Chrysalis - A Fantasy LitRPG (Beast Realms Book 1)



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08F3W7DF9/

With regenerative abilities, a badass tail and the potential to evolve his body, how could Art resist choosing a lizard man as his avatar? All’s well until he accidentally joins forces with an acid-spitting, enemy-consuming shadow-bound grub, causing his light-bound guild members turn against him, and a deadly fire mage to wage a vendetta against him.

Venturing through enchanted forests, into mage enclaves atop ice-capped mountains, through thief-ridden sewers and into ancient temples, Art must defeat the Legendary Beasts and claim their gems of power before his enemies can stop him.

With the odds stacked against him, it’s time for Art to undergo some dangerous and unique training.

It’s time for him to evolve!

The Game With No Name (JITTERS Book 2) (Publication Review)




The Game With No Name
L.G. Cunningham
HUGEOrange Publication Review and Editor’s Pick Award Winner for 2020

One of the better middle grade/young adult novels I have read in a long time.  The author is a master at a spooky thrill ride like those seen in classics such as Goosebumps.
It’s a good mix of fun and scares, creative and brings along some unique twists.  While it’s age-appropriate and perfect for middle grade and up, many adults would also relate and love it. 
If you have a kid that loves an adventure book with some fun and scary scenes or are an adult that just loves well written spooky stories, this is a sure bet.
L.G. Cunningham is a fantastic writer.  The story is full of well laid out scenes that keep the tension and suspension just out of reach on the next page.  The author has a short, rhythmic way of writing that keeps the pace fast and smooth, making it the type of book you won’t want to put down.
Clink. Clink. Clink.
The unmistakable sound of the dishes being washed. 
I could hear Mom hum a familiar tune. Sounds of the real world.
We were back in the dusty living room, sprawled by the low table, breathing heavily, hearts pumping. 
I swung my head from side to side, expecting to see the grinning skeleton or a pale boy lurking in the corner shadows. But no, we were very much alone.
The book is on the longer side for similar genre books, but it reads fast and I found it hard to put down.  The characters are well developed and relatable for the intended target audience.  Highly recommended for all ages. 

Unleashed: V Plague Book 1



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H27GOVS/

John Chase has just arrived in Atlanta on a routine business trip. When he wakes the next morning, John is shocked to learn that America has been savagely attacked with both nuclear and biochemical weapons. He is immediately thrown into an apocalyptic horror, rescuing a young woman from a group of survivors who are in a violent rage as a result of the release of a devastating neurotoxin.

His path is clear. Survive and fight his way across the continent to reunite with his wife as society disintegrates into savagery and millions of people become raging infected, roaming unchecked in their pursuit of the rapidly dwindling number of survivors. But survival will be the hardest task he has ever undertaken.

So begins Unleashed, the first installment in the thrilling V Plague series. The novels are set against the backdrop of a shattered, post-apocalyptic America and tell the stories of a steadily growing cast of complex characters and their battles to survive. There are numerous sub-plots of greed, brutality, betrayal, treason, heartbreak and even a serial killer woven throughout the progression of the main storyline, chronicling the best and the worst of humanity as the world crumbles.

With a main character that is the Jack Reacher of the apocalypse, this is a series that has been hailed by readers and critics alike:

“A richly textured post-apocalyptic world has been created that draws you in, grabs you by the throat and shakes you like a rag doll. Wow! I’ve read so many series that peak by the second or third book, giving up on them when the author starts recycling events and storylines. Not here! I’ve read all the books and am impatiently waiting for the next, and it just keeps getting better! New characters, new subplots, new dangers, new victories, new settings. Each book is fresh, continuing the best story I’ve read in years. I hope the series never ends!”

Dusk: Runemaster Saga (Publication Review)


 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FF56NTM/
Dusk: Runemaster Saga
By, Rey Clark
Publication Review, HUGEOrange
Editor’s Pick Award Winner 2020

Well written fantasy is a guilty pleasure and Dusk doesn’t disappoint.  From the start, you are thrown into the main character Mira and her adventures.  The author does a great job building tension between Mira and her want to be good and her bloodline of demons.  It sets up great story telling, and Rey Clark takes full advantage of the opportunities presented.
“Mira, there is no reason to fear me.  I may be a demon, but I am your father and we share demon blood.  You are not as pure as the Divine Order has told you.”
“I may not be pure, but I get to choose who I am, and I chose the light.  I will not follow you into the shadow.”

Dialog is smooth and natural.  I would have liked to see more variation in characters and how they speak.  
If you love demons, vampires and the supernatural, this is a great read.  You’re going to have a blast from this well-written first book in what will surely be an epic series.
As the first book in the series, there is a lot of world-building and introduction, but the action isn’t lacking, and the story unfolds with top-notch flow.  The chapters do a great job of hooking you to read the next.  It’s a page-turner and a good size for a series.
If this is your first read for Rey Clark, you are in luck.  There are several complete trilogies and series in the same style.  The only thing better than finding a great new series is finding that the author has a full body of work to explore.

