Ka, half raptor and half man, must undertake three tests to become a member of the elite Icarian Squadron, flyers who dedicate themselves to the destruction of Summia and to an alliance with Imperiana. In order for him to succeed, he must first overcome his own fears, but in the process he discovers how Imperiana has manipulated the trials and Ka’s own emotional needs. Captain Harriman, under Imperial command, is ordered to make sure the fledgling flyers bow to Imperiana’s control. Will Ka be able to survive the trials and become an Icarian as his father was in the first war between Imperiana and Summia, or will his failure lead to disgrace and exile from the Rookery?
Ka swerved at the last minute hoping to avoid a humiliating landing on top of Commander Seron, but it was too late for that. His momentum carried him and Seron into a row of stinging nucrets, the only bushes able to survive the high altitude and severe winds. The recruits rushed to help the commander out of the scraggly shrubs.
“Eleven.” Seron waved the young flyers away as he found his footing and shook the nettles from his wings. He reached out his hand to Ka. “Son, don’t bother showing me your wingtips. I got a good taste of the Ugwana in your . . . your . . . well, I can’t exactly call it a landing . . . more of a collision.”
Accepting the commander’s hand, Ka extracted himself from the nucrets. “My apologies, Commander. I’ll do better next rotation.”
“I didn’t say anything about how you should get back here . . . only that you do it under the time limit. And you . . . you were a good deal under the time limit.” Seron put his arm around Ka as he led him back to precipice. “Were you trying to commit suicide in that dive? Never saw anyone reach the bottom faster . . . but at that speed . . . thought you said you were afraid of heights?”
“I am . . . I mean . . . I was.” Something inside him had been transformed. Ka looked over the edge and down to the Rookery. The panic was gone. His breakfast stayed in his stomach.
Part of the Electric Eclectic brand of Books.
“Icarian is an off shoot of Patch Man. I wanted to focus on one of the characters in Patch Man, so I chose Ka, the Icarian. I’ve done the same with another character, Ulan, only this time I created a full length book. In all so far, the Patch Man series has six books. The second book is due out by the end of August .“
A prophecy declares a small child will decide the victory between two countries paralyzed by war…
An old man sells magical patches on the ruined streets of Hagra-Dis when a small, one-armed girl begs him to fix her doll. An Imperial missile blast kills the little girl, Meesha, but Var patches her back to life, and they flee marauding storm troopers.
Imperial High Command unleashes Ulan, a formidable assassin and mystic who chases the Patch Man and his ragged band of followers through a labyrinth peopled with powerful beings and monsters. Both the pursued and pursuers find themselves in life or death situations when they encounter the Greeter, a mysterious being who controls the entrance to parallel worlds populating the labyrinth. It is in these domains they discover clues to end the war—with little Meesha as the secret key to ultimate victory and peace.
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Once upon a time I used to read books again if I like them. As long as a reasonable length of time had passed and enough for me to forget most of the details. I’ve also been known to read books two or three times! They had to be very special.
These days there are so many books out there I don’t do it any more – until now.
These are they:
Out of all the books I read, these two books, very different from each other, have stayed with me. Once in a while stories that you read ages ago come back to mind. Often I find I don’t remember anything about them, except I loved them. Or as with these two, certain scenes in the book come to mind from time to time.
The first book, I was luckily enough to win a paperback copy a few years ago. It was a large book, posted from the USA to me in the UK and must have cost a lot. It was signed by the author, and at the back it said:
*****Warning: This book contains sexual content (and a violent sexual scene) and language that is not appropriate for audiences under eighteen years of age.****
That put me off slightly. Did I want to read a book like that? I wasn’t sure and it sat on my shelf for a while.
The other book, The Day of the Wave, I can’t recall where I saw it or how I came to have it on my Kindle. I can only guess that as it was based the Boxing Day Tsunami in Thailand back in 2004, I was drawn to it.
Although I couldn’t really remember the storylines. From each of these books there were those scenes I mention.
