Book Winners…3.27.09

Woohoo it’s time to announce this week’s book giveaway winners at The Book Faery Reviews!!  Winners, please contact me within 48 hours at thebookfaeryreviews@gmail.com with your mailing address so your book can be mailed out.  If I have not heard from you within 48 hours, it will go to the next person randomly selected on the list.

The Truth Lies In The Dark winner is…MJ!!

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The Shattered Reality winner is…Sharon Walling!!

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Thanks to all who participated and I promise you that there will be more books to come and already scheduled on The Book Faery Reviews calendar!! 

NEXT WEEK with the launch of The Book Faery Review’s NEW location, there will be a SPECIAL BOOK CARE PACKAGE given away to kick off our new spot.  Be SURE to subscribe as an e-mail subscriber so you don’t miss anything the transition April 1st at midnight.

Shattered Reality

shattered-realityFROM THE AMAZON SITE…“A wonderful read for all parents, teachers, counselors …. we need to open our eyes to child sexual assault and help put a stop to this silent epidemic. The sexual abuse of a child creates a devastating family crisis. Parents want to know what to do and say to help their child but they also want to know how to respond to and heal their own emotional turmoil. As a parent, you need to know it’s okay and natural to act with disbelief and denial. This is my story, a mother’s story, about the abuse of my daughter and my struggles to over come. I thought I could trust my family members. I thought I knew and could trust the legal system. I was wrong. As a parent, I couldn’t find help for ME…what to expect on this journey with my daughter and her recovery. I didn’t know how much pain I would suffer as well. This is my story and my struggle toward recovery. Some how, some way, I hope it gives you hope for your journey as well.”

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…How do I really explain my feelings after reading this book as a young teen victim to child molestation myself?  It’s not that I “really liked” this book and wanted to re-read it again at a later date, but that I “really liked” the fact that it is out there to bring this real issue out in front of everyone’s eyes instead of keeping it hush hush.

[F]amily’s experiences with Child Sexual Assault are unique to us, they are sadly too similar to so many other families who have had to deal with the aftermath of abuse.

In my case it was a close family friend, shoved under the rug, and forgotten by everyone who knew (everyone but me of course).  I cried when I read how she described the mannerisms of her daughter from the beginning of sharing, afterwards, and as she remembered how her daughter used to act while unknowingly to her it was happening.  I knew those feelings.  I knew those feelings and honestly got a little frustrated while I read thinking like her daughter…”I was the victim, not you! Why is it all about you?!”.  Nothing towards the author really, more perhaps of how I felt about my own past.  But then I’m glad I read it from a mother’s perspective because it helps me better understand a little of why some of the adults who knew reacted the way that they did back then.   The feelings of denial and frustrations of not wanting to believe or not knowing what to do.  Perhaps if a book like this was out 15+ years ago for parents, teachers, and friends who knew a loved one who was suffering, the help needed for the victim would have been more readily available and case’s wouldn’t be so hard to reach justice.  Victim’s family’s could receive the support they needed to help themselves and their loved ones.

Thank you Kimberly for writing your story and thank you to your daughter for sharing so that others who are impacted know they are not alone, they are not to blame, it can happen to anyone by anyone, and help is out there for them.  I’m a firm believer that one can learn from another’s story even in our darkest days.  There are reasons for everything and testimonies to go along with each.  It’s our job to share those testimonies in life.  As a mother myself, I pray that my own daughters and even my son don’t face this evil at any angle.

Find out more information…

Read her Guest Post here from the other day.

Kimberly Elliott, MBA, Certified Rape, Aggression,Defense (RAD) Trainer

Executive Defense Technology, LLC.       www.execdeftech.com
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Author Guest Post: Kimberly Elliott (Cheryl)

Today author of Shattered Reality, Kimberly Elliott-Cheryl has graced this side of the blogosphere.  Please welcome her and leave her plenty of comments.  I will be giving away a copy of her book Shattered Reality to one lucky commenter at the end of this week so comment away!

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Grief, pain and tears are reality. No one makes it through this life without them.  In writing Shattered Reality, I tried to put content around the multiple feelings that afflicted my family and myself as a result of Child Sexual Assault (CSA).  Taking the journey as an author was not an easy one but has helped me with my inner struggle to understand and deal with CSA.  I also hope it will help others understand this silent epidemic.

