Self-published eBooks: May 29- June 4

Hey everybody! Happy Memorial Day weekend! 

I’ve spent my free hours catching up with some of the best of friends, gardening, and reading by a river. I mean, gardening so  bit of a loose term, but there’s something satisfying about getting dirt under your fingernails and watching the soil soak up water. Do any of you balance your reading with other hobbies like that? Or have any gardening tips? Because these plants are the mercy of my green fingertips 🌱🍅🍋

Here’s this coming weeks self-published eBooks! There are some very interesting fantasy books listed here. I kind of amended the qualifications to make this list, all of those can be found on the Work With Me page. Let me know if you have a book being released and want to ensure its inclusion here 🙂

 kindlelogoCornered by JS Belfield available May 30, 2016

Gods of New Orleans by AJ Sikes available May 30, 2016

Bound Forever(#3 in the Bound Angel series) by Claire Spoors available May 30, 2016

Cleave the Infection (#4) by Kristie Lynn Higgins available May 30, 2016

Nemesis (#6) by David Beers available May 30, 2016

Ronin (#3 in the Rebel Stars series) by Edward W Robertson available May 30, 2016

Centyr Dominance (#2 in the Champions of the Dawning Dragons series) by Michael G Manning available May 30, 2016 

What Big Teeth by Cara Villar available May 31, 2016

Revolt on Vesta by John A Underwood available May 31, 2016

Twisted Mythology: Ariadne by Ashleigh Matthews available May 31, 2016

Ashes by Katherine Garvin available May 31, 2016

The Cupid Reconciliation (#3 in the Genrenauts series) by Michael R Underwood available May 31, 2016

Child of the Wilde by Gama Ray Martinez available May 31, 2016

The Witches of Panay by Fayr Willow available May 31, 2016

The Raising of Atlantis: The Awakening by Brian Turner available May 31, 2016

The Beast of Bloodfield Hills by Johanna Lemon available May 31, 2016

Outbreak by Samie Sands available May 31, 2016

The First Chill of Autumn (#3 in the Shards of a Broken Sword series) by WR Gingell available May 31, 2016

Saints of Wura boxset by JT Williams available May 31, 2016

The Hidden Truth by Hans G Schantz available May 31, 2016

Odd Adventures with your Other Father by Norman Prentiss available May 31, 2016

Prophecies’ Pawns (#6 in the Highmage’s Plight series) by DH Aire available May 31, 2016

The Tesla Gate by Drew Avera available June 1, 2016

Tegus and the Shards of Solasterby Craig Buckton available June 1, 2016

Tales from Vidura by Graham Downs available June 1, 2016

Specul8 by Nicole Anae available June 1, 2016

Resistance by Anthony Redden available June 1, 2016

A Path of Oak and Ash by MP Reeves available June 1, 2016 

Behind the Badge by JD Cunegan available June 1, 2016

Decrepitude by Natalie True available June 1, 2016

Glyphmaster (#3) by Gareth Lewis available June 1, 2016

Legends of Windemere boxset, Tribe of the Snow Tiger (#10) by Charles E Yallowitz available June 1, 2016

Video Rage (#2) by Rami Ungar available June 1, 2016

The Vanguard (#2 in the Journey series) by Phillip Giroux available June 1, 2016

Atlas (#2 in the Infinity Verge Trilogy) by DJ Morand available June 1, 2016

The Family (#4 in the Superhuman series) by Suzanne D Williams available June 1, 2016

The Divinity Bureau by Tess Alley available June 1, 2016

Fey (#2 in the Tales of Silver Downs series) by Kylie Quillinan available June 1, 2016

Infinite Time by HJ Lawson available June 1, 2016

Battle of the Bannockburn (#3 in the Warrior Queen series) by Karen Grey available June 1, 2016

Mars the Final Day by JR Austin available June 1, 2016

Vincent, Survivor by OL Eggert available June 1, 2016 

Ballistic (#2 in the Icarus series) by Aria Michaels available June 1, 2016

Conquest: Rise of the Fifth Horseman by Richard M Mulder available June 1, 2016

Omnibus (1-3 in the Armada Wars series) by R Curtis Venture available June 1, 2016

The Ultimation (#7 in the Play to Live series) by D Rus available June 1, 2016

Modern Magic by Christopher Golden available June 2, 2016

Halfway Hunted by Terry Maggert available June 2, 2016

The Alliance (#2 in the Awakening series) by Kenneth Chisholm available June 2, 2016

Disgraceful (#4 in the Death Dealer series) by Katie Roman available June 2, 2016

Captain Batholomew Quasar: The Bounty Hunters from Arachnxx Three by Milo James Fowler available June 3, 2016

Hunters in the Night by Ramsey Isler available June 3, 2016

Supremacy by Christin Lee available June 3, 2016

Linking by Elle Beauregard available June 3, 2016

Garden of Lilith (#3 in the Tale of Mist and Shadow series) by MR Laver available June 3, 2016

The Mystical Knights: The Sword of Dreams by KA Robertson available June 2, 2016

Southern Devils by Brent Abell available June 3, 2016

Her Majesty’s Witch (#2 in the Bayla and the Golem series) by Eva Gordon available June 3, 2016

The Search Continues (#2 in the Legend of Dre series) by Wanda Corsaro available June 4, 2016

The Kinship Chronicles: Scatter of Kin by Cassie Kennedy available June 4, 2016

Devil’s Contract: Heavenly Flame (#2 in the Crimson Princess series) by Lena Campbell available June 4, 2016

