Hexomancy Excerpt and Giveaway!

Hexomancy by Michael R. Underwood
Fan-favorite urban fantasista Ree Reyes and her crew of Geekomancers—humans that derive supernatural powers from pop culture—take on their biggest foes yet in this fourth book of the Geekomancy series.

When Ree’s long time nemesis Lucretia is finally brought to trial and found guilty for the deadly attack on Grognard’s, the Geekomancer community breathes a collective sigh of relief. But Ree and her crew soon discover that Lucretia has three very angry, very dangerous sisters who won’t rest until Eastwood—a fellow Geekomancer—is killed.

What follows is an adventure packed with epic battles, a bit of romance, and enough geeky W00t moments to fill your monthly quota of adventure and fun.

Hexomancy Excerpt:
Chapter Two
Time to Face the Chiptune Music

Most months, the Midnight Market hosted a grand auction, where members of the Pearson Underground put up items of magical significance for sale. Bids came in the form of barter, and the process could get as nasty as the hotel queue for San Diego Comic-Con.
But tonight, with the trial supplanting the auction, the crowd was as big as ever. Bigger. Pearson had lost three of its own last month, and while people in the Underground seldom all saw eye to eye, they looked out for one another. Lucretia hadn’t done a great job of making friends along the way, even outside Grognard’s crew.
The steel-eyed and silver-haired Auctioneer stood atop the podium, still wielding her gavel like a badge of office. She’d preside over the trial, since she was as close as Pearson got to an impartial observer.
Eastwood took the lead, with Ree second and Grognard pulling up the rear. They strode down the aisle, making their way to the front table opposite Lucretia.
Ree still wasn’t sure why they couldn’t have just bound

16 Michael R. Underwood

Lucretia into fixing all the damage from Grognard’s and been done with it, but every community had their own method of self-policing.
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Smugglers Bounty: New Star Wars Subscription Box!


If you subscribe to the Marvel Collector Corps or are a big Star Wars fan, you may have already heard that this is coming. I had heard this was coming as well as a DC Comics version sometime this fall. This one isn’t shipping until November. But you can order now!

From Funk Marketing: Star Wars.com and Funko are proud to unveil Smuggler’s Bounty, the only OFFICIAL Star Wars subscription box in the galaxy! Featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from the Star Wars universe, the debut box – entitled Star Wars: The Force Awakens – will ship this November.

For just $25 every other month, members will receive a box full of exclusive Star Wars-themed Funko items valued at over $50. Each box will focus on a different part of the Star Wars universe and include memorabilia exclusive to the program. The initial November box will contain TWO exclusive Pop! vinyl bobbleheads from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as a host of other surprises perfect for any Star Wars fan. Boxes will ship every two months, and there are two member levels available – a monthly plan (Pirate), and an annual plan (Boss) featuring a mystery reward upon completing one year in the program.
Don’t miss this chance to get in early and acquire the premiere box from Smuggler’s Bounty – Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Sign-up today at www.smugglersbounty.com!

Fantasy Book Review: Balance Keepers: The Pillars of Ponderay

Balance Keepers: The Pillars of Ponderay by Lindsay Cummings

Balance Keepers Albert, Birdie, and Leroy enter the underground watery Realm of Ponderay along with their archrival, Hoyt, in an attempt to reset the Balance of the Realm. If they don’t succeed in time, all of California above could be consumed by tsunamis and hurricanes.

Albert is rushed back to the Core when an emergency calls for a team to reset the Balance of a realm that’s causing havoc in California. Albert and his friends are once again pitted against the bully Hoyt and his team. Meanwhile, there seems to be a saboteur among them. And Albert and his friends try to track down the culprit.

The Pillars of Ponderay once again is a fun, light-spirited adventure for middle grade readers. This sequel is fast-paced and full of action, mystery, suspense, and intriguing characters. There is a good portion of the book where the teams are just training, trying to beat each other to “win” the place as the team who has to go save the day. The story dragged for me a bit here. But once past each training session, I thoroughly enjoyed the intrigue and guessing who the saboteur might be. The story left off in a way that left me excited for the next in this fresh fantasy series.

Fantasy Book Review: Rebel Mechanics

Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

It’s 1888, and seventeen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family–but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister, but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause, but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.

Verity is a smart, independent young woman who leaves her family behind for a chance at a life on her own. She wants nothing to do with the rebels until she meets some of them and forms friendships with them – even going so far as to help them with spying if it means saving lives.

Rebel Mechanics is the first in an exciting new series. Verity is a strong female lead who doesn’t bow to conventional standards. Blending alternate history with steampunk and fantasy, I enjoyed every bit of this adventure. There is plenty of intrigue, suspense, and a bit of romance that make for a highly entertaining story. I look forward to the next from this engaging author.

