KARRIN WARRIOR CHILD EXCERPTS

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I’ve been working on the next Excalibur installment for over a year now.  But, the end is finally in sight.  Maybe 3 or 4 chapters and I’ll be done with my initial MS, then on to revisions and editing.  Unlike The Revenge of Excalibur, this time I have the whole outline.  The biggest challenge has been bringing the characters to life, adding dimesons to their personalities.  Things Bob never thought about.  He touched on some areas, but they needed to be more rounded. 

As with the 2nd book, this one starts several decades in the future.  I’m still thinking this will be two books as I’m starting chapter 43 and at 104k words.  Below are the beginning paragraphs of the first twenty chapters.  I hope you enjoy them.  I still don’t have a clue what I want for a book cover.  UGH! 

For the readers that enjoy my Excalibur books, joy, joy, there is one more installment left. A story I don’t even remember reading. I’ve been itching to pick it out of the box and start reading it, but I won’t let myself until this one is done.

ONE

“And this one’s name?” a high, whinny voice demanded impatiently.

“Ah, it’s Karen Number 1685,” stammered a woman as she peered down at the reader in her hand.  She licked her lips, glancing up at the woman who overshadowed her slight frame.

TWO

Sniffling, head bowed, the battered girl sat on a cold, metal slab, staring at her bare feet.  She still didn’t understand why she was here.  She peeked out between her mass of dark hair, peering at the tall, thin, coffee-colored Guard sitting across from her.  She had a reader in one hand, with an electronic prod lying across her lap.

THREE

Karrin was jerked out of a fitful sleep with the clanging of the cell door, and a gruff voice.  “Hey, Yol.  You got yourself a roommate.”

Karrin slowly opened her eyes and saw an older girl with a shaved head.  “Yes, Guard,” she quickly mumbled, as her brown eyes stared back at Karrin.

“Looks like you got the short straw, Yol,” the guard mocked.  “Too bad for you.”  With a mean laugh, she turned and proceeded down the corridor, banging her electric prod on the cell doors as she went.

FOUR

The hulking, snarling woman wrapped her meaty hand around Karrin’s thin, upper arm, and started dragging her relentlessly down the hallway.  Stumbling down a set of concrete stairs, the little girl’s sandal-clad feet skittered from step to step, as she tried preventing herself from tumbling to the floor.  With each jolt and jar, it felt like her arm was being ripped out of the socket.  She bit her lip, trying not to cry out in pain.

FIVE

It was a refrigerated room, and Cook noticed Karrin shivering, with puffs of steam escaping between her chattering teeth.  On the wall inside the door, were a rack of knives.  Cook took one down, then proceeded to a blood-stained table in the middle of the room.   She glared down at the girl.  “From now one, till I say different, after you’re done with potatoes, and boiling the rice, this will be your job.  Now, watch closely.”

SIX

When Cook stepped into the meat room, she stopped mid-stride, blinking in surprise.  Her new helper was sitting at the table, peeling the skin off a dead rat.  “What you doing, girl?”

“My job,” she said in a gravelly voice, not looking up, tugging at the skin until it came free from the body.   “You said this was my job, Cook.”

SEVEN

Cook drug the protesting Kitty to her big table.  She reached into her shirt pocket, removing a shiny key and unlocked the padlock from the bomb-collar.  She hung it on the rack where other collars sat, waiting for new kitchen helpers.

Hands on hips, she scowled down at the whimpering Kitty.  “You’ve been working in this kitchen for over a year, and I’m lucky if’n you’ve done a week’s worth of work.  The only thing I’ve seen you do is diddle around with the helper boys when you think I’m not a looking.  Since you like playing with the boys so much, you’ll get to do it on a permanent basis.  You ain’t needed here no more.”  Cook grabbed a fistful of the girl’s greasy, black hair and headed for the backdoor, Kitty screaming and spitting the whole way, trying to get loose from the iron grip on her hair.

EIGHT

On a planet named Ispepyein, located near the left eye of the constellation called Leo the Lion, Kargan sat in his massive stone throne, tapping his claws impatiently on the armrest.  He lightly ran his fingertips over the numerous deep groves that he’d gouged into his chair over the years.  He was about to add more if this Calen didn’t get to the point.  He rued the day the wimpy, pale-skinned race ‘accidentally’ discovered their planet a dozen years ago.  Thankfully, they hadn’t had much contact with them, since Ispepyeins were totally self-sufficient.  But they were well-known, galaxy-wide, for services they rendered, for a hefty price.  He assumed their services were what brought the Calen General here, if he ever quit stuttering and stammering.

NINE

Lurga braced himself against the pale blue tiled walls, hot water streaming down his back, where it gurgled into the drain between his gray, clawed feet.  With a loud grunt, he punched the button, shutting off the water, then grabbed a towel and stepped out onto the cold stone floor.  As he dried himself off, he caught his image in the reflecting window, then smiled.  Ah, a few more scars to add o my growing collection, and to prove myself the greatest Ispepyein warrior of all time.  He shook his head in disgust.  Though, I would not consider my latest conquest of three thousand one hundred and six Grotons as much of a battle. Certainly, not worthy for the Greatest Ispepyein warrior.  He signed in frustration.  He hadn’t faced a worthy opponent in years, and Lurga was starting to think he never would.

