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Leaders A Twin-Bred Novel by Karen A Wyle

LeadersCommunication is something so much of us take for advantage. One must ask themselves how they would survive if suddenly they couldn’t reach that person they are used to communicating with on a daily basis. A great example is imagine how you would deal if suddenly all the cell phone towers stopped working. I can imagine there would be some panic as so many have gotten rid of their land phone lines. There would be no internet access to talk to someone either. There would probably be some major panic across the world if this happened.

I know this is something easy to grasp but image it one step further and mankind had people living on Mars. Communication has gone blank and neither planet can talk to each other. The thought of concern for those on each planet would be tremendous. Who would send a rescue mission first, Earth or Mars? It’s the type of problem we find the Twin-Bred of Tofarn having to deal with.

Leaders is the latest entry in author’s Karen A. Wyle’s Twin-Bred series of books. I will admit it did help me to have read the first two books in the series before this one. I say that not because Twin-Bred and Reach are great books but the great work Wyle uses in creating the characters and world that is used within the pages of all three books.

The Tofa are different then man and events from the previous book saw much of the twin-bred rocketing into space leaving their home world of Tofarn behind.  Only one of their number had stayed behind and he, and his offspring, are seen as outcasts among those around them. They get second glances from others and hear whispers behind their backs. Some would plot to end them or change how society thinks of them. There of course are others who feel the offspring, Lan-sol, is their future leader. Those that have left the planet are also reaching out to Lan-sol inviting him to come and join them.

This problem communication will suddenly stop between the two worlds. Those who blasted into space have landed on a planet they are calling new Landing. Mara, a scientist behind the twin-bred experiment went with her twin-bred and is trying to live a quiet life. As one can imagine, when things go wrong people look to their heroes to save them. Thus, the twin-bred on New Landing turn to Mara to help solve what has happened with communications. They must also decide if it’s really worth the trouble to try and talk to those back on Tofarn. They chose to leave and other than friends what is there back home to really worry about.

It actually is interesting how events on both planets in a way mirror what is happening on the other. There are of course different characters along with different motives, but the main thing is do we care what happened to the others. This is where author Karen A. Wyle’s talent shows through as she is able to blend the events and stories so well throughout the book. Her character development will leave you wanting to take crib notes to ensure you don’t miss a thing as you read the story.

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Posted by on June 3, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Playback Effect by Karen Wyle

PlaybackSocial media can be called an exhibitionists greatest friend as it makes it so simple to share photos and videos of life. People can look and see what someone is up to and how many wish they could share in those emotions. You see someone posting about a trip of a lifetime, a risky pastime, or a great meal.  Some wish they were there and engaging in those moments. If only there was a way.

Playback Effect by Karen Wyle takes the reader into a not too distant future where such a thing is possible. People are able to wear head gear that lets them relive moments of someone else’s life. They can also take their dreams, record them, and sell to others. The book does a great job of exploring the different possibilities of this technology from joy to its potential use in criminal justice.

The book opens with a horrific event on what seemed to be a rather mundane day for Wynne Cantrell and her husband Hal. She was waiting for him to join her at lunch and explosion rocks the area where she is waiting. She will survive, but is hurt in the blast with others hurt or killed around her. Hal is late, as usual, and misses the blast but a police officer, Author Kellic, will find a way to charge Hal for the attack. The reader will find out about Arthur’s connection to Wynne and how Hal will face a penalty that some could see as extremely cruel.  The ruling he will face is that he will be implanted with the memories of those hurt during the explosion, and first is that of his wife.

Along with the police a crew of people come to get the eye witness recordings of what happened. A member of that crew is practically forced to record what a severely injured person remembers, and mistakenly records their death. This helps to show the dark side of this technology as people want to see and feel this recording. This becomes one of the minor plot points within the book.

The book also will explore what happens when those convicted of a crime witness the event through the eyes of those hurt. This is something Hal must live with as he gets implanted with his own wives feelings of the event, before things change for him. This will make him more understanding of who she is, but at same time other criminals start using the memories in another way.

