“Control Freakz” by Michael Evans!

Hiya peeps! Today, I’m reviewing a dystopian adventure, written by a 15 year old debut author! Check it out, and let me know what you think in the comments below! =D

Control Freakz

~Author: Michael Evans

~Released: October 3rd 2017

~Publisher: Palmetto Publishing Group

~Length: 278

~Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Alone. Abandoned. Threatened. Natalie has lost all hope for a better future. Everything she’s known and everyone she’s ever loved is gone, and it’s up to her to get her old life back. In Michael Evans’s first novel, Control Freakz, Natalie’s journey toward a better life begins. 

When Protocol 00 is enacted, Natalie’s family is taken by the government, along with the families of her two best friends, Ethan and Hunter. With nothing to lose, and the threat of government hitmen kidnapping them at any moment, the three must battle to survive in a horrid, post-apocalyptic world run by President Ash and his invasive government. They want answers. And they’re willing to jeopardize everything in desperate pursuit. 


Risking ruthless leaders, attempted mind control, and her very existence on the planet, Natalie, along with Hunter and Ethan, will stop at nothing in their quest to regain everything they’ve ever known. Her spirits crushed and her will to live destroyed, Natalie knows everything is dead and gone, and soon she will be, too. 

Memories connect us to the past, and can often cause us to long for a better future, but they can drive our minds into a state of hell if a better future is unattainable. Nevertheless, Natalie’s hope for a better a future remains.

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“The Coyote: A Motivational Novel” by Steven Georgiou!

Hiya peeps! Today I’m sharing a children’s novel – full novel, yes – with you. It’s a wonderful motivational story. Check it out, and be sure to leave a comment below!

The Coyote: A Motivational Novel

The Coyote

~AuthorSteven Georgiou

~ReleasedNovember 5th 2017

~Length: 219 Pages

~Genres: Children’s, Inspirational, Fantasy

Many years ago, a young coyote named Raki was a confident fearless animal, who lived in a mysterious desert. But as he grew up due to his father’s strict ways and conditioning, Raki changed into a cowardly miserable coyote!

Time passes, and now a shadow of his former courageous self, dangerous times have occurred as evil wolves take away Raki’s family!

So it is up to the now cowardly coyote along with his loyal lizard friend to venture across the treacherous desert, to save his kind, and discover his destiny along the way!

A motivational and heart-warming tale, portraying that who we really are deep down is incredibly powerful, and through great adversity you can accomplish almost anything!

“I’m Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You, I Love You”

Written by Steven Georgiou, a London born and raised entrepreneur of Greek Cypriot heritage. This is first novel.

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“From Wrath to Ruin” by Justin Enos!

Hiya peeps!! I’m excited to share this amazing adventure with you! If you enjoy dystopian, fantasy, or just good old fashioned adventures, be sure to check it out, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

From Wrath to Ruin

 From Wrath to Ruin

~Author: Justin Enos

~Released: April 26th, 2017

~Length: 386 Pages

~Genres: Fantasy, Dystopian

In exile from his homeland… 

As a mercenary, Tijodrin has wandered far and wide, and now his travels have brought him to the great city of Hohvenlor, a city he knows well. He quickly finds himself caught up in a fierce rivalry that threatens to destroy two powerful merchant families and turn the streets of Hohvenlor into a battlefield. 

Within the city walls, Tijodrin will find danger in many forms. Can he survive 

the endless plots of the vengeful merchants and the swords of their bloodthirsty henchmen, as well as the lurking daggers of the shadowy assassin’s guild?

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Illustrated Comic Book Style Adventure ~”Four Color Bleed” by Ryan McSwain!

Hiya peeps! Any super-hero or comic book fans here? I certainly am! Check out this awesome illustrated novel all about comic books, super-heroes, and adventure, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Four Color Bleed

 Four Color Bleed

~Author: Ryan McSwain
~Released: August 31st 2017
~Publisher: Pithos Publishing
~Length: 437 Pages
~Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy
Four Color Bleed is a novel about comic books, nostalgia, and the nature of reality. Featuring illustrations by Rian Gonzales, Weshoyot Alvitre, Ben Zmith, Morgan Perry (aka Geauxta), Ben Cohen, Kevin Kelly, Adam Prosser, and Chris “Chance!” Brown. 
 
