Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Victor: Book 2 in the Eden East Series,” by Author, Sacha Black

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Title: Victor, Book 2 in the Eden East Series

Amazon Author Page: Sacha Black

Publication Date: July 5, 2018

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Steam Punk, Magical Realism

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

When Eden East kills someone, she expects them to stay dead. It’s only polite, after all.

“Exhausted from battle and finally bound to her soulmate, all Eden wants to do is attend university and spend time with Trey. When her demon-ex, Victor, suddenly returns from the afterlife, Eden’s convinced he’s out for revenge. The last thing she expects is for him to ask for help, especially when he’s being controlled by evil forces.

But when an enchanted lock and key go missing, she’s no longer sure who she can trust. If Eden can’t find them in time, not only will her life, and her heart, be torn apart, the very world she lives in could be destroyed – forever.

Victor will transport fans of The Red Queen, The Young Elites, and The Lunar Chronicles to a world unlike any other…”

The Eden East Novels:

  • Book 0 – Sirens (coming soon)
  • Book 1 – Keepers
  • Book 2 – Victor

MY RECOMMENDATION:

I’m an avid fan of this author and the Eden East Series. I’ve also read and reviewed the first book in this series, Keepers. Click HERE to read the review.

Victor is the second book in the series and starts out with a bang! After crashing Eden’s coronation it becomes apparent that Victor is very much alive, even though Eden stabbed a poisoned knife through his heart. It’s as if Victor can’t die!

And if that it isn’t enough to grab your attention, Eden finds that she must rule as the “Fallon of the East” and as the head-girl in Keeper school. She also becomes part of a conspiracy to overthrow the First Fallon and joins in the rebellion.

Meanwhile, Eden is still reeling from the deaths of her parents. Those feelings comingle into her life with Trey, her balancer, and soul mate.  Look for some steamy scenes between these two! Whew! Their relationship is all consuming. These two are so twisted up together that the reader knows one cannot live without the other.

Yet, a sense of uneasiness hangs over Eden’s world. For all the happiness she shares with Trey, she is plagued with horrible nightmares about the fate of Trutinor and her beloved. She finds herself consumed by these dreams terrified they are prophetic in nature.

Eden turns to two friends, Sheridan, and Charlie who is able to provide some interpretation to her dream sequences. Charlie travels within her dreams searching for the answers that Eden needs to save Trutinor and Trey.

In my humble opinion, Victor surpasses the first book, not in storytelling, but in the detail given to the worldbuilding of Truitnor. This novel could almost stand alone, it is so powerful. However, from the skillful words of this author, the reader learns more about the dryads and the shifters, and the role they play in this realm of existence.

By the end of Victor, I found myself fully vested in the characters and in the mystery that envelopes Trutinor. This is an action-packed novel that transmits just the right amount of tension so the reader will beg for more. I’m begging! I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

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*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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Author, Sacha Black

About the Author:

Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.

Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.

When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film, and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.

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How to Connect with the Author:

To get CogMail – Sacha’s fiction book updates visit: http://www.sachablackbooks.com

You can get Sacha’s free 17-page cheat sheet intro to creating superbad villains by visiting her website.

Blog: www.sachablack.co.uk 

TWITTER@sacha_black

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/sachablackauthor/

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Keepers: The Eden East Novels Book 1,” by Author, Sacha de Black

  • Title:  Keepers: The Eden East Novels Book 1
  • Amazon Author Page: Sacha Black
  • File Size: 5669 KB
  • Print Length:  286 Pages
  • Publisher:  Atlas Black Publishing
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0776C6512
  • ISBN-10: 1999722507
  • ISBN-13:  978-1999722500
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
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  • Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Steam Punk, Magical Realism, Fantasy

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

Eden’s life is balanced…
…until her soul is bound to her enemy.

When her parents are murdered, the realm of Trutinor is threatened. Then a mysterious human arrives and changes everything.

As Eden’s world spirals out of control, she doesn’t need a charismatic Siren from her past returning to complicate life.

Now, saving Trutinor is the last thing on Eden’s mind.

Three boys.
Two murdered parents.
One deadly choice.

MY RECOMMENDATION:

“It is the duty of a Keeper to keep the Balance of fate.”

The Fallon’s wield the power of the people as shapeshifters, sirens, elementals, and dryads. Their job is to save lives and to make things right for the kingdom of Trutinor. The Keepers read the Balance of fate, remove Imbalance, and realign the people to their intended path in life so they can find their true destinies.

