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Where does Roya belong?

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Roya Stark is an unhappy sixteen-year-old. But, not for the typical reasons teenagers usually are. She feels as though her family hates her, and she’s never felt like she belonged there. Her dreams are disturbing in the fact that there are people trying to lure her away. Roya also believes she sees the future. Nothing feels real.

Noffke’s first novel in The Lucidies Series, Awoken, follows Roya’s story as she discovers not only who she is and where she came from but also where her destiny lies. This young adult, paranormal series is a bit out of my comfort zone and I will not base my review on that fact. That would be unfair to the author and you, the reader.

The story is well written and edited even though I found a couple of typos. Roya’s character is brought to life in such a way that you both love her and want to smack her upside the head at the same time. It could easily be read as a stand-alone book. There is plenty of teenaged angst, burgeoning love, action and adventure, and a fast pace.

If you like time travelers, humans with special powers, and a bad guy trying to ruin it all, then this is the series for you!

4 out of 5 stars

Author Sarah Noffke

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April 30, 2016

CTC –Today I’m fortunate to have Sarah Noffke, author of The Lucidites Series, The Revarians Series, The Ren Series, and The Vagabond Circus Series.

 

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for my readers. Let’s begin, shall we?

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

SN – I used to sit in my treehouse and write plays and poetry. I loved to write from an early age, but I never really thought I’d go into business doing it. For most of my life it was an obsessive hobby. However, when I was working in college administration I used to go to the library on my lunch break. I would browse books, not knowing what I was looking for. I felt really lost at that time in my life. Almost every day I would run my fingers over the spines of the books in the library and stop randomly, thinking I’d find the book I was looking for. For some reason I just knew I needed to find a certain book. And then one day I heard the voice of intuition in my head. It said, “You can’t find the book because you need to write it.” And that’s the day I decided I needed to become a writer.

CTC – How long does it take you to write a book?

SN – Most of my books have taken around six weeks to write. The first book in the Ren series was written in about two weeks, which was exhausting and awesome. And the second book in the Reverian series I really didn’t want to finish so that one took around eight weeks. My productivity really is centered on how I feel about the book.

CTC – What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

SN – Sporadic. I usually wake up around 3 am with an idea and make myself get up and write it down. This may take a minute or three hours. I keep the worst hours when writing, but after I finish a book I always take a break and recharge.

CTC – What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

SN – I do most of my writing on the treadmill. I struggled with output for a while because I take care of my four year old daughter full time and teach college classes. So I decided to start multitasking. It totally works.

CTC – As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

SN – I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast. For six years I trained every single day for four to five hours. I held onto that dream until I was thirteen when I realized that I really liked boys and wanted to free up my schedule.

CTC – When did you write your first book and how old were you?

SN – When I was twenty-four I wrote a middle grade novel called One Day Hill. It’s a really fun book about the idea of time and how adding a single day to the end of your life can change it. However, I never found the right ending for it, so it’s sitting in the bottom drawer of my desk.

CTC – What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

SN – I’m an avid hiker. I love being outdoors and exploring. Connecting with nature is one way I keep the creative vault full.

CTC – What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

SN – That I become my characters during my time with them. If they’re depressed then so am I. If they’re confused and in the dark, then that’s how the story is for me. I have feelings of heart-stopping crushes, anger at the slightest irritations, or the urge to save humanity. It’s the oddest thing and really makes me feel like a schizophrenic.

CTC – How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

SN – Currently, I have eleven published novels and I’m working on the twelfth. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite because they are all so different. However, I think that Ren: The Man Behind the Monster is the book I enjoy most. I write YA mostly, so to be able to take off the gloves and get dirty with that book was fun. Ren is bad and censored in the other books where he appears. But in his own novel, which is NA, he says it how he thinks it.

CTC – Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

SN – Meditate. I don’t do it like I used to, but that’s what really helped me to connect with my writer’s voice.

CTC – Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

SN – Every day and I hope they never stop. I hear all sorts of things. They tell me what they love or what surprised them in my books. It’s not uncommon for them to tell me how heartbreaking something was that they read. And they share. Their lives, their struggles, their ideas. Many of them want to be a writer and share those goals with me. They ask for advice. And some just pop up to say hi and thanks. It’s really so much fun.

Thank you so much for the interview and the support of my books. I really can’t do this author thing without people like you.

CTC – Thank you so much, Sarah. It’s been a pleasure.

You can find Sarah’s book on Amazon.

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Sarah Noffke     Born with the power to control minds, hypnotize others, and read thoughts, Ren Lewis, is certain of one thing: God made a mistake.

WOW! Ren, a superhero!

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This book will be available for purchase on May 15, 2016.

Ren, who would have thought you to be a superhero? Yes, that is exactly what he is, albeit a reluctant one. He goes around the world trying to prevent folks, mostly Middlings, from destroying themselves or all of mankind. It’s this work with the Lucidites that helps keep the monster within at bay. Everything is mostly as it should be in his world until it is tuned upside down by a visitor from his past.

