Gods of Earth Series – Book Tour and Giveaway

A quick stop on my promotion tour for the Gods of Earth Series! Check it out and enter the $10 Amazon giveaway!

A Pinch of Bookdust

Influence of a God
Gods of Earth Series Book 1
by Nina R. Schluntz
Genre: LGBTQ SciFi Fantasy Romance
Jesse has a type-the heartbroken. He doesn’t hide this fact, he’s even tattooed a damaged heart on his chest. His partners love the people who left them, which means there’s no fear of them getting attached to him. He showers them with the affection they have been deprived of and in return, he gets no string attached hook-ups.
Except for Ben.
No matter what Jesse does, when he gets drunk, its always Ben’s porch he ends up on. Which is fine, because Ben is still deeply in love with his ex-wife, even though she’s already remarried.
It might have all stayed fine, if Ben hadn’t met Cooper, the twelve-year-old stepson of Ben’s ex. He knows things he shouldn’t. He has a weird quirk of disappearing for hours. He even predicts future…

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New Book Release! Enemy of a God

The fourth book in my Gods of Earth series is now out!! Release dates for the last two books are also posted and available for pre-order. Cover artwork, links and synopsis are below.

Promotion tour soon including gift card giveaways!

ENEMY of a GOD

Gods of Earth Series Book 4

Enemy of a God

The world is ending and the gods are abandoning Earth. A strange woman arrives at the same time the parasite symbiotes do. She has no memory of who she is and the question remains, is she an ally to save earth or the enemy of the gods here to destroy them?

Jayson is the first to find her and he forms an immediate friendship with her. They are both outcasts with a dark past. He makes a deal with a god, Cooper, in an attempt to learn more about his alien friend. He doesn’t expect to fall in love with Cooper and worse, learn that his alien friend must die in order to save Earth.

 

SYMBIOTE of a GOD (Release date 15 June) Pre-order available!

Gods of Earth Series Book 5

Symbiote of a God

Stephen, Nick, and Lawrence have been best friends since college. Stephen and Nick are scientists, tasked with finding a cure to the symbiotes which have invaded Earth and use humans as hosts. Removing the symbiote kills the human, and a human doesn’t live long once infected.

Months after the initial invasion, Lawrence becomes infected and seeks the help of his friends. The rush to find a cure is now paramount, but something is strange about Lawrence’s infection. He is still in control of his body, and he can now understand the symbiotes. Nick and Stephen realize he may hold the cure to finally ridding the world of the symbiotes.

RESURRECTION of a GOD (Release date 6 July)  Pre-order available!

Gods of Earth Series Book 6

Resurrection of a GodEarth is the second planet Carter has created, and now the same symbiotes that destroyed his first planet, are here, destroying Earth. Afraid he will only aide in Earth’s destruction, since it’s his soulmate and lover behind the invasion, he goes into hiding.

Jayson knows Carter is the only god who can save Earth and he is done waiting for him to come back. He resurrects the god and saves the planet, but its something not just any human can do. Jayson realizes there’s more to his relationship with Carter than he thought. He’d assumed he was Cooper’s soulmate, he loves Cooper, but when he keeps running into Carter he realizes the truth. A god has a different soulmate on every planet, and on Earth, he is Carter’s soulmate.

But Carter doesn’t want him. His soulmate from his first planet was destructive and Carter fears what Jayson will become if he bonds with him. Jayson has to convince the god that he is different, and that your past does not determine your future.


The Invisible Man, movie review

The overall plot was okay for this movie. But the implementation left something to be desired.

The sound effects were horrible. There were times when a person who was speaking could only be heard from one side of the theater. I could tell it was intentional, but not at all needed, and just messed with your perception of things. Which may have been the point, but it was silly. When inside a house, you could hear sirens and such outside, which just had me wondering why? There was no point to me hearing those things. The instrumental music in the background would get very loud in an attempt build the drama, but it was distracting and pulled me from the story. I would have rather had silence. The whole movie felt like the people doing the music and sound effects were running the show. The sounds literally felt like the most important aspect of the entire film.

