Saturday, July 02, 2022

Mind Sieve 07/01/22

Table of Contents

News/MusingsStoryOrigin Swap 1
Mini Movie ReviewsMovie/Show Previews
StoryOrigin Swaps 2Just for Fun!
StoryOrigin Swap 3Forward to the Future Giveaway


Have you been melting in the heat? It’s been super hot down here in Texas. We’ve hit 100 degrees several times just in June. 😱 What will July and August bring? πŸ˜‹



First off, the JOY of Murder Release Celebration Giveaway is LIVE! Enter the giveaway by filling out the KingSumo form and feel free to share for more chances to win. Loads of freebies from cozy/mystery/thriller authors are also up for grabs on the same page. 😁 Good luck!

The JOY of Murder Release Celebration Giveaway Banner

The paperback edition of The JOY of Murder is LIVE! I hit the button early due to the holiday weekend, but they processed it super quick! So it’s out!

Only nineteen or so days before the ebook also comes to life. Though you can still pre-order it at your usual retailers. Here is the UBL Link. No matter your preference, send me a copy of the receipt and the BONUS story – Romeo’s Revenge is yours!

I’ve started working again on The Secret Humankind, which will be the first book in a new urban fantasy series called the Discoveries of Julia Xero. It’s been fighting me tooth and nail, but I am stubborn. Bwahaha! 😎


Two more 5-star reviews of The JOY of Murder! Squee!

★★★★★ – This was a strong sequel to the Daiyu Wu Mysteries series. I had enjoyed the first book a lot and was looking forward to this book. It was a really well done mystery and the characters that I enjoyed were back.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Review by Kat M at Goodreads

★★★★★ – Daiyu Wu was fortunate to have been born to loving parents. In the Chinese culture, girl babies are not looked upon fondly, and blind girl babies are considered evil omens and should be put to death. But her parents hid her from the authorities and ultimately came to Dallas, Texas, where they raised her. At one point, she came upon the orphan, Jacques, and convinced her family to help raise him, keeping him as her confidant, friend and helper. In this second book of the series, her new friend, Truman Pierce (or as Jacques likes to think of him, the popinjay) asks her to help prove his mother’s innocence of murder…a crime for which she was recently arrested and held without bail. But can Dai and Jacques investigate this without Dai’s family finding out what she has been doing. This series takes place in the 1930’s. Dai is a very strong female character, who refuses to allow her blindness become a disability, instead relying on the strengths of her other senses. I really enjoy the relationship between Dai and Jacques, as well as the developing characters of Truman and even Dr. Aiden Campbell. And of course, who could resist the antics of Prince, the Scottish terrier/Pomeranian mix pet. Looking forward to more adventures with this group. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book and all opinions are strictly my own.

Review by Kuzlin at Bookbub


Extra stuff I’ve shoved in here:

1) One StoryOrigin Swap (UBL)

2) Two StoryOrigin Swaps (Freebies!)

3) Forward to the Future Giveaway (More Freebies!)


More deets on all of these in their sections. 😊


StoryOrigin Swap 1 (UBL)

StoryOrigin Swap 1 (UBL)


What would you sacrifice to save the world?

In the future one thing keeps the entire planet going, the Gaia Machine. The only problem is that it feeds on the life force of people to run. This has led to certain people being born with the Gaia Gene, the ability to go into the machine for a full fifty-year cycle without fear of aging.

Cheyenne Meekai has the Gaia Gene and whether she wants to or not she’s going to have to save the world, but it might cost her everything in the process. The years served in the machine fly by for the person inside but outside life moves on, meaning when she gets out everyone she knows will either be elderly or dead.

Fifty years is a long time especially when you’re only sixteen, can she save the world and still have some sort of life, or will the demands of the Gaia Machine be more than she can handle?

Find out in this exciting Young Adult Science Fiction novel that will be sure to keep you reading every page until the very end.

Mini Movie Reviews πŸŽ₯

★ – Why did I go see this? Why?!

★★ – Showed promise but on execution, crashed

★★★ – Enjoyable, just don’t look under the hood too closely

★★★★ – A great film, totally worth seeing!

★★★★★ – 🀯 Too fabulous for words!

Jurassic World Dominion

Jurassic World Dominion

It was awesome seeing all the characters together from the franchise. As always, the special effects were great. Some fun chase scenes and combat. Higher stakes on several fronts, but no real surprises. Hubby had hoped for more.

Rating: ★★★.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Better for Matinee)




The explanation at the beginning of the film was perfect! This is the movie the toy in Toy Story was based on. ROFL. It was a fun film, loads of action, and some surprises. The sequence where Buzz kept testing the engine, creating a four-year gap between him and his friend was super poignant. A fun ride all around.

Rating: ★★★★ out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission.)


Movie Previews πŸŽ₯

Sandman Trailer – this is based on the graphic comics. Never read them, but it does look interesting!

Blackbird Trailer – this one looks intense!

