Category: My Recent Articles

Personal Mask of a Stroke Survivor

Personal Mask of a Stroke Survivor By;  Anna Casamento Arrigo   Sometimes, I think, I’m clear in my explanation of what is going on in my head, how I feel, the struggles I’m facing, and the myriad emotions that, often, run amuck and find difficulty reeling them in.   After my stroke, I found, for the most part, that I wasn’t the only one who had gone through changes (some visible, some not).  It was a gradual realization, if indeed, I may call it that!  As an impatient stroke survivor, I followed directions as best I could and met...

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Today I am Grateful!

Today I Am Grateful   By:  Kelley Kay Bowles   Life’s been good to me so far is one of my favorite songs of all time. It was supposed to be our class song for my high school senior year—class of ’88 is great!—and unfortunately it got voted out. It still represents The Class of ’88 to me, though!   Sometimes, though, I’ve been known to tweet  ‘I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do.’, and that’s the crux of today’s conundrum. Why can’t I just spend ALL MY TIME being grateful? My life is amazing, my family is completely stellar,...

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Continuity in Storytelling: How to Keep Facts Straight When Writing a Novel

Continuity in Storytelling: How to Keep Facts Straight When Writing a Novel By:  Laura Smith   Introduction It’s common knowledge that author J.K. Rowling can answer any question off the top of her head about a character or event in her Harry Potter novels without ever contradicting her response. Rowling knows her world inside and out, a string of knowledge that her fans constantly challenge and appreciate, especially in the fantasy genre where every detail is practically built from scratch. However, that’s not every writer’s style. Sometimes a writer only knows what makes it onto the page. They can’t...

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How Can you Make a Bad Book Review Work in your Favor?

How Can You Make a Bad Book Review Work in Your Favor? Another morning has broken and you awaken to a shining sun and chirping birds.  You feel full of energy and ready to tackle anything the world happens to throw in your way.  Nothing can stop you!  In fact, it was not too long ago that you traded everything and set out on your journey to fulfill your dream of becoming an author.  You were relentless with your writing and published a pure work of art.  With all of this in the back of your mind you hop...

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How Can Indie Authors Get Book Reviews?

How Can Indie Authors Get Book Reviews?   Book reviews are essential for Indie authors.  Not only are they a key component of a sound marketing plan, but they also provide a source for potential readers to find out if a particular book is unique and worth buying. The simple reality is that the self-publishing industry has become exceptionally popular.  There are brand new Indie authors entering the market with each passing day.  This fact has positive and negative consequences for Indie authors and their readers alike.  The influx of new material means the selection is greater than ever. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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