Blog Tour Book Review: The Lost Catacomb by Shifra Hochberg

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Title: The Lost Catacomb written by Shifra Hochberg
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publisher: Enigma Press (an imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 257
Format: Ebook (read on Nook App for Microsoft Surface)
Rating – 5/5!!

An intoxicating blend of Vatican thriller and heart-rending love story, THE LOST CATACOMB is a stunning debut novel set against the backdrop of the Holocaust in Italy. At its heart is Nicola Page, a beautiful young art historian who flies to Rome to assess a newly discovered catacomb of enigmatic provenance. Its magnificent frescoes hold the clues to a centuries-old murder and the existence of a fabled treasure from the ancient Temple in Jerusalem.

Assisted by a handsome Italian archaeologist, Nicola is quickly drawn into a tangled web of intrigue and peril, masterminded by a powerful priest who is determined to destroy those who would reveal the dark secrets of the past. And as Nicola uncovers layer after layer of this deadly past, she is brought face to face with shocking facts about her own family history—facts that will forever change the course of her life.

Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by my stop on the Blog Tour for The Lost Catacomb! Special thanks to GMTA Publishing and Shifra Hochberg for allowing me to participate!

The Lost Catacomb was an absolute blast to read. It is a thrilling mystery whose narrative cycles between the present and the period of the Holocaust. The narrative is fascinating, action packed and gut wrenching. My goodness, this was a great book. It’s one of those books that’s just like candy and you just can’t get enough of it. From the get go this book had me so engrossed in it’s pages that I literally did not put it down. My whole day off of work was devoted to staying under the covers and reading this book, it was just THAT good.

There were a lot of things that I loved about this book including the historical fiction part of it. I’m always fascinated with a good historical fiction plot and I think that the World War II period is my most favorite period to read about. It just always reminds me of the dark side of human history but also reminds me of hope and compassion and the fact that we must never allow anything like that to ever happen again. This book was no different in that respect. I don’t want to give too much away about the actual plot and the plot twists but there are really amazing plot twists that concern our main character Nicola that just had me spinning. Well, the whole story had me spinning actually…and biting my nails!

Another thing that I just loved about this book was the main character herself. From the start I got the sense that she was a strong female character but she still had this sort of “lost” quality to her like although she is so successful in her career and academic accomplishments, her personal life is just…there. I LOVED seeing her “find” her identity, that was so satisfying for me. The ending was spectacular in that it was so chilling and makes you think. There is resolution…sort of and it was just the perfect way to end the book. I wish there was going to be another one but maybe there is! Great writing style, wonderfully built characters, just enough amount of romance (which wasn’t a lot but it was a good amount for this story), just the right amount of action and suspense. A superb read! I can’t tell you enough how much I really enjoyed this story and I would definitely be up for rereading it in the near future. I am expecting to read some awesome stories from this author in the future.

I would recommend this book to any historical mystery fans, especially readers that love Dan Brown books. In my opinion this book is definitely on that level! I would LOVE to see this as a movie! I think it would be both thrilling and beautiful at the same time.
If you are interested in reading this book, I have up to 20 free copies of the ebook to give away. Please let me know in the comments if you are interested!

 

AUTHOR PHOTO--SHIFRA HOCHBERG--LOST CATACOMBAbout the Author

 

Shifra Hochberg has a Ph.D. in English literature from New York University and teaches at Ariel University in Israel. She has published over 20 academic essays and is currently writing another novel

 

 

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Book Review: The Space Between by Kristie Cook

17552467Title: The Space Between (The Book of Phoenix #1) written by Kristie Cook
Genre: New Adult – Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Ang’dora Productions, LLC
Page count: 408
Format: Ebook (read on Kindle app for Microsoft Surface)
Rating – 5/5

When Life Falls to Pieces, Answers Lie in the Space Between

Leni Drago can’t make a smart decision on her own, according to her mother anyway–the few times she’s tried resulted in disaster. When her uncle sends her on a dance tour in Italy to find her real self, she returns to an empty home and any evidence of his existence wiped out. Then things get even stranger, like the mysterious appearances of Jeric Winters–inked, pierced and a hit-’em-and-quit-’em type. He’s one decision that should be easy for Leni. Or is he?

