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Virtual Tourist – Assassin’s Creed – Origins 5/17/20

Morning!

Tomorrow, I go back into the office for the day job after working from home for over a month and a half. I’ve got mixed feelings about it since there’s so much about Covid-19 we do not understand. It should be an adventure! 😛

 Assassin’s Creed – Origins

Assassin's Creed - Origins

They really did some amazing work on this first tomb. 

Assassin's Creed - OriginsIs that a possible way out? The torches have another use, they burn off spiderwebs. Such a neat touch!

Assassin's Creed - OriginsFreedom! Isn’t the column work, gorgeous?

Assassin's Creed - OriginsBayek runs into an old friend. 

Assassin's Creed - OriginsTake a note of the cool shields and weapons. They have a large variety to choose from as well as rare and legend categories.

Assassin's Creed - OriginsYou start with a trusty steed – a camel! Harder to drive in town than in the desert. 😛  I dubbed him ‘Roach’ – lol.  Look at all that sand!

Assassin's Creed - OriginsMy first look at Bayek’s home town – Siwa. 

Assassin's Creed - OriginsDreadful things have happened in the village over the last year. Sinister dealings at the temple. Note the mysterious orb. (And that gorgeous tile work!) 😛

Please take care out there. A lot of stuff has gone back to ‘normal’ but the disease is still going strong. If we relax too much too soon, the numbers will reach new daily highs. Stay strong and stay safe! 

Virtual Tourist – Assassin’s Creed – Origins 5/3/20

Morning!

I am running late, but with some luck, I will get this post done on time!

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Assassin’s Creed – Origins

Hubby and I played an interim game between the two Assassin’s Creed games, but it ended up being just a preview. I may still share, as I enjoyed what we played, but this new (for us!) Assassin’s Creed is too gorgeous not to share!  

So far, the mechanics work a lot smoother than Black Flag. They’ve also added a neat feature with the iconic eagle and gives the player an aerial view and other fun goodies!

Anyway, here we go!

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Logo

I loved how they merged the normal Assassin’s Creed logo with the Egyptian hieroglyphs. Looks awesome! 

Assassin's Creed - OriginsA super cool combo of data streaming and hieroglyphics. Too cool! 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - DessertIntro film – showing us the unforgiving desert. As with the other one I played, they dump you in the middle of things without context, which is slowly revealed during gameplay.

Assassin's Creed - Origins - Siwa villageThe prosperous village of Siwa. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins

A royal visitor – and the moment things began to go wrong. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - buried templeA year has passed since Bayek noticed the masked figures with the royal caravan. Bayek is a Medjay for the Siwa village before tragedy struck. A Medjay is a protector and policeman of sorts. (I kept thinking they were saying magi! DOH!)

Assassin's Creed - OriginsIsn’t this gorgeous? The detail is outstanding. You even burn cobwebs with the torch. Bayek has just dispatched the first of the five men responsible for corrupting the country and destroying all he held dear. 

Assassin's Creed - Origins - buried temple statueI loved that he apologized to the gods for infiltrating their temple and pilfering some treasures. It was also fascinating to hear him say ‘ancients’ when that is how we think of him in 48 BCE or so.

Assassin's Creed - Origins - wall carvings

Just look at the awesome wall paintings! The neat columns! Such gorgeous work!

Assassin's Creed - Origins - wall decorSuch intricate work. Though you can’t take it with you, there are a ton of wonderful representations of actual items you’d see in the bigger tombs. Wait until I share the pic of the cat mummies! Squee!

 

I’ve put Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles and Inner Demons back for free at Smashwords if you need reading fodder. But if you can spare the cash, please support my still existing publishers! Much appreciated! 

 

 

 

Alien Redemption – Readers Favorite 5 Star Review!

After working 70+ hours this week for QE Close, I got a bit of good news! 

Readers Favorite gave Alien Redemption a 5 Star Review! Woot!

Readers Favorite 5 Star Review for Alien Redemption

Here’s the press release!

