#BookReview : Moon Deeds (Star Children Saga #1) by Palmer Pickering

Moon Deeds (Star Children Saga #1) by Palmer Pickering
Publication Date: March 7th 2019
Publisher: Mythology Press
Genre: Fantasy / Science-Fiction
Pages: 598
Stars: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

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It’s 2090: the last outpost of freedom is the moon, the best defense against technology is magic, and the only hope for humankind rests in the hands of the Star Children.

Twins Cassidy and Torr must save Earth from a ruthless enemy at a time when the only force more powerful than alien technology is magic. Moon Deeds launches the siblings’ journey across the galaxy, where they must learn their power as the Star Children, claim their shamanic heritage, and battle dark forces that threaten humankind.

The Star Children Saga follows Cassidy and Torr as they slowly awaken to their destiny as the twin Star Children, born every millennium to reconnect with the source of all life. They come to discover the sheer enormity of their task: to find our ancestors on a lost planet across the galaxy and save humanity from a spiraling descent into darkness. The powers they must wield to accomplish this task are truly frightening and put at risk everything they love.

Come along with 20-year-old twins Cassidy and Torr, who inherited deeds to land parcels on the moon. They want to use their moon deeds to get off Earth and escape a brutal dictatorship. But first they must unlock their shaman powers.

A rollicking yet poignant adventure in the not too distant future, when we have colonized the moon and nearly lost Earth to a dictatorship. Only the shamans remain free, plus the lucky ones who escaped to the moon.

Join the adventure! An addictive space opera, science-fantasy series.

** Note: I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Palmer Pickering. ***

Moon Deeds was an interesting space opera, sci-fi, set in 2090, a dystopian world that was taken over by alien-human mixed breeds called Tegs. The book was about trusting instincts and magical powers, hope, legends, and adventure.

What I liked-

The writing was great, descriptive and engaging. The Setting, world-building, and magic were the best part of the book. It was creative and impressively detailed. The atmosphere and life on the moon and alien technology were well researched and well written. There were many information and a little slow because of length of book all the descriptions on world and characters but it never felt boring.

Book had 2 parts- Earth and the moon narrated in third person mostly from Torr and Cassidy’s view and some portion in the second part was from Ridge’s POV.

First part, on Earth, started with preface telling how Cepheans arrived on Earth and slowly formed a colony with humans, how it caused WWIII, political unrest and eventually the leader of mixed-breeds, Tegea formed an alliance with power-hungry mercenary leader, Metolius calling it ‘Global alliance’.  Together they brought all nations under Global alliance by hook or crook. But some nations managed to stay free by creating a magical shield that kept Teg army out of this shield, cutting all communication from the rest of the world. England, Scotland, Ireland had Druid’s mist as a shield while Northern California had Shaman’s Shield formed by the Shaman sect living in mountains. But the Shaman’s shield was slowly retracting back to its origin, San Fransisco and San Diego were exposed to Tegs, making many flee their home or surrender to Tegs and become slaves in Teg camp. The Gia United rebels, who formed army to fight Tegs, surrendered without fight making Torr, who joined rebels 2 years ago, flee to home to save their parents and his sister Cassidy. Now this part was interesting but it was also very slow.

Torr, Cassidy and their parents were Shamans who left sect long time ago. Their only option was trying to get into Shield using their mother’s magic or going to the moon where Torr and Cassidy inherited land from their great-aunt Sophie. Both Torr and Cassidy were said to be Twin Star Children according to legends and their DNA birth certificate, destined to save the world. But their powers were dormant ever since they were 6 and as they grew up they believed in it less and less. However, they couldn’t ignore the pool of Star song, Cassidy’s miraculous vision that reawakened her belief and Torr’s unusual dreams that led them to choose later option, going to the moon. I was curious to know what will happen once they reach the moon, will they claim their lands and unlock their magical potential or find the star people who can save the Earth.

This portion was well described. It formed great beginning of the story and series. Along with the situation on Earth, it gave the background details on the main characters and their family. Their magical powers were fascinating. Both Cassidy and her mother were Plan spirit medicine experts. They could feel plants and their herbal characteristics, also could diagnose patients and medical conditions. Her father could understand birds and animals and Torr had most unusual powers. He could see facts and dangers in dreams which were close to reality. There was about Torr and Cassidy’s childhood, their visions, how their powers went dormant, why they left the Shaman sect, and how their life changed then on. I loved knowing bits about Shaman magic and how it works.

