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Review of The Five Elements (The Alchemancer, #1) by Scott Marlowe


The Five ElementsThe Five Elements by Scott Marlowe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Shanna and Aaron are best friends who like nothing more than being in each other’s company. The relationship between the two was wonderful to read about. They seemed to be at ease when they were with each other and relied on each other completely. There was no competition to outdo each other, nor was there a feeling of superiority in Aaron, even though he knew so much more than Shanna and was a sorcerer’s apprentice. Their carefree life is soon turned upside down when an elemental attack on their home leaves it devastated and throws them on two separate paths, with both running away from the attackers.

The mystery of why the city is attacked, by whom, and what they are after is closely guarded by the author until much later in the story. The attack on the city has been perfectly choreographed by the author. The devastation was portrayed in such a stark manner that I could feel it happening. Each part of it is clearly thought out and it sets off, both Shanna and Aaron on their separate quests. This is also a moment in which both characters get developed immensely. The way in which they escape, the things they do to help others in need and their reactions to the tragedy define how they will react to situations they will face later in the book. This part is what helped me understand the characters and their motivations at the end of the book, when the time comes to make the tough decisions.

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Reading is what made me a writer by Malika Gandhi


Reading is what made me a writer

by Malika Gandhi

Ever wished you had a time machine? I’m sure, like me, everyone has wished for one at many stages of their lives.

I wanted to be a writer at a very young age, at the age of eight or nine. At that time, something triggered an unconscious thought into my brain of wanting to be a writer. Was it the obsessive reading I did as a child? Perhaps so. The long hours I spent reading words, book after book hadn’t gone unnoticed within my family circle who would tease me about it (I had a tendency to curl up in a corner, take my book out and read, ignoring the activity before me. I always got lost in my book world).

I loved the library.  I made several, glorious trips to the big building which contained the published works of those successful writer people!  I would rummage through the isle looking for those perfect reads. We were allowed to take out eight books at a time and that is what I did when some would only take out two. I took out my cherished library card and had my eight books scanned into the library system.

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Giveaway of Becoming (Daughters of Saraqael trilogy) and Guest post!


Becoming  (Daughters of Saraqael #1)My good friend and terrific book blogger, Alexia is hosting an amazing author on her blog. Raine Thomas stops by and she has a lot of goodies for you! She is giving away a copy of Becoming: Book One of Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy to one lucky winner! She also has a guest post about how indie authors can better connect with and listen to readers.

You can enter the giveaway here!

How many times has it happened that you’ve wanted a series to continue,  and want the amazing characters the author has developed to keep coming back? I know it happened to me recently. Author Michael J Sullivan published the final book in his ‘Riyria Revelations’ series, and a lot of readers, including me were left distraught. So, hop over to Alexia’s Chronicles and check out the amazing guest post where author Raine Thomas discusses how she listened to readers and continued to write in the world in which her first series was set.

Don’t forget to weigh in on the discussion in the comments here and on Alexia’s blog! Tell us what you think about authors continuing series on the demand of fans. Also tell us about which series you think should have continued and which should have ended sooner!

Here is a list of the amazing goodies you will find on Alexia’s blog. You definitely don’t want to miss this!

  1. The awesome giveaway of Becoming: Book One of Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy
  2. Guest post by author Raine Thomas, of course
  3.  The prologue to Defy: Book One of the Firstborn Trilogy
  4. Author bio of Raine Thomas

A here’s a little more about the book:

Becoming (Daughters of Saraqael #1)

Every three years, Amber Hopkins explodes. Okay, not a blown-to-smithereens explosion, but whatever it is always hurts like hell and leaves her life a shambles. She’s already worked her way through five foster placements, and she’s doing whatever she can to avoid getting blasted into a sixth.

As her eighteenth birthday approaches and she feels the strange and powerful energy building, disaster looms. When the inevitable explosion occurs, her life gets its biggest shakeup yet. She’ll not only learn how her fellow foster and best friend, Gabriel, really feels about her, but she’ll discover that she isn’t really without family.

