Friday, 30 March 2018

Book Review - Alligators Overhead by C. Lee McKenzie

General Information


Author: C. Lee McKenzie 
Year of publication: February 19, 2018
Number of pages: 151
Publisher: C. Lee McKenzie



Plot summary: (blurb)


Alligators, witches and a spooky mansion aren't your average neighbors unless you live at the edge of the Ornofree swamp in the backwater town of Hadleyville. The town's bad boy, Pete Riley, may only be a kid, but he's up to his eyeballs in big trouble, and this time he isn't the cause. This time the trouble arrives when a legendary hundred-year-old mansion materializes next door and the Ornofree alligators declare war to save their swamp from bulldozers. Things only get worse when Pete's guardian aunt and several of her close friends vanish while trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft. Now Pete must find his aunt and stop the war. He might stand a chance if his one friend, Weasel, sticks with him, but even then, they may not have what it takes.

Positive points:


This is an unusual story with a very original storyline. The plot is filled with action all the way through and will have you cheering for the characters to succeed in their quest to save the swamp. It has plenty of twists and turns that make it an enjoyable read.

Negative points:


Maybe the author could have ramped up the emotions a little more. I really love to squeeze out the emotions in the characters in my books. That is the only thing I can think to say that's negative.

What makes this book unique:


Talking alligator clans conspiring with witches against developers.  Is that unique enough for you?

Overall impression:


This story started off from page one with action and kept me turning page after page all the way to the end. This is a great story for any middle grade fans that enjoy an exciting adventure. It was well written and filled with realistic characters.

My rating:



Five stars from me!

Book links:


Amazon US
https://www.amazon.com/Alligators-Overhead-Adventures-Pete-Weasel-ebook/dp/B079Y4PJ5L/

Amazon UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alligators-Overhead-Adventures-Pete-Weasel/dp/1732010307/

Meet the author, C. Lee McKenzie



My Passions:

Besides reading and writing, I love to do two things: I love to hike. I love to practice Yoga. Well, three things if you count eating. I love to eat. That’s why I love to hike. Might as well make it four things, because I love to spend time with my family and friends. Wait! I love to grow my own salad. And cats—I love to grow them too, so now I’m up to six things I’m passionate about. I know there’s more, but I’m out of space and you don’t need to be bored.

My Favorite Books:

Anything with Hobbits.
Anything Stephen King writes, except I don’t like some of those stories at night when I’m alone or even if I’m not because I’m a real sissy in the dark.
Anything with a dragon in the title or on the cover.
Barbara Kingsolver’s books.
Edgy Joyce Carol Oates books.
E.B.White’s Essays, and stories that start, “Once upon a time . . . .”

Author Links:


Author site:
http://www.cleemckenziebooks.com/

Blog:
http://writegame.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/cleemckenzie

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/cleemckenzie

Thursday, 15 March 2018

For the First Time Ever! Truth Teller Trilogy for FREE!!

Yes! You heard me correctly. This is no joke or scam, for the first time ever in the history of mankind, the, Truth Teller Omnibus, full fantasy adventure is completely FREE in this one-off special promotion. Maybe you could be the first reader to review this epic adventure! The race is on!

Truth Teller Omnibus




Now you can read all three of the Truth Teller fantasy adventures, Truth Teller, The Wrath of Siren and Favian's Law in one omnibus edition. See below for individual blurbs for each book.

You can purchase this ebook on Amazon for absolutely FREE! This special promotion runs from 15th March to 19th March. So, don't miss out, go and grab your copy right away!



Happy reading everyone!



Truth Teller:


How could ten-year-old Charlotte ever envisage that magic really existed. For her, the world of other realms belonged in children's fairy tales—or so she thought—until she discovers a strange shopkeeper, which begins an adventure that will change her life forever.
                     
When she finds herself lost and alone in a far away forest, she must embark on a journey where heart-stopping danger and real life monsters are real. However, a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even with the strengths and skills of her new companions, they cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin.
                                                                           
But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.




The Wrath of Siren:


Elderfield accepts a Gateway into another realm in a desperate bid to protect the human child, Charlotte, from the Dark Druid. His good intentions go horribly wrong, threatening the destruction of all his people and condemning the Truth Teller to a life she can never escape.





Favian's Law:


Thirty years pass in a flash of elven magic and Charlotte loses all those dear to her. She tries to put things right but is forced to return home, leaving Elderfield to face certain death.

She has no way to save him, but worst still, no way to save herself. The discovery that her own world is changed beyond recognition leaves her no choice but to give up her gateway forever. 


