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Reviews by Collin: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline



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Ready Player One by Ernest Clive

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

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Featured Author on the Collin Earl YA Twitter List – The Call of the Hearld by Brian Rathbone.

Its time for another book from the Collin Earl Twitter List – This is one I’ve personally read from an author I personally know. Read. You’ll dig. Then go to his site and listen because he is crazy smart. Enjoy.




DESCRIPTION – Book One of The Dawning of Power trilogy. Echoes of the ancients’ power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind’s deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war.


MOST HELPFUL REVIEWThe Dawning of Power – another great fantasy! By Linda Weaver Clarke

Legend says that a Herald will be born who will save the land of Godfist from invaders. This Herald will fight for their freedom. To some it is only a legend but to others it is a prophecy, waiting to be fulfilled. The Zjhon are ancient enemies and are planning an attack but no one takes heed of these warnings until it is too late. Now it is up to the Herald to save them. The question is… will the Herald realize her destiny in time to save Godfist?

But that’s not all…the Zjhon believe in the prophecy and have given the order to search for the Herald and do away with her. This is an intriguing fantasy and is hard to put down. The description of scenery is so well written that I could imagine it in my mind. The characters are believable and well developed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The Dawning of Power is a trilogy, which includes Call of the Herald, Inherited Danger, and Dragon Ore. I would recommend this book for all ages.

My Thoughts: I love classic Tolken fantasy and Rathbone has a way with words in these books. Nothing ground breaking, but wonderful classic fantasy that is executed well. What more can you ask for?

Brian is not only an awesome author but wicked good at this ebook/online marketing stuff. My advice. Listen to what he has to say. @brianrathbone** –

“She discovers that she has ancient powers…just in time to save the world” The Call of the Herald – Link

Collin Earl Romance Writer List Feature – The Ruby Brooch by Katherine Logan

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DESCRIPTIONS: And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anaïs Nin

Can a 21st century paramedic find her heart’s desire on the other side of time?

From the white-plank fenced pastures of Lexington, Kentucky, to the beautiful Bay of San Francisco, The Ruby Brooch, a saga steeped in family tradition and mystery, follows a young woman’s journey as she searches for the truth on the other side of the heather-scented mist.

As the lone survivor of a car crash that killed her parents, paramedic Kit MacKlenna makes a startling discovery that further alters her life. A faded letter and a well-worn journal reveal that she was abandoned as a baby and the only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket that bears a portrait of a nineteenth-century man, and a Celtic brooch with mystical powers.

After studying the journal, she decides to continue her father’s twenty-year search for her identity and solve her birth parents’ murders. For safety reasons, she adopts the persona of the Widow MacKlenna. Although a perfect cover for her eccentric behavior, she will be forced to lie and MacKlennas don’t lie, or so she thought. Finally, dressed and packed, she utters the incantation inscribed on the ancient stone and is swept back to Independence, Missouri, in the year 1852.

Upon arriving in the past, she meets Cullen Montgomery, an egotistical Scotsman with a penchant for seducing widows. The San Francisco-bound lawyer happens to resemble the ghost who has haunted Kit since childhood. She quickly finds the Bach-humming, Shakespeare-quoting man to be over-bearing and his intolerance for liars threatens her quest.

If she can survive his accusations and resist his tempting embrace for seventy-three days, she might be able to find the answers she seeks, and return home to a new life without changing history or leaving her heart on the other side of time.

AMAZON RATING 4 1/2 stars



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The Ruby Brooch is the first book in the Celtic Brooch Trilogy by Katherine Lowry Logan. When I was contacted by the author to read this book, I was instantly excited. It combines several of my favorite things; historical romance, time travel and a stubborn woman. I could not wait to read it. From modern day Kentucky to 1852 Independence, Missouri, this book brings you on a woman’s journey through time that defies all the odds.

Kit, our main character is such a strong and determined woman, you can’t help but love her as she tries to learn the truth about her parentage. Her loyalty and bravery are other traits that I really admired. She doesn’t know how not to help people in need. I loved watching her story unfold. All the characters were vibrant and complex; no cardboard cut outs here. Cullen, Kit’s love interest, is beyond swoon-worthy; he quotes Shakespeare, hums Bach and is overprotective in a non-control freak way. I adore him.

This was a fast read for me, probably because I couldn’t put my kindle down. Instead I was carrying it from room to room so I could see what would happen next. It’s fast paced, sweet and sad at times. I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster as I read. Laughing one moment and crying the next. It’s an incredible story rich with detail. I could picture the wagon train in my mind so easily from the author’s descriptions. The story is told from the third person perspective which I really love because you get to get inside all the characters’ heads and see what makes them tick.

