Nicholas A. Price “Timed to Perfection”

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Children’s author Nicholas A. Price has a new story coming to Kindle: Timed to Perfection (The Time Series Book 1).

Colorfully illustrated throughout by Gigi Art, the book is certain to appeal to children in the five to ten age range. Especially with the imaginative story about Mr. Brown’s family and their magical egg timer.

Published by Demy Books, this book will be released on February 15, 2017, and is available for preorder.

Children will learn about time and have their imaginations stimulated by what’s going on inside Mr. Brown’s egg timer. It’s not just for cooking perfect eggs, why there’s a whole world inside the glass domes. And, the Sand Tribe Union is revolting against their current situation where the humans control their every minute, or every three minutes!

This battle of wills has a surprising end result that benefits everyone.

 

 

 

Roger Doss “Trader’s Intuition”

traders-intuitionEveryone has a story about the business deal or stock tip that they missed out on, including author Roger Doss. In his book, Trader’s Intuition, Doss explores the idea that a “gut-feeling” might be right, but with a Ph.D. in Computer Science, he digs a little deeper.

Chapters and analysis of stocks and cyclical stock patterns include both the fundamental and technical which provide those new to the market with an overall feel for how the stocks work.

If you are an inexperienced trader, there is enough information on stock brokers and online trading programs to get you started, and then the fun starts.

Doss explains the difference between purchase orders, cost per trade, per unit fees and cost-averaging. His plans don’t include day trading, he likes long-term buy and hold strategies with when-to-sell rules, and explains in quick order how to position yourself through stock keeping and how to select specific companies to invest in if your goal is to produce wealth.

 

You won’t get bogged down with long-winded examples, this is a quick read for those of us with busy lives but a desire to invest. And, finally, Doss describes four strategies that can be implemented by doing your own research, which ultimately is what most online trading involves.

Published January 11, 2017, this Kindle book is currently available for $2.99.

 

Christina Westcott’s “Cypher”

cypherSure, the cover’s a bit campy, but so is the book. Author Christina Westcott has a sense of humor and so does her protagonist, Kimber FitzWarren. This isn’t Alien, although Fitz’s partner is a cyborg. And, it isn’t your average TV sitcom, although the cover reminds me of the show Lab Rats.

With that said, I enjoyed the good pacing and intriguing twists and menaces constantly thrown at Fitz and her starship, in Cypher, but the best part was that her partner, Wolf, gets attacked by a rogue (aren’t they all?) computer programmer who turns him into a super assassin trying to destroy what Fitz has spent her life trying to protect.

To make matters worse, she can’t just kill her partner, or the crazy programmer, at least not until her buddy is back to normal, or as normal as a cyborg can be.

Along the way, there is time for love, honor, strange mutant beings bent on destruction, and as all good books must have, a psychic cat. Look at the cover, yeah, that’s a cat.

This is a long story, a full 383 pages, or 7325 on my Kindle Fire. Published August 23, 2016, you can get a copy on Amazon right now for $3.99.

Charles LeoGrande “Green”

green-book-coverAuthor Charles LeoGrande offers a glimpse of early 1970’s pro wrestling with his novella Green. It’s reasonable size at 111 pages, published November 30, 2016, and runs just 99-cents at Amazon.

I can feel the author’s emotions in the writing, and indeed, LeoGrande admits his pro-wrestling career took him many places, but this isn’t the big time. Green is a  beginning and the minor leagues of wrestling, the bacon and beans circuit, and the protagonist is a draft-age kid who leaves New York in 1971 for Canada and falls into a job (not unlike a rock roadie, “set ’em up and tear ’em down again”) with a seasoned veteran making his way from Montreal to Hamilton, to the Calgary Stampede.

The writing is reasonable, the pace moderate, and it’s not about developing characters and their motivation, it’s a story of youth, and wrestling, and blood, and showmanship. How can you not love a character who says, “My eyelids got heavy— the beating of bodies slamming down on the mat lulling me.”

 

 

Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr “The Magician’s Workshop”

the-magicians-workshop-coverAuthors Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr released The Magician’s Workshop (Volume One) on November 8, 2016 – published by Wondertale. The book runs 247 pages, a little less than 4000 units on my Kindle Fire.

