Monday, January 22, 2018

AudioTour: Suspended Game


Author: Roz Lee

Narrators: Jay Harper

Length: 8 hours 47 minutes

Publisher: State of Mind

Released: Aug. 28, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance



After five years spent proving his innocence in a gambling scheme, Jimmy Doyle Walker is back on the field for the Washington Diplomats. Given one season to demonstrate he can still contribute to the team, he guards his secrets well, knowing exposure of his unorthodox sex life would create a career-ending scandal. When he meets Evelyn Gardner, she tests his resolve, and he risks everything to show her the delights to be found in his arms.
Living day-to-day as a switchboard operator, Evelyn Gardner loathes the sexual cravings that cost her the home and family she’d always dreamed of. When she meets Jimmy Doyle Walker, the sexy first baseman for the Washington Diplomats, at a church revival meeting, he challenges her beliefs and her expectations. Determinedly, he seduces her through erotic letters, sensual gifts, and sexual play, until she dares dream she can have satisfaction and respectability.
Too bad her father, the preacher, seems set on ruining not only their reputations but also their lives.





USA Today Bestselling Author, Roz Lee is a displaced Texan who lives in New Jersey with her husband of almost four decades, and Bud, an overly large rescue dog who demands regular romps in the woods.

The mom of two daughters and grandma to the cutest baby boy ever, Roz collects Depression glass and teacups with rose patterns. Her favorite food is Tex-Mex, and she’s never met a piece of chocolate she didn’t like.

When Roz isn’t writing, she’s reading, or traipsing around the country on one adventure or another. Warning—she brakes for antique stores!
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Narrator Bio

From providing voiceovers and audio for warm and professional narrations and business presentations, telephone system and on-hold messages to high energy, over-the-top, hard sell radio, television and online commercials, Jay Harper offers voiceover versatility that showcases his 25-plus years of experience. He also has a state-of-the-art studio and equipment to ensure top quality recordings.
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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Roz Lee. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 I'm the first to admit I'm not a sports fan or even a romance reader, and a hardly ever read anything BDSM, but for some reason, I really wanted to read/listen to this one, and I'm so glad it did! I loved Jimmy and Evelyn together, and from the start, I could tell that they had that something special that some couples have. Jimmy was a gentleman through and through and treated Evelyn with the up most respect. I love how understanding and passionate they both are! This one didn't drag on as some historical fiction can, and even for someone who doesn't often read romance books, I was immediately drawn into this one!

Q&A with Author Roz Lee
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Actually, no. When I’m writing, the story comes alive for me. I hear the characters conversations in my head, see their facial expressions and body language, but I can’t say that I’m thinking ahead to the audio version at that time.
  • Were there any real-life inspirations behind your writing?
    • I drew inspiration for this particular story from both real life and literary fiction. On the fiction side, I’ve always been a fan of The Natural by Bernard Malamud. My hero, Jimmy Doyle Walker, is based loosely on Malamud’s Roy Hobbs. On the real -life side, the time period (early 20th Century - post-Great Depression) intrigues me. The idea to set a romance during that time was a challenge I wanted to tackle. Baseball was America’s Pastime, a game loved by all and played with simple equipment almost anyone could afford. Then there was the infamous Chicago Black Sox of 1919 where eight members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of taking money to throw the World Series. I took some literary license and moved the event to the 1930’s to suit my story, but the scandal was real and fit perfectly into Jimmy Doyle’s story.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • I don’t worry about burn-out. I guess that’s my way of avoiding it. I allow myself to take breaks, do the things that are important to me like spend time with my grandson and refuse to feel guilty for the time away from my computer. It’s not the kind of system that will work for everyone, but it helps me keep balance in my life, and with balance comes creativity.
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • Yes. Yes. Yes. My dad once said my mother was like an old shaggy dog. Open the car door and she’d jump in! LOL, I inherited shaggy dog syndrome from her, I suppose. I love to travel, and I’m not picky about where I go. I’m just as happy motoring along country roads looking for antique stores as I am on a planned tour. Next summer I’m conquering a bucket list item - an Alaskan cruise. After that, I’m setting my sights on Ireland.
  • If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
    • Jimmy Doyle Walker - Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Chastain to play Evelyn Gardner.
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • I think I slept for a week! Once I’d gotten to a certain point and could see the end in sight, I worked very long hours for a couple of weeks to get to the finish line. I love it when the words come that easily, which is not always the case.
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • No, but I had one pop into my head one day when I was driving. Just a name, nothing more. It took me months to figure out who Elgin Huddleston was. :-)
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • Keep writing. No matter how bad you think it is, or how good, keep plugging away. You can always fix what you’ve written, but you can’t fix a blank page. (Not an exact quote from Nora Roberts, but close!)
  • What’s next for you?
    • I’m currently plugging away on a Political cyber thriller. I’ve never written a thriller before, but my muse insisted I give it a try.


