Monthly Archives: June 2016

Ashabreek by Kathleen Farquhar

Synopsis:

You think you know evil?
The world of Viron hides behind a mask of Royal galas, peace, and plenty…all the while an unspeakable force rises against the monarchy, threatening to destroy all they have created.
Genova, a Princess in line for the Cahyan Throne, must go into hiding with her family when their mortal enemy returns to kill them all…a man named Ashabreek. Genova, a timid woman by nature must find the strength and courage in her heart to stand against the man, who had been targeting her family for decades, but as more and more secrets about her family’s connection to him surface, her heart begins to doubt every decision she has ever made…
Meanwhile, Ashabreek seeks an army to take over Viron, needing only a powerful artifact that can control the minds of men, and the only woman who can wield its power. But Ashabreek’s journey leads him down paths far darker than he ever intended, and with each decision, he is led to unspeakable actions that threaten to tear apart his soul.
War is coming, and the prize is the Throne. But with a villain for every hero and a hero for every villain, how does one differentiate good from evil?

To find out more about Kathleen Farquhar, click the link: http://kathleenfarquhar.tateauthor.com

You can buy the book:

Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/ASHABREEK-Kathleen-Farquhar/dp/1629944467

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/mobile/p/ashabreek-kathleen-farquhar/1118800419/2691870462777?st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Marketplace+Shopping+greatbookprices_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP24187&k_clickid=3×24187

Tate Publishing: https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=9781629944463

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The Scorch Trials Review

So this is the second book of The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner. Now that Thomas and the Gladers are out of the maze, they find themselves in a new challenge. With high temperatures and cranks who are covered in wounds that have gone mad from disease, the Gladers have to find a way to get to the safe haven. With only two weeks, they must go against WICKED’s variables and try to defeat the odds against them and arrive at the safe haven.

I absolutely love the series so far, and this book will keep you on your toes. Just when you think things are starting to work out for Thomas, something else happens. Thomas is by far my favorite character, he is leader material, but still lets other take the lead.

The new characters who were introduced, I didn’t care much for them. The new challenges they face are far more intense and there was several points that I actually jumped! It is such a great book, and I highly recommend these books.

I want to start actually rating, so ill give this book: 4.5 out of 5 stars ❤

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The Guide Review!

I would love to thank Justin Chandler for allowing me to read and review this amazing book!

From the start, I could not put it down.

The characters were very developed and I think I feel really strongly towards Garron. He’s captivating and mysterious and really cares about Nick. Nick reminds me of when I was in high school, so he was extremely relatable to me. He didn’t care much for school, or about staying out of trouble, and that was me all the way.

The idea of having a guide through your first year of high school would’ve been amazing. Someone to help you realize the potential you really have and how important it is to know yourself.

Garron is definately my favorite character from the start.

Mr. Chandler definitely has a way with words, there was never a dull moment. (At least for me) The whole book I was sitting at the edge of my seat, so eager to find out what happens next.

I recommend this book, it’s a really good read!

You can buy the book on amazon : amazon.com/…Justin-Chandler/dp/1522791566

The Guide Author interview!

Author Interview: Justin Chandler

Can you tell me a short summary about your book?

It’s about a high school freshman, Nicholas Forsythe, who has more or less become apathetic about school and life and his parents attempting to curb his attitude by bringing in a mentor figure. The mentor, Garron, is considered a “guide,” which is ritualistically given to students in the area to help in similar situations and prepare them for life beyond high school. As Nick becomes suspicious about who Garron is and how he seems to show up at the right place at the right time, he eventually learns that Garron is from the future, specifically his future self. All is well until one of the other guides in the program, Ambrose, threatens to go renegade and expose the program to other students, who are meant to be oblivious to the process. It’s up to Nick and Garron to prevent this revelation to leak out and save the future.

 

What is the insight on the main character?

