RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Witch's List, The
    Andrew Cairns
    That old black magic! I was captivated from the beginning. It combines multiple genres very well. A great story. ~ Rachelle, NetGalley

  • Visions Through a Glass, Darkly
    David I. Aboulafia
    “…well-written with impeccable and genuine dialogue, as well as spot-on character development. The author delivers an intriguing, thought provoking, dark thriller that will linger in the reader’s mind for a while. The storyline, filled with twists and quality writing, keeps the reader hooked and turning pages ‘till the end…a must-read story.” (5 stars) ~ Michel Violante, Reader Views

  • Alkoryn Chronicles, The
    C.J. Gleave
    Praise for the first volume of The Alkoryn Chronicles: Part I Scripture from the Past:

    Daimeh finds a body washed ashore and a tablet with strange glyphs. He doesn't know that this discovery will change his life forever. With his aunt Cresadir, he sets off on a journey through lands that the people of Alkoryn thought unreachable, meeting strange creatures on the way.

    C.J. Gleave depicts vividly the way of life on the islands, peaceful, in harmony with nature. It's like watching colours applied on a blank canvas.The way the author describes the personality traits of the characters makes them realistic.

    The second part of the novel is completely different and is also reflected in the description of the people and places.The ending is intriguing and I can't wait to read the sequel of this great debut novel.

    There is a glossary with the correct pronunciation of some words, as well as the description of various elements: animals, food, objects.

    If you like fantasy stories with an interesting twist, this novel is for you. ~ Catherine Ndiaye, Amazon

  • Alkoryn Chronicles, The
    C.J. Gleave
    Daimeh finds a body washed ashore and a tablet with strange glyphs. He doesn't know that this discovery will change his life forever. With his aunt Cresadir, he sets off on a journey through lands that the people of Alkoryn thought unreachable, meeting strange creatures on the way.

    C.J. Gleave depicts vividly the way of life on the islands, peaceful, in harmony with nature. It's like watching colours applied on a blank canvas. The way the author describes the personality traits of the characters makes them realistic.

    The second part of the novel is completely different and is also reflected in the description of the people and places. The ending is intriguing and I can't wait to read the sequel of this great debut novel.

    There is a glossary with the correct pronunciation of some words, as well as the description of various elements -- animals, food, objects.

    If you like fantasy stories with an interesting twist, this novel is for you. ~ Catherine Ndiaye, Amazon

  • Visions Through a Glass, Darkly
    David I. Aboulafia
    “...eloquent...a true psychological thriller." (4 stars) ~ Mimi Jazzman, Amazon

  • Visions Through a Glass, Darkly
    David I. Aboulafia

    "Dark terror....one of the strangest books I've ever read." (4 stars) ~ Francine, Amazon

  • Visions Through a Glass, Darkly
    David I. Aboulafia
    “...psychotic personalities, unpleasant behaviors, and flawed individuals dominate the scenes….mind twisting.” (3 stars) ~ Jill Bemis, Amazon

  • Visions Through a Glass, Darkly
    David I. Aboulafia
    “...twists and turns that you don't see coming...Thrilling from the first page to the last!” (5 stars) ~ Anne, Amazon

  • Visitor, The
    Christopher Chase Walker
    Full of dark and unsettling imagery, it is very beautifully written – the prose is really outstanding, conjuring up some really powerful scenes. ~ Nicole Sweeney, The Bibliophile Chronicles

  • Wooing the Echo
    Lee Morgan
    The first volume in author Lee Morgan's "The Christopher Penrose" series of novels, "Wooing The Echo" a story about chasing a ghost and features echoes of magic. Christopher discovers the darkness that looms behind desire. Christopher is a man haunted and hollow with the loss of a friend unlike any other. When a stranger arrives with the secrets of 'Old Craft' sorcery and communion with the dead, Christopher's fate will be altered forever. On that crooked path the facade of normal life falls away to reveal a world of wonder, but also danger. As the ghosts of the dead stir, what secrets will rise to the surface with them, and will Christopher survive the horror that is love's other face? A consistently compelling and deftly crafted journey into a world of the occult, seething with real, adult and believable magic, "Wooing The Echo" will hold a special and enduring attraction to fans of the supernatural and occult. While highly recommended for community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Wooing The Echo" is also available in a Kindle format ($6.15).

