Space Dragon by Robin Bennett

Before we even get onto the review I just want to talk about the hardcover I received. The cover is unreal. It has a little charm on the spine of the book which I’ve never seen on a book before. The inside has pictures throughout at the start of the chapters. With brief descriptions of each of the dragons.

It’s been well designed and it’s going to look really nice on my book shelf once I finally decide to put it up.

I was lucky enough to be on this blog tour. I’m so glad I was as I really enjoyed the book. I was suprised at how much Robin put into this especially as its only 200 pages. The amount of action in this book has you engrossed from the start. I literally couldn’t put it down. I loved it that much I read the book the very afternoon I received it. (which is pretty quick for me)

This book is my two favourite genres in one book. Sci-fi and fantasy. What more could you ask for. Dragons in space. Actually in our solar system. The dragons actually dwell on the planets in our solar system. Which I thought was pretty cool.

The book starts off with a lad called Stan who has the most annoying sister ever. To be honest we’ve got annoying little sister. Stan loves anything to do with space that hes got a telescope in his bedroom. Stan runs up to his bedroom after he hears a clash coming from his room.

Stan notices that his telescope is lying on the floor. Stan is furious that this has happend and its obvious that its only one person could do this. Stan could hear something rattle inside the telescope and he obviously thinks that one of the lens have fallen out and ruined his telescope. Stan decides to put it back together and looks through it when he gets the biggest fright of his life.

What Stan was expecting was to see the moon in all her glory. Except he saw an eye of a dragon. Which he wasn’t supposed to have seen. What happens next unfolds a lot of untold stories and adventures for Stan to the point where they would become unbelievable if he dared to tell someone.

 

 

Book Extract

 

Chapter I

The whole universe: every planet, star, black hole and life form started with a single atom exploding into a great void of nothing. Right after that, came the Dragons.

 

If Stan Pollux had known he would be spending the rest of his summer holidays in the outer reaches of our solar system, he would have put on different underpants.

The ones he wore the morning when it all began were too tight and had a faded picture of Ben Ten on the back, which made them look like the child superhero had been specially assigned by the Pants People to guard his butt.

Right now, however, he had more important things on his mind. He looked at the pieces of his broken telescope and thought angrily about his little sister.

‘You’re so stupid! You broke it and even after you were told not to go in my room, or touch my stuff!’ he’d shouted. She was the one who had smashed his telescope but he was the one who got into trouble for making her cry, when it wasn’t her fault, according to their mother – although of course it was! She’d knocked the telescope over. It was obviously all her fault.

He spent the afternoon being made to do chores.

 

 

Later, when he got into his room it was ablaze in a blood-red glow from the setting Sun. He got into his pyjamas, watching as the skies had darkened at the top of the window frame and one or two stars winked into view: tiny silver dots millions and millions of miles away.

Stan shivered once more, in spite of the summer evening, closed the curtains quickly and turned on the electric light. It was one of those nights when everything felt weird and a bit spooky.

By the time Stan had got his telescope back on its stand, properly screwed in, and had checked it carefully for dents, the sunset had receded to a fiery fringe on the horizon and the skies were as bottomless and black as infinity itself.

Stan’s palms were sweaty as he handled the cool tube and it was then that he finally admitted to himself that he felt nervous. But was it just the telescope? Everything felt creepy tonight. He took a deep breath, removed the lens cap and peered down the eyepiece.

Nothing. And, yet, there was something about the deep blackness at first glance that didn’t look like right: it almost felt as if he was staring into a hole in Space, and as if, from the end of this long, dark tunnel, something was hiding. And waiting.

Stan shook his head. He was just imagining things. He glanced up … nope, the Moon was bright in the sky between two large oaks at the end of the garden. Stan checked he was pointing it in the right direction for him to see its reassuring silvery light and looked again.

Nothing. Just a deep, flat blackness. OK, so his telescope was broken! Stan felt his fear driven away by anger. Resisting the urge to rush downstairs yelling, or straight into his sister’s room, Stan swung the scope around …

An evil-looking eye, from the depths of Space, sprung open and stared back

Biography

Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, some under the nom de plume R.S Harding. He has also written books on the swashbuckling world of business: How to Make a Good Living Running Your Own Business, Kicking the Property Ladder and Start up Smart, all published by Harriman House.

Aged 21 he was all set to become a cavalry officer and aged 21 and a half, he found himself working as an assistant grave digger in South London wondering where it had all gone wrong.

