Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year everyone!

Hope that you had a great holiday and that 2016 has been kind with you so far. If you made new year's resolutions, share them with friends and family so they can keep you accountable and help you achieve them, If you didn't, good for you!

First of all, I wanted to thank you for your support throughout 2015. During the year I mentioned several times that I was planning a promotion for Home by the Sea for which I was going to need your help. 2015 went by in a blink and I never got to do the promotion, so one of my new year's resolution is to see it through. I'll keep you posted, since your help is paramount for its success.

My second resolution is to dedicate more time to write. My goals is to gift you a few short stories on which I'm already working.  Once I publish them, you will be able to download them for free. You'll find out through here or by email, if you are a member of my mailing list, when they become available.

Since it's easier to reach smaller goals, I kept my resolutions list short and I'm sharing it with you, so you keep me accountable. Feel free to drop me a note in my Facebook page, through Twitter @ShyreenTyler or to if you would like to know about my progress, push me to work, send me cheers or simply to say hi. I love to hear from you.

Until next time. In the meantime, be safe and keep reading.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Blade of the Destroyer: The Last Bucelarii

Hey there! For the last couple of months,  I've been reading a book in the Fantasy genre, written by a very talented writer, Andy Peloquin. His book, Blade of the Destroyer: The Last Bucelarii, pleasantly surprised me.

This book introduces us to the Hunter, a merciless, blood thirsty assasin-for-hire that conducts business in the fictional city of Voramis. Along with his faithful dagger, Soulhunger, he is well known and feared all over the city. If the price is right, the Hunter will take the job and enjoy the kill. He has skills that other human beings don't possess. He has no explanation on how he got them; in fact, he has no memory at all about his past. All he cares is that these skills make him the hunting animal he is and allows him to work under the noses of the Dark Heressy and the Hand, organizations that rule the land with corruption and dirty practices. In spite of his constant desire for blood, the Hunter has a human side. He helps the less fortunate and is respectful of women, at least of some of them.

Even though the Hunter calls Voramis his home, there are hidden secrets in its streets and history, unknown to him. Secrets that would test his physical and mental capacities and that would make him discover his limits. Secrets that would shake the very foundation of his being and that could change his destiny if he embraces them.

This book is engaging and intriguing. The author, Andy Peloquin, does a great job at creating the characters, dialog and environment. Voramis is a fantasy land that could easily remind the reader of Middle Earth or Westeros. While some characters appear for just a few lines, the overall dialog and description makes the reader believe that he's known them for longer. One of my favorite characters is a villain. Thus, the author has the capacity to make hateful characters likeable, even funny.

The book is full of action sequences. If you are faint of stomach, this book might not be for you. The description of the sword fights are full of blood and guts, portrayed so vividly that I glanced at myself from time to time to make sure I wasn't splattered.  During the first two-thirds of the book I couldn't put it down.  Towards the end, the story started to slightly drag. This is the moment when a lot of truths come to light. While it doesn't lack action, it felt a bit long.

All in all, I found Blade of the Destroyer: The Last Bucelarii entertaining and would recommend it to every one that likes Fantasy. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

Hope you give it try!

That's all for now. Until we meet again, be safe and keep reading!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Let me be in your inbox

Hi there! As mentioned in my previous post, the newsletter subscription form is ready.

If you lend me your email, I will keep you informed on promotions, giveaways, events, appearances and more.

To subscribe, click here.

Once you submit your email address, you'll need to confirm it and prove that you're human (we'll take a small blood sample from your finger. I promise it won't hurt).  After that, you're done! You'll start receiving emails as soon as I start sending them. I won't fill your inbox, you can count on that.

For those who had used the previous subscription form, please subscribe again. My apologies for the inconvenience.

Thanks in advance to all that join!

Write to you later. In the meantime, be safe and keep reading.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It's been a while

Hello there! I just noticed that I haven't updated the blog since May. My apologies, not much has happened since then.

Recently I finished reading the second installment of the Trials of Strength trilogy, Child of Recklessness, by author Matthew R. Bell and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.

On Child of Recklessness, we find Lucas Bishop outside of Greystone. That nightmare is now a thing of the past. However, Lucas' troubles have not ended. He is now being hunted by unknown forces, who are getting too close for comfort. With the help of his two loyal allies, and a new one on the way, Lucas needs to figure out who is following him, what they want and how to defeat them before they succeed.

Child of Recklessness keeps the same pace as Fear of God. It's fast and action packed. The writing is more mature than in the first book. There was a section that was hard to follow, however this part is briefly but clearly explained later.

This book is entertaining and fun. The author has a way to make the reader care for the characters and their fate. Can't wait for the third and last installment to be released.

Hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as I did.

On another note, shortly, and I promise it's not going to take me four months, I will post an email submission form that will allow you to subscribe to my newsletter. The form that was live was not working properly so I had to remove it. If you had submitted your email before, kindly do so again when the new form is live. I promise I won't drown your inbox with information. I'll keep you posted on promotions, giveaways and events. 

You'll read me again soon. In the meantime, be safe and keep reading!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review for Home by the Sea

Hello there! I wanted to share with you a Home by the Sea review that author Andy Peloquin posted on his blog.

Click here to read it.

Andy was kind enough to take time off his busy schedule to read Home by the Sea. He is currently working on his upcoming novel, which I hope to present to you once ready. In his blog, he has cool reviews as well as updates on his work. Check it out if you are looking for something new to read.

Thanks again to Andy for his support!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Another review!

Hello there! I wanted to share a very nice review that Miss Catherine Putsche wrote in her blog about Home by the Sea.

You can read it here.

Miss Putsche has a comprehensive collection of reviews on her blog. It's a useful guide when you are looking for new material to read. She posts reviews frequently so you can find new books almost daily.

I want to thank Miss Putsche for taking the time to read Home by the Sea. Your support is deeply appreciated.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A gift

Hi there! You might remember that back in February I posted the short story Strawberries & Cream. I wrote this story for a writing competition and posted it here as a gift to you.

The story is currently available to download for free. I wanted to share it with as many people as possible so I decided to publish it. Since it has strong imagery, it lives under the Adult section.

Here is the link to download it. Distribute it among your friends and family who are 18 years or older. If you like it, please rate it at Smashwords. While you're there, go ahead and rate Victory as well.

As always, thanks for your support.

Now back to what I've been doing in the past few weeks: working on the promotion for Home by the Sea. I will catch you up on the progress soon, and will let you know how you can get involved.

In the meantime, be safe and keep reading!