Guest Post: Where Do Story Ideas Come From? By Bridget Nash

Guest Post, Coffee n' Notes

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well 🙂

Today for the first time ever, I am doing a guest post. So grab a cup of coffee (or a yummy drink of your choice) and sit with us while we host the wonderful author Bridget Nash, author of Players.

Say hello to Bridget Nash…

Where do story ideas come from?

The easy answer is human imagination. Humans have been telling stories for as long as there have been humans. Sometimes I like to think that storytelling around a campfire started out as a game called “Who Can Tell the Best Lie?”

I’m a horrible liar actually, but I still love to make up stories. It entertains me. I lay awake at night and make up stories and then I go to sleep and my brain keeps making up stories as I dream.

Players was my first completed novel since I was in the eighth grade. That eight-grade manuscript is still laying around somewhere, probably in a box in my parents’ basement, and I hope if anyone ever discovers it, they don’t know I wrote it.

I started a great number of novels over the decade between Meet the Jacobsons (yes, it was really called that) and Players. Some were fantasy, some were adventure, some were coming-of-age. All of them died a few chapters in.

The idea for Players rolled around in my brain for quite a while before I actually put pen to paper. That’s literally speaking, by the way. I wrote the entire first draft of Players by hand. The first little bud in my mind was fed by my obsession with Elizabethan players. I loved the idea of traveling bands of players, rolling in rickety wagons filled with costumes and makeup. It seemed magical how they must have stopped to camp for the night, maybe in between villages, built a fire and rehearsed scenes. I wondered what the villagers thought as the traveling players rolled into town. Was there disdain and secret wonder? Did mothers tell their children to stay away from them? Maybe small children peeked from behind their mothers’ dusty skirts as the caravan rolled by, enchanted by the mystique.

I probably have it all wrong, but players from the time of Shakespeare captured my imagination and wouldn’t leave.

I wanted to write about traveling players but the problem was I didn’t want to write a period piece. My brain wouldn’t let it go, though. So, lying in bed at night, I would play around with the construction of a modern world with traveling players. I know there are theater groups that travel, but I wanted players in wagons, spending dark nights around blazing fires, going through life with an air of mystery.

I don’t remember when exactly I landed on dystopia. I love a good dystopia although I had read only a couple at that time in my life. I didn’t realize there were so many lovers of dystopia out there or so many dystopian stories!

I think people like dystopia so much because we fear oppression. Whatever side of the political spectrum someone is on, oppression is this looming possibility, even if we disagree on how it might come about. Dystopian stories allow us to explore that fear and then close the book, tyranny captive between the covers.

The dystopian world of Players isn’t blatant. In fact, most citizens live with the belief that they are in a utopia. That’s how oppression happens in my mind. It isn’t some dictator who swoops in and starts making edicts. Oppression can inch in so slowly that people don’t realize it’s there until there’s no easy road back.

I seem to have digressed. I made a dystopia to create a world in which traveling players of the Elizabethan sort could exist in all their mysterious glory.

Some people know that I was a reporter for a newspaper before I decided to stay home with my daughter. Part of my beat was covering school board meetings and, as you can probably imagine, school board meetings aren’t usually the most exciting events. It was during an executive session that I began writing Players. In an executive session, the board members go behind closed doors to have a private discussion before they come out and make a public vote. Sometimes these executive sessions can last hours.

If I’d had a smartphone, I probably would have just played Words With Friends instead of starting to write a novel while I waited for the board members to come back into the boardroom. I didn’t have a smartphone and the boardroom had quickly become the bored room. So I wrote what was then the first line of the story: It wasn’t that his life was boring. It was that it was so boring he thought he might die.

That is no longer the first line of the book but it is the initial sentiment of the protagonist Ryan’s view on his utopian life. I honestly don’t know if the story would have started the same way if I hadn’t started it in a moment of sheer boredom. But I can say that if it didn’t start that way, it may have become a completely different story. I don’t outline when I write novels. I tend to know the basic plot, and usually the end before I start, but I like to see where the characters take me. And if you’ve ever written fiction, you know that characters tend to have free will and the writer just kind of nudges them. Some writers nudge them a lot harder than others. Everyone has a different method.

