Life Update!

Exciting times ahead, and I want to keep you updated. First, I’m all into Tai Chi for health! My health, like many out there, needs attention, and I’ve discovered the benefits of this ancient form of marital arts. As a writer, I’ve got to be centered, focused and as stress free as possible;-) Of course, stress is a common companion for any writer, but it doesn’t have to rule you. Plus, stress wrecks havoc on our immune systems, skin, hair, organs, you name it. So, if you haven’t tried Tai Chi, give it a go!

Next, I’m avidly writing the second installment of The Protectorate series. While it’s slow going, it’s coming along nicely. Like fine wine, my books get better with the wait;-) So, stay tuned as I get closer to finishing it and sending it off to my trusted and brilliant Beta Readers!

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In addition to life’s events and writing, I’m thrilled to read any second I get. My current reading list includes: The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki, Defiant Brides by Nancy Rubin Stuart along with lots of books/articles on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Who says you can’t have fun researching? My love for all things historical runs deep, and I’m up to my shoulders in research for my series.

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Cover via Amazon.com

 

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Cover via Amazon.com

Lastly, I’m gearing up for a new path in writing, and I can’t wait to share it. However, I’ll release information on it in due time. Just know that lots of time, energy and effort have gone into this new project, and I’m thrilled for the opportunity!

So, what books are you reading? I’d love to know! Comment below and read on:-)

Happy writing/reading,

KD

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Review: Ice Homme by Vance Pumphrey

Disclosure: The author presented a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Each book of Vance Pumphrey’s exceeds the previous in anticipation, plot twists, and character development. As readers learn more of the dangers lurking around the next adventure, a growing fervor persuades us to keep turning the page. Ice Homme, the third in the Valdaar’s Fist series, sends our band of brothers on another unforgettable path towards death and destruction.

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The book begins with our tried and trusted crew outside the Library of Antiquities fully rested and loaded with supplies. Having obtained tidbits of information on Valdaar’s infamous sword and Cyrillis’ lineage, the crew sets off for Ice Homme, stronghold of the Minions of Set.

On their journey, a detour takes them on a dangerous path towards the Isle of Grief, Sordaak’s primary spot for his own Keep, an important destination and revelation for all included.  While on the way, the team must conquer the town of Ardaagh, full of ghosts, ghouls, and zombies, including a nasty Lich Lord that would like nothing better than to annihilate each one of them.

As if that is not enough, unforeseen events propel them onwards, attempting to best Storm Giants, Troglodytes and Minions, only to encounter alliances in the most unlikely of places. However, ancestral secrets abound, threatening a halt to their quest.

The ritual to raise Valdaar from the dead is futile without the possession of Pendromar, Dragma’s staff, and Valdaar’s sword. The hunt is on, the stakes are higher, and our trusted team is set to encounter their toughest challenge to date.

With subplots of infidelity and magical cloaks, Vance Pumphrey elevates his writing to another level in this third installment titled Ice Homme.

For more information on the author and to purchase books/merchandise, please visit vancepumphrey.com.

Next week, I’ll review the last in this series, The Platinum Dragon. Stay tuned!

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Happy reading,

KD

Review: The Library of Antiquity by Vance Pumphrey

Disclosure: Author provided a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Stumbling across a series of books that set tongues wagging and imaginations soaring is rather difficult. A fan of Epic Fantasy for decades, I can say that I am more than picky. Books, in general, must not only hook a reader from the opening sentence, but it must hold our attention throughout hundreds of pages. A rather formidable task in this day and age of publications. So, it was with great pleasure to have been introduced to the Valdaar’s Fist series which took me on a ride of unimaginable proportions.

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The Library of Antiquity is the second installment of the series. It picks up with our band of misfits trained, rested and chomping on the bit to continue their quest. The cast must bring their A-Game as they enter a living library ready to thwart any entrant from solving it’s plethora of challenges. Magic, spells and potions are no match for this library as the cast soon realizes. The culmination of staggering events lead our tried and weary group on an exasperating maze towards either triumph or death.

A wicked tale Vance Pumphrey weaves on this fabulous second installment. I look forward to posting my review on the mischief and mayhem this cast of characters entertain in the third book titled Ice Homme.

Happy reading!

KD

A Short Story Review: Orange Slices by H. Eugene

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Authors who write fabulous short stories are to be admired. Not only do they need well developed characters, but the plot must be spot on. Any discrepancies or lack of skill become glaringly apparent, but it’s more than that. Within a short number of pages, the reader must be caught in the web of the story and flown through intricacies that the best of authors wrestle with in full length novels and/or series. So, authors able to achieve the impossible should be applauded, and H. Eugene’s Orange Slices is one such treasure.

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From well developed characters to an immersive storyline, Orange Slices took me by surprise. Do yourself a favor and take an hour or afternoon to read H. Eugene’s short story. Oh, and by the way, grab a bag of orange slices to enjoy while you read. You’ll be happy you did!

Happy reading and eating!

KD

Review of Dragma’s Keep by Vance Pumphrey

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book by the author for review.

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Epic Fantasy has met its match with the publication of Dragma’s Keep, the first in The Valdaar’s Fist series, written by Vance Pumphrey. Swept into a magical world full of drow enchantments, mage-summoned demon familiars, armed Minotaurs, underground labyrinths, powerful ancient artifacts, mind-bending puzzles, and a dead god, our outlandish band of characters are assembled by way of theft, arson, persuasion and rescue. Forced to overcome their distrust of each other, the fearsome five find themselves on a journey toward resurrecting a dead god named Valdaar to restore a balance of power long since forgotten by most. This spellbinding book appeals to the adventure seeker in all of us, compelling the reader into depths of the unimaginable and fantastic.

