Category Archives: Fantasy

Fantasy Book Review: The Geomancer

The Geomancer by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith

The uneasy stalemate between vampires and humans is over. Adele and Gareth are bringing order to a free Britain, but bloody murders in London raise the specter that Adele’s geomancy is failing and the vampires might return. A new power could tilt the balance back to the vampire clans. A deranged human called the Witchfinder has surfaced on the Continent, serving new vampire lords. This geomancer has found a way to make vampires immune to geomancy and intends to give his masters the ability to kill humans on a massive scale.

The apocalyptic event in Edinburgh weakened Adele’s geomantic abilities. If the Witchfinder can use geomancy against humanity, she may not have the power to stop him. If she can’t, there is nowhere beyond his reach and no one he cannot kill.

From a Britain struggling to rebuild to the vampire capital of Paris, from the heart of the Equatorian Empire to a vampire monastery in far-away Tibet, old friends and past enemies return. Unexpected allies and terrible new villains arise. Adele and Gareth fight side-by-side as always, but they can never be the same if they hope to survive.

Following events in the Vampire Empire trilogy, The Geomancer is the first in a new series. Though, I do recommend reading the Vampire Empire trilogy first. Gareth and Adele have almost settled into a comfortable life, when vampire attacks reveal that a mysterious geomancer is working against them.

As in the Griffith’s Vampire Empire series, the characters are well-developed and engaging. This fascinating, unique world is an historic alternate Earth where vampires and magic exists. I can’t get enough of these characters and was thrilled that this story has continued. Full of mystery and suspense, this fantasy series is not to be missed.

Box Review: Powered Geek Box – November 2015

Powered Geek Box

Powered Geek Box (formerly Power Up Box) is a geek subscription box featuring epic gifts for nerds, geeks and gamers. Our subscription box service delivers great gear and novelty items from big names like DC Comics, Marvel, Nintendo, Star Wars and Capcom right to your doorstep every month. Treat yourself to our geek subscribe box service or send it as a gift.

Powered Geek Box has two subscription box options: Deluxe (4-6 items) for $19.95 plus s/h per month or Premium (6-9 items) for $29.95 plus s/h per month. Plans are cheaper if you buy more than one month at a time.

This box was sent to for review.

Powered Geek Box

There are no themes for this box right now.

Powered Geek Box

Dr Who Adipose Funko POP! (Retail $8.43) – I’m not a Dr Who fan, but this POP is super cute.

Tetris Magnets (Retail $9.99) – OK, I think these could become addictive. Love it.

Powered Geek Box

Guinness World Records Build Your Own Flying UFOs (Retail $10.32) – I plan on putting this in my nephew’s stocking, but I think I’ll be “helping” him… aka playing with it too.

Stress Controller (Retail $6.95) – This is a cute stress ball substitute that retro gamers will enjoy.

Powered Geek Box

Family Guy Drinking Dice Game (Retail $5.78) – This would make a fun gag gift or white elephant.

Touch Control Joystick for Touchscreens (Retail $8.17) – I’ve included an image of the back so you can see what this is. It looks like this clever little joystick will work with any touchscreen device.

Filler candy – always welcome!

Powered Geek Box

Powered Geek Box

GI Joe Cobra Commander Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I LOVE this shirt, and I’m not even a huge GI Joe fan – though I have seen even the worst of the bad movies. The only negative, is that the print is lopsided on the shirt. Notice the larger gap on the right than left side of the design. It wont stop me from wearing it, I’m sure – but it is unfortunate.

Summary: This was another fun and unique mystery box from Powered Geek Box. And the value was great. I like that they don’t stick to the same mold as some of the other geek boxes, yet I’d still like to see a theme.

Blog Tour: Monsterland Guest Post

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Self-Publishing Versus Traditional: A Discussion with Award-Winning Author Michael Phillip Cash

Self-publishing versus traditional. It’s a question every writer faces at some point or another. For me personally, I’ve never even bothered submitting a manuscript to a traditional publishing house. First off, I’ve heard horror stories. Just with marketing, after your book comes out and it’s marketed as best as they can, they no longer market it any further. My book Stillwell is out four years already, and it’s still a best seller on Amazon, all because my team continues to market it to different audiences.

