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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cracked Flash Fiction Competition: Cracked Flash Y2W47: Results!

Cracked Flash Fiction Competition: Cracked Flash Y2W47: Results!: I had so much fun reading this week’s entries. I enjoyed the different takes on the prompt and had a hard time figuring out who the winners...

Monday, July 17, 2017

DalíDalí by E.M. Hamill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free, electronic copy of Dalí from NineStar Press in exchange for an honest review.

I admit, I haven’t read much space opera, if any, since Karen Traviss stopped writing for the Star Wars franchise. I stuck to fantasy, and to science fiction that did not involve space travel because nothing quite compared to the Star Wars universe and the 40+ books I had read in it.

Dalí restored my faith in that particular sub-genre. The world building was exquisite, and done so smoothly that it did not distract from character development and plot. There was just enough description to help me picture the world, but it was concise and didn’t slow the story down. But most importantly, the characters were alive, diverse, fluid, and complex.

I am envious of Dalí’s ability to change gender to suit the their mood or the situation but remain neutral when they is just being theirself. I have a soft spot for characters that do not conform to the binary gender, and for characters that bounce back from trauma.

All that I mentioned above combined with the fascinating galaxy and the well woven Princess Bride references made this book a definite five stars.

There is so much more explore with this galaxy and its characters. I really hope this becomes a series!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Trans Liberty Riot Brigade (Brigade, #1)Trans Liberty Riot Brigade by L.M. Pierce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The title and cover of “Trans Liberty Riot Brigade” told me the book was going to be something special. The teaser on the back was further evidence supporting that theory. The novel did not disappoint. Once I started reading, I had to finish in one sitting.

At first, the slang made it hard for to engage with the character. I had to stop and figure out what some of the words meant. They were familiar enough, that between context, and remembering how my friends from high school used to talk, I could figure them out. They were foreign enough to feel like they were part of a true future. Once I got through the first few chapters and learned their rhythm, I flew through the book.

The truth that potential future holds is the most terrifying part of the book. The dark, gritty, dystopian landscape portrayed seems all to possible in today’s political climate. There was just enough truth to make it seem plausible.

The world building was good - but the main character was amazing. I always find myself complaining that the characters in some of my favorite books are too binary, but this one featured two who truly transcended the binary idea gender.

I can forgive the occasional moments of preachy-ness, and the work I had to do to learn the language of the book. The plot kept me on the edge of my seat. I could really engage with the characters, and I believed the world.

If I had to compare it other books, I say it’s a mix of Christina Henry’s Alice, Veronica Roth’s Divergent, and George Orwell’s 1984.

Read it!

Note: I received a free ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

I'm starting a new adventure in the publishing world and have launched a pre-order campaign on Publishizer.

This sites gives readers and writers more control over the books. If writers choose to self-publish, they can use the funds raised from pre-orders to pay for editing, marketing and design so they can successfully launch their book. However, writers can also get offers from traditional publishers if enough readers express interest. 

I'm trying it for a YA science fantasy novel called Earth Reclaimed, where 17-year-old Serena, reluctant magician, must convince people to live in harmony with the Earth. 

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And be sure to check out the bonuses! They include signed copies, seaglass jewelry, and feedback on your writing!