Ralph Rogers was the darling of the comic book industry, a teenage artist who’d taken the world by storm. He had it all, until a high-profile scandal left him in disgrace. Years later, his reputation in tatters, Ralph has fallen into an obsession with the legendary lost comics of Pithos Publishing—a shadowy company that vanished into the fog of time. As he uncovers the mystery of Pithos, the curtain unravels between his own mundane life and a fantastic version of reality. Ralph suddenly has everything he’s ever wanted: He’s a celebrity, a beloved artist, and he’s been reunited with the girl of his dreams. But soon this new paradigm turns deadly, and Ralph must fight for his life in a land where the impossible is commonplace, where caped heroes rule the sky, and where the villainous Ocularist will stop at nothing to conquer the world.

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“Run from a Shadow” by Ruth Callick!

Hiya peeps! Check out this new adult action adventure! Set in the late 60s, it’s entertaining and suspenseful.

Let me know what you think in the comments below! =D

Run from a Shadow

 Run From Shadows

~Author: Ruth Callick

~Released: November 6th, 2016

~Length: 232 Pages

~GenresNew Adult, Action, Adventure 

It is 1969 when two young boys approach Casey Hammond in the airport, alone and scared and lost in a country not their own. She agrees to help them get to their uncle—but she has no idea of the danger and intrigue she will soon encounter. 


It seems there are foreign nationals in pursuit of the children, which risks the safety of the entire group. When an arrogant but handsome young man comes to their rescue, she soon learns he is the children’s older cousin. He has volunteered to become their protector as they attempt to get the children safely to their uncle. More quickly than she could have imagined, Casey soon finds herself growing attached to the two children—and their attractive, warmhearted cousin. 

In this thrilling romance, set in the sixties, a young woman sets out to help two children defecting from a communist country—and falls in love along the way. 


*4 1/2 Roses*

PG-17

What a cute adventure!

Set in the 60s, this charming, yet thrilling fiction started quick, and didn’t let up til the last word. With a sweet romance nestled into the action and thrilling danger, the story definitely pulled me in, and kept me hooked.

Casey unexpectedly comes in contact with two lost young boys, looking for a bus station. Endeared by their tears and obvious panic, she decides to help, and sets herself off on a path that will change her life completely. The boys are on the run from foreign officials, and simply want to get to their uncle, and wait for their father to find them. With their mother already passed, Casey quickly becomes the woman-figure in their lives, keeping them safe, and forming a bond none of them expected.

The only thing that could complete their temporary little family – a charming, handsome man to help Casey shoulder the responsibility. Luckily the boys have a cousin who’s volunteered himself to help get them to safety. Of course, falling in love with each other is the icing on the cake.

With a sugary sweet ending to wrap up the suspense, the story ends exactly how you’d want it to. If you’re a fan of young adult adventures and thrilling suspense, be sure to pick this on up!

*I received a copy of this novel, from the publisher, to read in exchange for an honest review.

~Rose

@Desert Rose Reviews

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“No Man’s Land” by Hervey Copeland!

Hiya peeps! I’ve got a gritty action novel for you guys today. Check it out, and let me know what you think in the comments below! =D

No Man’s Land

 No Man's Land

~Author: Hervey Copeland

~Released: November 2nd, 2016

~Length: 143 Pages

~GenresAdult Fiction, Adventure, Action, Suspense

Author Mark La Croix has left the hustle and bustle of the city and is leading a quiet life in a cabin, deep inside the Colorado Rockies. While working on his latest novel, he makes a gruesome discovery and uncovers secrets that some would want to remain dead and buried.

Soon Mark becomes a target and is forced to run for his life. The nearest town is thirty miles away, and the only way to escape is through the forest. The people chasing him are hot on his heels, and will stop at nothing to prevent him from getting out of the wilderness alive.

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Musical Monday ~ “Why” by NF!

Hiya dudes! I’m so friggin’ excited for today’s post! I’ve mentioned the last few months how I’m going to be expanding the areas of reviews I post here, and music has been a major area I want to start sharing reviews. I haven’t known where to start though, because believe it or not, I love music even more than I love books, which is definitely saying something.
An artist I’ve followed for a couple of years just dropped a new song yesterday though, and it seems like the perfect opportunity to jump into music reviews, because this song is amazing, just like the artist. He is a rapper (yes, I listen to rap), so if you’re not a fan of rap, feel free to skip this post – I’ll be posting more song and artist reviews from other genres soon. For today though, it’s all about NF. So, here we go.
Some of you may have heard of NF, especially from a couple of his songs on the radio, namely “Let You Down” or “Therapy Session” or even “No Name” all of which I have posted below.