TEN

Several weeks later, Claudia Giroux, formally known as Cook, stood in the front yard of her new home, located in the south end of what used to be called London.  With squinted eyes, she took in the pale blue, two-storied, wooden-framed building.  Buckingham Palace it wasn’t, but it had enough room for her and her two helpers to get lost in.

Running her thumb over the key to her new home, she glanced down at her helpers. It’s amazing how much they look alike.  They almost look like twins.  Each had short, dark hair, wore the same dresses, and dark-complected.  From a distance, she could pick out Karrin by the half an inch in height she had over Tanya. Up close, Claudia had no problems, as it was the color of Karrin’s eyes that set her apart.

ELEVEN

The small, silver fighter streaked thorough space as it hurtled toward a solar system containing eight planets orbiting a sun much smaller than the one in Ispepyein’s system.  Contruda slowed their descent when the data banks alerted it that the bright, blue planet was their destination.   Earth.  Making a slow reconnaissance around Earth, Contruda then ordered the fighter to the dark side of the moon which circled this insignificant planet.  They would hide here until the warrior awoke.

TWELVE

Slick stood on the porch, binoculars in one hand, a walkie in the other.  According to his sources, a strange, possibly deadly man, was heading their way, looking for little Karrin.  Eyewitnesses told him the man was either drunk or high, as he staggered down the street.   But no one wanted to mess with him.

Slick raised the glasses to his eyes, training on the spot where the man would be turning onto Wilburn Street, about a mile from Mama’s house.  He shifted nervously around, straining to see any type of movement.  He’d be damned if something happened to Mama’s little girl.  He just hoped all his preparations would work.  From what he’d been told, he wasn’t so sure.

THIRTEEN

The sound of pounding feet and splashing water bounced off the walls of the dimly lit sewer tunnel.  Clutching Karrin tightly to his chest, Slick leapt over a rat as big as a cat, then came to a skidding halt at an intersecting tunnel.  Lungs heaving, he leaned his back against the slime covered wall, trying to catch his breath.  Damn, Mrs. C was right.  He needed to lay off the cigs.  And the rank, foul air didn’t help matters any.  Even though he’d spent most of his life in the sewers, he still wasn’t used to the rotten egg smell.  His nose wrinkled in disgust.

FOURTEEN

Lurga was fuming, his fingers twitching where they lay resting on the butt of his pistols.  Even though he looked as thin-skinned as these Earthlings, beings that could be squished as easily as a bug, it was all an illusion.  Underneath, he still wore the armor-plated skin of an Ispepyein Warrior, impenetrable to any of the puny weapons these Earthlings had.  As more bullets bounced off his skin, and another blast of the cannon threw him to the ground, he rolled over, coughing.  The dust clogged his throat and nose, making it hard to breathe.

FIFTEEN

Stepping out into the garage, Lurga peered around the packed room, until he found the door leading to the west.  Striding toward the doorway, he clicked a button on his hand-link.  Every living thing left an electromagnetic footprint.  He’d just keyed his hand-link to follow the signature paths that had recently fled this way.  Two strong fields lit up, while a third one was weaker, like it was being shielded.  With a satisfied growl, he took off out the door, following the trail.  Will they be devious and try hiding their trail?  He hoped so, as he was looking forward to a good hunt.

SIXTEEN

Ten miles away, B.J. sat in a chair, head and hands hanging between his knees, gasping for breath. He hadn’t run for quite a few years and had to slow down to a fast walk for the last several miles before reaching tunnel 60 and the entrance to the file room of Scotland Yard. He raised his head, wiping the sweat from his brow when a cup of coffee was shoved in front of his face. He stared at the hot, steaming coffee. What he really wanted was ale. Lots of ale. He waved off the offered beverage.

SEVENTEEN

Karrin’s eyes fluttered a few times, then she tried opening them, but they were glued shut, like she’d been sleeping for days instead of hours.  She rubbed them, trying to get rid of the gritty feeling.  She blinked several times, starting to panic.  Everything was dim and blurry.  Then she noticed a flicker of light off on her left side.  Turning her head she saw a fire burning away, but the color of the flames didn’t look right.  They were blue/green instead of the yellow/orange she was used to.  She sat up, a thin silver blanket falling from her shoulders to puddle in her lap.  She noticed she was lying on another silver blanket, but it was larger and padded for comfort.  Lots better than the cot she was used to sleeping in at the Home.

EIGHTEEN

Lurga bit off the head of a flapping fish, enjoying the crunching of bones as he chewed.  Over the five years since he came to Switch with Karrin, he’d become accustomed to eating cooked meat, especially while in his Human form, but he still relished the taste of salty, warm blood from a fresh kill.

At the sound of approaching footsteps, he turned to see Karrin striding toward him.  A wide grin split her face as she held up the blue-furred ‘rabbits’ she’d caught that morning in her snares.  He shook his head.  Poor child.  Over the past several months, two small bumps started forming on her chest, making her even more unappealing to look at.

NINETEEN

‘Ispepyein calling Warrior Lurga Pukani.  Respond to the mate of your leader.’  Even though Karrin couldn’t read a word of Ispepyein, she understood every word as Lurga read the message.

“My sister, Zelka,” Lurga explained.

Karrin looked at him in surprise.  She didn’t even know the Warrior had a sister.  It had taken her several months getting used to living on Switch and being around Lurga.  But once she did, her curiosity got the better of her and she tried asking questions about his life.  His answer was always an icy glare and a snapping of his teeth.  She learned early what questions not to ask. Now, she just discovered he had a sister.  Is she younger or older? Did he leave his own mate behind when he accepted Mama’s blood bond?  Maybe he even has children.  A feeling of guilt overcame her.

