Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ed's Weekend Wave Issue #1230

Hello and welcome to issue #1230 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
With a lot of rain on Friday evening/night a really hot summer week inGermany found its end. I can't cope well with temperatures beyond 30 C°. My wife can tell you a thing or to about it. But despite the heat I went to gym and sweat like a waterfall. Anyway the gym is good against the blahs. And yes I'm still on diet. No sweets, no cake, That was a great week with three additional posts. I'm still on diet. Instead of sweets, cake and chocolate I "eat" books. Have a great weekend wherever you are and now

ENJOY READING ....



Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB

  1. Reading progress
  2. Half time report
  3. REMINDER
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. More "food" for my reader
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Giant Robots
  2. I met someone on a cyber launch party
  3. Phobos

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Instead of a movie trailer

Quotes
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
  1. German proverbs, sayings and idioms Peace

The Lighthouse


Extended dilemma - reading books vs. blog, mail, social media under difficult conditions. I have been surprised that I read in sum 633 pages! I did not expect that. And I finished two books.

I finished
- Company of Liars  [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B002RI9R98] by Karen Maitland.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" Author A. L. Berridge recommended the book to my wife. I could not resist to read it too because I like historical fiction.

The book delivered everything promised in the description and more. I have been surprised by the end. There are a lot of things to say about this book.
That means I work on a full review ....."


- Falstaff's Big Gamble (ebook September 1, 2012, pb October 1, 2012, due to information by the author)by Hank Quense
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" I received a digital copy from the author.
The characters of two Shakespeare novels in a fantasy world.
A light and fun read - ideal for hot summer days, if you are in the right mood.
If you look for something serious then stay away.
Full review in progress ...."

 

I'm

- 241 pages in Rasputin's Bastards (pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-1926851594] by David Nickle
A small progress last week.

- 108 pages in Caliban's War (digital, 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007PR3238] by  James S A Corey
This is the second book in the sf series Expanse and the story continues promising


I dropped
- The Jackal of Nar [ISBN-13: 978-0553578874] by John Marco after 308 pages.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
"I read promising reviews and I really, really wanted to read and like this book.
But after 308 pages I gave up. The story is good but I felt separated from the main characters. And without a certain connection to characters I can't enjoy a book."



Half time report
July is nearly over and so far no half time report appeared on the blog.
To be honest, so far I did not find time to do that and finally I decided to pass the half time report. It is sad but I have to face reality.



REMINDER

Do not forget that my worldwide giveaway of Land of Hope and Glory (pb, 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721126] by Geoffrey Williams is still running.

GIVEAWAY LINK

INTERVIEW LINK

REVIEW LINK




Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

Dear readers, I'm the one to tell you about books - only books? What about novellas and other stuff? My name is Bona. I scour shelves, shops and the net for books. If you call me a book whore I would not gainsay you. But be aware I have my own, sometimes elusive taste.

I bought no copies last week. But no week without new books. Three authors have been so kind to sent me digital review copies.

Let me start with a book which will be published in September (ebook) and October (pb) 2012. I received a mail from author Hank Quense who asked me if I would like to read and review his upcoming novel Falstaff's Big Gamble and after reading the blurb and watching the trailer I said yes. I did it because I felt a certain desire to read something light and funny. And now without further ado the book information.
Falstaff's Big Gamble (ebook September 1, 2012, pb October 1, 2012, due to information by the author)by Hank Quense
"This novel is Shakespeare's Worst Nightmare.
It takes two of the Bard's most famous plays, Hamlet and Othello, and recasts them in Gundarland. There, Hamlet becomes a dwarf and Othello a dark elf and Iago and his wife, Emilia, are trolls.
If that isn't bad enough, these two tragedies are now comedies with Falstaff, Shakespeare's most popular rogue, thrown in as a bonus.
Both Hamlet and Othello are plagued by the scheming Falstaff, who embezzles money from Othello. After Hamlet becomes king (with help from Falstaff) the rogue becomes the dark nemesis behind the throne."[Source]

And this is the trailer.



You will find the story how I got a copy of the following book in the next section of this post.
Wind Over Troubled Waters (digital and pb, April 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1554049615 and Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007X57XMS] by Edith Parzefall and Francine Stanley is the first of so far four planned books in the Higher Ground series, a post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure.
"Corn World. Britland. After the great flood, only memories, debris and derelict buildings speak of a past civilization. Visions of these disturbing times haunt Cerridwen’s dreams. When her dying mother sends Cerridwen to find a mural in Saint Eyes and lead Britland into a better future, the young healer has little choice but to set out on a life-changing quest. Her ability to perceive auras convinces her to accept nature-attuned Trevly’s offer of protection.
Bent on adventure and enthralled by the promise of treasure, beautiful Sasha, cunning Aron and uncut Boris join forces to get the most out of life. Their selfish plans collide with Cerridwen’s when they learn about a powerful ring and a mural pointing the way to its location. " [Source]
I told Edith Parzefall that it will take some time until I will read and review the book. She understood that even blogger have a kind of schedule.

Finally author Peter Lukes contacted me and told me about his publisher Musa Publishing and their speculative fiction imprint Urania. He asked me if I would be interested in to review books from this publisher. And one of the two excerpts he sent me aroused my interest. Anyway I will not read and review the following book before October because I'm busy with other books.
The Wrong Sword (digital, April 2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007U11YD4] by Ted Mendelssohn.
"For a thousand years, Excalibur has been the sword of heroes. Unfortunately, its new owner isn’t one.
Ever since he arrived in Paris, Henry the Rat has made a pretty good living selling “magic” swords to gullible knights. But when Henry sells one to Geoffrey Plantagenet, brother to King Richard, his happy days are over for good. Geoffrey forces Henry into a dangerous, uncomfortable quest for the most famous magic sword of all time, Excalibur, even though Henry is certain that it’s just a myth.
Then Henry actually finds Excalibur - and his troubles really start: For Excalibur is not just the sword of heroes…it’s also the sword that won’t SHUT UP. It communicates with its owner, it knows what kind of owner it deserves, and Henry doesn’t even come close.
To keep Excalibur and the world safe from the appalling Geoffrey, Henry will have to masquerade as a knight, crash a royal wedding, rescue a princess, break a siege, penetrate the secrets of the Perilous Brotherhood, and find Excalibur’s rightful bearer, all while trying to reach an accommodation with a snotty, aristocratic hunk of steel that mocks him, takes over his body, and keeps trying to turn him into the one thing he hates most…a hero." [Source]


No more today, see you next week ......


