“Shattered Secrets” by Karen Harper

Shattered_Secrets_frontWhen I first picked up the paperback version of this book, I instantly loved the convenient size of it and the thinness of the pages. Once I began reading, it dragged me in. The author only gives you bits and pieces of information throughout so it takes a while to fully piece together what happened that day of the kidnapping. It’s not your usual mystery where you can immediately tell who did it. This one took me until 2/3rds of the book to figure it out and it was a wild guess. Fans of mystery mixed with romance will love this story and I highly recommend it for all of the wonderful plot twists it holds.

“The Blade of the Destroyer” by Andy Peloquin – Review and Interview

Copyright © Andy Peloquin
Copyright © Andy Peloquin

“First off, this is not the kind of book that I would normally read. I’m used to books having all original names for locations and fast-paced action scenes amidst massive plot twists. I enjoyed the idea of this world with the characters, but I wasn’t hanging on the edge of my seat. The imagery was extremely vivid with words like “permeate, putrid, and inexorably.” Only a couple of times did the eloquent words distract me from reading a scene. While this book had a lot of action, it occurred in between long lapses of information and didn’t lure me in enough to devour the entire book in one sitting. Don’t get me wrong though. This is still an awesome book and the characters are amazing, especially that of the Hunter. I look forward to the sequel!”

Following closely behind my review of his book is an interview with the author himself!

  1. What genre are your books? — My first novel was a mash-up of science fiction/fantasy/historical fiction/metaphysical, but my new series “The Last Bucelarii” will be square in the dark fantasy/grimdark/Gothic genre.
  2. What draws you to this genre? — I am attracted to the darker side of human nature. I prefer to write about the monsters in my head rather than the ones under my bed.
  3. What project are you working on at the moment? — I’m most of the way through Book 2 of the series, but I’ve also got a secret side series in the works. It’s part of a trilogy that will be published all at once after I finish The Last Bucelarii.
  4. What’s it about? — Notice the word “secret”. Heh. I’m only willing to say that it’s called “Queen of Thieves” (Working Title) and it’s about a young woman who is sold into service to the Thieves’ Guild.
  5. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special? — In The Last Bucelarii, my main character is an assassin. He’s built up a whole mystique around himself over his 50 years of living in the city of Voramis. When anyone needs a high value target taken out, he’s the one to do it–and for a VERY hefty fee. He’s so effective because he’s not quite mortal; he’s faster, stronger, and more skilled than humans, and he can’t be killed.
  6. Have you written anything else? — As mentioned above, my first novel was a mashup of a few genres. It is called In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent, and it’s set in Atlantis before it sank. It’s pretty much adventure and fun, and a great read! (Fun Fact: I’m giving it away for free on my website–definitely worth checking out.)
  7. What are your ambitions for your writing career? — I LOVE writing, and it’s what I want to do full time. I don’t care about getting rich or making a fortune; I just want to make enough of my writing that I can live well, write all the time, and enjoy my family.
  8. Which writers inspire you? — I wouldn’t say writers “inspire” me, but I will say that I regard Brandon Sanderson’s writing as the “gold standard” when it comes to fantasy. His writing style is excellent, and any time I get stuck with structure or phrasing, I’ll refer to his writing to see if he did it.
  9. When did you decide to become a writer? Why do you write? —I’m a creative person by nature, but with no other creative outlet. I’m not handy, I have ZERO skill at art or graphic design, and I can’t paint or take photographs to save my life. I’m just damned good with words, so writing serves as the tap through which I can pour out my soul.
  10. Do you have a special time or place to write? — I love writing first thing in the morning, when the house is silent, the kids are sleeping, and I’m fresh. I also like writing late at night, as the house is silent, and the kids are asleep. With a cup of coffee, I’m ready to roll!
  11. Where do you get your inspiration? — It comes from quite literally anything and everything. I’ve found inspiration in people passing by, in movie titles, in video games (the idea for the villains of The Last Bucelarii came from a silly iPad game), in other people’s books, and so on. The flow of creativity is never truly turned off in my brain.
  12. Do you work on an outline or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you? — A bit of both, really. I’ll outline a lot of the main story line, but when it comes to the little details, I’ll often leave it for later. For example, in Book 2, the Hunter (the protagonist) finds a line of text in a book that gives him details about his past and sort of points him in the way he should go. I planned to have him make that discovery, but I didn’t write what that discovery was until it came time to sit down and actually write it out. I do like to be surprised!
  13. Do you ever get writer’s block? How do you overcome it? — I do not. I have things planned out far enough ahead that I don’t have to worry about running out of ideas. That being said, I do sometimes feel like my writing is sub-par or just not good enough.
  14. What is the hardest thing for you about writing? -­- The hardest part of writing is probably the editing work, something I’m sure most authors face. I’m not a marketing guy by nature, so it’s not easy to organize myself, to reach out to people, to promote my book, etc. I wish I had a full-time marketer that could handle things for me so I could concentrate on writing.
  15. How do you market your books? Why did you choose this route? — I’ve focused a lot on reaching out to other authors and asking them for help. First of all, word of mouth is the best marketing tool. Second, a lot of writers are also voracious readers. It makes a wonderful combination, and I believe it will prove effective in helping me reach my goals for marketing the book.
  16. How much research do you do? — I sort of do research as necessary. I love creating worlds, but I make sure that those worlds adhere to proper societal rules and guidelines. I try to make the worlds as realistic as possible, and that takes some research.
  17. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? — I’m all about the computer! In fact, I type so much on my computer that the first thing to break on my last two laptops have been the important keys (the “E” key and the “Spacebar”).
  18. What are some of your favorite books/authors? — My favorite book is probably the Gentlemen Bastards series by Scott Lynch, especially the audiobooks.
  19. Are you currently reading any books? — I’m reading through Brandon Sanderson’s works at the moment and loving them!
  20. How can readers discover more about you and your work? — You can hit me up on my website, my social media links, and my author page.

