Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CSFF Blog Tour: Storm Siren by Mary Weber...

I haven’t done a book tour in a long time. I've missed the CSFF Blog Tour.

This month we are doing a tour on Storm Siren by Mary Weber.

About the book: 
Author: Mary Weber
Book: Storm Siren (Book One)
Genre: Science-fiction/fantasy/Young Adult/
Pages: 352
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Age range: Older teen mature 17+
Lots of gore, death, and holds sensual scenes that would not be appropriate for younger readers. 


“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse – and the girl – can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth – meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.
Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

My Review:
Sadly I don’t have a good review. One, my week has been crazy so I can’t make this too long and two, I did not like this book.

In fact I disliked it so much, I’m debating on what to say and what not to.

Being a writer myself, I never like to be “mean” or only say bad things about a book, for I know there was a lot of time, heart and dedication put into this, but boy was I (the reader) disappointed.

I think what gets me the most on Storm Siren, is that I was expecting something Christian and received nothing. It wasn't even what I would call a “clean” read. It held no message, or really even a hope of one. Maybe some glimmers of redemption, but nothing really Christian. This was what I would call a secular work, and perhaps if that's what it claimed to be, I wouldn't be as hard on this tale.

I really hated the romance within it! I like romance and after all I’m a girl, but this was just shallow and at times inappropriate and sometimes confusing.

I honestly cannot think of anything I really liked about this book. Wish I could, but I can't. I’m grateful for receiving a copy and I see that this story has touched others, but I will not continue with the rest of the series. 

You got my two cents, but be sure to see what the rest of the tour has to say about Storm Siren by Mary Weber.
  
Lauren Bombardier
Beckie Burnham
Vicky DealSharingAunt
George Duncan
April Erwin
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Janeen Ippolito
Carol Keen
Emileigh Latham
Simone Lilly-Egerter
Jennette Mbewe
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
Jalynn Patterson
Audrey Sauble
Chawna Schroeder
Jojo Sutis
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Michelle R. Wood 

Storm Siren – http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Siren-Trilogy/dp/1401690343/

Author Website – http://www.maryweber.com/

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Singer of Bees...

For those of you that follow me, I didn't reach my goal of completely finishing TROH last year. I believe it's close, but I want to let it sit for a little while… like a month or two. I think I focused too hard on it and my mind went a little crazy on over thinking a few things. No fear, I’m not abandoning it, I just need some fresh eyes before handing it over to a few special people, who will eventually led to giving it to all of you.

In other news, this year I want to work on another project called Singer of Bees. It’s a story I've had on my mind for the last two years and I feel led to finally let it go.(Start singing Frozen)

So here is the lovely cover-art and the "sort-of" synopsis (It needs work!).
                                                                                             

King Ksil is throwing a celebration in honor of his kingdom and in doing so he wants to include the Bee Children. The King gives this hard task to his most beloved knight, Mori.  

Mori would do anything for his king, but he hates the Bee Children. They are slaves after all and worth nothing in his eyes. Traveling on a journey across the kingdom he searches for his king's wish and is surprised at what his finds.


Devora has always been in slavery, yet holds onto the promise of her King, one day she will be free. Singing her praises to her King, she gets tangled in a mess she never dreamed would come true.


Devora opens Mori's eyes to love and the King of kings. With a new hope Mori decides to share the truth to his king, but when a sinister plan to kill all the Bee Children is lead from King Ksil himself, will Mori have the courage to disobey his king for a Bee Child? Will he be able to take bold steps for the King of kings?

                                                                                                                   
I'd like to finish this tale by summer. I plan on making it a short novella of 20,000 words. So far I'm at 4,000 words. It's a YA fantasy (of course) loosely inspired off of the Biblical story of Deborah and the Bible verses of Zechariah 10:8-10 (AMP version).  We'll see where this all goes... many of you know I don't follow goals very well. 

On another topic, what do you all think of my new blog look?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Where do you draw the line?