Book One (The Music Man 1)



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J9LR93T/


This Epic Fantasy Novel is the first book of the Music Man series!
Jimmy is a runaway boy, saddened by the tragedies that have happened in his life. The only thing still keeping him motivated, is his love for music. He’s outside, practically freezing in the cold, until he knocks on a door. This door is the Music Man’s. Jimmy and the Music Man find out they share a passion for music. Cornelius, also known as the Music Man, introduces Jimmy to his famous piano that’s in his attic.
After both of them play a song that Cornelius wrote, the piano transports them to a magical parallel dimension.
In this other dimension, Cornelius is a famous conductor and composer who has an upcoming concert in the town of Harmony. However, there is another conductor, by the name of Hornsbury. And Hornsbury wants power.
He is planning to possess the Harmonians, using his music,
No matter the cost........

Enjoy this work of mystery, fantasy, adventure, and science fiction.
Without further ado,
Enjoy...
The Music Man

The Albatross Contact (Publication Review)

 

The Albatross Contact
By, Connor Mackay
HUGEOrange Publication Review
Winner of the 2020 Editor’s’ Pick Award

Don’t you love finding a new book you can devour and rave about to your friends? This is science fiction at its best. Connor Mackay is an author who certainly has a way with words; his writing is poetic at times.
As the blood curdled in our veins, several of the squad sat or knelt in the mud, despair crippling their legs. Strength forged in countless battles crumbled with the ruins of the world around us. Something was so profoundly different here. This wasn’t Stormwater or Cerberus or Forge or Prima or any of the other places we’d shed blood. This was our world. This was home.
It’s packed with gritty dialog and scenes so vivid I felt like I was watching a movie.  Many action scenes are so well written, you cannot put down the book down until they’re done. Don’t read this on a bus or you will miss your stop. Will is a flawed main character (the best kind!) with a military background that loves alcohol a little too much.  What a fantastic first book in what will certainly be an epic series. You have the classic science fiction alien invasion of Earth, but with some original twists. The first encounter isn’t here to invade or do classic alien story tropes.  They’re here because they need humans to help fight their war.
The introduction of new technology, alien species and a war in space leads to some interesting scenes.  Connor Mackay is a talented writer that absolutely hits the nail on the head with this one.  Suspense, mystery and tension are consistent chapter to chapter.  The author knows how to spin a tale and does a fantastic job of character and world-building.
This is an expansive universe with characters you can really get behind as the reader.  I can hardly wait for the next installment. 


The Summer House in Santorini: A wonderfully uplifting romance novel to escape lockdown with!



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JHLMQFV/


Oh my gosh I LOVED IT! This was honestly one of the best books I've read in a long while’ Georgina, Goodreads

One summer in Greece will change everything…
Anna’s running away. From a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life.
On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas, blue-tiled roofs, and the turquoise waters of the Aegean lapping at the white sand beaches, Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house from her estranged father.
As she rebuilds the house, she rebuilds her life, uncovering family secrets along the way that will change everything. She soon starts to fall for her little slice of paradise, as well as for gorgeous, charming Nikos.

Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?
Brimming with secrets and sunlight, this is the perfect holiday read for fans of Alex Brown, Jill Mansell and Sue Moorcroft.

Readers LOVE Samantha Parks!

Wow, what an amazing debut book. Samantha Parks’s writing style had me gripped from the very first page’ Faith, Twitter
‘Will 110% make you want to visit Santorini!’ Stacey, The Cosiest Corner Book Blog
Gorgeous… thank you Samantha Parks for delightful book!’ Margaret, Netgalley
‘Lovely and heartfelt’ Cheryl M-M’s Book Blog
Perfect chick lit!’ Christie, Instagram
‘A glorious summer holiday read’ Ruth, top 100 Amazon reviewer
‘A lovely romance set among rustic villages and white sandy beaches. What more could you ask for?’ Angela, Goodreads

Canticle of the Spear (Publication Review)




HUGEOrange Publication Review
Editor’s Pick Award Winner 2020
Canticle of the Spear, by S.C. Terlecky

Canticle of the Spear is a wonderful fantasy tale of adventure and thrills.  It’s everything you want from a well-woven story with unique worlds, undiscovered lands and mystery. 
     The rising sun painted a winding pattern of rocks cutting through a dense forest of vines and colossal trees. A thick fog rose to the treetops like the growing froth from a freshly poured ale. To Pike’s back loomed the gigantic mountain wall that had stopped explorer hopefuls like himself since the beginning of time. And there was something else, a faint melody in the sanctuary of his mind. Something he could swear he’d never heard before, and yet it was familiar. It was a faint whisper that he yearned to hear more clearly. As abruptly as he noticed it, the sound disappeared. How strange, he wondered in a whisper.
The worldbuilding is great with a map guide of the known world at the front of the book.  The author does a great job of holding mystery and tension between chapters, encouraging interest throughout the book.  From the first mention of a man-hunting beast to the scenes that come after, you will be on the edge of your seat.
There are a lot of characters in the book, with many coming and going.  Each is fleshed out appropriately to give them enough depth and meaning. The main protagonist, Pike, is easy for the reader to like and follow.  Smart enough for the reader to have faith in, but enough flaws to make him believable.  Pike is a man that I liked and cared about for his morals and honesty.  There’s plenty of action during his adventures and scrapes too, which are hard to put down once they begin.

