Stagecoach to Purgatory Review

Stagecoach to Purgatory

TITLE: Stagecoach to Purgatory: The Violent Days of Lou Prophet, Bounty Hunter

AUTHOR: Peter Brandvold

GENRE: Western

PAGES: 285

I fell in love with westerns around fourteen years ago. Yes, this wonderful genre came to me late in life, I was in my 40’s, and I had just moved to upstate New York. Being the avid reader I am, I was in a store and saw a bunch of westerns at low prices and picked a few up. I then spent the next two years reading nothing but westerns. I say this because when I say that Peter Brandvold composes an excellent western full of everything the genre represents, I know what I am talking about.

In Lou Prophet, Mr. Brandvold has given us a western hero we can admire. Not because of a noble sense of right or wrong, or because he is the epitome of a good guy, where he is as pure as the driven snow. No, Lou Prophet is a hard drinking, quick shooting, fast loving man that fights through his flaws and rises to the top. He is the type of western hero I have the most fun reading, and yes, this book is fun with a capital “F”!

Stagecoach To Purgatory is actually two novellas brought together; LAST STAGE TO HELL and DEVIL BY THE TAIL.  The best part, this book is number 19 in a series! Fear not you do not need to know what happened before to enjoy this book, and you are not bored to death with backstory. You get enough information is a short amount of time and the stories flow like the raging rapids.

I give this 5 bookmarks out of 5 and a need to read more Lou Prophet Stories!

 

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Introducing Lydia Stevens

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-What is your name?

My name is Lydia Stevens.

-What genre do you write in?

I write urban fantasy novels, although with my ghost writing freelance business, I have written across multiple genres including: mystery, suspense, horror, romance, science fiction and non-fiction.

-What drew you to this genre?

I love that urban fantasy gives the reader a connection to the world and real places in the world, but at the same time offers that escape from reality that can be found in the fantasy genre.

-What book(s) have you written?

I have written and self-published two novels: Why Me? (Book 1 of the Ginger Davenport Escapades) and Why Should I? (Book 2 of the Ginger Davenport Escapades).  I have written and will be releasing Why Not? (Book 3 of the Ginger Davenport Escapades) in February of 2019.  I have also written Phoenix Fire, (Book 1 in the Fire Trilogy), and have been contracted by LM Vintage Publishers for a 3-book contract and will be published book 1 this year, followed by the 2nd and 3rd installments of the saga.  I have also drafted a few other manuscripts that I am querying to literary agents.

-What is your current release?

My current release will be Why Not? (Book 3 of the Ginger Davenport Escapades) in February, 2019.

-How much research went into that book?

This book was all pansting, (writing by the seat of my pants.) Very little research went into this book, with the exception of looking up various sea monsters that I could use as one of Ginger’s new allies.

-What was the hardest part of writing that book?

Balancing the time between my freelance business as a ghost writer and article writer/blogger and my own works.

-Is this work part of a series?

Yes, Books 1 and 2 of the Ginger Davenport Escapades have been released and this will be the third and final installment of this series.

– Where can your book(s) be found?

My books can be found on Amazon, Ingram Sparks, Kobo Books, and Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble.

-Reading time is valuable. Sell me on your book.

Ginger Davenport is back and battling more than ever! Only this time it’s against one of her own, one of her best friends Gareth, King of the Dragons.  When a disagreement at one of the Ile De Havensborough’s supernatural summits turns out to be full of posturing, bureaucratic B.S. and some disgustingly old-fashioned red velvet curtains, there’s no way out of it, Ginger must declare war. All manner of madness, mayhem, and mischief occur, and even some lessons on paranormal etiquette when her pigmy pirate literary agent throws a book-birthday release party with the Ile de Havensborough’s Beast of the Bay.  Ginger’s farewell fight or flight in the third and final installment of the Ginger Davenport Escapades, is nothing short of paranormal hijinks, mixed with some minor bittersweet moments. Sweet and snarky Ginger will leave the Ile de Havensborough and company with a few good laughs and a whole lot of fond memories.

Why Me?: The Ginger Davenport Escapades, Book 1 by [Stevens, Lydia Anne]Why Should I?: The Ginger Davenport Escapades, Book 2 by [Stevens, Lydia]

 

More Questions With Dayton Ward

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I noticed on your blog, Daytonward.wordpress.com, that you write mainly “tie-in” novels. Personally I think it is great. It gives the fan of a franchise an expanded look at that particular universe. To me, a good tie in novel is worth its weight in gold. I have often wondered about the process of writing a tie in novel, so if you do not mind, I would like to pick your brain a bit.

