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This is late, but I have an excuse. I was stressed out Tuesday night because of Wednesday plans, those plans turned out well though so, I crashed afterward and was really glad that I’d already scheduled the review for the week. I’m still a little giddy shaky about it.

There’s a couple of blog tours coming up in the next couple months, that should be fun. I’m definitely looking forward to it at any rate.

Also, I am still going to post a review for Ghostbusters: Answer the Call #3, that got a little lost in the shuffle due to work stuff and life stuff and all that fun. It’ll be up some time early next week.

Also, also, this isn’t a standard thing for me but Humble Bundle has a book bundle going right now of Angry Robot fantasy/sci-fi novels. The base level nets you six books for as little as a dollar or you can get all the books  in the bundle for fifteen dollars. The bundle supports Worldbuilders, a self described geek non-profit seeking to help support humanitarian efforts world wide. You can find that bundle here. Or, if you want to check out Worldbuilders directly, that’s here too.

And, of course, if you like what I’m doing here leave a comment or a like or, if you so choose, support my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi. In any case, have a great weekend and enjoy!


Housekeeping 2/6/18

I don’t have a ton to talk about this week. I’ve finally gotten a planner for this year, so hopefully that’ll help me keep an handle on things here. Either way, I’m gonna keep things written down better this year. Probably.

Still trying to find words for those articles I wanted to write. At some point I’m either going to have to just sit down on my day off and do it or stop talking about them.  It’s one or the other and neither has happened yet.

The third Ghostbusters: Answer the Call comic comes out this week, I’m excited for that. We should be hitting the part of the story where the team over comes their fears and starts building a way to take out the bad guy. Really looking forward to seeing how that’s handled.

Standard stuff, if you enjoy what I’m doing leave a comment or, if you want to feed my caffeine adiction, you can buy me a Ko-Fi. That’s all for now, enjoy!

House Keeping 12/22/17

Hey all, no review this week. I didn’t get the book finished so, that’s fun. I’ll have it up next week.

Nothing big is coming up until the new year. I’m going to take the time between then and now to try and get things prepared.

Happy holidays!

So, I’m behind in a major way.

I’m having a serious hard time writing my review for Nanoshock. Every time I try I keep spinning out into talking about something semi-related but not actually a review of the book itself. There’s so much with it that I want to talk about and so much that I could say with this book in relations to other books I’ve reviewed in the last year. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve had a hard time writing a review because of how much I enjoyed a book. It’s exciting and I’m not entirely sure what to do with it. I actually want to write a whole lot more than just my review after having read Nanoshock, so that’s something for me to chew on a bit more.

That aside, we are headed into the holidays, so I’m a bit worried about getting more behind than I already am. Still working on that not being a problem, but working on something isn’t the finished thing. Which is, of course, something I’ve been struggling with quite a bit lately.

So, yeah, that’s it for now. I should have that review for you all this week. Should.

As always, comment if you have ideas or reactions and enjoy.

More Rambling

I’m behind on reviews again, that didn’t take long. I should have it fixed soon, there’s just some stuff holding up life at the moment. Little things, big things.

I’m thinking of changing the blog’s title, if I’m able to do that, bring it more in line with the web address. Part of it, I think, is that I didn’t really know what I wanted to call it when I started it back when. I still don’t really, but that’s a little whatever at the moment.

Maybe I just want to change something for the sake of changing something and this is easy. Seems a little weird, but I’ve always gone for small near meaningless changes to avoid big ones.

I think I want to start building a buffer of reviews of older books for times like this. I don’t know how successful I’ll be at actually doing that, given my tendency to get behind on projects and forget where I’m going with what I’m doing. Pretty sure I’ve said this before a half dozen times.

The next review should be up soon. I’ve been having trouble finding the right words for how I feel about it. It’s a book I enjoyed, but then also I keep trying to compare it to this other book and I really want to keep them separate. At least in the reviews themselves.

I’m probably also going to try and get back to posting stuff on Goodreads and Amazon, also using Goodreads to keep track of the books I’m reading. That should be interesting.

I also kind of want to do something for Halloween. I just haven’t decided what. If any of you have ideas feel free to suggest them.

Alright everybody, I’ve got the winners for the Navigators of Dune giveaway!

