SFF Book Bonanza and Updates

SFF Book Bonanza

For those who love to read science fiction and fantasy, check out the SFF Bonanza 99c Promo this week (21-27 September) in which you have close to 30 books to select from. As part of this promotion, Apollo’s Raven (Book 1 Curse of Clansmen and Kings) has been reduced to 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, Apple Books, Google Play. Click on the image to check out the wide assortment of books offered at 99 cents for a limited time.

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Dagger’s 99 Cents Deal

Another bonus is Dagger’s Destiny (Book 2 Curse of Clansmen and Kings) is also reduced to 99 cents for a limited time. Clicks on your favorite online retail sites to download today: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play. 

 

Readers’ Favorite Book Award

I am pleased to announce that Apollo’s Raven has won the 2020 Readers’ Favorite Book Award Bronze Medal Fiction-Magic/Wizardry. For further information about the award and full review, click on the book cover below: 

 

“Overall, Apollo’s Raven is an un-put-down-able fantasy adventure from start to finish.”—K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your continued support. Stay safe in these tumultuous times.

Best Wishes,
Linnea Tanner

Linnea at Colchester Museum Inspecting a Celtic Chariot

 

 

 

Book Review Beneath the Lake by Casi McLean

Beneath the Lake (Lake Lanier Mysteries, #1)Beneath the Lake by Casi McLean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beneath the Lake by Casi Mclean is a paranormal/timeslip romance with elements of suspense in which lovers weave their destinies across three time periods to be together. The story begins in suspense as a mysterious man slips forward in time and is resolved to reinvent himself and to target Lacy. A year later in 2012, we are introduced to Lacy, a lawyer, attending a party where she finds her longtime boyfriend cheating on her. Enraged, she leaves the party in the midst of a raging storm and her car crashes near a cursed lake where there was once a town and people vanish without a trace. Tracy falls into the lake and time slips back to 1949 when Bobby finds her injured near the lake. As their relationship evolves into something deeper, Lacy faces the risk of losing him if she unexpectedly travels forward in 2012. All of the narratives in the various time periods tie together for a riveting climax with unexpected twists.

Author Casi McLean masterfully weaves the narratives of a mysterious man targeting Lacy at the beginning of the story and Lacy finding herself in the past. It is an inspirational story in which Lacy not only finds true love, but she also finds her purpose by helping residents in the small town negotiate prices for their properties before these are covered by the lake for flood control. The author nimbly juggles the narratives and time periods, keeping the reader in suspense. What I like most about the novel is the fast-paced beginning that hooks you and the compelling ending that ties everything together. For romance readers, the development of the relationship between Lacy and Bobby, an alluring blue-eyed hero, is the centerpiece of the story.

I highly recommend Beneath the Lake for readers who enjoy reading paranormal romance with elements of suspense.

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Book Review: Break of Darkness by Ryanne Glenn

Book Review: Break of Darkness by Ryanne Glenn

Below is my Goodread book review of Break of Darkness by Ryanne Glenn and her biography and contact information.

Break of DarknessBreak of Darkness by Ryanne Glenn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Break of Darkness by Ryanne Glenn is the final, most compelling book in the Descent of Shadows epic fantasy series that has followed the journey of Anna, a young general battling shadowy creatures known as wraiths. In the third book, survivors from the sanctuary city that King Ramiere destroyed are in the depths of despair. Disheartened by the devastation, Anna escapes to a foreign land, hoping to erase her memories of the ravages of relentless war with the wraiths. Her regiment is in disarray and struggling to survive the continuing wraith onslaught. Anna seeks insight from her ancestral past to help her overcome the dark magic of King Ramiere. However, the light Anna finds also has shades of darkness that she must embrace to defeat him before he destroys the human race. Not only is the tale about battles between sworn enemies, but it is also about Anna’s inner struggle to accept herself and to unify her troops to do the impossible—overcome King Ramiere.

