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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31. Quest, Inc.

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Quest, Inc. by Justin Cohen for Tribute Books

A journey made in search of something or a long and difficult effort to do something are common definitions for a quest and that’s what this book is about.  When I was asked to review this book I was intrigued because I couldn’t see how anybody could make an interesting story about a bunch of personal development experts.  Boy was I wrong!

Robert Rivera is an obese, washed up weight loss coach.  He was the Flatten your Fat guy – six-pack stomach, trim and muscular. He made losing weight look easy.  Now, the fat is flattening him.  The story begins with Robert trying to commit suicide and being saved by an ex-colleague, Carter; after his wife leaving him and being evicted from his home.  Carter, realizing the desperate condition of  Robert, reunites the dynamic personal development team from the Living Well Campaign to guide him back to health mentally, physically, and financially – Jay, Alexia, and Mickey .  This leads to the five experts creating Quest, Inc.  Can five personal development coaches with their own problems steer their clients with various complexities on the road to a better life?  And for that matter, what is considered a better life?  Moreover, they must do it while being scrutinized by a dubious Huffington Post journalist, Victoria Holt.  “I’m Victoria
Holt and I believe it’s time to put all that self-help hype on trial. Let’s see if the gurus really can
change a life. Or not. With more than a bit of arm-twisting, I’ve convinced five leading personal
development experts to put their powers to the test.”(Quest, Inc. p.12)

I enjoyed reading this book because there was humor, a bit of mystery, and it was all framed up with a bit of interesting personal development psychology.  I can tell the book was written by someone who is a personal development expert because he goes through various concepts with the introduction of each new client at Quest, Inc.  I learned some things and found the book uplifting.  I also appreciated the mystery that runs through the story(will keep you reading) and that continues right to the end, which leaves us on a cliffhanger.  Can’t wait to read what happens in book two.  Although you know I’m not a fan of trilogies and series. 

I rate this book three and a half stars.  I’d recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading a book with a twist and that’s out of the ordinary.  Although I wouldn’t recommend it for those of you who don’t accept the philosophy of personal development coaches or life coaches.  You may find it too preachy.  It’s well worth the read though for its originality.  So, check it out!!!  Happy reading…..

Justin Cohen’s Bio:
Justin Cohen is the author of four books and seven audiobooks. He produced and hosted a television talk show in which he interviewed some of the world’s top experts on success. As a leading authority on personal development, with an honors degree in Psychology, Justin speaks, trains and writes in the fields of motivation, sales, service and leadership. Having spoken professionally for nearly fourteen years, Justin has presented in twelve different countries, and in virtually every industry, to an average of ten thousand people annually.

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Paperback & eBook
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Price: $9.99 paperback, $0.99 ebook
ISBN: 9781937387303
Pages: 284
Release: March 20, 2012

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26. The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All

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The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All by John Morris for Tribute Books

Morgan thought he had it made after inheriting his roommate Sepp’s house.  It’s in the fashionable West End neighborhood of Aspen, but is a dilapidated money pit.  Morgan has lots of friends, loves to play golf and has a great job.  He also happens to throw some of the best parties in town.  All goes well until Risa buys the other half of the house and his and her troubles begin.  When Risa’s “yappy” pooch, a bichon frise called Tyson goes missing, she blames Morgan for killing her dog and intends to sue him for a million dollars.  He feels he has only two options: 1. win a 2 million dollar unofficial golf tournament to pay off Risa or 2.  find out her deep dark secret and blackmail her to stop the suit.  He thought those were his only solutions until Justin, his best friend and lawyer, suggests option: 3. get her to fall in love with him.

I must be honest I was intrigued by the story line of this book.  I thought it would be comical and entertaining to read, but in fact I was a little distracted by the many events that took place.  The story became a little too complex, not to mention it is highly unlikely that someone would be sued for one million dollars for killing someone’s dog, even in the US.  I also found the writing style a bit repetitive.  There were too many hyphenated phrases and it lacked real descriptions of the characters.  The author just used names of famous people instead of describing what the characters looked like.  Honestly, I had to go and google them to see who they were.  (I guess I’ve been living in France too long.)  Risa was one of the most annoying characters in the book.  She was definitely diva gone mad.  I also couldn’t figure out how or when they started to have a romance because it happened so quickly and out of nowhere, which was totally unbelievable.  As for the good parts, there were some very hilarious scenes that made me laugh out loud.  I liked reading about the town of Aspen and loved some of the crazy characters in this book too.  It is what kept me reading.  John Morris has potential but it would have been better if he drew up a better plan for his story and didn’t distract the reader with too many minor characters and subplots.  You can’t put all the interesting characters you develop in the same story.  Save some of them for your next book.  I rate this book two and a half stars.  I didn’t rate it very much but I think you should check it out for its crazy story and its comical ambiance.  There were scenes that I could even see being put into a film.  Happy reading…..

John Morris’ Bio:

John Morris lives in Aspen, Colorado, with his loving wife and two wonderful children.  Having worked many of the same cowboy / construction / bartender / ski-patrol jobs as his fictional counterpart Morgan, he can vouch for how easy it is for a good-looking guy to get in trouble there.
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eBook price: $6.99
Pages: 281
Release: May 10, 2012
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