Jul 092014
 

Greetings to all of you riding the Blog Tour train!

Today I have yet another book review from my good friend Becca J. Campbell.  I still haven’t figured out how she can write all of these books and get them published, not to mention all of the promo she sets up, with those boys of hers.  I get run ragged with my 4 and I still have only half of a draft done of my book.  Anyway…..

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Becca has a new book out called Empath.  She sent me an advance copy in exchange for the review and I was glad to do it.  I have to admit that I got into this book with a bit of apprehension because Becca told me that it was so different from her other ones, this one a bit of a romance.  Now, for me, I guess I am just a romantic because, the story didn’t seem like a romance.  Sure, there were elements of romantical ties but it didn’t read like a Harlequin romance so I didn’t notice.  The story itself is really good.  No, really good.  I venture to say that this is Becca’s best work to this point, and I have really liked her other books, especially Foreign Identity.

I got into this book quickly, empathizing with Jade and very curious about the other characters and their flaws.  Ethan was wonderfully dark and twisted, more like something I would write.  And the whole premise had elements of all of us in it.  Being uncomfortable, being able to tell other people’s moods, enjoying friends, desperation, and the fight to survive.  The settings were vibrant and real, and everything felt authentic, like places I would like to go.

There are always elements of the strange or supernatural in Becca’s stories, but these seemed the most likely to be real, and therefore a different story than Foreign Identity or Unmasked Alloy (which I am still waiting for more of that one), or even Gateway to Reality.  Notice I didn’t say better, they each had their own unique story, I just think that this one is my favorite.

I really enjoyed this book.  I look forward to reading anything that Becca puts out.  She likes to do series, so there is always more from these characters, and more to read.  Like I said, this is her best work yet, and, if I am going by the progression that I have seen since those first days in the Creative Copy Challenge(I know she was writing before that but that is where I met Becca), the next books will be even better.

Use these links and go get yourself a copy of this story.  You won’t be sorry, for either the story, or for getting to know Becca.

During the Empath Blog Tour (September 16th – October 20th), the first book in the Flawed series will be on sale for a discounted price of $0.99. Grab it for cheap while you can!

Amazon US | Amazon UK  | Amazon CA  | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

 This is the “official” blurb from the book:

Empath (Flawed Book One)

Supernatural empathy isn’t a gift, it’s a curse. Anywhere she goes, Jade’s emotions are replaced by those of the people around her.

Jade grew up in a suburb of Colorado Springs, protected from other people by her parents. Now she faces college—and the world—with nothing to shield her from unwanted feelings.

When Cam, a classmate with a major crush on her, unintentionally hijacks her emotions, Jade struggles to keep from being carried away in feelings of attraction. When Ethan, a psychopath with a thirst for fear, fixates on her, the emotional impact could be lethal.

Caught in a deadly trap, Jade must untangle the emotions and find a way to use her empathic curse to overcome this killer or be overcome by him.

 

Blog Tour Schedule

9/16 – The Peasants Revolt – Review

9/17 – Refreshingly Riki – Review

9/18 – Now is Gone – Guest Post

9/19 – The Pen and Whisk – Review

9/20 – Catharsis of the Bogue – Review

9/21 – Simply Sensational Book Fanatics – Review

9/22 – The Bibliophile’s Corner – Review

9/23 – Kayla Curry – Guest Post/Review

9/24 – S.M. Boyce – Guest Post/Review

9/25 – The Eternal Scribe – Review

9/26 – Reader Girl Reviews a Teen Book – Review

9/27 – Reading the Alphabet – Review

9/28 – AimeeKay’s Reviews & Other Awesome Randomness – Review

9/29 – Cover Analysis – Review

9/30 – She Reads New Adult – Review

10/1 – V’s Reads – Review

10/2 – A Little Bit of R&R – Review

10/3 – OriginiquEquanimity – Interview

10/4 – Offbeat Vagabond – Review

10/5 – Lisa Is a Bookworm – Review

10/6 – Tynga’s Reviews – Review

10/7 – Dark Obsession Chronicles – Review

10/8 – BookRockGoddess – Review

10/9 – Booklvrs Haven – Guest Post

10/10 – Read for Your Future – Review

10/11– Cici’s Theories – Review

10/12 – Adventures of a Wandering Mind – Review

10/13 – Simply Sarah – Interview

10/14 – Dream Believe Write – Guest Post

10/15 – A Lady’s Manifesto – Review

10/16 – Paperback Daydreamer – Review

10/17 – A Novel Reality – Interview

10/18 – The Julia Grace Arts Blog – Interview

10/19 – Sydney Aaliyah – Review

10/20 – FU Only Knew – Review

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Becca J. Campbell is the author of the New Adult Romantic Science Fiction novels Foreign Identity and Gateway to Reality, New Adult Romantic Paranormal Thriller Empath (The Flawed Series #1), and  Sub-Normal, a series of Science Fiction short stories.

An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity. You can find her on her Author BlogFacebookTwitterGoodreads, Pinterest, and Amazon.

