D. F. Krieger

Monday, October 27, 2014

Must Read Monday: The Millionaire's Masquerade

A short, sexy read that leaves you both satisfied and wanting more!

Hidden desires…

When it comes to her sinfully sexy boss, Meg Daniels acts like a lovesick teenager. For two years, Aidan Forrester has been nothing but professional. She has a plan. Before she finishes her last day as his administrative assistant, she’s going to tell him how she feels. But when he marches past her desk without a glance, then decides not to attend the Christmas party for a goodbye drink, she loses her nerve—so much for being a sexually liberated woman. However, a mysterious invitation to a masquerade ball will show her just how liberated she really is.

Revealed passions…

Aidan is tired of fighting his attraction to the gorgeous Meg. Beneath her buttoned up shirts and knee-length skirts, hides a woman who needs the opportunity to let lose. Now that she no longer works for him, he knows how to make that happen. If his seduction goes to plan, he’ll show her exactly how he feels and give her a night that will change both of their lives…forever.
Sometimes you get the opportunity to read something you never would have known to pick up on your own. Sometimes you discover that flawless diamond amongst all the shinies that just calls to a deeper part of you. The Millionaire's Masquerade did that for me.

The tension and desire are clear from the get-go in this story, yet you still find yourself on the edge of your seat. The details are sexy, the story is well written, and the plot is sound. The story is just short enough to let you read it before bedtime, without leaving you feeling rushed or cheated.

The blurb gives an accurate description of the plot, and I won't say more for fear of giving away the story. Let's just say that though I'm happy with this story, it leaves me eager to read any future installments of this series. That makes this a Must Read! - D. F. Krieger

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Monday Review: Destiny the game for PS4

Destiny came out on September 9th, with a lot of hype. Considering it is spearheaded by the same people who gave us Halo 4, there was good reason to be hyped up. I'll admit, I was vastly excited by the release of the game, but I fear buying anything new if I don't absolutely know the franchise like the back of my hand (for example, I'll buy Monster Hunter or Pokemon like it's going out of style.)

Sunday, I was offered the ability to play Destiny on a PS4 by a friend. I don't own a PS4 yet, as I'm still trying to justify jumping consoles at that expense, but that's another issue altogether. I happily agreed and started from character creation.

So in Destiny you have 3 races to choose from: Human, Awoken, or Exo. For once in my life, it was actually a tough decision. Each race had distinctive features that made it visually appealing. Human is pretty obvious. Awoken is similar to human, but their skin has a swirling glimmer like a galaxy lies on the surface of their bodies. Exo is a robot race. You can chose gender too, regardless of race. I love this as I prefer playing a female character.

This image does not do the characters justice by any means
Next, you get to choose your class. There is Warlock, Titan, or Hunter. Titan seems to be the heavy hitter/defender. Warlock allows some AoE attacks and such. Hunter is the sneak class of the three. I chose Hunter as I tend to excel at sniper rifles and back stabs when playing shooter games.


So, game play starts you off in single player mode where you learn the basics such as melee and how to shoot. Let me take a moment to say the graphics are breath-taking and gorgeous. Any doubts I had about whether the game would display as well as the commercials and trailers presented were instantly put to rest. The programmers and developers kept me on the edge of my seat, where as many openings bore me to death and all I want is to hurry up and get through it so I can get to online play.

When I did get to the online feature, it was still crisp and clean graphics. The enemies respawned often enough to keep everyone busy. I also noticed (and maybe it's just me assuming) that the designers programmed it so kill stealing is nullified by giving xp to anyone who took a shot at the creature. This allowed me to easily team up with complete strangers in tough situations without ever needing to say a word to them. There were several times I bit off larger groups than I could chew, only to have some people jump in and save my rear. And there were a few times I would see people who needed help, and I'd snipe off two or three of their enemies in an effort to aide them. An atmosphere of silent camaraderie seemed prevalent, where in past MMO's I found myself screaming at "Kill stealing sons of *&^" when I'd whittle enemies down only to watch someone blow through, land the killing strike, and take the xp. Not so, in Destiny.

