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Re-release of Sue’s Fingerprint

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Sue and the GOO are improved!

 

Before starting to write the third book in the Sue series, I have edited and re-released Sue’s Fingerprint. I’ve fixed typos, corrected punctuation, and added a few bits here and there to improve the story.  It’s now a better book.

I would love to receive reviews of the re-released book.

To entice you to read and review the book, I’m giving away FREE copies of Sue’s Fingerprint.  The only thing I ask is that you add your rating and review to either Goodreads.com or Amazon.com (or both).

Please go to the CONTACT ME tab above and send me an email requesting your free copy.  I can electronically send you a PDF or AZW3 (Kindle) file, or I can send you a paperback copy if you give me your snail mail address.

Thank you for helping me spread the word of (the improved) Sue and the GOO!

 

Radiate by Marley Gibson

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This is a special book review for me.

 

Radiate, by Marley Gibson, is the story of Hayley Matthews; a motivated, high-school senior who makes the varsity cheer squad after years in the marching band.  Her enthusiasm and dedication are infectious and have an immediate and large effect on the entire squad.  But her hopes and dreams for senior year are interrupted by cancer.

What makes this book special is the way in which Hayley responds to her diagnosis and pending treatment.  There is never any doubt in her mind that her cancer will be cured and she will return to the cheer squad.  Never a doubt.  Hayley does not go through typical stages of denial, anger, or depression.  There is only one reaction to her prognosis: Beat the cancer.  I admit that this is not typical for cancer patients.  But it is essential for survival.

What makes me an authority on the subject?  I, too, am a childhood cancer survivor.

I was much younger when I was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia.  I did not yet have the same hopes and dreams as Hayley.  I barely understood what was happening to me.  But what I did have was a support group of my mother, my doctor, and many close family friends who never once wavered in their belief that my cancer would be cured.  Yes, I’m sure they each went through stages of denial, anger, etc., but never in my presence.  I was only exposed to unending support and determination to beat the cancer.  I never had a doubt; death was not an option in my mind.

For those who have battled cancer and won, there will be little debate with my (and Hayley’s) mindset, especially for childhood cancer patients: Cancer will not win.  It will not defeat me.  I will defeat it, no matter what has to be done.

I have often thought about writing a book about my experiences, but I may not have to.  Radiate is a book that captures everything I would, and maybe even more than I could.  As I mentioned previously, at the time of her diagnosis, Hayley’s only thoughts are “get the cancer out of my leg and let me get back to cheerleading.”  While going through chemotherapy, her spirits are dampened (chemotherapy kicks a patient’s ass), but she never decides to give up.  Her goal remains fixed.  And even after radiation therapy and the resulting hair-loss, Hayley holds her (bald) head high while she regains her strength and re-joins her cheer squad.  Her determination and resolve make her a class favorite and an inspiration to all.  It is this determination and never-ending resolve that is the key to coping with and beating cancer.

I probably reacted more strongly to the book than most readers will, but I was reliving my own past while reading Hayley’s story.  I’m sure I smiled wider than most, cried a little more, and definitely cheered louder than most people reading Radiate.  There is no way I can put a star rating on this book–there aren’t enough stars.

If you are a cancer survivor, please read this book.  Smile, cry, and cheer like I did.  It will make you feel great to be alive.  If you are not a cancer survivor, please read the book and know that everything that Halyey goes through, and her reactions to it all, are genuine.  Her story will make you feel great for Hayley to be alive.

Very rarely am I inspired by a work of fiction.  Radiate is truly inspirational.

 

Review of Sound, by Shelley Workinger

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Shelley Workinger delivers another great novel with Sound, the finale (?) of the Solid series.

 

The story starts with Clio dealing with the fall-out of the events from Settling, and then jumps into the new event to deal with.

The pace of the novel is fast—something we’ve come to expect and enjoy with these books.  Turn to the first page and buckle up for the ride.  If you’ve read the previous two stories, you’ll feel like you’ve been dropped right back in the camp and haven’t missed a beat.

I won’t spoil any part of the plot, but will say that the climax sneaks up on you.  You’re waiting for it and then BAM!  And through dealing with the crisis du jour, Clio and her friends resolve their issues, tie up the past and look to the future.

If I have only one criticism, it’s that I think we could have learned a lot more about Clio and her circle of friends.  Of course, that would require 2-3 more books.

Although this is the conclusion to the Solid trilogy, I hope that Shelley will consider starting a new trilogy to take readers on a continuing ride through the next stage of Clio and her friends’ lives.

On my ‘scientific’ rating scale of 0-100 degrees Celsius, with 100 degrees being boiling (red-hot awesome), Solid reaches 95 degrees C.  A great read!

 

Blind Sight

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I want to thank Eliabeth Hawthorne and Ermisenda Alvarez for asking me to review their Blind Sight novels (Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson & Leocardo Reyes) that are to be released March 1st.

Blind Sight is a unique and very engaging pair of books.  (Yes, pair.)  It’s the same story told from the perspective of two different characters who start on seprate paths that later start interacting and finally come together as one at the climax.

Each book could stand on it’s own as a good novel and be read independent of the other.  The protagonists each follow their own arcs through their story–Aniela’s shown from her perspective, Leocardo’s shown from his.  But the two books read together as one are much more meaningful than the individuals.  The combination of the two gives the plot multiple dimensions that make it that much more captivating and enjoyable.  Imagine a movie shot from two different camera angles (two different characters’ points of view) and you get to watch both versions.  That’s Blind Sight.

