Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book Spotlight: September's Child by C. A. Staff

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September's Child by C. A. Staff

September's Child, takes you on a journey with a little girl named Anna.  This story takes place in Nebraska, from the mid 60's through the late 70's.  This little hero survives growing up in an adopted home where she wasn't really wanted.  The Warrens adopted Anna to replace their infant, who had died at birth.  This remarkable true story gives vivid detail of Anna's struggles throughout her life.

September's Child is available on Amazon.

Author Bio:

C. A. Staff is the author of September's Child.  She was a successful business woman, in Nebraska, as well as Harleston England, where she met, then married her husband T. Staff.  This is her debut book.

More details on the author and her book can be found on her website:

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Book Spotlight: Obstacles by Christopher Reardon

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Obstacles by Christopher Reardon 

A child will die. You're afraid to live. Would you go to all lengths to save him? Darkness knows no bounds, as Alcott, an African American doctor sees all too well. The man is petrified by death. His fragile existence rests at the mercy of the universe. This fact is far too much for him to handle. From unyielding nightmares to elevator terrors, he's lost in paranoia.

Assigned to look after an ill child, Alcott's horrors only heighten. Gari is a nine-year-old boy with a fatal disease. He will surely pass on within the year. Alcott bonds with him more and more each day. Part of him knows this grim fate just isn't right.

Alcott befriends a hospital patient. This lunatic forces him to lug home an ancient text on bringing back the dead. Despite the man's obvious dementia, Alcott attempts the scheme. Charging up a cliff, he recites the chant over ocean gusts.

A god woman glides in from the horizon. She instructs Alcott on the trials to save Gari's life. These fearsome Obstacles require true strength. From battling sharks to wielding a flail, he must prove fortitude against genuine danger. Alcott decides his fate at this moment.

Death's claws shall not grasp Gari's soul.




