Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Endangered Memories by David Alderman review

Endangered Memories (Expired Reality)
3.5 stars

Endangered Memories (Expired Reality) by David Alderman takes place after the events of his Black Earth series.  Earth has been destroyed and the population now lives on the planet Anaisha.  David, Carrie, Veronica, and Sean are a group on teenagers who were known as the Lazerblades, a crime fighting team that stopped put away Mr. Big.  

Endangered Memories takes place when the group has broken up and is now living a fairly normal life.  David confessed his love to Carrie and she ran away now he is living his life regretting losing his best friend and soul mate.  Veronica is still hanging around watching over David to make sure he is ok.  

At the mall after a huge fight with his girlfriend David runs into Kimberly who is on the run from a monster that killed her uncle.  David's instinct to protect people who are in danger kicks in and he begins to help keep Kimberly safe.  

The story is a stand alone as you don't need to read the Black Earth series to understand what is going on, but I think it helps out immensely in understanding certain aspects of the environment.  In the beginning David's behavior seems a bit erratic at time which I think stopped me from really understanding him and getting behind him on his quest to get his girl back, but I was rooting for him by the end of the story.  

Copy provided by the author for review.

Black Earth: End of the Innocence Print
Black Earth: End of the InnocenceKindle
Black Earth: The Broken Daisy Print
Black Earth: The Broken Daisy Kindle 
Black Earth Double Pack Kindle
Picture Perfect Kindle
Endangered Memories (Expired Reality) Kindle
David's website
David's blog

Monday, August 29, 2011

Free Book Monday Liberator's Ruin by P. J. Johns

Hello all,

In celebration of the new Goodreads book club being started today begins a raffle for our first book club book.  Liberator's Ruin (Smashwords).  One lucky winner will receive a Smashwords coupon for a free download and please feel free to join in the discussion if you are the winner!  

Just leave a comment with your email address to enter.  The winner will be chosen Sept. 12.

Goodreads Book Club

Hello everyone,

I have started a Goodreads book group to help promote participation and discussion about the books that are covered here on the blog.  It will be a place to promote indie authors, try to get your book as the book of the month, and get advice from other authors if you have questions.  I hope to see you there.

All giveaways will still be run through this blog and I would appreciate any purchases being made through the blog so I get credit for my affiliate links.  

September's book is shaping up to be Liberator's Ruin by P. J. Johns.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Guest blog with Sara Dagan author of Princess Maya and the Crystal Ball

First off I would like to say thank you to Sara for taking the time to do this guest blog here with us.

Hi everyone! I’m Sara Dagan, a writer and a Biographical Work consultant (Biographical Work is a spiritual coaching technique).  My first book, Identifying The Hidden Thread, a Biographical Journey, was published in Israel in 2009. The book is a guide to drawing a life map based on the Biographical Work principles.

My second book Princess Maya & the Crystal Ball is also based on this method. However, this book is written as a fairy tale. It is also embedded with symbols from the Yoga Philosophy as well as other spiritual methods.  The story is about Maya (illusion in sanskrit), a princess who has been challenged to discover her true self-identity via voyages in a crystal ball, a gift she mysteriously received from Prince Karma on Friday, November 2011 (11/11/11); The latter wished her a safe trip and asked her not to forget her princedom. However, her journey begins on planet Earth as a secretary in a giant cosmetic corporation where she soon forgets that she is a princess from another world.
The aim of the book is to draw an ‘external point of view’ on our society, particularly on the business world.
The book is the first of a trilogy. The second book, Princess Maya Meets Prince Karma, will come out soon.

The inspiration for the book was drawn mainly from people around me as well as my personal experience (I had worked as a secretary for many years). 

I would like to take this opportunity (thank you Scott) to announce  a special Project for Indie Authors:
Every second Sunday, my blog will provide a platform for a different indie writer to present their work, combined with a Biographical Coaching session. The aim is to help writers set and reach their goal, guided by their Biographical Life Map principles.
Throughout my years as a biographical coach, I have seen just how effective the Biographical Coaching technique is in many different areas of life. It was through conscious use of my own biographical principles that I was able to complete writing my first two books.
The central idea for the project is that following the initial Sunday internet coaching session—which will include an interview, a biographical analysis, and a coaching plan—your personal progress will be documented in each of our blogs: your blog will express your point of view as an independent writer in coaching; mine will express my point of view as a biographical coach and independent writer.
In order to achieve the best possible results, the coaching procedure will take place as needed, via Skype or other means. 
You will benefit from the Biographical Coaching process and exposure as a writer, and I, too, will benefit from the exposure, as a biographical coach and indie author.
If you are an independent writer (even if you are writing your first book at the moment) and would like to take part in this project, you are invited to contact me via email (sara.dagan@gmail.com) and provide the following information:
• a short bio
• have you published a book/books?
• your age (an important detail in biographical coaching)
• how long have you been writing?
• the genre in which you write
• goals you would like to reach (your broader goals)
For more info please visit my blog
Thank you, Scott, for giving me this platform.
Sara Dagan

