Zeuorian Series Update

My book publish dates are sliding. I know, I’m sorry. But running a business, raising a 3 year old and writing can be challenging. Who am I kidding, it’s downright difficult to do. When my 3 year old says “mommy stop reading” or “Look at me” I do what he says. If I don’t, he’ll take my Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and hide it and I don’t want him to ever think he’s second best to a computer.

Plus I added a few additional stories to the list I’m publishing. I added Control. It was going to be a short story and it has grown to a 30,000 word Novelette about the time between the ending of Awakening and beginning of Hunted. I thought the story needed to be told more than a short highlight in book 2. It answer a lot of questions about Lexi and her Watcher’s past. Why she is quickly falling for him and why Tyler acts the way he had in book 1.

I also added a Lexi’s Dangerous Lesson short story. It’s a teaser for book 2: Hunted. I had published the prologue under that title in the past, but pulled it off the shelf when I renamed it Monster. But I plan to replace it with the teaser instead and offer it for free.

Finally, I added Awakening Extended Version. It’ll have Her Watcher’s POV as well as some of the deleted chapters showing more of Lexi and Her Watchers romance and past that got cut in the name of mystery.

Tentative Dates:

  • Control: Summer 2015
  • Awakening Extended Version: Fall 2015
  • Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson Short Story release: Winter 2015
  • Hunted: 2016
  • Searching for the Zeuorian Scott Knight story: 2016

YA Fantasy Beta Readers Needed

I finished my Novelette Control, sequel to Zeuorian Awakening a YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi thriller. I’m looking for beta readers. I’m willing to read your book in return.

Please post a comment if you’re interested.
Thanks,
Cindy


Story Cartel Review

This is my experience using Story Cartel

Story Cartel Site

Story Cartel Logo

I decided to try out Story Cartel with my short story Monster. I paid $30 which included posting my book on their website for download by reviewers. I had to handle the advertising on my own, which I did through Twitter and Facebook.

11 people downloaded the story. Out of that number I received 4 reviews. Two on Amazon and two on Goodreads. All were favorable. I also gained additional books sales from the reviews. So overall the $30 dollars was well spent.

So I tried it again with my book Awakening. Same deal. They post it on their website for download by reviewers. I handled the advertising. This time I had 31 people download the book. Out of that number only 3 posted reviews. 1 on Amazon. 1 on Barnes and Nobles and 1 on Goodreads. Two favorable and one not so favorable. This time I didn’t gain any book sales.

Compare Story Cartel to NetGalley

Story Cartel is by far cheaper $30 to $150. I received close to the same downloads from NetGalley (37 to be exact), but more people posted reviews about the book 18+ and I also was given feedback from everyone who downloaded my book whether they got a chance to read it or not.

Interesting. I had 23 favorable reviews out of the 37. Almost everyone who disliked my book, because they thought it was a romance (due to a mix up in the overview) instead of a thriller, posted a review on Goodreads. Whereas the ones who liked it, only a few posted reviews. Which lowered my overall stars to 3.10. That’s why I don’t put too much into reviews. They don’t show the entire picture. Plus, just because one person hates a book, doesn’t mean I won’t like it. They might have an entirely different taste in books than I do.


Opposition Book Review

Opposition: A Lux Novel BOOK 5

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition Cover

Overview

The world changed the night the Luxen came, and now Daemon will do anything to save Katy…even if that means betrayal. For Katy, the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy them all. As it becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world crumbles around them, they may lose everything–even what they cherish most–to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind. War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

My Review

I started to read the series, because a reviewer claimed my book The Zeuorian Awakening was a ripoff of Obsidian and I was curious to see if in fact the author plagiarized my book, which they didn’t. Then I decided to read book 2 and 3. I was going to give up on the series, but I’m a sucker for serials with cliffhangers. So I bought book 4 and 5 to see what happened to Katy.

I really had a hard time getting into this book. The whole alien invasion I had a difficult time with. As well as Daemon and Dawson are the only ones not controlled by the Luxen leader like Dee. Not once did they try to get word to Katy or Bethany of the situation.

Of course Katy does something stupid and gets caught. Her typical. Daemon must risk being considered a traitor and killed to save her, again. Then while surrounded by aliens who want her dead, they have sex. Ah, please. Talk about a filler.

Dawson, Daemon and Katy escape with DOD and Luc’s help. Dee stayed behind. She doesn’t want to feel anymore and likes being a drone. Okay.

Now they are staying with the DOD and helping to fight the aliens. All the while having sex. That was the point I skipped to the end. I had enough.

***spoiler alert***

Just as I suspected everyone survived and the bad aliens were taken care of by the Arum. Daemon and Katy now live together and go to college in Colorado. They are getting married soon. Dee has a beau and Dawson has a kid with Bethany. All is great in the world and they are also free of the DOD.

Only bad that came out of everything is that Katy’s mom died, which was no big deal to Katy or to me. Her character sort of disappeared after book 2 and any feelings for her disappeared as well.

