Book Review: Shamblers by Andrew Cormier

shamblers_coverShamblers: The Zombie Apocalypse

by Andrew Cormier

Rating: 8/10

I have not been exposed to a lot of zombie fiction. So, with little to no expectations, I dove in to Shamblers. Over all I had a fun time with this. Very fast pace, lots of action. The characters were a bit shallow but each had their own personality.  You will root for the hero and dispise the racist villain, everything you want in an action story. The story follows the adventure, and misfortune, of a couple of zombie apocalypse survivors as they struggle through dealing with other people, while avoiding the obvious danger of zombies. Some twists and turns in the story build enough tension that you keep the pages turning.

If you like zombie stories, you will love this one. If you are like me and enjoy action, there is plenty to found here. If you want a deep, moving love story… this may not be the book for you. Even though the hero falls in love, and you are rooting for it to work out for them, I was not brought to tears.

Content warning. Some strong language may be unsuitable for younger readers, and there is implied sexual content. As mentioned before, the villain is a racist and sexist and he uses some really hurtful language, which only leads you to not like him even more.

I want to thank the author, Andrew Cormier, for providing me with a review ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Until next time…

Guest Blogger Author N. N. Light

Author PictureI first wanted to thank Mike for having me on his blog today to celebrate the release tomorrow of my book, Princess of the Light. I first encountered Mike when he started following my blog almost a year ago. He and I share a love of writing.

Last November, Mike participated in NaNoWriMo and even though I didn’t take part, I encouraged him the whole month. As a fellow writer, I strongly believe in cheering others on.

Okay, in my own Walter Cronkite voice, on with the interview:

1. What idea did you start with for your story?

Before I started writing Princess of the Light, I knew that I wanted to write about a strong female. I have been influenced by people like Joss Whedon who believe in the power of a strong female lead. I knew that I wanted my female MC to fulfill her destiny and to help others.

But it wasn’t until I ran into a homeless man in my own neighborhood that it all fell into place. I live in a suburban area and I take a morning walk every day. One day I was minding my own business and I happened to see a homeless man sitting on the curb. What intrigued me was that he wasn’t begging for money or holding up a sign. He was sitting on the curb with his eyes closed, a look of peace etched across his weathered face.

I wondered what he was thinking and what happened in his life to become homeless. I saw him every day for three weeks and each time I wondered about him. He didn’t beg and generally avoided contact with people. He just walked. I started calling him the Walking Man.

The more I watched him, the more I wanted to help him. An idea came into my head. What if I could help him? What if he had lost all hope in people and was being haunted by a demon? Without even realizing it, Princess of the Light was born.

2. Do you have a favorite memory from your writing adventure?

My fondest memory was when I was in the middle of writing the final battle scene. I had all the various characters talking in my head. I was walking to meet my husband for dinner and I was trying to work out the battle scene between Miriam and a demon. Being a hands-on writer, I was walking down the street acting out the movements. It was hilarious and such fun! I bet the cars driving by thought I was crazy.

3. Did you receive any critiques about your story that pointed to problems you needed to correct? and how did you handle it?

Yes, I was nearing the final battle scene when my critique partner mentioned a huge plot hole. I had forgotten about the Walking Man and his story arc. At first, I freaked out. But then I brainstormed for a day and came up with a solution.

Before writing this book, I was horrible dealing with criticism. But the writing process has taught me the value of constructive criticism. Now when I receive a critique about my writing, I don’t react right away. I let it percolate for a few days and then go back to it. More times than not, those critiques make me a better writer.

4. Was it difficult to stop editing your story and call it done?

Not really. When I read it for the final time, it flowed perfectly and I knew that it was done.

5. What are you hoping your readers take away from your story?

There is a strong message in my book. It’s all about being kind to others and spreading the Light. I’m a firm believer in the Golden Rule and no matter what you believe, being kind to others changes lives. We all have the ability to make our own little corner of the world better. Together we can flood the world with Light.

