Thursday, October 5, 2017

FREE READ - I'm Celebrating 'TEEN READ WEEK' with the release of THE J.E.T.S. EQUATION - Book One (Sitnalta)


The 2017 event will be held Oct. 8 - 14th, featuring the theme 'Unleash Your Story."

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association. It began in 1998 and is held annually. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers. 

In support of this initiative, I'm announcing the release of the first book in my Epic Fantasy/SciFi series entitled THE J.E.T.S. EQUATION. This book has been serialized and is now complete. You can read it now for FREE on the Wattpad App.



PREPARE FOR THE TRIPLE RISING... 

The hidden, undersea city of Sitnalta is one of three Daughter-Cities of Atlantis; the other two reside only in legend and ancient prophecy. These ancient writings speak of a Prime Genitor, and ten powerful artifacts of JATAR. The Sitnaltians believe the ultimate hope for saving all humanity from pending extinction lies in finding these hidden cities and discovering their powerful treasures. To accomplish this, they initiate the Gathering. In doing so, they catapult eight young adults into a destiny undreamt-of. Will they survive? Will they prove worthy of their choosing? The outlook is bleak. With few options and little time, only one thread of hope emerges. Atlantis' last prophecy becomes all humanities' call-to-action. 

Sisters bow down in grief. 
The light of the Twin Worlds flicker. 
The least becomes high. 
The bonding prevails. 
Salvation lies in the Ring-of-Fire. 
Prepare for the Triple Rising.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - A Splinter in Time by Linda Shelby


So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: A Splinter in Time
Author: Linda Shelby
Genre: Historical Romance/time travel element
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: 
**** Intrigued - Taking This Home


Review Comments: 
Two young girls of different ethnic backgrounds meet at a young age; but thirty years later they're still friends who share a connection began in Civil War times. Different in personality and purpose, each is a compelling character that author Linda Shelby gives her readers as this story begins. Each has lost something in those years long ago. Will they have a chance to right the wrongs? And if so, will it cost them their friendship? These were questions, as a reader, I had to know. Place, time, and conflict were well established in the first ten pages. Nice beginning.

Quote from Book:
~ ...the preview was scheduled to start today. It would be her only opportunity to look through the house before the auction. She doubted anything of her ancestors remained there, although deep inside she harbored a tiny hope. But the house itself was a piece of her family history, and she wanted to see it. ~





Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Book Review - The First Ten Pages - The Fountain of Youth by Steve Shear


So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: The Fountain of Youth
Author: Steve Shear
Genre: Drama
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: 
***** Totally Hooked - Can't Put It Down


Review Comments: 
Oh my goodness! The first pages of this book really punched me in the chest, leaving me drenched in vivid memories of years gone past. You see, I was a caregiver for my dear mother who suffered with dementia the last five years of her life, and who I had to eventually place in a nursing facility for more professional care. Author Steve Shear's descriptive setting, his intuitive understanding, and his fabulous word pictures firmly captured my full attention.

The protagonist of this story, Robert Glickman, has watched his grandmother and mother suffer through dementia and now, it's his turn.... But, from what I could glean from the first ten pages, he doesn't have any intention of going by the wayside in the usual way. He and the other characters that have appeared in the story are unique, interesting, and I'm almost sure they have a lot of twists to throw a reader. This is one journey I want to take to the last page. Great first ten pages!

Quote from Book:

~ I was about to get back on the elevator when the doors closed behind me as if to say you’re not going anywhere. By then I was curious about Hades and decided to follow Mrs. Slaug and her visitor down the hall, all the time being careful to pay attention to my surroundings. It all had to go in my journal since I wasn’t ever going to return. I have other plans when the time comes. ~




Book Review - First Ten Pages - Home Field by Laurie Winter


So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: Home Field
Author: Laurie Winter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: 
**** Intrigued - Taking This Home
Review Comments: 
Prologue: A soldier sits in a military camp in an Afghanistan desert and writes two letters to his wife back home. The first one is easy--the second one, not so much. After all, in Afghanistan, nothing was ever safe. Chapter one begins seventeen months later, and the reader realizes that what they'd feared would happen, did.

Author Laurie Winter sat me on the edge of my seat with a dreadful premonition in her opening prologue. I almost wanted to chunk the book against the wall when I finished the first ten pages. But, that wasn't going to happen... The last thing I could do was leave this soldier's wife without knowing how things would turn out for her. And I had yet to know what he had written in that second letter...

Quote from Book:
~ His hand shook as he wrote the words he hoped no one would ever have to read. This one was placed in a blank envelope he’d hand to Heath before they left for their mission tomorrow. Heath might resist John’s instructions at first, but he ultimately trusted Heath would see his wishes carried through. ~




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - The Trials of Adrian Wheeler

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: The Trials of Adrian Wheeler
Author: Steve Shear
Genre: Drama
Publisher: Catalina Sun Press

Review Rating: 
***** Totally Hooked - Can't Put It Down


Review Comments: 
The first paragraph garnered my rapt attention as Adrian, a badly wounded war veteran returns home. His homecoming is missing his mother who died when he was twelve, the only person from whom he could have hoped to receive a consoling gesture. Instead, he encounters the harsh words of a uncaring father. By this time, as an engaged reader, I'm ready to pull the old man's wheelchair out from under him. The next few pages introduce more family members and more emotional obstacles for this battered soldier to overcome.

At this point author Steve Shear has effectively given me cause to stay with this character. I can see that relationships are going to run deep and this is going to be an emotional roller coaster, but I'm hooked...

Quote from Book:
“Well Pa, thanks for asking, I’m just fine, except maybe for a lost limb, a metal knee that doesn’t seem to be working right, and a bit of self-pity—but no big deal, right, Esme?”




Monday, September 11, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Lipstick on the Strawberry


So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.


Title: Lipstick on the Strawberry
Author: Margaret Ann Spence
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: 
*** Hum... Has Possibilities - I'll read ten more pages


Review Comments: 
The first paragraph of this book gave me both a chuckle and a sense of foreboding. With my emotions effectively engaged, I naturally had to see what the next few pages offered. Next, Camilla receives a phone call informing her of her father's death. She needs to return to England for the funeral, but negatives vibes seeped into the pages at this turn of events. Why doesn't she want to go back? Why questions get me every time! I'll have to keep reading.

Quote from Book:
They say if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. But actually, when I heard the news, I wanted to crawl back and put my head in the oven.