“You have to answer her, then.  She’s your sister,” Karrin insisted.

TWENTY

As Lurga guided his silver fighter to the Leader’s Palace, Karrin thought about her situation.  Other than Lurga, she hadn’t seen another living being in five years.  She’d really had no time to be lonely as he kept her busy with survival and battle training.  But now she started getting nervous, thinking about their differences.  She softly stroked the fine hairs on her arm, then pinched her pale, thin skin.  His skin was gray, thick, hairless, and felt like sandpaper.  She lightly ran her fingertips across her lips, making her shiver.  They were soft and pliant, and her teeth were a single row of rounded stubs.  Not good at all for tearing and rendering your food.

She still remembered him telling her how ugly she looked to him when they first arrived on Switch.  Every time she saw her reflection in the water, she thought she looked uglier and uglier.  She signed.  Does he still think I’m unpleasant to look at?  For some reason, it bothered her if he did. Will his people see me the same way?

Let me know what you think in the comments.  Are these excerpts tantalizing enough to make you want to read more?  There is no sex in this book, but it is very dark in nature.

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JULY 2017 #99cent #Amazon #Ebooks by @CreativiaPub AUTHORS 1st through the 15th

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Here in the US, the 4th of July is just around the corner.  So let’s start off this month with a bang load of 99 cent Amazon ebooks.  Click on the covers to read a preview or to download.  Please leave a review when you’ve finished reading a book.  Thank you, and have a fun and safe Independence Day.  And a HUGE Thank You to the men and women that who have helped keep our freedom. 

JULY 1, 2017

The Naphil's Kiss by [Beaudelaire, Simone]   Talismans (The Wise Ones Book 1) by [Lowell, Lisa]

The Hit-and-Run Man by [Bickley, Derrick R.]

JULY 2, 20117

Blood Sister by [McKinnon, Kenna]   The World After by [Snow, Sonador]

Behind Closed Doors by [Porter, Brian L.]   Heal Into Health: Gluten Free, Vegan Sensations by [Blattner, Kirsty]

JULY 3, 2017

Bars, Bouncers, Bad Guys & Beyond: A kick-ass manual for bouncers and security officers by [Hammer, Harry]   The Melting Dead by [Lamoreux, Doug]

JULY 4, 2017

Circus of Horrors by [Gill, Carole]   A Tall Man Rides (The Hendershot Series Book 1) by [Rourke, H. Berkeley]

Jack The Ripper - The Hull Connection by [Covell, Mike]   Annie Chapman - Wife, Mother, Victim: The Life and Death of a Victim of Jack The Ripper by [Covell, Mike]

Frederick Bailey Deeming: Jack The Ripper Or Something Worse? by [Covell, Mike]

JULY 5, 2017

Coming Darkness by [Terry, Susan-Alia]

JULY 7, 2017

Switch by [Sweet, Nick]   The Angel of Soriano: A Renaissance Romance by [Alden, Stella Marie]

JULY 8, 2017

Vendetta by [Gaydas, Craig]   A Prisoner Within by [Northup, J.M.]

Tsunami, A Love Story by [Rourke, H. Berkeley]   The Devil's Bed by [Lamoreux, Doug]

JUYLY 9, 2017

After Armageddon by [Porter, Brian L., Gill, Carole]

JULY 10, 2017

Forever by [Case, Natalie J.]

JULY 11, 2017

Apparition Lake by [Lamoreux, Daniel D., Lamoreux, Doug]   A Game for Assassins (The Redaction Chronicles Book 1) by [Quinn, James]

The Girl Who Could Change Fate by [Ostergren, Cassidy]   The Unicorn's Daughter by [Beishir, Norma]

JULY 12, 2017

The Seasiders by [Griffiths-Jones, A.J.]

JULY 13, 2017

Shadow of the Wolf by [Archibald, Malcolm]   The Reviled (Dark Fey Book 1) by [Morgan, Cynthia A.]

JULY 14, 2017

Unflinching: A Western by [Yates, Stuart G.]   Sapphyre (Runestar Chronicles Book 1) by [Komito, Jason]

JULY 15, 2017

Making Mike (The Wounded Warriors Book 3) by [Beaudelaire, Simone, Northup, J.M.]

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JULY 2017 #FREE #Amazon #Ebooks by @CreativiaPub AUTHORS

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Here in the US, the 4th of July is just around the corner.  So let’s start off this month with a bang load of FREE Amazon ebooks.  Click on the covers to read a preview or to download.  Please leave a review when you’ve finished reading a book.  Thank you, and have a fun and safe Independence Day.  And a HUGE Thank You to the men and women that who have helped keep our freedom.  

P.S. As you can see, my publisher has gone back to putting most of our books on 99 cent promo instead of free.  It’s actually good business practice.  Don’t worry, I will also have a post for the July 99 cent books. 

JULY 1, 2017

Riftkeepers: Prime by [Whitethorne, Carrie]

JULY 2, 2017

Engaging The Dragon by [McKinnon, Kenna]

JULY 3, 3027

The Nemesis Cell by [Porter, Brian L.]

JULY 6, 207

The Queen's Pass by [Weber, Tobias A.]

JULY 7, 2017

Women of Scotland: A Journey to Scottish History by [Swift, Helen Susan]

JULY 9, 2017

A Chronicle of Chaos (The Light and Shadow Chronicles Book 1) by [Cain, D.M.]

