And yes, it is “y’all”, not ya’ll. I was born, bombed, and bedded here in the South, so I know. If another Southerner tells you it’s “ya’ll”, they’ve been listenin’ to a Yankee.
I don’t promote my book on here. You may have noticed that. But, it’s had some great reviews. On Amazon it currently has 4.6 Stars from 26 reviews, and on Goodreads it’s a 4.54 with 39 ratings.
Below is a review by Cristi Taijeron, author of 13 pirate books, with another on the way this year, a long awaited sequel of my book Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling (click to go to Amazon). I chose this review for the very reason she is an author of the same genre, and thus would be more critical. She gave the book 5 stars.
“I always love a good back story, especially when it comes to pirates. There are so many different and fascinating reasons that these people, historic and fictional, choose to turn their backs on their homelands and raise the black flag. I learned about the reason Gabriel Wallace went rogue in P.S. Bartlett’s other book, Jaded Tides, and knowing what a levelheaded and goodhearted, man that cutthroat pirate was at his core, I just knew that Gabriel Falling was going to be an epic tale. It was. Amber Wake is a non stop adventure tale, full of colorful characters, and gripping action. Gabriel (aka, Rasmus Bergman) keeps us on our toes with the seemingly uncertain plans that he is obsessively dedicated to. Miles Jacobs brings loyalty you can count on, but not without a pain in the arse, and Maddox Carbonale lightens the mood with his nonchalant attitude, and unpredictable actions.
There are many aspects to this story that I enjoyed, but overall, the best thing had to be the “Justified Treason.” The law isn’t always right, and in this case they were way wrong. Rasmus Bergman, and his loyal crew, were not only strong enough to fight back, but wise enough to turn the tides in an unexpectedly favorable direction.
As another pirate I know once said, “It’s far more dangerous to betray a friend than to deceive an enemy.” And Amber Wake is a thrilling show of the dangers that can ensue under these circumstances.”
Author of Endless Horizon Pirate Stories
Not just for my co-authored book with PS Bartlett but also…
All New Covers for The Razor’s Adventures Series are Here!
And what can top that? The #CoverReveal of her much anticipated and longed for brand new book in the series coming out soon titled Beyond The Ruby Moon!
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The Kindle covers are available now and the paperback will make it through Amazon’s system momentarily.
I love these covers, and am particularly fond of the Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling cover. Not a bias or anything, just a simple observational opinion. If you click on each image you get to see them on a page alone and they look so amazing.
Here they are in order of reading, so far. (Click HERE to visit PS Bartlett’s Amazon Author Page to find all of the titles. My page has books that I am included as an author such as Amber Wake.)
Ivory Dawn is a novella introducing the main heroine, and titular character of Ivory Shepard, her cousins, the life they came from, and the life they throw themselves headfirst into.
Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling introduces Gabriel Wallace as he transforms from life as a vaunted Captain in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy to becoming the man who will be known as Big Red Rasmus Bergman, a man that plays a pivotal part in the Razor fulfilling her dreams.
Demons & Pearls continues with Ivory and her cousins finding themselves in the middle of the pirate world and doing whatever it takes to prove they are not the property of any man.
Jaded Tides is an exciting story of Ivory and her cousins growing ever closer to their dreams becoming reality, but at what cost.
Beyond The Ruby Moon is the NEW book to be released soon. I’m reading it now and am so happy to finally get to see what happens between Ivory and Razz, and what’s going on with her cousins, three beautiful and intelligent women proving they are just as wily in the ways of the Caribbean as their protective cousin.
The Blue Diamond The Razor’s Edge was the first book about Ivory that PS Bartlett wrote. I read it and was immediately hooked, so much so that I jumped on her bandwagon and coattails and signed on to co-write Amber Wake, and an as yet to be completed or named possible sequel. It seems the blonde haired author lady and I both got it in our blood to start writing the pirate life again at the same time. It had to be a sign,and we know any successful pirate knows how to read the signs.
