Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Heart of a Lion ~ Review

Heart of a Lion
Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy ~ Book #2
by Stephen Zimmer
Publication Date:
Rayden Valkyrie. She walks alone, serving no king, emperor, or master. Forged in the fires of tragedy, she has no place she truly calls home.

A deadly warrior wielding both blade and axe, Rayden is the bane of the wicked and corrupt. To many others, she is the most loyal and dedicated of friends, an ally who is unyielding in the most dangerous of circumstances.

The people of the far southern lands she has just aided claim that she has the heart of a lion. For Rayden, a long journey to the lands of the far northern tribes who adopted her as a child beckons, with an ocean lying in between.

Her path will lead her once more into the center of a maelstrom, one involving a rising empire that is said to be making use of the darkest kinds of sorcery to grow its power. Making new friends and discoveries amid tremendous peril, Rayden makes her way to the north.

Monstrous beasts, supernatural powers, and the bloody specter of war have been a part of her world for a long time and this journey will be no different. Rayden chooses the battles that she will fight, whether she takes up the cause of one individual or an entire people.

Both friends and enemies alike will swiftly learn that the people of the far southern lands spoke truly. Rayden Valkyrie has the heart of a lion.


Heart of a Lion is Book One of the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy. 



Spellbound!!, August 17, 2017

I am completely in love with this world in which Zimmer brings us a modge podge of characters who are truly unique & full of courage, honor, & wonder including a hard core heroine & her comrades who are willing to dish out punishment to any who deserve it. Oh but let's not forget the culprits of the prior anger...those who wish to strangle the life & soul out of anyone they deem lesser than themselves or who fail to bow down before them or their rules. Being my first book by this author I am very impressed with his ability to mix such passion, fear, & rage without crushing the souls of those he created (& ours too). It is a difficult task to balance the dark & light, & I feel he did it wonderfully! 

*This world is definitely not for the faint of heart as these characters have been through things most can not even imagine. Be aware that there are a few intense topics including slavery & abuse as well as some gruesome battle scenes that may cause some queasiness & or anger, but be assured Zimmer's characters demand justice while dishing out payments due.

The heroine: Rayden Valkyrie is truly kick @$$! She is not afraid to speak her mind & holds all she meets to a specific set of standards. Those who do not adhere to her moral code best watch out! Rayden won me over the moment she jumped in to protect & save the innocent, & fascinated me more with each page thereafter. 

Her team (who quickly became more) also stole my heart. Each with their own struggles of overcoming past tragedies & fighting for what's right...or simply claiming vengeance for what has been stolen from them. Regardless, it was hard to put this book down ESPECIALLY once a battle began. Every scene was so intense, motivating, heart crushing, & action packed!! I only wish more people were held to such morals as this crew truly understands what happens when those are lost (or taken). 

If you are a fan of fantastical stories of epic proportions you should give this one a go!


Thunder Horizon
Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy ~ Book #2
A deadly menace stalks the shadows of the lands to the north, stirring the winds of war. Farther south, the power of the Teveren Empire spreads with every passing day, empowered by dark sorcery. Formidable legions bent on conquest are on the march, slavery and subjugation following in their wake.

Within the rising maelstrom, Rayden Valkyrie has returned to the Gessa, to stand with the tribe that once took her into their care as a child. No amount of jewels or coin can sway her, nor can the great power of her adversaries intimidate her.

With a sword blade in her right hand and axe in her left, Rayden confronts foes both supernatural and of flesh and blood. Horrific revelations and tremendous risks loom; some that will see Rayden's survival in the gravest of peril.

Even if Rayden and the Gessa survive the trials plaguing their lands, the thunder of an even darker storm booms across the far horizon.

Thunder Horizon is the second book in the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy.


