#BookReview: Eventide by Mae Clair

Hi everyone. Today, it gives me great pleasure to post my review of Eventide, the third and final book in the Hodes Hill Series by Mae Clair, fellow author and friend. I received a free advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I’ll let the book and my review say the rest >>>


Book Description

The darkness is coming . . .

The old house near Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania is a place for Madison Hewitt to start over—to put the trauma of her husband’s murder, and her subsequent breakdown, behind her. She isn’t bothered by a burial plot on the property, or the mysterious, sealed cistern in the basement. Not at first. Even the presence of cold spots and strange odors could be fabrications of her still troubled mind. But how to explain her slashed tires, or the ominous messages that grow ever more threatening?

Convinced the answer lies in the past, Madison delves into the history of the home’s original owners, only to discover the origin of a powerful evil. An entity that may be connected to a series of gruesome attacks that have left police baffled. No matter where she turns—past or present—terror lingers just a step away, spurred on by a twisted obsession that can only be satisfied through death…

 

My Review

Thanks to NetGalley and Lyrical Underground for an ARC of this book.

I have read all of Mae Clair’s Hodes Hill books, and this one is by far my favourite. I loved the mix of the supernatural with typical ghosts spiced up with a deadly and terrifying ghoul. All in all, this is a great series that works well both to read as a run on and for each book to stand alone, although you get more by seeing the character progression throughout the series if you read them in order. Having read of Madison, the main character, in previous books and seeing her struggle through the eyes of others, it is nice to see her getting a book to herself, and what a strong heroine she turns out to be.

The plot runs both in the past (1800s) and in the present day and gives you plenty of mystery, suspense, and twists in both timelines. While I sussed out that something was up with the historical brothers early on, I completely failed to work out what it was, so kudos to the author for that bit of cunning.

I highly recommend this book and will be reading more from this writer. A solid five star read.

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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Expansion Pack: Stock Characters

 

You have to check out this post on Stock Characters by Craig Boyack over at Story Empire. I love it! >>>

Hi gang. Craig with you again. Earlier this year, I wrote a series here about The Hero’s Journey. This is a link to PART ONE. Then I went on to write several Expansion Packs. Those are easy enough …

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#BookReview: Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara

Hi everyone. Harmony here with another book review to share. This one is from an advanced review copy provided via NetGalley and Random House UK. I greatly enjoyed this read, and here’s the book description and my review …


Book Description:

 

Every town has its secrets. Lesley Kara knows them all . . .

From the author of 2019’s biggest crime thriller debut, The Rumour, comes an addictive new novel . . .

It’s been 192 days, seven hours and fifteen minutes since her last drink. Now Astrid is trying to turn her life around.

Having reluctantly moved back in with her mother, in a quiet seaside town away from the temptations and painful memories of her life before, Astrid is focusing on her recovery. She’s going to meetings. Confessing her misdeeds. Making amends to those she’s wronged.

But someone knows exactly what Astrid is running from. And they won’t stop until she learns that some mistakes can’t be corrected.

Some mistakes, you have to pay for . . .

 

My Review:

 

 

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK for the ARC of this book.

We meet Astrid, a recovering alcoholic … sober now for 192 days, seven hours and fifteen minutes.
Then we meet the cute hunk, Josh … who still needs to recover from the sudden and tragic death of his mother.
Then there are all the supporting characters and a true-to-life small-British-town feel. A great mix.

I found this to be a fun read, which didn’t go too deep and kept things fairly light despite the content matter. The experiences for both the alcoholic main character and for her supporting characters were realistic, and I felt for the MC and her mother most especially. While I did guess who the culprit was way early, I still enjoyed the getting there part.

The plot has some good twists in there, and following Astrid while she teeters on the edge of the sober-wagon makes for an intriguing and mildly suspenseful read. I found myself rooting for her, and I could easily understand her struggles. I felt that her character arc was well portrayed from weak and a little pathetic to growing stronger and more determined to solve her own problems and get on with her life.

I give this book a strong 4 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it.

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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Cool Apps for Writers

Check out this fun post on apps for writers from Mae Clair over at Story Empire >>> Would you dare the Write or Die?? >>>

 

Hi, SeERs. It’s another Mae Day on Story Empire. As writers we’re always looking for ways to increase our creativity and our productivity, right? Today, I’m sharing several apps t…

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Oh Baubles!

Hi everyone. A very happy Harmony here! My latest book, a Christmas Romance novella just went live on Pre-order 🙂

(Doing my happy dance.)

It’s a nice quick read at just 64 pages, excluding front and back matter.

Here’s the cover and blurb for you …


After a tragic accident one Christmas, Charlene loses her husband and her leg.

 

Scarred and damaged, the losses leave her lost and reeling, and a long recovery lies ahead of her.

 

When John, a hot young physiotherapist, comes into her life with his ripped abs and good-god good-looks, she can’t imagine he’d give somebody like her a second glance.

 

Then she falls for him.

 

Can Charlene overcome all obstacles to gain back her life and find true love once more?

 

Find out in this fun-filled, clean Christmas romance novella from award-winning author Harmony Kent.


The universal Pre-order link is:

mybook.to/OhBaubles

and the eBook and paperback go live on December 6th.


Watch this space, as I’ll be posting a teaser sneek peek for you soon!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

 

 

©Harmony Kent 2019

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How to Back-up your Manuscript Easily and for Free

A quick, easy, and FREE method of backing up your precious manuscript >>>

Hello SErs. Harmony here. It always saddens me beyond measure when I read that a fellow author has lost all their hard work due to a computer failure, lost laptop, or any number of other reasons. W…

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It worked. It’s a book

A new book from C S Boyack with a cover I love! For more about this, check out the original post >>>

 

I allowed myself that extra hour of sleep the time change provided. This isn’t my first book, so I didn’t completely panic when I got up. I went through my morning routine, fed the dogs…

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Research: How deep do you go?

