Book Review: Gripping final novel in the post-apocalyptic Project Renova Series Legacy by Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4

I’ve had Legacy on my list for far too long. I think I didn’t really want to finish the post-apocalyptic Project Renova series!

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Legacy by Terry Tyler

‘Out of all the death and destruction has come the freedom to be who we really are.’

Kindle Edition, 538 pages

Published October 22nd 2018

ASIN B07JNC9K6Z

Series Project Renova #4

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“A hundred years after the world was devastated by the bat fever virus, the UK is a country of agricultural communities where motherhood is seen as the ideal state for a woman, new beliefs have taken over from old religions, and the city of Blackthorn casts a threatening shadow over the north of England. Legacy travels backwards in time to link up with the characters from Tipping Point, Lindisfarne and UK2. 

Seventeen-year-old Bree feels stifled by the restrictions of her village community, but finds a kindred spirit in Silas, a lone traveller searching for his roots. She, too, is looking for answers: the truth behind the mysterious death, forty years earlier, of her grandmother. 

In 2050, Phoenix Northam’s one wish is to follow in the footsteps of his father, a great leader respected by all who knew him…or so his mother tells him. 

In 2029, on a Danish island, Lottie is homesick for Lindisfarne; two years earlier, Alex Verlander and the kingpins of the Renova group believe they have escaped the second outbreak of bat fever just in time… 

Book 4 of the Project Renova series rebuilds a broken country with no central government or law, where life is dangerous and people can simply disappear…but the post-Fall world is also one of possibility, of freedom and hope for the future.”

Project Renova picks up 100 years after the outbreak of the bat virus killed off most of the world’s population. The setting is still in the UK, and the island of Lindsfarne features heavily. Many of the new characters in Legacy are related to people we met in the earlier novels of the series, and they are all impacted in some way by what happened earlier.

 

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LEGACY by Terry Tyler 

The majority of LEGACY is set around 100 years after the deadly bat virus swept across the UK, and the rest of the world. The UK is now an incredibly dangerous place  with no central government where survival is never guaranteed, agriculture is essential and time consuming like it was in the past, repopulating the world has become imperative, and new beliefs have taken over.

It made total sense to me that the generations rebuilding after most of the world had been wiped out would become fascinated with nature and I loved how almost everyone had what would be considered “hippy” names.

I love how LEGACY tied up almost all of the loose ends of the PROJECT RENOVA series by traveling backwards in time and that all of the main characters are directly impacted by events that happened earlier in the series. It really gives the entire series a fantastic full-circle kind of flow. I was also glad to see my least favourite charecter, Dex,  and my favourite character, Lottie, have their stories tied up so perfectly for very different reasons!

LEGACY is a brilliantly woven conclusion to the fabulous post-apocalyptic PROJECT RENOVA series. I can’t wait to see what Terry Tyler has in store for us next. 5 stars!

 

 

 

 

 

My Book Review of THE CURSE OF TIME (Bloodstone #1) by M.J. Mallon @Marjorie_Mallon

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THE CURSE OF TIME (Bloodstone #1) by M.J. Mallon

 

Goodreads Description

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but perplexing stranger.

With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness.

My Review

Amelina’s family is very unusual. Her parents seem to be cursed, especially after her father mysteriously disappeared and returned. A girl who used to go to school with Amelina is imprisoned in the mirrors of the family home and the family’s black cat seems to know far more than he should. When Amelina receives and invitation to visit the magical Crystal Cottage she meets a mysterious stranger and discovers the truth about her family.

I loved the main idea and concepts of this story. There are lots a of crystals mixed in with folklore and myths. I found that the book jumped around from one idea to the next a bit too suddenly and it was often difficult to keep up with what was going on. These issues could definitely be cleared up with another round of editing and proofreading.

THE CURSE OF TIME is a great concept for a young adult fantasy novel and a fantastic effort from a debut author. Many thanks to the author for sending me a review copy.

About the Author

 

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M.J. Mallon author of THE CURSE OF TIME (Bloodstone #1)

 

I am a debut author who has been blogging for three years at my lovely blog home Kyrosmagica: https://mjmallon.com. My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, middle grade fiction and micro poetry – haiku and tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews: https://mjmallon.com/2015/09/28/a-z-of-my-book-reviews/

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheroes! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to my proud parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald. My parents dragged me away from my exotic childhood and my much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. In bonnie Edinburgh I mastered Scottish country dancing, and a whole new Och Aye lingo.

As a teenager I travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit my abacus wielding wayfarer dad. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters. After such an upbringing my author’s mind has taken total leave of its senses! When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.

