The Golem of Wacza

The Golem of Wazca

Oliver D’Alton

The Golem of Wazca is an interesting concept. I like the idea of golems, created by Jewish magic, though the magician here is Christian, or at nominally. Religion doesn’t play a big part, except as something forbidden by the Emperor, and one character’s mania.

The Emperor sends his soldiers through the peasant villages, raping, looting and kidnapping children to be trained as soldiers. Five people in Wazca, not exactly friends, but people who share a hate, decide to ask a hermit for help. The result is the golem, a stone being with no soul and no remorse, who much be controlled by a human. It destroys progressively larger forces set against it, while sparking new growth and defiance in the human population.

The book promises to be the opening of an epic fantasy, and as one would expect, a large part of it is setting the scene. This doesn’t mean there is no action or plot, but all of it serves the purpose of setting up the greater conflict to come. The characters are a mixed bag, some are complex and layered while others remain the usual tropes. Space is left for those people to grow in future books.

I enjoyed the story, and watching the pieces move into place. Personally, I found the need to stop for a detailed description of each new character a bit annoying, but not enough to spoil the read. It is written in Third Person Omniscient and does a good job of it for the most part. A little stronger feel for the narrator would help smooth it out.

My major complaint I can’t say much about as I don’t want to spoil anything for the reader, but the ending left me disappointed. I look for a conclusion in books, even those which are part of larger series. Like many, this story ends somewhat arbitrarily as if the author had reached his word count and stopped. I’ll admit to being old-fashioned in this regard, and those who are used to long series with no intermediate conclusions will have no trouble with the ending, other than needing to wait for the next book.

I would recommend the book to those who like epic fantasy, and especially look for a different culture as a base. For more information on the book and to read a sample, check here.

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Setup: Android Assassins

Setup: Android Assassins

Dean C. Moore

In my opinion, this is Dean’s best book to date. Max Chase witnesses the assassination of a super-spy by androids and immediately guesses he’s been setup up by the notorious FBI Future Division. He attempts to warn his family to hide and stay clear, but given neither his wife nor son like him, his warning falls on deaf ears, at least until they uncover part of the plot themselves.

In Setup we are given a near perfect mix of cutting edge science, sardonic wit and family dynamics. Dean likes showing the ultimate technology as spiritual, but in this book, he makes that work in a way which feels natural and satisfying.

If you like interesting characters, humour and out there science and conspiracies, this book is definitely for you. If you enjoy a good thriller romp around the globe, you’ll like Setup.

The book will be release June 18, so keep an eye out for this fun read.

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The Making of Legend

The Making of Legend

Richard Barrs

Andrew Biman is a General, son of a General and the fastest rising star in the 56. He’s never failed a mission. Not until he’s asked to be on the Interplanetary Congress. He’s given one last mission which falls apart dramatically and within days he’s running for his life wanted for murder and treason.

Andrew is not about to stand still and wait for the corrupt people who framed him to finish him off. A prototype ship, a rescued princess an enemy turned friend. Andrew’s life will never be the same, but neither will the 56.

This book is as much character study as space opera. Andrew is an interesting character as he is reshaped by events into something very different from who we met at the start, but all the characters grow and shift. There are no cardboard cutouts here.

The space opera is still rollicking action with a few darker tinges than most. More reality for the characters to encounter. The ending is well constructed which makes Richard an author to watch as he works through the series. I recommend this to any who like sci-fi especially space opera and battle plots.

You can buy the book here.



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Runs Good, No Reverse

From 12 am Pacific time through to Sunday April 2nd, Mike’s book is available free on Amazon. This is a great opportunity to check it out.

Runs Good, No Reverse

Mike Hershman

Mike Hershman’s book about a boy and an 89 Nissan with no reverse gear is the first book to be reviewed under my new process. What attracted me to the book was the understated narration and background feeling that this was a ridiculous purchase.