An interesting post on research in writing today by Mae Clair over on Story Empire >>>

Hi, SeERs! It’s another Mae Day on Story Empire 🙂 I know research has been discussed multiple times, including some brilliant posts by my colleagues at SE, but  I hope you’ll indulge m…

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I’m Testing a new way of Commenting … can you help?

Hi everyone, it’s little ole me. I just changed the comments requirements on my blog, and I’m not sure how it will work for you all. I removed the need to log in with your name and email address, so–hopefully–you can now just comment without inputting that information every time.

What I don’t know is if you’ll have to be logged in to WP to comment first or if you can simply comment. I would love for you to try to leave me a comment to this post and let me know what hoops–if any–you have to jump through.

The other side of this experiment is to see how much spam comes in and if it’s manageable at my end timewise.

Thanks, everyone!

Hugs

Harmony 🙂

 

> Oh, and watch this space … I have a brand new Christmas romance novella coming out soon! … Excited. It’s a short read at just under a hundred pages, and I’ll be posting more on that soon! >>>

 

Update:

So, I can’t find the issue and thus can’t fix it. I’ve spent a couple of hours on this now and I’m so frustrated. I deleted Jetpack, my website slowed right down, and the problem persisted. I’ve checked both WP and Askimet antispam settings. My WP settings and Jetpack now allow comments without email and the darn box is still there when I log out. A Google search has failed to find this issue or any resolution. Thanks for your help, folks. Much appreciated 🙂

Tried a new plug in but it ended up taking forever to leave a comment, so no good. … I tried, folks. Apologies.

 

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A little about blog tours

An interesting post on blogging from C S Boyack over on Story Empire today >>>

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#Book Review: Viral Blues by Craig Boyack @virgilante, and Finding Hunter by Marcia Meara @MarciaMeara

Hello everyone. Today, I’d like to share two book reviews with you, both from indie writers whoom I respect. The first book is by my friend and fellow Story Empire writer, Criag Boyack, and features many old-favourites character-wise. The second work is from Marcia Meara, and is the second book in her Riverbend Series. I greatly enjoyed both books. From here, I’ll let my reviews and the book descriptions tell you all you need to know >>>


Viral Blues

Someone knows about the hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness.

They are summoned to a cryptic meeting with a secret society, where they meet other people with enhanced skills. It turns out someone, or something, has been tampering with the world’s vaccine supply. The goal doesn’t appear to be political or financial, but biblical pestilence.

Can this group of loners come together in time to make a difference when even the proper authorities are obstacles?

Check out Viral Blues, for your dose of paranormal adventure, with a strong sample of dark humor. And in recent superhero style, don’t miss the secret last chapter after the back material.

 

 

 

 

My Review:

 

 

I greatly enjoyed reading The Hat, and the two main characters from that book feature largely in this one. As do lots of old favourites from C S Boyack’s fiction. As ever, I loved the humour that the author injects into his writing, and this book kept me highly entertained.

A few technical issues in the writing interrupted the flow sometimes, mostly around using the word ‘sat’ when what is called for is ‘set’, and then the complete lack of using ‘had’ when it is desperately needed to put the sentence into the proper time frame for when things are happening or have happened. A lot of times, I found myself having to re-read something to get the sense of it because the author had omitted ‘had’, which changed the whole perception of the thing.

Other than those hiccups, this was a fantastic read with a great plot and storyline, as well as brilliantly written characters that never fail to amuse and entertain. As the book description promises, you get a good dose of paranormal adventure, with a strong sample of hilarious dark humour. I’ll be eagerly awaiting more books from this author. Viral Blues gets a solid 4 stars from me.

 

Finding Hunter (Book 2: Riverbend Series)

 

Before, I never thought about taking a life. Not once.
Now, the thought fills my mind day and night, and
I wonder how I’ll hide that terrible need,
As an old car swings to the shoulder,
And stops.

~ Traveling Man ~

Hunter Painter’s darkest fears have shaped his offbeat personality since he was a child, crippling him in ways invisible to those unable to see past his quiet exterior. In a sleepy Florida town known for its eccentric inhabitants, he’s always been a mystery to most.

Only one person sees beyond Hunter’s quirky facade. Willow Greene, the new age herbalist who owns the local candle and potpourri shop, has secretly loved him since they were in high school. When, sixteen years later, she discovers Hunter has loved her just as long, Willow hopes her dreams are finally coming true.

Soon, Willow learns that Hunter fears happiness at her side isn’t in the cards for him. With her natural optimism and courage, she almost convinces him he’s wrong—that they can really have that life together they both long for—but even Willow can’t stop what Hunter knows is coming.

One by one, his worst nightmares become reality, culminating in an unthinkable tragedy, which devastates everyone it touches. Willow’s battle begins in earnest as Hunter is plunged into a bleak, guilt-ridden despair, threatening to destroy not only their love, but Hunter, himself.

Finding Hunter is the story of a lost man’s desperate struggle to make his way home again, and one woman’s unshakeable faith in him and the power of their love.

My Review:

 

 

 

 

 

After thoroughly enjoing book one in The Riverbend Series, I went on to read book 2, Finding Hunter. While there isn’t a serial killer or any other type of outside threat to the happy couple in this story, there is most certainly a threat, and one all the more perfidious because it’s an internal threat, and a triple whammy to boot: depression, lack of self esteem, and PTSD.

The author writes fantastic character-driven fiction, and this read brought tears at times because I got that involved. I particularly liked the poems that opened each chapter, and for a while told one of the character’s stories in his absence.

