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Review for Rescuing Prince Charming by Edward Hoornaert

563661B9-F13F-427D-84F2-E2F472BBBFDEDusty Johnson, a self-styled ordinary, everyday woman, responds with extraordinary heroism to saboteurs trying to bomb the prototype of Earth’s first starship. She wants to return to anonymity, but her moment of courage propels her ever deeper into danger that tears the scabs off her dark past—and thrusts her into the arms of the unattainable man of her dreams.

Reese Eaglesbrood, an alien prince, yearns to restore his tattered reputation by guiding the starship project to completion, but his fascination with the unassuming heroine threatens to undermine his fragile authority. Shunning Dusty is necessary, yet unthinkable—and when the saboteurs strike again, she may be his only ally against Earth’s darkest enemies.

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MY REVIEW:

This book was a pleasant surprise for me!! It was a lot of fun! It covers a number of genres. It is action packed, full of adventure, suspense, mystery, romance, sci-fi, humor and so much more! Like I said, it was a lot of fun!

The beginning starts out with a bang, I couldn’t put it down! And even though there were times that the book wasn’t as adventurous or action packed, it kept my interest throughout. I’m telling you…I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN!!!

The characters were really well written. I loved seeing Dusty and Reese’s relationship develop. The romance in this book was so good! I WANT MORE OF DUSTY AND REESE!!!!

Also, I enjoyed the alien part of it too, reading about their backgrounds and how they came to be on earth was really good.

Though this is the 4th book in a series, it can be read as a standalone (as I did). But after reading it, I now want to know more about the other characters that had their own stories. I definitely recommend this, and I plan on reading more books from this series. Edward Hoornaert has won me over as a fan!!!


CFD6FE3C-96FB-4981-9A01-ACB3A0BA2491Edward Hoornaert (a.k.a. Mr. Valentine) is not only a writer, he’s a certifiable Harlequin Hero; he inspired N.Y. Times bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson to write her favorite Harlequin Desire, “Mr. Valentine”, which was dedicated to him. In the past, he wrote contemporary romances for Silhouette Books, but these days he writes science fiction adventures—usually with elements of romance. In addition to novelist, he has been a teacher, technical writer, salesman, waiter, janitor, and symphonic oboist.

After having 30 different addresses in his first 28 years, his rolling stone slowed in the mountains of British Columbia and stopped in Tucson, Arizona. His high school sweetheart has been his wife for more years than he has fingers and toes to count. Ed and Judi have four children, a dog, and the galaxy’s most delightful grandsons.

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Posted in Adult, Aliens, Book Blitz, Romance, Science Fiction

Book Blitz: Rescuing Prince Charming by Edward Hoornaert

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Rescuing Prince Charming by Edward Hoornaert. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 28 November till 11 December. See the tour schedule here.

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For a limited time only Rescuing Prince Charming is available to purchase for only 1.99! You can buy your copy here on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes and Smashwords.

Rescuing Prince CharmingRescuing Prince Charming (Alien Contact for Idiots #4)
By Edward Hoornaert
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 4 December, 2017

Blurb:
Dusty Johnson, a self-styled ordinary, everyday woman, responds with extraordinary heroism to saboteurs trying to bomb the prototype of Earth’s first starship. She wants to return to anonymity, but her moment of courage propels her ever deeper into danger that tears the scabs off her dark past—and thrusts her into the arms of the unattainable man of her dreams.

Reese Eaglesbrood, an alien prince, yearns to restore his tattered reputation by guiding the starship project to completion, but his fascination with the unassuming heroine threatens to undermine his fragile authority. Shunning Dusty is necessary, yet unthinkable—and when the saboteurs strike again, she may be his only ally against Earth’s darkest enemies.

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Edward HoornaertAbout the Author:
What kind of guy writes romance? A guy who married his high school sweetheart a week after graduation and still lives the HEA decades later. A guy who’s a certifiable Harlequin hero—he inspired Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Rita Award finalist Mr. Valentine, which is dedicated to him.

Ed started out writing contemporary romances for Silhouette Books, but these days he concentrates on science fiction romance. He’s been a teacher, principal, technical writer, salesman, janitor, and symphonic oboist. He and wife Judi live in Tucson, Arizona. They have three sons, a daughter, a mutt, and the galaxy’s most adorable grandson.

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There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Rescuing Prince Charming. These are the prizes you can win:
– Grand prize: e-book copies of the other three books in this series: Alien Contact for Idiots, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters and Newborn
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Book Blitz: Rogue by S. A. Stephenson

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Rogue by S.A. Stephenson. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 13 till 19 November. See the tour schedule here.