You, the reader, see the arrival of Leocardo and his sister, Odette, on the island of Edaion and watch them try to adjust to their new world.  Meanwhile, you see Aniela adjust to her young adult life as a member of one of the most established families on the island.  And as their paths start crossing, with Odette and her gift as the common element, you watch Ana and Leo discover each other’s past while coping with the present situation.  And they’re mutual desire to help Odette ultimately brings them together as love interests.  (No spoilers–you’ll have to read to see how it turns out.)

I definitely recommend Blind Sight.  Put both of these novels on your to-read lists!  The hardest decison you’ll have to make regarding Blind Sight is which one to start with.

Tom’s Awesome Review of Sue’s Fingerprint

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Please take a minute to read Tom’s review of Sue’s Fingerprint from TopShelf Reviews.

 

When mysterious goo begins turning up all across America the Department of Homeland Security sends veteran Ted Stevens to look into the matter. Ted and a small team of scientists uncover the government’s worst fear, an alien life form with the ability to clone itself into any living mammal it comes in contact with. Now, it’s a race against the clock as Ted and his team must contain the situation and keep the truth from the public to prevent global panic.

With so many questions still unanswered, the team is suddenly faced with a human clone – Sue. As other clones are rounded up it’s up to Ted to keep them safe until he can figure out where they came from and why they are here. With no memory or knowledge of anything before their transformation, the clones are isolated on an abandoned air base and forbidden any contact with the outside world. They look to Sue to bring them together.

Over the course of time Ted witnesses the love and concern their charges share for one another and his team, demonstrating the humanity within this clone community. Meanwhile government officials fear a sinister alien plot and contemplate how far to take their ‘damage control’ protocols, leaving Ted and his small band desperate to find the truth.
Faced with a decision to trust in the human spirit or tow the government line, what Ted must do will irrevocably change all their lives. But, ultimately, it will be Sue’s fingerprint that decides the fate of the clones, and quite possibly mankind.

This science fiction work is a fantastic story of relationships, trust, and our most universal desire for freedom. It’s a story to share with your whole family.

20-year veteran scientist, Andrew Carlson makes his author debut with Sue’s Fingerprint, a young adult science fiction containing more warmth and charm than you’ll find in most novels in the genre. It’s difficult to believe that this is his first offering because the story flows with a grace that puts many mass-market veterans to shame. Clearly science plays
a role in explaining the fiction but the creativity makes it a certain page-turner.

Carlson’s ability to build his characters in a way that connects them with the reader is something many accomplished authors find difficult. He clearly establishes Ted and Sue as main characters but deftly introduces a supporting cast of people you probably know from your day to day personal experiences. Carlson avoids common rookie mistakes with plot and
character development, keeping the story lines smooth, logical, and easy to follow. The fast pace and concise approach naturally introduces enough suspense to make it nearly impossible to put down.

While it may be billed as a book for young adults, this older adult thoroughly enjoyed Andrew Carlson’s maiden voyage with a hope that he’ll continue this path, and that someone takes a chance to see what this story would look like on the big or small screen.

Sad to say that I can only give Carlson’s story five stars because it’s one you definitely have to try. It’s just in time for the holidays and will make a wonderful family experience.

 

Not only am I flattered and honored by this review, but I also love how Tom recorgnized the all-ages appeal of my book.  I wrote the book to be enjoyable for teens and adults.  So I’m happy that he mentioned it.

And I also like his suggestion that my book be made into a movie!  If anyone wants to help me make a connection with someone in the film industry, I’d be thrilled!  🙂  I certainly live in the right city for it.  But alas, there’s probably not enough violence and nudity for Hollywood.  It’s still a cool story though!

Please visit Tom’s blog and support him and his reviews!  Thanks!

NovelOpinion’s Review of Sue’s Fingerprint

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Please take the time to visit Tammy’s review of Sue’s Fingerprint at her NovelOpinion Blog. Her review is spot-on!

Tammy correctly understood my intent in writing my book and it’s message. Here’s an excerpt from her review:

This type of story is my favorite type of Science Fiction. An event that produces extraordinary results which could prove disasterous. A team of scientists experimenting, speculating and debating the purpose of the event and the government trying to conceal and control it. In the case of Sue’s Fingerprint, the presence of the clones poses the obvious risk of panic. The unknown is an automatic enemy and the people closest to these clones are rightfully wary however, with time, they cannot see anything other than human behavior and emotion from them.

The story becomes a type of analogy to human rights. Rights of the innocent. In the case of the clones, are they genetically different from their original counterpart? If not, then do we have the right to lock them up and treat them as the enemy?

I have to give the concept of this story a 4+ star rating. The 3.5 star final rating is due to the lack of complexity in some of the characters. I also found the telling of the story to be a bit simplistic as well.

Having said that, I have worked with several people in the scientific community. Oftentimes these men and women tend to dumb things down a bit for us regular folk. Andrew D. Carlson has an extensive background in science and there is a possibility that that is the case.

In conclusion I like where Mr. Carlson is going. This is his debut novel, there was meat in the story. I am going to be watching him because I have a feeling he is going to be one of my favorites.

I recommend this to all fictions lovers, science and other!

Please visit Tammy’s blog and follow her reviews.  Thanks!

Nina at Death Books and Tea

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I want to thank Nina from Death Books and Tea for her awesome review of Sue’s Fingerprint!

You can read her review at Death Books and Tea. Please visit her (and Katy’s) website to read reviews!  You can find a badge for her blog further down on this page (on the right).  You won’t be dissapointed!

You can also follow Nina on Goodreads. Add a comment telling her how much you liked her review of Sue’s Fingerprint! 😀

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