Book Review The Triplets by Nicole M. Davis

The TripletsThe Triplets by Nicole M. Davis

My rating: 4 of 5 starsThe Triplets by Nicole M. Davis is the debut young adult fantasy in the Six Sorcerers series. The story is about three teenage boys and three teenage girls who are whisked away from their safe, modern day world of Denver, Colorado into the realm of magic-filled Sarenia. They are typical of most teenagers who are struggling with self-doubts and must find the courage to overcome dangers in the fantastical world of sword and sorcery. The story begins when each of the boys receives a letter from Mr. Lee that warns something is about to happen to him. Each boy disappears through a portal into a fantastical world where the three girls have already been transported from Colorado. Each girl has already assumed a role, including: a captain of a pirate, a knight in the king’s guard, or a dragon rider. The girls also receive letters telling them that they must find each other and the boys. The story is primarily a quest for the young people to find each other and to discover their sorcery powers.Author Davis captures the unique voices of the teenagers in the story. The tale alternates between the perspective of each of the primary six characters. The reader is challenged to track the complex plot for each of the main protagonists. Each of them has a unique personality and handles challenges differently, adding fun to the story. The tale is primarily an introduction to each of the characters and their journeys of self-discovery of what their unique powers entail. Although the writing is smooth for the most part, dashes should have been used when action interrupts dialogue instead of commas to avoid confusion. An example of incorrect punctuation is: “… Don’t forget, Kaylor, that if your actions start to stray,” he brings his fingers up and snaps them in front of her face, and Kaylor flinches despite herself, “It will burst …”The coming of age fantasy is recommended for young adults who will readily relate to the characters. I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see how these young people use their powers in this fantastical world with mythic creatures.View all my reviews

AUTHOR INTERVIEW NICOLE DAVIS

Introduction

It is my pleasure to introduce Nicole M. Davis, an exciting Colorado author of YA fantasy. I met Nicole at a Christmas party that was sponsored by the Boulder County Independent Authors (BCIA). There, I learned about her debut book of teen sorcerers, The Triplets (Book 1 Six Sorcerers), and was quite intrigued with her volunteer job at a museum.

Nicole Davis, Author, YA Fantasy

Below you will find Nicole’s biography, author interview, and contact information. Be sure to check out Nicole’s website and learn more about her. She’s a lot of fun to get to know, as you will see in her interview.

Biography

Nicole Davis was born in Sunnyvale, California (one letter away from the vampire capital of the world), but she grew up in Boulder County in Colorado. She has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology with a minor in Creative Writing. At the moment she’s back in Boulder County living with her family and a small army of scaly pets. She probably started writing when she was about five years old, and hasn’t been able to stop since.

Author Interview:

 

Would you provide an overview of your debut book, The Triplets (Book 1: Six Sorcerers)?

The Triplets is the first book of the Six Sorcerers series, a young adult epic fantasy series about six teenagers who get sucked into a world full of sorcerers and dangerous mythical creatures and must find each other in order to find out who they are and why they were brought there. It’s also about a rebellion against a sorcerer-hating tyrant that’s on its last legs, a sinister and supernatural plot that involves the gods themselves, and a country that’s on the brink of starting a world war.

 

 

What inspired you to write the YA Fantasy, The Triplets, about three teenage boys and three teenage girl who are transported from modern-day Denver, Colorado to the fantastical world of Sarenia?

When I was around 16 or 17 years old, the main characters from The Triplets just kind of showed up in my head demanding to be written about. So I had these characters running around in my head, but I didn’t really have a place to put them.

I’ve always loved fantasy, and I think world-building is loads of fun, so I decided to make up a giant, complicated fantasy world (with an equally complicated plotline) just for these characters. I wanted to have them start out here on Earth though, because the original image I had of them was as high school students like myself. I also thought it would be cool to write about this new world from the perspective of outsiders, so that my readers could discover this fantastical place alongside my characters.

How do you balance your busy schedule work schedule with writing?

