Monday, April 22, 2019

Chameleon: The Summoning ~ Audio Book Blog Tour, Review, and $50 Giveaway!

CHAMELEON: THE SUMMONING
The Forest People, Book 3
BY MAGGIE LYNCH
Narrated by Rachel Jacobs
Length: 5 hours 52 minutes
Series: The Forest People, Book 3
Publisher: Windtree Press
Release date: February 12, 2019
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy


She turned a man to ashes. He scattered himself across time in multiple dimensions. Can she draw the ashes back in time to save him and prove she is the chosen one?

Surviving the ultimate transformation and the Agnoses predators, Camryn now faces the rise of a new Mazikeen Queen who thinks nothing of calling the darkness for her own needs. With the forest people on the brink of war, she retreats to the solitude of the Cloud Forests. To grieve. To heal. To accept she is the chameleon of prophecy.

But the ancient world proves to be anything but quiet, and she is far from alone. Guided by the first forest people, who are now elemental spirits, Camryn must master the powers of air, earth, water, and fire. Only then can she enlist her thunder dragon, control time itself, and save Dagger from the void.

Even then, her quest is far from over. With the realms of forest and human pitted against each other, one world teeters on extinction while the other tips toward eternal darkness. Only Camryn seeks a balanced resolution and with it, an impossible choice requiring her to make the greatest sacrifice of all.


Chameleon: The Summoning is the third audio book in The Forest People, a YA paranormal fantasy series. If you crave unlikely heroes and heroines, internal and real battles between creation and destruction, and mind-blowing magic, then you’ll love joining Camryn as she finds her true self and fulfills a 1,000-year-old prophecy against all odds.








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HALL WAYS REVIEW: AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. This third installment in The Forest People series picks-up right behind book two and takes readers along as main character Camryn hones her skills to be able to fulfill the prophesy of the Chameleon. (I don't recommend it as stand-alone; readers would miss too much.) Being the Chameleon and carrying all the weight the role brings would be a daunting task for anyone, but for a girl who wasn’t raised within the magical realms of the forest and who is riddled with guilt and fear, at times it seems overwhelming. Fortunately for Camryn, she is surrounded by beings who believe in her and who are committed to helping her develop her skills.

The peripheral characters in Chameleon: The Summoning bring the elemental world into focus for readers -- and Camryn. Endra, the new queen, drips with darkness and malice and magical strengths which made her a character readers will love to hate. (I wanted more!) Then there are the fairy-like ancient first Forest People, who shine with light and goodness. These characters, especially as voiced by Rachel Jacobs, make the scenes come alive when Camryn is being trained to use her elemental powers.

The strength and power and leadership of women is a recurring theme of the book, and there were scenes that seemed to channel other powerful females with whom readers may be familiar (Grandmother Willow from Disney’s Pocahontas, Bella from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer). Messages of friendship, respect, and the deep bonds women form as they support each other abound. Equally powerful is the message of what happens when hatred, jealousy, and ego corrupt a person.

“If the world is all light, then what is illuminated?”

Chameleon: The Summoning is all about balance, cause and effect, good and evil. The struggles within the story are both external between peoples and tribes and internal within various characters as they are pushed and pulled with decisions and quandaries. There is a lot going on with a huge cast of characters, numerous tribes, many sub-plots -- and little resolution -- which makes the story feel disjointed at times. (The ending is satisfying but a little vague and leaves me with more questions than answers.) But the stories keep moving forward and never stall for long, and the multiple story threads make it feel like author Maggie Lynch is setting the stage for future books – I hope so! There is a world of possibility in this series.

ABOUT THE NARRATION: In this third book of the series, narrator Rachel Jacobs really hits her stride; this is the best narration of the three. Her pacing is perfect, and she adds even more voices to the mix with the addition of Endra and the elemental first Forest People. Young or old, male or female, good or evil, dragon or human, Rachel manages to assign a voice that’s unique and memorable for each character. 5/5 Stars here.