Players lived in various notebooks, traveling around with me in life, for quite a long time. It was mostly scrawled late at night by the light of my bedside lamp. When I finally finished it, it sat. The handwritten manuscript was in a small suitcase I’d found at a garage sale in the corner of my bedroom. Eventually, I felt sorry for it. Mostly because my handwriting is completely illegible and there was no point of getting the story out of my head if no one but me could read it.

I typed out the manuscript and finished it, the second draft, several years after I’d started the first draft. It’s not finished though. The world of Players is still very much alive in my mind and, some people will be pleased to know, a sequel to it is my next project. I’ve already started, but I seem to have misplaced the notebook…


About The Author

   Bridget Nash was a newspaper journalist who received several Associated Press/Oklahoma Press Association awards for both writing and photography, before starting her own small portrait photography business. She now stays home with her daughter, contributing to the news world on a freelance basis.

   Players is Bridget’s first novel but ever since she could hold a pencil, she has enjoyed writing as a recreational activity. As a child and a teen, she could often be found outdoors with a notebook and pen, listening to the birds and the wind while making up her own worlds on paper.

When she isn’t writing or taking photographs, Bridget enjoys reading and watching sitcoms simultaneously. Her favorite books are Frankenstein, Jane Eyre and A Ring of Endless Light. Bridget lives in a very small Oklahoma town, along with her husband; her daughter; two dogs, Trevor and Penny; a border collie named Taban; a cat named Taylor Swift; and a fancy rat named Sheldon.

About The Book – Players

Players, Bridget Nash

Ryan Scribe is eighteen and has it made.
He lacks nothing and doesn’t even know anyone who lacks anything.
Then he hears a beautiful actress say, “Truth is often stranger than perception,” and he begins to look at his world with new eyes.
All it takes is one wrong question and he is swiftly banished from the only home he’s ever known. Forced to join a band of traveling players, stage actors who look like they could have stepped straight out of Elizabethan England, Ryan begins to question his life, his country and everyone around him. Can he really trust a group of actors? Will his questions land him in even more danger?

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Book Review: The Shackled Scribes by Lars Teeney

The Shackled Scribes, Lars Teeny, Coffee n' Notes

Author: Lars Teeney
Publisher: Xcism Press; 1 edition (September 20, 2016)
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 158 Pages

Blurb

Futharkia is a city built upon the layout of an ancient rune shape, and a foundation of slavery. The Broxanians have been enslaved by the Olgoikhorkian Masters to exploit the Broxanian talent for rune-scribing. In exchange, the rune-scribes are compensated with the sweet, golden liquid, Ichor, that the giant worm-like Olgoikhorkians secrete from their glands. The Ichor also happens to be highly addictive and psychoactive. The system has worked for millennia.

However, the Great Fern Jungle that surrounds Futharkia is dying, being bleached white by some unseen force. Coupled with the fact that the simian-like Fern Lice have been hunted to near extinction to provide for Futharkia’s ever-increasing demand for food, Futharkia’s ecosystem is near collapse. It is amid this setting that Cyesko Limariar, an aging rune-scribe makes one last attempt at greatness to lift himself out of poverty, even if by fraudulent means.

Review

5  Stars

Lars did an excellent job writing this book. It is a wonderful fantasy world that you wish you would live there, even with all its weirdness. My main genre of reading is Fantasy so I was thrilled when Lars gave me an ebook of The Shackled Scribe.

Both the writing style and the plot itself was written with great thought, and I truly enjoyed myself every minute of reading this book. Even before you read the story you see the gorgeous cover that lures you in, the blurb is written in such an enticing way that builds up the story and sucks you inside. From the very first page, I knew I would love this book and I did.

This fantasy world takes place in a world that is powered by runes. The storyline Lars built here is amazing. It’s a Fantasy world mixed beautifully with dystopian elements in it, all together weaving a dark and weird place, that lets your mind run free with his great images. Every once in awhile, I called out loud “Wow” and “No way”, I loved it.

