The Gypsy Pearl by Lia London is available to purchase on Amazon.
I really love the genre of science fiction especially television series and movies, but when it comes to books I am a lot more picky about what I like and what I don’t. I often find the plot in science fiction books to be too cerebral for my taste and find it difficult to connect with the characters and/or the environment. Therefore, I don’t often put science fiction books as one of my favorite categories. Hence, I have to admit I was a little hesitant when a friend approached me about beta reading her novel, The Gypsy Pearl, especially with the setting taking place on not only a space station, but three different planetary worlds. However, my hesitation was unwarranted, as the story literary grabbed me from the very first page, just like the fanep who changes everything for the young heroine in the story. Lia London wrote a very gripping and exciting adventure. The character of Caz Artemus is a strong, likable young lady who grew up on a city space station all her life. After getting in trouble, she is sent to a reform school on the planet down below which she is happy about (much to her father and sister’s protest and disbelief), because she will finally have a chance to explore something other than the stale environment of the space station. Through Ms. London’s writing the reader can feel Caz’s need to go forth and grow, which she does, as she meets new friends along the way and cycles the gypsy pearl, thus sealing her fate in the world. The story is fast paced, and the imagery very descriptive placing the reader smack dab in the middle of the believable fantasy world Ms. London created. The characters are well developed and engaging, and I especially like how smart the heroine is, as often female characters are dumbed down, but Caz is not only smart, but strong and brave too. I am glad I had the opportunity to take this incredible journey and I highly recommend it to others as this story is suitable for all ages.
The Gypsy Pearl by Lia London is available to purchase on Amazon.
"New teacher Nikki Fallon is trying to ward off unwanted advances from the hunky football coach. She should. . .
a) slap him silly.
b) report him for harassment.
c) invent an imaginary husband."
I don't know what it is about romantic-comedy that draws me in, but the newest novel by Lia London, Her Imaginary Husband, sure did not disappoint. Ms. London has an incredible grasp on writing dialogue (All those years in the theatre department at WOSC together I am sure. Go Wolves!) and while I was reading I visualized the whole story as a movie in my mind. (Hint-hint Hallmark!!) It's a clean, lighthearted romance that entertains and educates. The characters were fantastic, from the likable heroine Nikki, to her bossy mother, to the two men who rival for her attention, to the secondary characters of the students Nikki instructs her rookie year as a English/American Lit teacher at a local high school. The dialogue is snappy, clever, and witty. The comic moments are funny without being over-the-top. There are several laugh out loud moments, but also a real sense of discovery as Nikki discovers herself and her place in her new world. I was crying happy tears at the end.
I highly recommend. 4 Stars.
Just the other day, a writing buddy of mine told me, "You must have been a cheerleader in a previous life." I chuckled. "Hey, it's me!" No seriously, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with so many talented writers and I am ecstatic to spread the good word about their work. MeriSalope has not posted her newest SMk story yet, so I can't link; however, Resourceful has started posting her revised edition of a story she wrote back in 2006. A fantastic tale involving Lee and Amanda going under cover as a married couple at a revival to stop religious zealous terrorists.
In addition, Lia London's newest novel, a young adult, science fiction trilogy went live last week on Amazon. The Gypsy Pearl 2: Craggy is the second installment following Caz as she continues to cycle the "Gypsy Pearl" and take her place as rightful Queen of the gypsies. The Gypsy Pearl 2 is what The Empire Strikes Back is to Star Wars, a little darker, not the happy ending, but I know it will lead to something epic, imaginative, and wonderful. I look forward to the third and final book.
The Gypsy Pearl 2: Craggy
Always happy to beta read or do line edits. Just contact me.
UPDATE: Here is the link to MeriSalope (aka Soapie) Autumn challenge entry for "Scarecrow and Mrs. King Fan Fiction Rocks" Facebook page.
I'm looking forward to seeing Bruce Boxleitner is this movie. Amazon has it available for pre-order to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray October 29, 2013.
I applied for a seasonal job at Amazon about a month ago and had a computer knowledge test and a telephone interview. During the interview, the interviewer, asked me to describe my costumer service experience I have had over the years, and although I have been out of the work force for several years, I did mention the years of working at movie theaters and my experience at both Target and Montgomery Ward. He interrupted the interview and asked, "What is Montgomery Ward?" I quirked an invisible eyebrow at him. "You know, Montgomery Ward - a retail store and the first store to offer a catalog, where costumers could order items and have them shipped to the home. . . you know like. . . before. . . Amazon!!"
He must have seen through my sarcasm, because this week I was offered a part-time seasonal customer service job working for Amazon. I'm looking forward to joining the work force again and earning some holiday cash.
The fourth and finale (sniffle-sniffle) and my personal favorite season of "Scarecrow and Mrs, King" is finally out in stores today. So excited to see my all-time favorite episodes; Night Crawler, Bad Timing and Stemwinder! Think I will just have to make a trip to my local Best Buy or Target after I drop my husband off at work today. Happy viewing to those who pre-ordered.
Lee: I love you.
Update: Picked up my copy at Best Buy yesterday. Could not find it on the shelf at the local Target. Nonetheless, Amazon still has the best price.
Lia London's newest collaborative fiction story is available for download from Amazon until December 4. Magian High is like Hogwarts, but it's not. Can desegregation work or was it doomed to fail from the start?
Book Description: The Punkers moved towards us, and Amity and I were forced to back down the steps. When we reached the bottom, they formed a ring around us, all flying just a few inches above the ground. With their shoulders almost touching, they locked us in and began to rotate slowly around us, like a hovering wheel of stupid. Except that they all either had Water Balls or flaming thumbs. We’re not supposed to use any magic on campus except Flash Jumping to get to outbuildings for classes, but I knew no one would really see what they were doing. Amity and I found ourselves back-to-back like the trapped heroes in the movies always do, except that I knew we didn’t have any awesome moves to bust out with.
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The Circle of Law (2nd edition) by Lia London is available on Amazon. The Kindle edition is only $3.95.
Through the Laws of the Ancients, we learn:
"Pride Leads to Ignorance, Humility to Knowledge
Integrity is Power
Unity is Strength
Serving Others Serves Self; Serving Self Serves No One Else
Understanding and Anger Cannot Live Together
Truth is Recognized, Not Created
Empowerment is Not Entitlement."
London has created a fantastic part fantasy, part adventure, good versus evil story with a fascinating, imaginative new world. Her descriptions are vivid, her dialogue superb, and the characters are fun to follow. I highly recommend this book.
In addition, those interested in interactive stories, come participate in her newest adventure story: Magian High.
**Pride Leads to Ignorance, Humility to Knowledge**Integrity is Power**Unity is Strength**Serving Others Serves Self; Serving Self Serves No One Else**Listen**Understanding and Anger Cannot Live Together**Truth is Recognized, Not Created**Empowerment is Not Entitlement**
~The Circle of Law--by Lia London
I am excited for my friend Lia and for the upcoming release of her first book, The Circle of Law. Having had a sneak peak, all I can saw is--it is imaginative, creative, and a wonderful fantasy adventure novel. I highly recommend.
The complete first season of Scarecrow and Mrs. King is available for purchase on Amazon and WBshop. You can also sign up for email alerts for seasons two through four on Amazon. WBshop currently has season one on sale for $19.95.
"Hey. . . it's me."
I live in the shadows of the Olympic Mountains, in the State of Washington and I love camping, boating, hiking, and hanging out with my husband, our three boys, and two Bernese Mountain dogs.