Fire in His Blood: A Post-Apocalyptic Dragon Romance

Fire in His Blood  by  Ruby Dixon  description:

Years ago, the skies ripped open and the world was destroyed in fire and ash. Dragons – once creatures of legend – are the enemy. Vicious and unpredictable, they rule the skies of the ruined cities, forcing humanity to huddle behind barricades for safety.
Claudia’s a survivor. She scrapes by as best as she can in a hard, dangerous world. When she runs afoul of the law, she’s left as bait in dragon territory. She only has one chance to survive – to somehow ‘tame’ a dragon and get it to obey her.
Except the dragon that finds her is as wild and brutal as any other…and he’s not interested in obeying.

What he is interested in is a mate.

fire-in-his-bloodBOOK 1: Fire in His Blood   4 STARS

Dixon, of course, doesn’t write a simple erotica, but instead gives us a world that is both our own and yet vastly different. A world that remembers how it once was and the day it all changed, and Claudia is a woman placed in an impossible position and struggles with the consequences. Learning of the horrors the dragons have reeked it seems illogical for a human to ever care for one, but Dixon does a wonderful job of making them both the enemy and a victim just as much as the humans they’ve harmed. It adds depth to the story, and gives the reader so much to discover that you can’t help but want to know what happens next. The best is how Claudia is so real in her emotions. She’s had a hard life and she’s learned how to survive and care for her sister, but she isn’t the unwavering badass that so many authors want to make women into. Instead she’s afraid when she’s facing certain death, and she does wish someone would take care of her so she can relax and not have to worry constantly. While she’s a fighter she’s also human, and that makes me love her all the more. I hope this series continues on until we’ve learned all we can of these dragons and what’s left of the earth they’ve created. I also look forward to seeing how the other love stories work themselves out.

Justice by Another Name COVER REVEAL!!!

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Justice by Another Name  by  E.C. Hanes

March 7th, 2017

THRILLING MURDER MYSTERY SET IN ONE OF THE SOUTH’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL INDUSTRIES

              If Lana Reavis can’t get justice for her husband’s death, will she get vengeance?

In the second title by distinguished North Carolina author E.C. Hanes, Justice by Another Name  readers are submerged in the profitable but much-maligned hog industry in North Carolina when Paul Reavis’ suspicious workplace death is followed up by the similarly questionable demise of his own son.

A thunderous, unforgettable opening sets the breakneck pace of Justice by Another Name, a page-turner that keeps readers guessing to the very last sentence. Hanes knows eastern North Carolina—its people, culture, and geography—and brings it to life with wonderful documentary precision that authenticates every word.

Lana Reavis, who believes her husband was murdered and her son the victim of deliberate negligence, enlists the aid of her long-ago boyfriend, Will Moser, who is currently chief deputy of Hogg County and the heir apparent to the local sheriff.

As Will’s investigation unfolds, suspicious activities and cover-ups begin to emerge. All evidence points to Oris Martin, the powerful owner of Martin Farms, a huge hog-production enterprise and Hogg County’s largest employer, as the mastermind. Despite political pressure and physical threats to look the other way, Will continues his search for what really happened. Meanwhile, Lana, convinced that Oris will be beyond the reach of justice, devises a plan to avenge her family and destroy everything precious to Oris Martin.

“Whether it has been greed, ego, or some psychosis, the human urge to accumulate power, which is at the center of my book, has been the main source of evil and primary fuel for mankind’s continual self destruction,” says Hanes.

Preorder at Indiebound, Amazon and wherever books are sold.

E.C. “Redge” Hanes began his business career working for the famous apparel company started by his great grandfather after graduating from Duke University in 1967 and a tour in Viet Nam in 1969 and 1970 where he was awarded a bronze star. Hanes has served on the boards of several prestigious wildlife conservation, environmental, educational, and arts-related organizations in North Carolina. His debut novel, Billy Bowater, was based on the behind-the-scenes politics of North Carolina with particular focus on the period dominated by the late senator Jesse Helms. Hanes lives in Winston-Salem, NC.