The characters were built so realistically and they did a great work with moving me through the pages. Lars built solid characters, even though the naming of some was a bit too hard to pronounce, but they were still fun to follow.

Cyesko is such a unique character and all he wants is to be a well known and honored rune scribe. we follow his addiction to this golden drink he received as payment for his work.

Tialina is a very gifted and strong rune scribe. Together they are stronger and they make a very powerful rune, that soon enough brings a lot of trouble with it.

I think the characters in this book are so strong and smart that they change the entire world around them. These characters really move the plot forward and make the world they live in, even more, real to the reader.

Lars did a magnificent job in weaving this world and the characters in it, to make it a very fast paced read and an addictive story, that you will never forget (trust me).

I loved the use of dystopian elements in this world, it made the story a better read and making the story flow smoother and faster. Before you know it, the story has ended. This is a fantasy with everything it, but with a dystopian twist to it. There are creatures like imps, bird-like people, worms and more. Making the adventure you take even better and more weird/exciting.

Overall, I think the story is a must to read. The ideas, the images and the creativity all makes the book a perfect weird read. This is a unique fantasy world with even more unique characters and I can’t wait to see more adventures in this world. My only wish was that this book would be longer ;))

The author gave me a free ebook of his Fantasy book, for a free and honest review. If you want to give this book a read, it’s free on Amazon (right now), so hurry up and grab it while you can.

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Book Review: Deceived By Heena Rathore P.

Deceived, Heena Rathore

Author: Heena Rathore P.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Citrus Publishers
Release Date: June 24th, 2017
Format: Paperback
Pages: 350
Source: Received an ARC from the author ❤

Blurb

How well do you know your loved ones?

A girl struggling to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother.
A journalist chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer.
A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughtered her parents.
And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.

After 9 years, a young writer is still coping with the brutal murders of her mother and five-year-old brother, as she moves into a house of horrors, to start a new life with her lover. Will friends and family be able to redeem Ally out of the impending doom in time? Will her infallible love become the key to the destruction of her already fragile world? Will madness prevail over love; true love over revenge?

Deceived is a gripping psychological thriller that mazes through the deepest, darkest emotions of human mind through the story of a vulnerable girl who treads in the mist of deception bred from a long unforgiven betrayal.

Review

5  Stars

Wow. This is Heena Rathore’s debut novel, but you would never think that when you read her book. She wrote Deceived so masterfully.

I know Heena for more than 2 years now, she became a wonderful friend and a kind person to know. If you don’t know who she is, go give her a visit. But now that she is about to publish her first novel, I was even more thrilled to read her book and I am so happy I did. I may not read a lot of Thriller books, but this book was amazing and scary to read.

Once the book arrived in my mailbox I was so happy to see this gorgeous cover, it made the book even more chilling and scary. I must say that my expectations for this book were met and even went beyond them.

I loved the Forward by Patrick H. Moore, a crime blogger and a writer, which clarified the difference between psychopath and sociopath. I think it was a great idea because a lot of people get confused by these terms and usually think they are the same.

This book has a very wonderful feel of Stephen King combined with Neil Gaiman to it, a beautiful mix of creepy/scary and Psychological elements. This book is dark, emotional and scary in a way that chills you to the bone.

I usually don’t like it when the POV changes, but Heena did it masterfully and it made the story flow better and even made it more enjoyable, also reading the events from the killer’s POV made it feel even scarier and twisted.

I found myself guessing who the killer is, and although I guessed right it was still a guessing game right up until the end.

Characters

Ally (Allison Stone) is the main character the story, nine years ago her mom and 5-year-old brother were murdered and she never been able to move on with her life, making things worse is her nightmares filled nights also she is being stalked by someone but won’t get any help. I really connected with Ally as she is a writer as well and loves to read a lot, but I also connected with her pain and anxiety.

