Audiobook Review: Living Proof

Author: Peter J. Thompson

Narrator: Gary Tiedemann

Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

Publisher: Peter J. Thompson

Released: Dec. 19, 2018

Genre: Suspense

Government secrets. Biological weapons. Human subjects.

In a top-secret complex surrounded by miles of Texas scrubland, the United States military is working on a new form of germ warfare. Taken from homeless shelters and prisons, the subjects, discarded men and women of America, serve their country as unwilling lab rats.

Ramon Willis didn’t commit the murder that put him on death row. But he’s guilty of something worse – surviving the virus and escaping his captors. Knowing he can’t take on the corrupt system alone, there’s only one person he can turn to – Lena Dryer, the reporter who covered his case and watched him die.

With assassins dogging their trail and all their options for survival closed off, they must risk everything to bring this conspiracy to light. But time is short. When an extreme faction in the government pushes forward with the next phase of their plan, the fate of the nation hangs in the balance.

Peter Thompson grew up on the east side of Chicago, in the shadow of the steel mills where the air was sooty and smelled of sulfur. His life wasn’t always so gritty, but the grit and realism finds its way into his thrillers. He has always loved stories of every kind, and one of his joys is finding a way to get inside character’s heads, seeing the world as they see it and feeling their triumphs, pain, and fear. He visualizes his characters when he writes, and they are larger than life in the big screen of his imagination.

Before pursuing his passion and becoming a full-time author, he tried his hand at everything from factory work, breaking cement in a construction crew, running his own pizza shop, and he was a well-regarded presence in the mortgage industry for nearly thirty years. When he isn’t writing, Peter loves, spicy food, live music, and exciting and thought-provoking books and movies. He is a fitness buff who loves to spend time with his grown sons and is looking forward to traveling the world and seeking adventures with his lovely partner.

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Gary Tiedemann is a full-time voice-actor and narrator of audiobooks, with over 60 unabridged titles narrated and counting. He has voiced countless commercials and multimedia productions in addition to spending over 10 years on stage performing improv, sketch comedy and original works of theatre. Gary is a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans. He currently splits his time between Florida and Chicago. See more at http://www.garytiedemann.com

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If I were to describe in two words this book, those would be: believable and visual. As many other reviewers mention in their comments, the story is very believable and can be related to easily. The author did an amazing job transmitting the scenes. This entire book is like watching a movie. It was a great experience.

We have a main character whose life has gone from bad to worse. He is now struggling to find justice, but quickly realizes he is up against an enemy far greater than he would have ever imagined. With help, he uncovers mystery after mystery and becomes immersed in this political conspiracy and we can see even in our days. Ramon and Lena are amazing together and they work incredibly well. Both brave, intelligent and willing bring the truth to light.

I enjoyed my time with the book so much. The plot caught my attention so fast and the pace was perfect to keep my interest. The narration was as well amazing. Gary Tiedemann’s experience is not easy to ignore. His voice acting is great, his way of expressing emotions is fantastic, I loved it so so much.

All in all, this was a fantastic experience. “Living Proof” is a story that will grip you from the start. It’s a time well spent, I can tell you that! I hope you will consider it for your next read and come back with your opinion J Happy reading!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Peter Thompson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: Sail

Author: Lindsey R. Loucks

Narrator: Kamala Alcantara

Length: 9 hours 58 minutes

Series: Haunted Stars, Book 1

Publisher: Evershade Publishing

Released: Nov. 20, 2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance; Science Fiction

Nineteen-year-old Absidy Jones is a ghost magnet, a sensitive person spirits flock to when they can’t cross over. After her brutal past escaping the hordes of ghosts vying for her attention, she spends her reclusive existence melting down iron into bite-sized pieces. Whether alloy or wrought, ancient paper clips or nails, consuming iron is the only thing that keeps the ghosts away.

But when Absidy’s sister goes missing in deep space, a dangerous place brimming with rogue planets, ship-eating nebulas, and vicious aliens, Absidy vows to find her. She leaves her safe haven and boards the first ship she can that’s on a direct route to deep space – a ship that turns out to be haunted.