The narrator and his friend, Fred drive the car home and learn the narrator’s girlfriend Stacy is less than impressed. This is a problem as she is the reason for getting the car in the first place. The narrator’s life is quickly divided into people who think he’s insane to have bought a car with no reverse, and those who admire his determination to make it work. Over the course of the next few months, that car changes his life, and touches a lot of people around him.

Mike maintains the low key narration through the book. The highest point of drama is a threatened suspension over parking on the street. That doesn’t mean there is no emotion or no place which tug at the heart strings, but the book trusts the reader to engage and care about two likable, average boys doing the best they can.

In the end the book is an ode to the fixer-upper car, which is often the first car a young person can afford. Unfortunately with changing technology, they are a dying breed. It is necessity which teaches the basics of car maintenance, and then more advanced work. The car which was bought to impress Stacy becomes a project in its own right.

This is an easy to read book either for those nostalgic for their first beater, or for those who are considering a car which requires them to become at least part grease-monkey. I highly recommend it.

You can buy the book here.

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Unkillable: The Futurist

Unkillable: The Futurist

Dean C Moore

“Unkillable brings a mix of serial killer, mutant critters, and the scary edge of technology to a gritty thriller. Adrian Maslow is the lead Futurist with the FBI, so well-known that criminals brag about being caught by him. This newest case is shaking Adrian’s confidence as the killer is not only killing and dismembering their victims, but bringing them back to life, sort of.

Dean brings a robust cast of characters to the story, each who have their own strengths and quirks. The science, the growth of the human species, and the ability of individuals to function in a world which is changing more rapidly every day, all play a part as the team fights to make a future which humanity will survive.”

Dean’s books tend to be heavy on science or on sex, this one is both. If you are offended by sex, the book is not for you. References are constant and detailed. Dean has managed to integrate this aspect of the book with his book and characters very well, so it didn’t throw me out of the story.

The science is also very present and sometimes very expository, but it all feeds back to the mystery at hand, so I didn’t find it heavy to wade through.

The book reads almost like two books as there is a definite switch in the nature of the plot. This is accompanied by a drastic switch in how sex is used in the context of the story. In the first section, characters mostly talk about sex as a release from the pressures of the job. In the latter part, sex is no longer talked about, but acted out. The purpose also shifts from stress relief to the shaping of personality and inter-personal dynamics.

For the most part I enjoyed the book, the first half more than the second. I might have ended the book sooner, though I understand why Dean worked it the way he did.

If you have a high tolerance for sex and science, and like a good thriller, this book is for you.

You can get the book here.

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Uneven Exchange

Uneven Exchange

S.K. Derban

While on vacation in Mexico, DEA agents see Alexandra and immediately note her uncanny resemblance to a woman who is sister to a notorious killer nicknamed ‘The Magician’.

Back in the US she is recruited for an undercover mission to help capture the killer, a very different task than her usual interior design. She feels God is nudging her to accept and so her life suddenly becomes very complicated.

I’m not sure how to classify this book. It bills itself as a thriller, but there isn’t all that much suspense and it continues on past where I’d expect the thriller to end. It could be seen as a love story, but again there are elements of a romance which are missing. Faith is a major aspect of the story, almost all the good guys continually pray, but I don’t get much sense of God being active other than as a name being dropped. Nobody changes or is significantly tested in their faith.

Having said all that, I did find the book to be an enjoyable read. None of the issues above were enough to break the flow of the narrative. A few times I wished for a situation to be more developed, but it didn’t push me out of the story. The villain of the piece is nicely complex and human.

If you aren’t concerned with pigeon-holing the genre of a book, you will enjoy reading Uneven Exchange. It has a bit of thriller and romance with some faith thrown in as a garnish.

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Rarity from the Hollow – 2nd Edition

I received a review request for this second edition and remembered having reviewed the book some time back. Here’s that original review:

When you imagine a young girl who will save the universe, you will never picture Lacy Dawn, who is back country poor, the daughter of a soldier with PTSD and his sweetheart, now beaten down and almost broken by life. These are people who would be described in a non politically correct way as white trash.