Max, Ally’s dog. I would say that I love dogs a lot (a lot!) but there was a very scary part in the book about Ally’s dog Max, Thank you Heena for that mini heart attack and the tears 😀

Sam, Ally’s roommate.She is such a wonderful addition to Ally’s life and to the story.

Steve is Ally’s cousin and a journalist. His main goal is to find out the killer of Ally’s family, however he is my least favorite character, I just couldn’t connect with him.

Danny, Ally’s boyfriend. After moving in with Danny she realized he is not the guy she thought he was.

Elizabeth the 13-year-old girl (her story is set in 1978), wow she was chilling and that story really was creepy.

The killer (which I’ll leave you to figure out who he is by yourself), was very well crafted to a very scary point.

The journal entries in the story add so much to the story, well-done Heena for writing this so masterfully, they flow and seem so real at the same time and they have a huge part in understanding who is the killer, these journal entries give us hidden bits of information.

This book is a page turner and you will not get bored – I promise you.
Both the gorgeous cover and the story delivered on the premise of the book of leaving you by the end feeling scared and chilled by the possibilities.

As you get closer to the end, the story becomes more violent and chilling that while I was alone I read it with all the lights on, locked the door and constantly watched all the windows for any movement. There are a few big warning signs that Ally ignored and I just wanted to shake her vigorously, resulting in me shaking the book a lot, lol.

The ending is so good, but I won’t tell you more about that, I will however say that it was written extremely well, it was horrifying and came so quickly that I was shocked (still am).

Not all is perfect and I will say one thing that was a bit confusing to me, the names of some of the characters in the book are too similar.

To sum up everything

This book can easily be a movie thriller – easily. Everything is so well written and detailed, even the brutality was a stage to move the story and characters to where they needed to be by the end of the book.

The story, the characters and the writing all leave you wanting more and you won’t let the book down.

The cover is chilling and amazing. I know I already said this, but I had to say it again, lol.

I recommend this to everyone who likes thrillers, phycological story, mystery, and crime. But I also think that even if you don’t read much of this genre (like me), you should still give this a read, you’ll love it.

(Sorry for the long review, I guess I had lots to say, lol)

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Older and Wiser (I hope)

 

Hey everyone, it’s been awhile since I posted anything but book reviews (sorry for that). Life has been way too busy with my mom entering the hospital every few weeks, my health, and life itself. Things aren’t so easy right now, but I’m sure they will be easier soon 🙂

On a more positive note… It’s my BIRTHDAY! TODAY! (and happy birthday to all the June girls and boys out there <3).

After I lived on this earth for a long time and I got a bit of experience in life, and because this birthday I did more thinking than celebrating, lol (my mom is in the hospital), I did a lot of thinking.

After giving a real hard thought, I managed to put down on paper a list of a few important things I’ve learned from life so far.

So here what I’ve learned so far

Be yourself: This one is hard because we all want to be loved by others and to fit in, and sometimes being yourself is going to make things very hard for you, but it’s the only way to live. So don’t try to copy other or be something else for others, it’s a hard way to live.

Be Kind to yourself and others: I always tried to be kind and nice to others even though sometimes it’s more than difficult, lol. However, being kind to myself is even harder. This one I must say I learn very late in life and at some days, I’m still struggling, especially when I’m too stressed.

Sleep: We all want to achieve a lot. We will cut our sleeping hours to accomplish more. However sleeping less makes us angry, stressed (and I speak from experience here, lol), hungry and moody. But just this simple act of sleeping 6-8 hours a day, really do their miracle.

People never change (in most cases): People are people. People can change a bit for good or bad, but they will never change as much as you might wish them to. Controlling people to change who they are or hoping they will change in the future, will never happen and this will not do any good to either one of you. Know that people are set in their own ways and they will never change just because you want them to. If a change is really needed, they need to want it and understand how and why they need to change all by themselves.

Knowing reality: I hear people around me always saying “it’s not fair” about something in their life. Life is life, and things are as they are. When you are arguing with someone, don’t use their words against them just to show them you can. Let things go… and if you must fight, fight nicely.