Not my screenshot, but this is the tank mentioned. Screenshot from Here


There are also events, which can be anything from "Defend this point" to "Take this single powerful enemy down." One that I participated in a few times involved taking down a small enemy tank that packed a powerful punch. I noticed that the other players and I fell into a pattern of shooting it as we stood in a circle around it. We took turns which kept the tank from being able to focus on a single individual and no one died. It took us 3 minutes 18 seconds to conquer the event. Now, don't think events are easy. I'm merely trying to drive home the sense of working together I got from the game. I can't say everyone will, but for one I didn't end up surrounded by trolls and this made the experience so much more enjoyable.

A word on ammo. It will run out so be careful. You can't just blow through ammo and expect to be okay. The enemies do drop ammo, but if you are a distance killer like me, you'll need to learn to adapt your techniques to the limited ammo in your inventory until you can get down there and collect.

Obviously, I can't say enough good things about the game at this point. It is Free to Play, but with PS4 you do have to have the PlayStation Plus membership. I've heard on PS3, no membership is required. They do not allow cross-platform play, so PS3 can not play with PS4, or PS's play with Xboxes. You can trade gear between your own characters, but not with your friends. There is no split-screen play. Each person who plays has to have their own console and copy.

Neat Facts:

Peter Dinklage (best known as Tyrion in Game of Thrones) voices the Ghost (the orb that acts as your sidekick)

Bill Nighy (best known as Viktor in the Underworld movie series or as Davey Jones in the Pirates of the Carribean series) narrates and voices The Speaker

Claudia Black (best known as Officer Aeryn Sun on Farscape or as Morrigan in the Dragon Age video game series) voices Tess Everis, the Special Orders NPC

Crispin Freeman (best known as Alucard from Hellsing) voices the Awoken race male voice.

Nathon Fillion (best known as Captain Mal from Firefly) voices Cayde-6 of the Hunter Vanguard.

I don't know about you, but I'm in awe of all the big name actors. There's more, but I've listed the ones I recognize the most.

I highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoyed the Halo series (though this is a completely different storyline/world than Halo) or enjoys first person shooters. I will definitely be picking up my own copy before the week is over. Right now, they are having a special where if you buy the digital copy on your old console, when you upgrade to a new console you'll get the game for free so you don't have to start from scratch. Bloody brilliant! The graphics are gorgeous, the game play is enjoyable, and there are endless worlds to explore. For those who haven't seen it yet, I'll leave you with the official trailer:





Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Writer's Wednesday: The Elusive Star

I wrote an article back during my release tour, when Wolves came to print. In it, I spoke of How to Kill Your Desire to Write. You can read the article here. I was surprised to find that though the majority of the comments I received agreed with my article, there were some where people stated they had no idea what a Silver Star on ARe was. I had over a handful of people email me. When I described what it was, I was also asked how it works.

Well now, it sounds like it's time for a new Writer Wednesday article. :) 

To start from the beginning, there is a website called ARe, or known as All Romance ebooks. They are one of the top book selling sources out there, and are so awesome, they've created their own best seller star. It is small, silver, and completely coveted by authors. It means your book did amazing among all the books on ARe. It's bragging rights, let me tell you.

Now, I have achieved this dream. Both The Submission and The Publisher's Proposal received a star, as well as the anthology Midnight Seduction. But I don't brag too hard because two of those books were co-authored, and one was an antho. This means I've never snagged a star all by my lonesome. That doesn't keep me from posting this graphic on my website below those titles:






You are probably asking how one knows they have achieved a Silver Star. Well, you can run your name on the website's search engine. It'll pull up any title you have for sale through them. You'll scan the listing of your books and behold, the Silver Star doth appear...if you earned it. It will look like this:

See that little circle with the star? Yep, that's it. That's all. It doesn't even sparkle. But there are authors who would kill for it.

Now, you are probably asking how one achieves said star. Well, here's the thing; it's by selling books. The problem is, there is no magic number. I do know that the amount you need to sell to obtain it varies by category. The less competition you have in that category, the easier it is to obtain. So, in essence, snagging one in Paranormal is going to take far more sales than something like Transgender Romance. But there isn't a certain amount of copies you can sell that will automatically get you that star.

All I can say is, "Go forth, write, and good luck!" ~ D. F. Krieger

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Ch-ch-changes!

It's no secret that I'm a bit of a David Bowie fan. Labyrinth still receives regular viewings in my house, and it's not always because my kids want to watch it. I remember listening to him sing as a child, when my mother tossed a record on the record player while she was dusting the house. We could "put on (our) blue suede shoes and dance the blues" with the best of them.