Trutinor is separated into four territories (north, south, east and west), each ruled by the specific abilities of the Fallons who balance the fate in that area. A coming of age exam pairs a male and female Fallon together – whether they like it or not, resulting in a binding ceremony where the two are bound for life. Remember, there must always be a balance, so it is not unusual for opposites in personality to be united.

Eden East, an elemental, has been promised to be bound to Victor, an evil shapeshifter. The boy failed his final exam, and Eden passed, creating bad blood between them. Trey Luchelli, a siren Fallon from the South is named head boy of Stratera Academy, while Eden East has made head girl. When they were children, Trey and Eden were the best of friends. What fate has conspired to bring them together again and for what purpose?

The night of the binding ceremony draws near, and events are set in motion that will change Eden’s life forever. Mystery and treachery swirl around Eden when an ancient prophecy is revealed that will change the balance in Truitnor which sets up a power struggle of epic proportions – if she survives.

The plot to Keepers is tight, and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t foresee the next twist in the story as it progressed. The characters are well rounded and easy to relate to. Eden East as the protagonist is the perfect kick-ass heroine you would expect the author, Sacha de Black to create. The ending is spectacular, and once again I must emphasize, I never saw it coming as the setup to the next book in the series falls into place.

As a high fantasy adventure, I must say, Keepers has found a place as one of the most creative fantasy novels I’ve read. I know of nothing written like it. The descriptions of the magical binding ceremony were so fantastic that I read them twice. This is the kind of storytelling that leaves the reader with a book hangover. I couldn’t get this story or the characters out of my head. I loved this book!

I’ve added this novel to my ME TIME category for Fantasy because the book literally blew me away. Step into the world of Truitinor and let the magic sweep you away! ❤

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

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Author, Sacha de Black

About the Author

Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.

Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, a giant of a son.

When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film, and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.

❤ CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR ❤

Blog: SachaBlack.com

To get CogMail – Sacha’s fiction book updates visit: www.sachablackbooks.com

You can get Sacha’s free 17-page cheat sheet intro to creating superbad villains by visiting her website: www.sachablack.co.uk 

You can also find her here:

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Snapchat (@Sachablack)

Or email her – Sachablack (AT) sachablack (dot) co (dot) uk

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Bravo! Thanks for stopping by to meet Sacha and to hear about Keepers.


Colleen’s Book Reviews – “13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains,” by Author, Sacha Black

  • Title:  13 Steps to Evil – How to Craft Superbad Villains
  • Amazon Author Page
  • File Size: 6316 KB
  • Print Length:  223 Pages
  • Publisher: Self-published by author
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0722X7Y4P
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  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
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  • Genres: Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Writing Skills

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

Your hero is not the most important character in your book. Your villain is.

Are you fed up of drowning in two-dimensional villains? Frustrated with creating clichés? And failing to get your reader to root for your villain?

In 13 Steps to Evil, you’ll discover:

+ How to develop a villain’s mindset
+ A step-by-step guide to creating your villain from the ground up
+ Why getting to the core of a villain’s personality is essential to make them credible
+ What pitfalls and clichés to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs

Finally, there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create superbad villains. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned writer, this book will help power up your bad guy and give them that extra edge.

These lessons will help you master and control your villainous minions, navigate and gain the perfect balance of good and evil, as well as strengthening your villain to give your story the tension and punch it needs.

If you like dark humour, learning through examples and want to create the best villains you can, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting superbad villains. Read 13 Steps to Evil today and start creating kick-ass villains.

MY RECOMMENDATION:

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review which follows.

As a fantasy writer, I love writing about the hero’s journey. However, as Author, Sacha Black points out, your villain is just as important as your hero. Of particular interest to me was the concept of creating a villain who could stand up to your hero by making the villain credible and believable. This is where the 13 fundamentals of a bad guy come into play. Each concept is discussed in practical terms filled with examples from other books and films that make the concepts easy to relate to.

The author writes in such a way as to coach you on your writing journey by liberally sprinkling her own sense of humor throughout the pages making the discussion fun and never boring. Some of the topics covered were how to avoid cliches, the psychology behind the villain and what motivates them, along with an excellent discussion of anti-heroes.

One of the most important things I gleaned from this book was to not allow my hero to have an easy go of it. The more obstacles I could throw at my hero the better my story would progress. Sacha Black puts it this way:

“No motive, no conflict. No conflict, no story.”

Another section of the novel was dedicated to establishing the mental health of your villain which was created to serve as a reference section for the writer. Here, the author’s advice is clear. When mental health disorders are used as character traits, don’t base them off of myth or stereotypes. Research the mental health disorder and authentically portray your character.