This is a bold book that does a great job of introducing the world, characters and scenes while keeping the flow and story moving. 
The story engages and builds suspense every step of the way.  It pulls you in as a reader. You feel present in the scenes since the writing draws the surrounding environment in.
Jada looked at him, her face horrified. “You will kill the beast?” The conversations stopped, and now everyone around the bar seemed to be listening.
I’m not giving anything away, but the ending felt right.  The plot works and the writing impresses. I had a ball reading it, give it a try, you probably will too.

The Academy Saga II



www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08CRDDHBG/

Kate’s destiny has been determined for her.

Hidden out in the country for most her life, Kate Connelly suddenly wakes up, handcuffed to a hospital bed, in the psyche ward of The Academy. Her crime? Being “gifted.” And it’s Officer “Ranger” Nealson’s job to make her adhere to The Academy’s agenda for her. Even though he’s the one who drugged and dragged her in.

Kate’s hate for Ranger, and his academy, is at an all-time high.

Ranger has his work cut out for him . . . and Kate does too. She has to fight through the rigors of the Cadet-in-Training program, and quickly. If not, she’ll lose the one privilege she’s been given at The Academy—access to her precious little brother. And until she graduates from the CIT program, Officer Nealson is banned from Missions.

When General Weston finally offers a juicy recon to Ranger, he wants to jump at the chance to prove himself again. After all, catching bad guys is his thing. Almost all pros for doing it. One con—Cadet Connelly has to ride along.

The hardened officer finds he’s slowly been growing a soft spot for his mentee. But he’s determined not to end up like his father, and former Elite Cadet Pete Davenport—throwing away their career for a girl (not even a woman). And Kate has lingering feelings for Pete, who risked his life to warn her, and conflicting feelings for Ranger. She has to set both aside to focus on completing her first mission.

When the dust settles, old alliances are broken and new ones are formed. But one thing remains the same: Kate’s destiny has been determined for her by The Academy. Ready or not . . . she’s set for Missions. Will one of the former elite cadets step in to help change her fate, or will she be left to fight the Academy’s agenda alone?


It Gives You Strength (Author Interview)







It Gives You Strength looks like an exciting story. Can you tell us a little about it?
When asked that question I usually have a short version and a longer version. So I’ll give you both. The short version is that the book is set in 1926, New York. An alien on the primitive planet Earth is trapped in the middle of a gang war for the NY/Canada rum-running market. “Star-man meets Boardwalk Empire”.

The longer version is as follows: On a rescue mission to the distant planet Earth in 1926, an alien scientist, Tashan Zho, is transported into the dying body of bootlegger Ryan Costello. Upon his death, Costello’s body is reanimated by the alien, and endowed with supernatural powers. Unfortunately, the body is so damaged from years of alcohol abuse that the alien’s memory and his vital files are corrupted. All that remains of his mission plan is one phrase: “Find the one called Mike Kelly.” Complicating matters, the alien soon discovers that Kelly is the leader of a criminal gang of World War veterans, who are battling mobster Jack “Legs” Diamond for control of the lucrative Canada/New York rum-running market. Upon recognizing Costello's enhanced abilities and physical strength, Kelly forces the alien into the mob. Since Kelly is his only chance of discovering and completing his mission, the alien agrees. Costello soon learns his crucial task - to free an alien child from the infamous Craig Colony before his home world dispatches its “rescue armada.” A force so massive that its mere entry into the Earth’s atmosphere would devastate the planet.

The story, a mashup of historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy, is set in upstate New York during prohibition. The fictional characters interact with actual historical figures, including mobster Jack “Legs” Diamond, heavyweight champ Jack Dempsey, and World War heroine Edith Cavell.

As a writer was it easy to mix science fiction, history and fantasy?
Science Fiction Alternate History is actually a burgeoning genre. Many novels pose ethical and moral questions about humanity. Science fiction alternate history should strive to highlight the injustices of our collective past. I tried to meet this duty by setting several pivotal chapters of the novel in the infamous Craig Colony. As difficult as it is now to believe, New York State institutionalized or ”warehoused” its citizens with seizure disorders at the Craig Colony from 1894 until it was finally closed in 1968. Men and women who had committed no crime were essentially held like prisoners. They were forbidden from having relationships, falling in love, or marrying. Since they were considered too weak and feeble to hold challenging jobs, from childhood, they were taught vocations like brick making and sewing. The physicians at the Craig Colony even lobbied the N.Y. Legislature to make marriage and cohabitation with Epileptics illegal under NY state law.

As a writer, my challenge was to integrate such a miserable point in history into a story that was interesting to the reader. In the novel, the aliens observing the Craig Colony from several light years from Earth, think that it is a prison camp. And when the aliens conclude that their monarch may be held their, they respond with a military option.