The only scene that ran smoothly and seemed realistic, was when the sisters are in a restaurant and the waiter keeps coming by to take their order and they tell him they aren’t ready. They drew this scene out so much, it seemed more important than anything else. I assume the writers had this happen to them and were trying to make a point of how annoying it can be. But it was not appropriate for the film and just slowed things down for no reason.

Overall, it was a flop and I would not suggest seeing it. If anything, see it at home, so you know the weird effects are truly part of the movie and not sounds from the movie next door. Cause that’s what I was wondering half the time.


Campus Call Boy, Book Review

As with any independently published book, there are some small typos, grammar, and wrong words used here and there. It’s nothing too jarring, and only jostled me from the story a few times.

The writing is very simple and easy to speed read through. As other reviews have mentioned, the story starts off strong and original. But I too was a bit thrown when the main character is thinking of upending his life for a guy he just met. In the span of the book, he dates the guy for 2 weeks total. And he is willing to give up his career of 3 years for him. It took him 3 years to go from prostitution gigs that were $60 to high end rollers who pay over a grand for each encounter. To me, that’s a bit much. Who throws their career away for someone they know for two weeks? The author could have easily fixed this, by skipping some time, and have them date for months, rather than days. The same goals for the main plot would have been accomplished, and the offense that the boyfriend feels when he finds out about the prostitution would have also been more realistic. He’s in tears about it, and come on, two weeks in? There’s no exclusive commitments made that early on, he shouldn’t be that in love or that upset.

The ending of the book felt rushed. Again, if the timeline had been spread out longer, it would have been better. The heated drama and risk of life, just gets summed up in a few paragraphs, and the story ends with a nice monologue of “this is what happened” that puts a nice bow on things.

I know all that may have made it sound like a horrible book, but honestly it was a great read. Once the obsessive boyfriend part kicked in, the book was one I couldn’t put down. I was often screaming at the character not to do things.

So if you are looking for a fun read with some drama and heated sex, this is a good one to pick up.

Campus Call Boy Kindle link.


Birds of Prey, Movie Review

I had high expectation for this movie, since suicide squad was good. I expected this one to at least be as good as that. I mean, its part of the DC world line up, and all the Batman and Superman movies were good, right?

Yeah… no. This one, just did not make the cut. I don’t know if its because it was made so long after the others or what. But it didn’t feel like it had the same writers or producers. It had big name actors, and it had the kind of special effects you’d see in a big budget film. But the plot was just plain silly. Maybe that’s what they were going for?

The actors seem to be intentionally ugly. And if they have the potential to be attractive, they are put in clothing to make them look ugly. The wardrobe looks chosen by a five-year-old. The characters all act like no one would act. It’s obvious they want the main characters to be strong women, but the idea is pushed so hard its painful. You can make a movie about women, without it being obvious you are doing that on purpose. Things happen with an outlandish amount of coincidence. I’m willing to forgive some, because it is a movie, but this is like watching a cartoon.

Its not what I was expecting. Its a big feminist type push, with nothing appealing visually and no intellectual stimulation. No humor and only cartoon-ish action.

Skip it. Nothing happens in it that will be relevant in later DC movies. I imagine the movie series will do its best to pretend this movie never happened.


New Release! 3rd book in the Gods of Earth Series

Muse of a God: Gods of Earth Series Book 3 (Amazon link)

Lawrence, who prefers to go by Laurie, is one of those gifted performers that everyone envies because he always gets the lead role.

Carter is a god with a shaded past. He created a planet… and then helped parasite type symbiotes destroy it. His current time on Earth is to prove he is rehabilitated.

He isn’t.