What Playback Effect does is take several unique and complex minor, and major, plot points and threads them together so elegantly. The reader will follow the emotions that wrap around Wynne and Hal as well as the other events mentioned in the book. The key plot has a man using bombs as a way to kill a lot of people runs throughout the book.

The reader will get to find out what happens through all the threads that author Karen Wyle plants within the book. They will eventually tie together and give a great ending that will satisfy many readers in sci-fi and other genres. The fact of this book is that the plot lines are well serviced and none are left behind in this riveting, suspenseful and enjoyable book.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Reviews

 

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What’s coming in 2015 and Thank You 2014

ThankYouThe year of 2014 has been an exciting one as I was able to read over twenty books and post reviews on the blog.  The greatest thing is that often an author, or publisher, has reached out to me regarding their book. This to me is exciting and helps to show that I am reaching the right audience with the reviews.  The audience I refer to is those people who look for authors, publishers and books that often fly under the mainstream market place. My eyes, and then fingers, help put out a forum for their books and draw attention to their works through my reviews. The word reviews is used as I don’t just put them on my blog but cross post to Amazon and just recently all went up on Goodreads as well.

These individuals produce books that are just as engaging as a Stephen King,  Stephanie Myer, Suzanne Collins and other well-known authors.  They bring imagination to life which is what I believe many authors endeavor to do with their readers. The pages can be digital, or physical, but have the same effect no matter how you read. It is why I write this post as I want to thank those that helped my imagination over the past year. I hope my review helped other readers find their books and enjoy them as much as I have. This is the main reason on why I never say NO to a review request.

Before I start with listing and thanking those who gave me the great opportunity of discovering a new world through their prose let me share with you what I have coming for 2015.  As you will see the list is growing and it’s how I want it to be.

Upcoming in 2015 in no particular order:

 

  • Playback Effect by Karen A Wyle
  • Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow
  • The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin
  • Thunder Bay by Robert Reynolds
  • Why 319 by Mark Love
  • Counting Churches The Malta Stories by Rosanne Dingli

 

 

Now it’s time to thank those authors, and publishers, for the books I enjoyed over 2014. The list is in order of reviews from most recent to beginning of the year. If I missed anyone it was not on purpose but a MAJOR oversite on my part.

 THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR A GREAT 2014

 

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Reviews

 

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Division by Karen A Wyle

DivisionTwins have a unique existence that many in the world may find themselves being envious of. People may have romanticized the way they have a sibling of the same age to grow up with. They may think of how much fun it would be to have someone to share experiences.  There is also the fact it is possible they have the joy of being identical and thus can try to blame the other when trouble comes calling.

Just ask yourself how many times have you seen stories on twins, ones that dress and act alike. There are also those who think twins have a unique unbreakable bond that allows them to feel when the other is in trouble. Now imagine if that bond was not through some mystical telepathic link but through the body.

Author Karen A Wyle takes the reader into just such a situation when she introduces the reader to conjoined twins Gordon and Jonny in the book, Division.

The story opens with a prologue where you get a small introduction to the boy’s mother, Ellen, and her love for her sons. The story will progress and we begin to see the family lives in an advanced world from ours, but some of the same issues are found.  There is hatred of those not “normal” and those who have such a strong believe they even threaten harm due to their ignorance, not the families.

The reader will find that Ellen and the boy’s stepfather Frank have a good life. It’s a very happy family where the mother has done as much as she can to protect the boys from the world around them. She tries to protect them from the stares and rudeness of others.  She tries to give them a normal life and the boys are able to excel from her love.

Johnny and Gordon share the body and each has control of one side of their body.  The boys have learned as they grew how to work together and share their lives. This will all come to a head by a simple statement one of the brothers makes. He does not realize what he says would have the repercussions on their lives it does but it will start a path that ends up in court.

