#FeaturedFriday Review -Samuel Yaw Jian Fong

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This week, we are featuring author Samuel Yaw Jian Fong from the Scifi/Fantasy genre

Biography:

Samuel Yaw Jian Fong is an amateur author and artist from Seremban, Malaysia. Due to a lot of time spent on the Internet, he enjoys making his own fictional worlds inhabited by dozens of quirky characters — would you like to check them out? For more information about his works, check out the “Rabydosverse Wikia” and HorsesPlease’s DeviantArt page.

Unicorn Farmhand

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Just reading the unique premise of ‘Unicorn Farmhand’ had me very interested and the book did not disappoint. After escaping a traumatic life in the circus, Dok-Saau the horse has taken to life on a simple farm, but he is far from simple. He is an exceedingly intelligent animal who is fascinated by the human art of writing.

From observing his caretakers, he learns to write in various ways and when he begins communicating with his humans, soon becomes a local celebrity. Dok-Saau’s character is entirely charming. He’s not only smart and loves to learn and teach, he’s witty, determined, and loyal. It’s really cool to see how his brain comprehends things from human culture and how he’s not afraid to speak his mind regardless of the situation. Dok-Saau also seems to suffer from a sort of PTSD which goes a long way in his personification. Over the course of the book, we see him try to remember and overcome the dark experiences of his past and finally, with the help of his human and animal friends, takes their enemy head on.

However, this amazing horse is not the only interesting thing about the story. The author has crafted a world reminiscent of several real-life cultures while incorporating elements of science fiction. The culture, lore, and histories of Dok-Saau’s country and the various peoples surrounding are both unique and vast. My favorite parts include his hometown’s many holidays as well as the interactions between Dok-Saau, his caretakers, and their extended family. While his human family and friends are very compassionate, they also have their flaws which makes them believable as real persons.

Another fun bit of the story is when Dok-Saau is introduced to a weird species of horse the humans call unicorn. The human children (even the adults) are intrigued with the species while Dok-Saau himself finds them irritating and stupid. The book is full of little quirky moments as he explores the world around him and learns to use his strength to better it for everyone. — Sahreth ‘Baphy’ Bowden

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#FeaturedFriday Review -K.L. Shandwick

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This week, we are featuring author K.L. Shandwick from the Romance/Erotica genre

Biography:

K. L. is a writer of contemporary, suspense & new adult romance, who retired in 2015 to write full time. Previously, she was a registered midwife and social care professional, but during her teenage years, she followed her passion for music by working as a merchandiser for rock bands. K.L’s writing career only started when she was challenged to write a chapter of a book. This led to her first series, The Everything Trilogy. Mentally, K.L. still has a young outlook, (she says she’s a young person trapped in an old person’s body), she loves all genres of music, loves attending live band performances, and making new playlists to accompany the books she writes. After living and working in the south of England for most of her adult life, she now lives in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside with her husband.

Another Life

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing and soul touching mastery Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 May 2019 Verified Purchase Wow thats all my brain can say is wow. This book slayed me it moved me in ways in which i cant describe. Whilst reading the start of this book it felt like someone had punched a hole in my chest and squeezed my lungs. I cried (you will need tissues trust me)it is a horrible situation but written so beautifully. It literally took my breath away and it slowly released as the story went on. You become part of the story it feels so real it really is astounding the way the writing makes you emotionally become part of the story. As the hero deals with grief and the journey he takes to go from broken to whole. Its a long arduous journey but you are there every step along with him. The pairings in this story with the main characters and even the side characters is poetry in motion. You feel engaged and part of it from start to end you cant put it down it swallows you whole. I read this in one sitting i didnt eat didnt move i couldnt and didnt want too. It speaks volumes for the skill of this amazing author that i cried for one i hardly ever do, i laughed, I got frustrated and my heart literally felt like it had been broken repaired and then grew thee sizes. You need to read this book it tells the tale of loss, love and handles the mental emotions of one special family. The writing is done with such skill as i already said before in an amazing way. for it to make my heart feel all fuzzy and like i have overcome something myself that takes a special person. I have given no spoilers because you need to experience it as it is going in blind so you feel it the way it was intended to be read. One click now because whether your a new reader or returning fan you wont be disappointed. I voluntarily read and this is my honest opinion so good i bought it . 7 people found this helpful

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#FeaturedFriday Review -Jennifer Priester

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This week, we are featuring author Jennifer Priester from the Childrens Books genre

Biography:

Jennifer Priester is an author, artist, and photographer with selective mutism, and social phobia. She is also the owner of A&M Moonlight Creations, a publishing company that publishes teacher and parent approved books for children through YA readers. She loves animals and currently has a Toy Poodle named Merveille, and a mini-Rex rabbit named Kojikaki. She has adopted most of her pets from rescue centers. She is a former horseback rider and bowler with many hobbies, some of which include; reading, listening to music, watching TV & movies, playing video games, building jigsaw puzzles, coloring, and puzzle & activity books. The Mortal Realm Witch Series is her first published work; however she is always writing and has many works in progress she hopes to publish someday.

