Mar 2, 2011 - General    21 Comments

What I’m reading/read/will read, etc.

Being an indie author, I know full well how difficult it is to get someone to read (& review) your work. I found two really nice people that are willing to give my book a shot, so I figured I’d pay the favor forward.

If you have a nice, friendly light-hearted fantasy type story (sci-fi is good, too!), then let me know. I don’t really care for vampires, or dark fantasy. Something with a happy ending. Let me know and I’ll take a look.

I’m currently reading:

Scourge of Screbulum (Brandeis of Aura) by Kenneth Camel
In Wilder Lands (The Fall of Eldvar) by Jim Galford
Deadly Games (Emperor’s Edge #3) by Lindsay Buroker

My TBR list:

Book #3 in the Demon Gates saga… by Robert Day
Jaben’s Rift, #2 by G. David Walker
Wolfsong #2 by J.H. Sked
Door to Canellin #2 by E.H. Jones


Thus far, I’ve read/reviewed:

Scourge of an Agnostic God– Michael Juge
Body Trapped – Shirley Elmokaden
Guild of the Blue Dragon – Christopher Fulbright
Zero Sight by B. Justin Shier
Zachary Pill, The Dragon at Station End by Tim Greaton
Liberator’s Ruin by P.J. Johns
Wolverine’s Daughter by Doranna Durgin
Dark Currents by Lindsay Buroker
Flash Gold by Lindsay Buroker
Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker
Legacy (The Resonance Tetralogy) by Hugo Jackson
On Dark Shores by JA Clement
Escape 2 Earth 2012 by Lawrence Johnson, sr.
Strange Loops by Deborah Prestwood
Basement Blues by J.H.Sked
Through the Flames (Sword of Kirakath) by Ryne Billings
Nik’s Knacks by Kathryn Nicol
The Knowledge of Time – Second Civilisation by Tim Ellis
Hemlock and the Wizard Tower by B Throwsnaill
Wolfsong – by J.H. Sked
Door to Canellin – by E.H. Jones
Ashar’an Rising (Nexus Wars Saga) – by Robert Day
Demon Gates (Nexus Wars Saga) by Robert Day
The Treasures of Carmelidrium, by N.R. Williams
An Oak of Hope by Kenneth Camel
Children of the Elementi, by Ceri Clark
From A Far Land (Jaben’s Rift), by G. David Walker


  • Hugo –

    Got the book sitting on my iPad, ready to be read. I’ll start it tonight. Thanks again!


  • Hi Jeff,

    You’re very welcome. It should be working its way to you now. I hope you enjoy it, but I’ll be happy with an honest opinion =)

  • Hi Hugo –

    Again, thanks for the copy of your book!

    Use this address: jmpoole (at) gmail dot com. As for rushing those on my list, I have a few samples downloaded, but no one has officially made it to my TBR list yet. Strange Loops was the last one I finished.

    Thx again!

  • Cool stuff. There’s no rush; I don’t want to usurp those who’ve been on your list for a while. If you don’t want to give out your e-mail in the comments you can always contact me privately at hugo (dot) jackson (at) nazreal (dot) co (dot) uk so I know where to send it. I’m not too au fait with how to gift through Amazon profiles :p

  • Hugo –

    Sure, I’m never one to turn down a free book!

    I’ve downloaded a few other samples, but haven’t decided what I’ll read next. I’ll certainly start reading yours!

  • It’s a shame that you have to do that, though. Having been a forum moderator before it’s easy to see when someone’s a valuable contributor, regardless of a rule like that. Either way, it’ll be great to have you back =)

    And thank you, too. I know it’s in capable hands, hehe. I myself will be previewing The Prophecy sometime soon. I don’t have a Kindle, but my DEFY shows Kindle things quite nicely.

    If you do want a copy of Legacy, I’ll gladly gift it to you. Sorry, I meant to say I’d send it to you gratis!

  • Hi Hugo –

    Thanks for the support on my battle w/ Amazon. Sadly, I think they’re winning. *sigh* I’m still hoping they’ll lift their restriction and let me post something in there again. I have a feeling, though, that I’ll have to create another identity and post under a different name. Oh, well. 🙂

    I’ve downloaded the sample to your book and will definitely take a look. Sounds interesting! And I don’t say that to be polite. It does sound interesting!


  • Hi Jeff!

    It’s nice to connect with you outside the Amazon thread. Sorry you were booted off, considering how huge a support you’ve been for indie authors. I know I’ve been struggling to drum up support for my book, and you’re doing a great service to us. I even tried submitting it to a paid review site, but for whatever reason they never assigned it to anyone and I was left in the dark. At least I got my money back, though >.>;

    Considering, I’d like to put my book to your critical eye, if you wouldn’t mind :p I’ve listed it on R.M. Putnam’s thread before, but if you need a link again here it is: Legacy: Book One of the Resonance Tetralogy.

