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Author Spotlight and Book Review: Destiny’s Wings, by D. S. Schmeckpeper

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Celeste is tired. She just wants to be left alone.

For centuries, the half-blooded elf has hidden herself away from the world and lived in isolation. Things have been peaceful, quiet. But some have a greater calling, a destiny. When the humans unwittingly set about a plan to release the source of all evil back into the world, Celeste is called upon by an old ally to stop them, and to keep all of Altierra safe. 

Now she must face her past as she and her allies travel across the continent to save a world she has been apart from for eons. Will even her angelic birthright and druidic powers be enough to stop the rise of the last god? 

She never asked to be a hero.

Destiny can be funny that way.

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Excerpt:

Arcus glared down at her. “Too easy.” Then he turned and started back for the bar. Before he could reach it, however, the door flew open and in walked three of the strongest looking men Arcus had ever seen. They shoved roughly past Arcus and marched straight for the table with the two girls and Joseph. Arcus stepped out of the way and waited.

“Hey, you!” The man in front had brown hair and a full beard, and a ship tattoo on his upper arm. He pointed angrily at Joseph. “Yeah, I know it’s you. Joshua or Joseph or something like that. I know what you did – Sam told me! Now you’re gonna die!”

“Excuse me, gentlemen.” Arcus had snuck up behind them and was standing with his hands behind his back. “What seems to be the trouble here?”

“This doesn’t concern you, boy,” one of the other two men snarled.

“Oh, but it does,” answered Arcus. “You see, this man may be an idiot, but he’s my friend, and I’m not going to stand idly by while you kill him. If anyone will kill him one of these days, it will be me.”

“Thanks, Arc.”

“No problem, idiot. Now, what did you do this time? Shall I guess that Sam is a girl?”

“Umm…that would probably be a safe bet. Though, honestly, I don’t remember anyone named Sam,” said Joseph.

“Why does that not surprise me?” quipped Arcus.

“What do you mean, you don’t know who Sam is?” shouted the leader. “Sam is my girl, and you… you…”

“Rocked her world?” Joseph grinned mischievously, and winked at the blonde and redhead, who had already backed away to another table, and were observing the proceedings with curiosity.

“Was that really necessary, Joseph?” Arcus questioned, as the leader roared in fury.

The leader lunged for Joseph, who ducked under the man’s arms, laughing. Arcus whipped his hands out from behind his back, and fire blazed up and down his forearms. He reached for the other two goons and slammed their heads together, scorching their hair. They bellowed in pain. The two girls and most of the other patrons all got up and rushed to the opposite side of the room, to avoid getting caught in the crossfire. The bartender cursed and demanded they break it up. The bystanders shouted taunts and cheers at the group, though to Arcus, the sounds all merged and then vanished altogether as he focused his magic. The man on the left pulled out a dagger, while the one on the right swung at Arcus. He absorbed the hit with his burning hands, which then flickered out. Then, he glared at the one with the knife. “Stop moving,” Arcus hissed in a hypnotic voice, and the spell immediately took effect as the man froze in place, still holding his knife awkwardly. He then turned to the other goon.

Joseph ducked another swing, and then another. He dodged a vicious kick by hopping toward the table. The leader was clearly becoming more and more enraged. Finally, he found purchase and punched Joseph square in the nose, which shattered. Blood sprayed everywhere. Joseph lost his rhythm, and fell hard onto the table. He raised his arms to block the assault, curling in on himself. The man hit him hard in the ribs with his elbow. Joseph held up a shaky hand to cast a small, glowing bolt of energy at his attacker, which struck him in the face, just under his left eye. The man grunted in pain, but didn’t pause in his assault.

Arcus shoved both of his hands flat against his remaining attacker’s chest. Lightning flashed from his palms and the man fell onto a chair without a sound. The chair crumbled to pieces under the onslaught as the smell of ozone filled the bar. Arcus turned to the leader. “Are you sure you don’t want to rethink this plan while you still have a chance? Take a look at your men; you are clearly outmatched.”

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Review:

An epic fantasy novel of fantastic ingenuity. 

Enchanting. That’s the word I would use to quickly describe this book. But I want to tell you more. I don’t read fantasy, usually, and I don’t watch movies. This story, however, felt so real, and so…possible, that I couldn’t put it down.

The characters draw you in on page one, and they don’t put you down until you’ve been through the wringer alongside them. You laugh, you cry, you fight monsters and your own terrors as you progress through the book.

A simple plot develops into a multitude of facets, and I found that, reading between the lines, this fantastic turn of events mirrors our current reality, in many ways.

The dialogues are beautiful and full of humor, the descriptions just right for giving you the feel of the place or creature, and the action is non-stop. There is so much life, so much authenticity in this novel, it is a pleasure to read.

If you’re a fan of fantasy worlds full of fantastic creatures – such as trolls, goblins, elves and dragons, this is the book for you. Beautiful smooth writing, delivered with confidence, and a cracking good story suitable for all ages. There’s nothing I could find to fault this book. Five shiny, well-deserved stars.

