November 27, 2014

Being Held Hostage by Authors

I'm going to go on a little rant, if no one minds. I'm really tired of authors who end their first books so that there is no satisfaction unless you buy and read the next book. A cliff-hanger, sure, but only AFTER you've wrapped some things up, so I don't feel completely hung out to dry.
I know this seems a bit hypocritical given how Cargon: Honour and Privilege ends, but I would argue that only proves my point. The heroine does reach some of her goals. She doesn't have everything she wants, so you want to read book two to see how she succeeds, but you can stop at the end of Book 1 and know that she had a perfectly fine existence.
One of the two books that have me on edge ended with a memory wipe. So from the point of view of the heroine absolutely nothing happened. This would be fine if there was some concrete closure that she doesn't remember, but no. No, we don't know why the guy who loved her sold her out. We don't know what the creepy girl can do. We don't even know what happens to the antagonist. Crappy ending.
The other literally ends with the heroine on the gallows, the floor falls out and she thinks this is what death feels like. SERIOUSLY? I know the author will say, but you just have to read the next book. No, screw you, you put a cut in the middle of a single longer book and I'm not amused. Now, from my point of view, because I now refuse to read any more of the series, the heroine dies, the hero is a dick only slightly less of an ass than his brother, and the kingdom will continue to be run by sick despots who like torturing people.
Both of these could have very easily left me with a more complete ending. The first, as I mentioned, could have had some closure that she then forgets. I mean, hey, that's a perfect set up for her to discover in a new way in the next book. The latter could have had the hero actually stand up for the girl, admit that he has feelings for her, and then fail to save her from hanging. Then at least I wouldn't feel so utterly disappointed.
I understand that you want to write a series and encourage people to buy the next book, but holding me hostage doesn't do that. It pisses me off and ensures I don't look for your books in the future.

November 13, 2014

Unleashed by Rachel McClellan #BBFSpecFic

Alas, the Blogger Book Fair is coming to a close, but I have one more fantastic writer to introduce you to! Rachel McClellan is the author of Unleashed, a Science Fiction novel targeted to young adults.


Seventeen-year-old Claire Williams’ tough upbringing has taught her how to throw a punch or two to survive, especially when it involves a man’s unwanted attention. But her strength waivers when she visits Bodian Dynamics, a medical research facility, and stumbles upon classified information—someone has stolen a drug that not only changes a person's appearance, but will also unleash a dark and evil alter ego.


After an intimidating security guard threatens the lives of her friends if she speaks to anyone about the incident, Claire pretends the drug never existed. That is until she meets Gage, a teenage boy who doesn’t seem to have a conscience and who is hell-bent on making her just like him by unleashing her dark side.

But Claire knows a secret—he can only die while in his normal state. And since Gage knows personal information about her, Claire thinks she knows who it is: either her best friend or her recent boyfriend. And once she figures out which boy Gage is hiding behind, she’s going to kill him, even if it breaks her heart.


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Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she's not in her writing lair, she's partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel's love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was...
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November 12, 2014

Snapshots by Patricia Lynne #BBFSpecFic

Welcome back to the Blogger Book Fair! Patricia Lynne's book is perfect for young adults. Science Fiction based, it deals with an unusual young man with mismatched eyes. Snapshots is tailored for someone who doesn't fit in. Rather than a blurb, I have an excerpt! Enjoy this snapshot from Snapshots.


The sound of my fists smacking the punching bag echoed through the empty gym. Each blow sent the bag swinging like a pendulum. James Tyson, a hulking mass of muscle who owned the building, circled me, scowling as he watched.

“Back off. You’re going to break it,” he ordered, placing one thick hand against the punching bag and stilling it. He pinned me with a glare not meant to intimidate or scold, but press the importance of his words. He was the only person outside of Tyler’s close circle to know about my ability, as well as my strength and speed. Every day he worked with me, helping me understand my body so I could learn to keep myself in check and not accidentally hurt someone. “You’re slipping. Remember, you are the master of your body. This is your gift. Control it.”