JULY 10, 2017

Bad In Bardino by [Sweet, Nick]  The Guardian Chronicles by [Gaydas, Craig]

Genesis (Extinction Book 1) by [Nading, Miranda]

JULY 11, 2017

Twisted Tales from a Skewed Mind by [Collier, Mari]

JULY 12, 2017

SpaceHive by [McKinnon, Kenna]   Nightcrawler by [Dizon, John Reinhard]

Underneath the Gargoyle by [Harding, Christina]   Der Königinnenpass: Das Dunkle Geheimnis (German Edition) by [Weber, Tobias A.]

The Last Hero by [Gaydas, Craig]

JULY 13, 2017

Broken Roots by [Lowe, Michelle Diana]   A Rather Unusual Romance by [Turner, Stevie]

JULY 14, 2017

Hidden Between the Lines by [Laughlin, Sally A.]   I am Keats as you are by [Peirson, Glenn]

JULY 15, 2017

Our Land of Palestine by [Archibald, Malcolm]   Spiral of Fulfillment by [Swift, W. Bradford]

The Cartographer by [Gaydas, Craig]   Repent at Leisure by [Turner, Stevie]

JULY 16, 2017

Echoes of Harmony by [Nading, Miranda]   Like The Thistle Seed: The Scots Abroad by [Archibald, Malcolm]

A Wild Rough Lot: Whaling and Sealing from the Moray Firth by [Archibald, Malcolm]   The Malvern Mystery by [Swift, Helen Susan]

JULY 18, 2017

Den of Dark Angels by [McKinnon, Kenna]

JULY 19, 2017

The Patriot Joe Morton by [DeVault, Michael]   Heronk by [Richards, Ronald]

High Plains Holiday (Love on the High Plains Book 1) by [Beaudelaire, Simone]

JULY 20, 2017

The Princess in the Pyramid by [O'Neil, Kathryn, Johns, Gabrielle]

JULY 21, 2017

The Loranth (The Star Sojourner Series Book 1) by [Kilczer, Jean]   The Empty Hands by [Kilczer, Jean]

Sarah's Story by [Swift, Helen Susan]

JULY 22, 2017

The Secret of Altamura: Nazi Crimes, Italian Treasure by [Rosano, Dick]   Flushed by [Mulak, Joseph]

JULY 23, 2017

Road to Soul by [Mendoza, Carmen]

JULY 24, 2017

Beautiful Rose by [Hansen, Victoria]

JULY 25, 2017

Mother of Wolves (Evalyce Worldshaper Book 1) by [d'Merricksson, J. Aislynn]

JULY 26, 2017

A Ripple of Fear (The Fears of Dakota Book 1) by [Northup, J.M.]

JULY 27, 2017

Twisted Tales From The Northwest by [Collier, Mari]   Sisters of Ruin (Lucent Book 1) by [Lewis, Darren]

Angel by [Norris, Alex]

JULY 29, 2017

Spirit of Fire: The Tale of Marjorie Bruce by [Brand, Emmerson]

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#Bookrevew of THE STAR AGENCY (Book 1 of the Star Agency Chronicles) by RE Weber

The Star Agency (The Star Agency Chronicles Book 1) by [Weber, R.E.]

 

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BLURB:

Winner of the IBD “Indie Book of the Day” award for May 19th 2014.

So many of us dream of another life – a life of excitement and danger.

What if, in the darkest depths of despair, you suddenly had a chance to live that life?

Would you have the courage to chase that dream, even if you had to leave your friends, family and everything you knew behind?

Would you take that chance?

Theopolis James Logan is about to get that chance.

The Universe is about to come knocking on his door.

The Star Agency is book 1 of The Star Agency Chronicles, an Interstellar secret agent adventure aimed at readers aged 9 and above.

 

MY REVIEW:

Another book from my dusty 2015 TBR pile.  Can an ebook get dusty? This tale was supposedly written for pre-teens, but I found parts that were too technical for a pre-teens attention span.  Heck, they bored me to death too.  If you like hard sci-fi, this would be up your alley. 

When I started reading the story, it reminded me too much of my first efforts.  Which is not a good thing.  I’m actually surprised it won an award written this way.  I can tell it’s never been through an editor or proofreader’s hands as the writing is weak and repetitive.  I almost gave up on it several times, but it had a good story line, so I pushed on.  Since this book has been on in my TBR pile for so long, I did go and look at the sample on Amazon, hoping a cleaner edition had been published.  Nope.  Nada.  

This is a long story that starts on Earth where Theo’s trying to deal with the recent death of his grandfather, the person he’s lived with most of his young life.  Weber does have a unique take on how Theo ends up being invited to join an alien agency out in space.  The technology Weber envisions is our possible future.  But, Weber goes into too much detail about the technology.  Like I said before, if you like hard sci-fi, you would love this stuff.  Unfortunately, most of it could’ve been edited out as it did not advance the plot, but bogged down the flow of the story. 

The different species Theo finds on Polisium Prime are also unique and different.  His instructors are Orientator and First Mentor, two opposite personalities.  Theo also meets up with several other children that were invited from Earth to become emissaries for their planet.  Even though they were from different countries, they all talked like Theo, which only made them an extension of himself.  There is a somewhat love interest between Theo and Ruby, but when a new girl is introduced at the end, all eyes are on her.  Kinda a typical teen romance we see everywhere.  The girl the boy should be with isn’t the one he wants, until the end, which we won’t know unless we buy the next book. 