Friday, 19 January 2018

Happy Anniversary!!!!



Happy Anniversary tomorrow to my amazing wife, Lesley! We have spent the craziest 29 years of marital bliss together. We met when we were just children and have been together almost every single day for the last 34 years. Imagine that! Spending nearly every single day with ME for that long! I already don't need to say another word about how amazing this lady is on the strength of that!

But I want to because I have so much to say. Look at us up there. Les is fifteen-years-old and I am sixteen. That was one of our first ever couple pictures and my all time favourite. We started out as best friends and that never changed no matter what life threw at us. And man! Life threw a LOT of stuff! But we came through all of it together, even if it was by the skin of our teeth sometimes. We did amazing things. We have so many stories that people wouldn't even believe. It's been so much fun. There isn't another person in the world I would have wanted to do this with except you.

Life is still chucking stuff around. Since my mum has been dying, I've watched you take so much care for her, shown her so much kindness and love no matter how bad things got. You made sure no stone was un-turned and that she got the best care throughout. You did the same for your best friend, Val, right up to the point where she lost her fight. You literally transformed her life before she left us with your astounding kindness. I am in total awe of you. I fell in love with you all over again. You do the same to everyone. Cooking and cleaning for the old lady across the road. Running around for the kids and grandchildren. I've seen you in so much pain you can barely walk, but just carry on regardless. No sacrifice is too great. You take on everyone's burdens as though they are your own, no matter who they are. You are the best example of what a person should be. You are an inspiration to us all. 

Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for taking such amazing care of me and loving me like no one else ever could even when I am at my very, very worst. I love you more now than I ever have, and I'm not just saying that because you got me the most awesome guitar for my birthday! LOL I am the luckiest person in the whole world to have you as my life partner and my bestest friend in the whole world.


Sunday, 24 December 2017

Massive Christmas Sale!!!! Free and cheap ebooks by author Kurt Chambers

All books by author Kurt Chambers are on sale!



First and foremost, I would just like to say, Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your holidays are filled with love, joy and laughter. They are the best presents of all. And in true tradition, the first thing to come after Christmas is the Christmas sale! What exciting news for all those new Kindle and ebook owners. Free and cheap ebooks! All my books will be on sale from the 25th.


My new release, The World in Johnny's back Garden will be FREE on Amazon from December 25th to 29th.



Johnny didn't intentionally mean to get involved with, Maisie, the old lady next door. Rumours around the playground claimed she was a witch and children threw stones at her windows. But Johnny wasn't like other kids, he found her kind and caring, if not just a little weird. She claimed he had a gift and made him feel special.

That was until the 'incident'. Waking up in hospital without any memory of what happened to him, Johnny started to see things. Incredible things. But upon returning home he was horrified to discover even his own parents had turned against this sweet old lady. Had the whole world gone mad? Or did the bang on the head turn him mad?

Johnny's world erupts into chaos. Not only has he made an enemy of the school bully but unexplainable events make him start to question his own sanity. Worst of all he can never share his experiences with the only person in the world who would understand, Maisie.

When the real-life monster comes, Johnny finally understands. He will never see things the same ever again.

Download Here 


Amazon US

Amazon UK


Unknown Reality will be FREE on Smashwords from December 25th to 31st.



Eleven-year-old Chloe gasps in awe at the magical splendour of the theatre performance, but her excitement soon vanishes during an autograph hunt and an encounter with the baddie from the show. His unbelievable claim of a flawed universe freaks her out. This starts a chain of unexplainable events that threaten to destroy the only reality Chloe has ever known.

Then, one night, they come for her.

Claiming to be her friends, the Scientists try to persuade Chloe her life was some kind of experiment that went horribly wrong, and a computer virus left her with no memory of this alien planet. Struggling to come to terms with a world she doesn’t understand, she is kidnapped from the futuristic outstation by a clan of Savages that live out in the wilderness. When confronted by a father and brother she never knew she had, she is torn between two cultures, none of which she wishes to be part of. All she wants is return to the only family she knew; a family that never really existed.


Download Here


Smashwords


Truth Teller, the first book in the Truth Teller series, is FREE on Amazon and Smashwords permanently.



How could ten-year-old Charlotte ever envisage that magic really existed. For her, the world of other realms belonged in children's fairy tales—or so she thought—until she discovers a strange shopkeeper, which begins an adventure that will change her life forever.
                       
When she finds herself lost and alone in a far away forest, she must embark on a journey where heart-stopping danger and real life monsters are real. However, a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even with the strengths and skills of her new companions, they cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin.
                                                                           
But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.


