Have You Heard? Different, Not Damaged by Andy Peloquin – Review

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Different, Not Damaged by Andy Peloquin.

Where do I begin? Andy never ceases to amaze and impress me with the intricate worlds and characters he creates. If you haven’t read this author’s work, I implore you: pick up his work—any of it.

In Different, Not Damaged, Andy writes short stories of characters from some of his other books. These were not main characters in previous stories, yet they each played an important role, albeit for a short time, in the stories they were cast in.

This time, the characters of each story in Different, Not Damaged show up with a bang. Each may struggle with PTSD, OCD, a physical pain or deformity, or a whole host of other mental dis-eases where they learn to make said problems work for their good. Just because a person struggles with something some may term as ‘damaged,’ doesn’t mean these characters can’t find strength in a deep reservoir of themselves, and learn to overcome their challenges.

Andy’s ability to go within each of these characters’ personality flaws (though I say their strengths), and pull out their deepest emotions as they overcome their issues is phenomenal. Fear reigns, depression and sadness threaten to consume, flashbacks and terrors attempt to wear a person down, yet through it all, each character finds the beauty of finding himself or herself in this wondrous collection of short stories.

One of the things I most loved about these books and characters is how Andy managed to create missing links and hidden clues to a few of his other stories. For example, if you read another of his books, you may have been left wondering where ‘so and so’ disappeared, but if you pay close attention to the characters in Different, Not Damaged, you may find your answers.

Absolutely brilliant and fascinating tales of overcoming and celebrating ones differences, rather than viewing them as damages. Set in a beautiful world of fantasy and intrigue, I highly recommend Different, Not Damaged.

Different, Not Damaged on Amazon

~Have You Heard? Book Blog

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Have You Heard? It’s a Cover Reveal for Visions, Book Two in the Almana Series by Julayn Adams!

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Visions (Book II of the Almana Series)

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia/Post-apocalyptic, Romance

Publisher: Angel Press Publishing

Publication Date: December 2017
The Blurb:

Visions, the second book in the captivating Almana Series from international bestselling author, Julayn Adams.

In a world full of violence and hatred, Alexa still believes in hope. She is the reason Almana left heaven to risk everything, including her own immortal soul. But when Almana returns from the abyss with visions of an impending attack on their community, Alexa’s plans to unite with neighboring camps must be expedited. As racism and the brutal effects of the war live on, threatening to infiltrate their newly merged faction, Almana fights the demons plaguing her mind and her heart.
What Early Readers Are Saying:

“I read and loved Almana, the first book in this series and was waiting eagerly for the sequel. And this book, wow! Beautifully written, thrilling, heart-breaking and heartwarming, this is a brilliant story. One that makes you think. This series is one everyone needs to read as it tackles sensitively and with heart some of the issues tearing the world apart today. A timely and though-provoking book. An amazing story, masterfully told. LOVE this amazing series and very highly recommend it.”

-Renita D’Silva

-A Mother’s Daughter
“I absolutely adore this series! As much as I loved book one, Almana, book two, Visions, is my favorite, so far. As the author develops the scenery and the characters more fully in Visions, the plot thickens. 

It’s a racy, emotional, and very intriguing story with the ravages of wars past, war to come, and a race to hope good will win against the many evils in this book.

Julayn Adams is an excellent writer, a wonderful story teller, with a knack for the creative side of writing a lot of us lesser mortals only dream of becoming.

If you love fantasy, paranormal, romance, young adult, and/or a story full of hope, determination, strength, courage, and love, the Almana Series is a perfect place to begin.

A must read, five star book!”

~Have You Heard? Book Blog

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More from the Almana Series

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Almana (Book I of the Almana Series)

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Dystopia/Post-apocalyptic

Publisher: Angel Press Publishing

Publication Date: March 2016
The Blurb:

Hidden deep inside the forest, a community of people have created a safe haven despite the terror that lies not far from their border walls. World War III has destroyed most of the world population, and the ruthless dictator, Equis, is quickly gaining control over the majority of the U.S. population. Heaven has turned its back on humanity; the angels have deserted their posts and are awaiting the end – all but one. Through visions, Almana comes to believe that one last chance for the world’s redemption lies in a girl who lives in this small community. The only problem is the future of seventeen-year-old Alexa is grim, but without her, the end is imminent. Though Almana will be banished from her home until the world’s last day, she chooses to join Alexa in hopes of not only saving humanity, but heaven as well. Bound by a supernatural connection with Alexa and her family, Almana is gifted a new home. And despite the inability of angels being able to fall in love, Almana finds herself in a dilemma she hadn’t expected. 

A story of friendship, romance, love, betrayal, hate, hope, and despair, Almana is the first of a three-part series.
What People Are Saying:

“Julayn writes eloquently and her descriptions are so visual that you can picture them in your mind. I particularly love the parts of the novel when it focuses on Almana’s inner thoughts and loneliness…The author makes these aspects of Almana’s loneliness so real that I wonder if she knows something about the unseen world that we don’t. What a great surprising read.”