Amazing characters and great storytelling make this a real page turner. The Ruby Brooch is one of the best books I’ve read this year; it’s a fantastically original and moving book that will make you believe in true love and soul mates.This book was breathtaking from beginning to end. A poignant tale of loss and love and hope. I cannot wait for the next installment! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance.

My Thoughts – Romance is not really my cup of tea my wife seems to be digging it.

@KathyLLogan  “A historical (time-travel) romance & a page-turning heart-stopping mystery w/ Celtic flavor.” – THE RUBY BROOCH LINK

Collin Earl’s YA Twitter List Feature – Dark Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul by Leanna Renee Hieber

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DESCRIPTION: A lush gothic tale that begs for reading…I couldn’t put it down.” —New York Times bestselling author Sarah Maclean

I was obssessed.

It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I’d ever seen—everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable…utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike.

There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He was alive. Trapped within his golden frame.

I’ve crossed over into his world within the painting, and I’ve seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked—bound together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit cobblestone strets of Manhattan. And unless I can free him soon, things will only get Darker Still.

Amazon Rating: 4 Stars

Most Helpful Review: Review from Esther’s Ever After – Okay, first of all, I don’t think anyone can deny that this cover isn’t drop-dead gorgeous. Plus, after reading such a promising description featuring so many allusions to classical literature, I was dying to read this book. DYING. I love mystical magi cand the supernatural set in a Victorian setting; there’s something so dreamy and thrilling about it, don’t you think? And Darker Still lives up to these promises to deliver a captiving gothic horror story.

Reasons to Read:

1.A Victorian Mystery:
Natalie likes to play detective; that is, she’s only playing until she finds herself caught up in something very real, and very frightening. And she’s such the perfect character to play this role, and she was so interesting all on her own. She was nothing like I expected (and I mean this in a good way), because she really stands out among YA female protaganists. Yet all of this is wrapped up nicely in a lovely Victorian setting, filled with magic…
2.Hauntingly creepy:
I mentioned magic: well, a lot of it is dark magic. And some parts were so twisted, that they send shivers up your body. I kind of wish this book had been released earlier because it is an ideal haunted Halloween read…
3.Delicious scandal:
Of course, I wouldn’t mind being haunted if Lord Denbury was doing the haunting… and he definitely doesn’t mind breaking a few society rules for the era! There’s just something about a bona fide gentlemen that gets me all giddy.
Now, I do wish we had gotten to know Lord Denbury a bit more intimately (his character, I mean). And the romance does seem to progress awfully quickly, not quite insta!love, but just bordering on it. But at the same time, I can understand why it would build up suddenly, as both characters recognize something special and unique in each other.

Darker Still is written as diary entires, and I wasn’t particularly taken with this. I’m not a fan of books written as diaries or journals, unless there’s a reason important to the plot for it. And I didn’t see that it was for Darker Still.

BUT I still ended up loving and thoroughly enjoying this book! The characters are delightful, ESPECIALLY Natalie, and I was pleased to have a satisfying ending for one book, with the perfect lead-in to the next one (which I cannot wait for, already. 2012 cannot come soon enough, I mean it doesn’t even have a title and I’m anxious for it)! I just want to gush and rave about how beautiful, yet creepy, this book was but I can’t because I would HATE to give anything away! Anything at all. 😉

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My Thoughts: This is another one which sample I just downloaded but it instantly drew me. Looking forward to reading the rest of it.

@Leannarenee– Gothic Paranormal Fantasy series set in 1880s New York City full of curses, adventure & dark magic Link

Collin Earl’s YA Twitter List Feature – The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsey Buroker

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EnjoyA steam punk high fantasy novel

Description: Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.

Worse, Sicarius, the empire’s most notorious assassin, is in town. He’s tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills… or someone wants her dead.

The Emperor’s Edge is approximately 105,000 words.

