Winners, Updates, and Sci-Fi Related Snark

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The blog has been busy of late with giveaways and writing contests. I’ve been remiss in updating you on who won and what’s going on, for which I beg forgiveness. All I can say is I’ve had some version of the plague (okay, a bad cold/flu but it sucked) and my husband’s best friend is staying with us on a visit. By the way, any time you get more than one Dutchman in a house, particularly these two since they’re practically brothers, silly, Gouda eating shenanigans ensues–none of which I mind, though between this and being sick, time on the computer has been limited. On a side note, Dutch people are the best house guests you can ever have. They’re so courteous and helpful, and when I had to get something out of the guest room closet, I found the windows open to let in fresh air, the bed made, the suitcase squared away, and his bath towel hanging up to dry. Impressive. Anyway, if you have to have house guests, I recommend the Dutch.

Back to business:

THE GIVEAWAY WINNER

Congratulations to Leslie who won the Kindle Fire Giveaway which included a Kindle Fire and the first two books from my Insurrection series!! Leslie chose the tangerine version. I’m now regretting I took plain old black for mine, but c’est la vie.

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THE MICRO FICTION WRITING CONTEST WINNER

Congratulations to Aria E. Maher whose story “Pearls” won the Micro Fiction Writing Contest! Her story will be published in the newsletter coming out next month and on the blog sometime this fall. She also has her debut novel coming out in October titled “Behind Her Mask was Death”. For more on that, check out her website here.

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AN UPDATE ON INSURRECTION

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I’ve gotten a couple of inquiries as to when the next installment of Insurrection is coming out. Never fear! I’m currently in final edits of Assassin and release is on schedule for the end of September. This novelette is chubbier than the previous installments and is heading into more “novella” territory but I’m rolling with it. At first I tried to keep it to the correct length for a novelette, but then thought “F*k it, the story has to be as long as it has to be.” This being the fourth installment of the series, there are a lot of reveals, twists, and space action and adventure soooo…

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For those following along with the series and wanting a look at what to expect from book four, the book description is up on the blog if you’d like a sneak peek. Click here to see it.

Now that I’ve got all of that out of the way, you might be wondering what particular aspect of Sci-Fi I’m in need of snarking about. Well, the story begins thus: My husband and I decided to see the newest Star Trek movie, Star Trek: Beyond. I had my concerns after seeing the preview, but remained hopeful, figuring they did a lot of one-liners and blow-it-up action scenes to entice people to go see it. Good marketing, right? So, we bought our tickets, arranged babysitting for our three littles, and hustled out to see the thing.

And it sucked. Friends, I don’t know where to begin with my hate of this movie. I know a lot of people loved it, and if so then the following is probably going to annoy you, but I can’t help but vent on this. For the love of God, J. J. Abrams, Star Trek–and Sci-Fi, in general–is about more than just blowing sh*t up. Not that I mind stuff blowing up but I’d prefer that to happen around an actual plot that makes sense.

A few SPOILERS ahead so if you haven’t seen this garbage–I mean, movie–proceed at your own risk:

The film begins with Kirk pretty much bemoaning the mundane day-to-day life aboard a starship–because, you know, seeking out new life and new civilizations is a really boring job. But wait…isn’t that the same crap they had this character whining about the last TWO MOVIES??

“I don’t know if Starfleet is for me.”

“I don’t think I’m the right guy to captain the Enterprise.”

Can we get a new character arc here or are we just going to keep recycling the old one? And yes, I understand that this is a new timeline and things are different but still, let’s reach for new ground for the main freaking character.

I think that was my main problem with this movie and its predecessors. They keep doing basically the same formula over and over again. No unexpected twists, no new angles, just the same thing: Kirk is a reluctant leader. Gets pushed into doing something dangerous but heroic. Betrayal! Big Bad shows up. Enterprise gets destroyed (I’ve lost all shock value from that at this point). Scrappy crew has to work together while bickering and providing the occasional smart-ass remark (Literally, the only entertaining part of these movies. Please keep whoever is writing the jokes.).

