Happy Summer Solstice! Flash Sale Alert! Ends June 24, 2024! The Rifters Series is on Sale! #fantasy #steampunk #scifi #paranormal


🌞 Happy Summer Solstice! 🌞

To celebrate the Summer Solstice, I’m having an incredible flash sale at the Not of this World Bookshop! For one week only, from June 18 to June 24, you can get The Initiate, The Reader, and The Tracer for just 99c each. Plus, enjoy the audiobooks for only $1.99! Don’t miss out on these thrilling adventures at unbeatable prices!

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The Initiate

🌟 The Initiate – Only 99c!

On her first day as an Initiate of the Rifters, Daelin Long faces a daunting challenge. Should she lie to her fellow Rifters or tell the truth? The wrong decision could doom her sister. As if that weren’t enough, there are volcanic killer ash bees to deal with. Meanwhile, Earl Blacke must choose between his chance at redemption and striking gold.

The Reader

📖 The Reader – Just 99c!

Daelin Long is bored with no monsters to fight until her brother disappears, leading to strange happenings: dead people come back to life, portraits transform into white trees, and rift weirdness ensues. Though the Rifters think it’s just an offended ghost, Daelin knows it’s something far more dangerous. She must find and destroy it before it destroys our world.

The Tracer

🚀 The Tracer – Now 99c!

Daelin Long returns in a thrilling new adventure as the portal connecting Earth to other worlds reopens. Thrust into a new world with seven moons, she faces a monster that exists in two universes at once. Armed with only her staff, wits, and an uninformed detective, Daelin must lead the fight to save her sister and protect Earth from impending apocalypse.

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Immerse yourself in the world of Daelin Long with our audiobooks, now on sale for just $1.99! Perfect for summer road trips or relaxing by the pool.

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Celebrate the Summer Solstice with these fantastic deals. Head over to the Not of this World Bookshop and get your copies of The Initiate, The Reader, and The Tracer for just 99c each, and don’t forget to grab the audiobooks for only $1.99!

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A Fun Underwater Adventure with The Meg 2: #MovieReview

If you’re looking for a popcorn movie with giant sea creatures and a good dose of action, this film delivers just that.

If you’ve visited here before, you may know I love my shark movies. The original Meg disappointed me, so I didn’t have high hopes for The Meg2. But you know what? This one was better. Lots better. There was more shark and it did fun stuff.

While it may not have been a cinematic masterpiece, it certainly delivered on the promise of entertainment. The film took me on an underwater adventure filled with a giant shark, dinosaurs, and even the unleashing of a Kraken. The combination of creatures added a thrilling element to the storyline. While some may argue that the science behind the plot was far from accurate (I’m one of those), it’s essential to remember that this film is meant for pure enjoyment rather than scientific accuracy.

Comparing it to its predecessor, I found The Meg 2 to be an improvement. The pacing seemed tighter, and the addition of the dinosaurs added an extra layer of fun. I love dinosaurs in movies as much as sharks. It’s evident that the filmmakers aimed to elevate the stakes and deliver a more exhilarating experience, and in that regard, they succeeded.

The Meg 2 knows its strengths and plays to them. Sometimes, all you need is a bit of escapism, and The Meg 2 provides it in spades. For the addition of dinosaurs, dinosaurs eating people, and a kraken, I give The Meg 2 a one beer rating.


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Mary Shelley: The Mother of Science Fiction #WomensHistoryMonth #BookTwitter #scifi #sciencefiction


Rothwell, Richard; Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; National Portrait Gallery, London;


In 1818, Mary Shelley gave life to “Frankenstein,” igniting the spark of science fiction.

Her tale of a scientist defying nature’s laws set the stage for a new literary frontier.

Shelley’s visionary storytelling delved into the ethical dilemmas of scientific advancement.

“Frankenstein” challenged readers to contemplate the consequences of playing god.

With its blend of gothic horror and speculative science, Shelley birthed a genre that continues to captivate minds today.

Her pioneering work laid the foundation for future sci-fi luminaries to explore the boundaries of imagination.

In Shelley’s creation, we find not just a monster, but the birth of an entire genre—science fiction.



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Unveiling the Unseen: The enchanting world of The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear #Fantasy #Adventure #scifi #booktwitter #booklover


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The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear beckons readers into the seemingly ordinary life of Hetty Locklear, a young woman whose daily life takes place amid the interplay of fantasy, fate, and the unseen.

At the outset, Hetty clutches her hard-earned diploma from community college like a ticket to a new beginning. Yet, the transition into adulthood proves to not be what she expected. Trapped in a dead-end job at a convenience store, Hetty’s aspirations seem distant and her dreams deferred.

However, beneath the veneer of daily drudgery lies a rich inner world—a sanctuary where Hetty reigns as the heroine of her own cosmic saga. In her imagination, she navigates the stars as the savior of an ancient galactic race,. Yet, reality intrudes. Her parents, absent but for the occasional missive, extend an invitation to join them on the Renaissance Faire circuit for the summer. Initially hesitant, Hetty’s decision takes a quick U-turn when a ghost begins to stalk her.