Dragma’s Keep introduces the reader to a remarkable cast of characters who begrudgingly trudge down a path toward friendship. A good mix of humor and despair, Vance Pumphrey expertly crafts a memorable and endearing group, without sacrificing the fiercest of battles, and keeps the reader glued to the pages. I look forward to the journey’s continuation in The Library of Antiquities.

Happy reading,

KD

The Valdaar’s Fist Series Review

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The Valdaar’s Fist series, authored by an up-and-coming writer named Vance Pumphrey, includes Dragma’s Keep, The Library of Antiquity, Ice Homme and The Platinum Dragon. An interest in Dungeons and Dragons, while spending years at sea, sparked his desire to pen a tale of the most intriguing of characters, each with their own strengths and quirks, to hook and enthrall readers for hours on end.

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The robust cast of characters, initially with differing agendas, unite under the guise of finding the elusive Dragma’s Keep, a lair filled with ancient spell books and a magical staff among copious amounts of booty. This lair, hidden for eons within a deadly labyrinth, is thought to hold an ancient staff known as Pendromar, Dragon’s Breath, once owned by a powerful sorcerer (a.k.a. Dragma). The staff is now sought after by Sordaak, novice sorcerer, and his enlisted crew of Savinhand, thief, rogue and all around hack, Thrinndor, a paladin of the Paladinhood of Valdaar as well as Vorgath, a barbarian dwarf of the Dragger clan from the Silver Hills.

Upon a shaky start, the fearsome foursome add a fifth member when they stumble upon and rescue a young woman by the name of Cyrillis who had been bound within the labyrinth and left to die a most gruesome death. With the accrual of a healer of Valdaar, the group presses on uncertain of their futures and of each other. However, amidst the journey to Dragma’s Keep, the legend of Valdaar’s Fist, a sword crafted long ago, entices the group further down the path towards waking a god long since dead for thousands of years.

Their harrowing journeys throughout the series find them navigating labyrinths, an ancient teleporting library stocked full of rare and valuable books and relics, lands ruled by minions of Set, and dragons that possess superior intellect in addition to magical prowess, all in which solidify an enduring bond between the companions, hurtling each member towards heart wrenching disasters and bittersweet triumphs.

The series abounds with twists, turns and unexpected revelations while even accruing other beloved characters along the way. As each member grows in their crafts and skill sets, ground shattering truths, heartaches and friendships are pushed to their ultimate limits.

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Vance Pumphrey has crafted a titillating tale of beautifully flawed, but determined, individuals who sacrifice their own personal gains for the microscopic chance of resurrecting a god lost thousands of years before. It is to this humbleness of needs, this inherent desire to achieve the seemingly impossible, that sets these books apart.

With quick wit, a superior plot, a remarkable cast of characters and engaging dialogue, The Valdaar’s Fist series is an entertaining and captivating read sure to impress for generations of readers to come.

For more information about the author, or to purchase one of his books or merchandise, please visit www.vancepumphrey.com.

In the coming weeks, I will be delving into each book separately. Stay tuned, my friends!

Happy reading,

KD

Book Review Time!

Hello to all my fellow readers and writers! It’s been awhile as I’ve been busy reading, editing, writing and reviewing. I do hope the New Year has treated you kindly and that it’s the beginning of a great year of Dramas, Thrillers, Epic Fantasies, Romance, Historical Fiction and all things written.

Today, I bring you my review of H. Eugene’s latest thriller called Linda’s Closet and to tantalize a future review of an Epic Fantasy series written by Vance Pumphrey that will knock your socks off. I’m delighted to have given the following Editorial Review for H. Eugene’s latest and greatest!

Enjoy!

H. Eugene’s latest masterpiece, Linda’s Closet, winds an intricate plot around well developed characters mired in suppressed childhood demons, marital strife, the intricacies of friendship, and the complexities of death.
With a well designed storyline reminiscent of the likes of Stephen King, H. Eugene’s novel begins with the introduction of Linda Chambers. Faced with the imminent demise of her marriage, she reaches for the familiar comforts of her closest girlfriends to blunt the effects of an unwanted divorce and the implications to her children.
One rash decision, in an ill attempt at righting a terrible situation, propels Linda into a nightmarish existence where bonds of family, sisterhood and reality unravel where sides must be taken, ending in a reckoning of the past to the present in ultimate proportions.
The read is captivating from beginning to end, wrangling interest from page one. Taboo subjects are delved into, not simply touched upon or skirted around, making this novel a supreme thriller and gifted enough to be seen on the big screen someday. I can definitely say that I am taken with Linda’s Closet and look forward to H. Eugene’s future novels.

K.D. Upton, Author

If you haven’t read any of H. Eugene’s books, I highly suggest you pick up a copy or e-book. His tangled plots are sure to pique the interest of thriller/mystery readers everywhere. Also, don’t forget to sign-up for his monthly newsletter for all the latest insights, giveaways and details on his upcoming novels.

Now, I’ll switch gears for a moment to mention a series of Epic Fantasy books written by Vance Pumphrey. Filled with Goblins, Mages, Healers and Dwarves, Pumphrey catapults the reader into a world of Gods, enchantments, spells, potions and harrowing adventures that quickly captures the inner thrill seeker in all of us. Stay tuned for my future review for a more in-depth discussion of these amazing books.

Until next time, happy reading!

K.D.