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Vanessa grew up in Cape Town, and still lives there with her husband of fifteen years, her baby daughter and plenty of furry, four-legged ‘children’.
Her passion for the written word started her career as an editor and copywriter, and she part-ran a writers’ critique group for close on seven years. She's been writing ever since she learnt how, has always been an avid reader, and currently lives on coffee and cigarettes.
Her interests include reading, photography, the supernatural, life's mysteries and martial arts, of which she has five years’ experience.
Review copies of all Vanessa's books are available upon request, and fans are welcome to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org - she loves to hear any type of feedback and answers all emails personally.
*** Please note that Vanessa uses UK spelling and grammar, which is not always the same as US spelling and grammar.
on May 20, 2014 :
Legends of Origin 1: Sanctuary for the Devil (Sanctuary) was a fantasy adventure. This book was more of a first-contact science-fiction adventure, fast-paced and action-oriented. The new science-fiction allies, enemies, and technologies blended in very well with the established traditional fantasy setting. Though I preferred the character development in Sanctuary, the plot development was much more exciting in this book.
At the beginning, we are re-introduced to Liam McAskill, the brave-hearted and naive hero. A gigantic continent-sized spaceship, controlled by the obscure T’Acan aliens, is hovering over Africa. Liam and his unseemly friend Jack set out to learn why.
After the storyline twist, there are a few very exciting chapters where new characters are introduced and the action and adventure is non-stop. I found Xano to be the most interesting, and hoped to learn more about him. There were many humorous moments in this book, especially during a funeral scene later on, where a clod of dirt hits one of the main characters during a serious conversation about the enemy.
What made this sequel complete for me was the disturbing incident that occurs near the end, and which sparks multiple debates about possibilities. There is also a return to the debates surrounding the origins of humankind, which, though not complex, were very interesting and nicely tied the story in with Sanctuary.
Overall, I thought Liam McAskill’s innocent ardour and his quest to discover the origins of the human race through adventure, made Orion’s Harvesters very fun to read.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
on Aug. 04, 2012 :
Being tight I usually wait until I've read a free book which I enjoy before I buy book(s) 2/3 and I don't usualy spend more than $3 per book. Because of Smashwords July discount and the fact that I had read and enjoyed other books from this author I downloaded the free and paid books (1 & 2).
I was not disappointed. Hopefully there will be a book 3.
Good storyline although I'm now a bit concerned about Dec 2012. Should I set up my telescope or hide?
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on June 28, 2012 :
Orion’s Harvesters, the second book in the entertaining Legends of Origin series, keeps the reader glued to the pages with its fast-paced action and thrilling storyline. We are reunited with Liam MacAskill, and meet his new friend, Jack, upon the eve of December 21, 2012, a date long rumoured to be the day the world as we know it is to end.
Jack is attacked by a mysterious intruder – a man whose description is eerily similar to that of a man reportedly fleeing the scene of a horrendous baby killing crime scene. Soon thereafter, a portal opens in the Orion Nebula and a spaceship the size of the African continent makes a beeline for Earth, but are the approaching aliens friends or foes? Liam teleports aboard their ship to find out and witnesses a second alien species’ arrival through the portal.
So begins a twisted adventure in which our unlikely hero, Liam, must face some disturbing truths about humanity’s origins and true purpose for existence. His quest for the truth spans two planets, taking him back to the confines of Tridor Monastery during a raging battle, where he joins with the fearless ryokin and a few unusual friends to save Tridor’s inhabitants.
An enjoyable, fast-paced, must-read adventure once again delivered with Vanessa Finaughty’s unique flair and razor-sharp wit. I can’t wait for the next one! Two thumbs up and five stars from me.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on June 12, 2012 :
Orion's Harvesters not only entertains, it challenges the imagination to wonder where we really came from. What is our true purpose?
With engaging characters and an amazing plot line, you will be instantly intrigued.
The second book in the Legends of Origin series, Orion's Harvesters leaves you begging for the next installment.
(reviewed the day of purchase)