As a writer, I have found that the best way to get better, is to read more. Along with that, I find that it's a long process to publish a book. As a result, I will share what I'm currently reading, and some of my favorites, as well as other indie books that you can read while waiting for my next books to release.
I am super excited to start this book this month. I have heard amazing things and want to change pace with my fantasy readings. Time to broaden my horizons!
This trilogy took me a bit to get into, but once I got rolling, I couldn't put it down. I've always loved Terry Brooks, but I haven't read his work in a while, nor this specific trilogy. To start my reread of his work, I went to the beginning (Though technically The Word and Void series is first, that wasn't known when it came out. This series linked the two.)
Book Two, Elves of Cintra, was my favorite of the series. The mixing of magic and technology in this trilogy is wonderful. Not many authors can blend the two well. It was fun to see magic coming to light as technology failed the world.
The writing was lovely and whimsical. The twists and turns were surprising and satisfying. Each hero played a vital role to allow the MC to play theirs. Everything came together in such a fun manner and this series tries to show the nature of humanity and warns of what can happen if we're not careful. Great storytelling!
Terry Brooks is a master of Fantasy and has always been my inspiration to write. His work bridged the gap between Tolkien and modern fantasy.
Pierce Brown delivers a dystopian masterpiece in this story. I will admit, I found myself bored and overwhelmed by all the unique terms used in this story right up front. It takes a little while to start understanding what the heck is going on.
This story mixes action with keen intellect as our hero must overcome the greatest odds to place himself in a position of power. This book is truly unique and imaginative, though I did find myself bored at times.
Prior to the epic conclusion, I wasn't sure I'd really want to continue the series. It was well written, but I just hadn't fallen in love with it yet. But the way it ended and the way he kept you guessing with what would occur next, I'm hooked. I can't wait to continue the series.
Ernest Cline had a hit on his hands with Ready Player One. I sailed through that book in no time and loved the movie with all its changes. This wildly popular book lived up to all expectations. Unfortunately, so did the sequel.
This book read like a cheap knock off of the original with a boring plot and obvious turns. The first hundred pages were full of boring, irrelevant expositions. It felt like Cline needed to hit a certain word count and as a result, added in as many unnecessary pop culture references as he could. The pacing felt off throughout the story.
That being said, the visual and world he created were great, even if the story left me wanting more. The ending felt unimaginative and anticlimactic.
If you were a huge fan of the first book, I wouldn't suggest reading the second; it'll leave you disappointed. Still, it was a successful book and had its fun parts.
Brandon Sanderson weaves another intricate story in the fourth Stormlight Archive entry. These books have all started slow, and this one is no exception. The first 800 pages dragged on, giving us more questions than answers as we progressed through this twisting tale.
This is the first book in the series that didn't immediately capture my attention. I read all four and Warbreaker straight though, so I may have been a little burnt out on Sanderson's writing style. But I will tell you, the climax and ending of this book was among the most thrilling and satisfying I have ever read.
It's a slow burn, but well worth it. I love Brandon Sanderson's epic word building and unmatched wordplay. Can't wait for the fifth installment.
The mission that changed everything.
It should have been a simple rescue mission, but when an enemy vessel packing heat and a major grudge intercepts the warship Alaska's Vengeance it's up to Captain Dani Devereaux and her crew to outsmart and outlast their ruthless adversary.
What they don't know is that everthing is about to change.
This action-packed short story leads up to Vengeance Lost, the first episode in the Ardent Redux Saga.
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Erryn Kolheim is the best damn freighter pilot this side of the core worlds. She was born in space, bred in it. She’s one of the best, but even the best fear pirates.
On a routine run across the galaxy, Erryn’s ship is stopped by Pegg pirates. While small, the nasty creatures make up for their size with a love for violence.
Erryn can go around them. Space is big, after all. But it ain’t safe. Avoiding one danger might mean another, if they can even avoid the first danger at all.
But Erryn’s a damn good pilot, and she won’t give up her ship without a fight.
Will Erryn overcome the scourge of space? If you like space sci-fi like Firefly, you’ll love this short story addition to the expansive Warpmancer Universe.
"If you like post-apocalyptic fiction with a dash of dark humor and irony, you will love the Mayhem & Madness series!"
After a spell in jail for the manslaughter of her abusive husband, all Brooklyn Lewis was wanting was an escape. She heads off to the Sierra Mountains to stay in her parents’ idyllic cabin in the Sierra Mountains where she’s just planning on having some quality R & R.
Cole Denvers – he’s on his annual camping and fishing trip, he’s set up camp on the shores of the Old Ridge Lake and is counting on catching some quality fish
But when the skies suddenly darken and the wolves begin to howl, Brook and Cole realise that the blissful break they were looking forward to is fast turning into an ordeal from hell.
As the nightmarish horrors clash around them, Brook and Cole find themselves thrown together. Now their only goal is to make it home alive. But with acid falling from the sky and wolves haunting their shadows, will the two be able to make it out of the mountains alive?
Pleading insanity was the easy way out for cop killer Bradley Walker because he knew going to jail was a sure death sentence for him. What he wasn’t expecting was for the judge to allow the cops to pick which mental institution he was getting assigned. Nonetheless, he envisioned a comfortable ride from here on out.
Little did Walker understand that cops never forgive and never forget, and at the asylum, you will descend into madness if madness is not where you come from. Walker tries his best to hang onto a glimmer of his sanity, but between the other patients, the orderlies and the doctor’s everything is turned around and upside down and Walker has no way of letting the outside world know he needs help.
Bartholomew Roberts is retiring, leaving his son in command of the Queen Anne’s Revenge. It is his first command, and it may be his last. The Alliance will do everything in their power to ensure that he fails.
Failure in the Alliance is not tolerated. If Doc Roberts is lucky, they will hang him. If not, he will be sent to a reeducation center, mind-wiped, and a control collar will be placed around his neck, then he will be paraded in the streets of Avalon’s capital city, as an example of what happens to people who fail in their missions.
He can’t afford to fail!
Bounty hunting is dangerous enough, but with an apprentice, Lucy Sawyer questions if she'll survive this next contract.
As the mystery of ZGI unfolds, the danger to the venator guild becomes clearer. Will Lucy be able to train Nate Briggs fast enough for him to survive their investigation?
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The fate of two nations rests in the hands of two unlikely heroes.
Ermo stands in the shadow of her family's legacy. She must rise to the challenge and face down the Holy Empire. Roan lives under the thumb of a religious theocracy. She must survive the coming storm, though it might change her forever.
A darkness lingers, waiting to strike. An ancient war begins anew.
Join a fantasy adventure telling the story of a world broken in time. Our heroes must rewrite history and bring civilization back from the brink of collapse.
Or else, the perpetual conflict between their peoples will fall prey to an even greater evil...