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Book Review: Digging Deep Within

Digging Deep Within: A Story of Courage and Liberation by B.W. McKay is available at Amazon in paper back and on Kindle.

I have been picking some indie authors to read and review their books, and when this title was suggested to me I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. It did take a few chapters for me to get into the book, but about a third of the way through, I found myself captivated by the life and circumstances of Corey Brookshire.

This book follows the story of a black man from Washington D.C. who struggles to become a success at his current job, but quickly realizes that the job of his dreams isn’t what he wanted. He does a lot of soul searching to discover more about himself and how to come to terms with some significant life events. As the story closes, Corey has to make some tough choices about his future.

I really found this story to be incredibly heart-felt and uplifting as I followed Corey through his struggles. It reminded me so much of some of my own and how I’ve tried to find ways to heal. Corey didn’t shy away from the hard stuff as he sought healing. I found that the most inspirational. It’s not easy to face the dark parts of ourselves. It’s so refreshing to see Mr. McKay tackle such a tough subject, and in doing so encouraging other people to heal themselves too.

If you are looking for an inspirational and uplifting story, this is the book for you!

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New Blog Design, New Pages, and A New Offer!

Hello All!

You ever have that moment when you look at your work and you realize that it kind of sucks and it needs a complete makeover? Well, that’s what happened with this blog. I was looking through my blog in June, especially some of my older posts, and knew I needed to spend the time making my blog better and more accessible. I had almost three hundred posts that spanned about nines years, which many of them weren’t read much because no one knew about them.

I have been hard at work for the last month doing a complete blog redesign, which included going through every single post I’ve ever written. I ended up deleting over a hundred posts (because they really were that bad, or just not worth keeping), and then edited and organized about a hundred and thirty more, and I still have about thirty or so waiting to be redone completely and reposted at some point down the road.

Another major thing I did was to create two new pages. One called The Writer’s Toolbox and the other Book Reviews. Oh and yes, I did a redesign of the blog’s look too. Yay!

The Writer’s Toolbox is basically a complied list of posts dedicated solely to writing. The page is broken down into 6 categories, A Writer’s Life, Writer’s Block, Boosting Creativity, How to Write, Editing, and Other Writing Stuff. This is meant to be a writing resource page for myself and any other writers who want to use it. I want to start creating more writing based posts, and when I do, they too will be added to the the Writer’s Toolbox.

Book Reviews is a list of reviews I’ve done over the years. I also want to start doing more book reviews. My goal is to do about one a month. I am specifically looking to help out other indie or self-published authors. If you have a book that’s science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, or steam punk (but I’m also open to any other stories with good character and plot), then contact me with a short blurb about your story and a link where I can buy it. I will do a review here on my blog and in other places that your book is listed online (Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords, ect.).

Note: I will only be able to review as time allows, so if I get a lot of requests for a review I may only be able to do a few.

These are the changes I have made so far, but there will be more to come. More news on that as I have time to implement them. Right now I’m feeling a huge accomplishment just from all the redesigning, reediting, and reorganizing. Whew! You’re welcome!

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Book Review: Misfit Mage

Misfit Mage Book 1 of the Fledgling God Series by Michael Taggart is available on Kindle.

I recently read this book and absolutely fell in love with it, and I wanted to share it here. It’s a paranormal story like you’ve never seen before. Michael Taggart weaves a story that is unique and fun. It is dark, but so much humor I was laughing through large parts of the book. I love how much creativity this book has, and I’ll remember the characters always.

The main character is Jason who has just discovered he is a supernatural through a major life altering event. His world is turned upside down when he realizes he can do magic, and that magic really is a thing. Along the way he makes amazing friends who feel more like family, and meets a man who puts his other lovers to shame.

Jason quickly discovers his limits in magic, but also finds places he excels at. He also realizes how dangerous the magic world is and how much he needs to catch up for he gets himself killed. But he is a problem solver with an abundance of creativity. Some of his solutions are amazing to behold (and super funny too)!

