SGS (1978-) was born in Austin, TX, and likes to insist she is a Texan rather than an American. She is an artist, graphic designer, and mom who has dedicated her life to her son, education, and advocacy of creativity and the arts. And, yes, those are pterodactyls in her picture.
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While endless wars ravage The Empire’s borders, deep in the remote mountains, all of Old Widow Lantal’s divinations turn dark and the omens sinister. She knows the world will soon change. She can feel the portents in her bones. She knows she is too age-worn and weakened to manage the impending crisis alone, and calls on the Gods. This time, the Gods answer... To her horror, they send the Widow hel
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Smashwords book reviews by SGS
on May 07, 2015
Clever, whitty, and imaginative, Undraland by Mary Twomey is a thoroughly enjoyable, fast-paced read.
This Urban Fantasy follows the adventures of Lucy Kincaid, a well-written, snarky, easily relatable college student who has endured terrible loss, as she discovers wonderful truths about herself and the world around her.
It took me a chapter to get into rhythm with the Author's very modern voice, but the rest of the book was definitely worth the effort. Think the love-child of The Hobbit, Cassandra Claire, and Charlaine Harris, but from the perspective of a woman.
I must, therefore, admit that I'm hooked for life! My only regret is that the next book is not yet complete.
I will not go into deeper detail as I do not want to spoil the discovery of Undraland's well thought out and fascinating world of handsome men, magic, swords, fun takes on the classic fantasy races, and just the right amount of romance!
4/5 Stars only because I reserve 5 strs for books like 1984 or Shakespeare
-SGS, Artist and Author of History of the Acelian Empire Book 1: Acelia
Biggun: A Short Story (Zombie Horror)
on May 08, 2015
Biggun: A Short Story (Zombie Horror) by L. X. Cain is a dark and enjoyably gory vignette about a new mother's struggle to save her infant daughter during a zombie invasion. Cain hits all the important points of the situation and genre with grace and Cain's descriptions of the zombies are delightfully disgusting. I look forward to reading more from the author.
-SGS, Author of History of the Acelian Empire Book 1: Acelia
Paleo for Beginners: A Practical Guide to Getting Started with Paleo
on May 15, 2015
Paleo for Beginners: Apractical Guide to Getting Started with Paleo is extremely informative, clear, and quite friendly.
Being rather familiar with the Paleo diet for years, I very much appreciated the volume of accurate information written in very accessible language.
I wish the e-book had been formatted more conscientiously, however. A simple page break before the major headings would have been sufficient to prevent headings from appearing on the last line of a page.
E-books are challenging to format as the e-readers automatically change text size, and extra attention should be paid to formatting them for the medium by the author and publisher.
The Cat Who Spied On Me
on May 27, 2015
The Cat Who Spied On Me (The Secret Life and Career of Arlo the Barncat Book 3) by Jane Oldaker is well written and interesting. If you like cats, and books about cats solving mysteries, you will definitely love it! Oldaker does an excellent job of drawing you into the characters and the story, and I was hooked within the first few pages.
on July 01, 2015
The best of books, like the best of Authors, take on the responsibility of speaking up and out and about the important things. Elvage, the 4th book in Mary Twomey's Undraland series, like the previous books, does the same. In this very entertaining and readable installment, Twomey takes on misogyny, among other things. Twomey's powerful, frequently playful, and more often than not, profound voice sweeps me away into the story. I never find a point in any of Twomey's books where I want to put the book down, or get bored! Hot, tall guys aside, Mary Twomey writes with purpose and grace and Elvage is a great read.
I highly suggest you begin this series at the beginning, with Undraland, and Elvage is appropriate for 14 & up, when it is important for boys, and girls, to start seriously considering many of the issues Twomey tackles.