Damian Stevenson

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  • The Chronologies of Gyre:The Gregorian Part 1: Industrian Revolution on July 14, 2013
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    "The Chronologies of Gyre: The Gregorian Part 1: Industrian Revolution" is an intensely written nightmarish vision of a steam-powered world inhabited by automatons. Tony Rand Scott paints a detailed and convincing alien universe and successfully transports the reader to a new reality. Gyre is a meticulously constructed alien society run by robots with as much personality and sensibility as individual human beings. It reminded me of the 'Matrix' movies in its devotion to verisimilitude. This is a must read for any fan of hard sci-fi. A lot of authors attempt world building but very few pull it off. I can't wait to read the next installment set in this dark, disturbing dystopia.
  • Rial on July 18, 2013

    This is a dark and compelling erotic romance hybrid that has a cool supernatural component which makes things more intense and the eroticism startling. I have read a lot of books in this genre and this is one of the best. Toni Dare writes taut, lean prose and knows how to create a mood effectively. The ambiance is different to most books in this genre and the blend of relationships between 'weres' and humans makes for a very intense read.
  • Whispers Among The Jasmine on Aug. 07, 2013

    A nicely written romance set in New Orleans between a young French girl and a British academic. As a half-Brit who speaks French, I can attest to the authenticity of the characterizations. This story really spoke to me. The author's prose washes over the readers. Her dialogue and descriptions are unpretentious but vivid. Recommended.
  • Super Nobody (Alphas and Omegas Book 1) on Sep. 02, 2013

    This is the second book I have read by Brent Meske. I loved 'Bagged in Korea' which was a completely different genre to this book. I know readers dont typically like to 'genre hop' but I highly recommend reading 'Bagged.' This book centers around a town populated by superheroes named 'Actives' and is told from the POV of a middle schooler. The character of Michael makes for a great guide through this fun story that reminded my of the Pixar film 'The Incredibles' and the TV show 'Heroes' (only with more wit). A highly readable book. That's two for two with this author. Awesome!
  • The Rekindled Affair on Oct. 09, 2013

    If you are a fan of author Peter John ("Dead Medium") then you will certainly enjoy his latest offering, The Rekindled Affair, about a couple who reunite after 45 years! It's well written and quietly moving. A nice quick read.
  • The Awakening of Agnostos (Myths of the Olympians) on Nov. 15, 2013

    This was a terrific read from page one. There aren't enough contemporary authors writing about the Greek myths in my opinion and Jennifer Paquette and Nicholas Perotti have written a winner with this. The concept of 'The Triangle of the Unknown' is a cool device and something we haven't seen before. The story works because it takes familiar characters and tropes and twists everything. The character of Hecate is especially well drawn. The plot unfolds nicely and builds to a satisfying climax. I found myself reading until late into the morning! Great stuff. Recommended.
  • Rendezvous in Vegas on Nov. 18, 2013
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    Who doesn't like a story set in Vegas? I enjoyed this well written tale of love in sin city. The author writes snappy dialogue and her characters feel real and believable. The plot moves along at a nice pace and is never predictable. There's lot of sexy scenes. Lex and Tony have a wild time in Vegas. The book captures the spirit of the city and the excitement of having a fling.
  • Yuletide Tales A Festive Collective on Dec. 02, 2013
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    I just finished this book and am pleased to report that this is another awesome collection of stories from the redoubtable Indie Collaboration, those same talented folks behind 'Tales From Dark Places - The Halloween Collection.' Ten stories from ten talented authors. Need I say more? I dipped into this over the Thanksgiving weekend and it was a welcome respite from all the socializing. I highly recommend you do the same: download a copy, find a quiet corner of your house and take a mini vacation from your vacation with these wonderful seasonal vignettes.
  • Unbreak Your Marriage: Reconnect Your Marriage In 31 Days- Workbook (Bonus Proverbs Edition) on Jan. 15, 2014

    Awesome and workable Every couple, whether struggling or not should make use of this book. It will either help you and your spouse to go back to first love or elevate your marriage to a higher level. The author, Brian M clearly shows how this intervention strategy has and is helping lots of struggling couples worldwide. This simple but awesome strategy is really well designed and easy to use. I think any couple, even those that are not struggling should make use of this book. It is helpful for any marital relationship at whatever level.
  • Stripped Naked by a Stranger on the Bus on March 09, 2014
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    I absolutely love this author and I'm hooked on the series! It really is so hot and vivid and way more intense than 50 Shades. I read Sylvia Day and she's dull in comparison to this. Cossa is trite and visual, you really 'feel' what the billionaire god and his girl are feeling - and it's way stronger than commercial romance. Basically a billionaire alpha male, The Stranger, teases her naked in public and during her exhibitionist climax learns a lot about herself and the world and they go off 'happily ever after'. The best ever. A serious turn on.