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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Flickers of Fortune by S. R. Cronin - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host S. R. Cronin and her new book, “Flickers of Fortune”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card AND a digital copy of “Layers of Light,” Book Four in the 46. Ascending Book Series!!  Also, come back daily to interact with S. R. and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Flickers of Fortune
by S. R. Cronin

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GENRE: Science Fiction/Fantasy

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BLURB:

Seeing the future is a nuisance. Ariel does her best to shut it out, until she stumbles on a group of clairvoyants using their talents to get extremely rich. They have her attention. Then she meets a second bunch obsessed with surviving an upcoming near extinction event.

Both factions seem dangerous and, to be honest, a little crazy. They don’t get along. As they learn more about her, however, each group decides Ariel’s particular abilities are hard to find and exactly what they need.

There is no possible way to help them both. Aligning with either may be a bad idea, but staying out of this mess is no longer an option.

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EXCERPT TWO:

While they were waiting for the luggage, Ariel wandered off, looking for a bathroom. She turned into an office and noticed a man’s legs sticking out from under a desk.

“Are you okay?” She felt like she should say something.

She heard him chuckle. “No, I’m in serious need of somebody to grab the other end of this wire. One man doing a two man job.” Ariel saw that he was trying to get a computer cable to go through a small hole in top of the desk.

“Let me help.” She came over, pulled the cord through and plugged it into the monitor where it was clearly intended to go.

“Thanks,” he said as he wriggled out from under the desk. He noticed she’d connected the cable. “A helpful tourist and one that knows how to connect hardware.”

“I can manage more than plugging in a monitor.” She laughed. “IT training here, though I don’t use it enough these days. I’m Ariel and I’m looking for a ladies’ room.”

“You came all the way to the arctic to find a place to pee?”

She rolled her eyes and when he held out his hand she took it without thinking. 

“Siarnaq,” he said and Ariel saw a small spark in the air before their hands touched.

Then for a few seconds, neither of them could have said a word if they had wanted to.
Ariel saw the flickers of the distant future going wild in the corners of her brain, like far off flashing lights. He let go of her hand.

“You’re a seer.” He said it like it was fact. He studied her red hair, fair skin and blue eyes. She wasn’t of the People, or at least if she had Inuit ancestors they were few indeed. Had he ever met a seer who wasn’t mostly Inuit? He didn’t think so.

“You get visions of the future, too?” Ariel’s heart was beating harder. She’d never expected to be asking this question.

The Inuit man laughed. “The world is full of seers.”

I had no idea that would be so good to know.

“You have a lot to learn about your gift. You’re with the tour group?” She nodded, not trusting herself to speak. “Today, they give you time to shop and sightsee. Let’s go get a cup of coffee.”

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MY BOOK REVIEW:


Another win from the entertaining and intriguing 46. Ascending Book Series!!!

I really enjoyed catching back up with the Zeitman family and joining them on another adventure!

This is the fifth book I’ve read from the talented writer, S. R. Cronin.  Over the past few months, I have had the privilege of delving into her Book Series, 46. Ascending and reading the first four books.  I really enjoyed them, so I was excited to read her latest work – which also happens to fall in the same series.  “Flickers of Fortune,” is Book Five in the 46. Ascending Book Series.

Like with the rest of this book series, this book follows the Zeitman family.  This particular book focuses on the daughter, Ariel and her special ability to see the future.

Ariel starts a new job in London handling three well-to-do client’s financial portfolios.  It isn’t long before Ariel starts to realize that there are other clairvoyants among her, and some are using their talents to get wealthy while the others are planning for an upcoming apocalypse.  Before Ariel can decide what to do with this information it seems her fellow psychics have discovered her secret talent and think it’s the key to reaching victory on their side.  Ariel must make some quick choices and decide what team she’s on as her and her family’s lives are put in danger.  No spoilers here!!  But you definitely will want to read this book and find out what happens!!

