Resilience 5* Review

I found this book to be a quick enjoyable read. The author created a unique take on the YA dystopian and climate change genres. The story centers around a young woman who is struggling to survive in a desperate world. She is considered inferior to the elite city dwellers. Regina and her fellow Marginals are forced to live outside the flood walls and live in the swamps. The author created characters I feel invested in and is quite talented at world building. The book finishes nicely without a huge cliffhanger, yet left me wanting to know more about these characters futures. I look forward to reading more by this author.

(by Karen Reese, Amazon reviewer)

Stroke

I’ve had to take a long break from writing and social media on account of Gary (my older brother) had two strokes in June and I’ve had to step in to help him. He lives 400 miles away, which has made this difficult and as a result, we are going to move him closer so we can better help him.

Unfortunately, this has meant moving Gary’s Medicare Advantage plan from one state to another, which has been quite a challenge. It has also meant too many hours in a car traveling up to visit him.

At this time, Gary is in rehab and making progress, but he’s frustrated with the slow pace of his progress. He’s wheelchair-bound at this time, but we’re hoping he will be able to get up and move around with a walker. Gary has always been so independent, never married, always kept himself physically fit. He is still strong, but the stroke has taken its toll. We remain hopeful with the right therapy.

In the meantime, Laura Fabiani at iRead Book Tours put on a fabulous book tour for my latest series, Regina Shen, and I was not able to participate as I had wanted to.

Lance

Regina Shen Book Tour & Giveaway

The IReadBookTour is in full swing until July 29. We have received quite a few great reviews, interviews, posts, and there is a giveaway as well.

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You can learn more at http://www.ireadbooktours.com/blog—current-tours/book-tour-regina-shen-endurance-book-4-by-lance-erlick-and-whole-series.

Until July 29, we will be discounting the first book in the Regina Shen series at 99 cents on Amazon.

Check out the many reviews and come join in the fun. Here is the revised tour schedule:

June 1 – Mystery Suspense Reviews  – book spotlight / guest post
June 2 – Book Reviews Nature Photos – review of Resilience / interview
June 2 – misty103@HubPages – review of Resilience / interview
June 2 – Haddie’s Haven – review of Resilience / guest post / giveaway
June 3 – New Horizon Reviews – review of Resilience / guest post
June 3 – XOXO Book Blog – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
June 3 – Bookishly Devoted – review of Resilience
June 6 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Resilience
June 6 – Life as Leels – review of Resilience
June 6 – Haddie’s Haven – review of Vigilance / giveaway
June 7 – Rambling Reviews – review of Resilience
June 7 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Resilience / guest post / giveaway
June 8 – 3 Partners in Shopping – review of Resilience / giveaway
June 8 – Don’t Judge, Read – review of Resilience / interview / giveaway
June 9 – Don’t Judge, Read – review of Vigilance / giveaway
June 9 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Resilience / giveaway
June 10 – Don’t Judge, Read – review of Defiance / giveaway
June 13 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Vigilance
June 13 – Writers and Authors – guest post / giveaway
June 13 – Don’t Judge, Read – review of Endurance / giveaway
June 14 – Vic’s Media Room – review of Resilience
June 15 – Vic’s Media Room – review of Vigilance
June 15 – Deal Sharing Aunt – book spotlight / giveaway
June 16 – Vic’s Media Room – review of Defiance
June 17 – Vic’s Media Room – review of Endurance
June 17 – New Horizon Reviews – review of Vigilance
June 17 – Zerina Blossom’s Books – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
June 20 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Defiance
June 20 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Vigilance / giveaway
June 20 – Haddie’s Haven – review of Defiance / giveaway
June 20 – Book Reviews Nature Photos – review of Vigilance
June 20 – misty103@HubPages – review of Vigilance
June 21 – Rambling Reviews – spotlight of Vigilance
June 21 – misty103@HubPages – review of Defiance
June 22 – Life as Leels – review of Vigilance
June 22 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Resilience / giveaway (Laura, Host)
June 23 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Vigilance / giveaway
June 23 – Bookishly Devoted – review of Vigilance
June 24 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Resilience / interview
June 24 – 3 Partners in Shopping – review of Vigilance / giveaway
June 26 – Writers and Authors – book spotlight / giveaway
June 27 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Endurance
June 27 – Tea and A Book – review of Vigilance
June 27 – Haddie’s Haven – review of Endurance / giveaway
June 28 – Rambling Reviews – spotlight of Defiance / giveaway
June 28 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Vigilance / giveaway (Laura, Tour Host)
June 29 – The Travelogue of a Book Addict – book spotlight /guest post / giveaway
June 29 – misty103@HubPages – review of Endurance
June 29 – alwaysjoart – review of Resilience / giveaway
June 30 – Book Reviews Nature Photos – review of Defiance
July 1 – Rambling Reviews – spotlight of Endurance
July 1 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Defiance / giveaway
July 4 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Vigilance
July 5 – 3 Partners in Shopping – review of Defiance / giveaway
July 5 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of Resilience
July 6 – Pause for Tales – review of Resilience / guest post
July 6 – alwaysjoart – review of Vigilance / giveaway
July 6 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Defiance / giveaway (Laura, Host)
July 7 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Defiance / giveaway
July 8 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Endurance / giveaway
July 8 – New Horizon Reviews – review of Defiance
July 8 – Book Reviews Nature Photos – review of Endurance
July 11 – Life as Leels – review of Defiance
July 11 – 3 Partners in Shopping – review of Endurance / giveaway
July 12 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Defiance
July 12 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of Vigilance
July 13 – alwaysjoart – review of Defiance / giveaway
July 14 – Life as Leels – review of Endurance
July 14 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Endurance / giveaway
July 15 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Endurance / giveaway
July 18 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – review of Resilience / giveaway
July 18 – Tea and A Book – review of Defiance
July 19 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Endurance
July 19 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of Defiance
July 20 – alwaysjoart – review of Endurance / giveaway
July 21 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Endurance / guest post / giveaway
July 21 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – review of Vigilance / giveaway
July 22 – New Horizon Reviews – review of Endurance
July 22 – Tea and A Book – review of Endurance
July 25 – JBronder Book Reviews – review of Resilience / guest post
July 25 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – review of Defiance / giveaway
July 26 – JBronder Book Reviews – review of Vigilance
July 26 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of Endurance
July 26 – Singing Librarian Books – review of Resilience
July 27 – Singing Librarian Books – review of Vigilance
July 27 – JBronder Book Reviews – review of Defiance
July 28 – Singing Librarian Books – review of Defiance
July 28 – JBronder Book Reviews – review of Endurance
July 28 – Bookishly Devoted – review of Endurance
July 29 – Singing Librarian Books – review of Endurance
July 29 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – review of Endurance / giveaway
TBD –      Coffee Books & Art – book spotlight / giveaway
TBD –      Tea and A Book – review of Resilience
TBD –      Bookishly Devoted – review of Defiance

