Sale! And a new anthology

The Hidden Queen is currently on sale for the rest of August for only 99 cents. That’s less than the price of, well, most things. Grab it while it lasts!

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But that’s not all. The Phoenix Fiction Writers are releasing an anthology with 9 new, never-released stories. And it’s coming THIS FALL. With some of the best spec fic indie writers around, this anthology is sure to entertain even the hardest-to-please readers. And yours truly will have a short story set in The Steward Saga world. So yeah. You might not want to miss this. You can pre-order Strange Waters next month.

 

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Book Review: Out of Darkness by E.B. Dawson

 

5/5 stars

This book was not what I was expecting. The cover made me think sci-fi, and while it technically is, it isn’t hard sci-fi like Hubert or Pierce. Once I got used to this, I really enjoyed the story. It’s centered around a girl named Logan, who in the course of three years, is recruited and trained as an assassin.

The series is called The Creation of Jack. Dawson takes you on a thrill ride, jumping timelines in Logan’s life and showing you who she is through each of these jumps. As Logan (before the recruitment), as Jack (as the assassin) and as Bailey (the recruit.) The book explores deep issues of identity, asking the question “Who am I?” While there aren’t necessarily hard-set answers to that question, she does a good job exploring the facets of who Logan is, what she is capable of, and the purpose for which Jack is created.

You get the sense of this being an exciting assassin tale, when it still is actually a sci-fi read. Like I said, it was a bit disorienting at first, but once I realized what was going on, I could follow along. A few issues: the dialogue. There aren’t many beats or tags, so it can be difficult to follow who is speaking when. I wouldn’t say I hate this style. I got over it because the story was that good. But definitely not my preference. I don’t mind working hard to understand a book, but I don’t like working hard just to figure out who is talking. This wasn’t a deterrent for me, but it almost was.

The timeline jumps are at first confusing, but once I realized she used different names for Logan to give you an idea of what timeline you were in, I think it was actually pretty genius. I haven’t read a book formatted quite like that before, and found it fresh and new.

Check it out on Amazon or add to your Goodreads.

Book Review: Never Die

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4.5/5 stars

When I first started the book, I knew I would love it. It starts with a good hook, and then doesn’t disappoint as it delivers chapter after chapter.

In fact, it exceeded my expectations. You know it’s good when throughout the day you find yourself preoccupied with when you can get your tasks done and go finish reading. When I finished, I couldn’t decide whether it was a 4 star are 5 star for me. I finally landed in the middle.

First, the characters were incredibly unique. You’re first introduced to Cho, also called Whispering Blade. There isn’t much backstory given until later in the book, but it only adds to the character’s mysteriousness. Part of the character arc, if you will, is the fact that she takes her oaths incredibly seriously, and endears herself in that way. Then, Ein is introduced. I have a huge soft spot for creepy children characters (weird, I know), and employed one in my own book series. So maybe I’m biased. Either way, Ein has all the right elements: a mysterious power, an unknown backstory, a strange mission, and yet is likeable.

More characters join into a motley crew of strange heroes who are subject to Ein and his mission. Each one of them is unique, to the point it borders on genius. You never confuse who is who, even though they each have two, if not three, names. But the POV is so well written you don’t get confused about whose viewpoint you’re in (although, one critique… it was a more distant POV so sometimes you were into the POV by a few paragraphs before you knew what perspective you were reading from). Although, this isn’t unusual for fantasy. All in all, it’s the characters who really drive the book. My personal favorite was Iron Gut Chen.

The plot was pretty ingenious, but I don’t want to go into too many details so I don’t spoil it. My only minor complaint, and one reason for 4.5 instead of 5 stars, was the endings predictability. The entire book was so well written, though, that is was nearly impossible not to guess what was going on. This is generally the opposite for why I find books to be predictable: bad writing leading to too obvious conclusions for the ending. However, Never Die is so incredibly well done that you can see where it’s going, and the excitement builds, and bam! The delivery comes and you’re left breathless.

I could go on and on. Honestly, this is my favorite book of 2019 so far. One tiny complaint: it needed one more proofread before publication. There were a few punctuation errors per chapter, and a few tense changes mid sentence scattered throughout the book. But it no way detracted from the overall feeling of quality work you get as you read.

All in all, a massively well done story. If you are a fan of fantasy reads, add this one as “next to read” on your TBR piles!

Now available: The Shade War

It’s time to wrap up The Rodasia Chronicles. The Shade War, volume III, released today. It’s a bittersweet moment for me. Years of work, finally completed. Sigh. There’s a sense of accomplishment, though. Get caught up by reading The Hidden Queen and The Coming Light.

 

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Now Available: The Coming Light

Volume II of The Rodasia Chronicles is here!!!! Once again, the amazing Susie Poole of Poole Publishing Services is responsible for the beautiful cover. Isn’t Charles looking good!? Maybe I’m a bit biased. Anyways. You can grab The Coming Light on Amazon in eBook, print, and free for KU subscribers. Happy reading!

 

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Married to a stranger, her country on the verge of destruction, can Queen Gwyneth Jada avoid catastrophe? 

Charles is captured, and the Speaker of Highland has double-crossed her. Gwen is faced with mounting pressure from within and without her kingdom. Rodasia is in the brink of collapse, and the Emperor of Devin proposes a Summit to discuss the future. But when betrayal comes from all sides, Gwen doesn’t know who she can trust.

Soon she is on the run, and when all hope seems lost, Gwen must find a way to not just save herself, but save her people and all those she loves. And the solution is nothing like what she thought it would be.

Step into Book II of the Rodasia Chronicles, a story of trust, love, and friendship, from fantasy author Janelle Garrett.

Ahead of Schedule

Sometimes being ahead of schedule is awesome. This is one of those times. The Hidden Queen is now available. Check it out!

 “An excellently crafted tale of love, struggle, failure and victory, this fantasy hefts heavy themes of faith, philosophy, culture, and humanity without loosing any enjoyment for the reader. Not only will this book keep you happily lost in a fantasy world for hours, it won’t let you leave unchanged.”
         -J.E. Purrazzi. Author of The Malfunction Trilogy and The Raventree Society

 

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The Hidden Queen

So, for quite some time now, I’ve kept a secret. But now, it is out on the internets.

Coming January 31st…

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Secrets and betrayal. Fear and courage. Can one woman save her nation from destruction?

Check it out here, where you can pre-order. Want to say up-to-date, and receive info like this earlier than any one else? Join my newsletter, and receive free content (including a free book), announcements before the general public, and a host of other freebies.