Monday, December 2, 2013

Propinquity and 2013 Nano

A while back, I volunteered to review a book entitled Propinquity by John McGregor. And being a procrastinator, I kept putting off doing the review for this awesome book. (And for that, John I completely apologize).
(Warning: Spoilers ahead)
Propinquity is a roller coaster ride that starts off slow. You are first introduced to the characters that will come and go in the book, led by Clive Lean, the man who signs his company away to a man who is a hobo just to avoid the bad mark of having a company go under on his watch. Then there is the liberationist, who is always willing to give his life just because that is the thing to do, and ends up going to Haiti to do just that. Finally there is the man that will end up as the member of Italian Guard.
As Clive leaves his company behind, he decides to go back to school, and meets a woman, who has some interest in Medieval history, specifically the wife of Richard the Lionhearted, Berengaria of Navarre. It is here that the story begins to pick up steam, as the plot begins to explain why Berengaria of Navarre is important. Allegedly, she had some secret writings that were against what the church was preaching and that was the reason she was killed.
So, Clive and the lady goes and starts looking for the queen. Well, they don’t have to look far, as the lady actually knows where the queen is buried since her dad is actually in charge of the church where she is buried, unbeknownst to him. So they break in one night and steal the body and find the writings which are also with the body, and begin to figure out a way to bring Berengaria back to life.
Wait? Bring her back to life? Yes, come to find out, Queen Berengaria was not actually killed, just put into a very deep sleep, and this is where the liberationist comes back into the story. Clive and his girlfriend travel to Haiti to visit a witch doctor who indirectly give him a cure for a sleeping spell. When the Clive and the girlfriend come back, they bring the Queen back and the back story is explained of how the sleeping happened.
Matters are tied up nicely, and the book does a great job of making you think about your beliefs. John has done a lot of research into Medieval culture and the church. The book is well worth your time, and is worth your money on in any media.
Overall rating 4.75 stars/ 5.00

On other topics, as most of you know that follow my blog, yes, all three of ya. I do Nanowrimo. For the uninitiated, that is National Novel Writing Month. It is during the month of November and it is where you work on trying to getting a semi-coherent piece of fiction together totaling at least fifty thousand words. This year was my seventh year doing Nano, and this year I decided to do something completely out of my normal wheelhouse of sci-fi or mysteries and do something completely different: a wrestling novel. And before you start going crazy on how I have lost my mind, I was not going to be using wrestlers from the World Wrestling Federation or Total Non Stop Action. No, all the wrestlers in my book were going to from the world of the internet. I had already spoken to most of them last year and made sure they had no problem with me doing it, and all I had to do was start writing. So, between November 1 and November 30, The Rise and Fall of Living Dead Wrestling was created, and 58,262 words later, it is about 2/3 to completion. I will be working on completing it this month, and hope to get it out and online for the populace to peruse early next year. More updates to come. . .

You can get a copy of Propinquity at John McGregor's amazon site, which the link is right here, and you can get either the hard copy or the Kindle version.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Night Sea Journey, Rogue Genesis, Angel Killer, and Knight Schoolreviews

I came across Night Sea Journey thanks to my feed on, and decided to take a chance on it. The author sent me a message advising what I would be in for and inquired if I would still be interested in reading, and considering some of the things that I have read in my day, I sent her back a reply advising I had no problems reading about any of them.

So, Paula Cappa sent me a copy of Night Sea Journey, and let me tell you, from the very beginning, it was like nothing that I have read. The book starts out with Kip having a nightmare, but the nightmare is real. She finishes the nightmare the only way she knows how to, and the same way that she has for numerous nights prior: by shooting the creature that is attacking her, and then burying it in the sand around where she lives.

Her shrink thinks that this is some sort of waking hallucination that she is having, and will not listen to Kip as she tries her best to convince him otherwise.

At the same time, the Catholic church has decided to send one of its priests, named Raymond Kera, on a sabbatical, if you will, to the island where Kip lives, to clean up and restore the church and parish for whoever will come next. He moves in to the parish and notices Kip during her nightmare burial, and decides to investigate for himself. Thus begins a romance that can only end badly, one would think.

The being keeps pursuing Kip and because of his involvement with her, ultimately begins pursuing Ray.

Ray and Kip finally face off with the being and the conclusion alone makes the book worth the read. I have held back on going too much into details on the book simply to give you the pleasure of discovering it for yourself.