In Metamorphis a party where Cameron the heroine, overhears something her boyfriend Dax is telling his friends. She is utterly horrified. I couldn’t remember what it was but remember being really shocked. It made me stop reading, gaze up blindly, thinking, w-what????
In the The Day of the Wave, it was also a sort of party, this time on a boat. Izzy and Ben are the main characters. They both experienced the horror of the wave. Ten years later they meet up. Izzy has never been to the sea since, but was braving a boat ride. All was going well until someone throws here in the water. It brings back all her memories and she has a panic attack. Ben dives in and rescues her. It was so moving, I think I stopped breathing while I read it.
I loved these books all over again and if you get a chance to read them too, please come back here and tell me what you thought.
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Women’s Fiction
EMMA ANDERSON has everything in her life worked out.
She has a perfect job in a Manhattan empire, allowing her to live a quiet, organised and safe existence. A necessity after a childhood filled with abuse, bad memories, and a mother who was less than useless.
She’s worked hard to get where she is – and she has just landed an amazing promotion.
But it comes with a problem – and one that could derail everything she thought she needed in her life.
Emma’s new role is as the right-hand man for billionaire playboy JAKE CARRERO. He’s exactly the type of person who could drive her crazy – and not in a good way.
Chalk and cheese – he is everything she’s not. Compulsive, dominant and confident, with a seriously laid-back attitude to casual sex and dating.
Jake is the only one with the ability to steamroll over Emma’s manicured, ice maiden exterior. But Emma has no desire to let anyone close enough to hurt her again.
Jake needs to show Emma that even someone like him can change when that one girl that matters walks into your life.
The ninth book in the very popular Carrero Series is released today, and I’m starting by featuring book one because we need a place to start and this is where the story begins.
Ninety-two reviews on Amazon tell you how good this book is, and I’m sorry to say I haven’t read it yet but upon reading the description, I intend to. In fact, I’m pretty sure it is already on my Kindle.
For a nineth book to come out, the series has many fans. I’ve seen these books around Facebook, and I am also a Pict Publishing author, so know of Leanne Marshall whose is a founder of Pict.
This morning, I came across this really lovely post by avid Carrero Series reader and fan, Sue Barker.
“Today is a special day for the boss Leanne Marshall, as her ninth Carrero Series book is released 🍾🎉🎊
About a year ago I was recommended her book The Carrero Effect ~ The Promotion. My friend had joked that I would be addicted and she wasn’t kidding!
Filled with strong characters, especially Emma, and so many twists and surprises (I’m sure my first message to Leanne was just WTF!) I greedily consumed the whole series avidly.
As well as reading some fabulous books, I became part of the Carrero Mafia, and have enjoyed making many friends. It has been a huge pleasure to support Leanne along the way and to find out how much work, stress and effort goes into producing a book.
Honestly I am in complete awe of all you authors!
So congratulations lovely 😊
Enjoy your special day🥰📖
And when is book ten going to be ready? 😉
So why not begin with book one and see just what effect this has one you!
The city of Wyvernshield is under siege. A horde of beasts in the thousands threaten utter destruction.
Taihven, an untested sorcerer prince has one chance to save his country and family.
Can he count on his untapped powers from the Chaos Realm? Will he uncover their true enemy from the past in time? Does he DARE become the king they need?
Who is Derek Barton?
I met Derek in a Facebook group where writer’s trade services. In my case I needed a proof reader and Derek helped me out twice. We eventually became Facebook friends, although it occured to me I rarely see any of his posts. I went to check and he does post and I am also following him. Facebook does that sometimes, it doesn’t show you everyone. So I used the drop down box and selected ‘see first’ instead of default.
So we haven’t actually spoken much except on Messenger and he always seems like a thoroughly nice chap. Friendly, helpful and polite. So I thought I would blog about his books to share them with you.
In 1996, he moved out to Phoenix, Arizona to find his own path. He married in 2012 and has three children, and still finding time to write fantasy and crime novels.
I have the first Elude book on my Kindle and will one day get around to reading it because I enjoy crime stories.
So if you are looking for a new author, it is working checking Derek out.