Review – The Ancients by Mike Wolff

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FOUR STARS

A coming of age story, but not your typical one. Instead of a moody teenager caught in the angst of life, here we have a young aardvark — yes, and aardvark, and a wonderful one at that. He suffers loss at the hands of a nasty enemy, another animal, the Golden Wombat, the epitome of evil. He goes on a quest, then, to seek out those who can give him the knowledge he needs to get revenge. This quest brings him to many colorful fellow animal characters, all of whom gift him with knowledge, talents, and otherwise equip him mentally and physically – teaching him how to grow up and teaching him how to live. The Aardvark is a fun, likable hero, and believe it or not, him being an animal and all, he’s a character that teenagers and young adults can relate to, look up to, learn from. I liked that about this novel. As others have said, it reminds me and hearkens back to the fables of old, even with a moral of the story woven throughout. I really enjoyed this story. I passed it on to my teenage son, and he’s started reading it on a road trip this weekend. I fully expect him to have devoured it.

BLOG TAKEOVER: Author Cheri Lasota – The Paradisi Chronicles

From Cheri lasota:

Massive Multi-Author Book Launch coming September 1!

ENTER THE PARADISI WORLD…

A science fiction adventure through time, space and generations, brought to life through the creativity and independent perspectives of multiple authors. Enter the world of the Paradisi Chronicles, where every new journey is a surprise ride you’ll never want to get off.

Astronaut in the tunnels

What is the Paradisi Chronicles?

Deep Space

When Author Hugh Howey put out the challenge in 2014 for writers to band together to write in the same universe, our group of seven authors took up the challenge. We spent a year building out a fictional planetary system, complete with a massive world narrative with multiple peoples, languages, and storylines as well as detailed maps and a large amount of research into advances in Space Elevator, EmDrive, Ford-Svaiter Mirror, and spaceship technologies.

In addition, we came together with a clear goal: the Paradisi Project is an open-source world, meaning any author who wishes to join in may write any story they wish. Thus far, we have written in a variety of genres: YA romance, a contemporary romance, two action-adventures, a coming-of-age action-adventure, and two near-future scifi novells on offer coming up September 1.

And so it begins…

In the last decades of the twenty-first century, ten wealthy men and women, seeking to escape the increasingly devastated Earth, focus all their power and wealth on developing the technology and building the spaceships that will allow a select few to leave Earth and colonize the world they call New Eden. Here, on their new home in the Paradisi Planetary System, these Founding Families hope to avoid the environmental and political mistakes that were destroying Earth. But they find that the world they claim for their own is already inhabited, and the Ddaeran, the original inhabitants, although human-like in their appearance, possess abilities that the Founders and their Descendants will find both intriguing and frightening.

Paradisi Escape

Book 1, Paradisi Exodus Novella Series

Paradisi EscapeMy novella series, Paradisi Exodus, details the origin story of the Paradisi Chronicles. I adore origin stories in general–hello every superhero origin story! =) While researching another scifi series I’m writing, I got obsessed with space elevators and realized I could add that technology to the world of Paradisi. Much of the tech in Paradisi originated with my various geeky obsessions with astronomy and near-future tech. Mea Culpa!

Here’s a bit about the story that kicks off my series:

In near future 2094, Earth is on the brink of nuclear winter. A secret evacuation is already underway, and Solomon Reach and his crew have guaranteed passage on the last starship to leave for colonization and exploration of a new planet in a distant galaxy. When Solomon learns of a betrayal that will have catastrophic consequences, he is faced with an impossible choice: who will live and who will die?

Coming soon!

Subscribe to our blog at the link in the footer below to receive news of our imminent book launch on September 1. We can’t wait to share our shiny new world with you. In the meantime check out the rest of our website where you can learn more about the world and all our stories. Thank you for the challenge, Hugh Howey. We accept!

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About the Author

Cheri Lasota writing as Tristan James

Author Tristan JamesAudavoxx.com Founder Cheri Lasota has been a freelance author, editor, ebook designer and marketing consultant for over a decade, Cheri has dedicated her life and career to helping authors succeed in publishing. Her bestselling debut novel, Artemis Rising, is a 2013 Cygnus Awards First Place Winner and a 2012 finalist in the Next Generation Indie Books Awards. Echoes in the Glass is her second novel.

She is currently writing a scifi trilogy and a fantasy series. Cheri’s Paradisi Chronicles novella series is written under the pen name Tristan James.

Book Review – Novices by KM Herkes

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This is my second KM Herkes read, and I’m just about to delve into “Controlled Descent” involving the two characters in this book, Carl and Eddie. I really, really enjoyed this. The pacing is perfect, lots of worldbuilding and creation without being heavy handed. As with KM’s other works, she creates a fantastical world but paints it with a fine point brush instead of a spray painter. We’re brought into it as if it’s normalcy, as if it’s our own world and in that way we can live deeper in it. The story really picks up pace and keeps the reader turning the page, wanting more.

The world KM creates is not a perfect one, and it’s not supposed to be. Prejudices run high and it’s a slice of life of our own world, only put under a microscope. It’s a world of divisive lives, of fractured countries, and that’s what the Restoration is all about. I’m excited to get into the rest of this world, as I’ve already loved and lived in the “Extraordinary” world of KM’s other books. This story gave me a slice of life look into Carl and Eddie, and it has me wanting more. As a first foray into the Restoration, this is a great intro. I’d also think that those more familiar with the lives of Carl and Eddie will enjoy this pre-story of the two heroes as teenagers.

And now. I MUST READ Controlled Descent. It’s a moral imperative.

Dry Land Review and Author Interview by Cassie Sparks

I’ve had the pleasure and the honor to give an interview to Cassie over at BoyMomLovesBooks, and she’s listened to and reviewed my book and Ian’s performance in Dry Land. Check it out… and check out the GIVEAWAY! You may win a copy of Dry Land on audio or a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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July 1 is Indie Pride Day!

Today’s been designated as the day to celebrate independent authors! Interested? Check out the Twitter hashtag #indiebooksbeseen and the Facebook group #indiebooksbeseen. Look, share, retweet, buy, read, and enjoy! And, if you’re an independent author, get your support out there!

There’s also a number of giveaways to celebrate, including this one, where I am giving away three copies of my book, Dry Land, on Audible audio, narrated by the one and only Ian Sorensen. Check it out and enter! The more you click, the more chances you get!

ENTER HERE.

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