Tales of Familiars

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I won this book as part of the first reads program. It was not what I expected, but it was still rather enjoyable. It was definitely written for a low to middle grade reader, and the structure helped emphasize that point. To me, it read as fairly disjointed, but I’m also rather certain that that was a purposeful stylistic choice. I enjoyed the overall content, and would be willing to say that it would help teach some morality lessons to younger children, which makes it an even better choice. The only reason I wouldn’t give it five stars is due to the writing style, but otherwise it was a fun, quick read.

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#FeaturedFriday Review -James Calbraith

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This week, we are featuring author James Calbraith from the Historical Fiction genre

Biography:

James Calbraith is a Poland-born Scottish writer of history-adjacent novels: a historical fantasy “The Year of the Dragon” saga, and a historical fiction series, “The Song of Ash”. Growing up in communist Poland on a diet of powdered milk, “Lord of the Rings” and soviet science-fiction, he had his first story published at the ripe age of eight. After years of bouncing around Polish universities, he moved to London in 2007 and started writing in English.

The Saxon Spears

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The Saxon Spears has the two things I look for in a book going for it. Rich, detailed writing and compelling characters. My first read by James Calbraith left me really wanting more, and I can’t wait to read more from him.
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I absolutely was engaged in this plot the entire time. The action is riveting and as I said, the writing is so wonderful, I felt as though I was transported into this novel.
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The characters are intense and so realistic. I love character driven novels, and The Saxon Spears has this with beautifully written plot to back them up.
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I loved everything about this one and can’t wait to continue in the series. Highly recommended.

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#FeaturedFriday Review -Jesse James Kennedy

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This week, we are featuring author Jesse James Kennedy from the Crime Novel genre

Biography:

Jesse James Kennedy is an American novelist and poet born in St. Louis Missouri. After a brief stint in the Army, he spent a good decade running wild, reading and sharpening his writing skills. His first novel, Missouri Homegrown, was published by Perfect Crime Books to strong national reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. His second novel, Tijuana Mean, has been accepted by the same publisher and is due to be released in late 2018. These days he can usually be found somewhere in the rural Midwest writing and consuming copious amounts of bottom shelf whiskey.

Tijuana Mean

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“Mean as ever . . . stepping over the bodies—a lot of them. . . . Kennedy’s involvement with his material has deepened. In heightened language, he explores the odd bond between cops and criminals, the poisonous tension between father and son. There’s a sixties vibe, too, with LSD visions and the Grateful Dead on car radios. These are gripping, beautifully executed scenes, and there’s still plenty of McCray business-as-usual: robbing corpses, chopping off arms, pushing lit cigarettes into open wounds. . . . How do McCrays handle competitors? “We kill them.” The American Library Association’s Booklist

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#FeaturedFriday Review -Cheryl Butler

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This week, we are featuring author Cheryl Butler from the Horror/Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genre

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I love character-driven tales with a psychological edge and aim to produce that kind of work myself, and I’m not afraid to tackle issues that some may find difficult… other than horror – I can’t read or write horror as I scare far too easily! Aside from writing and my family, my greatest passion is music, and I can easily lose myself in a favourite album or song, rather like I do within a book I’m writing or reading, and a musician’s ability to move you on any level is pure genius.

The Course Of Conviction

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Perfect!! I was attached to this book more than I was with book one – in fact, I became a little obsessed with the plot of this particular story! Things are darker than ever, there are twists and turns from the very beginning that leave you speechless and we see the disturbed minds of certain characters, as well as the consequences of their actions. I had to laugh at myself when I finished this book – I felt like I was such a prude reading book one, but this book has just sparked my obsession with this series in a way that I never thought possible! It just goes to show that you should all read books that are out of your comfort zone, as you never know what you might find. This series has been such a complex, deeply emotional and unexpected ride so far and the end of this book has made me pretty desperate for the final installment. Amazing!

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#FeaturedFriday Review – Paul D. Brazill

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This week, we are featuring author Paul D. Brazill from the Horror/Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genre

Biography:

Paul D. Brazill’s books include Man of the World, Last Year’s Man and Gumshoe Blues. He was born in England and lives in Poland. His writing has been translated into Italian, Finnish, Polish, German and Slovene.

