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Top Reads of 2016! 4 Star Books

Throughout the months of February and March, I will posting various “best of” lists, ranging from  my top 5, 4.5 and 4 star reads of 2016, to the best quotes, and my favorite foodie quotes!

Today, I am happy to announce my…

Top Reads of 2016! 4 Star Books


 4. Scavenger: A.I. (Sand Divers #2) by Timothy C. Ward

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About the Book:

Hundreds of years ago a nanotech virus nearly wiped out humanity. The kernel of that technology has been locked in a buried military and guarded from warlords and tyrants by a class of sentries. Divemaster Rushing Stenson and his wife Star thought their journey underground would lead to the discovery of the ancient city of Danvar. Instead, they resurrected a power perfect for the tyrant that put them there. He plans to use this self replicating technology to rebuild America and give life eternal to those loyal to his empire.

In Scavenger: A.I., Rush, Star and their crew of survivors see an opportunity to use this power to defend their new territory and rewrite the course of their lives and country in a way that would make their children proud. However, as they discover the oddities of this power, it may be too late to reverse the evolution they’ve seen within. And some aren’t interested even if they could. Even if what they’re becoming is too much like the tyrants they’re fighting.

As the nanotech and infusion of the power source they’ve uncovered changes Rush and Star, they are tempted with the chance of bringing their deceased newborn back to life. Will this child be the one they knew, and if not, how far into dangerous territory will they go to force what shouldn’t be?

Inspired by the world of Sand by Hugh Howey and written with his permission. This stand alone series takes the action of Mad Max: Fury Road and injects it into a hostile environment catered to fans of Alien.

My Rating: 4/5

Why You Should Read It: Timothy C. Ward has talent for writing sympathetic characters and creating imaginative sci-fi technology.

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Authors to Watch Out For: 2017 Edition

Seeing as how MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape has shifted from book reviews to author interviews, it is very rare that I get write about books and authors that I have read recently (heck, I barely even get to read a book anymore).

Doing interviews with authors about their upcoming books in my way of helping spread the word, but I still feel that a review is more personal and can have a greater impact.

Because of this, I decided to do a “Authors to Watch Out For” list. It is one the same idea and many “Best Debut” lists, except this is going consist of authors that I have read since starting this blog (in 2014), up to now.

The only criteria is that their first novel be released somewhere between 2013 and 2016, or that they have finished their series somewhere in that time frame as well.

Without further ado, here is my list of Authors to Watch Out For!


Rachel Dunne

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Rachel’s debut novel, In the Shadow of the Gods, was releasted in June of 2016; it was one of the best novels I read last year and was a novel that I personally thought had all the ingredients you need to make an epic fantasy trilogy that fans will devour.

Fun-fact: In the Shadow of the Gods, was a semi-finalist for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and was then picked by Harper Voyager.

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Author Interview: Timothy C. Ward

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Today I am interviewing Timothy C. Ward, author of the new, apocalyptic fantasy novel, Revolt, first book in the Godsknife series.

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DJ: Hey Tim! Thanks for stopping by (again!) to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, or read any our two previous interviews, could you tell us a little about yourself? What’s new since Scavenger: A.I.’s release?

Timothy C. Ward: I mean, how could someone not have heard of me? It sounds like I practically live here. To steal a line from my bio: I’ve been broke, lost and surfed with sharks on the other side of the world, but now dream up greater adventures from my keyboard in Des Moines, Iowa.

Scavenger: A.I. was my second and possibly last book in my post-apocalyptic scifi series set in Hugh Howey’s world of Sand. I published that in June, and am publishing my first fantasy novel August 22 through Evolved Publishing. It has been a crazy busy summer. I go to WorldCon in three days, where I will hopefully not let my nerves get the best of me as I stand behind a dealer’s table smiling and offering my card as I wait and pray for my stacks of books to steadily shrink into thin air.

DJ: What is Revolt about?

TCW: It is about people I think readers should love. People who have grown up in philosophical systems and imperfect family dynamics that have made them the imperfect heroes of their own story.

