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!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Read my interview!

Hey there!! As indicated in my previous post, author Matthew R. Bell and I exchanged Q&As. You can click here to read his answers to my interview.

Matthew has graciously posted my answers on his blog. Check the interview here.

Hope you enjoy them.

That's all for now, until the next post. In the meantime, be safe and keep reading.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

I got to interview an author!

Hello there! I had the pleasure of exchanging Q&A's with the author of Fear or GodMatthew R. Bell.

Matthew is a super nice guy who took the time to answer a few questions to get to know him better.

Check out his interview here and support him by getting his Trials of Strength trilogy in Amazon.com.



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review of Fear of God

As I told you during my last post, I've been reading a book called Fear of God. I finished it yesterday and wanted to share with you what I thought.

Lucas Bishop is a college kid, living in a small town by the mountains. He has a loving mom, who takes care of him and their household, and a workaholic Dad who doesn't spend much time with the family. He lives a normal live, only disturbed by very real and constant nightmares. From one day to the next, his life shatters with a phone call, and the world around him collapses. The town becomes a war zone and the people he knew all his life turn into killing machines, without conscience or remorse. He finds himself hiding with a group of people, not knowing what has happened and trying to survive. Little by little, he discovers what has happened to the town, forcing him to make a decision: whether to remain a kid and hide, or become a man and fight on.

Written in the first person, the author Matthew R. Bell, involves you in the story from the first chapter. His characters are well defined, making you care for them from the moment you meet them. The dialog is entertaining and shows each character's unique personality. The story is full of action which he depicts in a way that makes you feel you are watching a movie. The plot is fluid and doesn't stall with unnecessary explanations or descriptions.

The writing could use some polishing, however this is not a distracting factor. This is a page-turner that kept me hooked. I've already gotten Book 2, Child of Recklessness, and I can't wait to start it.

You can get this book in Amazon and if you don't have a Kindle, you can still read it in your phone with he Kindle Cloud Reader.

Hope you give it a try.

Be safe!... and keep reading

Thursday, March 12, 2015

It's been a while...

Hello there! It's been more than a month from my last post. A few things have kept me away and, unfortunately, I cannot promise this won't happen again. Until I write a best seller to make me a millionaire, my alter ego needs to keep holding a full time job. She also likes working out so, there goes a couple more hours a day. I keep telling her that I need to sit and write but lately she's not been paying too much attention to me.

To keep me entertained, I've been working on a promotional plan for Home by the Sea which will unravel in the next few months. On a previous post I mentioned that there was something in the works for which I would need your help. Well, this is it. Basically I will need you to convince all your family and friends to download Home by the Sea during a period of time that I will communicate later. The promotional plan includes some free videos and giveaways for all of you. I will providing more details as days pass, so keep checking back.

The other thing that has kept me busy these past few days is a book by a young author called Matthew R. Bell. He was kind enough to write a review for Home by the Sea which you can read here. He has an action/adventure series of two books called Trials of Strength. I'm half way through book one, Fear of God, and I'm having difficulty putting it down. I will share with you my final thoughts on the book once I'm done, but if you want to start checking it out, you can visit his blog.

As my friend Porky Pig would say "That's all, Folks!" I will do my best to update you sooner than a month but don't wait standing up. In the meantime, be safe and keep reading.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

The short story I promised

Hello everyone! First of all, thanks to those who have shared their emails with me. I will be sending you the poll shortly. For those who still want to participate, feel free to contact me at shyreentyler@gmail.com. I've extended the deadline until Sunday February 8th.

Here is the short story I promised. It's a short short story that I wrote for a writing competition. It's kind of dark and for adults only.

Hope you like it! Let me know what you think, either by comment or email.

Strawberries & Cream


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I need your feedback

Hello there! I'm doing a private poll among all the people that have already read Home by the Sea. If you would like to participate, please send me your email at shyreentyler@gmail.com by Thursday February 5th. I promise it's a very short poll, only five questions.

In return, and as promised a few posts back, I will be sharing another short story that day.

I hope to hear from you. Feel free to drop me a line to participate on the poll or just to say hi.

That's all for now. Be safe and keep reading.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hunting for reviews

Hey everyone! A couple of posts back I mentioned that I have plans for this year for which I would need your help. I'm still finalizing the details but for now I would like to ask all who have read Home by the Sea to leave a review on the Amazon page if it's not too much trouble.

This is the direct link to leave a review for Home by the Sea. You need to be logged in to Amazon for it to work.

For those who have downloaded Victory, THANKS!!! I hope you are enjoying it. If you are already logged in to Amazon, might as well leave a review for that too. Here is the link. I know, you downloaded Victory from Smashwords and not from Amazon. That's because Amazon doesn't allow to publish free books. However, Amazon has better visibility, thus a review there would be more beneficial.

I truly appreciate your help. Keep in touch as I will be posting a new short story in a couple of weeks.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Free Victory Download!

Hello there! Finally! Victory is ready for FREE download. I know, it took me a while but, as I keep most of my promises, here it is:


This is one of the many gifts I have planned for you this year. Feel free to share it with friends and family, or tell them to come here and get their own copy. While you are at it, remind them to also get a copy of my novel Home by the Sea (see how I added a shameless book promotion there?)

In a couple of weeks I'll be posting another short story for your enjoyment. This one is much shorter, and darker, not suitable for young minds.

Until then, be safe and keep reading.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

Hi there! Sorry for the long silence. I just realized that the last time I posted was on November, just the week before Thanksgiving.

 The holidays kept me away from my duties as a writer. With my mom visiting me from my home country (Venezuela for those who don't know), and me visiting my brother in the wonderful city of London, more than a month passed without even noticing it.

As most humans on Earth, I have made my resolutions for 2015. I kept my list short, with the purpose of accomplishing all of my goals. One of them will require your involvement. I will be posting more information shortly; I just need to work my plan a little further before bringing you in. I hope that when the time comes, I can count on you.

 I haven't forgotten about the free download link for Victory. I promise it will be live before the end of January. 2015. I also have plans to post more of these short stories during the year, as a gift to you. Stay tuned.

 I wish you all a very productive and healthy 2015. Stay safe, be happy and over all, keep reading.