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March 2017

MY ‘TBR’ (To Be Reviewed) Pile

I like to read, no, scratch that; I LOVE to read! From fantasy to thriller, not much is off limits – although I’ve never been one for romance. I also review the books that I’ve read, as a way of sharing my opinions and hearing those of others. Do we like the same book? Yeah? Cool. No? Cool, tell me why.

There’s nothing better than talking to someone who loves the same book or author that you do, and waxing lyrical about that character or this character. It’s awesome! And this is why I get excited about the books I haven’t read yet; I am about to discover a character that I like, or even better, a character that I absolutely hate!

Below is a list of just some of the books I currently have on my ‘TBR’ pile. Let me know if you’ve read any of them yet, and if so, what did you make of them?

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Book Review – Scavenger: A.I. (Sand Divers #2) by Timothy C. Ward

Book Review – Scavenger: A.I. (Sand Divers #2) by Timothy C Ward

*I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

The book blurb;

‘Hundreds of years ago a nanotech virus nearly wiped out humanity. The kernel of that technology has been locked in a buried military and guarded from warlords and tyrants by a class of sentries. Divemaster Rushing Stenson and his wife Star thought their journey underground would lead to the discovery of the ancient city of Danvar. Instead, they resurrected a power perfect for the tyrant that put them there. He plans to use this self replicating technology to rebuild America and give life eternal to those loyal to his empire.’

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Book Review – The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller

Book Review – The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller

The book blurb;

‘Dragons once soared in the skies, but that was before the Transformation, before they took human form. Now, demonic forces stand to obliterate them. When left mortally wounded, Darnuir, the Prince of Dragons, can only be saved through a dangerous rebirthing spell. He is left as a babe in human hands.

Twenty years later, Darnuir is of age to wield the Dragon’s Blade. As the last member of his bloodline, he is the only one who can. He is plunged into a role he is not prepared for, to lead a people he does not know. Shadowy demons ravage his new home and the alliance between humans, dragons and fairies has fractured.

Time is short, for new threats and deadlier enemies are emerging…’

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

The book trailer;

The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King tells the story of Darnuir, the prince of the Dragons as he is ‘reborn’ in order to save his life. Darnuir must lead his people in a war against those of ‘the shadow’, demons and spectres controlled by an evil wizard. The dragons must unite with the fairies and with the humans  in order to protect their world.

I will try to avoid the usual cliches when reviewing this book, but keep in mind the phrases ‘unputdownable’, ‘a real page turner’ and others of that ilk.

The Reborn King is a character-driven story of conflict and intrigue. Darnuir in particular is a character that I really enjoyed reading. He is saved with a rebirthing spell that turns him into an infant and he is then raised among the human population. Darnuir becomes a ‘hunter’, a faction of the human military that specialises in tracking and guerrilla-like warfare. the years pass by and we, the readers, are given little snippets of information that are forming Darnuir’s influences and this makes for intriguing reading. When Darnuir is told of his true position, as king of the dragons, the story starts to really pick up pace.

What i liked most about this is the way that Darnuir’s character becomes increasingly conflicted. He is now wielder of the Dragon’s Blade and is guided by his Guardian, Blaine. Through the rubies on his blade, Darnuir can access his old memories (this part of the book is especially brilliant) and this causes a changing in him. Darnuir’s conflict is something that is portrayed excellently and you can feel almost feel his strife as the ‘old’ Darnuir starts to come through.

The races in Tenalp (read it backwards) are plentiful and are of sure, fantasy stock. There are fairies, humans and frost trolls, as well as the dragon’s themselves. The political ties between these races is super interesting and their history if given in snippets but it is fantastic. One of my favourite features of this book is the battle strategies used by the leaders of the races, it is well thought out and actually has some logic to it, and it isn’t there simply for show.

Summary

This is a world that I want to read more of and the characters will keep me coming back for more. The action is delivered with a quick punch and surprise to it, the battles are fast, furious and enormously deadly. The legendary weapons on show are simply magnificent and add a layer of depth to the story (as well as being super cool).

Recommendation

This is pure, fast-paced fantasy at its finest. The characters are plentiful, the action is real, and the story is wonderful. Fantasy lovers will want to read this book. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a fresh story that is set in a fantastical new world.