The Deer King Trailer – the animation looks great, and I’ve enjoyed other films by him. Should be fun!

Story Origin Swap 2 (Freebie)

Story Origin Swap 2 (Freebie)

Dead Cell: New Earth

The first wave of colonists found alien life. The third wave doesn’t want peace. They want control.

A short prequel to the cyberpunk Dead Cell series on Amazon Vella

Tani’na and the few half-breed descendants of First and Second Waves of colonists are infected with Chromata, a sentient lifeform native to New Earth. But it isn’t the enemy.

First Wave, sent a century prior, made peace with the inhabitants. Some of Second Wave joined them when they arrived decades later. Most remain loyal to the Thyterion empire which is destined to arrive as the third and final wave. Emperor Riscerman wants the planet cleansed for their arrival. Tani’na wants revenge for the death of her mother and sister among thousands of others who perished in the Silacia settlement bombing.

Commander Worton must pay for following such heinous orders. Tani’na and her Father’s First Wave army storm the city and the state-building to retake control. Tani’na knows what must be done, and she’s the only one who can do it.

Just for Fun!

THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT – SIRIUS Mammagamma – his fab instrumentals paired with gorgeous images! Nice!

Footloose Dance-Off! | The Umbrella Academy – I haven’t watched the new season yet, but this dance-off was a riot!

Story Origin Swap 3 (Freebie)

Story Origin Swap 3 (Freebie)

Death at the Fete

A traditional New Year celebration… What could go wrong?

The story continues – what trouble do Vino and Kiyama find themselves in next?

Kiyama Fernando and Vinodhini Dias are involved in another murder mystery – this time in the sweltering heat of the hottest month of the year. When Vino is invited to judge a beauty pageant as part of the Sinhala New Year celebrations in the small town of Parkaduwa little do the friends know that jealous rivalries and social bias will soon lead to murder.

Set in the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka this is perfect for those who wish to visit an exotic location and meet some memorable characters!

Forward To The Future Jul 2022 Giveaway

Forward to the Future Giveaway – free science fiction reads for July 2022

Have an awesome 4th of July! πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡


Saturday, June 18, 2022

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program for Pre-Release Madness! 😱


Oliver Madness! πŸƒ‍♀️ Run away while you can!

Table of Contents

News/Musings/MADNESS!First Review for the JOY of Murder!
The JOY of Murder Book TrailerReview Copies Up for Grabs!
DTN Swap 1Pre-Order BONUS!
DTN Swap 2Planets in Alignment Book Fair Giveaway
Felony Fiction 99 cents ebooksReviewers Corner!


Greetings, ya’ll!

I apologize for the mess I am about to make. LOL. Hopefully, it won’t be too arduous for you guys! πŸ˜„

Thank you for your patience in advance! πŸ₯°



Apologies upfront if I seem to be all over the place this time around! Things have been a little crazy. πŸ€ͺ New releases are a descent into MADNESS!

Usually, this would be a Virtual Tourist post, but there’s so much going on, and I didn’t want this to be a giant edition, so I decided to switch channels/programs. πŸ˜†

I’m trying to keep the blog posts to every two weeks, though once we’re super close to the wide release, there will be a couple of extra notices. You’ve been warned! Bwahahahaha!



Black Jade – A Daiyu Wu Mystery has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly!

“Set in 1930 Dallas, this impressive series launch from Oliver (Alien Redemption) introduces a one-of-a-kind lead. Despite being blind and living in a community infected with anti-Asian prejudice, Chinese immigrant Daiyu Wu has built a life for herself by operating her family’s business, White Laundry, aided by her friend and caretaker, Jacques Haskin…The playful banter between Wu and Haskin moves the plot along. Historical mystery fans will look forward to the sequel.”

You can read the full review here.



The BookLife Prize did a Critic’s Report on Black Jade!

Plot/Idea: Black Jade is a meticulously plotted mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie, with a plot that unfolds intriguingly in this quickly paced novel.
Prose: Told in first-person perspective, Jacques’s narration proves an almost Watson-like counterpart to Daiyu Wu’s Holmes. The snappy and fast-paced dialogue brings the story to life.
Originality: Readers will find this to be a classic mystery set in 1930s Texas. Though frequent readers of the genre may target the culprit early on, protagonist Dai’s keen eye, curiosity, and wit are delightful fun.
Character Development/Execution: The blind Chinese protagonist Daiyu Wu is inherently clever and memorable, and narrator Jacques is a loyal yet complex companion.
Blurb: A gripping Agatha-Christie-esque whodunit whose atmosphere and characters are sure to delight readers.
• Plot/Idea: 8
• Originality: 8
• Prose: 9
• Character/Execution: 8
• Overall: 8.25
As luck would have it, these came in at a great time, especially as the 99-cent sale of Black Jade is still going on! With Book 2 The JOY of Murder coming soon, it’s the perfect time to grab book 1. 😎
Want a taste first? Downloadable sample chapters can be found here.