Tagline/Elevator Pitch:

A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past.  The Hunter of Voramis–a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? (Blade of the Destroyer–dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)

Book Blurb:

The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.

When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

Book Info:

Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

Author: Andy Peloquin

Official Launch Date: August 21st, 2015

Publication Date: July 11th, 2015

Paperback Price: $15.99

Digital Price: $3.99

Pages: 298

ISBN: 1515038955

Buy Links:

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book-ebook/dp/B012EI9M4A/

Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book/dp/1515038955/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25269614-blade-of-the-destroyer

Book Launch Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1625045874438351/

Bio:

Andy Peloquin: Lover of All Things Dark and Mysterious

Copyright © Andy Peloquin
Copyright © Andy Peloquin

Andy Peloquin–a third culture kid to the core–has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.

When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn’t looked back since.

Andy’s first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.

Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.

His website (http://www.andypeloquin.com) is a second home for him, a place where he can post his thoughts and feelings–along with reviews of books he finds laying around the internet.

He can also be found on his social media pages, such as:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndyPeloquin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andyqpeloquin

www.linkedin.com/in/andypeloquin/

https://plus.google.com/100885994638914122147/about

https://www.amazon.com/author/andypeloquin

https://www.facebook.com/andrew.peloquin.1

10 Things You Need to Know About Me:

  1. Hot wings, ALWAYS!
  2. I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
  3. I’m a head taller than the average person (I’m 6′ 6″)
  4. Marvel > DC
  5. I was born in Japan, and lived there until the age of 14.
  6. Selena Gomez and Five Finger Death Punch are both in my playlist.
  7. Aliens are real, but it’s self-centered of us to believe that they would come to visit Earth.
  8. Watching sports: suck. Playing sports: EPIC!
  9. I earned a purple belt in Karate/Hapkido/Taekwondo.
  10. I dislike most Christmas music, aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Reviews:

“Creative, gritty, and beautifully dark…fantasy addicts will love it!” — Peter Story, author of Things Grak Hates — http://peterjstory.com/

“The fantasy world has a compelling new antihero…the Hunter will terrify and captivate you.” – Eve A Floriste, author of Fresh Cut

“From the first words on the page this fantasy holds the reader spellbound even after the book is finished…his character is very well-defined even if his past is a mystery. Root for an assassin? Oh, yes, one must!” — Carol Conley, for InDTale Magazine

“The Darkling Tide” by Travis Simmons

5-Stars! Just like with the first one, Plague of Shadows, I couldn’t put this one down either. If all nine books were currently out, I would have to call in sick to work just to finish reading them all. The monsters are addictively creepy and sometimes even a pretty face in the dark shouldn’t be trusted. In this book, Abagail and her companions find this out the hard way. I highly recommend this book to everyone searching for a fresh thrilling series.

Copyright © Travis Simmons
Copyright © Travis Simmons

“A Plague of Shadows (Book One)” by Travis Simmons

First off, the reason for a 4-star review is because this book had parts in the beginning and briefly towards the middle that confused me as if there wasn’t a clear plot. After pushing past that, I became so caught up in Abagail’s story that I literally couldn’t put the book down. This book introduces new creatures that go bump in the night and that will raise the hair of any adult. Wanting to know the purpose of these creatures and what variety of them are in this novel, I read its entirety and was not disappointed by what lurks in its pages. I am starting the sequel, Darkling Tide, tonight and don’t think I’ll be able to put it down either. I highly recommend this to everyone that loves a dark thrill between their book pages!