Cat & Hound by Kate Copeseeley available June 4, 2016

Autonomy (#2 in the Invasion Day series) by LC Morgan available June 4, 2016

The Archangels of Laceria by Kim Wedlock available June 4, 2016

Lovesick by Lyssa Dering available June 4, 2016

Leveling by HD Knightley available June 4, 2016

From Furies Forged (#5 in the Free Fleet series) by Michael Chatfield available June 4, 2016

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Veiled in Darkness by Valerie Twombly available May 30, 2016

Time Squared by Brian K Larson available May 31, 2016

Betrayal Foretold by Jen Crane available May 31, 2016

Dark Shores of Salvation (#3) by Brian S Pratt available May 31, 2016

The First Chill of Autumn by WR Gingell available May 31, 2016

Flame of Requiem boxset by Daniel Arenson available June 1, 2016

Tales from Virdura by Graham Downs available June 1, 2016

Glyphmaster by Gareth Lewis available June 1, 2016

Captain Batholomew Quasar: The Bounty Hunters from Arachnxx Three by Milo James Fowler available June 3, 2016

Linking by Elle Beauregard available June 3, 2016

The Spirit of… by Bryan Caron available June 3, 2016

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A Change of Heart by Mark Benjamin available May 29, 2016

Ronin by Edward W Robertson available May 30, 2016

Cleave the Infection (#4) by Kristie Lynn Higgins available May 30, 2016

Betrayal Foretold by Jen Crane available May 31, 2016

Decrepitude by Natalie True available June 1, 2016

Captain Bartholomew Quasar (#3 in the Bounty Hunter series) by Milo James Fowler available June 3, 2016

Her Majesty’s Witch by Eva Gordon available June 3, 2016

For info how to ensure your book is included at it’s release, please visit my Work With Me page.

 

Self-Published eBook Review: The Blue Ridge Project by Neil Rochford

Hello avid readers!

I have here a self-published eBook review for your perusing pleasure! The Blue Ridge Project is a thrilling crime novel written by Neil Rochford, and follows the intense and mysterious happenings of two characters who become caught in a web of tricky lies and vices. It is a very good story, and I think a lot of us who enjoy mystery novels would find this incredibly enticing. Read on for a more detailed review of Rochford’s latest novel, and let me know if this is a sort of book you’d find interesting!

This review is spoiler-free. The Blue Ridge Project was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Blue Ridge Project

Author: Neil Rochford

Length: 230 pages

Platform: Kindle

Synopsis: The Blue Ridge Project follows three distinct point of views: Detective Andrea Nox, civilian Robert Duncan, and affluent Francis (Frank) Mortimer, whose lives converge on a harrowing path of dark deeds and hidden desires.

Andrea is a newly appointed Detective on the Beacon City police force, and after losing her last partner in a devastating job assignment, she is partnered with an unfamiliar officer. As soon as the reassignment is instated, strange murders and suicides come out of the woodwork, puzzling the force and throwing Nox off of her usual astute game.

Robert, meanwhile, is forced to deal with the deteriorating state of his personal and professional life until a strange lead allows him to believe that maybe, just somehow, he can do good in this world and redeem himself once again. All the while, Frank Mortimer, disturbed and sociopathically charming, flies under the radar and begins to allow his horrific actions to leak out and touch the lives of innocent people. Robert and Andrea find themselves caught in Frank’s mess, and their paths converge in a life or death situation in which only they have the answers and ability to survive.


Impression: Rochford writes dark suspense in a jaw-dropping, enticing style. The novel is a quick read and is incredibly hooking- it was hard to stop reading this story, especially when the characters are so beautifully flawed and the mystery so tantalizing.

Andrea is one of the few characters I’ve read that appeared so put together and intelligent on the surface, but acted in such disparaging, angry outbursts that I couldn’t help but be drawn in by the mess that is her life. I felt a bit guilty of being so enthralled by her actions, because I knew there would be something wild and reckless to come next, but never was it written in a contrived or cardboard cutout kind of a way. Her intelligence is obvious (that’s why she’s on the police force), but her issues are complicated and chaotic and made her an incredible character.

I also truly enjoyed Robert, who is probably the opposite of Andrea in every way. Cautious, self-degrading, but not pitiful, Robert is a wise and caring character who makes his way through the book passively but without coincidence. Rochford’s artful dynamic made the two point of views so intriguing and genuinely made the reader look forward to each alternating scene.

The mystery plot was well written, but there were a few parts in which I wished the characters allowed more dialogue to conclude an especially important conflict. I also thought the resolution of some scenes were a little too easy. I wanted the characters to have to fight harder or use their intelligence to turn a conversation rather than just violence. However, this is merely the first novel (out of three, I believe), so maybe Rochford will use that kind of a transition as a character arc/character growth.

I give this novel 4/5 feather pens because of its amazing characters, its great pacing, and its easily resolved plotline. I wish Rochford had made the roadblocks a bit more difficult for the characters and had made the characters more proactive (it seemed like a lot of coincidence drove them to the conclusion), but Andrea and Robert are truly well-written characters and have a ton of potential for growth and leading the plot through the next couple of books.

For fans of character-driven novels and fantastical mystery stories with some dark, mature tones woven in, I would definitely suggest this book!

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New Self-Published eBooks: May 22-28

Hey everyone 🙂 welcome to another week of self-published eBooks! I have some awesome self-published reviews coming so I hope you’re in the mood for more great fantasy and scifi!

