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Lakebridge Autumn by Natasha Troop #review @lakebridgecycle

Natasha Troop

The town of Stansbury, Vermont has survived over four hundred years of tragic events. The town survived because otherworldly beings and powerful humans have always controlled the lives of the people willed them to forget each terrible event.

As the bloody conflict between those forces has been raging, the people have stopped forgetting. Fear and grief have replaced peaceful ignorance and the powers that be no longer care.

In Lakebridge: Autumn, Stansbury will fall.


I was introduced to author Natasha Troop quite a while back. I’ve been a fan from the moment I read her first book in the Lakebridge Cycle series. She is very talented, so much so I suspect it seeps from her pores and makes her glow or sweat profusely, however extreme talent manifests itself her cups runneth over.

The series she has created has hooked me so much, I feel an almost manic obsession in regards to them. It must be like what George R.R. Martin fans feel ( I haven’t read the books – looks at TBR mountain ) . When is the next book coming? WHEN IS WINTER COMING?????????? OMG STOP TORTURING USSSSSS!!!!

Yes Natasha when, when is Winter coming? I say that and then when it’s here in my hands I will sit there with glee and then it will dawn on me that the seasons have come and now they are gone and then I will cry and be bitter and sad that its come to an end. See this emotional turmoil she has created?

I am at her mercy, she has created a series so strong I truly admire her abilities. A town that I feel so much for, that I’ve been engrossed by. Characters I feel so much for and have become special to me. The Lakebridge Cycle is an engrossing literary series.

Spring crafted a brilliant foundation to the story. So eerie

Summer flourished destructively so and elaborated on the setting and people

Autumn tore so much apart

And Winter is coming.

Natasha writes in a style I love. It’s not for everyone granted but I myself enjoyed it. The stream of conscience and from so many points of view moose/meese and dogs and cats included I feel is part of what makes the story, the characters so endearing to the reader. Ps. I love that moose.

Her writing style is easy to read and flows so well. I was obsessive reading this story and just sat there with my nose in the book. The story I love so much Stansbury and all the people in the town and that damn bridge. A talented author and fascinating series. I recommended it wholeheartedly. I would suggest for new readers to start at book one but start you should. If this doesn’t convince you read my reviews of Lakebridge Spring and Lakebridge Summer.

The Lakebridge Series including Autumn can be found on Book Depository and Amazon

 

Authors who deserve more recognition

Michael at Literary Exploration suggested this post after I took a peek at his top 10 author list. So here it is Michael my 10 authors who deserve more recognition.

 

1. Natasha Troop. Her talent blows me away and I’m dying to read her next book. I feel bad for those who haven’t had the pleasure of going omg I can’t believe that just happened. Literary horror that makes you desperate to and terrified of turning the page.

2. Jackie Gamber. Quality fantasy young adult. Coming of age and just plain smart. Jackie writes books that are different from many YA out there, her’s has substance.

3. Paul Cleave my fave New Zealand author. Paul is kind and sent me a signed copy of his book The Cleaner which is just brilliant. His books are a must read for me and should be for everyone.

4. Craig DiLouie I <3 you Craig. He was super kind and agreed to an interview when I heard about his book it sounded oh so good. Loved The Infection when I got to it, it’s a great zombie read and I look forward to more of his work.

5. Nicole Cushing. Damn just damn. I’ve read two of her stories and I am blown away by Nicoles imagination and originality.

6. Pavarti K Tyler I’ve read one book just one by Pav and a short story at that. It was all that I needed to say yes I will read your work because only Pav could make cannibalism sexy.

7. Spike Marlowe she got me to love a placenta love story. Beat that.

8. AJ Scudiere is my I admire the growth I’ve seen having read all but her new one. I appreciate that she has improved as an author and I always look forward to what I know will be an entertaining read.

9. Tony Bertauski writes good stories. I love his work and highly recommend his books. Indie that is done well Tony is an author I can point to and say he knows his stuff.

10. Steven Shrewsbury the man’s latest book is dedicated to me so yeah it should be checked out for that alone

 

 

A Year in review

Its been quite the year for me with a great deal of change. I’ve done poorly after my move in getting back into the blogging routine not to mention I haven’t done fantastic in reviewing throughout the year. Once my move came in to play it took the majority of my focus. I’m hoping that 2013 will be an improvement for me as 2012 I failed all the reading challenges I set for myself. I’m still not sure if I should be more conservative or set the same kind of goal for 2013 but I do hope to review more and read more books off my own shelf. I will try, try, to catch up on reading the books I’ve been wanting to.