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Blogtour: Robin Hood's Dawn


Robin Hood’s Dawn:
Book One in the Robin Hood Trilogy
By Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer
A KINGDOM UNDER ASSAULT, A CONSPIRACY BORN OF ANARCHY, AND A HERO STANDING AGAINST TYRANNY
A story birthed from both history and folklore— step into a unique retelling of the Robin Hood legend.
Set in 12th century England and France, a time of anarchy, intrigue, and turmoil, Robin Hood’s Dawn [Angevin World Publishing, January 16, 2018] by authors Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer offers readers a carefully crafted story blending real history with key elements of the Robin Hood legend. In an intriguing story that highlights Robin’s family background and dynamics like never before, readers will be undeniably enchanted as they follow Robin Fitzooth, a man falsely convicted of a shocking crime who finds refuge in Sherwood Forest and becomes Robin Hood. Leading a band of men against the injustices of a malevolent sheriff and his henchmen, Robin begins to unravel a web of treachery threatening the English royal family.  
As shadowy forces gather to destroy the future of a nation, Robin faces deceit, betrayal, and the ravages of war as he defends his king, his country, his people, and the woman he loves from a conspiracy so diabolical, so unexpected, that the course of history hangs in the balance.
From the mists of an ancient woodland, to lavish royal courts teeming with intrigue, and the exotic shores of the Holy Land — Robin Hood leads the fight in a battle between good and evil, justice and tyranny, the future and the past.
  • Developed in a fast-paced storyline with elements of political intrigue, questionable morality, adventure, romance, suspense, and mystery, Robin Hood’s Dawn is part one of an enthralling three-part retelling of the legend of Robin Hood.
  • A timely and provocative read broadening the storyline of this well-known legend, Robin Hood’s Dawn reveals:
  • Historical detail in the events, characters, and locations throughout the storyline
  • The intrinsic value of all people, regardless of wealth and status
  • The inherently raw characteristics of Robin Hood—an indomitable, clever, and honorable man who is also overconfident and reckless
  • The transformation of Lady Marian into a powerful female character who faces danger with an intrepid spirit
  • The moral imperative of defending the powerless against tyrannical government officials
  • And so much more!
     
 Excerpt
Chapter 17: The Lion Hunt
22 February 1192, City of Acre

As he led the royal procession, Robin worriedly looked back at the litter carrying Marian. Her flaxen hair was concealed beneath a Saracen-style headscarf, and her litter had a fabric canopy to hide her from view. Marian was oblivious to the perils she faced in this land, where great wealth could be obtained by selling such a fair-haired beauty to the highest bidder. Although she had scoffed at Robin’s orders that Much and Allan march beside her litter with their swords drawn, the two men had obeyed Robin’s stern directives without hesitation.
Next to Marian’s litter rode a sullen King Richard; he was still furious at Robin for his criticisms of their stalled Crusade. The fact that Robin was right had only fueled the king’s temper, which burned hotter than the accursed desert sun. André followed Richard, and there were eight mounted knights protectively situated around the king and Marian.
Robin sighed loudly as he resumed his forward scrutiny of the road. He didn’t have enough men to properly guard the king, but Richard, who was supremely confident in his fighting skills, had flatly refused to wait for reinforcements. Robin deeply resented the king’s willingness to expose Marian to danger. It was inexcusably selfish and thoughtless in Robin’s opinion, but he had no choice but to acquiesce to the king’s demands. Because of the threat to Richard, Robin had instructed his men to wear helmets and chainmail hauberks under their surcoats. Additionally, they carried Norman-style kite shields, which had both neck and arm straps.
Robin had traveled too far ahead of the group, so he stopped and examined his surroundings with care. They were on a road flanked by the Genoese and Venetian quarters, and the harbor was a short distance away. Like many areas in this war-torn city, the buildings were heavily damaged. Removing his helmet to wipe the sweat from his brow, Robin observed that the street was strangely deserted, and he felt a stirring in the pit of his stomach. He signaled for the procession to halt. In the resulting eerie stillness, Robin concentrated all his senses.
“What is the problem?” the king gruffly complained with unmistakable impatience.
Robin did not respond; something was wrong, and he could feel it. Suddenly, a small rock fell from the heavens and rolled across the street. At first, he gave it little consideration as he put his helmet back on, but then his mind was filled with the awareness that stones do not drop from the sky like rain.
His eyes darted upward, and fear seized him as he recognized the familiar shape of a bow. Urgently, he yelled over his shoulder, “Shields up, left!” The well-trained knights, including the king, promptly raised their shields as the archers released a volley of arrows.
Robin turned his horse and sped to the king. He had seen three archers, and they were clearly targeting King Richard. Rejoining the others, Robin saw ten men brandishing swords and riding towards the royal party from a forward position, while another eight were approaching from the rear. There was no avenue of escape, and the king’s elite guard arranged their horses in a defensive semi-circle around Richard and Marian, using the façade of an adjacent structure to prevent the enemy from completely surrounding them.