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Rich Garon has been INTERVIEWED!!!

rich-garon1. What’s your name? Where can we find you? Blog? Twitter? Facebook?

Rich Garon. My website: www.richgaron.com . No blog yet.
Twitter : @rich_garon
Facebook: facebook.com/Rich-Garon

  1. Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you enjoy for fun?

    I play the drums, play a little guitar, and watch my grandchildren
  1. How long have you been writing? What genres have you written? They don’t have to be published.

My job on Capitol Hill involved a lot of writing. While up there, I also wrote my dissertation for my doctorate. I completed three manuscripts after I retired and put them away, until last year when I finished watching my grandchildren full-time. I decided to get Felling Big Trees professionally edited last year. It’s a novel about a congressman and his life after he leaves office. I decided to donate proceeds from the sale of the book to WhyHunger, a non-profit in New York City that I have worked with for quite some time. As you’ll see from my website, my theme is writing for change—in this instance, hunger. In the future, the other manuscripts could focus on other issues, such as homelessness. It’s an attempt to raise awareness to some of the critical problems we face as a society.

  1. What has been the greatest influence to your writing? Other authors, life experiences, etc…

At the time I began writing these novels, I was reading a lot of John Irving and Stephen King. Their novels have great character development and what can be quirky plot lines. My time on Capitol Hill and how lives are lived there also had a significant impact on me.

  1. Are you currently writing anything now? If so tell us about it? If not make something up…

felling-big-trees-book-coverI’ve just finished an article about Christmas in a homeless camp and am also beginning to review/edit my earlier manuscripts. I had earlier finished an obit-in-waiting for my former boss on Capitol Hill, who died on December 17. I also prepared remarks, which was really tough for his wife to use at his service.

  1. How do you typically begin your projects? Do you create outlines and character profiles or jump in head first with the initial idea? And do you focus on just one at a time?

I used a trifold, one of those large cardboards you use for a science project, for my first novel to develop characters, plots lines, settings, etc. I came across it the other day, and I had forgotten how many papers and post-its I had attached to that board.

  1. What aspect of your writing do you consider your strength?

I’m most pleased with the way I develop characters.

Your weakness? Trying to find the best way to tell the reader just enough without having my thoughts interfere with their ability to form their own conclusions. I believe I’m getting better at it.

  1. After publishing, the next trouble facing writers is marketing. What do you typically do when marketing your novel? Do you have tips you’d like to share?

This being my debut novel, I’ve tried to read as much as possible. I’ve learned a lot along the way and that things don’t always go according to what you’ve read. I’ve tried to be patient and flexible.

  1. What advice would you give a writer who is starting out?

Something a well-known author told me when I first started: Never Give Up. I have that email taped above my desk.

Continue following the Felling Big Trees blog tour tomorrow with BookMarketingBuzzBlog!

Spy Glass

BOOK 1: Storm Glass  by  Maria V. Snyder

BOOK 2: Sea Glass

Spy Glass  description:

Opal Cowan had been willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her friends and rid the world of blood magic. Though she survives, she is forever changed…

Opal Cowan has lost her powers. More than that, she is now immune to magic. Opal is an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had, powers that make a difference to the world and were her whole world…