The final book has a heart-wrenching but satisfying ending to the series. Author Ryanne Glenn has masterfully written an epic journey of a young woman struggling to find herself and to regain loyalty from her soldiers who believe she had abandoned them. It is a multi-layered tale that explores human frailties and friendships which can forge during times of despair. The three-dimensional characters are engaging, particularly the eighteen-year-old heroine, Anna, who must come to terms with her darker side. King Ramiere is a complex villain with a diabolical plan to destroy humans so he can save his wraiths from the destructive forces of light. The book is rich in detail, setting the mood, and has a heart-throbbing climax that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I highly recommend the series to both teens and adults. Break of Darkness realistically depicts the consequences of war on the souls of individuals, but it is also a morality tale of how friendship is the ultimate victor in times of despair.

About Ryanne Glenn

R‌yanne Glenn is a member of the Northern Colorado Writers in Fort Collins, CO, where she attends Colorado State University. She is pursuing a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. She loves to golf, though after playing for twelve years, her handicap should be much lower than it is. Between writing and classes, she often visits her hometown of Fruita, Colorado, to spend time with her family and two dogs, Coco and Pebbles.

Ryanne started writing short stories when she was ten and was first published in Fruita’s local newspaper. She took her first creative writing class in high school and was inspired to expand her writing into poetry and longer stories. After struggling with depression in her first year at college, she turned back to writing as a healthy outlet for her emotions. She wants to write strong female role models and is excited to share her stories with the world.

You can purchase Break of Darkness by clicking on the following:

Amazon
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Atthis Arts, LLC

You can contact Ryanne Glenn by clicking on the following:

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Influential Women: Enheduanna – High-Priestess, Astronomer, First Known Author

The following is a reblog of a post entitled, “Influential Women: Enheduanna – High-Priestess, Astronomer, First Known Author” that was published by JULY 29, 2020 BY ZTEVETEVANS. It is fascinating to learn about the ancient influential woman who lived almost 4300 years ago in 2300 BC.

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File:Disk of Enheduanna.JPG from Wikimedia Commons – Author: Mefman00CC0

Daughter of Sargon

The world’s first known author is widely attributed to have been the daughter of Sargon (1) of Akkad in the 23rd century BC. We know her today as Enheduanna, which may have been a title of office, in which case her real name is unknown. She was the High Priestess of Nanna-Suen, a moon deity of Mesopotamia presiding over his temple complex in the city of Ur. The “En” part of her name signifies “leadership” and “ heduanna,” means “Ornament of Heaven” reflecting the divinity she served.

Clearly, she was of very high status in the society of her time and her writing was greatly influential then and in later times. Considerable parts of her work still exist in her original poetic form which has been influential in various religious systems throughout history.

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AUTHORSXP FANTASY BOOKS GIVEAWAY

AuthorsXP Fantasy Books Giveaway

Enter the AuthorsXP Fantasy Books Giveaway for a chance to win free fantasy paperbacks and e-books.  I am a participating author in this event and will be giving away books in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series: Book 1: APOLLO’S RAVEN, Book 2: DAGGER’S DESTINY, and Book 3: AMULET’S RAPTURE.

CLICK below for a chance to be a big winner!

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Thank you for your continued support!

Best,
Linnea Tanner

Author Interview Thomas H. Goodfellow

INTRODUCTION

It is my pleasure to introduce Thomas H. Goodfellow—an author who recently released his international thriller, The Insurmountable Edge (Book One). Though I don’t normally read and post reviews for thrillers, I found his debut novel to be unique with engaging characters whose smart, crisp dialogue spiced up the action scenes with humor. My husband, an avid reader of suspense, buried himself in the book and commented that the main character, Jack Wilder, reminded him of Jack Reacher who was created by Lee Child. Thus, I contacted Thomas Goodfellow for an interview which he graciously accepted. 

Below you will find a brief biography, the interview, and the contact information for Thomas H. Goodfellow.

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas H. Goodfellow spends most of his time in California, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Wyoming.  He is an avid hiker and a fly fisherman (he always throws the fish back). He also has a lot of cats, dogs, and horses.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

Would you provide an overview of your debut novel, The Insurmountable Edge, that you recently released?

