Category Archives: fiction

Promo: Goodnight, Brian by Steven Manchester + Excerpt

Categories: adult, contemporary, excerpt, fiction, spotlight, Steven Manchester, women's
Goodnight, BrianBy Steven ManchesterEditions: ebook, paperbackPublished: January 8th 2013 by The Story PlantGenre: Adult Contemporary / Women's FictionFate was working against little Brian Mauretti. The food that was meant to nourish him was poisoning him instead, and the doctors said the damage was devastating and absolute. Fate had written off Brian. But fate didn’t count on a woman as determined as Brian’s grandmother, Angela DiMartino – who everyone knew as Mama. Loving her grandson with everything she had, Mama endeavored to battle fate. Read more [...]

Excerpt: The Summer Before the Storm by Gabriele Wills + Giveaway

Categories: book tour, excerpt, fiction, Gabriele Wills, giveaway, historical, virtual author book tours
The Summer Before the Storm (The Muskoka Trilogy #1)By Gabriele WillsEditions: ebook, paperbackPublished: 2006 by MindshadowsGenre: Historical FactionIt’s the Age of Elegance in the summer playground of the affluent and powerful. Amid the pristine, island-dotted lakes and pine-scented forests of the Canadian wilderness, the young and carefree amuse themselves with glittering balls and friendly competitions. The summer of 1914 promises to be different when the ambitious and destitute son of a disowned heir joins his wealthy family at their cottage Read more [...]

Did Not Finish: CONQUEST by Vik Rubenfeld

Categories: did not finish, fiction, literary, memoir, RBR, Vik Rubenfeld
CONQUESTBy Vik RubenfeldEditions: ebook, paperbackPublished: July 12th 2012 by VPR Publishing (first published November 29th 2011)Genre: Literary / Memoir FictionSource: review copyReid Taylor, bass player for the rock band CONQUEST, tells first-hand about the thrill of starting out with a little-known Seattle band, and growing to global fame. He describes how he found the love of his life, Kristy. And most of all, he reveals how he saw warnings of what would bring about the band's tragic end - everything he did to try to help - and the one person Read more [...]

Guest Post: How to effectively build characters by Stephanie-Louise Farrell

Categories: anthology, contemporary, fiction, guest post, short story collection, Stephanie-Louise Farrell
The Amy Winehouse pilgrimage & other storiesBy Stephanie-Louise FarrellEditions: ebookPublished August 31, 2012 by Any Subject Books Genre: Anthology / Contemporary / FictionThese four short stories, which are as different as they are original, clearly reveal the author’s ability to sustain suspense until the very last line. In fact, even then we may be left guessing. The uniqueness of the stories lies in the strange and perplexing situations which the protagonists must resolve while at the same time affording us front-row views of their thought Read more [...]

Fluttering Thoughts: Future Destinies by Chris Turner

Categories: 2 butterflies, Chris Turner, fantasy, fiction, fluttering thoughts, RBR, sci-fi-ish, speculative fiction
Future DestiniesBy Chris TurnerEditions: ebookPublished August 7th 2011 by Chris Turner, via SmashwordsGenre: Anthology / FictionSource: review copyThis collection includes the following stories: AudraThe Movie MakerA Simple LensThe Jisil-ou-az-larPhaneThe Brain MachineFlowerflyTempting YervaRodofinkBenevolent Influence~ Goodreads BlurbWorld Building: Interesting, the stories have each a world of its own, imaginative, science fiction or more fantasy, futuristic, parallel universe. Cool stuff, but I wasn't hooked.Characters: Again, interesting. Of Read more [...]

Excerpt: Written In the Ashes by K. Hollan Van Zandt + Giveaway

Categories: book tour, Egypt, excerpt, fiction, giveaway, historical, K. Hollan Van Zandt, virtual author book tours
Written in the AshesBy K. Hollan Van ZandtEditions: ebook, hardcover, paperbackPublished January 1st 2011 by Balboa PressGenre: Historical / FictionWho burned the Great Library of Alexandria?When the Roman Empire collapses in the 5th century, the city of Alexandria, Egypt is plagued with unrest. Paganism is declared punishable by death and the populace splinters in religious upheaval.Hannah, a beautiful Jewish shepherd girl is abducted from her home in the mountains of Sinai and sold as a slave in Alexandria to Alizar, an alchemist and successful Read more [...]