I'm Rustin Petrae, a graphic designer out of Ohio. I was actually born in San Antonio, Texas but spent nearly half my life overseas. I grew up on Misawa Air Force Base, Japan and then went on to Seoul, South Korea and then onto Osan Air Force Base, South Korea where I graduated from Osan American High School. I loved that life. I loved living in a country where I was able to absorb different cultures and traditions. I learned a lot from that and I use a lot of what I learned in my writing.
I started very early on. In fact, I can remember one of my elementary school teachers asking us all what we wanted to be when we grew up. My answer was that I wanted to either be a cartoonist or an author. Well, I didn't end up being a cartoonist (although I still draw and create my own characters). I went on to pursue the graphic design route, but I never did give up on writing. I think I really started to pursue it again when I was a senior in high school. That's when I tried to get a little more serious about it and also when I completed one of my first short stories. Ever since then, I have written several stories, flash fictions, a couple of novellas, and two novels.
I've always enjoyed the creative process. I love taking things and seeing them through until they are something real. Something you can actually grab onto. For me, the creative spark really began in Misawa, Japan. All of my friends, myself included, would make up characters, cartoons and the worlds they would go in. Shortly after that I started drawing and spent a long time creating even more characters. It wasn't until a couple of class projects where we had to write and make our own books that I realized I could write about the characters that I drew.
Everything just sort of spun off from that and I've spent nearly my whole life creating these characters and sharpening them and their worlds until I have stories that I like.
I hope that everyone else likes them too.
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Book Two: Roc (A Histories of Purga Novel)
by Rustin Petrae
Series: Histories of Purga, Book 2.
Approx. 95,120 words.
Published on August 11, 2013.
Purga is devolving into chaos as Wilhelm Coran gains more and more control. The more people he corrupts, the more powerful he becomes. The only chance at stopping him rests with an unlikely pair, Rone (a Rook Prince) and Keiara (the daughter of the Terra Chieftain). But he soon realizes that finding her is the least of their problems.
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- The Moon Dwellers
on Jan. 08, 2013
I just finished up reading the Moon Dwellers, by David Estes. It was a very enjoyable, easy read. The biggest thing that drew me to this book was the premise. I wanted to read a book about what humanity would be like if they were forced to live underground and I wasn't disappointed. I thought that the Tri-Realms were in an inventive creation and a completely believable by-product to having humanity living underground. It felt real and that drew me into the story even more. Here is what I thought of the Moon Dwellers.
Things that I liked:
As I said before, the biggest thing that I liked about this book was the society itself, the Tri-Realms. It felt like something humans would do if they were all stuck living underground. Someone would rise up and dominate the rest. It's almost like human nature. And then creating a caste-like system was a nice, added touch. I thought that having Adele, a main character, stuck in prison in the beginning of the book was genius. It kept me wanting to read more and find out how she gets out. I also liked the insta-connection between Adele and Tristan. I knew, as a reader, that there was something more going on there (that it wasn't a love-at-first-sight type of thing) and that also kept me wanting to read on. My favorite character, however, was probably Cole. His backstory really sealed the deal for me. I like characters that are driven by something so much that it consumes them. Cole was definitely that kind of character. The author's writing style was very good. The book was clean and well written. It had a great flow that made it easy for me to keep reading.
Things that I didn't like:
There isn't a whole lot to this book that I didn't like. There were minor typos and errors here and there but nothing overwhelming. Some of the dialogue didn't really sit well with me. It didn't really feel like something that someone would really say, but again, there wasn't a whole lot of that either. There was a little bit of repetitiveness to the action sequences. Like I said, just minor things here and there that really didn't bother me all that much when I was finished with the book.
Overall, I think this book is great. Lots of action, a great plot, a very strong premise and great writing. I enjoyed the read and will definitely read the other two books in the series when I get the chance.
- Guardians Of The Akasha
on March 15, 2013
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and fair review. Overall, I thought the presentation of the cover and the blurb were excellent. Both really drew me to this book and made me want to read it. I thought the imagery of the cover was very professional. Here's my thoughts on the rest of the book.
Things that I liked:
Overall, the biggest thing that I liked about this book was the writing itself. It thought it was very good. It didn't confuse me and had a very good flow. The characters felt genuine and real. The dialogue, as well, felt genuine and real.
Things that I didn't like:
The story itself didn't overly impress me. I found I had a hard time swallowing the name Akasha used in place of magic. I might not have got what the author was trying to do with that, but I wasn't on board with it through the story. I wasn't a fan of the villain either. He didn't really come off as a evil and hard to defeat as I would've liked. I thought he was pretty one dimensional as well. I found myself not really wanting to keep reading at times. There wasn't a whole lot of suspense. That's more of a personal opinion, however. I am sure there are tons of people out there that would feel differently.
Overall, the four star rating comes from the author's writing as opposed to the actual story. I felt it was really good and deserved to be recognized. However, I wasn't drawn into the story. It didn't really compel me to keep reading. The ending was very anti-climatic and because of that, it took me longer to read than I my normal pace.