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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Excerpt Spotlight: Sleeper (Hunter: A Thieves Series Book 3) by Lexi Blake

Sleeper (Hunter: A Thieves Series Book 3)
by Lexi Blake
October 17, 2017
476 pages
When Neil’s past catches up to him, Kelsey must choose between her new family and an old love…

With tensions rising between the Council and demonkind, Kelsey finds herself investigating a series of murders that threaten the fragile truce between them. If she can’t stop these killings soon, they could ignite a fire sure to burn the supernatural world down.

Unfortunately for her, Kelsey’s problems don’t stop with a pile of dead halflings. Her connection with Marcus is frayed at best, and Gray hasn’t been heard from in months. Her only semblance of peace comes from a new man in her life. When Gray storms back into the picture, her love life goes from incredibly complicated to apocalyptic.

Just as Kelsey begins to unravel the mystery, the forces of Heaven decide to take an interest in her actions. Outclassed with these powers in play, Kelsey knows that one misstep could leave the human and supernatural worlds in ashes.

“Your Highness, please back away. In fact, it would be best if you left the room altogether.” Felix put himself between me and Roberts. “Kelsey, I need you to push her down. Push her back down for a few moments. Marcus will be back soon and he’s going to take care of you. Being around those angels unsettled you. I don’t know if you noticed, but at the end of the meeting, your ward fell off. You didn’t have it on when Oliver shook your hand. He’s unbalanced and now you are, too. It’s like a contagion for someone like you. Oliver’s illness has called up your inner wolf and she’s angry.”

“Perhaps if I touch her,” Henri began. “I’m an academic. I don’t have the same connection she has with Marcus, but I might be able to help.”

“I’m not unbalanced.” It didn’t matter that my hands were shaking and they had been ever since I’d left the angels behind. “I’m going to talk to the wolf whether you like it or not. He’s been handling silver. It’s the only reason his hands wouldn’t have healed. Even then, a couple of hours would have done it. Unless the freaking silver he held came straight from Heaven. What about it, Roberts? How did you spend last night?”

The wolf was shaking his head. “I don’t know.”

That wasn’t an answer I was willing to accept. I was about to explain that to everyone when Chad stepped up and got in my face.

“I’m taking him out of here now,” Chad explained. “You’ll let me or we’re going to have trouble.”

I was ready for trouble. I was fairly sure I grinned, the idea of fighting a vamp lifting my spirits high. For the first time in what felt like hours, I went still. “You’re not going anywhere.”

Chad turned, his shoulders squaring, and I felt the world begin to bend around me. Chad belongs to one of the rarest classes of vampire—the magicians. As far as I knew, he was the only one walking the night at this time. He could form illusions so real you could taste food, feel imaginary rain on your skin, utterly believe whatever he wanted you to believe. I’d come up against him before. I might be one of the only people in the world who could see through him.

“It won’t work,” I said calmly as reality seemed to go dark and I heard the hissing of snakes all around me. “Do you not remember what happened the last time you pulled this shit on me? It took three tranqs to take me down. I don’t think you have those on you today.”

“I won’t need them.” Chad lifted his hand and the world shifted.

“Holy shit,” Casey said, climbing up on his desk. “What the fuck is happening?”

Snakes were happening. They were crawling from the woodwork, twitching and hissing my way. The fibers of the carpet beneath my feet lengthened and formed more snakes until they were a menacing mass, threatening everyone in the room.

Well, except for Chad, who had lifted his husband into his arms and prepared to take him away.

I let my wolf loose a bit. She knew this was all an illusion. That primitive part of my brain that Chad was accessing, the lizard brain that merely wanted to survive, was taken over by the wolf inside me. The alpha wolf didn’t want mere survival. She wanted to dominate, and that meant seeing past fear, trusting her instincts over what her eyes perceived.

The minute I opened the door, I felt her surge through me.

“I’m not letting you go. I can’t. I’m conducting a murder investigation, and I believe your boy here just became my prime suspect.” My hands twitched, eager for a fight, and I realized how long it had been since Marcus and I had thrown down.

Too long. Remember that whole thing about needing sex or violence to feed my inner wolf? Well, she was hungry and there was a whole lot of violence in Chad’s eyes.

