Book Review of “Some Day I’ll Be Redeemed” (Chronicles of Lorrek Book One)

Book Review of “Some Day I’ll Be Redeemed” (Chronicles of Lorrek Book One)

 

Author: Kelly Blanchard

ISBN: 978-1530066483

Published by Scripton Publishing

 

“The powerful sorcerer and the youngest prince of Cuskelom, Prince Lorrek, returns after disappearing ten years ago, and he finds himself accused a terrible deeds, but he claims his innocence though none believe him. In a time when advanced technology challenges ancient magic to war, Lorrek realizes in order to clear his name, he must become the very monster they say he is, but will he remember who he really is or fall into darkness completely?” ~ Kelly Blanchard           

 

Let me begin this review by saying that while some elements of this are similar to others you may have read, this book is literally a one of a kind adventure for the avid reader. The author blends worlds of magic with that of greatly advanced scientific technology, and yet these worlds blend without colliding. It is a very well put together and thought out world and universe.

I was greatly pleased by the diversity of characters and the grace with each was given life. Each character is utterly unique in the most wonderful of ways. When I felt that I had finally figured out each main character’s motives, I was taught a lesson in humility and simply had to keep reading to see where I had guessed wrong.

Though the story is seen from multiple character points of view it flows without catching one off guard or causing the reader to stop and reorient themselves with the new mind set. The story flows from one person to the next as they each tell their individual piece of the tale being told. Yet without the input of these characters the story could not be properly told.

I would recommend this book to fantasy and sci-fi lovers alike. There is something for everyone in this book. Each chapter is a new puzzle piece. Each page a new adventure. And even when the last page has been read and you think you have come to the end, there is so much more you wish to know. I thoroughly look forward to next book in the Chronicles of Lorrek, and so should you.

You can find “Some Day I’ll Be Redeemed” here on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

You can follow her on Twitter @Kellannetta and Facebook  @Author Kelly Blanchard

And the next book in “The Chronicles of Lorrek” is being posted on Wattpad as well.

And last but not least all her endeavours can be found on her website @ Kelly Blanchard

 

 

 

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Author Interview: Katika Schneider

Meeting With The Muse

(Kelly was written by Kelly Blanchard. Kat was written by Katika Schneider. To stay caught up with these interviews, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Kelly Blanchard’s newsletter.)

In her Muse Shop, Kelly glanced at the book she had placed on the counter a few second ago. She hadn’t touched it, but she could have sworn it moved a few inches to the left. Narrowing her eyes, she looked away but then caught movement in the corner of her eye, and AHHA! The book had moved. She quickly slammed her hands on the book to stop it, and out shot a brilliant golden light that hovered in the air like a ghost. 

Kelly glared at the light as it turned and she saw its grinning features. “Elf, what are you doing?”

“I’m bored!” The Energy Life Form bemoaned as it whipped around through the air. “Thought I’d come here and…

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The Personality of Writing

Such a great reminder…. and Now, back to writing!

Cinemagraphic Writing

I want to write, but there’s no time!” – the most common excuse I hear from wannabe writers. Now this excuse can be twisted in other forms such as, “I can’t find the time” or “I’m going to be too busy,” and so forth.

Writing is a very unusual child. It is most patient and quiet. Oh, it will nag you with ideas and whisper pleas for you to write, but it won’t scream on top of its lungs at you forcing you to strap it down and shove food into its mouth.

No, writing is like the child at the table who wants someone to pass the salt, but instead of asking, she simply stares at the salt shaker as if willing someone to read her mind or for the salt to pass itself. That is why it is easy to ignore it and to put it on…

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If I could go back…

If I could go back…

People are always saying, “If I could go back and redo that thing…” The one that has been going around lately has been “If I could go back and talk to my younger/teenage self I’d say such and such.”

Well I’ve been thinking a lot lately and I have realized that even with all the outrageous mistakes I have made in my 31 years, I wouldn’t go back and change anything. Yeah I know, I’m insane (legally in fact, but that’s a whole other post), but really I have tried to live my life to have no regrets. I have fought long and hard to learn from my mistakes and to make better ones.

