The Lilac Princess & The Blood King (2017)

The Lilac Princess and the Blood King: By Karine Green (The World of Shestafa)The Lilac Princess and the Blood King: By Karine Green by Karine Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Received this book for an honest review from Book Tasters. When I first got a copy of the Lilac Princess and the Blood King, I was not quite sure what I was expecting. The title had a very fantasy feel to it but the cover hinted at something science fiction. Upon delving in, I found the book quite enjoyable and interesting.

Without giving too much away, the story turned out to be an entertaining book about dragons and their relationship with humans in a direction that I have never seen before. It brought a blend of humor while showing that the world that Karen Greene has created is filled with more possibility that this book contains.

For dragon lovers and those who enjoy fantasy, I would recommend this book heartily!

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Gary the Four-Eyed Fairy and Other Stories (2011): A Review

Gary the Four Eyed FairyGary the Four Eyed Fairy by Frank Mundo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of Frank Mundo’s Four-Eyed Fairy Anthology collection from Booktasters for an honest review and I am happy to say that I was impressed with the story structure and unique ideas that he presented.

Each one of the twelve stories was carefully crafted and presented in a colorful way. My favorite was the “A Strong Independent Woman”. It was a great read and would recommend it to anyone else who would like fantasy!

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Now Utilizing Book Ratings!

It all started with a comment from my wife who was going through Amazon. She was looking for a book for our boys and was a bit irritated that we couldn’t get an idea and that we should have ratings like fan fiction websites do. I thought it was a brilliant idea and decided to do some research and found fictionratings.com.

They have an MPAA like system that was pretty self-explanatory though most of the website was a single page. As I have wanted a rating system for my books so people know what they are getting into, I have decided to adopt the fiction rating system on my website.

For all the books, you will now be able to find out where they are sitting before you pick them up!

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[Short Story] My Corner of the World

It had not taken Phasia long to get used to the unique sound the Icarus made as it moved through the void wrapped in a protective shell of real space. The FTL used warping technology that created a safe field inside while allowing the vessel to break the Einstein barrier of light speed.

Alone and in the lower aft section of the Tereshkova class command frigate, Phasia sat cross-legged on the steel-paneled floor staring out the large porthole that gave a view of the outside and the left pulse engine. They were presently cold having no need to run while traversing through warped space. She knew from experience they would be heated up when they got near exiting and that wouldn’t be for another two months.

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Coffee over Indie Books – The fear of Independent Publishing

Let’s face it. Any of us who have been in the indie publishing world long enough come across a meme or a saying about people who would instead buy a four dollar cup of coffee instead of an indie book. It’s a strange disconnect that does not seem to make sense. Well, in this blog post, I hope to put forward a theory why we are challenged the way we are. Of course, there isn’t a lot of empirical evidence, so the most of this theory is my own personal experience and extrapolating from it.

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YWriter6 – The Software I develop All my Stories in

YWriter6 Software logo
(c) Simon Haynes

Just a little while ago I was talking to my best friend Jessica Werner about the software that we use to write our novels. If you have been in the writing world long enough, you know there are quite a lot of options out there ranging from the simple pen and paper to the complicated and advanced Scrivener.

It dawned on me that I haven’t shared the program that I use to write my novels and novellas and why I like it. So, to rectify that mistake, here is my discussion and review of Ywriter6.

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Yep…Creativity has a limit and I found it.

I had a strange and ill feeling when I finished The Bastion at the Edge of the Universe, and I did not like what it boded. I remember putting together the last of the Ebook, staring at the screen as it uploaded to Draft2Digital and said to myself. “I’m burnt out.”

There. I said it. Words that, once spoke, make me exhausted and sick feeling. I feel like every ounce of creativity has been drained and then some. It had gotten so rough that I couldn’t even bring myself to look at the next story and even begin typing. This blog is a struggle to get done.

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The Bastion at the Edge of the Universe – Released!

Gosh, I love to write.

I also know that I’m stating the obvious but as I sit back and look at the new novella I release, I can’t say that I don’t enjoy the satisfaction of going from 0 to complete. There is just something about seeing my work out there and gives me a sense of accomplishment.

That being said, I am happy to announce the release of The Bastion at the Edge of The Universe, a pulp influenced story that I started back in 2014 on the now-defunct Jukepop series website and finally got completed (cause the story needed to be completed).

You can, of course, find them in their usual spot through the universal book link or on smashwords.com.

I would love to hear your input even if you don’t like it. I can’t improve unless I get feedback and even if you read it and don’t say anything, I appreciate you taking the time to download it.

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