Monthly Archives: December 2017

Book Review: Wilders (Project Earth #1) by Brenda Cooper

Wilders (Project Earth #1by Brenda Cooper

Publisher: Pyr

Publication Date: June 23, 2017

Edition: Paperback, 350 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Coming of Age

Rating: 3/5


A young girl saves tries to save her sister… and the wild too
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Author Interview: Robert J. Barlow

Today I am interviewing Robert J. Barlow, author of the new dark fantasy novel, The Laughing Man.

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DJ: Hi Robert! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Robert J. Barlow: I’m a Brisbane based author trying to make it on the indie scene. I’ve loved telling stories since I was a kid, and I’ve finally realised I can actually get paid for it.

DJ: What is The Laughing Man about?

Robert: It’s a dimension hopping urban fantasy about going to a world stranger than ours, stealing superpowers, and foiling a god.

DJ: What were some of your influences for The Laughing Man?

Robert:Neil Gaiman was my biggest influence. Derek Landy and Jim Butcher were also a huge part of things. Honestly though, I’ve been reading everything I could since I was six..

DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?

Robert:Adam is the person the world happens to, but he responds to being out of his depth with flair. Pan and Annabelle are both strangers in a strange land, especially since Annabelle was raised by magic spiders. I feel like Xavier will be the most immediately compelling though. He’s a stylish sarcastic violent madman with a magic top hat. Continue reading

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New-Release Spotlight: Retribution (The Preagressus Project #5) by Aaron Hodges

About the Book:

The United States have fallen. A new power has risen in North America, but now a terrifying virus is spreading across the countryside. Once infected, people change, mutating into superhuman creatures known as the Chead. Wherever they walk, death follows. Desperate to defend its citizens, the government launches the Praegressus Project – an experimental program to enhance the human race.

Elizabeth Flores was just a normal girl – until the Chead slaughtered her parents and made her a fugitive. With winter approaching she seeks refuge in the city of Sacramento, but the hunters are waiting. Abducted off the streets, she’s spirited away to a facility deep in the Californian mountains. There, Liz wakes in an iron cage – and she’s not alone.

In the opposite cage, Christopher Sanders stands wrongfully accused of treason. Along with Liz, he has just become a volunteer in the Praegressus Project. Stripped of their rights, they will soon learn there is little separating humanity from the monsters they seek to destroy. The two must work together if they want to survive, but even then, their chances are slim. Of course, only the lucky get to die.

Blending the insane experiments of Stranger Things and the haunting dystopia of the Hunger Games, fans will love this thrilling new series. Discover a future where the powerful rule without mercy, and nothing is ever as it seems. With hints of YA Dystopia, Genetic Scifi, Urban Fantasy and just a touch of Romance, the Praegressus Project truly has something for everyone. Enter a new world with New York Times Bestselling Author Aaron Hodges.

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Excerpt and Giveaway: The Forever Ship by Francesca Haig

Summary:

Book Three in the critically acclaimed The Fire Sermon trilogy—The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined post-apocalyptic series by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

“Haig’s prose is gorgeous and engaging, particularly when she describes the desolate landscape, now peppered with ruins from the Before. Fans of dystopias will appreciate this adventure-filled yet character-focused tale that offers hope and explores (in a refreshingly nuanced way) the moral complexities involved in defeating an oppressive and backward government structure” (Booklist, starred review).

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*I have one (1) free hardcover copy  of The Forever Ship by Francesca Haig to go along with this excerpt! The link and details for the giveaway are located at the bottom of the post, following the excerpt 🙂

 

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Chapter 1

“Stop looking at me like that,” Paloma said. “Like what?” I said.

I turned my face back to the fire, squinting against the smoke. I couldn’t deny that I’d been staring. I watched her all the time. Some-times I woke and half expected that she would be gone—that she had never come at all, or that she’d been nothing but a shape we had conjured out of our longing for Elsewhere.

But she had come: pale, like somebody seen through mist. Not the blondness of Crispin, or of Elsa, who had hair with gold in it and pink-flushed skin. Paloma’s hair was so blond it was nearly gray, like driftwood­—­as if she’d washed up on the beach instead of sailing here on The Rosalind. Her skin had a bleached-straw whiteness, and her eyes were light blue—barely a color at all. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Kate Murdoch

Today I am interviewing Kate Murdoch, author of the new fantasy novel, Stone Circle.

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DJ: Hi Kate! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Kate Murdoch: I’m an artist turned writer. I exhibited as a painter for fourteen years before writing crept up on me seven years ago. I’ve been very focused on writing ever since. At the moment, I’m writing my third novel about a girl orphaned during the 1908 earthquake in Sicily and adopted by a wealthy family in Palermo.

DJ: What is Stone Circle about?

Kate: Stone Circle tells the story of Antonius, who wins a competition to be an apprentice to the town seer, along with the son of a nobleman. There is intense rivalry as they compete for the attention of their mentor and the affection of his daughter whilst learning about magic and alchemy.

DJ: What were some of your influences for Stone Circle?

Kate: I have had a lifelong interest in the unseen and unknown. I began looking into Eastern spiritual traditions such as Mahayana Buddhism and the Tao in my late teens. As I wrote ‘Stone Circle’ I was working with a Reiki master who took me to level two, giving me the ability to heal others. Trying to make sense of the world through the lens of different spiritual philosophies has shaped my life and writing. Along with this, there are parallels between my main character Antonius’s ability to inhabit two worlds and reinvent himself, and my own experience as an adopted person. Adopted people are self-invented because they don’t have the information about who they are as they grow up. So there is often a search for identity. Continue reading

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