As ever, this writer delivers strong characters, great fiction, and a compelling setting in Florida. I will be reading book 3 in this series just as soon as I can. Finding Hunter gets a resounding 5 stars from me.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

 

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.

3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.

2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.

1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

 

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#SomethingWickedTour @StaciTroilo @StoryEmpire

Hello everyone. Today is the fifth and final day of the Story Empire Team’s Something Wicked Blog Tour. I hope you’ve all enjoyed following us for the week and seeing what we have to offer.

Today, it gives me great pleasure to host author Staci Troilo, who talks about book 1 in The Astral Conspiracy Series, The Gate.


Writing in a Shared World

Thanks for welcoming me here today, Harmony.

Ciao, amici! Yesterday in the Story Empire Something Wicked tour, I discussed macro- and micro-level details to use when developing a story world.

For me, the next logical progression is to talk about existing story worlds, and how to write in them.

Let me explain.

Most of the time when we write, we create everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. Not just the plot and the characters, but the world in which everything happens. Each decision—from the overarching theme to the most minute detail—is ours and ours alone. It can be a bit daunting, especially to a beginning writer, but we get used to it. In fact, much of it becomes second nature and we lose sight of the mechanics behind the scenes. We become blind to both the power of world creation and the responsibility of it. We just do it. (And, hopefully, do it well.)

 

 

 

 

But there is actually another way to write. One that takes away a lot of the decisions that need to be made, freeing the author to focus solely on plot and character.

That’s writing in a shared world.

Perhaps you’ve heard of author Richard A. Knaak. No? You may have heard of the Diablo books or the Dragonlance Chronicles. I’m sure you’ve heard of World of Warcraft. I heard Knaak speak at a conference in 2012, and it was my first introduction to shared worlds. He said he got his start not by writing a novel in a world he conceived of, but by writing a novel in a world that already existed. He advocated beginning writers try that path if they couldn’t break into publishing otherwise, saying once writers have some titles under their belts, they will find it easier to get a publisher interested in their original works.

It’s actually the path I chose. My first published novel was written in a shared world.

There are pros and cons to doing this.

Pros:

  • The world already exists, so there’s a built-in fanbase.
  • Many of the details have already been established, so you have far fewer decisions to make.

Cons:

  • The fans are likely more knowledgeable of the world than you, so mistakes will be noticeable (and likely pointed out in a very public and emphatic way).
  • Many of the details have already been established, so you can’t do whatever you want and have to stick with established canon.

My Astral Conspiracy series takes place in a shared universe. I already know what the aliens look like, how they behave, what their agenda is, and what is going to happen on the grand scale. It was nice having these decisions taken off my shoulders. But there were also times when I really wanted to do something but I couldn’t because an alternative was already established.

The Invasion Universe is rich with lore and characters and settings—far richer than a standalone novel (or even a series) could ever be on its own. It’s been a challenge to create the story I wanted to tell within pre-established constructs, but it was challenging in a fun way. It’s forcing me to flex different writing muscles, which I always enjoy in a project. If you’re interested in seeing how I merged my stories into the existing universe, I invite you to check out all the offerings in the series, and my opening novel, The Gate.


He lost his job. Lost his girl. Now it’s all he can do not to lose his life.

Landon Thorne is a disgraced archaeologist, a laughing stock in his field because of his unconventional beliefs – he’s an ancient astronaut theorist. No one takes him seriously.

Until an alien armada targets Earth.

Now Landon’s in high demand – by the US government and someone far more sinister.

They race across two continents to the Gate of the Gods, the one place on Earth that might give humans an advantage over the aliens. But no one is prepared for what they’ll find.

And not everyone will make it out alive.

The Gate is the first of five novels in the Astral Conspiracy Series, part of Sterling and Stone’s Invasion Universe.

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About the Author:

Suspense, Passion…Fiction That Flutters The Heart

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Genres:
Romance, Suspense, Paranormal, Mystery, and Mainstream

Quirky fact I don’t want anyone to know:
The socks in my sock drawer and some books on my shelf are arranged in rainbow order.

Bio:
I grew up knowing family is paramount. I was blessed to spend time with extended family daily, not just on holidays or weekends. Because of those close-knit familial bonds, every day was full of love and laughter, food and fun.

Life has taken me a thousand miles away from that extended family, but those ties remain. And so do the traditions, which I now share with my husband, son, and daughter… even my two dogs. And through my fiction, I share those traditions and the importance of relationships with you. Mystery or suspense, romance or mainstream—in my stories, family is paramount.

To learn more about me, visit me at http://stacitroilo.com or connect with me on social media.

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#SomethingWickedTour @JoanHallWrites @StoryEmpire

Hello everyone. Welcome to the fourth day of the Story Empire Author’s Something Wicked Tour. Today, it gives me great pleasure to welcome my fellow author and friend Joan Hall. Get ready for Something Wicked >>>


Hello, everyone. I’m delighted to be with you on this stop of Story Empire’s Something Wicked Tour. Harmony, thank you for hosting me. Today, I’m going to talk about the danger of keeping deadly secrets.


Imagine you are a sixteen-year-old living with your over-bearing father who is supposed to be an upstanding member of the community.

Kyle Lawrence is a minor character in Unseen Motives the first of the Driscoll Lake Series. As a teenager, he witnesses something that leads him to believe his father might be a murderer. At the least, he knows something about a recent killing and the disappearance of another prominent community member.

But Kyle said nothing. He knew his father wasn’t perfect, but Curtis Lawrence was the only parent Kyle had, having been abandoned by his mother years earlier. He remained silent for twenty years. After all, keeping the secret won’t hurt anyone. Or would it?

