Friday, February 7, 2020

Health Issues And Getting Back To Work

Prior to this, my last post was May 2018. It's odd to think it's been almost two years. Odd but accurate. You see in June 2018 I had surgery to remove a tumor from my left lung. They removed 40% of the lower lobe of my left lung to get at the tumor and remove it.
I didn't start feeling at all like myself until at least February 2019.
I've basically been reconstructing my life ever since.
It's surprising how life alteringly exhausting it is to remove a piece of yourself.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Book Review: Song Of Blood And Stone, Earthsinger Chronicles Book One

Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles, #1)Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable read.
This book is a fantasy novel with warring countries trying to break through/defend a magical barrier between the lands. It has basic technology like electricity and radios which is unusual in books that seem more high fantasy. Unusual in a good way as I enjoyed the update.
This is the story of Jack and Jasminda trying to save their world from a vicious magical All Father who drains people's magic to add to his own. It has fights, a romance subplot, sibling rivalry, bad soldiers, good soldiers, confused Sisters, and a magical Queen stuck in a sleep spell.
I would recommend this book. I've already recommended it to someone.
I received a digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. It has an expiration date so I consider it no different than if I had borrowed it from the library.
A good book, the start of a new series--I believe book 2 comes out this fall--that would be a good addition to any fantasy, urban or paranormal fantasy collection.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Free E-Book All Amazon Sites 8/23/17 to 8/25/17

My paranormal fantasy book, Ghost Of A Chance, is free on all Amazon sites today 8/23/17 through 8/25/17.

Honestly I had forgotten I even had free days coming up, I scheduled them so long ago. I should probably pay more attention.

But anyway, want a free paranormal fantasy or urban fantasy read with no cliffhangers? Here you go:  (USA) (UK)

It is book one of a trilogy but can be read as a standalone novel.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Book Review: Urban Enemies (multi story collection)

Urban Enemies by Joseph NassiseI received this book from Net Galley for free in exchange for my honest review.
An interesting collection of stories from the point of view of the villains.
I'm a long time fan of Jim Butcher so I had already read "Even Hand"; the Marcone point of view story. Marcone is a great villain because he's a very nuanced one. He has his own code of conduct that he doesn't break. A good story for fans. I do wish they had made it clear it was a previously published story.
I'm also a long time fan of the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. The IDC story wasn't a crucial one but does tie into the greater universe. He has Loki going to meet with Lucifer to ask for assistance with Ragnorak. It was entertaining but I don't feel I would have missed anything in the universe by not reading it.
My favorite story in this collection was Sixty Six Seconds by Craig Schaeffer. I was very pleased with the amount of character and world that was in such a short story. I would read him again.
Over all some interesting introductions to many different worlds and authors that is worth checking out if you like short stories or trying out lots of different authors and worlds.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wonder Woman Is Awesome! Loved The Movie!

So I did it. I ran out to the theater to see Wonder Woman within a few days of it opening. Tuesday to be precise. I told my husband well in advance that we were going to the theater to see this one. I have to throw my money behind the first female superhero movie in my lifetime. (I'm not counting Elektra or Catwoman because they both are more anti-heroes; not because both movies were kind of bad.)

So first off there were some mistakes with the props for the time period. One of them rubbed me wrong but overall, I wasn't bothered. Some series history buffs might be.

Second, the ending was a little uneven. Having said that, this movie was awesome.

It had lots of people kicking ass--most of which just happened to be female. It did a wonderful job of portraying Wonder Woman as both naïve and a serious badass. I think Gal Gadot did a wonderful job. It had great side characters like Etta, Steve's secretary, and the cast of men that followed Steve and Diana behind enemy lines. It made me laugh and at some points, want to cheer. It had beautiful scenery contrasting with dark, dreary scenes.

I am thrilled they did such a good job with Wonder Woman and I'm already looking forward to Wonder Woman II. This is easily the best of the DC extended universe films so far--by far. Run out and see it! I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Author Interview Up

I was recently interviewed by Mercedes Fox. You can find the interview here.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Time To Get Back To Work

That's it. The holidays are over. The lights are down. The tree is packed up. No more nutcracker statues on the fireplace and no more excuses for why I'm not writing.
It's time to buckle down and plan this year's novel.
I've finished the Ghost Protector Trilogy so I'm looking to do something completely new. I've been toying with two ideas. One has dragons and come on dragons are always great; the other has a descendant of Medusa trying to break the family curse.
Brainstorming must ensue.
I have one more week in my self appointed deadline to decide and then I need to outline and start the story. Wish me luck?