Blogosphere
Hey, I'm Bona Fide. I just came back from my last foray through the blogosphere. What can you expect from me? I tell you: Everything from Art to Fart as long as there is any faint connection to books. And here is some honey from the beehive blogosphere...

Robots belong to science fiction like the amen to the church. But I did not know that there are so many giant robots on Earth. The guys over at WebUrbanist show you


On Friday, July 27th, I visited the book launch party at Wendy Laharnar's blog..
Last week I posted about the event invitation.
The reason for the event

INVADED: The Darkest Day.. release day coming up!

PRE ORDER LINK 
if you live in North America... guarantee your copy and get a discount. :)
Email the publisher if you live outside the states and book your copy!

When I arrived at the party it was nearly over due to the time difference between Australia and Germany. But fortunately I goot a drink, looked who has been there all the day and I met a nice person from .........
GERMANY!! Incredible! Two persons living in Germany meet at a cyber party in Australia. Whom I met? Edith Parzefall. Her porfession? book author. And to my surprise she writes in English!
We have had a small talk and it took just a couple of minutes until we befriended on Twitter, Facebook and GOODREADS. It is funny that we did the whole conversation in English. Then we tried to mail in German and found it really difficult.
After our chat I received a mail from Edith with an attachment. I'm sure you know what kind of attachment I received ... a digital copy of by .
So you see it is worth to follow invitations to cybe launch parties.

I really like Dark Roasted Blend. They deliver so many great posts. About the post I recommend today I do not write more than the title and that the pictures shown gave me the creeps. And here we go:



That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


Movies
Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.
But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

No movie trailer this week. I was thinking about what to show you instead. I thought it would be nice to show you something which outs a smile on your face. Here we go:



That's all for today. See you next time....


Quotes

I 'm the Keeper of the minutes. But I don't mind when you call me Kotm. No, no. I don't explain to you how to pronounce.

I think the quote for today is incomplete. It is missing following part ... as long as there is no smartphone ....


"There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Red Leaves and the Living Token Blog Tour 2012

Dear Readers,

I did it again. I will be part of a blog tour which starts today:









Of course it is all about a book:

Red Leaves and the Living Token  
(digital,pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-0615618524
AMAZON KINDLE ASIN: B007KFGS36]
 "Doctors tell Raj that his son Emret won’t survive his illness. As Raj struggles to prepare himself and Emret for the inevitable, he’s confronted by Moslin, his son’s nurse, who’s been filling Emret’s head with fairytales about heroic quests and powerful disease curing miracles. Emret now thinks that all he has to do is find the mythical Red Tree from the nurse’s stories, and he’ll live.
In an attempt to protect his son from further emotional damage, Raj asks Moslin to stay away from Emret. He returns hours later to find them both missing.
Now, he has to dig into the loathed fairytales to figure out where they may have gone. He’d also like to know why he keeps having visions of a temple on a mountain with a vat of glowing weapons, a vaporous black creature emerging from a lightning storm, himself in glowing armor leading an army, and the same mythical Red Tree hidden in a dense forest." [Source]
 The blog tour will stop at Edi's Book Lighthouse on 6th August 2012. My contribution to the blog tour will be a review of Red Leaves and the Living Token.

Red Leaves and the Living Token is the first of so far six planned Red Leaves Novels.

For more information about the books please visit Benjamin David Burrell's website.

And of course visit the above mentioned blog tour stops.


ENJOY READING

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SUPERNOVELLA for half the price until 23rd August 2012

Dear Readers,

is there anyone who does not like cheap books? I like it when authors tell me that you can get their books for a cheaper price and when I have read and reviewed the book the more I like to share this kind of news.

Today I received a mail from author A.P. Stephens who asked me if I would like to share with my readers following news:

OTAE Smashwords Coupon

Please share the code if you like. 50% off. 

It's for OF THIEVES AND ELVES over at Smashwords, which you can get the ebook in all the formats for all ereaders there.

Coupon Code: SC95J

Smashwords link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/207284

Coupon expires Aug 23rd 2012

Tweet it, FB it, share it on the site. Spread the good word. Thank you, sir.

I did not hesitate for a second and wrote this post for all potential readers of

Of Thieves and Elves (2012) 

"A monumental tragedy has befallen the Clan of Ionor, an ancient brotherhood of elven warriors. Concerned when their Master does not reach his secretive business in a distant kingdom, the Elders learn that Tryn, their beloved leader, has been captured by a cutthroat gang of bandits known as the Steel Claw. Yet this is not the darkest of their tidings. The relic under the clan’s safekeeping, a weapon of terrible power that was forged by the gods themselves, is also missing.
The Ionor dispatch Eonen, a headstrong Elder, and a young and talented apprentice, Tride, to rescue the Master and the relic by infiltrating the bandits’ stronghold—the formidable Fortress of Toppledom. As the two determined elves hasten into the unknown beyond their borders to restore balance and honor to their clan, they encounter the true darkness behind the matter—the very origin of the world’s evil.
Allegiances will be twisted. The fates of many will be set into motion. And the destiny of one will be realized." [Source]
Don't worry you do not need to buy a pig in a poke. Not long ago I posted my review of Of Thieves and Elves.

The supernovella is set in the same universe as The White Shadow Saga.
And if you want to know more about the Saga, then I recommend to read my reviews of the first two books in his The White Shadow Saga:

- The Stolen Moon of Londor (my review)
- Shameless Wonders (my review)

I know from author A.P. Stephens, the third and final book of The White Shadow Saga will be published within 2012!

And now it us up to you what you will do with this information.

Anyway do not forget the first and foremost thing:

ENJOY READING!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1229

 Hello and welcome to issue #1229 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
That was a great week with three additional posts. I'm still on diet and I still go to the gym. Wish all of you a great weekend. And now

ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB

  1. Reading progress
  2. REMINDER
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Bought last week
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Seventh Star Press free book madness
  2. Photographs on your blog can cause problems
  3. The Great Condé
  4. Cyber Launch Party invitation

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. In memory of Jon Lord

Quotes
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
  1. German proverbs, sayings and idioms Talk

The Lighthouse


Dilemma - reading books vs. blog, mail, social media. Last week I failed quite clearly and ended up with in sum 506 pages. I finished two  normal books and a book with the length of a short story.

I finished
- The Brotherhood of Piaxia (digital, March 2012)[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007KPS442] by Michael Drakich.
I wrote on GOODREADS:
" Fantasy with magic and sword. There is much more behind the story as you think at the beginning. Laveable characters, a lot of action, emotions.
A very satisfying read except the end. I found some of the solutions a way to easy.
Full review will follow in August 2012."


- The Boar King (The Battle Lord, Chapter 1) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B008DC4R7Y] by Michael Evans.
Read my review.