Once Theo goes on his first secret mission, the action really ramps up.  Well, as much as it can with weak writing.  There is a prologue in the book that is actually where the action starts, and I wonder if the story shouldn’t have started there to begin with.  That’s what a good editor is for.  Anyway, Theo has many choices to make and there are a lot of unanswered questions.  Sadly, I won’t be going forward with the series.

If you love a romp through space to meet some interesting alien life-forms, and you don’t mind needless prose, you might find this story entertaining.  I give it 3 space ships.

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#Bookreview of Mexican Hit Girl (Mason Church Book 1) by S.C. Smith

Mexican Hit Girl (Mason Church Book 1) by [Smith, S.C.]

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#Bookreview of Mexican Hit Girl (Mason Church Book 1) by S.C. Smith

BURB:

The drug war in Mexico has reached critical mass, and the high ranks of Washington suspect a mole. After the head of NCS is assassinated, the US government recruits decorated soldier Mason Church to take down Mexico’s most powerful drug kingpin.

Haunted by memories of the past, Mason reluctantly accepts the assignment. Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Valentina Vargas witnesses the massacre of her family by the ruthless drug lord.

Maneuvering their way through a labyrinth of drug cartels and corrupt government officials, Mason and Valentina come to realize that their only hope of survival lies with each other.

MY REVIEW:

Another book from 2015 that I’m just now getting around to reading and reviewing.  Even though the caption says Mason Church Book 1 there is no further books in this series.  Sad, actually, as I really wanted to know what happened to Mason after his assignment in Mexico. 

Mason is a man without a purpose, especially after coming back from his tour in the Middle East.  He’s just drifting through life, trying to make a living from odd end jobs when he answers an advert on the internet from a research center looking for volunteers to partake in a study.  Little does he know how this one simple action will change his life. 

This story is told in first person through Mason’s eyes, but does jump to 3rd person where needed.  I had no problem following WHO was the POV for each scene and chapter.  Even though the majority of the story was from Mason’s POV, he never really came off as a 3rd dimensional character.  There wasn’t much internalization with him, until about the half way mark.  I’m not sure if Smith wrote his character that way, or he just got better at writing Mason as the story progressed.  Either way, there was a disconnect for me with Mason. 

For readers who don’t like violence, rape, or gruesome deaths, you won’t want to read this book.  I felt some of the grisly scenes weren’t quite necessary, like everyone getting shot on the bus.  But, the shock factor did add to the story.  This is also a story with a political statement.  The drug cartels in Mexico are run by our secret government agencies.  We all know that, yet they still do it.  They push the drugs they claim to be trying to stop.  It’s a farce that we the America taxpayers foot the bill for. 

I felt and connected with Valentina, but I also thought her character wasn’t quite true for her age.  Yes, she wanted revenge for the death of her family, but I don’t see her going to the extremes that she did.  For me, the ending was somewhat anti-climatic.  I didn’t really know who the mole was until the end, like Smith intended, but by then, my mind was still reacting to a heart-wrenching scene that happened several chapters before.  Smith did an terrific job with that part of the story, but unfortunately, the emotions it wrought took away from everything else that happened after Mason ended up back in America.   

If you love spy novels with action, blood, and gore, you will want to read this book.  As mentioned earlier, I would read the 2nd book about Mason if it ever came out.  I give this book 4 Man From UN.C.L.E’s.

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June 2017 #FREE #Amazon #Ebooks by @CreativiaPub AUTHORS 16th thru 30th

Here in Nebraska, we’ve had our share of bad weather.  Espeically tornados.  We had some really severe weather last night.  Thankfully, no tornados sprang up in Omaha, but there were some smaller ones that popped up in the outlying areas.  Hopefully, no one was hurt.

I remember one time as a kid, we were driving back to Omaha from Corning, IA, where my Mom’s parents lived, when my Dad had to pull off into a farmer’s field as the sky got so black he couldn’t see.  I was too little to understand at that time, but the station wagion rocked and rolled for a few minutes.  Well, a tornado had zipped past us out in that field.  Guess we were lucky.  I’ve had a few close encounters with them since then while camping.  Oh the joy!  Anyway, on to the FREEBIES! 

Remeber, bookmark this page, and PLease, PLease leave reviews for any that you read.  Thank you.  Click on the book covers to read a preview.   OH, and don’t forget the 99 CENT books for June also.

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JUNE 16, 2017

Inoculated by [Decker, Scott Michael]

JUNE 17, 2017

The Fireside Collection by [Lamoreux, Daniel D.]   Ms. Maxwell & Son by [Beishir, Norma]

Ava and the Goblin Prince by [Littlewood, David]

JUNE 18, 2017

Remember (Protectors of the Elemental Magic Book 1) by [Cate, Marnie]   The Secret of Excalibur (Excalibur Saga Book 1) by [Foley, Sahara]

The Unravelling of Thomas Malone (Angela Murphy Murder Mysteries Book 1) by [Grant, Elly]

JUNE 19, 3017

The Peasant (Fall of the Swords Book 1) by [Decker, Scott Michael]   Hellbounce (The ARC Chronicles Book 1) by [Harrill, Matthew W.]

