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Available Now-New Edition: “Rarity from the Hollow” by Robert Eggleton

1-rarity-front-cover-web-2Blurb: Lacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire.

Purchase links:
Lulu, Amazon, Doghorn Publishing


About the Author

I recently retired after 52 years of contributions into the U.S. Social Security fund so that I could write and promote my fiction. I’m a former mental health psychotherapist in West Virginia. But, after coming home drained from working with child abuse victims, I didn’t have the energy left to begin its self-promotion. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program in my home state. http://www.childhswv.org/ A listing of services that are supported can be found here: http://mountainrhinestones.blogspot.com/2015/06/review-giveaway-rarity-from-hollow-by.html.  Published by Dog Horn Publishing is a traditional small press located in Leeds. Adam Lowe is the owner. The press also showcases other semi avant garde titles and publishes a popular magazine for the GLBTQ community (Vada).

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Some Editorial Reviews

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”—Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest


“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”— Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review


. “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” — Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)


“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” —Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)


“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author


“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” — The Baryon Review



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Retro Neon Super Life By Brendan Borba

Review: Heavy on description, many were completely imaginable, and vividly so, though like a bright, flashing scene viewed too long: it can be tiring. But considering the synopsis of Retro Neon Super Life, a “boundary testing unreality; a glittery, vibrant cyber-world,” that is exactly what the author might have been trying to convey, and so seemed to have achieved this aim.

You’ll have to suspend disbelief or either immerse yourself fully, accepting of whatever comes, and though a short novel or longer novella at almost 115 pages, initially you’re provided with a lot of information rapidfire. Why and how, a seemingly average, level-headed young man came to be in the situation he was: coming in contact with drugs, people, and ways of living for which he was unprepared and unfamiliar. These things were the bulk of the “rapid download.”

There was some POV tics and lack of punctuation that had me rereading for clarity a few times, and I felt the story could have benefited from clearer breaks in scenes or character flashbacks, but even referencing the issues I felt were in the story: I felt Retro Neon Super Life was a little gem that more people should read and enjoy. I felt the author’s strong vision, could understand the emotions and motivations of April and Jake Avery, the main characters. Minus a few things that could be teaked, it is a stand-out piece, and a cover more suggestive of content might help make it more so.

Description:  “Gritty and mesmerizing, Retro Neon Super Life follows Jake, a straight laced, hard working victim of identity theft and Alice, a young product of the digital age as they traverse the glittery, vibrant cyber-world. But all is not as it seems. Beneath the polished, user friendly surface lurks something much darker. In a world that is not real, it is the question of self that tests all boundaries.”

  • Published: June 13, 2012
    ISBN: 9781476178233
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure
  • Source: Author

Author Profile

Brendan Borba was born in Burnaby, BC, on April 27, 1988. He currently still resides in the metro Vancouver area and writes books about pretty much whatever he feels like. Get in touch with him at brendanborba@hotmail.ca. Blog site http://brendanborba.wordpress.com/the-novels/.

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Twin-Bred by Karen A. Wyle

Review: Quoting myself from a previous review, “Human and alien interaction in sci-fi is one of my favorite themes when it’s done in an intelligent manner, such as in C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner Universe and many others by her, or with humor, such as in the League of Peoples series by James Alan Gardner’s, which began with Expendable.”

In Cherryh’s Foreigner Universe, human and alien contact began eagerly on both sides, as they seemed similar superficially similar, yet the situation precipituously dipped into danger resulting in violence and aggression but eventually ended in a wise stalemate and limited contact between the two groups only through a translator/diplomat. In Wyle’s Twin-Bred, the situation is more ambiguous and the solution far, far more difficult.

My question was, since the two groups couldn’t readily communicate and understand each other, how did they come to the conclusion something as intimate as shared fetus pregnancies would be a possible solution? How could the aliens agree? Yet it takes place, which of course, is the theme of the book, clearly though out by the author and intelligently presented.

There were times when the reflection between Mara and her deceased though “present” twin Levi might have been lessened, as I understood the concept through the description of Twin-Bred in the first place, yet I could understand how this relationship was explanatory for other knowledge and emotions experienced throughout, and the scientist’s driving force behind the experiment.

