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Book Spotlight: Spirits (Sparks Saga, Book Two) by RS McCoy


Bonjour, Beardies!It has been far too long, so please forgive my absence...Today, however, I have a special treat, and it's not just my return from the depths of non-existence.A while back, I spotlighted the first book of Sparks, an exciting new series by RS McCoy. The book, also titled Sparks, was phenomenal. After reading the 5-star book, I was so happy that RS McCoy stumbled upon the blog and requested a review. There was one hiccup, however. Although a top-rated book for me, the editing was lacking. Luckily, RS McCoy agreed to my pleading that I edit it for her. I couldn't let such a great story suffer the stigma of a bad editor.With that said, I also edited Spirits, the subject of this Spotlight. Let it be known, however, that I show no bias to either book given my involvement—my involvement was a direct response to my absolute love with this series and not the other way around, and I can't wait to give you all the juicy details. And by details, I mean Gems—not spoilers. Choose OneAll Romance|eBookAmazon|PaperbackAmazon|Kindle Premise:Lark Davies sleeps in a gilded palace and eats the finest foods, but he would trade it all to change that one night. Unable to use his talent for mind-reading to prevent a series of murders, Lark’s dreams are ravaged by gruesome memories. Robbed of sleep and slowly losing his sanity, the devoted lover and expectant father can only watch as his life continues to spiral out of control. Whispers of invasion threaten what little peace their new life might have offered. Khea, the new queen of Nakbe–and his only light in the night–declares human sacrifice to be a necessary component of the island culture, forcing Lark to assert his disapproval. For the first time, the unifying bond he shares with her isn’t enough to keep them together. With his mentor at his side, Lark’s only hope to stand against the queen and avert a future of death lies in his unexplored ability to manipulate physical elements of the world. The two men search out the spirits that control water, fire, and wind in hopes of ending two thousand years of violent traditions before rival nations invade.Gems for Writers:World Building. Perhaps you are thinking I always choose this Gem. In part, you'd be correct. But only if the book warrants it. World building is my passion–if you cannot build a believable and enticing world, most likely you cannot fully conceive the story you are writing. It's often said that writers are often off in their own little worlds, and there's a reason for that: they are. Most great writers submerge themselves into the worlds they are putting to page.RS McCoy has not only created a wonderful world in her series, but the individual regions that make up the world as a whole are worlds within themselves. Each has its own culture, its own history, and its own struggles, all of which McCoy describes beautifully. She truly delves deeper into the Nakben culture in writing Spirits, and we as readers feel as much a part of the world as Lark, Khea, and Avis. Magical Systems. In the first book of the series, Sparks  we learn that individuals carry a spark, a light which makes them special and allows them to manipulate elements or creatures or something less tangible (such as thoughts). In Spirits, McCoy explores the reason behind the sparks and truly incorporates lore and legend within her magical system to account for the transcendence of the magical abilities. We learn more about the gods and goddesses of the world and their role within the system. This makes the magic not only seem believable, but also possible.Characterization. I know this sounds cliché, but McCoy's characters truly leap from the page–most into your heart. As a reader, you connect with the characters on a level that you do in everyday life–at least I did. From the amorphous green fog to the unlikeliest of friends found deep in the Silver Springs, each has a distinct personality you grow to love–or, in some cases, hate. The human condition and its complete range of em[...]

Book Blast: The Orphan and the Thief by M.L. LeGette (An "I Am A Reader Not A Writer" Tour)


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Book Spotlight: Knights of Rilch (Serengard, Book 2) by Rachel O'Laughlin


