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Love You Forever

Love You Forever -Elizabeth’s Story by Sharon K. Middleton is a love story based in the present world with supernatural elements. In this imaginative book, the story of Elizabeth is explored in detail. Elizabeth loves Ari but refuses to marry him due to some complications. However, Ari convinces her to marry him and flies her to Egypt, where a series of events leads us to the Tomb of Nefertiti. Fate takes multiple turns and tosses our characters through tumultuous situations.

Author Sharon Middleton provides readers a story about love, history, and supernatural elements mingled together. I found the author’s writing style to be versatile. In the instances that the author was explaining about the Tomb and curses, I felt the goosebumps on my body, and when it came to the romance between Ari and Elizabeth, I felt the passion between the two.

The romance felt genuine, and I enjoyed the flirtatious exchanges, which brought a smile to my face. From the moment they met each other, I was rooting for them to become a couple. The author provides a wealth of background information about Egyptian culture that I enjoyed reading about. The dip in the past was something interesting to observe. The way the author has merged fiction with facts was lovely to read. I felt like I was on an adventure alongside Ari and Elizabeth.

Love You Forever -Elizabeth’s Story is an emotionally charged mix of fiction and historical facts making this book an intriguing read. The author’s pacing keeps the storyline moving and allows the reader to become part of the story. The characters have their own distinctions and characteristics, and I couldn’t get enough of Ari and Elizabeth. I will highly recommend this book to those who enjoy a historical adventure with a sprinkle of romance throughout.

Pages: 311 | ASIN : B09TL3WMQH

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Exploring the Dark Side of Human Nature

Christy Cooper-Burnett Author Interview

Passport to Terror follows a woman that runs a time-traveling travel group that accidentally brings Jack the Ripper back to the year 2032. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I gave a lot of thought to what a young person who held the worlds only time travel technology might be inspired to do with it. I would want to see historical moments. The proverbial fly on the wall concept. Then I wondered who would book a trip like that? Hollywood came to mind immediately, and the concept of method-actor immersion took form.

Did you create an outline for the characters in the story before you started writing or did the characters personalities grow organically as you were writing?

I never outline my characters. I allow them to grow as I write. I had an idea of their basic personalities, but nothing beyond that. I find it more believable when I write them in the moment. My first series continues to receive fan mail regarding the characters, so I hope I am able to recreate that magic in this series!

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

Friendship and tolerance were one areas I knew the book would address. The protagonist finds herself stuck with someone she seemingly has nothing in common with. But they forge a friendship despite that. I also wanted to explore the dark side of human nature. Writing Jack the Ripper was way out of my comfort zone, but I decided to challenge myself and see if I could pull it off. I wanted to write a story with believable emotions and characters, but still maintain enough warmth and emotion in the other characters to balance the storyline.

What do you have in store for readers in the next book in the series going to be about and when will it be available?

I’ve just started writing book two of the series. I hinted at the next adventure at the end of Passport to Terror. Madison and her new friends plan to go to 1920s Paris on vacation. Unfortunately, things don’t go exactly as planned. They find themselves in Germany right before Hilter’s reign, helping a family of orphaned children across the border.

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What really happened to Jack the Ripper?

They always say, “Be careful what you wish for.”

I wish I had been careful.

I could’ve easily sold my time travel machine for billions and walked away. Instead, I opened The Taylor Travel Group where I take the elite on vacations into history, to a time and place of their choice.

But when a big-time movie studio hired my company, I sold my soul.

What was supposed to be a few days of method-actor immersion in nineteenth-century London went horribly awry. Now America’s hottest starlet is dead, and Jack the Ripper is on the loose in modern-day Los Angeles. And it’s all my fault.

I was careless enough to let history’s most ruthless serial killer slip out of the past. Am I smart enough to match wits with him and send him packing before he vanishes forever?

“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”

Travis Stecher Author Interview

Dilation: A 10,000-Year Sci-Fi Epic follows two people from the 21st-century who go forward in time to help stop the extermination of mankind by aliens. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

In late 2015, when the LIGO center recorded evidence of gravitational waves, I became obsessed with the mechanics of time dilation. It was well-documented science that seemed impossibly farfetched, and I spent a lot of time doing calculations that informed questions along the lines of, “what’s to stop this from happening, then?” I got super into Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, several months later I decided to binge-watch it while extremely intoxicated. My mind kept drifting to this notion that it’s entirely possible for people from different times to all meet at the same point in the future, and at one juncture my brain added, “like to stop an alien invasion!” and the flood gates opened.

