Wow, what a ride! The first novel started the grand adventure, but this book really jumped in, feet first, hooking the reader and carrying them on the adventure to the end. Where the first book was all about discovery, this one delves more into the world, and James did a fantastic job building his unique world, especially how well he blended in Norse, Egyptian, and even Greek mythology into a tale all his own. Adventure and intrigue fill the pages, along with plenty of twists and turns, the story ending in some unexpected ways. It’s a great read, and a unique fantasy world, and I’m looking forward to the next novel.
My Thoughts on “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe
My immediate thought was “No wonder this was banned. This is the single most politically charged literary satire I have ever read. Stowe, and her publisher, were not short on courage.
My second thought was that I have two new favorite literary characters, Uncle Tom, and Eva St Clare.
I loved this book, it really made me think about how I treat everyone around me, and how I would like to treat everyone around me.
While Tom himself died as a result of slavery, I was grateful that the other family featured in the title made it safely to Canada, where they lived peacefully for the rest of their days.
Uncle Tom is a hero to me. He never faltered from his faith, no matter the circumstance. I greatly respect that, and hope that I can have enough faith and courage to follow his example, staying true to my faith no matter the trials that I face.
JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Chariss K Walker
Tell us about yourself:
Hello, James. Thanks for having me here. As an author, I appreciate the opportunity to share my work and writing journey. I write fiction and nonfiction books with a metaphysical and visionary message. I suppose that my experience in the metaphysical arena influences all that I write. You see, I am a Reiki master/teacher and I have master’s degree in metaphysical sciences. And with over thirty years of experience, it just comes through in my writing. My fiction books share a characters growth and development as they learn to accept some aspect of their lives. My nonfiction are inspirational teachings about topics that I know well, such as chakras, meditation, spiritual gifts, and personal growth.
Tell us about your book:
Since you asked, I will pick one of my forty-four published books to talk about today: Kaleidoscope (The Vision Chronicles, Book 1). The Vision Chronicles 8-book series is about Mike Lewis. He sees visions of future, disturbing images through a kaleidoscope but he tries to hide his ability. Once he admits that he has this gift to a close friend and psychiatrist, all hell breaks loose and Mike has to face the fact his denial didn’t keep his ability a secret. He discovers that someone has been watching him since he was a young child. Those responsible begin a hard-sell pursuit of Mike with several abduction attempts. Mike realizes he is in danger and that these people want to lock him away to study his paranormal talent. He is forced to learn martial arts to protect himself. In each succeeding book, Mike learns to accept his gift a little more. As he does, the ability changes and expands, indicated by the titles of each next book, until he no longer sees unrelated images. Suddenly, he sees visions that protect him and his friends and family.
The series is a slice-of-life paranormal thriller filled with suspense that is taken directly from Mike’s journals as he boldly narrates his story. The story is rich with family and life.
What influenced you to write your current genre?
As stated earlier, I write what I know and I know metaphysical and visionary topics. This knowledge has been gained through earing education degrees, but also through the pursuit of a rich and varied life of spiritual and personal growth.
Who are your favorite authors?
Just off the top of my head, my favorite fiction writers: Clancy, Clavell, Crichton, Patterson, and MacDonald. I also like some of the old classics, for example, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Is there anything you want to share with potential readers?
I have many more books inside me waiting to be written. I recently finished the A Valentine’s Day Delight (Becky Tibbs: A North Carolina Medium’s Mystery Series, Book 4) and I feel there are several more books to be written in that series.
Where can we go to learn more about you and your literary works?
Please visit my website and the following social media profiles:
KINGDOMS RISE, ONE PROPHESY AFTER ANOTHER
For the people of the Realm of Light, this has always been the mantra; a foreboding concept of both men and beasts. As prophesies speak of new leadership that will bring the realm into a time of perpetual peace, four Denizen Clans exist in a tension-filled truce beneath the shadow of war. The Kingdom of Buz-Perr-Addock, ruled by Lord Yrimwaque, Jacob Hunter and his Queen, Svet-Lan-Addock, rules in fear of rebellion from the other three. While Lord Yrimwaque’s heirs – Arctyrus Hunter and his twin Amyrith, along with their cunning, younger brother Vulktyramous Hunter – are being groomed to inherit the Kingdom of Buz-Perr-Addock, Arctyrus becomes concerned with rumblings of an uprising from his brother Vulktyramous, whose main goal is to destroy the other Denizen Clans of the realm by recruiting other armies to his cause.