I’ve honestly had quite a book hangover the past couple of days since finishing The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. Have any of you read it? I’m thinking of doing a review on hat,too, if you guys are interested.  Just haven’t had the heart to start a new book, I’m still  living on Mount Char…

And here we go 😊

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Pacifica by Aaron Jones available May 22, 2016

In the Light of Darkness by Delizhia Jenkins available May 22, 2016

The Forgotten Sister by Kieran Higgins available May 22, 2016

Rise of the Sparrows by Sarina Langer available May 23, 2016 

Circle by HJ Lawson available May 23, 2016 

Cogsmith by Amanda Clemmer available May 23, 2016

Concealed by RJ Crayton available May 23, 2016

Hunting Down Dragons (#2 in the Moonlight Dragon series) by Tricia Owens available May 23, 2016

Uncertain Principles: Demonworld (#3 in the Instruments of Wrath series) by Severine Wolfe available May 24, 2016

The Change: Life by JC Nichols available May 24, 2016

Dwarves in Space 2: Family Matters by SE Zbasnik available May 24, 2016

Warrior Wench by Marie Andreas available May 24, 2016

Jade’s Awakening by Isabelle Hardesty available May 24, 2016

Dylan Peterson: And the Angels of Fire by Matthew Edde available May 24, 2016

The Pretender (#2 in the Soren Chase series) by Rob Blackwell available May 24, 2016

New Spark (#3 in the Dark Magic Enforcer series) by Al K Line available May 24, 2016

Anarchy by Jaymin Eve available May 24, 2016

Fairy magic by Ella Summers available May 24, 2016

Chronicles of Athena Lee (#2) by TS Paul available May 25, 2016

Boneyard (#2 in the Thaumaturge series) by Cal Matthews available May 25, 2016

Invasion by Paul Moxham available May 25, 2016

Godspeaker by Tessa Crowley available May 25, 2016

The Ostara Tale (#4 in the Tales of Chalandor series) by Bobbi Thompson Grende available May 25, 2016

Rosinanti by Kevin J Kessler available May 25, 2016

Rise of the ULTRAs (#2 in the Last Hero series) by Matt Blake available May 25, 2016

Out of the Dark by Claire C Riley available May 26, 2016 

Heldarade Chronicles: Dragons Choice by N Dvais available May 26, 2016

The Songstress Murders by JB Garner available May 26, 2016

Kathya Unbound by Tiffany Cherney available May 26, 2016

Unbearable (#4 in the Stonebrood Saga) by Tracey Cooper-Posey available May 26, 2016

Host by HJ Lawson available May 26, 2016

The Champion of Baresh by Susan Grant available May 26, 2016 

Project Diamond by JW Bouchard available May 27, 2016

Burning Skies (#2 in the Sword of Dragons series) by Jon Wasik available May 27, 2016

The Heroes Among Us (#6 in the Dream Fighter Chronicles) by Calvin Locke available May 27, 2016

Shadow Play (#2 in the Shadow Saga) by John Harrison available May 27, 2016

Stonebriar Casefiles 182: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole available May 27, 2016

The Star Bell (#3 in the Cendrillon Cycle) by Stephanie Ricker available May 27, 2016

 

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The Quantum Mechanic by Jason Faris available May 24, 2016

Ambassador 5: Blue Diamond Sky by Patty Jansen available May 24, 2016

Uncertain Principles: Demonworld (#3 in the Instruments of Wrath series) by Severine Wolfe available May 24, 2016

Avenger; A Modern Tale of the Tuatha DeDannan by Joseph HJ Liaigh available May 25, 2016

Kathya Unbound by Tiffany Cherney available May 26, 2016

The Champion of Baresh by Susan Grant available May 26, 2016

Small Steps by Mark H Jamieson available May 28, 2016

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Crimson Worlds Collection III by Jay Allen available May 24, 2016

Struck by Amanda Carlson available May 24, 2016

Kathya Unbound by Tiffany Cherney available May 26, 2016

Smell Steps by Mark H Jamieson available May 28, 2016

Disclaimer: This list is created based on my own research. Any oversights in self-published books are not done purposefully or out of maliciousness. Books with a listed publisher other than the author’s name, listed under a genre other than Fantasy or Science-Fiction, or advertised on a separate eReader site, will not be included. Amendments will not be made to published posts. To ensure inclusion in the weekly updates, please send me an email and a link to your eBook to thedriftingpaige@gmail.com and, if given enough notice, I will do my best to include you!

10 Questions for a Book Lover – Morgan Paige — Byford’s Books

Hey everyone!

I’m featured in a guest post over at the Byford’s Books blog. It’s an awesome blog that not only has created a great community of readers and writers alike, but is also chronicling the opening of their own indie bookstore! Check them out for some quality and interesting blog posts and go on and say hi! 🙂

 

Name: Morgan Paige Blog: The Drifting Paige Blog morganpbillings.wordpress.com – THE TEN QUESTIONS – 1. What’s the first book you remember reading by yourself? The first book was actually a part of a series, I think, and was based on the King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table mythology. I was […]

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Unboxing: The Bookish Box HP-Themed Anniversary Box

Hey everyone!

I am SO incredibly excited to share with you my first unboxing on this blog!!! 😀

My happy face has not disappeared since I got this in the mail. It was genuinely like Christmas when I watched as they brought this awesome Deathly Hallows symbol over to me at the Post Office.


I chose The Bookish Box as my first subscription box unboxing for you guys because I figured that you, like me, are obsessed with Harry Potter and all things literary. The Bookish Box has been creating awesome monthly boxes for the past year, and to celebrate their anniversary they shipped out the cutest Harry Potter-themed box I’ve ever seen.