Despite my reading fails I did read some fantastic books as I do every year. My faves from 2012 are

 

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The Infection by Craig DiLouie. The best zombie book I’ve read and one I got a fellow blogger hooked on. Craig heard about this and as thanks kindly mailed me a signed copy of the sequel which is quite the pride and joy on my book shelf.

 

 

 

 

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Lakebride Spring by Natasha Troop. The same blogger who I got hooked on The Infection got me hooked on the Lakebridge series. Thanks Kriss. I am so thrilled to have read this book, discovering new authors is always a pleasure and Natasha is one of my new favorite authors. This is a must read book.

 

 

 

 

 

summer

 

 

Lakebridge Summer by Natasha Troop the sequel to Spring continues the story and what a story it is. Evil, evil, evil permeates a town and what a facsinating writing style Natasha has. I simply love all the points of view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many more but these three are the tops favorites, if they are ones you haven’t yet read or added to the TBR list I highly recommend them. Lot’s more to come and I’m working on getting back to a regular blogging routine. Happy reading in 2013 everyone 🙂

 

 

Author Natasha Troop guest posts for Lakebridge Summer book tour

It is with great pleasure that I share today’s guest post by Natasha with you all. Natasha is stopping by as part of the First Rule Publicity book tour for her book Lakebridge Summer the second book in her Lakebridge Cycle series. If you visit my blog even infrequently you’ll recognize this book as one I reviewed. I adored Natasha’s books and would rank Lakebridge Spring and Summer my second and third favorite reads of 2012.

Natasha has a lovely style of writing with many points of view, these include a moose and Mr. Whiskers who is a seriously cool kitty. She tempts you today with a guest post from Mr. Whiskers and introduces us to Larry. I thank Natasha so much for putting such a great post together and look forward to more Lakebridge Cycle.

Mr. Whiskers watched Larry the Cockroach slowly crawl by, pretending not to be aware of the dangerous predator nearby but obviously frightened beyond measure at the near certainty of his demise. Mr. Whiskers admired the cockroach for his bravery and thought of letting him go this once. He wondered if the creature would appreciate that his name was Larry and was sad that he could not ask him. Instead, he let the bug continue a few feet beyond his position on the sidewalk, just far enough to feel that he had escaped his fate, and then he pounced, catching Larry underneath his paws. He held the bug there for a moment, feeling him attempt to escape. He hadn’t eaten for a bit and the roach would make a nice snack, but he enjoyed the chase and this had been a bit too easy. He thought he’d give Larry another go and as quickly as he had pounced, he swatted his prey, sending him a few feet back in the direction he had come from.

Larry. Mr. Whiskers liked the name Larry and even thought that he might not eat the bug because he didn’t like the idea of eating a Larry. He wished he had given the bug a different name, like Milky. Milky was the name of a good meal. He knew a cat named Milky, though, and he liked Milky enough not to name his next meal after her. He thought perhaps he’d go by the house she lived in later and stare at her from the yard. Just long enough to let her know that he was around and if she ever made her way out of the window and out into the woods, he’d be there.

He heard some of the people in the bar talking about him one day, wondering if he liked his name, liked being Mr. Whiskers. One of them thought it was rather undignified, that perhaps he should have a name such as Bucephalous or Donatello. One thought perhaps Gatsby would be appropriate, given that he was a tuxedo cat. Then there was some nonsense about cats having secret names. The fact was, most of the cats he knew didn’t have names at all and only acquired a name when someone was good enough to provide one for them. He was Mr. Whiskers because the nice woman who worked over at the school, the one who was taken by the man who had gone away good and come back bad, had named him Mr. Whiskers and someone else heard it and it stuck and, frankly, he was happy to have a name and would occasionally even answer to it if the mood struck him to do so.

Larry bravely made his way past Mr. Whiskers once again. This time, rather than pounce, the cat rather cruelly swatted the bug back yet again simply because it amused him to do so. It was his right and privilege to play with his food. There was a danger to it, though. If he waited too long, some person might wander by and, like they do, step on Larry without a thought as to how it might affect the meal of a hungry cat. For the last few months, he wouldn’t have even thought to eat Larry. Play with him? Yes. Kill him? Perhaps. But not eat him. There had been a lot of human traffic through town over the last few months and the ones who came through were less than careful with their trash, which often included food and more than often, that food was offered kindly to the tuxedo cat that allowed them to pet him. He told the other cats that if they just let the humans offer a proper scratching from time to time, there were rewards. Risks, yes. His friend Walter, who was unceremoniously renamed Crayon by the six year-old girl who was named Francine who he was quite sure would not liked to be renamed something like Crayon by some random person who picked her up off the street and tried to make a housecat of her like she and her mother did to poor Walter who was now Crayon. Thus far, his status as the resident cat of Charlie’s Restaurant and the fact that everyone in town knew his name to be Mr. Whiskers protected him from abduction and renaming. But danger lurked everywhere and so he was ever vigilant.