-How long have you been writing tie in novels?

My first tie-in novel was published in January 2002. I got the contract to write it sometime in mid 2000 or so.

-How did you get into writing tie in novels?

The first novel came about after I’d had stories selected for publication in each of the first three Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthologies. The collections were the result of contests held each year, soliciting Star Trek stories from new/unpublished writers. After winning a berth in the third anthology, I’d rendered myself ineligible to enter future contests, and the editor at the time (John Ordover) offered me a novel contract, which leads to the next question….

-What was your first tie in novel written?

It was a Star Trek novel, In the Name of Honor.

-What novel have you had the most fun writing so far?

That’s like asking a parent to choose between their children! Okay, not really. I guess it’s a two-part answer. On my own, my favorite one to write might be another Star Trek novel I did, From History’s Shadow. Working with others, I’d have to say the time spent writing the different stories for the Star Trek Vanguard series.

-When writing a tie in novel, are you sent an idea to work with from the publisher, do you go on your own idea or is it a mix of both?

Most of the time it’s an idea I (or we, if I’m working with my writing partner, Kevin Dilmore) pitch to the editor. There have been times when I/we have worked with an editor and/or other authors to develop an idea that spans multiple books, or is part of an ongoing series/etc. and we collaborate to flesh out the big story as well as each book’s individual pieces.

-Have you considered doing a tie in novel based on a video game? If so, is there any particular game you would take on?

I’ve considered it, but so far nothing of that sort has come my way. I suppose if I had the opportunity to choose, I’d go for something like HALO, because that looks like a heck of a lot of fun.

-Have you ever considered writing a Star Wars novel? If so, is there a particular character or timeline you would tackle?

I’ve thought about it, but getting through that door is a pretty tough proposition. I’ve always wanted to do something with Han and Chewbacca, set before the events of the original Star Wars film, like Brian Daley’s trilogy of novels from the 1980s or the books Ann Crispin wrote in the 90s. The recent Solo film kind of puts a bit of a damper on that, but one never knows!

-What can your fans look forward to in the near future? Will there be any non-Star Trek novels? (Apologies for the blasphemy…)

My next book is Available Light, a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel, due out in April. I’m currently working on an original SF short story for an upcoming anthology, and I have a few other non-novel projects in various stages of gestation with publisher Insight Editions.  I do have a long-percolating idea for a science fiction novel that I’d like to do, one of these days. Finding the time has been something of a challenge, however. More on all of those later as details start coming together!

 

Ninetoes Book of the Week/Review 01/27/2019

Any Port In A War: An Alien Galactic Military Science Fiction Adventure (Enemy of my Enemy Book 1) by [Marquitz, Tim, Anderle, Michael, Martelle, Craig]

TITLE: Any Port in a War: Enemy of My Enemy Book 1

AUTHOR: Tim Marquitz and Michael Anderle

GENRE: Science Fiction

PAGES: 237

I have been a fan of Space Opera for as long as I can remember. We are talking at least forty three years worth of reading, and space opera has always been on my radar. There is something about aliens, space battles, exotic weapons and vehicles that have always triggered my imagination in the most exciting ways.

When I saw the cover of Any Port In a War, I knew I had to read it. Come on people, there is a cat lady on the cover holding a gun. If there is one, there are more. Not only are there cat people (Furlorians) there are also lizard people (Wyyvans).

After a quick space battle, The crew of the MONGER was sent through a space gate and crash landed on a desolate planet in the far reaches of the universe. This planet is inhabited by a small group of Furlorians, who left their homeworld in search of a peaceful place to live.

The crew of the Monger discover that the planet is rich in an element used to fuel star ships, Toradium-42. After this discovery, it is decided to wipe out the Furlorians so they can claim this element. Facing superior firepower, the Furlorians are left with a simple choice to fight back for their survival with the tools at their disposal.

This book is highly entertaining and easy to read which just adds to its appeal. You have a hero you can get behind and a villain you want to see get theirs! The battles are satisfying and believable. The story unfolds at a quick and easy pace, and before you know it, it is time to get book 2 in the series.

All in all I give this 5 bookmarks out of 5.

