Cruisin’ through books cause books make life worth living with Aly #RileyAmosReviews part 2!

Darkness from Beyond by Stefano Lanciotti

This was a wonderful book.  A quick read but it kept my interest.  If you like fantasy books you should check out this collection.  I cover of this book caught my attention and made me want to know more of what this series was about!  I’m glad I was asked to read it.  * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*  5/5

Cruisin’ through books cause books make life worth living with Aly #RileyAmosReviews ARC part 1!

Death and a Cup of Tea by Jess Faraday

Thanks to Rachel at Elm Books for offering this advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review!  I enjoyed this book and it’s many short stories.  Think this was a great book to take to the beach and enjoy some fun reading in the sun.  All the stories were entertaining to me and kept my interest.  4/5

#SupportIndieAuthors, Fate’s Fray edition!

Sorry guys, I’m kind of out of it today, so I’m really just going to let the author speak for himself. All I can say is this looks like a labor of love. So without further ado, I give to you, J.A. Tocksworth! (Stumbles off to the coffee pot)

Fate’s Fray… a sprawling epic fantasy saga… over 250K words… nearly 70 color illustrations… professionally edited.

BLURB (Part 1):
As most people who dwell in the land of Karnath, the young knight X’ieth Armstrong has limited foresight into his future beyond what the blinded oracles can tell. He is literally master of his own fate, at least until one day his premonitions mismatch reality. His life turns upside down when he’s suddenly dragged into a supernatural problem overhanging the human kingdom that causes social, economic, and political upsets. The ordinary struggles of balancing knighthood and married life become the least of his worries in this epic story about a fight for Karnath’s good destiny.


BIO: James Arthur Tocksworth lives in the southwest United States, and works as a quantitative analyst at a major financial services company. He holds a bachelors degree in mathematics, and both masters and doctorate degrees in engineering. In the area of complex systems integration, he has spent over ten years of his career. When not crunching numbers or writing, he enjoys time with his wife and dachshund. Tocksworth is a published academic author who has always had a passion for fiction writing, and he finally turns his hobby into a dream come true. His breakout novel FATE’S FRAY is available in major ereader formats, to be followed by print and audio books.


1. What do you do to keep your spirits up through a bad review?
Generally, when I receive a bad review, I comb over it enough times to understand what I did right and what I did wrong as the author. When I identify the good of a bad review, it boosts my morale. The bad of a bad review is a little different, and I strive not become too defensive. Occasionally, negative reviews can inspire positive change in my writing, and when that happens, the review’s bad is better than its good. Simply said, read between the lines.

2. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story?
It’s a bit too personal to discuss “what” I wrote about in Fate’s Fray. I fought a huge struggle on a personal level throughout my life, and that cumulative experience underlies my story. To put it very succinctly, I came upon a situation where I had to fight to get what I wanted out of life–my purpose and the freedom to pursue a calling. Likewise, others face a battle also, a battle for what they are meant to be, a battle for life’s desired outcome that is not wholly chance.

3. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?
Family and friends, but we’re all cave people and live under rocks. No “shout out” needed, at least in this forum.

4. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?
Self-publishing has allowed me to seize a dream, and live on with one less regret. My lesson through all of this has been that it’s truly rewarding to follow your passions, however poorly chanced they may seem to others. Stay true to yourself and do good, and the fulfillment that brings will more than justify your investment.

5. What’s your favorite color?
Don’t see how it’s relevant(It’s not, I’m just nosy.), but fine. It’s purple, a darker shade.

Remember, if you’d like to be featured in the #SupportIndieAuthor series, please drop me a line at RileyAmosReviews (@) Gmail (Dot) com. Until next week, keep writing!

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