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I like reading and writing books, crocheting, running, and practicing karate.
I'm also into science (fact and fiction) and love movies and stories that feature it. Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek (still playing on BBC America!), The Expanse, The Walking Dead, I love to watch all of these, though they're just some of the things I watch.
Check out my blog, I read too much!, and also the blog at Puretextuality.com to which I contribute. My favorite genres in books are sci-fi, fantasy, and humorous nonsense in various forms, but I do branch out.
As for what I write, I can't be pinned down to a single genre. My first book, The Golden Ship, I wrote with and for my mom. My sci-fi trilogy, Shadows of Valor, will always be my favorite because it's exactly the sort of thing I like to read: boy leaves home, discovers superpower, meets girl, saves the day.
To get out of my comfort zone and to cure my tendency to hide in the other room when The Walking Dead came on, I wrote a zombie book, Fearless. It's not nearly as gory as The Walking Dead, but it's got a lot of me in it. I think it's the most emotionally gripping, grown up book I've written so far.
The Freeze, my foray into pure YA-post apocalyptic was a lot of fun to write. There's a bit of danger and romance, but it doesn't get too deep. Just a fun story to tell, and hopefully fun to read as well.
As such an avid reader of fantasy, it actually took me rather long to get around to trying my hand at writing one. I wrote Avalee and the Dragon with the full intent at making it a girl defeats dragon fantasy. It turned into a surprise romance for everyone involved, including me. Anyway, good stuff.
All that being said, I love connecting with readers and other authors. Feel free to send me a note on Goodreads or my Facebook page.
on Jan. 13, 2014 :
(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I did like this book more than the first one. The characters were already established and it was good to see that, although Edwin was still more powerful than all of the other characters, there was more of an explanation provided (though not for his earlier skills). It was interesting to see what he could do in this book, though I didn't quite understand all of the gadgets he'd created.
I really liked the fact that the author showed more of the enemy. I would have liked to see more of a background for certain characters, but I still found it fairly easy to engage with most of them.
I liked seeing how Edwin's relationship with Peggy changed. However, I wasn't too keen on the hints of a love triangle. I didn't used to mind them so much, but they've been so over-used, I've grown sick of them.
It was really good to see Edwin have to deal with not having his memories and the friendship he formed with someone who, as a reader, I saw as the enemy at first. I'm interested to see how he'll reconcile his past with what he's seen of the opposing army so far.
I noticed less mistakes in this book, but there were still a few occasions where events I would have liked to see more of were skipped over - Peggy learning to control her abilities, for instance. And I do think that Edwin is coming across as ridiculously over-powered.
At some point, I would like to read the next book in this series. The world is interesting and engaging. I think it's worth giving the book a try.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)