Author Q&A with Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer
Robin Hood’s Dawn: Book One in the Robin Hood Trilogy

Robin Hood has been featured in many books, movies, and television shows. How is your story different?
We have taken a fresh approach to the Robin Hood story, and we’re excited to share our vision with fans of the legendary hero.
We have creatively reimagined the origins of the Robin Hood legend, which includes exploring the complexity of his family dynamics - an aloof, proud father loyal to King Henry II, and a kind-hearted, generous mother devoted to ministering to the poor with her gift for healing. One theme is that the consequences of immoral actions and secret sins can reverberate across generations, and this is part of the legacy that Robin receives from his father.
We wanted to cast him as a hero fighting against the tyranny of a lawless government official instead of a bandit redistributing wealth. When Robin is falsely accused of a shocking crime by the new Sheriff of Nottingham, he could have simply retreated to a safe place beyond the reach of the sheriff. However, he feels a responsibility to the people – he believes in the intrinsic value of every human being – so he takes a stand to defend the people from the actions of the sheriff. And this points to another theme: one person can make a difference by taking a stand for what is right.
Robin also feels great admiration for the newly crowned King Richard the Lionhearted. His loyalty to the king will create a number of conflicts and unexpected consequences in the story.
Lastly, we wanted to set our Robin Hood story in a fascinating time period: the 12th century. In our humble opinion, the 12th century has much to offer fans of sweeping tales of political, social, and spiritual upheaval.
We have carefully constructed our story within the framework of real history. We hope that this realism and devotion to actual history will add to the enjoyment of the story and encourage people to learn more about this time.
You’ve emphasized how your Robin Hood story has been reimagined. Will fans of the traditional ballads still recognize this as a Robin Hood story?
There is a lot of variety in the many books and screen adaptations of the Robin Hood legend. We wanted to create a story that was respectful towards fans of the original ballads and legends without necessarily adhering to the same storylines that have been previously written. It is our hope that all Robin Hood fans will enjoy this fresh retelling of the story.
For example, we feel that Marian is a character who deserves more attention. All too often she is a background character with little to do. With this in mind, we have focused on creating a Lady Marian who will figure more prominently in the story, especially in book 2.
Our Marian is more than a love interest for Robin. Over the course of Robin Hood’s Dawn, Marian transforms from a sheltered, somewhat pampered, girl into a brave woman who continuously strives to overcome both her fears and the obstacles that she faces. We also wanted her to be feminine and remain believable as a woman of the 12th century. Of course, keep in mind that the most prominent woman of the 12th century was the indomitable Eleanor of Aquitaine, an inspiration to any woman living in a male-dominated society.
Fans of the Robin Hood legend will find many familiar characters: Maid Marian, Little John, Allan-a-dale, Will Scarlet, Much the Miller’s son, Guy of Gisborne, and the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Readers will also meet real historical figures such as King Stephen, King Henry II, Richard the Lionhearted, King Philippe II of France, Prince John "the Lackland", and many others, including Ranulphus Besace. Who was he? Well, he was a real person who was King Richard’s personal physician!
This book is advertised as the first in a trilogy. Will the first two books end in cliff-hangers? Will any of the books be stand-alone?
Although the final mysteries and conflicts will not be resolved until book 3, we have structured the trilogy so that books 1 and 2 do not end in cliffhangers.
The readers will not be left wondering whether the main characters will live or die, and we have endeavored to create a sense of completion in each of the first two books. Some story threads will be resolved, and some of the mysteries surrounding the main characters will be revealed in each of the first two books.
We think readers will be excited and eager for the next installment without suffering undue frustration at the endings of books 1 and 2.
The books will not be stand-alone.
How did each of you become interested in writing this story and working together as co-authors?
Olivia:
I love to tell stories with multi-dimensional characters. I speak several languages, and I found that I enjoyed not only writing stories but also writing them in different languages. My favorite legendary hero is Robin Hood, and my favorite historical figure is Anne Boleyn. My first novel is an English-language re-imagining of the story of Anne Boleyn.
In 2015, I met Coleen (J.C.) on the Internet and we decided to co-author a Robin Hood Trilogy.
It is amazing that Coleen and I have managed to successfully work together on our project despite the fact that we have never met each other in real life. We talk on the phone and frequently exchange skype messages as well as emails. We have been working together long-distance despite living in very different time zones.
Coleen (J.C.)
I began writing about three years ago. I had previously done editing work for other authors, but I had never thought about writing my own stories until one day when I was suddenly inspired to start writing, and I’ve been writing nearly non-stop ever since.
I wanted to write a book that would honor the legend of Robin Hood as a man who stood against the tyranny of a powerful government official; a man who fought for justice and fairness because he recognized the intrinsic value rooted in the humanity of all people.
So, you’ve never actually met, you come from different countries, different cultures, and speak different languages. How can you co-author a book? Is it because you have similar writing styles?
Coleen:
Fortunately, Olivia is fluent in English, because that’s the only language I know!
Olivia:
We have found that we have a lot in common – especially our love of writing and of history. We have to work hard to merge our writing styles, but we have successfully done this.
Coleen:
That’s very true. Oliva and I have very different “voices” and writing styles. You might even say they are nearly opposite styles.
I tend to write in a straightforward, expository style, with a minimum of descriptive elements and metaphorical flourishes. I am good at explaining things, organizing ideas, and creating natural sounding dialogue.
Olivia:
My writing is characterized by lush romanticism and passionate lyricism. I love to create metaphors and descriptions which excite the imagination of the reader in a vivid and dramatic way.
Coleen:
In some respects, Olivia’s words are the emotional heart of the story, and my words represent the rational intellect. Of course, it’s not quite that cut-and-dried, but it is one way to describe how two people with such different styles have come together to create Robin Hood’s Dawn.