JUNE 20, 2017

King of the Hoboes by [Dizon, John Reinhard]

JUNE 21, 2017

Dominion Over All (Zak Bates Eco-Adventures Book 1) by [Swift, W. Bradford]   What Haunts Me (Ghost Killer Book 1) by [Millmore, Margaret]

JUNE 22, 2017

The Whole of the Moon by [McManus, Kevin]

JUNE 23, 2017

A Plague Of Dissent by [Taylor, Nic]   Legends of Lemuria by [Decker, Scott Michael]

Camp Abahati: A Place, A Destination, A State of Mind by [Richards, Ronald]

JUNE 24, 2017

The Spirit of the Age by [Edwards, David Melville]   Anything But Ordinary by [DeVault, Michael]

The Ghost Illusion by [Watts, Kerry]

JUNE 25, 2017

cancerwords by [Peirson, Ellyn]   Forbidden City (Braeden's Path Book 1) by [Gallant, A.J.]

Sullivan's Secret (Marie Bartek and the SIPS Team Book 1) by [Murphy, Robin]   The Bonding by [Hansen, Victoria]

JUNE 26, 2017

La Puerta Al Más Allá (Spanish Edition) by [Kane, Leo]   Obsidian Alcatraz: An Evalyce Arcanepunk Novella by [d'Merricksson, J. Aislynn]

Organo-Topia by [Decker, Scott Michael]

JUNE 27, 2017

After the Interlude: A Dialogue about Death and Beyond by [Peirson, Ellyn, Ruhl, Andrew]   Amor Maldito: Romantic Tragedies from Tejano Folklore by [Beaudelaire, Simone]

Amor Maldito: Las Tragedias Románticas del Folklore Tejano (Spanish Edition) by [Beaudelaire, Simone]

JUNE 28, 2017

Kiss Of Life by [Porter, Brian L.]   Only Twelve Days by [Thornton, Eileen]

JUNE 29, 2017

Si tu m'Aimes: If You Love Me by [Hansen, Victoria]   Connor by [G, Dormaine]

Burnt Ashes by [Mulak, Joseph]   Call of the Goddess (Stormflies Book 1) by [Love, Elizabeth N.]

JUNE 30, 2017

Kraken's Keep by [Kilczer, Jean]   Windrush (Jack Windrush Book 1) by [Archibald, Malcolm]

Vampir by [Dizon, John Reinhard]

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#Bookreview Eyes of Osiris: A Kayara Ingham Novel (Architects of Lore Series Book 1) by Anita C Young

Eyes of Osiris: A Kayara Ingham Novel (Architects of Lore Series Book 1) by [Young, Anita C.]

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#Bookreview Eyes of Osiris: A Kayara Ingham Novel (Architects of Lore Series Book 1) by Anita C Young

BLURB:

Thanks to the curse of foresight, Dr. Kayara Ingham has had a vision of her husband’s death. While she desperately tries to avert the grim future, she meets a mysterious Osiris Corporation man who gives her an impossible ultimatum. When Kay is forced to choose, she learns that Osiris Corporation is not what it seems. The company is made up of a people that call themselves the Architects of Lore and, like many powerful organisations, their reach is extensive—one might say inescapable.

MY REVIEW:

I bought/downloaded this book in July 2015.  Yeah, I know.  Needless to say, I had not a clue what this story was about.  Only that the title and cover made me think of fantasy. 

Kayara Ingram has the ability to see the future.  During one dream, she sees her husband’s death and is totally freaked out abut it.  Then a mysterious strange named Aulus Tuccius from Osiris Corporation shows up to offer her a job.  Kay finds herself inexplicably drawn to the man, and she feels like she’s met him before.  She just can’t remember when or where.  To make matters worse, when she declines his offer, he does everything in his power to force her hand.  Tuccius is not a nice person, and at this point, the villain of the story.

So, off to Iceland Kay and Nick go.  There, they meet Merry, and it’s at this point we begin to understand there IS something strange about the people working for the company.  Merry seems to have the ability to direct people’s emotions, which then makes you wonder about Tuccius.  It isn’t until almost half way through the book we’re told we are dealing with vampires that refer to themselves as Architects.  These aren’t the vampires we’re used to.  No, Young has put a different slant on them and their origins.  Very refreshing and original.

 At this point, the whole story shifts. Tuccius is no longer the bad guy, but a pawn himself under the rule of Lord Bonani, the leader of their clan.  It’s also at this point, that I feel we lose the meaning of the story.  Kay was hired for her expertise in viruses, but all we see is Bonani and his court of fools.  I don’t know, it just didn’t sit well with me.  Like two stories glued together with no purpose or direction. 

The characters are well-written and relatable.  I felt Kay’s backstory could’ve been outlined more.  I felt dissatisfied, needing to know more about what happened between her and her family.  It’s alluded to, but still too many unanswered questions,.  In fact, the whole book at the end left me with too many questions.  I know this is a series, but some of these subplots should’ve been taken care of in the first book.  

Another reason for giving a 3 star over a 4 was the over use of adverbs.  This book is full of them.  Young is a good enough writer NOT to have to use them.  Adverbs are a distraction.  The book could also use a good proofreader.  The formatting is another issue.  You don‘t need a double space between paragraphs when the paragraphs are indented.  And there is too much white space between pages.  If this book was in kindle unlimited, I’d think she was trying to scam the system. 

There are some really interesting characters in this story, and if you want a different spin on vampires, you would like this book.  I give it 3 eyes. 