To keep the malicious ghosts from killing her, the alluring bad boy pilot gifts her a small bundle of all the iron on the ship. But their growing relationship is tested with the crew’s prying eyes and hidden secrets. While the ship sails into deep space, it’s not just her sister’s life that Absidy fears for. It’s her own as well. Especially since her stash of iron has shrunk to zero.

Lindsey R. Loucks is a USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance, science fiction, and contemporary romance. When she’s not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she’s dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she’ll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate-induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

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Kamala Alcantara is a Voice Actress & Audiobook Narrator capable of performing a wide range of voices & accents.

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Before diving into my review, allow me please to apologize to Jess and the author for the (very) late post of my review. Things have gone from crazy to crazier and I am trying to find a new balance around the many changes.

“Sail” is an incredible book and is even more enjoyable in audio format. I have loved every minute of every chapter and I am so eager to get to the next one in the series. We have an incredible world with exceptional characters and a plot that will keep you guessing.

Absidy is different. She has always been this way – needing iron to keep ghosts away. But now she needs all she can find to save her sister. Disguised as a young boy, helping the ship’s cook, she embarks on a journey to Deep Space, a place full of dangers and many unknown threats, to bring her sister home. Considered a fugitive, she has no way of turning back. She finds a potential ally, when the ship’s pilot discovers who she really is. Mace is a tormented soul himself and is not sure if the girl in a ship full of men can be trusted.

I loved so many things about the characters, but most of all, I loved Absidy’s struggle with being different. She is afraid to reveal her need of iron or her “curse” of attracting ghosts. There is so much to uncover when it comes to this and the book offers so so much. She and Mace (our pilot) evolve so much together and as well individually.

The narration was fantastic to say the least. We have a beautiful voice that can very well illustrate the emotions. Most of the story is about fear, regardless if it’s fear of ghosts, or fear of being discovered. Kamala Alcantara is amazing.

All in all, I loved it so so much and I cannot wait to see where the story takes us. The world building is great, the writing is great and the narration is superb. We have the perfect combination for a 5 star book. Again, I apologize for my delay in posting this review because any amazing story needs to be shared with other readers as soon as possible!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lindsey R. Loucks. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Book Review: Fading to Black

Fading to Black
V.H. Luis
(Uninhibited #2)
Publication date: November 20th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

We’re flawed. Both full of scars and tormented by the shadows of our past. But in each other’s arms we find solace, we find perfection.

Adam Black. Gorgeous, demanding, a sinful dream that once was my reality.

I was his… until I walked away.

For months I’ve managed to curb my Adam addiction. I’ve focused my energy on my painting career. I’ve found success. Still there is a dangerous urge within me I can’t resist, one that tempts me to be reckless. My life isn’t complete.

Something is missing… he’s missing.

I left him, but fate again has made us collide. And this time I won’t turn away—I won’t be the only one revealing the scars of my past.

I was his… am his… and this time he’ll be completely mine.

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Ok, I cannot start talking about the second book before only pointing out some key facts about the first one in the series (yes, this time I was smart enough to read Book 1 first, and then 2 – it surprised me too!). “Waking to Black” is definitely a trip to take. This story will give you the time of day and not only because of the plot and many things happening in there, but because all the frustration, anger, sympathy and many other feelings you may feel for these characters.

Eve and Adam are one though couple. They are both messed up in more ways than one and they are both in desperate need of a soul to lean on. None of them is willing to face it though and both think they need something different. From a psychological point of view, they are a great case study.

I loved how the romance was built in Book 1. Well, romance may not be such an accurate term, but ok. He was a jerk most of the time and I could not stand him and she was full of contradictions. I found it interesting, since it goes well with this idea that the two characters need to find a form of stability, but at some point, I was thinking “enough already! “.

So “Waking to Black” was great and it left me waiting for the follow up. It was a book I could not keep down and nothing could have kept me from starting the next one in the series!