  • For years, Stephanie Harris believed her father was a killer.
  • Rachel Jackson was left without a mother and blamed Robert Harris for the murder.
  • Christine Starnes, who later became Kyle’s wife, was estranged from her best friend.
  • Kyle’s obsession with the crime affected his marriage.
  • A burgeoning teenage romance was destroyed. Both parties later married. One marriage ended in divorce, the other with the untimely death of a spouse.
  • Kyle’s daughter later had trust issues and became rebellious after it was revealed he kept secrets.
  • A killer went unpunished for two decades.
  • And perhaps the worst, the secret lead to another death.

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” ~ Sir Walter Scott

Kyle’s secret is an overlapping arch throughout the series. Although the truth is discovered in the Unseen Motives, you’ll see how it affected different characters in Unknown Reasons and Unclear Purposes.

 

Curious? Click here to learn more about each book.

Unseen Motives Purchase Link

Unknown Reasons Purchase Link

Unclear Purposes Purchase Link

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#SomethingWickedTour @MaeClair1 @StoryEmpire

Hello everyone. Welcome to the third day of the Story Empire Author’s Something Wicked Tour. Today, it gives me great pleasure to welcome my fellow author and friend Mae Clair. Get ready for Something Wicked >>>

 

The Spooky House Thanks for hosting me today, Harmony! It’s fun to be here with your readers kicking off my third stop of Story Empire’s Something Wicked Blog Tour. October is a fun time that brings plenty of shivers and goosebumps as we draw closer to Halloween. Today, I want to wind back the clock to the spooky house in my neighborhood. Almost every community or town had one. Haunted house with steep roof peaks, surrounded by shrubbery   When I was six, the spooky house was tucked on an urban, tree-lined street, two doors down from where my family lived. A brooding three-story structure of gray stone with a sprawling covered front porch, white columns, and side bump-outs, it oozed mystery. The adults might have been oblivious, but all the neighborhood kids knew it was haunted. No one actually lived there. It had been converted for business offices with a huge rear parking lot butting against an alley. The lot was sectioned off with lengths of heavy chain strung between squat cement pilings. We’d see people come and go, swallowed up inside, but there were never many cars in the lot. Naturally, we were suspicious. My friends and I were convinced a coven of witches met there. If you ventured too close to the sides where the shadows were thickest, you’d be sucked up into a coffin hidden beneath the eaves. No one would know what happened because an evil twin—capable of fooling everyone—would take your place. (Hmm…I wonder if this is how my love of weaving stories first bloomed?) The house had a resident ghost who lived on the second floor. We knew this because a trio of beautiful stained-glass windows framed the south-facing room, an ideal spot for a ghost to languish. Our phantom was female, a melancholy soul who’d been separated from her true love and imprisoned by the witches because they were jealous. She spent her time listening to an old-fashioned music box while weeping and looking romantically tragic in a flowing white dress. (It’s amazing what six-year-olds can envision when inspired by Dark Shadows and Quentin Collins!) Once, when we were swinging on the metal chains in the parking lot—kids do dumb things when adults aren’t around­—one of the neighborhood boys fell and cracked his head on the asphalt. It was a traumatic experience with a lot of screaming, crying, and blood splatter. I remember following the trail of blood down the alley and across a connecting street to his house a day later. The evidence stayed there a long time before the rain washed away the grisly reminder. Although Chester recovered, we were sure the witches had caused his fall, angry that we’d discovered their secrets. I don’t think he ever swung on the chains again. I’m not sure I did either. Not long after that, my family moved to the suburbs where I made new friends and found a new house to invent stories about. Why is it that old homes twine so effortlessly with the paranormal? In my Halloween-themed romantic suspense novel, Myth and Magic, I chose an old lodge in a secluded location for the setting. The house­­—once the site of an infamous murder in an earlier century—has long since been converted to a corporate retreat. No cell phones, laptops, internet, newspapers or television, just plenty of seclusion. It’s a place for business executives to “de-stress” and rejuvenate. But as Halloween approaches, strange occurrences plague the lodge and its guests—disembodied lights in the trees, damaged food stores, a ghostly woman in white (sound familiar?) ominous messages. When the local police are unable to make any headway, a private investigator is hired. But Caith Breckbill has reasons for not wanting to return to Coldcreek, Pennsylvania, much less with his nine-year-old son. Sometimes real life is more frightening than the supernatural, and Caith’s memories of the town where he grew up are filled with monsters far deadlier than any phantom. If you enjoy spooky old houses, mystery, romance, and strong family dynamics, I’d like to recommend Myth and Magic. Halloween reading never goes out of style. Banner ad for Myth and Magic a romantic suspense/mystery novel by Mae Clair BLURB: AS CHILDREN THEY PLAYED GAMES OF MYTH AND MAGIC… Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith’s past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved. THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL. After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future? UNIVERSAL PURCHASE LINK Connect with Mae Clair at BOOKBUB and the following haunts: Amazon | BookBub | Newsletter Sign-Up Website | Blog | Twitter | Goodreads | All Social Media

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#SomethingWickedTour @ph_solomon @StoryEmpire

Hello everyone. Today is the second day of the Story Empire Team’s Something Wicked Blog Tour. I hope you will all enjoy following us for the week and seeing what we have to offer.

Today, it gives me great pleasure to host author P H Solomon, who talks about The Bow of Heart Saga. Take it away, P H >>>


Thanks to Harmony for hosting me today. It’s been a lot of fun so far on the Something Wicked Book Tour with the rest of the authors at Story Empire. Please make sure to share this post and visit the other stops this week and share those too.