I took on this book because I am a fan of anything supernatural (I grew up with Frank Peretti’s books) and although this is not the same kind of battle that you see in his early literature, it did make me harken back to some of his writing style.

Suffice it to say, if you are interested in the Catholic church, angels, demons, priests, or just a good story that will keep you turning the pages, then Night Sea Journey is the story for you.

Overall rating: 4.50/ 5.00 stars.

Rogue Genesis was another gem that was found thru, but unlike the previous book, it was not a romantic paranormal drama. Instead, it was a interstellar romp that will leave you breathless from the action and jumping between worlds.

You see, the hero in this book is a very different man because he has the ability to jump between Earth and a distant world named Astreal. While he is here on earth, he is working for a private organization trying to find a link between psychic ability and what is going on with the world around us. While he is on Astreal, he is a field general in the race to rid the planet of one species before the death of Astreal occurs, all the while trying to get the rest of the planet to earth.

The way that the book jumps back and forth from Earth to Astreal at first does seem a little jarring, but after you get into the book it is almost always preceded with the announcement that it is going to happen. You are thrown around a little in the early chapters, but Ms. London seems to realize this error and rights the ship quickly.

Let me just say that when I started this book, I was a little skeptical. I have been reading sci-fi since I was a teenager, so it takes a lot to impress me. I have to say, Ms. London has impressed me. The pacing of the book was good. There was never a lot of filler just in the book to make the chapter longer: every detail seemed to be in the book for a reason.

Since this is the first book in a series, I look forward to what Ms. London has to offer in the future and fully expect to be a reader of hers for years to come.

Overall rating: 4.75/5.00

The last two books are by one of my favorite writers of late: Andrew Mayne. Andrew Mayne seems like he can do it all: he is a podcaster (on with the Weird Things Podcast along with Brian Brushwood and Justin R. Young); he is a magician and up close illusionist; and a blogger. But most of all, he is a science fiction writer who has penned seven books in just under two years.

The first book, Angel Killer, is about a former illusionist who decided to stop performing and join the FBI. The why behind it is not explained, and fortunately is not very important as you get thrown into the story on page one with a girl being pulled into a truck to turn a “trick” and then chloroformed. From there, it is a mile a minute thrill ride that constantly keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen next.

The story itself takes you cross country as Jessica Blackwood tries to figure out a series of “magical” reappearances: a dead girl from two years earlier, a Navy plane from years prior, and finally an angel that vanishes from the roof of the Empire State building and appears moments later in the middle of Manhattan. It is a very well written book that brings crime and magic into a place that few dare take it, and for good reason: it can end badly, or worse, be written badly.

You get brief glimpses into the world of magic and illusion, which is incredible, especially for someone that loves to sit and watch good magic and try to figure out how it was done. You also get a good story with a believable plot, which speaking as someone who has tried to write mysteries, is harder than it seems. Just when you think you have the killer figured out, he switches tactics on you and you get thrown into another direction.

I would definitely like to see more of Jessica Blackwood in the future, especially with the somewhat success of “Now You See Me.”

Overall rating: 4.75/5.00

The final book is Andrew Mayne’s latest masterpiece, Knight School, which unlike Angel Killer, is actually available in paperback as well as in Kindle version. I picked the Kindle, for the time being, but will end up buying the paperback and getting it signed by Mr. Mayne because it is his best book to date.

Knight School is the story of two rival schools that are in the same town, but share a much darker secret: the secret of Nazi gold buried in the forest. Now it is up to Marv Whitlock to fight his way thru school as well as a world of girls and knights who would rather see him bloodied and beaten than find the treasure.

Along the way, he meets Venn, leader of the Dragons, the knights who lurk in secret at his high school, and several other notable characters. Each character has his own tendencies, so they don’t seem to be interchangeable.

As the story progresses, Marv finds out about himself, what he is made of, and how far he is willing to go to find the gold.

This book is a quick read, but it is by no means a skim. You will find yourself deeply immersed in the world, and begin to feel the arrows and sticks as the battles rage and the teenagers fight for acreage in the forest.

I hope that Andrew continues to write like this, as this was his best book to date, and he can only go up from here.

Please, keep the books coming, and I will continue to read them.

Overall rating: 5.00/5.00

As far as where you can pick up any of these books, Night Sea Journey is available on Kindle for 2.99 at or thru Ms. Cappa’s page.