 

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How You Might Be Able To Turn Your Self-Published Novel Into A Best-Seller

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The Martian by Andy Weir                

The newest space film to hit the cinemas, The Martian, which is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Matt Damon, seems like any other run of the mill Hollywood blockbuster at first glance. I was very surprised to read in the Sydney Morning Herald that The Martian started out as a humble blog, became a self-published novel, and gained a publishing and film deal in the space of 18 months.

It sounds like an impossible dream for most self-published authors, doesn’t it? Well, it maybe it is, but it’s not all doom and gloom. There are still ways for authors to make a comfortable living from their writing and the easiest way to go about it may result in a hit, just like The Martian.

Kevin Kelly argues that anyone who produces works of art only needs 1000 True Fans to make a living. The actual number of fans required for each artist is different, but the basic idea is that if you have enough True Fans who will buy every book that you ever publish and champion everything that you ever do you can still make a decent salary from writing without becoming a best-seller.

So, how do you find True Fans? By communicating with them! When Andy Weir first began writing The Martian he had around 3000 fans on his personal blog. Since Weir is a self-confessed space nerd and wrote about scientific space stuff his blog attracted other space nerds. Some of his fans helped with the scientific facts which helped make the novel as accurate as possible. A lot of Weir’s fans said they wanted to read The Martian on Kindle rather than online, so he published it on Amazon for them. In turn, they purchased the book and told everyone how much they enjoyed it. This buzz around the novel, which was initiated by Weir’s True Fans, helped it to become a best-seller on Amazon and attracted the attention of Random House and Fox. In other words, Weir found his True Fans and gave them what they wanted.

By connecting with his True Fans Andy Weir became a millionaire. Your True Fans will only be a small percentage of your actual fan base, but they are the people who you should focus the majority of your online and social media efforts on. These are the people who will honestly tell what was great or how you can make improvements. They will provide you with endless encouragement and support while singing your praises to everyone they know. Your True Fans will do everything in their power to make your latest novel a best-seller, but until then, connecting with them will inspire you to keep on writing and provide you with a comfortable living. Make sure you remember to make time for them.

Editing to add that the first step to writing a best-seller is to write a very good book and to focus on your writing as your number one priority. That’s always step one as the very clever author, Terry Tyler, pointed out. Then you can focus on social media and marketing.

This post was originally posted as a page. I have decided to edit and repost Self-Publishing Talk as standard blog posts.

So, Why Should You Be Interested in Self-Publishing?

Source: Maria Elena https://www.flickr.com/photos/melenita/9689712379
Source: Maria Elena https://www.flickr.com/photos/melenita/9689712379

The publishing industry has shifted from a one-sided form of communication that was dictated by the mainstream media to one where almost anybody can participate. Book culture is now a participatory culture and this means that anybody who reads, writes, or publishes books is experiencing these changes in some form.

 Changes to reading books

The two biggest changes are obviously E-books and online book retailers like Amazon. With E-readers we now have the technology to store an almost infinite amount of books and we can take them with us anywhere we go. Online book retailers allow us to purchase almost any book we like with the click of one button and are able to deliver it to our devices instantly. Readers will never have to worry about running out of books again!

Along with an increase in the choice of books comes the problem of deciding which books to read. The rise of book blogs and ratings platforms such as Goodreads solves the issue of choice by allowing readers to take advantage of the Collective Intelligence of all members to help them decide whether a book is worth reading.

Now readers are also able to participate in the conversation about the books they read. Any time that you ‘like’, ‘tweet’, review, or post about a book you are adding to the story around it. Instead of a Read Only Culture book culture is now a Read/Write Culture.

Changes to writing books

Self-publishing has made it much easier for authors to get their books out there. Writers now have much more control over their books and a greater share of their book sales but now have to take care of things such as marketing, copyright laws, cover designs, editing and proof-reading. I cannot stress how vital professional editing and proof-reading are for self-publishers! Betty Sargent explains why all self-published authors need a good editor at Publisher’s Weekly, a fantastic resource for authors.

There is now also the expectation that authors need to have an online presence and actively engage with their readers. How active you choose to be on social media is a personal choice but it is worth pointing out that even well-established best sellers such as Stephen King, J.K Rowling, and Anne M. Martin are active on Twitter.

 Changes to publishing books

The increase of self-publishing has led to more competition for traditional publishing houses, but there are also some benefits. Publishing, marketing, and distribution costs are much lower now than they were previously and the Internet has opened up opportunities for publishers to reach a global market. There is also a lot more opportunities for professional editors and proof-readers to work on a freelance basis.

This is just a short list of the recent changes to book culture which have been brought about by Digitization and Convergence. I aim to use Self-Publishing Talk as a forum to discuss these changes in the context of my Internet Communications studies and hopefully offer some useful advice and thought provoking ideas for authors, readers and publishers.

