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Spotlight: The Sleeping Town by F.A.R.

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It all began the day Michael Walker woke up and everyone else didn’t. Powerful forces are at work, and the small town of Redfield might not survive it. As the uncanny becomes commonplace and truth remains elusive, Michael struggles to discern between friend and foe. Should he fail, not only will his head become a stranger to his neck, but the rest of the town might soon follow his fate.

Reviews:

Format: Kindle Edition

I really liked The Sleeping Town. I really liked this book’s take on magic. I won’t get into it too much because it’s kind of special to the book and I don’t want to ruin anything. Suffice it to say, I thought it was pretty original. That really helped me get into this book. So many books just have a generic view on magic and the like, so when you come across something that’s a little different, it’s easy to get caught up in. There are a lot of things in the book that I really liked, but I don’t want to mention because they were just kind of special to the book itself and I don’t want to ruin anything.

Even though I didn’t say much, I did really enjoy this book and recommend it for anyone looking for something a little different.

By ALY on November 27, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition

This book was interesting. The description sure does not give much away. But I liked the book. Michael has his struggles for sure but the book kept me on my toes. I was always wondering what would happen next. I think a good first book. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Interview with F.A.R.:
1.  Please tell me about your book and why you decided to write it.
The Sleeping Town is my first book. It is the story of Michael Walker as he wakes up and finds he is the only one in the entire town who did. The book can roughly be divided in two parts. The first part is Michael trying to figure things out and finding himself increasingly out of his depth. The second part is after he identifies the supernatural force at work and tries to do something about it… and finds himself increasingly out of his depth.
I decided to write it, because I have been coming up with ideas for stories since I read my first book. I kept thinking about what I would have liked to see happening and how I would done certain things. Eventually, I got brave enough to sit down and actually write one of those ideas. The Sleeping Town is the result of that.
2.  Do you have any works in progress?  What are they?
As a matter of fact, I do. Just a few days ago I finished the first (very rough) draft of my next book, Devils of Black and Gold. It is a darker tale when compared to The Sleeping Townbut I had fun writing it. It features a guy who thinks he might be a werewolf, a series of bizarre murders, and a cop who is definitely not getting paid enough. Additionally, I am about to start working on the sequel to The Sleeping Town later in October.
3.  What would you like your readers to know about you?
Seeing as how I’m using an obvious Pen name it would be easier to think about things I don’t want readers to know about me, but here it goes. I’m Latino, F.A.R. are my actual initials, and I like to use the kitchen. I’m not saying I am any good at it, but I do like cooking every now and then.
4.  If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be and why?
Tough question. There are so many I would like to meet, but if I had to pick just one… James Spader. Stargate, Boston Legal, The Blacklist, Age of Ultron. How can I not be a huge fan?
5.  Favorites:  color, food, acitivity, place?
I have always been a fan of orange as far as colors go. My favorite food is Fettuccine Alfredo. My favorite activity (other than writing) is swimming. Whether it is in a beach or pool, I love it all the same. My favorite place is a nice park in the middle of autumn.
6.  If you could give me one piece of advice about life, what would it be?
Well, it is a bit presumptuous of me to be giving out life advice, but if I had to give one it would probably be something like, “Go for it!”
I spend a lot of time thinking,”I want to write a book.” Years if I have to be honest. During that time I got very little book-writing done. One day I got fed up with that. I started writing every single day and didn’t stop until I had a book, If there is something you want to do, you can’t just think about it. You need to bring that thought into action.
Where you can find The Sleeping Town:
https://www.amazon.com/Sleeping-Town-F-R-ebook/dp/B014CBA48A/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1470526248&sr=8-3&keywords=the+sleeping+town#nav-subnav
Where you can find F.A.R.:
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/FarBooks

Spotlight: Elemental Kingdoms by Peter and Lauren Arvo

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Once there were many kingdoms of myth and legend, but six stood apart from the rest. They may have lost their origins, but they still possessed their elemental abilities of creation as well as destruction. Their rule was about to be threatened by an unseen group, who have waited patiently to make their move.

A group of powerful royal blooded teenagers are about to experience the time of their lives, but also have their lives turned upside-down. They will have to go beyond what they thought possible, stretching their skills, friendship, courage, love, and powers to the breaking point.

Reviews:

Woodsman‘s review

Jan 19, 2016
really liked it
Read from January 10 to 18, 2016


This book was a wonderful read, beautifully illustrated, with a lot of twists and even a cliff hanger ending. I am recently retired and decided to get either a science fiction, or fantasy book, that looked interesting to read in the evenings. I decided upon Elemental Kindoms, even though this book was probably more geared toward the younger audience, I enjoyed it very much and am looking forward to getting and reading the next installment in the series.

I am also impressed, by the fact, the book was written by a father and daughter team.

