Happy Hump Day!
Happy New Year!
We’re starting the year off right by supporting a fellow author. Check out The Glass Thief by John Ryers. Below you’ll find some excerpts and other goodies to get you interested. It’s only been out a day, so don’t miss out on your chance to be one of the first to read it!
A debt is owed.
Del Kanadis–indentured thief to the King of Fires–desires freedom above all else. When given the opportunity to repay his debt with a single job, he begrudgingly accepts, believing it to be a fool’s errand. His task: infiltrate a secluded village rumoured to hold a relic capable of defeating the Fire King’s enemies.
Living amongst the townsfolk and gaining the trust of those in charge, Del quickly discovers they know more than they’re letting on, and that perhaps the relic truly does exist. Upon discovering their ultimate secret, he realizes winning his own life back could come at the cost of everyone else losing theirs.
A debt was owed.
Four simple words and a simpler concept still, but it was the repayment of said debt that was particularly difficult for one glass thief, Del Kanadis. If it were just a matter of acquiring enough gold to satisfy the debtor, then Del wouldn’t be freezing his ass off in the middle of a moonlit cornfield right now. But as it was, it wasn’t to be settled by coin alone, but rather favours of a delicate nature. A nature that required weeks of meticulous plotting, planning and preparation.
ABOUT JOHN RYERS
John is a graphic designer by day, and graphic designer by night (depending on the client), but most importantly, he’s a writer at heart. His dreams include writing for a living, experiencing virtual reality on a Matrix-esque level, and flying unaided (or possibly via really sweet jetpack).
John writes all genres but prefers Dark Fantasy over most anything else. This is due in part to the fact that he likes it the best, and because it’s awesome.
John prefers blue cheese over cheddar, cats over dogs, and will attempt to answer any question with sarcasm whether appropriate or not.
He completed his first novel The Glass Thief in 2017 and you should buy it. Or don’t. He’s not the boss of you.
Stay tuned later in the week for an interview with the author 🙂
As always, think happy thoughts!
So I meant to get a post up yesterday but things got busy and then when I finally had some free time/motivation, my copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child finally decided to show up. Of course I dropped everything. I have so many feelings. Too many to really put in words but I’m going to try.
I guess here’s my review/recap/thoughts of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Fair warning, I can’t really fully process/review this without spoilers, so SPOILERS AHEAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Every once in a while I watch a movie or show that I can’t help but comment on. This is one of those times.
So I managed to convince my boyfriend to go see Ghostbusters. He wasn’t too keen on it but went anyway. Personally, I didn’t have very high hopes for it, but I’m not about to not fund a lady-led film with potential, so I gave it the benefit of the doubt. I tend to reserve judgment on movies until I’ve seen them myself so this was no different.
Maybe it was my low expectations, but I really, really enjoyed it! It was funny – seriously funny – without being vulgar or stupid. It seems to me that most comedy nowadays (unless targeted at children) is one or the other. This was just good, family humor. In the interest of preventing spoilers, I won’t go into too much detail. I will say this, though: Chris Hemsworth really needs to explore his comedic potential more in the future.
As far as the main cast goes, They were awesome. There was nothing particularly groundbreaking about the movie’s feminism, and I think that’s the best part. All the female characters were just doing their jobs and at no point did it seem preachy or anything. I’d say it was a pretty well-done gender bent reboot. The only problem I had with the female characters had less to do with gender and more with race. The one black character is the only non-scientist, and while that’s a nod to the original, it’s an overdone trope I can do without. That being said, she wasn’t stupid and wasn’t only street smart, so I’ll give the writing that.
Overall I really enjoyed the movie and kind of hope they use it as a jumping point for more films like it (lady-led and hopefully going away from the usual tropes). As far as action comedies go, this one gets the job done.
As always, think happy thoughts!
I know – it’s been a while since I’ve written one of these. However, I’m super excited to tell you guys about Broken Aro!
A while back, I signed up as a reviewer on Our Write Side (if you’re interested in reviewing books, check out the application here), and the first book I chose to review is Broken Aro (The Broken Ones #1) by Jen Wylie. I was a bit iffy at first – I don’t usually read high-fantasy type books, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised the further I got into it.
But, before I get into the review, here’s a synopsis (keeping it spoiler free as possible!).
So I didn’t know this show was starting until a few weeks ago. I know nothing of the source material other than what a quick Google search reveals: the character was created by Neil Gaiman for The Sandman comics and then got his own spin-off series, Lucifer. Both comics were published by DC, so this is my second foray into a DC-comic inspired TV show (Gotham being foray #1).
Can I just say I was in love by the ten minute mark? If you’ve read anything under my Secondhand Soul tag, you know I’m a sucker for redeemable demons. I’ve also always been a fan of the idea that Luci’s just doing his job – that he does what he’s supposed to because that’s just how things are. Which seems to be the case in this new show.
Happy Monday! (As if such a thing even exists!)
Hope everyone had a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend.
This week, I get to be the first stop in April’s Spread The Word Virtual Book Blog Tour, organized by 2 Book Lovers Reviews. This month, the featured novel is The Tramp by Sarah Wathen. Click here for the week’s tour schedule, to check out what other people are saying about The Tramp.
Keeping it as spoiler free as possible!