They sent me a good amount of items, and honestly, the first thing I noticed when I opened the box was the smell. The scent of butterscotch candy just wafted towards me when I lifted the top and I couldn’t help but smile. The smell was actually coming from a Butterbeer Salt Scrub, which I CAN’T wait to use, and there were a bunch of other cute items they chose for us:

  1. HP Shirt by Appraising Pages
  2. Butterbeer Salt Scrub by Cherry Pit Crafts
  3. Hogwarts Coffee Tumbler by Knot Knirvana
  4. Stag Watercolor Print by Lexy Oliva
  5. Necklace by Rich Love Shoppe

I’m not sure if everyone got the same watercolor prints, but these are absolutely beautiful and everything received is useful and of good quality. Just look at that T-shirt! It’s one of my favorite quotes and Dumbledore is one of my favorite characters (I got his wand from Harry Potter World 😀 ), so I can’t wait to wear it!

I’m a bit of a doofus and didn’t realize there was a necklace in the small bag until after I had taken the pictures, but I’ll show you guys how cute it is on Instagram.


And I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw a Starbucks/HP-themed tumbler. Can you see just how obsessed I am? I think I have a caffeine problem.

What do you guys think? Awesome unboxing isn’t it? Would you guys want me to keep up my subscription to see them? They provide such great gift ideas that really speak to the book lover in all of us I think 🙂

Let me know if you all liked seeing this and if you want more!

And click HERE if you’re interested in checking out their site! They offer different subscription packages and you can cancel at any time.

Bonus kitty and Starbucks pic 🙂 Even Meowmansan wanted some of that HP goodness!

Until next time!

Live,

Morgan Paige

Disclaimer: This box was not sent for free or in exchange for a review 🙂 It was paid for by me! 

New Self-Published eBooks: May 15-21

Hey friends! I hope you had an amazing week 🌻

It is beautiful and warm and finally turning into spring. We had a very busy week complete with the first wedding of the year, so unfortunately this list is only 3/4 of what I normally do. I left out Lulus last week publications because I unfortunately ran out of time, but I’ve honestly been wondering if it’s even worth listing here from now on. Not only does Lulu do a subpar job with genre lists (I feel like I sort through history, romance, and children’s novels more on their site than anywhere else), but their lists aren’t even “coming soon” releases… It’s all week late publications because they don’t provide any information for what is coming up. Do you guys want me to continue listing the Lulu bookstore? Does anyone use them more than Amazon, B&N, or iBooks? Just let me know! 

And here we go 😊

Unya (#2 in the Cutback series) by Jay Lenoir available May 15, 2016

Angels Unaware by DH Barbara available May 15, 2016

Ruins of the Fall (#2 in the Remants Trilogy) by Nicholas Erik available May 15, 2016 

The War (#3 in the Blood and Destiny series) by EC Jarvis

The Super-human Humans by Jack Goldman available May 15, 2016

Exodus: The Fall of Gods (#2) by RJ Wolf available May 15, 2016

The Lunam Ceremony by Nicole Loufas available May 15, 2016 

Captives in Obscurity: Sons of the Starfarers (#5) by Joe Vasicek available May 15, 2016

Placidville- The Emergence (#4) by Mark Murray available May 16, 2016

Accession of the Stone Born by Ken Lange available May 16, 2016

The Brane of the Space Pirates by DL Morresse available May 16, 2016

The Bones of the Sea by Pippa Jay available May 16, 2016

Just a Little Death by AL Kessler available May 16, 2016

Dust in the Desert by Starla Huchton available May 16, 2016

The Volcano Lady (#4 in the Lidenbrock Manifesto) by T MacArthur available May 16, 2016

Bare Bones (#3 in the Templar series) by Debra Dunbar available May 16, 2016

Sword in the City (#3 in the Tales of Mufroen and Dun series) by FE Hubert available May 17, 2016

Shadows of the Gods by SM Schmitz available May 17, 2016

The Dragon’s Unhatched Offspring by Holly Geely available May 17, 2016

Exploration (#2 in the Gifted Series) by Char Webster available May 17, 2016

The Second Sentinel by DL Kramer available May 17, 2016

Everything Ends by TWM Ashford available May 17, 2016

Emancipation: First Entry of the Janus Record by Shannon Marcus Nash available May 17, 2016

Continue Online (#3 in the Realities series) by Stephan Morse available May 17, 2016

Revenge Space (#4 in the Platform Eight series) by Barbara Lund available May 17, 2016

Keena’s Lament by Hank Garner available May 18, 2016

The Isles of Krake (#4 in the Tales of Mufroen and Dun series) by FE Hubert available May 18, 2016

Fall of Hope by RM Grace available May 18, 2016

Eyes in the Water (#2 in the Parting Breath series) by Monica Lee Kennedy available May 18, 2016 

Kepper of my Soul (#2 in the Macauley Vampire series) by Revecca Norinne Caudill available May 18, 2016

Conceal by Andrew Pearson available May 18, 2016

Shimmers in the Dark by Bethany Shaw available May 18, 2016

The Long Journey Home (#8 in the Legend of Vanx Malic series) by MR Mathias available May 18, 2016

Secrets by EH Demeter available May 19, 2016

Dead Man’s Land by JJ Jinkins available May 19, 2016

Touch of Iron by Timandra Whitecastle available May 20, 2016

Ten Lives by Christian Terry available May 20, 2016

Little Red (#5 in the Not Quite the Fairy Tale series) by May Sage available May 20, 2016

Ice Blessed (#3 in the Blessings of Myrillia series) by Crystin Goodwin available May 20, 2016

The Dragon Slayer: The Dragon Empire by DL Colon available May 20, 2016

Cortland Dex, Master Bard (#4 in the Legends of Vandor series) by DJ Morand available May 20, 2016