But I digress...

The real rhyme and reason behind this post is more to announce the changes going on in my life. The new has swept Facebook for the past week, though I'm sure it's only a minor ripple in the grand scheme of events. The big news? Well, it's a little three-fold, I suppose.

First of all, September 30th will be my last day with Breathless Press. After 3 wonderful years there, my time has come to an end. I didn't quit, I was let go. And though I can't go into any more detail than that, I will say there is absolutely no ill will between myself and the publisher. I wish Breathless Press all the best, and I will continue publishing my Faxfire Series through them.

This brings me to news number two. I will be doing my very best to pick my writing back up. Due to the extreme workload, my writing fell by the wayside. It was heart wrenching, especially since my big dream was to be an author. I love the connections I made and the good I did at Breathless, don't get me wrong, but I want to write *insert whining*.

However, no job equals no income on my end. I'm too much of a workaholic to not work, so I'm job hunting for a new publishing house to adopt me as an editor. I have a few resumes out that I'm waiting to hear back on. Maybe, with a lot of hard work, I'll be able to work my way up the totem pole again. Either way, I know I'll get myself in to trouble if I don't find a way to fill all the time I'll shortly have on my hands. So... *drumroll* I'm reopening Krieger Kreations and accepting new clients. Krieger Kreations is my editing service and I have several packages available for freelance editing. So if you are thinking you might need to hire an editor, please give my website a looksee. I promise I won't charge an arm and a leg, nor do I accept first born children. I do accept Paypal though!

Anyhoo, it's a lot of change to go through, and I'm more than a little scared. Please wish me luck as I start taking the first wobbly steps on a new path. ~ D. F. Krieger

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Writer Wednesday: The Internet Is Your Friend

I know I haven't written many Writer Wednesday posts lately. I feel like I've covered pretty well everything there is to cover and without repeating myself, there's not much left for content. I'm sad to say, my first WW post in awhile is going to be *le gasp* a bit of a semi-rant.

I am going to look like a monster, I know, but I have an important lesson that all aspiring authors should learn. Listen carefully. The Internet is Your Friend. Did I make that clear enough?

Now, let me break this down:

* There is no excuse when you sub to a publishing house and don't follow their guidelines. Every publisher I have ever looked up has a "submissions" page that explains, sometimes in great detail, exactly how they want the subs sent to them. Many publishers will auto-reject your file if you so much as name it wrong. You would think that if you were absolutely serious about being published, you would check, double check, and recheck every single aspect of your manuscript, query, and synopsis against their guidelines.

* If your manuscript is rejected, and the publishing house is kind enough to send a response with the exact reasons why you didn't make the cut, don't be an idiot. If there is a term there you don't understand, for the love of all the technological gods, perform an internet search for that shit. Bing, Google, Yahoo-- I don't care who you like. It's not that hard to type, "What is Showing versus Telling" or "What is a POV departure?" in the box. Freaking put forth the effort. Don't email the publisher back asking them to define. Feel fortunate that they gave you a bloody stepping stone in the right direction to fixing your manuscript instead of sending you a scripted rejection.

* Research, research, research. Before I ever received my first contract, I knew what showing versus telling was. Guess what? The second time I submitted a story in my life, I received an acceptance. *Dodges things thrown from raging authors*  Wait! You know why I believe I achieved that dream so quickly? Because I spent a year getting my hands on every book, article, and website I could learning about the art of writing fiction and terminology. I joined critique groups and instead of arguing over every change they suggested, I looked at it as a learning experience. If you don't take your book or the desire to write seriously, the rest of the world won't either.

In this digital age, with information readily available at the stroke of a key, there's no excuse for "I don't know." There are articles for everything under the moon, websites that cost nothing but can explain everything, and unlimited possibilities. Bloody well quit expecting others to do all the work for you and take the initiative to do it yourself!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Monday Review: Kindle Notebooks Versus My Binder Apps

Today, I'm replacing Must Read Monday with a review. I have a Kindle Fire, and over the weekend I became curios as to whether there was any app that would allow me to write a story. I knew what I was hoping to find, and with some set rules in mind, I quickly did a search. My criteria was as follows:

*Must be free (not free limited either, freaking FREE)
*Must be able to allow more than one "book" or "file" so I can work on several stories or ideas
* Must allow me the ability to email my work to myself so I can convert it to Word when I'm ready to sub
* Must not have a limit to amount of words I can write
* Must allow pages instead of an un-ending downward column of writing


There were countless apps that fell under the simple search of "Free writing app" on my Kindle. I quickly vetoed looking at any that had a less than four star rating (see folks, reviews do matter!) I ended up coming up with two that I downloaded to my Kindle and spent the weekend testing.

