Book Review: Dead Statues

We are now on to the fourth book in the Kiera Hudson Series Two collection. In the last book we left our heroes fleeing for their lives. One of the group gets killed off and they are now in mourning for this person. I won’t name names because that would ruin it for you as the reader. This next book is twisted to the core as a new enemy appears that they haven’t figured out yet if they are friend or foe.

The Review

Our heroes are now fleeing for their lives. Kiera finds out Potter is keeping secrets from her and she has to make a decision. This decision to find her father will jeopardize their mission and possibly be her end. Now they know the pictures they have been finding with the word ‘Push’ on them are from events not happened yet. They only problem is if the photographer witnessed at the scene is a friend or foe.

In this adventure things get heated between Kiera and Potter leaving their relationship on the brink of destruction. The emotions are high and Tim O’Rourke leaves you turning the page with hunger to find the ending. I couldn’t put this book down with so many dangers on all sides the excitement never ends. The ending leaves you in fear for Kiera Hudson’s life, but does she make it out of this one alive? Find out by reading this awesome new installment in the series number two.

Ranking: 5 out of 5 stars!


The Book

DEAD STATUESDead Statues

With the Skin-walkers closing in, Kiera and her friends flee across the English countryside. Learning Potter has been keeping secrets from her, Kiera makes the painful decision to split from the group and leave her friends behind to go in search of her father. Can Kiera reach him before she turns into a statue, like the ones that appear to be following her? Desperate to win back Kiera’s trust, and fearing she is walking straight into a trap, Potter goes after her. But with a more desperate and cunning enemy anticipating Kiera’s and Potter’s every move, will Potter’s past secrets ultimately lead to the death of Kiera Hudson?

Dead Statues is Book Four of The Kiera Hudson Series Two.

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About the Author

Tim O’Rourke is an obsessive writer, spending eight hours a day, five days a week hunched over his laptop, completely immersed in the worlds he has created in his own imagination.

In the real world, Tim lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife, three sons and a cat.

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Book Spotlight: Untangled

It’s the start of another week and I got a book spotlight for you. Check out this awesome book by L. Loren titled: Untangled. Hope you enjoy and just think this book is FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Untangled 

Untangled cverBullied in her youth for being dark skinned and ugly, Gugu Brown is obsessed with beauty. Now the Queen of the cosmetics industry, she is a notorious boss. Her ageless beauty is unrivaled. A woman of 45, she looks no older than 23.  Beauty is life and without it she sees no value in living. And Gugu is living her best life! But she has a secret that could topple her empire and bring her to her knees. 

Sin Maddox is a silver fox who is enamored with Gugu’s beauty. He is determined to make her his. After dating her for a while, he sees the real her and finds her beauty pales in comparison to her true personality. When her world comes crashing down, will he be able to convince her that she is more beautiful on the inside than she is on the outside? How can she believe that when she was so damaged in her youth? Sin may be the one to convince her that pretty hurts, but true love heals. 

Each book in the Once Upon A Villain series is a standalone. This series does not have to be read in order.

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About the Author

IMG_1009L. Loren holds a Business Management Degree from the University of Mount Olive. As a former call center supervisor, her desire to write lay dormant for years, until she found the courage to live her dream. She is currently based in Birmingham, AL with her loving and supportive husband.
L. Loren created her own brand of erotic romance that she dubbed LoveRotica – Love stories with an edge of sexy. Her catalog of sexy stories is self-published and available on Amazon.
Her stories and poems have appeared in various anthologies, publications and literary journals. L. is also the curator of the Love is Color Anthology, available for free on Smashwords.

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Author Interview: Kenzie Macallan

Welcome to another wonderful Thursday. You want to know what the best thing about Thursdays are? They are followed by Fridays, which means the weekend is near. Now to start off this early weekend cheer I am sitting down with Kenzie Macallan in her very own author interview. Hope you will take the time to read and get to know this wonderful author. Happy reading everyone. 🙂

Author Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live with my husband in New England and we’re huge dog lover. We used to have two rescue pitbulls who ran our world and we loved every minute of it. Their loss was really hard to get over. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the world to place in Europe and Africa.

I used to paint portraits, take photographs, and I love to bake. You would think for all the creativity that I would know how to cook. But those skills elude me. Maybe it’s just not interesting enough. I remember as a kid being more interested in playing outside than eating. All of my experiences have added to my storytelling especially when writing about strong women and alpha men.