Chapter 1

A swift slice of the blade almost severs my head. I gasp, ducking with enough speed to evade the onslaught. I swear this man doesn't just want me dead. He plans to wipe my existence from the universe.
His failed assault leaves him vulnerable, allowing me to kick his shin with full force. He wails upon impact. A flame ignites in his soul. I've transformed this beast into an all-out monster. I dart away from my enemy, desperate to find safety. Alas, the blow does not impinge on his agility. He charges with outrage.
Thankfully, before he arrives I’m able to rise into fighting stance. I aim my sword’s tip directly between his eyes. He mirrors my action. We commence circling each other. How in the world did I get here? I’m no sword fighter! I’m a doctor for goodness sake.
My memory blurs with reality. Both become a mesh of the same. The only thing I’m sure of now is that I’m about to be killed. Not willing to trust my defensive skills, I lunge forward to stab my attacker. The man parries this pitiful attempt with ease. He smirks at my naivety.
Casting my blade aside with his own, he juts forward and clocks my face with his fist. The intense blow demolishes me. I crash into the hard mountain dirt. The bombardment hurls my sword across the stadium to vanish into abyss. It’s not such a big loss. I mean it’s not like I can use it well anyway.
It’s as if the world knows my fate. Pitch black sky transfigures into reddish hues. Blood flows down my cheeks, meshing with my dark mocha skin. All hope is lost for me. There’s no doubt about that now.
Inhaling my last gulps of air, I contemplate if death will hurt. The man strides to my location. He savors his kill with each footstep. A stroke of luck suddenly arises as I detect a sturdy stone beside my leg. Never breaking our locked eyes, I maneuver my arm to the rock. Intense darkness shields my plot. His blissful stride indicates complete ignorance.
Grasping the stone, I adjust my legs into leaping position.
“Alcott…” my attacker wheezes. “You're a dead man.” The words don't faze me. He whisks over with eyes blazing murder. Just as he raises his sword to annihilate me, I hurl the rock at his face.
“Ahhh!” he wails, dropping his blade to the ground. Immediately upon the smash, the red sky evolves into a cobalt blue haze. The color alteration allows just enough light to portray his shock. Eyebrows rising, he sprints to his abandoned sword. I’m still too petrified to locate my blade. I don't even know where to start searching. My chance instantly fades. He retrieves his weapon in no time.
“You've done it now,” the man proclaims into blackness. What did I think chucking the rock would accomplish? Perhaps I wanted to show him I'm not going down without a fight. Either way I've done nothing but ensure my demise will be hell. I guess I could reason with this monster. Despite that being my only chance, I'm just too fatigued.
He sprints to my helpless body, excited to end me. Abandoning all confidence, I can do nothing but accept defeat. I've never felt so worthless in my entire life. Without warning, a high-pitched screech pierces the night. The man’s blade halts in mid-air.
It echoes against each mountain. A ghostly hawk dives into the stadium. With another wail it barrels into the man at full intensity. Blue atmosphere vanishes leaving a shimmering orange fog in its place. The hawk’s wings spread wide, enveloping the man’s face in a sea of sharp feathers. Could this really be happening?
My avian soldier bombards him. It drills with its lethal beak. The spectacle floods my veins with adrenaline. I actually thought I was done. Summoning stamina I rise despite my half-asleep limbs. I stride to him with new-found fire.
The hawk senses my approach with a screech. It abandons the man entirely. With him now vulnerable my clenched fist bashes him in the face. The punch is far more powerful than anticipated, smacking his body against the dirt. He’s clearly frantic, cursing everyone and everything that ever existed.
This universe approves of my frenzy. A bright yellow atmosphere appears. He hops back up in no time. This monster’s not going down easy. I panic once more as I still remain weaponless. Delving into the shadows, I inspect the darkness for my blade. All I can locate, however, are patches of dirt with occasional pebbles and weeds. If I don't find it fast, I'm out of all options.
Scrambling amongst the gravel I make no progress whatsoever.
“Where is it?!” I moan into the murk. I cringe as a raspy voice responds.
“Gone,” the man wheezes into my ear. I wail in utter horror. Turning to defend myself, I realize it’s too late. He stomps my torso into the dirt with ease. I can do nothing but cough out all my strength.
“Hiss…” my ears detect to the right. What could this be? The man shares my confusion. His beady eyes scan the ground. A rattlesnake barrels through the gravel, slithering my sword amongst its coils. My terror transforms to hope as I lunge for the blade and creature. Grasping them both, I block the man’s attack. The serpent hisses at the man with a glare. Its allegiance must lie with me.
I can't help but grin as he leaps back in bewilderment. Though I’m just as clueless, I smirk at the circumstances. Venom spewing amongst its fangs brings him to insanity. He slashes the reptile, chopping it into two slimy halves. The tragic killing of my new friend charges my nerves. I spring up determined to end this evil once and for all. Our blades clash in metallic uproar. Both of us lose all balance.
I attempt to jab his chest. Yet, he detects this in my eyes. He grasps my arm like a grappling hook. My skin stretches until blood rises. His strength surpasses any I've ever seen before. Despite every force in me saying to keep fighting, the grim reality is impossible to ignore. My life might actually be over.

Author Bio:

Christopher Michael Reardon is a writing fellow at a Michigan College where he's currently a student. He says you always learn something new about writing when tutoring other students. Reardon is always searching for exciting books to read, especially new authors.

Reardon graduated with Honors from Lumen Christi High School in Jackson, Michigan. He's also an avid tennis player, being on the varsity tennis team for four years. He received the honor of most valuable player his senior year at number one and two singles.

Obstacles is Reardon's first novel. He says fantasy adventure books have always been an interest, because they challenge the mind and send you on an epic journey.

Amazon Author Page 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Book Spotlight: Burn It by Jennifer Cie

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Burn It by Jennifer Cie

A soul-grabbing, non-traditional, coffee table memoir, Burn It is a rollercoaster of elegantly written emotion exploring the highs and lows of love, adolescence, and life lessons. Jennifer Cie takes command of the reader’s attention and never lets go. Until the very last page, Burn It provides a gripping, everyman voice of innocence and struggle to find hope.

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Author Bio:

A tone-deaf music enthusiast from Memphis, Tennessee who has always found solace in writing, Jennifer Cie is a writer that loves to push boundaries in her writing style. From narratives to prose Jennifer uses her writing to speak on modern day social ills and misconceptions to create books that “make you love what you are and cannot become”.
When she is not indulging her guilty pleasure of cereal mixed with long road trips, you can find her rambling on her blog: or working on her upcoming historical fiction novel. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fairy Tale Fusion Cover Reveal

Okay folks, here it is, the first official look at the cover for my soon to be released book, Fairy Tale Fusion.