I also wanted to mention that part of the proceeds of Princess of the Light will go straight to food banks and other programs to help people like the Walking Man. My goal is to make sure that everyone has food to eat.

6. What are your future plans for your writing?

I have a loose outline for the next four books in the Princess of the Light series. I have started writing book two and I can guarantee it will knock people’s socks off!

Other than that, I continue to write inspirational blog posts on my blog.


princessTitle: Princess of the Light

Author: N. N. Light

Blurb:

Mary Miller never thought much about destiny until God’s Archangel and Messenger, Gabriel, appears. Gabriel reveals she is destined to vanquish Darkness by spreading the Light and she has a revelation: she is the key.

Her first assignment is to restore the soul of a homeless man known only as the Walking Man. She’s thrust face to face with evil all the while losing her heart to her new love, Joe Deacons. Can she win the battle the Lord placed her in without losing all she loves?

Excerpt Link: http://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/princess-of-the-light-excerpt-prologue/

Buy Links:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/469480

Amazon: Purchase Here

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23009005-princess-of-the-light

Author Bio:

N. N. Light was born in Minnesota, lived in Southern California only to move to chilly Ontario, Canada to marry her beloved husband MR N.

She is blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports and baking.

Most of the time you can find her on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest.

I’d love to connect with you either via email or via these various social media sites:

Blog: http://princessofthelight.wordpress.com

Goodreads: N. N. Light

Twitter: @NNP_W_Light

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nnlight

Email: nnlight@outlook.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrincessOTLight

Book release: How To Write 50,000 Words In 30 Days

Today I am excited to announce the release of my first published book How To Write 50,000 Words In 30 Days, and survive to tell your story! This has really been an amazing adventure and I am happy to share this with you all.

I recently launched www.MikeCoville.com as the home for all my publications. Please take a moment and stop over there and sign up for my author’s newsletter. No fears though, I will still be blogging here at Random Thoughts, it’s too much fun to give up on.

3D-Book-Template=HWTW50KAs for the book, the idea is to present what I learned about writing 50,000 words in 30 days during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2013. That was when I really decided I was going to write a book, and NaNoWriMo really gave me the motivation I needed to see it through. I was surprised by how much I learned during that one month of writing, so much that I wished I had known about some of it ahead of time so I could be prepared for it better. It was while I was rewriting that manuscript I wrote during NaNoWriMo that I got the idea for this book.

It wasn’t easy, but I set aside my manuscript and began putting down into words my experience during NaNoWriMo 2013. After all that was done I found I had a book that can be used by anyone looking to write a book and just needs to know it is possible. My book will walk you through the preparation process before you start writing, warn you about speed bumps during the process, and give you the tips and tricks that will help you complete your challenge.

If you are thinking about participating in NaNoWriMo 2o14 you will get a lot from this book. If you have a story inside you that you want to share with the world, and you don’t want to wait for November to do it, this book will help you.

How To Write 50,000 Words In 30 Days is available at Amazon.com in print or Kindle versions. It is also available on Kindle Unlimited for free to all members. If you read and enjoy my book, please leave a review and let me know. I look forward to hearing from you all.

For those of you who use Goodreads, stop over to the book’s page (click here) and add it to your to-read shelf. You may also find a surprise there. If your not on Goodreads, what are you waiting for? Sign up and you too can discover the surprise.

I want to end this announcement by thanking a couple of people, most of this is in the acknowledgements but I want to make sure as many people as possible know about the amazing people I had help me. My wife Susan, her support and motivation during this whole process is incalculable. My daughter Abby, who never lets me forget to smile. My daughter Samantha, who told me about NaNoWriMo and who also edits my books for me. Delia Strange, my friend from the other end of the world, who gave me such advice and support at the times I needed it most. There are of course many other people I met during NaNoWriMo and during other parts of my writing adventure that cheered me on and informed me as needed, I could not have done this with out all of you, you know who you are.

