Blackmark (The Kingsmen Chronicles #1): An Epic Fantasy Adventure

A nation's elite warriors vanished. A throne in jeopardy on the heels of murder. War flamed by a shadowy magical cabal.

And the five friends who can stop it, banished.

Accused of treason, Kingsman Elohl seeks the truth of a betrayal that caused his people to disappear a decade ago. Now, he must give everything to shatter a hidden sect that usurps power from the throne.

Nations burn and kings are brought to their knees in this dark and gritty sword and sorcery series from Amazon bestselling and award-winning author Jean Lowe Carlson.

A #1 Amazon bestselling series in Epic Fantasy and Adventure Fantasy, The Kingsmen Chronicles is a complex world of treachery, passion, and magic.

Readers who enjoy Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles, George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, or Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive will love this fantastic adventure.

Dellia (The Ever-Branching Tree)

Dellia is an epic high-fantasy romance about ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances. It blends alternate worlds, action, adventure, and dire peril, with political intrigue, a generous dollop of romance, and a pinch of humor.

All Jon ever yearned for was a simple life with few responsibilities and someone to share it with. In the middle of an ordinary day, a shattering accident rips him from his uncomplicated life and plunges him into a baffling world that defies the physical laws he knows so well. Stuck in a world of impossible phenomena, terrifying creatures, and mystifying prophecies, his only hope of returning home is a harrowing journey that would propel him through three distinct realms.

But his arrival has not gone unnoticed. Suspicious of the circumstances of his appearance, a jittery ruling council requires someone to investigate. So they send the one warrior best suited to the job: the dedicated and compassionate Dellia. She lives to help people. It is what gives her life purpose and meaning, but as a protector, her duty binds her with an unshakable devotion to the council.

Dellia’s heart calls her to give the desperate Jon whatever aid he requires. Yet, how can she when every step walks a knifes edge between her own deeply held convictions and a nervous ruling council determined to see him as a threat?

Lost and alone in a vast world with no food or water and his all his technology broken, Jon is in dire need of help. Skilled and knowledgeable, Dellia is just the help he needs, if only he can keep from falling for the one woman whose duty might compel her to stop him.


Self-Reflect to Self-Correct (Author Interview)

Self-Reflect to Self-Correct looks like a great self-help guide.  Can you tell us a little about why you wrote it?

·        Absolutely! I wrote this book because I myself have struggled with feeling as if I’m enough. I have friends that many would consider to be highly accomplished and successful, however when we speak behind closed doors, they each question themselves. I wrote this book to give perspective on the feelings that many people are afraid to discuss. We all have doubt and we all need encouragement. As I state in the book, you are not alone!

Any plans to turn it into a series?        

·         I’d love to expand on this book. I believe that my experiences and perspective can speak to many, but my plan is to gather other’s experiences and the lesson’s they’ve learned and write about those. The more perspectives that I can gain, the more people that may be able to relate and gain something from reading.

How long did it take you to write Self-Reflect to Self-Correct?

·         This was a year long project. There were many early mornings and late nights as I tried to balance my life with completing my first book. It’s been a great journey!

What inspired you when writing Self-Reflect to Self-Correct?   

·         My support system and my readers and followers on my blog “Thoughts of a Normal Guy” were big inspirations. The messages and comments that I have received when people read my thoughts acknowledged my assumptions that what I had to say was needed. I had a message to communicate and those individuals pushed me to do so.

What do you want readers to get out of your book?

·         More than anything I hope that readers will give themselves “permission” to be themselves when reading my book. I want anyone who reads from cover to cover to be inspired to be themselves, and not to apologize about it. Once they’ve accepted the fact that their thoughts, doubts, feelings, and actions are perfectly normal, I want readers to commit to using that mindset to go out and achieve their goals. We are capable of accomplishing whatever we set our minds to if we align our actions with our belief.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Self-Reflect to Self-Correct?

·         Writing this book required me to be vulnerable and that was hard. I had to get comfortable opening up about feelings that many people, especially men, don’t like to talk about. It was quite the challenge to open up about some of these things and share those experiences from my past but after seeing the finished product I think it was worth it.


