eBook Review: Bridge Daughter by Jim Nelson

This ebook was sent to me by the author for an honest review.

 

Title: Bridge Daughter

Author: Jim Nelson

Length: 386 pages

Purchase at: Amazon Kindle

Summary: In the god-fearing city of Concord, California, thirteen-year old Hanna lives with her attentive and caring parents. Life is quiet, quaint, and outside of her Aunt Azami and Uncle Rick, Hanna truly believes she needs nothing more in her life. Everything changes, however, on her birthday, when she decides to steal a pregnancy test from her local pharmacy.

Her life is cut in two: life before pregnancy test, and life after pregnancy test, and she must learn to cope with the indelible fact that she is her mother’s bridge daughter. Hanna goes on a mission to learn her own beliefs and values, from herself, to her parents, to God himself, and along the way she learns the gut-wrenching truth that sometimes there is a purpose to your life. And it may not be what you hoped.

Impression: I’ve never gotten teary-eyed after reading a self-published book yet, and I’m happy to say that Bridge Daughter is that inspirational and entertaining of a novel.

Jim Nelson weaves a novel FRAUGHT with taboo topics (religion, sex, life VS death) and handles them so professionally and emotionally. Hanna is a beautiful character that undergoes one of the most trying and tortuous character arcs I’ve ever read- the entire time, I rooted for her through all of her trials, good or bad. She begins the book as a naïve, immature child and ends the novel a saint. Though that, ladies and gentlemen, is the question that Nelson seems to pose all along: where is the line between morality and the right to live your life as you see fit? Is there a line? Is there actually a divine reason behind your existence?

This is an incredible scifi novel that bridges (ha) the gap between religion and science. It is so emotionally superb and is not overhanded with any of the themes (because let’s be honest… religion novels tend to drive people batty, but this is one of the gems that genuinely, genuinely asks you to learn and question on your own). The style is a tough one for authors to grasp, because not many people can write from a thirteen-year old girl’s stunted perspective. But Nelson achieved the nigh impossible. You learn and grow with Hanna, you come to understand the world she exists in and the choices that she has to make, and you endure the tests she must face with as much uncertainty and doubt as she does.

I would suggest this novel to everyone- it is intelligent, gripping, and hard to put down. The action is full-speed ahead; no one makes it out of this book without a tested perspective after some masterfully written heart-wrenching moments. Nelson is a tried and tested author, and I genuinely suggest his book to all scifi and high fantasy lovers. Five feather pens!

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November TBR: YA Hypes, Unconventional SCIFI, and a Reread

On top of all of the writing this month, I’m going to try, TRY, to read a couple of books lol

After all the spooky reading we did last month I’ve kind of reverted back into my feel-good comfort zone and am reading a couple of YA fantasy books that came to my attention this past month.

I am reading:

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  2. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  4. The Amulet of Samarkand (REREAD) by Jonathan Stroud

As you guys know, I’m a huge Jay Kristoff fan and I’m going to finally read his and Amie Kaufman’s novel Illuminae. I purposefully avoided any spoilers or reviews about this book because it appears to be genre-bending and kind of niche in its style of storytelling. So hopefully I like it! The graphics in this novel and its sequel Gemina were done by author Marie Lu, so I’m going to be reading her book The Young Elites. So far it’s VERY good and I have been biding my time to really jump into it, because…

I’m kind of stuck on Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

I am trying really hard to get through it. I rented it from my library last week because Six of Crows was checked out and I really wanted to see how good of a writer she is.

So far, I can see why the younger YA crowd like her writing. It’s very to-the-point and kind of immature, which is honestly making it VERY difficult for me to read. I get it though, that’s the demographic that this book appeals to. So I’m just trying to get past the style and immerse myself in the story. It’s an interesting story, too- the world building is cool and the magic system is very intriguing, but dear god the characters are high schoolers. It’s hard for me to just accept that construct since the world isn’t modern day high school… is a dystopian medieval world. They should be a bit smarter and more worldly…

BUT I digress. I’ll see how I feel when I finish it.


I’m also supplementing my reading with an audiobook reread of the Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. He is the perfect writer in my mind and I wish I could be as good as he is. Stroud and Bartimaeus are keeping me honest in my NaNoWriMo writing lol

My TBR shelf is overflowing and I can’t help but shrink away when I look at it. I have so many literary novels I need to finish but I think I’ll leave that off till December when I have a bit more free time… what do you guys think?