I welcomed it. I could feel the need rise like a wave threatening to engulf me. This was why I had a trainer in the first place.

I gritted my teeth because Chad turned on his power. I could feel those fucking snakes climbing my legs and sinking their fangs into me. I refused to pay any attention to them despite the fact that I ached to rip the fuckers off me and toss them aside. To do that would have given the magician more power. If I bought into it, if I took my eyes off the only thing in the room that was real, I would end up like Casey, who was screaming like a girl.

“Let me pass, Hunter,” Chad said.

I stood my ground like the good Gandalf I was. Except I kind of wanted to shove my nonexistent staff right up old Chad’s ass, and then we would see if he sent snakes my way again.

The anger rose, rapid and quick, a flash fire coursing through me. I didn’t even realize when I had reached for the fireplace poker. All I knew was it was suddenly in my hands and I was going to use it. I could see myself shoving that piece of wrought iron right through his heart. It wouldn’t kill him. I would need wood for that, but then again, I didn’t want the fight over so quickly.

I raised the poker, ready to start.

“Stop it, both of you.” Donovan stepped in between us, but I didn’t care at that moment. I hadn’t felt this way in forever, not since Marcus had taken me in. I hadn’t been so out of control that I didn’t care who I hurt as long as I got to hurt someone. I would fuck up Donovan, too. All that mattered was seeing blood, feeling bones crush.

“You see, I told you she’s far gone and I can’t fix her anymore. I’ve called Gray and he has an idea of what to do,” Marcus was saying.

I wasn’t listening.

I started to bring the poker down Donovan’s way, but I was stopped in mid swing. A hand held my wrist, an arm going around my middle and hauling me back against muscled flesh.

“Stop it,” Trent growled in my ear. “You stand down right this second.”

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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Book Review: A Mortal Indiscretion (The Justin and Ambra Series Book One) by Barbra E. Ross + giveaway

A Mortal Indiscretion (The Justin and Ambra Series Book One)
by Barbra E. Ross 
Genre: Paranormal Romance,
Romantic Suspense, Vampire Romance
ISBN: 978-1530762804
Number of pages: 632 pages
Word Count: 259981
Cover Artist: ProEbook Covers
A sexy vampire. A little deceit. A love worth dying for. What more could you want from a vampire romance?

A man. A vampire. A love story....

One night changed everything for bachelor Justin Bertolli. A womanizer at heart, never quite ready to settle down, he meets the woman who would change his life forever. Ambra Taylor is that woman, but is she all that Justin bargained for? Told from a male protagonist point of view, A Mortal Indiscretion delivers wholly unique narratives that don’t succumb to the same old recycled concepts. Everything unravels in Justin’s world. Although Ambra is a vampire, she is the vulnerable one of the two characters, providing a refreshing twist on standard tales. She is not waiting for her prince to come save her on his white horse. She simply desires love, to feel human love again and will do anything to protect the love of Justin. When Justin discovers the truth about who and what she is, will he still love her? Will he still want her? Find out, as their hearts collide in this epic tale of love.

Cover whore that I am, this one did not jump out to me. At all. Where is the hunka burnin love? Where are my rip hard chiseled abs, my Ares God of War on his steed looking and sexy as hell?! He's not on this cover. (Sadly.) And while I ALMOST walked away, I gave the synopsis a little read.

"A man. A vampire. A love story...."

That right there caught my eye and told this vampire mistress to give it a chance. I was about to say okay when I saw the page count......633 pages!!!! Holy batwater Batman! Some fan me with a chocolate cupcake, quick! How come I can read a series of books that are each easily 350 pages but I just can not get into a story that says 600+? I AGAIN, almost said no. But something about the plot here kept my choice in the game. I'm glad it did!

This story is told from the male's POV and what a change that was! I know there are writers who do the back and forth POV like my girl crush Kresley Cole (le sigh), but not a lot actually. Color me impressed with this writer's style of making her characters come to life. I loved a lot of the different interactions between not only the main couple but the secondary characters as well. The story does take some time getting the reader to where it wants you to be, it could have been a shorter tale. But hey, if you like world building than you will enjoy that more than I did.