Box Review: Comic Block – August 2015

Comic Block “contains licensed merchandise and comic books hand-picked by our team of uber nerds!”
Comic Block starts at $13.99 plus shipping/handling. There’s a discount if you buy more than one block (others include: classic, arcade, boy, and girl).

Comic Block

Can you tell Lois Lane is used to modeling for me? She kept getting in the way for this one!

Comic Block

Each Comic Block comes with 1 tshirt, 3 comics, and 1 collectible. And a nice card details each of the included items.

Comic Block

Spider-Gwenom Shirt – This could have been a hit for me if it had been just Spider-Gwen – but the face is Venom, and isn’t something I’d wear out and about.

Comic Block

DC Comics Bombshells #1 – A re-imagining of several famous DC characters as pin-up style gals. The feminist in me just doesn’t get anything out of this one.
Red Sonja/Conan #1 – As I pretty much read mostly superhero comics, I actually haven’t read any Conan comics. I was happy to see this included.
X-Files Season 11 #1 – This is the comic I was most excited about – and of course, looking forward to the upcoming new series! This was great timing.
Heart and Brain Print – This was the “collectible” included in the box. Quite a disappointment – not only in the comic itself but it was just on a piece of cardboard.

Summary: Other than a couple of the comics, this was a miss for me in terms of value.

SciFi Book Review: Pines

Pines by Blake Crouch

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

Ethan is a Secret Service agent who is tough, smart and willing to do anything to learn the secret behind Wayward Pines – a Stepford-like town with too many secrets and rules.

Pines is the first installment in the Wayward Pines trilogy. After watching the incredible miniseries on FOX, I wanted to read this original series. And I haven’t been disappointed yet. Packed with mystery, nail-biting suspense, and an intricate plot – even though I knew the story, it was still exciting and fast-paced. There are minor differences to the show throughout the story, but the novel had more internal conflict and backstory for Ethan. I really enjoyed the differences and look forward to the next in the series.

Blu-Ray Spotlight: Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season


Supernatural: Season 10 Blu-ray

After Dean Winchester lost his battle with power-mad angel scribe Metatron last season, he was resurrected by the power of the First Blade and transformed into a demon, cursed with the Mark of Cain. The road to recovering wayward Dean takes brother Sam down sinister paths himself, with consequences that will shake the boys to their core. The Winchesters’ angelic comrade-in-arms Castiel must pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Metatron’s campaign to overtake Heaven. With his divine “grace” failing and rogue angels still loose, Cass faces the ticking clock of his own mortality while all-new and ages-old threats again push our heroes to their human and otherworldly limits. At the same time, the King of Hell, Crowley, must deal with dissension within his own twisted family. Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season will unleash your inner demon and hold you spellbound.

Special Features Include:
– Episode Commentaries
– A Very Supernatural Special
– Supernatural at 2014 Comic Con
– Supernatural Theatre: Staging the 200th Episode
– The Winchester Mythology: Battling the Mark and the Blade
– Supernatural FANS
– Unaired Scenes
– Gag Reel

Own it on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 8, 2015

Box Review: Collectible Geek – August 2015

Collectible Geek

CollectibleGEEK is a monthly box company, built by geeks for geeks! We choose great themes every month and deliver a Cache of goods to your door with just the items you want- no candy or stickers. Each Monthly Cache comes with 5 geeky items, including t-shirts, Funko products, nerdy toys, and other great collectibles! We also have other great products that are more specific to the FUNKO fan- we like to say we put the FUN in Funko!”
Caches start at $25 a month, plus shipping.

This box was sent to SciFiChick.com for review purposes.

Collectible Geek

The theme for August was “SuperWhoLock”
I love that they have such a specific theme, so you know if it’d interest you or not.

Collectible Geek

SuperWhoLock Tshirt (Retail $10?) – This is, of course, an exclusive shirt for CollectibleGEEK. Fans of these shows will appreciate this fun blend.

Collectible Geek

Sherlock Smiley Magnet (Upper right) – This is a large magnet, almost the size of a half sheet of paper.
CG Exclusive Micro Poster 3-Pack (Retail n/a) – Each mini poster focuses on each different show. Another exclusive!

Collectible Geek

Supernatural Mystery Mini (Retail $9.41 on Amazon) – I’m always excited to get new (to me) Funko products!
Titan Dr. Who Mini (Retail $12.75 on Amazon)

Even though it’s hard to determine pricing on exclusives, the value is obviously greater than the cost. And for collectors who love these three shows – exclusives are better than retail products. I’ll definitely be signing up for future caches, when I see something else I like.

September’s theme is “Quest Accepted,” for all you gamers. Go check it out!

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