Enjoy the ride with Crossline by Russ Colchamiro

About the Book:

Hotdog pilot Marcus Powell has been chosen to test Taurus Enterprises’ prototype craft Crossline and its newly developed warp thrusters. But during the flight something goes incredibly wrong, forcing Powell into a parallel universe.

Soon after he lands on that strangely altered Earth, Powell reluctantly teams up with a trigger happy rebel leader, a pot-smoking shaman, a crafty pie-maker, and a weary solider who hates his guts — all to survive an epic battle he may have been destined for all along!

Meanwhile, back home, reclusive oil tycoon and Taurus CEO Buddy Rheams Jr. — who sent Powell on that very mission — has a mysterious past and a secret agenda, one that could prevent Powell from ever making it back to his wife and little girl.

From author Russ Colchamiro, CROSSLINE is the exciting tale of two ambitious men — and two mirror worlds — linked across time and space in a way neither of them could ever have imagined.

Because once you’ve crossed the line, can you ever really go back?

For the CROSSLINE book trailer, visit: youtu.be/mJ8fey7_4VA

My Thoughts:

Crossline will introduce the reader to a world of space travel, wormholes and parallel universes. A well-written novel, it proves to be entertaining as well as interesting in concept and nature. The story revolves around the concept of adventurous time travel and warring communities.

How does a person deal with an alternate reality to his original one? How is one sure that the people they have left behind are still waiting for them? How do we deal with the existence of someone just like us, just in a different reality?

Marcus Powell, who takes off in a space ship, out to test the new technology of warp thrusters, finds himself entering a wormhole and ends up on an “Earth” that’s not his “Earth”. We are then taken along on his journey of understanding and acceptance as he tries to wrap his head around the unimaginable. In parallel, we are introduced to Buddy Rheams Jr., a man shrouded in mystery and responsible for the existence of the space ship – Crossline. The story brings out the similarities and differences between many of the characters central to this plot.

The author brings to us highly advanced technology, in this delightful story, with well developed and complex characters who do know how to “CHILL” ! A lot happens in the story running with parallel lines and situations, culminating in the end. Jesse, Powells’ daughter is an entertaining child who adds color to the story and brings out how the concept of spirituality and belief can make a large difference.

Overall interesting and entertaining, Crossline is worth a read!

Book Review: Esper Files by Egan Brass

I received a free copy of this book from the team at Inkitt in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book:

When an experiment goes wrong In Victorian London, Espers, people with supernatural abilities are created. In order to counter this new potential threat, the Institute is set up to teach Espers how to use their abilities for good and how to hunt down those who want to use their powers for evil.

Gifted with a formidable but self-destructive ability, Nathan is one of the Institute’s top agents. When the evil Baron executes his plan of controlling the minds of London’s political leaders, peace is dependent on Nathan and his team.

Will he learn to control his powers in time to save the world? Or will he succumb to their self-destructive nature?

My Thoughts:

Wow! This is a gripping tale of people with special powers/abilities living in a world of normal humans and the problems they face. Think X-men, with an institute, a professor and a whole lot of children being trained to accept their powers and learn how to use them. But, even with this comparison, the story holds its own, with enough differentiation to not make it cliched or the same as any thing the reader may have encountered.

The author has created characters who will enthrall you and pull you along with them. The story is well written and descriptive enough to keep the images running in your mind as the scenes are happening. The fight scenes are wonderful and a lot of research and effort seems to have been dedicated to writing them as there is an obvious attention to detail. Nathan, with his copy cat abilities and James with his teleportation are the first we encounter of  the Esper’s followed by Freya and her brother. Their powers, unique in nature, drive a lot of the plot. Starting off with the creation of Espers and how they came to exist, details of when their powers are likely to manifest and how to identify an Esper, the author covers all possible angles.

The story moves quickly, almost single mindedly in a specific direction and comes to a climactic end, leaving enough room for the next book. A great adventure to take, this book will have the reader hooked until the very end and is a very enjoyable read! Having said this, I cannot wait to read the next book, which is slated to be released soon.