- Tom Horn vs The Warlords of Krupp  [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007COFPNO] by Jackson Paul.
I wrote on GOODREADS:

" I'm not that familiar with all the wild west heroes.
But that did not matter for enjoying this book.

It is a short but hefty and action packed mix of steampunk and wild west.
The story is told straight ahead. I liked the appearance of many well known people like the Wright brothers, Theodere Roosevelt, Rudolf Diesel and others.

The the story include German characters and therefore the use of German language.
I'm German and therefore I understand the German dialogues. The use of another language is fine for me as long as you do it in a proper way.
I must say all the German dialogues must be proof-read because they are either wrong or misleading.
Example: page 82 "Nein! Nein! Nicht scheissen! Nicht scheissen!"
English translation "No! No! Don't shit! Don't shit!" I'm sure that is not what the author wanted to express. The translation of "Don't shoot" is "Nicht schießen"

I'm no expert in English language but it seems there are some more mistakes.

The story is a fast and fun read but the mentioned mistakes hindered my to give four stars. "


Read Review: Tom Horn vs. The Warlords of Krupp by Glen Robinson
and you will see that my judgement was not that wrong.


I'm
- 208 pages in The Jackal of Nar [ISBN-13: 978-0553578874] by John Marco.
No progress

- 214 pages in Rasputin's Bastards (pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-1926851594] by David Nickle
It is like dream within a dream. You need to take care on which level you are.


- 196 pages in Company of Liars  [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B002RI9R98] by Karen Maitland.
Excellent descriptions.



REMINDER

Do not forget that my worldwide giveaway of Land of Hope and Glory (pb, 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721126] by Geoffrey Williams is still running.

GIVEAWAY LINK

INTERVIEW LINK

REVIEW LINK




Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

Dear readers, I'm the one to tell you about books - only books? What about novellas and other stuff? My name is Bona. I scour shelves, shops and the net for books. If you call me a book whore I would not gainsay you. But be aware I have my own, sometimes elusive taste.

Unbelievable but true. Last week I bought just one digital copy.
After reading
Preview: Tom Horn vs. The Warlords of Krupp by Jackson Paul
over at Alternate History Weekly, I could not resist to buy a copy of 
Tom Horn vs The Warlords of Krupp  [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007COFPNO] by Jackson Paul.
"1899. The Wild West is winding down, thanks to people like Tom Horn. Ex-Pinkerton, ex-Indian fighter, ex-gunslinger, Horn has settled down to enjoy the rest of his years in peace on a south Texas horse ranch. That is until New York Governor and fellow ex-Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt shows up in his zeppelin, asking for Horn’s help in getting his 16-year-old niece Eleanor to Vienna. War clouds are brewing, and Eleanor’s uncanny ability to make peace is needed. Can Tom Horn get her to Austria when the Krupp war machine wants her silenced? Tom Horn vs. The Warlords of Krupp features a fresh, western look at steampunk, and includes cameos by Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, Mata Hari, even a very young Adolf Hitler. In the spirit of The Wild Wild West and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Tom Horn vs. The Warlords of Krupp will not disappoint." [Source


No more today, see you next week ......


Blogosphere
Hey, I'm Bona Fide. I just came back from my last foray through the blogosphere. What can you expect from me? I tell you: Everything from Art to Fart as long as there is any faint connection to books. And here is some honey from the beehive blogosphere...

I'm afraid this part of the post is only for US inhabitants.
The Seventh Star Press free book madness continues.
Just read following message by author Stephen Zimmer:

Hello friends! Do not be sad that the open house is over with, because we've got lots of goodies in the works! And for starters, that includes no less than eight Goodreads giveaways of SOFTCOVERS. Yep, trade paperbacks, the real deal. Here's links to the eight giveaways for your convenience! :)
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/29561-thrall
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/29557-angelkiller
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/29558-the-brotherhood-of-dwarves
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/29559-redheart
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/29562-cinema-of-shadows
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/29565-poseidon-s-children
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/29566-crown-of-vengeance
http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/29567-the-exodus-gate
Do you use photographs on your blog? Are you aware of all the copyright stuff? No? Then you should read following post:
Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Pics on Your Blog - My Story


I'm a fan of  The Chevalier Series by A.L. Berridge.
So far two books have been published:
- Honour and the Sword (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-0141043739] MY REVIEW
- In the Name of the King (pb, 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0141043746] MY REVIEW

The Great Condé appears in In the Name of the King. In case you would like to get more information about this historical person then I recommend to read To Catch the Moon with your Teeth: The Great Condé by A L Berridge over at the History Girls.


As I appreciate  Rosalie Skinner's The Chronicles of Caleath series, it
is a pleasure for me to share information about the next novel in the series.

INVADED: The Darkest Day.. release day coming up!

PRE ORDER LINK 
if you live in North America... guarantee your copy and get a discount. :)
Email the publisher if you live outside the states and book your copy!

These are the new adventures, never before seen...

Trapped on a dying planet by friends he trusted, Caleath falls into the hands of his arch-enemy.

Fortunately, viewing rights make the Deathbringer a valuable asset. More torture, better ratings. Nobody suffers as well as he does.
Sent back to Allorn, Caleath is the only one able to stop the invasion of his former Karadorian masters. If he keeps a cool head, accepts the help of those who betrayed him and the power offered by the dead planet’s spirit, dare he unleash the ferocious warrior lurking within?

Wrath has been waiting for his chance to take revenge far too long. His time has come--for better or worse.
The official release date is .... July 27th 2012.
Did you ever take part in a cyber launch party? I did it twice so far and I can tell you it makes a lot of fun. You can eat as much as you want without gaining weight and you can drink as much alcohol as you want without a hangover.

And here is an invitation from Rosalie Skinner
You are all invited to the book launch party at Wendy Laharnar's blog.. for a cyber launch party. Plenty of cyber cider, and munchies. All completely calorie and hangover free!!
Come and join us on Friday 27th July... Aussie time...
http://wendylaharnar.blogspot.com.au/
So I hope to meet you over there ....


That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


Movies
Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.
But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

No movie trailer this week. Instead you get a video with music heroes from my youth - DEEP PURPLE. You may have recognised that the past week on July 16 Jon Lord, founder and keyboarder of the band - passed away. That has been a sad day for me. You know you are getting old when your heroes from  the youth leave the world of the living.
Child in Time is one of my favorite Deep Purple songs. The video shows a live performance in 1970 at BBC in UK.



That's all for today. See you next time....


Quotes

I 'm the Keeper of the minutes. But I don't mind when you call me Kotm. No, no. I don't explain to you how to pronounce.

