Review: Ricochet by Kathryn Berla

When I started reading this book, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I don’t normally read sci-fi, but it sounded like an interesting premise. I’ve done the DNA test through Ancestry, so I was intrigued when I saw that was part of the story. Unfortunately, this book didn’t draw me into the genre any more than before. The beginning was slow for me, but it picked up after a few chapters. The world building and writing are both solid, but the characters all blended together for me. I think it would be a tricky feat for anyone, trying to portray what’s essentially the same character, but in four different ways that make each memorable. Overall I’m glad I gave the story a shot, but it just wasn’t for me.

2.5/5 stars

*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

Random Update

Hello again!

So yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. Quite honestly, I don’t feel like my life or my thoughts are interesting enough to share. But for the one or two of you that may have the slightest interest, I suppose I can come up with a few things.

As some of you may know, I’m a crazy cat lady. My debut, Successor, is dedicated to my three furry beasts. Anyone who knows me personally wasn’t surprised by the dedication. They just shook their heads and laughed. Well within the last several months, tensions between my oldest (Isabeau, a.k.a. Bobo) and my youngest (Achilles) have rocketed. As anyone with male cats probably knows, boys tend to be rougher players than girls. Bobo has never been fond of Achilles and tends to growl and hiss at him most of the time. They’ve been together for about five years, and you would think she’d get over his presence by now. Nope! And it doesn’t help that he’s turned into a bit of a bully when it comes to her. He knows he can easily get a rise out of her and takes full advantage of chasing her when she runs from him. Then comes the growling, the hissing, the screaming. It hasn’t been a good situation, to say the least. A large part of it was due to the fact that I lived in an apartment the size of a closet.

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Tight quarters + agitated cats = STRESS!

The remedy? I moved!

Literally across the hall, no more than eight feet door-to-door. Easiest move in history! While my new apartment isn’t huge, it’s definitely more space than what I had before.

The cats still annoy each other, but at least here Achilles has a little more space to run and burn some energy. And some days, Bobo doesn’t totally despise his presence. I give you Exhibit A:

Bobo and Achilles

Before I forget…

I’m going to be narrating audiobooks! I’ve been in talks with the head of the audiobook department at my publisher, The Wild Rose Press. If you’re not familiar with them, they publish primarily romance novels and novels with strong romantic elements in them. I’ve recently started dabbling in voice-over work, and I’m still getting the hang of the equipment and software. But if all goes well, I’ll be getting added to their list of narrators for their audiobook line. It’s an exciting new venture, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

So that’s pretty much everything that’s been going on with me since my last update. On the writing front, things are slow going with Successor’s sequel and the other project I’m working on. But I’m making progress little by little. I’m definitely not one of those writers who can put out multiple books in a year! Just the thought is exhausting.

Speaking of writing, I should get back to it. Thanks for reading, if you made it this far.

Until next time!

Rae

Successor is OUT!

It’s finally happened! Successor, my debut YA fantasy novel, released last Wednesday, and I can now say, after all these years, that I am a published author. Publishing a book has been my top goal in life up to this point, and I can’t believe I’ve accomplished it. It really is a dream come true.

Now comes the tough part: not getting bummed when people say they don’t like it. It’s a hard, unavoidable truth to accept that not everyone will like what you create. Everyone’s tastes differ, and that’s perfectly okay! So I will just try my best to be happy they gave it a shot in the first place. Hopefully they’ll find at least a small bit they enjoyed. That’s the best I can hope for.

So with that being said, it’s time to focus on what’s next—the sequel! It’s still in the planning stage with bits and pieces of scenes written down, but it’s coming! There’s also another story I’m working on at the same time, so let’s see how I do writing two at once.

Have your copy of Successor? Already read it? Let me know what you think!

Happy reading!

Time for a playlist!

I think most writers have some kind of playlist they come up with during their writing process. They might play the songs while they’re writing to further enhance the experience and find inspiration, or they might hear a song at random that fits something in their story. However their playlists come about, music can make the story a more fulfilling experience for both writer and reader.

With that being said, here’s my playlist for Successor. Some of these songs go along with certain scenes, and others just fit the mood of the story as a whole. If you read the story, I’d love to hear your thoughts on which song you think goes with which scene!

In no particular order, here you go:

  1. World Collapsing – Revolt Production Music
  2. Searching for the Curse – thenewno2
  3. Everlasting – Brand X Music
  4. Always Trust Your Father – Sean Callery
  5. No Hope Left – Brand X Music
  6. Pompeii – Clinton Shorter
  7. The Glade – Trevor Jones
  8. The Kiss – Trevor Jones
  9. Stay With Me – Clint Mansell
  10. Cold Lamb Sandwich – Thomas Newman
  11. Statues – Alexandre Desplat
  12. 2-1 (Instrumental Version) – Imogen Heap
  13. Sacrifice (Alternate Version) – Christophe Beck
  14. I Will Find You – Clannad
  15. Surrender (feat. Haley) – Bassnectar & HAILO
  16. Ebudae – Enya
  17. The Power of Love – Gabrielle Aplin
  18. Now We Are Free (Maximus Mix) – Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard
  19. Saving Josh – Trevor Morris
  20. Godspeed – Klaus Badelt
  21. Elope – Thomas Wanker
  22. Don’t Let Me Go – RAIGN
  23. No Time for Caution – Hans Zimmer
  24. Ancient Voices (Extended) – Russ Landau & David Vanacore