The Author Visits Recommends

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The last few months I’ve been on a roll, reading anywhere from six to eight books in a month at minimum, some good, some not so good and some in between.

So I thought I’d pull together the first of many list of book recommendations and share.

The books represent a variety of genres and the recommendations are in no particular order. Drop a comment and let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if you have any recommendations.

Happy reading!


Shadow of the Last Men by J. M. Salyards

Genre: Adult – Science Fiction and Fantasy Dystopian

Why read? Literary genius

Recommendation: Intelligent, thought-provoking and evolutionary, I was moved by Salyards’ first novel in The Next Men Saga. It is a beautifully crafted work and is a stand-out magnification of a battered dystopian world in desperate need of saving.

The quintessential thesis of good versus evil is examined through a metaphysical lens thus characterizing its uniqueness and the very reason Shadow of the Last Men made it to my list.

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One Night in Sixes by Tex Thompson

Genre: Adult – Science Fiction and Fantasy Western

Why read? Something different with a hell of an arc

Recommendation: A distinct story, a fantastic setting, a plethora of characters of different races, creeds and religions and the many languages and you have the makings of an epic with One Night in Sixes.

I do believe in the trite but true cliché, “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” With One Night in Sixes, I stepped out of my reading comfort zone to take on a work that has a simple plot but is intricate in storytelling.

Witty, brimming with charisma that is showcased in dialogue and description, elaborate despite the premise and overall, intricately woven and highly entertaining — Thompson’s writing is a gift and therefore, makes my list for all those reasons and more.

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The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian

Why read? Written by a 23 year old newbie with a lot of potential

Recommendation: The Murder Complex is Lindsay Cummings’ debut novel, a fast-paced dystopian thriller with a touch of romance is included in the list because for a newbie author and at the ripe old age of 23, I must applaud Lindsay.

Lindsay’s writing shines when she pens action scenes, the images conjured as Meadow braces for then takes down her enemies are almost perfect. The words are fluid and Lindsay has a knack for writing such scenes. I really loved the very last sentence of the book – “Count to three. Relax your mind. Now survive.” Simple, effective yet chilling in its foreboding.

There is a tremendous amount of talent which needs direction and focus but I am impressed by the first in the series.

Lost in Starlight

Lost in Starlight by Sherry Soule

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Why read? The quirky protagonist

Recommendation: Sloane Masterson, the quirky protagonist of Sherry Soule’s Lost in Starlight is a smart-as-a-whip sixteen year old with a style all her own (read purple hair, a Hot Topic shopping habit, a love for horror films and a crush on the hottest boy in school) and the reason I recommend this book.

Lost in Starlight is entertaining. I love Sloane. She is dynamic, smart and unapologetic. She does have her weaknesses, for one, she has a weight thing which can really bring her down. Sloane does her best not to let fat jokes get to her but again, she is real and I like her spirit. She gets over it and embraces who she is which really makes her a great role model for today’s teenage girls obsessed with being a size zero and blindly believing being super-skinny is the standard for beauty.

There are some pretty cool book features I haven’t seen in other YA reads before. I enjoyed the Fright Night Babble chapters, posts from Sloane’s blog about all thing horror movies. It’s a fresh concept and gives more dimension to Sloane. This kind of creativity cements Sloane’s character with all her quirks, setting her apart and making her an unforgettable character. She is what makes this book so worth the read.


Blood Shadows by Lindsay J. Pryor

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Why read? Vampires, werewolves and witches. Enough said.

Recommendation: I found this series while perusing Amazon in search of a new arsenal of books to read. Boy was I NOT disappointed with my findings. As a fan of J. Ward and L. Adrian and as a paranormal writer myself, I am always on the lookout for something fresh, creative and more importantly, well written. Lindsay Pryor nails all three of my reading requirements and how.

Lindsay’s writing style swept me in. She has a literary approach to telling a fantastical story and I absolutely applaud her for that. Lindsay has become one of my all time favorite writers because she has managed to build a world that is full of intriguing characters while doing it was panache. She avoids what I call “grunge” language and draws you in with intelligent writing and why it’s a no-brainer Blood Shadows made the list.


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