Nowadays we read constantly about computer errors. Sometimes it seems people forget whou build and program computer ...


"To err is human--and to blame it on a computer is even more so.
Robert Orben, American professional comedy writer, (1927 - )


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Edi's Giveaway: Land of Hope and Glory by Geoffrey Wilson

Dear readers,

on Tuesday I presented you my review of the alternate history debut novel Land of Hope and Glory (pb, 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721126] by Geoffrey Williams.

I wrote:
"Land of Hope and Glory is THE REFRESHING ALTERNATE HISTORY SETTING with THE ULTIMATE MIX OF STEAM, MAGIC, ACTION, MYTHS, and LEGENDS!"

On Wednesday Geoffrey Williams has been so kind to answer a few questions about his work.

And today

is giveaway time!

The Price
Geoffrey Williams has been so kind as to offer
TWO copies of the first book
in his Land of Hope and Glory series
Land of Hope and Glory (pb, 2012)
[ISBN-13: 978-1444721126

THE RULES

- This giveaway is opened world wide

- This giveaway ends on Thursday, August  2, 2012

- I will use random.org to draw the winners who will be announced on Friday, August 3, 2012 on Edi's Book Lighthouse.

- To take part is simple.
Just leave a comment in the comment section of this post and tell me which book(s) you want to read this summer.
Please keep in mind that I need a valid mail address in order get in contact with you.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL PARTICIPANTS !!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Edi's Lighthouse Chatter: Free Books July 17 and 18 2012

Dear Readers,

as far as I remember, this is the first time that I post a second post on the same day.
As regularly readers know, I have a certain relationship to author Stephen Zimmer and also to Seventh Star Press.
But this not the only reason for this post. I like to share links for free books, which means in this case eBooks.

Therefore I must share the following information directly from Seventh Star Press.

ADDITIONAL INFO:
You can download the following titles for free on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de. You just need to use the ASIN which I added to every book.

AND NOW HURRY UP TO GET YOUR FREE COPIES 
ON JULY 17 and 18 2012
AND ENJOY READING!


Seventh Star Press Open House! Eight Titles Free on Kindle!

Seventh Star Press Open House is here!
Wednesday and Thursday we have 8 titles by six of our authors up for FREE on Amazon Kindle!  Invite friends, bloggers, and everyone you know to try out one or more of these novels and discover the wonderful authors that are part of the Seventh Star Press family!
The titles available with direct links to their Kindle pages are:
The Brotherhood of Dwarves (Book One of the Brotherhood of Dwarves Series.
Genre: Y.A. Fantasy
Author: D.A. Adams
Kindle Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Brotherhood-of-Dwarves-ebook/dp/B0076OCAKG/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
ASIN: B0076OCAKG

Angelkiller  (Book One of the Angelkiller Triad)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Author: H. David Blalock
Kindle Link: http://www.amazon.com/Angelkiller-The-Triad-ebook/dp/B006CR84AI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1342551495&sr=1-1&keywords=Blalock
ASIN: B006CR84AI

Redheart  (Book One of the Leland Dragon Series)
Genre: Y.A. Fantasy
Author: Jackie Gamber
Kindle Link: http://www.amazon.com/Redheart-Leland-Dragon-Series-ebook/dp/B004VFNJIA/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
ASIN: B004VFNJIA

Overkill (An adventure of Gorias La Gaul
Genre: Sword and Sorcery
Author: Steven Shrewsbury
Kindle Link: http://www.amazon.com/Overkill-ebook/dp/B007X0G9IW/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
ASIN: B007X0G9IW

Cinema of Shadows (A Harmony, Indiana Novel)
Genre: Horror
Author: Michael West
Kindle Link: http://www.amazon.com/Cinema-of-Shadows-ebook/dp/B005I57L18/ref=la_B007QD125G_1_6_title_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1342551330&sr=1-6
ASIN: B005I57L18

Poseidon’s Children (Book One of the Legacy of the Gods Series)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Author: Michael West
Kindle Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Poseidons-Children-Legacy-Gods-ebook/dp/B007LAGUO2/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
ASIN: B007LAGUO2

Crown of Vengeance (Book One of the Fires in Eden Series)
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Author: Stephen Zimmer
Kindle Link:  http://www.amazon.com/Crown-Vengeance-Fires-Eden-ebook/dp/B0039PU8EQ/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
ASIN: B0039PU8EQ
MY REVIEW


The Exodus Gate (Book One of the Rising Dawn Saga)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Author: Stephen Zimmer
Kindle Link: http://www.amazon.com/Exodus-Gate-Rising-Dawn-ebook/dp/B001W6QKCI/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
ASIN: B001W6QKCI
MY REVIEW

Edi's Lighthouse Talk: Geoffrey Wilson interview


Dear Readers,

the time has come for my third

Interview!

The  third interview means that I'm far from a kind of routine. Each interview is an adventure which starts with the gathering of information for interesting questions. I do not like to repeat the questions an author had to answer a hundred times before.

My guest today gave me a hard time. Why? Because with three clicks - one, two, three - you get most of the information about the author and his book(s). Horrible!! What shall I ask?


But I know that readers like to get information without clicking around.

So I have a kind of gordic knot. Give the reader basic information without bothering the author. And this is the result:

My guest today
- was born in South Africa
- grew up in New Zealand
- studied Hinduism and Buddhism
- has a knack for India
- lives now in London with his wife and a cat

Like many, many other authors he started his "writing career" in his childhood and he possess tons of books.

Today I have the pleasure to welcome alternate history debut author of Land of Hope and Glory (pb, 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721126]

Hello Geoffrey and a warm welcome to the Lighthouse. Great to have you here.

It’s great to be here. Thank you for inviting me.

To be honest I do not want to torture you with the 444th repetition of questions like 'What did you do before starting a career as a writer?" Where does the love for alternate history came from?" I delivered these information including links in my introduction.  
I'm much more interested in your writing process in common and the Land of Hope and Glory series in detail. And of course I would like to ask a few questions regarding internet and eBooks. I hope you are comfortable with that.

Perfect. Ask away.


Yesterday I posted my review of Land of Hope and Glory. How difficult is it to get reviews with more than two lines?

I’ve found it quite difficult. I don’t know whether that’s the experience of all new authors, but that’s how it’s been for me. That’s why I’m so pleased when someone like you takes the time to write a review. I think bloggers such as you are providing a vital service for both readers and writers.


How much time do you spend online and how important is a platform like GOODREADS for you?

Like most people these days, I do spend a lot of time online shopping or getting information, but it’s only very recently that I’ve started to use social media.