Inkitt – app launch for Android

I was asked by the Inkitt team to promote the app on it’s release date (which is today!) and spread the word. Read further to know all about it!

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THE INKITT APP BRINGS THOUSANDS OF NOVELS BY INDIE AUTHORS TO ANDROID

Inkitt empowers readers and publishers to discover world’s next best sellers

BERLIN, JANUARY 7, 2017: Inkitt, the world’s first readers and data-driven book publishing house is introducing an Android app for phones and tablets, globally available from today.

Inkitt’s iOS app became available back in November and was well received by users: The app was not only featured on the US App Store but also on numerous other App Stores around the world, as well as on the front page of Product Hunt, ranking in the top 10 in Tech.

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Inkitt for iOS featured as a top Books app in the US App Store

Following the warm welcome by the iOS community, and in order to meet the demand of their own fast growing user base, Inkitt is now bringing their digital library with thousands of novels by emerging authors to Android devices.

“It was a great reward to see Inkitt featured as a top app in numerous App Stores around the world and receive such great feedback from users” says Inkitt’s Founder and CEO, Ali Albazaz. “Readers were really excited about the iOS app but kept asking when we’re launching on Android too. We heard them, worked really hard and today we’re bringing Inkitt to Android devices. All readers will now be able to discover tomorrow’s bestsellers on the go and read great novels by upcoming authors wherever they are.”

Inkitt for Android – 4 key features:

  • Access to thousands of novels from all fiction genres: fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, horror, romance, drama, action, adventure, YA and more
  • Personalized reading suggestions: hand-picked novels based on a reader’s favorite fiction genres

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  • Customizable look to match user preferences (e.g. font size, color combinations)

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  • Online/Offline: readers can save novels to their offline library to access them anytime

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Beyond being a platform connecting aspiring authors with book lovers, Inkitt’s mission is to become the world’s fairest publishing house: Its in-house developed algorithm analyzes reading behavior to determine the potential of a novel to become the next bestseller. Using this unique data-driven approach, Inkitt wants to ensure that great works by new and talented writers never again stay in the dark.

Since July, Inkitt has published 7 novels: Catalyst Moon: Incursion by Lauren L. Garcia (Fantasy), Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan (YA Romance), I Was A Bitch by Emily Ruben (YA Romance Mystery), Esper Files by Egan Brass (SciFi) and Caged by Onaiza Khan (Psychological Thriller),  King’s Lament by Lilia Blanc (Fantasy Romance) and Three Fat Singletons by J.M. Bartholomew (Humor Romance), six of which became bestsellers on Amazon.

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Inkitt for Android will be available to download on Google Play from the 7th of January 2017

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About Inkitt

On the surface, Inkitt (www.inkitt.com) is a platform where aspiring writers can share their novels and inquisitive readers can unearth fresh content. But under the hood, we are democratizing publishing: The Inkitt algorithm analyzes reading behavior to predict future bestsellers. In other words: if readers love it, Inkitt publishes it.

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Book Review: Supernova by Braxton A. Cosby

About the Book:

Supernova (The Star-Crossed Saga Book 2)

WHAT YOU CHOOSE, BECOMES YOU…
Against everything he had known as truth, William has made the choice to protect Sydney from the forces seeking to destroy her. But just as these two Star-Crossed lovers are beginning to explore their relationship and search for answers to the mysteries of Sydney’s existence, she advances to the next stage of her Star-child evolution—Supernova—and struggles not only to control her new powers, but also the emotions for her new love. William seeks to find the truth behind Sydney’s erratic behavior, while overcoming the new threat headed to Earth to destroy them. With new villains and old allies on the horizon, and chaos brewing on William’s home world, will self-sacrifice prove to be the only way for him to achieve victory and defend his love, or is there another way?

My Thoughts:

This is the second installment in The Star-Crossed Saga. I must admit the book is even better than the first with more thrills and action.