Let me know what you guys are reading or if you’ve read any of the ones I’ve listed. I’d LOVE to hear any feedback on Shadow and Bone and Illuminae– good, bad, mediocre, let’s chat about them! ☺️

 

Until Next Time,

🔥

Live,

Morgan Paige

Self-Published eBook Review: Genetic Drift by Martin Schulte

Hey everyone!

For those of you who love dystopian, futuristic worlds and scifi novels, boy do I have a review for you! This book review covers a recently self-published scifi novel full of aliens, futuristic body modification, telepathy, and military precision. If this kind of novel interests you, read on for a spoiler-free review of Genetic Drift!

 

This ARC was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest book review. All opinions are my own and are unbiased. For more information about the rating system, please see my Rating page.

 

Title: Genetic Drift

Author: Martin Schulte

Pages: 341

Platform: Kindle

Summary: An alien civilization, by virtue of its dying star, is forced to find a new planet. After 400,000 years, they locate Earth and begin to orbit. Are they friend or are they foe? The question is answered one night as life as we knot it is permanently changed. The survivors have to find a way to defend themselves from a superior alien force.

The aliens though, are not as they seem. Their bodies have been transformed by the same organism developed to endure the long voyage through space.

In order to turn the tides of war, the survivors must nravel the mystery of how this organism affexts its hosts and how to harness its power. One girl has lost nine months of her life but is saved from her captors. Can Madison find a way to use what is inside of her to stop the alien force? If she learns how to use her newfound abilities, she just might…

Impression: Martin Schulte is an author of ambitious scope and tackled a challenging universe when he set out to write Genetic Drift. Written with a large role of very dynamic and intriguing characters, Genetic Drift is an entertaining and enticing scifi novel. I found myself speeding through the pages in order to finish the story, because Schulte is incredibly adept at writing an intriguing and gripping plot.

The story is a fun one and is reminiscent of old-school science fiction. The story is very black-and-white: fight the bad guys! But, with the introduction of Maddie and her host nanocyte that has implanted in her brain, the story is given a delicate twist of morality- what is right and what is wrong? Who are the actual bad guys here?

I really felt like the plot was entertaining, the pacing was fantastic, and the incredibly strong traits (likable or not) of the characters were refreshing. This proves just how capable Schulte is at writing and how much potential he has in all of his future novels.

The singular thing that took away from reading this story was the choppy narrative. I feel like Schulte is on a brightly lit path to great writing now that he has this novel under his belt, because it took a few chapters until it felt like he was getting into the groove of his writing (it really gets going after page 27, Chapter: DAY ONE). However, the word choice got repetitious and there were a few plot holes that I just couldn’t look away from no matter how much I enjoyed his ability to hook the reader (for example, very minimal spoilers, I don’t understand why the nanocyte in Maddie’s brain was any different from the rest and why it was suddenly independent- the hive mind theme was such a great idea, but I feel like it kind of fell apart next to Maddie’s incredibly strong will and stubbornness).

As you guys know, I look for two things when I review: writing quality and enjoyment. This was one of the harder reviews I’ve ever had to do, because I was interested throughout all of the plot development, but the character inconsistencies, repetition, and the over explanation/telling not showing tendencies really made the story less immersive. Unfortunately, with these glaring problems I had to go with my gut and give this book 3 feather pens. It was really hard for me to decide because I feel like Schulte has a great future ahead of him, but the editor in me couldn’t get past some of the structural and thematic issues in the storytelling… and the fact that this detracts from the novel kind of solidified the decision.

I would recommend reading it, however, for those of you who love traditional, action-oriented and light-hearted scifi. I really think it’s a fun read if you take it at face value and just want something to read for entertainment for the weekend.

 

Pros Cons
Strong/Interesting Traits in Characters (none of them are meek or wishy-washy) Inconsistent Actions (I felt some of the characters acted against their personality)
Action-Packed Repetitive Word Choice
Great Use of Flashbacks Plot Holes

 

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T5W: Most Recent Addition to Your Wishlist

Isn’t it true that every self-respecting reader has a HUGE wishlist going? I feel like every week I update my Goodreads to-be-read list to include new books friends and peers are suggesting… and, try as I might, I can’t read as fast as I collect.