The Demon-Eater: Memories (#2 in the Bondforgers series) available May 20, 2016

The Grey Isle Tale by Ryan Freeman available May 20, 2016

Area 79 by Eric Johnson available May 20, 2016

Falling Dusk by Jennifer R Povey available May 20, 2016

The Legend of Oescienne (#4 in the Ascending series) by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson available May 20, 2016 

Tale of the Rebel by Amber Harris available May 21, 2016

The Shadow of the Soulkind (#2 in the Souldkind series) by Steve Davala available May 21, 2016

The Case of the Ghostly Runners and the Tale Man (#2 in the New Avalon Case Files by Dennis Liggio available May 21, 2016

A Book Without Dragons by Olivia Berrier available May 21, 2016

Amderesta (#3 in the Alcasian conflict series) by Daniel Zazaitski available May 21, 2016

White Space by Jim Hawkins available May 21, 2016

Pillars of Dragonfire (#3 in the Flame of Requiem series) by Daniel Arenson available May 15, 2016

Captives in Obscurity by Joe Vasicek available May 15, 2016

Starship Chief by Ray McCarthy available May 15, 2016

Report on the Incident at Lo-oc by Gregory Truman available May 15, 2016

Righteous Reign by TJ MacDonald available May 16, 2016

The Brane of the Space Pirates by DL Morrese available May 16, 2016

Corporate Marines by Tom Germann available May 16, 2016

Death of Civilization by Nathan Hale available May 17, 2016

The Return of Heroes (#3 in the Quantum Mechanic series) by Jason Faris available May 18, 2016

Conceal by Andrew Pearson available May 18, 2016

Axe of Fate: Goldenfields by Jeffrey Thompson available May 20, 2016

The Alethean Legacy by Rob King available May 21, 2016 

 

Thisness Lemma by Allen Taylor available May 15, 2016

Captives in Obscurity by Joe Vasicek available May 15, 2016

Omnibus by LL Hunter available May 15, 2016

Video Game Recruiting by Tom Germann available May 16, 2016

Righteous Reign by TJ MacDonald available May 16, 2016

The Brane of the Space Pirates by DL Morrese available May 16, 2016

Conceal by Andrew Pearson available May 18, 2016

Falling Dusk by Jennifer R Povey available May 20, 2016

Disclaimer: This list is created based on my own research. Any oversights in self-published books are not done purposefully or out of maliciousness. Books with a listed publisher other than the author’s name, listed under a genre other than Fantasy or Science-Fiction, or advertised on a separate eReader site, will not be included. Amendments will not be made to published posts. To ensure inclusion in the weekly updates, please send me an email and a link to your eBook to thedriftingpaige@gmail.com and, if given enough notice, I will do my best to include you!

The Hugo Awards Controversy for the Uninitiated

So… it’s that time of year again… same as last year when the Sad Puppies came out a-crying.

Who are the Sad Puppies you ask? If you’re like me and tend not to pay attention to any of the award ceremonies (fashion, music, books, etc.) then it’s likely you didn’t notice that there was a literary war going on between published authors and the Hugo Awards/Worldcon and the rebellious group known as the Sad Puppies.

The Hugo Awards are an annual ceremony given to the top nominated science fiction and fantasy books/novellas published that year. When an author wins a Hugo Award, they get the special honor of being listed with some of the greatest authors in scifi history and also receive a special award sticker to be placed on their book covers.

In the past, the Hugo Awards were seen as one of the highest honors an author could achieve. Some recipients were Ursula K Le Guin, Orson Scott Card, and Neil Gaiman to name a few, and many have gone on to win more prestigious awards and publish a lot more novels.


The issue with the Hugo Awards, however, has reached another crescendo.

Last year, the Awards were targeted by a group calling themselves the Sad Puppies. Since the Hugo Awards are filled with books nominated by members of Worldcon (all you have to do is pay the yearly admission fee and you are suddenly a member/eligible to nominate and vote), the Sad Puppies paid their admittance and nominated books that fit their own interpretation of what science fiction and fantasy should be. You want to know what this means?

Less diversity, less literary merit, and less substance… the following quote was stated by Brad R Torgerson, one of the leaders of the Sad Puppies:

A few decades ago, if you saw a lovely spaceship on a book cover, with a gorgeous planet in the background, you could be pretty sure you were going to get a rousing space adventure featuring starships and distant, amazing worlds. If you saw a barbarian swinging an axe? You were going to get a rousing fantasy epic with broad-chested heroes who slay monsters, and run off with beautiful women.

[But now] The book has a spaceship on the cover, but is it really going to be a story about space exploration and pioneering derring-do? Or is the story merely about racial prejudice and exploitation…A planet, framed by a galactic backdrop. Could it be an actual bona fide space opera? Heroes and princesses and laser blasters? No, wait. It’s about sexism and the oppression of women.Finally, a book with a painting of a person wearing a mechanized suit of armor! Holding a rifle! War story ahoy! Nope, wait. It’s actually about gay and transgender issues.

According to the Puppies, modern scifi has been warped into being too inclusive… they “stuffed ballots” that they didn’t agree with by nominating stories that fit their expectations. Their argument wasn’t that they were anti-diversity, but that storytelling comes first. Nominating more authors in the gay community or books that were led by political themes weren’t what made a story good… the Puppies were trying to preserve the authenticity of what made original scifi great.

