Smells Like Weeia Spirit #bookreview @elleboca

  • Title: Smells Like Weeia SpiritSmells Like Weeia Spirit (The Weeia Marshals Book 3) by [Boca, Elle]
  • Author: Elle Boca
  • Print Length: 350
  • Publisher: Poyeen Publishing
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2016
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
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  • Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Marshal Danni Metreaux is back with handsome Sebastien Poyager and this time they have to uncover several mysteries that intertwine with one another. Beginning with an incident at the Académie Superieur de Goin, Danni and Sebastien soon realize that something deeper is at play when more and more Weeia begins acting strangely.

As always, Danni is independent, snarky, strong-willed, and likable. I found her even more so in this book since she has finally settled into her life as a Weeia marshal in Paris. In the beginning, we see how much of a kind heart she has when she assists a family in need although it goes against regulations. Her independent attitude does change, as it would for many women, the more she becomes involved with her boyfriend, Iaen.  Sebastien is a definite worthy friend to have…he’s smooth talking, handsome and loyal to his family and friends.

If you’re worried about reading the third book in the series, having not read the first two, don’t, because within the dialogue and narrative, all the things you need to know will be explained. However, I found several unnecessary repetitions about what Weeia marshals do, or who a character is…I’d skim over because I’d remember it from earlier in the same story.

My main problem with this book isn’t even the plot point…it was Danni’s relationship with Iaen. They meet in the second novel, Weeia on My Mind, and quickly fall for one another. As I read through the passages including Iaen, I found him too…perfect. It would have been nice to have a little bit of annoyance from Iaen. After all, several times, Danni has to bail on him when he’s planning something special. Sure, it’s her job, but, still. The mysterious Iaen we met in the second book is all smiles and understanding every single time Danni runs off.

Some of the dialogue, or even the narrative, can be a bit cheesy for my tastes and not really fit the characters I’ve come to know, but the story behind it is still an enjoyable read for any fantasy fan.

Overall Rate: 4 out of 5 stars

Biography

Elle Boca

Elle is the author of the Weeia urban fantasy series about superhumans. The Unelmoija series is set in Miami. In the Garden of Weeia, a novella, is set in Portland, Maine, and her newest Marshals Series is set in Paris, France. Growing up the only child of a monkey mother and a rabbit father she learned to keep herself entertained and spend time reading.

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Seekers of Earth (The Guardian Knights of Terra Book 1) #bookreview

  • Title: Seekers of the Earth (The Guardian Knights of Terra Book 1)Seekers of Earth (The Guardian Knights of Terra Book 1) by [Pratt, Kyle]
  • Author: Kyle Pratt
  • Print Length: 186
  • Publication Date: March 17, 2017
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
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  • Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Space Opera

Let me start by saying that Seekers of the Earth is a novella, rather than a full-length novel. It serves as an introduction to its sequel, Recall the Earth.  In just 186 pages, the novella opens with action and does not slow down the pace. Lucas Baldwin is on his first deep space training mission when he encounters a girl that may or may not be crazy. When Lucas learns that the girl is speaking English, a dead language, he finds himself sucked into a web of treason that may get himself, the girl, and others killed. Despite the dangers he is facing, Lucas plans on figuring out what is fact and what is fiction.

Seekers of the Earth was a well-written prequel to the series. There was a lot going on in a short amount of pages, but doesn’t leave you confused as to who was who or what was going on. As I read, my mind was filled with questions which gradually became answered.

Be warned for those who don’t like cliffhangers. This novella does leave you hanging, but fear not…the book is already available on Amazon! I highly recommend this…if you enjoy science fiction and space opera, you won’t be able to put it down.

Overall Rate: 4 out of 5 stars

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Biography

Kyle Pratt

Kyle Pratt is a bestselling author of speculative fiction. His latest full-length novel, Braving the Storms, is the third book in the Strengthen What Remains series.

Through Many Fires, the first book in the post-apocalyptic series was released in paperback, Kindle and on Audible in August 2013. Within two weeks the novel appeared on the Kindle Science Fiction Post-Apocalyptic list, reaching #10, and reached #1 on the list on December 2, 2014. Through Many Fires has earned its way to the #1 spot on the Kindle Dystopian and Military list, and #39 on the Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense list.

Kyle grew up in the mountains of Colorado and earned an Associate in Arts degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction. When money for college ran low he enlisted in the United States Navy as a Cryptologic Technician. “I thought I would do four years and then use my veteran’s benefits to go back to college,” he once said.

