500+ followers.

I’ve just realised I never made an appreciation post to say how thankful I am for having this many followers. I do wish I could blog more but 2 children and extra responsibilities at work are taking up most of my time. I do read alot of peoples blogs. They’re all amazing. Thanks again everyone.

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Fids Crusade Spotlight post

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Fid’s Crusade Book Tour

Synopsis: Rage, grief and guilt have fueled Doctor Fid’s endless quest to punish the unworthy and he has left a long trail of blood and misery in his wake. For more than two decades, the sight of the villain’s powered armor has struck fear into the hearts of hero and civilian alike! But when a personal tragedy motivates Doctor Fid to investigate a crime, he uncovers a plot so heinous that even he is taken aback.

Haunted by painful memories and profound guilt, the veteran supervillain must race against time if he is to have any hope of confronting the approaching threat. Every battle takes its toll…but the stakes are too high for retreat to be an option.

In the end, it may take a villain to save the world from those entrusted with the world’s protection.

Publisher Info: Atian Press
Page Count: 367
Genre: Sci-Fi / Contemporary Fantasy

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07C92PMDH/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_ca-20&linkCode=as2&camp=15121&creative=330641

Audible: https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=Fid%27s+Crusade&i=audible&tag=x_gr_w_bb_audible_ca-20&ref=x_gr_w_bb_audible-20
Blurb about David:

While growing up, David was that weird kid with his nose in a book and his head in the clouds. He was the table-top role-playing game geek, the comic-book nerd, the story-teller and dreamer.

Fortunately, he hasn’t changed much.

David is a software engineer by trade and a long-time sci-fi and fantasy devotee by passion, and he lives in Silicon Valley with his partner of twenty-seven years. Until recently, he also shared his life with a disturbingly spoiled cat named Freya.

(Farewell, little huntress. You were loved. You are missed.)

David’s first trilogy, The Chronicles of Fid, has just recently been completed; these were his first novel-length projects but they certainly won’t be his last—he’s having far too much fun!

Social Media
Facebook: facebook.com/davidhreiss
Website: https://davidhreiss.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidHReiss

A little back story of the Author himself.
The Fundamentals
By David H. Reiss
From a very young age, I yearned to become an author.
I was a voracious reader who spent every moment possible immersed within other authors’ imaginary worlds. Books were my escape, my motivation, my passion! Every story was a treasure and the people who penned those stories were my heroes. My dream was to become part of that cycle…to share my visions with other readers and perhaps inspire them to do the same.
And yet, I dreaded every day of my grade-school English composition classes. I wanted to pen epic adventures about dragons on spaceships, but my teachers didn’t want to talk about stories..they wanted to talk about technique. About grammar and punctuation and sentence structure and other boring stuff. I had vision! I had ideas! Surely that was all that really mattered?
I struggled with that misconception for a while, but fortunately I had a teacher who rolled his eyes and explained that even the most extraordinary ideas can be ruined by a poor storyteller, whereas a talented storyteller can squeeze entertainment from the most mundane of circumstances.
Grudgingly, I was eventually forced to admit that my teacher was right.
So…to aspiring authors, I say this: Don’t stress yourself out worrying if your idea is ‘good enough’. Instead, study the basics! Learn grammar and punctuation and sentence structure and all the other boring stuff. Those skills will form the foundation for every story you want to tell. Eventually, you’ll make that idea shine.
Some worry that focusing too heavily upon ‘proper’ grammar can make a work dry. That it can smooth away the author’s voice. Instead, I would argue that only once you know the rules can you make rational choices about how and when to break them. Studying the craft will improve your art.
And then-once you’ve developed a reasonable mastery of the basics-write your epic adventures about space-faring dragons. I wanna read them!

 

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Heart of Stone by Ben Galley

This is the first book by Ben Galley that I‘ve read and i’m not disappointed. Where has this guy been hiding why haven’t I heard of him before. I need to go and find some of this guys other books. 

We start off with the creation of a wind cut stone Golem (man made) and the last of his kind. His name is Task was specifically designed for war. Task has been sold from the day of his creation to warmongers who are set on nothing but destruction. Task is ancient over 400+ years old and has been some through some wars. The only thing is that Task has feelings and emotions that he tries to suppress as a Golem isn’t supposed to have these. Task has been ordered to listen to his owners and do what hes told. Task has been through the mill and never got close to people (or skin bags as he calls them) that’s until he meets a little girl called Lesky.

Lesky is a table girl. Quite young with a old head on her shoulders. She sneaks around without being heard. She can sneak up on Task and that’s a very hard thing to do. I think Lesky is the character that keeps this book together. Despite her up bringing and hard life she just gets on with everything and takes it in her stride. She is a lot stronger than she thinks she is.

The characters in this book all have their part and fit in well with the story. Lesky is the only one that really stood out for me. The way she has been written is amazingly well done To be honest she could have a stand alone book about what happened after this book ended.