What genre do you write in? Why?
I write action adventure romance., romantic suspense. I love a good mystery or twist in a story. I want the plotline to suck me in and never let go. Deep characters with plenty of problems always adds to the plotline. These are the type of books I like to write. It’s engaging for me and for the reader. If I’m not moved or inspired in a scene, I change it.

What inspired you to become an author?
This is going to sound crazy but about five years ago, I had just finished reading several romance novels and woke up with these three sisters in my head with their stories. I knew where the story was going to go from beginning to end. For me romance is at the heart of a good story. It all falls in line with my desire to create. Writing is wonderfully manipulative. It can be changed easily to get across a feeling or plot point. I guess you could say I’m inspired by the characters I create.

Tell us about your latest release?
Masks is the last book in the Art of Eros series and probably the most powerful. All the questions are answered in this book. 

The youngest sister of the Luccenzo brood, Raquelle, gets to tell you her story with all her flaws and insecurities. Passion for painting is what drives her almost to the point of obsession. She becomes inspired by her creations and becomes consumed by them. 

Michael is a complex character. He appears to be powerful and in control but he may only be a puppet for someone else’s benefit. Underneath it all, he craves Raquelle and her creative spirit. I can’t give more away about him or I’ll spoil it for everyone!

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?
I never would have believed that you could wake up and have three books in your head but that is exactly what happened. As I got into each story, the characters tell you where to go and what they want out of it in the end. I get some of my story ideas straight out of the headlines of what’s happening day to day. 

Each of the three Luccenzo sisters is an artist in their own right. Marabella is a sculptor, Leigha is a photographer, and Raquelle paints. I have experience in two of those three areas. I have never been a sculptor. My artwork always inspired me because you can get lost in the experience of it.

When you write your books do you go straight for pencil and paper or a computer? Why?
I write an extensive outline that’s done on paper. I love writing with a really good pencil that way I can erase and add as I want to. Even with the extensive outline, things always change. 

When I get to the part where I dive in, I go for the computer. I also write on a tablet with a keyboard. Much of Masks got written on a long car ride to Gatlinburg, TN in the car. It all came to me and I just kept writing while my husband drove.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?
Raquelle is a spitfire. She takes no prisoners with her bold attitude. She knows her way around men and doesn’t apologize for her passions. Titus is her pitbull rescue is an important part of her story. I wanted readers to know about how pits could really be through her eyes. 

She’s stubborn and a fighter. Tough on the outside, mush on the inside. She gives Michael a run for his money.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?
I love to write stories for an escape not only for me but for the readers. I strive to improve my writing with every book I publish. Readers shouldn’t be afraid to try a new author. You never know what you’ll find.

Are you Indie Published or Traditional? Why did you choose this route?
I’m strictly indie for a lot of reasons. The top reason is I have total control over how my covers look, editors I chose, and formatting. Often times a publisher can sign you and then drop you a year later but they own the rights to your books. Then you have to usually have to hire a lawyer to get them back. In either case, you are responsible for your own promotion. So I figured I might as well work for myself. I’m very happy with my decision.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
I’ll be working on the next book about Sean Knight. He’s ex-military and never got over a girl from his past but they have a lot to work through before they get together. My next three books will focus on the men who won MBK Global Security. They are very different and unique.


About the Author

KMgoldKenzie lives with her husband in New England and is a huge dog lover. She has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world to places like Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Holland, France, England and, of course, Scotland. Edinburgh is one of her favorite places. 

It’s all led to an overactive imagination. Creativity seems to be part of her soul as she paints portraits, takes photographs, and bakes. They have all added to her storytelling especially when writing about strong women and alpha men. She looks forward to adding to her adventures and her readers.

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Masks

Masks Kenzie Macallan - E-CoverBetrayal can be born from the deepest love and blind trust.

Raquelle struggles as an artist to escape the shadow of her famous father. After his mysterious death, she’s convinced she needs to play in a game of deceit. Spying on her powerful client, she paints a face of betrayal that leads to a chilling discovery.

Michael appears to run the investment firm but acts as his father’s pawn. When the company is investigated for fraud, his father goes missing. Left in charge, he uncovers the shocking truth, forcing him to make a life altering decision.

Lives collide on a course driven by fate. 

The tables turn on betrayal.