Jeric doesn’t do girlfriends. Unless they’re someone else’s. He left the fighting cage and modeling for a reason, and girls who want more than a night of fun are distractions he doesn’t need. Especially when they come with as much baggage as Leni carries. But he can’t shake the gut feeling that he needs to know her. All of her.

To discover the truth behind their connection and their ties to a journal from 1989, they must face painful secrets from their pasts. And they must do so quickly because their own existences are falling to pieces.

Two love stories, one mystery and a paranormal twist that readers call “mind blowing.” This first part of The Book of Phoenix takes you on a heart-wrenching ride as you discover the answers that lie in The Space Between.

I decided to download and read The Space Between on a whim while I was browsing through the free ebooks in the romance section of the Amazon Kindle app. I don’t typically browse these that often but I absolutely fell in love with the cover of this book and was immediately drawn in by the synopsis. This is quite literally the first free ebook I’ve ever gotten off of Amazon (it’s also free on B&N Nook) so  I wasn’t too sure what to expect and I admit at not having high expectations but I am so happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised by what I found within the pages of this book.

The Space Between is a wonderfully unique and beautiful story. It is also wildly romantic, sexy, tragic and suspenseful. I am so impressed by it. For some reason I thought this would be a typical romance book but even though it did have a few romance cliché’s and cheesy one liners, these were very few and far between. I enjoyed these characters and this story so much. It was nearly impossible for me to guess where the plot was going the whole time I read it. The “story within a story” narrative was confusing for me at first but if you stick it out and pay attention that gets cleared up in no time and is something I ended up enjoying. When I first started reading this book I forgot that it was a paranormal romance and the plot twist literally knocked me off of my feet, it’s breathtaking!

If you’re a paranormal romance or fantasy romance fan, you won’t want to miss this book and remember it’s free right now on Amazon and B&N. It is the first book in a series (yes!) and the second book has been released. I can say without a doubt that I will be reading the second book very, very soon because I want more of this romance and I want to know more about these twin flames and what their mission is going to be, what they mean for the world, etc. AHHH, great book!!

 

 

 

Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway: Smorgasbord by Jagjiwan Sohal

Smorgasbord PicTitle: Smorgasbord written by Jagjiwan Sohal
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Comedy Horror
Publisher: Mythos Press (Imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 179
Format: Ebook (read on Kindle app for Microsoft Surface)
Released: March 2014
Rating – 5/5

When Anna Lopez’s zombie attack video goes viral, no one could believe that the high school cheerleader had taken a bite out of the undead monster – and liked it! Now nothing will ever be the same for supernatural beings…because humans have discovered they taste freakin’ DELICIOUS!

 

And when a zombie boy gets in the crosshairs of a gang of hungry-human hunters, Julie, a young vampire loner, jumps in for the rescue. But now Julie’s got more than she bargained because taking care of a rambunctious undead creature who only knows one word (“brains”) is NOT easy. And when Julie and her zombie pal stumble upon on a crazed soccer mom, they find themselves on the run from a trigger-happy family who want nothing more than to grill them up for a neighborhood barbecue bash!

I knew I had to read this book when I caught a glimpse of the cover. It just looks like it would be a fun book to read (who doesn’t love a good zombie story?) and I’ve been trying to hunt down books that my ten year old niece may enjoy as well.

Smorgasbord is a totally unique spin on what could happen if the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur that features a zombie apocalypse gone wrong. Instead of the traditional uber scary, uber panic driven zombie attack on mankind, this story presents us with a zombie apocalypse in which, through an accidental bite, humans discover that zombies (along with other paranormal creatures) are fingerlickin’ good. It is the zombie apocalypse gone awry where humans are now doing the hunting while zombies and other paranormal creatures are doing the running.

The story is original and fresh in a market that seems at times a bit oversaturated with zombie novels, but Smorgasbord is not your “run of the mill” zombie story, it is a fresh of breath air. I couldn’t put this book down it was so fun to read. Lately I’ve been reading some pretty serious books so it was great to take a break from that and just go on a fun ride that suprisingly had me rooting for the paranormal creatures instead of the humans.