At the 75-80% mark, the motivation of the antagonist still isn’t clear. If he’s just evil, then say so, but NO, they want it to seem semi-noble/misguided or something, and it always comes off as half a loaf and unrealistic. You know, I always said I’d go see even a bad movie if Idris Alba was in it. I can now say that I have. It’s a sad day when I feel that the character an actor played as a cartoon animal is more interesting than the human antagonist they starred as in a huge Hollywood production.

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(If you want great Idris Alba, go see Luther and ignore this idiot film completely.)

Some of you might be wondering, why all the jumping up and down? It’s just a movie. You’re right, it is, but this is Star Trek. If you’re a Sci-Fi fan, you know how important the Star Trek franchise is to the genre. It just seemed utterly abused in these recent adaptations, as if they’re slapping on a label to get people to come see it without any thought to quality storytelling, and in my mind, you don’t do that to Star Trek.

Now, I’m not one who has ever shown up in costume at a convention or had posters of the show up on my walls, but I grew up watching The Next Generation series (as well as having seen all the other Star Trek movies and shows). It taught me that Science-Fiction is not just a platform for awesome space adventures and cool tech, but also has the capacity to have us examine our own humanity and ponder mankind’s future in the context of a greater destiny. There sure as hell wasn’t any of that in the movie we went to see.

Are you a Star Trek fan? Have you seen this latest movie? What did you think?

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Fantasy of Frost (The Tainted Accords: Book One)

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Title & Author: Fantasy of Frost (The Tainted Accords: Book One), Kelly St. Clare

Genre & Publication Date: YA Fantasy, January 14, 2015

First Line: I weave my way around the layers of semi-circle tables where the court members sit, ignoring their whispers as I pass.

Book Description: “I know many things. What I am capable of, what I will change, what I will become. But there is one thing I will never know…

The veil I’ve worn from birth carries with it a terrible loneliness; a suppression I cannot imagine ever being free of.

Some things never change…

My mother will always hate me. Her court will always shun me.

…Until they do.

When the peace delegation arrives from the savage world of Glacium, my life is shoved wildly out of control by the handsome Prince Kedrick who, for unfathomable reasons, shows me kindness.

And the harshest lessons are learned.

Sometimes it takes the world bringing you to your knees to find that spark you thought forever lost.

Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live.”

My Take: There was a lot to love about this book. The two kingdoms, Glacium and Osolis, are in fact two worlds separated by some kind of treacherous, floating rock formation in between. One is hot, the other cold, and they spin independently of each other. It was unlike any other fantasy setting I’ve read about. Yeah, you have to suspend anything you know about astrophysics to buy into it, but that’s why they call it Fantasy, right?

The author did a stellar job depicting the differences between the cultures of the two worlds as well. The way names are conjugated differently depending on the intimacy of the relationship, the complex system of etiquette on Osolis compared to the more blunt way of saying things on Glacium. It was all very detailed and gave me a feel for each place and their people.

The inciting incident in the story was a huge shocker. I haven’t had my jaw drop that far since Ned Stark. It completely changes the story and the direction you think things are going to go and emotionally you’re left floundering, trying to figure out where the hell this train is going to go–All to the good because Olina, our main character, feels the same way so it’s a moment in which the reader really connects with her. The words, “I’m with you, girl. I can’t believe that happened either!” went through my head frequently.