Lacy Dawn is a bewildering mix of brilliance and childhood innocence. She has a boyfriend named DotCom, a dog named Brownie and a ghost friend named Faith. She is eleven at the beginning of the book.

There is humour in the book, there is discussion of sex and drugs and abuse. It is also a book about hope. What Lacy Dawn wants more than anything in the world is to fix her parents.  I found the first part of the story a bit on the slow side, but it picks up pace gradually until you suddenly realize you’re flying down a gravel road at insane speed in a pickup truck held together with duct tape and chewing gum. It is a heck of a ride.

I recommend the book for people who don’t mind some real life intruding on their sci fi and can handle the rough and raw edges that are a large part of this book’s charm.

Having read the second edition I can attest the book reads smoother without losing any of its charm.
Rarity in the Hollow

Robert Eggleton

Lacy Dawn is a true daughter of Appalachia, and then some. She lives in a hollow with her worn-out mom, her Iraq War disabled dad, and her mutt Brownie, a dog who’s becoming very skilled at laying fiber optic cable. Lacy Dawn’s android boyfriend has come to the hollow with a mission. His equipment includes infomercial videos of Earth’s earliest proto-humans from millennia ago. He was sent by the Manager of the Mall on planet Shptiludrp (Shop ’till You Drop): he must recruit Lacy Dawn to save the Universe in exchange for the designation of Earth as a planet which is eligible for continued existence within a universal economic structure that exploits underdeveloped planets for their mineral content. Lacy Dawn’s magic enables her to save the universe, Earth, and, most importantly, her own family.






Excerpt from Chapter 13

…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn’s name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.

I hear her voice. Why won’t she answer me? 

“Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods.

Nobody responded. The trees weren’t supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child. Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree.

I will always love you guys. 

Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.

Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front. 

Jenny looked to the left of the path.

There ain’t no cave Roundabend, but there it is. 

She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face.  Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn’t exit and into a blue light that did.

“All right, you mother f**ker!”

“Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you’re supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story).”

DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner.  Jenny covered Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.

“Grrrrr,” emanated from Jenny.  It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn’s dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house.  It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate.  No one moved.  The spaceship’s door slid shut.

“Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.”

“You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight off Lacy Dawn.

Stay between them.

“Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I’m old enough — like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend — what you call it — my fiancé.”

“You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce.

“MOM!  Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.”

Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.

He ain’t got no private parts, not even a little bump.   

“DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancé, DotCom.”

Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.

“Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.”

I will need much more training if I’m ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.

“Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”

Jenny’s left eye twitched.

DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…

…(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There’re a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain’t complained since the shots started — not even with an upset stomach.”

“He’s a doctor?” Jenny asked.

“What’s your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know.  You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that’s different — even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.”

“Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said.


Mommy’s right. Maybe I need a different argument.

About Robert:
Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997. Today, he is a recently retired psychotherapist from the mental health center inCharleston, West Virginia. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

Author Interview

Congratulations on publishing Rarity in the Hollow’s new edition. How do you feel about publishing this book? Does it feel different from releasing the first edition?

Thanks, Alex, for the opportunity to share my feelings about the new edition of Rarity from the Hollow. Yes, having the new edition published feels very different than when the original edition was published. As you are aware, it’s my debut novel.

I’ve been on a learning curve within the world of books for a few years. I guess that I’ll always be on the learning curve. I was ecstatic when the original edition was published, but I quickly crashed. Having worked with two editors for months, I tried to move into the self-promotion phase immediately upon release of the original edition after coming home from my job as a children’s psychotherapist. I didn’t even check out my novel. Between not knowing what I was doing and exhaustion from having worked with abused kids all day, my progress was very slow and frustrating.

On 5-29-15, a glowing review of Rarity from the Hollow was published on a beautiful blog: However, it reported “confusion” in the early chapters. A few days later, a paper-only magazine posted a similar glowing review: Tales of the Talisman volume 10, issue 4. This review specifically mentioned an attribution problem with the head thoughts in the story. I opened my novel.