It had sort of a Shaun of the Dead type of humor vibe for me, except our protagonists are from the other team, which was great and it’s a story that is suitable for older kids and teens as well. I enjoyed it as an adult and it actually made me seriously think about how mankind might react to zombies and paranormal creatures if we somehow gained the upper hand…would we find a way to exploit them?

I hope to read more from this author in the future as I really enjoyed his style of writing, the dialogue he created, and the characters he created.

If you like zombie themed books or are looking for a  light, fun read where you might find yourself siding with the zombies and not the humans…Smorgasbord may be just the book for you! I have twenty copies to give away for free so leave a comment and let me know you are interested!

I’d like to thank GMTA Publishing and the author for allowing me to read and review this book!!

Also check out this rad playlist for the book! I love it!

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Born and raised near Toronto, Canada, Jagjiwan Sohal works in the Canadian film and TV industry as an up-and-coming screenwriter and producer. His short stories have been published by The Horror Zine, Scribal Tales and Hello Horror. Smorgasbord is his first novel.

 

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Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway – Six Million Accusers: Catching Adolf Eichmann by D. Lawrence-Young

Six Million AccusersTitle: Six Million Accusers: Catching Adolf Eichmann written by D. Lawrence-Young
Genre: Historical Fiction/World War II
Publisher: Enigma Press (Imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 245
Format: Ebook (read on Kindle app for Microsoft Surface)
Released: May 2014
Rating – 5/5

Six Million Accusers” is a historical novel reliving the hunt for, and capture of one of history’s most evil criminals – a leading Nazi named Adolf Eichmann.

 

Having disappeared after WWII, members of an Israeli organization search the world for Eichmann, hoping to one day capture one of the men responsible for brutally massacring millions of Jews, and others. Following any tip possible, eventually they discover a Jewish father and daughter who swear Eichmann quietly lives in their community, under a new name. The search for Eichmann ramps up, and the agents begin to fervently believe they have found their man.

 

As they get closer and closer, a plan must also be created to capture Eichmann, and secretly transport the villain back to Israel. Is it really Eichmann? And if so, what complications may arise that might destroy their plans to have this notorious Nazi held responsible for his crimes?

 

“Six Million Accusers” is based on historic detail, and David Lawrence- Young does an excellent job reliving the hunt for, and capture of Adolf Eichmann. Well written and easy to read, “Six Million Accusers” should be a staple of the educational discussion of WWII and the aftermath.

 

~~D. Bettenson

Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Six Million Accusers: Catching Adolf Eichmann. I’d like to say thank you to both D. Lawrence-Young and GMTA Publishing for giving me the honor of reading and reviewing this awesome book!

Six Million Accusers is a historical fiction novel based on the historical facts surrounding the mission to capture Adolf Eichmann, a high ranking Nazi responsible for the death of six million innocent Jews during World War II. It is the story of bringing him to justice after years of his evading it. Although the narrative is fiction, it reads like a first hand account of the activities leading to and after the capture of Eichmann.

This was an emotional read for me, as is pretty much every book I’ve read so far that has dealt with the subject of the Holocaust. I found myself in tears multiple times throughout my reading of this book. This is the first book I have read from D. Lawrence Young and I will be reading more…he has written this story so beautifully that I felt like I was actually there witnessing these events and looking into the eyes of one of history’s most terrible men.

I definitely learned a lot from reading this book. Although I had read about Adolf Eichmann before and knew a little bit about his relationship to Hitler and the Holocaust, prior to reading this book I hadn’t really known any specific details or the breadth of his involvement.

I am so glad that I was able to read this book and have the opportunity to share it with you today, I think that anyone can enjoy this book and be touched by it. It reminded me of the many failures and successes of our human history, the fragile nature of all of our lives and the fact that even if it takes awhile, good always conquers evil. Six Million Accusers is an interesting, powerful, fast paced, and beautifully written book that you will not want to put down. Read this book! I have 20 ebook copies of this book to give away, please leave a comment to get your copy, come back and share your thoughts with me!

Happy Reading everyone!

