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text 2017-10-16 21:50
Self-Pubs That Shine
The Book of Kindly Deaths - Eldritch Black
Rewinder - Brett Battles
Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper - J.L. Bryan
Paladin - Sally Slater
Haven - A.R. Ivanovich,Michelle Ivanovich
Nightfall Gardens - Allen Houston
Marking Time - April White
Slumber - Samantha Young
Timebound - Rysa Walker
Nefertiti's Heart - A.W. Exley

Most of us these days are aware of the flood of self-pubbed books and how difficult it can be to find a gem in the sea of mediocrity.  We often see reviews of the sub-par and/or reports of unethical marketing schemes or unprofessional behavior on the part of some authors.

But some of us who have stuck a toe or two into those waters have come across a few gems.  I thought it'd be good to share a few self-pubbed & small press books I really enjoyed and that I feel stand well among their trade-pubbed counterparts. 

So here are a few I've discovered that I am proud to recommend.

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text 2016-10-11 14:55
BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT, & #GIVEAWAY - The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker
The Delphi Effect (The Delphi Trilogy) - Rysa Walker
In this thrilling new series from Rysa Walker, the award-winning and best-selling author of Timebound, a teen psychic is the key to stopping a government conspiracy.

It’s never wise to talk to strangers . . . and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.
 
When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.

 

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/10/blog-tour-excerpt-giveaway-delphi.html
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review 2016-07-11 13:09
W kłębku linii czasowych
Time's Divide (The Chronos Files Book 3) - Rysa Walker

Oto finał młodzieżowej trylogii Rysy Walker. Trylogii, która choć nie zatrzęsła światem mojej czytelniczej percepcji, to jednak stanowiła solidną mieszankę fantastyki, przygody i historii. Do czego chyba najmocniej przyczyniła się właśnie ostatnia część.

 

Jestem naprawdę pod wrażeniem, jak autorka poradziła sobie z tym multum linii czasowych, z których jedne przeplatały się z drugimi, lub swoim wystąpieniem anulowały jeszcze inne. No, poplątane to wszystko, naprawdę, ale od początku do końca zgodne z regułami świata przedstawionego w książce. Okazuje się, co zawsze doceniam w cyklach, że wiele wydarzeń z pierwszego tomu, które uznawałem za nieistotne, nabierają tutaj sensu, a wręcz mają istotne znaczenie dla fabuły.

 

Podoba mi się styl pisarski autorki – z jednej strony z pewnym dystansem, dowcipnym komentowaniem wydarzeń, z drugiej pozwalający odczuć emocje, jakie te wydarzenia powodują. No i na sam koniec robi się trochę sentymentalnie, jak przystało na finał trylogii. A ja lubię sentymenty. W rozsądnej dawce, rzecz jasna.

 

Mała dygresja: zmieniłem swój sposób punktowania książek: od dziś rezygnuję z połówek punktów. Niektóre książki mogą na tym stracić w porównaniu do tych wcześniej ocenionych – na przykład tę bym wcześniej ocenił na 3,5. Jednak mam nadzieję, że docelowo korzystnym efektem będzie większy rozrzut moich ocen punktowych.

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text 2016-05-29 18:36
Amazon Freebies
War Brides - Helen Bryan
Timebound - Rysa Walker
Follow You Home - Mark Edwards

So I got an email from Amazon where they gave me free books.  The ones above.  Keep an eye out Kindle readers

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review 2016-05-19 09:05
From Hooked to Meh to Nope
Timebound - Rysa Walker

First things first:

 

 

I listened to the audiobook and I do like Kate Rudd's voice even if I don't think she can really do good accents or male voices. I mostly adapted to her style and it worked for the story. I don't know if I'd seek for more books she's narrated—probably not—but I wouldn't skip on a book because she's voiced it either.

 

Then the story:

 

I actually had to pause and restart this audiobook because I felt like I was missing something important at the beginning. It turns out this really wasn't the case as Walker uses ample time to set up the world and story simply because time travel as a concept is just that confusing. Others have called this a pacing issue and info dumping, but I can't say I noticed as I was listening to the audiobook.

 

I did, however, notice how the author introduced new characters who became super important to the protagonist in a blink of an eye, even if I didn't label and file it under "characters too stupid to live" until later.

 

Other things that did bother me, were the main character and first person voice narrator calling a character "Pudgy" long after she'd learned his name. This fat-phobia resurfaced when Kate's—the time travelling protagonist—boyfriend took her home for dinner and she made a comment about how thin Trey is despite all the food his family's Guatemalan housekeeper keeps pushing at him and everyone at the table.

 

Speaking of secondary POC characters. I completely missed Charlayne's (African American, thankfully the author tweeted me and set me right *wipes forehead & flicks fingers*) description, but then again she only featured in a handful of scenes. She's supposed to be Kate's best friend and motivate her to keep time jumping, but it's not like she has her own personality on the page. You could even call her the token black character and you'd be right.

 

Other than a vague feeling of something not being quite right and the use of words "blood as pure as mine" when Kate's talking about her time travelling gene, I can't really pinpoint my problem with race in this book. An expert—which is to say a non white person—could tell you more.

 

There's a love triangle in this book and series.

 

If you need to know more, keep reading.

 

One of the love interests is another time jumper from an earlier time who is supposed to be a villain to some but is quite obviously helping Kate in her quest to correct the time shifts. Thing is, I couldn't care less about Kiernan Dunne and he's obviously supposed to be the one who ends up with Kate. Kiernan is from the past and in love with another version of Kate from another timeline, but when has that stopped a creative author?

 

I did however like Trey, one of the insta-love contenders of the year and a contemporary guy from one of Kate's changed timelines. Unlike with Kiernan, Walker actually shows how Trey and Kate grow closer and could be good together. And I figured he'd be the one she'd have to sacrifice to fix things, which made me like him all the more right up until the point where he insisted that all she had to do was to smile at him for him to fall in love with her again. It wouldn't matter what she'd say.

 

And I just can't with that. Neither can I with the fact that Kate's supposedly ready to have sex with Trey just after she's been threatened with rape. I was expecting that particular discussion to happen but I'd hoped the mere threat to her life would've sufficed to prompt it. After all, they might never see each other again after Kate's next time jump.

 

As for the big bad, I liked that it was basically a family feud combined with religion. It gave me ideas and hopes, which I do not trust the author to fulfill or win me over with her own interpretation.

 

I just wasn't sure about that until the author tweeted me.

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