Braxton effortlessly weaves the plot and continues on from where he stopped in the first installment of the series. In this story, we see Sydney change as a person as she embarks on the journey of trying to understand the meaning of being a Star-child and the powers she has. She has William to help her but her feelings for him are put to trial when she encounters Jeff, a boy at school for whom she also has some feelings. Noella stands by Sydney’s side, a faithful friend, trying to atone for all the bad she had done previously. She is also torn between being Sydney’s friend and trying to help William.

Henry, Sydney’s guardian is more accepting of the various events that have occurred and ever since his encounter with Jasmine, he seems to be seeing life in a different way. A few more characters including Arrion, William’s best friend are introduced in the story and thus it seems as though a lot of things are happening. In fact, there are a few parallel situations that are portrayed both on earth and on the planet from where William comes from. The author brings out a lot of things in this story that seem to clear any doubts that may have arisen after reading the first book.

However, this second installment of the story has some surprises of its own and ultimately raises a lot of questions thus laying the foundation for the next story. This story is a wonderful continuation to the first, where the characters have to fight for what they truly believe in as well as for the ones they love. I highly recommend it to all and if you haven’t started this series yet, I suggest you do so immediately.

In Conversation with Christopher Reardon

I would liek to welcome Chris Reardon, author of Obstacles to the blog and I thank him for taking time out to have a chat with us. My review of the book will be posted soon.

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Q. What is OBSTACLES about and what message are you trying to convey to the readers?

OBSTACLES is mainly about death, and how people deal with it. It’s obviously the scariest and most universal thing everybody has to face. I wanted a first person view at someone petrified of dying, and even living itself. I wanted to see what this person would do when a little kid is facing the thing that scares him so much. Character development was extremely important to me. I wanted to show that people CAN completely change.

Q. Who among the characters you created can you relate to the most and why?

Alcott, the protagonist, would be the most relatable to me, and hopefully most readers. That’s why it’s from his perspective. Everybody has nightmares and gets down on themselves sometimes. He’s absolutely afraid of everything. I didn’t want a protagonist that had no problems and nobody could relate to.

Q. Which character did you find difficult to write about?

Gari was definitely the most difficult to write. He’s supposed to be the opposite of Alcott, at least on the outside anyway. He takes on death with a smile and doesn’t hide in fear, despite being so young. That’s a very hard concept to grasp, but some people must have that bravery.

Q.  Which are your favourite books/authors?

I love the A Series of Unfortunate of Events books! They are by far my favorite. It’s a nice break from the ‘all happy, no problems’ type of stories. Those kids go through some horrible experiences! The characters were very relatable and interesting since they were so different from each other. I also liked how they helped each other. When one wanted to give up, the other two got them right back up.

Q. What are your hobbies?

I really like playing tennis, video games, reading books, running, writing, playing flute, and listening to music.

Q. Name a place you would like to visit most.

I really want to visit China. I’ve heard so many cool things about it from the cities to the scenery.

Q. What according to you is the best thing about writing a story?

The best part of writing a story is knowing you’re in control. You can do whatever pops into your head. I really liked having that freedom to be able to change/create anything at the drop of a hat. There were no rules, and no limits

Book Review: Bound by M. J. Stevens

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(The Guardians #1)
Publication date: January 21st 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Synopsis:

‘No good deed ever goes unpunished, Mellea…’Mellea Wendorn hasn’t exactly had a normal life. Misfortune seems to follow her, and her family, wherever she goes.
However, when Mellea stops to assist a mysterious young man suddenly her prior hardships seem trivial.

His name is Leo. He is a Successor, a child of the Guardians of Selestia.

He is royalty.
He is handsome.
And he wants Mellea completely to himself.

Unable to escape the Guardian’s laws, Mellea must learn the ways of the royals. She is convinced her life can’t get much worse. But when a timeworn Guardian enemy arises from the shadows, Mellea must make a choice that will change her destiny forever.