The Bow of Hart Saga contains several frightening and disturbing moments. A number of those include the Bane, a creature conjured by the wizard Corgren under the leadership of Magdronu. The purpose of the Bane is to instigate a reaction with some actions and then serve as an implacable minion as Magdronu’s plans reform about events. The Bane is a shadowy figure from the start and creates a dark presence, one which seemingly feeds off of light and life. Corgren is even unsettled by the Bane and it’s lifeless aura. But this creature is not some sort of undead existence, a reanimation of something once alive. Instead, the Bane is empty, devoid of life and feeds on the world around it. No wonder it creeps out Corgren, let alone others who come in contact with it. It’s also a good thing that Magdronu ultimately controls the Bane since it could, conceivably, consume much in the world. Purpose driven by the dragon’s control is what fuels the Bane and constrains it. If Magdronu wanted more, then more would be done. But the dragon has other goals than destruction, instead thirsting for control of everything. Here’s when the Bane is first conjured in The Bow of Destiny: The wizard returned to the table and twisted the lamp-wick to a weak flame. Corgren raised his hands and spoke the incantation that brought him pain. The rosy water swirled in the gloom as lurid light glimmered from the bowl. It flared brighter and cast the cellar in a crimson glow. Pressure throbbed in Corgren’s ears and eyes as the horned head of his master formed in the rippling water, growing clearer each moment. “Ah, Corgren.” His master’s rattling growl grated on the wizard’s ears, slicing through his mind with searing pain. “Magdronu, my master.” Corgren gasped his respectful reply as his face trembled with the effort. His master’s pain was his own. “You have set the trap?” “It has been done.” “Good. Use this spell and conjure the Bane. Command it to kill anyone in the house. Do not wait; weeks have passed since our last…visit.” “But what about that ranger?” “Plans have changed. He is far away and had received the inheritance. We strike now. This will lure him back.” “I – understand.” “Here are the words.” The spell’s words rolled into Corgren’s mind. The wizard’s eyelids fluttered. Magdronu’s sending concluded. “You have the others ready?” “Yes, I have set all the plans in motion.” A pleased growl rumbled through Corgren’s skull. “I will have my ascendancy over Eloch and shed this cursed dragon’s form.” “Your rule will come with true freedom.” “I must speak to the priests in Rok. I need more tributes’ blood to hold back this curse.” A roar, and fire erupted from the dragon’s maw floating in the bloody bowl. “Eloch will pay for his false judgment. This impermanent form slips from me too soon. I must have enough sacrifice even if the mountains must run with blood if I am to defeat my enemy with my deception.” The communication spell snapped, and Corgren staggered from the painful recoil as his master departed. Relief. He gasped and swayed. Still shaking, Corgren removed one coin, adorned with deer antlers, from the bowl. Before the words faded, he spoke them, raising the blood token. The wizard repeated the words with growing effort, his voice strained as the magic taxed his strength. Darkness billowed into the room and crowded the scant light back onto its source. A brooding presence coalesced in the corner, growing more corporeal by the moment. He must speak firmly or it would consume him. Corgren groaned until he sensed magic restraint snap into place. The Bane reared in the corner, hooded and cloaked in gloom. The wizard faced the swirling shade. “Go, find the cursed knife. Kill all in the house when you find it. Leave the knife behind.” For a moment the Bane lingered, then it melted into the wall. Corgren exhaled and grabbed the desk as his knees buckled. Every threat to his master’s cause ended this night. They had won, though the world didn’t know it. “It’s all for you, Lucinda – and Lord Magdronu, the righteous.” As you can read, this is a scary figure making a sudden appearance which unnerves the dauntless Corgren. Additionally, at this point in the books, the Bane is a mysterious and menacing figure already, a creature capable of danger and totally obedient to the will of Corgren – if the wizard can control it with his will.  

About The Bow of Destiny:

Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real. Athson suffered hallucinations ever since he was orphaned, including a dog no one else sees. The will in his possession, bestowed in a dream, can’t be real. But the trolls now hunting him are. A destiny, both inconvenient and unavoidable, drags Athson into an unwanted quest that challenges all his assumptions. Can he trust anyone? Sworn to secrecy by his dead father about the bow, Athson wants nothing to do with it. A dragon and a wizard want the bow – and Athson dead. Running from the quest and his destiny are tempting options. Then he finds something unexpected. Will his discovery destroy him before he recovers the bow?        

Find The Bow of Destiny on Amazon in e-book, audio and print.

Also in this series: An Arrow Against the Wind

The White Arrow  

 

About the Author

P. H. Solomon loves reading and writing fantasy of all kinds, especially epic fantasy. If a book has dragons, elves, dwarves, wizards, magic or mythical creatures, it’s in his reading zone. He lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. His first novel, The Bow of Destiny was named 2016 Book of the Year by Fantasia Reviews and is the first book of The Bow of Hart Saga. The sequel novel, An Arrow Against the Wind, was released in April of 2017. The third book of the series, The White Arrow, was released during October of 2017. P. H. Solomon also authored the award-winning short story, The Black Bag, which won best published short story at SCWC 2012. P. H. is also a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

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#SomethingWickedTour @Virgilante @StoryEmpire

Hello everyone! Today is the first day of the Story Empire Team’s Something Wicked Blog Tour. It gives me great pleasure to host author Craig Boyack today, who tells us all about his latest book in The Hat series, Viral Blues.

Take it away, Craig …

Hi gang. Craig here on today’s leg of the Something Wicked blog tour from your Story Empire crowd. Harmony is stopping by P.H. Solomon’s blog today, so make sure and visit her, too.

My Halloween push this year is called “Viral Blues.” This is a sequel for “The Hat,” which I pushed last year at this time. Don’t panic though, because there is no prerequisite reading here. “The Hat” is a series, but not the kind where you have to read them in order.