I am a huge believer in the self-publishing model. Yes, could traditional houses get you into Costco and Wal-Mart…the answer is yes. However, a friend of mine from high school was published through Simon and Schuster. His book came out 10 years ago and he has 30 reviews on Amazon. My book Witches Protection Program has 160 reviews, and it’s been out for 4 months.

If you are just starting out, I say self-publish. You have control over your work. Hire a good marketing team, a social networking guru and a publicist. Concentrate on writing excellent stories and have your team market the hell out your brand. Also, get familiar with the differences between traditional and self-publishing. Read A.P.E. – Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. It’s the bible for Self-Publishing that I live by.

About the Book

Monsterland Michael Phillip CashMonsterland

Written by Michael Phillip Cash Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville. Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

Monsterland contains solid ingredients for a horror feast: stupid teens, smart teens, a little challenged romance, family dynamics, action, blood and gore. Will civilization ever be normal again? You’ll have to read it to find out. We dare you!”—The Children’s Book Review

Ages 14+ | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | 2015 | 978-1517180676

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About Michael Phillip Cash

Michael Phillip CashMichael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written eleven books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, and Battle for Darracia series. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming monsters in the background. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Monsterland Tour Giveaway

Monsterland, by Michael Phillip Cash | Giveaway

Would you rather be a werewolf, a zombie or a vampire? Enter to win an autographed copy of Monsterland, by Michael Phillip Cash; plus a living dead themed travel mug and a $50 Amazon gift card!

Giveaway begins November 14, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 16, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST. US addresses only.

Monsterland Tour Dates

Thursday November 12 2015
The Children’s Book Review

Tour Kick-Off & Giveaway

Tuesday November 17 2015
The Review Wire
Book Excerpt from Monsterland

Tuesday November 24 2015

Guest Post written by Michael Phillip Cash

Tuesday November 17 2015
Suz Reviews

Author Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

Sunday November 29 2015
The Cover Contessa

Guest Post written by Michael Phillip Cash

Tuesday December 1 2015
DCC Mealy

Author Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

Wednesday December 2 2015
Once Upon a Twilight

Book Excerpt from Monsterland

Saturday December 5 2015
The Fairview Review

Monsterland Book Review

Tuesday December 8 2015
Just Another Mom

Monsterland Book Review

Monday December 14 2015
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Monsterland Book Review

Tuesday December 15 2015
Inspired by Savannah

Author Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

Box Review: Nerd Block Classic – November 2015

Nerd Block

Nerd Block Classic “contains licensed merchandise, hand-picked by our team of uber-nerds representing all genres from movies, television, video games, internet, and more!” The price is $19.99 plus shipping per month.

Nerd Block Classic

Nerd Block Classic

Back to the Nightmare Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This Nightmare Before Christmas/Back to the Future mashup isn’t great. I’m generally not a big fan of mashups, and this one really doesn’t work.

Nerd Block Classic

Sherlock Exclusive Vinyl Figure (Retail $24.49 on Amazon) – I’ve never seen the show, and I’m sure I’d like it if I did – but I don’t collect the Titan vinyl figures… So this will be finding a new home.

Nerd Block Classic

Star Wars Mini Calendar (Retail $7.99) – This, I may actually keep – or give as a stocking stuffer to my niece or nephew.

Bill Murray Print (Retail n/a)- I’m at a loss. Not sure why this is a part of a “nerd” box. It’s definitely not for me.

Nerd Block Classic

Griswold Moose Mug Acrylic Shotglass (Retail $7.49) – This will make a great White Elephant gift! Too funny. But nothing I’d ever keep around.

Exclusive Firefly Ornament (Retail $20+) – I already have a much nicer, pewter Serenity ornament. This is “chrome” – fragile and lighter-weight, without near the amount of detail that my other one has. So this was a bit of a disappointment, as I do love Firefly.

Summary: This month was a huge disappointment. Everything was so random. Not one thing made this box worthwhile. They really need to stick with a theme each box so people know to skip a month, rather than just cancelling. I’m just cancelling this Classic Block. It’s funny how it just takes one bad box to ruin the subscription. I hope the SciFi Block keeps my interest.

Next month’s spoilers:

Nerd Block Classic
Nerd Block Classic

I love Star Wars and Star Trek, but too little, too late. I’m sure Smuggler’s Bounty will give me my Star Wars fix every other month.