Now, the second half of the book left me disappointed. Things started to drag a bit and, as is sadly becoming the norm in YA Fantasy, the romantic interest is a complete dillhole. Why must alpha types be depicted as raging jerks with boundary issues? The guy kept slamming doors open and shut, bursting into her chambers even though she has told him it wasn’t okay. He’s controlling, he bellows, he has a wicked temper, and oh yes, he frightens her too. Toxic much? But we’re still supposed to like him for our heroine because he’s got a nice face and muscles. WHYYYYYY? And honestly, even if he behaved like that for a logical reason, and even if she resists his attempts to control her, this kind of adversarial romance just pisses me off. When I read these things in YA it always feels like such a wasted opportunity to show young adults (especially girls because they seem to be the target audience here) what a healthy romantic relationship looks like. I’m not saying the guy has to be without flaws, and I’m not saying there shouldn’t be conflict, but the dynamic should not be of an abusive nature. Ever.

The Magical: The two worlds, their politics, their leadership structures, and their distinct cultures.

The Mundane: I think I sufficiently vented about the romance aspect, but the ending felt way too open with nothing resolved, almost as if it cut off in the middle of a senten–

Summary of Thoughts: Currently this book is $0.99 for the Kindle. I loved a lot of aspects of it and the story kept me turning the pages, but what could have been a five or at least four-star rating sank down to three (barely) because of the toxic relationship that I just know is going to be played up in the sequels. Maybe the author intends to temper the guy in the next installments. Given how popular this series is, I really hope so.

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Curious what others thought? Check out Amazon’s reviews here

Want to know more about this author and her work? Explore her website here

Writing Prompts

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Sometimes you come across a writing prompt thread that is so awesome you just have to share it. Since I have this blog and amazing people who come by on occasion to read my burbling, I feel the need to trumpet it to you good folks.

Here’s the prompt and one of the responses. Link at the bottom:

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For the record, I would totally go see this movie if someone made it. Click here to read the rest of the thread on Imgur.

Couple additional notes:

Thank you to those who submitted for the Micro Fiction writing contest! Judging is almost complete so I will be sending out communication soon.

And a reminder that there are still a few days left to enter the Kindle Fire Giveaway I’m hosting. To get in on it, click here

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One

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Title & Author: The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One, Elizabeth Hunter

Genre & Publication Date: Paranormal Fantasy, October 15, 2013

Book Description: “Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi’s own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers.

Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible… or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.”

First Line: “You’re going to think I’m crazy.”

My Take: Okay. This was an awesome book. (I’ve had such a huge patch of awesome reads lately that I’m almost afraid to say it out loud *giddy hand flailing*) Obviously Elizabeth Hunter is an Indie heavyweight, but this book really shows how deserving of her success she is. Talk about an amazing premise with mind blowing execution. But enough gushing, let me get on to the review (warning: there may be more gushing).

First off, our story takes place in modern day Turkey. Ahhhh, thank you for a landscape that hasn’t been done to death in paranormal fiction. The streets, the buildings, the food, the sights, even the weather all felt so well drawn and detailed. And no, we don’t start in Turkey and then head off to Western Europe or the U.S. by chapter three. This story takes place in Turkey, in its cities and its countrysides, and I loved it. Given that the plot has much to do with the Nephilim (called Irin in this tale), keeping the plot in a place that is rich with ancient history makes so much sense–The Nephilim, for those who haven’t brushed up on their Book of Genesis recently, are the children of the “sons of God” and the “daughters of Adam”. In other words, they’re the offspring of fallen angels and human women, so they’re mortal but quite powerful.

I can go on and on about the plot and the incredible world building and legacy of these Irin, but that would require another three paragraphs at least to convey how happy my little reader heart is, and I want to keep this spoiler free and be sure to talk about our main protags.

Ava is a great heroine. Strong, independent, smart (both academically and in her travels), I was all the more drawn in by her daily struggle with hearing voices. It’s not voices telling her what to do, rather she hears the inner voices of everyone around her. Not their thoughts, but their souls. So, that guy in a traffic jam who is blaring on his horn and cursing at the driver in front of him, his mind might scream anger, but if Ava were listening, his soul might be telling her anguish, or fear, or despair, which she then feels right along with him. No wonder she keeps people at a distance and never stays in one place for long.

