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Review of The Black Stiletto: Endings and Beginnings

Well, the final book in the The Black Stiletto series dropped to $1.99 for the Kindle version, so I snatched it up. As I mentioned on my review of the fourth book, we were left on a cliffhanger. I have to say that this is the best book since the first one. It tied up all loose ends nicely and gave us an emotional ending to the series.

***********WARNING! SPOILERS!!!***********

The final year of the Black Stiletto’s career deals with her helping to finish off a criminal empire in L.A., carry her son (Martin) to term, clear her name as the murderer of her ex-boyfriend’s wife, and beat the snot out of the woman who was impersonating her. We also see her son have to deal with his mother’s ghosts and her pending death at the hands of Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, her grandaughter finds herself having to don her grandmother’s famous costume to defeat a villain from her mother’s past. We even see Judy work out whether or not to abort her baby, considering the father. She ultimately makes the right choice and goes on to be an amazing mother.

As the story ended, I found myself realizing that I was going to miss Judy Cooper. I would have loved to have seen the series continue in the present with her granddaughter. Though we got to see her put on the costume, it’s clear that she won’t be continuing as the “new” Black Stiletto.

As with the other books, this book is NOT for children. Swear words abound. Unmarried people have sex. In any case, this was an awesome read and a fitting end to this series.

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Interview About the World of Thera

There’s an interview up over at Annie Douglass Lima’s fantasy blog about Thera from Book Three. Be sure to check it out and leave some comments.

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What I’m Currently Reading

Since I first got my Kindle (nearly two years ago), I’ve been reading mostly on it. In fact, the only hardcopy books that I’ve read have been books that I already had and have already read in the past. So, this is a bit different:

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It’s no secret that my ten-year-old daughter is an advanced reader for her age. And it’s no secret that I’m as proud of her as any father can be. Gone are the days when I could pick up a children’s picture book for her and she would be happy. Actually, those days have been gone for a long time. Now, she reads chapter books. The Barcode Tattoo is a book that she left at my house for me to read, as she has already read it and its sequel. Judging by the title, one would almost think that it’s an End-Times thriller, ala Left Behind. I guess I’ll find out.

It is a YA book, which is something that I need to read more often, considering the series that I’m writing.

Alright, Kaitlyn. Daddy accepts your challenge.

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Promo Weekend

I’m doing a push for downloads of Invasion of the Ninja, which is now permafree on the various sites. I’ve promoted it to various lists that post free ebooks and set them for delivery beginning on 8/23. You all can help by promoting this blog entry and downloading a copy, if you haven’t already done so. If you have done so, and have read it, please leave a review on your favorite online shopping site and Goodreads.

“Jamie and Yoshi are late twentieth century members of the Funakoshi ninja clan who were trained by Yoshi’s uncle, Tanemura Funakoshi. When the Waruiyatsu, a sinister clan with an ancient grudge, attack Jamie’s high school and hold his classmates hostage in an effort to bring Tanemura and his two students into the open, Jamie and his clan sister are forced to attempt a rescue.

“Going along are a close group of friends, each with his own interest in the fighting arts. From Dave, whose muscle-bound frame and love of a good scuffle are overshadowed by his cheerful personality and kind heart, to Buster, whose Bible is his greatest weapon, each of their friends has a loyalty to them and each other that is stronger than the Waruiyatsu can ever fathom.

“This is a story of courage, friendship, and faith ….”

Read it for FREE on your ereader device:

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Also, remember that you can get BOOK THREE for the introductory price of ninety-nine cents. The sale ends on August 28.

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Book Three of the ADVENTURE CHRONICLES is FINALLY released!!!

It took awhile, but Gateway to Thera has finally been released. I had some headaches with the conversion to Smashwords being accepted into the Premium Catalog, but, after removing an unintended highlight from the theme Bible verse, it was finally accepted. So it’ll be released on Kobo, B&N, Apple and the rest within the next week or so. You can already purchase it at the links below.

BOOK THREE is very special to me in that it is the first book in the series that was never released by my prior publisher. The first two books were released (with virtually no editing) by my former “traditional” publisher. But I waited for my contract to be up before I ever considered releasing BOOK THREE. With cover art by the talented Andy Borders, the novel is more than I’d hoped for.

Currently available:

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What’s Coming Next

While I’m waiting patiently for the final edit of Gateway to Thera to come back from my editor, I thought I’d mention something else I’ve been working on. When A.P. Fuchs announced his retirement a few months ago, the “Metahumans vs.” series found itself in limbo. Jennifer MacDonald, the creator of Nightcat, stepped forward to take over the project. This forced it to be put off a little longer, as her own Nightcat novel was due by May. Inspired, I decided to submit a short story. As the Adventure characters were not really suitable for a superhero story (although I insist that Yoshi could take the Huntress or Catwoman any day of the week), I found myself inventing a new character. She’ll be linked to my Adventure characters in a future book (probably BOOK SIX).

A former member of the Waruiyatsu ninja clan (you’ll recognize them from the Adventure Chronicles), she was trained to someday kill Yoshika Funakoshi. Obviously, she has to be incredibly skilled to do that. However, she had a conscience when they sent her to assassinate the six-year-old daughter of a diplomat and was kicked out of her clan. A nunekin, or clanless ninja, she has become a Christian and has vowed to make ammends for the lives that she took while a member of her former clan. When she stepped into the light, she stopped aging and found herself immune to poison and magic. Now she prowls the streets of St. Louis, MO, as Seigi (Japanese for “Justice”).

I’ve written two stories for the upcoming Metahumans vs. Robots and Metahumans Unleashed. I have three more short stories plotted out and at least one novel. Here’s a pic of the character, drawn by the talented Nathan Bonner and colored by the always gifted TW Johnson.

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Review of EXTINCTION POINT: REVELATIONS by Paul Antony Jones

I stumbled across the third book of the Extinction Point series without much fanfare. Having started off with a bang in the first book, the second one was a little bit of a let-down. And, unfortunately, this book continued that trend. The fear was gone completely. I don’t know what happened to the author, but I really didn’t like this volume.

A submarine crew joins Emily and Jacob. Emily turns into a real jerk toward Jacob. Despite his reason for lying to her, he still saved her life. Her anger toward him gets old real fast. The crew of the sub are mostly forgettable. For some reason, the one who becomes Emily’s new love interest (who is Scottish), took on the appearance of Gerard Butler in my mind.

We find out the reason for the attack. These aliens believe that humanity is too violent to continue to live, so they take it upon themselves to violently kill us so they can start a new planet.

Ugh. I think I would have just as soon not known their reason.

The author indicated that he’s planning on writing a fourth book. However, this third book pretty much ruined the series for me. As far as I’m concerned, Extinction Point is dead.

One Star.

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