Thursday, 3 November 2016

Book Review: Grind by Edward Vukovic



General Information


Publisher: Edward Vukovic
Year of publication: February 2, 2016
Number of chapters: 52
Number of pages: 396

Plot summary: (blurb)


Ziva’s love of coffee is double-edged. Throughout her life, she gives her talent freely to those desperate for a glimpse into destiny’s promise. Predicting the future with chilling accuracy, she understands the cost and has sworn never to divine her own truth. Having fled the economic aftershocks of the Balkan war, she struggles adjusting to her new life and clings to the remnants of her past, until she meets Isaac. Against her better judgement, Ziva ‘reads’ for herself and what she sees will change her life irrevocably.

Positive points


This story is written in first person perspective with multiple POVs. First person perspective is very common these days, but not all authors can pull it off. Vukovic, on the other hand, has used this perspective to the max to create a deep POV for each of the characters. I enjoyed becoming each character as the story unfolded. I became emotionally connected to each one of them and am not ashamed to admit I shed a tear or two. Hats off to the author for that.

The story is not action packed, but this was not its intention. It is a story about real people having to deal with real-life situations and how they connect with each other in a community. It kept my interest throughout the story and I found it a really good read. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes this type of story.

Negative points


The most obvious negative point is this book needs to be proofread. I did find mistakes that could easily be corrected by a professional edit. This did not in any way take away the enjoyment of the story, but with a story this good, it seems a shame not to make it perfect.

What makes this book unique


I loved the way the characters were introduced in a clear and separate fashion and how they intertwined into each other's lives. This had me guessing what would happen next from one chapter to the next.

Overall impression

A great story with very real people. Believable and emotional.

My rating



I would love to give this five stars, but have to deduct one star for the editing issues.


Available at:


Amazon US


Amazon UK




Meet the author




Edward Vukovic is a Melbourne-based writer and novelist. He has work published across numerous publications including The Journal, The Adviser, The Roar and Shoot Farken. When he's not writing about his poor parenting skills or fantasy football you will most likely find him hurling instructions at the television, steadfast in his belief that the players of whatever sport he's watching at the time are actually listening to his ranting.

Edward is married to his wonderful and talented wife Vesna and is a proud, if sometimes bewildered, father to his amazing son Oliver.


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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

New Release: Unknown Reality A Sci-fi Adventure by Kurt Chambers



I am so excited to announce the release of a brand new title, Unknown Reality. It is a sci-fi adventure story about eleven-year-old Chloe who discovers that her life on Earth is nothing more than an experiment by a bunch of Scientists who claim to be her friend.

It is great to be able to offer my readers something a bit different from the high fantasy series I have already published. This is my first sci-fi adventure novel and I am very pleased how it turned out. I started submitting this story to about twenty publishers and agents and got a near miss from a top UK publishing agent who wrote a lovely email saying that there was so much about this story that she loved. The best rejection I have had! I knew that if I could impress a top agent then this book was a winner. I considered continuing to submit my book after that, but finally decided to publish it myself with my own publishing company, UK Children's Publishing. Why not have all the glory after the years of work that went into this title!

So, let me tell you a bit about this book.

Blurb


Eleven-year-old Chloe gasps in awe at the magical splendour of the theatre performance, but her excitement soon vanishes during an autograph hunt and an encounter with the baddie from the show. His unbelievable claim of a flawed universe freaks her out. This starts a chain of unexplainable events that threaten to destroy the only reality Chloe has ever known.

Then, one night, they come for her.

Claiming to be her friends, the Scientists try to persuade Chloe her life was some kind of experiment that went horribly wrong, and a computer virus left her with no memory of this alien planet. Struggling to come to terms with a world she doesn’t understand, she is kidnapped from the futuristic outstation by a clan of Savages that live out in the wilderness. When confronted by a father and brother she never knew she had, she is torn between two cultures, none of which she wishes to be part of. All she wants is return to the only family she knew; a family that never really existed.


If you think this is the kind of story you would like to read, here is where you can pick up a copy...

Links








To Reviewers:


If you are interested in reviewing this story and posting your review on Amazon for me I will offer a free eBook in a format of your choice. Please contact me via authortruthteller (at) googlemail (dot) com and put 'UR Review' in the subject line.

