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review 2018-04-15 18:46
Renegade Star: Renegade Star Series Book 1
Renegade Star - JN Chaney

I've read some of Chaney's other books and really enjoyed them but I'll be honest I've been hesitant to read this series because of the awful covers. I know, I know, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but I think subconsciously I still do it. Anyways, I was in the mood for a light story last night so I said what the hell, lets go for it and it actually ended up being the perfect book. It was so much fun! It seriously reminded me of an Indiana Jones movie set in space with it's similar group of scholarly characters following a map, silly banter and the same non-stop, stay one-step ahead of your pursuers, action.

 

The main character, Jace, is a Renegade which is basically a thief that takes odd jobs stealing and transporting things for money. Jobs have been few and far between lately and he's in desperate need of quick cash to pay back the money he borrowed from a loan shark to buy a cloaking device for his ship. So against his better judgment, he takes on a job transporting a "nun," Sister Abigail, and her suspicious crate of supposed medical supplies. When he starts hearing sounds coming from the crate, he learns what it really contains and that the Union military and every Ravager in the system is hunting Abigail and her package. With no option to return home now, he decides to go all in with Abigail and her group, joining them on their ultimate quest to find the long lost planet Earth. 

 

If you're an Indiana Jones fan or really liked Revenger by Alistair Reynolds, I think you would enjoy this. It has the best of both worlds.  

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review 2017-04-10 08:42
JoAnn Chaney - What You Don't Know
What You Don't Know: A Novel - JoAnn Chaney

3,5 stars

 

„What you don’t know“ starts at a point where other books are ending. The killer is arrested and is in prison for 7 years now.  We learn in flashbacks how this happened.

This book tells its crime story from a new perspective. It’s a character study of the people Seever left behind.

 

Jacky Seever killed 31 people and buried them in his crawl space. He seemed to be a nice and normal guy but he was capable of unbelievable cruelness.

 

The two detectives who caught Seever and questioned him afterwards are still haunted by Seever. Hoskins has some anger issues and almost lost his job. His former partner Loren has his own way to deal with emotional distress in a very creepy way. He really is the weirdest character. The author does a very good job in showing the mental strain of the men who have to deal with horrible things every day. What happens to you when you meet a monster like Seever and be in a room with him for days and listen to his confession? How do you live on when the hunt is over and the memories won’t fade?

 

Then there is Gloria, Seever’s wife. She claims that she knew nothing about her husband’s doing. She still visits him every week in prison. Is it really possible to life in a house where your husband tortured and killed people and even buried them and you hear and see nothing? Gloria just wants and always wanted to live her quiet and comfortable life.

 

What do you do as a reporter when the best story you ever had is now old news. Sammie was the main reporter in Seever’s case. She even wrote a book about it. But everything is told now and new things happen. Somehow her career is bound to Seever. When a copycat killer shows up and begins to murder people who were connected to Seever she sees her chance to get successful again. And she is literally willing to do everything to get a good story.

 

The characters are all very unlikable and flawed. They are all victims of Seever’s. When the new murders happen the hunt for a killer starts again. Hoskins got his job back and works again with his partner Loren. Sammie also gets a call from her former boss and begins to write again. All their lives revolve around Seever again.

 

This character driven story is very unique. It has a lot of interesting characters, even if none of them is likable. The copycat killer was a surprise for me, I had some ideas but there were a lot of red herrings. But it was a bit slow going. I really liked the unusual approach and the character studies. Seever is a very impressive killer, whose greasy presence lingers throughout the whole book. It was a solid read, unusual, but also very dark, depressing and vulgar.

 

<i>I received an ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review

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text 2017-01-23 07:05
Blog Tour - More Than Anything
 


 
At twenty-seven, Sara Reyes had tried to stay hidden working for Seal Security. It was a chance for her to be protected and her loved ones to be safe – until the phone call…
 
At twenty-eight, Neil Sheilds had felt like things were falling into place. Now that his sister was back at home, he decided nothing would stop him from going after his fiery redhead goddess — until she ran…
 
Now, stakes are high to find out what Sara’s hiding and why there are people after her. Will Neil ever find Sara and express how she means more than anything to him?


