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Totalitarian Warlords and Termination Squadron Episode 4

 

Episode 4 of my fan parody series Totalitarian Warlords and Termination Squadron is now up on Youtube!

 

In this episode, the Man in Shadow has to contend with angry fangirls, who seek to punish him for what he said about Elsa! Will he survive, or will they tear him a new one? :X

 

Featuring the voice talents of Mysti Parker, Morgan Straughan Comnick and Francine - thanks for all your hard work guys. :)

 

Parts one and two are below. Enjoy!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pandragon Reviews - The Turnarounders and the Arbuckle Rescue


I was kinda worried that I wouldn’t be able to get this review out on time this month – considering that this week has been really busy for me. But, I preserved and, as promised to my author, I have the review here ready to go.

 

Today’s book I thought was gonna be a nice light hearted children’s book – but I was amazed at how dark it was in places. But not so dark that I don’t think others couldn’t enjoy it. In fact, it had a very interesting concept.

 

So today, we take a trip back in time to WWII Kent and follow Ralf and the Turnarounders as they fight to protect the world from a great evil. So let’s delve into The Turnarounders and the Arbuckle Rescue by Lou Heneghan.

 

 

About the author

 

Lou Heneghan was born a long time ago in a very small house on the edge of a deep, shadow-filled forest.
Now living in a ramshackle building on the edge of London, Lou's front windows look out over shimmering spires and distant city towers. To the back of the house is a footpath that winds deep into the woods. At dusk, Lou often follows it into the promise-filled darkness of the trees.

 

Lou nods at black cats, salutes magpies and never, ever, walks under ladders.

 

Links are below:

 

THETURNAROUNDERS.COM

https://twitter.com/LouHeneghan

https://www.facebook.com/lou.heneghan.3

https://www.goodreads.com/profile/LouHeneghan

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lou-Heneghan/e/B00G8EELZ2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

You can also see a trailer for the book at http://www.theturnarounders.com/#!trailer/c1pz

 

 

       

 

 

Cover

 

There are two covers for this book, one with a more darker, adult look (left) and a more child friendly look (right). Both work well and capture both the upbeat and dark nature of the story, but if I had to choose I’d choose the one on the left myself. However both work well.

 

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

 

Ever felt you knew what was about to happen?

 

Ever had a strange feeling that you've done something before?

 

Ralf Osborne just wants to be a normal boy but, as his twelfth birthday approaches, he starts to recognise people he’s never met and know things he can’t possibly know. He also suspects that the mysterious hooded man he keeps seeing is following him.

 

He is.

 

Why? Because Ralf Osborne is far from normal. He has lived before.

 

Ralf and his friends are Turnarounders. They have power. And a long, long time ago, they made a solemn vow to help if ever they were needed.

 

Soon the Turnarounders are plunged back in time to the start of the Second World War. At first, they are only concerned with getting back home, but then they uncover a plot that could alter the course of history.

 

It's time for the Turnarounders to keep their promise…

 

 

What I liked

 

With the group consisting mostly of kids, it’s clear that the writer is aiming this at the younger market – but don’t be fooled into thinking this is a standard children’s story. It has a dark subtext and some “nightmare fuel” places in it – especially with the main villain. I don’t really want to spoil anything about the plot, but let me just tell you – the scene in which you meet him is straight outta Lovercraftian horror!

 

The Turnarounders are an interesting bunch of characters, ranging from brainacs to tough, streetwise kids, so you get a good mix of characters and something for everyone. For me, nothing is more annoying that having a team where everyone has basically the same traits, so it was refreshing to have a group where they all had difference personalities. Ralf, of course, is the main protagonist, but he’s not the key problem solver – everyone plays their part in this story.

 

So the plot basically revolves around children that are sent back to a Kent village during WWII to stop an evil force from taking place – and no, it’s not the Nazi’s this time around. Here’s the twist – they all have special powers (ala Harry Potter) and they have lived before. Apparently a long time ago they made a promise to stop some evil dude from coming back and now he’s here – or something like that.