You do need to be on the ball with this book. If you skip through or don’t remember whats going on it will be confusing. During the end of the book it all ties itself together for a very good ending. It’s a shame that this book is just a one off as I’d like to read more about the characters. Hopefully Ben might write a spin off book. I just want to read more about the Golems 😉

Biography

Ben Galley is an author of dark and epic fantasy books who currently hails from Victoria, Canada. Since publishing his debut The Written in 2010, Ben has released a range of award-winning fantasy novels, including the weird western Bloodrush and the epic standalone The Heart of Stone. He is also the author of the brand new Chasing Graves Trilogy.

When he isn’t conjuring up strange new stories or arguing the finer points of magic and dragons, Ben works as a self-publishing consultant, helping fellow authors from around the world to publish their books.

Ben enjoys exploring the Canadian wilds and sipping Scotch single malts, and will forever and always play a dark elf in The Elder Scrolls. One day he hopes to live in an epic treehouse in the mountains.

Ben can be found on Twitter or vlogging on YouTube @BenGalley, or loitering on Facebook and Instagram @BenGalleyAuthor. You can also get a free eBook copy of his epic fantasy The Written at http://www.bengalley.com

My small review- 4.5/5 my only criticism would be that it did take a while to get the book rolling. I understand that it did need to do character build ups and backgrounds so you understood the story properly. So definitely worth a read. So please give it a go.

The Amber Maze Blog Tour

 

THE AMBER MAZE

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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.

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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:

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The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross

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Well I’m finally out of my reading slump and its all because of this book. I read this book over the weekend and could never put down. When I did eventually put it down I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The whole concept is amazing. It did remind me a lot about time cop (yes the Van Damme film) Engella is a young woman travelling through time running from a group of hunters and trying to find her family who she hasn’t seen for god knows how many years.

Right come on lets get on with the review or we will  be here all day. As I said the story is about Engella who has a nifty wristband that lets her travel through time. Shes on a mission to find her parents while trying to escape from a group of hunters. The hunters are after her as she has something that they need. (im saying nothing more about that as I dont want to spoil the story) Engella has been to some very interesting places and times in the past and the future.

 

The book does offer quite a few different views points. Especially with the different characters and the different times they were in. I thought it may of confused the reader.  I also thought this might struggle to tie in the whole book together but Paul didnt dissapoint. This book tied in really well leaving me literally hanging on edge wanting to read the second book.

If you like a futuristic science fiction read then this is the book for you to add to your collection (and come on the cover is ridiculously awesome)

Mental health is like a rollercoaster

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Where do you with a post like this. Literally the past few months my mental health has been like a rollercoaster. It has been horrible. Times I’ve been thinking what the actual fuck is going on in my head. People shouldn’t have to suffer like this. I wouldn’t want anyone to go through this. I wish sometimes there was an off button. I’ve been feeling really tired lately but think that’s due to my brain going into overdrive when Im trying to fall asleep. It even got to the point where I stopped reading books. Which was a really good escape for me to take my mind of things and switch off. Thankfully Im back reading and forgot how much I missed it (but that’s another story) I have noticed lately that my mood swings have been quite erratic. I’ve either been really hyper or in a low mood with myself without even realising. My partner knows the signs if Im struggling. she seems to know the right questions and brings me round. but due to my stubbornness I can be in a rut for while. I think the one I’ve just come out of has been the longest one yet. I always seem to be fine on the outside which means Im good at masking it. I always think that if i show my feelings especially at work or with friends and even other family members i don’t think they would ever judge me. it’s just that Im not one for expressing myself outright especially when Im face to face with someone. my partner is the only one i feel comfortable enough around to talk about it and that’s when she’s nagged me enough for me to talk to her about it. I’m not saying mine is worse than anyone elses. We all deal with this differently. If you’re going through something like this then open up. I know its hard but using my blog to express myself a bit really off loads a lot of weight that I feel like ive been carrying. I feel relieved after ive written it down and if it helps some one then its brilliant. If anyone has any questions please ask. Also speak up about it help yourself, help someone. Thats me signing off from this one. I feel like I’ve written enough and feel better for it. Thank you for your time and reading this.

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.

 

Raven Tower

The Raven Tower
What price will Kesta and the fire-walkers have to pay to keep their people from enslavement? The raids were more ferocious, more desperate and much earlier in the year. When Kesta sees in the flame who is really behind the attacks the Independent islands of the Fulmers seem doomed to fall. Their only hope is to cross the sea to seek the help of the King of Elden and his sorcerer, the Dark Man.
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Author Bio-
I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt I spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.
My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.
I have since left Tobias’s world of ‘Naris’ to explore the Valley with Feather in the ‘Hall of Pillars’ which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won’t regret it.

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Twitter @EmmaMilesShadow

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