About the Authors:
Authors Olivia Longueville and J.C. Plummer met online and bonded over a passion for storytelling, history, and fiction. They began the journey of writing The Robin Hood Trilogy despite having never met each other in person.
Olivia Longueville has degrees in finance and general management from London Business School.  Currently, she is working in investment banking and is also helping her father run the family business. Longueville loves historical fiction, considering herself an amateur historian, and she is passionate about historical research, genealogy, and art. She has undertaken in-depth research into the history of the Valois dynasty, the French Renaissance, the Tudors, and the Plantagenets. As an established published writer of Between Two Kings, she is interested in creating strong and diverse characters, and giving voice to stories that are unique, compelling, inspiring, and amusing.
J.C. Plummer graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology. She then earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Science from Dartmouth College. Growing up on a small farm in Kansas, Plummer developed a lifelong fascination with history and a curiosity about other cultures and people. Coauthoring The Robin Hood Trilogy has merged her passions for history, culture, and technology into one unique, exciting project. As an author and historian, Plummer’s goal is to provide thoughtful and entertaining storytelling that honors the past, is mindful of the present, and is optimistic for the future.
To learn more about Robin Hood’s Dawn: Book One in the Robin Hood Trilogy, visit www.angevinworld.com.
Robin Hood’s Dawn: Book One in the Robin Hood Trilogy will be available wherever books are sold as of January 16th, 2018.

Blogtour: Keeper

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Review: Talking About God: Honest Conversations About Spirituality

Talking About God: Honest Conversations About Spirituality Talking About God: Honest Conversations About Spirituality by Steve Saccone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way” (1 Peter 3:15-16, NLT).

