20 September, 2014

eBook Deals - Way of Kings FREE, plus more...

You've probably seen this already, but I thought I'd post it here too. Apple is promoting its iBooks app and has a number of books for free for download including books by Brandon Sanderson and Brandon Mull, plus a DC Comic. Check them out below.

I added a couple more deals I saw too.

iTunes link:
[FREE] The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson
[FREE] Wild Born (Spirit Animals #1) by Brandon Mull
[FREE] Justice League: Origin by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee

[FREE] Bitterwood (Bitterwood #1) by James Maxey
[$0.99] Dragonforge (Bitterwood #2) by James Maxey
[$2.99] Dragonseed (Bitterwood #3) by James Maxey
[$2.99] Dawn of Dragons (Bitterwood #4) by James Maxey

[$2.99] 11/22/66 by Stephen King
[$2.99] Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

[$3.99] Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - I will include this as long as it's a decent deal. Love this book.

Today Only:
[$1.99] Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

11 September, 2014

Promotion - Sacred Wind by Andy Coffey

I get quite a number of submissions for promotion on the blog. If you've emailed me, I can tell you I've taken at least a mild look, but I'm the absolute worst at responding to pretty much anyone. I'm seriously amazed anyone talks to me at all. I just have no time. Anyone want to field emails to OTBSFF? The pay is .... bad, well, non-existent actually.

But every now and then something gets me. I didn't make any promises for review because, as you probably noticed, I've been a terrible reviewer of late. Too much time and so little to do ... yeah. I warn you, I actually have no clue how good this book is, I can't read everything that comes in to the blog, sadly, but it does look hilarious.

Which brings us to the following: Sacred Wind by Andy Coffey. He had me at Black Adder, Terry Pratchett ... and Spinal Tap. Here's his introduction:

Sacred Wind – by Andy Coffey

‘Sometimes there are tales that must be told, songs that must be sung, and farts that must be farted. And sometimes the spirit of these great adventures, heroic deeds, songs of glory, and flatulent blessings is powerful enough to touch the hearts, ears and nostrils of the gods. And so it is with Sacred Wind.’

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Welcome to the world of Sacred Wind, a tale set in an alternative reality, featuring conscious curries, headbanging sheep, telepathic cats, magic cheese, an evil Baron, some very sexy faeries, and a Welsh Viking Flatulence Rock band…

Sacred Wind is a hilarious and wacky new book, by Andy Coffey. If you can imagine Black Adder, Shrek, Douglas Adams, Monty Python, Terry Pratchett, David Eddings and Spinal Tap meeting for a few pints of fine ale and a good game of charades… well, I think you get the picture.  Here’s a very short synopsis…

‘It’s safe to say that the last thing Aiden Peersey expected when he began his trip to Llangollen was to meet a bunch of Welsh Vikings who played in a rock band called Sacred Wind. It’s also safe to say that the technology geek and part-time sound engineer didn’t expect to be catapulted into a quest to win a music tournament, to save the faerie queen, to win freedom for their land, to be able to fart freely, and to win the right to their cheese. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what happened…’

So, if you want to delve into a book where curries will make you laugh, where sheep will make you cry, where no-one sniggers when your first name is 'Oldfart', where you'll cheer quite a lot at the bits that have obviously been written to incite cheering, where you'll think about faeries in ways you really shouldn't, where you'll be even more scared of Traffic Wardens than you ever thought possible, where possessed vacuum cleaners can get pretty nasty, where Welsh Vikings can have platonic relationships with English sheep, and where you’ll finish reading the story with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart, then Sacred Wind is the book for you…

Alongside the Sacred Wind book there’s also a complete album of rock music! This is the debut album by the band in the book, Sacred Wind. This critically acclaimed album, described as ‘a true metal Monty Python sketch’, has not only been getting great reviews in UK and international rock magazines but has received a ton of radio plays on stations in the UK, Europe and the US, including the prestigious UK national station, Planet Rock.

Sacred Wind, the book, is available in paperback from Amazon, and also as a trilogy of eBooks (and as The Complete Trilogy) in all good download stores including Amazon and iBooks. Sacred Wind, the album, is also available to download via Amazon, iTunes, Spotify etc.

09 September, 2014

(audiobook) Review - Breach Zone (Shadow Ops #3) by Myke Cole

Myke Cole is one of my favorite authors to be published in the last couple years. He's been really consistent in his debut series and I can't wait for whatever else he publishes. Here's my review for Shadow Ops: Breach Zone and like all my audio reviews, posted at sffaudio.com. My only real gripe here was the narrator as you'll see if you check out the full review.
Overall, Breach Zone is an excellent conclusion to the entire trilogy. The action is superb and the setup through the trilogy is just about perfectly satisfied in this final volume.

06 September, 2014

(audiobook) Review - Conquest (Chronicles of the Invaders #1) by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard

As I try to explain every time I post about my audiobooks, every audio review I do gets posted on sffaudio.com. It's a fun site with a great group of reviewers and if you're into audiobooks, I'd definitely put it on your list ... not the least because I review there. Of course not.

Today is my review of Conquest, Chronicles of the Invaders #1, by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard. I'd heard lots about John Connolly (The Book of Lost Things, the Charlie Parker series), but this one didn't quite do it for me. I'll try again of course, since this was a dual effort and who knows how much of it is him.
Apparently aliens are the new vampires and I guess I’m a sucker for aliens because this is the second YA book about aliens I’ve read in a year’s time.