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Minotaur’s Lair

Minotaur’s Lair – Servant of the Gods – Book Three by Luciana Cavallaro is the final installment in the trilogy, which follows Evan, who must face Queen Antioche and stop the Dark Master from becoming a deity. If the Dark Master successfully gains this power, Evan and his alliances face an uncertain future. There are many unexpected twists throughout his journey and fate, making this book an incredible read.

The story maintains a consistent pace that conjures excitement from the start. Cavallaro creates an action-packed tale with elements of ancient mythology and mystical places, contrasting with time travel and modern technology. Evan must quickly adapt and learn how his quest shifts from one challenge to the next, whether Queen Antioch attempts to entice him with tempting gifts and promises or he becomes face-to-face with a new enemy. He must also follow his father’s legacy by locating a sacred artifact while defeating his captors.

Cavallaro’s fantastic writing style is sharp and descriptive without slowing the story’s pace. The author thoroughly researches the architecture, landscapes, and scenarios in mythology. It’s a fantastic adventure full of exciting developments and lively characters. As the story delves into the thrilling mythology of an ancient world, Evan becomes eager to find a way home to his time in the future.

I found this book, and the trilogy, an excellent story that’s engaging and enjoyable from start to finish. The author does a fantastic job of creating an intricate world with layers of fascinating developments and characters that keep the reader moving from one chapter to the next. Minotaur’s Lair – Servant of the Gods – Book Three by Luciana Cavallaro is an excellent read for science fiction and fantasy fans. I recommend the trilogy and look forward to more books from this author.

Pages: 396 | ASIN : B0BFGW1Z6S

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Time Terminus

Time Terminus is a novella that could easily be expanded into a full-length novel. This sci-fi action story is about Isaac Templeton, a high-powered lawyer whose puzzling nightmares foreshadow the need for him to eventually travel back in time to save the life of his girlfriend.

Through a series of complex plots and subplots, dipping in and out of time travel that is made possible by alien life, author David Gittlin tells the stories of Isaac and his complicated girlfriend, an inventor and a serial killer with a taste for disguise. The idea at the heart of this compelling story is a good one. There are twists and turns in the plot and plenty of action interspersed through lengthy passages of dialogue that propel the plot forward. The flashback technique Gittlin uses is handled quite well, although there are times it feels like some ideas could benefit from further exploration. The author gives his characters a great sense of depth and range and I wish that the novel was longer so that we can stay with the characters and learn more about them.

The best part of Time Terminus is the skill with which the author handles the complications and paradoxes inherent in any story that deals with time travel. It’s clear he has thoroughly considered the effects on the present if you could go back to the past and do things differently. However, I would have liked to see him explore this in more depth.

Time Terminus: Expect the Unexpected is a quick and entertaining crime and mystery novel that uses interesting time travel elements to really liven up the story overall. The many subplots hint at a much more complicated story than Gittlin gives us, and I look forward to reading more from this author.   


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Tales From Another Dimension

Tales from Another Dimension, by Robbie Sheerin, is a collection of ten science fiction short stories. Inspired by classic science fiction, Robbie Sheerin brings us the fantastic and the frightening with these ten stories, whether it’s on Earth, in space, or on another world.

I enjoyed this collection of short stories. For the most part, what connects these stories is the science fiction genre. Two stories follow the same characters: “Part 1: The Last of Your Kind” and “Part 2: The First of your Kind.” And this two-part story gives us a unique take on how Earth became inhabited by humans.

I had a little harder time getting into some of the stories than others. “Dangers of Atmospheric Entry” was one such story. It’s not that it was poorly written (none of the stories are); I just had a harder time suspending my disbelief in this story. While others, like “The future you imagine, Doctor, is not the future of the future,” I was able to buy into completely. I suppose it came down to the fact that some of the stories seemed more plausible than others, as if some could be real or come true.

With this said, I did enjoy all the stories. And since Robbie Sheerin was inspired by classic science fiction, it felt only natural (to me, at least) that HG Wells was included in one of the stories. I truly liked these stories and wouldn’t mind reading more from Robbie Sheerin, even something that’s longer, like an actual novel.

