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Who are we? (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

“Toss it all.”

“What? Even the books?”

“Everything. Highchair too. We can’t take any of it offworld. I still can’t believe we won the lottery. One of 500 families for the next settler ship.”

“What if it’s not a good thing.”

“What?”

“We aren’t the smartest, neither of us are essential workers. I’m a handyman and you’re an early years’ teacher. Our kid is two. Why us?”

“Well, why not us. We did all those psych tests. We passed. We get to represent the human race.”

“To who? There will be no one left here.”

“To ourselves.”

“God help us.”

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Review: Ochre Dragon: (The Opal Dreaming Chronicles Book 1) by V. E. Patton

About the Book:

A looming cataclysm. An army of enemies. Can Merindah, Ali and Dee outwit devious deities, dragons, and their prophesied destiny to save their worlds?

On Heavens Gate, a dying planet where magic and science have forged an uneasy alliance, Merindah is desperate to unlock the secret of the Timegates and rescue what’s left of humanity. What she lacks in magical ability, she more than makes up for in ambition. With the help of an impatient and not-so-extinct dragon, her magic takes on a twist with cosmic implications.

Meanwhile, on tech-ruled post-Crack Earth, where magic doesn’t officially exist, Ali’s humdrum life under the disintegrating Melba Dome is becoming weirder by the day. Her fingers start glowing, a snarky dragon shows up, and people she thought were her friends keep trying to control, kidnap or assassinate her.

Finally, on Reverie, where magic rules unfettered, a young orphan becomes burdened with tainted magical gifts. Dee is alone, trapped in a waking nightmare. When she finally surrenders to desperation, her out-of-control magic unleashes her dragon and propels her onto a path that could unravel the fabric of time and space.

Three women, three worlds, and their time is running out. Unless Merindah, Ali, and Dee can reunite their single soul in one year, all is lost. They must each make unimaginable sacrifices to become the Key, the Gatekeeper, and the Fire who will save the Cosmos – or ignite Armageddon.

My thoughts:

Three worlds, three women, three stories, one purpose. This is a tale spanning eons and the universe full of magic, destiny, gods and dragons. This story has gorgeous worldbuilding, visually stunning landscapes and three well drawn main characters.

Gosh, keeping track of one main character and ensuring one world remains consistent is hard enough. V.E.Patton does a fabulous job of engaging the reader in the lives of all three of her main characters. Each world remains fully consistent with its unique magic history, worldbuilding and depth of characterisation. Each journey is heartbreaking and emotionally captivating. I’m looking forward to book two as I am dying to see what happens with Dee, Merindah and Ali.

A strong Australian flavour adds fascinating depth to this science fiction fantasy story. And did I mention dragons and magic? A fabulously fun read.

Step inside (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It was an innocuous door in a pleasant tourist street. Honestly. Nothing suspicious about the door at all. Or the doorway, the windows, and the stained glass.

Just a plain, ordinary door.

Well, okay, you can see where I am going with this. Turns out the door wasn’t so harmless.

I stepped through on a whim, hopeful to find a knick-knack I could send home to my mother. I entered a shop full of magic, owned by witch. “Can’t go back that way, hun. Gotta find a different door. Be careful outside. Troll war started yesterday.”

My mission: Get home.

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The hunter walks the night (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © CEAyr

Ya see, my job is to stay in the shadows. I hunt the monsters people fear. The monsters fear me.

The woman who banged on my door in the early hours was clearly terrified. She’d been stalked down this street, chased through the dark. Heard a slavering hungry moan and knew her life was at stake. Well, the dame had legs up to here and eyes that whispered to my soul. I couldn’t say no.

In the shadows something pants, paws plod forward. It howls. The hairs on my neck stand on end.

I unsheathe my knife. “Here kitty, kitty.”

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The Butterfly Stone won Bronze!

Readers’ Favorite 2020 Bronze award for YOUNG ADULT – FANTASY – URBAN

You can read the five star review via the link below

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-butterfly-stone

Congratulations to all the Readers’ Favorite 2020 winners!

A new show (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

The circus soon moved on from the spacetrain. Their rear carriage disconnected to transfer to a passing train of self-propelling carriages heading to Spenfrinel 7. The residents and travelers despaired of entertainment. Afterall, a lack of entertainment quickly led to depression. Shortly thereafter a new carriage joined the train. A travelling zero-g ballet troop. The front carriages delighted in the artistry and precision of the act. The inhabitants of the rear carriages didn’t understand the pageantry or the history. It was too staid for their boisterous desire for entertainment, but it was something to watch. It would do for now.

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Tear it down (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

The sepia-stained light colored my view of the old house in that late-afternoon-sunlight-in-Summer way that memories were often portrayed in movies. It made the old house look innocent. That place was any but innocent. When we left, all those years ago, I thought we’d escaped the horrors that lived inside.