Aside from my need for non-stop action, there were a few grammar issues. If I am pointing them out, then yeah it was an issue. Cause I can't spell nothin!

Just enough romance to keep me interested, nothing too graphic though which was nice. If the author wanted to take this series down that path I could totally see that.

Overall the ending really does make up for any imperfections this first book had. I liked it, I now look forward to book two!

Getting 4 Sheep


Excerpt Chapter 7:
“Why did you not give her a chance? Then maybe you would be…”

“She isn’t you. No one makes me feel like you do. No one,” I said and she looked over at me.

“You still believe that? After all I have put you through? After all I have done?”

“Yes. I believe it. I know it.”

“But you must realize, that I am not what you thought I was. Don’t you?”

“Yes. I know that.”

“But, I do not understand. Does it not upset you?” she asked.

“Yes. It upsets me. But you owe me the truth, and you are going to tell me the truth now, right? No more lies?”

“Yes Justin. And then, maybe you will go running to that girl. Maybe you should go after her right now. There may still be a chance.”

“No. I don’t run away. That is your thing.”

She sighed and sat on the edge of the bed, naked. She turned her back to me. I looked at her back, so sexy. Shoulders strong and defined. She had her arms across her chest. She knew I was going to ask the questions. I think she was mentally preparing herself for the blows.

“Go ahead Justin. Ask.”

“First of all… You’re not gonna tell me that you have to work in the morning, are you? Because I ain’t falling for that shit anymore,” I said. It just slipped out of my mouth. Like I didn’t have a filter between my brain in my mouth.

“No. I suppose you would not.” She turned to look at me.

“And you are staying here with me, right? I am going to have the pleasure of your company during the day? Right?” I pressed, as I felt my anger rising.

“Yes, I will stay. But I cannot go out with you during the day. You will have to keep the shades drawn. It is just not that simple to explain.” She kept her head down as she spoke these words.

“Fine. I can handle that. Tell me, what exactly would happen if I did open the shades Ambra?”

“I would burn up and die,” she stated, flatly.

“What are you Ambra? Are you ready to tell me to my face now?” I was insistent. “Because I really need to know.”

“I am…” She started and then, she became silent again.

“Say it, dammit! I want to hear you say it to me,” I was really getting pissed.

“I am a monster,” she whispered.

“What? What kind of monster? You tell me God dammit!” I yelled.

“A vampire,” she said it so quietly, keeping her back to me.

“You turn around and say it to my face. You have kept this from me for so long. I want you to look me in the eye! I deserve it!” I grabbed her shoulders as I yelled at her. She turned to me, tears flowing down her cheeks.

“Justin, I am a vampire.”

About the Author:
Barbra E Ross lives in Michigan. She is a nurse by day and a writer of fiction at night.

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Author J.R.R.R. (Jim) Hardison: How to tell if Someone You Know is a Member of a Sinister Secret Society

The Seven RED FLAGS: How to tell if Someone You Know is a Member of a Sinister Secret Society

We’ve all been there. You’re just going about your normal, everyday life, minding your normal, everyday business, when you find yourself hopelessly enmeshed in the evil machinations of a sinister secret society bent on controlling, reshaping or destroying the world. It’s always such an unpleasant shock—not just because you now have to battle against dark forces to save yourself and the fate of humanity, but also because one of the key players in the secret society always turns out to be someone you knew and should have suspected. Am I right?

Well, I’m here to help. I had to do a lot of research on sinister secret societies for my latest book, and as it turns out, there are seven red flags you can look out for to help you spot SSS members lickety-split.

Before we dive in, however, I want to share one important note. Don’t assume that anyone (and I mean anyone) is not in a sinister secret society. Just because you trust someone, just because you’ve known them since you were both babies, just because you are literally with them almost non-stop, does not mean that they aren’t the vile tool of an evil organization working toward your destruction. In fact, the more completely you trust them and believe they are good, the more likely they are to turn out to be totally evil. The latest statistics show that when people are killed by members of sinister secret societies, nine times out of ten, the perpetrator was someone known to them. So, the golden rule of not getting enmeshed in the evil machinations of a sinister secret society is simple: Always be on guard.