In more concrete terms, it’s the violent return of magic to a world like ours, set in Iowa and pieces of the Abyss inspired by my time in South Korea. Characters will fight giant praying mantises and darker corners in their hearts that make them wonder if they’re up for the battle to keep their world steady as it heaves itself end over end. Continue reading

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Book Review: Scavenger: A.I. (Sand Divers #2) by Timothy C. Ward

Scavenger: A.I. (Sand Divers #2) by Timothy C. Ward

Publisher: Spike Publishing

Publication Date: June 28, 2015

Edition: ebook, 276 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic

Rating: 3.5/5


Sympathetic characters and imaginative sci-fi technology.
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Cover Reveal, Interview, and FOUR (4) Giveaways! Scavenger: A.I. (Sand Divers #2) by Timothy C. Ward

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Today I am interviewing Timothy C. Ward, author of the new sci-fi novel, Scavenger: A.I., second book of the Sand Divers series.
I also have the honor of revealing the Scavenger: A.I. cover on my blog, and Timothy has been gracious enough to provide one (1) ebook copy of Scavenger: Evolution to every commenter(!), and possibly two (2) more copies of his books to my readers, along with detail for other ways that you would win a copy!

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DJ: Hey Tim! Thanks for stopping by to do another interview!

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

Timothy C. Ward: I’m a husband and soon to be father of two. My first novel, Scavenger: Evolution was inspired by how a couple might drift apart after the death of their newborn. I write about family love and the weaknesses that make us doubt our ability to accomplish our dreams, often in apocalypses and with monsters of some kind, human or otherwise.

I studied creative writing for a semester in Sippy Downs, Australia (read: I went to the beach a lot, embarrassed myself just as much, got lost and went broke in New Zealand, snowboarded there before a cloud forced the end of the day, made friends that made me cry to leave, and probably only actually wrote for five days the whole time). I’ve matured since then, but I’m so glad I lived in that six months, even if I did so as an immature twenty year old. I’m thirty three now, I’ve accomplished the one million words challenge, and am planning to publish two books this summer.

I was also the executive producer of Adventures in Scifi Publishing for a year and a half and was nominated for a Hugo for Best Fancast last year.

I am a Christian, too, though that could mean so much to so many, let’s just say I love you and yet may also write stories that go places which make some uncomfortable. My stories fit in a niche between what Christians might think is too secular and where everyone else thinks is on the cleaner side of dark fiction. Continue reading

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Top 9 Published Books in 2015!

Throughout the month of January (more like February now, I guess), I will posting various “best of” lists, ranging from the best books I read that were published in 2015, to my top 5 and 4 stars reads of 2015, to the best short fiction of 2015, and to my favorite foodie quotes!

Today, I am happy to announce my…

Top 9 Published Books in 2015!


9. Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoir by Lady Trent #3) by Marie Brennan

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About the Book:

Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed—until now. Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal.

Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Why You Should Read It: If you’re looking for a series with a strong female protagonist – look no further! This series is for you! Plus, DRAGONS.

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Author Interview: Timothy C. Ward

339035_192256654183859_357604952_oAuthor interviews are something I’ve been thinking about trying to add to my blog for a bit of time now, but nothing ever really sparked me to make me actually pursue it. After I read Scavenger: Evolution though (my review), and being such a fan of AISP, I knew that Tim would be the perfect author for me start with! And I am extremely appreciative that Tim accepted my request to be my first interview!

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Today I am interviewing Timothy C. Ward, author of the new sci-fi novel, Scavenger: Evolution, and former executive producer of Adventures in Scifi Publishing.

DJ: Scavenger: Evolution takes place in Hugh Howey’s world of Sand. What was it about Sand that made you want to tell your story there?

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Book Review: Scavenger: Evolution (Sand Divers #1) by Timothy C. Ward

Scavenger: Evolution (Sand Divers #1) by Timothy C. Ward

Publisher: Spike Publishing

Publication Date: March 31, 2015 (first published March 29, 2015)

Edition: Paperback, 290 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Post-Apoclytpic, Fan-Fiction

Rating: 3.5/5


It was like a dive into quick-sand!
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Book Collecting: Update #8

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This month my books came from a few different sources. I won a couple giveaways, actually went out and bought a new release, and of course, hit up my local book outlet sore.
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