 

D Lawrence YoungAbout the Author

 

D. Lawrence-Young takes the often pompous and frequently silly “Shakespeare Authorship Controversy” and turns it into a fast-paced page-turning detective story. All the nooks and crannies of rival candidates and claims are traversed in interesting locations and often funny encounters. The SAC has got under the Shakespeare-loving and teaching David Young’s skin and he has turned this irritant into a pleasure to read and from which there is much to learn.

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Spotlight on: Keith Rommel’s “Thanatology series”

three-book-graphicHello!! I wanted to take the time between reviews to do a spotlight on Keith Rommel’s “Thanatology series” which is, as you can see, becoming a motion picture! Exciting stuff! I haven’t read the books myself but this series is definitely on my TBR list for reading in what is remaining of this year. Has anyone read it yet? It sounds intriguing and dark…definitely interesting!

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.  Sunbury Press has released Keith Rommel’s 3rd installment of the Thanatology series  The Sinful Man

SM_FC no maskAbout the Book:

Headaches. Hunger. Pain.

Leo needs something . . . his stomach growls, but it can wait. That’s not hunger he must feed. He has to get to his next high, but without money he knows he can’t buy what he needs to sate the voice inside telling him to get more, get more.

Voices. Visions. Addiction.

No luck asking his father. His mother is in no position to help. After failing to steal the money he desperately needs, Leo must appeal to his dealer, the dangerous and infamous Saint Nick—despite the inevitable beating he’ll take for showing up empty-handed. Still, anything to keep the voices and flashbacks at bay . . .

Demons. Addiction. Death.

Leo soon learns that everything has a price—not just money for drugs, but that every choice he makes has a repercussion. Suddenly caught between a world where he can see the sins of his past and a new consciousness that he doesn’t fully understand, Leo finds himself not only chasing the dragon, but being chased by demons of a whole different kind. He must learn the finality of being past hope—all while reliving his missed opportunities for second chances—and truly come to understand that he is responsible for his own undoing before he runs out of time. After a lifetime of bad choices, this Sinful Man discovers the consequences to his actions and the mortal responsibility of exercising free will.

What others are saying:

“Downright chilling. Rommel has woven another nightmare that will haunt your days and nights!” — Hunter Shea, author of The Montauk Monster and The Waiting
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“Reading late into the night, this had me wanting more… and dreading it.” — Catherine Jordan, author of 
Seeking Samiel
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From the very beginning of 
The Sinful Man, Keith Rommel grabs the reader by the throat and catapults him into a world where the reader’s own pounding heart screams that nowhere is safe. –Thomas M. Malafarina, author of Dead Kill – Book 1 – The Ridge of Death

The Sinful Man

Authored by Keith Rommel

List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
176 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062654
ISBN-10: 1620062658
BISAC: Fiction / Psychological

Also available on Kindle & Nook

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Sinful-Man-978162006…

The rest of the Thanatology Series:

Book 1 - The Cursed Man – soon to be a major motion picture:

Cursed Man pubThe Cursed Man, by Keith Rommel, tells the story of Alister Kunkle, a patient at Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. Alister has been in seclusion for the last 25 years, having no contact with the staff or the outside world. The reason for this is that anyone who communicates with Alister dies within the day, for he is the Cursed Man and Death takes a professional interest in those unlucky enough to cross his path.

Believing him simply deranged, Dr Anna Lee, an up-and-coming young psychiatrist, has come to cure Alister. She is warned about Alister’s past and is shown evidence of previous encounters made by the skeptical or unbelieving, all of whom died, sometimes horribly. Regardless of the stories, Anna will not be dissuaded and is reluctantly allowed access to Alister. All assume her fate is sealed, but when she returns unharmed the next day, we also start to wonder about the stories.

So begins an enthralling narrative told in the past and the present as Anna attempts to learn why Alister believes he is cursed, while at the same time trying to convince him the events were not real and that in fact he is merely ill and so can be cured. Is Alister truly followed by death or is he simply mentally ill? The Cursed Man is an extremely well-written suspense horror story… I enjoyed it immensely; right up until the very end I was never sure of the outcome… Great story-telling in the tradition of Stephen King… — Booklore

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Cursed-Man-PAPERBACK-9781620063682.htm

Book 2 - The Lurking Man – a Sunbury Press bestseller:

LM_pubWhat happens after we die? Are we given choices based on how we lived our lives? It’s an age-old question pondered by just about everyone.