Tales from Another Dimension, by Robbie Sheerin, brings us great science fiction stories. Even with the stories being short, it’s obvious that each one has a well-developed world that helps ground the reader in the story and great characters that we can get behind, and even cheer for.

Pages: 152 | ASIN : B09MDQ5VH7

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If The Goonies Were Time Travelers

Adam Crozier Author Interview

Escaping the Future follows a group of friends on an adventure that leads to a time machine in a wrecked spaceship that sends them to the future. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I grew up on stories like The Goonies and Back to the Future. When I was thinking about ideas to pursue in my own writing, it wasn’t a big leap for me to ask myself, “What if the Goonies were time travelers?” Instead of hunting for a treasure, they could be searching through time for a way home. Instead of the Goonies, the friends from the story were loosely based on the friends from my own childhood. I imagined how my friends would have reacted if they were thrown into the future, and the shenanigans that would result from our choices in trying to get home.

Your characters were interesting and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I wanted to portray characters with the challenges that everyone feels as they are growing up. Whether struggling to make their own voice heard like Sophia, not living up to expectations of others or yourself like Tate, not fitting in like Zoe, or just how to gain the confidence you need to succeed like Nic. Everyone deals with these challenges in some degree at some point in their lives, and how they overcome these challenges is the heart of the person they become.

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

I wanted the reader to understand the idea of seeing things from others perspectives as well as your own, whether it is from strangers or someone as close as your family.  While Nic has to move away, he doesn’t see things from his parent’s point of view. Despite his disagreements with his family, he has to learn to not take for granted the time he has with them. We never know what changes might come in the future, family drama, moving away, or even your own alien situation. Understanding others point of view can help you work together and live in the moment.

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

I am working on a middle grade story where the main character will travel from Earth into another world filled with magic. It is a fairytale about exploration and discovering your own true potential. I don’t have a working date for its release yet.

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The seconds are ticking away. If he can’t turn back the clock, the human race is doomed.

Nic Walker is devastated. Forced to leave behind his best friends because his parents are moving, the bright twelve-year-old is determined that they all have one final adventure. So when they come across a time machine in a wrecked spaceship, a trip to the future seems like the perfect plan… until they discover they can’t get back.

Alarmed to learn they can only move forward, Nic finds them all trapped centuries ahead in a world of jetpacks and flying cars. And with each failed attempt to locate a wormhole and return them to when they belong, the twenty-first-century tween hurtles towards a war that will end humanity.

Can Nic overcome aliens and bring everyone home?

Escaping the Future is a thrilling middle-grade time travel adventure. If you like puzzling mysteries, strong friendships, and eye-popping science fiction settings, then you’ll love Adam Crozier’s captivating quest.

Delilah Recovered 

Delilah Recovered by Amelia Estelle Dellos tells the story of Delilah Smith, who lives a dull and uninteresting life as an accountant. Her world turns upside down when she meets the handsome Samuel Solomon, who introduces her to the exciting realm of fairies, witches, angels, and witch hunters. Delilah quickly learns that everything she thinks she knows about her ordinary reality is wrong. Her authentic memories reveal that she will play a pivotal role in this world. Delilah discovers that many of her memories have been sealed from her. She begins to learn about her prophesied destiny and that many aspects of life have been hidden from her. The world she uncovers is dark, extraordinary and ominous.

The world that is constructed by Amelia Estelle Dellos in this enthralling fantasy novel is imaginative and enchanting. I enjoyed how the author articulated the contrast between Delilah’s mundane existence as an accountant in an office and being thrown into a chaotic dark fantasy realm with danger and excitement. The book has a compelling story line and a fascinating protagonist. The story delves into the colorful and dynamic lives of the characters and I really enjoyed watching how their actions impacted one another; sort of like a paranormal melodrama on television. There is no shortage of action and intrigue to lure readers into this richly imagined world.

The author brilliantly integrates elements of the Samson and Delilah story into the book and shows how the past can have a profound effect on the present. Romance, mythology, magic, and an intriguing mystery all coalesce into an exciting journey. I was enthralled with the surreal theme of this book and reveled in the unique supernatural and time travel elements. I recommend Delilah Recovered to readers who are looking for an imaginative urban fantasy novel with a protagonist that goes through a massive evolution.

