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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book review The Magicians Workshop One

About the Books:

The Magician’s Workshop, Volume One

Authors: Christopher Hansen, J.R. Fehr
Published by: Wondertale, California
Publication Date: November 8, 2016
ISBN: 1-945353-11-2
ASIN: B01MQGHGBH
Genre: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Magic
Ages: 12 and up.
Length: 85,000 words / 290 pages


Book Links:
Amazon * Goodreads


Synopsis:
Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.



The Magician’s Workshop, Volume Two

Authors: Christopher Hansen, J.R. Fehr
Print Length: 273 pages
Publisher: Wondertale
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
ASIN: B01N988TW7
Genre: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Magic
Ages: 12 and up.


Book Links:
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Synopsis:
Return to the world of The Magician’s Workshop: Where Dreams Become Reality.

In Volume Two, the Festival of Stars has finally arrived, and the Color Ceremony is about to commence. As children from all over the islands gather to stand before a puller, one question remains: who will have a Color, and who will be found void?

Rejoin your favorite characters as they step forward and receive a label that will have the power to dramatically alter the course of their lives forever.

About the Authors:

Christopher Hansen

The first glimmering Chris Hansen had that there was far more to reality than he had ever imagined occurred six days after his ninth birthday. “Christopher!” cried a wise, old sage. “Life is full of deep magic. Miraculous things happen all the time and all around us, if you know where to look for them.” Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris began searching for this magic, prepared to be surprised and amazed by it. And he was: he found Wonder! Now he’s chosen to write stories about it.




J.R. Fehr

When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child he found life wowtazzling, but as he grew older the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless wasteland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible.




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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Excerpt and Book Review of Rising for Autumn

Book Review of Rising for Autumn
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Welcome to Books, Books, and More Books.  I am pleased to share this book with you.  Thank you for visiting and please come again.


About the Book

Title: Rising for Autumn

Author: Katherine McIntyre

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Crisis and danger have become second nature for Alanna Carrington—after all, as the boss of the Philadelphia Coven, she’s responsible for upholding the laws amongst the supernatural. Which means when the Order of the Serpent rears its ugly head, this time with the most powerful necromancer this city’s ever seen, she’s the one person who can keep Philly safe. Ex-Order djinn and now ally, Samuel Karim happens to be the best suited guy to help. Except he’s also the first man who’s stoked her interest in far too long, and ever since she commandeered the lamp he’s tethered to for safekeeping, he also hates her guts.

As the Order gathers the necromancers of her city and sparks a dangerous alliance, she finds herself working with Samuel Karim more and more. Hatred burns to passion, and when he exhibits a strength and compassion that breaks through her ironclad defenses, she finds herself falling deeper despite the complications between them. Yet with her city under siege and their lives on the line, the sharp desire between them erupts into the temptation to break their own rules, before the Order of the Serpent robs them of the chance permanently.


Author Bio

A modern day Renaissance-woman, Katherine McIntyre has learned soapmaking, beer brewing, tea blending, and most recently roasting coffee. Most of which make sure she’s hydrated and bathed while she spends the rest of her time writing. With a desire to travel and more imagination than she knows what to do with, all the stories jumping around in her head led to the logical route of jotting them down on paper. She writes novels with snarky women, ragtag crews, and guys with bad attitudes. High chances for a passionate speech thrown into the mix.


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Book Excerpts
 “Ready to play damsel in distress?” Jev joked, punching Sam in the shoulder, trying to bring some levity to the situation despite the strain on her face.
 
“I thought I was supposed to be the pretty one,” Liam complained, joining in her flow. His charming smile showed the white flash of teeth.

Alanna caught Sam’s eye and offered him a secret grin. Despite the cloudy tension emanating off him, he paused for a brief second to return it, the soft acceptance in his gaze heartbreaking. The man was prepared to sacrifice his life tonight if he could end Akanda’s threat on this city, on their lives. Alanna would do anything to prevent that desolate outcome. Anything.

“If this is a looks competition, I think I’ve got you lot beat,” Dante spoke, joining with the other loudmouths.

“While you lot are preening for your beauty contests, we’ll be getting the actual work done,” Alanna interrupted them, fixing the crew with an arch look. “Akanda’s no joking matter. She’s holding one of ours hostage. When we arrive at the building, we’ll split into teams. Sam, you’ll be heading in on your own,” she said, even though her insides hollowed. Fear paralyzed her at sending him into this threat, but he’d spoken the truth—he stood the least chance of getting killed on the spot since Akanda focused her twisted brand of interest his way.