Then there’s Malachi, one of the Irin who has sworn to fight the Grigori (equally powerful beings pledged to dark enemies–more of that intricate history I mentioned). After a terrible massacre, the Irin are essentially a race of men, one that is dying out. Malachi was such a great hero. Strong, decisive, but also uncertain, gentle despite the devastating losses he’s been through. The deep sorrow and loneliness of all Irin really reaches out from the pages.

I was in it people, so, so in it.

The Magical: The tattooing the Irin do on their bodies has to be one of my favorite elements here. The arduous and ceremonial process involves imprinting their bodies with script in the language of the angels to endow themselves with speed or strength or focus, etc. Cooool.

The Mundane: The author impaled me and then shoved me off a mountain with the cliffhanger at the end. I haven’t been this pained since “The Desolation of Smaug”. It’s been a few days since I finished the book and I’ve still got a limp.

Summary of Thoughts: This book is currently $0.99 on the Kindle. Of course, when I say $0.99 what I should really say is to expect to spend that, and then whatever the cost of book 2 and 3 are, because you won’t be able to stop with just this first one. As much as I abhor cliffhanger endings like this–and there will be agony if you read this–it really was a great tale with a unique setting, a sense of immense history, and a beautiful love story between two lost souls. Absolutely 100% recommended.

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Curious what others thought? Check out Amazon’s reviews here

Want to know more about this author and her work? Explore her website here

Kindle Fire Giveaway

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I’m excited to announce a great giveaway on Amid the Imaginary!

Check out the details below:

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Deadline September 4th

The link to the giveaway page is on the right-hand side of the blog with an icon suitably titled “Giveaway”. Check out the page for additional details and for the entry submission form. Or click here to get there if shifting your gaze to the right sounds like too much work for a Sunday:)

Good luck everyone!

Eidolon (Wraith Kings Book Two)

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Title & Author: Eidolon (Wraith Kings Book Two), Grace Draven

Genre & Publication Date: Fantasy Romance, April 18, 2016

Book Description: “**Sequel to RADIANCE and Book #2 in the Wraith Kings series** In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis unleashes a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to save his throne. Three kingdoms on the verge of war must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king will raise an army of the dead to challenge an army of the damned. A tale of alliance and sacrifice.”

First Line: When Kirgipa accepted the coveted position of second nursemaid to the youngest of the Kai heir apparent’s brood, she never imagined the role entailed consecutive days of sleep deprivation and exile to the farthest corner of the palace.

My Take: Having absolutely adored book one of this series (Read my review of Radiance here) I was crazy excited to read this sequel. As is the method of this lovely Indie author, she writes a complete story in her novels, leaving threads for additional stories in the worlds she creates but not jarring you with a painful cliffhanger.

I’ll say right up front: this was a great read. Draven has such a poetic way of writing when she describes a scene or a landscape or even a person, that I find myself rereading passages just for the love of words (which is what makes her one of my favorite authors). She is equally adept at conveying carnage and horror because that prologue the book begins with is pumped so full of action and emotion I completely forgot how much I usually hate prologues.

The main romance between Brishen and Ildiko is already established as we go into this story, so the main plot is less focused on the usual romance steps (the meeting, the attraction, the getting together, etc.) and more concentrated on their relationship, specifically how it holds up to the massive burden placed on their shoulders when everything goes to crap. I really enjoyed the depth of Brishen and Ildiko’s bond to each other, so indicative of a marriage, not a fresh and frilly romance where the other person seems perfect. They make mistakes. They draw away from each other and then come back. They find strength in one another, in the giving and accepting of support. That’s a marriage folks, and Draven depicts it in such a beautiful way.

The Magical: Definitely the big evil sweeping over the land gave me the heebie jeebies. The way their sounds were described, the way they kill and devour and destroy *shiver*. That was awesome. And oh! The sacrifices made in this book! Totally wrenched my heart out several times…Which I shouldn’t enjoy, but I do.