 

Actually, the plot isn’t as complicated as I’m making it out to be above. The story is very easy to follow and has a great balance between humour and action. I quite liked the character of Alfie with his modern expressions in WWII England – that was funny. There are also a lot of puzzles for the Turnarounders to solve so that adds a real sense of mystery to the plot. The story also has some genuine twists that shocked me on occasion. Again, I don’t want to say too much, but the story did keep me hooked the whole way through. I felt it was the right balance of action, story and mystery.

 

I mentioned it having some dark moments in it as well. Bearing in mind this is set during the Great War, it doesn’t skimp over the horror and fear that was in the country at the time – think Blackadder Goes Forth. The horror is toned down a little as this is a young persons story, but it certainly brings awareness to the plight of the country. On the whole, the dark elements are justified and still makes this books suitable for younger readers.

 

 

What I didn’t like

 

To be honest, there wasn’t a lot about this book I DIDN’T like. In fact, for the first time since doing these reviews – I’m actually struggling to think of any negative points.

 

I suppose if I had to pick something, though this would only be a nitpick, it’s that one of the puzzles the Turnarounders had to solve did have me shouting “Oh come on! Even Adam West couldn’t put that together!” But then, stories don’t have to be realistic.

 

 

Pros: (Turnaround – every now and then I get a little bit closer)

  • Young protagonists make this suitable for younger readers.
  • Perfect mix of humour, action and mystery.
  • Dark when it needs to be, but not too dark.
  • Great plot and twists.

 

Cons: (If only I could turn back time)

  • To be honest – none!

 

 

Summary

 

With a mix of action, humour, mystery and great storytelling, The Turnarounders andd the Arbuckle Rescue is one book that is guaranteed to capture the imaginations of child and adult alike. Move over, Potter – the Turnarounders are here to claim their throne!

 

FINAL SCORE: 5/5

 

 

 

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300th Post Special!!!

Hey guys! Welcome to my 300th post special!!!
 
Well, technically it's 301st, but who's really counting? XD I'm only one out after all
 
Anyhoo... 300 posts on this blog. Wow. I never thought I'd make it pass three if I'm being honest! XD It's amazing to think of all the posts that I have done since I started started this blog back in early 2012. Reviews, opinions, author advice, all sorts. Some great, others not so great - others even a little dumb and probably even controversial (by my standards anyway). But it's all been fun and I want to say a huge thank you to those that do follow my blog and have done from its inception.
 
So I wanted to do something special for this post and thank you guys for all the support you've give me over the last couple of years. As you may know, I recently released my latest novel in the Draconica series, Final Ragnarok: She Returns. Well, as my thanks to you, from 31st August until 4th September, Final Ragnarok: She Returns will be free to download. So if you've been debating whether to buy it or not - this is your chance to do so!
 
Check out the link to the book to read up about it and then check back at the link tomorrow to download your free copy.
 
 
 
 
Oh, and for those that are old school and prefer paperbacks - Final Ragnarok: She Returns is also available through paperback.
 
Thanks for sticking with me through 300 posts - heres to another 300 more and beyond!
 
Have a great weekened guys.
 
 
 
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Nebula Nights Blog Tour - Guest Post By Veronica Scott

 

Ok, this is up much later than I had hoped, so I sincerely apologise to anyone that had been waiting for this. But anyway...

 

Today on my blog I have the wonderful Veronica Scott, who is part of the Nebula Nights anthology - a series of Sci-Fi Romances that are guaranteed to sweep you away. She gave me a fantastic guest post as to how she got involved with the series. So without further ado, I would like to hand over to Veronica to tell you all how she got involved with this project.

 

 

Why did I choose to be part of a boxed set?

 

 

I’ve always loved anthologies and boxed sets – Regency Christmas tales, paranormal shifters, science fiction – you name it! As a reader, I enjoy being able to sample a number of new-to-me authors in one spot, for an attractive low price. I’ve found many autobuy Favorites as a result. So when the boxed set phenomenon started happening in the indie-pub world, I really wanted to get one of my books out there. When Lyn Brittan mentioned online that she was thinking of putting together a boxed set of science fiction romance stories and was anyone interested, I was thrilled to sign up.

