Three Paperclips & a Grey Scarf (An Evan Davis Tale)

BOOK DESCRIPTION Evan Davis is a writer, or at least he would be if he could finish his first book. Because the book has languished unfinished, Davis finds himself presented with an ultimatum by his agent: Take a three-month assignment as a press embed in Afghanistan or risk losing his book contract. Since the job does have a salary attached he takes it, but before departing, a friend hands Davis a hastily gathered good luck charm: three paperclips. Over the months in country, he gets to know the men of a small team of US soldiers that he is deployed with and rediscovers his muse writing about their experiences in Southwest Asia for a truth hungry American public. Davis also finds a use for each of his talismans, as they save his life and those of the men he comes to regard as his team; the soldiers who promised each other that they would all make it home in one piece. REVIEW War is hell, for sure, but war can make for irrefutably brilliant book writing and movie-making. If you’re a fan of action, adventure, war stories, mystery, thriller and suspense…this one has it all! Author Sheldon Charles weaves a…

A World Without Color: A True Story Of the Last Three Days With My Cat
Fiction , Reviews / October 12, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION One story. Two endings. Genuine and fictional. Which ending is yours? What do you say to someone who is dying? And what do you say when that someone can’t understand a word you are saying? How do you comfort each other throughout… and beyond? My love, if you go away in a few days, the world will lose its colors and darken like the land of Mordor. If you go away and leave me to wander aimlessly, alone in this sea become wild, like a ship with a broken rudder and drowned sailors, and if I don’t find comfort in the warmth of your body, clutched in my embrace at the end of the day, I’m afraid I won’t survive. “I don’t regret anything. Marcel was not only my cat, he was my everything. My brother, my friend, my world shrank in a soft gray-striped furry ball.”—Bernard Jan Powerful. Emotional. Honest. A heartfelt and moving novella. Translated into English by Bernard Jan Editing and proofreading by Philip Newey, Thomas Carley Jr. and Kath Middleton Cover design by Mario Kožar MKM Media Cover photo by Zach Singh REVIEW Anyone who has ever lost a pet will be able to…

Being Exposed
Coming of age , Fiction / September 23, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Garrett tried to hide that he was gay—only his best friends knew—but when his secret comes out, so do his biggest fears and threats. Coming out has made Garrett a target, and when he’s attacked on a weekend trip, he must explore how to deal with his latest fate. His best friends Jackie and Tanya watch as Garrett navigates his new reality, and must decide how they would react if the deep secrets they harbor were revealed. Being Exposed tells the stories of three different friends dealing with the decision to reveal themselves and brave the potential consequences of being bullied or being able to find another way.    REVIEW   An Absorbing, Thought-Provoking and Heart-Wrenching Coming-Of-Age Story Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Being Exposed, is such a book. Author…

The Witches of Wildwood: Cape May Horror Stories and Other Scary Tales from the Jersey Shore
Fiction , Horror / September 5, 2017

  BOOK DESCRIPTION Werewolves… vampires… swamp beasts… zombies… even a Jersey Devil… all of these chilling creatures and more await you in this haunting collection of 11 contemporary horror fiction stories by Mark Wesley Curran. Uniquely set ‘down the shore’ in South Jersey’s Cape May County, these scary tales are sure to terrify and entertain both adult readers as well as young adults. The spooky offerings include: – An abrasive radio talk show host is stalked by an angry werewolf in ‘Werewolves of Dennis’ – A Fun Pier boardwalk worker falls under the spell of a strange attic dwelling girl  in ‘The Girl In The Attic’ – An ancient sailing ship filled with bloodthirsty zombies crashes into the Jersey Shore in ‘Night of the Wildwood Dead’ The cornerstone of the collection is ‘The Witches of Wildwood,’ the harrowing and suspenseful tale of a witch-hunting preacher hell-bent on killing four teenage sisters determined to destroy the world from their Wildwood boarding house. This collection contains: The Girl In The Attic – Dante’s Inferno At Castle Dracula – Neptune’s Revenge – Night of the Wildwood Dead – Captain Harvey’s Wildwood Seafood Palace – Showdown In Anglesea – The Fortune Teller Machine  –…

Ines’ Words
Science Fiction / June 14, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION The love story between Ines de Castro and King D Pedro I is one of the most tragic, intense and powerful in European history. Their story has become a legend and it is difficult to separate fact from fiction, where the only certainty that remains is the element of forbidden, but everlasting, love. With her latest work, Ines’ Words, Haidji brings her unique and magical style to this subject and shows not only the enduring power of the legend, but of love itself. BOOK REVIEW Powerful, poetic and beautifully written, 14 Jun. 2017 Royalty doesn’t get you everything it seems. It’s a well known fact, that when it comes to royalty or aristocracy, you rarely marry for love. More often than not they are usually arranged by the respective families, having their authority, affluence and general interests in mind, with the bride and groom having little or no say in the matter. Since these political arrangements were essential in the power plays (both past and present), there is no room for love. In the case of Prince Pedro of Portugal and Lady Inês de Castro, they were willing to defy these notions. However, not even a King’s forbidden…

Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody
Coming of age / May 21, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Who is the mysterious Rudy Kazoody, and what, if anything, did he have to do with the events that occurred to a group of teenagers during one fateful summer in New York City’s Bronx neighborhood in the early 1960s? Growing up is difficult enough. But when you’re a recent immigrant arriving in a country that is going through its own coming-of-age process, fueled by rock ‘n’ roll, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, free love, the pill, LSD, and the Cold War, it’s downright confusing, and for some—lethal. With the various upheavals shaking America to its core, Joey, whose family emigrated to the Bronx from Italy’s Apennine Mountains, struggles to retain his innocent, optimistic outlook on life as he and the other young teenagers on Arthur Avenue—virtually all of whom also come from immigrant, working-class families—try to find their place in this new order. From the euphoria of first love to the despair of dashed dreams and betrayal, Joey emerges from the summer sadder but wiser in this romantic, mysterious, and nostalgic tale. Behind it all lurks the mysterious Rudy Kazoody, an enigma that Joey feels he must solve or else remain forever just outside the inner…

Set in the Woods
Horror , Reviews / March 16, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Jordan, a seventeen-year-old dropout struggling to make ends meet, accepts an offer to act in an independent horror film. He finds himself stranded at the set, an abandoned house tucked deep in the woods, with a mentally deranged director. REVIEW A Well Crafted Horror Story, October 4, 2016 Set in the Woods, was an entrancing and commendable work that had me immersed from the beginning. The story surges from scene to scene with high voltage, and the author shows extraordinary skill when it comes to storytelling. There are twists and turns in this page turner that will take the reader on a gripping journey! The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book. It’s one of those stories that come along once in a while that that will make you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I don’t do spoilers so I’m giving nothing…

Clear As Mud
Fiction , Religion & Spirituality , Reviews / March 13, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Joyce McGraw had enrolled in a theology class at the college. She was one of twelve students. The teacher was instructing the class about duality and non-duality religious orientations. The student’s tasks were to write articles and make a presentation about dualism and non-dualism and share their beliefs. Another student, Martin, became infatuated with Joyce and a relationship began. It was touch and go between the two for many weeks. Joyce finally said she no longer wanted to take the risk of feeling lonely without him. Joyce began to have Out of Body Experiences (OBE). She trained herself through meditation to have these OBE without a crisis. Through her OBE she ran into a cocaine drug ring. She worked with the Chief of Police to capture the crooks. Joyce finally found solitude and shared with her boyfriend, Martin, that she would never feel loneliness again. She had accepted her feelings and could live life to its fullest by helping others who were lonely in the world. REVIEW A very challenging and thought provoking read, By Piaras March 12, 2017 This was a very challenging and thought provoking read to say the least! It’s a deep philosophical and theological…

TJ’s Last Summer in Cape Cod: Don’t Cry for me Cape Cod
Fiction , Reviews / March 12, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION A thrilling tale of YA romance and drama that will appeal to readers across different age ranges because of the unique plot and clever writing style that will draw in both young and mature readers. The book is a charming combination of romance, drama, passion, solid story-line and characters that are both relatable and memorable. Reader’s Favorite Review Reminding us of those fleeting and unscripted moments that so often mark the transition from teenage years to adulthood. An entertaining read that’s sure to raise a smile or two, TJ’s Last Summer in Cape Cod is certainly recommended. Book Viral Review REVIEW A well crafted coming of age story, By Piaras December 19, 2016 When compelled to devour a four hundred plus page novel in my every spare moment, there’s really no option but to pin five stars to my book report. Whatever flaws I might identify or frustrations I might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, hilarious, characters, and language that make me shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; I gratefully set all…

Princess Dracula

BOOK DESCRIPTION Ruxandra learned everything she knows while growing up in a convent. Training to be the perfect nobleman’s wife, she relishes the prospect of a simple life. But everything changes when her father, Vlad Dracula, retrieves her on her eighteenth birthday. Securing her a marriage is the last thing he has in mind… After he performs a mysterious ritual over her, Ruxandra gains uncontrollable supernatural powers. Alone, terrified, and faced with an unknown future, she is left to forge a new life for herself. There’s only one thing she knows: if she doesn’t learn to control her unnatural instincts, she’ll destroy every last shred of her humanity. Princess Dracula is the first book in a dark fantasy horror series. If you like crisp writing, emotional gravitas, and intriguing retellings of classic tales, then you’ll love John Patrick Kennedy’s new twist on vampire lore. REVIEW  A Well Crafted Dark Fantasy Horror, January 26, 2017 by Piaras on Amazon Princess Dracula is a well crafted dark fantasy horror. And I would imagine that fans of this genre will love sinking their teeth into this one! This is my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed.…

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