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Review of Undressed by Karina Kantas

Undressed by Karina Kantas is a collection of riveting short stories, flash fiction, haunting poems, and excerpts from intriguing stories. 

I’m giving Undressed four stars. While I loved the stories and will likely turn to this short work should I ever find myself with a bit of writer’s block, there were several typos. If it were only a handful of errors I wouldn’t think much of it as none of us are perfect, but this work collection of works could use a bit of love from an editor.

There was one story about half way through called Childhood Memories that stuck with me.

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Review of Publish Promote Repeat

Publish Promote Repeat: Preparing to Launch your Book Workbook by Lucinda Moebius is a useful read for the complete beginner. I’m give this self-help book 4 stars. I wish I could give it more, but it has some misinformation and points that are briefly mentioned but never returned to. Now don’t let that detract from this book as it is useful in many respects, but there are some fallacies in it.

It starts with some basic insight into writing and publishing as a whole and then continues on into the main point of the book. The usefulness of a quick pitch, or a hook for a reader, will be explained and then you will be given advice on how to create one of your own. This itself is invaluable as it leads into so many other facets of promotion.

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House of Horror Review

So, we all know the basic horror tropes, but this one’s not quite the same as most. While some tropes just can’t be avoided, this one took some turns I just couldn’t see coming. While characters seem to be flat and be nothing more than the generic pancake in this genre, this little read breaks that mold and runs out of the gate with backstories and lives that leave you questioning who you want to ‘win’ right up to the very end.

Go have fun with this short read, it’s free here for a limited time! If that’s not enough to convince you, here’s the blurb:

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When Mathew Hansen first heard the disembodied voice of a woman through the wall of his new London flat, he thought he imagined it. Mind playing tricks, in a flat that settled and creaked like an old woman. Or maybe too much booze fuelling his nightmares.

The voice couldn’t be real; just the wind, moving around the old Victorian house.

Besides, his bangable neighbour Amanda couldn’t hear the strange chanting sounds. She was just messing with him when she said she did. A little payback for sleeping with her and never calling her back.

It must be his imagination.

Right?

And just for good measure, here’s the link to the free book again:

https://www.instafreebie.com/free/IF2YL

Review of Mistletoe Confession

The first short story in this collection by E.J Bennett, Mistletoe Confession, is a cozy little romance drowning in hidden feelings that stemmed from childhood and leaves your imagination to run wild. I must say, I believe E.J Bennett writes third person better than first person, which is what she uses in the next story and still pulls off quite well.

The Unexpected Guest another cute little romance, but this time with a snowstorm on the horizon and in first person. Sorry, I can’t say more as I don’t give spoilers. 🙂

The Perfect Gift, an unlikely turn of events leads to… nope not going to say. You’ll just have to read for yourself.

The Christmas Angel is my personal favorite. What more could someone ask for than a proper nanny, accusations, a sweet little girl, and cookies for the holidays? What’s that you say? Accusations? Yeah, I’ll just have to read and find out for yourself.

Christmas Camp a boy scout camping trip turned rescue from poison ivy pans out to be the camping trip of a lifetime for one scoutmaster. Yet another excellent short story.

I will say that some of the stories jump to their end and would lend themselves better to being a longer story, but they are still excellent short stories. There are also instances of swapping between present and past tense, but it’s not to the point of detracting from the story. Okay, my nitpicking is done.

Overall, this is a nice collection of short romance stories to put you in the holiday mood.

Review of The Secret King: Lethao

I’ll get to my review here in just a few, but there is something else I want to address first. I want to apologize for being off my game over the last week and missing some posts. To prevent this from happening in the future I am changing my posting schedule. Starting this week, Saturday shall be our regularly scheduled posting day, with special event day postings strung between when they come up.

Thank you for your understanding, now on to The Secret King: Lethao, by Dawn Chapman, narrated by Greg Tremblay. If you’ve been hanging around for a while you’ve probably seen my reviews of Dawn Chapman’s short audio books, well this is the full book and I must say that more hooked than ever! It got to the point that I was listening to the audio book instead of music while drawing for class.

The thing that sticks with me the most from this story is the love and compassion. If I had to choose a single scene, it would be those which revolve around the release of one life for another. Overall, I think Greg Tremblay played Kendro the best of all of the characters, though there was not one character that I he was not on point for.

Needless to say, I just might listen to this one again!