 

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ds schmeckpepersAbout the Authors:

D.S. Schmeckpeper (a.k.a. Dottie and Steve Schmeckpeper) live in Florida, USA. They are a husband and wife team who work together to create the Land of Destiny series. Both have loved the Fantasy genre for many years and have wasted way too much time playing fantasy-based games. Dottie was a vocal performance major in college, before she decided a liberal arts major was not for her. Ironic, huh? They have two wonderful twin boys, who are three at the time of this publication. They are the light of their parents’ lives. Steve does the artwork and comes up with many of the story concepts. Dottie brings the ideas to life. When not working, writing or drawing, the pair love to take their children to Florida’s many amusement parks, and can often be found there.

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Posted by on October 18, 2014 in Book Reviews, Guest Posts

 

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Book Blitz: Conjuring Darkness, by Melanie James

Conjuring Darkness by Melanie James
25 year old Lexi Salenko is an independent and focused young woman who has realized her dream of moving to the open country of Montana and starting up a quaint bookstore. Romance and adventure have always remained within the covers of her cherished novels until one day she receives a mysterious letter from her archaeologist sister. The letter was sent from Israel and was badly damaged, but Lexi understands enough of it that her sister may be in trouble. 



Lexi follows the cryptic instructions sent to her and finds herself propelled on an odyssey across three continents with a very sexy former Navy SEAL turned mercenary and a mysterious ancient relic with ties to an ancient cult. She learns about a supernatural force that stretches from the ancient ruins at Gobekli Tepe Turkey through the death camps of the Holocaust and into her present life. Along the way she learns that sometimes you have to let yourself fall in love and believe in the power of hope.

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Melanie James is a Western Pennsylvania native who spent several years in the Chicago area, before being dragged to the frozen land of Northeast Wisconsin that she has called home for the last nine years. Not that she minded! She prefers country living and small town life. Melanie is married to the most amazing husband that any woman could ask for. She has two fabulous kids that keep her on her toes and she wouldn’t trade them for the world or even consider selling them on e-bay. Most Days! When she’s not writing, she works part-time in the IT world (shhh don’t tell anyone, she really is a tech geek). She is also working on her graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin Stout.
 
 
 

 

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Guest Posts

 

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Community Charity Book: Universal City, Texas

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Charity, they say, begins at home, and sometimes that ‘home’ is much more than four walls with a roof. A home is also a community. In the city of Universal City, Texas, that community has come together in a big way! Residents have applied pen to paper to create fantastic stories and amazing poetry which have all been compiled into a book, ‘Tales and Poems from Universal City, Texas’, to benefit this community home. How? Simple. All sales from this warm and wonderful book will go towards a new library and projects that support literacy in all its forms for UC’s citizens.

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Tales and Poems from Universal City, Texas

As the outspoken Mr. Hayden shares, “”In 2014, politicians at all levels consider the arts an elective that children do not require. There is war to pay for…and big businesses to bail out!” Indeed, with funds being cut from education in Texas ($4 Billion in 2011) due to budget shortfalls, and only $3.2 Billion added back in for the 2014-2015 budget which does not adequately make up for the loss nor does it keep at pace with per-student funding, failing even to hit at pre-recession levels, communities have to look within to correct what our elected officials fail at accomplishing. Providing for an educational hub that meets the needs of its community. While Texas felt it was necessary to make sure businesses received more than $1Billion in tax cuts in the latest budget, it either refused to see or failed to see how those tax revenues could benefit school programs and libraries for every single child and resident of the great state of Texas.

With that in mind, forward-thinking and compassionate individuals in the town of Universal City, Texas (a population of about 19,000, largely military families) decided that the old building currently housing books and hosting a slew of helpful programs needed a massive upgrade. After all, the old building used to be, according to Kim Turner, Assistant City Manager, “a town hall, a fire department, and a police department, before someone decided to turn it into a library.” The age of the building is showing in every crack, creak of the floor boards, and problem that pops up requiring repairs. In a city that is growing every day, it simply does not meet the needs of the community.

In 2014, the city council approved $3.2 million to build a new library. Yay! Okay, now that everyone has done a happy dance, let’s break that figure down. It costs $200 per square foot for a new one. Worse, costs for moving and storage of the old library and more miscellaneous expenses weren’t even considered when these moneys were approved. So citizens stepped up with an idea to fill in the gap.

Full of stories and poetry written by UC’s mayor, John Williams, Mayor Pro-Tem, Richard Neville, City Councilmen, residents and their children, and even published authors Brian M. Hayden, Michele E. Gwynn, and Crystal Faldalen appear in this epic book along with full-color images from around the community. It’s definitely a book filled with heart from cover to cover.

This book is for those who support libraries, support community literacy programs, and have a love of reading. It’s family-friendly, fun, and inspirational.

From our home to yours, we, the citizens of Universal City, Texas invite you to learn more about us, and encourage you to support our library and programs such as senior day, community classes, children’s reading time, and more by purchasing Tales and Poems from Universal City, Texas.