Thank you to the author and Audiobookworm Productions for providing me an audio download via Authors Direct in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give. 

I received this audio book as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Maggie Lynch. The gifting of this audio book did not affect my opinion of it.

Maggie Lynch is the author of 20+ published books, as well as numerous short stories and non-fiction articles. Her fiction tells stories of men and women making heroic choices one messy moment at a time. Maggie is also the founder of Windtree Press, an independent publishing cooperative with over 200 titles among 20 authors.

Her love of lifelong-learning has garnered degrees in psychology, counseling, computer science, and education; and led to opportunities to consult in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Since 2013, Maggie and her musician husband have settled in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where she now enjoys the luxury of writing full-time. Her fiction spans romance, suspense, science fiction and fantasy titles. Her current non-fiction titles are focused on helping career authors succeed in the business side of writing and publishing.
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Narrator Bio

Rachel is an actor, singer and voice artist based in Los Angeles. She received a BA from Oberlin College’s Theatre Program and did intensive study with the American Conservatory Theatre, the National Theater Institute & Shakespeare and Company. She began voiceover work while on tour in Hong Kong, dubbing live action shows and voicing many characters for cartoons. After returning to the states she toured the west coast as a resident performer with California Theatre Center and has been narrating audiobooks since then. When not recording books Rachel makes hair bows and headbands for her shop on Etsy and can be seen running around as a who-fairy princess in Universal’s Grinchmas.
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BOOK THREE
Apr. 18th:
Lone Tree Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
The Book Junkie Reads . . . (Review, Giveaway)

Apr. 19th:
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews (Review, Giveaway)

Apr. 20th:

Apr. 21st:
Turning Another Page (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Giveaway)

Apr. 22nd:
Hall Ways Blog (Review, Giveaway)

Apr. 23rd:
Jazzy Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Giveaway)

Apr. 24th:
The Book Addict's Reviews (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Lynn's Romance Enthusiasm (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Panic Point ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Notable Quotable, Trailer, & Giveaway!


 PANIC POINT
Pepperman Mystery Series
Book Two
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BILL BRISCOE

  Genre: Mystery / Crime Fiction / Stand-Alone
Publisher: self-published
Date of Publication: March 26, 2019
Number of Pages: 248

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Chameleon: The Choosing ~ Audio Book Blog Tour Review & $50 Giveaway!


CHAMELEON: THE CHOOSING
The Forest People, Book 2
BY MAGGIE LYNCH
Narrated by Rachel Jacobs
Length: 5 hours 23 minutes
Series: The Forest People, Book 2
Publisher: Windtree Press
Release date: May 18, 2018
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy



A human chameleon. An endangered mythical forest. Can she bond with a dragon in time to save her new family?

Camryn Painter has enough identity issues without discovering a deadly new magic coursing through her veins. Though her chameleon-like abilities herald her as the forest people’s savior, she’s terrified by the growing dark power within her. And it only gets worse when she realizes that to control this new magic she’ll have to bond with a deadly Thunder Dragon…

As Camryn embarks on her dangerous quest, she discovers that the same human tyrants who experimented on her are behind multiple grisly murders as well. To fulfill her destiny, she may just have to infiltrate her former prison.

Can Camryn master her new abilities to stave off more death, or will power-hungry humans destroy her magical home for good?

Chameleon: The Choosing is the second book in The Forest People YA paranormal fantasy series. If you like heroic challenges, original creatures, and frightening battles between dark and light, then you'll love Maggie Lynch's rousing adventure.





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HALL WAYS REVIEW: AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. Chameleon: The Choosing is the second book in the Forest People series and is a good follow-up to book one, Chameleon: The Awakening, which I advise reading first. Author Maggie Faire again grabs readers’ attention from page one with immediate drama and tension, but in The Choosing, there are two early and unexpected twists that I find make this book unique in the typical teen love triangle sub-plots. Kudos to Faire!