He went on and founded London Tutors, aged just 23, and since then has gone on to start and run over a dozen successful businesses in a variety of areas from dog-sitting to translation. In 1997, he founded Monster Books, an independent publishing house.

Robin has mentored a number of young people hoping to make a start in business and has spoken at conferences on fantasy literature. His first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer’s News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012.

In 2013, Robin published Angel of Mons, which brings one of the most significant battles of WW1 to life. It is the clever and compelling story of Ben, a bullied school boy who learns about courage and doing what’s right when he finds himself transported back 100 years to 1914 Mons.

Other significant titles include Moüsch the Crooked and Raptor the Avenger, the second and third volumes in the award-winning Small Vampires series, and Iron Knights, a YA fantasy adventure.

You can find Robin Bennett on Goodreads and visit his website at http://www.monsterbooks.co.uk.

 

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Space and dragons what more do you want in a book. Probably the easiest review I’ve done. If you read this far thank you. You could’ve read this short review lol.

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How did this happen!?

When I checked onto wordpress I got an unexpected notification. 500 followers now follow my blog. Honestly how is this even possible. When I first started my blog I though nobody would ever even give it a second glance never mind follow it. I’ve always thought my blog wouldn’t amount to anything. I’m actually quite proud of my blog. I’ve interacted with some amazing bloggers on here and discovered some amazing bloggers. (I may do a blog appreciation post if people would read it?)

Again I like to thank you all. I never thought anyone would read my blog never mind follow it.

The Amber Maze Blog Tour

 

THE AMBER MAZE

blurb

While staying in a Dorset cottage, Hugh Mullion finds a mysterious key down the side of an antique chair. No one can say how long the key has been there or what it opens.

Hugh’s search for answers will unlock the secrets of the troubled life of a talented artist, destined to be hailed a neglected genius fifty years too late. And no secret is darker than that of The Amber Maze, from whose malign influence he never escaped.

The trail takes Hugh from Edwardian Oxfordshire to 1960s Camden Town, where the ghosts of the past are finally laid to rest.

 

I cant think of anything more nerve wracking than being the first in this amazing blog tour. Please go and check the other bloggers on this tour. If the blurb doesmt get you intrigued in this book the hopefully my review of it will. Now I suppose I better get started on what you came here for.

Hugh has just moved into a beautiful cottage that hes renting. When he sits down on a chair some change falls out of his pocket. As he goes to retrieve it he stumbles on a really old key with a note attached to it that could of been there for years.

Now he becomes obsessed with this key and what it unlocks. He tries all the key holes in the house but doesnt have any luck. Something is driving him to find out what this key will unlock. This is great as it gets you the reader that intrigued you actually want to jump into the book and help Hugh with his situation. Hugh even goes to the extent of finding out who the chairs actually belonged to. Even they didnt know who this key belonged to. Now Hugh is on a clear mission take get this key into the right hole (no pun intended) The only people keeping him grounded are his wife and twins. Everytime Hugh solves a clue he must solve the next one. Its starting to become an obsession.

As the book begins to unfold with the help of some amazing people along the way. You and Hugh start to decipher the mysteries of this key and where it belongs. So much that I stayed up late to finish this book as I could not wait till the morning. The only bad thing I could say about this book is that its not long enough. I wanted more. I know the author has other books wriiten which Im going to have a look at and read.

The last thing Im going to talk about is the cover. Its perfect for this book the way its been presented is brilliant.

The book is quite short but dont let that stop you from reading it. Its a great refresher book in between series you maybe reading (which I was doing)

I’d give this book 4* out of 5 so its definitly worth a read. So go and buy this book NOW 🙂

Well thats me done. If youve made it this far than I appreciate it. Also like all Marvel films when it ends you have to read/watch all the credits. If you dont mind scrolling down and checking out the rest of this post. It has some information about the author you maybe interested in.

Thanks again @Yesmoreblogs

 

 

 

 

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Christopher Bowden Biography

 

Christopher Bowden lives in south London. He is the author of six novels, each with a colour theme. The Amber Maze, published in September 2018, is the latest. His previous books have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay. Of his third novel, The Red House, Sir Derek said, “Very entertaining, cleverly constructed and expertly paced. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

 

Website:

www.christopherbowden.com

The Journey Begins

My first ever post. I published this around a year ago. I can’t believe I’ve came this far. Never thought the blogging community would be this friendly. I’m so thankful for all the followers. I’m looking forward to writing and reading more fantastic blogs. The post below is what i wrote first. Yes I know it’s abit cringy 🤣

 

 

 

Thanks for joining me! This blog will be mainly books reviews but will post random and nerdy things also.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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The Macroodelzig

This isn’t my usual book review. I was talking to Beffy @BeffyParkin who is the author of this book. She sent me the book asked me to review it. Which I’m glad she did. I’ve read it multiple times already.