Although my family’s experiences with Child Sexual Assault are unique to us, they are sadly too similar to so many other families who have had to deal with the aftermath of abuse.  At the point of disclosure, there were so many wonderful books written by adults who had survived sexual assault as children; so many web sites by survivors.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything available for my immediate family members or myself on how to deal with our feelings as secondary survivors. No handbook on how to deal with a judicial system that doesn’t want to prosecute cases of incest.  There are so many parents who are suffering with no help and no resources; no validation for their feelings.  I am hopeful Shattered Reality will help them validate what they are experiencing and feeling as well as provide resources for assistance during their unique journeys.  They are not alone.  I want others to realize: while life is not fair, broken lives can be fixed.   Healing and survival can arise from darkness.

Kimberly Elliott, MBA, Certified Rape, Aggression,Defense (RAD) Trainer
Executive Defense Technology, LLC.       www.execdeftech.com

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Author Guest Post: R. Scot Johns

the-saga-of-beowulf-bannerI am honored to have fantasy author, R. Scot Johns, guest post on The Book Faery Reviews today.  Before we get into Scot’s guest post about Fantasy Digital Art, here’s a tidbit about the author and his new book The Saga of Beowulf.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR…
R. Scot Johns is a life-long student of ancient and medieval literature, with an enduring fascination for Norse mythology and epic fantasy. He first came to Beowulf through his love of J. R. R. Tolkien, a leading scholar on the subject. As an Honors Medieval Literature major he has given lectures on such topics as the historical King Arthur and the construction of Stonehenge. He owns and operates Fantasy Castle Books, his own publishing imprint, and writes the blog Adventures of an Independent Author, where you can follow his progress as he writes The Jester’s Quest, his second novel.

You can visit his website at www.fantasycastlebooks.com.

ABOUT THE BOOK…
The Saga of Beowulf is the first complete and accurate novelization of the epic Old English poem Beowulf, chronicling the tragic wars of the rising Nordic nations, the endless blood-feuds of their clans, battles with mythic creatures in an ancient heroic age, and the final, futile struggle of one man against the will of Fate that made of him a Legend.

The story follows the young Norse warrior Beowulf as he embarks upon a fateful quest for vengeance against the creature that slew his father, setting in motion a sequence of events that will bring about the downfall of a nation, all the while fleeing from the woman he has sworn to love. Based on extensive historical research and steeped in Nordic myth and lore, the saga unfolds across the frozen fields of Sweden and the fetid fens of Denmark, ranging from the rocky heights of Geatland to the sprawling battlefields of ancient France, as our hero battles men and demons in a quest to conquer his own fears.

“An epic adventure 1500 years in the making,” this classic tale now comes to life once more in a bold new retelling for a modern audience.

Let’s now welcome R. Scot Johns as he talks about Digital Fantasy Art…

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Digital Fantasy Art

Originally I had intended The Saga of Beowulf to be a graphic novel. Not the kind the resembles an overgrown comic book, but one with a heavy dose of illustrations in the manner of those early 1900’s pen and inks by Arthur Rackham or Howard Pyle, with a heavy dose of Frank Frazetta thrown in for good measure. I’ve always loved artwork, almost as much as I love books, and seeing the two together is sheer bliss for me.

But as my composition grew, taking on the epic scale of the story it retells, there was less room left for art and more reliance on the imagination of the reader. Perhaps this is as it should be, for there is much to be said for letting the reader’s own mind fill in the subtle details, allowing them to shape the characters and settings to their own peculiar tastes. So it was that of all the many sketches I had done, intending them to grace the pages of my published novel, in the end only one found its way into print.

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I did this pen & ink initially in pencil, which I then scanned into my computer and inked in Corel Painter using a new digital pen tablet I bought for the purpose. I had done one test version in actual pen & ink, but discovered while adding in the text that I needed to alter the size and layout of the composition to make it fit. This proved to be one of the many advantages of digital over actual ink. Each of these elements were created on a separate layer, so that I could move them about and manipulate their size and shape. The manuscript, by the way, is an accurate facsimile of the actual Beowulf manuscript, in its original Old English hand, upon which the novel is based. That document, our sole source for this oldest of English epics, was penned in two different hands, the belief being generally held that the first scribe died before he could complete the tale, hence the ephemeral symbolism of the snuffed out candle and spilled ink jar.

But all books must have at least one major piece of full-color art, that which will grace its cover, and fantasy fiction is not the least conspicuous in this regard. I knew I wanted something fairly bright and bold, and my basic inspiration was drawn from a painting by Frazetta called Kane on the Golden Sea, which featured the muscular hero staring out across the bow of a Viking-style warship as they sail toward some unseen shore.

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Starting with a quick rough pencil sketch, again I scanned this into Painter and with my digital pen set to a light graphite I worked out the basic shape and perspective, roughing in the detail taken from the famous Oseberg Viking ship housed in the Oslo Ship Museum. The headstock was based, albeit rather loosely on a 5th century example found in a Dutch riverbed (see inset image).