This week’s T5W is just a nice, simple, straight-forward list of ONLY FIVE BOOKS on my wishlist. Agh 😀 Good thing Sam and Lainey specified it’s the most recent additions because dang I’d have a hard time listing out some gems for you guys lol

Here’s the most recent books I’ve added to my list that I can’t wait to see in my library!


1. The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

This book came out at the very end of June and is written by the Managing Editor at Titan Books. Yeah. She’s got some impressive credentials and this is her debut novel! It seems creepy and intelligent and dark… UGH it just seems perfect for my tastes. This novel was also suggested to me by Scott Hawkins when I bothered the shit out of him on Twitter for causing a horrible book hangover with The Library at Mount Char. So, I’m hoping his recommendations are just as on par as his books!


2. Goldenhand by Garth Nix

I’m a fangirl. I can’t help it.

But seriously, I buy all of Nix’s books because I genuinely know I will love everything he writes, and this is the next installment in his mind-blowing Abhorsen series. So I can’t wait to get this on my shelf 😀


3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

So, of course need the new HP installation… what kind of wiz kid would I be if I didn’t creepily follow her every book publication?

I ordered the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay, but this book I actually have to go out and order still. It’s supposed to come out on Harry Potter’s birthday (July 31st for you No-Maj’s).

OOO speaking of which, have you guys done the Ilvermorny sorting test on Pottermore.com yet? I may make a post or something because I have an odd sort of kinship with this school- I grew up right down the street from Mount Greylock (the beautiful mountain that Ilvermorny was built on) and my brother still lives there. It’s a ebautiful place and I believe it’s the most perfect site for a magic school in America!


4. The Diviners #3 by Libba Bray

You’re right, this isn’t the real title, but I have no other information for you D:

I’ve been oh-so (im)patiently awaiting this release and also have taken to bothering poor Ms. Bray on social media. Just telling her how much I adore her books, of course… it’s done out of admiration, I swear.

But I seriously can’t wait to plop this next book on my book shelf and my bedside table and my desk and my desk at work and my dining room table… basically her books don’t leave my side.

This one was added more recently because she just started putting out more info on her social media. I JUST CAN’T WAIT!


5. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Woah, where did this come from?

Heh. Well, I just recently read The Virgin Suicides by Eugenides and though it wasn’t my favorite, it still read well and made me curious about his multiple-award winning novel, Middlesex. I have yet to pick it up, but it’s definitely on the list for next time I hit up the bookstore.

Have any of you guys read any of these or any of the books in their series’? I’d love to hear what you guys think about any of them- do you think The Cursed Child is going to be worthwhile? Is Middlesex as thought-provoking as all the reviews say it is? Please let me know what you guys think!

Until Next Time!

Live,

Morgan Paige

New Self-Published eBooks: July 17-23

Happy Sunday, everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend- I spent mine picking blueberries, writing, cleaning (ugh), and watching as the two kittehs become friends.

So, they’re almost there, which means our lives are almost back to normal, but it’s honestly the most hilarious thing watching them try to play together. Both want to spend time with the other, but dang does our older furball know nothing about being a cat. Pouncing? What is this nonsense? I can practically hear him thinking when the new guy leaps like a gazelle. And then they go running and hide from each other to play some more.

It’s not perfect, because it still devolves into hurt feelings after a while, but it’s definitely getting there.

I’m continuing with my story about the dream catchers, too, but I don’t really have much of an end goal. I have a plot, but how does it end? Usually I know how a story ends, but I feel like I’m approaching this universe as if it were a short story… but I definitely want to make it into something longer and more intricate.

I’m reading a couple more books right now and have an awesome book review planned this coming week- I love reading self-published books, and I really hope you guys are enjoying the self-published ebook reviews. It’s really fun for me to review, and I love getting the word out about these new authors. What kind of genres would you guys like me pursue? I have a lot of scifi in the works, but if I can get my hands on some fantasy and horror, would you guys be interested?

Here’s this weeks self-pubbed ebooks for your reading pleasure!

Until next time!

