Friday, November 24, 2017

3 Books in the Mercenary Warfare Series and a Linky

Mercenary Warfare Book 1

Selling Out: A Mercenary Warfare Adventure by [DiPietro, Zen]

My Review:

Selling Out is the first book in Zen DiPietro's new Mercenary Warfare Series. It follows the secret life of Cabot Layne, the well-respected trader on Dragonfire Station. He lives by his own list of salesmen's rules and has to decide if saving a planet fits into that list. Layne is an interesting character as he learns to redefine his values and his purpose in life. He and his relatively new team have a job to do. They have to learn to work together, including setting aside past grievances. It's an adventure of duty, honor, and friendship with a good dose of humor. This book has a satisfactory ending, but once you fall in love with these new characters, you'll be wanting more.

Mercenary Warfare Book 2

Blood Money: A Mercenary Warfare Adventure by [DiPietro, Zen]

My Review:

Blood Money takes our new heroes into the dark underworld of crime. Cabot Layne has been tasked with finding an asset that has gone dark, but he and his team find out more than they bargained for. Duty, honor and friendship with a good dose of humor follow this motley crew with their newest team-member, a female special ops officer, on their second mission. There's plenty of adventure and suspense. The second book also has a satisfactory ending, but you'll probably want to come back for more once this team of colorful characters find their way into your heart.

Mercenary Warfare Book 3

Hell to Pay: A Mercenary Warfare Adventure by [DiPietro, Zen]

My Review:

Hell to Pay is the third book in the Mercenary Warfare Series. Cabot Layne finds himself in hot water between the Planetary Alliance Cooperative and a notorious crime boss. Can Layne get both sides to work together toward a common goal? He's skilled at negotiations and this is his toughest one yet. The problem is that he doesn't need powerful enemies and both sides can make his life miserable if he gets it wrong. Follow Layne along with the brother and sister team of Omar and Nagali as they escort the crime boss, Ditnya Cain, to Jamestown Station. It's a slower-paced story, but there's plenty of healthy banter and some good fun competition.


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Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Krillonian Chronicles


Take a look at this exciting new young adult action and adventure novel, The Student and the Slave, now available for purchase! This is the third book in the Krillonian Chronicles, after The Collar and the Cavvarach and The Gladiator and the Guard



The series is set in an alternate world that is very much like our own, with just a few major differences. One is that slavery is legal there. Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone. Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil. It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with "have a rack"), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge. Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades. You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.


The Collar and the Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima
First, a Little Information about Books 1 and 2: 


Book 1: The Collar and the Cavvarach

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire's most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie's escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?



Click here to read chapter 1 of The Collar and the Cavvarach.
Click here to read about life in the Krillonian Empire, where the series is set.



The Gladiator and the Guard by Annie Douglass LimaBook 2: The Gladiator and the Guard

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?



Click here to read about life in the arena where Bensin and other gladiators are forced to live and train.


And now, The Student and the Slave, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!


Book 3: The Student and the Slave


Is this what freedom is supposed to be like? Desperate to provide for himself and his sister Ellie, Bensin searches fruitlessly for work like all the other former slaves in Tarnestra. He needs the money for an even more important purpose, though: to rescue Coach Steene, who sacrificed himself for Bensin’s freedom. When members of two rival street gangs express interest in Bensin’s martial arts skills, he realizes he may have a chance to save his father figure after all … at a cost.

Meanwhile, Steene struggles with his new life of slavery in far-away Neliria. Raymond, his young owner, seizes any opportunity to make his life miserable. But while Steene longs to escape and rejoin Bensin and Ellie, he starts to realize that Raymond needs him too. His choices will affect not only his own future, but that of everyone he cares about. Can he make the right ones … and live with the consequences?



Click here to order The Student and the Slave from Amazon for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through November 31st!



My Review:

The Student and the Slave is the third book in the Krillonian Chronicles. No longer a slave, nineteen-year-old Bensin finds his life as a free man comes with its own dangers. Struggling to find work, he ends up in gang wars and human trafficking. All he wants is to make enough money to help rescue Coach Dad from slavery, but he finds himself on the wrong side of the law instead.


If you love martial arts with life and death scenarios, then you'll enjoy this series. It's written for a young adult audience and contains violence. Some of the values taught in the third book are humility, kindness, teamwork, determination, and equality.

