Review for Bootstrap’s Journey by Chris Johnson

Bootstrap’s Journey is a time travel science fiction book; it is set in 2042 and 2017. The main character is Anthony Nowlan, the inventor of a time travel device.
I love this book, my fantasising with time travel made this book appeal to me. Chris gave a lot of thought to the paradox of moving through time, and the way he presented it in the book was marvellous.
The book itself is quite short, which makes you be whisk away by the narrative. I enjoyed myself reading this book, as I nearly did it one sitting. The characters were well explored, and I hope there might be a sequel in the works.

5 out of 5!

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Review for Off Axis by D.D Scarlet

I just finished Off Axis, and still reeling from this complicated story Ms Scarlet created. I gave the first book four stars, but this is a five star all the way. The richness of the world of the modern Vampire is layered, layer upon layer of intrigue and complexity.

In this book, D.D expanded the pov to other main characters. Off-Axis opens the reader up to the mindset of very primal creatures. Mars is still the main character, and his emotional range is impressive.

Ms Scarlet has taken the trope of Vampire and made it feel like it is real in this world. Then she shows you how entirely broken that world is

What we are all about…

A new endeavour that I am happy to be a part of!

Author's Emporium

Created to become an independent published bookstore. To support and encourage indy authors in their journey. We will also be an event organiser for Oz Comic-Con and Supanova.

Once established we will be dealing with firm sales, only from indy authors, also hold workshops and be a writer drop-in centre. This is to promote, support and strengthen the indy community

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Scifi Roundtable Auction

A brilliant author and her family falling on hard times and our community of creatives stand up to help. Angelique and your husband can always count on us! Keep the #passioninspirecreate alive.

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This is running from January 7th to January 11th 7PM – 8PM

If you are looking for an awesome new read, incredible artwork, promotional images and more, you’re going to want to take a look at everything there is to be offered!

Sci-fi Roundtable Auction

Enjoy Sci-fi or fantasy, or are you an author looking for an incredible group to join and be a part of? This group is incredible and has helped me grow so much as an author. So seriously.. click the link!   Sci-fi Roundtable

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Now down to the real reason you’re here, why an auction?

I’ll tell you, but first I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to the people who have donated to this event, the amount of generosity displayed has been genuinely moving, and I am forever thankful to you all. Secondly, a massive debt of gratitude to Layla Pinkett for organizing and putting…

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Time for a Coffee Break?

Just love how creative my sister is!

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Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Karen Robinson | Time for a Coffee Break?

I know my very first project for 2018 isn’t from the *new* Occasions Catalogue – horrified gasps – but I like to make sure I still use my other favourites from the AnnualCataloguejustwhile I’m waiting for my Occasions goodies to arrive 😉

While I am waiting though, I thought I’d play along with a sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches (FMS318).  I love it when a card comes to mind straight away when I see a design and this one worked out just as I’d imagined 🙂

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Valentine’s Day is not too far away and I thought this design was perfect for a clean and simple masculine card and as both my husband and I are avid coffee lovers, the Coffee BreakSuite seemed the perfect fit.

I used the Coffee Café DSP for…

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Half Bound Release Day Blitz


Title: Half Bound (A Helheim Wolf Pack Tale)
Series: Half Blood Series #5
Author: Lauren Dawes
Publisher: Vixen Publishing
Date of Release: November 30, 2017
Genre: Dark urban fantasy/paranormal romance
Audience: Adult
Page Count: 288 pages
Format: e-book and paperback



Synopsis:
An accident. An abduction. A choice.
Casey is no stranger to double standards. Her whole life has been filled with them, and as the only daughter of a werewolf alpha she has been fighting an uphill battle since birth. She’s determined to become an enforcer—a soldier for the pack—and even more determined to prove to everyone that she is more than capable of looking after herself…that is until she takes a phone call that could end not just her dreams, but also her life. She is faced with a decision that will not only test her loyalties, but also her own inner-strength.
Crippled by obsession. Resuscitated by love.
Broken and barely healed, Andrea has finally escaped the man who instead of loving, honoring and obeying her, beat, tortured and terrorized her. Uninterested in anything other than finding herself again, she is blindsided by Brax who holds the power to heal her shattered and distrusting heart. 
Half Bound is the electrifying conclusion to the Half Blood Series. 
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Excerpt:
Screaming. High. Keening. Agonized.
Saxon recognized the emotions because he had had them too. He’d screamed until his throat was raw and his mouth was dry. He had suffered unbearable pain, blanketed over by drug-induced hallucinations or vivid dreams. He preferred the dreams to this reality he was now living in. Another scream. It caused him to grit his teeth.
The poor bastard.
It was probably just another one of Vivian’s attempted converts. He had heard enough drips of conversation about what she was doing here; she was biting people, trying to bring them through the Change, but what Saxon couldn’t figure out was, for what purpose? Was she trying to create her own pack?
A scream that chilled the marrow in his bones echoed through the walls. Another followed and Saxon stopped breathing completely. He squeezed his eyes shut, trying to clear the drug cloud fogging his brain. He recognized that voice.
Casey was here.
“No,” he rasped. He strained his neck, trying to turn around to look at the wall—as if there was suddenly a window he could look through to see her there. But there wouldn’t be a window. He would just have to use his imagination to come up with the ways she was being tortured. Hearing her distorted voice over the phone had given him hope even though he didn’t deserve it. That hope crumbled, though, when she’d agreed to come…
For him.
He’d had a lot of time to think about whatever this was between him and Casey. She was the most infuriating female he’d ever met. She was nothing like the refined woman he thought he would eventually settle down with. He didn’t think he’d get the privilege of getting mated to a female wolf. He would have been content with a human, but…then there was Casey.
Casey, who had blown into his life like a breath of fresh air. She challenged him, antagonized him, battled with him. And she was here now, protecting him when the roles should have been reversed. He couldn’t let her sacrifice herself. Despite the leaden feeling in his body, Saxon tried to break the ties on his wrists and ankles again. He struggled for a brief moment before fatigue took over. Whatever they’d been giving him, and whatever they continued to give him, was keeping him weak.
“I knew her mewling would rouse you.”
That voice, that vicious purring made Saxon’s blood pressure spike. He flared his nostrils, confirming it was only Vivian in the room with him. That meant…
“Kade is with her,” Vivian taunted. “He is with her and he is not being a very good host.”
About Lauren:
Born in South Africa and raised in Sydney, Lauren Dawes is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance writer and the author of the Dark Trilogy and the Half Blood Series. In 2009, she quit her full-time job teaching English as a Second Language to finally begin writing “that book”, letting her overactive imagination pour out onto the digital pages.
She currently lives with her husband and daughter in whatever city the army happens to posted them to.