By A Customer on January 13, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

This book is a well written action adventure story. The story will be of most interest to pre-teens and teens, as most of the main characters are teenagers. The authors have inserted into the story some interesting trivia information.
Interview with Peter and Lauren:
 
1.  Tell my why you decided to write you book.  Explain the process of father/daughter collaboration.

Peter: Lauren developed many great characters and plot ideas over several years that she kept talking to us about and eventually we convinced her to share these with others in the form of a book. As far as the collaboration goes, she has a laptop next to my computer, and we worked out the remaining details together.

Lauren:
 I loved roleplaying and coming up with stories to entertain myself and other people and eventually I decided to write a book about those stories.
2.  Is there any autobiographical content in the story?

Peter: I don’t believe that there is any autobiographical content, at least for me. I became involved late in the process, so most characters already existed.

Lauren:
 Some of the characters were based on different people I knew and the character Hope in particular was originally based on me. There isn’t any other content really that is autobiographical.
3.  Do you have any works in progress?  If so, what are they?

Peter: Yes, book two, Elemental Kingdoms: Grand Deception, is nearly completed. The writing and editing is done. All that is left is the illustrations.

Lauren: We are discussing book three and working out the details since book two is mostly complete.
4.  What do you hope to accomplish as an author?

Peter: My most important goal is to support Lauren. As for the book, hopefully the book series will entertain people with its great characters and complex plot and super detailed maps. Most people probably don’t realize that there are fourteen maps in the back of book one that Lauren and I hand drew (the maps are based on an actual ancient map). Most of the things in the book series have a basis in real legends and lore. Even the names were derived from different languages (some are a bit of a riddle), which we felt contributes to a better fantasy story.

Lauren: I hope to reach as many people with these books as possible and it inspires them, and let them know that even though you may be young you can accomplish great things if you put your mind to it. I also hope these books make people happy and entertain them.
5.  Who are some of your favorite authors and why?

Peter: After childhood I’ve only read technical, historical, or research books, so my favorite authors would be people like Nicola Tesla’s (famous inventor), Enoch, Moses, Paul (contributors to important ancient texts), Linus Pauling (famous researcher who won the Nobel Prize twice, promoter of vitamin C in curing many ailments, and peace activist).

Lauren: There has never been an author that I liked all of their work, so I can’t say that I have a favorite author in particular.
6.  If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?

Peter: This is really tough question, since I think most people believe they know what they want most in life, but if/when they get it, they don’t want it anymore. With this in mind, I would probably wish that everyone in the world would be able to clearly see the best choices to make in life (that would result in the best positive outcome for themselves and everyone else).

Lauren: There really isn’t anything I want so badly that I would wish for myself, I would probably wish for the world to be at peace and everyone to be happy.
 
Where you can find Elemental Kingdoms:
https://www.amazon.com/Elemental-Kingdoms-Darkness-Lauren-Arvo-ebook/dp/B01A2U20CS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=#nav-subnav
Where you can find Peter and Lauren:
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ElementalKingdomsBooks/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Peter_LaurenEKS
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/elementalkingdoms/
Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/EK_Series/
Website:  http://www.elementalkingdomsseries.com/

~Spotlight: What Dwells Within by Jayne Harris and D.J. Weatherer~

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Spirits don’t just haunt buildings!

From beloved dolls to once treasured jewellery, evidence of the afterlife can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Jayne Harris is one of the UK’s best known female Paranormal Investigators and a world leader in the study of Spirit Attachment (haunted objects). With over 17 years experience in this very misunderstood field of research, in this book Jayne lets readers into her world by sharing her most memorable, and sometimes terrifying cases and gives advice to anyone wishing to take a journey into the paranormal.

Co-written by award winning Author Dan Weatherer who gives a fascinating insight into historic cases, this book is a MUST have for any paranormal enthusiast and an invaluable tool for paranormal investigators.

Are you ready for the truth?

Reviews:

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

Just Finished reading this book.. I was very pleased with the information, also had good stories/articles of personal accounts with objects connected with the Paranormal.. It also contained a very good FAQ section at the end to assist amateurs like myself in this field. This book will will be kept on my bookshelf as collection and for referencing when in need for the future.. will even read it again from time to time thoroughly for its interesting topics and information..
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

I finally was able to finish Jayne’s book and I loved it!!. Defiantly a 5 star book to read!!. What dwell’s Within: A Study Of Spirit Attachment Is a awesome Book for anyone who is a haunted doll/object’s collector this is a great book to read and for anyone who is thinking of getting a doll or objects that are haunted this book would be soo perfect for the new collectors too trying to do research or looking for advice!!!. Jayne also has a website you can go to if you are new with being a haunted doll’s collector!!. 🙂

Where you can find What Dwells Within:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/What-Dwells-Within-Spirit-Attachment/dp/1785350323/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458711712&sr=8-1&keywords=what+dwells+within

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-dwells-within-jayne-harris/1122201584?ean=9781785350320

Where you can find Jayne:

Website:  http://www.hdparanormal.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Hauntedolls

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/HauntedDollsPage

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/hdparanormalresearch/

Where you can find D.J.:

Website:  http://www.fatherdarkness.co.uk/