At the end of the book are listings of positive, negative, and neutral traits, along with the lists of positive, negative, and neutral values that can be used in character formation. I found the listing of soul scars to be helpful when trying to figure out what motivates my characters to act or react in a certain way.

I loved this book and will use it as a reference in the future creation of my characters. No matter where you are in your writing journey, you will take away something useful the next time you find yourself crafting your perfect hero, anti-hero or villain.

Author, Sacha Black has created a free short course on villains which is included as a link in the acknowledgments, called Villain School 101. I will read and review that book/class at a later date, so please stay tuned.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 fairies

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Author, Sacha Black

About the Author

Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.

Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son. When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film, and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.

Author contacts:

Twitter

Facebook

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Snapchat (@Sachablack)

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Sachablack (AT) sachablack (dot) co (dot) uk

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CYA Thanks for stopping by to meet Sacha and hear about her book. If you love creating bad guys, this is the book for you!

#Writer’s Quote Wednesday & #BeWoW – Anne Lamott

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and Ronovan Writes’ event called, “BeWoW” or “Be Writing on Wednesday.”  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!

Are you ready to join in?
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Fellow blogger, Sacha Black has an excellent tutorial on how to make photo-quote images. Click here to learn how to make exciting images with your own photos and how to add words.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. I will share your images on social media for added exposure. Beginning this week, as part of the Writer’s Quote Wednesday post, I will include the links to the blogs that took part in last week’s post. Time is of the essence in my writing and I find that I need every spare minute I can squeeze out of the day. I no longer have the time to do a separate post for the Wrap-up.

Please copy the badge above and include it on your own post. Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  (A pingback is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post).

Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

Since Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces he has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts, feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

FIRST, LET’S
CHECK OUT ALL THESE FABULOUS WRITERS WHO SHARED QUOTES LAST WEEK:

DAILY ECHO

SACHA BLACK

LANCE GREENFIELD

PEARL BEFORE SWINE

I MANIKING BLOG

ON THE LAND

MY JOURNEY WITH HIJAB

RONOVAN WRITES

WEAVING GOLD

SUSAN’S CREATIVE WRITING & POETRY *NEW THIS WEEK*

REBIRTH OF LISA

ALWAYS A WRITER

HERE THERE BE DRAGONS!

CATHY LYNN BROOKS

ZEN & PI

THOUGHTS & ENTANGLEMENTS

RAMBLINGS OF SIMPLE LIFE

JADE M. WONG

ALBERTA ROSS WRITES

THE WRITER NEXT DOOR

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My quote this week is from Anne Lamott, who wears many hats in her life. She is a novelist, a non-fiction writer, a progressive political activist, a public speaker, and a writing teacher. Most of her nonfiction is considered to be autobiographical. Wikipedia

Author, Anne Lamott

“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott


Have you ever thought about a world where there were no books? For me, it would be the bleakest of places. The Dark Ages comes to mind where only the educated had the ability to read and write. That was quite a tenuous situation. Religious scholars and monks did the majority of writing back then. The common man was segregated by his inability to read.

Isn’t it interesting then, that mankind found a way to tell stories in an oral tradition? Songs were sung to commemorate events that people did not want to forget. The songs were handed down from generation to generation fostering many myths and legends.

It appears to me that we have all been gifted with a storytelling gene of some sort. Humans have always found a way to communicate their thoughts and memories with the rest of humanity. It is almost like it is a compulsion that we have no absolute control over. Our need to share our thoughts is ingrained into our culture and society.

Anne Lamott’s quote really got me to thinking about books and reading. We are doing our children a disservice if we do not encourage them to read well. How else can they learn about life but through the eyes of a gifted storyteller?

My best friends have always been my books. Some I reread over and over again because they remind me of the feeling of coming home and visiting with a long lost friend. That is the magic of writing and reading.

Ann Lamott also says:

“Try to write in a directly emotional way, instead of being too subtle or oblique. Don’t be afraid of your material or your past. Be afraid of wasting any more time obsessing about how you look and how people see you. Be afraid of not getting your writing done.”

Read more at http://www.azquotes.com/author/8434-Anne_Lamott

Visit Anne’s official website at  Nerdyfacts.com

That is where I find myself today… afraid of not getting my writing done! There is so much to say and so little time!

BE HAPPY & KEEP WRITING MY FRIENDS!

DON’T FORGET TO SHARE WITH US YOUR FAVORITE WRITER’S QUOTE THIS WEEK!

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed seeing all of you!