“The Secret Billionaire” by Teymour Shahabi!

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Hiya guys! DRR has an interesting novel to share with you today!

Set in the ’60s, this Young Adult Mystery explores a young billionaire in London. Doesn’t that sound interesting?

Check out the author’s inspiration for writing the novel, and be sure the enter the giveaway at the end of the post!

The Secret Billionaire

 The Secret Billionaire

~Released: September  29th, 2016

~Genres: Young Adult, Mystery

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1960s — March 24. Billionaire Lyndon Surway takes off in his private plane and never returns.  His will leaves the entirety of his wealth—one of the largest fortunes in history—to his “ dear friend Lucian Baker.”  Only there is no trace of anyone by that name. And the fortune itself is nowhere to be found. Andrew Day knows nothing of wealth and privilege, but he won a scholarship to study at the most exclusive school in the country, in the town where the mystery, decades later, remains unsolved. There he discovers friendship and danger with the aristocratic Cameron and the beautiful Olivia. But watchful eyes follow him everywhere… Until, one night, he comes across a secret that will change his life. As he begins to unravel what really happened to the Surway fortune, the question remains: who is Lucian Baker?

 About the Author

 Teymour Shahabi

Teymour Shahabi was born in Paris in 1985 of Persian parents. He moved to the United States to study Comparative Literature and Mathematics at Harvard University. He currently lives in New York City, where he’s spent the last few years among serious grownups who probably have no idea he’s doing this. The Secret Billionaire is his first published book.  You can watch (and help) him try to figure out writing and life at his YouTube Channel.

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Inspiration for “The Secret Billionaire”

by Teymour Shahabi

What was the inspiration for “The Secret Billionaire.” The most truthful answer for this book (for any book?) might be at once the most magical and the most banal – maybe even the saddest. Most probably, I wrote the book for the reason that some might read it – for the same reason that all of us, book lovers, crack open any book: to escape. I started writing it when my life was, arguably, veering a little too close to seriousness and adulthood, to predictability and safety. My response, naturally, was to create a situation – to invent lives for a set of invisible human beings – in which none of these things would be certain. 

It’s understandable, therefore, that the ideas that came to me originated in all the places where I’ve found escape throughout my life – especially in the stories of my childhood. I’ve been haunted by tales of hidden treasure since reading “The Count of Monte-Cristo.” I fell in love with that story since I first heard about it around the age of ten, and I finally read the book a few years ago in my twenties. To me, that makes it count as a childhood favorite – especially given my alarming lack of evolution over the years. 

Beyond the story, “The Secret Billionaire” is set in a universe that is primarily influenced by two worlds. The first is the world of comic books. I’m probably the person in the world whose love of comic books is the most disproportional to the number he’s read. (I remind myself of Hansel in “Zoolander” when he says, “Sting would be another person who’s a hero. The music he’s created over the years, I don’t really listen to it, but the fact that he’s making it, I respect that.”) In other words, I’m in love with everything about comic books – their mythology, their rules, their aesthetic, and their pantheons – and someday I’d be very excited to read them. Comic book heroes have inherited the role of pagan gods in our culture; we look to Wonder-Woman and The Hulk with the same awe that people once felt for Athena and Ares. For my book in particular, I’ve probably been inspired by Batman the most, because his world, like that of “The Secret Billionaire,” bends the laws of physics and society to their extremes without ever shifting into fantasy. The second inspiration for the setting of this book is small town America – a world that is still, in my eyes, filled with the hope, excitement, and bighearted values that fairytales are made of. (If you want pictures of the real-life town behind the fictional Spring Forge, please shoot me an email.)

Finally, I’m deeply indebted to my favorite children’s story of all – the one that inspired not only “The Secret Billionaire,” but my lifelong love of stories. That is the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. There are moments in the book that specifically reference events in Ali Baba’s tale. Like the treasures themselves in both stories, these references are secret, but just like those treasures, the thought of them makes my eyes glimmer. And I’m particularly proud of the link to Ali Baba because the legend takes place in Persia, the land of my own ancestors, and one of the great sources of storytelling in the history of humankind. 

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*Review* “Elemental Secrets” by Elle Middaugh!