I’m a writer: If I ever publish my work or not I am still a writer, and no one can take that away from me. This is simple but it’s still something I sometimes struggle understanding. If in some miracle I’ll get to publish my work that would be amazing (even beyond amazing), but if I won’t that doesn’t mean, I’m not a writer. I will enjoy writing even when I’m at my 90’s.

I am a writer 😀

Now, Obviously I still need to work on a lot of things on this list and that’s okay. It was really helpful to write these thoughts down and share them with you.

What would you add to this list?

Off to celebrate (with a good night sleep, lol, I’m too exhausted), but have a nice glass of a yummy drink (of your choice) for me ❤ Thank you so much for all the thoughtful birthday wishes on my social media, you made my day!

Ps. check out this beautiful drawing Jasmine did for my birthday (she even added a glimps of my books) ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: Unpacked Sparkle: A Story of Grief and Recovery by Patrick A. Roland

Unpacked Sparkle, Coffee n' Notes

Author: Patrick A. Roland

Type: PDF

Genre: memoir

Pages: 163 pages

Published: November 7th, 2016 by Az Publishing Services, LLC

Blurb

Over a year ago, I left a Mariah Carey concert in Las Vegas after six songs. I had gone on the trip as a present to myself for turning forty. But I couldn’t enjoy it. I was high on multiple drugs, but mostly crystal meth, and extremely drunk. I had been this way the majority of the year and a half since my partner Pack had suddenly passed away.

I found him dead on the bathroom floor one January morning while I was getting ready for work. The police told me I had no rights in my own home and asked me to leave. This was before gay marriage became legal. Life as I knew it changed instantly.

His family pretended I didn’t exist. They mauled our home the day he died, leaving it a ravaged mess. I was kicked out of that home. I was also disinvited to his funeral. In eight days I lost everything that mattered. Not even the law protected me from this.

So I got high in an effort to shoulder the pain. It didn’t work. I carried the heavy weight of unresolved complicated grief and addiction on my back. It was like an elephant. A large, unwieldy elephant that wanted me to die.

No longer able to participate in anything that mattered and unwilling to bear this burden anymore, I went back to my hotel room on the twenty-sixth floor of a casino and looked out on the sparkly lights below. I wanted to be in the light. So I opened the window and decided to jump.

But God intervened. My mother had somehow found me. Help came and I surrendered to the powerlessness of my situation. I asked God to help me. I stayed and I fought and I learned how to love myself. I put on a pair of sparkly shoes I had bought for that barely attended concert and I walked into the rooms of Crystal Meth Anonymous. I had bought the sparkly shoes hoping Mariah would see me in the audience. Though she didn’t get the chance, you did. You all embraced me and my sparkly shoes. They have become my calling card of experience, strength, and hope.

Review

5 Stars

This was such a wonderful read and so emotional. I love reading memoirs and this one is such a great one. Just from reading the blurb I knew I really wanted to read the book and now… I’m so happy I did.

The story is about the author who went through so much after his partner died and going through many times of recovery, to try and fight his addictions to drug and alcohol. Everything he went through and trying to fight his mental illness.

In this memoir, you get to learn so much about the author, his family, and his partner Pack. The author did a great job in bringing you closer to his life, to a few wonderful and painful moments of his life. The book is so intimate as if the author just sits there next to you, telling his story over a hot cup of tea or coffee, lol, while you just enjoy a wonderful story and a wonderful piece of history of a strong person who struggled through a lot.

I think everyone should read this beautifully written story, with all that happened to this author, he still managed to write a beautiful and uplifting novel, full of heartbreaks, inspiration, love, and so much hope.

You can find the book over

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As always, than you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: Something Needs Bleeding By Christopher Long

Book Review, Something Needs Bleeding, Coffee n' Notes

Author: Christopher Long
Type: PDF
Genre: Horror
Pages: 318 pages
Published September 28th, 2015 by Kensington Gore Publishing

Blurb

Kensington Gore is a man on a mission. He always aims to give his readers something fresh from the world of horror. Only this time he is offering you something a little different. This time he is offering you a piece of horror history to call your very own. Collected in this volume are the final works of one of the great unsung heroes of horror, Thomas Singer. Singer was a man who truly knew how to terrify his readers with his strange, nightmarish tales. Sadly, though, he never received the acclaim in life he so rightly deserved.