The second and biggest part of the book was set on the moon. It told about the hard life on the moon- dry, hot weather, endless gray land, dust that was harmful to the lungs, not enough water and food source, mining lords and other dangers. Not ideal habitation and not exactly what Torr and Cassidy expected. This part was more tense. There was a constant feeling something bad was going to happen, either with the land or withing the Peary dome they were staying. It started a bit hopeless but once they made friends and found third link who was going to open the door to the prophecy, it was looking a little better. But that didn’t last long.

Torr’s guilt and worries were palpable. He was struggling to cope with the two men he killed on the border. I liked him. He was brave, practical and realistic. I liked his ideas and concerns on moon. Cassidy was desperate to unlock the magic within her. She sounded naïve and selfish in the beginning but she learned to trust her instinct soon. Her powers were great, I can’t wait to see her master them and use them. I liked connection between twins and their bond with each other. There were many other diverse characters in the book. They all were well described that stayed with me till the end of the book. Some characters were likable, some  annoying, mysterious and lovely while some I hated.

Climax was tense and uncertain. I didn’t like where things were going and that end with cliffhanger wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, not really satisfactory but I’m curious to know what happens next.

Why 3.5 Stars-

Main issue-  I expected at least one conclusion from all the questions I had, that made me curious to read. At least that moon land part or find a clue to unlock their magic or go one step ahead in finding star people but nope, there were no answers in this story!

Second, I liked their adventure arriving on the moon. But there was no action. It was like they were skirting the danger or were just lucky in the first part but at least I expected action on the moon, when they found out about their land, or in the climax, but no!

And third, the end made me furious. When the actual action part came, I was jumping on the sit, yes yes, finally they will fight now, but then it ended! I tell you it was not how I imagined it. I just staring with an open mouth at that big cliff-hanger, dismayed and disappointed! I thought I would up stars to 4 anyway because overall I liked it, not bad even though there was no conclusion or action but that end made me down it to 3.

Look at the page number, it was so long and slow, but good thing world kept me reading and writing was interesting.

Overall, it was descriptive and interesting dystopian futuristic space opera with impressive world-building and setting. I hope there was action, some conclusion or development. I hope the next book gives me answers I was looking for and more action.

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#Review : Currently by Sarah Mensinga

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Currently by Sarah Mensinga
Publication date: December 27th 2018
Publisher: Chattersketch Press
Genre: Fantasy / Steampunk / Sci-fi
Pages: 364
Stars: ★★★★★

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Every year, Nerene’s village shelters in Varasay City while the surrounding lands flood. Yet Varasay only protects those who obey its laws, and after Nerene’s boyfriend Sande starts a riot, he’s in danger of being cast out. Nerene manages to contact Lord Osperacy, a traveling thief with enough power and money to save Sande, but he’ll only help Nerene if she agrees to work for him.

Eager to save her boyfriend, Nerene takes the job. Yet working for Lord Osperacy means leaving Sande behind in Varasay City. It also means tolerating Lord Osperacy’s children who have a supernatural ability to make others do as they wish, an ability the family uses to manipulate and steal.

Just as Nerene begins to despair that she’ll never see Sande again, she meets Cressit, a wealthy, charming musician. Cressit offers to help Nerene reunite with Sande, but she’s not sure he can be trusted. He has a strange interest in the Osperacy family, and he seems to know more about Nerene than he should.

Even worse, the more time Nerene spends with Cressit, the less she thinks about Sande…

*** Note: I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Sarah for this beautiful book. ***

Currently was mix of steampunk, fantasy and mythical creature. It revolved around Nerene, her survival in the world filled with slavery, trickery and injustice, her love for her boyfriend and dangerous journey she boarded to keep him safe. It was about social injustice, survival, power, politics, trust, betrayal, friendship, and love; and Siren lore.

That synopsis was perfect. It covers enough without giving away what you are into and its best that way. The book was slow burner and steady paced. It took its time in world-building, characterization and their development. Writing was great. Easy to follow, gripping and filled with emotions. The world-building was best in the book. I loved all the places, unique name and social structure. The description was vivid and impressive. I wish there was a map of Varasay city and the rout they followed.