I have a full-time job in an Amazon warehouse and I volunteer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on a weekly basis in addition to writing, so yeah, I’m a very busy person right now. I don’t have nearly as much time as I used to, though, and it’s taking me much longer to write book 2 than I’d anticipated. I’ve also had some issues trying to keep up with my blog and marketing lately because I just don’t have the time or mental energy for it.

But writing is still my priority and I make time for it whenever I can. I set aside at least a few hours every weekend to write, and I try to do a full day if I can.

Is there any character in The Triplets who is your favorite? Explain why.

That’s like asking a parent to choose their favorite child. I refuse. I can’t do it.

But seriously, it varies from moment to moment. Sometimes Kaylor’s my favorite because she’s so fair and kind and kick-ass, but then sometimes I like Sarah better because of how complex her personality is and how much she grows as a leader. Then sometimes I think Tyler’s attitude and inner monologue make him the most interesting. But Anna’s so perceptive and delightfully mischievous, Alex is so kind and brave and resilient, Darn’s funny and sarcastic and so much fun to write.

They’re all interesting people with different flaws and strengths and character arcs, and I’m happy with how each and every one of them is changing and growing throughout the story.

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

So I am definitely a plotter. My outlines have outlines, etc. And most of this is plot-based. But my characters do not like to listen to me, so I have to change and adjust things a lot. Mostly they decide to make a bigger deal out of things or integrate themselves further into the main story line than I’d originally planned. It’s kind of hard to talk about in detail without giving away any spoilers, but here are a few examples:

I did not expect Sarah to be so ambitious. She was originally supposed to be sort of a “reluctant leader” archetype, but by the end of the book she’d decided she wanted to take charge and do it now.

Mr. Lee was originally a throw-away character who only existed to fill out part of Tyler’s backstory, but he forced his way into the main plotline, developed his own complex backstory, and now he’s getting his own spin-off.

Also, Anna almost never reacts to people the way I expect her to: she decided she really did not like Darn at all as soon as she met him (I thought she’d be sort of aloof and indifferent towards him), took an instant and intense liking to Alex (who she wasn’t supposed to bond with until around the middle of book two), and decided she was going to push down and hide her hurt and jealousy over Kaylor choosing the Prince’s side over hers (I thought she’d be more outspoken and argumentative about this).

What advice would you give young writers whose goals are to publish their short stories or novels?

If you’ve just started writing, your writing is not going to be good. You are going to get rejections and criticism, and it’s not going to feel great. Just power through it all and keep writing. Listen to the advice that you get. And be patient with yourself. You might not be there yet, but you will get there. Keep writing, keep reading, and keep submitting stuff.

If you want to get good at editing your own work, start looking for flaws in everyone else’s work (especially your favorite books). BUT keep in mind that literally nothing is perfect, these books you’re finding flaws in are still good books even though they’re flawed. Everything you write is going to be the same way.

Are there any other books on the horizon that you anticipate to publish?

Yep. First there’s book two, then book three, and then I have plans for Mr. Lee’s spin-off book. I’m also working on a book of short stories set in this world that’s going to be called People of Sarenia. I also have plans for writing a Traveler’s Guide to arenia. Most of this is going to take me a while to get to.

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

  1. Be kind and respectful to everyone: every single person alive has a life and a story, and you’re never going to know everything about what they’re going through.
  2. Be more considerate of the environment. There’s only one Earth, and if we don’t work to keep the air and water clean it’s going to become an inhospitable place pretty fast.
  3. Try to be more objective and open to learning new things. There’s a reason for every perspective anyone has, whether their opinions are right or wrong.

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

I usually like people who are just as weird as I am. This guarantees that they can’t judge me. Tying into that, I tend to like people who can handle my slightly off-kilter, dark sense of humor, because neither of us will have fun around each other if I’m cracking strange jokes that only freak them out.

But they also have to be patient and kind, because I can’t stand people who are mean to anyone for no good reason. And people I can trust, and who I know I can count on if I’m ever in trouble or need help or advice.