This book is what communities are all about!

Visit CreateSpace here to purchase your copy today! We extend our heartfelt thanks and eternal gratitude for all your support.  Receive a 20% discount through Createspace using this discount code. 8ASS6GCM   Discount good through September 21, 2014.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2014 in Guest Posts

 

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#FREE Alert: The Universe Builders, by Steve LeBel

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Dive into a humorous fantasy world unlike anything you have imagined. A world of gods and goddesses who build universes for a living. Are they all-powerful and all-knowing? Well, not exactly…

As Bernie graduates from God School, he is thrilled to land his dream job as a builder of universes. His first assignment is to build his own universe. Determined but unsure, bright but without confidence, Bernie forges ahead, only to find problems everywhere. Mysterious asteroids, unexplained volcanoes, shifting continents and more lead him to suspect sabotage. But who could sabotage his universe? Only another god could do that.

It’s god vs. god, guile vs. goodness, where only one of them plays by the rules. Bernie must find a way to outwit his vicious foe. If he fails, it will cost him everything.

A fascinating tale of good vs. evil and a young hero on a journey of self-discovery in an original, humorous, fantastic wrapper.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Guest Posts

 

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Review: The Enclaves of Sylox, by T.R. Harris

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I really wish I had the brains to write this series myself. So now the envy is out of the way, let me tell you about the book.

Sci-fi – clear by the cover – adventure and detective mystery all rolled into one. Virtually all my favorite genres blended together.

The plot moves along swiftly – perfect for this type of storyline. Twists and turns everywhere. Intrigue and funny looking aliens – thick on the ground. It would have been easy to make this into a heavy, action-laden book which exhausts the reader, but instead, we have an incredibly entertaining read full of quips and humor, fast-paced yet light enough to make you chuckle as you go.

The author’s voice is clean and balanced, clear of unnecessary flourishes. First person writing brings the reader closer to the action. Jason King is a human in an alien world, and a bachelor, and the way he expresses himself, his thought process, his likes and dislikes are so spot-on, you can’t help but like the guy from page one. Unlikely hero that he is, he still manages to save the day, and in the process stop disaster of universal proportions.

I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this book. Loved the hints to the old human life, loved the biggest warehouse on Sylox where Jason shops, loved the camaraderie between him and Quint. Even the spaceship salesman was funny. The twist in the epilogue was just sweet icing on the cake.

This was the first book by T.R. Harris I’ve read, but it wont be the last. Seriously, you need to try it. Oh, the cherry on top – there is a complete bonus book included in the package: book one of The Human Chronicles Saga, The Fringe Worlds. Definitely worth it. Wholeheartedly recommend it.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in Book Reviews

 

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The Hunter Series – And A Call For Help

Hello, my friends.

The time has come for me to wrap up my thriller series. I will be starting writing the last one sometime this week.

I enjoyed writing this story, despite having started it simply as a reaction to the agenting/publishing world in the UK back about three years ago. I like the characters, and there may be a chance I will pick up the odd one and give them their own stories and adventures. However, Nick Hunter will have come full circle with the third book in the series, so I will encourage him to retire.

My cover designer, Patti Roberts, has surpassed herself this time and made a new set of covers for all three books, as well as the box-set. I will be revealing the new look for the series soon.

But that’s not what I need help with. I thought of a wonderful title for book three at some point in the middle of the night. Oh, it was so perfect! Not in a million years could I forget it – it fitted that well!

And I forgot it.

So now I’m asking for help in trying to find something resembling ‘Blood is the end’ or ‘Blood is final’ or something similar. The plot will again be action-driven, just as relentless as the first books, and it will lead to Nick’s son uncovering a modern-day forced work camp in a South American country. Blood will feature in the plot, and therefore should stay in the title.

So, any help? Please comment, or PM or email me if you can think of something. I’m open to all suggestions. I’ll dedicate the book to you, if your suggestion ends up being the title I use. Love you forever. Thank you, my friends.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Just A Thought, News

 

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New Release: Accepting the Moon, by K.S. Haigwood

Synopsis
There is a new Alpha Wolf in town, and she is about to change everything.Mena had all she wanted in life: a nice house, money, a successful husband who treated her like a queen.

That was, until she found out her marriage was all a lie, and things she never thought could exist, did.

Vampires are real.

Werewolves are real.

And Mena is not human anymore.

 

 
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Ever find it hard to talk about yourself? Yeah, I have that problem, too. I have been married to my soulmate for 8 years, who wouldn’t pick up a book unless promised that it was filled with pictures. I have a beautiful 7 year old daughter, Riley, that talks too much and has a very vivid imagination. I have no clue where she got those traits. My step-son, Hayden, is 16 and very into football and hunting. I am a writer of paranormal suspense romance. If you enjoy a great love story with a massive amount of drama about angels, demons, ghosts, vampires, witches and fairy tale creatures brought to life through a twisted mind, then you might just enjoy reading my work.
 
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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Guest Posts

 

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