Review of Phantasma, by Penelope Reece

July BBF button copyEvery day this week, I am featuring a different author on my blog as part of the Blogger Book Fair. To start things off, I’d like to introduce you to Penelope Reece and her novel, Phantasma (check out the end of this review for how to get this book for $.99!!!).

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Phantasma is a Young Adult Fantasy Romance set in our modern world. It follows the story of Alphie, a young girl suffering from Narcolepsy. This condition causes her plenty of misery in school and her social life, and leads to two specific girls bullying her.  The book starts with Alphie and her sister holding a yard sale, where Alphie discovers a mysterious amulet. The amulet is the catalyst for Alphie discovering that there is more to her world than she ever suspected, and that it also holds clues to her past, one that she cannot remember.

While Alphie is just trying to fit in at school and keep her head down, but her problems are exacerbated when the amulet summons a spirit from Limbo. Noer needs to possess a body to remain in our world, and he knows things about Alphie that she can’t remember. Worse, she identifies him as a leech, stealing her energy for his own strength.

Phantasma has many of the elements that you expect from a paranormal romance – a girl uncomfortable in her own skin, unable to fit in, meeting a boy she’s crazy about – all while the paranormal world seeds its way into her life. What makes this book stand out, at least for me, were the ties to dreams and out-of-body experiences. Both Lucid Dreaming and OBE’s are subjects that I find very interesting, and I enjoyed seeing how well the author tied them into the story. Astral travel is an important part of what makes this story work.

All in all, I very much enjoyed Phantasma. It is well written with believable characters that are outside of the norm for other books in this genre, with a nice twist to the main character. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys Young Adult fiction. There is nothing inappropriate in this book that would turn away readers of any age.

As part of the Blogger Book Fair, Penelope Reece has graciously made her book available through Smashwords for $.99, and it is well worth it. You can get it at this price until July 28th, 2013. Smashwords lets you download digital books in the format of every type of ereader out there (kindle, nook, sony, kobo, pdf, etc.), if you aren’t familiar with them.

Get the book here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/319112

…with this coupon: WT44L

Penelope’s blog:

Twitter:
@PenelopeReece
Links:
Sing for Me
Phantasma 
Goodreads
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July Happenings

July is looking to be a busy month. 🙂

DEATH STORM – Hungry Gods Book 1

DEATH STORM, Book 1 in the Hungry Gods Trilogy is being released just in time to start the month. That means that if you are sick of me talking about BROKEN THINGS, it will be taking a second seat for the new material. Death Storm is a dark fantasy apocalypse featuring a world of sword and sorcery getting to deal with a zombie apocalypse. Watch for a cover reveal soon.

JULY BOOK SIGNINGS

I have not signed on for any book signings this month, but watch for details. I am hoping to feature the new novel at any and all appearances, but it will depend on how quickly I get my books from the printer.

BLOGGER BOOK TOUR

For the end of  July, watch for a Blogger Book Tour. I am planning to feature/host 5 other authors, and visit their blogs in turn.

MISC

Finally, wonder why it’s taken me so long to finish this last book? I’m easily distracted. I’ve started 9 manuscripts over the last couple of months, chasing a lot of fun ideas. some of these manuscripts are already nearly 25% written. I’m making a goal to start finishing all of these projects that I’ve started, one book at a time. As soon as Death Storm hits the virtual shelves, I’ll reveal the next Work-in-Progress.

 

 

 

RosePointPublishing Reviews Broken Things

RosePointPublishing is an indie publishing house ran by Virginia Williams. Virginia is publishing the manuscripts of her grandfather, Stanley McShane. They are novels about Seafaring, inspired by the man’s true life on the sea. Virginia is sharing McShane’s books this week in our Multi-Author Ebook Sale, and I am currently reading Lucky Joe. Learn more about Stanley McShane and RosePointPublishing by visiting their website here.

RosePointPublishing gave BROKEN THINGS a very nice review this week, calling it a “Scary Sci-Fi”. 🙂 Check out the review here.

Review of BROKEN THINGS on BOOK HOARDER

BROKEN THINGS has received a very good 4 star review from Jennifer McClelland on the Book Blog site BOOK HOARDER. Here’s an excerpt:

 

“…once it has its hooks in you, you can’t put the book down. It’s heartwarming, emotional and will leave you with all kinds of  ”what if” questions at the end.”

To read the rest of it, check it out by clicking here:

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