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M.J. Stevens is a true storyteller.For a long time, words were never her best friend. However she has always had a creative spirit and writing became the lead way that she could share her ideas with the world. Today, it is her number one passion in life.

“I wish I could say that I was one of those kids that read insane amounts of books and that’s why I was inspired to write, like a lot of authors. But I actually found the joy on people’s faces [when they talk about stories they love] more inspiring and wanted to create something of my own that will give young readers that same excited expression.”

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My Thoughts:
This is a different story and I was hooked from the first page. The story is about Mellea and Leo. Leo decides to make Mellea his wife from the moment he sets eyes on her when she helps him out after he is attacked. Mellea has heard about the Guardians just like everyone else and from her father who dislikes them. When she is suddenly forced to become Leo’s betrothed, her world turns upside down. This story is about how she tries to rebel against her fate and situation and how she comes to terms with it and Leo. She learns so many things about the Guardians and the more she comes to know, the more her opinion changes.
The story is well written with a mix of adventure, magic and a whole lot of other things. It will keep the reader entertained throughout and the pages turning. The characters are well developed and well thought out with a story line that seems to have no holes in it. Every question that may arise in the reader’s mind gets answered and all things are justified. This is one YA fantasy sci-fi story that I would strongly recommend for all. I love the book and cannot wait to read more!

Book review: The Prophecy of Trivine

Synopsis:

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An emissary of an advanced alien race travels to the Earth to undertake responsibility of an experiment that has gone out of control. The outcome of this fateful experiment, which was conceived millions of years ago by her species, now rests in her hands. As she prepares to deliver her final judgment, she comes across three young men in a sacred forest who change her life forever.

These three men- a scientist, a hacker and an artist, happen to take refuge in that forest, trying to escape from the oddities of their own unfair lives. Struggling with their dreams and demons, they begin to explore the dark and paranormal behavior of the forest by forging a companionship. From the rare flora and fauna breathing alive on the ground to the deadly wide expanse of the whimsy black sky, everything they find is yet another puzzle unsolved.

Little did they know that four of them hold in their hands the future of mankind and much beyond imagination, they are connected through an ancient Prophecy that was long lost in the sands of time.

Website: http://www.theprophecyoftrivine.com

About the authors:

Tnahsin Garg:

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Tnahsin was born and brought up in Chandigarh, India where he got a Bachelor’s degree in engineering. After that he travelled to United States in search of higher education and adventure, and ended up getting a Master’s degree. Currently, he’s pursuing a PhD in applied sciences from northern Europe.

All this while, he has been reading and writing prose and poetry. His first book, of sci-fi/fantasy genre, co-authored with two friends, is titled ‘The Prophecy of Trivine’.

Reading to him is an act of liberation. It helps him in writing, when he chains himself up in words.

Srivatsan Sridharan:

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Srivatsan hails from the southern part of India, but has spent a large chunk of his youth in the nation’s capital. He studied Computer Science at Thapar University in Punjab and then went on to earn a Masters at Purdue University in the United States. “The Prophecy of Trivine” is his debut sci-fi/fantasy novel that he co-authored with two friends.

When he’s not writing or reading fiction and narrative non-fiction, he can usually be found at his computer, hammering away at his keyboard in his so-called attempt to engineer “revolutionary” software.

Srivatsan currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Pulkit Gupta:

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Pulkit is currently living and working in Bangalore, India. He has been writing (or attempting to write) since the age of 9, when he tried to write his first novel. “The Prophecy of Trivine” is his first book, a collaborative Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel released in December 2013.

He maintains a number of blogs which are in various stages of decay, but some of his poems and short stories can be found on his website.

My Thoughts:

I was contacted by one of the authors to read and review this book. I must say it is a book unlike anything I have read so far. The story follows the lives of three people, Phil a college student who is a professional hacker, Siv a scientist who has shut himself off from the world in the midst of a forest and Arty who as his name suggests is an artist. The three of them come together and are forced to get along. Phil, who is on the run as he has been framed for a theft he did not commit stumbles upon Siv’s shack in the forest and later they meet Arty. The most unlikely of companions, they fight, create trouble for the other but in the end come together to protect the bond they form.