This series is all about dark humor, which posed something of a problem. I included some characters I’ve previously written in this book. They all have their own unique style, and I needed to be true to that, too. Some of them weren’t particularly humorous people, so it became a balancing act.

Some of the characters are a bit snarky. That didn’t have to change. I have one character that seems to have humorous things happen to her. That seemed to work. I spread some of that idea to another character, but didn’t push it very hard.

Then there is the one character who tends to laugh at dumb things. Things that might be creepy or bloody. He’s the kind who will watch dumb accident videos on YouTube. His bits worked very well. He appreciates the Wile E. Coyote kind of humor and isn’t afraid to express that.

For the more serious ones, I let this kind of thing go on around them. Added a few eye rolls, and left them true to character.

Overall, I think it worked out pretty well. There are monsters and gore in this tale. Phantoms, undead, and a dangerous real world situation are the backbone, but then you get a bit of whistling in the graveyard to go along with it.

Readers will be the ultimate jury here, but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

How do you like your Halloween reading? Are you more hack & slash, or is there room for a laugh or two along the way? Are you more Ash Williams or Jason Voorhees? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Blurb:

Someone knows about the hat. The creature from another dimension that helps Lizzie fight against the creatures of darkness.

They are summoned to a cryptic meeting with a secret society, where they meet other people with enhanced skills. It turns out someone, or something, has been tampering with the world’s vaccine supply. The goal doesn’t appear to be political or financial, but biblical pestilence.

Can this group of loners come together in time to make a difference when even the proper authorities are obstacles?

Check out Viral Blues, for your dose of paranormal adventure, with a strong sample of dark humor. And in recent superhero style, don’t miss the secret last chapter after the back material.

If you’re interested in taking a look look at Viral Blues, click HERE:

 

About the Author:

C. S. Boyack

Craig came to fiction writing later in life than most authors. He always had to write, to one degree or another as part of various jobs. Early one winter morning, he conquered the Internet and didn’t feel like shoveling the sidewalk until the sun came up. He tried a few pages of fiction and got hooked.

Craig doesn’t like limitations and calls himself a writer of speculative fiction. It’s a broad field, but he limits himself to science fiction, paranormal, and a bit of fantasy.

He has eight published works—six novels and two collections of short stories.

You can find him at the following locations:

Amazon Author Page | His blog: Entertaining Stories
Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


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How Do You Write What You Can’t Know?

I didn’t post this on Wednesday because I had a hospital procedure. And yesterday ended up being a hell of a day, lol… so here’s my Story Empire post for you if you haven’t seen it yet. Some useful information in here on publishing on Amazon >>>

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#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – TheGlade by Harmony Kent

Marcia Meara shares an old but hilarious book review for The Glade over at her place today … check it out for a few giggles >>>

 

So happy to get back into the swing of things with a wonderful–and wonderfully funny–review of Harmony Kent’s apparently very scary book, The Glade. This is the kind of review mos…

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#Book Review: Daddy has Cancer Verwayne Greenhoe and A Soldier’s Children Jan Sikes

Hello everyone. Today, I’d like to share two book reviews with you, both from indie writers whoom I respect. One book is about dealing with a terminal cancer diagnosis, and while fictionalised, is inspired by the author’s experience from working in that field. The second book is pure fiction, but the characters are so well drawn, I felt so angry at the mother while caring deeply about the girls. So, from here, I’ll let my reviews and the book descriptions tell you all you need to know >>>


Daddy has Cancer by Verwayne Greenhoe

Written with the idea that too many families, especially children, are losing loved ones without a clue of what is happening and why, the author explains in a story form of what happens when ten-year-old Mason is told that his Daddy has a highly advanced lung cancer that will bring about his death in less than a week.

While not a children’s story, it might help the adults in a child’s life to understand how to talk with a child in the same circumstance as Mason.

 

My Review:

 

 

This is a short but heavy book, and one that needs to be read for anyone dealing with cancer themselves or if they have a loved one who has cancer.

The author has aimed the narrative at both the adults and any children involved, and to that end, sometimes the writing seems a little too simplistic for my perception. However, that said, I know that in times of great stress and/or grief, often simpler is better, so at those times, I can see this approach as being beneficial. The text has a few errors here and there (for example,the Kirkpatricks keep becoming Kilpratric and then swapping back and forth), but otherwise it’s a clean read.

Sometimes, I felt too removed from the characters, and I think this is because it is told from distant 3rd person point of view, which allows us to see and hear how each family member feels and responds. Also, I’m relieved at this touch of distance, as this would have been an incredibly harrowing read otherwise. Even with this gap between the reader and the characters, the narrative brought tears to my eyes at times.

Though the American care system seems vastly different to that in the UK, I feel this book is useful regardless, as it helps show how to handle the difficulties of a terminal cancer diagnosis with calm and compassion, whether that be with fellow adults or with children.

This is a brave book to write. It gets 4 stars from me.

 

A Soldier’s Children by Jan Sikes

At the tender age of fourteen, Jennifer shoulders the full responsibility of running a household and caring for her seven-year-old sister. It’s bad enough that their father is lost at war in Afghanistan, but troubles multiply when their so-called mother abandons them for another man. Hardships and struggles are constant companions. Family is whatever Jennifer can make it. That’s the way the cards have been dealt, and that’s the way she’ll play them.
This strong young girl meets every obstacle head-on, while never losing hope for a better tomorrow.

 

My Review:

 

 

 

 

 

A Soldier’s Children is a short but riveting read. If I could get hold of the absent mother, I’m not sure what I would do with her. The main character is the big sister, trying to keep her and her sister out of trouble, and fed and housed, after her mother ran off with some bloke six months ago. I connected with her immediately and cared what happened to all the characters. The ending was well rounded, and all the story threads (except for the mother) were tied off. This short read gets a solid 5 stars from me, and I shall be reading more from this author.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

 

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.