This book demonstrates again and again that talking about God is simple when we commit ourselves first to loving and listening to our friends. For people who are intimidated or fatigued by the idea of talking about matters of faith, Talking about God offers story after gripping story about faith conversations that avoid cliché and combativeness and instead draw people organically and relationally toward the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Discover refreshing portraits of natural, organic, God-directed dialogues that protect the dignity of the people we love and lead them into life-changing conversations.

Review: Restore: Break Out of Your Past and Into God's Future

Restore: Break Out of Your Past and Into God's Future Restore: Break Out of Your Past and Into God's Future by Vince Antonucci
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What should we do when we feel stuck in life?
You know how it feels. There's a hurt in your past that is hard to get beyond. There's a bad habit that's difficult to break. There's a setback that is just too tough to overcome.

We all have our own unique situations in which we feel "stuck." Americans' favorite suggestions for how to fix our lives--self-help programs, self-esteem techniques, or simple willpower--leave many of us ceaselessly spinning our wheels and feeling just as "stuck" as ever. Vince Antonucci knows what this feels like, and he knows many who have struggled to fix their lives with these dead-end methods. He struggled to get past the pain of a neglectful and angry father. It wasn't until Vince decided to go through a recovery and rehab course, focused on God, that he learned ways to break free of that hurt and to live in God's future.

Today, when someone walks through the doors of Vince's innovative church, located just off the Las Vegas Strip, he offers a Restore class as one of three core classes that every member takes. He knows how important it is to learn to break free of these old hurts and bad habits. The essence of that popular class is contained in this book.

Move past your past, heal your hurts, and break your bad habits.

Review: Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God

34564696 Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best-selling author of Circle Maker, which helped over 2 million people learn to talk to God, now helps readers learn how to listen to God.
The voice that spoke the cosmos into existence is the same voice that parted the Red sea, and made the sun stand still in the midday sky. One day, this voice will make all things new, but it's also speaking to you now!

That voice is God's voice, and what we've learned from Scripture is that He often speaks in a whisper. Not to make it difficult to hear Him, but to draw us close.

Many people have a tough time believing God still speaks. Sure, in ancient times and in mysterious ways, God spoke to His people, but is He still speaking now?

Mark Batterson certainly believes so. And he wants to introduce you to the seven love languages of God; each of them unique and entirely divine. Some of them you might suspect but others will surprise you.

By learning to tune in to and decipher each language, you'll be able to hear His guidance in simple as well as life-altering choices. God is actively speaking through: Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings, and Pain. Batterson gives you the tools you need to unlock each of these languages.

God's whisper can answer your most burning questions, calm your deepest fears, and fulfill your loftiest dreams.

Discover how simple it is to hear God's voice in every aspect of your life!

He's speaking, make sure you know how to listen!


Blogtour: Symbiosis






SYMBIOSIS is a YA supernatural romance novel with contemporary fantasy appeal.
Date Published: January 10, 2015

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A switch flipped the night of the dance. Something awakens within Kate Archer that alters
her relationship with Nick and Alex. Haunting visions of the past plague her. In an effort to maintain harmony within her relationships, she tries to hide the knowledge the dreams reveal to her. Eventually, when the façade that she’s so carefully crafted begins to unravel, Kate realizes that the past has no boundaries, and it has stained her soul. It is then that the truth finally sets her free.

Review: I really enjoyed this series! I liked Kate, and seeing her grow into her powers, as well as seeing her with Nick and Alex. I liked the character grown throughout the series, and the worldbuilding. With each book I found myself drawn deeper into this world.
 
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Story time always captivated Karen.  As a child, she fell in love with books that transported her to different worlds and introduced her to new creatures. As a teacher, she encouraged her students to explore different times and new worlds through literature.  Now, when Karen isn’t living in reality with her husband and daughters, she can be found creating an alternate reality filled with creatures and worlds that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers.


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Friday, January 19, 2018

Blogtour: Torn Away (Review)






Suspense/Romance
Date Published: 11-01-17
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

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Drew Duncan swore he’d never go back to Ember Falls again. After he was wrongfully charged with his high school girlfriend’s murder, he waited for a trial that never came. When he was released from jail a year later, he left everything behind. But when his sister is murdered, Drew is forced to return to the hometown where he and his sisters were brutalized by their alcoholic father.