Salut, Beardies!Have you missed me? I can’t believe it’s been almost five months since I wrote my last Book Spotlight! The past months have included action, adventure, and enough high drama to fill a whole novel, but why would I bore you with the details when I have a fantastic book to tell you about?This week, our friend Rachel O’Laughlin celebrates the publication of her second novel, Knights of Rilch, the follow up to last year’s Coldness of Marek, which we reviewed as part of a Fae Books blog tour. I’ve been waiting with bated breath for this book ever since I finished the first one, so I was stoked when Rachel asked me to be among the first reviewers for it! Choose OneAlibrisAmazon|PaperbackAmazon|KindleB&N|PaperbackB&N|NOOKBooks-A-MillioneBaySchuler Books Premise:Nine years ago, rebels destroyed the monarchy of Serengard, ruining all that Princess Kierstaz Orion and her brother, Mikel, held dear. Determined to restore the monarchy, Mikel and Kierstaz formed a band with the knights still loyal to them, skirmishing with the rebels along the border between Serengard and neighboring Dreibourge, but when the casualties became too much, they retreated into hiding. Now, Kierstaz and Mikel are once again on the run, but if possible the stakes are even higher, for they are sworn to protect Malcom, son of Trzl, leader of the rebels. Malcom is becoming a fierce fighter in his own right, but he is also plagued with a mysterious illness. When danger mounting for both Malcom and Mikel, Kierstaz must sacrifice everything to save them both in a land where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted.Gems for Writers:World Building. In Serengard, Rachel O’Laughlin builds a complex world and thoroughly explores all of its components. The reader comes away with a total understanding of Serengard in every aspect from its political structure and geographical features to its cultural norms. It takes a deft hand to incorporate this level of detail without dragging the story down, but there is absolutely no drag in Knights of Rilch. Small details, such as the custom of Seren warriors exchanging blood when forming alliances, are explained in context, building the world gradually, so that by the end, the reader simply stands in the middle of it all and gazes around in awe. Smoke and Mirrors. This series has one of the most nuanced, complex plots I have read in quite some while, and is all the more enjoyable for it. In Serengard, nothing can be taken at face value and no one can be trusted. The revelations and betrayals range from subtle to shocking, and keep the suspense building to the very end. That end is also a perfect cliffhanger, leaving me anxious for another installment of the story, but perfectly content to go back to the beginning and reread while I wait! Evolution of a Heroine. Kierstaz had a small part to play in Coldness of Marek, and I was most pleased to see her take center stage in Knights of Rilch. It was absolutely fascinating to see her come to life in all her glory, a wonderful blend of fierce warrior and protector and mother figure to Malcom, and to watch her fight for her beliefs and those whom she loves. In my short acquaintance with Kierstaz, she has taken her place with my all-time heroines.Rating:Conclusion: Thanks for joining me today, Beardies! It’s great to be back, and rest assured you won’t be waiting long to hear from me again. See you next time!Until then, Keep Calm and Scribe On***Knights of Rilch (Serengard, Book 2) (2014), by Rachel O'Laughlin, is published by and copyright Dublin Mist Press. It is available in stores, online (see above), and from your local public library.***Per FTC Regulations: I received a free Advance Reading Copy (ARC) from the author and was not compensated in any way, monetarily or otherwise, for this review.[...]

Author Spotlight: Adam Gillrie (A Bearded Scribe Blog Tour)


