Sunday, July 14, 2024

#OnTheBlogToday #BookReview #Glass Houses #Netgalley #SciFi #Fantasy #AI @SexyNerdRevue

A masterful near future whodunit for fans of Glass Onion and Black Mirror; join a stranded start-up team led by a terrifyingly realistic charismatic billionaire, a deserted tropical island, and a mysterious AI-driven mansion--as the remaining members disappear one by one.

A group of employees and their CEO, celebrating the sale of their remarkable emotion-mapping-AI-alogorithm, crash onto a not-quite-deserted tropical island.

Luckily, those who survived have found a beautiful, fully-stocked private palace, with all the latest technological updates (though one without connection to the outside world). The house, however, has more secrets than anyone might have guessed, and much darker reason for having been built and left behind.

Kristin, the hyper-competent "human emotional support technician" (i.e., the eccentric boyish billionaire-CEO Sumpter's idea of an HR department) tries to keep her colleagues stable, throughout this new challange, but staying sane seems to be as much of a challange as staying alive. Being a "woman in technology" has always meant having to be smarter then anyone expects....and Kristin's survival skills are more impressive than anyone knows.

The Sexy Nerd's REview. . .

When I read the synopsis of this story, I was all too eager to find out what exactly was going on.

Our story starts off with a plane crash. Kristin awoke in a plane full of water. Where was she and what happened? A body floats by her and she’s confused as to what is happening. A voice rings out and a hand reaches for her. It’s her boss. He was so thankful that someone else survived. Unfortunately, one of her teammates wasn’t so lucky, but how many others made it?

They quickly take an assessment and discover many of them did survive and began checking the plane for whatever luggage and essentials they could use to survive. While they were doing that, they realized there was a huge house or some type of structure in the middle of the island they landed upon. What luck, right?

While Kristen and her team headed up to the abandoned house, it was soon discovered that the house seemed to come alive. How did this house get here? Who built it and what was it used for? Once the team figures out how to get inside, the house appeared to have a mind of its own. Some doors would open by themselves. Some of those doors could be opened by people. The house was fully stocked with food as if it knew they would be arriving there. But how could that be? They were in a random plane crash. How could they have possibly known they’d end up on this deserted island with a huge glass house in the center? Hmm?

Kristin knew something wasn’t quite right and when members of her team began to go missing, she was positive they had a serious situation on their hands. And that, readers, is where our story takes off. So, this story may sound interesting and even exciting, but unfortunately, it was lost on me. I couldn’t grasp this story no matter how much I tried. I think the disconnect for me came by the way the characters interacted and were setup. The dialogue between the characters didn’t quite mesh with the actions that were taking place. Normally, I’m not the type of reader who gets squeamish or bothered by profanity, but I found the use of it with some of the characters just totally unnecessary and uncalled for. I’m thinking why would anyone talk like that to one another on a very simple question someone may have asked?

The story had some interesting elements by way of electronics and science, but that’s where it ended for me. I couldn’t get into this story the way I would have liked, and I honestly can’t blame the author for this because her writing style was decent, but I think I got lost with the idea of what I thought this story was going to be and it turned out to be something else which was a bit disappointing.

The Sexy Nerd gives Glass Houses three stones to throw. At the end of the day, all stories aren't for everyone and this just happened to be one of them. Was this a bad read? Absolutely not, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. Glass Houses goes on sale Tues., August 13, 2024 at your favorite book retailers or wherever books are sold. Make sure you pick up your copy. Until next time, Nerds, you know how we do!

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Friday, July 12, 2024

#OnTheBlogToday #BookBlitz...Let Milo Open the Door...#NA #Fiction #General @RABTBookTours @SexyNerdRevue

New Adult Fiction / General Fiction

 

It’s 1989, and the doors Milo thought would open after college are all closed. Dumped by his girlfriend and deserted by his father, he washes up on the shores of Nantucket, where his transformation begins.

Milo outsmarts a preachy painter to earn the contract at the Our Island Home, a rest home where those at death’s door teach him how to knock on others. He also earns the affection of Julia, the home’s laundress, who has her own challenges, including a distant husband, a fortieth birthday, and an illness she can’t fight alone.

Through a series of misadventures, Milo matures with the summer, averting rival painters, proud nudists, serious crunchers, and death-by-crucifix. At summer’s end, he is faced with a decision that will complete his transformation and point the way to new beginnings.

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Tom Endyke is a Novelist and Music Journalist for Guitar & Pen Magazine. Tom infuses rock music's power and promise into his stories. His protagonists are outcasts, marginalized by society, who work their way through dark, edgy, and absurd scenarios.

Tom earned a degree in creative writing from MCLA. He lives with his wife and two kids in West Newbury, Massachusetts.

 


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Thursday, July 11, 2024

#OnTheBlogToday #BookBlitz...To Find a Killer...#Murder #Mystery @RABTBookTours @SexyNerdRevue

 A Natural State Murder Mystery, Book 1

Murder Mystery

Date to be Published: 10-04-2024

 

When Atlanta Detective, Tammy Sharp's past collides with her present, it's a wild ride of bullets, broken hearts, and chilling mysteries.

In her hometown of Pocahontas, Arkansas, she faces not just her ex, Jace Eubanks, but also a dangerous killer on the prowl.

With murders old and new intertwining, Tammy faces a choice: team up with her ex or let justice slip away.

As the clock ticks down to a sinister ultimatum, will Tammy outsmart the sociopath or fall prey to a deadly game of cat and mouse?

 About the Author. . .

Leah Brewer writes all kinds of things.

Sometimes, she writes Christian Fiction (Seeds of Faith Series). Other times it’s Historical Fiction (Petunia 1949). Right now, it’s all about murder. The first novel in her Natural State Murder Mystery series, To Find a Killer, is set to release this October.

