Friday, February 28, 2014

Light in the Gloaming by J. B. Simmons and GIVEAWAY...

Today is the last GIVEAWAY for February... I know it's late in the day, but I still technically made it.

What a great month of beautiful stories. I hope I've talked you into buying some or adding them to your "to read list". And to those that have won, I hope you enjoy them.

I'm really excited to share today's book with you all. I saved it for last because it's my biggest giveaway for this month. THREE blessed winners thanks to the author Mr.Simmons for giving two e-book copies, with my paperback copy. So please let others know and earn 5 extra entries (you can do that once a day). :-)

This tale is a special one to say the least! Check it out and don't miss out...

About the book:
Author: J. B. Simmons
Book: Light in the Gloaming (Book One)
Publisher: CreateSpace (J. B. Simmons)
Genre: Medieval/Epic Fantasy/Christian.
Pages: 268
Age range: I say MATURE readers. 16+ The reading is detailed and deep, yet wonderful. There are some mature themes in it. Graphic battles scenes, especially in the Gloaming and Prince Tryst is brutal. I don't remember any bad words, but there are some horrible things mentioned.

“The Gloaming was worse than the grave…”

Or so Tryst believed when he banished the former prince to this secret and brutal exile. Now Tryst sits on the throne of Valemidas. He feasts with nobles and prepares an army to conquer the world.

But things are never as stable as they seem. Old loyalties remain. Tryst’s half-sister wants vengeance for the disappeared prince she loved. What happens if a man survives a place worse than the grave?

Alliances will crumble, battles will rage, and souls will transform in the Gloaming.

J.B. Simmons lives outside Washington, DC, with his wife, two kids, and an intriguing day job. He likes to drink coffee and run marathons, both of which help when chasing around his three-year-old boy. While he carries forward the torch lit by heroes like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, he also finds inspiration in history's great books and thinkers, from Plato to Locke and Machiavelli to Nietzsche. J.B.'s main characters champion these competing philosophies and bring them to battle.

My Review
J.B. Simmons kindly wrote to me in December and asked if I would like to review his book. I LOVE offers like this, but I always make sure it's a book that holds value, and Light in the Gloaming sounded special, so I accepted and I'm so glad I did.

The very first page pulls you in and won't easily let you go. It usually takes me a few chapters to get into a book, but Light in the Gloaming had me hooked from the start.

Light in the Gloaming has a political story between kingdoms and people like Game of Thrones, but without all the garbage it holds. I'm sorry to you GOT fans, but that series does hold a lot of garbage. Light in the Gloaming holds hope and a beautiful message that you will appreciate! It's unique and has some lovely twist and turns, with characters you won't easily forget, even the villain.

I really loved how Mr. Simmons wrote his book. I haven't read a tale with this kind of split writing before. I'm not a huge fan of first person writing, but Mr. Simmons did something in my opinion unique. His two main characters Prince Tryst, and Prince Andor, where told in first person where the rest of the book was told in third. It made you get deeper into the story and the characters. Very well done!

The only negative thing I can say is that I wish it was slightly a larger book( I'm excited for book two that is being released very soon). I only say that I wish it was longer because I really enjoyed it and felt the story was epic enough to be a bigger novel. Mr Simmons writing is well done and his story flows well, nothing really lacks, I just wanted more.

Sadly I don't think I would have ever ran into this tale if Mr. Simmons didn't kindly write to me and gave me such a great offer. There are so many wonderful tales out there by talented writers just waiting to be read. I HIGHLY recommend this tale to anyone except children. It's a tale that I wouldn't pass up and one that will stay in my head for a long time. I greatly look forward to book two and hopefully other tales from J. B. Simmons.

(I received a paperback copy of Light in the Gloaming  from the author; however, it does not influence my review. The opinions in my review are entirely my own. Thank you!)

Book Two (Isn't the cover-art beautiful!?!)
(coming March 2014.)

“I could still see traces of the Gloaming in him…”

Another fallen prince starves and unravels in the Gloaming. An agreement binds his sister to a nobleman and a spy who will try to break him free. No one knows the true stakes of their plotting. No one knows the history of the Gloaming and the power it holds. The restored prince strives to uncover the truth, but an eminent threat consumes his attention.

A foreign nation, believing in the divinity of their boy-king, sails to conquer Valemidas. As the foreign forces bear down, other forces will rise to meet them. The strength of love, the faith of an old priest, and the Gloaming of princes will each fracture and forge anew until a victor is declared between darkness and light.

Giveaway... PLEASE know that I have ONE paperback copy and TWO e-books copies, so there will be THREE winners total. This Giveaway is open to everyone. Enter in below. If Rafflecopter won't let you enter, let me know in your comment and I'll personally enter you in.

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  1. The story interests me and I have a queue of teenagers waiting behind me to read it!

    1. I'm glad to hear that. :-)

    2. As am I!

      Ryan, thanks so much for your excellent review and kind words. Love your blog and your great work for this genre.

      Also, an update: the sequel is coming out on March 9. A beta-reader recently told me, "I liked the first book; I LOVED the second." I hope you will, too!

    3. Thank YOU, J.B.! :-) I really look forward to book two!

  2. Ooh sounds fascinating. Love the cover!

    1. It's a great read! I love both of the cover arts... perfect color and the scenes fit well with the story. :-) Thanks for stopping by and entering Gillian.

  3. Suzanne JacksonMarch 02, 2014 2:54 AM

    Love a good fantasy story, this sounds great. :-)

    1. It's a good fantasy story indeed! Thanks for stopping and entering Suzanne.

  4. Thanks for the review. As a historian with an interest in military history and politics, I'm intrigued that this is a Christian fantasy that heavily features politics.

    1. I don't think you'll be disappointed in it. It's an epic tale. :-) I'm guessing this is Andy? Forgive me, if I'm wrong. Thanks for stopping by and entering.

  5. It sounds cool.

    1. It is cool! :D Thanks for stopping by and entering.

  6. I love a good fantasy!! Especially one written by a fellow Tolkien and C.S. Lewis groupie! :)