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NEW RELEASE: THE HEALERS, by Holly Barbo

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NEW RELEASE: TENDRILS, by Holly Barbo

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Posted by on January 30, 2016 in News, Paper Gold Publishing

 

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TWIN RELEASES from Paper Gold Publishing this week: LEGENDS and LEGACY – two SF/Fantasy box sets

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Posted by on November 10, 2015 in News, Paper Gold Publishing

 

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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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The Universe Builders, by Steve LeBel, is #FREE this weekend

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be a god? Brilliant escapism, for youngsters and mature readers alike. Read my review here and then go get the book. It’s free today and tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Guest Posts, Just A Thought

 

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Review and New Release – The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty, by Steve LeBel

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This book is fantasy at its best. Perfect escapism in the world of gods. I’ve always wondered how our solar system was created, and now I suspect Bernie my have had something to do with it.

Bernie’s predicament is simple: freshly off the benches of God School’s building program, he gets a job, but in order to pass his probation he must impress his very strict boss. It wouldn’t be an easy task on a good day. When Bernie’s work is being sabotaged, it becomes impossible.

This is just one of the layers of this story – the surface one – but dig deeper and you’ll find there is so much more to Bernie as a person. Multiple factors influence his personality and convictions, and growing up fast isn’t easy. Popular teenage themes wind around the main plot – self-confidence, social mingling, incipient attraction, a need to prove oneself, the youngster’s place within his community – and all are treated with finesse and understanding. I wish I had a book like this to read when I was that age. But even now, I have enjoyed Bernie’s story far more than originally anticipated.

The narrator’s voice is so smooth, I picture him as a wise old storyteller that may have seen the passage of many millennia, sitting in a rocking chair with a thick tome on his knees. Observations and dialogue are peppered with humor, and the whole blends together into this really satisfying package. In the end, everyone gets what they deserve.

This book works on so many levels – it’s suitable for youngsters and mature readers alike. If you like fantasy with a good dose of wit and originality, then this book is for you. Five shiny stars for Bernie. I’m certainly looking forward to a sequel. Will there be one?

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Book Reviews

 

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Review: The First, by Lisa M. Green

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What an honest-to-God beautiful read!

The survivors are safe, but only within the walls. This nugget of an idea has formed the basis of many sci-fi, fantasy, or post-apocalyptic novels, but I can honestly say I have never enjoyed the way this concept was treated more than in this book.

What do you do when the trusted elders who are there to guide you turn out to be your guards? When you discovered you’re not merely being protected, but held prisoner?

This is a beautifully written novel, original, and a very enjoyable read. I loved the narrator’s voice – that of Corinne, a young girl who notices far more than she is expected to, and really far more than it’s good for her. The familiarity and ease of address certainly counts for half the fun because, let’s face it, which young girl’s thoughts are straight-flowing and completely logical? But the other half – the quest, the other characters, the plot twists – all blended superbly well to make a very satisfying read.

Absolutely, truly, hugely loved this book. The five stars I award it are fully deserved. I wholeheartedly recommend this novel to anyone, any age. It will bring you hours of fun and enjoyment. I’m certainly glad I found a new author voice to follow. Well done, Lisa M. Green.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Book Reviews

 

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