Saturday, September 20, 2014
I was nominated by a great writer and terrific person, J.M. Northup for this Work-In Progress Blog Train. I’m so fortunate to have met her thru the Creativia Street Team on Facebook, a great group of authors with Creativia Publishing.
She is the author of A Prisoner Within, Fear of Darkness, A Ripple of Fear and Soul Searching.
Previously on my blog, I gave 5 feathers to A Prisoner Within and 4 feathers for Fears of Darkness.
Anyone who’s read my social media pages knows I’m in the process of publishing my late husband’s stories. Bob wrote for several years, and all those handwritten, yellow, legal-sized papers have followed us around for years. I have a box full of them, more than I’ll be able to edit and publish in the rest of my lifetime. So I have to pick and choose the ones I like best.
My current WIP, Arthur Merlin, has always been my favorite as the characters remind me so much of Bob and me. I held off doing this one first, as I didn’t have the confidence I needed to make Bob proud. Now I do. Well, maybe.
After an ice-filled, rain gutter falls three stories knocking Arthur senseless, several days later in a fit of anger, he discovers his psychic abilities by setting his cigarette on fire, with just his mind. “You name it, I can do it,” he’s been known to boast. Several years later, disgruntled with the US government trying to control him, and feeling an irresistible pulling inside, Arthur travels to England, to the Institute of Physic Research.
There, he meets the shy, beautiful, aristocratic Dr. Ruth Burns. Due to several tragic events that happened when she was younger, Ruth wants nothing to do with men, let along an arrogant American. But Arthur has other ideas, as his male hormones spring into action. Suddenly, Ruth finds herself saddled with the uncouth man, as her mentor and boss issues an order for her to take him into her home. With jade eyes blazing, she wonders What is a girl to do?
Eventually, they find their way to Lake George, where years ago Ruth had had an encounter with the Lady of the Lake and Excalibur. When Arthur is mentally probed by something Alive!, Metal! Not Moving!, he knows he’s the only one that can solve the mystery of the lake. But what they uncover is far more than anyone imagined. Now he’s faced with a question, what will he sacrifice to save the world from Excalibur?
So, who’s ready for a frolicking, paranormal, sci-fi, adult adventure with a cast of zany characters?
My three nominations are:
Bridgitte Goosen author of My Lady Love and Dreams Come True
Gemma Farrow author of Beneath the Willow
Jada Ryker author of Mayhem Takes a Dare
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
JUSTINE: Into the Blood by Carole Gill
I was given a free copy for an honest review
With all the TV shows, books and movies glamorizing the vampire life, this is a nice shot of reality showing that the pasture isn’t always the greenest on the undead side.
Growing up in an improvised life, Justine never thought she would find a decent life, or happiness, until she ended up in the Queen’s Court as a Royal Seamstress. After several years of happy-ever-after, Fate knocks her down again and puts her on the run for her life. Attacked by Rogue Vampires, she is found and brought back as the undead by Gascoyne. Thus begins her life as the undead and her learning to come to terms with the monster that she sees herself as and inhumanity of human beings to creatures different than themselves.
There is an array of very rich characters in this story, Edward the painter, Ali the Sultan Prince and the evil Ned and his son Anton. And Eco makes a cameo appearance. Carole Gill does a fantastic job at bringing the characters and the settings to life. My heart ached for the evil that Justine was forced to endure during her journey to find herself and her lost love.
This is a great dark tale, and I recommend this book to anyone who loves vampires and their lifestyle. I’m looking forward to book 2. I give it 5 feathers.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
FLUSHED by Joseph Mulak
This is a different type of “coming-of-age” story. We normally relate them to the Young Adult genre. This is a tale about Ivan Wells, a 30+ man who doesn’t want any responsibilities in life. He lives in a dumpy apartment, has a failed marriage and earns his living by playing poker at the local casino, just barely enough to cover rent and food. He resents his family and friends as they’re always expecting more from him and keep insisting being a poker gambler is not a “real” job. He’s comfortable with his lot in life, no expectations, no one to answer too. Then one day a high school crush shows up, asking for his help.
I really enjoyed Ivan and the development of his character throughout the story. Always having to measure up to his older brother, Doug, Ivan knows where he stands in life, at the bottom of the totem pole. Now he’s faced with choices he never thought he’d have to make. The mother and father are richly detailed; you just want to shake them and yell, Wake up and look at your youngest son for a change. Joseph Muiak writes with a lot of insight into the human psyche.
This is not a high energy story with lots of drama, but it kept pulling me along, wanting to read more. I was sorry to see the story end. My only complaint are all the proofreading errors.
I highly recommend this story and give it 4 feathers.