Saturday, April 16, 2016

Review: The Overseer's Son by @SarahJaune

The Overseer's Son (Children of the Guard Book 1) by Sarah Jaune is a post-apocalyptic science-fiction fantasy following Elijah Hunt, son of a powerful magician, the Overseer of Chicago:

Imagine a world where there are only two classes: people with power, and people without.

Imagine a world where cities are ruled by families with magical powers, where their will determines their citizen's lives, and where the strongest thrives.

For Elijah Hunt he doesn't have to imagine a world where bullies rule. He lives it everyday under the cruelty of his magical father: the Overseer of Chicago.

Will Elijah choose to run from the father determined to mold him into a monster too, or will he stay and face his future? Will Eli even have magic of his own?

The stakes are high as Eli and his sisters have to choose whether to stay or run for their lives.

Although the introduction may come off as a bit of an info-dump, the majority of The Overseer's Son is a fun coming-of-age story propelled by big magic, engaging dialogue, and a clear moral foundation.

As Elijah meets new friends who help him unlock his potential, he also witnesses the true state of the Chicago first-hand. Readers learn about an expansive world that blurs genre by combining technology and magic, and Elijah learns about problems too big for any one person to fix, but also too big to ignore. These discoveries drive him to moral crisis as he confronts the man his father wants him to be, the man others hope he can be, and the person he thinks he is.

Elijah receives wonderful support from other characters but finds that he still must fight an internal battle – will he grow up to be a monster like his father? Can he truly escape his father's physical and emotional influence? Sarah Jaune addresses many of the issues that stem from childhood abuse, and does so in a way appropriate for upper middle-grade and YA audiences.

The Overseer's Son hints at bigger mysteries to be explored in later books, adding depth to the world while promising an adventure-oriented plot. Dark undertones introduce the readers to deep issues such as poverty. Yet, Elijah's story is a positive narrative of overcoming obstacles with the wise and loving support of family and friends.

You can find The Overseer's Son on [ Amazon ] and [ Goodreads ], and you can connect with author Sarah Jaune on twitter @sarahjaune

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Appearance: Oak City Comicon

Stop on by!

I will be signing copies of my speculative fiction chapbook, Premeditations, on April 16th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation's vendor table at Oak City Comicon.

Oak City Comicon is a family-friendly, one-day convention that runs April 16th from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM at the Raleigh Convention Center. Kids 8 and under are FREE. Their guest list includes  Howard Chaykin who illustrated the first ten issues of the Marvel Star Wars comics series.

From their website:

Oak City Comicon was conceived and created by Alan Gill and Tommy Lee Edwards, the same gentlemen who bring you the fan-favorite NC Comicon each November.

“We wanted to do a huge, one-day show that would be low-cost, high energy, crazy fun and showcase not only the best vendors in the area, but also the amazing creator talent we have in North Carolina.”
On top of hosting an abundance of comic book professionals and the best local comic book stores and vendors from across the state, Oak City Comicon will be a new destination for those individuals who love costume and cosplay. In fact, the show will facilitate a cosplay contest with a grand prize of two all-access, 3-day passes to the 2016 NC Comicon.

So come say hello, get your signed copy, and browse the works of other NC writers!

Oak City Comicon
Raleigh Convention Center
500 South Salisbury Street,
Raleigh, NC 27601

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Review: #Dreamers by Samantha Priestley

In Dreamers by Samantha Priestley, boyfriend Pete laughs off Fran's belief in the power of dreams. When Rob takes Fran seriously and takes a risk, their friendship fractures and the wheels are set in motion for Fran's dreams to come true - but not in the way that Fran expects. In the end, is it the dreams that are more powerful, or the characters' interpersonal choices? Fran certainly has her regrets.

You can purchase Dreamers from [ Folded Word] or from [ Amazon ] in paperback or ebook formats.

Have twitter? Connect with the author @sampriestley and the publisher @FoldedWord and use the hashtag #Dreamers

Check out more of Folded Word's Chapbooks!

Hey, look! An interview of Samantha Priestley on Lifestyle and Literature.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Review: The Lost Pony of Riverdale

So, I know that this one is a little different than what I usually review because it's not speculative fiction, but AHHH PONIES!!!


The Lost Pony of Riverdale by Amanda Wills made my 11-year-old heart squeal with joy. This sweet middle grade novel tackles a few big issues like depression and anger, brought on by the death of Poppy's mother years back and the new family's sudden move to the country with Poppy's stepmother of several years. Poppy's actions and understanding of the world around her are spot on for her age, and she matures by the end, no longer seeing her kind stepmother as the enemy. Her six-year-old brother is a great supporting character who adds adventure the way only a six-year-old can. The setting feels real-to-life, as does the care required for such a large animal.

The Lost Pony of Riverdale is a story of underdogs, disappointment, and moving on from tragedy through love. Pick it up here on [ Amazon ] to start reading immediately.

There are several books in the series (Yay!) and you can get the first three as a bundle on [ Amazon ].

Learn more about Amanda Wills at

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Narration: Leapling by Nicole Feldringer @CastofWonders

Today Cast of Wonders published Episode 199: Leapling by Nicole Feldringer, narrated by yours truly. "Leapling" is about a teen who confronts her wayward brother as part of her destiny foretold to her by her grandmother.  

Cast of Wonders is a pro-paying YA market that I've narrated for before. They are part of the Escape Artists podcasts, along with Escape Pod and Podcastle. You can comment about the story here on the Escape Artists forum.