun reads to get you through these unseasonably wet days?

Well… it just so happens…

(Yep, I’ve done a previous post llike this one. Find it HERE).

Art of Forgetting Rider

A young boy leaves his village to become a cavalryman with the famous King’s Third regiment; in doing so he discovers both his past and his destiny.Gifted and cursed with a unique memory, the foundling son of a notorious traitor, Rhodri joins an elite cavalry unit stationed in the harbour town of Northpoint. His training reveals his talents and brings him friendship, love and loss, and sexual awakening; struggling with his memories of his father who once ruled there, he begins to discover a sense of belonging. That is, until a face from the past reveals a secret that will change not only Rhodri’s life but the fate of a nation. Then, on his first campaign, he is forced to face the

Read more…So, you got a (insert preferred ebook reader brand here)… What next? (Part 2)

So, you got a (insert preferred ebook reader brand here)… What next? (Part 1)

Hey…

So you got, you know, a device for reading readily-available, affordably-priced digital stories, huh? You got a Kindle/Nook/Kobo/iPad(shudder)/Android tablet?

… and you’re looking for some ideas on how to fill it up? Some fun reads to get you through these unseasonably wet days?

Well… it just so happens…

Shadow Over Avalon

Fortune twists in the strongest hands. This is no repeat; this is what happens next.
A man, once a legend who bound his soul to his sword as he lay dying, is now all but a boy nearing the end of his acolyte training. Stifled by life in the undersea city of Avalon, Arthur wants to fight side by side with the air-breathing Terrans, not spend his life as servant to the incorporeal sentient known as the Archive. Despite the restrictions put on him by Sanctuary, he is determined to help the surface-dwellers defeat predators whose sole purpose is to ensure their own survival, no matter the cost.
Ashira, War Maid and princess of the surface-world, is ready to sacrifice her life to defend her kin, but when she is betrayed and cast out of the life chosen for her, she must choose whether to die with honor or become one of the creatures her kinsmen fear and loathe.
Following two threads of time, C.N. Lesley’s new incarnation of the Arthurian tales of old delivers the perfect blend of science fiction and fantasy.
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The cameras are on and the gloves are off in this battle of the sexes in space.

Say hello to Robin and Joe—contestants in 2034’s “Space Games,” a high-stakes reality TV show from Hollywood producer Sheldon J. Zimmer that is set aboard next-generation space station, ISS 2. The winner takes home a multimillion-dollar jackpot and a chance at stardom, while the loser faces the ultimate in public humiliation. Only former NASA astronaut Vince, acting as the station’s commander and the games’ sole referee, can separate sexy spitfire and martial artist, Robin Miller, from her brutal opponent, “Big Joe” O’Donnell, as the pair compete inside the cramped zero-g environs. Watched by millions of people back on Earth, the reality show rapidly degenerates into a deadly spectacle.

Space Games is a compelling story and a biting satire about reality television: those who make and participate in it – and those who watch it.

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Note: Currently FREE (at time of posting)

Sapce Games Dean Lombardo

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Non-Complaince:The Sector Cover - Paige Daniels Tina Closser

I used to matter… but now I’m just a girl in a ghetto, a statistic of the Non-Compliance Sector.

Shea Kelly had a brilliant career in technology, but after refusing to implant an invasive government device in her body she was sent to a modern day reservation: a Non-Compliance Sector, a lawless community run by thugs and organized crime. She’s made a life for herself as a resourceful barkeep, and hacks for goods on the black market with her best friend Wynne, a computer genius and part-time stripper. Life is pretty quiet under the reigning Boss, apart from run-ins with his right hand man, the mighty Quinn: until Danny Rose threatens to take over the sector. Pushed to the edge, Shea decides to fight back …
“…Non-Compliance: The Sector is a carefully crafted work of original fiction that offers solid entertainment from first page to last and never disappoints!” Midwest Book Review

“…Intriguing and fast paced, Non-Compliance: The Sector by Paige Daniels is a novel that can be quickly summed up in one word: awesome!” Readers’ Favorite

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Three months have passed since Shea Kelly and the rest of Boss’s crew eliminated Danny Rose from the Non-Compliance Sector, but their troubles are far from over. A new, more dangerous opponent has emerged, causing those once considered enemies to strike a tenuous truce. Secrets about the vaccine, the chip, and the past threaten Shea’s budding romance, not to mention the very existence of the crew.