What I found was disturbing. The italics for the internal dialogue were not there. I notified the publisher:  Adam Lowe, the owner, was shocked, as well. He posted on Amazon and in an email to Talisman that there had been a formatting error affecting the original edition of Rarity from the Hollow. From that point forward, I marketed my novel as an ARC and explained that the italics were missing — an embarrassment.

I digested every book review along the way. The original edition of Rarity from the Hollow received twenty-five five star reviews by independent book bloggers, and forty-three four star reviews likely influenced by the missing italics for the internal dialogue. The critical reviews that it received appeared to be related to comfort zones despite the info in my pitch that described the novel as not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended. The first edition was awarded two Gold medals by major review organizations: and It was picked along with The Martian by Andy Weir and Revival by Stephen King as one of the five best books of 2015. Still, I felt hollow. Forgive the pun. The formatting error in the original edition continued to eat at me. I knew that the book’s potential had not been realized.

Over a period of several months, I worked with the editor on the new edition. A new edition was produced which not only restored the missing italics and a few other errors that were discovered, but incorporated findings from book reviews. On December 5, 2016, the new edition was released on Amazon. I felt overwhelmed. My ecstasy returned like when the original had been published. I had authored a book that I could be proud of holding in my hand. A few days later, a review of the new edition was published. The closing lines were: “…Brilliant satires such as this are genius works of literature in the same class as Orwell’s Animal Farm.” “I can picture American Lit professors sometime in the distant future placing this masterpiece on their reading list.” As I face death, as we all must, I feel comforted by having achieved something that may outlive me.

Tell us more about yourself. What else have you published?

I’ve paid into the U.S. Social Security fund for fifty-two years, the last forty working as a children’s advocate. I’m best known locally for investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where I worked from 1982 through 1997, and which also included publication of models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions, research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next — never finding a permanent loving family, and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency. Over a hundred of my reports have been archived by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. I also contributed to one book that contained group therapy exercises for youth living in out-of-home residential settings and authored a research project that was presented at the 1983 National Association of Social Workers conference.

Except for a couple of poems, one published in a zine and another in a journal of a state competition for college students, I have a very limited history in the world of fiction. Last year, one of my poems won first place in an international poetry competition: Rarity from the Hollow is my debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Most of my writings since have been articles posted on various topic and published by dozens of book blogs with a common purpose – promotion of the novel.

I’m going to give Rarity from the Hollow a little more time with self-promotions, and then I hope to write, write, write, and write some more fiction.

Rarity in the Hollow is the story of a young girl growing up in what would be considered horrible conditions, yet she remains positive and makes a significant contribution to the world and community. What inspired you to write this story?

In 2002, I accepted a job as a children’s therapist for our local mental health center. It was an intensive day program that served kids with mental health problems, many of them having been abused, some sexually. Part of my job was to facilitate group therapy sessions. One day in 2006 during a session, I was sitting around a table used for written therapeutic exercises and a little girl with stringy, brown hair sat a few feet away. Instead of just disclosing the horrors of her abuse at the hands of the meanest daddy on Earth, she also spoke of her hopes and dreams for the future: finding a loving family who would protect her.

This girl was inspiring. She exemplified resilience. She got me thinking again about my own childhood hopes and dreams of writing fiction. My protagonist was born that day – an empowered victim who takes on the evils of the universe: Lacy Dawn. I began to write fiction in the evenings and sometimes went to work the next day without enough sleep. Every time that I would feel discouraged, when I felt like giving up, I would imagine Lacy Dawn speaking honestly about the barriers that she faced in pursuit of her dream of finding a permanent and loving home. This girl inspired the creation of Rarity from the Hollow.

What are your favorite kinds of stories to read and write?

I like to read and write genre fiction that has a literary element. I love clever metaphors, allegory, and witty puns. I’m no longer into pure escapist fiction – life is too short and I don’t want to miss anything by getting sucked into an escapist story. I never did read erotica, not that I’m moralistically opposed to it. I just never felt the desire to substitute reading about sex instead of engaging in it. Otherwise, I’ll read and hope to write in many genres.