And don't forget! 

I still have two other popular fantasy novels for your pleasure and book one in the series is free in all good book stores. If you like my stories, could I please ask you to leave a review on Amazon for me. Reviews for us indie authors are very important in attracting other readers.


  


Happy reading! 

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Cover Reveal - Unknown Reality by Kurt Chambers



I am so very excited to show off to the world the new cover for my sci-fi novel, Unknown Reality. Isn't it pretty! And just so perfect for the story. The cover artist, Dawne Dominique, is just spectacular. Every cover she has created for me has been just beyond perfect. If there are any authors out there who are seeking the perfect cover for their masterpiece, I would highly recommend giving Dawne a try. You couldn't work with a lovelier person who is so good at her job.  Don't just take my word for it, check out her site for yourself. DusktilDawn Designs.

So, let me tell you a bit about my new middle grade sci-fi novel. This is an exciting time for me. I am expecting my manuscript to return from the editor in the next week or so and I have this beautiful cover. There are still a million things to do, but there is finally an end in sight. The thing I am most excited about is being able to reach out to a whole new audience. My previous two published books, Truth Teller and The Wrath of Siren, are both from a fantasy series. I will soon have a stand-alone sci-fi novel to add to my collection.

Unknown Reality Blurb


Eleven-year-old Chloe gasps in awe at the magical splendour of the theatre performance, but her excitement soon vanishes during an autograph hunt and an encounter with the baddie from the show. His unbelievable claim of a flawed universe freaks her out. This starts a chain of unexplainable events that threaten to destroy the only reality Chloe has ever known.

Then, one night, they come for her.

Claiming to be her friends, the Scientists try to persuade Chloe her life was some kind of experiment that went horribly wrong, and a computer virus left her with no memory of this alien planet. Struggling to come to terms with a world she doesn’t understand, she is kidnapped from the futuristic outstation by a clan of Savages that live out in the wilderness. When confronted by a father and brother she never knew she had, she is torn between two cultures, none of which she wishes to be part of. All she wants is return to the only family she knew; a family that never really existed.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Book Review: The Tears of San'Ferath by D. Thomas-Jerlo



General Information


Publisher: DusktilDawn Books
Year of publication: August 29th 2014
Number of chapters: 29
Author: D. Thomas-Jerlo

Plot summary: (blurb)


Allanoria is shifting into a new age—a world without mage’ic. For reasons unknown, I sense this is a passing phase, and that one day the land’s mage’ic will return. San’Ferath readies to succumb to my final spell, The Undying Sleep. Invoking such power shall end my life, but I go willingly, as does he, for when the need is great...so shall he wake.

Positive points


This was a great high fantasy read. It had all the classic fantasy elements woven into an original story line. The thing that I liked best was the way I became emotionally involved with the characters. They were so well drawn out and so very believable. I admire any author that can create such colourful characters out of thin air and make the reader actually care for these people. This book made me laugh a lot, especially at the medieval cursing, and it also brought a tear to my eye. Very well done!

Negative points


I have to confess, I wasn't a massive fan of the summary chapter that explained some of the plot points at the end. Personally, I would have done this throughout the story, but it didn't take anything away from the story itself, so it was a minor issue for me. The whole story was very well written and edited from start to finish.


What makes this book unique


I liked the way it took all the fantasy elements and wove them into a good, original storyline. It worked really well.


Overall impression


If you are a high fantasy fan then this story is definitely for you! It has such great characters and a really well thought out plot. I enjoyed reading this story from the start. I highly recommend this well written book.  


My rating



It has to be five stars!


Available at


Amazon US

http://www.amazon.com/Tears-SanFerath-D-Thomas-Jerlo-ebook/dp/B00N5T51C0

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tears-SanFerath-D-Thomas-Jerlo-ebook/dp/B00N5T51C0


Meet the author



As a best-selling and award nominated author of fantasy and paranormal, D. Thomas Jerlo's novels hook unsuspecting readers into worlds of mage'ic and refuses to let them go until that last page is read.

Although published in the United States, D. Thomas Jerlo is a Canadian author through and through.


Author Quote:  "Everything in life happens for a reason, be it good or bad, and
it's because of this we learn to never take anything for granted."

Links

http://www.dthomasjerlo.com/