    I understand that you’re not a fan of werewolves, and even though there are none in here, I appreciate that aversion may extend to something ostensibly ‘anthro’ or ‘furry’ as well (although I’m loath to use the term myself, as I’ve never considered myself one of either). Legacy is a light-hearted fantasy action story that sounds like what you’re looking to read. I promise there’s no sex, no irritating ‘furry’ terms or anything like that, if that warned you off before. As I said, I’ve never considered myself to be one and I wrote this to be a true fantasy novel rather than any other sub-genre.

    I understand completely if you’d rather take on books more related to your interests and/or tastes, but I am struggling- even with good sales people don’t seem to be actually reviewing it, especially on Amazon UK. Given your reputation, I’d kick myself for not asking you personally. I hope all is going well. Best of luck with Insurrection ^__^ Feel free to drop by my blog sometime if you’d like:

  • Hi Janet!

    Got the voucher and will post the review on Smashwords here as soon as I can! I really can’t wait to see what happens next in the Crescent. I really enjoyed your book!

    And you’re readming mine? Very cool! I’m glad you’re liking it so far! If I would have had my way (originally), I would have left book 1 with a massive cliffhanger. My wife actually talked me out of it, so I turned the cliffhanger into the beginning of book 2. Hope to have that released soon!

  • Hi Jeff

    Thank you so much for the WolfSong reviews. I’m glad you liked it, and keep an eye out for the Smashwords voucher.

    Just to add my voice to Scott’s – really enjoying the book so far. Cliffhanger ending right now would make me want to roll on the floor and bite the carpet..

  • Scott –

    I’ll definitely keep you in mind. When I hit the editing stage, and start seeing “wtf was I thinking” in my notes as I go through the manuscript, then it’s time to give it to a couple of friends to go through with the proverbial red pen. Typos, continuity, anything that just doesn’t sound right. As the author, I can only go through the book so many times.

    Congrats on the blog award!

  • If you need any beta readers or anything you just let me know. I’ll be happy to help (and not wait as long to find out what happens). Lol


    I used to read every couple of pages to my wife to get her take on how the story was proceeding, but she has recently switched to waiting until each chapter was finished. She hates cliffhangers. LOL Reminds me of that.

    Just an FYI, I had originally left the end of the book as one doozy of a cliffhanger, but decided to turn my “cliffhanger” into chapter 1 in book II.

    Yeah, yeah, I know I need to finish book II. What I will tell you is the this… Bakkian Chronicles, Book II – Insurrection. Close to a year has passed. A devious plot has been hatched to force young Mikal to return to Lentari. Mwahahaha. 🙂

  • I have 15% left to read and let me just tell you if you ended your book in a cliffhanger then you have until morning to finish the second :p I would have been done yesterday if I didn’t go to the Strikeforce fights here in Columbus.

  • Definitely glad you’re liking it so far!

    As an author, I have to tell you it’s a strange feeling knowing that someone you don’t know is reading/reviewing your work. Always a thrill! 🙂

    My wife is pressuring me to finish book II. I am presently on chapter 14, and have a couple more chapters to go. At least the finish line is in sight.

    Have a good weekend!

  • I’m about 1/4 of the way through the book and enjoying it immensely so far. I would be further along but I had to go to the Arnold Sports Expo today (ok didn’t have to but I love going at least 1 day every year).

  • Hi Regina –

    I appreciate the suggestion. I’ve downloaded the Kindle sample and will take a look this weekend.

    Scott –

    Had I been drinking a soda when I read the last line of your post, I would have ended up spewing it all over my laptop. I’m literally thinking to myself, hey, I’ve heard that line before. It took longer than I would care to admit, but the light of comprehension finally shone a few rays in my direction. lol I hope you like it!

  • Jeff – I’m walking the line on whether my book, Friends of Orion, should fall under contemporary fantasy or paranormal mystery, but if it fits your criteria, I’d love for you to read it!

    You can view the first three chapters as a PDF at my website:

  • Why you gotta steal my line? Lol

    Good luck in the contest there really arent all that many people getting in on it. I was hoping for a better response.
    I was talking about your blog when I had said that on the forum.

    And remember it’s bad luck to eat a wizard.

  • Emperor’s Edge… Got it. Will take a look! To coin a phrase, I have downloaded the sample and added it to my list. 🙂

    And hell yeah, I always love free books! Out of curiosity, on the Amazon forum thread you created, were you talking about liking my blog or that other J person?

  • Check out The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker it was a great read! Also keep your fingers crossed that you win that copy of Demon Gates from the blog.