Title: Tales of Wonder Author: E.M. Swift-Hook, Jessica Holmes, Leo McBride, Matthew Harvey, Rob Edwards, Brent A. Harris, Terri Pray, Jeff Provine, Ricardo Victoria. Genre: Science Fantasy Book procurement: Received from Inklings Press for an honest review. Synopsis: Science Fantasy is the collision of science fiction and fantasy – where the impossible and the improbable come together. This is a universe of spaceships and sorcery, of mechanic...

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Title: Cold Counsel Author: Chris Sharp Genre: Fantasy Book procurement: Received a copy from Tor.com for Gamecca Magazine Vol 8 Issue 90. Synopsis: In Chris Sharp’s new epic fantasy Cold Counsel, Slud of the Blood Claw Clan, Bringer of Troubles, was born at the heart of the worst storm the mountain had ever seen. Slud’s father, chief of the clan, was changed by his son’s presence. For the first time since the age of the giants, he rallied the...

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Title: The Erden Archives Author: Whisky Wilson Publisher:  BookBaby Book procurement: Received from the author for an honest review. Book on Goodreads. Release Date: Nov 1, 2016. Synopsis: The Erden Archives: A Monthly Short Fiction Series by Whisky Wilson. In a digital world, truth is numeral, and whoever holds the code can break free or enslave. Erden is a world on the brink of cataclysm.  Overpopulated and unenlightened, humanity settled i...

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Title: Doctor Sleep (The Shinning #2) Author: Stephen King Genre: Horror Book procurement: Purchased from Exclusive Books – Greenstone Mall. Synopsis: Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever,The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous p...

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Title: 11.22.63 Author: Stephen King Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton Book procurement: Bought at Exclusive Books. Release Date: Jul 5, 2012. Synopsis: Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survi...

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Title: Tales From Alternate Earths Author: Jessica Holmes, Terri Pray, Brent A. Harris, Ricardo Victoria, Rob Edwards, Cathbad Maponus, Leo McBride, Daniel M. Bensen, Maria Haskins. Publisher:  Inklings Press Book procurement: Received from publisher because they are an amazing bunch. Release Date: August 19, 2016. Synopsis: Our world could have been so very different… Eight stories take us on a journey into how our world could have been. What...

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Title: A Space Between Worlds Vol 1: Conception Author: J.D Woodson Publisher:  Royal James Publishing Book procurement: Received from publisher in return for an honest review. Release Date: October 17, 2016. Synopsis: Songstress Shanti’s final performance is no different than any other. Gazing into the mirror, the Songstress laments her faceless curse. To hide her unsightliness, she dons a beautiful mask. She knows she doesn’t belong in the d...

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Title: Ready Player One Author: Ernest Cline Publisher:  Broadway Books Book procurement: Bought online on Takealot.com. Also available on Amazon and major book stores! (or it should be!) Release Date: June 5, 2012. Synopsis: It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anyt...

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Title: Thr3e Author: Ted Dekker Publisher:  Thomas Nelson Book procurement: Bought at a little secondhand book store in Melville. Release Date: December 10, 2006. Synopsis: Enter a world where nothing is what it seems. Where your closest friend could be your greatest enemy. Kevin Parson is alone in his car when his cell phone rings. A man calling himself Slater offers a deadly ultimatum: You have exactly three minutes to confess your sin to th...

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Title: The Lilies of Dawn Author: Vanessa Fogg Publisher:  Annorlunda Books Book procurement: Won the book in a competition run by Vicky of BooksandStrips. Release Date: July 26, 2016. Synopsis: There is a lake of marvels. A lake of water lilies that glow with the color of dawn. For generations Kai’s people have harvested these lilies, dependent upon them for the precious medicines they provide. But now a flock of enchanted cranes has come to ...

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Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Xane J. Fisher

Author Spotlight / August 2, 2016
Originally from the Salt Lake City area, Xane Fisher has spent most of his life living out of a backpack or suitcase. Along his travels, he has been blessed with an amazing family, a college education, and the opportunity to see the world from the skyscrapers of Abu-Dhabi to the third world markets of Angola. From a young age, he has felt compelled to write and share experiences through a pen or keyboard. He is currently living in southwest Germany, serving in the United States Air Force with his wife Autumn and their son Judah. He hopes to have his first novel completed soon. Website: https://poetryforpeopleihate.com Twitter: @XaneFisher Facebook: Facebook profile Blog: https://poetryforpeopleihate.com Book Review BoyzNite Law school wonder student Ian Peters chronicles his first night home for the summer in Piedmont, Washington. What...