Author Keith Rommel dared to explore the answer by creating his newest novel The Lurking Man, a story of dark suspense that unmercifully reveals the life of a self-deluded, neglectful mother who caused irreparable damage to her family and ultimately struggles with death as much as life. It’s the second novel in his suspenseful and thrilling Thanatology series that began with the eerie, spine-tingling The Cursed Man.

Imagine Death knowing your deepest, darkest secrets and all of your private pain,” said Rommel about The The Lurking Man. “Now imagine it wants to use what it knows against you so that you bend to its will.”

In the Lurking Man, main character Cailean stands beneath a spotlight in a blinding snowstorm. She has no idea where she is or how she got there, but she senses something moving around her in the darkness outside the light.

When the ominous presence calling himself Sariel makes himself known, he declares that he is Death Incarnate and that Cailean has died. He has taken her to the Aperture, a place between the living and the dead, where he will force her to face the sins of her past in exchange for twenty-four hours of life to try and right her wrongs. But what she must do in return for this precious time is unthinkable.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth by Greg Matloff, C. Bangs & Les Johnson

Harvesting Space for a Greener EarthTitle: Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth written by Greg Matloff, C. Bangs & Les Johnson
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Springer
Page count: 268
Format: Paperback
Rating – 5/5

What was our planet like in years past? How has our civilization affected Earth and its ecology? Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth, the Second Edition of Paradise Regained: The Regreening of the Earth, begins by discussing these questions, and then generates a scenario for the restoration of Earth. It introduces new and innovative ideas on how we could use Solar System and its resources for terrestrial benefit.

The environmental challenges that face us today cannot be resolved by conservation and current technologies alone. Harvesting Space highlights the risk of humankind’s future extinction from environmental degradation. Population growth, global climate change, and maintaining sustainability of habitats for wildlife are all considered, among other issues.

Rather than losing heart, we need to realize that the solutions to these problems lie in being good stewards of the planet and in the development of space. Not only will the solutions offered here avert a crisis, they will also provide the basis for continued technological and societal progress. Tapping the resources of near-Earth asteroids will lead to methods of diverting those asteroids that threaten Earth. Space-based terrestrial power generation systems will work synergistically with Earth-based conservation.

This book needs to be read urgently and widely, if we are to save ourselves from environmental disaster, reduce the risk of catastrophic cosmic impacts, and build a prosperous and sustainable future for all the creatures of Earth.

 

Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting my stop on the blog tour for Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth, a text I was really excited about reading. I’d like to thank the authors as well as TLC Book Tours for providing a review copy as well as granting me the opportunity to read what I think is such an important book.

Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth is made up of three sections, each containing a plethora of valuable information, some of which may be review if you were like me and took an astronomy class for fun in college but all of which is interesting and essential. The first section focuses on discussing our solar system and the formation of our earth; the second section discusses the history, failures, and successes of humans; and the last section discusses and proposes what we can do to ensure the health of longevity of our home, earth.

I found many of the proposals for conservation and the use of space technology to divert catastrophes and exploit space resources to be really interesting and I can see how they could be beneficial to us and the earth. One thing that I thought was really interesting was the proposal of using space for the byproducts of human civilization for example, waste. The theory is that since space does not have an atmosphere like earth and such that we wouldn’t be polluting it or “harming” space in any way.  Not only that but we would also be avoiding the pollution of our atmosphere which we see from the review of human impact on the earth in section 2. One thing I really take to heart from this book is the fact that many of us need to wake up. Something that was mentioned a bit in the book was the fact that the earth is our one home and that it’s a fragile, lonely creature (insomuch as there is no duplicate of earth that we can turn to in the event that this one can no longer house us). Living our everyday lives going to work and coming home playing games or reading books or whatever we do, it’s easy to forget what the earth is going through and consider our own contributions to the problems we are facing. This book is a wake up call and a proponent for change and innovation that we all must take to heart! I see this book making a great impact and I think it should be considered for inclusion in higher education courses or even high school courses. The information is written in a way that easily understandable, interesting and with beautiful, evocative illustrations. One thing I was really impressed with was that although the text gave factual, authoritative information it was also able to convey the care and passion that the authors have for the subject which was surprising and beautiful to me in a text like this.