He’s a relatable character, especially if you are a young reader. There comes a time in everyone’s life where they begin to feel burnt out or “lazy,” his just happens to come at a bad time in regards to his education. Naturally, this feeds into his skepticism of Garron and his guiding practices, and his discovery of who Garron is and why he’s there completely shifts his perspective. I want readers to take away both the good and bad aspects of the character, that way they can take solace in their own maturation and anxiousness of what the future holds for them.

Which character do you relate to the most?

Garron, mostly. He’s picking up the pieces of his life after so many setbacks and circumstances and trying to make the most of it. Plus, his cadence and speech is modeled after mine so I suppose there’s another layer of association.

Where do you get your inspiration?

For the realistic portions of the novel, from real-life circumstances. But some of the more sci-fi elements are inspired by years of playing sci-fi based games like the Metal Gear Solid series.

What do you do when you get the bad case of writers block?

Coffee and jogging. Coffee is just so therapeutic to me, especially mid-afternoon. Otherwise, I enjoy taking an evening jog to clear my head, or go practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for a few hours to compartmentalize my thoughts. I recommend it for anybody.

Are there any authors that inspire you, or you look up to?

J.K. Rowling was always my go-to author growing up, but I really looked up to Gary Paulsen, Harper Lee, and F. Scott Fitzgerald for using their respective environments for literary fuel.

Is there any advice for up and coming authors?

Prepare for long nights of revision and dunking yourself in coffee. But in all seriousness, enjoy every moment of the writing process and take pride in your work, no matter what the end result may be.

How long have you been writing?

 

I’ve been writing on and off for about four years now.

What is or was the hardest part of writing?

Keeping a good rhythm going, my mind tends to wander at times so I need to stay focused.

What genre is your book?

Young Adult Science Fiction.

I know we talked about your favorite authors, but what do you like to read in your free time?

The majority of my reading time nowadays is spent reading educational philosophy books and anything related to teaching middle grades. But I’ve started getting back to reading more fiction. As of this moment, I’m reading The Chocolate War.

What are your current projects?

To be decided, since my main focus is finishing my teaching degree. But I am working on publishing more short stories, perhaps as a “Short Story Sunday” deal.

What can we, as readers, look forward to seeing as your writing career progresses?

Expect to see more in-depth, inspiring, and enjoyable works coming out in the near future, perhaps even some more expository stuff as shown on my blog.

Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you for all of the continued support over the past few years. I treasure each person who has taken the time to read my works and share amongst friends and colleagues. I owe all of my success to you, and I am blessed.

How can readers discover more about you and your book? Via Instagram, Facebook, website, blog?

Instagram: chan_man94

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theguidenovel/?view_public_for=1544192199204520

Twitter: @ChanMan94

Blog: http://chanslog.wordpress.com

The Guide

The Guide 

by: Justin Chandler

Summary from Amazon:

“Know yourself.” Nicholas Forsythe never knew how important those words were at his first year at Glenoak High School until he met Garron. After he is given a mentor by his parents to help guide him through his rebellious phase, Nicholas is initially skeptical of Garron’s methods. Who is he? How does he know so much about Nicholas without meeting him? As Nicholas works to find the answers to these and other questions about the guiding process, he soon uncovers a deep secret about Garron and the guides: they are from the future, working for the mysterious Determinant Industries in an attempt to fix the perils of the past. All is well with the program, but when a brooding figure from Garron’s time threatens to unravel the very events of history, it’s up to Nick and Garron to not only save their lives, but also the entire fate of the future. Through strained friendships, inner battles with identity and free will, and watching the entire world around him morph and change to the whims of an evil dictator, Nick discovers the true meaning of choice and the sacrifice involved in order to truly “know yourself.”

EXCERPT:

Prologue:

Sunset. The bridging between the follies of day and the unexpected ventures of night.