Connect with me online:
e-mail: sara.dagan@gmail.com
Blog: http://saradagan.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sara.dagan2

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Eternal Struggle by James Rourke review

The Eternal Struggle: Two Worlds, One War
5 stars

The Eternal Struggle: Two Worlds, One War by James Rourke was a fascinating read. He has a somewhat familiar theme of life after death taking place in Limbo, but he put a spin on it that I had never seen before. When a good person dies their soul travels to Limbo where they are confronted with a lecture hall setting explaining their options. Choose reincarnation or continue life in Limbo. If you should choose to stay in Limbo you must overcome the part of your personality that keeps you from being worth from entering Heaven. The first example given is a man who was a teacher in life who blamed his students for their lack of attention and learning, not being willing to take any responsibility himself. His task in order to be raised to Heaven is conduct the orientation seminar for the newly deceased with less than 6 questions being asked of him.

The conflict between good and evil takes place in Limbo with an all star cast of historical figures on both sides. Hitler, Stalin, Himmler, Attila the Hun and many more are the aggressors trying to take over Limbo in order to have a greater influence on Earth. Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Leonidas, are a few of the big names on the side of good. Also fighting for the side of good you have Seamus, an Irishman who has been around Limbo for awhile and is working on getting to Heaven and Jon a 17 year old kid who just arrived in Limbo and gets sucked into the conflict.

I very much enjoyed reading about all of the historical figures with Abraham Lincoln being my favorite by far. One of the main characters, Niccolo, brought the story to life. He is Limbo's longest resident and acts as a guide for many of the newcomers. Since he has been around for so long he also has a leadership role with many people looking to him for direction and inspiration.

There is also a story of political intrigue on Earth with three presidential candidates on the campaign trail. I enjoyed this book very much and talked about it so much that I think my wife is going to read it as well. This is an impressive first offering in the realm of fantasy by James Rourke. There only thing I would have liked to have seen is a map of Limbo with the various regions explained. Well done James.

Check out his video trailer

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Audience participation

Hello all,

I have been trying to figure out ways to increase commenting on my blog.  I figured one of the best ways to do that would be to ask you what you would like to see.  I really don't expect a ton of people to comment on my reviews, but I would like to see some more participation with the giveaways that get run.  I have also been thinking of starting a poll on the sidebar to let blog readers get a pick for a book that gets read every month or something.  Does anyone have any suggestions on ways I can make this blog more interactive and fun for the reader?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Curse of the Flamingos by Martha Gouws review

Curse of the Flamingo
4 stars
Curse of the Flamingo by Martha Gouws is a very interesting story. Martha Gouws has created a wonderfully unique world with a fantastic cast of characters. Egorh is the mortal incarnation of the favored son of Darkarh, god of magic. His three brothers plotted against him to gain the best inheritance and attempted to kill him. Arriving too late to save his favorite son Darkarh sends his soul to the mortal realm on the wings of giant flamingos. Steukhon, the high priest of Darkarh, arranges for the care of Egorh with Sir Matthew a noble and well respected lord. The villains are Egorh's three brothers who were banished to an unpleasant realm after their attempt to kill him and Zinnia the sorceress who was kicked out of her group after attempting to violate their laws and take ultimate power.

The world that she has built is wonderfully filled with original creatures and fun mythology. The characters interactions are pretty good and I enjoyed Egorh very much. This is a good solid fantasy adventure fit for early teens and after.

Check out the video trailer

Monday, August 22, 2011

FREE Book Monday featuring Christopher Bunn

The Hawk And His Boy (The Tormay Trilogy #1)Today's free book is The Hawk And His Boy (The Tormay Trilogy #1) by Christopher Bunn.  This is a fantastic freebie that is only going to be available for a limited time so do yourselves a favor and pick it up.  If you want to know a little bit more check out my review here.