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About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published fifteen books (three YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

Connect with the Author Online:

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com

Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads

Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Orchids and a Linky


The orchids in the photos below stand in my kitchen window where they don't get direct sunlight, but enough to keep them happy. I took them outside to get these shots.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

2 FREE Science-Fiction Short Stories!

The Cost of Business
A Dragonfire Station
Short Story

The Cost of Business: A Dragonfire Station Short Story by [DiPietro, Zen]

About the Book:

Title: The Cost of Business (Short Story) | Author: Zen DiPietro | Publisher: Parallel Worlds Press | Pages: 30 | Genre: Science Fiction | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

Cabot Layne has unintentionally become the owner of someone else’s problem. In order to get free of it, he’ll need to use every bit of his trader cunning. If he does it just right, he might stay out of prison. With a little luck, he’ll even manage to turn a profit.

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My Review:

The Cost of Business is a short story that takes place soon after Translucid, Book 1 in the Dragonfire Station Series. The story gives us a glimpse into the life of Cabot Layne, one of the interesting characters that you meet on Dragonfire. He is a trader with a successful business and plenty of secrets. It was a fun, quick read and I can't wait to learn more about him as the series continues.

Fool's Gold
A Mercenary Warfare Short Story
(a Dragonfire Station Series)

Fool's Gold (A Mercenary Warfare Short Story): A Dragonfire Station Series by [DiPietro, Zen]

About the Book:

Title: Fool's Gold (Short Story) | Author: Zen DiPietro | Publisher: Parallel Worlds Press | Pages: 31 | Genre: Science Fiction | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

Omar Freeborn doesn't expect too much out of life. A warm bed and not getting knifed is usually enough for him.

He's thrown a curve when his sister not only steals his bed, but involves him in her business deal gone wrong.

All he can do is dig in and pull off some trading mastery. Maybe, if he's lucky, he won't get knifed in the process.

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My Review:

Fool's Gold is another exciting short story by Zen DiPietro. There's good sibling rivalry between Omar and his sister, Nagali. She's always causing trouble and Omar has to rescue a deal of hers. There are some things that they can agree on, though, which makes these two a formidable team.

More of My Reviews:
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About the Author:
Zen DiPietro

Zen DiPietro

Zen DiPietro is a lifelong bookworm, dreamer, writer, and a mom of two. Perhaps most importantly, a Browncoat Trekkie Whovian. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. A recovering gamer, but we won’t talk about that. Particular loves include badass heroines, British accents, and the smell of Band-Aids. Writing reviews, author interviews, and fun stuff at www.zendipietro.com.


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Friday, November 17, 2017

6 Dangerous Love Stories with Linky

These 6 supernatural first-in-series books are coming-of-age love stories. In every story, there is a strong female protagonist with a dangerous male character from a djinn to a kelpie and even an alien. The last 3 books are available for FREE on Amazon Kindle.



One Wish Away (Djinn Empire Book 1) by [Seymour, Ingrid]

My Review:

One Wish Away is the first book in the Djinn Empire series. A girl with 3 wishes and a djinn that is too good be to true makes for a great story. Why does the djinn have so many secrets and can he really be trusted? This novel has all the elements of fantasy, romance, and suspense. Date rape is one of the topics in this book. I think it's appropriate for ages 16 and up. It has a satisfactory ending that won't leave you hanging.



Bound (Bound Trilogy Book 1) by [Sparkes, Kate]

My Review:

Bound is a coming-of-age romance fantasy and the first book in the Bound Trilogy. Rowan has lived her whole life afraid of magic and its consequences. She unknowingly saves the life of a dangerous man. He uses magic to conceal his true identity. She shows mercy, but the man whose life she saves has a duty to hand her over to an even more dangerous man. What happens when she discovers that she has magic bound within her? There is some sensuality, but no sex scenes. I think it's appropriate for ages 16 and up.


Super Starrella (Secret Supers Book 1) by [Springer, Aurora]

My Review:

Super Starrella is a superhero story with fun animal side-kicks.  It's the first book in the Secret Supers series. There's plenty of adventure, monsters and bad guys, and a girl learning how to use her new superpowers while figuring out her feelings for the good-looking biker and the handsome army captain. The story is suitable for ages 12 and up. 

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The Wild Hunt (Faerie Sworn Book 1) by [Nieto, Ron C.]

