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21403452How do I even begin to put into words what a profound effect this book has had on me.  Okay bare with me here folks cause oh boy this is gonna be a tough one for me to put down into words.  Sedulity is a second high sea apocalyptic adventure series by author of Voyage of the dead David P. Forsyth.  And boy oh boy was this book a powerhouse.  The first night I picked it up planning on reading 2-3 chapters and read half the book in one sitting.  The second night same story, half of the second half that night.  And last night I picked it up thinking to finish it off, only to have the reading accompanied by a legit 5.1 Earthquake here in California were I reside.  Boy oh boy did that Earthquake strike home!

Now you are most likely asking yourself what does an Earthquake in California have to do with an Apocalypse at sea.  Well let me tell you, this book is the beginning of a three part series based around the survivors of a Meteor strike and the catastrophic events that happened after.  And man oh man does this book run the gauntlet of catastrophe’s!  And the author doesn’t over do it or make it seem unbelievable either.  in fact he covers the facts very well, and you will find yourself so thoroughly entrenched in the action you can’t put this book down.  I know I struggled to do so.

Sedulity follows a well rounded cast of characters, who all have a powerful roll to play with in these pages.  From the man who knows what needs to be done for the ship to survive, all the way to the man who is only thinking of himself and what will become of him.  Though he covers those thoughts well.  When you pick up Sedulity you are in for a roller coaster ride, of emotions, horror, and absolute worry for the characters who star in this tale of the end of the world.   Now if you’re still wondering why my Earthquake hit home I’m going to spoil one thing for you,  there are several Earthquakes in this story, but only one hits home and is big enough to be terrifying.  I just happened to be reading that scene when our Earthquake hit.

So this is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone interested in high seas terror, or the apocalypse, or both…both is awesome as well.   David P. Forsyth has hit another home run with this book and I for one can not Wait for the next two books in the series.  And David informs me they both will be out before the end of the year.  YAY!

You can find Sedulity and all of David’s works here

 

Why do some people find stories depicting the horrific end of civilization appealing? I can’t speak for everyone, but as the author of apocalyptic zombie novels, I have given that question some serious thought. Having grown up with the constant threat of nuclear annihilation, I was always attracted to doomsday books featuring various post-apocalypse survival scenarios.

One of the most popular type of apocalyptic themes these days features zombies. Zombies engender feelings of fear and revulsion. A well told zombie tale is full of tension, suspense, and the expectation of violent conflict. Most importantly, zombies are the perfect villains because it is cool to kill them!

The audience doesn’t feel sorry for them, at least not after they become zombies. So the reader, or viewer, wants to see them cut to pieces. They want to be exposed to vivid and gratuitous violence inflicted on the undead hordes threatening the vestiges of humanity.

We live in a day and age when the impossible has become common place. Technology has changed our lives in ways that we are only beginning to appreciate, making life both easier and more complex. Things like cell phones and cloning were only science fiction when I was a boy. So who’s to say that zombies are impossible? Apocalyptic stories showing how bad life could become also remind us of how far we have come and that the farther our civilization advances, the farther it has to fall in the event of an apocalyptic event.

Even those who feel that life has treated them unfairly can relate to a fictional world where their destiny is suddenly up to their own survival drive and ingenuity. Where good and evil are truly black and white. Imagine a world where simply staying alive places you in the top 1%! If that idea is at all appealing to you, then you are a potential fan of apocalyptic fiction and might like the books I write.

Kings Champion By Cas Peace

Posted: March 11, 2014 by Joy Dawson in Uncategorized

KingsChampion Major Sullyan is in a fight for her life and for the kingdom of Andaryon…

Cas Peace’s amazing Sequel to The Kings Envoy does not disappoint, picking up where its predecessor left off its shot from the cannon, and the pace never lets up.   In the race to save Major Sulyan’s life our hero’s must reach the king of Andaryon.  To let him know the villainous plot of Lord Rykan, as he makes his bid to take the kingdom of Andaryon for himself.

Like I said above this book is off like a cannon shot, its fast paced from the first page and doesn’t let up til you reach the end and that ending screams at you to go out right now and pick up the next book in this series.   The Kings Champion Picks up right where The Kings Envoy left off, with the high paced race to save Major Sullyan.

This book takes you through every step of the way in the hero’s Journey towards finding herself, and saving herself in the same fell swoop.  This book also does more to show why everyone loves her, instead of just leaving everyone hanging on those self proclamations from the other characters, this does show us how that love comes about.  It even ties up those loose ends we had after the first book with the love story between her and Captain Tamsen.  The final and best bit of all of this is that the Author Cas Peace goes out of her way to introduce and develope secondary character well enough that while reading this book, I found  myself caring about even the smallest of characters, worrying about there well being and health, and even being choked up when characters died.