What my therapist didn’t realize was that the ghosts that lived here were real. Specters, ghouls, monsters, demons… This house was made of darkness and shadows and pure evil.

Revving engines and a squeal of brakes preceded the bulldozer’s appearance.

“Love, green light to demolish?”

“Go for it,” I ordered.

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Review: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

About the Book:

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Kwame Mbalia’s epic fantasy, a middle grade American Gods set in a richly-imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods.

Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he’s going to spend on his grandparents’ farm in Alabama, where he’s being sent to heal from the tragedy. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie’s notebook. Tristan chases after it–is that a doll?–and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature’s hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves?

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly recommend this book.

I so loved reading it. Every night over the last few weeks I have looked forward to throwing myself into its pages. So rich and joyous and action packed. This is a must read. And if Disney doesn’t jump on this series for Disney+ then they are total fools! Gloriously detailed mythology is blended with a modern hero in a world built of stories. This is a terrific adventure.

Tristan Strong is a story teller and in terrible pain from losing his best friend. When a thief steals his best friend’s journal, Tristan is determined to get it back no matter what. But when he punches a hole in a tree he is thrown into a world of myth and legend, full of living folk tales with magic and horrors come to life. To fix what has broken Tristan joins forces with new friends full of fire, grit and determination, a moody living doll, animals who talk and figures of legend to save this incredible world.

Tristan is a smart hero, a thinker, a story-teller and a boxer. He is the perfect hero for this adventure. The worldbuilding is rich with description and magic. The legendary men, women and gods of black folk tales, mythology and stories passed down through the ages are the real heroes, and monsters of iron, boneships, evil spirits and trickster creatures are their foes to overcome. And it is Tristan and his friends who must stand against them, going on an epic journey to find the story-box and the missing weaver to repair the hole in the sky and save the people of this unique and colourful world.

I absolutely loved this story. Get it and read it now! For your kids, nieces and nephews, yourself, parents and grandparents. Everyone should read it. A fun, action-packed adventure.

Review: Butterfly Broken by Rebecca Carpenter

About the Book

HER SECRET. HIS BETRAYAL. THEIR REDEMPTION.

“Hasn’t nature had enough—her thirst for blood satisfied?”

Bethany Keatley hoped her life would finally be normal, but on returning home to Springs, Georgia and the love of her life, Jeremiah Wright, she discovers she’s to blame for his hideous burns. Peace will never be hers. Yet, when she transfers some of her blood into Jeremiah, his mangled hand heals.

Bethany’s his cure but she’s not the only one who knows.

Abducted and locked away by powerful, desperate people hired to destroy her supernatural blood, Bethany and Jeremiah undergo unethical experiments. It’s only after the sheer potential of their mixed blood is revealed that their enemies turn on each other and new alliances are formed.

Who can be trusted when everyone has something to gain?

Bethany and Jeremiah unite to fight for their lives against real-life villains and an unquenchable power growing within Bethany, but time is running out and Bethany can’t take any more loss.

With Jeremiah’s life on the line, a new monster will be unleashed.

My Thoughts:

Book three of the METAMORPHOSIS series sees Bethany and Jeremiah fighting for their lives against a possibly lying possibly insane doctor, a team of untrustworthy and dangerous FBI agents, a vainglorious parent and of course their own toxic blood. All they want to do is to survive. Their blood is what everyone wants… whether they are alive to produce it or not. Bethany’s metamorphosis is nearly complete. Jeremiah’s body is going through changes as well. Together they are the yin and yang, one completes the other. And that makes them dangerous.

Their blood is deadly and desperately wanted by the evil men and women who will do anything to take it from them in the hopes of rejuvenation and healing, money-making and restoration. Bethany and Jeremiah are still changing and not only do they not know what this means, but they soon find they are becoming inseparable.

Butterfly Broken takes off running and doesn’t slow down once. A terrific read that ramps and ramps and ramps. Full of tension, drama, love, heartbreak… this book has it all. A terrific conclusion to this dramatic and unique series.

You can read my review of Book One Butterfly Bones and Book Two Butterfly Blood here

All the stars in the sky (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright-Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It was a time of excess and flamboyance. Celebrities from the galaxy-wide hypernet shows, the dramatic stars, the comedic performers, the stunt-stars and the hoons, the crews and the bosses all gathered for a week of insanity.

Hypernet performers!

It was every child’s dream to be one. Every lover’s fantasy to spend a night with one. Every writer’s desire to create a personality for one.

And everyone wanted what this week bought.

That award.

The one that told everyone they were THE BEST.

I’m a caterer.

I was there.

I saw what happened that night.

Now I’m the wanted one.

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