I was alerted to the issue by the vocal rebuff that Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind, so publically displayed last year. And though I thought the issue had been concluded, I was sadly mistaken. This year, my attention was brought back to the matter by author Brandon Sanderson. You can see here in this publicized letter to his fans, that Sanderson and his other fellow nominees are stuck between a rock and a hard place. When the first award ceremony was fixed by the Puppies, authors retaliated in kind by taking their books out of the award program altogether. While it seemed worthwhile, it appeared (somewhat) fruitless… though none of the Sad Puppies nominations did win last year, their rebel force is still going strong.

Unfortunately, it took Brandon Sanderson’s essay about not pulling his novella from the ballots to really drive home the problem that the Sad Puppies are creating. Authors are feeling used and doubtful about their work’s merits. What do you do when something you created is used as a tool in a fight that you don’t want to be a part of?

Apparently, Worldcon is hearing the authors’ cries of despair and have honored this issue by changing the ballot process next year (this is unconfirmed on the Worldcon website, but I have seen it mentioned a few times online). Does this mean the award ceremony will be more exclusive? Or should fans be allowed to vote despite not having a Worldcon membership?

There is a way to change the rules on the Worldcon website, and many people are trying to hypothesize the best way to change the voting system to prevent an issue from rising like this again. It’s truly unfortunate, because their voting system has always been very inclusive and democratic and was a way to celebrate great authors and books. The Sad Puppies has turned it into a defensive, angry regime whilst crushing the esteem of the Hugo Awards.

There are many perspectives to take here, but my own takeaway from this is that the Hugo Awards were doing something great. By honoring and celebrating the greatness of genre books, they were also fusing the connection between literary and genre writers. This is something that I’d like to discuss further in another post. It’s something incredibly interesting to me, but with the Sad Puppies fueling the fiery divide, this merging of thought has been split yet again. They may be trying to focus on the quality of storytelling, but by not listening to others they have instead just alienated the rest of the fanbase and crushed the merit of the Hugo Awards.

What do you guys think? Do you follow the Hugo Awards? Have any of your favorite authors been nominated or spoken out about this issue? I’d love to discuss this from other perspectives!

 

Until next time!

Live,

Morgan Paige

 

References-

Hugo Award Website

The Mary Sue

The Guardian

Self-Published eBook Review: Forbidden Outpost by Tony Rubolotta

Hey friends!

I have another self-published eBook review here for you guys, and it’s a fanfiction written after the classic movie, Forbidden Planet. For those unfamiliar with the movie, it is a hard science-fiction feature starring Leslie Nielson as the main protagonist, and bears a lot of stylistic choices that can be seen later on in the Star Wars movies. The classic was made in the 50s, so it is a very specific taste of a story, but it may intrigue some of you.

Read on for my own personal review of the self-published eBook!

This novel was suggested to me by the author, and is available for free to all readers.

Title: Forbidden Outpost

Author: Tony Rubolotta

Length: 1101 pages

Platforms: iBooks, Kindle, Smashwords

Synopsis: Written as a fanfiction to follow the popular classic movie, Forbidden Planet, this story follows Captain JJ Adams as he departs the planet of Altair 4 with his crew and his new, beautiful girlfriend, Alta. After the harrowing events that had happened on Altair 4 where Alta lost her father to the powerful sciences of the Krell aliens, they find they have not seen the end of intergalactic problems as Alta begins hearing voices and seeing apparitions in her dreams.

During their trek back to Earth, Adams lands his ship at a passing planet to sort out these concerning changes, and soon learns that weirder and stranger threats are at bay. Along with his crew and the planet’s inhabitants, Adams must discover the truth about the alien Krell species and its desire to influence and control Alta.

Impression: Though the author assured me this novel was great as a standalone story, I would highly recommend watching the movie it was based on to complement this artfully rendered fanfiction of the cult classic. There are many themes and world-building bits of information that I could only appreciate fully upon seeing the movie. Rubolotta is a very technical and precise writer, and this in turn creates a calculating and accurate atmosphere for the story.

This book was a far leap into a different genre of scifi drama than any other story I have read. Forbidden Planet is known for being incredibly ahead of its time (it’s effects and influence can be seen in Star Wars) and also draws intelligent influence from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and even Freudian theories. The movie was produced in the 50s, so there are clearly a lot of era-specific themes that influence the character creation and the dialogue in this novel.

The story’s tone is playful and innocent and does a great job of harnessing the same feel and style of the movie. There are many characters from the movie that make an appearance and some awesome inferences that any fan would love, so I would absolutely suggest this eBook to a tried and true Forbidden Planet fan.

Personally, I had a hard time connecting with both the movie and the novel. For those who aren’t familiar with the movie or came away disenchanted like I did, I would probably not recommend the book. There are many sexist undertones that overshadowed most of the character interactions and the dialogue was just as cheesy and unbelievable as the screenplay that was written. I did not enjoy the speed of the novel (slow and plodding like the movie) and I also did not like how there were many coincidences that brought together the plot (also seen in the movie). Just like other bits of 50s-era entertainment, the atmosphere is incredibly important. I feel like Rubolotta nailed this in his story, but the characters, themes, and style just wasn’t for me.

I will give this story a rating of 2 feather pens, because of my disinterest and dislike of the movie, and therefore, this story. Fans of Forbidden Planet would enjoy this story, though, so if you are familiar with the classic, pick it up and let me know what you think!