Review: 

A human and a Jinn fight a witch and a necromancer, sounds like the start of a great fantasy.  But this story is more complex with rich, nuanced characters that have to deal with problems just like everyone else.

I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.  And a hot spicy rating as well.



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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Book Promo for Kyle

Book Promo for Kyle
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 Welcome to Books, Books, and More Books. I am pleased to share this book with you. Thank you for visiting and please come again.

About the Book

Title: Kyle

Author: Natalie Decker

Genre: NA Romance

Kyle Issac is a player in the biggest of ways. He’s not into relationships. Fun is all he wants, but one night with his sister’s best friend changed him in ways he can’t explain. Maybe because she was the only girl who turned him on and then shot him down. Maybe because she’s off limits in a way that has him wanting more of her. He’s not sure but something definitely changed and now he’s looking for another chance to even the scoreboard. He’s got one summer to do it. Emily Emerson is not a relationship type girl like her best friend Madison Issac. However after her newest fling gone wrong, she’s starting to realize the fun carefree way Em is lost. Maybe a relationship is the kind of thing she needs to get herself out of this funk. But Kyle Issac, her forever crush is not going to be it. The longest he’s dated a girl was a weekend tops. How can she find someone though if Kyle is always there butting in? So, she turned him down three times, she figured he’d get over it and move on. Apparently not. With wants and doubts confusing her, one question remains: Does Kyle really want her or is she just another game for him to win?

Links

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Author Bio

Natalie Decker is the author of the bestselling YA series RIVAL LOVE and NA Scandalous Boys Series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Avid reader of everything. She’s a huge Denver Broncos fan, loves football, and fuzzy blankets. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and misses her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Book Promo of Murder at Midnight

Book Promo of Murder at Midnight
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Welcome to Books, Books, and More Books.  I am pleased to share this book with you.  Thank you for visiting and please come again.



About the Book

Title: Murder at Midnight

 Author: John Ukah

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Alex Simpson, an ex-police officer, decides after a bout of typhoid fever to take a break in a serene and therapeutic environment. The last thing he expects is to be called upon to solve a murder at the Kinging Guest Lodge. But that is what happens, when the delectable and vivacious Maria Marshall is found dead in her bedroom at midnight.


The gallery of characters living at the guesthouse and thrown into the mix, do not make his task of solving this chilling and brutal murder any easier …

Author Bio

John Ukah is a seasoned banker and Associate of the Institute of Capital Market Registrars (ACMR). He is a graduate of Business Administration from the University of Benin, where he was listed as University Scholar. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Links

Purchase “Murder at Midnight” on Amazon: United StatesUnited KingdomGermany, FranceSpainItalyNetherlandsJapanBrazilCanadaMexicoAustralia, and India


It is also available on SmashwordsKobo, Apple, Barnes & Noble (Nook)Okadabooks, and major online stores. 
Okadabooks is mainly for buyers in Africa. 


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Friday, February 10, 2017

Book Review of Zoysana’s Choice

Book Review of  Zoysana’s Choice
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Welcome to Books, Books, and More Books.  I am pleased to share this book with you.  Thank you for visiting and please come again.


About the Book

Title: Zoysana’s Choice

Author: Gordon A. Long

Genre: Fantasy

Discovered as a child living alone in the forest and growing up an orphan of mixed parentage, but under the protection of the king’s youngest son, Zoe is appreciated for her own merit by everyone, from the royal family to the lowest kitchen wench. But her secure nest is shattered by conflict in the king’s family, and soon she will have to decide where her loyalties lie.

She flees to her former home in the mountains, where she finds many answers, but not to the questions she is asking.

Then she is offered the chance to visit Kyabra, the home of her grandfather, to learn about that ancient culture.

But all of these travels come to naught when she hears of war at home, and she returns to Petrella to be faced with a decision that could stop a war and change the lives of thousands, but only at the greatest personal cost.

This is the first published work of a 7-book saga of standalone novels tied together by characters and setting. Books 4 to 7 are sequential, and Books 1 to 3 happen 400 years earlier.


About the Author

Brought up in a logging camp with no electricity, Gordon Long learned his storytelling in the traditional way: at his father’s knee. He now spends his time editing, publishing, travelling, blogging and writing fantasy and social commentary, although sometimes the boundaries blur.

