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Hear This Portuguese Crooner A Cappella

JB is a singer and translator from Portugal. He has submitted his version of the first portion of ‘Painless’ to Volo Press for inclusion in their collection of works inspired by ‘Feign II: The Downfall’.

 

JB can be hired at Fiverr.com/JB_Voice

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Watch This Artist Nail “Cuddly-Creepy”

Savannah Woolley submitted a video of her creating a painting that she started after reading ‘Adoricidal’ a haiku from the ‘Feign II: The Downfall’ book of poetry and lyrics. Savannah also sings and provides life advice. Get in touch with her by clicking here.

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Now Free on Audible: Feign I

Calling all book-lovers! Feign I is now available on Audible. Remember that you can get your copy for free when you sign up for the 30-day-trial. Otherwise, it’s just $3.95 to buy outright. Thanks!

 

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Sound of Sexy: Feign Audio Book Sample

This sample is not included in the sample for Feign on Audible. It’s just a special treat for those of you who make an effort to support Volo Press in any way that you can. YOU grow small businesses!

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Angel's Feather Alina Popescu

Volo Press Reviews: Angel’s Feather by Alina Popescu

Wondering if this dystopian, homo-erotic, science fiction story is a good fit for you? Read the official Volo Press review of Angel’s Feather by Alina Popescu and find out!

 

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Volo Press Rating System

0 – Couldn’t finish it. Wouldn’t recommend it to anyone in its current state.

1 –  Poor work. Brutal to get through, but did manage to finish. Painful experience. May be an acceptable read for die-hard fans of the genre AND the author.

2 – Sub-par work. Hard to get through. May be an okay read for fans of the genre or the author.

3 – Solid work. Multiple, minor issues / one or two major issues. Recommended for most people who need something to read on a road trip or bed rest.

4 – Strong work. Satisfying to read. A few grammatical or logistical errors, but nothing too distracting. Recommended for anyone.

5 – A fantastic read. Highly recommended to everyone.

6 – Virtually perfect. My life is incomplete if I don’t have a copy in my home. Will no-doubt read multiple times throughout my life.  YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOK! 

Sub-ratings:

  • Nope

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Overall Impression of ‘Angel’s Feather’ (Alina Popescu)

Angel’s Feather is about a human male, Adam, who falls in love with a ‘Flyer’–angel-like beings with wings who monitor humans to make sure that they don’t try to escape from Earth. At this point in the (hopefully distant) future, humans have depleted Earth of most of it’s This Flyer is named Michael

If you enjoy fan fiction involving same-sex romantic couples, and aren’t normally bothered by character inconsistencies and grammar problems, you will probably enjoy Angel’s Feather.

Rating: 2.9

Writing: Okay

There were multiple things that bothered me about the writing, including grammatical issues and what appeared to be a lack of fluency in English. Recognizing that that could be an issue, I lifted the rating a little.

Examples:

“…had me staring at Michael, mouth gapping.” (Gaping)

“I latched on that spark of hope…” (Latch on to a piece of something, not a spark)

“…but that small ounce of trust…” (What’s a large ounce?)

And it wouldn’t have been quite as distracting if these all hadn’t happened within the first 15% of the book. The rest of the work continued on with similar issues.

 

Characters: Nope

Main Character: Adam

Lover / Overseer: Michael

 

For me, the characters were more convenient than realistic. I try to be a little more forgiving since I am a licensed psychotherapist (and I know that my analysis of human behavior can be a little more intense), but even so, I can’t think of a single character that behaved in a away that seemed consistent.

For example, Michael was presented as cold because of his disappointment with humans breaking the rules and being executed for it. Yet, within minutes of appearing in the book, he hugs Adam and licks bodily fluid off of him (calm down, just tears ^_^).

Questions that arose from that single scene included:

  • If Michael has simply been assigned to do a job, why does he even care if a human lives or dies? It’s like a soldier assigned to assassinate someone being concerned about whether or not they have prostate cancer or a cold. If it helps him do his job to be emotionally distant, he’d probably remain that way or just resign or ask to be reassigned if he couldn’t (this is possible because he does get reassigned later in the book). Maybe if Michael had fallen in love with a human before that he’d had to kill or if he was half human himself this might have made more sense.
  •  If they’ve had no physical contact in the years since
    Spoiler Alert

    Michael killed Adam’s father

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    , why would he suddenly lick Adam’s tears and hug him? 
    Michael and Adam apparently see each other on a relatively regular basis, so why is Adam all of a sudden in tears about this and why is Michael all of a sudden a caring and consoling being(if that’s why you call tear-licking)?
  • If Flyers are supposed to be “emotionless” and cold, wouldn’t this unusual behavior have gotten a rise out of the crowd that was surrounding Michael and Adam at the time? It seems like there would have been some shock, outrage, confusion, maybe even fear from the other people of the village who were witnessing this, but they seemed to act like it didn’t even happen.

Adam, the main character, behaved in ways that seemed erratic as well. One minute, he empathizes with Michael, and the next he’s angry at him, and then he’s letting him hold him? All in the same few seconds? And even after this intimate, yet public, scene, Adam labels Michael “as untouchable as the fake angels in our religious books.” Why? You were LITERALLY just in his arms?!

I’ve seen this pattern before in my own and other people’s writing. It seemed as thought the characters did whatever the author wanted them to do to complete a particular scene that the author had in mind. This often results in characters seeming unstable mentally and emotionally, since they are swayed by the wind of creativity in the writer’s mind instead of their own motivations or the circumstances taking place in their world.