Regina Shen Book Tour & Giveaway

We’re excited to announce a two-month virtual book tour hosted by IReadBookTours. You can learn more at http://www.ireadbooktours.com/blog—current-tours/book-tour-regina-shen-endurance-book-4-by-lance-erlick-and-whole-series.

There will be reviews, guest posts, interviews, and, of course, a tour giveaway. Check it out.

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Until June 3, 2016 we’ve discounted the first book in the Regina Shen series to 99 cents on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Here is the tour schedule:

June 1 – Mystery Suspense Reviews  – book spotlight / guest post
June 1 – Coffee Books & Art – book spotlight / giveaway
June 2 – Book Reviews Nature Photos – review of Resilience / interview
June 2 – misty103@HubPages – review of Resilience / interview
June 2 – Haddie’s Haven – review of Resilience / guest post / giveaway
June 3 – New Horizon Reviews – review of Resilience / guest post
June 3 – XOXO Book Blog – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
June 3 – Bookishly Devoted – review of Resilience
June 6 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Resilience
June 6 – Life as Leels – review of Resilience
June 6 – Haddie’s Haven – review of Vigilance / giveaway
June 7 – Rambling Reviews – review of Resilience
June 7 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Resilience / guest post / giveaway
June 8 – 3 Partners in Shopping – review of Resilience / giveaway
June 8 – Don’t Judge, Read – review of Resilience / interview / giveaway
June 8 – Haddie’s Haven – review of Defiance / giveaway
June 9 – Don’t Judge, Read – review of Vigilance / giveaway
June 9 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Resilience / giveaway
June 9 – The Chronicles of an Abibliophobiac – review of Resilence / giveaway
June 10 – Don’t Judge, Read – review of Defiance / giveaway
June 10 – misty103@HubPages – review of Vigilance
June 10 – Haddie’s Haven – review of Endurance / giveaway
June 13 – Don’t Judge, Read – review of Endurance / giveaway
June 13 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Vigilance
June 13 – Writers and Authors – guest post / giveaway
June 14 – Vic’s Media Room – review of Resilience
June 14 – Tea and A Book – review of Resilience
June 15 – Vic’s Media Room – review of Vigilance
June 15 – Deal Sharing Aunt – book spotlight / giveaway
June 16 – Vic’s Media Room – review of Defiance
June 16 – Book Reviews Nature Photos – review of Vigilance
June 17 – Vic’s Media Room – review of Endurance
June 17 – New Horizon Reviews – review of Vigilance
June 17 – Zerina Blossom’s Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 20 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Defiance
June 20 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Vigilance / giveaway
June 21 – Rambling Reviews – review of Vigilance
June 21 – misty103@HubPages – review of Defiance
June 22 – Life as Leels – review of Vigilance
June 22 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Resilience / giveaway
June 23 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Vigilance / giveaway
June 23 – The Chronicles of an Abibliophobiac – review of Vigilance / giveaway
June 23 – Bookishly Devoted – review of Vigilance
June 24 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Resilience / interview
June 24 – 3 Partners in Shopping – review of Vigilance / giveaway
June 26 – Writers and Authors – book spotlight / giveaway
June 27 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Endurance
June 27 – Tea and A Book – review of Vigilance
June 28 – Rambling Reviews – review of Defiance
June 28 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Vigilance / giveaway
June 29 – The Travelogue of a Book Addict – book spotlight /guest post / giveaway
June 29 – misty103@HubPages – review of Endurance
June 29 – alwaysjoart – review of Resilience / giveaway
June 30 – Book Reviews Nature Photos – review of Defiance
June 30 – The Chronicles of an Abibliophobiac – review of Defiance / giveaway
July 1 – Rambling Reviews – review of Endurance
July 1 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Defiance / giveaway
July 4 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Vigilance
July 4 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Defiance / giveaway
July 5 – Book Reviews Nature Photos – review of Endurance
July 5 – 3 Partners in Shopping – review of Defiance / giveaway
