Monday, September 15, 2014

Lifeboat by A.B. Shepherd is on sale for just $.99 for a limited time!

If you haven't gotten your hands on Lifeboat yet, now is your chance to get it at a 75% discount!

For a limited time it is only $.99 for your Kindle or Kindle app. Pick up your copy today! (Price is correct at time of post - please verify before purchase.)

Just click here to find it on Amazon.

A science fiction/suspense tale with heart. Climb aboard the Lifeboat. You will be swept away.

Cass has lost everything; her husband, her son, and her will to live. She walks in the dark when sleep eludes her. One sleepless summer night she spies a UFO and discovers a new obsession.
It gives much-needed focus to her empty life.

When natural disasters destroy the Earth, Cass and other survivors are rescued and taken to a new world where the human race can begin anew. But something is wrong here. This may not be the paradise they've been promised. Survivors are vanishing without a trace.

Can Cass unravel the riddle in time to save herself?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Where does sci-fi author Taylor Hohulin get his story ideas? #guestpost #themarian

Taylor Hohulin is a DJ at a Christian rock radio station in Dallas. He lives in Arlington with his wife, two cats, and a dog. He is the least attractive member of the household. (His words, not mine.) :)

He is also the author of the sci-fi novels Alpha (you can read my review of Alpha here) and the soon-to-be released book, The Marian.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jesse Sullivan is back with a giveaway! Dying by the Hour by @koryshrum #giveaway #amreading #bookreview

I enjoyed Dying for a Living (you can read my review for that here) so much that when Kory Shrum  asked me if I wanted an advanced review copy of its sequal - Dying by the Hour - I said, "F**K YEAH!" Literally.

Then, as most of you know, I had a couple of personal crises and I had real trouble reading for awhile. Sadly, it took me over a month to read this book and that is NOT a reflection on the book itself. I really did enjoy it. It's a great story and I am a fan.

Kory is generously giving away copies of her books and you can enter to win by following these Rafflecopter instructions!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Jesse is still dying for a living and the Church is still set on killing off the NRDs. All of our favorite characters the first book return in this sequel - Brinkly, Lane, Gloria and last, but not least, Allie. Oh! And Winston the pug is back too.

Dying by the Hour is slightly darker than Dying for a Living. There is more danger here, and more intrigue as well. It's hard to know who to trust, but as far as stories go that is a good thing because it keeps you guessing.

My only complaint about Dying for the Hour is that I was hoping for a bit more of a show-down at the end, but maybe that will come in book three of this awesome series.

If you haven't read Dying for a Living, you should. And if you have, you definitely want to read Dying by the Hour. Kory M. Shrum is a great and very imaginative writer. I interviewed her shortly after the release of her first book, Dying for a Living. You can read that interview here.

Don't want to wait to get your hands on these books? Click here to find Dying for a Living and here to find Dying by the Hour on Amazon.

Book Blurb:
After 83 deaths, Jesse Sullivan knows how to die. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. But using her NRD to save lives is why she’s being hunted.

For Ally Gallagher, death is permanent. If she fails to protect Jesse again, there will be no third attempt. After a quiet year the signs of serious danger have returned. People connected to Jesse are disappearing. Her home is vandalized and threatening messages are turning up in the safest of places.

Then Jesse is taken and Ally has only hours to get her back. But no salvation comes without its price.

About the author:Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her partner and a ferocious guard pug. She has dabbled in everything from fortune telling to martial arts and when not reading or writing, she can be found teaching, traveling, and wearing a gi. She is author of the urban fantasy novels Dying for a Living and Dying by the Hour. She'd love to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter, or her blog: 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Best post-apocalyptic fiction? Swan Song by Robert McCammon #bookreview #amreading

A week or so ago I went to a group of Australian authors and asked for recommendations for a really good post-apocalyptic read - preferably one written by one of them. It seems that particular group doesn't write much in the post-apocalyptic genre but two separate people in the group recommended this book - Swan Song - saying it is the best apocalyptic book they've ever read. It's a bit pricier than I usually spend for a Kindle book, but since I came so highly recommended I splurged a little and bought it anyway.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I was let down - Altered by Dianne Lynn Gardner #bookreview #amreading

This book has quite a few 5 star reviews, giving me high expectations. Maybe too high. 

The premise is interesting. A young adolescent girl and her family caught up in a world where food has been genetically altered (Monsanto anyone?) so that crops no longer produce seed meaning only this new regime can produce crops AND a new military regime that has taken control of the USA essentially making everyone a working prisoner, or locking them up to die. 

A bit grim for a YA novel perhaps. 

I really had high hopes for this, especially because the author touches on the Hopi legends of The Ant People.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Nazca Lines and an apology #nazca #aliens

Hey gang, Abie here. I knew it had been awhile since I posted here, but I didn't realize it had been quite so long. I apologize for neglecting you - still. As you know, I lost my sister quite suddenly to cancer in June, and I'm sad to report that in mid July my mother-in-law also suddenly died. While she was elderly, this was still an unexpected blow. I am still reeling from the loss of both these beautiful women in my life and I am completely off my game.

While I am not quite all the way back to myself yet, I do not want to lose touch with all of you so I am going to try desperately not to let it go so long between posts again.

And in the meantime, I will change the subject to one you might find a bit more interesting.

I'm guessing most of you have heard of the Nazca Lines - right? Those huge ground drawings of animals and shapes hundreds of years old in Peru that were thought to be visible only from the sky. 

Well I only just heard that following recent storms more drawings were found. Did you know this? Want to learn more? Here is a link to an article about the recent discovery.

More Nazca Lines Revealed After Peruvian Sandstorms

What do you think? Were they made by or for aliens? Or did they have another purpose? Please share your thoughts in the comments.



