Friday, February 23, 2018

Blogtour: Outcasts of the Worlds (Guest Post & Review)




Outcasts
of the Worlds
Outcasts
of the Worlds Book 1
by
Lucas Paynter
Genre:
Cosmic Fantasy



456
pages

A
confidence man. A liar. A monster. Flynn has seen himself for what he
really is and has resolved to pay for everything. Even if it means
spending the rest of his days locked in Civilis, a tower prison for
society's unwanted - "half-humans" gifted by the fallout of
nuclear holocaust centuries past.



Jean,
a prisoner in the neighboring cell, has different ideas and despite
himself, Flynn finds himself joining her daring escape. After
rescuing her friend Mack, the three flee Civilis as Flynn pieces
together the hours before his capture and finds himself drawn to an
abandoned facility where a rift to another world opens at his
nearing.



Together
they will venture farther beyond the stars than humanity ever
imagined, find others like them that will never belong, and tangle
with forces both ancient and immortal. They stand alone, hated and
scorned - and the last hope of making things right in a cosmos gone
terribly wrong.








Killers,
Traitors & Runaways
Outcasts
of the Worlds Book 2
364
pages

As
reality nears its final days, worlds fall to ruin. A benevolent god
is shackled, and when freed, will create a new one ... allowing only
the pure of heart. A company of seven have united on a bloody quest
to stop him, but have little hope of emerging victorious.



The
outcasts are adrift--they have a mission but no means to fulfill it.
Airia Rousow, the fallen goddess who set them on their path, is gone.
Guardian Poe, her intended successor, believes deification will
absolve him of his sins and his remorse alike. And Zella Renivar,
daughter of the Living God, is still hunted by her father's agents,
drawing danger on them all.



Trapped
in this storm, Flynn is able to find and open the ways between
worlds, but cannot discern which path is the right one. Since losing
the trust of his closest friend, the temptation to fall back on his
former, deceitful ways with grows with every crisis he faces.




Review: With various characters, and many worlds, this book could have been a train-wreck, but somehow

Guest Post: 


There is nothing I distrust more than a clean-cut situation. This might seem a dour point to start on, but when writing my novels—Outcasts of the Worlds and its follow-up, Killers, Traitors, & Runaways, it’s been my chiefest guiding stars.

I’m a big fan of moral ambiguity and the many forms it takes. What interests me as a writer is not merely what another person does, but why they’ll do it, and doubly so when it comes to something they know to be wrong or socially unpopular.

It’s easy to vilify someone you disagree with, but often times you can gather a hundred different people and get a hundred different answers, and they’re seldom so clean-cut as we want them to be. Motive can come from places of hurt or anger or fear—emotions that might be selfish, yes, but also primal and real, and the sort that will ultimately drive a worthwhile story!

The question I often ask myself when I create a conflict is “who benefits?”, and that’s usually easy enough to track. But the tricky part, and the thing I rely on, is how does Flynn, the protagonist of my books, benefit?

Flynn, to explain, has a history of duplicity and manipulation, and in the course of his journey through the worlds, wants to be a better man and leave the person he was behind. Yet there is temptation and often times need to employ the gifts he has when handling other people, and the risk that he might fail and fall.

The rule I try to lean on with Flynn is that he always stands to gain from whatever decision he makes, so that nothing he does is ever 100% selfless. It may be that he is incapable of being truly heroic, not because he is selfish but because he will always think selfishly in spite of himself.

This is the gray are I lean into, the abandonment of the pretense of genuine good in that it may be impossible to achieve without truly harming one’s self or allowing others to come to harm, thus circling back to the question of whether or not it’s something that can be realized. If one stands to gain by a good deed, even if it’s just the feeling of being noble, then certainly the deed is still just, but can the person committing it make the same claim of being just themselves?

Lucas
Aubrey Paynter hails from the mythical land of Burbank, California,
where there are most likely no other writers at all.
Back
in 2014, he published
Outcasts
of the Worlds
,
and he’s now releasing its follow-up,
Killers,
Traitors, & Runaways
.


A
fan of gray-area storytelling and often a devil’s advocate, Lucas
enjoys consuming stories from a variety of mediums, believing there’s
no limit to what form a good narrative can take.









