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Series and reviews

The Samsara Chronicles, now for sale on Amazon (Click here to buy)

Price: $1 Books 1 – 13  Book 14: $2.99

When The Samsara Chronicles went up for sale, I waited, holding my breath, to see reviewers’ reactions to it. Sure, I suck up bad reviews. It’s the same as with a movie, one person may hate the movie and another love it. To my delight, there have been a ton of great reviews for this series. Some readers were unsure after reading the first installment where this was going. Some probably didn’t bother going to book 2 and 3, but those that have read on, are saying fantastic things about the series. I just got another review this morning for book 5, Tempest, by Books, Books and More Books, which I’ll share with you:

Tempest is the 5th of 14 parts of a story broken down into 14 books.  In this story Aislinn and Dylan are on the run.  They continue to be pursued by people with green aura’s who mean them harm.  They regularly run into people who give them gifts, sometime worth a lot of money, which these people insist they have passed down through their family specifically to give to them or more specifically to Aislinn.

Each installment in the story gets more intense and intriguing.  Aislinn develops powers which save them, but also terrify her.  The more they learn the more questions they and we have.  I literally sit on the edge of my seat waiting to see what will happen next.  I actually found myself clenching my teeth today because I was so worried.  (yes I tend to get a little involved in my story character’s lives, but still clenching my teeth..!?.)
This is a definitely must read story series.  The adventure, romance, suspense, fantasy, humor, creep factor, and good writing make this the perfect summer, or any time, read.
            I give part 5 of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.

Toxic Haven

Now available at eXtasy Books click here to buy

Toxic Haven

Warning: This book contains adult content, menage a trois.

Haven Drew is about to blow the whistle on a genetically damaging by-product of the Dahkhar Mining Corporation when she is thrust from her safe white-collar life into the mine itself.

Her analytical skills are used by the very corporation she wanted to expose. Lives are placed in her hands and in front of her guns, daily. Trapped in a vortex of rage and shame, she’s confronted by two familiar faces housed in her cell. Josias and Isan had been investigating the disappearance of personnel at the Corporation headquarters when they were relieved of their duties and assigned to positions in the mine.

It might not be love at first sight, but biology is powerful and with her mates at her side, there’s nothing they can’t do. Risking life and limb isn’t an ideal honeymoon, but they manage to work together toward their goal of launching themselves into space and to a colony infected by disaster. How romantic can you get?

Books for a buck

The reviews are coming in randomly. I’ve copied and pasted some of them below. Readers, these books, except the very last one which is the longest story, are all ONE dollar at Amazon. Click to buy.

The Samsara Chronicles

Book Review:
            EOS is the first of 14 parts of a story broken down into 14 books.  To start off Seanna and Blake find out they are having a little girl, Aislinn, who the Antiquitas say is special.  Seanna doesn’t know what to believe as she hears music and sees bright lights that tell her how special her child is.  The first part ends with her birth, watched over by the angels.
            26 years later world war 3 is tearing the earth apart.  In the midst of this mass distruction a little girl finds a candlestick that the angels tell her to take to her sister Aislinn.  Angelica has lost her family but knows she is on her way to find her sister.
            The whole sisters but not sisters thing was really confusing, but I figure it will make more sense as the story progresses.  So far I am drawn in and intrigued by the story.  I am excited to read the next part and see how Angelica and Aislinn find each other and is Seanna and Blake are still around.
            I give part one of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.

Review: This is a short novella and I will be reading and reviewing all 14 books in the series over the next 12 or so weeks. In the first book, we meet Sienna and Blake, a loving couple in their early 40s. They live on a 10 acre farm and although they had always longed for children they were never able to have any naturally or through assisted efforts.   They are not young lovers, but they are still enamored and the story begins with a sensual dream that results in warm lovemaking that is private and not described. There are several sensual encounters that are tastefully presented. They may seem prominent because this book is so short, but the story goes beyond the lovemaking.

The initial encounter is to set the story for the series as the activity results in an unexpected pregnancy. Harmonious voices and lights appear to Sienna as the Antiquitas, the ancient keepers of knowledge. They let her know that her daughter, Aislinn, is a chosen child to save the world in the future.

The writing has an easy flow and I enjoyed the descriptions and the anticipation set up by this story. The characters are nice although not deeply developed. After the birth of the baby the book shifts 26 years to the future where the world has been devastated by World War three. Another child, Angelica, is introduced as a ‘sister’ preparing to meet Aislinn.