I think it’s essential for an author to have an online platform and sites such as Goodreads are important for spreading the word about a book. That said, I’ve been terrible at promoting myself online, or in any other way. I have to do more, but I also have to write books. There aren’t enough hours in the day!



What do you think about eBooks and do you have any information which format (digital, paperback, hardcove) reader of Land of Hope and Glory prefer?

I have a Kindle and I do read eBooks sometimes, but I still prefer paper. When I’m reading an eBook I often distract myself by thinking “oh, look, I’m reading a book on the Kindle”. I just have to get used to it.

I’m not sure which format readers have preferred for Land of Hope and Glory. As I understand it, it’ll take some months before the true picture emerges.



Slowly but sure we are coming nearer to your current profession. And it is time for one of my favorite question. I assume your knack for India and the study of Hinduism and Buddhism have been quite helpful for your  Land of Hope and Glory series. How much time do you spend for research? 

I’ve spent a lot more time on research than I ever expected. The basic idea for the series seemed simple enough, but once I started writing I realised how little I knew about so many topics. I ended up having to investigate things I’d never thought about before. But I wanted the books to seem like real history, so I had to put in the effort.

Some experts also helped me with a few things, for which I’m extremely grateful. At first I was a little hesitant about contacting people out of the blue, but everyone was more than happy to answer my questions. For book two I asked a professor for some information about medieval-style parchment, and he actually sent me a piece of real 16th century parchment. How cool is that?



Let us talk about your writing process which means you get a three in one question. Do you use a database for the characters, relationships, timeline and world description and furthermore do you have a map of your world?

I keep notes about the characters, plot and so on in Word and Excel files. For research, I started off using a database, but after a while I found it easier to just put most things in one massive Word document. It sounds a bit crazy, but I find it easier to organise my notes and search through them that way.

I do have a timeline for the world, but I don’t, as yet, have a map.



Do you have any plans to share the timeline of events and the world map with your readers?

I’ve been thinking I should tidy up the timeline and put it up on my website. I’ll try to do it when I have a moment. I don’t think a timeline is essential for understanding the stories, but it would help to fill in the background.

I have thought vaguely about creating maps. I think a world map showing the extent of the Rajthanan empire could be interesting. In terms of Land of Hope and Glory, you can mostly follow the story using a modern map of southern England, if you want to. That said, some of the place names are different, so a map would probably still help. It’s something I need to consider further.



As I expressed in my review I have been impressed by the protagonist of the story, Jack Casey. In his consistency of actions he reminded me of Rorschach from the Watchmen. I must say that at a certain point of the story his consistency raised to a point which hurt me emotionally. Was there a fictional/real person who served as a model?

Jack’s character traits just sort of emerged as I was writing the book and he isn’t based on anyone real or fictional. However, I got the idea for the situation he finds himself in through reading about the 1857 uprising in India. In that conflict, Indian soldiers who’d previously served in the British Empire’s armies had to decide whether to remain loyal to the British or side with the rebels. Jack faces a similar dilemma in Land of Hope and Glory.


You are not afraid to kill important characters. How difficult is it for you to kill characters? What is your relationship to your characters?

I don’t actually have a problem with killing characters. I must be cruel and heartless!

There are two main reasons why I decided to kill off some characters in Land of Hope and Glory. Firstly, this is a book about war and so, to make things realistic, some people have to die. Secondly, I think it’s good if the reader isn’t sure who will live and who will die. It creates more tension and suspense.



With Land of Hope and Glory you delivered a view in a fascinating alternate history and a deep insight to the soul of Jack Casey. Without being too nosey I would like to know if there is more resistence against the Indian empire of Rajthana? It seems the Sikh play a certain role. Will you reveal more about them in the next books?  

The answer to both questions is – yes. The Sikhs are the Rajthanans’ rivals and are helping the English rebellion for their own purposes. There is more about this in the second book in the series and there will be much more in the third book.

Depending on the information from your site your Land of Hope and Glory series will consist of three books. The second book The Place of Dead Kings is due to be published by Hodder & Stoughton in October 2012. I assume you work on book three. Do you have any idea when we can expect the final book in the series?

Yes, I’m currently writing book three. It will come out late next year (2013), probably in October.


This is my last question. Can we expect more alternate history books from you after the Land of Hope and Glory series? Or do you have plans to change the genre? A lot of authors are turning to what we call Steampunk. Or will you do something completely different?

The honest answer is that I have no idea. At the moment I’m focusing all my attention on finishing book three. I can’t see beyond that at the moment.


Geoffrey, thank you so much for taking time to answer my hopefully not too boring questions. Is there anything you would like to tell my readers before I say good-bye for now?

I don’t have anything further to add. But let me just say thank you very much for interviewing me. As I said earlier, I think you are providing a great service with your blog and long may you continue doing it.


Geoffrey, thank you for your kind words. I look forward to read and review The Place of Dead Kings.


Dear Readers,

Do not forget
- to read my review of Land of Hope and Glory
- to visit Geoffrey Wilson's site
- to leave a comment - I like to get feedback

AND AND AND 

 come back tomorrow to the worldwide giveaway of two copies of

 Land of Hope and Glory

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Edi's Spotlight: Land of Hope and Glory by Geoffrey Wilson

Dear Readers,

as a blogger and reviewer I like the increasing number of review requests. I do not accept every request. First of all the book needs to be interesting for me and secondly I prefer polite requests.
A request in commanding tone (there are authors who do that) leads automatically to a declination and it does not matter how interesting the book will be.

In June I received a polite request to review an alternate history debut novel. Within minutes I have been intrigued by the book and promised the author in exchange for a review copy to read an review his book.

But that was only the beginning. Mails flew to and fro with the result,
that you will get a review followed by an interview followed by a worldwide giveaway!!

And this is what I can tell you about the book. 

Introduction
 Author Geoffrey Wilson sent me a signed paperback review copy of his alternate history debut novel Land of Hope and Glory (pb, 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721126].This is at the same time the first book in the Land of Hope and Glory trilogy. The series will be continued with The Place of Dead Kings in October 2012.

