Friday, August 18, 2017

Books to curl up with: GOOD FRIDAY ALL

Books to curl up with: GOOD FRIDAY ALL: Good Friday all , today we are going to review two books by Stephen Zimmer . HEART OF THE LION( Dark Sun Dawn book one )                ...


Good Friday all , today we are going to review two books by Stephen Zimmer .

HEART OF THE LION( Dark Sun Dawn book one )

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Rayden Valkyrie. She walks alone, serving no king, emperor, or master. Forged in the fires of tragedy, she has no place she truly calls home.

A deadly warrior wielding both blade and axe, Rayden is the bane of the wicked and corrupt. To many others, she is the most loyal and dedicated of friends, an ally who is unyielding in the most dangerous of circumstances.

The people of the far southern lands she has just aided claim that she has the heart of a lion. For Rayden, a long journey to the lands of the far northern tribes who adopted her as a child beckons, with an ocean lying in between.

Her path will lead her once more into the center of a maelstrom, one involving a rising empire that is said to be making use of the darkest kinds of sorcery to grow its power. Making new friends and discoveries amid tremendous peril, Rayden makes her way to the north.

Monstrous beasts, supernatural powers, and the bloody specter of war have been a part of her world for a long time and this journey will be no different. Rayden chooses the battles that she will fight, whether she takes up the cause of one individual or an entire people.

Both friends and enemies alike will swiftly learn that the people of the far southern lands spoke truly. Rayden Valkyrie has the heart of a lion.

Heart of a Lion is Book One of the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy.

                                  MY REVIEW 
  I must say I was captivated with this book . I have always had a thing for fantasy world and I absolutely love a strong kick ass heroine . Rayden is that character for me , she is strong . and fearless . She is a rebel that bows to no king and she with her band of best friend will prove that the southern land whispers that Rayden is the true heart of the lion . 
     The characters are so well written and so complex . Rayden is such a power house . She is strong and fearless and has an unapologetic strength to stick to her morals . She has a very strong sense of right and wrong  which works well for her in her battles. Not only does she have these values and morals , she keeps everyone in her band adhering to them . It is so great to see such a strong well written character . She makes me want to become a warrior . 
  This book had be hooked by the third page. The author takes us on such a great adventure ride . You honestly feel like you are right beside Rayden when she is in her battles . The author has a way of taking you right into the battle and are right beside her as she fights for what is right . This is a book that once you start reading you just can't put it down. You get sucked right in . You will cheer and you will shed a tear . You will fall in love with all the characters . this is a book for all the fantasy lovers out there . Check it out . 


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A deadly menace stalks the shadows of the lands to the north, stirring the winds of war. Farther south, the power of the Teveren Empire spreads with every passing day, empowered by dark sorcery. Formidable legions bent on conquest are on the march, slavery and subjugation following in their wake.

Within the rising maelstrom, Rayden Valkyrie has returned to the Gessa, to stand with the tribe that once took her into their care as a child. No amount of jewels or coin can sway her, nor can the great power of her adversaries intimidate her.

With a sword blade in her right hand and axe in her left, Rayden confronts foes both supernatural and of flesh and blood. Horrific revelations and tremendous risks loom; some that will see Rayden's survival in the gravest of peril.

Even if Rayden and the Gessa survive the trials plaguing their lands, the thunder of an even darker storm booms across the far horizon.

Thunder Horizon is the second book in the Dark Sun Dawn Saga.

                     MY REVIEW 

      In the second book we find Rayden fighting an evil of the darkest variety . She stands with the people that took her in as a child to help save them from the evil that is taking over . 
   Stephen takes us on an epic journey in book two . The evil is darker and the fights are harder . Rayden give he all to everyone and just reminds me why I love her so much. She is even more bad ass in this book . She had me on the edge of my seat all the way through this book . I loved every page . 
   This story is more epic then the first one . The author takes us on a ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through . At one point I was really wondering if this was it for Rayden and the Gessa . But like all the other battles she does come out of it . This story is a little bit more fast paced then the first one . You will absolutely love the story and the characters . Can't wait for the next book 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Books to curl up with: GOOD WEDNESDAY ALL

Books to curl up with: GOOD WEDNESDAY ALL: Good morning all today we have a special guest on the blog . Welcome to the blog Stephen , glad you could make it today Stephen . t...


Good morning all today we have a special guest on the blog .

Welcome to the blog Stephen , glad you could make it today
Stephen . thanks for having me

1. Tell us a little about yourself

I am an author and filmmaker currently residing in Lexington, Kentucky.  I also found Imaginarium Convention, which is a convention entirely themed about creative writing that takes place annually in Louisville, Kentucky, now in its fourth year.  I keep very busy between writing, working with Seventh Star Press, the convention, and projects such as Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart.  I have a passion for history, I love music, guitar, martial arts, traveling, and movies, though I have to admit free time has been scarcer this past year!

2, What are your books about

My books address a number of themes, and sometimes a certain genre is more effective than another in exploring a given theme, but overall I would have to say that my books tend to encourage self-empowerment and self-determination.  I love my characters who are able to stand on their own, apart from the crowd, and do what is right in a given circumstance without worrying about what peers or greater society thinks. This is why I'm very connected to the Rayden Valkyrie character, as she is a force of nature in this regard.  I think readers will recognize these kinds of themes in all my work,
whether the cross-genre Rising Dawn Saga, the epic fantasy Fires in Eden Series, my Hellscapes
collections, the Rayden Valkyrie books, my steampunk Harvey and Solomon tales, or my upcoming YA novels.