The Whip: Inspired by the story of Charley Parkhurst

 Best Western, 2013 International Book Awards

2013 National Indie Excellence Awards winner, Western fiction category
Award-Winner in the 'Fiction: Historical' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards
Gold Prize in Historical Fiction & Best Western Fiction - 2013 Global Ebook Awards

THE WHIP is inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man.
As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her. Charley was the first woman to vote in America (as a man). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.


Startups Made Simple: How to Start, Grow and Systemize Your Dream Business

Imagine the perfect business for you. Not only a business that you love, but one that generates consistent wealth and is so well systemized that it mostly runs itself.

In Startups Made Simple, small business expert Matt Knee has created a complete guide that takes you from idea to systemized company as quickly and easily as humanly possible. This book is not for the stereotypical Silicon Valley-type of startup that get millions in venture capital. This book is for “the rest of us”—the 99% of entrepreneurs who bootstrap and start real businesses.
In this book, Matt Knee pulls back the curtain and guides you through a proven six-step process that he and other successful entrepreneurs have used to build multi-million dollar startups.

Whether you have a business now or are looking for an idea to start one, this book will systematically take you (and quickly, using lots of checklists and bullet points) through the process of perfecting and growing your business. This includes how to get out of your own way and even take a real vacation.

In addition, you’ll discover:

• How to supercharge your energy, productivity, and daily routine to get much more done in less time (and not have to work 50+ hours a week like most founders).
• How to build a clear vision so you get great ideas and know exactly how to turn them into reality.
• How to avoid the fatal mistakes that have destroyed startups in the past. (Most are easily avoidable.)
• How to identify that magic cross-section of what you love, what you’re good at, and what you can get highly paid for in your business.
• How to simply and inexpensively test if your idea is any good before starting the actual business!
• A step-by-step process for building your Sales Machine and putting your marketing and sales process on auto-pilot.
• Managing and systemizing your business with clear procedures, a simple one-page plan, and a manual that will show anyone how to operate your business (so you can take a real vacation).

Heir of the Hunted (Hollow World Book 1)


 CIPA EVVY Award Runner-up for Fiction/ Fantasy

Readers' Favorite Award Finalist for Epic Fantasy

Radyn likes to juggle blades and sleep beneath the stars. But when dark clerics slaughter his circus family and kidnap his foster father, his life is shattered. As he brushes aside his pain for a daring rescue attempt, Radyn has no idea that an ancient prophecy of a forgotten god has made him the real target.

Kyna is eager to prove herself within the mystical Alakyte order. When her magic shockingly fails far from home, she uncovers a deadly conspiracy. The primordial barrier to the underworld is being destroyed. Hordes of voiceless holy men gather in the Rolwood Forest, harbingers of their masters’ release. Acting against orders, Kyna takes on the enemy with the help of an orphaned acrobat who might just be the key to saving the world.

Aided by a surly demigod, the unlikely duo must find a way to stop an ancient evil from taking down mankind’s last magical defense. Can Radyn and Kyna fend off the darkness before the Hollow World awakens?

Heir of the Hunted is the first book in the thrilling Hollow World epic fantasy series. If you like unconventional heroes and fast-paced adventures, then you’ll love Richard T. Drake’s action-packed novel.

“Will wow readers and make them dream of dark gods and unusual heroes.” —Readers’ Favorite

“Any lover of fantasy will find this new series entertaining.” —The Road Trip Writer

“Brought me something totally new and fresh and yet still familiar in my fantasy world. Loved it!” —Amazon Reviewer

Buy Heir of the Hunted to start your adventures in the Hollow World today!


Unveiling Property Secrets (Publication Review)

Unveiling Property Secrets by Dean Pearson

HUGEOrange Publication Review

Editor’s Pick Award Winner 2020


Buying a house is a confusing, frustrating ordeal for many folks. Advice comes from all directions, from your mom to the grocery cashier. While you should listen to people, when you get a chance to learn from an expert, grab it. Unveiling Property Secrets is a must-read for those buying their first home or even their second or third.  There is a lot of information packed in this book that even someone experienced in the process would benefit from.  The content flows well from a variety of topics.  The layout lends itself to jumping around, which makes it a good reference tool and guide. 

The goal of the book is to give you a realistic look at the process and confidence in dealing with the complexity of the purchase of a home and it succeeds. Advice and information is written in a simple and easy-to-read style.

The more helpful of the chapters are the tips in determining how much you can afford and how to make a proper offer.

