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.
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.
Now through Wednesday, two of Lia London's YA fantasy/adventure books will be free (Kindle edition) on Amazon. Once finished reading, she would appreciate a review or two. She periodically offers her books for free, if not they are ridiculous inexpensive and worth every penny.
The Gypsy Pearl
I also highly recommend the following books by Lia London.
The Circle of Law
The Fargenstropple Case
Of Mice and Momphilbraks
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.
Growing up, I was a very awkward young lady. I was taller than most of the boys in my class, yet not athletic, very shy and unsure of myself, and I was an easy target for school bullying. Glasses, and later on braces, did not help my self image. Moving twice in less then two years did not help matters either. I found it hard to make friends, and instead of spending recess outside on the playground, where I knew I would be teased, I spent my recesses in the library, where I would get lost in the Little House on the Prairie or Encyclopedia Brown books.
My parents moved my sisters and I from the large city of Santa Clara, California to the rural town of Hillsboro, Oregon. I remember the first day, the 'new kid' in school, and how scared I was, then my teacher opened up a novel and began to read aloud to the class. The Runaway Stallion was a story about a boy who was being bullied, because he was a little different, unsure of himself, and an easy target, but one day he stood up to face his adversaries. To this day, The Runaway Stallion has been one of my favorite novels.
An unforgettable moment in my life was when I got to met the author. The school librarian knew how much I loved the Walt Morey books, and since he lived in the area, she invited him to come talk to our school. At the school assembly somehow I found the courage to stand up and tell him how much I enjoyed his books, and asked him which one was his favorite. Of course, he gave the standard answer, "They're all my favorite." Then he asked me which one was my favorite. I replied, "Scrub Dog of Alaska;" another coming of age story about a young boy and his scamp of a dog, who have an unbreakable bond, just how I felt about my dog. My favorite Walt Morey books are the ones with dogs, as I have a special place in my heart for canine friends, because they love unconditionally, and without judgment. A continuing theme is his stories not only revolves around animals, but his love and respect for nature.
A few years later, I met him again, after he wrote what would be his final novel, Death Walk. He autographed the book for me, and I asked him, "Why don't you ever write about girls?"
He told me, "I do write about girls. Much of the woman in my stories are based on my mother."
"No, I mean, why are the heroes always boys?"
He smiled. "I know about boys and how they feel and how they think, I don't know anything about girls."
"We're really not that much different from boys," I huffed.
Then he gave me some sage advise, "Then write your own story where the girl is the heroine. Write what you know and draw from your own personal experiences." He held up one of his books. "My stories are based on my own life experiences. You know the story The Runaway Stallion?"
I nodded, remembering back to that first day in school in the fourth grade at Witch Hazel Elementary. "One of my favorites," I stated plainly.
"The story really happened. My parents did own that little country store and the bridge really did collapse, pieces of the bridge and bodies in the water, one of the worst things I ever seen in my life, but the town came together to rescue the survivors, and then we built a better, stronger bridge."
I stopped to ponder what he said. At the time, I must admit not publicly, but privately, I wanted to write. Then he looked me in the eyes, "The best advice I can give you is tell an exciting story and keep it simple."
To this day, I continue to love all Walt Morey stories.
Walt Morey (1907-1992): Author Gentle Ben, Home Is The North, Scrub Dog of Alaska, Year of the Black Pony, Angry Waters, Gloomy Gus, Kavik the Wolf Dog,The Runaway Stallion, Canyon Winter, Run Far, Run Fast, Deep Trouble, Sandy and the Rock Star, The Lemon Meringue Dog, Death Walk
"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.