Download Here



Amazon US

Amazon UK

Smashwords


The Wrath of Siren, book two in the Truth Teller series, is 50% off the retail price on Smashwords from December 25th to 29th at just $0.99 or £0.99.


Elderfield accepts a Gateway into another realm in a desperate bid to protect the human child, Charlotte, from the Dark Druid. His good intentions go horribly wrong, threatening the destruction of all his people and condemning the Truth Teller to a life she can never escape.


Download Here





Favian's Law, book three in the Truth Teller series, is 50% off the retail price on Smashwords from December 25th to 29th at just $0.99 or £0.99.



Download Here





This is the biggest sale I have had where you can download every single one my books for less than $2.00 or £2.00. Now that's what I call a sale!

Happy reading everyone and I hope you all have a wonderful New Year. If you read and enjoy any of my books, could you please consider doing an honest review for me on the site you purchased it from. Reviews are so hard to come by and are so massively helpful to any author. Thank you!



Thursday, 21 December 2017

Double New Release by author Kurt Chambers

This has been an incredibly difficult year for me. Possibly one of the worst years of my life even. But now it is nearly over I was determined to end it on a high. In among the crazy goings-on here, I set myself the task of publishing a new book. How I pulled it off I don't even know because this was the first time I had published a novel completely by myself. That meant learning a lot of stuff. But the prospect of writing a book, editing it to a publishable standard, formatting the manuscript and then publishing it all by myself was an exciting idea. It meant that any time in the future, I could publish anything I wanted. Awesome!

It all went spectacularly well and ended up in me publishing not one, but two new novels. So it is my absolute delight to introduce to the world my two new creations.

The World in Johnny's Back Garden





Johnny didn't intentionally mean to get involved with, Maisie, the old lady next door. Rumours around the playground claimed she was a witch and children threw stones at her windows. But Johnny wasn't like other kids, he found her kind and caring, if not just a little weird. She claimed he had a gift and made him feel special.

That was until the 'incident'. Waking up in hospital without any memory of what happened to him, Johnny started to see things. Incredible things. But upon returning home he was horrified to discover even his own parents had turned against this sweet old lady. Had the whole world gone mad? Or did the bang on the head turn him mad?

Johnny's world erupts into chaos. Not only has he made an enemy of the school bully but unexplainable events make him start to question his own sanity. Worst of all he can never share his experiences with the only person in the world who would understand, Maisie.

When the real-life monster comes, Johnny finally understands. He will never see things the same ever again.

Reviews


This story has already received it's first reviews on social media and I was blown away by the reaction of the reading audience. You can click on the links below to read them. It's very encouraging that they totally got my story.



You can purchase this story in ebook on Amazon. It is free on Kindle Unlimited.




Truth Teller Omnibus




Now you can read all three of the Truth Teller fantasy adventures, Truth Teller, The Wrath of Siren and Favian's Law in one omnibus edition.



Truth Teller:

How could ten-year-old Charlotte ever envisage that magic really existed. For her, the world of other realms belonged in children's fairy tales—or so she thought—until she discovers a strange shopkeeper, which begins an adventure that will change her life forever.
                       
When she finds herself lost and alone in a far away forest, she must embark on a journey where heart-stopping danger and real life monsters are real. However, a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even with the strengths and skills of her new companions, they cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin.
                                                                             
But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.




The Wrath of Siren:

Elderfield accepts a Gateway into another realm in a desperate bid to protect the human child, Charlotte, from the Dark Druid. His good intentions go horribly wrong, threatening the destruction of all his people and condemning the Truth Teller to a life she can never escape.





Favian's Law:

Thirty years pass in a flash of elven magic and Charlotte loses all those dear to her. She tries to put things right but is forced to return home, leaving Elderfield to face certain death.

She has no way to save him, but worst still, no way to save herself. The discovery that her own world is changed beyond recognition leaves her no choice but to give up her gateway forever. 

You can purchase this ebook on Amazon. It is free on Kindle Unlimited.



Happy reading everyone!


Sunday, 3 December 2017

The World in Johnny's Back Garden by Kurt Chambers - Cover Reveal

Coming to a book store near you!


It's always an exciting time for an author when they get to type the words 'THE END' when writing a manuscript. I'm sure all writers are different, but for me on average it would take me between one and two years to write a complete novel, so to reach this mile-stone is a stupendaramorous event as you can well imagine. But in the case of this novel I have been waiting over ten years to write 'the end'. This story has a long history. The World in Johnny's Back Garden started as just a concept, to try and show children an alternative view of all living things.