Review of Lost Lands (Changing Times Part 2)

Written by Shaun L. Griffiths, the Lost Lands is one of the best books anyone could ask for. If you like a heartfelt and action packed story in an intriguing world filled with the most wondrous characters, then this is it. This may be the second book in the series, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it even though I’ve not read a single page of book 1.

Each scene is taken up from a different character’s point of view, there were a few times I had to step back for a millisecond to catch that the new scene was replaying a fight from a different point of view, but I wouldn’t have it any other way as you’d lose that extra layer of feeling and understanding.

Overall, if you’re one to like a fascinating and action-packed story that’s layered with history, then this one is for you. I for one will most definitely be reading the next book in the series whenever it should come out.

If you’d like to meet Shaun L. Griffiths, check out the interview I snagged with him here: http://blog.zoramarie.com/interview-with-author-shaun-l-griffiths/

 

Time’s Anchor by Lynda Engler

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A short review for a short story… five stars once again!
What an excellent short story! I don’t usually read short stories, but I needed something to decompress between writing research papers for college and working on my novel. Turns out that this little time travel story was just what I needed. Well, back to the grinned, those papers aren’t going to write themselves after all. And neither is that pesky little, or rather not so little, textbook going to read itself.
Lynda Engler ceases to amaze me! 😉

Feeder (Chronicles of the Soul Eaters Book 1) by Lucinda Moebius

Okay, this is going to be a shorter review because I have a paper and two drawings to do for college. In hindsight, I probably should have finished my paper before I finished the book, but what can I say, it was a good book.

5 out of 5 stars!

Lucinda Moebius’s version of vampires is a new swing I hadn’t really thought of before, granted I haven’t read many vampire books. The book is written in a vampire named Maria’s point of view. She’s not like the other vampires, her life, her struggles, they’ve made her more human than any of them could ever be. Yet she’s more than any of the others could ever be, even in worse and most broken state.

Overall, I love this world, the spin on the vampires and I thirst for more. If I could I’d run out and get more of Lucinda Moebius’s books, but I need to get back to reality, finish my assignments, and work on editing my own book.

If Feeder sounds like something you’d be interested in reading, check it out here!

A Post Apocalyptic Novel: Into the Outside

I’m giving Into the Outside a well earned 5 STARS!

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Lynda Engler hooks you from the very beginning with her tales of Malcolm and the other mutants of the outside. These mutants are the descendents of those caught out in the open when the world fell to shambles in massive terrorist attack that left the world without electronics and radiation that mutated many of the land’s inhabitants.

Lynda brings the troubles of both the shelter people and outsiders to life in such a way that it truly makes you wondered if this could really happen. She combines the action/adventure of the outside with an uncanny love story that truly melts the heart.

If you’re looking for your next post apocalyptic story that hits home then I full heartedly suggest checking Into the Outside out!

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Conquest: Rise of the Fifth Horseman

This one is so good that I don’t want to give anything away that isn’t in the blurb. So read it, and then continue on to my review of this captivating work of literature.

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Blurb:
A primeval darkness threatens to destroy mankind…In an alternate reality where in ancient times two of Earth’s largest continents mysteriously vanished to a world called Zion, NSA Agent Lily Thatcher finds herself in the midst of a plot to drag away a third of all mankind in a rapture-like event. Lily is spirited away to this evil-plagued world where dragons rule the skies and an evil darkness lurks in the shadows. The Leviathan has already consumed the souls of Zion and now thirsts for the souls of Earth. Will Lily be able tame the newly-discovered divine power growing within her in time to prevent Earth’s apocalyptic fate? The weight of both worlds bears down upon her shoulders and only time will tell if Lily has what it takes to save mankind.

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This one gets a full 5 stars!
Such an enjoyable and captivating read with as may twist and turns as can be imagined. Richard M. Mulder pulls you in with a deep and mysterious scene before dropping you off in the modern world of Earth. Mulder’s novel continues to surprise with every twist and turn of the story while still keeping the story grounded with his impeccable descriptions. Not wishing to spoil and of the surprises I won’t go into detail. But I will give you this, so many loose strings are tied up in a nice little bow while still leaving a HUGE cliffhanger. The ending is satisfying enough that I didn’t seek to pull my hair out, yet left me hanging so much that I have to pick up the next book in the series! Basically, Richard M. Mulder needs to hurry up with the next book!

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Thank you for a fantastic read Richard M. Mulder!
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