Monday, June 30, 2014

Sneak peek at 3B - the new book coming soon by A.B. Shepherd! #sneakpeek #excerpt #amreading

“Our new place has a dishwasher, doesn’t it?” Kelly asked.

“Yup,” Trevelyn responded distractedly. They’d been packing all morning and there was still so much to do. “Is this any good?” She held up a pair of headphones. 

“Nah, only one side works. You can toss ‘em,” Kelly answered. Trevelyn dropped them in the brimming waste basket.

“Well this box is full.” Trevelyn’s mom groaned as she stood, stretching. “Don’t get old girls. It ain’t pretty.” Evelyn chuckled twisting the stiffness out of her back. “I’ll lug it on down to the car.”

“Okay mom. When you come back would you start on the bookcase?” 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Are humans merely alien slaves? Reader by Erec Stebbins #amreading #bookreview

I was given a copy of this ebook by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Ambra Dawn is abducted as a child from her home by the Men in Black. Her parents are murdered and she is taken for "treatment" of the brain tumor that is stealing her sight to a government-run institution. It is there that she finds out the truth. She is merely a pawn in a much larger garme.

Instead of removing her brain tumor, the scientists instead extend her skull encouraging it to grow! The poor child's eyesight is a small price to pay in the eyes of her captors, for you see that tumor provides her sixth sense. One they want her to develop so she will be of use to the alien race that has REALLY been running our planet for centuries. Ambra Dawn's life becomes one of torture, neglect and degradation, until the day they disover her real value.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Beacon is FREE through June 19th. #free #kindle

Folks I apologize - still struggling a bit. Hopefully I will be back with you soon. 

In the meantime, enjoy The Beacon - FREE now through Thursday, June 19th. 

This read is on me. If you enjoy it, I'd be grateful if you'd take that extra step and leave a review. 

If you are outside the USA you may need to temporarily change your location with Amazon to USA for the price to show as free.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ancient civilization on Antarctica? 9th Cycle Antarctica by JC Ryan #amreading #bookreview

A couple of days ago I reviewed the first book in this series - The Tenth Cycle. You can read that review here.

 The big problem I had with that book was the over-the-top romance between Daniel and Sarah - the two lead characters. I am happy to report that there was no such problem for me with this book.

First, Daniel and Sarah are secondary characters in this book, which focuses on Daniel's younger brother  JR - a veteran suffering from PTSD - and entire cast of new characters setting out to explore the possibility of a past civilization on Antarctica.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Great Pyramid mystery solved! The Tenth Cycle by JC Ryan #amreading #bookreview

I picked this one up on the recommendation of a Facebook friend.  I'm always on the look-out for great books written by Australian authors.

When I read the blurb I thought it was right up my alley - a thriller, conspiracy theories, and the Great Pyramid! What's not to love? Well I loved it and I hated it. I'll start with the bad, but do keep reading for the good.

So let me tell you what I didn't love. First of all, I hate, hate, HATE this cover. The author would have done much better with just the pyramid and leaving off the smarmy looking couple.

Second, the romance between Daniel and Sarah was teeth-achingly, diabetic-coma-inducing, sickeningly sweet and extremely unrealistic. Maybe I am just an old cynic, but PUH-leaze! It was written like the fantasies of a 14 year old girl.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Lifeboat by A.B. Shepherd is on sale and some very sad news. #grieving #kindlesale

Hello Abites, I've missed you.

I apologize for being AFK (away from keyboard) lately. I've been struggling with a personal crisis the past few weeks which has kept me preoccupied and the last thing on my mind has been this blog. I've neglected you and I'm sorry.

Roughly three weeks ago we discovered that my little sister (little being a relative term, she is a year younger than I) has lung cancer. She was told she would have about a year to live "with chemo". Before her chemo port could be inserted she developed pneumonia. She already had COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) prior to her cancer diagnosis.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Is this our future??? Irradiance by David Bruns #amreading #bookreview

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Irradiance is set on a planet called Sindra in a distant solar system, where the people have been genetically engineered for centuries to eliminate unwanted anomalies and enhance certain traits. Those born with unwanted traits are "recycled" at birth. Yikes!

This is a sci-fi/fantasty tale that bears some frightening similarities to some possibilities of what could happen on our own planet in the not so distant future, much like the terrifying Big Brother from Orwell's 1984 which is pretty darn close to what is happening now in our world.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Manhattan destroyed! A Gazillion Little Bits by Claudia Brevis #amreading #bookreview

A Gazillioan Little Bits is a post-apocalyptic novel set in the remnants of a destroyed Manhattan a few hundred years in our future. I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I'll admit I had a little trouble getting into this book. Partly because there are so many characters that the author focuses on and I had trouble keeping them straight at first.

Partly because of the speech cadence/syntax the author uses in this future world is different from the speech patterns I am familiar with, which meant that I had to focus more on each sentence making it a slower read for me. I mentioned this to the author herself and she told me...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Flash Fiction - One Chance by A.B. Shepherd #flashfiction

She had just one chance. If she failed...Well she couldn’t, no wouldn’t contemplate failure. Success was the only possible outcome. 

The travel through time was rougher than expected, leaving her dizzy and disoriented, but she didn’t have time to waste on recovery. She allowed herself to sit for a moment in the pitch black space, the overwhelming scent of chemical cleaning products adding to her nausea. She tucked her nose and mouth inside the fabric of her collar, breathing through it. Using it to filter the air she sucked into her lungs, fighting her body’s need to vomit.

She hoped her suit held. It allowed for a limited number of brief spurts of invisibility, vital to her mission. She would have to use them judiciously.