After finalizing the details, I started in on the painting, using simulated oils with a fine camel-hair brush, working meticulously over the course of several weeks to build up texture and detail in layers. Again I created each element on a separate layer, ultimately reaching nearly fifty layers, including the background image. The overall process required roughly 300 hours over the course of more than six weeks of long daily sessions. In the end I ran short on both time and energy, as my prospective publication date drew ever nearer and my summer vacation came to an end.

ship-paint-beo-only-jpg-600xFor the titles I had originally created this header plaque, due to the fact that I had initially thought to use the dragon battle scene for the cover, with the fire-drake emerging from its cave. The logo lettering was drawn and inked by hand, in both a solid fill and outline version, then scanned into Photoshop, where I modeled it with over forty layers to create the jewel-inlaid-in-gold appearance. At this point you can see I was still considering it as an illustrated novel.picture2

However, for the final layout I dropped the faux-stone background and only used the letters, in order to balance the composition and show the background better. Here I’ve added a variation of the lettering for the spine, my publisher’s logo, and a blurb on the back, although the final ISBN block has not yet been comped in on this image.

Fantasy art has always played a major role in the initial impact a fantasy novel makes upon the reader, from prompting them to pick up the book in the first place to establishing the tone and imagery which sets them off upon their voyage. It was with that in mind that I decided upon the image of Beowulf and his men setting out across the roiling sea beneath a thunderous, brooding sky. It is my hope that in viewing the cover, the reader will know they’re headed for an adventure.

For higher resolution versions of these and other images, please visit www.fantasycastlebooks.com, where you can also read and download the first two chapters of The Saga of Beowulf and view two promotional video trailers featuring this art.

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Save the Best for Last with Author Interview

save-the-best-for-lastFROM THE AUTHOR’S SITE”Zwick lamps, a Secret admirer to Whitney Barnes got targeted by a genius son of the past evil family that had lived in green oasis town. However, it was once before that zwick had finally discovered his supernatural powers that were only known by the isolated old woman Tabitha, a misfortuned lady whose husband died on their wedding day.

In the aftermath of a fire rampage, zwick lamps is framed and prosecuted while Karl Hamilton got convicted and beheaded as per the capital punishment for misdemeanors in the town. Though All along elites had thought that their town was safe. Unfortunately they realized the evil bangle was using Karl’s body which raised people tension and eye brows as the entity haunted the town. Screaming with frustration, it seemed unstoppable, untouchable and above all powers as the bicentenary day of its ancestors was nearing closer to the sacrifice.

But zwick driven by pain of his own past experiences, He was determined to save Rai Evans this time due to the fact that he had realized how much crazy he was about her. But the dateline had to be met in the midst of the eclipse in order to get possession of all his abilities to save Rai while getting rid of the guiltiness of Whitney’s death on his heart. Though, he knew he will never reunite with Madam Tabitha if he does save the girl.”

THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS INTERVIEW W/ THE AUTHOR…

The Book Faery: What was your inspiration to this book?

Kim Hanks: In fact it was a day dream that led me to initiate into the world of save the best for last. This Idea settled quickly in my head than any other sub plots I had had before it. It was amazing to me because the story was imaginary more visual to me. I wasn’t a writing diva by then, but I knew the next thing was to bring that epic fantasy tale to life.

TBF: How did you go about creating the characters and places? Are any of the characters or places you wrote about significant to you?

KH: They became significant to me after creating them and giving them total life. They’re not related to me or anybody in the real world.

TBF: Who was your favorite character to write?

KH: Sincerely Zwick lamps, was my favorite character to write about because not only that I have great knowledge about him. But he was so much fun to create him.

TBF: What was the most challenging part of writing the book?

KH: I can’t say that there was a challenging part in writing this novel apart from my courage not to give up, many people get discouraged and get off writing with nothing other than five pages.

So it was a challenge to me that I loved and enjoyed every minute working on save the best for last.

TBF: How long did it take to finish this novel?

KH: Three months

TBF: If your book was being discussed by a book club, or a few friends meeting over coffee, what about the book do you think would drive the most discussion? (a particular character, event, theme)?

KH: Obviously, Zwick lamps draw the most discussion because his life is always in trouble, mostly in the theme of supernatural.

TBF: If your book was made into a movie, what actors/actresses would you like playing the main roles?

KH: Zac Efron, Scarlett Johansson and Vanessa Hudgens can make it a great blockbuster of all time.