A man, tall and lean in stature, stepped through the thresholds of a plate glass door, shutting down the ominous purple light peeking behind him. He looked at his suit. Finely crafted, tailored to his unique size and stature. Black shoes, shined for the occasion, leading to pressed navy pants and a black belt. Covering his torso was a light blue shirt, casual blue tie, all held together with a snug coat. He continued walking forward through the white room. A young woman, holding a clipboard, met him immediately.

“Welcome! I see that you arrived here safely.”

“Indeed, and my belongings?”

“As request, the car you decided on is parked right outside of the building. Lincoln Continental, right?”

“Brown paint?”

“As noted.”

The man smirked, “You know me too well.”

The woman smiled, “Simply the instructions you provided us, sir.”

The man looked through the adjacent window towards the sunset. “Today is the 22nd, correct?”

“Yes, they should be expecting you soon. You contacted them, right?”

“Both of them, haven’t talked to the young one yet, but I figured it would be best to do so in person.”

“And the school?”

“Already taken care of. Did they leave what I requested?”

The woman pulled out a small black box and handed it to the man. “And you also requested this.” She reached into her pocket and pulled out a leather-bound notebook. “Still relying on this old trick?”

He smiled. “The more some things change, the more others stay the same.” He looked at his watch. “A little behind schedule, but if I know them as well as I do, they won’t mind.”

The man took his belongings and walked towards the exit. As he reached for the handle, the woman began saying, “Now, you remember the protocol, right? You’re not allowed to-“

“I know, I know,” he cut her off.”Trust me, I wouldn’t dream of it. No use in adding any unnecessary ‘additions’.”

“In that case, good luck then. With this one, you’re gonna need it.”

The man walked out of the building and entered his loaned car. He looked into the rear-view mirror, adjusted his tie, and pulled out of the driveway.

Sunset. The bridge between what can and what will happen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Justin Chandler is an aspiring educator, currently finishing his last year at Appalachian State University as a Middle Grades Education major. Residing in Connelly Springs, NC, Justin has written short stories for years and has recently contributed articles for websites such as TheOdyssey. His twin brother, Dustin, is attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a Screenwriting major. In his free time, Justin enjoys hiking, reading, and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
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Transition Review!

First off, I would like to apologize to everyone for not putting a review out sooner. Next time, I will be on time!

Transition is such a great book if you really like vampires, and not the ones you’re used to. Paige Walker has given a new outlook on vampires.  The main character Nichole is relatable, as well as the attitude of her friends.

I found myself not able to put the book down, and I just had to keep reading. I wont lie, I was iffy due to it being a vampire book, but as I kept reading, I found that there’s more to the story than her just being a vampire. I felt that it explains more of the feeling that comes with being a vampire, and how each one feels different, and each person has their struggles.

The next little bit will be full of spoilers!!

So ill say this before I spoil things…

Go buy this book, it is a great book and I cant wait to read more from Paige Walker!

Last chance!

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So can we just talk about Aiden for a minute. I absolutely love him for some reason. I feel she’s a little too cold to him, and I understand how she’s feeling…but come on!

I wish I had a cool friend like Jade. I want her and her man to be together, but yet again, I understand that she is a vampire and he’s not.

Nate is oddly attractive to me… I love him as a “villain”

Casey and Tyler maybe could have had a thing going… I feel like maybe Tyler could have been the one to win her heart. He could break away from Nate and just be with Casey, just like Jade and Richard.

Anyway, I recommend this book, so if you get the chance, buy it!!

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Interview with the author!

I had an opportunity to be able to interview the wonderful Paige Walker, author of the book Transition. I wanted to better understand Paige as a writer and as a person. You can purchase her book Transition on Amazon, Google Play Books, Barnes & Noble, and on her website.