I really enjoyed the main and supporting characters!!  It was great to have the entire Zeitman family make a strong appearance throughout the book!!  I liked Ariel and Mikkel together.  They fit well and played off each other complementary.  It felt sweet, gentle, and genuine.  I also enjoyed Zane and his partner Afi.  They were cute together!  I think this particular book really showcased the innerworkings of the Zeitman family coming together and being helpful, encouraging, and supportive.  For example, when baby John gets sick, Zane, Ariel’s brother, besides being a doctor, steps right up to help and then him and his partner take him in and raise the baby for Ariel without hesitation.  It was so considerate and kindhearted.  Ariel made a lot of sacrifices for her family’s best interests in this book and it really showed a great deal of her character.  I really felt for Ariel and all the changes she had to make and everything/everyone she had to leave behind to protect her family.

I found myself completely wrapped up with the characters and immersed in their storylines!!!

I really enjoyed all the hidden and not so hidden messages the author seemed to sneak into this book.  As with most of Mrs. Cronin’s books there always seems to be underlying meanings and themes and this book was no exception.  This particular book focused on what if we knew the future, what would we do with that knowledge, and would we want to know what was coming.  I really enjoy these compelling and thought-provoking philosophical lessons that she proposes.  I think many of us have all said at one time, “I wish I had such and such special power…” and with the Zeitman family they actually do.  But, with all things there’s usually pros and cons, special abilities are no different, and in this book, Ariel shows how her gift is a blessing and a curse.

I also enjoyed the intriguing and fascinating storyline that was filled with stimulating action, engaging scenes, innovative worldbuilding, and perplexing concepts.

Very creative plot points that were well structured and defined.

I love the in-depth amount of research the author did while constructing this book.  It was clear she was very familiar and well-versed on the culture, customs, and traditions of the North Atlantic region.  The author provided so much detail and such vivid descriptions it made the scenes easy to picture.

Mrs. Cronin continues to go above and beyond in her research and it strongly shows in her writing.  She always seems to find a way to add significant historical references into fun and interesting scenes while showing an active knowledge of the area.

This book genre is marketed as a science fiction/fantasy book and yet the author found a way to throw in adventure, mystery, intrigue, suspense, and romance elements into the book.  It definitely added a fascinating extra component to the story!

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are quite a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

I really liked all the additions to the book besides the story.  This book included a map of the North Atlantic region focusing on the settings in the book: Greenland, Iceland, and Ireland.  This book also included a list of resources the author used while researching and writing this book that includes songs, cultural, historical, and scientific information, etc.  The website links and books are listed for easy access to follow up on the data.  Also, at the end of this book is a list of characters names and their role in the book.  These additions provided readers a little something extra and allow for a quick reference guide.  Plus, it gives the reader the chance to decide if they want to follow up with reading more research instead of having too much information forced on them by overloading too many facts into the book.

This book is book five in the 46. Ascending Book Series.  It can be read as a standalone.  There is a total of six books in this book series and all them have already been released for sale.  All six books feature the Zeitman family and their special abilities.  According to the author, all of these books in this series can be read as a standalone.

As I mentioned this is now the fifth book I’ve read in the series, and I’ve had the pleasure of reading them all in order so far.  However, having done so, I must truly admit how impressed I am that even though these books are completely intertwined into a series they are yet so undeniably able to be broken apart and read standalone – in any order.

I will be reading and reviewing additional books in this series and look forward to sharing my take on those books with you soon!

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it!  I think all science fiction and fantasy readers will like this book - and this book series too!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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AUTHOR BIO:


Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to study journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer.

She published her first science fiction short story long ago, and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next story. When it finally came, it declared to her it had to be a whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on.

The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to calm down and explained how, in a fit of practicality, she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was that she had found it to be entertaining and ridiculously well-paying. The bad news was the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money.

She was now Mrs. Cronin, and further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved, even though, to be honest, that was where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. "It's about time," were his exact words.

Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and apparently had done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was, the book informed her it had now grown into a six book collection. Sherrie decided she better start writing it before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Sherrie will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC and a digital copy of Layers of Light to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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8 comments:

  1. Sherrie ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

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  2. Thanks Ally, and thanks so much for hosting me here today. I probably won't be back to answer comments until this evening as I am in Ireland today, attending the Worldcon. 6000 science fiction fans all in one place. It should be fun!

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  3. My family and I all appreciate you bringing to our attention the book description of another great book to read. Thanks so much!

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  4. What is the best book that you have read so far in 2019?

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  5. Congrats on the release. I hope that your book is a success.

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  6. How did the story change from the first draft to the last draft?

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