Podcast Review: Shadow Hunter Trilogy

I’m a bit behind with my reviews as I’ve had other things on my mind, but more about that in another post later.

Oh, where do I start? I think I’ll tell you about the podcast sequels to Shadow Hunter by Terrence D McLean. The second book in the trilogy is called Chasing Shadows and the third book is Shadows Fall.

I remember when Terry started out with podcasting, about three or so years ago. Those first few episodes betrayed his nerves even though he desperately tried to hide it. But our voice is not easily controlled and I heard the nerves. I admired his courage because I do not believe I would have been able to even start a podcast, let alone to start and conquer the thing that makes us nervous and then go on and record three books. In fact, I know I wouldn’t be able to achieve this accomplishment, so a sincere “well done” must be sent through the airwaves to Terry. And as each episode was published, I knew he was feeling more confident and long before the end of the first book all thoughts of whether or not he was nervous were completely gone. In the second book he introduced guest readers, who adopted particular points of view to read, which gave a new dimension to the characters.

The Shadow Hunter trilogy is pure fantasy. If you love magic, demons, mystical objects and other worlds then you’re in for a treat. The world is fully developed and totally believable. As I listened to Terry tell his story, I had vivid images playing out in my mind. The characters are likeable, flaws and all. Even the ones we are not supposed to like, play their parts extremely well. The scenes are captivating for many reasons. They were fast paced, drawing me from one catastrophe to the next. One scene would have me listening to strong battles where my heart beat would speed up a little and the next scene might bring tears to my eyes (literally) because of the emotion contained in the story, which was beautifully conveyed by Terry.

I listened to all three books, one after the other, which meant I was listening to the story of Shalli and her world for several weeks. When the podcasts came to an end, I actually felt sad. It was over and I don’t think I was quite ready for the end. A friend told me that he had just finished watching a TV series. He said that he felt like a good friend was leaving forever, which left him feeling sad and quiet. I understood what he meant because I had just finished listening to the Shadow Hunter trilogy and I felt exactly like that.

Shadow Hunter by Terrence D McLean, and its sequels, are recommended. You can find the podcasts, completely free, at iTunes.

Cat’s Eyes Online Book Launch

I am proud to announce the details for the online book launch for Cat’s Eyes (Land of Miu, Book 1).

The launch will take place from 8pm on Friday 10 December 2010 to 5pm on Sunday 12 December 2010. It will be held on Facebook and everyone is welcome to join the celebrations.

Copies of the digital version of the book will be given away to random participants, so if you would like to be in the running then be sure to post a comment on the event page. To comment, you must be logged in to Facebook and click on “I’m Attending” at the top of the page.

Click here to be taken to the event page.

Goodreads Giveaway: Cat’s Eyes

I have authorised Goodreads to give away ten copies of Cat’s Eyes (Land of Miu, Book 1). The promotion will run between 12 November and 12 December 2010. This will coincide with the book launch on 10 December 2010. If you want to be in the running to win a copy of the book, click on “Enter to Win” below.

Please note that although I will be supplying the books to the winners, I am not involved in choosing the winners. This will be handled solely by Goodreads.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Cat's Eyes (Land of Miu, #1) by Karen Lee Field

Cat’s Eyes

by Karen Lee Field

Giveaway ends December 12, 2010.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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eBook Review: Nightmare

Nightmare (The Silent Empire, #2)

Nightmare by Steven Harper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nightmare by Steven Harper is book 2 in The Silent Empire Series. The title of the first book is Silent and you’ll find my review for Silent here.

Nightmare is more of a prequel and I must say that I really enjoyed this book. It was excellent in all ways.

The story takes us back to Kendi’s childhood. We see how he is split up from his family when he’s sold into slavery. We share the life that follows. It’s a hard life, a subservient life but Kendi is unwilling to forget his past. When the Children of Irfan rescue him some years later, he can hardly believe he’s free, let alone safe. But it turns out he’s not safe; no Silent is safe because there’s a serial killer on the loose.

The hesitation I felt from the author in book one was non-existent in this book. It was so much more believable. The characters came alive on the page. The setting was three dimensional. The plot was sort of like a fantasy/science fiction mystery thriller, which I considered to be well thought out and written. There were some gory descriptions but nothing that wasn’t absolutely necessary for the storyline.

The thing that stood out the most was the fact that I started reading and with no time at all, I was finished! For me, this is a sign that I’ve been totally absorbed by what I’m reading. The words flowed effortlessly, the storyline unfolded without any jarring occurrences and the resolution was more than just acceptable.

Again, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I certainly will be purchasing the next book in the series.