This is an interesting set up, to have this many novellas set out separately. This first book is only 50 pages. It is engaging and I am interested in where the story will go. There are some scenes that are not pursued, like the sighting of a white wolf, and it will be interesting to see if this is picked up in future books.

Pleasant description:

Stately evergreens flanked the driveway, their feathery branches already laden with a veil of white. Location 160.

Devastation:

Above the cries of the wounded and dying, a tolling bell solemnly lamented man’s legacy–now crushed and broken between the dust and rubble that had become the domain of vermin. Location 520.

Book Review:

            Nadir is the second of 14 parts of a story broken down into 14 books.  Sienna and Blake still live on their farm, but their daughter Aislinn lives in the city.  The world has suffered from war and a plague like disease called the ‘scourge.’  There are tons of homeless and crashers, which seem like extreme drug addicts or scourge victims.  The voices and lights that Sienna saw while pregnant come to Aislinn when she is upset or worried and comfort her.
            The story starts with her apartment having been broken into by someone searching for something she has, but she doesn’t know what it is they want.  Two officers just happened to be in the area.  One, Detective Dylan Young, has a premonition or strong urge to go to the apartment even before the call about the break-in.  Dylan and Aislinn have an immediate connection.  Aislinn’s voices tell her to trust him.  She ends up asking him for help and it turns out to be a good thing because he saves her twice from two crashers with bright green auras.  His aura is deep mauve, which is a good thing.  Green seems to be evil or at least dangerous.
            I give part two of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.
Review:  Eos is the first of 13 in the Samsara Chronicles by Gabriella Bradley and Diana Kemp.  Each section is very short, so I do not want to spoil it by summarizing the story.  I will tell you that the writing is strong and the story engrossing.  The characters are fairly well developed and most are likable.  I look forward to seeing how they develop over the next 12 books in the series, which I will also be reviewing here.  Perhaps once I’ve completed the whole set I will review the story as a whole.  In the mean time, happy reading and enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a kindle fire.
Review:Covenant is the 3rd of 14 parts of a story broken down into 14 books.  In this story Aislinn and Dylan come closer together.  They are staying together because of Aislinn’s apartment being broken into, but emotionally they are connecting also.  Aislinn continues to see auras.  Aislinn is told of a crystal skull at her work Christmas party and goes to see it after work that same day.

            The antique store owner won’t sell it.  He is holding it until the rightful owner arrives for it and a special box that belongs to Dylan somehow.  Christmas at Aislinn’s parents turns into a nightmare when they are attacked.  She and Dylan divert the attack with the help of the skull, but the day is ruined.  Returning home they confess their feelings for each other and then learn they must open the door for Altithronus.
            This was a gripping installment of the story.  It’s like you say ‘finally’ when they admit their feelings for each other because you knew it was going to happen.  They also find out how strong they are, why they are there, and what they need to do next.  It would be hard to be in their position, but in a world where only 1/3 of the people are still alive stranger things could happen.
            I give part 3 of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.

This is a review of the first book Eos from The Samsara Chronicles. 

WOW! Talk about interesting with a hanging at the end.  This book will draw the reader in wanting more and wondering what happens in the next book.  I loved how the authors left everything hanging at the end.

This book is a very fast read and took me about 25 minutes to read while at work.  Yes, longer than normal but I was trying to figure out a problem at work and reading this book helped to clear my mind and solve the problem.  That just goes to show you what a great book this actually is.

I am reading all the books in this series so stop back by and read all the reviews for this amazing series.

The bunnies and I give this book carrots

Thanks for a great read Gabriella & Diana I look forward to the rest of the series.

Review:
This is the second book in the Samsara Chronicles series. Although it picks up where the first book ends, it doesn’t review much of the first book but seems to assume that the reader has read book 1. This book is all about introducing the reader to Aislinn and Dylan and briefly explaining their mission.

Aislinn is a survivor who moved from her parents’ farm (book 1) to go to college and then get a job in the city of Vancouver which, even with much destruction, has fared better than many cities that have been reduced to rubble by earthquakes, fires, drought and uncontrolled looting. Aislinn has always had her own private light bubbles to comfort her in times of stress. Now she learns from her bubbly light friends that she is “the bearer of the light”, a chosen leader. The warm, comforting lights explain that Aislinn must run and hide to be kept safe from the enemy, the Eletarii, who are actively seeking to kill her. The Eletarii presence is growing and they will do whatever it takes to stop Aislinn from saving Earth.

Aislinn also learns that the police detective, Dylan, who responded to the break in at her home is another ‘chosen’. It is implied they had a past together and that they are intended to be together to help save the Earth although the battle and plan of salvation are not yet fully explained. I liked the calm strength of both Aislinn and Dylan.

