June Reading Spotlight

 So While I love me a good horror book and some zombies (well not some a lot!) I also enjoy other types of books and I also know some pretty cool authors who need some more time in the spotlight. So every month I'll be picking five books worth checking out.  So let's start:

So While I love me a good horror book and some zombies (well not some a lot!) I also enjoy other types of books and I also know some pretty cool authors who need some more time in the spotlight. So every month I'll be picking five books worth checking out.  So let's start:

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The Neon Sands Trilogy (Book Two)

It's a race scarred by scorched desert and broken machinery, but if he wants answers, it is one he must win.

Beyond the sand mountain stretches the arid patchwork tundra of the ion plains, where the only township is run by ruthless matriarchs who host the bi-annual Liberty Trials. With one full circuit around the outer rim, and Kingdom City looming invitingly and forever on the inner horizon like a nightly neon bonfire, losing could mean death, but winning could be the answer to his only concern: chasing down Annora.

Plains of Ion is book two in the Neon Sands trilogy; exploring a desert matriarchal township with secrets to unearth: one reliant on the overbearing domed city to survive. Start those engines!

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My Thoughts: I love the cover and concept of this series. I plan to dive into it next month if work lets me. Adam Smith is a really cool guy that I met through a post-apocalyptic writers group. He has very active and awesome blog if you guys want to check it out. If anyone has read the series, let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Crushing IT!

Four-time New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.

In his 2009 international bestseller Crush It, Gary insisted that a vibrant personal brand was crucial to entrepreneurial success, In Crushing It!, Gary explains why that’s even more true today, offering his unique perspective on what has changed and what principles remain timeless. He also shares stories from other entrepreneurs who have grown wealthier—and not just financially—than they ever imagined possible by following Crush It principles. The secret to their success (and Gary’s) has everything to do with their understanding of the social media platforms, and their willingness to do whatever it took to make these tools work to their utmost potential. That’s what Crushing It! teaches readers to do.

In this lively, practical, and inspiring book, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each. He offers both theoretical and tactical advice on how to become the biggest thing on old standbys like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat; podcast platforms like Spotify, Soundcloud, iHeartRadio, and iTunes; and other emerging platforms such as Musical.ly. For those with more experience, Crushing It! illuminates some little-known nuances and provides innovative tips and clever tweaks proven to enhance more common tried-and-true strategies.

Crushing It! is a state-of-the-art guide to building your own path to professional and financial success, but it’s not about getting rich. It’s a blueprint to living life on your own terms.

My Thoughts: I love this book. I have it on audio and it always gets me pumped to work and just be the best that I can be in my industry. I'm an entrepreneur and it's hard as hell sometimes, so to get some advice from these awesome people and from Gray himself. It's worth checking out for any entrepreneur.

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 Children Of Blood & Bone

With five starred reviews, Tomi Adeyemi’s West African-inspired fantasy debut, and instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, conjures a world of magic and danger, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

"A phenomenon." Entertainment Weekly

“The epic I’ve been waiting for.” New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu

“You will be changed. You will be ready to rise up and reclaim your own magic!” New York Times-bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton

“The next big thing in literature and film.” Ebony

“One of the biggest young adult fiction debut book deals of theyear.” Teen Vogue

This title has Common Core connections.

#1 New York Times bestseller, March 14, 2018

My Thoughts: Okay, I jumped on the bandwagon. How could I know, strong black author, with a whole world of strong black characters? It's like Black Panther if it married Harry Potter and had a baby. I'm not done with it yet, but I'm really enjoying it. Let me know what you think? How do you feel about the shift going on in the industry as far as people of color being the lead in stories?

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Accidental Wizard

A dark urban fantasy tale of a hipster’s discovery of magic, and the forces that conspire to destroy him. Follow along as Paul Logan discovers that Evil is a constant ,not a concept. And Evil is intent on his destruction

My Thoughts: Stefan and I are no longer friends. It's not because he beat me in the first round of the reanimated rumble, because that's not a good reason to end a friendship...but I just find it funny how...haha okay, clearly I'm joking. Stefan is an awesome writer and his first book is an Urban Fantasy tale, I guess it got sick of beating up little Zombie writers like me. Check it out.

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Follow You Home

The page-turning psychological thriller from the author of #1 bestsellers The Magpies and Because She Loves Me.

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down. But after a perfect start, an encounter with a young couple on a night train forces Daniel and Laura to cut their dream trip short and flee home.

Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what happened that night. But as they try to fit into their old lives again, they realise they are in terrible danger—and that their nightmare is just beginning…

My Thoughts: I wish this thing was a movie! It was crazy, I haven't been lost in a book for a while like I can't stop reading until I get to another chapter lost. It was an amazing ride and I'm for sure going to check out more of his books.

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Well that's this month's Reading Spotlight. If you guys know anything that I should check out or if you're an author who would like your time in the light, just email me at author@sylvesterbarzey.com