 

Me: Can you tell me a short summary of your book?
Walker: Nichole Roberts is a beautiful young woman with a bright future ahead of her. it is her eighteenth birthday and she cannot wait to celebrate it at what will soon be known as the party of the year. With her family and best friend by her side, everything seems to be perfect, that is, until that night. A romantic evening with her handsome and mysterious boyfriend turns tragic and Nichole’s life takes a turn for the worst. Confused about what has happened to her, Nichole wakes up to find that everything she holds dear has been taken from her in a way she never knew existed. Will she ever come to terms with what has happened? Or will she seek revenge against the one person that has wronged her.
Me: What is the genre of your book?
Walker: Transition is listed under YA fiction, Fantasy, and Love & Romance.
Me: What is the insight on the main character Nichole? 
Walker: Nichole she is young and like everyone she makes mistakes. She’s learning first hand that there are some decisions you can’t come back from. In the beginning she’s this young naive girl who’s happy. She’s happy with how her life is. Then she goes through a traumatic event and that changes everything. She has to learn to settle into her new life and that’s where things get tricky.
Me: Which character do you relate to the most?
Walker: I don’t relate to just one specific character. I think there’s a little of me in each one of my characters. Well maybe not every one… I do love all my characters though.
Me: Where did your love of writing and books come from?
Walker: Well I wasnt much of a reader in high school. I just didn’t see what all the fuss was about. Then I picked up Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and I couldn’t put it down. From there I started reading constantly. As for the writing, I’ve always loved to write. I started writing poetry in elementary school and haven’t stopped since. I just recently built up the courage to write my own novel and I’m happy I did it.
Me: How long have you been writing?
Walker: I’ve been writing poetry since elementary. I’ve even published a poetry book called Emotions. In 2014, I began writing my first novel, Transition. It’s a dream come true that it is now published.
Me: What is or was the hardest part of writing? 
Walker: Writer’s block! Writer’s block is the hardest part of writing.
Me: What do you do when you get the bad case of writer’s block?
Walker: I read. I’ll end up reading one book or six it depends. Reading really helps me get my imagination going and it’s one of my favorite things to do. It’s also my way of taking a break. I believe that when a writer gets writer’s block, they should just take a break from writing and do something they really enjoy. For me, that’s reading!
Me: Where do you get your inspiration?
Walker: I get my inspiration from reading. I’ve read so many good books and one day my own story popped in my head. When I started writing it, it almost felt like I was reading another book except this time I get to decide what happens. It’s a really great feeling.
Me: Are there any authors that inspire you, or you look up to?
Walker: Omg where do I start? I really like Stephenie Meyer who wrote The Twilight Saga, Kiera Cass who wrote The Selection Series, E.L. James who write the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy, and Richelle Mead who wrote The Vampire Academy Series and the Bloodlines Series. Those are just a few though. They are really great authors and reading their books is like watching a movie in my head.
Me: I know we talked about your favorite authors, but what do you like to read in our free time?
Walker: I mostly like to read YA fiction, Fantasy, and Love & Romance which are the genres that my book is listed under ironically. I like dystopian novels also like The Hunger Games. 
Me: What are your current projects?
Walker: I am currently working on a part 2 and part 3 of Transition and I’m brainstorming on a romance novel that I have not yet started. I want to finish the Transition Series first.
Me: What can we, as readers, look forward to seeing as your writing career progresses?
Walker: More fantasy, drama, romance, etc. I love it all. I hope to one day write a dystopian novel series.
Me: Is there any advice for up and coming authors?
Walker: Don’t be afraid to write. If you have a story, tell it! Even though there are tons of books in the world, there is always a need for more!
Me: Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers? 
Walker: Yes, thank you for taking the time out to read Transition. I really hope you enjoy reading it as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Oh, and be on the look out for the sequel!
Me: How can readers discover more about you and your book? Via Instagram, Facebook, Website or Blog?
Walker: People can find out more about me and my book at my blog and website ( paigewalkerauthor.com ) and also on Instagram at ( _paigewalker ).
I’d like to say a big thank you to Paige Walker for giving me the opportunity to interview her and for putting up with all my questions! Buy her book! I’ll be writing a review about it, so stay tuned for that!