There was believable complexity and conflict in this moderately paced, lengthy novel, and a mature feel to the characters and writing style.  None of the truncated or abbreviated feel some books have these days, Twin-Bred is in classic mode, which might certainly be appreciated by those searching for immersive science fiction.

Description: “Can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb? Humans have lived on Tofarn, planet of creeks and rivers, for seventy years, but they still don’t understand the Tofa. The Tofa are an enigma, from their featureless faces to the four arms that sometimes seem to be five. They take arbitrary umbrage at the simplest human activities, while annoying their human neighbors in seemingly pointless ways. The next infuriating, inexplicable incident may explode into war.

Scientist Mara Cadell has a radical proposal: that host mothers carry fraternal twins, human and Tofa, who might understand each other better. Mara knows about the bond between twins: her own twin Levi died in utero, but she has secretly kept him alive in her mind as companion and collaborator.

The human Council approves the project. The Tofa agree to cooperate, although no one is sure they understand the project’s purpose. In fact, the Tofa have their own agenda. And so does one member of the Council, who believes the human colonists should have wiped out the Tofa before setting foot on Tofarn. Mara must shepherd the Twin-Bred project through dangers she anticipated and others that even the canny Levi could not foresee. Will the Twin-Bred bring peace, war, or something else entirely?”

  • Published: October 11, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-1463578916 (paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 9781466174566 (e-book)
  • ASIN: B005VDVHQ2
  • Available at Smashwords, Amazon & other online distributors
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Author Profile:

Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University.  She now considers herself a Hoosier. Wyle’s childhood ambition was to be the youngest ever published novelist.  While writing her first novel at age 10, she was mortified to learn that some British upstart had beaten her to the goal at age 9. 

Wyle is an appellate attorney, photographer, political junkie, and mother of two daughters. Her voice is the product of almost five decades of reading both literary and genre fiction.  It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of law practice.  Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of family, communication, the impossibility of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business.





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“Intruder” (Foreigner #13) by C.J. Cherryh

Review: It was an especial pleasure to finally have answered some of the questions based on the past few books, such as why Tabini wanted his then sole heir to go on the space mission with Bren, among so many humans as well as allowing him to stay in danger at Najida. Also we are finally revealed some secret alliances and who really set spies in place, such as the mystery of Bindanda. I particularly enjoyed the rounding out of some characters personalities, showing a different side as opinion shifted, Lord Tatiseigi was a prime example of this. And for the first time in years, we were able to “spend more time” with Tabini-aiji, who has always been a favorite of mine.

The strategic offensive and defensive actions within the last few books had agreeably relaxed back to earlier descriptions of daily high-ranking atevi life and living, occasionally punctuated with dangerous, tense action sure, but again we are reintroduced into the goings-on in the Bujavid and more to Shejidan. Using Cajeri’s youthful perspectives also is a continued novelty in this book, and one sees subtle touches of possible future complications that will occur.

As Intruder neared its climax, one could clearly ascertain what event would likely take place to twist the plot, yet I thought it brilliant of Cherryh, though I’d guessed what the trigger would be: I still had no idea how the characters would ultimately react. Would the meeting between Ilisidi and Machigi be able to take place? And although not directly connected to the event, how might one boy close to his felicitous ninth birthday possibly influence its course?

I thought it was a little repetitious at times, such as restating on multiple occasions what the second pair of bodyguards were doing if Bren was in an important meeting, and how messages were passed back and forth between them, or that private discussions are going through Guild channels. It’s book number thirteen; all readers should have gotten that at least by the fifth or sixth book. Reminding us at the beginning sure, but spending paragraphs on it later? But definitive restating has often been a part of Cherryh’s writing style. And as usual, which I can’t help but remark in almost an amused way, there were a few quite outstanding errors the editors missed.

Intruder ties up a lot of loose ends, and sets the stage for greater and deeper intrigue within the political structures of the aishidi’tat that continues to struggle with factions within the secretive Assassins Guild and Tabini-aiji’s household. Intruder was a very welcome addition to this decades running excellent series exploring a “humans among aliens” theme.

Description: “The civil war among the alien atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri his son and heir, and his human paidhi, Bren Cameron, have returned to the Bujavid, their seat of power.
But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over.”