Alien Redemption by Gloria Oliver

Author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Fiction – Science Fiction book “Alien Redemption” by Gloria Oliver, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0855BBBJP.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

Reviewed By Scott Cahan for Readers’ Favorite

Alien Redemption by Gloria Oliver is a science fiction novel about mankind’s discovery of an alien race. The story follows Claudia, a doctor who has been disgraced within her profession. In her efforts to escape her past, she ends up working on a merchant spaceship called the Holiday, under the nefarious Captain Bennet. They fly across the galaxy to a planet that is home to a previously undiscovered intelligent race of beings. Claudia is intrigued at the discovery, anxious to learn from them and protect them. Captain Bennet, on the other hand, has evil plans for the beings that have humanoid bodies along with wings and feathers. Claudia soon finds herself their sole caretaker and protector, even as the Captain kidnaps them and forces them into a despicable life of servitude.

I found Alien Redemption to be one of the most original science fiction novels I’ve ever read. The story is simple yet nearly perfect in its execution. Gloria Oliver’s style of writing is fluid and very natural. I was easily carried away within the story as I turned the pages. The characters are believable and real. Claudia is so well fleshed out that I found myself fully invested in her thoughts and dilemmas. Many of the other characters were equally effective, especially Captain Bennet and the First Mate, Stevens. The most stunning story element of Alien Redemption is the avians, the name most often used for the aliens. I won’t give away any story details here, but suffice it to say, they’re handled very differently than aliens are in most other sci-fi stories. Alien Redemption is a fresh and satisfying science fiction read that I am happy to recommend.”

You can learn more about Gloria Oliver and “Alien Redemption” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/alien-redemption where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

 

Pancakes a la Oliver!

Morning, all!

Being Shut-In is not easy. Luckily, we live in a rural area and taking a short walk with no one around helps keep the cabin fever in check. 😛

Anyway, hubby made something yesterday that I made for myself this morning and thought I would share it! It might be fun to try with the kiddos! A new way to bling out breakfast. 🙂 

Pancakes a la Oliver!

  Pancakes a la Oliver

1 – Grab one stack of your favorite frozen pancakes.

2 – Heat the pancakes per instructions, unstacked on a plate.  (I add a tiny bit of butter to melt on top.)

3 – Once done, add a slice of Colby and a slice of thin-sliced ham on each pancake.

4 – Put them back in the microwave for 30 sec.

5 – Remove from the microwave and add a drizzle (or more) of syrup and eat!

Pretty tasty! (It’s like a pancake Montecristo!) 

Speaking of Montecristo, I am thinking of trying some jam on top the next time. 🥰

I hope you guys are safe and virus-free! Stay safe!

 

Virtual Tourist – Assassin’s Creed – Black Flag 3/22/20

Morning!

Let me get the mandatory stuff out of the way first!

Alien Redemption Trade Paperback

Alien Redemption is now available in trade paperback! You can find it both at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. B&N even has it on special at 10% off. Amazon will deliver it and B&N is offering curb side pickup for all online purchases.

Assassin’s Creed – Black Flag.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag

Havana on a foggy night.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - HavanaAnother part of Havana in daylight. Of all the places Edward has visited so far, this one is the most advanced. 

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - NassauIn comparison, Nassau has a long way to go. This is the main pirate port.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Pirate CaptainsThree pirate captains! Edward is in the middle, and Black Beard is on the right.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Dry TortugaThey do such awesome things with the water in this game! It’s like being in the Caribbean for real. Edwards just took over on the forts dotting the area. 

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Captain KiddCaptain Kidd talking over a plan he’s concocted. He’s an enigma and makes Edward consider things he wouldn’t normally think about. (He has secrets!)

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - ruinsRuins in one of the many islands in the area. 

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - waterfallsGorgeous waterfalls. They even have a hint of a rainbow! 

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - the real worldThe real world – view from the office.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - artworkGorgeous artwork on the way to the boss’s office.

Assassin's Creed - Black Flag - Boss's OfficeBoss’s office. There’s good money in DNA extracted pasts used for entertainment.

Stay safe and clear of the virus. Support your local small businesses so they can financially survive past this challenge. We’ve never experienced something like this. It will bring out many feelings, but let’s not take them out on people who had nothing to do with it. We can make it through as long as we stay calm and together!

Till next time!  

 

 

Alien Redemption Book Trailer

Greetings!