 


 
 
 




 
 


 At twenty-five, Len Shields had it all, a promising medical career, a loving family, amazing friends, and her brother back from his time in the Navy. Everything was perfect—until the first letter…

At twenty-seven, Dante De Luca was finally finished with his time in the Navy and was starting his new career at Seal Security with his buddies from the service. Everything was finally settling into place for him—until the phone call…

Now the hunt is on to find a stalker that could shatter everything Len and Dante have been building…including the love they have for each other. When they both finally admit their feelings for each other, the worst happens…will they ever get their one more time?

 


 

 S. Van Horne was born and raised in the small town of Belton, Missouri, which is a part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. She’s from a very large family and is the oldest of six. Growing up, she didn’t have the easiest life. She learned quickly that family means everything, even if it’s the type that you get to pick for yourself.


She met the love of her life at the early age of twenty and was married just after nine months of meeting him. Shortly after marriage, her husband rejoined the U.S. Navy and they moved from Kansas City and started their journey together. Currently they have two amazing children, a boy and a girl, and are still enjoying the Navy life.


She spends her days being a wife, mom, reading books, writing her latest novel, watching her beloved Kansas City Chiefs or Kansas City Royals, watching movies, hanging out with family and friends and having girls’ day at least once a month.

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1.What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? 
I have only been on one so far. I have went to visit Forks WA. I went and spent a four day weekend with a friend and her mom visiting all the places that are mentioned in the Twilight Series. It was just like the book said it was. I’m looking forward to a few more that are currently in the works with other friends.

2. What is the first book that made you cry?
I honestly don’t remember. I have been reading since I was around four years old. I have read about a book a day since then.

3. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
A bit of both. If I’m really into writing and my flow is going well… I find that I have energy. Now, if it is the opposite I find that I get so tired trying to force something. I have learned that those days I just need to step back and read a book or watch a movie.

4. What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Thinking it is easy and that your book will do amazing. I was blessed to have been told by two experienced authors from the beginning that it isn’t easy and that my book would take a while to get out there. I knew that was the case but it was good to hear too.

5. What is your writing Kryptonite?
Not having coffee on hand, or something sweet. I don’t know why because I’m not a big sweet eater but I have to have both to write or it just doesn’t work. Another, day time writing. I have found that I write better in the afternoons/nights. 

6. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Both… Honestly, I want my readers to like my work, any author wants that, but I write for me. I write what my characters tell me. I can just pray that the readers like it. 

7. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
My books are standalones but they are connected as well. I like series and like learning about the characters from the books I have read and wanted to do that with my books. I don’t like cliffhangers. I will buy them but wait to read them until the series is complete. Based on these feelings I decided I won't be writing cliffhangers. 

8. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Stay true to yourself and your beliefs. Never compromise or change just for the sake of selling a book or joining the “in” crowd. 

9. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
EDITORS! That was the best money I have ever spent so far. I hate grammar.

10. What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Haha… I learned that honestly, authors don’t have a right to voice their opinions on something. Once you’re in the public eye… no matter what you have to keep your opinions to yourself. 

11. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Cup of coffee with a heart in it. Spirit animal… it has always been a white tiger.

12. What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
I owe them a lot. Without them I’m not sure I would be writing. 

13. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I actually do research before I begin and while I’m writing. How long? Well, as long as it takes until I have the right information. 

14. Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
Nope. But it is great therapy. 

15. How many hours a day do you write?
Depends on the flow of my writing that day. The shortest I’ve ever spent writing was fifteen minutes before I realized it just wasn’t coming to me. The longest… ten hours. 

16. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)
Mostly my adult time. I would like to write more of a personal book about my challenges growing up. But that is something for another time :)

17. How do you select the names of your characters?
They are all real people in my life. The last names are the only names I have made up.


18. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I would of went back and gotten my RN license. 

19. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yep, I sure do LOL 
Good Reviews: I smile and feel encouraged to continue to write. 
Bad Reviews: Depends on what it is. If it is just a simple, “I don’t like it.” Well, there isn’t much I can do with that. Now if it is constructive criticism and outlines issues they had. I actually read them and see what I can do to make it better in the next book. 

20. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Yep :) And not telling <3

21. Do you Google yourself?
Nope, I have never googled myself once I started writing. Before… yep I did. Now, this question makes me want to google myself.

22. What is your favorite childhood book?
Where the Sidewalk Ends… Love love love that book.

23. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Outlining the book. I hate doing it but I know I have to do it to get the book written.

24. Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes. They are without a doubt my biggest cheerleaders I have and I am so blessed to have that. My husband reads my books and even helps me plot it out. 

25. Do you believe in writer’s block?
Yeah… stupid writer’s block. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2016-12-28 00:34
The Other Side of Nowhere: And Other Stories by JN Chaney
The Other Side of Nowhere: And Other Sto... The Other Side of Nowhere: And Other Stories - JN Chaney

Experience three exciting stories of fantasy and science fiction, each immensely different from the last.

Feral - Deep in the heart of Africa, a remote tribe harbors a terrifying secret. Descendants of an ancient predator, the villagers share an ability known as the Change, allowing them to take on the form of a deadly beast. The adults have full control over their powers, but the children remain wild and untamed. When a little girl escapes, consumed by her instincts, it is up to Bo to hunt her down and bring her home. Can he stop her before she makes her way to the nearby human village...or will the fragile peace between the two tribes shatter into war?

The Other Side of Nowhere – In a hospital in Georgia, a young farmer named Johnny Abram struggles to stay alive. Between the waking moments on an operating table and a series of vivid dreams, he sees his life flash before his eyes. For a while, he isn’t sure which reality is real, but when a mysterious door suddenly appears and beckons him, the dream quickly becomes a nightmare, and the real battle for his life begins.

Meeting Jonah – Dr. James Harper never expected to be psychoanalyzing the first living machine, but life is full of surprises. That’s exactly what Jonah, the first level-7 AI, is—a surprise. He’s brilliant, gentle, and more than the sum of his parts. But what happens when the men in white coats decide to end their little experiment? Will James sit by and watch as a sentient, thinking being is put to rest...or will he take a stand?

 

 

 

 

Sci-Fi to the max - Chaney's multiple short stories had late night tv written all over it.

I loved the authors voice, Chaney's Feral, The Otherside of Nowhere, and Meeting Jonah are fantastic, unique and fun! I loved the melodramatic kind of uptick in anticipation and plot... way worth the read. Each story is different and combines the excellent flavor of Twilight Zone and Midnight Matinee in one.

 

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review 2016-11-07 19:00
The Other Side of Nowhere: And Other Stories by JN Chaney
The Other Side of Nowhere and Other Stories - JN Chaney,Raina Marie,Jeffrey Chaney

Feral - Deep in the heart of Africa, a remote tribe harbors a terrifying secret. Descendants of an ancient predator, the villagers share an ability known as the Change, allowing them to take on the form of a deadly beast. The adults have full control over their powers, but the children remain wild and untamed. When a little girl escapes, consumed by her instincts, it is up to Bo to hunt her down and bring her home. Can he stop her before she makes her way to the nearby human village...or will the fragile peace between the two tribes shatter into war?

The Other Side of Nowhere – In a hospital in Georgia, a young farmer named Johnny Abram struggles to stay alive. Between the waking moments on an operating table and a series of vivid dreams, he sees his life flash before his eyes. For a while, he isn’t sure which reality is real, but when a mysterious door suddenly appears and beckons him, the dream quickly becomes a nightmare, and the real battle for his life begins.

Meeting Jonah – Dr. James Harper never expected to be psychoanalyzing the first living machine, but life is full of surprises. That’s exactly what Jonah, the first level-7 AI, is—a surprise. He’s brilliant, gentle, and more than the sum of his parts. But what happens when the men in white coats decide to end their little experiment? Will James sit by and watch as a sentient, thinking being is put to rest...or will he take a stand?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chaney is a name I don't think gets enough credit for the underlining of its multiple works.

That's what I really liked about The Other Side, Chaney has a brilliant talent bringing human and animal nature to life in all three of this anthologies tales.

I highly recommend this book to anyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                

 

 

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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