Did you create an outline for the characters in the story before you started writing or did the characters’ personalities grow organically as you were writing?

A little of column A and a little of column B. It took me two years to start writing, so I did a lot of character prep during that time. Even secondary characters whose backstories aren’t included have, birth years, careers, ship names, accolades, and more. It helped solidify who each character was in my mind, guiding their actions and responses. At the same time, a lot of the story was written organically, which led to some characters becoming much more than intended, and others having their personalities shifted. For the most part, though, those organic changes were still guided by their existing outlines.

What kind of research did you do for this novel to ensure you stayed true to the hard science fiction genre standards?

To be honest, I still feel like I dropped the ball with this. It was almost entirely online, and I grew up in the era where every paper you wrote in school had to be cited with only physical book sources. My life was in constant chaos for a lot of the planning and the rest was during the pandemic, so I intend to lean heavily on physical sources for future books, though none will likely be as hard as Dilation. It is important to me that I get my information correct, which is a philosophy I take from Twain. “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” I researched everything from the breeds of trees in Chattahoochee to quantum entanglement, developing box jellyfish antivenom to language death. I didn’t have any time to travel, so I creeped on every real towns via Google Maps street view. The Arvonia facility is a real test facility, the summer course at Duke is a real biology course…I even charted out travel times between planets for the third act, basing the entire course of events on it. That particular effort was moot, though, and it bothers me to this day that—to the best of our knowledge—the planets’ locations are off.

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

Like most debut authors, I’ve been primarily job hunting since Dilation‘s release, so I’m only now getting ready to write again. I have a few books ready to go, but I’m fairly sure the next one will be a dark, dystopian, sci-fi that takes place at the end of the universe—after the stars have all died out. It’ll have a hard conceptual foundation, but ultimately be less scientific, simpler in structure, shorter, and with far fewer characters, so I’m still hoping to get it done this year.

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The human race is doomed for extermination…
But not for another ten thousand years. When the first aliens to visit Earth meet an untimely demise, humanity finds itself marked for eradication by the technologically-advanced beings. In an effort to aid our future defense, Earth’s greatest warriors are groomed throughout the millennia and sent into space at relativistic speeds, exploiting the principles of time dilation to reconvene together for the pending invasion.
Combining elements of hard science fiction with action and suspense, Dilation is a smart, gripping sci-fi thriller that tells its unique story from both ends of the timeline. When biology professor Denise Walker has her expertise cryptically requested by the U.S. Department of Defense, her career takes a drastic shift towards the unraveling of extraterrestrial secrets. In the 126th century, renowned fighter pilot Nadia Raynor arrives only to discover her skills have been rendered useless by fleets of automated crafts. Searching for her place in the era’s military, she crosses paths with historic figures like Isaac Fowler: the DIA agent notorious for causing the impending genocide.

See the events unfold across the ages for all three characters as humankind struggles to survive long enough to face its potential annihilation. From first contact to invasion, Dilation’s captivating saga will keep you turning pages until the very last!

Warning: contains strong language and depictions of gore.

Time Travelers of the Caribbean

Time Travelers of the Caribbean is a fun time travel adventure story that combines sci-fi elements with historical fantasy. The book centers around two orphans, 12-year-old Johnny and 9-year-old Ella, living under the oppressive roof of Regina. The kids team up with Regina’s introverted brother Shawn, who happens to have built a time machine with a mind of its own. This tenacious team travels three centuries back to 1699, a period known as the golden age of piracy. Here, they encounter the most vicious of the pirates, Caine Karver. Armed with Ella’s bravery, Johnny’s wisdom, and Shawn’s handy inventions, the trio strive to navigate the ruthless world of pirates, making unlikely allies along the way.

Alan Frost certainly knows how to keep kids entertained. This lively fantasy novel is kid-appropriate and suitable for middle-grade children. However, parents and guardians should be mindful of mild explicit words that are not unexpected in a world of pirates. Beyond this, the book is quite enlightening. Kids and adults have so much to learn from the fascinating facts about ships, pirates’ attitudes, and rules. Alan Frost also shatters the myths surrounding pirates and their qualities.

I was surprised by how quickly this story flew by. I was swept away by the inherent adventure found within the story. The author keeps a consistently high level of intrigue throughout the story that will keep young readers coming back. There are also many lessons and historical facts to be learned throughout the story, which serves to educate as well as entertain readers.

