Authors Showcase: The romance of Terry Tyler and the fantasy of Robbie Cox
August 17, 2013
The Book: Dream On
The Author: Terry Tyler
He believes he’s a reincarnated Viking warrior, too…
When Dave forms his new band, Thor, there are plenty of sleepless nights for Janice, his on-off girlfriend and mother of his son. Not only must she deal with the thrills and spills of life as a hardworking single mum, but also the imminent return of singer-songwriter Ariel Swan, Dave’s one true love.
Poor Janice. Dave is still the love of her life.
Ariel Swan returns to small town life – and Dave’s heart.
She and her friend Melodie (whose ambition is to be “a celebrity”) enter a TV talent competition, so Dave and the rest of Thor decide to make the most of the opportunity for possible fame and fortune, too. This adventure brings about big changes in the lives of all of them – none of which Dave could have anticipated.
Review by Book Addict: I was initially drawn to this book because of the plot’s focus on music. My two addictions in life are books and music, and I’m happiest when I can combine the two. While Dream On definitely fulfilled its promise of taking readers on a journey into the world of rock bands and music, the story was so much more than that. The characters have tremendous depth. They lead the way here, as we watch them mature and pursue their dreams.
Terry Tyler’s writing style is honest and easy to get lost in. At the end, when I read the last page, I felt like I was saying goodbye to friends. This is one of those books you experience rather than just read.
Review by DB: Dream On is a fitting title for this colourful tale of musical ambitions and romantic desires: the vivid drama springing up around a cast of characters who all, in their different ways, are refusing to give up on their long-held goals, no matter how unlikely these appear.
By setting the novel amongst normal working people – far from the idle pastures of Hampstead Heath – the drama intensifies as we delve into the lives of those who somehow need to fit their big dreams around the daily grind, troubled by unavoidable compromises. What this means is that even when these men and women appear deluded, there is a keen understanding as to why (and, after all, whose idea of him or herself doesn’t sometimes appear laughable in the cold light of day?). And while it would be easy enough to ridicule a small time rock group masquerading as Vikings in the pubs and clubs of North-East England, Terry Tyler never gives in to that temptation. Instead, as with her other characters, she treats these men even-handedly, explores their motivations, and fits them into a corner of the world which is entirely convincing on the page.
Affairs of the heart are dealt with in depth, and Terry Tyler often achieves a real emotional complexity, especially in the case of the love triangle featuring Janice, Dave, and Max Stark. Here we get the realisation that love doesn’t always die in an instant – sometimes it suffers a long, confusing, and sorrowful demise (although one which then clears the way for a new shot at happiness). As well as the musical high-jinx, and multiple romantic scenarios, there is also a sensitive and moving sub-plot involving an elderly relative with Alzheimer’s which also rings true.
By the end of the book I was longing to follow these characters even further along their paths in life. Thankfully, as I understand another novel in the series is available (Full Circle), I will soon get the chance to find out where their dreams lead them next.
The Book: Reaping the Harvest
The Author: Robbie Cox
Given the Guardian Sword, assisted by an ellyll who only stands two feet tall, and bonded to a mind speaking coshey the size of a Newfoundland canine and a taste for pepperoni pizza, Rhychard must stop the demon Vargas from carrying out his plans.
Once he finds out what they are, of course. In the meantime, he longs for the girlfriend who left him because he suddenly had too many secrets. Not only must he save the day, but he also must convince Renny Saunders he’s not the cheating lover everyone thinks he is.
Review by Stephanie M. Neighbour: Gargoyles, churches, a 300-pound dog, a faery, forces of evil and a prostitute; just another day in the life of, Rhychard the moving man. Get ready for plenty of fast paced action when the main character, Rhychard, becomes a Warrior of the Way; a role he never wanted.
After coming upon a hoard of killer gargoyles, Rhychard finds himself in possession of a sword that will change every aspect of his life. His new role of Warrior not only causes him to lose , Renny, the love of his life but invites a host of characters into his life who help him on his quest to conquer the evil, Vargas. The book opens right in the midst of the action and just keeps going; never a dull moment.
With plenty of twists, turns and battles the author has created a page turner of a book that you will be hard pressed to put down. Good vs. evil, corruption, love, underworld and fantasy, Reaping the Harvest has it all. I can’t wait for the next book in the series and I consider this a must read for anyone who wants to see what an unleashed
Review by Linux Jedi: Reaping the Harvest is one of those books that you can’t put down and don’t want to end. It is the story of a good samaritan, Rhychard Bartlett, that gets far more than he bargained. He is cast into a battle between the Way and the Void that nobody else knows is being fought by the Guardian of the Way. A reluctant warrior, Rhychard is trained by an elfin warrior master, educated by an elyll and protected by a coshey hound in a battle against gargoyles and demons.
It is a fast paced book of love, loss, anger, corruption and redemption. When the book ends you want more. There is much more to tell in the story of Rhychard Bartlett, Warrior of the Way. I just hope Mr. Cox does not keep us waiting too long.