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And here we are now discussing the actual book that is the focus of the current blog tour. “Fading to Black” uncovers new angles of the characters. If the first book was more focused on the personality of our characters, at least in my opinion, in this second part we have a little action on the side.

We have a new Adam and an Eve with a strong career. They are both tortured by their falling apart, but this time Adam feels like more willing to do what is needed. He has had a wake-up call and this is so visible. He backs her up, he’s all in. Eve is the same hot and cold as book 1, but with her lessons learned, she is more mature now.

No complains about this one. I liked it so so much and devoured it just as I did “Waking to Black”. I do admit I would have liked to hear also what he has to say, taking that the story is told from Eve’s POV. But this didn’t diminish my enjoyment. I liked the action, it was a very nice surprise and there were some elements I didn’t see coming.

All in all, “Fading to Black” was fantastic and I cannot wait to see what the next one has in stall. There is a new couple that may have something to say in the next books. V.H. Luis is an amazing writer and I am excited to have discovered her and her books J Check this out, it will become one of your favorites as well!

 

 

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V.H. Luis is the author of the Black Series, an erotic romance trilogy that follows the love affair of Evelyn Snowe and Adam Black. Her debut book WAKING to Black, was released May 2, 2018, and the subsequent sequels FADING to Black, and SURRENDERING to Black, will follow shortly thereafter.

I’m a born and bred Miami Girl–and proud of it! I would wear shorts and flip-flops everyday of the week if I could. Growing up in Miami, surrounded by my parent’s heritage has made me proud of my Cuban ancestry. Cafecito and a guava pastry for breakfast? Yes, please! Salsa music while I tidy the house? Of course.

If I’m not busy scribbling notes about a story, I’m painting, listening to music, or spending time with the love of my life–my son. If I decide to travel, I bring the whole family (in-laws included), or at least I try to, because life is too short not to spend it with family; one of the many lessons my father taught me.

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Audiobook Review: Metaverse

Author: Nina Munteanu

Narrator: Dawn Harvey

Series: The Splintered Universe Trilogy, Book 3

Length: 8 hours 59 minutes

Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc.

Genre: Science Fiction

Hear the scintillating conclusion of the Splintered Universe trilogy.

In Metaverse, Rhea Hawke travels back to Earth, hoping to convince an eccentric mystic to help her defend humanity from an impending Vos attack – only to find herself trapped in a deception that promises to change her and her two worlds forever.

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Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and novelist. Her novels include: Collision with Paradise; The Cypol; Angel of Chaos; Darwin’s Paradox; The Splintered Universe Trilogy; and The Last Summoner. In addition to eight novels, she has authored award-winning short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which were reprinted and translated into several languages throughout the world. Recognition for her work includes the Midwest Book Review Reader’s Choice Award, finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, the SLF Fountain Award, and The Delta Optimist Reviewers Choice Award. Nina’s latest non-fiction book—“Water Is…” a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist—was picked by Margaret Atwood in the NY Times as her #1 choice in the 2016 ‘The Year in Reading’.

Nina is a member of SF Canada. Much of Nina’s work is on the environment and sustainability, examining the role and evolution of humanity in the context of nature and technology. Her upcoming novel “A Diary in the Age of Water”, a near-future dystopia that explores the socio-political intrigues of water shortage in Canada, will be released in 2019.

Nina regularly publishes reviews and essays in magazines such as The New York Review of Science Fiction and Strange Horizons. She has been staff or guest writer for several online and print magazines or newspapers including Amazing Stories, Clarion, Niverville Citizen, and CBC Canada Writes. Nina co-edits Europa SF, a European speculative magazine. She was assistant editor-in-chief of Imagikon, a Romanian speculative magazine, and currently edits for Grimoire Books, USA, and Future Fiction, Italy. She has also served as acquisition editor of several anthologies such as “Water” (Reality Skimming Press) and “My Canada” (IOWI). Nina was interviewed or an invited speaker on topics to do with science & climate change, eco-fiction, writing and publishing at: The Globe and Mail, CUIT Radio, Delta Optimist, the Editors’ Association, Gazeta SF, Mississauga News, Impakter, Langley Times, THAT Channel, Observatorul, Planet S, Speculating Canada, Times Colonist, The Commentary, World Poetry Café, Wonderville, CanCon, and When Words Collide, among others. Nina was the science fiction writing Guest of Honour at Limestone Genre Expo in 2016.