It is a children’s book but I really enjoyed it aswell as my 4-year-old daughter who can’t get enough of it. 

I cannot recommend this book enough. Your children will really enjoy it. My 4-year-old is constantly reading it. (I need a hard copy as she always has my phone) it’s a great book for children to start reading with³ and the rhyming in the book works really well and makes reading that bit more fun.

So please go and check it out you won’t be disappointed.

How to Write Efficiently

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  1. Come up with an idea.
    1. This is best done during your waking hours. Notice everything. Your next slice of inspiration could come from anywhere. Constant vigilance.
    2. Keep running commentary about everything. Don’t let it be bland. For example (of what not to do), “Textbook. Pencil. Homework. Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored. Meeeehhhhhh. *Stretch of silence* Bored. Bored. Bored. Chemistry. Bored.” Make it interesting. Make it explosive. This serves the double purpose of both giving you writing ideas and decimating boredom.
  2. Develop your idea.
    1. This is best done at night while trying to fall asleep as there are no outside distractions, such as homework, colors, or pretty books.
    2. Warning: This method will keep you up at night with ideas swirling through your head. Before you know it, it’s past midnight.
    3. Warning: if you happen to come up with a decent idea, you’ll need to turn on the blinding lights, get up…

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Cannot think of a title for this.

Lately I’ve been seeing my depression as a part of me. I’ve been selfless enough in thinking that it wasn’t actually apart of. I always thought of it as some ‘thing’ as I always thought I could never control it. Which in actual fact you can’t. I’m learning now to do deal with a lot better than I ever have. Yes I am on medication for it. Which I honestly think I need. I tried dealing with it without medication before and I seemed to be feeling worse. I couldn’t get a hold of myself and felt I was in a constant pit just falling deeper and deeper. I’m lucky enough that I’ve got an amazing family and friends around me. Even though most of them don’t know that I’m actually depressed. They are helping with out realising. I can honestly say I’m quite embarrassed to tell people who I’m depressed. I don’t know why I just find it hard for me open up and talk to people about it. Except on here I find it quite easy.

I think this is my way of dealing with it. Writing it on my blog. This wasn’t my intention for my blog. My blog my rules as another blogger keeps mentioning 😂😂  I’m usually quite open and seem to have one of those faces where people come for advice for any of their problems. If any of you have any problems just send me a message and we can talk through things. I find hiding behind a screen helps a lot. You haven’t got people looking and judging you.

I’ve missed doing this. It’s been a long time since I’ve expressed some sort of feelings into words.

 

How quick has this year gone?

Is it just me of have I missed the whole of 2018 with a blink of an eye. This year has had it’s ups and downs. As it may for everyone. I’m not going to concentrate on the negatives as they’ve been dealt with. I think 2018 has been a really positive year. I’ve been promoted at work which is great. I’m enjoying work again. As I thought this was the main reason why I was always feeling low. Especially before my shift. Now you can’t keep me away from work.

Also another magical moment. Seeing my second daughter being born. I can’t explain how amazing this feeling is. Not to happen once but twice. I can’t thank my partner enough for giving me two beautiful children. I honestly don’t know how she done it. Yes I did cry my eyes out when they were both born. I couldn’t help it. Just the wave of emotion you have when you see them for the first time is amazing. I’m going to leave it there before I start crying again 😂😂

Every year people keep asking about new year resolutions. I’m not a big fan of them to be honest. I’m just going to be more positive about life and enjoy being with my family.

I hope you all have wonderful Christmas and New year.

What’s your new year resolutions?

I’m looking forward to 2019 and need to get a handle on my books. I’ve got so many that I keep randomly buying that sound interesting but haven’t actually come to reading them. My wardrobe is now starting to look likea library 😂😂

 

The Sky Woman by JD Moyers

JD Moyer Author PictureThe Sky Woman CoverThe Sky Woman Blog TOur PosterFrom the offset you are drawn in to this apocalyptic new age world. The start is like a Viking setting where one of the characters is forging weapons. It seems to be the idealistic settings. Without knowing what happened to the Earth. You’d think this was just an iron age Viking setting type book (which would’ve been great). Until the colony orbiting space come into play then all the fun begins.