His first assignment was with a U.S. Navy unit at the Royal Air Force base in Edzell, Scotland. While on leave in Israel he met Lorraine from Plymouth, Devon, England and married her the next year. Together they spent the remainder of his twenty-year naval career traveling across the United States from Virginia to Hawaii and on to Guam, Japan and beyond.

Even before he retired from the service he wrote short stories. In July of 2012 his debut novel, Titan Encounter, a science fiction space adventure, came out on Kindle and later in paperback. His second book, Final Duty – The Speculative Fiction Novelette was released in January of 2013.

Today, Kyle and Lorraine live on a small farm in Western Washington State.

Website: http://www.kyleonkindle.com

In the Company of Wolves (Of Witches and Werewolves Book 2) #BookReview

  • Title: In the Company of Wolves (Of Witches and Werewolves)In the Company of Wolves (Of Witches and Werewolves Book 2) by [Barclay, Cory]
  • Author: Cory Barclay
  • Print Length: 350
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2017
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  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
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  • Genres: Supernatural, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thriller

In the Company of Wolves is aptly named. We return a few years after the events in its predecessor, Devil in the Countryside. We already know a few of the characters and are introduced to a new set of interesting ones. The entirety of the book follows the perspective of four in particular: Rowaine, a female pirate; Gustav, a man in the search of revenge; Sybil, a refuge trying to earn a safe life with her family; and Hugo, Sybil’s younger brother who is trying to find his way in the world. Each character wants something and in order to get something, they must fight for survival, bloodshed and betrayal.

I must say I enjoyed the first book a tad bit more, however, this one still deserves the rating of five stars. It kept a steady pace, and offered a few surprises you don’t see coming. As I did in the first book, I enjoyed Barclay’s way of descriptions. It’s so vivid, it’s as if I’m seeing the scene unfold.

My only issue is that sometimes the obvious tends to be stated through the narrative. Maybe it’s just me, but for example, in the beginning, one of the characters begins stuttering when he speaks. After I read his dialogue, I thought, “OK, he stutters.” Then in the next sentence, the narrative explains the fact that he stutters. There were a few more instances, but it wasn’t so much that it would knock any points off.

As always, the characters were well-developed and I enjoyed learning about most of them, especially Hugo. As a young boy trying to find his place in the world, he goes in a direction that surprises him and he’s unsure about. I’m sure many of us can relate to that in real life.

It’s not needed to read the first book before this one, though I highly recommend it. While, yes, the first one may have its flaws, it was a truly excellent introduction to the series. In the Company of Wolves, however, does give you the background you’ll need to appreciate the story.

Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

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Biography

Cory Barclay

As far back as he can remember, Cory Barclay has always loved the “big picture” questions. How much knowledge did humanity lose when the Library of Alexandria was burned down? Why has the concept of Heaven remained intact, in one form or another, throughout most of human history and how has it impacted life on Earth?

And even before that, when he first began writing stories in grade school, he’s been fascinated with histories and mysteries. Whether Norse mythology, the Dark Ages, or the conquests of great leaders, Cory’s been that kid who wants to know what’s shaped our world and write about it. Especially the great unsolved mysteries.

So Devil in the Countryside was a natural for him.

Born and raised in San Diego, he graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied Creative Writing and Modern Literary Studies. He’s also a songwriter and guitarist, and – no surprise – many of his songs explore the same topics he writes about – the great mysteries of our crazy world.

Devil in the Countryside is his second novel and he’s hard at work on its sequel.

Weeia on My Mind #bookreview @elleboca

  • Title: Weeia on My Mind
  • Author: Elle Boca
  • Print Length: 307
  • Publisher: Poyeen Publishing
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2016
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle
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  • Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy

When we first met Danni in Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia, she was in training at the Marshall Academy. Now she’s graduated and has been spending the last seven months in Paris on her first assignment. Her boss doesn’t like that she’s been assigned to work under him. She’s been living in a rodent-infested apartment until she’s given the opportunity to upgrade. And her first encounter with a new recruit, Sebastien, leaves much to be desired if you ask her.

While training Sebastien, they come across a case where an affluent couple’s necklace and painting were stolen. During their interview with the couple, Danni and Sebastien find that they have a detached attitude toward the theft. Once the items are mysteriously returned, the couple still seems to not care about the whys or whos their possessions were taken.

Aside from all that, Danni reconnects with a former interest and falls head first. He’s what most every girl wants to bring home to Mom and Dad: a bad boy.

