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Requiem for a Queen

Requiem For A Queen by Kaylin McFarren takes the classic tale of good vs. evil and gives it a sultry twist. As the Red War rages between heaven and hell, Lucifer is on the hunt for the prisoners that escaped him and his soulmate. Those who oppose him have scattered to various locations in order to evade capture or are injured from previous battles. But how are they going to win if they cannot help one another?

Readers of the entire Gehenna series will appreciate the way in which the author evolves her characters within each book and over the series. The conflict in the story is one dark fantasy fans will be familiar with but the characters are the reason you keep reading, their relationships are the reason you will find this book hard to put down, and your desire to just know how it all ends will keep you coming back to this book again and again. Every good fantasy novel has a good villain and Requiem For A Queen does not disappoint. I was enthralled with the Black Dragon.

This novel also takes the trope of strong female character to a new level with Samara giving birth by herself in difficult circumstances. This reminded me of the way Margaret Atwood handles the emotional turmoil that females face in her stories. When chapter one ended with ‘Lucifer’s child was coming into this world whether Samara was prepared or not,’ I had to make sure that I was prepared to read the next chapter because Kaylin McFarren holds nothing back and I was sure we were going to be in for a ride. The author is a master of scene details and situations really come to life once we’re in the thick of the action.

Requiem For A Queen is a fiery paranormal romance that will be devoured by long-time fans of the series. Excellently combining the paranormal romance genre and dark occult fantasy I was really intrigued by the lore and backstory built into this story. It always felt like this world was lived in and we are only just now discovering it. I enjoyed the way this story tested its main character and put her in desperate situations. I know it sounds awful but this is why I love fiction and Kaylin McFarren creates some compelling situations that are superbly entertaining.

Pages: 341 | ASIN: B0BBJTR8BD

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Literary Titan Silver Book Award November 2022

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and writing talent of these brilliant authors.

Silver Award Recipients

ZONT-2 and Beyond by Blair Wylie

The Parables of Chance by John Nicholson

Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information.

It Was In Our Hands

It Was In Our Hands by M.C Ronen brings to an end an enlightening read of M.C Ronen’s ethical thrillers. Now a full-fledged activist, a far cry from the young enslaved escapee from Nature’s farm, Sunny takes the mantle of leadership at the Liberation Movement. Sunny and her activist friends are still working towards rescuing and rehabilitating enslaved persons, but they venture into the political scene with a twist. Now that Sunny has more people in her life to protect, the mission to change the status quo might be a massive step towards achieving total liberation or just another costly mistake.

The Liberation trilogy has been a roller coaster of events, and the final isn’t any different. This time Ronen tells the story from other characters’ points of view, including that of enslaved persons and reformed perpetrators. Her new approach is insightful, and once again, M.C Ronen has managed to convince readers about everything that is wrong with abusing other sensate creatures. M.C Ronen’s unique writing style always vividly represents her message and more so in the final book.

Unlike the earlier series, Ronen barely uses metaphors, and readers can get a clearer picture of the veganism message she’s trying to convey. However, the chapters are concise, containing bits and pieces of different soliloquies. Obviously, the author was trying to tie up all loose ends, giving readers closure on the future of all characters, both past, and present.

It Was In Our Hands by M.C Ronen was more thrilling than the two previous trilogy parts. Although, I wouldn’t recommend reading the third book in isolation from the previous two because it might be challenging to connect many dots. This suspenseful conclusion to the storyline is not one to miss and will leave readers with much to think about.

Pages: 259 | ASIN : B097SSCZCL

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The Real Demands of the End of the World

Robert Chazz Chute Author Interview

Endemic follows a book smart woman that is wanted for her intelligence in a collapsing society, she has to figure out a way to survive her traumatic past and her bleak current situation. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I share a lot of Ovid’s issues. We both have a sensory processing sensitivity and we both worked in the book publishing industry. I don’t have her green thumb, but Ovid’s kind of my surrogate through much of her ordeal. The pandemic was a profound inspiration that allowed me to capture the realities of a viral apocalypse from the safety of my blanket fort. I guess you could say I went into lockdown, wrote in isolation, and extrapolated.