Copyright © Travis Simmons
Copyright © Travis Simmons

“Trapped” by E.S. Tilton

Trapped by E.S. Tilton     E.S. Tilton has done it again! An amazing addition to Kyron’s Worlde. From the very first words, it swallows you into its pages with vivid details and impressive characters. The twists and turns will always keep you guessing. You’ll never be able to put this book down! Another wonderfully perfect novel from a creative genius. I honestly cannot wait for more.

For more information about this author, please see all of the following.

Genre: Fantasy Fiction (ghost, paranormal, epic)

Author Links

http://kyronsworld.com/es-tilton-bio

http://www.amazon.com/E.S.-Tilton/e/B009WI7NP6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/E.S.-Tilton/e/B009WI7NP6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

http://estilton.deviantart.com/

https://twitter.com/sexyfantasybook

http://www.pinterest.com/elisabethtilton/

 

Buy Links – USA

http://www.amazon.com/Trapped-Kyrons-Worlde-Book-4-ebook/dp/B00N24MN5Q/

www.amazon.com/Trapped-Kyrons-Worlde-E-S-Tilton-ebook/dp/B00N3NAUQK/

Buy Links – UKAuthor E.S. Tilton

www.amazon.co.uk/Trapped-Kyrons-Worlde-Book-4-ebook/dp/B00N24MN5Q/

www.amazon.co.uk/Trapped-Kyrons-Worlde-E-S-Tilton-ebook/dp/B00N3NAUQK/

Betrayed By Desire by E.S. Tilton

_____Betrayed by Desire by E.S. Tilton introduces a strange and intriguing world filled with new species and challenges at every turn. When I started reading this book, I noticed that there were five prologues at the beginning. It sounds a little weird but it fits perfectly in this book because you aren’t just tossed into this new world without an extra dose of understanding. This book is sexy, suspenseful, intriguing, and so much more and it will leave you craving for more. I definitely recommend this book to all 18+ readers out there.

I also have some inside information. The title of the book is going to be changed to Tilton’s original name for it “Betrayal.” At the end of this post you will see the original cover design currently still on the e-books and also the new cover design. There is also a lovely picture included of the talented author behind these books. There will also be a free giveaway for this e-book on February 2nd at 3am EST until Feb 3rd at 3am, so snap yourself up a copy! Nothing better than a free new book right? Many thanks to the author for providing this information and these pictures!

Here are some sites where you can learn some more about the book(s) and author:
http://www.freni-kyn.com
http://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.tilton

Here are the links to purchase E.S. Tilton’s books at:
http://www.amazon.com/Foretold-Betrayed-Desire-Kyrons-ebook/dp/B0083UFDWEI
http://www.amazon.com/Foretold-Seductions-Kyrons-Worlde-ebook/dp/B009VT82DI
http://www.amazon.com/Trapped-Burmtin-Kyrons-Worlde-ebook/dp/B0075ICJ3G

E.S. TiltonOriginal CoverartNew Coverart

Copyright © E.S. Tilton

The Dead Held Hands by Ren Garcia

_____The Dead Held Hands is another incredible adventure written by Ren Garcia about the most amazing cast of characters in an original sci-fi world. Ren keeps some of the main characters from his previous two books while introducing a new group that are just as addicting to read about. From their quirks and sarcasm to their worries and faults, these well-rounded characters are tested to their limits throughout the book. This book gives a wonderful example of where true love and courage can get you. Of all the characters, I would have to choose two as my favorites. That would be the now-infamous Lady Sammidoran of Monama and Sarah Ruthven. Ever since I saw Ren’s creation of Sam even before I read this book, I had assumed that she would be one of my favorites and indeed she didn’t disappoint. As for Sarah, in some parts of the book her personality begins to annoy me but there is still something about her that makes me laugh and has also made her one of my favorites. Honestly, you must read these books. They are full of adventures, wonderful characters, and inspiring new places. Definitely among the favorites in my personal library.

You will find the link to Ren Garcia’s official website under the first link.
Here are the links to the other two prequels to this book that I have reviewed on this blog:

Sygillis of Metatron: Book One
https://dragonqueen3.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/sygillis-of-metatron-by-ren-garcia/

The Hazards of the Old Ones: Book Two
https://dragonqueen3.wordpress.com/2012/09/29/the-hazards-of-the-old-ones-by-ren-garcia/