Nina has taught writing since 2005 and currently lectures at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. She has been a writing coach and editor since 2005 and has worked with novice and established writers toward successful publication. Her books on writing “The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now!” and “The Journal Writer” (Starfire) are used in universities worldwide. They were translated into Romanian and published by Editura Paralela 45.

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Dawn is an actress, singer, voiceover artist, and writer. She has narrated just under 50 audiobooks and is the recipient of both Earphone and SOVAS Awards for her audiobook work. Dawn lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, holds both Bachelors and Masters of Law degrees, is the mother of three adult children and shares her life with Dani, the most perfect dog in the world!

Dawn has been performing for as long as she has been able to walk, talk and sing. Her first memory is of being 5 years old, waiting on top of a hill with her family for the fireworks to begin and entertaining the hill full of audience members by dancing and singing “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”, a song that had been released by Gale Garnett only a week earlier.
A stage and film actress for decades, Dawn began her voiceover career over a dozen years ago. Dawn’s voice has been described as rich, warm, smooth, soothing, calming, sultry, confident, and comforting. Specializing in narration, e-learning, animation and audiobooks, Dawn’s years of acting training enable her to bring characters, their voices and their stories to life. Dawn’s love of learning new accents and developing new characters results in the growth of her portfolio year over year. Dawn’s equal love of learning in general (how many actresses do you know who hold a Masters of Law degree? It might be a sickness, really) has resulted in her acquiring extensive training in acting for film, stage and voiceover over the years and to this day. This, in addition to her years of classical singing, musical theater and dance training, combined with her love of play and fascination with the human psyche (her undergraduate training is a combination of theatre, psychology and oil and gas management), allow her to continually create authentic characters, unique to a project’s requirements.

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Oh Yes, an explosive ending indeed! This was such a great series, with such a great world develompent and great characters, full of action and with an amazing narration! I am sorry it’s over! (but I still have the books – subject for the next reread session)!

„Metaverse” concludes so many open points from the previous books.  Some may say the blurb is evasive, but with so much going on, it’s great we have no spoilers in there. However, I can tell you that our main character Rhea is in for a treat! The same goes to her amazing companions.

Rhea develops even more, she manages to discover so much about her heritage and her role in this war that has enveloped the universe. Her story transcends planets and she becomes so much more than a simple presence. I like her and I admire her power.  I’m sorry, I’m being cryptic here. But if you have read or listened to books 1 and 2, you are compelled to see how it all ends. And you already know how great the story is.

The narration is as amazing as in the other two books. Dawn Harvey has done an amazing job giving life to Rhea, making all thsi action real and palpable. At times, I was listening to her breathlessly. Everything was enhanced due to the narration!

I have little else to add, except that maybe one day I will see this series in our Romanian libraries, so that my fellow countrymen can enjoy Mrs. Nina Munteanu’s writing. 5 stars!

Please follow this lovely blog tour, as there are so many great things to read about J

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nina Munteanu. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Book Review: Specular

Specular
L.K Brooks-Simpson
(IXI COMICS, #1)
Publication date: August 16th 2018
Genres: Superhero, Young Adult

The first installment of the IXI COMICS series by author L.K BROOKS-SIMPSON

This novel is of the fantasy/superhero fiction genre and tackles some important implications of mental health and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

Imagine being afraid to fall asleep in fear that you will not wake up to the life you know. This is exactly what Tre Moon experienced at nine years old. He awakes to his second dissociative identity having set his house aflame. With his home ruined and his parents murdered at his own hands, he is sentenced to trial for a life sentence. Young Tre Moon is forced to walk a path that will change his life forever.