3 When did you know you wanted to be a writer

I had determined by late high school that I wanted to pursue my writing, though I had a passion for storytelling since the age of seven after my mother had read the Lord of the Rings novels to me.

4 When you wrote your books did you see them as a movie or tv show ,

When I write, I really immerse into an interior vision of the story and world involved, and then translate that into words.  So, for me, it is already cinematic in a way.  I can see any one of my books being on screen for sure, as I've already seen them visually in my own mind's eye.

5 What is the worst part of the writing game . the publishing and promoting or sitting down and writing and editing .

Without question, it is the publishing and promoting.  The book market is extremely difficult at the moment, and effective ways to promote, and effective tools for promotion, are changing all the time.  It takes a lot of work for a writer to raise awareness in this oversaturated market. Writing is definitely an intensive process, but it is also very enjoyable too.

6 What do authors like yourself like to read when not writing .

I enjoy a lot of different kinds of writers, such as Robert E. Howard, Clive Barker, David Gemmell (very underappreciated, in my opinion), Glen Cook, Guy Gavriel Kay, C.S. Friedman, R.A. Salvatore, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, and many others.

7 Which author and or book influenced you the most

Definitely J.R.R. Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Hobbit, and C.S. Lewis' Chronicles Definitely J.R.R. Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Hobbit, and C.S. Lewis' Chronicles

8 Do you write every day and do you have any rituals when it comes to writing .

Under normal circumstances I do write every day.  I have a computer in another room from my office
that is not hooked up to the internet and is completely dedicated to my writing.  I also listen to music
and music helps me focus in completely on writing when I have a session.

9 How many books will be in this series .

The Dark Sun Dawn books are a trilogy, though there will be lots of other Rayden Valkyrie tales to tell in the future!

10 Are you excited to be doing the pilot of your books for television . Also do the actors you picked represent the characters in the book.

I am extremely excited about the TV Pilot project and think we've got something very special with it. 
As far as the casting, only one character existed in book form entering this project, and that was
Rayden Valkyrie herself.  Sol Geirsdottir, who plays Rayden Valkyrie, gave a great performance on
screen and definitely had a look that matched up well with the character of the book.  I am confident
that her performance will resonate well with those in the audience who have read the books.  The rest
of the characters depicted in the TV Pilot are making their debuts, though many will be included in novels and short stories in the future.

Now for some rapid fire questions



Home, listening to music with a glass of bourbon, on couch or in bedroom.

Hard rock/Heavy Metal

Lord of the Rings trilogy.

11 what words of wisdom would you empart on up and coming writers
Write because you enjoy it and understand it is going to be a long and often frustrating process.  Grow a thick skin, and try to learn as much as you can about the entire publishing process.  Understand that past the creative side, it is a business, and has to be understood as such, especially with how difficult today's book market is.  Network, network, network; and in person networking is the most effective way to meet others and build solid relationships in this business.

and last but not least where can we stalk you at

Monday, August 14, 2017

Books to curl up with: HELLO MONDAY

Books to curl up with: HELLO MONDAY: Hello Monday, hope your day is better then mine , 5 cups of coffee later and I can finally cope lol  Today we are going to review GRAND PASS...


Hello Monday, hope your day is better then mine , 5 cups of coffee later and I can finally cope lol  Today we are going to review GRAND PASSION by James Robinson.

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James Robinson, one of the industry's finest writers (Squadron Supreme, Scarlet Witch, Starman), delivers the surprising, funny, violent, and sexy tale of romance that comics have been missing! James "Mac" McNamara's a cop. Mabel's a crook. They're two wayward souls, fated to fall in love at first sight... even as Mabel swears to kill him if it's the last thing she does. It's harlequin romance meets hard-boiled crime, as only Robinson and sensational artist Tom Feister can deliver!

                         MY REVIEW 
  Welcome to my other obsession graphic novels and how I love a great story that goes along with the great drawing . Grand Passion is the best of both worlds we have James McNamera who is a cop and then there is Mabel who is a crook. Who knew that they would fall in love even though Mabel says she is going to kill him . Its a romance and a crime novel all rolled up into one 
   This book has it all romance and gun fire . It is your typical noir piece where the good guy falls for the bad girl in this case  They have plenty of action and a lot of romance . The characters were ok they seemed a little flat some times and one sided . But over I did like them especially Mabel she was one that even though she was a crook she did still want to be with James a tough cop . Who has a gruff exterior but does have a heart of gold .  
    I did like this book but it just seemed a little bit off . The illustrations are a little bit one sided . The story will keep you interested there is plenty of gunfights and romance to keep you interested until the end . Over all I did like this graphic novel . Will look for more by this author . 


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Books to curl up with: HAPPY WEDNESDAY ALL

Books to curl up with: HAPPY WEDNESDAY ALL:  Welcome to Wednesday all , hope your week is going great . Today we are going to review THE LIST  by Shannon Walters.                    ...