Rogue Genesis is available on Kindle for 2.99 at or thru Ms. London’s page.

Both Knight School and Angel Killer are available on, Knight School’s link is here and is currently 99 cents. Angel Killer is 2.99 and the link is here.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Descent Into Temptation review

I have this friend (well, maybe not a friend, but someone that I know on both FaceBook and a weightloss website called MyFitnessPal) who wrote a book and was actually brave enough to publish it, which is more than I have done. I write books (I have 6 completed or mostly completed as of today, but have NOT been published or even looked at by an agent), and then they just sit on my computer waiting for the “right moment” to be rewritten. I just started the rewrite on my first book I ever completed, and it was finished eighteen years ago!!!

Regardless, this friend asked me if I had read her book, and it shocked me because I had no idea that she was a writer! I said no, but told her I would download it and read it. And so, my Descent into Temptation began.

Descent into Temptation was written by Rachel Doan Funk, and it is the story of one man’s ride from sanity to insanity and beyond all because of one woman. I can tell you that I don’t normally read this kind of book, but I could almost see the events playing out like a Lifetime movie. Come on, ladies, you know the one I’m talking about. The one that comes on at ten o’clock on a Thursday when there is nothing else on, and pretty soon you are sucked in, gripping your seat every time that you see the man, cringing about what he’s going to do.

The book starts out innocently enough, with a man staring out a window. He spots a woman just getting off the bus, and from that moment on, it seemed that woman was the only thing that filled his conscious.

Rachel does a great job of making the reader want to continue with reading. The man makes it is personal business to hunt down this woman, even having full scale hallucinations involving the woman. There is one part of the book where it seems as though he has forgotten all about the woman, but then when his co-worker comes in to cover some of his clients, to the man’s shock, the work that the man had been doing turns out to be pages are filled with obscene drawings and nothing of any work related matter. I think it is then that the man finally snaps (although I am sure that others would disagree), accusing his friend and co-worker of trying to blackmail him by placing the pages of filth in place of all the “work” he had done.

The story doesn’t stop there. Several days before he has been exposed as having a problem, he moves in next door to the woman, spending his waking moments fantasizing about the woman and what he is going to do with her. So, as anyone can figure out from the review thus far, you can see where the book ends up going, so I will not spoil the actual end of the book.

The book is a definite psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you work your way thru it. There is some detailed sex and language in the book, but given what the man was thinking and going thru, it fit and did not seem to be thrown in just to shock or tantalize the reader.

I give this book my full recommendation and suggest that you pick it up. It is available on her Amazon page in both paperback and for the kindle so you have your choice of how to read it. Rachel has something with this book, and I would gladly read another book by her, and I suggest you read Descent into Temptation.

Overall rating: 4.25/ 5.00 stars.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Two Book Reviews: Time Killer and The Secret Of Genetic Corp X

Time Killer review

Todd Thiele’s book Time Killer is an edge of your seat thriller about a man who has made it his mission to rid the world of the people that personally wasted his time. I have to tell you, when I first read the premise of the book, it intrigued me, because a lot of murder mysteries are just retreads of an old story with a new paint job, but not Time Killer. Todd drops you in the middle of the first murder and keeps the story rolling from there.

And the two detectives are written just like something that I seem to be seeing on most of the cop shows I watch. A grizzled veteran gets teamed up with a new kid and they have to overcome their prejudices and preconceived notions about each other and work together to solve the murders before it is too late. I was definitely glad to see that this book was subtitled Max Larkin Mystery #1, as I look forward to future stories between the two of them.

The plot was another thing: I, for one, could not figure out who the killer was until he was “revealed” and he explained what his motive for doing the deed was. Todd’s writing style is one that will keep you guessing and even after the killer is revealed, he will keep you reading until the final page with the twists he puts in.

The only bad part of the book is the language. There is a good bit of profanity in it, and I think that may have deterred me from giving this a perfect score.

All things considered, this is a very well written story, Todd, and I look forward to the next one.

Todd’s book is available on, as well as on Barnes and Noble, and is definitely worth your time and money to pick up.

Overall rating: 4.25/ 5.00 stars.

The Secret of Genetic Corp X review

My first love has always been sci-fi and fantasy, so when I read the description of The Secret of Genetic Corp X, it sounded like a story that I would be interested in. So, I downloaded it, and when it came up for my reading pleasure, I dug in, excited at what it could bring.