Larry the cockroach was lucky today to have been named Larry. All things being equal, he preferred not to eat bugs and while he was a little hungry, he just couldn’t bring himself to eat a Larry. So this time, when the bug scuttled by, he let him go, hoping that Larry would find his way safely wherever he was going.

Synopsis of Summer:

In the aftermath of a tragic spring day, the people of Stansbury, Vermont, are unable to forget what happened, as they have all the tragedies of their past. After the media exploited their pain, they have become uneasy with the world beyond their town and with any outsiders.

In the aftermath of the media deluge, latecomers straggle into Stansbury looking to pick up the scraps of stories left behind. What they find, however, is that the powerful forces that have guided the destinies of the people of the town for hundreds of years are now at war with one another and in need of pawns.

In the aftermath of Spring, there is Summer.

Synopsis of Spring:

Vermont, picturesque and lovely, attracts visitors from across the country in search for the perfect picture, the perfect fall foliage or perhaps a taste of maple syrup. Stansbury is best known for the odd covered bridge that spans Stansbury Lake and goes nowhere, connecting no roads and serving no known purpose. The locals call it the Lakebridge. Very few know of its mysterious origins and fewer care to know more. Those visiting the town perhaps take a few snapshots and leave, their curiosity quelled by an uneasy feeling that they shouldn’t think on it anymore.

The tourists will eventually leave Stansbury, but its residents strangely linger, seemingly held captive by a force they barely recognize. They also do not think about the town’s mysterious artifact much except in passing, all but Gil, his father, Ben, and a few others. They know of the bridge’s dark history and understand that it is responsible for every horror that ever befell the people of Stansbury: the people who fear the bridge but will not speak of it. The bridge makes people do things – bad things – so that it can continue to love and care for them all.

Some have tried to destroy the bridge, but as long as the bridge is fed with the lives of the innocents of Stansbury it will go on – loving the people of Stansbury.

Lakebridge: Spring is the first of a four book cycle revolving around Stansbury and the Lakebridge.

About the Author:

Natasha grew up in Southern California and received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Comparative Literature. She also holds Masters Degrees in both Secondary Education and Creative Writing. Natasha currently lives in the Phoenix area with her spouse, son, daughter and menagerie of pets, including a Basset named Moose and a very overprotective collie dog. Aside from writing and teaching high school students to a love of theater.

Natasha can be found online at her web site

Lakebridge Spring and Summer are available in ebook and print

Lakebridge Summer tour has many more stops so be sure to visit the other bloggers coming up at First Rule Publicity

Author Natasha Troop interview

Natasha Troop author of the Lakebridge Cycle book is on today. Two of the four books in the series are out and I’ve read them both along with a teaser that she kindly sent me for the third book.

Lakebridge Spring and Summer are two of my top books read this year. I enjoyed them so much and they have made me a mad crazy Natasha fans. If I could I’d camp out in front of her house waiting for the next book okay that and some woobie cookies that she and Marni make. Ohhhh good stuff the ones with filling are yummeh! Kriss the Cabin Goddess introduced me to her and I must say I am grateful for the new friend and great read that have come my way.

I’m glad Natasha agreed to be on as I love interviews I think it’s a great way to find out about an author and I for one was wanting to hear all about her so here she is Natasha Troop.

Please tell me about yourself

I was born in close proximity to Disneyland, which I believe will come in handy when the Disney Corporation declares the area around Disneyland to be a sovereign nation, I will be a natural citizen of Disneyland and get a lifetime pass to the park. Perhaps I could also work for my homeland as an imagineer. Some time soon after being born, I was removed from my homeland and raised mostly in the San Fernando Valley, more commonly known as “The Valley”. You may live in “a” valley, but you do not live in “The” Valley. We have an accent and everything. My spouse gets very angry at me when my Valley comes out. Speaking of accents, I also lived in New Jersey for four years as a child. Fortunately, I was able to escape before it did any lasting damage. After growing up some, going to colleges and working professionally in the theatre and film industry, I found an amazing spouse, we had children and now live in the Phoenix area of Arizona where I am employed as a high school Theatre Arts teacher who can teach English as well and is occasionally called upon to do so which gives me the opportunity to assign my books as independent reading. Phoenix is also in a valley, sometimes called “The Valley of the Sun” because of its close proximity to the Sun. You may not have known this, but due to an unexplained topographical anomaly, Southern Arizona is actually closer to the Sun than anywhere else in the country. There are a few other parts of the world that suffer as we do and strangely, people keep living in all of them.