3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.

2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.

1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Non-Fiction – Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer by Harmony Kent

My latest non-fiction book, Creative Solutions, gets it’s first Five-star review! And Sally has showcased it on her blog >>>

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#Bookreview – Fallout by Harmony Kent

My latest novel, Fallout, gets a fantastic review over at Robbie Cheadle’s place 🙂 >>>

 

About Fallout WHEN EVERYTHING FALLS APART, WHAT CAN YOU DO? The year is 3040. The location is Exxon 1, part of a six-planet system in settled space. Determined to avoid the mistakes of old Earth, t…

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Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer #newrelease @harmony_kent

My latest non-fiction book, Creative Solutions, is getting some love over at Mae Clair’s place today 🙂 >>>

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The Unrepentant Character

Check out this fun post by Mae Clair on Story Empire today … what do you do with your unrepentant characters? >>>

Hello, SeERs! You’re with Mae today for a discussion on the unrepentant character. The difficult one. The problem child. The-how-the-heck-did-he/she-turn-out-that-way individual. We’ve all en…

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Robert Fear and the Summer of 77

Hello everyone.

Today it gives me great pleasure to host fellow author, Robert Fear, who is here to tell you about himself, his books, and his latest release … Summer of 77 … take it away Robert >>>


Robert Fear has lived in Eastbourne on the south coast of the UK for half his life. He moved there to be with Lynn, his future wife, and is still there with her thirty years later. As cat-lovers, they have taken on several rescue cats over the years and are owned by three now.

For his day job, Robert works as a self-employed software consultant. In his spare time, he writes, edits, and self-publishes books.

Robert’s interest in travel goes back to his twenties when he spent most of his time abroad. His experiences included: a summer in Ibiza, hitch-hiking around Europe, and touring the USA and Canada. His most eventful trip was in 1981 when he travelled through Asia.

Born into a religious sect known as the Exclusive Brethren, his father, John, took the brave step of leaving it with his young family when Robert was nine years old. Robert never saw his grandparents again but is thankful for being able to grow up outside this restrictive group. His life has been full of adventures he would never have experienced otherwise.

 

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Fred was a nickname given to Robert while at school. It became his travel name and people still know him as Fred to this day. In this blog post, he talks about the background to his self-publishing journey.

 

Fred’s Diary 1981: Travels in Asia is the edited version of a handwritten diary that I kept during my travels around Hong Kong, Thailand, India and Nepal between February and July 1981. The final collection ran to 600 closely written pages.

I almost forgot the diary for many years. It only appeared when friends asked to read it.

In 2005 I started typing it up on my computer as the original copy was fading. I got the first two months from my trip transcribed but then ran out of motivation.

Two years later there was an article in a PC magazine about Kindle and self-publishing that sparked my interest.

As a result, I released the second part of my diary Time in Thailand in 2009. As the title suggests, things didn’t go as planned on that leg of my trip. I published £99 to Hong Kong in 2011. This covered the first part of my adventure where, amongst other things, I worked as an extra for Chinese television.

By then the bug had bitten, and I planned a release of the whole diary. Over the next two years, I typed everything up and started editing.

In December 2013, I published Fred’s Diary 1981. It was a long book. The paperback version ran to 564 pages and contained 165K words.

During the first few months of 2015 further editing took place and the second edition, released in October 2015, contained 100K words, with around 360 pages. It also had a professional final edit and a new cover.

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I devoted a lot of my spare time over the following year making my father’s dream come true.

It started for me back in 1992 when my father, John, became frail and was confined to bed. Visits to the hospital became more frequent, and the doctors were talking about months, not years.

John had been working on his memoirs for several years and had already typed up many of the chapters. He also had plans in place for finishing the remaining chapters of his book. Now he could not continue, and my mother called me to see if I could help. I was more than happy to get involved.

In the evenings and at weekends I sat at my computer and transcribed the chapters that John had finished. I printed these off and sent them back to him. It was a period of reconciliation between father and eldest son as we discussed changes and planned for the missing chapters.

During the months following his death, I continued working on John’s memoirs with the help of my mother and brother. In 1994 we printed a limited edition for family and friends called Exclusive Pedigree. If it hadn’t been for a chance remark years later, the life of the book could have ended there.

Towards the end of 2015, I was visiting my mother for a few days and gave her a paperback copy of the second edition of Fred’s Diary 1981, which she wanted to read. Our conversation turned to self-publishing, and we started talking about John’s memoirs. Then came the bombshell from my mother, “Did you know Rob, that John always wanted to have his book professionally published?” I had another challenge ahead.

My father’s memoirs were published in July 2016. I think John would have been proud of the finished result, a fabulous tribute to his life entitled Exclusive Pedigree: My life in and out of the Brethren.

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While working on the second edition of Fred’s Diary 1981, I began a blog in February 2015 to aid me with the editing process.

To encourage people to visit the blog I started a travel story competition which I ran in parallel with daily diary extracts.

It was such a success that I ran another competition for travel highlights. This went very well too. I published all the entries in a new book called Travel Stories and Highlights.

In 2016 I re-ran the two competitions. Again, there were many fantastic entries, and I released a 2017 Edition of Travel Stories and Highlights in December 2016. It contained the best 50 stories and 50 highlights from both sets of competitions.

2017 and 2018 saw the competitions being repeated. This led to two more editions being produced. The 2018 Edition contained 60 stories and 40 highlights, while the 2019 edition included 66 stories and 66 highlights.

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Although I enjoyed publishing other people’s stories, I was itching to write a memoir about the six months I spent on the Spanish island of Ibiza in 1977, when I was 21.

