Going Wide – R. A. Mejia – Adventures on Tera

One of the most notable authors in the genre because of his podcast and reviewing abilities. Going wide is Ramon Mejia with this great series.

I listened to all the audiobooks that were out when I found the genre, and these were a nice addition to my list. 🙂 Really good if you love audio!

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Bio –

I’m R.A. Mejia, and I’m an author apparently. I write in a genre called LitRPG. It combines video game and tabletop RPG mechanics with fictional writing. I fell in love with the genre a while ago and started to consume every book in the genre. I loved the genre so much that I wrote my own story. If you read my stories and love it, then I’m happy. If you don’t love it, I’ll recommend some other LitRPG for you to read that you might love. If you’ve ever dreamt about living one of your favorite video games or wondered what stories could be told from a gamer perspective, then the LitRPG genre is for you.

If you want to see reviews for all upcoming books, check out the podcast too! 

https://litrpgpodcast.com

https://www.books2read.com/ap/8P1PLx/RA-Mejia

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Going Wide – Puatera Online – Me!

Following the main picture I posted a few days ago and so there’s at least some kind of order in the chaos I’m promoting myself. 🙂 Yey me!

For those who haven’t tried this series. Desert Runner is also now FREE! across all platforms, and audiobooks accompany (and will accompany) the whole series.

My universal link – http://www.books2read.com/ap/8GGNM8/Dawn-Chapman

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Bio

Dawn Chapman has been creating sci-fi and fantasy stories for thirty years. Until 2005 when her life and attention turned to scripts, and she started work on The Secret King, a 13-episode Sci-Fi TV series, with a great passion for this medium.
In 2015, Dawn returned to her first love of prose where she revelled in the world of The Secret King, Letháo and First Contact, as an epic prose space journey over three generations.
This year her experience of working with others expanded. From Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, to LitRPG/Gamelit. Dawn’s built a portfolio of writing, consulting, publishing and audio proofing.

Website –

http://www.dawnchapmanauthor.com

Facebook pages –

The Secret King – http://www.facebook.com/TheSecretKing

Puatera Online – http://www.facebook.com/PuateraOnline

Gamelit/Litrpg Going Wide Authors

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From left to right! Roll Call is!

RJ Castiglione’s – Fjorgyn: A Rebel Rises: https://www.books2read.com/ap/xdyJQR/RJ-Castiglione

Dawn Chapman’s – Desert Runner: https://www.books2read.com/ap/8GGNM8/Dawn-Chapman

Michael Chatfield’s – Emerilia: http://books2read.com/u/bMQXQB

G.R. Cooper’s – Shepherd Moon: Omegaverse 1: https://amzn.to/2MpnpHT

K.T. Hanna’s – Initializing: https://www.books2read.com/Initializing

Lars M.’s – The Wayward Bard: https://www.books2read.com/u/bzPWQ2

R.A. Mejia’s – Adventures on Terra – Book 1: Beginnings: https://www.books2read.com/ap/8P1PLx/RA-Mejia

W.D. Nix’s – Avatar Online Launch: https://books2read.com/u/m0gkpP

Why are we doing this, and doing it together? 

There’s been a lot of talk about this over the last few months, and for those who don’t know the reasons behind the move… it’s pretty simple.

Amazon has been trying to nail down on false reads for their KU program. And unfortunately, there’s been a slew of genres that were tagged, from Gamelit/Litrpg to Romance and Harem/Reverse Harem.

What that meant for a good few of my friends was that the page reads they’d been seeing for their books. (newly released books) were suddenly halved. In fact, more than halved in some cases.

In all the time I’ve been publishing my own Gamelit series, I’ve always had consistent KU reads, more so than my sales. So for the numbers that my friends had for KU reads to suddenly be slashed to less than their sales, something just doesn’t add up.

So some of us banded together and we made the decision to go wide as one!

I’ll be promoting these authors on this blog over the next week and sharing their amazing books.

So keep an eye out later this week, as I link in the first one! the fab RJ Castiglione’s!