We are introduced to an alien race who claim responsibility for the creation of life on Earth as it is and who now want to destroy what they call their “project”. They send across an alien who later taken on a human form and calls herself Agni, to observe life on Earth and give the Elders information to make the decision. As Agni starts to spend her time on Earth she happens across the three companions and decides to test them. It is through this that she realizes that life on Earth should not be destroyed and these three are the ones to fulfill a prophecy known as the Prophecy of Trivine. The story also shows how each character reconciles with his predicament and thus becomes a better person.

 The story is well written and the characters are well developed. I like the way the authors have worked on bringing out the differences in personalities of the three companions and have moulded their characters in a way that is believable. The story is gripping with a lot of description which easily gives us a sense of setting and puts the reader in sync with the situation. This is one Sci-Fi book readers of this particular genre will enjoy. Hats off to the three co-authors of this book for coming out with such a great story!

Book Review Tour: Protostar by Braxton A. Cosby

Book Blurb:

On the brink of Civil War, the Torrian Alliance continues with its mission to obliterate Star-children across the universe in order to suppress an intergalactic evil. Following the recommendations of his Council, King Gregorio Derry has agreed to send his only son William, on a mission to restore honor to his family. What starts out routine, becomes a lot more complicated as an inopportune crash landing delays the assassination. During this time, William begins to form a ‘connection’ with Sydney that challenges his inner being. But this conflict is the least of his problems, as a conspiracy back on his home planet Fabricius threatens the lives of those he loves and his father’s royal legacy. Along with that, he must unravel a hidden threat here on Earth that seeks to secure a vested interest that threatens both his and Sydney’s safety. Will William be able to complete his mission or will he choose love, sacrificing everything he stands for?

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ProtoStar is the Readers Favorite Book of the Year Award Winner for the Romance: Fantasy-Sci-Fi category.

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About the author:

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Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer with a passion for inspiring others to love, in spite of circumstance and convenience. Braxton creates stories in his mind that he desires to put on paper and share with the entire world. His calling to pen a young-adult series that is smart, witty, and thought provoking, has challenged readers to answer the question: What would you choose, love or irrevocable duty? Braxton lives in Atlanta, GA, where he co-hosts a local radio show on WAOK which is a mash-up of current events and health and wellness. He also has a blog where he discusses everything from health and entertainment to spirituality and relationships.

Social sites:

Twitter – @BraxtonACosby

FB – https://www.facebook.com/DrBraxtonCosby?ref=hl

website – www.braxtoncosby.com

Book website – www.theredgeminichronicles.com

Review:

I was hooked from the moment I started reading this book. I enjoy reading the kind of love stories where love knows no boundaries of time and space. The characters were really well thought out. The story follows William, a prince from where he comes from as he travels searching for a star child. His mission to kill the star child comes up out of ignorance of their true natures. He ends up on Earth where he meets Sydney. Here I’m sure you’ll think the story becomes the typical boy meets girl love story, but it does not. There are many twists and turns in the plot that will surely keep the reader’s attention. Sydney is your typical teenager who hangs out with her girlfriends as much as possible.

Just when you think the story might become predictable, a new twist is introduced. The author has done this so subtly that you won’t even notice the change of pace in the story but will continue reading all the same. A lovely story filled with enough action to keep the reader from losing interest. The most interesting part of the story is Sydney’s reaction to the truth about William and her true nature. How she handles this and the truth about some of her friends as well as her relationship form the crux of the story. The author has the ability to make us experience everything he has described making the reader believe that what he/she is reading is actually happening at that moment. At some points in the story it feels as if we are being shown a movie as the description is so graphic.

This is a wonderful story to read and I cannot wait to read the next book. I recommend this book for all those romantics and fans of Fantasy Sci-fi out there.