Now, the seven red flags:

1. Does the person just look pretty sinister? Do they have dark circles around eyes the color of bruises? Do they have a cruel scar that runs from the corner of an eye to the corner of their mouth? Or is there just something off about them that you can’t quite put your finger on, but it bugs you—for example, a bad haircut? Looking sinister is a dead giveaway. Keep a close eye on sinister looking people. But, and I can’t stress this enough, you also need to be careful of people who look completely harmless. No one is completely harmless, so if they look that way, that’s also a red flag.

2. Does the person lurk? Do you notice them out of the corner of your eye all the time, do they stand in shadows more than normal, do the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and you turn around and find them right behind you a lot? These are classic signs that someone is in a sinister secret society. And the more someone lurks, the more likely it is they are a member. However, don’t trust people who don’t lurk. A crafty evildoer will frequently stand around in bright sunshine, sit right next to you at lunch, or even make a show of appearing out of nowhere to drive off a lurker who has been frightening you. Don’t be fooled! This is a technique to build your trust. The apparent hero is probably in cahoots with the lurker.

3. Does the person mumble under their breath? If so, they could either be communicating with their evil organization via concealed microphone, whispering sinister comments to themselves like, "when my dark brotherhood/sisterhood seizes control, you will be the first to feel my deadly wrath," or worst of all, casting evil incantations to befuddle and confuse you into not noticing their evilness. Always keep a close eye on mumblers! On the other hand, truly terrible sinister secret society members often have such strong self-control that you should be exceptionally wary around anyone who does not mumble under their breath at all.

4. Do animals behave oddly around your suspect? Dogs will usually growl, get their hackles up, or whimper in fear in the presence of members of sinister secret societies. Cats will yowl, hiss, spit or jump down on you unexpectedly as if they have been thrown by an off-camera production assistant. Squirrels will commit suicide by jumping in front of vehicles. This odd behavior is the result of all the dark forces and arcane powers evildoers come into contact with. Like static electricity, the stuff can give humans a mystical charge that animals can detect. Hamsters are the most reliable indicators of mystical currents. Hamsters will quietly stare at people with a dark charge, sometimes nervously munching bits of hamster food as they do. This is why members of sinister secret societies hate hamsters. If animals act strangely around your suspect, the person is probably guilty. But beware! Sometimes, these people can charm animals with incantations or enchantments, so be suspicious of people that animals and pets seem to like a little too much, or people who go out of their way to express their love of hamsters.

5. Does the suspect have any objects made of obsidian lying about their home, office or other personal space? Objects made of obsidian (particularly sacrificial daggers, skulls, idols or altars) are an obvious red flag. And don’t be fooled if you don’t see any obsidian objects. Many sinister secret society members know obsidian is a giveaway, so they hide their obsidian objects extremely well, and some secret societies specifically prohibit their members from owning obsidian items to prevent them from being detected. So, if your suspect does not have any obsidian items, this is a red flag as well.

6. Is the person’s lawn very well maintained? The more carefully a lawn is maintained, the more likely it is that someone in the house doesn’t want outsiders looking past that lawn. Never trust the perfectly manicured lawn. This extends to golf courses. If the lawn (or golf course) is well maintained, watch your step! Never trust anyone who manicures their lawn (or golf course) with fingernail scissors or whose grass always looks unwholesomely green and well fertilized. The grass is always greener over secret graves. However, it has been brought to my attention that some sinister secret society members are so busy with their nefarious activities that they don’t have time to attend to mundane things like cutting the grass, so, if a lawn (or golf course) seems unkempt, disheveled, or rumpled, that can also be a sign that your suspicions are correct.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. That’s only six red flags. Well, if you’ve managed to read through this list without recognizing any red flags, if you are pretty convinced that you don’t know anyone who is involved with a sinister secret society, there may be a bigger problem.

Ask yourself these questions:
Do you ever have unexplained headaches?

Do you ever wake up tired after a full night of sleep?

Do you ever forget things—even simple stuff, like where you put your car keys or who wrote the song Take On Me?

If you answered yes to even one of these questions, then you are most likely the person you know who is in a sinister secret society.

