The Outsider: A Novel

In his new release, The Outsider: A Novel, Stephen King takes us on a mission to solve the mystery of a murder. This isn’t just any murder. An eleven-year old boy has been killed and his body mutilated horrifically. All the evidence and eyewitnesses point to an unlikely suspect. Terry Maitland is a respected English teacher, with a wife and two daughters, who also coaches … Continue reading The Outsider: A Novel

Crimes Against Humanity

Recent events of immigrant babies and children being forcibly removed from their parents and placed with foster families or in “camps” has raised protests worldwide. These actions by our American government are reprehensible and must be addressed. However, we should not be fooled into believing this is the first time something like this has happened in the United States. Overlooked and under-reported are the forced … Continue reading Crimes Against Humanity

“Surrender, New York: A Novel” by Caleb Carr

I loved Caleb Carr’s first two books and thought I would give Surrender, New York a try. The fact that I am from New York, and New Yorker’s don’t surrender, also had something to do with my choice. I’d read the negative reviews, and I thought, how bad could it be? I don’t know what the other reviewers were reading, because I liked this book … Continue reading “Surrender, New York: A Novel” by Caleb Carr

“What Isn’t She Telling” by Michelle Medhat

I was drawn to this book as much by the blurb as by the reviews. The title is compelling, What Isn’t She Telling. Author Michelle Medhat has penned a brilliant combination of science fiction, political intrigue, terrorists, and romance in a taut page-turner. Beginning with Ellie Noor’s nightmare which is almost prescient and shifting quickly to a conversation between two men who are followers of … Continue reading “What Isn’t She Telling” by Michelle Medhat

Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure: An Electric Eclectic Book by Ann Barnes

  I purchased this book for my seven-year-old granddaughter who is well above her grade level in reading. Together we discovered a delightful story by Ann Barnes, “Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure: An Electric Eclectic Book.” The story begins with little Maggie Walker and her mother Marie setting off an adventure to a magical land called Eat-a-lot. Boarding a train powered by gravy with wheels made … Continue reading Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure: An Electric Eclectic Book by Ann Barnes

Review Tour – Stolen Gypsy by Elizabeth Horton-Newton

Originally posted on Claire Stibbe:
Whoo-hoo, I’m thrilled to have just read Stolen Gypsy by Elizabeth Horton-Newton. Some of you may know her other books, Riddle, Carved Wooden Heart and View From The Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale.  Her books have garnered five star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads – definitely an author to watch! About the Author Elizabeth Horton-Newton was born in New York City… Continue reading Review Tour – Stolen Gypsy by Elizabeth Horton-Newton

“Red Queen Check: An Electric Eclectic Book”

I’m excited to announce Electric Eclectic Books has released another of my novelettes, “Red Queen Check.” It’s an expanded version of a short story I wrote a few years ago. Exploring the themes of revenge, power, and wealth, it is timely. With so many high profile cases of women being sexually assaulted by wealthy men in influential positions flooding the media, the story of Mark … Continue reading “Red Queen Check: An Electric Eclectic Book”

Win-Win with Electric Eclectic Books

Originally posted on Between the Beats:
As many of my followers and supporters know, I love to write short stories. I enjoy the challenge of creating viable characters and setting them down in situations that range from the frightening to the poignant. Electric Eclectic Books has released five of my longer short stories, novelettes, under their banner. It’s an honor to have my work represented… Continue reading Win-Win with Electric Eclectic Books

9 Tips for Writing Better Short Stories

Originally posted on Allison Maruska:
In April, I was a judge for two writing contests – Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver contest and Ryan Lanz’s short story contest. I was honored to be asked to fill the role once, let alone twice. And while I enjoyed judging great stories, I also learned a few things about how to make short stories better because some patterns emerged.… Continue reading 9 Tips for Writing Better Short Stories