Time Travelers of the Caribbean is a spirited adventure story that follows a spunky trio who are fun to follow. I look forward to more historical adventures the mysterious time machine has for the trio in the next edition of the Shawn From the Shed series.

Pages: 180 | ASIN: B09YSSS27Y

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Passport to Terror

Passport to Terror by Christy Cooper-Burnett starts with Jim Taylor discovering how to travel through time. He builds a time machine in his basement. Madison Taylor, his daughter, becomes the owner of the patent when her parents die under suspicious circumstances. Madison deliberates for some time before setting up the Taylor Travel Group in 2032 Los Angeles for time-traveling holidays.

When movie director Derek Porter and his team sign on for a research trip to 1888 London, the famous actress Alysha Beck insists on joining the team. She has an air of entitlement that results in several misfortunes and, ultimately, her death in the year 1888. For the Taylor Travel Group, things go from bad to worse. On top of having a client die in the past, a dangerous villain has escaped from his own timeline. Jack the Ripper is now loose in Los Angeles in the year 2032.

Passport to Terror presents an engaging story without getting too wrapped up in high-level science. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s flippant about the potential risks associated with time travel. The author has given a lot of thought to the rules under which a time-traveling company would have to operate to preserve the timeline. It does mean that, although time travel allows the plot to unfold, the plot is not about the time travel itself; rather, time travel is secondary to the human story being told.

The dramatic story combines the science fiction and murder mystery genres, expertly utilizing some tropes from both. However, I feel it would have benefited from a more pronounced mystery. Still, the drama and adventure are exciting and engaging and keeps the reader captivated as they hunt down Jack the Ripper.

Passport to Terror is a suspenseful science fiction novel with a unique sense of adventure and an enthralling murder mystery at its core. This gripping story mixes historical and futuristic elements in a way that gives a refreshing feel to the ‘serial killer on the loose’ trope. Readers will not be disappointed in this action-filled drama.

Pages: 244 | ASIN : B09ZVQRMQL

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Dilation

Dilation: A 10,000-Year Sci-Fi Epic, by Travis Stecher, is about the human race’s first encounter with aliens. As this encounter leads to humanity’s impending destruction, many people are sent 10,000 years into the future to defend Earth. 21st-century biology professor Denise Walker and DIA agent Isaac Fowler are joined in the 126th century by 32nd-century fighter pilot Nadia Raynor. Follow their journey across time as humankind struggles to find its way into the future and survive the alien invasion.

Stecher captivates the reader from the beginning as he introduces the character Raynor just after she’s arrived in the 126th century. The reader is in suspense as hints are given that something critical is happening. Then, in awe of the historical figures Raynor encounters, the reader is taken back into “our time” and gives the story’s beginning.

The author does a fantastic job of pulling the reader through time as events unfold and connecting the dots to the beginning of this complex book when Raynor is first introduced. Once all the characters and the reader are fully entrenched in the 126th century, he thrusts us into the action of the human race fighting for survival. The action scenes are one to applaud and are filled with such detail you feel as if you are watching a movie. The characters are believable, along with their emotions and dialogue. They are thoroughly fleshed-out characters in a vibrant and detailed universe. The story was not bogged down with technical details, and the author gave enough information to keep the reader engaged.

Dilation: A 10,000-Year Sci-Fi Epic is a gripping time travel adventure that hooks the reader from the beginning and keeps their attention to the very last page. This novel will entertain hard science fiction readers with memorable characters, exciting conflict, and an unforgettable story.

Pages: 464 | ASIN : B09QQLD79Y

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Rand McLester Author Interview

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Rand McLester Author Interview

Fifteen Billion Years I Alpha and Omega follow two men that are drawn in to the creation of the next universe without being aware of it. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Writing has been a hobby since I was a teen-ager. The Book of Revelation, time travel, and the Bermuda Triangle [among other things] have always interested me. Why not write a book using them. Although, I didn’t intend to write more than one book until I finished Alpha and Omega [a long time ago] and realized “the story” was a lot longer, and more involved than I thought it would be, to complete the story.

What were some of the emotional and moral guidelines you followed when developing your characters?