 

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HELP ME CHOOSE NEW BOOK COVERS

All of my published dark, fatnasy, short stories have covers that I designed.  Yeah, I know.  Big no-no if you don’t understnd graphic desigining.  At the time, I was proud of myself for actually making htem.  Now I know better.  Creativia normally gives our books new covers, but at the time, I told them I would redo them.  So, now is the time.  Several years later.  HAHA!.  Below are the templates of what I’m looking at.  Let me know which ones catch your eyes and makes you want to maybe read the darn books.

NIGHTMARE STORM

This story was originally titled Bear of a Storm, but I just couldn’t figure out a way to get Teddy Bears on the covers.  Not in my pay grade.  Plus, I didn’t think it was catchy enough.  So, I changed it.  It’s the story of a man who doesn’t know whether he’s dreaming or actually seeing the events that unfold.  That’s why I used a male figure on the cover.  But, it also effects his girlfriend.  Firs one is obviously mine, then we have A, B, or C.

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KEEPER OF THE UNICONRS

This one was originally titled Chip off the Old Block.  But when I checked on Amazon to see how many other books were called that, there were a ton.  Authors really need to check first on Amazon to see how original their titles really are.  You don’t want your book getting lost among the other titles.  This is a kinda lighthearted tale about what happened to the Unicorns told by the Keeper of the Unicorns.  First my cover, then A, B, C, D, or E.

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IN MEMORY OF MICHELLE

This is the original title.  It’s such an oddball story I couldn’t figure out what else to name it.  It’s a great story, but so different.  It takes place along the Missouri River back in 1918, told in first person by an unnamed man.  He’s camping along the river when some strange creatures emerge out of the water.  He names the female, Michelle.  First my cover, then A, B, or C.  

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THE BIRTHDAY CARD

All the other short stories have been  Bob’s.  This one is mine.  I’ve even thought of adding to it as  I wrote it for a contest and it had to be within a certain word count.  It’s not very long and would’ve been better as free.  It’s what happens to you when you open that one special birthday card each year.  First my cover, then A, B, or C.

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Decisions, decisions.  Please let me know what you think in the comments below.  Thank you. 

BTW, these are all through SelPubBookCovers.  You can’t beat their prices. 

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June 2017 99 Cent #Amazon #Ebooks by @CreativiaPub Authors

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Since Creativia will be putting more books on 99 cent promotions, I thought I’d start sharing those with my readers as well.  Just remember to bookmark the page so you can come back during the month.  Click on the covers for a preview or to buy the book.  Thank you.

JUNE 2, 2017

Sunshine Spirit by [Willis, Barbara]   I, Bathory, Queen of Blood by [Gill, Carole]

The Clayton Chronicles by [Stark, Edwin]

JUNE 3, 2017

The Queen of Carleon (The Legends of Avalyne Book 1) by [Thackeray, Linda]    Choices (New Beginnings Book 1) by [Lynn, Michelle]

JUNE 4, 2017

It Lives In The Basement by [Foley, Sahara]   Polar Heat by [Beaudelaire, Simone]

The Villagers by [Griffiths-Jones, A.J.]

JUNE 5 2017

The Witch with the Wonky Broomstick by [Cairns, Sam]

JUNE 6, 2017

Caliban by [Nading, Miranda]

JUNE 8, 2017

Looking for Henry Turner by [Liberman, W.L.]   Dreams (New Beginnings Book 3) by [Lynn, Michelle]

JUNE 11, 2017

Penniless Hearts by [Gaal, Eve]

JUNE 12, 2017

Protective Hearts by [Williams, D.S.]   Mexican Hit Girl (Mason Church Book 1) by [Smith, S.C.]

JUNE 13, 2017

Ring Fenced by [Abrams, Zach]

JUNE 14, 2017

The Pariahs by [Hofstatter, Erik]

JUNE 15, 2017

Glastonbury by [Porter, Brian L.]   The House on Blackstone Moor (The Blackstone Vampires Book 1) by [Gill, Carole]

JUNE 16, 2017

We Thought We Were Invincible by [Lynn, Michelle]   Chasing The Wind by [Beishir, Norma, Beishir, Collin]

Katerina by [Hofstatter, Erik]   Saving Sam (The Wounded Warriors Book 1) by [Beaudelaire, Simone, Northup, J.M.]

JUNE 17, 2017

The Career-Minded Student: How To Excel In Classes And Land A Job by [O' Donnell, Neil]   Cradle of the Gods (The Soulstone Prophecy Book 1) by [Miller, Thomas Quinn]

JUNE 18, 2017

The Fargoer (The Fargoer Chronicles Book 1) by [Hannila, Petteri]   Sheba: From Hell to Happiness by [Porter, Brian L.]

A Moment of Horror by [Rourke, H. Berkeley]

JUNE 19, 2017

Minus Life by [Yates, Stuart G.]   The Bandit (Fall of the Swords Book 2) by [Decker, Scott Michael]

The Heir (Fall of the Swords Book 3) by [Decker, Scott Michael]

JUNE 20, 2017

Maisy and the Mystery Manor (The Maisy Files Book 3) by [Woodrum, Elizabeth]   The Carnival Keepers by [Gulley, Amber]

The Phoenix Project by [Cain, D.M.]