I nodded, took a deep breath, and resumed my workout. A fine sheen of sweat covered me, my muscles were loose and limber, and my heart pumped steadily. I let myself fall into the sound my fists made, listening only for James’s command. When he finally gave the okay to stop, I pulled my left fist back, letting my strength loose and hitting the punching bag with everything I had. The chain snapped and it flew through the air, landing on the other side of the room.

James’s laughter boomed across the gym. “I expect you to pick that up so I can rehang it. Again.”

I grinned sheepishly.

Twenty minutes later, the punching bag hung from a shiny, new chain and I was free to hit the shower. Jaden was waiting on the gym front steps with his two brothers, Marcel and Terrance. Our gazes danced carefully as I held my hand out to help my cousin to his feet. I wasn’t as lucky when I turned to Marcel. Images rushed over me like a stampede.

Marcel next to a young woman in a hospital bed.

Doctors and nurses surrounding them.

A little being wrapped in blue.

“Cyc, you okay, man?” Marcel’s voice cut into the visions.

I tore my gaze away and pressed my hands to my forehead, Pain buzzed, but it was a tolerable, dull throb. “Yeah, I’m a good. Just a little tired from my workout. Let’s go.”


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About Patricia Lynn:

My obsession with creativity started with art. Inspired by my grandpa's oil paintings, I began drawing. Throughout high school, art was my favorite class. In fact, when it came to writing, I didn't think I was good at it. A college essay seemed to agree.

On a whim and bored one day, I started writing a story bouncing in my head. Riddled with plot holes, I didn't care. It was for fun. After that story, I began writing more until I came to the idea for Being Human. The story struck me as one other people might enjoy, so I began taking writing seriously, researching how to improve, and editing. My art days are behind me, but that's okay because a new creative pleasure has consumed my life.

I currently live in Upper Michigan with my husband, enjoy dying my hair the color of the rainbow, and hope to have what resembles a small petting zoo one day. When I'm not writing or at the day job, I'm goofing off on Twitter, or reading about serial killers.

November 11, 2014

D. H. Aire - Highmage's Plight #BBFSpecFic

Another day in the fair, another great author to share with you. This one leans more to the fantasy side of the Fantasy/SciFi spectrum. D.H. Aire's series, Highmage's Plight, is intended for Adult audiences.

Professor George Bradley, computer staff in hand, “envisions” an archaeological site, which could turn history on its head. Then he falls through a ripple in reality.
He enters a world where: trolls think they are human; elves believe humans can’t do magic since they don’t have souls; a child of prophecy is dying of a curse; a shape-changer is bent on killing him; a seeress keeps too many secrets; and an ogre and a boy struggle to defend a keep against the evil ruling it.
This is a world where a starship crash landed, bringing about a war, which led to the laws of magic defeating those of science.
Here a demon rages, intent on destroying all life, its minions intent on killing the human mage from another world.
If that wasn’t bad enough, George’s computer is now rather sarcastic.

This introductory volume is followed by Merchants and Mages

Future archaeologist, George Bradley, crystalline computer staff in hand, has found himself on a world where elvin magic has subtly changed key laws of science. In order to return to Earth, George must reach the Imperial Capital and find Highmage Alrex, who summoned him across reality.
Accompanied by his companions: an elfblooded healer, a shape-changing little girl, and four swordswomen, bound by honor, George must cross an entire province without the Demonlord’s minions finding him.
So, seeking to keep a low profile, George decides to travel disguised as a merchant, however, as the adage goes “best laid plans…”
Merchants and mages alike will find this foreigner disturbing the status quo. But more than trade is being upended. Unbeknownst to those tasked to defend the Empire, the Demonlord is about to invade, using a suborned human army.

Perhaps worst of all, George’s horse seems to have an agenda of her own.