What is your writing space like?

Despite having a Master’s degree, I’ve never been paid a very high salary in my career. In 1988, my wife and I bought and fixed up a small house where we still live. It’s located in a lower class neighborhood a few notches above the housing projects where I grew up. I don’t have an office, so my computer is in the living room. My desk is a multipurpose mess, but I’m very good at focusing on-task. It’s okay.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’ve written a couple of stories that should be touched up and submitted. Most of the time since Rarity from the Hollow was originally published has been spent on self-promotions. Shortly after its release, however, I was so energized that I wrote the next Lacy Dawn Adventure: Ivy. Based on my experience, I want to rework and update it before I send it to the editor. It has a science fiction backdrop, as well, and asks the question: How Far Would a Child Go to Save a Parent from Addition?

Part of the proceeds of sales are going to prevent child abuse. Tell me more about that and why you made that decision.

Yes, half of author proceeds from Rarity from the Hollow have and will continue to be donated to Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. After talking about conflicting interests with my wife, writing vs. ongoing children’s advocacy, there wasn’t much choice in the matter. Even though I hope that my novel sensitizes readers to the huge social problem of child maltreatment, to keep me from giving up in this highly competitive marketplace, I needed a stronger motivator, something to help justify my retirement in May 2015. Frankly, I doubt that I could be productive as a writer if I felt that I’d turned my back on needful children to write fiction.

How did you come up with the character, Mr. Prump, in your story?

I was watching The Apprentice on television. I was already familiar with Bernie Sanders as a politician and supported his interest in social activism. Having worked in underfunded social services for years, governmental support and struggling fund raising, I began to imagine a world in which extreme capitalism and democratic socialism met in the middle, at least to protect maltreated kids. Thus, Mr. Prump and Mr. Rump were born for my novel.

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Back reviewing, sort of.

After almost a year taking a break from reviews, I’ve decided to dip my toes in the water again. One of many reasons I stopped was the queue of 40+ books to read which was honestly overwhelming.

To avoid that situation from repeating, I will review one book a month. At the peak of my reviewing days I received a review request a day. So here’s the deal. You need to be the best book presentation the month you submit. I don’t mean most eager, or the one with the most glowing previous reviews. I mean you need to pretend I’m a customer. I pick up your book to look at it. Why should I read yours over the next one on the shelf? The answer is a combination of good cover, but even more importantly a good blurb. If you aren’t sure about your blurb, head on over to and check out my article on blurbs.  Send me the first page of your book as well, I can tell a lot about a book from that first page.

What I will be doing the rest of the month is reading other books, free books from newsletters, ones which intrigue me, but aren’t my review book of the month. Those I will post on a page if I finish them, and a one sentence comment. It won’t be long enough for an amazon review, but it will be something you can use as an editorial review.

While we’re on the subject of Amazon. Their review system is geared toward customers, not bloggers. I’ve had most of my reviews pulled down because I post the review on my blog first. I will post on Amazon, but don’t count on it staying. If your book is on Goodreads, I may post there as well.

The first month I will be accepting book for review will be February. If you send it in earlier, I won’t ignore it, but you won’t hear until February if you get chosen. If you don’t hear, you didn’t make it. Try tweaking your blurb and/or cover. I moderate a group on facebook ‘Better Blurb, Book Covers and Books’ you are welcome to request to join and work on your blurb there. You’ll get some good feedback from the group.

That’s it, that’s the new process for celticfrogreviews.

Keep writing.


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Arthur David

Blackmail is the first book by Arthur David, or rather it is the second iteration of his first book. One of the tough things to do as a reviewer is to tell the author a book is not ready for print. Especially when that review is going out where people looking for books to read will see it.

The first time I saw Blackmail it had a great concept at the heart of it, but needed a lot of work. I posted the review. Arthur sent me a note thanking me and I didn’t think about it again until Arthur contacted me to ask me to look at his book, now revised and review it again.