The book was told from Nerene’s captivating voice and was divided in three parts-

First part was about Nerene and her boyfriend, Snade. Village they lived in, their struggling poor life, how they survived the tide when their village was flooded and their shelter up on the mountain in Varasay city; the priests who called themselves God, their many unfair rules and injustice towards deeplanders (people like Nerene dwelling in villages that are flooded every year); Snade’s protest towards the slavery they were forced into and how that changed their life.

It was emotional to read Nerene’s story and her situation. I felt for her and I could see why she was always cautious, tried to follow rules, and wanted safe and certain life for her and Snade. While Snade was her antipode- rash, reckless, lawbreaker who wanted to run away with Nerene from Varasay, and for that he would do anything. I liked him in this first part. He was brave and bold, spontaneous and smart. It was sad to see what happened to both of them after his stunt in factory. Story took interesting turn from this point.

Second Part was all about Nenrene’s journey through various cities and ports with Osperacy family. I was curious to know more about Osperacys. Melily, Lord Osperacy’s daughter was spoilt teenager, moody, selfish, and her tantrums were difficult to handle. It was Nerene’s job to keep her in control which was amusing. It got her into lot of trouble and also led her to Cressit. Cressit was superstar musician and singer who was filthy rich, selfish but not as much, and tricked Nerene to get what he wanted. There more to both of these character. As I read more about Melily I understood she mostly acted bad to Nerene out of jealousy. She yearned for love and companion. Nobody paid her attention or talked to her about her feelings. While Cressit was actually nicer. As I was reading through Nerene’s eye, I had my doubts towards all characters but Cressit always felt good, no matter what his intentions were or how much the emotions around him was fake or real. What I liked most in this part was Osperacy’s secrets and many illegal things he and his family was involved in, and their supernatural abilities.

Third part and climax was not that separated. Many things were included in this part. Escape plan, Villains following their trail, survival, action. It was tense, exciting, nuanced, and filled with emotions. Characters developed a lot by this point and we see lot of change in them. Most amazing was, Melily’s development. I loved the strong bond formed between her and Nerene, and some more interesting things related to her abilities. It was life altering for characters and I loved the way story took turn from this point till the end.

The insight was great. I found Nerene’s unwavering nature commendable. It was at some point unbelievable, if I was in her place I wouldn’t hesitate from harming the villain but she was such a righteous, law abiding person who followed her conscience all the time. That’s what it said about the story and characters- doing right thing, following conscience takes courage. They wouldn’t be in this situation if Snade has not started riot or Cressite came out clean and many more, there is always an alternative to the rash and reckless path that didn’t involve harming and hurting other or even worst killing; It tells about the power and its greed and manipulation.

I didn’t like Nenrene’s step just before end. Her reason was understandable but it didn’t feel satisfyingandthat End was shocking. I actually expected a closure, but now it left me curious, thinking of all possibilities. An epilogue would have ended it but I guess there might be a continuation and I may get some back and future story in next book, if author decides to write it.

Overall, it was interesting and wonderful novel with impressive world. If you like to read book involving Sirens, you would want to read this. I definitely recommend this book to fantasy and steampunk lovers.

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#Review : Mercenary’s Child (The Phoenix Fallacy Book 1) by Jonathan Sourbeer @vulpine_press #MercenarysChild #ThePhoenixFallacy

Mercenary’s Child (The Phoenix Fallacy Book 1) by Jonathan Sourbeer
Publication Date: August 30th 2019
Publisher: Vulpine Press
Genre: Science-Fiction / YA / Dystopia
Pages: 266
Stars: ★★★★★

The slums of Cerberus Corporation are the dumping grounds for trash, secrets, and the dregs of society. And they’re the only home Janus has ever known. But when an Overlord of Cerberus comes knocking, searching for new recruits for her swelling armies in the battle for supremacy, he is swept up in a conflict that has been brewing for years.

Janus is not destined for the front lines, however. When he is unexpectedly sold to the ODIN Legion, an elite mercenary unit living on the fringes of Corporate control, he finds that his years of survival in the fetid slums will be put to the test. But survival will soon be the least of his concerns.

The ODIN Legion is about to be thrust into the middle of a conspiracy that will roil the very foundations of Corporate dominance. Can Janus, and ODIN, make it out alive?

