Room for Hope – Kim Vogel Sawyer
Jun15

Room for Hope – Kim Vogel Sawyer

Neva Shilling has no idea how her life will change one night as she is preparing dinner for her family: her twins, Bud and Belle, and her traveling salesman husband, Warren.  Instead of a joyful family reunion of Warren’s return, Neva is greeted by the sheriff of the town where Warren was doing business.  In his wagon, the sheriff carries furniture and three small children, along with bad news of Warren’s death.  To make things worse,...

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Space Drifters: The Emerald Enigma – Paul Regnier
Jun15

Space Drifters: The Emerald Enigma – Paul Regnier

Captain Starcrost is just your typical space cowboy: cocky, carefree, sarcastic, and with quite a large bounty on his head, a sort of Han Solo meets Mal Reynolds type of character. Picture the love child of Nathan Fillion and Harrison Ford and you come up with the first person protagonist of Paul Regnier’s debut novel. Regnier’s use of the first person is compelling and a large part of what drives the storyline and keeps reader’s...

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Embers – Ronie Kendig
Jun15

Embers – Ronie Kendig

Okay, so let me try to give you a hook for the plot. It’s complicated and, even after reading the book, I’m not sure I understand it clearly. Haegan and Kaelyria Celahar are the royal heirs of the Nine Kingdoms. Kaelyria has the power to harness fire. Haegan is a cripple. They believe they can undo the effects of Haegan’s disability by transferring Kaelyria’s ability to Haegan, but it all goes wrong and Kaelyria gains Haegan’s...

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RedBird – Jessub Flower
Jun03

RedBird – Jessub Flower

Very rarely do I pick up a book to read and ignore the synopsis, the genre, the publisher, the title, and all other details about the book save the author’s name. But Jess Flower is one such author for me. So it didn’t matter to me that RedBird was a wholly different type of story than his first novel, Daisy Hill, nor did it matter that I’m not a big fan of fantasy-adventure type stories: I knew that any book of his would be worth...

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The Hive – John Otte
Jun03

The Hive – John Otte

Every author has that book, whether it’s their first or their tenth or their fifth. There will be a book that just doesn’t live up to the standard to which they’ve been hyped. For John Otte, that book is The Hive. I should note that I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of John’s previous novels. His debut novel, and the resultant series Failstate remains a go-to recommendation for YA superhero novels. His first “adult” novel Numb was...

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Itch – Geoffrey Wood
Jun03

Itch – Geoffrey Wood

Itch, at its core, is a retelling of the great cosmic story of Satan’s fall. In this imaginative tell, the unnamed first-person protagonist fulfills the role of Satan, speaking about his role as a designer/producer/assistant to the Creator. Heaven is portrayed as a movie studio and, after his fall from grace, our protagonist goes out of his way to pitch his own script, his own story. The story is told in short, choppy sentences. One...

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