Let me start by saying both of these programs stood out as working quite well and both had great reviews. The few things I saw that people griped about have since had updates that solved the issues. I do prefer one over the other...

First up is My Binder by ThinkZZO. It's a very easy to use program without a ton of bells and whistles. You can created unlimited individual books, and these notebooks have tabs within them that you can even name. Each tabbed section allows more pages to be added to it. You can change the color of the notebook within a limited amount of based colors (Blue, yellow, green, etc) 


Product Description:
Great for school notes, work notes, to-do notes, as a journal, to write stories, or just as a notepad. Create unlimited notebooks, each with 5 colored coded tabs with the ability to add unlimited pages per tab, to help you organize your notes.
Export/Import your data for backups and/or transfer to other devices.
To help organize, change Notebook color to Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Orange, White, or Black.
In addition to notebook colors, enhance organization by sorting your notebooks by Create Date (newest to oldest), Notebook Name (alphabetical), Last Opened(most recently opened to oldest), or group the notebooks by their color.
Long Press notebook for quick access to edit labels, notebook color, or to deleted the selected notebook. Touch notebook, add notes, touch color coded tab to change notebook tab. Click on the left and right arrows to navigate/add new pages to the tab. Tabs are color coded and allow you to add text to label them. Notes save automatically. Option to email or text notebook contents also. Ability to select individual tabs to email/text.
Click on Highlighter to toggle highlighting of text on and off.
Long Press on Notebook Tabs for more options to edit tab default settings, and Delete current page.
Ability to change default page font. Choose between 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 22 font size. Save default font size for each notebook tab.
Ability to change default page and tab label font style. Choose between the Default Android text and Segoe Script. Save defaults for each tab.
Ability to move app from phone to SD card from device settings.
Great app to satisfy your notepad and notebook needs. This note organizer is a simple and effective way to keep track of your notes.
 The other program is called Notebooks by Droidveda LLP This is also a very-easy to use program, but to is way more visually appealing to me. The notebook covers are customizable with many patterns and colors available. It's in a shelf format, and allows as many as you desire. You have the ability to customize page count, and title. One thing it doesn't mention in the product description is that this program has the ability to read back to you via audio what you have written. I may or may not have spent several hours playing with that feature alone. >.>


Product Description:
***Now backup/restore to Google Drive or Dropbox***
Take notes and even attach your free hand drawing, everything in style and completely without papers!
Create multiple notebooks for every subject and avoid messing up your notes.

Notebooks is the only application you will ever need for all your note making needs.
Designed with flexibility and ease of use in mind, taking notes is now at it simplest with our application. With multiple colors and custom title for each notebook cover, you will enjoy creating a notebook for every subject you want.

Notebooks is a must have application for students, business men and for anyone using their phones and tablets for taking notes.
*The permission GET_ACCOUNTS is to communicate with the Google Drive to backup the data. We do not store your account details in the app.
Features:
1. Create multiple notebooks.
2. Customizable cover, title, number of pages and page style for every notebook.
3. Password protected.
4. Set a title for every page.
5. Instant search within each notebook.
6. Attach image files.
7. Bookmark a page.
8. Create your own free hand drawing.
9. Easily find your entries.
10. Custom fonts for each notebooks.
11. Set theme for each notebook.
12. Convert the entire Notebook to PDF with attachments. (Currently supports English only)
13. Apply text styles such as Bold, Italics and Colored-Highlights
14. Backup/Restore. (option available in the menu of the Notebooks screen)
15. Backup to Google Drive (Works on devices with OS higher than version 2.2)
 Both of these apps have performed and lived up to their star ratings, but truth be told, I'm far more drawn to Notebooks than Binder. The shelf set-up and covers are just prettier, though I will admit the pages in Binder look a little more aesthetically pleasing. I can't place my finger on why, exactly. Thus far, what I've decided to do is write stories via Notebooks, while I plan to use Binder for virtual character bibles or blog posts I'm writing on the fly while I'm bored at a docs office. I'll be testing the back up and email features, and may end up amending this post as to what I discover. I'd been avoiding linking my email to my Kindle, but in the name of research, I'll bite the bullet.