Your Friday Fun Read 01/25/2019

Any Port In A War: An Alien Galactic Military Science Fiction Adventure (Enemy of my Enemy Book 1) by [Marquitz, Tim, Anderle, Michael, Martelle, Craig]

I have to admit that I am at the halfway point in this book, but so far it is a blast! Any Port In A War by Tim Marquitz and Michael Anderle reminds me of why I got into Space Opera to begin with. This book is crazy fun, and fast paced. It is not overly hard to read which only enhances the read all the more!

A review is coming soon.

IM Conversations Still Count

I need to start this by saying Facebook friends are real friends. Especially when it comes to interests and people you talk to.

My main interest is books. Books and authors, that is. These are my people! One of the things I love to do is talk to authors about their books. This morning, I got into a discussion with Tim Marquitz about his “Enemy of My Enemy” series that he wrote with Michael Anderle. It is a four book space opera series, and the cover of book one has what looks like a cat person on it. Well, color me intrigued! I love cats. I love people. A cat person? I have to look into that.

During my discussion with Tim, he told me all four books of the “Enemy of My Enemy” series have been released. Yes! Score! The books in this series are:

A Port in Any War

Any Port In A War: An Alien Galactic Military Science Fiction Adventure (Enemy of my Enemy Book 1) by [Marquitz, Tim, Anderle, Michael, Martelle, Craig]

Refuge in the Stars

Refuge in the Stars: An Alien Galactic Military Science Fiction Adventure (Enemy of my Enemy Book 2) by [Marquitz, Tim, Anderle, Michael, Martelle, Craig]

A Subtle War

A Subtle War: An Alien Galactic Military Science Fiction Adventure (Enemy of my Enemy Book 3) by [Marquitz, Tim, Anderle, Michael, Martelle, Craig]

Vengeance

Vengeance: An Alien Galactic Military Science Fiction Adventure (Enemy of my Enemy Book 4) by [Marquitz, Tim, Anderle, Michael, Martelle, Craig]

So what could be better than this? How about a spin off series set in the same universe? Yes, there is a series set in the same universe by the same author with others as well. This series deals with the super dreadnoughts from the first series. As a bonus, all three books in this series are out as well! I feel like I am in space opera heaven at this point! The three books in this series are:

Super Dreadnought 1

Superdreadnought 1: A Military AI Space Opera by [Gideon, CH, Marquitz, Tim, Martelle, Craig, Anderle, Michael]

Super Dreadnought 2

Superdreadnought 2: A Military AI Space Opera by [Gideon, CH, Martelle, Craig, Anderle, Michael, Marquitz, Tim]

Super Dreadnought 3

Superdreadnought 3: A Military AI Space Opera by [Gideon, CH, Martelle, Craig, Anderle, Michael, Marquitz, Tim]

So much space opera goodness, so little time!

I just got the first book in the “Enemy of My Enemy” series. There will be a review forthcoming!

 

 

Your Friday Fun Read 01/18/2019

Hell's Gate: A Thriller

In a way, this one is a “Two-fer”. It is Your Friday Fun Read, and it is also the book I am currently reading! Yes! The spiral has stopped!!!!!

How did my spiral stop? I was looking through book deals for the Nook at Barnesandnoble.com, and came across the follow-up to this book, The Himalayan Codex, and the authors sounded familiar to me. Sure enough, I have the first book in my arsenal! So, I decided to start book one, Hell’s Gate, last night and I am hooked!!!!!

1944. As war rages across Europe and the Pacific, Army intel makes a shocking discovery: a three-hundred-foot Japanese submarine marooned and empty, deep in the Brazilian interior. A team of Army Rangers sent to investigate has gone missing and the military sends Captain R. J. MacCready to learn why the Japanese are there—and what they’re planning.

Parachuting into a mist-shrouded valley beneath a two thousand foot plateau, Mac is unexpectedly reunited with fellow scientist and friend Bob Thorne, presumed dead for years. Thorne, a botanist, lives with Yanni, an indigenous woman who possesses mysterious, invaluable skills. Their wisdom and expertise will prove lifesaving for Mac as he sets out into the unknown.

Soon, Mac learns of a diabolical Axis plot to destroy the United States and its allies. But there’s an even darker force on the prowl, attacking at night and targeting both man and beast. Mac has to uncover the source of this emerging biological crisis and foil the enemy’s plans . . . but will he be in time to save humanity from itself?