The authors set the scene in the devastated city, including many devastated lives that have sunk into extreme depravity. It is ugly and shocking. There is some bit of telling through the light beings rather than showing through action. Yet the story is engaging as it builds.  This book only lays a foundation for the continuing story. There is much yet to be developed in the characters and the plot and I am interested to learn more in the next book.

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An example of description that I liked:

Misshapen snowflakes resembling gray tufts of cotton candy rained a dismal veil. It seemed ironic that the frosty blanket would soon smother the drought-scorched land… Location 645.

Book Review:
            Aislinn and Dylan are given gifts by various people to help them on their journey.  The spheres continue to guide them and tell them they must open the portal to save humanity.  People seem to know they are coming, on both sides… good and evil.
            Aislinn and Dylan meet three people who give them gifts to help with their journey, including Angelica who could be Aislinn’s sister or daughter.
            This story continues to be fascinating.  I hang on every word and the book races by, ending before I realize.  The writing is fast paced, intense, and pushes the action along with the reader hanging on as the story flies by.
            I give part 4 of the Samsara Chronicles 4 out of 5 clouds.

Project K is now available at eXtasy Books. Click here.

Can Kate forgive Brad’s betrayal?

Kate is a research scientist who has perfected the cloning technique. She feels the government abuses her research and decides to end her career. Professor McLaughlin wants to clone Kate desperately so that he will have someone to carry on her research, but Kate refuses. Not even her husband Brad can convince her that he wants a child badly and that cloning isn’t such a bad idea. Brad’s longing for a child overpowers his sense of right and wrong and when McLaughlin offers a solution, he agrees to cooperate.

 

One day left

One day left to get your free copy of the first of the 3 Samsara Chronicle novellas. All books are priced at a buck except the last one. It’s 32,000 words so 2.99. Available now at Amazon.com for your Kindle. Eos, Nadir and Covenant, The Samsara Chronicles by Diana Kemp and Gabriella Bradley!!!

Blog tour starts June 1st at Pump Up Your Books. Enter now to win a Kindle and other prizes!!!

 

I’m not in the habit of commenting on a bad review. Bad reviews can be educational for the writer. However, one reviewer may give a book a bad review, another give it four or five stars. As in one person likes grapefruit and another does not, tastes in reading vary.

Book 1, Eos, of the Samsara Chronicles, got its first review on Amazon. I’m flabbergasted. Though the reviewer is complimentary about the writing and grammar, what he/she has to say about the story is what baffles me. Samsara Chronicles is serialized to make it affordable for Kindle readers. If the stories were compiled into two books, both books would be huge. The first story is almost 13,000 words. Small novella. The other stories are between 16000 and 22000 words, the last book is at 32000 words. The reviewer complains about the price. At eXtasy and Devine Destinies, all books between 16000 and 22000 words are priced at 3.99, but because this series is going up all at once, 11 out of the 14 stories will be priced at 2.99. I don’t think pricing them at 2.99 was that bad. The last one is 3.99. Had we published one every month, would the reviewer still have complained?

Okay, next–did the reviewer actually read book 1, absorb the paranormal aspects of it? Or did he/she merely skim over it. Reviewer says there are A FEW DOZEN SEX SCENES in it and ends in the woman having a baby. YIKES! I actually pulled up the story to check. There are TWO sex scenes, not overly explicit. There are a couple of lines that HINT at a third one later on, but only a hint. Where does the reviewer find a few dozen sex scenes? That many wouldn’t even fit into a 13000 word story.  The reviewer says there is no story. Mm, if you read it well, and again absorb what the author has written, you’ll see why the first story was necessary due to plot points in the continuing segments.

The reviewer apparently downloaded Nadir, book 2, but only read a little of it. SURPRISE… there is NO SEX in book 2. Had he/she read all of book 2, he/she would have seen the connection to the first story. Nadir is about 22,000 words, novella size.Certain elements that occur in Eos, make appearances throughout the series.

Baffled Gabby!!!!!

 

IT’S OUT and 2 are free

The Samsara Chronicles came out earlier than expected. Now available at Amazon.com, the first two books are free for a limited time!

Blending elements of futuristic, fantasy, science fiction and the paranormal with a touch of romance, the Samsara Chronicles explores the duality of good and evil set against two worlds, Earth and Nirvana.

5 Days to D Day

I’m getting excited! Five days and The Samsara Chronicles will go live at Kindle. They’re all uploaded, ready to go, all they need is a click of the ‘publish’ buttons, and bingo!