Instead, the story seemed to drag, as it did not have that much sci-fi or fantasy in it. The premise of the story was about a girl who was supposed to be the leading researcher for Alzheimer’s, but an accident changed her somehow. But, I was treated to a story that was about a girl who plays thru a video game to find out about her father, husband, and self, as well as the company that she used to work for.

Meanwhile, her father is involved with some sort of Mafia connection that ends up trying to blackmail him with what they knew about the company. In the end, it was a lot of fluff, but no real substance.

The one redeeming quality of the book was the twist that comes towards the end, when the daughter’s true identity is revealed. Unfortunately, I had kind of figured that out when I started in on the book.

All in all, this book can be something to read if you need something to kill time, but don’t expect it to bring any ground breaking revelations into your life.

This book is available at Shannon McRoberts’ page.

Overall rating: 3.00/ 5.00 stars.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Man of Steel Review

(CAUTION: Spoilers contained)

"Look, up in the sky!"
"It's a bird."
"It's a plane".
"It's Superman!" --- Superman radio and television serial

To say that I am a Superman fanatic is kind of like saying that the Sahara is a small patch of sand. I have loved Superman for as long as I can remember, so when I first heard rumblings of a new Superman movie three years ago, I can say that I could hardly wait.

Then the announcement came out that Henry Cavill would be playing the Last Son of Krypton and the interweb exploded with negative criticism. “He’s British! He’s too short! Who is this guy?” Having seen Cavill in the Tudors (and loved his acting), I looked forward to someone trying on the red and blue spandex for the reboot of the greatest franchise of the 1980’s. I knew that no one would “replace” Christopher Reeve, but this generation needed a Man of Steel.

Then I saw the first preview trailer when the Hobbit came out and was again geeked at the reboot, but the wait seemed far too long.

Well, the wait for me to see Man of Steel finally ended Thursday night with the Wal-Mart premiere night prescreening of the movie. The local theater had four screens running the movie (three in 3D, one in regular 2D). I went to the 3D version of the film, but fully intend to go to the IMAX and 2D versions in the next several weeks.

After sitting thru previews for Prisoners, 300: Rise of an Empire (also a Zack Snyder film), Gravity, and for some reason 2 previews each of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Pacific Rim, the screen showed “Wal-Mart Premiere Night” and we were treated to a brief interview with Zack Snyder about the movie, along with sound bytes from Zack, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Shannon.

Then the main event of the evening started: the movie begins on Krypton, but this is definitely not the Krypton of the Donner Superman films: the landscape is rich and lush, and there are “dinosaurs” roaming the planet! I say “dinosaurs” because that is the closest word I have to describe these creatures. The picture changes to Lara giving birth to baby Kal, with Russell Crowe (Jor-El) and several robots standing watch. This was the first actual geek out moment of the movie for me, because the robots were similar to the ones that were in the Fortress of Solitude with Superman during the “Death and Return of Superman” story arc from the early 90’s.

The scene changes to Jor standing in front of the council of Krypton telling them about the soon demise of Krypton (which every Superman fan knows is coming), when Zod comes blasting into the chamber and kills one of the council members. He and Jor have a standoff, each of them trying to persuade the other that his way to save the planet was better. The meeting breaks up with the council being escorted out and Jor as a fugitive from Zod at this point, and actually goes thru a great fight scene as he makes his way out of the chamber. Jor escapes and sends a message to Lara, advising her to “prepare the craft.” He has to get something and would be there soon.

Jor hops on a winged lizard, and flies off to retrieve the object, and lands at his house after having his lizard shot by one of Zod’s ships. He and Lara have a little discussion about Kal and how she doesn’t want to lose him, but ultimately, the place Kal in the ship and prepare it for blast off. At this time, Zod reappears with his guards and he again confronts Jor about the future of the planet, and tries to convince Lara to abandon the blast off. She ultimately sends the ship off.

Zod and his guards are subsequently arrested and subsequently tried and sentenced to 300 cycles in the Phantom Zone. A ship containing Zod and his minions is sent into an orbit of sorts and disappears from view.

Krypton explodes and we see Kal’s ship reach earth, and as it is going for its descent, the scene shifts to an Alaskan fishing boat, where we get the first shot of Henry Cavill, dressed in fishing attire with a full beard. After hearing that an oil rig is about to explode, the ship’s captain tells “Joe” (what Cavill is known as) to go get the ship ready for any survivors, but Joe is gone…. To the rig! He climbs up on the rig and helps to save the men, and it is here that you see Superman’s strength for the first time.