When seventeen year old Tre comes into contact with a prohibited substance called Colloidal Supersilver his life will change forever when he finds out he has the ability to change how light refracts from his body. His new powers come with new challenges to an already complicated life, having battled Dissociative Identity Disorder for the majority of his youth.

Follow the origin story of IXI COMICS first hero as he becomes Indiana’s newest vigilante, Specular! In a city full of crime, recession, drug underlords and other mysterious vigilante’s, the legend of Tre Moon will unfold, all the while, his dark past tries to catch up with him…

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Well, today looks like a day full of surprising reviews. This is another story that melted my heart on so many levels. We all have a world inside us, we all build fantasies and somewhere in our own universe, we have our Prince Charming, we are superheroes, movie stars, or just simply living the life we imagine. In part, this is what “Specular” is all about – a boy dealing with his mind.

Tre has never been alone. This voice in his head has always pushed ugly thoughts in his head! All until one day when the voice takes over and everything changes. Years later, he tries to put his life back together, trying to cope with Dissociative Identity Disorder, school and other teenage normal items – like becoming a superhero.

This was such a great combination between a story that anyone would read and one that presents something much more important like dealing with mental illness. The author did a splendid job mixing the two, but not once shadowing the important elements. We have the adult presence, the guidance of a specialist which was yet another item that marks the beauty of this story.

Overall, I liked it so so much and I enjoyed every page and every aspect of it. We all have to be aware of our mind, we all have to recognize when something is wrong. Yet we are all lost sometimes in our own thoughts and universes. So who are we really? Let’s see what the series tells us J

 

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L.K. Brooks-Simpson is a native of London, England. He is an English Literature graduate and Film Production student.

Aside from his creative ventures, he is a strong supporter of philanthropy. He cites his biggest influences as J.R.R. Tolkien, Sanyika Shakur, J.K. Rowling, Tsugumi Ohba, Stan Lee and Maya Angelou, among many others.

Three sentences he would use to describe himself – A book is for the mind. Travel is for the heart. Family is for the soul.

Lara has always considered himself a student of literature and story form and for this reason, his taste is eclectic. Ranging from novels to manga – poems to screenwriting and even comic book story boards. Just as genres define certain works, there are a lot of elements that define his creative process. He has aspirations to write in many different genres.

 

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Book Review: The Princess of Baker Street

The Princess of Baker Street
Mia Kerick
Published by: Harmony Ink Press
Publication date: January 22nd 2019
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

“Always wear your imaginary crown” is Joey Kinkaid’s motto. For years, Joey, assigned male at birth, led the Baker Street kids in daring and imaginative fantasy adventures, but now that they’re teenagers, being a princess is no longer quite so cool. Especially for a child who is seen by the world as a boy.

Eric Sinclair has always been Joey’s best friend and admirer—Prince Eric to Joey’s Princess Ariel—but middle school puts major distance between them. As Eric’s own life takes a dangerous turn for the worse, he stands by and watches as Joey—who persists in dressing and acting too much like a Disney princess for anybody’s comfort—gets bullied. Eric doesn’t like turning his back on Joey, but he’s learned that the secret to teenage survival, especially with and absent mother, is to fly under the radar.

But when Joey finally accepts who she is and comes to school wearing lip gloss, leggings, and a silky pink scarf, the bullies make her life such a misery that she decides to end it all. Eric, in turn, must decide who he really is and what side he wants to stand on… though no matter what he chooses, the consequences with be profound for both teens, and they’ll face them for years to come.

Is there a chance the two teens can be friends again, and maybe even more?

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I am not usually venturing into books that involve LGBT characters, mostly because I found out I have difficulties in relating with the characters and their emotions. However, „The Princess of Baker Street” was a beautiful surprise. I didn’t even realize how time flew by and how much my time spent with Eric and Joey captivated me.

