Category Archives: Editorial Reviews

Editorial Review – Think Before You Ink

 

Title: Think Before You Ink and Other Cautionary Tales

Author: Alison Bossert

Genre: Essays, Humor, and Satire

This short volume features twenty-one stories and essays, some humorous, some serious, but all lighthearted, pithy, and amusing. They share a common point-of-view—that of a single career woman who has come to value time and relationships more than technology or possessions—but the settings encompass the globe, from Moscow to California, Japan to Long Island, Vietnam to the Bahamas.

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Editorial Review – With Eyes Wide Open

 

Title: With Eyes Wide Open

Author: Kelly J. McMullin

Genre: Mystery

With Eyes Wide Open by Kelly J. McMullin is an exciting and thrilling mystery. The story focuses on the main character, Sam Brodie. She is the Police Chief of Cherokee Falls. During a ground-breaking ceremony, she plunks her shovel into a buried skull. This launches into an investigation into the death.

Sam solves that mystery quickly and it turns out there was actually no foul play. It could seem like the story ends there, but this was just a prelude to the real excitement. Sam quickly interrupts an armed robbery and in doing so solves a case she has been working on. Sam carries out her Police Chief duties and solves several other problems around town.

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Editorial Review – Notna

 

Title: Notna

Author: J. D. Cunegan

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Notna brings readers a story of angels, demons, and a war for our planet with a touch of aliens and archeology in the mix. Jackson “Jack” Corbett and Cassandra Federov are both professors at Texas A&M who enjoy archeology, though thus far, they haven’t “hit it big” in terms of funding. Then a representative from the Smithsonian recruits them to find the legendary Gem of Notna, an alien weapon of immense power with a prophecy attached.

But Jack, Cassandra, and their allies aren’t the only ones searching for the gem. They are opposed by the current leader of the Underworld and his vampire rival, along with a handful of nasty monsters brought up from the Underworld to wreck havoc and stop the prophecy from coming to pass.

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Editorial Review – The Mouse Thief

 

Title: The Mouse Thief

Author: Scott M. Madden

Genre: Alternate HistoryTime Travel

 

The Mouse Thief is about Professor Peter McLarsens time travel journey to the 1920s to steal Mickey Mouse. And once he accomplishes it, he alters the course of history. Then it’s up to Walt Disney himself to head into the future and set things right with Peter.

The plot for this alternate history/time travel novel was quite original and highly imaginative. The chapters alternated from present day with Peter to the past in 1928 with Walt Disney.

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Editorial Review – The LGBTQ Meditation Journal

 

Title: The LGBTQ Meditation Journal

Authors: Christopher Stone and Mary Sheldon

Genre: Non-fiction

This beautifully enriching novel is all about meditation, self-acceptance, and living your life with dignity, health, and happiness. This book is a meditation journal for the LGBTQ community but is designed and written in such a way that it is readable and beneficial for everyone. According to the authors, in order to benefit from this book, the reader should have the desire for happiness and self-improvement; one’s mind should be completely focused, body relaxed. Continue reading Editorial Review – The LGBTQ Meditation Journal

Editorial Review: Miracle on Hammertown Road

 

Title: Miracle on Hammertown Road: One Man’s Fall and Salvation

Author: Jim “Bubba” Bay with Mic Ruzich

Genre: Biographical/Inspirational

 

Miracle on Hammertown Road: One Man’s Fall and Salvation by Jim “Bubba” Bay (with Mic Ruzich) tells Bubba’s life story of trials and tribulations.

On November 15, 2009 while walking home, Bubba moves quickly to avoid an oncoming car. Due to rainfall and erosion, the shoulder of the road is unstable. When he takes this fateful step, Bubba has a serious fall down a ravine. He experiences significant physical injuries and painstakingly crawls out of the ravine. He believes he will die and hopes only to be found for a decent funeral.

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Editorial Review: Pray Lied Eve 2: Further Tales of the Untoward

 

Title: Pray Lied Eve 2: Further Tales of the Untoward

Author:  Lydia Peever

Genre: Horror – Short Stories

This collection of six unrelated short stories spans a few subgenres of horror from the psychopathic to the fantastical. Death, however, circulates as a recurrent theme with tales hitting on different aspects or relationships to deaths both tragic and unnatural.  Fittingly, Halloween is central to several tales which update existent folklore to create single-sitting reads of dark urban fantasy.

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Editorial Review – Pivot Points

 

Title: Pivot Points

Author: T. R. Connolly

Genre: Short Stories, Contemporary Fiction

This collection of twelve stories offers readers a fairly broad spectrum of characters and settings, allowing readers to experience places from New York City, St. Joseph, Missouri, Coamo, Puerto Rico, and Recife, Brazil.

Most of the stories have a strong urban flavor, even if they’re more “small town” than big city, and likewise, the characters also vary. Some are young, others older, dying or even dead, but what ties these stories together is the agency represented by the group.

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Editorial Review – The Caretaker

 

Title: The Caretaker

Author: Carol Schoenig

Genre: Romance

The Caretaker by Carol Schoenig tells the story of Phae as she tries to make her own life after an abusive marriage and many years as a single-parent.  She decides to go to Spain to work as a caretaker for an estate.  There, she meets Finn and the two start a romance.

This book is much more than a simple, straight-forward romance story.  Phae is older than your typical love-interest (aged 64).  Both she and Finn have loved and lost before (he is also a widower).  Their love is complicated by family matters.  Schoenig goes against the old trope of parental interference and instead it is Phae’s children who try to stand between her and Finn.

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Editorial Review – Ramonst

 

Title: Ramonst

Author: Anthony Knott

Genre: Fiction, Southern Gothic, Crime

This novel reads somewhat like a memoir or a snapshot of the past. The summer in Tennessee enters as almost another character to the story of young Rodney, a boy tottering on the brink of puberty. He’s interested in everything and regularly writes down what he hears, but he struggles to know what to do after witnessing a series of disturbing events committed by an older, local boy adept at violence and threats.

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