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D.H. Aire has walked the ramparts of the Old City of Jerusalem and through an escape tunnel out of a Crusader fortress that Richard the Lionheart once called home. He’s toured archeological sites from diverse cultures that were hundreds, if not thousands of years old… experiences that have found expression in his writing of his Highmage’s Plight Series.
D.H. Aire’s is the author of two novels: Highmage’s Plight and its sequel Human Mage. A number of his short stories appear in Separate Worlds first anthology, Flights of Fantasy, Vol. 1 (available on Smashwords.com and BarnesandNoble.com). His story, Crossroads of Sin, appears in the anthology RealLies (2013).
Highmage’s Plight, upon which Dare2Believe is based, is published by Malachite Quills Publishing. Link to my ebook to read sample chapters at: http://amzn.to/ynvrFH. Also available in print on Amazon.
The author is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and currently resides in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

November 10, 2014

Induction Day by PK Hrezo #BBFSpecFic

Day 2 of the Blogger Book Fair. PK Hrezo has released the second book in her Butterman Travel series. Induction Day, labelled New Adult, it is perfect for those who are just finishing high school and moving out into the world on their own and have that in common with Bianca.


The year 2069 is coming to a close, and eighteen-year-old Bianca Butterman's time-craft license is finally official. She's ready for the Induction Day she’s waited for since she was a kid—the one that will secure her name on the Butterman family tree of time travelers. But ever since the media discovered Bianca is pop superstar Tristan Helms’ latest new honey, everything Bianca does or says becomes a target of criticism. Having her professional credibility topping the gossip sites across social media is an open invitation for the government to step in and regulate Bianca’s Induction. Now she will have to ask herself if saving 1500 people from drowning is worth losing everything she’s ever worked for, including the Butterman family biz.


Welcome to Butterman Travel, Incorporated; a full service agency designed to meet all your exclusive time travel needs. We’re a family owned and operated business with one hundred years of experience. A place where you can rest assured, safety and reliability always come first.

Anxious to attend some special event from the past? Or for a glimpse of what the future holds?

You’ve come to the right place. We’re a fully accredited operation, offering an array of services; including, but not limited to: customized travel plans, professionally piloted operations, and personal trip guides. *Terms and conditions do apply

Use our Web conferencing to contact our frontline reservation specialist, Bianca Butterman, who will handle all your inquiries in a professional and efficient manner, offering a tentative itinerary and free fare quote, so you can make the most of your time trip.

We look forward to serving you at Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.


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PK Hrezo is a native Floridian who is rarely found without her flip flops on. She shares her home with her firefighter husband, two kids, and big dog named Ripley. When not creating characters and their worlds, PK can be found at her other job of rearranging passenger's itineraries for a major international airline. The only hobbies she loves more than traveling, are reading, writing, and music, and when the four are combined she exists in total bliss. Join her email list for newest releases and exclusive offers.

November 9, 2014

Bring Me To Life by Emma Weylin #BBFSpecFic

Welcome to the Blogger Book Fair! I'm lucky enough to host five authors with their own speculative, science fiction/fantasy stories to share. Emma Weylin classifies Bring Me To Life, the first in her Time Walkers series as Supernatural/Paranormal. It is geared to adults, so the younger members of my audience will probably prefer the other authors in the fair.


Being dead sucks, or so Vincent Asher believes. He’s spent the last two hundred years of his death battling vampires because his boss won’t let him kill demons. Known as a force called the Wraith, Vincent has become bored with preventing the apocalypse. When he hopes his boss will give him a more exciting assignment, he gets the shock of his afterlife. He must protect the woman who killed him.

Bryna Wildrose accidently killed the one man she ever loved. In a self-imposed death sentence, she’s spent the last ten years of her life trying to get herself killed. She never meant to kill Vincent, and the guilt is eating her alive. A vampire gives her a dire warning. The Wraith is coming for her. She can run, or she can let death take her.

Given no choice, Vincent goes back in time to find the one woman he loved more than life itself, but when he expected to torment her for causing his death, he learns nothing is what he believed it to be. Real love never dies, but Vincent’s power might not be enough to keep Bryna alive.


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Emma Weylin fell in love with the written word as a child. She loves to create her own worlds full of magic and wonder. One of her favorite things is populating those worlds with interesting and true-to-life characters who experience everything from epic love and heartrending battles to seriously silly or embarrassing "duh" moments. She believes love can and does conquer all things. When she's not writing, she enjoys her family and has a copious yarn addiction.

June 6, 2012

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