This was such a great book for me to read at this point in my life and I’m convinced that everyone should read this book if only to become more familiar with the problems facing the earth and how serious these problems actually are. Reading a nonfiction book like this with the appearance of a textbook is really out of my normal comfort zone and I’m so glad that I read it. The authors of this book have done a wonderful job of discussing not only these problems, but in giving us an overview of earth before humans and earth after the human touch. The differences are so startling and so heartbreaking. I think reading this book really puts the earth’s plight into perspective and the fact that the need for change, really is a desperate need.

I recommend giving this book a read, I think everyone can learn something from it whether it be something from the history of our solar system, the history of human impact on the earth or the problems facing us and possible solutions for our future.

About the Authors

Greg MatoffGreg Matloff
Dr. Greg Matloff,  is a leading expert in possibilities for interstellar propulsion , especially  near-Sun solar-sail trajectories that might ultimately enable interstellar travel. and is an emeritus and adjunct associate astronomy professor with the physics department of New York City College of Technology, CUNY, a consultant with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, a Hayden Associate of the American Museum of Natural History and a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He co-authored with Les Johnson of NASA and C Bangs Paradise Regained (2009), Living Off the Land in Space (2007) and has authored Deep-Space Probes (edition 1: 2000 and edition 2: 2005).  As well as authoring More Telescope Power (2002), Telescope Power (1993), The Urban Astronomer (1991), he co-authored with Eugene Mallove The Starflight Handbook. (1989). His papers on interstellar travel, the search for extraterrestrial artifacts, and methods of protecting Earth from asteroid impacts have been published in JBIS, Acta Astronautica, Spaceflight, Space Technology,  Journal of Astronautical Sciences, and Mercury. His popular articles have appeared in many publications, including Analog. In 1998, he won a $5000 prize in the international essay contest on ETI sponsored by the National Institute for Discovery Science. . He served on a November 2007 panel organized by Seed magazine to brief Congressional staff on the possibilities of a sustainable, meaningful space program. In 2011, he co-authored with C Bangs an artist’s book entitled Biosphere Extension: Solar System Resources for the Earth.

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C Bangs’ art investigates frontier science combined with symbolist figuration from an ecological feminist point of view. Her work is included in public and private collections as well as in books and journals. Public Collections include the Library of Congress, NASA’s Marshall Spaceflight Center, The British Interplanetary Society, New York City College of Technology, Pratt Institute, Cornell University and Pace University.  I Am the Cosmos exhibition at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton included her work, Raw Materials from Space and the Orbital Steam Locomotive.  Her art has been included in eight books and two peer- reviewed journal articles, several magazine articles and art catalogs.  Merging art and science, she worked for three summers as a NASA Faculty Fellow, and under a NASA grant she investigated holographic interstellar probe message plaques.   Her recent artist’s book collaboration with Greg Matloff, Biosphere Extension: Solar System Resources for the Earth, was recently collected by the Brooklyn Museum for their artist-book collection.  

“The artist C Bangs and astronomer Greg Matloff are long time partners and collaborators whose mutual interests and complementary talents serve them well.  For many years, Bangs has been the artist who provides the graphic interpretation of their scientific books, they have achieved another level; their work has never been so well integrated, as they have found a method where text and image become one, rather than one illustrating the other.  The more esoteric points of Matloff’s research find an accessibility, while Bangs more than ever seamlessly offers us, through imagery, a lyrical telling of their story for the quest to access solar system resources for the Earth.” – Maddy Rosenberg, Central Booking Gallery, NYC

Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth, published by Springer, is due out this year.

Visit Bangs at her website, www.cbangs.com.

Les JohnsonLes Johnson
Les Johnson is a physicist, and the author of several popular science books about space exploration, Living Off the Land in Space, Solar Sailing: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel, Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth, Sky Alert: When Satellites Fail, and Harvesting Space for a Greener Earth, as well as three science fiction books, Back to the Moon, Going Interstellar, and Rescue Mode.