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 Stephen Zimmer
is an award-winning author and filmmaker based out of Lexington Kentucky. His works include the Rayden Valkyrie novels (Sword and Sorcery), the Rising Dawn Saga (Cross Genre), the Fires in Eden Series (Epic Fantasy), the Hellscapes short story collections (Horror), the Chronicles of Ave short story collections (Fantasy), and the Harvey and Solomon Tales (Steampunk).

Stephen’s visual work includes the feature film Shadows Light, shorts films such as The Sirens and Swordbearer, and the forthcoming Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.

Stephen is a proud Kentucky Colonel who also enjoys the realms of music, martial arts, good bourbons, and spending time with family.

@SGZimmer

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Rayden Valkyrie Celebration
August 16-23, 2017


 Tour Schedule and Activities
8/16 The Page Turner  Guest Post
8/16 BOOKS TO CURL UP WITH  Author Interview 
8/16 Bookishly me  Author Interview 
8/16 DarWrites    Guest Post
8/16 Sheila's Guests and Reviews   Guest Post
8/16 Sapphyria's Books   Guest Post
8/16 Deal Sharing Aunt   Top Ten's List
8/17 DarWrites   Review
8/17 Bookin Around Town   Author Interview/Podcast
8/17 Full Moon Bites     Character Interview 
8/18 BOOKS TO CURL UP WITH   Review
8/18 I Smell Sheep     Guest Post
8/19 Paranormal Pleasures    Review
8/19 The Page Turner   Review
8/19 Bella's Book Reviews   Review
8/19 Jeni's Bookshelf   Guest Post 
8/20 The Seventh Star Blog  Guest Post 
8/20 Stuart Thaman Books Guest Post
8/21 MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape  Author Interview  
8/21 SpecMusicMuse   Author Interview 
8/21 Jordan Hirsch    Review
8/22 Beauty in Ruins   Guest Post
8/22 Discover New Authors   Author Interview 
8/23 The Occult Detective  Review
8/23 Bookishly me  Review  
8/23 Jeni's Bookshelf  Review  
8/23   Jorie Loves a Story  Interview 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Shift Preorder Sale!

Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you the second installment of an addictive romantic mythology series where love is the ultimate game, and Aphrodite always wins. 

Preorder Now!!

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Shift ~ Books & Arrows #2
by Staci Hart

Publication Date: August 24th, 201


Even the gods cannot betray the will of the stars. It’s been a hundred years since she’s warmed my bed, a hundred years spent waiting for her. Now we’ll compete again in a game that matters little to me. But my prize is far greater than a token to be paid for a favor — I want her. And for the first time in a very long time, I have the chance to keep her. Because now the ground has shifted, tilted in my favor, and with her footing unsteady, she will fall. I will catch her. This time, I won’t let go.
Genre: Contemporary Romance



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Photographer: Lauren Watson-Perry

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Staci Hart
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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing,she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

@imaquirkybird

Keeper Under Fire by Jennifer Malone Wright


 Keeper Under Fire
by Jennifer Malone Wright
Publication Date: August 15th, 2017
The Reapers are coming…

The Keepers are ready to fight … to defend their home and the souls, no matter what the cost.

Olivia Estmond is tired of waiting to be attacked. It is time for the Keepers to strike first against the Reaper Empress. Preparing to fight is not a new concept for Liv, but living with a target on your back is not something she has ever dealt with. The Reapers were ordered to take out the entire Estmond family, and unless the Keepers did something about it, they wouldn’t stop until their mission was complete.

Not long ago, Aiden was a high-ranking soldier in the Reaper Army, but now he has fallen from grace in the eyes of the Empress. More than that, he wants his best friend back. He grew up with Jack and the two were once like brothers. Now, more than ever, he needed his brother. However, what he didn’t expect from becoming a double agent, was the attraction to a sexy red headed Keeper that came with the job.


Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Designer: Molly at We Got You Covered

Get your copy on:
Jennifer Malone Wright
Jennifer Malone Wright is best known for her short story series, The Vampire Hunter's Daughter. Other works include the follow up to The Vampire Hunter's Daughter series called The Arcadia Falls Chronicles, The Graveyard Guardians series, and her vampire novel called Savior. Jennifer also co-authors a series called Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse as well the Beary Tales series. 