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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bookish Discovery: Feb 22, 2018

Bookish Discovery of this Week is a meme posted on Thursdays created and hosted by Mridula @ Ecstatic yet Chaotic and Tavleen @ Travelling Through Words

In this meme we talk about something new that we discovered which is book related. It can be something that is recently created or discovered or it can be something old that you just discovered or you are interested in. Basically anything that is related to books. You can also share some news or talk about something that caught your eye. All book lovers are welcome to join us.


195016 The Horsemaster

 
It began with dreams - dreams of a mysterious flying horse that took Jessica high above the trees. The dreams felt so real, she was almost sure that they were.

And then she and her friend Jack found an old tapestry in an abandoned farmhouse. The hose on the tapestry matched Jessica's dream-horse - and when she learned his name, Gabdon, both she and Jack were thrust headlong into another time and land from which they could only hope to find their way home.

"Time travel, a mysterious tapestry, and a gutsy heroine add punch to this strong fantasy. Singer does an exceptional job. . . . This book is highly recommended."--School Library Journal. Full color.
 
I discovered this book on Bookstagram and after hearing my friends review, I had to read it for myself! I can't wait to start this story. It's my first time hearing about either this book or it's author, but I'm excited to find she is a well known children's author. While her works are older, it's alway fun to find a new-to-me author or series!

Blogtour: Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon




Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon

By M.R. Anglin

A young adult fantasy adventure novel

Published by Clean Reads

Release date: Feb. 20, 2018

For years the Moon Palace in the Valley of Aijalon and the Sun Tower in the Plains of Jashar has stood as testaments to the power of the sun and the graciousness of the moon. Helio and Lumina, Guardians of the sun and moon, kept watch over them and the Prince and the Princess who ruled them. But the Prince and Princess are missing, and the sun is exhibiting strange behavior.

Now Joshua and his younger sister, Deborah, must untangle a web of lies and deceit to uncover the secret of who they really are and save their world from an imminent disaster brewing in the heavens. And they must hurry. Between the earthquakes, the sun and moon standing still in the sky, and the planet Jants hovering closer than it’s ever been, the planet could be torn apart before they have a chance to do something about it.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37882982-better-than-this?from_search=true 

 



EXCERPT:

“Mr. Delango.” Mrs. Blaine’s voice sliced through the air, jarring Joshua out of his thoughts.

He jumped to his feet. “Yes, ma’am.” All around him snickers erupted as
each of his classmates stared at him. Joshua stifled a groan. Judging
by their reaction, he had missed something important.
“Perhaps you would like to elaborate on our topic?” Mrs. Blaine motioned to the blackboard.
Joshua winced. He had been staring out of the window and had no idea what she had been talking about.

His best friend, Neil, shrugged. With his skin the complexion of milk
and Joshua’s the complexion of chocolate, Neil always said together they
were two halves of the best drink ever to have been invented.
But now he shook his head at Joshua. “I tried to warn you,” he mouthed.

Joshua cleared his throat. “You are doing such a fantastic job at
explaining this, Mrs. Blaine, I can’t elaborate.” He punctuated the
remark with a smile meant to charm her.
“I think you can.” Mrs. Blaine pointed to the board. “Why don’t you come up and fill out this diagram?”

Joshua bit back a comment and made his way to the front of the
classroom. The walls were white, and though Mrs. Blaine had set a
plastic, potted tree in the corner, there were no posters or papers on
the walls . . . just a blackboard where Mrs. Blaine wrote her lessons . .
. not at all like the other teachers’ classes with their motivational
posters and charts plastered all over the walls.

“No distractions for wayward thinking children,” Mrs. Blaine had said
the first time someone remarked on the lack of decoration.