On June 1, be sure to visit PUMP UP YOUR BOOK to enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire or a 50 dollar gift certificate.

You can read excerpts here, on my blog, and/or the short descriptions.

Here is the Blog Tour blurb:

Join Gabriella Bradley and Diana Kemp as they tour the blogosphere June 1 – August 31 2012 with their The Samsara Chronicles series! Diana and Gabriella have agreed to give away not only a Kindle Fire but also a $50 Gift Certificate (payable by Paypal) to the person who comments the most on their 3 month blog tour. If there is a tie, the winner will be chosen through Random.org. Also, the blog hosts can win money, too! The blogger who receives the most amount of comments (not counting their own or ours) will also win a $50 Gift Certificate (payable from Paypal). If you don’t have a Paypal account and would like to receive your gift certificate from Amazon, that can be arranged, too.  We are looking for reviews (review one or the whole set!) and book spotlights only (simple cut and paste).

Fantastic Review!

A NIGHT OWL REVIEWS BOOK REVIEW | Reviewed by: Angibabi4

The fourth installment of the Royal Vampires series was terrific. It picked up right where the third one left off. I have enjoyed every one of these books as they have come out and cannot wait for the next one.

We begin as Josh and Katrina get ready for their wedding. Both are excited and nervous at the prospect of their upcoming marriage, but they are also worried that Paul has something nasty waiting for them that will ruin the day. Both Josh and Katrina know that something is going to happen at the reception. Paul has teamed up with Pollurn, a particularly nasty and power hungry wizard.

The wedding ceremony goes off without a hitch and it’s on to the reception. Katrina is able to feel and disarm the hex on their wedding cake with no one the wiser. Both Katrina and Josh know this is only the beginning. Paul will stop at nothing to remove Josh from the throne. Can the combined powers of Josh and Katrina prevent Paul from following through with his plans? Only time will tell, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

This is a not to miss series. 5 Stars!

This series is available at http://www.extasybooks.com, Amazon Kindle and various other online sellers.

Nexus

Nexus – Book 13 of the Samsara Chronicles

After Aislinn and Dylan participate in Shakan’s banishment to the Overlap, they prepare for their journey to Klatria to rescue Aislinn’s parents.

Certain that Shakan’s banishment to the Overlap has forever ended the tainted bloodline of Jhanvar, Aislinn and Dylan  prepare, with the help of Altithronus, emissary to the Antiquitas, for their journey to Klatria to rescue the royals.

 

EXCERPT:

 

Malendi merely smiled, though she could not quite suppress a shudder of excitement. For as long as she had known Janku, she had never glimpsed the gentle personality that Anelda claimed he once possessed. That something as lowly as a vegetable bar could create such changes was a miracle beyond any of their expectations. With a sense of pride she understood that her efforts, combined with those of Anelda’s and the resistance, would ultimately exonerate the evil unleashed by Vark in the name of Klatria.

She reached out and squeezed Janku’s hand. He virtually spasmed at the contact, but did not withdraw his hand. “Go now,” she said. “The others will be hungry. See that the bars are distributed among all.”

He nodded mutely and hurried down the corridor, a look of gratitude and fear in his eyes. As soon as he disappeared, Malendi returned to the nook and picked up a second basket. She paused to retrieve a half-eaten bar from beneath the cloth cover and ate it. While she chewed, her gaze roamed the rank, dripping tunnel. Near the intersection of a parallel tunnel, a misshapen milliped wriggled from a bubbling pit and scuttled off into a crevice in the adjacent rock. Suddenly, the glistening rock surface shimmied.

She gasped and pressed herself into the nook. The large serpentine shape immediately below the rock surface filled her with a gnawing sense of dread. A triangular head paused and swayed toward her direction. Fearful of the throwort’s keen sense of smell, Malendi breathed shallowly and forced herself to remain absolutely still. The effort soon fatigued her and it took a supreme effort to keep her body from shaking. She shut her eyes and willed the creature to move on.

Finally, the throwort wriggled away in the direction of the other tunnel. Exhausted, Malendi sagged against the rock. Her lungs burned with each gulping breath, her rubbery legs barely able to support her weight. To divert her mind from her physical discomfort, she envisioned the creature infiltrating Vark’s quarters. It would have been such a simple solution to the tyranny the surviving population endured, yet the man who had once called himself their leader seemed impervious to attack whereas so many others had died. So often did she question the justice in the apparent annihilation of her people that it had become a constant undercurrent in her mind.