Ta Dah!

Welcome to Fairy Tale Fusion.
Where things get messy in the Riding Hood.

What if the characters in Fairy Tales existed? What if they lived and breathed in a place called Fairyland, a setting not too divergent from our world, situated next to Wonderland and down the lane from Camelot?

Meet Detective Piper, member of the Fairyland Metro Police. His job, to ferret out the suspects and investigate crime on the streets and in the lanes of Fairyland. Along with Officer Simon, he’s hard at work, searching for a missing pumpkin, hunting for an arsonist, wondering what the future holds in a series of crystal ball robberies, and dealing with spells, curses and other strange happenings.

His cases, and others like them, are the headlines of the day, brought to you by FTN news anchors Spider Bramble and Aurora Gossamer, with entertainment correspondent Lucinda Lovedust and reporter Chip Charming. Keep up-to-date on the latest information out of Fairyland and its adjacent suburbs, and the recent hubbub with trolls, princesses, fairies and their ilk.

And after leaving Fairyland, you'll journey to a place where toys are born… to be bad.  When spells go wrong and playthings turn mean, where clown dolls would kill to meet you and a Rubik’s cube holds a cosmic secret.

If you survive the toy box, then head out to party with some elves (if you can outlast the celebration), battle in a far, far away galaxy, play “find the dragon”, and discover how they do crime and punishment in Oz.

And remember, always be nice to your Fairy Godmother.

The official release date for Fairy Tale Fusion is October 23rd, but you can check out the Smashwords book page now for a sneak peak, and within the next week or two, pre-orders of the book will be available at iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Writing Counts in Movies, Too

These past two weeks I crawled from my writing cave and took in a couple of movies, The Wolverine and Elysium. Here are my thoughts:

The Wolverine- Being a comic book fan and a Hugh Jackman fan, I held out hope that this film could rise to a decent entertainment level. Unfortunately, Hugh Jackman aside, it never really rose above a level of, meh. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't great either. It's deep emotional meaning (immortality, life and death, that sort of stuff) never truly came out of the shallow end, and the action scenes seemed tempered. There were flashes of brilliance, like the bar scene, and the fight atop the train, but most of the action sequences lacked that kick-ass spark a movie like this needs. Sadly, The Wolverine was imminently forgettable and slightly disappointing.

Elysium- Again I had hopes for this film, by the writer and director of District 9, and this time I was rewarded.   This is a nice science fiction film, that delivers what it promises: action, drama, and grit. The plot's solid, if somewhat predictable at times, and the writer/director, Neill Blomkamp, creates a very believable world of urban decay and class dystopia where the privileged few rule. It's a world quite chilling at time, where robot and human alike can be without feeling; at least the robots are programmed that way.  I also liked that it didn't compromise its ending, and played out the inevitability.  I enjoyed this movie quite a bit.

The strengths and weakness of both films lie in the writing and the plot; one embraced its themes and built on them, the other hedged its bets and fell short.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Book Spotlight: Blood Rush

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Blood Rush (The Books of the Demimonde, Book 2) by Ash Krafton

Sophie doesn't believe in happily ever after. These days, she'd settle for alive after sunrise.

Advice columnist and newly-appointed oracle to the demivampire, Sophie Galen has more issues than a Cosmo collection: a new mentor with a mean streak, a werewolf stalker she can't shake, and a relationship with her ex's family that redefines the term complicated. And then there's her ex himself, who is more interested in playing leader of the vampire pack than in his own salvation.

Becoming a better oracle is tough enough, but when Sophie encounters a deadly enemy - one she never dreamed of facing - it will take everything she's ever learned in order to survive.

Author Bio:

Ash Krafton writes from the heart…of the Pennsylvania coal region, that is. 
She is the author of the Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press). 
BLEEDING HEARTS (Demimonde #1) is a six-time RWA finalist and was voted "Reviewer Top Pick" by Ash continues the story of Sophie and her Demivampires in her latest release BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2). She's hard at work (when she isn't watching Doctor Who) writing the third book, WOLF'S BANE.
Ash Krafton's poetry and short fiction has appeared in several journals, including Niteblade, Bete Noire, Abandoned Towers, and Silver Blade. She's a member of Pennwriters, RWA, and Maryland Writers Association. She lurks near her blog and contributes to the QueryTracker blog.
Ash lives with her family and their German Shepherd dog deep in the Pennsylvania wilds, awaiting the day the TARDIS appears in the driveway (the dog most likely keeps the Doctor away. What a beast.) 