Joshua took the chalk from her and approached the blackboard. Empty
spaces in the diagram she had written mocked him, but the words,
“Planet/Celestial Body” and “Guardian” were written in separate columns
at the top. At least Joshua knew what she was talking about now—the
solar system and its Guardians.
“Fill it out.” Mrs. Blaine smirked. “Unless you aren’t smart enough to goof off in class and still retain the information.”
Again his classmates snickered.
Joshua took a deep breath and studied the diagram. Then he raised his chalk and wrote:
Planet/Celestial Body
Guardian
Sun
Helio
Chern
Maro
Marte
Cero
Melíne
Alandri
Geon
N/A
Geon’s moon
Lumina
Arion
Lucin
Jants
Junen
Rindt
Rin
Nuardt
Urin
Plútz
Plandte

Once finished, he faced Mrs. Blaine. “Is that correct?” He held out the chalk to her.

No one snickered now . . . well, except Neil. His face had surged red
with the effort of stifling his laughter. To date, no one had bested
Mrs. Blaine at her game to humiliate students who weren’t paying
attention. In fact, Mrs. Blaine herself stared at the diagram Joshua had
written with her mouth set.
Her eyes narrowed. “Go sit down.”
Joshua shot a smile at her as he went.
“See me after class,” Mrs. Blaine said.
Joshua winced. One smart gesture too far.
“The rest of you, commit this chart to memory.” Mrs. Blaine tapped the blackboard. “It will be on the test next week.”
“Dude, are you crazy?” Neil leaned over to him as Joshua sat. Joshua had to bite back a smile. His friend acted like he had been the one called in after class. “She’s going to hate you now.”
Joshua shrugged. “I’ve got more important things to worry about.”
“Like what?” Neil whispered, copying the diagram.
“Like . . .” Joshua stared full into the sun. “I think the sun is off by two minutes.”
Neil paused in his writing. “What?”

“The sun.” Joshua glanced at Mrs. Blaine to make sure she wasn’t
watching. “It should be a little to the right. It’s in the wrong place.”
“Have you been moon-bathing or something? You’re as batty as a night-person.”
Joshua scowled at his friend. “Don’t say that.”

But Neil went on, ignoring Joshua’s annoyance, or . . . more likely . .
. not noticing it at all. “The sun can’t be in the wrong place. It’s
impossible.”

“Maybe.” Joshua could overlook his friend’s oversight. After all, he
didn’t know how offensive the saying was. “But I’ve done the
calculations over and over—”

“Done the calculations?” Neil snickered. “What do you know about
calculations like those? There are smart people in the capital whose job
it is to watch the sun. Don’t you think they would have said something
if the sun was in the wrong place?”

“I guess . . .” Joshua faced the front of the class where Mrs. Blaine
continued her lesson. He wrote the diagram down, more to get his mind
off of the nagging feeling in the back of his mind than because he
needed to remember it. Neil was right; Joshua had to be wrong. After
all, Helio, the Guardian of the sun, was the epitome of precision. The
sun would never drift out of position on his watch.

Still . . . a feeling, like a stone sitting in his stomach, told Joshua
something was amiss. He had seen the sun doing strange things before.
The other day he thought he saw it flickering, and the day before he was
certain its rays were less intense than they should have been.

Joshua swallowed the knot rising in his throat and resisted the urge to
fiddle with the gold necklace he wore hidden under his shirt. If
something was wrong with the sun, he had more than filling out diagrams
and studying for tests to worry about.
They all did.





Review: A well written YA sci-fi. I really enjoyed this story, and loved the characters! I enjoyed getting to see the story from so many different points of view, and enjoyed seeing both sides of the conflict. This is a story that people of all agea can enjoy.



About the Author

M.R. Anglin has always had a fascination with space—particularly the moon and stars. She also has three amazing nephews, two adorable “near-nephews,” and one brilliant niece, so it’s no wonder she eventually wrote a story that combines these loves into one. You can often find her gazing up at the Florida sky at night or hunching over her notebook/computer by day.

She is the author of the Middle Grade novel, Lucas, Guardian of Truth, the self-published Silver Foxes series. She has also been included in the Coyotl Award winning anthology, Gods With Fur (FurPlanet 2016) and Extinct? (Wolfsinger 2017).


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New Release: Courage (The Legacy Chronicles #1)


38110012 Courage (The Legacy Chronicles #1)

Can one woman evade an alien empire to save her son's life?