Until spying through the glass becomes her new power. Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes fl ash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood and that finding it might let her regain her powers. Or learn if she’s lost them forever…

spy-glassBOOK 3: Spy Glass   5 STARS

There are two things I love about Snyder’s books. How it shows characters overcoming the most horrible of abuses, and coming out of it stronger than ever. First Yelena, and now Opal, show that if you keep fighting, and find those people you can trust in and holding onto them, you can survive whatever the world throws at you. More so, I like that she shows that any who truly seek redemption can find it, one way or another, which is shown in Devlen. I’ve read several reviews that don’t like the relationship that forms between Opal and Devlen, but I understand it. I see it as someone finally getting sober after having done things while in the midst of addiction that no sane person would do, but once sobering up are ashamed of their actions. It was more than just being free of his magic,  because Ulrick who went through similar circumstances shows no ability to take responsibility for his own actions. But you can see how Devlen is one of the few who can understand what Opal is going through, and he tries to help her in the way he was trained to be a Story Weaver. While I’m glad that the characters from the Study series continue to be a big part, I also love how Snyder does mainly focus on the new friends and enemies Opal has gained in her own journeys, and ties up the full arc of the story that we’ve been following through this trilogy. I’m just so happy that she continued to write more in this world with the continuance of the Study series, can’t wait to see what happens next.

Alien Former continued…

Book 1: Alien Former  by  Ashley L. Hunt

Alien Former Collection description:

Joanna Angeles is ready for anything. She has been dispatched to a frozen planet at the back end of nowhere, accompanied only by an advanced Artificial Intelligence known as Barbas. Her mission: to transform an unliveable frozen wasteland into a home for over a hundred-thousand colonists within ten years. Unbeknownst to her, the brutal glacier world is not as lifeless as she thought. When her planetfall is mistaken for the coming of a deity by a local ranger, Volistad, Joanna finds herself embroiled in an ancient war.

Can Joanna and Volistad find common ground, despite their vast differences?
Can they forge a connection to unite their two peoples? Or will the ice-bound world of Chalice claim them all?

Join Joanna & Bardas in their mission to survive to this exotic and new harsh planet…

alien-formerBOOK 1-5: Alien Former   4 STARS

So I bought the complete collection, which is supposed to be books 1-5, and as you can see I already read book 1 and wrote a review for it, but this collection just has it as one whole book, nothing separating out the different stories that can be bought, which makes me think it was previously just chopped up and never meant to really be 5 separate books. I hate it when authors do that, but since it is being sold all together for just 99cents, I’m not going to dock it for having done such. Just give you a heads up, you might as well just go for the complete collection.

Continuing from the first review I did of just book 1, this does continue to develop the characters very well. I feel like I finally got a good picture of Joanna, and really like her character and who she becomes. Understanding the gods that are trapped beneath the surface, and the history of what they were and how they came to be there, was actually a really interesting look at human nature, and a great sci-fi tell all around. Volistad and his people dealing with the upheaval of their beliefs was really well done, and helped show how hard people want to cling to their faith but also the power they may have built upon it. Honestly, even though it’s marked as sci-fi romance, the romance part doesn’t overshadow the plot, and anyone who likes alien adventures would enjoy this. My main problem with the book is it really needs better editing. I almost knocked it down to 3 STARS because of it, but the rest of it was so good I didn’t want to do such. But there are a lot of typos, as well as repetitiveness, which is  a pet peeve of mine. Like yes we get that Barbas’ presence feels like someone reading over your shoulder, and other such description that she got stuck on and felt the need to repeat over and over.

 

Happy New Year! 

It’s a brand new year, time to make all those resolutions we love to drop like hot potatoes after a few weeks. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution. I prefer to instead view now as a clean slate. Sure I made mistakes last year, I’ve had my moments where I felt like I failed at life, and there were plenty of times that sucked. But that’s behind me now because I have this whole new year to screw up in. More moments to fail at in the making. And that’s awesome because you can’t fail unless you’re trying. Won’t make mistakes when you’re playing it safe and quiet. So I’m looking forward to all my disasters to come, because I’m going to just keep trying and working towards being who I want to be. Now that’s no resolution, that’s just life, and it’s wonderful to be living it in this New Year!