The Mundane: I was a little bummed that the third point of view, Kirgipa, essentially disappeared at a certain point (can’t tell you where because “spoilers”). That character didn’t feel wrapped up and it seemed like it was forgotten as the book sped to its conclusion. Was a bit disappointed on that score.

Summary of Thoughts: Awesome sequel! It had a couple of bumps in it here and there, but otherwise I loved it and totally lost sleep reading into the night because I couldn’t put it down. If you’re a pure romance fan, I’m not sure if this one will satisfy you as much as Radiance because the relationship is established already, but the story is wonderful so I hope you give it a chance. The series looks like it will continue with a couple of characters we’ve seen in both books and I can’t wait to see what happens there! 2017 needs to get here!!

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Curious what others thought? Check out Amazon’s reviews here

Want to learn more about this author and her work? Explore her website here

Attention: Micro Fiction Writing Contest!

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It’s been a while since I last hosted a writing contest so I think it’s time for another one!

Our theme once again is Micro Fiction.

That’s stories of 500 words or less.

No entry fee required.

Up to 50 entrants will be allowed to compete for fabulous prizes. 

Guidelines are as follows:

1. Must have at least one self-published book (please provide a link in your e-mail)

2. Must be a subscriber to the Amid the Imaginary newsletter

3. Story must be 500 words or less and in one of the genres of the blog (Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Steampunk)

4. One entry per person and once submitted the entrant cannot resubmit

5. Story format must be in PDF

DEADLINE to submit: Noon, 12:00 pm (U.S. Central Standard Time) on Monday, August 22nd. No exceptions.

Email your submission to FineFablesPress@gmail.com, Subject: Writing Contest Submission

Be sure to adhere to the guidelines listed above as it may impact the judgement of your entry if you do not.

Contest Judges:

Intisar Khanani, talented Indie author and all around awesome person, currently making huge waves in the book world with her latest Fantasy novel (If you’re curious, my review is here)

Kate Tilton, founder of Kate Tilton’s Author Services, LLC and host of the popular weekly Twitter chat #K8chat (check it out, it’s a lot of fun!)

And me, your friendly neighborhood Hawaiian girl!

On to the prizes!

This writing contest is once again sponsored by the wonderful people over at Tweet Your Books

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They Tweet your book, blog or author website to 550,000 select and genuine users: readers, editors, publishers & writers who follow them on their Twitter accounts.

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  • Sponsored Prize: 30 Day Set & Forget Package: a minimum of 10 Tweets per day for 30 days. 
  • Winning story published in the Amid the Imaginary Fall newsletter and on the blog’s website.
  • 30 day listing on the Amid the Imaginary “Featured Authors” page with spotlight of the book of your choice.
  • Guest post spot or gif interview on Kate Tilton’s blog (for more info on that click here) and a chance to be a guest on #K8chat
  • Guest post spot or character/author interview on Intisar Khanani’s blog

 

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  • Honorable mention in the Amid the Imaginary Fall newsletter.
  • Story published on the Amid the Imaginary blog
  • 30 day listing on the Amid the Imaginary “Featured Authors” page with spotlight of the book of your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Honorable mention in the Amid the Imaginary Fall newsletter.
  • Story published on the Amid the Imaginary blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Legal Stuff: By submitting a story you are granting Fine Fables Press the rights to publish the story online and in the Amid the Imaginary newsletter. The copyright and intellectual property rights remain with you. Please do not submit anything that you do not own the rights to.

We’re looking forward to reading your entries!

Please remember to carefully review the guidelines above. We’ll accept the first 50 submissions, and once again, that deadline to submit is Noon, 12:00 pm (U.S. Central Standard Time) on Monday, August 22nd.