This post was originally posted as a page. I have decided to edit and repost Self-Publishing Talk as standard blog posts.

 

So, Why Am I So Interested In Self-Publishing?

Source: Maria Elena https://www.flickr.com/photos/melenita/9689712379
Source: Maria Elena https://www.flickr.com/photos/melenita/9689712379

Before I began my book blog I didn’t know much about the self-publishing industry at all. When I first began my great love affair with books, reading such classics as The Babysitter’s Club  and Sweet Valley High, there was only one way to read them. This meant that I never had enough new books because I got through them before my parents were prepared to take me to the shops or library for a new one.

While I was growing up, though, the world was starting change. Throughout my teens and twenties the world was rapidly becoming more and more digitized each year until the point that we’re at right now, in 2015, where almost any form of entertainment that you can possibly imagine, including books, is available online.

I am now a student of Internet Communications and over the course of my studies we talk a lot about the effects that digitization and also convergence have had on many different industries. A very clever man called Henry Jenkins describes what convergence means best, so I will let him explain it to you.

By convergence, I mean the flow of content across multiple media platforms, the cooperation between multiple media industries, and the migratory behavior of media audiences who would go almost anywhere in search of the kinds of entertainment experiences they wanted. Convergence is a word that manages to describe technological, industrial, cultural, and social changes, depending on who’s speaking and what they think they are talking about. In the world of media convergence, every important story gets told, every brand gets sold, every consumer gets courted across multiple media platforms. Right now, convergence culture is getting defined top-down by decisions being made in corporate boardrooms and bottom-up by decisions made in teenagers’ bedrooms. It is shaped by the desires of media conglomerates to expand their empires across multiple platforms and by the desires of consumers to have the media they want where they want it, when they want it, and in the format they want…. – See more at: http://henryjenkins.org/2006/06/welcome_to_convergence_culture.html#sthash.Mc0bZbpa.dpuf

I’ve read many interesting and informative articles and participated in many lectures about the effects of digitization and convergence on the television, film, and gaming industries, but there really isn’t much out there about the publishing industry. And when self-publishing gets mentioned, most people’s impression is that all self-published novels are terrible, full of typos and unprofessional, a legacy from when the only option for self-publishing was through a Vanity Press.

I may have even believed the same thing myself if I wasn’t lucky enough to have stumbled upon so many fabulous self-published authors this year! I have to admit that some of the self-published novels that I’ve read have been pretty terrible, but this is the case in any participatory culture. Just because everybody is able to be an author doesn’t mean that everybody should be an author, but I have also discovered an increasing amount of absolutely amazing self-published authors who go to an incredible amount of effort to publish their books. In fact, two of my favourite books that I’ve read this year, Kings and Queens by Terry Tyler  and Concealment  by Rose Edmunds, are self-published.

So, I’m going to use Self-Publishing Talk as a space to discuss my thoughts on digitization and convergence and the ways that writing, distributing and consuming books are changing. I’d love to hear your thoughts and you can check out my latest book reviews, including some great self-published novels, on the main blog page.

This post was originally posted as a page. I have decided to edit and repost Self-Publishing Talk as standard blog posts.

 

How You Might Be Able To Turn Your Self-Published Novel Into A Best-Seller

Source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18007564-the-martian?from_search=true&search_version=service
Source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18007564-the-martian?from_search=true&search_version=service

The newest space film to hit the cinemas, The Martian, which is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Matt Damon, seems like any other run of the mill Hollywood blockbuster at first glance. So I was very surprised to read in the Sydney Morning Herald that The Martian started out as a humble blog, became a self-published novel, and gained a publishing and film deal in the space of 18 months.

It sounds like an impossible dream for most self-published authors, doesn’t it? Well, it probably is, but it’s not all doom and gloom. There are still ways for authors to make a comfortable living from their writing and the easiest way to go about it may result in a hit, just like The Martian…

Read more at https://scatterbooker.wordpress.com/self-publishing-talk/how-you-might-be-able-to-turn-your-self-published-novel-into-a-best-seller/

So, Why Should You Be Interested In Self-Publishing?

Source: Maria Elena https://www.flickr.com/photos/melenita/9689712379
Source: Maria Elena https://www.flickr.com/photos/melenita/9689712379

The publishing industry has shifted from a one-sided form of communication that was dictated by the mainstream media to one where almost anybody can participate. Book culture is now a participatory culture and this means that anybody who reads, writes, or publishes books is experiencing these changes in some form….

Read more at https://scatterbooker.wordpress.com/self-publishing-talk/so-why-should-you-be-interested-in-self-publishing/