She resides in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho with her husband and five children where she practices preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Just kidding!

But seriously, between the craziness of taking care of her children, Jennifer has little time left for herself. The time she does have left, usually leading far into the night, is spent working on her beloved fiction or chatting with her equally crazy friends.

Jennifer also loves coffee, has a passionate affair with red bull, wishes the sushi were better where she lives and dances while she cleans.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Rayden Valkyrie Celebration!

Rayden Valkyrie Celebration
August 16-23, 2017

 Stephen Zimmer
is an award-winning author and filmmaker based out of Lexington Kentucky. His works include the Rayden Valkyrie novels (Sword and Sorcery), the Rising Dawn Saga (Cross Genre), the Fires in Eden Series (Epic Fantasy), the Hellscapes short story collections (Horror), the Chronicles of Ave short story collections (Fantasy), and the Harvey and Solomon Tales (Steampunk).

Stephen’s visual work includes the feature film Shadows Light, shorts films such as The Sirens and Swordbearer, and the forthcoming Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot.

Stephen is a proud Kentucky Colonel who also enjoys the realms of music, martial arts, good bourbons, and spending time with family.

@SGZimmer

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Heart of a Lion
Rayden Valkyrie. She walks alone, serving no king, emperor, or master. Forged in the fires of tragedy, she has no place she truly calls home.

A deadly warrior wielding both blade and axe, Rayden is the bane of the wicked and corrupt. To many others, she is the most loyal and dedicated of friends, an ally who is unyielding in the most dangerous of circumstances.

The people of the far southern lands she has just aided claim that she has the heart of a lion. For Rayden, a long journey to the lands of the far northern tribes who adopted her as a child beckons, with an ocean lying in between.

Her path will lead her once more into the center of a maelstrom, one involving a rising empire that is said to be making use of the darkest kinds of sorcery to grow its power. Making new friends and discoveries amid tremendous peril, Rayden makes her way to the north.

Monstrous beasts, supernatural powers, and the bloody specter of war have been a part of her world for a long time and this journey will be no different. Rayden chooses the battles that she will fight, whether she takes up the cause of one individual or an entire people.

Both friends and enemies alike will swiftly learn that the people of the far southern lands spoke truly. Rayden Valkyrie has the heart of a lion.


Heart of a Lion is Book One of the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy. 




Thunder Horizon

A deadly menace stalks the shadows of the lands to the north, stirring the winds of war. Farther south, the power of the Teveren Empire spreads with every passing day, empowered by dark sorcery. Formidable legions bent on conquest are on the march, slavery and subjugation following in their wake.

Within the rising maelstrom, Rayden Valkyrie has returned to the Gessa, to stand with the tribe that once took her into their care as a child. No amount of jewels or coin can sway her, nor can the great power of her adversaries intimidate her.

With a sword blade in her right hand and axe in her left, Rayden confronts foes both supernatural and of flesh and blood. Horrific revelations and tremendous risks loom; some that will see Rayden's survival in the gravest of peril.

Even if Rayden and the Gessa survive the trials plaguing their lands, the thunder of an even darker storm booms across the far horizon.

Thunder Horizon is the second book in the Dark Sun Dawn Trilogy.


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Guest Post from Stephen Zimmer:

Struggles and Rewards of Being an Indie Screenwriter/Filmmaker
The independent production path is a difficult one, but it is not one without rewards too. The Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot has certainly been one of the most challenging projects I have ever undertaken, but it has also allowed me to bring the character dearest to me to the screen in an atmosphere where I could protect the integrity of how Rayden Valkyrie is presented.

The main struggle of the indie production path is, without question, a financial one. You have to make a very small amount of money go a long way. Careful decisions have to be made where to allocate dollars, and you have to work to find as much volunteer and in-kind support as possible. 