Author Spotlight: J.T. Lawrence

Author Spotlight / August 2, 2016
JT Lawrence is an author, playwright and bookdealer based in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. She is the mother of two small boys and lives in a house with a red front door. She has written various plays for SAFM including ‘The Shelter’, ‘Unspilling the Milk’, ‘Every Breath You Take’, and serials, the most recent being the crime drama ‘Jigsaw’. Her short story collection ‘Sticky Fingers’ was broadcast in the last quarter of 2015, and will be available as a paperback and ebook in 2016. Her first novel, ‘The Memory of Water’ (2011), is about a writer who would do anything for a story. Her 2015 offering, ‘Why You Were Taken’, is a pre-dystopian sci-fi thriller starring a synaesthete, and takes place is a futuristic Jo’burg burdened by infertility and a water crisis. It was optioned by the national broadcaster, SABC, for a radio adaption. She is c...

Author Spotlight: Angela Meadon

Author Spotlight / July 1, 2016
Angela started writing stories when she was 8 years old. Her first story was about Indiana Jones and she wrote it on pages she tore out of her school books. She has come a long way since those early days. She invents her own heroes now, but she tries to keep the sense of passion and wonder that infused her early forays into the craft. When she’s not herding her three children through the garden of their Johannesburg home, Angela surrounds herself with words in all their glorious forms. She is the submissions editor for an online magazine, the lead technical writer for a fast-growing software company, a dedicated author and a voracious reader. She tends to write darker stories, and enjoys experimenting with genre. Horror and fantasy will always be her first loves (yes, she can have two), but she also enjoys science fiction and thrillers...

Author Spotlight: Warren Hately

Author Spotlight / July 1, 2016
Warren Hately lives with his children in Margaret River, Western Australia, where he works as a journalist and sub-editor. Previously, he has been a freelance travel writer, photographer and academic. He holds a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature for his dissertation The Discourse of Conflict, which reworked post-Foucauldian semiotics to examine the predominance of language-like models in the resolution of conflict (with the case study of the 1981 prison conflict in Northern Ireland). Warren also has an English with First Class Honours in post-structuralist theory and cultural studies specialising in the work of French philosopher Michel Foucault. Twitter: @wereviking Amazon: Warren Hately Website: zephyr.warrenhately.com Zephyr I Book Review Zephyr is an ongoing series that has been favorably compared to Alan Moore’...

Author Spotlight: Sukanya Venkatraghavan

Author Spotlight / July 1, 2016
Sukanya Venkat is an Indian writer, partial to the fantasy genre of fiction. Currently based in Mumbai, Sukanya lives with her husband and a large congregation of cat and owl figurines collected from all over the world. Sukanya’s first brush with fantasy was as a film journalist in Mumbai, covering the glamourous, yet daunting world of Bollywood with publications like Filmfare and Marie-Claire. Having grown up listening to tales of Indian mythology and folklore narrated by her grandfather, as well as reading western classics from the library in the attic of her childhood home in Kerala, it was but natural that her progression to life as a writer would revolve around gods, apsaras, rakshasas and the like. These days, her waking hours are spent trying to balance out the magical and the mundane. Between painting, tarot reading and writing...

Author Spotlight: David Meredith

Author Spotlight / June 30, 2016
David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee as well as a Tennessee State Teaching license. He is currently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English. Amazon Author Page Facebook Web Site – davidmeredithwriting.com The Reflections of Queen Snow White Book Review What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone? On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The c...

Author Spotlight: Michael Smorenburg

Author Spotlight / June 30, 2016
Michael Smorenburg (b. 1964) grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. An entrepreneur with a passion for marketing, in 1995 Michael moved to California where he founded a business consultancy and online media and marketing engine In 2003 he returned to South Africa. Michael’s published works include: Business Buyer’s Kit (Career Press, 1997), The Everything Sailing Book (Adams Media, 1998), The Everything Sailing Book – Part 2 (Adams Media, 1999). Michael is represented in non-fiction by Keller Media of Malibu, California. Michael’s greatest interest is the ocean, keeping up with the latest breakthroughs in science, understanding the cosmos. FaceBook: MichaelSmorenburgAuthor Twitter: @SmorieTheWriter Amazon: Michael Smorenburg Author website: MichaelSmorenburg The SKA at Carnarvon – A Trojan Affair Book review Dara S...
Author Spotlight: Xane J. Fisher
Author Spotlight / August 2, 2016

Originally from the Salt Lake City area, Xane Fisher has spent most of his life living out of a backpack or suitcase. Along his travels, he has been blessed with an amazing family, a college education, and the opportunity to see the world from the skyscrapers of Abu-Dhabi to the third world markets of Angola. From a young age, he has felt compelled to write and share experiences through a pen or keyboard. He is currently living in so...