Rob Errera in Indiereader (Thanks Rob!), really hit the nail on the head in his review:

The Insurmountable Edge (Book One) is an on-point action thriller with a wisecracking antihero that will win over fans of Tom Clancy, Jeffrey Deaver and Robert Ludlum.  PTSD makes for an unreliable narrator and a wild­­–at times surreal–ride in this military who-done-it…A tough-as-nails general who cares for a troubled teenage niece as well as a fellow soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder, is called out of retirement by a beautiful damsel-in-distress.  If James Bond and John Rambo were mated in a secret government super-soldier laboratory–and the resulting male child raised by double dads Jack Ryan and Jason Bourne–he might grow up to be General Jack Wilder, star of The Insurmountable Edge (Book One) by Thomas H. Goodfellow.

What inspired you to write an international thriller about the United States pitted against China in the Middle East?

I think China is on a long march to destroy the United States.  I’d prefer they did not succeed.

What inspired you to create the primary character, General Jack Wilde? What are characteristics that are unique to him that make him stand out among other heroes in this genre?

I think he’s tougher, smarter, better looking, more athletic, more talented, and has a better sense of humor than most of the other heroes.  Not many of the others have even the slightest sense of humor so I really wanted to create a character who saw the world a little differently than most of them.

Is there any other character in The Insurmountable Edge that is your favorite? Explain why.

I love them all.

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

Always.

Have you received reactions/feedback to your work that has surprised you? In what way?

Everyone who has read The Insurmountable Edge has raved about it.  I didn’t expect that. 

What are three things you think we can all do to make the world a better place?

Just one.   Follow the Golden Rule.

What are the most important traits you look for in a friend?

Intelligence and a sense of humor.

What makes you laugh?

Marx Brothers movies.  Woody Allen’s character in a comedy.  Eddie Murphy’s character in Beverly Hills CopCaddyshackThe 2000 Year Old Man.  Dave Chapelle stand-up routines.

You can purchase The Insurmountable Edge at the following sites:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

Spenser Publishing House

 

You can contact Thomas H. Goodfellow and learn more about him at:

Spenser Publishing House

Website

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Welsh Mythology: Pwyll’s Sojourn in Annwfn

This is a reblog of a post entitled, Welsh Mythology: Pwyll’s Sojourn in Annwfn,” that was published on JUNE 24, 2020 by ZTEVETEVANS. It is an amazing tale of friendship and the honor that kings showed each other when they exchanged bodies and returned to each other’s homelands.

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Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

Presented here is a retelling of the story of the time Pwyll of Dyfed spent in Annwfn in the body of Arawn. It is the first part of the story of Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed or Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed, which is the First Branch of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi. It tells how he and Arawn became friends and of his sojourn in Annwfn.

Pwyll of Dyfed

One day as Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed was out hunting in the region of Glyn Cuch his hounds raised a stag. The stag took off at great speed with the hounds hard on its trail and Pwyll spurred his horse forward in pursuit sounding his hunting horn. The stag was moving fast but the hounds were keeping up and he was keeping up with the hounds. In the speed and excitement of the chase…

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Amulet’s Rapture

It is my pleasure to reblog the 5-star review by Literary Titan of the audiobook of Amulet’s Rapture narrated by Kristen James. An excerpt from the review is as follows: “The audio version of Amulet’s Rapture is a fascinating listen. The narrator absolutely nails tone, character changes, and emphasis. In addition, the particularly intense scenes in which Catrin is being threatened are completely captivating when read by the narrator, Kristen James. What would be moving moments if read in paperback or Kindle become quite terrifying and extremely uncomfortable.” when listening to the narrator’s interpretation of the text–the story is truly brought to life.

LITERARY TITAN

Amulet's Rapture: Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book 3

Catrin is living a nightmare. She has become a slave, is used and abused as a woman disguised as a soldier, and the love of her life doesn’t remember the passion that once existed between them. Catrin is as feared as much as she is taken for granted. Considered to have powers that far outshine the abilities and skills of any soldier, she is allowed to live and protected even though she isn’t respected. Marcellus, her love, now under the spell of another, can’t quite shake the feeling that something is not right–something he can’t explain but leaves him feeling empty and broken. Catrin knows, but will she be able to tell him in time?

