Thursday, 19 July 2018

Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz; Relics of the Divine by Stephen R. Watts




Stephen R. Watts was born and raised at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Northern Utah, where he developed a love for stories at a very young age. Having spent his adolescence creating alternate worlds where he could escape the hardships of mental illness, Stephen wanted nothing more than to grow up and write his own epic tales capable of entertaining readers in ways that reminds them of their untold worth. Stephen’s debut novel was a fourteen-year labor of love, and when he isn’t studying story craft he can be found traveling the world or spending quality time with his family in Salt Lake City.






When sixteen-year-old Harius is chosen to guard a mystic key and sword, he’s sure there’s been some mistake. Protecting the divine relics requires the celestial flame, a power that only mystic warriors can wield. And while Harius is training to become such a warrior, he’s lacked the faith needed to access the flame ever since his mother’s tragic death.

Despite his doubts, Harius accepts the calling at a time when evil forces threaten to destabilize his world. As the son of his nation’s most controversial leader, Harius soon becomes a delegate to a foreign land filled with technological marvels capable of saving his ancient race of winged men. Acquiring the necessary tech won’t be easy, though, as the king of this land won’t share it unless Harius uses the celestial flame to rescue the royal family from a foe out to conquer the realm.

With so much resting on his fragile faith, Harius fears he will ultimately fail. Yet, amid all the danger he will learn that the relics he guards hold the secret to not only restoring his faith, but to revealing his untold destiny.




Author Interview:

1)     What is your favorite book that is not yours?

“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. The author’s narrative style and unique point of view of one of history’s most savage wars provided a fascinating look at human existence, reminding me as the reader that it’s not where you come from, but who you are as an individual that defines the quality of your character.

2)     Do you write in multiple genres? Which genre is your favorite to write?

Since the only books I’ve written so far have been for an epic fantasy series, I will have to say that this is my favorite genre to write. I do love science fiction, though, and wish to one day try my had at writing a sci-fi trilogy I’ve been playing around with for a while now.

3)     How young were you when you started writing?

I would say that I first tried my hand at writing novels when I was in middle school, though I’ve never finished any of those books. As far as creating stories, though, I can recall imagining a slew of epic tales as far back as the second grade.

4)     If you could meet any author, past or present, who would it be and why?

Of all my favorite authors, I would say I would want to meet Charles Dickens above all others. His novels, such as “A Christmas Carol,” are rich with symbolism that speaks about humanity in ways that transcends the time period in which it was written—and that is something I’ve aspired to achieve in my own writing.

5)     How long does it take you to write a book, and what was your fastest book to write?

As far as rough drafts  go, the fastest I’ve ever written a book was a month. It was during an advanced fiction writing course I took in college, in which the professor had me and my peers simply write the book without editing it. The manuscript I churned out for that course turned out to be my debut novel, which took six years and many revisions to get it ready for press. (Don’t ask me how many revisions it took, for I stopped counting after fifteen.)

6)     What is your favorite thing to do in the summertime?


Road trips/travel. I love visiting new places I’ve never been before, and when I can afford it I will take entire weeks out of my schedule to go on a trip that not only feeds my need for adventure, but also provides me with experiences that help me improve my stories.





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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

My Favourite... Thing To Do First Thing In The Morning

It's Wednesday and time for a new My Favourite... post, courtesy of Maureen's Books. The theme of the week is favourite thing to do first thing in the morning.


My favourite two things to do first thing in the morning includes fixing my self a big mug of coffee and light a cigarette. Yes, I am fully aware that smoking cigarettes are bad for me, but at least I admit it. As long as I can have my coffee and cigarettes in peace in the morning, I'm pretty happy, especially considering I am NOT present in the morning, so I need my caffeine in order to wake up.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Top Ten Tuesday; Favourite Novellas/Short Stories

It's Tuesday and time for a new Top Ten Tuesday post, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week was top ten favourite novellas/short stories.

Here are my top ten picks;

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

Cinnamon by Samar Yazbek

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Kill Crew by Joseph D'Lacey

The Haunting of Dr. Bowen by C. A. Verstraete

The Red Shoes by Laura Erwin

The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Pains and Penalties (A Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery Novella) by Sarah Biglow

Monday, 16 July 2018

Book Blitz; The Freedom Club by Cindy Vine

Mailbox Monday Week 29

It's been a while since I wrote the last Mailbox Monday post, so I decided to write one today, thanks to the blog with the same name. Here's some of the books I've recieved in the mail in tha last couple of months.