I get so few people coming back asking for me to look at a rewritten book, I decided I would take it on. I’m glad I did.

Blackmail introduces a character with that name. She works for a shadowy organization called ‘The Third Party” whose appointed task is the improvement of the world. She is given a new recruit to train so we get to ride along and learn what the life of an agent is like.

Blackmail is my favourite kind of hero. She’s not perfect. She makes mistakes, takes bruises and is human. We get to see a lot of that humanity in her training as, in spite of herself, she starts to care about her trainee.

The book is intended as a first in a series, but Arthur does a good job of closing it out, while leaving little doubt the story is not done. We get introduced to a variety of characters, villains and heroes and it isn’t always easy to tell them apart. What is particularly well done is the motivation of the villains is the same motivation as the hero.

While the book is not quite up to my standard for five stars, it deserves four with a fun to read story with solid characterization and truly interesting world building. I recommend it to people who like thriller/near future sci-fi.

You can buy the book at Amazon.

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Blood or Destiny by Angela Stevens

Blood or Destiny is a continuation of the Vargr Saga in which we are introduced to a unique interpretation of Werewolves and Skin Walkers, add in Vampires and magic and you have a strong world inhabited by strongly developed characters. Though this book doesn’t depend on the earlier Trilogy to be understandable, reading the earlier books will make it more enjoyable, plus you get to read three great stories.

Angela has a gift for developing characters and letting them struggle in relationships. The internal battles are as deep and interesting as the physical ones.

For those of you who like paranormal, this book and the earlier Trilogy is for you.

Buy her book at Amazon.

Blood and family ties run deep but when destiny comes calling, which do you choose?

Becoming an adult is never easy, but Eva Vargr faces a unique challenge. Caught between two cultures that historically despise each other, Eva struggles to please the two most important men in her life.

For her brother, Rune Vargr, the answer is simple. Eva must embrace her Lycan side, keep to her own kind, and stay safe under his protection.

But Eva has different plans. Her grandfather’s band of vigilante Skin Walkers have fascinated her since childhood. As Eva turns twenty-one, she falls in love with a young warrior, Pilan. When Eva’s powers blossom, he encourages her to join the Black Walkers and fight by his side.

Rune, a Lycan and Pilan, a Skin Walker—both tug at her heart. One is her blood, the other her destiny. When it becomes clear she cannot have both, Eva is faced with an impossible choice.

Blood Or Destiny is the first book in a new action-packed fantasy-paranormal series. A spin off from the emotionally charged Vargr Clan Trilogy, readers can reunite with Eva Vargr, her Lycan family, and the handsome band of Native American Skin Walkers as they battle against the evil, power-crazed Clizyati that threaten the shifter and human worlds. Please note: this can be read as standalone series but readers planning to read the Vargr Clan Trilogy may want to read that series first to maintain the chronology and avoid any spoilers.

author-picBio:    Angela is British born but moved to the United States a decade ago. Always a keen traveler, she has enjoyed spending time living outside of her native country. She is an ex-teacher and the mother of two children. When empty nest syndrome threatened, Angela turned to writing novels to fill her growing free time. As her hobby grew she found storytelling began to fill her waking hours.

Her debut novel, Lemon Drops and Love grew out of her voracious appetite for reading romance and inspired by her passion for ice hockey. “I discovered ice hockey when I first moved to America. We went first to see an Anaheim Ducks game when I was visiting L.A. We all loved it so much that when we came home we went to watch our local team. Now I’m a rabid Washington Capitals fan, and can often be found ‘rocking the red’ at the Verizon center supporting the Washington Capitals.”

She rapidly moved on to writing fantasy stories, creating the New Adult books, The Vargr Clan Trilogy and her children’s book, Marquita. But which ever series or book you choose, Angela’s stories, will always provide a hero to fall in love with and a heroine who will be worthy of his love. Her characters are three dimensional and down to earth. She writes with a strong voice and in a gritty style weaving tension and suspense throughout her narrative. Her characters come to life and whisk you away, whether into a romantic or fantasy setting. Which ever you chose, be prepared to laugh out loud, cry and fall in love.

