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Book Review: Journal Of The Plague Year (Post apoc Scifi)


Journal Of The Plague Year
By: Malcolm Cross, C. B. Harvey, Adrian Tchaikovsky
Sub-Genres: Post-Apocalyptic / Plague


Rating: Various/Anthology


This is a book containing three separate stories by three different authors who use the same post-apocalyptic world as their backdrop. I went into this as a stand-alone, because I have not read any of the other books in this series or by these authors, and this book was my first introduction into the post-apocalyptic world of The Cull. Overall, the stories are great post-apocalyptic reads by themselves, but I rated each individually to get an overall four-star rating.

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Review: The Forever Man (Futuristic Noir Mystery)


The Forever Man
By: Pierre Ouellette
Sub-Genres: Noir / Mystery


Rating: I liked it  (?)


This sci-fi noir reads like a movie script – which was both a good and a bad thing. The book is written in the odd, seldom used present-3rd person, which makes it sound like a director on set giving direction to both the camera man, the effects crew and the actors. It leads to a whole lot of telling and very little showing. What ‘showing’ there was, however, was excellent.

This book has diamonds in it. Gold nuggets of literary magic. It’s a shame they are hidden under a somewhat large pile of debris.

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Review: Reunited (scifi romance)


Series: Nogiku (Book 3)
By: S.J. Pajonas
Sub-Genres: Romance / Colonization


Rating: I loved it  (?)


Reunited is the third book in the Nogiku series, and is not a stand-alone. It must be read in order, but the journey to get to this book is well worth it. I’ve previously reviewed Book 1: Removed (5 stars) and Book 2: Released (4 stars). While book 2 left me a little wanting in terms of story and pacing, book 3 grabbed me from page one and renewed my adoration for the series that was formed by book 1. Although categorized as a New Adult Romance science fiction, I found book 3 to be mature enough to fit into the Adult category, and it lacked the angst-drama typically associated with New Adult. Also, the romance is great, but it isn’t so overwhelming that general science fiction readers would be turned off by it.

So, all that intro out of the way, on with the review!

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Book excerpt: Violet Haze (Space Opera Romance)

Violet Haze – Caleb’s side-story


In Violet Haze, we follow Caleb’s path to emotional self-awareness during the time period surrounding the Mechatronic rights movement. The events begin thirty years prior to the start of the series, and will follow Caleb all the way to his reawakening by Jenadri and Trip in Book 3, Tracing The Stars. His struggles to understand Organic emotions and the fight for equal recognition among Organics collide as he falls in love with Violet and learns of her connection to an underground Mechatronic movement.


The street outside Franklin’s shop was vacant, the marketplace a block over nearly just as empty. Eyes followed them as they boarded the bus in silence. One expression held judgmental anger, but most held unexpected compassion. It was clear, from the whispers Organics forgot Mecha were quite capable of hearing, that the citizens of Easton were both appalled and unhappy with the rioters’ actions.

In a daring move, Caleb met one woman’s eyes as he openly took Violet’s hand in his. The woman’s gaze darted to the hands then back up to Caleb’s face as he let the expected wall of indifference fade. His bold statement was awarded by the woman’s smile. The whispers he heard as he left the bus, hand-in-hand with Violet, uplifted his hope that things would improve, despite the horrible actions of a few.

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Breaking down the new Kindle Unlimited payout terms


So, as many of you have, I received a very interesting letter from Amazon’s KDP Select department today. If you haven’t received this letter, you can read it in full here: https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A156OS90J7RDN

The email has slightly different text, but the same basic points. I’m going to take a few moments to break this down a bit and talk about the good, the bad and the downright depressing aspects of these new payment terms.

“…beginning on July 1, the KDP Select Global Fund will be paid out based on the number of pages KU and KOLL customers read”

That’s right folks. KU is no longer paying per-borrow, nor are they continuing to require a book be read to at least 10% to earn a payment for the author. For the past six months, the payout to authors has been disappointing, to say the least, with the average being $1.40 earned per KU borrow (if the reader got beyond 10%). This has been due to the fact that the Payout Pool has been flooded by books, generally shorter reads, that ate up all the funds. Books that were 25 pages earned the same /borrow rate as 250 page books.

That’s all about to change. Now, being paid per page means that the 25 page novellas filling the pool are going to be earning significantly less than their 250 page swimming-buddies. But, exactly how significantly less isn’t being honestly represented.

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