Tuesday, May 5, 2015

My Top 5 Fantasy Reads by BC Powell, Author of The Infinite Expanse

I'm so excited to welcome BC Powell, author of The Journals of Krymzyn series. This series features two of my favorite book covers-- they are simply stunning.

My Top 5 Fantasy Reads
by BC Powell
5. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. This was one of the first fantasy books written with a strong, young, female protagonist, and I would say it is the “godmother” of the modern YA fantasy genre. L’Engle’s prose is beautiful and flowing, her characters are rich and complex, and some very deep issues are examined in this story. It was one of the first fantasy books I ever read, and it’s still one of my favorites.

4. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis. This book opened my mind to the world of fantasy as a young reader. It’s an amazing story with characters that keep you deeply involved throughout the course of the journey. I enjoyed the entire “Chronicles of Narnia” series, but the first book is a masterpiece.

3. “The Gunslinger” by Stephen King. The first time I read this book, I couldn’t put it down. It was mysterious in a way that ignited my imagination and takes the reader into a dark, deeply compelling mood. Unfortunately, after the first three books, the “Dark Tower” series really fell apart for me. But the first book is one of the most enjoyable reading experiences of my life.

2. “Dune” by Frank Herbert. In my opinion, this is the best science fiction fantasy book ever written. I know that’s not going out on limb since so many others would agree, but this book opened my mind to the amazing possibilities of fantasy and sci-fi. If you enjoy fantasy and/or sci-fi but haven’t read this book, put it at #1 on your TBR. The story is truly mind-boggling while also making a very strong social commentary.

1. “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien. Fantasy just doesn’t get any better than this. I was seventeen the first time I picked it up. I didn’t sleep or bathe and barely ate until I finished the books. The stunning imagery, depth of the characters, and their amazing journeys makes this, in my opinion, and unequaled fantasy read.

Well, he managed to pick some of my favorite fantasies :)
How about you? What are some of your favorite fantasy reads?
My favorite is The Belgariad series by David Eddings, followed closely by Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn. 

The Infinite Expanse
The Journals of Krymzyn, Book Two

BC Powell

New Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi
March 31, 2015

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Evil lurks in the desolate Barrens of Krymzyn. For millions of Eras, predators with insatiable cravings have prowled the wasteland. When a traitor of the Delta enters their realm, the solitary beasts may finally have a leader to unite them.

As a new order emerges in the Barrens, Chase and Sash begin their lives together. While Chase fights to prove he belongs in Krymzyn, the power inside Sash flourishes in ways no one could have imagined. But a vengeance from the wasteland is soon unleashed upon them.

After Chase is trapped deep in the Barrens, his only escape is into the Infinite Expanse. Unaware of the deathly perils that take shape there, he may be lost forever. For Sash to return him from the endless wilderness, she’ll have to harness a mystical energy not seen since the beginning of time.

Don't miss book one!

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About the Author

BC Powell is a fantasy author from Los Angeles, CA. His debut science fiction fantasy novel "Krymzyn" was published in October, 2014. "The Infinite Expanse", the highly anticipated second book in "The Journals of Krymzyn" series, is scheduled for release on March 31, 2015.

Powell has a diverse background, having held several creative positions in the entertainment industry, including executive roles at ABC-TV and Technicolor. In recent years, he's authored several non-fiction works, primarily educational books and training programs for trading the financial markets. He dual majored in journalism and philosophy at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Writing fiction has been his lifelong passion and goal. “The Journals of Krymzyn” represents, in his words, “finally finding the story I want to tell with characters that are able to bring that story to life.” He's an avid reader and lists Ernest Hemingway, Frank L. Herbert, Stephen King, Jane Austen, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. as his favorite authors.

Brad, as he prefers to go by in personal communication, lives with his longtime girlfriend, three sons from a previous marriage, and their rescue dog and cat. He enjoys hiking, ocean kayaking, spending time at Southern California beaches, movies, and reading.

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  1. I really need to read a Stephen King book! I've seen plenty of his movies but I haven't tackled his monster books yet - they're so intimidating haha.

    1. I love Stephen King! Start out with one of his short story compilations like Night Shift. Lots of creepy goodness in one place.

  2. Hi Kimber,

    Thank yo so much for having me on your blog and taking part in the tour! I appreciate your support. Great advice to Giselle on the Stephen King starter!

    All my best . . . BC Powell

    1. My pleasure! I remember reading Night Shift when I was twelve or thirteen. I had trouble falling asleep for several nights.

  3. That was "The Shining" for me. I had been reading all day and late into the night during a thunderstorm and couldn't wait for sunrise!

    1. I love that book! Jack Nicholson was great in the movie. I'd love to go stay at that hotel.

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