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New Self-Published eBooks: May 8-14

Hey everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the caregivers out there! I spent the day with my guy and my little furball and called my mom a few times to make sure her special day was just that 🙂

I know not everyone is a fan of getting flowers for special occasions, but my family is big on sending flowers to each other (it’s especially nice as an “I’m thinking of you” kind of a present- when you live so far apart, pretty, healthy blooms are a nice reminder how far our familial love reaches). My bro picked out a beautiful rose and lily bouquet for my mom- what kind of flowers do you guys like to get/send? I love to have flowers around the house, as well. It’s an easy way to warm up a room. However, I have to be careful because my cat likes to eat plants… -_- of course lol

Here’s your weekly list of fun up-coming self-published eBooks, I have some good reviews coming up of some of the books mentioned below! If there are any you are interested in, let me know and I’d happily review it for you all!

Here we go 🙂

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Infected by Sig available May 8, 2016

DNA (#13 in the Ell Donsaii series) by Laurence Dahners available May 8, 2016

Stone Chameleon by Jocelyn Adams available May 9, 2016

One Week to Love: Speed Dating of the Gods by Adam Carter available May 9, 2016

The K2 Virus by Scott Rhine available May 9, 2016

Kovu by Kenneth Fultz Jr available May 10, 2016

Tied Up (#6 in the Planet Berserker series) by Jaya Doone available May 10, 2016

Life Again: Three Brief Tales of Rebirth, of Sorts by Samuel Snow available May 10, 2016

The Journey of Jimini Renn by April Kelley available May 10, 2016

Eye of the Abyss (#3 in the Chronicles of the Orion Spur) by Michael Formichelli

Sentinel: Blade Asunder by Jon Kiln available May 10, 2016

Impact by Andreas Christenson available May 10, 2016

Kelpie Dreams by Steve Vernon available May 10, 2016

Winter’s Edge by Mike Sheridan available May 11, 2016

Space Odyssey by Michael Ichan available May 11, 2016

Blood and Snow 3.9 by RaShelle Workman available May 11, 2016

The Curse of Sangrook Manor by Steve Thomas available May 12, 2016

Tyr by NR Tupper available May 12, 2016

Cat and Company (#3 in the Interspace Origins series) by Tracy Cooper-Posey available May 12, 2016

Prey by Sam Austin available May 13, 2016

In Another Life by Cary Jones available May 13, 2016

The Devil’s Fairy Tale by Greg Stewart available May 13, 2016

Waiting by Craig Reinhardt available May 13, 2016

Harvest Earth by JD Laird available May 13, 2016

Major Demons (#3 in the Angels and Demons series) by Randall J Morris available May 13, 2016

Sway’s Demise by Jess Harpley available May 13, 2016

The Wizard’s Staff by D Glenn Casey available May 13, 2016

Endangered by Dani Hoots available May 13, 2016

Sea of Souls by Casey Eanes available May 13, 2016

The Witnessing of Matlyn Wren by Jennifer January available May 14, 2016

Pieces (#2 in the Experimental Heart series) by Shannon Pemrick available May 14, 2016

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Witch: Legend of the Silver Hunter (#2) by Kethric Wilcox available May 11, 2016

TimeCenturion! by Jesse Beeson-Tate available May 11, 2016

Special Dimensions by ML Ryan available May 11, 2016

The Devil’s Fairy Tale by Greg Stewart available May 13, 2016

In Search of Kronos (#4 in the Colonel Landry series) by Bryan Smith available May 14, 2016

Pieces (#2 in the Experimental Heart series) by Shannon Pemrick available May 14, 2016

 

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The Pearl Box and the Seahorse by Ann Ariel Wilson available May 1, 2016

As the Darkness Fades to Dawn by Mark Ratikan available May 1, 2016

Age of the Magic by Aaron Morgan available May 2, 2016

Fables for Life by Ann Ariel Wilson available May 2, 2016

Wolfeye by Donald H Sullivan available May 2, 2016

Jove: The Human Chronicles, Jove: The Ventieran Chronicles by AJ Aarts available May 2, 2016

Pantheon by Scott Beckman available May 3, 2016

The Travel Diary from Elsewhere by MB available May 2, 2016

Interzeit: A Space Opera by Samuel Eddy available May 3, 2016

Galactic Pirates by Daniel West available May 3, 2016

Territorial War by Lewis MacDonald available May 4, 2016

Paleby Nathan Pitchford available May 4, 2016

Dear Time: Circle of Life by Jon Ng available May 4, 2016

Weird: A Henry William Darling Oddity by Julie Elizabeth Powell available May 4, 2016

Terrific Tales of Scifi and Space Operaby Donald H Sullivan available May 4, 2016

Lady Shilight- Homeward Bound by Sheril Lee available May 5, 2016

Striking the Soul by Christina Paino available May 5, 2016

A Warrior’s Soul, Retribution (#1, 2 in the Anfire series), Taliagard- the legend of the Shadow Lords, The Laurintha Inheritance, The Xhanria Saga by Shana Rae available May 5, 2016

Mother’s Night by Richard Zimdar available May 5, 2016

Project Royalty Codes ReCreation by Ja G Starr available May 5, 2016

Space Station Venus by Gordon Ferguson Mackenzie available May 5, 2016

Emperors, Warmongers, Heroes, Heroines, Rebels, Prophets, Mutants and Aliens, Murvyn’s Machine, The Throne of Crowns, Vlaheen, Zev, Newlsska, Mindline, Hezzkal, Fayshonn, Zelvoon by Simon Fox available May 5, 2016

Legacy of Magic by Shana Rae available May 6, 2016

Galleons Lap by Templeton Moss available May 6, 2016

A Tale of Dragons by Caleb Ricker available May 6, 2016

Trichier by Alessandro Ceretto available May 6, 2016

Invasion of the Ortaks (#3 in the Rebellion series) by Sveinn Benonysson available May 6, 2016