I hope those of you who had Kindles found this review helpful! ~ D. F. Krieger

Monday, May 26, 2014

Must Read Monday: Demon of Envy

I have the other books in the series, and even have the paperback compilation of the first 3. This is a series I simply can't get enough of. The Gods of Love Series by Jennifer Lynne covers so many subjects that it's out of this world. Today, I'm reviewing her newest, Demon of Envy.

Phthonos, Greek god of envy & jealousy, has been given a second chance at life and love in the mortal realm. The wayward son of the goddess Aphrodite and brother to the erotes is desperate to make up for the mistakes of his past. But is Thon more demon than god? And if the demon Envy wins out, how will this lonely god ever find room in his heart for love?
Olivia is an ordinary woman living an ordered life, but at thirty-two true romance appears to have eluded her. Everywhere she turns people are in relationships or falling in love, but her career and her charity work are enough to keep the demon of envy at bay.

Until the moment he turns up on her doorstep with a demand that rips her life and her heart wide open and leaves her at risk of eternal torment.
I absolutely love the concept of how destructive and tangible Envy can be. How a prank meant to inspire jealousy can backfire into pain and disruption. I also love the fact that Olivia isn't your cookie-cutter curvy size 0 heroine. She's a normal sized woman with real self esteem issues.

Once again, Ms. Lynne has taken touchy and sometimes painful subjects, and weaved them into a plot that draws a reader in. Issues aren't quickly forgotten in the heat of passion, nor do the gods in her stories wave a magic hand that fixes everything. At the end of this story, we are left knowing there will still be some emotional healing that needs to be done on both sides, but confident they'll get through it all.

This series is one of the few that I've read every book to date, and I'm left hoping there will be more and looking forward to the next work she puts out. The dedication she's inspired in me as a fan, as well as the delivery in Demon of Envy is what makes this a Must Read! ~ D. F. Krieger

Buy it on Amazon
Buy it on ARe

Friday, May 23, 2014

Be Trendy or Flail

I've been busy as a cat chasing a fly on the ceiling lately. Research, research, and more research. I do all this boring crap so you people don't have to. You should send like, peanut M&M's as a sacrifice in thanks to me. Oh, you want to know what I've been researching?

Trends!  So anyone who knows me knows that I'm not big on trends, especially fashion ones. I wore all black before goth and emo were even terms for "fashion." I still think blue jeans were the best invention ever (right next to instant tea.) Regardless, the trends I'm talking about have to do with writing. So here's what I've found, minions o' mine.

Rising Trends with Great Potential:
Contemporary Young Adult With Real Issues
GBLT
Steampunk
Thrillers
Urban Fantasy
High Fantasy

Possibly Coming Back:
Dystopian

Survey Says: Overdone and Dying:
Boy Meets Girl (M/F)
Paranormal Romance
Kink Without Cause
Paranormal YA

Comments Are Demanding:
Adult and YA Choose Your Own Adventure

Before you get your panties in a twist, let me explain a major reoccurring factor here. Articles pointed out that people aren't done with M/F romances, or Paranormal Romance, so much as they are fed up with reading the same story lines over and over. They want memorable characters and real struggles. They are tired of chic meets sexy paranormal dude and the biggest struggle is, "Oh, how can our relationship survive since you are a (insert creature type here)." People are tired of BDSM books where the biggest issue is "Let me show you that being spanked isn't domestic abuse and liking it doesn't make you sick in the head."

People are tired of the same book, different author syndrome. The biggest thing all the articles and posts I read (and gods did I ever read a ton of the things) stated were the need to make a plot that readers can read and remember. Stand out. With the invention of ebooks, publishing has become so easy that literally anyone can do it, with or without publisher. This means the market is absolutely flooded, especially with done to death themes like shifters, spanking, and couples whose only conflict is "will they, wont they."

What does all of this mean? To be blunt (because lets face it, you all don't expect anything less than full frontal assault with honesty from me, right?) this means several things. I say this from the perspective of an author, and of an editor in chief.