I have to say I enjoy the first book in the Weeia Marshals series, Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia, the most. But that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this one. I did. Weeia on My Mind kept me turning the pages even when I needed to put it aside. I loved the action, the mystery, and romance was a big part of the story as well.

Danni is a character to adore. She’s snarky, witty and fun. She knows her stuff and despite what others think of her, she’s out to prove any haters in her life that she knows her job and that she can do it well. Of course, she has a lot of trouble doing so, but luckily, after an awkward first meet with her new trainee, she found a fellow Weeia who actually doesn’t treat her like she’s weed to destroy.

Weeia on My Mind has just about everything you’d want in a story. Romance, action, intrigue, betrayal…you name it, and it’s there. It has a much darker tone than in the previous book but any fan of urban fantasy is bound to enjoy.

In my opinion, there is no need to read the books in order. But I say if you want to pick up a copy of Elle Boca’s novel, start with Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia, the first in the series. You’ll get to know Danni a little and by the time you read Weeia on My Mind, it’ll be like having a cup of coffee with a friend.

Overall Rate: 4 out of 5 stars

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Biography

Elle Boca

Elle is the author of the Weeia urban fantasy series about superhumans. The Unelmoija series is set in Miami. In the Garden of Weeia, a novella, is set in Portland, Maine, and her newest Marshals Series is set in Paris, France. Growing up the only child of a monkey mother and a rabbit father she learned to keep herself entertained and spend time reading.

The Sixth Gate (The Gate Trilogy Book 1) #BookReview @ktmunson

  • Title:  The Sixth Gate (The Gate Trilogy Book 1)
  • Author: KT Munson
  • Print Length: 303
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2017
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  •  Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle
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  • Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Dark Fantasy

As usual, K.T. Munson does well at creating a brand new world that we can get lost in. She definitely has a knack…it goes without saying…after all, her blog is entitled “Creating Worlds with Words.” Her worlds she creates are characters in itself, which is great in fantasy since the only way we can hope to imagine what we’re reading is to delve into the author’s words. After reading several of K.T. Munson’s novels, she’s never failed at delivering.

I read the prequel and was interested in learning more about the heroine, Elisabeth. Unfortunately, she didn’t show up until several chapters in. Although I knew that the story was primarily about her, I wondered where she was. After I did read several chapters containing her, I found the adult version (in the prequel, she’s a child) of Elisabeth very likable. She’s more grown up, but the curiosity of the child is still evident.

It took halfway through reading before the story really picked up. The most I knew was that something big was going to go down…eventually.  I could only tell that Ki was destined to destroy Elisabeth with his Sin Eater because she was half evil. There were a lot of other plot points to focus on and to remember throughout the course of the novel. I knew eventually everything would come together, whether it would be in this book or the ones following. Knowing that it was going to be a trilogy, I wasn’t sure how it would end. Thankfully, it all was tied together in a nice little bow but had room to grow for the sequels.

The other supporting/main characters were created well and flowed off of each other. I’m looking forward to getting to know them in the coming sequels. While the first book of the series was slow in taking off, I’m hoping to get even more action. I would also like to see fewer plots because this book had so many primary characters and so much going on, it was just hard to pinpoint where they were being led. Of course, I believe that was the purpose. Either way, I can’t wait to find out where K.T. will lead us in the other two books in her new Gate trilogy. But do we really have to wait until 2019, as promised at the end of the book?

Overall Rate: 4 out of 5 stars

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Biography

K.T. Munson

K.T. Munson is a freelance author. First published at 5 years old in the young writers conference, she has pursued writing ever since. She maintains a blog creatingworldswithwords.wordpress.com that is about writing and her novels. She was born and raised in the last frontier, the great state of Alaska.

Renegades (The Praegressus Project Book 2)

  • Title: Renegades (The Praegressus Project Book 2)
  • Author: Aaron Hodges
  • Print Length: 276
  • Publication Date: May 30, 2017
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
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  • Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Renegades picks up where Rebirth left off. Having read another series by Aaron Hodges, I think that The Praegressus Project three-parter is my favorite. In Rebirth, we meet Chris, Liz and a few other characters who were stolen from their lives by Dr. Halt in order for experiments to be run on them. This experiment produces dangerous results, as well as wings for our companions.

Chris, Liz and the others have already freed themselves and are on the run from Dr. Halt. Their journey is not an easy one as they have to learn to trust one another in order to ensure survival.

