Month: September 2019

Author Spotlight: Martin J. Best

Author Spotlight:  Martin J. Best   What inspired you to write a book? I grew up in an actively haunted house, and have had several paranormal experiences since, which has given me an abiding interest in the nature of supernatural phenomena. I suppose that my inspiration comes from a need to convince the reader that ghosts are real. I like explanations, and unlike some stories where the supernatural element just is, in the ongoing Ghost Hunter series I try to explore plausible explanations for the hauntings that my characters investigate. Similarly, with the Celtic Gods that feature in the...

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Princess Gives it Away By: Dab10

Princess Gives it Away By:  Dab 10 How far would you go to exact revenge?  To what depths would you travel?  Would you stop at absolutely nothing to inflict your own particular brand of vengeance?  Or maybe you would be more likely to turn the other cheek and simply walk away.  Whatever path you decide to take, make no mistake, the concept of revenge has been around for as long as humans have roamed the earth!  Nevertheless, one person’s idea of getting even may be quite different than that of another.  In his short story “Princess Gives it Away“, ...

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Hope By: Terry Tyler

Hope By: Terry Tyler When settling down to read Hope by author Terry Tyler, keep the following passages from Charles Dicken’s masterpiece A Christmas Carol in mind: “At this festive season of the year Mr. Scrooge, … it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time.  Many thousands are in want of common necessaries.” Scrooge- “Are there no Prisons?” “Plenty of prisons…” Scrooge- “And the Union Workhouses.  Are they still in operation?” “Both very busy sir…” “Those who are badly off must go...

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The Relationship between Scenery & Place to Storytelling & Character

The Relationship between Scenery & Place to Storytelling & Character By:  Nina Romano Scenery is the natural features of a landscape considered in terms of their appearance, especially when picturesque. Place is the setting or the environment in which a story or event occurs. I think of these terms as almost interchangeable. Place is the setting, which provides the backdrop to the story and helps create mood. Setting can include specific information about time and place. Breaking it down: setting is scenery, time and place. Setting is the context in which story or scene occurs and includes the time, place, and social environment. It is important to establish a setting in your story,...

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Montana Strawberries By: Timothy W. Arnzen

Montana Strawberries By: Timothy W. Arnzen Do you believe in ghosts?  I mean truly believe in the possibility of an unexplained supernatural spirit?  Perhaps you have walked into a room and mysteriously felt a sudden temperature drop as the little hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up.  Many individuals swear by their belief in the supernatural and have a whole host of reasons for doing so.  Others- not so much.  What everyone does have in common however is the desire to see their departed loved ones again.  Frequently, such passion even has the non-believers secretly longing...

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Books Reviewed This Year

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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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5-star-reviews

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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