Gumshoe Blues

Gumshoe Blues is a collection of four linked tales, the eponymous novella length Gumshoe Blues followed by three short stories Mr Kiss And Tell, Who Killed Skippy? and The Lady And The Gimp. In each our worn down private investigator attempts to rake in enough assignments to at least cover his bar tab – with the occasional Pot Noodle thrown in for sustenance – without getting on the wrong side of any of the local crime bosses and gangland hoodlums. For such a setup, the book has an unusual and deceptively gentle pace. Brazill excels at creating vivid scenes and locations, each one dripping with authentic detail, and maintains a strong sense of threatening unease. I could easily imagine myself alongside Ord in these deprived and forgotten Northern towns. Gumshoe Blues is as much an indictment of the sad state of contemporary England as it is a crime novel. That’s not to say that such a grim locale has resulted in a depressing read though – far from it! I love Brazill’s dry humour and scathing turns of phrase which contrast well with his eye for an absurd situation. All of his characters have a ring of authenticity to them with even people who only put in the briefest of appearances being utterly believable. Gumshoe Blues wasn’t at all what I expected it to be, but I appreciated its unique atmosphere and thoroughly enjoyed the read.

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#FeaturedFriday Review – Donald Firesmith

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This week, we are featuring author Donald Firesmith from the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre

Biography:

Donald Firesmith is a multi-award-winning author of speculative fiction including science fiction (alien invasion), fantasy (magical wands), and modern urban paranormal novels. Prior to recently retiring to devote himself full-time to his novels, Donald Firesmith earned an international reputation as a distinguished engineer, authoring seven system/software engineering books based on his 40+ years spent developing large, complex software-intensive systems. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs and cats.

The Secrets of Hawthorne House

This is a brilliant book. It’s about friendship, loyalty, secrets, magic, loss, and love (there’s a little romance in there too). It’s funny in places, well I thought parts were funny lol. It’s about two families from backgrounds which couldn’t be more different if they tried who come together. It even covers high school bullying and of course, magic. If you are a fan of Harry Potter and Bella Forest’s Spellshadow Manor series, you will love this book. The story-line has been well thought out and draws you in wanting to know what is going to happen next. It’s brilliantly written, and [I] really do recommend you read it if you like any books that involve magic and mystery. I think you will enjoy it!! I’m looking forward to reading the next chapter of this story. It would make a great series.

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#FeaturedFriday Review -Judge Santiago Burdon

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This week, we are featuring author Judge Santiago Burdon from the Horror/Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genre

Biography:

On an unseasonably cool July morning in Chicago, equivalent to David Copperfield , Judge Burdon was born on a Friday. The Bronte Sisters, Keats, Burns and Dickens inspired his study of English Literature. He attended Universities in the United States, London and Paris directing his focus on Victorian novels and authors. His short stories and poems have been featured in; The Remnant Leaf, Stay Weird and Keep Writing, Independent Writer’s Podcast, Spillwords, The Beatnik Cowboy, Down in the Dirt Magazine, The Raven Cage, Eskimo Pie, Across The Margin, Story Pub, Scarlet Leaf Review, Horror Sleaze Trash, The Stray Branch and Anti-Heroin Chic. Judge’s first book “Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales.”was published in January 2020 by HST PRESS. He is presently engaged in finishing his Novel “Imitation of Myself.” A non-fiction story encompassing his experiences as a drug runner for a Mexican Cartel. Judge celebrated his 66th birthday last July and lives modestly in Costa Rica.

Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales

Wayne F. Burke Review of “Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild Cautionary Tales” Reviewed in the United States on January 13, 2020 “clouds like art in the sky…the angel’s Play Doh.” these stories are expeditions into dangerous states of mind and body. Borrowing from the script of the godfather of “gonzo,” Hunter S. Thompson, Burdon has created something memorable. The narrator of these twisted and oftentimes hilarious tales is “Santiago” (“Santi”), an unregenerate and mostly unrepentant druggie and ex-jailbird. A roster of campaneros serve Santi as sidekicks on his nefarious journeys running drugs and seeking kicks. None–with a notable exception–bring to the narrative the same menace and deranged sensibility as did Raoul Duke’s partner in crime, “Dr. Gonzo,” Duke’s hulking Samoan “attorney” (in FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS). The exception is Santi’s ex-prison carnal Johnny Rico, a drug and alcohol-fueled loose-canon whose outrageousness rivals that of the “Dr” and leads Santi into all manner of adventurous mayhem…Burdon’s prose is clear, and language concise: spiced with the Spanish of his streetwise bilingualism, and not without serious intent either, as you can gleam from his sketch of New Orleans at night: “…the sun begins to set, permitting the night to spill its darkness into a jealous sky pouting over the absence of its stars, their sparkle obscured by the clouds bullying their way into the space left by the sun’s retreat. The moon grows larger and brighter as the earth turns, spinning night’s beacon of light into a brilliant white.” Serious and jokey by turns, though the black humor and indelible portraits of even minor characters, like Becky the fearful chatterbox of “Father Guy”; Andy the loser wanna-be drug-dealer of “Watermelon Round-up Run”; and the gas station attendant of “Weed”–make this collection something to get high on. For sure.

Stray Dogs and Deuces Wild

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