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Review of Controlled Descent (Restoration Adventures Book 1) by K.M. Herkes

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Genre: Sci-fi, dystopian, romance, mystery


A sabotaged plane leads to a whole new way of life for Justin Wyatt. Already a genius, the plane crash has now given him strange powers. Alison Gregorio lands her dream job at a law firm and believes she has it made. Until her office is blown up while she is away, and everyone she works with is suddenly dead. When a stranger rescues her from a similar fate, Alison finds herself in the same place as Justin, the client her firm believed dead. With the help of Alison and two hired men, Carl and Parker, Justin must find the people responsible for sabotaging his plane before they use Justin’s inventions to wreak havoc on the world.


My Review:

Controlled Descent by K.M. Herkes has a little bit of everything, from science fiction to romance to mystery, all woven seamlessly together to create an excellent read that is hard to put down. Each character is well developed, and several of the characters have intriguing special abilities. The plot is full of action and intrigue, but it’s the characters that make the story the wonderful read that it is. All of the characters are flawed, some of them quite seriously. The characters are easy to identify with because of their flaws, and I became quite invested in how things would turn out for each character. I like how Herkes created a world in the future that is eerily familiar; while it isn’t the world we now know, it easily could be. I think the setting makes this book somewhat unique, and I highly recommend reading it. I’m looking forward to the next Restoration book.


About the Author:

K.M. Herkes

K. M. Herkes writes stories, lives in the Midwest and gets easily distracted by new things. If she isn’t lost in her own imagination or making book recommendations online, she’s outside in the garden, up to her elbows in dirt or wielding power tools with enthusiasm—unless she is at a desk in the local library, where she gets paid to play with books.

Professional development has included classroom teaching, animal training, aquaculture, horticulture, retail operations, and customer service. Personal development is ongoing.  Cats, baking, and flowers are involved. She is mostly quiet with a thirty-percent chance of loud, and everything else is subject to change without warning.

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Review of Renewal by Leona Carver

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Disclaimer: I received a review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: LGBT, sci-fi



Renewal, Book 1 in the Green Man series.

Sterling is broke and tired of living in a cramped city. A week-long job surveying an old forest seems like the perfect break. It doesn’t hurt that his technician partner is more than friendly.

Then he starts hearing voices and hallucinates an encounter with a fawn who wants him to complete an arcane ritual. Combined with a partner who suddenly needs his help with some mysterious, deadly problem, a boss accusing him of sabotage, and a dying forest, Sterling isn’t certain what’s real, what’s madness, or which is worse.

Note: Book 2 of The Green Man series, Survival is included in the Keep the Stars Running anthology. These books can be read stand alone.


My Review:

Renewal by Leona Carver was such a riveting read that I read it in one sitting. The future Earth that is low on resources, overpopulated, and declining was easy to believe and drew me in right away. Carver kept me guessing about which people were good until the very end. I loved both Sterling and Donovan from the first page. Sterling has erected walls around himself, and I enjoyed his journey that shreds those defenses. The romance between Sterling and Donovan is hot and sweet, but it takes a backseat to the more important relationship between human and nature, which I found just as enthralling as Sterling and Donovan’s romance. Renewal emphasizes the importance of nature and warns of the price of not caring for it. This was a fantastic novella, and I definitely recommend reading it.


About the author:

Leona Carver lives in Canada with an aerospace engineer, a cat, and a tiny human who dominates her life. When she isn’t obeying every whim of the tiny human or petting the cat, Leona ferrets away time to scribble science fiction and fantasy. She writes novels and short stories with a penchant for genre mash-ups—because fairy tales need space stations, historical romance needs steam powered cyborgs, merpeople should wear mecha, and all of the aforementioned need a little love. Or a lot of love.

She has written six works for Less Than Three Press: the novels Piper and No Ocean Too Deep, the Green Man series, and the short story Stableboy.

Leona can be contacted via email (, on her website (, or on Facebook.