Questions? Please comment on this post or on the Facebook announcement so everyone can see the answers. Technical difficulties? You can e-mail the question to me directly at FineFablesPress@gmail.com

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Transient Phenomena (Syzygy Book 1)

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Title & Author: Transient Phenomena (Syzygy Book 1), J. K. Ullrich

Genre & Publication Date: Science-Fiction & Cli-Fi, June 26, 2016

Book Description: “Ash was never supposed to visit Earth. After a genetic engineering catastrophe wiped out civilization, the survivors—inhabitants of a lunar mining colony—planned to rebuild on Mars. That was before a group of rebels seceded to the dark side of the moon, taking critical materials with them. Now conscripted teenagers scavenge the ruined third planet for species to use in terraforming. At fifteen, Ash is the best diver in a generation. But when tragedy strikes, he vows to end his colony’s dependence on its old homeworld at any cost.

Skye has never set foot on Earth. It’s not even visible from the moon’s far side, although the exiles’ mystic leader promises they will return home someday. Skye has discovered something that could realize this long-awaited dream, but she’s an outcast among outcasts, and no one will listen to her plan. To save her people, she might have to betray them.

Worlds collide when Ash and Skye meet, blurring the boundaries between enemies and allies, deception and truth. Their choices could preserve a future for humanity…or finally drive it to extinction.

Fans of contemporary science fiction classics like Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” and Margaret Atwood’s “Oryx and Crake” will enjoy “Transient Phenomena”, the first installment of the “Syzygy” novella series.”

First Line: Even trespassing had a languid elegance in low gravity.

My Take: This novella was provided to me by the author for review.

Post-apocalyptic scenario in which we wrecked Earth and drove ourselves to near extinction? Check. Humans in space? Check. Split philosophies on what the fate of humanity (what’s left of it) should be which fractured mankind into two groups? Check. A hero who doesn’t feel like a hero, dealing with tragedy and desperation, plagued by hope? A heroine with cunning and drive, braving her people’s disdain to try to save them? These two thrown together in an all or nothing gamble that could get them cast out by both groups, killed, or maybe, just maybe, restore humanity’s future? Check! Check! Check! This story supplied everything on my Sci-Fi shopping list.

As a fan of this Indie author (For my review of her novel Blue Karma, click here) I’m always impressed by the depth of research she obviously completes to put in this level of detail. Genetic sequencing, decontamination protocols, biological and atmospheric hazards, and let’s not forget the physics of living on the moon. It’s a fully imagined reality, down to the science of what caused the catastrophe which drove mankind from Earth–an element that has an all too non-fictional slant to it and will leave you feeling a tad worried for our future. Okay, maybe more than a tad.

The Magical: Once again, awesome world building. Every facet of this universe feels like it was in place long before I got here, as if I opened a door and strolled into it. No info dumping. The history logically and realistically imagined and conveyed. I was one happy geek reading this.

The Mundane: So, the two main characters are Ash and Skye, only it takes quite a while before Skye is actually named in the book. Her sections are all “she” and “the girl” references. I wasn’t entirely clear why there was this anonymous element to her part and it kind of distanced me from her. We get to know her name when her story joins Ash’s, and I still very much like her characer, but I don’t know why she had to remain nameless until then.

Summary of Thoughts: Currently this book is $0.99 on Amazon. Action, adventure, lunar living, moral ambiguity, put together in this Sci-Fi/Cli-Fi package with a very non-fictional thread. It’s a great read that I definitely recommend and I’m looking forward to the next installment!

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Many thanks to author J. K. Ullrich for providing a copy of the book to review!

Want to know more about the author and her work? Explore her website here

Delilah Dusticle and the Cursed Tempest

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Title & Author: Delilah Dusticle and the Cursed Tempest (Vol 3), A. J. York

Genre & Publication Date: Middle Grade Fantasy, May 12, 2016

Book Description: “In this exciting instalment, Delilah Dusticle and the Dustbusters travel to the vibrant and mystical land of India. On arrival, they are tasked with a quest to overcome a powerful curse and save a life. It soon becomes clear that it is Delilah, who must find the strength and the power to defeat the curse. This is the third in a series of stories following Delilah and the Dustbusters on adventures around the world. Fully illustrated and packed with adventure!”