His newest song, just released yesterday, is titled “Why” and it’s amazing. If you’d like to give it a listen, check out the video, and my review below.

 

NF has captivated me with his lyrics and passion for years. I’ve listened to every song he’s released, even before he was NF. I almost hate when a good artist becomes well known and “famous” because they often lose their spark, or change to appease their labels or fans. With NF’s album Therapy Session, I began to worry he wouldn’t be able to grow well, and would become another Eminem, unable to keep himself real and honest, in the moment, instead of stuck in the past.

This song proves to me, NF is growing well. While it’s slightly less passionate and energetic as some of his other popular songs, as it stands, I think it’s a good one. This is how an artist should grow, both as an individual, and a musician. I am immensely proud of this song, and the path he’s taking, so far. The raw honesty of it is in line with his past work, and shows where he’s at, even after the money and the recognition.


The video is simple, showing the various layers he’s in mentally as well as in his life at the moment. Balloons from celebrating, but black because if feels fake. “Lies” written on the wall, as well as in the lyrics repeatedly, show how he’s feeling as well as his struggle. The sword shows he’s wanting to fight the challenges, but doesn’t know where to begin or how to go about it, especially as he sits in the chair in a pose of pondering frustration.

Both the lyrics and video are well done, showing the depth of his struggle, and keeping himself honest and raw. This has always been his greatest talent as an artist, and I hope he keeps it as he continues to grow. I expect his next few songs to be equally as energetic and thoughtful, and can’t wait to see what he puts out next.

Obviously, you guys, I love NF. If you didn’t know, he’s a Christian rapper, in that he is a rapper who happens to be Christian, not that he raps about being a Christian. While it is an element to a few songs, it’s simply part of his life, just as much as his mother dying or the drugs she took, his rough childhood, or his desire to find himself and not give up on his dreams.

If you’re a fan of rap, check him out – I’d be surprised if you don’t end up liking him quite a bit.
If you’re not a fan of rap, like I said earlier, I’ll be reviewing other artists soon.
If you have songs or artists you’d like me to review, drop a comment below, and I’ll check it out!

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Middle Grade Adventure Novel! “The Adventures of Warren Steadmill” by Jeremy F. Rosenberg!

Hiya peeps! I’ve got a fun middle grade adventure novel to share with you today. This is a year old last week, and a story I think a lot of young readers would enjoy.

Check it out, and let me know what you think in the comments below.

The Adventures of Warren Steadmill

 Adventures of Warren Steadmill
~Released: July 6th, 2017
~Length: 357 Pages
~Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure, Coming-Of-Age

 

You’re probably asking yourself: Why did Warren Steadmill leave his life of wealth and comfort, and how did he become Fortune Island’s most beloved folk hero? The question has fascinated scholars for decades. Well, Warren’s love for the tablemaker’s daughter led to him becoming the apprentice of her psychotic father, which led to him undertaking a sea voyage that was immediately attacked by pirates, which in turn led to him and a team of roguish actors infiltrating the crumbling castle of a madman, and later trying to stop said madman from taking over the country with an army of masked mercenaries. Along the way (or so scholars have determined) Warren encountered a loquacious traveling salesman, unusually persistent innkeepers, unexpected steampunk weirdness, heartfelt correspondence, political upheaval, a tale of a villainous bear, and various and sundry sisters, fairies, witches, nannies, dandies, inventors, and assorted indescribable lunatics, all chronicled with great fanfare in The Adventures of Warren Steadmill, which attempts to explain all of this in a picaresque coming-of-age romantic comedy fantasy adventure story that probably doesn’t really explain anything at all and in all likelihood will just keep the scholars guessing for a few decades more. 
 
Fortune Island’s most beloved tall tale springs to life in this achingly heartfelt, hilarious tome filled with wonder, whimsy, and adverbs. 

Intense Psychological Thriller ~ “Pages in the Wind” by Sally Saylor De Smet!

Hiya Peeps! I’ve got an intense novel to share with you guys today, definitely not for the faint of heart. This isn’t a light read, but it will be one that sticks with you for a very long time.