Author Interview:

Congratulations on publishing Blood or Destiny. How do you feel about publishing this book? Does it feel different from the previous books you’ve put out?

I am hugely excited about releasing this book for a couple of reasons, firstly because it is my tenth release and I never thought I would ever write one book let alone ten! But also because this book has been floating around inside my head for a couple of years now. Ever since I published the Vargr Clan trilogy in 2014, I have had this hankering to do a spinoff about the warriors that appeared in the last book, and now they finally have their own book and hopefully their own series.

Tell us more about yourself. What else have you published?

I write in a few genres so currently have a set of four steamy romance books called the Cocktail Series. They are standalone stories that revolve around a set of hockey lads who are finding their one true loves—however, each book has a hard hitting underlying issue. Book 1 for example deals with domestic abuse. I also have my Vargr Clan Trilogy plus its companion novella which is an urban fantasy with a strong Native American theme. And lastly I have a children’s book, Mariquita. This is a fantasy for 8-12 year olds—a sort of James And The Giant Peach meets Bugs Life.

Blood and Destiny looks to deal with the character finding her place in the world. What motivated you to write the story?

My main character Eva, is a mixed race new adult that is feeling the push and pull between her duel heritage. The pressures of her opposing cultures cause her to feel she has to identify with one over the other and that choice is also affecting her ambition.

Eva is part Lycan and part Skin Walker and she comes up against a lot of pressure from her brother, Rune, to ignore her Skin Walker side and adhere to her more traditional Lycan culture.

My main motivation for the story actually came from the birth of my grandson. He was born earlier in the year and is mixed race too (though not Lycan and Skin Walker, I hasten to add!). My daughter told me about his first trip to the doctor’s surgery and how the form she had to fill out insisted that he had to be identified as one race or another. She was pretty outraged. How could she choose and why should she. He is equally both races. All of which got me thinking how much pressure there is on people to be pigeon holed and how out dated things are in this modern world that we live. While Eva’s issues and the story itself is pure fantasy, it does explore this to some degree.

It also looks partly at sexism. Another issue that riles me. The Lycan society in my book are very much led by domineering males that are stuck in a 1950’s mind set. The women lead traditional lives and are supposed to be protected by the males. But the Skin Walkers are a matriarchal society and see women as equals. Eva’s brother thinks she should marry a Lycan, stay with the clan and be protected by her husband while making sure her husband’s dinner is on the table, but the man she loves (a Skin Walker) wants her to fight alongside him to protect the shifter races from the evil Clizyati.

What are your favorite kinds of stories to read and write?

I am an eclectic reader but most definitely have periods of favorite genres. Not surprisingly my reading reflects my writing, so I often gravitate towards romance and urban fantasy. However, for many years I was a huge fan of magical realism and was obsessed with Gabriel Garcia Marquais. I find that reading and writing romance acts as a great break from reading and writing fantasy. In both cases I love fantasy but it can be really hard work. The romance on the other hand gives me light relief.

What is your writing space like?

My writing space has recently changed. I used to write facing a wall in the study with my back to the door to shut out all distractions and mainly because that was where my desktop is. Earlier this year, I got a laptop and it has revolutionized my workspace. I now write in bed, out in the garden and on my sofa. I find being able to change places during the day makes me more productive.

What projects are you currently working on?

I currently have three projects on the go. I have 2 more installments of my Cocktail series that have been drafted and will be entering the editing phase after Christmas. Then I have a project I have been working on off and on for about eighteen months. This is a bit of a departure for me as it is moving into magical realism. It is based in Iceland in the 1800’s and revolves around the Icelandic beliefs about the Huldufólk (Hidden people). It is a bit of a stretch for me and I see this as one of those projects that will take quite some time to finish as I try to wrestle this thing to get everything to line up.

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