In The Choosing, main character Camryn is discovering more of herself and her magical gifts, and readers are being further immersed into the world of the forest people. Part of the story takes us back into the world of the Agnoses, and more information is uncovered about the lichen mutations and experiments. As a side note, I find it interesting that Camryn doesn’t think about her Agnoses life or miss anything there (Soft toilet paper? A cheeseburger?) After all, the Agnoses world is the contemporary, non-magical, parallel world where Camryn was raised through the age of fifteen. Granted, it was a hard life for her, but she’s 100% moved on. On the other hand, who would dwell on the lack of Taco Bell when there is magic and dragons afoot?

Faire really ramps-up the descriptions in this book and leans very heavily on figurative language, especially similes and metaphors, to get her points and imagery across to the readers.  The world building within the forest is well-done, and many of the characters are well-drawn so that they are easily imagined. The writing makes readers feel very fly-on-the-wall, observing things as they unfold.

I like that so many of the power players in the book are female and in leadership and highly respected roles within their tribes or communities. Camryn is still struggling with where she fits and is inconsistent with her emotions about it. At times, she’s whiny, weak, and helpless, but other times she’s practically roaring, “I AM the Chameleon,” and she’s confident and powerful. Her inconsistency reminds readers that Camryn is still a teenager and lacks full control of anything. While she’s moving towards some independence by the end of the book, I rolled my eyes some that she continued to be rescued, by males, at the beginning.  I am ready for Camryn to start figuring things out on her own and rescuing herself. The ending of The Choosing is perfect with a change in point-of-view that leaves readers hopeful and curious about what’s coming next. I am counting on book three, Chameleon: The Summoning, to deliver answers and another satisfying, highly imaginative story.

ABOUT THE NARRATION: Listening to the audio book continues to be a bit challenging because of the numerous and complex tribe names and new characters being introduced.  Narrator Rachel Jacobs again delivers an excellent listening experience with well-voiced characters and good pacing. (I listened at 1.3x on the Authors Direct platform.) There are still some scattered mispronunciations that may catch the listener’s ear, but her performance evokes the right emotions and responses readers should have to the action and the drama unfolding in the story.

Thank you to the author and to Audiobookworm Productions for providing me an audio download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give. 

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Maggie Lynch. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Maggie Lynch is the author of 20+ published books, as well as numerous short stories and non-fiction articles. Her fiction tells stories of men and women making heroic choices one messy moment at a time. Maggie is also the founder of Windtree Press, an independent publishing cooperative with over 200 titles among 20 authors.

Her love of lifelong-learning has garnered degrees in psychology, counseling, computer science, and education; and led to opportunities to consult in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Since 2013, Maggie and her musician husband have settled in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where she now enjoys the luxury of writing full-time. Her fiction spans romance, suspense, science fiction and fantasy titles. Her current non-fiction titles are focused on helping career authors succeed in the business side of writing and publishing.
WebsiteTwitterFacebookGoodreadsPinterest
Narrator Bio

Rachel is an actor, singer and voice artist based in Los Angeles. She received a BA from Oberlin College’s Theatre Program and did intensive study with the American Conservatory Theatre, the National Theater Institute & Shakespeare and Company. She began voiceover work while on tour in Hong Kong, dubbing live action shows and voicing many characters for cartoons. After returning to the states she toured the west coast as a resident performer with California Theatre Center and has been narrating audiobooks since then. When not recording books Rachel makes hair bows and headbands for her shop on Etsy and can be seen running around as a who-fairy princess in Universal’s Grinchmas.
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BOOK TWO
Apr. 11th:
Lone Tree Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
The Book Junkie Reads . . . (Review, Giveaway)

Apr. 12th:
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews (Review, Giveaway)

Apr. 13th:

Apr. 14th:
Turning Another Page (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Giveaway)

Apr. 15th:
Hall Ways Blog (Review, Giveaway)

Apr. 16th:
Lynn's Romance Enthusiasm (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Apr. 17th:
Jazzy Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Giveaway)
The Book Addict's Reviews (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)