Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review for 'Perception (book 1 of the Tiger's Eye Trilogy) by Heather Cashman


Your perception will sharpen once you see through a tiger’s eyes.

More than five hundred years after the apocalypse, the survivors of off-grid genetic experimentation have refined their mixed DNA to the point that humans and their animal counterparts share physical and mental links. Varying species have divided into districts, living in a tenuous peace under the President of Calem. Ardana and her tiger ingenium Rijan leave their life of exile and abuse in the Outskirts, setting out with their twin brothers to redeem themselves and become citizens of the Center. But shedding their past isn’t as easy as they had hoped. When the system that shunned them becomes embroiled in political conflict and treachery, their unique abilities and experiences from the Outskirts make them invaluable to every faction. The runaways become pawns to friends as well as enemies, and with every step it becomes more difficult to tell which is which.

Review: 5/5

For first person, this was fantastic. I was blown away by the characters and their sharp image of who they are not only on the outside, but the inside as well. Ana is witty, lovable and an overall intelligent young woman. She has such passion for those she love. She is willing to take risks, but also analyze situations where danger is possible. Kade is her twin brother. He struck me as someone who lacks confidence in himself. The tigers were drawn very well. Ana's tiger Rijan, knew what she was doing. She reminds me of Pan in 'The Golden Compass'. Both knew what to say even if their counterparts didn't care. I had a clear picture of them advising their human companions what to do and not to do. It made me to want someone like that. I wouldn't mind having Rijan. Not just good characters, but the plot made sense. It was easy to read and feel out what their world is like. Every bit from the Outskirts to the Tiger District was detailed enough to 'see'. It showed me what I could do in my own writing. This is an author who allows her characters to shine forth and to take us on an unforgettable journey that will continue in the forecoming novels.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review for 'Beloved Lifemate' by Jodie B. Cooper


When a powerful elvish monarch opens a doorway from Sídhí to Earth he stumbles upon a beautiful halfling who may spell doom for his entire world. When she turns out to be his predestined lifeMate, he knows without a shadow of doubt, his day has gone from bad to worse, because full-bloods, especially royals, never mate with halflings.

When a powerful elvish monarch opens a doorway from Sídhí to Earth he stumbles upon a beautiful halfling who may spell doom for his entire world.

When she turns out to be his predestined lifeMate, he knows without a shadow of doubt, his day has gone from bad to worse. Full-bloods, especially royals, never mate with halflings.

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Miranda Trellick was having a fun-filled trip to Earth, celebrating her seventeenth birthday.

Well, it was fun until her lifeMate tried to kill her.

Life as she knew it was about to come down to two critical facts: Stay out of the forest after dark and stay away from sharp swords.

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Beloved LifeMate: Song of the Sídhí #1 - 17,000 words

My Review: 4/5
Okay, for an ebook this surprised me. I was expecting a sort of 'Twilight' themed, but it was more than that. It is short, but powerful. The characters were well developed I thought. You could feel what Miranda feels and be conflicted by what Collin does. It makes you be in their shoes when events come. When the two realize about each other, they do what they can to protect the other. I only wish it could be longer. I don't know if the author would like to have it continue, but I would like to see it as a full blown novel. You could read for yourself here:

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sídhí World News: Vampire in Dallas!

Sídhí World News: Vampire in Dallas!: "Dallas - Fort Worth Metro, Texas: Earth A multi-car pileup in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metro (on Earth) resulted in numerous injuries and f..."

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Relaxing, but working on Manuscript

Today's been a good day. Since my move, things have been a bit hectic. However, sometimes a hectic day is a day where writing comes in. I've been working on this manuscript for almost four months if not more. During this time, I saw a lot of progress shining through. I've been thinking about my first one. How far it has come since words were first place on it. My characters have developed themselves from the beginning to now. It's been an interesting process to see them come to life and hitting the pages. They do most of the work if not all of it. Sounds really odd to a non-writer, but when you think about it, it makes sense. It is for me, one of my joys. That although I know my characters aren't real, they are on the pages. With this particular manuscript, I see a lot of what Raylene goes through through her eyes. It has become a journey for me. I see what she sees, feel what she feels and progress as she progresses. This second manuscript is so much fun for me. I want to bring this to the table for readers as well. I want them to experience things that I experience. This character has taught me personally about not only about herself, but about her world. Most of them do. There isn't one character who hasn't. Granted, there are also some not very nice ones, but they teach too. I love working with all my characters. They bring talent to the table and try to prove who they are to the rest of the world.