Ashlynn’s Dreams (Devya’s Children: Volume 1) by Julie C. Gilbert

Ashlynn's Dreams (Devya's Children: Volume 1) by Julie C. GilbertBlurb

Before she was kidnapped, Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was just an average bright, brave, headstrong child. She was excited for life in a new house with her Momma and new Daddy. Afterward, she’s all that … and so much more.

Held in a scientific facility, Jillian discovers her past-a family she never knew and a power she doesn’t understand. With her ability now activated, she can enter and even shape a person’s dreams. Jillian’s been kidnapped, and her Gift has been triggered, so she can locate and save Benjamin Connelly, a brother she never even knew she had. She’d better master this strange ability quickly, though, because her life isn’t the only one at stake. Her babysitter, Danielle Matheson, is being held as a hostage to ensure Jillian’s full cooperation. Slowly, Jillian begins to learn more about her captor and the other genetically altered children held at the facility.

Join Jillian as she tries to survive the training being forced upon her, find her unknown brother, escape with Danielle, and work her way back to a normal life once more.

My Perspective

Ashlynn’s Dreams is about a twelve year old girl, Jillian, who is kidnapped along with her babysitter, Danielle. They are taken to a facility where Jillian learns that she is not who she thought she was. Created to shape dreams, her captors have tasked her with finding Benny, the twin she never knew she had.

Being a YA Sci Fi, i wouldn’t generally be interested in reading this kind of book, however i found i quite enjoyed it. I would almost call it a YA Psychological Sci Fi.

The story was very cleverly written. Instead of your usual format, it was many letters and journal entries compiled together as case evidence to the kidnapping. At first it was a little discombobulating however i soon got used to it. It was really interesting and made it seem almost like a true story. You were dribbled information throughout, making you want to read more and more so you understood what was going on.

Jillian is extremely likeable and you really get to know and understand her. I also liked Danielle, however i felt sorry for her more than i did Jillian. I felt that Jillian was a stronger character and would be able to make it through her ordeal whether Danielle seemed more like she could tip off the edge. The other characters fascinated me however some you wouldn’t say were likeable.

The essence of this story is one that many ponder, the fine line between morality and tampering with people to help the greater good. I think the story was quite unbiased in giving both sides of the story. It was slightly horrifying in some parts however and it does make you wonder what really goes on in the world.

I did find that Jillian’s accent changed – it was quite a heavy Southern accent at the beginning and then not so much throughout. I think though that the author meant to write it like that to clearly portray the “before” Jillian and the “after” Jillian and how she was quite a different person because of what she went through.

Overall i found this a really interesting book, especially considering it’s one that i would not probably read. I would definitely recommend it to YA readers.

This review is based on a digital copy provided by the author.

I’d Go Halfway Around the World to Meet a Reader


It was such a privilege to meet both Andra and MTM. I thoroughly enjoyed the night and if you haven’t already read Andra’s book – what are you waiting for?!

Originally posted on The Accidental Cootchie Mama:

What’s the best thing about writing to you, Dear Reader? Is it getting great comments on your blogs? Having people praise your prose? Achieving mind blowing stats or sales? Getting great reviews for your efforts, fiction or non?

For me, it’s meeting readers.

Because I work hard to maintain a reader community. Readers are a mirror, a reflection of who we are. They help me know myself, to better understand who I am.

In Australia, we drove from Melbourne to Bermagui to meet Laura Gillies. For geographical perspective, that’s like driving from Charleston to Nashville. Or Charleston to Philadelphia. Maybe even Charleston to Miami.

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It was a long day in the car.

But I wanted to hug the Australian woman who connected with Meriwether Lewis. On a wet winter night, we met at an upstairs pub, and we wiled the night away over Australian wines and cheeses. Just like every person…

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Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle Series: Book 4) by Christopher Paolini

Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle Series: Book 4) by Christopher PaoliniBlurb

It began with Eragon . . . It ends with Inheritance.

Not so very long ago, Eragon – Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider – was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now, the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come farther than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

My Perspective

Inheritance is the last book in the Inheritance Cycle Series; Eragon being the first, Eldest being the second and Brisingr being the third.

The story starts straight on from where it left off in Brisingr. Eragon knows he is not strong enough to defeat Galbatorix however he has no idea what he can do that will aid him. Little does he know that both he and Saphira must discover more about themselves than they ever released to find the key that will defeat the tyrant king.

As the story starts straight on from where it left off in the last book, you are placed right in the middle of the action. At first I found my head spinning slightly because of this but then it was alright.

This book was long. The other three were around the three hundred to four hundred page mark so I expected the last book in the series to be maybe five hundred. Try over 750!!! That didn’t stop me from reading it in just over a day however I was seriously doubting that there was going to be the content to justify that many pages.

In my review of Brisingr, I said that I was going to reserve my judgement about whether I thought it was necessary for the last book to be split into two books until I had read the entire series. Having now read it, I think that it was wise to split the last book into two books however i feel that some of the content from Inheritance could have been put into Brisingr. Both the books could have been heavily edited with a lot of unnecessary text taken out, which would then reduce both books to around the three hundred to four hundred page mark.