Book Store Information
In general my decision to read a book is mostly based on the cover and the blurb/synopsis delivered on the back cover. You do not get more information when you are in a book store. The world of books is changing which means I also will take in account blurbs and descriptions on GOODREADS and other places.
Here we go:

"It is 1852. The Indian empire of Rajthana has ruled Europe for more than a hundred years. With their vast armies, steam-and-sorcery technology and mastery of the mysterious power of sattva, the Rajthanans appear invincible. But a bloody rebellion has broken out in a remote corner of the empire, in a poor and backward region known as England.
At first Jack Casey, retired soldier, wants nothing to do with the uprising, but then he learns his daughter, Elizabeth, is due to be hanged for helping the rebels. The Rajthanans will spare her, but only if Jack hunts down and captures his best friend and former army comrade, who is now a rebel leader. Jack is torn between saving his daughter and protecting his friend. And he struggles just to stay alive as the rebellion pushes England into all-out war." [Source]

My Expectations
Based on the blurb and on the cover I expected an intriguing minumum two layer story: A man forced to make a barbarous decision, the gripping story of a rebellion in fascinating set up of alternate history. And I wanted to know if the two insects in the foreground of the cover will be mentioned in the book.

The Delivery
To warm up let me start on the formal level. The 376 pages of the story are divided into a prologue and two parts. These two parts are divided into 21 consecutively numbered chapters.
That makes it easier to set break points while reading if you need it. I read the book in just two sessions. I think you know this just one more chapter syndrome. That means the gripping factor is high.

India rules Europe! The conquest of India by the British Empire never happened. Instead Europe and other parts of the world have been conquested by the Rajthana Empire from the Asian continent. Whole Europe? No. Ireland and Scotland are independent. And after more than 100 years under the rule of Rajthana Empire the fire of rebellion has been inflamed in England.

Beside their vast armies there are two more things which make the Rajthana Empire superior.
Land of Hope and Glory is not headmost a steampunk book. It is common in the Rajthana Empire to use steam driven technology in form of trains, mills and more. But there is more behind these machines. There are beings called avatars from a spirit realm which are bound to the machines and these avatars are commanded by siddhas.
That is where the magic comes into play in Land of Hope and Glory. There is sattva. It flows in streams along the land like water in rivers.
Sattva is for magic what fuel is for engines. But it is not that easy to use sattva. Before one can use sattva you need to  master yantras. Each yantra is related to a certain ability like commanding avatars, healing, casting fireballs and more. The Rajthanans guard their sattva knowledge very well. Be sure that the mastery of sattva plays a role in Land of Hope and Glory which should not be underestimated.

The story is told in first person and we see most of the events through eyes of the main character: Jack Casey.
Jack Casey, retired soldier from Rajthanan army with an extraordinary tracking talent.
Jack Casey, an ex soldier who does not sympathize with the rebellion.
Jack Casey, responsible for the security of an Rajthanan property in England.
Jack Casey, proud father of his beloved 15 year old daughter Elizabeth.
Jack Casey, a man who can neither read nor write like so many other inhabitants of England.
Jack Casey, a man with principles.

How can you force such a man to work again for the Rajthanan army?
Just take what he loves most - his daughter.

In order to save her life he has to whistle-blow the rebellion in the shape of his best friend in the army who is now a rebel.

Jack Casey impressed me deeply with his consisteny of action which reminded me of Rorschach from the Watchmen. I must say that at a certain point of the story, his consistency raised to a point which hurt me emotionally.

So Land of Hope and Glory is the story of Jack Casey and it is so much more. It is a story of rebellion which refers to ancient times in form of the search for the Holy Grail as the ultimate weapon against the Rajthanan Empire. It is the story of ruthless officers which you find in nearly every army of the world. It is the story of the fight between David and Goliath. And after more than 100 years it is still a clash of cultures.

As I said before the story is told through the eyes of Jack Casey.
He is the secret weapon of author Geoffrey Wilson to bait his readers.
Jack is the anchor, the key, the memory, the engine, the discoverer, the chronist, the fighter, the lover, the emotional pulse of Land of Hope and Glory.
Jack is the reader's EYES, EARS, BRAIN and HEART in the Land of Hope and Glory. With every thought and action he reveals us more about himself, the country and most important about the Rajthanan Empire and sattva.
That may sound dry but Geoffrey Wilson shows an extraordinary talent in dosing the time he spent for his characters, his alternate world and his battle scenes in a nearly perfect mix. His descriptions of the insight of the Rajthanan army, the sattva secret, the battle scenes and Jack's inner fight are just gorgeous and fabulous. 


The end is a kind of end but leaves enough open questions which will hopefully answered in the following books. I'm happy that Jack Casey survived the emotional rollercoaster on last the pages of Land of Hope and Glory without a heart attack. I'm totally nosey how the story will continue with The Place of Dead Kings in October 2012.

Now it is time to come back to my expectations.

A man forced to make a barbarous decision ==> CHECKED
the gripping story of a rebellion in fascinating set up of alternate history ==> CHECKED
I wanted to know if the two insects in the foreground of the cover will be mentioned in the book - They do ==> CHECKED

So my expectations have been fulfilled 100 per cent.
But beyond my expections I got so much more which I did not expect in a debut novel.
Land of Hope and Glory is THE REFRESHING ALTERNATE HISTORY SETTING with THE ULTIMATE MIX OF STEAM, MAGIC, ACTION, MYTHS, and LEGENDS!


Dear Readers,

Do not forget

- to visit Geoffrey Wilson's site
- to leave a comment - I like to get feedback

AND AND AND AND 

 come back tomorrow to read the interview with Geoffrey Wilson

AND AND AND

don't miss the worldwide giveaway of two copies of

 Land of Hope and Glory
 on Thursday

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ediment: The Boar King by Michael Evans

Dear Readers,

there are full novels, super novellas, novellas and short stories. And with the entrance of digital books (I prefer the term eBook) we got a new category: A series which means several books broken down to named chapters and sold as single books. Sounds complicated? Let me give you an example. Take the A Song of Ice and Fire series, cut the books into peaces chapterwise and sell each chapter as a single book.
Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against it. It is just a question of taste.

The reason why I opened this Ediment (my term for a short review) with the explanation above, is the book I review today.
Before I go into details let me thank author Michael Evans for sending me a digital review copy of The Boar King (The Battle Lord, Chapter 1) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B008DC4R7Y].


EDIMENT


The Boar King (The Battle Lord, Chapter 1) 
[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B008DC4R7Y]
by Michael Evans


As described in the book title, The Boar King is the Chapter 1 in the epic fantasy series The Battle Lord.
The 29 pages of  The Boar King are divided into ten named chapters where the chapter header reflects in a short term what happens within the chapter.

The story and the ingredients are nothing new under the epic fantasy sun. It is a good vs evil story which takes you in a quick ride from the planning of coming into power until the success of the plan with the  outlook of revenge and a brotherly love and hate story.

The battle and fights are intense and garnered with magic. The dialogue is not too complicated and the used vocabulary delivers an easy read. The story goes on at a good pace. It is even possible to develop a kind of sympathy for some of the characters . It is not astonishing that the description of landscape, history and so on is limited to a minimum. But there is still enough to deliver basic information regarding the descriptions.