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TiTAN by MA Roman available July 17, 2016 

Nowhere by Joshua David available July 17, 2016

The Legend of Vanx Malic (#5-7) by MR Mathias available July 17, 2016

Mage Ascension by Christopher George available July 17, 2016

Surface Tension (#2 in the Siren Anthology) by SR Atkinson available July 17, 2016

All Starships Go to Heaven by Jonathan Eric Miller available July 17, 2016

The Extinction Switch (#3 in the Kato’s War series) by Andrew C Broderick available July 17, 2016

Finding Cade by Jessica Cassidy available July 17, 2016

Amethyst by Kayla Curry available July 18, 2016

Al Clark- Thera (#3) by Jonathan G Meyer available July 18, 2016

Magoonagoon by Ashley Hovater available July 19, 2016

Behind Our Walls by Chad A Clark available July 19, 2016

Cole the Sevens by DJ Morand available July 19, 2016

The Gettysburg Cipher by KR Eckert available July 19, 2016

Hope Reborn by Severine Wolf available July 19, 2016

The After Effect by Rose Shababy available July 19, 2016

Fractured Legacy by SJ Callahan available July 19, 2016

To Kill a Sorceror by Greg Mongraine available July 19, 2016 

Perdition by PM Drummon available July 19, 2016

Bastion Saturn by C Chase Harwood available July 19, 2016 

The Song of the Bharatas by Geetha Krishnan available July 20, 2016

Dragon: Desperate Measures by Samuel Bohon available July 20, 2016

Ability (#9 in the To Be Sinclair series) by Eva Caye available July 20, 2016

First Instance by David Gowey available July 20, 2016

Forever Hospital by Nerva Stein available July 20, 2016

Breaking Point by Vikki Romano available July 21, 2016

Thorn the Bounty Hunter by Brom Kearne available July 22, 2016

Sixth Prime by Dan O’Brien available July 22, 2016

Weeping Sky by Caoline Peckham available July 22, 2016

Depart the Darkness (#5 in the House of Bannerman series) by Melissa RL Simonin available July 22, 2016

Clash of Heroes by Craig Halloran available July 22, 2016

Whiskey and Angelfire by AA Chamberlynn available July 22, 2016

Hope: After it Happened by Devon C Ford available July 22, 2016

Children of the Wastes by JC Staudt available July 23, 2016

Leaving Lisa by Jackson Coppley available July 23, 2016

 

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Amethyst by Kayla Curry available July 18, 2016 

Reborn Hope by Severine Wolf available July 19, 2016

The After Effect by Rose Shababy available July 19, 2016

Light of the Sovereign by Nerlson Sack available July 20, 2016

The Naked Path by C Michelle Rodriguez available July 21, 2016 

Whiskey and Angelfire by AA Chamberlain available July 22, 2016

Children of the Wastes by JC Staudt available July 23, 2016

 

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Amethyst by Kayla Curry available July 18, 2016

Whiskey and Angelfire by AA Chamberlynn available July 22, 2016

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!

Author Interview: Christi Smit

Gamma Nine by Christi Smit

Hi everyone!

I’m so happy to be able to bring to you an interview of one of the most passionate, most creative authors in the self-publishing world: Christi Smit, author of Gamma Nine.

Now, hopefully you guys checked out the book review, but Gamma Nine is an epic sci-fi story based hundreds of years in the future and revolves around a military group defending the universe from a deadly plague. The world is rich, the characters unique, and the story is well told. I was lucky enough to wrangle Christi into being my first interviewee, and he gratefully accepted the challenge!

Gamma Nine debuted in the #1 spot on KOBO in its categories, and was #1 for a week in the top 50 sci-fi books and was in the top 10 for a week in the overall top 50. Smit not only put a ton of effort into this premier novel, but he also created a program in which readers can share creativity and become involved in the Gamma Nine universe. Called the Star Explorer Program, readers and fans can contribute pieces of art of the Gamma Nine universe; drawings of characters, spacecraft, planets, etc. Smit crafted this welcoming contribution to create a community of sci-fi lovers who want to express their love of the novels. And speaking of novels, a new (free!) novella will be out TODAY, and click here to download it as an epub. I will put all of Christi’s links at the bottom of the interview, but don’t hesitate to check out his main website here for more info about his books .

Without further ado, let’s learn about the author behind the story: Christi Smit!

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Debut Self-Published Author!
  1. Gamma Nine is an epic science fiction novel that combines an artfully described universe with technical and tactical accuracy. Did you have to do a lot of research for the militaristic and advanced tech scenes? If so, what resources did you use, and how did you meld accuracy and creativity?

