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I live in Southern California but still consider myself part Texan by birthright. I was born in Houston and grew up in Dallas. I’ve resided in California since the mid 1980’s but get back to Texas as much as possible. My first two published novels—GARGOYLES and THE UNNATURAL are biomedical thrillers. Actually THE UNNATURAL could also fall into the horror genre as it is a pretty bizarre tale. BARBARY POINT is a love story about a successful young woman who falls in love with a fishing guide. It was written on a suggestion from a former agent.
I have several other projects in the works. HEMLOCK POND is a horror story about a young woman and her son who move into a farmhouse with a haunted pond.
GIRL BLUE, another pretty bizarre story, is about a world renowned sculptor who becomes haunted by his last work. Oh did I mention the sculptor is terminally ill?
SMILODON is the story of a huge cat that terrorizes a small town in the majestic Pacific Northwest. This one will grab you and not let go—yeah, that sounds like a cat.
PLAGUE is the riveting sequel to GARGOYLES. Fasten your seat belts, close your eyes and pray like hell because the world as we know it is coming to an end.
My favorite football team is the Superbowl champs GREEN BAY PACKERS. Sorry Cowboys. But when GB is not on the gridiron—Go Dallas! Great Cheerleaders, too!
I enjoy the outdoors and as a side note I’m one of only a few individuals to ever swim across Wisconsin’s chilly Lake Winnebago. Does this make me a better writer—probably not.
When I’m not working on my next project, I enjoy relaxing and fishing at our family vacation home in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
on July 10, 2013 :
I want to thank the author for gifting The Learner for an honest review.
If you know me, even a little, you know I’m big into science fiction and out there books, movies, etc. When this book was offered up through AToMR, I was all over it. And here, to have a gorgeous alien who sticks by the rules go and fall in love, you know there’s going to be trouble!
As I read it there were many interesting moments. Regeneration taken to a whole new level, romance that has never been experienced before, discovery from both the alien and human views but the moments were a bit dulled down by the story going on and on and really not getting anywhere for a really long time. The over use of the alien term for humans and the alien race/rulers started to grate on my nerves. After so many references to humans in the alien language, I was like, ok, I get it, now get on with the story, stop with the alien language use. Heck, she’s been there long enough, and changing enough that the whole alien language barrier should have been long shrugged off.
Jared, jarred into wanting to knowing more about NayeLi, due to an odd occurrence which becomes even odder when he discovers not only that people can’t seem to remember her, even after just seeing a photograph of her, becomes the friendly stalker. A man with a kind heart and a deep loss, he soon finds what he’s been missing in his life. He finds it a bit hard to come to terms with the fact that she’s an alien, which should have pretty obvious after several things he’s seen her do.
A romance that shouldn’t be, a romance that has never been before, a romance that can only end badly, this is a romance worth watching, worth feeling the newness, worth the discovery. An ending that even after all the earlier monotony will surprise you.
Again, I wish to thank the author. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a bit of scifi alien/human romance mixed with mystery and intrigue. I had started off giving this book a solid 3 stars, but with the last ¼ of the book finally breaking free of the backstory and getting along with the present story, I am upping it to 3 ½ stars and since Smashwords doesn't take 1/2 stars, it gets 4.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 11, 2013 :
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About The Book:
NayéLi is an Alien that has been on earth for many years. She is a learner; her porpoise is to learn as much as she can about life on earth. She has a shield, to protect her from being noticed. This shield protection makes that people don't recall her. But when she “died” in a bus accident, something happened. Something that shouldn’t had happened. A human saw the moment she went into shut-down mode. She told to herself that he wouldn’t be able to remember her.
Jared is a doctor; he has lost his wife in an accident and has not yet moved on. When he sees NayéLi the day of the accident, he tought she was beautiful, in a way he hasn’t seen before. She was exotic and beautiful. Such a pity she was dead. But one day, he saw a women like the one from the accident. He couldn’t believe it was her, it has only passed a week since the accident and she had had severe injuries, and now she is in a better shape that any women he has seen.
When NayéLi realized that the doctor from the accident, indeed, remembers her, she tries to stay as far away from him as she can. She cannot have any kind of contact with a human, she is in Earth to learn, not to intervene. But she starts to feel strange, something in her is not right, she couldn’t stop thinking about Jared and Jared does not seem able to take her out of her mind too.
Would NayéLi recognize that she is developing human feelings? Would this two finally find love?
Books Addicts, we have to say that The Learner really caught our attention; it was the kind of book we like to read. And we weren’t wrong. It was intriguing, lovely, and with such a plot, we were really surprised about the things that were happening in the story.
The learner, written by author of thrillers, horror and love stories, Alan Nayes, was really good. We enjoy almost every moment of it. But why we did not enjoy ALL of it? To answer this question, we should explain what made us giggle, how this book made us feel and the one thing that did not make this book a 5 gorjuss doll.
When we saw that there were some Mexican guys (gangs), we were thrilled because we like this mix of Spanish and English, even if it is for a short time. But when we saw for the first time the word bendejo instead of pendejo (berk, motherfuck…) we felt sad? You could say that, but it was not biggie. So, we were like “Ok, one mistake…it is not so important” but we kept seeing the same word. However, this was not what discourage us. It was a phrase one of the gangsters said, it was “Bendejo cre los estupido” (don’t try to translate it, it just doesn’t make sense, cre is not a word), we were in shock, we couldn’t understand what the author was trying to say, though it has kind of a translation later…but OMG, it was NOT the same, not at all!
We understand that as a non Spanish-Speaking, you could make huge mistake when you write or talk, WE make mistake while we are talking or even writing in this same blog in English. But at the same time, we realize that as an Author, if you are writing in another language (even if it is just one word), you should be more careful. This may not bother everyone, but it is a professional work, it should be written as one.
Anyway, mistakes aside, it was an interesting book. We enjoy the plot. How the author creates such an amazing story is something we haven’t finished to understand yet.
We do really hate the ZYX, and Tûc. We were like “Let the girl be free…why couldn’t you two stop calling her? It is just a minute!). We actually hate more Tûc that the ZYX, he was…arg, disgusting. We personally wouldn’t choose to marry him, not in a million years (Earth years or Samaura’s). How he takes NayéLi for granted, it was disturbing and…geez, no words are enough to describe our hate for him.
We really loved NayeLí, she was strong and smart. She was a tough girl on the outside, or at least that was she wanted people to think. How she started to have feelings, human feelings, was a little bit expected, but it did not happen in a blink of an eye… It took her a time to realize she was behaving like a human and that's one thing we really liked.
We are officially a FAN of NayéLi and Jared relationship! They are so cute together. Every time there was a touch, a kiss, a hug... we giggle like teenagers. We are so in love with the couple that we couldn't sleep. We weep a lot, almost at the end of the book, because of something we are not going to say that happens and that breaks our delicate hearts… However, everything turns out good. Don't panic! So our sadness and cries disappeared as soon as they came.
So Books Addicts, there is one last thing we would like to add to this review. We encourage you to read this book. It won’t be a waste of your time and we're sure you're gonna like it as much as we did.
Once said that, we would give this book 4 gorjuss doll.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 10, 2013 :
At the begining what got me was the subject. I read the back of the book and said yup I want to read this book and here we are. First of all as a person I don't like mystery so I really related to Jared. But I got it that NayéLi has to be mysterious. I couldn't seriously get into the book I don't know why but I got bored ocassionally it moved way to slow I am guessing I kept waiting for the excitement to begin. I just couldn't feel it the excitement the want the need. Nope none. And it was overly predictable... So all my points goes to creativity. Though I didn't you might wanna give it a try if you liked the subject.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)