When writing a series with the same characters, it is extremely important to keep the same character rules in all the books. I feel Aaron Hodges did just that. When I read the first book, I wasn’t too crazy about Chris. It took me a long while to like him, but as the pages went on, the character grew as characters should. They all did. And in Renegades, they continued to grow and flourish.

Now that the introduction to the series is over, the second book gives you more action and more tension…it’s hard to put down. By the time I finished the book, I wanted more. It’s well written, tight and I can’t wait to find out what happens in the third and final installment, Retaliation.

Although this is the second book and a bunch of things happened in the first that readers should know, I feel you don’t have to read Rebirth in order to enjoy this one. Hodges does well in explaining through out what happened previously.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Aaron Hodges

Biography

Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job and see the world. Two years later, his travels have taken him through South East Asia, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Today, his adventures continue…

Disconnected #bookreview @nick_m_lloyd

  • Title: Disconnected
  • Author: Nick M. Lloyd
  • Print Length: 465
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2017
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
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  • Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy

This was definitely an interesting book. It wasn’t what I expected by any means. Asha Kharjal is a political advisor who knows how to rewire people’s subconscious and he’ll stop at nothing to so. He’s not the villain in the book. Asha attempts to do good with his skills, but like any decent story, he falls into hot water.

This is a very technical story, much like the writings of Michael Crichton. Since I don’t have a technical mind, I couldn’t grasp a good deal of it. There wasn’t a lot of explanation for the technical terms so it would throw me off. I did reading about enjoy skein space. It kind of reminds me of Assassin’s Creed’s animus. Skein space is where Asha and his “students” enter to connect to another person’s core and tap whatever message they want in order to sway the subjects to do what was needed. I would have enjoyed the skein space even more if the author had included in the beginning of the book what each color meant, whether black is for love or hate and so on. It is briefly mentioned, however, it wouldn’t have been easy to find the page to remind ourselves what exactly the colors meant.

Since it wasn’t always easy for me to grasp the technicality of the book, I focused more on the characters. They were written extremely well and with, for the most part, enough personality to fly right out of the pages. Polly seemed to have bounced around wildly and could have been toned down just a bit. I enjoyed the conflict with Sarah and Marcus, but Marcus’ mother (Polly) made me care less about Sarah and Marcus’ past relationship. Polly was too intrusive where they were concerned. It took me away from the actual plot.

The world building was great. Anytime they found themselves in the Congo, I felt I was right there with them. I could hear the sounds, see the sights. I think it was my favorite part of the story. And the Congo pieces were only subplots.

For the most part, Disconnected is a slow read. It’s only because of the technical pieces of the story, but it starts running when you’re about a quarter of a way through. The danger that danced around in the earlier pages is dialed up.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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About the Author
Nick Lloyd

Nick Lloyd is an independent author, living in London.

He loves writing stories with moral uncertainty, where a reader could take the side of one (or more) protagonists in conflict.

http://www.nickmlloyd.com

His first novel – Emergence – received very strong feedback on its debut in October 2014.

“thought-provoking science fiction thriller encompassing a variety of philosophical and moral dilemmas” – SF Signal Interview (Feb 2015) http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2015/02/

Emergence (***** Amazon 5 Stars *****)

Earth is being scrutinised by an alien civilisation who maintain their dominance across the galaxy through manipulation of probability. Among the aliens, whole religions have sprung up related to interpretation of this apparent control of ‘luck’. On Earth, a single human starts the transformation to allow them a measure of control themselves…

Broken Wizard #bookreview

  • Title: Broken Wizard
  • Author: Jeff Bardwell
  • Print Length: 438
  • Publisher: Twigboat Press
  • Publication Date: April 6, 2017
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle
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  • Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Synopsis

The wizard purge is in full swing. Sorcery is illegal in the modern, steam-powered Iron Empire. The Magistrate’s Black Guards hunt the uncivilized mages using mechanized armor and mysterious, clockwork weapons. The guards deliver their prisoners to the Butcher, Captain Vice. All wizards are tortured and executed as traitors to the state . . . with one exception.

That exception is Devin, an outbreak mage, and ex-artificer, a prince of machinery. The Magistrate exiles the youth over Vice’s protests to the wild kingdom of wizards and dragons. Devin only knows gears and springs, but his savage magic offers salvation if he can tame it. The exile must learn to harness his dangerous, new powers before the Butcher tracks him down to finish the job.

Follow Devin’s quest in Book One* of The Artifice Mage Saga. Join the fantasy steampunk brawl of metal vs. magic where sorcery is bloody, science is greasy, and nobody’s hands are clean.

