Warpworld

Warpworld ebook cover - Perron and SimpsonWarpworld Book Summary:

How far would you go…On his first crossing through the warps, Seg discovers a world rich in vita – fuel to save his dying world. Cold, brilliant and desperate to prove himself as a Cultural Theorist, Seg breaks away from the recon squad sent to protect him, to scout out prime vita sources. But to find his prize he must face his biggest fear: water.Fiery and headstrong, Ama receives an ultimatum from her people’s tyrannical overlords: betray her own kind or give up the boat she calls home, forever.  When a wealthy traveler hires her as a guide, Ama thinks her prayers are answered – until a violent murder reveals Seg’s true identity.On the run, over land and water, hunted by a ruthless and relentless tracker, and caught in the schemes of a political powerhouse, Seg and Ama will have to strike an uneasy truce to survive.The fate of two worlds is in their hands.

Review:
I’ve been trying to like sic-fi for a long time but just haven’t been able to connect with it.  I always seem to prefer watching sci-fi on the big screen.  It just seems to be easier to get into.  Warpworld, however, has given me a new desire to check more of them out.  I found this book fun, inventive, and a quick read.  I can’t compare it to other sci-fi books, since I’m no expert, but it was an entertaining read.  The world building was complex and mysterious.  It was done in many layers that weren’t difficult to follow.  In the beginning it seemed to be a little technical but that didn’t last very long.  Instead of boring the reader to tears for the first 50-100 pages of the novel with information and vocabulary, they got in to telling the story and explaining more of the technical aspects and vocabulary as the story went on.  That was helpful because I could actually remember more things because I learned about them in context of the story.  The characters develop and change along with the events that force them to do things and to deal with things they hadn’t imagined.
Warpworld is a little more than sci-fi, I’d say it has a hint of fantasy in it too.  As we learn more about Ama’s world we are introduced to strange creatures that live in the seas, along with extraordinary topography.  The landscape is just as diverse as the population.  The population is separated into a type of caste system.  This caste system is the root or maybe the solution to some of the problems they are living and that will come.  Seg who is there to pinpoint vita adds a critical eye from another world alongside the readers’.  Somehow you won’t be able to help comparing the caste system of Warpworld to some we already know.  Even though there are other things that have been added to make this world seem original.  It’s clear by the end of the story there are still many unanswered questions but hopefully part two won’t be so far away.  I’ve given it a 4 stars on Goodreads.  One thing for sure, once you start reading, you won’t want to put Warpworld down.
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Formats: ebook and paperback
Paperback Price: $17.99
eBook Price: $7.99
Pages: 504
Publisher: Mint Publishers, Inc.
Release: October 2012
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Kristene Perron‘s Bio: 

Kristene is a former professional stunt performer for film and television (as Kristene Kenward) and ??????????????????????self-described ‘fishing goddess’. Pathologically nomadic, she has lived in Japan, Costa Rica, the Cook Islands, and a very tiny key in the Bahamas, just to name a few. Her stories have appeared in Denizens of Darkness, Canadian Storyteller Magazine, The Barbaric Yawp and Hemispheres Magazine. In 2010 she won the Surrey International Writers’ Conference Storyteller Award.Kristene is a member of SF Canada. Her novel, Warpworld, is the first in a five book adventure science fiction series, penned with her Texan co-writer, Joshua Simpson.She currently resides in Nelson, BC, Canada but her suitcase is always packed.
Joshua Simpson’s Bio:

A career nomad, Josh Simpson has driven trucks through the lower forty-eight states, treated and ????disposed of hazardous waste, mixed mud as a stonemasonry laborer, failed abysmally in marketing, gotten on people’s nerves as a safety man, and presently gets on their nerves even more using nerve release techniques in musculoskeletal pain relief.He lives amidst the scrub and mesquite of West Texas, cohabiting with the requisite writer’s minimum of two cats. Warpworld is his first published novel.
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Summer Spirit

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frontsmallcoverSummer Spirit Book Summary:

Ryan Kinkaid, a successful gay Manhattan antique dealer has had it with life in New York City, especially his random love life. Ryan has what most New Yorkers want — his own successful business, and a mortgage-free brownstone on West 71st Street. However, at age forty-one he discovers he is lacking one very important thing in his life: a meaningful and loving relationship. With summer just around the corner, the approaching heat and his restlessness are reasons for his escape from the city. A four-month rental in historic and picturesque Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with his best friend Lauren was the answer.

Renting a house built in 1810, kindred spirit Nicholas reaches out for contact, and Ryan finds himself wanting to know about the past. However, Nicholas is not the only one wanting Ryan’s attention. Ty, a handsome local man, also has strong desires for Ryan.

The stark contrast of the past collides with the present in this tale of lost and betrayed love, and irrational and undying prejudice.

In the end, all that is left is the affirmation of the value of honesty and commitment in love.