 

For me, this Nebula Nights collection is a wonderful opportunity to introduce new readers to science fiction romance in general, because we have such a broad range of story types included. It’s also that anthology I was dreaming of, to allow people to try one of my adventures. I think science fiction romance is on the cusp of “being discovered” by the wider reading audience and I hope our boxed set may help lead the way. Additionally, it was a chance to work closely with ten ladies I enjoy, admire and respect. I always look for the fun in anything I undertake and we’ve had a blast figuring out the best title for the set, picking cover art, debating promo, learning things from each other…I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful collaboration on putting together a collection of stories.
Now I hope the readers will be able to say the same of their experience with our individual and exciting science fiction romances!

 

Personally I enjoy science fiction romance because the entire galaxy is available for the adventure. You have strong heroines and the men (or aliens or cyborgs) who love them, working together to survive in high stakes situations where literally anything might happen. But – at least with my novels – there’s always the hard-earned Happily Ever After to be savored.  

 

My next SFR, also set in the future universe of The Sectors where Escape From Zulaire is located, will be Mission to Mahjundar, releasing later in August.

 

Amazon best-seller Veronica Scott is a two-time recipient of the SFR Galaxy Award and has written a number of science-fiction and paranormal romances. Her latest science fiction romance release is Escape From Zulaire (included in this box set), which recently received the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award for Paranormal and Futuristic Romance. She is a regular contributor to the USA Today HEA blog and writes the SciFi Encounters column. You can find out more about her and her books at http://veronicascott.wordpress.com/

 

 

Thanks for the great post Veronica. Details about Nebula Nights and their stories are below.

 

 

 

 

NEBULA NIGHTS TOUR

 

Title: Nebula Nights: Love Among The Stars

 

Author(s): Melisse Aires, SJ Pajonas, PK Hrezo, C.E. Kilgore, Cathryn Cade, Catrina Taylor, Veronica Scott, Lyn Brittan, Pauline Baird Jones, K.G. Stutts, and Greta van der Rol

 

Synopsis:


11 Sci-Fi Romances that’ll sweep you away!

 

If you like your science fiction blazing with adventure and your space opera spiced with romance, this boxed set is for you. From first contact to battles for survival and love on war-torn planets, this collection from bestselling & award winning authors, including Cathryn Cade, Veronica Scott, PK Hrezo and more, will leave you sighing with satisfaction.

 

Her Cyborg Awakes by Melisse Aires

Her gentle cyborg servant helped her escape violence--but now he's changed into a warrior! Is he safe?

 

Removed (The Nogiku Series, #1) by SJ Pajonas

In this Japan-inspired tale, one woman’s family destiny is key to the survival of the last city on Earth.

 

Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. by PK Hrezo

Welcome to Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.

 

Noelle In His Heart by C.E. Kilgore

Noelle wishes for someone who understands she has love to give but commitments to honor. Stranded on Earth, Steve longs for someone who will understand that his alien heart can love just as deeply.

 

Stark Pleasure; the Space Magnate's Mistress by Cathryn Cade

Kiri te Nawa survives the perils of the galaxy on her wits ... although when it comes to space magnate Logan Stark, she’d rather use her body. But can she trust him with her secrets?

 

Birth of an Empire: The Beginning by Catrina Taylor

Three former genetic experiments chose peace over war in a sector that's known only war for a century. As each one squares against their governments they will question the experiences that guide them.

 

Escape From Zulaire by Veronica Scott

When the planet erupts into war, Sectors Special Forces Captain Tom Deverane must decide whether to save Andi Markriss, the intergalactic businesswoman he loves, or sacrifice her to save Zulaire.

 

Solia's Moon by Lyn Brittan

SFR Galaxy Award Winner! When Dr. Solia uncovers her company's foray into creating humanoid life, she enlists the help of her handsome ex, Sheriff Sable, in bringing a little justice to the universe.

 

The Key by Pauline Baird Jones

Her orders are simple: do the impossible and do it yesterday. But this time the impossible might actually be impossible. The only way it could get worse? If her heart starts beating for the wrong guy.

 

The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy by Greta van der Rol

The Galaxy teeters on the brink of war. Can ex-admiral Saahren persuade the woman who hates him to help him prevent the coming conflagration? And perhaps even love him?