The rest of the Tormay Trilogy:
The Shadow at the Gate (The Tormay Trilogy #2)The Shadow at the Gate (The Tormay Trilogy #2) review here

The Wicked Day (The Tormay Trilogy #3)

The Wicked Day (The Tormay Trilogy #3) No review yet but the cover art is epic!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Interview with Fisher Thompson author of A Supremely Happy World

Today we have an interview with Fisher Thompson author of A Supremely Happy World

When did you decide to become a writer?

Short story: high school English class. The actual path is a circuitous and metaphysical
train wreck. Every school, from left-my-diapers-at-home forward, has within its grizzled
grasp the single student known as the school artist; that kid who no matter what art
project/challenge is thrown at the class en masse, comes out of it with the sin qua non
production that stuns and shrivels the artistic self-esteem of his peers. This esteemed
and denigrated post was held by yours truly at more than one institution of learning
throughout this land. But it does not stop there. No. Mid-teens found me at the hallowed
doorstep of magical incantations, the place where one dons cape and cap to join the
secret handshake and password brotherhood of magicians, whereby one’s allegiance
is sworn and silence as to the inner workings is duty bound. A glorious career was in
its incipient stages. Until two years later when the rock-and-roll-star piranha bit with
ferocity. This particular path I pursued devotedly through all requisite stages until a
decade had elapsed landing me face first upon the fateful doorstep where writing more
than songs seemed a worthy goal. I reflected that my initial nudge toward writing had
been the reading of Hawthorne in high school. After the devastatingly effective crash
and burn of rock stardom the reclamation of lost objectives was a no brainer. Thankfully
I have retained enough of my youthful exuberance, called by some “stupidity,” to allow
me the dubious pleasure of looking impending failure in the face and sneering, “Oh
yeah? That all you got??” Writing has altered my view somewhat. Long haul is the
name of the game.

What was your route to Indie authoring?

An age old axiom affirms that the publishing industry is a fickle creature. An agent will
voraciously scour the universe to publish today, what was popular last year, in the
hopes of releasing the finished work in book form the following year. It does not take
much to conclude this is a tragically broken business model. Yet it is the selfsame
model that has existed in some form or fashion since Gutenberg brought the production
press to life. Within this framework does the ever hopeful writer operate, fixing firmly in
his/her mind the image of grasping that mythically charged golden ring from the whirling
wheel of fate. One proceeds with the foremost hope that one is the author chosen from
among the plebian horde. And as time advances as it must, this hope can become a
faint and thinning gossamer thread. After practicing the craft for better than a decade, I
decided to embark upon the agent express. I arrived at the embarkation point only to be
greeted by a forlorn and forgotten station, the attendants moping miserably along,
conductors swabbing handkerchiefs along perspiring foreheads, muttering to
themselves in attempts to conjure the words that would reveal when and IF the trains
would once more roll. Ragged and dust worn authors stood at the tracks waving their
cancelled tickets for a train that shut down after the post-apocalyptic full frontal J.K.
Rowling assault. The word was out. A hit one-off book had lost its market appeal. What
commanded the attention of the rapacious industry was the series/phenomenon to be,
gestating out there somewhere, the prize going to that agent who selectively and
intuitively plucked it from the haystack. I labored at the author's booth in that particular
train station for a few years, pitching, catching and often fielding foul balls, attempting to
position myself advantageously; smiling, shaking hands, connecting and consulting,
thinking maybe, just maybe, my golden moment would come. Oh, I did in fact make a
few fortuitous and beneficial, might I say “beneficent,” contacts. But the mystical
machine that was suddenly spitting out a few late issue train tickets, gummed up and
jammed it seemed, putting all orders on indefinite hold. But no, the culprit was not a
mechanical jam. Lo and behold, Stephenie Meyer had waltzed in and scooped up the
remaining bundle clean away into vampire land; setting loose a maniacal horde of cute
but deadly misunderstood vampire types, whose preeminent mission was to free the
mortal girls from the bondage of teen angst with deftly applied romantic overtures. What
followed were werewolves, zombies, undead aplenty walking effortlessly in our midst.
Once more a publishing phenom had arrived. Where did that leave everyone else?
Digging through trash cans looking for that lost golden train ticket or churning out a
second-rate supernatural romance in the hope that lightning would strike twice.