Convention Spotlight: Starbase Indy


I don’t attend many SciFi conventions, but Starbase Indy is one near and dear to my heart. It was one of the very first I ever attended. And it’s local and still keeps the smaller, fan-run feel that makes for a more intimate con-going experience.

More about Starbase Indy:
“The Voyage Home” for Starbase Indy returns the fan-run science fiction
convention to the place where it began back in 1988 – the Wyndham
Indianapolis West
, 2544 Executive Drive. During the extended Thanksgiving
weekend, Nov. 27-29, look for a stellar lineup of guests from Star Trek,
Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Alien Nation,
and Once Upon a Time.

However, seeing stars isn’t the only option at Starbase Indy;
convention-goers can delve into the hard sciences with panels and workshops
on astronomy, forensics and other topics. New to the convention world?
Newcomers can check out the “Conventions for Newbies” panel, while other
sessions will explore popular culture such as DC movies and the TV series
Game of Thrones.

Bring the children along as well. While adults attend panels or browse the
Dealers’ Room, Starbase Indy will feature “CSI for Kids” and other special
family programming.

Other weekend festivities will include a Star Trek-based musical group (Five
Year Mission) and a screening of the 2014 hit movie, Guardians of theGalaxy. Back again will be Artemis, the popular multi-player networked game
that puts players aboard a starship. As for the Dealers’ Room, it contains
out-of-this world merchandise that provides a great alternative to Black
Friday shopping.

Guest stars at Starbase Indy 2015 will be Jeffrey Combs (Shran the Andorian,
Enterprise), Natalija Nogulich (Adm. Nechayev, Star Trek: The Next
Generation), Beverley Elliott (Granny, Once Upon a Time), Lee Arenberg
(Grumpy, Once Upon a Time), Jay Acovone (Maj. Kawalsky, Stargate SG-1), Eric
Pierpoint (Det. Francisco, Alien Nation), Ona Grauer (Emily Young, SGU
Stargate Universe), and Chris Nowland (Partner, Arrow).

They will dine with attendees at the Dinner for the Stars – special
registration required – and some stars will perform during the event.
During the weekend, convention-goers also can unwind at the con suite, where
they can chat with fellow fans and enjoy some munchies.

If Project Runway holds a certain fascination, Starbase Indy has its own
variation with a masquerade where attendees strut their stuff across the
stage in science fiction gear. Attendees are encouraged, but not required,
to dress as their favorite characters during the weekend. One note about the
stage – it’s not your typical backdrop. It looks like the bridge of the
U.S.S. Enterprise, complete with sliding doors for entry onto the bridge.

Starbase Indy supports three charities: Cats Haven, a no-kill shelter;
LUNGevity Foundation, which funds lung cancer research and provides an
online support community; and the Jason Foundation, an educational
foundation dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide.

Registration is $50 for the entire weekend; at-the-door registration for the
full three days will be $55. Children under 12 are free. Daily rates are
available at the door: $30 for Friday, $45 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday.
For more information or to register, go to It’s a
convention run by fans, for fans.

Mystery Box Review: SciFi Block – October 2015

SciFi Block

Sci-Fi Block contains licensed merchandise and collectibles hand-picked by our team of uber nerds representing the very best in science fiction entertainment. Each item is carefully selected and put through a series of in-house testing based on quality, brand association, collectability, and most importantly – the fun factor.” The price starts at $19.99 plus shipping per month.

COUPON CODE: Use MSA10 to get 10% off your first month!

SciFi Block

The first-ever SciFi Block!


Dr Who Eleventh Doctor Funko POP Keychain (Retail $6.30) – Not a Dr Who fan, but this will be easy to re-gift.

BB-8 Funko POP! (Retail $8.99) – I know the Smuggler’s Bounty mystery box is starting up soon, but I was very excited to score BB-8, as there were several Star Wars POPs that could have been included. And I didn’t have BB-8 yet. The movie hasn’t even come out yet, and I’m already a BB-8 fan!

SciFi Block

Star Wars Mad Libs (Retail $3.61) – Guess what I’m bringing to the opening of The Force Awakens to kill time before it starts?