Once back, not even his training as a Marine and point man for McAlister Security prepares Drew for what he must face--a surviving sister who refuses to forgive him for abandoning her, a nephew who trembles when he enters the room, and an entire town that thinks he got away with murder. To protect his nephew, Drew will face his most terrifying fear. Going home.
Review: I enjoyed this romantic suspense title! Drew left home and didn't look back due to circumstances out of his control. When his sister reached out to him for help, he returns to find their other sister has been murdered. Bringing up things from his past, he seeks help to catch a killer. I love the writing style, and the mystery in this one. I was kept guessing until the end, and I enjoyed reading about these characters.

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Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Vincent Morrone now resides in Upstate NY with his wife. (Although he can still speak fluent Brooklynese.) His twin daughters remain not only his biggest fans, but usually are the first to read all of his work. Their home is run and operated for the comfort and convenience of their dogs. Vincent has been writing fiction, poetry and song lyrics for as long as he can remember, most of which involve magical misfits, paranormal prodigies and even on occasion superheroes and their sidekicks.

As they say in Brooklyn: Yo, you got something to say? Vincent would love to hear from you at Vincent@vincentmorrone.com


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Blogtour: Cathadeus



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Book Title: Cathadeus (Book One of the Walking Gates)

Author: Jeff J. Peters

Category: YA Fiction, 344 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing

Release date: Dec 8, 2017

Tour dates: Jan 15 to Feb 2, 2018

Content Rating: PG-13 (fighting scenes)



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It has been six hundred years since the Alchemists fused together men and beasts to form strong, mindless slaves. Now, their most vicious creations have attacked the mystical Walking Gates, slaughtering their Keepers and isolating their cities. Wounded in the brutal attack, Braxton Prinn’s mother is on the verge of death and he makes a desperate journey to find the reclusive elven master who can save her. But when he discovers an ancient magic, Brax is caught up in an even greater struggle and soon finds himself hunted for his power. Drawn into the chaos of an impending war and pursued by enemies on all sides, Brax must fight to save his mother and her race from slipping into darkness. Though his untamed magic may be the greatest threat of all . . .









What Readers are Saying about Cathadeus:



“Jeff J. Peters’ strong cinematic writing style allowed me to easily visualize the story and feel that I was right there alongside the characters.”

- Alison W.



“Jeff J. Peters’ writing is so smooth and easy to read – I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure it was…and how quickly you end up being drawn into the story because of it.”

- Amanda R.



“Cathadeus is the best kind of fantasy story - you get to learn along with a flawed main character while you get lost in a richly designed world. You can’t help but keep reading. A cleanly written pairing of characters you wish you could spend more time with and an enthralling world built around them. Cathadeus is the kind of story that plays perfectly off of your imagination, with characters grounded in reality to make it feel like you could really be there.”

- Ryan N.



“Jeff J. Peters definitely has storytelling skills...The story stayed on my mind when I wasn’t reading it. Young readers will be drawn in this imaginative story, while they relate to Braxton’s struggles with temper, insecurity, and young love. Cathadeus is dramatic, with an anxious tone—at times bleak, as the story keeps you wondering until the final battle if good will prevail.”

- Elizabeth C.





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Review: Masterful storytelling! I loved the flawed characters, and the reality melds perfectly with the fantasy elements. It stays with you even after the last page, and I would gladly return to this world over and over!


Jeff J. Peters
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1. Who are some of your favorite authors?
Jeff: Tolkien would definitely be one of my top choices as he was my first introduction to fantasy. I also really like David Eddings’ Belgariad and Malloreon series, with his Belgarath story being one of my all time favorites. Other notable mentions are Terry Brooks’ early Shannara books and, of course, who doesn’t love J. K. Rowling and Harry Potter.

2. What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Jeff: Getting to create characters and events that are both interesting to read, and which share a greater idea, meaning or inspiration to others. Hopefully people reading Cathadeus will not only enjoy the adventure, but also gain something more from the overall experience.

3. If you could visit any world, where would you go first?
Jeff: Tough question. As much as I love fantasy, it can be a pretty harsh place to live in. So if I was just visiting, I’d probably choose Middle Earth, but if I was going to live there for an extended period, I’d select the Star Wars galaxy instead, and seek out a Jedi master.