Average Rate on Amazon – 4 1/2


@GoblinWriter ** I personally recommend this author”a plot against the king, an assassin who wants to help and a girl that never shuts up” The Emperor’s Edge Link

Collin Earl’s YA Twitter List Feature – The Rookie by Scott Sigler

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Crazy Football Science Fiction


Description Set in a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future, THE ROOKIE is a story that combines the intense gridiron action of “Any Given Sunday” with the space opera style of “Star Wars” and the criminal underworld of “The Godfather.” Aliens and humans alike play positions based on physiology, creating receivers that jump 25 feet into the air, linemen that bench-press 1,200 pounds, and linebackers that literally want to eat you. Organized crime runs every franchise, games are fixed and rival players are assassinated. Follow the story of Quentin Barnes, a 19-year-old quarterback prodigy that has been raised all his life to hate, and kill, those aliens. Quentin must deal with his racism and learn to lead, or he’ll wind up just another stat in the column marked “killed on the field.”In the Galactic Football League, wars are no longer fought in space, but on the gridiron. If you like aliens and football then I suspect you’re unlikely to find a better combination than than THE ROOKIE. –Phil Plait, Discover Magazine

Average Rating on Amazon 4 1/2

Most Helpful Review by Collin Earl 19 year old Quentin Barnes just hit pay dirt. He’s going to get his shot to play with the Krackens, a tier two football team that is trying to make its way to the top of the football world or in this case the football universe. What more could a back water racist from an all human planet ask for? Scott Sigler’s THE ROOKIE is set amongst a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future. Aliens play positions based on physiology, creating receivers that jump 25 feet into the air, linemen that bench-press 1,200 pounds, and linebackers that will eat you if given the chance. Organized crime runs every franchise, games are fixed and rival players are assassinated. Sound interesting? You have no idea.

Pros: I’ve heard this book described as the Godfather meets Any Given Sunday. I would have to agree. I think that this book has everything that you might want from an adult science fiction novel. There is violence, and lots of it, there’s interesting science and technology; there is even an interesting and well thought out “mythology” surrounding the political landscape. While many of Mr. Sigler’s characters are based on tropes he always makes them his own somehow and this story is no different. Quentin Barnes is a character that offends your gag reflex at times, but then again you can’t help cheering for him. Probably because his development is so in your face. He changes in a pushy and dramatic turnaround of his character. The rest of the cast of characters are just as fun in a shameful sort of way. What else can I say, the major parts of the story, plot, characters, arc and conflict are solid and interesting.

Cons: Depending on the version, Mr. Sigler can have quite the potty mouth, this doesn’t bother many people but its important to know that the original version of this story is not for the kiddies. (The hard back has a clean version) Also, as an avid football fan, I loved the football sequences, which there are many. I think Mr. Silger does a fine job of making the football action compelling. That being said, if you don’t like football, you may not like this story for that sole reason. I’ve had the opportunity to discuss the merits of the story with people who are not football fans, and they seem to like it, but that may be an inherit weakness of the story. I think one who doesn’t watch football may be confused as a result.

Overall – this is a good book and in my opinion, one of Mr. Sigler’s finer works. Even with its weaknesses, and really what book doesn’t have weaknesses, this is a can’t miss for avid ADULT science fiction readers. Usually Mr. Silger is a horror fiction writer, but I make no bones about it he does some of his best work in this series.

My Thoughts (Even though I gave the review): One of the best authors period – and a heck of a guy. Just read it. You will love it.

@scottsigler ** I personally recommend this author “Star Wars meets the Godfather meets Everyday Sunday – aliens, the mob and football” The Rookie Link

Collin Earl’s YA Twitter List Feature – Pocket and the Pendant by Mark Jeffery

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Description: Max Quick is a pickpocket, a vagabond, an orphan, and a thief. Even so, nothing about him seems particularly special . . . until one day when time mysteriously stops. Suddenly, nearly everyone in the world is frozen in time—except for Max.

Now Max must journey across America to find the source of the Time-stop. Along the way, he meets others who aren’t suspended in time, like Casey, a girl who’s never been on her own until now. Together, as they search for the cause of this disaster, Max and his companions encounter ancient mysteries, magic books, and clues to the riddle of stopped time. But relentless and mysterious villains are hot on Max’s heels and will do everything in their power to prevent Max from ending the Time-stop. And the closer Max gets to the answers, the more it seems that his own true identity is not what he once believed.

Racing against a clock that no longer ticks, Max must embrace his past to save his future—and the world—from being altered forever.

Average Amazon Rating – 4 1/2

Most Helpful Review by Dorine White The Story- Max Quick is an orphan with amnesia. He lives in a home for wayward boys, due to his pick pocketing ways. During an eclipse he is surprised to find the world frozen in time. Only a few other children besides himself are able to move around. One of these kids, Casey, teams up with Max to help solve the frozen time problem. Together they face strange beings in flying pyramids who seem to know the truth about Max’s mysterious unaging past. Our hero will only be able to save the world when he discovers a lost pendant with special powers.