As always, I am behind! I did finally remember to update the book trailer for Alien Redemption.

I made a few tweaks and added the cover. Feel free to share it around. 😛

Enjoy!

P.S. The publisher forgot to update the sale price for the Nook over at Barnes and Noble. Their lapse is your gain! Get your copy while the lower price lasts! Bwahahahaha!

P.S.S. Sorry I’ve not posted a blog post in a few weeks. I had spent an hour prepping one when something went wrong and I lost the whole thing. I was too bummed to do it over. DOH!

Cover Reveal – Alien Redemption

Greetings, all!

Yes, we finally have a cover!  See what Charles Bernard has created. 

Alien Redemption by Gloria Oliver

Isn’t it lovely? It has a lot of elements (maybe even hints) from the book. 😛  

The Kindle and Nook ebook versions of Alien Redemption are now live! Trade paperbacks should be available soon!

Don’t forget two books are currently free at Smashwords to celebrate the release of Alien Redemption. They won’t stay that way forever, so if you’ve not downloaded your copies, do it soon. 🙂 And please pass the word along! 

All your efforts are very much appreciated!

Enjoy!

 

Virtual Tourist – Assassin’s Creed – Black Flag 02/16/20

Morning, all!

I haven’t done one of these in a while. Between YE chaos, added work chaos, and the coming release chaos, somethings I’ve had to let slide. (Though it’s over a year since the gall bladder surgery, I’m still not back to normal.) 🙁

Anyway! Here goes!

Assassin’s Creed – Black Flag

This is the first time I’ve tried playing one of the games in the franchise since the first one. Back then, I had to stop because even though I could close my eyes during synchronization, the baud rate in the white room of the prisoner in modern times was so low that even though nothing was moving, it gave me horrible motion sickness.

I am happy to say that this addition to the franchise does not have the same problem. I can even enjoy the beauty of the synchronizations as they got slowed down a bit. (Just don’t have Edward drink alcohol. Talk about side effects. I won’t do that again!) Lol. 

The vistas are gorgeous, and the longer you play, the more options of stuff to do or equipment you can use open up. But some of the mechanics are clunky or get in the way. A decent tutorial on combat would have been nice – I still have trouble. 😛 (The same goes for ship combat!) But overall, hubby and I are enjoying it.

Our time vessel is Edward Kenway – a man desperate to gain fame and fortune. He wants to prove to his estranged wife and her family that he did not make the wrong decision by striking out on his own. Now that being a privateer has been outlawed, he’s going to become an outright pirate.

Assassins Creed - BlackFlagEventual intro! Pictured here is the Port of Havana.

Assassins Creed - BlackFlagEdward and a mysterious man have survived the destruction of the ship they were on. Things turn a little weird here. The strange man is injured, and he asks Edward to help him get to Havana. The mysterious man has clothing fitting the Assassins Creed members, but seemingly he is a traitor and is working with the Templars. Somehow these two end up not coming to an understanding, and the wounded man speeds off like a gazelle, and Edward has to catch him. (I did say it got weird.)

Assassins Creed - BlackFlagFrom what I understand, the game has no way to remove the UI for pics. A pity, because as you can see, the visuals are lovely. 🙂

Assassins Creed - BlackFlag

After catching up to the assassin, Edward takes his coat, message, and goods for himself. (No hidden blades yet, so cutlasses are for us arrh!) I loved the rainbow with the waterfall!

Assassins Creed - BlackFlagEdward does a lot of swimming. In a heavy coat to boot! 😛 Even his crew will make fun of him for it. Lol. There’s also an achievement. 😛

Assassins Creed - BlackFlag - HavanaHavana without the logo. So nice!

Assassins Creed - BlackFlagThe ever-present hawk leads us to the synchronization spot. Havana has multiple of these as it is a large city. 

Assassins Creed - BlackFlagThere are cats, dogs, and parrots you can pet in the game! There’s even an achievement for petting dogs. Too cute!

Assassins Creed - BlackFlagWhile some items are repetitive in their look, there’s plenty of excellent detail. Shafts of soft light from small fortress windows – how nice!

Assassins Creed - BlackFlagHere is a lovely view of several ships leaving the harbor. Look at the gorgeous water! Isn’t it amazing?