Other titles by Lauren Dawes

Half Blood Series
Half Blood (Half Blood #1): http://www.books2read.com/halfblood
Half Truths (Half Blood #2): http://www.books2read.com/halftruths
Half Life (Half Blood #3): http://www.books2read.com/halflife
Half Cast ((Half Blood #4): http://www.books2read.com/halfcast
Dark Trilogy

Dark Deceit (Dark Trilogy #1): http://www.books2read.com/darkdeceit

Dark Desire (Dark Trilogy #2): http://www.books2read.com/darkdesire
Dark Devotion (Dark Trilogy #3): http://www.books2read.com/darkdevotion
 
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What you can learn from Conventions

Last weekend I attended Supanova Comic-con in Brisbane, it a great learning experience with each convention I attend. How it can help promote yourself, to network with some fantastic creatives or just introducing someone into the world of writing and publishing. Then there are cons being at a Con, being ignored or laughed at, periods of times of boredom and desperation and can sometimes affect your manner of how you interact with new readers. Here are some observations I gathered from the Nova.

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Next, to me was Clive Johnson, an experienced non-fiction writer who is now cracking into the fiction side of writing, in the genre historical fantasy. His first and second books in the series Eye of Egypt are The Pharaoh’s Greatest Gift and The Mirror Chamber; soon his third will be coming out, which will be called All will be Black. As this his first convention I was surprised in his understanding how these things work. I could assume that his past experiences in the field of writing gave him an edge. Having book bundles, a television having your book trailers playing also offering a prize through an email entry. Marvelous ideas. I am going to borrow some of these for April’s Cons.

Across the way was Avril Sabine, a speculative author with over fifty titles to her name. That wasn’t the most impressive part, the attention to detail of the booth she set up in Artist Alley. Solid pine desk, cupboard, bookcase, table and chairs. Also, the whole group were dressed up in steampunk costumes. It was an incredible sight; I felt like I was transported to her books and could relive them in this reality. During the weekend she had a least two interviews and a large number of pictures. As it isn’t right to ask how people go, I would assume that this would have benefited sales.

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Then to my booth, it had one pull-up banner, one book also was my fellow author’s book Caligation by Brhi Stokes. I had posters of my ebook covers, designed by Julia Raymond of ShootingStarShooter, and had new flyers to help promote my books. This no means a horrible set up, as there were others set up similarly to me. As there is a lot to take in, you need that edge for people to come over and interact with you.

Looking forward, I can still improve, costumes, book trailers, new banners and more books. This Supanova is my third convention and each one I take something away so I can develop the next.

Conventions are an essential step for any author who writes in the speculative genre. It allows you to connect with new readers and expand your connections. You do also need to walk into this with an open mind; you might not break even or feel depressed by how people ignore you. Just remember this is a journey and you have taken the first steps, believe in yourself and great things will follow.

                                                                                                                                                                  

I am taking orders for my book Lake Merrin, head to www.samuelcolbran.com

The Protagonist is a half-human, an average guy looking for work and a roof over his head and food on the table. And of course, something happens that could rock the Duchy. As there are Adventurers/heroes everywhere, he has to ask ‘should he stand up to be a hero? And would it matter?’

Lake Merrin is a city in the North-Western part of Western Duchy, Favinonia. It is also known as Iron Dukedom. Duke Trahern Isenhart III is the ruler of Iron Dukedom, and his third cousin Count Darel Isenhart is the ruler of Lake Merrin, and it’s county.

Lake Merrin is home to twenty thousand people, and it has the second oldest Adventuring Hall in Favinonia; nearly nine hundred years old.

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