William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher

Author Ian Doescher does it again, blending the infamous Bard’s style with the engrossing story of Star Wars with “William Shakespeare’s The
Empire Striketh Back”! Here is the synopsis:

Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy:
William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away
as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and
impeccable iambic pentameter. Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for
all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!

Star Wars fans all know the story by now. While the plot is the same, the words that are spoken make this an incredibly fresh story that I couldn’t
put down. My love of both Star Wars and Shakespeare made this a phenomenal read that was addicting to read, and makes me want to read the entire
series this way. If you love Star Wars and Shakespeare, this is the series for you, and Ian Doescher is a fantastic author who has brilliantly
brought this series to life once more, so be sure to pick up this book today!

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher Book Review

Like the cover says, “Verily, A New Hope”! That’s right everyone, the worlds of Shakespeare and Star Wars collide in author Ian Doescher’s
“William Shakespeare’s Star Wars”. Here is the synopsis:

MAY THE VERSE BE WITH YOU!

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of
Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars
abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ‘Tis a tale told by fretful Droids, full of faithful Wookiees and
fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying… pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is
the book you’re looking for.

This was given to me as an early Christmas gift, and I have to say this is one of my all time favorite gifts I’ve ever gotten. I’ve always been
a fan of classic William Shakespeare works, and I’m a big fan of the Star Wars universe, and yet I had no idea these two things had been
combined into a novel before. Written as one of Shakespeare’s infamous plays, the story is beautifully translated into the unique word only
Shakespeare could speak. From the comic relief of characters like R2-D2 and C-3PO to the haunting inner monologues of characters like Han Solo,
Luke Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi, this is the literary classic of the 21st century readers have been waiting for.

The themes explored in this book are Shakespearean themselves, delving into the complicated relationships between Luke and Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan and
Darth, and even hint at the unknown relationship between Darth and Luke. This book does a great job of delving into the darkness that has
consumed Darth Vader, something that is not done in the original film. Overall, this is a beautifully written retelling of an already classic
story in a voice that defines the word “classic” itself. This is a book that everyone should read, so be sure to pick up your copies of author
Ian Doescher’s “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” today!

Star Wars: Dark Disciples by Christine Golden Book Review

One of the most complicated love stories ever told in the Star Wars universe!

Let me start off by stating the obvious: I’m a huge Star Wars fan. No, I can’t speak Wookie or list the entire history of the Republic, but I do
love the story and the characters of the Star Wars universe started by George Lucas and curated by several writers and creators over the decades.
In Christine Golden’s novel Star Wars: Dark Disciple, fans are treated to an untold story from just before the end of the Clone Wars, when the
Jedi Order became desperate and turn to an unlikely ally for a mission to end the war. Here is the synopsis:

Based on unproduced scripts from the blockbuster TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars!

The only way to bring down the dark side’s most dangerous warrior may be for Jedi and Sith to join forces.

In the war for control of the galaxy between the armies of the dark side and the Republic, former Jedi Master turned ruthless Sith Lord Count
Dooku has grown ever more brutal in his tactics. Despite the powers of the Jedi and the military prowess of their clone army, the sheer number
of fatalities is taking a terrible toll. And when Dooku orders the massacre of a flotilla of helpless refugees, the Jedi Council feels it has no
choice but to take drastic action: targeting the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.

But the ever-elusive Dooku is dangerous prey for even the most skilled hunter. So the Council makes the bold decision to bring both sides of the
Force’s power to bear—pairing brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress. Though Jedi distrust for the
cunning killer who once served at Dooku’s side still runs deep, Ventress’s hatred for her former master runs deeper. She’s more than willing to
lend her copious talents as a bounty hunter—and assassin—to Vos’s quest.

Together, Ventress and Vos are the best hope for eliminating Dooku—as long as the emerging feelings between them don’t compromise their mission.
But Ventress is determined to have her retribution and at last let go of her dark Sith past. Balancing the complicated emotions she feels for
Vos with the fury of her warrior’s spirit, she resolves to claim victory on all fronts—a vow that will be mercilessly tested by her deadly enemy
… and her own doubt.

The intimate and complicated love story of Ventress and Vos is something to behold. Both beheld to a sense of duty, (Vos to the Jedi, Ventress to
her revenge and mission to leave the dark side behind her), the novel does an excellent job of exploring the shades of grey that exist amongst
the Force users of the Star Wars universe. While for some it’s as simple as the light versus the dark side, there are others who see a chance to
explore the depths of both sides of the force. The ruthless nature of the Clone Wars and the way these two characters are tested between their
mission and their feelings for one another makes this a gripping tale that every Star Wars fan should read.

Overall, this is a fantastic novel. I love the chemistry between Voss and Ventris, and the way their story impacts major characters like Obi-Wan
and Anakin Skywalker. I especially loved getting to see more sides of Ventris, who has always been a complicated character in the mythology, from
a Sith assassin to a fallen Nightsister to a bounty hunter for hire. Author Christie Golden really has done a masterful job of bringing these
characters to life in a way where you feel emotionally connected to them, and this is a true testament to the power of the author’s writing. If
you haven’t yet, you should check out Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden today!