JUNE 21, 2017

Leather Apron, Jack the Ripper, and the Whitechapel Murders of 1888 by [Covell, Mike]   Dolly Biters!: The Vampire Girls of Victorian London by [Voodini, Paul]

Cara's Twelve by [Seabrook, Chantel]

JUNE 22, 2017

The Trojan Project by [Thornton, Eileen]

JUNE 24, 2017

Keeping Katerina (The Victorians Book 1) by [Beaudelaire, Simone]

JUNE 25, 2017

When the Music Ends (The Hearts in Winter Chronicles Book 1) by [Beaudelaire, Simone]

JUNE 26, 2017

Antonia of Venice by [Peirson, Ellyn]

JUNE 27, 2017

Watchers by [Boston, S.T.]

JUNE 28, 2017

Dark Voyage by [Swift, Helen Susan]   Corpses Say the Darndest Things: A Nod Blake Mystery by [Lamoreux, Doug]

JUNE 29, 2017

Purple Death by [Porter, Brian L.]

JUNE 30, 2017

Addicted To Death by [Watts, Kerry]   Dracula's Demeter by [Lamoreux, Doug]

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June 2017 #FREE #Amazon #Ebooks by @CreativiaPub AUTHORS 1st thru 15th

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June menas we’re coming up on the dog days of summer.  I just love the above picture and had to find a way to work it in.  LOL.  Anyway, here are the ebooks for free for the first part of June.  As before, click onthe covers to read a preview and to download.  And, be sure to bookmark the page to come back. 

Also, sometimes these books are posted wrong on my publishers list, so they might not always be free.  They nmight actually be on 99 cent promotion, like We Jourey No More.  I apologize for that error. 

JUNE 1, 2017

Viv's Family Recipes by [Sang, V.M.]   The Flight of the Griffin by [Gray, C.M.]

Ascension (Sabrina Strong Series Book 1) by [Bell, Lorelei]   Tears in the Fabric of Time by [Yates, Stuart G.]

JUNE 2, 2017

Edifice Abandoned by [Decker, Scott Michael]

JUNE 3, 2017

Dream Lover and Other Tales by [RjCook]   Legend of the Guardians (The Astorians Book 1) by [Marini, Nina]

JUNE 4, 2017

Sallowed Blood by [Yates, Stuart G.]   Penny Flame by [Dizon, John Reinhard]

JUNE 5, 2017

Through Shade and Shadow (Shades and Shadows Book 1) by [Case, Natalie J.]   Acolyte (The Wildermoor Apocalypse Book 1) by [Tetreault-Blay, Chris]

The Eternals by [Ankers, Richard M.]   Summer of Fire (The Black River Chronicles Book 1) by [Surgeson, L.G.]

JUNE 6, 2017

Amaranthine: And other stories by [Hofstatter, Erik]   Ghastly Gob Gissimer by [Littlewood, David]

Drink the Water by [Decker, Scott Michael]   Man, True Man (The Chronicles of Tonath Book 1) by [Collier, Mari]

Dawn of the Dreamer (Dreamer Trilogy Book 1) by [Higgins, L.J.]

JUNE 7, 2017

Baylee Breaking by [Beaudelaire, Simone]   Ethan's Secret (James Madison Series Book 2) by [Hodges, Patrick]

War Child by [Decker, Scott Michael]   House Of Courtenay by [Tetreault-Blay, Chris]

JUNE 8, 2017

The Saucer Club by [Gallant, A.J.]   The Donor by [Turner, Stevie]

I Was Murdered Last Night (Olivia Brown Mysteries Book 1) by [Gallant, A.J.]

JUNE 9, 2017

Through a Window by [Love, Elizabeth N.]   The Gael Gates by [Decker, Scott Michael]

The Cardboard Spaceship (To Brave The Crumbling Sky Book 1) by [Snee, Matt, Chirlin, Gregg]   One Flesh by [Sweet, Nick]

Dasvidaniya by [Liberman, W.L.]

JUNE 10, 2017

The Crystal Clipper (The Moon Singer Book 1) by [Roman, B.]   Stand Up The Real by [Robinson, David Stuart]

Justifying Jack (The Wounded Warriors Book 2) by [Beaudelaire, Simone, Northup, J.M.]   The Death Mask (The Mapleview Series Book 1) by [Raimbault, Tom]

JUNE 11, 2017

Maria Woodworth-Etter: The Mother of Pentecost by [Littlewood, David]   Chasing Payne (Therian Agents Book 1) by [Seabrook, Chantel]

Scarlet Angel by [Wilke, C. A.]

JUNE 12, 2017

The Sandman Cometh by [Yates, Stuart G.]   Gemstone Wyverns by [Decker, Scott Michael]

Dark Vortex (Mated by Magic Book 1) by [Seabrook, Chantel, Alden, Stella Marie]

JUNE 13, 2017

Lament For Darley Dene by [Yates, Stuart G.]   The Year I Slept by [Snee, Matt]

Fly Toward Death by [Laughlin, Sally A.]   The Tragic Tale of William Papper by [Covell, Mike]

JUNE 14, 2017

The Tweedie Passion by [Swift, Helen Susan]   Party to a Murder: A Lainey Quilholt Mystery by [Bell, Lorelei]

The Running Game (Reachers Book 1) by [Fitzpatrick, L.E.]   Doorport by [Decker, Scott Michael]

Chasing Shorts with Pints by [Nations, Humble]

JUNE 15, 2017

Strange Tales of Scotland by [Strange, Jack]   A Love Lost in Positano by [Rosano, D.P.]

Blackgang: The Trickerjack Trail by [Tetreault-Blay, Chris]

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