Before I wrote Gamma Nine I wrote a 15000 word technical document as part of my universe building. I used it to set the stage for myself and as a history lesson for the universe. It still contained a story and some of the characters present in the current novel. The ZERO chapters are a shortened less technical history refined from that document. While I was writing this technical document I used previous knowledge from media and the internet to fill in the smaller gaps. However, as most of us know these days – when in doubt Google it. I spent hours upon hours reading scientific journals, articles and information about cell structure and how the mitochondrion functioned within a cell and my imagination took that information to create the Beast. I read about faster than light travel and all of the theories and hypothesis on the subject. But sometimes you have to connect reality to science fiction somehow. My explanation for some of the things contained within my novel are outside of what we understand as reality, what is and what is not possible. That is where science fiction comes in and connected what we know to what we wished we did or could. It also helped that I read mostly science fiction novels, so to a degree I know what has been done or has been tried and that foundation is what helped me write Gamma Nine.

 

  1. Will this fabled technical document ever be released? And how does it differ from the current novel?

I might release it as a fun thing for fans should there be enough of them to inquire about it. I still have it here somewhere. The technical document, named The History of Us, differs to Gamma Nine by great lengths. There is far more information on weaponry and military structure. It also contains detailed infection situations and contains a longer version of the original outbreak described in the ZERO chapters. A few other differences would be the formation of the P-SEP program and the birth of the first Star Explorer vessel, BEAM drive information, universe exploration with a few planets thrown into the mix and the birth of the first Titans. The ending is also different from the ZERO chapters. But that I will leave to readers once I release the raw document sometime in the near future.

 

  1. This is kind of a two-parter: Is science fiction your favorite genre to write? Why do you write scifi?

 

Science fiction has always been my favorite genre. It allows my imagination to run free and that is when I am at my best. Horror and Fantasy are genres I also love, but I feel a greater connection to the worlds of science fiction and all of its sub-genres. I have more than this one story planned for the Gamma Nine universe and even more new and exciting projects after the Gamma Nine Trilogy has concluded. There might even be a second trilogy or more stand-alone novels in the Gamma Nine series depending on how much the readers love the universe. That is how much I love writing science fiction. I would keep writing it as long as people wanted to read it. The universes, mine and others, are just places to get lost in and I thrive on the information written into science fiction novels. The details and scope of it all just makes my knees go week whenever I get stuck into the genre. Because of that and many other reasons, there was no choice in the matter when I decided which of my stories to write first. Science fiction bit me when I was a child and I have never regretted making my first light saber noise or begging my parents for spaceman action figures. Nowhere else can your mind leave this planet and see through the eyes of some distant star traveller, nowhere.

 

  1. Which character of yours did you enjoy writing the most? Was one of them particularly difficult to write?

I enjoyed writing Pyoter, Sam and Xander the most. I love writing characters with strange quirks and a good sense of humor. Sam has not shown the depth of his humor yet, he is quite shy, but he will. Rivers was also a particular favorite of mine; he features in my most favorite part of the novel. But I won’t spoil it for those who have not read the novel yet. Nathan was difficult and so was Christian, for personal and other reasons. It was sometimes difficult to separate reality from fiction in some cases while writing them.

 

  1. What was the hardest part of writing Gamma Nine?

To keep writing. Some days I would wake up and refuse to write. Other days I would start writing and not stop until I have the perfect scene. I do not know why that is but I guess it comes down to stress and all of the work involved in self-publishing. At first the novel would have been 80000 words, then 100000 and it ended up on 124000. So that shows you how much of a day to day struggle it is to keep to your schedule and ideas of what your novel should be. That is also one of the hardest parts I think.

 

  1. Are you an outliner or a freewriter? (Meaning, did you plan each scene before you wrote or did you just let your ideas take you where they wanted to?)

When I was studying creative writing I came across an article describing the different kind of writers and how they go about their work. I was intimidated at first when I read about organic writers, those lucky few who plan very little but can write great stories. At that time I was still an undefined and unrefined writer. With practice I started noticing that I was becoming more and more organic as my courses progressed. Most of the courses forced you to plan and show your outlines for everything you did. I did not enjoy that way of writing. It was not until I started my first real project – the document mentioned earlier -that I became truly free to write as I wanted to. I do not plan except a start and end point. I know where I want to begin and I have a vague idea of how the first arc needs to end. Other than that I sit down and I just write. Sometimes I would imagine future scenes or get ideas while I am doing the mundane day to day things. I even dreamt about some things in the novel because it consumed my entire life while I wrote it. I have a notebook I write some things in, but mostly they are just ideas like the names of a vessel or character I thought of or heard that sounded great. Planning just seemed unnatural to me. I write and the story creates itself as I go along.  At least 60% of the novel was decided as I was writing a scene. It sounds strange to other writers but even now I already have an idea of Book 2’s start and a little peek into an end, the middle part will be created as I put pen to paper. The only thing I know is some new characters and some scenes I want to put in, but nothing is set in stone and all of it is floating around in my mind. The same goes for the short story I am writing now. I knew what I wanted to write about and the name, the rest I made up every time I sat down to write.