Until then, she writes.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Book Spotlight: Mechanized Masterpieces: A Steampunk Anthology

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Mechanized Masterpieces: A Steampunk Anthology:

Classic Literature re-imagined, steampunk style...

Amid a cacophony of cranking sprockets and cogs, in chuffs of steam and soot, comes the expansion of classic literature into alternative Steampunk masterpieces. Follow nine skilled authors as they lead old friends and new acquaintances through Jamaica, Singapore, Cape Town, Denmark, Paris, London, and Geneva on a phantasmagorical Steampunk World Tour.

Tropic of Cancer: Edward Rochester battles the elements and Bertha Mason to save his brother and his own soul.

Sense and Cyborgs: Privateer Margaret Dashwood makes port at Singapore to get her husband back on his feet.

Micawber and Copperfield: Wilkins Micawber and David Copperfield create a legacy of loyalty in the Royal Dirigible Corps.

Little Boiler Girl: Power has a price, and one city unwittingly demands an enslaved child pay it.

The Clockwork Ballet: At the Palais Garnier, the Phantom trips the light fantastic with Meg Giry, the prima ballerina of his mechanical troupe.

His Frozen Heart: Jacob Marley saves Ebenezer Scrooge from robbing his wife’s grave and selling his soul.

Our Man Fred: Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, and his fiancé, Mary, protect the Empire from mechanized malfeasance.

Lavenza, or the Modern Galatea: Victor Frankenstein’s bride discovers more than his horrific experiments on her wedding day.

Authors: Alyson Grauer, Anika Arrington, A. F. Stewart, Aaron and Belinda Sikes, David W. Wilkin, Megan Wiseman, Neve Talbot, and Scott William Taylor.

The book is available on Amazon and for Nook

Monday, March 4, 2013

Book Spotlight: A French Girl in New York

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A French Girl in New York by Anna Adams

Maude Laurent is a spirited 16 year-old orphan who grew up in a small, provincial town in the North of France with a passion for piano and a beautiful voice. One day in Paris, she is discovered by an American music producer who takes her to New York to live with him and his close-knit family while producing her first album, with help from teen pop star, Matt. Maude will dive into a new fascinating world discovering New York City, music, family, love and the truth about her past.

A French Girl in New York is available at Amazon:

Author Bio:

Anna Adams is a French author presently living in Paris after having spent her childhood in the United States. She enjoys writing and reading young adult novels. She loves music, art, shopping, hanging out with friends and roaming in the streets of Paris, or writing in small French cafés.
She is currently writing the second novel in the "Maude Laurent series." The sequel to "A French Girl in New York" will be released in May 2013.
Anna Adams also loves to travel and to write about her trips on her blog:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Book Spolight: Reflections of Poetry

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Reflections of Poetry by A. F. Stewart:

Travel through a mirror image into the imaginative world of verse and discover this distinct collection of poetry.

Reflections of Poetry is the third book of poetry by author A. F. Stewart, and contains a diverse selection of verse, structured under the headings of Scotland, My Scotland, Irish Ramblings, Celtic Influences, The Moon, The Sea, Art, Nature, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Wonder, Human Emotions, In the Shadow of Death, Humour, and Miscellaneous Musings. It is an assortment of personal thoughts on a wide variety of subjects that inspired the author and is an expression of her view of the world.

Available at Amazon and Smashwords

Author Bio:

A. F. Stewart was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, and still calls it home. She has always had an overly creative mind, and an active imagination. She is fond of good books (especially science fiction/fantasy), action movies, and oil painting as a hobby.
Ms. Stewart has been writing for several years, her main focus being in the fantasy genre. She also has a great interest in history and mythology, often working those themes into her books and stories. She has authored and published several books, including Killers and Demons, Chronicles of the Undead, Shadows of Poetry, Passing Fancies and Once Upon a Dark and Eerie...

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