Two years ago, I started planning the book. It was fortunate that I still had the letters I received while working the season in Ibiza. Otherwise, I would have found it difficult remembering what happened over forty years ago. I transcribed the letters and created a timeline around them. This triggered memories of events from the time and I started writing.

After months of prevarication and self-doubt, I completed the final chapter in May this year. Then I began editing my words and making the story more concise and readable.

Next steps included the choice of a title, commissioning a cover design and writing the blurb.

Then came a professional edit which reduced the word count by 10% and gave a real polish to the memoir.

The moment of truth arrived when I passed the draft copy to a group of beta readers at the start of September. The response has been very positive and a few 5* reviews have already been posted on Goodreads.

Summer of ’77: Beaches, bars and boogie nights in Ibiza is now available to pre-order on Amazon with a publication date of October 27th. Below is a synopsis:

 

A holiday can change everything…

…it did for Fred.

He went on a two-week break with three friends to the Spanish island of Ibiza in July 1976. It was so enjoyable they all vowed to come back for the following season.

In April 1977, Fred returned to Ibiza, alone, in pursuit of his dream.

Behind him, he left his family, his girlfriend, and a promising career in banking.

Challenges lay ahead.

This would be no holiday.

He needed a place to stay and to find work that would sustain him through the next six months.

This true to life memoir follows 21-year-old Fred’s adventures as he acclimatises to living abroad. In a time before instant communication, he keeps in touch with family and friends by letter. They are his lifeline to home.

If you enjoy reading about people’s life-changing experiences, then this book is for you.

 

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The hard work now begins with the marketing of my memoir, so I haven’t even thought about what to write next. I am sure reading Harmony’s new book Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer will give me some great ideas!

 

Social media and blog links

Facebook:            www.facebook.com/fredsdiary1981

Twitter:                                    @fredsdiary1981

Instagram:           @fredfear

Fred’s Blog:         fd81.net

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Ready, Set, Go! #writingsprints

Check out this post on Writing Sprints by Mae Clair over at Story Empire today >>>

 

Hi, SEers. It’s Mae Day on Story Empire. Can you believe October is in full swing? In a short while, we’ll be handing out Halloween goodies to ghosts and goblins during trick-or-treat. I hope you’v…

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Teaser Tuesday

An older book of mine is chosen for this week’s Tuesday Teaser over at Rainne’s place today >>>

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Book Release: Creative Solutions by @HarmonyKent #TuesdayBookShare

My latest non-fiction book, Creative Solutions, is getting some love over at Joan’s place today >>>Creative Solutions Kindle Cover

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The Indies are Winning

Hello everyone. Today, I have three book reviews for you. Interestingly enough, the famous author–traditionally published–was a huge let-down for me, while the two indie books I’m also reviewing here were fun to read. So, despite oft-repeated negative hype, I have to say, the Indies are winning! In order of lowest to highest ratings, here we go for James Patterson, D L Finn, and Beem Weeks.

 

 

Criss Cross by James Patterson

Many thanks to NeGalley and Random House for an ARC of this book.

The terrible formatting on this advanced review copy made reading incredibly difficult. So many paragraphs lacked spaces completely, so that all the words ran into one another for line after line, meaning IfirsthadtodecipherwhatthewordswerebeforeIcould read the actual story. (I’m sure my example shows the point!) Annoying, frustrating, and utterly ridiculous. What’s the point of sending out advanced review copies if the reviewers can’t actually read the book?

Okay, rant over on the lack of formatting. Now onto the book itself …

This being a James Patterson novel, I had high hopes. Those hopes were to be dashed upon the rocks of let-down and boredom. It was an okay read, but not one that gripped me or pulled me in or entertained. The plot was predictable. The characters are card-board cut outs and replicas of one another. I didn’t feel any connection to any of them and, thus, couldn’t care less what happened to them. One of the comments in the ‘praise’ section at the front of the book claims that Mr Patterson is the gold standard by which all others are judged. All I can say is, I hope that bar gets raised again and soon. Otherwise we’re all in trouble.

It gets two stars from me.

 

 

 

Red Eyes in the Darkness by D L Finn

 

This is a lovely quick read. The story opens in the middle of events after a relative has been killed by the ‘It’ with red eyes. An elderly couple are suspected by the police. We enter this spooky tale with the predator in their house. The narrative moves at a good pace, and I finished this in one sitting. I would have preferred a less passive resolution which involved the couple more, however.
A great book to pick up and entertain you when you don’t have the time to open a full-length novel. It gets a solid 3.5 stars from me, rounded up to four for rating purposes. It was good, and I’ll definitely be reading more from this author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strange Hwy by Beem Weeks

I read this book in one sitting.
Each and every story hit the mark, and I thoroughly enjoyed this read.
The author, Beem Weeks, has a knack of evoking emotions and making you feel for his characters in few words, and his attention to detail is awe inspiring.The stories are varied in the topics they cover and range from death by overdose and the grieving yet relieved mother, child abuse, struggling due to lack of money, guilt at causing a loved one’s death, and on and on.This book of short stories will stay with me for a long time, and it gets a solid five stars from me. I shall be looking out for more great reads from this author.

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer

 

My latest non-fiction book, Creative Solutions, gets some love over at Craig’s place today >>>

Harmony Kent is a dear friend, and a colleague over at Story Empire. She has a new book out that is designed to help us with our fiction. Make her feel welcome today, and use those sharing buttons.…

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Author Essentials Part 1: The Domain

A great post on the first essential of building your author platform from PH Solomon over on Story Empire >>>

 

Good morning to all the Story Empire readers, PH here today with a new series for authors. You may find yourself, especially as a new author, with a lot of questions about how to approach your writ…

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