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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Artwork of Death’s Dance by Crymsyn Hart

When I heard that Death's Dance was accepted with Seventh Star Press I was ecstatic because I had written the book with the hope of getting in and it was a different road than the usual romance novel with horrific elements that I normally write. And then I was told I could pick from their talented artists I was floored because it was awesome. I looked over the artist's portfolios and of all of them I liked one more, Enggar Adirasa.

So I had to come up with an idea for the cover and two interior scenes. The first thing I focused on was the cover. In my mind, I saw the cover differ than what it came out with. I saw the hanging tree, which is a central location in the book, the grim reaper peeking out from behind the tree and a single rotting corpse swinging from the bough. When I told my vision to Enggar, I sent him a few pictures of some old Oak trees and a short scene from the book describing the tree.

Some time passed and the artist came back with a sketch of the cover and it was different than what I expected, but it worked.  He had gotten the hanging bodies, the reaper and what I had asked for. However, when the final version came in colored and all, the overall creep factor of it had been magnified by a hundred and I knew I had made the right see decision about Enggar cause he got my vision and made it his own while capturing the essence of the book.

The two interior sketches I had a basic idea, but it was tougher picking what I wanted. The two scenes were the main character having to confront the reaper who had been manipulating her computer. The second scene was the main characters entering into the haunted church with Death's Dance and interrupting the mass going on. I sent a few images of old church interiors to Enggar and he came back with a haunting depiction of what I had envisioned of the ghosts in the old church not so happy about interrupted.

Overall I was very delighted with the artwork and how it came out. It had been the first time I had worked with an artist. Seeing what I had in my head drawn out as a visual medium instead of what I had just in my imagination was wonderful. It was painless and we worked very well together. I would do it all over again. Actually I plan to considering there are three more books planned in the Deathly Encounters series.

Death’s Dance Blurb:
Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are.

Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost.

From there…well…it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance.
From there things went from bad to worse.

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Crymsyn is a National Bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.

To find out more about Crymsyn:

Twitter: @crymsynhart

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Fool and His Assassin are Back!

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Wild Cards II Aces High edited by George R. R. Martin

The Wild Card series is difficult to review.  I always have trouble with short story collections.  The intent here is to tie the short stories together into a unified whole.  Overall they did that well.  Several of the stories stopped abruptly but the ball was merely juked around and not dropped.  

The series is good.  I find the genetic manipulation by the Takisian virus reasonably plausible which add to the believability of the stories.  The different styles of the different authors provided a some what disjointed read but not so much that you lost interest in the overall plot of the Swarm danger. 

I enjoyed the book.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Treasure Planet, A Man-Kzin Novel created by Larry Niven

This is the first Man-Kzin novel that was obviously a Young Adult book.  The plot was simpler and there was not a lot of complexity in the story line  A kzinretti and young human seek out an alien treasure, think Treasure Island in space.

Peter Cartwright is the young human who narrates the story. His sidekick and protector is Marthar, a high born kzinretti.   The two of them meet their own Long John Silver and find themselves confronting space faring pirates.

The story is entertaining but very light reading.

I enjoyed the book.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Queen of the Dark Things by C. Robert Cargill

This is a difficult book to categorize.   Cargill introduces the main characters at an early age and then jumps to later years without warning.  In some ways this is a fable or maybe even a parable but in others it is a treatise on the occult.  The destiny of two children and some long term payback might be the best description.

Kaycee is a lost little girl living through her dreams and Colby Stevens is an equally lost young man fighting to be a good person.   This is apparently the second book Colby Stevens is the main protagonist.  There is a minimum of back story on the first book.   I would have liked more back story only because the initial few chapters of the book are somewhat confusing.

Cargill does a good job depicting despair and frustration.   Equally I found my emotions tweaked when he takes note of the unstinting love of a golden retriever.   Revenge plays a huge part in this book but not always in the way the reader anticipates.  The plot is a bit of a shell game where you wonder exactly which shell hides the pea.

I enjoyed the book.

Web site: http://www.crobertcargill.com/blog/

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge

This is the sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep.    This book demonstrates the Tines advancement and the perfidy that the human soul is capable of demonstrating.

Ravena Bergsndot and the Mad Bad Johanna are featured prominently in this volume of the series.   The "children" become  divided over whether the Blight is real or not and this presents Ravena with a number of difficulties. 

Prejudice rears it's ugly head and counter pointed by the efforts of Johanna.   I like the way that Vinge demonstrates a variety of human emotions and aberrations and ascribes them to a different species.   He humanizes the Tines while keeping their unique abilities alive and well.     

I thought this book was going to finish a trilogy but alas that is not the case.  Alas only because I can not find any evidence that he is working on the sequel to this book which leaves many, many unanswered questions. 

Vinge is a respected scientist as well as an author of science fiction.  You may want to read an interview with him in Wired Magazine.

I enjoyed the book and frankly I think the pacing in this volume is the best of the three so far.  I highly recommend it.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Elsewhens by Melanie Rawn

Touchstone  was the first book in this thought provoking trilogy.  It was a behind the scenes look at theatrical production powered not by animation but magic.   Touchstone is a theatre group struggling for success and identity.  In this volume, Touchstone has had some success but made some enemies and allies in the process.

Political intrigue is introduced in this book.   It is not apparent who is behind it until the final pages and then it is dealt with circumspectly.   This book shows more depth on the characters and explains Cayden Silversun's  elsewhens.   His elsewhens might be described as precognition of a limited nature.  Cayden is particularly concerned with the elsewhens referring to his glisker, Mieka. 

Cayden feels that what Touchstone can do through theater is nothing less than change his society.  Again societal ills are shown such as discrimination, prejudice, poverty and more.  

This is the second book in the trilogy, I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

I recommend the book.
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