Saturday, March 26, 2022

Virtual Tourist 03/25/22


Table of Contents

News/MusingsStoryOrigin Swap 1  (freebie)
Virtual Tourist – Star Wars: Jedi Fallen OrderStoryOrigin Swap 2 (freebie)
Dark Flights of FantasyEpic & High Fantasy Free eBook Giveaway
Free Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Paranormal eBooksComing of Age Across the Ages


Looks like spring is just around the corner!



I’ve been getting a bit carried away with joining giveaways! I had stopped at three for March, but then came another I couldn’t resist. So this time around there are four! Eek! 😱

I am also going to start something new (only in the newsletter – so sign up!) that I read about last week. Mainly adding in a Reviewers’ Corner! A space to give thanks to you guys for any recent reviews posted on any of my nine books, the horror novelette, and whatever else ends up getting put out there. 😁

The JOY of Murder is now off to the editor. She said she might even be able to start on the edits early! Woot! I’m trying to get other stuff situated to try to get a splash of some sort going for the release of book two. Wish me luck! Lol.

I’d also hoped to start working again on book one of the Discoveries of Julia Xero – an urban fantasy series, but the Curse of the Evil Back Muscle has reared its ugly head again, so productivity has been down. 😢 I got new meds a month or more ago, and I always seem to get the weirdest side effects. One of them is making the Evil Muscle even madder than it would be without them. Getting older is not for the faint of heart! 😛

Extra content today:

1) StoryOrigin Swap 1 (freebie)

2) StoryOrigin Swap 2 (freebie)

3) Dark Flights of Fantasy Giveaway

4) Epic & High Fantasy Free eBook Giveaway

5) Free Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Paranormal eBooks

6) Coming of Age – Across the Ages Group Promo

Scroll on down to get all the deets. 😉

Discovering Your Neighbor

Discovering Your Neighbor

StoryOrigin Swap 1

A simple exploration of an unknown planet. What could go wrong?

(Prequel to The Neighbor You Don’t Know Series)

Baldwin Tavares is called up by the Admiral Pitch to join in their expedition to the planet Allende 1-b, also known as Neighbor. Baldwin and his team were requested for their very specific skill set, as they are the best in their individual fields. Eager to be part of something bigger than himself, Baldwin, aka Win, convinces his team to go on the expedition. They aim to find some remnants left behind of the once inhabited planet Neighbor in the hopes of studying and preserving whatever knowledge about them that they find.

Win begins to realize the expedition to Allende 1-B is not entirely scientific. He suspects the Pacific Ocean World Mining Organization, or POMO, have sunk deep into the pockets of the ship’s commanding officers, with the hopes of mining Allende 1-B for its rich mineral reserves as soon as they arrive. As such he immediately starts investigating the ship to confirm his suspicions. When Win finds out he was right, he races to convince the crew against any mining expeditions before it’s too late. However, little does he know something even more pressing will require his attention before he even gets the chance to tell anyone.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

I’ve done something I’ve never done with a game before – I am playing it twice! LOL. There’s so much I missed the first time, and certain side bits needed time to mature/happen, so it behooves one to go to the same planet several times to find secrets or try to complete the maps while seeds germinate in the ship’s planter, or seeing the pet you picked up on Bogano change some of the dialogues and getting to spot him inside one of the vents.

Knowing better what to expect and look for has made the second time even more enjoyable. Plus the story itself is awesome! And the graphics! There are seven or more planets, so lots of unique places to see.




​View of the cockpit of the Mantis as it enters hyperspace.


First look at the birthplace of the Zeffo—a force-sensitive race that died millennia ago. A small town of archeologists lived here, but have been dragged away or killed by the Empire.




​Inside the first of three tombs on Zeffo. Several puzzles lay there which can only be solved by those who can use the Force.


The sarcophagus of Zeffo master in the first tomb. They were BIG people, these Zeffo.



The One Tree in Kashyyyk – home planet of the Wookies. The Empire has not been kind to them. You meet the resistance here, led by Saw Guerrera (From the Star Wars movie Rogue One). The chieftain Cal is looking for is deep in the jungles, so Cal has to leave and return once they’ve found him.



Cal and BD-1 back at Zeffo looking for more clues and trying to locate the second tomb.



The Empire and the Inquisitors have been busy. This is inside one of the giant monuments in Zeffo. They are looking for relics of power here as well. And not being nice about it. (An archeologist’s worst nightmare! Lol)



​The inquisitor Second Daughter – she was once a padawan before being broken into what she is now. She uses her knowledge of Cere Junda to try to create a rift between Cal and his companions.