If an author and a publishing house plan to continue to succeed and thrive in a crumbling system, these are some hard truths we're going to have to deal with:

* Authors are going to have to place a bar above their heads and actually reach for it when it comes to creating powerful plots, moving characters, and emotionally engaging story lines.
* Publishers are going to have to become more jaded and stricter in what they will and will not accept. They need to learn to read a submission and say, "This is good, clean writing, but there is nothing to set it apart from titles we already have with the exact same plot lines."
* Marketing will require much more effort than shouting "Buy my book cause I'm awesome" on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.

Overall, though the digital age has made it so much easier for authors to achieve their dreams, it's also made it more difficult to see those dreams come to a true fruition. Competition is huge, and there is an endless source of it. One article stated that as many as 3,500 books are being published daily in the romance genre alone. 3,500. That boggles my mind. So, I'm not being mean or kidding when I say, if you want to see your book hit the big time, you're going to have to work for it...and the best way to do that is to write a book like no one else has ever dream of before. You must be up to snuff on the trends, or risk flailing as you achieve your dream of publication and get no where with it.
~ D. F. Krieger

Friday, May 9, 2014

In Print and On Sale

To say I'm bouncing off the walls is putting it lightly. I've ordered several copies, a few of which are already spoken for with a charity auction and a couple of libraries. I did order one just for me, so I can pet it.

That's right: PANTHERS AND PRECINCTS IS IN PRINT!!!!!

Did I scream that loud enough?

Check out the freaking awesome cover

That's not all I have to chatter about, though. In honor of the release, my publisher has lowered the price of 3 other titles I've written to only 99 cents.

The award-winning Red As A Rose:






The Native American shape shifter romance, His Prey:




And my non-fiction animal rescue book, Ruff Love:

 If you were looking to pick any of those up, I highly suggest doing so quickly. The sale only lasts for a week, then it's over and the books return to normal price.

I want to thank all of my readers for making this possible. I can't express how much this means to me, to achieve this dream. There are no words for the accomplishment I feel right now. I know though, that I never would have managed to come this far, had it not been for an extensive amount of support from my readers and fellow authors. A super-large shout out also goes to Breathless Press, for letting me write what I want to write, and not trying to force me into a box.

Thank you again, everyone. You really know how to make this witch sparkle! ~ D. F. Krieger

Friday, April 4, 2014

Shameless Promo

The title says it all. This post is shameless promo in it's most unashamed, obvious fashion. Why am I doing it today? Oh, so glad you asked. Let me tell you all the reasons why.

First of all, today is the official release of Wolves and Warrants. Now, granted, the book was previously released through a different publisher last year, but I promise this is a new and improved version. See my nice shiny cover? *pets* 

So if you are interested in buying the book, it's $5.99 at Breathless Press. Here's the buy link.  (<--Come on, click it! You know you want to!)

As if that wasn't enough to be happy about, in honor of the release, Breathless Press has lowered the price of the first book, Panthers and Precincts to .99 cents. The book usually retails for $5.99 as well. Ooh, ooh, have you seen that cover? It's only on sale for a couple of days, so if you want a copy, you better grab it at this low price while you can!

You can find the buy link...here.


Last but not least, I have it on good authority that Panthers will be available in print on May 9th. How freaking awesome is that?! Bookstores galore, watch out. I'm gonna be all up in your windows, begging for display space. :D   I hope your weekend is going as fantastically as mine!



Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Review: Borderlands 2

Hey everyone,

I decided to changed up my Must Read Monday's to also include video games, music, etc. Things that I am passionate about. As I'm on vacation from the day job this week, I wanted to cover one of my greatest passions outside of books, family, and pets: video games. I'm sure if you are a regular visitor, you've realized by now I might have a bit of an addiction (because let's face it, I can NOT stop any time I want. I'm a lifer.)

After playing for about two months, I finally beat a video game I've been working on playing with my husband. Borderlands 2 was a mixture of humor and grit that captured me despite my beginning misgivings.





When I looked at the image above, I didn't like it at first. I'm not a huge fan of comic books, so the graphics weren't my cup of tea. After begging, griping, and finally demanding, my husband managed to swing me into trying the game out. Within 20 minutes I was in love. Within an hour, I was addicted.