All in all a fast read with a lot of action which I finished in around 45 minutes.

I like epic (and I mean really epic with several books a many pages) fantasy.
Regarding my reading habits, my taste and my imagination of epic fantasy I must say The Boar King (The Battle Lord, Chapter 1) is nothing for me. It is something that I would call epic fantasy light. That has nothing to do with the content and the writing itself.

If you do not like books like bricks, if you like straight forward story telling with a lot of action and battles including magic, if your attention span is short, if you do not want to be bothered with detailed descriptions of landscape, history, sociology, relationships, political system, economy and more then The Boar King (The Battle Lord, Chapter 1) delivers exactly the kind of epic fantasy you want.

I'm sure the The Battle Lord series will find its readership as the reviews at Amazon.com show.
I will read other books instead.


ENJOY READING

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Edi's Weekend Wave Issue #1228

Hello and welcome to issue #1228 of Edi's Weekend Wave.
My wife and are still on diet and we still go to gym three times per week. We feel the postive effects. Today we spent nearly two hours at the gym and have been tired afterwards. Sometimes it is like a drug and we have to take care not to overdo it.
On Thursday evening we went to an open air concert of  The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. More than two hours of great entertainment! And we have been lucky because it was the only evening without rain this week! I can't resist to share with you a piece of music:
And now have a look what I put together for me, you and everone who finds the way to Edi's Book Lighthouse.

ENJOY READING ....


Edi's Guidepost

The Lighthouse
News and information straight from the horse's mouth by Lighthouse keeper ediFanoB
  1. Reading progress
  2. ANNOUNCEMENT
Books
The latest report from our shelf shop net correspondent Bona
  1. Review copies
  2. Downloaded for free
Blogosphere
Messages from the depths of the blogosphere by spheronaut Bona Fide
  1. Body Modification
  2. Free Book on July 16th and 17th 2012
  3. When a tag leads to misunderstanding 
  4. A town within a book

Movies
Remote control junkie Fide and his zapping highlights
  1. Robot & Frank
  2. Oz The Great and Powerful

Quotes
The member of the house of quotes and a quote himself the Keeper of the minutes ( we call him Kotm) fished for you
  1. German proverbs, sayings and idioms Talk

The Lighthouse


Reading goes well. By end of today it will be 720 pages I read this week. which means I finished four books and a short story.

I finished
- The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (April 2012) [ISBN-13: 978-1849017367] edited by Sean Wallace.
I liked 15 of the 30 stories which is something to expect with stories from 30 different authors.

- The Tunnel (2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B008I6WLTQ] by Michael K. Rose
A short story which will make you think about your surrounding.

I'm
- 208 pages in The Jackal of Nar [ISBN-13: 978-0553578874] by John Marco.
I read 127 pages. But I must admit that so far it is not really what I expected. I need to read some more pages until I finally decide whether I continue reading or not.

- 134 pages in Rasputin's Bastards (pb, 2012) [ISBN13: 978-1926851594] by David Nickle
The book delivers what I secretly expected. A tough story with several layers, excellent ideas and a crisp writing.

- 149 pages in Company of Liars  [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B002RI9R98] by Karen Maitland.
England at the time of the Plague (1348) comes alive. Hefty, dark and partially violent. I like it.

- 71 pages in The Brotherhood of Piaxia (digital, March 2012)[Amazon Kindle ASIN: B007KPS442] by Michael Drakich.
Fantasy with a cautious start.


ANNOUNCEMENT

Next week there will be three posts from Tuesday to Thursday.
They are all related to
  
Land of Hope and Glory (pb, 2012)[ISBN-13: 978-1444721126] by Geoffrey Williams.

There will be a review, an interview and a giveaway!
So don't forget to come back.


Enjoy your weekend ....


Books

Dear readers, I'm the one to tell you about books - only books? What about novellas and other stuff? My name is Bona. I scour shelves, shops and the net for books. If you call me a book whore I would not gainsay you. But be aware I have my own, sometimes elusive taste.

This week I received several digital review copies, which I will read and review sooner or later. For some of them I fixed dates with the authors.

Let me start with a book where is a story behind which you can read in the  Blogosphere section of this post.
Not Long Ago (digital, June 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B008E5Y4M8] by Susan A. Royal.
"While doing research for a novel set in the Middle Ages, Erin and her employer, March, are transported to a time where chivalry and religion exist alongside brutality and superstition. Things are not quite right at the castle, and Erin and March feel sure mysterious Lady Isobeil is involved. Erin must cope with crop circles, ghosts, a kidnapping and death before the truth of her journey is revealed.
Forced to pose as March’s nephew, Erin finds employment as handsome Sir Griffin’s squire. She’s immediately attracted to him and grows to admire his courage, quiet nobility and devotion to duty. Yet, she must deny her feelings. Her world is centuries away, and she wants to go home. Despite that, Erin can’t stop thinking about her knight in shining armour." [Source]
And this is the book trailer


 bought two real paperback and two digital copies.


Author Michael Evans asked me if I would like to read The Boar King (The Battle Lord, Chapter 1) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B008DC4R7Y].
"The Battle Lord is a fantasy epic story that takes you through a world of battles, magic and treacherous plots. Even the mightiest kingdoms must fall, and the Royal city of Demos is no exception. The aftermath, what becomes of the victims is not quite as certain. Barbarians, known as the Boars of Idas, a country only known for its brutality, overthrows the royal family of Demos in an ambush. The King and Queen are publically beheaded, leaving three of their four royal children to be enslaved under the Boar’s regime. The fourth child, Second Prince of Demos Liam bar Jayson, however, has a particular destiny laid out for him, one that not even his parents knew of but had been whispered since the dawn of time in the winds, for anyone that could hear it. And Urd of Idas, the leader of the Boars, heard everything. To Liam, being anointed the head of Urd’s army is the chance of a lifetime to seek vengeance for the beheading of his parents; but in this world of magic, mystery and schemes, nothing is certain except, at the end: Only One Can Win!
*** The Boar King - The Battle Lord, Chapter 1 ***
The Boar King Urd of Idas sacked the Royal City of Demos and massacred those who stood against the mightly Idas army. A fierce combat ensues between the Boar King and King Jayson... With the city's beloved King and Queen beheaded publicly, the royal children went into slavery except for Liam, the second prince who was spared. What lies ahead of their wretched lives? Is there hope or endless condemnation under the rule of the Boar King?" [Source

This first chapter consist of 34 pages. It will be interesting to see what the author will deliver within these pages. I will read and review it soon.