Some of you may have heard that I have a book on schedule to be released around Christmas. It’s my debut novel, written with an author by the name of P.S. Bartlett. A book related to that novel is being released Oct. 5. It’s called Jaded Tides and it is book 2 in the pirate tales series and the third book leading up to her amazing Blue Diamond: The Razor’s Edge that I absolutely loved so much that Bartlett and I became friends and ended up writing a book together. Here today is a guest post by my partner in print. Over the next few days you will be seeing several posts about her here on Ronovan Writes. Now, onto our guest post today by Award Winning Author, P.S. Bartlett.
The Kind of Writer I Want To Be
I’ve believed since I dedicated myself to this journey two years ago that I knew exactly what kind of writer I wanted to be. Since I wrote the first sentence of my first novel, that dedication hasn’t wavered. A simple little sentence started it all.
“Ennis found a bird.”
I’ve had no formal training in this profession but I’ve done a ton of research, logged countless hours writing and I’ve dug in my heels. I’m not going anywhere.
I write fast. I think fast and once I set my sights on a goal I rarely give up unless I’m personally not satisfied with my level of performance or the quality of work I’m doing. So far, I see no reason to quit. As long as I keep breathing, moving, growing and evolving as a person, I’ll never stop.
It is important to me to produce quality books. Since I am still learning every day what that means to me and how it relates to my writing, I believe I can only keep improving. I’ve always loved writing and although I spent most of my adult life working, raising children and just trying to keep my boat right side up, I chose to put my aspirations on the back burner and take care of my family. I do not regret it one little bit. Through that journey, I learned so much about myself and gained volumes of experience at just being a human being. I’m proud of whom I’ve finally grown up to be and I need to be proud of the work I do too.
It’s a long road from writing your first page, to publishing. You will be knocked back more times than you can imagine. You’ll be told over and over again that your book “just isn’t what we’re looking for at this time.” Roadblock upon roadblock will rise up in front of you but you have to keep pushing on. Family problems, money shortages, day job, responsibilities and oh, that little thing called sleep will feel like a ball and chain at times but no matter what, you can’t give up. If being a published author is truly your calling or at the very least, your goal, allowing anything to stop you is not an option—no matter how long it takes or what road you take to get there.
The most important thing to me is that I write what I want to read. I want to write words that feel like warm butter on a hot roll. Words that get inside of you and either make you squirm or rise up inside of you and escape with a smile. Words that stick in your head and come to mind when you least expect it. I want to write stories that when you close the book, you want more. The reason I know how important writing what I want to read is, is because I’ve tried writing stories that may fall into one of the hot selling genres and I couldn’t get through the first chapter. You’ll know you’re writing what you want to read, when closing your laptop feels like kicking a heroin addiction.
I don’t want to write about what everyone else is writing about. I don’t need to sit at the cool kids table to feel good about myself. I know there are lots of genres and I know which ones sell the most. No, I’m not crazy and of course I want to make money and be able to write full time but I have to do it in a way I feel good about inside. I have to do it on my own terms. I have to tell a good story with characters you want to meet and know, and talk to again and again. I believe at some point I’ll be able to put almost anything into words but it has to be my anything, not what’s hot at the moment and not just because I want to be with the in crowd. My readers are out there and as long as I keep looking, I’ll find them and they’ll find me.
I want to stand out. I have this crazy dream that my stories will one day be considered as some of the best ever. I’ll stand by that. I believe that and soon, I’ll live that.
P.S. Bartlett – I’m taking a fantastic voyage. Won’t you join me?
And now it’s me, Ronovan, again. Click the format of your choice to orderJaded Tides on Kindle or Paperback and let’s make it a best seller. (My future depends on it.)
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers’ Favorite:
It’s not often I read stories about female pirates and I am impressed with The Blue Diamond (The Razor’s Edge Book One). P.S. Bartlett writes an entertaining novel that offers great action, adventure and witty dialogue. The personalities of Ivory and her cousins are complex, but I easily connected with them. These are independent, free spirited women with lusty appetites, especially Miranda.
What about that book she and I wrote together? Tomorrow see the Book Cover here on Ronovan Writes.
Ronovan is an author, and blogger who shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.com.