Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Undead Must Die Review





Floriana is a seemingly ordinary art student, until an exciting opportunity to study ancient Greek relics introduces her to long-held secrets and shockingly dangerous truths. 

Her life becomes altogether extraordinary when a seemingly benign morning excursion transforms into an agonizing race across Europe to save humanity. Soon, she must work against the clock to recreate an antidote to save mankind before nostalgic Nazi militias make good on their plan to create a legion of superhuman zombie-soldiers that will wreak havoc on mankind.

As the heir apparent to a family of masterminds, Floriana is the only one capable of thwarting their efforts, but first she’ll come face-to-face with black roses, presumptive killers, and mysterious sects.

With the fate of the world in her hands, can an inexperienced and clumsy art student create an antidote before it’s too late?

Find out in this adrenaline rushing, young adult thrill ride, chock full of espionage, conspiracy theories, spies, and zombies!


~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK




Penny BroJacquie is a passionate writer, travel blogger, and life lover


After a long career working as a sports reporter for some of the largest media outlets in Greece, she decided that life is more beautiful when you work freelance.

In 2014 Penny published her first book, a travel guide called City Break In Athens. Her first published novella The Undead Must Die is Book 1 in The Order Of The Black Rose book series.

When she doesn't write, Penny pets her dogs, cooks new recipes, and takes photos. You'll find her somewhere in Europe enjoying a cup of coffee or watching a movie.




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4 out of 5 Stars

This book was a very fast read. As it has Episode 1 and 2, I assumed that it would be a long read but it wasn't. If you think of it in terms of shows on the Telly this would be 2 episodes of a 20 min show. As such each episode is very fast moving and not overly detailed. You are able to get basic background but it does not give a comprehensive history making the pace even faster. But it does make it a little hard to get emotionally invested in the characters and their relationships.

There are zombies but it doesn't go into too much detail so while it is intense it is easier to read without flinching. Most of the violence is not in detail making it suitable for a wider audience. I don't like Zombies but I didn't have any problems reading this story. This is a clean book with no sex scenes and I don't think there was any language. So if you want a quick adventure to read this is it as it would make a great book to take poolside or on a quick plane trip.



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Monday, 30 January 2017

Stenibelle Book Tour





THE 3rd TURN OF THE SHADOW TECH GODDESS

 The quest of Paymaster Stenstrom spans the planes, taking a bizarre turn in the 3rd universe, as there he is not an affluent man but a woman in desperate circumstances. Lady Stenibelle is imprisoned for her role in the Seeker Affair, is penniless, and her House of Belmont-South Tyrol is on the verge of extinction. Her spirit broken, Stenibelle is resigned to perform her sentence without fuss, do as she is told, and fade away in obscurity. However, fate is not yet finished with her. Stenibelle is in the gaze of hidden benefactors with ulterior motives. People claiming to be her dear friends come forward, yet she does not know them. The Quests of the Shadow tech Goddess proceed, and she must discover the hero that lies within or face total oblivion. The disgraced 30th daughter of the House of Belmont will either be the final stake driven into its dying heart, or the ray of light that comes to save it and all else that follows.








Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative "League of Elder" book series is published by Loconeal Publishing

  



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Snippet:

"My time is short and this rock is not to my liking, so I shall be direct. You are interred here for no less than ten years by prison counting due to your theft of the Main Fleet Vessel Seeker seven months ago. Is that correct?”

“I maintained my innocence.”

“Yes or no, please.”

“Yes. I was the duly appointed commander of the Seeker, and the Admiralty of the Fleet sought to steal my paid monies and pull the command chair out from under me with malice and intent. And, for that, I was paneled, censured, found guilty and sentenced.”

-- Ottoman John, Esq. to Stenibelle, Lady of Belmont South Tyrol.

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Snippet #2:

Morgan re-appeared holding Stenibelle’s clothes. “I heard every word you said. I’ll tell you what I am Bel. I, unlike you, am someone who’s not afraid to follow her heart, no matter what cowardly bore or dreadful oaf it leads me to.”

-- Morgan-Jeterix to Stenibelle



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Saturday, 28 January 2017

101 Ways To Stay Off The IRS Radar





Abby Eisenkraft is the CEO of Choice Tax Solutions Inc.   She is a federally licensed Enrolled Agent (EA), an Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA), Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP) and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC).

Abby started her career in tax as a preparer, and quickly gained a reputation for successfully dealing with difficult tax problems, including those previously unsolvable by other tax professionals.  She currently specializes in tax controversy cases such as federal and state tax audits, non-filer cases, residency audits, international matters, etc.

Abby is passionate about defending taxpayer’s rights before the IRS and State Taxing Authorities.  She is a speaker on various tax and financial topics, a consultant (specializing in the self-employed), and is often quoted in the press as a tax and financial expert.


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Abby Eisenkraft is one of America’s leading experts on IRS problems - and how to prevent them. Informative, slightly irreverent, and definitely not your typical IRS guide, this tax pro shares her experiences in the tax trenches, defending her clients against the IRS. Learn from the mistakes of others, and save time, money and grief.