A seance tells her she’s in peril, so she runs as far from it as she can. This begins a journey of self-discovery and adventure, where the lines between reality and fantasy blur.

The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear is a masterful blend of genres, seamlessly weaving elements of fantasy, mystery, and coming-of-age narrative into a tapestry of intrigue and wonder. Through Hetty’s eyes, readers are transported into a realm where the mundane and the magical coalesce, inviting reflection on the nature of identity, destiny, and the power of imagination.

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Unveiling the Mystique of Dante Grimes in The Rifter Series #fantasy #steampunk #scifi #sciencefiction


In the fantastical world of The Rifter series, where steampunk aesthetics meet magical rifts, one character stands out with an aura of mystery and power—Dante Grimes. As a Governor, Dante holds a position of authority where the rift is concerned. But Dante is not your typical ruler, nor your typical librarian; he harbors secrets that could shake the foundation of Settler.

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The Disguised Governor

Dante Grimes wears the cloak of normalcy with finesse. In his assumed identity, he appears as a mild-mannered older gentleman managing the county library. Little does the world know that behind this façade lies a being of immense power and intrigue. Only a select few, including Earl Blacke, Daelin Long, and Charming Moon Knight, are privy to Dante’s true origins—he hails from the rift itself.

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Otherworldly Appearance

When Dante sheds his disguise, he reveals a form that transcends mortal beauty. With skin as blue as the deepest seas and tattoos of chrome that ripple beneath the surface as he channels his rift-based abilities, Dante presents a visage akin to that of a god. His long silver hair, composed of ethereal leaves, adds an otherworldly charm to his already striking presence.

Master of the Rift

Dante Grimes is not just a Governor; he is a master manipulator of the rift. His talents extend beyond the conventional, allowing him to traverse time and space effortlessly. He orchestrated the arrival of Earl Blacke from 1888 into the present day, as well as the appearance of Daelin’s ancestor from Revolutionary War times. Yet, his motives remain shrouded in secrecy.

The Puzzling Agenda

What drives Dante Grimes to weave the threads of time and bring individuals from different eras into the present? No one, not even those closest to him, fully understands his motives. He persistently urges Earl Blacke to become his general, insisting that without an army, Earth’s universe is doomed. However, the identity of the impending enemy remains a closely guarded secret, known only to Dante himself.

A Sandwich Shop Proprietor

After relinquishing his librarian position, Dante adopts the guise of a sandwich shop owner located 90 minutes from Settler. It is here that Daelin Long first encounters him. Despite attempting to keep a low profile, Dante’s presence is marked by an undeniable air of authority and an aura of unresolved destiny.

Tormenting Earl Blacke

Dante’s relentless pursuit of Earl Blacke as his potential general adds a layer of tension to the series. He remains insistent, undeterred by Earl’s resistance, compelling him to accept a role that may decide the fate of not just Settler, but the entire universe.

As readers delve deeper into “The Rifter” series, Dante Grimes emerges as a captivating enigma—a character whose motives, powers, and connection to the rift continue to intrigue. The path he treads is paved with secrets, and as the series unfolds, one can’t help but wonder: What lies at the heart of Dante’s cosmic machinations?

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Fantasy Worth Reading: Something from the Nightside #BookReview #fantasybooks

best-selling fantasy novel Something from the NIghtsideSomething from the Nightside by Simon R. Green is another novel I devoured in a mere few hours. It’s hard-boiled detective meets Neverwhere, and it’s a wonderful treat. Don’t deprive yourself of this gem.

The voice of the main character, John Taylor, is strong and bleeds atmosphere into every paragraph. The Nightside’s dark alleys, neon-lit streets, and eerie locales are described with such detail that they almost become characters themselves. The author’s atmospheric prose adds depth and richness to the narrative, making the Nightside a place readers can visualize and get lost in.

Nightside is a realm within London filled with darkness and mystery. Mostly darkness. It’s always 3:00 a.m. there and is populated by the bizarre and disturbing. John Taylor swore five years ago he’d never go back, but a rich lady walks into his office when he’s desperate for money. She needs him to find her runaway teenage daughter. He has a magical gift, a third eye, which makes him an expert at finding things in the Nightside. Only, something is blocking his sight. That’s never happened before.

The plot twists into creative and imaginative jaunts that made it unpredictable in the best of ways. The final twists were delicious. I will certainly be acquiring more books in this series. Highly recommended and it gets beyond five stars from me.

Here’s the blurb:

Taylor is the name, John Taylor. My card says I’m a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding lost things. It’s part of the gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside.

I left there a long time ago, with my skin and sanity barely intact. Now I make my living in the sunlit streets of London. But business has been slow lately, so when Joanna Barrett showed up at my door, reeking of wealth, asking me to find her runaway teenage daughter, I didn’t say no.

Then I found out exactly where the girl had gone.

The Nightside. That square mile of Hell in the middle of the city, where it’s always three A.M. Where you can walk beside myths and drink with monsters. Where nothing is what it seems and everything is possible.

I swore I’d never return. But there’s a kid in danger and a woman depending on me. So I have no choice—I’m going home.

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