But he is good at manipulation. He wants to stay close to the two scientists who will discover a means to save Earth once Carter brings the symbiotes to it. One of them is Laurie’s roommate in college. Which means Laurie is Carter’s best means to befriending the scientists.

A not so chance encounter and some mocking, gets Laurie to join the lacrosse team Carter is on. Seducing him is easy enough, but Laurie quickly proves refreshingly unpredictable and his quick tongue makes Carter reconsider his choices to stay loyal to his previous love who controls the symbiotes.

But can Carter’s growing affection toward Laurie be enough to convince him to save Earth rather than destroy it?


1917, Movie Review

Not sure how much of this is a true story. I imagine its more a compilation of many soldiers telling their stories and it being put into one movie. Because the individual tales do seem very grounded in reality, but the overall one and all that the solider goes through might be a bit much for one person.

What I enjoyed the most is the style the movie was shot in. There are no scene breaks. The movie appears as if its all one long take, with a camera following the characters the entire time. There are a few tricks, like the scene going dark, or looking at a wall for a moment, where there was likely a scene break. But this style of footage makes the audience feel they are truly there with the characters, trudging along with them thru the mud and racing away from the gunfire.

The story itself has some plot twists that are unexpected. I can’t say much without giving the plot away, but it is a good one. The events are relatable, and it’s very easy to picture yourself right there with the character, experiencing his struggles.

It’s one of the best war movies I have seen in a while, and I highly recommend it.


Bad Boys for Life, Movie Review

Before I saw the newest Bad Boys movie, I decided to rewatch the first two movies, since the first came out in 1995 and I wasn’t sure how much of it I would remember. To be honest, it was a bit boring watching those movies again. Back when they were new, they were amazing, but now, with the effects outdated and the jokes being old, it wasn’t so thrilling.

The new movie did hold the Bad Boys recipe true. It was 90% gun fights and several high speed car chases. There are some women empowering roles thrown in, but not quite as front line as in the other movies. The characters had developed in age, and have entered new stages of their lives. There are comments made that refer back to the other movies, mostly the second one. So if you are wanting to “get” all the jokes, be sure to rewatch the second Bad Boys movie before you see this one.

With the new effects available, the car chases, fight scenes, explosions, and gunfire, are much better. Still excessive, still exaggerated, but well done, even though very unrealistic.

Overall, I would say this movie not only does the trilogy justice, but is better than the previous ones. So if you are looking for a good action movie, this should def be on your list.

 


Richard Jewell, Movie Review

I was unaware of this story until I saw the trailers. I decided to maintain my ignorance so I went into the film, not knowing if Richard Jewell was guilty or not of planting the bomb. The story does a good job of explaining the event from both sides and until the very end of the movie, a viewer like myself is left wondering if he did the crime or not. The reasons for him to do it are quite evident, but so is the supporting information saying he didn’t.

Although this plot is focused on one moment, it does a good job of keeping the audience entertained. The acting is great, and the cast was chosen perfectly. If you enjoy dramas I would highly suggest seeing it. It isn’t the most amazing movie ever, but it is one of the better ones I’ve seen this year.

The only parts I didn’t like was how the FBI was portrayed as playing games and trying to trick Richard Jewell. I don’t know if they truly did that, or if the FBI operates like that, but to me, they didn’t need to be cast in such a negative light.


Jumanji the next level, Movie Review

I am a huge fan of the first movie. The dynamics between the three male leads is great. Coming up with a fresh plot so the actors can work their magic again, a concern of mine. And I am happy to report they succeeded.

New characters are added, and more body swapping is done. I personally think this was some of the best acting I’ve seen “The Rock” ever do. He had to act like Danny DeVito–no small task. The jokes are abundant, the plot well writen, the acting great. My only complaint is the reason why they went back in the game. A new batch of in the real world characters would have done just as good for the movie, and avoided needing to create a reason for the people to go back in. But that is a very minor thing.

If you are looking for a great comedy or action movie, this is definitely the one to go see.