Following the mysterious death of the reclusive writer earlier this year, Kensington Gore Publishing author Christopher Long was invited to help edit Singer’s final five bone-chilling tales and introduce them to the world. There are many rumors and theories about what secrets these stories may hold. Singer himself selected them from his extensive back catalogue and held them back to be released only after his death. So read Something Needs Bleeding if you dare. See what you can find hidden in the final pages Thomas Singer had to offer the world. Just be careful you don’t come away with blood all over you.

Review

4 Starts

I received a pdf copy of this book from the publicist for an honest review, and as always it will be spoilers free. I’m not used to reading from a pdf file and it made the reading a bit harder for me, as I read the book only on my phone.

Something Needs Bleeding is a collection of short stories. For me, this was a bit hard to get into at first, but when I kept reading, I was hooked because of Christopher Long’s writing style. Horror in most cases isn’t much my reading style, but I did enjoy this book a lot.

I enjoyed the intros as it gave us a glimpse of the horror writer, Thomas Singer, and his life, but they were a bit too long for my taste. The intros give us the origin story behind the characters and the events in his life and in the stories themselves. Once I got started reading the story itself, I was hooked and the writing style even got better as I kept reading.

The point of view here is in first person, which made me get into the story faster, this made the entire mystery and horror, even better and more chilling. The stories are very creepy (but without the gore), gripping and fast to read, I loved the story with the kids (Devil’s Hunch) a lot as it was the most detailed and the pace was fast. It was also surprising with lots of twists you won’t see them coming and very enjoyable. There were so many things I didn’t see coming, lol, I loved it.

I loved the author’s writing style and imagery so much. The stories are well thought of and you could see and feel everything through his words, and the way he wrote the details was amazing for me and really made me get into the story even more.

There are many twists in this collection, the ending always surprised me and I never saw it coming. I had a few times where I was sure the story is going somewhere else and then you realize you are reading a horror story and everything changes fast, in a way I didn’t think it would.

I love the cover a lot, it brings out the perfect theme of the book.

If you like a good gripping and creepy story this is a must read for you.

“Each and every noise bled through the walls and floors of his room” Love this line so much 🙂

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Life’s Update

Hello everybody, I hope you are having a wonderful day 🙂

This month was one busy month. Yesterday I got out of the hospital after doing a small procedure and it still hurts to move, but I don’t have much time to sit back and rest, lol. I need to organize the house for the upcoming holiday or more of a celebration. On May the first, mom has her second chemo and I need to feel much better until then, so I can take her and be with her. On May the second, we are celebrating our Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut) and I really want to be able to help with the cooking and organizing.

So.. Just as the month will start, life is already starting to get busy. For now… I’m mostly resting and trying hard not to move that much, so maybe that way things will heal faster, lol (maybe).

I have so many projects I want to finish and I also have so many book reviews to get to, it’s a bit hard to just sit back and rest and let the body heal, but I don’t have any choice. I am not in the mood for reading much right now, but I did get in the mail, Heena’s new book Deceived and I can’t wait to dig in and enjoy a quality reading.

As you see, not much happened this month but it was still busy and hectic for me and sadly I have no writing/editing updates to give you, maybe next month 😉 But for now, all I want it to rest and heal (as fast as I can).