Our world has “good” people and some really “bad” people. It has always been that way. The characters are either good [honesty, integrity, don’t lie or steal, etc.] or bad [real scumbags]. When I was a kid, our mom and dad made us go to church [until I was 16]. I hated it then, but sure appreciated it later in life. They were the best parents a kid could ever have asked for. I kinda modeled Reed [in the books] after myself. And some of his “life” is based on my own life. When Jessica told me her last name is Reed, I figured ok, that might be a “sign”. May sound dumb, but that’s what did it. I figured if Infused Media can make the trilogy affordable for regular people, I’ll republish it. That’s part of why I trust Jessica.

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

The primary theme is good vs. evil. The good is God, the evil is satan, but satan and his adherents are “disguised” early in the storyline and not actually revealed until book two, after the millennium.

Sub-theme: creation vs. evolution. We know there were dinosaurs and cavemen a long time ago; so, there are dinosaurs and giant Troglodytes in the story [book one], basically following the Earth’s timeline from beginning to end [Armageddon].

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

Right now, I don’t have time to do another book.

I was going to write a fourth book [a series] but decided the trilogy has a conclusion of its own, so I decided not to do it. I believe every good adventure story needs a cool battle for its climax and to be honest, one of the main reasons I didn’t write the fourth book is because the battle in the end of book three is between God’s angels [called Mystics in the books] and satan and his lost souls [called Dark Forces]. The battle is about 90 pages long and keeps changing as it progresses to the climax; so far, I haven’t been able to come up with a better battle for a fourth book [unless maybe it would take place in hell, and that would be difficult to describe].

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“And they assembled them at the place which is called in Hebrew Armaged’don.”
Revelation 16: 16 (RSV) Holy Bible
In the not too distant future…
A blend of Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings, the Fifteen Billion Years Trilogy is an epic adventure loosely
based on the Book of Revelation in the Bible. With the end and beginning of mankind, the characters
must overcome impossible odds in the unending conflict of good versus evil… with hope for a future.
Alpha and Omega is the first installment of an engrossing adventure bound with unfailing friendship,
uncommon faith and undying perseverance.
Alpha and Omega:
An open-pit copper mine, the world’s largest superfund site now refilled and reclaimed. Disguised as a
scientific research center, but in reality, the planet’s most imposing military stronghold controlled by
the world’s most evil general.
Two men who know the secret… and a time machine.
The leap to a faraway and distant future through a horizon threshold on the edge of the universe… and
callow people in a new but primitive world beyond the Black Hole.
Then returning to an oppressive Federation controlling a world in tribulation… and a wiry little old man
with scraggly gray hair and bristling beard.
The entire planet on a collision course toward the ultimate conflict.
…Armageddon.

The French Queen’s Curse

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American-born Kikki possesses a powerful psychic connection with the long-dead French Queen, Margot. These two kindred spirits are drawn together, crossing the boundaries of time and history. However, Margot has a mission that only Kikki can fulfill. Will Kikki be able to deliver on the French Queen’s orders for retribution?

Things are further complicated by Kikki’s partner, Torres, who has a covert operation of his own; the secrets threaten to tear them apart. When the patriarchal forces of ‘The Swords’ endanger everything Kikki holds dear, she must battle on behalf of Margot’s besieged spirit and fight to protect those she loves.

Author Juliette Lauber’s The French Queen’s Curse is a fantasy novel with both modern and historical elements. There is a quintessentially Parisian feel in the setting and themes. The romance and drama flow in abundance, giving readers plenty to look forward to with each chapter.

The author does not detail Kikki’s psychic abilities and her mystical affinity to ‘the Goddess,’ whom she worships and serves. Instead of a lot of background information, the reader is thrust into a world of action, intrigue, and supernatural occurrences right from the start. This gives readers a show rather than tell experience into this mystical element Kikki possesses. In contrast, however, Lauber dedicates a good amount of time to her descriptions of Kikki and Torres’s relationship and the power their love holds.

The pacing in this action-filled novel is fast, and the plot is engaging. The history of the French Queen herself has clearly been well-researched, allowing the reader to feel transported to a different time. Lauber draws skillful parallels between the past and the present; the dominant male order imposes war and violence in both worlds. As a heroine, Kikki herself seems born largely out of wish fulfillment; this does not diminish the fact that she is an active and powerful participant in her own story. Kikki embodies the values of love, beauty, and a uniquely feminine sense of justice. This combination will give readers a strong character to relate to and root for.

The French Queen’s Curse is a historical romance novel with elements of modern-day worked in. Readers will find this thrilling and mysterious fantasy saga filled with action and drama, keeping them on edge and interested from start to finish in Kikki’s story.

Pages: 414 | ISBN : 978-1-64456-465-3

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