He is also the Senior Technical Advisor for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  Les is the NASA Co-Investigator (Co-I) for the European Union’s Deploytech Solar Sail demonstration mission planned for launch in 2015. He was the NASA Co-I for the JAXA T-Rex Space Tether Experiment and PI of NASA’s ProSEDS Experiment. During his career at NASA, he served as the Manager for the Space Science Programs and Projects Office, the In-Space Propulsion Technology Program, and the Interstellar Propulsion Research Project. He thrice received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal and has 3 patents.

Les is a frequent contributor to the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society and a member of the National Space Society, the World Future Society, and MENSA. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the British Interplanetary Society and is Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. Les was the featured “interstellar explorer” in the January 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine and a technical consultant for the movie Europa Report.

Les earned his Master’s degree in physics from Vanderbilt University in 1986 and his Bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University in 1984.

Visit Les at his website, www.lesjohnsonauthor.com.

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Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway: Fall from Grace: The Scribing of Ishitar

0526114-N Fall From GraceTitle: Fall From Grace: The Scribing of Ishitar written by Carrie F. Shepard
Genre: Epic Fantasy Adventure
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 490
Format: Ebook (read on Kindle app for Microsoft Surface)
Rating – 5/5

 

 Ishitar is born on the cusp of a great war between the two ruling Gods of the Heavens and Hells Realms. With his father in control of a repressive society and his mother fighting for free will for all, he believes the game that they play to be just that: a game. Little does he know that the players that he sees are not necessarily the ones who will influence the outcome.

 

 

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Scribing of Ishitar! I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I loved this book! Everything about it was captivating for me! First I’d like to talk about the cover. Are you kidding me??! This book cover is awesome! I know a book’s cover shouldn’t play a part in your wanting to read the book but let’s face it, we are visual creatures and this cover is one of those that instantly captivates you and is just too tempting and interesting a cover for me not to immediately want to read the book.

That aside, once I actually started reading the book I was done for, I loved this book. The writing is beautiful and so detailed, something I definitely expect from the epic fantasy genre. When I say that this book is detailed, do not take that for granted, this is probably one of the most detailed books that I have read in awhile and can get confusing pretty fast if the reader is not giving all of their attention to the story. There are ALOT of characters in this book that each have some very interesting stories and backgrounds but what I thought was really interesting was their relationships with all the other characters.

This story was a pretty unique spin on the biblical “creation” stories that we become familiar with at a young age. It’s sort of the unexplored behind the scenes story. It was so imaginative, dark and sensual…literally impossible for me to put down. The story and it’s characters had me completely engrossed and it’s such a dramatic story right from the start. As I was reading it I found myself making connections between the stories and angels that I am already familiar with and it was just interesting to see the pieces of their stories come together in ways that I could never have imagined. I don’t know about you but I have always been so interested in the angels and the events of the “fall from grace” and this book gives a pretty tempting and unique perspective on these events and was just captivating for me. So interesting! It’s hard for me to choose a favorite character because there are so many great and interesting characters presented to us in this story, some whose stories are so tragic and compelling but I think my favorite character so far is Loki although Ishitar is definitely a close second.

Having started this series, I am DYING to read the next book! I recommend giving this series a read and am going to help you out on that front because I have 20 ebook copies to give away so leave a comment! You won’t be disappointed! Check out the playlist below too to complement your reading of this book!

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CARRIE F. SHEPHERDAbout the Author

Carrie F. Shepherd grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Raised outside of the predominating religion, she sought answers of her own. Fascinated by the mythology of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, she delved into the old stories and meshed them with the new to create a fascinating world of good versus evil.

 

When not immersed in the world of the Gods, Carrie’s full time job is in Regulatory Compliance. During her time off she enjoys hiking on cooler days or, when the weather permits, hanging out with friends and family by the pool.

 

Carrie now lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with her fourteen year old daughter, her dogs (Commander Jon Snow and Sir Buns McGee of Bratwurst) and her cat (Blizzardfur).

 

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