July 5 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of Resilience
July 5 – Bookishly Devoted – review of Defiance
July 6 – Pause for Tales – review of Resilience / guest post
July 6 – alwaysjoart – review of Vigilance / giveaway
July 7 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Defiance / giveaway
July 7 – The Chronicles of an Abibliophobiac – review of Endurance / giveaway
July 8 – New Horizon Reviews – review of Defiance
July 8 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Endurance / giveaway
July 11 – Life as Leels – review of Defiance
July 11 – 3 Partners in Shopping – review of Endurance / giveaway
July 12 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Defiance
July 12 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of Vigilance
July 13 – Pause for Tales – review of Vigilance
July 13 – alwaysjoart – review of Defiance / giveaway
July 14 – Life as Leels – review of Endurance
July 14 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Endurance / giveaway
July 15 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Endurance / giveaway
July 18 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – review of Resilience / giveaway
July 18 – Tea and A Book – review of Defiance
July 19 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Endurance
July 19 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of Defiance
July 20 – Pause for Tales – review of Defiance
July 20 – alwaysjoart – review of Endurance / giveaway
July 21 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Endurance / guest post / giveaway
July 21 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – review of Vigilance / giveaway
July 22 – New Horizon Reviews – review of Endurance
July 22 – Tea and A Book – review of Endurance
July 25 – JBronder Book Reviews – review of Resilience / guest post
July 25 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – review of Defiance / giveaway
July 26 – JBronder Book Reviews – review of Vigilance
July 26 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of Endurance
July 26 – Singing Librarian Books – review of Resilience
July 27 – Singing Librarian Books – review of Vigilance
July 27 – JBronder Book Reviews – review of Defiance
July 27 – Pause for Tales – review of Endurance
July 28 – Singing Librarian Books – review of Defiance
July 28 – JBronder Book Reviews – review of Endurance
July 28 – Bookishly Devoted – review of Endurance
July 29 – Singing Librarian Books – review of Endurance
July 29 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – review of Endurance / giveaway

Regina Shen Book Promo

In anticipation of the upcoming release of the 4th book in the Regina Shen series (Endurance), we are having a 99c ebook promotion on the 1st book in the series (Resilience) until June 3, 2016. The book will be available at both Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

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Book Blitz; Chance to Win Free Ebook

Sage is sponsoring a book blitz to celebrate the new covers for the Rebel series.

The Rebel Within The Rebel Trap Rebels Divided

You can check out the raffle for one free ebook copy of the short story collection at https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/70954c79125/

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Here are the sites for the book blitz:

Cross My Heart and Hope to Read – http://crossmyheartandhopetoread.blogspot.com/

my name is Sage – http://sageadderley.blogspot.com/search/label/Reading

Literary Lunes – http://www.literarylunespublications.com/

The Book Adventures of Emily – http://thebookadventuresofemily.blogspot.com/

Celtic Lady’s Book Reviews – http://www.celticladysreviews.blogspot.com

Indy Book Fairy – http://paranormalbookfairy.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-rebel-within-by-lance-erlick.html

Hogwash – http://hogwashthirteen.blogspot.com/search/label/mainline

Freda Hansburg – http://fredahansburg.weebly.com

Nya Reads – http://www.nyareads.com/

JBronder Book Reviews – http://jbronderbookreviews.com/

Books are love – hello-booklover.tumblr.com

Am kinda busy reading! – http://www.amkindabusy.com/

Lisa’s Louisiana Home – http://lisatjung.blogspot.com/

Reecaspieces – https://reecaspieces.com/

 

To support the blitz and celebrate the new covers, we are offering on Kindle only the first book in the series (The Rebel Within) for 99c over the weekend.