If you are looking for a humorous book with dark and deep undertones, then pick this up immediately. You won’t be sorry!

Posted in Apex, Apex Publications, book review, books, fiction

Book Review: Machine by Jennifer Pelland

Machine by Jennifer Pelland is available on Kindle and on Paperback.

13418849Want to take a walk on the wild side? Then Jennifer Pelland’s novel Machine is for you, because that is exactly what Pelland’s main character Cecil does in this delightfully depicted science fiction world.

In this novel technology has advanced to the point of creating artificial replicant bodies for those who are unfortunate enough to find themselves with serious injuries, or illness that can’t be cured right away. Cecil just got her new body after being diagnosed with a low priority incurable disease. She decides to copy her consciousness to a “new” body and wait for the cure. But Cecil’s life takes a sudden and horrific blow when she wakes up in her machine body to find out wife Rivka has divorced her during the copying process.

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Series Review: Craig Johnson’s Longmire Mysteries Books 1-6

The Cold DishDeath Without CompanyKindness Goes UnpunishedAnother Man’s MoccasinsThe Dark HorseJunkyard Dogs all by Craig Johnson is available on Kindle, Hardcover, and Paperback.

51iVAeShFCL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_This Friday, I’m doing something a little different. I’m reviewing a series instead of just one book (because I didn’t want to sound too repetitive reviewing each book individually. I mean how many times can I say Craig Johnson is a super awesome writer? lol…).

I first heard of Walt Longmire as his TV persona in his namesake show Longmire broadcasted by A&E. I watched all 3 seasons in two weeks and was dying for more. I also found out A&E wasn’t picking the show back up and that got me upset since season 3 was left on a hell of a cliffhanger. But then Netflix came to save the day and picked up season 4 (whoot Netflix!).

Anyways, I say all this, because I was so impressed with the television show, I decided to read the books the series was based off. And so began my delightful journey through Craig Johnson’s amazing world.

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Book Review: Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters

Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters is available on Kindle and as paperback. 

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I can easily describe this book with one simple word… stunning. But even that one word does not completely do justice to this haunting and beautiful prose that plunges headlong into the deepest hurt of the physical and emotional. It is truly a book that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last page of the last story.

This is a collection of twenty stories written by the immensely talent Damien Angelica Walters. Twelve stories are works she’s already published and eight are brand new to this collection. And each of them tell stories that walk the world of horror and fantasy.

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Book Review: Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips is available in Kindle, Hardcover, and Paperback.

41g+rRWhjcL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Ever wondered how the gods of Olympus would act if they were thrown into modern society? Look no further, because Gods Behaving Badly answers this question in grand form. Be ready to laugh and appalled by the ungodly things these godly beings do.

Artemis is fed up with her twin brother Apollo’s holier-than-thou and over the top attitude, and his new job as a TV psychic doesn’t help matters any. Not to mention Aphrodite’s shameless sexual escapades and part time job as a telephone sex operator are especially hard to bear for the goddess of chastity.

As also the goddess of hunting, Artemis longs for the good old days when her and her godly relatives were respected and revered, and she was allowed to keep her beloved hunting dogs. But now space is at a premium as many of the gods now live crammed together in a much-too-small London town house. Artemis’s dreaming of better times only makes things more bitter as a battle of wills breaks out between Aphrodite and Apollo.

As battle wages, the new house cleaner Alice becomes swept up into the fray. Just an average human with an average friend named Neil who harbors a more than average crush for Alice. And these two ordinary people find themselves donning the cloaks of heroism in order to save the day.

While the description and writing style isn’t the greatest, this story more than makes up for it in clever wit and hilarious situations that would make Aphrodite blush––well maybe not. But the unfolding of the story is certainly enough to awake a feeling of greatness and awe as the story finally reaches its perfect conclusion.

I truly enjoyed tagging along on Alice’s and Neil’s epic journey and awaking, and I am positive you will too.