Amulet’s Rapture, by Linnea Turner, continues the journey of young Catrin. Her life, very different from that of previous installments, is a daily struggle for survival. She is only allowed to live because she is…

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Book Review Owen by Tony Riches

Owen (Tudor Trilogy, #1)Owen by Tony Riches
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The legacy of King Henry VIII has always fascinated me, but I knew very little about the earlier accounts of the Tudor dynasty. Thus, I selected Owen: Book One of the Tudor Trilogy by Tony Riches to learn more about how the Tudor Dynasty was established. The story of Owen, the great-grandfather of Henry VIII, is as fascinating as the tales about the legendary king. Told in the first-person perspective of Owen, the story begins in 1422 when he first meets his new mistress, Queen Catherine of Valois, the young widow of King Henry V. The queen’s young son, Harry (Henry VI), is crowned King of England and France. Nobles responsible for the young king’s upbringing tightly control the queen’s life and her influence on her son. Owen, serving as the Keeper of the Wardrobe, loyally serves and befriends Queen Catherine and gains her trust. Rumors of Catherine’s affair with the 2nd Duke of Somerset prompts a parliamentary statute that forbids her to remarry until her son comes of age. Soon after, Catherine and Owen fall in love and secretly marry in the backdrop of political turmoil that ultimately leads to the War of Roses.

Author Tony Riches has masterfully written a poignant love story narrated by Owen in the present tense. The moment-by-moment narrative helps the reader more actively engage with Owen’s life journey. The story is rich with vivid descriptions and natural dialogue that highlights Owen’s wit and cleverness. Although his childhood has been shattered by the loss of his Welsh noble parents and heritage, Owen becomes the unlikely second husband to Queen Catherine and the father of her children. Their secret love and marriage have tragic consequences in the backdrop of the War of Roses. Yet Owen’s firstborn son, Edmund, ultimately becomes the father of King Henry VII, the first monarch in the Tudor Dynasty.

Owen: Book One of the Tudor Trilogy is one of the best historical fiction novels I’ve read this year. I highly recommend this book to historical fiction readers, particularly those interested in the Tudor Dynasty.

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Review The Insurmountable Edge by Thomas Goodfellow

The Insurmountable Edge: Book OneThe Insurmountable Edge: Book One by Thomas Goodfellow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The U.S. is on the brink of a deadly war with China in the debut international thriller, “Insurmountable Edge: Book One” by Thomas H. Goodfellow. The only person who can counter the threat is the steel-edged General Jack Wilder. His execution of some of the deadliest missions on behalf of the US in the elite special forces has forged him into a deadly weapon which enemies will have to reckon with. Jack Wilder is similar to Jack Reacher created by Lee Child, but he has his own unique foibles.

The story starts out in a horrific scene where two children are forced to dig their own graves before they are stoned to death. General Jack Wilder then takes over as the narrator. Retired and living at his plush Californian ranch, he cares for his hellbent seventeen-year-old ward, Adelaide, and his army buddy, Jeff, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD). Ironically, Wilder’s unresolved issues with PSTD makes him prone to hallucinations.

A striking physician, Kate, seeks Wilder’s help in solving a series of murders with international security implications at a company she oversees. Meanwhile, war is ready to break out in the Middle East with China that will have an “insurmountable edge“ in the conflict. Tasked with investigating the insurmountable edge, Jack Wilder’s mission twists with unexpected turns as murders pile up and he is sometimes off edge talking with imaginary people and animals—possibly clues to political machinations behind the scenes. The book does not end with a classical cliffhanger but continues in what will be a three-book series that should connect the murders and international conflict.

Author Goodfellow has written an action-packed thriller filled with unique, memorable characters and vivid descriptions. The interactions between the characters and the smart, crisp dialogue work hand-in-hand with action scenes and unexpected twists to drive the story forward. Even though Wilder struggles with his own internal turmoil, he is an engaging character with a hint of chivalry toward Kate. But make no mistake, he is more than capable of maximum damage against his enemies.

“The Insurmountable Edge,” is an exciting start to a three-book series that spins a complex web of international intrigue and unforeseen enemies that promise to be the ultimate match for Jack Wilder. Highly recommended for fans of complex international thrillers with a hero you can root for.

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