Noffke’s second installment in the Ren series, Ren: God’s Little Monster, delivers everything we’ve come to expect from Ren. The story is intense and full of emotion. It is a fast read and leaves you wanting much, much more. Ren’s character evolves into something more human with him fighting and kicking to stop it from happening. His self-discovery is masterfully woven throughout this beautiful tapestry of a novel.

It is no secret that I love Ren. He is the most unique character I’ve ever read. And, I am ever so grateful that his story is unfinished. Bravo, Sarah, bravo!

5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

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Is Em her own worst enemy?

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Em has been working steadily to gear up for a rebellion behind the scene during the 3 months since Rogue’s death. Her commitment to freeing the Defects and the destruction of President Vider is aided by her best friend, Zack, her sister, Nona, Dr. Parker, and her snarky uncle, Ren. With several heart wrenching revelations thrown at her will Em be able to succeed?

Noffke’s third and final book in The Reverian series, Warriors is a heart-pounding, roller coaster ride of emotions and action. The story is fast-paced and an easy read. Noffke does an excellent job of making the reader experience what Em is going through as she struggles with the results of her actions which don’t always go as planned.

Em was certainly a flawed protagonist and sometimes I did not like her. She luckily came through despite herself on more than one occasion. Fortunately, she was surrounded by cooler heads that kept her safe for the most part. This book is a fitting conclusion to her journey.  I will most definitely miss Ren and Tutu, as well as the loveable Nona. Zack and Em – not so much. 5 out of 5 stars.

Warning: Will Make You Cry

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The is the second review in this week of double shots for international bestselling author Sarah Noffke.

Em returns to Austin Valley in order to help Rogue, but quickly becomes caught up in the fight against President Vider and her father who are destroying the Defect children. With her best friend, Zack, her sister, Nona, and Rogue by her side Em battles to save the Defects and destroy the hold Vider has on the populace.

Noffke starts Rebels, the second book in The Reverians series, three months after Defects. In this fast paced, heart wrenching book the main characters introduced in the first book are much more clearly defined. We are also blessed again by appearances of Tutu and Ren, my personal favorites. The plot is darker and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

There is no way I could keep from reading the final installment of this series. 5 out of 5 stars.

Who Controls Your Destiny?

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Today I am going to start a week of double shots – posting reviews of the same author two days in a row. Sarah Noffke will lead us off.

Em, age 17, is a Dream Traveler whose ‘gift’ has not surfaced yet. This appears to be an epidemic amongst her generation and includes her younger sister. They are all being given injections to help bring out their ‘gifts’. But, after 4 years of injections Em is no closer to discovering hers. She feels that something isn’t right and her suspicions are confirmed by the discovery of a friend long since thought dead. How will she deal with the betrayal and help everyone to know the truth?

Noffke’s novel, Defects (The Reverians Book 1) is a very compelling, dystopian novel with fantasy elements. It’s a fast read and very well edited. She does a great job of developing the main character, Em and her supporting characters. This book is told from Em’s point of view. My favorites, though, are minor characters in this book, Tutu and Ren. I do hope to see more of them in future books. 5 of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

The Autobiography of Ren Lewis – A mind controlling monster

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Let’s get to is, shall we? This first review is about a book called Ren by Sarah Noffke. It is by far her best work to date. After you’ve read the review I would appreciate feedback as to what you want to see in a review. Should there be a second version full of spoilers? And, please remember, I don’t always give 5 star reviews. Enjoy!

Ren Lewis was born with a combination of gifts as a Dream Traveler that no one person should have. He has the power to control minds, hypnotize others, and read the thoughts of anyone he touches. The last gift causes him the most grief and he grows into a sad and lonely person with nothing but contempt for mankind as a whole. What compelling forces will bring out the worst in Ren? Will he be able to redeem himself and find any sort of happiness?

Noffke’s first book in the series Ren, The Man Behind the Monster is outstanding! Ren is a breakout series based on the character Ren Lewis who appears in both The Lucidites and The Reverians series. It grabs your attention the moment you start reading it and keeps you engaged until the very end. This is one of the better books Noffke has written.

The book is narrated by Ren and serves as his autobiography. It briefly mentions his roles in The Lucidites and The Reverians series, but not enough to spoil those should you have not read them. It is spell binding and will have you rooting for Ren regardless of the circumstances. I am looking forward to listening to the audio version as the voice behind Ren is fantastic!

Ren is such a curmudgeon and goes out of his way to make others dislike him. He takes advantage of anyone that can feed the monster consuming him from within. A life altering event causes him to seek a way to destroy the monster. You will need to read the book to find out if this arrogantly awful, selfish man indeed has emotions and a heart like the rest of us. 5 stars!