Pages: 276 | ISBN: 1639885145

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Escaping the Future

Escaping the Future is an exciting science fiction adventure that focuses on the triumphs and challenges of a group of heroes, with unexpected plot twists throughout the story. The book drew me in from the beginning, with a fast-paced narrative that engages the reader with a deeply complex world of fate and a chilling but striking future entrenched in battles and advanced technology. The characters must face their inner demons while taking on the challenges of an ever-changing society. It’s a story where richly-developed characters keep the reader interested, whether it’s Tate’s brash attitude to Sophia’s reluctance to take sides, Nic’s self-blame, or Zoe’s fear of being an outsider.

It’s not often that I read a book that is so perfectly balanced between the immensity of its setting and the dynamic relationship between a close group of friends. As the four unexpected heroes take center stage and grow as their adventure continues, they face many obstacles, including devasting setbacks, deadly adversity, and a dire final battle that elevates this science fiction tale.

I found the author has an exceptional storytelling ability. The story initially centers around Nic Walker, a boy of twelve, who faces his worst fear, which is moving away from his best friends. As he rushes to spend the precious time he has left with his friend Tate, a major aviation fan, savvy Sophia, and Zoe, they become unexpectedly involved in a lively adventure where they risk everything to save the future of earth from a truly nightmarish fate.

This book is an excellent coming-of-age story that combines the everyday challenges of kids aged twelve and up with the excitement of science fiction and futuristic elements. I recommend Escaping the Future for its fantastic narration, engaging storyline, and strong characters.

Pages: 299 | ASIN: B0B52DWYNG

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Allowing The Possibilities

Jesse G and Carolee Shepherd Author Interview

Beyond Amazon takes readers on a metaphysical journey through time and shows them how Curtis Trueheart came to live in the village of Duachi. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The inspiration for our story began with a dream, not unlike the prologue. As in a real dream, there were many details left out, but the seed of the story was planted. It took several years to completely seize the opportunity and flesh out the rest, mostly through daily meditations on the shores of the Salish Sea (the area you know as Puget Sound). Carolee and I thoroughly enjoyed bringing our shared perspectives to the table, making sure that all the loose ends wound up woven together to create the beautiful life in Duachi.

In addition, as a lifelong songwriter, the last twenty-five years of collaborating with Carolee has led us through a fruitful journey of imagination and wit. My performing experiences have served me well, allowing me to put myself into the story. Although Curtis Trueheart, the lead character, is also a performing songwriter, his journey has gone far beyond any of my experiences of traveling, playing music and meeting new people.

Curtis Trueheart is an interesting character that I enjoyed following. What were some driving ideals behind Curtis’s character development?

I wanted Curtis Trueheart to reflect the meaning of his name. There is a lot of my character in Curtis, as I, too, am just as curious. I consider myself a mystic and find meditation, aligning with nature, and knowing we are all connected, serves my spiritual walk on this planet Earth.

Though he met with many unbelievable situations, Curtis’ curiosity and respect for “possibilities” provided the impetus for his inclination to proceed, despite the unique situation in which he found himself. Though, in the Beyond he had little choice but to accept what was happening, the nurturing he received encouraged his willingness to remain. This reflects and inner struggle that allows something other than what we think to be true. Being true to one’s heart is “allowing” the possibilities.

Additionally, I also wanted to give voice to some of the ideas that have emerged regarding what happens when we pass from this level of consciousness. Using my own experiences of those who have crossed over, coupled with NDEs of friends and others, we were able to imagine how the afterlife might present itself. Of course, our ultimate goal was to create the life we want to experience, and that became Duachi by the Golden Sea.

What was the writing collaboration process like on this book?

Carolee and I are very intuitive in our creative processes. And so it is that we work well together, bouncing off ideas, laughing at many of them, and spending the many hundreds of hours it took to give the story and the characters the life they needed to become real to us. We try to never criticize, but rather, critique…. there is a huge difference, you know? One allows growth and trust to be the underpinning of this process, while the other is a recipe for getting nowhere!

