WOLVES AT OUR DOOR by Soren Paul Petrek
* Historical * Action * Adventure *

Author: Soren Paul Petrek
Publisher: Editions Encre Rouge/Hachette Livre
Pages: 319
Genre: Historical/Action/Adventure

The Allies and the Nazis are in a deadly race to develop the ultimate weapon while supersonic V-2 rockets rain down on London. Madeleine Toche and Berthold Hartmann, the German super assassin who taught her to kill, search for the secret factory where Werner von Braun and his Gestapos masters use slave labor to build the weapons as the bodies of the innocent pile up. The Allied ground forces push towards Berlin while the German SS fight savagely for each inch of ground.

Finding the factory hidden beneath Mount Kohnstein, Hartmann contacts his old enemy, Winston Churchill and summons Madeleine to his side. While she moves to bring the mountain down on her enemies, Hartmann leads a daring escape from the dreaded Dora concentration camp to continue his revenge agai…

Poetry in Picture

I love to read and I love to review what I've read, so I was delighted to be given the chance to read and review Patrick Stull's new book, Encounters. It's not my usual kind of "picture book" though - this book of intriguing black and white images is aimed at adults, not children, and offers readers/viewers the chance to see the human body through a deeply sympathetic and empathetic observer's eye. So thank you Richard Stull, and thank you Dorothy Thompsom at Pump Up Your Book for giving me this opportunity.

ENCOUNTERS by Patrick Stull

ReviewEncounters is a large and beautiful book of captivating images, supplemented by words – a sort of picture book for adults perhaps. The images are presented in an intriguing order, blending art, photography, and image manipulation to create a poetry of form, rather than of words. And while it’s not necessarily true that every picture tells a story, the women (and men) behind this images are pleasingly introduced with words …

Page or Stage? Sorcery or Sword?

Today I'm delighted to welcome author Stephen Zimmer back to my blog as he tours the internet with another Rayden Valkyrie novella. But Rayden's not "just" the star of a cool (and growing) series of books. She's also star of her own TV pilot - maybe even a series - and Stephen's here to tell us about the difference between writing for page and screen. So, over to you Stephen, and thank you for visiting my blog:

Writing for Page and Screen in Sword and Sorcery
Sheila asked me to comment on the things that are both harder and easier when it comes to writing for the screen as opposed to writing for readers on the page, especially in regard to the sword and sorcery genre that my Rayden Valkyrie stories are classified in.
Writing for screen and writing for the page are two entirely different kinds of writing and must be approached on their own terms.
In a nutshell, writing for the screen is a minimalist art.  Only the most critical details important to a plot, lo…

What makes it fantasy?

My husband used to tell me he only liked "real" science fiction, not that "fantasy" stuff. So it's kind of surprising to find him thoroughly hooked on fantasies like Game of Thrones and Mistborn. But it's satisfying too. It seems what makes fantasy work for him is when it has a well-imagined, logical worldview, when magic obeys its rules rather than making them up to change with the novel's changing needs, and where characters become real and believable rather than cardboard cutouts. That being so, it's not surprising he loves Harry Potter (definitely logical) and Mistborn too. Meanwhile I just love fantasy, always have done and doubtless always will.

But what makes it fantasy? Is it magic? Is it different worlds (but surely they're part of science fiction too)? Is it swords and sorcery and dragons? Gods and goddesses? And what makes fantasy different from (hard) science fiction?

I suspect for my husband at least, real (hard) science fiction has…

cozy or literary for you?

Sometimes I want a book that will take me out of myself, out of my world and all the cares of my world, and away into somewhere safe where problems are solved, disasters averted, and relationships healed. Then I'll read a cozy mystery perhaps, an fast-moving thriller, or a romance, and I'll enjoy the gentle respite they offer.

Other times I want something to absorb my attention, involving my thoughts and concerns in someone else's life, with that gentle hint that what I learn might, maybe, help in my own. Then I'll go for something literary; something longer perhaps, or more "different," more intriguing.

And sometimes one book will fulfill both purposes.

I've read a number of mystery novels recently, and some of them certainly leave me seeing the real world, or real history, slightly differently. Others just offer rest and relaxation. And all are fun. So here are just a few book reviews for you. Drink coffee. Enjoy!

First are a couple of stories from the …

What are your dreams? What's your future?

Today I'm delighted to be part of Greg Messel's blog tour for his new novel Dreams that never were, so let me tell you a little bit about it...

Dreams that never were by Greg Messel The sixties… swinging sixties… Vietnam… Kennedy… Were the disillusioned young adults of the sixties so different from those of today? Greg Messel’s novel, Dreams that never were, tells the first person story of a reporter following the rise of Robert Kennedy, just as that rise came to an end. It’s a story that feels intensely personal and real, told with a thoroughly convincing voice. And it combines an authentic sense for time and place with heart-searching timeless questions, romance and excitement. By the end of the story, the reader is just as deeply invested in a man whose future is just beginning, as in another whose dreams are tragically done.
Just maybe, the reader might also feel some small investment in today’s fallen dreams.
Dreams for America’s future (now our past) thread through this …