First Line: Dev wiped the sweat from his forehead and gasped at the hot, soupy air.

My Take: This book was provided to me by the author for review.

I’ve been a fan of the Delilah Dusticle series from the beginning and this installment is no exception. (Read my reviews of the earlier books here) Fun, light-hearted, and engaging, I always find myself smiling down at my Kindle as I dig in to another of Delilah’s adventures.

This time, Delilah and her team are on a trip to India. The author described the sights, sounds, and smells of the country in great detail. If she hasn’t been there herself, it’s clear that she has a great team of betas checking her work for authenticity (cue enormous applause!). Delilah is on a mission to save a girl but old enemies lurk about, new dangers threaten her mission, and time is running out. As usual, this was an exciting read.

But alongside the action is a poignant message about processing grief that is delivered with beautiful care and empathy. I always love this about the Delilah Dusticle stories: they are a lot of fun, incredibly creative, and told with straight forward language that kids (and adults) can access and absorb–however they also include a deeper meaning beyond the antics, something that sticks with the reader long after they close the book. Perhaps I enjoy this part of York’s writing most of all (well, the magical powers run a close second).

The Magical: Loved the setting! The Fantasy genre seems to take place in Western European settings usually. It’s fun to read a middle grade story that heads east. Delilah’s dust powers are growing and developing in amazing ways too. Super imaginative!

The Mundane: It’s been a little while since I read the last books so it took me a minute to remember all the characters, their quirks, and their relationships to each other. That being said, I adore the supporting cast of characters to the lovable Delilah.

Summary of Thoughts:  Currently this book is $2.99 for the Kindle. A sweet story with a courageous protagonist! I’m a big fan of this series (and its artwork) and can’t wait for the next story. I highly recommend it for kids and adults alike.

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Many thanks to author A. J. York for providing a copy of the book for review!

Curious what others thought? Check out Amazon’s reviews here

**GIVEAWAY NOTICE!!** The author is currently running a Goodreads Giveaway for all three Delilah Dusticle books until August 17th. Don’t miss your chance to get a copy of these wonderful stories!

A. J. York has previously been interviewed on Amid the Imaginary. Check it out here!

Want to know more about the author and her work? Explore her website here

Inquisitor (Insurrection Book 3) is out!

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Inquisitor, the third installment of Insurrection, is available on Amazon, hurray! This one was definitely challenging as it comes from the point of view of an antagonist. I have a greater appreciation for writers who integrate POVs of pure villains into their stories. Not an easy task! (FYI: There’s a truly chilling one in Koontz’s Watchers)

At any rate, it’s already gotten a couple of awesome reviews. Something unexpected: there’s a touch of fangirling going on with the Albatross, a main character who is the enigmatic leader of the insurgency. One of my reviewers called him “book boyfriend materal”. As a newly published Indie, hearing that a character I created is so evocative to a reader had me walking around with a big grin on my face:) Yeah, my work is rather unknown, and yeah, I’m not making huge profits from this writing gig right now, but it’s enough to know that those who’ve read my stuff are loving it. A small but happy fanbase is a win in my book.

Inq

In a not so distant future, an unprepared humanity barely managed to repel the Locusts when they invaded Earth. But the long war left its mark on mankind and the Establishment was founded to ensure it would never come so close to destruction from an alien force again. Now, decades later, the world is run by this single governing entity. Loyalty is rewarded. Disloyalty is met with corrective action.

Before the war, they called Harlow the Butcher. The Establishment calls him Inquisitor and he’s been handed his most intriguing subject: the Albatross, leader of the insurgency. But strange orders frustrate Harlow’s work. When an unexpected visitor arrives with an interesting proposition, Harlow might have the solution he needs. If not, well, his knives don’t care where the screams come from.

Buy your copy today for $0.99 on Amazon

Want to know more about the series? Check out the dedicated page here