    ~ the fiction shelf, Midwest Book Review

  • Machine Society, The
    Mike Brooks
    Wow, I'll just take a breath, I need to after reading this book.I loved it, I really enjoy dystopian books when they are well thought out and well written, and this one most certainly was in my opinion.I honestly thought it was one of the best dystopian books I have read in a very long time.I especially liked the references to the book of the title, a book within a book, and some of the ideas made me pause for thought,and made perfect sense.I liked the main characters and cared what happened to them, and it was a real adventure that kept me page turning to the end.I would love to read more by this author,and I really enjoyed this book. ~ Angie Thomas-Davis, NetGalley

  • Visitor, The
    Christopher Chase Walker
    This book stays with you, and it deserves more words than can be said here. But, I’ll try. The Visitor is a quick read that draws you in and leaves you longing for more. Well done. Pulse racing anticipation and detailing throughout the entire thing; not a dull moment in sight.
    ~ Dashauna Baynes , GoodReads

  • Visitor, The
    Christopher Chase Walker
    At the outset of this book you will rightly be a bit confused. It won't exactly be clear who is narrating, and it won't at all be clear which of the characters will become our main focus. Sometimes the narrator addresses "Belinda" in the second person, which I think is both creepy and clever if done well, (as everything in this book is done). Sometimes we just have an omniscient narrator who is clearly telling us a tale about events that have already occurred. The effect is oddly disorienting, which is, I imagine, the point.

    Once Lucy, the real heroine, is introduced, you should pause and return to the two epigraphs that open the book. If you are like me you just skimmed them, especially since they are from John Milton's "Paradise Lost" and Baudelaire's "The Cat", and I have never seen anything good come from epigraphs like those. Until now. You will find that those two brief sets of lines will explain everything about the narrator, (you would have figured that out anyway), and cogently and completely summarize the theme, plot, and resolution of the entire novella. (That last insight might otherwise have come only later.)

    All of the blurbs, summaries and synopses for this book, at least those I have seen, make this sound vaguely like a Christmas themed Satan/Scrooge tale wherein Satan enchants a social worker and drops off bundles of money at her charity house. That is actually technically correct, but rather misses the larger story. As John Milton tells us, Satan was initially beguiled by Eve, then consumed by self-loathing for giving in to a pleasure he was not allowed, and responded as fit his true nature. That's as close as we need come to a spoiler, but if it whets your interest, great.

    I'm not sure if any of this would matter much but for the remarkable writing. Eve and the Serpent is a story that has already been told many times and in many forms. So the real question is, "What do we think of this telling?". Well, on one level the book works as an exercise in creeping dread, with dark hints and promises of doom. Fair enough. On another level, though, almost every page has a memorable line, observation, bit of dialogue or description that is of worth purely on its own. At points I thought we were over-describing things a bit, but the author always backs off at just the right time. The result is that there are hard and precise little scenes that are connected by dreamy and lyrical passages, and emphasized by bright and glittering lines and asides from our narrator. There is a place here for heartbreak, despair, amusement, and rueful wisdom. Indeed, without any story or theme at all beyond what-happens-in-Brighton-before-Christmas I would have been happy with this book and deeply admiring of the author's technical skill and finesse.

    As a consequence, I felt this was an especially happy, and admittedly somewhat unexpected, find. ~ Joel Smith, GoodReads

  • Call of the Forbidden Way
    Robert Owings
    Call of the Forbidden Way is an enthralling adventure taking the reader through one man’s shamanic initiation … and much more.

    After being asked by a committee of Lakota elders to film an intertribal medicine circle, Carson Reynolds returns home where he has problems with ‘something possessing his dreams’. Rather than the routine documentary shoot he was expecting this is the beginnings of a journey that takes him from initial training with medicine man Wounded Paw, to working with a ‘mixed tradition’ shaman, Rhiannon and later, Voodoo shaman, Blind Mama. And on top of that he has to figure out how to work with a wrathful Tibetan deity who may easily destroy him, while managing to avoid getting killed in physical ‘accidents’ caused by alien ‘Visitors’ who want to take over the planet.