*** Note: I received e-copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Vulpine Press for the copy. ***

Mercenary’s Child was fantastic futuristic science-fiction that revolved around main character’s journey from the slum area of the corporation to the skilled soldier of Odin legion. It was about survival, friendship, loyalty, courage, valor, and politics.

Characters-

There were many characters in the book.

Janus was smart, quick in mind and reflexes, and slight arrogant who couldn’t keep his voice and eyes down even in front of mighty overlord, even if his life was at risk. Sometimes, he thought he could outwit anybody but that developed greatly during his training on Odin. He made new friends and developed leadership ability. His growth was gradual and I could see there was more to him in next books.

Other side characters were also amazing. New recruits and Janus’s friends, Sargent Wouris, and Praetor Jennings are my personal favorite.  All Janus’s friends were interesting. Celes was most mysterious of all. I’m curious to find out where she came from and how she knew so many things in next books. Marcus was security trooper before he came on Odin. There was strong competition of being best between him and Janus. I’m sure there will be more complicated situation between these two in series. I loved Lyn and Ramirez and loved to read their background and about their skills. Together they made fabulous team.

What I liked-

This book formed the firm foundation of the Phoenix Fallacy series. It explored the world in depth and gave overview on characters. The book was third person narrative. Writing was gripping, in depth and easy to follow.

It started with Clara raising Janus in slums ever since she found him on the heap of garbage dropped from the cities above, keeping him out of danger, educating him and teaching things that might one day help him to get out of slums and have better life. And that opportunity came sudden and quick. Janus found himself caught in eyes of one of the overlords, where his mother worked, and was sold to the group of Mercenaries of Odin Legion who traded with corporations. Life as a mercenary was not easy but was better than slum and his experience of slums helped him to pass tests but when the mission was given to Odin legion and its soldiers, they found themselves in the middle of conspiracy. It was interesting to find out what was that conspiracy was and why they were in that situation, if Janus, his team and Odin Legion come out of it safely.

There were other questions that were intriguing from the very beginning- Why Janus was dumped to slums, who were his real parents, why Jennings took interest in Janus, did he knew something about Janus? Now these were not answered in this book but I’m hoping answers will be given in next books. After climax we get little idea about it which kept me thinking all kind of scenario and made me curious to read next book as soon as it is released.

Now the best and half part of the book was world building. Each and every chapter provided important detail on world- What were the corporations, how cities were built and its structure, politics and hierarchy, Odin legion and its intricate structure, old wars, armory and fancy gadgets, suits and some big machineries and air crafts. Everything was so detailed and brilliantly written. It was unique and impressive. Author thought about every minute detail and well-presented it. Even though the book was filled with information, it never felt like info dumping.

Training of new recruits covered another half part of the book. I liked reading this portion too. It provided secondary characters’ background, their development and bits of world building, mostly about Odin Legion- how it works and importance of training. I liked the way it taught characters discipline, loyalty, and battle tactics. It turned them into best soldiers. But the fruits of training were tasted in the real battle and that happened in the third part of the book when they got mission.

It was exciting to read battle and how they carried their mission. I could figure out something was amiss but couldn’t point what until they were in middle of the mission. Climax was surprising and tense. Many things were revealed after climax and conspiracy unveiled. End was bittersweet. I liked how it ended and I’m curious to see what will happen in next and uncover those remaining mysteries.

Overall, it was gripping, action packed, and most unique science-fiction with amazing world and characters. If you are fan of Sci-Fi, don’t miss this.

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#CoverReveal : Off Balance by Aileen Erin @aileen_erin

Hello readers! Today the cover reveal for Off Balance by Aileen Erin, organized by Xpresso Book Tours . Please check out the cover and book details below.

Off Balance by Aileen Erin
(Aunare Chronicles #2) 
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: February 11th 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Broken, beaten-down, and plagued by nightmares, Amihanna di Aetes is surrounded by the Aunare race that makes up the other half of her heritage, but she feels alien amongst them. She’s not sure which is worse: SpaceTech’s overt hatred of Aunare or the Aunare’s covert hatred of halfers. She hears their whispers whenever she enters a room and sees her death reflected in their eyes. Amihanna doesn’t know who to trust anymore, but she hasn’t survived this long by ignoring the warning signs all around her, especially when her instincts are screaming that a familiar choice is coming: flee or fight.