 I see a lot of friends excited about the newest Hunger Games that is releasing today. I’ll admit I’ve read the books and I’ve watched the first two films. They left me not feeling too good. I loved the archery and a few of the characters, yet what’s honestly entertaining about watching children kill one another, in detail? Where are the good “parent” figures . . . there was none? And what’s the purpose of the story? Just think about it for a second . . . And the biggest question, where is God?

I watched an interview on Suzanne Collins, and really liked what she wanted to show and teach in her series, yet I feel like it has been buried under something much different. 

I admit some books I’ve reviewed had some major flaws that didn’t settle will with me. I use the excuse that it’s just fiction. I’ve turned down books and refused to purchase others, some even from my favorite authors. No more dystopian please! It’s just so depressing. 

So my question is, where do you draw the line on books and movies? I believe we don’t think about this enough. This is something that’s been bugging me lately, especially being a “fantasy” writer. I sadly don’t freely admit that I’m a fantasy writer; I don’t like the questions that usually follow. So I hide it, because who likes to be looked at as being even stranger. ;-) 

I like what Bryan Davis says in the video above. I was not a fan of him when I first came across him. Somehow I kept collecting books by him and letting them sit on my shelf. A few years ago I had a rough year of family members in the hospital. His “Dragons of Starlight” series comforted me. Sounds silly, but his writing honestly has God all over it. 

I like books/movies that have a bigger purpose to them, that point to someone bigger and something deeper. Just my two cents and something I pray I’m doing with TROH, even with all its ugliness and many flaws. 

I pray you too take this to heart. 
~Philippians 4:8 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Servants and Thieves by Derrick Tribble and GIVEAWAY . . .

About the book:
Author: Derrick Tribble
Book: The Wanderers of Time series (Book One)
Genre: Science-fiction/Young Adult/Christian.
Pages: 308
Age range: Highly recommended to ages 13 and up

"Our parents are gone, and it's my fault."

"What?"

"I prayed for something interesting to happen . . . and it did."

It was supposed to be a fun trip to London, packed with sightseeing, fine dining and family time. But a freak lab accident robs them of their parents, and now Amy and Ben must dive into an adventure bigger than space and time. They go through the same mysterious arch their parents vanished into, and emerge into the Victorian era.

As they search for their parents, Amy and Ben encounter an eccentric and deadly crime lord who wants the secret of time travel -- a secret he thinks they have -- and he will stop at nothing to get it. To survive, Amy and Ben must stand up for what's right, persevere in the midst of their trials, and develop character that leads to hope.

Can these two 21st century teens overcome Queen Victoria's London, and discover the way home?


About the Author:
Derrick Tribble lives in the foothills of California, where the air is clear and fresh, and the trees are big. He shares his house with his wife and two children, and two strange cats. When not writing, he can occasionally be found working or playing the drums.
For more information on Derrick and his writing visit his website http://derricktribble.com/ and become a fan at facebook.com/derricktribblethatauthorguy



My Review . . .
You know how it feels when you find a book and it feels like treasure? Will that’s how Servants and Thieves was . . . a treasure. I stumbled upon this book from a friend and thought it sounded interesting. Time traveling into the Victorian era, along with a Christian touch. Why not give that a go?

The main characters Ben and Amy were great.  They felt real! I really enjoyed following Ben and Amy on their point of views and liked the switch off between them every other chapter. He also did a good job on humor and how some of us (girls) can be a little dramatic.

This book brought back old memories on why I fell in love with Christian Speculative fiction. Perhaps it’s just me, but I've been a little bored the last two years. Wanderers in Time, brought back that spark on why this genre is so good. If you enjoy tales of adventure with depth and heart, some fun history and real characters; then you’ll really enjoy book one of this wonderful series.  Highly recommended to ages 13 and up! Forewarning though . . . you’ll want to purchase book two right away.

Because I liked this book so much, I’m doing a GIVEAWAY!