Lance

New Release/Cover Reveal

After a long period away from posting due to writing and joining grandparenthood, we are pleased to announce the release of the collection of short stories and novelettes: Short Sci-Fi Adventures.

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This brings together 6 previously published shorter science fiction/fantasy stories. You can check it out on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

We are also announcing the upcoming release in June/July of the 4th book in the Regina Shen series Regina Shen: Endurance.

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This series has been a labor of love and we hope you enjoy. We will keep you posted on the specific timing of the release, a planned blog tour, and any special promotions associated with the new release. You can check out the rest of the series by visiting Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other venues.

Big Short

Just saw the Big Short and have to say it hit most of the catastrophe quite well.

The characters facing the audience with asides was a bit distracting. Maybe some people like that. And the technical discussion might put a few people to sleep, though the movie didn’t overly burden it with technical stuff. The one piece I felt was missing was the depth of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (i.e. government) involvement in the mad dash to inflate the real estate market. They were both in over their heads in backstopping these bad loans. That was one reason the government had to bail out the banks. They were in bed with them.

Spoiler alert. There are no good guys in this movie. But there are a lot of short-sighted and a few visionary greedy people making huge lottery winnings off the rest of us. By the way, for those who think too-big-to-fail is a bad idea, we’ve lost almost 2000 banks since 2007 and the big bank have gobbled up losers to get even bigger. Stay tuned.

Overall a very good movie. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a refresher on what happened or more insight into what could happen again. By the way, if you wrote this as fiction,no one would believe it.

Rebel Within 99c

The Rebel Within

To celebrate the new Rebel series ebook covers, we are excited to offer the first book in the series (The Rebel Within) for only 99 cents until December 24, 2015 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple Itunes.

Help us celebrate the cover change and promotions.

Thanks,

Lance

Promotions and Freebies

Lots of timely news.

Regina Shen Resilience

First, we’re holding a Kindle Countdown for Regina Shen: Resilience, the first book in the Regina Shen series, only 99 cents until December 17, 2015. Visit Amazon to check it out.

Second, we’re delighted to offer free novelettes in the Rebel and Regina Shen worlds for those who sign up for our newsletter.

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By signing up, you’ll receive occasional notices about new releases, special offers, other free materials, and news related to my stories. To get your free downloads, just tell me where to send them here.

Lastly, we’re in the process of changing the covers on the Rebel series. You can still see the old covers on the print books:

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The Kindle covers have already been changed:

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We would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this change.

To create a little excitement over the new covers, we will be offering the Kindle version of the first book in the Rebels series (The Rebel Within) for only 99 cents from December 18-23, 2015 on Amazon.

Help us celebrate the cover change and promotions.

Thanks,

Lance

http://www.amazon.com/Lance-Erlick/e/B00C1PKYSA

 

Another Regina Shen Vigilance Review

By D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Regina Shen Vigilance

This second novel in the Regina Shen series continues the engrossing post-apocalyptic saga begun in the first book. The setting is a world where the ice caps have melted and created two levels of society, and Regina is one of the outcasts here until authorities discover her unique DNA makeup, which holds possibilities for the continued existence of an increasingly threatened humanity.

Book One set the stage and should really be enjoyed before Vigilence; but even newcomers to this series will be able to quickly absorb its setting and characters, which open with Regina’s concerns about her new family and threats to its existence. She’s on a mission, hunting for a kidnapped sister – and to do so, she must jump the wall and enter a forbidden world filled with uncertainty and threats.

Part of what drives the action in the Regina Shen series is psychological depth: Regina doesn’t just react to events; she strives to understand the people behind them: “Alice was cute in a big-girl way. But she had hunger in her eyes to get what she wanted. In the swamps, I avoided bartering with her type. They tried to steal what you brought, and then steal what little they bartered in exchange. Afterwards, they gloated at your misfortune.”

In any fictional account, it’s this level of emotional depth and attention to motivations behind actions that elevate the superior read from the mundane nonstop staccato action thriller – and Regina Shen: Vigilance features this in abundance.

From the psyche of the Federation and its different lifestyles (““You want to race?” I asked. “That’s Marginal,” she whispered. “The Federation promotes Harmony, not competition.“) to nefarious plans to exploit Regina’s DNA for less than altruistic or survival purposes, the story line is fast-paced but loses none of its tension by exploring different protagonists’ motivations and concerns.

The result is a gripping sequel in the series, highly recommended for both prior fans and newcomers to Regina Shen.