I received a review request by author Todd Maternowski.
In October you can expect two reviews and and interview.
EXMORTUS: Towers of Dawn (2011) [Amazon Kindle ASIN:  B005G4QEX2].
"A group of battle-weary knights from the ancient monastic fortress of Exmortus Abbey have unearthed something... unholy.
A new star hangs low in the horizon, directly over the hellhole where half the Abbey's knights lost their lives, a star that some of the men claim is following them...
And back at Exmortus, Ash Xavier, an impatient young knight-in-training, is beginning to unearth ages-old secrets beneath the Abbey's vaults, oblivious to the horrors hurtling at him through space...
EXMORTUS, BOOK I: TOWERS OF DAWN is a work of dark fantasy in the mold of George R.R. Martin or Gene Wolfe, in which every standard fantasy cliche is skewered and boiled alive, and where the heroes and villains are not what they seem." [Source]

EXMORTUS: Temples Diabolic (2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN:  B008GN35H8].
"Abandoned by his family, his friends and his god, Ash Xavier finds himself utterly alone in a hostile world. Holding a mysterious key that may unlock the gates of Hell itself, Ash must choose whether to do the honorable thing and sacrifice his life for humanity's survival —or to embark on a mad quest for the woman he loves, a mysterious beauty that may be entirely a product of his imagination.
Meanwhile, a nightmarish terror from Ash's young childhood has resurfaced in the Abbey with plans to take his life..." [Source]

For more information about the world of visit the official site.


Due to a hint I downloaded following book for free. 
Shades of Gray (2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B006FZLBF2] by Andy Holloman
"How far would you go to save your child's life?
Could you break the law?
What if your travel business was suddenly in danger of going under because of 9/11?
A single father decides to partner up with woman from the opposite side of the tracks. Can their partnership deliver the cash they BOTH desperately need?
Could they fall in love?
And will they survive to see the Summer of 2002?" [Source]



I downloaded this story for free from Amazonde. I don't know how long it will be for free. So checkout Amazon in your country.
The Tunnel (2012) [Amazon Kindle ASIN: B008I6WLTQ] by Michael K. Rose
"Around the world are countless neglected and forgotten places. These are places that have lost their original purpose. Castles become obsolete with the introduction of gunpowder, temples to mighty gods fall into disuse when the people adopt another faith. When this happens, they must find a new purpose. And if you feel a beckoning in one of these forgotten places, if you feel one of them drawing you ever inward, proceed with caution. What you find inside may not be to your liking." [Source]
With 11 pages it is indeed a short story and as mentioned above, I read it a few days ago.


No more today, see you next week ......


Blogosphere
Hey, I'm Bona Fide. I just came back from my last foray through the blogosphere. What can you expect from me? I tell you: Everything from Art to Fart as long as there is any faint connection to books. And here is some honey from the beehive blogosphere...

When I look around while walking to through the town, it seems (for me) that body modification gets more and more popular. But so far I have not seen someone looking like the people you can see over at WebUrbanist. Go and have a look at

As I appreciate  Rosalie Skinner's The Chronicles of Caleath series, I need to inform you that you can get the first book in the series
Exiled:Autumn's Peril (eBook, September 2011) (read my review)
FOR FREE ON JULY 16TH AND 17TH 2012 !!!

And this is the official announcement:

CHRISTMAS in JULY ...FREE OFFER...

FREE OFFER  16th 17th JULY


LAST CHANCE


to get your copy of this Best Selling ebook.
EXILED: Autumn's Peril.
Mark your calendars... don't miss out.
Tell your friends.

If you don't have a Kindle, Amazon has free apps to allow reading on ipad, tablet, iphone, pc... etc.

Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive. This is the final free offer this year. Please share this Christmas in July special with your friends.

Keep an eye out for the release date of INVADED: The DARKEST DAY... 
coming soon.


THANKS. 




Rosalie,
it is a pleasure for me to share this information with my readers.

And the next part of this post is directly related to Rosalie Skinner.

It has been who contacted author Susan A. Royal and told her that maybe her debut novel Not Long Ago (digital, June 2012) [Amazon Kindle, ASIN: B008E5Y4M8] could be of a book for me. Susan sent me a kind mail where she offered me a digital copy of  Not Long Ago. I read the blurb with interest. So far so good. Then I read the book tags: Time Travel (I like time travel) and .... Romance. I belong to the group of people who do not like to read romance.
Normally I would have refused to get a copy. But in this case I decided to go another way. Rosalie Skinner knows my taste and therefore there must have been a reason why she thought that Not Long Ago would be a book for me. I sent a mail to Susan A. Royal and asked her about how much romance is in Not Long Ago. In reply she sent me an excerpt and told me that I have not been the first one questioning about the romance in Not Long Ago. She also told me that her publisher chose the tags. But she does not want to complain about the publisher because she did not intervene. I read the excerpt which sounded good to me. I replied with a more detailed description how much romance is acceptable for me and that I liked the excerpt. Susan A. Royal confirmed that Not Long Ago do not cross my romance level. And today I received a digital copy of Not Long Ago.
I write about this behind the blog event because I wanted to show you how misleading book tags can be.
My conclusion: In future I will not trust book tags without to scrutinize them.


The child in me is immortal and is one of the resons why I like books like this one:



That's it for today. Come back next week for more ......


Movies
Hey, it's me Fide. I'm a remote control professional. I'm that fast that I can watch two movies at the same time.
But don't worry. All the stuff I present to you will be shown at normal speed.

Robots - when will they be part of our daily life and what will be the impact? In near future (USA, August; Germany, October) Robot & Frank will give one possible answer.
"Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team" [Source]
For me it seems the trailer gives away too much of the movie. Nevertheless I want to see the film. 


Disney is still good for a suprise. In 1939 - that means 73 years ago - MGM surprised the world with The Wizard of Oz. And in March 2013 Disney invite us to another visit of the land of Oz with Oz The Great and Powerful
"When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, a spectacular world filled with colourful characters, and dream-like settings, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot — fame and fortune are his for the taking. That is until he meets three beautiful and mysterious witches; Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into Oz the Great and Powerful wizard, but into a better man as well." [Source]


I must say I would like to see the movie.


That's all for today. See you next time....


Quotes

I 'm the Keeper of the minutes. But I don't mind when you call me Kotm. No, no. I don't explain to you how to pronounce.

From my experience men try to avoid to ask where are things in a supermarket. Instead they spend a lot of time for searching. And to be honest ediFanoB is one of these guys. I think a found an appropriate quote for him and other men ....


"It never hurts to ask. Unless you ask for hurt.
Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005
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