My Review:

The Wild Hunt is the first book in the Faerie Sworn series. It's an intriguing and fast-paced story with plenty of chemistry between Lily, a human girl, and Troy, a kelpie. Lily enters a world where the fae cannot lie, but carelessly spoken words can be used against you. The lines between good and bad are not always clear and nothing is as it seems. It's a well-written story with a cliffhanger ending.



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Curse of the Beast by [Lavering, Ashley]

My Review:

Curse of the Beast is an urban fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a werewolf as the beast. Tayla is a seventeen-year-old who catches the eye of a popular guy at school who is used to getting what he wants. When she doesn't feel the same way, he becomes threatening. However, this is just the beginning of her problems. There are plenty more that come when she finds herself bound to a werewolf. She has to find a way to protect the ones she loves from the werewolf and break the curse before she becomes its next victim. It's an exciting story with a cliffhanger ending.

FREE on Amazon Kindle

Broken Skies by [Kay, Theresa]

My Review:

Broken Skies is a dystopian romance and the first book in a three book series. Seventeen-year-old Jax is plagued by nightmares. Her twin brother tries to keep her safe by moving them into a walled-in human settlement, but neither of them are truly safe inside or outside those walls. Somewhere not so far away from the human settlement is an alien city with its own kind of walls, the human-proof kind.

The good guys and bad guys are not always obvious. The characters are more complex than you'd think. The story takes several unexpected twists. Jax ends up in an emotional tug-of-war between the humans and aliens.

Some of the content includes murder and torture. Rape is mentioned and also homosexuality, but not with details. Honesty, trust, and loyalty are key themes along with learning to get along with others who are different from you. This page-turner story has a cliffhanger ending.


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Negative Return by Jessie Kwak

Negative Return
by Jessie Kwak

Negative Return: A Durga System Novella (Durga System Series) by [Kwak, Jessie]

About the Book:

Title: Negative Return - A Durga System Novella | Author: Jessie Kwak | Pages: 156 | Genre: Science-Fiction | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

He's gone too far to land safely — but going forward is definitely gonna get him killed.

Manu Juric is a mediocre bounty hunter. But he’s damn good at reading people and creating unexpected explosions — and that can take you a long way in this business.

Not far enough, he learns when he tries to take out one of Bulari’s most notorious crime lords: Willem Jaantzen.

After the attempt is horribly botched, Jaantzen spares Manu’s life in exchange for joining up with his motley crew for one small heist. There’s a reason Manu avoids teamwork: it’s the worst. And as the increasingly unpredictable job plunges Manu into an ever-tangling web of uneasy dangers and bristly egos, he realizes he’s going to need to find some allies — fast.

And the one man he may need to trust the most is the one he’s been contracted to kill.

NEGATIVE RETURN is the second book in Jessie Kwak’s Durga System series, a fast-paced series of gangster sci-fi novellas set in a far-future world where humans may have left their home planet to populate the stars, but they haven’t managed to leave behind their vices. And that’s very good for business.

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My Review:

Negative Return is a fast-paced science-fiction novella full of suspense with seedy characters and unexpected twists. Who are the heroes when they are all villains? Even Manu Juric, the main character, claims to be double trouble. And, every moment is a life-or-death situation in their risky line of work. Will Manu survive after botching the hit job on the notorious crime lord, Willem Jaantzen? Well, let's just say that this is only the beginning of his problems.

Negative Return is the second novella in the Durga System series, but it takes place before Starfall, the first novella. It's a wickedly well written story and I can't wait to read more in this series!

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Jessie Kwak

About the Author:

Jessie Kwak is a freelance writer and novelist living in Portland, Oregon. When she’s not writing B2B marketing copy, you can find her scribbling away on her latest novel, riding her bike to the brewpub, or sewing something fun.


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Handsome Peacock and a Linky


We have a handsome peacock that visits our property everyday. There are a couple of peahens that hang around too. The birds belong to Amanda's school, which is close to our home. Her school also keeps free roaming geese, ducks, turkeys, and rabbits. The children are taught to respect the animals, but it's not always possible to monitor all the children all the time.

Amanda was recently bitten above her ankle during break by a large black duck named Blackie. She didn't see it in time to get away. Her teacher took her straight to the principal and to other teachers to show the bite mark. I think her teacher was fed up with the duck. I've witnessed its aggressive behavior during one of Amanda's sports days. Amanda told me that she thinks it turned mean from being teased. It attacks without being provoked, so I'm glad the teacher made a fuss.

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