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Alien Former

Alien Former  by  Ashley L. Hunt   description:

Joanna Angeles is ready for anything. Sent to Chalice, an alien world, with state-of-the-art equipment and a ten-year time limit, she is determined to change the harsh environment of her new world into a welcoming home for the hundred-thousand colonists that are depending on her. How will she survive the most brutal environment she has ever faced? Can her Artificial Intelligence companion, Barbas, truly be the perfect lover? Can she succeed in her mission when her new home seems to be determined to kill her?
Join Joanna & Barbas in their mission to survive to this exotic and new harsh planet…
Readers should be 18 and over due to mature situations and language.

alien-formerBOOK 1: Alien Former   4 STARS

This book was like an futuristic astronaut got dropped into a Beowulf epic. Joanna is being sent by the Pan-American government to get a new planet ready for more people to come live on. She’s got all this advanced technology, the best of which is Barbas, an AI who’ll have you questioning what it means to exist. Plus the relationship between Joanna and Barbas is kind of wonderful in how they become best friends and are struggling together to survive on this harsh world. Yet, instead of her landing amongst a super advanced alien race or barbarians, they land in a world where the aliens are basically at the stage of vikings, and hold that warrior ideology, which is enhanced by their own magic and mythos. And magic is the best way you can explain it when you have groups of people who can create storms or bring a person back from the dead with shaman talismans. Instead of the sci-fi and fantasy worlds clashing, they’re just woven wonderfully together. In an infinite universe with worlds evolving in different ways, magic should be a possibility. My main complaint is that while I love Joanna, and you do feel for her, it feels like there’s not enough explanation about the Earth she is leaving behind, and even when it comes to describing her, you only get the barest image. Which is strange considering Hunt does a great job of building Chalice/Ravanur, letting you know exactly what the people look like. Which is nothing like the cover, cause they’re all white and wear leathers from what they’ve killed and armor, so really don’t get the cover. Also they’re stories of how life came to be on their world, their beliefs of why it’s frozen there, and the scary hints that it may not all be stories, was all very in depth. In the end it had me snatching up the next book as quick as I could.

Barbarian’s Choice

Due to the number of books in this series I’m just going to add the link to the list of books I’ve reviewed by Ruby Dixon.

Barbarian’s Choice   description:

I might be the only unmated female in my tribe, but it doesn’t mean I’ve given my heart. I’m waiting. I want resonance, and I won’t settle for anything less.

But when an alien ship lands and a handsome stranger steps out, I know he’s the one. His name’s Mardok and he’s fascinatingly different – and distractingly appealing. But Mardok can’t stay on the ice planet, and he says he can take me with him.

Now, I must make a choice. Do I stay and lose my mate forever? Or do I follow him to the stars and leave behind everything I know?

barbarians-choiceBOOK 11: Barbarian’s Choice   5 STARS

All my questions were finally answered. How long have the Sa-Khui been there? How would their computer know English resembling anything we speak today? What is the spur for? And Dixon answered them all perfectly. As someone who majored in English and studied the way language evolves over time, I particularly liked that the new messakh that land aren’t speaking the same language, and what the Sa-Khui speak is called Old Sakh and is probably as understandable as Old English is to us. But mostly, I liked that with the arrival of a space ship that is more than capable of taking everyone away, we get to experience the dilemma of people who have never had a choice of being here, finally getting to decide if this is truly the place they want to call home. And I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know how it would all turn out. Of course I’ve always loved Farli, she’s always a delight, and now seeing her all grown up was so much fun. Especially considering this is the first view through an unmated female Sa-Khui, and it was kind of hilarious with her very straight forward approach to love when it comes to making the moves on Mardok.However, Mardok was really the interesting POV, with his interactions with his crew and the build up of whether they are there to truly help or will they end up betraying the tribe for their own gain? Altogether, this book might be the most satisfying of all the stories, in that instead of adding more questions, we finally get the full truth about these aliens, even if we are left with a cliffhanger that makes you really wonder how Dixon will handle the next book.