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Non-Compliance: The Transition Paige Daniels Tina Closser

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It also seems Grimbold Books publish a novel by the name of HOOPER’S TOUGH, or HYPER TOOT, or something

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Also, Grimbold Books may have released some other books this year, so, you know, I may highlight them a little later in the week… maybe…

Merry Farmer’s IN YOUR ARMS Release Day Blitz! (and GIVEAWAY!)

In Your Arms Available NOW

Now, I’m normally more of a Fantasy-reader than a Romance-reader, but there is no doubt I like a good helping of Romance with my Fantasy. And, along with all that, I always find Merry Farmer‘s blog posts insightful and informative, and so I volunteered to be part of her Relase Day blog blits for IN YOUR ARMS, and review a copy…

This blog post includes a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card and e-book copy of In Your Arms! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post!

So, here is a little bit about the book:

About In Your Arms

In Your Arms Merry Farmer

Lily Singer has never belonged. Taken from her tribe as a child and raised in a white man’s school, she no longer has a place in either world. Teaching has become her life. When that life is threatened

Read more…Merry Farmer’s IN YOUR ARMS Release Day Blitz! (and GIVEAWAY!)

[Reblog] Book Review: Space Games by Dean Lombardo

Space Games - Cool HeaderPost-editted to be slightly more cool…

As part of the Bandit Book Bloggers SPACE GAMES tour, I am re-posting my review of the book.

I found it to be an entertaining but challenging read. Anyway… you’ll see why:

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Space GamesFor the sake of full disclosure, I will state that this book is published by my own publisher, Kristell Ink, part of Grimbold Books (although, I purchased my own copy).

That being said, I really enjoyed it, in a slightly uncomfortable way.

I have often said that when I read a book, I seek to fall in love with at least one of the characters. Well, I don’t think that’s meant to happen with this book. Seriously. If you fall in love with anyone, well… hmmm… I’ll look at you funny. Maybe Morty, or Vince… they’re OK. But of the main characters, there is no one here worthy of your love. And that’s fine. I think that’s the point.

I thought the concept of these two contestants was really interesting.

Read more…[Reblog] Book Review: Space Games by Dean Lombardo

Onwards and Upwards

That’s the statement for the day… Kindle links for HEALER’S TOUCH are back up. It will take time for it to be re-linked with the paperback and my Author profiles (and all the previous reviews) but it will be all sorted soon. And we shall push forward stronger than ever.

Amazon US

Amazon UK

I look forward to bringing you books filled with drama, not surrounded by it.

Onwards and Upwards.

 

HEALER’S TOUCH unavailable on Kindle, still on Smashwords

Due to reasons, HEALER’S TOUCH has fallen off of Amazon’s Kindle (as have the other Kristell Ink titles – NOT Kristell Ink’s fault*). However, it is still available via Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and no doubt many other outlets. Oh, and the paperback is still on Amazon.

I will update my Kindle links as soon as I know the new ones. I know Grimbold Books are working feverishly to get them all back up.

I am particularly annoyed that this happened now, as HT had been selling quite well the last two days. The rank leap had been staggering (for which I have my readers to thank).

Onwards and upwards, though, eh?

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* Not Amazon’s fault, either, I would like to stipulate

***UPDATE: Please note, HEALER’S TOUCH is back on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback editions now (it was only gone for about a day – Phew!)***

Book Review: Space Games by Dean Lombardo

Space Games by Dean Lombardo
When men & women are fighting, is there ever a winner?

For the sake of full disclosure, I will state that this book is published by my own publisher, Kristell Ink, part of Grimbold Books (although, I purchased my own copy).

That being said, I really enjoyed it, in a slightly uncomfortable way.

I have often said that when I read a book, I seek to fall in love with at least one of the characters. Well, I don’t think that’s meant to happen with this book. Seriously. If you fall in love with anyone, well… hmmm… I’ll look at you funny. Maybe Morty, or Vince… they’re OK. But of the main characters, there is no one here worthy of your love. And that’s fine. I think that’s the point.

I thought the concept of these two contestants was really interesting. As for a battle of the sexes, well, that made me a little uncomfortable from the get-go. There’s no doubting that, everything being equal, a man is physically superior to a woman (just going by muscle strength here), so the idea of them competing fairly was difficult to accept. However, I think it was dealt with really well. Robin sure is feisty, so it was believable when she did manage to come out on top (that may or may not be a pun at some points in the story… my lips are sealed).

I admit I spent a good chunk of the book trying to like both Robin and Joe… but they’re both pretty dispicable in their own way. I managed to find some semblance of sympathy for Joe along the way, but there are some things that are simply unforgivable — especially when they’re premeditated!