  • Hardcover, 372 pages
  • Published March 6th 2012 by DAW Hardcover
  • ISBN: 075640715X
  • ISBN13: 9780756407155
  • Source: Self-purchase
  • Availability

Other of my reviews in the Foreigner series Betrayer.

Author Profile:

Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began with the modest ambition to learn to skate backwards and now is working on jumps. She sketches, occasionally, cooks fairly well, and hates house work; she loves the outdoors, animals wild and tame, is a hobbyist geologist, adores dinosaurs, and has academic specialties in Roman constitutional law and bronze age Greek ethnography.

She has written science fiction since she was ten, spent ten years of her life teaching Latin and Ancient History on the high school level, before retiring to full time writing, and now does not have enough hours in the day to pursue all her interests. Her studies include planetary geology, weather systems, and natural and man-made catastrophes, civilizations, and cosmology…in fact, there’s very little that doesn’t interest her. A loom is gathering dust and needs rethreading, a wooden ship model awaits construction, and the cats demand their own time much more urgently. She works constantly, researches mostly on the internet, and has books stacked up and waiting to be written.

C J. Cherryh’s website http://www.cherryh.com/WaveWithoutAShore/


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Known Afterlife (The Provider, Vol. 1) by Trey Copeland

Review: Some of the wording was noticeably repetitive in the many descriptions of “Known Afterlife”, but for me that wasn’t a bad point. I like the fact the author didn’t oversimplify his work or streamline it with modern words and slang that wouldn’t have fit the story and characters created, but sometimes the narrative read as unnecessary complex to convey an idea to me. I like what I call “immersive” fantasy like Known Afterlife, where I can easily visualize a world and dive in, so to speak, but word choice and sentence structure matching action and character movement could have helped the flow. More transitional phrases and occasionally shorter sentences at crucial points can help keep a story moving instead of slowing a reader down trying to understand intricate phrasing.

I had questioned whether I might take this review request at first, as it did reference a religious theme involving a “Church of Salvation”, as I prefer not to speak on any such subjects online in general. Though at times it became borderline for me, in the spirit of Frank Herbert’s Dune, I felt the author created a work in which beliefs and disbeliefs are important, but conversion, doctrine and dogma weren’t always central points. Known Afterlife definitely has its good points and I think it was a great effort in the sci-fi fantasy genre by an author with a unique style.

Description: “In Stalling’s observation, Antium is moving away from the presence that so many refer to as God, not towards it. His solution: circumvent the all-powerful Church Of Salvation, scientifically quantify the laws of the Universe and use his vast commercial empire to share these insights with the entire community of man. But the Church of Salvation will stop at nothing to retain its millennia-old monopoly on enlightenment and global control. Can Stalling and his cadre of gifted conspirators complete a technological miracle before the noose pulls too tight?

Meanwhile, Steffor is waging an altogether different battle to save his very different world–an arboreal utopia known as The Provider. As a Guardian of The Provider’s Citizens, Steffor exists to protect his world against an ancient and once believed vanquished enemy. With the very nature of reality at stake, can he salvage the bedrock faith that defines him?

The two adrenaline-fueled narratives form the parallel tracks of a roller coaster that tosses back and forth from a futuristic world of nearly recognizable technology and timeless corruption to an exotic fantasyland of magic, mythical beasts and romance beset by world-changing events, all while racing towards an inevitable if unimaginable collision.”

  • Kindle Edition
  • Published May 2nd 2011
  • Available at Smashwords, Amazon
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Author Bio

From the moment I watched my first Star Trek episode-a rerun of “The Enemy Within”-I was hooked on science fiction. Soon after discovering Dungeons & Dragons in the 80s, I folded in a love for fantasy and my adolescent imagination was off and running.

Since then I’ve stoked my passion for speculative fiction with the greats: J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (of course), Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams, Frank Herbert, Tad Williams, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, L. Ron Hubbard, Piers Anthony, Terry Goodkind and many more. The works I admire most entertain while sharing a vision.

I believe that the purpose of life is to learn and grow from experience. If I can communicate that deceptively simple pillar of my faith while entertaining, if I can move a reader to “what if?” explorations of their own than I’ve achieved my aim as an author.

I live in Central Virginia with my loving, supportive and patient wife, where we both do our best to prioritize raising our three boys. When not writing, I operate a marketing business focused on creating and selling Internet advertising opportunities for multiple college sports websites.

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