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Jul 092014
 

Hello folks.  Today I am bringing you a review of a new book that has just been released.  For those who have been around a while, you may have heard me talk about a little site called the Creative Copy Challenge.  Well, it was through participation in the weekly challenges that this book, Foreign Identity, was spawned.

I was writing away with my own story (that really should be a book too if I wasn’t so lazy about it) when I started reading the other submissions.  One that caught me up in the story was Foreign Identity by Becca Campbell.  I got caught up in the story and became internet friends with Becca and was more than a little bummed when life got in the way and she didn’t finish the story.

Little did I know then, that she was working hard to make this story a novel.  And it is good.  Becca sent me a review copy of Foreign Identity (for free FTC, I know you are listening) and asked me to read it.  I was excited to really find out what happened to the main characters, Jax and Kel.  But more about that in a minute.

I don’t think that anyone knows (becasue I have never told anyone) that I actually cut and copied the entries from the CCC into a Word file so that I could either read it again or just finish what I missed.  At the last count in Word, Foreign Identity was 36,700 words long.  Not too shabby, but not a novel.  Now it is fleshed out and it is fun to see wha thas been added and what finishes the story.

Now for the review.  The book, I loved it.  The marketing and publishing through The Consortium (Oklahoma City based with some other people you have heard me talk about, Aaron Pogue, Courtney Cantrell, (I love to be able to actually name drop)) is just independent genius.  It gives me hope for my novels if I ever get them finished.

Ok, the book.

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Nov 112013
 

Greetings and Salutations my fine friends!  Today I bring you yet another review of yet another book by my friend Becca J. Campbell.  This one is a wild ride I have to tell you.  Hint: if you click on the picture there, you can go to Amazon.com and pick up a copy for yourself.

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And now for the critical review part.  Becca has written yet another world of mystery while challenging reality.  Becca sent me this book as a reviewer copy so that I can give you all the good word and force ask you to go and buy it.  For the sake of an honest review: here goes.

This book was Becca’s most confusing book yet. At least at first, it took me a while to figure out where the characters were and who they were. The story began to make better sense and really pick up on the action a ways into it.

I particularly liked the small inside jokes that were throughout the story, movie references etc.

I did get a little distraught in the middle though.  It started to drag but I pushed through it and it picked up again finishing strong, and I was satisfied.  She didn’t however, finish up everything, setting up a sequel perfectly.

It seems as though Becca wants to write epics, and each book is just a bite sized chunk to make you hungry for the next.

All in all, this book is great. It is well worth reading and well worth waiting for the next one in the series, if there is one. If you are trying to decide if you should buy this book, right now, I mean RIGHT now, just do it, you won’t be sorry. (Just click the picture up there and you can get a copy for yourself.)

Now, I haven’t asked her directly yet, but I am still trying to figure out how she can find time to write fiction and pump out all of the books that she is doing.  She has young boys, one is just older than my 2 1/2 year old  and I can’t seem to get much of anything written with the kids running around and the house needing cleaning.  Kudos to her.

You can learn more about Becca at her website: BeccaJCampbell.com as well as see her contest for Gateway to Reality as well as unique insights into the twisted mind of a writer.  Seriously, she is great.  Other places to find her:

Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest | Amazon

She is also having a Rafflecopter giveaway: check out what you can win:a Rafflecopter giveaway

(I highly recommend the books.  Go buy them if you don’t win).

 

And as if that were not enough, she is doing something that I think is way cool.  A blog scavenger hunt.  Visit each site, each day, and get a clue.  Collect all 15 clues and you can get an additional 10 entries in the giveaway!  A good prize for reading some cool blogs that you may have not heard of before.  Go check them out.

The Scavenger Hunt Blog Tour

You can enter the giveaway now, but to really amp up your odds at snatching one of these prize packs, check out each site along the blog tour.

April 1st     Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Reviews

April 2nd     The Peasants Revolt

April 3rd     Catharsis of the Bogue

April 4th     The Pen and Whisk

April 5th     Write for Life

April 6th     S.M. Boyce

April 8th     Paranormal Lounge

April 9th     Lisa Is a Bookworm

April 10th     Jade Kerrion

April 11th     Paper Book Princess

April 12th     Now is Gone

April 13th     Worlds Away Book Blog

April 15th     FU Only Knew

April 17th     Sarcasm and Lemons

April 18th     Brandon R. Luffman

Your Third Clue

Wes visits many worlds in the Existence. Here’s your challenge in this scavenger hunt:

Collect the names of the fifteen worlds in Gateway to Reality (one will be revealed each day).

Following the schedule above, collect a world name at each stop, and when you have them all, plug that list of 15 worlds into the giveaway below to win a BONUS TEN ENTRIES.

HERE’S YOUR THIRD WORLD:  Emily Donovan World

Continue with your hunt tomorrow at The Pen and Whisk. Good luck!

 

and if you missed it, here is the Amazon link again:GtR-kindle-cover-final-websize-225x300

 

Thanks for reading and supporting your Indie writers.  I am currently working on a book with pirates and a twist on the popular myths.  I am going to hire Becca to promote it she is doing such a good job on here stuff.

Until later, go buy an ebook and relax for a while.

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