After the rescue, the movie flashes back to the first time that Clark had his supersenses come out, and it shows how he “overcame” them with the help of his mom.

The scene shifts back to present day, and Clark/Joe has another flashback after seeing a school bus to his first time saving someone. After the flashback, Joe hears about something going on on Ellesmere Island and decides to go check it out. It is there that intrepid ace reporter Lois Lane makes her first appearance. There is some kind of ship that is surrounded by ice that is twenty thousand years old, and she has come out to find out what is going on. She runs into “Joe” and he saves her from one of the robots that were around at his birth.

Being the vigilant reporter, Lois writes an article about this mystery man, and tries to get it published at the Daily Planet. Perry doesn’t want to because of it being about aliens, so she gives the report to one of her blogger “friends”, and sets out to find out more about the man that saved her. She finally tracks him down at Jonathan Kent’s grave, and we are shown how Jonathan dies. I have to admit, I was crying a little at this part.

Then Zod shows up on Earth and demands that Kal be surrendered to him or the planet would face his wrath. Kal does, and for some reason, Lois is taken on board the Kryptonian ship with Kal. Jor shows up and tells Lois how to escape and how to destroy Zod.

After Lois’ escape and subsequent rescue by Superman, Zod decides to make Earth into New Krypton, which leads to the final showdown between Superman and Zod. This fight is a true knock-down, drag out that leaves much of the city of Metropolis in ruins. The ending of the fight harkens to when Superman took on Zod from the Pocket Universe in the classic Superman comics.

After you have seen this film, you will notice that I have left certain things out of the review, so the whole movie is not completely described for you here. But, I sat in silence for the entire two hours and twenty-eight minutes of the film, waiting for what the critics had panned this film for, and frankly, I didn’t see it. Yes, Jor’s reappearance on every Kryptonian ship was different, but when he explained that he had designed the ships, it kind of made sense that he could have his memory in any or all of them. But, the reason that he did appear was there, so it was not something thrown in just to further the plot.

Is Man of Steel the Superman that fans have been looking for? In this fan’s opinion, yes. Only time will tell if it becomes the start of the new Superman and Justice League franchise. But with only the violence being a problem as far as family-friendliness (there were only 5 cuss words in the whole movie), I would definitely recommend this movie for both fans and non-fans alike.

Plot: 9.8/10
Humor: 9.5/10
Family Friendly Language: 9.9/10
“Family Friendly” Violence: 9.0/10
Nudity/Suggestive Situations: 9.9/10

Overall Rating 9.7/10

I plan on enjoying this movie several times before it leaves the theater, as well as getting the DVD of it, possibly the collector’s edition with a iTunes ready version for me to watch when I have had a bad day and need the Last Son of Krypton to cheer me up.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Edenwitch books #1 and 2 reviewed

I was recently given the opportunity to read two books by Sam Hammack. To be honest, this was the first time that I had heard of Mr. Hammack, but was intrigued just by the name of his first book on Goodreads, The Witches of Jericho. So, I signed up to do the review on both books, and when they came up in my list, I dove in, excited and ready for what was in store.

The first of the Edenwitch series, The Witches of Jericho, centers around the story of a young witch named Sophia. Sophia is determined to find her mother, who has been coming to her in her dreams, or I should say one specific dream that ends with Sophia waking up gasping for breath. The search leads Sophia to the town of Jericho, where she and her mother, another witch, and father, a protector called a Guardian, spent Sophia’s early years, before almost all the witches were gathered up and killed, along with the Guardians.

Having heard the stories of the creatures that watched and preyed on witches, Sophia carefully makes her way back into the town and sets about trying to find her mother. Sophia ends up finding a fellow witch, almost by accident. Sophia cannot sleep one night and sees someone coming out of a deserted storefront, and ends up following that person back to the hotel that Sophia is staying in, and as a result, finds that it is the hotel desk clerk, who is sneaking around and trying to find all the old manuscripts of magic spells that were left in Jericho when the purge of witches took place.

Meanwhile, her father sets out on his own journey to make sure of his daughter’s safety as well as get answers about some things that were bothering him and ends up trailing someone who is intent on finding a witch, and ends up killing the tracker’s apprentice in the process. Her father ends up getting injured and somehow ends up at the house of his mentor.