Robo Raptors and the Gutsy Rebels by Ben Patterson available May 6, 2016

Forbidden Outpost by Tony Rubolotta available May 6, 2016

After the Earth Wars, They Don’t Come in Peace by Shana Rae available May 6, 2016

The Rising by RM Donaldson available May 6, 2016

The Messenger’s Heart by Richard Paul available May 6, 2016

Unspace, Isscon, Krallzone, Jaddra’s Peace, Lanndra’s War by Simon Fox available May 6, 2016

Stellar: Off-world by DA Sylvester available May 6, 2016

Tales of Wonder by Donald H Sullivan available May 7, 2016

Xunnsphere by Simon Fox available May 7, 2016

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Curse of the Nandi by Vered Ehsani available May 9, 2016

TimeCenturion! by Jesse Besson-Tate available May 11, 2016

Special Deceptions by ML Ryan available May 12, 2016

Events by Kostas Panagiotou available May 13, 2016

In Search of Kronos (#4 in the Colonel Landry series) By Bryan Smith available May 14, 2016

The Witnessing of Matlyn Wren by Jennifer Lynn January available May 14, 2016

Pieces by Shannon Pemrick available May 14, 2016

Disclaimer: This list is created based on my own research. Any oversights in self-published books are not done purposefully or out of maliciousness. Books with a listed publisher other than the author’s name, listed under a genre other than Fantasy or Science-Fiction, or advertised on a separate eReader site, will not be included. Amendments will not be made to published posts. To ensure inclusion in the weekly updates, please send me an email and a link to your eBook to thedriftingpaige@gmail.com and, if given enough notice, I will do my best to include you!

May TBR and Reading Challenge!

Hey everyone!

I’m changing it up a bit this month to include not only a Monthly Reading Challenge, but also share my TBR list!

I’ve been on such a book binge lately, it’s been hard for me to come up for air (this gloomy Spring weather isn’t helping… rainy day + books= heaven). I also found that I’ve gotten very distracted with all the new and shiny books that have been released this month and the beautiful books I have sitting on my TBR shelf. Any “goals” that I set recently have just kinda flown out the window.


Instead of actually aiming for an odd single book challenge, I want to share with you all the books I have been dying to devour and that I’ve found in my bookstore travels. Have any of you found any awesome indie bookstores near you that have interesting, hard to find books? I think my quest for good, different stories is only just getting more and more vital… it’s hard to stop…

Guys, I think I’ve created a monster.

Anyway, here’s the couple of books on my May TBR list and the Challenge I set up for myself:

  1. The Glass Sentence by SE Grove – Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers. Eight years ago, her parents left on an urgent mission and never returned. Now she lives with her brilliant uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, who teachers her everything that he knows.A map that reveals the single greatest treasure in the worldet .Then Shadrack is kidnapped. Sophia must search for him with the help of Theo, a refugee from the West. Little does she know that their lives are in as much danger as her uncle’s. As they journey, Sophia must safeguard the most important artifact in his collection-It is 1891. Almost a century ago, the Great Disruption threw all of the continents into different time periods, from prehistory to the far future. In this new world, map-making has become a fine art- a mixture of both science and magic.
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    I can NOT get over how beautiful this book is… just LOOK at that map ❤
  2. The Curse of the Bruel Coven by Sabrina Ramoth – When secrets from the past collide with the present, the consequences may be deadly. Growing up in a small town in Louisiana, seventeen-year-old Vivienne Davenport’s life is that of an ordinary teenager. At least, until the untimely death of her mother reveals a family secret. She’s adopted . . . and her real mom is a witch. The truth of her lineage only complicates Vivienne’s life further. Buried deep within her family’s history of magic is a deadly curse that has plagued her family for generations. When her birth mom disappears, Vivienne must tap into her suppressed powers in order to save her long lost mother. And herself. Can Vivienne become the witch she needs to be? Or will her newfound powers prove too much for her to handle? Only one thing is certain, Vivienne will soon learn that all magic has a price.
  1. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – Carolyn knows she’s a little bit… odd. But she figures that’s only natural when she’s spent her life locked away in an infinite Library, forced to study at the feet of the man who might be God. She’s seen her share of terrible things in those years, eve died a few times herself. Steve tries hard to be an ordinary guy, and he’s been doing a pretty good job at it- until Carolyn shows up in his life with a tempting offer, a pair of red rubber galoshes, and exactly $327,000. Soon, he finds himself swept up in a war waged on a scale he can barely comprehend, as powerful forces battle for control of the Library and the future of the universe itself.
  2. On Writing by Stephen King – “Long live the King,” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon the publication of Stephen King’s ON WRITING. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. Kind’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported near-fatal accident in 1999- and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, ON WRITING will empower and entertain everyone who reads it- fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

It’s a shorter list, but I also hope to put out a few self-published eBook reviews for you this month, too 🙂 As for this month’s reading challenge, it kind of revolves around finding something within the books that I’m reading- and since Mother’s Day is coming up, I hope I can find, somewhere, a good Motherly role model within them. Being a caretaker and responsible parent is hard enough work, but portraying it is even harder. I feel  like a lot of books like to include orphans or neglected children (it creates drama and conflict, I get it…), but these books all appear promising. Witches seems to have a cast of strong women and Glass Sentence is all about a young girl’s quest to find her guardians. Also, Char seems just as promising… who better to have as a guardian as God himself? I’m sure God can take on that single parent role just fine and play mother and father to young Carolyn.

But we shall see! What are you guys all reading this month? Do you have any books that feature great motherly figures? I’d love to hear about it!

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Until next time,

Live,

Morgan Paige