Ovid wants to survive but has limited survival skills at the start. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Extraordinary people using unlimited resources to survive aren’t interesting to me. I think too many apocalyptic books load up on easily defended fortresses and ammunition. A nerdy book editor who discovers her capabilities and deals with the real demands of the end of the world is compelling. Ovid is an outsider, but her struggles with her troubled past and daddy issues make her relatable. By the end of Endemic, readers cheer for her.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I wanted to do more than make Endemic solely a survivalist narrative. We’ve seen all that already. Instead, we discover Ovid was a survivor long before the pandemic hit. She didn’t know how tough she really was until more was demanded of her. Many people wanted to tell her what to do and keep her weak. She’s much stronger than she thought she could be. Readers relate to those issues. Call it a therapeutic apocalypse, especially for book nerds.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m devoting all my writing time to a new epic fantasy. Mostly, I write apocalyptic suspense and crime thrillers, but my editor encouraged me to play in a new pond and I’m having a blast writing it. Not sure when I’ll pull the new series together, but probably not until the new year. I’m supposed to be working on making audiobooks, too. I already have a big catalog, so I’m swamped.

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The New York Book Festival has awarded Endemic first place in the Science Fiction/Horror category! 

She was a nail. She will become a hammer.
As the United States falls to disease, killers and thieves rule New York. Bookish, neurotic, and nerdy, Ovid Fairweather finds herself trapped in the struggle for survival.

Bullied by her father, haunted by her dead therapist, and hunted by marauders, Ovid is forced to fight.

With only the voices in her head as her guides, an unlikely heroine will become a queen.
Fun, surprising, and suspenseful, Endemic is the new apocalyptic novel from the author of Citizen Second ClassThis Plague of Days, and AFTER Life.

The Dream Prison

Joe Canzano Author Interview

Run and Flash follows a teen who’s sentenced to 1,000 nightmares and uncovers a deeper and more complex world after their friend tries to help them escape. How did you develop the idea for the Dream Prison?

It was inspired by the virtual reality games we have now – only this is the next level, where the game or dream is implanted into the player’s head. If a good dream can be implanted, so can a nightmare. I’m sure if this can ever be done, someone will put it to bad use.

This was a very creative story. What scene did you have the most fun writing?

Thanks. I like the scenes where Rune and Markla are together. The book has a fair amount of action, but really, it’s the dialogue and human interaction that I have the most fun writing.

I sensed a bit of Phillip K. Dick and William Gibson’s writing in this story. Am I imagining it or did you pull some kind of inspiration from these writers?

Your senses are good. I think I’ve read all of Phillip K. Dick’s books, and William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” is one of my favorite novels of all time.

Do you have more stories planned inside the Dream Prison?

I’m working on a sequel to this book. So far it’s going well.

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When 16-year-old Markla Flash is convicted of murder and sentenced to 1,000 nightmares inside the Dream Prison, her friend Rune vows to help—but he quickly finds himself pitted against his parents, and the police, and a gang of murdering “subversives,” as well as the keepers of a society where artificially created dreams are used for both punishment and pleasure.

“Rune and Flash” is an action-filled science fiction adventure about the power of truth, technology, and love.

Rune and Flash

Rune and Flash: Inside the Dream Prison is an intense and exciting read. This mind-bending sci-fi story follows Markla Flash, a sixteen-year-old who’s been sentenced to 1,000 nightmares in prison after a murder conviction. When Rune, her best friend, promises to help her escape, he quickly gets involved in another level of society, where dreams are created for the purpose of inflicting pain, punishment, and pleasure.

Joe Canzano’s imaginative story turns nightmares into tools. He’s created an intriguing dystopian world where people face the devastation of a thousand nightmares that are more realistic than life. I’m not sure I could endure the pain of them all.

While Rune is determined to rescue his friend Markla, he is offered a scholarship to write nightmares. This clash in technological perspectives can easily tear them apart or give them one of the biggest challenges to overcome together. In this way the author gives layers to his story. These nightmares are not just abstract ideas, they’re fully realized and that grounds this otherwise fantastic story and makes it all feel real.