TBF: Do you write during set hours of the day or do you write when the mood hits?

KH: I don’t have set hours for writing at the moment; I mostly write during nights but when I begin, I write until I can’t take it anymore.

TBF: What types of books do you most enjoy reading? Who are your favorite authors?

KH: I read a variety of different genres from various authors and I enjoy all the good books, I don’t think that I can stick on something being my favorite, because there so many new things that comes daily in the literary world.

TBF: Do you have any advice to those working on their first novels?

KH: Believing in your work is vital to any author, if you don’t trust it, nobody will. Keeping reading and don’t forget to write something every day. It will help you to recognize advancements in your writing craft as you writing career goes on.

TBF: Are you currently working on another novel and if so could you give us a sneak peek?

KH: Currently, I’m working on the sequel of save the best for last with other two single title projects. And at the core of the second book, the fate continues and we have one character who’s not coming back in book two.

Thank you Kim Hanks for taking the time out for an interview and thanks to Pump Up Your Books Promotion group for giving me the opportunity to help promote books!

No Experts Needed

no-experts-neededFROM THE AUTHOR’S WEBSITELosing a job always delivers a hard blow, but it was especially hard for forty-something author Louise Lewis, one of many victims of the technology industry’s dotcom implosion. No Experts Needed: The Meaning of Life According to You! tells the story of how she pulled herself together and discovered a new life of meaning.

Just minutes after being “set free”, Lewis, a single woman with a mortgage to pay, sits in the San Jose, California, airport panicking over her future. While toying with the option of giving into depression, she receives a powerful message from God that instantly releases the weight of her worries. “This is just a new chapter in your life. You hold the pen, I’ll guide your hand, and together we’ll write one hell of a chapter.” Through Spirit’s continued involvement, Lewis is inspired to ask normal, everyday people to answer Spirit’s question: what is the meaning of life?

No Experts Needed: The Meaning of Life According to You! weaves through a vast collection of spontaneous, thought-provoking answers and inspirational stories that demonstrate how the simple act of listening to Spirit can add meaning to every moment of your life.”

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…This was a great book that was definitely a reminder of the meaning of life.  Since being unemployed nearly a year now, I’ve too had some time to rethink about the value of life.  Over the past several months I’ve had the time to evaluate myself, my fears, what makes me happy, and the many inspirations and blessings within my own life.  Like the author I chose to take the time off and not look at it in a negative way.  I look at the positive impact this has been in my life.

A couple of my favorite quotes from the book include:

Just point to what I want in life and then go get it.  Point to happiness and claim it.  Point to peace and create it.  Something like the Nike ads: “Just do it.”

Life is the preparation for the next level.  We are put here for a reason, are placed in people’s lives for a reason, and leave this plane for a reason.  Our job is to live according to the laws of nature and God and inspire others to believe in the power of God.

Life is a test
Of courage…
Of faith…
Of love…

there are no accidents in life

So what is my definition of the meaning of life?

It’s to inspire, to be inspired, to learn and experience while sharing with others.  We all have a purpose in life.  A purpose we may not know of today or even tomorrow but there is a purpose.  God chose us to do something special in another life. That’s my definition of the meaning of life and that is what keeps me going in my daily walk and what inspires me to awake every day.

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Blood Harvest

blood-harvestFROM THE AUTHOR’S PRESS RELEASE…What drives a small town in New England in the late 1920’s to lynch a man? Immigrant Nic DeCosta’s skill as a wine grower makes him a fortune as a moonshiner and puts him at odds with the ‘shine sales of the MacKay clan, even though he’s wed to their wild youngest daughter. An uneasy truce holds until the day Nick’s teenage son is caught with one of the MacKay girls.  The MacKays beat the boy senseless and throw him off a bridge to drown.  Nick comes to his boy’s rescue, firing his shotgun into the persecutors, setting in motion a terrible train of events.  Three days later Nick’s body hangs over a smoldering fire, the noose still around his neck.  The state militia arrive to bring peace to the town and to arrest the guilty parties.  But then another body is found in the woods.  

FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…Wow.  What a book!  Brant Randall aka Bruce Cook created a powerful book about a 1929 lynching and how it affected the people in the town.  From the very beginning until the end I felt like I was walking among the town as if I was one of them sitting in the diner, camping out in the woods, in the house, or in the courtroom.  The characters he gave birth to felt real and the emotions they felt you couldn’t help but feel.  I have to admit that I was surprised yet I was not surprised with the outcome of events with some of the characters in the book.  This is a book I highly recommend!

Check out the book trailer on YouTube by clicking on this link…