This is a well-written, whimsical young adult tale where everyone has magical abilities. There is more than enough here to get readers hooked. As the author’s put it:

Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.

 

Bill Lucas “Book of Spells”

book-of-spells-coverPete Marsh is your everyday fellow, you know, life, love, girlfriend, boring job at a bookshop. Oh, he does have an imaginary friend named Albert, but doesn’t everyone?

The way Book of Spells author Bill Lucas put it:

So one day you inherit a bookshop. It turns out to be a magical gateway to other realms where goblins and elves are real, where magic is possible and there is an evil witch who wants to destroy the world.

Oh and as owner of the gateway it’s your job to stop her. Perhaps not your best Monday ever!

But you are not alone, a tubby school friend, a hobgoblin magic coach, assorted elves and an ADHD pixie should all make your life easier; when you finally work out how to cast some spells.

Book of Spells is an urban fantasy novel for all of those people who wish they could step out of their boring reality into something more magical, but with added guns and pizza!

This new Kindle book is 253 pages – $2.99 and put out by PublishNation December 18, 2016. Enjoy.

Frank Okolo’s “The Contractor”

 the-contractor-book-cover Author Frank Okolo doesn’t offer much of a description to The Contractor:

“An unpredictable U.S. president. Trumped by the Russians.
And a terror group. The Secret Service has reason to be afraid.
No one survives the Contractor.”

Still, it’s obvious what his point is: opponents of the U.S. President hire an assassin to kill him. The reader is left to root for the good guy, who may not be good, or the bad guy, who we know is a killer. Hmmm.

Currently $1.99 on Kindle.

 

 

Rayme Michaels “Screw The Devil’s Daiquiri

 

Screw the Devil’s Daiquiri by Rayme Michaels is a strange brew of young, angry man angst screw-the-devils-daiquiri-book-coverand schizophrenia. The author knows this, as the preview runs:

“When womanizer, and possible schizophrenic, John Hazel, is suddenly offered a serious job promotion by the CEO of his company, David Wall, under the condition that John help him kill his wife, John finds himself between a rock and a hard place when Mr. Wall’s wife, Victoria Wall, asks John to do the same for her. John, an office temp, photographer and university teaching assistant of philosophy, has more than enough on his post-traumatic, hyperactive mind, without something as absurd as this weighing down on him, not to mention that he is haunted—well, annoyed more than anything—by either the spirits or imaginary spirits of Giovanni Boccaccio, Francois Rabelais and a she-devil named Sabrina. Life does not seem to want to let up on John. Will he make it through this very bizarre time of tribulation, or will he end up behind bars, stone-cold dead, or simply cracking under the weight of it all?”

This is currently available for 99-cents – Screw The Devil’s Daiquiri

J. A. Bennett “Music and the Tree Who Loved Her”

music-and-the-tree-coverThose who would read of Fantasy and Myth shall be entranced by Music And The Tree Who Loved Her. Sure, that’s a strong start to a review, but if you love a work of fantasy, the story presented by author J. A. Bennett is top notch.

What I have in hand is published by J. A. Bennett, 2nd edition, November 16, 2016. The print length is 398 pages and Kindle gives me 7050 sections. It’s a long read and worth the $4.99 price.

There is an ethereal feeling of promise here, a feeling that anything is possible, a bit like I felt when first reading a Piers Anthony novel where a hero lay down on the grass to take a nap and the grass grew into his body, quickly. So strange, so dangerous, so fantastic.

The story of Music and the Tree begins with a sapling, a tiny Tree Prince ready to take his place among the forest he will someday rule, but fate isn’t kind to him, or the dove that carries him to his appointed and anointed place. But fret not, for the story also brings us much more, including the scary villains, warrior dwarves, a village holding a curse of vampires.

All in all, all in one, the writing is very good, and the story is strong throughout. Just give in to your imagination and the story, sturdily woven by the author and you’ll enjoy every minute you are emersed in this new world.

FIVE STARS

Characters: 19 Honesty: 17 Originality: 18 Plot and Pacing: 15 Storytelling: 17

CHOPS Review total on a scale of 100: 86

Star grading: up to 19 points = 1 star, 20-39 points = 2 stars, 40-59 points = 3 starts, 60-79 points = 4 stars, 80-100 points= 5 stars