The oppression of despair was everywhere. I made a charge for the stands. It was
time to review, reexamine, and reclaim my initial reasons for entering into this mad
steeple chase. Viewing this debacle from the cheap seats afforded me a long range
view of distant domains, each one doing its best to entice, promising nothing but
possibility. Then like a bolt of blue redemption my cranium split, letting the cool breeze
of freedom in for a swirl round hemisphere central. The jump from this enlightened
vantage point into indie publishing was not altogether painless, but rewarding in
its immediacy of assured audience. And hey, I thought, had not indie publishing
recently acquired the stamp of prestige afforded the traditional publishing industry,
the term “Independent Publishing” garnering so much more commodity value than
the severely denigrated “Vanity Publishing?” Okay, same horse different jockey, but
the transition from abomination to acclamation had in fact silently and most assuredly
occurred. I decided it was prudent to at least for a period pursue this newly opened

What served as your inspiration for Supremely Happy World?

I was reading a bunch of abysmally depressing slit-your-throat political works, and
my head was in a place of, "Hey, I know we're fucked. Thanks for reminding me A-
holes." But you know, the American Dream died alongside music the day those good
ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye with Don McLean and I said, fuck all, why not
write a story that tells it like it is from a future looking back kind of way? And spinning
around this circumference of neo-nihilistic thought I woke up one dark and dreary
morning with the lines spinning through my electrified mind, "It was a time of terror as
a creeping Black Death surged through the land. It was then I had to depart Sung Wu
and follow a different path. This would remain so." and the rest just came organically or
perhaps "orgiastically." So I went forward, undaunted by dream state terrors, declared
war on the night sky, threw the oxygen deprived universe in there to boot, and began
the word by phrase assembly of thought clouds that became Supremely Happy World,
a name that may have remained in frontal lobe slumber had the original working title
Boxtown won out.

The dramatis personae in this dystopian tale are heterogeneous, all and sundry
overwhelmed by the various elements in play. Primarily we have protagonist Li Chu
Yang, a slap dance happenstance anti-hero, essentially unwitting attendee and
straight man to the horrors transpiring at every turn, said horrors engendered by both
scorched earth fascists and supernatural entities. The secondary protagonist and Li
Chu Yang’s cohort, Sung Wu, is my favorite character. A shoot straight from the hip
no nonsense take no prisoners type. She was inspired by a collection of girls/women
I have been fortunate to know, a composite so to speak. The changes she puts him
through are epic, enlightening even. Strong female characters have always appealed
to me. It seems there still remains much room left for developing this type of character
in contemporary fiction. The travails of the fainting female are so passé. Today the
weak and ineffective female character is met with critical virulence and authorial shame.
Supremely Happy World explores the flip flop of the traditional male/female role.

What other work do you have available?

At this point, not including those titles that are out of print, I have three titles: Supremely
Happy World, Laughing Sheepskins, and Code of Ecstasy.

What sites is your work available on?

My entire catalog is available at Smashwords.

Are you currently working on anything new and if so when can we expect to see

I am currently working toward something that is as yet undefined. Along the way I have
been collecting notes, thoughts, trivia etcetera as support matter for this impending
work. Concepts, storyline and genre are decided quite organically and spring forth from
the characters that emerge during the genesis stage. So far at least two characters
have come forward to claim this undeclared terrain and it is mine to sit back and see
who prevails in the struggle. At the very least, one of them will be offered a supporting

Are there any authors that you really look up to?

The authors I look up to and admire are unfortunately not names you will often find on
the bestseller lists. Among these are John Barth, Robert Coover, John Hawkes, Donald
Barthelme, Victor Pelevin, China Miéville and Donald Antrim. A motley crew if you will.
Yet the linguistic and literary gymnastics championed by the aforementioned continue to
be the Holy Grail I diligently strive towards.

What do you see as the biggest challenge in being an Indie author?

Establishing and maintaining a dynamic network of people and entities essential in
the marketing and distribution chain. One’s ability to successfully Tweet, Facebook,
etcetera become primary in this. As success in this regard is measured in book sales
and friend lists, it is a crucial matrix residing betwixt the lands of Empowerment and

Have you ever been published in any magazines or any national publication?

I have had stories published in numerous international print and online magazines that
have unfortunately succumbed to the threshing wheel of fame. Still, there are through
the magic of the eternal internet one or two published works out there circling about.

Do you have a homepage/blog/twitter/facebook etc... that fans can follow your
progress or contact you at?

First and foremost Smashwords of course followed in close progression
by http://fisherthompson.webs.com . I should also mention I maintain a presence at
http://www.goodreads.com for the sake of comprehensive inclusion. Otherwise there is
always email if a direct dialogue is desired: fisher.thompson909@gmail.com.