Surprised? Don’t be. It’s totally common for sinister secret societies to be so secret that even their own members don’t know they are in them. The best dark organizations, you see, all brain wash or hypnotize their most evil representatives. So, if you are convinced that you, yourself are absolutely not in a sinister secret society, that is the biggest red flag of all.

Demon Freaks
by J.R.R.R. (Jim) Hardison
October 3, 2017
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing
Genre: YA Horror/Comedy
It’s the night before the SAT test. The forces of darkness are stirring.

Twin brothers, Bing and Ron Slaughter, know they’ve got to cram like their lives depend on it because their college plans sure do. If they don’t ace the test, they’ll be doomed to spend the rest of their days flipping burgers at the McDonald’s their parents run. That’s why they hatch a plan to meet up with the members of their punk band, the Ephits, spend the night studying at a secluded cabin in the woods, and maybe squeeze in a little jamming. What could go wrong with a brilliant plan like that?

Ancient evil. That’s what.

As a cataclysmic lightning storm rolls in, Bing, Ron and the rest of the Ephits find themselves tangled in a sinister plot to summon a demon. Yes, demons are real. To survive the night, the band must find a malevolent artifact, battle bloodthirsty monsters and stand against the most dangerous and powerful foe humanity has ever faced…the Golfer’s Association.

“Wait, wait, wait,” Ron interrupted. “The Golfers Association? Don’t you mean insane cultists or Satan worshipers or evil wizards or something?”

“Insane cultists, Satan worshipers and evil wizards are like elderly nuns compared to the Golfers’ Association,” their prisoner responded. “You’d be much better off if it were something that simple. These guys are demon freaks.”

“Demon freaks,” Bing repeated in a whisper. “That sounds…bad.”
“Oh, it’s bad alright,” the prisoner shuddered. “You have no idea.”

About the Author:
Fish Wielder is J.R.R.R. (Jim) Hardison's first novel (He wrote a graphic novel, The Helm, for Dark Horse Comics). Jim has worked as a writer, screenwriter, animator and film director. He started his professional career by producing a low-budget direct-to-video feature film, The Creature From Lake Michigan. Making a bad movie can be a crash course in the essential elements of good character and story, and The Creature From Lake Michigan was a tremendously bad movie. Shifting his focus entirely to animation, Jim joined Will Vinton Studios where he directed animated commercials for M&M’s and on the stop-motion TV series Gary and Mike. While working at Vinton, he also co-wrote the television special Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy with actor Paul Reiser.
Jim has appeared on NBC's The Apprentice as an expert advisor on brand characters, developed characters and wrote the pilot episode for the PBS children's television series SeeMore's Playhouse and authored the previously mentioned graphic novel, The Helm, named one of 2010's top ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens by YALSA, a branch of the American Library Association. These days, Jim is the creative director and co-owner of Character LLC, a company that does story-analysis for brands and entertainment properties. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his lovely wife, two amazing kids, one smart dog and one stupid dog.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Book Review: Bayou Born (The Foundling Series Book 1) by Hailey Edwards

Bayou Born (The Foundling Series Book 1)
by Hailey Edwards
Oct 17, 2017
Pages: 336
Her beginning may be our end . . .

Deep in the humid Mississippi bayou, a half-wild child is dragged from the murky waters. She has no memories, no family and is covered in mysterious markings. Adopted by the policeman who rescued her, Luce Boudreau follows him onto the force, determined to prove herself in the eyes of those who are still suspicious.

However, there's more of a battle ahead than Luce could possibly imagine. She may be an orphan without a past, but no one - including Luce herself - could ever be prepared for the truth of her dark, powerful destiny . 

Another new series by Hailey Edwards and one of the absolute best! Luce was found as a child in the swamps as a “wild child” and adopted by one of the police officers that rescued her. She had no memories, no one that stepped forward to claim a missing child and she was covered in mysterious markings that no one could explain. As an adult Luce joined the police force and works hard to prove herself despite her odd beginnings.