Snippets: 

In the book "101 Ways to Stay Off the IRS Radar", tax expert Abby Eisenkraft discusses the importance of reporting worldwide financial accounts.  Since many people come to the U.S. but still have ties to their birthplace, it's normal to have such accounts, but people forget about them.  It's an expensive and dangerous mistake.  The penalties are astronomical!!  

Abby tells a funny story about a man who thinks the data sharing between foreign countries and the IRS is flawed.  Abby shares that the man told her the following:  "Since his name was Luigi overseas, and here in the U.S. it's Louie, the IRS will never put it together".  Abby's response -- And I thought I was the blonde.



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Monday, 23 January 2017

Quest for the Harmonicon Review




Chase Freeman is a boy with a heart for adventure stuck living in dull Drifter Flats. The only exciting thing that ever happens in his small town is Eclipse Day and even that isn’t enough for Chase—until he sees the strange ball of light streaking across the sky. Enlisting his best friend Jordan, her little brother Luke, and Harlan the smartest boy in school, they follow the light to an American Indian medicine circle. Drawn into the middle of it, the four friends are suddenly teleported to the Battlementals dimension along with the school bully Brendan and his friend Lena. 

Once there, they find an elemental people desperate for them to accept the grand quest to save the universe. A deadly alliance has pulled it out of balance and, soon, everything will vanish altogether. Friends and enemies will have to find a way to work together to assemble the Harmonicon, defeat the Salt Giant, and find their own undiscovered abilities that will help them complete their quest. But when dark secrets are put in the wrong hands, their mission unravels and time is quickly running out. As the universe systematically starts to disappear, Chase and his friends race to put all the elements they’ve gathered together, but will it be too late to save it?







RANDY LINDSAY is a world traveler. Which sounds impressive until you realize the worlds he visits exist only in his mind and on the pages of his novels. He claims to prefer this method of sightseeing because he can stop at any time, go to the kitchen, and indulge his ice cream addiction. When he isn't busy making things up he likes going to movies with his wife to watch what other people have made up and plays board games with his children who are in the habit of making up the rules as they go along. 

Battlementals: Quest for the Harmonicon is Randy's third published book and the first in a series of stories that take place in the Battlemental universe. He switched to writing full time in 2011 and has had two novels published through Bonneville Books.

His journey as an author has been an exciting one, full of unexpected discoveries. One of those being the decision to focus more of his writing on middle-grade fantasy. The fact that the style feels more natural to Randy might be an indication that he is really just a kid at heart.


The second unexpected discovery was that he enjoyed marketing. Book signings, writing workshops, and podcasts about storytelling all gave him opportunities to discuss what he loves with others who share the same interest. This combined with the decision to write middle-grade stories led to his development of C.A.S.T. (a program intended to show children and teens how to incorporate storytelling into their everyday lives). 



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4.5 out of 5


The main characters in this book are in 6th grade and one 8 yr old (not sure what grade that would be in... 3rd or 4th maybe). However the word structure didn't have the middle grade or child book feel to it.  This is a good thing as it lends itself for a more adult audience being able to enjoy the book as well as youth. For example, I would recommend this book to my child who is around that age but I was still able to enjoy it myself.

The story line was enjoyable and the characteristics of the main characters was consistent. Which I feel is very important to keep this grounded in reality. A bully isn't going to suddenly chance how they act simply because they are thrown into an adventure with someone they bully. Because of this consistency it was easier to make the world the author creates feel believable.

This  book is squeaky clean and I would recommend to any fan of fantasy who is looking for a light read, or to any pre-teen or teen looking to expand their reading into fantasy.



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Friday, 13 January 2017

Hunt Of The Fallen Review





Ralin is an outsider among outsiders. The dominant Users, who can manipulate their souls to create unique and powerful abilities, shun him for his lack of inborn talent. And even among his fellow exiles, he must hide his past. On the very day that he finds a lasting purpose for his life, everything is turned completely upside down.

Wanted by the government, pursued by monsters and mercenaries, and plagued by strange nightmares, the young man must travel beyond everything he has ever known to discover what is so important about him to cause such powerful people want him as an ally, or want him dead. To survive, Ralin and his allies will be pushed to the limit as they battle rock monsters, traitors, the undead, and even Ralin himself.







R.A. Zaugg (1982-still kicking) was born in Ogden, Utah, to long-time Utahan parents as the first of their brood. His childhood was filled with fun, friends, and family values that have made him who he is today. His first novel "Hunt of the Fallen" began on sticky notes as he worked in a gas station, and was the spark that lit the fire of storytelling. With a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing, he is now working on his master's degree. He currently lives in Washington State with his wife and step-son.


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4.5 out of 5 Stars

Starting off this book I must admit was a bit slow, but that is understandable as it has to lay the groundwork for such a solid story to stand on. But even so it took me a bit to get into it. However once the basic premise was laid I found myself being absorbed by the story.

The world created by Author R.A. Zaugg is complex and thorough. It was constant throughout and managed to not get too bogged down in descriptions. The story was enjoyable and flowed well. Overall I really enjoyed this book. It is also clean so, while it is written for a slightly older audience, I would not hesitate to recommend it to both adults and youth who enjoy more complex story lines.



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