 

I hope you have a great week!

Obligatory Promo Section!

Yep, I gotta have this since a book is pending release. I am hoping to share the cover soon! 

Don’t forget the Kindle and Nook versions are currently on pre-order at a discounted price. 

You can find sample chapters here.

Don’t forget the free ebooks to help celebrate the release and to thank you for your help in getting the word out, doing reviews, whatever you feel like – Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles and Inner Demons

Thanks again!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alien Redemption on Pre-Order for Kindle and Nook

Greetings, all!

Turbic Station - Alien Redemption

I’m reaching out to let you know that Alien Redemption is up for pre-order on Kindle and Nook!

The release date is 2/28/20.

Not only that, but both are currently discounted to make the offer even more enticing!

Just click on the icons below to see the reduced pre-order price. 🙂

Kindle - Amazon

Barnes And Noble

Sample chapters are available as well, so you can get a taste of what to expect. 🙂 Click here.

The Holiday - Alien Redemption

Don’t forget that Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles and Inner Demons are currently free at Smashwords to celebrate the release of Alien Redemption! Just click on the cover below to get there. 🙂

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles

Inner Demons

It would be awesome if you would leave reviews, inform others, or forward the blog post around. I would appreciate your help!

Thanks so much! 🙂

 

 

Mini Movie Reviews 2/9/20

Morning!

Yep, I fell off the face off the earth for a while again. Being in the accounting field, the months of Dec to late Feb usually mean a ton more work than usual. Year-End catch up and clean up, a more-in-depth audit, more reports. Ugh. It hasn’t helped that we lost a person in our department and that they had a small layoff last week. Chaos as usual! Whee!

Mini Movie Reviews!

Birds Of Prey and the Emancipation of Harley Quinn

Birds of Prey (and the Emancipation of Harley Quinn) – This was a BLAST! The ads were very misleading in several aspects. Since Margot Robbie was the best thing about the Suicide Squad film, I was both excited and reticent about a movie where the character Harley was the lead. I know there’s a lot of stuff out there saying this is a man-bashing film, which isn’t strictly wrong, but it’s about so much more than that. It is about dependent women, becoming independent. My hubby thought this movie was as fun as I did — tons of explosions, fights, comical moments. I’d gone to see it thinking it might be a dud, and came out knowing it was one of the most fun movies I’d seen in a while. They did so many fun things. They even did a super cute, animated origin recap for Harley, which is pretty close to canon. For purists, a lot of the characters portrayed will not be presicely what they should be, but there is enough there to get you through. Ewan McGregor was a blast as Black Mask. Harley’s egg sandwich sequence was a riot. 

It’s a popcorn film. It’s not meant to be taken too seriously or looked at too closely – though I felt they covered their bases very well.  Not for kids, though. Adult subject matter/violence. But such a ride! (I had not seen rollerskates combat in a long time. Good call!)

Rating: 3.75 out of 4 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admissions)

Weathering With You Weathering With You – Loved this film. Take some tissues with you! Both hubby and I needed them for this one. Lol. It is a neat mixture of paranormal, ancient legends, and modern times.  It has super cool visuals and is quite emotional. The film had a really neat premise. We enjoyed it a lot! 

Rating: 3.75 out of 4 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission) 

 

19171917 – Unfortunately, though I had been desperately wanting to see this movie, I can give no review. We had to leave after twenty minutes. It wasn’t the horror of trench warfare that made us go, but their choice of camera work. I hadn’t realized it during the previews, but this movie got filmed with shakycam. 🙁 So I got motion sick watching it. Once they were out of the trenches, it was more than I could take. Waaaahhh! Curse you, shakycam! 

DollittleDolittle – this was a cute film — lots of lovely moments for the kids with the animals. Several of the animals had definite personalities, though not all of them were highlighted or had enough screen time to get to know them. The voice and accent they had Robert Downey Jr. use was grating. It did not sound like him at all. The special effects, especially the animals, were excellent. But for some reason, the movie just went along; it had no real fire to it. So while worth seeing, it is not something you should rush to do. 

Rating: 3.25 out of 4 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Matinee)  

Happy viewing!