Re-using old blog posts?

I was just going through my old posts. I noticed that when I first began I was hardly getting any comments/likes even views. Not that I do now anyway. So I thought I’d re-use my old blog posts to see if that they get any extra abit of attention. Especially now I have more followers on my wordpress and twitter.

So if you see some of my old posts it’s just me reminding you all I’m still lingering around 🤣

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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.

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

Purchase Links:

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 Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

I will admit I’ve never read any of Suzanne’s books shes wrote. I will have to get around and get reading as they sound amazingly good. If you have been fortunate to have read her other books then you know you wont be disappointed in reading this book

 

Kalaya (what a beautiful name for a magical island) sounds like the most majestic and beautiful magic island that you want to go to and see. Well I do anyway 🙂

We have a little girl called Tei. She is a daughter to a tailor. A mysterious man visited her father one night with a warning that they had to leave for the mountains. Masked raiders and the assembly are on the hunt with anyone with magical bloodlines and powers. Tei and her father manage to escape from their town. On their mission to the mountains they get surrounded by there captors until they get help of two amazing characters in this series. Rike and Garrick who are two bad ass mofo’s who take no shit and are as hard as nails.

She arrives at Turrak where her life is turned upside down. Tei has to get used to her new life in the mountains. The elders visit Tei and give her the task of finding the new sentinel for the people and the island. Tei has been told that the island is slowly dying and the magic protecting the island is slowly dwindling away. Due to the sentinel dying. So is the sentinel (the protector of the island)

Tei’s task now is to find the new sentinel to save her people and the island itself. So Tei Rike and Garrick set of to bring the sentinel to her new place at Turrak to save the island and it’s peopl.  Tei’s travels have her going through some difficulties in her young life. She falls in love, she has to deal death, meeting new people, living in a strange place and how to deal with her new abilities that she never knew about. Trials and tribulations.

 

I would give this book a 5/5 I fell in  love with it from the start. Looking forward to the third book (second book is amazing aswell review will be up soon)

The world building is really well written. It feels like you’re in the book with these amazing characters and on the beautiful island of Kayala.

 

Short review: Get this book if you like anything to do with magic fantasy it’s amazing. I was going to put this at the top but you wouldn’t of read my review 😉

The Lost Sentinel

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.

Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.
On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.
Struggling with self doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for the new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.

Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed in their quest, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic? 

The Lost Sentinel book link

 

 

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.

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 😂😂