Have an amazing weekend everyone

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: The Birth of Death (The Legacy of Evorath #1) by Joseph Macolino

My review is up 🙂

The Reading Bud

Author: Joseph Macolino 
Release Date: 8th June 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Edition: E-book
Pages: 1,378
Publisher: Create Space

Rating: ★★★★

Blurb:

Artimus, the head investigator for the elvish kingdom of Erathal, is disturbed when he discovers that the culprit behind a recent string of kidnappings presents the greatest threat the world of Evorath has ever seen. As he develops feelings for Savannah, a beautiful elvish druid hiding a great secret, he struggles to separate his personal feelings from his responsibilities to the crown. Meanwhile, Irontail, a young centaur warrior, endeavors to find his way in a tribe where independent thought is discouraged.
When their paths cross, the entire forest must unite, performing an ancient ritual to combat this new evil. While the world of Evorath deals with this great threat, Artimus and his companions must put their internal conflicts to rest as they work together to combat this harbinger…

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Book Review: New Megiddo Rising (The Apostates #0.5) by Lars Teeney

My review is up on Heena’s TRB Blog 🙂

The Reading Bud

Author: Lars Teeney
Release Date: 14th September 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction
Edition: E-book
Pages: 87
Publisher: Self-Published

Rating: ★★★★+1/2

Blurb:

At the Dawn of the Texas Republic declaring independence from Mexico, New Megiddo was born. Created by a death cult led by the Reverend Brigham Wainwright, who actively works to flood the empty, barren land with his American followers; undermining his Mexican overlords.

Fast-forward several centuries and America has become New Megiddo, a theocracy run by the Schrubb Administration, where order is kept using the technology of the [Virtue-Net] to feed the Reverend Wilhelm Wainwright’s sermons to the minds of the people. In the slums the humble beginnings of an insurgency of Apostates take shape. The cruel and clueless policies of the Church of New Megiddo and the ruling Regime push the disenfranchised masses one step closer to all-out rebellion.

Review

This is the prequel novella to the Apostates Series.

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Book Review: Bindings & Spines (White Dragon Black #2) By R.M.Ridley

Bindings & Spines, Coffee n' Notes

Author: R. M. Ridley
Release Date: December 8, 2016
Genre: paranormal, Thriller
Edition: E-book
Pages: 351 pages
Publisher: Xchyler Publishing

Blurb

A slave is a slave, whether living or undead, so Jonathan Alvey bristles when an unknown novice necromancer turns up in New Hades. Despite their obvious talent, Alvey is forced to clean up the messes the rogue leaves behind. He must find the culprit and put an end to their attempts before they succeed and put an end to Jonathan himself.

But Alvey has problems enough of his own. As he battles his addiction to magic, and the withdrawals that may very well kill him, malignant gnomes infest his building and are out for his blood. A simple divorce case turns into a murder investigation. Why would the victim, a meticulous practitioner, create a spell book packed with inaccuracies? Why would an unknown assailant do anything to get it? Alvey must solve the mystery, and keep himself and his client alive until he can.

Review

5 Stars

Before I start, I just wanted to say that I’ve read this book twice with only a couple of weeks apart, that’s how much I love and enjoyed this book 😀 I’ve read Ridley’s first book and I loved it, so when the author came to me and asked for an honest review, I knew that I would love this book as well.

The story takes place in New Hades, which is very similar to New York. It’s a very modern, dark place. Ridley shows us a place where normal people live and do normal things and near them, there are places and people you will not want to go near, ever. The entire vibe of this place is dark and scary but with it, so normal.

The main character, Jonathan who is a private investigator. I love how Jonathan carries himself through his job and all things magical. He is my favorite character, so tortured and real, he is a perfectly made character. From the start, Jonathan finds himself in a very rough situation of quitting magic all at once and he is not going through this easily at all and just then, life came knocking on his door with a case to solve.

I loved how the author showed the yin yang dragon balance as the author showed so well. Jonathan vs. Magic, just perfect. Jonathan gets to see through others in the story and throughout his own addiction, just how corrupted the magic is and what it does to the body.

Ridley did a great job keeping me glued to the story, and every time I thought I solved the mystery, it turned up to be far from it.

I love the author’s writing style and the overall theme of this book.
Ridley’s dark humor and has a good eye for details, this is also a book full of emotions, dark thoughts and tons of dark humor.

If you love suspense and paranormal, you’ll love this book a lot. This was a fast read book, full of plot twists and wonderful story telling and… The cover is gorgeous 😉

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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