Author Bio:Adam Gillrie had the unique experience of being home schooled and turning out socially acceptable. His home schooling gave him eight hours a day to write but left him horribly behind in math. Do not buy a book by Adam Gillrie for his math skills.After being home-schooled, Adam Gillrie was thrust into the public school system his senior year of high school. Sadly, his socially acceptable skills were not able to save him as he rode the bus.High school ended and Adam majored in Creative Writing at the prestigious University of South Florida. It was here he gained a distinct hatred for Edgar Allen Poe (Sorry, Poe fans). After a year, Adam served a full-time mission for 2 years for his church, and—upon returning to college—he became a respectable Business Major.Upon graduating, Adam did many of the respectable things a talented, socially-acceptable person does with their life. He started a family, had four wonderful children, and became astute at consulting. Unfortunately, Adam s mid-life crises came early and he found himself leafing through the no-less-than-600 book outlines and short stories that he'd written during his home-schooled upbringing. Realizing he had made a terrible mistake being respectable, Adam quit his job as a famous consultant and locked himself away to rewrite his book, Silent Intrusion.Three years—and many many editors—later, Silent Intrusion was complete. Remarkably, it rose to the top of its category on Amazon upon its release (which, of course, has gone straight to Adam's head). Adam is currently working on the sequel as he slowly makes his way through the 600 books he would like to publish before he dies. The Interview:Autumn Jones: Which book introduced you to speculative fiction?Adam Gillrie: I’d have to say Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. It was one of the first books that just took for granted many of the concepts of Science Fiction without boring me to tears trying to explain the technology.Autumn Jones: Do you have an all-time favorite book? What about it makes it your favorite?Adam Gillrie: Ender’s Game is still my favorite book. I just love how Card captures the potential for children to do great things.Autumn Jones: Which author—and/or book—inspired you to start writing?Adam Gillrie: Believe it or not, Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October was instrumental in starting me down the writing path. I had written since I learned how to read, but that book convinced me I could do it. It didn’t hurt that he wrote me back when I wrote him. It wasn’t a long letter, but I treasured it for years.Autumn Jones: Have you always felt the drive to write a book and share your stories? What are the biggest hurdles you've had to overcome to accomplish it?Adam Gillrie: Yes, always. It’s what I’ve known I would do since I learned to read. My biggest hurdles have been the refining process. I have written Silent Intrusion from scratch four times. This is not an effective way to spend one's time—although the book is much better now than the first draft. I’ve learned how to better refine first drafts while working on Book 2, too.Autumn Jones: Of the entire publishing process, what would you say is the most difficult aspect to endure?Adam Gillrie: The most difficult aspect is the final polish. It’s very frustrating to find a spelling mistake or an incomplete sentence when you’ve read through a book forty times. It’s also frustrating because of the sheer length of a book allows this to happen too easily. Autumn Jones: Your main characters had distinct personalities and traits. Are they pieces of you? Were there any actual events or people that inspired any bit of the plot or characters in Silent Intrusion?Adam Gillrie: Centrally, Silent Intrusion is about the bond between a brother and sister. My younger sister was[...]

Book Spotlight: Silent Intrusion by Adam Gillrie (A Bearded Scribe Blog Tour)


Happy Day, Beardies!Where has the time gone? January is done, and February is upon us! I'm learning time flies—whether I want it to or not. These winter months are screaming past, though, and I couldn't be happier about it. I'm looking forward to clear skies, warm breezes, and flowers blooming. I wish I had a funny story to share about what's been going on with me the last few months—but alas, it was just boring, every day life. No one wants to hear me go on and on about work, school, homework, stomach flu, etc. (If you do, follow me on Twitter.) I'm happy to be back doing another Spotlight today. Let's get to it, shall we? Choose One Amazon|Kindle Premise:Breaker is an underachieving military aide. He just can't seem to do anything right. When the General puts him in charge of finding out who or what is causing thousands of people to disappear will Breaker be able to step up to the challenge? Will he be able to solve one of the US Military's greatest mysteries?Gems for Writers:Genre-Blending. I was pleased with the blending of sci-fi, militaristic themes, and mystery. I tend to get leery of books that try and throw more than one genre together. Sometimes it can all get a little lost in translation. Mr. Gillrie took the time to balance and blend them all together effortlessly. The book really needed all these elements to compel the story and move it along. At no point in the book was any one genre outweighing the others. Suspense. I found myself asking a lot of 'W' questions. WHO are these creatures? WHAT do they want? WHAT is happening? From WHERE did they come? WILL they be able to figure out this stuff? Suspense was definitely well incorporated into this story. Just when I thought I had something figured out—BAM!—something else was revealed which just led to more questions.Pebbles to Polish:Poor Editing. This book definitely needs a brush up on its editing. Spelling errors, grammatical errors, and formatting issues were all present and, often times, distracting when reading the book. There was also strange dialogue that just seemed out of place and really confused me as a reader. I think the first chapter of the book would served as a better ending and lead-in for Book 2.Rating:Conclusion: This story has a lot of potential. If the editing had been better I would have given this a solid 3 (quite possible 3.5). I liked Breaker and his military comrades. I want them to save the world from the strange alien invaders. After finishing the book, it inspired me to break out my X-Files DVD Collection and watch a few episodes. Mulder and Scully forever!Until next time...***Silent Intrusion (2013), by Adam Gillrie, is published by and copyright Iron Rod Publishing. It is available in stores, online (see above), and from your local public library.[...]