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The Light Of Reason

The Light Of Reason
Published: November 26, 2016
Author's Twitter: @davidlitwack
A new grand vicar, known as the usurper, has taken over the keep and is using its knowledge to reinforce his hold on power. Despite their good intentions, the seekers find themselves leading an army, and for the first time in a millennium, their world experiences the horror of war. But the keepmasters’ science is no match for the dreamers, leaving Orah and Nathaniel their cruelest choice—face bloody defeat and the death of their enlightenment, or use the genius of the dreamers to tread the slippery slope back to the darkness.

Assessed 

5 Stars

The Light of Reason is the third book in David Litwack’s The Seekers series, (The Children of Darkness and The Stuff of Stars being the first two) and it continues the series’ trend of well-written, dystopian science fiction with wonderfully-developed characters and a unique mood.

We re-join our heroes, Orah and Nathaniel, as they return from their adventure across the ocean. The childhood friends immediately notice that their home is not how they left it. They learn that the Vicars have broken the truce and are rallying against technology and The Keep, threatening the stability and viability of their homeland. With Orah and Nathaniel having just returned from the realm of the Technos and the Greenies with machines and hoping to broker an alliance, they find their plans substantially set back. With an old friend missing and some new friends in tow, Orah and Nathaniel set out to once again set things right in their homeland and to (hopefully) bring an end to the darkness once and for all. Twists and turns abound in this dramatic third act, and without giving away too much, the ending will more than satisfy long-time fans of the series.

The dark mood from the first books returns, and while the protagonists’ victories are at-times short-lived, they never become uninteresting or demoralizing. The characters that are developed throughout these three novels live in a melancholy world, but ultimately persevere despite it. The depth of characterization, the beautiful phrasing & word choices and the dramatic action mix together to form a truly unforgettable experience. The pacing is appropriate and the author handles action and dialogue with skilled precision. The conflicts of man vs. man and man vs. machine are well developed, and the dichotomy of values ascribed to technology and the lack thereof from the first two books remains intact.

This is another fantastic book from David Litwack and is a tremendous addition to an already amazing series. The Light Of Reason is easily a 5-Star read.

 

 

The Stuff of Stars

The Stuff of Stars
Published: November 28, 2015
Author's Twitter: @davidlitwack
Book two of The Seekers dystopian trilogy. Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways. Desperate to keep their movement alive, the two cross the ocean to seek the descendants of the keepmasters’ kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected. The seekers become caught between two sides, and face the challenge of bringing them together to make a better world. The prize: a chance to bring home miracles and a more promising future for their people. But if they fail this time, they risk not a stoning but being lost in a never-ending dream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Underground Princess

The Underground Princess
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Illustrator: Luke Spooner
Published: November 29, 2014
Author's Twitter: @jwzulauf
Princess Scarlet is on a journey to find true love, but a malevolent force, Maleer, is in the process of dethroning her father, King Hurlock. Maleer intends to rule the underground kingdom of Balderdash, build an army, and break through the ground to invade the land of the living. As Scarlet runs out of options to save those that matter most, she is forced to make decisions that will determine the fate of her entire kingdom. Meet many friends, and a couple foes, on your visit to Balderdash. Whether you’re searching for true love with Princess Scarlet, or fighting for honor with Roland, the pirate knight, there is something for every reader within this coffin tale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wind Catcher : A Chosen Novel

Wind Catcher : A Chosen Novel
Published: March 21, 2015
Author's Twitter: @jeffaltabef
Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense. When she stumbles upon a series of murders she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage. Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep her safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her. All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average—could never be average. Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Omnibus Edition of “The Sugar House Novellas”

Special Omnibus Edition of “The Sugar House Novellas"
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Published: November 18, 2014
Author's Twitter: @PavartiKTyler
Evolved Publishing presents a special Omnibus Edition of "The Sugar House Novellas," featuring novellas 1-3, a bonus short story, and a bonus interview with the author. Erotica, Erotic Romance, Adults Only Enter the world of The Sugar House. Here you’ll meet the illustrious Madam Janice Cane and her brood of men and women who will fulfill your every fantasy. But can they find a way to fulfill their own? Sugar & Salt After over a decade working in the sex industry, Janice Cane retains no illusions about the nature of relationships. Everyone lies and everyone wants something. Still, a part of her longs for a connection. Speed-dating becomes her addiction, a place to find a man for the night when she needs a quick fix, and her last hope that true love may still be waiting around the next corner. When a mysterious man entices both her intellect and her lust, she becomes entangled in an affair more complicated than she’d expected. Protecting Portia Jackson Grady met the love of his life. Unfortunately, he was running drugs for a pimp named Sasha at the time, who asked him to keep an eye on their new acquisition from Russia, the bedraggled beauty named Portia. She touched his heart and forced him to confront the kind of man he'd become. Now, Portia and Jackson both work at The Sugar House. He continuously looks out for her, and longs for her with his every breath, but knows he is unworthy of such an angel. What will Portia do to win not only the heart, but also the body, of the man she loves? Dual Domination Caitrin’s a Dominatrix at the high class brothel The Sugar House, and an elegant burlesque performer with leagues of men and women falling at her feet. The Sugar House is her home, her hunting ground, but she’s never felt like she belonged. Only with her childhood friends and fellow deviants, Donovan and Raef, has she found her place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar & Salt