The story in The Witches of Jericho is well written, and deep in detail, but it leaves the reader hanging at the end, which I suppose is Mr. Hammack’s intent, since this is a 6 part series. I would definitely recommend it for others to read, but make sure that you have as much of the series as is available (there are three books available as of this review) to read consecutively, so the cliff hanger at the end of the book is not as noticeable.

The second of the Edenwitch series, Voodoo Spells, continues the story of Sophia and her father, as they continue their quests. Trouble ensues when it is discovered that both Sophia and her friend are witches and they must flee the city, and end up trying together to find Sophia’s mother together, even if it means finding an evil witch who may end up trying to kill them both.

Meanwhile, the mentor and Sophia’s father, who has been nursed back to health, set off for the “end of the world”, a mythical place the mentor had located once before and had devoted most of his life trying to get back to.

As with the first book, Voodoo Spells ends abruptly with a cliffhanger, so I would definitely recommend picking up the entire series as has been written so it can flow continuously for you. I unfortunately at the time only had these two books (I recently picked up book three and will be starting it soon), but the writing is very well executed and can keep you entertained for several hours. It, along with book one, are both well worth the read.

Both books are available at Sam Hammack's Amazon page, and are well worth the 99 cents each.  

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Thursday, May 23, 2013


Nancy Laronda Johnson, author of “Anticipation of the Penitent”, has done something that I never expected in my days of writing a blog: nominate me for several awards! My face must have been glowing with embarrassment when I saw the comment from her this morning. Here I am, just a person trying to make sure that people are aware of what they are getting into before they pick up a book or go to a movie, and she nominates me!!

Needless to say, I am honored and humbled and will accept the awards listed below and will pass on the honors to those people that are in my opinion better at this than me.

First up is:
Awarded to me from Writer's Mark

Very Inspiring Blogger Award Rules

1. Display logo in your blog to show you've been nominated!

2. Link back to your nominator.

3. Share 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.

5. Notify your nominees.

Here are 7 things about me:

1. I try to write every day, even if it is for fifteen minutes, to try and hone my abilities and make them better than they were before.

2. I have been on a weight loss site called since 2009, and have been trying to lose the same 40 pounds three times now; am not a happy camper.

3. I think that this summer’s movie crop will be the best that have come out ever simply because of MAN OF STEEL!

4. I have been going to a new church an hour from home that has expanded my way to worship and experience God in a new and awesome way. Every Sunday I get something that I had never thought of before

5. My first two dogs were named after two supporting characters in my first full length novel: Grey Wolfe and Sapphire Storm. I just started rewriting this book earlier this month and hope to have it ready for an agent by the end of the year.

6. I do not put down a book until I have finished it, no matter how bad it is.

7. I love to meet people, and try to be friendly to everyone that I meet, at least at first.

The next award I was nominated for is:

Awarded to me from Writer's Mark

The Liebster Rules: 1. The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by bloggers. 2. Post 11 facts about youself. 3. Answer the 11 questions that are asked by the nominating blogger. 4. Choose 11 new bloggers to nominate for the Award and link to them in the post. 5. Create 11 new questions for your nominees. 6. Go back to their pages and tell them they've been nominated. 7. No tag backs.

Here are the questions from my nominee:

1. What’s your best quality? The ability to take everything in stride and not let it effect me.

2. What celebrity would you want to kiss, say if you nor he/she were married? Jessica Alba

3. You have to create a TV show, any kind. What will it be about? It would definitely be a fantasy show based around my first book series. They would probably end up making it into a cartoon simply because it would be easier and much less expensive

4. What’s one thing you wish you totally understood? Human nature

5. What human condition/emotion do you wish you had more control over? fear

6. If you could be any animal, which would it be? wolf

7. You have to relive one of your past years. Which one will it be? This past year. I think I would change several things that have happened to make things come out differently.

8. Captain Kirk or Mr. Spock? Spock

9. Deliciously evil or boringly good? Deliciously evil

10. What language do you wish you spoke fluently? German

11. You have one day to do whatever you want. What will you do? Spend time with the people that I love on a beautiful island with no distractions.

My questions for my nominees:

1. What is the first book you ever remember reading?

2. What is your one guilty pleasure TV show?

3. What one thing can you not live without?

4. You have one day with no responsibilities or money worries. What do you spend it doing?

5. Old Kirk or New Kirk?

6. Coke or Pepsi?

7. What do you have to do every day without fail?

8. If you could be one bird, which one would you be?

9. What is your most attractive attribute?

10. What is one thing you wish you totally understood?

11. If you could have dinner with three famous people, past or present, who would they be and what would you want to discuss with them?