RogueRogue (Convergence #1)
By S.A. Stephenson
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 19 September, 2017

Blurb:
As a rogue government official orders an alien attack on the Empire of America, two women must uncover the government’s dark truth and unravel the weave of lives that have spanned decades. They’ll learn why alien-human hybrids were created, and will need to master their own alien powers in order to survive.

Genetic testing on humans began during the Cold War, when ancient alien DNA was discovered in the artic. As super soldiers were created during the war, Americans soon began to create the first wave of alien-human-hybrids in preparation for the day when the aliens would strike.

Nearly a century on, the world has been broken by an extra-terrestrial war and Kit Valletta is a human-mutant trying to survive in one of the only free zones left in the Empire. But the President wants her dead and is going to stop at nothing until all the mutants Kit freed are back in her control.

When Kit meets Evie Fox, one of the President’s scientists, who’s broken free of the wire, the two begin their fight for freedom and justice as the alien attack hits Empire soil. Together, both women will need to accept the secrets they’ve been trying to hide and decide if they’re the ones who are powerful enough to save the Empire from the President’s dictatorship regime and alien invasion.

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S.A. StephensonAbout the Author:
S.A. Stephenson is a sci-fi author, blogger and editor. She writes LGBTQ+ stories about kickass women and can be found hanging out at writing events in Auckland. She’s originally from the UK but now calls New Zealand home.

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Running Out Of Space by S. J. Higbee Blog Tour and Special Feature!

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Running Out of Space by S.J. Higbee. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 11 till 31 October. You can check see the tour schedule here.

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Running Out of SpaceRunning Out of Space (The Sunblinded Trilogy#1)
By S.J. Higbee
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: New adult
Release Date: 11 October, 2017

Blurb:
Elizabeth Wright has yearned to serve on the space merchant ship Shooting Star for as long as she can remember – until one rash act changes everything…

I can’t recall whose idea it was. Just that me and my shipmates were sick of wading through yet another unjust punishment detail. So we decide to take ourselves off on a short jaunt to the lower reaches of Space Station Hawking to prove that fertile English girls can also deal with danger.

The consequences of that single expedition change the lives of all four of us, as well as that of the stranger who steps in to save us down in lawless Basement Level. Now I have more excitement and danger than I can handle, while confronting lethal shipboard politics, kidnapping, betrayal. And murder.

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SJ HigbeeAbout the Author:
Born the same year as the Russians launched Sputnik, I confidently expected that by the time I reached adulthood, the human race would have a pioneer colony on the Moon and be heading off towards Mars. So I was at a loss to know what to do once I realised the Final Frontier wasn’t an option and rather lost my head – I tried a lot of jobs I didn’t like and married a totally unsuitable man.

Now I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I’ll never leave Earth, I have a lovely time writing science fiction and fantasy novels while teaching Creative Writing at Northbrook College in Worthing. I’ve had a number of short stories, articles and poems published – the most recent being my story ‘Miranda’s Tempest’ which appeared last year in Fox Spirit’s anthology Eve of War. I recently signed a publishing contract with Grimbold Publishing for my science fiction novel Netted, which is due to be released in 2019.

I live in Littlehampton on the English south coast with a wonderful husband and a ridiculous number of books. I can be found online chatting about books at my book review blog https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/ and you’re very welcome to pop onto my website www.sjhigbee.com and my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sjhigbeeauthor/.

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TOP TEN CHARACTER NAMES

Names are important in any novel, but I happen to think that in a science fiction book they are crucial as they are part of the worldbuilding so I give a lot of thought and some research into the names I give my characters. Here are ten of the names that occur in my book and the reasoning behind them.

Elizabeth Sarah Jane Violet Wright – Elizabeth/Liz/Lizzy is the narrator and main protagonist of this story so it is vital to get her name nailed. She is part of an English space merchanting family, whose ancestors left Earth after being made homeless when a swathe of southern Britain was flooded. Like many displaced people, the English Deep-space community cling to a cultural identity they feel defines them from others around them. So Elizabeth’s names are all very traditional. The fact she has four forenames shows her parents are pretentious about their social standing – and that final forename plays a crucial role in one of the decisions Elizabeth makes during the story.

Captain John David Wright – Elizabeth’s father is captain of Shooting Star, their merchanting ship that provides regular shipments of weapons and supplies
to the Peace and Prosperity Corps, a mercenary band. He is also part of the English community, an ex-mercenary who is ultra-traditional in his thinking about the role of women. His name is so English, there is a possibility that he has reinvented himself at some stage, complete with a very suitable name.

