The Keya Quests: The Staff of Dionysia

Greetings everyone, the third book in the Keya Quests series, The Staff of Dionysia was released on May 25th. It is available in paperback, kindle and nook editions. The paperback and kindle editions are already available on Amazon. The nook version has been submitted and we are waiting for it to go live in the next couple days. paperback is $14.99, Kindle and nook $2.99

The Staff of Dionysia picks up where the second book ended, with our new queen celebrating with her new-found subjects before heading into town to heal the injured from yesterday’s battle. The battle for Shivenridge was won, but there is a kingdom that must be rebuilt. Far to the east, an ancient staff of power is failing. A wizard lays siege upon the fortress it protect. He seeks the stone which the staff protects. A FBI agent has descended upon the tiny island of Orrehaven, he seeks a missing person, one of Foster’s men. Meanwhile, Lydia plans a wedding. Join Keya and her friends on their continuing quests.

For those patiently waiting, here is the full cover image for The Staff of Dionysia. I’m just waiting on the Library of Congress Control Number to complete the interior and then I can submit everything for final review.

I heard about this book from tweets and posts going around the web. I don’t like anthologies, or collections normally, but I know a couple of the contributors through twitter and facebook. I decided to check this out. It is a collection of “seasonal” essays as the co-authors call it. A collection written by a dozen plus contributors who have written short essays about the four stages of their lives. With any collection, one expects to find an essay they like, and another they don’t. This variety of views is what in my opinion, makes them so popular. I have to admit to my surprise, I found them all heartwarming. Some were funny, some were inspirational and others charming. The contributors and co-authors did an excellent job providing a cross section of life. I read this book in three nights. Once I started reading it, I didn’t want to stop. I couldn’t wait to get home each night and settle into the next story.

I have only one complaint, when I read the “Summer” a section on “what would you tell your 20 yr old self if you had the chance” The essays seemed all the same. The stories were different, but they seemed to me to have but one common theme. I finally decided it reminded me of a theater in the round, with all the contributors mixed throughout the theater. Each one is telling the same story, but from their personal vantage point. All the stories were great, but the theme very common. This is a minor complaint, and it did not dampen my enjoyment, just surprised me.

I highly recommend this book, the authors and contributors put their souls into their essays, you can see it in the writing. I came a way with a smile, I think you will too. I give this book 5 stars.


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A young George Washington on route to London is shipwrecked and drowns off the coast of Ireland and is brought back from the dead by divine intervention, and this is just page one. George in London is an eloquently written comedy of the adventures of Young Mr Washington as told in a manuscript written by a free black seaman Darius Attuck. George, or “Geo” as “D” calls him, is en route to london to help a wealthy baron sell land parcels in Virginia. George’s knowledge of the land is the edge the baron seeks. From the moment the they are shipwrecked until the moment when they depart company back on My Vernon, the story is a non-stop and funny venture.

The story is well written and well paced. Do not let the fact that it is a comedy fool you, the plot is well written and full of surprises. I loved the tongue in cheek references to George Washington’s legend, the way they were twisted and weaved into the story was brilliant. I liked the premise that the story is contained in a recently discovered manuscript found in Washington’s home. The author did an excellent job telling the tale from Geo’s second and companion. I found most of the characters well-developed and full of life. The descriptions of the time and the settings gave a vivid picture of 18th century life. My only complaint of sorts is I thought the character of George himself not as well-developed as the characters around him and conflicting in a couple of scenes. As a whole this is a minor reservation.

I highly recommend this book. It is a funny and delightful tale of adventure, romance and companionship. I give this book 4 and a half stars

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Preying Angels is a dark cyber thriller that will leave you with an uneasy feeling for the technology we embrace today. The story begins in a part of the internet, long forgotten by most. A master hacker enlists the services of a psychotic killer as a tool to fulfill his master plan. When the hacker does the impossible, bringing the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Building to a halt, FBI special agent Gabrielle Sinclaire finds herself confronted with a past she would rather forget. An email taking responsibility for the attack, is signed simply lucifer, with an upside down ankh. It is that symbol which brings back a ghost from Gabrielle’s past, forcing her so seek out the aid of an old associate.
Gabrielle struggles to unlock the reason behind lucifer’s attack while his disciple seeks out unsuspecting teenage girls to fulfill his master’s orders. While the psychopath’s acts are disturbing and brutal, the author does an excellent job of presenting just enough detail to grasp the depravity of the moment, and move one. The author’s use and depiction of technology is impressive. This is a well written thriller.
I thought the first part of the story was a bit slow, but once the background and premise was laid out, the plot accelerated pulling you in. I have to admit, I figured out the ending early on, but the journey there was well worth the read. I would have liked to see more depth in the characters, but considering the subject matter and technology, the author balanced it all well. The nature of the violence by the serial killer, may turn some off, but as I stated earlier it was handled quite well by the author. I highly recommend this book

I give Preying Angels 4 stars

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This is an interesting Urban Fantasy. Ten years ago an elite team of mages, trained by the Catholic Church to fight evil, engages in a mission gone horribly wrong. The aftermath of the event scatters the team members leaving both deep physical and emotional scars. Step forward to the present, we find Symon Bryson, the most promising member of the defunct team, flying back from Dublin after ten years at the request of his old Monsignor only to find out he has been abducted by demons. Bitter memories, guilt and distrust engulf the team as they try to re-unite to save the monsignor. The stake, however is greater than any of them imagine.

The Podigal’s Foole is a well written fast paced story that will leave you wanting the sequel. The story is based out of Boston Massachusetts. The settings and surroundings penned by the author, brought the city to life.  A native to Massachusetts myself, I was impressed with the author’s efforts to keep the places and settings accurate. I thought the author did a very good job expressing the characters individualities and identities, but I would have liked to see a little more depth in the characters. There is plenty of non-stop excitement and suspense (both natural and supernatural) throughout. I look forward to the sequel.

I give The Prodigal’s Foole five stars.

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I first heard whispers about this book on twitter. Comments about a “badass skateboarder”, time zombies, vampires, Greek Gods, and tentacles. I decided I had to check it out myself. The story revolves around skateboarder Billy Purgatory, and his uncanny ability to find himself in the center of trouble with the undead and ancient gods. We start the story with Billy at age ten saving the life of a young girl from a couple vampires, but this girl is more than she seems. I began to read with eyebrows raised questioning how this author, as he revealed more and more of these disconnected creatures; was going to spin these elements into a fine tale. I pictured water spiraling into the darkness of a storm drain. To my delight however, the spiral of water began to rise high into the sky as a tornado, a force of dark nature. Next thing I know I was on the field when the time zombie arrived, I was riding the train with Billy and Anastasia.  I felt the heat around Lissandra as she ran from the fire. Without realizing it, I had stepped into the story. It is not something that happens often.

The story is well written and fast paced. The author does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life. My favorite character by far was Anastasia, I fell in love with her. The way the author brought out the inner turmoil of who and what she is, and of primal evil that is her being was brilliant. I am not a fan of P.O.V. changes in a novel, they normally annoy me to no end. This book makes frequent changes of both P.O.V and time, but the author did an excellent job of blending it in to make it not only tolerable, but at times enjoying. This book is obviously not for everyone. If you can’t sit at the breakfast table with a fellow time zombie, Greek God, and a vampire or two, then this book is not for you. However, if you are one of those people with an open mind, embrace the darkness, and have a thirst for something unique and original. I highly recommend this book.

I give Billy Purgatory: I am the Devil Bird five stars.

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