It was interesting for me to discover that the book is not told by Joey, but Eric – Joey’s best friend. It was refreshing to see how Eric deals with the changes in his own mind and heart and his reactions to Joey’s. So even if you may not be a reader of books involving LGBT, it’s easy to relate and I think having Eric narrate the events is one major plus.

Two best friends, a strong friendship being altered by time and passage to teenage – that’s one way of expressing what the story is about. There is so much more to it. We have Eric dealing with his personal struggles, dealing with losing his fantasies from childhood (his escape world) but also we have Joey – in search of identity, facing changes and facing bullies. There is so much depth to all the scenes in the book and so much to learn.

All in all, this is a story that changed me, it left a mark on my soul and I would gladly reread it. It’s revealing, but not in a hurtful or shameful way. It reveals how much a friendship can change, how strong one has to be to face the world, how freeing the truth can be. I loved it! 5 stars!

 

 

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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another a professional dancer, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son, heading off to college. (Yes, the nest is finally empty.) She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing scholarship essays. Her husband of twenty-five years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it’s a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled people in complex relationships. She has a great affinity for the tortured hero in literature, and as a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of tortured heroes and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to her wonderful publishers for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Her books have been featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine, and have won Rainbow Awards for Best Transgender Contemporary Romance and Best YA Lesbian Fiction, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, a Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly Award for Young Adult e-book Fiction, among other awards.

Mia Kerick is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology. Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com or visit at http://www.miakerickya.com to see what is going on in Mia’s world.

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Audiobook Review: Inner Diverse

Author: Nina Munteanu

Narrator: Dawn Harvey

Series: The Splintered Universe Trilogy, Book 2

Length: 12 hours 35 minutes

Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc.

Genre: Science Fiction

Detective Rhea Hawke continues her quest for truth and justice in a world that is not what it seems. Rhea’s search takes her to the far reaches of the known universe from the Weeping Mountains of Horus to the blistering deserts of Upsilon 3. Amidst the turmoil of an imminent extra-galactic war, Rhea holds the key even as those she trusts betray her. No one is what they seem…

This is Book 2 of the Splintered Universe series.

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Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist and novelist. Her novels include: Collision with Paradise; The Cypol; Angel of Chaos; Darwin’s Paradox; The Splintered Universe Trilogy; and The Last Summoner. In addition to eight novels, she has authored award-winning short stories, articles and non-fiction books, which were reprinted and translated into several languages throughout the world. Recognition for her work includes the Midwest Book Review Reader’s Choice Award, finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, the SLF Fountain Award, and The Delta Optimist Reviewers Choice Award. Nina’s latest non-fiction book—“Water Is…” a scientific study and personal journey as limnologist, mother, teacher and environmentalist—was picked by Margaret Atwood in the NY Times as her #1 choice in the 2016 ‘The Year in Reading’.

Nina is a member of SF Canada. Much of Nina’s work is on the environment and sustainability, examining the role and evolution of humanity in the context of nature and technology. Her upcoming novel “A Diary in the Age of Water”, a near-future dystopia that explores the socio-political intrigues of water shortage in Canada, will be released in 2019.

Nina regularly publishes reviews and essays in magazines such as The New York Review of Science Fiction and Strange Horizons. She has been staff or guest writer for several online and print magazines or newspapers including Amazing Stories, Clarion, Niverville Citizen, and CBC Canada Writes. Nina co-edits Europa SF, a European speculative magazine. She was assistant editor-in-chief of Imagikon, a Romanian speculative magazine, and currently edits for Grimoire Books, USA, and Future Fiction, Italy. She has also served as acquisition editor of several anthologies such as “Water” (Reality Skimming Press) and “My Canada” (IOWI). Nina was interviewed or an invited speaker on topics to do with science & climate change, eco-fiction, writing and publishing at: The Globe and Mail, CUIT Radio, Delta Optimist, the Editors’ Association, Gazeta SF, Mississauga News, Impakter, Langley Times, THAT Channel, Observatorul, Planet S, Speculating Canada, Times Colonist, The Commentary, World Poetry Café, Wonderville, CanCon, and When Words Collide, among others. Nina was the science fiction writing Guest of Honour at Limestone Genre Expo in 2016.

