“Distant Time: An Electric Eclectic Novelette” by Karen J. Mossman

  Time travel is a popular subject for science fiction readers and writers. Karen J. Mossman puts an interesting twist on the subject in her novelette Distant Time. The story begins with Julie waking up in the past. It’s apparent from the beginning something out of the ordinary has happened. Normally time travelers are invisible to people in the past, but this time Julie can … Continue reading “Distant Time: An Electric Eclectic Novelette” by Karen J. Mossman

“The Chaos of Mokii” by Geoff Nelder

Award-winning science fiction author Geoff Nelder packs a real punch in this short tale of the mind.  “The Chaos of Mokii” explores the bizarre and mysterious world where people may not be who you think they are, places can change at the drop of a hat, and questions arise at every turn.   When Olga enters Mokii, finagling her way past the bouncer into a … Continue reading “The Chaos of Mokii” by Geoff Nelder

Storm Portal (Quantum Touch Book 1) by Michael R. Stern

       I love historical fiction and science fiction. This isn’t a combination easily found in books so I was delighted to discover Storm Portal by Michael R. Stern. The book starts out slowly as Stern sets up the characters of a New Jersey high school teacher, Fritz Russell, and his family and friends. I was a little perturbed with the first adventure when … Continue reading Storm Portal (Quantum Touch Book 1) by Michael R. Stern

TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: Weather the Storm by Neil Douglas Newton

Neil Newton’s contribution to the anthology Twisted Tales is as different from his book The Railroad as cherries are to onions. Weather the Storm is pure science fiction, complete with other worldly beings. I won’t call them aliens because I don’t want to conjure up images of little green men or tall gray creatures. Written in the first person, the story instantly drew me in. … Continue reading TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: Weather the Storm by Neil Douglas Newton

TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: Prime Meridian by Geoff Nelder

Geoff Nelder has written one of my favorite science fiction stories, ARIA: Left Luggage. He has a unique approach to the genre so I looked forward to his contribution to Twisted Tales. He lived up to my expectations shiningly with his short story Prime Meridian. Perhaps the most complex of the stories in the anthology, it is both scientific and humorous. The story of Chingford’s … Continue reading TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: Prime Meridian by Geoff Nelder

“Immortal and Sane” by Benedict J. Martin

   Leave it to Benedict Martin to provide a unique twist on both science fiction and the paranormal. Coupling these genres through the use of a romantic couple is nothing short of brilliant. Let’s face it, a vampire isn’t likely to get much nourishment from an android. But there is more to this story than meets the eye. First off Nelly Jones is not your … Continue reading “Immortal and Sane” by Benedict J. Martin

My 2015 Top Indie Book Picks

I have read an amazing number of indie books this year. When I looked back at my reviews I was surprised. The realization I had read so many started me thinking about the ones I remembered. I decided to make a list of the ones I liked the most. You will probably notice a paucity of “romance” novels. This may puzzle you since the books … Continue reading My 2015 Top Indie Book Picks

An Interview with Author Michelle Medhat

Michelle Medhat, author of “Connected: The Call and The Shift” was kind enough to consent to an interview for “Between the Beats”. Michelle is as complex as her books; brilliant and articulate she shares her thoughts freely. To say she is an interesting woman would be trite. Her motivation for writing her books is not what you might expect. It is with great pleasure I … Continue reading An Interview with Author Michelle Medhat

“Planet Purgatory” by Benedict Martin A 5-Star Read!

Planet Purgatory by Benedict Martin My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Planet Purgatory” by Benedict Martin is filled with colorful characters that leap off the page even when you wish they wouldn’t. Chief protagonist David Eno is a character I alternately hated and loved. Sometimes I found him so frustrating I wanted to scream at him. At other times I wanted to put my arms … Continue reading “Planet Purgatory” by Benedict Martin A 5-Star Read!

“Charlie Robot” by Benedict Martin

Charlie Robot by Benedict Martin My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Charlie Robot” by Benedict Martin starts out as a seemingly cute story about the misadventures of a group of scientists who have created an android. This is not an ordinary android. This is an escaped android. On the very day their creation is to be unveiled to investors, the wily Steven escapes from the … Continue reading “Charlie Robot” by Benedict Martin