Eragon has grown so much throughout the series. He’s learnt and matured and I love the person he has become. If I was his parent then I would be so proud of him. The other characters grew a little more in this book and I enjoyed getting to know Nasuada a bit more. Overall they are a really great bunch of well written characters.

The resolution of the story left me a little disillusioned. I was kind of like, huh? Is that it? Seriously? It just seemed too…easy. I was also VERY disappointed in the outcomes of some various other situations, which I don’t want to say too much about because I will spoil it. Lets just say that although there is resolution for the story and the characters, it doesn’t mean it’s all happy ever after. Sigh.

I really enjoyed the story however i found that each book became a little less tighter than the first.

Overall the book (and the whole series) was a very enjoyable read that I found hard to put down. I would definitely recommend it to fantasy lovers. I also look forward to other adventures about Alagaësia as it is a fascinating place and I also hope that the author decides to tie up some loose ends!

Summertime Sale: Red Clay and Roses


Grab yourself a copy for only 99c!

Originally posted on S.K. Nicholls:

I have been planning a summertime sale of Red Clay and Roses for over a month now and wanted it to coincide with a promotional I am doing with Ereader News Today. It took a while to reschedule with them because I was out of town the last time they approved a promo and missed their email, so it was cancelled.

download (1)The sale officially begins tomorrow, but the sale price has already been set!  Red Clay and Roses is on sale for 99 cents! This sale will last a week, but ENT gets a cut on the first two days of the sale. With a 35% royalty and ENT getting a cut, I don’t plan on buying a new car with the proceeds, or anything like that, but I did want to let you know about the sale in case you have an interest in picking up the book.

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Calling for Beta Readers

Originally posted on writerchristophfischer:

My current work in progress is another war drama about two friends in Scandinavia during 1918 and 1950, caught up in a series of conflicts and wars

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The Finnish Civil War of 1918 for one


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Russia posing a lingering thread over Finland ever since, with the Winter War and Continuation War as results


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My story is one of loyalties and friendship, idealism and growing up.

Beta readers are a test audience and an important source of insight and feedback before publishing a novel.

Please leave a comment of get in touch with me by other means if you would like to read the draft of this novel before publication.





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The Sky Is Not The Limit: The Life Of Australia’s Top Gun by Matt Hall with David Lyall

The Sky Is Not The Limit: The Life Of Australia's Top Gun by Matt Hall with David LyallBlurb

‘At the age of 15 I would sit there at the controls and think: I’m going to go left, and I can. I don’t have to follow the road. I don’t have to ask anyone – I can go left when I want, I can go right when I want. I had discovered the freedom that has kept me flying to this day.’

Since he was old enough to notice planes, Matt Hall wanted to be a pilot. Flying with his dad in a glider, making models at home and meeting officers from the Air Force fuelled his ambition. So when he was accepted into the RAAF’s grueling training school it seemed a dream come true. But dreams take hard work and focus – and the willingness to make your own luck.

From the rigours of his first job in aviation as an F/A-18 Hornet pilot, to combat over Iraq in the Battle of Baghdad, where he experienced fear and loss for the first time, to his post Air Force career as a professional air racer, Matt Hall has survived near-fatal situations to become one of the most renowned pilots in the world. His extraordinary story is a rare glimpse into a normally closed world where skill, quick thinking and a cool head in the air can mean the difference between life and death.

My Perspective

This book was lent to me by Matt Hall’s mother, Lesleigh. Who is my aunt-in-law. So that makes Matt my cousin-in-law. Anyway enough with the bragging and name dropping ;)

The Sky Is Not The Limit: The Life Of Australia’s Top Gun is the autobiography of RAAF Fighter Pilot and Australian Red Bull Champion, Matt Hall. It was only published last year so it is quite current.

The book starts off piquing your interest immediately, capturing you in wanting to know how this young man came to be in the highly dangerous situation he finds himself in. The book is very detailed and systematically goes through Matt’s life from the beginning up until the present day. It moves at a steady pace, and there are a few parts where you’re heart is in your mouth!

Obviously there is a great deal about flying planes, however even though i am only slightly interested in the dynamics of that, i still found it interesting to read. There was a good balance of both technical and storytelling.

I also really appreciated reading about his experience in the Battle of Baghdad. He is super honest about his feelings and his role in the combat, and how it affected him.

Overall i would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy reading autobiographies or anything to do with the subject matter (planes, the RAAF etc.) and I’m not just being biased because i am related to him!



Download your free copy of Time To Let Go by Christoph Fischer!

Originally posted on writerchristophfischer:



Time to Let Go is a contemporary family drama set in Britain.
Following a traumatic incident at work Stewardess Hanna Korhonen decides to take time off work and leaves her home in London to spend quality time with her elderly parents in rural England. There she finds that neither can she run away from her problems, nor does her family provide the easy getaway place that she has hoped for. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and, while being confronted with the consequences of her issues at work, she and her entire family are forced to reassess their lives.
The book takes a close look at family dynamics and at human nature in a time of a crisis. Their challenges, individual and shared, take the Korhonens on a journey of self-discovery and redemption.

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