-Sherry Mayes

Stop the World

“I think that writing good quality fiction for this audience is one of hardest genres a writer can enter and of the many books I have read, few do it well enough to have broader appeal. Almana does. It is a beautifully crafted story which employs none of the more obvious routes generally taken by post-apocalyptic fiction. Although the main character, Almana, is an angel, the story deals with her as an ordinary teenager coming to terms with a new life. The world created by Julayn Adams skillfully combines fantasy, the challenges and adventures of creating a future, adding elements of danger and violence without ever becoming predictable. In short this is a very entertaining tale for any age.”

-XyllaNoril’sk
“Wow! This story hooked me from page one! A heavenly, heartbreaking and heartwarming tale full of believable characters you’ll love, and love to hate. I literally could not put it down! I believe I have found my next “must read” author!”

-Regina O’Connell

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Add Almana to your Goodreads shelves, and request a copy from your local bookstore or follow any of the links below to purchase your copy!

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*Reviewers, please note: review copies of Almana are available, and ARC signups are still open for Visions. Please email the author for requests.

 

Have You Heard? Once Upon Another Time by Bestselling Author Jettie Woodruff is LIVE!

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Blurb

They say we’re all time travelers in one way or another, and with every passing second, we alter the next second. Time is simply something lost in our own memories. You can’t see it, you can’t touch it, you can’t control it, and you can’t change it. It’s in a place where you can’t right your wrongs. A place where your history is in front of you, and there is nothing you can do about it. You can only move forward to the next second, and you certainly can’t go back.
Unless you accidentally meet a crazy little lady named Shotgun Roxy with a magic wand that is. One second I was a normal, middle-aged woman, living a normal everyday life, and the next … I found myself cast into a play with a parade of a characters from another time without a script.
Was I dead?
Was I in Heaven?
Was Heaven in the eighties?

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Review by Have You Heard? Book Blog

I almost don’t know where to begin. How about at the beginning? From the get go, this story took me right back to my childhood, memories of sunny days, lying in the grass with childhood friends and family members, creating images from clouds; playing hid and go seek; climbing trees; my first ‘childhood crush’. I’ve never read another story that took me back to those cherished, childhood memories the way Once Upon Another Time by Jettie Woodruff has done. Nope. Not a single one.

Talk about inducing a longing to travel back in time with the chance to do it all again, knowing what I know now. If only I could log how many times I’ve wanted to do this very thing. Jessie Fenton gets the chance in this bewitching tale of love, wishes, and regrets.

And Royal … Royal is a boy after my own heart … and Jessie’s. It’s ironic that, as I read this book, one of my own childhood friends stepped back into my life, and I couldn’t help comparing this story to ours. Jessie reminds me much of myself when I was young: daring, outspoken, and without a care in the world for the worries and fears of this world.

Royal thought she hung the moon. He followed her into every single dare, challenge, and adventure Jessie could goad him into, because Royal’s love for Jessie, even from the young age of seven, was all consuming, and he blindly and willingly followed her anywhere, everywhere.

So, how does a forty-seven year old woman find herself a seventeen year old senior again? That’s where Shotgun Roxy comes in, and I loved her personality immediately.

But it was Jessie’s “Grams” who really captured my heart, my respect.

If you take a chance on this romantic, young adult, fantasy fable, expect to ride an emotional, funny, sensitive, tear-jerking, warming roller coaster; yes, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll long to be spontaneous, and make decisions as you once would have – as the young you. Remember that person? I had forgotten too, but I now remember her, and I miss her.

Don’t sit this one out. The love between Royal and Jessie travels through time, reaches for the stars, and they’ve become my very favorite book couple – ever.

You’ll want to throw your Kindle a time or two, but don’t do it. I laughed, I cried, and I did not see that coming! You’ll know what I mean when you read this charming tale, Once Upon Another Time.

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~Have You Heard? Book Blog

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Have You Heard? Lament of The Fallen by Andy Peloquin is ON FIRE!

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First of all, I want to congratulate the author, Andy Peloquin, for his well-deserved win of the 2017 RONE Award for Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi book. Ironically, this happened just as I finished reading book two in The Last Bucelarii series, Lament of The Fallen, which is the very book I am reviewing now.

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Lament of The Fallen … Lament of The Fallen. I didn’t really get this title until I was well into reading this book, where I discovered what a perfectly matched title Andy had chosen for this story. Perhaps, if one thinks about it long and hard, a reader will come to grasp a tiny piece of what this book is about simply by playing it on repeat in one’s mind. I’ve never expounded thus on a book title prior to this one, but it just goes to show how deeply this story touched me, no, grabbed me, on every spectrum of the emotional scale.

The Hunter continues his quest from book one, Blade of The Destroyer, in this second gripping, emotionally devastating story. Yes, devastating. The author shredded my heart in pieces as it broke over and over and over again for the Hunter, a magnificent anti-hero (he can be my hero forever), a ruthless killer with a ginormous heart who refuses to take orders from the demons living inside him. If you want a full on synopsis of Lament of The Fallen, please visit Andy Peloquin’s various social media platforms to inquire further. I absolutely abhor spoilers, and I’m not going to start writing them now.