4. Are you working on any other stories?
Jeff: I’m currently writing Sotchek, the second book in The Walking Gates series. This picks up a few months after the end of Cathadeus, and I’m focused on the first half of the story, with some later sections to tie in as well. I’m also writing brief sections of the third book, and have large portions of the story arc developed. Once I get the opening chapter for Sotchek polished a bit more, I hope to post it to my web site. I’ve received some terrific responses from my beta readers, so hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much.

5. If you could have brunch with any author, who would it be and what would you talk about?
Jeff: If I could go back in time, I’d probably select Tolkien, as I think it would be fascinating to talk with him about how he created his world and the various races that pretty much spawned the epic fantasy genre. If limited to present day, I’d select J. K. Rowling.


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JEFF J. PETERS was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where he fell in love with all things fantasy. He obtained degrees in digital electronics and computer science and worked as an IT professional for more than twenty years. In 2014, he left his corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Cathadeus is his debut novel. He is currently working on the sequel.



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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Top5Wednesday #2: I can't remember...

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog meme started on Goodreads. You can check out the group and keep an eye out for the topics here.

This one's supposed to be a funny topic, so we shall see... ^.^


Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don't really remember...

Remember My Name
5. Remember My Name
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4. Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #1)
 While I do remember this one, I can't remember much about the read of the series other than the first one was the best.

Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom #1)

3.The Fire Within (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #1)
 I read the first 4 in this series, and never really cared about it.

The Fire Within (The Last Dragon Chronicles #1)

2.Parsifal's Page (The Squire's Tales, #4)
While I remember loving this one, I never read the rest of the series (as at the time I didn't realize it was part of a series.)

Parsifal's Page (The Squire's Tales #4)

The Borrowers (The Borrowers, #1)
1.My 3rd grade teacher read this, but I can't remember anything about it other than they were little people.

The Borrowers (The Borrowers #1)

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Blogtour: When a Stranger Comes




Fantasy / Suspense
Date Published: September 17, 2017

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Satisfying one's greed can come at a devilishly high cost.

Achieving what you crave can also bring the terrifying fear of losing it. For Alexa Wainwright, this truth has become her nightmare. Born Gladys Lipschitz, the daughter of an unwed Soviet-era Jewish immigrant, she was beyond thrilled and amazed when her debut novel, A Foregone Conclusion, soared to number one on the bestseller’s list and became an international sensation. The accompanying fame and riches were beyond her expectations. Unfortunately, her subsequent work has yet to achieve the same reception by critics and readers. Yes, they have sold well based on her name recognition, but she dreads the possibility of becoming a mid-list author forgotten and ignored. She vows to do whatever it takes to attain the heady ego-stroking success of her debut. But is she really?

Witnessing an out-of-the-blue lightning bolt whose giant tendrils spread over the blue sky and city streets below her loft window, Alexa doesn’t realize just how this vow will be tested as she’s magically transported to an alternate reality. In this universe, the characters from her books are given the breath of life and she meets publisher, King Blakemore, who just might be the Devil himself. At first, she shrugs off her doubts about this peculiar publisher and very lucrative book deal offer because the temptation of riches and refound fame is too strong. But all too soon, Alexa realizes she’s trapped in an underworld of evil from which she desperately wants to escape. For starters, she finds herself in an iron-clad book contract that changes its wording whenever she thinks of a loophole. Desperate to get her life back, she devises schemes to untether herself from this hellish existence. She’s also aided by the forces for good who attempt to help her. However, King Blakemore is cleverer and more powerful than she can begin to understand. Playfully, he decides to give Alexa a second chance to save herself from eternity with him and to be free. He offers her the prospect of a rewrite, as most authors do as part of the writing process. Given this chance, will Alexa make the same choices and the same mistakes again?

Review: I loved reading this one! It grabbed my attention from the start, and held me in suspense throughout the story! Magical realism with supernatural elements! This one was different from other books I have read, and I was impressed with it's originality!

About the Author




I get so much satisfaction in the writing process. I take care to choose just the right word, to make sure each sentence has the right cadence. I appreciate other writers who respect the craft in this way, and I hope my readers do so with me. Writing is a need, a desire for expression, and springs from well within my subconscious mind. Thoughts rise up, scenes rise up and blend in with the over-arching story. These thoughts emerge whenever they want to and wherever I am and probably not when I am at the computer. The computer is for the craft, the technique. The thoughts come during walks, or while driving the car, or at the grocery store. I am the willing recipient of these thoughts and so they seek me out. It's a mystery this business and art of writing and it keeps me enthralled.


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