En muslimsk mors kamp by Azra & Maria Gilani (press copy from the publisher)

Høstlandskap i Havana by Leonardo Padura (press copy from the publisher)

Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra (press copy from the publisher)

Menssmerter by Kopano Matlwa (press copy from the publisher)

Gildra by Hilde Susan Jægtnes (press copy from the publisher)

Den polske bokseren by Eduardo Halfon (press copy from the publisher)

Trikset by Emanuel Bergmann (press copy from the publisher)

De tapte barna by Rosanna Ley (press copy from the publisher)

Håpet - 1787-1825  by Mich Vraa (press copy from the publisher)

Persepolis I and II by Marjane Satrapi

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

RAF 100 by James Holland

The Secret by Katherina Diamond

You by Caroline Kepnes

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stane by J. K. Rowling

Bjørnejegerskens bekjennelser by Berit Hedemann (press copy from the publisher)

Djevelens rytter (Den siste vikingkongen #2) by Jan Ove Ekeberg (press copy from the publisher)

The Lotus and the Storm by Lan Cao

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

Gutten som elsket rådyr av Samuel Bjørk (press copy from the publisher)

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Omtale; Oppdrag Odin av James Holland

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Tatt i betraktning at jeg har en interesse for andre verdenskrig, samt har falt for forfatteren og historikeren James Holland, endte jeg opp med å lese Oppdrag Odin for en liten stund tilbake. I dag kommer omtalen.

Beskrivelse fra forlaget
APRIL 1940. NAZI-TYSKLAND HAR INVADERT NORGE. Tre offiserer i Kongens Garde flykter nordover fra de fremrykkende tyske styrkene. De har kun ett oppdrag: å redde vitenskapsmannen Hening Sandvold. Blir Sandvold tatt av nazistene, kan det svekke de allierte. Den eneste militære styrken som kan hjelpe Sandvold med flukten videre, er den dårlig utstyrte troppen i Brigade 148, ledet av sersjant Jack Tanner. Som følge av den britiske tilbaketrekningen fra Lillehammer, blir Tanner og hans lag isolert i de norske fjellene. De jages dag og natt av de militært overlegne tyske troppene, og for å riste de av seg må Tanner gjøre det beste ut av sine slitne menn. Han vet han ikke kan svikte. Sandvold sitter på en hemmelighet av vital betydning som kan endre hele utfallet av krigen. Forfatteren og historikeren James Holland kombinerer historisk nøyaktighet med en realistisk og underholdende fortelling. Oppdrag Odin er en roman fra annen verdenskrig - full av historiske fakta og den første romanen i en serie om sersjant Jack Tanner.

Mine tanker om romanen
Selv om James Holland har gått i dybden for å få ting så historisk nøyaktig som mulig, likte jeg The Burning Blue og A Pair of Silver Wings litt bedre. Ikke at Oppdrag Odin nødvendigvis var en dårlig bok, men når jeg har blitt vant med å lese James Holland på engelsk, samt høre han snakke engelsk i forskjellige dokumentarer, følte jeg at det var noe "feil" (men det har mer med vane enn kvalitet). I tillegg følte jeg at det til en viss grad var noen løse tråder i den noe brå avslutningen. Jeg kommer nok til å lese resten av serien, men jeg skal kjøpe de på engelsk, da det norske forlaget har oversatt bare de to første av i alt fem bøker.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz; Queen Mary's Daughter by Emily-Jane Hills Orford





Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca


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There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person's life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if? 

What if King James VI of Scotland didn't succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? What if there had been another heir to the throne of Scotland? One who would secure its independence? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away?


"Queen Mary's Daughter" presents another plausible timeline, one that incorporates both historical fact and fiction with the endless possibilities of time travel.






Author Interview:

1.     What is your favorite book that is not yours?
a.     Hard question. I have so many favorite books. So here's one of my many favorite books: Jude Morgan's "Symphony".
2.     Do you write in multiple genres?
a.     Yes. I write memoirs, creative nonfiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Middle Grade novels. Which genre is your favorite to write? Creative nonfiction.
3.     How young were you when you started writing?
a.     As soon as I could write my name, I was writing stories. Probably about 6. 
4.     If you could meet any author, past or present, who would it be and why?
a.     Susan Vreeland - I love her passion for the visual arts and her ability to weave a painting and a painter's life into a story.
5.     How long does it take you to write a book, and what was your fastest book to write?
a.     My first novel took ten years to write. A complete first draft usually takes about six months. That doesn't include all the months of editing, which is an endless task.
6.     What is your favorite thing to do in the summertime?
a.     Work in my garden and sit in my garden reading.





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