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!

Support Small Businesses

Remember to support small businesses during this time of uncertainty. (Like my publishers!) We’d all really appreciate it! I think Zumaya will try to set up a promotion in the next week or two. Get ready for possible deals. 😛

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.

 

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!

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! 🙂

 

 

Q1 2020 Alien Redemption Release is Coming!

Alien Redemption - Alien World

Alien Redemption is almost here!

Yep, better late than never. 😛 End of February is the current target date. *fingerscrossed*

Sample chapters are up! Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3. Give them a look!

Zumaya Publications has assigned the cover to Charles Bernard! YES! Love, love, love his work!

I am super looking forward to seeing what he does for the cover. Squee!

I’ve been fortunate enough to have him assigned to do several other covers of mine. Check out his fabulous talent!

Cross-eyed Dragon TroublesInner DemonsIn the Service of Samurai 

Awesome, right

I hope to do a cover reveal soon! Also, to celebrate the impending release of my first science fiction novel, the reprints for Inner Demons and Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles ebook versions are FREE through the end of March 2020!

All I ask is for help spreading the word about Alien Redemption. If you can, I would love to see reviews/tweets/pics/FB posts on what you thought about the two free books or the upcoming release of the new novel. Whatever you can do would be fabulous! 

Without your help, I am nothing. So thank you in advance! 

The Free Books are at Smashwords – available in ePub, Mobi, lbr, PDB, and their online reader. (Let’s celebrate!)

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles at Smashwords

Inner Demons at Smashwords

Thank you!!!

Alien Redemption - Rocket Punch bar

Virtual Tourist Yakuza 0 7/21/19

Greetings! 

Yes, I dropped off the face of the planet again. Seems a rather common occurrence anymore. 🙁 While I am doing better than I have been, I am not 100%. Sundays have been elusive for some reason. The fact it’s quarter-end close and we’re doing it in two separate systems hasn’t helped! (There’s been loads of overtime the last couple of weeks.)

Conventions!

I will be going to my first convention this year in a couple of weeks! ArmadilloCon will soon be upon us!  Looking forward to it. 🙂

Promotions!

Smashwords is holding a July ebook special offer. Both Crossed-eyed Dragon Troubles and Inner Demons are on sale at 50% off! If you’ve been curious about my books, this might be the perfect time to try one of them out! 

 

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles Inner Demons

 

Yakuza 0

Yakuza 0 - Maharaja

Street view of one of the main roads. The Maharaja dance club is across the street. A gaggle of schoolgirls as well. 

Yakuza 0 - Food Display

Tasty looking food display! Not all the businesses are actually there, but does make for some nice scenery. 🙂

Yakuza 0 - tacrics

This is Oda. He works for Tachibana Real Estate. He says he’s not a yakuza, but he sure knows a lot of their tactics! 😛 

Yakuza 0 - Interesting club front

Interesting club front. lol. 

Yakuza 0 - Darts

Kazuma takes all the mini games very seriously. Here’s his game face for playing darts! Brint it!

Yakuza 0 - Karaoke Bar

One of the toughest battlefields – a karaoke bar! (You either get to sing or cheer them on. Not for the weak! So hard! 

Yakuza 0 - Whiskey

This is the second Japanese game I’ve played where they educate the players about certain types of alcohol. Bizarre!

Yakuza 0 - Temple

When one of the game hints told me to seek out a rather unusual Shinto priest, this guy was NOT what I was expecting – white suit, clown face, and green bushy hair. He has free packages of goodies, which include costumes (not yet far enough to be able to see them or wear them). More important is the shrine itself. Doing certain things in the game gain you CP points. (Eating all the food at a restaurant, completing goals like walking 2 miles, etc.) You spend those points here. 

Yakuza 0 - Bob U

Close up of the biggest and oddest looking priest ever!

Yakuza 0 - Producer KazumaFashion change for a sub-story. This is what a producer of a film looks like. (When we meet the real guy, he’s wearing the exact outfit! lol)

That’s it for this week. Hopefully, we’ll get to go to the movies on Friday. This quarter-end has been brutal and since we’re going to the merged company’s BOLO system 100% for Aug, close for that should be insane. Ugh….

Have a great week!

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles Book Trailer 2

With the second edition and new book cover out for Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles, it was time to update the book trailer video!

Check it out! Some familiar items and new tricks!