Review:  In the beginning, I wasn’t really sure what this book was about.  I haven’t read much gay literature besides E. Lynn Harris and Summer Spirit is significantly different and that’s not all bad.  There is a great lagging in the first 25% of the book because you want to know what it’s all about.  I guess this was Jay’s way of introducing us to his characters.  As a reader, I was searching for a story line, which wasn’t coming quick enough for me.  The descriptions mostly contain meeting for coffee, eating, and having sex, but I longed for something more solid.  All of that boredom changed when Ryan and Lauren moved into the old house in Portsmouth.

Ryan is a likeable enough character, who is desperate to find a steady relationship.  I found myself rooting for him to succeed.  Lauren seemed to portray a typical New Yorker enjoying the art scene and all the activity New York offers, while wanting a serious relationship at the same time.  Jason, Ryan’s friend, was the stereotype of the young, promiscuous, and effeminate gay guy, that a lot of people imagine.  I especially enjoyed that the stereotype was broken by focusing on Ryan’s desire to really want to have a meaningful relationship.  There was a scene when Ryan thinks that Eric is gay and tries to kiss him.  For me this broke another stereotype because people always seem to think that gay people always know when someone else is gay.  Not to mention, Eric doesn’t react badly, like we would think.

There are some interesting twists which can’t be revealed because they make this story a little special and different.  I loved reading about the old big house, the mystery, and the antiques. Hell, I even enjoyed the scruffy cat Brownie and I don’t even really like cats that much in real life.  I’m allergic.  However, I’m putting out a caution for those that don’t like reading about sex because there is plenty of it and it’s very descriptive.  All in all it’s a different, light read.  G. Jay also has another Ryan Kincaid mystery coming out soon called Autumn Reveal.

G. Jay’s writing style is easy and the novel can be read quickly, within a few hours since it’s just a little over one hundred pages.

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A communications graduate of the City Universities of New York, and after twenty-nine years as a human resources administrator, Jay decided to apply his understanding of the complexities and foibles of the human character in a more creative way.

Like the main character, Ryan Kinkaid, Jay is a gay man who believes in love and commitment. He and his husband have been together for over thirty years and live on the West coast of Florida with their two cats. A transplant from New York, Jay continues to travel regularly to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to connect with the New England life which he so loves.

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Format/Price: $3.99 ebook

Pages: 132

mobi ISBN: 9781938008665

ePub ISBN: 9781938008672

Publisher: Publish Green

Release: October 15, 2012

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51. Nobody Has to Know

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Nobody Has to Know Book Summary:

Nobody Has To Know, Frank Nappi’s dark and daring new thriller, tells the story of Cameron Baldridge, a popular high school teacher whose relationship with one of his students leads him down an unfortunate and self-destructive path. Stalked through text-messages, Baldridge fights for his life against a terrifying extortion plot and the forces that threaten to expose him.Nobody Has To Know is a sobering look into a world of secrets, lies, and shocking revelations, and will leave the reader wondering many things, including whether or not you can ever really know the person you love.
Review:
Well I thoroughly enjoyed Frank Nappi’s Nobody Has to Know.  I read it in a day and could have read it in a lot less time if I hadn’t had so many other things to do.  The main character of this thriller is a high school English teacher which intrigued me since I’m an English teacher as well.  There’s nothing like a story where the main character is heading for a collision.  You know it and he knows it but he can’t help himself.  I found myself thinking, for a man that’s supposed to be so smart gosh he’s dumb.  I wonder if Nappi was trying to show how some men can be easily manipulated by beautiful, young women.  Control and common sense, that is what Cameron Baldridge was missing.  The story will definitely give you second thoughts on trying to get to know your students too closely.  Nappi does a good job depicting the descent of Cameron Baldridge, the young, attractive, well-liked, perfect teacher.  All the characters in this story have complicated, tortured lives and their backgrounds drive their actions.  They all hook up quite well together.
The writing style is smooth and entertaining, but there were some word usage problems, missing words, and changes from third to first person at inappropriate moments, but all in all the story holds together.  However, part of the ending was predictable early on.  Even though, Nappi threw in a surprise twist at the end that left me a little disappointed.  I would have preferred an ending that dealt with all the principal characters and not just Cameron.  It’s true Cameron is a piece of work, but the others shouldn’t have been left out.  Essentially, it’s a good book and I rated it 3,5 stars on Goodreads.  It’s straight forward and to the point and not too long.  Nobody Has to Know is an easy carefree read that deals with a subject we’ve heard in the news lately- teachers having love relationships with their students.  I’m looking forward to seeing what Frank Nappi has in store for his next book.  Check it out guys!  Happy New Year and Happy reading!
Frank Nappi’s Bio: frank
Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes From The Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA’s silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story “A Mile in His Shoes” starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story, and is presently at work on a third installment of the unique series. Frank lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.
Price/Format: $3.99, ebook
Publisher: G Agency LLC
Release: October 16, 2012

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48. Blissful Lies

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Blissful LiesBook Summary:

Things are often not what they seem in the decadent lifestyles of the rich and famous. Life can be messy and at times people do what feels wrong, because in the end it may turn out to be the best decision ever made. A close bond between 5 lifelong friends, now of college age, find the limits of their relationships are tested when multiple secrets and lies begin to surface, which ultimately leave them wondering if it is all too much to move forward as the family they once were. Forbidden love, drug dealing, date rape, betrayal, cheating, and more begin to unravel the strong ties between friends. Can they overcome secrets which warrant a very difficult life altering response?
Review:
I decided to read Blissful Lies because it isn’t at all the kind of book I’m used to reading.  I felt like reading something a little different and light.  The cover pretty much tells you what kind of book it is.  I guess it could be categorized as chick lit, romance, and maybe even new adult (ages 18-24).  The story is predominantly plot driven.  There are too many characters to do much character development.  The first half of the book turns primarily around Addison and Jackson.  There was a lot of back and forth between them about their relationship.  Should we? No. Maybe.  Yes.  Addison is 43 and Jackson is about 22.  Now you see the dilemma.  Yes there is a bit of “cougarism” in this book, but apparently true love “cougarism”.  The second half of the book takes a different turn but didn’t go the way I would have liked it too.  I found it disappointing that Spencer is taken out of the picture conveniently and that Addison and Jackson don’t have to face much difficulty to stay together.  The story is unfortunately tied up too neatly and conveniently for my taste.  The average reader will probably think this story is slightly unrealistic and frankly it is.  Those readers who want a beach read or romantic novel will enjoy it.  This is Brown-Thomas’ first novel and she’s tried to make a good attempt at an interesting romance novel, with some added intrigue.  I prefered largely the second half with the secrets to the first half.  I think that was because I’m in my forties and I would find it just a bit much if a 23-year-old started to profess his love to me.  Unbelievable!  If you’re a reader of romance novels do check it out.  I’d love to know what you romance readers think of this one.  The movie adaptation should be released in the near future.  You can see a trailer of it below.  It looks a little soap opera-like.  I wish Brown-Thomas good luck on her writing career with her new book release, Vindictive Grounds.
Jennifer Brown Thomas‘s Bio:

At just 25 years old, Jennifer Brown-Thomas is a celebrated book author and movie director. Her first novel, Blissful Lies, combines both of her passions.At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, she presented Blissful Lies (the movie) starring Emmy award-winning actress, Leann Hunley. YTINIFNI Pictures is working to bring the film to DVD and on-demand television this spring.Jennifer is a married, Texas Christian University graduate and mother of one. Her newest venture, LBT Enterprises, is set to launch a fragrance, a children’s clothing line and more.Watch for more novels from Jennifer – the next on its way is Vindictive Grounds. In February, Jennifer will begin directing the film version of this novel. She says, “It definitely has more of the explicit sexual contact comparable to Fifty Shades of Grey.
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Prices/Formats: $15.00 paperback, $8.99-$9.99 ebook
Publisher: Helm Publishing
ISBN: 9780985048839
Pages: 234
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The Fart That Saved Christmas

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Tribute Books Blog Tour – The Fart That Saved Christmas

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The Fart That Saved Christmas Book Summary:

The behind the scenes story of what really happened “The Night Before Christmas.”It’s Christmas Eve. The reindeer go on strike with a list of demands for Santa, the elves and Mrs. Claus. Santa gets “loaded” and threatens to cancel Christmas, fire the deer and divorce Mrs. Claus. But, just when all seems lost, Christmas is saved by a timely fart.
Review:
When Tribute Books asked me to review The Fart That Saved Christmas, I really didn’t know what to expect.  Farting and Christmas are two words that I have to as yet perceived as relating to each other.  When I saw a picture of Jacob Morningside who has a uncanning resemblance to Santa Claus, my curiosity was peaked and I immediately accepted.
I was happily surprised.  This 40-page graphic novel attempts to make you laugh about Christmas in a different way but in rhyme, borrowing a bit of inspiration from the famous Christmas poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.  This will either put you off or win you over.  Honestly, it’s not for everyone.  Who would have thought some festive flatulence could save Christmas?  The reindeer are threatening to strike, mischievous elves up to mayhem, controlling Mama Claus with all of her rules, and worst of all an overeating Santa Claus with a penchant for the drink.  Not to mention, he’s getting fed up with the job.  It’s told in good fun and the illustrations drawn by Nadja Andrasev are the icing on the cake.  They are comical, colorful, and well drawn.  When I finished it, I suddenly started to imagine people I knew who would find this story humorous and a few names came to mind.  Mom if you’re reading this post, you should pick this one up for your boss.  I think he would get a kick out of it.  I know he would.  So, if you’re looking for an unorthodox Christmas present for someone who loves to laugh and won’t scoff at a little Christmas political incorrectness (Santa Claus & Co. are an institution), The Fart That Saved Christmas is it.
Jacob Morningside‘s Bio:   JacobMorningside

Born into a body inhabited by multiple muse personalities, I create stories by stretching the “normal” beyond the boundaries of the absurd.  The result is a worm-hole ride to the Far Side.  I love a good story — so, I wrote one.  Enjoy it with my wishes for a happy holiday season.

Price: $4.99
Format: Ebook
Pages: 40 illustrated
Publisher: Publish Green
Release: September 6, 2012iBookstore buy link ($4.99):
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