The path in question is in the setting of the book society has advanced medicine and it may now be possible for the boys to live apart. This is a decision Johnny forces when he sues to separate from his brother. Gordon is devastated from this decision and it puts the boys at odds and leaves their mother in the middle. There are others impacted by this decision as there is also a long time friend both boys had dreamt of one day being together with.

I do not want to give too much away on this well written book. The story is complex and well thought out and will have the reader maybe choosing sides. The reader may feel sorrow for Gordon who wishes to live their live as they have together. Others may understand why Johnny wants to be able to separate and enjoy his own life.

Division is a book that will bring  you not only into the struggles of the boys but their triumphs. It will show you how the family unit is the one who really suffers.  The family is also the ones who conqueror the adversity brought by Johnny’s choice.  The book will reside will with those who came up in a family with multiple children, or those who have had to face hard choices. It is a book that may even bring a tear to your eye, but at the same time a smile in triumph.

**Note: I received an advance copy of the book and is why the books link is to Smashwords. If you find that this book maybe something you want to read keep an eye out for it as I personally enjoyed the book.

Division is available at this time for pre-ordering at B&N and Kobobooks and will be available on Amazon and Smashwords on October 29, 2013.

If you wish to pre-order here are the links. 

–B&N (pre-order link): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/division-karen-a-wyle/1117027466?ean=2940045297813

–Kobobooks (pre-order link): http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/Search?Query=Wyle+Division

UPDATE:

Division is now available and for sale at the above retailers, Amazon and Smashwords.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2013 in Reviews

 

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Ten Questions + 1 featuring author Karen A. Wyle

I continue with the Author Interviews with Author Karen A. Wyle author of Twin-Bred.

Karen A WyleQuestion 1:

What inspired you to write Twin-Bred?

After decades of reading science fiction, I tend to filter most new information through a science fiction lens. I somehow found an article about “womb twin survivors” — people who had been twins in utero, but lost their twin shortly before or after birth. The article described the significant trauma and enduring sense of loss felt by the surviving twins. That set me thinking about the bond between twins in general — and about what sort of gulfs that bond might be able to bridge, such as the fundamental comprehension gap between two sentient species. And who better to believe in such an attempt than a womb twin survivor?

Question 2:

Is there any significance to the name/names of your main characters?

The name “Mara Cadell” started with the initials MC, for Main Character. I decided those initials were as good a starting point as any. “Mara” means “bitter,” according to several websites, and that meaning seemed appropriate — as does “battle,” one meaning of “Cadell.”

Similarly, “Levi Thomas” started with the initials LT for Lost Twin. “Thomas” apparently means “twin.” As best I can recall, I chose Levi because (a) I liked the sound, (b) I envisioned Mara as Jewish, and (c) it may mean “joined.”

 

Question 3:

During the writing process did you find yourself thinking about any of your own memories?

I probably remembered more about my previous attempts to write fiction than about anything connected to the story. I wrote my first novel, if one defines “novel” somewhat generously, at the age of ten. It consisted of 200 handwritten (penciled) pages, in approximately 100 chapters. A second effort stalled after about forty pages, and while I wrote a couple of short stories for a class in college, I had not attempted a novel for some decades before deciding to give National Novel Writing Month a whirl in 2010.

Question 4:

What were some of your favorite books growing up?

In no particular order, either of importance or chronology, and leaving many out: J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings; C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia; A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle; The Ship That Flew by Hilda Lewis; Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series;  and The Secret Garden and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Question 5:

Do you hear from fans of the book, and if you do what do they say?

I have a Google Alert for “Twin-Bred,” and check Amazon and Goodreads now and then for new reviews. I’ve also solicited reviews from many book bloggers, some of whom have added extra comments when they provided a link to the review.

I’ve had very few outright negative reactions to the book. Some readers love it; some like it with reservations, often reservations I share.

Question 6:

What was the feeling like when you saw the very first printed version of your book?

It was a thrill — a high. Since I’d self-published, there was not the sense of vindication that one might get on first sight of a traditionally published book — but it was nonetheless delightful.

Question 7:

Do you continue to write?

Indeed I do!