 

  1. Which writers inspire you?

There are so many. But Orson Scott Card was the one that inspired me to write all of the things stored in my head. His foreword in the original Ender’s game was life-changing. My future wife pushed me to get off my lazy behind and hone my skills and Mr. Card was the trigger.

 

  1. Why did you choose self-publishing and what part of self-publishing appealed to you?

It was the only option at the time that would get my work out there as fast and easy as possible. I wish I did try the traditional route but the genre I chose is not very popular in publishing houses in my home country. I did the research and taught myself about self-publishing and it seemed like the best option. Maybe, or should I say hopefully, I will get published traditionally sometime in the future. I guess it comes down to luck in the end. I regret not sending my manuscripts to publishers in other countries though, something I need to do for the next book or series.

 

  1. What are your writing goals?

 

I have only one. I want to share my stories with others. I want those people that read my stories to put the book down at the end and feel as if I transported them away from whatever was bothering them at the time. It would be great if a reader contacted me and told me that my writing meant something to them, or even just kept them busy for a while. I want my stories to reach people, emotionally reach them to maybe help them through a difficult time or just make them smile, even if it is just once. If I can connect to a reader like that, then I consider myself a lucky man.

 

  1. Do you have any book recommendations that you’d like to share?

Would it be cliché to recommend J.K Rowling, Tolkien or the great Orson Scott Card? Even if it is, read whatever you can find with their names on it. Their writing is beyond the fantastic and borders on perfect in my opinion. Although Tolkien purely because he created what we know as fantasy today, without him we would not have all of the wonderful stories we have today.  If you want to read something quirky and fun, read Felicia Day’s book You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost). It is worth it.

 

Thanks everyone for reading and I hope you enjoyed the interview! Definitely check out Smit’s book, the first in his series. Hopefully this is the first interview in a series, so if you liked seeing and reading this, please let me know!

For more info about Christi Smit and Gamma Nine, here’s the info you need:

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New Self-Published eBooks: April 17-23

We’re back with another awesome list of upcoming self-published eBooks! You know, it’s really fun bringing you guys new debut and self-published authors. Sometimes I feel like I get stuck in a rut reading the same kind of books or the same authors… this is all well and good, but there really is nothing like an unexpected story or novel to really make you start thinking. I like to surround myself with great stories, and I’ve definitely found some gems since I started recording them here for all of us avid readers. Have any of you guys stumbled across something self-published or a recent debut novel that you instantly loved? Let me know! I’d love to hear what is currently catching your interest 🙂

And here’s our upcoming books this week:

 

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The Driver Series by HS Stone available April 17, 2016

Lifepod by Anu Morris available April 18, 2016

Eclipse of the Soul (#2 in the Interdimensional Saga) by JL Hendricks available April 17, 2016

Chronicles of Domaria by LC Lopes available April 18, 2016

The Apprentice’s Talent by Ray McCarthy available April 18, 2016

Hellavey (#2 in the New Breed series) by Lisa Vandiver available April 18, 2016

Winter Smith: London’s Burning by JS Strange available April 18, 2016

Scorched Magic (#7 in the Elemental Magic series) by Angela Wallace available April 18, 2016

The Last Heroes before Judgment by Matt Wilk available April 18, 2016

Scattering Stars by Wendy C Jorgenson available April 19, 2016

Echoes of Tomorrow (#8) by Douglas Wayne available April 19, 2016

The Curse of the Iron Skull (#2 in the Dust McAlan series) by CK Burch available April 19, 2016

