Thursday, May 26, 2016

Book Review: 30 Days Stream of Consciousness: A Haunting by L.E. Moebius

#YourNextFavoriteAuthor tour, L.E. Moebius
Stream of consciousness refers to the practice of writing down ideas as they come into your head. The conventions of grammar and appropriateness of language is usually ignored when using this literary technique. For those of you who cringe at the misplaced metaphor, or the comma splice, or the occasionally correctly spelled wrong word so frequently seen in this day of spell-check reliability, don’t worry there are a lot more things in here to worry about. Concern yourself with the things that go bump in the night. The unexplained. The unexplainable. 
A word of caution to the easily offended: some of the word choice used by the voices may not be acceptable in mixed company. When you deal with fears like these it is important to allow the voice freedom.

30 Days Stream of Consciousness: A Haunting is the second book in a three book series (at least, so far) by L.E. Moebius. This is a novella length story written in first person stream-of consciousness style to tell the story of paranormal activities in the house the main character currently inhabits. 

The premise of the story is this is a 'haunted house' that the main character's friend bought at auction. The man can live there for 30 days rent-free if he helps with repairs. He agrees even though he knows that there have been rumors about the place for years.

The story starts out fairly normally with just a few odd happenstances, missing keys, objects moved, and so on. The episodes of strange behaviors start to escalate as the days go on. He adopts a kitten that he finds and the cat starts to manifest peculiar habits. And the 30 days continue with odder and odder happenings.

There is a lot of things left to the imagination in the story and that helps in a way. I'm not especially fond of this style of writing, but it worked in this setting and made for an interesting read. If you like Twilight Zone type stories, then this one is for you.

Here’s the link to Amazon .

A little about the author:
Lucinda Moebius has been a writer since she was a child and was first published in 2010. Since then she has worked hard to create unique visions and stories. Her work includes novels in multiple genres including: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Children’s Books, Screenplays and Non-fiction. Lucinda has a Doctorate in Education and loves teaching, but her greatest desire is to help others understand how literature and writing can bring enlightenment and understanding to everyone. She offers book coaching and advice to everyone, whether they want it or not.

You can connect with Lucinda on AmazonFacebook (fan page), Facebook Webpage (My Writer’s place), GoodreadsWebsite, and Twitter

Monday, May 23, 2016

Giveaway to Celebrate the Release of Applegate Farm

Win a Kindle Fire ereader and all the stories and books in the Antrim Cycle! Applegate Farm released May 24th

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Book Review: Alora: The Wander Jewel by Tamie Dearen

Alora is a fifteen-year old girl living in Montana with her Uncle Charles. She has two good friends, Beth and Wesley and is a fairly high-school student until she starts having visions of a boy with green eyes. Kaevin lives in a different world, but he is having visions of Alora also. That's when Alora finds out that she has the power of traveling to his land and bringing him to her own.
I don't want to give too much away. Alora and Kaevin, with the help of their friends, must fight to stop a war between the Clans in Kaevin's land that was instigated by her father, a sorcerer and leader in one of the Clans. Alora's power to transport things is key to winning the war.
Alora and Kaevin are destined soul-mates. This is definitely YA fantasy and I am always a little wary of teenage 'mean-for-each-other' romances, but this is a sweet story that will appeal to teenagers and older.

Link to Amazon

Book Review: Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy

Forest of Demons in the first book in the Sleeping God series by Debbie Cassidy.
The author says the book was inspired by her father's love of Hindu mythology and I found the story very interesting. Priya is a young woman, living with her parents and a little old by the standards of her village to be unmarried. The reason she is unmarried is because she is in love with her friend who is engaged to her other friend. Demons live in the forest all around the village and occasionally, one of the inhabitants is killed by them. This is what happens to Priya's friend who is engaged to marry the man Priya loves.
Meanwhile, the blacksmith Ravi looks out for Priya also and wants to marry her. The story is entertaining and the characters introduced are interesting, each with their own secrets that are discovered as the book proceeds.
Then the book suddenly switches to another culture and lead character, Aryan, a warrior in a militarized city. Again, the myths told and the customs of the new city are interesting though for most of this part of the story, I didn't understand the connection with the first part of the book. Eventually, the stories mesh and some of the background is made clear.
Forest of Demons is good story-telling. I would have liked something up front that hinted at the divergent stories; it was disconcerting to suddenly switch. I also am a person who is not fond of cliffhangers, though I deal with them better if I know upfront. While the paperback apparently indicates this is Book 1, I couldn't tell from the ebook edition until I reached the end and saw the author's note about Book 2. However, this is my own personal quirk and it probably won't bother most people.
I will read the next book because the story is good and the culture and mythology engrossing.

Link to Amazon

Book Review: Atlantis after Midnite by Lisa Kulow

Atlantis after Midnite is the first book by Lisa Kulow. The story is an alternate tale of what happened to Atlantis.

The land of Atlantis has been struck by a plague and other disasters. A maiden named Yew'll is the one person who is immune to the disease and King Urian orders her to be brought before him so he can learn her secret. His son, Prince Kyrian, falls in love with her beauty and the two begin a romance. Meanwhile, the king tries to save his people from the destruction coming from the gods. I don't want to give the rest of the story away, but suffice it to say that this is a different twist to the Atlantis myth.

There are a lot of characters and the story alternates from person to person, making it someone confusing at times. The book could benefit from an editor. There are a lot of steamy scenes so be prepared.

Link to Amazon

June Issue Fantasy Worlds emag is out!

June issue...out now!!!! You can download the pdf from media fire..or read online via ISSUU -…/huwzr8nh38fe…/June_Issue_2016.pdf

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Trad Tuesday: I am Stretched On Your Grave - sung by Kate Rusby

"I Am Stretched on Your Grave" is a translation of an anonymous 17th-century Irish poem titled "Táim sínte ar do thuama" It was translated into English several times, most notably by Frank O'Connor. It was put to music by musician Philip King in 1979.

It is set to the tune of "Taim Sinte ar do Thuamba", Hymn #47 in Danta De: Idir Sean agus Nuad (the Trinity Sunday hymn "Dia an t-Athair do shealbhaig flaitheas naomhtha"). The hymnal says the tune is from Munster. (from Wikipedia)

Kate Rusby is one of my favorite singers. She comes from Barnsley, Yorkshire, England and is one of the most noted contemporary folksingers.