What is your favorite book/series?

I was fortunate enough in my wanderings to happen upon and dive into the Bas-Lag
novels of China Miéville. It is in short a vast and brilliant contemporary work conjured in
the most startling, bold and verdant prose. Within in its embrace is found the essential
ingredients to soothe the supremely jaded literary soul.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Xannu - The Healing by Paul Dorset review

Check out my review of the first book in the series Xannu - The Prophecy
Xannu - The Healing (The Southern Lands)
4 stars

Warning this review will contain spoilers about Xannu - The Prophecy.
Xannu - The Healing (The Southern Lands) by Paul Dorset is the second book in the Southern Lands Saga. The Xannu has been revealed and many groups wish to control him to make their prophecies come true. The cast of characters remains pretty much the same as in the first book Terry/Teern, Joe, Maria, Matthius, Selene, and Vixxa. Susan begins to take a bigger role in Terry's life and he finds a new friend in Steve as well. This book sees the group from the first book separate in order to take care of certain members that are sick. Teern, Matthius, and Selene are off to The Unforgiving to heal Matthius of a grievous injury sustained in battle. Maria and Joe are off to the island of Tane (where Vixxa is from) to get Joe cured so he can begin his journey home. 

This book shows some emotional growth for Terry as he is constantly confronted with the fact that his best friend is missing and it is his fault. He is also beginning a fledgling relationship with Susan who began pursuing him in The Prophecy. Terry also finds out that more people he knows may have been able to travel to The Southern Lands at some point in their lives.

I thought this book included a lot of setup for the rest of the series while lacking a little bit of the adventure in that was found in the first book. It seemed that there was a bit more time spent in the real world than the Southern Lands. Now that being said I am actually very excited to see what the rest of the series will be bringing and I suspect that several more of Terry's friends will find themselves having some very vivid dreams in the near future. This book explores a lot more of the Southern Lands through the quests that the two parties are undertaking. Mayhem continues to be a presence as well and exposes a dark conspiracy that could involve some high ranking people throughout the lands.

The Healing was a strong sequel to The Prophecy and Paul Dorset continues to have his characters act in believable ways that are easy to relate to. The series continues to hold my interest and I look forward to the third book very much.

Other links:

The 10 Hour Project Manager Kindle
The 10 Hour Project Manager Paperback
Fergus Fedderfeeny's Food Factory (Gwillville) Kindle
Fergus Fedderfeeny's Food Factory Paperback

How to Write and Self-Publish Your First Novel

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Zero Sight by B Justin Shier review

Zero Sight (Zero Sight Series, Book 1)
5 stars

Zero Sight (Zero Sight Series, Book 1) by B Justin Shier start off in Las Vegas following Dieter a kid who just wants to get out of town and make something of himself.  He attends a pretty rough highschool and is literally fighting just to get by.  Dieter is a special kid, he has some unique abilities on top of being a very smart guy.  He hits some pretty massive speed bumps on the way, but he does get into college and on his bus trip across the country he meets Rei, a beautiful girl with whom he has no idea how to act.  The interaction between the two of them had me laughing out loud several times.  

There were a few parts of the story that slowed down, but for the most part the plot moved along at a good pace.  Since Mr. Shier is a med student there were some pretty graphic descriptions of the gore involved.  The story has several plot twists that I did not see coming.  Overall this is a great book and I cannot wait to read the second installment.  

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Guest blog with B Justin Shier author of Zero Sight

Today's guest is B Justin Shier author of Zero Sight (Zero Sight Series, Book 1).  Today he is going to speak about his difficulty fitting his book into the established genres.  

My name is B. Justin Shier. I’m a medical student and the author of the Zero Sight Series.

Zero Sight is about magic, and monsters, and copious amounts of coffee. The events take place in a parallel America where magic is real but under wraps. Dieter Resnick, the book’s protagonist, is a high school student trying to get a scholarship to go to college. Things don’t go as planned. A high school brawl leads to a tragic explosion, and a strange girl named Rei Acerba Bathory changes his life forever.

Zero Sight is available on both the Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook for $2.99. The sequel, Zero Sum, will be released this autumn.


I want to thank Scott for giving me the chance to guest blog today.

I originally discovered Scott’s blog while I was trying to find a new novel to read. He was hosting this monstrous thread on Amazon, so I followed it to this website. I got excited when I discovered that Scott reviewed books in the same fantasy and Sci-Fi genres I love, and I really appreciated the time he has spent since then highlighting undiscovered indie authors.