The Final Assignment

The Final Assignment

StoryOrigin Swap 2 (freebie)

Immerse Yourself In Intriguing Mysteries With Interesting Women!

Mila stood in front of the University of Chernivtsi, and it was like time had stood still. The gate and the buildings looked the same as when she was a student there, and yet somehow, she was the one who had changed and aged. Of course, nobody could call her old. Mila was thirty-two, but today she felt older than the university.

Mila remembered when she left for her Ph.D. in Kyiv; she was heartbroken and swore she would never return to her hometown. However, life has a way of interfering with people’s plans and Mila was no exception…

First, her mother died, then her father retired because of a heart condition, and Mila knew she had to come home to take care of him. It was a good excuse to return when a call came from her best friend that a professor position was open at the university.

So, there she was, all dressed up and ready to confront a past demon and prove herself more than capable to become a professor…

Mila Kovalenko has returned to her alma mater to fill the vacant position of professor of ancient history.
Happy to reunite with her best friend Ania, the university’s librarian, they discuss a manuscript that has come to Ania’s attention. No sooner had Mila signed her contract when someone steals the manuscript from the library.

However, when the detective assigned to the case pegs her as the prime suspect, Mila must use her expertise and cunning to prove him wrong, or at least find another motive and suspect.

Realizing the book is more dangerous than it appears, and its origins are even eviler than they thought, Mila hopes to help the detective find the book before it falls into the wrong hands. However, the detective is not so willing to accept her help, infuriating Mila, if only he wasn’t so annoying, she could grow to like him, he was quite attractive….

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Dark Flights of Fantasy – there’s still time to grab these dark tainted tales.

Epic and High Fantasy Free Book Giveaway Banner

Epic & High Fantasy Free eBook Giveaway – this one is ending soon, too!

Free Science Fiction Fantasy and Paranormal eBooks Banner

Free Fantasy and Sci-Fi eBooks – the end of March is near! Don’t miss out.

Coming of Age Across the Ages Group Promo

Coming of Age – Across the Ages – purchase links of a ton of books with this theme. I could not resist joining! 😝

Until next time!



Saturday, March 12, 2022

Mind Sieve 03/11/22

Table of Contents

News/MusingsStoryOrigin Swaps 1
Mini Movie ReviewsMovie/Show Previews
StoryOrigin Swaps 2Just for Fun!
Dark Flights of FantasyEpic & High Fantasy Free Book Giveaway
Free Science Fiction, Fantasy & Paranormal ebooks Win a Bundle of Female Mystery Detectives
Strong Women – Strange Worlds


March is turning out to be crazy busy! Plus, I somehow signed up to participate in too many giveaways! Lol.



First off – until Saturday, March 12th – Black Jade – A Daiyu Wu Mystery will be on SALE for $0.99. (75% off) This is to celebrate National Read an eBook Week!

The sale is through Smashwords – so all ebook formats are available there. (pdf, mobi/kindle, ePub, html, and more!)

Black Jade - A Daiyu Wu Mystery

Black Jade - A Daiyu Wu Mystery

National Read an eBook Week Special for $0.99 (75% off)

Could an old-fashioned ballgown be used to commit murder?

Daiyu Wu believes there’s been a murder by arsenic poisoning. But being blind, Chinese, and living in Dallas in 1930 carries many impediments. Add in the fact the police aren’t aware of any foul play, and her job becomes doubly hard.

With the help of her confidant, Jacques, Dai sets out to find who has been murdered. And, if possible, who committed the foul deed. But there are many obstacles in her path—a spoiled popinjay, his jealous self-appointed girlfriend, and Dai’s overprotective parents. Can she and Jacques avoid all the hurdles and get to the truth before it’s too late?

A Daiyu Wu Mystery – Book 1

For lovers of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Editing continues on White Gold before I send it to the professional editor. I’ve also decided to change the title. Book 2 is now The JOY of Murder.

I’d originally thought I would use color and mineral combinations to continue the theme started in Book 1, (Daiyu means Black Jade in Chinese) but to increase discoverability, I decided I needed to go in a different direction with the title.

Extra stuff I’ve shoved in here:

1) Two info swaps from StoryOrigin. 

2) Three Giveaways! (March has been crazy!)

3) One Female Detective Bundle and e-reader promotion

4) Strong Women – Strange Worlds Virtual Readings


More deets on all of these in their sections. 😊


Story Origin Swap 1

Story Origin Swap 1

The Trouble in Glamour Town

Murder. Corruption. Romance. Movie stars.

