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)
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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.
Blood Ties: The First (A Bane Pack Novel)
(3.57 from 7 reviews)
Kendra just wanted a change. All her life, people have made fun of her or walked all over her. After a really bad day at work, she's had enough. It's time for a change. So she decides to get a tattoo. Change is what she asked for and that's what she gets. She's faster, stronger, and now she's extremely hot! But what price will she have to pay for her amazing new transformation?
Book One: Dragon (A Histories of Purga Novel)
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
I read Dragon and liked it - Piers Anthony, aothor of the bestselling Xanth novels.
Rone Varlamagne, Prince of the Kingdom of Roanoke, finds himself seriously injured and near death at the foot of enemy lands. His survival depends on an unlikely ally, Keiara, daughter of the Terraqouis chieftain. Instead of killing him, she decides to save his life.
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- 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.