Arctyrus forsakes the throne of Buz-Perr-Addock by attempting to warn the other clans of his brother’s impending attack in hopes of unifying them against Vulktyramous. By doing so, Arctyrus hopes to restore peace and end the tyranny between the Denizen Clans of the Realm of Light once and for all. But the prideful clan leaders refuse to heed Arctyrus’ pleas and attack Vulktyramous and his followers individually, minimizing Arctyrus’ cause and making Vulktyramous all the more powerful. Amyrith remains indecisive between choosing which brother to follow while struggling to follow the will of her father. But in love and war, everyone aligns with one or the other and the fate of the Realms will hinge on that decision, forever.
Denizens Among Us is a Prequel to James Meservy’s debut hit, The United: The Realm of Light Book Series.
My Thoughts on “Jacob T Marley” by R William Bennett
Everyone knows that my favorite book of all time is “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, so it should come as no surprise that I checked out “Jacob T Marley” from the library as soon as it became available on audiobook.
The story is about Scrooge’s partner, Jacob Marley. His life, and more importantly his afterlife
I found the story interesting, especially the effects of Marley’s death-bed apology to Scrooge. It was well-written in the much same style as Dicken’s classic, including a few of the better known quotes from “A Christmas Carol.”
I was a little disappointed that “Jacob T Marley” was so reliant on the text from the “A Christmas Carol” and that Jacob’s story mirrored Scrooges so much so that the two could have been one and the same man.
That being said, it was a thought provoking story, with a thought provoking theme, and I did enjoy the story.
JQM LITERARY CHAT WELCOMES HOPE BOLINGER
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
I’m a 22-year-old literary agent and soon to be published YA author. I graduated in January from Taylor University’s professional writing program and have had the chance to work with various magazines, newspapers, publishing houses, and agencies. I’m a chocoholic who loves all things theater, cats, and ancient history.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK
Danny was told sophomore year was supposed to be stressful . . . but he didn’t expect his school to burn down on the first day.
To add to his sophomore woes, he—and his three best friends—receive an email in their inboxes from the principal of their rival, King’s Academy, offering full-rides to attend the prestigious boarding school. Danny says no. His overbearing mother says yes. So off he goes.
From day one at King’s, Danny encounters horrible hazing initiations, girls who like to pick other people’s scabs, and cafeteria food that could turn the strongest stomachs sour. As he attempts to survive, he will have to face his fears or fall prey to the King’s Academy lions.
Essentially it follows the story of this kid, Danny, who has a great deal of anxiety. Which sucks because his school burns down on the first day and he’s forced to transfer to his rival school: King’s Academy. To make matters worse, the arsonist attends King’s. And the arsonist doesn’t just seem content with setting one thing on fire.
WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR CURRENT GENRE?
Having picked up novel writing in high school, I love writing for that age group. I personally think YA writers get to have all the fun, and although high school was rough, some part of me felt like I could wish perpetually in that age range.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?
Oh, goodness, a cruel question. I’ll narrow it to J.K. Rowling (of course), C.S. Lewis, Markus Zusak, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The more literary or classic a book sounds, the more I love it.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?
Ah! Again with the cruel questions! I would say top three are Great Gatsby, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Anne of Green Gables.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?
I don’t have any specific ones (except Luna Lovegood) but characters that have a delicate balance of flaws and likeable points. No one likes a one-dimensional hero or villain.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?
If you like something light and fluffy and cute, don’t read Blaze. It’s gritty. It gets nasty, and it doesn’t necessarily have the happiest of endings.
That being said: if you like fire, boarding school dramas, characters who use humor in awkward or dangerous situations, nods to Ancient Babylon, and YA characters who deal with anxiety, depression, and horrible school administrations, this is the book for you.
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?
Hop right on over to my website: hopebolinger.com
I can also be found on social media:
I am making a big (for me) marketing push for the release of Denizens Among Us.
It would be great if I could have
25 Amazon reviews for The United (presently have 24)
10 Amazon reviews for Welcome to the Realm of Rai (presently have 5) & Sykar the Volkrog & Sykar Meets the Flause (presently have 0 reviews for both Sykar books).
If you have read any of the above mentioned, but have yet to post a review, I would greatly appreciate it if you could give me hand so that Denizens will have as impactful as a release as possible.