Best of 2015!

Best of 2015:

Hello there citizens! It’s the end of 2015, and that means that as the year closes, we are all reflecting on what this year brought us. For
me, there were a lot of great things in the world of entertainment, my career and personally that made 2015 a great year, so I am going to share
with you all now some of my favorite things from 2015!

Movies:

Jurassic World: 2015 was the year big blockbusters returned from their long slumbers in limbo and gave audiences the world over a new, fresh
adventure into the massive worlds they created. The first one was this past summer’s Jurassic World, an incredible thrill ride in which we found
out what would happen if the park were to actually be opened to the public. Years after the Jurassic Park incident, the island has become a
tourist destination that mirrors a lot of similarities to the real world antics of places such as Sea World. With shareholders seeking a rise in
sales, the park’s scientists have created a genetically altered, gene spliced Dino that has a desire to kill anything and everything. When it get’s
loose, it’s up to a few survivors to get off the island and prevent the creature from escaping.

Star Wars The Force Awakens: The long awaited seventh episode of the most popular space saga in cinema history arrived at the close of 2015.
The film beautifully captured the magic of the first film, while bringing about some incredible new characters, great special effects, and
brought the original cast into the new story in a logical and fun way. In all honesty, I thought this film deserves to be included as a nominee
in some awards this year, and not just for special effects and costume stuff, but for musical score, supporting actor, best actress and best
film. It is the best film I saw in all of 2015!

Television:

Marvel and Netflix=Awesomeness: 2015 was the year television got even better, and eclipsed the movie theater industry overall. Netflix was a
pioneer for television, having introduced some great shows that defied the standards set by network television. Yet two series stood out this
year, and those were Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Both shows introduced the dark, gritty side of the Marvel Cinematic
Universe, and gave us two richly complex, badass heroes. With these new heroes came some great supporting characters the gave depth and
heart to the universe, and two villains that redefined what evil can look like. Bloody, action-packed and an emotional roller-coaster, not since
Breaking Bad have I been so obsessed and captivated by a television show. If you haven’t yet, watch these shows and be prepared to be amazed!

A Breathtaking Year in Horror: Horror took a predominant step in shows like The Walking Dead, it’s companion series Fear The Walking Dead, and
the final chapter of NBC’s Hannibal. The performances of the actors in these shows was emotional, chilling and rich to devour, marking a breakout
year for horror television. As an author/writer who loves the horror genre, this year inspired me and my writing with the groundbreaking
character development and plots introduced in the horror genre.

Music:

PMJ Brings Retro Back: One of the great things about music for me this year was the way the group Postmodern Jukebox brought a sense of retro
style music back to the modern age. Singers such as Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Maiya Sykes and more brought some flare to current hits with
20’s, 30’s, 40’s and more amazing retro styles. Personally, I (and everyone else who loves PMJ) loved Haley Reinhart’s “Creep” and “Seven Nation
Army” covers. These songs were eloquent, theatrical and powerful, and brought some of the style and iconic music of past generations back into
the spotlight.

Ten Second Songs: Another great artist from YouTube, rocker and singer Anthony Vincent brought his incredible range and style to an original
idea for a channel called Ten Second Songs, in which he takes a popular song, and sings in 10-20 different styles of singers, from Frank Sinatra
to Skrillex. The creative force of each performance really inspired me to take risks and go for my own creative niche, and I’m excited to see
where he takes the channel in 2016!

Games:

Fallout 4: Welcome to Post Apocalyptia today! That’s right, I along with the rest of the world found myself back into the fabled world of Fallout,
with the epic release of Fallout 4. Taking us into the shoes of another Vault dweller who must go on a journey into the wasteland, there were
some great improvements to the new engine and system. I love the customization factor, whether it’s the facial features, the fact that people
address you by your custom name in the game, that your character talks finally, and that you can create settlements and strongholds in the game.
There are multiple radio stations, and the seamless integration of systems like VATS and dialogue choices is easy to use. It’s a strong game
I cannot wait to play more of.

Star Wars Battlefront: After nearly a decade, it was time to travel to a galaxy far, far away…

That’s right guys. Star Wars gained even more attention with the highly anticipate release of Star Wars Battlefront. The fun of taking part in
famous Star Wars battles was felt as it was in the original two games, yet the graphics and FPS aspect of the game made for welcome improvements,
and of course who could pass up an opportunity to fight Darth Vader as Luke in a game? That spells fun right there. Actually, it doesn’t, but
anyways…

Assassins Creed Syndicate: I’m a history buff, so I’ve always enjoyed the historical aspect of the Assassin’s Creed series, even though a lot of
historical figures and events were altered for the games story. I love the setting and being able to see the ways people lived throughout human
history. So when AC Syndicate was released, I fell in love with the industrial, Victorian era London that was brought to life before my eyes.
Getting to see the start of technological advancements, as well as getting a sense of wonder and excitement that surely helped inspire a lot of
steam-punk style projects over the years. It’s such a fun game that I cannot wait to delve into more in 2016.