 Her deception pales in comparison…

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Wednesday Writing Tips: Writing Fantasy Races

Writing Fantasy Races
by: Andrew P. Miller and Daniel Clark

Any attempt to survey the multitude of races that exist in legend and imaginative literature is open to criticism of being incomplete in some areas and too inclusive in others. The obvious dilemma is the question of how one defines a “race” in fantastic literature and legend. In reference to humans, the term race is fraught with political and cultural implications; in general, it refers to similarities and differences in certain physical characteristics like skin color, facial form, or eye shape. Political and cultural affinity factor into the debate as well and are sometimes more important than an individual’s particular genetic heritage. But humans as a group are far more similar in appearance than the groups that populate the landscape of the imagination. Bushmen and Celts are virtually indistinguishable in comparison to the differences between merfolk and trolls. But just as with defining human races, there are considerations beyond the physical that enter into the issue. It’s not just a question of which arbitrary physical features to consider since the differences in these imaginative beings are long established; it’s really a question of what distinguishes a fantastic race from a fantastic creature.

The terms race and creature suggest differences, and one difference is in total population in a group. It’s easy to see that a unique being like the Hawaiian shark man is a creature and not a race. Or that rare beings like the rocs are creatures and do not constitute a race. But there is a qualitative difference between the way groups of beings, like elves and giant squids, are portrayed in fantastic stories that has to do with a metaphysical hierarchy. It’s not merely a question of humanoid shape; elves are obviously patterned on humans—often they are more diminutive and more beautiful than the average human—and giant squids are patterned on their smaller counterparts in the real animal kingdom, but what about the Yahoos and Houyhnhnms of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels? The Houyhnhnms, outwardly equine in shape, have a complex society and appreciate art and intellectual pursuits, whereas the Yahoos, outwardly human in shape, have no language and live in packs in the forest like wild dogs. Obviously, similarity to human shape is not the most important factor in determining the difference in race and creature.

As Gulliver’s Travels points out, we must not be too anthropomorphically bigoted when we determine where various groups rank on the Great Chain of Being in fantastic stories. Instead, we tend to be prejudiced by the nonphysical attributes and values of humans. For our purposes in this chapter—and this seems to hold generally true for the body of fantastic literature and legend—we define race using the following criteria:

  • Physical Similarity: This one is pretty obvious. Elves look like elves, dwarves like dwarves.
  • Population: It can’t be a unique being and still be called a member of a race. Now there can be exceptions to this; Tolkien, at the end of The Trilogy of the Ring, suggests that the fantastic races are slowly dying out and humans replacing them. A writer could create a scenario in which a being is the last of her kind, but the implication is that there once were many more.

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Wednesday Writing Tips: Magical Realism Short Stories

THIS IS WHERE TO START WITH MAGICAL REALISM SHORT STORIES

By: Mary Kay McBrayer

As with any genre categorization, the edges of magical realism short stories are blurry. The term “magical realism” itself seems to be an oxymoron: if it’s magical, how can it be real? The definition, however nebulous, depends on whom you ask.magical-realism-short-stories

HOW DO YOU DEFINE MAGICAL REALISM SHORT STORIES?

I tried to reduce the definition to its most simplistic qualities: the world of the story is realistic, just like this one, or maybe a little worse. Magical elements are introduced to the world of the story, and the characters in the world treat them as though they are real, a part of their crappy world. The characters are not astounded by the presence of what seems (to the reader) magical.

Naturally there are some dissenting opinions, and because humans like to categorize things, there are some distinct sub-genres. Surrealism is “concerned with upending accepted realities,” and fabulism “is known for putting fables and myths into a contemporary setting.” (For more on these topics, click here.)

For our purposes, we have another chunk of that genre to define as well: what is a short story? What qualifies as “short,” and what makes a “story.” Again, I tried to reduce this definition to its most simplistic qualities: if I can read it in one sitting, then it’s “short.” If I have to get up for snack breaks, to check my email, et cetera, it doesn’t qualify. As far as defining “story”: there needs to be a narrative. That means, to me, SOMETHING HAPPENS. Something happens after which nothing is the same, a new status quo is reached. Much of the time, the magical entering the realistic world works as the “something,” but not always.

With those VERY loose terms defined, here are some of the most impactful magical realism short stories, including magical realism short story collections and magical realism short story authors.

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