Review Rating: 1 Stars out of 5


Origin Book Review

Origin: A Lux Novel Book 4

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin Cover

Overview

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back. After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. But the most dangerous foe has been truths are exposed and lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

My Review

I started to read the series, because a reviewer claimed my book The Zeuorian Awakening was a ripoff of Obsidian and I was curious to see if in fact the author plagiarized my book, which they didn’t. Then I decided to read book 2 and 3. I was going to give up on the series, but I’m a sucker for serials with cliffhangers. So I bought this book to see what happened to Katy.

The book was interesting, but I still had a hard time believing the DOD or Dadelus, would kidnap and torture previously human now alien-hybrids. Like I said in my review of Opal, I have my conspiracy theories like many people do, but I also don’t think a secret government group would be stupid and kidnap a person and then ask them to join their cause. They would ask them first so the person doesn’t immediately think they are bad and refuse to help.

I also had an issue with Katy fighting the secret group. It was a little stupid. She knows there is no escaping. They are going to spray her with stuff that makes her suffer if she refuses to cooperate. But she does it when a doctor tries to exam her and take blood.

I was surprised Dee pretty much wrote Katy off. She no longer cared about her. And Dawson after Daemon and Katy risked everything to help him get Bethany free, tried to stop him from saving Katy.

***spoiler alert***

After Luc sprung Daemon and Katy out of area 51, Dee, Dawson, Mathew, Ash and the gang show. They finally decided to try and save them. Of course this is after they graduated high school 4 months later, which they rub into Katy’s and Daemon’s faces. Daemon gets a warm welcome and Katy a so so one. Still the outcast, but Dee finally forgives her for Adams death. Please. It never was her fault in the first place.

Like the other books just when they thought everything was safe another friend turns on them–Mathew. He was the one who sold out Dawson and Bethany. They run for their lives and make a public speculation on TV to keep from getting capture. It still amazes me why that hadn’t happened earlier with so many hybrids escaping the DOD.

The book ends with an alien invasion and Daemon, Dee and Dawson joining them while leaving Katy, Bethany and origins behind.

Yet again I skipped reading half the book to bypass the boring parts and find out what happened at the end.

Review Rating: 2 Stars out of 5


Fifty Shades Movie Review

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Review

by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Grey Poster

Overview

The worldwide phenomenon comes to life in the Fifty Shades of Grey unrated version, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as the iconic Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

My Review

I read the book series out of curiosity, but I ended up liking the main characters, especially when they bantered back and forth. Personally the sex and bondage thing could’ve been completely removed from the book for all I cared. I skimmed over it. It’s just not my things.

I watched the movie hoping it would be just as good as the book, but sadly it wasn’t. Talk about a waste of six dollars.

The movie skimmed over most of the book, highlighting only certain parts, in some cases skipping important parts. For instance the banter between the two characters. The part that drew me in. They did show a few emails between them, but it wasn’t the same. You didn’t get the whole palm twitching mad joke.

One of the biggest disappointment I felt toward the movie was the character development. In the book you’re able to hear Anastasia’s thoughts so you understand her inner conflict regarding Christian. I.e. He is the first man she ever found interesting, but to be with him she must accept his terms—being whipped and bound. You also are able to see Christian as a person. In the movie all you could see was his cold, distant and perverted side. If I hadn’t read the book, I would’ve wondered if Ana was completely insane to want to be with this extremely cold-hearted guy.

The only good thing the movie did right, they reduced the sex scenes so they were classy and bearable for people like myself, who aren’t into porn. For those of you who are into porn or bondage, sorry. The movie just gives you a glimpse of the red room of pain and Ana getting hit. It sort of reminded me of the old 40’s movies. Where you see a hand clench or the girl gasp, but you don’t see the actual act taking place. You only know it’s happening.

Review Rating: 2 Stars out of 5


Opal Book Review

Opal: A Lux Novel BOOK 3

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Overview

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing alien hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

My Review

I started to read the series, because a reviewer claimed my book The Zeuorian Awakening was a ripoff of Obsidian and I was curious to see if in fact the author plagiarized my book, which they didn’t. Then I decided to read the next book and continued to read the third book despite not liking the second book as much as the first one.

Yeah, I know, I’m a sucker for serials with cliffhangers.

Anyway Opal was a little better than book 2. The story is focused on getting Bethany, Dawson’s girlfriend out of DOD hands with Blake’s help. He is no longer with the DOD and wants to free his alien friend too. He is blackmailing Katy and Daemon into working with him. They agree only if he helps to get Bethany out too. Of course the plan doesn’t go smooth and Blake turns on Katy again.

Katy wasn’t as stupid in this book and she actually thought of something smart to handle Dawson. However I thought it was a little ridiculous Katy took complete responsibility for Adam, Dee’s boyfriend, death when she tried to stop Blake, but she couldn’t.

Even though the book was better than Onyx, I found myself getting bored halfway through the book. I ended up skipping to the end so I could find out what happened instead of reading the second half of the book.

I also had a hard time believing the DOD would kidnap and torture previously human now alien-hybrids. I have my conspiracy theories about them like many people do, but I also don’t think they’re stupid and force people to join their cause. Something like that will leak out. And they would talk to the new hybrid’s first. Win their trust. It’s easier to work together when they cooperate than force them. It’s also easier to keep the whole alien thing under wraps too. No fear of a previous captive spilling to the news.

Review Rating: 2 Stars out of 5


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