To top it all off, she’ll finally find out why she’s having the power surges: she isn’t entirely human.

Amber must Become, transitioning to another plane of existence and risking the loss of the most important relationship she’s ever had. Her choice will impact the future of an entire race of beings, and will pit her against an enemy that will prey upon her doubt to try and take her very life.

Kind of makes the explosions now seem like a cakewalk.

Interview with Dr. George H. Elder, author of the Genesis Continuum Series


You may know by now that I really like SF books. So, when I got an opportunity to interview author Dr. George H. Elder, I jumped at it, as I wanted to know how SF authors go about creating their worlds, the science and all the things that make SF books wonderful. So, lets get to it, I can’t wait!

Interview with Dr. George H. Elder, author of the Genesis Continuum Series

Describe your book? What genre would you classify it into?

Amazon classified the Genesis series as Sci-Fi Adventure. The book is basically a quest story, with the key twist being that it is set at the end of time. The universe is dissolving in an entropic whimper, although many of the extant species of the time are desperate to kick-start another cycle. The question is, how? Ancient legends speak of a being of unimaginable power who once united the entire universe for an unforgettable moment. However, this “Seeker” was a very flawed being, one who exterminated over ninety-nine percent of his own kind. He locked himself in perpetual dormancy to contain his savagery, and his location was lost over the passing eons.

Missions are sent to find the missing Seeker, but some are diverted by unknown forces. One such mission ends up on a seemingly primitive planet, the home of a stone-age culture called the Labateen. Here we meet Kara, the outcast daughter of a Labateen noble. She encounters the misdirected mission, and soon finds herself as part of its crew. Thus begins Kara’s journey to find the missing Seeker. She will go through deadly battles, be aboard titanic ships, and learn that nearly everything she believed was a lie. In the end, she wants to have never been born. Then she shall arise from the ashes… but how and why would be telling.

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Memorable Characters? Who Needs ‘em? by John Zunski


Memorable Characters? Who Needs ‘em?

by John Zunski

I was recently asked during a radio interview about characterization. Wait, let me back up…  unless you’re already a fan and you’re reading this you maybe wondering who the hell is John Zunski and why should I care?  My short answer: If you like memorable characters, it might behoove you to introduce yourself to my imaginary friends. They make their residence in Cemetery Street and Shangri-La Trailer Park.

In my humble opinion, great characters are high octane fuel for the story engine. Without deep characters a high-performance plot will ping and knock. Not to mention, memorable characters come with their own stories. Think about your family, friends, or neighbors: the memorable ones all have great stories, or even better, they have unique if not bizarre traits. Ask Barnum and Bailey, they made a name for themselves promoting such characters.

“John, they exploited those poor folks.”

Maybe… but, let me ask you this.  Who’s more interesting?

Granny A is navigating a shopping cart through crowded aisles. She’s tired, the two year-old throwing a tantrum in the candy aisle annoys her, and the inattentive parent angers her, but she says nothing and politely ambles by.

 Granny B hops onto an electric shopping cart. She hangs her cane from the handle bar and pulls in front of young couple pushing a cart. “Watch where you’re going,” she snaps. She finds a crowded aisle and steers down it. “Get out of my way,” she barks grabbing her cane, threatening to poke those in front of her. “I’m in a hurry; I don’t have much time left.”

I don’t know about you, I would rather know Granny A, she’s probably a dear person and bakes great cookies, but, boring! Without question, I want to read about Granny B. I find myself wishing that if I make her age that I’ll have such gumption.

“John, that’s well and good, but Granny B isn’t believable.”

Dear reader, you haven’t shopped at my local Wal-mart.

 Please help me save my sanity; help stop me from shopping at Wal-mart. How? Check out Cemetery Street. You may fall in love with my imaginary friends, and then I could shop at a real grocery store.

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