 

Hope you enjoy it! 

Mini Movie Reviews – 6/9/19

Life has been super crazy. I doubt it is going to slow down any time soon. Wheee!

Mini Movie Reviews

Godzilla: King of All Monsters

Godzilla: King of All Monster – Hubby and I had been looking forward to this one. We were not disappointed. If anything, I was thrilled! Now that Toho (the company who makes the Godzilla movies in Japan) is on board, we got a few extra excellent bits. First off, the full-fledged traditional Godzilla call (I believe we had it before, but it’s even better now because…) as well as both of the most popular Godzilla themes.  They also bring Mothra’s music in as well. Pictures of the original twins and loads of other nostalgic bits (like the oxygen bomb – which was the weapon used on the original black and white Godzilla film.) 

We get several familiar monsters back and a few new ones. The makeover on Rhodan was awesome! King Ghidorah also rocks! He’s got some nifty new powers, too! Godzilla still has a move or two up his sleeve as well. Make sure to sit ALL the way through the credits. There is more to come! Booyah! All the monster action you could want. Super acting by everyone involved, too! Rating: 3.75 out of 4 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)

 

The Secret Like of Pets 2 The Secret Life of Pets 2: All our favorite pets are back, and we also meet several new ones. They took an unusual direction on this one, starting you off with a quick catch up to set up the new situations, then going off in three different seemingly unrelated storylines that will eventually come back to merge for the final piece of the tale. 

Gidget still kicks buns, so all is right with the world! Lol. I do love her. There are so many cute moments in this film. Baby Ian coming into Max’s life and how he ensnares the dog’s heart was so adorable! Loved how everything going great is the reason unexpected problems pop up for Max. Loads of fun stuff to be had here.  I liked this one better than the original. 🙂 Rating: 3.5 out of 4 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admissions.)

Obligatory Marketing Stuff!

Sales channels are finally showing the 2nd editions! Yay! Here’s the list so far (though due to Smashwords, the ebook versions will be showing up in even more outlets! Double yay!)

I still need to update all my website pages for these though. 🙁 Too much to do and so little time!

Inner Demons

Barnes and Novel Trade Paperback

Nook

Amazon Trade Paperback

Kindle

Smashwords

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles

Barnes and Novel Trade Paperback

Nook

Amazon Trade Paperback

Kindle

Smashwords

 

 

The Inevitability of Change 2019

2019 is proving to be a challenging year full of chaos and change. Change is not something we can always control. Sometimes it can lead to better things, and at others, not so much.

Two major items hit in the last month related to the author side of my life.

ConDFW

The first change, which was back in February (though I didn’t realize it until this week), was that one of my favorite conventions put on their last round this year. After 17 years ConDFW will be no more. I had no idea this was their last year, and I wasn’t able to attend this year and be part of the final event due to health reasons.

They went out with a bang! Which was wonderful. But I regret not having been there.

This convention meant a lot to me. Back in the day, it was the first literary fantasy/science fiction convention I ever attended. It was the year I realized I had no choice but to get out there and network if I wanted any chance at a writing career. (I tend to be something of a wallflower and quite shy.) It was at that first convention that I first met Selina Rosen, Melanie Fletcher, and Jeff Turner. Meetings that had significant impacts on my life as they led me to Yard Dog Press and Zumaya Publications and my first publishing contracts.

I wish Dan Robb and all the other wonderful people who’ve worked so hard to put such a fun convention together many thanks for all the years of hard work. Kudos guys!

Mundania Press

Mundania Press

The second change to hit this month was the closing of Mundania Press and their subsidiaries.

For the last couple of years or more, changes by Amazon to make the most of their self-publishing services , weird algorithms, the economy, and a ton of other factors have dried up revenue streams and forced many to go out of business.

Mundania having to close has orphaned two of my novels – “Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles” and “Inner Demons.” While all rights have reverted to me, it also means I need to find new homes for these two books.

I’m looking into several solutions to see which way (or ways) I want to use to bring them back in print. So do not despair! But it was definitely a shock to hear of the closing.

My fellow authors and the writing and publishing community are awesome, and several people have reached out to me with suggestions and even possible new homes for the two orphaned novels. It will mean a ton of work, research, and patience, but it’s time to look forward rather than back.

I will keep you all updated on what direction I end up taking. It could even end up being one of the best things that could have happened, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the moment. Wish me luck!