When a missing person’s case introduces her to Cole and his team she is unsure what is different about them. She wants to hate Cole but she is inexplicitly drawn to him and he seems to be following her. When a Jane Doe appears that may have answers to her past, Luce is more determined than ever to protect Jane at all costs and get the answers she’s craved her entire life.

If you are looking for a story that is full of surprises and leaves you guessing until the end this is it!

Getting 5 sheep

Denise B

About the Author:
Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sheep Movie Review: American Satan (2017)

American Satan (2017)
October 13, 2017 (USA)
Director: Ash Avildsen
Writers: Ash Avildsen, Matty Beckerman
Cast: Denise Richards, Booboo Stewart, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Boone Junior, John Bradley, Drake Bell, Sebastian Bach, Andy Biersack
Rating: R
2hrs 55mins
Genre: Drama, Music, Thriller 
Official Sites: film website
A young rock band, half from England and half from the US, drop out of college and move to the Sunset Strip to chase their dreams. Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive. An enigmatic stranger sees their true potential and emotionally manipulates them during a time of weakness. Caught in the middle of a Faustian deal, their music and controversial altercations end up influencing society beyond anything this century has seen, but can they take back control of their destiny before it's too late? Written by ir

I have been waiting for this movie to come out since it was announced. Clearly, I am a bit bias by the fact that I’m a huge Black Veil Brides fan, but I really was interested in the plot. I went and saw the film last night (in cosplay), with my mom (Sharon Stogner), and I have to say I enjoyed every second of it. It’s got its faults, and it’s clearly an indie film but it’s one of the best indie films I’ve seen.
I’ve decided to make a list of the pros and cons of the movie, so here we go.

*The storyline is incredible. There was so much thought put into even the smallest of details. It’s one of those films where each time you watch it you pick up another little detail. The concept of rock bands/musicians making deals with Satan is a very popular one and it’s honestly shocking this movie hadn’t been made before.

*American Satan is based on the story of Johann Georg Faust. The protagonist named, Johnny Faust,  makes a deal with the devil in exchange for success. There are actually plot twists that I didn’t see coming.

*Booboo Stewart is a gorgeous seriously.

*There are some really funny parts to the film, but also some VERY dark parts.

*My expectations for Andy’s (Johnny Faust) acting weren’t too high and there were some parts where it was kind of poor but overall he channeled the character and the character’s emotions well.

*The ending left open the possibility that the story isn’t over.

*Remington of the band Palaye Royale was a PERFECT choice for vocals. The soundtrack and songs made for the movie were amazing.
Seriously, the song ‘Let Him Burn’ gets a whole new meaning.

*Since there are actual musicians in the film, it really does paint an accurate picture of what the life of a rock star is really like. The film doesn’t shy away from the pretty horrific side of it.
*Mr. Capricorn (Malcolm McDowell) plays an amazing devil, holy sheep he was a perfect choice.
*The casting was well done.

*There is WAY to much story packed into two hours. The film follows the band's two years rise to fame but there was no frame of time reference. There would be a scene where the band is doing drugs. Then the next scene they were doing a show. It seemed like it all happened within days of each other, but there might have been months between the two events. It didn’t seem like two years had passed from the rise and fall of the band.

*It felt like things were left out. For instance,  the band knows immediately after meeting Mr. Capricorn that he is the devil. To me, it would take a bit more than just one talk with someone to go from not believing in the devil or God, to thinking that you’re sitting with the devil.

*Johnny’s mom (Denise Richards) wasn't a believable character. It is hard to believe a mother would be so cool with her son doing the things Johnny Faust was doing.

All in all, though the film was well done. The acting was, for the most part, good and the movie LOOKED good. I would recommend it if you’re into the emo/rock/metal scene or like Asking Alexandria/Black Veil Brides. It’s not so much horror/thriller, but darker. I would also recommend it if you like films with deeply religious themes or important lessons. The film makes you think, which I like. My mom went to see it with me (she also liked it) and we’ve both spent the whole day just going over parts of the plot. I liked that the ending isn’t exactly ‘happy ever after’. And what really won me over was just the plot and writing. I plan on seeing it again and I’m for sure going to buy it when it comes out on DVD. There is a possibility it could become a cult classic.
I’m giving the film two ratings. One from the perspective of an indie film and one for overall.