 

Mirror Image by KG Stutts

Maddie's entire world is turned upside down when she finds out that she is a clone. Now she must work with her counterpart to protect Earth.

 

 

Sales Links:

 

Amazon

 

Barnes & Noble

 

All Romance eBooks

 

Kobo

 

 

 

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Frewyn Fables: The House Guest Blog Tour Guest Post

 
 
Today on Pandragon Blog I'm honoured to help out one of my own today! And by one of my own, I mean one of my own Paper Crane Books authors!
 
The House Guest is the most recent novel of the Freywn Fables series by Michelle Franklin - who was one of the first authors I got speaking to when I first joined Paper Crane Books, and she (like all the others) were quick to welcome me to the team. She's a fantastic person and I had the joy of reading The House Guest and gave it a five star review (although I would have easily giving it ten if I could!) and when I heard that she was doing a blog tour I was quick to sign up for it! If you haven't read it then I highly recommend it - it's a really entertaining Childrens book and one that I think adults will enjoy reading as well.
 
But anyway, today I'm honoured to have her on my blog as she gives us a really cool guest post. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour by clicking on the picture above.
 
 
Blurb:
 
When winter comes early to Frewyn and the first snowfall of the year traps a young mouse in her home, fate brings an old mole to her door, but is the young mouse prepared for all the challenges that catering to a fussy house guest can bring?
 
 
 
Buy links:
 
 
 
About the Author
 
Michelle Franklin is a small woman of moderate consequence who writes many, many books about giants, romance, and chocolate.
 
 
Social media links
 
 
 
 
Children's books that inspire me: The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White
 
While I read countless classics as a child, there are some books that I missed while my early tastes were being led by adults who had never dabbled in any British classics. Though I was fed an eclectic diet of everything from Dr Seuss to Huckleberry Finn, which I barely understood at the time, there were many great children's novels which I have only just recently discovered. The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White is one of them. Everyone has heard the title of the book at one time or other, and even though Jo Rowling attributes this book as part of her inspiration for Harry Potter, The Sword in the Stone is being read less and less nowadays, and for the life of me I cannot understand why. I had seen the Disney adaptation as a child and was content to stop there until I saw a new edition of the book nestled in the corner of the classics shelf during one of my book signing events. For those who don't know, The Sword in the Stone is the first book in the Arthurian pentology (sometimes published as a tetrology) titled The Once and Future King, detailing the life of King Arthur from the time of his childhood until his death and even beyond. The Sword in the Stone was written at first as a stand-alone novel, telling the reader about Arthur, or the Wart as his brother Kay calls him, and his time spent under the sage Merlin's tutelage. I read what has become known as the adult version, or the version that exists as part of The Once and Future King which removes much of Arthur's exploits with Robin Hood and incorporates chapters from the Book of Merlin, the fifth book in the series, which was only published after White's death. I decided to go on a quest for the original version, which is still published as a separate text, and after finding it and reading it once, I immediately began the book again. The language, the imagery, the sense of wonder which every sentence conveys is incomparable to any children's book we have today, and part of the magic of The Sword in the Stone is that the book is not just a biography of Arthur's boyhood, but it is a glimpse of Merrie Olde England, that paracosm of an idyllic pastoral society which seems to be forgotten in much of modern literature. It had ents before Lord of the Rings did, old wise and exasperated wizards in towers before the Belgariad, along with a myriad of other firsts in the fantasy genre, making it one of the most revolutionary texts of its time. After reading the original, American, and revised versions of the book, I became an avid admirer of T.H. White and all his works, leading me on a quest to obtain all his original works, and so I have, all because I saw a book on a shelf I thought would be interesting to read. A book read on a whim led me to find one of my favourite authors, and if you have not read The Sword in the Stone or any of T.H. White's works, I sincerely urge you to do so.
 
 
 
I actually have to agree with Michelle here - The Sword in the Stone was always one of my favourite stories and remains for me a great tale of how someone can aspire to something even if they come from nothing. Thanks so much to Michelle for joining me and guys - please support this great author as well as the other amazing authors at Paper Crane Books.
 
Thanks for reading guys!
 
 
 
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