Her parents assure her everything is okay—that there won’t be any reason for her to fight, let alone flee—but with Amihanna’s sudden return, questions arise among the Aunare: who should be blamed for the start of a full-scale war with SpaceTech, how much danger will the war bring, and is Amihanna truly fit to be the next high queen?

Honestly, Amihanna wants to forget all the politics, her betrothal to Lorne, and the possibility of being queen. Her needs are much more basic. All she wants is a solid night’s sleep where she doesn’t wake up screaming with the phantom pain of her skin burning. All she needs is to live without fear of a mob tearing her away from her family. All she hopes for is a chance to dream of a future instead of constantly fighting for her right to live.

And yet, somehow, everything she does leads her back to Lorne. He always seems to know when she’s about to break under the pressures of her new life. His quiet patience is wearing Amihanna’s protective walls down, and she’s terrified of what will happen if they fall.

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Author Bio:

Aileen Erin is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd–from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

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#AuthorInterview #Spotlight : Palmer Pickering, author of Moon Deeds #MoonDeeds @palmerpickerin1

Hello Readers! Today I’m pleased to welcome Palmer Pickering for an interview on Books Teacup and Review. Palmer Pickering is debut author of Moon Deed, first in Star Children Saga, an adult fantasy/science-fiction crossover. Before interview, check out this fascinating cover and synopsis.

Moon Deeds (Star Children Saga #1) by Palmer Pickering
Publication Date: March 7th 2019 
Publisher: Mythology Press
Genre: Fantasy / Science-Fiction / Space Opera

Synopsis:

It’s 2090: the last outpost of freedom is the moon, the best defense against technology is magic, and the only hope for humankind rests in the hands of the Star Children.

Twins Cassidy and Torr must save Earth from a ruthless enemy at a time when the only force more powerful than alien technology is magic. Moon Deeds launches the siblings’ journey across the galaxy, where they must learn their power as the Star Children, claim their shamanic heritage, and battle dark forces that threaten humankind.

The Star Children Saga follows Cassidy and Torr as they slowly awaken to their destiny as the twin Star Children, born every millennium to reconnect with the source of all life. They come to discover the sheer enormity of their task: to find our ancestors on a lost planet across the galaxy and save humanity from a spiraling descent into darkness. The powers they must wield to accomplish this task are truly frightening and put at risk everything they love.

Come along with 20-year-old twins Cassidy and Torr, who inherited deeds to land parcels on the moon. They want to use their moon deeds to get off Earth and escape a brutal dictatorship. But first they must unlock their shaman powers.

A rollicking yet poignant adventure in the not too distant future, when we have colonized the moon and nearly lost Earth to a dictatorship. Only the shamans remain free, plus the lucky ones who escaped to the moon.

Join the adventure! An addictive space opera, science-fantasy series.

Palmer has been writing fiction since she was eight. She received her BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University, with concentrations in Religion and Race Relations.

She currently works in Silicon Valley as an Innovation and Technology Manager for HP, Inc. In addition to her career in high tech, Palmer holds a certificate in Chinese Acupressure, is a certified solar panel installer, and studied Tibetan Buddhism with the 14th Dalai Lama.

She lives and writes in the magical redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, California, and travels back and forth to Nashville, Tennessee, where she dabbles in songwriting.

Can you tell readers little about your book Moon Deeds? What they can expect from the book?

Sure. Moon Deeds is the first book of a science-fiction/fantasy series, the Star Children Saga. The story is about twenty-year-old twins Cassidy and Torr. They are legendary twins, who are born every thousand years to reconnect with our ancestors across the galaxy and save humanity from a downward spiral into a permanent dark ages. However, this millennium, the path to our ancestors has been broken. It is up to Cassidy and Torr to find their way across the galaxy and find the lost ancestral planet. But to do that, they must unlock their shaman skills and stay alive.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

It started with a gag gift from my brother: a set of parchments which were deeds to land on the moon. I considered the possibility that the deeds were legit and would be of inestimable value to my descendants. I tried to imagine an extreme scenario, and that was the idea behind “Moon Deeds.” The series starts with the twins fleeing a global military dictatorship, and they hope to use their moon deeds to escape Earth and flee to the lunar colony, which is still free.

Moon Deed was set across the galaxy. What inspired you for setting?