My Review

When I first began this book, there were so many run-on sentences, I had a hard time reading the first few chapters. However, I happened to notice on Amazon, that author Jeff Bardwell uploaded a newer version than the one I originally had. So, I downloaded that version, and once I began to reread the first few pages, I could tell a major difference in writing.

I have to say that the story line itself held promise, but seemed to drag. The main character, Devin, is exiled in the beginning and he soon realizes that he’s a mage. He goes on a quest in search of someone who can teach him how to control his magic. There wasn’t a lot of action as I had hoped. Most of the storytelling seemed to be based on the characters’ thoughts which put me off. The paragraphs were also so lengthy. I found myself rereading several times to grasp what was happening, which took me longer than normal to finish.

I loved the imagery, though. When reading a fantasy story, I need to be able to picture the background. The world was built beautifully and had great word choices. However, I wasn’t too crazy about the poetic in the dialogue. It was too flowery than it needed to be when the book appeared to be full of darkness and evil. I get that the purpose was to fit the early times the story was set in. However, it just didn’t work for me.

Jeffrey Bardwell definitely had a great idea of a story full of mages and sorcery. Despite the hard editing done (and yes, I definitely could see the wonderful changes he had made), I rate this a three star. I didn’t hate the book but I didn’t love it either. I believe breaking up a few of the longer paragraphs, cleaning up the characters’ speech and adding a few action scenes here and there would have made a world of difference. It was a good effort. With more time, I believe this author could bring out more four or five stars to his writings. He has a good imagination.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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The Frihet Rebellion #bookreview

  • Title: The Frihet Rebellion
  • Author: Neil Davies
  • Print Length: 224
  • Publication Date: March 21, 2017
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
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  • Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Wow! This was an amazing read. It’s hard to write up a brief summary of what this book is about because there was so much going on. It opens with bodies falling, bullets flying and it doesn’t stop there. I’ve read a lot of science fiction novels and I have to say this is one of my favorites. So much blood was shed during the course of this book as the world of Frihet rebelled against Earth. Earth’s only chance for victory is the alien ship Spearhead, run by Joniskyredread, a Sklalen, who we refer to simply as Jon, and his human friend, Bryant Johnson.

There are a lot of characters throughout this book and they all seem to pop out from the pages. There are obvious evil ones, good ones and the ones we don’t know whether or not we can trust. No matter which side they’re on, the characters are to be remembered. In reference to Jon, though, I sometimes had a hard time keeping in mind that he was an alien. We’re reminded of his gray skin now and again; however, being referred to as Jon throughout most of the book just made him seem human.

The writing was tight and well done. I almost heard the war going on within the safety of my own home. My biggest issue was the POV. I noticed it especially toward the ending that we’re in one character’s POV and suddenly we know what the other is thinking or feeling. I don’t think it happened too often earlier on but it’s possible I overlooked it because I was too engrossed in the tale. It’s also possible it was meant to be that way in order to help the speedy pace. Either way, I prefer to focus on one person’s mind. Additionally, what really gnawed at me were the use of characters’ thoughts. I like it when authors italicize the thinking so it’s kept separate from the narration. This author didn’t do that. There were a lot of times when it’s a lone sentence in a paragraph, making it first person. After that one sentence, the narration would continue a new paragraph in its usual third person, until a short paragraph later, it’s back with a lone sentence in the first. It just struck me as awkward. But still, I rate this book as amazing. I feel any science fiction fan or any war lovers would enjoy this book. It’s a thrill ride you need to buckle up for.

Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

Biography

Neil Davies

Born in 1959 and getting older by the hour, Neil Davies writes Horror and Science Fiction. When not writing books, he likes to write and record music with his son, as The 1850 Project, and paint. His favourite authors are, in no particular order, Richard Laymon, Steve Gerlach, Arthur C Clarke, Frank Herbert, H Rider Haggard, Guy N Smith, H G Wells, Bram Stoker, Dennis Wheatley, Connie Willis, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Graham Masterton, Sax Rohmer… with more being added all the time. His favourite musicians include Nightwish, Nils Lofgren, Kansas, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Cat Stevens, Jimi Hendrix, My Chemical Romance, King Crimson, Yes, Spock’s Beard, Gentle Giant and lots more. In art he admires the cover work of Chris Foss and Bruce Pennington, and maintains a healthy dislike of modern and abstract art. He’s still writing and refuses to stop however much people ask him to. Expect more published works soon.

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