Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Max Xylander Tour and Review

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Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud

Max has anger management issues. But she has a secret, too. She can make things happen. Like magic. She almost killed a loser skate punk and nearly used it on her stuck up older sister. The question is, can she do anything other than blow things up? Can she learn to control it? And is it really possible that an obscure teenage girl is the key to keeping all of humanity safe?

Philip just got his ring back. He got it taken away for messing with his teacher’s mind so he can cheat on a test. Now that he has his ring, he thinks he should be able to use his power to make his life better. A lot better. The problem is that people want him to be responsible. But if you could do magic, wouldn’t you use it to escape work in any way possible?

Aaron wants to be a soldier. He knows there are lots of people who would try to take over, and he’s determined to stop them. The problem is that there’s this new girl. And she might be not be on the right side of things. She’s really talented and pretty, but she might be able to destroy everything he believes in. Whatever the case, he knows he needs to learn to be world class with the magic sword while he figures out what to do.

Brynn never gets out. Her grandfather won’t permit it. Her only access to the outside world are high fashion magazines, so she has an unusual idea what she should wear. She’s dying to get out and travel. And adopt animals. Any kind of animal. Is she a lonely future granny with cats or are her ridiculous clothes actually the next fashion craze? What possible role could she play in the destiny of the world?

Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud is a fast-paced fantasy adventure for all ages (10 and up) and is the first of a planned trilogy. Fans of magic, swordplay, secret agents, and conspiracies set in a modern everyday world will not be able to put the book down. Jon Thomason is a debut author and paints a vivid world of magic right under our noses and delivers rapid-fire action that keeps the pages turning.


"Impressively inventive and enjoyable...vivid storytelling and exceptional characterization...Max's personality is layered and complex...conveyed flawlessly...keeping readers intrigued and engaged...writing style is smooth, and a subtle sense of humor comes through...narrative tension builds at a good pace and easily flows toward a satisfying and exciting conclusion...parents are likely to both approve of the story and enjoy reading it themselves...talented writer...sure to find an appreciative audience that will eagerly anticipate the next book in the series." -- ForeWord Clarion Review

"Thomason shines in his heroine's characterization...magical" --blueink Review


A very pleasing and surprising fantasy middlegrade. Quite magical and actually very well thought out. I've been seeing a lot of people compare the feel to Harry Potter. While I'm not entirely sure I can agree, I do believe that there certain is a sense of that sort of adventure. Definitely a middle-grade read, somewhere in between first-chapter books and intermediate fiction like Diana Wynne Jones. Though our main character is female, I could definitely say this book would be just as exciting for young male readers.

One particular positive of the book is the underlying concepts of choosing your own path regarding light and dark, good and evil, positive and negative. We don't have a goody-two-shoes heroine who is struggling against a purely outside evil force. While we do have an evil antagonist the author does a great job with presenting the concept of an inner battle. Since our main characters are in their young teens (think right around puberty) this is going to resonate with other young adults that are going through similar times of feeling their world out for their place in it, discovering their personal power, and recognizing the consequences of their decisions and how they impact not only their own lives, but the people around them.

Not to mention there's story of overcoming. Young teens have a lot to overcome in life, from really serious things like family issues to very not-so-big crisis such as how to live through a serious crush or  how to get through speech class.

Okay, so I'm not sure that a young reader would be able to pick up on that. But that's where the parents come in. Read the book and discuss it with your kid. Heck, read it together. It's adventurous and creative and it's a great opportunity to discuss concepts like right-path decisions, self government, and even ideas of adventures with your going-on-adult  youngsters.

I do think that there was room for a little more story in this first book,  but the author has left the door wide open for other books to follow and it's certainly worth keeping an eye open for. 

On the whole. Not bad. Quite adventurous, very creative, good purpose.

Way to go Thomasan. Way to go.

Author Jon Thomason

Jon Thomason lives with his family in San Diego, after many years living in the beautiful Seattle area. He has a successful career in high tech where he's been fortunate enough to participate in many big-name industry releases.

Storytelling permeates everything he does. In the moments when Jon is not helping build the story of the tech world, he can almost always be found working on a project: writing, photography, videography, graphics design, or 3D art.

And he's always careful to conceal his jinni magic abilities, though perhaps might slip one day and be discovered...


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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"To Love or Die in a Steamy-Reamy World" Blast!

 To Love or Die in a 
Steamy-Reamy World

10 Tales of Steampunk Silliness and Spookery

In the cozy seaside village of Steamville, New Hampshire, an unfaithful zombie, out of control werebots, succubi in corsets, and more wreak havoc in this short story collection from the author of Elemental.

Just .99 cents


"Well written and very fast paced. You won’t get bored or find your mind wandering. I’d love to see a sequel to this collection and see what happens next. I give this book five out of five donuts."

"This book starts off dipping its toe right into the heart of the story, not unlike Ms. White's YA novel Elemental, and the story never really slows down to a lazy pace; making it a very easy and fast read."

"Ms. White wonderfully succeeded in instilling humor into ten short stories about vampires, zombies, ghosts, and one mad scientist. Each story is brilliantly linked. The Victorian era setting delightfully adds to the humor."

"This is a wonderful mix of Steampunk and Horror written in Emily White's unmistakable brilliance and style. Does it get any better than that?"

About Author Emily White

Emily White lives in NY, wedged between two of the Great Lakes and a few feet of snow and ice. She's spent most of her life running away from the cold, and even spent a year in Iraq, but now contents herself with writing her characters into warm, exotic places in faraway galaxies. When not tapping away at her computer keys, she can be found reading, reading, and reading some more. And when she's not doing that, she's usually playing video games with her husband, peek-a-boo with her kids, or walking through her garden, wondering why the bugs insist on eating all her vegetables.

Also by Emily White

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Kindle Fire Giveaway! February 2013 Wrap-up & March 2013 Goals!

Happy March, my dolls! 

February 2013 was a CRAZY month, ya'll. And I mean... WOW.

I didn't get much reading done in the "fiction" realm. I enjoyed quite a few books, but none that I believe would be enjoyable for the Auggie readership. I needed a bit of fiction-separation. I'd overloaded and just needed a smidge of a break.

Now that I've gotten it, I plan to go forth into the fiction fray once more with renewed gusto!

The post today is going to be a small wrap up plus a few goals for this month.

Oh... and if you haven't seen it: Auggie-Talk is helping host an awesome Kindle Fire giveaway. Easy entry for all Auggie-Talk followers.

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Books Read

Only 4 last month that I think would actually interest you guys. I'll do better for you all this month! Don't worry! 

March Goals

Goal #1: Read 10 Reviewable Books

Goal #2: WRITE 10 reviews for these books

Goal #3: VLOG at least 5 of those 10 reviews

Goal #4: Attempt to keep up with weekly memes (haven't I been horrible at this lately?!) 

Sound good? Awesome! These are the guideline for March 2013.

That's all for this day's post, my doves. Remember to enter to with a KINDLE FIRE! You've got all of March to do it, but if you get it done early then you won't have to worry about forgetting!

So go go go!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!