All in all this book was well written, well thought out, and leaves you wanting more, which joy of joys, the third book in the series has recently been released.

But you can find the King’s Champion here

 

 

The Kings Envoy By Cas Peace.

Posted: March 10, 2014 by Joy Dawson in Uncategorized

cas-peace-e1317865131260Taran Elijah’s quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world…

My first and foremost love for books have always been the epic fantasy adventures, and Kings Envoy starts you on a journey that leaves you wanting more.  It brings you to fall in love with the characters.  Makes you worry and leaves you thinking about them long after you put the book down.    Though this is not a book, let alone a series you will be able to put down easily.  But will get to the sequel in a bit.

King’s Envoy starts you off with Taran Elijah who is desperate for knowledge and his ability to grow his powers as an Artesan.  He breaches the veil between worlds and ends up embroiled in a plot that could cost not just one world, but all the worlds.   Faced with the task of informing the king of Albia he becomes a part of the plot and must face his own fears of inadequacy to try and help save the world.

 

I loved loved loved this book, it was an amazing, well written start to a series that I could not wait to finish.  The story and plot line were well written, and the characters well fleshed out and very likable.  Even minor characters have enough history put to them to make them interesting and fun to read.  The only issue I had was the absolute love all the male characters had from the get go for Major Sullyan, BUT and that is a BIG BIG But, that was explained in the future and it made it all very easy to enjoy.   Sullyan is lovable and a great and easy character to sympathies with.

Like I said above, this book was hard to put down, and I didn’t want stop reading it til it was done, though…there were times I had to.  This is a quick read but, its fun and leaves you wanting more, I know I did I scrambled off to purchase the sequel.   On a scale of 1-10, whether to buy, this is a 10 all the way.

The Kings Envoy by Cas Peace can be found Here

 

Cas Peace was born and brought up in the lovely county of Hampshire, in the UK, where she still lives. On leaving school, she trained for two years before qualifying as a teacher of equitation. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They return whenever they can. As well as her love of horses, Cas is mad about dogs, especially Lurchers. She enjoys dog agility training and currently owns two rescue Lurchers, Milly and Milo. Milly has already had some success in the agility ring, and Milo will begin competing in late 2011. Cas loves country walks, working in stained glass, and folk singing. She has also written a nonfiction book, For the Love of Daisy, which tells the life story of her beautiful Dalmatian.

 

 

 

 

81Y0HRfMw7L._SL1500_  While i am not adverse to Erotica, I’ll admit after reading Ian’s The Unwashed Dead this was not what I was expecting when I picked up Woven in Blood.   Now, that being said this was an amazingly written book, and the story build up had be questioning what was going on.  Wanting to know what was going to happen next.  And yelling at the stupidity of some of the characters.

Now the action takes a few chapters to pick up, but once it does, oh my god hang on because its going to be a wild ride.  This book gives you insight into the past and present lives of our hero’s and villains alike.   You find yourself rooting for the bad guy, and the guy and being beyond confused on why you find yourself rooting for both.   Now, most people would find this annoying but not me, I loved all of Ian’s well thought out and perfectly fleshed out characters.

In fact if any of the characters had been missing even a drop of what Ian poured into them I would of probably been severely underwhelmed by this story.   You have the weak stepping up to save the world, and you have the strong falling by the way side.  Those that you thought might survive do not, and this is just the beginning.

In Woven in blood, Ian takes a step away from his Zombie world, to explore the world of Vampires.   While I’ve seen the idea’s Ian presents here, before, it is a fresh take on the universe, and  it takes you on a thrill ride that is a sexy good time.  With just enough spice to keep hard core erotica fans happy,  and more then enough story to keep those seeking a good fun read happy,  Woven in blood is a must read for anyone whose a fan of Vampires.

Born in the 60′s, he managed to survive the decades that followed with minimum trauma. He lives in the north of England, the County of West Yorkshire, and is married with four children, four stepchildren and numerous pets.

He has been a writer for over two decades but has only recently decided to make a name for himself, with several novels and multiple short stories available. Ian writes mainly in the horror genre, but sometimes likes to add a helping of Science fiction and romance.

Come visit me at my home at http://www.ianwoodhead.com

You can find Woven in blood and all of Ian’s other amazing works on Amazon.