Cover Reveal for Bottomless by T.R. Horne
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Rated 3 of 5 stars
Travis Starnes has created a novel that is fast paced and endearing but maintains a flawed execution. While the book was riddled with errors equivalent to the amount of gun usage in this story, the main character comes across as flawed yet endearing. I came away from the novel really liking the main character, John Taylor. John is an ex-military POW that returns home to find his life flipped upside down. The woman he loved and wanted to marry is taken. He has no family or real friends. So he sets out on his own, searching for his meaning in life. He quickly finds out that what he’s good at, can be used to help others, including himself. Saving a girl turns into being hunted. Using his wit and guile, he embarks on a journey to keep her safe while getting to the bottom of a pretty bad kerfuffle.
Starnes writes like he speaks. So many times, the reader may feel the story pattering along in a rudimentary fashion. Still the action sequences make the story a thrill of a ride. With a more advanced writing style, this story could become the next Jason Bourne-esque novel. Overall, I enjoyed the ride even with the clunky writing and editing errors and that, my friends, is hard to do.
* Received a copy free from the author for an honest review through Goodreads
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“A solid kick butt story”
If your mother was missing, how far would you go to save her?
Rain Wilson thought she knew where she came from. A small farming town on the edge of nowhere. After ten years of yearning for her absentee mother, she learns that her mother is missing, not actually abandoning her and the truth about her parent’s past is revealed. She embarks on a journey to find her mother amidst the lies, deceit and seemingly, a plot too scary to fight against. How far is Rain willing to go to find her mother? WIll she come to the understanding before it’s too late that…Some Secrets Can Save a Life?
Action packed with a heartfelt and strong lead character that finds that family is the most important thing to her.
Rated 4 of 5 stars
Adam Mitzner really surprised me with my first reading of his work. He has a very thoughtful and strategic way of telling a story and because of that, I really enjoyed this book. I can’t believe people are rating this book lower because they don’t like the main character, Jonathan. Yes, he’s a rich prick that has to learn a lesson or two about life, people and the world in general, but I think the fact that so many people hate this character is a testament to Mitzner’s fine character building. He makes you want to roll your eyes at the main character’s antics throughout the first half of the book. He perfectly portrays what poor people think rich people do and say when they’re rich (yet not in a cliche way). Then in the middle of the book, you rejoice that someone is able to “stick it to him”. That is, until you start to see him shift and grow from a pompous millionaire to a down home man that realized life passed him by while he was buying love and companionship. Luckily, the tangled web is weaved perfectly by Mitzner, never missing a beat until as a reader, you go…”well, my goodness. He IS smart.” You hate to love the ending but on the inside, you do love the ending.
Mitzner weaved a tale of how the high and mighty can become the shameful blip on everyone’s radar. He touches on greed, societal pressures, true love and redemption. The ending will be the shocker and the book coasts straight through from the halfway point at a high rate of speed. I’m a new fan of Mitzner’s and will definitely remember his name when I’m searching for a new read. Good reliable story that masterfully pulls the reader in by their emotions.
*Received in hard cover for free for an honest review through Goodreads Giveaways
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Rated 1 of 5 stars
*Received this book for free for honest review from NetGalley
I hate to give one star reviews but more importantly, I dislike reading one star novels. This novel, Raven Sisters by Gabi Kreslehner, was a struggle to get through. It was enough struggle that I had to DNF it at about 20% in. The story made absolutely no sense! I couldn’t get a grasp on who the main character was and who was speaking or thinking at a given time. It was all over the place. Mind you, this is a translation…so someone’s job should be on the line. The cover of this novel is what pulled me in. It looks awesome! Unfortunately, the story inside is a jumble of people, thoughts and places that make absolutely no sense. I hope we can blame this on the translator and the original was in much better shape (especially since it was from a highly regarded international author). This is definitely an occasion where a remake goes horribly wrong.
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Rated 4 of 5 stars
What did you love best about The Prettiest One?
I really loved the premise of the character going into a fugue state when something in her life triggered an old memory. That alone was fascinating to try to wrap my mind around and the author did a great job of sticking to the underlying feelings of the character. The book has twists and turns that are unexpected but also has a good amount of humor which I wasn’t expecting. I laughed out loud on more than a few occasions.
What did you like best about this story?
The narrator did a great job with the characters. It was easy to discern not only their voices but their personalities. I think Bon Shaw did a great job channeling each character’s feelings in a particular scene. (With a name like Bon Shaw, he definitely gave us the theatrical edge his name implies)
Have you listened to any of Bon Shaw’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not heard any of Bon Shaw’s other performances but I think I will look into it. He definitely has a great tone and pace for suspense novels.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I really enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first. When the character had to face her fears and her past, the story took a emotional turn. I was invested in the main character after that.