For Adam, empathizing with beings who were essentially his jailers seemed too happenstance. He was perfectly set up to feel resentment and anger towards his father and his uncle. Honestly, he could have felt that towards the Flyers, like everyone else, and it would have fit in seamlessly. But I have to have a stronger understanding of Adam’s psyche in order to be able to validate his feelings of empathy towards beings who kill people like him.

Plot: Good

In theory, this is a really cool plot. The idea of having made contact with a myriad of non-human life forms and trying to get off of a planet we abused irreparably is strong. I also like the idea of a charge falling in love with someone who has been told to monitor him, especially with the history between them. And, of course, man-on-man action gets me through my day, so that helped a lot. Even though there was only a single sex scene in the whole book! Boooo! ^_^

All that was missing for me was the solid execution of the details of a plot like this one. It’s like having all the puzzle pieces sitting on a table near each other, but never clicking them together to make the final, smooth, whole picture.

 

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Read It Now: “Angel’s Feather” by Alina Popescu

Love sci-fi, romance, AND fantasy? Angel’s Feather by Alina Popescu could be just what you need to satisfy all three of those cravings for you in a single series opening. And with a 4.4-star rating after 24 reviews, you’re likely to thoroughly enjoy the experience along the way!

 

From Amazon.com

How far would you go for the one you love? How much of yourself would you sacrifice?

Trapped on a decaying Earth and cut off from the rest of the Universe, humans are no longer allowed to leave their planet. Break this one law and you die: a penalty enforced by flyers, aliens who look like angels of long-lost religions. Michael, the flyers’ leader, is the Punisher who carries out every public execution.

Adam, a young human with near-perfect memory, is committed to rebuilding Earth and a true believer in the flyers’ dominion. While Adam’s support for flyers isn’t a secret, his deep love for Michael is. Not even Michael knows, for his kind never take human lovers, and to Adam, they are too far above him to reach.

In his broken and unwelcoming world, Adam’s love can only lead to pain, loss, and disaster. Yet there is no force in the huge expanse of stars and galaxies that can stop Adam from following Michael to the end of existence. Not even Adam’s own beliefs.

Review Quotes: 4.4 average so far

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐: “…a story full of unpredictable twists.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐: “I’m a bit of a sucker for self sacrifice stories and I really enjoyed this one.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐: “…by the end the only thing I wanted to know was when Flyer Chronicles #2 is coming out.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐: “It kept me interested from the beginning to the end. Can’t wait for the next one.”

⭐⭐⭐ : “This needed more world building for me.”

⭐⭐⭐ : “Good book.”

⭐⭐: “The world building was poor, the main character unlikable and psychotic (which could have been interesting if the reader were not supposed to like him and identify with him).”

Ready to read? Get your copy of Angel’s Feather at Amazon.com!

Bestseller: Beneath a Scarlet Sky (Mark Sullivan)

Grab this bestseller that, to date, is still holding on strong to a 4.9-star rating after over 1,200 reviews!

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by [Sullivan, Mark]From Amazon

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.

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Unreal Tech: Personal Drones (“Prones”) Could Hit Market Soon

It looks like a butterfly, hummingbird, or even a puppy. But it can read a book to you when you’re tired, find your car keys, drop off a letter, help you find a lost sock, or even bring you a glass of water when you’re thirsty. It’s called a Prone, it comes in whatever shape you want it to, and we all need them in our lives.



Just imagine, your own personal drone that hovers right over your shoulder helping you avoid some of the more tedious tasks that we have to deal with on a daily basis. Your Prone could do your laundry, wash your car, make you a sandwich, summarize a lengthy email, or even grab aspirin for you when it senses that you have a headache.

From the Masterminds at Microsoft

Prones have been in use for the past ten years. Microsoft has only handed them out to people who could afford to pay for the prototypes. This means people like ultra-sexy lifestyle-blogging goddess Erika Wogo or her master, Khaled Wogo. Only a a few dozen have been operating worldwide. Microsoft hopes to be able to bring Prones to the masses soon. Wogo says of her own dove-shaped Prone, “It is like having the most versatile and tireless assistant in the world.”

A Watchful Eye and a Helping Hand

Prones come with an easily embedded microchip that goes under the skin behind your ear. This microchip allows the Prone to keep track of various aspects of your physical health, including vitals like blood pressure and respiration. When a Prone senses high stress levels, it can assess the current context to make decisions based on whether you’re excited, angry, or actually in mortal danger.

And beyond being a great companion for the laziest among us, there are several speculative applications that could mean saving lives once Prones become as common as smartphones. An elderly person fails when they’re home alone, a Prone can call for medical assistance. A blind person can navigate around their city without having to rely on an animal that others are allergic to, must be fed, must have water, needs a space to sleep in, can get sick, will die, and must be trained. Children and teenagers traveling around their neighborhoods or the world alone will always have a Prone to be able to ward off potential kidnappers who could hold them for ransom, exploit them, sexually assault then, and even kill them. How many rapes could be eliminated because the Prone senses non-pleasurable stress and physically intervenes or calls for help as needed? This could include intervening if it seems that sexual intercourse is about to occur if a person’s blood alcohol level is above a certain limit. The droves of people who die each year from accidents, murders, and suicides could all have a greater chance at survival because a Prone would be around to get them the help they need quickly.

Learn More About Prones and Pre-Order Yours

In case you haven’t realized it yet, Prones only exist (right now, anyway) in the science fiction realm of Show Her, the latest psychological thriller from T. L. Curtis. If you want to learn more about how Prones work and hear more about what they can do, click on your favorite site link below to instantly download the book:

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