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Review of Company Property by Robert Stiles

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Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia


Company Property by Robert Stiles is set in a future where electricity can only be had from mining Xenorite, which is done by the company United Xenorite Enterprises. Company Property is the story of young Alice’s life after she is sold into the Life Contract Worker system (a system similar to slavery) by her aunt. Ripped away from her normal life, her school, and her friends, Alice struggles to harden herself to fourteen-hour workdays and frequent electrical shocks from the free people who manage the Life Contract Workers. She befriends another Life Contract Worker named Cornelia, who is a soldier and brings Alice into the Ravens, a group of soldiers comprised of both Life Contract Workers and free people. Together, they must work to change the damaged system.


Company Property by Robert Stiles is a fantastic story that tells of a future where slavery has made a comeback because it benefits the rich and powerful. Alice is at first a young girl who suffers the loss of everything she’s ever known, including her freedom, but she is a character who develops into one kick ass woman in the end. Her mentor and friend, Cornelia, is from the beginning a strong, confident woman, yet Robert succeeds in showing her vulnerability as well. The characters in the story are well rounded, with both flaws and strengths. I loved the plot as well; I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen. This future world is full of strange creatures, an all-too-easily imagined system of slavery, and a government ran by a greedy man who owns a valuable corporation. I hope the author intends to write more because I would love to see what is next for Alice and Cornelia. I definitely recommend reading this book.


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Twitter: @restiles1

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Review of Citadel: First Colony by Kevin Tumlinson

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Genre: Science Fiction


Humanity has moved forward in many ways in Citadel: First Colony; however, some things remain the same. Humans have taken to space and colonized other planets. But, when the crew and colony of the Citadel crash-land on a planet, they discover that humanity hasn’t let go of all of their biases against others. Fear and hate of their alien leader, class distinctions, and a saboteur among them breeds discord at a time when working together is the only way to save their lives. If the people of the Citadel are to stay alive, they must move past their prejudices, but there are some who would rather that didn’t occur. And a man with a hidden past may just destroy them all.


Kevin Tumlinson had me hooked on Citadel from the very start. This is the first in a trilogy, and I am excited to start the next book. This book was full of intrigue, and it kept me guessing until the end about who the saboteur was. The characters’ behavior in their situation was very realistic, despite that their situation was on an alien planet in the future. I loved the characters in this book. The wise alien, Somar, and the intelligent, perceptive Thomas really made the book for me. The occasional funny lines that pulled a chuckle out of me also helped. Although the book didn’t end on a cliffhanger, the epilogue left me yearning to read the next book. I think this is a book that readers will enjoy because of the characters and the plot, whether they typically read sci/fi or not. I definitely recommend it!


You can purchase Citadel: First Colony here on Amazon. (And, right now, it’s free!!)


Here’s a little bit about the author:

Kevin Tumlinson is the Wordslinger—a full-time indie author and author consultant, spending most of his days enslaved to a MacBook that just won’t let him go outside and play. His “Citadel” and “Sawyer Jackson” series are reader favorites, and his readers are Kevin favorites. Learn more about Kevin and his work at

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Review of Pure Control by C. Lloyd Brill

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*Disclaimer: I beta-read this book. It was NOT in exchange for a review. The review is because I loved it!


Genre: Science Fiction


In Pure Control by C. Lloyd Brill a strange room is unearthed during the building of an amusement park. With the room’s bizarre but inoperative knobs and gadgets, the amusement park developer believes it will make a great attraction for little kids. Unfortunately for the first group to enjoy the attraction, the room turns out to be something they never expected. The need to work together is vital, but the situation brings out the worst in the people involved. Giancarlo tries desperately to lead, but he’s frequently thwarted by Quinn. While the adults fight for control, the power rests with the children.


Pure Control is a wonderfully written sci-fi novel. I hated being interrupted during this novel because I just had to know what happened next. C. Lloyd Brill has an easy way of writing that drew me in and made me feel like I was there with the characters. The characters, with all their flaws, were realistic and engaging. The characters really made this novel. Like most people, when faced with a situation that is out of their control, they fought among each other for what control was left. The characters made me feel a wide range of emotions for them, which made me care what happened to them. I don’t want to give away anything, but the storyline had me hooked and was not at all what I expected. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction and to anyone who is just looking for a fantastic page-turner novel!


You can purchase Pure Control here


About the author:

Clint Brill


Author C. Lloyd Brill lives in California with his girlfriend and ten cats. When not writing he enjoys reading and cross-stitching as well as hiking and star-gazing.



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