I have always said that the worst thing that can happen when you ask for help is that someone says no, so it is well-worth asking around to see if you can get help with some production needs. Many individuals are more than willing to lend some help to an indie production they believe in. It may come in the form of a borrowed power generator, or perhaps and RV or ATV for use by the production, or even a discounted rental rate on some gear, but all of it counts and adds up quickly.

Having limited resources means you are also going to wear a lot of hats that you would not wear if you had a larger budget with the ability to hire a full staff and assistants. You will be making all the phone calls, filling out all the forms, writing all the emails, and doing business for multiple departments on a given indie film/tv project. Prepare to be exhausted, as often there are not enough hours in the day. 

By the time you get on set, you might have a few volunteers helping in various capacities, but you have to remember that they are volunteers, not contracted professionals, and you cannot get upset if they do not do the job of a contracted professional who has accountability due to a paycheck. This means that on set you may find yourself picking up cases of bottled water and rolls of toilet paper, right before you meet with your production crew for camera and lighting setup on location for the day. It's not glamorous, it's just a matter of getting done what needs to be done. 

Yet for all the difficulties of indie film, there are a number of rewarding aspects. The creative side is not beyond your control. I didn't have to worry about my Rayden Valkyrie character's casting being an individual I would be dead set against. I didn't have to worry about the look of the character and the story going in directions I did not want them to go. Having a fuller degree of creative control throughout the process, from pre-production through post-production, is a wonderful thing. It is something that authors and screenwriters who have their works turned into major motion pictures do not enjoy.

The integrity of the artistic side of the production is maintained to a much great degree in an indie film/tv setting. True, this aspect can be for better or for worse, but the vision of the project is carried out without the pressure and influence of loads of other factors that surround a major Hollywood film. 

It is also rewarding to pull off a major league look on a tiny budget. Seeing the reactions of people to the first footage shown has been wonderful, as in many cases it is clear that the look we have achieved far exceeded expectations. The achievement of a high production value in the look we attained goes far in gaining more interest in our TV Pilot. 

There is no question that I would enjoy working with a larger amount of resources, and my mindset is one where I could make those additional funds go farther in the production value we could achieve on a larger scale. Less hats to wear would be quite welcome, as well. But I have to say it is a very wonderful opportunity to bring my vision of Rayden Valkyrie to the screen in a way where I did not have to worry about unwelcome surprises in what was done with her character or her presentation. 

The indie film/tv world is truly a mix of struggles and rewards.

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 Tour Schedule and Activities
8/16 The Page Turner  Guest Post
8/16 BOOKS TO CURL UP WITH  Author Interview 
8/16 Bookishly me  Author Interview 
8/16 DarWrites    Guest Post
8/16 Sheila's Guests and Reviews   Guest Post
8/16 Sapphyria's Books   Guest Post
8/16 Deal Sharing Aunt   Top Ten's List
8/17 DarWrites   Review
8/17 Bookin Around Town   Author Interview/Podcast
8/17 Full Moon Bites     Character Interview 
8/18 BOOKS TO CURL UP WITH   Review
8/18 I Smell Sheep     Guest Post
8/19 Paranormal Pleasures    Review
8/19 The Page Turner   Review
8/19 Bella's Book Reviews   Review
8/19 Jeni's Bookshelf   Guest Post 
8/20 The Seventh Star Blog  Guest Post 
8/20 Stuart Thaman Books Guest Post
8/21 MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape  Author Interview  
8/21 SpecMusicMuse   Author Interview 
8/21 Jordan Hirsch    Review
8/22 Beauty in Ruins   Guest Post
8/22 Discover New Authors   Author Interview 
8/23 The Occult Detective  Review
8/23 Bookishly me  Review  
8/23 Jeni's Bookshelf  Review  
8/23   Jorie Loves a Story  Interview