Monday, January 31, 2011

Interviews to come!

I had such an amazing response to my interview post I am amazed.  I actually am really looking forward to reading the books that I have not read yet and getting some more info from all of the people who are willing to take the time to do this.  I am extremely grateful to all of you.

Heres who we have to look forward to hearing from just from today:

G David Walker author of From a Far Land (Jaben's Rift)
Linda Acaster author of Torc of Moonlight : Special Edition (North York Moors Torc Trilogy)
Bob Greenwade author of Realm Hunter: Pursuit of the Silver Dirk
B Throwsnaill author of Hemlock and the Wizard Tower
Andrew Warwick author of Tears of the Mountain
J H Sked author of WolfSong (Tales from the Crescent)


I also have gotten probably around 10 more samples read, but the computer portion of my day got taken over by the interview thing.  I will get caught up soon.  Hopefully the ice storm doesn't take out the power and leave me unable to do anything.

Basic interview questions are here!

To any authors that would like to do an interview here, first off thank you.  Second please leave me a comment on this topic, with your e-mail, letting me know you would like an interview published and what work you would like to discuss.  I will get to it as soon as possible if I have not already read it.  Any gifted copies would be greatly appreciated since I have over 90 books to review at last count and that bill adds up quick.  I will be trying to post 1 interview every week on Saturdays.  If I have read your book I will send you some specific questions relating to it.  These are just beginning questions I will most likely edit this post at some point to include some more questions.

When did you decide to become a writer?

If you are not a full time writer what do you do to pay the bills?

What was your route to Indie authoring?

Any tips for your fellow Indie authors?

What served as your inspiration for (book title here)?

What other work do you have available?

What sites is your work available on?

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

Are there any authors that you really look up to?

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

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

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

What is your favorite book/series?

Are there any specific sites that you visit for advice or inspiration?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Samples!!

I did get a decent amount of samples read today and I will give a brief summary of them as well as if I decided to purchase them or not.  I will also list the books that I read before I started this blog and will be posting reviews on eventually.

Books already read:

Tinker's Toys














An Exercise in Futility













The Ant-Man of Malfen













The Enhancer













Art & Soul













Wistril Compleat














Books that I finished samples of:

Rista's Tale Part 1: Scarjheen I thought the sample was well written and entertaining, but it is priced a bit high for me.  This book is on hold to see if the price changes.
Gnomes of Coyûl (The Crystal Staff) This story is one I will pass on for the moment.  When I get caught up I will give it another chance, but it didn't really call to me.
Wishful Thinking (Daughters of Oberia, Book I)  While this story seems well written and has a very interesting concept, it is not what I usually go for so I am passing on it for now.  The sample is worth checking out though since it is just a personal preference thing steering me away.
Demon Deli This is another story that I am passing on.  I just couldn't get into the idea of evil sandwiches taking over the world all of it starting in a little boys piggy bank.
Eve This is a book that I will come back to for sure.  It is a vampire novel and that is really not my thing, but the sample did interest me so while not a top priority I will get to this one sometime.
The Emperor's Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam) I actually really liked this sample and it is by the same author that wrote the Goblin Brothers Adventures.  Either one of those would be enough for me to purchase this book so I did now I am just working my way through my list till I reach it.
The Hall of the Wood This is another book that I truly enjoyed the sample and went ahead and purchased the book.  I had 2 books from this author recommended to me and since I have over 90 books to look at I went with the cheaper of the 2.
Trance Warriors - Siege of Scarn Well written very cool plot I think I would actually enjoy this book immensely, but I cannot justify over $9 for a kindle book at this time.  If the price ever comes down I will jump all over this one.

I'm at work for 10 hours tomorrow so I probably will not be able to get a whole lot of reading done.  I am hoping to go through more samples, possibly actually getting fully caught up before I start the next novel for review.  I welcome any suggestions from authors that would like me to review their work and if you would like to get me a copy to review you get bumped to top priority.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tomorrow is sample day!

Today I finished up Ryel's Saga and will be posting a review soon.  I have decided that tomorrow is a good day to start catching up on some of the samples that I have for all the books that have been suggested to me.  I will list the samples I am reading as well as if I plan on purchasing them.  I also started to read through The Hawk and His Boy.  Mr. Bunn graciously offered to gift me the second book of the series if I enjoyed the first and with about 90 some books to read anything free I can get is awesome!  I am about a third of the way through the book and it is a very good read so far.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Upcoming books

Looking to finish the Ryel Saga tomorrow or Saturday at the latest.

Next book to read:















Next review to be written (sorry it has taken so long)















Next purchase:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lots of new books today!

Today was a very active day on my Amazon forum where I get all my info on the Indie books I write about.  Most of the books are recommended by the authors themselves which I think is awesome to have that kind of personal connection.  Just fyi here is a link to the forum http://www.amazon.com/tag/fantasy/forum/ref=cm_cd_pg_pg1?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=FxRHP2KEWXI0H1&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx1GIBG0IDD15IH&displayType=tagsDetail

I have actually had some pretty good back and forth with several of the authors and was thinking of maybe trying to do some mini interview type things to get their views and opinions of what its like to be an Indie author.  Keep in mind I have no background in writing or anything like that (obviously) so they wouldn't be anything amazing.

I have gotten over halfway through Ryel's Saga and so far it is a pretty good read.  After i finish it I will most likely go through about 5 or 10 samples and update if I plan on buying the books or will be passing on them for now.  I still also plan on going back through some of the Indie stuff I have already read and done reviews on.

Right now I am really looking for some good young adult Indie fantasy.  My daughter is 12 weeks old come Friday and we read together every night.  I know I read stuff waaaayy to advanced but I am really hoping that it becomes a lasting tradition and she loves to read as much as I do.  Right now I am not reading an Indie fantasy to her, but she does seem to enjoy those Goblin Brothers a lot.

Currently reading Zoey (my daughter)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Currently Reading

Currently reading..

Introduction

Since I got a Kindle for Christmas I have been reading a lot of Indie fantasy books.  I think that some of these books are amazing and really deserve to get some recognition so I am starting this blog to help get the word out a little bit.  I have read about 14 books so far and will catch up slowly on summaries and thoughts on what books I have finished.  To save time I will just give my 3 favorite books that I have read so far in January.

1.  From a Far Land: Jaben's Rift Book 1


This book follows the story of Jason, a young man who is transported to another dimension while exploring the woods of his family's land in Scotland.  I loved this book and found the characters wonderful and the world well built.  There are a variety of races each with their own special talent and a unique magic system that add spice to the world.  I have been informed that the author is looking at late this year for the second in a planned trilogy to be released and I for one cannot wait to see what the next book brings.





2. The Kinshield Legacy

The Kinshield Legacy follows the life of a bounty hunter who is destined to be king.  He has no desire to rule however, and is trying everything he can think of to pass off the responsibility to someone who he thinks will do a far superior job.  The story has a fast moving plot and a wide variety of characters that befriend the hero on his journey.  The end of the book holds an open end for a sequel which according to the website of the author is aimed to be released some time this year.  Overall this was an excellent read and well worth the money for the purchase.






3. The Goblin Brothers Adventures

The Goblin Brothers Adventures is just what is sounds like.  This book is actually a series of short stories detailing the adventures of two goblin brothers.  The dialogue that they have with each other is fantastic and I laughed out loud several times during some of the various stories.  I look forward to reading these tales with my daughter when she is old enough to understand them.  These are just a quick fun read that could be great for a family to read together or your middle schooler to work through on their own.