Compared to large studio movies: 3.5 Sheep

As an Indie film: 4.25 Sheep

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Book Review: How to Save an Undead Life (The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy Book 1) by Hailey Edwards

How to Save an Undead Life (The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy Book 1)
by Hailey Edwards
Aug. 19, 2017
Pages: 248
Grier Woolworth spends her nights weaving spooky tales of lost souls and tragedies for tourists on the streets of downtown Savannah. Hoop skirt and parasol aside, it's not a bad gig. The pay is crap, but the tips keep the lights on in her personal haunted mansion and her pantry stocked with ramen.

Life is about as normal as it gets for an ex-necromancer hiding among humans. Until the society that excommunicated Grier offers her a second chance at being more than ordinary. Too bad no one warned her the trouble with being extraordinary is it can get you killed.

Warning: This book contains one ex-con heiress with a pet zombie parakeet who lives next door to her ex-army crush. Brace yourselves, we're talking more exes than a pirate treasure map here.

Grier Woolworth was a necromancer until she was excommunicated by the Society and thrown into a special kind of prison. After five years she is suddenly cleared and released to return what is left of her life. The Society took all of her inheritance and title so she is back to working as a tour guide on the streets of downtown Savannah. Grier wonders who she is going to owe for this new-found freedom and it doesn’t take long to find that everyone wants a piece of her whether she wants to give it or not.

Edwards has done a fabulous job of creating her next series. Different than her others but just as good if not better. I’m always a little apprehensive when I start a totally different series by one of my favorite authors. What if it isn’t as good as the others? What if I don’t like the storyline? You know how it goes, but she definitely did not disappoint. I look forward to Book 2, How to Claim an Undead Soul which she is hoping to release sometime in November or December.

Getting 5 sheep

Denise B

About the Author:
Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds.

Story Behind the Story: Psi-Techs (A Psi-Tech Novel - Book 3 by Jacey Bedford) + giveaway

Psi-Techs in General and Nimbus in Particular
By Jacey Bedford

Nimbus, the final book in my Psi-Tech trilogy, is just out from DAW.

Sometimes big ideas start with a bang and arrive fully formed, sometimes they start small and grow. The Psi-Tech trilogy has not one big idea but two, though neither works without the other.

Way, way back in the mists of cliché, when dinosaurs walked the earth, we all cleaned our teeth with sticks, and Amstrad was cutting edge technology for a scribbler like me, a scene presented itself and begged to be written.

A telepath sits in a small, grey room on a backwater space station, acting as a human phone operator, making instant calls across the galaxy for anyone who can pay the going rate. It's a dead-end job, not what she's trained for, not what she's capable of doing, not what she's used to. So why is she here?

She's here because she's afraid. She's on the run from… someone. (I didn't know who or why, right then, but I knew it was serious.) If they catch up with her they'll kill her and she'll be very lucky if it's quick and painless.

She needs to escape, but her luck and her credit have run out.

She's contemplating cruising the transients' bars to see if she can hitch a free ride. She'll take anything, even the worst bucket-of-bolts mining barge, even if she's got to sleep her way on board.

Then a last-minute job comes in. She doesn't want to take it so she jacks the price right up, but the caller agrees anyway. It piques her interest. Telepaths always hear, but they mostly choose not to listen. This time she does. There's talk of a new colony. The settlers are back-to-basics Ecolibrians who've opted for a closed planet. If she can talk her way on to that mission she can steer clear of her pursuers, find safety.

That was how it all started. It grew slowly and changed over time, of course. In time-honoured tradition of authors everywhere, the first scene didn't survive, though the frightened Telepath and the Ecolibrian colony did.

The gestation period of a book varies from months to years and this one was years. I wasn't under contract to a publisher back then, so there was no pressure. When I sold my first book to DAW (Winterwood, a historical fantasy) and signed up with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, my editor said those words that every writer hopes for: 'What else have you got?'

DAW’s publishing schedule had an empty slot for science fiction before one for fantasy, so Empire of Dust became my debut novel. Under Sheila Gilbert's gentle but thorough guiding hand. I knew that DAW wanted a sequel, so I was building the world for at least a two book series and possibly three.