As far as how this story impacted me, all I can say is, “Wear your armor when reading this one. You’ll need it.” There were so many times I wanted to cry my eyes out, to reach inside the pages of the story unfolding before my eyes to ease the pain, suffering, and deception experienced by the Hunter. Who would have thought I’d ever feel compassion on such a strong magnitude for a killer? Ahhh, but the Hunter is no typical killer – he has a heart.

If you haven’t yet begun reading this exquisite artist’s work, I highly encourage you to do so now. Caution: if you have to get up early the next morning for work, you may want to postpone reading Andy Peloquin’s beautifully creative works of art until the weekend. You will stay up long after your usual bedtime, turning the pages (or swiping to the next) as quickly as possible to discover just what happens next.

In my truly honest opinion, Andy Peloquin is the most creative writer I’ve read to date, and yes, this includes every other book I’ve ever read in my life. Lament of The Fallen…just do it, but start on book one in the series, Blade of The Destroyer. Oh! And don’t forget my very favorite book of all time by the same author, Child of The Night Guild – a must read, blow your mind kind of story!

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Now, I’m on to read book three, Gateway to The Past.

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Kudos and congratulations, Andy Peloquin. Great job!

~Have You Heard? Book Blog

 

Have You Heard? Cover Reveal for Once Upon Another Time by Bestselling Author Jettie Woodruff

Jettie Woodruff is back with a sweeping new time travel, romance novel that will have you begging for more! Are you ready to see the stunning cover? Well, here it is …

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Blurb

They say we’re all time travelers in one way or another, and with every passing second, we alter the next second. Time is simply something lost in our own memories. You can’t see it, you can’t touch it, you can’t control it, and you can’t change it. It’s in a place where you can’t right your wrongs. A place where your history is in front of you, and there is nothing you can do about it. You can only move forward to the next second, and you certainly can’t go back.
Unless you accidentally meet a crazy little lady named Shotgun Roxy with a magic wand that is. One second I was a normal, middle-aged woman, living a normal everyday life, and the next … I found myself cast into a play with a parade of a characters from another time without a script.
Was I dead?
Was I in Heaven?
Was Heaven in the eighties?

Once Upon Another Time by Bestselling Author Jettie Woodruff © 2017

Excerpt

“I’m not a child. We’re practically the same age. What should I call you?”

“People call me Shotgun Roxy. You can call me Roxy.”

I followed her to the back of the store, feeling a little let down. “Roxy?”

“You don’t like Roxy?”

“Sure. I mean, I guess. I was just expecting something like Madame Cleopatra or something more powerful.”

Roxy tossed her head back and laughed. “I like that. Maybe I’ll change my name. Now, tell me. How have you been?”

Pre-order is Available Now on Amazon

Once Upon Another Time Pre-Order on Amazon by Clicking Here 

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Woohoo! It’s a live event party to celebrate the release of this exciting, romantic tale by Bestselling Author Jettie Woodruff on 10/29/2017, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., EST. We are going to have some really different and interesting things happening at this party, so don’t be late, and definitely don’t miss out on all the fun!!

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Have You Heard? It’s a Cover Reveal for Our Tribe 30 Day Dare to be Unapologetically Me by Jettie Woodruff

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Our Tribe 30 Day Dare to be Unapologetically Me by Best Selling Author Jettie Woodruff

We all need a little help now and then, someone to push us out of our comfort zones. If you’re ready to move into the next chapter of your life and live on purpose, then jump in with both feet, an open mind, and get ready to be unapologetically you. This is a thirty-day dare with daily tools to help you move into the great you. Change happens when change happens, but you have to take the first step. You can’t start a new chapter if you don’t turn the page. Grab a friend for this journey, and find your drives together. The only thing you’ll need is an open mind, the paperback or eBook, a special journal, or a plain old notebook, and the determination to change. I wish you all the love, luck, and happiness in the world. Let’s do this!

 

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Pre-order now for only $0.99!! The price will increase to $5.99 on release day.

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Author Bio:

I am a storyteller, a life coach, and sometimes a little crazy. I’m at an amazing time in my life where doors are opening, adventures are happening, and new friends are being made. Life is fun, and I want to share that joy with the world. I’m Jettie, and I’m unapologetically me.

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Have You Heard My Review of Anguish, Book 1 in the Journals Trilogy by DM Earl?

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I gave this awesome story a five-star rating because it just has all the elements needed for a great romantic suspense: a troubled heroine (Quinn), a sexy male (Stone), a best friend (Ivy), and an evil man who is bent on destroying Quinn’s family. I was captivated on page one of the prologue. Such statements as these really piqued my interest:

“How the f*ck did I end up like this; afraid of my own shadow, living isolated from the entire world?”

“Since the day that ‘It’ happened, the only thing that has helped me maintain my sanity is writing things down – my thoughts, dreams, nightmares, and fantasies – they all go into my journals.”

I don’t do spoilers, but this racy book kept my attention completely, and I read it in one day. Don’t pass up the opportunity to read this great story. It’s full of love, hate, revenge, murder, romance, friendship, and trust. Great work, DM Earl! I’ll be reading the rest of this series.

~Have You Heard?