The Diary of an Immortal

The Diary of an Immortal  by  David J. Castello  description:

THE DIARY OF AN IMMORTAL (1945–1959) is the story of twenty-one-year-old U.S. Army combat medic Steven Ronson, a man who escapes the constant inundation and threat of death in World War Two after he discovers an immortality formula designed for Adolf Hitler during the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in April of 1945.

Steven begins consuming the immortality formula and, after realizing that aging and death no longer control his life, travels to Manhattan to realize his childhood dream of becoming a jazz saxophonist on 52nd Street. The immortality formula gives him supernatural powers and fantastic musical abilities. His performance catches the attention of a disgraced British missionary and his adopted niece who knew the Buddhist monks in China that have guarded the original formula for thousands of years.

After a series of disturbing and prophetic visions, Steven accepts an invitation from the ex-missionary to journey to Xian. In a mountain monastery outside of the city, Steven discovers the incredible truth about the formula and the monks, and the interstellar origins of Jesus Christ and the human race. But time is running out−the German occultists who helped bring Hitler to power in the 1930s have selected another Aryan messiah, and this time he has the formula. Steven cannot allow the nightmare he experienced in Germany to happen again.

thediaryofanimmortal-frontcoverThe Diary of an Immortal   4 STARS

The book description I originally read didn’t mention “the interstellar origins of Jesus”, and so I was a little upset by that discovery. If someone messing with the truth of your religion bothers you, then I wouldn’t recommend this book. It was especially frustrating considering it had no purpose within the plot, when everything else is tied together so perfectly. However, before then it was a good book that I did enjoy, and after it was a challenge for me, but I decided I did want to see it through to the end for this review. Beyond that, I liked Castello’s approach to immortality, with it being basically a virus always at war with your mortal views on life and emotion. Changing how the person approaches everything around them now that life has no constraints on them. Plus, the way he used actual events in history, and built upon the cult following of the book The Coming Race during WWII by groups of Nazis, was truly fascinating. Not only are you entertained, but you learn a lot of about history, got to give Castello credit for that. Steven was also a very interesting character, and the way he viewed the world and the reason behind his choosing to be immortal and attempting to live that life all felt so real. More so, because he’s not the only immortal out there, and learning the truth about the pills, and seeing how it has affected others, was just so captivating. I loved the world, and the people, and his style of writing was very thorough so that you get the full view, but don’t feel like you’re bogged down in too much description or facts. Altogether, it was worth the read, even if I can’t get above my raising and hate the screwing with my beliefs bit.

Barbarian’s Hope

Due to the number of books in this series I’m just going to add the link to the list of books I’ve reviewed by Ruby Dixon.

Barbarian’s Hope  description:

Seasons ago, I resonated to the quietest of tribesmates, a male content to love me from afar while I was the center of attention. We could have been happy. Despite our differences, I loved him and he loved me.

But then a terrible thing happened…and my world was never the same again.

Now resonance is giving us a second chance, but…I’m afraid. What if what I have with my mate is too broken to be fixed? What if there’s no hope left for us at all?

barbarains-hopeBOOK 10: Barbarian’s Hope   5 STARS

I love how Dixon continues to include threads from other stories to make these books so well developed. We’re getting another holiday, and in that we see how the events in Ice Planet Holiday continue to affect certain members of the tribe. As well as the return of the one eyed Metlak, and further proof that they are an evolving species far more than the Sa-Khui ever gave them credit for. But of course this is all about the broken relationship between Hemalo and Asha. For a character you start out basically hating, Asha has become someone I’ve really been hoping gets a happy ending, and here we finally get to see the struggles she’s going through, and the problems that tore her and Hemalo apart. The tragedy of losing a child is a serious topic, and Dixon deals with that perfectly. Yes this is just as naughty as the previous books, but it doesn’t cheapen Asha’s or Hemalo’s feelings and working through their grief, and it’s really things like this that has made this series so wonderful to read, and a step above so many other writers attempting to put out the same and failing horribly at it. I loved this story for so many reasons, and it’s why I can’t stop reading this series.