Congratulations Elise Smith and abbyesque, you each win a hard cover copy of Navigators of Dune.

I’ll need both of your snail mail addresses so that you can be sent your prizes. You can message me here with your email and I’ll get them that way, or you can email me through the tympestbooks email in the Review Requests page.

Heads Up

Alright everybody, just a heads up, the Navigators of Dune giveaway ends tomorrow night at midnight Central time. So if you were going to enter now’s the time. The link to it is here.

I’ve got a review coming up tomorrow as well, so come check that out. The book itself is really cool, so look forward to the review.

I’m also trying to plan ahead for something Halloween related. Maybe review some horror novels in October, maybe something else. If you all have any ideas, that would be great!

Navigators of Dune Giveaway

Alright everyone, I’ve got something super cool for you today. It’s a giveaway of the final Great Schools of Dune novel, Navigators of Dune!


Set ten thousand years before the series began, the Great Schools of Dune trilogy sets the stage for everything that has happened in the long running series. And, thanks to the awesome folks at Tor, this is your chance to get a copy.

I’ve got three copies of Navigators of Dune, that means three lucky winners!

How do you enter? It’s easy, follow my blog and leave a comment, tell me what your favorite bits of sci-fi are whether that is a series of books, a trope that gets played with, or something else.

The giveaway runs from today as of posting until midnight central time on the 20th. Winners will be selected using and announced on the 21st. I can ship the book to anywhere in the United States or Canada. I will also need you to be willing to send me your email and mailing address if you win, so that the book can be sent to you.

Alright everyone, good luck!

Thief of Lies Exerpt

So, I’m back! Still no review, but what have you come to expect. I’m not empty handed though, I’ve got a little information and an exerpt for you from Thief of Lies, coming out January 2016.


Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

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Author Bio

Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).


I pressed the screen, and it went dark. “How do we know he’s not being forced to say this?”
“The password, May Agnes guide you,” Lei replied. “She’s the patron saint of Asile.”
Agnes? That was the silver woman’s name that formed from my globe. Did the saints have something to do with the Chiavi?
I faced Ricardo. “How did you know I was here?”
“The werehounds tracked your scent from a shirt Katy…excuse me, your nana…gave us.”
“Can your pack help us save Couve?” Arik asked him.
“They will, but Gia must go with me.” He noticed the protest forming on my lips. “Merlin said no exceptions. I’m to get you to the shelter.”
From the corridor came yells, scuffles, and the continual wail of the warning siren.
“I can’t go with you,” I said. “I have to fight with them.”
“She can’t fight with us,” Lei said, glancing at the door. “She almost killed Kale.”
I turned to Sinead. “You know what I can do.”
Sinead gave me a pity smile. “Yes, but you have no control over it. Let Ricardo take you to your father and friends.”
I thought of Kale lying motionless, near death, and I hated that she was right. As much as I wanted to stay, I might be more hindrance than help. I caved. “Okay,” I said, defeated. Lei flew out of the room with the Laniars on her heels.
Sinead hugged me, then rushed after them. Arik moved over to me and cupped my face gently in his hands. His eyes held the intensity that always drew me to him.
I swallowed my breath in anticipation. All the sounds around us went silent.
He bent and lightly brushed my lips with a kiss. His lips were soft and oh, so tender. Butterflies swooped and curled inside me, and it felt like the ground disappeared from beneath my feet. He pulled back a little and said, “Regardless of the fact that you’re a royal pain in the arse, I fancy you. Listen to Ricardo and don’t do anything rash.”
He gave me another kiss and rushed out the door. My heart twisted in my chest as he disappeared. I touched my mouth and exhaled. He liked me. It was against the laws, but he told me he fancied me. Maybe we had no future, but we had now.
“What a sweet display,” Ricardo said, dragging me out of my haze. “I’m not one for rules or laws, but I’d be careful there. The punishment would be much worse for him than you.”
“Why?” I stared at the door as if I’d see Arik there.
“He’s a leader. He knows better.” Ricardo headed to the window. “Are you ready to fly?”
“Did you say fly?”

It’s been awhile since I posted last, but I’m back again with a guest post by Farah Oomerbhoy, the author of The Last of the Firedrakes. I’ve got a couple reviews on the back burner, so those should turn up sometime in the next week or so. Happy reading!