(NEW UPDATE) Share about this giveaway with your friends and family. If we make it to 75 entries then “the author” will give a complete signed set of the Wanderers of Time series to the top winner, and I will give a signed copy of book one to winner two. Please share your link on where you shared, such as facebook, Pinterest, your blog, a comment on another blog/website, etc . . .  



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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Unbound by J. B. Simmons and GIVEAWAY . . .


About the book:
Author: J. B. Simmons
Book: The Omega Trilogy (Book One)
Genre: Hybrid fantasy/sci-fi/End-times/Thriller/Christian.
Pages: 298
Age range: YA, yet I recommend if for readers sixteen and older. One curse word, which wasn't too bad and it does have romance, but it’s all pretty clean.


He must be released for a little while.
But the one who sees doesn’t believe. 

Elijah Goldsmith has nightmares he needs to ignore. Why would a rich kid from Manhattan dream three straight nights about a dragon and the destruction of St. Peter’s Basilica? He’s never even been to Rome.

It’s bad timing, too. He’s graduating soon and applying to be a spy in the International Security Agency. That’s where he meets Naomi. She’s the kind of girl who makes boys like Elijah want to share their secrets. Were they brought together to learn what his secrets mean? There’s more to their sparks than they think.

This is 2066, the year the world ends.



About the Author:
J.B. Simmons writes thrillers with an apocalyptic twist, and political philosophy clothed in fantasy. His latest novel, Unbound, tells the story of a rich kid from Manhattan with nightmares of a dragon and the world ending in 2066. In his Gloaming books, J.B. carries the torch of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis into an underground city with an exiled prince.
J.B. lives outside Washington, DC, with his wife, two toddlers, and an intriguing day job. He wakes early, runs a lot, and fuels it all with coffee or leftover juice boxes. He'd love to hear from you:
Via email: jbsimmons.light@gmail.com
On the web: jbsimmons.com
On Twitter: @jbsimmonslight
On Facebook: facebook.com/JBSimmonsAuthor
On GoodReads: goodreads.com/jbsimmons

My Review:
J. B. Simmons is truly a very gifted writer. I don’t mean this lightly. I LOVE his style of writing.  It pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. . .  forewarning.
Unbound is his third published work, book one of a new series, and so far my personal fav from him.

Being aware of the world’s craziness and living in the 21st century where technology has taken over, I enjoyed how Mr. Simmons wrote the future so believable. It’s not like Star Wars, indeed futuristic, but strangely real.

Unbound is told through Elijah’s point of view and he is a fun character. He’s Jewish, but holds no faith, is training to be a spy, and has these crazy dreams that mean something really big. Right away you like him and I enjoyed following him in this adventure. It was great being in his head.  All of Mr. Simmons character’s felt real and he did a really nice job on having a variety of people with different backgrounds. 

This book is for YA, yet I recommend if for readers sixteen and older. One curse word, which wasn’t too bad and it does have romance, but it’s all pretty clean.

Cons . . . I don't mean this in any disrespect, I really don't,  but the only con I can give is the authors view pertaining to certain events in the book of Revelation, such as the 1000 Years of Peace, which I believe has not come to pass.  Now I believe in the book of Revelation just with different opinions from what is told sometimes in Unbound.  He has some great history and it all flows in nicely, but I want to warn the reader to be a little cautious about some of it. I wasn't too pleased with the ending. With that being said, please look into the book of Revelation for yourself and decide. Remember Unbound is fiction, woven with some truth, so don't take it all as literal. J. B. Simmons is indeed a Christian, I don't doubt that. :-) He has written a great tale and I have enjoyed it, but with all end-time fiction a warning of caution is good to have.


 I look forward to book two,and I look forward to more books by J. B. Simmons.

Because I liked this book I’m doing a GIVEAWAY and since J.B. Simmons is pretty awesome he is graciously adding two signed paper copies into my giveaway.  So THREE lucky winners.




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You can purchase Unbound in Kindle and paperback here