Star Wars Can Cooler (Retail $8.95) – This is another item that was just one of several designs. I scored the Dark Side version. This will also make a great stocking stuffer!

Claudia Wells Official, Authenticated Autograph – No retail price, just awesome. I have quite the little-but-growing Back to the Future collection.

SciFi Block

Biff’s Pit Bull Hoverboards Tshirt (Retail $10?) – Speaking of Back to the Future, this shirt design is pretty cool too. Not thrilled with my millionth black shirt, but happy with the design and theme at least.

Summary: The SciFi Block exceeded my expectations with this first box. This may replace Nerd Block for me, even though that has been a solid box as well. It will be interesting to see how they differ.

Next month’s spoilers:

SciFi Block
SciFi Block

Three of my favorite series in one box… yes, please!

Exclusive Author Interview: Sarah Beth Durst


Author Sarah Beth Durst joins today to talk about her latest book, The Girl Who Could Not Dream!

  • Tell us a bit about THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM in your own words.

It’s about a girl whose family owns a secret dream shop where they buy, bottle, and sell dreams, and the adventures that she and her best friend — a loyal and cupcake-loving monster named Monster — go on when someone starts kidnapping dreamers.

  • Who is Sophie, and why are dreams so important to her?

Sophie is a twelve year old girl who can’t dream. When she does dream — which she can only do by drinking someone else’s bottled dream — the creatures in her dreams come to life. (Hence her best friend, Monster. He was from a classic monster-in-the-closet dream.)

Because her parents own a dream shop, she is surrounded by other people’s dreams — a constant reminder of what she can’t have. Not having her own dreams makes her feel different and lonely and like she’s missing out on something magical, beautiful, and vital.

I love dreams. I always try to think about something awesome right before I fall asleep, in hopes I’ll dream about that instead of a boring missed-the-train or can’t-find-the-bathroom dream.

  • Each of your novels seem to have a vastly feel, despite all being in the fantasy genre. Do you read a variety of different books? Does this influence your writing style?

Um… no. ducks head in embarrassment I know every writing teacher will tell you it’s important to read a wide variety of books. But honestly? Life is short. I read what I love. And what I love is fantasy. My favorite kind of book is one that takes you on an adventure, one that introduces you to new friends, and one that makes you feel as if the world is just a bit larger and more magical than you thought it was before.

And yes, this absolutely influences my writing style, because I try to write the kind of book that I would want to read. Really, that’s my primary criteria for every idea, for every character, for every scene: Would I want to read this?

  • What are you working on next?

Next, I’m working on an epic fantasy trilogy for adults about bloodthirsty nature spirits and the women who can control them. The first book, THE QUEEN OF BLOOD, will be coming out in fall 2016 from Harper Voyager. I’m really, really excited about it!

  • What’s your strangest dream that you remember?

I was Cindy Brady’s invisible best friend. I lived in the corner of the square between Cindy and Alice. I was there when the football hit Marsha’s nose. I was there when the boys put itching powder in the sleeping bags. And I flew for help when Bobby and Greg get trapped in the meat locker — but no one could see me because I was invisible.

Absolutely no idea why I had this dream, but for days afterward, I couldn’t get the Brady Bunch theme song out of my head.

Fantasy Book Review: The Girl Who Could Not Dream

The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst

Sophie loves the hidden shop below her parents’ bookstore, where dreams are secretly bought and sold. When the dream shop is robbed and her parents go missing, Sophie must unravel the truth to save them. Together with her best friend—a wisecracking and fanatically loyal monster named Monster—she must decide whom to trust with her family’s carefully guarded secrets. Who will help them, and who will betray them?

Sophie is a lonely girl with a unique talent. She can bring other people’s dreams into reality. Which is how she ended up with a pet Monster, who is as loyal as a dog – and can speak. Sophie helps her parents by collecting dreams from her fellow classmates. But when her parents disappear, Sophie, Monster, and a new friend try to track down the culprit.

The Girl Who Could Not Dream is a fun and exciting fantasy for middle readers on up. With fun and colorful characters, and plenty of mystery and suspense – this book was hard to put down. Durst’s novels are always a must-read for me. And this was another one to love – as it was a fun, light-hearted (yet with some dark imagery at times), and unique story.