If you could have one skill that you don’t currently have, what would it be?

Time-travel, hands down. I want to go back and see the dinosaurs. I also wouldn’t mind having some extra time to write, ha.

But if we’re being boring and talking about real-life skills, I think I’d want to be a better salesperson. If I were, I’d probably be able to make more money selling my books, and then I wouldn’t have to have a full-time job too.

What might we be surprised to learn about you?

I’m an amateur taxidermist and I collect animal bones. This started because of my zoology degree, during which I decided to volunteer at my university’s Museum of Vertebrates. There, I helped prepare skeletons and alcohol specimens, and it was great. Museums keep specimens like these to aide researchers with conservation or other projects: it can be incredibly helpful to have morphological data on a species spanning years or decades.

I have a meager collection of my own, including the skeleton of one of my deceased pet geckos that my best friend prepared for me and a couple bird skulls from invasive species (killed by my cat before I could intervene and save them).

 

You can contact and learn more about Nicole Davis and her book:

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Blog

Amazon author page

Book Review Left Horse Black by S. J. Reisner

Left Horse BlackLeft Horse Black by S.J. Reisner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Left Horse Black by S. J. Reisner is an epic sword and sorcery fantasy that interweaves the story lines of various characters from different kingdoms in the West Ocean Mainlands. The tale begins when a sheltered young prince escapes with his cousin to get reinforcements from Danaria to help counter a sinister threat from of a foreign prince who is betrothed to the king’s daughter. Meanwhile, a rebellious Fifth-Gens warrior-sorceress from Danaria is drawn into battle against the nomadic Kersian foes who have kidnapped one of their warlord’s daughters as a sacrifice to the “no name” god. Unbeknownst to them all, zealot Kersian sorcerers are plotting behind the scenes to usurp the thrones of human-ruled kingdoms so they can build a massive army to destroy the Danaria sorcerer bloodline in an attempt to save their own. The destinies of the troubled prince and the inept Danaria sorceress finally join in the labyrinthine plot. Hold on to your seats to the climax. Armed with nothing more than meager weapons and with the help of their friends and instinct, these unlikely heroes are the last hope to stop the Kersian sorcerers.

S. J. Reisner has masterfully weaved together a complex epic fantasy with engaging characters and unique world-building. This fast-paced tale challenges the reader to keep track of the various characters and plot lines. However, in the end, the various subplots tie together for a satisfying and heart-wrenching climax. Author Reisner masterfully brings the myriad of characters to life on the page. These are flawed, three-dimensional characters with distinct attributes and motivations, including the villains. My favorite character is Tnasha fen Schoitt, the rebellious Danaria sorceress who must learn to use her powers which she originally rejects. It is fun seeing her fumble as she learns how to use these powers as a weapon against the Kersian sorceresses.

I highly recommend Left Horse Black for readers who enjoy a complex, fast-paced fantasy with a myriad of engaging characters, including strong female protagonists.

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Apollo’s Raven Audio Book Newly Released

Apollo’s Raven Audio Book Newly Released!

Exciting News! The audio-book of Apollo’s Raven was just released! It is a historical fantasy weaving an epic Celtic tale of love, magic, adventure, intrigue, and betrayal in the backdrop of Ancient Rome and Britannia.

Get it free if you join the Amazon Audibles 30-day trial. After 30 days, Audibles is $14.95 per month to download other Audio Books, but you can cancel at any time. Click on Amazon to take advantage of this special offer now!

Below is an excerpt of the audio-book before the climatic prisoner exchange to give you a tidbit and flavor of the Audio Book.  Click below to listen.

Kristin James, Narrator

I’m flying high with the quality of the narration by Kristin “KJ” James. She adeptly captures the voices of both the Celtic and Roman characters in Apollo’s Raven. It has been a real pleasure to collaborate with this talented narrator from the Nashville, TN area.