Nina has taught writing since 2005 and currently lectures at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. She has been a writing coach and editor since 2005 and has worked with novice and established writers toward successful publication. Her books on writing “The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now!” and “The Journal Writer” (Starfire) are used in universities worldwide. They were translated into Romanian and published by Editura Paralela 45.

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Narrator Bio

Dawn is an actress, singer, voiceover artist, and writer. She has narrated just under 50 audiobooks and is the recipient of both Earphone and SOVAS Awards for her audiobook work. Dawn lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, holds both Bachelors and Masters of Law degrees, is the mother of three adult children and shares her life with Dani, the most perfect dog in the world!

Dawn has been performing for as long as she has been able to walk, talk and sing. Her first memory is of being 5 years old, waiting on top of a hill with her family for the fireworks to begin and entertaining the hill full of audience members by dancing and singing “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”, a song that had been released by Gale Garnett only a week earlier.
A stage and film actress for decades, Dawn began her voiceover career over a dozen years ago. Dawn’s voice has been described as rich, warm, smooth, soothing, calming, sultry, confident, and comforting. Specializing in narration, e-learning, animation and audiobooks, Dawn’s years of acting training enable her to bring characters, their voices and their stories to life. Dawn’s love of learning new accents and developing new characters results in the growth of her portfolio year over year. Dawn’s equal love of learning in general (how many actresses do you know who hold a Masters of Law degree? It might be a sickness, really) has resulted in her acquiring extensive training in acting for film, stage and voiceover over the years and to this day. This, in addition to her years of classical singing, musical theater and dance training, combined with her love of play and fascination with the human psyche (her undergraduate training is a combination of theatre, psychology and oil and gas management), allow her to continually create authentic characters, unique to a project’s requirements.

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A great follow up to this series, we see Rhea more and more involved into the politics of the world. Again, I liked how much she developed from book 1 and her search for the truth leads her to unexpected discoveries.

What I mostly enjoyed about “Inner Diverse” was seeing our main character face the true personalities for the people she thought she could trust. Her reactions were very believable and her character is shaped by them in more ways than one. The plot intensifies and the war is even more complex than what we thought initially. Faced with protecting humans from extinction, is Rhea capable to use her abilities to the fullest?

The narration was exceptional. We have incredible voice acting and even if this was expected, since book 1 was narrated by the same person, I loved discovering Dawn Harvey’s new voices. He managed to bring sound and life into a story that was already great. He transformed it into an amazing audiobook.

To quickly summarize, I loved book 2 even more than book 1. “Inner Diverse” is exactly as the title says – a deeper and deeper immersion into a universe so complicated and complex. The ending left me yearning for Book 3, so excuse me while I do some more reading, or listening J give this a try, you won’t regret it!

Please follow up with my other fellow bloggers, as this blog tour has a lot of interesting articles to offer 🙂

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nina Munteanu. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Giveaway

Prize: Print copies of the Trilogy set

The Splintered Universe Trilogy Giveaway: Print Copies of the Trilogy

Book One

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Assorted Nonsense

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Jazzy Book Reviews

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Dab of Darkness Book Reviews

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Book Addict

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The Book Addict’s Reviews

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Smada’s Book Smack

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Chapter Break

Lilly’s Book World

Book Two

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Assorted Nonsense

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Lilly’s Book World

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Jazzy Book Reviews

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Dab of Darkness Book Reviews

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The Book Addict’s Reviews

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Book Addict

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Chapter Break

Book Three

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Assorted Nonsense

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Lilly’s Book World

Jan. 24th:

Book Addict

Jan. 25th:

Dab of Darkness Book Reviews

Jan. 26th:

Jazzy Book Reviews

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The Book Addict’s Reviews

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Chapter Break

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