The offer that you are going to make to a seller is a written agreement. This agreement is legally binding, so it’s important to note that you’re not just drawing up a simple document. Within this document are several laws and processes that are taking place.

The author then goes through possible stipulations and contingencies, helping you avoid common mistakes and ensure you are in a stronger position.  This is good stuff; the information found in this section can make or break a deal.

I wanted to ensure that you know how to interact with the seller on both a business and personal level, to persuade them that you were the best potential buyer, and place you in the position of being able to stand head and shoulders above the competition. Most importantly, I wanted you to avoid the trap of disappointments and obstacles jumping in your way.

If you’re in the market for a new house, or plan to be in the future, this is a good step-by-step guide from start to finish in the home buying process that will leave you feeling confident every step of the way.   


Towers of Heaven: A LitRPG Adventure (Book 1)

One day, six towers appear on Earth. Each one stands hundreds of stories tall, and are invulnerable to all attacks. At the base of each tower is a portal, welcoming in all who dare enter it.

All sorts of magical monsters can be found inside the towers. Even treasure, magic and superhuman strength can be acquired. The problem is that the towers aren't a friendly place. Even worse, the towers sometimes release waves of monsters to attack Earth.

In the year 2083, there are only a hundred survivors. In one last attempt, they challenge the final floor without regard for their lives. By some miracle, they manage to beat the floor at the cost of their lives, leaving only one survivor.

As a reward for clearing the tower, he is granted one wish. He decides to go back in time to before the towers arrived. His goal is simple: prevent humanity from being wiped out.

The Game With No Name (JITTERS Book 2) (Publication Review)

The Game With No Name
L.G. Cunningham
HUGEOrange Publication Review and Editor’s Pick Award Winner for 2020

One of the better middle grade/young adult novels I have read in a long time.  The author is a master at a spooky thrill ride like those seen in classics such as Goosebumps.
It’s a good mix of fun and scares, creative and brings along some unique twists.  While it’s age-appropriate and perfect for middle grade and up, many adults would also relate and love it. 
If you have a kid that loves an adventure book with some fun and scary scenes or are an adult that just loves well written spooky stories, this is a sure bet.
L.G. Cunningham is a fantastic writer.  The story is full of well laid out scenes that keep the tension and suspension just out of reach on the next page.  The author has a short, rhythmic way of writing that keeps the pace fast and smooth, making it the type of book you won’t want to put down.
Clink. Clink. Clink.
The unmistakable sound of the dishes being washed. 
I could hear Mom hum a familiar tune. Sounds of the real world.
We were back in the dusty living room, sprawled by the low table, breathing heavily, hearts pumping. 
I swung my head from side to side, expecting to see the grinning skeleton or a pale boy lurking in the corner shadows. But no, we were very much alone.
The book is on the longer side for similar genre books, but it reads fast and I found it hard to put down.  The characters are well developed and relatable for the intended target audience.  Highly recommended for all ages. 


Unleashed: V Plague Book 1

John Chase has just arrived in Atlanta on a routine business trip. When he wakes the next morning, John is shocked to learn that America has been savagely attacked with both nuclear and biochemical weapons. He is immediately thrown into an apocalyptic horror, rescuing a young woman from a group of survivors who are in a violent rage as a result of the release of a devastating neurotoxin.

His path is clear. Survive and fight his way across the continent to reunite with his wife as society disintegrates into savagery and millions of people become raging infected, roaming unchecked in their pursuit of the rapidly dwindling number of survivors. But survival will be the hardest task he has ever undertaken.

So begins Unleashed, the first installment in the thrilling V Plague series. The novels are set against the backdrop of a shattered, post-apocalyptic America and tell the stories of a steadily growing cast of complex characters and their battles to survive. There are numerous sub-plots of greed, brutality, betrayal, treason, heartbreak and even a serial killer woven throughout the progression of the main storyline, chronicling the best and the worst of humanity as the world crumbles.

With a main character that is the Jack Reacher of the apocalypse, this is a series that has been hailed by readers and critics alike:

“A richly textured post-apocalyptic world has been created that draws you in, grabs you by the throat and shakes you like a rag doll. Wow! I’ve read so many series that peak by the second or third book, giving up on them when the author starts recycling events and storylines. Not here! I’ve read all the books and am impatiently waiting for the next, and it just keeps getting better! New characters, new subplots, new dangers, new victories, new settings. Each book is fresh, continuing the best story I’ve read in years. I hope the series never ends!”