Rating

4.5/5

*Cover image taken from iamselfpublishing.com*

Where to find Michael R. Miller;

Website: thedragonsblade.com

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A Great Way To Conquer Writer’s Block

A Great Way To Conquer Writer’s Block

Do you ever find yourself sitting down at your computer with the will and determination to write something but not being able to actually type, well, anything?! Instead of creating the next bestselling novel, you end up watching funny videos of cats falling off things or the latest ‘fails’ compilation and wondering where the last three hours of your life have gone. Writer’s block hits everyone at some point, hell, it hits me every other day! Sometimes a little advice is needed on how to get yourself over that big bloody wall that is in front of your screen. Well, this may just be the answer…

Embrace Imperfection…and Say “No” to Writer’s Block!

by Mark David Gerson

“Embrace Imperfection” is the fourth of my seven surefire ways to unblock your writer’s block. You’ll find all seven in my book Writer’s Block Unblocked: Seven Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing and Creative Flow. 

Whether in writing or in life, many of us are addicted to getting it right. Being perfect, we believe, guarantees that we won’t be criticized, won’t be judged, won’t be humiliated, won’t be rejected. On top of that, we hope that a perfect first draft means fewer revisions…or none at all.

Being perfect is, well, just a good thing to be. Isn’t it?

I have bad news for you: Your writing will never be perfect. Never. Ever. Ever. It may be excellent, accomplished, creative, innovative and insightful. But perfect? Not possible.

It’s not possible because there is no exact or perfect way to translate the intangible (ideas, thoughts, visions) into the tangible (words on a page).

There is no exact or perfect way to describe a brilliant sunset or a profound emotion in a way that ensures each reader an experience identical to yours.

That isn’t a bad thing. This “approximate translation” gives your readers the space to have their own experiences of your words, to paint their own pictures from your descriptions.

Just as there is no way to control the words that flow from you onto the page and, at the same time, write from an authentic place of depth, there is no way you will ever be able to control your reader’s experience of those words. Nor would you want to.

How often have you been disappointed by a film portrayal of your favorite literary character because your inner director cast the role more astutely than the movie director did? How often have you read meaning into a novel that the author never knew was there?

Empower your readers to have their own experiences and recognize that all you can do is translate your experience as heartfully as you are able into the little squiggles on a page that we have agreed to act as imprecise outer symbols of our inner world. Begin by recognizing that most of the time you are only going to come close. Continue by knowing that it remains within your power to have your words incite revolution, topple dynasties, overthrow “reality.”

Do your best. Be aware, though, that if you remain intent on making it perfect, you will likely find yourself stuck on the same story — or sentence or word — for the rest of your writing life, never growing into something new.

As Salvador Dali once said, “Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.”

TRY THIS

Can you let go of your natural human perfectionism long enough to let your story tell itself to you on the page? What are you waiting for? Pick up your pen. Describe what you see, what you feel, what you yearn for, what you love. Don’t try to be perfect. Don’t try at all. Just allow. And know that from that place of surrender, you are cre-ating perfection.

Adapted from Writer’s Block Unblocked: Seven Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing and Creative Flow. © Mark David Gerson

Look for Writer’s Block Unblocked: Seven Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing and Creative Flow in paperback from Amazon and other online booksellers, and in ebook form from the Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Kobo and Nook stores. You’ll also find it, along Mark David’s other books and recordings for writers at www.books4writers.com.

 

Mark DavidMark David Gerson is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books whose readers span the globe, Mark David Gerson electrifies groups and individuals around the world with his inspiring stories and motivational talks, seminars and workshops.

Mark David’s books include critically acclaimed titles for writers, including Birthing Your Book, The Voice of the Muse and Organic Screenwriting; award-winning fiction, including The Sara Stories and the Q’ntana Trilogy of fantasy novels; and such compelling memoirs as Acts of Surrender and Dialogues with the Divine. His screenplay adaptations of the Q’ntana books are on their way to theaters as a trio of epic feature films.

Known as The Birthing Your Book Guru, Mark David works with an international roster of clients to help them get their stories onto the page and into the world with ease. Having overcome his own writing challenges, he is uniquely qualified to fire up novices and seasoned professionals in any genre to unleash the power of their creative potential and get their books (or other writing projects) done.

Passionate, inspiring, insightful and intuitive, Mark David Gerson is popular with readers and book clubs and is a highly sought-after speaker, media guest, coach and editorial consultant.

So, what did you think of ‘A Great Way To Conquer Writer’s Block’? How do you cope with writer’s block? What’s the biggest ‘block’ that you have? Please comment and let me know, oh, and please, as ever, share on whichever social medium you prefer to use 🙂

Thanks for reading

 

 

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