My nominees to receive any or all of the above awards are
K Dawn Byrd


Emma Michaels


Random Jottings by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

Pray Run Eat

The Pregnant Diabetic

A Dragon Writes

Give Me Something to Write About

I would once again like to thank Nancy for the honor, and hope that I am doing the awards proud, and pray that the nine people that I nominated (since they were the most worthy in my opinion) for the awards will see things the way I do.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I Am Eternal, Committed and Revelation Cancelled reviews by Athanasios

I Am Eternal, Committed,and Revelation Cancelled by Athanasios


Recently, I volunteered to review this trio of books on Goodreads because the basic premise of the first book intrigued me. I am Eternal is a short story that follows Simon Magus thru his daily routine at of all places, a video game company. For those of you not familiar with Simon Magus, he made his “first appearance” in Acts 8 when he tried to by his salvation from Peter, which led to a confrontation between the two. Part of the story tells Simon’s side of this confrontation, in the method of flashbacks, while the rest of the story is centered around him and one of his co-worker’s relationship as they begin to discuss intricacies of a new video game centered around a vampire hunter. And oh, yea, the reason why Simon has been around so long may have to do something with the fact that he himself is a vampire.

The story was a quick read, and left me wanting more about Magus, so I am hoping that we will see more of him in another story or even a full-fledged novel. The story is extremely well written, but the ending came out of nowhere. I was honestly expecting Magus to take his associate under his wing and trying to convert him or turn him instead of killing him. That was my only negative about the story, and as I said, I would definitely read more of the trials and trails of Magus, should the author decide to continue his story.

The second book, Revelation Cancelled, is actually teased in the short story I Am Eternal, as a book that Simon is reading, and it is the first of the “Predatory Ethics" series. It is the story of the growing up of the anti-Christ, and all the forces (Catholic church, Templars, Satanists) that want to control and use him when he comes of age.

When this book opened, it did not seem like it was the story of the anti-Christ: rather, it was the story of a man struggling with his calling. The way the story was setup was different, with it jumping around from place to place, and as the book progressed, from time to time. After the man accepted his calling, he took the anti-Christ under his wing and began teaching him, and the world continued on around them, with both of them “oblivious” to what was going on, but at the same time, the caregiver was prepared for anything, which does happen at the end.

The story was deeply detailed, and well-researched, with flashbacks to ancient times showing previous incarnations of the anti-Christ, all of which ended with his dying. It also introduced us to Simon Magus (yes, the same one from I Am Eternal), only much younger, and much hungrier for something to believe in. I was intrigued with the discussions between Magus and the Byzantine-time anti-Christ and their depth of understanding of what they were discussing.

The subplots concerning the Catholics, the Templars, and the Satanists all trying to locate the anti-Christ was intriguing, and kept me guessing as to whether or not I was going to turn the page and find one of them in the anti-Christ’s house, leading him away for their bidding.

The book was definitely a deep book and you can easily find yourself getting lost in it, but be warned that it is not for someone who is not grounded in their faith, as it could sway your beliefs. There are deep rituals described in the book, and a lot of swearing and violence, especially toward the end.

The third book, Committed, picks up the story of the anti-Christ some time after the end of Predatory Ethics, and brings you back into the anti-Christ’s life. He is now locked in an asylum, having been charged and convicted of killing and brutally dismembering the bodies and putting them into poses (which are described in detail). It also brings the churches and the Templars back in as they are trying to figure out how to get him out and make him return to what he was born to do.

The research that went into this book again was amazing, as the author describes some of the serial killers of the time and how they would have “presented” offerings to the anti-Christ as a way to gain favor with him. The funny part was that the people working at the asylum did not seem to understand what they were dealing with, and just think that the boy is another whack-job with delusions of grandeur.

This book was not as long as the first, and I quickly mowed thru it, but was happy to see that Simon Magus made another appearance, and I believe it was revealed (or maybe I just read it that way) that he was a vampire. His desire for one of the higher beings in the Satanist army was well written and will be interesting to see where it goes in future books, as this book again left the reader waiting for what was next.