What has become my Psi-Tech Universe now contains a galaxy-spanning human society which uses jump gates and telepaths to navigate foldspace.

Neither jump gates nor telepaths are unusual tropes in science fiction. So what makes them different in the Psi-Tech universe? Mega-corporations more powerful than any single planetary government. race each other to colonise worlds and gobble up resources, using as their agents psi-techs, humans with psionic implants. Each one of them is economically tied to the megacorp that paid for their implant. They are treated well as long as they don't step out of line. If they do rebel, their attitude can be readjusted, but they may not come out of it exactly… sane.

Add to this the platinum problem. Platinum is a valuable catalyst and though it exists in lots of places, it's usually only found in tiny quantities and it takes a long time to process tiny quantities from a huge amount of ore. Fun fact: in the whole history of our world to the present date, the amount of platinum mined amounts to less than 25 cubic feet. In my psi-tech universe, with every jump through foldspace a small but significant amount of platinum is lost, so the need to find more and bigger platinum deposits drives everything. And the megacorp which controls the most platinum is in the strongest position.

And now back to that frightened telepath, Cara, fleeing from her former boss because she knows too much. When she hooks up with Navigator Reska (Ben) Benjamin, she plummets them both into danger. Friends become enemies. Betrayal follows betrayal. Knowing whom to trust becomes the ultimate survival skill. If they make the wrong move an entire colony planet will pay the ultimate price.
Cara and Ben's story is just the beginning, though. Solving one problem highlights another. Ideas demand room to grow and Empire of Dust is only the first outing for my troubled psi-techs.

In the second novel, Crossways, the survivors, now wanted by the megacorps on trumped-up charges, take refuge on a huge space station run by a coalition of crimelords. Crossways fought for its freedom from the big corporations, so its denizens don't ever intend to let it be taken over again. It's a kind of future version of Tortuga-in-space where pirates, smugglers and free-traders can take refuge alongside displaced persons, refugees, radicals, free-thinkers, and opportunists. The megacorporations have been looking for an excuse to take down Crossways and the psi-tech presence there might just be the excuse they need.

But something is stirring in the unfathomable depths of foldspace. Pilots and navigators are told that foldspace visions are an illusion, but that’s a lie perpetuated by their teachers ‘for their own good.’ Yeah, right! In the third book, Nimbus, what’s really happening in the Folds will change the future of humans in space, but not unless the conflict with the megacorporations can be resolved and humankind tackles the problem together.

Nimbus (A Psi-Tech Novel - Book 3) 
by Jacey Bedford
3rd October 2017,
DAW  Mass Market Paperback
544 pages

Nimbus is the third Psi-Tech book, bringing the story of Cara and Ben to a close for now.

In a galaxy where the super-powers are the megacorporations, and ambitious executives play fast and loose with ethics in order to secure resources, where can good people turn for help? The megacorps control the jump gates and trade routes. They use psi-techs, implant-enhanced operatives with psionic abilities, who are bound by unbreakable contracts. Cara Carlinni once had her mind turned inside out by Alphacorp, but she escaped, and now it’s payback time.

Ben Benjamin leads the Free Company, based on the rogue space-station, Crossways. The megacorps have struck at Crossways once—and failed—so what are they planning now? Crossways can’t stand alone, and neither can the independent colonies, though maybe together they all stand a chance.

But something alien is stirring in the depths of foldspace. Something bigger than the squabbles between megacorporations and independents. Foldspace visions are supposed to be a figment of the imagination. At least, that’s what they teach in flight school. Ben Benjamin knows it’s not true. Meeting a void dragon was bad enough, but now there’s the Nimbus to contend with. Are the two connected? Why do some ships transit the Folds safely and others disappear without a trace?

Until now, humans have had a free hand in the Galaxy, settling colony after colony, but that might have to change because the Nimbus is coming.

About the Author:

Jacey Bedford has a string of short story publication credits on both sides of the Atlantic. She lives a thouand feet up on the edge of the Yorkshire Pennines in a 200 year-old stone house. She has been a librarian, postmistress, rag-doll maker, and a folk singer in an a cappella trio.

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