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…

Making progress

grammer_001Wow, what a crazy two weeks I had. So my family was hit with some bad medical news. But, it is looking like things will work out. Worrying about that took some time away from my blog, and I hope you all understand.

Now back to the wonderful world of books and writing books. I hope everyone had a successfully Digital Book Day. I came away with some really promising looking titles and I will tell you more about that later in the week. Did you pick up anything?

I have been cruising right along with my publishing process. I have fully committed to self-publish a non-fiction book within the next two months or so. I am planning to release the cover and synopsis on August 5th. I am excited and terrified at the same time. Once I release the title and synopsis of the book, I’m committed to publishing this book. That kind of accountability is scary, and at the same time, it feels good to know that this is going to happen.

On the fiction story I wrote during NaNoWrimo. I have finished 17 of 67 sections rewritten. The process is going well as I am learning that I had some really good days writing last November, and several really bad days. Some sections are just fixing tense and language, putting everything in a tighter time line and just general clean up. Other sections I have to sit back and wonder what I was trying to say. POV errors all over the place make for funny reading. Over all I am hoping to have this done before the end of August so that I can start planning what to write for NaNoWriMo 2014.

Can you believe that November is about 3 months away? I know, a little too early to begin  counting down yet, but it will be NaNoWriMo season again before you know it.

Well, I hope you are all reading some terrific books and writing even better ones.

Until next time…

Reminder: Digital Book Day is today!

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Don’t forget to go check out Digital Book Day today. Support this awesome idea and the authors that are participating. If you download a book and read it, make sure you post reviews. Consider supporting these authors by buying some of their other books. Or, at the minimum, drop them a message and thank them for the free book.

I will check back later with a list of books I have received and which ones I am excited to read.

Until next time…

Writing: 50 Book Awards Open to Self-publishers

Check out this article on the Alliance of Independent Authors website:

Writing: 50 Book Awards Open to Self-publishers

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 8/10

What a fun and original story Marissa Meyer crafted in Cinder. I was hooked from the beginning and enjoyed the entire ride. First, let me dispel the idea that this is a retelling of Cinderella. Although there are elements of the classic fairy tale, the story line is very different. The funny part was that I kept waiting for it to follow the old story line, and Marissa puts in just enough to remind you her story was inspired by the original, but she puts a ton of twists in. I was kept guessing about some of the twists, others I thought I figured out but was happy with how they played out.

I felt the ending was a bit sudden. Clearly Marissa knew she was writing a multiple book series and decided to end the book in a cliffhanger. I would have like to see Cinder’s tale given an ending for this book. Not that I was left disappointed with the ending, it was just that there could have been another chapter or two to wrap things up and Marissa leaves it. Good thing I wasn’t reading this as it was originally released and I get to jump right into Scarlet.

Here is the book synopsis from Amazon:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I will definitely be moving on to Scarlett, and more than likely, all the other books in the series. I would recommend Cinder to Sci-fi and dystopian future fans. The story is appropriate for all age groups and I appreciate that Marissa did it that way.

Well, off to start reading Scarlet.

until next time…

Blog Post 200 +1

Yesterday I hit the milestone of blog post 200!!!

Thank you all for reading and commenting. I really appreciate you taking the time to stop at my blog. Well, here’s to the next 200.

Until next time…

Digital Book Day

On July 14 (next Monday) http://www.digitalbookday.com/ is hosting the first ever Digital Book Day. This looks like a great idea to promote the changing medium of the book industry by providing free ebooks to readers for one day. Their site explains it like this:

These are the times that try men’s souls—if you’re at all involved in publishing, that is.

With all the chaos surrounding our industry, we thought it time to focus on the one person publishing can not survive without: The Reader.

On July 14th (that’s Bastille Day, by the way) we’d like to give our Readers what they most love: books.

Specifically one of our books. For FREE!

Yes, Monday, July 14th is the first Digital Book Day. A day to celebrate readers, stories, and the authors who create them.

We’re asking everyone to offer readers a free e-book on July 14th.

How you do it is up to you. Use your website, a digital venue, or a giveaway site. Want to give away a bundle or story collection? Fine with us. Want to promote a book that’s already permafree? We don’t care. Want to band together and do a group promo with friends? We think that would be brilliant!

All we want is to honor our readers and let them know that we put their needs first.

Interested in participating? Add your name and a link to your free book to the list HERE and download the Digital Book Day graphics to help spread the word.

NOTE: One listing per author, please! Book info must be submitted via the form HERE before midnight Saturday, July 12th

I’ll be checking this out, I hope you find some good reads there also.

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Until next time…

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