General William Norman – This is not his original name. General Norman runs the Peace and Prosperity Corp which is the largest and best equipped mercenary outfit in Sector Two. They have strong ties to the English community, as many of their recruits come from Englandia. However they’ll take anyone who shows an aptitude for violence. Norman is modelling himself on William the Conqueror in his choice of name.


Alisha Patel – Alisha is one of Elizabeth’s friends on board Shooting Star, who accompanies her on the disastrous expedition to Basement Level on Space Station Hawking. Alisha’s name and heritage reflects the wide diversity of people and culture who were living in London before it drowned and her grandmother Nanny Patel is the most powerful woman on Shooting Star and someone who Elizabeth very much admires.

Garion Wynn – He is the man who rescues the girls from Basement Level and gets them back to the ship. A refugee caught up in the hurried evacuations across a swathe of Sector Two after the aliens insisted that all humans leave, he has lost pretty much everything other than his sculpting tools. His surname is apparently English, though Garion is more a more common name among the space workers – not that Wynn knows as he was raised in an orphanage.

Lnard Farview – This is the Procurement Officer on board Shooting Star and Elizabeth’s superior officer. He is very much an outsider – something apparent from his name. Lnard is a blended name, which is typically popular with spacer families who live and work on ships, space stations or mining outposts. Most of these families have surnames reflecting their origins as construction workers on the numerous outposts and stations in the big push off Earth, with names such as Moon, Sunseeker and Starbloom.

Gregor Campbell – This is Captain Wright’s second in command on Shooting Star. He dislikes Elizabeth, seeing her as a bad influence on his daughter Sonja, who is another of the girls who accompanied Elizabeth to Basement Level. The excursion changes her life as she finds her vocation after experiencing the abject poverty in the lower reaches of Hawking. The names reflect their ethnic origins before they found themselves in southern England, though this time that is celebrated in their forenames, rather than their surnames. Elizabeth also knows Sonja’s aunt, who comes in from time to time to help her mother look after the family. Aunty Oksana is someone that Elizabeth comes to trust and rely on, though she isn’t a blood relative and in the end, that matters.

I have really enjoyed writing this article and many thanks to Donna for raising such an interesting topic – character names are always a topic that occupies authors. If anyone has any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below and I’d be happy to answer them.


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Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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Book Summary:

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

My Review:

Nyxia was a really unique book. When I started reading it, I thought a little of hunger games with all the competition. But I soon realized this was its own story and a pretty intense one at times too. Emmett is the main character, and I grew to really like him. He is such a good kid. He came from a good family, and has good values. It is this that makes him outstanding amongst the other kids.

You see Emmett, like the others, was recruited by the Babel Corporation to enter the spaceship going to Eden. Once on the ship they were to compete. There were 10 of them, but only 8 would go to Eden. The competition was designed to prepare them for what they would, or could, go through on Eden. They had technology never seen before to learn to use. The competition got pretty intense. But the rewards of going to Eden meant everything to these kids!!

Some of the kids were ruthless. Some were skilled. Some were plain desperate. And some became like family to each other.

I LOVED reading this book!! It left on a cliffhanger, so I’m hoping it won’t be too long before the next book comes out!!

But, I really do recommend this!! If you like science fiction, with some action/adventure, a bit of a thriller….you’ll LOVE Nyxia!!!!

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~I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Children’s for a copy of this book. My views are my own honest opinion.

 

Posted in Anthology, Book Review, Creepy, Science Fiction

Review for Deadman’s Tome Final Contact!

IMG_0975.jpgDeadman’s Tome Final Contact by Eric S Brown, James Grim Desborough, David M Hoenig, Brian Melechy Quinn, Candace Robinson , Nadeleine Swann, Dj Tyrer, Kristofer Velasquez

Goodreads description: Deadman’s Tome presents First Contact. This volume of galactic terror features stories that warn of the consequences of bold space exploration, exploitative mining, venturing too far, and contact with foreign entities. You see, dear reader, we are not alone, and our first contact might just be our last!

So this is an anthology of short Sci-Fi stories that are pretty dang creepy. As the book summary says the stories warn of the consequences of bold exploration, exploitative mining, venturing too far, and contact with foreign entities. And first contact is NOTHING like E.T. in these stories. I really had fun reading them, of course some I enjoyed more than others, but overall this book was a lot of creepy, sci-fi fun!

I’ll mention a few of my favorites, I guess. Here’s my very favorites:

~A Slow Death by James ‘Grim’ Desborough

~Dancers in the Darkness by Eric S Brown

~A Layer Hidden by Candace Robinson – This one is my very, very favorite!!!

~The Octopus In The Corner of the Room by Madeleine Swann

These are my very favorites, but I enjoyed reading them all. They were some freaky fun!!!

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