● Favorite Authors – J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, J. K. Rowling, Enid Blyton, Jane Austen, Diana Gabaldon, Ursula K. Le Guin, Tamora Pierce, David Eddings, Louisa May Alcott, Sarah J. Maas, John Green, Kathleen Woodiwiss, and Marion Zimmer Bradley.
● Favorite Books – The Lord of the Rings, Gone with the Wind, The Hobbit, Harry Potter series, The Chronicles of Narnia series, Outlander, The Earthsea Quartet, The Song of the Lioness, The Belgariad, The Ruby Knight, Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, The Magic Faraway Tree, Throne of Glass, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Mists of Avalon.
● Favorite Literary Characters – Gandalf, Belgarath (from The Belgariad), Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler, Mr. Darcy, Aslan, Aragon, Arwen Evenstar, Hermione Granger, and Harry Potter.
● Things That Inspire You – Nature, art, authors, books, history, and mythology.
● Books You Are Dying to Read – Winter (The Lunar Chronicles Book 4), Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass Book 4), A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Truthwitch.
● Books That Made You Want To Become A Writer – Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings series.
● Pieces of Advice you have for aspiring writers. – Keep reading and write every day even if it’s just a paragraph you will never use.
● Places You Would Most Want to Travel To – Egypt
● Favorite Snacks – Nutella, caramel popcorn, crispy crème doughnuts, and chocolate chip cookies.
● Favorite Movies/TV Shows – Gone with the Wind, Game of Thrones, MasterChef Australia, Merlin, Once Upon a Time.
● Places you would consider paradise – Maldives, the French Riviera.
● Things that bring a smile to your face – my children.
● Places you’d like to take your laptop to and write. An old manor house in the English countryside.
● Books you’d like to rewrite the ending to – Gone with the Wind
● Favorite desserts – Tiramisu, profiteroles, ice cream sundae, and chocolate cake with cream.
● Your favorite cities? Favorite cities: London, Paris, New York.
● Words that describe yourself? Shy, introvert, calm, dreamer, bookish.
● Pieces of advice you would tell the “teen” you. – study what you love.
● Games you like to play – Scrabble, Monopoly, Bakery Story, Hay Day, and online poker.
● Movie you watch over and over again – Gone with the Wind, Harry Potter, Titanic, Superman, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Lord of the Rings (all three movies).
● Favorite series – Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Percy Jackson, The Belgariad, Throne of Glass.
● Stand-alone books – Gone with the Wind, The Memoirs of Cleopatra, Pride and Prejudice.
About the Author:
For Farah Oomerbhoy, writing is a passion and reading her solace. She is a firm believer in the fantastic and magical, and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest.
Farah lives with her husband and three children in their family home in Mumbai, India. She has a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai. Her first novel is The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of the Avalonia Chronicles.
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About the Book:

The Last of the Firedrakes, book one of The Avalonia Chronicles.

A fantastic adventure story that will transport you to a dazzling world of myth and magic.

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.

Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

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Award-Winning Finalist in the Best Cover Design: Fiction category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards

Winner in the Collector’s Dream category of the Wattpad’s 2015 The Wattys Awards

“…the narrative components echo the classics; the Academy of Magic at Evolon could be Hogwarts, while the Shadow Guards are reminiscent of Tolkien’s Ring Wraiths or Rowling’s Dementors…a beautifully drawn fantasy world.” – Kirkus Reviews

“THE LAST OF THE FIREDRAKES is a magic-filled romp that carries you back to the fantasy stories of childhood…Lovers of classic fantasy will likewise gobble down Oomerbhoy’s scrumptious story.” – Dr Vic James, author of the SLAVEDAYS trilogy

“The world building is beautiful…..That really made the book more complex for me……it is the journey of discovery for Aurora and the reader that makes this an interesting story.” – Janelle Fila for Readers’ Favorite

“The Last of the Firedrakes has all the elements of popular fantasy – an orphaned princess, Magical powers, an alternate sphere with seven kingdoms, a young girl with a destiny to fulfil. They are all elements of the Narnia Chronicles, The Faraway tree, The Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings and a bit of Enid Blyton fun.” – Mitali Parekh for Mid-Day newspaper