The range of characters is broad enough that you have access to various playing styles, and despite the fact you can't change the gender of your character, you can certainly unlock a ton of ways for them to look. This pleased me as some days I was in the mood for a more morbid look, others I simply wanted to be pretty.

There are four main characters (siren, gunzerker, assassin, commando) with the ability to use two other characters (mechromancer, psycho.)  I have used the assassin, siren, and mechromancer. I beat the game with my mechromancer file. Each character brings something unique to the table, but has the ability to branch out in different ways so even if you buddy up with another character like yours, you certainly won't have the same skills.


The humor throughout this game really struck me with it's perfect blend of dark, witty, and sarcastic. The main antagonist, Handsome Jack, had me laughing with his blatant sarcasm and hatred of the protagonists. He is the epitome of every funny yet mean thing you ever thought about, but never dared say. Here is him, with a quote from something he actually says in the game that had me freaking rolling laughing:




There are several different kinds of guns you can use, along with grenade mods that allow you everything from elements added to your grenade to homing devices on them. You are also able to perform melee attacks and some guns come with a blade which gives extra damage for those. Personally, I adored my sniper rifle and shot gun. ;)

The graphics were actually quite gorgeous, and game play was coupled with a soundtrack that just blew my mind. There were appearances by characters from the first game (I never played it, but I know I'm going to now) and challenges that kept you from ever becoming bored. Challenges could be anything from finding Vault Symbols (and trust me, some of them are so hard to find you'll flop in the floor in frustration, only to smack yourself in the forehead when you give in and look it up) to killing so many of certain kinds of enemies. It plays solely in 1st person, which used to bother me before I played Halo 4 but now it feels natural.


I give this game a complete 5 star review. The creators made me care about the characters, even the villainous Handsome Jack, and sucked me into a world that I just don't want to leave. I learned get through gunfights while keeping an eye out for things that might help in my surroundings. I became determined to unlock all the achievements (the completionist in me was like YEAH! <--Mechromancer quote in the game.) And I can assure you, with all my heart, I'll be the first in line should they ever release a third in the series. All the qualities make this game an absolute MUST ~ D. F. Krieger

Friday, March 28, 2014

Feature Friday: Eyes Only by HK Sterling

There's a fiesty new short that just hit the market through Breathless Press today. I'd like to introduce you all to the story Eyes Only by HK Sterling. One quick note, before you check out the awesome story below: If you buy this book ( which is only .99 as it is a short short)  it contains a coupon for 20% off any other book at Breathless Press ((Which means you could buy Red as a Rose, or Panther and Precincts,  or His Prey, or Ruff Love, or the upcoming Wolves and Warrants. I'm just saying... >.> ))

In the shadowy world of covert operations, romance is sometimes the name of the game.

In the shadowy world of covert operations it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad. Is there even room for romance? Sometimes romance fits in only too well. Read along with the twists and turns of Eyes Only where trust is a rare commodity and you'll never know which side to root for, until the very end.
Excerpt



I dunno, maybe I had a wild hair that night or maybe I was going a little bit stir crazy. In any case, I think Charlie sensed it and that’s why he made the suggestion. So this one time, I decided I'd go to the restricted bar. What harm could it do? I'd have a few drinks with Charlie, hear some old Marine stories, and call it a night.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
Isla Aldon was her name. My eyes found her as soon as we stepped in the bar. A crowded bar too. And she was a short thing.
  
About the Author

H.K. Sterling is an author with Breathless Press known for stories with imagination, intelligence, a kick, and twist endings. She likes to focus her writing on suspense, science-fiction, shorts, and anything that is spicy and unexpected. Sometimes her writing may even go dark. She lives in Virginia with her husband, who graciously puts up with her passion for writing. H.K. currently has a Mystery/Thriller out, A Taste For Killing, and two short stories in the Breathless Press Anthology, My Bloody Valentine. Her new book, A Taste For Danger, has just been accepted for publication and H.K will also soon publish a short-short titled Eyes Only. Her books are suitable for 18+. You can contact H.K. on the following social media:
Catch up with H.K. Sterling on the following media:
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/hksterling
Twitter: @HKSterling
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HK-Sterling/426989014069244?ref=hl
Email: HK.Sterling@aol.com
HK Sterling "Undercover Blog": http://hksterling1.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/HKSterling

You can find Eyes Only for sale at either Breathless Press or ARe right now.

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