First Impression: Fade to Black

I decided to sample Fade to Black. after one of the authors contacted me on Twitter. The book had a lot of things going for it including positive reviews, an eye catching cover, and a description that made me curious about it.

When two authors collaborate on a book, the union isn’t always perfect. Sometimes you can spot differences in the writing styles and the way the characters are portrayed. That kind of thing can sometimes distract a reader and lessen their enjoyment of a book. It happened to me with Kill Ratio by David Drake and Janet Morris.  That’s not a problem with what little I read of Fade to Black.

The opening chapters serve to introduce the main character and set the stage for what is probably going to be a very fun ride. My only gripe was that the sample seemed shorter than normal, a sign that the book was able to hold my attention in a good way. Some might have a slight problem with the first person perspective but that’s a matter of personal taste. It works for some stories and I liked it in this case.

With all I have to do right now, I probably won’t get around to reading this and the other books in the series until the Summer time when I’ll be on the road traveling. One thing is certain. I’ll have plenty of good books to read and Fade to Black will be one of them.

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Book of the Week: Halo Bound (Redneck Apocalypse Book 1)

The holy champion chosen to save the world is enslaved to a sadistic fallen angel and losing the battle for his sanity.

The guy chosen to save the holy champion is his binge-drinking redneck brother.

So, basically, the world is screwed.

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In A Nutshell

Every once in a while I get a fun idea. This is one of those times and to implement it, I’m going to need a little help.

We authors spend a lot of time breathing life into our characters. Their complex individuals with hopes and dreams. Their motivations can be painfully apparent or hidden from view. Sometimes their philosophy can be summed up in one sentence. I think it will be fun to ask a few authors to do just that for their favorite characters.

If you’re interested in contributing to this, email me at kyrin_@msn or send me a direct message via twitter to kyrin_rj. Please include the character name, his philosophy in one sentence, the book(s) he or she appears in, and a link to them. I’ll start posting them as soon as I get a few submissions.

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Twitter and Me

Every once in a while I have something cool or funny to say on Twitter.

Feel free to follow me, @Kyrin_RJ.


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Author Spotlight: L.K. Rigel

L.K. has been a newspaper reporter, a singing waitress, a public school teacher, and a court reporter.

Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway. SLURP, a creepy short story about an author with muse problems is included in DEADLY TREATS, Anne Frasier’s Halloween anthology published by Nodin Press, and her dystopian novella SPACE JUNQUE has been optioned for an independent feature film.

To learn more about L.K. Rigel and her books, visit her site at

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Tips and Tricks: Silk Cloud Features

Silk uses the Amazon Cloud to speed up web page loading. If you’re concerned with privacry, you might want to disable some of these features. All of them can be changed in your Silk Browser’s settings in the Cloud Features menu.

Cloud Features: Enabling this will allow Silk to use the Amazon Cloud to load web pages faster. It does this by storing some of your browsing data on the cloud. Disabling this will turn off all the cloud related features. By default, this is enabled.

Optional Encryption: Silk routinely makes from the cloud. Enabling this will encrypt web pages through Silk’s servers. As a result, it might slow down page loads. By default, this is disabled.

Instant Page Load: Silk will attempt to load the next page you are most likely to visit, resulting in a quicker page load experience. By default, this is enabled.

ESV Prompt: Silk notifies you when a web site is compatible with the experimental streaming viewer (ESV) allowing you to view some Adobe Flash videos. By default, this is enabled.

I use the default settings when I’m at home. While travelling, I turn off the feature. I don’t notice a big difference in terms of page loading speed. That said, I don’t do a lot of web browsing on my Kindle so your mileage might vary.

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Taking a Break

This week, I took a little time off from Facebook and the few forums I frequent. I spent the week going over the last novel I released, Redemption Song. I wasn’t happy with the formatting. I ended up going back to basics to fix the issues I saw. It should make the story easier on the eyes. For those of you who ordered a copy of Redemption Song, you can download the updated version for free.

Next week, I’ll probably continue my little vacation from social media. With any luck, I will be hard at work on the final draft for the Crown and the Ring so I can publish it the beginning of March as planned. After that, I’ll start work on the next project and send the Court of the Two Sisters off for editing. In the meantime, visit Two Ends of the Pen and read the interview with Marisa Dillon.

Until next time……

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