The “meat” of Beyond Amazon comes from my meditations on the beach, after which, I go home and write them down in whatever fashion they tumble out. Carolee then helps with getting them into proper form, sentence structure and continuity. We often just sit and talk about what’s happening and brainstorm how the current scene with play out.

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

I wish I could answer this question. We, too, are excited to find out what the next adventure will be for Curtis and Li. We do so many things – music, writing, quilted crafts, children, grandchildren…. It will certainly center on a mystical journey, although what is “cooking” right now is hard to describe.

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Beyond Amazon: A Metaphysical Journey Through Time and Space, by Jesse G. Shepherd and Carolee Shepherd, is a mind-bending mystical science fiction novel. It is a book about spiritual awakening, for it goes beyond the fantasy/sci-fi genres.

The story begins in the fictional town of Dropwater, Montana, which is hosting the annual August Arts Festival. Curtis Trueheart, a high school graduate returning after many years, is one of its featured musicians. After his well-received performance, he meets a couple, Randy and Alecia, and their son, Luka, They quickly hit it off, and Curtis is invited to visit their home on Outhere Island, off the coast of Puget Sound, in the Salish Sea. Looking forward to a relaxing vacation, Curtis finds himself on a trip that will change his life forever.

Unaware that he’s being sucked into the adventure of a lifetime, Curtis follows his friends on a two-day trip to Outhere Island, where he soon realizes that nothing is as it seems and the island hides wonderful secrets. An evening walk reveals mysterious events, such as an eight-foot tall man who comes and goes into the ethers, and a puppy-like creature who is entrusted to Curtis’ care. After demanding an explanation from Alecia, she challenges him to expand his understanding about time-travel, shape-shifting and genetic engineering.

All of Curtis’ beliefs and ideas about what is possible are laid bare as he, himself, falls into a transportal and lands in The Beyond, a place between dimensions, protected, where its creator, Dr. Manu Nanda, can conduct his experiments in an attempt to create more peaceful humans.

Curtis’ visit to The Beyond changes him forever in ways he could not imagine. Of course, there’s someone there to fall in love with, a tall, slender crystalline female being from the future, with fiber-optic hair and a mission to help Dr. Manu Nanda reach his challenging goal.

How Curtis and Li find their way to a life together is fraught with dangers and the stuff science fiction is made of. But rest assured, this story has a happy ending, and you will fall in love with how it all turns out.

Kaleidoscopic Shades

Kaleidoscopic Shades: Within Black Eternity by David A. Neuman is an exciting new supernatural thriller that readers will be drawn into from the opening pages. Kaleidoscopic Shades has enough plot twists and turns to keep readers guessing and on edge. What seems to be a simple book about a small town experiencing a strange case of mass hysteria turns into something very different.

The children of Corona, California, are having nightmares. Nightmares mean none of them are sleeping, and spend the day in a haze. The weird part? They all have the same nightmare every night. The story follows Bob Triplow and his son Joshua as they attempt to stop the nightmares plaguing their friends and family. This leads them through a journey in time and space where they visit hellish dimensions, battle ancient monsters, and are brought to the very edges of sanity. In the end, Bob and Joshua will make decisions that could make or unmake the very existence of their universe and everyone in it.

The high point of Neuman’s writing is his character building. He excels at writing likable, everyday characters who are thrown into very unreal circumstances. His depiction of Joshua and his friends reminded me of Stephen King at his best. Likewise, his world-building is heavily reminiscent of King’s work, especially the Dark Tower series. This style of writing allows readers to feel like they really know the characters giving them an added investment in seeing what happens to them in the end.

Neuman’s pacing is another highlight. The book is a slow-burner but not dull. He spends plenty of time setting up the Triplow family before throwing them into hell. Sometimes mind-bending themes like alternate universes and time travel are handled excellently. If you’re a fan of supernatural thrillers you’ll be right at home. I can not recommend Kaleidoscopic Shades: Within Black Eternity enough. Any fan of supernatural thrillers and science fiction time travel will love it and may have found a new favorite author.

Pages: 514 | ASIN : B0B4FC6M38

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