Well, here is to book one of the Mike Coville bibliography. Now I have to get back to finishing that manuscript from last year before NaNoWriMo 2014 starts.

Until next time…

Official Book Release Date – August 25th

3D-Book-Template=HWTW50KFirst the good news. The process of getting my book published through CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing, went 100 times easier than I thought it would go.

The bad is, that I didn’t see where to set a release date for the future. What this means is that my book is currently available on Amazon in either print or kindle ebook. You are more than welcome to head over there and pick up a copy in your preferred format. With that said, I will be doing an official book release on Monday August 25th. I’ll have some cool announcements to make that day.

Next week is going to be real busy for me because another author I know is releasing her book on Tuesday and I am hoping to be a part of her book release also. So, no going out and partying too much this weekend. Save some of your hard earned money so that you are able to buy two books next week and support independent authors.

Have a good weekend everyone, and I will see you back here on Monday August 25th for the release of How To Write 50,000 Words In 30 Days, and survive to tell your story!

Until next time…

Visit my author website

New Web SiteToday I am launching my official author website at www.MikeCoville.com

My author website will be the home page for all my book releases, events and giveaways. A lot of that sounds funny when I consider I will be publishing my only book next month and that it will be sometime before another is published. But I want to be prepared.

Once you check it out, let me know what you think. Any input is appreciated.

I’m also going to be starting a monthly newsletter and you can sign up to receive that on my author website.

This is getting exciting. I can’t wait to share my stories with you all.

Until next time…

Cover Release Day!!!

I am excited to announce today that I will have my first book published next month. Here is more information on the book:

How To Write 50,000 Words In 30 Days

and survive to tell your story

Book Cover

Synopsis:

   Every November, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Their challenge is to write 50,000 words over the 30 days of November. In 2013 I accepted this challenge and won. I had no previous experience in writing a full length novel, I was a complete novice.
   Do you have a dream of writing and publishing your own story? Do you have a desire to share a story with others? Then this challenge is for you. In my book I’ll show you what I did to succeed at writing 50,000 words in only 30 days. I will tell you about the preparation I did before November started, what I did during November to keep the momentum going and how I overcame obstacles along the way.
   Writing 50,000 words in 30 days is a real challenge, but I assure you that with the right preparation, the right mindset and the right support, you can do it.

I am excited to offer this book just in time for NaNoWriMo 2014. I think that everyone participating in NaNoWriMo, whether you are a previous winner or a first time contestant, there will be plenty to take away from this book.

Until next time…

Book Review: The Circuit

The CircuitThe Circuit by Rhett C. Bruno

Rating: 7/10

What a great, original read that one was. I received a copy of The Circuit from the author, Rhett Bruno, in return for an honest review. Up front, I am a fan of sci-fi/fantasy, and the more epic the better. The Circuit was not epic in scale, although there are more than enough locations and people to learn about to give it an epic feel, and it was not a traditional Sci-Fi story, more on the lines of a Asimov story with a little less philosophy.

Rhett builds an original future scenario where humans are living amongst the stars of our solar system after sucking the Earth dry of it’s resources. Now, here comes my one complaint about the story. Rhett tells us through his characters about the circuit they live in and how vital it is, but doesn’t tell us where the circuit came from. Sure, he does give the reader enough information to understand the circuit, but a geek like me would have loved an info dump on the nuts, bolts and history of the thing.

Even that did not take away from the incredible character development. Not sure who the good guys are or the who the bad guys are, and I like it that way. There are some jerks you know you want to see die, but most of the people you root for are not your typical good guys, which makes them feel real.

I would like to thank Rhett for asking me to read this story and say, well done. I would recommend this book to anyone who reads. Some language may make it unsuitable for younger audience, but content is kept appropriate for most. You will not wait your time or money by buying The Circuit.

Until next time…

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