A modern-day TV shoot ‘em up? No. It’s 1926 Old Hollywood, and a film producer is gunned down in cold blood. In comes Rosie, a pretty bit-player, who, in spite of her stage-mother’s expectations, just longs to be happy. Silent screen idols Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, Lon Chaney, and Rudolph Valentino float in and out, as Los Angeles’ corruption is exposed, the era described, and a chase to find the killer revs up before there’s another hit.

Mini Movie Reviews 🎥

★ – 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!

Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile

If you enjoyed the remake of Murder on the Orient Express, you should also love this one. It’s worth seeing for the cinematography alone. I also very much enjoyed how they tied the character Bouc into both films. The acting was superb. Like in the previous film, they bring elements of Poirot’s past into the story. They even have an origin for why he wears the multi-tiered mustache. (Though from the first image, it’s hard to believe it healed that well.)

Rating: ★★★★.25 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again!)




This movie was super cute! Channing Tatum does a great job. Some of the hijinks he and Lulu get into are insane! Two veterans on a path of self-destruction until they realize they are kindred spirits and might be able to help each other. Too cute!

Rating: ★★★.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)




This makes the third movie rendition, I’ve seen of the famous story. This time as a musical! (The 1950 version with Jose Ferrer didn’t make me cry, it made me SOB!) Paying homage to the original story, you will note a lot of people in the front half of the film wearing masks with long, fat noses as that was the deformity Cyrano dealt with in the original play. The acting on the film was fabulous! I expected nothing less from Peter Dinklage, but Haley Bennet was an awesome surprise. Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Ben Mendelsohn tied it all together. The whole cast was awesome. There were a couple of anachronistic issues in the song lyrics, but the scenery was fabulous and funky integrated dances were entertaining. Make sure to take some tissues with you! (Just in case!)

Rating: ★★★★.25 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)




With tons of action, betrayals, and funky stunts, Uncharted will definitely entertain. The story was pretty solid, with some unexpected surprises, until 3/4s of the way through. Then they dropped the ball a little for convenience’s sake, which was disappointing. But overall, it is worth a look just for the adrenaline, snark, and all the backstabbing. Extra scenes during the first part of the credits. Strap in for a crazy ride!

Rating: ★★★.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission to See Again!)


Movie Previews 🎥

Obi-wan Kenobi limited series trailer – oh yeah!!!! With Ewan McGreggor – even better! Woot!

Chariot – this looks bizarre!

HUXLEY Trailer – when the trailer started I thought I’d clicked on a Star Wars type trailer. Still, looks interesting!

Story Origin Swap 2

Story Origin Swap 2

Eye of the Jaguar

David and Abby are coworkers at a video game company. Their lives are turned upside down as David is chosen to protect the world against monsters, and she discovers her magic.

Their partnership blooms into a powerful romance which neither are prepared for. Together they must face an evil that claimed the lives of David’s parents over an artifact of great power, the Eye of the Jaguar. Read for free on Kindle Unlimited!

Five star reviews: – “Story moves like a bullet! Fun read!” – “An unusual shifter tale!” – “Great First Book!”

In a faraway land to the north lies the Eye of the Jaguar, a powerful relic that allows the worthy to travel along the path of the Dark Sun to the Land of the Dead. It will be found by a shapeshifter touched by the gods of both earth and spirit. His mate will be a Shaman. Together they are the Protectors of their people. – Mayan Prophecy

Just for Fun!

Official Furkids Kitty Kommercial – this is super cute. Shelter video done as a car sales commercial but with cats. Lol.

I’m Not Your Hero – The Murderbot Diaries Animatic – a friend sent me this as she knows I love Martha Wells’ Muderbot series. Just in case – CONTENT WARNING – I didn’t think it was all that graphic, but just in case!

Simon’s Cat – Cast Adrift – too cute! I don’t think I’ve shared one of these in a while. Always a hoot!





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Dark Flights of Fantasy Giveaway! March 1st to 31st.



Epic and High Fantasy Free Book Giveaway Banner

Epic & High Fantasy Giveaway Banner – Feb 28th to Mar 31st.

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Female Detective Mystery Book Giveaway Banner

Mystery Book Giveaway – includes 50 mystery eBooks and 1 eBook Reader!

Strong Women - Strange Worlds Virtual; Readings for 03/17/22

The next Strong Women – Strange Worlds free virtual reading is on 3/17/22 – reserve your spot now!

Have a fabulous weekend! See you next time!


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