Freedom/ Hate by Kyle Andrews available April 19, 2016

Alice in Sinland by Antarra Mann available April 19, 2016

Beauty’s Songbook by RJ Vickers available April 19, 2016

Raiding Cuailnge by Stephen Russel available April 20, 2016

Horribly Ever After by Thatcher C Nalley available April 20, 2016

Earth to Nole: Return of the Prince by Kumar Lomash available April 20, 2016

Tarquin Jenkins and the Book of Dreams by Peter Ford available April 20, 2016

Ghost of Winter by Wendy Tardeiu available April 21, 2016

Cosmo Flux by Samantha Ricks available April 21, 2016

The Anzu: The Wormhole by Mary S Shepard available April 21, 2016

Exfiltration (#4 of the Maelstrom series) by Jack Colton available April 21, 2016

Tempest (#2 in the La Sylphide series) by K Gorman available April 22, 2016

The Sorceress and the Demon (#3 in the Vampire Addictions Trilogy) by Thea Atkinson available April 22, 2016

Iron Fist Keep (#3 in the Prophecy of Axain series) by Steven Atwood available April 22, 2016

Crossed: The Karma Crusades by A Bernette available April 22, 2016

The Other Side of the Clouds by JL Virtanen available April 22, 2016

Canticum Tenebris (#2 Wrath of the Old Gods) by John Triptych available April 23, 2016

The Destroyer (#3) by Michael-Scott Earle available April 23, 2016

 

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Death of Civilization; Invasion by Nathan Hale available April 19, 2016

Cosmo Flux by Samantha Ricks available April 21, 2016

The Anzu: The Wormhole by Mary S Shepard available April 21, 2016

The Vampire of Levantine by Jacob Mossberg available April 21, 2016

Fallen (#5 in the Siren Series) by LA Griffiths available April 22, 2016

Iron Fist Keep (#3 in the Prophecy of Axain series) by Steven Atwood available April 22, 2016

Canticum Tenebris (#2 Wrath of the Old Gods) by John Triptych available April 23, 2016

 

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[Lulu doesn’t post upcoming publications, so this list covers last weeks self-published eBooks]

Silent Stalkers, Blood Fiend, Shadow Things, Midnight Terrors (1, 2, 3, 4 in the Trail of Evil Series) by Timothy Broyles available April 17, 2016

A Journey Too Far Plus Imposter, The Man with Two Minds Plus Mindswitch by Donald H Sullivan available April 17, 2016

Broken Truth by Danielle Dunn available April 17, 2016

Intergalactic Alliance- A Galaxy of War by Adam Luke Neal available April 16, 2016

Forbidden Outpost by Tony Rubolotta available April 16, 2016

Al is in Wonderland by Alaa Abi Haidar available April 15, 2016

The Love Theory by Michael Stansfield available April 15, 2016

Stellar: Off-World by Damian Sylvester available April 15, 2016

The Dryatrix by LZM Lightbrick available April 14, 2016

A Nun for Love, A Sailor in Time by SD Ann available April 14, 2016

Travelling on with Fently Bunklecuzly by Lorraine Bean available April 14, 2016

The Portal Prophecies: A Halloween’s Curse by CA King available April 14, 2016

The Omega Chronicles: The Blockade by Tennijsen Neil available April 14, 2016

Project Genesis Plus Life Pod by Donald H Sullivan available April 13, 2016

The Gorgon Medusa by Tyrone Ross available April 12, 2016

When Ravens Fall by Savannah Jezowski available April 12, 2016

Elfenwurl: Plus the Kidnapped Unicorn by Donald Sullivan available April 12, 2016

Robo Raptors and the Gutsy Rebels by Ben Patterson available April 12, 2016

Downfall by Aaron Morgan available April 12, 2016

An Evil Mind by Susan Hart available April 12, 2016

Forging of a Knight: Rise of the Slavekeepers by Hugo Valentin Negron available April 11, 2016

The Portal Prophecies: Frost Bitten by CA King available April 11, 2016

Last 90 Days by Gail Matelson available April 11, 2016

The Orphan Fleet by Brendan Detzner available April 11, 2016

The Blood Wolf by David Valdez available April 11, 2016

Pendragon Rewrite by Miz Angela Maroh available April 10, 2016

Awakening into a Dream World Reality by Jason NaKondri available April 10, 2016

Human Remains: Ten Classic Sci-Fi Tales by Susan Hart available April 17, 2016

Knights of the Martyr by Daniel Beaton available April 10, 2016

 

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Fallen (#5 in the Siren Series) by LA Griffiths available April 22, 2016

Canticum Tenebris by John Triptych available April 23, 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!