I loved all the detail that went into describing the low-gravity (zero gravity, as was often the case) setting — it was really neat and had me pondering just how much research Dean Lombardo had done when (or before) writing this thing. Really nice little bits and pieces here and there that even had me wondering if he had first-hand experience!

Pulp doesn’t usually feature in my chosen genres, but this was without a doubt a good read, if not always fun (although, fun for much of it!). A great way to look back on ourselves and “our” love of cheap entertainment (I’m going to exclude myself, as I have a tendency to avoid reality TV since the very first Big Brother – just doesn’t interest me). Greed has a lot to answer for.

Happy reading!

Book Review: “Siren Snow” by Victoria Barrow

Siren Snow Cover
Available in print & digital

Title: Siren Snow

Author: Victoria Barrow

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Description:

I’m borrowing the blurb from Amazon, because it also gives you a taste of the author’s voice:

“Winter is not exactly the ‘season of the witch.’ It’s cold in Washington: everything is covered in snow; EVERYTHING. But it doesn’t bother Lucilla Sinclair, the Witch-Warden for Washington state. She’s perfectly happy performing minor enchantments at her little arcane shop in Redhaven, an old fishing town turned tourist attraction. She has Mishal, her tall, dark-skinned elemental guardian to keep her warm; and Irwin, her raven familiar to pass the time. Magickal mischief in the cold, quiet state is slow for the most part, but when a freak winter storm lands a half-transformed Siren on her front porch, Lucy’s life becomes increasingly strange. Her dreams are suddenly assaulted with visions of a beautiful demon man, and her waking hours are spent warding off a cadre of mysterious shadow creatures. With the life of the Siren in her hands, Lucy must trek through the snows of Canada in a race against time. Her mission: to find the one person with enough knowledge of forbidden black magick to fix the broken Siren Melusine before her seven days on land are up. This is gonna be a rough week.”

Plot: As described in the blurb, this story is about a Witch. And not just a Witch. A Witch-Warden – someone tasked with protecting us lowly humans from the things that go bump in the night… and day… all the time, really. They’re busy people. I liked this idea of a Witch whose job it was to protect us all. She wasn’t the only one. Each US State has its own Warden… and I presume other places around the world do, too…

Read more…Book Review: “Siren Snow” by Victoria Barrow

What I’m reading

I’m yet to decide if I’m organised enough to turn this into a regular feature, but I thought I would let you take a peak at what’s on my bookshelf… or rather, Kobo.

For this exercise today, I am going to use my Goodreads bookshelf as a reference… it has 10 books on it, we’ll see how we go…

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Steampunk! – continued

Where I continue my review of this anthology of short stories.

My final impression of “The Last Ride of the Glory Girls”  was a pleasant one. The story kept me interested, read well & had a satisfying conclusion.

My first impression of  “Clockwork Fagan” was that it somehow slipped through the editing cracks. Yep. There were several typos, which isn’t a big deal, I guess, but I’d be gutted if I was Cory Doctorow.  Anyway, the story covers the case of a home for crippled children (generally all injured from working with the big machines used in the various industries of  the story’s world).  The home’s supervisor is a rough man who takes advantage of his position. He takes all the food and donations meant for the children for himself, leaving the kids very little.

That is, until the day Monty Goldfarb arrives. Pretty soon the tale  turns gory. The supervisor is dead from a knife wound and the children set about creating an automaton, using parts from the recently deceased, to fool the rest of the world into believing that the children are not alone.

I found the tale enjoyable enough. Reading it, I felt a little like an emotionless observer, but I suppose it is tricky to draw a reader in with a small word count. Or, it may have been because there was a need for that kind of observing given the nature of the tale – which required using the deceased’s own face.

I don’t want to give too much away, but the story was constructed well and, again, the ending felt right.

“Seven Days Beset by Demons” by Shawn Cheng is a cute graphic story about a music box creator and seller. As he meets the  potential purchasers of his wares, he experiences the seven deadly sins. It’s a quick tale that gives a nice break in the  book. Quite cool.

“Hand in Glove” by Ysabeau S. Wilce is a rather neat mystery tale. The police department’s golden boy succeeds in capturing his suspect after a series of murder/thefts. But not everyone is happy. Constable Aurelia Etreyo is confident that the wrong man is due to hang because she believes in the evidence – including fingerprinting (a new, untrusted technique). We go through a series of clues  and meet some very interesting characters, which I won’t go into because it’d give the game away. So far, this one would probably be my favourite tale.

However, I am now reading “The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor”, by Delia Sherman, and it is rather good, so far.  (Never mind that I can’t pronounce one of the most used words).