Batman Arkham Knight: The most fun I’ve had playing the Batman games so far, Batman Arkham Knight was super dark, creepy and realistic. The
gameplay was enhanced by the addition of the Batmobile, plus the incredible voice cast of legends Kevin Conroy, John Noble, Jonathan Banks and
more made this one of the best experiences I’ve had stepping into the shoes of Batman. After the story that was told and the finality of the
game, it makes me excited to see what kind of games the studios develop with the Batman brand in the future. I hope to see some more interaction
with the broader DC universe since most of Batman’s story has been explored and told in these last few games. It’d be interesting to see Batman
take on Justice League level issues in an open world environment. This is a must play game from 2015 for sure!

Books:

Saint Odd: The final chapter of the incredible Odd Thomas series came this year. Everyone’s favorite fry cook and heroic medium returns to the
town he left behind, Pico Mundo. The evil cultists he helped stopped time and time again are ready to unleash a catastrophe that’ll eclipse the
one that claimed someone he loves years earlier, and after all his adventures, Odd is ready to face one final challenge, hoping to stop the
unspeakable evil at any cost, even his own life. I’m half way through this book right now, and the fast paced action of the story is rich and
compelling, and I cannot wait to see how this final story unfolds for one of my favorite Dean Koontz characters of all time. Let’s hope 2016 brings
some new info from Mr. Koontz on the third book in the Moonlight Bay/Christopher Snow books!

YouTube Memoirs: So many great memoirs came out from our favorite YouTube stars this year. I read quite a few, from Joey Graceffa’s “In Real Life”
to Shane Dawson’s I Hate Myselfie, (as well as Justine Ezarik’s I, Justine: An Analog Memoir, Joe Sugg’s Username: Evie and more). These were
amazing reads and not only great to get to see the personal journey of each of these stars, but I thought it was great to see these stars use
their connection with their young fans to encourage more reading and introduce them to the power of literature. I hope to read the hilarious
books Selp-Helf from Miranda Sings and Binge from Tyler Oakley in 2016, and look forward to more YouTuber books in the future!

YouTube:

The Year of Coming Out: It was a great year for the rights of LGBT members everywhere. As a supporter of equality for all, I was happy to see
things like marriage for everyone legalized, and it also warmed my heart to see stars taking a brave step forward to come out to their fans
and use their platform not only to take a personal step forward in their life, but to help encourage and inspire others to be themselves. Stars
like Joey Graceffa, Shane Dawson, Ingrid Nilsen and many more took that pivotal step, and I am so glad to see people able to be themselves in
what I hope is an evolving, caring and loving world.

Savvy Sexy Social: One of my favorite YouTube channels I began watching in 2015 was Amy Schmittauer’s Savvy Sexy Social. This channel has given
me hope and inspiration in 2015 to help me go for my dreams and helped me gain some ideas and insight into what goes into marketing in the
social media age. I’ve watched several videos of hers this year, learning about so many different aspects of marketing that I hope to put into
practice in 2016, and her podcast was also a huge help this year as well. If you are serious about not just YouTube, but any business or image
you want to convey and you want to know how to best market yourself or your business, go watch her channel and look for some great advice from
her.

Her Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/savvysexysocial

Vloggers Take Over: I have to say, I noticed a huge rise in popularity with vlogs. For a long time I enjoyed more scripted or structured videos
such as sketches or music videos, but this year I saw the official take over of the vlogger. Family vloggers, travel vloggers, young disabled
authors in their second year of daily vlogging (shameless self promotion, youtube.com/GunslingerPimp or Avina Vlogs!), 2015 was a great year for
viewers to connect with people who shared their lives, making for a more personal, intimate viewing experience.

Personal:

The 500 Sub Club: Thanks to you guys, I passed 500 subscribers on my YouTube channel, Avina Vlogs. I finally got a set schedule with my videos,
got my official podcast started and got more interactive with you guys, and now we’ve gotten to about 530 subscribers at the end of 2015. I hope
to continue with my progress and get to 1000 subs soon, and more by the end of 2016. You guys are great and have made me feel like I’m doing
something great with this channel, so thank you for all your support this year.

Local News: I put myself out there finally for my writing, and did a phone interview with my local paper, and was featured on the front page
of the paper itself. The article was written about my biggest release in 2015, VOID, my drama/contemporary romance novella available in paperback
and eBook formats now, (shameless self promotion #2). Not only that, but the news caught onto the local Spanish Newspaper as well, and I was on
the front page of that one as well. It was a great confidence boost that is inspiring me to go for my dreams more in 2016!

Reviews A Plenty: I had a lot of positive reviews come out this year, both for my short stories and my novella VOID. The positivity in my reviews
is showing me that my writing is improving and getting better as the years go on, and is giving me the confidence I need to go forward with my
work in 2016!

Thank you guys for reading this post. It was a breakout year for me in 2015, but I think it was but a stepping stone for 2016. So many great
projects inspired my own personal stuff, but I think we are on the precipice of a truly stellar year of creativity, personal growth and amazing
projects that will launch us into a whole new platform. What were your favorite things about 2015? Leave your comments below and also tell me
what you hope to see happen in the coming year.

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