Dec 182014
 
Review: For We Are Many

I am just so confused after reading this book. I have so many questions. And not in a good way. The premise of the book sounded really good, but the execution fell sadly short. It just seemed so disjointed and fast and incomplete. Without giving spoilers, it’s hard to articulate all my questions, but there is a group of people that just appear in the story, and they apparently become important, but I don’t know where they came from or really how they are. Fletcher’s story started off quite good. He’s obviously different and has some kind of ability that […]

Aug 272013
 
Cover interview: Dianne Lynn Gardner

I’ve previously reviewed Deception Peak, and hosted Dianne Lynn Gardner with a guest post for her blog tour, so I was excited when she contacted me for a cover interview. What was your intention for the cover? I have three books in the series. My intent for the covers were to run the same theme through all of them and at the same time grab a bit of the story atmosphere. For instance, Deception Peak is about a foreboding mountain, the dragon’s lair, so I painted an eerie mountain in the distance, with the ocean in the foreground. In The […]

Oct 172012
 
Review: Deception Peak

This was an exciting and fun adventure story aimed at a younger YA male audience. It was enjoyable as an adult female reader, but I can see how it is aimed for a different audience. Ian is a relatable character. His attitude toward school and girls seemed realistic, and while the adventures he has are unusual, his reactions and emotions are not. They felt reasonable and realistic. I was a bit disappointed in Alex, Ian’s father. He seemed so out to lunch when it came to anything related to reality. It was hard to like or respect him as a […]

Oct 172012
 
Guest post: Dianne Lynn Gardner

As part of her book tour, I have Dianne Lynn Gardner here today with a guest post about theme. The Ian’s Realm Saga has a theme. World English dictionary on Theme:  a unifying idea, image, or motif, repeated or developed throughout a work From the Prequel Deception Peak, its sequels The Dragon Shield and Rubies and Robbers, there’s a unifying theme that is threaded throughout its pages–an idea that’s been wound tightly to my heart. Of all the swords and sorcerers in fantasy literature, I see the well-meaning theme of good versus evil. And even though many of those stories […]