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Colony Crash

Yesterday was a great day at the same time it was terrible. My release day went as well as can be expected for an indie author trying to break into contemporary romance. Hopefully things will keep going well through the week!

The bad part was that on the way to work I got rear ended while I was sitting in traffic. Like literally sitting. I’m still mad about it. I’m fine but stiff, and the doctor says I’ve just pulled a muscle in my neck/shoulder. He also released me for the race this weekend so that’s something. They also talked me into a flu shot. My car is fine, by the way.

The other great thing that happened was that my story, Colony Crash was accepted for publication by A Million and One Magazine! It’s a short romance story with a hint of horror, and I may have fun writing a full novel for Camp NaNoWriMo. For now, please go check it out and tell me what you think!

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Read it now in A Million and One Magazine!http://amillionandonemagazine.com/2019/01/15/colonycrash/

As a side note, I still have a few ARCs of At Any Cost available in exchange for a review! Comment if you’re interested!

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Book Review: The Father Hunt (A Flawed Story)

The Father HuntThe Father Hunt is a novella set in the Flawed universe that I love so much, and I was lucky enough to have been given an ARC to review!

Graham Vega never knew his father, and whenever he asked his mother about it she was secretive and told him he didn’t need to know. Finding an old letter from his father in his mother’s closet made him want to find out more, but spending Christmas holidays at the beach with close family friends seemed like he’d have to wait until he got back to figure out where to begin. When he realized the matchbook in his mother’s things came from the resort, the search was on to see if he could find his father and an important part of himself.

I loved Graham immediately once I found out he was a writer and wasn’t confident about sharing his work, and completely understood what it felt like to spend vacations with my head in one of my notebooks. I also loved the Rousseau family, dysfunctional as they were, because they all felt very real and well-written. All of Campbell’s characters are, as a matter of fact, so even when they drive me crazy it’s fun to read about them.

Graham’s struggle to find his father began by accident, and when they arrived at the resort and found evidence that he might be there it seemed almost too good to be true. Things got interesting quickly for Graham and Violet after that and it became both a game and a serious hunt.

When he finally discovered his father’s identity after a false start, I had pretty much already figured it out but still really enjoyed the journey to find out that I was right. Once it was out, though, it seemed like Graham’s problems only multiplied and the truth might have gained him a father but lost him a very dear friend. Since he’s going to be a main character in Enchanter, book four of the Flawed series, I hope we get to see how things work out between them and how things work out for Graham once he gets home with his new knowledge.

My only complaint about the novella was that unlike the other books in the series, no one seemed to have any special powers. I’m hoping that either Graham or possibly his love interest Brooke will find out some spectacular thing about themselves, so I’m now waiting impatiently for Book four to come out this summer!

Book Review: Protector (Flawed Series #3)

Protector

When Jade was kidnapped by a man with supernatural night vision, he kept referring to her as Kelsey. Worried what he might do if he found her, Jade combs the papers for any mention of where she might be, much to the displeasure of Logan, who only wants to keep her safe. But the kidnapper and his accomplice, who had been foiled in Outsider by Jade’s friends, are hot on Kelsey’s trail and it’s only a matter of time before they catch up with her and imprison her for good.

I was incredibly lucky to get an Advance Reading Copy of this book from Becca J. Campbell after reviewing her two previous books. I’ve blown through the entire series in record time because they are seriously so good.

This book focused less on the characters that had already been introduced and more on the villains and their prey, Kelsey. We don’t see the Schuyler family at all and are mostly focused on Jade and Logan, but the majority of the book deals with Kelsey’s problems at her job and the breakthroughs she makes with her art therapy students.

I felt like this book moved a little more slowly than the others, but I still enjoyed it a lot. Apart from the villains, whose segments seemed to pass quickly, there is so much focused on Kelsey that it almost seems like the book is in a different series. If it wasn’t for Ethan and Nicodemus to tie it in, it could be a different book altogether. That’s not to say it’s bad; I loved reading about Kelsey’s students and her attempts to pull off a fundraiser, but it didn’t have the same feel.

Just as in the other books, the action sped up once Ethan got his hands on Kelsey. Coincidentally, that’s also when Jade and Logan were pulled back into the story in a big way. The climax was seriously exciting and Jade’s newly discovered use of her flaw took it to a whole other level.

My only gripe, and it’s a tiny one, is that there was a subplot with Logan’s long-lost father that felt a little tacked-on. I would have loved to explore it a little more but with everything else going on I’m not sure where it would have gone. I was also a little uncertain about a bit with Violet, Logan’s ex, while he was on the way to help Jade but the epilogue picked up where it left off and promises a fourth book in the series. I am seriously excited about this!

I have one more book in my to-read pile, then I’m going to buy Pulled and Constricted, two short stories from the Flawed universe. I can’t get enough of these characters and their special flaws.

Protector goes on sale in January and I highly recommend you pick it up along with Empath and Outsider in the series.