AudioBook Review – Ascend Online

Finally this got out of ‘being pending’ on audible –

Ascend Online: Ascend Online, Book 1 | [Luke Chmilenko]

“Great listen! more please!” 

Concept/world-building – 4
Plot – 4
Character – 5
Dialogue – 5
Prose – 5
Conflict/resolution – 4
Overall rating 4.5

I picked this up as Luke’s highly recommended in the litrpg Facebook groups. So, when the audio was put up for pre-order with Luke Daniels as the narrator I nabbed it quick.

It’s a long listen, so it did take me a while. But it was well worth it.

Plot

For me, the start of anything takes a while, and I do admit this was a little slower for me than usual, but it’s more than worth it.

Where the world that Marcus actually lives in, isn’t very well defined or spoken about much. The interaction with his friends at the start and then into the game is. I enjoyed all that each character brought to the story, and more from the NPC’s.

Once the story really does start to move forwards, you get the experience of Luke’s gaming and background as the world of Ascend Online develops, bits of history and information are peppered in just the right places so not to feel like too much of an info dump and you are as excited as the players for the challenges they’re about to face.

It’s got enough crafting, fighting and loot to make all the gamers want more, and the stats read out aren’t as heavy as some other litrpg books. It doesn’t slow the pacing at all, and Luke does a great job with reading them so they’re also not just hard core skill lists. The story telling around these alone helps make this a book to remember.

Character

There wasn’t quite enough of the ‘real’ world for me. I would have wanted some more interaction with it through Marcus, even if it meant he had to log off once. However, each of the characters that Marcus/Lyrian enter the game with are well defined enough once he meets back up with them in the game.

As for them being supporting characters, they’re pretty great all by themselves. As for a fav one, I’d have to say Natasha has a spot, but defo Amaranth has the biggest. (sp)

Dialogue

I thought all the characters had decent dialogue. And also with Luke narrating, they were a breeze to listen to, each with their own personalities which really shined through. Luke did a great job with the ladies in the group and also with the demons and other worldly creatures. I did, however, think that the two overlords of the game were brother and sister at first, till I realised they were sisters.

Graves’ character drawl was also really good to listen to. Awesome job from both narrator and writer in design of the bad guys and in the way he really stood out in the narration.

Conflict/Resolution

I think because this has so much scope for the series, that there’s always going to be underlying threads we don’t see tied up. But the overall conflict in this book was left with a satisfying ending. Even if I did want more of the book and story world.
You can’t expect me to listen to almost 18 hours of something and not come away with a book hangover! Omg give me more!

I am glad I picked this up. And I really do look forward to more in this series from both Lukes’

AudioBook Review – Delvers LLC – 2

Obligations Incurred: Delvers LLC, Book 2 | [Blaise Corvin]

“not too bad at all :)”

I have to admit this one took me a little longer to pick back up than some other second books have. And I really wasn’t sure why. I think the characters in the beginning of this and the situation they find themselves in just didn’t grab me as much as the MC’s being stranded on Ludus in the first book.

However it did pick up, and I was glad that I stuck around.

The POV switches were handled a lot better in this book, considering there were only a couple of changes in the first, this had a lot more balance in it, and because I’d gotten to know the others, it was good to get inside their heads a little more.

I’ve seen some of the other reviews and comments about Thirsty as a character, and I have to admit, I loved him/her. I think this is exactly the kind of situation and personal event that would happen. It wasn’t his fault he ended up on Ludus anymore than it was for Henry and Jason, and Jeff’s characterisation of him/her both were fab. I really enjoyed the performance and the person underneath it. Thirsty plays a great and integral part in this book and I hope that we do see more of her 🙂

Overall, this book did seem to take on a life of its own, there was the onset of their journey and then it was taken over by having to defend against a horrific attack. I thought it all came together really well. And Jason was just fab. No spoilers, but the ending, brilliant.

It may have seemed a little on the short side, but only because we know that although this was a novel and story on it’s own that there’s a lot of setting up and more adventures to have.

I kinda think this would be the series for me that I’d binge listen to, one after the other because that would make this much more fun. Waiting on the next one is hard…

Come on Blaise and Jeff. More!!!