Hiya! DRR has a new review to share with you guys today. We were intrigued by the cover and synopsis for this young adult fantasy novel, and hope you guys like it as well!

Elemental Secrets

(The Essential Elements #1)

 Elemental Secrets

~Released: Feb 27th, 2016

~Length: 368 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

With her mother long deceased and her father recently deployed, Valerie Moore is sent to live with her eccentric aunt in a tiny town nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Being a Navy brat has made her into a bit of a loner, and making friends isn’t high on her list. 

 

Time with her aunt, however, soon convinces her that a life of loneliness really isn’t what she wants. So, she opens up and makes a few friends – friends with secrets. 

 

Her love life quickly becomes a mess. Torn between the conflicted heartbreaker next door, the persistent jock at the top, and the rugged college bad boy, Valerie finds it almost impossible to choose just one guy. 

 

Romance isn’t her only problem, though. 

 

Secrets are revealed about her family, her friends and relationships, and her whole world… 

 

But the biggest secret of all is unveiled when Valerie discovers she has Elemental powers, unleashing a rapid chain of irreversible events.

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Awesome Adventure Series, featuring ECHO Campaign!

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Hiya guys! TGIF! =D

Dudes, this series is so awesome! DRR is excited to share it with you, and we know you’ll love it! Danger, mystery, adventure, love and loss fill the pages of the first two books in this series, and we had such a hard time putting them down!

We were honored to have the chance to read and review these books, and are excited to share them with you!

ECHO Campaign 

(Isolation #2)

 ECHO Campaign

~Publisher: Limitless Publishing

~Released: November 1st 2016

~Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult


Brooklyn Harper’s worst nightmare has become her reality. She has been captured by Isolation…


Trapped in a white-walled labyrinth by Juneau Malloy, Brooklyn is faced with the horrors of Isolation’s finest training yet. The skills she learned as an Omen Operative in Camp Number Eleven are put to the test in the form of brutal assessments of her strength, skills, and fortitude. Confused and disheartened, Brooklyn and the group of renegade Omens prepare for whatever trials Isolation has in store for them.


Juneau has caged her once again, but Brooklyn is far from broken…


When Brooklyn finds out her best friend Gabriel is alive, she goes on a violent rampage in search of her, but instead earns herself a stint in solitary confinement. Juneau attempts to tame Brooklyn through grueling exercises before offering her one radical choice. Brooklyn must hand over her freedom in order to spare her friends. She’ll become a showpiece Juneau will auction off to the highest bidder for her skills in assassination, defense, and combat.


There must be a way out, and the renegade Omens have to find it…


Brooklyn has no intention of becoming Juneau’s latest achievement. During a mind-warping training simulation, Brooklyn uncovers Isolation’s greatest secret and their darkest mistake. Juneau Malloy has created something far more sinister than the Omens, and it’s ready to eat the world alive.


As the battle with Isolation intensifies, Brooklyn is faced with her most dangerous choice yet…


Save her friends—or save humanity.



Omen Operation

(Isolation #1)

 Omen Operation

~Released: January 26th, 2016

~Length: 306 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Adventure

After an epidemic spreads through the country, Brooklyn Harper’s high school years come to an abrupt end.

Implanted in a rural camp, Brooklyn and her friends are cut off from their families and the outside world. Each day is filled with combat training to assure their safety against the crazed, belligerent, and deadly— those infected with a mysterious virus.

If the world couldn’t get any crazier, a letter ups the insanity…

After being assured day after day that the world outside their little camp had been compromised, Brooklyn’s cabin-mate, Dawson Winters, finds a letter that turns everything they’d known upside down. There is a world outside the trees that surrounds their camp, and the virus they all feared seems non-existent.

Determined to see it herself, Brooklyn plots with others to attempt an escape…

On the outside, Brooklyn finds the world is as normal as ever. But when they are attacked in the city, they dispose of their attackers far more efficiently than any normal human.. Is there more to Brooklyn and her friends then just being highly trained?

As their exploration continues, the group is faced with impossible feats. Betrayal, love, death, and a powerful sense of camaraderie lead Brooklyn and her friends to fight for their life, their freedom, and most of all, each other.

