Bombs and Buddies: Review of “The Enemy of My Enemy” by Richard Bard

We have gunfights, of course–and explosions and bombings and cave-ins and hostage situations and torture and more Richard Bard’s second Brainrush installment, The Enemy of My Enemy, is an honest-to-goodness page-turner. Brainrush 2 is like a sci-fi action flick with a director who never yells “cut!”. If you love evil villains, good guys in extreme peril, and […]

Interview with Charlotte Howard, author of “Seven Dirty Words”

The New Year brought us a new author with her first book release from Rocking Horse Publishing. Yesterday, I spent an hour or so chatting with Charlotte Howard about her steamy novel, Seven Dirty Words. We had hoped to get together on Skype for this interview, but that didn’t quite work out. Read on… “All […]

Editor’s review of “The Fires of Waterland” by Raymond Alexander Kukkee

“poignant and compelling — don’t miss it” In The Fires of Waterland, emerging author Raymond Alexander Kukkee has produced a powerful coming-of-age tale. His characters are vividly drawn, with utterly convincing dialogue. The story of Fletcher Williams’ troubled but hope-filled childhood develops through a series of bittersweet flashbacks. We learn that “Fletch” is an orphan; but […]

Books: I found terror and awe in Straub’s Shadowland

How one book has influenced my thoughts on writing When I was nine, I stole my older sister’s copy of Salem’s Lot and that was it. I was hooked on horror. Ask me who my favorite author is, and I’ll say Stephen King with no hesitation. But my favorite book was written by King’s coauthor […]

What’s on your Must-Read list?

Recently, I was having a conversation with Lou Aronica, publisher at The Story Plant. Lou had asked for my feedback on a review copy of one of his author’s novels. My remarks were mildly critical, so I offered Lou some insight on my reading background, in defense of my opinions. We all have biases. No […]

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