At first glance, Candy was a pretty little seven-year-old girl like any other in Shirley County. She was prone to singing and dancing and splashing in the rain, in her yellow polka dot bikini and her favorite red galoshes. John was a normal little boy and he loved playing with his best friend, Candy. But their bond drew a darkness that had long stayed hidden in a small, southern mountain town. Sometimes the truth is in the things you can’t see.
Something happened all those many years ago, and it can never be forgotten.
But our story begins long after that, when Candy and John are teenagers. John, caught up in the business of life, stops spending his summers in Shirley County. And Candy, hurt and lonely at first, moves on as well. She meets Sam, the new boy in town. Even though she has never ventured more than a hundred miles from her home, she has never felt at ease there. Always at odds with her high school friends, her church, her family—and bored with her small town existence—she finds the adventure she needs in Sam. He is cool, confident, independent, and Candy likes that. He lives on the fringes of society, and perhaps she likes that, too. But even with Sam in her life, she is sometimes overcome with a sense of dread, like a shadow has passed, just on the edge of vision. And sometimes the truth is in the things you won’t see.
Something was awakened all those many years ago, that can never be undone.
When John finally does find his way back, it’s to a Shirley County that is much more disturbing than he remembers. He’s accosted by strange dreams and preoccupied with his grandfather’s visions—the evidence scrawled so frantically that the paper is ragged and torn. Howling animal masks and flailing human figures. Teeth sharp as razors. Wherever John tries to find reason in the madness, he’s blocked by evasion and dead ends. He doesn’t miss his old friend Candy’s new secrets, either. And John’s once comforting presence becomes unwelcome, when he uses the brilliant mind Candy has always trusted to turn up troubling information on Sam’s past. Despite the confusion of strained friendships, new romance, and high school intrigues, John and Candy begin to suspect something more sinister lurking amidst the days of football glory and the nights of clandestine rendezvous. And then there is a murder. Sometimes the truth is in what you must see to survive.
There are dark spirits in the mountains of Shirley County, and one of them is bent on revenge.
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I picked up The Tramp. Going by the synopsis, I thought it would a supernatural high school drama, but as I read on, it seemed more like a small-town drama with few, if any, supernatural touches.
When the story starts, the reader is treated to the events that lead to John and Candy’s friendship – however, after the prologue, we don’t see the two main characters again for a while (Candy in chapter 2 and John in chapter 17). To me, that was a bit confusing, as the author introduces us to several characters right from the beginning, some we don’t hear about again until much later in the story and only in a passing mention (such as the tourists from the first chapter). For a while, every chapter switches to different groups of characters, sometimes making the story a bit hard to follow, resulting in a plot that almost doesn’t seem linear. At times, I’d forget about certain characters and then have them pop up again as the people we follow in the chapter, throwing me for a loop when I was more interested in what was going on with Candy. There was so much going on in the pages of the book, that at times it felt like the author was trying to do too much – and it was a little overwhelming for me as a reader. This seemed to die down a bit in the latter half of the story, so that everything flowed a little more naturally.
As the story continues, we get to know each character, making for a fairly large cast. Handling a cast that large can be pretty difficult, but the author does it pretty well, so that most of them are pretty well-rounded (though a bit hard to keep track of at times). I can picture meeting people like them in real life, which is part of what continued to carry me through reading it. The characters seemed real, and their problems – though petty for many of them – were enough to keep me going. There were a few times where I thought some of the characters may have been a bit cliche, but it served the purpose of the story, so it was necessary. Over all, the story seemed to be driven by the plot, rather than the characters, so that Candy and John were more reactive than proactive.
Being the first in a series of books, the end of the novel leaves the reader with many questions – hopefully to be answered in the future. The mysteries that do get addressed are looked at only briefly, so that the answers we get by the end of the book are not enough to feel any sort of closure, which is the point if you want people to read the next installment, so the author does a good job of keeping the reader guessing and asking for what comes next.
Conclusion: All in all I enjoyed reading The Tramp. The cast of characters are an interesting group of people and the closed-minded, small-town dynamic intriguing enough to keep the mystery going. If you’re into things like Pretty Little Liars and other high-school drama types, you might want to check out The Tramp.
About the Author:
Sarah Wathen is an artist, an author, and the founder of the independent publishing house, LayerCake Productions, specializing in the fun part of creative writing—original artwork, video trailers, and musical soundtracks. She was trained in Classical Painting at the University of Central Florida, and received her Master’s in Fine Art from Parsons School of Design in New York City. If Florida was where she discovered her passion, New York was the place she found her voice.
“Writing a book was my obvious next step, once I realized I’d been trying to tell stories with pictures for years,” Sarah says about transitioning from visual artist to novelist. “Painting with words is even more fun than painting with oil.”
Sarah lives in Florida with her husband, son, and at least a dozen imaginary friends from her two novels, a paranormal mystery called The Tramp, and a young adult coming of age story, Catchpenny. A painter at heart, her novels incorporate art judicially, both in narrative content and supporting materials. Her characters are derived from the people and places that have influenced her own life—at least one beloved pet makes it into every book—but the stories they live will take you places you have never imagined and won’t want to leave.
Check out Sarah Wathen and The Tramp in the links below:
As always, think happy thoughts!