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Reasonable doubt? Free ebook!

Today I'm showcasing a free ebook - Every Reasonable Double by Pamela Samuels Young. It's a mystery/legal thriller and I hope to read it soon - definitely on my to-read list. Enjoy! And thank you to Pump up Your Book for introducing it. EVERY REASONABLE DOUBT PAMELA SAMUELS YOUNG * MYSTERY/LEGAL THRILLER * Title : Every Reasonable Doubt Author : Pamela Samuels Young Publisher : Goldman House Publishing File Size : 722 KB Genre : Mystery/Legal Thriller When attorneys Vernetta Henderson and Neddy McClain are tapped to take on the biggest case of their careers, they are less than thrilled about working together. Their strained relationship, however, is the least of their problems. Their socialite client—charged with the brutal murder of her husband—is demanding an immediate dismissal of the case. But a ruthless prosecutor is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen. Forced to fight a common enemy, the two women close ranks and, in the p

Obsidian is such a good word!

Looking through those unpublished book reviews and unshelved but long-read books I found an Obsidian Trilogy and an Obsidian short story collection. It's definitely time to shelve them--the trilogy, in particular, is made up of quite large books and if I don't put them away the space will disappear. (Space does that--quantum book expansion I think.) So... I'll start with the short stories. Obsidian Worlds by Jason Werbeloff  is a fascinating collection, not for the easily offended, but uniquely odd, short enough to read while drinking coffee, and weird enough to have you reaching for your science book. Enjoy with some dark five-star coffee. Then there's the Obsidian Trilogy. Here, magic replaces science, but it's a well-thought-out kind of magic with genuine logic and fascinating differences, balanced by a well-developed fantasy world and fueled by good versus evil. I love how new characters and ideas are introduced in each book, extending the world and constant

Faith, Culture, History and just a few distractions

So much has distracted me this last few months that my pile of books-read is actually larger than the pile of books labelled must-read. I guess I'll start posting a few of those books-read reviews, so I can file the pile back onto shelves. We need to be tidy for Christmas! One of those "distractions" (the best and most rewarding of them) has been the fact that I've been writing a book about the Bible--Questioning Faith. I'm still hunting for a subtitle, so please leave one in the comments if you can think of something. It's a book designed to help teens, their parents and grandparents, and the teens-at-heart see that the Bible is big enough for all their questions, and God is big enough to encompass all their doubts. I started thinking about it back in England when my son's elementary school friend explained that he didn't believe Bible stories because he'd grown out of fairytales long ago... and I realized the Bible stories were told in elementa

Want to learn to Write for Fun? Meet TG Wolff

Today I get to welcome TG Wolff to my blog, author of  thrillers and mysteries that play within the gray area between good and bad, right and wrong. Clearly the author enjoys the thrill of the story, so I'm looking forward to learning... How to Write for Fun by TG Wolff Everyone has a different reason for writing, but one thing should be universal: writing is fun. For many, the mandatory writing on uninteresting subjects forced on us from elementary school on up has left a bitter taste in the preverbal writing mouth. It’s akin to my distaste of plaid after twelve years of Catholic school even though I haven’t worn a schoolgirl’s skirt for thirty years. But fear not, you can overcome the rigid constraints of noun-verb-noun and intro paragraph-body-summary paragraph. It may be hard to overcome the Pavlovian habits, but it won’t be painful. So, here’s the secret of how to write for fun…write like nobody’s going to read it. Counterintuitive, right? Well, I’m sure yo

Don't try this at home: Tybee Isaldn H-Bomb!

Today I get to welcome author Michael Houtchen with his debut thriller, the Tybee Island H-Bomb! Suspense, thrills, mystery great characters, and even some humor awaits you in the book, and here on my blog... the author himself! So, Hi Michael, and welcome to my blog. They showed me a nice official "author bio" when I invited you here, and I... er... I would love to know more. Is it cheating to ask you to explain before my readers read your bio?I've included it lower down this blogpost, so they can find it in the "about the author" section below. And now, please tell... Over to you, Michael. In my first Bio, I wrote I once hung myself.  It was a tease, but it did happen.  Since the Bio came out, I’ve been asked about the hanging.  So, here’s the story.  I hope you’re not disappointed. Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home.  I am a professional.  (Yeah, right.) When I was around twelve years old, I learned how to tie a hangman’s knot.  It’s the typ

Which comes first: Character, plot, place or picture...?

Today I'm delighted to welcome  the Occult Detective,  Bob Freeman, to my blog as he tours the internet with Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum ! It's a tour that will bring you thrills and chills in the heart of the holiday season , and the book is a  supernatural thriller that readers of horror will also love.  It is interrelated with Bob’s short story collection  First Born: Tales of the Liber Monstrorum , but can be read on its own. The book even includes several original illustrations from Bob Freeman (see below)! Which is why I asked him... Which comes first: Character, plot, place, picture...?   So, over to you, Bob... That's a great question and one not easily answered. When I write, I seldom have even the slightest inkling as to what I will be writing about. Everything just sort of tumbles out of my head and onto the page. I suppose, if one were to look over the majority of the things I've written, it begins with place. I imagine the

After Dark: Why Urban Fantasy?

Today I'm delighted to e-meet Joann H. Buchanan, author of the fascinating Children of Nox  series of supernatural shifter novels. She is touring the internet with the last of the series, After Dark, and I've been following, enjoying reading her interviews and guests posts. But now I get to read her answer to the question... Why is Urban Fantasy so popular? by Joann H. Buchanan The question posed: Why is urban fantasy so popular and is there one particular group attracted to it and why? I don’t have a straight answer for this question. The only way I can think of answering this question is by answering what makes me want to read a story. I think the reason urban fantasy is popular is because it is set in the here and now. We can see ourselves in the characters we read. They remind us of situations we have been in with the people we either love or hate. I’m not saying we know what it’s like to change into a wolf or fly a broom. We do know what it’s like to list