Some favorite authors and books –

I have many and I hate to leave any of them out in case they are reading this and feel hurt at the fact that they haven’t been included. My favorite author of all time is Marni L.B. Troop, author of Tir Na n’Og, but I’m married to her so the bias is understandable. My favorite book is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel GarcĂ­a Márquez. I’m also a fan of the British Modernists such as Woolf and Joyce, Mrs. Dalloway being very influential on my work. I also love Lovecraft and my favorite author when I was young was Stephen King. I could really go on here for a great while and name check books and authors. My B.A. is in Comparative Literature for a reason. I do love reading.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading Sandcastle and Other Stories by Justin Bog. The Cabin Goddess was nice enough to gift it to me because she thought I would like it and she was right. The writing is dense and lovely. I look forward to reading more of Bog’s work.

What is your writing routine and work space like?

When I write, I try to produce around 2000 words per session. While I wish I could write every day, I have to find time in between raising kids, working and taking classes for the current degree I’m working on. I prefer to write in a coffee place like Starbucks simply because the atmosphere suits me and there are less distractions than at home. I wish I could say I had the discipline to tune everything out, but, alas, I need to find comfort in coffee and places that sell it.

Have you always written or is this a recent passion for you?

I’ve been writing for around 30 years now. I was an editor on my high school’s literary magazine back in the day and have always felt a calling to make words dance for me.

Most people don’t want/like surgery you however had one recently that you very much wanted. Congrats on the new vagina by they way. How has being transgender affected your writing if at all? Do you view things character view points for example differently having lived as a man and woman?

I wouldn’t say so much wanted as needed the same way one needs to have a tumor removed. But thank you. Life is a whole lot more livable now that mind and body are properly aligned. I’m not sure if being a trans woman has impacted my writing to a great degree. I don’t currently nor do I ever plan on writing trans related fiction. It doesn’t interest me to read and less so to write.

But your last question is much more relevant to my writing because I have lived life on both sides and even though my perspective was never truly male, I know what it is to live as a man and can relate to that experience in my writing. While my experience living as a woman is more limited in time, I know pretty much how different things are for women than they are for men, both in the way we think and the way we are treated by others in the world. I hope that when people read my work, which is intensely character driven, they feel that both the female and male characters read as authentic. But I also hope the moose and Ivy and Mr. Whiskers also read as authentic, and I have no experience as an animal.

What was the inspiration for the Lakebridge series?

I used to have dreams of being a screenwriter and along with some friends, started a production company. Lakebridge was initially the product of a late night brainstorming session with my friends. It was a lot different at that point..much more absurd and less what you might call horror than a dramedy of sorts. I tried for a few years to make it work as a screenplay, but it never quite did. But what I had was a point-by-point outline for Spring that then sat in one of my many notebooks gathering dust. Then I read a few books when I was finishing my B.A. that inspired me to take those notes and write them as a novel. I wrote the first chapter in a weekend and my spouse and my friend and fellow novelist, Becca C. Smith, author of the Riser series, read the chapter and demanded more.

I thank you for the early bit of Autumn I feel super lucky to have read it. You’re writing it a bit different than Spring and Summer why?

Each book in the series is meant to have its own flavor.Summer is more of a work of science fiction horror than Spring, which is what you might call literary horror…or something more akin to psychological horror. Autumn will be more of a work of fantasy horror and Winter will be Gothic horror. Aside from that, I want to surprise my readers a bit more and challenge myself as an author to take risks with this particular work. I may fail spectacularly, but I want to push the boundaries of what I can do with this story. Trust me, what you’ve seen so far is tame compared to where this book is going.

Do you have other stories that you are or plan to work on or are you solely focused on the Lakebridge Cycle right now?

I do. Occasionally my mind travels to the desert of Arizona where the next book will be set, although still within the same universe as Stansbury and Lakebridge. But I’m not going to tell you what it is just yet.

When do we get more Lakebridge?

I have given myself a deadline of March 23, 2013, my birthday next year, to finish the first draft. I hope that it will be in print by the following May.

Last but not least what is your favorite Woobie’s flavor?

It was the caramel brĂ»lĂ©e. I say was because we had to close up shop on the cookie company. As good as they were, we were not getting enough orders to pay for all the things that one must to keep a food business going. We’re just going to focus on our books and our kids for the time being.