Author Spotlight 20th Jan 2015

Author Spotlight: J.R. Boles, writer of Fantasy, Fiction & Romance

The Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Writers and Reviewers Group Featured Author of the Week

About the AuthorJR Boles
J. R. Boles is a fantasy and fiction writer currently hanging her hat with her husband in the Heartland, where they spend their free time chasing after their fearless daughter. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and of the American University Washington College of Law. Continue reading

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An Emerging Threat by Mark E. Lein: A Review

An Emerging Threat: Book 1 of the fantasy series ‘The Seeker’s Burden’

I received this book from Mark as part of the Read & Review activity in the Goodreads group Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers.

Blurb
An evil stirs, casting a shadow across the Islands. Two men begin quests to find the source of the darkness. One is a young scholar, given no choice but to follow the path ahead. Tragedy shapes him, nearly driving him to despair; an inner struggle pervades his journey. The other is a warrior forced to the task through a sense of responsibility. His royal blood and his knighthood drive his course. Their searches, though separate, have the same goal: to find whatever or whoever may be responsible for the darkening of their world. This book tells the story of their journey and the creatures, both friend and foe, that they meet along the way.

Mark E Leim - An Emerging Threat

The Review: An Enjoyable Read

There are two principle characters in this book; Oliver,  a scholar and Seeker in training, and Ethan, a Prince of Astar. Both are interesting characters, but I find Ethan the more developed and likeable of the two. Oliver, being drawn into his quest by an unexpected discovery of a map, encounters friendly goblins and the ‘Ash’ who assist him on his journey. Ethan, whose father is manipulated and banishes him, takes it upon himself to discover the truth.

The story moves along at a good pace, and although I found a few passages that confused or distracted from the overall storyline, it held my interest from beginning to end. I particularly enjoyed the events surrounding Ethan, his struggle against his father and the evil creatures he encounters.

For me, the book is rather short considering the genre and story line, and was a little disappointed when I came to the end. However, Mark has developed an interesting world with interesting characters, and I am intrigued to learn how events unfold.

I did pick up a few grammatical and punctuation errors, but this does not impair either the reading or the enjoyment of the story. I have given this book 4 stars primarily because it held my interest, was an enjoyable story, and would read it again in the future, preferably as an omnibus edition or single volume, depending on the finished length of the series.

I rate this book 4 STARS

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An Emerging Threat by Mark E. Lein

An Emerging Threat: Book 1 of the fantasy series ‘The Seeker’s Burden’

I received this book from Mark as part of the Read & Review activity in the Goodreads group Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers

The Blurb

An evil stirs, casting a shadow across the Islands. Two men begin quests to find the source of the darkness. One is a young scholar, given no choice but to follow the path ahead. Tragedy shapes him, nearly driving him to despair; an inner struggle pervades his journey. The other is a warrior forced to the task through a sense of responsibility. His royal blood and his knighthood drive his course. Their searches, though separate, have the same goal: to find whatever or whoever may be responsible for the darkening of their world. This book tells the story of their journey and the creatures, both friend and foe, that they meet along the way.

Mark E Leim - An Emerging Threat

The Review: An Enjoyable Read.

There are two principle characters in this book; Oliver,  a scholar and Seeker in training, and Ethan, a Prince of Astar. Both are interesting characters, but I find Ethan the more developed and likeable of the two. Oliver, being drawn into his quest by an unexpected discovery of a map, encounters friendly goblins and the ‘Ash’ who assist him on his journey. Ethan, whose father is manipulated and banishes him, takes it upon himself to discover the truth.

The story moves along at a good pace, and although I found a few passages that confused or distracted from the overall storyline, it held my interest from beginning to end. I particularly enjoyed the events surrounding Ethan, his struggle against his father and the evil creatures he encounters.

For me, the book is rather short considering the genre and story line, and was a little disappointed when I came to the end. However, Mark has developed an interesting world with interesting characters, and I am intrigued to learn how events unfold.

I did pick up a few grammatical and punctuation errors, but this does not impair either the reading or the enjoyment of the story. I have given this book 4 stars primarily because it held my interest, was an enjoyable story, and would read it again in the future, preferably as an omnibus edition or single volume, depending on the finished length of the series.

I rate this book 4 STARS

Where to find the Book
Goodreads
eBook
Amazon UK 
Amazon US
Paperback
Createspace

Author Spotlight 29th Jan 2014

Author Spotlight: Mark E. Lein, writer of Fantasy

The Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Writers and Reviewers Group Featured Author of the Week

About the Author
I am an avid reader. You might say an extremely passionate reader. FMark E Leinor as long as I can remember, I read. Whether it was historic America or Europe, Narnia, Middle Earth, or the Four Lands of Shannara, I spent hours of each day of my childhood in the worlds authors had created.
Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, James Fenimore Cooper, Robert Louis Stevenson, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Arthur Conan Doyle were as influential in my life as Louie L’Amour, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Timothy Zahn, Isaac Asimov and Dr. Seuss. Continue reading

Author Spotlight 10th December 2013

Author Spotlight: Elle Jacklee, writer of Children’s & Young Adult Fantasy

The Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Writers and Reviewers Group Featured Author 10th December 2013

About the author
Elle Jacklee 1
My mantra is “Life is short.” I believe in making every moment count. Purple is my favorite color. I think black cats are good luck. My professional titles have included software programmer, inside sales rep, and bilingual customer service rep. But my favorite titles are mother, wife, and author.

I’m the author of the Tree of Mindala, a middle grade fantasy. It’s the first in my Wunderwood series.
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Author Spotlight 2nd October 2013

Author Spotlight: Margo Bond Collins, writer of Paranormal, Fantasy & Mystery

The Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Writers and Reviewers Group Featured Author 2nd October 2013

About the Author

I’ve always wanted to write. For Margo Bond Collinsas long as I can remember, I have made up stories. When I’m driving (which I find immensely dull), I amuse myself by making up characters and figuring out ways to make their lives difficult. The first clear memory I have of writing a story is of writing what would now be considered fan fiction—it was a story set in the world of The Wizard of Oz, and I wrote it out on a yellow legal pad.

So I’ve pretty much always written. But about ten years ago, a friend suggested I join in National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org). Until then, I had always written short stories. That year, I finished the first draft of what would eventually become Legally Undead. I’ve been addicted to novel writing ever since! Continue reading

Author Spotlight – Judy Goodwin

Author Spotlight: Judy Goodwin, writer of Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Writers and Reviewers Group Featured Author 25th September 2013

About the Author
Judy Goodwin has been writing her whole life, in between other family and career needs. Her short stories have been publishedJudy Goodwin 01 in magazines including Space and Time, Beyond Centauri, and Alienskin. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in English-Creative Writing and recently earned her Masters in Education. She’s a tech writer by day and a volunteer by night. When not busy, she enjoys video games, travel, and horseback riding. She has a teenage daughter and loving partner, and is an Arizona-born native. Continue reading