Check it out, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

Pages in the Wind

~Author: Sally Saylor De Smet

~Released: September 10th, 2017

~Publisher: Greenly Publishing

~Length: 401 Pages

~Genres:  Young Adult, New Adult, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

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After the brutal murder of her father, Emily Quinn finds herself detained at the San Francisco County Jail, charged with first-degree murder for a crime she cannot remember.

Emily’s mother, a wealthy socialite, quickly distances herself from her troubled daughter, but in an attempt to salvage the family name, hires world-renowned psychiatrist, Daniel Lieberman, to assist in Emily’s defense. The famed doctor, an aging, lonely psychiatrist with an addiction to sugar, caffeine, and understanding the human mind, quickly becomes sympathetic to Emily and her tortured childhood.

Together, Lieberman and Emily explore the frightening and twisted world of her damaged psyche, uncovering the complex reasons behind the young woman’s self-hatred and disconnected self-image.

They develop an abiding partnership, weaving through unexpected revelations and disturbing secrets. Of particular interest to the doctor is Emily’s strange attachment to the imaginary girls she sketches—and is driven to personify.

The secrets hidden in Emily’s mind could help with her defense—or confirm the death penalty case against her. But Lieberman senses other secrets hide within the patient’s mind, particularly the events surrounding the unexplained death of her twin sister, Penelope.

A gripping, twisting tale of psychological intrigue, Pages in the Wind enters the mostly uncharted realm of the human mind, seeking truth buried deep within Emily’s subconscious. Lieberman can help her uncover her past, but Emily is the one who has to face it—or remain damaged forever.

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“Phi-Town” by Eric Vinc3nt!

Hiya guys and dolls! I’ve got a new review for you today – a political contemporary thriller/adventure by author Eric Vinc3nt (yes, there’s supposed to be a number there, lol).

If you’re into conspiracy theories, political dramas, and modern-day adventures, be sure to check out the Phi-Town action!

PHI-TOWN

 Phi-Town

~Author: Eric Vinc3nt

~Released: December 25th 2017

~Length: 283 Pages

~Genres: Mystery, Adventure, Conspiracy, Adult Fiction

Pope Francis made it safely out of Philadelphia in 2015. Find out why.


Donna Modigliani, Philadelphia’s district attorney, senses a threat to a real-life 2015 event in the city hosted by Pope Francis. But when her effort to uncover it seems thwarted by a mysterious Washington official, she turns to freelance agent Tristan Boumann, a modern-day Benjamin Franklin, because Donna knows about Tristan’s uncanny knack for unraveling threats that cops and feds are prone to miss. PHI-TOWN is at once a portrait of a great city in the throes of a historic event, and a passenger-seat view of a native daughter and son’s stylish adventure in saving their beloved hometown from an apocalyptic infamy.


 About the Author

 Eric Vinc3nt

Eric Vinc3nt comes from a family of spies, and practiced the tradecraft himself in the private sector for a time. In his previous life as a musician, he was granted the ASCAP Composer Award six consecutive years in recognition of his critically acclaimed, internationally performed soundtracks for Koresh Dance Company of Philadelphia. He’s released an album of original music under the name of the central character in his Pyramider Spy-Fi series, Tristan Boumann, with the title Every Love Story Is a Spy Story, which can be found in the iTunes store.

Connect with Eric Online ~

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Espionage and mystery are some of the best elements to have in a novel. When paired with the obvious thrill of danger and suspense, a well written story can almost romance it’s reader with every page. It can be hit or miss to find a good one, but for me, Phi-Town was definitely intriguing and entertaining.

Set in fairly modern 2015, real-life events filled the pages, giving this tale an air of possible reality I love to see in novels. Following Donna as she turns to anyone who will help her figure out the mystery threat her gut tells her is coming to Philadelphia, and the Pope. With remnants of stories like National Treasure and any Dan Brown novel, this book had the endearing twist of the freelance genius being the unsung hero, in a way.

The writing was smooth and eloquent, as any good espionage novel should be. It was quick paced, flowed well between suspense and mystery, with elements of humor and some down-time of modern life thrown in when needed. I enjoyed the writing style, and imagine I would enjoy any novel from this author.

If you’re a fan of spy novels, definitely check this one out, and most likely it’s sequels as well – I doubt  you’ll be disappointed. I appreciate the opportunity to read this book, and thank the author for his review request.

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

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