Since Twin-Bred came out, I’ve published the novel Wander Home, a family drama with mystery and romance elements, set in a re-imagined afterlife. I subsequently published the short story “The Library,” set in the same afterlife and featuring one of the same characters. Just last week (as I write this), I published Reach: a Twin-Bred novel, the sequel to Twin-Bred. I have published one SF story dealing with human cloning, “The Baby” — and the novel coming next October, Division, deals with that subject in a very different context.

 

Question 8:

What is the message you are want people to take away from the book?

I didn’t write Twin-Bred to push any message, but I hope people finish the book feeling some mixture of affection, compassion and hope — for the fictional folks in the story, irrational as that may be, and for all of us flawed sentient beings who fumble and strive.

Reach ebook coverQuestion 9:

If you could envision a future for your main character, what would it be?

Well, I’ve written the next bit of it, in the sequel! I can’t say much about that without spoilers where Twin-Bred itself is concerned. I will toss out a few teasers:

–not all the action takes place on Tofarn;

–some secondary characters are more important this time around; and

–a Tofa gets pregnant!

 
Question 10:
Who are those in the dedication of the book, and their importance to you?

“To my family” speaks for itself.

The Office of Letters and Light runs National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or Nano for short). In this annual online event, folks all over the world undertake to write a (very) rough draft of a novel, at least 50,000 words long, entirely within the month of November. (There are offshoots such as “Camp Nano” that take place at other times of the year.)

NaNoWriMo helped me return not just to a childhood ambition, but to a childhood identity. I believed for the first part of my life that I was meant to be an author. Now I can believe it once again.

The + 1 Question:

If you had any one place in the world you could travel to for a book tour, where would that place be, and why?

I have a cousin in Scotland whom I haven’t seen in many years. I’d love to go to Edinburgh, take in the architecture, and hope my cousin could come meet me there.

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Interview

 

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Twin-Bred by Karen A. Wyle

Twin-Bred ebook coverThe novel, “Twin-Bred”, investigates a problem that has plagued mankind, and the animal kingdom, for centuries. Author Karen A. Wyle takes the reader into an ingenious idea that is put forth by a human scientist on the planet Tofarn.

Tofarn is the world that humans settled on after leaving Earth and have lived side by side with the planets native race the Tofa. The problem the humans have had with their neighbors is there is a large communication gap. Over the many years of cohabitation on the planet the humans have had a hard time communicating with the alien Tofa.

The communication gap is not the only issue as the Tofa may resemble humans in way, but are alien. The race has some differences. Those being things like 4 arms and they are tall. They also seem to react to scents differently than humans.  There are other differences but to find those you must read the book.

The story revolves around a project started by scientist, Mara Cadell. A woman who has a brilliant idea of bridging the language gap, but at the same time is flawed. Mara has a psychologist to help her through some of the flaws and she has her twin prober to help her. There is one problem with her twin. Her fraternal twin, Levi, has passed away.

Mara uses this odd relationship with her dead brother to come up with the idea behind the project. The project is to use the strength of twins to create a bond between human and tofa. The plan is to impregnate both human and tofa mothers with a human and tofa embryo. This would mean when the time came the mothers would give birth to a child of each species.

The plan that Karen A. Wyle lays out in the novel is something that could be used to solve issues back her on Earth.  How many different groups see someone who looks different and automatically distrusts them?  There have been wars and other conflicts for ages due to simple differences. So you must understand the importance of the project upon the characters in, Twin-Bred.

The story can be enjoyed by fans of Sci-fi and those who are also fans of speculative fiction. The story does not leave out some intrigue as there are those behind the scenes who want something from those within the project. It’s possible those who allowed the project to take place had secret motives.  Those individuals may not be the only ones with another plan as it could go down to the participants in the project. The key thing about Twin-Bred is it’s a book that will open your eyes to different thoughts and methods of dealing with conflict and just living together.

If you’d like to see what Karen A Wyle wanted you to get out of the book be sure to check out the follow interview with the author.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Reviews

 

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