Dusk: Runemaster Saga (Publication Review)
Dusk: Runemaster Saga
By, Rey Clark
Publication Review, HUGEOrange
Editor’s Pick Award Winner 2020

Well written fantasy is a guilty pleasure and Dusk doesn’t disappoint.  From the start, you are thrown into the main character Mira and her adventures.  The author does a great job building tension between Mira and her want to be good and her bloodline of demons.  It sets up great story telling, and Rey Clark takes full advantage of the opportunities presented.
“Mira, there is no reason to fear me.  I may be a demon, but I am your father and we share demon blood.  You are not as pure as the Divine Order has told you.”
“I may not be pure, but I get to choose who I am, and I chose the light.  I will not follow you into the shadow.”

Dialog is smooth and natural.  I would have liked to see more variation in characters and how they speak.  
If you love demons, vampires and the supernatural, this is a great read.  You’re going to have a blast from this well-written first book in what will surely be an epic series.
As the first book in the series, there is a lot of world-building and introduction, but the action isn’t lacking, and the story unfolds with top-notch flow.  The chapters do a great job of hooking you to read the next.  It’s a page-turner and a good size for a series.
If this is your first read for Rey Clark, you are in luck.  There are several complete trilogies and series in the same style.  The only thing better than finding a great new series is finding that the author has a full body of work to explore.

The Albatross Contact (Publication Review)


The Albatross Contact
By, Connor Mackay
HUGEOrange Publication Review
Winner of the 2020 Editor’s’ Pick Award

Don’t you love finding a new book you can devour and rave about to your friends? This is science fiction at its best. Connor Mackay is an author who certainly has a way with words; his writing is poetic at times.
As the blood curdled in our veins, several of the squad sat or knelt in the mud, despair crippling their legs. Strength forged in countless battles crumbled with the ruins of the world around us. Something was so profoundly different here. This wasn’t Stormwater or Cerberus or Forge or Prima or any of the other places we’d shed blood. This was our world. This was home.
It’s packed with gritty dialog and scenes so vivid I felt like I was watching a movie.  Many action scenes are so well written, you cannot put down the book down until they’re done. Don’t read this on a bus or you will miss your stop. Will is a flawed main character (the best kind!) with a military background that loves alcohol a little too much.  What a fantastic first book in what will certainly be an epic series. You have the classic science fiction alien invasion of Earth, but with some original twists. The first encounter isn’t here to invade or do classic alien story tropes.  They’re here because they need humans to help fight their war.
The introduction of new technology, alien species and a war in space leads to some interesting scenes.  Connor Mackay is a talented writer that absolutely hits the nail on the head with this one.  Suspense, mystery and tension are consistent chapter to chapter.  The author knows how to spin a tale and does a fantastic job of character and world-building.
This is an expansive universe with characters you can really get behind as the reader.  I can hardly wait for the next installment. 


The Summer House in Santorini: A wonderfully uplifting romance novel to escape lockdown with!

Oh my gosh I LOVED IT! This was honestly one of the best books I've read in a long while’ Georgina, Goodreads

One summer in Greece will change everything…
Anna’s running away. From a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life.
On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas, blue-tiled roofs, and the turquoise waters of the Aegean lapping at the white sand beaches, Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house from her estranged father.
As she rebuilds the house, she rebuilds her life, uncovering family secrets along the way that will change everything. She soon starts to fall for her little slice of paradise, as well as for gorgeous, charming Nikos.

Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?
Brimming with secrets and sunlight, this is the perfect holiday read for fans of Alex Brown, Jill Mansell and Sue Moorcroft.

Readers LOVE Samantha Parks!

Wow, what an amazing debut book. Samantha Parks’s writing style had me gripped from the very first page’ Faith, Twitter
‘Will 110% make you want to visit Santorini!’ Stacey, The Cosiest Corner Book Blog
Gorgeous… thank you Samantha Parks for delightful book!’ Margaret, Netgalley
‘Lovely and heartfelt’ Cheryl M-M’s Book Blog
Perfect chick lit!’ Christie, Instagram
‘A glorious summer holiday read’ Ruth, top 100 Amazon reviewer
‘A lovely romance set among rustic villages and white sandy beaches. What more could you ask for?’ Angela, Goodreads
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