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed this audiobook! My husband and I listened while on a road trip and my son in the backseat even started asking questions. I think that’s a good sign that the story is great and the narrator brings it to life. Raging Book Reviews Recommended!
Rated 2 of 5 stars
My son wanted to read a scary story while on a quick road trip to the airport. He read this story aloud. I found the story to be not too scary for kids although it had a few bad words in it. The short story is about a young girl who is dared to enter a presumably haunted house and go into the basement. While in the basement, she sees her mother who has recently passed away. The story takes on from there with a very strange shift of events. The book was fine for a short story but it didn’t really have a suspenseful writing style that could propel the story.
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Rated 3.7 of 5 stars
I enjoyed Laurel Heidtman’s take on a survival thriller. I read this book quickly since the characters were pretty straightforward and the plot seemingly just as straight until the twist at the end. So let’s start with the premise. The story follows two couples at a lake house when a blizzard hits. It also travels along a parallel timeline with two convicted felons. Later, you meet a few of the law enforcement personnel. As the storm surges and creates unthinkable conditions, the couples hunker down and settle with the idea that they will wait the storm out instead of heading back home. As they wait, the reader gets an inside look into two fractured marriages hanging on by a thread. But you’ll find a friendship in the men that is similar to a bully and his nerdy friend. So I wondered throughout the book, why does the nerdy friend stick around? His apparent low self esteem and lack of backbone comes into question throughout the book. But you’ll see him shift and grow a pair by the end.
The setting is, of course, the treacherous blizzard and the author makes no qualms about reminding you how cold it is, how you could lose fingers and toes and how the characters felt like they could have a heart attack. In this area, I felt the novel was flawed. The repetitive use of the same descriptive terms for different characters seemed like the author ran out of ways to describe the cold. That was a bummer after one or twice, then became annoying after three times. Beside that, the book took on a very fast pace and made you eager to see what would happen at the cabin when all stories collided. An enjoyable read for those that like fast thrillers in front of the fire.
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There has been a lot of wonderment on where to go as a self-published author to advertise and sell your latest novel. I have not found much luck myself. Well, not for sales anyway. For getting views, Goodreads is useful and the Giveaways help get reviews (but only half of what you give away will be reviewed…so go big). You’ll kinda feel like…
But it’ll be worth the feedback and exposure.
I have found that for audiobooks…Audiobook Reviewers got me a couple purchases on a 7-day trial advertisement. I think I am going to go with them again for an extended period since I did net some sales, albeit meager. Plus, I don’t have any other options right now that have worked for audiobooks.
Facebook and Twitter seem to have a hit-or-miss edge to it. But I am still on the search for how to market and advertise your novel online (and get results). The print and Kindle market is flooded but I am going to try a few strategies to target my customer base a bit more. I haven’t found that social media blasts do much by way of sales but do in fact, get your name out there (supposing your blast host has real followers). My latest novel, Girl Soldier, is considered a Teen Thriller (although, I thought it more New Adult but whatev’s). So I am still on the search! Share if you have found things that worked. Anyway, here’s my latest advertisements for your viewing pleasure:
3.5 of 5 Stars
Michael Jason Brandt is a newcomer to the literary world but he has made it clear that his talent is undeniable. I was skeptical upon first cracking open this behemoth of a novel as we all know that debut novel’s that are over 400 pages can end up very bad for readers. Luckily, this was not a big problem with Brandt’s novel, albeit slow to start. The story truly starts with following a group of college students into a cave for a brief tour. We meet a host of characters, some not really pertinent to the story at all and sort of just fall away (enter Christine and Tempest, Donny and James). I found myself wondering if they’d show up again since they were in the beginning but no, they just disappear.
A quick warning, as a reader, you will get loads of history and medical facts in this book. It comes across as disjointed and “know-it-all-ish” at first, but then you start to see why it fits into the running narrative. It was actually quite clever to do it that way, now that I’ve completed the book and could fully grasp the intelligence in the choice. The book continues on as we follow the real main characters, Halfus/Wendy/Ernie/Ben/Rich on a trip to Iraq to complete a dig in search of ancient material. On this dig is when things get interesting in the story.
I found myself wading through the first half of the book, wondering why I was filling my head with facts and history and people that I didn’t know where to place then WAM! The story takes off at a break neck speed! I enjoyed getting to know the real characters in the book and felt that the rise and fall of their emotions gave them all an edge of likability. My favorite character was Halfus, even though he didn’t have as in depth of a background as every other character, the way he was written made him endearing, mysterious and one to root for. I disliked Wendy (which is unfortunate because I’m a love of strong, independent women) because she came across as pompous unless she wanted something from someone. She was a typical user. I also didn’t like the way Brandt killed off a character in the story. It seemed very odd and sudden and…convenient.
All in all, the story dazzles after the halfway mark and made the read worth it. I’d recommend it for patient readers that enjoy history, sci-fi and action.
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