Again, this is a deep book and deals with very mature subjects as well as multiple religions and their rituals, which are described in detail. There is swearing and violence in this book as in the first, but if you are strongly grounded in your faith, and want a story of “what-if” for the anti-Christ, then I heartily recommend both of these books for you to get. If blood, gore, swearing, and violence is not your cup of tea, then steer clear. You have been warned.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

“Anticipation of the Penitent” review

“Anticipation of the Penitent” by Nancy LaRonda Johnson

(spoilers ahead, read at your own risk)

I really didn’t know what to expect coming in on this book. I had read the blurb about it on GoodReads and was intrigued, and decided to give it a read, figuring, “Hey, why not?” But when the book started with a woman deformed and blind, I was hooked instantly. I had to find out if this was something from the Middle Ages, or something from back in Biblical times, when they would parade out a demon-possessed woman to “tell fortunes” (Acts 16:16) “As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling.”

But, instead, the story shifts back in time, and we see Azalea being visited by a being, and her son Thomas having to find a sacrifice for atonement for the being. Fortunately for the reader, there is never anything graphic in any of the descriptions, or the book may have been over the top with the violence and gore. You see, Azalea has been visited by the devil, and Thomas been the end result of the visitation, or so she thought. And with the initial visitation in the book, the story begins its rocky journey towards redemption.

Azalea is the first to try to escape the clutches of her imprisonment, taking Thomas off to a commune like town called Gabriel, where she finds God, but in the process loses her son and her body. Remember the deformed lady? Yea, that was her. After Thomas tries to kill another girl, and fails, Azalea tries to take her own life in the ultimate sacrifice, much like Christ did for the church. She blinds herself, breaks both her legs to the point where they have to be amputated, and messes up a hand to where it also needs to be amputated as well. But, she survives, and Thomas runs off, in her mind lost forever.

For most readers, they would shut the book and not want to read any more…. But not me. I pressed on, desiring to see what the end result of Thomas would be.

He finds one of Azalea’s cousin’s and they “fall in love” or lust, or whatever you wish to call it. The two run off and end up getting married and having a child. In the process, Thomas falls into his old ways and ends up killing two people, one of which he intended to, one who just got in the way. The cousin finds Jesus and begins to pray for Thomas, and he ends up finding peace in the end. I will not give away the ending, because there is a definite twist that I did not see coming, but I was crying at the end of the book.

This is a very well written book that I would recommend to anyone that says that they are too far gone to come back to God. It was very hard to put down each time I picked it up. I definitely count myself blessed to have read this book.

Overall rating: 4.75/ 5.00 stars.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

"Under the Dome" Review

This was the second time I sat down to read "Under the Dome". I first picked it up around Christmas the year it came out (2009), but for some reason was either not impressed or got bored with it, and I put the book down

So, the book sat on my shelf, waiting patiently for me to pick it up and start again.
I had brought “Under the Dome” along with three other books home with me when I visited my parents at Christmas, and left it for the last book to read. This time, I don't know if I was in a different place, or the story just struck me, or something, but I devoured this book. From the first page, I was sucked in, just like I had been with the classic Stephen King stories that I read during my sophomore to senior years in high school.
“Under the Dome” is not your typical Stephen King horror book; in fact, there was not any elements of horror in the book that I could recall.
As I said, I devoured this book this time around, deciding to give up sleep or food in favor of reading, knocking out chunks of sixty to seventy five pages at a sitting.
The story is simple: what happens to a town when it is cut off from the world by a dome, and how do you get rid of it. It starred a former Army person turned fry cook, Dale Barbara, as the protagonist, and the city’s Second Selectman, Jim Rennie, as they faced off against each other several times during the course of the book.
Mr. King has always been one of my favorite authors, and he did not disappoint with this novel. His ability to build a world that draws you in from the first page and makes you lose track of everything else as you read is something that other authors could learn a lesson from.
This is definitely a book that keeps you guessing for the first two thirds and then once you find out the who behind the dome, you spend the rest of the book wondering how it would be resolved.
My only beef with the book is one that I have with most Stephen King books, and that is the profanity. You could go for several pages without seeing a swear, and then the very next page would be littered with them. But, given that Mr. King has been writing a lot longer than I have, I guess I have no room for criticism, and pushing it to the side as a part of his style.
I could definitely see this book being made into a SyFy miniseries and I would sit down and enjoy every minute of it. My only worry would be that whoever made the movie or miniseries would dwell too much on Jim Rennie and not on the actual story that Stephen King intended.

Overall Rating: 3.5

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