Nearly 10,000 Smashwords Ebooks Go Live at Australian iBookstore

I must admit that I was bitterly disappointed when I discovered Australia was behind the times and wasn’t included in iBookstore, through iTunes. I had my iPod Touch ready and waiting and no books were available to download. Of course, I found alternative places to get “my fix”, but it still irritated me to think that Australia was neglected…again!

Then, tonight, I happened across this post at Smashwords announcing that the Australian iBookstore is now live! Talk about excited!

I haven’t been there yet, but will be heading over there very soon to see what’s on offer. First, I have to clear some space for the new books I’m going to buy. 😀

Indie Author Community

I must be a glutton for punishment. Honestly, I cannot believe I’ve done this…but I have. I’ve reopened the old Scribe’s board. However, Scribe’s will never return. I’ve changed in the last 14 months. My outlook and goals have changed too. Now, I want to be a part of a community. I miss being with people who care about the things I care about. Hence, the birth of…

Indie Author Community Message Board {link removed as the board has since been closed down again}

Yes, there’s a section for writing, but the main focus of this board is indie publishing. As I learn the ropes, I’ll share my experiences. If you want to learn with me, then feel free to join the board and share your experiences too. If you’ve already travelled the indie road and have information we might be interested in, then please join the board and share. And, yes, if you’re a writer and haven’t even thought about publication yet but want to mingle with other writers, then join the board…ok, I won’t say it again. Anyway, the more the merrier.

I don’t want the community to be swamped with rules and regulations. Not like last time. Use common sense and respect and everything should be fine.

I hope to see you at the board soon. 😀

Podcast Review: ThrillerCast

Following on from my last post, I want to continue talking about podcasts. This post relates to non-book podcasts.

Book podcasts are much like audiobooks, the reader is telling the listener a story. Non-book podcasts are different as the reader is giving the listener information. The information can be about anything, but in this case, the reader (or should I say hosts, as I doubt they have a set script in front of them) are talking specifically about writing. Writing thrillers, in particular.

ThrillerCast is new to the podcast world. The hosts, Alan Baxter and David Wood, are published authors. They talk amongst themselves regarding writing thrillers, reading them and getting them published.

The first episode was a good, sound introduction. The hosts work well together, are easy to listen to and had me chuckling out loud at one stage (which was embarrassing as I was on a crowded train at the time).

The second episode is about ebooks. They discuss the past, the present and what they predict for the future of digital publishing. I found their insights to be well thought out and inspiring. They made me want to get to work and get more publications out there so that I can be a part of it.

The third episode is about size – short stories, novellas and novels. The information isn’t new, but I liked the way they put it across. It made me realise there is a place for novellas in today’s market. Anything that makes you revise your opinion has to be good. And…as for the cat’s fifteen minutes of fame…I loved it! You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out what I mean.

I have a feeling these two authors will share a lot of useful information in the future and I look forward to future episodes.

I recommend this podcast to all writers…and you don’t have to be a thriller writer to gain something useful. Visit the ThrillerCast website or go to iTunes to download and subscribe to the podcast.

Podcast Review: Shadow Hunter

In October 2006 I wrote my first post on podcasts, it was called Introduction to Podcasts. I started listening to Shadow Hunter then. I listened to about 16 episodes and then, for a reason I can’t clearly remember, I stopped. I think it had a lot to do with changing service providers and having a lot less download megabytes available to me.

Anyway, four years later, I rediscovered podcasts through my iPod Touch. Suddenly a whole new world opened to me. I didn’t have to suffer eye strain as I read books VERY early in the morning on the train. I could see back, relax and listen to someone tell me a story. It’s absolutely brilliant.

It’s not surprising that this revelation sent me back to Terrence McLean’s website to find out if I could listen to Shadow Hunter in this new (for me) way. I was happy to discover I could.

Luckily for me, there was a recap episode which brought the characters and setting back to my mind and memory. Then I listened to four or five episodes that I had previously heard and then I went on to listen to the rest of the story.

Shadow Hunter is pure fantasy. There’s magic, necromancers, battles and a cast of complex characters. The author and reader, Terry, does a fine job keeping the listener interested. The story is fast paced and always kept me guessing what would happen next.

I have already listened to half of the next serialised podcast by Terry, which is called Buried in the Sand. I will review it upon completion. And there are two other books by Terry loaded on my iPod, waiting their turn.

Podcast books, audio books, ebooks and traditional paperbacks. There are so many forms of reading that we cannot possibly ever get bored again. If you haven’t tried a podcast book, try it. You’ll enjoy it.

Get Shadow Hunter and Terry’s other books through iTunes or the Never Was Website.