On my own blog, I spend most of my time tracking the publishing industry’s progress from the old agency “dead tree” model to the new “reader-driven” digital one, but today I’d like to talk about something different. I want to talk about age. I want to talk about the age of characters, the age of readers, and how the Powers That Be try to classify them.


When I started writing Zero Sight, I thought very little about marketing and demographics. I had the image of a young man and young woman sitting next to one another on a bus. He had mussed up hair. Hers was as dark as night. When I squinted really hard, I could see that the boy was out of sorts. When I squinted even harder, I discovered that the girl was death incarnate. That’s all I had…that and a burning desire to see how it would all turn out. So I sat down with a blank sheet of paper and thought back to my high school writing teacher’s maxim: Write Only What You Know.

I thought back to one of the most turbulent times in my life. I had traveled across the country from my home in Las Vegas to the sweltering river town of St. Louis. I didn’t know quite what to do with my life; I just knew that it had to be awesome lest I be considered an utter failure. When I considered all the fears and anxieties I had experienced, I couldn’t really think of many books that had managed to tell that story with vampires. So I set out to write something new. The experience was a struggle, but in the end, I was really happy with how Zero Sight turned out. My gracious beta readers seemed to like it too, so I submitted it to a few review sites. That’s when I got the following response ten times over:

What in the bejeezus is this?

To which I replied, “Sorry?”

To which they replied, “Is this Young Adult Fiction or Adult Fiction. Decide. Now.”

To which I was like, “Um, both?”

To which they replied, “Um, no.”

Under the old paradigm, this is as far as Zero Sight would have gotten. It didn’t fit into any of the traditional categories. The characters, aged 17-21, are considered a bit too old for the YA market and a bit too young for the Sookie Stackhouse stack. Traditional publishers would have tossed it, or worse, asked me to change the setting to a high school. But altering Dieter and Rei’s ages would have killed their book. You see, Zero Sight, at its most elemental, is a story about bright young minds making their first steps into the world. Dieter and Rei are struggling with the usual post-high school issues of insufficient financial aid, copious amounts of dirty laundry, poorly managed bloodlust, and accidental homicides. The fun is in how they cope, on their own, far from the reach of their parents.

Will Dieter and Rei become heroes—or are they destined for villainy?

This, hopefully, is the fun of the novel.

Good thing we’re living in the new digital age of publishing. I could ignore the opinions of the Powers That Be, tag the Zero Sight Series as both Young Adult and Adult Contemporary Fantasy, stick a sixteen-and-over warning on it for the copious bloodshed and cussing, and hope that readers decide the novels are worth their time.

It’s like the Renaissance, only with more typos.

Now to be clear, I’m not claiming to be a Yuri Gagarin here. Pride and Prejudice was published quite a few years ago, and plenty of modern authors are specifically targeting the 16-30 year old age group. I’m pretty sure Chuck Palahniuk is making a fine living off this demographic, and everyone knows who’s really reading JK Rowling. It’s just that the industry doesn’t want to acknowledge it as an entity unto itself. That would require another category. They point to the YA and Adult stacks and demand that you choose one or the other.

You’ve probably already witnessed the rather hilarious side effects of this rather arbitrary division. Sometimes you discover Middle-Grade Fiction masquerading as Young Adult. Other times you come across Battle Royale sitting next to Babar the Elephant. With classics being reshuffled into the new categories, and nearly all new cover art being influenced by the Twilight ascetic, discovering the right sort of book has become as challenging as locking down the location of a rave in the prairielands. You need someone like Scott to tell you which grain silo the beats are blasting from, or you’re gonna end up trancing solo with the cattle.

Since the YA classification is here to stay, and we the readers can now do whatever the heck we want, we should probably come up with a good name for novels with a GED. So far, I’ve been told to label Zero Sight as: YA, YA17+, Adult, New Adult, Tweenty, Novela Reposada, and/or Harry Potter on Crack. I think we can do better. Hopefully one of you brilliant folks can recommend something.


B. Justin Shier grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. After cashing in his winnings, he went to study at Washington University in St. Louis. He researched cancer biology for a few years before deciding on a career in medicine. He is currently pursuing his MD somewhere in Southern California. He also writes fantasy novels.

For updates on the Zero Sight Series and Random Ramblings, you can visit B. at: http://www.bjustinshier.com

So if anyone has any suggestions for a genre that you think his book would fit in leave a comment and let us know.  Thanks!