I played with this novel trying different methods and it changed many times over the years. The final product is nothing like how this story started out, but I always kept to the original concept. While I was toying with how to write this book, my youngest daughter kept badgering me to read a middle grade book she had been reading in her English class at school. A book called Feather Boy by Nicky Singer. It was a great and unusual story and this is what inspired me to finally settle on an outline for my book. I wrote about half of the story but put it on hold while pursuing other projects. I finally got around to finishing the manuscript this year.

Now all the sweat and toil is over I can finally start all the exciting bits and begin to introduce my creation to the world. This is the first official unavailing of this story. Please feast your eyes on the amazing artwork created by one of my most dearest friends in the world, Dawné Dominique. Thank you so very much, I am eternally grateful to you!




The World in Johnny's Back Garden Blurb...


Johnny didn't intentionally mean to get involved with, Maisie, the old lady next door. Rumours around the playground claimed she was a witch and children threw stones at her windows. But Johnny wasn't like other kids, he found her kind and caring, if not a little weird. She claimed he had a gift and made him feel special.

That was until the 'incident'. Waking up in hospital without any memory of what happened to him, Johnny started to see things. Incredible things. But upon returning home he was horrified to discover even his own parents had turned against this sweet old lady. Had the whole world gone mad? Or did the bang on the head turn him mad?

Johnny's world erupts into chaos. Not only has he made an enemy of the school bully but unexplainable events make him start to question his own sanity. Worst of all he can never share his experiences with the only person in the world who would understand, Maisie.


When the real-life monster comes, Johnny finally understands. He will never see things the same ever again.

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You can read an extract of the story here!

So, there it is! Right now I don't have an official release date for this book as I am doing everything myself apart from the spectacular cover art. It's a huge learning curve for me but something I needed to do. But I am very close and massively confident. 

Please visit my Amazon author page to check out my other novels. Truth Teller is a heart-warming fantasy adventure trilogy and best of all the first book is free. Unknown Reality is for any sci-fi fans. Check out my Amazon page for more details.  

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

It's Happening Again!!!

I have this weird thing going on. I could stand in a vast crowd and the weirdest most messed-up person among them would always make a bee-line directly for me and start talking to me like they had known me their whole life. I have no idea why this happens. Is it my aura? Have I got one of those faces? 

Today at work is a prime example and prompted me to write this post.

I had to drive to Colchester today, an ancient Roman city, to do a couple of small jobs. It's a nice drive out that way. After completing my work in a converted army barracks there was this one guy sitting in the middle of the square talking on his phone. I walked back to the van and he was lingering around. He stepped up looking a little timid and said, "Can we have a little chat?" 

My first impression is that he lives in one of the flats and wants to report a fault with something as I'm the maintenance guy. Makes sense, right? "Yeah, no worries, mate." I walk over to him expectantly. "What's the problem?"

"No, no, there's no problem. I, er, I just wanted to have ... a little chat."

My second impression is, is this bloke having a laugh? "I'm a bit busy, mate. I've got to get to my next job."

He looked very disappointed.

So, I have two options at this point, and being me I try to strike up a conversation. I already know from years of experience I should have chosen the other option and jumped in my van.

"Do you come from around here?"

He kind of cast his gaze around the square looking a little confused, paused to think about it and replied with the name of a road, but didn't look absolutely sure about it.

I start to ramble. "I don't know the area, mate. I've just come up here to do some work. All the way from Hertford." As I'm chatting away I notice this bloke is just staring at me and not even attempting to add anything to this conversation, so I continue to ramble on.

"Well, it's better than being on the dole." (That's being unemployed for you non-English people.) "Not that it's worth signing on the dole these days. You've got to be pretty messed-up to get anything out of them." I'm doing light humour, politics, you name it, this guy is still just standing there with his hands in his pockets, staring.

After an uncomfortable pause he says all sheepishly, "That's what I am ... I think."

It's only at this point that the penny drops. Yeah, I am incredibly slow. He's one of 'them'. It's happening again! Now I'm thinking, what does he mean, that's what I am? Does he mean unemployed or pretty messed up? Now I'm back-tracking. Ramble back-tracking.

"I know what it's like. I've been self employed for over thirty years, in and out of work. It's not easy. I used to hate signing on the dole." His reply was the funniest thing I've heard.

He pointed across the square and spoke his words very slowly and carefully. "I'm going to go over there now ... if that's okay?"

"Yeah, okay, mate. Crack on!" I shook his hand. "Nice to meet you."

He nodded and walked away, disappearing around the corner. All I could think was, man! Have I reached that point in my life where I'm scaring off the scary people? That can't be good.