As I mentioned, my brother’s gift of the moon deeds inspired the first book—the first trilogy, actually—which is mostly set on the moon. The larger series-arc is based on the premise that humans are descended from an alien species from another planet, inspired by myths from many cultures and religions of celestial visitors/angels/gods/giants, etc. descending on shafts of light to visit Earth. Again, I asked myself, “what if those myths are based in fact?” Then I figured that if that were the case, then surely our ancestors visited other planets as well, and that would mean we have cousins scattered across the galaxy.

What type of characters do you love and hate to write? Your favorite quality in protagonists, Cassidy and Torr. Does anyone in real life inspired you to write them?

I only write characters that I enjoy writing. I don’t like my villains very much, but I enjoy writing them. Some of the plant spirit medicine scenes were inspired by a dear friend of mine who is a plant spirit medicine woman. But the characters themselves are purely from my imagination.

What was the most interesting aspect of writing Moon Deeds, characters and their journey?

I most enjoy writing the scenes when Cassidy and Torr learn how to use their magic. It is a sort of metaphor for their journey towards self-awareness. I also enjoyed all the research of mythology, and of the moon.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

I have been working on this series for ten years. I have tried many times to find an agent or publisher, but with no luck. I have a background in publishing, so I decided to start my own indie press (Mythology Press) and self-publish. I’ve been enjoying the publishing process so far, although it is a lot of work!!

What are your most favorite and least favorite thing about being an author?

I love being in the almost dream-state of creating something new. The editing process can be a grind, and is not my favorite part. Also, the solitude of writing is nice, but it can get lonely. And the whole promotional aspect of being an author is a bit daunting. I think many writers are introverts. I certainly am. Writing is a very personal thing—putting my thoughts and imagination out for the world to judge is frankly terrifying. On the other hand, in my opinion art is meant to be shared. It’s a radical form of communication. And so, sharing it is also very exciting and satisfying.

Do you have any writing rituals?

For first drafts, I tend to stare into space a lot and imagine the scenes in a lot of detail before sitting down to write. At the editing stage, it’s more about discipline. I force myself to sit down to review and edit every day and strive to make progress, even if it’s only a little bit. I keep track of how many pages I get through every day, in order to encourage myself. I have found that slow, persistent effort yields results. For writing first drafts or new sections, I generally get through 3 pages a day, or 10 pages on a weekend day when I can devote several hours to writing. During the editing stages, the amount of material I get through can vary widely, but I write down daily goals for myself in order to provide some structure for myself—otherwise time can slip by without making any progress. I also sometimes set self-imposed deadlines, such as delivering drafts to editors or beta readers, in order to force myself to keep going.

What is the next project you’re working on?

The audiobook of Moon Deeds is about to be released, and will be available in October, 2019 through most audiobook services. Nina Price is the narrator. In terms of future books, I am in the rewriting stage of Light Fighters, which is Book Two of the Star Children Saga. Actually, it’s with some readers right now. In the meantime, I’m at the editing stage of another book set in a completely different world: “Heliotrope,” which is a Heroic Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery novel. (Check out images of both books below)

Light Fighters
Heliotrope

Can you describe Moon Deeds in five words?

We are descended from aliens.

And the last one, top 3 tips for aspiring authors.

1. If you love to write, write. Don’t listen to any internal or external voices telling you why you can’t or shouldn’t or aren’t good enough. You can do it.
2. If you want to write, the only way to do it, the only way to start, and the best way to learn is to simply write. Write a lot. Write every day. It’s a craft, and it takes practice.
3. You have time. You can find ten minutes a day to put pen to paper. You can think about your story while you’re driving, or on the train, or driving a cab, or mopping the floor, or nursing a baby, or whatever it is you do. Then find that ten minutes a day to jot it down. Try to devote a longer length of time once a week—a few solid hours if possible. But a little bit every day is better than an infrequent, long session, in my experience. That is because if you work on it every day, then the story stays alive in your head and takes shape in the background, and you can jump right into it when you have a few minutes.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: https://www.mythologypress.com/

Blog: I will be blogging at  https://www.palmerpickering.com/ once I update my website sometime this year (2019)

Facebook: @mythologypress

Twitter: @palmerpickerin1

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Book Links: (Amazon): https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Deeds-Star-Children-Saga-ebook/dp/B07S9PDKTW/

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What do you think about the book and interview? Have you read this book or going to add it to TBR?

Fun Que- Like Mood Deeds if we are descended from aliens, what do you think from which planet your ancestor might have descended ?

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