Gordon lives in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, with his wife, Linda, and their Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Josh. When he is not writing and publishing, he works on projects with the Surrey Seniors’ Planning Table, and is a staff writer for <indiesunlimited.com>

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Giveaway and Book Review of Emerge Beyond Circles

Book Review of Emerge Beyond Circles
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Welcome to Books, Books, and More Books.  I am pleased to share this book with you.  Thank you for visiting and please come again.


About the Book

Title: Emerge Beyond Circles

Author: John Geers

Genre: Fantasy

Thuban-Pol is the latest in a lineage of Siberian witches. Their eternal aim is to guide humanity to true love. Their guiding tenet, “For love to bloom, these three endure: sacrifice, perseverance and suffering. But the greatest of these is suffering.” Since the dawn of humanity, they have summoned countless couples, inflicting suffering with the intention to grow true love. They have never succeeded…but now they have their best opportunity in two couples from Wisconsin.


Author Bio

John Geers drew inspiration to begin his debut novel from a dream he experienced.

Hours spent in the caffeinated air of his favorite coffeehouse proved to be the perfect place to complete Emerge Beyond Circles.

John is a middle school literacy educator, where he inspires and is inspired by the writers of tomorrow. He is the founder and facilitator of his school’s Creative Writing Club. He is also a columnist for the online magazine Elephant Journal.

He loves a good story, being on the water, and witty puns. He can be found hiking the wilderness, biking big hills, sipping dark coffee, and looking for a chair in the mall. 

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Giveaway
You can win a stuffed tiger animal (a character from the book), a signed paperback copy and a $10 amazon gift card during the tour.



Review: 

This story is esoteric in many ways.  It is difficult to follow at time, but very intriguing.  The point of view moves between several characters that are only peripherally connected.  While it can be confusing at times the story is strangely interesting and draws you in subtly until you are immersed.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 clouds.  It is worth the struggle to read. 



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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Excerpt and Book Review of The Set Stealer

Book Review of The Set Stealer
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About the Book
Title: The Set Stealer
Author: Jonathon McElhaney

Genre: YA Fantasy

A Set is a gift. A power that one can bring from within themselves and manifest to change the physical world. Everyone has at least one, ranging from the mundane to the all-powerful. That is, everyone except Kayla. But when her father is murdered in front of her, Kayla is sent on a collision course with destiny as she is forced on adventure to discover not only who killed her father but who she is. Searching within herself, Kayla must find her own power - even without a Set to protect her - and save not only herself, but the world she loves.









Author Bio
 
I'm a military veteran, a father of two beautiful daughters.



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Book Excerpts

The Set Stealer walked just far enough out of the darkness for Lord Storm to see him.  He stood there all in black, half his face hidden in the shadows.  The sole exception was his eyes; which glowed, much like his own.  But the lord of Old Storm Town knew that his eyes never held that much hate and hunger.

“Why bother hiding behind the darkness and that flimsy disguise?” Lord Storm sneered.  “I already know who you are, BOY.  You are no match for me.”

The Set Stealer laughed at the challenge like the young ones always did.  “Ah yes, but, you see I made a recent trip to visit a queen of our mutual acquaintance.  Now that I have her sets- amongst others that I have collected- there is no doubt in my mind that I can beat you, old man.” His voice was sinuous in the dark. 

The Set Stealer snarled at the jab of his power.  They stared at each other long, awaiting the first person to make a move.  Lord Storm wavered in his thoughts; this man had grown much more powerful than he had thought.  The queen was not so easily taken down. 

“Hard for me to believe that a whelp like you could beat her,” Lord Storm charged his set, ready to pounce. “But you’ll need more than even just her strength to take me down. I am more powerful than you may believe.”

“You’ve become quite deaf in your dotage,” the Set Stealer chuckled.  “I told you that I’d taken quite a few more Sets besides hers.  Jay Dragon, Peter Hot Streak, Lilith Ice Crystal, James Castle, Leo Night Dance, surely even you get the idea.  All these have I taken from.”  Old man Storm kept his composure. All the names that the Set Stealer had listed were amongst the most powerful. 

Then the Set Stealer sprinted forward, shouting, “And tonight, I will take yours!”

Lord Storm steeled himself against the oncoming fury.  The moment of reckoning had finally arrived.
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Review: 

This story is about “sets” which are magical abilities.  It is also about finding and saving family.  Sometimes the story loses it’s way, but perservenance is rewarded.

I give this story 4 out of 5 clouds.



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