Kristin James, Narrator, Apollo’s Raven

Acting has always been KJ’s passion. Starting on the stage as early as preschool, she pursued her passion into college where she received a BA in Communication with a double emphasis in Theatre and Public Relations from Mississippi State University. After college she found herself more and more drawn to voice overs. Several classes, coaching sessions, seminars, research, and a closet-turned-studio later, she now records and produces Audio Books on a regular basis. She has also done several radio commercials for clients such as Advance Financial, TriStar Health, and GAC.

When she’s not recording in her booth, you’ll find her crocheting, playing video games, or running agility with her dogs. Learn more about KJ at her websiteFacebook and Twitter.

Winners of May Giveaways to be Announced

The winners of the May Giveaways for subscribing to my author website are as follows:

Fay Johnson – Handcrafted Book Stand

Gary Dolman – Signed Special Hard Cover Edition of Apollo’s Raven

Janet Cardoza – Amazon Kindle e-book of Apollo’s Raven

Apollo’s Raven May Deals Continue

The e-book of Apollo’s Raven will be reduced from $4.99 to 99 cents from May 30 to June 6 at Amazon.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Best wishes,
Linnea Tanner

 

 

Book review – Apollo’s Raven by Linnea Tanner

It is a pleasure to reblog the Book review of Apollo’s Raven posted by Luciana Cavallaro–an Australian historian and exciting author whom I follow. Be sure to check out her website and blog.

Luciana Cavallaro

Have you ever wondered what life would be like in Ancient Britannia in the 1st Century CE? Or how the British Celts felt about the invasion of the Romans and the political unrest that ensued?

Apollo’s Raven is insightful and informative historical novel from new American writer Linnea Tanner. It paints a picture of Ancient Britannia and the ruling structure of the Celtic tribes, an antithesis of what made the Roman Empire powerful and dominant dictators.

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Update Apollo’s Raven Release April 10

Update Apollo’s Raven Release April 10

Exciting news! The first book in the Apollo’s Raven series will be released on April 10th. The historical fiction/epic fantasy fulfills my lifelong dream to publish a story based on a character I first imagined as a child.

Catrin, Celtic Warrior Princess

You can pre-order the paperback (ISBN 978-0-9982300-0-9), the e-book ISBN (978-0-9982300-2-3), and the special edition hardcover book (ISBN 978-0-9982300-1-6) at http://amzn.to/2nQLHhC.

The following video book trailer is a glimpse of the upcoming release of Apollo’s Raven https://youtu.be/fRUBJa-e_1o

About Apollo’s Raven Series

The Apollo’s Raven series weaves historical fiction into an epic Celtic tale of love, magic, adventure, intrigue and betrayal. The series follows two star-crossed lovers in the backdrop of Ancient Rome and Britannia spanning from 24 AD through 40 AD. The Apollo’s Raven epic series is inspired by the legacy of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, but with a Celtic twist. The heroine is based on historical accounts and mythology of Celtic warrior queens. Her Roman lover is the great-grandson of Mark Antony. The vastly different cultures of the empire-building Romans and the mystical Celts in Britannia set the backdrop to the series.

Important Update on Blog and New Website

It had been my intention to integrate this blog into my new author website at http://linneatanner.com. However, the integration posed unexpected challenges, as several of the links to images were disconnected. Due to the issues, I’ve decided to maintain Apollo’s Raven as a separate blog and will work over the next few months to fix the links to the missing images.

I cherish the friendship and interactions that I’ve had with subscribers to Apollo’s Raven. For those who are not subscribers to my new website, click on the link below and fill out the form to subscribe. You will receive free the first three chapters of Book 1 of the Apollo’s Raven series.

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Subscribers to my new website will also receive periodic newsletters and notifications of new posts on my blog and media buzz. The blog at my author site and Apollo’s Raven will continuing highlighting my ongoing research, book reviews, and author interviews. This summer, I plan to travel to the United Kingdom and will give on-the-spot reports on sites I visit and new discoveries.

Subscribers to my new author website will be notified of special offers and giveaways that are planned for May 2017.

Thank you for following me on my journey.

Best wishes,
Linnea Tanner