Reviewed by Cy Wyss
The Lament of Sky is the story of Lilyth, a human who walks among gods. She appears to be some kind of magnetic channeler of the godly energy, at least her ego is large enough to encompass such a power. In this fantasy, however, her main power seems to be the power over the male gods who walk with her. First there is William, a lesser god known as a Duwaiu. Then there is Sky, a stronger magic being whose extent remains a mystery. With Sky by her side Lilyth journeys over the land to find her rightful place and try to restore her memory. There is the idea the journey is part of a larger plan to save the world from the cruel fiery god, Fhoenix.
Wynter’s prose is florid and fantastical, which will be catnip to lovers of fantasy although I found it opaque in places. The dream-like pace of the story gives a flowing forward movement which compels the reader to follow Lilyth on her journey. The ending surprised me, which is good. I didn’t find closure, however, and wonder if this is meant to be part of a larger sequence of works. Overall, I’d like to hear more of Lilyth and William, and especially more about the magic being Sky with the scintillating blue eyes. Four stars — a nice read for a cold winter day.
As you might know, I like to make my own covers. One cover that’s been giving me a bit of a headache is the one for Dimorphic, my forthcoming novel. Dimorphic is the story of Judith Gold, a young woman with two bodies: she inherits her twin brother’s braindead body after he is in an accident. She switches between them whenever she loses consciousness, so falls asleep or is knocked out, something that seems to happen an inordinate amount. Dimorphic is her origin story: the story of how she finds a mentor to train her, sidekicks to help her, and a bad guy to nuke.
The three cover styles I’ve been playing with are:
Note that none of these are in their exact final form, but they do give you an idea of what I’m working with.
Now for the meat of this post: which one do you like? Please take the quick, one-question survey that appears below and help me decide which cover I should be focusing on. Thanks!
reviewed by Cy Wyss
I don’t ordinarily choose the romantic-suspense genre, having been sorely dissapointed in the past, but I’m glad I picked up this gem. Don’t hesitate to get this book, especially if you are in fact a fan of romantic-suspense.
Last Second Chance is the story of Tim Reardon, an ex-con who trades the Denver city lights for the Syracuse ranch life. When the story opens, Tim has pretty much hit rock bottom as an ex-con sleeping on the street who no one seems to want to give a second chance to. He swallows his pride and calls his sister, a cop in Syracuse. She reluctantly agrees to vouch for him and pays for a bus ticket out to Kansas. Tim is a hard worker and the patience and perseverance he learned in prison help see him through the first month, even the mild hazing he gets from a couple of the less savory ranch hands. Because of a sick horse, Tim gets to spend a lot of time with local veterinarian Janie Thomas and they get to liking each other quite a bit. Meanwhile, a vicious drug dealer from Denver follows Tim out to Syracuse and is hell bent on bringing him back — either that or killing him.
The book is impeccably edited and Cramer’s prose is evocative and easy to read. Every character is realistic and well-drawn, the main characters are especially compelling and you can’t help but love them, warts and all. The story is familiar, yet Cramer manages to encompass many twists and turns that keep you interested and satisfied. There is decent action but at a good pace, not too breakneck, and never boring. Cramer likens the hero’s appearance to Loki in the recent Thor movies which really resonated with me as I’m a sucker for Tom Hiddleston. There’s also a ton of detailed scenes with horses, and who doesn’t love horses? All in all, I loved the book. It was a good story and a great read. Five stars, without question.
reviewed by Cy Wyss on January 13, 2015
Mickey is a man who, in some ways, is entirely unsympathetic — yet his story is so compelling you won’t be able to put it down. The suspense never stops. From the love interest, Grace, to the shadowy father figure, Herb, or the even more shadowy men in the background, Mickey Take features a memorable cast of characters, each with a dark secret. If you’re a fan of the Guy Ritchie type of British gangster movies, you’ll love the pace and tone of this really fun book. I found it a smooth and magnetic read.
from the back cover:
When a debt goes bad… someone’s looking to make a killing.
Michael Field just lost his City job and his beautiful wife in one fell swoop. Unemployed and down on his luck, he’s propositioned by one-time friend, Herbert Long. The job is non-negotiable – pay-back for a cover-up years ago. But something’s not right; it all seems too easy…
It’s not just the job that doesn’t add up. Part of him is flattered by the improbable advances of the beautiful young woman who calls herself Grace de Manton, but his inner realist is suspicious. What is her game? And could she be connected with Herb somehow? He can’t shake the feeling he’s being watched. Then there’s the threatening voice of a stranger down the phone… and that man lurking in the shadows.
In this complex criminal web, Mickey doesn’t know who to protect and who to fear. But with even those closest to him seemingly involved, who can he trust? A hapless pawn in a bigger game that’s playing out between local crime lords, all he knows is whatever happens, he’s not going back into that bloody chamber…
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