Gilla and Elias have the perfect life—or as perfect as life can be for slaves living deep in the Esarelian Empire. Elias wants freedom for his precious wife and daughter, and the rest of their people, and he is willing to fight to get it. Pregnant with her second child, Gilla only wants a happy, healthy family who share a strong faith in the God of Old Earth and to get through her workload each day.

When the Esarelians decide to teach their rebellious slaves a lesson they will never forget, Gilla’s entire life is turned upside down. She must trust that God has a plan to protect her new-born son, and have the courage to follow it, choosing the strangest of allies in an effort to ensure his survival.


                                                                                        Links: Amazon, Goodreads

Blogtour: Bleeding Hearts





Bleeding Hearts

By Dana Louise Provo

A new adult romantic suspense novel

Published by Clean Reads




Orphaned at an early age, now twenty-four-year-old Camryn Lucks is ready to commit to find that special someone, and so accepts a date from a charming, gallant, handsome stranger. The last thing she imagines after accepting that first date with Carson would actually be the beginning of her worst nightmare.

Red roses, a reminder of her parents' killer, soon become an emblem of horror for Cami as one by one, those closest to her fall victim to a serial killer. Cami becomes an obsession for Carson, the man she had finally allowed herself to love. Not only is he vying for her heart, but also her life.

Finding herself in a whirlwind of torments shadowed by the blood-colored bloom, Cami finds solace in Isaac, a neighboring police officer. She’s desperate to escape the haunting memories, but she must
revisit them in order to catch her would-be killer. Living life in constant fear has driven Cami to second-guess every choice she makes. Will the police catch the illusive murderer, or will Cami be forced to face him once again?



 

EXCERPT:
My arm trembles as I grip the cool handle of my pistol,
keeping a firm grasp to ensure it doesn’t slip out of my sweaty hand. It
usually stands sentry in my left nightstand to scare the nightmares away. But
this isn’t a dream. The room is dark and hides the face of the man whose intent
is to kill me. But I know who he is. A metallic taste fills my mouth; I want to
gag. My blood drips off the blade in his hand in slow, steady beats on the
carpet. My arms shake as I lift the barrel and point it in his direction. He
doesn't move. His heavy breaths alert me to the meager distance between us.
We’re at a stalemate.
A soft glow from the lamppost just outside my window casts a
sliver of light on his face. His dark, beady eyes that I have grown to know
rake over my body like I'm another one of his many victims. He lifts the edges
of his mouth into a smile. My heart plunges into my stomach. I know what that
sinister expression means, and I think back to all the times he had looked at
me like that before. I had been so blind.
Before I react he lunges at me, grabbing onto my waist and
twisting me to the ground. I shriek as my head slams against the bed frame.
Black spots flood my vision. I squeeze my hand only to find it empty. My gun is
gone. The sound of the knife clattering on the floor gives me slight hope. Not
much though. He climbs up my body trying to pin my arms to the floor. I thrash
my fists around, desperate to knock him off.
“Get off!” I scream, pulling on his shirt and kicking him
off balance. Wrapping his hands around my arms, my attacker cuts off the
circulation of blood. Rug burns flare across my skin as he drags me across the
carpet. He closes his hands around my neck, shutting off my air supply. I pull
at his hands but it's no use; he has always been stronger than me. My pulse
drums a frantic beat in my ears. The air slowly leaks out from my lungs,
killing any hope I may have left. I search for the gun around the room; it may
be my only savior now.
"Why are you doing this?" I struggle to get the
words out. He squints his dark eyes. I'm wondering if there might be a chance
that he will stop this madness. I am wrong.
"It'll be over soon, sweetheart." His hands again
tighten around my neck, blocking the air from entering my lungs.


Review: What makes a sociopath? This story takes an interesting look at what at first seems a simple love story, and turns it on it's head! When passion leads to obsession, things take a dangerous turn! Provo is a skilled story-teller with interesting characters in this fast-paced wild-ride! If you like psychological suspense and crime, check this one out!


About the Author


Dana
Provo has always loved books and reads everything from young adult fantasy to
adult historical romances. When she’s not reading or writing her next novel,
Dana can be found riding her horses and getting ready for competition. Dana
lives with her husband and two house plants in Richmond, Virginia.









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