My Thoughts- I enjoyed reading this book. Right from the get go I was intrigued by Max, a boy with scars and re healed broken bones, a boy with no memory, a boy who doesn’t seem to age. Finding out who or what he was pulled me through the book.

The story itself follows a good arc and the characters are interesting. I especially like the idea of being pulled through space by words in a book. (You’ll have to read to see.) It is appropriate for its age group, with little violence, mostly kids fighting kids, and no bad language. Kids will love to follow along with the mystery and enjoy reading about kids with superpowers living alone in a world where adults are frozen.

SPOILER** The only thing that bugged me was that the mystery of Max is not solved. A few clues are given, but we never find out why this boy, who has done something so hideous in his past, that he allows himself to have amnesia, is barely aging. I really wanted the mystery fully solved. However, I tweeted the author and it turns out there is a book 2 and perhaps a third. Hopefully, my curiosity will be filled.

My Thoughts – Mark Jeffery is one of the most original story tellers I have ever had the pleasure of reading. His plot, his characters and world building skills are among the best out there. Period. Buy, Read and Love. You’ll thank me.

@markjeffrey ** – “A boy who doesn’t age and time that has totally stopped” Pocket and the Pendant – Link

Collin Earl’s Twitter List Feature – Empyreal Fate (A Llathalan Annal) by Rachel Hunter

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An Elf and a Witch?

Description  Filled to the brim with forbidden love, an ancient evil, and a nation in disrepair, Empyreal Fate is a tale of riveting bravery and mortal corruption.

The land of Llathala lingers on the brink of war between men and elves, a dark history surrounding each race. Stirred by tensions of the land, a shadow of the past reemerges, taking precedence in reality and consuming the very soul of mans’ mortal weakness. Darrion, the son of a poor laborer, is ensnared in a hostile world, forced to choose between loyalty to his king or the counsel of the elves. Yet Fate has other plans in store, tying his course to Amarya, an elven royalblood of mysterious quality and unsurpassable beauty. But this forbidden connection incites betrayal from members of their own kin, marking them as traitors to the crown. In a land torn asunder, only Fate’s decree can allow such love to coexist with an ancient enmity.

Average rating 4 1/2 Stars on Amazon

Most Helpful Review by Beth H – Empyreal Fate is a story of the land of Llathala. Llathala is a land occupied by elf and human and they have a tenuous peace treaty which is slowly unraveling. War seem eminent, corruption from within both sides wish to rend this land apart for personal gain. Darrion, human son to a farmer’s family runs across Amarya, elf princess, in the woods while hunting for food. Can Darrion and Amarya overcome the forbidden friendship, feeling of love, an evil possession and ultimately fight to save their people from the corruption that lies within.

Empyreal Fate truly is a wonderful story telling of a land created by Rachel Hunter’s fantastic imagination. She utterly enwraps you into a totally new world that elves, fairies and humans live and fight for survival. I love the way she uses language to make you feel that you are in another time, era, or in this case world. Empyreal Fate had me from the Prologue till the end. Looking forward to reading more about this exciting new land Rachel Hunter has created.

My Thoughts – I am jonesing to finish  this book by Rachel Hunter – I started the sample and have been instantly drawn in. She seemed like a good place to start with our list.

You can find Ms. Hunger on the Twitter list: @young_author “Elves, Romance, Betrayal, Fate… Introducing fantasy novel”  EMPYREAL FATE Link

Harmonics: The Jadian Sun is out — We are Rushing on May 31, 2012

So the Book is out! Looking at the Rush around 10:00 AM Mountain! Don’t miss it.

For Samantha Montgomery, it seems there is no end to the reach of the Jadian Empire, as she once again finds herself at its mercy. Although life in an underground military facility was no picnic, the dangers within the elusive Empire may prove even more perilous.

With Richard’s sacrifice all for naught and Adam a part of those responsible for the attack on her school, Sam must find a way back to her home, back to her family…back to the life she once knew on her own.

Sam isn’t sure who she can trust as everyone around her seems tangled in the Empire’s vast web of deceit and duplicity. As she descends deeper into the heart of the Seven Cities, she realizes that nothing is certain- not even her beliefs about herself. Now she must choose between the life she has always known, or the truths she has discovered.

Join Sam as she uncovers the legacies, legends, and lies in Harmonics: The Jadian Sun

Harmonics: The Jadian Sun


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So that is the third book in the Harmonics series – the next three volumes of the House of Grey should be out, hopefully, by the end of the summer. Then its original material. Look forward to it.


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