Sugar & Salt
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Published: December 4, 2013
Author's Twitter: @PavartiKTyler
After over a decade working in the sex industry, Janice Cane retains no illusions about the nature of relationships. Everyone lies and everyone wants something. Still, a part of her longs for a connection. Speed-dating becomes her addiction, a place to find a man for the night when she needs a quick fix, and her last hope that true love may still be waiting around the next corner. When a mysterious man entices both her intellect and her lust, she becomes entangled in an affair more complicated than she’d expected. Enter the world of The Sugar House. Here you’ll meet the illustrious Madam Janice Cane and her brood of men and women who will fulfill your every fantasy. But can they find a way to fulfill their own? “If you want passion and a story to it than this the book for you I loved this book from the beginning and couldn’t stop turning the page. “- Independent reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forgive Me, Alex

Forgive Me, Alex
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Published: December 18, 2011
Author's Twitter: @Lane_Diamond
Two men, two methods, two motivations, one darkness--step inside the twisted mind of a killer, and of the man determined to end him at any cost. Tony Hooper stands in shadow across the street, one amongst many in the crowd of curiosity-hounds gathered to watch a monster's release. Seventeen years after Mitchell Norton, "the devil," terrorized Algonquin, Illinois on a spree of kidnapping, torture and murder, the authorities release the butcher from psychiatric prison. Tony longs to charge across the street to destroy Norton--no remorse--as if stepping on a cockroach. Only sheer force of will prevents his doing so.

November 21, 2014

Edge-of-the-seat thriller

Forgive Me, Alex by Lane Diamond is a psychological thriller about a serial killer and the man whose mission in life is to track him down.

Forgive Me, Alex is the story of two men, Tony Hooper and Mitchel Norton. Tony is a tormented young man. He killed his first man when he was 15 – the drunk driver who killed his mother in a collision. The death of his mother caused his father to withdraw from human contact, leaving Tony to take care of his younger brother, Alex. Tony’s path crosses with Mitchel when the latter becomes obsessed with Tony’s girlfriend, Diana. Mitchel, however, is not your normal stalker or star-crossed swain – he hears voices from the Angel of Death, compelling him to commit gruesome murders and mutilations.

When Mitchel kidnaps Diana and kills Alex, Tony seeks revenge. His better nature prevails, however, and instead of killing Mitchel, he captures him and turns him over to the police. Deemed insane, Mitchel is committed to a mental institution.

Seventeen years later, when the system considers him cured, Mitchel is released, and the mutilation/murder starts again. Now, though, things are different. Tony, wracked with guilt at letting Mitchel live, has become a vigilante; going after serial killers who have escaped justice. In his quest, he’s met and developed a romantic relationship with FBI agent Linda Monroe. Now, he’s determined to see that Mitchel doesn’t escape justice a second time.

Told primarily in the first person, beginning with Tony, but switching to Mitchel’s point view every few chapters, Forgive Me, Alexis an edge-of-the-seat thriller that aficionados of the psychological thriller genre will enjoy. The author does a good job of slowly building the two principal characters, showing how each is a product of his past. A few of the chapters threw me off – in particular one chapter from the point of view of Frank Willow, a supporting character, and some third person views that provided narrative description of events. It would have added to the suspense if these could have been told from one or both of the main characters’ viewpoints. Despite this, it’s still a well-told tale, with a double-twist at the end that I didn’t see coming.

A well-crafted first novel that shows Diamond’s potential to good advantage.  I give it three stars and recommend it for Awesome Indies Approval.

 

White Chalk

White Chalk
Published: 7 July 2013
Author's Twitter: @PavartiKTyler
Chelle isn’t what most people consider a typical 13-year-old girl — she doesn’t laugh with friends, play sports, or hang out at the mall after school. Instead, she navigates a world well beyond her years. Life in Dawson, ND spins on as she grasps at people, pleading for someone to save her—to return her to the simple childhood of unicorns on her bedroom wall and stories on her father’s knee. When Troy Christiansen walks into her life, Chelle is desperate to believe his arrival will be her salvation. So much so, she forgets to save herself. After experiencing a tragedy at school, her world begins to crack, causing a deeper scar in her already fragile psyche. Follow Chelle’s twisted tale of modern adolescence, as she travels down the rabbit hole into a reality none of us wants to admit actually exists.

Reviewed by Awesome Indies Assessor

September 16, 2013

5 Stars

The writing is exceptional.  Pavarti Tyler brings the main character, Chelle, a thirteen year old girl from a dysfunctional family, who turns fourteen during the book, to life in this disturbing novel told from her point of view.  She bares her soul in this book, and I really felt for her as she struggled to navigate an existence that no one would wish on any teenage girl, yet is undeniably real for some.  This is not a book for the faint-hearted.  It deals with complex, tough, even taboo subjects, and it does so extremely realistically.  Chelle makes some bad choices, but from her viewpoint, her emotional outlook and need, they make sense in a rather disturbing way.  That made White Chalk a compelling read, and a story and character I won’t ever forget.

The other characters in the book are also well-portrayed, and as the story is from Chelle’s point of view, the reader must wonder at their motivations.  Some of them take advantage of her;  some seem to want to befriend and help her.  It all adds to Chelle’s emotional confusion and self-doubt, and to my experience as a reader, because I had strong feelings about some of them.

I do not want to add any detail of the plot because that would spoil the story.  White Chalk is for readers who want to be challenged emotionally and idealistically, mesmerized by great writing and a unforgettable characters, and be drawn deeply into a disturbed teenage girl’s life as it falls apart around her.  I highly recommend it.

5 stars.

Consumed by Love

Consumed by Love
Published: October 2, 2013
Author's Twitter: @PavartiKTyler
Consumed by Love is the story of a couple who must face one partner’s supernatural transformation. This short piece is written in the style of a classic horror story with a dark take on the addictive nature of love. At just over 5,000 words, this fun story is the perfect short diversion from your daily grind. It’s available free at most online sites.