Month: January 2019

Author Spotlight: Erik Henry Vick

Author Spotlight Erik Henry Vick   I read and reviewed author Erik Henry Vicks books, Demon King and Rooms of Ruin in 2018.  I loved the novels and his writing.  That is why he is one of my favorite authors and has earned a position on my Author Spotlight page!  Please see his interview and upcoming work below:   1.  What inspired you to write a book? I’ve always been interested in writing. When I was in the second grade, my teacher ran a book report contest, and she made an addendum that you could include a “few” stories....

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Oh, Simile, Dear Simile…

Oh, Simile, Dear Simile… By: Cat Jenkins Consider the simile. The simile can be a thing of beauty. It can strike a respondent chord in its audience, both illuminating and inspiring. Used to effect, the simile is like a grace note, adding a touch of richness and life to the overall musical score. I’m a big fan of the simile, so it cuts me to the quick when I find it wantonly abused. This doesn’t happen often, because most writers have an innate simile-sense. They can test and taste and savor and know when they’ve hit the proper target;...

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Underground Nest By: Kathleen Maher

Underground Nest By: Kathleen Maher Perhaps the best definition of the American Dream is ” the belief that every individual has an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination and initiative.”   A very noble goal indeed!  However, what happens when the pursuit of this dream goes off the rails?  When a person is so invested in the quest for perceived success that they leave a wake of destruction and anguish in their path?  In Kathleen Maher’s novel Underground Nest we are able to see such a scenario. The story is entirely focused upon Zach Severin’s...

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I’m in the Middle of Writing My Novel and Got Stuck—Now What?

I’m in the Middle of Writing My Novel and Got Stuck—Now What? by Jon O’Bergh Please follow along to read a great article by author Jon O’Bergh about how to overcome that dreaded writer’s block!   This actually happened to me. I had produced a good chunk of material when, all of a sudden, I could not motivate myself to write another word. Weeks passed. What was happening? More importantly, what could I do about it? I devised a solution and, within a few days, the words were flowing again. Hopefully, these tips will help you if you find...

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Books Reviewed This Year

I have reviewed 80 books so far this year.

53% – 80 out of 150 books reviewed

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Akea - The Power of Destiny
it was amazing
Have you ever considered what it actually means to be "different"?  To step outside the norms of society and truly be yourself, despite the sideways glances, outright disapproval and criticism which may inevitably follow.  To be true to …
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Wham!
it was amazing
"First they came for the communists,

And I did not speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,

And I didn’t speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,

And I did not…

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5-star-reviews

Doctor Hydenberg
really liked it
To come to the end of one’s life and be full of regret is a terrible thing for anyone to experience.  The whole idea of living with no excuses and loving with zero regrets, right out the window.  A life full of missed opportunities and w…
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4-star-reviews

The Haunting of Hope House
it was ok
Have you ever faced something in your personal life which was so overwhelming that you just needed to escape?  Running as far away from such troubles as possible in hopes of ultimately finding greener pastures in life.  Unfortunately, pe…

A Fine Death
it was amazing
Have you ever felt as if your entire life was spinning out of control?  Where absolutely nothing was going right and everything you touched turned to stone?  A gloomy cloud overhead which virtually follows your every move.  All of your r…
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5-star-reviews

Scouse Gothic: The Pool of Life... and Death
it was amazing
What do you get when you mix vampires, a hitman, a grief stricken mother recently released from a mental institution who is bent on revenge- and a plump little angel with the appearance of a pigeon?  You get one fantastic story…that’s …
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5-star-reviews

Lullaby of the Dead: Every Ghost Has a Story
it was amazing

If this was to be your last day on this planet, would you be satisfied with the life you have lived?  Have you existed in harmony with those around you- and within yourself?  What if your answer to these questions is a resounding ‘No’? …

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend
really liked it
There can be little doubt that childhood is an exciting and wonderful time.  It is filled with a variety of fresh and new experiences which are approached with a childlike innocence.  Be that as it may, such youthful exuberance can be qu…
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4-star-reviews

Virus
really liked it
Have you ever considered what could possibly be strong enough to destroy human civilization as we know it?  Perhaps nuclear war?  Famine? Disease and pestilence?  The possibilities are many, and not very pleasant to ponder.  When thinkin…
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4-star-reviews

The Zoo: An Allegorical Adventure
liked it
What would it take to bring a vibrant and bustling Metropolis to its very knees?  The simple answer to this question is…not very much!  Any type of civilization takes a great deal of time and industry to create, but precious little effor…
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3-star-reviews




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