Archive | September 2012

Guess what I’m reading- Khe by Alexes Razevich

I’m a bit of sci-fi nut so this was a nice break from some of the other stuff I’m reading. So far I like the world the author has created. I can’t wait to see where all of this is going to lead the character.

Khe loves her life with her sisters on a farming commune. But when she realizes her ability to accelerate crop growth is a death sentence, she makes the wrenching decision to leave the only home she’s known.  Fleeing across the treacherous wilderness, she makes her way to the city of Chimbalay—in search of the orindles who can save her life.  But Chimbalay has its own dangers.  The Powers are there—the secret rulers who have chosen Khe to be the mother of a monstrous new race.

Available in paperback and ebook on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00987OLVU

About the Author:

Alexes Razevich grew up in San Francisco in the late ’60s and early ’70s.  She earned her degree in Creative Writing at California at State University San Francisco.  After a career on the sides of the electronics industry and raising her family, she returned to her first love–fiction writing.   Khe is her first novel.

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Book Review-The Last Witch by Debbie Dee

The Last Witch is a fairy tale, but it doesn’t have the textbook happy ending. Emmeline is a poor farm girl who discovers that she has special powers that everyone seems to want to control, but she is betrothed to a prince in a country she has never heard of. When it’s time for her to marry him she isn’t sure she wants to be stuck married to some guy she doesn’t love just to unit the two countries. There are various villains in this book and it is sometimes hard to figure out who is really trying to manipulate her. It seems that all will not end well and her father may die if she doesn’t do as she is told. This is Emmeline’s journey to discover herself. As you read you can only hope and pray she will be able to marry the man she loves.

The characters are well described and life-like. I just had a hard time believing some of the story line. I also wondered why Emmeline never finished reading the Incenaga Witch book that was left for her in the library.

I must say that the story was well written with a graphic description of the story setting, often too descriptive making it hard for me to push forward with reading the story. I also questioned why a major character in the book watched from the sidelines, but seemed to be completely unaware of what was going on with Emmeline, even though the premise for him being there was to watch out for traitors. She also spent the majority of her time with him.

Overall, the book is a good read, especially for young adults. The characters are wholesome, but intriguing. As a reader I do not like a lot of flowery scene building. I loved the cover of this book as well. I give this book four stars and suggest you give The Last Witch a read. This author is talented and definitely has more literary material hidden inside of her. I can’t wait for part two.

This book given free for review.

Chris Martin Writes

If you are a writer, you’ve been there. You finish up a marvelous, long chapter and sit back with a sigh of relief. You never dreamed so much creativity could be hidden inside just aching for the opportunity to burst out. Unfortunately, that is the easy part of writing a story. It’s the editing that will almost suck the life entirely out of you. At least, that’s how it is for me. I would prefer to take a fork and shove it into both eyes than edit my writing. I can go over a passage a hundred times and still miss the slightest of errors. Time and time again, I will email my mom a chapter with the feeling that I had nailed it perfectly, and she will send it back with fifteen different corrections.

I love to write, but utterly despise the editing process.

Enter Grammarly. (http://www.grammarly.com/) This is a…

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Guess what I’m Reading-The Last Witch by Debbie Dee

For generations the Incenaga Witches have been forced to use their power to fulfill the wishes of others until they are drained of their magic and left to die. Desperate to protect his infant daughter – the last surviving witch – Emmeline’s father escapes with her to the forests where he vows to keep her hidden from the world and from the truth.
Sixteen years later, Emmeline is discovered and finds herself in the grip of a traitor who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means abusing her power until she dies. She is taken to a distant country and told she must marry the Crown Prince or her own country will be overtaken, its people slaughtered. But what sort of prince would marry a witch? And why would she be the difference between war and peace?
As she fights to regain her freedom, she is faced with a choice between a prince who offers a lifetime of security and a common gamekeeper who has no idea of her power, but offers his heart.
But who do you trust when your power can be used against you?
Author Bio

Debbie Dee recently moved to southern Idaho with her husband and three children where she is learning how to be a country girl in her favorite pair of blue heels. She adores fairy tales and happy endings, but secretly crushes on the bad guy now and then. As a dedicated musician who practices way too much, she never expected writing would sweep her off her feet until she jotted down a scene from a daydream, which turned into two scenes, which turned into a messy house and her first novel. Since then she hasn’t been able to let a day go by without writing. Her website is www.debbiedee.com.

Book Review-Oasis by Bryce Beattie

This is a classic zombie tale with a few twist. I am not a zombie kind of girl, but it was interesting enough to keep me turning the page. If you like zombie stories you will love this one. The main character, Corbin St. Laurent works as an ER nurse and not surprisingly he stumbles upon the zombies in the fictional town of Oasis. Throughout the story he is constantly in trouble with someone or something. While this character was believable some of the supporting characters were rather cookie cutter.

The little town of Oasis is in the middle of the desert and the towns people are cut off from the rest of the world. This story expresses the type of small town thinking you may discover any where in the world. Essentially, everyone needs someone to blame. With fewer than a handful of people left, Corbin has to save them before the Zombies or the Government manages to kill them all. Through out the book he describes the zombies and other survivors expertly, but falls short when it comes to the main character. If he had described him earlier in the story, I think I would have understood why Corbin had so many problems with his fellow survivors.

I am happy that it had an ending I would have never seen coming. There is obviously a sequel to this book. I will most definitely read it because I can’t stand to not know the end of a story.

Overall, I gave this book  3 1/2 stars. I would have given it 4 stars, but the minor characters need more depth and diversity.

This book given free for review.