Banner for the 99 cent sale for the Black Jade ebooks

The JOY of Murder Release Schedule!

The current plan is:

6/21/22 – release of the hardcover edition

7/5/22 – release of the paperback edition

7/21/22 – release of the ebooks in all formats (Now on Pre-Order)

Barring any unexpected chaos or disasters. 😁

The JOY of Murder - A Daiyu Wu Mystery

The first review for The JOY of Murder is in!

★★★★★ –  Dai is another modern-day Agatha Christie as she embarks on solving a murder with the help of her loyal assistant, Jacques and several other characters. I enjoyed reading about the Chinese and Mexican cultures, and how they came together in this murder mystery.

Review by Violet Kovacevic.

 And… the JOY of Murder Book Trailer is LIVE!

Review copies for The JOY of Murder

I’ve added a 3rd place you can go to grab a review copy of The JOY of Murder.

You can now choose from StoryOriginBookSprout, and BookSirens!

BookSirens also has a new feature allowing readers to follow authors there and get notified when new ARCs are up for grabs.


Call of the Wind: A Space Opera Adventure

Call of the Wind: A Space Opera Adventure

Will a young pilot shot down in occupied territory be executed or overcome impossible odds and survive?

Living under the shadow of an interplanetary war, Baymond Kimes’ life is shattered when his father is shot at a spiritual gathering. He turns to his childhood friend, Princess Fawniteen, for comfort. Their innocent love blossoms, but when Fawn’s parents reveal she was betrothed at birth to another, the young couple is devastated. Fawn dutifully accepts her fate, and Baymond escapes at sixteen by joining the Interplanetary air fleet.

Trained as a fighter pilot against the forces of a powerful sorcerer-deity, Baymond grows up fast. Eventually, his aircraft is shot down and he’s captured.

Can Baymond escape to see Fawniteen again and use his special gifts to save the galaxy?

If you like brave heroes, true love, exciting adventures and space battles you’ll loveCall of the Wind, about the next generation in Skarie’s exciting sci-fi series.

Read Call of the Wind to join the fight for freedom today!

The JOY of Murder Pre-Order BONUS!

Romeo's Revenge - A Daiyu Wu Mystery Short Story

Romeo’s Revenge

Yes, I have a 🎁 for anyone buying the hardcover, paperback, or ebook now through 7/21/22. (This will help the book get a strong start!)
You can get the ebooks as a pre-order now, hardcover on 6/21, and paperbacks from 7/5. (No pre-order capabilities by the printer for hardcover and paperback. Boo!)

It’s super easy!

1) Take a picture/screen capture of your receipt. (Or forward the email receipt.)

2) Sign up for the newsletter at (And get yet another gift!) (You need to subscribe so you can get the bonus in part 4)

3) Send it to gloria (@)

4) I’ll send you a link to where you can download your BONUS!


It’s a never before seen Daiyu Wu short story called Romeo’s Revenge! (You’ll get it 3+ months before it goes on sale as a gift!)

Two tragedies occur in the same family a year apart on All Hallow’s Eve. Were they truly just tragic pranks or something more sinister?

The Death of Knowledge

The Death of Knowledge

Everyone knows there’s no crime in the City of Scolaris. Try telling that to the dead man!

Born into servitude, Quill relies on the Master for everything. But when they uncover a body, she’s sent away from the only home she’s ever known. Forced to serve the corpse’s widow, she discovers a world of power and prejudice, secrets and lies, a world she doesn’t recognise.

Meanwhile, in the City Guard, Deputy Red set out to be a trailblazer, a rebel. At least that’s the story he told himself. Imagining a career of action and intrigue, what he didn’t bank on was zero crooks and the boss from hell. Excited by the prospect of a case, Red must choose between following orders or trusting his instincts.

When the finger of suspicion points perilously close to home, Quill and Red’s paths cross with disastrous consequences. And as the quest for justice reaches its climax, both have to make choices that change their lives forever.

Perfect for armchair sleuths, The Death of Knowledge offers an exciting twist on a traditional murder mystery, keeping you guessing until the very last word.

Buy The Death of Knowledge, journey to the City of Scolaris, and unmask a murderer today!

Planets in Alignment Book Fair Banner

Planets in Alignment Book Fair – a chance to grab free science fiction books and stories.

Felony Fiction 99 cent ebooks for June 2022

Felony Fiction June 2022 – 99 cent specials on Cozy/Mystery/Thriller ebooks!

🌟 Shout out to Reviewers Corner! πŸŒŸ

Thanks this month go to:

S.V. Farnsworth and Violet Kovacevic!

(Do you want your name in here, too? All you need is to post a one or two-sentence review at Bookbub, Goodreads, Amazon, or send me a link if it’s posted elsewhere and I will add you here next round!)

Let me know if this blog post was too much of an info dump! Finding the proper balance for this stuff is HARD! πŸ€ͺ



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