At this point in my life I am not content but I have so very much to be grateful for. I have an awesome kiddo AKA my Daemon Squishy, I have an awesome adopted daughter who also has a daughter now, I have a roof over my head, I have clothes to wear and food to eat, I am blessed with amazing friends and epic family, I am a published author and I have so much more going for me than I can even put into writing….I AM BLESSED! But I’m getting off track. If I could go back in time and talk to my younger self I wouldn’t change her, but I would impart some very hard earned wisdom. So here is what I would tell that 14 year old young woman:

 

  1. Everybody makes mistakes and no one is perfect and you have to accept that. Especially when it comes to the people you love the most. Forgive them their flaws and embrace your own.
  2. Don’t be afraid to feel your emotions. Emotions are a good and healthy thing. Also don’t be afraid to express your emotions in a healthy manner. Locking everything up tight is only going to hurt you in the long run
  3. Don’t be afraid to fall in love. I know it’s scary, but it’s worth it no matter the end result.
  4. You are fucking beautiful and strong and intelligent. You don’t have to prove yourself to anyone but you. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
  5. You are made of stars and wonder. You have the foundations of mountains and the power of the seas. Let nothing stand in your way. Let nothing keep you from your dreams.
  6. Chase your dreams. No matter where they lead you. You will be a happier and more functional person in the long run.
  7. Embrace your unique brand of crazy. Not only is it okay, but it rocks and you will build an incredible clan of amazing people who love the you that you have chosen to be.
  8. Wander the hidden paths, hike the mountains, chase the rivers, surf the seas, gaze at the stars and embrace the universe in all its glory.
  9. Never ever stop dancing, singing, drumming, drawing, writing, or fighting. They make you so happy and they will continue to do so for the rest of your life.
  10. Take everything you hear and learn with a grain of salt. Do your own research and don’t take anything for granted.
  11. Take care of the amazing machine that is your body. You are going to need it for the rest of your life. That doesn’t mean don’t have fun, it just means try not to break yourself too hard.Mentally. physically, or emotionally.
  12. I know you are going through hell right now. I know everything is falling apart and nothing makes sense. I know the daemons in your head make everything harder. But you are not alone. You never are. You are wanted, needed, loved, and cared for. It will be okay. Try to love yourself too, I know it’s hard but try.
  13. Fight authority, argue a point if it bugs you, argue everything if you must, disagree with grace and poise but disagree none the less, defy every limit laid upon you.
  14. And last but not least… I know you hate her right now and you think that she hates you. But… Mom is fighting her own battles that you can’t even begin to imagine. She loves you and your baby brother so very much and she is trying so very hard to do right by you guys. Give her some credit and give her a break. We aren’t the easiest creature to contend with.

I don’t know about you, but I could have used every single one of those when I was younger. I don’t know if I would have listened to the advice or if I would have done my own thing anyway… But there it is. What would you say to your younger self, I wonder?

Pain vs Suffering

I wrote this paper a few years back and more and more I find the need to share it with others. I initially wrote it for a DBT therapy group. But the concept remains the same. So I am going to share it here with all of you. I hope you find it helpful and insightful and maybe just maybe you will pass it on to someone else who needs to hear it. 

FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS now I have had a mantra that has gotten me through much. That mantra is very simple. “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is a choice” I know that for some this statement seems beyond obvious and for others it very well may seem a joke. But the statement holds true.

In life there will be pain. You can not avoid pain. It is a given part of living. Little pains like watching your children grow up and larger pains like loosing someone you care about… Little pains like stubbing your toe or not getting your way and bigger pains like death and tragedy… These are all inevitable. But when pain comes into your life you have a choice to make. Do you embrace that pain and move forward becoming a better and stronger person for what you have endured? Or do you choose to dwell in that pain and allow it to become suffering, do you allow the pain to eat at you and destroy you as you suffer?

See there really is a choice.

Now…Don’t get me wrong. This choice is not always obvious to those of us in pain. Sometimes we need to be guided to the right path so that we may embrace our pain and move away from suffering. Sometimes we need help. And needing help is not a bad thing. Asking for help is not a bad thing. If you are struggling with your pain and you feel you can’t move on it is absolutely okay to ask for and seek help.

As someone who has had to learn this lesson the very hardest of ways I beg of you do not allow yourself to dwell on the pain and make yourself suffer. Seek the guidance and help of others. If you need a hug, ask. If you need someone to talk to who will listen to what you have to say and not judge you for feeling… ask. If you have suffered for so long that you do not know how to stop, reach for the phone and make a call.

I guarantee you that someone, somewhere, somehow… CARES about YOU. They want to see you succeed. They want to see you happy and well. They want to be there for you and they will most definitely miss you when you are gone. They want to be there for you, all you have to do is ask and they will be the very thing that you need in that moment.

Don’t allow suffering to take away all your choices. Don’t allow suffering to take you away from the beautiful world that is waiting for you out there. Embrace your pain, acknowledge it, grow from it, let it go and move forward. You have a great journey ahead of you. I promise. And if you think I am wrong, just wait… It gets better…