Everyone on earth is stuck in an iron age. The people on the ring stations (In space) have to continued to make many technological advances. That they send anthropologist down to Earth to observe the local community and see how they’re getting on. Without any interference from outside sources.

She is set to uncover something drastic enough to expose her cover to help the very people she’s been researching.

This book has many individual characters that they could have their own books. The author has done an amazing job in intertwining all the characters into one book. It did feel a bit rushed in some place but the book did flow really well. I’m really looking forward to more books in this serious.

There isn’t many books that I’m aware of that are set on Earth is set in the future. That has also gone back to old times without technology and machines.

I’m definitely going to be looking out for more books by JD Moyers. As someone I never heard of I’m glad I took the plunge and read this book. It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride with this book that keeps you wanting to read more. I will be looking forward to his future books.

The Sky Woman by J D Moyer
• Paperback: 288 pages
• Publisher: FLAME TREE PRESS; New edition edition (6 Sept. 2018)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1787580423
• ISBN-13: 978-1787580428

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sky-Woman-Fiction-Without-Frontiers/dp/1787580423/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540548267&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sky+woman+jd+moyer

BLURB: Car-En, a ringstation anthropologist on her first Earth field assignment, observes a Viking-like village in the Harz mountains. As Car-En secretly observes the Happdal villagers, she begins to see them as more than research subjects (especially Esper, a handsome bow-hunter). When Esper’s sister is taken by an otherwordly sword-wielding white-haired man, she can no longer stand by as a passive witness. Knowing the decision might end her career, she cuts off communication with her advisor and pursues the abductor into the mountains.
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
J.D. Moyer lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, daughter, and mystery-breed dog. He writes science fiction, produces electronic music in two groups (Jondi & Spesh and Momu), runs a record label (Loöq Records), and blogs at jdmoyer.com. His previous occupations include dolphin cognition researcher, martial arts instructor, Renaissance Faire actor, dance music event promoter, and database application developer.

J.D. has been reading and writing science fiction and fantasy since he was a boy, inspired by authors such as Susan Cooper, Piers Anthony, and Lloyd Alexander. As an adult his favorite authors include William Gibson, Octavia Butler, Iain Banks, Kim Stanley Robinson, Margaret Atwood, and David Mitchell.

J.D. went to Berkeley High (other alumni include Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin) and the University of California at Davis. After graduating, J.D. embarked on a long career as a music producer, DJ, label runner, and event promoter, culminating in world tours and music placement in film, television, and videogames (including Dance Dance Revolution) as well as the international hit “We Are Connected” made famous by John Digweed. After the birth of his daughter, he quit the DJ hustle and returned to his love of fiction writing.

His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, The InterGalactic Medicine Show, Cosmic Roots And Eldritch Shores, and Compelling Science Fiction. His story “The Icelandic Cure” won the 2016 Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction contest. Recurring themes in his fiction include genetic engineering, the sociological effects of climate change, virtualized consciousness, and evolutionary divergence.

Website : http://www.jdmoyer.com/
Twitter: @johndavidmoyer

 

One last thing aswell. How awesome is the cover? Whoever designed has done a fantastic job. It grabs your attention straight away and gets you thinking about the book. Please grab this book if you can and give it a read.

 

Strand of Faith book reveal.

Well guys and girls what can I say. I’m honoured and privileged to be apart of this book reveal. Also to be back to blogging as it’s been a while. Anyway back to the book reveal.

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Strand of Faith
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?
A girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But those from whom they expect support are manipulating them both because their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.
After a stormy youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. That is, until he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. To follow his heart, he’ll have to face his demons again, outside the security of the monastery. Is it worth the risk? Can he beat them this time? Or will they finally destroy him?
Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the abbey. All she wants is to learn how to manage her unusual abilities so that she is not a danger to those around her. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything threatens to spiral out of her control. Whether she leaves or whether she stays, how can she possibly avoid destroying – yet again – those she has come to care about?
Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. He knows what he has to do but is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strand-Faith-Choices-Consequences-Book-ebook/dp/B07GKZT8LF
http://www.books2read.com/strandoffaith
Author Bio
Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.
Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance. Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club. Target shooting only, honest. Nothing to worry about.
She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary. It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.
You can find out more about her books and sign up for Rachel’s newsletters at http://www.racheljbonner.co.uk.

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