In 2019, after an Ovarian Cancer diagnosis, Leah decided to pursue her passion for writing. Being cancer-free, she now revels in her life as an author.

With an extensive 28-year career that encompasses diverse leadership roles in a Fortune 500 company, Leah brings an authentic perspective to her storytelling.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

#NewBlogPost #BookBlitz...Prendarian Chronicles...#SciFi #Futuristic #Women #Fiction @RABTBookTours @SexyNerdRevue

A Sci-Fi Futuristic Women’s Fiction

Date Published: July 12, 2024

Publisher: Changeling Press LLC

 Two worlds hang in the balance. Two love affairs will change both societies. Forever.

For the Love of Rigah -- Rigah, the most powerful woman on the world of Prendara, has purchased a handsome Earther slave to serve as her consort. Jason vows to resist and refuses to accept his role as Rigah’s personal whore. But he can’t fight the passion she demands from him… or the need to demand much more than passion from her. More than she may be willing to give.

For the Heart of Daria -- A human who’s lived under alien domination for her entire life, Daria vows to rid Earth of the evil invaders no matter what the cost -- even if it means seducing a powerful alien sympathizer. But Gray isn’t the monster she wants him to be. Yet despite the passion he forces her to feel, nothing will ever convince her to trust him.

About the Author. . .

Gemma Woods has no spouse, no children, and no pets. Her family is imaginary -- she writes them. Outside her imaginary world, she enjoys the typical author hobbies of reading, traveling, and fretting over her dying houseplants.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

#OnTheBlogToday. . .Shaloha Gems...#BookBlitz #HF #Romantic #Comedy @RABTBookTours @SexyNerdRevue

Humorous Fiction/Romantic Comedy/Historical Fiction/Jewish Fiction

Date Published: July 9th, 2024

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Abe Goldstein’s life is speeding downhill faster than a Coney Island roller coaster.

His Manhattan diamond company is on life support. Crime is so bad that muggers are mugging other muggers. And his overbearing mother has gone behind his back and posted his profile on a Jewish dating site. Now, Abe’s phone is blowing up with messages from women who want to marry him.

At the advice of his accountant, Abe flees to Honolulu and cuts a deal with an Okinawan family to buy their diamond ring business. The owner’s beautiful daughter Kiyoko stays on as a consultant, and Abe finds himself falling hard for her.

But there’s trouble in paradise. Abe’s meddlesome mother hires an unscrupulous matchmaker to break the pair up and find a nice Jewish girl for him instead. To make matters worse, a rival diamond firm connected to Japanese organized crime is bent on destroying Abe’s fledgling business, Shaloha Gems.

As Abe navigates the twists and turns of his unconventional island life, everything he values is in jeopardy. He may be willing to damage his relationship with his mother to preserve his romantic relationship. But will he crumble under the pressure if he loses his reputation and his budding diamond empire too? Or will a discovery that leads back to the darkest days of World War II open an unexpected door to a brighter future?

 About the Author. . .

Born and raised in New Jersey, Terry Chodosh earned his MS in criminology from Florida State University. Terry began his twenty-eight-year career with the United States Secret Service (USSS) in NYC and fulfilled assignments in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Honolulu field offices as well as in the Gerald Ford protective detail.

While assigned to the Honolulu office, Terry traveled extensively in Asia, conducting complex financial crime investigations and providing executive protection for US government officials, including the president and vice president of the United States. After retirement, Terry wanted to tap into his humorous and creative side, which was often restrained throughout his career, so he began writing his novel Shaloha Gems.

Terry lives with his wife and son in Honolulu, Hawaii. He enjoys distance swimming in the ocean and outrigger canoe paddling, and he strives to stay one step ahead of skin cancer and tiger sharks.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

#NewBlogPost #BookBlitz...Laughing Is Forever #Poetry @RABTBookTours @SexyNerdRevue

Poetry

Date Published: March 22, 2024

Publisher: MindStir Media

Laughing is Forever is my second book. And while it’s gritty, rhythmic, dark and dangerous it’s also fun, quirky, and inquisitive. Topics range from growing up in the Deep South to questioning the mainstream narrative of how it all . . . came to be. I want people who don’t read much and who hate poetry (the largest demographic) to give this collection a chance and fall in love with books by reading something that they can relate to and/or be awed by. Laughing is Forever is a standalone book, a brand-new beast, but follows in the footsteps of Blameforest in the sense that it’s reinventing what poetry can be. And hopefully inspiring folks to take risks with their own work and stand out from the maddening crowd.

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 "These are the kind of tattered, beautiful poems I often search for and rarely find-the ones that explain, 'Just be happy with a beer after work. You know, quit all the complaining. It won't change a single thing. It just prolongs the suffering.' "

-Sean Thomas Dougherty, author of Death Prefers the Minor Keys

 

"Stocks's writing has a powerful immediacy, and his poems are packed with both profanity and pop-culture references . . ."

-Kirkus Reviews

 

"This collection is brave, unflinching and hits you like a punch in the jaw. It is at times brutal and vicious but also tender and intelligent. I was reminded of early Eminem in the poignant anger of some of the poems."

-Sam Szanto, author of If No One Speaks


About the Author. . .

Jason Stocks is a writer and teacher living in south Florida. Before becoming a teacher, he worked in a chicken house, washed dishes, bagged groceries, waited tables, and sold cars. His first full-length poetry collection--Blameforest--was published in 2021 and was recently named a finalist in the 2024 American Legacy Book Awards for contemporary poetry. When not writing, he enjoys reading vintage YA horror, riding his Haro cruiser, and spending time with the family.

 

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