    Call of the Forbidden Way contains adventure, conspiracy and personal spiritual transformation in a tale with a diverse range of characters, cultures and traditions all working together in the contemporary world to save our Great Mother earth. An entrancing read I would highly recommend.



    ~ June Kent, Editor, Indie Shaman Magazine

  • Visions Through a Glass, Darkly
    David I. Aboulafia
    "Adore this book...a deep and complex story line that it makes it a joy to read...an amazing story interwoven with incredible character back stories ...leaves me thinking long after the book is put down." (5 stars) ~ Bookplex, Bookplex.com

  • Visitor, The
    Christopher Chase Walker
    This short story for me is a modern day take of the fall of ' EVE', with a small influence of 'Joe Black' to boot. The story is set in Brighton and is told through the eyes of a character called Geoffrey Cantor who begins with his personal recital of the happenings of a young lady called 'Lucy', motivated by his ensuing personal guilt of not doing enough to save her.

    Satan falls to earth and occupies the body of homeless Old Man, who soon finds out that he has an amazing voice, and a capacity to charm. Lucy has an encounter, but seeing only what the eye beholds, a beautiful boy! This one encounter thus begins the fall of 'Eve'. The seductive nature of Lucifer endures and leaves Lucy with a yearning to see, speak, and to be at one with the one who is corruption itself.

    I enjoyed the descriptions in the narrative having been to Brighton , it certainly felt I was there again; the homeless project work, the dishing out of Vegan Breakfasts to those who have 'fallen 'out of the mainstream society, having little hope to change and amend their circumstances.

    There are many layers to this story, if one is to scratch the surface; various metaphors are used whether consciously by the author or not; but nevertheless are there and linked to the key events in the narrative. Christopher encapsulates fully in my opinion the capacity of love and hate within the human condition, when he states; 'If it is possible to love so completely that it fills the whole of you, that you feel it in your blood and lungs, your spine and in how it charms the words as they lift your tongue, then perhaps it is possible to hate so completely that it hollows you'.

    An interesting and enjoyable take on a theological topic.

    Links: ~ Michael Steed, Books and Blarney Book Blog

  • Machine Society, The
    Mike Brooks
    This typical dystopian scifi novel went really fast and was blended with philosophical ruminations. Avid readers of Mystery and Scifi Novels would love this work. ~ Muthuvel Deivendran, NetGalley

  • Machine Society, The
    Mike Brooks


    The Machine Society is a dystopian sci-fi novel that moved fast. I liked that even though it was heavily philosophical, it wasn't pretentious. It had many clever aspects to it, such as the branding of education (e.g. "Starbucks University"). I will say that I can definitely see parts of this future society actually happening in real life. My favorite parts of the book was when Dean Rogers, the main character, was playing this virtual reality game in his house. I could see the story being developed further in a follow-up book or series, but I don't know if the author plans on doing that. ~ Rachel Berardinelli, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1758925455

  • Visions Through a Glass, Darkly
    David I. Aboulafia
    “…a very unique way of telling a story…written to give you nightmares. I don't recommend this as a bedtime story.” (4 stars) ~ Beth, Amazon

  • Machine Society, The
    Mike Brooks
    Brooks’s novel includes some clever satirical details. [His] dystopia combines echoes of Orwell and Huxley with present-day concerns about capitalism and technology, but never quite pulls its various components together. Ex-academic Dean Rogers struggles to negotiate the stratified post­apocalyptic city of New London. After a perilous incident at his dead-end job, Rogers is plucked from the dismal slums of the city’s Perimeter district, given a makeover, and ensconced in the luxurious enclave of the Better Life Complex, where each citizen is a walking advertisement for a corporate sponsor and all edibles are packed with “healthy” additives. As he learns more about the secrets of the Complex, he endangers himself and those around him, and soon he must either escape or die. ~ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, http://www.publishersweekly.com/9781785352522

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