While Markla and Rune share a strong bond, they come from very different backgrounds. Rune’s family is heavily involved in law enforcement and technology. Markla was raised in a poverty-stricken community, facing many obstacles just to survive. I enjoy the way the author crafts his characters. Slow and methodical and deep. They feel like real people because of the subtle details that are scattered throughout the story.

Life becomes more intense when Markla joins a secret organization that is determined to take down the government. Despite their opposite lives, the two friends develop a strong relationship, but they must decide their fate as they struggle to survive in a nightmarish dystopian world.

Joe Canzano’s Rune and Flash: Inside the Dream Prison is a riveting dystopian thriller with an inherent sense of adventure. I reveled in this dark futuristic world because of the exciting balance between creativity and psychological terror. With an inventive story-line, a detailed world and captivating characters, this is a science fiction story that is fun to visualize and immensely entertaining to read.

Pages: 315 | ASIN: B0B1CGJ9S6

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Child of Etherclaw 

Humanity was on the brink of extinction, their last days upon them. That is, until the mysterious entities known as Aeons arrived and gave the humans of earth a second chance. Now, under the control of a universal conglomerate, the world begins anew. Fenlee and her brother Elliot are two poor children, who spend their days scavenging the now abandoned undercity for anything they can sell. When Fenlee has her life saved by a stranger, it sets off a chain of events that will not only change her completely but also affect the lives of those closest to her.

Child of Etherclaw by Matty Roberts is a riveting young adult, sci-fi adventure that is set in an intriguing dystopian future. The story follows Fenlee and her younger brother, Elliot, two young scavengers. One day, Fenlee has her life saved and discovers a secret about herself, her family and her future that will have her question everything she ever knew.

I enjoyed the unique and detailed world that Roberts has created in this futuristic story. The backstory feels deep and is well suited for the methodical plot that unfolds slowly and in interesting ways. This creates a fantastic foundation for what can be a fascinating series where the ideas in this novel are fleshed out and explored further.

If you are a fan of dystopian fiction then you will find yourself right at home with Matty Roberts’ cyberpunk thriller. I enjoyed the diversity in the characters and wanted to see them develop further; which is one of the reasons why I can see this being a series where the characters go through more evolution. This is a novel that thrives on its compelling plot and its ability to wield genre tropes to great effect. If this is your first foray into young adult science fiction then this novel will feel fresh and exciting.

The author has created a compelling universe for their intriguing plot to wind through. Child of Etherclaw is an engrossing post-apocalyptic story that will send readers on a spellbinding adventure.

Pages: 350 | ASIN: B09WKQPRWM

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The Light Reapers

The Light Reapers: Fight for a New Beginning is an intense, action-packed, military sci-fi novel that will have you on the edge of your seat. We follow the Light Reapers, who set out in a post-apocalyptic world to battle the infected. The story picks up right where the previous book left off, but it seems the infected are becoming more intelligent and have turned to torture the uninfected. The Light Reapers must decide to save the world or save themselves.

Author Gary Hickman doesn’t disappoint with this sequel as the action begins from the turn of the first page. We follow the same characters that were in the first book with the introduction of new characters. I appreciated that Lia is tough and can handle her own. Priest, tough on the outside but soft on the inside, especially when it comes to Lia. The descriptions of the battle scenes are gory and unapologetic, and  Hickman does an excellent job of immersing the reader in the action.

The infected are described so well that I felt like I was watching a movie and genuinely afraid of them. This book is similar to the Walking Dead in the sense that the characters are tactical and must survive off the land, but also identical to the Ghost of Mars, where the infected look and act crazy and are not like your typical zombies. The plot and characters are unpredictable, and it’s hard to get attached to a surface because you never know if they will survive. This speaks volumes about the author’s writing style.

The Light Reapers is raw, gritty, and unfiltered and will have you wondering just what will happen next. This is one book that you will not be able to put down and will have you in awe until the very end. However, this book is not for you if you are sensitive to blood and gore.

Pages: 361 | ASIN : B09XVLXK7P

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