 Taylor Brooke

Taylor Brooke is the author of the sci-fi adventure trilogy The Isolation Series. She started out as a freelance makeup artist, and quickly discovered her love of elves, zombies, mermaids, kaiju, and monsters of all kinds. After receiving eight professional certifications in special effects makeup, working on countless projects, and fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures, she turned her imagination back to her one true love — books. Taylor has had a knack for writing since she was a little girl, and received recognition for her skills throughout grade school and junior college. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she can be found haunting the local bookstore with a cup of steaming hot tea in her hands, scanning the shelves for new reads, or hiking one of the many mountains that surround her home in Oregon.

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Continuing the exciting adventure introduced in Omen Operation, this book is just as awesome. Bursting with adventure, danger and stomach-twisting plot turns, it feels more like a roller coaster than a book.

The characters are relatable and honest, and it’s easy to picture them in the incredible situation they are in. Their comradery and interactions with each other give the whole story a wonderful layer, mixing perfectly with the suspense and “what’s going to happen next” excitement. Some of the relationships were slightly odd, and while I could picture many of them going differently, they all flowed with a realistic amount of surprises, keeping me guessing.

The writing is superb, and I get swept up in the pages quickly. The flow is smooth and quick, and I enjoy the fact the story isn’t filled with needless fluff, or repeated details. The author writes crisply and gets the story right to the point in every chapter, painting colorful pictures for each scene.

I definitely enjoy this series, and would recommend it to anyone.

*I was given a complimentary eCopy of this book, from the author via Xpresso Book Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review.

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College Life 101: Freshman Orientation

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Hiya guys! DRR has a fun book to share with you guys, full of character!

Check it out, and see the author’s ideas on her dream cast for this book. Also, be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!

College Life 101:

Freshman Orientation

 College Life 101

~Released: December 19th, 2015

~Length: 334 Pages

~Genres: New Adult, Contemporary

Leaving home for the first time to attend college is stressful enough. But when the roommate lottery of Paradise Valley University strikes, it produces couples who have absolutely nothing in common; causing personality clashes which takes the stress to a whole new level. Dismay hits Sidra Howard, the prim and proper princess, when she contemplates spending an entire semester with Chasity Parker, the troubled beauty with a sharp tongue and even sharper claws. Malajia Simmons, a boy crazed, attention seeking diva, is no happier. Not only does she get stuck with the upper bunk bed, she has to share a triple room with Alexandra Chisolm, a nosey and overbearing, self proclaimed “know-it-all”. But even the meddling Alexandra isn’t as bad as Emily Harris, the shy, mommy’s girl with a non-existent backbone. 

Coming to college to escape her home life, Chasity hopes to get through the semester without any problems. Her hopes are tainted once she begins to have to resist the advances of a determined football star, on top of dealing with family drama which seems to have followed her. Alexandra’s need to fix everyone’s problems not only rubs her roommates the wrong way, it also causes her to fall blind to the problems brewing with the boyfriend that she left behind. Eventually she’ll be forced to face the issues head on. Emily’s refusal to come out of her shell is too much to handle for party girl Malajia, whose main purpose is to have fun and be seen. The same doesn’t apply to Sidra, who’s more concerned with trying to keep her over-the-top stress level under control. 

 

These five young women try to handle family drama, pressure, and conflicts; all while trying to maintain their grades. They quickly learn that college life isn’t what they expected and must adapt to their new environment if they ever hope to make it through their first semester.

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I’m Back!!

Aaaaaalrighty then, let’s try this again!!

Yup, I disappeared.  I made this blog, set it up, and got all jazzed about it.  Then Life decided to smack me around a bit, and my blogs all took a serious nose-dive. I’m trying to bring them back now, though, and revive what I can.

I’m still running my original review blog, and after the extensive, tedious, exhausting updates I’m putting it through, it will be better than ever!

This blog is going to have the exact same content as my Blogger version. What I’ve found with my experiment of using both Blogger & WP for some of my other blogs, is that WP has far more interactive viewers, and is definitely more popular.

SO! I’m not going to stop using my original one, simply have both. Hey, more exposure for amazing authors is never a bad thing, right? Should be fun!

I’m excited 🙂

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